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By Elvis Amao Internal Medicine , Cardiology and infectious diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870355/mechanical-ventilation-state-of-the-art
#1
REVIEW
Tài Pham, Laurent J Brochard, Arthur S Slutsky
Mechanical ventilation is the most used short-term life support technique worldwide and is applied daily for a diverse spectrum of indications, from scheduled surgical procedures to acute organ failure. This state-of-the-art review provides an update on the basic physiology of respiratory mechanics, the working principles, and the main ventilatory settings, as well as the potential complications of mechanical ventilation. Specific ventilatory approaches in particular situations such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are detailed along with protective ventilation in patients with normal lungs...
September 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901992/european-guidelines-on-perioperative-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-surgery-in-the-elderly
#2
Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker, Christian Fenger-Eriksen, Emmanuel Thienpont, Giedrius Barauskas
: The risk for postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) is increased in patients aged more than 70 years and in elderly patients presenting with co-morbidities, for example cardiovascular disorders, malignancy or renal insufficiency. Therefore, risk stratification, correction of modifiable risks and sustained perioperative thromboprophylaxis are essential in this patient population. Timing and dosing of pharmacoprophylaxis may be adopted from the non-aged population. Direct oral anti-coagulants are effective and well tolerated in the elderly; statins may not replace pharmacological thromboprophylaxis...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895030/type-2-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-prevention-the-dogmas-disputed
#3
Dario Giugliano, Maria Ida Maiorino, Giuseppe Bellastella, Katherine Esposito
In randomized controlled trials (RCTs), more intensive glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes leads to a modest (9%) reduction in major cardiovascular events (MACE), associated with a 20% reduction of kidney events and 13% reduction of eye events. The FDA issued guidance in 2008 led to the conduct of numerous cardiovascular outcomes (CVOT) trials to assess cardiovascular safety of new antihyperglycemic therapies in patients with type 2 diabetes. The results of these trials show that insulin glargine, three different dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (saxagliptin, alogliptin, and sitagliptin) and lixisenatide (a glucagon like peptide-1 receptor agonist) produce no significant difference in CVOT when compared with usual care or placebo...
September 11, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856437/diagnosis-and-empirical-treatment-of-fever-of-unknown-origin-fuo-in-adult-neutropenic-patients-guidelines-of-the-infectious-diseases-working-party-agiho-of-the-german-society-of-hematology-and-medical-oncology-dgho
#4
REVIEW
W J Heinz, D Buchheidt, M Christopeit, M von Lilienfeld-Toal, O A Cornely, H Einsele, M Karthaus, H Link, R Mahlberg, S Neumann, H Ostermann, O Penack, M Ruhnke, M Sandherr, X Schiel, J J Vehreschild, F Weissinger, G Maschmeyer
Fever may be the only clinical symptom at the onset of infection in neutropenic cancer patients undergoing myelosuppressive chemotherapy. A prompt and evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic approach is mandatory. A systematic search of current literature was conducted, including only full papers and excluding allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Recommendations for diagnosis and therapy were developed by an expert panel and approved after plenary discussion by the AGIHO. Randomized clinical trials were mainly available for therapeutic decisions, and new diagnostic procedures have been introduced into clinical practice in the past decade...
August 30, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802875/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-a-comprehensive-review
#5
REVIEW
Tom H Karlsen, Trine Folseraas, Douglas Thorburn, Mette Vesterhus
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a rare disorder characterized by multi-focal bile duct strictures and progressive liver disease. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is usually present and there is a high risk of cholangiocarcinoma and colorectal cancer. With no effective medical therapy, most patients ultimately require liver transplantation, after which disease recurrence may occur. With limited therapeutic options and lack of proven surveillance strategies, patients experience significant unmet needs...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863015/heart-failure-in-persons-living-with-hiv-infection
#6
Priscilla Y Hsue, David D Waters
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss presentation, pathophysiology, complications, and treatment of heart failure in persons living with HIV (PLWHIV) in the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era. RECENT FINDINGS: Since the advent of effective ART and improved longevity, heart failure has become more chronic and insidious and is often characterized by preserved ejection fraction, diastolic dysfunction, and left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. The mechanism underlying heart failure in the setting of HIV infection remains unknown...
August 31, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801528/epidemiology-and-natural-history-of-the-cardiorenal-syndromes-in-a-cohort-with-echocardiography
#7
Thomas A Mavrakanas, Aisha Khattak, Karandeep Singh, David M Charytan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is unknown whether echocardiographic parameters are independently associated with the cardiorenal syndrome. No direct comparison of the natural history of various cardiorenal syndrome types has been conducted. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Our retrospective cohort study enrolled adult patients with at least one transthoracic echocardiography between 2004 and 2014 at a single health care system. Information on comorbidities was extracted using condition-specific diagnostic codes...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822610/evaluation-of-fever-in-the-emergency-department
#8
REVIEW
Sarah DeWitt, Summer A Chavez, Jack Perkins, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Fever is one of the most common complaints in the emergency department (ED) and is more complex than generally appreciated. The broad differential diagnosis of fever includes numerous infectious and non-infectious etiologies. An essential skill in emergency medicine is recognizing the pitfalls in fever evaluation. OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: This review provides an overview of the complaint of fever in the ED to assist the emergency physician with a structured approach to evaluation...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616210/acute-kidney-injury-an-overview-of-diagnostic-methods-and-clinical-management
#9
Daniel Hertzberg, Linda Rydén, John W Pickering, Ulrik Sartipy, Martin J Holzmann
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common condition in multiple clinical settings. Patients with AKI are at an increased risk of death, over both the short and long term, and of accelerated renal impairment. As the condition has become more recognized and definitions more unified, there has been a rapid increase in studies examining AKI across many different clinical settings. This review focuses on the classification, diagnostic methods and clinical management that are available, or promising, for patients with AKI...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794797/acute-mesenteric-ischemia-guidelines-of-the-world-society-of-emergency-surgery
#10
REVIEW
Miklosh Bala, Jeffry Kashuk, Ernest E Moore, Yoram Kluger, Walter Biffl, Carlos Augusto Gomes, Offir Ben-Ishay, Chen Rubinstein, Zsolt J Balogh, Ian Civil, Federico Coccolini, Ari Leppaniemi, Andrew Peitzman, Luca Ansaloni, Michael Sugrue, Massimo Sartelli, Salomone Di Saverio, Gustavo P Fraga, Fausto Catena
Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is typically defined as a group of diseases characterized by an interruption of the blood supply to varying portions of the small intestine, leading to ischemia and secondary inflammatory changes. If untreated, this process will eventuate in life threatening intestinal necrosis. The incidence is low, estimated at 0.09-0.2% of all acute surgical admissions. Therefore, although the entity is an uncommon cause of abdominal pain, diligence is always required because if untreated, mortality has consistently been reported in the range of 50%...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800865/anaphylaxis
#11
REVIEW
Daniel LoVerde, Onyinye I Iweala, Ariana Eginli, Guha Krishnaswamy
Anaphylaxis is a systemic, life-threatening disorder triggered by mediators released by mast cells and basophils activated via allergic (IgE-mediated) or nonallergic (non-IgE-mediated) mechanisms. It is a rapidly evolving, multisystem process involving the integumentary, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems. Anaphylaxis and angioedema are serious disorders that can lead to fatal airway obstruction and culminate in cardiorespiratory arrest, resulting in hypoxemia and/or shock. Often, these disorders can be appropriately managed in an outpatient setting; however, these conditions can be severe enough to warrant evaluation of the patient in the ED and in some cases, hospitalization, and management in an ICU...
August 8, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28784609/understanding-cardiac-troponin-part-1-avoiding-troponinitis
#12
REVIEW
Richard Body, Edward Carlton
Cardiac troponin (cTn) is a highly specific biomarker of myocardial injury and is central to the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). By itself, however, cTn cannot identify the cause of myocardial injury. 'Troponinitis' is the condition that leads clinicians to falsely assign a diagnosis of AMI based only on the fact that a patient has an elevated cTn concentration. There are many causes of myocardial injury other than AMI. Clinicians are required to differentiate myocardial injury caused by AMI from other causes...
August 7, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776550/blood-pressure-targets-in-the-hypertensive-elderly
#13
REVIEW
Peng Liu, Jin-Gang Zheng
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is an important risk factor of cardiovascular disease and increases mortality in the elderly. However, the available medical evidences are both inconsistent and insufficient regarding establishing credible and useful blood pressure (BP) targets in the hypertensive elderly. This review summarizes the existing evidences used for establishing optimal BP targets for this patient population and points out some data inconsistencies which have added to the uncertainty...
August 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702076/the-management-of-intra-abdominal-infections-from-a-global-perspective-2017-wses-guidelines-for-management-of-intra-abdominal-infections
#14
REVIEW
Massimo Sartelli, Alain Chichom-Mefire, Francesco M Labricciosa, Timothy Hardcastle, Fikri M Abu-Zidan, Abdulrashid K Adesunkanmi, Luca Ansaloni, Miklosh Bala, Zsolt J Balogh, Marcelo A Beltrán, Offir Ben-Ishay, Walter L Biffl, Arianna Birindelli, Miguel A Cainzos, Gianbattista Catalini, Marco Ceresoli, Asri Che Jusoh, Osvaldo Chiara, Federico Coccolini, Raul Coimbra, Francesco Cortese, Zaza Demetrashvili, Salomone Di Saverio, Jose J Diaz, Valery N Egiev, Paula Ferrada, Gustavo P Fraga, Wagih M Ghnnam, Jae Gil Lee, Carlos A Gomes, Andreas Hecker, Torsten Herzog, Jae Il Kim, Kenji Inaba, Arda Isik, Aleksandar Karamarkovic, Jeffry Kashuk, Vladimir Khokha, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Yoram Kluger, Kaoru Koike, Victor Y Kong, Ari Leppaniemi, Gustavo M Machain, Ronald V Maier, Sanjay Marwah, Michael E McFarlane, Giulia Montori, Ernest E Moore, Ionut Negoi, Iyiade Olaoye, Abdelkarim H Omari, Carlos A Ordonez, Bruno M Pereira, Gerson A Pereira Júnior, Guntars Pupelis, Tarcisio Reis, Boris Sakakhushev, Norio Sato, Helmut A Segovia Lohse, Vishal G Shelat, Kjetil Søreide, Waldemar Uhl, Jan Ulrych, Harry Van Goor, George C Velmahos, Kuo-Ching Yuan, Imtiaz Wani, Dieter G Weber, Sanoop K Zachariah, Fausto Catena
Intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) are common surgical emergencies and have been reported as major contributors to non-trauma deaths in the emergency departments worldwide. The cornerstones of effective treatment of IAIs are early recognition, adequate source control, and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Prompt resuscitation of patients with ongoing sepsis is of utmost important. In hospitals worldwide, non-acceptance of, or lack of access to, accessible evidence-based practices and guidelines result in overall poorer outcome of patients suffering IAIs...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725324/cardiorenal-syndrome-role-of-arginine-vasopressin-and-vaptans-in-heart-failure
#15
REVIEW
Poornima Vinod, Vinod Krishnappa, Abigail M Chauvin, Anshika Khare, Rupesh Raina
Heart and kidney failure continued to be of increasing prevalence in today's society, and their comorbidity has synergistic effect on the morbidity and mortality of patients. Cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) is a complex disease with multifactorial pathophysiology. Better understanding of this pathophysiological network is crucial for the successful intervention to prevent advancement of the disease process. One of the major factors in this process is neurohormonal activation, predominantly involving renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and arginine vasopressin (AVP)...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733435/different-implications-of-heart-failure-ischemic-stroke-and-mortality-between-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter-a-view-from-a-national-cohort-study
#16
Yu-Sheng Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Ching-Chi Chi, Ming-Shyan Lin, Tao-Hsin Tung, Chi-Hung Liu, Yung-Lung Chen, Mien-Cheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Atrial flutter (AFL) has been identified to be equivalent to atrial fibrillation (AF) in terms of preventing ischemic stroke, although differences exist in atrial rate, substrate, and electrophysiological mechanisms. This study aimed to investigate differences in clinical outcomes between nonvalvular AF and AFL. METHODS AND RESULTS: AF and AFL patients without any prescribed anticoagulation were enrolled from a 13-year national cohort database. Under series exclusion criteria, ischemic stroke, heart failure hospitalization, and all-cause mortality were compared between the groups in real-world conditions and after propensity score matching...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733546/increased-risk-for-diabetes-mellitus-in-patients-with-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
#17
Chien-Cheng Huang, Chung-Han Ho, Yi-Chen Chen, Hung-Jung Lin, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Shih-Bin Su, How-Ran Guo
Carbon monoxide poisoning (COP) causes hypoxic injury and inflammatory and immunological reactions in the brain and local organs including the pancreas. Therefore, it is plausible that COP may increase the risk for developing diabetes mellitus (DM), but studies on this possible association are limited. We conducted a nationwide study in Taiwan to fill the data gap. We used the Nationwide Poisoning Database and the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 to identify all COP patients diagnosed between 1999 and 2012 (the study cohort) and then construct a comparison cohort of patients without COP through matching at 1:3 by the index date and age...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735461/pneumonia-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccine
#18
REVIEW
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seung-Han Seon, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lung, responsible for high morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microorganisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a gram-positive bacterium with over 90 serotypes, is the most common causative agent. Moreover, comorbid factors including heart failure, renal disease, and pulmonary disease could increase the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Since the advent of the pneumococcal vaccine in the 1980s, the incidence of pneumonia has decreased significantly...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735756/incidence-and-determinants-of-hyperkalemia-and-hypokalemia-in-a-large-healthcare-system
#19
Erik Nilsson, Alessandro Gasparini, Johan Ärnlöv, Hairong Xu, Karin M Henriksson, Josef Coresh, Morgan E Grams, Juan Jesus Carrero
BACKGROUND: Hypo- and hyperkalemia in clinical settings are insufficiently characterized and large-scale data from Europe lacking. We studied incidence and determinants of these abnormalities in a large Swedish healthcare system. METHODS: Observational study from the Stockholm CREAtinine Measurements project, including adult individuals from Stockholm accessing healthcare in 2009 (n=364,955). Over 3-years, we estimated the incidence of hypokalemia, defined as potassium<3...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735924/obstructive-sleep-apnea-effect-of-comorbidities-and-positive-airway-pressure-on-all-cause-mortality
#20
Poul Jennum, Philip Tønnesen, Rikke Ibsen, Jakob Kjellberg
OBJECTIVE: Most studies have used cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) end-points to measure the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but pre-diagnostic morbidities involve a range of comorbidities that may influence the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We therefore aimed to evaluate all-cause total mortality after a diagnosis of OSA, the effect of CPAP in women and men, and the potential effect of major comorbidities. METHODS: We used national registry data as a historical cohort and included 22,135 OSA patients aged 20 years or more with comorbidity data three years before diagnosis and follow-up morbidity and mortality over a period of 17 years...
August 2017: Sleep Medicine
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