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Ki-Woong Nam, Tae Jung Kim, Chi Kyung Kim, Heejung Mo, Han-Yeong Jeong, Min Kyoung Kang, Moon-Ku Han, Sang-Bae Ko, Byung-Woo Yoon
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke patients with active cancer frequently experience early neurological deterioration (END); however, the predictors of END are not well studied. The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has recently been described as a predictor of poor outcomes in cancer and stroke. However, its role in cancer-related stroke has not been addressed. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the association between the NLR and END in cancer-related stroke patients. METHODS: We included 85 cryptogenic stroke patients with active cancer...
2018: PloS One
Khaled Badran, Avinash Kumar Kanodia, Mohamed Abdelsadg, James Galea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Pil Hyung Lee, Jae-Kwan Song, Jong S Kim, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Dae-Hee Kim, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Hyun Kang, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Dongwhane Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Sung-Cheol Yun, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Jae-Hwan Lee, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee-Jung Song, Jei Kim, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Recent reports showing the favorable role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in patients with cryptogenic stroke have raised the issue of selecting optimal candidates. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether the benefits of PFO closure can be determined based on the morphologic characteristics of the PFO, as evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: Patients with cryptogenic stroke and high-risk PFO were divided between a transcatheter PFO closure and a medication-only group...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Baek Gyu Jun, Woong Cheul Lee, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Young Don Kim, Gab Jin Cheon, Yun Nah Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Young Seok Kim, Young Sin Cho, Sae Hwan Lee, Hong Soo Kim
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is one of the severe complications of liver cirrhosis. Early detection of high-risk patients is essential for prognostic improvement. The aim of this study is to investigate the predictive factors related to in-hospital mortality in patients with SBP. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 233 SBP patients (181 males, 52 females) who were admitted to four tertiary referral hospitals between August 2002 and February 2013...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Gabriel DeVela, J Michael Taylor, Bin Zhang, Luke L Linscott, Alan M Chen, Kunal B Karani, Andrew Furthmiller, James L Leach, Sudhakar Vadivelu, Todd Abruzzo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Quantitative arterial tortuosity (QAT) is a ratio of vessel length between 2 points to the shortest linear distance between same points. QAT has been reported as an imaging biomarker of arteriopathy in pediatric arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) because of dissection and transient cerebral arteriopathy. We sought to determine whether QAT abnormalities are present in other subtypes of pediatric AIS. METHODS: Children with AIS-absent conventional biomarkers of arteriopathy and case-controls who underwent magnetic resonance angiography were classified by stroke mechanism...
March 14, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Coeway Boulder Thng, Yen Pin Tan, Vishal G Shelat
Backgrounds/Aims: Gas-forming pyogenic liver abscess (GFPLA) has an incidence of up to 30% of all pyogenic liver abscesses (PLA). GFPLA has higher mortality compared to non-GFPLA. Mere presence of gas within abscess may not determine clinical outcome. Hence it is important to study biologic characteristics that make GFPLA a distinct clinical entity. The aim of this study was to conduct a world review on GFPLA. Methods: We conducted literature searches in PubMed using the following MeSH terms: "gas forming" AND "Liver abscess, pyogenic", "gas" AND "Liver abscess, pyogenic", "gas" AND "Liver abscess", "gas forming" AND "Liver abscess"...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
H Ooms, H U De Schepper, T G Moreels
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Small bowel ulceration poses a limited, but difficult differential diagnosis. The most common causes are Crohn's disease (CD), NSAID-associated enteritis, lymphoma, cytomegaly virus infection and tuberculosis. A less known and relatively novel differential diagnosis is cryptogenic multifocal ulcerative stenosing enteritis (CMUSE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: ive patients referred for balloon-assisted enteroscopy for various reasons showed endoscopic features of CMUSE...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Babikir Kheiri, Ahmed Abdalla, Mohammed Osman, Sahar Ahmed, Mustafa Hassan, Ghassan Bachuwa
BACKGROUND: Cryptogenic strokes can be attributed to paradoxical emboli through patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, the effectiveness of PFO closure in preventing recurrent stroke is uncertain and the results of previous randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have been inconclusive. Hence, this study provides an updated meta-analysis of all RCTs comparing PFO closure with medical therapy for secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke. METHODS: All RCTs were identified by a comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Collaboration Central Register of Controlled Trials, Scopus, and Clinicaltrials...
March 7, 2018: Cardiology Journal
Masahiro Yamashita, Ryoko Saito, Shinji Yasuhira, Yuh Fukuda, Hironobu Sasamo, Tamotsu Sugai, Kohei Yamauchi, Makoto Maemondo
Background: The types of cells most significantly linked to individual subtypes of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs) remain unclear. Few studies have examined CD163+ macrophages in IIPs. Objective: We retrospectively aimed to immunohistochemically characterize the CD163+ macrophages in IIPs. Methods: Paraffin-embedded lung tissue samples were obtained from 47 patients with IIPs, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), and cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP), and 12 normal controls were immunohistochemically analyzed, using primary antibodies against CD68 and CD163 as indicators of pan and M2 macrophages, respectively...
2018: Journal of Immunology Research
Jakob Kluge, Armin Grau
The value of interventional closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) after cryptogenic stroke has been controversial. Recently, two randomized controlled trials showed a benefit of interventional closure of PFO compared to antiplatelet therapy only. We give a survey of the current literature and express questions that still remain unacknowledged.
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Volker Schulze, Yingfeng Lin, Athanasios Karathanos, Maximilian Brockmeyer, Tobias Zeus, Amin Polzin, Stefan Perings, Malte Kelm, Georg Wolff
BACKGROUND: Previous randomized controlled trials (RCT) failed to demonstrate benefits of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure (PFO-C) over medical therapy (MT) for secondary prevention of cryptogenic ischemic stroke. Three recently published RCTs, however, turned out positive for PFO-C and warrant an updated meta-analysis. METHODS: Data from all available RCTs on PFO-C vs. MT for secondary prevention of cryptogenic ischemic stroke up until October 2017 were abstracted and analyzed in a comprehensive meta-analysis...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Xin-Lin Zhang, Li-Na Kang, Lian Wang, Biao Xu
BACKGROUND: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure has emerged as a secondary prevention option in patients with PFO and cryptogenic stroke. However, the comparative efficacy and safety of percutaneous closure and medical therapy in patients with cryptogenic stroke and PFO remain unclear. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and comparative observational studies that compared PFO closure against medical therapy, each with a minimal of 20 patients in the closure arm and 1-year follow-up were included...
March 2, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Mohammad K Mojadidi, Muhammad O Zaman, Islam Y Elgendy, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Nimesh K Patel, Nayan Agarwal, Jonathan M Tobis, Bernhard Meier
Nearly one-half of patients with cryptogenic stroke have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The dilemma of whether to close these PFOs percutaneously, in an effort to reduce the risk of recurrent paradoxical embolism, has been a matter of ongoing debate for more than a decade. Early randomized clinical trials failed to demonstrate a significant benefit of percutaneous PFO closure for secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke in an intention-to-treat analysis. The long-term follow-up data from the RESPECT trial and 2 new randomized trials (CLOSE and REDUCE) have clarified these findings...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Mateusz K Hołda, Agata Krawczyk-Ożóg, Mateusz Koziej, Danuta Sorysz, Jakub Hołda, Dariusz Dudek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that the left-sided septal pouch (SP) may increase the risk of cryptogenic stroke and act as an arrhythmogenic substrate. The aim of this study was to compare two transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) projections of the interventricular septum: mid-esophageal bicaval and short-axis views toward evaluating their ability to detect SPs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 146 patients with both bicaval and short-axis TEE views were included in this study...
February 28, 2018: Echocardiography
Mijntje M I Schellekens, Mayte E van Alebeek, Renate M Arntz, Nathalie E Synhaeve, Noortje A M M Maaijwee, Hennie C Schoonderwaldt, Maureen J van der Vlugt, Ewoud J van Dijk, Loes C A Rutten-Jacobs, Frank-Erik de Leeuw
BACKGROUND: The role of hypercoagulable states and preceding infections in the etiology of young stroke and their role in developing recurrent ischemic events remains unclear. Our aim is to determine the prevalence of these conditions in patients with cryptogenic stroke at young age and to assess the long-term risk of recurrent ischemic events in patients with and without a hypercoagulable state or a recent pre-stroke infection with Borrelia or Syphilis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively included patients with a first-ever transient ischemic attack or ischemic stroke, aged 18-50, admitted to our hospital between 1995 and 2010...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Avesh J Thuluvath, Po-Hung Chen, Paul J Thuluvath, Sergey Kantsevoy, Yulia Savva
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) cirrhosis is a common indication for liver transplantation (LT) in the U.S. There is a paucity of data on retransplantation (re-LT) in those who were initially transplanted for NASH. METHODS: We queried the UNOS data sets from 2002-2016 to analyze the outcomes of adults with NASH (n=128) and compared them to groups that received re-LT for cryptogenic cirrhosis (CC, n=189), alcoholic cirrhosis (AC, n=300) or autoimmune hepatitis cirrhosis (AIH-C, n=118) after excluding multiple-organ re-LT and individuals with HCC...
February 20, 2018: Transplantation
Mark L Leekoff, Julia E Masur, Allen P Burke, Jeremy S Pollock, Matthew N Peters, Si M Pham, Timothy R Miller, John W Cole
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: Neurology
Paolo Scacciatella, Ilaria Meynet, Mauro Giorgi, Lorenza M Biava, Ivana Matranga, Luigi Biasco, Pierluigi Omedè, Fulvio Orzan, Fiorenzo Gaita
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to compare the long-term outcomes of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure using angiography or transesophageal echocardiography as procedural guidance. BACKGROUND: The interventional treatment is emerging as a safe and efficient option for patients with high likelihood of PFO-related cryptogenic stroke and high risk of recurrence. The "gold-standard" guidance technique remains an issue. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients undergoing PFO closure for cryptogenic stroke in two catheterization laboratories of the same institution, using similar inclusion criteria but different guidance, were compared with propensity score matching...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
Xuan Wu, Aiyu Lin, Jiting Zhu, Bin Cai
Basilar artery fenestration is an uncommon congenital dysplasia and may be associated with ischaemic stroke. We present a case of a previously healthy 36-year-old man who presented with vertigo and vomiting. MRI showed posterior circulation territory infarction. High-resolution magnetic resonance angiography revealed a slit-like fenestration in the basilar artery. This patient had no traditional vascular risk factors or aetiology of cryptogenic stroke. The patient recovered from his neurological deficit after antiplatelet therapy and was given prophylactic aspirin therapy...
February 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Ingrid Hoeritzauer, Alan J Carson, Jon Stone
OBJECTIVE: In their 1973 BMJ paper 'Cryptogenic Drop Attacks', Stevens and Matthews described 40, mostly middle-aged, female patients with drop attacks of unknown cause. Although clinically common, there has been little on this topic since. We aimed to determine clinical features, comorbidity and outcome of patients with drop attacks. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective review of patients with cryptogenic drop attacks seen consecutively by one clinician (JS) between 2006 and 2016...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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