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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445299/endoscopic-ultrasonography-predicts-early-esophageal-variceal-bleeding-in-liver-cirrhosis-a-case-report
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Changjun Men, Guoliang Zhang
RATIONALE: Bleeding esophageal and gastric varices constitute a serious complication in liver cirrhosis. Previous studies have shown that endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) can be used to predict early esophageal variceal bleeding in liver cirrhosis. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 46-year-old man with hepatitis B liver cirrhosis (CTP score, 5; Child-Pugh class, A) who was admitted to our hospital due to a decreased appetite lasting 1 week. DIAGNOSIS: He was initially diagnosed with decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis; an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan indicated a diagnosis of liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension (PHT)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439483/whipple-s-disease-manifested-as-recurrent-ascites
#2
Ali Aamar, Kamraan Madhani, Muhammad S Anwar, Prabhdeep Singh, Joel Garsten
Whipple's disease commonly presents as chronic diarrhea and abdominal pain. Ascites is an uncommon presentation of Whipple's disease. Here, we report a rare case of a 47-year-old male who presented with diarrhea and abdominal distention for three months. The physical examination was significant for ascites. Serum albumin was low and serum-to-ascites albumin gradient was < 1.1 g/dl. This suggested that ascites was less likely to be present due to portal hypertension. Enteroscopy showed erythematous duodenum and jejunum; biopsy was suggestive of periodic acid-Schiff stain (PAS) positive macrophages consistent with Whipple's disease...
March 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434467/abdominal-and-auricular-acupuncture-reduces-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients
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Hamid Abdi, Maryam Tayefi, Seyed Reza Moallem, Baxiao Zhao, Mojtaba Fayaz, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Akram-Alsadat Razavi, Mahsa Darbandi, Sara Darbandi, Parisa Abbasi, Gordon A Ferns, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension is an important risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is associated with premature death, myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and renal disease. The goal of the present study was to use a randomized controlled clinical trial to explore and compare the effectiveness of abdominal and auricular acupuncture on blood pressure in 440 subjects with and without obesity. METHODS: Four hundred participants were recruited and randomized to one of four groups: cases and controls receiving auricular acupuncture (204 subjects) and cases and controls receiving abdominal electroacupuncture (196 subjects)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434285/aortic-diameter-at-age-65-in-men-with-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes
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Soumia Taimour, Moncef Zarrouk, Jan Holst, Anders H Rosengren, Leif Groop, Peter M Nilsson, Anders Gottsäter
OBJECTIVES: Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been linked to a decreased risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm (aortic diameter ≥30 mm, AAA) development in men. The aim of this study was to evaluate if such an effect is detectable already around the time of diabetes diagnosis. DESIGN: We cross-sectionally compared aortic diameter at ultrasound screening for AAA in 691 men aged 65 years with incipient or newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (group A) with 18,262 65-year old control men without diabetes (group B)...
April 24, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431994/raynaud-s-phenomenon-revisiting-a-rare-sign-of-pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma
#5
Virendra Ashokrao Patil, Rajiv Kasaliwal, Manjunath R Goroshi, Anurag R Lila, Tushar Bandgar, Nalini S Shah
Paraganglioma (PGL) are rare tumors arising from extraadrenal chromaffin cells and occasionally secret catecholamines. The patient commonly presents with headache, palpitation, anxiety, diaphoresis and episodic or sustained hypertension. Rarely patient can present with Raynaud's phenomenon. We present a case of adolescent girl who presented with isolated Raynaud's phenomenon as only manifestation of metastasis of PGL three years after undergoing surgical excision of normetanephrine secreting abdominal PGL.
April 18, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430357/reactive-oxygen-species-key-regulators-in-vascular-health-and-diseases
#6
REVIEW
Qishan Chen, Qiwen Wang, Jianhua Zhu, Qingzhong Xiao, Li Zhang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a group of small reactive molecules that play critical roles in the regulation of various cell functions and biological processes. In the vascular system, physiological levels of ROS are essential for normal vascular functions including endothelial homeostasis and smooth muscle cell contraction. In contrast, uncontrolled overproduction of ROS resulted from imbalance of ROS generation and elimination, leads to the development of vascular diseases. Excessive ROS cause vascular cell damages, recruitment of inflammatory cells, lipid peroxidation, activation of metalloproteinases, and deposition of extracellular matrix, collectively leading to vascular remodeling...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428666/linear-short-term-heart-rate-variability-parameters-of-subjects-tobacco-cigarette-smokers-and-subjects-nonsmokers-in-preoperative-period
#7
Meldijana Omerbegovic
BACKGROUND: Variations of heart cycles reflect complex dynamic cardiocirculatory regulatory systems in humans. Exposure to tobacco from cigarettes has been shown to elicit specific alterations of heart rate variability parameters leading to predominance of sympathetic and decreasing parameters of parasympathetic measures of cardiac autonomic nervous system tone. AIM: The aim of the trial was assessing differences of linear parameters of heart rate variability in subjects with habit of consuming of cigarettes tobacco in regard to subjects who are not consumers of tobacco...
February 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425041/familial-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-masquerading-as-chronic-guillain-barre-syndrome-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
#8
Die Hu, Ling Liu, Shuguang Yuan, Yuhong Yi, Daoquan Peng
Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy is a challenging condition that mimics many other diseases, particularly in patients with pronounced neurological presentations and unexplained or equivocal cardiac abnormalities. In this case, a 57-year-old man was admitted for outpatient cardiological evaluation of progressive right heart failure and limb paraesthesias. The patient presented with hypertension, chronic Guillain-Barre syndrome, and sick sinus syndrome. Transthoracic echocardiograms showed a thickened ventricular wall and enlarged atrium...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424443/case-report-of-a-rarely-seen-long-segment-middle-aortic-syndrome
#9
Kahraman Yakut, İlkay Erdoğan
Middle aortic syndrome (MAS) follows a course with distal thoracic and abdominal aorta stenosis. It is a rare disease that is usually diagnosed after the first decade of life. Clinical reflection of MAS is often in the form of hypertension and claudication in the lower extremities. Its etiology is unclear, but is known to be associated with congenital or acquired diseases. This pathology, which is accompanied by malignant hypertension, often does not respond to medical treatment. In patients with MAS, surgical treatment is first line recommendation to prevent complications such as hypertension, heart failure, intracranial bleeding, or aortic rupture...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421790/abdominal-obesity-is-strongly-associated-to-blood-pressure-in-young-mexicans
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Rene Urquidez Romero, Miguel Murguía Romero, Julián Esparza Romero, Beatriz Araceli Díaz Torres, Alejandra Rodríguez Tadeo, Gabriel Medrano Donlucas, Arnulfo Ramos Jiménez, Abraham Wall Medrano, Itzell A Gallardo Ortíz, Diana C Tapia-Pancardo C Tapia Pancardo, A René Méndez Cruz, J Rafael Jiménez Flores, Rafael Villalobos Molina
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine associations between abdominal obesity (AOb) and the other components of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in young Mexicans in a cross-sectional survey completed during a 4 year period. METHODS: This cross-sectional study reports on components and prevalence of MetS by using Alberti et al. (16) criteria, as well as association between AOb and elevated blood pressure (BP) of 2,993 Mexican university students, ages 17 to 25 years (66% women) from central and northern Mexico, over a 4-year survey (2010-2013)...
March 30, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419299/pregnancy-and-labor-complications-in-female-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-the-british-childhood-cancer-survivor-study
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Raoul C Reulen, Chloe J Bright, David L Winter, Miranda M Fidler, Kwok Wong, Joyeeta Guha, Julie S Kelly, Clare Frobisher, Angela B Edgar, Roderick Skinner, W Hamish B Wallace, Mike M Hawkins
Background: Female survivors of childhood cancer treated with abdominal radiotherapy who manage to conceive are at risk of delivering premature and low-birthweight offspring, but little is known about whether abdominal radiotherapy may also be associated with additional complications during pregnancy and labor. We investigated the risk of developing pregnancy and labor complications among female survivors of childhood cancer in the British Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (BCCSS). Methods: Pregnancy and labor complications were identified by linking the BCCSS cohort (n = 17 980) to the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) for England...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416930/what-are-the-prevalence-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-diseases-and-the-characteristics-of-these-patients
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Ulku Aka Akturk, Nagihan Durmus Kocak, Suleyman Akturk, Mert Dumantepe, Aysun Sengul, Mehmet Arif Akcay, Makbule Ozlem Akbay, Feyyaz Kabadayi, Dilek Ernam
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to assess the characteristics of these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stable COPD patients (age, >40 years) were included in the study between January 2014 and June 2014. Patients with acute exacerbations and a previous lung resection were excluded. Data regarding demographic characteristics were recorded. The modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) dyspnea scale was used to assess the severity of breathlessness...
February 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416004/clinical-study-of-children-with-takayasu-arteritis-a-retrospective-study-from-a-single-center-in-china
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Ye Feng, Xuemei Tang, Mingyue Liu, Juan Zhou, Xiaodong Zhao, Qiu Li
BACKGROUND: Delayed diagnosis of childhood Takayasu arteritis (TA) is common due to its atypical symptoms. The objective of the present study was to summarize the clinical features of childhood TA to raise awareness and improve management. METHODS: Eleven children diagnosed with TA at our hospital were enrolled. Clinical information, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome were then examined retrospectively. The Pediatric Vasculitis Activity Score (PVAS) and the Indian Takayasu Clinical Activity Score (ITAS2010) were used to assess disease activity...
April 17, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414077/hypotensive-acute-effect-of-photobiomodulation-therapy-on-hypertensive-rats
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J C Oishi, T F De Moraes, T C Buzinari, E C Cárnio, N A Parizotto, G J Rodrigues
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the acute effect of photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) on arterial pressure in hypertensive and normotensive rats with application in an abdominal region. Normotensive (2K) and hypertensive (2K-1C) wistar rats were treated with PBM. Systolic arterial pressure (SAP), diastolic arterial pressure (DAP), mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR) were measured before, during and after PBM application. The nitric oxide (NO) serum concentration was measured before and after PBM application...
April 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413775/an-interesting-case-of-mycoplasma-pneumonia-associated-multisystem-involvement-and-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage
#15
Rashmi Mishra, Edison Cano, Sindhaghatta Venkatram, Gilda Diaz-Fuentes
Severe mycoplasma pneumonia is a rare entity with only 0.5-2% of cases having a fulminant course. We present a 74-year-old woman with hypertension, diabetes mellitus and remote history of marginal zone B-cell lymphoma admitted with abdominal pain and diarrhea of 1-2 days associated with body-aches, dyspnea, dry cough and weight loss for 2-3 weeks. On physical exam, she was febrile, tachypneic, tachycardic and hypoxic on room air. Chest examination revealed diffuse crackles and end-expiratory wheezes. Laboratory tests showed anemia, acute-on-chronic kidney injury and hyaline casts and epithelial cells in the urine analysis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411907/epidemiology-of-the-small-renal-mass-and-the-treatment-disconnect-phenomenon
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REVIEW
Robert M Turner, Todd M Morgan, Bruce L Jacobs
The incidence of kidney cancer has steadily increased over recent decades, with most new cases now found when lesions are asymptomatic and small. This downward stage migration relates to the increasing use of abdominal imaging. Three public health epidemics-smoking, hypertension, and obesity-also play roles in the increase. Treatment mirrors the rise in incidence, with increasing interest in nephron-sparing therapies. Despite earlier detection and increasing treatment, the mortality rate has not decreased. This treatment disconnect phenomenon highlights the need to decrease unnecessary treatment of indolent tumors and address modifiable risk factors to reduce incidence and mortality...
May 2017: Urologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408920/endoscopic-assisted-linea-alba-reconstruction-new-technique-for-treatment-of-symptomatic-umbilical-trocar-and-or-epigastric-hernias-with-concomitant-rectus-abdominis-diastasis
#17
Ferdinand Köckerling, Marinos Damianos Botsinis, Christine Rohde, Wolfgang Reinpold, Christine Schug-Pass
BACKGROUND: Patients with symptomatic umbilical, trocar, and/or epigastric hernias and concomitant rectus abdominis diastasis represent a growing clinical problem. The optimal management of this complex hernia situation is the subject of debate in the literature. This paper reports the early results of an innovative surgical technique aimed at managing this hernia situation. METHODS: Endoscopic-assisted linea alba reconstruction (ELAR) with mesh augmentation is a surgical technique long known in the literature for its good outcome for incisional hernia repair (myofascial release, overlapping herniorrhaphy, Gibson's operation, shoelace repair, anterior rectus sheath repair, dynamic patch plasty) via a small access route...
2017: European Surgery: ACA: Acta Chirurgica Austriaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407823/-application-of-humidified-high-flow-nasal-cannula-in-neonates-with-meconium-aspiration-syndrome-and-pulmonary-hypertension-after-extubation
#18
Xiao-Yan Gao, Lin Feng, Yu-Fen Qiu, Xin-Nian Pan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical value of humidified high-flow nasal cannula (HHFNC) as a respiratory support after extubation by comparing it with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) in neonates with meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). METHODS: A total of 78 neonates with MAS and PPHN were randomly administered with HHFNC or NCPAP immediately after extubation. The following indices were compared between the two groups: blood gas parameters, duration of noninvasive ventilation, rate of extubation failure, and incidence of complications, such as nasal damage, abdominal distension, and intraventricular hemorrhage...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401880/gallstone-ileus-a-case-treated-with-minilaparotomy-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#19
Francesco Zappia, Giovanni Petracca, Carlo Alessandro Talarico
Gallstone ileus is a rare complication of cholelithiasis which occurs in less than 1% of patients and is the cause of 1- 4% of cases of small bowel obstruction. The pathogenesis involves the formation of a bilioenteric fistula. We report the case of gallstone ileus in an 81-year old woman with typical abdominal pain, arterial hypertension and coronary artery disease. An abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan showed pneumobilia, dilated loops of small bowel and an ectopic gallstone obstructing the intestinal lumen...
March 29, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396581/coil-embolization-of-spontaneous-splenic-arteriovenous-fistula-for-treatment-of-portal-hypertension
#20
H Edward Garrett, Lamar Mack
BACKGROUND Splenic arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is a rare cause of portal hypertension which may manifest with abdominal pain, diarrhea, ascites, and/or hematemesis. Fistula formation may be traumatic or spontaneous. Eighty-six percent of spontaneous splenic AVFs occur in women, and 55% are associated with a preexisting splenic artery aneurysm. CASE REPORT A 64-year-old Caucasian female with unremarkable past medical history presented with new onset of left lower quadrant abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea...
April 11, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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