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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811951/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-presenting-as-pyrexia-of-unknown-origin-leukocytosis-and-microangiopathic-haemolytic-anemia
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Sima Terebelo, Iona Chen
A 66-year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department with a florid sepsis-like picture, a two-week history of fever, relative hypotension with end organ ischemia (unexplained liver enzyme and troponin elevations), and nonspecific constitutional symptoms. She was initially found to have a urinary tract infection but, despite appropriate treatment, her fever persisted and her white blood cell count continued to rise. During her hospitalization the patient manifested leukocytosis to 47,000 WBC/μL, ESR 67 mm/hr (normal range 0-42 mm/hr), CRP 17...
2017: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796996/call-for-caution-neonatal-portal-vein-thrombosis-following-enbucrilate-embolization-of-placental-chorioangioma
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Hian Yan Voon, Rafaie Amin, Juan Loong Kok, Kia Sing Tan
We illustrate a case of giant placental chorioangioma presenting at 20 weeks of gestation. Subsequent monitoring revealed enlargement of the lesion, associated with fetal anemia and cardiac failure, prompting in utero intervention. Amnioreduction followed by percutaneous embolization of the tumour with enbucrilate:Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid™ at a dilution of 1:5 was successfully performed. No repeat intervention or additional supportive measures were required throughout pregnancy and the baby was delivered at 36 weeks of gestation, following spontaneous labour...
August 11, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777392/long-term-follow-up-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-complications-and-predisposing-risk-factors
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Tolulope A Adesiyun, Rhondalyn C McLean, Ryan J Tedford, Glenn J R Whitman, Chris M Sciortino, John V Conte, Ashish S Shah, Stuart D Russell
PURPOSE: To assess LVAD complications and their overall effect on mortality and determine factors associated with development of early and long-term complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent continuous flow LVAD placement between January 1, 2000 and November 30, 2013 was performed. The incidence of complications (sepsis or bacteremia, driveline infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, pump thrombosis, cerebrovascular accidents and anemia requiring transfusion) was collected and logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards analyses were performed...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764841/non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-comprehensive-review
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Tamunoinemi Bob-Manuel, Ikechuckwu Ifedili, Guy Reed, Uzoma N Ibebuogu, Rami N Khouzam
Non-ST elevation-acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) includes NSTE myocardial infarction and unstable angina. This patient population forms approximately two-thirds of all hospital admissions for ACS in the United States each year and is associated with an in-hospital mortality of 5%. NSTE-ACS is primarily due to an acute change in the supply and demand balance of coronary perfusion and myocardial oxygen consumption, because of the significant coronary artery obstruction presenting as plaque rupture or erosion...
September 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728751/a-phase-ii-evaluation-of-brivanib-in-the-treatment-of-persistent-or-recurrent-carcinoma-of-the-cervix-an-nrg-oncology-gynecologic-oncology-group-study
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John K Chan, Wei Deng, Robert V Higgins, Krishnansu S Tewari, Albert J Bonebrake, Michael Hicks, Stephanie Gaillard, Pedro T Ramirez, Weldon Chafe, Bradley J Monk, Carol Aghajanian
BACKGROUND: Brivanib is an oral, tyrosine kinase inhibitor against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). We studied its efficacy and tolerability in persistent or recurrent cervical cancer patients. METHODS: Eligible patients had at least one prior cytotoxic regimen for recurrence and with measurable disease. Brivanib 800mg was administered orally every day (1cycle=28days) until disease progression or prohibitive toxicity...
July 17, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713749/mucormycosis-of-the-frontal-sinus-a-rare-case-report-and-review
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Nanda Kishore Sahoo, Vishal Kulkarni, Amit K Bhandari, Arun Kumar
Mucormycosis of the frontal sinus are rarely seen in day to day clinical practice. Although this fungus is commonly found in the environment, the disease is usually prevented by the immune system and is hence rare. Well-recognized risk factors for the disease include diabetes mellitus, leukemia, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, blood dyscrasias, and immunosuppressive therapy in organ transplantation, renal disease, sepsis, and severe burns. The disease is primarily found in those who are immunocompromised, but it may also manifest in immuno competent persons...
January 2017: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636757/babesiosis-an-unusual-cause-of-sepsis-after-kidney-transplantation-and-review-of-the-literature
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Imtiaz Ather, Negiin Pourafshar, Denise Schain, Asmita Gupte, Michael J Casey
We report a unique case of babesiosis presenting as sepsis after kidney transplantation. A 70-year-old female kidney transplant recipient presented with fever, hemolytic anemia, and acute kidney injury, and met three of four systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria. Serology was positive for Babesia microti, confirmed by polymerase chain reaction. The patient was treated with atovaquone and azithromycin and made a full recovery. Reports of babesiosis after solid organ transplantation are rare, with only four prior cases reported in the literature...
June 21, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626212/a-huge-subcutaneous-hematoma-in-an-adult-with-kasabach-merritt-syndrome
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Kuan-Lin Wu, Chiung-Ying Liao, Chen-Kuang Chang, Shang-Yun Ho, Yeu-Sheng Tyan, Yuan-Chun Huang
BACKGROUND Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is a potentially fatal disease that consists of hemangioma(s) with thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and coagulopathy. Extensive hemangiomatosis is rare. We present the radiological features and treatment strategy of a young adult suffering from Kasabach-Merritt syndrome with widespread hemangiomas and an infected huge hematoma in the right thigh. CASE REPORT A 33-year-old Taiwanese male presented with a painful 20-cm mass over his right thigh and gross hematuria for 2 days...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620552/refractory-lactic-acidosis-in-small-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lung
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Daniel J Oh, Ellen Dinerman, Andrew H Matthews, Abraham W Aron, Katherine M Berg
BACKGROUND: Elevated lactate levels in critically ill patients are most often thought to be indicative of relative tissue hypoxia or type A lactic acidosis. Shock, severe anemia, and thromboembolic events can all cause elevated lactate due to tissue hypoperfusion, as well as the mitochondrial dysfunction thought to occur in sepsis and other critically ill states. Malignancy can also lead to elevation in lactate, a phenomenon described as type B lactic acidosis, which is much less commonly encountered in the critically ill...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597685/a-gain-of-function-mutation-of-stat1-a-novel-genetic-factor-contributing-to-chronic-mucocutaneous-candidiasis
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Narges Eslami, Marzieh Tavakol, Mehrnaz Mesdaghi, Mohammad Gharegozlou, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel, Satoshi Okada, Saba Arshi, Mohammad Hassan Bemanian, Morteza Fallahpour, Rasool Molatefi, Farhad Seif, Samaneh Zoghi, Nima Rezaei, Mohammad Nabavi
Heterozygous gain-of-function (GOF) mutations in the signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) have increasingly been identified as a genetic cause of autosomal-dominant (AD) chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC). In this article, we describe a 33-year-old man who experienced chronic refractory candidiasis, recurrent otitis media, and pneumonia resulting in bronchiectasis, severe oral and esophageal candidiases with strictures associated with hypothyroidism and immune hemolytic anemia. His son also suffered from persistent candidiasis, chronic diarrhea, poor weight gain, and pneumonia that resulted in his demise because of sepsis...
June 9, 2017: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595616/phase-i-study-of-oral-ridaforolimus-in-combination-with-paclitaxel-and-carboplatin-in-patients-with-solid-tumor-cancers
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Hye Sook Chon, Sokbom Kang, Jae K Lee, Sachin M Apte, Mian M Shahzad, Irene Williams-Elson, Robert M Wenham
BACKGROUND: Ridaforolimus is a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor that has activity in solid tumors. Paclitaxel and carboplatin have broad antineoplastic activity in many cancers. This phase I trial was conducted to determine the safety profile, maximal tolerated dose, and recommended phase II dose and schedule of oral ridaforolimus combined with paclitaxel and carboplatin in patients with solid tumor cancers. METHODS: Eligible patients with advanced solid tumor cancers received oral 10 to 30 mg ridaforolimus daily for 5 consecutive days per week combined with intravenous paclitaxel (175 mg/m(2)) and carboplatin (area under the curve [AUC] 5-6 mg/mL/min) in 3-week cycles...
June 8, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584508/childhood-pyogenic-septic-arthritis-as-seen-in-a-teaching-hospital-south-east-nigeria
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Njoku Isaac Omoke, Akputa Aja Obasi
BACKGROUND: Childhood pyogenic septic arthritis and its associated musculoskeletal morbidity is an important health concern in developing countries. Its pattern of presentation that varies from and within subregions has implications on the early recognition, treatment, and outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the pattern and outcome of childhood septic arthritis in our environment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of all the children seen with pyogenic septic arthritis in Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki between January 2005 and December 2015...
January 2017: Nigerian Journal of Surgery: Official Publication of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555879/impact-of-liver-disease-on-outcomes-of-patients-hospitalized-for-epistaxis
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Omar M Mohamed, Aparna Govindan, Andrey Filimonov, Michael J Sylvester, Michael Zaki, Soly Baredes, Jean Anderson Eloy
OBJECTIVES: Liver disease (LD) often results in coagulation abnormalities that may predispose to more severe epistaxis. The purpose of this analysis was to examine characteristics of patients hospitalized for epistaxis with LD and explore the impact of LD on patient outcomes. METHODS: The 2002 to 2013 National Inpatient Sample was queried for cases with a primary diagnosis of epistaxis. Cases with additional codes meeting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's definition of LD were identified and compared to the non-LD cohort...
May 29, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553027/a-ten-year-audit-of-maternal-mortality-millennium-development-still-a-distant-goal
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Anshuja Singla, Shalini Rajaram, Sumita Mehta, Gita Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To assess various causes of maternal mortality over a ten year period. DESIGN: Retrospective audit of hospital case records. SETTING: Tertiary care hospital. POPULATION: Pregnant women who expired in the premises of GTB Hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective audit of case records of maternal deaths was conducted for a ten year period (January 2005 to December 2014). RESULTS: There were a total of 647 maternal deaths out of 1,16,641 live births...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542880/suicidal-death-of-erythrocytes-in-cancer-and-its-chemotherapy-a-potential-target-in-the-treatment-of-tumor-associated-anemia
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REVIEW
Elisabeth Lang, Rosi Bissinger, Syed M Qadri, Florian Lang
In analogy to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling. Eryptotic erythrocytes are rapidly cleared from circulating blood and may adhere to the vascular wall. Stimulation of eryptosis thus impairs microcirculation and leads to anemia as soon as the loss of erythrocytes cannot be fully compensated by enhanced erythropoiesis. Signaling stimulating eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca(2+) -activity, ceramide, caspases, calpain, p38-kinase, protein-kinase C, Janus-activated kinase 3, casein-kinase 1α, and cyclin-dependent kinase 4...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535517/coupled-plasma-filtration-adsorption-application-for-liver-and-thyroid-toxins
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Gabriele Donati, Irene Capelli, Anna Laura Croci Chiocchini, Nicolò Natali, Anna Scrivo, Gaetano La Manna
Coupled plasma filtration and adsorption (CPFA) is a detoxification system that combines a plasma adsorption circuit and a continuous renal replacement therapy circuit. Its main application is for sepsis and septic shock with or without acute renal failure. Several recent studies have suggested that CPFA can reduce the mortality when the volume of plasma absorbed on the styrenic resin is at least >0.18 L/kg/day. At present, new applications for CPFA are under investigation, also in patients without significant kidney failure...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534070/total-abdominal-colectomy-vs-restorative-total-proctocolectomy-as-the-initial-approach-to-medically-refractory-ulcerative-colitis
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Jinyu Gu, Luca Stocchi, Jeanie Ashburn, Feza H Remzi
PURPOSE: There is scant data assessing the consequences of staging restorative proctocolectomy for ulcerative colitis. The aim of the study is to compare outcomes of initial vs. staged restorative proctocolectomy. METHODS: Patients completing restorative proctocolectomy, including ileostomy reversal, during 2006-2012 were identified from an IRB-approved database. Demographics, treatment variables, and perioperative outcomes were assessed. RESULTS: Out of 521 patients, 322 (62%) underwent initial total abdominal colectomy before restorative proctectomy...
August 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522577/shorter-leukocyte-telomere-length-is-associated-with-higher-risk-of-infections-a-prospective-study-of-75-309-individuals-from-the-general-population
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Jens Helby, Børge G Nordestgaard, Thomas Benfield, Stig E Bojesen
In the general population, older age is associated with short leukocyte telomere length and with high risk of infections. In a recent study of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for severe aplastic anemia, long donor leukocyte telomere length was associated with improved survival in the recipients. These findings suggest that leukocyte telomere length could possibly be a marker of immune competence. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that shorter leukocyte telomere length is associated with higher risk of infectious disease hospitalization and infection-related death...
August 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501032/-perinatal-outcome-in-relation-to-chorionicity-in-twin-pregnancy
#19
Marta Machado, Elsa Lima Teixeira, Lígia Maria Ferreira, Filipa Rodrigues, Raquel Henriques, Eulália Afonso
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of multiple gestations is increasing worldwide and many studies have shown higher perinatal morbidity and mortality rates in monochorionic twins compared to dichorionic. The aim of this study was to assess the twin population born at a tertiary center and to evaluate the impact of chorionicity on perinatal outcomes of twin pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of all twins born in a tertiary center from January 2004 to December 2013...
January 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499592/risk-factors-for-poor-outcomes-of-children-with-acute-acalculous-cholecystitis
#20
Yi-An Lu, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Man-Shan Kong, Han-I Wang, Hsun-Chin Chao, Chien-Chang Chen
BACKGROUND: Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is generally considered to be a mild disease in children; however, if left untreated or treated without caution, AAC can lead to severe outcomes, such as death. The objectives of this study were to present the clinical features and identify the predictors of mortality in pediatric AAC. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with AAC between 2005 and 2012 were enrolled. AAC was defined by the presence of fever and an echo-proven thickened gallbladder wall exceeding 4 mm...
March 25, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
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