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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441549/plain-radiography-may-underestimate-the-burden-of-body-packer-ingestion-a-case-report
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Yonah B Esterson, Vihas Patel, Jeffrey Nicastro, Barak Friedman
Body packing refers to the intracorporeal concealment of illicit drugs. Here we report the case of a 55-year-old body packer who presented with palpitations, visual hallucinations, and a sense of impending death. Abdominal radiography demonstrated five ovoid foreign bodies overlying the rectum. At subsequent gastrotomy and cecotomy, thirty-eight cocaine-containing packets were retrieved from the stomach and ascending colon as well as from the rectum. As the contraband market evolves new techniques to evade detection, evaluation of the burden of body packer ingestion has become increasingly challenging...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435681/a-hol-e-y-predicament
#2
Shaiva Ginoya Meka, Daniel Shelden, Amy Mertens, Paul Christensen, Meet Patel
Endocardial cushion defects are congenital abnormalities that result in valvular dysfunction as well as defects (or "holes") in the septa of the heart. They are typically diagnosed in early infancy; presentation late in life is rare. We present the case of a 72-year-old female admitted to the hospital with dyspnoea and palpitations. She was found to have multifocal atrial tachycardia. She suffered cardiac arrest associated with refractory hypoxaemia that required mechanical ventilation and vasodilator therapy with inhaled nitric oxide...
July 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431994/raynaud-s-phenomenon-revisiting-a-rare-sign-of-pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma
#3
Virendra Ashokrao Patil, Rajiv Kasaliwal, Manjunath R Goroshi, Anurag R Lila, Tushar Bandgar, Nalini S Shah
Paraganglioma (PGL) are rare tumors arising from extraadrenal chromaffin cells and occasionally secret catecholamines. The patient commonly presents with headache, palpitation, anxiety, diaphoresis and episodic or sustained hypertension. Rarely patient can present with Raynaud's phenomenon. We present a case of adolescent girl who presented with isolated Raynaud's phenomenon as only manifestation of metastasis of PGL three years after undergoing surgical excision of normetanephrine secreting abdominal PGL.
April 18, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431063/left-ventricular-dysfunction-is-associated-with-frequent-premature-ventricular-complexes-and-asymptomatic-ventricular-tachycardia-in-children
#4
R A Bertels, L M Harteveld, L H Filippini, S A Clur, N A Blom
Aims: To assess the risk factors for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in a paediatric population with idiopathic frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and asymptomatic ventricular tachycardias (VTs). Methods and Results: Paediatric patients with the diagnosis of idiopathic frequent PVCs and asymptomatic VTs were retrospectively evaluated. Frequent PVCs were defined as ≥5% on 24 h Holter recording. Left ventricular dysfunction was defined as a shortening fraction of ≤28%...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429690/-our-experience-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-vasovagal-syncope-and-inappropriate-sinus-tachycardia-in-children
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Sezen Ugan Atik, Reyhan Dedeoğlu, Aida Koka, Funda Öztunç
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to share our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who presented at our clinic with syncope, pre-syncope, dizziness, and palpitations. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who were treated at pediatric cardiology clinic for complaints of syncope, dizziness, and palpitations between 2014 and 2016 were enrolled in the study. Detailed history of the patients, physical examination findings, laboratory and electrocardiogram results were recorded...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423126/chronic-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-harmonic-scalpel-during-mitral-valve-surgery
#6
Alexandre Visconti Brick, Domingo M Braile
Objective: To evaluate surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with ultrasound in patients with mitral valve disease, considering preoperative clinical characteristics of patients undergoing surgical procedure and follow-up in the immediate postoperative period, in hospital and up to 60 months after discharge. Methods: We studied 100 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease who underwent surgical treatment using ultrasound ablation...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416984/the-inferior-displacement-of-the-his-bundle-and-fast-pathway-in-a-patient-with-common-type-atrioventricular-nodal-tachycardia-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-analysis
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Kunihiko Kiuchi, Koji Fukuzawa, Mori Shumpei, Tatsuya Nishii
A 66-year-old woman with palpitations was referred to our center for catheter ablation due to drug-refractory, common type atrioventricular nodal tachycardia (AVNRT). A selective slow pathway ablation was attempted. A fast junctional rhythm with transient ventriculoatrial block followed by transient prolongation of the A-H interval occurred immediately after the radiofrequency (RF) application at the coronary sinus ostium (CSOS) level. To assess the location of the fast pathway and His bundle, we sought to visualize the anatomy of the triangle of Koch (TOK) by three-dimensional computed tomography (CT)...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416587/cardiovascular-outcomes-with-an-inhaled-beta2-agonist-corticosteroid-in-patients-with-copd-at-high-cardiovascular-risk
#8
Robert D Brook, Julie A Anderson, Peter Ma Calverley, Bartolome R Celli, Courtney Crim, Martin A Denvir, Sheldon Magder, Fernando J Martinez, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Jørgen Vestbo, Julie Yates, David E Newby
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often coexist. We assessed the effect of inhaled COPD treatments on CVD outcomes and safety in patients with COPD and at heightened CVD risk. METHODS: The SUMMIT (Study to Understand Mortality and MorbidITy) was a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, event-driven trial in 16 485 patients with moderate COPD who had or were at high risk of CVD. Here, we assessed the prespecified secondary endpoint of time to first on-treatment composite CVD event (CVD death, myocardial infarction, stroke, unstable angina or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)) by Cox regression and by clinician-reported CVD adverse events across the four groups: once-daily inhaled placebo (n=4111), long-acting beta2-agonist (vilanterol (VI) 25 µg; n=4118), corticosteroid (fluticasone furoate (FF) 100 µg; n=4135) and combination therapy (FF/VI; n=4121)...
April 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414671/three-s-a-crowd-an-extremely-rare-case-of-cor-triatriatum-dexter
#9
A Elagizi, R Marvin, G O'Bryan, V Vyas, L Arcement
INTRODUCTION: Cor triatriatum is a congenital cardiac anomaly in which the left (sinister) or right (dexter) atrium is divided into two compartments by residual embryonic tissue, resulting in a tri-atrial heart. As cor triatriatum dextrum can present clinically in various ways and have multiple associated cardiac anomalies, this report attempts to contribute to what is known about this exceedingly rare disorder. CASE: A 40 year old Hispanic man with a medical history of gastritis presented with complaints of palpitations, dizziness and bilateral lower extremity edema...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407228/deleterious-protein-altering-mutations-in-the-scn10a-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-gene-are-associated-with-prolonged-qt
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Maen D Abou Ziki, Sara B Seidelmann, Emily Smith, Gourg Atteya, Yuexin Jiang, Rodolfo Gil Fernandes, Mark A Marieb, Joseph G Akar, Arya Mani
Long QT syndrome (LQT) is a pro-arrhythmogenic condition with life threatening complications. Fifteen genes have been associated with congenital LQT however, the genetic causes remain unknown in more than 20% of cases. Eighteen patients with history of palpitations, presyncope, syncope and prolonged QT were referred to the Yale Cardiovascular Genetics Program. All subjects underwent whole exome sequencing (WES) followed by confirmatory Sanger sequencing. Mutation burden analysis was carried out using WES data from sixteen subjects with no identifiable cause of LQT...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405995/recurrent-ventricular-tachycardia-due-to-long-qt-syndrome
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Rambabu Singh, Kshitiz Nath, Archana
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a rare inherited heart condition in which delayed repolarization of the heart following a heartbeat, increases the risk of episodes of Torsades de pointes (TdP, a form of irregular heartbeat that originates from the ventricles). These episodes may lead to palpitations, fainting, and sudden death due to ventricular fibrillation. Episodes may be provoked by various stimuli, depending on the subtype of the condition. We are reporting a case of 37 years old male whom we diagnosed to have long QT syndrome on the basis of clinical and ECG findings...
December 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393558/supraventricular-tachycardia-and-acute-confusion-following-ingestion-of-e-cigarette-fluid-containing-ab-fubinaca-and-adb-fubinaca-a-case-report-with-quantitative-analysis-of-serum-drug-concentrations
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Rex Pui Kin Lam, Magdalene Huen Yin Tang, Siu Chung Leung, Yeow Kuan Chong, Matthew Sik Hon Tsui, Tony Wing Lai Mak
BACKGROUND: AB-FUBINACA and ADB-FUBINACA are structurally similar synthetic cannabinoids with potent CB1 receptor agonistic effects. Very little is known about their pharmacology and toxicology. OBJECTIVE: To report a case of supraventricular tachycardia and acute confusion after ingestion of e-cigarette fluid containing AB-FUBINACA and ADB-FUBINACA, with quantitative analysis of the serum drug concentrations. CASE REPORT: A healthy 24-year-old man ingested two drops of e-cigarette fluid which were later found to contain AB-FUBINACA and ADB-FUBINACA...
April 10, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387126/gender-variations-in-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-hospitalized-with-dizziness-a-retrospective-study
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Amar M Salam, Hajar A AlBinali, Rajvir Singh, Awad Al-Qahtani, Nidal Asaad, Jassim Al Suwaidi
Women with cardiac diseases generally have a higher mortality than men. Suggested reasons include delay in reporting to hospital, less aggressive management, and higher cardiovascular risk profiles in women. We assessed gender differences in patients hospitalized with dizziness. We retrospectively reviewed the database of patients hospitalized with acute cardiac disease in Qatar from 1991 to the end of 2010. Patients hospitalized with dizziness were analyzed; 1611 (3.8%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 3.6%-4%) of the total N = 42 144 patients were hospitalized with dizziness during the 20 years: 410 (25...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378696/-a-severe-stroke-following-carotid-sinus-massage
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C E P van Munster, W J C van Ballegoij, J M Schroeder-Tanka, R M van den Berg-Vos
BACKGROUND: Carotid sinus massage is a widely used method for diagnosis and treatment of supraventricular tachycardia and carotid sinus hypersensitivity. Complications, mostly neurological, can occur but are rare. Carotid stenosis is a risk factor for complications. Hearing a carotid bruit on auscultation indicates stenosis, and is a contraindication for performing carotid sinus massage. However, the sensitivity of auscultation is insufficient. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 71-year-old man with a history of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia presented to the cardiology accident and emergency department with palpitations...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373789/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-with-biventricular-involvement-and-heart-failure-in-a-9-year-old-girl
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Fateh Ali Tipoo Sultan, Mehnaz Atiq Ahmed, Jamie Miller, Joseph B Selvanayagam
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is seldom recognized clinically in infancy or under the age of 10. We report a case of a 9-year-old girl with ARVC, who presented with signs and symptoms of heart failure and palpitations. Holter monitoring showed frequent premature ventricular beats and echocardiogram revealed dilated and dysfunctional right ventricle with normal tricuspid valve and no evidence of intracardiac shunt. Cardiac magnetic resonance showed classical features of ARVC with both ventricular involvements...
April 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359489/palpitations-and-a-left-ventricular-mass-an-odd-presentation-of-left-dominant-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
#16
Sandor Toledo, Elizabeth Grigoryan, Jacobo Kirsch, Edward B Savage
A 20-year-old woman presented with palpitations. Echocardiography demonstrated a left ventricular mass involving the posterolateral apical wall and protruding into the ventricular cavity. Evaluation with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suggested fatty consistency with all edges well defined except the medial, which was ill defined, raising concern for an invasive liposarcoma. Open core needle biopsy demonstrated mature adipocytes infiltrating the myocardium with extensive interstitial fibrosis. The diagnosis was left-dominant arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy...
April 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359488/left-atrial-and-carotid-body-paraganglioma
#17
Khaled Abdelhady, Samarth Durgam, Daniela Orza, Malek G Massad
We report a rare case of left atrial paraganglioma with a synchronous carotid body paraganglioma in a 30-year-old man with succinate dehydrogenase B gene mutation. The patient initially presented with a neck mass and palpitations. Laboratory test results showed elevated catecholamine levels. A cardiac paraganglioma was identified by computed tomography, meta-iodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging. Surgical resection of both paragangliomas were performed on two separate occasions. Serum and urine catecholamine levels returned to normal range...
April 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348902/atypical-complications-of-graves-disease-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Khaled Ahmed Baagar, Mashhood Ahmed Siddique, Shaimaa Ahmed Arroub, Ahmed Hamdi Ebrahim, Amin Ahmed Jayyousi
Graves' disease (GD) may display uncommon manifestations. We report a patient with rare complications of GD and present a comprehensive literature review. A 35-year-old woman presented with a two-week history of dyspnea, palpitations, and edema. She had a raised jugular venous pressure, goiter, and exophthalmos. Laboratory tests showed pancytopenia, a raised alkaline phosphatase level, hyperbilirubinemia (mainly direct bilirubin), and hyperthyroidism [TSH: <0.01 mIU/L (reference values: 0.45-4.5), fT4: 54...
2017: Case Reports in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336205/andersen-tawil-syndrome-clinical-presentation-and-predictors-of-symptomatic-arrhythmias-possible-role-of-polymorphisms-k897t-in-kcnh2-and-h558r-in-scn5a-gene
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Michalina Krych, Elżbieta Katarzyna Biernacka, Joanna Ponińska, Piotr Kukla, Artur Filipecki, Robert Gajda, Can Hasdemir, Charles Antzelevitch, Agnieszka Kosiec, Małgorzata Szperl, Rafał Płoski, Maria Trusz-Gluza, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Piotr Hoffman
BACKGROUND: Andersen-Tawil syndrome (ATS) is rare channelopathy caused by KCNJ2 mutation and probably KCNJ5. It is characterized by arrhythmias, neurological symptoms, and dysmorphic features. The present study retrospectively examined the characteristics of 11 unrelated families with ATS. METHODS: This study consisted of 11 probands positive for KCNJ2 variants and 33 family members (mean age 30.0±17.3 years, female n=31). Additional genetic screening of 3 LQTS genes (KCNQ1, KCNH2, SCN5A) was performed in 9 families...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331569/an-unusual-diagnosis-for-persistent%C3%A2-diarrhoea-and-vomiting
#20
James Nott, Asad Khan, Ravi Madhotra, George MacFaul, Kamran Rostami
Identifying the etiology of chronic diarrhoea might be challenging in some patients, and before a diagnosis is made these patients may spend a substantial length of time with unresolved symptoms leading to uncertainty and anxiety that is severely impairing their life quality. A 45-year-old female was referred by her general practitioner with a 5-year history of increasingly frequent episodes of cyclical diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and intermittent palpitations. Contrast CT Abdomen/Pelvis revealed a 36x33x46 mm mass in the aorto caval region of her retro-peritoneum, just above the bifurcation...
2017: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
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