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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735350/inflammatory-joint-disorders-and-neutrophilic-dermatoses-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Massimo Cugno, Roberta Gualtierotti, Pier Luigi Meroni, Angelo Valerio Marzano
Rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis are inflammatory joint disorders with an autoimmune pathogenesis and systemic involvement. The skin is one of the most frequently affected extraarticular sites with a number of manifestations or distinct diseases, including common conditions, such as rheumatoid nodules and psoriasis, and rare diseases like neutrophilic dermatoses. The latter are clinically characterised by polymorphic lesions, including pustules, bullae, abscesses, papules, nodules, plaques and ulcers, and histologically by neutrophil-rich inflammatory infiltrates...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735270/subcutaneous-levetiracetam-for-the-management-of-seizures-at-the-end-of-life
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REVIEW
Anna Elizabeth Sutherland, John Curtin, Victoria Bradley, Olivia Bush, Maggie Presswood, Victoria Hedges, Katrien Naessens
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of a combined case series analysis of subcutaneous levetiracetam (Keppra) for the management of seizures in palliative care patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review on the use of subcutaneous levetiracetam was performed, and these data were combined with a prospective observational audit of its use in terminal care undertaken in a regional palliative care network. RESULTS: 7 papers were identified from the literature review-four case reports and three observational case series-reporting on a total of 53 cases where subcutaneous levetiracetam was administered...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735135/endoscope-assisted-abscess-drainage-secondary-to-endoscope-assisted-tlif-1-year-follow-up
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Karthik Madhavan, Steven Shelby Burks, Lee Onn Chieng, Anand Veeravagu, Michael Y Wang
INTRODUCTION: Endoscopic discectomy and fusions have been gaining popularity in the recent past and are noted to be safe for its application in elderly population. It involves ultra-small incision for discectomy followed by placement of percutaneous screws in awake patients. Treatment of advanced spinal pathology using endoscope-assisted techniques are challenging. Although not common with endoscopic approach, post-operative infection can be problematic as there are no established guidelines on its management...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735117/pubic-osteomyelitis-after-surgery-for-perforated-colonic-diverticulitis-with-fecal-peritonitis-a-case-report
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Daichi Kitaguchi, Tsuyoshi Enomoto, Yusuke Ohara, Tatsuya Oda, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
INTRODUCTION: Pubic osteomyelitis is a rare type of suppurative osteomyelitis. Early diagnosis of pubic osteomyelitis is difficult, and prolonged inflammation results in progressive bone degradation, severe pelvic pain and a wide-based gait. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report the case of an 82-year-old woman who was admitted to a previous hospital with severe abdominal pain caused by a perforated colonic diverticulum with fecal peritonitis. She underwent an emergency operation and a postoperative wound infection occurred...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734992/endoscopic-muscle-biopsy-emb-of-the-duodenum-and-rectum-a-pilot-survival-study-in-a-porcine-model-to-detect-myenteric-neurons
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E Rajan, B Al-Bawardy, C J Gostout, L M Wong Kee Song, J L Deters, M A Knipschield, C E Bernard, G Farrugia
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Small bowel and colorectal muscle biopsies require a surgical approach. Advancing our understanding of the pathophysiology of motility disorders, such as functional bowel disorders, intestinal pseudo-obstruction and slow transit constipation, is hindered by our inability to non-invasively obtain muscularis propria (MP) for evaluation of multiple cell types, including myenteric neurons. The aims of this study were to determine (1) technical feasibility, reproducibility and safety of performing duodenal endoscopic muscle biopsy (dEMB) and rectal endoscopic muscle biopsy (rEMB) using a clip-assist technique; and (2) presence of myenteric neurons in tissue samples...
July 19, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734443/lung-abscess-as-delayed-manifestation-of-pulmonary-arterial-narrowing-after-sleeve-resection
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Frederik S Frenzen, Thomas Lesser, Ivan Platzek, Frank-Thomas Riede, Martin Kolditz
A patient who had undergone right upper bilobectomy because of a carcinoid experienced lung abscesses 17 months after operation. After recurrences, despite different antibiotic agents, dual-energy computed tomography showed subtotal stenosis of the right lower lobe pulmonary artery with marked pulmonary perfusion-reduction. Rare causes of lung-abscesses should be considered.
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733571/a-rare-case-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-cerebral-abscess-secondary-to-conjunctivitis
#7
Y K Gan, A Z Azmi, S A Ghani, A Samsudin
This case report discusses the rare association of cerebral abscess related to conjunctivitis in an otherwise healthy child. A 6 year old boy presented with conjunctivitis was treated with topical antibiotics and resolved after a week. Conjunctival swab cultures grew MRSA. A month later he developed status epileptics and CT scans revealed a large cerebral abscess. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics which covered for MRSA, along with an incision and drainage for the cerebral abscess. Pus cultures grew MRSA...
June 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732397/combined-sewer-overflow-events-and-childhood-emergency-department-visits-a-case-crossover-study
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Cole Brokamp, Andrew F Beck, Louis Muglia, Patrick Ryan
In localities with combined sewer systems, combined sewer overflow (CSO) events frequently occur following high precipitation and can result in the release of untreated sewage and industrial wastewater into surface waters. We hypothesized that either direct contact with or proximity to aerosolized CSO effluent would increase the risk for childhood emergency department (ED) visits for asthma, gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses, and skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in Cincinnati, OH, USA. ED visits for 2010-2014 due to GI diseases, asthma, and SSTIs were extracted from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center electronic health records...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732148/trends-of-hospitalization-for-serious-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-us-between-1993-and-2013
#9
Sadao Jinno, Na Lu, S Reza Jafarzadeh, Maureen Dubreuil
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Epidemiology of hospitalizations with infection among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unknown despite an increase in RA treatments that confer infection risk. METHODS: We examined National Inpatient Sample data from 1993-2013. We identified adults RA hospitalizations, defined by having ICD-9-CM codes (714.xx) in any secondary diagnosis field. We evaluated 5 infections as the primary diagnosis: pneumonia, sepsis, urinary tract infection (UTI), skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), and opportunistic infections (OIs)...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731916/central-nervous-system-fungal-infection-and-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-children-what-is-the-optimal-duration-of-antifungal-therapy
#10
Harsha P Lashkari, Neil Fernandes, Kishan Alva, Santosh Rai
Invasive fungal infections are rare in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It compromises the antileukemia therapy should it happen. Central nervous system fungal infections carry high mortality. We here report the case of a 6.5-year-old girl who developed multiple central nervous system fungal abscesses possibly due to Aspergillus infection during induction therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia who has been successfully managed without compromising antileukemia therapy. She has been receiving antifungal therapy and maintenance chemotherapy for 20 months from diagnosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731725/skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-active-component-u-s-armed-forces-2013-2016
#11
Shauna Stahlman, Valerie F Williams, Gi-Taik Oh, Eugene V Millar, Jason W Bennett
During the 4-year surveillance period, there were 282,571 incident cases of skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) among active component U.S. military members diagnosed in inpatient or outpatient settings, corresponding to an overall incidence of 558.2 per 10,000 person-years (p-yrs). An additional 10,904 cases occurred in theater of operations (460.0 per 10,000 p-yrs). Approximately half (49.4%) were classified as "other SSTI" (e.g., folliculitis, impetigo); 45.9% were cellulitis/abscess; 4.6% were carbuncles/furuncles; and 0...
July 2017: MSMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731666/pulmonary-complications-of-chemical-pneumonia-a-case-report
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Semiha Bahceci Erdem, Hikmet T Nacaroglu, Rana Isgüder, Canan S Unsal Karkiner, Hüdaver Alper, Demet Can
Hydrocarbon aspiration (HA) can cause significant lung disease by inducing an inflammatory response, hemorrhagic exudative alveolitis, and loss of surfactant function. The most serious side effect of HA is aspiration pneumonia. Pneumothorax, pneumatocele, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pulmonary abscess, bronchopleural fistula, bilateral hemorrhagic pleural effusion and pyopneumothorax were previously reported. Hereby we report a patient hospitalized due to aspiration pneumonia who developed pleurisy and pneumothorax after drinking paint thinner...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731535/ultrasound-guided-drainage-for-pediatric-soft-tissue-abscesses-decreases-clinical-failure-rates-compared-to-drainage-without-ultrasound-a-retrospective-study
#13
Romolo Joseph Gaspari, Alexandra Sanseverino
OBJECTIVES: Soft tissue abscesses are common in the pediatric emergency department (ED). Ultrasound (US) can be used to both diagnose soft tissue abscesses as well as guide drainage. We hypothesized that clinical failure rates would be less in pediatric patients with suspected skin abscesses when evaluated with US. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of suspected pediatric skin abscesses at 4 EDs over a 22-month period. Cases were identified through electronic medical record descriptions, discharge diagnoses, and US database records...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730571/early-trigeminal-nerve-involvement-in-listeria-monocytogenes-rhombencephalitis-case-series-and-systematic-review
#14
William K Karlsson, Zitta Barrella Harboe, Casper Roed, Jeppe B Monrad, Mette Lindelof, Vibeke Andrée Larsen, Daniel Kondziella
Listeria monocytogenes is associated with rhombencephalitis. However, the exact mechanisms of brainstem invasion remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate clinical and radiological data suggesting that Listeria may invade the brainstem via the trigeminal nerve. Three females (41, 64 and 70 years) with culture proven L. monocytogenes bacteremia and rhombencephalitis were investigated in the period of 2014-16. T2-weighted and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MRI revealed a cerebellopontine abscess in all three patients, including the involvement of the trigeminal nerve root...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730424/possible-immunomodulating-effect-of-retinol-on-cytokines-secretion-in-patients-with-recurrent-furunculosis
#15
Danuta Nowicka, Ewelina Grywalska, Anna Hymos, Michał Mielnik, Jacek Roliński
Recurrent furunculosis is an infection of hair follicles which results in formation of abscesses. Previous studies showed that the pathogenesis of the disease may include an immune-mediated component as the proliferative response of peripheral blood lymphocytes to staphylococcal antigen is depressed. The aim of our study was to evaluate cytokines concentration in the plasma of patients with recurrent furunculosis and to determine whether retinol affects the secretion of those cytokines in patients with recurrent furunculosis and healthy subjects...
July 20, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729377/abundant-dystrophic-calcifications-mimicking-aortic-valve-abscess-in-a-patient-undergoing-elective-aortic-valve-replacement
#16
Adam L Booth, Christine Q Li, Ghannam Ayed Al-Dossari, Heather L Stevenson
Dystrophic calcifications of the aortic valve may cause symptomatic aortic stenosis and account for a significant portion of patients who undergo elective valve replacement. Calcifications appearing grossly as a cloudy fluid surrounding the aortic valve leaflets are an uncommon finding. Normally, calcified aortic valves are characterised by large, nodular masses within the aortic cusps. We report a case of dystrophic calcifications on a stenotic aortic valve encountered intraoperatively, which was suggestive of infective endocarditis and abscess formation...
July 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729207/first-two-cases-of-severe-multifocal-infections-caused-by-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-switzerland-characterization-of-an-atypical-non-k1-k2-serotype-strain-causing-liver-abscess-and-endocarditis
#17
Baharak Babouee Flury, Valentina Donà, Niccolo Buetti, Hansjakob Furrer, Andrea Endimiani
BACKGROUND: We describe the first two multifocal invasive infections due to Klebsiella pneumoniae recently observed in Switzerland. METHODS: Phenotypic (MIC assays and string test) and molecular analyses (PCR/Sequencing for bla, virulence factor genes and whole genome sequencing for one strain) were performed to characterize the causative K. pneumoniae isolates. RESULTS: Both K. pneumoniae isolates (Kp1 and Kp2) were pan-susceptible to antibiotics and produced narrow-spectrum SHV β-lactamases...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729142/nocardia-farcinica-brain-abscess-report-of-3-cases
#18
Ana Galacho-Harriero, Pedro D Delgado-López, Maria P Ortega-Lafont, Javier Martín-Alonso, José M Castilla-Díez, Belen Sánchez-Borge
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system nocardial infection is a rarely reported disease that usually affects patients with predisposing and debilitating conditions but also the immunocompetent population. The most common variant affecting the brain is Nocardia farcinica. Management of brain nocardiosis is troublesome and requires consideration of the severity of the underlying systemic disease, the difficulties in identifying the bacterium and the frequent delay in initiating adequate therapy...
July 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728556/influence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-on-outcomes-after-valvular-surgery-for-infective-endocarditis
#19
Sang Myung Han, Robert A Sorabella, Sowmya Vasan, Mark Grbic, Daniel Lambert, Rahul Prasad, Catherine Wang, Paul Kurlansky, Michael A Borger, Rachel Gordon, Isaac George
BACKGROUND: As Staphylococcus aureus (SA) remains one of the leading cause of infective endocarditis (IE), this study evaluates whether S. aureus is associated with more severe infections or worsened outcomes compared to non-S. aureus (NSA) organisms. METHODS: All patients undergoing valve surgery for bacterial IE between 1995 and 2013 at our institution were included in this study (n = 323). Clinical data were retrospectively collected from the chart review. Patients were stratified according to the causative organism; SA (n = 85) and NSA (n = 238)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728202/-pyogenic-liver-abscess-changes-of-organisms-and-consequences-for-diagnosis-and-therapy
#20
Alexander Mischnik, Winfried Vincenz Kern, Robert Thimme
Liver abscess is a rare but potentially fatal disease with mortality rates of 2 - 12 %. The spectrum of causative microorganisms varies across the world and is changing due to increasing worldwide travel activity. As a result, previously less frequent pathogens must increasingly be considered in the differential diagnosis. The most common pathogens of liver abscess are so-called abscess streptococci, anaerobes and Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Certain clones among the Gram-negatives, typically among Klebsiella spp...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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