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Rajesh Deshwal
OBJECTIVE: The clinical presentations and laboratory profile of malaria has been changing over the years. Therefore this study was undertaken to study the clinical profile and laboratory parameters of malarial patients. METHODS: This prospective observational study was undertaken in military hospital with high prevalence of malaria. A total of 320 patients were studied. All patients tested positive by peripheral blood smear or rapid diagnostic test were included...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
D B Kadam, Sonali Salvi, Ajay Chandanwale
The World Health Organization (WHO) has coined the term expanded dengue to describe cases which do not fall into either dengue shock syndrome or dengue hemorrhagic fever. This has incorporated several atypical findings of dengue. Dengue virus has not been enlisted as a common etiological agent in several conditions like encephalitis, Guillain Barre syndrome. Moreover it is a great mimic of co-existing epidemics like Malaria, Chikungunya and Zika virus disease, which are also mosquito-borne diseases. The atypical manifestations noted in dengue can be mutisystemic and multifacetal...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Christian Geier, Jessica Davis, Marc Siegel
A previously healthy 66-year-old woman living in the Mid-Atlantic USA presented to the hospital with lethargy, ataxia and slurred speech. 2 weeks prior she had removed a tick from her right groin. She reported malaise, fevers, diarrhoea, cough and a rash. Physical examination revealed a maculopapular rash on her chest, and lung auscultation revealed bi-basilar rales. Laboratory tests were remarkable for hyponatraemia, leucopenia and thrombocytopenia. Chest X-ray demonstrated bilateral pleural effusions with pulmonary oedema...
October 6, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
M E Cazzaniga, L Cortesi, A Ferzi, L Scaltriti, F Cicchiello, M Ciccarese, S Della Torre, F Villa, M Giordano, C Verusio, M Nicolini, A R Gambaro, L Zanlorenzi, E Biraghi, L Legramandi, E Rulli
PURPOSE: The VICTOR-1 study demonstrated that the all-oral metronomic combination of vinorelbine and capecitabine is highly active and well tolerated in hormone receptor-positive/HER2-negative patients. The VICTOR-2 study was designed to confirm these results. METHODS: Patients received mVNR 40 mg three times a week and mCAPE 500 mg three times a day, continuously. The primary endpoint was the clinical benefit rate (CBR); secondary endpoints were toxicity, objective response rate (ORR), and progression-free survival (PFS)...
October 17, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Vandana Pradhan, Pallavi Pandit, Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Manisha Patwardhan, Prathamesh Surve, Pradnya Kamble, Maxime Lecerf, Jagadeesh Bayry, Srinivas Kaveri, K Ghosh, Milind Y Nadkar
OBJECTIVE: To identify the hematological manifestations and its association with serum ferritin levels in SLE patients from Western India. METHODS: Ninety clinically diagnosed SLE patients fulfilling ACR criteria were included. Disease activity was assessed at the time of evaluation using Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI). Sera were tested for serum ferritin levels by ELISA (Calbiotech, USA). Autoantibodies such as ANA, anti-dsDNA by indirect immunofluorescence test (IFA- Bio-Rad, USA) and anti-cardiolipin antibodies (ACA) to IgG and IgM isotypes and Anti-β2 GP antibodies to IgG and IgM isotypes were detected by ELISA using commercially available kits (Euroimmun, Lubeck, Germany)...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Cheryl Sarah Philipose, T Umashankar
INTRODUCTION: Malaria is a mosquito borne disease which is a major public health problem and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Various haematological parameters have been studied to help predict malaria, such as alteration in the leucocyte count, platelet counts and erythrocyte counts. The neutrophil lymphocyte count ratio (NLCR) was found to have a good predictive value in systemic inflammation, particularly in critical care setting. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The present study aims to study the various haematological parameters and acertain the predictive value of NLCR and MLR in the detection of malaria...
July 2016: Tropical Parasitology
Vanita Noronha, Amit Joshi, Vamshi Krishna Muddu, Vijay Maruti Patil, Kumar Prabhash
<bold>Objective:</bold> To determine the efficacy and safety of cabazitaxel in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients from the named patient programme (NPP) at our centre. <bold>Methods:</bold> mCRPC patients who progressed on docetaxel were given cabazitaxel intravenously every 3 weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurred. Overall survival, progression-free survival, prostate-specific antigen response, quality of life (QOL) changes, and safety were reported...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Petra Vašeková, Peter Szépe, Ján Marcinek, Tomáš Balhárek, Lukáš Plank
INTRODUCTION: Megaloblastic anemia (MA) represents a subtype of macrocytic anemia caused by impaired DNA synthesis, mostly due to folate and vitamin B12 deficiency. Its mildest forms lead to macrocytosis without concomitant anemia, but more severe forms to thrombocytopenia and/or leucopenia as well. In majority of the cases, the diagnosis of MA dose not represent a serious clinical problem, however, other causes of macrocytosis including myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) must be excluded...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Ying Sun, Wen-Fei Li, Nian-Yong Chen, Ning Zhang, Guo-Qing Hu, Fang-Yun Xie, Yan Sun, Xiao-Zhong Chen, Jin-Gao Li, Xiao-Dong Zhu, Chao-Su Hu, Xiang-Ying Xu, Yuan-Yuan Chen, Wei-Han Hu, Ling Guo, Hao-Yuan Mo, Lei Chen, Yan-Ping Mao, Rui Sun, Ping Ai, Shao-Bo Liang, Guo-Xian Long, Bao-Min Zheng, Xing-Lai Feng, Xiao-Chang Gong, Ling Li, Chun-Ying Shen, Jian-Yu Xu, Ying Guo, Yu-Ming Chen, Fan Zhang, Li Lin, Ling-Long Tang, Meng-Zhong Liu, Jun Ma
BACKGROUND: The value of adding cisplatin, fluorouracil, and docetaxel (TPF) induction chemotherapy to concurrent chemoradiotherapy in locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma is unclear. We aimed to compare TPF induction chemotherapy plus concurrent chemoradiotherapy with concurrent chemoradiotherapy alone in a suitably powered trial. METHODS: We did an open-label, phase 3, multicentre, randomised controlled trial at ten institutions in China. Patients with previously untreated, stage III-IVB (except T3-4N0) nasopharyngeal carcinoma, aged 18-59 years without severe comorbidities were enrolled...
September 26, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Rajesh Deshwal, Md Ishaque Qureshi, Raj Singh
OBJECTIVE: Dengue fever is one of the most common arboviral mediated outbreaks reported with increased prevalence year after year with considerable morbidity and mortality. This study was designed to assess the clinical and biochemical parameters of dengue fever patients. METHODS: Prospective observational study was undertaken among adult patients in a military hospital. Five hundred fiteen patients were studied and analysed. All patients who were NS1 antigen/IgM dengue positive were included in the study...
December 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Renu Saigal, Rajat Bhargav, Laxmikant Goyal, Abhishek Agrawal, Pradeep Mital, Dileep Wadhwani
AIM: To study clinical and electrophysiological properties of peripheral neuropathy (PN) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and their association with disease activity parameters. METHODS: A hospital-based observational study done among 50 SLE patients after informed consent. History and clinical examination including a detailed neurological examination was carried out. Blood and urine investigation were done and modified SLE disease activity index (SLEDAI)-2000 score was calculated...
December 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Xingsheng Hu, Lin Wang, Lin Lin, Xiaohong Han, Guifang Dou, Zhiyun Meng, Yuankai Shi
OBJECTIVE: This phase I study was to evaluate safety, maximum tolerated dose, pharmacokinetics and preliminary antitumor activity of chidamide, a novel subtype-selective histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Ten patients received oral chidamide 20, 25, or 30 mg twice per week continuously with paclitaxel (175 mg/m(2)) and carboplatin [area under the curve (AUC) 5 mg/mL/min] administered in a 3-week cycle...
August 2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Wanda Liguigli, Gianluca Tomasello, Laura Toppo, Rossana Poli, Silvia Lazzarelli, Federica Negri, Bruno Perrucci, Alessandra Curti, Matteo Brighenti, Gianvito Donati, Morena Nazzari, Mario Martinotti, Marco Vismarra, Massimo Rovatti, Rodolfo Passalacqua
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of dose-dense TCF in elderly (≥65 years) compared to younger patients. METHODS: Safety and efficacy data relative to 119 consecutive patients with locally advanced or metastatic gastric cancer treated at our institution and enrolled in different phase II trials were retrospectively collected. All patients were treatment-naive and received docetaxel 70 mg/m2 day 1, cisplatin 60 mg/m2 day 1, l-folinic acid 100 mg/m2 days 1-2, followed by 5-fluorouracil 400 mg/m2 bolus days 1-2, and then 600 mg/m2 as a 22-hour continuous infusion days 1-2, every 14 days, plus pegfilgrastim 6 mg on day 3...
August 23, 2016: Tumori
Krzysztof Forgacz, Anil K Agrawal, Tomasz Sawicki, Grzegorz W Marek
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer progression presents a significant clinical problem. After its dissemination, the foundation of its treatment comprises of palliative chemotherapy. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the predictive and prognostic value of clinical response to second line treatment (with capecitabine or with a two-drug regimen including irinotecan) and to analyze its relation to selected clinical and pathological variables with respect to time to disease progression...
July 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Yun Leng, Lugui Qiu, Jian Hou, Yaozhong Zhao, Xuejun Zhang, Shifang Yang, Hao Xi, Zhongxia Huang, Ling Pan, Wenming Chen
BACKGROUND: Despite the recent development of new therapies, multiple myeloma (MM) remains an incurable disease. Thus, new, effective treatments are urgently needed, particularly for relapsed or refractory MM (RRMM). In an earlier phase I study, a novel form of recombinant human Apo2L/tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) that is currently in clinical development for the treatment of hematologic malignancies, i.e., circularly permuted TRAIL (CPT), was well tolerated at a dose of 2...
2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer
Yan Wang, Rong-Yuan Zhuang, Yi-Yi Yu, Shan Yu, Jun Hou, Yuan Ji, Yi-Hong Sun, Kun-Tang Shen, Zhen-Bin Shen, Feng-Lin Liu, Nai-Qing Zhao, Tian-Shu Liu
Purpose We assessed the effectiveness of EOX (capecitabine, oxaliplatin and epirubicin) compared with XELOX (capecitabine and oxaliplatin) as preoperative chemotherapy for initially unresectable locally advanced gastric cancer.Methods This is a prospective observational study. Patients with unresectable locally advanced gastric cancer were performed EOX regimen or XELOX regimen at the discretion of the investigators. They were assessed for response every 2 cycles by CT (computed tomography) scan. A multidisciplinary team reassessed resectability after 4 cycles...
September 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Philipp Horvath, Stefan Beckert, Florian Struller, Alfred Königsrainer, Ingmar Königsrainer
AIM: To investigate the clinical impact of post-hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) leukopenia, intraperitoneal and combined intravenous/intraperitoneal drug administrations were compared. METHODS: Two patient cohorts were retrospectively analyzed regarding the incidence of postoperative leukopenia. The first cohort (n = 32) received Mitomycin C (MMC)-based HIPEC intraperitoneally (35 mg/m² for 90 min) and the second cohort (n = 10) received a bi-directional therapy consisting of oxaliplatin (OX) (300 mg/m(2) for 30 min) intraperitoneally and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 400 mg/m² plus folinic acid 20 mg/m² intravenously...
August 6, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Sahar Mahfouz Abdel Galil, Azzahra Mohammed Edrees, Afnan Khaled Ajeeb, Ghadeer Sameer Aldoobi, Mohamed El-Boshy, Waleed Hussain
Hematological abnormalities, especially thrombocytopenia (TCP), are highly prevalent among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and at the same time it has been reported as a significant prognostic factor of SLE course. We further investigate the correlation between platelet count and the clinical manifestations and disease activity of SLE, in a cohort of Saudi Arabian female patients. A retrospective analysis was done for the medical records of 100 SLE female patients, selected from all patients diagnosed and treated for SLE at the Rheumatology outpatient clinics in Hera'a General Hospital, Holly Makkah, Saudi Arabia...
September 2, 2016: Platelets
Markus Moehler, Irina Gepfner-Tuma, Annett Maderer, Peter C Thuss-Patience, Joern Ruessel, Susanna Hegewisch-Becker, Hansjochen Wilke, Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, Mohammad-Reza Rafiyan, Florian Weißinger, Hans-Joachim Schmoll, Frank Kullmann, Ludwig Fischer von Weikersthal, Jens T Siveke, Jens Weusmann, Stephan Kanzler, Carl Christoph Schimanski, Melanie Otte, Lukas Schollenberger, Jochem Koenig, Peter R Galle
BACKGROUND: As a multi-targeted anti-angiogenic receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor sunitinib (SUN) has been established for renal cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. In advanced refractory esophagogastric cancer patients, monotherapy with SUN was associated with good tolerability but limited tumor response. METHODS: This double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter, phase II clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of SUN as an adjunct to second and third-line FOLFIRI (NCT01020630)...
August 31, 2016: BMC Cancer
Qi Zeng, Jie Wang, Xing Lv, Jie Li, Li-Jie Yin, Yan-Qun Xiang, Xiang Guo
BACKGROUND: To date, no guideline is proposed for elderly nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) due to lack of prospective clinical trials. The present study comparing the survivals and toxicities in elderly NPC patients received either induction chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy(IC + RT) or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) was therefore undertaken to provide a more accurate basis for future clinical practice. METHODS: The eligible elderly NPC patients were retrospectively enrolled...
2016: BMC Cancer
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