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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145324/a-rare-case-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-presenting-as-a-giant-intra-thoracic-mass-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Feng-Wei Kong, Miao Zhang, Heng Wang, Cun-Tao Lu, Wen-Bin Wu, Yuan-Yuan Liu
RATIONALE: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine-derived cutaneous cancer. Ectopic or single metastatic MCC located in thorax is extremely rare; meanwhile, its definite management has not been elucidated yet. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 64-year-old female patient with a giant mass located in her left thorax was presented for stuffy pain of left chest for 6 months and fever for half a month. She underwent radical resection of vulvar MCC 10 years ago...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145275/asymptomatic-syringomyelia-accompanied-with-metastatic-cerebellar-and-spinal-intramedullary-lymphoma-a-case-report
#2
Jia-Jia Zhou, Jin-Feng Xu, Xu-Ning Zheng, Guo-Ping Peng
RATIONALE: Asympotamic syringomyelia accompanied with metastatic cerebellar and thoracic spinal intramedullary lymphoma is rare in clinical practice. If the intramedullary lymphoma is large enough, the patient will rapidly develop neurologic signs of spinal injury. The prognosis of this type of complication is always bad. PATIENT CONCERNS: Rapid and correct diagnosis and treatment is important for metastatic extranodal lymphoma with B cell of origin. DIAGNOSES: Syringomyelia accompanied with metastatic cerebellar and thoracic spinal intramedullary lymphoma...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143683/the-progression-of-heartworm-associated-respiratory-disease-hard-in-spf-cats-18%C3%A2-months-after-dirofilaria-immitis-infection
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A Ray Dillon, Bryon L Blagburn, Michael Tillson, William Brawner, Betsy Welles, Calvin Johnson, Russell Cattley, Pat Rynders, Sharron Barney
BACKGROUND: Heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD) in cats is induced by the arrival and death of immature adult Dirofilaria immitis in the pulmonary system and is indistinguishable from mature adult heartworm infection. METHODS: A controlled, blind research study investigated the long-term (18 months post infection, PI) consequences of the inflammatory response associated with the death of immature adult heartworms in cats. Three groups of cats, 10 per group, were infected with 100 third-stage (L3) larvae by subcutaneous injection...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143661/heartworm-associated-respiratory-disease-hard-induced-by-immature-adult-dirofilaria-immitis-in-cats
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A Ray Dillon, Byron L Blagburn, Michael Tillson, William Brawner, Betsy Welles, Calvin Johnson, Russell Cattley, Pat Rynders, Sharron Barney
BACKGROUND: A controlled, blind research study was conducted to define the initial inflammatory response and lung damage associated with the death of immature adult Dirofilaria immitis in cats as compared with cats developing adult heartworm infections and cats on preventive medication. METHODS: Three groups of cats were utilized, 10 per group. All cats were infected with 100 third-stage (L3) larvae by subcutaneous injection. Group A cats were treated topically with selamectin (Revolution®; Zoetis) per label directions at 28 days post infection (PI) and once monthly for 8 months...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143487/nurses-implementation-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-prevention-guidelines-an-observational-study-in-jordan
#5
Sami M Aloush
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Thoracic Society, and the Institute for Health Care and Improvement have been published to reduce the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the clinical settings; however, nurses' compliance with these guidelines is still questionable. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to assess nurses' compliance with ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines and the factors that influence their compliance...
November 15, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142817/an-unusual-case-of-aortic-right-atrium-fistula-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
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Maria Chiara Todaro, Alessandro Aprile, Adriana Ravera, Gaetano Senatore
An aorta-to-right atrium (RA) fistula is an anomalous communication between the ascending or descending thoracic aorta and the RA. In this report, we describe a case of an idiopathic aortic root-to-RA fistula occasionally found during a coronary angiography performed in a young patient admitted for acute chest pain with evidence of multivessel coronary artery disease. The anatomical peculiarity of this fistulous communication is that it gave origin to collateral vessels furnishing the inferolateral wall of the left ventricle...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140422/multidisciplinary-clinic-approach-improves-overall-survival-outcomes-of-patients-with-metastatic-germ-cell-tumors
#7
C Albany, N Adra, A C Snavely, C Cary, T A Masterson, R S Foster, K Kesler, T M Ulbright, L Cheng, M Chovanec, F Taza, K Ku, M J Brames, N H Hanna, L H Einhorn
Background: To report our experience utilizing a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) at Indiana University (IU) since the publication of the International Germ Cell Cancer Collaborative Group (IGCCCG), and to compare our overall survival to that of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. Patients and Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of all patients with metastatic germ cell tumor (GCT) seen at IU from 1998-2014...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140122/lymphangioleiomyomatosis-diagnosis-and-management-high-resolution-chest-computed-tomography-transbronchial-lung-biopsy-and-pleural-disease-management-an-official-american-thoracic-society-japanese-respiratory-society-clinical-practice-guideline
#8
Nishant Gupta, Geraldine A Finlay, Robert M Kotloff, Charlie Strange, Kevin C Wilson, Lisa R Young, Angelo M Taveira-DaSilva, Simon R Johnson, Vincent Cottin, Steven A Sahn, Jay H Ryu, Kuniaki Seyama, Yoshikazu Inoue, Gregory P Downey, MeiLan K Han, Thomas V Colby, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Cristopher A Meyer, Karen Smith, Joel Moss, Francis X McCormack
BACKGROUND: Recommendations regarding key aspects related to the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) were recently published. We now provide additional recommendations regarding four specific questions related to the diagnosis of LAM and management of pneumothoraces in patients with LAM. METHODS: Systematic reviews were performed and then discussed by a multidisciplinary panel. For each intervention, the panel considered its confidence in the estimated effects, the balance of desirable (i...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138550/overlaps-and-uncertainties-of-smoking-related-idiopathic-interstitial-pneumonias
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So Hyeon Bak, Ho Yun Lee
Smoking-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) consists of a heterogeneous group of disorders that are considered a distinct entity. The 2013 American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society recommendations classified respiratory bronchiolitis (RB)/RB-ILD and desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP) as smoking-related idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs). The overlapping histopathological and radiological patterns of smoking-related IIPs must be considered. Overlap patterns of smoking-related IIPs are not easily classified as a single disorder...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138269/irreversible-activation-and-stabilization-of-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-by-the-protoporphyrin-ix-mimetic-cinaciguat
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Alexander Kollau, Marissa Opelt, Gerald Wölkart, Antonius C F Gorren, Michael Russwurm, Doris Koesling, Bernd Mayer, Astrid Schrammel
Belonging to the class of so-called sGC activators, cinaciguat and BAY 60-2770 are interesting therapeutic tools for the treatment of various cardiovascular pathologies. The drugs are supposed to preferentially stimulate oxidized or heme-depleted but not native sGC. Since this concept has been challenged by studies demonstrating complete relaxation of non-diseased vessels, this study was designed to re-investigate the mode of action in greater detail. To this purpose, the effect of cinaciguat was studied on vessel tone of porcine coronary arteries and rat thoracic aortas...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138245/clinical-impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-insights-from-the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-american-college-of-cardiology-transcatheter-valve-therapy-registry
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Yigal Abramowitz, Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Tarun Chakravarty, Zhuokai Li, Samir Kapadia, David Holmes, Roland A Matsouaka, Alice Wang, Wen Cheng, James S Forrester, Richard Smalling, Vinod Thourani, Michael Mack, Martin Leon, Raj R Makkar
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) adversely affects morbidity and mortality for cardiovascular diseases and procedures. Data evaluating the outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in diabetic patients are limited by small sample size and contradictory results. We aimed to establish the magnitude of risk and the incremental influence of insulin dependency by examining short- and long-term adverse outcomes according to DM status and therapy in the world's largest TAVR registry...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137099/chemoembolization-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-fed-by-right-internal-thoracic-artery
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Tao Shen, Zhongzhi Jia, Yuanquan Huang, Shaoqin Li, Guomin Jiang, Lihua Cheng
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the value of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) via right internal thoracic artery (RITA) for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).From January 2000 to June 2016, a retrospective study was conducted of all patients with unresectable HCC who underwent TACE via RITA across 3 medical centers. The technical success, serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level changes, major complications, disease control rate, and survival were evaluated and analyzed.During the study peroid, in all, 21 patients (men 21; mean age 57...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136177/effect-of-sequential-chemoradiotherapy-in-patients-with-limited-disease-small-cell-lung-cancer-who-were-ineligible-for-concurrent-therapy-a-retrospective-study-at-two-institutions
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Sayaka Ohara, Shintaro Kanda, Hitomi Okuma, Yasushi Goto, Hidehito Horinouchi, Yutaka Fujiwara, Hiroshi Nokihara, Yoshinori Ito, Noboru Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Usui, Sakae Homma, Yuichiro Ohe
Background: The standard treatment for limited-disease small-cell lung cancer (LD-SCLC) is a combination of chemotherapy and concurrent thoracic radiotherapy. In selected cases, sequential radiotherapy is preferred because of the need for a large irradiation field, patient age, comorbidities or performance status. Nevertheless, the efficacy of sequential chemoradiotherapy in patients in whom concurrent chemoradiotherapy is contraindicated is not well known. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 286 patients with LD-SCLC at two institutions in Japan between 2000 and 2014...
November 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134534/current-status-of-cardiovascular-surgery-in-japan-2013-and-2014-a-report-based-on-the-japan-cardiovascular-surgery-database-jcvsd-1-mission-and-history-of-jcvsd
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Shinichi Takamoto, Noboru Motomura, Hiroaki Miyata, Hiroyuki Tsukihara
The Japan Cardiovascular Surgery Database (JCVSD) was created in 2000 with the support of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS database content was translated to Japanese using the same disease criteria and in 2001, data entry for adult cardiac surgeries was initiated online using the University Hospital Medical Information Network (UMIN). In 2008, data entry for congenital heart surgeries was initiated in the congenital section of JCVSD and preoperative expected mortality (JapanSCORE) in adult cardiovascular surgeries was first calculated using the risk model of JCVSD...
November 13, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133875/heart-function-and-thoracic-aorta-gene-expression-profiling-studies-of-ginseng-combined-with-different-herbal-medicines-in-enos-knockout-mice
#15
Yuchen Qian, Pan Li, Bin Lv, Xiaoqing Jiang, Ting Wang, Han Zhang, Xiaoying Wang, Xiumei Gao
Ginseng, a popular herbal remedy, is often used in combination with other drugs to achieve the maximum therapeutic response. Shenfu (SFI) and Shenmai injection (SMI) have been widely used to treat cardiovascular disease in China. Our study explored the cardiovascular protection of SFI and SMI in eNOS knockout mice to investigate the differences and similarities of the two ginseng-combinations. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed to evaluate the left ventricular structure and function at baseline and 3, 7, and 14 days after drug administration...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133218/cluster-analysis-identifies-3-phenotypes-within-allergic-asthma
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María Paz Sendín-Hernández, Carmelo Ávila-Zarza, Catalina Sanz, Asunción García-Sánchez, Elena Marcos-Vadillo, Francisco J Muñoz-Bellido, Elena Laffond, Christian Domingo, María Isidoro-García, Ignacio Dávila
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a heterogeneous chronic disease with different clinical expressions and responses to treatment. In recent years, several unbiased approaches based on clinical, physiological, and molecular features have described several phenotypes of asthma. Some phenotypes are allergic, but little is known about whether these phenotypes can be further subdivided. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to phenotype patients with allergic asthma using an unbiased approach based on multivariate classification techniques (unsupervised hierarchical cluster analysis)...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132701/postoperative-outcome-after-pulmonary-surgery-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-elderly-patients
#17
Deniece D E M A Detillon, Eelco J Veen
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is the main cause of cancer-related death in the Netherlands. Surgery offers the best potential cure, but lower rates of surgery are recorded for octogenarians because of concerns regarding morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We analyzed the Dutch Lung Surgery Audit database to determine the postoperative outcome of lung cancer resections for patients aged 60 years or more between January 2013 and December 2014. Three groups were compared: patients aged 80 years or more, patients aged 70 to 79 years, and patients aged 60 to 69 years...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132117/an-extrapulmonary-manifestation-of-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-a-rare-case-report
#18
L Volkan Tümay, Osman Serhat Güner, Abdullah Zorluoğlu
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare and fatal disease which occurs almost exclusively in young women. The disease often affects lungs and most of the patients die from respiratory failure. It is often initially misdiagnosed as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The most common presentations of pulmonary LAM (P-LAM) include dyspnea and coughing. Chylothorax and spontaneous pneumothorax may be seen in advanced cases. Although rare, it may present with extrapulmonary LAM (E-LAM). Renal angiomyolipomas and abdominal lymphadenopathies (LAPs) are common in E-LAM cases...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131765/comprehensive-cross-sectional-imaging-of-the-pulmonary-veins
#19
Cameron Hassani, Farhood Saremi
The pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart, but their importance to the radiologist extends far beyond this seemingly straightforward function. The anatomy of the pulmonary veins is variable among patients, with several noteworthy variant and anomalous patterns, including supernumerary pulmonary veins, a common ostium, anomalous pulmonary venous return, and levoatriocardinal veins. Differences in pulmonary vein anatomy and the presence of variant or anomalous anatomy can be of critical importance, especially for preoperative planning of pulmonary and cardiac surgery...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130612/caliber-and-fitness-of-the-axillary-artery-as-a-conduit-for-large-bore-cardiovascular-procedures
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Daniel M Arnett, James C Lee, Michael A Harms, Kathleen E Kearney, Mario Ramos, Bryn M Smith, Emily C Anderson, Rajiv Tayal, James M McCabe
OBJECTIVES: We sought to describe the caliber and vascular health of the subclavian and axillary arteries as related to their potential utilization in complex cardiovascular procedures. BACKGROUND: Patients referred for advanced catheter-based therapies frequently have lower extremity peripheral vascular disease that may prohibit the use of large bore arterial catheters. Utilization of the upper extremity peripheral vasculature is rarely considered as an alternative access strategy...
November 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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