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Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi
BACKGROUND: In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guidelines. METHODS: For this clinical audit, we used simple random sampling to select files of patients admitted with the diagnosis of ischaemic stroke to the Al-Shifa Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Maha Al-Faqawi, Yousef Abuowda, Alaa Eldeen Elmassry, Bettina Böttcher
BACKGROUND: The frequency and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are the most important determinants of prognosis in COPD. The aim of this study was to assess the management of patients presenting with COPD exacerbations at the Nasser Medical Complex in the Gaza Strip and to compare the management with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines (GOLD 2015). METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients admitted to Nasser Medical Complex and diagnosed with COPD exacerbation between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2016...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Said Alyacoubi, Yousef Abuowda, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis Elessi
BACKGROUND: Disease severity scores such as CURB-65 are often used to guide the management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Early and adequate empirical antibiotic treatment reduces mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the severity assessment and management of patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia at the European Gaza Hospital in the Gaza Strip and to compare this to the best available evidence. METHODS: Medical records of all patients admitted to the European Gaza Hospital with a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia between Dec 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were reviewed retrospectively...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Matthew Klinge, Tami Coppler, Jane M Liebschutz, Mohannad Dugum, Ajay Wassan, Andrea DiMartini, Shari Rogal
Purpose of review: The treatment of pain in patients with cirrhosis is complicated by unpredictable hepatic drug metabolism and a higher risk of adverse drug reactions. We aimed to conduct a scoping review regarding pain management in cirrhosis. Recent findings: Despite the high prevalence of pain in patients with cirrhosis, there is little literature to guide the management of pain in this population. Complex pain syndromes and disease-specific pain etiologies exist are common in patients with cirrhosis...
March 2018: Current Hepatology Reports
Marta Venturelli, Giorgia Guaitoli, Claudia Omarini, Luca Moscetti
Endocrine treatment represents the cornerstone of endocrine-sensitive premenopausal early breast cancer. The estrogen blockade plays a leading role in the therapeutic management of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer together with surgery, radiotherapy, and selective antiestrogen treatments. For several years, selective estrogen receptor modulators, such as tamoxifen, have represented the mainstay of therapy. The role of amenorrhea has been extensively elucidated in the past year: the benefit observed with chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea has strengthened its therapeutic role...
2018: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Rajiv N Srinivasa, Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick, Nishant Patel, Joseph J Gemmete, Ravi N Srinivasa
Postoperative lymphoceles may occur after abdominal or pelvic surgery secondary to disruption of lymphatic channels. First-line therapy includes conservative therapy with medical management and dietary restriction. Despite these measures, some patients may have persistent high-output lymphoceles requiring percutaneous aspiration, drainage, or sclerosis. Rarely, surgical evacuation is required. Management of intrathoracic chyle leak by thoracic duct embolization has been well described. Recently, interstitial (intranodal) lymphatic embolization for the treatment of plastic bronchitis has been performed...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
J Boujenah, P Santulli, E Mathieu-d'Argent, C Decanter, C Chauffour, P Poncelet
INTRODUCTION: Using the structured methodology of French guidelines (HAS-CNGOF), the aim of this chapter was to formulate good practice points (GPP), in relation to optimal non-ART management of endometriosis related to infertility, based on the best available evidence in the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This guideline was produced by a group of experts in the field including a thorough systematic search of the literature (from January 1980 to March 2017)...
March 15, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Tomas Vedin, Sebastian Svensson, Marcus Edelhamre, Mathias Karlsson, Mikael Bergenheim, Per-Anders Larsson
PURPOSE: Head trauma is common in the emergency department. Identifying the few patients with serious injuries is time consuming and leads to many computerized tomographies (CTs). Reducing the number of CTs would reduce cost and radiation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of adults with head trauma over a 1-year period to identify clinical features predicting intracranial hemorrhage. METHODS: Medical record data have been collected retrospectively in adult patients with traumatic brain injury...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Michelle A Farrar, Hooi Ling Teoh, Kate A Carey, Anita Cairns, Robin Forbes, Karen Herbert, Sandra Holland, Kristi J Jones, Manoj P Menezes, Margot Morrison, Kate Munro, Daniella Villano, Richard Webster, Ian R Woodcock, Eppie M Yiu, Hugo Sampaio, Monique M Ryan
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating motor neuron disorder causing progressive muscle weakness and respiratory insufficiency. We present the initial Australian experiences implementing the expanded access programme (EAP) to enable preapproval access to nusinersen, the first disease-modifying therapy, for SMA type 1. METHODS: An Australian multicentre, open-label EAP for nusinersen enrolled patients with infantile-onset SMA type 1 from November 2016 to September 2017...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
John Gunderson, Sara Masland, Lois Choi-Kain
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) has moved from being an untreatable disorder to a disorder with multiple evidence-based psychotherapies. When a second generation of research showed that less intensive, easier-to-learn therapies could be nearly as effective, they offered an approach that would be responsive to the persisting unmet needs of these patients. This paper describes good psychiatric management (GPM), a once-weekly, generalist model that medicalizes the disorder, emphasizes psychoeducation, and focuses on social adaptation...
January 5, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychology
Vinayak Narayan, Hima Pendharkar, Bhagavatula Indira Devi, Dhananjaya I Bhat, Dhaval P Shukla
Background: The conventional medical management of cerebral vasospasm following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is associated with uncertainty of outcome and complications. Aims and Objectives: To examine the effect of direct intra-arterial nimodipine therapy on outcome in patients with delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). Settings and Design: The retrospective observational study was conducted at a single neurosurgical unit and interventional neuroradiolgy suite of a center managing SAH...
March 2018: Neurology India
William F McIntyre, David Conen, Brian Olshansky, Jonathan L Halperin, Emil Hayek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Shihai Lu, Jeff S Healey
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic prophylaxis with oral anticoagulation (OAC) substantially reduces stroke and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Analysis of data in GLORIA-AF, an international, observational registry of patients with newly-diagnosed AF, can identify factors associated with treatment decisions and outcomes. METHODS: Multivariable regression identified patient, physician, and temporal factors associated with OAC prescription, versus management with antiplatelet drugs or no antithrombotic drugs in North American patients enrolled between November 2011 and February 2014...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Sandrine Loubière, Alexandre Drezet, Michèle Beau-Faller, Denis Moro-Sibilot, Sylvie Friard, Marie Wislez, Hélène Blons, Catherine Daniel, Virginie Westeel, Anne Madroszyk, Hervé Léna, Patrick Merle, Julien Mazières, Gérard Zalcman, Roger Lacave, Martine Antoine, Franck Morin, Pascale Missy, Fabrice Barlesi, Pascal Auquier, Jacques Cadranel
ALK rearrangement and EGFR / KRAS mutations constitute the primary biomarkers tested to provide targeted or nontargeted therapies in advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Our objective was to assess the cost-effectiveness of biomarker testing for NSCLC.Between 2013 and 2014, 843 treatment-naive patients were prospectively recruited at 19 French hospitals into a longitudinal observational cohort study. Two testing strategies were compared, i.e. with "at least one biomarker status known" and "at least KRAS status known", in addition to "no biomarker testing" as the reference strategy...
March 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Konstantinos H Katsanos, Konstantinos Papamichael, Joseph D Feuerstein, Dimitrios K Christodoulou, Adam S Cheifetz
The pharmacological management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) over the last two decades has transitioned from reliance on aminosalycilates, corticosteroids and immunomodulators to earlier treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. Nevertheless, 20-30% of patients discontinue anti-TNF therapy for primary non-response and another 30-40% for losing response within one year of treatment. These undesirable therapeutic outcomes can be attributed to pharmacokinetic (anti-drug antibodies and/or low drug concentrations) or pharmacodynamic issues characterized by a non-TNF driven inflammation...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Rosanne M Kho, Marina Paula Andres, Giuliano Moysés Borrelli, Joao Siufi Neto, Alan Zanluchi, Mauricio Simões Abrão
Treatment options for patients with different types of endometriosis - superficial, ovarian, or deep - vary depending on the clinical presentation. New findings in the recent years regarding the role of preoperative imaging, efficacy of medical therapy, and effect of surgery on ovarian reserve have changed the way we understand the disease and subsequently the way we treat our patients. Practicing clinicians frequently refer to published recommendations from major societies for treatment guidelines. This paper aims to present and compare the varying major society guidelines on the indications and best surgical treatment approach for the management of the different types of endometriosis...
February 16, 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
William J Meurer, Bradley Barth, Michael Abraham, Jerome Hoffman, Gary M Vilke, Gerard DeMers
BACKGROUND: Stroke treatment is a continuum that begins with the rapid identification of symptoms and treatment with transition to successful rehabilitation. Therapies for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) may vary based on anatomic location, interval from symptom onset, and coexisting health conditions. Successful therapy requires a seamless systematic approach with coordination from prehospital environment through acute management at medical facilities to disposition and long-term care of the patient...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Anita H Clayton, Irwin Goldstein, Noel N Kim, Stanley E Althof, Stephanie S Faubion, Brooke M Faught, Sharon J Parish, James A Simon, Linda Vignozzi, Kristin Christiansen, Susan R Davis, Murray A Freedman, Sheryl A Kingsberg, Paraskevi-Sofia Kirana, Lisa Larkin, Marita McCabe, Richard Sadovsky
The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health process of care (POC) for management of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) algorithm was developed to provide evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of HSDD in women by health care professionals. Affecting 10% of adult females, HSDD is associated with negative emotional and psychological states and medical conditions including depression. The algorithm was developed using a modified Delphi method to reach consensus among the 17 international panelists representing multiple disciplines...
March 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Cho-Kai Wu, Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Jiun-Yang Chiang, Yi-Heng Li, Chia-Ti Tsai, Fu-Tien Chiang
Taiwanese heart registries for the main cardiovascular diseases have been conducted in the past 10 years, with the goal of examining the quality of cardiovascular patient care, which cannot be guaranteed by the universal Taiwan National Health Insurance. The results show suboptimal adherence to guideline recommendations. Door-to-balloon time and dual antiplatelet therapy use in acute coronary syndrome, standard medications for management of heart failure, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in dyslipidemia, anticoagulant agent use in atrial fibrillation, and the understanding of sudden arrhythmia death syndrome were all found to be inadequate...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Misbah Malik, Nasira Tasnim, Ghazala Mahmud
OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of metformin alone versus metformin plus simvastatin for treatment of polycystic ovariansyndrome (PCOS). STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Maternal and Child Health Centre, Unit II, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), from November 2014 to April 2015. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and eight patients (108) were randomly divided into metformin group (n=54) and metformin plus simvastatin group (n=54), detailed clinical history, including menstrual details, was taken with thorough examination performed...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
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