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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346796/background-factors-and-subjective-voice-symptoms-in-patients-with-acquired-vocal-fold-scarring-and-sulcus-vocalis
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Emma Malmström, Stellan Hertegård
OBJECTIVE: Vocal fold scarring (VFS) and sulcus vocalis (SV) often result in severe and chronic voice disorders. This study compares subjective voice complaints as rated with the Voice Handicap Index and etiological factors for patients with VFS and SV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected from the medical records at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, for 27 VFS patients and 27 SV patients. Descriptive background factors were compared between the groups and data were compared from the Swedish Voice Handicap Index (Sw-VHI) questionnaires...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346794/clinicoepidemiologic-features-of-chronic-urticaria-in-patients-with-versus-without-subclinical-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-cross-sectional-study-of-150-patients
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Sakshi Kohli, Vikram K Mahajan, Baldev S Rana, Karaninder S Mehta, Rashmi Kaul Raina, Pushpinder S Chauhan, Vikas Sharma, Ritu Rawat
BACKGROUND: The Helicobacter pylori infection is linked to chronic urticaria in nearly 60% of patients. We studied clinicoepidemiologic features in patients with chronic urticaria with and without H. pylori infection. METHODS: Endoscopic antral biopsy for the rapid urease test (RUT) and histopathology, and serum IgG ELISA for H. pylori infection were performed in 150 patients (male:female ratio 1:2.4) of chronic urticaria aged 18-68 years. Clinicoepidemiologic features including age, gender, age of onset and duration, frequency and distribution of wheals, urticaria severity score, and systemic symptoms were analyzed in patients with and without H...
January 19, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346792/pancreaticoduodenectomy-and-outcomes-for-groove-pancreatitis
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Fabiola Aguilera, Levan Tsamalaidze, Massimo Raimondo, Ruchir Puri, Horacio J Asbun, John A Stauffer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The operative management of groove pancreatitis (GP) is still a matter of controversy and pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) can be a high-risk procedure for patients. The aim of this study was to report our 9-year experience of surgical resection for GP and to review relevant literature. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients undergoing pancreatectomy for GP from August 1, 2008, through May 31, 2017 was performed. Patients with clinical, radiologic, and final pathologic confirmation of GP were included...
January 18, 2018: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346789/mentalization-and-self-efficacy-as-mediators-between-psychological-symptom-severity-and-disabilities-in-activities-and-participation-in-psychotherapy-patients
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Thomas Probst, Maria Dehoust, Anna Levke Brütt, Holger Schulz, Christoph Pieh, Sylke Andreas
BACKGROUND: Psychotherapy patients can be more or less disabled by their psychological symptoms. The present study investigated whether mentalization and self-efficacy contribute to the association between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation. METHODS: The data of 216 psychotherapy inpatients were examined in a cross-sectional design. Bootstrapping-enhanced mediation analyses were performed to investigate whether self-efficacy and mentalization are mediators between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation...
January 19, 2018: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346787/speech-and-communication-changes-reported-by-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Ellika Schalling, Kerstin Johansson, Lena Hartelius
BACKGROUND: Changes in communicative functions are common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there are only limited data provided by individuals with PD on how these changes are perceived, what their consequences are, and what type of intervention is provided. AIM: To present self-reported information about speech and communication, the impact on communicative participation, and the amount and type of speech-language pathology services received by people with PD. METHODS: Respondents with PD recruited via the Swedish Parkinson's Disease Society filled out a questionnaire accessed via a Web link or provided in a paper version...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346784/surgical-treatment-and-chemotherapy-of-adult-primary-liver-sarcoma-experiences-from-a-single-hospital-in-china
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Feng Zhou, Han-Zhang Huang, Meng-Tao Zhou, Shao-Liang Han
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to improve the preoperative diagnostic accuracy and treatment results by investigating the clinical features and prognosis of primary liver sarcoma (PLS). METHODS: Clinical data, surgical treatments, adjuvant chemotherapy, and prognosis of 17 PLS patients whose diseases were pathologically confirmed were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: The main clinical symptoms included epigastric pain in 9 patients, epigastric distention in 7, and loss of appetite in 4; these symptoms were detected during the postoperative follow-up for gastric carcinoma in 1...
January 18, 2018: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346781/laparoscopic-nephron-sparing-calycectomy-for-treating-fraley-s-syndrome
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Francesco Porpiglia, Riccardo Bertolo, Enrico Checcucci, Daniele Amparore, Matteo Manfredi, Cristian Fiori
Background/Aims/Objectives: Various nephron-sparing approaches were described as part of surgical management for Fraley's syndrome, a rare anatomic variant of the renal vascular anatomy that compresses the upper pole infundibulum resulting in an upper calyceal obstruction and dilatation, with symptoms of flank pain and hematuria. To date, descriptions of minimally invasive correction techniques are anecdotal. METHODS: A retroperitoneal pure laparoscopic approach using the nephron-sparing technique was chosen in the presented case...
January 18, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346650/persistence-of-zika-virus-after-birth-clinical-virological-neuroimaging-and-neuropathological-documentation-in-a-5-month-infant-with-congenital-zika-syndrome
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Leila Chimelli, Sheila Moura Pone, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Zilton Farias Meira Vasconcelos, Andrea Araújo Zin, Daniela Prado Cunha, Nathalia Raposo Thompson, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Clayton A Wiley, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil, a baby was born at term with microcephaly and arthrogryposis. The mother had Zika symptoms at 10 weeks of gestation. At 17 weeks, ultrasound showed cerebral malformation and ventriculomegaly. At 24 weeks, the amniotic fluid contained ZIKV RNA and at birth, placenta and maternal blood were also positive using RT-qPCR. At birth the baby urine contained ZIKV RNA, whereas CSF at birth and urine at 17 days did not. Seizures started at 6 days. EEG was abnormal and CT scan showed cerebral atrophy, calcifications, lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, and cerebellar hypoplasia...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346636/tuberculosis-among-the-homeless-in-chennai-city-south-india
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Chandrakumar Dolla, C Padmapriyadarsini, A Pradeep Menon, M Muniyandi, Srividya Adinarayanan, Gomathi Sekar, D Kavitha, Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Soumya Swaminathan
Background: In India from a national perspective, the incidence/prevalence of active tuberculosis (TB) among the homeless are unknown. Methods: Homeless individuals, aged 15 years and above, were screened for TB by radiography and smear examination in Chennai city. Results: 301 individuals were enrolled and screened for TB; 8% (24/301) had chest symptoms; 5.6% (17/301) found X-ray abnormalities. The overall prevalence of TB was 1661/100 000; prevalence of culture-positive TB was 997/100 000 and smear-positive TB was 664/100 000 population...
January 16, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346630/vitamin-d-toxicity-a-16-year-retrospective-study-at-an-academic-medical-center
#10
John P Lee, Michael Tansey, Jennifer G Jetton, Matthew D Krasowski
Background: Interest in vitamin D has increased during the past 2 decades, with a corresponding increase in laboratory testing of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. The vast majority of specimens tested display normal or deficient levels of 25(OH)D; concentrations rarely fall in the potentially toxic range. Methods: We performed a retrospective investigation of elevated 25(OH)D levels during a 16-year period at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), a 734-bed tertiary-/quaternary-care academic medical center in the midwestern United States...
January 13, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346627/severe-and-protracted-sleep-disruptions-in-mouse-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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Rishi Sharma, Pradeep Sahota, Mahesh M Thakkar
Increasing evidences suggest that the predator threat model is a valid animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, sleep has never been examined in this model. Since sleep disturbances, including insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness, are severe and protracted symptoms of PTSD, we hypothesized that mice exposed to predator odor trauma (POT) will display contextual fear conditioning along with severe and protracted sleep disruptions.Adult male C57BL/6J mice, instrumented with wire electrodes [to record hippocampal field potentials (LFP) and nuchal muscle (EMG) activity], were exposed to contextual conditioning using soiled cat litter as unconditional stimulus (US)...
January 13, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346612/hyperpyrexia-in-a-patient-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-a-diagnosis-beyond-the-obvious
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Michalis Tsamatsoulis, Chris J Kapelios, Christos Charitos
As the number of patients receiving a left ventricular assist device increases, physicians must always keep in mind that several conditions can present with non-specific symptoms, such as fever, tachypnoea and confusion. We herein report the case of a left ventricular assist device patient who developed a life-threatening condition with acute hyperthermia, confusion and extremities' clonus and muscle spasms. The patient was diagnosed with serotonin syndrome, attributed to the coadministration of 2 commonly prescribed medications (citalopram and omeprazole)...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346542/hepatitis-b-in-moroccan-dutch-a-qualitative-study-into-determinants-of-screening-participation
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Nora Hamdiui, Mart L Stein, Ytje J J van der Veen, Maria E T C van den Muijsenbergh, Jim E van Steenbergen
Background: Chronic hepatitis B (HBV) leads to an increased risk for liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. In the Netherlands, chronic HBV prevalence in the general population is 0.20%, but 3.77% in first generation immigrants. Our aim was to identify determinants associated with the intention to participate in HBV testing among first generation Moroccan immigrants, one of the two largest immigrant groups targeted for screening. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were held with first (n = 9) and second generation (n = 10) Moroccan-Dutch immigrants, since second generation immigrants frequently act as their parents' brokers in healthcare...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346486/treatment-outcomes-and-adverse-events-following-in-office-angiolytic-laser-with-or-without-concurrent-polypectomy-for-vocal-fold-polyps
#14
Yu-Hsuan Lin, Chi-Te Wang, Feng-Chuan Lin, Li-Jen Liao, Wu-Chia Lo, Po-Wen Cheng
Importance: In-office angiolytic laser procedures have been used successfully as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps; little is known in detail about the treatment outcomes and adverse events. Objective: To examine the outcomes and incidence rates of adverse events associated with in-office angiolytic laser procedures with or without concurrent polypectomy as an alternative treatment for vocal fold polyps. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary medical center...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346478/differentiation-syndrome-associated-with-enasidenib-a-selective-inhibitor-of-mutant-isocitrate-dehydrogenase-2-analysis-of-a-phase-1-2-study
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Amir T Fathi, Courtney D DiNardo, Irina Kline, Laurie Kenvin, Ira Gupta, Eyal C Attar, Eytan M Stein, Stephane de Botton
Importance: Enasidenib mesylate, a mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2) protein inhibitor that promotes differentiation of leukemic myeloblasts, was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in relapsed/refractory (R/R) mutant IDH2 acute myeloid leukemia (AML). During the first study of enasidenib in humans, a minority of patients with advanced myeloid neoplasms experienced unexpected signs/symptoms of a differentiation syndrome (DS), a potentially lethal entity...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346252/sarcoidosis-with-pleural-effusion-as-the-presenting-symptom
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Estefania Rivera, Yaron Gesthalter, Paul Vardelaan, Alex Chee, Adnan Majid
A 65-year-old woman, never smoker, with medical history of hypertension, nonischemic cardiomyopathy, and moderate pulmonary hypertension presented with symptomatic bilateral pleural effusions. Thoracentesis revealed a lymphocyte predominant transudate and was negative for malignancy, microbiologic cultures were negative for an infectious cause. Chest tomography showed mediastinal and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy, lymph node biopsy with endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration showed non-necrotizing granulomas compatible with sarcoidosis...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346235/posttraumatic-stress-in-children-after-injury-the-role-of-acute-pain-and-opioid-medication-use
#17
Aimee K Hildenbrand, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Lamia P Barakat, Kristen L Kohser, Jeffrey A Ciesla, Douglas L Delahanty, Joel A Fein, Lindsay B Ragsdale, Meghan L Marsac
OBJECTIVES: After injury, many children experience posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) that negatively impact recovery. Acute pain and PTSS share neurobiological pathways, and acute dosage of morphine has been linked to reduced PTSS in naturalistic studies. However, the complex interactions between pain, morphine and other opioid use, and PTSS have yet to be investigated in robust pediatric samples.This prospective, longitudinal study examined relationships between acute pain, opioid medications, and PTSS after pediatric injury...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346227/refractory-pain-management-in-amyloid-associated-peripheral-neuropathy
#18
Nafisseh S Warner, James C Watson, Markus A Bendel, Susan M Moeschler
OBJECTIVE: Systemic amyloidosis is a disease that often involves multiple organ systems, including the peripheral nervous system. Patients may present with severe, refractory neuropathic pain; however, the optimal treatment approach for pain for these patients remains unclear. CASE REPORT: A man with severe, refractory neuropathic pain in his bilateral upper and lower extremities and the trunk secondary to amyloid neuropathy is presented. Multiple medication trials, including neuropathic and opioid agents, produced considerable adverse effects and minimal relief...
January 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346213/self-esteem-and-anger-in-borderline-patients-with-self-injury-behavior
#19
Carla Maria Almeida, Maria Purificação Horta
Anger and low self-esteem characterize borderline individuals, yet little is known about their role and impact in the presence or absence of self-injury behavior. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of anger and self-esteem in borderline patients and whether these variables distinguish these patients with and without self-injury. Patients were recruited from a psychiatric service and were evaluated for self-esteem and anger. Additionally, impulsivity and symptoms were assessed. Two groups were compared, one with self-injurious behavior (n = 18) and another one without it (n = 23)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346176/rapid-response-to-scan-or-not-to-scan-the-utility-of-noncontrast-ct-head-for-altered-mental-status
#20
Purujit J Thacker, Mansha Sethi, Jonathan Sternlieb, Doron Schneider, Mary Naglak, Rajeshkumar R Patel
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were the following: (1) to determine how often computed tomography (CT) scans of the head are obtained on rapid responses called for altered mental status (AMS), (2) to determine whether CT imaging of the head is required during all rapid responses called for AMS, (3) to determine which patients would benefit from CT scans of the head in this setting, (4) to note whether an adequate neurologic exam was documented, (5) to determine the cost of CT scans that did not change management, and (6) to examine the role of medications leading to AMS...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
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