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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913215/influence-of-surveillance-pet-ct-on-detection-of-early-recurrence-after-definitive-radiation-in-stage-iii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jay P Reddy, Chad Tang, Tina Shih, Bumyang Kim, Charissa Kim, Quynh-Nhu Nguyen, James Welsh, Marcelo Benveniste, Jianjun Zhang, Zhongxing Liao, Daniel R Gomez
BACKGROUND: There are few data to support the use of varying imaging modalities in evaluating recurrence in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We compared the efficacy of surveillance positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) versus CT scans of the chest in detecting recurrences after definitive radiation for NSCLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 200 patients treated between 2000 and 2011 who met the inclusion criteria of stage III NSCLC, completion of definitive radiation treatment, and absence of recurrence within the initial 6 months...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913087/a-case-of-multiple-empyema-caused-by-streptococcus-intermedius
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Akihito Kaga, Ryuzaburo Higo, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Naoko Yokoi, Takuo Haruyama, Hiroaki Komatsu, Ayumi Yabe, Takeshi Kusunoki, Katsuhisa Ikeda
We report the case of a patient with multiple empyema present throughout his body, including chronic sinusitis and chronic suppurative otitis media, as well as subsequent epidural empyema, all caused by Streptococcus intermedius. A 38-year-old man presented with chief complaints of headache, left ear discharge, and nasal congestion. Imaging studies revealed pansinusitis, soft tissue signs in the mastoid cells, and otitis media. The patient was treated with meropenem hydrate, 6g/day. While clinical findings indicated improvement of the sinusitis, his headache did not improve...
November 29, 2016: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913009/quantitative-changes-in-late-gadolinium-enhancement-at-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-myocarditis
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Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Paola Sormani, Angelica Peritore, Angela Milazzo, Giuseppina Quattrocchi, Manlio Cipriani, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Maria Frigerio, Alberto Roghi, Paolo G Camici, Patrizia Pedrotti
BACKGROUND: The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS: We investigated 76 consecutive patients with AM (acute onset of chest pain/heart failure/ventricular arrhythmias not explained by other causes, and raised troponin) that met CMR criteria based on myocardial oedema at T2-weighted images and LGE on post-contrast images at median time of 6days from onset of symptoms...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912979/measuring-performance-in-the-interpretation-of-chest-radiographs-a-pilot-study
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Y Chen, J J James, L Dong, A G Gale
AIM: To develop a system to assess the image interpretation performance of radiologists in identifying signs of malignancy on chest radiographs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A test set of 30 chest radiographs was chosen by an experienced radiologist consisting of 11 normal and 19 abnormal cases. The malignant cases all had biopsy-proven pathology; the normal and benign cases all had at least 2 years of imaging follow-up. Fourteen radiologists with a range of experiences were recruited...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910139/characterization-of-patients-with-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-according-to-the-new-escmid-ers-ecmm-and-idsa-guidelines
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Helmut J F Salzer, Jan Heyckendorf, Barbara Kalsdorf, Thierry Rolling, Christoph Lange
Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) published guidelines for the diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Both guidelines, however, carry significant differences. We retrospectively applied the diagnostic recommendations on a patient cohort of 71 previously diagnosed CPA patients in order to compare both guidelines...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909290/highly-sensitive-detection-of-minimal-cardiac-ischemia-using-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-activated-platelets
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Melanie Ziegler, Karen Alt, Brett M Paterson, Peter Kanellakis, Alex Bobik, Paul S Donnelly, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Karlheinz Peter
A reliable method for the diagnosis of minimal cardiac ischemia would meet a strong demand for the sensitive diagnosis of coronary artery disease in cardiac stress testing and risk stratification in patients with chest pain but unremarkable ECGs and biomarkers. We hypothesized that platelets accumulate early on in ischemic myocardium and a newly developed technology of non-invasive molecular PET imaging of activated platelets can thus detect minimal degrees of myocardial ischemia. To induce different degrees of minimal cardiac ischemia, the left anterior descending artery (LAD) was ligated for 10, 20 or 60 min...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908337/source-identification-and-source-control
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Zeke P Oliver, Jack Perkins
Identifying sources of infection and establishing source control is an essential component of the workup and treatment of sepsis. Investigation with history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging can in identifying sources of infection. All organ systems have the potential to develop sources of infection. However, there are inherent difficulties presented by some that require additional diligence, namely, urinalysis, chest radiographs, and intraabdominal infections. Interventions include administration of antibiotics and may require surgical or other specialist intervention...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908307/evolution-of-imaging-findings-laboratory-and-functional-parameters-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-after-one-year-of-treatment-with-anti-tnf-%C3%AE-agents
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Efstathios E Detorakis, Eleftherios Magkanas, Ismini Lasithiotaki, Prodromos Sidiropoulos, Dimitrios T Boumpas, Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis, Katerina Antoniou, Maria Raissaki
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy and safety of anti-TNF-α agent treatment compared to non-biologic DMARDs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. METHODS: 82 consecutive patients, 29 males, 53 females, aged 42-79, diagnosed with RA and suitable for anti-TNF-α treatment composed two study groups: 42 with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis-related interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) and 40 without RA-ILD. Respective control groups consisted of 44 patients with pre-existing RA-ILD and 44 patients without RA-ILD, treated with non-biologic DMARDs...
October 27, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906860/liquid-biopsy-for-early-detection-of-lung-cancer
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Paul Hofman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The possibility of complete recovery for a lung cancer patient depends on very early diagnosis, as it allows total surgical resection. Screening for this cancer in a high-risk population can be performed using a radiological approach, but this holds a certain number of limitations. Liquid biopsy could become an alternative and complementary screening approach to chest imaging for early diagnosis of lung cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Several circulating biomarkers indicative of lung cancer can be investigated in blood, such as circulating tumor cells, circulating free nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) and proteins...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906066/a-giant-infiltrating-angiolipoma-of-the-mediastinum-a-case-report
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Peng Liu, Wen-Cheng Che, Huai-Jun Ji, Zhong-Min Jiang
BACKGROUND: Angiolipoma is a rare benign neoplasm composed of mature fatty tissue and multiple small abnormal blood vessels. Infiltrating mediastinal angiolipoma is an extremely rare tumor associated with delayed diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old woman was presented with 3-month history of mild chest tightness. Imaging of the chest showed a large mass with fat densities in the middle superior mediastinum. A presumptive diagnosis was a tumor of liposarcoma...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904816/an-unusual-presentation-of-nocardiosis-in-an-allogeneic-transplant-recipient
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Uroosa Ibrahim, Amina Saqib, Farhan Mohammad, Terenig Terjanian
Nocardiosis is a rare cause of opportunistic infection post hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) occurring in about 0.3% of patients. The risk factors include delayed immune reconstitution, prolonged neutropenia, and graft-versus-host disease. The most common site of infection is the lung, followed by the brain and the skin. Concomitant pulmonary and central nervous system (CNS) nocardiosis is an extremely rare entity as presented in our case. We present the case of a 72-year-old male at 137 days post transplant presenting with complaints of headache and slurred speech...
October 17, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904717/measurement-of-clavicle-fracture-shortening-using-computed-tomography-and-chest-radiography
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Reza Omid, Chris Kidd, Anthony Yi, Diego Villacis, Eric White
BACKGROUND: Nonoperative management of midshaft clavicle fractures has resulted in widely disparate outcomes and there is growing evidence that clavicle shortening poses the risk of unsatisfactory functional outcomes due to shoulder weakness and nonunion. Unfortunately, the literature does not clearly demonstrate the superiority of one particular method for measuring clavicle shortening. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of clavicle shortening measurements based on plain radiographs with those based on computed tomography (CT) reconstructed images of the clavicle...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902753/emphysema-distribution-and-diffusion-capacity-predict-emphysema-progression-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Janice M Leung, Andrea Malagoli, Antonella Santoro, Giulia Besutti, Guido Ligabue, Riccardo Scaglioni, Darlene Dai, Cameron Hague, Jonathon Leipsic, Don D Sin, Sf Paul Man, Giovanni Guaraldi
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema are common amongst patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). We sought to determine the clinical factors that are associated with emphysema progression in HIV. METHODS: 345 HIV-infected patients enrolled in an outpatient HIV metabolic clinic with ≥2 chest computed tomography scans made up the study cohort. Images were qualitatively scored for emphysema based on percentage involvement of the lung...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902605/angiomyofibroblastoma-of-the-mediastinum-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Jianguo Zhu, Sheng Su, Haige Li
INTRODUCTION: Angiomyofibroblastoma (AMFB) is an extremely rare disease. It commonly occurs in middle-aged females and mainly involves the vulvovaginal region. Pathological examination plays an important role in differentiating from other tumors. But far less published literature focus on the imaging characteristics of AMFB. CLINICAL FINDINGS/DIAGNOSES: We reported a case of AMFB in a 73-year-old male, involving the mediastinum with computed tomography (CT) imaging and pathologic findings...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900604/assessment-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-by-lung-ultrasound-a-pilot-study-of-correlation-with-high-resolution-chest-tomography
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Pablo Guisado Vasco, Gonzalo de Luna Cardenal, Isabel Martín Garrido, José Manuel Luque Pinilla, Guadalupe Fraile Rodríguez, Juan José Nava Mateo, Daniel Carnevalli Ruiz
The background of this study is to assess the accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) to diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD) in Sjögren's syndrome (Sjs), in patients who have any alterations in pulmonary function tests (PFT) or respiratory symptoms. LUS was correlated with chest tomography (hrCT), considering it as the imaging gold standard technique to diagnose ILD. This is a pilot, multicenter, cross-sectional, and consecutive-case study. The inclusion criteria are ≥18 years old, Signs and symptoms: according to ACEG 2002 criteria, respiratory symptoms (dyspnea, cough), or any alterations in PFR...
November 29, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900083/primary-malignant-pericardial-mesothelioma-with-increased-serum-mesothelin-diagnosed-by-surgical-pericardial-resection-a-case-report
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Takeyuki Kurosawa, Keishi Sugino, Kazutoshi Isobe, Yoshinobu Hata, Yuri Fukasawa, Sakae Homma
A 37-year-old female smoker without a history of exposure to asbestos was referred to our hospital with persistent pericardial effusion. Chest computed tomography imaging examination revealed an irregular thickened pericardium with large amounts of pericardial effusion and a small pleural effusion. Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography imaging demonstrated intrapericardial FDG accumulation. Blood tests revealed an increase in serum mesothelin levels. Examination of a surgically resected specimen revealed a grayish-white thickening of the pericardium, with a straw-colored mucinous pericardial effusion...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899132/cardiac-t1-mapping-and-extracellular-volume-ecv-in-clinical-practice-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Philip Haaf, Pankaj Garg, Daniel R Messroghli, David A Broadbent, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is increasingly used to differentiate the aetiology of cardiomyopathies. Late Gadolinium Enhancement (LGE) is the reference standard for non-invasive imaging of myocardial scar and focal fibrosis and is valuable in the differential diagnosis of ischaemic versus non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Diffuse fibrosis may go undetected on LGE imaging. Tissue characterisation with parametric mapping methods has the potential to detect and quantify both focal and diffuse alterations in myocardial structure not assessable by LGE...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898253/establishing-equipoise-national-survey-of-the-treatment-of-pediatric-para-pneumonic-effusion-and-empyema
#19
Morgan K Richards, Jarod P Mcateer, Todd C Edwards, Lucas R Hoffman, Matthew P Kronman, Dennis W Shaw, Adam B Goldin
BACKGROUND: Despite six randomized trials of various treatments for pediatric para-pneumonic effusion (PPE), management approaches differ. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into opinions on PPE treatment with the goal of designing a definitive trial to generate consensus intervention guidelines. METHODS: To evaluate physician opinions regarding PPE management, we developed a survey based on input from a nationwide, multi-disciplinary advisory group that established content validity...
November 29, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896227/stress-first-single-photon-emission-computed-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#20
C I Aquino, M Scarano, F Squame, G Casaburi, S L Nori, L Pace
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission tomography (SPET) is widely used in coronary artery disease evaluation. Recently major dosimetric concerns have arisen. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a pre-test scoring system could predict the results of stress SPET MPI, thus avoiding two radionuclide injections. METHODS: All consecutive patients (n=309) undergoing SPET MPI during the first 6 months of 2014 constituted the study group...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
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