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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931028/the-efficacy-of-extracorporeal-shockwave-lithotripsy-for-symptomatic-ureteral-stones-predictors-of-treatment-failure-without-the-assistance-of-computed-tomography
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Bing-Juin Chiang, Chun-Hou Liao, Yu-Hua Lin
OBJECTIVES: Non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) is not always performed clinically if the diagnosis of ureteral calculi has been confirmed using other radiographic imaging modalities. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of successful extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) without assistance of NCCT. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with symptomatic solitary ureteral stones who underwent ESWL between November 2015 and January 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930797/optimizing-the-safety-profile-of-everolimus-by-delayed-initiation-in-de-novo-heart-transplant-recipients-results-of-the-prospective-randomized-study-everheart
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Luciano Potena, Carlo Pellegrini, Francesco Grigioni, Cristiano Amarelli, Ugolino Livi, Massimo Maccherini, Gabriella Masciocco, Giuseppe Faggian, Paola Lilla Della Monica, Gino Gerosa, Nicola Marraudino, Marco Corda, Massimo Boffini
BACKGROUND: Although everolimus potentially improves long-term heart transplantation (HTx) outcomes, its early postoperative safety profile had raised concerns and needs optimization. METHODS: This 6-month, open-label, multicenter randomized trial was designed to compare the cumulative incidence of a primary composite safety endpoint comprising wound healing delays, pericardial effusion (PCEs), pleural effusion (PLEs) needing drainage, and renal insufficiency events (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] ≤30/mL/min/1...
September 19, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930049/experience-with-the-syncardia-total-artificial-heart-in-a-canadian-centre
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Anthony Nguyen, Michel Pellerin, Louis P Perrault, Michel White, Anique Ducharme, Normand Racine, Michel Carrier
BACKGROUND: The SynCardia total artificial heart (TAH) provides complete circulatory support by replacing both native ventricles. Accepted indications include bridge to transplantation and destination therapy. We review our experience with TAH implantation during a period when axial flow pump became available. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the demographics, clinical characteristics and survival of all patients receiving the TAH. RESULTS: From September 2004 to November 2016, 13 patients (12 men, mean age 45 ± 13 yr) received the TAH for refractory cardiogenic shock secondary to idiopathic (56%) or ischemic (17%) cardiomyopathy and to other various causes (33%)...
October 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929659/-effects-and-mechanisms-of-shenkang-injection-promoting-extracellular-matrix-degradation-via-regulating-erk1-2-mmps-signaling-pathway-in-renal-failure-rats
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Jing-Jing Yang, Zhi-Min Mao, Yi-Gang Wan, Wei Wu, Yan-Ru Huang, Ge Shi, Wen-Bei Han, Jian Yao
This study aimed to clarify preliminarily the effects and mechanisms of Shenkang injection (SKI) promoting extracellular matrix(ECM)degradation via regulating extracellular-signal regulated protein kinase(ERK)1/2/matrix metalloproteinases(MMPs)signaling pathway in renal failure rats. Twenty rats were randomly divided into 4 groups:the Sham group,the Model group,the SKI group and the Enalapril maleate(EM)group. The model rats with renal failure were induced by intragastric administration of adenine and unilateral ureteral obstruction(UUO)...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929118/natriuretic-peptide-system-activation-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-with-diabetes
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Filipe M Cunha, Joana Pereira, Pedro Marques, Helena Moreira, Pedro Rodrigues, Maria João Pinto, Patrícia Lourenço, Paulo Bettencourt
BACKGROUND: Elevated B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a hallmark in heart failure (HF). Diabetic patients with chronic HF seem to have higher BNP than nondiabetics. We studied, in acute HF, if BNP levels are different between diabetics and nondiabetics. METHODS: From a prospectively recruited population of acute HF patients, we selected a convenience sample. In pair-matched analysis, each diabetic patient was matched with a nondiabetic of the same age (±1 year), gender, and according to left ventricular systolic dysfunction...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927555/comparative-study-of-clinical-presentation-and-hematological-indices-in-hospitalized-sickle-cell-patients-infected-with-severe-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Prasanta Purohit, Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, Siris Patel, Padmalaya Das, Jogeswar Panigrahi, Kishalaya Das
BACKGROUND: Sickle-cell-gene has a high frequency in malaria endemic regions. In India, though the prevalence of both sickle-cell-gene and malaria are high, no study has been carried out. This study aims to find out the possible differences in hematological and clinical parameters in severe falciparum malaria with respect to sickle cell genotypes. METHODS: Five hundred fourteen adults with severe falciparum malaria hospitalized at Department of Medicine, Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Burla, between August, 2010 to December, 2014 were included and categorized on the basis of sickle cell genotypes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927394/laboratory-markers-of-cardiac-and-metabolic-complications-after-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures
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Robert D Nass, Sina Meiling, René P Andrié, Christian E Elger, Rainer Surges
BACKGROUND: Generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) frequently lead to emergency inpatient referrals. Laboratory blood values are routinely performed on admission to detect underlying causes and metabolic or cardiac complications. Our goal was to assess the nature and frequency of complications occurring in association with GTCS. METHODS: We retrospectively extracted data from emergency protocols and discharge letters of adult patients admitted to the Department of Epileptology between 01/2010 and 06/2015...
September 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927349/hospital-readmissions-after-elective-lower-extremity-vascular-procedures
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Todd R Vogel, Jamie B Smith, Robin L Kruse
Background This study evaluated risk factors associated with 30-day readmission after open and endovascular lower extremity revascularization. Methods Patients admitted with peripheral artery disease and lower extremity procedures were selected from national electronic medical record data, Cerner Health Facts® (2008-2014). Thirty-day readmission was determined. Logistic regression models identified characteristics independently associated with readmission. Results There were 2781 open and 2611 endovascular procedures...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927294/treatment-of-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-depends-on-history-of-cancer
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Sabine Rohrmann, Fabienne Witassek, Paul Erne, Hans Rickli, Dragana Radovanovic
BACKGROUND: Although cancer treatment considerably affects cardiovascular health, little is known about how cancer patients are treated for an acute myocardial infarction. We aimed to investigate whether acute myocardial infarction patients with a history of cancer received the same guideline recommended treatment as those acute myocardial infarction patients without and whether they differ with respect to inhospital outcome. METHODS: All patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, enrolled between 2002 and mid-2015 in the acute myocardial infarction in Switzerland (AMIS Plus) registry with comorbidity data based on the Charlson comorbidity index were analysed...
September 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926966/augmented-renal-clearance-in-critical-illness-an-important-consideration-in-drug-dosing
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REVIEW
Sherif Hanafy Mahmoud, Chen Shen
Augmented renal clearance (ARC) is a manifestation of enhanced renal function seen in critically ill patients. The use of regular unadjusted doses of renally eliminated drugs in patients with ARC might lead to therapy failure. The purpose of this scoping review was to provide and up-to-date summary of the available evidence pertaining to the phenomenon of ARC. A literature search of databases of available evidence in humans, with no language restriction, was conducted. Databases searched were MEDLINE (1946 to April 2017), EMBASE (1974 to April 2017) and the Cochrane Library (1999 to April 2017)...
September 16, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926329/postoperative-haematocrit-and-outcome-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients
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Ana Martins Lopes, Diana Silva, Gabriela Sousa, Joana Silva, Alice Santos, Fernando José Abelha
INTRODUCTION: Haematocrit has been studied as an outcome predictor. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between low haematocrit at surgical intensive care unit admission and high disease scoring system score and early outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 4398 patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit between January 2006 and July 2013. Acute physiology and chronic health evaluation and simplified acute physiology score II values were calculated and all variables entered as parameters were evaluated independently...
August 31, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925976/shiga-toxin-therapeutics-beyond-neutralization
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REVIEW
Gregory Hall, Shinichiro Kurosawa, Deborah J Stearns-Kurosawa
Ribotoxic Shiga toxins are the primary cause of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in patients infected with Shiga toxin-producing enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (STEC), a pathogen class responsible for epidemic outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease around the globe. HUS is a leading cause of pediatric renal failure in otherwise healthy children, resulting in a mortality rate of 10% and a chronic morbidity rate near 25%. There are currently no available therapeutics to prevent or treat HUS in STEC patients despite decades of work elucidating the mechanisms of Shiga toxicity in sensitive cells...
September 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925473/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-exacerbation-impact-of-comorbidities-on-length-and-costs-during-hospitalization
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C Terzano, V Colamesta, B Unim, S Romani, A Meneghini, G Volpe, G La Torre
OBJECTIVE: A retrospective cohort study was performed, using administrative database of the Local Health Unit Roma-A (LHU RM-A). The included subjects were residing in one of the four districts and were hospitalized for COPD exacerbation in healthcare facilities of the LHU during years 2010-2012. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of comorbidities, length and costs of hospital stay in patients with COPD exacerbations. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often associated with other diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, chronic renal failure, depression) that can increase risk of mortality and hospitalization...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924484/diabetic-ketoacidosis-producing-extreme-hyperkalemia-in-a-patient-with-type-1-diabetes-on-hemodialysis
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Hodaka Yamada, Shunsuke Funazaki, Masafumi Kakei, Kazuo Hara, San-E Ishikawa
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a critical complication of type 1 diabetes associated with water and electrolyte disorders. Here, we report a case of DKA with extreme hyperkalemia (9.0 mEq/L) in a patient with type 1 diabetes on hemodialysis. He had a left frontal cerebral infarction resulting in inability to manage his continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion pump. Electrocardiography showed typical changes of hyperkalemia, including absent P waves, prolonged QRS interval and tented T waves. There was no evidence of total body water deficit...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924104/validation-of-the-r2chads2-and-chads2-scores-for-predicting-post-stroke-cognitive-impairment
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Kazuo Washida, Hisatomo Kowa, Hirotoshi Hamaguchi, Fumio Kanda, Tatsushi Toda
Objective Post-stroke cognitive impairment often afflicts stroke survivors and is a major obstacle both for cognitive and physical rehabilitation. Stroke risk scores ["Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age ≥75 years, Diabetes mellitus, Stroke" (CHADS2) and "CHADS2 + creatinine clearance <60 mL/min" (R2CHADS2)] are used to assess the future risk of cardioembolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, congestive heart failure, hypertension, aging, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and renal dysfunction are also risk factors for cognitive impairment...
September 15, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923303/an-extremely-high-bioavailability-of-orally-administered-vancomycin-in-a-patient-with-severe-colitis-and-renal-insufficiency
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Shingo Yamazaki, Takaaki Suzuki, Tatsuya Suzuki, Hirokazu Takatsuka, Masayuki Ishikawa, Noriyuki Hattori, Takeshi Fujishiro, Hideaki Miyauchi, Takehiko Oami, Noritaka Ariyoshi, Shigeto Oda, Hisahiro Matsubara, Itsuko Ishii
Because there is little absorption of orally administered vancomycin hydrochloride (VCM) through the normal intestinal microvillus membrane, the pharmacokinetics of VCM absorbed from the digestive tract are mostly unknown. Here we report a case of severe colitis and renal insufficiency in which the serum concentration of VCM reached the supratherapeutic range after oral administration. A 54-year-old man receiving outpatient chemotherapy for rectal cancer was admitted to our hospital for severe sepsis and acute renal failure...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922459/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-a-case-report
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Tsong-Yih Ou, Cheng-Yen Chuang, Chun-Da Chen, Chung-Yi Cheng
Severe falciparum malaria is associated with multiple organ dysfunction and a high rate of fatal outcome. Malaria is a world-wide disease in tropical areas through the bites of vector mosquitoes. Parasitic protozoans introduced by the mosquito's saliva to the blood travel to the liver then mature and reproduce. In humans, malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale, P. vivax, and P. knowlesi, and P. falciparum causes most deaths. Typical malaria symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921803/the-pathophysiology-of-arterial-vasodilatation-and-hyperdynamic-circulation-in-cirrhosis
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Søren Møller, Flemming Bendtsen
Patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension often develop complications from a variety of organ systems leading to a multiple organ failure. The combination of liver failure and portal hypertension result in a hyperdynamic circulatory state partly owing to simultaneous splanchnic and peripheral arterial vasodilatation. Increases in circulatory vasodilators are believed to be due to portosystemic shunting and bacterial translocation leading to redistribution of the blood volume with central hypovolemia. Portal hypertension per se and increased splanchnic blood flow are mainly responsible for the development and perpetuation of the hyperdynamic circulation and the associated changes in cardiovascular function with development of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, autonomic dysfunction, and renal dysfunction as part of a cardiorenal syndrome...
September 16, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920861/pharmacotherapy-of-type-2-diabetes-an-update
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REVIEW
Jagriti Upadhyay, Stergios A Polyzos, Nikolaos Perakakis, Bindiya Thakkar, Stavroula A Paschou, Niki Katsiki, Patricia Underwood, Kyung-Hee Park, Jochen Seufert, Eun Seok Kang, Elliot Sternthal, Asterios Karagiannis, Christos S Mantzoros
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and a major economic burden. The prevalence of T2DM is rising, suggesting more effective prevention and treatment strategies are necessary. The aim of this narrative review is to summarize the pharmacologic treatment options available for patients with T2DM. Each therapeutic class is presented in detail, outlining medication effects, side effects, glycemic control, effect on weight, indications and contraindications, and use in selected populations (heart failure, renal insufficiency, obesity and the elderly)...
September 8, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920492/recommendations-on-managing-lenvatinib-and-everolimus-in-patients-with-advanced-or-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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E Grande, H Glen, J Aller, G Argenziano, M J Lamas, P Ruszniewski, J L Zamorano, K Edmonds, S Sarker, M Staehler, J Larkin
There are several second-line treatment options for patients with renal cell carcinoma after first-line failure of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, especially with the recent approvals of cabozantinib, nivolumab, and the lenvatinib plus everolimus combination. A lack of reliable biomarkers and an overall lack of prospective head-to-head comparisons make it a challenge to choose a second-line treatment in the clinic. Areas covered: In this review/meta-opinion, we describe the safety profile of the lenvatinib plus everolimus combination in renal cell carcinoma...
September 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
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