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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917348/resolution-of-constipation-anal-stricture-and-iron-deficiency-anemia-after-iron-infusion-an-analogy-with-plummer-vinson-syndrome
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Vijaypal Arya, Shikha Singh, Shashank Agarwal, Arjun Ohri
BACKGROUND: Anal stricture is a disabling condition which is often unresponsive to conservative medical management. The complications of surgical procedures such as dilatations and anoplasty make it a formidable treatment challenge. Through this case, we report and explore a new medical treatment for ano-rectal strictures with an analogy to Plummer Vinson syndrome. A 69-year-old male presented with chronic constipation, rectal pain, and easy fatigability. The physical exam was negative for anal fissure and a digital rectal examination could not be completed because an index finger could not be advanced through the narrowed anus...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917305/laboratory-diagnosis-for-outbreak-prone-infectious-diseases-after-typhoon-yolanda-haiyan-philippines
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Mariko Saito-Obata, Mayuko Saito, Titus C Tan, Inez Andrea P Medado, Clyde Dapat, Michiko Okamoto, Raita Tamaki, Rowena C Capistrano, Edelwisa Segubre-Mercado, Socorro P Lupisan, Hitoshi Oshitani
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. To identify possible outbreaks of communicable diseases after the typhoon, nasopharyngeal swabs, stool and blood samples were collected from patients who visited the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center due to acute respiratory infection (ARI), acute gastroenteritis (AGE) or other febrile illness (OFI) including suspected dengue fever, between November 28, 2013 and February 5, 2014.   Methods: Samples were tested on-site for selected pathogens using rapid diagnostic tests...
October 21, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908330/sepsis-in-special-populations
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REVIEW
Matthew P Borloz, Khalief E Hamden
Sepsis is recognized by the presence of physiologic and laboratory changes that reflect the inflammatory response to infection on cellular and systemic levels. Comorbid conditions, such as cirrhosis, end-stage renal disease, and obesity, alter patients' susceptibility to infection and their response to it once present. Baseline changes in vital signs and chronic medications often mask clues to the severity of illness. The physiologic, hematologic, and biochemical adjustments that accompany pregnancy and the puerperium introduce similar challenges...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907128/fasa-registry-on-acute-myocardial-infarction-farmi-feasibility-study-and-pilot-phase-results
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Ehsan Bahramali, Alireza Askari, Habib Zakeri, Mojtaba Farjam, Azizallah Dehghan, Kazem Zendehdel
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) is the leading cause of death in Iran. Every attempt to improve treatment patterns and patient outcomes needs a surveillance system to both consider the efficacy and safety measures. Fasa Registry on Myocardial Infarction (FaRMI) is the first population-based registry for acute MI in Iran targeted to provide meticulous description of patients' characteristics, to explore the management patterns of these patients, to discover the degree of adherence to the practice guidelines, and to investigate the determinants of poor in-hospital and later outcomes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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REVIEW
Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903446/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-an-under-recognized-cause-of-abnormal-uterine-bleeding-in-adolescents-admitted-to-a-children-s-hospital
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Sofya Maslyanskaya, Hina J Talib, Jennifer L Northridge, Amanda M Jacobs, Chanelle Coble, Susan M Coupey
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether ovulatory dysfunction due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common underlying etiology of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) in adolescents requiring hospitalization and to explore etiology, treatment and complications of AUB with severe anemia in adolescents. DESIGN: We identified females aged 8 to 20 years admitted to a children's hospital for treatment of AUB from January 2000 to December 2014. Our hospital protocol advises hormonal testing for PCOS and other disorders prior to treatment for AUB...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902848/topiramate-in-migraine-prevention-a-2016-perspective
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Stephen D Silberstein
BACKGROUND: In evidence-based guidelines published in 2000, topiramate was a third-tier migraine preventive with no scientific evidence of efficacy; recommendation for its use reflected consensus opinion and clinical experience. Its neurostabilizing activity, coupled with its favorable weight profile, made topiramate an attractive alternative to other migraine preventives that caused weight gain. When guidelines for migraine prevention in episodic migraine were published in 2012, topiramate was included as a first-line option based on double-blind, randomized controlled trials involving nearly 3000 patients...
November 30, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902614/associating-pancreaticostomy-and-biliary-irrigation-for-staged-pancreaticoduodenectomy-approach-to-pancreatic-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasm-with-recurrent-cholangitis-and-severe-jaundice-a-case-report
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Chao Dai, Siyuan Lou, Fan Zhou
PATIENT CONCERNS: A 63-year-old man was hospitalized with history of abdominal pain since more than 1 year, and that of fever with chills since 2 weeks. DIAGNOSES: Based on the laboratory investigations and radiologic findings, a preliminary diagnosis of pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) with recurrent cholangitis and severe jaundice was made. INTERVENTIONS: An initial attempt at endoscopic and image-guided drainage proved unsuccessful...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901552/diagnosis-and-management-of-hyperthyroidism-in-pregnancy-a-review
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Jennifer Renae King, Ruben Lachica, Richard H Lee, Martin Montoro, Jorge Mestman
Importance: Hyperthyroidism has important implications for pregnancy, affecting both mother and fetus. Appropriate maternal and fetal management iscritical to avoiding adverse pregnancy outcomes and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Objective: To describe maternal diagnosis and management of hyperthyroidism, across all stages of pregnancy. In addition, to review clinical signs of fetal thyroid dysfunction due to maternal Graves disease and discuss management considerations...
November 2016: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901178/hypoparathyroidism-and-pseudohypoparathyroidism-etiology-laboratory-features-and-complications
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Maicon Piana Lopes, Breno S Kliemann, Ileana Borsato Bini, Rodrigo Kulchetscki, Victor Borsani, Larissa Savi, Victoria Z C Borba, Carolina A Moreira
Objectives: To identify a clinical profile and laboratory findings of a cohort of hypoparathyroidism patients and determine the prevalence and predictors for renal abnormalities. Materials and methods: Data from medical records of five different visits were obtained, focusing on therapeutic doses of calcium and vitamin D, on laboratory tests and renal ultrasonography (USG). Results: Fifty-five patients were identified, 42 females and 13 males; mean age of 44...
November 24, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899825/the-role-of-pharmacists-and-pharmacy-education-in-point-of-care-testing
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James P Kehrer, Deborah E James
Point-of-care testing (POCT) is defined as laboratory testing conducted close to the site of patient care. Although performed originally primarily by clinical staff for acute conditions, recent advances in technology have made such testing possible for disease screening and prevention across a wide range of conditions in virtually any setting, and often by individuals with little or no training. With the ongoing evolution in POCT, numerous concerns have arisen about the quality and accuracy of the tests, comparability between multiple tests for the same endpoint, interpretation of test results, and whether and how results should be used for therapeutic decisions and included in a patient's medical record...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896179/clinical-factors-associated-with-the-non-operative-airway-management-of-patients-with-robin-sequence
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Frank P Albino, Benjamin C Wood, Kevin D Han, Sojung Yi, Mitchel Seruya, Gary F Rogers, Albert K Oh
BACKGROUND: The indications for surgical airway management in patients with Robin sequence (RS) and severe airway obstruction have not been well defined. While certain patients with RS clearly require surgical airway intervention and other patients just as clearly can be managed with conservative measures alone, a significant proportion of patients with RS present with a more confusing and ambiguous clinical course. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical features and objective findings of patients with RS whose airways were successfully managed without surgical intervention...
November 2016: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891152/venipuncture-induced-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-presenting-as-inflammatory-arthritis
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Punit Pruthi, Pramod Arora, Manoj Mittal, Anugrah Nair, Waqia Sultana
Venipuncture is one of the most commonly done medical procedures. We report a unique case of a 23-year-old young male who presented with features suggestive of inflammatory arthritis. The symptoms, which initially started on the right side, also involved the other side after a few weeks. Although the patient's symptoms and signs were simulating inflammatory arthritis, he had atypical features like poor response to anti-inflammatory medicines and normal laboratory parameters. His musculoskeletal ultrasonography was also not suggestive of arthritis...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889859/chronic-high-dose-glucocorticoid-therapy-triggers-the-development-of-chronic-organ-damage-and-worsens-disease-outcome-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Tünde Tarr, Gábor Papp, Nikolett Nagy, Edina Cserép, Margit Zeher
Long-term survival of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) improved worldwide; thus, prevention of cumulative organ damage became a major goal in disease management. The aim of our study was to investigate the chronic organ damages and their influence on disease outcome in SLE. We evaluated clinical conditions, laboratory findings and medications of 357 consecutive SLE patients and assessed their impact on Systemic Lupus Collaborating Clinics (SLICC)/American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Damage Index (SDI) and disease outcome...
November 26, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886889/update-on-ocular-myasthenia-gravis
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REVIEW
Stacy V Smith, Andrew G Lee
Ocular myasthenia gravis (OMG) is a localized form of myasthenia gravis in which autoantibodies directed against acetylcholine receptors block or destroy these receptors at the postsynaptic neuromuscular junction. The hallmark of OMG is a history of painless weakness or fatigability of the extraocular muscles and ptosis with normal pupillary function and visual acuity. Clinical, laboratory, electrophysiologic, and pharmacologic tests are available for diagnosis. Treatment can begin with symptom management; there is no cure...
February 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884935/diagnostic-value-of-exome-and-whole-genome-sequencing-in-craniosynostosis
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Kerry A Miller, Stephen R F Twigg, Simon J McGowan, Julie M Phipps, Aimée L Fenwick, David Johnson, Steven A Wall, Peter Noons, Katie E M Rees, Elizabeth A Tidey, Judith Craft, John Taylor, Jenny C Taylor, Jacqueline A C Goos, Sigrid M A Swagemakers, Irene M J Mathijssen, Peter J van der Spek, Helen Lord, Tracy Lester, Noina Abid, Deirdre Cilliers, Jane A Hurst, Jenny E V Morton, Elizabeth Sweeney, Astrid Weber, Louise C Wilson, Andrew O M Wilkie
BACKGROUND: Craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of one or more cranial sutures, occurs in ∼1 in 2250 births, either in isolation or as part of a syndrome. Mutations in at least 57 genes have been associated with craniosynostosis, but only a minority of these are included in routine laboratory genetic testing. METHODS: We used exome or whole genome sequencing to seek a genetic cause in a cohort of 40 subjects with craniosynostosis, selected by clinical or molecular geneticists as being high-priority cases, and in whom prior clinically driven genetic testing had been negative...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884053/disability-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease-results-from-the-functional-assessment-in-liver-transplantation-frailt-study
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Mariya L Samoylova, Kenneth E Covinsky, Marta Haftek, Selena Kuo, John P Roberts, Jennifer C Lai
: Cirrhosis leads to sarcopenia and functional decline that can severely impact one's ability to function at home and in society. Self-reported disability scales to quantify disability - Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental ADL (IADL) - are validated to predict mortality in older adults. To evaluate disability in liver transplant (LT) candidates and quantify its impact on outcomes, consecutive outpatients ≥18y listed for LT with laboratory Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score ≥12 at a single high-volume U...
November 24, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876245/perioperative-medicine-and-taiwan-national-health-insurance-research-database
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REVIEW
C C Chang, C C Liao, T L Chen
"Big data", characterized by 'volume', 'velocity', 'variety', and 'veracity', being routinely collected in huge amounts of clinical and administrative healthcare-related data are becoming common and generating promising viewpoints for a better understanding of the complexity for medical situations. Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), one of large and comprehensive nationwide population reimbursement databases in the world, provides the strength of sample size avoiding selection and participation bias...
November 18, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica: Official Journal of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870668/cost-savings-opportunities-in-perioperative-management-of-the-patients-with-orthopaedic-trauma
#19
Alastair E Moody, Catriona E Moody, Peter L Althausen
Considerable opportunities for cost savings exist surrounding the perioperative management of patients with orthopaedic fracture and trauma. Scientific evidence is available to support each potential cost savings measure. Much of these data had been documented for years but has never been adhered to, resulting in millions of dollars in unnecessary testing and treatment. Careful attention to preoperative laboratory testing can save huge amounts of money and expedite medical clearance for injured patients. The use of a dedicated orthopaedic trauma operating room has been shown to improve resource utilization, decrease costs, and surgical complications...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870104/clinical-experience-with-daptomycin-in-pediatrics
#20
Katie C Namtu, Julianna C Crain, Allison F Messina, Juan A Dumois, David M Berman
INTRODUCTION: The management of Gram-positive infections has been complicated in recent years by the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, leaving fewer options for therapy. Daptomycin is a lipopeptide antibiotic used for the systemic treatment of Gram-positive infections and has a distinct mechanism of action, favorable side effect profile, and requires once daily dosing. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic data in neonatal and pediatric patients...
November 21, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
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