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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092147/should-serum-calcitonin-be-routinely-measured-in-patients-presenting-with-thyroid-nodule
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William P Tormey, Brendan Byrne, Arnold D Hill, Mark Sherlock, Christopher J Thompson
BACKGROUND: The European Thyroid Association recommends serum calcitonin measurement in thyroid nodule cases. In contrast, the American Thyroid Association is ambivalent. In this institution, thyroid nodules cases are subject to a multidisciplinary evaluation of the clinical history and examination, ultrasound and scintigraphy, CT scan and sometimes MRI scan, biochemistry and histopathology of biopsies. We report on the current use of plasma calcitonin measurements in the context of changing practice which has not included screening of all thyroid nodules...
January 13, 2017: Minerva Endocrinologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092120/pediatric-peritonsillar-abscess-outcomes-and-cost-savings-from-using-transcervical-ultrasound
#2
Zhen Huang, William Vintzileos, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Anjum Bandarkar, Brian K Reilly
OBJECTIVES: 1) To analyze clinical outcomes of children stratified by ultrasound into three diagnoses: acute tonsillitis, peritonsillar phlegmon, and abscess; and 2) To compare clinical outcomes and financial impact between children who underwent ultrasound protocol to those who did not. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis between two cohorts: ultrasound protocol group and control group. METHODS: Children with peritonsillar abscess (PTA) diagnosed in the emergency department (ED) were enrolled during a 2-year period for transcervical ultrasound evaluation of bilateral tonsillar fossae...
January 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091837/peritoneal-fluid-of-low-ct-hounsfield-units-as-a-screening-criterion-for-traumatic-bowel-perforation
#3
Yon-Cheong Wong, Li-Jen Wang, Cheng-Hsien Wu, Huan-Wu Chen, Being-Chuan Lin, Yu-Pao Hsu
PURPOSE: To investigate whether peritoneal fluid of low CT Hounsfield units is an important screening criterion for traumatic bowel perforation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study on two cohorts of blunt trauma patients who had peritoneal fluid. Intravenous and oral contrast was used for the first cohort (61 patients) as opposed to intravenous contrast only for the second cohort (60 patients). We compared the CT Hounsfield units of peritoneal fluid with bowel perforation...
January 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091834/using-twitter-to-assess-the-public-response-to-the-united-states-preventive-services-task-force-guidelines-on-lung-cancer-screening-with-low-dose-chest-ct
#4
Siddharth Khasnavis, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Vinay Prabhu
To use Twitter to assess the immediate public response to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2013 draft guidelines on lung cancer screening with low-dose chest CT (LDCT). The number of tweets including the phrases "lung cancer screening," "lung CT," "chest CT," "low dose computed tomography," "low dose CT," or "LDCT" was recorded for 6 days before and after guidelines release. A systematic sample of 172 tweets from the week following release was coded for user type, tweet opinion, linked article source, and article opinion...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088808/shunt-surgery-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-aided-by-electromagnetic-navigation
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Elvis J Hermann, Manolis Polemikos, Hans E Heissler, Joachim K Krauss
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and normal or slit ventricles. Lumboperitoneal shunting had been favored by many investigators for CSF diversion in IIH for decades; however, it has been associated with various side effects. Because of the small ventricular size adequate positioning of a ventricular catheter is challenging. OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated the usefulness of electromagnetic (EM)-guided ventricular catheter placement for ventriculoperitoneal shunting in IIH...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088230/relationship-between-the-uptake-of-18-f-borono-l-phenylalanine-and-l-methyl-11-c-methionine-in-head-and-neck-tumors-and-normal-organs
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Yoshiaki Watanabe, Hiroaki Kurihara, Jun Itami, Ryohei Sasaki, Yasuaki Arai, Kazuro Sugimura
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the distribution of 4-borono-2-(18)F-fluoro-phenylalanine ((18)F-BPA) and L-[methyl-(11)C] methionine ((11)C-Met) in normal organs and tumors and to evaluate the usefulness of (11)C-Met/PET in screening potential candidates for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). MATERIAL METHODS: Seven patients who had at least one histologically confirmed head and neck tumor were included in this study. They underwent both whole-body (18)F-BPA-PET/CT and (11)C-Met-PET/CT within a span of 6 months...
January 14, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077695/stability-studies-on-dry-swabs-and-wet-mailed-swabs-for-the-detection-of-c-trachomatis-and-n-gonorrhoeae-in-the-aptima-assays
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Jeanne Moncada, Carey B Clark, Jeffrey Holden, Edward W Hook, Charlotte A Gaydos, Julius Schachter
The Aptima Combo2 (AC2) and Aptima CT (ACT) (Hologic Inc., San Diego, CA) are nucleic acid amplified tests (NAATs) that detect Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). AC2 also detects Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG). Storage and temperature conditions may impact the utility of NAATs in some settings and screening programs. We evaluated specimen stability for use beyond the Aptima package insert temperature and duration of storage specifications (between 2° to 30°C, 60 days) in two studies: 1) dry CT seeded swabs were used with ACT after storage at 4°C, 23°C or 36°C for up to 84 days and 2) swabs seeded with CT and NG then placed in transport media were tested with AC2, after mailing via the U...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075196/typhlitis-neutropenic-enterocolitis-in-patients-with-acute-leukemia-a-review
#8
Rodrigo Portugal, Marcio Nucci
Typhlitis is an abdominal complication of cancer chemotherapy, affecting mostly patients receiving intensive chemotherapeutic regimens with high potential to induce mucosal damage, such as patients with acute leukemia. Despite being relatively frequent, there are no randomized trials or high-quality cohort studies addressing important aspects of the diagnosis and management of the disease. Areas covered: In this review we discuss the gaps in the literature, acknowledging that the evidences for recommendations regarding the management of typhlitis are mostly expert opinion...
January 11, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074107/frequency-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-in-cervical-intraepithelial-lesions-and-the-status-of-cytological-p16-ki-67-dual-staining
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R Robial, A Longatto-Filho, C M Roteli-Martins, M F Silveira, D Stauffert, G G Ribeiro, I M Linhares, M Tacla, M A Zonta, E C Baracat
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) is not a disease subject to mandatory reporting in Brazil, and the prevalence rate of this genital infection varies according to the region in which studies are conducted, as well as by the detection technique employed. Ct has been associated with persistence of Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the facilitation of cervical carcinoma development. We evaluated the Chlamydia trachomatis infection and its association with cytology, p16/Ki-67 dual-stained cytology and cervical intraepithelial lesions status in a screening cohort in Brazil...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072673/the-use-of-ultrasound-measured-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-to-predict-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-failure-in-children
#10
Sophia D Lin, Kimberly R Kahne, Amira El Sherif, Kevin Mennitt, David Kessler, Mary J Ward, Shari L Platt
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess the accuracy of ultrasound-measured optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) as a screen for ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled a convenience sample of children presenting to the ED with suspected shunt failure. The ONSD was measured by ultrasound and compared with computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (CT/MRI) and neurosurgical impression. We defined shunt failure on ultrasound as an ONSD greater than 4...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068218/comparison-of-self-collected-meatal-swabs-with-urine-specimens-for-the-diagnosis-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-and-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-men
#11
Lisa Berry, Belinda Stanley
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) are common bacterial causes of sexually transmitted infection. Self-taken meatal swabs are a possible alternative to urine samples in testing for infection; however the data surrounding their use are limited. We carried out a prospective service review in a large sexual health clinic comparing urine samples and self-taken meatal swabs in men presenting for sexual transmissible infection screening for CT and GC with the BD Viper XTR system. We found an overall prevalence of CT infections was 10...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066679/image-guided-techniques-for-localizing-pulmonary-nodules-in-thoracoscopic-surgery
#12
REVIEW
Mong-Wei Lin, Jin-Shing Chen
Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening has increased the detection rate for small pulmonary nodules with ground-glass opacity (GGO) in the peripheral lung parenchyma. Minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery for these lung nodules is challenging for thoracic surgeons, and image-guided preoperative localization is mandatory for their successful resection. Image-guided localization methods primarily include two imaging tools: computed tomography (CT) and bronchoscopy. These different methods may use different localized materials, including hookwires, dyes, microcoils, fiducial markers, contrast media, and radiotracers...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066669/agar-blue-localization-of-small-pulmonary-nodules-and-ground-glass-opacifications-for-thoracoscopic-resection
#13
Ara S Klijian
BACKGROUND: Screening for lung cancer using high resolution computed tomography (CT) has produced encouraging early results. Extremely small nodules and non-palpable areas of opacifications are able to be detected, but pose a challenge to the thoracic surgeon trying to resect these areas. METHODS: Forty five patients with ground glass opacifications (GGOs) or small pulmonary nodules underwent pre-operative CT-guided placement of methylene blue dyed agar and/or hook wire needle localization prior to thoracoscopic resection...
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063761/comparison-of-radiographs-and-computed-tomography-for-the-screening-of-anterior-inferior-iliac-spine-impingement
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Broc R Schindler, Melanie B Venderley, Jacob D Mikula, Jorge Chahla, Grant J Dornan, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade, Marc J Philippon
PURPOSE: To compare radiographic and 3-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) imaging modalities for the screening of anterior inferior iliac spine (AIIS) impingement by establishing imaging measurement related to the AIIS. METHODS: Anteroposterior and false-profile radiographs and 3D CT scans were obtained on 10 human cadaveric pelvises. On the anteroposterior view for each methodology, 2 measurements were calculated: distance to the most lateral AIIS from the 12 o'clock position on the acetabular rim, and the angle between the lateral AIIS and the sagittal plane...
January 4, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063406/contemporary-imaging-of-incidentally-discovered-adrenal-masses
#15
REVIEW
Daniel J Wale, Ka Kit Wong, Benjamin L Viglianti, Domenico Rubello, Milton D Gross
Adrenal lesions are routinely encountered incidentally in clinical practice. Although most of these lesions are benign, malignancy needs to be excluded. Therefore, the initial clinical workup is to exclude aggressive characteristics suggesting malignancy and to identify characteristics predictive of the most common benign lesion, an adrenal adenoma. Predicting a benign adenoma using a variety of imaging modalities has been widely studied using unenhanced computed tomography (CT), contrast enhanced CT, and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
January 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060550/evaluating-platelet-function-disorders-in-children-with-bleeding-tendency-a-single-center-study
#16
Osama Tanous, Orna Steinberg Shemer, Joanne Yacobovich, Meira Zoldan, Yoseph Horovitz, Isaac Yaniv, Esther Rabizadeh, Hannah Tamary, Sigal Nakav, Judith Lahav
Platelet function disorders (PFDs) are a common cause of mild bleeding tendency. However, they cannot be recognized by standard screening studies. The gold standard test for PFD is platelet aggregation, performed by light transmission aggregometry (LTA). A newer and less validated method is the closure time (CT), performed by the platelet function Analyzer 100 (PFA-100). Data regarding the validity of these tests in children are limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of LTA and PFA-100 for the diagnosis of pediatric patients with bleeding tendency...
January 6, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052950/sepsis-and-siderosis-yersinia-enterocolitica-and-hereditary-haemochromatosis
#17
Phoebe A Thwaites, Marion L Woods
A 60-year-old woman was admitted with sepsis, relative bradycardia, CT evidence of numerous small liver abscesses and 'skin bronzing' consistent with hereditary haemochromatosis (HH). Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 infection was confirmed by serology specimens taken 10 days apart. Iron overload was detected, and homozygous C282Y gene mutation confirmed HH. Liver biopsy revealed grade IV siderosis with micronodular cirrhosis. Haemochromatosis is a common, inherited disorder leading to iron overload that can produce end-organ damage from excess iron deposition...
January 4, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052277/unknown-primary-melanoma-worldwide-survey-on-clinical-management
#18
Simone Ribero, Riccardo Pampena, Veronique Bataille, Elvira Moscarella, Luc Thomas, Pietro Quaglino, Concetta Potenza, Alexander C J Van Akkooi, Alessandro Testori, Paul Nathan, Susana Puig, Iris Zalaudek, Giuseppe Argenziano, Caterina Longo
BACKGROUND: How to deal with melanoma of unknown primary (MUP) origin is a debated topic in the literature. OBJECTIVE: We performed a worldwide survey to inquire what clinical and investigational workup is performed as well as the physicians' perception of this disease. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent via mail to clinicians involved in melanoma care from December 2015 to April 2016 using the International Dermoscopy Society website. RESULTS: 119 physicians from 47 different countries answered the questionnaire...
January 5, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050695/interval-lung-cancer-after-a-negative-ct-screening-examination-ct-findings-and-outcomes-in-national-lung-screening-trial-participants
#19
David S Gierada, Paul F Pinsky, Fenghai Duan, Kavita Garg, Eric M Hart, Ella A Kazerooni, Hrudaya Nath, Jubal R Watts, Denise R Aberle
OBJECTIVES: This study retrospectively analyses the screening CT examinations and outcomes of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) participants who had interval lung cancer diagnosed within 1 year after a negative CT screen and before the next annual screen. METHODS: The screening CTs of all 44 participants diagnosed with interval lung cancer (cases) were matched with negative CT screens of participants who did not develop lung cancer (controls). A majority consensus process was used to classify each CT screen as positive or negative according to the NLST criteria and to estimate the likelihood that any abnormalities detected retrospectively were due to lung cancer...
January 3, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050641/children-presenting-in-delayed-fashion-after-minor-head-trauma-with-scalp-swelling-do-they-require-further-workup
#20
Jonathan N Sellin, Amee Moreno, Sheila L Ryan, Sandi K Lam, Marcella Donaruma-Kwoh, Thomas G Luerssen, Andrew Jea
PURPOSE: It is common to evaluate children who have sustained minor head trauma with computed tomography (CT) of the head. Scalp swelling, in particular, has been associated with intracranial injury. A subset of patients, however, present in delayed fashion, often days after the head trauma, as soft tissue edema progresses and their caregiver notices scalp swelling. We explore the value of further workup in this setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of a prospectively collected cohort of children ≤24 months of age presenting to the Texas Children's Hospital with scalp swelling more than 24 h following a head trauma...
January 3, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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