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Pericardial disease

Midori Tanaka, Hidenobu Ishii, Hayato Moribuchi, Yoshiko Naito, Norikazu Matsuo, Masayuki Nakamura, Takaaki Tokito, Koichi Azuma, Kazuhiko Yamada, Tomoaki Hoshino
Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) combined with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations is extremely rare, and standard chemotherapeutic strategies have not yet been established. In the present study, we report a case of a 67-year-old man who presented with combined SCLC with EGFR mutation (exon 19 deletion). Systemic chemotherapy with cisplatin and irinotecan was initiated as first-line chemotherapy, and computed tomography findings revealed tumor shrinkage after two cycles of chemotherapy. However, after the third cycle of the treatment, disease progression was observed including the appearance of pleural and pericardial effusion...
March 15, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Shudan Wang, Noam Broder, Paula Marchetta, Johannes Nowatzky
A 46-year-old Hispanic man presented with fever, genital ulcers, left eye redness and chest pain. Physical examination was notable for a healed oral ulcer and scrotal ulcers, and bilateral superficial thrombophlebitis. He was found to have new-onset pancytopenia. CT of the chest showed pericardial and pleural effusions and rapidly progressing inflammation of the aortic arch and ascending vessels. Although the patient had Behcet's disease (BD)-like symptoms, pancytopenia could not be explained by the diagnosis, prompting a bone marrow biopsy which showed myelodysplastic syndrome...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Y Santamaría-Alza, J Sánchez-Bautista, J F Fajardo-Rivero, C L Figueroa
Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease with multi-organ involvement. Complications, such as invasive fungal infections usually occur in patients with a greater severity of the disease. Objective The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk variables associated with invasive fungal infections in a Colombian systemic lupus erythematosus population. Materials and methods A cross-sectional, retrospective study that evaluated patients with systemic lupus erythematosus for six years...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Hisanori Fukunaga, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Hideo Shimomura, Shuzo Yamamoto, Chiaki Terao, Tomoko Totsune, Manabu Nakagawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Primary cardiac lymphoma is rare and can be an aggressive disease, depending on the grade. A case is reported of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma associated with a pericardial effusion. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) imaging was useful in the diagnosis and in evaluating the disease activity in this case. CASE REPORT A 72-year-old Japanese woman visited a general practitioner, complaining of dyspnea associated with cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed, and Group V malignant cells were identified by cytology, suspicious for malignant lymphoma...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Venkatesh Ravi, Fady Iskander, Abhimanyu Saini, Carolyn Brecklin, Rami Doukky
BACKGROUND: Pericardial effusion is common in hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We sought to identify predictors of pericardial effusion in CKD patients and to evaluate the impact of pericardial effusion on their mortality and morbidity. METHODS: In a retrospective nested case control study design, we analyzed hospitalized adult patients with CKD stage 4, 5, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) diagnosed with pericardial effusion. Randomly selected patients with CKD stage 4, 5, and ESRD without pericardial effusion were used as controls...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Sophie Van Linthout, Carsten Tschöpe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the cardiac muscle mainly caused by viral infection. Due to the diverse clinical presentation of myocarditis, accurate diagnosis demands simultaneous histologic, immunohistochemical and molecular biological workup of endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs) as defined by the position statement of the Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology on myocarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Endomyocardial biopsy-based analysis of viral transcriptional activity, mRNA expression, epigenetics and region-specific protein expression analysis via imaging mass spectrometry have led to the identification of novel potential diagnostic criteria, markers with prognostic value and therapeutic targets for the treatment of viral myocarditis, opening new avenues for novel therapies, including cell therapies, as well as the use of established treatment options, be it from other indications...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Go Saito, Masato Kono, Akari Tsutsumi, Yu Koyanagi, Koichi Miyashita, Takeshi Kobayashi, Hironao Hozumi, Yoshihiro Miki, Yoshifumi Arai, Yoshiro Otsuki, Dai Hashimoto, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Toru Nakamura, Takafumi Suda, Hidenori Nakamura
A 68-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with fever and pleural effusion. Her thoracentesis showed eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE) without any evidence of malignancy, infection, or trauma. Pleural biopsy revealed pleuritis and intercostal myositis. Characteristic skin manifestations, including Gottron's sign, interstitial lung disease, and pericardial effusion, appeared later in the clinical course. She was finally diagnosed with anti-PL-7 antisynthetase syndrome (ASS) based on the presence of anti-PL-7 antibody, and she fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for dermatomyositis...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Priyantha Udaya Kumara Ralapanawa, Kulatunga Wijekoon Mudiyanselage Pramitha Prabhashini Kumarihamy, Miriyalini Sundararajah, Widana Arachchilage Thilak Ananda Jayalath
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic myocarditis is one of the fatal complications of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndromes. Given the rarity of this form of myocarditis, it is often under-recognized. We describe a young girl who presented with features of heart failure. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of eosinophilic myocarditis in a young Sri Lankan female. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 21 year old Sri Lankan female admitted with shortness of breath for 1 week duration with associated low grade fever and profuse sweating...
March 9, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Aziz Rezapour, Saeed Bagheri Faradonbeh, Vahid Alipour, Mani Yusefvand
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathies is a group of heart diseases that directly affects the heart muscle, and their causes is not just high blood pressure, congenital and pericardial diseases but ischemic cardiomyopathy disease are also caused by vascular disorders, and to confirm the diagnosis, angiography is required. There are several methods for treating and controlling ischemic cardiomyopathy in world health systems and especially in the Iran health system, which include medical treatment, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hussein Nafakhi, Abdulameer A Al-Mosawi, Mohammed Alareedh, Hasan A Al-Nafakh
AIM: To assess the possible relationship between coronary atherosclerosis markers, pericardial fat volume (PFV) and coronary artery calcification, With ECG markers of index of the cardiac electrophysiological balance (iCEB) and transmural dispersion of the repolarization in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. METHODOLOGY: One hundred patients who underwent 64-slice multidetector computed tomography angiography were found to be eligible and were enrolled in the study...
March 8, 2018: Biomarkers in Medicine
Piergiorgio Solli, Jury Brandolini, Alessandro Pardolesi, Marco Nardini, Nicola Lacava, Sergio Forti Parri, Kenji Kawamukai, Barbara Bonfanti, Luca Bertolaccini
Extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and pleurectomy-decortication (P/D) are both recognised surgical procedures for selected cases affected by malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Surgical techniques have ameliorated over the last years, remaining the complete macroscopic resection of the disease the main surgical principle. EPP is defined as an en-bloc resection of the visceral pleura, parietal pleura, pericardium and diaphragm alongside the pneumonectomy. The thoracic domain of the International Association for Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) recently clarified the, previously confused, surgical terminology...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Stanisław Łazowski, Magdalena Zawodna, Natalia Fertała, Maciej Bryl
The associations between stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) and cancer or its therapy have been studied with increasing interest in recent years. Different mechanisms of TC development in neoplastic disease are suggested, including a decreased threshold for stress stimuli or aggravated heart adrenoreceptors sensitivity. The action of cytokines and reactive oxygen species on the myocardium, on the epicardial arteries as well as on the coronary microcirculation is also taken into consideration. The authors describe a case of a 30-year-old male with lung cancer, after immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors followed by two lines of chemotherapy and after pericardial and pleural drainage...
February 23, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Fabiola Atzeni, Marco Corda, Luigi Gianturco, Maurizio Porcu, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Maurizio Turiel
The risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and mortality is significantly higher in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases than in the general population. Although CV involvement in such patients is highly heterogeneous and may affect various structures of the heart, it can now be diagnosed earlier and promptly treated. Various types of assessments are employed for the evaluation of CV risk such as transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) to investigate valve abnormalities, pericardial disease, and ventricular wall motion defects...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
William Paul Skelton, Dhruv Mahtta, Samantha Welniak, Aaron J Franke, Long H Dang
Extra gonadal germ cell tumors have variable clinical presentations and locations. We report a case of an extra-gonadal germ cell tumor in a 26-year-old male who presented with chest pain. Imaging revealed a large pericardial effusion with underlying mass invading the pericardium. Pericardial effusion is an extremely rare initial site of diagnosis or site of metastasis for malignancy. This case illustrates the importance of a thorough history and physical examination, broad differential diagnosis, and to keep in mind serious complications from rare presentations of disease...
February 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Ashraf Abugroun, Osama Hallak, Fatima Ahmed, Safwan Gaznabi
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a distinct entity of connective tissue disorders characterized by overlapping clinical features of various autoimmune diseases along with the presence of antibodies to ribonucleoprotein (anti-RNP). The prevalence of cardiac involvement in MCTD varies from 13% to 65% and accounts for approximately 20% of MCTD related mortality. In this case, we describe an elderly female patient with multiple complaints without a clear etiology on presentation. Echocardiogram revealed severe rapidly accumulating pericardial effusion causing tamponade necessitating pericardial window...
February 2018: Cardiology Research
Heather L Covey, David J Connolly
Pericardial effusion (PE) is reported in dogs as a consequence of neoplasia, primary cardiac disease or as an idiopathic condition. We describe seven dogs with systemic inflammatory disease, PE without tamponade and increased cardiac troponin I concentrations. Echocardiographic findings and adjunctive testing did not identify other known causes of PE. Resolution of the PE was documented in five of seven dogs in which follow-up echocardiography was performed, often after anti-inflammatory therapy. Resolution of PE was associated with normalisation of cardiac troponin I levels...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Valentin Fuster
Each week, I record audio summaries for every article in JACC, as well as an issue summary. While this process has been time-consuming, I have become quite familiar with every paper that we publish. Thus, I personally select papers (both original investigations and review articles) from 15 distinct specialties each year for your review. In addition to my personal choices, I have included manuscripts that have been the most accessed or downloaded on our websites, as well as those selected by the JACC Editorial Board members...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Shojiro Takasu, Sari Matsumoto, Yuko Kanto, Kimiharu Iwadate
PURPOSE: Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is a major cause of death in developed countries. Postmortem IHD diagnosis using biochemical markers is difficult because of the postmortem changes. In the present study, we investigated the utility of soluble lectin-like low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (sLOX-1) in body fluids obtained from forensic autopsy cases. METHODS: We measured pericardial fluid, urine, and serum sLOX-1 levels; these samples were obtained from medicolegal autopsy cases (n = 149, postmortem interval <72 h), and the utility of these biomarkers postmortem acute IHD diagnosis was evaluated...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Daniel V P de Almeida, Jessica R Gomes, Fabio J Haddad, Antonio C Buzaid
A 69-year-old man with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma presented with pericarditis and pericardial tamponade during nivolumab treatment, despite near-complete response on images performed during response evaluation. Further investigation found no evidence of pericardial or pleural cancer involvement, and pathologic evaluation showed immune-related adverse effect. Surgical and steroid treatments were used, with excellent results, and no disease progression on follow-up despite drug discontinuation because of toxicity...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
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