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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306695/lung-ultrasonography-a-practical-guide-for-cardiologists
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Francesco Bianco, Valentina Bucciarelli, Fabrizio Ricci, Raffaele De Caterina, Sabina Gallina
Lung ultrasonography is a well established, user-friendly and easy-to-use technique that can be used in the evaluation of several pathological conditions affecting the lung. Adding lung ultrasonography to traditional echocardiography provides an integrated cardiopulmonary ultrasound analysis. The simultaneous collection of information about the heart and the lungs can help physicians to investigate acute and chronic cardio-pulmonary conditions within a noninvasive, single-probe and all-in-one examination, not exposing the patient to the danger of ionizing radiation...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303828/high-prevalence-of-cryptococcal-antigenaemia-amongst-asymptomatic-advanced-hiv-patients-in-pune-india
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Dileep Kadam, Ajay Chandanwale, Renu Bharadwaj, Neetal Nevrekar, Samir Joshi, Sandesh Patil, Nikhil Gupte, Shashi Sangle, Kavita Chopade, Vandana Kulkarni, Usha Balasubramanian, Nishi Suryavanshi, Divyashri Jain, Savita Kanade, Sujata Dharmashale, Anju Kagal, Amita Gupta, Vidya Mave
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends routine cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening in advanced AIDS patients initiating antiretroviral treatment (ART). India has yet to adopt this strategy as the burden of cryptococcal antigenaemia is unknown. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in a large public sector ART centre and the inpatient wards of Sassoon Hospital, Pune, India. All consenting patients> 18 years of age with CD4 count <100 cells/mm3 were screened for CrAg by latex agglutination assay...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295525/advantages-and-pitfalls-of-pocket-ultrasound-vs-daily-chest-radiography-in-the-coronary-care-unit-a-single-user-experience
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Colin T Phillips, Warren J Manning
BACKGROUND: Pocket ultrasonography may enhance patient diagnosis and care. We sought to assess pocket ultrasound in detecting common conditions in the coronary care unit (CCU) compared to portable daily chest radiography (CXR) and conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: An experienced pocket ultrasound user performed a pocket ultrasound examination for interstitial edema, pneumonia, central line seen in the right ventricle, pleural and pericardial effusions, left atrial enlargement, and cardiomegaly...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293489/a-novel-strategy-to-supercharge-a-deep-inferior-epigastric-artery-perforator-flap-after-port-a-cath-removal
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Chad M Teven, Adrian S H Ooi, David W Chang, David H Song
Autologous breast reconstruction using the deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap has become increasingly popular because of its unique advantages. However, compared with some other forms of abdominal-based autologous reconstruction, DIEP flaps are associated with an increased risk of venous congestion. Many techniques-or lifeboats-have been introduced to diagnose and treat this potentially devastating complication. In this case report, we describe a novel strategy to augment venous drainage when venous congestion is encountered...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288537/exit-procedure-for-fetal-mediastinal-teratoma-with-large-pericardial-effusion-a-case-report-with-review-of-literature
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Arpit Agarwal, Eliot Rosenkranz, Salih Yasin, Sethuraman Swaminathan
BACKGROUND: Large mediastinal teratomas in the fetus are rare and can present with direct compression of intrathoracic structures as well as pericardial and pleural effusions. Mediastinal fetal teratoma may be detected as a mass in the chest during a routine prenatal ultrasound. Because of the pressure on mediastinal structures it may result in non-immune fetal hydrops and polyhydramnios. The development of hydrops may lead to fetal demise. Timely obstetric and surgical removal is important to improve survival in this patient population...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282364/lung-ultrasound-for-the-regional-anesthesiologist-and-acute-pain-specialist
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Stephen C Haskins, Ban C Tsui, Jemiel A Nejim, Christopher L Wu, Jan Boublik
In this article, we discuss the emerging role of lung point-of-care ultrasonography for regional anesthesiologists and pain management specialists. Lung ultrasonography is a well-established clinical tool that is used on a routine basis in emergency rooms and critical care units internationally to evaluate patients with respiratory distress; however, its benefits to the regional anesthesiologist and pain specialist are not as well known and are practiced less frequently. This review article covers the clinical evidence in support of lung point-of-care ultrasonography as a rapid and superior tool to traditional imaging modalities such as chest radiography and fluoroscopy...
March 10, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279544/inferior-vena-cava-filter-limb-fracture-with-embolization-to-the-right-ventricle
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Bradley S Jackson, Mykel Sepula, Jared T Marx, Chad M Cannon
BACKGROUND: Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and filter limb embolization is a known phenomenon, with a prevalence of up to 25% for certain filter types. Most commonly, the site of embolization is to the heart. Point-of-care ultrasound is an easily accessible imaging modality that should be utilized when considering IVC filter complications. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman with a history of metastatic sarcoma and IVC filter placement for deep venous thrombosis presented to the Emergency Department (ED) for chest pain...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270239/-late-presentation-of-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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N S Planting, A K E Hoffman-Haringsma
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a rare congenital defect. Most cases are currently diagnosed either prenatally by ultrasound or shortly after birth. Late presentation of CDH is uncommon, and symptoms vary greatly. Here we describe two cases. The first concerns a 9-year-old boy with abdominal pain. The symptoms were interpreted as constipation and he was admitted for a high enema. After a few hours he developed severe respiratory distress; chest X-ray revealed a tension gastrothorax, and thoracostomy resulted in immediate respiratory improvement...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268118/the-role-of-early-focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-a-not-so-typical-presentation-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Jithin G Varghese, Qurat-Ul-Ain Jelani, Stuart Zarich, Brooks Walsh
BACKGROUND: Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) can be extremely helpful in identifying unexpected diagnoses that can significantly alter treatment options. The diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) may be difficult to identify. CASE REPORT: We describe a 47-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department (ED) with atypical features of TCM. Her clinical features included being a premenopausal woman with mild chest pain with a lack of identifiable emotional or physical stressors or significant electrocardiographic changes...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267443/balloon-removal-after-fetoscopic-endoluminal-tracheal-occlusion-for-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Julio A Jiménez, Elisenda Eixarch, Philip Dekoninck, João R Bennini, Roland Devlieger, Cleisson F Peralta, Eduard Gratacos, Jan Deprest
BACKGROUND: Isolated congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) defect allows viscera to herniate into the chest, competing for space with the developing lungs. At birth, pulmonary hypoplasia leads to respiratory insufficiency and persistent pulmonary hypertension that is lethal in up to 30% of patients. Antenatal measurement of lung size and liver herniation can predict survival after birth. Prenatal intervention aims at stimulating lung development, clinically achieved by percutaneous fetal endoscopic tracheal occlusion (FETO) under local anesthesia...
March 3, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264709/a-rare-presentation-of-myxofibrosarcoma-as-a-pancoast-tumor-a-case-report
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Vasa Jevremovic, Adnan Yousuf, Zulfiqar Hussain, Amer Abboud, Edgar G Chedrawy
BACKGROUND: Myxofibrosarcoma is an aggressive soft tissue neoplasm, classified as a variant of malignant fibrous histiocytoma. Most often, it occurs in middle to late adult life peaking in the seventh decade and involving the lower extremities (77%), trunk (12%), and retroperitoneum or mediastinum (8%). We report the first case of thoracic myxofibrosarcoma presenting as a Pancoast tumor. CASE PRESENTATION: A 48-year-old non-tobacco smoking African-American man presented with a slow-growing mass in his neck along with 11 kg weight loss over 9 months...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259825/soft-tissue-neoplasms-causing-apparent-venous-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
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Aleem K Mirza, Ian J Barrett, Animesh Rathore, Bassem T Elhassan, Peter S Rose, Thomas Shives, Thomas C Bower
Venous thoracic outlet syndrome (vTOS) usually results from compression of the subclavian vein classically as a result of narrowing of the costoclavicular space. We report two rare cases of soft tissue neoplasms resulting in apparent vTOS. The first case is a 46-year old female with a two-year history intermittent unilateral shoulder pain, who was initially diagnosed with intervertebral disk herniation. Cervical fusion was performed, however her symptoms progressed and she additionally developed paresthesias and venous congestion...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259149/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-by-unselected-residents-the-challenges
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Vidar Ruddox, Ingvild Billehaug Norum, Thomas Muri Stokke, Thor Edvardsen, Jan Erik Otterstad
BACKGROUND: Focus Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) performed by internal medicine residents on call with 2 h of training can provide a means for ruling out cardiac disease, but with poor sensitivity. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate diagnostic usefulness as well as diagnostic accuracy of FoCUS following 4 h of training. METHODS: All residents on call were given a 4-h training course with an additional one-hour training course after 6 months. They were asked to provide a pre- and post-FoCUS diagnosis, with the final diagnosis at discharge as reference...
March 4, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255810/mdct-and-us-of-intrathoracic-extrapleural-space-soft-tissue-containing-lesions-us-extrapleural-fat-sign-and-mdct-fat-ghost-ribs-sign
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Tullio Valente, Giovanni Tortora, Giorgio Bocchini, Gaetano Rea, Maurizio Marino, Maurizio Muto
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to review the normal anatomy of the extrapleural space, its soft tissue-containing lesions, and to illustrate the extrapleural fat sign with Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) and Ultrasound (US), which was never described so far. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study includes 28 patients. 24 with histologically or surgically proven extrapleural soft tissue-containing lesions and 4 pleural lesions. Six patients underwent unenhanced MDCT of the chest, while 22 patients had a contrast-enhanced chest MDCT...
March 3, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254233/perinatal-imaging-findings-and-molecular-genetic-analysis-of%C3%A2-thanatophoric-dysplasia-type-1-in-a-fetus-with-a-c-2419t-g-p-ter807gly-x807g-mutation-in-fgfr3
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Shin-Wen Chen, Chih-Ping Chen, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Pei-Chen Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Chen-Ju Lin, Wen-Ling Chen, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present perinatal imaging findings and molecular genetic analysis of thanatophoric dysplasia type I (TD1) in a fetus. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman was referred for genetic counseling at 22 weeks of gestation because of abnormal prenatal ultrasound findings. Level II ultrasound examination revealed a narrow chest, shortened and curved long limbs, protrusion of the abdomen, and macrocephaly. A tentative diagnosis of TD1 was made. After genetic counseling, the pregnancy was terminated and a malformed fetus was delivered...
February 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249882/a-rash-and-a-rare-cause-of-unilateral-diaphragmatic-paralysis
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Zakariye M Ashkir, George Tsaknis
A 61-year-old man who was an ex-heavy smoker presented to our ambulatory care centre with a 4-week history of dyspnoea on mild exertion. 2 weeks prior to his symptoms, he had developed right-sided cervical herpes zoster for which he was prescribed oral acyclovir by his general practitioner. On examination, a rash over the right C4-5 dermatomes was noted and dullness on percussion of the right mid and lower zones with markedly reduced air entry. His chest radiograph showed a raised right hemi-diaphragm with associated right middle and lower lobe collapse...
March 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244009/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-for-the-use-of-ultrasound-versus-radiology-in-diagnosing-of-pneumonia
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REVIEW
Saeed Ali Alzahrani, Majid Abdulatief Al-Salamah, Wedad Hussain Al-Madani, Mahmoud A Elbarbary
BACKGROUND: Physicians are increasingly using point of care lung ultrasound (LUS) for diagnosing pneumonia, especially in critical situations as it represents relatively easy and immediately available tool. They also used it in many associated pathological conditions such as consolidation, pleural effusion, and interstitial syndrome with some reports of more accuracy than chest X-ray. This systematic review and meta-analysis are aimed to estimate the pooled diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound for the diagnosis of pneumonia versus the standard chest radiological imaging...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239036/short-term-subcutaneous-fondaparinux-and-oral-edoxaban-for-acute-venous-thromboembolism
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Shinji Hisatake, Takayuki Kabuki, Shunsuke Kiuchi, Takashi Oka, Shintaro Dobashi, Takahiro Fujii, Yoshihiro Iwasaki, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: No studies have compared treatment efficacy between subcutaneous (SC) fondaparinux and oral edoxaban, which are categorized as factor Xa inhibitors, for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the acute phase, and only a limited number of imaging-based quantitative studies have evaluated treatment.Methods and Results:In this open-label, randomized study, 50 patients with acute non-massive pulmonary embolism (PE) and/or deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) were assigned to fondaparinux or edoxaban groups...
February 25, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223817/emergency-thoracic-ultrasound-and-clinical-risk-management
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Maria Concetta Interrigi, Francesca M Trovato, Daniela Catalano, Guglielmo M Trovato
PURPOSE: Thoracic ultrasound (TUS) has been proposed as an easy-option replacement for chest X-ray (CXR) in emergency diagnosis of pneumonia, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax. We investigated CXR unforeseen diagnosis, subsequently investigated by TUS, considering its usefulness in clinical risk assessment and management and also assessing the sustainability of telementoring. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This observational report includes a period of 6 months with proactive concurrent adjunctive TUS diagnosis telementoring, which was done using freely available smartphone applications for transfer of images and movies...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217437/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-in-a-healthy-young-female-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ahmed Dirweesh, Chikezie Alvarez, Muhammad Khan, Donald Christmas
Spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) is an uncommon finding in young adults presenting usually without any comorbidities or an underlying pathology. It is most commonly due to alveolar rupture in the setting of an inciting event such an underlying asthma, barotrauma, valsalva maneuver, or esophageal rupture. Individuals can have varying presentations, from chest pain, dyspnea and dysphagia, to anxiety, weakness, or facial and neck swelling. The majority of patients have subcutaneous emphysema on examination and can have abnormal laboratory findings such as an elevated C-reactive proteins and leukocytosis...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
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