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Kelly Olds, Karen Heath, John Miliauskas, Roger W Byard
A 56-year-old man with no previous medical history collapsed and was not able to be resuscitated. The major findings at autopsy were enlargement of the heart (weight = 527 g) which contained an infiltrating firm, homogeneous tumor in an epicardial location adjacent to the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, with further extension into the right ventricular outflow tract, the interventricular septum and left ventricular free wall. Sections showed sheets of small lymphoid cells with scattered large lymphocytes amounting to a low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as tumor cells were CD20, CD10, Bcl 2 and LMO 2 positive...
March 22, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Asit Kumar Sikary, Sumit Dixit, Om P Murty
Background: Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and nonirritating gas which makes it difficult for those who are exposed, to detect it, leading to unexpected death. This study was undertaken to see the pattern of fatal CO poisoning and to discuss preventive aspect. Materials and Methods: It was a retrospective descriptive study of fatal CO cases which were autopsied at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, from the year 2010 to the year 2015...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Johaiber Fuchslocher Chico, Maren Falk-Paulsen, Anne Luzius, Carina Saggau, Barbara Ruder, Julia Bolik, Dirk Schmidt-Arras, Andreas Linkermann, Christoph Becker, Philip Rosenstiel, Stefan Rose-John, Dieter Adam
The disintegrin metalloprotease ADAM17 has a critical role in intestinal inflammation and regeneration in mice, as illustrated by the dramatically increased susceptibility of ADAM17 hypomorphic (ADAM17ex/ex ) mice to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Similarly, necroptosis has been implicated in inflammatory responses in the intestine. In this study, we have investigated the contribution of necroptosis to ADAM17-regulated intestinal inflammation in vivo by crossing ADAM17ex/ex mice with mice that lack the necroptotic core protein RIPK3...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Amish Chinoy, Indraneel Banerjee, Sarah E Flanagan, Sian Ellard, Bing Han, Zainab Mohamed, Mark J Dunne, Stefania Bitetti
Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is the commonest cause of persistent and severe hypoglycemia in infancy due to unregulated insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells. Prompt early diagnosis is important, as insulin reduces glucose supply to the brain, resulting in significant brain injury and risk of death. Histologically, CHI has focal and diffuse forms; in focal CHI, an inappropriate level of insulin is secreted from localized β-cell hyperplasia. We report a 4-month-old male infant, who presented with sudden illness and collapse without a recognized cause and died...
January 1, 2018: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Neha Bairoliya, Günther Fink
BACKGROUND: While the high prevalence of preterm births and its impact on infant mortality in the US have been widely acknowledged, recent data suggest that even full-term births in the US face substantially higher mortality risks compared to European countries with low infant mortality rates. In this paper, we use the most recent birth records in the US to more closely analyze the primary causes underlying mortality rates among full-term births. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Linked birth and death records for the period 2010-2012 were used to identify the state- and cause-specific burden of infant mortality among full-term infants (born at 37-42 weeks of gestation)...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Xinyue Zhang, Lichao Sun, Li Cui, Weihong Lin
Background Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most common cause of death in people with epilepsy. The pathogenesis of SUDEP is still unclear. The majority of SUDEP cases occur in intractable epilepsy, especially in the aftermath of a generalized tonic-clonic seizure. We report an atypical SUDEP case with infrequent seizures in frontal lobe epilepsy. Case Report A 14-year-old girl presented with a 13-year history of paroxysmal convulsions. She experienced three episodes within 6-10 months after birth...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Tiago Antonio Tonietto, Marcio Manozzo Boniatti, Thiago Costa Lisboa, Marina Verçoza Viana, Moreno Calcagnotto Dos Santos, Carla Silva Lincho, José Augusto Santos Pellegrini, Josi Vidart, Jeruza Lavanholi Neyeloff, Gustavo Adolpho Moreira Faulhaber
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a predictor of mortality in critically ill patients. Our objective was to investigate the association between the RDW at ICU discharge and the risk of ICU readmission or unexpected death in the ward. METHODS: A secondary analysis of prospectively collected data study was conducted including patients discharged alive from the ICU to the ward. The target variable was the RDW collected at ICU discharge. Elevated RDW was defined as an RDW > 16%...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Mona Noureldein, Paul A J Heaton, Mark Walker, Samantha Holden
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March 15, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Mark Stewart
This review traces the examination of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory derangements associated with seizure activity in the clinical and preclinical literature generally, and in the author's animal model specifically, and concludes with the author's views on the potential mechanisms for sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP). An animal model that employs kainic acid-induced seizures on a background of urethane anesthesia has permitted unprecedented access to the behavior of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems during seizure activity...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Jonuelle Acosta, Walter Wang, David M Feldser
Tumor suppressor genes play critical roles orchestrating anti-cancer programs that are both context dependent and mechanistically diverse. Beyond canonical tumor suppressive programs that control cell division, cell death, and genome stability, unexpected tumor suppressor gene activities that regulate metabolism, immune surveillance, the epigenetic landscape, and others have recently emerged. This diversity underscores the important roles these genes play in maintaining cellular homeostasis to suppress cancer initiation and progression, but also highlights a tremendous challenge in discerning precise context-specific programs of tumor suppression controlled by a given tumor suppressor...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Neal Goldberg, Yahdira Rodriguez-Prado, Rebecca Tillery, Caroline Chua
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant younger than age 12 months whose cause of death remains unknown despite a thorough death scene investigation, a review of the clinical history, and an autopsy. Despite the huge achievement of the Back to Sleep program, SIDS remains one of the leading causes of infant death in the United States. In recent years, the SIDS rate has remained stationary despite major public health efforts aimed at high-risk groups to improve sleep environment and strategies...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Valerio De Stefano, Alessandra Carobbio, Vincenzo Di Lazzaro, Paola Guglielmelli, Alessandra Iurlo, Maria Chiara Finazzi, Elisa Rumi, Francisco Cervantes, Elena Maria Elli, Maria Luigia Randi, Martin Griesshammer, Francesca Palandri, Massimiliano Bonifacio, Juan-Carlos Hernandez-Boluda, Rossella Cacciola, Palova Miroslava, Giuseppe Carli, Eloise Beggiato, Martin H Ellis, Caterina Musolino, Gianluca Gaidano, Davide Rapezzi, Alessia Tieghi, Francesca Lunghi, Giuseppe Gaetano Loscocco, Daniele Cattaneo, Agostino Cortelezzi, Silvia Betti, Elena Rossi, Guido Finazzi, Bruno Censori, Mario Cazzola, Marta Bellini, Eduardo Arellano-Rodrigo, Irene Bertozzi, Parvis Sadjadian, Nicola Vianelli, Luigi Scaffidi, Montse Gomez, Emma Cacciola, Alessandro M Vannucchi, Tiziano Barbui
We analyzed 597 patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) who presented transient ischemic attacks (TIA, n = 270) or ischemic stroke (IS, n = 327). Treatment included aspirin, oral anticoagulants, and cytoreductive drugs. The composite incidence of recurrent TIA and IS, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and cardiovascular (CV) death was 4.21 and 19.2%, respectively at one and five years after the index event, an estimate unexpectedly lower than reported in the general population. Patients tended to replicate the first clinical manifestation (hazard ratio, HR: 2...
February 28, 2018: Blood Cancer Journal
Antonello Storniolo, Vincenzo Alfano, Sabino Carbotta, Elisabetta Ferretti, Livia Di Renzo
Sensors of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress function in a co-ordinated manner. In the present study we investigated the relationship between IRE1α and PERK pathways and survival of ER stressed U937 cells and BC3 cells. To this end, we investigated the effects of a subcytotoxic concentration of Tunicamycin in IRE1α-proficient and in IRE1α-deficient cells, by pharmacological inhibition with 4μ8 C or down-regulation by specific siRNA. We show that either type of IRE1α deficiency affects eIF2α expression and causes cell death increase...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
John D Gilbert, Roger W Byard
Sotos syndrome is a rare congenital syndrome caused by deletions or mutations in the NSD1 gene (chromosome 5q35) which results in overgrowth. A wide range of manifestations may result in unexpected and/or early death, including congenital cardiac malformations and tumours, epilepsy, intra-tumoural haemorrhage or embolism and bleeding diatheses. A case of lethal pulmonary fat embolism complicating revision of a left total hip replacement following spontaneous fracture is reported in a 39-year-old man with Sotos syndrome...
January 1, 2018: Medicine, Science, and the Law
Keiji Kuba
Cardiovascular diseases are major increasing causes of death in developed countries. Coordinated transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression is crucial to maintain normal heart physiology. Dysregulation of these processes causes and/or accompanies multiple pathologies, such as cardiomyopathy and myocardial infarction. The exonuclease-mediated shortening of the mRNA poly(A) tail, a process called deadenylation, is a key step in regulated mRNA degradation, and deadenylation is mostly executed by the CCR4-NOT complex...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
Silvia D Visonà, Onno J de Boer, Claire Mackaaij, Hans H de Boer, Kartika R Pertiwi, Ruben W de Winter, Antonio Osculati, Allard C van der Wal
Acute medial dissection of aorta can occur in the context of a sudden and unexpected death. For medico-legal reasons it is important to estimate as accurately the histological age of dissections. We evaluated the additional value of a systematic application of immunohistochemistry, compared with conventional histology only, in determining chronological steps of injury and repair. Thirty two paraffin embedded specimens of aortic dissection were retrospectively allocated to one of four defined stages: acute (I), subacute (II), early organizing (III) and scarring (IV) using Hematoxylin and Eosin and Elastica van Gieson stained sections...
February 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Joseph Wider, Vishnu V R Undyala, Peter Whittaker, James Woods, Xuequn Chen, Karin Przyklenk
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC), the phenomenon whereby brief ischemic episodes in distant tissues or organs render the heart resistant to infarction, has been exhaustively demonstrated in preclinical models. Moreover, emerging evidence suggests that exosomes play a requisite role in conveying the cardioprotective signal from remote tissue to the myocardium. However, in cohorts displaying clinically common comorbidities-in particular, type-2 diabetes-the infarct-sparing effect of RIPC may be confounded for as-yet unknown reasons...
March 9, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
Ilaria Biasato, Renato Zanatta, Lorella Maniscalco, Rocchina Evangelista, Bryan Iotti, Selina Iussich
The unexpected demise of a 12-year-old male neutered English bulldog solicited a gross examination, which revealed a blood-filled space occurring in the proximal left subclavian artery (LSA). It originated about 1 cm from the branching point of the vessel and progressively dilated for 3 cm distal to this origin. Histopathological investigation showed that the tunica media of the LSA was more than 50% split, with the blood-filled space dissecting through the arterial wall. In the tunica media of the LSA, severe multifocal fragmentation and/or loss of the elastic fibers was observed...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Kevin J Li, Aaron P Greenstein, Lynn E Delisi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To examine the recent literature regarding sudden death in patients with schizophrenia and synthesize salient conclusions based on this evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the largest subset of sudden unexpected death (SUD), with up to 40% of SUD from cardiovascular causes. SCD has been associated with exposure to both first and second-generation antipsychotics. Clozapine [odds ratio (OR) 3.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Jesus Mates, Irene Mademont-Soler, Bernat Del Olmo, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Monica Coll, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Ferran Picó, Catarina Allegue, Anna Fernandez-Falgueras, Patricia Álvarez, Raquel Yotti, Maria Angeles Espinosa, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Ester Carro, Josep Brugada, Elena Arbelo, Pablo Garcia-Pavia, Mar Borregan, Eduardo Tizzano, Amador López-Granados, Francisco Mazuelos, Aranzazu Díaz de Bustamante, Maria Teresa Darnaude, José Ignacio González-Hevia, Felícitas Díaz-Flores, Francisco Trujillo, Anna Iglesias, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Oscar Campuzano, Ramon Brugada
Several studies have identified copy number variants (CNVs) as responsible for cardiac diseases associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD), but very few exhaustive analyses in large cohorts of patients have been performed, and they have been generally focused on a specific SCD-related disease. The aim of the present study was to screen for CNVs the most prevalent genes associated with SCD in a large cohort of patients who suffered sudden unexplained death or had an inherited cardiac disease (cardiomyopathy or channelopathy)...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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