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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416360/primary-hepatic-angiosarcoma-and-liver-transplantation-radiological-surgical-histological-findings-and-clinical-outcome
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M Tran Minh, A Mazzola, F Perdigao, F Charlotte, G Rousseau, F Conti
Angiosarcoma is a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma that accounts for less than 1% of all sarcomas and only 2% of all primary hepatic tumours. Thorotrast, arsenic, and vinyl chloride monomer are frequently listed as occupational exposure risks. The estimated latency is long (10-40 years) in occupational cases and very long (60 years or more) in non-occupational cases. The symptoms and CT-scan appearance of hepatic angiosarcoma (HAS) are non-specific. We present a case of a 65-year-old Caucasian male with history of cryptogenic cirrhosis, low alpha-foetoprotein levels and a single, 4-cm nodule of potential atypical hepatocellular carcinoma (no washout at MRI and CT-scan) in segment VIII...
April 14, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415099/p594contrast-transthoracic-echocardiography-as-a-gatekeeper-for-patent-foramen-ovale-closure
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M Muratori, G Italiano, E Innocenti, L Fusini, M Mapelli, G Tamborini, S Ghulam Ali, P Gripari, A Maltagliati, F Celeste, M Pepi
Background.: The presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been linked to many illness, including cryptogenic stroke, transient ischemic attack, migraine, platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome and decompression sickness in scuba divers. Transesophageal echocardiography is the gold standard technique for the visualization of atrial septal anatomy, but it is a secondary level exam, not always available, with additional associated costs and not completely free from procedural risks. Standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has a too low sensitivity for PFO screening...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412206/cicatricial-variant-of-cryptogenic-organizing-pneumonia
#3
Samuel A Yousem
This study of twelve patients focused on a variant of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP) labeled the cicatricial form in which the airspaces of the lung are filled with and consolidated by dense collagenized scar tissue associated with preservation of underlying lung architecture. Patients were predominantly middle aged men and presented with bilateral lung disease in the majority of cases, often with nodular or reticulonodular disease (10/12; 83%). Patients were usually symptomatic with shortness of breath, cough, and dyspnea on exertion...
April 12, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411261/feasibility-and-diagnostic-value-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-after-acute-ischemic-stroke-of-undetermined-origin
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Karl Georg Haeusler, Christian Wollboldt, Laura Zu Bentheim, Juliane Herm, Sebastian Jäger, Claudia Kunze, Holger-Carsten Eberle, Claudia Christina Deluigi, Oliver Bruder, Carolin Malsch, Peter U Heuschmann, Matthias Endres, Heinrich J Audebert, Andreas J Morguet, Christoph Jensen, Jochen B Fiebach
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Etiology of acute ischemic stroke remains undetermined (cryptogenic) in about 25% of patients after state-of-the-art diagnostic work-up. METHODS: One-hundred and three patients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-proven acute ischemic stroke of undetermined origin were prospectively enrolled and underwent 3-T cardiac MRI and magnetic resonance angiography of the aortic arch in addition to state-of-the-art diagnostic work-up, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409234/clinical-role-of-von-willebrand-factor-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Marija Menih, Miljenko Križmarić, Tanja Hojs Fabjan
BACKGROUND: An elevated level of von Willebrand factor (VWF) is associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke. The objective of the study was to determine whether the level of VWF is associated with the cardioembolic subtype of ischemic stroke, stroke severity, and clinical outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this study 108 patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke (AIS) were included. According to the etiology of the stroke, patients were classified into the subtype of cardioembolic (CE) stroke and the group with non-CE stroke...
April 13, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407752/detection-of-high-serum-levels-of-%C3%AE-d-glucan-in-disseminated-nocardial-infection-a-case-report
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Toyomitsu Sawai, Takumi Nakao, Shota Yamaguchi, Sumako Yoshioka, Nobuko Matsuo, Naofumi Suyama, Katsunori Yanagihara, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: β-D-glucan (BDG) is a helpful diagnostic marker for many invasive fungal infections, but not for nocardiosis. Here, we reported the first case of nocardial infection with high serum level of BDG. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old man was hospitalized because of fever, headache, and appetite loss after 10 months of steroid and immunosuppressive therapy for cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. With a diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia, treatment with ampicillin/sulbactam was initiated...
April 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405148/effect-of-liver-cirrhosis-on-long-term-outcomes-after-acute-respiratory-failure-a-population-based-study
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Chih-Cheng Lai, Chung-Han Ho, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Chien-Ming Chao, Chin-Ming Chen, Willy Chou
AIM: To assessed the effect of liver cirrhosis (LC) on the poorly understood long-term mortality risk after first-ever mechanical ventilation (1-MV) for acute respiratory failure. METHODS: All patients in Taiwan given a 1-MV between 1997 and 2013 were identified in Taiwan's Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000. Each patient with LC was individually matched, using a propensity-score method, to two patients without LC. The primary outcome was death after a 1-MV...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396038/severe-reduction-of-blood-lysosomal-acid-lipase-activity-in-cryptogenic-cirrhosis-a-nationwide-multicentre-cohort-study
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Francesco Angelico, Stefano Ginanni Corradini, Daniele Pastori, Silvia Fargion, Anna Ludovica Fracanzani, Mario Angelico, Luigi Bolondi, Giulia Tozzi, Pietro Luigi Pujatti, Giancarlo Labbadia, Gino Roberto Corazza, Maurizio Averna, Francesco Perticone, Giuseppe Croce, Marcello Persico, Tommaso Bucci, Francesco Baratta, Licia Polimeni, Maria Del Ben, Francesco Violi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Blood lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) is reduced in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is the major cause of cryptogenic cirrhosis (CC); few data on LAL activity in CC do exist. We investigated LAL activity in a cohort of patients with liver cirrhosis. METHODS: This is a multicentre cohort study including 274 patients with liver cirrhosis of different aetiology from 19 centres of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology distributed throughout Italy...
March 31, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393690/hepatic-amp-kinase-as-a-potential-target-for-treating-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-evidence-from-studies-of-natural-products
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Gang Xu, Kaixun Huang, Jun Zhou
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common chronic liver disease, is the leading cause of cryptogenic cirrhosis and has consistently been implicated in related metabolic disorders, such as dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, the pathogenesis of NAFLD remains to be elucidated, and no established therapeutic regimens for treating NAFLD exist. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK), the main cellular energy sensor, has been implicated as a key regulator of hepatic lipid and glucose metabolism...
April 4, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386716/importance-of-variants-in-cerebrovascular-anatomy-for-potential-retrograde-embolization-in-cryptogenic-stroke
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Michael Markl, Edouard Semaan, LeRoy Stromberg, James Carr, Shyam Prabhakaran, Jeremy Collins
OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that variants in cerebrovascular anatomy will affect the number of patients demonstrating a plausible retrograde embolization mechanism from plaques in the descending aorta (DAo). METHODS: Thirty-five patients (aged 63 ± 17 years) with cryptogenic stroke underwent 4D flow MRI for the assessment of aortic 3D blood flow and MR angiography for the evaluation of circle of Willis, posterior circulation, and aortic arch architecture...
April 6, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374256/analysis-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-of-children-with-neurologic-complications-after-liver-transplantation
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Mehmet Öztürk, İsmail Akdulum, Nurullah Dağ, Ahmet Sığırcı, Serdal Güngör, Sezai Yılmaz
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the magnetic resonance imaging findings in children diagnosed with neurologic complications after liver transplantation (LT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 39 patients diagnosed with neurologic complications following LT between 2010 and 2016. Neuroradiologic imaging was performed using cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Descriptive statistics regarding age, gender, type of complication, diagnostic and therapeutic modalities were calculated and presented as number and percentage...
April 3, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373797/refractory-lesional-parietal-lobe-epilepsy-clinical-electroencephalographic-and-neurodiagnostic-findings
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Oğuzhan Kurşun, Hülya Karataş, Neşe Dericioğlu, Serap Saygi
INTRODUCTION: Specialized centers, in the management and surgical treatment of medically refractory epilepsy, emphasize the importance of differentiating the varieties of localization related epilepsies. There has been considerable recent interest in temporal and frontal lobe epileptic syndromes and less attention has been paid to parietal and occipital lobe epilepsies. METHODS: Here we report the clinical, electroencephalographic and neuroimaging characteristics of 46 patients with medically refractory lesional parietal lobe epilepsy who have been followed up for 1-10 years...
September 2016: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372708/acute-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-in-the-outpatient-clinic
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REVIEW
Salvador Cruz-Flores
Ischemic stroke is cause of substantial death and disability in the United States. Transient ischemic attack, a precursor to ischemic stroke, conveys a high risk of recurrent stroke within 90 days from event. These conditions are highly preventable and treatable. The cause is heterogenous and includes atherothrombosis, cardioembolism, lacunar disease, or cryptogenic, and some uncommon causes, such as arterial dissection and prothrombotic states. The emergent evaluation includes establishing time of onset, vital signs, glucose level, and severity of the deficit...
May 2017: Medical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366054/advanced-imaging-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Craig Kilburg, J Scott McNally, Adam de Havenon, Philipp Taussky, M Yashar S Kalani, Min S Park
The evaluation and management of acute ischemic stroke has primarily relied on the use of conventional CT and MRI techniques as well as lumen imaging sequences such as CT angiography (CTA) and MR angiography (MRA). Several newer or less-established imaging modalities, including vessel wall MRI, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, and 4D CTA and MRA, are being developed to complement conventional CT and MRI techniques. Vessel wall MRI provides high-resolution analysis of both extracranial and intracranial vasculature to help identify previously occult lesions or characteristics of lesions that may portend a worse natural history...
April 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363514/voxel-based-lesion-mapping-of-cryptogenic-stroke-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-detailed-magnetic-resonance-imaging-analysis-of-distribution-pattern
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Takamune Achiha, Masatoshi Takagaki, Hiroshi Oe, Mio Sakai, Hitoshi Matsui, Katsuhiko Nakanishi, Tomohiko Ozaki, Yasunori Fujimoto, Toshiki Yoshimine, Katsuyuki Nakanishi, Manabu Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke is one form of cancer-associated thrombosis that can greatly worsen a patient's performance status. The present investigation aimed to elucidate the characteristic distribution pattern(s) of cryptogenic stroke lesions using a voxel-based lesion-mapping technique and examine the differences in clinical manifestations between cryptogenic and conventional strokes in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: Data from 43 patients with advanced cancer who developed acute ischemic stroke were retrospectively collected...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356180/nocturnal-desaturation-is-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Chung-Yao Chen, Chien-Hui Ho, Chia-Ling Chen, Chung-Chieh Yu
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Both atrial fibrillation (AF) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are risk factors for ischemic stroke. Previous studies suggested that OSA is associated with AF in individuals who have not had a stroke. For better secondary prevention of stroke, this study determined the association between OSA and AF among patients with ischemic stroke. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited consecutive patients with subacute ischemic stroke admitted for neurorehabilitation...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348912/nocardia-brasiliensis-infection-complicating-cryptogenic-organizing-pneumonia
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Alison M Fernandes, Jason C Sluzevich, Isabel Mira-Avendano
Pulmonary nocardiosis is a severe and uncommon opportunistic infection caused by Nocardia species. We present a patient with cryptogenic organizing pneumonia who was receiving long-term immunosuppressive therapy, whose treatment course was complicated by cutaneous and pulmonary nocardiosis. Tissue cultures confirmed Nocardia brasiliensis. Nocardiosis should be a diagnostic consideration for patients treated with long-term immunosuppression who have worsening pulmonary symptoms and relapsing pustular skin lesions...
2017: Case Reports in Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348599/a-rare-case-of-stroke-secondary-to-iron-deficiency-anemia-in-a-young-female-patient
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Kavitha Gopalratnam, Kevin Andrew Woodson, Jigarkumar Rangunwala, Kanaga Sena, Manisha Gupta
Ischemic strokes occur when there is a sudden obstruction of an artery supplying blood flow to an area of the brain, leading to a focal neurological deficit. Strokes can be thrombotic or embolic in etiology and are associated with underlying conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. Possible etiologies of strokes include cardioembolic disease, hematologic disorders, connective tissue disorders, and substance abuse or can be cryptogenic. Most stroke cases are seen in patients over 65 years of age...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331882/cryptogenic-multifocal-ulcerous-stenosing-enteritis-cmuse-a-tale-of-three-decades
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Ayaskanta Singh, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Manas Kumar Panigrahi, Debasis Misra
We present a patient who, over the course of 35 years, presented with repeated episodes of ileus and melena and was misdiagnosed several times, leading to several surgeries. Macroscopic and microscopic features of his resected intestine were compatible with cryptogenic multifocal ulcerous stenosis enteritis (CMUSE), but additional angioectatic lesions were also noted. The patient responded dramatically to hormonal therapy consisting of ethinylestradiol and norethisterone. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of CMUSE that has shown response to hormonal therapy...
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319879/how-can-we-explain-the-frontal-presentation-of-insular-lobe-epilepsy-the-impact-of-non-linear-analysis-of-insular-seizures
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Koichi Hagiwara, Julien Jung, Romain Bouet, Chifaou Abdallah, Marc Guénot, Luis Garcia-Larrea, François Mauguière, Sylvain Rheims, Jean Isnard
OBJECTIVE: For a decade it has been known that the insular lobe epilepsy can mimic frontal lobe epilepsy. We aimed to clarify the pattern of functional coupling occurring during the frontal presentation. METHODS: We analyzed five insular lobe epilepsy patients. Frontal semiology was predominant for three of them, whereas insular semiology was predominant for the two others. We applied the non-linear regression analysis to stereoelectroencephalography-recorded seizures...
May 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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