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Maria Sunseri, Tania Ahuja, Tanya Wilcox, David Green
Unfractionated heparin and low-molecular-weight heparins are commonly used as thromboprophylaxis for hospitalized patients. Though generally considered safe at prophylactic doses, cases of catastrophic hemorrhage have been reported. The proposed mechanism involves bioaccumulation of heparin through saturation of the rapid-elimination pathway in its metabolism. We present an unusual case of an average-weight man with metastatic melanoma who suffered hemorrhage with syncope and end-organ damage while on prophylactic three times daily unfractionated heparin...
2018: Case Reports in Hematology
Samuel Hall, Eleanor Walshe, Claudia Ajayi, Kevin Boyle, Colin Griffith
Background: Herbal supplements are commonly used, however, their side-effect profiles are poorly understood and not subject to the same scrutiny as prescribed medications. Some herbal supplements such as St Johns' Wort are accepted to interfere with clotting pathways, however others, including Red Clover have theoretical bleeding risks based on coumarin content with very little underlying evidence. Case Description: This case reports a 65-year-old woman who suffered a spontaneous acute-on-chronic subdural hemorrhage with a significant postoperative re-hemorrhage...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Ti-Yuan Yang, Marcelo Chen, Wun-Rong Lin, Chung-Yi Li, Wei-Kung Tsai, Allen W Chiu, Ming-Chung Ko
OBJECTIVES: To assess the associations between preoperative treatment with 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and the risks of blood transfusion during transurethral resection of the prostate and blood clot evacuation or emergency department visits for hematuria within 1 month after surgery. METHODS: We used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database in this population-based cohort study. A total of 3,126 patients who underwent first-time transurethral resection of the prostate from 2004 to 2013 were identified...
March 12, 2018: Clinics
Lauren A Bruns, Sarah Isbey, Melisa Tanverdi, Ian Kane
Although there are several reports of intracranial hemorrhage associated with vitamin K deficient bleeding, there are few reported cases of extracranial manifestations, specifically involving the thymus. Here, we discuss the unique case of a 4-week-old infant presenting with scrotal discoloration, respiratory distress, and widened mediastinum, found to have thymic hemorrhage related to confirmed coagulopathy secondary to late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding of the newborn.
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Jonathan V Martin, David M Liberati, Lawrence N Diebel
BACKGROUND: Hypernatremia is a common problem affecting critically ill patients, whether due to underlying pathology or the subsequent result of hypertonic fluid resuscitation. Numerous studies have been published suggesting that hypernatremia may adversely affect the vascular endothelial glycocalyx. Our study aimed to evaluate if high sodium concentration would impair the endothelial and glycocalyx barrier function and if stress conditions that simulate the shock microenvironment would exacerbate any observed adverse effects of hypernatremia...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Penny S Reynolds, Bernard J Fisher, Jacquelyn McCarter, Christopher Sweeney, Erika J Martin, Paul Middleton, Matthew Ellenberg, Evan Fowler, Donald F Brophy, Alpha A Fowler, Bruce D Spiess, Ramesh Natarajan
BACKGROUND: Coagulopathy and inflammation induced by hemorrhagic shock and traumatic injury are associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Vitamin C (VitC) is an antioxidant with potential protective effects on the pro-inflammatory and pro-coagulant pathways. We hypothesized that high-dose VitC administered as a supplement to fluid resuscitation would attenuate inflammation, coagulation dysfunction, and end-organ tissue damage in a swine model of polytrauma and hemorrhage. METHODS: Male Sinclair swine (n = 24; mean body weight 27 kg) were anesthetized, intubated, mechanically ventilated, and instrumented for physiological monitoring...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Young-Jin Moon, Sung-Hoon Kim, Jae-Won Kim, Yoon-Kyung Lee, In-Gu Jun, Gyu-Sam Hwang
Donor safety is the major concern in living donor liver transplantation, although hepatic resection may be associated with postoperative coagulopathy. Recently, the use of sugammadex has been gradually increased, but sugammadex is known to prolong prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). We compared the postoperative coagulation profiles and outcomes of sugammadex versus pyridostigmine group in donors receiving living donor hepatectomy.Consecutive donor hepatectomy performed between September 2013 and August 2016 was retrospectively analyzed...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Timothy E Sweeney, Tej D Azad, Michele Donato, Winston A Haynes, Thanneer M Perumal, Ricardo Henao, Jesús F Bermejo-Martin, Raquel Almansa, Eduardo Tamayo, Judith A Howrylak, Augustine Choi, Grant P Parnell, Benjamin Tang, Marshall Nichols, Christopher W Woods, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Stephen F Kingsmore, Larsson Omberg, Lara M Mangravite, Hector R Wong, Ephraim L Tsalik, Raymond J Langley, Purvesh Khatri
OBJECTIVES: To find and validate generalizable sepsis subtypes using data-driven clustering. DESIGN: We used advanced informatics techniques to pool data from 14 bacterial sepsis transcriptomic datasets from eight different countries (n = 700). SETTING: Retrospective analysis. SUBJECTS: Persons admitted to the hospital with bacterial sepsis. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A unified clustering analysis across 14 discovery datasets revealed three subtypes, which, based on functional analysis, we termed "Inflammopathic, Adaptive, and Coagulopathic...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Chun-Ting Chen, Hung-Yi Lai, Ting-Wei Chang, Ching-Yi Lee
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous epidural hemorrhage (EDH) is a rare occurrence that may be caused by vascular anomalies, infections, coagulopathies, or tumors. Spontaneous EDH occurring in patients without specific underlying disease has been reported only as intraspinal lesion but has never been demonstrated in the intracranial area. This study presents a 19-year-old patient with repeated spontaneous intracranial EDH caused twice by hysterical crying. CASE DESCRIPTION: The patient had spontaneous left frontal EDH after hysterical crying...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Nicholas A Bedard, Andrew J Pugely, Michael McHugh, Nathan Lux, Jesse E Otero, Kevin J Bozic, Yubo Gao, John J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: Use of large clinical and administrative databases for orthopaedic research has increased exponentially. Each database represents unique patient populations and varies in their methodology of data acquisition, which makes it possible that similar research questions posed to different databases might result in answers that differ in important ways. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) What are the differences in reported demographics, comorbidities, and complications for patients undergoing primary TKA among four databases commonly used in orthopaedic research? (2) How does the difference in reported complication rates vary depending on whether only inpatient data or 30-day postoperative data are analyzed? METHODS: Patients who underwent primary TKA during 2010 to 2012 were identified within the National Surgical Quality Improvement Programs (NSQIP), the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the Medicare Standard Analytic Files (MED), and the Humana Administrative Claims database (HAC)...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Alejandro José García Ferreira, Aida Ortega Alonso, Julia Cobos Rodríguez, Paula Bardón de Tena, Miguel Calderón Cid, Alberto Manuel García García, María Dolores García Escaño, Ramiro Alcántara Benitez, Encarnacíon Clavijo Frutos, Miren García-Cortés, Raúl Andrade
In 2016, an outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in the Malaga province among patients with specific epidemiological characteristics, which were predominantly males. This is a report of 51 subjects with acute hepatitis A and a mean age of 35.7 years, 90% were male and 55% of cases were men who had had sex with other men within the last two months. Half of them required hospitalization for significant coagulopathy at diagnosis and no cases progressed to fulminant failure or encephalopathy. Four patients had ascites at the time of diagnosis...
March 12, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Ahmed Mohey, Mohamed Alhefnawy, Mostafa Mahmoud, Rabea Gomaa, Tarek Soliman, Shabieb Ahmed, Yasser A Noureldin
INTRODUCTION: To assess the conversion rate during fluoroless-ureteroscopy (URS) and evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of fluoroless-URS as a definitive management of distal ureteral calculi. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between May 2013 and August 2015, patients with radio-opaque distal ureteral calculi of ≤ 1 cm in size were randomized to undergo fluoroless-URS or standard URS. Patients with previous ureteral surgery, ureteral kinking, ureteral stricture, single kidney, additional proximal ureteral or renal calculi, uncontrolled coagulopathy, and/or congenital anomalies of the urinary tract were excluded...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Urology
Yuka Matsunaga, Masataka Ishimura, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Tadamune Kinjo, Masayuki Ochiai, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihisa Tanoue, Masaki Hayakawa, Masanori Matsumoto, Toshiro Hara, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) are microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by systemic or intrarenal platelet aggregation, thrombocytopenia, and red cell fragmentation. Post-operative TMA mostly occurs in adult patients with cardiovascular surgery, with the distinct pathophysiology from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) although the exact pathophysiology remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A one-month-old infant developed TMA after the initial surgery of double outlet right ventricle...
February 7, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Federico Scorletti, Manish N Patel, Adrienne M Hammill, Kiersten W Ricci, Charles M Myer, Roshni Dasgupta
BACKGROUND: Vascular malformations isolated to skeletal muscles are rare and often debilitating due to pain and very challenging to treat. Multi-modal management options include compression garments, medical therapy, sclerotherapy, and surgical resection. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who underwent sclerotherapy for intramuscular venous malformations (IVM) between 2008 and 2016 was performed. Demographics, indications, and clinical follow-up were analyzed...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yang Yu, Yuying Wei, Xiangrong Zhang, Xinyu Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of early intervention with heparin on function of coagulopathy, liver and kidney as well as the prognosis in rats with exertional heatstroke (EHS) under the ambient air of high temperature and low humidity. METHODS: 108 healthy SPF male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into normal temperature control group, EHS + normal saline (NS) group and EHS + heparin group. Of which 54 rats were collected for survival analysis (18 rats in each group), the weight change and 8-hour survival rate were observed, and Kaplan-Meier survival curves were drawn...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Kathryn L Perrin, Anne K Krogh, Mads Kjelgaard-Hansen, Lauren Howard, Louise Bochsen, Wendy K Kiso, Dennis Schmitt, Annemarie T Kristensen, Mads F Bertelsen
Hemorrhagic disease associated with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus infection is the most-frequent cause of mortality in captive Asian elephants ( Elephas maximus). Survival relies on intensive monitoring of hemostatic status. Thromboelastography (TEG) utilizes whole blood samples containing all the blood components of hemostasis and is therefore a sensitive indicator of the clinical status in the patient. This study was performed to assess the practicability of TEG in Asian elephants in a zoo environment...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Hellen McKinnon Edwards
This thesis is comprised of three studies focusing on severe postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). PPH is a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Risk factors include retained placenta, prolonged duration of the third stage of labour, previous caesarean section, and operative vaginal delivery. Occurrence and development of PPH are, however, unpredictable and can sometimes give rise to massive haemorrhage or even hysterectomy and maternal death. Severe haemorrhage can lead to coagulopathy causing further haemorrhage and requiring substitution with blood transfusions...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Natascha de Lange, Pim Schol, Marcus Lancé, Mallory Woiski, Josje Langenveld, Robbert Rijnders, Luc Smits, Martine Wassen, Yvonne Henskens, Hubertina Scheepers
BACKGROUND: Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is associated with maternal morbidity and mortality and has an increasing incidence in high-resource countries, despite dissemination of guidelines, introduction of skills training, and correction for risk factors. Current guidelines advise the administration, as fluid resuscitation, of almost twice the amount of blood lost. This advice is not evidence-based and could potentially harm patients. METHODS: All women attending the outpatient clinic who are eligible will be informed of the study; oral and written informed consent will be obtained...
March 6, 2018: Trials
Sheryl Tulin-Silver, Chrystal Obi, Nishita Kothary, Matthew Lungren
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to compare safety and efficacy of transjugular liver biopsy (TJLB) and percutaneous liver biopsy (PLB) with tract embolization in pediatric patients with liver disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TJLB and PLB between December 2009 and October 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Primary endpoints were adequate sampling and complication rate. Patient age, weight, coagulation factors, ascites, blood transfusions, adequacy of biopsy sample, number of biopsy samples, and complications were compared...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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