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YeongHo Choi, Yu Jin Lee, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, KyungWon Lee, Eui Jung Lee, Yu Jin Kim, Ki Ok Ahn, Ki Jeong Hong, Young Sun Ro
BACKGROUND: Timely transfer and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with or without thrombolysis are recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) to care for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who present first to a non-PCI-capable hospital. This study was to evaluate the impact on in-hospital mortality of the compliance with guidelines regarding to the time of PCI for patients with STEMI who were transferred to a capable PCI hospital. METHODS: We used the CArdioVAscular disease Surveillance data from November 2007 to December 2012 for this study...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sang Soo Lee, Hyun Ju Min, Ja Yun Choi, Hyun Chin Cho, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Min Lee, Hong Jun Kim, Chang Yoon Ha, Hyun Jin Kim, Tae Hyo Kim, Jin Hyun Kim, Ok-Jae Lee
BACKGROUND: Although elevated levels of lactoferrin provide a biomarker for inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer, the clinical significance of these elevated levels in ascitic fluid of patients with ascites caused by liver cirrhosis is limited. The aims of our study were to investigate the usefulness of ascitic fluid lactoferrin levels for the diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) in patients with cirrhosis and to evaluate the association between lactoferrin levels and the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
October 13, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Hoon Suk Park, Youn Hee Lee, Hyung Wook Kim, Jun Hyun Baik, Yong Sung Won, Cheol Whee Park, Young Ok Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Dong Chan Jin
Introduction To increase the rate of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) use, assisted procedures for immature AVF have been strenuously performed. However, this is controversial in that an AVF matured by these assisted procedures may require more frequent intervention to maintain its patency, and have decreased long-term patency. Methods Eighty four AVFs that were matured with assisted maturation procedures and 266 AVFs that matured spontaneously without intervention, created between November 2009 and March 2013 from the hemodialysis (HD) vascular access (VA) cohort, were compared retrospectively and we also investigated the factors that may influence AVF long-term patency...
October 6, 2016: Hemodialysis International
Won-Jung Shin, Jun-Gol Song, In-Gu Jun, Young-Jin Moon, Hye-Mee Kwon, Kyeowoon Jung, Seon-Ok Kim, Gyu-Sam Hwang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ventriculo-arterial coupling (VAC) reflects the interaction between ventricular performance and effective arterial load. Current criteria for cirrhotic cardiomyopathy focus only on cardiac function without addressing the effect of hyperdynamic, low-resistance circulation. We investigated alterations in VAC in cirrhotic patients and their associations with post-liver transplant all-cause mortality. METHODS: In this single institution cohort study, cirrhotic patients who underwent liver transplantation (LT) (n = 914) were retrospectively compared with healthy matched controls using noninvasively measured end-systolic ventricular elastance (Ees), arterial elastance (Ea), and VAC (Ea/Ees)...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Byung Gun Lim, Il Ok Lee, Hyeongsik Ahn, Dong Kyu Lee, Young Ju Won, Hyun Jung Kim, Heezoo Kim
BACKGROUND: The differences in the incidence and severity of emergence agitation (EA) and emergence times between desflurane and sevoflurane anesthesia have not been as clearly elucidated in children as in adults. METHODS: The design of the study is a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. The study methodology is based on the Cochrane Review Methods. A comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify clinical trials comparing the incidence or severity of EA and emergence times in children anesthetized with desflurane or sevoflurane...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ho-Su Lee, Jaewon Choe, Seon-Ok Kim, Sun-Ho Lee, Hyo Jeong Lee, Hyungil Seo, Gwang-Un Kim, Myeongsook Seo, Eun Mi Song, Sung Wook Hwang, Sang Hyoung Park, Dong-Hoon Yang, Kyung-Jo Kim, Byong Duk Ye, Jeong-Sik Byeon, Seung-Jae Myung, Yong Sik Yoon, Chang Sik Yu, Jin-Ho Kim, Suk-Kyun Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Limited data are available regarding mortality from inflammatory bowel disease in non-Caucasian populations. Herein, we evaluated overall and cause-specific mortality in a hospital-based cohort of Korean inflammatory bowel disease patients. METHODS: We determined mortality in 2,414 Crohn's disease patients and 2,798 ulcerative colitis patients diagnosed between 1977 and 2013. Standardized mortality ratios were calculated in several demographic and phenotypic subgroups...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Sunpyo Lee, Ji Yong Ahn, Hwoon-Yong Jung, Kee Wook Jung, Jeong Hoon Lee, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Jin-Ho Kim, Seon-Ok Kim
AIM: There is limited data on whether scoring systems can be used to predict clinical outcomes in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to Mallory-Weiss syndrome (MWS). We evaluated whether the Glasgow-Blatchford score (GBS) could be effective in predicting clinical outcomes of bleeding MWS. We also investigated the predictive ability of the Forrest classification for rebleeding and assessed the effective endoscopic modalities for bleeding control in MWS. METHODS: From January 2004 to December 2012, 168 patients were diagnosed with MWS in Asan Medical Center emergency department...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Digestive Diseases
Dam Kim, Chan-Bum Choi, Jiyoung Lee, Soo-Kyung Cho, Soyoung Won, So-Young Bang, Hoon-Suk Cha, Jung-Yoon Choe, Won Tae Chung, Seung-Jae Hong, Jae-Bum Jun, Young Ok Jung, Jinseok Kim, Seong-Kyu Kim, Tae-Hwan Kim, Tae-Jong Kim, Eunmi Koh, Hye-Soon Lee, Jaejoon Lee, Jisoo Lee, Sang-Heon Lee, Shin-Seok Lee, Sung Won Lee, Seung-Cheol Shim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Bo Young Yoon, Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Sang-Cheol Bae
Background/Aims: To determine whether early diagnosis is beneficial for functional status of various disease durations in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Methods: A total of 4,540 RA patients were enrolled as part of the Korean Observational Study Network for Arthritis (KORONA). We defined early diagnosis as a lag time between symptom onset and RA diagnosis of ≤ 12 months, whereas patients with a longer lag time comprised the delayed diagnosis group. Demographic characteristics and outcomes were compared between early and delayed diagnosis groups...
September 13, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Jinkwon Kim, Gun Ho Choi, Ki Han Ko, Jung Oh Kim, Seung Hun Oh, Young Seok Park, Ok Joon Kim, Nam Keun Kim
The microRNA (miRNA) is a small non-coding RNA molecule that modulates gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. Platelets have a crucial role in both hemostasis and thrombosis, a condition that can occlude a cerebral artery and cause ischemic stroke. miR-130b, miR-200b, and miR-495 are potential genetic modulators involving platelet production and activation. We hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in these miRNAs might potentially contribute to the susceptibility to ischemic stroke and post-stroke mortality...
2016: PloS One
Young Sun Ro, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Ki Jeong Hong, Ki Ok Ahn, Do Kyun Kim, Young Ho Kwak
OBJECTIVE: We studied the effect of a dispatcher-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program on paediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) outcomes by age groups. METHODS: All emergency medical services (EMS)-treated paediatric OHCAs in Korea were enrolled between 2012 and 2014, excluding cases witnessed by EMS providers and those with unknown outcomes. The cases were divided into three groups: bystander CPR with dispatcher assistance, bystander CPR without dispatcher assistance, and no-bystander CPR...
November 2016: Resuscitation
Jeong Ho Park, Ki Ok Ahn, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Young Sun Ro, Joo Yong Kim, Eui Jung Lee, Yu Jin Lee
AIM: To provide therapeutic hypothermia (TH) to survivors after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), inter-hospital transfers (IHT) are frequently required. The safety of IHT remains controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the effect of TH on brain recovery after OHCA differs between IHT and direct arrival groups. METHODS: We identified patients with OHCA of presumed cardiac aetiology who were resuscitated by emergency medical services and experienced return-of-spontaneous circulation in 27 hospitals between January and December 2014...
August 31, 2016: Resuscitation
Jin-Sun Park, Joon-Han Shin, Taek-Jong Hong, Hong-Seog Seo, Wan-Joo Shim, Sang-Hong Baek, Jin-Ok Jeong, Youngkeun Ahn, Woong-Chol Kang, Young-Hak Kim, Sang-Hyun Kim, Min-Su Hyon, Dong-Hoon Choi, Chang-Wook Nam, Tae-Ho Park, Sang-Chol Lee, Hyo-Soo Kim
The pill burden of patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia can result in poor medication compliance. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of fixed-dose combination (FDC) therapy with olmesartan medoxomil (40 mg) and rosuvastatin (20 mg) in Korean patients with mild to moderate hypertension and dyslipidemia. This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, factorial-design study included patients aged ≥20 years with mild to moderate essential hypertension and dyslipidemia. Patients were randomly assigned to receive FDC therapy (40 mg olmesartan medoxomil, 20 mg rosuvastatin), 40 mg olmesartan medoxomil, 20 mg rosuvastatin, or a placebo...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Keun Ok An, Junghoon Kim
OBJECTIVES: Age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) and increased fat mass (obesity) may contribute to chronic disease. Multimorbidity needs more complex health care and is associated with an elevated risk of mortality, disability, and poor quality of life. Sarcopenia and obesity together may be more closely associated with multimorbidity than either sarcopenia or obesity alone. However, a possible multimorbidity link with sarcopenic obesity is unknown. Thus, we aimed to investigate the association of sarcopenic obesity and multimorbidity in Korean adults...
October 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Kango Nohara, Kazuto Takada, Eiji Kojima, Kiyoko Ninomiya, Shoko Miyamatsu, Takahiro Shimizu, Tsutomu Sakurai, Takaaki Mizuno, Yuuki Yamashita
BACKGROUND: The choice of an optimal sclerosant for pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion remains controversial. This retrospective clinical study compared the efficacy and safety of two sclerosants; talc slurry (talc-s) and OK-432. METHODS: We compared the characteristics, 30/90-day success rates, and adverse events in patients with lung adenocarcinoma who underwent pleurodesis by using either OK-432 or talc-s. Propensity score matching was used to compare the two scelrosants...
September 2016: Respiratory Investigation
Young Ju Won, Byung Gun Lim, Dong Kyu Lee, Heezoo Kim, Myoung Hoon Kong, Il Ok Lee
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that sugammadex, a modified γ-cyclodextrin, is a well-tolerated agent for the reversal of neuromuscular blockade (NMB) induced by a steroidal neuromuscular blocking drug in adult patients. However, its use has not been reviewed in pediatric patients. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sugammadex in the reversal of rocuronium-induced NMB during surgery under general anesthesia in pediatric patients. METHODS: A literature search was performed using the Pubmed, EMBASE: Drugs and pharmacology, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Admasu Tenna Mamuye, Ethan Bornstein, Obsie Temesgen, Henry M Blumberg, Russell R Kempker
In a cross-sectional study among hospitalized human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Ethiopia, we sought to determine the rates and predictors of cryptococcal disease and evaluate the test performance of a recently introduced point-of-care test for Cryptococcus neoformans detection in various biological samples. We tested serum, urine, and fingerstick blood samples from each patient with a cryptococcal antigen lateral flow assay (CRAG LFA; Immuno Mycologic Inc., Norman, OK). Cerebrospinal fluid was collected at the discretion of the treating physician...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Aygül Çeltik, Sait Şen, Mümtaz Yılmaz, Meltem Seziş Demirci, Gülay Aşçı, Abdülkerim Furkan Tamer, Banu Sarsık, Cüneyt Hoşcoşkun, Hüseyin Töz, Ercan Ok
PURPOSE: Persistent hypercalcemia after kidney transplantation (KTx) may cause nephrocalcinosis and graft dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate patients with hypercalcemia and assess its effect on tubulointerstitial calcification. METHODS: A total of 247 recipients were enrolled. Transient and persistent hypercalcemia was defined as hypercalcemia (corrected serum calcium >10.2 mg/dL) persisting for 6 and 12 months after KTx, respectively. The severity of calcification in the 0-h, 6- and 12-month protocol biopsies of patients with transient (n = 8) and persistent hypercalcemia (n = 20) was compared with a matched control group (n = 28)...
November 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
Seungmin Jeong, Ki Ok Ahn, Sang Do Shin
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this meta-analysis was to compare the benefits of prehospital advanced airway management (AAM) and basic airway management (BAM) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients. METHODS: Two investigators performed a systematic review of PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Database to identify all peer-reviewed articles relevant to this meta-analysis. We included all articles describing emergency medical system-treated nontraumatic OHCAs; specifically, all articles that described intervention of the prehospital AAM type were considered...
July 19, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jae Joon Lim, Dong Ah Shin, Young Joo Jeon, Hemant Kumar, Seil Sohn, Hyoung Sik Min, Jang Bo Lee, Sung Uk Kuh, Keung Nyun Kim, Jung Oh Kim, Ok Joon Kim, Alexander E Ropper, Nam Keun Kim, In Bo Han
BACKGROUND: Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) of the spine is considered a multifactorial and polygenic disease. We aimed to investigate the association between four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of pre-miRNAs [miR-146aC>G (rs2910164), miR-149T>C (rs2292832), miR-196a2T>C (rs11614913), and miR-499A>G (rs3746444)] and the risk of cervical OPLL in the Korean population. METHODS: The genotypic frequencies of these four SNPs were analyzed in 207 OPLL patients and 200 controls by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay...
2016: PloS One
Taek Kyu Park, Jae-Hwan Lee, Young Bin Song, Jin-Ok Jeong, Joo-Yong Hahn, Jeong Hoon Yang, Seung-Hyuk Choi, Jin-Ho Choi, Sang Hoon Lee, Myung-Ho Jeong, Hyo-Soo Kim, Ju Hyeon Oh, Cheol Woong Yu, Seung Woon Rha, Yangsoo Jang, Jung Han Yoon, Seung-Jea Tahk, Ki Bae Seung, Jong-Seon Park, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon
AIMS: Non-compliant balloons provide uniform radial force along the vessel wall at any inflation pressure. As a result, the use of non-compliant balloons may reduce side branch complications and optimise stent deployment. We sought to investigate the impact of non-compliant balloons on the long-term clinical outcomes of patients undergoing a coronary bifurcation intervention. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 2,897 patients treated with drug-eluting stents for bifurcation lesions were enrolled...
July 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
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