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Qing-Zhen Xie, Wang-Ming Xu, Qian-Rong Qi, Zeng-Li Luo, Lan Dong
Genital tract infections with ureaplasma urealyticum (UU) and chlamydia trachomatis (CT) are the most frequent sexually-transmitted disease worldwide. UU and CT infections are considered to be the leading cause for infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, little is known about the specific effect of cervical UU and CT infections on the etiology of female infertility, as well as the pregnancy outcomes of the patients undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection-embryo transfer (IVF/ICSI-ET)...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Jason Suh, Amishi Desai, Anish Desai, Josephine Dela Cruz, Anusiyanthan Mariampillai, Alexander Hindenburg
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains the number one preventable cause of hospital acquired mortality and morbidity. Each year, more than 12 million patients are at risk for VTE. The delivery of appropriate and timely VTE prophylaxis is still suboptimal in many healthcare institutions and can lead to increased readmissions, morbidity, as well as costs. To clarify this issue further, we performed a retrospective case control study at our institution to determine if poor adherence to the VTE prophylaxis guidelines could lead to an increase in VTE events...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Michel Komajda
Ivabradine is a blocker of the funny current channels in the sinoatrial node cells. This results in pure heart rate reduction when elevated without direct effect on contractility or on the vessels. It was tested in a large outcome clinical trial in stable chronic heart failure (CHF) with low ejection fraction, in sinus rhythm, on a contemporary background therapy including betablockers (SHIFT: Systolic Heart Failure Treatment with the If inhibitor Trial).The primary composite endpoint (cardiovascular mortality or heart failure hospitalization) was reduced by 18% whereas the first occurrence of heart failure hospitalizations was reduced by 26%...
October 18, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Julien Bonenfant, Sophie Drapier, Jean François Houvenaghel, Florian Naudet, Claire Haegelen, Paul Sauleau, Marc Vérin
INTRODUCTION: Over a 3-year period, we monitored the efficacy and safety of deep-brain stimulation of the globus pallidus pars interna in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease whose cognitive, psychiatric impairment and/or dopa-resistant axial motor signs made them ineligible for surgery targeting the subthalamic nucleus. METHODS: A total of 25 patients were assessed before surgery, 1 year and 3 years after surgery, on the UPDRS and a neuropsychological battery...
October 11, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Manoj Kumar Agarwala, Azeez Asad, Naveen Gummadi, Sundar Chidambaram, J Venkateswaralu
Carotid artery dissection (CAD) is a frequent cause of stroke, accounting for up to 25% of all ischemic strokes in young and middle-aged patients.(1,2) It may be traumatic or spontaneous, with multi-factorial etiology. A tear in the arterial wall causes intrusion of blood within its layers, producing intra-luminal stenosis, or aneurysmal dilatation.(3) Thrombo-embolism arising from this anatomic disruption has been postulated as the essential stroke mechanism in CAD.(4) Bilateral internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) has been rarely reported...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Christina Binder, Caroline Zotter-Tufaro, Diana Bonderman
The development of pulmonary hypertension (PH) has multifactorial underlying pathophysiological causes and can be classified into five groups. While three different classes of therapeutic drugs are licensed for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH, WHO group 1), specific medical therapies are lacking for other forms of PH, such as PH due to left heart disease. In 2013 riociguat, a first-in class soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator, has also become available for the treatment of PAH. Riociguat was further introduced as the first approved pharmacotherapy for the treatment of patients with chronic thromboembolic PH (WHO group 4, CTEPH)...
October 18, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Cheng Sun, Heng Zhang, Zhe Zheng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The efficacy and safety of β-blockers in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure, have been well established for decades. In this article, we review the current opinions on the application of β-blockers for secondary prevention in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: As the average age of patients treated surgically for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing, it is not uncommon to have candidates for CABG presenting with concomitant atrial fibrillation, heart failure or hypertension, most of which were caused by excessive activation of the adrenergic nervous system...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Carmela E Corallo, Louise Grannell, Huyen Tran
A 62-year-old man was admitted to hospital for elective revision of a left total hip arthroplasty. His history was significant for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection for which he was taking the following antiretroviral agents (ARVs): etravirine, ritonavir, darunavir, raltegravir and tenofovir/emtricitabine. Rivaroxaban 10 mg daily was commenced on the second postoperative day for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis. Approximately 24 h later, the patient developed hypotension and anaemia, accompanied by thigh swelling due to bleeding at the surgical site...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Hendrik Naujokat, Burkhard Kunzendorf, Jörg Wiltfang
Dental implant surgery has developed to a widely used procedure for dental rehabilitation and is a secure and predictable procedure. Local and systemic risk factors can result in higher failure rates. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that goes in with hyperglycemia and causes multifarious side effects. Diabetes as a relative contraindication for implant surgery is controversially discussed. Because the number of patients suffering from diabetes increases, there are more diabetic patients demanding implant procedures...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
Eric Paulus, Kathy Komperda, Gabriel Park, Julie Fusco
Factor VII (FVII) deficiency is the most prevalent rare bleeding disorder in the USA and affects approximately 1 out of every 500,000 people. Warfarin inhibits the synthesis of FVII, in addition to other clotting factors. Warfarin is contraindicated in patients with bleeding tendencies or blood dyscrasias; therefore, the literature regarding the use of warfarin in FVII deficiency is very limited. We report a successful re-challenge of warfarin therapy in a patient with FVII deficiency. A 70-year-old woman with FVII deficiency experienced a significant decrease in FVII activity and subsequent vaginal bleeding roughly 5 weeks after starting warfarin for atrial fibrillation...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
Amr Shaaban Hanafy, Amr Talaat El Hawary
Objectives: Evaluation of the outcome and experience in 2 years of management of portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) by argon plasma coagulation (APC) in a cohort of Egyptian cirrhotic patients. Methods: This study was conducted over a 2-year period from January 2011 to February 2013. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed to evaluate the degree and site of PHG. APC was applied to areas with mucosal vascular lesions. Results: In total, 200 cirrhotic patients were enrolled; 12 patients were excluded due to death (n = 6) caused by hepatic encephalopathy (n = 3), hepatorenal syndrome (n = 2), or chronic lymphatic leukemia (n = 1), or did not complete the treatment sessions (n = 6), so 188 patients completed the study...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Subha Ghosh, Rahul Renapurkar, Subha V Raman
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate patients with known hereditary cardiac conduction and myocardial disease (HCCMD) caused by a lamin A/C gene mutation for skeletal muscle involvement using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Twenty-one patients with the diagnosis of HCCMD were available for study. Of these 21, 11 had MRI scans of the lower legs. The 11 that had an MRI were compared to a control group of 17 healthy controls...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Nowlan Selvapatt, Ashley Brown
Objectives: To assess the uptake of pegylated interferon (PegIFN) plus ribavirin (RBV)-based regimens in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a large, single-centre, real-world setting over 10 years. Methods: This was a single centre, retrospective analysis of data from patients who attended their first appointment for treatment of HCV genotype 1-3 between 2003 and 2013. Patients were stratified by HCV genotype. The total number of patients who attended their first appointment, incidence of patients who did not proceed to treatment and associated reasons, and incidence of patients treated were analysed...
2016: F1000Research
Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Steffen Gloekler, Adel Aminian, Paolo Danna, Marco Rezzaghi, Friederike Stock, Miroslava Stolcova, Luis Paiva, Marco Costa, Xavier Millán, Reda Ibrahim, Tobias Tichelbäcker, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Horst Sievert, Bernhard Meier, Apostolos Tzikas
Cardioembolic strokes are generally more lethal and disabling than other source of strokes. Data from PROTECT AF (Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) suggest that strokes after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman device are less disabling than those in the warfarin group. No data assessing the severity of strokes after LAAO with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) are available. The objective of the study was to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP in a population mostly characterized by an absolute or relative contraindication to oral anticoagulation...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
M Eslier, M Lemonnier, M Koné, S Roumieux, M Dreyfus
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to compare the mode of delivery after a caesarean performed before 28 weeks of gestation compared to a control group of patients who had a caesarean at term. Our secondary objective was to compare the risk of uterine rupture in these both groups. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective case-control was realised in a level III maternal center between the 1st of January 2001 and the 31th of December 2010. All patients who underwent caesarean section between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation were included, regardless of the indication of caesarean section, their gender and type of pregnancy (single or multiple)...
October 13, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
Marie Kostine, Nadia Mehsen-Cetre, Bernard Bannwarth
Paget's disease of bone is characterised by focal areas of increased bone turnover affecting one or several bones throughout the skeleton. Where indicated, pharmacological management is primarily based on the use of anti-resorptive drugs. In this respect, bisphosphonates are the drugs of choice. However, they are contraindicated in patients with advanced renal dysfunction. Here, we report the efficacy and safety of one denosumab injection (60mg) in a patient with Paget's disease of bone and impaired renal function, who benefited from this treatment but developed a severe hypocalcemia...
September 15, 2016: Thérapie
Mandira Paul, Sharad D Iyengar, Birgitta Essén, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, Kirti Iyengar, Johan Bring, Marie Klingberg-Allvin
BACKGROUND: Post-abortion contraceptive use in India is low and the use of modern methods of contraception is rare, especially in rural areas. This study primarily compares contraceptive use among women whose abortion outcome was assessed in-clinic with women who assessed their abortion outcome at home, in a low-resource, primary health care setting. Moreover, it investigates how background characteristics and abortion service provision influences contraceptive use post-abortion. METHODS: A randomized controlled, non-inferiority, trial (RCT) compared clinic follow-up with home-assessment of abortion outcome at 2 weeks post-abortion...
October 17, 2016: BMC Public Health
Michela De Bellis, Roberta Carbonara, Julien Roussel, Alessandro Farinato, Ada Massari, Sabata Pierno, Marilena Muraglia, Filomena Corbo, Carlo Franchini, Maria Rosaria Carratù, Annamaria De Luca, Diana Conte Camerino, Jean-François Desaphy
Although the sodium channel blocker, mexiletine, is the first choice drug in myotonia, some myotonic patients remain unsatisfied due to contraindications, lack of tolerability, or incomplete response. More therapeutic options are thus needed for myotonic patients, which require clinical trials based on solid preclinical data. In previous structure-activity relationship studies, we identified two newly-synthesized derivatives of tocainide, To040 and To042, with greatly enhanced potency and use-dependent behavior in inhibiting sodium currents in frog skeletal muscle fibers...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Marco Zuin, Gianluca Rigatelli, Stefano Ferraresi, Pietro Zonzin, Loris Roncon
We report the case of a 35-year-old man who developed a massive pulmonary embolism (PE) after spine surgery. After an accidental axial fall, the patient developed a spinal epidural hematoma (SHE). Because major trauma, recent surgery and known bleeding risk are considered absolute contraindications to systemic thrombolysis, the patient was treated with catheter-directed therapy (CDT). CDT remains a useful treatment in massive PE, especially when systemic thrombolysis is contraindicated or has failed.
September 30, 2016: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Mohit Sharma, Raghu Radhakrishnan
Limited mouth opening (LMO) in Oral Submucous Fibrosis (OSF) has been attributed to both the submucosal and muscle fibrosis (MF). While, reflectory trismus was proposed before as an auxiliary mechanism by another group; the stretch mediated muscle damage (MSD), histopathological changes in blood vessels (like endothelial dysfunction, endothelial hypertrophy and endarteritis obliterans) and upregulated anaerobic isoforms of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), have been proposed by us as complementary events leading to MF...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
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