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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088900/synaptic-plasticity-dementia-and-alzheimer-disease
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Pietro Giusti, Stephen D Skaper, Laura Facci, Morena Zusso
Neuroplasticity is not only shaped by learning and memory but is also a mediator of responses to neuron attrition and injury (compensatory plasticity). As an ongoing process it reacts to neuronal cell activity and injury, death, and genesis, which encompasses the modulation of structural and functional processes of axons, dendrites, and synapses. The range of structural elements that comprise plasticity includes long-term potentiation (a cellular correlate of learning and memory), synaptic efficacy and remodelling, synaptogenesis, axonal sprouting and dendritic remodelling, and neurogenesis and recruitment...
January 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080901/cerebellar-and-mesencephalon-neoplasia-in-a-nile-hipoppotamus-hippopotamus-amphibious
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Francesca Schiaffino, Samantha J Sander, Marcia E Pereira Bacares, Katie J Barnes, Matti Kiupel, Timothy Walsh, Suzan Murray
A 52-yr-old female Nile hippopotamus ( Hippopotamus amphibious ) was presented for acute onset anorexia, depression, lethargy, instability, and weakness in the pelvic limbs. Clinical signs were rapidly progressive, despite empiric therapy with anti-inflammatory medications, resulting in the death of the animal. Gross necropsy evaluation revealed two tan, firm masses in the cerebellum and mesencephalon and a single mass in the right cranial adrenal gland. All three masses had a similar histologic morphology, and immunohistochemical investigation confirmed the general diagnosis of an adenocarcinoma, but the exact cell of origin remains unclear...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062320/melanised-fungal-infections-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-contributions-to-optimize-the-clinical-management
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Daniel Wagner de Castro Lima Santos, Luis Fernando Aranha Camargo, Sarah Santos Gonçalves, Marília Marufuji Ogawa, Jane Tomimori, Milvia Maria Simões E Silva Enokihara, José Osmar Medina Pestana, Arnaldo Lopes Colombo
OBJECTIVES: This is a retrospective and observational study addressing clinical and therapeutic aspects of melanised fungal infections in kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed medical records of all patients admitted between January 1996 and December 2013 in a single institution who developed infections by melanised fungi. RESULTS: We reported 56 patients aging between 30 and 74 years with phaeohyphomycosis or chromoblastomycosis (0...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058140/predictive-value-of-brain-arrest-neurological-outcome-scale-branos-on-mortality-and-morbidity-after-cardiac-arrest
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Cengiz Şahutoğlu, Mehmet Uyar, Kubilay Demirağ, Hasan İsayev, Ali Reşat Moral
OBJECTIVE: There are several prediction scales and parameters for prognosis after a cardiac arrest. One of these scales is the brain arrest neurological outcome scale (BrANOS), which consists of duration of cardiac arrest, Glasgow Coma Scale score and Hounsfield unit measured on cranial computed tomography (CT) scan. The objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of BrANOS on predicting the mortality and disability after a cardiac arrest. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated cardiac arrest patients who were hospitalized in our intensive care unit (ICU) within a 3-year period...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052939/no-association-between-radiation-dose-from-pediatric-ct-scans-and-risk-of-subsequent-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, Neige Journy, Choonsik Lee, Lindsay M Morton, Richard Harbron, Douglas R Stewart, Louise Parker, Alan W Craft, Kieran McHugh, Mark Little, Mark Pearce
BACKGROUND: We examined the relationship between estimated radiation dose from CT scans and subsequent Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK pediatric CT scans cohort. METHODS: A retrospective, record linkage cohort included patients aged 0-21 years who underwent CT scans between 1980 and 2002 and were followed up for cancer or death until 2008. Poisson regression analysis was used to evaluate the relationship between estimated radiation dose (lagged by two years) and incident Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed at least two years after the first CT scan...
January 4, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050694/survival-prediction-using-temporal-muscle-thickness-measurements-on-cranial-magnetic-resonance-images-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-brain-metastases
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Julia Furtner, Anna S Berghoff, Omar M Albtoush, Ramona Woitek, Ulrika Asenbaum, Daniela Prayer, Georg Widhalm, Brigitte Gatterbauer, Karin Dieckmann, Peter Birner, Bernadette Aretin, Rupert Bartsch, Christoph C Zielinski, Veronika Schöpf, Matthias Preusser
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic relevance of temporal muscle thickness (TMT) in brain metastasis patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed TMT on magnetic resonance (MR) images at diagnosis of brain metastasis in two independent cohorts of 188 breast cancer (BC) and 247 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients (overall: 435 patients). RESULTS: Survival analysis using a Cox regression model showed a reduced risk of death by 19% with every additional millimetre of baseline TMT in the BC cohort and by 24% in the NSCLC cohort...
January 3, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028552/venous-thromboembolic-events-in-critically-ill-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Markus B Skrifvars, Michael Bailey, Jeffrey Presneill, Craig French, Alistair Nichol, Lorraine Little, Jacques Duranteau, Olivier Huet, Samir Haddad, Yaseen Arabi, Colin McArthur, D James Cooper, Rinaldo Bellomo
PURPOSE: To estimate the prevalence, risk factors, prophylactic treatment and impact on mortality for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) treated in the intensive care unit. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of the erythropoietin in traumatic brain injury (EPO-TBI) trial that included twice-weekly lower limb ultrasound screening. Venous thrombotic events were defined as ultrasound-proven proximal deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or clinically detected pulmonary embolism (PE)...
December 27, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024551/end-of-life-issues-in-cardiac-critical-care-the-option-of-organ-donation
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Karim Serri, Pierre Marsolais
Despite important advances in the care of postcardiac arrest patients, severe brain injury remains one of the major causes of death in the cardiac intensive care unit. Neurological prognostication after cardiac arrest has evolved significantly since the introduction of therapeutic hypothermia. It now relies on a multimodal approach and a minimal observation period of 72 hours is usually advocated. However, when brain injury is severe and the prognosis considered dismal, patients become eligible for organ donation...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018883/determinants-of-alternate-level-of-care-delayed-discharge-among-acute-care-survivors-of-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury-a-population-based-cohort-study
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David Stock, Cassandra Cowie, Vincy Chan, Angela Colantonio, Walter P Wodchis, David Alter, Nora Cullen
BACKGROUND: Delayed discharge, captured as alternate-level-of-care days, represents inefficient use of high-demand acute care resources and results in potentially poorer patient outcomes. We performed a study to determine the extent of alternate-level-of-care days among patients who survived hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in inpatient hospital care in Ontario and to identify predictors of alternate-level-of-care use in this population. METHODS: A population-based cohort of acute care survivors of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury aged 20 years or more from 2002/03 through 2011/12 was identified...
October 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012128/death-of-a-seven-month-old-child-in-a-washing-machine-a-case-report
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Antonio Osculati, Silvia Damiana Visonà, Laura Re, Marta Sozzi, Francesca Castelli, Luisa Andrello, Claudia Vignali
The authors present a case which brings out a unique modality of child homicide by placing the baby in a washing machine and turning it on. The murder was perpetrated by the baby's mother, who suffered from a serious depressive disorder. A postmortem RX and then a forensic autopsy were performed, followed by histologic examinations and toxicology. On the basis of the results of the autopsy, as well as the histology and the negative toxicological data, the cause of death was identified as acute asphyxia. This diagnosis was rendered in light of the absence of other causes of death, as well as the presence of typical signs of asphyxia, such as epicardial and pleural petechiae and, above all, the microscopic examinations, which pointed out a massive acute pulmonary emphysema...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003949/radiosurgery-to-the-postoperative-tumor-bed-for-metastatic-carcinoma-versus-whole-brain-radiation-after-surgery
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Kristen Scheitler-Ring, Bin Ge, Greg Petroski, Gregory Biedermann, N Scott Litofsky
BACKGROUND: The treatment paradigm from postoperative whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) to post-operative stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to the tumor bed has shifted with little data to evaluate whether each treatment modality confers equivalent tumor control and survival outcomes. METHODS: Patients with surgical resection of single brain metastases from January 2010 to December 2014 were treated postoperatively with either WBRT or SRS. Retrospective patient data was compared for local control, distant brain recurrence, overall survival, and radiation complications...
November 19, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997036/pathologic-correlations-of-f-18-av-1451-imaging-in-non-alzheimer-tauopathies
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Marta Marquié, Marc D Normandin, Avery C Meltzer, Michael Siao Tick Chong, Nicolas V Andrea, Alejandro Antón-Fernández, William E Klunk, Chester A Mathis, Milos D Ikonomovic, Manik Debnath, Elizabeth A Bien, Charles R Vanderburg, Isabel Costantino, Sara Makaretz, Sarah L DeVos, Derek H Oakley, Stephen N Gomperts, John H Growdon, Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, Diane Lucente, Bradford C Dickerson, Matthew P Frosch, Bradley T Hyman, Keith A Johnson, Teresa Gómez-Isla
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have shown that PET tracer AV-1451 exhibits high binding affinity for paired helical filament (PHF)-tau pathology in Alzheimer's brains. However, the ability of this ligand to bind to tau lesions in other tauopathies remains controversial. Our goal was to examine the correlation of in vivo and postmortem AV-1451 binding patterns in three autopsy-confirmed non-Alzheimer tauopathy cases. METHODS: We quantified in vivo retention of [F-18]-AV-1451 and performed autoradiography, [H-3]-AV-1451 binding assays and quantitative tau measurements in postmortem brain samples from two Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) cases and a MAPT P301L mutation carrier...
December 20, 2016: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995263/outpatient-management-of-transient-ischaemic-attack
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Victor Weng Keong Loh, Derek Tuck Loong Soon, Leonard Leong Litt Yeo
Stroke is a significant cause of death and disability in Singapore; in 2014, it was the fourth most common cause of death. Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is defined as a transient episode of neurological dysfunction caused by focal brain, spinal cord or retinal ischaemia without evidence of acute infarction. The diagnosis of TIA/acute stroke needs to be considered in all patients who present with sudden focal neurological dysfunction. Prompt referral for assessment, neuroimaging and intervention provides the best chance for neurological recovery and/or minimising further neurological damage...
December 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940650/autopsy-validation-of-123i-fp-cit-dopaminergic-neuroimaging-for-the-diagnosis-of-dlb
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Alan J Thomas, Johannes Attems, Sean J Colloby, John T O'Brien, Ian McKeith, Rodney Walker, Lean Lee, David Burn, Debra J Lett, Zuzana Walker
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a validation study of (123)I-N-fluoropropyl-2b-carbomethoxy-3b-(4-iodophenyl) nortropane ((123)I-FP-CIT) SPECT dopaminergic imaging in the clinical diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) with autopsy as the gold standard. METHODS: Patients >60 years of age with dementia who had undergone (123)I-FP-CIT imaging in research studies and who had donated their brain tissue to the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource were included. All had structured clinical research assessments, and clinical diagnoses were applied by consensus panels using international diagnostic criteria...
December 9, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933250/clinical-analysis-on-430-cases-of-infantile-purulent-meningitis
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Zhihui He, Xiujuan Li, Li Jiang
BACKGROUND: Purulent meningitis (PM) usually caused by a variety of pyogenic infection, is a kind of central nervous system infectious disease mostly common in children. It is easily misdiagnosed and its symptoms are varied. Excessive application of broad-spectrum antibiotics results in increased sickness and death of infants and young children. In this study, clinical data of 430 cases of PM in infants were analyzed to summarize the clinical experiences so as to achieve early diagnosis and early treatment of PM...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932184/intrapancreatic-splenule-in-a-pancreas-allograft-case-report
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K Yadav, O K Serrano, R Kandaswamy
A 16-year-old white man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered head, chest, and abdominal trauma. Despite initial resuscitative efforts, he progressed to brain death and was designated to be an organ donor by his family. He had no earlier medical or surgical history and no high-risk behaviors. Blood work revealed normal creatinine, liver function tests, lipase, and amylase. Viral serologies were negative except for cytomegalovirus IgG and Epstein-Barr virus nucleic acid. Imaging revealed a right kidney contusion, a manubrial fracture, and fractures of right first rib and bilateral scapulae...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931007/a-case-report-of-unusual-pneumomediastinum-after-endoscopic-sinus-surgery
#18
Ahmad I Alomari, Firas Q Alzoubi, Abdullah Khatatbeh
INTRODUCTION: Endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to restore normal sinus ventilation and mucociliary function. It is a routine otolaryngology procedure with a success rate of about 90% for symptomatic improvement in patients with refractory chronic rhinosinusitis. Because of the proximity of the paranasal sinuses to the brain and the orbit, it cannot be performed without a potential risk of complications. In our case, without early clinical suspicion, proper diagnosis and management, this unusual occurrence of pneumomediastinum after endoscopic sinus surgery may have led to major complications or even death...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929804/familial-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-case-report-and-role-of-genetic-counseling-in-post-mortem-testing
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Kristin Clift, Kimberly Guthrie, Eric W Klee, Nicole Boczek, Margot Cousin, Patrick Blackburn, Paldeep Atwal
Here we present a case of an asymptomatic 53-year-old woman who sought genetic testing for Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (fCJD) after learning that her mother had fCJD. The patient's mother had a sudden onset of memory problems and rapidly deteriorating mental faculties in her late 70s, which led to difficulties ambulating, progressive non-fluent aphasia, dysphagia and death within ∼1 y of symptom onset. The cause of death was reported as "rapid onset dementia." The patient's family, unhappy with the vague diagnosis, researched prion disorders online and aggressively pursued causation and submitted frozen brain tissue from the mother to the National Prion Disease Surveillance Center, where testing revealed a previously described 5-octapeptide repeat insertion (5-OPRI) in the prion protein gene (PRNP) that is known to cause fCJD...
November 2016: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924753/referral-criteria-for-outpatient-specialty-palliative-cancer-care-an-international-consensus
#20
REVIEW
David Hui, Masanori Mori, Sharon M Watanabe, Augusto Caraceni, Florian Strasser, Tiina Saarto, Nathan Cherny, Paul Glare, Stein Kaasa, Eduardo Bruera
Although outpatient specialty palliative-care clinics improve outcomes, there is no consensus on who should be referred or the optimal timing for referral. In response to this issue, we did a Delphi study to develop consensus on a list of criteria for referral of patients with advanced cancer at secondary or tertiary care hospitals to outpatient palliative care. 60 international experts (26 from North America, 19 from Asia and Australia, and 11 from Europe) on palliative cancer care rated 39 needs-based criteria and 22 time-based criteria in three iterative rounds...
December 2016: Lancet Oncology
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