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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340593/the-clinical-utility-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-nasal-screening-to-rule-out-mrsa-pneumonia-a-diagnostic-meta-analysis-with-antimicrobial-stewardship-implications
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Diane M Parente, Cheston B Cunha, Eleftherios Mylonakis, Tristan T Timbrook
Background: Recent literature has highlighted MRSA nasal screening as a possible antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) tool for avoiding unnecessary empiric MRSA therapy for pneumonia, yet current guidelines recommend MRSA therapy based on risk factors. The objective of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the diagnostic value of MRSA nasal screening in MRSA pneumonia. Methods: Pubmed and EMBASE were searched from inception to November 2016 for English studies evaluating MRSA nasal screening and development of MRSA pneumonia...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339079/diagnostic-usefulness-of-combination-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-and-t2wi-including-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-breast-lesions-assessment-of-histologic-grade
#2
Keum Won Kim, Cherie M Kuzmiak, Young Joong Kim, Jae Young Seo, Hae Kyoung Jung, Mu-Sik Lee
PURPOSE: This study aimed to compare the diagnostic values of a combination of diffusion-weighted imaging and T2-weighted imaging (DWI-T2WI) with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI), and to evaluate the correlation of DWI with the histologic grade in breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study evaluated a total of 169 breast lesions from 136 patients who underwent both DCE-MRI and DWI (b value, 1000s/mm2). Morphologic and kinetic analyses for DCE-MRI were classified according to the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System...
January 12, 2018: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338128/clinical-experience-of-laboratory-follow-up-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-using-cell-free-dna-and-positive-microdeletion-results-in-349-cases
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S Schwartz, M Kohan, R Pasion, P R Papenhausen, L D Platt
OBJECTIVE: Screening via non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) involving the analysis of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from plasma has become readily available to screen for chromosomal and DNA aberrations through maternal blood. This report reviews a laboratory's experience with follow-up of positive NIPT screens for microdeletions. METHODS: Patients that were screen positive by NIPT for a microdeletion involving 1p, 4p, 5p, 15q, or 22q, who underwent diagnostic studies by either CVS or amniocentesis were evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337844/melanoma-of-the-skin-in-the-danish-cancer-registry-and-the-danish-melanoma-database-a-validation-study
#4
Sidsel Arnspang Pedersen, Sigrun Alba Johannesdottir Schmidt, Siri Klausen, Anton Pottegård, Søren Friis, Lisbet Rosenkrantz Hölmich, David Gaist
BACKGROUND: The nationwide Danish Cancer Registry and the Danish Melanoma Database both record data on melanoma for purposes of monitoring, quality assurance and research. However, the data quality of the Cancer Registry and the Melanoma Database has not been formally evaluated. METHODS: We estimated the positive predictive value (PPV) of melanoma diagnosis for random samples of 200 patients from the Cancer Registry (n=200) and the Melanoma Database (n=200) during 2004-2014, using the Danish Pathology Registry as 'gold-standard' reference...
January 15, 2018: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336979/prostate-magnetic-resonance-imaging-the-truth-lies-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder
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Joseph C Riney, Nabeel E Sarwani, Shehzad Siddique, Jay D Raman
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy and interobserver variability of radiologic interpretation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed for surgical planning before prostatectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The records of 233 men undergoing prostatectomy with presurgical multiparametric 3T surface body coil MRI were reviewed. All initial films were read by a fellowship-trained body radiologist provided with relevant clinical information. A senior radiologist then reread all pelvic MRIs blinded to the initial interpretation with findings from both readings compared to final pathology...
January 11, 2018: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336795/the-breathing-effort-of-very-preterm-infants-at-birth
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Tom J P Huberts, Elisabeth E Foglia, Ilona C Narayen, Jeroen J van Vonderen, Stuart B Hooper, Arjan B Te Pas
OBJECTIVE: To compare the respiratory effort of very preterm infants receiving positive pressure ventilation (PPV) with infants breathing on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), directly after birth. STUDY DESIGN: Recorded resuscitations of very preterm infants receiving PPV or CPAP after birth were analyzed retrospectively. The respiratory effort (minute volume and recruitment breaths [>8 mL/kg], heart rate, oxygen saturation, and oxygen requirement were analyzed for the first 2 minutes and in the fifth minute after birth...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336708/emergency-dispatcher-stroke-recognition-associations-with-downstream-care
#7
J Adam Oostema, Todd Chassee, Mathew Reeves
OBJECTIVE: As the first point of contact for patients activating emergency medical services (EMS), emergency dispatchers have the earliest opportunity to recognize stroke. We sought to quantify dispatcher stroke recognition and its relationships with EMS stroke recognition and response speed. METHODS: We assembled a cohort of consecutive EMS-transported patients with a dispatcher suspected stroke or a hospital discharge diagnosis of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)...
January 16, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334905/efficacy-comparison-of-multi-phase-ct-and-hepatotropic-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-focal-nodular-hyperplasia-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Tomasz K Nowicki, Karolina Markiet, Ewa Izycka-Swieszewska, Katarzyna Dziadziuszko, Michal Studniarek, Edyta Szurowska
BACKGROUND: Different clinical behaviour influences the importance of differentiating focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) from other focal liver lesions (FLLs). The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of contrast-enhanced CT and MRI in the diagnosis of FNH. METHODS: 157 patients with equivocal FLLs detected in ultrasonography subsequently underwent multi-phase CT and MRI with the use of hepatotropic contrast agent (Gd-BOPTA) in a 1.5 T scanner. Examinations were evaluated by three independent readers...
January 15, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334524/leveraging-linkage-of-cohort-studies-with-administrative-claims-data-to-identify-individuals-with-cancer
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Mackenzie R Bronson, Nirav S Kapadia, Andrea M Austin, Qianfei Wang, Diane Feskanich, Julie P W Bynum, Francine Grodstein, Anna N A Tosteson
BACKGROUND: In an effort to overcome quality and cost constraints inherent in population-based research, diverse data sources are increasingly being combined. In this paper, we describe the performance of a Medicare claims-based incident cancer identification algorithm in comparison with observational cohort data from the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). METHODS: NHS-Medicare linked participants' claims data were analyzed using 4 versions of a cancer identification algorithm across 3 cancer sites (breast, colorectal, and lung)...
January 12, 2018: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334498/evidence-based-interpretation-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-pet-results-a-clinician-s-tool
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David Bergeron, Rik Ossenkoppele, Robert Jr Laforce
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-β positron emission tomography (PET) allows for in vivo detection of fibrillar amyloid plaques, a pathologic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, amyloid-β PET interpretation is limited by the imperfect correlation between PET and autopsy, and the fact that it is positive in about 20% to 30% of cognitively normal individuals and non-AD dementias, especially when older or carrying the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4). When facing a positive amyloid PET, clinicians have to evaluate the probability of a pathologic false positive as well as the probability of amyloid positivity being age-related, comorbid to a primary non-AD dementia (clinicopathologic false positive)...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333836/-phakomatosis-pigmentovascularis-cesioflammea-a-case-report
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María C Viada Peláez, Paola C Stefano, Ana Cirio, Andrea B Cervini
Phakomatosis pigmentovascularis (PPV) is a syndrome characterized by the association of a vascular nevus with a congenital pigmented lesion (epidermal nevus, nevus spilus, and dermal melanocytosis). There are different types of PPV according to the pigmentary nevus associated with the vascular malformation. Patients may present only the cutaneous condition or have systemic manifestations, among them, trauma, neurological and ophthalmological disorders. We report the case of a 1-year-old girl who had congenital glaucoma...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333407/the-limited-role-of-serum-galactomannan-assay-in-screening-for-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-on-micafungin-prophylaxis-a-retrospective-study
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Ryul Kim, Youngil Koh, Dong-Yeop Shin, Pyoeng Gyun Choe, Nam Joong Kim, Sung-Soo Yoon, Myoung-Don Oh, Wan Beom Park, Inho Kim
Background: We evaluated the outcomes of serum galactomannan (GM) assay for the screening of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) recipients while on primary antifungal prophylaxis (PAP). Methods: This study included patients with hematologic disorders who underwent alloHSCT from January 2013 to November 2015. Patients received routine PAP with fluconazole before 2014 and micafungin after 2014; serum GM tests were performed and retrospectively analyzed...
December 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332654/evaluation-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-in-the-diagnosis-of-tubercular-lymphadenitis-a-pilot-study
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Baijayantimala Mishra, Vinaykumar Hallur, Bijayini Behera, C Preetam, Priti Nanda Mishra, Jyotirmayee Turuk, Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra
Tubercular lymphadenitis (TBLA) contributes to 30-40% of extrapulmonary TB cases in the immunocompetent individuals and 40-50% in people with HIV. Current diagnostic methods for TBLA like Gene-Xpert or PCR are costly and conventional methods like fine needle aspiration cytology, histopathology lack sensitivity and specificity. Culture which is considered as gold standard require high turnaround time. Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay has been developed as a novel technique for nucleic acid amplification and has shown promising results in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332097/is-the-atopy-patch-test-reliable-in-the-evaluation-of-food-allergy-related-atopic-dermatitis
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Mahboubeh Mansouri, Elham Rafiee, Sepideh Darougar, Mehrnaz Mesdaghi, Zahra Chavoshzadeh
BACKGROUND: Aeroallergens and food allergens are found to be relevant in atopic dermatitis. The atopy patch test (APT) can help to detect food allergies in children with atopic dermatitis. This study evaluates if the APT is a valuable tool in the diagnostic workup of children with food allergy-related atopic dermatitis. METHODS: 42 children between 6 months and 12 years of age were selected at the Mofid Children Hospital. Atopic dermatitis was diagnosed, and the severity of the disease was determined...
January 13, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329992/eus-elastography-strain-ratio-and-fractal-based-quantitative-analysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-solid-pancreatic-lesions
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Silvia Carrara, Milena Di Leo, Fabio Grizzi, Loredana Correale, Rahal Daoud, Andrea Anderloni, Francesco Auriemma, Alessandro Fugazza, Paoletta Preatoni, Roberta Maselli, Cesare Hassan, Elena Finati, Benedetto Mangiavillano, Alessandro Repici
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: EUS elastography is useful in characterizing solid pancreatic lesions (SPLs), and fractal analysis-based technology has been used to evaluate geometric complexity in oncology. The aim of this study was to evaluate EUS elastography (strain ratio) and fractal analysis for the characterization of SPLs. METHODS: Consecutive patients with SPLs were prospectively enrolled between December 2015 and February 2017. Elastographic evaluation included parenchymal strain ratio (pSR) and wall strain ratio (wSR) and was performed with the EU-ME2 processor (Olympus)...
January 9, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326761/prevalence-rate-of-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-results-of-school-based-screening-in-surabaya-indonesia
#16
I S Komang-Agung, S B Dwi-Purnomo, A Susilowati
Introduction: Scoliosis is a lateral spinal deformity of 10 degrees or more, resulting in a C-shaped or S-shaped curve of the spine. Information about adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) prevalence rate is important not only for paediatric health care planning strategy but also for parent's awareness. This study aims to find the suitable inclination cut-off angle and the prevalence rate of AIS in Surabaya, Indonesia. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in 2010. We performed stratified random sampling of 784 Elementary and Junior High School students in Surabaya between 9-16 years of age...
November 2017: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325878/can-we-identify-futility-in-kids-an-evaluation-of-admission-parameters-predicting-100-mortality-in-1292-severely-injured-children
#17
Kyle J Kalkwarf, Shane D Jensen, Myron Allukian, Matthew T Harting, Charles S Cox, Erin E Fox, Charles E Wade, Bryan A Cotton
BACKGROUND: Objective parameters predicting futility of care in severely injured pediatric patients are lacking. While futility of care has been investigated in a limited number of studies in trauma patients, none of these studies achieves a 100% success rate in a large cohort of pediatric patients. The purpose of the current study was to identify extreme laboratory values that could be used to predict 100% mortality in severely injured children. STUDY DESIGN: Registry-based, historical cohort of all severely injured children (level 1 trauma, <16 years old), who were not dead on arrival, between January 2010 and December 2016 from a single level 1 trauma center...
January 8, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324926/risk-stratification-and-staging-in-prostate-cancer-with-prostatic-specific-membrane-antigen-pet-ctobjective-a-one-stop-shop
#18
Manoj Gupta, Partha Sarathi Choudhury, Sudhir Rawal, Harish Chandra Goel, Amitabh Singh, Vineet Talwar, Saroj Kumar Sahoo
OBJECTIVE: Current imaging modalities for prostate cancer (PC) had limitations for risk stratification and staging. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) frequently underestimated lymphatic metastasis while bone scintigraphy often had diagnostic dilemmas. Prostatic specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) has been remarkable in diagnosing PC recurrence and staging. We hypothesized it can become one-stop-shop for initial risk stratification and staging...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324655/evaluation-of-an-accelerated-workflow-for-surveillance-of-esbl-ctx-m-producing-escherichia-coli-using-amplicon-based-next-generation-sequencing-and-automated-analysis
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Nilay Peker, John W A Rossen, Ruud H Deurenberg, Paula C Langereis, Erwin G C Raangs, Jan A Kluytmans, Alexander W Friedrich, Jacobien Veenemans, Bhanu Sinha
Outbreak management of extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing pathogens requires rapid and accurate diagnosis. However, conventional screening is slow and labor-intensive. The vast majority of the screened samples are negative and detection of non-outbreak-related resistant micro-organisms often complicates outbreak management. In a CTX-M-15-producing Escherichia coli outbreak, 149 fecal samples and rectal eSwabs were collected by a cross-sectional survey in a Dutch nursing home. Samples were processed by routine diagnostic methods...
January 11, 2018: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323875/theranostics-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-based-on-conjugated-polymer-nanoparticles
#20
Guorui Jin, Rongyan He, Qian Liu, Yuqing Dong, Min Lin, Wenfang Li, Feng Xu
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) does not respond to many targeted drugs due to the lack of three receptors (i.e., estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2), which makes it difficult for TNBC detection and treatment. As compared to traditional breast cancer treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as a promising approach for treating TNBC due to its precise controllability, high spatiotemporal accuracy and minimal invasive nature...
January 11, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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