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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740350/cryptogenic-multifocal-ulcerous-stenosing-enteritis-radiologic-features-and-clinical-behavior
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Jiyoung Hwang, Jin Sil Kim, Ah Young Kim, Joon Seok Lim, Se Hyung Kim, Min Ju Kim, Mi Sung Kim, Kyoung Doo Song, Ji Young Woo
AIM: To investigate the characteristic radiologic findings of cryptogenic multifocal ulcerous stenosing enteritis (CMUSE) which can be differentiated from other similar bowel disease and to assess their clinical behavior. METHODS: Twenty pathologically and clinically confirmed CMUSE patients (males:females = 8:12; mean age: 40.4 years) between March 2002 and August 2015 from seven academic centers in South Korea were retrospectively reviewed. We evaluated small bowel series (SBS; n = 25), computed tomography (CT) enterography (n = 21), magnetic resonance (MR) enterography (n = 2), and abdominopelvic CT (n = 18) images, focusing on enteric and perienteric manifestations...
July 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732527/sero-prevalence-and-vaccination-status-of-hepatitis-a-and-hepatitis-b-among-adults-with-cirrhosis-in-sri-lanka-a-hospital-based-cohort-study
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Madunil Anuk Niriella, Vipuli Jayendra Kobbegala, Hasnatha Nuwan Karalliyadda, Chamila Kumara Ranawaka, Arjuna Priyadarshin de Silva, Anuradha Supun Dassanayake, Hithanadura Janaka de Silva
BACKGROUND: As acute viral hepatitis can be fatal in patients with cirrhosis, vaccination against hepatitis A (HAV) and hepatitis B (HBV) is recommended for non-immune patients. With increasing affluence the incidence of hepatitis A in childhood has decreased leading to a significant proportion of non-immune adults. As part of their routine investigation, hepatitis A IgG antibodies (anti-HAV IgG), hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and anti-HCV antibodies was checked and immunization status was assessed among consenting newly diagnosed cirrhotic patients presenting to a tertiary referral center...
July 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732474/clinical-and-epidemiological-characteristics-of-pyogenic-liver-abscess-in-people-65%C3%A2-years-or-older-versus-people-under-65-a-retrospective-study
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Jorge Peris, Pablo Bellot, Pablo Roig, Sergio Reus, Sara Carrascosa, Gregorio González-Alcaide, José M Palazón, José M Ramos
BACKGROUND: To analyse the clinical, epidemiological, microbiological and prognostic differences of pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) in older (≥ 65 years of age) versus younger patients (< 65 years). METHODS: Multicentre, retrospective cohort study in all patients with PLA admitted to two Spanish hospitals from January 2000 to January 2014. Cases were divided into two age groups (< 65 years and ≥65 years) for comparison of clinical, epidemiological and microbiological characteristics as well as treatment...
July 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724562/the-role-of-macrophages-in-interstitial-lung-diseases-number-3-in-the-series-pathology-for-the-clinician-edited-by-peter-dorfm%C3%A3-ller-and-alberto-cavazza
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Giulio Rossi, Alberto Cavazza, Paolo Spagnolo, Salvatore Bellafiore, Elisabetta Kuhn, Pierpaolo Carassai, Laura Caramanico, Gloria Montanari, Gaia Cappiello, Alessandro Andreani, Francesca Bono, Nazarena Nannini
The finding of collections of macrophages/histiocytes in lung biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage is relatively common in routine practice. This morphological feature in itself is pathological, but the exact clinical significance and underlying disease should be evaluated together with clinical data, functional respiratory and laboratory tests and imaging studies.Morphological characteristics of macrophages and their distribution along the different pulmonary structures should be examined carefully by pathologists...
September 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718666/atrial-cardiopathy-a-mechanism-of-cryptogenic-stroke
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Shadi Yaghi, Hooman Kamel, Mitchell S V Elkind
Cryptogenic stroke accounts for approximately 30% of all ischemic strokes. Recently, atrial cardiopathy diagnosed by the presence of one of its serum, imaging, or electrocardiogram biomarkers has been shown to be associated with ischemic stroke, particularly of embolic subtypes. Areas covered: This paper aims to summarize data on occult atrial fibrillation and stroke, provide an overview on mechanisms, such as inflammation and fibrosis, of stroke in atrial cardiopathy, critically review data on biomarkers of atrial cardiopathy and their association with stroke, and suggest therapeutic implications, including directions for future research...
July 18, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718277/clinical-implications-of-long-term-ecg-monitoring-from-loop-recorder-to-devices-remote-control
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Andrea DI Cori, Raffaele DE Lucia
Long term ECG monitoring has become nowadays an indispensable technology for prevention, management and treatment of many cardiac issues. Today long term ECG monitoring is achievable through loop recorders (LR) and cardiac devices (CIED) like pacemaker (PM), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy device-defibrillators (CRT- Ds), all of which associated with remote monitoring (RM). Targeted long term ECG monitoring Patients who have recurrent non documented episodes of palpitations, unexplained episodes of syncope, cryptogenic stroke or patients with a cardiomiopathy needing a risk stratification, may benefit from long term ECG monitoring...
July 18, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717529/daily-variation-in-the-occurrence-of-different-subtypes-of-stroke
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Luciana Ripamonti, Roberto Riva, Fabiola Maioli, Corrado Zenesini, Gaetano Procaccianti
Three thousand two hundred and ninety-eight patients admitted to our Stroke Unit with hemorrhagic, large artery atherosclerosis, cardioembolic, small-vessel occlusion, and undetermined etiology-cryptogenic strokes were included in the study. The circadian variability in onset in each stroke subgroup and the associations with various risk factors were analyzed. In each subgroup, a significant minority of patients suffered from stroke during sleep. In the ischemic group, hypercholesterolemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and previous myocardial infarction facilitated the onset during waking...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716584/p-wave-terminal-force-in-lead-v1-predicts-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Toshiaki Goda, Yukio Sugiyama, Nobuyuki Ohara, Takeshi Ikegami, Kotaro Watanabe, Junya Kobayashi, Daisuke Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in cryptogenic stroke is critical to selecting an antithrombotic therapy for preventing recurrent stroke. However, the predictor of PAF in patients with acute ischemic stroke is not well elucidated. P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1) is a standard electrocardiogram marker of left atrial abnormality. In this study, we aimed to investigate the utility of PTFV1 for the prediction of PAF in patients with acute ischemic stroke...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709812/patent-foramen-ovale-and-cryptogenic-stroke
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REVIEW
Koki Nakanishi, Minoru Yoshiyama, Shunichi Homma
The presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been found to be associated with an increased risk of cryptogenic stroke in many case-control studies. This paper reviews the current understanding of the pathophysiology and diagnosis of PFO, and therapeutic options of patients with PFO and cryptogenic stroke.
July 4, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707135/secondary-stroke-prevention-in-cryptogenic-stroke-and-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-esus
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REVIEW
Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705105/clinical-outcomes-of-secondary-prevention-strategies-for-young-patients-with-cryptogenic-stroke-and-patent-foramen-ovale
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Alessandra Danese, Chiara Stegagno, Giampaolo Tomelleri, Anna Piccoli, Giulia Turri, Monica Carletti, Andrea Variola, Maurizio Anselmi, Sara Mazzucco, Angela Ferrara, Paolo Bovi, Nicola Micheletti, Manuel Cappellari, Salvatore Monaco, Corrado Vassanelli, Flavio Ribichini
Background The aim of this study was to compare the immediate and long-term clinical outcomes of medical therapy and percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure as secondary prevention strategies in patients younger than 55 years of age presenting with cryptogenic stroke and PFO. Methods Between January 2006 and April 2015, all patients with the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke and PFO were analysed and prospectively followed. Stroke was confirmed in 159 out of 309 patients (51%). In the remaining cases, other neurological conditions were found and therefore excluded from further analysis...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698722/infantile-spasms-treated-with-intravenous-methypredinsolone-pulse
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Afagh Hassanzadeh Rad, Vahid Aminzadeh
OBJECTIVE: Infantile spasms is diagnosed late even by expert pediatricians. Late diagnosis (later than 3 weeks) can have a negative effect on the long-term prognosis. We aimed to investigate infantile spasms treated with intravenous methylprednisolone pulse. MATERIALS & METHODS: In this case series study, 20 infants with infantile spasms in 17-Shahrivar Hospital, Rasht, Iran were enrolled. Drugs were administered based on Mytinger protocol that included 3 days of methylprednisolone pulse and 56 days of oral prednisolone...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693067/-chinese-expert-consensus-for-non-antiinfective-effects-and-clinical-use-of-macrolides
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J T Lin, Y M Zhang, X Zhou, C Z Wang, M Huang, C T Liu, C G Wu, H Y Wan, W C Yu, Y R Dai
Important/potential value of macrolides has been proved in the management of chronic respiratory diseases by increasing basic and clinical trials.Through three face-to-face discussions, 10 experts examined important data and drafted this consensus related to macrolides: (1) mechanism of non-antiinfective effects; (2) clinical use in chronic respiratory diseases; (3) cautions of long-term use.The mechanism out of non-antiinfective effects includes anti-inflammatory effect, modifying airway secretion, immune-regulation related to antibacterial effect, corticoid saving effect and anti-viral effect...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687720/age-and-sex-specific-analysis-of-patients-with-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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George Ntaios, Gregory Y H Lip, Konstantinos Vemmos, Eleni Koroboki, Efstathios Manios, Anastasia Vemmou, Ana Rodríguez-Campello, Elisa Cuadrado-Godia, Jaume Roquer, Valentina Arnao, Valeria Caso, Maurizio Paciaroni, Exuperio Diez-Tejedor, Blanca Fuentes, Josefa Pérez Lucas, Antonio Arauz, Sebastian F Ameriso, Lucía Pertierra, Maia Gómez-Schneider, Maximiliano A Hawkes, Fabio Bandini, Beatriz Chavarria Cano, Ana Maria Iglesias Mohedano, Andrés García Pastor, Antonio Gil-Núñez, Jukka Putaala, Turgut Tatlisumak, Miguel A Barboza, George Athanasakis, Fotios Gioulekas, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Vasileios Papavasileiou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the correlation of age and sex with the risk of recurrence and death seen in patients with previous ischemic stroke is also evident in patients with embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS). METHODS: We pooled datasets of 11 stroke registries from Europe and America. ESUS was defined according to the Cryptogenic Stroke/ESUS International Working Group. We performed Cox regression and Kaplan-Meier product limit analyses to investigate whether age (<60, 60-80, >80 years) and sex were independently associated with the risk for ischemic stroke/TIA recurrence or death...
July 7, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686707/molecular-characterization-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease-in-colombia
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Julio Cesar Rendon, Fabian Cortes-Mancera, Juan Carlos Restrepo-Gutierrez, Sergio Hoyos, Maria-Cristina Navas
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) occult infection (OBI) is a risk factor to be taken into account in transfusion, hemodialysis and organ transplantation. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize at the molecular level OBI cases in patients with end-stage liver disease. METHODS: Sixty-six liver samples were obtained from patients with diagnosis of end-stage liver disease submitted to liver transplantation in Medellin (North West, Colombia). Samples obtained from patients who were negative for the surface antigen of HBV (n = 50) were tested for viral DNA detection by nested PCR for ORFs S, C, and X and confirmed by Southern-Blot...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684051/patent-foramen-ovale-closure-to-prevent-secondary-neurologic-events
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REVIEW
Rosie Jasper, James C Blankenship
In October of 2016 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the Amplatzer Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) occluder device for use in patients with cryptogenic stroke, to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke. This event followed 15years of off-label use of atrial septal occluder devices, 3 randomized trials, and enormous controversy over the efficacy of this procedure. While none of the trials reached the primary endpoint needed to prove the efficacy of PFO closure in preventing recurrent stroke, meta-analyses and 5-year follow-up of 1 trial suggest that PFO closure decreases the risk of recurrent stroke, especially in sub-groups with large shunts and atrial septal aneurysms, and especially when the Amplatzer device (rather than other devices) is used...
July 3, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677890/intrathecal-immunoglobulin-synthesis-in-patients-with-symptomatic-epilepsy-and-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology-cryptogenic
#17
S Fauser, C Soellner, C G Bien, H Tumani
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To compare the frequency of intrathecal immunoglobulin (Ig) synthesis in patients with symptomatic epilepsy and epilepsy of unknown etiology ('cryptogenic'). METHODS: Patients with epileptic (n = 301) and non-epileptic (n = 10) seizures were retrospectively screened for autochthonous intrathecal Ig synthesis and oligoclonal bands (OCBs) in the cerebrospinal fluid. RESULTS: Intrathecal IgG/OCBs were detected in 8% of patients with epilepsies of unknown etiology, 5% of patients with first seizures of unknown cause and 0-4% of patients with epilepsy due to brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease or other etiologies...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666990/gene-expression-profiles-for-the-identification-of-prevalent-atrial-fibrillation
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Sébastien Thériault, Richard Whitlock, Kripa Raman, Jessica Vincent, Salim Yusuf, Guillaume Paré
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be difficult, requiring cumbersome investigations. We aimed to determine the association of established whole-blood gene expression scores with prevalent AF and to evaluate their performance for the identification of AF in a SIRS (Steroids in Cardiac Surgery) trial cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: Whole-blood, transcriptome-wide gene expression profiling was performed using the Illumina HumanHT-12 Expression BeadChip in 416 participants (65% men) before surgery, including 91 with a diagnosis of AF...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666806/pr-interval-prolongation-and-cryptogenic-stroke-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Mayra Montalvo, Prasanna Tadi, Alexander Merkler, Gino Gialdini, Sheryl Martin-Schild, Digvijaya Navalkele, Alyana Samai, Amre Nouh, Mohammad Hussain, Steven Goldblatt, Morgan Hemendinger, Antony Chu, Christopher Song, Hooman Kamel, Karen L Furie, Shadi Yaghi
BACKGROUND: Atrial dysfunction or "cardiopathy" has been recently proposed as a mechanism in cryptogenic stroke. A prolonged PR interval may reflect impaired atrial conduction and thus may be a biomarker of atrial cardiopathy. We aim to compare the prevalence of PR interval prolongation in patients with cryptogenic stroke (CS) when compared with known non-cryptogenic non-cardioembolic stroke (NCNCS) subtypes. METHODS: We used prospective ischemic stroke databases of 3 comprehensive stroke centers to identify patients 18 years or older with a discharge diagnosis of ischemic non-cardioembolic stroke between December 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664480/usefulness-of-left-ventricular-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-novel-measures-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-diagnosing-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-ischemic-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-patients
#20
Kristoffer Grundtvig Skaarup, Hanne Christensen, Nis Høst, Masti Mahdy Mahmoud, Christian Ovesen, Flemming Javier Olsen, Jan Skov Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
Asymptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often assumed to be the cause of cryptogenic ischemic strokes (IS) and transient ischemic attacks (TIA). We examined the usefulness of measures obtained by 2D speckle tracking echocardiography and novel left atrial measurements, in the diagnosis of PAF in patients with IS and TIA. We retrospectively included 205 patients who after acute IS or TIA underwent an echocardiogram in sinus rhythm. Patients were designated as PAF-patients if they had one or more reported incidents of AF before or after their echocardiographic examination...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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