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Po-Hao Chen, Hsien-Yuan Lane, Chieh-Hsin Lin
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is one of the most severe iatrogenic emergencies in clinical service. The symptoms including sudden consciousness change, critical temperature elevation and electrolytes imbalance followed by mutli-organ system failure were common in NMS. In addition to aggressive interventions with intravenous fluid resuscitation and antipyretics, several antidotes have been suggested to prevent further progression of the muscle damage. Dantrolene has been reported to be one of the most effective treatments for NMS...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Esma Akpınar, Cem Cerit, Anıl Talas, Ümit Tural
Objective: In this open-labeled, 12 weeks follow-up study, we aimed to compare the efficacy and tolerability of agomelatine with sertraline. Methods: The outpatients of adult psychiatry clinic who have a new onset of depression and diagnosed as 'major depressive episode' by clinician according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition and prescribed agomelatine (25 mg/day) or sertraline (50 mg/day) were included in the study. Results: The decline of mean Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) scores of agomelatine group was significantly higher than the sertraline group at the end of 2nd week; however, the difference was not significant at the end of 3 months...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Angela M Hong, Ricardo E Vilain, Sarah Romanes, Jean Yang, Elizabeth Smith, Deanna Jones, Richard A Scolyer, C Soon Lee, Mei Zhang, Barbara Rose
In this study, we examined PD-L1 expression by immunohistochemistry in 99 patients with tonsillar cancer and known human papillomavirus (HPV) status to assess its clinical significance. We showed that the pattern of PD-L1 expression is strongly related to HPV status. The PD-L1 positivity rate was 83.3% in HPV-positive cases and 56.9% in HPV-negative cases (p < 0.05). Patients with HPV-positive/PD-L1-positive cancer had significantly better event free survival and overall survival compared with patients with HPV-negative/PD-L1-negative cancer...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Righab Hamdan, Pierre Nassar, Ali Zein, Mohamad Issa, Hassan Mansour, Mohamad Saab
Peripartum cardiomyopathy remains a challenging obstetric and cardiologic emergency. We report 5 interesting cases of peripartum cardiomyopathy with different clinical courses, with 3 patients requiring left ventricular assist device implantation. One patient underwent pump explantation and aortic balloon valvuloplasty postsurgery. Two patients improved with the medical treatment alone without the need of assistance. We will review main important related issues.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Maryam Abolhasani, Sareh Salarinejad, Mohammad Kazem Moslemi
INTRODUCTION: Ewing sarcoma/Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the kidney (ES/PNET) is a member of Ewing's sarcoma family, occurring in young adults and has aggressive clinical behavior and poor prognosis. However, its discrimination from the renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is very difficult preoperatively. We present three cases of this rare disease that were managed in two academic centers. PRESENTATION OF CASES: Herein we report three cases of ES/PNET of the kidney, 2 young men complaining of right flank pain and gross hematuria and one young woman complaining of left subcostal pain...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Money Gupta, Rashi Chauhan, Yamuna Prasad, Gulshan Wadhwa, Chakresh Kumar Jain
The lack of complete treatments and appearance of multiple drug-resistance strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) are causing an increased risk of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Bcc infection is a big risk to human health and demands an urgent need to identify new therapeutics against these bacteria. Network biology has emerged as one of the prospective hope in identifying novel drug targets and hits. We have applied protein-protein interaction methodology to identify new drug-target candidates (orthologs) in Burkhloderia cepacia GG4, which is an important strain for studying the quorum-sensing phenomena...
October 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Yun Hu, Mengyuan Yang, Yang Zhou, Yiling Ding, Zhongyuan Xiang, Ling Yu
OBJECTIVE: To establish reference intervals (RIs) for procalcitonin (PCT) in healthy pregnant women of Chinese population. METHODS: Serum PCT levels were measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) in 1246 healthy Chinese women, including 124 cases in the first trimester, 128 cases in the second trimester, 125 cases in the third trimester, 125 cases of vaginal delivery, 124 cases at the 3rd day after vaginal delivery, 122 cases at the 10th day after vaginal delivery, 126 cases with Cesarean delivery, 126 cases at the 3rd day after Cesarean delivery, 124 cases at the 10th day after Cesarean delivery, and 122 cases involving non-pregnant women...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Hirofumi Kato, Takuya Yamagishi, Tomoe Shimada, Tamano Matsui, Masayuki Shimojima, Masayuki Saijo, Kazunori Oishi
Although severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) was first reported from Japan in 2013, the precise clinical features and the risk factors for SFTS have not been fully investigated in Japan. Ninety-six cases of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) were notified through the national surveillance system between April 2013 and September 2014 in Japan. All cases were from western Japan, and 82 cases (85%) had an onset between April and August. A retrospective observational study of the notified SFTS cases was conducted to identify the clinical features and laboratory findings during the same period...
2016: PloS One
Anthony A Iwuafor, Folasade T Ogunsola, Rita O Oladele, Oyin O Oduyebo, Ibironke Desalu, Chukwudi C Egwuatu, Agwu U Nnachi, Comfort N Akujobi, Ita O Ita, Godwin I Ogban
BACKGROUND: Infections are common complications in critically ill patients with associated significant morbidity and mortality. AIM: This study determined the prevalence, risk factors, clinical outcome and microbiological profile of hospital-acquired infections in the intensive care unit of a Nigerian tertiary hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study, patients were recruited and followed up between September 2011 and July 2012 until they were either discharged from the ICU or died...
2016: PloS One
Samuel A Sakyi, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Isaac Darko Otchere, Albert M Liao, Thomas G Caltagirone, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a subcutaneous skin disease listed among the neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). Early case detection and management is very important to reduce morbidity and the accompanied characteristic disfiguring nature of BU. Since diagnosis based on clinical evidence can lead to misdiagnosis, microbiological confirmation is essential to reduce abuse of drugs; since the anti-mycobacterial drugs are also used for TB treatment. The current WHO gold standard PCR method is expensive, requires infrastructure and expertise are usually not available at the peripheral centers where BU cases are managed...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Amy B Wilfert, Katherine R Chao, Madhurima Kaushal, Sanjay Jain, Sebastian Zöllner, David R Adams, Donald F Conrad
Standard techniques from genetic epidemiology are ill-suited to formally assess the significance of variants identified from a single case. We developed a statistical inference framework for identifying unusual functional variation from a single exome or genome, what we refer to as the 'n-of-one' problem. Using this approach we assessed our ability to identify the causal genotypes in over 5 million simulated cases of Mendelian disease, identifying 39% of disease genotypes as the most damaging unit in a typical exome background...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Catherine Mazzola, Lissa C Baird, David F Bauer, Alexandra Beier, Susan Durham, Paul Klimo, Alexander Y Lin, Catherine McClung-Smith, Laura Mitchell, Dimitrios Nikas, Mandeep S Tamber, Rachana Tyagi, Ann Marie Flannery
BACKGROUND: No evidence-based guidelines exist for the imaging of patients with positional plagiocephaly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review and evidence-based guideline is to answer the question, Is imaging necessary for infants with positional plagiocephaly to make a diagnosis? METHODS: The National Library of Medicine Medline database and the Cochrane Library were queried with the use of MeSH headings and key words relevant to imaging as a means to diagnose plagiocephaly...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Bella H V Nguyen, James Kuo, Anadian Budiman, Hayden Christie, Sayed Ali
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have changed the landscape of the treatment of multiple solid malignancies, and have been used increasingly in the recent years. Although usually well tolerated, given the relative inexperience of using immune checkpoint inhibitors, we are still learning of new side effects from the treatment. We report on two cases of ocular myasthenia gravis that occurred after treatment with pembrolizumab, an antiprogrammed-death (anti-PD1) monoclonal antibody for advanced melanoma in responding patients...
October 21, 2016: Melanoma Research
Zhihong Hu, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Zi Chen, Weina Chen, Shaoying Li, Sergej N Konoplev, Xinyan Lu, Lan V Pham, Ken H Young, Wei Wang, Shimin Hu
MYC rearrangement in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is rare, and its clinicopathologic significance is not well defined. We report 17 cases of MCL with 8q24/MYC rearrangement, detected at the time of initial diagnosis of MCL in 10 patients and subsequently during the clinical course in 7 patients. There were 12 men and 5 women with a median age of 61 years (range, 49 to 81 y). Fourteen patients had lymphadenopathy (Ann Arbor stage III/IV), and 3 patients presented with a leukemic pattern without lymphadenopathy...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Pierre Russo, John C Magee, Robert A Anders, Kevin E Bove, Catherine Chung, Oscar W Cummings, Milton J Finegold, Laura S Finn, Grace E Kim, Mark A Lovell, Margret S Magid, Hector Melin-Aldana, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Bahig M Shehata, Larry L Wang, Frances V White, Zhen Chen, Catherine Spino
The liver biopsy guides diagnostic investigation and therapy in infants with undiagnosed cholestasis. Histologic features in the liver may also have prognostic value in the patient with biliary atresia (BA). We assessed the relative value of histologic features in 227 liver needle biopsies in discriminating between BA and other cholestatic disorders in infants enrolled in a prospective Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChiLDReN) cohort study by correlating histology with clinical findings in infants with and without BA...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Kimberly A Huerth, Jason E Hawkes, Laurence J Meyer, Douglas L Powell
The Euphorbiaceae family (commonly known as "spurge") is a large, diverse, and widely distributed family of plants that encompass around 300 genera and more than 8000 species. Their attractiveness and hearty nature have made them popular for both indoor ornamentation and outdoor landscaping. Despite their ubiquity, the potential to cause irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) is often overlooked in favor of more notorious causes of phytodermatitis, namely, Toxicodendron species and nettles. We examined case reports spanning 40 years and discovered that spurge-induced ICD tends to befall children and middle-aged adults who unwittingly encounter the plant through play or horticulture, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Tessa Brabander, Jaap Teunissen, Dik Kwekkeboom
PURPOSE: Physiological uptake in the uncinate process or pancreatic head has been described with Ga-labeled PET tracers for somatostatin receptor imaging. In-DTPA-octreotide is the only registered radiopharmaceutical for the imaging of neuroendocrine tumors. We studied the uptake in this region of the pancreatic head on somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) using In-DTPA-octreotide in a large group of patients. Furthermore, known physiological and clinical characteristics are discussed in an attempt to elucidate this phenomenon...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Pavel B Rosnitskiy, P V Yuldashev, Oleg A Sapozhnikov, Adam Maxwell, Wayne Kreider, Michael R Bailey, Vera A Khokhlova
Various clinical applications of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) have different requirements for the pressure levels and degree of nonlinear waveform distortion at the focus. The goal of this work was to determine transducer design parameters that produce either a specified shock amplitude in the focal waveform or specified peak pressures while still maintaining quasilinear conditions at the focus. Multiparametric nonlinear modeling based on the KZK equation with an equivalent source boundary condition was employed...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Taku Homma, Akihiro Hemmi, Takashi Ohta, Yoshiaki Kusumi, Atsuo Yoshino, Hiroyuki Hao
Pineal anlage tumor (PAT) is a rare subtype of pineoblastoma (PB), which shows a poor prognosis. We report a case of a 5-year-old boy with PB with a rhabdomyoblastic component. He presented at a local clinic with vomiting and was transferred to our hospital following discovery of a pineal mass. An endoscopic biopsy was performed and was diagnosed as a PB with a rhabdomyoblastic component. Histopathology of PAT is characterized by both neuroectodermal and ectomesenchymal differentiation, and only a few confirmed cases have been reported...
October 24, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
X-R Luan, W-H Li, F-L Lou
OBJECTIVE: To analyze and evaluate the effects of humanized nursing combined with wet healing therapy to treat the stage II and III bedsores in hospitalized patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From March 2013 to July 2014 we enrolled fifty patients with stage II and III bedsores. They were randomly divided into control group and experimental group, with 25 cases in each group. For the control group, we adopted a traditional method of treatment for pressure ulcer treatment, while the experimental group was treated with humanized nursing in combination with wet healing therapy...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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