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Alexandra Colvin, Amanda F Saltzman, Jonathan Walker, Jennifer Bruny, Nicholas G Cost
Pheochromocytoma is a rare chromaffin cell tumor that is may be associated with a genetic predisposition, such as Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. VHL is an autosomal dominant disorder that is characterized by a predisposition to multiple tumors including retinal and central nervous system hemangioblastomas, renal cell carcinoma and pheochromocytomas. The classic presentation of pheochromocytoma is episodic hypertension, headaches, palpitations, and diaphoresis. In the pediatric population, 40% of pheochromocytomas have a hereditary basis...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Victor Waldmann, Nicolas Combes, Eloi Marijon
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March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Ching-Shu Chiang, Po-Lin Chen, Tzu-Ting Kuo, I-Ming Chen, Nai-Yuan Wu, Hsiao-Huang Chang
RATIONALE: Intravascular leiomyomatosis (IVL) is a rare nonmalignant tumor that can be fatal if untreated. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 49-year-old nulliparous Asian woman who underwent hysterectomy and left salpingo-oophorectomy for multiple uterine leiomyomas 18 months prior presented complaining of intermittent palpitation and chest tightness for approximately 1 month. Echocardiography revealed a large mobile tumor mass extending from the inferior vena cava (IVC) to the right atrium that partially obstructed IVC flow and tricuspid inflow...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rafi Sakhi, Dominic A M J Theuns, Rohit E Bhagwandien, Michelle Michels, Arend F L Schinkel, Tamas Szili-Torok, F Zijlstra, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Sing-Chien Yap
PURPOSE: In patients with structural heart disease (SHD) or inherited primary arrhythmia syndrome (IPAS), the occurrence of unexplained syncope or palpitations can be worrisome as they are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death. An implantable loop recorder (ILR) can be a useful diagnostic tool. Our purpose was to compare the diagnostic yield, arrhythmia mechanism, and management in patients with SHD, patients with IPAS, and those without heart disease. METHODS: Retrospective single-center study in consecutive patients who underwent an ILR implantation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Vishnu Vardhan Garla, Sohail Abdul Salim, Licy L Yanes-Cardozo
A 27-year-old male patient who presented to the emergency room with complaints of sweating, palpitations, heat intolerance, insomnia and weight loss for the last 3 months. His medical history was significant for hypertension. On examination, he was tachycardic, hypertensive, had tremors of the upper extremities and a smooth goitre with a thyroid bruit. Laboratory assessment revealed a suppressed thyroid-stimulating hormone, high free thyroxine and positive thyroid receptor antibodies. Complete blood count showed pancytopenia...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Hisato Shima, Manabu Tashiro, Satoshi Yamada, Motokazu Matsuura, Kazuyoshi Okada, Toshio Doi, Jun Minakuchi, Shu Kawashima
BACKGROUND: Cilostazol is an antiplatelet drug that is widely prescribed for the prevention of secondary stroke. Adverse reactions to cilostazol include headaches, palpitations, and diarrhea. Little is known about the nephrotoxicity of cilostazol, such as acute kidney injury. We report a biopsy-proven case of diffuse tubulointerstitial nephritis induced by cilostazol. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old woman prescribed cilostazol was hospitalized for acute kidney injury...
March 5, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Yanhui Li, Xiaodong Li, Xiaocong Wang, Liping Chen
RATIONALE: Myxoma is the most common type of primary benign cardiac tumor in adults. The left atrium is the most frequent site of origin followed by the right atrium. Biatrial myxoma is extremely rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present a case of a 60-year-old woman with biatrial myxoma, who presented with palpitations for one month. DIAGNOSES: Echocardiography revealed an irregular homogeneous mass in the left atrium and in the right atrium, and were connected via the fossa ovalis suspiciously...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Qurrat Ul Ain, Huzaifa Saleem, Sarwat Iqbal, Rabia Ghayas
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired, rare life-threatening disorder characterised by compliment mediated hemolytic anemia, thrombosis and impaired bone marrow function. It occasionally presents in childhood or adolescence. This is a case of a 14-year old female presented with complaints of shortness of breath, palpitation and abdominal pain whose laboratory test results were consistent with Coomb's test negative haemolytic anaemia. Contrast enhanced Computed Tomography Scan (CT scan) of abdomen revealed splanchnic circulation thrombosis as well as partially occluding thrombus in the inferior vena cava...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
C M Mak, S Pl Chen, N S Mok, W K Siu, H Hc Lee, C K Ching, P T Tsui, N C Fong, Y P Yuen, W T Poon, C Y Law, Y K Chong, Y W Chan, T C Yung, K Yy Fan, C W Lam
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary channelopathies and cardiomyopathies are potentially lethal and are clinically and genetically heterogeneous, involving at least 90 genes. Genetic testing can provide an accurate diagnosis, guide treatment, and enable cascade screening. The genetic basis among the Hong Kong Chinese population is largely unknown. We aimed to report on 28 unrelated patients with positive genetic findings detected from January 2006 to December 2015. METHODS: Sanger sequencing was performed for 28 unrelated patients with a clinical diagnosis of channelopathies or cardiomyopathies, testing for the following genes: KCNQ1, KCNH2, KCNE1, KCNE2, and SCN5A, for long QT syndrome; SCN5A for Brugada syndrome; RYR2 for catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia; MYH7 and MYBPC3 for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; LMNA for dilated cardiomyopathy; and PKP2 and DSP for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy...
March 2, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
Deepika Narasimha, Nader Hanna, Hiroko Beck, Michael Chaskes, Robert Glover, Robert Gatewood, Mohamad Bourji, Gregory D Gudleski, Susan Danzer, Anne B Curtis
INTRODUCTION: Ambulatory cardiac monitoring devices such as external loop recorders (ELRs) are often used in the outpatient clinic to evaluate palpitations. However, ELRs can be bulky and uncomfortable to use, especially in public, at work, or in social situations. An alternative approach is a smartphone-based electrocardiographic (ECG) recorder/event recorder (Kardia Mobile (KM)), but the comparative diagnostic yield of each approach has not been studied. METHODS: Thirty-three patients with palpitations wore an ELR and carried a KM for a period of 14-30 days...
March 1, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Srihari S Naidu, Jason Jacobson, Sei Iwai, Tanya Dutta, Wilbert S Aronow, Angelica Poniros, Ramin Malekan, David Spielvogel, Julio A Panza
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease formerly thought rare in clinical practice, is now believed to affect as many as 1 in 300 individuals, regardless of race or gender. Rising awareness, coupled with advanced imaging and the development of dedicated HCM centers of excellence, has led to more patients coming to clinical presentation. While some are diagnosed at a young age, others are diagnosed in middle age or well into advanced age. Unfortunately, many such patients have progressed clinically to overt heart failure, or have some combination of advanced symptoms including dyspnea, angina, pre-syncope or syncope, palpitations, and edema...
February 28, 2018: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
Yuanli Lei, Ming-Hua Zheng, Weijian Huang, Jie Zhang, Yingru Lu
RATIONALE: Circulatory failure, especially with low systemic vascular resistance (SVR), as observed in septic shock, thyrotoxicosis, and anemia, is a particular pattern that should suggest thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. The clinical picture of wet beriberi secondary to thiamine deficiency only demonstrates non-specific clinical manifestations. For a diagnosis of wet beriberi, medical history is very important. Interestingly, imprisonment was also found to be related to thiamine deficiency...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sharon C Sung, Jackie Ma, Arul Earnest, A John Rush, Leslie E C Lim, Marcus E H Ong
The present study examined 1) the accuracy of two self-report measures for detecting panic-related anxiety in emergency department (ED) patients with cardiopulmonary complaints; and 2) whether modified scoring resulted in improved performance. English-speaking adults presenting to the ED of a large public hospital with palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, or difficulty breathing were evaluated for the presence of panic-related anxiety with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) over a one-year period...
February 16, 2018: Psychiatry Research
James H O'Keefe, James J DiNicolantonio, Carl J Lavie
Coffee, a complex brew containing hundreds of biologically active compounds, exerts potent effects on long-term human health. Recently, a plethora of studies have been published focusing on health outcomes associated with coffee intake. An inverse association between coffee consumption and all-cause mortality has been seen consistently in large prospective studies. Habitual coffee consumption is also associated with lower risks for cardiovascular (CV) death and a variety of adverse CV outcomes, including coronary heart disease (CHD), congestive heart failure (HF), and stroke; coffee's effects on arrhythmias and hypertension are neutral...
February 20, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Jie-Eun Lee, Dong Hwa Lee, Tae Jung Oh, Kyoung Min Kim, Sung Hee Choi, Soo Lim, Young Joo Park, Do Joon Park, Hak Chul Jang, Jae Hoon Moon
BACKGROUND: Thyrotoxicosis is a common disease caused by an excess of thyroid hormones. The prevalence of thyrotoxicosis about 2% and 70-90% of thyrotoxicosis cases are caused by Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease, which has a high recurrence rate when treated with antithyroid drugs such as methimazole or propylthiouracil. The clinical symptoms and signs of thyrotoxicosis include palpitation, weight loss, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping. Although these clinical changes in thyrotoxicosis can be detected by currently available wearable activity trackers, there have been few trials of the clinical application of wearable devices in patients with thyrotoxicosis...
February 21, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Michael Chavarria, Larry Lutwick, Bonny L Dickinson
Mycobacterium celatum is a slow-growing, non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) and a rare cause of infection in humans. Infection occurs primarily by inhalation or direct inoculation from environmental sources, and this pathogen has been reported to cause localized infections in the lungs and lymph nodes of both immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients, and disseminated disease in immunocompromised patients. Here, we present a case of pulmonary infection with M. celatum in an immunocompetent 68-year-old male with clinical features similar to tuberculosis...
2018: IDCases
Judith H Lichtman, Erica C Leifheit, Basmah Safdar, Haikun Bao, Harlan M Krumholz, Nancy P Lorenze, Mitra Daneshvar, John A Spertus, Gail D'Onofrio
BACKGROUND: Some studies report that women are less likely to present with chest pain for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Information on symptom presentation, perception of symptoms, and care-seeking behaviors is limited for young patients with AMI. METHODS: We interviewed 2009 women and 976 men aged 18 to 55 years hospitalized for AMI at 103 US hospitals participating in the VIRGO study (Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients)...
February 20, 2018: Circulation
Timothy R Larsen, Jedediah McMunn, Hala Ahmad, Soufian T AlMahameed
A 32-year-old male developed recurrent ventricular tachycardia after taking mega doses of loperamide and famotidine in order to experience an opiate-like euphoric effect. He was taking up to 200 mg of loperamide and multiple doses of famotidine each day. He developed palpitations and syncope. Electrocardiography demonstrated ventricular tachycardia and QT interval prolongation (corrected QT interval was 597 ms). He was diagnosed with loperamide-induced QT prolongation resulting in incessant ventricular tachycardia...
February 17, 2018: Drug Safety—Case Reports
Paurush Ambesh, Gerald Hollander, Jacob Shani
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February 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
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