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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222406/leydig-cell-clustering-and-reinke-crystal-distribution-in-relation-to-hormonal-function-in-adult-patients-with-testicular-dysgenesis-syndrome-tds-including-cryptorchidism
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Rikke R Soerensen, Trine H Johannsen, Niels E Skakkebaek, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
OBJECTIVE: Testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS) comprises testicular germ cell cancer, cryptorchidism and some cases of male infertility and hypospadias, which can be linked to impairment of intrauterine gonadal development. Among histological signs of TDS, large Leydig cell (LC) clusters (micronodules) are frequently present. This study aimed to investigate possible associations of LC micronodules with the presence of Reinke crystals and hormonal function of LCs, the latter primarily reflected by serum concentrations of luteinising hormone (LH) and testosterone, in patients with TDS...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219580/use-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-induction-therapy-in-cardiac-transplantation-a-review
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V Ruan, L S C Czer, M Awad, M Kittleson, J Patel, F Arabia, F Esmailian, D Ramzy, J Chung, M De Robertis, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
The most common causes of death after heart transplantation (HTx) include acute rejection and multi-organ failure in the early period and malignancy and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in the late period. Polyclonal antibody preparations such as rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) may reduce early acute rejection and the later occurrence of CAV after HTx. ATG therapy depletes T cells, modulates adhesion and cell-signaling molecules, interferes with dendritic cell function, and induces B-cell apoptosis and regulatory and natural killer T-cell expansion...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215195/tetanus-a-potential-public-health-threat-in-times-of-disaster
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Paige Finkelstein, Laura Teisch, Casey J Allen, Gabriel Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Tetanus is a potentially fatal condition that is rare in urban environments but is seen in developing countries and post-natural-disaster. Therefore, the purpose of this report was to review the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and management of tetanus in the trauma patient. METHODS: A thorough literature review was conducted to look for the most current and thorough guidelines on the prophylaxis and treatment of tetanus. PUBMED (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA), MEDLINE (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA), and Cochrane Library (The Cochrane Collaboration; Oxford, United Kingdom) databases were searched for articles in English, published from 2005 to 2015, using the keywords "Tetanus," "Trauma/Surgery," and "Disaster...
February 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214238/high-prevalence-of-low-serum-biologically-active-testosterone-in%C3%A2-older-male-veterans
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Christine F Conover, Joshua F Yarrow, Timothy J Garrett, Fan Ye, Eoin P Quinlivan, Darryl F Cannady, Mark D Peterson, Stephen E Borst
OBJECTIVES: Assess the prevalence of hypogonadism in older male Veterans by comparing direct measurements of total testosterone (T) and bioavailable testosterone (BioT) versus indirect BioT values derived from existing and newly developed regression analyses. DESIGN: Cohort study. SETTING: Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling male Veterans aged 60 and older (n = 203). MEASUREMENTS: Total T, BioT, albumin, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and body mass index were evaluated...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212640/urinary-iodine-in-early-pregnancy-is-associated-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-tianjin-china-an-observational-study
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Kunling Wang, Jie Zhang, Fengao Li, Wanqi Zhang, Hao Wang, Li Ding, Yaxin Liu, Laixiang Lin, Shuang Zhang, Mei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Subclinical hypothyroidism (SH) is associated with adverse obstetric outcomes and neurodevelopment disorders. Both iodine deficiency and excess are associated with SH; however, few data regarding iodine nutrition status of pregnant women with SH are available. This study aimed to clarify whether iodine deficiency or excess is associated with SH, especially, when test results for anti-thyroid autoantibodies are negative. METHODS: A total of 115 women with SH and 104 women with euthyroidism (EH) in early pregnancy in Tianjin, China were investigated, and their serum thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxine, free triiodothyronine, anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb), anti-thyroid globulin antibody (TGAb), urinary iodine (UIC), and urinary creatinine (UCr) concentrations were measured...
February 17, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211317/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
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Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211307/local-and-systemic-changes-associated-with-long-term-percutaneous-static-implantation-of-titanium-alloys-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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Galit H Frydman Robert P Marini Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu Kathleen E Biddle Sureshkumar Muthupalani Charles R Vanderburg Barry Lai Pavan K Bendapudi Ronald G Tompkins And James G Fox
Metal alloys are frequently used as implant materials in veterinary medicine. Recent studies suggest that many alloys induce both local and systemic inflammatory responses. In this study, 37 rhesus macaques with long-term skull-anchored percutaneous titanium alloy implants (duration, 0 to 14 y) were evaluated for changes in their hematology, coagulation, and serum chemistry profiles. Negative controls (n = 28) did not have implants. Macaques with implants had higher plasma D-dimer and lower antithrombin III concentrations than nonimplanted animals...
February 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209492/reproductive-considerations-in-the-setting-of-chronic-viral-illness
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Brent M Hanson, Jessie A Dorais
Special considerations must be taken when patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C desire to achieve pregnancy. Patients with chronic viral illnesses desire children at rates similar to the general population, and options are available to decrease both vertical transmission and viral transmission between partners. Preconception counseling or consultation with fertility specialists is imperative in patients with HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C so that reproductive goals can be addressed and optimized...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208875/erectile-dysfunction-and-low-sex-drive-in-men-with-type-2-dm-the-potential-role-of-diabetic-pharmacotherapy
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Hayder M Al-Kuraishy, Ali I Al-Gareeb
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic men with erectile dysfunction have not been widely studied. They have low testosterone levels, causing low sex drive and erectile dysfunction. AIM: To assess the erectile dysfunction and sex drive in relation to testosterone serum levels in type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 64 patients with type 2 DM were enrolled in this cross-sectional study, according to the treatment types they were divided into three groups, group (A): 34 patients treated with metformin, group (B): 30 patients treated with sulfonylurea and group (C): 27 healthy normal non-diabetic men are taken as control...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208873/high-dose-intravenous-anti-d-immune-globulin-is-more-effective-and-safe-in-indian-paediatric-patients-of-immune-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Trupti Rekha Swain, Rabindra Kumar Jena, Kali Prasanna Swain
INTRODUCTION: Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is characterised by an autoimmune antibody-mediated destruction of platelets and impaired platelet production. Few controlled trials exist to guide management of patients with ITP in Indian scenario for which patients require an individualized approach. Anti-D (Rho (D) immune globulin) at a higher dose can prove to be a cost effective and safe alternative for Indian patients with ITP. AIM: To compare the safety and efficacy of higher dose (75μg/kg) intravenous Anti-D immune globulin against the standard dose of 50μg/kg for the management of ITP in Indian patients...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206723/clinical-study-on-amplitude-integrated-electroencephalogram-in-cerebral-injury-caused-by-severe-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia
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Hongwei Wu, Zhenguang Li, Jinfeng Liu, Gang Liu, Xia Yang
BACKGROUND: This study was designed in order to assess the validity of the use of amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) in cerebral injury caused by severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. METHODS: A total of 56 full-term neonates diagnosed with severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and admitted to the NICU of our hospital from July 2013 to December 2014 were continuously selected for the study. The total serum bilirubin (TSB) was higher than 342 μmo/l, and was dominated by a higher amount of unconjugated bilirubin...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203425/false-positive-hepatitis-c-antibody-test-results-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-recipients-increased-risk-with-age-and-transfusions
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Grace Y Minamoto, Doreen Lee, Adriana Colovai, Dana Levy, Ljiljana Vasovic, Keith W Roach, Jonathan Shuter, Daniel Goldstein, David D'Alessandro, Ulrich P Jorde, Victoria A Muggia
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have been successfully used in patients with heart failure. However, LVADs may trigger immune activation, leading to higher frequencies of autoantibodies. We describe the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory characteristics of LVAD recipients with false positive hepatitis C (FPHC) serology among 39 consecutive adult LVAD recipients who bridged to heart transplantation from January 2007 to January 2013 at Montefiore Medical Center. FPHC patients were identified as those with post-LVAD positive hepatitis C ELISA antibody tests and negative confirmatory testing with hepatitis C RNA PCR and/or radioimmunoblot assay...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199755/incidence-and-risk-factor-of-hemorrhagic-cystitis-after-allogeneic-transplantation-with-fludarabine-busulfan-and-anti-thymocyte-globulin-myeloablative-conditioning
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Wilson Lam, Jan Storek, Haocheng Li, Michelle Geddes, Andrew Daly
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) is a complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), associated with factors such as BK polyomavirus reactivation, age, conditioning regimen, and presence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The incidence and impact of HC in patients receiving fludarabine (Flu), busulfan (Bu), and anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) conditioning is unknown. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of patients undergoing SCT at our center between January 1, 2003 and Dec 31, 2012, to determine the incidence of HC and its effect on patient outcomes including overall survival (OS), relapse, non-relapse mortality, GVHD, and healthcare resource use...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198767/anti-gal-and-anti-neu5gc-responses-in-nonimmunosuppressed-patients-following-treatment-with-rabbit-anti-thymocyte-polyclonal-iggs
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Apolline Salama, Gwénaëlle Evanno, Noha Lim, Juliette Rousse, Ludmilla Le Berre, Arnaud Nicot, Sophie Brouard, Kristina M Harris, Mario R Ehlers, Stephen E Gitelman, Jean-Paul Soulillou
BACKGROUND: Polyclonal anti-human thymocyte rabbit IgGs (anti-thymocyte globulin, ATG) are popular immunosuppressive drugs used to prevent or treat organ or bone-marrow allograft rejection, graft versus host disease, and autoimmune diseases. However, animal-derived glycoproteins are also strongly immunogenic and rabbit ATG induces serum sickness disease in almost all patients without additional immunosuppressive drugs, as seen in the START trial of ATG therapy in new-onset type 1 diabetes...
February 14, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198173/delphi-based-study-and-analysis-of-key-risk-factors-for-invasive-fungal-infection-in-haematological-patients
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L Vázquez, M Salavert, J Gayoso, M Lizasoaín, I Ruiz Camps, N Di Benedetto
OBJECTIVE: Mortality caused by invasive fungal infections due to filamentous fungi (IFI-FF) is high. Predisposing factors to IFI-FF are multiple and should be stratified. The objective of this study was to identify key risk factors for IFI-FF in onco-haematological patients in different clinical settings. METHODS: Prospective national Delphi study. Risk factors for IFI-FF in patients with onco-haematological diseases were identified by a systematic review of the literature...
February 14, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195648/hematology-and-biochemistry-of-aging-evidence-of-anemia-of-the-elderly-in-old-dogs
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Lauren B Radakovich, Stephen C Pannone, Matthew P Truelove, Christine S Olver, Kelly S Santangelo
BACKGROUND: Effects of aging on hematologic and biochemical variables are well described in people. Anemia of the elderly is attributed to iron deficiency, anemia of chronic disease, chronic kidney disease, myelodysplasia, or idiopathic causes. Limited studies have examined these variables in aging dogs, but they have typically examined single breeds in research settings. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify differences in CBC and biochemistry values between adult and aged dogs of many breeds...
February 13, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191607/retrospective-study-of-the-clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#17
Yongfeng Zhang, Hongbin Li, Nawei Wu, Xin Dong, Yi Zheng
This study aims to explore the clinical characteristics and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-associated interstitial lung disease (ILD). This is a retrospective study of 550 patients with RA. All patients underwent chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning. (1) Two hundred thirty-seven out of five hundred fifty (43.1%) patients with RA were diagnose with ILD. 13.5% ILD occurred before RA onset, 69.6% ILD occurred within 10 years of RA onset, and 16.9% ILD occurred more than 10 years after RA onset...
February 12, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188718/-hematopoietic-stem-cells-transplant-in-patients-with-common-variable-immunodeficiency-is-a-therapeutic-option
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Julio César Cambray-Gutiérrez, Diana Andrea Herrera-Sánchez, Patricia López-Pérez, Aurora Chávez-García, Marco Antonio Yamazaki-Nakashimada
BACKGROUND: Patients with common variable immunodeficiency show higher incidence of sinopulmonary and gastrointestinal infections, as well as lymphoproliferative and autoimmune diseases. The treatment of choice is replacement therapy with human gamma-globulin. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a non-conventional therapeutic modality. CASE REPORT: Twenty-six-year old woman with no family or hereditary history of primary immune deficiencies or consanguinity, with repeated episodes of otitis, sinusitis, gastroenteritis and bronchitis since childhood...
January 2017: Revista Alergia Mexico: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Mexicana de Alergia e Inmunología, A.C
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187463/preoperative-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-predicts-survival-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
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Zhen Chen, Yingjie Shao, Hongwei Yao, Qianfeng Zhuang, Kun Wang, Zhaoyu Xing, Xianlin Xu, Xiaozhou He, Renfang Xu
In this retrospective analysis, we evaluated associations between albumin to globulin ratio (AGR), clinicopathological characteristics, and survival in 592 patients with localized or locally advanced clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC) prior to nephrectomy. We found that low AGR was associated with more aggressive tumor behavior; patients with low AGR had poorer overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) in Kaplan-Meier survival analyses both before and after propensity score matching, which was used to compensate for differences in baseline clinicopathological characteristics...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185624/clinical-pathology-of-the-critically-endangered-gough-bunting-rowettia-goughensis
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M P Dagleish, P G Ryan, S Girling, A L Bond
The Gough bunting (Rowettia goughensis) is indigenous to Gough Island and critically endangered due to predation by invasive house mice (Mus musculus). A planned ecosystem restoration by eradication of house mice via aerially delivered rodenticide requires a reproductively balanced population of Gough buntings being held in captivity to avoid primary and secondary poisoning. To aid disease detection during the period of captivity, Gough buntings (n = 25; five adult females, 15 adult males and five juveniles) were captured, measured and sampled to determine reference ranges for routine haematological and biochemical parameters and to identify any faecal bacterial species and intestinal and haemoparasites...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
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