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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829730/clinical-characteristics-of-severe-japanese-encephalitis-a-case-series-from-south-korea
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Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Jangsup Moon, Ki-Young Jung, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is a major cause of devastating viral encephalitis, especially in Asia. Although a successful vaccination program led to its near-elimination over three decades in South Korea, the incidence of JE has increased since 2010. The present study investigated the clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, and factors affecting neurological outcomes of reemerging JE. We retrospectively reviewed medical records of laboratory-confirmed JE patients who presented with acute encephalitis syndrome at three tertiary hospitals between 2010 and 2015...
August 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819575/therapeutic-approach-to-the-management-of-severe-asymptomatic-hyponatremia
#2
Thaofiq Ijaiya, Sandhya Manohar, Kameswari Lakshmi
Hyponatremia is an electrolyte imbalance encountered commonly in the hospital and ambulatory settings. It can be seen in isolation or present as a complication of other medical conditions. It is therefore a challenge to determine the appropriate therapeutic intervention. An understanding of the etiology is key in instituting the right treatment. Clinicians must not be too hasty to correct a random laboratory value without first understanding the physiologic principle. We present such a case of a patient who presented with sodium of 98 mmol/L, the lowest recorded in the current literature, and yet was asymptomatic...
2017: Case Reports in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817488/risk-management-of-hospitalized-psychiatric-patients-taking-multiple-qtc-prolonging-drugs
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Eline Vandael, Bert Vandenberk, Rik Willems, Johan Reyntens, Joris Vandenberghe, Veerle Foulon
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Drug-related QTc prolongation has been linked with Torsade de Pointes and sudden cardiac death. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of starting an additional QTc-prolonging drug on the QTc interval of psychiatric inpatients. METHODS: An observational study was performed between May 2011 and December 2014 in 6 Belgian psychiatric hospitals. Inpatients who were already taking 1 QTc-prolonging drug or more could be included in the study when an additional QTc-prolonging drug was started...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817302/comparative-effectiveness-and-costs-of-insulin-pump-therapy-for-diabetes
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Ronald T Ackermann, Amisha Wallia, Raymond Kang, Andrew Cooper, Theodore A Prospect, Lewis G Sandy, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVES: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or "insulin pump" therapy, is an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) for management of diabetes. This study evaluates patterns of healthcare utilization, costs, and blood glucose control for patients with diabetes who initiate CSII. STUDY DESIGN: Pre-post with propensity-matched comparison design involving commercially insured US adults (aged 18-64 years) with insulin-requiring diabetes who transitioned from MDII to CSII between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012 ("CSII initiators"; n = 2539), or who continued using MDI (n = 2539)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814702/reorganizing-hospital-space-the-1894-plague-epidemic-in-hong-kong-and-the-germ-theory
#5
Kyu-Hwan Sihn
This paper examined whether the preventive measures taken by the Hong Kong's colonial authorities were legitimate during the 1894 Hong Kong plague epidemic, and illuminated the correlation between the plague epidemic and hospital space in Hong Kong in the late 19th century. The quarantine measures taken by the colonial authorities were neither a clear-cut victory for Western medicine nor for a rational quarantine based on scientific medical knowledge. Hong Kong's medical officials based on the miasma theory, and focused only on house-to-house inspections and forced quarantine or isolation, without encouraging people to wear masks and without conducting disinfection...
April 2017: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813774/pulmonary-embolism-caused-by-popliteal-vein-aneurysm-a-case-report
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Kevin Marquez, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Chad Laurich, Randall Lamfers
In this case report, we describe an unusual episode of bilateral submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) caused by a popliteal vein aneurysm (PVA). The development of PE stems from many risk factors including obesity (BMI³ 30 kg/m2), hypertension, cigarette smoking (greater than 25 cigarettes per day), increasing age, surgery, immobility, malignancy, and inherited thrombophilia. A PVA is a rare but significant cause of PE. A 28-year-old male presented to the emergency department with progressive shortness of breath...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813644/rotavirus-disease-course-among-immunocompromised-patients-5-year-observations-from-a-tertiary-care-medical-centre
#7
P Bruijning-Verhagen, M D Nipshagen, H de Graaf, M J M Bonten
Rotavirus (RV) is highly endemic inside and outside hospital-settings. Immunocompromised children and adults are at risk of complicated rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE), but general rotavirus disease severity in this group remains poorly described and rotavirus testing is not routinely performed beyond infancy. We assessed rotavirus disease among immunocompromised hospitalized patients. METHODS: Rotavirus infections at a Dutch tertiary-care centre were identified from 5-year laboratory records...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810998/delayed-diagnosis-of-acromegaly-in-the-context-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-due-to-symptoms-mimicking-known-psychotropic-medication-side-effects
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Ray-Bernard Portier, Afshin Afarin, Sara Pope
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly is caused by elevated secretion of human growth hormone, which is frequently because of intracranial tumors. This diagnosis is fairly uncommon with an incidence of 3 to 4 cases per million patients per year. We are presenting a case of acromegaly diagnosed in an active duty Chief Petty Officer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 38-year-old male Chief Petty Officer with no previous mental health diagnosis experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like symptoms in early 2012 after deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810972/when-military-fitness-standards-no-longer-apply-the-high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-recent-air-force-retirees
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Marcus M Cranston, Mark W True, Jana L Wardian, Rishawn M Carriere, Tom J Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the U.S. population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Before retirement, military service members have met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to age-matched U.S. population controls (23.4% vs. 39.0%), which suggests a protective effect of the lifestyle associated with military service...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810098/a-rare-case-of-pulmonary-lymphomatoid-granulomatosis
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Ukamaka Nwakife Nwadibia, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Eric A Larson, Galal Ahmed
In this report, we discuss an unusual case of pulmonary lymphomatoid granulomatosis (LYG), a rare form of angiocentric and angiodestructive lymphoproliferative disorder. This disease is thought to be caused by Epstein-Barr virus-induced lymphoproliferation. A 39-year-old male with no signi ficant past medical history presented with flu-like symptoms. Upon further evaluation, laboratory studies noted pancytopenia, and a chest X-ray showed bilateral nodular densities. A computerized tomography (CT) scan demonstrated bilateral pulmonary nodules and splenomegaly...
January 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807652/severity-indices-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review
#11
Esther Toledano, M Jesús García de Yébenes, Isidoro González-Álvaro, Loreto Carmona
OBJECTIVE: To identify tools designed to evaluate the severity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in order to use them in the investigation of prognostic markers in early arthritis. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of studies that developed/validated an index for RA disease severity. They were analyzed using the COSMIN checklist to assess their methodological quality. In addition, all the variables included were evaluated for their clarity of definition, feasibility and probability of being present in each outcome during the first 2 years of the disease course...
August 11, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807107/etiologies-and-management-of-cutaneous-flushing-nonmalignant-causes
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REVIEW
Azeen Sadeghian, Hailey Rouhana, Brittany Oswald-Stumpf, Erin Boh
The flushing phenomenon may represent a physiologic or a pathologic reaction. Although flushing is usually benign, it is prudent that the physician remains aware of potentially life-threatening conditions associated with cutaneous flushing. A thorough investigation should be performed if the flushing is atypical or not clearly associated with a benign underlying process. The diagnosis often relies on a pertinent history, review of systems, physical examination, and various laboratory and imaging modalities, all of which are discussed in the 2 articles in this continuing medical education series...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807008/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterisation-of-cdk13-related-congenital-heart-defects-dysmorphic-facial-features-and-intellectual-developmental-disorders
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Bret L Bostwick, Scott McLean, Jennifer E Posey, Haley E Streff, Karen W Gripp, Alyssa Blesson, Nina Powell-Hamilton, Jessica Tusi, David A Stevenson, Ellyn Farrelly, Louanne Hudgins, Yaping Yang, Fan Xia, Xia Wang, Pengfei Liu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Marianne McGuire, Dorothy K Grange, Marisa V Andrews, Marybeth Hummel, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Elena Infante, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Karol Miszalski-Jamka, John L Jefferies, Jill A Rosenfeld, Lisa Emrick, Kimberly M Nugent, James R Lupski, John W Belmont, Brendan Lee, Seema R Lalani
BACKGROUND: De novo missense variants in CDK13 have been described as the cause of syndromic congenital heart defects in seven individuals ascertained from a large congenital cardiovascular malformations cohort. We aimed to further define the phenotypic and molecular spectrum of this newly described disorder. METHODS: To minimise ascertainment bias, we recruited nine additional individuals with CDK13 pathogenic variants from clinical and research exome laboratory sequencing cohorts...
August 14, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804662/fungal-bezoar-a-rare-cause-of-ureteral-obstruction
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Nabil Zeineddine, Wissam Mansour, Sandy El Bitar, Marco Campitelli, Neville Mobarakai
A 52-year-old male, with diabetes mellitus and alcoholic liver disease, presented to the Emergency Room for right flank pain of 3 days' duration, associated with dysuria. Physical examination revealed right flank tenderness with fever and hypotension; laboratory findings showed acute kidney injury and large blood and leucocytes in the urine. A CT abdomen and pelvis showed hydronephrosis of the right collecting system of a horseshoe kidney with air and hyperdense debris in the renal pelvis. Patient was treated for multisensitive Proteus mirabilis emphysematous pyelonephritis, and a right nephrostomy tube was inserted...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799103/bleeding-recurrence-and-mortality-following-interventional-management-of-spontaneous-hcc-rupture-results-of-a-multicenter-european-study
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Lilian Schwarz, Michael Bubenheim, Johanna Zemour, Astrid Herrero, Fabrice Muscari, Ahmet Ayav, Romain Riboud, Christian Ducerf, J-Marc Regimbeau, Hadrien Tranchart, Emilie Lermite, Gheorghe Petrovai, Amal Suhol, Alexandre Doussot, Lorenzo Capussotti, Jean Jacques Tuech, Yves Patrice Le Treut
BACKGROUND: The incidence of spontaneous rupture of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is low in Europe, at less than 3%. HCC rupture remains a life-threatening complication, with mortality reported between 16 and 30%. The risk of bleeding recurrence has never been clearly evaluated in such clinical situation. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the current risk of mortality related to HCC rupture and to focus on the risk of bleeding recurrence following interventional management...
August 10, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794647/cefazolin-potency-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-a-microbiologic-assessment-in-support-of-a-novel-drug-delivery-system-for-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
#16
David P Nicolau, Barry N Silberg
INTRODUCTION: Despite aggressive medical and surgical management, the resolution of skin and skin structure infections is often difficult due to insufficient host response, reduced drug penetration, and a high prevalence of resistance organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). As a result of these factors, conventional management often consists of prolonged broad-spectrum systemic antimicrobials. An alternative therapy in development, ultrasonic drug dispersion (UDD), uses a subcutaneous injection followed by external trans-cutaneous ultrasound to deliver high tissue concentrations of cefazolin with limited systemic exposure...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794601/retroperitoneal-extrarenal-angiomyolipoma-at-the-surgical-bed-8-years-after-a-renal-angiomyolipoma-nephrectomy-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Anugayathri Jawahar, Joao Kazan-Tannus
Retroperitoneal extrarenal angiomyolipoma (RERAML) are rare and close mimickers of retroperitoneal liposarcoma on both imaging and histopathology. However, imaging findings including heterogeneity, hyperdensity on unenhanced computed tomography, intralesional hemorrhage, absence of calcifications, low signal intensity on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, and dilated intratumoral vessels can lead to the diagnosis of RERAML. Diagnosis of RERAML can avoid unnecessary surgery since conservative medical management with continued surveillance has been proven to be effective for RERAML whereas surgical resection is the treatment for liposarcoma...
July 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780738/john-p-craig-md-mph-physician-scientist-educator-and-mentor-1923-2016
#18
M A Haseeb, Pascal James Imperato
John P. Craig (1923-2016) was an eminent physician-scientist, gifted educator, and greatly valued mentor. Born in West Liberty, Ohio on 29 November 1923, he attended Oberlin College, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine. This was followed by an internship at Yale University Medical Center, and then service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a battalion surgeon, preventive medicine officer, and epidemiologist. While in Korea, he conducted important investigations of hemorrhagic fever among American troops...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780553/a-national-surveillance-project-on-chronic-kidney-disease-management-in-canadian-primary-care-a-study-protocol
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Aminu K Bello, Paul E Ronksley, Navdeep Tangri, Alexander Singer, Allan Grill, Dorothea Nitsch, John A Queenan, Cliff Lindeman, Boglarka Soos, Elizabeth Freiheit, Delphine Tuot, Dee Mangin, Neil Drummond
INTRODUCTION: Effective chronic disease care is dependent on well-organised quality improvement (QI) strategies that monitor processes of care and outcomes for optimal care delivery. Although healthcare is provincially/territorially structured in Canada, there are national networks such as the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) as important facilitators for national QI-based studies to improve chronic disease care. The goal of our study is to improve the understanding of how patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are managed in primary care and the variation across practices and provinces and territories to drive improvements in care delivery...
August 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777114/use-of-a-virtual-learning-platform-for-distance-based-simulation-in-an-acute-care-nurse-practitioner-curriculum
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Margaret Carman, Shu Xu, Sharron Rushton, Benjamin A Smallheer, Denise Williams, Sathya Amarasekara, Marilyn H Oermann
BACKGROUND: Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) programs that use high-fidelity simulation as a teaching tool need to consider innovative strategies to provide distance-based students with learning experiences that are comparable to those in a simulation laboratory. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe the use of virtual simulations in a distance-based ACNP program and student performance in the simulations. METHOD: Virtual simulations using iSimulate were integrated into the ACNP course to promote the translation of content into a clinical context and enable students to develop their knowledge and decision-making skills...
September 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
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