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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087259/clinical-manifestations-outcomes-and-etiologies-of-perinatal-stroke-in-taiwan-comparisons-between-ischemic-and-hemorrhagic-stroke-based-on-10-year-experience-in-a-single-institute
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Chien-Chung Lee, Jainn-Jim Lin, Kuang-Lin Lin, Wai-Ho Lim, Kai-Hsiang Hsu, Jen-Fu Hsu, Ren-Huei Fu, Ming-Chou Chiang, Shih-Ming Chu, Reyin Lien
BACKGROUND: Perinatal stroke is a common cause of established neurological sequelae. Although several risk factors have been identified, many questions regarding causes and clinical outcomes remain unanswered. This study investigated the clinical manifestations and outcomes of perinatal stroke and identified its etiologies in Taiwan. METHODS: We searched the reports of head magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography performed between January 2003 and December 2012...
November 19, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079503/novel-evidences-of-atypical-manifestations-in-cryopyrin-associated-periodic-syndromes
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Segundo Bujan-Rivas, Maria Basagaña, Francisca Sena, Maria Méndez, Maria Teresa Dordal, Eva Gonzalez-Roca, Estibaliz Ruiz-Ortiz, Anna Mensa-Vilaró, Susana Plaza, Consuelo Modesto, Josep Ordi-Ros, Jordi Yagüe, Ferrán Martínez-Valle, Juan Ignacio Aróstegui
OBJECTIVES: Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS) usually start during infancy as an urticarial-like rash and a marked acute phase response, with additional manifestations appearing during its evolution. The aim of this study was to expand the clinical diversity of CAPS by the description of novel atypical features. METHODS: Clinical data were collected from patients' medical charts. Sanger sequencing analyzed NLRP3. Response to anti-IL-1 blockade was evaluated by clinical assessments and by measurements of laboratory parameters...
January 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077275/investigations-of-blood-ammonia-analysis-test-matrices-storage-and-stability
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Brittany N Goldstein, Jordan Wesler, Amy S Nowacki, Edmunds Reineks, Marvin R Natowicz
An assessment of blood ammonia concentration is common medical practice in the evaluation of an individual with an unexplained mental status change or coma. The determination of a blood ammonia level is most commonly done using a glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH)-based assay, although there are many potential sources of artifact and the literature is inconsistent regarding key preanalytic issues. Using a GLDH-based assay, we first investigated matrix effects using three anticoagulants: heparin, EDTA and oxalate...
January 7, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076926/yoga-treatment-for-chronic-non-specific-low-back-pain
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REVIEW
L Susan Wieland, Nicole Skoetz, Karen Pilkington, Ramaprabhu Vempati, Christopher R D'Adamo, Brian M Berman
BACKGROUND: Non-specific low back pain is a common, potentially disabling condition usually treated with self-care and non-prescription medication. For chronic low back pain, current guidelines state that exercise therapy may be beneficial. Yoga is a mind-body exercise sometimes used for non-specific low back pain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of yoga for treating chronic non-specific low back pain, compared to no specific treatment, a minimal intervention (e...
January 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071659/acg-clinical-guideline-treatment-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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William D Chey, Grigorios I Leontiadis, Colin W Howden, Steven F Moss
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is a common worldwide infection that is an important cause of peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer. H. pylori may also have a role in uninvestigated and functional dyspepsia, ulcer risk in patients taking low-dose aspirin or starting therapy with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, unexplained iron deficiency anemia, and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. While choosing a treatment regimen for H. pylori, patients should be asked about previous antibiotic exposure and this information should be incorporated into the decision-making process...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029395/the-current-situation-of-infertility-services-provision-in-europe
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REVIEW
Ioannis E Messinis, Christina I Messini, Alexandros Daponte, Antonios Garas, Tahir Mahmood
Infertility is a global medical problem of the reproductive system which may affect the quality of a woman's life. Whether infertility provision varies between different European countries has not been investigated in the context of a comparative study. There are, however, differences in legislation between different countries, which encourage "infertility tourism". Women cross borders in order to get access to those treatment modalities that are not provided in their own country. Oocyte donation for example and the high cost of the services locally are common reasons for this mobility...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003283/clinical-practitioners-views-on-the-management-of-patients-with-medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-mups-a-qualitative-study
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A Keith W Brownell, Chloe Atkins, Andrea Whiteley, Robert F Woollard, Jude Kornelsen
OBJECTIVES: By identifying strategies that practicing physicians use in managing patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS), we present an interim practical management guide (IPMG) that clinical practitioners may find useful in their clinical practices and that may help guide future research. DESIGN: A qualitative research study based on interview data from practicing physicians with experience in dealing with MUPS and known to the physician members of the research team...
December 21, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996317/cardiac-arrest-with-clozapine-and-olanzapine-revealing-long-qt-syndrome
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Edward Woloszyn, Nishant Whig, Eileen Trigoboff, Jeffery J Grace
The authors describe a rare case of "concealed" congenital Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) Type 3 in a patient with treatment resistant schizophrenia and no known personal or family history of cardiac disease. The patient in this Case Report had a hidden genetic condition revealed only following the essential administration of antipsychotics. As a result, this patient experienced an aborted cardiac arrest and a total of five episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) requiring cardioversion. Successful control of the VT occurred with an Automatic Internal Defibrillator (AID), judicious use of antipsychotic medications, and anti-arrhythmic medications...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995604/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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REVIEW
Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
December 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984257/preliminary-predictors-of-initial-attendance-symptom-burden-and-motor-subtype-in-a-us-functional-neurological-disorders-clinic-population
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David L Perez, Sigrid S Young, Julie N King, Anthony J Guarino, Barbara A Dworetzky, Alice Flaherty, Zeina Chemali, David Caplan, Bradford C Dickerson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Although many patients present with functional neurological symptoms (FNS), few US clinics offer specialized FNS care, and data on clinic attendees remain limited. We determined predictors of initial attendance, symptom burden, and FNS subtype in the first patients referred to our Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic for suspected FNS. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of 62 consecutive patients (46 women, 16 men). Regression analyses investigated predictors of keeping the first scheduled clinic appointment...
December 2016: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979843/unexplained-lymphadenopathies-autoimmune-lymphoproliferative-syndrome-in-an-adult-patient
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Fatima Leal-Seabra, Gonçalo Sarmento Costa, Henrique Pereira Coelho, Agripino Oliveira
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is characterised by massive enlargement of the lymphoid organs, autoimmune cytopenias and a predisposition to develop lymphoid malignancies. The basic defect is a disturbance of the lymphocyte apoptosis, and a high number of circulating TCRab CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) T-cells (double-negative T cells (DNT cells)). We describe a case of a 41-year-old man with fever, hepatosplenomegaly, multiple lymphadenopathy, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and severe thrombocytopenia...
December 15, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977289/somatic-symptoms-deserve-our-attention
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Kurt Kroenke
This commentary focuses on two articles in this issue which provide important insights regarding the diagnosis and management of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Up to half of all outpatient visits are prompted by a physical/somatic complaint of which at least a third are MUS. Analyzing data from the National Ambulatory Care Medical Survey, Gates, Petterson, Wingrove, Miller, and Klink (2016) confirmed the common finding that depression and anxiety in patients presenting with somatic symptoms are underrecognized...
December 2016: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977288/our-continuing-exploration-of-medically-unexplained-symptoms
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Larry B Mauksch, Colleen T Fogarty
In this issue, the reader will find three articles examining different but converging perspectives on medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). In the first article, Gates, Petterson, Wingrove, Miller, and Klink (2016) examined 110,000 office visits to primary care providers between 2002 and 2010. In the second article, Clarke (2016), an internist and gastroenterologist, presents a model for diagnosing and treating MUS. The person most referenced in the first two articles and author of the landmark study-Kroenke (2016) writes the third article, an invited commentary...
December 2016: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973580/a-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-sarcomere-contractility-acutely-relieves-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-feline-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Joshua A Stern, Svetlana Markova, Yu Ueda, Jae B Kim, Peter J Pascoe, Marc J Evanchik, Eric M Green, Samantha P Harris
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease of the heart muscle characterized by otherwise unexplained thickening of the left ventricle. Left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction is present in approximately two-thirds of patients and substantially increases the risk of disease complications. Invasive treatment with septal myectomy or alcohol septal ablation can improve symptoms and functional status, but currently available drugs for reducing obstruction have pleiotropic effects and variable therapeutic responses...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957879/lead-intoxication-due-to-ayurvedic-medications-as-a-cause-of-abdominal-pain-in-adults
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Varun Mehta, Vandana Midha, Ramit Mahajan, Vikram Narang, Praneet Wander, Ridhi Sood, Ajit Sood
BACKGROUND: Though a majority of cases of lead intoxication come from occupational exposures, traditional and folk remedies have also been reported to contain toxic amounts of lead. We present a large series of patients with lead poisoning due to intake of Ayurvedic medicines, all of whom presented with unexplained abdominal pain. METHODOLOGY: This was a retrospective, observational case series from a tertiary care center in India. The charts of patients who underwent blood lead level (BLL) testing as a part of workup for unexplained abdominal pain between 2005 and 2013 were reviewed...
December 13, 2016: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942912/distinguishing-features-of-psychogenic-functional-versus-organic-hemifacial-spasm
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José Fidel Baizabal-Carvallo, Joseph Jankovic
Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is one of the most common presentations in patients with cranial psychogenic (functional) movement disorders (PMD). Medical records and videos of patients with PMD and HFS were reviewed to identify those with psychogenic HFS and to compare the phenomenology of psychogenic HFS with organic HFS. We identified 18 (9.8%) patients with psychogenic HFS from a cohort of 184 patients with PMDs. There were 14 (78%) women and 4 men, with a mean age at onset of 33 ± 13.5 years. These were compared with 37 consecutive patients with organic (primary) HFS...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941738/pattern-of-changes-in-the-findings-among-the-patients-undergoing-diagnostic-esophagogastroduodenoscopy-in-bangladesh
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C K Ghosh, M R Khan, F Alam, B C Shil, M S Kabir, M Mahmuduzzaman, S C Das, P K Roy
This cross-sectional observational study was conducted in the Department of Gastroenterology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, Holy family Red Crescent Medical College and Hospital and Popular Diagnostic Centre, Shantinagar branch, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2012 to July 2013. Study subjects were included in the study irrespective of age and sex having different upper GI tract. Complaints like dysphagia, heart burn, abdominal pain/dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, haematemesis and/or malena, anorexia, unexplained anemia, weight loss etc...
October 2016: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938597/-diagnosis-of-a-case-with-williams-beuren-syndrome-with-nephrocalcinosis-using-chromosome-microarray-analysis
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S J Jin, M Liu, W J Long, X P Luo
Objective: To explore the clinical phenotypes and the genetic cause for a boy with unexplained growth retardation, nephrocalcinosis, auditory anomalies and multi-organ/system developmental disorders. Method: Routine G-banding and chromosome microarray analysis were applied to a child with unexplained growth retardation, nephrocalcinosis, auditory anomalies and multi-organ/system developmental disorders treated in the Department of Pediatrics of Tongji Hospital Affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in September 2015 and his parents to conduct the chromosomal karyotype analysis and the whole genome scanning...
December 2, 2016: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932159/fulminant-clostridium-perfringens-sepsis-in-kidney-transplant-a-case-report
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P Mihaylov, J A Powelson, W C Goggins
BACKGROUND: Infections, particularly urinary tract infections, and cardiovascular accidents are the main causes of morbidity and mortality during the 1st year after kidney transplantation (KT). Bacteria and viruses, such as Escherichia coli, Enteroccoci, and Polyoma BK virus are common in the 1st 6 months, so they are controlled routinely. On the other hand, Clostridium perfringens infection is a rare life-threatening condition, associated with a high mortality rate especially in the transplant population, that is not controlled routinely...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929264/unexplained-lymphadenopathy-evaluation-and-differential-diagnosis
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Heidi L Gaddey, Angela M Riegel
Lymphadenopathy is benign and self-limited in most patients. Etiologies include malignancy, infection, and autoimmune disorders, as well as medications and iatrogenic causes. The history and physical examination alone usually identify the cause of lymphadenopathy. When the cause is unknown, lymphadenopathy should be classified as localized or generalized. Patients with localized lymphadenopathy should be evaluated for etiologies typically associated with the region involved according to lymphatic drainage patterns...
December 1, 2016: American Family Physician
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