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  1. Do clinical diagnoses correlate with pathological diagnoses in cardiac transplant patients? The importance of endomyocardial biopsy

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    Luk, Adriana; Metawee, Mohammed; Ahn, Eric; Gustafsson, F; Ross, Heather; Butany, Jagdish

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation remains the last treatment option for patients with end-stage cardiac disease. Such diseases include ischemic cardiomyopathy, nonischemic cardiomyopathy and other conditions such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, cardiac sarcoidosis and cardiac amyloidosis. OBJECTIVE: To review the changes that have occurred over time in the etiology of heart disease in patients requiring heart transplantation, and to compare the clinical and histological diagnoses ...

  2. Economic evaluation of a clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    Wolfe Rory; de Campo John F; Chan Thomas; Harris Anthony H; Goergen Stacy K; Gospodarevskaya Elena V; Gan Eng T; Wheeler Michael B; McKay John

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background The objective of this paper is to estimate the amount of cost-savings to the Australian health care system from implementing an evidence-based clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) at the Emergency department of a Victorian public hospital with 50,000 presentations in 2001–2002. Methods A cost-minimisation study used the data collected in a controlled clinical trial of a clinical protocol for diagnosing patients with sus...

  3. New clinical score to diagnose nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in obese patients

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    Pulzi Fernanda BU

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD is the most frequent disease associated with abnormal liver tests that is characterized by a wide spectrum of liver damage, ranging from simple macro vesicular steatosis to steatohepatitis (NASH, cirrhosis or liver carcinoma. Liver biopsy is the most precise test to differentiate NASH from other stages of NAFLD, but it is an invasive and expensive method. This study aimed to create a clinical laboratory score capable of identify individual with NASH in severely obese patients submitted to bariatric surgery. Methods The medical records from 66 patients submitted to gastroplasty were reviewed. Their chemistry profile, abdominal ultrasound (US and liver biopsy done during the surgical procedure were analyzed. Patients were classified into 2 groups according to liver biopsy: Non-NASH group - those patients without NAFLD or with grade I, II or III steatosis; and NASH group - those with steatohepatitis or fibrosis. The t-test was used to compare each variable with normal distribution between NASH and Non-NASH groups. When comparing proportions of categorical variables, we used chi-square or z-test, where appropriate. A p-value Results 83% of patients with obesity grades II or III showed NAFLD, and the majority was asymptomatic. Total Cholesterol (TC?200 mg/dL, alanine aminotransferase (ALT ?30, AST/ALT ratio (AAR? 1, gammaglutaril-transferase (?GT?30 U/L and abdominal US, compatible with steatosis, showed association with NASH group. We proposed 2 scores: Complete score (TC, ALT, AAR, ?GT and US and the simplified score, where US was not included. The combination of biochemical and imaging results improved accuracy to 84.4% the recognition of NASH (sensitivity 70%, specificity 88.6%, NPV 91.2%, PPV 63. 6%. Conclusion Alterations in TC, ALT, AAR, ?GT and US are related to the most risk for NASH. The combination of biochemical and imaging results improved accuracy to 84.4% the recognition of NASH. Additionally, negative final scores exclude the presence of an advanced illness. Using this score, the severity of fatty liver infiltration would be predicted without the risks associated with hepatic biopsy.

  4. Determinants of sexual dysfunction among clinically diagnosed diabetic patients

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    Sarpong Charity

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can result in various medical, psychological and sexual dysfunctions (SD if not properly managed. SD in men is a common under-appreciated complication of diabetes. This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of SD among diabetic patients in Tema, Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Method Sexual functioning was determined in 300 consecutive diabetic men (age range: 18-82 years visiting the diabetic clinic of Tema General Hospital with the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS questionnaire, between November, 2010 and March, 2011. In addition to the socio-demographic characteristics of the participants, the level of glycosylated haemoglobin, fasting blood sugar (FBS and serum testosterone were assessed. All the men had a steady heterosexual relationship for at least 2 years before enrolment in the study. Results Out the 300 participants contacted, the response rate was 91.3% after 20 declined participation and 6 incomplete data were excluded All the respondents had at least basic education, 97.4% were married, 65.3% were known hypertensive, 3.3% smoked cigarettes, 27% took alcoholic beverages and 32.8% did some form of exercise. The 69.3% SD rate observed in this study appears to be related to infrequency (79.2%, non-sensuality (74.5%, dissatisfaction with sexual acts (71.9%, non-communication (70.8% and impotence (67.9%. Other areas of sexual function, including premature ejaculation (56.6% and avoidance (42.7% were also substantially affected. However, severe SD was seen in only 4.7% of the studied population. The perceived "adequate", "desirable", "too short" and "too long intra-vaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT are 5-10, 5-10, 1-2 and 15-30 minutes respectively. Testosterone correlates negatively with glycated haemoglobin (HBA1c, FBS, perceived desirable, too short IELT, and weight as well as waist circumference. Conclusion SD rate from this study is high but similar to that reported among self-reported diabetic patients in Kumasi, Ghana and vary according to the condition and age. The determinants of SD from this study are income level, exercise, obesity, higher perception of "desirable" and "too short" IELT.

  5. Determinants of sexual dysfunction among clinically diagnosed diabetic patients

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    2011-01-01

    Background Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can result in various medical, psychological and sexual dysfunctions (SD) if not properly managed. SD in men is a common under-appreciated complication of diabetes. This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of SD among diabetic patients in Tema, Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Method Sexual functioning was determined in 300 consecutive diabetic men (age range: 18-82 years) visiting the diabetic clinic of Tema General Hospital with the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS) questionnaire, between November, 2010 and March, 2011. In addition to the socio-demographic characteristics of the participants, the level of glycosylated haemoglobin, fasting blood sugar (FBS) and serum testosterone were assessed. All the men had a steady heterosexual relationship for at least 2 years before enrolment in the study. Results Out the 300 participants contacted, the response rate was 91.3% after 20 declined participation and 6 incomplete data were excluded All the respondents had at least basic education, 97.4% were married, 65.3% were known hypertensive, 3.3% smoked cigarettes, 27% took alcoholic beverages and 32.8% did some form of exercise. The 69.3% SD rate observed in this study appears to be related to infrequency (79.2%), non-sensuality (74.5%), dissatisfaction with sexual acts (71.9%), non-communication (70.8%) and impotence (67.9%). Other areas of sexual function, including premature ejaculation (56.6%) and avoidance (42.7%) were also substantially affected. However, severe SD was seen in only 4.7% of the studied population. The perceived "adequate", "desirable", "too short" and "too long intra-vaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) are 5-10, 5-10, 1-2 and 15-30 minutes respectively. Testosterone correlates negatively with glycated haemoglobin (HBA1c), FBS, perceived desirable, too short IELT, and weight as well as waist circumference. Conclusion SD rate from this study is high but similar to that reported among self-reported diabetic patients in Kumasi, Ghana and vary according to the condition and age. The determinants of SD from this study are income level, exercise, obesity, higher perception of "desirable" and "too short" IELT. PMID:21612653

  6. New clinical score to diagnose nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in obese patients

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    Pulzi Fernanda BU; Cisternas Raul; Melo Murilo R; Ribeiro Cristiane MF; Malheiros Carlos A; Salles João E

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most frequent disease associated with abnormal liver tests that is characterized by a wide spectrum of liver damage, ranging from simple macro vesicular steatosis to steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis or liver carcinoma. Liver biopsy is the most precise test to differentiate NASH from other stages of NAFLD, but it is an invasive and expensive method. This study aimed to create a clinical laboratory score capable of identify in...

  7. Clinical characteristics and outcome of patients diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: a 5-year review.

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    O'Sullivan, S S

    2012-02-03

    OBJECTIVE: The goal of this article was to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients diagnosed with PNES in a 5-year period. RESULTS: Fifty patients with PNES were identified, giving an estimated incidence of 0.91\\/100,000 per annum. Thirty-eight were included for review, 15 of whom were male (39%). Eighteen patients had been diagnosed with epilepsy as well as PNES (47%). We demonstrated a gender difference in our patients, with males having higher seizure frequencies, more antiepileptic drug use, and a longer interval before diagnosis of PNES. Females were diagnosed with other conversion disorders more often than males. Impaired social function was observed in PNES, as was resistance to psychological interventions with a subsequent poor response to treatments. CONCLUSIONS: PNES remains a difficult condition to treat, and may affect males in proportions higher than those described in previous studies.

  8. Diagnoses of patients referring to a child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic

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    Koray KarabekiroÄŸlu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of the present study is to identify the diagnoses of patients who referred to a child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic. Method: Medical records of 538 patients referred to the Children and Adolescent Psychiatry outpatient clinic at Gulhane Military Medical School, between January 2009 and June 2009 were studied retrospectively. Results: It was found that the patients were mostly male and within 7 to 18 years of age. It was also determined that three quarters of patients had at least one diagnosis and the diagnosis rate in children between the ages of 0-6 was 50 percent. Comorbid diagnoses were found in 13.7 percent of all cases and they were mainly in the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD group. The most common diagnoses were ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder, mental retardation, depression and enuresis, respectively. The most common diagnosis in all age subgroups was ADHD. While the most common diagnoses in boys are ADHD, mental retardation, generalized anxiety disorder, enuresis and depression respectively, they were ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, mental retardation and enuresis in girls. Conclusion: To know the most common diagnoses, diagnosis differences within genders and possible diagnoses for certain age groups will be useful for improving child and adolescent psychiatry services.

  9. Economic evaluation of a clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    Wolfe Rory

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of this paper is to estimate the amount of cost-savings to the Australian health care system from implementing an evidence-based clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE at the Emergency department of a Victorian public hospital with 50,000 presentations in 2001–2002. Methods A cost-minimisation study used the data collected in a controlled clinical trial of a clinical protocol for diagnosing patients with suspected PE. Thenumber and type of diagnostic tests in a historic cohort of 185 randomly selected patients, who presented to the emergency department with suspectedPE during an eight month period prior to the clinical trial (January 2002 -August 2002 were compared with the number and type of diagnostic tests in745 patients, who presented to the emergency department with suspected PE from November 2002 to August 2003. Current Medicare fees per test were usedas unit costs to calculate the mean aggregated cost of diagnostic investigation per patient in both study groups. A t-test was used to estimate the statistical significance of the difference in the cost of resources used for diagnosing PE in the control and in the intervention group. Results The trial demonstrated that diagnosing PE using an evidence-based clinical protocol was as effective as the existing clinical practice. The clinical protocol offers the advantage of reducing the use of diagnostic imaging, resulting in an average cost savings of at least $59.30 per patient. Conclusion Extrapolating the observed cost-savings of $59.30 per patient to the wholeof Australia could potentially result in annual savings between $3.1 million to $3.7 million.

  10. Reliability of clinical ICD-10 diagnoses among electroconvulsive therapy patients with chronic affective disorders

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    Jakobsen, Klaus Damgaard; Hansen, Thomas Folkmann; Dam, Henrik; Larsen, Ejner Bundgaard; Gether, Ulrik; Werge, Thomas Mears

    2008-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Diagnostic reliability is of major concern both to clinicians and researchers. The aim has been to investigate the trustworthiness of clinical ICD-10 affective disorder diagnoses for research purpose. Methods: 150 ECT patients with chronic affective disorders were inves...

  11. MGMT inactivation and clinical response in newly diagnosed GBM patients treated with Gliadel.

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    Grossman, Rachel; Burger, Peter; Soudry, Ethan; Tyler, Betty; Chaichana, Kaisorn L; Weingart, Jon; Olivi, Alessandro; Gallia, Gary L; Sidransky, David; Quiñones-Hinojosa, Alfredo; Ye, Xiaobu; Brem, Henry

    2015-12-01

    We examined the relationship between the O(6)-methylguanine-methyltransferase (MGMT) methylation status and clinical outcomes in newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patients who were treated with Gliadel wafers (Eisai, Tokyo, Japan). MGMT promoter methylation has been associated with increased survival among patients with GBM who are treated with various alkylating agents. MGMT promoter methylation, in DNA from 122 of 160 newly diagnosed GBM patients treated with Gliadel, was determined by a quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction, and was correlated with overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS). The MGMT promoter was methylated in 40 (32.7%) of 122 patients. The median OS was 13.5 months (95% confidence interval [CI] 11.0-14.5) and RFS was 9.4 months (95% CI 7.8-10.2). After adjusting for age, Karnofsky performance score, extent of resection, temozolomide (TMZ) and radiation therapy (RT), the newly diagnosed GBM patients with MGMT methylation had a 15% reduced mortality risk, compared to patients with unmethylated MGMT (hazard ratio 0.85; 95% CI 0.56-1.31; p=0.46). The patients aged over 70 years with MGMT methylation had a significantly longer median OS of 13.5 months, compared to 7.6 months in patients with unmethylated MGMT (p=0.027). A significant difference was also found in older patients, with a median RFS of 13.1 versus 7.6 months for methylated and unmethylated MGMT groups, respectively (p=0.01). Methylation of the MGMT promoter in newly diagnosed GBM patients treated with Gliadel, RT and TMZ, was associated with significantly improved OS compared to the unmethylated population. In elderly patients, methylation of the MGMT promoter was associated with significantly better OS and RFS. PMID:26249244

  12. Reliability of clinical ICD-10 diagnoses among electroconvulsive therapy patients with chronic affective disorders

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    Klaus Damgaard Jakobsen; Thomas Hansen; Henrik Dam; Ejnar Bundgaard Larsen; Ulrik Gether; Thomas Werge

    2008-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Diagnostic reliability is of major concern both to clinicians and researchers. The aim has been to investigate the trustworthiness of clinical ICD-10 affective disorder diagnoses for research purpose. Methods: 150 ECT patients with chronic affective disorders were investigated. A standardized schema for basic anamnesis and the Operational Criteria Checklist for Psychotic and Affective Illness (OPCRIT) were used. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative pr...

  13. Congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia: three case reports from patients with different clinical diagnoses and somatic abnormalities.

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    Yldrm, Ay?en Türedi; Güne?, Burçak Tatl; Oymak, Ye?im; Yaman, Yöntem; Özek, Gülcihan; Cart, Özgür; Ye?ilipek, Akif; Vergin, Canan

    2015-04-01

    The congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia (CAMT) is a syndrome characterized by preservation of granulocytic and erythroid cells during genesis, with a gradual or progressive decrease in the number of megakaryocytic series of cells in the bone marrow. At later times, most patients develop aplastic anemia. It is important to rule out specific causes of thrombocytopenia that develop in the early stages of CAMT. Typically, there are no specific somatic abnormalities that accompany this deadly disease. Here we present three CAMT cases that presented with different clinical diagnoses, with various physical anomalies in two of those cases. The first patient was examined because of a cytomegalovirus infection. The second patient had been referred with a suspected neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, whereas the third patient presented with chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Subsequently, all three patients were diagnosed with CAMT. Two of the patients had physical anomalies. In particular, the first patient had a duplex urinary system. To our knowledge, this is the first patient with CAMT to have a duplicated collecting sysem. The second patient had a secundum atrial septal defect, an atypical facial appearance, and growth retardation. Since CAMT could also be observed outside the neonatal period, the differential diagnosis for thrombocytopenia should be considered for all age groups. Moreover, it should be considered that CAMT may also be accompanied with somatic abnormalities. PMID:25185677

  14. Clinical study of hepatic dysfunction and its correlative factors in newly diagnosed patients with Graves hyperthyroidism

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    Objective: To investigate the incidence,clinical features and the possible risk factors of hepatic dysfunction in the newly diagnosed patients with Graves hyperthyroidism. Methods: A retrospective analysis about total 204 newly diagnosed patients with Graves hyperthyroidism was studied. All the patients were divided into two groups by liver function:the hepatic dysfunction group (146 cases)and the normal group (58 cases). The gender composition, age, thyroid weight, 24 h-131I intake rate,free triiodothyronine (FT3), free thyronine (FT4), thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor antibody (TRAb), thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPOAb) and thyroglobulin antibody (TGAb)were compared between the two groups. A correlation analysis was progressed between the indicators of liver function and thyroid hormone. Results: (1) The incidence of hepatic dysfunction (at least one abnormal parameter) in the newly diagnosed patients with Graves hyperthyroidism was 71.6% and the most familiar abnormal parameter was alanine transaminase (ALT) (37.7 %). Altogether 61 patients (41.8 %) had only one abnormal parameter in the hepatic dysfunction group and the most common abnormal parameter was alkaline phosphatase (ALP) (50.8%). (2) Compared with the normal group, hepatic dysfunction group had longer disease duration, higher serum FT3, FT4 and TRAb levels,but there were no significant differences in gender composition, age, thyroid weight, 24 h-131I intake rate, TPOAb, TGAb between the two groups. (3) A significantly positive correlation was found between the aspartate aminotransferase and FT3, the ALP and FT3, FT4, the total bilirubin and FT4, the direct bilirubin and FT3, FT4, respectively. Conclusions: Hepatic dysfunction in newly diagnosed patients with Graves hyperthyroidism is very common and the most common abnormal parameters include ALT and ALP. The hepatic dysfunction is closely correlated with patients' disease duration, thyroid hormone and TRAb levels. (authors)

  15. A nomogram to predict Gleason sum upgrading of clinically diagnosed localized prostate cancer among Chinese patients

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    Jin-You Wang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Although several models have been developed to predict the probability of Gleason sum upgrading between biopsy and radical prostatectomy specimens, most of these models are restricted to prostate-specific antigen screening-detected prostate cancer. This study aimed to build a nomogram for the prediction of Gleason sum upgrading in clinically diagnosed prostate cancer. The study cohort comprised 269 Chinese prostate cancer patients who underwent prostate biopsy with a minimum of 10 cores and were subsequently treated with radical prostatectomy. Of all included patients, 220 (81.8% were referred with clinical symptoms. The prostate-specific antigen level, primary and secondary biopsy Gleason scores, and clinical T category were used in a multivariate logistic regression model to predict the probability of Gleason sum upgrading. The developed nomogram was validated internally. Gleason sum upgrading was observed in 90 (33.5% patients. Our nomogram showed a bootstrap-corrected concordance index of 0.789 and good calibration using 4 readily available variables. The nomogram also demonstrated satisfactory statistical performance for predicting significant upgrading. External validation of the nomogram published by Chun et al. in our cohort showed a marked discordance between the observed and predicted probabilities of Gleason sum upgrading. In summary, a new nomogram to predict Gleason sum upgrading in clinically diagnosed prostate cancer was developed, and it demonstrated good statistical performance upon internal validation.

  16. Analysis on Clinical Features of 2168 Patients with Lung Cancer Diagnosed by Bronchoscope

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    Yu Zhang

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the clinical features of lung cancer diagnosed by bronchoscopy. Methods: The clinical features of 2168 patients with lung cancer diagnosed by bronchoscopy were retrospectively analyzed, including gender, age, pathological type, diseased region, manifestations under bronchoscopy and methods of drawing materials. Results: The ratio of male/female was 4.8:1 and the peak onset age was 60 - 69 years old. The major pathological type was squamous cell carcinoma (44.5%, then adenocarcinoma (25.9% and small cell lung cancer (18.3%. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma was the highest in males (50.6%, while that of adenocarcinoma in females (56.2%. The positive diagnostic rates of forceps biopsy, brush biopsy, bronchial alveolar lavage and transbronchial needle aspiration were 81.6%, 49.4%, 18.2% and 62.6%, respectively, whereas that of biopsy combined with brush biopsy came up to 89.0%. Conclusion: Bronchoscopy is an important method in diagnosis of lung cancer. Different ages and genders of patients with lung cancer have different onset, and the distribution of pathological types is diverse. Attaching more importance to bronchoscopy and improving biopsy technique can significantly improve the diagnostic rate and provide reliable evidences for clinical treatment.

  17. Isolation and Antibiogram of Clostridium tetani from Clinically Diagnosed Tetanus Patients.

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    Hanif, Hajra; Anjum, Awais; Ali, Naeem; Jamal, Asif; Imran, Muhammad; Ahmad, Bashir; Ali, Muhammad Ishtiaq

    2015-10-01

    Clostridium tetani, the etiologic agent of tetanus, produces a toxin that causes spastic paralysis in humans and other vertebrates. This study was aimed for isolation, identification, and determination of antimicrobial susceptibility of C. tetani from clinically diagnosed tetanus patients. Isolation was done from deep-punctured tissues of the foot and arm injuries of 80 clinically diagnosed tetanus patients from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital. We successfully screened out five C. tetani isolates out of 80 samples based on the strain-specific characteristics confirmed through biochemical testing and toxin production. A disc diffusion method was used for antimicrobial susceptibilities and C. tetani isolates showed susceptibility to cefoperazone, chloramphenicol, metronidazole, penicillin G, and tetracycline, but were found to be resistant to erythromycin and ofloxacin. During animal testing, all the infected mice developed symptoms of tetanus. The results showed that identification of C. tetani is possible using biochemical and molecular tools and that the strains of C. tetani isolated had not developed resistance against the antibiotics most often used for the treatment of tetanus. PMID:26175031

  18. Incidence and clinical characteristics of lower urinary tract symptoms as a presenting symptom for patients with newly diagnosed bladder cancer

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    Ryan W., Dobbs; Lee A., Hugar; Louis M., Revenig; Usama, Al-Qassab; John A., Petros; Chad W., Ritenour; Muta M., Issa; Daniel J., Canter.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available PurposeThe incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) as the sole presenting symptom for bladder cancer has traditionally been reported to be low. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and clinical characteristics of newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients who presented wi [...] th LUTS in the absence of gross or microscopic hematuria.Materials and MethodsWe queried our database of bladder cancer patients at the Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (AVAMC) to identify patients who presented solely with LUTS and were subsequently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Demographic, clinical, and pathologic variables were examined.Results4.1% (14/340) of bladder cancer patients in our series presented solely with LUTS. Mean age and Charlson Co-morbidity Index of these patients was 66.4 years (range = 52-83) and 3 (range = 0-7), respectively. Of the 14 patients in our cohort presenting with LUTS, 9 (64.3%), 4 (28.6%), and 1 (7.1%) patients presented with clinical stage Ta, carcinoma in Situ (CIS), and T2 disease. At a median follow-up of 3.79 years, recurrence occurred in 7 (50.0%) patients with progression occurring in 1 (7.1%) patient. 11 (78.6%) patients were alive and currently disease free, and 3 (21.4%) patients had died, with only one (7.1%) death attributable to bladder cancer.ConclusionsOur database shows a 4.1% incidence of LUTS as the sole presenting symptom in patients with newly diagnosed bladder cancer. This study suggests that urologists should have a low threshold for evaluating patients with unexplained LUTS for underlying bladder cancer.

  19. Registration of symptoms and diagnoses in patients of a Belarussian-Dutch outpatient clinic in Gomel, October 1991 - September 1993

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    Van Oostrum, I.E.A.; Svalkoul, T.J.F. [National Poison Control Centre, RIVM, Bilthoven (Netherlands); Joore, J.C.A. [Department of Intensive Care and Clinical Toxicology, AZU, Utrecht (Netherlands); Volkova, G.V.; Savkova, M.I.; Derzhitski, V.E. [Gomel Regional Specialized Dispensary, Gomel (Belarus); Bootsma, P.A. [Bureau for International Cooperation, RIVM, Bilthoven (Netherlands)

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    The results of a survey of the medical consumption of 4,500 patients at the Belarussian-Dutch Outpatient Clinic in Gomel during 1991-1993 are presented and discussed. Analysis of the patient registration data was focused on complaints related to possible enhanced radiation exposure of the patients since the reactor incident at Chernobyl in 1986. The pattern of complaints and diagnoses was comparable to the situation in a Dutch outpatient clinic, except for a higher number of goitre, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers. Diagnoses that could be attributed to increased radiation exposure were not enhanced compared to the pattern in a Dutch population of similar size, except for a higher number of thyroid disease. 19 refs.

  20. Concordance between Patient Self-Reports and Claims Data on Clinical Diagnoses, Medication Use, and Health System Utilization in Taiwan

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    Wu, Chi-Shin; Lai, Mei-Shu; Gau, Susan Shur-Fen; Wang, Sheng-Chang; Tsai, Hui-Ju

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the concordance between claims records in the National Health Insurance Research Database and patient self-reports on clinical diagnoses, medication use, and health system utilization. Methods In this study, we used the data of 15,574 participants collected from the 2005 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey. We assessed positive agreement, negative agreement, and Cohen's kappa statistics to examine the concordance between claims records and patient self-reports. Results Kappa values were 0.43, 0.64, and 0.61 for clinical diagnoses, medication use, and health system utilization, respectively. Using a strict algorithm to identify the clinical diagnoses recorded in claims records could improve the negative agreement; however, the effect on positive agreement and kappa was diverse across various conditions. Conclusion We found that the overall concordance between claims records in the National Health Insurance Research Database and patient self-reports in the Taiwan National Health Interview Survey was moderate for clinical diagnosis and substantial for both medication use and health system utilization. PMID:25464005

  1. Generating Evidence for Clinical Benefit of PET/CT in Diagnosing Cancer Patients

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    Vach, Werner; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming; Gerke, Oke; Weber, Wolfgang A

    For diagnostic methods such as PET/CT, not only diagnostic accuracy but also clinical benefit must be demonstrated. However, there is a lack of consensus about how to approach this task. Here we consider 6 clinical scenarios to review some basic approaches to demonstrating the clinical benefit of...... PET/CT in cancer patients: replacement of an invasive procedure, improved accuracy of initial diagnosis, improved accuracy of staging for curative versus palliative treatment, improved accuracy of staging for radiation versus chemotherapy, response evaluation, and acceleration of clinical decisions....... We also develop some guidelines for the evaluation of clinical benefit. First, it should be clarified whether there is a direct benefit of the use of PET/CT or an indirect benefit because of improved diagnostic accuracy. If there is an indirect benefit, then decision modeling should be used initially...

  2. Evaluation of the social, clinical and laboratorial profile of patients diagnosed with leprosy in a reference center in São Paulo

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    Ana Carolina Souza, Porto; Renata Borges Fortes Costa, Figueira; Jaison Antônio, Barreto; José Roberto Pereira, Lauris.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Leprosy is the main infectious cause of disability. It is said to be eradicated in São Paulo since 2005, but diagnosis is still late. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the social, clinical and laboratorial profile of leprosy patients diagnosed between 01/2007 and 12/2011, in a reference center [...] in São Paulo. METHODS: Retrospective descriptive study. Data of all new leprosy cases diagnosed between 01/2007 and 12/2011 were raised in São Paulo. RESULTS: 103 men and 71 women were diagnosed, most of them were multibacillary. Mean age at diagnosis was 49 yrs; 2,2% were children; 70% had incomplete primary education; 50% were referred without diagnostic suspicion of leprosy. Mean time since first symptoms/signs and diagnosis was 2 years; 64% of patients had some degree of disability, and 26% had grade 2. 23 cases were diagnosed only after being summoned, and 80% of these had no disability. Agreement between the Ridley and Jopling and the WHO classification was 75% (kappa index = 0.44). Serology for IgM anti-PGL1 (87 patients) showed a mean value of 0.25, and an association between MB classification and test positivity (p

  3. Clinical characteristics of patients diagnosed as high cardiac event probability by 'heart risk view'

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    'Heart Risk View' is the software to evaluate the cardiac event probability, and it is based on the results of the prospective cohort study (J-ACCESS). We examined the usefulness of this software. Study population consisted of 83 patients, who were diagnosed that cardiac event probability was over 20% by 'Heart Risk View.' During the follow-up period (596±356 days), cardiac event occurred in 23 patients (27.7%), including 7 patients death. No significant differences were observed in the ejection fraction by Quantitative Gated single emission computed tomography (SPECT), total defect score calculated from SPECT, and the percentage of stress perfusion abnormality detected by SPECT between event and non-event groups. However, the percentage of cardiac revascularization therapy based on the SPECT was significantly lower in the event group (9 vs. 38%, p=0.03). In conclusion, cardiac event probability calculated by 'Heart Risk View' was reliable in our study cohort. Cardiac event strongly depended on the cardiac ischemia, for which the therapy was difficult because of lesion complexity or combined diseases. (author)

  4. Results of Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Analysis in Patients with Clinically Diagnosed Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

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    Haluk Esgin

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate possible mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA mutations in patients with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON in order to provide a precise diagnosis and genetic counseling.Material and Methods: Between 1982 and 2007, ten patients were clinically diagnosed with LHON and six of these patients agreed to be involved in this study. Six healthy individuals were also included as a control group. mtDNA was isolated from peripheral blood samples and polymerase chain reaction and mtDNA sequence analysis were performed. Results: In one of the six patients, a homoplasmic mutant m.11778G>A mutation was detected. All of the clinically diagnosed LHON patients and the control groups had the m.14212C>T and m.14580G>A single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs. The m.11719A>G SNP was detected in three of six patients and four of the controls. Two of the six patients had the m.3197T>C SNP and, in addition, the m.14258G>A SNP was found in one of these two patients, while neither of these mutations were present in the control group.Conclusion: The clinical diagnosis of LHON could be supported by molecular genetics only in one patient by the detection of one mutation. The m.3197T>C and m.14258G>A SNPs should be considered as potential mtDNA mutations due to the fact that they were detected in the patient group. These mutations should be investigated further in large case groups for suspected gene loci that could lead to optic neuropathy.

  5. The prevalence of neovascularity in patients clinically diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinopathy

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    Raza Syed A

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Shoulder dysfunction is common and pathology of the rotator cuff tendons and subacromial bursa are considered to be a major cause of pain and morbidity. Although many hypotheses exist there is no definitive understanding as to the origin of the pain arising from these structures. Research investigations from other tendons have placed intra-tendinous neovascularity as a potential mechanism of pain production. The prevalence of neovascularity in patients with a clinical diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinopathy is unknown. As such the primary aim of this pilot study was to investigate if neovascularity could be identified and to determine the prevalence of neovascularity in the rotator cuff tendons and subacromial bursa in subjects with unilateral shoulder pain clinically assessed to be rotator cuff tendinopathy. The secondary aims were to investigate the association between the presence of neovascularity and pain, duration of symptoms, and, neovascularity and shoulder function. Methods Patients with a clinical diagnosis of unilateral rotator cuff tendinopathy referred for a routine diagnostic ultrasound (US scan in a major London teaching hospital formed the study population. At referral patients were provided with an information document. On the day of the scan (on average, at least one week later the patients agreeing to participate were taken through the consent process and underwent an additional clinical examination prior to undergoing a bilateral grey scale and colour Doppler US examination (symptomatic and asymptomatic shoulder using a Philips HDI 5000 Sono CT US machine. The ultrasound scans were performed by one of two radiologists who recorded their findings and the final assessment was made by a third radiologist blinded both to the clinical examination and the ultrasound examination. The findings of the radiologists who performed the scans and the blinded radiologist were compared and any disagreements were resolved by consensus. Results Twenty-six patients agreed to participate and formed the study population. Of these, 6 subjects were not included in the final assessment following the pre-scan clinical investigation. This is because one subject had complete cessation of symptoms between the time of the referral and entry into the trial. Another five had developed bilateral shoulder pain during the same period. The mean age of the 20 subjects forming the study population was 50.2 (range 32-69 years (SD = 10.9 and the mean duration of symptoms was 22.6 (range .75 to 132 months (SD = 40.1. Of the 20 subjects included in the formal analysis, 13 subjects (65% demonstrated neovascularity in the symptomatic shoulder and 5 subjects (25% demonstrated neovascularity in the asymptomatic shoulder. The subject withdrawn due to complete cessation of symptoms was not found to have neovascularity in either shoulder and of the 5 withdrawn due to bilateral symptoms; two subjects were found to have signs of bilateral neovascularity, one subject demonstrated neovascularity in one shoulder and two subjects in neither shoulder. Conclusions This study demonstrated that neovascularity does occur in subjects with a clinical diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinopathy and to a lesser extent in asymptomatic shoulders. In addition, the findings of this investigation did not identify an association between the presence of neovascularity; and pain, duration of symptoms or shoulder function. Future research is required to determine the relevance of these findings.

  6. The Validity and Clinical Utility of Structured Diagnoses of Antisocial Personality Disorder With Forensic Patients

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    Marin-Avellan, L. E.; McGauley, G. A.; Campbell, C. D.; Fonagy, P

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    Current DSM-based instruments for personality disorders (PDs) limit the investigation of the course and outcome of treatment of these disorders. This study examined the validity of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure-200 (SWAP-200) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II PD (SCID-II) in a sample of forensic PD patients. Results based on 66 participants indicated that the SWAP-200 Q-factors reduced the frequency of diagnostic comorbidity of PD categories by half compared w...

  7. Evaluation of efficacy and clinical impact of FDG-PET 27 patients with surgery of newly diagnosed colorectal cancer

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    The aim of this study was to assess the potential clinical benefit of positron emission tomography (PET) with Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in patients with colorectal cancer. A total of 27 patients with surgery of newly diagnosed colorectal cancer who were examined preoperatively by FDG-PET between July 2002 and December 2004 were retrospectively analyzed in this study. FDG-PET detected 89% of primary tumors. FDG-PET depicted lymph node metastases in 4 of 9 patients (sensitivity, 44%) and true-negative in 17 of 18 patients (specificity, 94%). FDG-PET depicted liver metastases in 3 of 3 patients (sensitivity, 100%) and true-negative in 22 of 24 patients (specificity, 91%). A comparison of the FDG uptake and the clinicopathologic findings showed that there was no significant association between FDG uptake and the macro finding type, the depth of invasion and histological type. Five of 8 cases with a preoperative diagnosis as lymph-node negative were diagnosed histologically as lymph-node positive, in which the tumor was less than 10 mm in maximum horizontal size, so its size can be a significant factor. FDG-PET can serve as a valuable tool for detecting primary lesions with preoperative colorectal cancer. (author)

  8. Clinical and demographic profile of HIV/AIDS patients diagnosed at a tertiary care centre in Kashmir

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    Objectives: To study the clinical and demographic profile of HIV/AIDS patients diagnosed at a tertiary care centre. Methods: The study was conducted on a group of 1141 patients suspected of having HIV/AIDS on clinical grounds. Screening was done using different Elisa's as advised by NACO and those confirmed as HIV positive were studied for their clinical spectrum and different demographic parameters. Results: Out of 1141 patients tested, 26 proved to have HIV 1 infection with no case of HIV 2 detected. Mean age of presentation was 40.04 +- 7 years, main age group affected 31-40 years and a male: female ratio of 4.2:1 was observed. More than 42% were non Kashmiris with armed forces outnumbering all other occupational classes. Heterosexual transmission was the commonest with married out numbering unmarried. Fever, asthenia and weight loss were the predominant symptoms and pulmonary tuberculosis and oropharyngeal candidiasis commonest opportunistic infections. Conclusion: The clinical and demographic profile of HIV/AIDS patients in Kashmir is largely similar to the rest of India. Kashmir no longer stands immune to the menace of HIV/AIDS. With increasing globalization, frequent travel and change in social values the state is likely to witness an alarming rise in new cases unless a multi pronged approach is undertaken to control the spread. (author)

  9. Clinical and Autopsy Diagnoses of Visceral Affections of Patients Who Died Because of Complicated Burns with Multi-organ Failure.

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    Taran, A; Baciu, N; Rafulea, V; German, A

    2005-12-31

    The anatomicopathological investigations carried out in a total number of 186 cadavers during the last decade were reviewed. In these retrospective studies of necropsy protocols related to different affections of visceral organ systems that evolved asymptomatically, 30.1% involved the neurological system, 36.0% the uropoiesis system, 34.4% the gastrointestinal system, 52.0% the hepatobiliary system, and 39.7% the cardiovascular system, with a prevalence in the pulmonary system of 64.2%. A comparative analysis of the incidence of affections detected in various visceral organs (on the basis of necropsy data in the 186 burn patients) and the incidence of their clinical manifestations showed that in 35% of patients with extensive and deep burns all of these conditions developed asymptomatically and were diagnosed only through autopsy. PMID:21991003

  10. Patients newly diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes during oral glucocorticoid treatment and observed for 14 years: all-cause mortality and clinical developments

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    Olivarius, Niels de Fine; Siersma, Volkert Dirk; Dyring-Andersen, B.; Drivsholm, Thomas Bo; Hansen, L.J.; Henriksen, J.E.

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    treatment. A population-based sample of 1369 people newly diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes underwent a clinical examination at diagnosis, and surviving patients were followed up 6 and 14 years later. Patients receiving oral GC treatment at diagnosis were compared with the other patients. Of 1369...... patients, 35 (2.6%) were treated with oral GCs at diabetes diagnosis. At that point, patients on GC therapy were older (69.9 versus 65.3 years, p = 0.007, sex-adjusted) and tended to have lower BMI (26.1 versus 29.1 kg/m(2) , p = 0.023), also 6 years after diagnosis (24.8 versus 28.4, p = 0.011), than......Chronic exposure to glucocorticoids (GCs) has many side effects including glucose intolerance and diabetes and may accelerate the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and increase mortality. We studied the 14-year clinical development of diabetes in patients diagnosed with diabetes during GC...

  11. Patients Newly Diagnosed with Clinical Type 2 Diabetes during Oral Glucocorticoid Treatment and Observed for 14 Years: All-Cause Mortality and Clinical Developments

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    Olivarius, Niels de Fine; Siersma, Volkert; Dyring-Andersen, Beatrice; Drivsholm, Thomas Bo; Hansen, Lars J; Henriksen, Jan Erik

    2010-01-01

    ? Chronic exposure to glucocorticoids (GCs) has many side effects including glucose intolerance and diabetes and may accelerate the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and increase mortality. We studied the 14-year clinical development of diabetes in patients diagnosed with diabetes during GC...... treatment. A population-based sample of 1369 people newly diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes underwent a clinical examination at diagnosis, and surviving patients were followed up 6 and 14?years later. Patients receiving oral GC treatment at diagnosis were compared with the other patients. Of 1369...... patients, 35 (2.6%) were treated with oral GCs at diabetes diagnosis. At that point, patients on GC therapy were older (69.9 versus 65.3?years, p?=?0.007, sex-adjusted) and tended to have lower BMI (26.1 versus 29.1?kg/m(2) , p?=?0.023), also 6?years after diagnosis (24.8 versus 28.4, p?=?0.011), than...

  12. The validity of clinical findings for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders in patients from different age and gender groups

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    This study was to clarify the diagnostic accuracy of clinical findings for internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) compared with that of magnetic resonance imaging. A series of 4559 patients (879 male and 3680 female, mean age 32.7 years; range 8-85 years;) with temporomandibular disorders were clinically examined by un unspecified number of dentists. All patients underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The clinical findings that characterize disc displacement, anterior disc displacement with reduction (ADDwR) and anterior disc displacement without reduction (ADDwoR) are pain, clicking sound and limitation of maximum mouth opening. These clinical findings were compared to the MRI interpretation, which was used as the gold standard for diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders to define the diagnostic accuracy, specificity, sensitivity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of clinical findings. The prevalence of clinical finding was 3990 joints (43%) with pain, 2775 joints (30%) with clicking sound and 1731 patients (38%) with limitation of opening. Three thousands forty seven joints were diagnosed as having a normal disc position, 510 joints with sideways disc displacement, 2312 joints with ADDwR, 3239 joints with ADDwoR on MR image. The sensitivity of clinical findings was considerably low: sensitivity was 0.48 for pain versus internal derangement, 0.51 for clicking sound versus ADDwR, 0.62 for limitation of opening versus ADDwoR. The sensitivity was higher in the younger group for clicking sound versus ADDwR, but sensitivity was higher in the older group for limitation of opening versus ADDwoR. The diagnostic accuracy based on clinical findings of internal derangement of TMJ was found to be correlated with age. This study has been that the overall diagnostic accuracy of the clinical findings to determine the status of the joint is about 50-60%. The status of the joint could not be accurately determined by clinical findings. MR image should be performed when an accurate differential diagnosis is needed to determine the treatment methods. (author)

  13. The feasibility of white matter volume reduction analysis using SPM8 plus DARTEL for the diagnosis of patients with clinically diagnosed corticobasal syndrome and Richardson’s syndrome

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    Keita Sakurai; Etsuko Imabayashi; Tokumaru, Aya M.; Shin Hasebe; Shigeo Murayama; Satoru Morimoto; Kazutomi Kanemaru; Masaki Takao; Yuta Shibamoto; Noriyuki Matsukawa

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    Purpose: Diagnosing corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is often difficult due to the wide variety of symptoms and overlaps in the similar clinical courses and neurological findings. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of white matter (WM) atrophy for the diagnosis of patients with clinically diagnosed CBD (corticobasal syndrome, CBS) and PSP (Richardson’s syndrome, RS). Methods: We randomly divided the 3D T1-weighted MR images of 18 C...

  14. Prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed patients with ketosis-onset diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    Li Lian-Xi; Zhao Cui-Chun; Ren Ying; Tu Yin-Fang; Lu Jun-Xi; Wu Xing; Zhang Wei-Xing; Zhu Jia-An; Li Mei-Fang; Yu Li-Bo; Bao Yu-Qian; Jia Wei-Ping

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    Abstract Background The features of carotid atherosclerosis in ketosis-onset diabetes have not been investigated. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed Chinese diabetic patients with ketosis but without islet-associated autoantibodies. Methods In total, 423 newly diagnosed Chinese patients with diabetes including 208 ketosis-onset diabetics without islet-associated autoantibodies, 215 non-ketotic type 2 diabetics and ...

  15. Evaluation of the MEFV gene mutations and clinical symptoms in186 patients diagnosed as familial Mediterranean fever

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    Full Text Available Objective: This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the clinical symptoms and the MEFV mutation ratios of the 186 patients diagnosed as Familial Mediterranean Fever. Methods: Age, sex, admission symptoms, family history, and the MEFV mutation test cases of the 186 patients followed as Familial Mediterranean Fever were evaluated retrospectively. MEFV gene was analyzed with DNA sequence analysis after amplifying the exons 1.-10. using PCR method. Results: There were 84 male and 102 female in the study, and the mean age was 9.45 ± 4.40 years. 26.9% of the patients had close relationship between the parents, and 25.8% had a family history of AAA. The most common symptoms were abdominal pain (92.5%, fever (89.2%, and arthralgia (24.2% respectively. The most common mutations were R202Q (33.3%, M694V (22.6%, E148Q (22%, V726A (7.5%, R761H (4.3%, M680I (3.8%, and the others (6.5% respectively. 21.5% homozygous, 67.7% heterozygous, and 10.8% compound heterozygous mutations of AAA were detected. Conclusion: FMF is a common disease in our country and has difficulties in the differential diagnosis. In recent years molecular genetically methods are considered more commonly for the diagnosis. The results of this study showed that our AAA patients have a wide range of mutations, and supported the heterogeneity of MEFV gene mutations in AAA.

  16. Influenza-Like-Illness and Clinically Diagnosed Flu: Disease Burden, Costs and Quality of Life for Patients Seeking Ambulatory Care or No Professional Care at All

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    Bilcke, Joke; Coenen, Samuel; Beutels, Philippe

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    This is one of the first studies to (1) describe the out-of-hospital burden of influenza-like-illness (ILI) and clinically diagnosed flu, also for patients not seeking professional medical care, (2) assess influential background characteristics, and (3) formally compare the burden of ILI in patients with and without a clinical diagnosis of flu. A general population sample with recent ILI experience was recruited during the 2011–2012 influenza season in Belgium. Half of the 2250 respondents so...

  17. Diagnosing patients with longstanding shoulder joint pain

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    Nørregaard, J; Krogsgaard, M R; Lorenzen, T; Jensen, E M

    2002-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the interobserver agreement of commonly used clinical tests and diagnoses in patients with shoulder pain, and the accuracy of these tests and ultrasonographic findings in comparison with arthroscopic findings. METHODS: Eighty six patients with longstanding shoulder joint pain...

  18. Diagnoses behind patients with hard-to-classify tremor and normal DaT-SPECT: A clinical follow up study

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    Full Text Available The [123I]ioflupane - a dopamine transporter radioligand - SPECT (DaT-SPECT has proven to be useful in the differential diagnosis of tremor. Here, we investigate the diagnoses behind patients with hard-to-classify tremor and normal DaT-SPECT. Therefore, 30 patients with tremor and normal DaT-SPECT were followed up for 2 years. In 18 cases we were able to make a diagnosis. The residual 12 patients underwent a second DaT-SPECT, were then followed for additional 12 months and thereafter the diagnosis was reconsidered again. The final diagnoses included cases of essential tremor, dystonic tremor, multisystem atrophy, vascular parkinsonism, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, fragile X–associated tremor ataxia syndrome, psychogenic parkinsonism, iatrogenic parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease. However, for 6 patients the diagnosis remained uncertain. Larger series are needed to better establish the relative frequency of the different conditions behind these cases.

  19. A Review of the Clinical Outcomes for Patients Diagnosed with Brainstem Metastasis and Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

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    Lamm, Andrew F.; Elaimy, Ameer L; Lamoreaux, Wayne T; Mackay, Alexander R.; Fairbanks, Robert K.; Demakas, John J.; Cooke, Barton S.; Christopher M. Lee

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    Only 3%–5% of all brain metastases are located in the brainstem. We present a comprehensive review of the clinical outcomes from modern studies that treated patients with brainstem metastasis using either a Gamma Knife or a linear accelerator-based stereotactic radiosurgery. The median survival time of patients was compared to better understand what clinical or treatment factors are predictive of improved survival. This information can then be utilized to optimize patient care. The data sugge...

  20. Broad-range PCR as a supplement to culture for detection of bacterial pathogens in patients with a clinically diagnosed spinal infection

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    Fuursted, Kurt; Arpi, Magnus; Lindblad, Bent Erling; Pedersen, Lisbeth Nørum

    2008-01-01

    We aimed to evaluate broad-range PCR and subsequent sequencing compared to conventional culture in the diagnosis of spinal infection. The method was a prospective study of all patients admitted to Aarhus University Hospital for surgery during a 12-months period with a clinically diagnosed infection of the spine. Samples from patients undergoing surgery for non-infectious causes (malignancy etc.) were included as control group. Specimens were submitted to conventional culture and molecular invest...

  1. Clinical problems of the patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage which had not been diagnosed until they suffered ischemic neurological deficits and/or rebleeding

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    A small part of the patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) are not properly diagnosed until they suffer ischemic neurological deficits and/or rebleeding during vasospasm. We therefore investigated the clinical profile of such patients. We retrospectively analyzed 581 patients with aneurysmal SAH experienced in our institute between 2001 and 2009. Patient's characteristics, presence and severity of headache before final diagnosis, imaging investigations they received, their World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS) grades at admission, the location of aneurysm, treatment, and outcome at discharge were investigated. Five patients were not correctly diagnosed until they presented neurological deficits due to vasospasm or experienced simultaneous rebleeding. Their mean age was 69.4, and all were female. Although all patients had a bad headache, they did not undergo any imaging examinations. Immediate coil embolization was performed for 2 patients, 1 died due to rupturing during embolization procedure. The other 3 were treated by open clipping surgery (2 delayed and 1 immediate). Four patients had some disability as a sequel, and their outcomes were significantly worse compared with 53 patients with SAH in WFNS Grade II. The patients with SAH who had not been properly diagnosed in the acute stage had a poor outcome. We should be very careful when we see patients complaining of severe headache. (author)

  2. Clinical-epidemiological features of HIV-infected patients diagnosed at age of 50 years or older

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    Full Text Available HIV/AIDS prevention and care efforts are directed to individuals of reproductive age (15–49 yrs. With the extension of sexual life of older people, they became a growing population at risk of HIV infection, usually not included in prevention strategies. In order to evaluate clinical profile of HIV/AIDS pts diagnosed at 50 yrs or older assisted in an HIV outpatient center in Buenos Aires, we retrospectively assessed clinical records of pts initiating care between Jan 1986 and Dec 2011. Age, CD4 cells and viral load (pVL at HIV diagnosis and most recent value, opportunistic infections (OIs, co-morbidities and antiretroviral therapy (ARV were recorded. Of 10,998 pts assisted in the 26-yr period, 495 (4.5% were?50 yrs old at HIV diagnosis; median annual diagnoses: 18.5 (IQR 3.3–30.3 without significant changes in the last 20 yrs. Demographics: median age 54.7 yrs (IQR 51.8–59.2, rank 50–80, 76.6% male. Risk behavior: HTX 61.4%, MSM 34.1%, others 4.4%. 55.4% of HIV diagnoses occurred during hospitalization or simultaneously with acute OIs. One third (n=176 had AIDS at diagnosis, 24% had history of STDs. HCV co-infection 5.7%, past HBV infection 28.1% and chronic HBV infection 5.1%. Median CD4 cells at HIV diagnosis: 223.5 (13.7% (IQR 98.8–420.3, initial pVL 60,000 cp/mL (IQR 9,995.5–208,391. 69.3% of pts started ARV therapy during follow-up (FU, and the median time between diagnosis and treatment initiation was 3.4 mo (IQR 0.7–14; 56.9% of them started a non-nucleoside-based regimen (ZDV/3TC/EFV, 28.3% a PI-based regimen (ZDV/3TC/IDV and 14.6% a nucleoside-based regimen (ZDV/ddI pre-HAART era. After a year (±6 mo, 63.8% pts achieved undetectable pVL and gained 136 CD4 cells from BSL (IQR 83–204. After 40.6 mo of FU (IQR 6.7-89.8, 66.3% are alive, 7.1% died (68.6% of HIV-related diseases and 26.7% are lost to FU. Co-morbidities were present in 125 (25.3%, mainly hypertension, increased lipids, CVD and DBT. Among treated pts, 70.6% achieved pVL<50 cp/mL, with a median increase of CD4 cells up to 410 (22% (IQR 281.5–563.9 from BSL. 51% (176 changed ARV therapy due to toxicity/AE: 54.5%, ARV failure: 29.5% and simplification: 14.8%. Stable HIV epidemic in older people reinforce the need of specific prevention approaches, while growing age of HIV individuals in care highlights to consider risks associated to older age. Late presentation to care needs to be specifically addressed. Response to treatment is remarkable high in this population.

  3. Clinical, molecular, and protein correlations in a large sample of genetically diagnosed Italian limb girdle muscular dystrophy patients.

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    Guglieri, Michela; Magri, Francesca; D'Angelo, Maria Grazia; Prelle, Alessandro; Morandi, Lucia; Rodolico, Carmelo; Cagliani, Rachele; Mora, Marina; Fortunato, Francesco; Bordoni, Andreina; Del Bo, Roberto; Ghezzi, Serena; Pagliarani, Serena; Lucchiari, Sabrina; Salani, Sabrina; Zecca, Chiara; Lamperti, Costanza; Ronchi, Dario; Aguennouz, Mohammed; Ciscato, Patrizia; Di Blasi, Claudia; Ruggieri, Alessandra; Moroni, Isabella; Turconi, Anna; Toscano, Antonio; Moggio, Maurizio; Bresolin, Nereo; Comi, Giacomo P

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    Limb girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are characterized by genetic and clinical heterogeneity: seven autosomal dominant and 12 autosomal recessive loci have so far been identified. Aims of this study were to evaluate the relative proportion of the different types of LGMD in 181 predominantly Italian LGMD patients (representing 155 independent families), to describe the clinical pattern of the different forms, and to identify possible correlations between genotype, phenotype, and protein expression levels, as prognostic factors. Based on protein data, the majority of probands (n=72) presented calpain-3 deficiency; other defects were as follows: dysferlin (n=31), sarcoglycans (n=32), alpha-dystroglycan (n=4), and caveolin-3 (n=2). Genetic analysis identified 111 different mutations, including 47 novel ones. LGMD relative frequency was as follows: LGMD1C (caveolin-3) 1.3%; LGMD2A (calpain-3) 28.4%; LGMD2B (dysferlin) 18.7%; LGMD2C (gamma-sarcoglycan) 4.5%; LGMD2D (alpha-sarcoglycan) 8.4%; LGMD2E (beta-sarcoglycan) 4.5%; LGMD2F (delta-sarcoglycan) 0.7%; LGMD2I (Fukutin-related protein) 6.4%; and undetermined 27.1%. Compared to Northern European populations, Italian patients are less likely to be affected with LGMD2I. The order of decreasing clinical severity was: sarcoglycanopathy, calpainopathy, dysferlinopathy, and caveolinopathy. LGMD2I patients showed both infantile noncongenital and mild late-onset presentations. Age at disease onset correlated with variability of genotype and protein levels in LGMD2B. Truncating mutations determined earlier onset than missense substitutions (20+/-5.1 years vs. 36.7+/-11.1 years; P=0.0037). Similarly, dysferlin absence was associated with an earlier onset when compared to partial deficiency (20.2+/-standard deviation [SD] 5.2 years vs. 28.4+/-SD 11.2 years; P=0.014). PMID:17994539

  4. DIAGNOSING DEMENTIA DUE TO ALZEMIER'S DISEASE : CLINICAL PERSPECTIVE

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    Kar, Nilamadhab; Sengupta, Somnath; Sharma, P. S. V. N.

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    The diagnosis of dementia in Alzheimer's disease on clinical grounds is made by exclusion of other etiologies. The differential diagnoses of other subtypes considered along with dementia of Alzheimer's disease and the clinical process involved were studied in a tertiary level health care set up. Out of 39 patients with dementia admitted over 12 years it was found that a differential diagnoses of other subtype were considered along with dementia of Alzheimer's disease in 13 cases, while 15 cas...

  5. Prevalence and progression of visual impairment in patients newly diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes: a 6-year follow up study

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    Almind Gitte

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many diabetic patients fear visual loss as the worst consequence of diabetes. In most studies the main eye pathology is assigned as the cause of visual impairment. This study analysed a broad range of possible ocular and non-ocular predictors of visual impairment prospectively in patients newly diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes. Methods Data were from a population-based cohort of 1,241 persons newly diagnosed with clinical, often symptomatic type 2 diabetes aged ? 40 years. After 6 years, 807 patients were followed up. Standard eye examinations were done by practising ophthalmologists. Results At diabetes diagnosis median age was 65.5 years. Over 6 years, the prevalence of blindness (visual acuity of best seeing eye ? 0.1 rose from 0.9% (11/1,241 to 2.4% (19/807 and the prevalence of moderate visual impairment (> 0.1; Conclusions In a comprehensive assessment of predictors of visual impairment, even in a health care system allowing self-referral to free eye examinations, treatable eye pathologies such as DR and cataract emerge together with age as the most notable predictors of continued visual loss after diabetes diagnosis. Our results underline the importance of eliminating barriers to efficient eye care by increasing patients' and primary care practitioners' awareness of the necessity of regular eye examinations and timely surgical treatment.

  6. Reliability of clinical ICD-10 schizophrenia diagnoses

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    Jakobsen, Klaus D; Frederiksen, Julie N; Hansen, Thomas; Jansson, Lennart B; Parnas, Josef; Werge, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    Concern has been expressed as to the reliability of clinical ICD-10 diagnosis of schizophrenia. This study was designed to assess the diagnostic reliability of the clinical ICD-10 diagnosis of schizophrenia in a random sample of Danish in- and outpatients with a history of psychosis. A sample of...... value (87%) of ICD-10 schizophrenia and an overall good agreement between clinical and OPCRIT-derived diagnoses (kappa=0.60). An even higher positive predictive value was obtained when diagnoses were amalgamated into a diagnostic entity of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (98%). Near perfect agreement...... was seen between OPCRIT-derived ICD-10 and DSM-IV diagnoses (kappa=0.87). Thus, this study demonstrates high reliability of the clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia and even more so of the diagnosis of schizophrenia-spectrum disorder....

  7. Modifiable clinical and lifestyle factors are associated with elevated alanine aminotransferase levels in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients : results from the nationwide DD2 study

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    Mor, Anil; Svensson, Elisabeth

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Current literature lacks data on markers of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. We therefore, conducted a cross-sectional study to examine modifiable clinical and lifestyle factors associated with elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels as a marker of NAFLD in new T2DM patients. METHODS: Alanine aminotransferase levels were measured in 1026 incident T2DM patients enrolled in the nationwide Danish Centre for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes (DD2) cohort. We examined prevalence of elevated ALT (>38 IU/L for women and >50 IU/L for men) and calculated prevalence ratios associated with clinical and lifestyle factors using Poisson regression. We examined the association with other biomarkers by linear regression. RESULTS: The median value of ALT was 24 IU/L (interquartile range: 18-32 IU/L) in women and 30 IU/L (interquartile range: 22-41 IU/L) in men. Elevated ALT was found in 16% of incident T2DM patients. The risk of elevated ALT was increased in patients who were 14/>21 drinks per week for women/men) (aPR: 1.60, 95% CI: 1.03-2.50), and in those with no regular physical activity (aPR: 1.42, 95% CI: 1.04-1.93). Obesity and metabolic syndrome per se showed no association with elevated ALT when adjusted for other markers, whereas we found positive associations of ALT with increased C-peptide (??=?0.14, 95% CI: 0.06-0.21) and fasting blood glucose (??=?0.07, 95% CI: 0.03-0.11). CONCLUSIONS: Among newly diagnosed T2DM patients, several modifiable clinical and lifestyle factors are independent markers of elevated ALT levels. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  8. Low incidence of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2C revealed by a mutation study in Japanese patients clinically diagnosed with DMD

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    Maruyama Koichi

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2C (LGMD2C is an autosomal recessive muscle dystrophy that resembles Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD. Although DMD is known to affect one in every 3500 males regardless of race, a widespread founder mutation causing LGMD2C has been described in North Africa. However, the incidence of LGMD2C in Japanese has been unknown because the genetic background remains uncharacterized in many patients clinically diagnosed with DMD. Methods We enrolled 324 patients referred to the Kobe University Hospital with suspected DMD. Mutations in the dystrophin or the SGCG genes were analyzed using not only genomic DNA but also cDNA. Results In 322 of the 324 patients, responsible mutations in the dystrophin were successfully revealed, confirming DMD diagnosis. The remaining two patients had normal dystrophin expression but absence of ?-sarcoglycan in skeletal muscle. Mutation analysis of the SGCG gene revealed homozygous deletion of exon 6 in one patient, while the other had a novel single nucleotide insertion in exon 7 in one allele and deletion of exon 6 in the other allele. These mutations created a stop codon that led to a ?-sarcoglycan deficiency, and we therefore diagnosed these two patients as having LGMD2C. Thus, the relative incidence of LGMD2C among Japanese DMD-like patients can be calculated as 1 in 161 patients suspected to have DMD (2 of 324 patients = 0.6%. Taking into consideration the DMD incidence for the overall population (1/3,500 males, the incidence of LGMD2C can be estimated as 1 per 560,000 or 1.8 per million. Conclusions To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate a low incidence of LGMD2C in the Japanese population.

  9. Lymphography and computed tomography of abdominal nodes in newly diagnosed patients with Hodgkin's disease in clinical stage I-III

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    Neumann, C.H.

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    Between 1978 and 1983, 80 patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) in clinical Stage I-III had computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis and lymphography (LAG) prior to staging laparatomy with multiple lymph node biopsies at Stanford University Medical Center. There were 224 biopsied nodal sites. The sensitivity and specificity for CT to determine the status of biopsied paraortic and iliac nodes was .61 and .91 vs. .94 and .90 for LAG. CT appeared of even lower sensitivity (.13) in evaluating splenic hilar, celiac axis and portal nodes. Including all biopsy proven subdiaphragmatic nodal sites, CT's sensitivity to diagnose the presence of subdiaphragmatic adenopathy was .38 vs. .52 in LAG. Assessment of the final pathological stage was more successful by LAG (.61) than by CT (.49). Positive and negative predictive values of both tests indicate higher reliability of LAG results as regards individual intraabdominal nodes (LAG .71, .98 vs. CT .58, .86), the entire subdiaphragmatic nodal area (LAG .79, .77 vs. CT .61, .71) and prediction of final pathological stage. LAG appeared to be the more useful test during initial staging of newly diagnosed and untreated patients with HD. None of the test for itself or in combination can replace laparatomy when exact information is necessary for further clinical decisions.

  10. Concoradance of clinical and neurophysiologic diagnoses of carpal tunnel syndrome

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    Marti? Vesna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction/Aim. Clinical presentation and neurophysiological examination are crucial in diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS. The aim of this study was to determine sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination for diagnosing of CTS in relation to neurophysiological evaluation. Methods. The sample included 181 patients referred to the neurologist for further diagnosis of pain and parestesias in the arm (81 women and 100 men mean age 42 ± 14 years and 52 ± 16 years, respectively. All the patients were neurophysiologicly tested. Results. Out of 181 patients, clinical findings were considered positive for CTS in 37 patients. The neurophysiological findings for CTS were positive in 60 patients. Both clinical and neurophysiological findings were positive in 31 patients and both findings were negative in 115 patients (sensitivity 0,51; specificity 0,95. Conclusion. Low sensitivity and high specificity suggest that it is easier to exclude rather than to accurately diagnose CTS based on clinical examination alone. Thus, there is the need for neurophysiological evaluation of patients with complains in the arm.

  11. Clinical features, neuroimaging and prognosis of adult patients with clinically diagnosed acute-onset encephalitis treated at a teaching neurology center in the Toyama area of Japan

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    Although acute viral encephalitis (AVE) and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) are etiologically and pathologically distinct, a differential diagnosis between these two disorders is often difficult, especially if the patient exhibits a disturbance in consciousness. To identify useful clinical differences enabling a differential diagnosis to be made at an early stage, we retrospectively analyzed patients who had been admitted to our hospital within the past seven years because of acute-onset encephalitis with a disturbance in consciousness. Eleven adult patients were classified as having AVE, and 8 adult patients were classified as having ADEM within this period. The clinical characteristics of the two groups were then compared. Patients with AVE exhibited a disturbance in consciousness as their first neurological sign, whereas patients with ADEM initially showed focal signs like spastic paralysis, urinary disturbance and ataxia, which were followed by a disturbance in consciousness. ADEM is usually preceded by infection or vaccination, but obtaining a medical history from patients with disturbed consciousness is often difficult. Based on the present analysis, the initial manifestation of focal neurological signs may be very useful for distinguishing ADEM from AVE. (author)

  12. The endoscopic and clinical characteristics of patients with erosive reflux disease diagnosed in gastroscopy unit of a regional hospital

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    Full Text Available Objectives: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERDis a common gastrointestinal disorder, presenting witha broad spectrum of symptoms and can be associatedwith a variety of complication. It has been defined intothree groups of patients: nonerosive reflux disease, erosiveesophagitis, and Barrett’s esophagus. The aim of thestudy was to evaluate patients with erosive reflux diseasein our endoscopic unit.Materials and methods: All patients underwent gastroscopywere evaluated retrospectively. H.pylori statuseswere evaluated in erosive reflux disease (ERD patients.All patients were evaluated by videoendoscopy. Evaluationwas made by the same operator at single center.Biopsy specimen was taken for H.pylori. Diagnosis ofesophagitis was done based on Los Angeles classificationcriteria.Results: All patients that underwent gastroscopy in ourEndoscopy Unit are evaluated. Endoscopically ERD wasdetected in 104 (13.5% of 773 patients. The mean age ofthe ERD patients evaluated in the study was 43.74±18.79years. Sixty five (62.3% patients were female, and 39(38.7% were male. In 104 patients with ERD, the slidinghiatal hernia and Barrett’s esophagus was seen in 18 and10 patients, respectively. H.pylori was positive in 50.9% of104 ERD patients.Conclusion: GERD is a common gastrointestinal disorderand should always be considered during gastroscopy.J Clin Exp Invest 2012; 3(2: 260-262

  13. Differential diagnoses to MS : experiences from an optic neuritis clinic

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    Horwitz, Henrik; Friis, Tina

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    Optic neuritis (ON) is closely linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). It may, however, also be associated to a range of autoimmune or infectious diseases. The purpose of this study was to assess the differential diagnoses in patients with suspected ON. In this retrospective study, we reviewed the files of all patients referred to the Clinic of Optic Neuritis, Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, between January 2000 and November 2011. All patients were referred by ophthalmologists with possible ON. Patients diagnosed with MS prior to referral were excluded from the study. A total of 643 patients were included in the study. Apart from ON, the most frequent diagnoses were tumors (n = 15), ischemic or hypertensive neuropathies (n = 13), and retinal or choroid disorders (n = 9). Six patients were diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica. Rarer causes of visual loss were infections (n = 5), giant cell arteritis (n = 4), sarcoidosis (n = 3), thyrotoxicosis (n = 2), and hereditary or toxic neuropathies (n = 2). Nine percent of patients referred to the Clinic of Optic Neuritis had symptoms caused by medical, neurosurgical or ophthalmic disorders, and 0.9 % of our patients had NMO. Though most of these conditions are rare, it is of importance to keep them in mind upon encountering patients with symptoms of ON.

  14. Prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed patients with ketosis-onset diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The features of carotid atherosclerosis in ketosis-onset diabetes have not been investigated. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed Chinese diabetic patients with ketosis but without islet-associated autoantibodies. Methods In total, 423 newly diagnosed Chinese patients with diabetes including 208 ketosis-onset diabetics without islet-associated autoantibodies, 215 non-ketotic type 2 diabetics and 79 control subjects without diabetes were studied. Carotid atherosclerosis was defined as the presence of atherosclerotic plaques in any of the carotid vessel segments. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT, carotid atherosclerotic plaque formation and stenosis were assessed and compared among the three groups based on Doppler ultrasound examination. The clinical features of carotid atherosclerotic lesions were analysed, and the risk factors associated with carotid atherosclerosis were evaluated using binary logistic regression in patients with diabetes. Results The prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis was significantly higher in the ketosis-onset diabetic group (30.80% than in the control group (15.2%, p=0.020 after adjusting for age- and sex-related differences, but no significant difference was observed in comparison to the non-ketotic diabetic group (35.8%, p=0.487. The mean CIMT of the ketosis-onset diabetics (0.70±0.20 mm was markedly higher than that of the control subjects (0.57±0.08 mm, p Conclusions The prevalence and risk of carotid atherosclerosis were significantly higher in the ketosis-onset diabetics than in the control subjects but similar to that in the non-ketotic type 2 diabetics. The characteristics of carotid atherosclerotic lesions in the ketosis-onset diabetics resembled those in the non-ketotic type 2 diabetics. Our findings support the classification of ketosis-onset diabetes as a subtype of type 2 diabetes.

  15. The Social Negotiation of Illness : Doctors’ Role as Clinical or Political in Diagnosing Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

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    Mik-Meyer, Nanna

    2015-01-01

    The present article examines how doctors explain patients’ symptoms that are medically unexplained (MUS). Present analysis departs in a qualitative study that was conducted in Denmark in 2008–2009 and involved eight small group interviews and three individual interviews with 21 doctors. The following themes evolved from the interviews: (i) descriptions of patients with MUS, (ii) the role of the welfare system and (iii) the role of general practitioner (GP)s in their contacts with this particular patient group according to the doctors. The study demonstrates that MUS patients’ symptoms fail as symptoms in the context of medicine; however, the study shows that if doctors apply the politicised context of the current welfare state in Denmark, then they are able to translate the symptoms of MUS patients into social problems. Doctors can subsequently explain the symptoms described by MUS patients. The study finds that GPs assume a politicised role in their contact with MUS patients, which valorises moral reflections on the Danish welfare state and results in descriptions of individuals’ well-being that are in accordance with a political context regarding the rights and obligations of citizens.

  16. Repeated Aspergillus isolation in respiratory samples from non-immunocompromised patients not selected based on clinical diagnoses: colonisation or infection?

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    Barberan Jose

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Isolation of Aspergillus from lower respiratory samples is associated with colonisation in high percentage of cases, making it of unclear significance. This study explored factors associated with diagnosis (infection vs. colonisation, treatment (administration or not of antifungals and prognosis (mortality in non-transplant/non-neutropenic patients showing repeated isolation of Aspergillus from lower respiratory samples. Methods Records of adult patients (29 Spanish hospitals presenting ?2 respiratory cultures yielding Aspergillus were retrospectively reviewed and categorised as proven (histopathological confirmation or probable aspergillosis (new respiratory signs/symptoms with suggestive chest imaging or colonisation (symptoms not attributable to Aspergillus without dyspnoea exacerbation, bronchospasm or new infiltrates. Logistic regression models (step–wise were performed using Aspergillosis (probable?+?proven, antifungal treatment and mortality as dependent variables. Significant (p?2 were considered. Results A total of 245 patients were identified, 139 (56.7% with Aspergillosis. Aspergillosis was associated (R2?=?0.291 with ICU admission (OR?=?2.82, congestive heart failure (OR?=?2.39 and steroids pre-admission (OR?=?2.19 as well as with cavitations in X-ray/CT scan (OR?=?10.68, radiological worsening (OR?=?5.22 and COPD exacerbations/need for O2 interaction (OR?=?3.52. Antifungals were administered to 79.1% patients with Aspergillosis (100% proven, 76.8% probable and 29.2% colonised, with 69.5% patients receiving voriconazole alone or in combination. In colonised patients, administration of antifungals was associated with ICU admission at hospitalisation (OR?=?12.38. In Aspergillosis patients its administration was positively associated (R2?=?0.312 with bronchospasm (OR?=?9.21 and days in ICU (OR?=?1.82 and negatively with Gold III?+?IV (OR?=?0.26, stroke (OR?=?0.024 and quinolone treatment (OR?=?0.29. Mortality was 78.6% in proven, 41.6% in probable and 12.3% in colonised patients, and was positively associated in Aspergillosis patients (R2?=?0.290 with radiological worsening (OR?=?3.04, APACHE-II (OR?=?1.09 and number of antibiotics for treatment (OR?=?1.51 and negatively with species other than A. fumigatus (OR?=?0.14 and aspergillar tracheobronchitis (OR?=?0.27. Conclusions Administration of antifungals was not always closely linked to the diagnostic categorisation (colonisation vs. Aspergillosis, being negatively associated with severe COPD (GOLD III?+?IV and concomitant treatment with quinolones in patients with Aspergillosis, probably due to the similarity of signs/symptoms between this entity and pulmonary bacterial infections.

  17. Does COPD have a clinically relevant impact on hearing loss? A retrospective matched cohort study with selection of patients diagnosed with COPD

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    Kamenski, Gustav; Bendova, Jana; Fink, Waltraud; Sönnichsen, Andreas; Spiegel, Wolfgang; Zehetmayer, Sonja

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a multisystemic disease has a measurable and biologically explainable impact on the auditory function detectable in the laboratory. This study tries to clarify if COPD is also a significant and clinically relevant risk factor for hearing impairment detectable in the general practice setting. Design Retrospective matched cohort study with selection of patients diagnosed with COPD. Setting 12 general practices in Lower Austria. Participants Consecutive patients >35?years with a diagnosis of COPD who consulted 1 of 12 single-handed GPs in 2009 and 2010 were asked to participate. Those who agreed were individually 1:1 matched with controls according to age, sex, hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease and chronic heart failure. Main outcome measures Sensorineural hearing impairment as assessed by pure tone audiometry, answers of three questions concerning a self-perceived hearing problem, application of the whispered voice test and the score of the Hearing Inventory for the Elderly, Screening Version (HHIE-S). Results 194 patients (97 pairs of 194 cases and controls) with a mean age of 65.5 (SD 10.2) were tested. Univariate conditional logistic regression resulted in significant differences in the mean bone conduction hearing loss and in the total score of HHIE-S, in the multiple conditional regression model, only smoking (pCOPD and hearing impairment which, if found, would have allowed better management of patients with COPD. PMID:26586319

  18. Quantification of the APE2 gene expression level in Candida albicans clinical isolates from patients with diagnosed fungal infections.

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    Staniszewska, M; Bondaryk, M; ?ukowski, K; Chudy, M

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    The production of hydrolytic enzymes is considered a key virulence determinant of Candida albicans. Aminopeptidase 2 (Ape2) facilitates the penetration of C. albicans into the host tissue, by providing free amino acids to support fungal growth and proliferation. The objective of this study was to estimate the APE2 expression profile in C. albicans cells during invasion of the human epithelium. Sixty-one clinical fungal isolates and five reference strains were included in this study. The wild-type APE2 sequence was analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification using genomic DNA from pathogenic isolates. Amplicons were verified in 1% agarose gel and visualized by illumination with ultraviolet (UV) light. The APE2 expression levels were analyzed with reverse transcription quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) and APE2 quantification was normalized against the reference gene in C. albicans cells grown in YEPD and during Caco-2 invasion. The APE2-specific PCR product band was found in all C. albicans and C. dubliniensis strains, but not in other common pathogenic fungi. APE2 transcript abundance was elevated in the clinical isolates growing on the Caco-2 cell line in comparison to their counterparts grown in YEPD. Our data indicate a potential role for Ape2 in the invasion of epithelial cells. APE2 expression is also strain-specific, and it is not related to isolation site or disease entity. PMID:25877008

  19. The value of pretreatment clinical and biochemical parameters in patients with newly diagnosed untreated prostate carcinoma and no indications for bone metastases on the bone scintigram

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    To determine the value of clinical and biochemical parameters for assessment of prognosis at the time of diagnosis, a retrospective study was performed in 124 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer without bone metastases. The mean follow-up was 41 months, during which time 36 patients died and 15 patients developed metastases. Bone scans were classified from 0 (=normal) through 2 (=abnormal, but not typical for metastases) and were correlated with age, alkaline phosphatase (AP), prostate-specific antigen (PSA), tumour grade, T-stage and N-stage. In patients with a class 2 scan, additional roentgenograms and follow-up were used to exclude metastases at initial stage. All parameters, including therapy, were finally correlated with the development of metastases and survival. For survival 38 patients with proven metastases were used as controls. For all parameters tested, no statistically significant differences were found between the three bone scan classifications. The interval between diagnosis and the development of metastases ranged from 12 to 72 months. For the risk of development of metastases only PSA was found to be a significant correlate. However, when tumour stages were clustered in limited disease (T0-2) and extensive disease (T3-4), the incidence of metastases was significantly higher in patients with extensive disease than in those with limited disease. Finally, age, PSA and Anderson classification were found to be significant correlates of survival, but in stepwise analysis PSA was selected as the most prognostic variable. In contrast with a typical pattern of metastases on bone scintigraphy, an abnormal scan (class 1 and 2) at the time of diagnosis is not a poor prognostic parameter of the risk of death. (orig.)

  20. Is it possible to diagnose the therapeutic adherence of patients with COPD in clinical practice? A cohort study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Therapeutic adherence of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is poor. It is therefore necessary to determine the magnitude of non-adherence to develop strategies to correct this behaviour. The purpose of this study was to analyse the diagnostic validity of indirect adherence methods. Methods Sample: 195 COPD patients undergoing scheduled inhaled treatment attending 5 Primary Care Centres of Malaga, Spain. Variables: Sociodemographic profile, illness data, spirometry, quality of life (St. George Respiratory Questionnaire: SGRQ, and inhaled medication counting (count of dose/pill or electronic monitoring were collected. The patient's knowledge of COPD (Batalla test:BT,their attitude towards treatment (Morisky-Green test: MGT and their self-reported therapeutic adherence (Haynes-Sackett test: HST were used as methods of evaluating adherence. The follow-up consisted four visits over one year (the recruitment visit: V0; and after 1 month:V1; 6 months:V2; and 1 year:V3. Results The mean age was 69.59 (95% CI, 68.29-70.89 years old and 93.8% were male. Other findings included: 85.4% had a low educational level, 23.6% were smokers, 71.5% mild-moderate COPD stage with a FEV1 = 56.86 (SD = 18.85; exacerbations per year = 1.41(95% CI, 1-1.8. The total SGRQ score was 44.96 (95% CI, 42.46-47.46, showing a mild self-perceived impairment in health. The prevalence of adherence (dose/pill count was 68.1% (95% CI, 60.9-75.3 at V1, 80% (95% CI, 73-87 at V2 and 84% (95% CI, 77.9 at V3. The MGT showed a specificity of 67.34% at V1, 76.19% at V2 and 69.62% at V3. The sensitivity was 53.33% at V1, 66.66% at V2 and 33.33% at V3.The BT showed a specificity of 55.1% at V1, 70.23% at V2 and 67.09% at V3. The sensitivity was 68.88% at V1, 71.43% at V2 and 46.66% at V3. Considering both tests together, the specificity was 86.73% at V1, 94.04% at V2 and 92.49% at V3 and the sensitivity was 37.77% at V1, 47.62% at V2 and 13.3% at V3. Conclusions The prevalence of treatment adherence changes over time. Indirect methods (dose/pill count and self-reported can be useful to detect non-adherence in COPD patients. The combination of MGT and BT is the best approach to test self-reported adherence.

  1. A Survey on the Attitude of Professors & Residents of Clinical Wards about Disclosing the Results of Diagnoses for Incurable Patients at Urmia University of Medical Sciences

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    SH Miri Ghaffarzadeh

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    Background and Objectives: One of the most important and complicated problems in medical ethics is to disclose the full truth about diagnosis of incurable diseases which leads to death, and each therapist may be encountered with it during the years of medical profession.

    The aim of this study was to survey on attitude of professors and residents of clinical wards to disclose the diagnosis for incurable patients leading to death.

     

    Methods: In this descriptive study, sampling was carried out by a survey. All faculty members and their residents of teaching hospitals of Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran, were surveyed as sample in 2007. Of 145 subjects, 138 responded to the questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed using Pearson and Spearman correlation tests with a p?0.05 being considered as significant.

     

    Results: In this study, the tendency to disclose the diagnosis among faculty members and residents was 64.63%. Also, there was no significant relation between age, sex, university degree, educational field, years of service of the faculty members and residents of clinical wards with the tendency for telling the truth to incurable patients.

     

    Conclusion: Final analyses revealed that the faculty members and clinical residents of different fields in terms of diagnosis disclosure do not have a definite idea. However, the majority of them agree to disclose the full truth about diagnoses.

     

  2. The prevalence of clinically-relevant comorbid conditions in patients with physician-diagnosed COPD: a cross-sectional study using data from NHANES 1999–2008

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    Schnell Kerry

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Treatment of chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is complicated by the presence of comorbidities. The objective of this analysis was to estimate the prevalence of comorbidity in COPD using nationally-representative data. Methods This study draws from a multi-year analytic sample of 14,828 subjects aged 45+, including 995 with COPD, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES, 1999–2008. COPD was defined by self-reported physician diagnosis of chronic bronchitis or emphysema; patients who reported a diagnosis of asthma were excluded. Using population weights, we estimated the age-and-gender-stratified prevalence of 22 comorbid conditions that may influence COPD and its treatment. Results Subjects 45+ with physician-diagnosed COPD were more likely than subjects without physician-diagnosed COPD to have coexisting arthritis (54.6% vs. 36.9%, depression (20.6% vs. 12.5%, osteoporosis (16.9% vs. 8.5%, cancer (16.5% vs. 9.9%, coronary heart disease (12.7% vs. 6.1%, congestive heart failure (12.1% vs. 3.9%, and stroke (8.9% vs. 4.6%. Subjects with COPD were also more likely to report mobility difficulty (55.6% vs. 32.5%, use of >4 prescription medications (51.8% vs. 32.1, dizziness/balance problems (41.1% vs. 23.8%, urinary incontinence (34.9% vs. 27.3%, memory problems (18.5% vs. 8.8%, low glomerular filtration rate (16.2% vs. 10.5%, and visual impairment (14.0% vs. 9.6%. All reported comparisons have p? Conclusions Our study indicates that COPD management may need to take into account a complex spectrum of comorbidities. This work identifies which conditions are most common in a nationally-representative set of COPD patients (physician-diagnosed, a necessary step for setting research priorities and developing clinical practice guidelines that address COPD within the context of comorbidity.

  3. Behavioral and psychosocial effects of rapid genetic counseling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients: Design of a multicenter randomized clinical trial

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    It has been estimated that between 5% and 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a hereditary form of the disease, primarily caused by a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. Such women have an increased risk of developing a new primary breast and/or ovarian tumor, and may therefore opt for preventive surgery (e.g., bilateral mastectomy, oophorectomy). It is common practice to offer high-risk patients genetic counseling and DNA testing after their primary treatment, with genetic test results being available within 4-6 months. However, some non-commercial laboratories can currently generate test results within 3 to 6 weeks, and thus make it possible to provide rapid genetic counseling and testing (RGCT) prior to primary treatment. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of RGCT on treatment decisions and on psychosocial health. In this randomized controlled trial, 255 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with at least a 10% risk of carrying a BRCA gene mutation are being recruited from 12 hospitals in the Netherlands. Participants are randomized in a 2:1 ratio to either a RGCT intervention group (the offer of RGCT directly following diagnosis with tests results available before surgical treatment) or to a usual care control group. The primary behavioral outcome is the uptake of direct bilateral mastectomy or delayed prophylactic contralateral mastectomy. Psychosocial outcomes include cancer risk perception, cancer-related worry and distress, health-related quality of life, decisional satisfaction and the perceived need for and use of additional decisional counseling and psychosocial support. Data are collected via medical chart audits and self-report questionnaires administered prior to randomization, and at 6 month and at 12 month follow-up. This trial will provide essential information on the impact of RGCT on the choice of primary surgical treatment among women with breast cancer with an increased risk of hereditary cancer. This study will also provide data on the psychosocial consequences of RGCT and of risk-reducing behavior. The study is registered at the Netherlands Trial Register (NTR1493) and ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00783822)

  4. Behavioral and psychosocial effects of rapid genetic counseling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients: Design of a multicenter randomized clinical trial

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been estimated that between 5% and 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a hereditary form of the disease, primarily caused by a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. Such women have an increased risk of developing a new primary breast and/or ovarian tumor, and may therefore opt for preventive surgery (e.g., bilateral mastectomy, oophorectomy. It is common practice to offer high-risk patients genetic counseling and DNA testing after their primary treatment, with genetic test results being available within 4-6 months. However, some non-commercial laboratories can currently generate test results within 3 to 6 weeks, and thus make it possible to provide rapid genetic counseling and testing (RGCT prior to primary treatment. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of RGCT on treatment decisions and on psychosocial health. Methods/Design In this randomized controlled trial, 255 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with at least a 10% risk of carrying a BRCA gene mutation are being recruited from 12 hospitals in the Netherlands. Participants are randomized in a 2:1 ratio to either a RGCT intervention group (the offer of RGCT directly following diagnosis with tests results available before surgical treatment or to a usual care control group. The primary behavioral outcome is the uptake of direct bilateral mastectomy or delayed prophylactic contralateral mastectomy. Psychosocial outcomes include cancer risk perception, cancer-related worry and distress, health-related quality of life, decisional satisfaction and the perceived need for and use of additional decisional counseling and psychosocial support. Data are collected via medical chart audits and self-report questionnaires administered prior to randomization, and at 6 month and at 12 month follow-up. Discussion This trial will provide essential information on the impact of RGCT on the choice of primary surgical treatment among women with breast cancer with an increased risk of hereditary cancer. This study will also provide data on the psychosocial consequences of RGCT and of risk-reducing behavior. Trial registration The study is registered at the Netherlands Trial Register (NTR1493 and ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00783822.

  5. Using specialized standardized patients to improve differential diagnoses.

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    Payne, Leslie Karns

    2015-06-11

    A Specialized Standardized Patient (SSP) is a standardized patient who has advanced nursing education. This article describes an experience of introducing advanced practice registered nurses as SSPs into an advanced health assessment course. The article also discusses the simulated clinical experience and the desired course outcome that the student will be able to merge the patient history and physical exam findings to develop differential diagnoses. PMID:25968985

  6. Diagnosing patients with longstanding shoulder joint pain

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    Norregaard, J; Krogsgaard, M; Lorenzen, T; Jensen, E

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    Methods: Eighty six patients with longstanding shoulder joint pain were "blindly" examined by two trained doctors using several clinical tests. In all patients an ultrasonographic examination was performed, and in 42 (49%) an arthroscopy.

  7. Manejo clínico de pacientes con diagnóstico dual. Evaluación diagnóstica de los pacientes farmacodependientes que sufren de comorbilidad psiquiátrica Clinical Management of Dually Diagnosed Patients. Diagnostic Evaluation of Drug Abuse and Dependence in Patients with Psychiatric Comorbidities

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La coexistencia de trastornos psiquiátricos con abuso/dependencia al tabaco, alcohol y sustancias ilícitas es un problema de salud pública en el mundo. Esto ha generado grandes retos diagnósticos en situaciones clínicas donde tienden a sobreponerse ambas condiciones psicopatológicas y que oscurecen el panorama de intervención terapéutica. Objetivos: Fomentar e implementar un adecuado diagnóstico de la patología dual en Colombia, a fin de encaminar al paciente por el tratamiento correcto en su proceso de rehabilitación. Método: Se buscó la literatura biomédica en los servidores de Medline, OVID, Proquest, Scielo y EMBASE, cruzando la expresión del MeSH diagnóstico dual con trastornos relacionados con el consumo de sustancias, tabacco y epidemiología, delimitando los resultados a los estudios clínicos, revisiones sistemáticas o metanálisis publicados en español o inglés en los últimos 25 años en la población farmacodependiente adulta. Resultados: Se encontraron 209 estudios que cumplían con los criterios de inclusión, de los cuales, de acuerdo con su resumen, se seleccionaron los 100 más relevantes. Conclusiones: La implementación rigurosa de estas guías diagnósticas debe encaminar al especialista en contacto con la población farmacodependiente a realizar el diagnóstico dual de forma más frecuente y certera, para que los pacientes obtengan mejores resultados y beneficios a largo plazo.Introduction: Dually Diagnosed Patients with major psychiatric disorders are considered an important public health issue worldwide. Objective: Our main goal was to establish practical guidelines for psychiatrists in charge of the treatment of dually diagnosed patients. Method: We searched the Biomedical Literature in Medline, OVID, Proquest, Scielo, and EMBASE for articles matching the Medical Subjects headings (MeSH "Dual Diagnosis" with "Substance Related Disorders", "Tobacco", and "Epidemiology", limiting the results only to clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis published in the last 25 years in the adult addicted population. Results: We found 209 articles that met the initial inclusion criteria for the development of our clinical guidelines for dually diagnosed patients. All abstracts were carefully revised, and only 100 of the 209 articles were selected to be included in the main framework, based on their methodology and clinical significance of their results. Conclusions: Making a precise and accurate diagnosis of dual pathology in psychiatry should be the main goal of everyone involved in the care of patients with tobacco, substance and alcohol-related disorders. Due to the complexity of dual diagnosis, every patient with substance abuse and alcohol-related problems should received an adequate and structured screening during his initial clinical evaluation.

  8. Similar clinical features among patients with severe adult growth hormone deficiency diagnosed with insulin tolerance test or arginine or glucagon stimulation tests

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    Toogood, Andrew; Brabant, Georg

    2012-01-01

    To determine whether insulin tolerance tests (ITTs), arginine stimulation tests (ASTs), and glucagon stimulation tests (GST) identify patients who have similar clinical features of growth hormone (GH) deficiency when a diagnostic GH threshold of 3 ?g/L is used.

  9. Clinical characteristics and outcome of cancer diagnosed during pregnancy

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    Shim, Min Hee; Mok, Chi-Won; Chang, Kylie Hae-Jin; Sung, Ji-Hee; Oh, Soo-young; Roh, Cheong-Rae; Kim, Jong-Hwa

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    Objective The aim of this study is to describe the clinical characteristics and outcome of cancer diagnosed during pregnancy. Methods This is a retrospective cohort study of women who were diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy at a tertiary academic hospital between 1995 and 2013. Maternal characteristics, gestational age at diagnosis, and type, stage, symptoms and signs of cancer for each patient were retrieved from the medical records. The cancer treatment, pregnancy management and the subsequent perinatal and maternal outcomes for each cancer were assessed. Results A total of 87 women were diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy (172.6 cases per 100,000 deliveries). The most common cancer was breast cancer (n=20), followed by gastrointestinal (n=17), hematologic (n=13), thyroid (n=11), central nervous system (n=7), cervical (n=7), ovarian (n=5), lung (n=3), and other cancers (n=4). Eighteen (20.7%) patients terminated their pregnancies. In the 69 (79.3%) patients who maintained their pregnancies, one patient miscarried and 34 patients delivered preterm. Of the preterm babies, 24 (70.6%) were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit and 3 (8.8%) of those expired. The maternal mortality rate was 31.0%, with highest rate seen with lung cancers (66.7%), followed by gastrointestinal (50.0%), central nervous system (50.0%), hematologic (30.8%), breast (25.0%), ovarian (20.0%) cervical (14.3%), and thyroid cancers (0%). Conclusion The clinical characteristics and outcome of cancer during pregnancy were highly variable depending on the type of cancer. However, timely diagnosis and appropriate management of cancer during pregnancy may improve both maternal and neonatal outcome. PMID:26866029

  10. Risk of disability pension for patients diagnosed with haematological malignancies

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    Horsboel, Trine A; Nielsen, Claus V; Andersen, Niels T; Nielsen, Bendt; de Thurah, Annette

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    UNLABELLED: Patients with haematological malignancies are at increased risk of experiencing work-related problems. The aims of this study were to compare the risk of disability pension (DP) among patients diagnosed with eight subtypes of haematological malignancies to a reference cohort, and to determine if relative risks differ between these subtypes; to evaluate the influence of socioeconomic factors, demographic factors, and clinical factors on the risk of DP; and to investigate if these asso...

  11. Manejo clínico de pacientes con diagnóstico dual: tratamiento de los pacientes farmacodependientes con trastornos psiquiátricos mayores Clinical Management of Dually Diagnosed Patients: Treatment for Drug Abusing and Dependent Patients with Major Psychiatric Comorbidities

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    Juan Francisco Gálvez Flórez

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Los esfuerzos para avanzar en el tratamiento de patologías duales buscan integrar las intervenciones terapéuticas que permitan mejorar sus tasas de remisión y recuperación. A pesar de la contundente evidencia epidemiológica que asocia el consumo de sustancias con las patologías psiquiátricas mayores, las pautas de tratamiento están basadas en combinaciones que carecen sustento clínico. Objetivos: Describir de forma concisa los estudios clínicos más relevantes sobre intervenciones psicofarmacológicas y psicoterapéuticas en estos pacientes, para desarrollar guías clínicas de manejo dinámicas y flexibles que ayuden en las estrategias usadas en el Eje Cafetero, en Colombia. Método: Búsqueda en la literatura biomédica en Medline, OVID, Proquest, Scielo y EMBASE, cruzando la expresión MeSH diagnóstico dual con tratamiento y pronóstico, delimitando los resultados a los estudios clínicos, revisiones sistemáticas y/o metanálisis en español o inglés en los últimos 25 años en la población farmacodependiente adulta. Resultados: De los 246 artículos arrojados por nuestra búsqueda, se seleccionaron 126, considerados de relevancia clínica por calidad metodológica y resultados en términos de seguridad, eficacia y efectividad. Conclusiones: Se describen los resultados de los estudios clínicos sobre los cuales se basan los nueve protocolos de intervención para pacientes con diagnóstico dual que consultan al Instituto Especializado en Salud Mental Clínica El Prado.Introduction: In an effort to treat dually diagnosed patients, multiple therapeutic interventions that have shown efficacy for inpatients with major psychiatric disorders or substance abuse have been used in combination. In spite of the vast evidence of the association between drug abuse and major psychiatric disorders, most guidelines for the treatment of dually diagnosed patients are based on combinations that lack enough evidence, thus limiting their success. To date, no treatment has shown promise of long-term effectiveness. Objective: To describe briefl y the available evidence for relevant psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological strategies in the treatment of dually diagnosed patients. At the same time, we hope to develop dynamic and fl exible algorithms to be included in the Clinical Guidelines for the Treatment of Dually Diagnosed Patients admitted to El Prado Psychiatric Institute in Armenia, Colombia. Method: We searched the Biomedical Literature on Medline, OVID, Proquest, Scielo, and EMBASE for articles matching the MeSH, dual diagnosis with treatment and prognosis, limiting results to clinical trials, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and clinical guidelines published in the last 25 years in adult population. Results: 246 articles were downloaded, of which 146 were selected after carefully reviewing all abstracts that met our established inclusion criteria in terms of methodology, safety, efficacy and effectiveness of the interventions. Conclusion: The clinical evidence available supports the nine protocols designed for the treatment of dually diagnosed patients in the addiction program of El Prado Psychiatric Institute in Armenia, Colombia.

  12. Study on fatty liver diagnosed by abdominal ultrasonography and clinical laboratory findings

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    The study obtained the following conclusions by making a comparative study on fatty liver diagnosed by abdominal ultrasonography and clinical laboratory findings. I surveyed the value of abdominal ultrasound in 400 patients without clinical symptoms at C Health Clinic Center, Seoul. Compare with blood pressure was high (systolic/diastolic) in 7.5%/4.5% on persons who were diagnosed fatty liver. At the time of the diagnosis, Total cholesterol level was increased in fatty liver patients, HDL-cholesterol level was high in fatty liver patients. And Trigryceride level was increased in fatty liver persons, LDL-cholesterol was high in fatty liver persons. SGOT level was increased in 5.5% on patients who were diagnosed fatty liver, 0% on persons who were normal and SGPT level was high in 29.5% on people who were diagnosed fatty liver, 0% on patients who were diagnosed normal

  13. Behavioral and psychosocial effects of rapid genetic counseling and testing in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients: Design of a multicenter randomized clinical trial

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    Valdimarsdottir Heiddis B; van der Luijt Rob B; Hogervorst Frans BL; Hahn Daniela EE; Bleiker Eveline MA; Verhoef Senno; Ausems Margreet GEM; Wevers Marijke R; van Hillegersberg Richard; Rutgers Emiel; Aaronson Neil K

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    Abstract Background It has been estimated that between 5% and 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a hereditary form of the disease, primarily caused by a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. Such women have an increased risk of developing a new primary breast and/or ovarian tumor, and may therefore opt for preventive surgery (e.g., bilateral mastectomy, oophorectomy). It is common practice to offer high-risk patients genetic counseling and DNA testing after their primary treatment, with g...

  14. A Clinical Pilot Study Comparing Sweet Bee Venom parallel treatment with only Acupuncture Treatment in patient diagnosed with lumbar spine sprain

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    Full Text Available Objectives: This study was carried out to compare the Sweet Bee Venom (referred to as Sweet BV hereafter acupuncture parallel treatment to treatment with acupuncture only for the patient diagnosed with lumbar spine sprain and find a better treatment. Methods: The subjects were patients diagnosed with lumbar spine sprain and hospitalized at Suncheon oriental medical hospital, which was randomly divided into sweet BV parallel treatment group and acupuncture-only group, and other treatment conditions were maintained the same. Then,VAS (Visual Analogue Scale was used to compare the difference in the treatment period between the two groups from VAS 10 to VAS 0, from VAS 10 to VAS 5, and from VAS 5 to VAS 0. Result & Conclusion: Sweet BV parallel treatment group and acupuncture-only treatment group were compared regarding the respective treatment period, and as the result, the treatment period from VAS 10 to VAS 5 was significantly reduced in sweet BV parallel treatment group compared to the acupuncture-only treatment group, but the treatment period from VAS 5 to VAS 0 did not show a significant difference. Therefore, it can be said that sweet BV parallel treatment is effective in shortening the treatment period and controlling early pain compared to acupuncture-only treatment.

  15. The clinical value of prostate-specific antigen and bone scintigraphy in the staging of patients with newly diagnosed, pathologically proven prostate cancer

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    Recent reports suggest that radionuclide bone scan (BS) may not be necessary in the standard staging evaluation of patients with prostate cancer when serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels are normal. To evaluate the ability of PSA to predict BS findings, we retrospectively reviewed the case records of 118 consecutive patients (median age 73 years, range 50-90 years) with newly diagnosed, untreated, pathologically proven prostate cancer who underwent BS and serum PSA sampling within a period of no more than 3 months. Fifty-four out of 118 BSs demonstrated metastatic bone disease. A PSA value of less then 10 ng/ml excluded bone metastasis; of 35 patients with a serum PSA level of 20 ng/ml or less, seven had a positive BS (negative predictive value of 80%). These findings provide additional confirmation of the value of low serum PSA concentrations in excluding the need for a staging BS, although the threshold for a high value of negative predictive accuracy is lower than previously reported. (orig.)

  16. The long-term clinical implications of clonal chromosomal abnormalities in newly diagnosed chronic phase chronic myeloid leukemia patients treated with imatinib mesylate.

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    Lee, Sung-Eun; Choi, Soo Young; Bang, Ju-Hee; Kim, Soo-Hyun; Jang, Eun-Jung; Byeun, Ji-Young; Park, Jin Eok; Jeon, Hye-Rim; Oh, Yun Jeong; Kim, Myungshin; Kim, Dong-Wook

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term clinical significance of an additional chromosomal abnormality (ACA), variant Philadelphia chromosome (vPh) at diagnosis, and newly developed other chromosomal abnormalities (OCA) in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) on imatinib (IM) therapy. Sequential cytogenetic data from 281 consecutive new chronic phase CML patients were analyzed. With a median follow-up of 78.6 months, the 22 patients with vPh (P = 0.034) or ACA (P = 0.034) at diagnosis had more events of IM failure than did the patients with a standard Ph. The 5-year overall survival (OS), event-free survival (EFS), and failure-free survival (FFS) rates for patients with vPh at diagnosis were 77.8%, 75.0%, and 53.3%, respectively; for patients with ACA at diagnosis, 100%, 66.3%, and 52.1%, respectively; and for patients with a standard Ph, 96.0%, 91.3%, and 83.7%, respectively. During IM therapy, eight patients developed an OCA, which had no impact on outcomes as a time-dependent covariate in our Cox proportional hazards regression models. This study showed that vPh was associated with poor OS and FFS and that ACA had adverse effects on EFS and FFS. In addition, no OCA, except monosomy 7, had any prognostic impact, suggesting that the development of OCA may not require a change in treatment strategy. PMID:23111092

  17. Anatomical Findings in Patients with Infective Endocarditis Diagnosed at Autopsy

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    Miguel Angel Serra Valdés

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    Full Text Available Background: Infective endocarditis continues to challenge modern medicine despite its rare occurrence in the general population. Its incidence depends on risk groups. Correlation of anatomical and pathological findings with clinical and epidemiological elements may explain the current features of this condition. Objective: to describe the anatomical features of patients with infective endocarditis diagnosed at autopsy. Methods: A descriptive study including cases of infective endocarditis diagnosed at autopsy between 1986 and 2008 was conducted in the Provincial Clinical-Surgical Hospital Celia Sanchez, Granma. The variables analyzed were: age, sex, previous anatomical lesions, location of vegetations, multi-organ embolic infarcts and embolic abscesses, complications, culture of lesions and direct causes of death. Results: frequency of infective endocarditis diagnosed at necropsy ranged annually from 0.4 to 1.5%. Native valve endocarditis without previous damage was the most frequent. The anatomical findings were more common in the left side of the heart. Right-sided nosocomial endocarditis accounted for almost a third of the deceased patients and risk factors were identified. Embolic lesions affecting various organs, systemic complications and direct causes of death showed acute infectious endocarditis. The most common pathogen was Staphylococcus aureus. Conclusion: knowing the anatomical findings may contribute to the understanding of the clinical and epidemiological aspects of this condition. Correlation between anatomical and clinical findings was low; therefore difficulties in establishing the diagnosis during life are inferred.

  18. Quality of urological cancer diagnoses in the Danish National Registry of Patients

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    Gammelager, Henrik; Christiansen, Christian Fynbo; Johansen, Martin Berg; Borre, Michael; Schoonen, Marieke; Sørensen, Henrik Toft

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    Valid and up-to-date data on cancer diagnoses are needed for clinical quality monitoring and epidemiological research. The Danish National Registry of Patients (DNRP) is continuously updated, recording all Danish hospital contacts including cancer diagnoses. The Danish Cancer Registry (DCR) is updated once a year and includes quality control of diagnoses. We compared the quality of urological cancer diagnoses in the DNRP with the DCR to assess whether data in an administrative hospital registry ...

  19. Using fuzzy data mining to diagnose patients' degrees of melancholia

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    Huang, Yo-Ping; Kuo, Wen-Lin

    2011-06-01

    The common treatments of melancholia are psychotherapy and taking medicines. The psychotherapy treatment which this study focuses on is limited by time and location. It is easier for psychiatrists to grasp information from clinical manifestation but it is difficult for psychiatrists to collect information from patients' daily conversations or emotion. To design a system which psychiatrists enable to capture patients' daily symptoms will show great help in the treatment. This study proposes to use fuzzy data mining algorithm to find association rules among keywords segmented from patients' daily voice/text messages to assist psychiatrists extract useful information before outpatient service. Patients of melancholia can use devices such as mobile phones or computers to record their own emotion anytime and anywhere and then uploading the recorded files to the back-end server for further analysis. The analytical results can be used for psychiatrists to diagnose patients' degrees of melancholia. Experimental results will be given to verify the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

  20. Patient specific modelling in diagnosing depression

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    Ottesen, Johnny T.

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    Depression is a very common disease. Approximately 10% of people in the Western world experience severe depression during their lifetime and many more experience a mild form of depression. It is commonly believed that depression is caused by malfunctions in the biological system constituted by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. We pose a novel model capable of showing both circardian as well as ultradian oscillations of hormone concentrations. We show that these patterns imitate those observed in the corresponding data. We demonstrate that patient-specific modelling shows its ability to make diagnoses more precise and to offer individual treatment plans and drug design. Efficient and reliable methods for parameter estimation are crucial. Presently we are investigating how well the Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm of the Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method for estimating the parameters is working and we are about to do the same using iteratively refined principal differential analysis (iPDA) or the approximated maximum likelihood estimate (AMLE). Preliminary results for both methods are promising. The next step is to investigate which parameters there are responsible for which pathologies by statistical hypothesis testing.

  1. Discrepâncias clínico-patológicas em pacientes graves com difícil diagnóstico pre-mortem Clinical-pathological discrepancies in critically ill patients with difficult premortem diagnoses

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    Aline Fusco Fares

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A importância das autópsias é um tema comum de discussão tanto no Brasil como em todo o mundo, já que pode elucidar as causas de óbito e tem um valor social muito amplo. Entretanto, esta prática vem sendo gradualmente considerada desnecessária, tendo ocorrido um declínio no número de exames post-mortem. OBJETIVOS: Comparar o diagnóstico clínico e patológico em pacientes com difícil diagnóstico pre-mortem. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados todos os casos de autópsias (em um total de 98 de pacientes oriundos de três unidades de terapia intensiva médico-cirúrgicas (total de 78 leitos pertencentes a uma faculdade de medicina, realizadas no período de janeiro de 2003 a dezembro de 2006. Analisamos os diagnósticos clínicos e patológicos segundo os critérios de Goldman. RESULTADOS: Em 49 casos (50% foram encontradas discordâncias classes I e II de Goldman. Por outro lado, apenas 30 (30,6% dos casos tiveram uma concordância completa entre os diagnósticos pre-mortem e post-mortem sendo classificados como classe V. As infecções tiveram uma taxa de concordância significantemente maior do que as doenças cardiovasculares. CONCLUSÃO: Encontramos discrepâncias significantes entre os achados clínicos e patológicos, o que reforça o valor dos exames post-mortem.INTRODUCTION: The importance of autopsies is a common theme of discussions both in Brazil and around the world as it elucidates causes of death and has wide ranging social value. However this is a practice that is gradually being considered unnecessary and there have been a decline in the number of postmortems examinations. OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical and pathological diagnosis in critically ill patients with difficult premortem diagnosis. METHODS: All autopsy cases (total of 98 from any of the three general medical/surgical intensive care units (78 beds in total affiliated to the medical school from January 2003 to December 2006 were analyzed. We analyzed the clinical and pathological diagnosis based on the Goldman criteria. RESULTS: In 49 (50% cases, there were class I and II of Goldman. In contrast, only 30 (30.6% had a complete agreement between premortem and postmortem diagnosis and were classified as class V. Infections had a significantly greater rate of concordant diagnosis than cardiovascular diseases. CONCLUSION: We found significant discrepancies between clinical and pathological findings, reinforcing the value of postmortem examination.

  2. Discrepâncias clínico-patológicas em pacientes graves com difícil diagnóstico pre-mortem / Clinical-pathological discrepancies in critically ill patients with difficult premortem diagnoses

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    Aline Fusco, Fares; Patrícia Maluf, Cury; Suzana Margareth, Lobo.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A importância das autópsias é um tema comum de discussão tanto no Brasil como em todo o mundo, já que pode elucidar as causas de óbito e tem um valor social muito amplo. Entretanto, esta prática vem sendo gradualmente considerada desnecessária, tendo ocorrido um declínio no número de exa [...] mes post-mortem. OBJETIVOS: Comparar o diagnóstico clínico e patológico em pacientes com difícil diagnóstico pre-mortem. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados todos os casos de autópsias (em um total de 98) de pacientes oriundos de três unidades de terapia intensiva médico-cirúrgicas (total de 78 leitos) pertencentes a uma faculdade de medicina, realizadas no período de janeiro de 2003 a dezembro de 2006. Analisamos os diagnósticos clínicos e patológicos segundo os critérios de Goldman. RESULTADOS: Em 49 casos (50%) foram encontradas discordâncias classes I e II de Goldman. Por outro lado, apenas 30 (30,6%) dos casos tiveram uma concordância completa entre os diagnósticos pre-mortem e post-mortem sendo classificados como classe V. As infecções tiveram uma taxa de concordância significantemente maior do que as doenças cardiovasculares. CONCLUSÃO: Encontramos discrepâncias significantes entre os achados clínicos e patológicos, o que reforça o valor dos exames post-mortem. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: The importance of autopsies is a common theme of discussions both in Brazil and around the world as it elucidates causes of death and has wide ranging social value. However this is a practice that is gradually being considered unnecessary and there have been a decline in the number of [...] postmortems examinations. OBJECTIVES: To compare clinical and pathological diagnosis in critically ill patients with difficult premortem diagnosis. METHODS: All autopsy cases (total of 98) from any of the three general medical/surgical intensive care units (78 beds in total) affiliated to the medical school from January 2003 to December 2006 were analyzed. We analyzed the clinical and pathological diagnosis based on the Goldman criteria. RESULTS: In 49 (50%) cases, there were class I and II of Goldman. In contrast, only 30 (30.6%) had a complete agreement between premortem and postmortem diagnosis and were classified as class V. Infections had a significantly greater rate of concordant diagnosis than cardiovascular diseases. CONCLUSION: We found significant discrepancies between clinical and pathological findings, reinforcing the value of postmortem examination.

  3. The prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis and its clinical manifestations : a nationwide register study

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    Exarchou, Sofia; Lindström, Ulf

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Prevalence estimates of ankylosing spondylitis vary considerably, and there are few nationwide estimates. The present study aimed to describe the national prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis in Sweden, stratified according to age, sex, geographical, and socio-economic factors, and according to subgroups with ankylosing spondylitis-related clinical manifestations and pharmacological treatment. METHODS: All individuals diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis according to the World Health Organization International Classification of Disease codes, between 1967 and 2009, were identified from the National Patient Register. Data regarding disease manifestations, patient demographics, level of education, pharmacological treatment, and geographical region were retrieved from the National Patient Register and other national registers. RESULTS: A total of 11,030 cases with an ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis (alive, living in Sweden, and 16 to 64 years old in December 2009) were identified in the National Patient Register, giving a point prevalence of 0.18% in 2009. The prevalence was higher in northern Sweden, and lower in those with a higher level of education. Men had a higher prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (0.23% versus 0.14%, P?clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis of 0.18%. It revealed phenotypical and treatment differences between the sexes, as well as geographical and socio-economic differences in disease prevalence.

  4. Occupational Outcome in Adult ADHD: Impact of Symptom Profile, Comorbid Psychiatric Problems, and Treatment--A Cross-Sectional Study of 414 Clinically Diagnosed Adult ADHD Patients

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    Halmoy, Anne; Fasmer, Ole Bernt; Gillberg, Christopher; Haavik, Jan

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    Objective: To determine the effects of symptom profile, comorbid psychiatric problems, and treatment on occupational outcome in adult ADHD patients. Method: Adult ADHD patients (N = 414) responded to questionnaires rating past and present symptoms of ADHD, comorbid conditions, treatment history, and work status. Results: Of the patients, 24%…

  5. Clinical and economic analysis of hospital acquired infections in patients diagnosed with brain tumor in a tertiary hospital / Análisis clínico económico de las infecciones nosocomiales en los pacientes diagnosticados de tumoración cerebral en un hospital terciario

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    J., Undabeitia; B.G., Liu; G., Catalán; G., Bilbao; I., Pomposo; J.M., Garibi.

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Analizar la relación entre la presencia de infección nosocomial y el resultado clínico final, la duración de la estancia y el coste del episodio en los pacientes diagnosticados de tumoración cerebral en nuestro servicio. Material y método: Realizamos un estudio retrospectivo incluyendo lo [...] s pacientes ingresados en el Servicio de Neurocirugía del Hospital Universitario de Cruces con diagnostico de tumoración cerebral en el periodo comprendido entre el 1-1-2007 y el 31-12 del 2007. Recogimos variables demográficas, los microorganismos responsables y la localización de las distintas infecciones, el tiempo de ingreso y los costes de los distintos procedimientos médicos y quirúrgicos realizados. Resultados: Recogimos 139 pacientes, que acumularon un total de 210 episodios. Encontramos la presencia de infecciones nosocomiales en 34 episodios (16,25%). La localización mas frecuente fue la respiratoria, seguida del tracto urinario y la infección de herida quirúrgica. Encontramos unas diferencias significativas en la situación funcional al alta (sig Abstract in english Objectives: To analyze the relationship between hospital acquired infections and clinical outcomes, duration of stay, and cost per infectious episode in patients diagnosed with brain tumors in our service. Materials and methods: We conducted a retrospective study on patients diagnosed with brain tum [...] ors and admitted to the department of neurosurgery in the Cruces Hospital of the University of the Basque Country between January 1st, 2007 and December 31st, 2007. We collected demographics, responsible pathogens, infection location, length of hospitalization, and costs of various medical and surgical procedures performed. Results: We reviewed 139 patients that accumulated 210 hospital visits. We found 34 episodes of hospital acquired infections (16.25% of patients). The most frequent infections were that of the lower respiratory tract, urinary tract, and surgical site. We found that patients with HAIs had a significantly lower final KPS score (sig

  6. Lifestyle and clinical factors associated with elevated C-reactive protein among newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients : a cross-sectional study from the nationwide DD2 cohort

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    Svensson, Elisabeth; Mor, Anil

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    BACKGROUND: We aimed to examine the prevalence of and modifiable factors associated with elevated C-reactive Protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, in men and women with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes mellitus (DM) in a population-based setting. METHODS: CRP was measured in 1,037 patients (57% male) with newly diagnosed Type 2 DM included in the prospective nationwide Danish Centre for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes (DD2) project. We assessed the prevalence of elevated CRP and calculated relative risks (RR) examining the association of CRP with lifestyle and clinical factors by Poisson regression, stratified by gender. We used linear regression to examine the association of CRP with other biomarkers. RESULTS: The median CRP value was 2.1 mg/L (interquartile range, 1.0 - 4.8 mg/L). In total, 405 out of the 1,037 Type 2 DM patients (40%) had elevated CRP levels (>3.0 mg/L). More women (46%) than men (34%) had elevated CRP. Among women, a lower risk of elevated CRP was observed in patients receiving statins (adjusted RR (aRR) 0.7 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.6-0.9)), whereas a higher risk was seen in patients with central obesity (aRR 2.3 (95% CI 1.0-5.3)). For men, CRP was primarily elevated among patients with no regular physical activity (aRR 1.5 (95% CI 1.1-1.9)), previous cardiovascular disease (aRR1.5 (95% CI 1.2-1.9) and other comorbidity. For both genders, elevated CRP was 1.4-fold increased in those with weight gain >30 kg since age 20 years. Sensitivity analyses showed consistent results with the full analysis. The linear regression analysis conveyed an association between high CRP and increased fasting blood glucose. CONCLUSIONS: Among newly diagnosed Type 2 DM patients, 40% had elevated CRP levels. Important modifiable risk factors for elevated CRP may vary by gender, and include low physical activity for men and central obesity and absence of statin use for women.

  7. Survival of breast cancer patients diagnosed during pregnancy or lactation.

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    Tretli, S; Kvalheim, G.; Thoresen, S.; Høst, H.

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    This survival study includes 20 breast cancer patients diagnosed during pregnancy and 15 patients diagnosed during the lactation period. The survival rate of these patients is compared with that of ordinary breast cancer patients taking stage of the disease, age and calendar-year at diagnosis into account. The pregnancy group showed a significantly poorer prognosis compared with the control groups. Only 3 out of 20 survived more than 4 years. The tendency of a worse prognosis for the lactatio...

  8. The prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis and its clinical manifestations

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    Exarchou, Sofia; Lindström, Ulf; Askling, Johan; Eriksson, Jonas K; Forsblad-d'Elia, Helena; Neovius, Martin; Turesson, Carl; Kristensen, Lars Erik; Jacobsson, Lennart T H

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    INTRODUCTION: Prevalence estimates of ankylosing spondylitis vary considerably, and there are few nationwide estimates. The present study aimed to describe the national prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis in Sweden, stratified according to age, sex, geographical, and socio-economic factors, and according to subgroups with ankylosing spondylitis-related clinical manifestations and pharmacological treatment. METHODS: All individuals diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis accor...

  9. Patients Diagnosed With Severe Adult GH Deficiency Using The Insulin Tolerance Test, Arginine Or Glucagon Stimulation Tests Share Similar Clinical Features

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    Toogood, Andy; Brabant, Georg

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To determine whether the ITT, arginine (AST) and glucagon stimulation tests (GST) identify patients who have similar features of GH deficiency using a diagnostic threshold of 3 µg/l.Patients and Methods: 5453 tests were available from 4,867 patients registered in the KIMS database (49.9% females, ITT = 3111, AST = 1390, GST = 952). Comparisons were made for GH peak, BMI, lipids, waist circumference, waist:hip ratio and quality of life (QoL-AGHDA questionnaire).Results. There were significant (p

  10. Audiological evaluation of hearing levels in patients diagnosed with migraine

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Based on the hypothesis that neurovascular events involving in the pathophysiology of migraine can cause hearing loss by influencing blood flow of inner ear, it was aimed to determine whether migraine with or without aura in our clinics patients are at risk for hearing loss by assessing hearing levels via a high-frequency audiometry, acoustic reflex and transient otoacoustic emission responses; to discriminate whether hearing loss is cochlear or retrocochlear originated, if present; and to evaluate whether or not migraine treatment affect hearing level in patients received treatment for migraine in this study. Materials and Methods: The study included patients who were diagnosed as migraine between December 2011 and December 2012 at Neurology Department of Cumhuriyet University, Medicine School according to ICD-II classification and accepted to receive medical therapy. In all patients, hearing levels were measured at baseline and after treatment by using high-frequency audiometry, transient otoacoustic emission and acoustic reflex tests. Results: In the present study, hearing thresholds measured in the right ear was normal in migraine patients with or without aura at baseline, while mild hearing loss was detected in right ear at the frequency of 500 Hz after treatment when hearing thresholds at different frequencies were compared. This difference was significant (P 0, 05. Conclusion: Differently from literature, hearing loss in our patients developed at lower frequencies and after treatment. The results we obtained from our study also presented that there might be a relationship between migraine disease and sensorineural hearing loss.

  11. Evaluation of combined, conservative treatment impact on the clinical course, blood flow parameters and muscle perfusion in the group of patients with newly diagnosed, untreated peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

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    Background: Epidemiological studies determined incidence of obliterative atherosclerosis as ranging between 2.45 -10 %. The course of disease is often asymptomatic and demonstration of symptoms occurs when vascular lesions are significantly advanced. This article discusses conservative treatment of patients with PAD whose key complaint was intermittent claudication. The Authors proposed multi-stage treatment regimen of this disease including lifestyle modification, treatment of comorbid disorders, and pharmacotherapy (aspirin, pentoxifylline, buflomedil, L-arginine). The study evaluated influence of 6-month treatment on clinical course, blood flow parameters as well as muscle perfusion. Material/Methods: The participants included 35 patients (14 women - 40.0 %, and 21 men - 60.0 %) aged from 49 to 80 (mean age 68.37 ± 10.25 years) first time in life diagnosed with PAD. Physical examination, standard vascular tests (ankle-brachial, thigh-ankle and thigh-shin indices, maximum flow velocity, PI and RI in selected arteries), perfusion scintigraphy of lower limbs muscles at rest and on exertion were carried out before and after 6 months of treatment. Results: Statistically significant increase of total walking distance (198.0 meters vs. 330.0 meters, p< 0.01) and improvement in average values of perfusion indices of all studied areas were detected at rest and after exercise. For shin perfusion index at rest (right and left) and for thigh perfusion index after exercise (right) the difference was statistically significant at p< 0.05. Conclusions: Combined medical treatment brought on positive effect on patients suffering from recently diagnosed, thus not yet treated atherosclerotic lower limb ischaemia of IIA and IIB stages according to Fontaines scale. (authors)

  12. Patient specific modelling in diagnosing depression

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    Ottesen, Johnny T.

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    diagnoses more precise and to offer individual treatment plans and drug design. Efficient and reliable methods for parameter estimation are crucial. Presently we are investigating how well the Metropolis-Hastings Algorithm of the Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method for estimating the parameters...... is working and we are about to do the same using iteratively refined principal differential analysis (iPDA) or the approximated maximum likelihood estimate (AMLE). Preliminary results for both methods are promising. The next step is to investigate which parameters there are responsible for which...

  13. Immune system markers of neuroinflammation in patients with clinical diagnose of neuromyelitis optica / Marcadores imunológicos em pacientes com diagnóstico de neuromielite óptica

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    Soniza Vieira, Alves-Leon; Maria Lucia Vellutini, Pimentel; Gabrielle, Sant' Anna; Fabíola Rachid, Malfetano; Cláudio Duque, Estrada; Thereza, Quirico- Santos.

    Full Text Available A neuromielite óptica (NMO) é doença inflamatória do sistema nervoso central, caracterizada por mielite aguda ou subaguda grave e neurite óptica unilateral ou bilateral. Este estudo objetiva analisar parâmetros imunológicos de pacientes com critérios de Wingerchuck et al. (1999) para NMO. O método d [...] e ELISA avaliou a produção de IgG e IgA para antígenos da proteína básica da mielina (MBP), o proteolipídeo (PLP) 95-116, a glicoproteina associada ao oligodendrócito (MOG) 92-106 e as citocinas interleucina-4 (IL-4) e interferon-gama (INF-?). Foram inclu?dos 28 pacientes com NMO pareados com controles saudáveis. Pacientes com NMO apresentaram níveis significativamente elevados de imunoglobulinas reativas dos isotipos IgG para MOG (p Abstract in english Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system characterized by the association of a serious myelitis and unilateral or bilateral optic neuritis. The present study aimed to analyze the immunological parameters of NMO patients with diagnosis establi [...] shed based on Wingerchuck et al. (1999) criteria. Production of IgG and IgA antibodies to antigens of MBP, PLP 95-116, MOG 92-106, and the cytokines interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interferon-? (INF-?) were assessed by Elisa assay. The cohort was formed by 28 NMO patients and a matched healthy control group. NMO patients had significant high levels of IgG to MOG (p

  14. Immune system markers of neuroinflammation in patients with clinical diagnose of neuromyelitis optica Marcadores imunológicos em pacientes com diagnóstico de neuromielite óptica

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    Full Text Available Neuromyelitis optica (NMO is an inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system characterized by the association of a serious myelitis and unilateral or bilateral optic neuritis. The present study aimed to analyze the immunological parameters of NMO patients with diagnosis established based on Wingerchuck et al. (1999 criteria. Production of IgG and IgA antibodies to antigens of MBP, PLP 95-116, MOG 92-106, and the cytokines interleukin-4 (IL-4 and interferon-? (INF-? were assessed by Elisa assay. The cohort was formed by 28 NMO patients and a matched healthy control group. NMO patients had significant high levels of IgG to MOG (pA neuromielite óptica (NMO é doença inflamatória do sistema nervoso central, caracterizada por mielite aguda ou subaguda grave e neurite óptica unilateral ou bilateral. Este estudo objetiva analisar parâmetros imunológicos de pacientes com critérios de Wingerchuck et al. (1999 para NMO. O método de ELISA avaliou a produção de IgG e IgA para antígenos da proteína básica da mielina (MBP, o proteolipídeo (PLP 95-116, a glicoproteina associada ao oligodendrócito (MOG 92-106 e as citocinas interleucina-4 (IL-4 e interferon-gama (INF-?. Foram inclu?dos 28 pacientes com NMO pareados com controles saudáveis. Pacientes com NMO apresentaram níveis significativamente elevados de imunoglobulinas reativas dos isotipos IgG para MOG (p<0,0001, PLP (p=0,0002 e MBP (p<0,0001 e IgA somente para MBP (p<0,0001. Os níveis de INF-? (p=0,61 foram semelhantes aos controles. A produção elevada de IL-4 (p=0,0084 indica papel importante na ativação de células regulatórias Th2 e linfócitos B produtores de IgA e da ativação da imunidade humoral.

  15. Estudo clínico e laboratorial de pacientes com artrite reumatoide diagnosticados em serviços de reumatologia em Cascavel, PR, Brasil Clinical and laboratory features of patients with rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed at rheumatology services in the Brazilian municipality of Cascavel, PR, Brazil

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    Juliano Maximiano David

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Estudos epidemiológicos brasileiros sobre artrite reumatoide são bastante escassos, e os dados existentes hoje são majoritariamente de literatura internacional. OBJETIVOS: Determinar a incidência e algumas características clínicas e laboratoriais de pacientes com artrite reumatoide em Cascavel, PR, Brasil. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Os dados foram coletados entre agosto de 2010 e julho de 2011 em todos os serviços de saúde do município que possuíam atendimento na especialidade de reumatologia: um hospital universitário, o Centro Regional de Especialidades do Consórcio Intermunicipal de Saúde do Oeste do Paraná (CRE-CISOP e quatro clínicas privadas da cidade. RESULTADOS: Foram identificados 38 pacientes com diagnóstico de artrite reumatoide, resultando em uma incidência estimada de 13,4 casos/100.000 habitantes/ano. Trinta e dois pacientes eram do gênero feminino, com média de idade de 47,6 anos. A faixa etária com maior incidência foi > 40 anos. O tempo médio entre os primeiros sintomas e o diagnóstico foi de 12,4 meses. O fator reumatoide foi positivo em 68,4% dos casos, e 18,4% já apresentavam alterações radiológicas no momento do diagnóstico. O tratamento farmacológico dos pacientes também foi avaliado e mostrou estar de acordo com o encontrado na literatura. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de artrite reumatoide obtida em Cascavel está abaixo das incidências observadas em estudos internacionais.INTRODUCTION: Brazilian epidemiological studies on rheumatoid arthritis are scarce, thus all data currently available originate from the international literature. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and some clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the municipality of Cascavel, state of Paraná, Brazil. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected between August 2010 and July 2011 in all health services of the municipality of Cascavel that provided health care in Rheumatology: a university-affiliated hospital, a public outpatient clinic and four private clinics. RESULTS: We identified 38 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in an estimated incidence of 13.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants/year. Thirty two patients were females, whose mean age was 47.6 years. The age group with the highest incidence was over 40 years. The mean time between first symptoms and diagnosis was 12.4 months. Rheumatoid factor was positive in 68.4% of the patients, and 18.4% already had radiological abnormalities at diagnosis. The pharmacological treatment of patients was also assessed and proved to be in accordance with those found in the literature. CONCLUSION: The incidence of rheumatoid arthritis obtained in the municipality of Cascavel was lower than those reported in international studies.

  16. Estudo clínico e laboratorial de pacientes com artrite reumatoide diagnosticados em serviços de reumatologia em Cascavel, PR, Brasil / Clinical and laboratory features of patients with rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed at rheumatology services in the Brazilian municipality of Cascavel, PR, Brazil

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    Juliano Maximiano, David; Rodrigo Antonio, Mattei; Juliana Lustoza, Mauad; Lauren Gabrielle de, Almeida; Márcio Augusto, Nogueira; Poliana Vieira da Silva, Menolli; Rafael Andrade, Menolli.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Estudos epidemiológicos brasileiros sobre artrite reumatoide são bastante escassos, e os dados existentes hoje são majoritariamente de literatura internacional. OBJETIVOS: Determinar a incidência e algumas características clínicas e laboratoriais de pacientes com artrite reumatoide em Ca [...] scavel, PR, Brasil. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Os dados foram coletados entre agosto de 2010 e julho de 2011 em todos os serviços de saúde do município que possuíam atendimento na especialidade de reumatologia: um hospital universitário, o Centro Regional de Especialidades do Consórcio Intermunicipal de Saúde do Oeste do Paraná (CRE-CISOP) e quatro clínicas privadas da cidade. RESULTADOS: Foram identificados 38 pacientes com diagnóstico de artrite reumatoide, resultando em uma incidência estimada de 13,4 casos/100.000 habitantes/ano. Trinta e dois pacientes eram do gênero feminino, com média de idade de 47,6 anos. A faixa etária com maior incidência foi > 40 anos. O tempo médio entre os primeiros sintomas e o diagnóstico foi de 12,4 meses. O fator reumatoide foi positivo em 68,4% dos casos, e 18,4% já apresentavam alterações radiológicas no momento do diagnóstico. O tratamento farmacológico dos pacientes também foi avaliado e mostrou estar de acordo com o encontrado na literatura. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de artrite reumatoide obtida em Cascavel está abaixo das incidências observadas em estudos internacionais. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Brazilian epidemiological studies on rheumatoid arthritis are scarce, thus all data currently available originate from the international literature. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and some clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the muni [...] cipality of Cascavel, state of Paraná, Brazil. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected between August 2010 and July 2011 in all health services of the municipality of Cascavel that provided health care in Rheumatology: a university-affiliated hospital, a public outpatient clinic and four private clinics. RESULTS: We identified 38 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in an estimated incidence of 13.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants/year. Thirty two patients were females, whose mean age was 47.6 years. The age group with the highest incidence was over 40 years. The mean time between first symptoms and diagnosis was 12.4 months. Rheumatoid factor was positive in 68.4% of the patients, and 18.4% already had radiological abnormalities at diagnosis. The pharmacological treatment of patients was also assessed and proved to be in accordance with those found in the literature. CONCLUSION: The incidence of rheumatoid arthritis obtained in the municipality of Cascavel was lower than those reported in international studies.

  17. [Psychological burden of patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea].

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    Bratis, D; Tselebis, A; Zafeiropoulos, G; Tsaraklis, A; Dumitru, S; Moussas, G; Kosmas, E; Koutsilieris, M

    2014-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is characterized by repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep, which leads to the presence of excessive daytime drowsiness. Regarding the psychological comorbidity in patients diagnosed with OSAS, previous studies focused mainly on depressive and secondarily on anxiety symptoms. Due to the lack of research data regarding the prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as of alexithymic characteristics in patients with OSAS in Greece, the aim of the study was to record the above symptomatology in a sample of Greek OSAS patients and to investigate its relation to the respiratory parameter (Apnea-Hypopnea Index, AHI) of polysomnography. The study was conducted in a certified sleep laboratory. Thirty five randomly selected patients who attended the laboratory with symptoms of daytime drowsiness, fatigue, disrupted sleep and snoring, were examined for anxiety, depression and alexithymia using the Spielberger Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), respectively, 24 hours prior to being submitted to polysomnography. All 35 patients met the inclusion criteria of the study (age?75 years, no other chronic diseases and no history of major psychiatric disorders). Six patients did not meet the diagnostic criteria for OSAS and were thus used as the control group of the study. A high prevalence of anxiety (41.4%) and depressive (55.2%) symptoms and of alexithymic characteristics (41.4%) was observed in OSAS patients. Although the control group showed a higher prevalence of anxiety (66.7%) and depressive (83.3%) symptoms, there were no differences between the two groups (STAI: t=-0.927, p=0.360, BDI: t=-1.537, p=0.134, TAS-20: t=0.196, p=0.846). With regard to severity, no differences were observed between control, mild, moderate and severe OSAS subgroups (STAI: F=0.583, p=0.660, BDI: F=0.829, p=0.488, TAS-20: F=0.987, p=0.412). Females scored higher on the BDI and on the STAI compared to males (STAI: t=-2.38, p=0.039, BDI: t=-3.59, p=0.01). Finally, no correlation was observed between psychometric scores and AHI (Pearson correlation p>0.05). The study confirms the high prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms which has been found in previous studies. Furthermore, we found a high prevalence of alexithymic characteristics, a factor that has not been investigated previously and which is positively correlated with anxiety symptoms. The coexistence of alexithymic characteristics may further complicate the clinical manifestations of OSAS due to the fact that patients with alexithymia typically have difficulty in indentifying and describing their underlying psychological symptomatology and, moreover, tend to exhibit more, and often atypical, physical symptoms. In conclusion, the study supports the presence of a high degree of psychological burden in patients diagnosed with OSAS, regardless of the severity of their symptoms, as determined by the AHI. This comorbidity should be taken into consideration during the clinical assessment of OSAS and for the treatment planning. PMID:25035178

  18. Differences between men with screening-detected versus clinically diagnosed prostate cancers in the USA

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The advent of prostate specific antigen (PSA testing in the United States of America (USA has led to a dramatic increase in the incidence of prostate cancer in the United States as well as the number of men undergoing aggressive treatment with radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy. We compared patient characteristics and treatment selection between American men with screening-detected versus clinically diagnosed prostate cancers. Methods We evaluated 3,173 men with prostate cancer in the USA. Surveys and medical records provided information on demographics, socioeconomic status, comorbidities, symptoms, tumor characteristics, and treatment. We classified men presenting with symptoms of advanced cancer – bone pain, weight loss, or hematuria – as "clinically diagnosed"; asymptomatic men and those with only lower urinary tract symptoms were considered "screening-detected." We used multivariate analyses to determine whether screening predicted receiving aggressive treatment for a clinically localized cancer. Results We classified 11% of cancers as being clinically diagnosed. Men with screening-detected cancers were more often non-Hispanic white (77% vs. 65%, P Conclusion Most cancers were detected by screening in this American cohort. Appropriately, younger, healthier men were more likely to be diagnosed by screening. Minority status and lower socio-economic status appeared to be screening barriers. Screening detected earlier-stage cancers and was associated with receiving aggressive treatment.

  19. Imaging and clinical follow-up of newborns diagnosed with pyelectasia

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    A prospective, retrospective and descriptive study was conducted in 261 newborns diagnosed with pyelectasia, seen in the Neonatology consultation of the 'Juan Manuel Marquez' Children and University Hospital from 1995 to 2007. The statistical methods used were the absolute frequencies and the percentage figures, mean and quartiles. Also, the ratio difference test was applied. Patients were assessed according clinic and by radioimage studies to specify exactly the cause and course of pyelectasia

  20. Role of Platelet Parameters in Diagnosing Various Clinical Conditions

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    Full Text Available Background: With improvement in the technologies, advancement occurs in all field including medicine. Automated cell counters are widely used for diagnosis of different diseases. Hematocrits are important parameters that are used in routine practices. Now a day for analysing platelet abnormalities, plateletcrits are utilized. Among them Platelet counts, mean platelet volume (MPV and platelet distribution width (PDW are important parameters. Aims and objective: To study platelet parameters in various clinical conditions. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional observational study was carried out at one of the rural teaching hospitals of Gujarat. Laboratory Data from 800 patients were analysed using Microsoft excel. Result: Total 800 patients were enrolled in the study. Among them 384 (48% were females and 416 (52% were males. Maximum (47% patients were of 15- 49 yrs age group. 228 (28.5 % patients were having infectious diseases. Whereas 248 (31% of patients have attended clinics with chronic diseases. Patients having illnesses related to haematological causes were 144 (18.0%. Significant increase in Platelet Distribution Width & Mean platelet volume was observed among Pregnant women. Thrombocytosis was found in cases of anemia. Significantly lower platelet count were observed in Acute Myeloid leukemia (AML and Immunothrombocytopenic pupura (ITP. Patients with ITP were having high Mean platelet count and Platelet distribution width. Inverse relationship was observed between MPV and Platelet count in cases of Anaemia. Linear relationship was observed between MPV and Platelet count among patients of ITP. Conclusion: Platelet parameters vary in different clinical conditions and they should be used routinely to aid in diagnosis. [Natl J Med Res 2013; 3(2.000: 162-165

  1. Peripheral vascular disease is associated with reduced glycosuria in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients

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    Olivarius, Niels de Fine; Holstein-Rathlou, N H; Siersma, V; Witt, K; Vestbo, E; Andreasen, A H; Mogensen, C E

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    OBJECTIVES: We examined whether the finding of glycosuria and its level in themselves give information of clinical relevance, apart from being an unreliable indicator of glycemic control. METHODS: Subjects were a population-based sample of 1,284 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients. Median age...

  2. The clinical applicability of various radionuclide procedures for diagnosing left ventricular aneurysma

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    The clinical applicability of various radionuclide procedures for diagnosing left ventricular aneurysma was studied. 20 patients in whom aneurisms were suspected to be present by clinical evidence after transmural infarction were involved in the comparative trial. The results suggest that left ventricular aneurysms can be detected with a high measure of sensitivity by combining an analysis of the 8-segment volume curves with that of curves constructed from substraction images. In terms of its diagnostic potential, the radionuclide technique is superior to both resting ECG and echography and thus appears to have a firm place in the noninvasive diagnosis of ventricular aneurisms. (Author)

  3. Whipple's disease in Spain: a clinical review of 91 patients diagnosed between 1947 and 2001 Enfermedad de Whipple en España: Revisión clínica de 91 pacientes diagnosticados durante 1947-2001

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    Full Text Available Background: to determine the epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic characteristics of Whipple's disease in Spain. Patients and method: cases of Whipple's disease reported in the Spanish literature between 1947 and 2001 which meet histological or PCR criteria are reviewed. Results: 91 cases were included, 87.5% of which were male. The maximum incidence was between 40 and 60 years of age (68%. There was no family clustering or susceptibility by profession or surroundings. The most common symptoms and signs were: weight loss (80%, diarrhoea (63%, adenopathies (35%, skin problems (32%, abdominal pain (27%, fever (23%, joint problems (20% and neurological problems (16%. Arthralgias, diarrhoea and fever were noted prior to diagnosis in 58, 18 and 13% of patients, respectively. Diagnosis was histological in all cases except two, which were diagnosed by PCR. Intestinal biopsy was positive in 94%. Adenopathic biopsies (mesenteric or peripheral were suggestive in 13% of cases, and treatment was effective in 89%. There were nine relapses, four of which were neurological, although all occurred before the introduction of cotrimoxazole. Conclusions: Whipple's disease is not uncommon, although it requires a high degree of suspicion to be diagnosed in the absence of digestive symptoms. The most common and most sensitive diagnostic method is duodenal biopsy. PCR is beginning to be introduced to confirm the diagnosis and as a therapeutic control. Initial antibiotic treatment with drugs that cross the blood-brain barrier, such as cotrimoxazole and ceftriaxone, is key to achieving a cure and avoiding relapses.Fundamento: conocer las características epidemiológicas, clínicas, diagnósticas y terapéuticas de la enfermedad de Whipple en España. Pacientes y método: se revisan los casos de enfermedad de Whipple de la literatura española que cumplen criterios histológicos o de PCR desde 1947 hasta 2001. Resultados: se incluyeron 91 casos. El 87,5% eran hombres. La incidencia máxima fue entre los 40 y 60 años de edad (68%. No hubo agregación familiar ni preferencia por profesión o entorno ambiental. Los síntomas y signos más habituales fueron: adelgazamiento (80%, diarrea (63%, adenopatías (35%, cutáneos (32%, dolor abdominal (27%, fiebre (23%, articulares (20% y neurológicos (16%. Artralgias, diarrea y fiebre se referían previamente al diagnóstico en el 58, 18 y 13% de los enfermos, respectivamente. El diagnóstico fue histológico en todos salvo en dos que se diagnosticaron por PCR. La biopsia intestinal fue positiva en el 94%. Las biopsias de adenopatías (mesentéricas o periféricas fueron orientadoras en un 13%. El tratamiento fue eficaz en el 89%. Hubo 9 recidivas, 4 neurológicas, estas antes de la introducción del cotrimoxazol. Conclusiones: la enfermedad de Whipple no es tan infrecuente. Se precisa un alto índice de sospecha para diagnosticarla en ausencia de síntomas digestivos. El método diagnóstico más empleado y más sensible es la biopsia duodenal. Se empieza a introducir la técnica de PCR para confirmar el diagnóstico y como control terapéutico. El tratamiento antibiótico inicial con antibióticos que pasan la barrera hematoencefálica como cotrimoxazol y ceftriaxona es determinante para la curación de los pacientes y evitar las recidivas.

  4. Whipple's disease in Spain: a clinical review of 91 patients diagnosed between 1947 and 2001 / Enfermedad de Whipple en España: Revisión clínica de 91 pacientes diagnosticados durante 1947-2001

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    E., Ojeda; A., Cosme; J., Lapaza; J., Torrado; I., Arruabarrena; L., Alzate.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: conocer las características epidemiológicas, clínicas, diagnósticas y terapéuticas de la enfermedad de Whipple en España. Pacientes y método: se revisan los casos de enfermedad de Whipple de la literatura española que cumplen criterios histológicos o de PCR desde 1947 hasta 2001. Resulta [...] dos: se incluyeron 91 casos. El 87,5% eran hombres. La incidencia máxima fue entre los 40 y 60 años de edad (68%). No hubo agregación familiar ni preferencia por profesión o entorno ambiental. Los síntomas y signos más habituales fueron: adelgazamiento (80%), diarrea (63%), adenopatías (35%), cutáneos (32%), dolor abdominal (27%), fiebre (23%), articulares (20%) y neurológicos (16%). Artralgias, diarrea y fiebre se referían previamente al diagnóstico en el 58, 18 y 13% de los enfermos, respectivamente. El diagnóstico fue histológico en todos salvo en dos que se diagnosticaron por PCR. La biopsia intestinal fue positiva en el 94%. Las biopsias de adenopatías (mesentéricas o periféricas) fueron orientadoras en un 13%. El tratamiento fue eficaz en el 89%. Hubo 9 recidivas, 4 neurológicas, estas antes de la introducción del cotrimoxazol. Conclusiones: la enfermedad de Whipple no es tan infrecuente. Se precisa un alto índice de sospecha para diagnosticarla en ausencia de síntomas digestivos. El método diagnóstico más empleado y más sensible es la biopsia duodenal. Se empieza a introducir la técnica de PCR para confirmar el diagnóstico y como control terapéutico. El tratamiento antibiótico inicial con antibióticos que pasan la barrera hematoencefálica como cotrimoxazol y ceftriaxona es determinante para la curación de los pacientes y evitar las recidivas. Abstract in english Background: to determine the epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic characteristics of Whipple's disease in Spain. Patients and method: cases of Whipple's disease reported in the Spanish literature between 1947 and 2001 which meet histological or PCR criteria are reviewed. Results: 91 [...] cases were included, 87.5% of which were male. The maximum incidence was between 40 and 60 years of age (68%). There was no family clustering or susceptibility by profession or surroundings. The most common symptoms and signs were: weight loss (80%), diarrhoea (63%), adenopathies (35%), skin problems (32%), abdominal pain (27%), fever (23%), joint problems (20%) and neurological problems (16%). Arthralgias, diarrhoea and fever were noted prior to diagnosis in 58, 18 and 13% of patients, respectively. Diagnosis was histological in all cases except two, which were diagnosed by PCR. Intestinal biopsy was positive in 94%. Adenopathic biopsies (mesenteric or peripheral) were suggestive in 13% of cases, and treatment was effective in 89%. There were nine relapses, four of which were neurological, although all occurred before the introduction of cotrimoxazole. Conclusions: Whipple's disease is not uncommon, although it requires a high degree of suspicion to be diagnosed in the absence of digestive symptoms. The most common and most sensitive diagnostic method is duodenal biopsy. PCR is beginning to be introduced to confirm the diagnosis and as a therapeutic control. Initial antibiotic treatment with drugs that cross the blood-brain barrier, such as cotrimoxazole and ceftriaxone, is key to achieving a cure and avoiding relapses.

  5. Assessing the accuracy of death records and pre-mortem clinical diagnoses in children diagnosed with brain tumors: A retrospective chart review of children in British Columbia, Canada.

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    Hasan, Haroon; Hendson, Glenda; Howard, A Fuchsia; Hukin, Juliette; Dunham, Christopher; Ahmed, Tareq; Lo, Andrea C; Goddard, Karen

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    The advantages of autopsy have been demonstrated in pediatric oncology; however, it is unknown to what extent the utility of autopsy is in deceased children diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor (PBT). The purpose of this study was to describe the frequency of autopsy, prevalence of clinical discrepancies, and accuracy of cancer registry death records for deceased children diagnosed with a PBT in British Columbia, Canada. A retrospective chart review was performed of medical records and autopsy reports of pediatric patients diagnosed with a PBT that died between 1982 and 2012 in British Columbia. Clinical discrepancies between pre- and post-mortem findings were classified based on a modified classification system of the Goldman Criteria. The overall autopsy rate was 15.5% (32 of 206) during 1982-2012, with a significant (P=0.001) decrease of 22.4% observed between decade 1 (32.8%) and decade 2 (10.4%) and a further slight decrease (4.5%) between decade 2 (10.4%) and decade 3 (5.9%) (P=0.379). A third of patients had discrepancies between pre-mortem and post-mortem clinical diagnoses, with slightly over 10% of these cases revealing information that would have altered the probability of survival had it been known prior to death. More than half (59.3%) of cases had discordant cause of death as recorded in the cancer registry when compared to autopsy findings. Autopsy for children diagnosed with a PBT can provide health care professionals with important information about the accuracy of their diagnoses and evaluate the efficacy of therapy. PMID:26342938

  6. Computer-assisted interpretation of planar whole-body bone scintigraphy in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer

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    Petersen, Lars J; Mortensen, Jesper C; Bertelsen, Henrik; Zacho, Helle D

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    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic properties of EXINI Bone in newly diagnosed prostate cancer in comparison with expert reading. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone scintigraphy was performed in consecutive patients referred for staging at three clinics (342 patients with DICOM...... for bone metastasis in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer. The software ruled out metastasis with confidence, whereas the positive predictive value was modest. The diagnostic properties were different for DICOM and Interfile file formats....

  7. Using plant clinic registers to assess the quality of diagnoses and advice given to farmers

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    Danielsen, Solveig; Boa, Eric; Mafabi, Moses; Mutebi, Emmanuel; Reeder, Robert; Kabeere, Flavia; Karyeija, Robert

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    Purpose: This study developed a framework for quality assessment of diagnoses and advice given at plant clinics. Design/methodology/approach: Clinic registers from five plant clinics in Uganda (2006-2010) were used to develop quality assessment protocols for diagnoses and advice given by plant doctors. Assessment of quality of diagnoses was based on five validation criteria applied on the ten most common crops. Quality of advice was assessed for the four major problems considering efficacy and f...

  8. Do all patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer need staging radionuclide bone scan? a retrospective study

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    Mohammed A., Al-Ghazo; Ibrahim F., Ghalayini; Rami S., Al-Azab; Ibrahim, Bani-Hani; Alaa, Barham; Yazan, Haddad.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Define a group of patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer, whose risk of bone metastasis is low enough to omit a bone scan staging study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2003 to 2009, the medical records of patients who were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer were retrospectively review [...] ed. The data collected included: age, digital rectal examination, serum prostate specific antigen (PSA), Gleason score, clinical T stage, and bone isotope scan. Patients were divided into two groups according to the results of bone isotope scan; positive group and negative group. A univariate and multivariate binary logistic regression was used to analyze the results. RESULTS: Of the 106 patients, 98 had a complete data collection and were entered into the study. The median age of the patients was 70.5 years and patients with a positive bone scan was 74 years, significantly higher than for patients with negative scans (69 years) (p = 0.02). Bone metastasis was detected in 39 cases (39.7%). In all patients with clinical T1-2 stage, a Gleason score of 20 ng/mL) and Gleason score (> 7) were independently predictive of positive bone scan, while clinical stage was not. CONCLUSION: Staging bone scans can be omitted in patients with a PSA level of = 20 ng/mL, and Gleason score

  9. The prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis and its clinical manifestations

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    Exarchou, Sofia; Lindström, Ulf; Askling, Johan; Eriksson, Jonas K; Forsblad-d'Elia, Helena; Neovius, Martin; Turesson, Carl; Kristensen, Lars Erik; Jacobsson, Lennart T H

    2015-01-01

    to have peripheral arthritis (21.7% versus 15.3%, P < 0.001), psoriasis (8.0% versus 6.9%, P = 0.03), and treatment with oral corticosteroids (14.0% versus 10.4% in 2009, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: This nationwide, register-based study demonstrated a prevalence of clinically diagnosed ankylosing...

  10. [Alternative clinical-chemical laboratories: providers of incorrect or non-existant diagnoses].

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    Renckens, C N M

    2007-12-22

    Until recently, alternative doctors and healers used to employ alternative ways of making their alternative diagnoses such as electro-acupuncture, iridiscopy, plantar reflexology, live blood analysis, aura reading and bioresonance methods. Two recent papers report the emergence of unjustified diagnoses, resulting from clinical chemistry testing in commercial laboratories with an alternative philosophy and character. Dutch law considers medicine to be a profession for which no special knowledge is demanded. Even incorrect diagnostic procedures and the diagnosis of non-existent diseases by these laboratories is not illegal, in spite of the resulting detrimental effects to the health and the purse of patients. Some would consider the Dutch law in this respect too liberal. PMID:18237047

  11. Effect of Buteyko breathing exercise in newly diagnosed asthmatic patients

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    KB Prasanna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways and is on the increasing trend owing to air pollution and urbanization. The use of alternative ways of treatment that are as efficacious as the standard treatment is the need of the hour. This study was conducted to study the effects of Buteyko breathing exercise on the newly diagnosed asthmatic patients. Materials and Methods: Totally, 100 newly diagnosed asthmatic patients attending Tagore Medical college out-patient department were randomly allocated into the interventional and the control group for a period of 2 months. The former were taught Buteyko breathing exercise while the control group was on standard asthma treatment. The effects were assessed using a pretested close ended Asthma Control Questionnaire and Pulmonary Function Tests. The results were given in mean with a standard deviation. Chi-square test was done to compare the results between the two groups and P < 0.05 is taken as significant. The analysis was done by SPSS software version 13. Results: Among the 100 participants, majority of the participants were in the age group of 31-40 years. It was observed that there was an overall subjective improvement of asthma symptoms among the interventional group at the end of 2 months (which was statistically significant when compared to the control group. Also, there was an improvement in the pulmonary function in terms of peak expiratory flow rate in both the groups. Conclusions: The results of this study support the effectiveness of Buteyko breathing exercise over the standard treatment in the newly diagnosed asthmatic patients.

  12. Bone Disease in Newly Diagnosed Lupus Nephritis Patients

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    Resende, Aline Lázara; dos Reis, Luciene Machado; Dias, Cristiane Bitencourt; Custódio, Melani Ribeiro; Jorgetti, Vanda; Woronik, Viktoria

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Bone loss in Lupus Nephritis (LN) patients is common and multifactorial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the bone status of newly diagnosed LN patients and their correlation with inflammatory factors involved in LN physiopathology. Methods We studied 15 pre-menopausal patients with ≤2 months of diagnosed SLE and LN. Patients with prior kidney or bone disease were excluded. In addition to biochemical evaluation (including 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D] and Monocyte Chemotactic Protein (MCP1) dosage), we performed bone biopsies followed by osteoblast culture, histomorphometric and immunohistochemistry analysis. Results LN patients presented a mean age of 29.5±10 years, a proteinuria of 4.7±2.9 g/day and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 37(31–87) ml/min/1,73 m2. They were on glucocorticoid therapy for 34±12 days. All patients presented vitamin D insufficiency (9.9±4.4 ng/ml, range 4–20). Urinary MCP1 correlated negatively with 25(OH)D (r = −0.53, p = 0.003) and positively with serum deoxypyridinoline (r = 0.53, p = 0.004). Osteoblasts isolated from LN bone biopsies presented a significantly higher expression of MCP-1 when compared to controls (32.0.±9.1 vs. 22.9±5.3 mean fluorescence intensities, p = 0.01). LN patients presented a significantly reduced osteoid volume, osteoid thickness, osteoid surface, mineralization surface and bone formation rate, associated with an increased eroded surface and osteoclast surface. Patient’s bone specimens demonstrated a reduced immunostaining for osteoprotegerin (0.61±0.82 vs. 1.08±0.50%, p = 0.003), and an increased expression of Receptor Activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) (1.76±0.92 vs. 0.41±0.28%, p<0.001) when compared to controls. Discussion Newly diagnosed LN patients presented a significant disturbance in bone metabolism, characterized by an impaired bone formation and mineralization, associated with an increase in resorption parameters. Glucocorticoid use, vitamin D insufficiency and inflammation might be involved in the physiopathology of bone metabolism disturbance. PMID:25229495

  13. Incidence and Presentation of Fungal Sinusitis in Patient Diagnosed with Chronic Rhinosinusitis

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    P. Karthikeyan; Nirmal Coumare, V.

    2010-01-01

    Significant number of patients diagnosed with chronic rhino sinusitis often tend to have a final diagnosis of fungal sinusitis. We wanted to find out (a) The incidence of patients with fungal sinusitis in those patients who were initially diagnosed as chronic rhinosinusitis. (b) The presentation of fungal sinusitis patients who were initially diagnosed as CRS. Retrospective chart review of 242 patients diagnosed as CRS from May 2006 to April 2009. The various symptoms and signs of those diagn...

  14. Clinical challenges in diagnosing and managing adult hypertension.

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    Handler, Joel

    2015-12-01

    Although there is still no consensus on how to diagnose hypertension, opinion is moving toward incorporating out-of-office blood pressure measurements into the process. The SPRINT trial poses potential opportunities and challenges. Simplified antihypertensive drug regimens incorporating single pill combinations are very effective. PMID:26694890

  15. Knowledge and Lifestyle-Associated Prevalence of Obesity among Newly Diagnosed Type II Diabetes Mellitus Patients Attending Diabetic Clinic at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana: A Hospital-Based Cross-Sectional Study

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    Obirikorang, Yaa; Obirikorang, Christian; Odame Anto, Enoch; Acheampong, Emmanuel; Dzah, Nyalako; Akosah, Caroline Nkrumah; Nsenbah, Emmanuella Batu

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to determine the knowledge and prevalence of obesity among Ghanaian newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics. This cross-sectional study was conducted among diagnosed type 2 diabetics. Structured questionnaire was used to obtain data. Anthropometric measurements and fasting blood sugar levels were also assessed. Participants had adequate knowledge about the general concept of obesity (72.0%) and method of weight measurement (98.6%) but were less knowledgeable of ideal body weight (4.2%). The commonly known cause, complication, and management of obesity were poor diet (76.9%), hypertension (81.8%), and diet modification (86.7%), respectively. The anthropometric measures were higher among females compared to males. Prevalence of obesity was 61.3% according to WHR classification, 40.8% according to WHtR classification, 26.1% according to WC, and 14.8% according to BMI classification. Being female was significantly associated with high prevalence of obesity irrespective of the anthropometric measure used (p < 0.05). Taking of snacks in meals, eating meals late at night, physical inactivity, excessive fast food intake, and alcoholic beverage intake were associated with increased prevalence of obesity (p < 0.05). Prevalence of obesity is high among diabetic patient and thus increasing effort towards developing and making education programs by focusing on adjusting to lifestyle modifications is required.

  16. PREVALENCE OF DIABETIC RETINOPATHY IN PATIENTS WITH NEWLY DIAGNOSED TYPE II DIABETES MELLITUS

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    A. Bostak

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of type II diabetes mellitus and carries with it the threat of blindness. Accurate information regarding the incidence of diabetic retinopathy and associated risk factors is important in the prevention of its development and of the visual impairment caused by this complication. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in newly diagnosed patients with type II diabetes mellitus. We have also evaluated the association of diabetic retinopathy with clinical and biochemical variables. In a cross-sectional study, 152 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed type II diabetes mellitus were referred from two outpatient clinics in Tehran for ophthalmologic exam to detect retinopathy. Indirect ophthalmoscopy was performed and data regarding risk factors were extracted from routine medical records. Chi square and Mann Whitney U tests were used to analyze the data. The overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was 13.8 %( 21 cases: three cases with microaneurysm only, 10 with mild, 5 with moderate and 2 with severe non proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Only one patient had advanced proliferative retinopathy. The prevalence of diabetic retinopathy was positively associated with age, duration of disease, fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c, and systolic blood pressure. Diabetic retinopathy is common in newly diagnosed type II diabetes mellitus patients. Ophthalmologic consultation is essential at the time of diagnosis for all patients.

  17. Time trend in Alzheimer diagnoses and the association between distance to an Alzheimer clinic and Alzheimer diagnosis

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    Jørgensen, Terese Sara Høj; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Gislason, Gunnar H; Andersson, Charlotte; Holm, Ellen

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Centralization of specialized health care in Denmark has caused increased geographical distance to health-care providers, which may be a barrier for Alzheimer patients to seek health care. We examined the incidence of Alzheimer diagnosis in Denmark between 2000 and 2009 and investigated...... the association between patients' distance to Alzheimer clinics and Alzheimer diagnoses. METHODS: Data of all individuals aged 65+ years were collected from Danish national registers. Incidences of Alzheimer diagnoses were analysed with joinpoint regression and hazard ratios (HRs) for Alzheimer...... diagnoses were analysed with Cox regressions. RESULTS: The annual incidence of Alzheimer diagnoses increased with 32.5% [95% confidence interval (CI): 7.1-63.8] among individuals aged 65-74 years from 2000 to 2002 and with 29.1% (95% CI: 11.0-50.2) among individuals aged 75+ years from 2000 to 2003. For...

  18. Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder: Examination of How Clinical Indicators Are Used by Professionals in the Health Setting

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    Treloar, Amanda Jane Commons; Lewis, Andrew J.

    2009-01-01

    This paper reviews the history of the recognition of borderline personality disorder as a clinical disorder, followed by a review of the contemporary practice of diagnosing borderline personality disorder in psychiatric settings. Many researchers have cautioned against the conflation of difficult patients with the diagnostic category of borderline…

  19. Unexpectedly diagnosed Caroli's disease on HIDA scintigraphy in a patient with calculous cholecystitis

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    Shinto, A. S.; Selvakumar, J. [Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Amalanagar (India)

    2010-12-15

    Caroli's disease, which is a rare condition with congenital dilatation if the intrahepatic bile ducts, is usually diagnosed postoperatively. The clinical suspicion in a patient with gallstones and choledocholithiasis presenting with dilated intrahepatic biliary radicles and jaundice is usually an obstructive etiology. However, scintigraphic evaluation of this entity, as in this case, gives additional information on liver function, biliary drainage and predisposing conditions like Caroli's disease, which could be missed otherwise

  20. [Danish Cholinesterase Research Unit diagnoses patients with prolonged paralysis after succinylcholine and mivacurium].

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    Eskildsen, Katrine Zwicky; Gätke, Mona Ring

    2015-04-27

    The Danish Cholinesterase Research Unit (DCRU) is a nationwide unit for patients carrying mutations in the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme (BChE). BChE hydrolyzes the neuromuscular blocking drugs succinylcholine and mivacurium. Patients with mutations in the butyrylcholinesterase gene are at risk of experiencing a prolonged effect of the drugs, such as weakness or paralysis for hours. In order to diagnose the referred patients correctly, DCRU combines results such as BChE activity, genotyping, pedigree and clinical reactions to succinylcholine or mivacurium. PMID:26539575

  1. Inpatient diagnoses during Adolf Meyer's tenure as director of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, 1913-1940.

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    Stephens, J H; Ota, K Y; More, W W; Shaffer, J W; Covi, L

    1986-12-01

    Between 1936 and 1950, detailed abstracts were prepared on all patients admitted to The Phipps Psychiatric Clinic from its opening in 1913 through 1950. Of these abstracts, 74% contained follow-up reports. Except for four papers on schizophrenia and affective disorders published between 1939 and 1943, none of this material has ever been analyzed. The present paper, the first of a series, examines the 8172 first admissions from 1913 through 1940, the period of Adolf Meyer's tenure as Clinic Director. Based on discharge diagnoses, we have sorted the patients into eight diagnostic groups with the following frequencies; schizophrenia, 17%; paranoid state, 3%; manic-depressive, 7%; depression, 27%; organic, 20%; neuroses, 15%; substance abuse, 6%; psychopath, 5%. Our manic-depressive group contains cases discharged primarily as hyperthymergasia, mania, or manic depressive insanity (MDI). Of the 349 cases diagnosed MDI at discharge, 10 had neither a history of nor present symptoms of mania, and these were put in the depression group. Frequencies for most of the diagnoses remained remarkably stable over the 28-year period. Only 9% were discharged recovered, whereas 43% were rated unimproved. Mean length of hospitalization was 76 days, with 10% of the patients readmitted. The mean length of follow-up was 9 years. Correlations of diagnoses, year of admission, length of stay, condition at discharge, age, sex, readmissions, change of diagnoses, somatic treatment, length of follow-up, and deaths in the clinic are presented. Meyer's influence on diagnostic practice is discussed. PMID:3537208

  2. The Characteristics of Male Patients Diagnosed with Osteoporosis - Original Investigation

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    İlknur Aktaş; Selma Eşen; Merih Sarıdoğan; Şansın Tüzün; Ülkü Akarırmak

    2006-01-01

    Aims: Evaluating the characteristics of male osteoporosis cases followed up in outpatient clinic. Material and Methods: The age, education status, alcohol, cigarette and coffee consumption, and nutritive habits of the male cases followed up in outpatient clinic between 2004-2005 were evaluated. Usage of toxic drugs and low energy fracture presence in the patient and his family were recorded. Sexual function was evaluated. Total blood count, comprehensive biochemical analyses, and bone mine...

  3. Chronic Inflammatory Periodontal Disease in Patients Diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/AIDS in Cienfuegos

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    Nivia Gontán Quintana

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: human immunodeficiency virus increases patients´ susceptibility to infections. Consequently, a high incidence of periodontal diseases is observed among them. It is often associated with other lesions of the oral mucous. Objective: to determine the evolution of chronic inflammatory periodontal disease in patients diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS.Methods: a case series study involving HIV-positive patients who attended the Stomatology consultation in Cienfuegos was conducted. The Russell Periodontal Index and the Simplified Oral Hygiene Index were used. Patients were classified taking into account clinical and immunological categories. Statistical processing was performed through SPSS program version 15.0 and Chi-square tests were applied.Results: a high prevalence of chronic inflammatory periodontal disease was observed in patients with human immunodeficiency virus. Correlation with the oral hygiene of the patients studied was found. CD4 count showed no statistical significance in periodontal disease severity. All patients classified as A2 suffer from some stage of periodontal disease, which was the most affected clinical category in spite of presenting mild immunodeficiency.Conclusions: there is a high prevalence of chronic inflammatory periodontal disease in patients diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Cienfuegos and it is correlated with patient’s oral hygiene.

  4. Clinical value of MRI and acute madopar responsiveness test in diagnosing progressive supranuclear palsy

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    LI Xiao-hong

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the MRI abnormalities and acute madopar responsiveness test in diagnosing progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP and Parkinson's disease (PD. Methods Seventeen patients with PSP and 17 gender and age matched patients with PD were studied with cranial MRI examinations and results of acute madopar responsiveness test, and the clinical manifestations of PSP were summarized. Results The atrophy of the midbrain tegmentum and hummingbird sign was demonstrated in all of the PSP patients in our study, but was not observed in the PD patients. The areas of the midbrain on mid-sagittal MRI in PSP patients [(77.35 ± 15.30 mm2] were significantly smaller than that in those with PD [(142.35 ± 31.49 mm2]. The average ratio of the area of the midbrain to the area of pons in the patients with PSP [(14.31 ± 2.47%] was significantly smaller than that in those with PD [(24.08 ± 4.73%; P = 0.000, for all]. According to the result of acute madopar responsiveness test, the maximum Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS ? improvement rate of 2 patients with PSP and 16 patients with PD was more than 30? (?2 = 23.142, P = 0.000. Conclusion The assessment of the mid-sagittal MRI and acute madopar responsiveness test may be a useful method to differentiate PSP from PD.

  5. A comparison of arthrography to clinical diagnostics for diagnosing meniscal lesions

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    A comparative investigation as to the exactness of clinical and arthrographical diagnostics was carried out on 176 patients who were clinically examined and operated on in the period of 1972-1980. Using solely clinical diagnostics, the total rate of exactness was 90,9%, the exactness regarding the internal meniscal lesion being significantly higher (94.2%) than that regarding external meniscal lesion (76.7%). Using solely arthrographic diagnostics, the total rate of exactness was 82%, the rate for internal meniscus being significantly lower (83.9%) than that obtained using clinical diagnostics. As for the external meniscus, the exactness of arthrography differs only slightly from clinical diagnostics with 74.7%. The most frequent sources of error in arthorgraphy were found to be lesions of the posterior horn at the internal meniscus. In cases of external meniscal lesions, especially when an internal meniscal lesion was existing at the same time, both examination methods failed in 5 cases. For routine diagnosing of meniscal lesions, arthrography is not necessary. An accurate clinical examination and anamnesis bring very good and exact results and should therefore be given absolute priority. (orig./MG)

  6. Using plant clinic registers to assess the quality of diagnoses and advice given to farmers

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    Danielsen, Solveig; Boa, Eric; Mafabi, Moses; Mutebi, Emmanuel; Reeder, Robert; Kabeere, Flavia; Karyeija, Robert

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This study developed a framework for quality assessment of diagnoses and advice given at plant clinics. Design/methodology/approach: Clinic registers from five plant clinics in Uganda (2006-2010) were used to develop quality assessment protocols for diagnoses and advice given by plant...... clinic registers have been used to systematically assess quality of plant clinic services. Apart from being a valuable tool for quality assessment of extension, the plant clinic registers constitute a novel source of regular information about pests, diseases and farmer demand that can help improve...

  7. Complex dental anomalies in a belatedly diagnosed cleidocranial dysplasia patient

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    Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is a rare congenital disorder, typically characterized by persistently open skull sutures, aplastic or hypoplastic clavicles, and supernumerary teeth. Mutations in the gene encoding the runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) protein are responsible for approximately two thirds of CCD patients. We report a 20-year-old CCD patient presenting not only with typical skeletal changes, but also complex dental anomalies. A previously undiagnosed odontoma, 14 supernumerary teeth, a cystic lesion, and previously unreported fused primary teeth were discovered on cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans. Mutation analysis identified the causal c.578G>A (p.R193Q) mutation in the RUNX2 gene. At 20 years of age, the patient had already missed the optimal period for dental intervention. This report describes the complex dental anomalies in a belatedly diagnosed CCD patient, and emphasizes the significance of CBCT assessment for the detection of dental anomalies and the importance of early treatment to achieve good outcomes

  8. Complex dental anomalies in a belatedly diagnosed cleidocranial dysplasia patient

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    Lu, Hui; Zeng, Bing Hui; Yu, Dong Sheng; Jing, Xiang Yi; Hu, Bin; Zhao, Wei; Wang, Yi Ming [Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China)

    2015-09-15

    Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is a rare congenital disorder, typically characterized by persistently open skull sutures, aplastic or hypoplastic clavicles, and supernumerary teeth. Mutations in the gene encoding the runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) protein are responsible for approximately two thirds of CCD patients. We report a 20-year-old CCD patient presenting not only with typical skeletal changes, but also complex dental anomalies. A previously undiagnosed odontoma, 14 supernumerary teeth, a cystic lesion, and previously unreported fused primary teeth were discovered on cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans. Mutation analysis identified the causal c.578G>A (p.R193Q) mutation in the RUNX2 gene. At 20 years of age, the patient had already missed the optimal period for dental intervention. This report describes the complex dental anomalies in a belatedly diagnosed CCD patient, and emphasizes the significance of CBCT assessment for the detection of dental anomalies and the importance of early treatment to achieve good outcomes.

  9. CLIPPERS among patients diagnosed with non-specific CNS neuroinflammatory diseases

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    Kerrn-Jespersen, B M; Lindelof, Mette; Illes, Zsolt; Blaabjerg, Morten; Lund, E L; Klausen, Camilla; Christiansen, Ingelise; Sellebjerg, F; Kondziella, D

    ", "other demyelinating disease in the CNS" or "encephalitis, myelitis or encephalomyelitis". Of 206 identified patients, 24 had been examined by brain biopsy and were included for further evaluation. Following clinical, neuroradiological and neuropathological review, 3 patients (12.5%) were reclassified as......-and-pepper" appearance on MRI, and 3) angiocentric, predominantly T-lymphocytic infiltration as revealed by brain biopsy. Inflammatory diseases including neuroinfections, CNS lymphoma and neurosarcoidosis must be excluded. Since CLIPPERS was described in 2010, many patients might have been misdiagnosed in the past. We...... having CLIPPERS. Median long-term follow-up was 75 months. The present results suggest that clinical re-evaluation of patients previously diagnosed with unspecified inflammatory demyelinating CNS disease or atypical neurosarcoidosis may increase the detection rate of CLIPPERS. Further, potentially severe...

  10. The utility of clinical decision tools for diagnosing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Brand Caroline

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of low bone mineral density than normal age matched populations. There is limited evidence to support cost effectiveness of population screening in rheumatoid arthritis and case finding strategies have been proposed as a means to increase cost effectiveness of diagnostic screening for osteoporosis. This study aimed to assess the performance attributes of generic and rheumatoid arthritis specific clinical decision tools for diagnosing osteoporosis in a postmenopausal population with rheumatoid arthritis who attend ambulatory specialist rheumatology clinics. Methods A cross-sectional study of 127 ambulatory post-menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis was performed. Patients currently receiving or who had previously received bone active therapy were excluded. Eligible women underwent clinical assessment and dual-energy-xray absorptiometry (DXA bone mineral density assessment. Clinical decision tools, including those specific for rheumatoid arthritis, were compared to seven generic post-menopausal tools to predict osteoporosis (defined as T score Results One hundred and twenty seven women participated. The median age was 62 (IQR 56–71 years. Median disease duration was 108 (60–168 months. Seventy two (57% women had no record of a previous DXA examination. Eighty (63% women had T scores at femoral neck or lumbar spine less than -1. The area under the ROC curve for clinical decision tool prediction of T score Conclusion There was limited utility of clinical decision tools for predicting osteoporosis in this patient population. Fracture prediction tools that include risk factors independent of BMD are needed.

  11. Time trend in Alzheimer diagnoses and the association between distance to an Alzheimer clinic and Alzheimer diagnosis

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    Jorgensen, T. S.; Torp-Pedersen, C.; Gislason, G. H.; Andersson, C.; Holm, E.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Centralization of specialized health care in Denmark has caused increased geographical distance to health-care providers, which may be a barrier for Alzheimer patients to seek health care. We examined the incidence of Alzheimer diagnosis in Denmark between 2000 and 2009 and investigated the association between patients' distance to Alzheimer clinics and Alzheimer diagnoses. METHODS: Data of all individuals aged 65+ years were collected from Danish national registers. Incidences of Al...

  12. Diagnósticos de enfermagem em clínica cirúrgica / Nursing diagnoses in surgical clinic

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    Elisiane Soares, Novaes; Maricy Morbin, Torres; Ana Paula Vilcinski, Oliva.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo Identificar a frequência dos diagnósticos de enfermagem em pacientes de clínica cirúrgica. Métodos Estudo transversal, descritivo e exploratório, de abordagem quantitativa, com dados referentes a 28 pacientes. O instrumento de coleta de dados foi desenvolvido pelos pesquisadores, com base e [...] m padrões funcionais de saúde. Resultados Foram encontrados 301 diagnósticos de enfermagem, com média de 12 por paciente. Somente quatro diagnósticos apresentaram frequência acima de 50%. Os mais frequentes foram: “risco de infecção”, “integridade da pele/tissular prejudicada”, “disposição para bem-estar espiritual”, “disfunção sexual” e “padrão do sono perturbado”. Diagnósticos que se enquadram no domínio 13 (Crescimento/Desenvolvimento) não foram documentados nesta amostra. Conclusão Os achados demostraram ampla variedade de diagnósticos na população estudada, reflexo da diversidade de cuidados a serem prestados. A identificação das necessidades de cuidados favorece a implantação de intervenções específicas, contribuindo para a qualidade da assistência de enfermagem. Abstract in english Objective To identify the frequency of nursing diagnosis in patients in surgical clinic. Methods A transverse, descriptive and exploratory study of quantitative approach, with data referring to 28 patients. The data collection instrument was developed by the researchers based on health functional pa [...] tterns. Results In total, 301 nursing diagnosis were found, with an average of 12 per patient. Only four diagnoses showed frequency above 50 percent. The most frequent were ‘risk for infection’, ‘impaired skin/tissue integrity’, ‘readiness for enhanced spiritual well-being’, ‘sexual dysfunction’ and ‘disturbed sleep pattern’. The diagnoses that fit in domain 13 (Growth/Development) were not documented in this sample. Conclusion The findings demonstrated a wide variety of diagnoses in the study population, a reflex of the diversity of care provided. Identifying the care needs favors the implantation of specific interventions, contributing to the quality of nursing assistance.

  13. Different Pathophysiological Phenotypes among Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Patients

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    Stidsen, Jacob

    2013-01-01

    autoimmune diabetes (LADA) (GAD antibody titer >= 20 IE/ml and not T1D), secondary diabetes (recent history of pancreatitis, pancreatectomy or pancreas amylase > 65U/l, and GAD negativity), steroid-induced diabetes (oral glucocorticoid-treated subjects), insulinopenic (f-P-C-peptide < 333 pmol/l and not LADA...... or secondary diabetes), classic obesity-associated insulin resistant diabetes ( f-P-C-peptide >= 568 pmol/l) and a normoinsulinopenic group (333 <=c-peptid <=568 pmol/l). Results: Median age of our new T2D patients was 61 years (range 21-95 years), 57% were men. We found that 3.0% newly diagnosed T2D...... patients suffered from LADA, 3.9% from secondary diabetes, 6.0% from steroid induced diabetes 5.9% had insulinopenic diabetes, whereas 56.7% presented the classic obesity-associated insulin-resistant phenotype. 24.6% was classified as normoinsulinopenic patients. Conclusion: We conclude that newly...

  14. Indicators of distress in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

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    Chirico, Andrea; Lucidi, Fabio; Mallia, Luca; D'Aiuto, Massimiliano; Merluzzi, Thomas V

    2015-01-01

    Background. The diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of cancer can present individuals with a multitude of stressors at various points in that trajectory. Psychosocial distress may appear early in the diagnostic process and have negative effects on compliance with treatment and subsequent quality of life. Purpose. The aim of the study was to determine early-phase predictors of distress before any medical treatment. Method. Consistent with the goals of the study, 123 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients (20 to 74 years old) completed multiple indicators of knowledge about breast cancer management and treatment, attitudes toward cancer, social support, coping efficacy, and distress. Results. SEM analysis confirmed the hypothesized model. Age was negatively associated with the patient's knowledge (? = - 0.22), which, in turn, was positively associated with both attitudes toward breast cancer (? = 0.39) and coping self-efficacy (? = 0.36). Self-efficacy was then directly related to psychological distress (? = - 0.68). Conclusions. These findings establish indicators of distress in patients early in the cancer trajectory. From a practical perspective, our results have implications for screening for distress and for the development of early interventions that may be followed by healthcare professionals to reduce psychological distress. PMID:26244115

  15. Weight history of patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes

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    Olivarius, N de Fine; Richelsen, B; Siersma, V; Andreasen, A H; Beck-Nielsen, H

    2008-01-01

    AIMS: To estimate and illustrate how the 10 years of weight change immediately preceding diabetes diagnosis vary with weight at the age of 20 years and with socio-demographic variables, risk factors and comorbidities at diagnosis. METHODS: Data were from a population-based cohort of 1320 persons ...... that it is important to advise young patients in particular, especially women, who have gained and sustained considerable weight to curb this upward weight trend in order to prevent the development of diabetes.......AIMS: To estimate and illustrate how the 10 years of weight change immediately preceding diabetes diagnosis vary with weight at the age of 20 years and with socio-demographic variables, risk factors and comorbidities at diagnosis. METHODS: Data were from a population-based cohort of 1320 persons...... newly diagnosed with diabetes aged > or = 40 years. Patients' weight at diagnosis was measured by the doctor, while patients recalled their weight approximately 1, 5 and 10 years prior to diagnosis and at age 20 years. RESULTS: Median weight gain from age 20 years to diabetes diagnosis at median age 65...

  16. Consistency between Research and Clinical Diagnoses of Autism among Boys and Girls with Fragile X Syndrome

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    Klusek, J.; Martin, G. E.; Losh, M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Prior research suggests that 60-74% of males and 16-45% of females with fragile X syndrome (FXS) meet criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in research settings. However, relatively little is known about the rates of clinical diagnoses in FXS and whether such diagnoses are consistent with those performed in a research setting…

  17. Frecuencia y características clínicas de la orbitopatía asociada al tiroides en pacientes hipertiroideos de reciente diagnóstico / Frequency and clinical characteristics of thyroid-associated orbitopathy in recently diagnosed hyperthyroid patients

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    Marelis, Yanes Quesada; Lisette, Leal Curi; Ileydis, Iglesias Marichal; Lisbet, Rodríguez Fernández; Juana Elvira, Maciques Rodríguez.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la orbitopatía asociada al tiroides es una complicación frecuente del hipertiroidismo. Objetivo: describir la frecuencia y características de la orbitopatía asociada a la enfermedad autoinmune del tiroides, en pacientes con diagnóstico reciente de hipertiroidismo. Métodos: estudio desc [...] riptivo transversal. A cada caso se le determinó al diagnóstico hormonas tiroideas, y anticuerpos antiperoxidasa. Se examinaron al diagnóstico para evaluar la presencia de orbitopatía, y se identificaron los síntomas y signos oculares presentes en los que la presentaron. Se compararon los resultados a través de estadística descriptiva, utilizando chi². La significación estadística fue para una p Abstract in english Introduction: thyroid-associated orbitopathy is a frequent complication of hyperthyroidism. Objective: to describe the frequency and the characteristics of orbitopathy related to autoimmune disease of thyroids in patients who were recently diagnosed as hyperthyroidism cases. Methods: cross-sectional [...] descriptive study. Every case was detected thyroid hormones and antiperoxidase antibodies at time of diagnosis. They were examined to evaluate the possible presence of orbitopathy whose ocular symptoms and signs were identified in those who had it. The comparison of results was made through summary statistics by using chi-square test. The statistical significance was p

  18. Risk of disability pension for patients diagnosed with haematological malignancies : a register-based cohort study

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    Horsboel, Trine A; Nielsen, Claus V

    2014-01-01

    UNLABELLED: Patients with haematological malignancies are at increased risk of experiencing work-related problems. The aims of this study were to compare the risk of disability pension (DP) among patients diagnosed with eight subtypes of haematological malignancies to a reference cohort, and to determine if relative risks differ between these subtypes; to evaluate the influence of socioeconomic factors, demographic factors, and clinical factors on the risk of DP; and to investigate if these associations differ between the reference cohort and the patient cohort. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We combined data from national registers on Danish patients diagnosed with haematological malignancies between 2000 and 2007 and a reference cohort without a history of these diseases. A total of 3194 patients and 28 627 reference individuals were followed until DP, emigration, old age pension or anticipatory pension, death or 26 February 2012, whichever came first. RESULTS: A total of 550 (17%) patients and 1511 (5%) referenceindividuals were granted DP. Age- and gender-adjusted relative risks differed significantly between the subgroups of haematological malignancies and ranged from 2.64 (95% CI 1.84-3.78) for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma to 12.53 (95% CI 10.57-14.85) for patients with multiple myeloma. In the patient cohort we found that gender, age, comorbidity, ethnicity, educational level, household income, history of long-term sick leave, and need of treatment with anxiolytics or antidepressants after diagnosis were associated with receiving DP. However, most of these associations were stronger in the reference cohort. CONCLUSION: All eight subtypes of haematological malignancies were associated with an increased risk of DP compared to the reference cohort. The relative risks differed according to subtype, and patients with multiple myeloma had the highest risk of DP. Furthermore, most socioeconomic, demographic and clinical factors had a stronger impact on the risk of DP in the reference cohort than in the patient cohort.

  19. Audiological evaluation of hearing levels in patients diagnosed with migraine

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    Müjde Karadag; Emine Elif Altuntas; Serkan Sanli; Ismail Önder Uysal

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    Introduction: Based on the hypothesis that neurovascular events involving in the pathophysiology of migraine can cause hearing loss by influencing blood flow of inner ear, it was aimed to determine whether migraine with or without aura in our clinics patients are at risk for hearing loss by assessing hearing levels via a high-frequency audiometry, acoustic reflex and transient otoacoustic emission responses; to discriminate whether hearing loss is cochlear or retrocochlear originated, if pres...

  20. [Effects of stepped counseling intervention on quality of life among newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients].

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    Hsiao, Ching-Fang; Chao, Shu-Ling; Tsai, Tsui-Ching; Chuang, Peing

    2004-04-01

    The purpose of this research was to understand how stepped counseling intervention affects quality of life in newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients. The study made use of quasi-experimental methodology that included a three-step interview process over 45 days. The theoretical framework supporting interviews with 32 newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients in northern Taiwan included a combination of rational-emotive therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and health education. Participants were divided into an experimental and control group of equal size. Data collection also included responses to the WHOQOL-HIV instrument at the beginning and end of each interview session. Responses were analyzed with the SPSS software package. The results showed a 25-point difference between pre- and post-test scores in the experimental group (SD = 3.2) and a 6 point difference in the control group (SD = 4.3). The results indicate that stepped counseling techniques are effective in helping this patient population to adjust to the physical, emotional, social, and environmental stresses associated with their newly diagnosis. The researchers suggest that stepped counseling be used with all newly diagnosed HIV-positive Taiwanese patients in all hospitals and clinics to promote adaptive abilities and to control the further spread of HIV. PMID:15137184

  1. Value of polymerase chain reaction in patients with presumptively diagnosed and treated as tuberculous pericardial effusion

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    Objective: To know the sensitivity of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in pericardial fluid and response to antituberculous treatment (ATT) in PCR positive patients who were presumptively diagnosed and treated as tuberculous pericardial effusion. Methodology: This was a descriptive cross sectional study carried out from June 1, 2009 to 31 May 2010 at Cardiology Department, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Patients with presumptive diagnosis and receiving treatment for tuberculous pericardial effusion were included. Pericardial fluid sample was aspirated under fluoroscopy for the routine work up. The specimens were subjected to PCR detection of mycobacterium tuberculous DNA. Results: During 12 month study period, a total of 54 patients with large pericardial effusion presented to Cardiology department, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Of them, 46 patients fulfilled the criteria for presumptive diagnosis of tuberculous pericardial effusion. PCR for mycobacterium tuberculous DNA in pericardial fluid was positive in 45.7%(21). Patients were followed for three months. In PCR positive group, 01 patient while in PCR negative group 3 patients were lost to follow up. Among PCR positive patients 17(85%) while in PCR negative group 11(47.82%) patient responded to ATT both clinically and echo-cardio graphically. We found that patients who were PCR positive responded better to therapy than those who were PCR negative and this finding was statistically significant (p=0.035). Conclusion: PCR, with all its limitations, is potentially a useful diagnostic test in patients with presumptively diagnosed tuberculous pericardial effusion. A PCR positive patient responds better to therapy as compared to PCR negative patient. (author)

  2. Asymmetric Dimethylarginine Plasma Levels and Endothelial Function in Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic Patients

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    Francesco Perticone

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available It is now well established that major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD impact upon endothelial function by decreasing nitric oxide (NO bioavailability. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA, an endogenous analog of l-arginine, is able to inhibit the activity of endothelial-NO synthase, promoting endothelial dysfunction. Type 2 diabetes (T2D is characterized by a reduced endothelium-dependent vasodilation and increased ADMA levels and ADMA is strongly associated with micro- and macrovascular diabetic complications. However, there are not a lot of data about the role of ADMA on endothelial function in newly diagnosed T2D patients without cardiovascular (CV complications. For this aim, we have enrolled forty-five newly diagnosed T2D patients, evaluated by a oral glucose tolerance test, and thirty normal subjects. Endothelium-dependent and -independent vasodilatation was investigated by intra-arterial infusion of increasing doses of acetylcholine (ACh and sodium nitroprusside. ADMA was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and insulin resistance (IR by HOMA. Newly diagnosed T2D patients showed higher ADMA and l-arginine mean values in comparison with normal subjects and a significantly reduced ACh-stimulated forearm blood flow (FBF. In T2D patients FBF was significantly and inversely correlated with ADMA (r = ?0.524, p < 0.0001 and in a multivariate regression analysis, ADMA resulted the stronger predictor of FBF, explaining the 27.5% of variability (p < 0.0001. In conclusion, ADMA was strongly related to endothelial dysfunction also in patients with newly diagnosed T2D, without clinically manifest vascular complications. This field is of great interest for understanding the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of diabetic disease and its CV complications.

  3. Analysis of epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients admitted diagnosed with acute ischemic cerebrovascular event in internal medicine services and neurology of the Hospital Mexico in March 2013 to March 2014

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    Records of 100 patients were revised with diagnosis of ischemic cerebrovascular event in the neurology and internal medicine at the Hospital Mexico since March 2013 to March 2014. A total of 46 patients were men and 54 were women. The overall mean age was 69 years, for men have been 66 years and for women from 71. Patients of all provinces were entered main of San Jose with 56% followed by 19% Alajuela. The hospital management by specialty was distributed 60% to internal medicine and 40% neurology. The risk factors most frequently found were: hypertension 85%, diabetes mellitus 40%, smoking 35%, and dyslipidemia 35%. Overweight was observed in 23% of patients and 22% obese. As for the initial clinical manifestations documented in the first physical examination, the 6 most frequently found have been: faciobrachiocrural hemiparesis 60%, delirium 22%, dysarthria 22%, headache 20%, nausea and/or vomiting 17% and aphasia 15%. A total of 13% of patients have altered the consciousness and 5% have required ventilatory support for first 24 hours of evolution. 27% of patients have arrived within the first 3 hours of onset of symptoms, 11% between 3 to 4.5 hours and the remaining 62% beyond 4.5 hours of duration. 70% of patients have had 1 or more comorbidities prior to the event, the top 5 have been: ischemic heart disease 31%, 29% atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular disease 19%, 16% chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure by 12%. Regarding the topographic classification of stokes, 16% were TACI, PACI 46%, 27% LACI and POCI only 11%. The average NIHSS scale has been 9 points to admission, 10 to 48 hours and 6 points at the time of discharge. Regarding brain scan on admission to 98% of the patients were performed while that between 48-72 hours alone to 74%. The most common initial tomographic CT findings have been: 49% lucency of more than 1/3 of middle cerebral artery territory, without alteration 46%, 8% cerebral edema data and 8% midline deviation. Hemorrhagic transformation was documented in 6% of cases. 70% of patients were performed Doppler ultrasound of neck vessels. Without injuries 82%, 9% with obstruction between 50-70% and 9% with over 70% lumen obstruction. Echocardiography was performed in 54% of cases and 76% was obtained left ventricular hypertrophy, left atrial dilation 37% and 2% intramural thrombus. With respect to functionality 81% of patients had no or minimal dependence upon admission, to the time of discharge 74% have had moderated to severe disability, 12% mild and only 14% had no disability or this was minimal. 51% of patients have presented one or more complications during hospitalization, the 5 most frequent have been: bronchopneumonia 25%, bronchial aspiration and urinary tract infection 19%, 16% cognitive impairment and 10% cardiac arrhythmias. The average overall stay has been 13 days. Internal medicine has been 14± days and in neurology has been 12 ± days. The mortally rate has been 19% while 71% of patients were discharged to home and 10% were moved to the medical center. (author)

  4. The clinical study of diagnosing export obstruction with simulative dejecta

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    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of two defecography contrast agents, artificial stool and liquid barium, in diagnosis of functional export obstruction. Methods: Defecography by using artificial stool (Artificial Stool Defecography, ASD) was compared with that by using liquid barium (Liquid Barium Defecography, BD). Both of which were conducted in 50 patients. Results: The average inside diameter of recta under ASD was 1.89cm larger than that under BD. The average recta volume ratio of ASD to BD was 2.1. 39 patients were detected as retention of contrast medium of more than 20% in ASD, whereas no patient was detected as that in BD. The number of inward invagination identified by ASD or BD respectively was 8 and 5, and that of Puborectalis Syndrome was 4 and 1. Average evacuate time was 10 seconds in ASD and 2.5 seconds in BD. Conclusion: Artificial stool defecography (ASD) is more beneficial than traditional barium defecography (BD) in diagnosis of export obstruction. Artificial stool defecography results in a higher diagnostic rate and is thus highly recommendable. (authors)

  5. Using Plant Clinic Registers to Assess the Quality of Diagnoses and Advice Given to Farmers: A Case Study from Uganda

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    Danielsen, Solveig; Boa, Eric; Mafabi, Moses; Mutebi, Emmanuel; Reeder, Robert; Kabeere, Flavia; Karyeija, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: This study developed a framework for quality assessment of diagnoses and advice given at plant clinics. Design/methodology/approach: Clinic registers from five plant clinics in Uganda (2006-2010) were used to develop quality assessment protocols for diagnoses and advice given by plant doctors. Assessment of quality of diagnoses was based…

  6. Infecciones parasitarias en el paciente infectado por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana: Aspectos etiológicos, clínicos, diagnósticos, terapéuticos y profilaxis / Parasitic infections in the infected patient for the human immunodeficiency virus: Ethiological, clinical, diagnoses, therpeutic and prevention aspects

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    RE, Andrade Pineda; MJ, Marcano Lozada.

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available El diagnóstico de las infecciones parasitarias en los pacientes infectados por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) es de crucial importancia, y debe ser realizado de manera razonada, en lugar de ser un hallazgo de exclusión o sugerido por fracasos terapéuticos contra bacterias y hongos. En [...] este artículo se abordan varias parasitosis desde los puntos de vista epidemiológico, clínico, diagnóstico, terapéutico y de prevención, haciendo énfasis en la microsporidiosis y coccidiosis, además de la toxoplasmosis. Es necesario recordar que la infección VIH/SIDA cambia la presentación clínica de las parasitosis y altera su diagnóstico por la debacle inmunológica general, al igual que sus respuestas terapéuticas, por lo cual es necesario para el médico tener siempre presentes estos agentes en el momento de tratar a un paciente seropositivo para VIH. Abstract in english The diagnosis of parasitic infections in patients infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) it is of main importance, and it should be carried out in a reasoned way, instead of being an exclusion discovery or suggested by therapeutic failures against bacterial and micotic agents. In this articl [...] e, several parasitic infections is approached from different points of viw as epidemic, clinical manifestations, diagnosis criteria, therapeutic and prevention, making emphasis in microsporidiosis and coccidiosis, besides toxoplasmosis. It is necessary to remember that the HIV/AIDS infection changes the clinical presentation of parasitic infections, it alters its diagnosis for the immunologic failure the same as its therapeutic answers, reason why is necessary for the physicians to always have present these agents in the moment to face a seropositive patient for HIV infection.

  7. Depression in patients with HIV is under-diagnosed: a cross-sectional study in Denmark

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    Rodkjaer, L; Laursen, T; Balle, N; Sodemann, M

    2009-01-01

    Background International studies suggesting that 20-37% of HIV-positive patients have diagnosable depression may underestimate the prevalence of this condition. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of depression among HIV-positive patients in an out-patient clinic in Denmark an......, loneliness, a difficult financial situation, low adherence and unsafe sex. Screening for depression should be conducted regularly to provide full evaluation and relevant psychiatric treatment. This is particularly important at the time of diagnosis and before initiating HAART....... to detect factors of importance for the development of depression. Methods In 2005, a population of 205 HIV-positive patients was included in a questionnaire-based study. The Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) was used to assess the prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms. Patients with a...... antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the 4 days prior to assessment (odds ratio 5.7, 95% confidence interval 1.7-18.6). There was a dose-response trend in relation to unsafe sex (P=0.03). Conclusions The study found that depression was under-diagnosed among HIV-positive patients and was associated with stress...

  8. Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency diagnosed by clinical metabolomic profiling of plasma.

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    Atwal, Paldeep S; Donti, Taraka R; Cardon, Aaron L; Bacino, C A; Sun, Qin; Emrick, L; Reid Sutton, V; Elsea, Sarah H

    2015-01-01

    Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is an inborn error of metabolism affecting the biosynthesis of serotonin, dopamine, and catecholamines. We report a case of AADC deficiency that was detected using the Global MAPS platform. This is a novel platform that allows for parallel clinical testing of hundreds of metabolites in a single plasma specimen. It uses a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry platform, and the resulting spectra are compared against a library of ~2500 metabolites. Our patient is now a 4 year old boy initially seen at 11 months of age for developmental delay and hypotonia. Multiple tests had not yielded a diagnosis until exome sequencing revealed compound heterozygous variants of uncertain significance (VUS), c.286G>A (p.G96R) and c.260C>T (p.P87L) in the DDC gene, causal for AADC deficiency. CSF neurotransmitter analysis confirmed the diagnosis with elevated 3-methoxytyrosine (3-O-methyldopa). Metabolomic profiling was performed on plasma and revealed marked elevation in 3-methoxytyrosine (Z-score +6.1) consistent with the diagnosis of AADC deficiency. These results demonstrate that the Global MAPS platform is able to diagnose AADC deficiency from plasma. In summary, we report a novel and less invasive approach to diagnose AADC deficiency using plasma metabolomic profiling. PMID:25956449

  9. Clinical Impact of the KL-6 Concentration of Pancreatic Juice for Diagnosing Pancreatic Masses.

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    Matsumoto, Kazuya; Takeda, Yohei; Harada, Kenichi; Onoyama, Takumi; Kawata, Soichiro; Horie, Yasushi; Sakamoto, Teruhisa; Ueki, Masaru; Miura, Norimasa; Murawaki, Yoshikazu

    2015-01-01

    Background and Aim. Pancreatic juice cytology (PJC) is considered optimal for differentially diagnosing pancreatic masses, but the accuracy of PJC ranges from 46.7% to 93.0%. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical impact of measuring the KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice for diagnosing pancreatic masses. Methods. PJC and the KL-6 concentration measurements of pancreatic juice were performed for 70 consecutive patients with pancreatic masses (39 malignancies and 31 benign). Results. The average KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice was significantly higher for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs) (167.7 ± 396.1?U/mL) and intraductal papillary mucinous carcinomas (IPMCs) (86.9 ± 21.1?U/mL) than for pancreatic inflammatory lesions (17.5 ± 15.7?U/mL, P = 0.034) and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (14.4 ± 2.0?U/mL, P = 0.026), respectively. When the cut-off level of the KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice was 16?U/mL, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of the KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice alone were 79.5%, 64.5%, and 72.9%, respectively. Adding the KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice to PJC when making a diagnosis caused the values of sensitivity and accuracy of PJC to increase by 15.3% (P = 0.025) and 8.5% (P = 0.048), respectively. Conclusions. The KL-6 concentration of pancreatic juice may be as useful as PJC for diagnosing PDACs. PMID:26451373

  10. MRI evaluation of the contralateral breast in patients with recently diagnosed breast cancer

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Contralateral breast cancer can be synchronous and/or metachronous in patients with cancer of one breast. Detection of a synchronous breast cancer may affect patient management. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI of the breast (DCE-MRI is a sensitive technique for detecting contralateral lesions occult on the other imaging modalities in women already diagnosed with cancer of one breast. Aim: The aim was to assess the incidence of mammographically occult synchronous contralateral breast cancer in patients undergoing MRI mammography for the evaluation of a malignant breast lesion. Materials and Methods: A total of 294 patients with recently diagnosed breast cancer who underwent MRI of the breast were evaluated for lesions in the opposite breast. Results: The incidence of synchronous contralateral malignancy detected by preoperative MRI mammography done for evaluation of extent of disease was 4.1%. Conclusion: Preoperative breast MRI may detect clinically and mammographically occult synchronous contralateral cancer, and can help the patient avoid an additional second surgery or a second course of chemotherapy later; also, as theoretically these lesions are smaller, there may be a survival benefit as well.

  11. POLD1 Germline Mutations in Patients Initially Diagnosed with Werner Syndrome.

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    Lessel, Davor; Hisama, Fuki M; Szakszon, Katalin; Saha, Bidisha; Sanjuanelo, Alexander Barrios; Salbert, Bonnie A; Steele, Pamela D; Baldwin, Jennifer; Brown, W Ted; Piussan, Charles; Plauchu, Henri; Szilvássy, Judit; Horkay, Edit; Högel, Josef; Martin, George M; Herr, Alan J; Oshima, Junko; Kubisch, Christian

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    Segmental progeroid syndromes are rare, heterogeneous disorders characterized by signs of premature aging affecting more than one tissue or organ. A prototypic example is the Werner syndrome (WS), caused by biallelic germline mutations in the Werner helicase gene (WRN). While heterozygous lamin A/C (LMNA) mutations are found in a few nonclassical cases of WS, another 10%-15% of patients initially diagnosed with WS do not have mutations in WRN or LMNA. Germline POLD1 mutations were recently reported in five patients with another segmental progeroid disorder: mandibular hypoplasia, deafness, progeroid features syndrome. Here, we describe eight additional patients with heterozygous POLD1 mutations, thereby substantially expanding the characterization of this new example of segmental progeroid disorders. First, we identified POLD1 mutations in patients initially diagnosed with WS. Second, we describe POLD1 mutation carriers without clinically relevant hearing impairment or mandibular underdevelopment, both previously thought to represent obligate diagnostic features. These patients also exhibit a lower incidence of metabolic abnormalities and joint contractures. Third, we document postnatal short stature and premature greying/loss of hair in POLD1 mutation carriers. We conclude that POLD1 germline mutations can result in a variably expressed and probably underdiagnosed segmental progeroid syndrome. PMID:26172944

  12. Prevalence of mixed hepatitis C virus (HCV genotypes among recently diagnosed dialysis patients with HCV infection

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    Full Text Available Hepatitis C virus (HCV infection is considered a major health problem recognized globally. HCV is a major cause of chronic liver disease that may lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of multiple (mixed HCV genotypes in Saudi patients recently diagnosed with HCV infection and their association with various clinical risk factors. We examined a total of 1,292 newly diagnosed HCV-positive cases between January 2006 and July 2009 at the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh. The clinical and laboratory data of the study patients were collected. The HCV-RNA viral load and its genotyping were carried out with RT-PCR technology to assist in the follow-up and management of HCV-infected patients undergoing antiviral therapy. Twenty-two patients (1.7% were found to have mixed HCV genotypes; of them, mixed genotypes associated with genotype-4 were seen in 19 patients (86%, mixed genotypes associated with genotype-1 were found in 68.4%, with genotype-3 in 26.3% and with genotype-2 in 5.3%. Additionally, mixed genotypes associated with genotype-1 were seen in three cases (13.6%; they were associated with genotype-2 in two (66.7% and with genotype-5 in one patient (33.3%. In conclusion, the prevalence rate of mixed HCV genotypes in the cohort of the newly infected Saudi patients was 1.7%, with genotype-4 being the most frequent genotype encountered.

  13. New Breast Cancer Recursive Partitioning Analysis Prognostic Index in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Brain Metastases

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    Purpose: The aim of the study was to present a new breast cancer recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) prognostic index for patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases as a guide in clinical decision making. Methods and Materials: A prospectively collected group of 441 consecutive patients with breast cancer and brain metastases treated between the years 2003 and 2009 was assessed. Prognostic factors significant for univariate analysis were included into RPA. Results: Three prognostic classes of a new breast cancer RPA prognostic index were selected. The median survival of patients within prognostic Classes I, II, and III was 29, 9, and 2.4 months, respectively (p < 0.0001). Class I included patients with one or two brain metastases, without extracranial disease or with controlled extracranial disease, and with Karnofsky performance status (KPS) of 100. Class III included patients with multiple brain metastases with KPS of ?60. Class II included all other cases. Conclusions: The breast cancer RPA prognostic index is an easy and valuable tool for use in clinical practice. It can select patients who require aggressive treatment and those in whom whole-brain radiotherapy or symptomatic therapy is the most reasonable option. An individual approach is required for patients from prognostic Class II.

  14. Clinical or radiological diagnosis of impingement; Klinische oder radiologische Diagnose des Impingements

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    Kloth, J.K.; Weber, M.A. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Klinik fuer diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Zeifang, F. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Zentrum fuer Orthopaedie, Unfallchirurgie und Paraplegiologie, Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Shoulder impingement syndrome is a clinically common entity involving trapping of tendons or bursa with typical clinical findings. Important radiological procedures are ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR arthrography. Projection radiography and computed tomography (CT) are ideal to identify bony changes and CT arthrography also serves as an alternative method in cases of contraindications for MRI. These modalities support the clinically suspected diagnosis of impingement syndrome and may identify its cause in primary diagnosis. In addition, effects of impingement are determined by imaging. Therapy decisions are based on a synopsis of radiological and clinical findings. The sensitivity and specificity of these imaging modalities with regard to the diagnostics of a clinically evident impingement syndrome are given in this review article. Orthopedic and trauma surgeons express the suspicion of an impingement syndrome based on patient history and physical examination and radiologists confirm structural changes and damage of intra-articular structures using dedicated imaging techniques. (orig.) [German] Das Impingementsyndrom der Schulter ist ein haeufiges Einklemmungsphaenomen von Sehnen oder Bursen mit typischem klinischem Befund. Wichtige radiologische Verfahren sind Sonographie, MRT und MR-Arthrographie. Projektionsradiographie und CT sind ideal, um knoecherne Veraenderungen aufzuzeigen. Die CT-Arthrographie dient zudem als Ersatzverfahren bei Kontraindikationen fuer die MRT. Diese genannten Modalitaeten koennen in der Primaerdiagnostik die Diagnose eines Impingementsyndroms stuetzen und dessen Ursache aufzeigen. Zudem werden bildgebend Folgen der Einklemmung festgestellt und in Zusammenschau von klinischer Symptomatik und radiologischem Befund Therapieentscheidungen getroffen. Die Sensitivitaet und Spezifitaet der zuvor genannten bildgebenden Verfahren in Bezug auf die diagnostische Aufarbeitung einer klinisch evidenten Impingementsymptomatik werden in der Uebersicht abgehandelt. Der Verdacht auf ein Impingementsyndrom wird vom Orthopaeden und Unfallchirurgen anhand von Anamnese und koerperlicher Untersuchung gestellt, die Bestaetigung struktureller Veraenderungen und Schaedigungen erfolgt durch den Radiologen mittels dezidierter Bildgebung. (orig.)

  15. Frecuencia de la hipertensión arterial y su relación con algunas variables clínicas en pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 / High blood pressure frequency and its relation to some clinical variables in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Eduardo, Valdés Ramos; Niurka, Bencosme Rodríguez.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal con 300 pacientes diabéticos tipo 2 ingresados en el Centro de Atención al Diabético de Bayamo, Granma, en el período comprendido entre octubre de 2007 y mayo de 2008, con el objetivo de conocer la frecuencia de hipertensión arterial y su relación con al [...] gunas variables clínicas en estos casos. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de cada uno de ellos para obtener datos de los aspectos siguientes: edad, sexo, color de la piel, hábitos tóxicos, edad al comienzo de la diabetes, estado nutricional, circunferencia de la cintura, tensión arterial y complicaciones crónicas de la diabetes. Se encontró hipertensión arterial en 210 pacientes (70 %); de ellos, 57 (27,1 %) presentaron hipertensión sistólica aislada, 39 (18,5 %) hipertensión diastólica, y 114 (54,4 %) hipertensión sistodiastólica. La hipertensión arterial se presentó desde el inicio de la diabetes en el 62,9 %. El 76,1 % de los pacientes hipertensos tenían sobrepeso u obesidad (P=0,0557). Resultó significativa la asociación entre la hipertensión arterial y la cardiopatía isquémica (p= 0,0117). En relación con el ictus y la insuficiencia arterial periférica, aunque la mayoría de los casos eran hipertensos, no llegó a ser estadísticamente significativo (p= 0,8261, p= 0,8600). El 71,1 % de los pacientes con retinopatía diabética y el 75 % con nefropatía diabética eran hipertensos (p= 0,8261, p= 0,8600). Se concluye que la hipertensión arterial tiene una elevada incidencia en los pacientes con diabetes mellitas tipo 2, porque está presente en un porcentaje importante desde el diagnóstico de la diabetes y se asocia significativamente a la presencia de cardiopatía isquémica. Abstract in english A cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted in 300 patients with type 2 diabetes admitted in Diabetes Care Center of Bayamo, Granma province between October, 2007 and May, 2008 to know the high blood pressure frequency and its relation to some clinical variables in these cases. Medical rec [...] ords of each patient were reviewed to obtain data on the following features: age, sex, skin color, toxic habits, arterial pressure, and chronic complications of diabetes. High blood pressure was present in 210 patients (70 %), from them 57 (27.1 %) had isolated systolic hypertension, 39 (18.5 %) diastolic hypertension, and 114 (54.4 %) systolic-diastolic hypertension. Arterial hypertension was present from onset of diabetes in 62.9 %. The 76.1 % of hypertensive patients had overweight or obesity (p= 0.0557). The relationship was significant between arterial hypertension and ischemic heart disease (p = 0.0117). With regard to ictus and peripheral arterial failure, although most of cases were hypertensive, there was not statistic significance (p= 0.8261, p= 0.8600). The 71,1 % of patients presenting with diabetic retinopathy and the 75 % with diabetic nephropathy were hypertensive (p= 0.8261, p= 0.8600). We conclude that arterial hypertension shows a high incidence in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus due to its presence in a significant percentage from the diabetes diagnosis and it is markedly associated with presence of ischemic heart disease.

  16. Frecuencia de la hipertensión arterial y su relación con algunas variables clínicas en pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 High blood pressure frequency and its relation to some clinical variables in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Eduardo Valdés Ramos

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal con 300 pacientes diabéticos tipo 2 ingresados en el Centro de Atención al Diabético de Bayamo, Granma, en el período comprendido entre octubre de 2007 y mayo de 2008, con el objetivo de conocer la frecuencia de hipertensión arterial y su relación con algunas variables clínicas en estos casos. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de cada uno de ellos para obtener datos de los aspectos siguientes: edad, sexo, color de la piel, hábitos tóxicos, edad al comienzo de la diabetes, estado nutricional, circunferencia de la cintura, tensión arterial y complicaciones crónicas de la diabetes. Se encontró hipertensión arterial en 210 pacientes (70 %; de ellos, 57 (27,1 % presentaron hipertensión sistólica aislada, 39 (18,5 % hipertensión diastólica, y 114 (54,4 % hipertensión sistodiastólica. La hipertensión arterial se presentó desde el inicio de la diabetes en el 62,9 %. El 76,1 % de los pacientes hipertensos tenían sobrepeso u obesidad (P=0,0557. Resultó significativa la asociación entre la hipertensión arterial y la cardiopatía isquémica (p= 0,0117. En relación con el ictus y la insuficiencia arterial periférica, aunque la mayoría de los casos eran hipertensos, no llegó a ser estadísticamente significativo (p= 0,8261, p= 0,8600. El 71,1 % de los pacientes con retinopatía diabética y el 75 % con nefropatía diabética eran hipertensos (p= 0,8261, p= 0,8600. Se concluye que la hipertensión arterial tiene una elevada incidencia en los pacientes con diabetes mellitas tipo 2, porque está presente en un porcentaje importante desde el diagnóstico de la diabetes y se asocia significativamente a la presencia de cardiopatía isquémica.A cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted in 300 patients with type 2 diabetes admitted in Diabetes Care Center of Bayamo, Granma province between October, 2007 and May, 2008 to know the high blood pressure frequency and its relation to some clinical variables in these cases. Medical records of each patient were reviewed to obtain data on the following features: age, sex, skin color, toxic habits, arterial pressure, and chronic complications of diabetes. High blood pressure was present in 210 patients (70 %, from them 57 (27.1 % had isolated systolic hypertension, 39 (18.5 % diastolic hypertension, and 114 (54.4 % systolic-diastolic hypertension. Arterial hypertension was present from onset of diabetes in 62.9 %. The 76.1 % of hypertensive patients had overweight or obesity (p= 0.0557. The relationship was significant between arterial hypertension and ischemic heart disease (p = 0.0117. With regard to ictus and peripheral arterial failure, although most of cases were hypertensive, there was not statistic significance (p= 0.8261, p= 0.8600. The 71,1 % of patients presenting with diabetic retinopathy and the 75 % with diabetic nephropathy were hypertensive (p= 0.8261, p= 0.8600. We conclude that arterial hypertension shows a high incidence in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus due to its presence in a significant percentage from the diabetes diagnosis and it is markedly associated with presence of ischemic heart disease.

  17. Treatment and survival in a population-based sample of patients diagnosed with gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma

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    Deirdre P Cronin-Fenton, Margaret M Mooney, Limin X Clegg, Linda C Harlan

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    Full Text Available AIM: To examine the extent of use of specific therapies in clinical practice, and their relationship to therapies validated in clinical trials.METHODS: The US National Cancer Institutes’ Patterns of Care study was used to examine therapies and survival of patients diagnosed in 2001 with histologically-confirmed gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (n = 1356. The study re-abstracted data and verified therapy with treating physicians for a population-based stratified random sample.RESULTS: Approximately 62% of patients had stomach adenocarcinoma (SAC, while 22% had gastric-cardia adenocarcinoma (GCA, and 16% lower esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC. Stage IV/unstaged esophageal cancer patients were most likely and stage?I-III stomach cancer patients least likely to receive chemotherapy as all or part of their therapy; gastric-cardia patients received chemotherapy at a rate between these two. In multivariable analysis by anatomic site, patients 70 years and older were significantly less likely than younger patients to receive chemotherapy alone or chemoradiation for all three anatomic sites. Among esophageal and stomach cancer patients, receipt of chemotherapy was associated with lower mortality; but no association was found among gastric-cardia patients.CONCLUSION: This study highlights the relatively low use of clinical trials-validated anti-cancer therapies in community practice. Use of chemotherapy-based treatment was associated with lower mortality, dependent on anatomic site. Findings suggest that physicians treat lower esophageal and SAC as two distinct entities, while gastric-cardia patients receive a mix of the treatment strategies employed for the two other sites.

  18. Perfil clínico-epidemiológico de pacientes do Ambulatório de Alergia Ocular da Santa Casa de São Paulo / Clinical and epidemiological profile of patients diagnosed and treated at the Ocular Allergy Sector at Santa Casa de São Paulo

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    Denise Atique, Goulart; Dario Grechi, Goulart; Marcela Colussi, Cypel; Paulo Elias Correa, Dantas; Maria Cristina, Nishiwaki-Dantas.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Traçar o perfil do paciente portador de alergia ocular baseado nos seus dados epidemiológicos, na sua resposta ao tratamento e nas complicações de sua doença. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 172 prontuários dos pacientes com diagnóstico de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril (CCP), atópica (C [...] CA), sazonal (CAS) e perene (CAP) e que tiveram seguimento mínimo de 6 meses no Ambulatório de Alergia Ocular do Departamento de Oftalmologia da Santa Casa de São Paulo. A análise estatística foi feita pelo método da variância e qui-quadrado. RESULTADOS: A alergia ocular mais freqüente foi a CCP (n=95; 55,2%); com predominância do sexo masculino (n=117; 68,1%). A idade média foi 11,7 anos (± 8,7 anos). Também foi a doença que mais acometeu a visão, sendo que 52,7% tiveram AV = 1,0; dos pacientes com ceratoconjuntivite atópica, 54,4% tinham AV=1,0, daqueles com conjuntivite alérgica sazonal, 75% e daqueles com conjuntivite alér-gica perene, 100% tinham AV=1,0. 96,8% dos portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril apresentaram maior freqüência das crises no calor, e 91,4% dos portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica atópica no frio. As alterações corneais foram mais freqüentes nos pacientes com ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril, com ceratite presente em 57 pacientes (60,0%). Entre as medicações usadas, 21,6% (n=45) precisaram de corticosteróides, sendo que 36,8% destes pacientes portavam conjuntivite alérgica perene (n=35). O cromoglicato dissódico foi, dentre as demais medicações, a que em mais pacientes pareceu controlar os sintomas, com algum sucesso, em todas as formas de alergia ocular. A ressecção de papilas gigantes com transplante autólogo de conjuntiva foi feita em oito pacientes, sendo sete deles portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril e um de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica atópica. CONCLUSÕES: Ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril é o tipo de conjuntivite alérgica mais freqüente em nosso serviço. A droga mais eficaz na nossa experiência parece ser o cromoglicato dissódico, sendo que os corticosteróides são potentes agentes antiinflamatórios que, nestes pacientes, muitas vezes são as únicas drogas capazes de fazer cessar as crises. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To establish a profile of the allergic patient based on clinical manifestations, epidemiological data, treatment response and complications of ocular allergy. METHODS: A retrospective and descriptive study, in which we analyzed data of 172 patients suffering from perennial conjunctivitis, s [...] easonal conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis and vernal keratoconjunctivitis, with at least 6 months of follow-up. The study was performed at the Ocular Allergy Sector of the "Santa Casa de São Paulo". Statistical analysis was performed using variance method and qui-square test. RESULTS: The most frequent form of ocular allergy was vernal keratoconjunctivitis (n=95; 55.2%) and the male sex was predominant (n=117; 68.1%). Mean age was 111.7 years (± 8.7). Vernal keratoconjunctivitis was the disease that most impaired vision, also responsible for corneal complications in 60% of the patients (n=57). Among medications, corticosteroids were used by 21.6% (n=45) of patients and 36.8% of them had vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Disodium cromoglycate was not only the most used medication, but able to successfully control symptoms in most cases. Papilla resection with autologous transplantation had to be performed in 8 patients. CONCLUSIONS: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis showed to be the most frequent form of ocular allergy in our service. The most efficient drug in our experience seemed to be disodium cromoglycate. Corticosteroids were shown to be as potent anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes were the only way to discontinue crises.

  19. Perfil clínico-epidemiológico de pacientes do Ambulatório de Alergia Ocular da Santa Casa de São Paulo Clinical and epidemiological profile of patients diagnosed and treated at the Ocular Allergy Sector at Santa Casa de São Paulo

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    Denise Atique Goulart

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Traçar o perfil do paciente portador de alergia ocular baseado nos seus dados epidemiológicos, na sua resposta ao tratamento e nas complicações de sua doença. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 172 prontuários dos pacientes com diagnóstico de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril (CCP, atópica (CCA, sazonal (CAS e perene (CAP e que tiveram seguimento mínimo de 6 meses no Ambulatório de Alergia Ocular do Departamento de Oftalmologia da Santa Casa de São Paulo. A análise estatística foi feita pelo método da variância e qui-quadrado. RESULTADOS: A alergia ocular mais freqüente foi a CCP (n=95; 55,2%; com predominância do sexo masculino (n=117; 68,1%. A idade média foi 11,7 anos (± 8,7 anos. Também foi a doença que mais acometeu a visão, sendo que 52,7% tiveram AV = 1,0; dos pacientes com ceratoconjuntivite atópica, 54,4% tinham AV=1,0, daqueles com conjuntivite alérgica sazonal, 75% e daqueles com conjuntivite alér-gica perene, 100% tinham AV=1,0. 96,8% dos portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril apresentaram maior freqüência das crises no calor, e 91,4% dos portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica atópica no frio. As alterações corneais foram mais freqüentes nos pacientes com ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril, com ceratite presente em 57 pacientes (60,0%. Entre as medicações usadas, 21,6% (n=45 precisaram de corticosteróides, sendo que 36,8% destes pacientes portavam conjuntivite alérgica perene (n=35. O cromoglicato dissódico foi, dentre as demais medicações, a que em mais pacientes pareceu controlar os sintomas, com algum sucesso, em todas as formas de alergia ocular. A ressecção de papilas gigantes com transplante autólogo de conjuntiva foi feita em oito pacientes, sendo sete deles portadores de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril e um de ceratoconjuntivite alérgica atópica. CONCLUSÕES: Ceratoconjuntivite alérgica primaveril é o tipo de conjuntivite alérgica mais freqüente em nosso serviço. A droga mais eficaz na nossa experiência parece ser o cromoglicato dissódico, sendo que os corticosteróides são potentes agentes antiinflamatórios que, nestes pacientes, muitas vezes são as únicas drogas capazes de fazer cessar as crises.PURPOSE: To establish a profile of the allergic patient based on clinical manifestations, epidemiological data, treatment response and complications of ocular allergy. METHODS: A retrospective and descriptive study, in which we analyzed data of 172 patients suffering from perennial conjunctivitis, seasonal conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis and vernal keratoconjunctivitis, with at least 6 months of follow-up. The study was performed at the Ocular Allergy Sector of the "Santa Casa de São Paulo". Statistical analysis was performed using variance method and qui-square test. RESULTS: The most frequent form of ocular allergy was vernal keratoconjunctivitis (n=95; 55.2% and the male sex was predominant (n=117; 68.1%. Mean age was 111.7 years (± 8.7. Vernal keratoconjunctivitis was the disease that most impaired vision, also responsible for corneal complications in 60% of the patients (n=57. Among medications, corticosteroids were used by 21.6% (n=45 of patients and 36.8% of them had vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Disodium cromoglycate was not only the most used medication, but able to successfully control symptoms in most cases. Papilla resection with autologous transplantation had to be performed in 8 patients. CONCLUSIONS: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis showed to be the most frequent form of ocular allergy in our service. The most efficient drug in our experience seemed to be disodium cromoglycate. Corticosteroids were shown to be as potent anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes were the only way to discontinue crises.

  20. Profile of Infections in Newly Diagnosed Patients with Acute Leukemia During the Induction Phase of Treatment

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    Acute leukemia is the most common pediatric malignancy. Despite the significant progress in the treatment of infectious complications, infection-related morbidity and mortality continue to be of great importance. Prompt initiation of the appropriate empiric antibiotic treatment has improved infection outcome. The aim of the present study is to assess the type, frequency, and severity of infectious complications in a cohort of pediatric cancer patients treated at a single medical institution. We also aim to identify factors affecting bloodstream infections in newly diagnosed ALL and AML pediatric patients during the induction phase of treatment. Patients and Methods: This study was carried out at the Department of Pediatric Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, during the time period from January 1st to June 30th 2007. Inclusion criteria were pediatric age group (from 0-16 years), newly diagnosed acute leukemia, positive blood culture and documented site of infection. Data were analyzed using the SPSS package version 15. A p-value £0.05 was considered significant. Results: This is a retrospective study including 100 newly diagnosed cases of acute leukemia. Fifty-four patients had ALL, and 46 patients had AML. 348 infectious episodes were recorded. Blood stream infections (BSI) occurred once or twice in 32%, 3-4 episodes in 58%, and five or more episodes in 10% of the cases. Gram-positive cocci were the most frequently observed cause of BSI, accounting for 77.9% of the total isolates followed by Gram negative organisms seen in 18.9% and mixed infections in 8%. The majority of the episodes (n= 208, 58.4%) responded to first-line empirical antibiotic therapy. Conclusion: Clinical and laboratory risk factors could be identified and can help prediction of serious BSI.

  1. Ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes in peripheral blood in patients diagnosed with active tuberculosis

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    Jun, Wang; Yongmei, Yin; Xuedong, Wang; Hao, Pei; Shougang, Kuai; Lan, Gu; Huiqin, Xing; Yu, Zhang; Qiusheng, Huang; Bin, Guan.

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    Full Text Available Objective: The ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes in peripheral blood could re?ect an indi- vidual's immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes and clinical status of patients with active tuberculosis [...] . Methods: This was a retrospective review of data collected from the clinical database of The Fifth People's Hospital of Wuxi, Medical College of Jiangnan University. A total of 419 patients who had newly diagnosed active tuberculosis and 108 cases from 419 patients with tuberculosis therapy either near completion or completed were selected. Controls were 327 healthy donors. Results: Median ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes was 0.36 (IQR, 0.22-0.54) in patients before treatment, and 0.16 (IQR, 0.12-0.20) in controls (p 25% was signi?cant predictors for active tuberculosis (OR = 114.73, 95% CI, 39.80-330.71; OR = 89.81, 95% CI, 53.18-151.68, respectively). After treatment, the median ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes recovered to be nearly normal. Compared to other patients, patients with extrapulmonary tuberculosis and of age >60 years were more likely to have extreme ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes (AOR = 2.57, 95% CI, 1.08-6.09; AOR = 4.36, 95% CI, 1.43-13.29, respectively). Conclusions: Ratio of monocytes to lymphocytes 25% is predictive of active tuberculosis.

  2. Bayesian comparison of cost-effectiveness of different clinical approaches to diagnose coronary artery disease

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    Patterson, R.E.; Eng, C.; Horowitz, S.F.; Gorlin, R.; Goldstein, S.R.

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    The objective of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of four clinical policies (policies I to IV) in the diagnosis of the presence or absence of coronary artery disease. A model based on Bayes theorem and published clinical data was constructed to make these comparisons. Effectiveness was defined as either the number of patients with coronary disease diagnosed or as the number of quality-adjusted life years extended by therapy after the diagnosis of coronary disease. The following conclusions arise strictly from analysis of the model and may not necessarily be applicable to all situations. As prevalence of coronary disease in the population increased, it caused a linear increase in cost per patient tested, but a hyperbolic decrease in cost per effect, that is, increased cost-effectiveness. Thus, cost-effectiveness of all policies (I to IV) was poor in populations with a prevalence of disease below 10%. Analysis of the model also indicates that at prevalences less than 80%, exercise thallium scintigraphy alone as a first test (policy II) is a more cost-effective initial test than is exercise electrocardiography alone as a first test (policy I) or exercise electrocardiography first combined with thallium imaging as a second test (policy IV). Exercise electrocardiography before thallium imaging (policy IV) is more cost-effective than exercise electrocardiography alone (policy I) at prevalences less than 80%. 4) Noninvasive exercise testing before angiography (policies I, II and IV) is more cost-effective than using coronary angiography as the first and only test (policy III) at prevalences less than 80%. 5) Above a threshold value of prevalence of 80% (for example patients with typical angina), proceeding to angiography as the first test (policy III) was more cost-effective than initial noninvasive exercise tests (policies I, II and IV).

  3. Bayesian comparison of cost-effectiveness of different clinical approaches to diagnose coronary artery disease

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    The objective of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of four clinical policies (policies I to IV) in the diagnosis of the presence or absence of coronary artery disease. A model based on Bayes theorem and published clinical data was constructed to make these comparisons. Effectiveness was defined as either the number of patients with coronary disease diagnosed or as the number of quality-adjusted life years extended by therapy after the diagnosis of coronary disease. The following conclusions arise strictly from analysis of the model and may not necessarily be applicable to all situations. As prevalence of coronary disease in the population increased, it caused a linear increase in cost per patient tested, but a hyperbolic decrease in cost per effect, that is, increased cost-effectiveness. Thus, cost-effectiveness of all policies (I to IV) was poor in populations with a prevalence of disease below 10%. Analysis of the model also indicates that at prevalences less than 80%, exercise thallium scintigraphy alone as a first test (policy II) is a more cost-effective initial test than is exercise electrocardiography alone as a first test (policy I) or exercise electrocardiography first combined with thallium imaging as a second test (policy IV). Exercise electrocardiography before thallium imaging (policy IV) is more cost-effective than exercise electrocardiography alone (policy I) at prevalences less than 80%. 4) Noninvasive exercise testing before angiography (policies I, II and IV) is more cost-effective than using coronary angiography as the first and only test (policy III) at prevalences less than 80%. 5) Above a threshold value of prevalence of 80% (for example patients with typical angina), proceeding to angiography as the first test (policy III) was more cost-effective than initial noninvasive exercise tests (policies I, II and IV)

  4. Trends in clinical diagnoses of Rocky Mountain spotted fever among American Indians, 2001-2008.

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    Folkema, Arianne M; Holman, Robert C; McQuiston, Jennifer H; Cheek, James E

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    American Indians are at greater risk for Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) than the general U.S. population. The epidemiology of RMSF among American Indians was examined by using Indian Health Service inpatient and outpatient records with an RMSF International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnosis. For 2001-2008, 958 American Indian patients with clinical diagnoses of RMSF were reported. The average annual RMSF incidence was 94.6 per 1,000,000 persons, with a significant increasing incidence trend from 24.2 in 2001 to 139.4 in 2008 (P = 0.006). Most (89%) RMSF hospital visits occurred in the Southern Plains and Southwest regions, where the average annual incidence rates were 277.2 and 49.4, respectively. Only the Southwest region had a significant increasing incidence trend (P = 0.005), likely linked to the emergence of brown dog ticks as an RMSF vector in eastern Arizona. It is important to continue monitoring RMSF infection to inform public health interventions that target RMSF reduction in high-risk populations. PMID:22232466

  5. Clinical, endoscopic and histopathological profiles of parasitic duodenitis cases diagnosed by upper digestive endoscopy

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    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Intestinal parasites induce detectable histopathological changes, which have been studied in groups with known diagnosis of parasitic disease. There is no available study with a larger base without previous diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical and histopathological findings of parasitosis diagnosed by endoscopic biopsy in patients submitted to upper digestive endoscopy. METHODS: Recorded biopsies archive at "Complexo Hospitalar Professor Edgar Santos" , a general teaching Hospital in the state of Bahia, Northeast Brazil, from January 1995 to January 2009, were reviewed. One thousand ten duodenal biopsy reports were found. Reports positive for parasites had their specimens reviewed and photographed. All blocks of biopsy selected as case were retrieved and reviewed by an experienced pathologist. Clinical, laboratorial and endoscopic data were collected. RESULTS: Eleven biopsies showed parasites, including cases of Cryptosporidium sp. and Strongyloides stercoralis. Vomiting (91%, abdominal pain (78%, diarrhea (78% and weight loss (78% were usual symptoms. Seventy-five percent had duodenal mucosa changes on endoscopy, while 25% have no changes. Anemia and low serum albumin were important laboratorial data. HIV infection association was observed. Villus atrophy and reactive epithelium were usual in Strongyloides cases. CONCLUSIONS: No endoscopic or histopathologic finding was pathognomonic. One percent of duodenal endoscopic biopsies showed parasites.

  6. Screening and diagnosing depression in women visiting GPs' drop in clinic in Primary Health Care

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Only half of all depressions are diagnosed in Primary Health Care (PHC. Depression can remain undetected for a long time and entail high costs for care and low quality of life for the individuals. Drop in clinic is a common form of organizing health care; however the visits are short and focus on solving the most urgent problems. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and severity of depression among women visiting the GPs' drop in clinic and to identify possible clues for depression among women. Methods The two-stage screening method with "high risk feedback" was used. Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI was used to screen 155 women visiting two GPs' drop in clinic. Women who screened positive (BDI score ?10 were invited by the GP to a repeat visit. Major depression (MDD was diagnosed according to DSM-IV criteria and the severity was assessed with Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS. Women with BDI score Results The two-stage method worked well with a low rate of withdrawals in the second step, when the GP invited the women to a repeat visit. The prevalence of depression was 22.4% (95% CI 15.6–29.2. The severity was mild in 43%, moderate in 53% and severe in 3%. The depressed women mentioned mental symptoms significantly more often (69% than the controls (15% and were to a higher extent sick-listed for a longer period than 14 days. Nearly one third of the depressed women did not mention mental symptoms. The majority of the women who screened as false positive for depression had crisis reactions and needed further care from health professionals in PHC. Referrals to a psychiatrist were few and revealed often psychiatric co-morbidity. Conclusion The prevalence of previously undiagnosed depression among women visiting GPs' drop in clinic was high. Clues for depression were identified in the depressed women's symptom presentation; they often mention mental symptoms when they visit the GP for somatic reasons e.g. respiratory infections. We suggest that GPs do selective screening for depression when women mention mental symptoms and offer to schedule a repeat visit for follow-up rather than just recommending that the patient return if the mental symptoms do not disappear.

  7. Association between treatment-related lymphopenia and overall survival in elderly patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma.

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    Mendez, Joe S; Govindan, Ashwin; Leong, Jacqueline; Gao, Feng; Huang, Jiayi; Campian, Jian L

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    Management of patients with glioblastoma (GBM) often includes radiation (RT) and temozolomide (TMZ). The association between severe treatment-related lymphopenia (TRL) after the standard chemoradiation and reduced survival has been reported in GBM patients with the median age of 57. Similar findings were described in patients with head and neck, non-small cell lung, and pancreatic cancers. This retrospective study is designed to evaluate whether elderly GBM patients (age ?65) develop similar TRL after RT/TMZ and whether such TRL is associated with decreased survival. Serial total lymphocyte counts (TLC) were retrospectively reviewed in patients (age ?65) with newly diagnosed GBM undergoing RT/TMZ and associated with treatment outcomes. Seventy-two patients were eligible: median KPS 70, median age 71 years (range 65-86) with 56 % of patients >70 years, 53 % female, 31 % received RT ?45 Gy. Baseline median TLC was 1100 cells/mm(3) which fell by 41 % to 650 cells/mm(3) 2 months after initiating RT/TMZ (p Treatment-related lymphopenia is frequent, severe, and an independent predictor for survival in elderly patients with GBM. These findings add to the body of evidence that immunosuppression induced by chemoradiation is associated with inferior clinical outcomes. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings suggesting that immune preservation is important in this cancer. PMID:26725885

  8. Ebstein's anomaly. Clinical profile in 174 patients.

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    Attie, F; Casanova, J M; Zabal, C; Buendía, A; Miranda, I; Rijlaarsdam, M; Iturralde, P; Kuri, J; Calderón, J

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    The study population consisted of 148 patients who did not undergo surgical treatment and 26 who were operated, most of them diagnosed after the age of 2, with a follow-up from 6 months to 25.3 years. Patients were divided in three groups of clinical deterioration according to their functional class and cardiothoracic index (CTR) long-term follow-up in 148 nonoperated patients showed significant differences for mortality between groups I and III (p or = 65% with either cyanosis or arrhythmias (p or = 65% (63.5%), in patients who had functional class IV (52.5%) and in patients included in group III of clinical deterioration (38.2%). Despite the fact that the association of functional class III or IV plus CTR > or = 65% with either cyanosis or arrhythmias is a good predictor for death, the mortality in patients who had only one of these variables was lower. Patients included in group II of clinical deterioration in stable condition presented long survival with medical treatment. Due to the high mortality rate found in group III, surgical treatment of Ebstein's anomaly must be done before deteriorating into group III. Surgical indication must be done considering the surgical risk of each group according to the experience of the Institution and comparing the rate of surgical mortality with the rate of survival without surgery. PMID:10367089

  9. Time trend in Alzheimer diagnoses and the association between distance to an Alzheimer clinic and Alzheimer diagnosis

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    Jorgensen, T. S.; Torp-Pedersen, C.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Centralization of specialized health care in Denmark has caused increased geographical distance to health-care providers, which may be a barrier for Alzheimer patients to seek health care. We examined the incidence of Alzheimer diagnosis in Denmark between 2000 and 2009 and investigated the association between patients' distance to Alzheimer clinics and Alzheimer diagnoses. METHODS: Data of all individuals aged 65+ years were collected from Danish national registers. Incidences of Alzheimer diagnoses were analysed with joinpoint regression and hazard ratios (HRs) for Alzheimer diagnoses were analysed with Cox regressions. RESULTS: The annual incidence of Alzheimer diagnoses increased with 32.5% [95% confidence interval (CI): 7.1-63.8] among individuals aged 65-74 years from 2000 to 2002 and with 29.1% (95% CI: 11.0-50.2) among individuals aged 75+ years from 2000 to 2003. For both groups, incidence during subsequent years stagnated (0.4%, 95% CI: -1.7 to 2.6; 2.3%, 95% CI: 1.5-6.). From 2008 to 2009, 8605 individuals got an Alzheimer diagnosis. These individuals had a shorter distance to Alzheimer clinics (16.6 vs. 19.1 km, P <0.001), higher mean age (80.7 vs. 73.7 years, P <0.001) and were more often women (63.1 vs. 55.9%, P <0.001). There were inverse associations between distance to Alzheimer clinics and Alzheimer diagnoses (0-19 km: reference; 20-39 km: HR = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.70-0.92; 40-59 km: HR = 0.65, 95% CI: 0.52-0.81). CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of Alzheimer diagnoses stagnated from 2002/03 to 2009 in Denmark-a period during which distances to health-care providers in general increased. The inverse association between geographical distance to Alzheimer clinics and Alzheimer diagnoses suggests that distance exclude a segment of the elderly population from an appropriate diagnostic workup and treatment.

  10. Ultrasound-diagnosed disorders in shoulder patients in daily general practice: a retrospective observational study

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    Ottenheijm, Ramon PG; van’t Klooster, Inge GM; Starmans, Laurens MM; Vanderdood, Kurt; Bie, Rob A. de; Dinant, Geert-Jan; Cals, Jochen WL

    2014-01-01

    Background Ultrasound imaging (US) is considered an accurate and widely available method to diagnose subacromial disorders. Yet, the frequency of the specific US-diagnosed shoulder disorders of patients with shoulder pain referred from general practice is unknown. We set out to determine the frequency of specific US-diagnosed shoulder disorders in daily practice in these patients and to investigate if the disorders detected differ between specific subgroups based on age and duration of pain. ...

  11. Comparison of Newly Diagnosed and Relapsed Patients with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Treated with Arsenic Trioxide: Insight into Mechanisms of Resistance

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    Chendamarai, Ezhilarasi; Ganesan, Saravanan; Alex, Ansu Abu; Kamath, Vandana; Nair, Sukesh C.; Nellickal, Arun Jose; Janet, Nancy Beryl; Srivastava, Vivi; Lakshmi, Kavitha M.; Viswabandya, Auro; Abraham, Aby; Aiyaz, Mohammed; Mullapudi, Nandita; Mugasimangalam, Raja; Padua, Rose Ann

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    There is limited data on the clinical, cellular and molecular changes in relapsed acute promyeloytic leukemia (RAPL) in comparison with newly diagnosed cases (NAPL). We undertook a prospective study to compare NAPL and RAPL patients treated with arsenic trioxide (ATO) based regimens. 98 NAPL and 28 RAPL were enrolled in this study. RAPL patients had a significantly lower WBC count and higher platelet count at diagnosis. IC bleeds was significantly lower in RAPL cases (P=0.022). The ability of...

  12. CLIPPERS among patients diagnosed with non-specific CNS neuroinflammatory diseases

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    Kerrn-Jespersen, B M; Lindelof, Mette

    2014-01-01

    Chronic Lymphocytic Inflammation with Pontine Perivascular Enhancement Responsive to Steroids (CLIPPERS) is an inflammatory CNS disorder characterized by 1) subacute onset of cerebellar and brainstem symptoms, 2) peripontine contrast-enhancing perivascular lesions with a "salt-and-pepper" appearance on MRI, and 3) angiocentric, predominantly T-lymphocytic infiltration as revealed by brain biopsy. Inflammatory diseases including neuroinfections, CNS lymphoma and neurosarcoidosis must be excluded. Since CLIPPERS was described in 2010, many patients might have been misdiagnosed in the past. We therefore searched medical records from a large tertiary neurological center, the Department of Neurology at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, for patients discharged between 1999 and 2013 with a diagnosis of "sarcoidosis with other localization", "other acute disseminating demyelination", "other demyelinating disease in the CNS" or "encephalitis, myelitis or encephalomyelitis". Of 206 identified patients, 24 had been examined by brain biopsy and were included for further evaluation. Following clinical, neuroradiological and neuropathological review, 3 patients (12.5%) were reclassified as having CLIPPERS. Median long-term follow-up was 75 months. The present results suggest that clinical re-evaluation of patients previously diagnosed with unspecified inflammatory demyelinating CNS disease or atypical neurosarcoidosis may increase the detection rate of CLIPPERS. Further, potentially severe neurological deficits and progressive parenchymal atrophy on MRI may suggest neurodegenerative features, which emphasizes the need for early immunomodulatory treatment.

  13. The Characteristics of Male Patients Diagnosed with Osteoporosis - Original Investigation

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    Ä°lknur AktaÅŸ

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Evaluating the characteristics of male osteoporosis cases followed up in outpatient clinic. Material and Methods: The age, education status, alcohol, cigarette and coffee consumption, and nutritive habits of the male cases followed up in outpatient clinic between 2004-2005 were evaluated. Usage of toxic drugs and low energy fracture presence in the patient and his family were recorded. Sexual function was evaluated. Total blood count, comprehensive biochemical analyses, and bone mineral density (BMD measurement (DXA Hologic were applied. Results: The mean age of the 55 study subjects was 61.7 ± 14.69 (age range: 22-85. 49.09% of the cases graduated from university, 29.09% high school, and 21.81% primary school. 78.2% of the cases were not using alcohol at all, 5.5% of them drinks alcohol one glass a day, and 3.6% of them have a few glasses a week. The nonsmokers were 89%, the ones that smokes up to 5 cigarettes a day were 7.3%, and the ones who smokes more than 5 cigarettes a day were 3.7%. The percentage of cases that drinks more than 3 cups of coffee a day were 3.6%, the people who receive calcium-rich food were 69.1%, and the regularly exercising people were 49%. 40% of the cases manifested sexual dysfunction. Secondary diseases were determined in 67.3% of cases and 29.1% of them had a history of toxic drug usage. The percentages of having fracture history in patients and their families were, respectively, 16.4% and 10.9%. Mean total hip densitometry value T-score was -2.19 ± 0.89, and Lumbar 1-4 T-score was -2.63 ± 0.80. Conclusion: We can affirm about osteoporosis that it should be considered in men at advanced ages, secondary diseases and sexual hormones play significant roles as etiologic causes, and it effects especially lumbar region. (Osteoporoz Dünyasından 2006;12:84-6

  14. Diagnostic delay, quality of life and patient satisfaction among women diagnosed with endometrial or ovarian cancer

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    Robinson, Kirstine M; Christensen, Karl Bang; Ottesen, Bent; Krasnik, Allan

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates the association between diagnostic delay (total delay), quality of life (QoL) and patient satisfaction, and the associations between QoL and patient satisfaction scores and survival for women diagnosed with ovarian or endometrial cancer.

  15. The impact of bevacizumab treatment on survival and quality of life in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients

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    Poulsen, Hans Skovgaard; Urup, Thomas

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    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains one of the most devastating tumors, and patients have a median survival of 15 months despite aggressive local and systemic therapy, including maximal surgical resection, radiation therapy, and concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide. The purpose of antineoplastic treatment is therefore to prolong life, with a maintenance or improvement of quality of life. GBM is a highly vascular tumor and overexpresses the vascular endothelial growth factor A, which promotes angiogenesis. Preclinical data have suggested that anti-angiogenic treatment efficiently inhibits tumor growth. Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor A, and treatment has shown impressive response rates in recurrent GBM. In addition, it has been shown that response is correlated to prolonged survival and improved quality of life. Several investigations in newly diagnosed GBM patients have been performed during recent years to test the hypothesis that newly diagnosed GBM patients should be treated with standard multimodality treatment, in combination with bevacizumab, in order to prolong life and maintain or improve quality of life. The results of these studies along with relevant preclinical data will be described, and pitfalls in clinical and paraclinical endpoints will be discussed.

  16. Psychiatric illness and psychosocial concerns of patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer.

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    Ginsburg, M L; Quirt, C; Ginsburg, A D; MacKillop, W. J.

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the nature and incidence of psychiatric illness, symptoms of potential psychiatric significance, substance abuse and psychosocial concerns among patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer. DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: Kingston Regional Cancer Centre, a tertiary care facility for ambulatory cancer patients. PATIENTS: Seventy-one consecutive English-speaking patients with recently diagnosed lung cancer undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy were asked to participate; 52...

  17. Diagnostic delay, quality of life and patient satisfaction among women diagnosed with endometrial or ovarian cancer

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    Robinson, Kirstine M; Christensen, Karl Bang; Ottesen, Bent; Krasnik, Allan

    2012-01-01

    This study investigates the association between diagnostic delay (total delay), quality of life (QoL) and patient satisfaction, and the associations between QoL and patient satisfaction scores and survival for women diagnosed with ovarian or endometrial cancer.......This study investigates the association between diagnostic delay (total delay), quality of life (QoL) and patient satisfaction, and the associations between QoL and patient satisfaction scores and survival for women diagnosed with ovarian or endometrial cancer....

  18. Nutritional Approach of Pediatric Patients Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease

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    Tog?nel Rodica

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    Full Text Available Congenital heart defects are among the most frequent anomalies present at birth, representing a heterogeneous group of malformations, both in terms of pathogenesis and clinical significance of the lesion. Failure to grow is well documented in infants with complex congenital heart defects; the presence of associated chromosomal abnormalities, cyanosis, and cardiac failure adds to the complexity and challenge. Malnutrition etiology can be grouped into the following three categories: inadequate intake, inefficient absorption and utilization, and/or increased energy needs. The consequences of malnutrition are both short and long term, timely nutritional intervention being necessary in order to maintain an adequate nutritional state. Because there are several types of congenital heart defects and multiple mechanisms by which they produce failure to thrive, no single strategy will be adequate to treat all cases. Medical complications such as chylotorax, necrotizing enterocolitis, laryngeal and neurological dysfunction play a major role in the requisite nutrition therapy in infants with congenital heart defect; limited access to human milk and parenteral concerns, as well as stress about feeding are also factors that can contribute to poor outcomes concerning nutrition and growth. Protocols are being considered and designed, and a systematic approach is always needed. The quality of life for patient and family, as well as getting the child back on track for age-appropriate development are always at the fore-front of each care plan.

  19. Clinical aspects of pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with lung cancer

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    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is known to be a potentially fatal opportunistic infection. PCP is sometimes encountered by lung cancer patients during cancer treatment. In this study, we retrospectively examined the frequency of PCP in lung cancer patients in terms of the clinical characteristics and the treatment method. We studied 297 patients with lung cancer treated in our department between January, 2004 and December, 2005. PCP was diagnosed when the clinical conditions and clinical findings agreed with PCP, and Pneumocystis jiroveci was detected by microscopic inspection or polymerase chain reaction method of airway biopsy specimen from patient PCP was diagnosed in 13 patients (4.4%) out of 297 lung cancer patients. Of the 13 patients with PCP, 4 patients had received chemo-radiotherapy, and 7 patients received chemo-therapy with palliative radiotherapy in 4 cases. One patient received radiotherapy only. Surgical excision had been done in one patient. Ten of 13 patients with PCP had received glucocorticoid therapy until PCP was diagnosed. PCP was more frequent in lung cancer patients who had received chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or both. Glucocorticoid therapy with chemotherapy, or radiotherapy, or both was also a risk factor for PCP. It is thought that great caution is necessary in PCP when glucocorticoid is used additionally in lung cancer patients who have received either chemotherapy, or radiotherapy. (author)

  20. Apoptosis-related gene expression in tumor tissue samples obtained from patients diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme.

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    Blahovcova, Eva; Richterova, Romana; Kolarovszki, Branislav; Dobrota, Dusan; Racay, Peter; Hatok, Jozef

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    Tumors of the brain are very diverse in their biological behavior and are therefore considered a major issue in modern medicine. The heterogeneity of gliomas, their clinical presentation and their responses to treatment makes this type of tumor a challenging area of research. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common, and biologically the most aggressive, primary brain tumor in adults. The standard treatment for patients with newly diagnosed GBM consists of surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However, resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle to successful treatment. The aim of this study was to examine the changes occurring in the expression levels of apoptosis-associated genes in tumor tissue biopsy samples from 7 patients diagnosed with GBM and compare our results with a human astrocyte cell line (used as a reference) cultured under basic conditions. For molecular analysis, we used a commercial pre-designed microfluidic array to quantify the expression of 93 apoptosis-associated human genes. Significant changes in the expression levels of genes were observed in the tumor tissue samples obtained from patients with GBM. We determined significant changes in gene expression (n=32) in all apoptotic signaling pathways (BCl-2, TNF, Caspases, NF-κB, IAP and CARD), while the most pronounced deregulation (>5-fold) were observed in 46.9% events. The results of this study underline the importance of apoptosis in heterogenous tumor tissue. The identification of the apoptotic gene panel in tissue biopsies from patients with GBM may help improve the effectiveness of treatments for GBM in clinical practice and may broaden our understanding of brain tumor cell metabolism. Recognizing the changes in the expression of pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic genes may aid in the development of novel treatment strategies founded on a molecular basis. PMID:26459752

  1. Randomized controlled trial of oral vs intravenous therapy for the clinically diagnosed acute uncomplicated diverticulitis.

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    Ridgway, P F

    2009-11-01

    Despite the high prevalence of hospitalization for left iliac fossa tenderness, there is a striking lack of randomized data available to guide therapy. The authors hypothesize that an oral antibiotic and fluids are not inferior to intravenous (IV) antibiotics and \\'bowel rest\\' in clinically diagnosed acute uncomplicated diverticulitis.

  2. Hashimoto thyroiditis is more frequent than expected when diagnosed by cytology which uncovers a pre-clinical state

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    Staii Anca

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Our Thyroid-Multidisciplinary Clinic is a large referral site for thyroid diseases. Thyroid biopsies are mainly performed for thyroid cancer screening. Yet, Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT is being too frequently diagnosed. The prevalence of HT is reported as 0.3-1.2% or twice the prevalence of type 1 diabetes. However, the prevalence of HT confirmed by cytology is still uncertain. To evaluate different aspects of thyroid physiopathology including prevalence of Hashimoto's, a database of clinical features, ultrasound images and cytology results of patients referred for FNA of thyroid nodules was prospectively developed. Methods We retrospectively studied 811 consecutive patients for whom ultrasound guided thyroid FNA biopsies were performed at our clinic over 2.5 year period (Mar/2006-Sep/2008. Results The analysis of our database revealed that from 761 patients, 102 (13.4% had HT, from whom 56 (7.4% were euthyroid or had sub-clinical (non-hypothyroid disease, and 46 (6% were clinically hypothyroid. Conclusions This is the first study to show such a high prevalence of HT diagnosed by ultrasound-guided FNA. More strikingly, the prevalence of euthyroid HT, appears to be >5% similar to that of type 2 diabetes. Based on our results, there might be a need to follow up on cytological Hashimoto's to monitor for thyroid failure, especially in high risk states, like pregnancy. The potential risk for thyroid cancer in patients with biopsy-proven inflammation of thyroid epithelium remains to be established prospectively. However, it may explain the increased risk for thyroid cancer observed in patients with elevated but within normal TSH.

  3. Cost-effectiveness analysis of the available strategies for diagnosing malaria in outpatient clinics in Zambia

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    Chanda Pascalina

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Malaria in Zambia accounts for about 4 million clinical cases and 8 000 deaths annually. Artemether-lumefantrine (ACT, a relatively expensive drug, is being used as first line treatment of uncomplicated malaria. However, diagnostic capacity in Zambia is low, leading to potentially avoidable wastage of drugs due to unnecessary anti malarial treatment. Methods A cost-effectiveness evaluation of the three current alternatives to malaria diagnosis (clinical, microscopy and Rapid Diagnostic Tests- RDT was conducted in 12 facilities from 4 districts in Zambia. The analysis was conducted along an observational study, thus reflecting practice in health facilities under routine conditions. Average and incremental cost effectiveness ratios were estimated from the providers' perspective. Effectiveness was measured in relation to malaria cases correctly diagnosed by each strategy. Results Average cost-effectiveness ratios show that RDTs were more efficient (US$ 6.5 than either microscopy (US$ 11.9 or clinical diagnosis (US$ 17.1 for malaria case correctly diagnosed. In relation to clinical diagnoses the incremental cost per case correctly diagnosed and treated was US$ 2.6 and US$ 9.6 for RDT and microscopy respectively. RDTs would be much cheaper to scale up than microscopy. The findings were robust to changes in assumptions and various parameters. Conclusion RDTs were the most cost effective method at correctly diagnosing malaria in primary health facilities in Zambia when compared to clinical and microscopy strategies. However, the treatment prescription practices of the health workers can impact on the potential that a diagnostic test has to lead to savings on antimalarials. The results of this study will serve to inform policy makers on which alternatives will be most efficient in reducing malaria misdiagnosis by taking into account both the costs and effects of each strategy.

  4. TREATMENT ADHERENCE AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA AND TREATED WITH ANTIPSYCHOTIC DEPOT MEDICATION

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    Bianca Stephanie Popp

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    Full Text Available Background and aim. Some of the most significant problems encountered in the treatment of schizophrenia are non-adherence to the treatment with oral neuroleptics and difficult recovery of social functioning, after its impairment by negative psychotic symptoms and the progression of the disease with episodes of remission and relapse. Methods. This study comparatively assesses the parameters ”social functioning” and ”treatment adherence” in 34 outpatients diagnosed with schizophrenia at the Adult Psychiatry Clinic III and the Adult Mental Health Center of Cluj-Napoca, using the ”Medication Adherence Rating Scale” (MARS and the ”Social Adaptation Self- evaluation Scale”.Results. The two scales revealed that patients on depot medication tend to have better social functioning and social integration rates than patients for whom oral medication was prescribed. Despite the fact that most patients participating in the study had intellectual preoccupations and, to some extent, enjoyed working, 82% of them did not have a job. The percentage of those who did was higher in the cohort of patients on depot medication (63% than in the cohort of patients for whom orally administered medication was prescribed (53%.Conclusions. Treatment adherence in patients with schizophrenia is thus significantly improved by depot medication, whereas treatment effectiveness and the frequency of adverse effects are similar for the two treatment options.

  5. Acute porphyrias: clinical spectrum of hodpitalized patients

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    To determine characteristics, clinical features and triggers of acute porphyria in hospitalized patients presenting to a tertiary care center in Pakistan. Case records of 26 patients hospitalized with diagnosis were identified through computerized hospital patients data. The diagnosis of acute porphyria was based on pertinent clinical features and laboratory investigations after exclusion of other alternative diagnosis and patients previously diagnosed as porphyric. The data was analyzed through SPSS software version 11.0. Twelve patients (46.2%) were males. Mean age was 21 years. Most common manifestation were gastrointestinal (n=22; 88.5%) followed by neurological symptoms (n=14; 54%). Neurological manifestations included seizures (n=9; 34.6%) and neuropathy (n=6; 23%). One patient presented with depression and insomnia. Family history was positive in (n=8; 30.8%). Eighteen (69%) had history of previous attacks at their presentation to the hospital. Most common precipitating factor was eating outside (n=18; 69%). Porphyrias are uncommon and cryptic group of diseases. This study shows a slightly different gender distribution, earlier onset of symptoms, higher number of neuropsychiatric symptoms (especially seizures), more distal neuropathies and different precipitant in the studied subset of patients than described previously in the western studies. (author)

  6. Incidence of Severe Pain in Newly Diagnosed Ambulatory Patients with Stage IV Cancer

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    Isaac, Thomas; STUVER, SHERRI O.; Davis, Roger B.; Block, Susan; Weeks, Jane C.; Berry, Donna L.; WEINGART, SAUL N.

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pain is common among cancer patients.OBJECTIVE: To characterize the incidence of severe pain among newly diagnosed patients with stage IV cancer in ambulatory care.METHODS: A retrospective cohort of 505 ambulatory oncology patients with newly diagnosed stage IV solid tumours at a comprehensive cancer centre (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) was followed from January 1, 2004, to December 31, 2006. Pain intensity scores were extracted from electronic medical...

  7. A Syrian patient diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis serogroup B.

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    Tezer, Hasan; Ozkaya-Parlakay, Aslinur; Kanik-Yuksek, Saliha; Gülhan, Belgin; Güldemir, Dilek

    2014-01-01

    Meningococcal infection is an important health problem in children, with significant mortality and morbidity. In this infection, early recognition and aggressive treatment can reduce mortality. Herein we report an 11-year-old-Syrian refugee girl living in Turkey for 3 months admitting with fever, headache, and vomiting diagnosed as meningococcal meningitis type B who was cured with intravenous ceftriaxone therapy. Infections in refugee populations constitute major importance for highlighting importance of investigation of endemic diseases in their own country and contagious diseases in their present place. PMID:25424959

  8. Síntomas, hallazgos radiológicos, endoscópicos y estudios funcionales del esófago en pacientes con hernia hiatal mayor a 5 cm / Clinical and functional features of patients with a hiatal hernia diagnosed during endoscopy

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    Attila, Csendes J; Italo, Braghetto M; Ana María, Burgos L; Ana, Henríquez D.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available El hallazgo de una hernia hiatal durante un estudio endoscópico se informa frecuentemente. Sin embargo, no hay referencias específicas acerca de los síntomas y los trastornos funcionales del esófago según el tipo de hernia hiatal. Objetivo: Determinar los síntomas predominantes, los hallazgos radiol [...] ógicos y endoscópicos y de los estudios funcionales en pacientes con los diferentes tipos de hernia hiatal. Método: Se evaluaron 115 pacientes, todos con diagnóstico radiológico de hernia hiatal mayor a 5 cm, realizando estudios endoscópicos, histológicos y manometría esofágica, junto a pHmetría de 24 h. Resultados: La edad fue similar en los 4 tipos de hernia hiatal. Síntomas de reflujo gastroesofágico se presentaron con gran frecuencia en hernias tipo I y III, mientras que síntomas mecánicos se manifestaron en hernias tipo IV. El estudio manométrico mostró un esfínter hipotensivo junto con reflujo ácido patológico en casi 90% de las hernias tipo I y IIII. Conclusión: El estudio más útil para el diagnóstico de hernia hiatal es el radiológico. La endoscopia es necesaria para comprobar el daño de la mucosa esofágica. Los estudios funcionales muestran una alta prevalencia de reflujo ácido patológico en hernias hiatales tipo I y II. Abstract in english Background: The finding of a hiatal hernia is usual during upper gastrointestinal endoscopies. However the correlation of symptoms, manometric and radiological findings with the endoscopy report is far from clear. Aim: To assess radiological findings, 24 pH measurements, esophageal manometry and sym [...] ptoms among patients in whom a hiatal hernia was found during an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Material and Methods: One hundred fifteen patients aged 23 to 82 years (77 women), with an endoscopic diagnosis of a hiatal hernia of more than 5 cm were studied. An esophageal manometry and 24 hour pH determination were carried out. Results: Hiatal hernias type I, II, II and IV were found in 50, 12, 38 and 15 patients of similar age, respectively. Gastroesophageal reflux symptoms were more common among patients with hernias type I and III. Mechanical symptoms such as retrosternal pain were more common in type IV hernias. Manometry showed a hypotensive sphincter in 100 and 78% of patients with hernias type I and III, respectively. An abnormal 24 hour pH measurement was found in 95 and 85% of patients with hernias type I and III, respectively. Conclusions: Functional studies show a high frequency of pathological acid reflux among patients with hiatal hernias type I and III.

  9. Physical therapy and health-related outcomes for patients with common orthopaedic diagnoses.

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    Di Fabio, R P; Boissonnault, W

    1998-03-01

    Assessing both physical and mental health is necessary in clinical settings to quantify the scope of disability and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs. Changes in health-related quality of life following physical therapy treatment for many patients with orthopaedic-related diagnoses is not known. The purposes of this study were to describe changes in health-related quality of life between the initial assessment and the time of discharge from physical therapy for the most common orthopaedic diagnoses and to compare the patterns of deficit among diagnostic categories. Patient outcomes in this study were evaluated from a large database generated by the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) network. Health-related and employment outcomes were described for adult patients who were classified using ICD-9-CM codes. The most common orthopaedic diagnostic categories were sacroiliac sprain, back sprain, low back pain (radiating and nonradiating), neck sprain, neck pain (radiating and nonradiating), adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, rotator cuff injury, shoulder sprain, knee dislocation, knee sprain, and knee derangement. The primary outcome measure was a 17-item questionnaire (the MOS-17) derived from the RAND 36-Item Health Survey (SF-36) and the 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12). The comparison of each cohort to population norms was made by calculating a standard score on patient data adjusted for age and gender. An effect size was calculated to measure the change in health or employment status between the initial assessment and discharge from physical therapy. For all diagnostic categories, health-related quality of life with respect to norms and employment status showed a consistent pattern of improvement at the time of discharge compared with the initial assessment. There were only small changes in physical function for neck and shoulder diagnostic categories. Nearly all of the diagnostic categories had large reductions in bodily pain. The amount of clinical change in the physical components of health-related quality of life--especially the physical function and role physical domains--differed substantially across specific diagnostic categories. The largest improvements in the physical function occurred for patients with knee dislocation and knee sprain. Patients with knee dislocation also had the largest improvement in role limitations due to physical problems. The design of this study does not permit conclusions about the efficacy of physical therapy. Further study is needed to determine if the finding of different levels of health status improvement across diagnostic categories was due to the nature of the outcome measure, the type of treatments given to each patient, or other confounding variables, like depression or preinjury functional level. PMID:9513868

  10. The HYPERFlax trial for determining the anti-HYPERtensive effects of dietary flaxseed in newly diagnosed stage 1 hypertensive patients: study protocol for a randomized, double-blinded, controlled clinical trial

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    Caligiuri, Stephanie PB; Penner, Brian; Pierce, Grant N

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    Background In 2013 the World Health Organization deemed hypertension as a global crisis as it is the leading risk factor attributed to global mortality. Therefore, there is a great need for effective alternative treatment strategies to combat a condition that affects 40% of adults worldwide. Recently, the FlaxPAD Trial observed a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive patients with peripheral arterial disease that consumed 30 g of milled flaxseed per da...

  11. Safety of thalidomide in newly diagnosed elderly myeloma patients

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    Palumbo, Antonio; Waage, Anders; Hulin, Cyrille; Beksac, Meral; Zweegman, Sonja; Gay, Francesca; Gimsing, Peter; Leleu, Xavier; Wijermans, Pierre; Sucak, Gulan; Pezzatti, Sara; Juliusson, Gunnar; Pégourié, Brigitte; Schaafsma, Martijn; Galli, Monica; Turesson, Ingemar; Kolb, Brigitte; van der Holt, Bronno; Baldi, Ileana; Rolke, Jürgen; Ciccone, Giovannino; Wetterwald, Marc; Lokhorst, Henk; Boccadoro, Mario; Rodon, Philippe; Sonneveld, Pieter

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    Background. Melphalan-prednisone-thalidomide (MPT) improves outcome in multiple myeloma (MM) patients, and it is now considered a standard of care for patients not eligible for transplantation. However, this treatment is a major source of morbidity. Design and Methods. An individual patient data meta-analysis (N=1680) of all the six randomized trials comparing MPT vs melphalan-prednisone (MP) was performed. The main objective was to estimate the risk of serious adverse events (AEs) and their imp...

  12. Bony injuries in trauma patients diagnosed by radiological examination

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    This study was carried out to determine the incidence of bony injuries in trauma patients who had plain radiographs done at the Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast. This is a retrospective study based on plain radiographs taken by trauma patients who reported to the Central Regional Hospital. The case notes of all patients with a discharge diagnosis of Road Traffic Accident or trauma of all aetiologies that presented to the hospital between January 2005 and December 2011 were retrieved, and those patients that had skeletal radiographic examinations were included in this study. The total number of cases seen was 1,133. The ages of the patients ranged between 1 and 72 years. Sixty-nine (6.1%) of the patients were between 1 and 4 years old, with the majority between 20 and 49 years old, constituting 52.3%, with patients 60 years and above at 9.2%. There was statistically significant difference between male and female patients (p=0.001). A total of 912 (80.5%) patients had radiographic examination done out of which only 324 (35.5%) radiographs could be retrieved. There were 106 (32.7%) radiographs with various bony injuries which was statistically significant (p=0.001). Rib fractures represented 19/106 (17.9%) of which 62.5% had multiple rib fractures. Fifty-eight (54.7%) had long bone fractures. Other anatomical sites included the pelvis and the skull. Conclusion: Trauma is a major public health problem in the country, involving mainly the productive age group. Unnecessary exposure to X-rays is common. Inadequate management of trauma patients negatively impacts on the outcome of trauma patients. Trauma prevention is the best way forward.(au)

  13. European Myeloma Network recommendations on the evaluation and treatment of newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma

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    Engelhardt, Monika; Terpos, Evangelos

    2014-01-01

    Multiple myeloma management has undergone profound changes in the past thanks to advances in our understanding of the disease biology and improvements in treatment and supportive care approaches. This article presents recommendations of the European Myeloma Network for newly diagnosed patients based on the GRADE system for level of evidence. All patients with symptomatic disease should undergo risk stratification to classify patients for International Staging System stage (level of evidence: 1A) and for cytogenetically defined high- versus standard-risk groups (2B). Novel-agent-based induction and up-front autologous stem cell transplantation in medically fit patients remains the standard of care (1A). Induction therapy should include a triple combination of bortezomib, with either adriamycin or thalidomide and dexamethasone (1A), or with cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (2B). Currently, allogeneic stem cell transplantation may be considered for young patients with high-risk disease and preferably in the context of a clinical trial (2B). Thalidomide (1B) or lenalidomide (1A) maintenance increases progression-free survival and possibly overall survival (2B). Bortezomib-based regimens are a valuable consolidation option, especially for patients who failed excellent response after autologous stem cell transplantation (2A). Bortezomib-melphalan-prednisone or melphalan-prednisone-thalidomide are the standards of care for transplant-ineligible patients (1A). Melphalan-prednisone-lenalidomide with lenalidomide maintenance increases progression-free survival, but overall survival data are needed. New data from the phase III study (MM-020/IFM 07-01) of lenalidomide-low-dose dexamethasone reached its primary end point of a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival as compared to melphalan-prednisone-thalidomide and provides further evidence for the efficacy of lenalidomide-low-dose dexamethasone in transplant-ineligible patients (2B).

  14. Diagnosing FASD in adults: the development and operation of an adult FASD clinic in Ontario, Canada.

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    Temple, Valerie K; Ives, Jillian; Lindsay, Ann

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the development and operation of an interdisciplinary Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) diagnostic clinic focussing specifically on adults. The clinic is embedded within a community-based interdisciplinary health agency specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities. A review of the clinic’s assessment process is presented describing the steps from intake to feedback and intervention. To date, the clinic has received 93 referrals and given 41 alcohol-related diagnoses including 10 completed using videoconferencing technology. Issues unique to adult diagnosis are discussed as well as some of the challenges, including high rates of cancellations/no-shows for appointments, obtaining background and historical information, establishing maternal alcohol history, working collaboratively with other support sectors such as children’s protective services and the justice system, and finding appropriate follow-up and intervention services in the community. Recommendations for future work to support adults with FASD and their families are presented. PMID:25739127

  15. Being publicly diagnosed : A grounded theory study of Danish patients with tuberculosis

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    Konradsen, Hanne; Lillebaek, Troels

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which affects people worldwide, but there is knowledge lacking about patients' experiences in low-prevalence and high-income countries. AIM: To provide a theoretical framework for the process of being diagnosed with tuberculosis in a Danish setting. METHOD: A grounded theory design with field studies and qualitative interviews, following the recommendations from Glaser and Strauss. RESULT: A process of being publicly diagnosed was identified, which developed during the patient's trajectory from being on the way to becoming a patient, becoming a patient with TB, and finally being in medical treatment. Before being diagnosed with TB, patients were weighing between biding their time and deciding to undergo an examination. Social pressure and feelings of social responsibility tended to affect the decision. Having undergone the examination(s), the patients were publicly diagnosed. Being publicly diagnosed meant changing social interactions and fighting to regain control. CONCLUSION: Findings offer new insight and an empirically derived basis for developing interventions aimed at reducing the burden of being diagnosed with tuberculosis and increasing the wellbeing of the patients.

  16. Use of the star sign to diagnose internal fistulas in pediatric patients with penetrating Crohn disease by MR enterography

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    Braithwaite, Kiery A.; Alazraki, Adina L. [Emory University, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Children' s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA (United States)

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    Development of internal fistula due to extramural spread of inflammatory bowel disease is a characteristic feature of penetrating disease in patients with Crohn disease. The ''star sign'' is a radiological finding of internal fistula that has previously been described in the gastroenterology literature in adult Crohn disease patients undergoing MR enteroclysis. The goal of this paper is to review the clinical and imaging features of penetrating disease in pediatric Crohn disease patients, highlighting the star sign as a useful diagnostic tool for diagnosing internal fistula in children by MR enterography. The recognition of penetrating complications by MR imaging can have important therapeutic and prognostic implications. (orig.)

  17. Cystoid macular edema diagnosed with optical coherent tomography in patients operated on from cataract

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    Refers frequency of cystoid macular edema diagnosed with optical coherence tomography in patients operated on from senile cataract at 'Ramon Pando Ferrer' Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology in the period from December 2006 to February 2007

  18. Intellectual Impairment in Patients with Newly Diagnosed HIV Infection in Southwestern Nigeria

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    Sunmonu, Taofiki A.; Sellner, Johann; Ogunrin, Olubunmi A.; Imarhiagbe, Frank A.; Komolafe, Morenikeji A.; Afolabi, Olusegun T.; Ilesanmi, Olayinka S.; Olanrewaju, Fatai; Oladimeji, Benedicta Y.

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    Neurocognitive impairment is a detrimental complication of HIV infection. Here, we characterized the intellectual performance of patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection in southwestern Nigeria. We conducted a prospective study at Owo Federal Medical Center by using the adapted Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). The raw scores were converted to standardized scores (z-scores) and correlated with clinical and laboratory findings. Fifty-eight HIV positive patients were recruited; 72% were in WHO stages 3 and 4. We detected a high rate of intellectual impairment in HIV positive patients and controls (63.8% and 10%, resp.; P < 0.001). HIV positive patients performed worse throughout the subtests of both verbal and performance intelligence quotients. Presence of opportunistic infections was associated with worse performance in the similarities and digit symbol tests and performance and full scale scores. Lower body weight correlated with poor performance in different WAIS subtests. The high rate of advanced disease stage warrants measures aimed at earlier diagnosis and treatment. Assessment of neurocognitive performance at diagnosis may offer the opportunity to improve functioning in daily life and counteract disease progression. PMID:26295033

  19. Association among nursing diagnoses, demographic variables, and clinical characteristics of patients with high blood pressure Asociación entre diagnósticos de enfermería y variables sociales/clinicas en pacientes hipertensos Associação entre diagnósticos de enfermagem e variáveis sociais/clínicas em pacientes hipertensos

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To analyze the association among diagnoses, demographic variables, and clinical characteristics of patients with high blood pressure. METHODS: The data were collected in 67 patients from a primary care unit in Fortaleza, Brazil. The NANDA Taxonomy was used to determine the nursing diagnoses. Data analysis consisted of Fisher's exact test, Chi-square test, and likelihood ratio test. RESULTS: Fifty four nursing diagnoses were identified; fifteen were above the 75th percentile. Ineffective individual therapeutic regimen management and number of medication, sleep pattern disturbance and marital status, activity intolerance and education, activity intolerance and time of diagnoses, sexual dysfunction and gender, sexual dysfunction and education, risk for falls and age, marital status and time of diagnoses, chronic pain and marital status all had significant association coefficients. CONCLUSION: Some demographic characteristics were associated with nursing diagnoses.OBJETIVO: Analizar la asociación estadística entre diagnósticos y características sociales / clínicas de pacientes hipertensos. MÉTODOS: Los datos fueron recolectados en una unidad básica de salud de Fortaleza-Ceará con 67 pacientes. La identificación de los diagnósticos se llevó a cabo según la taxonomía de la NANDA. Para el análisis de los datos se utilizó test de Fisher, Chi-Cuadrado de Pearson y Razón de Verosemejanza. RESULTADOS: Se encontró 54 diagnósticos de enfermería y 15 sobre el percentil 75. Se verificó asociación estadística entre: Control eficaz del régimen terapéutico y número de medicamentos; Patrón de sueño perturbado y estado civil; Intolerancia a la actividad y escolaridad y años de diagnóstico; Disfunción sexual y sexo y escolaridad; Riesgo para caídas y edad, estado civil y tiempo de diagnóstico de la enfermedad; Dolor crónico y estado civil. CONCLUSIÓN: Algunas características demográficas están asociadas a la ocurrencia de diagnósticos de enfermería.OBJETIVO: Analisar a associação estatística entre diagnósticos e características sociais / clínicas de pacientes hipertensos. MÉTODOS: Os dados foram coletados numa unidade básica de saúde de Fortaleza-Ce com 67 pacientes. A identificação dos diagnósticos foi procedida segundo a taxonomia da NANDA. Para análise dos dados utilizou-se testes de Fisher, Qui-Quadrado de Pearson e Razão de Verossimilhança. RESULTADOS: Encontrou-se 54 diagnósticos de enfermagem e 15 acima do percentil 75. Verificou-se associação estatística entre: Controle eficaz do regime terapêutico e número de medicamentos; Padrão de sono perturbado e estado civil; Intolerância à atividade e escolaridade e anos de diagnóstico; Disfunção sexual e sexo e escolaridade; Risco para quedas e idade, estado civil e tempo de diagnóstico da doença; Dor crônica e estado civil. CONCLUSÃO: Algumas características demográficas estão associadas à ocorrência de diagnósticos de enfermagem.

  20. Tuberculosis of kidneys diagnosed in a renal transplant patient

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    Not earlier reported case of patient with renal graft and tuberculosis of native kidneys is presented. In diagnosis of renal tuberculosis the bigger diagnostic value has renography than ultrasonography. (author)

  1. How successfully do general practitioners diagnose herpetic gingivo-stomatitis clinically?

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    Kiderman, Alexander; Furst, Arthur L; Miller, T.; Schmidt-Afek, N; Morag, Avraham; Zakay-Rones, Zichria

    2002-01-01

    Herpetic gingivo-stomatitis is a common, often painful affliction of young children. Recently, aciclovir treatment has been found to be effective in hospital-referred cases, an approach limited in general practice where laboratory diagnosis is invariably impractical. This study demonstrated that 49 out of 63 clinical diagnoses of herpetic gingivo-stomatitis [PPV = 78%] made by 27 GPs were subsequently validated by laboratory virus culture. This suggests that herpetic gingivo-stomatitis might ...

  2. Non-epileptic clinical diagnoses in children referred for an outpatient EEG using video monitoring.

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    Apakama, Okwuchi; Appleton, Richard

    2006-06-01

    Simultaneous video (closed circuit television [CCTV]) and EEG recordings are important in the differentiation of epileptic and non-epileptic paroxysmal episodes and in the classification of epilepsy syndromes. An additional benefit from the observation of the child on CCTV is the possible identification of specific clinical, including genetic, conditions. This three-year prospective study of 2780 consecutive children undergoing routine EEG investigations identified 17 conditions that had not previously been diagnosed by the clinicians who had requested the EEG. PMID:16793578

  3. Diagnoses of Patients with Severe Subjective Health Complaints in Scandinavia: A Cross Sectional Study

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    Silje Maeland; Werner, Erik L; Marianne Rosendal; Jonsdottir, Ingibjorg H.; Magnussen, Liv H.; Holger Ursin; Eriksen, Hege R.

    2012-01-01

    Background. A diagnosis is the basis of medical action, the key to various social privileges and national sick leave statistics. The objectives of this study were to investigate which diagnoses general practitioners in Scandinavia give patients with severe subjective health complaints, and what kind of treatments they suggested.

    Methods. One hundred and twenty-six self-selected general practitioners in Scandinavia diagnosed nine patients, presented as video vignettes, in a c...

  4. Unroofed coronary sinus newly diagnosed in adult patients after corrected congenital heart disease

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    Pérez Matos, A. J.; Planken, R. N.; Bouma, B.J.; Groenink, M.; Backx, A. P. C. M.; de Winter, R.J.; Koolbergen, D.R.; Mulder, B.J.M.; Boekholdt, S. M.

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    Patients with congenital heart disease corrected in early childhood may later in life present with cardiac symptoms caused by other associated congenital anomalies that were initially not diagnosed. Nowadays, several noninvasive imaging modalities are available for the visualisation of cardiac anatomy in great detail. We describe two patients with an unroofed coronary sinus, a rare congenital anomaly which could be diagnosed using a combination of modalities including echocardiography, cardia...

  5. Screening and diagnosing depression in women visiting GPs' drop in clinic in Primary Health Care

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    Johansson Sven-Erik; Aberg-Wistedt Anna; Furhoff Anna-Karin; Wernering Estera; Stromberg Ranja; Backlund Lars G

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Only half of all depressions are diagnosed in Primary Health Care (PHC). Depression can remain undetected for a long time and entail high costs for care and low quality of life for the individuals. Drop in clinic is a common form of organizing health care; however the visits are short and focus on solving the most urgent problems. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and severity of depression among women visiting the GPs' drop in clinic and to identify ...

  6. Diagnosing alcohol abuse in alcohol dependent individuals: diagnostic and clinical implications

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    Ray, Lara A.; Hutchison, Kent E.; Adam M. Leventhal; Miranda, Robert; Francione, Caren; Chelminski, Iwona; Young, Diane; Zimmerman, Mark

    2009-01-01

    In DMS-IV, the diagnosis of alcohol abuse is precluded by the diagnosis of alcohol dependence. The goal of this study was to examine the diagnostic and clinical implications of diagnosing alcohol abuse among alcohol dependent individuals. Treatment-seeking psychiatric outpatients with a lifetime history of alcohol dependence (n = 544), some of whom (n = 45) did not meet lifetime criteria for alcohol abuse completed in-depth, face-to-face, semi-structured clinical assessments of DSM-IV axis I ...

  7. Morbidity and medicine prescriptions in a nationwide Danish population of patients diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Glintborg, Dorte; Hass Rubin, Katrine

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increased in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but the prevalence of other diseases is not clarified. We aimed to investigate morbidity and medicine prescriptions in PCOS. DESIGN: A National Register-based study. METHODS: Patients with PCOS (PCOS Denmark and an embedded cohort; PCOS Odense University Hospital (OUH)) and one control population. Premenopausal women with PCOS underwent clinical and biochemical examination (PCOS OUH, n=1217). PCOS Denmark (n=19?199) included women with PCOS in the Danish National Patient Register. Three age-matched controls were included per patient (n=57?483). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Diagnosis codes and filled prescriptions. RESULTS: The mean (range) age of the PCOS Denmark group and controls was 30.6 (12-60) years. Patients in PCOS Denmark had higher Charlson index, higher prevalence of diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension than controls. PCOS was associated with a two times increased risk of stroke and thrombosis, whereas the risk of other cardiovascular diseases was not increased. Thyroid disease, asthma, migraine, and depression were more prevalent in PCOS Denmark vs controls, whereas fractures were rarer. Infertility was increased in patients compared with controls, but the mean number of births was higher in PCOS. Medicine prescriptions within all diagnosis areas were significantly higher in PCOS patients than in controls.In PCOS OUH, polycystic ovaries (PCO) and irregular menses were associated with a more adverse metabolic risk profile, but individual Rotterdam criteria were not associated with cardiometabolic diagnoses. CONCLUSION: Cardiometabolic and psychiatric morbidity were significantly increased in a Danish population with PCOS. Medical diseases are frequent also in young patients with PCOS.

  8. Outcomes of initial antiretroviral treatment (ART among recently diagnosed HIV patients in HIV-TR cohort, 2011–2012

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    Volkan Korten

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: HIV-TR is a recently established (2012 multicentre cohort in Turkey. The aim of this study is to analyze epidemiological, immunologic and virologic data of recently diagnosed HIV patients. Materials and Methods: Epidemiologic, clinical and laboratory data of all patients diagnosed in 2011 and 2012 were recorded by a web-based data collection system, retrospectively. Results: A total of 693 patients (561 male, 132 female at 24 sites were enrolled. The median age at first presentation for HIV care was 36. The proportion of patients presenting with advanced HIV disease (CD4 count500 copies/mL in 18.5% of patients. Of 531 patients receiving ART, initial combinations consist of tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC plus efavirenz (EFV in 48.2% and TDF/FTC plus lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r in 37.5% and other combinations in 14.3% of the patients. Pre-treatment HIV-RNA was over 100.000 copies/mL in 52.3% of patients. At Weeks 24 and 48, HIV-RNA were<50 copies/mL in 63,4% of 385 patients and 82% of 311 patients reported to be still on ART and had a viral load measurement, respectively. Median pretreatment CD4 count was lower for TDF/FTC+LPV/r recipients than TDF/FTC+EFV recipients (250 vs 316 (p<0.05. The median increase from baseline CD4 cell count was 230 in TDF/FTC+LPV/r group, 193 in TDF/FTC+EFV group and 216 among all treated patients. Of 531 patients receiving ART, 11 had died and 19 were lost to follow-up. Conclusion: Despite 52.4% of recently diagnosed patients were late presenters; a high rate of virologic suppression was achieved in HIV-TR Cohort. A national HIV testing strategy targeting subpopulations with higher risk is urgently needed.

  9. Knowledge and Practices of Doctors and Nurses in Oncology Clinics Regarding Sperm Bank Use in Adolescent Boys Diagnosed with Cancer

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    Ay?e Sonay Kurt

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    Full Text Available In­tro­duc­ti­on: This descriptive study aimed to identify the knowledge and practices regarding sperm banks among doctors and nurses treating young male patients with cancer. Materials and Methods: The study population comprised 71 doctors and 150 nurses working in the oncology clinics of hospitals affiliated with the Istanbul Health Directorate between January 1st and March 30th, 2012. No sampling was carried out, because the study aimed to reach the whole population. Results: Among the participants, 70% of the doctors and 42% of the nurses stated that there were no written rules on sperm preservation in their current institutions. Those wishing to have children, who are single, and who have to start chemotherapy immediately were the 3 most important patient groups doctors recommended for sperm preservation. Meanwhile, the nurses reported those wishing to have children, who were diagnosed recently, and who have to start chemotherapy immediately as the most important patients for fertility preservation. Doctors’ and nurses’ practices related to sperm freezing were unsatisfactory; the main factors influencing this situation were cultural factors, religious beliefs, and work load. Conclusions: Although health personnel are aware of the importance of sperm preservation in young male patients diagnosed with cancer, the related practices are not at desirable levels. (Jo­ur­nal of Cur­rent Pe­di­at­rics 2013; 11: 114-20

  10. Pharmacological therapy in patients diagnosed with Peyronie's disease

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    Halal, AA; Geavlete, P; Ceban, E

    2012-01-01

    Peyronie's disease is still a therapeutic dilemma for the urologist. Although medical treatment includes multiple versions, few therapeutic agents had significant effects. The combination between oral therapy and intralesional agents can improve the quality of life of the patients with Peyronie's disease.

  11. Prevalence, incidence, and comorbidity of clinically diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder in Taiwan: a national population-based study.

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    Huang, Li-Chung; Tsai, Kuen-Jer; Wang, Hao-Kuang; Sung, Pi-Shan; Wu, Ming-Hsiu; Hung, Kuo-Wei; Lin, Sheng-Hsiang

    2014-12-15

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic debilitating anxiety disorder significant in intrusive thoughts and compensation repetitive behaviors. Few studies have reported on this condition Asia. This study estimated the prevalence, incidence and psychiatric comorbidities of OCD in Taiwan. We identified study subjects for 2000-2008 with a principal diagnosis of OCD according to the International Classification of Disease, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnostic criteria by using National Health Research Institute database. These patients received either outpatient or inpatient care for their condition. Rates were directly age- and sex-adjusted to the 2004 Taiwan population distribution. The estimated mean annual incidence was 27.57 per 10(5) inhabitants and the one year prevalence was 65.05 per 10(5) inhabitants. Incidence and prevalence increased with age, peaking at age 18-24 years in males and at 35-44 years in females. About 53% of adults (?18 years) and 48% of child and adolescent patients (6-17 years) had one or more comorbid psychiatric conditions. The most common comorbid diagnosis was depressive disorders for both adult and child-adolescent patients. We found a lower prevalence and incidence of clinically diagnosed OCD than that of community studies. Many Asian patients with OCD also had various psychiatric comorbidities, a clinically relevant finding. PMID:25169892

  12. Using a patient image archive to diagnose retinopathy

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    Tobin Jr, Kenneth William [ORNL; Abramoff, M.D. [University of Iowa; Chaum, Edward [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Giancardo, Luca [ORNL; Govindaswamy, Priya [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Karnowski, Thomas Paul [ORNL; Tennant, M [University of Alberta; Swainson, Stephen [University of Alberta

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    Diabetes has become an epidemic that is expected to impact 365 million people worldwide by 2025. Consequently, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the industrialized world today. If detected early, treatments can preserve vision and significantly reduce debilitating blindness. Through this research we are developing and testing a method for automating the diagnosis of retinopathy in a screening environment using a patient archive and digital fundus imagery. We present an overview of our content-based image retrieval (CBIR) approach and provide performance results for a dataset of 98 images from a study in Canada when compared to an archive of 1,355 patients from a study in the Netherlands. An aggregate performance of 89% correct diagnosis is achieved, demonstrating the potential of automated, web-based diagnosis for a broad range of imagery collected under different conditions and with different cameras.

  13. Visceral leishmaniasis diagnosed in a patient with MALT lymphoma

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    Kaae, Jeanette; Nørgaard, Peter; Himmelstrup, B

    2007-01-01

    We report a case of visceral leishmaniasis in a 66-year-old female with a history of MALT lymphoma in the gastrointestinal tract. The patient presented with major hemorrhage per rectum and perforation of the small intestine. Due to unexplained decreasing platelets, lymphoma bone marrow involvement was suspected and bone marrow examination was performed. Surprisingly, Leishman-Donovan bodies were detected. The low platelet count, caused by the combination of MALT lymphoma and visceral leishmanias...

  14. Aetiology analysis of 35 patients firstly diagnosed with oculomotor palsy

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    Full Text Available AIM: To analyze the causes and characteristics of 35 patients suffering from oculomotor palsyMETHODS: The outcomes in a series of 35 patients with oculomotor palsy from January, 2009 to December, 2012 in our hospital were retrospectively evaluated. Blood glucose, computed tomography(CT, magnetic resonance imaging(MRI, magnetic resonance angiography(MRA, and digital subtraction angiography(DSAwere underwent to analyze its causes and characteristics.RESULTS: In 35 cases, causes were head injury in 10 patients(29%, intracalvarium inflammation in 8 cases(23%, diabetes in 6 cases(17%, intracranial aneurysm in 4 cases(11%, intracranial neoplasm in 4 cases(11%, cerebral infarction, cerebrovascular hemorrhage and unknown in 1 case(3%, respectively.CONCLUSION: The causes resulting oculomotor palsy were multiplicity, head injury is the most common cause of oculomotor palsy. The other common causes include intracalvarium inflammation and diabetes mellitus. The causes exist some characteristics in different age stages, determine the causes is important extremely for treatment in correct.

  15. Safety of thalidomide in newly diagnosed elderly myeloma patients

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    Palumbo, Antonio; Waage, Anders; Hulin, Cyrille; Beksac, Meral; Zweegman, Sonja; Gay, Francesca; Gimsing, Peter; Leleu, Xavier; Wijermans, Pierre; Sucak, Gulan; Pezzatti, Sara; Juliusson, Gunnar; Pégourié, Brigitte; Schaafsma, Martijn; Galli, Monica; Turesson, Ingemar; Kolb, Brigitte; van der Holt, Bronno; Baldi, Ileana; Rolke, Jürgen; Ciccone, Giovannino; Wetterwald, Marc; Lokhorst, Henk; Boccadoro, Mario; Rodon, Philippe; Sonneveld, Pieter

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    and non-hematologic AEs. Results. At least 75% of the grade 3-4 AEs occurred during the first six months of treatment in both MPT and MP groups. A higher cumulative incidence of grade 3-4 hematologic (28% vs 22%, HR 1.32, 95%CI 1.05-1.66) and non-hematologic (39% vs 17%, HR 2.78, 95%CI 2.21-3.50) AEs......Background. Melphalan-prednisone-thalidomide (MPT) improves outcome in multiple myeloma (MM) patients, and it is now considered a standard of care for patients not eligible for transplantation. However, this treatment is a major source of morbidity. Design and Methods. An individual patient data...... meta-analysis (N=1680) of all the six randomized trials comparing MPT vs melphalan-prednisone (MP) was performed. The main objective was to estimate the risk of serious adverse events (AEs) and their impact on outcome. The primary endpoints were the 2-year cumulative incidence of grade 3-4 hematologic...

  16. Patient Safety in Clinical Trials

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    Information for patients, their families and friends, and the general public about how the rights and safety of people who take part in clinical trials are protected. Learn about informed consent, institutional review boards (IRB's), and how trials are closely monitored for safety.

  17. Blood Sample Markers of Reproductive Hormones in Assessing Ovarian Reserve in Younger Patients With Newly Diagnosed Lymphomas | Division of Cancer Prevention

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    This clinical trial studies blood sample markers of reproductive hormones in assessing ovarian reserve in younger patients with newly diagnosed lymphomas. Studying samples of blood from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help measure the effect of curative therapy for lymphoma on ovarian failure.

  18. Visceral leishmaniasis diagnosed in a patient with MALT lymphoma

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    Kaae, Jeanette; Nørgaard, Peter; Himmelstrup, B

    2007-01-01

    We report a case of visceral leishmaniasis in a 66-year-old female with a history of MALT lymphoma in the gastrointestinal tract. The patient presented with major hemorrhage per rectum and perforation of the small intestine. Due to unexplained decreasing platelets, lymphoma bone marrow involvement...... was suspected and bone marrow examination was performed. Surprisingly, Leishman-Donovan bodies were detected. The low platelet count, caused by the combination of MALT lymphoma and visceral leishmaniasis, appears to have aggravated the symptoms of the intestinal lymphoma. Leishmaniasis should be...

  19. Failure-Free Survival and Radiotherapy in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer

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    James, Nicholas D.; Spears, Melissa R.; Clarke, Noel W.; Dearnaley, David P.; Mason, Malcolm D.; Parker, Christopher C.; Ritchie, Alastair W. S.; Russell, J. Martin; Schiavone, Francesca; Attard, Gerhardt; de Bono, Johann S.; Birtle, Alison; Engeler, Daniel S.; Elliott, Tony; Matheson, David; O’Sullivan, Joe; Pudney, Delia; Srihari, Narayanan; Wallace, Jan; Barber, Jim; Syndikus, Isabel; Parmar, Mahesh K. B.; Sydes, Matthew R.

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    IMPORTANCE The natural history of patients with newly diagnosed high-risk nonmetastatic (M0) prostate cancer receiving hormone therapy (HT) either alone or with standard-of-care radiotherapy (RT) is not well documented. Furthermore, no clinical trial has assessed the role of RT in patients with node-positive (N+) M0 disease. The STAMPEDE Trial includes such individuals, allowing an exploratory multivariate analysis of the impact of radical RT. OBJECTIVE To describe survival and the impact on failure-free survival of RT by nodal involvement in these patients. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Cohort study using data collected for patients allocated to the control arm (standard-of-care only) of the STAMPEDE Trial between October 5, 2005, and May 1, 2014. Outcomes are presented as hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% CIs derived from adjusted Cox models; survival estimates are reported at 2 and 5 years. Participants were high-risk, hormone-naive patients with newly diagnosed M0 prostate cancer starting long-term HT for the first time. Radiotherapy is encouraged in this group, but mandated for patients with node-negative (N0) M0 disease only since November 2011. EXPOSURES Long-term HT either alone or with RT, as per local standard. Planned RT use was recorded at entry. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Failure-free survival (FFS) and overall survival. RESULTS A total of 721 men with newly diagnosed M0 disease were included: median age at entry, 66 (interquartile range [IQR], 61-72) years, median (IQR) prostate-specific antigen level of 43 (18-88) ng/mL. There were 40 deaths (31 owing to prostate cancer) with 17 months’ median follow-up. Two-year survival was 96% (95% CI, 93%-97%) and 2-year FFS, 77% (95% CI, 73%-81%). Median (IQR) FFS was 63 (26 to not reached) months. Time to FFS was worse in patients with N+ disease (HR, 2.02 [95% CI, 1.46-2.81]) than in those with N0 disease. Failure-free survival outcomes favored planned use of RT for patients with both N0M0 (HR, 0.33 [95% CI, 0.18-0.61]) and N+M0 disease (HR, 0.48 [95% CI, 0.29-0.79]). CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Survival for men entering the cohort with high-risk M0 disease was higher than anticipated at study inception. These nonrandomized data were consistent with previous trials that support routine use of RT with HT in patients with N0M0 disease. Additionally, the data suggest that the benefits of RT extend to men with N+M0 disease. TRIAL REGISTRATION clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00268476; ISRCTN78818544 PMID:26606329

  20. 16-year excess all-cause mortality of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients: a cohort study

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    Hansen, Lars Jørgen; Olivarius, Niels de Fine; Siersma, V.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that type 2 diabetic patients have higher all-cause mortality than people without diabetes, but it is less clear how diabetes affects mortality in elderly patients and to what degree mortality differs between diabetic men and women. The aim of the present study is to...... investigate the age- and sex-specific all-cause mortality pattern in patients with type 2 diabetes in comparison with the Danish background population. METHODS: Population-based cohort study of 1323 patients, diagnosed with clinical type 2 diabetes in 1989-92 and followed for 16 years. Median (interquartile...... population, diabetic patients had a 1.5-2.5 fold higher risk of dying depending on age. The over-mortality was higher for men than for women. It decreased with age in both sexes, and among patients over 80 years at diagnosis the difference between the observed and the expected survival was small. CONCLUSION...

  1. Sexually transmitted diseases in clinic patients in Lagos.

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    In a study of patients attending an STD referral clinic in Lagos, Nigeria, the age distribution was similar to that seen on other parts of the world and the male-to-female ratio was 1.3:1. Non-specific genital infection was diagnosed in about 59% of patients and gonorrhoea in 19%. Most strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae were sensitive to penicillin (1 unit) and the six relatively penicillin-resistant strains did not produce penicillinase. Candidosis and trichomoniasis were each diagnosed in abo...

  2. Computer-assisted interpretation of planar whole-body bone scintigraphy in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer

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    Petersen, Lars J; Mortensen, Jesper C; Bertelsen, Henrik; Zacho, Helle D

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic properties of EXINI Bone in newly diagnosed prostate cancer in comparison with expert reading. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone scintigraphy was performed in consecutive patients referred for staging at three clinics (342 patients with DICOM file format, 272 with Interfile format). Images were reported by three independent readers on a four-point scale (class 1-4) and by using a dichotomous outcome (M1 or M0). The software analyzed data in ...

  3. Changes in food choices of recently diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic patients.

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    Niewind, A.C.; Friele, R.D.; Kandou, C.T.; Hautvast, J.G.A.J.; Edema, J.M.P.

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    Current food use and habitual food use prior to the diagnosis of diabetes were measured using a food frequency questionnaire in a group of recently diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic patients. Patients (51 m, 29 f) were between the ages of 20 and 40 years and had been diagnosed as insulin-dependent diabetics less than 6 months prior to the study. The results show that patients after the diagnosis of diabetes reduce their consumption of foods and beverages with high sugar content, of snacks ...

  4. Granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) enhances the clinical responses to Interferon-α (IFN) in newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)

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    Zeidner, Joshua F; Gladstone, Douglas E; Zahurak, Marianna; Matsui, William H.; Gocke, Christopher; Jones, Richard J; Smith, B Douglas

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    The majority of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) remain with residual disease. In contrast to TKIs, interferon (IFN) is directly toxic to CML progenitor cells, and myeloid growth factors such as GM-CSF may enhance IFN’s cytotoxicity. We performed a phase 2 study of IFN+GM-CSF in 58 newly diagnosed CML patients before imatinib approval. Short-term clinical responses included: 60% major cytogenetic response, 28% complete cytogenetic response...

  5. Rituximab and dexamethasone vs dexamethasone monotherapy in newly diagnosed patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia

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    Gudbrandsdottir, Sif; Birgens, Henrik Sverre; Frederiksen, Henrik; Jensen, Bjarne Anker; Jensen, Morten Krogh; Kjeldsen, Lars; Klausen, Tobias Wirenfeldt; Larsen, Herdis; Mourits-Andersen, Hans Torben; Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Nielsen, Ove Juul; Plesner, Torben; Pulczynski, Stanislaw; Rasmussen, Inge Helleberg; Rønnov-Jessen, Dorthe; Hasselbalch, Hans Carl

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    In this study, we report the results from the largest cohort to date of newly diagnosed adult immune thrombocytopenia patients randomized to treatment with dexamethasone alone or in combination with rituximab. Eligible were patients with platelet counts ?25×10(9)/L or ?50×10(9)/L with bleeding...

  6. Using Clinical Data to Predict Accurate ADHD Diagnoses Among Urban Children.

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    Silverstein, Michael; Hironaka, L Kari; Feinberg, Emily; Sandler, Jenna; Pellicer, Michelle; Chen, Ning; Cabral, Howard

    2016-04-01

    Diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) requires reports of child behavior from 2 settings-most commonly home and school. Obtaining this information from teachers, however, is often challenging. We sought to determine if clinical data, supplementary to parent symptom scales, could be useful in predicting DSM-compliant diagnoses. Parents and teachers reported ADHD symptoms for 156 children using Vanderbilt scales; care managers collected clinical data; a team of specialists determined whether children met diagnostic criteria for ADHD. The ability of a parent Vanderbilt alone to predict an ADHD diagnosis was 56% (95% confidence interval = 45%, 67%). By adding child age and grade retention history to the multivariable model, the probability rose to 78% (95% confidence interval = 59%, 93%). In the maximally predictive model-which included 5 covariates-the predictive validity rose to 84% (95% confidence interval = 52%, 99%). Supplementing parent symptom reports with clinical data may be a viable alternative in certain cases when teacher reports are unavailable. PMID:26130393

  7. Clinical characteristics of patients with conjunctivochalasis

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    Balci, Ozlem

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients with conjunctivochalasis (CCh). Methods and materials This retrospective study enrolled 30 subjects diagnosed with conjunctivochalasis. Complete ophthalmic examination, including visual acuity assessment, slit-lamp examination, applanation tonometry, dilated funduscopy, tear break-up time, Schirmer 1 test, and fluorescein staining were performed in all patients. Age, sex, laterality, ocular history, symptoms, and clinical findings were recorded. Results The study included 50 eyes from 30 cases. Ages ranged from 45 to 80 years, with a mean age of 65±10 years. CChs grading were as follows: 30 (60%) eyes with grade 1 CCh; 15 (30%) eyes with grade 2 CCh; and five (10%) eyes with grade 3 CCh. CCh was located in the inferior bulbar conjunctiva in 45 (90%) eyes, and in the remaining five (10%) CCh was located in the superior bulbar conjunctiva. Ten (33.3%) patients had no symptoms. Dryness, eye pain, redness, blurry vision, tired eye feeling, and epiphora were the symptoms encountered in the remaining twenty (63.6%) patients. Altered tear meniscus was noted in all cases. The mean tear break-up time was 7.6 seconds. The mean Schirmer 1 test score was 7 mm. Pinguecula was found in ten patients. Conclusion Dryness, eye pain, redness, blurry vision, and epiphora were the main symptoms in patients with CCh. Dryness, eye pain, and blurry vision were worsened during downgaze and blinking. So CCh should be taken into consideration in the differential diagnosis of chronic ocular irritation and epiphora. PMID:25210435

  8. Clinical characteristics of patients with conjunctivochalasis

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Ozlem Balci Ophthalmology Department, Kolan Hospitalium Group, Istanbul, Turkey Purpose: To evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients with conjunctivochalasis (CCh. Methods and materials: This retrospective study enrolled 30 subjects diagnosed with conjunctivochalasis. Complete ophthalmic examination, including visual acuity assessment, slit-lamp examination, applanation tonometry, dilated funduscopy, tear break-up time, Schirmer 1 test, and fluorescein staining were performed in all patients. Age, sex, laterality, ocular history, symptoms, and clinical findings were recorded. Results: The study included 50 eyes from 30 cases. Ages ranged from 45 to 80 years, with a mean age of 65±10 years. CChs grading were as follows: 30 (60% eyes with grade 1 CCh; 15 (30% eyes with grade 2 CCh; and five (10% eyes with grade 3 CCh. CCh was located in the inferior bulbar conjunctiva in 45 (90% eyes, and in the remaining five (10% CCh was located in the superior bulbar conjunctiva. Ten (33.3% patients had no symptoms. Dryness, eye pain, redness, blurry vision, tired eye feeling, and epiphora were the symptoms encountered in the remaining twenty (63.6% patients. Altered tear meniscus was noted in all cases. The mean tear break-up time was 7.6 seconds. The mean Schirmer 1 test score was 7 mm. Pinguecula was found in ten patients. Conclusion: Dryness, eye pain, redness, blurry vision, and epiphora were the main symptoms in patients with CCh. Dryness, eye pain, and blurry vision were worsened during downgaze and blinking. So CCh should be taken into consideration in the differential diagnosis of chronic ocular irritation and epiphora. Keywords: ocular irritation, epiphora, dryness, eye pain, blurry vision

  9. Telomere Length and Pulse Pressure in Newly Diagnosed, Antipsychotic-Naive Patients With Nonaffective Psychosis

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    Fernandez-Egea, Emilio; Bernardo, Miguel; Heaphy, Christopher M.; Griffith, Jeffrey K.; Parellada, Eduard; Esmatjes, Enric; Conget, Ignacio; Nguyen, Linh; George, Varghese; Stöppler, Hubert; Kirkpatrick, Brian

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    Introduction: Recent studies suggest that in addition to factors such as treatment side effects, suicide, and poor health habits, people with schizophrenia may have an increased risk of diabetes prior to antipsychotic treatment. Diabetes is associated with an increased pulse pressure (PP) and a shortened telomere. We tested the hypothesis that prior to antipsychotic treatment, schizophrenia and related disorders are associated with a shortened telomere, as well as an increased PP. Methods: Telomere content (which is highly correlated with telomere length) and PP were measured in newly diagnosed, antipsychotic-naive patients with schizophrenia and related disorders on first clinical contact and in matched control subjects. Both groups were also administered an oral glucose tolerance test. Results: Compared with control subjects, the patients with psychosis had decreased telomere content and an increased PP. As previously reported, they also had increased glucose concentrations at 2 hours. These differences could not be attributed to differences in age, ethnicity, smoking, gender, body mass index, neighborhood of residence, socioeconomic status, aerobic conditioning, or an increased cortisol concentration in the psychotic subjects. Discussion: These results suggest that prior to antipsychotic use, nonaffective psychosis is associated with reduced telomere content and increased PP, indices that have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes and hypertension. PMID:19279086

  10. Clinical Characteristics of Vivax Malaria and Analysis of Recurred Patients

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    Kwak, Yee Gyung; Lee, Hyo Keun; Kim, Min; Um, Tae Hyun; Cho, Chong Rae

    2013-01-01

    Background Plasmodium vivax malaria is an acute debilitating illness characterized by recurrent paroxysmal fever and relapses from hypnozoites in the liver. Although a few studies reported clinical characteristics of vivax malaria in civilians after reemergence in the Republic of Korea, only a small group of patients was analyzed. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients who had been diagnosed with vivax malaria by peripheral blood smear in a universit...

  11. Nursing diagnoses in chronic renal failure patients on hemodialysis / Diagnósticos de enfermagem em pacientes renais crônicos em hemodiálise

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    Cecília Maria Farias de Queiroz, Frazão; Ana Beatriz de Almeida, Medeiros; Fernanda Beatriz Batista, Lima e Silva; Jéssica Dantas de, Sá; Ana Luisa Brandão de Carvalho, Lira.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: identificar os diagnósticos de enfermagem mais frequentes em pacientes renais crônicos em hemodiálise. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal com a inclusão de 178 pacientes, selecionados por amostragem de conveniência do tipo consecutiva. Para a coleta foram utilizados roteiros de entrevista e [...] exame físico. Foi realizado um processo individual de julgamento clínico dos diagnósticos de enfermagem e os resultados obtidos passaram por processo de revisão de forma pareada entre os autores, para maior acurácia. RESULTADOS: Identificaram-se 24 diagnósticos de enfermagem, sendo os mais frequentes: risco de infecção (100%); volume de líquidos excessivo (99,4%); e hipotermia (61,8%). CONCLUSÃO: Os diagnósticos mais frequentes identificados estão inseridos nos domínios segurança/proteção e nutrição. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To identify the most frequent nursing diagnoses in chronic renal failure patients on hemodialysis. METHODS: A cross-sectional study including 178 patients, selected by convenience sample, consecutively recruited. For data collection, interview guides and physical examination were us [...] ed. An individual process of clinical judgment for the nursing diagnoses was performed and, for better accuracy, the results obtained underwent a process of paired review among the authors. RESULTS: Twenty-four nursing diagnoses were identified, of which the most frequent were: risk for infection (100%); excessive fluid volume (99.4%); and, hypothermia (61.8%). CONCLUSION: The most frequent diagnoses identified were included in the safety / protection and nutrition domains of NANDA-I.

  12. How to diagnose neuropathic pain? The contribution from clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests.

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    La Cesa, S; Tamburin, S; Tugnoli, V; Sandrini, G; Paolucci, S; Lacerenza, M; Marchettini, P; Cruccu, G; Truini, A

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    Patients with peripheral and central nervous system diseases may suffer from different types of pain, namely nociceptive, neuropathic and mixed pain. Although in some cases, the distinction between these types of pain is clinically evident, yet in some patients an accurate differential diagnosis requires dedicated clinical examination, screening questionnaires and diagnostic techniques some of which are available only in specialized pain centres. This review briefly addresses the currently agreed definitions of the different types of pain and shows how clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests can help the clinicians in identifying neuropathic pain. PMID:26410087

  13. Symptoms and diagnoses of patients referring to a child and adolescent psychiatry polyclinic

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    Yonca Sönmez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of the present study is to identify the complaints and diagnoses of patients who referred to a child and adolescent psychiatry polyclinic. Method: Medical records of 763 patients referred to the Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Polyclinic at Süleyman Demirel University Faculty of Medicine between October 2007 and October 2008 were studied retrospectively. Results: Most of the patients were male and within 7 to 12 years of age. 93.8% of the patients referred to the hospital for chronic conditions persisting for a long time. The most common symptom was nervousness (34.2%. The symptoms of inattentiveness, stuttering, disinterest to school lessons were more frequent among boys and problems in family relations, unhappiness-pessimism-unwillingness, distress-annoyance-discomfort, physical complaints, suicidal attempts, habits, obsessed thoughts and behaviors among girls. The most common diagnosis was depression, followed by anxiety disorders, enuresis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, adjustment disorder, relationship problems, stuttering and mental retardation, respectively. Of the cases, 25% were diagnosed with multiple conditions. When the distribution of the diagnoses to sex were assessed, ADHD and stuttering were more frequently diagnosed among boys, on the other hand, depression and relationship problems among girls. Conclusions: In our study, although the internalizing disorders are the most frequent diagnoses, there are differences between genders. The rate of comorbid diagnosis was found to be considerable. In the presence of comorbid diagnoses, the disorder is experienced more heavily and psychosocial functionality gets deteriorated. Diagnostic differences between sex and comorbidity must be assessed carefully in child and adolescent psychiatry polyclinics. It is observed that most of the cases do refer to child psychiatry polyclinic for chronic problems. Prolonged referral period and delay in treatment may cause symptom worsening. When comorbid diagnosis coexistences were evaluated, it is observed that depressive disorder was mostly observed to coexist with relationship problems. It is considered to be important to evaluate family relations and social relations when patients with depressive disorder diagnoses are concerned.

  14. Functionally-detected cognitive impairment in high school football players without clinically-diagnosed concussion.

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    Talavage, Thomas M; Nauman, Eric A; Breedlove, Evan L; Yoruk, Umit; Dye, Anne E; Morigaki, Katherine E; Feuer, Henry; Leverenz, Larry J

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    Head trauma and concussion in football players have recently received considerable media attention. Postmortem evidence suggests that accrual of damage to the brain may occur with repeated blows to the head, even when the individual blows fail to produce clinical symptoms. There is an urgent need for improved detection and characterization of head trauma to reduce future injury risk and promote development of new therapies. In this study we examined neurological performance and health in the presence of head collision events in high school football players, using longitudinal measures of collision events (the HIT(™) System), neurocognitive testing (ImPACT(™)), and functional magnetic resonance imaging MRI (fMRI). Longitudinal assessment (including baseline) was conducted in 11 young men (ages 15-19 years) participating on the varsity and junior varsity football teams at a single high school. We expected and observed subjects in two previously described categories: (1) no clinically-diagnosed concussion and no changes in neurological behavior, and (2) clinically-diagnosed concussion with changes in neurological behavior. Additionally, we observed players in a previously undiscovered third category, who exhibited no clinically-observed symptoms associated with concussion, but who demonstrated measurable neurocognitive (primarily visual working memory) and neurophysiological (altered activation in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex [DLPFC]) impairments. This new category was associated with significantly higher numbers of head collision events to the top-front of the head, directly above the DLPFC. The discovery of this new category suggests that more players are suffering neurological injury than are currently being detected using traditional concussion-assessment tools. These individuals are unlikely to undergo clinical evaluation, and thus may continue to participate in football-related activities, even when changes in brain physiology (and potential brain damage) are present, which will increase the risk of future neurological injury. PMID:20883154

  15. Transmission route and reasons for HIV testing among recently diagnosed HIV patients in HIV-TR cohort, 2011–2012

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    Basak Dokuzoguz

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Routes of transmission and reasons for HIV testing are important epidemiologic data to analyze the epidemic and to tailor the response to AIDS. The aim of this study was to analyze reasons for testing and transmission ways of HIV among recently diagnosed HIV patients registered in the multicenter HIV-TR cohort in Turkey. Methods: Transmission ways and reasons for testing of all patients diagnosed in 2011 and 2012 were recorded on a web-based data collection system and were analyzed retrospectively. Results: The study included 693 patients (561 male, 132 female from 24 sites. Reason for HIV testing was available in 640 patients (92%. The most common reason for HIV testing was diagnostic workout for other conditions or illness followed by patient-initiated testing. The reasons for testing were listed in Table 1. The most common routes of HIV transmission were heterosexual intercourse (62.7% and sex among men who have sex with men (MSM (22.6%. At the time of HIV diagnosis, the mean CD4 lymphocyte cell count was 355/mm3 (3–1433/mm3. Primary HIV infection was determined in 42/693 (6% patients and 9/693 (% 1, 2 cases were considered “probable primary HIV infection.” The majority of the cases presented to a clinic for follow-up right after the diagnosis. On the other hand 32/616 (5.2% patients delayed their presentation for more than 3 months. The longest delay was 11 months. Conclusions: The results of the database suggest that targeted testing is lacking in the country. The shift toward homosexual transmission during the last 2 years emphasizes the need for targeted interventions. Patients present relatively late and HIV infection could only be diagnosed when immunosuppression related findings appeared. Patient-initiated testing,an indicator of awareness, was very low suggesting a need to scale-up awareness raising interventions.

  16. Clinical value of diagnosing intracranial aneurysms with fly-around of multislice helical

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    Objective: To exploring the clinical value of multislice helical CT fly-around as a new method for diagnosing micro intracranial aneurysms (≤2 mm in diameter). Methods: In this retrospective study, the authors compared the usefulness of multislice helical computed tomographic three dimensional angiography (MS 3D-CTA), digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and surgery for the detection and assessment of clinical suspected intracranial aneurysms in 104 patients, 86 patients who presented with acute, non-traumatic SAH. Row data was acquired by Multislice helical CT-Aquilion (Toshiba). The parameters of scanning and images reconstructing were: slice thickness 1.0 mm, helical pitch 3.5, scan speed was 0.5 s per rotation, delay time was 15 - 23 s; Nonionic contrast medium was injected intravenously (2.0 ml/kg) at speed of 3.0 - 5.0 ml/s. Source images were processed using a workstation SGI-O2, images post-processing software was Alatoview, ver: 1.42. The reconstructed images were then processed into fly-around and shaded volume rendering (SVR) and maximal intensity projection (MIP), and Entire brain DSA was performed. Images of MS 3D-CTA and DSA were analyzed by 3 radiologists at double blinded. Results: 70 aneurysms were proved at DSA and surgery, largest aneurysms was 24.0 mm in diameter and smallest aneurysms was 1.0 mm in diameter. Five of 70 aneurysms was large aneurysms, 40 was small aneurysms and 25 was micro aneurysms: fly-around found out 25 micro aneurysms, SVR and MIP found out 23 of them, DSA found out only 21 of them. For detected micro aneurysm, accuracy of fly-around was 95.71%, sensitivity was 100.0% and specificity was 93.33%, positive predictive value was 89.29, negative predictive value was 100.0%, accuracy of SVR and MIP was 95.71%, sensitivity was 92.0% and specificity was 97.78%, positive predictive value was 95.83%, negative predictive value was 95.65%, accuracy of DSA was 94.29%, sensitivity was 84.0% and specificity was 100.0%, positive predictive value was 100.0%, negative predictive value was 91.84%. Statistic t test values of aneurysms diameter in images of fly-around and DSA was 1.52, P > 0.05. There was non distinct deference, Kruskal-Wallis test value for interobserver was 57.04, P < 0.01. Conclusion: Accuracy and sensitivity and specificity for fly-around was higher than SVR and DSA in integrated establish, so fly-around is a new and reliable MS 3D-CTA method for detecting intracranial aneurysms and micro intracranial aneurysms

  17. Evaluation of thermal, pain, and vibration sensation thresholds in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic patients.

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    Ziegler, D.; Mayer, P.; GRIES, F. A.

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    Small and large fibre function was studied in 40 non-ketotic, newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic patients and 48 age-matched controls, using 12 quantitative tests for assessment of cutaneous sensation. Patients were aged 10-39 years and had been treated with insulin for 4-31 days. Thermal discrimination (foot), warm and cold thermal perception (thenar eminence and foot), and heat and cold pain perception thresholds (thenar eminence) were significantly elevated in the patients as compared with th...

  18. European Myeloma Network recommendations on the evaluation and treatment of newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma

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    Engelhardt, Monika; Terpos, Evangelos; Kleber, Martina; Gay, Francesca; Wäsch, Ralph; Morgan, Gareth; Cavo, Michele; van de Donk, Niels; Beilhack, Andreas; Bruno, Benedetto; Johnsen, Hans Erik; Hajek, Roman; Driessen, Christoph; Ludwig, Heinz; Beksac, Meral; Boccadoro, Mario; Straka, Christian; Brighen, Sara; Gramatzki, Martin; Larocca, Alessandra; Lokhorst, Henk; Magarotto, Valeria; Morabito, Fortunato; Dimopoulos, Meletios A; Einsele, Hermann; Sonneveld, Pieter; Palumbo, Antonio

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    Multiple myeloma management has undergone profound changes in the past thanks to advances in our understanding of the disease biology and improvements in treatment and supportive care approaches. This article presents recommendations of the European Myeloma Network for newly diagnosed patients based on the GRADE system for level of evidence. All patients with symptomatic disease should undergo risk stratification to classify patients for International Staging System stage (level of evidence: 1A)...

  19. Boron neutron capture therapy for newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme: an assessment of clinical potential

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    Sköld, K; Gorlia, T; Pellettieri, L; Giusti, V.; H-Stenstam, B; Hopewell, J. W.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the potential of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), with a 6-h infusion of the boron carrier l-boronophenylalanine as a fructose preparation (BPA-f), as first-line radiotherapy for newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Patient survival data from a Phase II study using BNCT were compared with retrospective data from the two arms of a Phase III study using conventional radiotherapy (RT) in the reference arm and using RT plus concomitant and ad...

  20. Assessment of vitamin B6 status in Korean patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes

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    Ahn, Hee Jung; Min, Kyung Wan; Cho, Youn-Ok

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess vitamin B6 intake and status in Korean patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Sixty-four patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and 8-11% glycated hemoglobin (A1C), along with 28 age-matched non-diabetic subjects, participated. Dietary vitamin B6 intake was estimated by the 24 hour recall method and plasma pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) was measured. There was a significant difference in daily total calorie intake between the diabetic and n...

  1. A changing trend in the management of patients with newly diagnosed Crohn's disease.

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    Qasim, A

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Epidemiologic shift with rising incidence of Crohn\\'s disease (CD) has been reported in recent studies. AIMS: To determine disease behaviour and therapeutic interventions undertaken in newly diagnosed patients with CD. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with CD between January 2006 and June 2008 were included. Disease type, location, degree of involvement and type of therapeutic interventions were recorded. RESULTS: A total of 78 patients were included. Colonic, ileo-colonic, terminal ileal and isolated small bowel disease were present in 37, 27, 9 and 5 patients, respectively. Disease phenotype was inflammatory, stenosing and fistulising in 42, 30 and 6 patients, respectively. Surgery was required in 22 patients, including right hemicolectomy (n = 8), subtotal colectomy (n = 4), segmental colonic resection (n = 2), segmental small bowel resection (n = 2), appendectomy (n = 2) and perianal surgery (n = 4). Fourteen patients underwent surgery at the time of diagnosis. Laparoscopic surgery was performed in 14 patients. CONCLUSIONS: A significant proportion of newly diagnosed patients with CD underwent surgical intervention on their first admission to hospital. This may signify a changing trend in the management approach.

  2. Evaluation of Dream Content Among Patients with Schizophrenia, their Siblings, Patients with Psychiatric Diagnoses Other than Schizophrenia, and Healthy Control

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    Leeba Rezaie; Masoud Rezaei; David C Schwebel; Golrokh Younesi; Masoud Tahmasian; Habibolah Khazaie; Mehrak Mohamadi; Arezo Ghanbari

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    Objective: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic disorder with unknown etiology that causes cognitive impairment, affecting thinking, behavior, social function, sleep and dream content. This study considered the dream content of patients with schizophrenia, siblings of patients with schizophrenia, patients with psychiatric diagnoses other than schizophrenia, and a group of healthy controls. The aim of this study was to compare the dream content of patients with schizophrenia with dream content...

  3. How well do discharge diagnoses identify hospitalised patients with community-acquired infections? - a validation study

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    Henriksen, Daniel Pilsgaard; Nielsen, Stig LØnberg

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Credible measures of disease incidence, trends and mortality can be obtained through surveillance using manual chart review, but this is both time-consuming and expensive. ICD-10 discharge diagnoses are used as surrogate markers of infection, but knowledge on the validity of infections in general is sparse. The aim of the study was to determine how well ICD-10 discharge diagnoses identify patients with community-acquired infections in a medical emergency department (ED), overall and related to sites of infection and patient characteristics. METHODS: We manually reviewed 5977 patients admitted to a medical ED in a one-year period (September 2010-August 2011), to establish if they were hospitalised with community-acquired infection. Using the manual review as gold standard, we calculated the sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, and likelihood ratios of discharge diagnoses indicating infection. RESULTS: Two thousand five hundred eleven patients were identified with community-acquired infection according to chart review (42.0%, 95% confidence interval [95%CI]: 40.8-43.3%) compared to 2550 patients identified by ICD-10 diagnoses (42.8%, 95%CI: 41.6-44.1%). Sensitivity of the ICD-10 diagnoses was 79.9% (95%CI: 78.1-81.3%), specificity 83.9% (95%CI: 82.6-85.1%), positive likelihood ratio 4.95 (95%CI: 4.58-5.36) and negative likelihood ratio 0.24 (95%CI: 0.22-0.26). The two most common sites of infection, the lower respiratory tract and urinary tract, had positive likelihood ratios of 8.3 (95%CI: 7.5-9.2) and 11.3 (95%CI: 10.2-12.9) respectively. We identified significant variation in diagnostic validity related to age, comorbidity and disease severity. CONCLUSION: ICD-10 discharge diagnoses identify specific sites of infection with a high degree of validity, but only a moderate degree when identifying infections in general.

  4. The Clinical Course of Late Diagnosed Fatal Cases of A (H1N1 Influenza in Poland 

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    Marta Rorat

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The most frequent complication of A (H1N1 influenza and the leading cause of death was pneumonia with a primary viral or mixed viral and bacterial etiology. 182 patients had died because of a pandemic influenza in Poland by 31st July 2010.Material and Methods: A retrospective study of 6 fatal cases of pandemic influenza, aged 23-41, including 3 women, hospitalised between November 2009 and February 2011 in different Polish medical centres.Results: We present the clinical course of 6 late diagnosed cases of A (H1N1 influenza. All patients presented typical flu-like symptoms in the beginning. 4/6 patients had severe disease risk factors: pregnancy, arthritis, Wegener granulomatosis and obesity. All patients were seen by doctors, no one had received antiviral therapy, 4/5 were treated with antibiotics before they were hospitalized. One patient had nosocomial infection. Patients were admitted to the hospital on the 3rd to 8th day of the disease. They received oseltamivir treatment on the 4th to 9th day. All patients developed pneumonia complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome. Death appeared between the 4th and 27th day after the onset of symptoms. Autopsies were performed in 5 cases and revealed haemorrhagic pneumonia in 2 patients.Conclusion: Delayed diagnosis and antiviral treatment initiation has a significant impact on mortality in A (H1N1 influenza. During the influenza epidemic, patients presenting typical symptoms should always be suspected of having influenza. Antiviral treatment has to be initiated immediately, especially ifthere are risk factors of severe disease.

  5. Long-term mortality in patients diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes meningitis: A Danish nationwide cohort study

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    Roed, Casper; Engsig, Frederik Neess

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To determine the long-term mortality, the causes of death and the incidence of cancer in listeria meningitis patients. METHODS: Nationwide, population-based cohort study including all adult patients diagnosed with listeria meningitis from 1977 to 2006 and alive 1 year after diagnosis, and an age-and gender-matched, population control cohort. Kaplan-Meier tables, Cox regression analysis and cumulative incidence function were used as outcome analyses. RESULTS: We identified 114 listeria meningitis patients and 1026 population controls. The adjusted mortality rate ratio (MRR) for listeria meningitis patients the first 5 years of follow-up was 2.35(95% confidence interval (CI) 1.60-3.45) thereafter the MRR was 0.93(95% CI: 0.56-1.55). Listeria meningitis patients had an increased risk of death due to cancer the first 5 years of follow-up, and in the same period patients above 50 years of age had a 2-fold increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer, thereafter the risks declined to that of the background population. CONCLUSIONS: The long-term mortality in adult patients diagnosed with listeria meningitis was increased the first 5 years of follow-up, mainly due to death from cancer, thereafter the mortality did not differ from the background population. To improve survival this patient population should be meticulously screened for predisposing conditions, mainly underlying malignant diseases.

  6. Catatonia: Etiopathological diagnoses and treatment response in a tertiary care setting: A clinical study

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    Santosh Ramdurg; Santosh Kumar (Corresponding Author); Mukesh Kumar; Vijender Singh; Deepak Kumar; Nimesh G Desai

    2013-01-01

    Aim: Catatonia is caused by a variety of psychiatric and organic conditions. The onset, clinical profile, and response to treatment may vary depending on the underlying cause. The study is an attempt to explore clinical profile, possible etiological correlates with neurotic/psychotic spectrum illnesses, and response to treatment and outcome in patients of catatonia. Materials and Methods: Retrospective chart analysis by using semistructured data sheet for the analysis of sociodemographic data...

  7. Spreading the clinical window for diagnosing fetal-onset hypogonadism in boys

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    RodolfoRey

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In early fetal development, the testis secretes –independently of pituitary gonadotropins– androgens and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH which are essential for male sex differentiation. In the second half of fetal life, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis gains control of testicular hormone secretion. FSH controls Sertoli cell proliferation, responsible for testis volume increase and AMH and inhibin B secretion, whereas LH regulates Leydig cell androgen and INSL3 secretion, involved in the growth and trophism of male external genitalia and in testis descent. This differential regulation of testicular function between early and late fetal periods underlies the distinct clinical presentations of fetal-onset hypogonadism in the newborn male: primary hypogonadism results in ambiguous or female genitalia when early fetal-onset whereas it becomes clinically undistinguishable from central hypogonadism when established later in fetal life. The assessment of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in the male has classically relied on the measurement of gonadotropin and testosterone levels in serum. These hormone levels normally decline 3-6 months after birth, thus constraining the clinical evaluation window for diagnosing male hypogonadism. The advent of new markers of gonadal function has spread this clinical window beyond the first 6 months of life. In this review, we discuss the advantages and limitations of old and new markers used for the functional assessment of the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis in boys suspected of fetal-onset hypogonadism.

  8. The clinical application studies of CT spinal angiography with 64-detector row spiral CT in diagnosing spinal vascular malformations

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    Background and purpose: To explore the value of CT spinal angiography with 64-detector row spiral CT in diagnosing spinal vascular malformations. Methods: Seventeen patients with initial MR and clinical findings suggestive of spinal vascular diseases underwent CT spinal angiography. Among these, 14 patients took DSA examination within 1 week after CT scan, 7 patients underwent surgical treatment, and 6 patients underwent vascular intervention embolotheraphy. CT protocol: TOSHIBA Aquilion 64 Slice CT scanner, 0.5 mm thickness, 0.5 s/r, 120 kV and 350 mA, positioned at the aortic arch level, and applied with 'sure start' technique with CT threshold of 180 Hu. Contrast agent Iohexol (370 mg I/ml) was injected at 6 ml/s velocity with total volume of 80 ml. The post-processing procedures included MPR, CPR, MIP, VR, etc. Among the 17 patients, four patients underwent fast dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography imaging. CT spinal angiography and three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR angiography (3D CE-MRA) images were compared and evaluated with DSA and operation results based on disease type, lesion range, feeding arteries, fistulas, draining veins of vascular malformation by three experienced neuroradiologists independently, using double blind method. The data were analyzed using SPSS analytic software with ?2-test. We compared the results with DSA and operation results. Results: The statistical analysis of the diagnostic results by the three experienced neuroradiologists had no statistical difference (P > 0.05). All of the 17 patients showed clearly the abnormality of spinal cord vessels and the range of lesions by CT spinal angiography. Among them, one patient was diagnosed as arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) by MRI and CT spinal angiography, which was verified by surgical operation. DSA of the same patient, however, did not visualize the lesion. One case was diagnosed as AVM complicated with AVF by DSA, but CT spinal angiography could only show AVM not AVF. The type differentiations of all the other 16 patients were consistent with DSA results. For 13 cases with positive CT spinal angiography results, DSA displayed 20 feeding vessels, among which 16 vessels were displayed correctly by CT spinal angiography, four could not be visualized, and two turned out to be false-positive. Fistulas were not displayed in six cases by CT spinal angiography. Draining veins were displayed clearly in all cases, which agreed with DSA results. Four cases who took CE-MRA obtained the same type diagnosis as that from CT spinal angiography. Feeding arteries were not displayed in CE-MRA of one case, but could be clearly visualized in other three cases, and the results agreed with CTA and DSA results. Fistulas could be seen in two cases. Draining veins and the disease range could be displayed distinctly by 3D CE-MRA. Conclusion: CT spinal angiography is quite valuable for diagnosing vascular malformation of spinal cord. It can be a screening exam before DSA, and has a guiding effect on DSA, reducing the amount of time required for DSA.

  9. The clinical application studies of CT spinal angiography with 64-detector row spiral CT in diagnosing spinal vascular malformations

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    Gao Sijia [Department of Radiology, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China)], E-mail: scarlettgao@126.com; Zhang Mengwei; Liu Xiping; Zh Yushen; Liu Jinghong; Wang Zhonghui [Department of Radiology, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Zang Peizhuo [Department of Neurosurgery, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Shi Qiang; Wang Qiang [Department of Radiology, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Liang Chuansheng [Department of Neurosurgery, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Xu Ke [Department of Radiology, No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China)

    2009-07-15

    Background and purpose: To explore the value of CT spinal angiography with 64-detector row spiral CT in diagnosing spinal vascular malformations. Methods: Seventeen patients with initial MR and clinical findings suggestive of spinal vascular diseases underwent CT spinal angiography. Among these, 14 patients took DSA examination within 1 week after CT scan, 7 patients underwent surgical treatment, and 6 patients underwent vascular intervention embolotheraphy. CT protocol: TOSHIBA Aquilion 64 Slice CT scanner, 0.5 mm thickness, 0.5 s/r, 120 kV and 350 mA, positioned at the aortic arch level, and applied with 'sure start' technique with CT threshold of 180 Hu. Contrast agent Iohexol (370 mg I/ml) was injected at 6 ml/s velocity with total volume of 80 ml. The post-processing procedures included MPR, CPR, MIP, VR, etc. Among the 17 patients, four patients underwent fast dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography imaging. CT spinal angiography and three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR angiography (3D CE-MRA) images were compared and evaluated with DSA and operation results based on disease type, lesion range, feeding arteries, fistulas, draining veins of vascular malformation by three experienced neuroradiologists independently, using double blind method. The data were analyzed using SPSS analytic software with {chi}{sup 2}-test. We compared the results with DSA and operation results. Results: The statistical analysis of the diagnostic results by the three experienced neuroradiologists had no statistical difference (P > 0.05). All of the 17 patients showed clearly the abnormality of spinal cord vessels and the range of lesions by CT spinal angiography. Among them, one patient was diagnosed as arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) by MRI and CT spinal angiography, which was verified by surgical operation. DSA of the same patient, however, did not visualize the lesion. One case was diagnosed as AVM complicated with AVF by DSA, but CT spinal angiography could only show AVM not AVF. The type differentiations of all the other 16 patients were consistent with DSA results. For 13 cases with positive CT spinal angiography results, DSA displayed 20 feeding vessels, among which 16 vessels were displayed correctly by CT spinal angiography, four could not be visualized, and two turned out to be false-positive. Fistulas were not displayed in six cases by CT spinal angiography. Draining veins were displayed clearly in all cases, which agreed with DSA results. Four cases who took CE-MRA obtained the same type diagnosis as that from CT spinal angiography. Feeding arteries were not displayed in CE-MRA of one case, but could be clearly visualized in other three cases, and the results agreed with CTA and DSA results. Fistulas could be seen in two cases. Draining veins and the disease range could be displayed distinctly by 3D CE-MRA. Conclusion: CT spinal angiography is quite valuable for diagnosing vascular malformation of spinal cord. It can be a screening exam before DSA, and has a guiding effect on DSA, reducing the amount of time required for DSA.

  10. Neuroautonomic evaluation of patients with unexplained syncope: incidence of complex neurally mediated diagnoses in the elderly

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Martina Rafanelli, Alessandro Morrione, Annalisa Landi, Emilia Ruffolo, Valentina M Chisciotti, Maria A Brunetti, Niccolò Marchionni, Andrea Ungar Syncope Unit, Cardiology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Florence and Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Florence, Italy Background: The incidence of syncope increases in individuals over the age of 70 years, but data about this condition in the elderly are limited. Little is known about tilt testing (TT, carotid sinus massage (CSM, or supine and upright blood pressure measurement related to age or about patients with complex diagnoses, for example, those with a double diagnosis, ie, positivity in two of these three tests. Methods: A total of 873 consecutive patients of mean age 66.5±18 years underwent TT, CSM, and blood pressure measurement in the supine and upright positions according to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines on syncope.1 Neuroautonomic evaluation was performed if the first-line evaluation (clinical history, physical examination, electrocardiogram was suggestive of neurally mediated syncope, or if the first-line evaluation was suggestive of cardiac syncope but this diagnosis was excluded after specific diagnostic tests according to European Society of Cardiology guidelines on syncope, or if certain or suspected diagnostic criteria were not present after the first-line evaluation. Results: A diagnosis was reached in 64.3% of cases. TT was diagnostic in 50.4% of cases, CSM was diagnostic in 11.8% of cases, and orthostatic hypotension was present in 19.9% of cases. Predictors of a positive tilt test were prodromal symptoms and typical situational syncope. Increased age and a pathologic electrocardiogram were predictors of carotid sinus syndrome. Varicose veins and alpha-receptor blockers, nitrates, and benzodiazepines were associated with orthostatic hypotension. Twenty-three percent of the patients had a complex diagnosis. The most frequent association was between vasovagal syncope and orthostatic hypotension (15.8%; 42.9% of patients aged 80 years or older had a complex diagnosis, for which age was the strongest predictor. Conclusion: Neuroautonomic evaluation is useful in older patients with unexplained syncope after the initial evaluation. A complex neurally mediated diagnosis is frequent in older people. Our results suggest that complete neuroautonomic evaluation should be done particularly in older patients. Keywords: syncope, elderly, tilt testing, carotid sinus massage, blood pressure, neurally mediated diagnosis

  11. Characterizing Patient-Generated Clinical Data and Associated Implications for Electronic Health Records.

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    Arsoniadis, Elliot G; Tambyraja, Rabindra; Khairat, Saif; Jahansouz, Cyrus; Scheppmann, Daren; Kwaan, Mary R; Hultman, Gretchen; Melton, Genevieve B

    2015-01-01

    Patient-facing technologies are increasingly utilized for direct patient data entry for potential incorporation into the electronic health record. We analyzed patient-entered data during implementation of a patient-facing data entry technology using an online patient portal and clinic-based tablet computers at a University-based tertiary medical center clinic, including entries for past medical history, past surgical history, and social history. Entries were assessed for granularity, clinical accuracy, and the addition of novel information into the record. We found that over half of patient-generated diagnoses were duplicates of lesser or equal granularity compared to previous provider-entered diagnoses. Approximately one fifth of patient-generated diagnoses were found to meet the criteria for new, meaningful additions to the medical record. Our findings demonstrate that while patient-generated data provides important additional information, it may also present challenges including generating inaccurate or less granular information. PMID:26262030

  12. Metastatic calcification in a patient with multiple myeloma diagnosed as SDRA

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    We present the case of a 44 year-old man with multiple myeloma who presented with a fever that is managed initially as pneumonia multilobar and later because of persistence of alveolar infiltrates and severe hypoxaemia as SDRA. The patient in the end passed away and was diagnosed with a metastatic calcification through open lung biopsy

  13. CTSH regulates ?-cell function and disease progression in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes patients.

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    Fløyel, Tina; Brorsson, Caroline; Nielsen, Lotte B; Miani, Michela; Bang-Berthelsen, Claus Heiner; Friedrichsen, Martin; Overgaard, Anne Julie; Berchtold, Lukas A; Wiberg, Anna; Poulsen, Pernille; Hansen, Lars; Rosinger, Silke; Boehm, Bernhard O; Ram, Ramesh; Nguyen, Quang; Mehta, Munish; Morahan, Grant; Concannon, Patrick; Bergholdt, Regine; Nielsen, Jens H; Reinheckel, Thomas; von Herrath, Matthias; Vaag, Allan; Eizirik, Decio Laks; Mortensen, Henrik B; Størling, Joachim; Pociot, Flemming

    2014-07-15

    Over 40 susceptibility loci have been identified for type 1 diabetes (T1D). Little is known about how these variants modify disease risk and progression. Here, we combined in vitro and in vivo experiments with clinical studies to determine how genetic variation of the candidate gene cathepsin H (CTSH) affects disease mechanisms and progression in T1D. The T allele of rs3825932 was associated with lower CTSH expression in human lymphoblastoid cell lines and pancreatic tissue. Proinflammatory cytokines decreased the expression of CTSH in human islets and primary rat ?-cells, and overexpression of CTSH protected insulin-secreting cells against cytokine-induced apoptosis. Mechanistic studies indicated that CTSH exerts its antiapoptotic effects through decreased JNK and p38 signaling and reduced expression of the proapoptotic factors Bim, DP5, and c-Myc. CTSH overexpression also up-regulated Ins2 expression and increased insulin secretion. Additionally, islets from Ctsh(-/-) mice contained less insulin than islets from WT mice. Importantly, the TT genotype was associated with higher daily insulin dose and faster disease progression in newly diagnosed T1D patients, indicating agreement between the experimental and clinical data. In line with these observations, healthy human subjects carrying the T allele have lower ?-cell function, which was evaluated by glucose tolerance testing. The data provide strong evidence that CTSH is an important regulator of ?-cell function during progression of T1D and reinforce the concept that candidate genes for T1D may affect disease progression by modulating survival and function of pancreatic ?-cells, the target cells of the autoimmune assault. PMID:24982147

  14. Clinical study of scrotum scintigraphy in 49 patients with acute scrotal pain. A comparison with ultrasonography

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    The significance of scrotum scintigraphy in differentiating acute testicular torsion from acute orchiepididymitis was evaluated. In this report, 49 patients with acute scrotal pain were examined with radionuclide scrotum scintigraphy and ultrasonography in parallel for comparison. Of 37 patients with decreased radioactivity in the abnormal side scrotum, 35 were diagnosed with testicular torsion surgically and the other 2 were diagnosed with indirect inguinal hernia. Only 17 among the 35 patients were diagnosed by ultrasonography as having testicular torsion. The remaining 12 patients with increased radioactivity in the abnormal side of the scrotum were all diagnosed with orchiepididymitis through conservative treatment and clinical follow-up, but only 8 of the 12 were correctly and exactly diagnosed by ultrasonography. In the process of diagnosing acute scrotal pain, radionuclide scrotum scintigraphy has obvious advantage over ultrasonography. It also has the advantage of being simple, fast and accurate but without any detrimental effect on the human body. (author)

  15. Clinical study of scrotum scintigraphy in 49 patients with acute scrotal pain. A comparison with ultrasonography

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    Yuan Zhibin; Luo Quanyong; Chen Libo; Zhu Jifang; Zhu Ruisen [Shanghai 6th People' s Hospital, Shanghai (China)

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    The significance of scrotum scintigraphy in differentiating acute testicular torsion from acute orchiepididymitis was evaluated. In this report, 49 patients with acute scrotal pain were examined with radionuclide scrotum scintigraphy and ultrasonography in parallel for comparison. Of 37 patients with decreased radioactivity in the abnormal side scrotum, 35 were diagnosed with testicular torsion surgically and the other 2 were diagnosed with indirect inguinal hernia. Only 17 among the 35 patients were diagnosed by ultrasonography as having testicular torsion. The remaining 12 patients with increased radioactivity in the abnormal side of the scrotum were all diagnosed with orchiepididymitis through conservative treatment and clinical follow-up, but only 8 of the 12 were correctly and exactly diagnosed by ultrasonography. In the process of diagnosing acute scrotal pain, radionuclide scrotum scintigraphy has obvious advantage over ultrasonography. It also has the advantage of being simple, fast and accurate but without any detrimental effect on the human body. (author)

  16. Pain in the Blood? Envisioning Mechanism-Based Diagnoses and Biomarkers in Clinical Pain Medicine

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    Emmanuel Bäckryd

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Chronic pain is highly prevalent, and pain medicine lacks objective biomarkers to guide diagnosis and choice of treatment. The current U.S. “opioid epidemic” is a reminder of the paucity of effective and safe treatment options. Traditional pain diagnoses according to the International Classification of Diseases are often unspecific, and analgesics are often prescribed on a trial-and-error basis. In contrast to this current state of affairs, the vision of future mechanism-based diagnoses of chronic pain conditions is presented in this non-technical paper, focusing on the need for biomarkers and the theoretical complexity of the task. Pain is and will remain a subjective experience, and as such is not objectively measurable. Therefore, the concept of “noci-marker” is presented as an alternative to “pain biomarker”, the goal being to find objective, measurable correlates of the pathophysiological processes involved in different chronic pain conditions. This vision entails a call for more translational pain research in order to bridge the gap between clinical pain medicine and preclinical science.

  17. Pain in the Blood? Envisioning Mechanism-Based Diagnoses and Biomarkers in Clinical Pain Medicine.

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    Bäckryd, Emmanuel

    2015-01-01

    Chronic pain is highly prevalent, and pain medicine lacks objective biomarkers to guide diagnosis and choice of treatment. The current U.S. "opioid epidemic" is a reminder of the paucity of effective and safe treatment options. Traditional pain diagnoses according to the International Classification of Diseases are often unspecific, and analgesics are often prescribed on a trial-and-error basis. In contrast to this current state of affairs, the vision of future mechanism-based diagnoses of chronic pain conditions is presented in this non-technical paper, focusing on the need for biomarkers and the theoretical complexity of the task. Pain is and will remain a subjective experience, and as such is not objectively measurable. Therefore, the concept of "noci-marker" is presented as an alternative to "pain biomarker", the goal being to find objective, measurable correlates of the pathophysiological processes involved in different chronic pain conditions. This vision entails a call for more translational pain research in order to bridge the gap between clinical pain medicine and preclinical science. PMID:26854144

  18. Long-term mortality in patients diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes meningitis: A Danish nationwide cohort study

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    Roed, Casper; Engsig, Frederik Neess; Omland, Lars Haukali; Skinhøj, Peter; Obel, Niels

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    OBJECTIVES: To determine the long-term mortality, the causes of death and the incidence of cancer in listeria meningitis patients. METHODS: Nationwide, population-based cohort study including all adult patients diagnosed with listeria meningitis from 1977 to 2006 and alive 1 year after diagnosis, and an age-and gender-matched, population control cohort. Kaplan-Meier tables, Cox regression analysis and cumulative incidence function were used as outcome analyses. RESULTS: We identified 114 listeri...

  19. Psychiatric diagnoses and psychoactive medication use among nonsurgical critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation

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    Wunsch, Hannah; Christiansen, Christian Fynbo; Johansen, Martin B; Olsen, Morten; Ali, Naeem; Angus, Derek C; Sørensen, Henrik Toft

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    IMPORTANCE: The relationship between critical illness and psychiatric illness is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess psychiatric diagnoses and medication prescriptions before and after critical illness. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Population-based cohort study in Denmark of critically ill patients in 2006-2008 with follow-up through 2009, and 2 matched comparison cohorts from hospitalized patients and from the general population. EXPOSURES: Critical illness defined as intensive care unit admiss...

  20. Diabetes education improves depressive state in newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes

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    Chen, Bin; Zhang, Xiyao; XU, XIUPING; Lv, Xiaofeng; Yao, Lu; Huang, Xu; Guo, Xueying; Liu, Baozhu; Li, Qiang; CUI, CAN

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    Objectives: The prevalence of depression is relatively high in individuals with diabetes. However, screening and monitoring of depressive state in patients with diabetes is still neglected in developing countries and the treatment of diabetes-related depression is rarely performed in these countries. In this study, our aim was to study the role of diabetes education in the improvement of depressive state in newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes.

  1. Diagnoses and dropout among patients of Danish psychiatrists in private practice

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    Munk-Jørgensen, Povl; Andersen, Bodil B

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    OBJECTIVE: This study examined diagnoses of patients treated by psychiatrists in private practice in Denmark and identified predictors of dropout. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2006, a total of 37 psychiatrists contributed data about treatment episodes to a quality assurance database. The diagnostic distribution was determined, and univariate and backward stepwise regression analysis was used to identify dropout predictors. RESULTS: Among 41,462 episodes (35,205 patients), 39%-41% were for an ICD-10...

  2. INTEGRATING CLINICAL LABORATORY MEASURES AND ICD-9 CODE DIAGNOSES IN PHENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION STUDIES.

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    Verma, Anurag; Leader, Joseph B; Verma, Shefali S; Frase, Alex; Wallace, John; Dudek, Scott; Lavage, Daniel R; VAN Hout, Cristopher V; Dewey, Frederick E; Penn, John; Lopez, Alex; Overton, John D; Carey, David J; Ledbetter, David H; Kirchner, H Lester; Ritchie, Marylyn D; Pendergrass, Sarah A

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    Electronic health records (EHR) provide a comprehensive resource for discovery, allowing unprecedented exploration of the impact of genetic architecture on health and disease. The data of EHRs also allow for exploration of the complex interactions between health measures across health and disease. The discoveries arising from EHR based research provide important information for the identification of genetic variation for clinical decision-making. Due to the breadth of information collected within the EHR, a challenge for discovery using EHR based data is the development of high-throughput tools that expose important areas of further research, from genetic variants to phenotypes. Phenome-Wide Association studies (PheWAS) provide a way to explore the association between genetic variants and comprehensive phenotypic measurements, generating new hypotheses and also exposing the complex relationships between genetic architecture and outcomes, including pleiotropy. EHR based PheWAS have mainly evaluated associations with case/control status from International Classification of Disease, Ninth Edition (ICD-9) codes. While these studies have highlighted discovery through PheWAS, the rich resource of clinical lab measures collected within the EHR can be better utilized for highthroughput PheWAS analyses and discovery. To better use these resources and enrich PheWAS association results we have developed a sound methodology for extracting a wide range of clinical lab measures from EHR data. We have extracted a first set of 21 clinical lab measures from the de-identified EHR of participants of the Geisinger MyCodeTM biorepository, and calculated the median of these lab measures for 12,039 subjects. Next we evaluated the association between these 21 clinical lab median values and 635,525 genetic variants, performing a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for each of 21 clinical lab measures. We then calculated the association between SNPs from these GWAS passing our Bonferroni defined p-value cutoff and 165 ICD-9 codes. Through the GWAS we found a series of results replicating known associations, and also some potentially novel associations with less studied clinical lab measures. We found the majority of the PheWAS ICD-9 diagnoses highly related to the clinical lab measures associated with same SNPs. Moving forward, we will be evaluating further phenotypes and expanding the methodology for successful extraction of clinical lab measurements for research and PheWAS use. These developments are important for expanding the PheWAS approach for improved EHR based discovery. PMID:26776183

  3. INTEGRATING CLINICAL LABORATORY MEASURES AND ICD-9 CODE DIAGNOSES IN PHENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION STUDIES

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    Verma, Anurag; Leader, Joseph B.; Verma, Shefali S.; Frase, Alex; Wallace, John; Dudek, Scott; Lavage, Daniel R.; Van Hout, Cristopher V.; Dewey, Frederick E.; Penn, John; Lopez, Alex; Overton, John D.; Carey, David J.; Ledbetter, David H.; Kirchner, H. Lester; Ritchie, Marylyn D.; Pendergrass, Sarah A.

    2016-01-01

    Electronic health records (EHR) provide a comprehensive resource for discovery, allowing unprecedented exploration of the impact of genetic architecture on health and disease. The data of EHRs also allow for exploration of the complex interactions between health measures across health and disease. The discoveries arising from EHR based research provide important information for the identification of genetic variation for clinical decision-making. Due to the breadth of information collected within the EHR, a challenge for discovery using EHR based data is the development of high-throughput tools that expose important areas of further research, from genetic variants to phenotypes. Phenome-Wide Association studies (PheWAS) provide a way to explore the association between genetic variants and comprehensive phenotypic measurements, generating new hypotheses and also exposing the complex relationships between genetic architecture and outcomes, including pleiotropy. EHR based PheWAS have mainly evaluated associations with case/control status from International Classification of Disease, Ninth Edition (ICD-9) codes. While these studies have highlighted discovery through PheWAS, the rich resource of clinical lab measures collected within the EHR can be better utilized for high-throughput PheWAS analyses and discovery. To better use these resources and enrich PheWAS association results we have developed a sound methodology for extracting a wide range of clinical lab measures from EHR data. We have extracted a first set of 21 clinical lab measures from the de-identified EHR of participants of the Geisinger MyCode™ biorepository, and calculated the median of these lab measures for 12,039 subjects. Next we evaluated the association between these 21 clinical lab median values and 635,525 genetic variants, performing a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for each of 21 clinical lab measures. We then calculated the association between SNPs from these GWAS passing our Bonferroni defined p-value cutoff and 165 ICD-9 codes. Through the GWAS we found a series of results replicating known associations, and also some potentially novel associations with less studied clinical lab measures. We found the majority of the PheWAS ICD-9 diagnoses highly related to the clinical lab measures associated with same SNPs. Moving forward, we will be evaluating further phenotypes and expanding the methodology for successful extraction of clinical lab measurements for research and PheWAS use. These developments are important for expanding the PheWAS approach for improved EHR based discovery. PMID:26776183

  4. The clinical application of C arm CT imaging in diagnosing and treating hypo-vascular primary hepatic carcinomas

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical application of C arm CT imaging technique in diagnosing and treating of hypo-vascular primary hepatic carcinomas. Methods: Forty-three patients with hypo-vascular primary hepatic carcinomas were enrolled in this study. All the patients underwent DSA and C arm CT imaging (Philips dual x-ray flat-panel digital imaging system) before transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). The imaging findings were retrospectively analyzed. The detection rate of hepatic tumors estimated before TACE were compared among CT/MRI, DSA and C arm CT imaging. Results: After TACE a total of 97 hypo-vascular tumors were found on CT scanning. The detection rates of hepatic tumors on CT/MRI, DSA and C arm CT imaging were 71.1% (69/97), 78.4% (76/97) and 89.7% (87/97), respectively, with P0.05. Conclusion: C arm CT imaging technique is superior to CT/MRI and DSA in detecting the hypo-vascular hepatic tumors. This technique can more precisely and more sensitively demonstrate the hepatic lesions, especially for the tumors with a diameter smaller than 10 mm. Therefore, this technique has great clinical value in treating hepatocellular carcinomas. (authors)

  5. Clinically unsuspected Hodgkin?s lymphoma diagnosed primarily from bone marrow trephine biopsy: Report of six cases

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    Kar Rakhee

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Bone marrow may be the initial or rarely the only site of involvement in Hodgkin?s lymphoma. A high index of suspicion is required to pick up the histopathological changes of Hodgkin?s lesions in the bone marrow like necrosis, presence of Reed-Sternberg cell or its variant in a polymorphic background infiltrate, focal fibrosis and myxoid change especially in the absence of classical clinical picture. Bone marrow with immunohistochemistry has a valuable role in the staging and in the diagnosis of primary medullary Hodgkin?s lymphoma. B-symptoms may easily masquerade as an infectious process as in all our cases the patients had fever as a presenting feature, in four of them tuberculosis was suspected clinically and two had received antitubercular therapy elsewhere. We report six human immunodeficiency virus-negative patients diagnosed over a period of 5 years in which the initial diagnosis of Hodgkin?s lymphoma was suggested from bone marrow histology.

  6. PET/CT in a Patient Diagnosed With Dandy-Walker Syndrome.

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    Infante, Jose R; Garcia, Lucia; Rayo, Juan I; Serrano, Justo; Dominguez, Maria L; Moreno, Manuel

    2016-01-01

    The Dandy-Walker syndrome (DWS) is a rare congenital posterior fossa malformation characterized by aplasia or hypoplasia of the cerebellar vermis, cystic dilatation of the fourth ventricle, and enlargement of the posterior fossa. We present a 52-year-old Caucasian man diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumor and submitted to F-FDG PET/CT as a staging procedure. The patient was previously diagnosed with DWS in brain CT scan. PET/CT images revealed an ametabolic large cyst in the posterior fossa and hypoplasia of cerebellar vermis. The case is presented with the aim to show the appearance of this syndrome on PET/CT study. PMID:26053730

  7. Prevalence of lean type 2 diabetes mellitus in recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus patients

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    Prateek Chaudhary; Demitrost Laloo; Ranabir Salam

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Obesity has always been thought to be a risk factor for diabetes; however, some studies in India have reported that even lean people are prone to diabetes. We conducted this study to see if this holds true for this part of the country. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of lean type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in recently diagnosed type 2 DM in Manipur. Materials and Methods: All recently diagnosed type 2 DM patients, within a period of 24 weeks, who attended the endocrine cli...

  8. [Visual presentation of psychiatric clinical decision-making by "graphic assessment sheet for diagnoses and treatments"].

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    Ota, Toshio; Yoshida, Sumiko; Tsunashima, Sousuke; Totsuka, Takao; Watanabe, Takafumi; Toyoshima, Ryoichi

    2011-01-01

    Psychiatrists often have to treat patients even when the clinical information is insufficient to make a definite diagnosis. This is the case especially when we are treating first-visit outpatients or inpatients who have just been admitted. One of the causes of information insufficiency is a delay in obtaining clinical information on the patient, and another is a lack of characteristic manifestations of the disease because of an immature developmental stage. Even in such situations, however, clinicians have to make reasonable judgements using the information that is available at that time. The framework for making judgements on such occasions, or "the framework of decision-making under imperfect-information conditions", is becoming more and more important in psychiatric clinical practice in Japan for the following reasons. First, team members in charge of a patient became very heterogeneous in terms of their career and motivation after the start of the new post-graduate clinical training system in Japan several years ago, resulting in a higher risk of miscommunication. Secondly, the need for precise explanation to patients and their families has become crucial in recent years as the result of various social changes. Ota T, one of the authors, once put forward the framework of decision-making under imperfect-information conditions on the basis of Bayesian statistics. In the present paper, in consideration of the above background, we devised a sheet for visualizing the above framework so that relevant staff could share the clinical decision-making process. Specifically, we visually arranged on a sheet of paper the components and variables of the framework, so that the staff could communicate with each other explicitly and precisely about the estimated probability of each possible disease, merits and demerits of each treatment option, etc. We employed the sheet on treating patients in our acute psychiatric ward, 2 of whom are presented in the paper. Discussions were made on the usefulness, limitations, and remaining problems. PMID:21882540

  9. Clinical value of intravascular ultrasound in diagnosing stent fracture: report of two cases with literature review

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    Stent fracture has been implicated as a cause of drug-eluting stent failure. The authors report here 2 cases with stent fractures which were diagnosed by coronary artery angiography and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Both of them received multiple-stent-implantation. Five stent fractures altogether were detected in two patients. All the involved stents were sirolimus-eluting ones. Angiographic study showed that three stent fractures were complete transverse linear fracture with stent displacement. IVUS demonstrated that three stent fractures were complete break and two were partial break. One fracture was located close to the overlapping site of two stents and another fracture was accompanied by the formation of a coronary aneurysm. Angiography and IVUS are helpful to identify stent fracture. In addition, IVUS is more likely to clarify the cause of stent failure as well as the mechanism of stent fracture. (authors)

  10. Catatonia: Etiopathological diagnoses and treatment response in a tertiary care setting: A clinical study

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    Full Text Available Aim: Catatonia is caused by a variety of psychiatric and organic conditions. The onset, clinical profile, and response to treatment may vary depending on the underlying cause. The study is an attempt to explore clinical profile, possible etiological correlates with neurotic/psychotic spectrum illnesses, and response to treatment and outcome in patients of catatonia. Materials and Methods: Retrospective chart analysis by using semistructured data sheet for the analysis of sociodemographic data, clinical profile, precipitating event, and response to treatment in patients with catatonic symptoms admitted to IHBAS (Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, India from January 2009 to December 2010 was undertaken. Results: Catatonia was commonly observed in patients with the following profile - late twenties, female, Hindu religion, urban background, and housewives. Psychotic spectrum disorder (57%, N=35 was the most commonly entertained diagnosis and affective disorder (18%, N=11 being the second common. Thirty four percent of the subjects responded to lorazepam treatment and rest required modified electroconvulsive therapy (MECT. Conclusion: Catatonia is more likely to be associated with Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders in Indian settings. Majority of patients responded to therapy either by lorazepam alone or to its augmentation with modified ECT. The study being a retrospective one, the sample being representative of the treatment seeking group only, and unavailability of the follow up data were the limitations of the study

  11. Bolus and continuous infusion mitoxantrone in newly diagnosed adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia: results of two consecutive phase II clinical studies.

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    Koc, Y; Akpek, G; Kansu, E; Kars, A; Tekuzman, G; Baltali, E; Güler, N; Barista, I; Güllü, I; Ozisik, Y; Firat, D

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    Two consecutive phase II clinical studies were designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of bolus and continuous infusion (CI) mitoxantrone (MTZ) in 39 patients with newly diagnosed acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). MTZ was used as part of the classical ALL induction regimen. Twenty patients were treated with bolus MTZ (10 mg/m2 for 3 days) combined with vincristine and prednisone. The same regimen was given to a second set of 19 patients, except that MTZ was administered as a 24-hr CI. Both groups received bimonthly intensifications with vincristine and prednisone for 3 years, along with oral maintenance therapy. Patients in the CI-MTZ study arm received additional MTZ on the first day of intensification cycles. Seventeen patients (85%) in the bolus arm and 15 patients (79%) in the CI arm achieved complete remission (CR). Median disease-free survivals (DFS) in the bolus and CI groups were 11 and 15 months after median follow-ups of 16 (3.5-96) and 13 (2.3-32) months, respectively. At 2.5 years, DFS rates were 29.4% and 34.4% in the bolus and CI groups (p > 0.05). There were no significant differences between two groups in rates of early death, degree of organ toxicity, or duration of neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. Significant cardiac toxicity was not observed in either group. Bolus or CI administration of MTZ was equally effective and was well tolerated. Neither the mode of administration nor increasing the dose intensity of MTZ by incorporating intensification cycles reduced relapse rates. Development of new antileukemia agents and novel treatment approaches are still needed to improve the high relapse rates in adult ALL once a complete response is achieved. PMID:9679525

  12. Epidemiologic pattern of patients with neurocysticercosis diagnosed by computed tomography in Curitiba, Brazil

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    Grazziotin, Ana Laura; Monego, Fernanda [Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Coll. of Cellular and Molecular Biology; Fontalvo, Mariana Campos; Santos, Marilis Beckert Feijo; Grazziotin, Ana Line; Kolinski, Victor Hugo Zanini; Bordignon, Rodrigo Henrique; Biondo, Alexander Welker, E-mail: abiondo@illinois.ed [Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). College of Veterinary Medicine; Antoniuk, Affonso [Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Dept. of Neurosurgery

    2010-04-15

    The aim of this study was to drawn an epidemiological pattern of neurocystisticercosis (NCC) patients diagnosed by computed tomography at the major private diagnostic center in Curitiba, Brazil. A total of 1,009 medical files of consecutive patients presenting neurological indications were diagnosed by computed tomography from July 2007 to April 2008. Patient data included sex, age, municipality and tomography findings were analysed by Epi-info version 6.0.1. software. Most patients (81.10%) were living in Curitiba. A total of 91/1,009 cases (9.02%) were considered positive to NCC; 88 (96.7%) patients had inactive form of NCC and only 3 (3.2%) patients had cysts in granulomatous process. No patients had both forms. The prevalence of NCC cases in studied group was greater in patients between 51 to 60 years old, however, difference between sex was not significant. This epidemiological pattern of NCC was similar to the first NCC study in Curitiba, performed in 1995-1996 with 9.24% of positive cases. Key words: neurocysticercosis, cysticercus cellulosae, epidemiology. (author)

  13. Epidemiologic pattern of patients with neurocysticercosis diagnosed by computed tomography in Curitiba, Brazil

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    The aim of this study was to drawn an epidemiological pattern of neurocystisticercosis (NCC) patients diagnosed by computed tomography at the major private diagnostic center in Curitiba, Brazil. A total of 1,009 medical files of consecutive patients presenting neurological indications were diagnosed by computed tomography from July 2007 to April 2008. Patient data included sex, age, municipality and tomography findings were analysed by Epi-info version 6.0.1. software. Most patients (81.10%) were living in Curitiba. A total of 91/1,009 cases (9.02%) were considered positive to NCC; 88 (96.7%) patients had inactive form of NCC and only 3 (3.2%) patients had cysts in granulomatous process. No patients had both forms. The prevalence of NCC cases in studied group was greater in patients between 51 to 60 years old, however, difference between sex was not significant. This epidemiological pattern of NCC was similar to the first NCC study in Curitiba, performed in 1995-1996 with 9.24% of positive cases. Key words: neurocysticercosis, cysticercus cellulosae, epidemiology. (author)

  14. A Modified Nottingham Prognostic Index for Breast Cancer Patients Diagnosed in Denmark 1978-1994

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    Rostgaard, Klaus; Mouridsen, Henning T.; Væth, Michael; Holst, Helle; Olesen, Knud P.; Lynge, Elsebeth

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    Stage of disease is a predictor of breast cancer survival. We used data from the Danish Cancer Register amd the Daniish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group to study stage distribution in 0-69-years-old Danish breast cancer patients diagnosed in 1978-1994. We constructed a modified Nottingham Prognostic...... decreased from 27% to 20%. Based on a comparison of the crude 3-year survival of patients with an NPI score and those without, it seems probable that the stage of disease at diagnosis on average improved in Danish breast cancer patients below age 70 during the 1980s and the early 1990s....

  15. Diagnosing and following adult patients with acute myeloid leukaemia in the genomic age

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    Roug, Anne S; Hansen, Marcus Celik

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    The diagnosis and follow-up process of adult patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is challenging to clinicians and laboratory staff alike. While several sets of recommendations have been published over the years, the development of high throughput screening and characterization for both genetic and epigenetic events have evolved with astonishing speed. Here we attempt to provide a practical guide to diagnose and follow adult AML patients with a focus on how to balance the wealth of information on the one hand, with the restriction put on these processes in terms of time, feasibility and economy when caring for these patients, on the other.

  16. A study on clinical findings about vertebral disease diagnosed with MRI

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    In order to analyze clinical characteristics like sex-and age-based onset frequency and onset region from vertebral disease cases, this study investigated total 1,291 cases of vertebral disease that were diagnosed via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from January to December 2004 at B University Hospital in metropolitan area. For higher diagnostic accuracy in cases of spinal disorder diagnosed, this study analyzed findings from data reading conducted by veteran specialists in diagnostic radiology. But this study excluded uncertain lesion cases, the cases requiring differential diagnosis from other disorders and so on from subjects under analysis. This study employed superconductive 1.5 Tesla SIGNA MR/i for MRI test and basically received resulting images via FSE (fast spin echo). In particular, this study obtained T1 and T2 myelogram with regard to regional characteristics (such as cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae and lumbar vertebra) and imaging characteristics for sagittal and transverse section. As a result, this study came to the following conclusions: 1. In terms of general characteristics of subjects under analysis, male group comprised 53.5% and female 46.5% out of total 1,291 subjects. 2. The regional onset frequency of spinal disorders was converged primarily on lumbar vertebra (65.5%), which was followed by cervical vertebrae (27.3%) and thoracic vertebrae (7.0%) respectively. 3. Top 10 cases with high onset frequency of spinal disorders can be listed as follows: 1) posterior bulging disc 65.8% 2) narrowing of neural foramen 23.8% 3) herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD) 22.4% 4) spinal stenosis 16.7% 5) osteochondrosis 6.4% 6) compression fracture 6.4% 7) facet joint arthropathy 6.2% 8) spondylolisthesis 6.0% 9) spinal cord tumor 3.5% 10) inter body fusion 2.6%

  17. A study on clinical findings about vertebral disease diagnosed with MRI

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    Kim, Ham-Gyum [Ansan College, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    In order to analyze clinical characteristics like sex-and age-based onset frequency and onset region from vertebral disease cases, this study investigated total 1,291 cases of vertebral disease that were diagnosed via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from January to December 2004 at B University Hospital in metropolitan area. For higher diagnostic accuracy in cases of spinal disorder diagnosed, this study analyzed findings from data reading conducted by veteran specialists in diagnostic radiology. But this study excluded uncertain lesion cases, the cases requiring differential diagnosis from other disorders and so on from subjects under analysis. This study employed superconductive 1.5 Tesla SIGNA MR/i for MRI test and basically received resulting images via FSE (fast spin echo). In particular, this study obtained T1 and T2 myelogram with regard to regional characteristics (such as cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae and lumbar vertebra) and imaging characteristics for sagittal and transverse section. As a result, this study came to the following conclusions: 1. In terms of general characteristics of subjects under analysis, male group comprised 53.5% and female 46.5% out of total 1,291 subjects. 2. The regional onset frequency of spinal disorders was converged primarily on lumbar vertebra (65.5%), which was followed by cervical vertebrae (27.3%) and thoracic vertebrae (7.0%) respectively. 3. Top 10 cases with high onset frequency of spinal disorders can be listed as follows: 1) posterior bulging disc 65.8% 2) narrowing of neural foramen 23.8% 3) herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD) 22.4% 4) spinal stenosis 16.7% 5) osteochondrosis 6.4% 6) compression fracture 6.4% 7) facet joint arthropathy 6.2% 8) spondylolisthesis 6.0% 9) spinal cord tumor 3.5% 10) inter body fusion 2.6%.

  18. Psychiatric diagnoses and psychoactive medication use among nonsurgical critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation

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    Wunsch, Hannah; Christiansen, Christian Fynbo

    2014-01-01

    IMPORTANCE: The relationship between critical illness and psychiatric illness is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess psychiatric diagnoses and medication prescriptions before and after critical illness. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Population-based cohort study in Denmark of critically ill patients in 2006-2008 with follow-up through 2009, and 2 matched comparison cohorts from hospitalized patients and from the general population. EXPOSURES: Critical illness defined as intensive care unit admission with mechanical ventilation. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Adjusted prevalence ratios (PRs) of psychiatrist-diagnosed psychiatric illnesses and prescriptions for psychoactive medications in the 5 years before critical illness. For patients with no psychiatric history, quarterly cumulative incidence (risk) and adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for diagnoses and medications in the following year, using Cox regression. RESULTS: Among 24,179 critically ill patients, 6.2% had 1 or more psychiatric diagnoses in the prior 5 years vs 5.4% for hospitalized patients (adjusted PR, 1.31; 95% CI, 1.22-1.42; P<.001) and 2.4% for the general population (adjusted PR, 2.57; 95% CI, 2.41-2.73; P<.001). Five-year preadmission psychoactive prescription rates were similar to hospitalized patients: 48.7% vs 48.8% (adjusted PR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.95-0.99; P<.001) but were higher than the general population (33.2%; adjusted PR, 1.40; 95% CI, 1.38-1.42; P<.001). Among the 9912 critical illness survivors with no psychiatric history, the absolute risk of new psychiatric diagnoses was low but higher than hospitalized patients: 0.5% vs 0.2% over the first 3 months (adjusted HR, 3.42; 95% CI, 1.96-5.99; P <.001), and the general population cohort (0.02%; adjusted HR, 21.77; 95% CI, 9.23-51.36; P<.001). Risk of new psychoactive medication prescriptions was also increased in the first 3 months: 12.7% vs 5.0% for the hospital cohort (adjusted HR, 2.45; 95% CI, 2.19-2.74; P<.001) and 0.7% for the general population (adjusted HR, 21.09;95% CI, 17.92-24.82; P<.001). These differences had largely resolved by 9 to 12 months after discharge. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Prior psychiatric diagnoses are more common in critically ill patients than in hospital and general population cohorts. Among survivors of critical illness, new psychiatric diagnoses and psychoactive medication use is increased in the months after discharge. Our data suggest both a possible role of psychiatric disease in predisposing patients to critical illness and an increased but transient risk of new psychiatric diagnoses and treatment after critical illness.

  19. Increased alanine aminotransferase levels and associated characteristics among newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients: Results from the DD2 study

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    Mor, Anil; Thomsen, Reimar W.

    Objectives: Elevated levels of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALAT) have been linked with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients. We examined ALAT levels in newly diagnosed T2D patients, and the factors associated with such elevation. Methods: Measurements of ALAT were performed in 1,025 (43% women; 57% men) new T2D patients enrolled from general practitioners and hospital specialist outpatient clinics in the nationwide DD2 project. We calculated the median value of ALAT, and examined the number of T2D patients within gender specific quartiles of ALAT values. We also examined demographic, clinical, and lifestyle characteristics associated with increased ALAT levels. Data on BMI, lipid profile and blood pressure could be ascertained from the Danish Diabetes Database for Adults for a subgroup (n=525) of the study population. Results: The median value of ALAT was 24IU/L (inter-quartile range 18-32IU/L) in women and 30IU/L (inter-quartile range 22-41IU/L) in men. 26% were in the lowest ALAT quartile (32IU/L / >41IU/L for women/men). As compared to people with ALAT values in the lowest quartile, those with high ALAT were younger (median age 57 vs. 64 years, p14/21 weekly drinks in women/men, p<0.0001) as compared to subjects in the lowest quartile. Conclusions: Among newly diagnosed T2D patients, those with a high ALAT level were younger, had more abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, poorer glucose control, more alcohol overuse, and higher CRP levels as compared with those in the lowest ALAT quartile

  20. EEG Abnormalities in Clinically Diagnosed Brain Death Organ Donors in Iranian Tissue Bank

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    2012-01-01

    Brain death is defined as the permanent, irreversible and concurrent loss of all brain and brain stem functions. Brain death diagnosis is based on clinical criteria and it is not routine to use paraclinical studies. In some countries, electroencephalogram (EEG) is performed in all patients for the determination of brain death while there is some skepticism in relying on EEG as a confirmatory test for brain death diagnosis. In this study, we assessed the validity of EEG and its abnormalities i...

  1. NI-75QUANTITATIVE TEXTURE DESCRIPTORS ON BASELINE-MRI CAN PREDICT PATIENT SURVIVAL IN NEWLY DIAGNOSED GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME PATIENTS

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    Tiwari, Pallavi; Prasanna, Prateek; Jiang, Benjamin; Barnholtz-Sloan, Jill; Sloan, Andrew; Ostrom, Quinn; Madabhushi, Anant

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the deadliest form of brain tumors with a median survival of 12 months. While methylation of the MGMT gene promoter and IDH1 status have been shown to be associated with prolonged survival in GBM patients, there is controversy about their use as prognostic markers for evaluating response in newly diagnosed patients. The underlying hypothesis of this study is that computer-extracted texture descriptors can capture subtle, multiscale morphologic attri...

  2. Changes of spermatogenesis rates and pampiniform plexus draining vein among newly diagnosed varicocele patients and recurrent ones

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    N. G. Osipov

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The article touches upon the results of comparative evaluation of spermatogenesis disorder rates and haemodynamic changes of venous basins involved in pampiniform plexus drain among 34 newly diagnosed and recurrent varicocele patients. The essential role of left internal spermatic vein at development and maintenance of varicose transformation of pampiniform plexus veins is emphasized. The interaction of spermatogenesis change rates and haemodynamic changes of left internal spermatic vein is revealed. The limitations of diagnosis of clinically developed diagnostic phlebography are demonstrated through clinical examples during search of venous outflow through external spermatic vein and during evaluation of iliac vein haemodynamic changes. The possible reasons provoked expansion of varicocele false relapse are stated. 

  3. Clinical and histopathological characteristics in patients with postmenopausal bleeding

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    Mandi? Aljoša

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Incidence of endometrial carcinoma in Vojvodina is 15-20/100 000. In 75% cases, endometrial carcinoma is diagnosed in postmenopausal period. In 90 % of patients, the first clinical sign is postmenopausal bleeding. The aim of the study was to investigate clinical and histopathological characteristics in patients with postmenopausal bleeding. Methods: The study included 122 patients with postmenopausal bleeding. All of these patients underwent gynecological examination and vaginal ultrasound. We obtained materials for histopathological analysis by fractionate explorative curettage. Once we had definitive histopathological findings, we divided patients in two groups A (endometrial carcinoma and B (benign changes. Results: We confirmed significant statistical differences between examined group A and B, including age (64.49 compared with 58.81 years, postmenopausal period (13.67 instead 9.11 years, and length of uterine corpus (6.41 instead 5.25 cm. Conclusion: Elderly women with longer postmenopausal interval and postmenopausal bleeding had increased risk for endometrial carcinoma. Measurement of endometrial thickness by transvaginal ultrasound appeared to be insufficient parameter for differentiating the benign from the malignant changes of endometrium. Patients with endometrial carcinoma had significantly longer corpus of uterus comparing to patients with benign changes. Body mass index was not found to be significant risk factor in development of endometrial carcinoma in the examined groups. Obesity was diagnosed in both groups, suggesting that increased body mass index is a risk factor for development of pathological changes in endometrium, which could lead to postmenopausal bleeding.

  4. Diagnosing microalbuminuria and consequences for the drug treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes: a European survey in primary care

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    Aakre, Kristin M; Thue, Geir; Subramaniam-Haavik, Sumathi; Cooper, John; Bukve, Tone; Morris, Howard A; Müller, Mathias; Lovrencic, Marijana V; Plum, Inger Graves; Kallion, Kaja; Aab, Alar; Kutt, Marge; Gillery, Philippe; Schneider, Nathalie; Horvath, Andrea R; Onody, Rita; Oosterhuis, Wytze; Ricos, Carmen; Perich, Carmen; Nordin, Gunnar; Sandberg, Sverre

    2010-01-01

    To assess general practitioners (GPs) knowledge of guideline recommendations on diagnosing microalbuminuria (MA) and to evaluate how this diagnosis influences drug treatment of diabetes patients.......To assess general practitioners (GPs) knowledge of guideline recommendations on diagnosing microalbuminuria (MA) and to evaluate how this diagnosis influences drug treatment of diabetes patients....

  5. The impact of bevacizumab treatment on survival and quality of life in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients

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    Poulsen, Hans Skovgaard; Urup, Thomas; Michaelsen, Signe Regner; Staberg, Mikkel; Villingshøj, Mette; Lassen, Ulrik

    2014-01-01

    newly diagnosed GBM patients have been performed during recent years to test the hypothesis that newly diagnosed GBM patients should be treated with standard multimodality treatment, in combination with bevacizumab, in order to prolong life and maintain or improve quality of life. The results of these...... treatment is therefore to prolong life, with a maintenance or improvement of quality of life. GBM is a highly vascular tumor and overexpresses the vascular endothelial growth factor A, which promotes angiogenesis. Preclinical data have suggested that anti-angiogenic treatment efficiently inhibits tumor...... growth. Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor A, and treatment has shown impressive response rates in recurrent GBM. In addition, it has been shown that response is correlated to prolonged survival and improved quality of life. Several investigations in...

  6. Pharmacokinetic of Arsenic Trioxide in Newly Diagnosed Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Patients

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    R. Hosseini

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The high complete remission rate with arsenic trioxide (ATO in relapsed Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL patients has been led to its use in newly diagnosed patients. Twenty newly diagnosed APL patients between January 2006 and 2007 received 2 h intravenous infusion of 10 mg day-1 arsenic trioxide for induction therapy until achieving complete remission. Plasma arsenic concentration was analyzed by graphite furnace atomic absorption method by dilution of plasma with a suitable matrix modifier. The concentration of arsenic in 24 h urine of patients was measured by using a valid standard addition method and a suitable matrix modifier. The Limits of Detection (LOD were 1.2 and 1.5 ?g L-1 for arsenic in plasma and urine, respectively. Pharmacokinetic parameters of 20 patients were as following: Cmax: 43.6 ±19.5 ?g L-1, tmax: 2.15±0.7 h, AUC0-24: 683±317 ?g h L-1, AUC0-?: 2027±958 ?g h L-1, t1/2: 41±10 h, kel: 0.02±0.01 h-1, Vd: 5.6±3.6 L kg-1 and Cltotal: 0.1±0.05 L kg-1 h-1. During the first day of induction, 1.4±0.2% of administrated arsenic excreted into urine. Renal clearance was 5.1±4.1 mL kg-1 h-1. However, the results showed that the pharmacokinetic of ATO in newly diagnosed APL patients weren`t dependent to the sex of patients.

  7. Characterization of a group of patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia diagnosed by diathermic loop biopsy

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    A retrospective, longitudinal and descriptive study was conducted in 2 696 medical records corresponding to patients diagnosed with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and invasive cancer of cervix uteri (CCU) seen in the mother hospital of Guanabacoa municipality over above mentioned period. The information processing was from the data retrieval from medical records and biopsy control registry entering in a database in Microsoft Excel and the statistic processing using the SPSS package version 15 and EPIDAT

  8. A patient presenting with frozen shoulder and diagnosed as breast cancer

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    ÜNLÜ ÖZKAN, Feyza; Üstün, Işıl; Soylu Boy, Fatma Nur; Selin BOZKURT; İlknur AKTAŞ

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    Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is characterized by limitation of active and passive shoulder motions and severe pain. It is selflimiting and resolves in months when there is no underlying pathology. Adhesive capsulitis may be idiopathic but usually secondary to shoulder lesions. Diabetes, Parkinsonism, cardiac, thyroid, respiratory diseases and malignancy may coexist. We report a patient presenting with adhesive capsulitis and diagnosed as breast cancer. A 54–ye...

  9. Low Prevalence of Transmitted Drug Resistance among Newly Diagnosed HIV 1 Patients in Latvia

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    Abstract Transmitted drug resistance (TDR) is a concern because it may reduce the efficacy of antiretroviral treatment. Plasma samples of 119 HIV-1 infected patients who were newly diagnosed at the Infectology Center of Latvia in 2005 and 2006 were analyzed by an in-house genotypic resistance assay to determine the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Latvia. TDR was identified using the WHO 2009 list of mutations for surveillance of TDR as implemented in the Stanford Calib...

  10. PREVALENCE OF DIABETIC RETINOPATHY IN PATIENTS WITH NEWLY DIAGNOSED TYPE II DIABETES MELLITUS

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    A. Bostak; M. R. Mansoori; M. H. Malekmadani; A. Abdollahi; M. R. Abbaszadeh A. Mirshahi

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    Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of type II diabetes mellitus and carries with it the threat of blindness. Accurate information regarding the incidence of diabetic retinopathy and associated risk factors is important in the prevention of its development and of the visual impairment caused by this complication. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in newly diagnosed patients with type II diabetes mellitus. We have also evaluated the associati...

  11. Opportunities to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in routine care in the UK : a retrospective study of a clinical cohort

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    Jones, Rupert C M; Price, David

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Patterns of health-care use and comorbidities present in patients in the period before diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are unknown. We investigated these factors to inform future case-finding strategies. METHODS: We did a retrospective analysis of a clinical cohort in the UK with data from Jan 1, 1990 to Dec 31, 2009 (General Practice Research Database and Optimum Patient Care Research Database). We assessed patients aged 40 years or older who had an electronically coded diagnosis of COPD in their primary care records and had a minimum of 3 years of continuous practice data for COPD (2 years before diagnosis up to a maximum of 20 years, and 1 year after diagnosis) and at least two prescriptions for COPD since diagnosis. We identified missed opportunites to diagnose COPD from routinely collected patient data by reviewing patterns of health-care use and comorbidities present before diagnosis. We assessed patterns of health-care use in terms of lower respiratory consultations (infective and non-infective), lower respiratory consultations with a course of antibiotics or oral steroids, and chest radiography. If these events did not lead to a diagnosis of COPD, they were deemed to be missed opportunities. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01655667. FINDINGS: We assessed data for 38,859 patients. Opportunities for diagnosis were missed in 32,900 (85%) of 38,859 patients in the 5 years immediately preceding diagnosis of COPD; in 12,856 (58%) of 22,286 in the 6-10 years before diagnosis, in 3943 (42%) of 9351 in the 11-15 years before diagnosis; and in 95 (8%) of 1167 in the 16-20 years before diagnosis. Between 1990 and 2009, we noted decreases in the age at diagnosis (0·05 years of age per year, 95% CI 0·03-0·07) and yearly frequency of lower respiratory prescribing consultations (rate ratio 0·982 opportunities per year, 95% CI 0·979-0·985). Prevalence of all comorbidities present at COPD diagnosis increased except for asthma and bronchiectasis, which decreased between 1990 and 2007, from 281 (33·4%) of 842 patients to 451 of 1465 (30·8%) for asthma, and from 53 of 842 (6·3%) to 53 of 1465 (3·6%) for bronchiectasis. In the 2 years before diagnosis, of 6897 patients who had had a chest radiography, only 2296 (33%) also had spirometry. INTERPRETATION: Opportunities to diagnose COPD at an earlier stage are being missed, and could be improved by case-finding in patients with lower respiratory tract symptoms and concordant long-term comorbidities. FUNDING: UK Department of Health, Research in Real Life.

  12. Diagnosing and management of iatrogenic moderate and severe ovarian hyperstymulation syndrome (OHSS in clinical material.

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    Anna Fritz

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Severe ovarian hyperstymulation syndrome is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication in patients undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART. The pathogenesis of this condition is likely to be multifactorial. The aim of the retrospective study was to present management in moderate and severe iatrogenic ovarian hyperstymulation syndrome (OHSS in clinical material. The study group was 19 women, admitted to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw from large outpatient infertility center "Novum" in Warsaw with moderate and severe OHSS between 14.07.2004 and 8.11.2005. Laboratory tests and ultrasound examination of the ovarian size and ascites were performed, abdominal circumference was measured. Patients were treated with rehydration with intravenous crystalloids and colloids, diuretics, antibiotics, anticoagulants and ultrasound-guided paracentesis if symptoms of ascites become severe (ascites causes pain and compromised pulmonary function. Oral intake of water was restricted, monitoring of fluid intake and output, and daily monitoring of body weight was performed. During treatment controlled laboratory tests were done. In one patient occurred intra-abdominal hemorrhage from ovarian rupture and laparotomy with oophorectomy was performed. The ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is still a difficult diagnostic and therapeutic problem and more studies are required to elucidate pathophysiology of OHSS. Because of still unknown etiology treatment is empirical and in most of cases bases on experience of medical team. Thus, the management in individual patients varies according to the severity of ovarian hyperstymulation syndrome and its complications.

  13. Bayesian probability analysis: a prospective demonstration of its clinical utility in diagnosing coronary disease

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    One hundred fifty-four patients referred for coronary arteriography were prospectively studied with stress electrocardiography, stress thallium scintigraphy, cine fluoroscopy (for coronary calcifications), and coronary angiography. Pretest probabilities of coronary disease were determined based on age, sex, and type of chest pain. These and pooled literature values for the conditional probabilities of test results based on disease state were used in Bayes theorem to calculate posttest probabilities of disease. The results of the three noninvasive tests were compared for statistical independence, a necessary condition for their simultaneous use in Bayes theorem. The test results were found to demonstrate pairwise independence in patients with and those without disease. Some dependencies that were observed between the test results and the clinical variables of age and sex were not sufficient to invalidate application of the theorem. Sixty-eight of the study patients had at least one major coronary artery obstruction of greater than 50%. When these patients were divided into low-, intermediate-, and high-probability subgroups according to their pretest probabilities, noninvasive test results analyzed by Bayesian probability analysis appropriately advanced 17 of them by at least one probability subgroup while only seven were moved backward. Of the 76 patients without disease, 34 were appropriately moved into a lower probability subgroup while 10 were incorrectly moved up. We conclude that posttest probabilities calculated from Bayes theorem more accurately classified patients with and without disease than did pretest probabilities, thus demonstrating the utility of the theorem in this application

  14. Prognostic factors for weight loss over 1-year period in patients recently diagnosed with mild Alzheimer Disease

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    Hansen, M.L.; Waldorff, F.B.

    2011-01-01

    The aim of the study was to identify prognostic factors for weight loss in patients recently diagnosed with mild Alzheimer disease (AD), with special emphasis on the patients' social participation and living arrangements. The data used in this study was part of the Danish Alzheimer Intervention StudY. The patients were home-living patients with a clinical diagnosis, within the past 12 months, of probable AD or mixed AD; age =50 years; mini-mental state examination score =20; informed consent; and data available at 1-year follow-up. In total, 268 patients were included. We used a cut off of 4% in 1 year for defining weight loss. The mean age at inclusion was 76.1 years. Sixty-six patients (24.6%) lost more than 4% of their body weight during the study period. A logistic regression showed that an increase of 1 baseline body mass index point significantly increased the odds of weight loss by 9%. Furthermore, the results suggested a trend that for men, living alone was a risk factor for losing weight, whereas for women living with somebody was associated with a higher risk. However, further studies are pertinent within this area. As weight loss is a predictor of mortality in patients with AD, clinicians should be aware of prognostic social indicators to prevent or halt a potential negative development.

  15. Arterial stiffness and endothelial inflammation in prediabetes and newly diagnosed diabetes patients.

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    Çakar, Mustafa; Balta, ?evket; ?arlak, Hakan; Akhan, Muharrem; Demirkol, Sait; Karaman, Murat; Ay, Seyit Ahmet; Kurt, Ömer; Çayci, Tuncer; ?nal, Sat?lm??; Demirba?, ?eref

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    ObjectiveThere is a growing body of data supporting the association between diabetes and microcirculatory disfunction. We aimed to study e-selectin levels, and their associations with serum markers of inflammation and arterial stiffness in prediabetes and newly diagnosed diabetes patients in this study.Subjects and methodsSixty patients (25 females) with a newly established elevated fasting serum glucose [20 impaired fasting glucose (IFG), 20 impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), 20 newly diagnosed diabetes (T2DM)] and 17 healthy controls (13 females) were included in the study. Serum e-selectin and hs-CRP levels, and arterial stiffness parameters of the patients were studied.ResultsFasting serum glucose was the most important predictor of serum e-selectin levels. Pulse wave velocity and central aortic pressures were significantly higher in IFG, IGT and T2DM groups, compared to controls (p = 0.001, diagnosis of T2DM. E-selectin is associated with serum glucose levels. Prediabetic and newly diagnosed diabetics have higher arterial stiffness measurements. Serum e-selectin may be a good marker of endothelial inflammation and dysfunction increasing in parallel with serum glucose levels, predicting future cardiovascular events. PMID:26201008

  16. Most lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical lobular hyperplasia diagnosed on core needle biopsy can be managed clinically with radiologic follow-up in a multidisciplinary setting

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    We evaluated the efficacy of using standard radiologic and histologic criteria to guide the follow-up of patients with lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), lobular neoplasia (LN), or atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH). Patients with high-risk benign lesions diagnosed on biopsy were presented and reviewed in a multidisciplinary clinical management conference from 1 November 2003 through September 2011. Associations between patient characteristics and rates of upgrade were determined by univariate and multivariate logistic models, and times to diagnosis carcinoma were calculated. Of 853 cases reviewed, 124 (14.5%) were lobular neoplasms. In all, 104 patients were clinically and/or radiographically monitored. In 20 patients, who were found to have LN on core biopsy and were recommended to have immediate surgical excision, a more significant lesion was identified in 8 (40%) of the excised specimens. Factors associated with a more significant lesion on excisional biopsy included whether the lobular lesion had been targeted for biopsy and whether the extent of disease involved three or more terminal duct lobular units. Of the 104 patients radiographically and clinically monitored, the median follow-up time was 3.4 years with a range of 0.44–8.6 years. Five patients under surveillance were subsequently diagnosed with breast malignancy (three of the five at a site unrelated to the initial biopsy). Patients with incidental lobular lesions identified on percutaneous core needle biopsy have a small risk of upgrade and may not require an excisional biopsy. Clinical management of low-volume lobular lesions in a multidisciplinary setting is an efficacious alternative to surgical excision when radiologic and histologic characteristics are well-defined

  17. Clinical profile of leprosy patients: A prospective study

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    Sejal Thakkar

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Early diagnosis and early adequate drug treatment is very important aspect to reduce the load in cases of leprosy. So, correct labeling of paucibacillary and multibacillary cases is a prerequisite for the adequate treatment. Confirmation of diagnosis is an important indication for histopathological examination in doubtful cases. Objectives: The present study was carried out to know the clinical profile of leprosy patients, concordance between clinical and histopathological diagnosis in cases of leprosy, and to assess the therapeutic efficacy of antileprosy therapy. Study Design: Two hundred and fifty clinically diagnosed leprosy patients attending skin outdoor patient department (OPD were included in the study. Slit skin smear was performed in all the cases. In that case concordance between clinical and histology can be determined only in 30 cases. All the patients were treated with MDT (multidrug therapy as per WHO guideline. Results: A total of 250 patients attended the clinic with male to female ratio of 1.7:1. The highest incidence was noted in 17-40 years of age group. In the clinical disease spectrum, 40% patients were in the borderline spectrum followed by tuberculoid leprosy (TT (29.2%, lepromatous leprosy (LL (26.8%, and 3.9% of indeterminate leprosy (IL. A total of 18% of patients were of primary neuritic leprosy. A total of 8.3% patients had definite history of contact in the family or neighborhood. Clinicopathological correlation was noted in 60% of patients with maximum disparity (52.9% in the borderline group of patients. A total of 52.8% were MB (Multibacillary and 47.2% were PB (Paucibacillary cases. Morphological index became negative after 6 months in all patients. Mean fall of bacteriological index after 6 months was 0.19, while after 1 year, it was 1.05. Conclusion: Timely diagnosis and adequate treatment of cases with MDT is most effective. Histopathological examination is must in doubtful cases of leprosy.

  18. Chronic complications in newly diagnosed patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus in India

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    Aravind Sosale

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Prevalence of diabetes is on an increase in India, currently there is limited nation-wide data regarding the prevalence of chronic complications in diabetic patients at diagnosis. This information will help health-care professionals approach management more aggressively to prevent complications. Objective: To determine the prevalence of chronic complications in newly-diagnosed Type 2 diabetic (T2D patients in India. Design and Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey of T2D patients, diagnosed within 3 months of their first visit to the centers doing the survey. Each patient was screened for diabetic complications, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and body mass index. Family history was recorded. Standard protocols were used to make the diagnosis of retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy. Data analysis was carried out using the standard statistical techniques. Results: Of the total 4,600 (males 67%, females 33% newly diagnosed patients with T2D, majority were from the age group 41-50 years (40%. 13.15% of newly detected India T2D had neuropathy 6.1% had retinopathy and 1.06% had nephropathy. Risk factors of macro vascular complication such as hypertension, obesity, and dyslipidemia were observed in 23.3%, 26%, and 27% of patients respectively. Ischemic heart disease was noticed in 6%. Conclusion: High prevalence of micro vascular complications was present at diagnosis along with association of CV cardiovascular risk factors among Indian T2D. In view of this, screening must be instituted for all diabetics for complications at the time of diagnosis itself.

  19. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Are Highly Prevalent in Newly Diagnosed Celiac Disease Patients

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    Ad A. van Bodegraven

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Malabsorption, weight loss and vitamin/mineral-deficiencies characterize classical celiac disease (CD. This study aimed to assess the nutritional and vitamin/mineral status of current “early diagnosed” untreated adult CD-patients in the Netherlands. Newly diagnosed adult CD-patients were included (n = 80, 42.8 ± 15.1 years and a comparable sample of 24 healthy Dutch subjects was added to compare vitamin concentrations. Nutritional status and serum concentrations of folic acid, vitamin A, B6, B12, and (25-hydroxy D, zinc, haemoglobin (Hb and ferritin were determined (before prescribing gluten free diet. Almost all CD-patients (87% had at least one value below the lower limit of reference. Specifically, for vitamin A, 7.5% of patients showed deficient levels, for vitamin B6 14.5%, folic acid 20%, and vitamin B12 19%. Likewise, zinc deficiency was observed in 67% of the CD-patients, 46% had decreased iron storage, and 32% had anaemia. Overall, 17% were malnourished (>10% undesired weight loss, 22% of the women were underweight (Body Mass Index (BMI 25. Vitamin deficiencies were barely seen in healthy controls, with the exception of vitamin B12. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies were counter-intuitively not associated with a (higher grade of histological intestinal damage or (impaired nutritional status. In conclusion, vitamin/mineral deficiencies are still common in newly “early diagnosed” CD-patients, even though the prevalence of obesity at initial diagnosis is rising. Extensive nutritional assessments seem warranted to guide nutritional advices and follow-up in CD treatment.

  20. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are highly prevalent in newly diagnosed celiac disease patients.

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    Wierdsma, Nicolette J; van Bokhorst-de van der Schueren, Marian A E; Berkenpas, Marijke; Mulder, Chris J J; van Bodegraven, Ad A

    2013-10-01

    Malabsorption, weight loss and vitamin/mineral-deficiencies characterize classical celiac disease (CD). This study aimed to assess the nutritional and vitamin/mineral status of current "early diagnosed" untreated adult CD-patients in the Netherlands. Newly diagnosed adult CD-patients were included (n = 80, 42.8 ± 15.1 years) and a comparable sample of 24 healthy Dutch subjects was added to compare vitamin concentrations. Nutritional status and serum concentrations of folic acid, vitamin A, B?, B??, and (25-hydroxy) D, zinc, haemoglobin (Hb) and ferritin were determined (before prescribing gluten free diet). Almost all CD-patients (87%) had at least one value below the lower limit of reference. Specifically, for vitamin A, 7.5% of patients showed deficient levels, for vitamin B? 14.5%, folic acid 20%, and vitamin B?? 19%. Likewise, zinc deficiency was observed in 67% of the CD-patients, 46% had decreased iron storage, and 32% had anaemia. Overall, 17% were malnourished (>10% undesired weight loss), 22% of the women were underweight (Body Mass Index (BMI) 25). Vitamin deficiencies were barely seen in healthy controls, with the exception of vitamin B??. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies were counter-intuitively not associated with a (higher) grade of histological intestinal damage or (impaired) nutritional status. In conclusion, vitamin/mineral deficiencies are still common in newly "early diagnosed" CD-patients, even though the prevalence of obesity at initial diagnosis is rising. Extensive nutritional assessments seem warranted to guide nutritional advices and follow-up in CD treatment. PMID:24084055

  1. Cardiac abnormalities assessed by non-invasive techniques in patients with newly diagnosed idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

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    Diederichsen, Louise Pyndt; Simonsen, Jane Angel

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Knowledge of cardiac involvement in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) is limited, especially in the early stage of disease. The objective of the present study was to perform a controlled evaluation of cardiac abnormalities in newly diagnosed, untreated patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) by means of non-invasive techniques. METHODS: Fourteen patients with IIM (8 polymyositis, 4 dermatomyositis, 2 cancer-associated dermatomyositis) and 14 gender- and age- matched healthy control subjects were investigated. Participant assessments included a cardiac questionnaire, cardiac troponin-I (TnI), electrocardiogram (standard 12-lead and 48-h Holter monitoring), echocardiography with tissue Doppler measures, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with T2 mapping and semi-quantitative 99mtechnetium pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) scintigraphy. RESULTS: Dyspnoea was present in 8 (57%) of the patients compared to none of the controls (p<0.01). Median levels of TnI in patients and controls were 20 ng/L and 6 ng/L, respectively (p=0.06). QTc intervals were prolonged in the patient group (p=0.01). Two patients had systolic dysfunction, and one diastolic dysfunction. The myocardial 99mTc-PYP uptake and CMR results differed between patients and controls, albeit not with statistical significance. Overall, cardiac abnormalities were demonstrated in 9 (64%) of the patients versus 2 (14%) of the controls (p=0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Cardiac abnormalities assessed by TnI, ECG or imaging modalities were significantly more common in newly diagnosed, treatment naïve patients with IIM compared to healthy control subjects. These abnormalities, although subclinical, may indicate that myocardial involvement is common in patients and calls for larger controlled studies and further investigations of the prognostic implications of this finding.

  2. A Pilot Safety Study of Lenalidomide and Radiotherapy for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme

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    Purpose: To define the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of lenalidomide, an analogue of thalidomide with enhanced immunomodulatory and antiangiogenic properties and a more favorable toxicity profile, in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) when given concurrently with radiotherapy. Patients and Methods: Patients with newly diagnosed GBM received radiotherapy concurrently with lenalidomide given for 3 weeks followed by a 1-week rest period and continued lenalidomide until tumor progression or unacceptable toxicity. Dose escalation occurred in groups of 6. Determination of the MTD was based on toxicities during the first 12 weeks of therapy. The primary endpoint was toxicity. Results: Twenty-three patients were enrolled, of whom 20 were treated and evaluable for both toxicity and tumor response and 2 were evaluable for toxicity only. Common toxicities included venous thromboembolic disease, fatigue, and nausea. Dose-limiting toxicities were eosinophilic pneumonitis and transaminase elevations. The MTD for lenalidomide was determined to be 15 mg/m2/d. Conclusion: The recommended dose for lenalidomide with radiotherapy is 15 mg/m2/d for 3 weeks followed by a 1-week rest period. Venous thromboembolic complications occurred in 4 patients, and prophylactic anticoagulation should be considered

  3. Newly diagnosed incident dizziness of older patients: a follow-up study in primary care

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    Hummers-Pradier Eva

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dizziness is a common complaint of older patients in primary care, yet not much is known about the course of incident dizziness. The aim of the study was to follow-up symptoms, subjective impairments and needs of older patients (?65 with incident dizziness and to determine predictors of chronic dizziness. Furthermore, we analysed general practitioners' (GPs' initial diagnoses, referrals and revised diagnoses after six months. Methods An observational study was performed in 21 primary care practices in Germany, including a four-week and six-month follow-up. A questionnaire comprising characteristic matters of dizziness and a series of validated instruments was completed by 66 participants during enrolment and follow-up (after 1 month and 6 months. After six months, chart reviews and face-to-face interviews were also performed with the GPs. Results Mean scores of dizziness handicap, depression and quality of life were not or only slightly affected, and did not deteriorate during follow-up; however, 24 patients (34.8% showed a moderate or severe dizziness handicap, and 43 (62.3% showed a certain disability in terms of quality of life at the time of enrolment. In multivariate analysis, n = 44 patients suffering from chronic dizziness (dependent variable, i.e. relapsing or persistent at six months initially had a greater dizziness handicap (OR 1.42, 95%CI 1.05-1.47 than patients with transient dizziness. GPs referred 47.8% of the patients to specialists who detected two additional cases of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV. Conclusions New-onset dizziness relapsed or persisted in a considerable number of patients within six months. This was difficult to predict due to the patients' heterogeneous complaints and characteristics. Symptom persistence does not seem to be associated with deterioration of the psychological status in older primary care patients. Management strategies should routinely consider BPPV as differential diagnosis.

  4. When to perform positron emission tomography/computed tomography or radionuclide bone scan in patients with recently diagnosed prostate cancer

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    Skeletal metastases are very common in prostate cancer and represent the main metastatic site in about 80% of prostate cancer patients, with a significant impact in patients’ prognosis. Early detection of bone metastases is critical in the management of patients with recently diagnosed high-risk prostate cancer: radical treatment is recommended in case of localized disease; systemic therapy should be preferred in patients with distant secondary disease. Bone scintigraphy using radiolabeled bisphosphonates is of great importance in the management of these patients; however, its main drawback is its low overall accuracy, due to the nonspecific uptake in sites of increased bone turnover. Positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals, such as fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose, choline-derived drugs (fluorine-18-fluorocholine and carbon-11-choline) and sodium fluorine-18-fluoride, are increasingly used in clinical practice to detect metastatic spread, and particularly bone involvement, in patients with prostate cancer, to reinforce or substitute information provided by bone scan. Each radiopharmaceutical has a specific mechanism of uptake; therefore, diagnostic performances may differ from one radiopharmaceutical to another on the same lesions, as demonstrated in the literature, with variable sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy values in the same patients. Whether bone scintigraphy can be substituted by these new methods is a matter of debate. However, greater radiobiological burden, higher costs, and the necessity of an in-site cyclotron limit the use of these positron emission tomography methods as first-line investigations in patients with prostate cancer: bone scintigraphy remains the mainstay for the detection of bone metastases in current clinical practice

  5. When to perform positron emission tomography/computed tomography or radionuclide bone scan in patients with recently diagnosed prostate cancer

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    Full Text Available Carmelo Caldarella,1 Giorgio Treglia,2 Alessandro Giordano,1 Luca Giovanella2 1Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy; 2Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Centre, Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, Switzerland Abstract: Skeletal metastases are very common in prostate cancer and represent the main metastatic site in about 80% of prostate cancer patients, with a significant impact in patients' prognosis. Early detection of bone metastases is critical in the management of patients with recently diagnosed high-risk prostate cancer: radical treatment is recommended in case of localized disease; systemic therapy should be preferred in patients with distant secondary disease. Bone scintigraphy using radiolabeled bisphosphonates is of great importance in the management of these patients; however, its main drawback is its low overall accuracy, due to the nonspecific uptake in sites of increased bone turnover. Positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals, such as fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose, choline-derived drugs (fluorine-18-fluorocholine and carbon-11-choline and sodium fluorine-18-fluoride, are increasingly used in clinical practice to detect metastatic spread, and particularly bone involvement, in patients with prostate cancer, to reinforce or substitute information provided by bone scan. Each radiopharmaceutical has a specific mechanism of uptake; therefore, diagnostic performances may differ from one radiopharmaceutical to another on the same lesions, as demonstrated in the literature, with variable sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy values in the same patients. Whether bone scintigraphy can be substituted by these new methods is a matter of debate. However, greater radiobiological burden, higher costs, and the necessity of an in-site cyclotron limit the use of these positron emission tomography methods as first-line investigations in patients with prostate cancer: bone scintigraphy remains the mainstay for the detection of bone metastases in current clinical practice. Keywords: bone metastases, prostate cancer, bisphosphonates, positron emission tomography

  6. Clinical study of CT virtual endoscopy in diagnosing polyps of the gallbladder

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    Objective: To evaluate the ability and clinical application of CT virtual endoscopy on polyps of the gallbladder. Methods: CT virtual endoscopy findings of 32 patients with polyps of the gallbladder proved pathologically were presented by using oral iodine contrast, and compared with color Doppler ultrasound. Results: The accuracy rate of color Doppler ultrasound and CTVEGB were 96.9% (93/96) and 93.8% (90/96) respectively (x2 = 0.466, P > 0.05). CTVEGB could more correctly demonstrate the surface details of polyps which were viewed in a 3D fashion in any projection than ultrasound. CTVEGB corresponded well with color Doppler ultrasound and operation and pathology in demonstrating the size, configuration and location of the lesions. Conclusion: CTVEGB is a noninvasive and accurate procedure, which has a important value in clinic applications

  7. Clinical application of computed tomography and radioisotope scintigraphy for diagnosing thyroid diseases

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    A prospective evaluation of computed tomography (CT) and radioisotope scintigraphy on 50 consecutive patients with thyroid diseases (sixteen diffuse goiters, twenty-eight nodular goiters, etc.). CT is very valuable in detecting thyroidal masses, especially in evaluating their relations to the surrounding tissues and organs, their walls, and their contents such as fluid collections, calcifications, etc. Four of the five nodular goiters with smooth walls were benign adenomas pathologically, and five of the seven nodular goiters with irregular walls were adenocarcinomas. This nature of the wall of the tumor might be clinically useful in differentiating a benign tumor from a malignant tumor. We believe CT is clinically useful as well as radioisotope scintigraphy in evaluating thyroid diseases, especially mass lesions. (author)

  8. “ STUDY OF COAGULATION PROFILE IN CLINICALLY DIAGNOSED CASES OF ACUTE DISSEMINATED INTRAVASCULAR COAGULATION USING ISTH CRITERIA

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    Full Text Available Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC is a pathological activation of coagulation (blood clotting mechanisms that happens in response to a variety of diseases. It involves the generation of intravascular fibrin (small blood c lots and the consumption of pro - coagulants and platelets. It results in the disruption of normal coagulation mechanism and abnormal bleeding occurs from the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract and surgical wounds. It was the prospecti ve study of 60 patients of acute DIC, in which coagulation profile were studied from December 2010 to October 2012 . 40 controls were studied. Control group include healthy voluntary blood donors. The coagulation profile was studied and DIC scoring was p erformed using the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis [ISTH] criteria. Among the coagulation profile, the sensitivity and specificity of the parameters to diagnose and to assess the severity of DIC, in the decreasing order of frequency wer e of platelet count, D - dimer, PT and APTT. Fibrinogen level was not depleted below the significant level (<1 gm/l in majority cases of DIC. According to the ISTH criteria, DIC scores among cases was ? 5.

  9. Waiting list paradox: Danish cancer patients diagnosed fast have higher mortality after diagnosis

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    Tørring, Marie Louise

    -based healthcare databases in the former County of Aarhus, Denmark. All patients with a first-time diagnosis of breast, skin, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer were identified and confirmed by each patient’s General Practitioner (GP), who provided a detailed description of the diagnostic pathway. Diagnostic...... 1270 cancer patients. Mortality varied across cancer diagnosis. There were no associations between duration and mortality for breast and skin cancer. For lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer a short diagnostic interval (0-14 days) was associated with highest mortality. CONCLUSION: The waiting......BACKGROUND: Delay in the diagnosis of cancer is generally considered unacceptable. However, observational studies often show an inverse association between the length of the diagnostic interval and mortality. Paradoxically, patients diagnosed more rapidly have higher mortality rates than patients...

  10. Hypoactivation of reward motivational system in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension grade I-II.

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    Aftanas, L I; Brak, I V; Gilinskaya, O M; Korenek, V V; Pavlov, S V; Reva, N V

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    In patients with newly diagnosed untreated grade I-II hypertension, EEG oscillations were recorded under conditions activation of the two basic motivational systems, defensive motivational system and positive reinforcement system, evoked by recall of personally meaningful emotional events. The 64-channel EEG and cardiovascular reactivity (beat-by-beat technology) were simultaneously recorded. At rest, hypertensive patients had significantly reduced platelet serotonin concentrations in comparison with healthy individuals. The patients experiencing emotional activation were characterized by significantly lower intensity of positive emotions associated with more pronounced suppression of EEG activity in the delta (2-4 Hz) and theta (ranges of frequency 4-6 and 6-8 Hz) oscillators in the parieto-occipital cortex (zones P and PO) in both hemispheres of the brain. The findings attest to insufficient function of the brain serotonin system and hypoactivation of the reward/reinforcement system in patients with primary hypertension. PMID:25110077

  11. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients with recurrent aphthous stomatitis

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    Full Text Available Background and Design: The purpose of this study was to obtain data that may provide an insight into the etiopathogenesis of recurrent aphtous stomatitis (RAS by the way of analysing the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of patients who had been diagnosed with RAS. Materials and Metods: The patients, who were diagnosed with RAS in the dermatology outpatient clinic, between May 2007 and May 2010, were evaluated retrospectively. The data including sociodemografic and clinical characteristics, and treatment options were recorded. Results: A hundred patients (68 women, 32 men were included in this study. The average age was 40±13.6 years. RAS was more common in patients with middle-income and low education. The most common type of RAS was minor aphtous ulcers (88%. The lesions were most frequently seen on the lateral side of the tongue (34% and cheek (34%. Sixty percent of patients had a positive family history. Some factors such as biting (12%, tooth brushing (18%, dental disease presence (82%, food (39%, menstruation (10.3%, stress (76%, iron deficiency (16.7%, vitamin B12 deficiency (22.4%, low serum ferritin levels (18%, and seasonal variability (32% showed positive correlation with RAS. A negative correlation was found between RAS and smoking. Forty-nine percent of patients had used alternative therapies in addition to drug therapy. The most frequently used alternative method was consumption of sumac (26.5%. Conlucions: In contrast to the literature, our study found that RAS is started in the third decade of life and, approximately 50% of patients prefered alternative treatment methods, particularly sumac. Nowadays, discussions about the etiopathogenesis of RAS continue. In this study, we found that different sociodemographic and clinical factors may be associated with the etiopathogenesis of the disease. Our study will be followed by further studies using prospective design to identify the the etiopathogenesis of RAS.

  12. Clinical application of bone marrow scintigraphy in diagnosing some hematological diseases

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    The role of the whole-body marrow scintigraphy is studied in evaluating the state of 22 patients (aged 20 to 68 years) with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin disease (HD), myelomamultiplex, myelofibrosis, polycythaemia vera and anemia aplastica. 99mTc-labeled Nano Albumon (222 Bq) is used. Planar and whole-body scintigraphies are obtained within 30 to 60 min, and 3 to 4 hours post iv injection. Focal and multifocal lesions or diffuse bone marrow infiltration, peripheral extension in the proximal part of long bones, and markedly expressed liver and spleen enlargement are documented. In 17 instances the findings are verified be trephine biopsy. It is concluded that bone marrow scanning is a sensitive and informative method, and in order to make exact diagnosis and staging of patients with systemic disorders the results should be interpreted against the background of clinical and histological findings

  13. The Amyand's Hernia: A Rare Clinical Entity Diagnosed by Computed Tomography

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    Keskin, Suat; ?im?ek, Cihan; Keskin, Zeynep

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    Amyand's hernia, named for the first person to describe an inguinal hernia containing the vermiform appendix, is an uncommon variant of an inguinal hernia. Amyand's hernia is an extremely rare condition and is often misdiagnosed. Traditionally, these hernias have been diagnosed at surgery but are increasingly diagnosed by abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans. CT of the abdomen may help in guiding the diagnosis.

  14. Risk factors of distant brain failure for patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases treated with stereotactic radiotherapy alone

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    Chen Xiu-jun

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To explore the risk factors of distant brain failure (DBF for patients with brain metastasis (BM who were treated with stereotactic radiotherapy alone and to group the patients on the basis of their risk levels. Methods and Materials We retrospectively analyzed 132 newly diagnosed BM patients who were treated with stereotactic radiotherapy alone from May 2000 to April 2010. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards regression analyses were performed for univariate and multivariate analyses. Results The 1-year incidence rate of DBF was 44.7%, and the median DBF time (MDBFT was 18 months. In multivariate analysis, the risk factors of DBF were the number of BMs greater than 1 (p = 0.041, uncontrolled extracranial disease (p = 0.005, interval time (IT of less than 60 months between the diagnosis of primary tumor and BM (p = 0.024, and total volume of BM was greater than 6 cc (p = 0.049. Each risk factor was assigned 1 score. The median survival times for the patients with scores of 0-1, 2-3, and 4 were 31, 12, and 10 months, respectively, and the corresponding MDBFTs were not reached, 13, and 3 months, respectively, (p Conclusions The patients with scores of 0-1 had a lower risk of DBF than the patients with higher scores did, and it may be reasonable to treat these patients with SRS alone and resort to whole-brain radiation therapy only for salvage. The patients with a score of 4 had the highest risk of developing DBF after stereotactic radiotherapy alone, these patients may be candidates for initial whole-brain radiation therapy or clinical trials. The patients with a score of 2-3 had a moderate risk of developing DBF, SRT alone combined with close clinical monitoring would be the optimal treatment regimen for such patients, and for those patients with difficulties in receiving close clinical mornitoring, SRT combined with WBRT will be more suitable.

  15. Phase II study of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, low-dose dexamethasone, and lenalidomide in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma

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    Baz, Rachid C.; Shain, Kenneth H.; Hussein, Mohamad A.; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Sullivan, Daniel M.; FinleyOliver, Elizabeth; Nardelli, Lisa A.; Nodzon, Lisa A.; Zhao, Xiuhua; Ochoa-Bayona, Jose Leonel; Nishihori, Taiga; Dalton, William S.; Alsina, Melissa

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    Our previous phase I/II trial of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), low-dose dexamethasone, and lenalidomide in patients with relapsed and refractory myeloma showed an overall response rate of 75%, with 29% achieving ?VGPR. Here, we investigated this combination (PLD 30 or 40 mg/m2 intravenously, day 1; dexamethasone 40 mg orally, days 1-4; lenalidomide 25 mg orally, days 1-21; administered every 28 days) in a phase II study in patients with newly diagnosed symptomatic multiple myeloma to determine its efficacy and tolerability (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00617591). At best response, patients could proceed with high-dose melphalan or with maintenance lenalidomide and dexamethasone. In 57 patients, we found that the overall response rate and rate of very good partial response and better on intent-to-treat, our primary endpoints, were 77.2% and 42.1%, respectively, with responses per the International Myeloma Working Group. Median progression-free survival was 28 months (95% CI 18.1-34.8), with 1- and 2-year overall survival rates of 98.1 and 79.6%. During induction, grade 3/4 toxicities were neutropenia (49.1%), anemia (15.8%), thrombocytopenia (7%), fatigue (14%), febrile neutropenia (8.8%), and venous thromboembolic events (8.8%). During maintenance, grade 3/4 toxicities were mainly hematologic. We found this combination to be active in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma, with results comparable to other lenalidomide-based induction strategies without proteasome inhibition. In addition, maintenance therapy with lenalidomide was well tolerated. PMID:24030918

  16. Computer-assisted interpretation of planar whole-body bone scintigraphy in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer

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    Petersen, Lars J; Mortensen, Jesper C

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic properties of EXINI Bone in newly diagnosed prostate cancer in comparison with expert reading. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone scintigraphy was performed in consecutive patients referred for staging at three clinics (342 patients with DICOM file format, 272 with Interfile format). Images were reported by three independent readers on a four-point scale (class 1-4) and by using a dichotomous outcome (M1 or M0). The software analyzed data in balanced mode, as well as using 'patient-specific' settings (based on tumor characteristics), and classified outcome as normal (N), probably normal (pN), probably abnormal (pA), and abnormal (A). RESULTS: Classification of bone metastasis using the software (pA+A) versus experts (class 3+4) showed a sensitivity of 93.3%, specificity of 89.3%, positive predictive value of 57.5%, and negative predictive value of 98.9% with DICOM files. The diagnostic properties of the software were notably different with Interfile format. For example, expert M1 versus software A showed a sensitivity of 90.0%, specificity of 98.9%, positive predictive value of 88.2%, and negative predictive value of 98.3% with DICOM files, versus 69.2, 88.2, 38.3, and 96.4% with Interfile format, respectively. Generally, patient-specific settings did not influence the diagnostic characteristics of the software versus balanced setting with expert reading as reference. CONCLUSION: EXINI Bone showed high sensitivity and specificity for bone metastasis in patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer. The software ruled out metastasis with confidence, whereas the positive predictive value was modest. The diagnostic properties were different for DICOM and Interfile file formats.

  17. Clinical and Imaging Findings in 18 Patients with Eosinophilic Pneumonia

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    M. Bakhshayesh Karam

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Eosinophilic pneumonia is a rare cause of lung disease in adulthood. The relatively non-specific clinical presentations of this disease process make the diagnosis a unique challenge. Herein, we reported on clinical and radiological manifestations of this rare clinical entity in 18 patients. "nPatients and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 18 patients with acute eosinophilic pneumonia in Masih Daneshvari Medical Center. Diagnostic criteria were based on clinical, laboratory and imaging findings."nResults: The most clinical manifestations were cough and weight loss 15 (0.83 followed by dyspnea 13 (0.72. The most frequent imaging findings were diffuse opacities (reticulo-nodular or alveolar infiltration in 11 (0.65, consolidation in six (0.33 and ground-glass opacities in four (0.28 patients."nConclusion: Diffuse rather than peripheral air-space opacities in imaging of a patient presented with dyspnea, cough, sputum, constitu-tional symptoms and eosinophilia should make us to think about eosinophilic pneumonia as one of differential diagnoses.

  18. Alteraciones neuroftalmológicas en pacientes con hipertensión endocraneana idiopática Neuro-opththalmologic alterations in patients diagnosed with idiopathic endocranial hypertension

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    Yannara Elina Columbié Garbey

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar el comportamiento de las alteraciones neuroftalmológicas en pacientes con hipertensión endocraneana idiopática. MÉTODOS: Estudio prospectivo en 80 pacientes con hipertensión endocraneana idiopática en el Instituto de Oftalmología "Ramón Pando Ferrer" durante el período 2006-2010, con énfasis en manifestaciones clínicas, examen físico y evaluación del disco por tomografía de coherencia óptica. RESULTADOS: La hipertensión endocraneana idiopática se presentó en el 61 % de mujeres entre 15 y 40 años. Las manifestaciones clínicas predominantes fueron cefalea, oscurecimientos visuales transitorios y diplopía. El examen físico mostró papiledema en todos los pacientes, afectación campimétrica en 87 % y alteraciones del contraste en 79 %, relacionados con el tiempo de evolución. La tomografía de coherencia óptica fue útil para diagnóstico y seguimiento de los casos estudiados. CONCLUSIONES: La hipertensión endocraneana idiopática produce daño funcional visual irreversible en pacientes diagnosticados tardíamente.OBJECTIVE: To determine the behavior of neuro-ophthalmologic alterations of this entity. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in 80 patients diagnosed with idiopathic endocranial hypertension seen in the "Ramon Pando Ferrer" Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology from 2006 to 2020 emphasizing the clinical manifestations, the physical examination and the assessment of disk by optical coherence tomography. RESULTS: The idiopathic endocranial hypertension was present in the 61 % of women aged between 15 and 40. The predominant clinical manifestations were headache, transient visual darkening and diplopia. The physical examination showed the presence of papilledema in all patients, campimetry affection in the 87 % and contrast alterations in the 79 % related to course time. The optical coherence tomography was useful for diagnosis and follow-up of the study cases. CONCLUSIONS: The idiopathic endocranial hypertension produces a visual functional damage irreversible in patients diagnosed in a late way.

  19. A Report of 134 Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients with Renal Impairment.

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    Liu, Aijun; Yang, Guangzhong; Geng, Chuanying; Wang, Huijuan; Li, Lihong; Li, Yanchen; Wu, Yin; Tian, Ying; Leng, Yun; Wang, Guorong; Gao, Wen; Chen, Wenming

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    To analyze the effects of bortezomib on the prognosis of the newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients with renal impairment, we assessed the outcomes of 134 multiple myeloma patients with renal impairment (serum creatinine ?178 ?mol/l) who were treated at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital. The patients were divided into two groups: bortezomib (n = 83) and nonbortezomib (n = 51). The overall response rate of the bortezomib group was higher than that of the nonbortezomib group. There was no significant difference in the time to restore renal function, but the complete renal response ratio was significantly higher in the bortezomib group. The 2-year overall survival (OS) rate of the bortezomib group was significantly greater than the nonbortezomib group, as was the 3-year OS rate. Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed significantly better survival for the bortezomib group. The main side effects in the bortezomib group were thrombocytopenia, peripheral neuropathy, infection, and herpes zoster, and there was a low incidence of grades 3 and 4 adverse events. Our findings indicate that bortezomib-based combination chemotherapy can improve the prognosis of the newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients with renal impairment and should be considered as a first-line therapy. PMID:26587903

  20. Blood vessel ultrastructural picture in a CADASIL patient diagnosed at an advanced age.

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    Lewandowska, Eliza; Felczak, Paulina; Buczek, Julia; Gramza, Karolina; Rafa?owska, Janina

    2014-01-01

    We report the case of an 84-year-old male patient afflicted by cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) showing minimal symptoms of disease. The patient was diagnosed on the basis of ultrastructural and genetic examinations. Ultrastructurally, a typical vascular pathology was found. However, in abnormal capillary vessel walls no granular osmiophilic material (GOM) was found. In the arteriole there were only a few GOM deposits that revealed various structures, of which only some resembled typical round GOM. The arteriolar walls showed severe damage, including fragmentation, degeneration and loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) with numerous deposits of elastin, mucosubstances, different granular debris, as well as collagen fibres in the basement membrane. Lysosomal inclusions with fingerprint morphology, atypical for CADASIL, were located in some of the VSMCs. Very old age at the onset of the disease may suggest that morphological changes in blood vessels, described in this report, may be due to both the disease and the patient's age. To our best knowledge it is the first description of pathology of blood vessels and GOM morphology in a CADASIL patient diagnosed at an advanced age. PMID:25574750

  1. Frequency of retinopathy in newly diagnosed patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus (dm)

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    This study was to determine the frequency of retinopathy in newly diagnosed type-II Diabetics. Study Design: Cross sectional descriptive study. Place and Duration of Study: It was conducted at Department of medicine, Military Hospital (MH), Rawalpindi from 1st Jan 2012 to 30 Jun 2012. Material and Methods: We included 200 patients of type-II DM from both genders diagnosed in last 03 months from both outdoor and indoor departments in the age range of 40 to 70 years by consecutive sampling. All patients having co morbidities affecting retina were excluded. Informed written consent was taken before enrollment. Formal approval of the study was taken from hospital ethical committee. Ocular Fundoscopy was performed with WelchAllyn Ophthalmoscope (REF 11470) as per standard protocols and both eyes were examined. The grade of DR (diabetic retinopathy) awarded as per highest changes in any of the two eyes. All tests were carried by a single person to avoid inter-observer variations. Findings of ocular fundoscopy were confirmed by ophthalmologist. All data was analyzed by using SPSS version 11. Results: Out of 200 subjects 63.5% were male and 36.5% were female. Age ranged from 40 to 70 years with mean age of 51.05+ 6.910 years. 29 (14.5%) subjects had Diabetic retinopathy. Out of 29 patients, 24 (82.8%) had preproliferative and 5 (17.2%) had proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Conclusion: A significant proportion of diabetic patients have retinopathy at the time of diagnosis of their disease which is more common in males and with increasing age. It is recommended to thoroughly screen the newly diagnosed diabetics for early detection of diabetic retinopathy and its management involving early referral to eye specialist. (author)

  2. Tumor Vascular Permeability Pattern Is Associated With Complete Response in Immunocompetent Patients With Newly Diagnosed Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma

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    Chung, Sae Rom; Choi, Young Jun; Kim, Ho Sung; Park, Ji Eun; Shim, Woo Hyun; Kim, Sang Joon

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) could provide the information about tumor drug delivery efficacy. We investigated the potential utility of the permeability pattern of DCE-MRI for predicting tumor response to high dose-methotrexate treatment and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL). Clinical and conventional imaging parameters were assessed as potential predictors of tumor response in 48 immunocompetent PCNSL patients in a preliminary study. Fifty additional immunocompetent patients (27 men and 23 women; mean age, 60.6 years) with PCNSL underwent DCE-MRI before starting first-line treatment with high dose-methotrexate. The DCE-MRI pattern was categorized as diffuse or nondiffuse. After 4 courses of high dose methotrexate, patients underwent follow-up brain MR imaging to identify their complete response (CR). Predictors of CR and PFS were analyzed using clinical parameters, conventional MRI, and DCE-MRI. CR was noted in 20 (74.1%) of 27 patients with diffuse DCE-MRI pattern and in 4 (17.4%) of 23 patients with nondiffuse DCE-MRI pattern. The diffuse DCE-MRI pattern showed a significantly higher association with CR than the nondiffuse pattern (P < 0.001). Multivariate Cox proportional hazards model revealed that the DCE-MRI pattern (hazard ratio = 0.70; P = 0.045), age (hazard ratio = 1.47; P = 0.041), and adjuvant autologous stem-cell transplantation (hazard ratio = 6.97; P = 0.003) tended to be associated with a PFS. The pretreatment diffuse DCE-MRI pattern can be used as a potential imaging biomarker for predicting CR and a longer PFS in patients with newly diagnosed PCNSLs. PMID:26871782

  3. Role of Physical Therapists in the Management of Individuals at Risk for or Diagnosed With Venous Thromboembolism: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline.

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    Hillegass, Ellen; Puthoff, Michael; Frese, Ethel M; Thigpen, Mary; Sobush, Dennis C; Auten, Beth

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    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), in conjunction with the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary and Acute Care sections of APTA, have developed this clinical practice guideline to assist physical therapists in their decision-making process when treating patients at risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) or diagnosed with a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (LE DVT). No matter the practice setting, physical therapists work with patients who are at risk for or have a history of VTE. This document will guide physical therapist practice in the prevention of, screening for, and treatment of patients at risk for or diagnosed with LE DVT. Through a systematic review of published studies and a structured appraisal process, key action statements were written to guide the physical therapist. The evidence supporting each action was rated, and the strength of statement was determined. Clinical practice algorithms, based on the key action statements, were developed that can assist with clinical decision making. Physical therapists, along with other members of the health care team, should work to implement these key action statements to decrease the incidence of VTE, improve the diagnosis and acute management of LE DVT, and reduce the long-term complications of LE DVT. PMID:26515263

  4. A comparison of symptoms and drug use between patients with methamphetamine associated psychoses and patients diagnosed with schizophrenia in two acute psychiatric wards.

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    Medhus, Sigrid; Mordal, Jon; Holm, Bjørn; Mørland, Jørg; Bramness, Jørgen G

    2013-03-30

    Psychosis induced by the use of amphetamine or methamphetamine leads to dramatic symptoms and frequent readmissions and poses diagnostic challenges. Earlier studies have often relied on history taking and/or urine samples to reveal drug use. The aim of this study was to compare the psychotic symptoms of two groups: (1) acutely admitted patients who tested positive for methamphetamines and were diagnosed with drug-induced or methamphetamine-induced psychoses and (2) acutely admitted patients who tested negative for methamphetamines and were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Blood and urine samples were used. In addition, we investigated whether the severity of symptoms, in those who tested positive, was related to the blood concentration of methamphetamine. Of 285 patients who volunteered blood and/or urine samples within 48h of admission, 37 (13%) had recently taken methamphetamine. Positive psychotic symptoms between the two groups were compared by PANSS using the positive subscale. The results showed no differences in positive psychotic symptoms between the two groups. The severity of positive psychotic symptoms in patients with three different levels of urine/blood methamphetamine concentrations, were compared. We found no clinically or statistically significant relationship between blood methamphetamine levels and severity of psychotic symptoms. PMID:23036490

  5. Low-dose unenhanced computed tomography for diagnosing stone disease in obese patients

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    Abou El-Ghar, Mohamed E.; Shokeir, Ahmed A.; Refaie, Huda F.; El-Nahas, Ahmed R.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the detectability, size, location and density of urinary stones with unenhanced computed tomography (CT), using the half-radiation (low) dose (LDCT) technique, compared with the standard-dose CT (SDCT), in obese patients. Patients and methods The study included 50 patients with a body mass index of >30 kg/m2 and bilateral renal stones diagnosed with SDCT, and managed on one side. All the patients had LDCT during the follow-up and SDCT was used as a reference for comparison. Results Of the 50 patients, the right side was affected in 27 and the left side in 23. In all, 35 patients had a single stone while the remaining 15 had multiple stones. With SDCT, 95 stones were detected; there were 45 of ?5 mm, 46 of 6–15 mm and only four of >15 mm. LDCT barely detected three stones of <3 mm, compared with SDCT, while larger stones had the same appearance at both scans. The site of stone in the kidney or the ureter did not affect its detection on LDCT vs. SDCT. The mean stone diameter was identical in both techniques. At LDCT, all stones were detected with no difference in their number, location or density vs. SDCT. However, the tube current and radiation dose were significantly lower with LDCT. Conclusions In obese patients with stone disease, LDCT is as accurate as SDCT, while avoiding exposure of the patient to high-dose radiation. PMID:26558037

  6. Evaluation of the Correlation Between Body Mass Index and the Severity of Asthma in Recently Diagnosed Patients

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    Davood Attaran

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Asthma and obesity are among diseases that cause several problems and impair quality of life.  The concurrence of these diseases, changes in the respiratory physiology, changes associated with obesity and limited activity associated with asthma may cause an interaction between the two conditions. Materials and Methods: We studied the epidemiologic characteristics of all recently diagnosed cases of asthma with no previous treatment who visited the Respiratory Diseases Clinic of the Ghaem Hospital from 2004 to 2007, their Body Mass Indexes (BMI were calculated and then spirometry was performed in all cases. Results: We studied 232 cases with the mean age of 38.96±12.94 years and the mean BMI of 27.05±4.92. Cough and exertional dyspnea were the most common clinical symptoms. In spirometric evaluations, the mean maximum mid-expiratory flow (MMEF increased with weight, which was not, however, insignificant. FVC in obese patients was significantly less than in normal weight cases. A significant correlation was not also seen between BMI and FEV1 (r=-0.023, P=0.729. Conclusion: Except for FVC which had a significant correlation with BMI, other studied indices yielded no significant results, which calls for more extensive studies with larger populations. Considering the fact that mild asthma is less common in obese patients, better weight control in asthmatic patients can promote their quality of life and make asthma management more effective.

  7. Does delay in diagnosing colorectal cancer in symptomatic patients affect tumor stage and survival? A population-based observational study

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    Visser Otto

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Diagnosing colorectal cancer (CRC at an early stage improves survival. To what extent any delay affects outcome once patients are symptomatic is still unclear. Our objectives were to evaluate the association between diagnostic delay and survival in symptomatic patients with early stage CRC and late stage CRC. Methods Prospective population-based observational study evaluating daily clinical practice in Northern Holland. Diagnostic delay was determined through questionnaire-interviews. Dukes' stage was classified into two groups: early stage (Dukes A or B and late stage (Dukes C or D cancer. Patients were followed up for 3.5 years after diagnosis. Results In total, 272 patients were available for analysis. Early stage CRC was present in 136 patients while 136 patients had late stage CRC. The mean total diagnostic delay (SE was 31 (1.5 weeks in all CRC patients. No significant difference was observed in the mean total diagnostic delay in early versus late stage CRC (p = 0.27. In early stage CRC, no difference in survival was observed between patients with total diagnostic delay shorter and longer than the median (Kaplan-Meier, log-rank p = 0.93. In late stage CRC, patients with a diagnostic delay shorter than the median had a shorter survival than patients with a diagnostic delay longer than the median (log-rank p = 0.01. In the multivariate Cox regression model with survival as dependent variable and median delay, age, open access endoscopy, number and type of symptoms as independent variables, the odd's ratio for survival in patients with long delay (>median versus short delay (?median was 1.8 (95% confidence interval (CI 1.1 to 3.0; p = 0.01. Tumor-site was not associated with patient survival. When separating late stage CRC in Dukes C and Dukes D tumors, a shorter delay was associated with a shorter survival in Dukes D tumors only and not in Dukes C tumors. Conclusion In symptomatic CRC patients, a longer diagnostic and therapeutic delay in routine clinical practice was not associated with an adverse effect on survival. The time to CRC diagnosis and initiation of treatment did not differ between early stage and late stage colorectal cancer.

  8. Hospital admissions of HIV-infected patients at a Lisbon reference centre: comparison among previously known and in-ward HIV-diagnosed patients

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    A Miranda

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Comparison of hospital admission causes for previously known (group A and HIV-infected patients diagnosed during in-ward stay (group B, from 2009 to 2011. Retrospective evaluation of demographic, epidemiologic, clinical, immunologic, virologic and treatment parameters at time of admission. 1167 patients were admitted; of those 617 (52,9% were HIV-infected: 92% HIV-1 and 8% HIV-2. 83% had previously known HIV infection and 15% were diagnosed during hospital stay (missing data in 2%. 66% were male, mean age was 46 years and 52% were Portuguese. The most frequent transmission routes were heterosexual exposure (36% and iv drug use (29%. Mean length of hospital stay was 17 days (group A and 28 days (group B (p =?0,004. At admission, the mean TCD4+ count was 280 cells/mm3 in group A, and 132 cells/mm3 in group B (p<0,001. The majority of group B patients had clinical or immunological AIDS criteria at admission (84% while group A presented a 71% rate for the same parameter (p=0,011. In group A, 52% of patients were on antiretroviral therapy but of those only 33% presented undetectable HIV plasma RNA, non-adherence being an important cause of therapeutic failure identified in 40% of cases. Respiratory infection was the principal cause of hospital admission in both groups (33% in group A vs. 35% in group B. The most prevalent nosological entities were community acquired pneumonia in group A (18,1% vs. 11,5%-p=0,118 and Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in group B (4% vs. 18%-p<0,001. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was frequently identified as an agent of opportunistic infection (10% in group A vs. 24% in group B-p=<0,001. HCV coinfection was a comorbidity found in 37% in group A vs. 11% in group B (p<0,001. Other relevant comorbidities were psychiatric disturbances (16% vs. 3%-p=0,001 and neoplastic conditions (11% vs. 0%-p=0,001, mostly present in group A. Mortality rate was not significantly different between groups (10% group A vs. 11% group B (p=0,773. This analysis evidenced that, a significant percentage of HIV patients diagnosed at admission were late presenters. Slightly a half of patients with previous known HIV infection were prescribed cARV and only a third presented undetectable HIV viral load. Non-adherence was a major concern in this population. Respiratory infections had a significant clinical impact in both groups, justifying the importance of vaccination prevention strategies in immunocompromised individuals.

  9. Waiting list paradox: Danish cancer patients diagnosed fast have higher mortality after diagnosis

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    Tørring, Marie Louise; Frydenberg, Morten; Hansen, Rikke Pilegaard; Olesen, Frede; Vedsted, Peter

    hospital discharge diagnoses for the 2004-2005 period, extracted from population-based healthcare databases in the former County of Aarhus, Denmark, and subsequently validated in the National Danish Cancer Registry. All patients with a first-time diagnosis of colon, rectal, lung, skin, breast, or prostate...... cancer were identified and confirmed by each patient’s general practitioner (GP), who provided a detailed description of the diagnostic pathway. Diagnostic interval was defined as time duration from first presentation of symptom to GP until date of diagnosis. Patients were followed up to three years...... after diagnosis, and we used Cox regression to estimate mortality rate ratios as a function of diagnostic delay using restricted cubic splines, and adjusting for gender, age, and co-morbidity. We identified 1080 cancer patients. For all cancers, except breast cancer, mortality after diagnosis decreased...

  10. Time intervals from first symptom to treatment of cancer: a cohort study of 2,212 newly diagnosed cancer patients

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Delay in diagnosis of cancer may worsen prognosis. The aim of this study is to explore patient-, general practitioner (GP- and system-related delay in the interval from first cancer symptom to diagnosis and treatment, and to analyse the extent to which delays differ by cancer type. Methods Population-based cohort study conducted in 2004-05 in the County of Aarhus, Denmark (640,000 inhabitants. Data were collected from administrative registries and questionnaires completed by GPs on 2,212 cancer patients newly diagnosed during a 1-year period. Median delay (in days with interquartile interval (IQI was the main outcome measure. Results Median total delay was 98 days (IQI 57-168. Most of the total delay stemmed from patient (median 21 days (7-56 and system delay (median 55 days (32-93. Median GP delay was 0 (0-2 days. Total delay was shortest among patients with ovarian (median 60 days (45-112 and breast cancer (median 65 days (39-106 and longest among patients with prostate (median 130 days (89-254 and bladder cancer (median 134 days (93-181. Conclusion System delay accounted for a substantial part of the total delay experienced by cancer patients. This points to a need for shortening clinical pathways if possible. A long patient delay calls for research into patient awareness of cancer. For all delay components, special focus should be given to the 4th quartile of patients with the longest time intervals and we need research into the quality of the diagnostic work-up process. We found large variations in delay for different types of cancer. Improvements should therefore target both the population at large and the specific needs associated with individual cancer types and their symptoms.

  11. Hypertension associated with venous thromboembolism in patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer

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    Zhang, Yuhui; Yang, Yuanhua; Chen, Wenhui; Liang, Lirong; Zhai, Zhenguo; Guo, Lijuan; Wang, Chen; Zhang, Li; Xu, Qixia; Jiang, Luning; Zhang, Xinhong

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate associations between cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and the occurrence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with lung cancer that might help estimate an individual’s risk for VTE. A total of 632 unselected patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer were investigated for VTE within the three months prior to recruitment, and their major CVD risk factors were assessed at the baseline examination. Eighty-six of the 632 (13.6%) developed a VTE event. Multivariate logistic regression analysis, including age, sex, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and white blood cell count, found that hypertension (OR 1.8; 95% CI 1.0–3.3) and leukocytosis (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.5–4.8) were significantly associated with VTE in different tumor histology models and that hypertension (OR 1.9; 95% CI 1.1–3.4) and leukocytosis (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.5–4.7) were also significantly associated with VTE in different tumor stage models. Leukocytosis was linearly associated with hypertension and VTE (P for trend?=?0.006), and the ORs for VTE increased with leukocytosis (all P for trend hypertension increased the risk of VTE in patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer, which may be mediated by the presence of inflammation. PMID:26797411

  12. Radiotherapy and prognosis of early esophageal carcinoma diagnosed by endoscopy for 17 patients

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    Objective: To study the radiotherapy and prognosis of early esophageal carcinoma diagnosed by endoscopy. Methods: From June 1997 to November 2002, late course accelerated hyperfraction radiotherapy (LCAFR) was used for 17 patients with early esophageal carcinoma diagnosed by endoscopy using Lugol's solution and proved by histopathology. Radiotherapy was: 2.0 Gy/f, 5 times a week, to 30 Gy/ 15f/ 3wk, followed by 1.5 Gy/f bid with an interval > 6 h, to 20-24 Gy/ 14-16f/9-10 days. Kaplan-Meier method and Log-rank method were used in the statistical analysis. Results: The overall 1-, 3- and 5-year survival rates were 100%, 86% and 66%. The 5-year survival rates were 100% and 49% (P=0.111) in patients with tumor length measured by endoscopy ?3 cm and > 5 cm. The 5-year survival rates were 100% and 45% (P=0.102) in patients with lesion thickness by CT?5 mm and >5 mm. Conclusions: Routine radiotherapy combined with late course accelerated hyperfraction radiotherapy is effective and applicable in the treatment of early esophageal carcinoma. The length of irradiation field should be decided by endoscopic diagnosis using Lugol's solution. (authors)

  13. Spirometer-controlled cine magnetic resonance imaging to diagnose tracheobronchomalacia in pediatric patients

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    Ciet, Pierluigi; Wielopolski, Piotr

    2014-01-01

    Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is defined as an excessive collapse of the intrathoracic trachea. Bronchoscopy is the gold standard to diagnose TBM, but bronchoscopy has major disadvantages, such as general anaesthesia. Cine-CT is a non-invasive alternative to diagnose TBM, but its use in children is restricted by ionizing radiation. Our aim was to evaluate the feasibility of spirometer-controlled cine-MRI as alternative to cine-CT in a retrospective study.12 children (mean 12 years, range 7-17), suspected to have TBM, underwent cine-MRI. Static scans were acquired at end-inspiration and expiration covering the thorax using a 3D SPGR sequence. 3D-Dynamic-scans were performed covering only the central airways. TBM was defined as a decrease of the trachea or bronchi diameter greater than 50% at end-expiration in the static and dynamic scans.The success rate of the cine-MRI protocol was 92%. Cine-MRI was compared with bronchoscopy or chest-CT in 7 subjects. TBM was diagnosed by cine-MRI in 7 out of 12 children (58%) and was confirmed by bronchoscopy or CT. In 4 patients, cine-MRI demonstrated tracheal narrowing that was not present in the static scans.Spirometer-controlled cine-MRI is a promising technique to assess TBM in children and has the potential to replace bronchoscopy.

  14. Phase II Trial of Hypofractionated IMRT With Temozolomide for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme

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    Purpose: To report toxicity and overall survival (OS) in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) treated with hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (hypo-IMRT) with concurrent and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ). Methods and Materials: Patients with newly diagnosed GBM after biopsy or resection and with adequate performance status and organ or bone marrow function were eligible for this study. Patients received postoperative hypo-IMRT to the surgical cavity and residual tumor seen on T1-weighted brain MRI with a 5-mm margin to a total dose of 60 Gy in 10 fractions (6 Gy/fraction) and to the T2 abnormality on T2-weighted MRI with 5-mm margin to 30 Gy in 10 fractions (3 Gy/fraction). Concurrent TMZ was given at 75 mg/m2/day for 28 consecutive days. Adjuvant TMZ was given at 150 to 200 mg/m2/day for 5 days every 28 days. Toxicities were defined using Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3.0. Results: Twenty-four patients were treated, consisting of 14 men, 10 women; a median age of 60.5 years old (range, 27–77 years); and a median Karnofsky performance score of 80 (range, 60–90). All patients received hypo-IMRT and concurrent TMZ according to protocol, except for 2 patients who received only 14 days of concurrent TMZ. The median number of adjuvant TMZ cycles was 6.5 (range, 0–14).With a median follow-up of 14.8 months (range, 2.7–34.2 months) for all patients and a minimum follow-up of 20.6 months for living patients, no instances of grade 3 or higher nonhematologic toxicity were observed. The median OS was 16.6 months (range, 4.1–35.9 months). Six patients underwent repeated surgery for suspected tumor recurrence; necrosis was found in 50% to 100% of the resected specimens. Conclusion: In selected GBM patients, 60 Gy hypo-IMRT delivered in 6-Gy fractions over 2 weeks with concurrent and adjuvant TMZ is safe. OS in this small cohort of patients was comparable to that treated with current standard of care therapy.

  15. Pain in the Blood? Envisioning Mechanism-Based Diagnoses and Biomarkers in Clinical Pain Medicine

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    Emmanuel Bäckryd

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    Chronic pain is highly prevalent, and pain medicine lacks objective biomarkers to guide diagnosis and choice of treatment. The current U.S. “opioid epidemic” is a reminder of the paucity of effective and safe treatment options. Traditional pain diagnoses according to the International Classification of Diseases are often unspecific, and analgesics are often prescribed on a trial-and-error basis. In contrast to this current state of affairs, the vision of future mechanism-based diagnoses of ch...

  16. What diagnoses may make patients more seriously ill than they first appear? Mortality according to the Simple Clinical Score Risk Class at the time of admission compared to the observed mortality of different ICD9 codes identified on death or discharge.

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    Kellett, John

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    The Simple Clinical Score (SCS) determined at the time of admission places acutely ill general medical patients into one of five risk classes associated with an increasing risk of death within 30 days. The cohort of acute medical patient that the SCS was derived from had, on average, four combinations of 74 groupings of ICD9 codes. This paper reports the ICD9 codes associated with the different SCS risk classes and identifies those ICD9 codes with a greater observed mortality than that of other patients in the same SCS risk class.

  17. Virtual patients for assessment of clinical reasoning

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    Forsberg, Elenita

    2014-01-01

    In healthcare education it is essential for the students to develop and achieve clinical reasoning skills. Clinical reasoning is complex to teach and learn, and effective assessment methods are also lacking. Virtual Patients (VPs) are interactive computer simulations of real-life clinical scenarios for the purpose of healthcare training, education and assessment. Many VP systems are focused on clinical reasoning and have the possibility to track every interaction from the user and therefore h...

  18. Neurodegenerative changes in patients with clinical history of bipolar disorders.

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    Shioya, Ayako; Saito, Yuko; Arima, Kunimasa; Kakuta, Yukio; Yuzuriha, Takefumi; Tanaka, Noriko; Murayama, Shigeo; Tamaoka, Akira

    2015-06-01

    Neurodegeneration in bipolar disorder (BPD) is poorly understood. Therefore, the current study was designed to assess the immunohistochemical changes in neurodegenerative markers in patients with BPD. Eleven consecutive autopsy cases diagnosed with BPD were analyzed. Sections were obtained from archival paraffin blocks of representative areas and stained using conventional methods, as well as immunostained with several antibodies to screen for neurodegenerative diseases. Age- and non-argyrophilic grains (AGs) degeneration matched controls were selected for each case. Clinical information was retrospectively collected from medical charts. All patients were men, and the average age of death was 70 years. Neuropathological diagnoses included dementia with grains (2), argyrophilic grain disease (2), corticobasal degeneration (CBD, 1), Lewy body disease (1), hypoxic encephalopathy (1) and cerebral infarction (1). All cases showed AGs to various degrees. Three patients died in their 50s; one demonstrated dementia with Lewy bodies, while the other two showed abundant AGs in the thalamus and amygdala. Of the three patients who died in their 60s, one showed AGs preferentially in the thalamus and amygdala, while the others demonstrated limbic predominance. The patients who died in/after their 70s demonstrated AGs similar to controls, except for the patient with CBD. Our data provides potentiality that neurodegenerative diseases may be an underlying pathology in certain cases of BPD. PMID:25819679

  19. Nerve Conduction Studies, SEP and Blink Reflex Studies in Recently Diagnosed, Untreated Thyroid Disease Patients

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    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the electrophysiological changes in the peripheral and central nervous system in recently diagnosed subclinical thyroid disease patients before any treatment. This study included 22 patients with hypothyroidism and 13 patients with hyperthyroidism who had no other disease which could affect peripheral or central nervous system. We performed nerve conduction studies, median nevre somatosensorial evoked potentials and blink reflex studies in 35 patients and 30 age and gender matched controls. Distal latency, compound muscle action potential amplitude, nerve conduction velocity, minumum F-latency were recorded in the motor nerve conduction studies, distal latency, sensorial nerve action potential amplitüde, nerve conduction velocity were recorded in the sensorial nerve conduction studies and cortical N20-P25 potential latencies were recorded during the median somatosensorial evoked potential study. Bilaterally R1, R2 and contralaterally R2 potentials were evaluated during the blink reflex studies. In the subclinical hypothyroid patients median motor and sensorial nerves were the most commonly affected nerves with carpal tunnel syndrom being positive in 54,5 % of these patients. Sensorimotor polyneuropathy was find in 8-9% of subclinical hypothyroid patients while this ratio was 15,38% in subclinical hyperthyroid patients. Sural neuropathy was found in 23,07% of subclinical hyperthyroid patients. A decrease in median, ulnar and sural sensorial nerve action potential amplitüdes and tibial motor nerve conduction velocities were the other findings in this group. During the median nerve SEP studies the most common pathological finding in all patients was an increase in P25 cortical latency. This was found in 45,45%

  20. Patient representatives' views on patient information in clinical cancer trials

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    Dellson, Pia; Nilbert, Mef; Carlsson, Christina

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    consent is possible to provide. We explored patient representatives' views and perceptions on the written trial information used in clinical cancer trials. METHODS: Written patient information leaflets used in four clinical trials for colorectal cancer were used for the study. The trials included phase I...

  1. Method and system for the diagnosis of disease using retinal image content and an archive of diagnosed human patient data

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    Tobin, Kenneth W; Karnowski, Thomas P; Chaum, Edward

    2013-08-06

    A method for diagnosing diseases having retinal manifestations including retinal pathologies includes the steps of providing a CBIR system including an archive of stored digital retinal photography images and diagnosed patient data corresponding to the retinal photography images, the stored images each indexed in a CBIR database using a plurality of feature vectors, the feature vectors corresponding to distinct descriptive characteristics of the stored images. A query image of the retina of a patient is obtained. Using image processing, regions or structures in the query image are identified. The regions or structures are then described using the plurality of feature vectors. At least one relevant stored image from the archive based on similarity to the regions or structures is retrieved, and an eye disease or a disease having retinal manifestations in the patient is diagnosed based on the diagnosed patient data associated with the relevant stored image(s).

  2. Prognostic factors of patients with newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia treated with arsenic trioxide-based frontline therapy.

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    Lou, Yinjun; Ma, Yafang; Suo, Shanshan; Ni, Wanmao; Wang, Yungui; Pan, Hanzhang; Tong, Hongyan; Qian, Wenbin; Meng, Haitao; Mai, Wenyuan; Huang, Jian; Yu, Wenjuan; Wei, Juyin; Mao, Liping; Jin, Jie

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    Prognostic factors for patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) treated in the context of arsenic trioxide (ATO)-based frontline regimes have not been established clearly. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical features, immunophenotypes, Fms-like tyrosine kinase-3 internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD), and outcomes of 184 consecutive newly diagnosed APL patients treated by intravenous ATO-based therapy. The median age was 40 years (14-77 years). The early death rate was 4.9% (9/184 patients). With a median follow-up time of 36 months (9-74 months), the 3-year relapse-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were 93.3% and 92.2%, respectively. Interestingly, there was no meaningful association between 3-year RFS and initial white blood cell count, FLT3-ITD status, or type of PML-RARA isoforms. In multivariable analysis, the CD56 expression was the only independent risk factor in terms of RFS (hazard ratio, 4.70; P=0.005). These results suggested that ATO-based therapy may ameliorate the unfavorable influence of previously known high-risk features; moreover, CD56 expression remains to be a potentially unfavorable prognostic factor in APL patients. PMID:26183877

  3. Negative and positive childhood experiences across developmental periods in psychiatric patients with different diagnoses : an explorative study

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    Schauer Margarete; Neuner Frank; Rockstroh Brigitte; Bichescu Dana; Saleptsi Evangelia; Studer Karl; Hoffmann Klaus; Elbert Thomas

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    Abstract Background A high frequency of childhood abuse has often been reported in adult psychiatric patients. The present survey explores the relationship between psychiatric diagnoses and positive and negative life events during childhood and adulthood in psychiatric samples. Methods A total of 192 patients with diagnoses of alcohol-related disorders (n = 45), schizophrenic disorders (n = 52), affective disorders (n = 54), and personality disorders (n = 41) completed a 42-item self-rating s...

  4. Intelligent Virtual Patients for Training Clinical Skills

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    Thomas D. Parsons

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the design process of intelligent virtual human patients that are used for the enhancement of clinical skills. The description covers the development from conceptualization and character creation to technical components and the application in clinical research and training. The aim is to create believable social interactions with virtual agents that help the clinician to develop skills in symptom and ability assessment, diagnosis, interview techniques and interpersonal communication. The virtual patient fulfills the requirements of a standardized patient producing consistent, reliable and valid interactions in portraying symptoms and behaviour related to a specific clinical condition.

  5. Nephrotoxicity of cyclosporin A in patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus

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    Feldt-Rasmussen, B; Jensen, T; Dieperink, H; Mandrup-Poulsen, T; Nerup, J; Bendtzen, K; Andersen, V; Kemp, E; Leyssac, P P

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    Renal function was studied in 18 patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. All were participating in the Canadian-European randomized placebo-controlled cyclosporin trial in newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic patients, nine being randomized to placebo, and nine to cyclosporin A. During treatment for 12...... reversible. There are, however, signs of minor and perhaps chronic renal injury....... to 18 months, cyclosporin A caused significant reductions in the glomerular filtration rate (before drug withdrawal, cyclosporin 97 +/- 18 vs placebo 125 +/- 16 ml min-1 1.73-m-2, p less than 0.05), renal plasma flow (454 +/- 83 vs 536 +/- 70 ml min-1 1.73-m-2, p less than 0.05), and lithium...

  6. Celiac disease diagnosed after uncomplicated pregnancy in a patient with history of bulimia nervosa

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    Milisavljevi? Nemanja

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The association between celiac disease and eating disorders has been very rarely reported. This is the first report on celiac disease associated with bulimia in this part of Europe. Case report. An adult female patient with history of bulimia and one uncomplicated pregnancy was admitted to the Gastroenterology Department, due to long lasting dyspeptic symptoms, constipation, major weight loss and fatigue. After positive serological screening, the diagnosis of celiac disease was confirmed with histopathology examination of duodenal biopsy specimen. Conclusion. Complicated interactions between celiac disease and bulimia can make them difficult to diagnose and treat. It is important to consider the presence of celiac disease in patients with bulimia and gastrointestinal symptoms.

  7. Virtual glaucoma clinics: patient acceptance and quality of patient education compared to standard clinics

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    Full Text Available Jennifer H Court,1 Michael W Austin1,21Department of Ophthalmology, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UKPurpose: Virtual glaucoma clinics allow rapid, reliable patient assessment but the service should be acceptable to patients and concordance with treatment needs to be maintained with adequate patient education. This study compares experiences and understanding of patients reviewed via the virtual clinic versus the standard clinic by way of an extended patient satisfaction questionnaire (PSQ.Patients and methods: One hundred PSQs were given to consecutive patients attending glaucoma clinics in October 2013. All 135 patients reviewed via the virtual clinic from April 2013 until August 2013 were sent postal PSQs in September 2013. Data were obtained for demographics, understanding of glaucoma, their condition, satisfaction with their experience, and quality of information. Responses were analyzed in conjunction with the clinical records.Results: Eighty-five percent of clinic patients and 63% of virtual clinic patients responded to the PSQ. The mean satisfaction score was over 4.3/5 in all areas surveyed. Virtual clinic patients’ understanding of their condition was very good, with 95% correctly identifying their diagnosis as glaucoma, 83% as ocular hypertension and 78% as suspects. There was no evidence to support inferior knowledge or self-perceived understanding compared to standard clinic patients. Follow-up patients knew more about glaucoma than new patients. Over 95% of patients found our information leaflet useful. Forty percent of patients sought additional information but less than 20% used the internet for this.Conclusion: A substantial proportion of glaucoma pathway patients may be seen by non-medical staff supervised by glaucoma specialists via virtual clinics. Patients are accepting of this format, reporting high levels of satisfaction and non-inferior knowledge to those seen in standard clinics.Keywords: glaucoma, care-pathway, satisfaction, questionnaire, education, service-delivery

  8. Transcultural study on quality of life in patients diagnosed of schizophrenia from Mexico and Spain

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    Maribel Peró Cebollero; Mónica Arroyo Medrano; Joan Guàrdia Olmos; Adolfo Jarne Esparcia; Teresita Villaseñor Cabrera

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    The aim of this paper was to evaluate the differences between two samples of schizophrenic patients from two different cultural contexts. Matched by age and gender, each 40-subject sample includes patients with differential diagnosis of schizophrenia. One sample was taken from the Barcelona Hospital network (Spain) and the other one from the Hospital Civil Universitario of Guadalajara (Mexico). Several demographic and clinical variables were evaluated and the Health Related Quality of Life Sc...

  9. Patient representatives’ views on patient information in clinical cancer trials

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    Dellson, Pia; Nilbert, Mef; Carlsson, Christina

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    Background Patient enrolment into clinical trials is based on oral information and informed consent, which includes an information sheet and a consent certificate. The written information should be complete, but at the same time risks being so complex that it may be questioned if a fully informed consent is possible to provide. We explored patient representatives’ views and perceptions on the written trial information used in clinical cancer trials. Methods Written patient information leaflet...

  10. Rituximab and dexamethasone vs dexamethasone monotherapy in newly diagnosed patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia

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    Gudbrandsdottir, Sif; Birgens, Henrik Sverre

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we report the results from the largest cohort to date of newly diagnosed adult immune thrombocytopenia patients randomized to treatment with dexamethasone alone or in combination with rituximab. Eligible were patients with platelet counts ?25×10(9)/L or ?50×10(9)/L with bleeding symptoms. A total of 133 patients were randomly assigned to either dexamethasone 40 mg/day for 4 days (n = 71) or in combination with rituximab 375 mg/m(2) weekly for 4 weeks (n = 62). Patients were allowed supplemental dexamethasone every 1 to 4 weeks for up to 6 cycles. Our primary end point, sustained response (ie, platelets ?50×10(9)/L) at 6 months follow-up, was reached in 58% of patients in the rituximab + dexamethasone group vs 37% in the dexamethasone group (P = .02). The median follow-up time was 922 days. We found longer time to relapse (P = .03) and longer time to rescue treatment (P = .007) in the rituximab + dexamethasone group. There was an increased incidence of grade 3 to 4 adverse events in the rituximab + dexamethasone group (P = .04). In conclusion, rituximab + dexamethasone induced higher response rates and longer time to relapse than dexamethasone alone. This study is registered at http://clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00909077.

  11. Rituximab and Dexamethasone vs Dexamethasone Monotherapy in Newly Diagnosed Patients with Primary Immune Thrombocytopenia

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    Gudbrandsdottir, Sif; Birgens, Henrik Sverre

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we report the results from the largest cohort to date of newly diagnosed adult immune thrombocytopenia patients randomized to treatment with dexamethasone alone or in combination with rituximab. Eligible were patients with platelet counts ?25×10(9)/L or ?50×10(9)/L with bleeding symptoms. A total of 133 patients were randomly assigned to either dexamethasone 40 mg/day for 4 days (n = 71) or in combination with rituximab 375 mg/m(2) weekly for 4 weeks (n = 62). Patients were allowed supplemental dexamethasone every 1 to 4 weeks for up to 6 cycles. Our primary end point, sustained response (ie, platelets ?50×10(9)/L) at 6 months follow-up, was reached in 58% of patients in the rituximab + dexamethasone group vs 37% in the dexamethasone group (P = .02). The median follow-up time was 922 days. We found longer time to relapse (P = .03) and longer time to rescue treatment (P = .007) in the rituximab + dexamethasone group. There was an increased incidence of grade 3 to 4 adverse events in the rituximab + dexamethasone group (P = .04). In conclusion, rituximab + dexamethasone induced higher response rates and longer time to relapse than dexamethasone alone. This study is registered at http://clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00909077.

  12. Carfilzomib, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma: a multicenter, phase 2 study.

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    Bringhen, Sara; Petrucci, Maria Teresa; Larocca, Alessandra; Conticello, Concetta; Rossi, Davide; Magarotto, Valeria; Musto, Pellegrino; Boccadifuoco, Luana; Offidani, Massimo; Omedé, Paola; Gentilini, Fabiana; Ciccone, Giovannino; Benevolo, Giulia; Genuardi, Mariella; Montefusco, Vittorio; Oliva, Stefania; Caravita, Tommaso; Tacchetti, Paola; Boccadoro, Mario; Sonneveld, Pieter; Palumbo, Antonio

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    This multicenter, open-label phase 2 trial determined the safety and efficacy of carfilzomib, a novel and irreversible proteasome inhibitor, in combination with cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (CCyd) in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) ≥65 years of age or who were ineligible for autologous stem cell transplantation. Patients (N = 58) received CCyd for up to 9 28-day cycles, followed by maintenance with carfilzomib until progression or intolerance. After a median of 9 CCyd induction cycles (range 1-9), 95% of patients achieved at least a partial response, 71% achieved at least a very good partial response, 49% achieved at least a near complete response, and 20% achieved stringent complete response. After a median follow-up of 18 months, the 2-year progression-free survival and overall survival rates were 76% and 87%, respectively. The most frequent grade 3 to 5 toxicities were neutropenia (20%), anemia (11%), and cardiopulmonary adverse events (7%). Peripheral neuropathy was limited to grades 1 and 2 (9%). Fourteen percent of patients discontinued treatment because of adverse events, and 21% of patients required carfilzomib dose reductions. In summary, results showed high complete response rates and a good safety profile. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01346787. PMID:24855212

  13. Psychosocial covariates of physical activity in recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients

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    Rajesh Nair

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background Regular physical activity can be effective not only in preventing diabetes and managing its complications but also be effective in minimizing the risk of developing other chronic diseases among diabetics. The overall aim of study was to determine probable causes of change in physical activity so as to generate evidences for future interventions and to identify psychosocial covariates of self reported physical activity in recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes cases. Methods Participants n=478 (239 intervention arm and 239 control arm of an observational cohort were randomized into the ADDITION Plus trial and were recruited from 36 practices in East Anglia region. Participants were people recently diagnosed with diabetes (screen detected and clinically diagnosed within the preceding 3 years were individually randomized and were between the age group of 40-69 years, (mean age 59.2 years. The self reported data regarding physical activity was measured at baseline and one year were used. Demographic and psychosocial (treatment control, consequences, anxiety covariates were assessed at the baseline. Linear univariate and multivariable linear regression analysis was used to quantify the associations between demographic and psychosocial correlates. Results: With regard to the psychosocial correlates(except for participants’ perceptions about the consequences of diabetes, no significant associations with physical activity were found. Treatment control and anxiety failed to predict physical activity. Conclusion The result suggests to further investigate the change in physical activity by including other variables related to demography, other psycho-social and environment influences. Based on the available literature, it is suggested that other factors were found consistently associated with physical activity such as self efficacy, attitude, sensation seeking, family-friend social support, goal orientation, motivation could be studied.

  14. Diagnosis-Specific Prognostic Factors, Indexes, and Treatment Outcomes for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Brain Metastases: A Multi-Institutional Analysis of 4,259 Patients

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    Purpose: Controversy endures regarding the optimal treatment of patients with brain metastases (BMs). Debate persists, despite many randomized trials, perhaps because BM patients are a heterogeneous population. The purpose of the present study was to identify significant diagnosis-specific prognostic factors and indexes (Diagnosis-Specific Graded Prognostic Assessment [DS-GPA]). Methods and Materials: A retrospective database of 5,067 patients treated for BMs between 1985 and 2007 was generated from 11 institutions. After exclusion of the patients with recurrent BMs or incomplete data, 4,259 patients with newly diagnosed BMs remained eligible for analysis. Univariate and multivariate analyses of the prognostic factors and outcomes by primary site and treatment were performed. The significant prognostic factors were determined and used to define the DS-GPA prognostic indexes. The DS-GPA scores were calculated and correlated with the outcomes, stratified by diagnosis and treatment. Results: The significant prognostic factors varied by diagnosis. For non-small-cell lung cancer and small-cell lung cancer, the significant prognostic factors were Karnofsky performance status, age, presence of extracranial metastases, and number of BMs, confirming the original GPA for these diagnoses. For melanoma and renal cell cancer, the significant prognostic factors were Karnofsky performance status and the number of BMs. For breast and gastrointestinal cancer, the only significant prognostic factor was the Karnofsky performance status. Two new DS-GPA indexes were thus designed for breast/gastrointestinal cancer and melanoma/renal cell carcinoma. The median survival by GPA score, diagnosis, and treatment were determined. Conclusion: The prognostic factors for BM patients varied by diagnosis. The original GPA was confirmed for non-small-cell lung cancer and small-cell lung cancer. New DS-GPA indexes were determined for other histologic types and correlated with the outcome, and statistical separation between the groups was confirmed. These data should be considered in the design of future randomized trials and in clinical decision-making.

  15. Analysis of C9orf72 repeat expansions in a large series of clinically and pathologically diagnosed cases with atypical parkinsonism.

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    Schottlaender, Lucia V; Polke, James M; Ling, Helen; MacDoanld, Nicola D; Tucci, Arianna; Nanji, Tina; Pittman, Alan; de Silva, Rohan; Holton, Janice L; Revesz, Tamas; Sweeney, Mary G; Singleton, Andy B; Lees, Andrew J; Bhatia, Kailash P; Houlden, Henry

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    A GGGGCC repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene was recently identified as a major cause of familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. There is suggestion that these expansions may be a rare cause of parkinsonian disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and corticobasal degeneration (CBD). Screening the C9orf72 gene in 37 patients with features of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) detected an expansion in 3 patients, confirmed by Southern blotting. In a series of 22 patients with clinically diagnosed PSP, we found 1 patient with an intermediate repeat length. We also screened for the C9orf72 expansion in a large series of neuropathologically confirmed samples with MSA (n = 96), PSP (n = 177), and CBD (n = 18). Patients were found with no more than 22 GGGGCC repeats. Although these results still need to be confirmed in a larger cohort of CBS and/or CBD patients, these data suggest that in the presence of a family history and/or motor neuron disease features, patients with CBS or clinical PSP should be screened for the C9orf72 repeat expansion. In addition, we confirm that the C9orf72 expansions are not associated with pathologically confirmed MSA, PSP, or CBD in a large series of cases. PMID:25308964

  16. Clinical features of depressive disorders in patients with brain tumors

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    Ogorenko V.V.

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    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to examine the structure of psychopathology and clinical features of depressive disorders in patients with brain oncopathology. Polymorphic mental disorders of various clinical content and severity in most cases not only are comorbid to oncological pathology of the brain, but most often are the first clinical signs of early tumors. The study was conducted using the following methods: clinical psychiatric, questionnaire Simptom Check List- 90 -Revised-SCL- 90 -R, Luscher test and mathematical processing methods. Sample included 175 patients with brain tumors with non-psychotic level of mental disorders. The peculiarities of mental disorders and psychopathological structure of nonpsychotic depressive disorders have been a clinical option of cancer debut in patients with brain tumors. We found that nonpsychotic depression is characterized by polymorphism and syndromal incompletion; this causes ambiguity of diagnoses interpretation on stages of diagnostic period. Features of depressive symptoms depending on the signs of malignancy / nonmalignancy of brain tumor were defined.

  17. Birth Order and Sibling Gender Ratio of a Clinical Sample of Children and Adolescents Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Ahmad Ghanizadeh; Marzie Abotorabi-Zarchi; Mohammad Reza Mohammadi; Ali Firoozabadi

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    Objective: It is not clear whether sibling’s gender ratio is associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This study examines whether inattentiveness severity and hyperactivity/impulsivity severity are associated with birth order of children with ADHD.Method: Participants are a clinical sample of 173 children and adolescents with ADHD and 43 ones without ADHD. Diagnoses were made using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders forth edition-Text Revision (DSM-I...

  18. Clinical diagnoses and characteristics of women entering the Reykjavik Emergency Departments during the economic collapse in 2008

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    Rebekka Sigrún Lynch 1989

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    Background: The Prime Minister’s speech to the Icelandic nation on October 6th 2008 dramatically signalled the start of a swift economic collapse in Iceland. An earlier study reported a 40% increase in women attending to the Cardiac Emergency Department (ED) of Landspitali University Hospital in the following week. This spike is now being investigated further to determine underlying clinical characteristics and diagnoses of these women. Methods: Using electronic medical records at Landspi...

  19. [Clinical, neuropsychological and neuroimaging features of patients with mixed dementia.

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    Trusova, N A; Levin, O S; Arablinski?, A V; Makotrova, T A; Vasenina, E E

    2014-01-01

    Objective. Mixed dementia (MD), characterized by a combination of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease, is one of the most common and, at the same time, poorly diagnosed forms of dementia in the elderly. The aim of our study was to investigate features of AD with its combination with cerebrovascular disease on the basis of clinical, neuropsychological and neuroimaging data. Material and methods. Authors examined 79 patients with dementia: 30 patients with AD, 33 patients with MD and 16 patients with vascular dementia. Patients with MD were older, had more often frontal gait disorders (48.5%), postural instability (45%), pseudobulbar syndrome (60%). Results and conclusion. The neuropsychological profile of patients with MD had mixed amnestic-dysexecutive character and, depending on the severity of vascular pathology, in some cases was closer to AD and in others to vascular dementia. A negative effect of vascular risk factors on medial temporal atrophy was found. Neuroimaging changes in MD were correlated with clinical manifestations. Proposed approaches to the diagnosis of MD help to determine more precisely the main directions of the treatment of patients and predict the course of the disease. PMID:25042500

  20. Anemia in elderly hospitalized patients: prevalence and clinical impact.

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    Migone De Amicis, Margherita; Poggiali, Erika; Motta, Irene; Minonzio, Francesca; Fabio, Giovanna; Hu, Cinzia; Cappellini, Maria Domenica

    2015-08-01

    Anemia is a common finding in elderly individuals. Several studies have shown a strong relationship between anemia, morbidity and mortality, suggesting anemia as a significant independent predictor of adverse outcome in elderly hospitalized patients. The pathophisiology of anemia in the elderly is not yet completely understood. Several mechanisms are involved. We investigated the prevalence of anemia in a cohort of 193 elderly patients admitted to the Internal Medicine Ward of Ca'Granda Policlinico Hospital along 6 months, and its relationship to comorbidities and to the length of hospitalization. Anemia was classified according to the WHO criteria. The majority of patients (48 %) had a mildmoderate, normocytic anemia; severe anemia was found in 8 out of 92 anemic patients. In a subgroup of patients erythropoietin was tested and resulted statistically higher if compared to non-anemic controls (p = 0.003). Considering the most common cause of anemia, nutritional deficiency, chronic renal disease and anemia of chronic disease were found respectively in 36, 15 and 25 % of cases. Unexplained anemia was diagnosed in 24 % of patients, according to the literature. Anemia was independently associated with increased length of hospital stay. Our study confirmed a high prevalence of anemia in elderly patients, and its association with a higher number of comorbidities and a longer stay. A correct clinical approach to anemia in elderly hospitalized patients is essential, considering its negative impact on patients' quality of life, and its social burden in term of healthcare needs and costs. PMID:25633233

  1. Retrospective Analysis of Discrepancies between Clinical and Histopathological Diagnoses in Head and Neck Lesions: An Institutional Study with 10 Years Database

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    Ketki P Kalele

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Oral and maxillofacial lesions present a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations ranging from an asympto - matic small lesion to a large destructive one. Several lesions mimic each other in their clinical presentation posing a diag - nostic dilemma. Due to interoperator subjectivity and lack of defined objective diagnostic criteria, histopathological investi - gation, most of the times, plays a vital role in final diagnosis. Many studies have reported the concordance rates among the clinical and histopathological diagnoses of oral lesions, however, there are very few studies which have highlighted the discrepancies in them that have led to drastic changes in the lines of diagnoses and treatment. This institutional retro - spective descriptive study intended to highlight this lacuna by going through histopathological registry to study such cases with discrepancies in clinical and histopathological diagnoses in last 10 years. The aim of this study was to systematically analyze the discrepancies in clinical and histopathological diagnoses of various oral lesions with an emphasis on malig - nant and nonmalignant groups so as to stress the importance of histopathological examination to ultimately minimize the risk of inadvertent inappropriate treatment. Materials and methods: A total of 1570 cases that were reported to our institute over a period of 10 years were evaluated from the histopathology registry. Out of these, 1300 cases met our inclusion criteria. Discrepancies were charted as major and minor discrepancies and discrepancy indices were calculated. Lesions were divided into malignan t and nonmalignant groups and were subjected to d i agnostic-screening test evaluation to assess the discrepancies. Results: Total discrepancy value (discrepancy index obtained was 12.9%, out of which 9.23% showed major discrepancies and 3.69% showed minor discrepancies. Ninety-five percent confidence interval (CI was calculated, and was found in the range of 11.18 to 14.83. Sensitivity and specificity values for the study group of malignant and nonmalignant lesions were 90.09% and 98.35% respectively. Positive predictive value of 91.39%, negative predictive value of 98.08% and Cohen’s kappa value of 0.8895 was obtained. Diagnostic accuracy was 97% and bias index of –0.002308 was also calculated. Conclusion: To summarize, our results indicate that the discre- pancy between clinical diagnosis and the histopathological interpretation of the various oral lesions studied is not very high. However, a thorough clinicopathological protocol can be designed to overcome this small but significant discrepancy, so as to avoid any inadvertent, inappropriate treatment to the patient

  2. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Critical Patients’ Nutrition.

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    Marta Patricia Casanova González

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Clinical Practice Guidelines for Critical Patients’ Nutrition. This document includes a review and update of aspects related with nutritional assessment of patients in critical condition; indications, contraindications and procedures for enteral and parenteral nutrition and its follow up. It includes assessment guidelines focused on the most important aspects to be accomplished.

  3. Introducing Optometry Students to Clinical Patient Care.

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    Gable, Eileen M.

    2001-01-01

    Describes the innovative content and structure of an introductory course on clinical patient care at the Illinois College of Optometry. Critiques its success based on student grades and feedback, concluding that it was successful in imparting skills of data analysis but had minimal impact on students' ability to empathize with patients. (EV)

  4. [Therapy helps -- psychosocial support for patients diagnosed with breast cancer, reducing anxiety and depression].

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    Kovács, Zsuzsanna; Szabó, Csaba; Fülöp, Emöke

    2013-01-01

    The results of epidemiological researches are alarming. It is anticipated that in the next few decades the number of patients suffering from malignant tumours will double. Caring for patients with cancer sets a serious challenge to the health services - not only to the oncology specialists, but among the others also to the psychiatrists and the psychologists. The diagnosis of cancer commonly pushes the patient into a depressed, hopeless and anxious emotional state that can persist for years after the diagnosis causing serious damage - a decline in the health-related quality of life, it narrows life opportunities, it makes coping and cooperating more difficult, and it predicts the progression of the disease and mortality. Treating these is crucial. Results published in related literature prove the positive effects of psychosocial interventions (a wide range of psychological and psychosocial support of the patients) on emotional distress. The most commonly applied interventions are the supportive-expressive therapies and cognitive methods. Recently a new trend started unfolding where the patients, as their complementary care instead of having single interventions they are offered complex programmes - psychotherapy, exercise, diet, education, etc. are all applied together, amplifying the synergic effects of the components. Our research is aimed to assess the results of a complex programme in decreasing emotional distress in women diagnosed with primer breast cancer (n=173, experimental group n=86, of whom 34 participated the programme, control group n=87) short term (at the end of the 15 week long programme) and longitudinally (15 months after the end of programme). The results are very promising: there were significant improvements in patients, a decrease in depression (Beck), as well as in anxiety (STAI), and some aspects of positive effects showed long-lasting. PMID:24443579

  5. Evaluation of NANDA nursing diagnoses of healthcare college final year students during the clinical application of the mental health and disease nursing course

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    Full Text Available The aim of this descriptive study was to evaluate the NANDA nursing diagnoses of Pamukkale University Denizli Healthcare College final year students for the patients they undertook the care of and to determine the aims and interventions relevant to these diagnoses.The study universe consisted of all Pamukkale University Denizli Healthcare College final year students who were continuing their education during the 2009-2010 educational year and took the Mental Health and Disease Nursing course (84. The universe was studied before selecting a sample. The internal medicine, surgery, cardiovascular surgery, chest disease, orthopedics-urology, and physical treatment and rehabilitation clinics were chosen for the consultation liaison psychiatry (CLP while the AMATEM Center of the Denizli State Hospital and the Pamukkale University Psychiatry clinics were chosen as the student clinical application areas. The data were collected by evaluating the 136 nursing care plans prepared by the students and the data collection forms the students had used for nursing care during the 2009-2010 autumn semester. The nursing care was evaluated according to the symptom, etiology and problem (SEP format, using the diagnostic list containing the NANDA diagnoses that had previously been provided to the students, and the number and percentage distributions were determined.The patients cared for at the CLP clinics by the students included in the study had been admitted for surgical interventions at a rate of 29.8% and cancer at 28.6% while those in the psychiatry clinics had been admitted for psychosis or alcohol-substance abuse at a rate of 16.7%. The students included in the study had determined 36 nursing diagnoses in 136 cases. The 6 most common diagnoses were infection risk at 34.5%, disturbance of sleep pattern at 33.3%, anxiety at 25.0%, activity intolerance at 20.2%, inadequate personal coping at 16.7% and trauma risk at 13.1% at the CLP clinics, and disturbed sleep pattern at 15.5%, inadequate personal coping at 14.3%, anxiety at 14.3%, changes in family processes at 10.7%, self-care deficit at 10.7% and social interaction disturbance at 10.7% at the psychiatry clinics.The students showed low rates of being able to determine nursing diagnoses according to the SEP format and to plan, administer and evaluate result criteria accordingly. We recommend frequent demonstration of the nursing process via case studies starting from the first year of nursing training, providing a similar interpretation of the nursing process in all main nursing lectures by using a common language, informing the student that the nursing process is not just homework or a way of grading but is the essential tool of nursing care based on scientific foundations.

  6. Estimation of the true incidence of lactic acidosis within the Lighthouse Clinic cohort, and the likely magnitude of missed diagnoses in the region

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    Colin Speight

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Lactic acidosis is one of the most serious side effects associated with ART, most commonly associated with stavudine. Clinical features are non-specific and specialist laboratory capabilities are essential to confirm the diagnosis, making under-diagnosis likely in resource-constrained settings. Lighthouse Trust is a tertiary referral ART centre with over 23,500 patients on ART. The adjacent University of North Carolina Project laboratory, also serving Kamuzu Central Hospital, has been the only site processing lactate tests in Central Zone for many years. Our objective was to quantify the true incidence within our cohort, and estimate the likely degree of historical missed diagnoses from less central ART clinics. Methods: All high lactate results between June 2010 and June 2013 were treated as cases, and cross referenced with the Lighthouse database. Patients transferring in to Lighthouse within one month prior to diagnosis were assumed to have been referred due to their lactic acidosis, and moved to the Central Zone cohort to avoid referral bias. Routinely collected quarterly ART cohort data for both Lighthouse and the entire Central Zone were analyzed. Results: Over the three-year period, from within the Lighthouse cohort, there were 138 cases: 74% were female, median duration on ART was 14 months (IQR 10–26, and 98.5% were attributable to stavudine (only two cases to zidovudine. Over this period, the average number of patients taking stavudine at Lighthouse was 10,960 (3,600 on zidovudine. For the whole Central Zone (minus Lighthouse patients there were 61,000 on stavudine (4,830 on zidovudine, yet only 124 cases of lactic acidosis were apparently diagnosed from within this cohort. Conclusions: Although cases may, of course, also have been missed at Lighthouse, as a tertiary referral centre the rate observed is likely to be closer to the true incidence. Over the three years, with 138 cases from the 10,960 patients taking stavudine at Lighthouse, it is likely that somewhere in the region of 700 additional cases occurred amongst the 61,000 patients elsewhere in the Central Zone. This equates to somewhere in the region of 550 missed diagnoses or 80% of all cases. Given that the clinical sequelae of undiagnosed lactic acidosis are either death or at best ART default, this provides further vindication for the decision to phase out stavudine in Malawi.

  7. The 12 item W.H.O.D.A.S. as primary self report outcome measure in a correctional community treatment center for dually diagnosed patients.

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    Bastiaens, Leo; Galus, James; Goodlin, Michael

    2015-06-01

    The World Health Organization Disability Assessment Scale (WHODAS) is suggested as a measure of impairment in DSM-5. The measurement of impaired functioning is crucial in the rehabilitation of dually diagnosed, addiction and mental health, patients. This study is the first to look at the use of the 12 item self report WHODAS as the primary outcome in a community correctional treatment facility for dually diagnosed patients.100 (55 male; 73 white, 25 black, 2 hispanic) former inmates, age 36.1 ± 11.1, with psychiatric and addiction diagnoses were treated in an integrated program. The 12 item WHODAS was completed by the patients during the initial evaluation and repeated an average of 11.1 ± 2.7 weeks later. The Clinical Global Impression-Severity Scale (CGI) was completed at the same time by the psychiatrist, independently of the WHODAS. At initial assessment, the CGI showed moderate severity and the WHODAS showed severe disability. CGI and WHODAS were significantly correlated (R 0.48, p WHODAS with 49%. The CGI showed mild severity and the WHODAS moderate disability. The change in CGI was correlated with the change in WHODAS (R 0.57, p WHODAS appears sensitive to clinical improvement related to shortterm treatment of a highly co-morbid dual diagnosis population. PMID:25262006

  8. Incidentally diagnosed simultaneous second primary tumor of the sphenoid sinus in a patient with lung cancer

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    Yigit, Ozgur; Taskin, Umit; Demir, Ahmet; Behzatoglu, Kemal

    2009-01-01

    Synchronous tumors are described as multiple primary malignancies presenting within 6 months of diagnosis of index tumors. Synchronous tumors of the lung and the head and neck region is frequently seen. However, isolated sphenoid sinus and lung cancers are not reported yet. Here, we reported an...... incidentally diagnosed simultaneous second primary sphenoid sinus tumor in a patient with lung cancer. Radiological evaluation results demonstrated a significant contrast-enhanced mass in the sphenoid sinus extending through the nasopharynx because of the destruction of the sphenoid sinus. The decision was...... made to proceed with chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment regimens for the sphenoid sinus lesion, and right lobectomy was performed for the lung lesion. Asymptomatic simultaneous, synchronous, or metastatic tumors must always be kept in mind, and histopathologic diagnosis should be done for both...

  9. Profile of sapacitabine: potential for the treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia in elderly patients

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Ming Y Lim, Katarzyna JamiesonDepartment of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USAAbstract: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML is a hematopoietic stem cell disorder that affects approximately 14,000 persons each year in the US. AML occurs at all ages but the incidence increases with age with the median age at diagnosis being 67 years. Advances in the treatment of AML over the past decades have led to improved survival, albeit mostly in younger patients. The prognosis of older patients with this disease over the same time span has not changed much and remains dismal. This review focuses on the epidemiology and characteristics of AML in elderly patients, the rationale for treating elderly AML patients, and the currently available and potential future treatment options such as sapacitabine. Elderly AML patients treated with intensive chemotherapy have a higher mortality rate, and a lower rate of complete remission and overall survival when compared to the younger population. This is due to both the different biology of the disease and the number of patient-specific factors. However, elderly AML patients treated with aggressive chemotherapy can achieve durable remissions, which offer prolonged survival and improved quality of life. Recent data also indicates that elderly AML patients deemed unfit for intensive chemotherapy benefit from leukemia-specific attenuated dose chemotherapy compared to supportive care alone. This has led to renewed interest to look for anti-leukemic therapies designed specifically for older patients. Sapacitabine, a novel oral nucleoside analog, promises good efficacy, favorable toxicity profile, and ease of administration; all of which makes it very appealing. Results from pre-clinical and clinical studies have been very encouraging and sapacitabine is currently being evaluated in a Phase III study, of which the results are eagerly awaited.Keywords: AML, elderly, management, sapacitabine

  10. Brain putamen volume changes in newly-diagnosed patients with obstructive sleep apnea

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    Rajesh Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is accompanied by cognitive, motor, autonomic, learning, and affective abnormalities. The putamen serves several of these functions, especially motor and autonomic behaviors, but whether global and specific sub-regions of that structure are damaged is unclear. We assessed global and regional putamen volumes in 43 recently-diagnosed, treatment-naïve OSA (age, 46.4 ± 8.8 years; 31 male and 61 control subjects (47.6 ± 8.8 years; 39 male using high-resolution T1-weighted images collected with a 3.0-Tesla MRI scanner. Global putamen volumes were calculated, and group differences evaluated with independent samples t-tests, as well as with analysis of covariance (covariates; age, gender, and total intracranial volume. Regional differences between groups were visualized with 3D surface morphometry-based group ratio maps. OSA subjects showed significantly higher global putamen volumes, relative to controls. Regional analyses showed putamen areas with increased and decreased tissue volumes in OSA relative to control subjects, including increases in caudal, mid-dorsal, mid-ventral portions, and ventral regions, while areas with decreased volumes appeared in rostral, mid-dorsal, medial-caudal, and mid-ventral sites. Global putamen volumes were significantly higher in the OSA subjects, but local sites showed both higher and lower volumes. The appearance of localized volume alterations points to differential hypoxic or perfusion action on glia and other tissues within the structure, and may reflect a stage in progression of injury in these newly-diagnosed patients toward the overall volume loss found in patients with chronic OSA. The regional changes may underlie some of the specific deficits in motor, autonomic, and neuropsychologic functions in OSA.

  11. Effects of potassium iodide (KI) protective dose on the course of thyroid diseases diagnosed at the Outpatient Endocrinologic Clinic in Lodz, 1986, before Chernobyl accident

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    2521 patients of the Lodz Outpatient Endocrinologic Clinic (2290 females, 231 males; inhabitants of the central region of Poland were included in the study. The obtained results indicate that: 1) KI administration neither increased the number of exacerbations of hyperthyroidism nor affected the onset of new cases of that disease in 1986. 2) The same can be said about the cases of thyroiditis and hypothyroidism. 3) No increase of ATMA or ATG antibodies ''prevalence, as well as no elevation of those antibodies'' titres after KI prophylactic dose were observed in the patients with Grave's disease and chronic thyroiditis, when compared to persons who did not take Lugol's iodine. 4) The course of the majority of diseases diagnosed in 1986, evaluated with use of the, so called, test for analysis of trends, became unchanged. 5) There were adverse side effects noted after KI in 32 patients out of all the examined 774 patients (i.e., in 4.13%); five of the affected patients required medical care. 6) After iodine tincture; side effects occurred in three patients in the group of 35 patients included in the examination, i.e., in 8.57%; none of the affected patients required medical care. 7) Our results, comprising the four year observation period after Chernobyl accident, do not indicate any increased incidence of malignant neoplasms of the thyroid gland, what confirms the apparent theoretical data; much longer observation time is necessary to reveal phenomena of scholastic type (10-15 years). (author). 30 refs, 11 figs, 14 tabs

  12. Risk factors of breast cancer in patients diagnosed at the Julio Trigo hospital

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    A retrospective descriptive study was carried out with the objective of identifying some risk factors of breast cancer in patients diagnosed in the hospital Julio Trigo Lopez from 2007 to 2008. Of a universe of 54 patients, it was selected a sample of 31 patients (57,4%) who were those that gave their consent to be interviewed at the time that lasted the investigation (6 months). The 90,3% of the cases corresponded to infiltrating ductal carcinoma type. The age group more affected was 60-69 years and the white race; 41,9% presented personal antecedents of breast nodule, whereas the familiar antecedent of breast cancer was not significant. The 61,3% presented menarche after 12 years old, and the greater percent appeared to the childbirth before 24 years old. The 40,7% did not only offer maternal lactation; 87,1% had one or more children and 58,6% presented the menopause after the 50 years old. There was not risk exposure at the workplaces. The conjunction of several risk factors can favor the appearance of breast cancer, but the absence of demonstrable risk factors does not exclude the possibility of suffering the disease

  13. Overestimated value of 18F-FDG PET/CT to diagnose pulmonary nodules: Analysis of 298 patients

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    Aim: To investigate the accuracy and efficacy of combined 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) positron-emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of pulmonary nodules. Material and methods: The present retrospective study included 298 patients with clinically suspected pulmonary malignancy who underwent preoperative PET/CT. The results of PET/CT were compared with the histopathological findings after thoracotomy or thoracoscopic surgery. Results: Of 298 patients, pulmonary malignancy was histopathologically diagnosed in 248 and benign lesions in 50 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy of PET/CT in detecting malignant lesions were 80.2%, 38%, 86.5%, 27.9%, and 73.1%, respectively. The specificity and NPV were very low, and the area under curve (AUC) in the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was 0.694. For 219 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), falsely negative results occurred in 43 patients. The multivariate risk-factor analysis identified high differentiation (p < 0.001), peripheral lung cancer (p = 0.016), non-pleural invasion (p = 0.001), tumour size ?3 cm (p = 0.026), adenocarcinoma (p = 0.062) and non-smoker (p = 0.066) as risk factors for false negatives.. Conclusion: The study suggests that the role of PET/CT in the detection of pulmonary malignancy has been overestimated in the past. It warrants attention that high differentiation, peripheral lung cancer, non-pleural invasion, tumour size ?3 cm, adenocarcinoma, and non-smoker were independent risk factors for negative PET/CT findings of NSCLC.. - Highlights: • The role of PET/CT in the detection of pulmonary malignancy has been overestimated. • There are some independent risk factors for negative PET/CT findings of NSCLC. • Our study can promote the reasonable use of PET/CT in partial

  14. Program to Diagnose Probability of Aspiration Pneumonia in Patients with Ischemic Stroke

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    Gisele, Pinto; Viviane, Zétola; Marcos, Lange; Guilherme, Gomes; Maria Cristina, Nunes; Gisela, Hirata; Hellen Nataly, Lagos-Guimarães.

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    Full Text Available Introduction Stroke is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, with a strong economic and social impact. Approximately 40% of patients show motor, language, and swallowing disorders after stroke. Objective To evaluate the use of software to infer the probability of pneumonia in patients [...] with ischemic stroke. Methods Prospective and cross-sectional study conducted in a university hospital from March 2010 to August 2012. After confirmation of ischemic stroke by computed axial tomography, a clinical and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing was performed within 72 hours of onset of symptoms. All patients received speech therapy poststroke, and the data were subsequently analyzed by the software. The patients were given medical treatment and speech therapy for 3 months. Results The study examined 52 patients with a mean age of 62.05 ± 13.88 years, with 23 (44.2%) women. Of the 52 patients, only 3 (5.7%) had a probability of pneumonia between 80 and 100% as identified by the software. Of all patients, 32 (61.7%) had pneumonia probability between 0 and 19%, 5 (9.5%) between 20 and 49%, 3 (5.8%) between 50 and 79%, and 12 (23.0%) between 80 and 100%. Conclusion The computer program indicates the probability of patient having aspiration pneumonia after ischemic stroke.

  15. Evaluation of Dream Content Among Patients with Schizophrenia, their Siblings, Patients with Psychiatric Diagnoses Other than Schizophrenia, and Healthy Control

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic disorder with unknown etiology that causes cognitive impairment, affecting thinking, behavior, social function, sleep and dream content. This study considered the dream content of patients with schizophrenia, siblings of patients with schizophrenia, patients with psychiatric diagnoses other than schizophrenia, and a group of healthy controls. The aim of this study was to compare the dream content of patients with schizophrenia with dream content of individuals with other mental disorders, first degree relatives of patients with schizophrenia, and community controls . Method: Seventy-two patients were selected and placed in 4 groups. The first group consisted of 18 inpatients with schizophrenia whose medications were stable for at least four weeks; the second group consisted of 16 nonpsychotic mentally ill inpatients; the third group consisted of 18 individuals who were siblings of patients with schizophrenia; and the fourth group consisted of 20 healthy individuals in the community with no family history of mental or somatic disorders. The four groups were matched by age and gender. A 14-item dream content questionnaire was administered for all the participants, and the Positive and Negative Symptoms Scale (PANSS was also administered for the two groups of hospitalized patients . Results: Results showed that there were significant differences in dream content among groups included friends acquaintances, females and colorful components. No significant differences were found between the positive and negative subscales of PANSS and any of the dream questionnaire subscales. Conclusion: Our results suggest that there were a few changes in the dream content of the patients with schizophrenia compare to other groups.

  16. Involvement of patients in Clinical Governance.

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    2006-01-01

    Clinical Governance is a framework through which the National Health Service (NHS) organisations in the UK are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish. The NHS has moved on from being an organisation that simply delivered services to people, to being a service that is totally patient-led and responds to their needs and wishes. There are numerous national drivers and initiatives for patient involvement, including the NHS Plan 2000, Involving Patients and public in healthcare 2001 and, more recently, Creating a patient-led NHS 2005 and Patient choice 2005. There is also an independent public body funded by the Department of Health, the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH), which supports and enables patient involvement in local decisions about delivery of healthcare. At Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust, patients and carers are seen as a valuable resource and there are formal mechanisms for recruiting patient representatives to sit on hospital committees and to be involved in service provision, including Clinical Governance arrangements. PMID:16729856

  17. Changes of ?-cell function after short-term transient intensive insulin treatment in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients

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    To evaluate the effect of short-term intensive insulin treatment on ?-cell function in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients with apparently hyperglycemia, twenty-four newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients with FPG more than 12.0 mmol/L were treated by short-term transient intensive insulin in average 9.04-4.8 days. Their ?-cell function was assessed by oral glucose tolerance test. The FPG, HbAlc and HOMA IR of patients were significantly decreased (P<0.01), while the insulin, the Area Under Curve (AUC) of insulin and HOMA ? were significantly increased (P<0.01) after the treatment with insulin. Improvement of ?-cell function can be induced by short-term intensive insulin treatment for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients with apparently hyperglycemia. (authors)

  18. Medical Yoga for Patients with Stress-Related Symptoms and Diagnoses in Primary Health Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Monica Köhn; Ulla Persson Lundholm; Ing-Liss Bryngelsson; Agneta Anderzén-Carlsson; Elisabeth Westerdahl

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    An increasing number of patients are suffering from stress-related symptoms and diagnoses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the medical yoga treatment in patients with stress-related symptoms and diagnoses in primary health care. A randomized controlled study was performed at a primary health care centre in Sweden from March to June, 2011. Patients were randomly allocated to a control group receiving standard care or a yoga group treated with medical yoga for 1 hour, once a week, ove...

  19. Effects of Age on Arterial Stiffness and Blood Pressure Variables in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Untreated Hypertension

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    Cho, Soo Kyung; Cho, Sang Ki; KIM, KYE HUN; Cho, Jae Yeong; YOON, HYUN JU; Yoon, Nam Sik; Hong, Young Joon; Park, Hyung Wook; Kim*, Ju Han; AHN, YOUNGKEUN; Jeong, Myung Ho; CHO, JEONG GWAN; Park, Jong Chun

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    Background and Objectives To investigate the impact of age on arterial stiffness and blood pressure (BP) variables in newly diagnosed untreated hypertension (HT). Subjects and Methods A total of 144 patients with newly diagnosed untreated HT were divided into two groups: young group (age ≤50 years, n=71), and old group (age >50 years, n=73). BP variables were measured on office or 24 hours ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM). Parameters of arterial stiffness were measured on pulse wave velocity (...

  20. How Are Pelvic Floor Disorders Diagnosed?

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    ... Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications How are pelvic floor disorders diagnosed? Skip sharing on social media links ... fee ). This test is used to evaluate the pelvic floor and rectum while the patient is having a ...

  1. Prognostic factors for weight loss over 1-year period in patients recently diagnosed with mild Alzheimer Disease

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    Hansen, M.L.; Waldorff, F.B.; Waldemar, G.; Hansen, Marie-Louise H; Waldorff, Frans Boch; Waldemar, Gunhild

    2011-01-01

    The aim of the study was to identify prognostic factors for weight loss in patients recently diagnosed with mild Alzheimer disease (AD), with special emphasis on the patients' social participation and living arrangements. The data used in this study was part of the Danish Alzheimer Intervention S...

  2. Isolated paraspinal muscle cysticercosis diagnosed on ultrasonography in a young patient presenting as low back ache

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    Sheikh Afaq

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Cysticercosis is a grave helminth infection caused by the larval stage of a Taenia solium, it is commonly seen as cysts in various body tissues. Usually the patients with cysticercosis are asymptomatic, but in symptomatic patients the clinical findings depend on the number and location of cysticerci as well as the extent of surrounding inflammation. In the present case, we discuss an unusual presentation of the muscular cysticercosis as the cause of low back pain. The typical cysticercal cyst could be demonstrated on ultrasonography in the paraspinal muscles that responded well to conservative management.

  3. Doses of ionising radiation received by patients diagnosed at the Nuclear Medicine Department in Warsaw from 1985 to 1999

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    In order to evaluate the radiological risk incurred by patients diagnosed at the Department of Nuclear Medicine (DNM), Central Clinical Hospital of the Military University Medical School in Warsaw, the collective committed effective dose equivalents (CCEDE) and the mean personal effective dose equivalents (MPEDE) were calculated for the subsequent years of the period from 1985 to 1999 and compared to the respective values obtained for the mid-1970s. The results indicate that although the number of patients and the total radioactivities used in the diagnostic assays at the DNM increased more than 2.5-fold in the second half of the 1980s and in the 1990s, as compared to the years 1975-1976, the MPEDEs calculated for the periods from 1985 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1994 were similar to and two-fold lower, respectively, than those obtained for the years 1975-1976. However, in the second half of the 1990s, these doses rose again and in 1999 they were almost three times as high as in the mid-1970s. This latter observation results from the increased contribution to CCEDE of the doses from the diagnostic use of I-131 which equalled to 88% in 1975, dropped to 20% in 1994, and again rose to 90% of the total dose in 1999. In fact, beginning from 1995, a new whole-body I-131-based screening procedure was introduced for the detection of thyroid cancer metastases. (author)

  4. Differential diagnoses and management strategies in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

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    A. Carlo Altamura; Goikolea, Jose M

    2008-01-01

    A Carlo Altamura1, Jose M Goikolea21Department of Psychiatry, University of Milan, IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Milan, Italy; 2Bipolar Disorder Program, Hospital Clinic i Universitari, Barcelona, SpainAbstract: Successful treatment of psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is complicated and is affected by a broad range of factors associated with the diagnosis, choice of treatment and social factors. In these patients...

  5. Morbidity and medicine prescriptions in a nationwide Danish population of patients diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Glintborg, Dorte; Hass Rubin, Katrine; Nybo, Mads; Abrahamsen, Bo; Andersen, Marianne

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    OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is increased in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but the prevalence of other diseases is not clarified. We aimed to investigate morbidity and medicine prescriptions in PCOS. DESIGN: A National Register-based study. METHODS: Patients with PCOS (PCOS Denmark and an embedded cohort; PCOS Odense University Hospital (OUH)) and one control population. Premenopausal women with PCOS underwent clinical and biochemical examination (PCOS OUH, n=1217). PCOS Denm...

  6. The science of clinical practice: disease diagnosis or patient prognosis? Evidence about "what is likely to happen" should shape clinical practice

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    Croft, P.; Altman, DG; Deeks, JJ; Dunn, KM; Hay, AD; HEMINGWAY, H.; LeResche, L; Peat, G.; Perel, P; Petersen, SE; Riley, RD; Roberts, I.; Sharpe, M; Stevens, RJ; van der Windt, DA

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    BACKGROUND: Diagnosis is the traditional basis for decision-making in clinical practice. Evidence is often lacking about future benefits and harms of these decisions for patients diagnosed with and without disease. We propose that a model of clinical practice focused on patient prognosis and predicting the likelihood of future outcomes may be more useful. DISCUSSION: Disease diagnosis can provide crucial information for clinical decisions that influence outcome in serious acute illness. Howev...

  7. Tobacco use prevalence, knowledge, and attitudes among newly diagnosed tuberculosis patients in Penang State and Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is sufficient evidence to conclude that tobacco smoking is strongly linked to tuberculosis (TB and a large proportion of TB patients may be active smokers. In addition, a previous analysis has suggested that a considerable proportion of the global burden of TB may be attributable to smoking. However, there is paucity of information on the prevalence of tobacco smoking among TB patients in Malaysia. Moreover, the tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of TB patients who are smokers have not been previously explored. This study aimed to document the prevalence of smoking among newly diagnosed TB patients and to learn about the tobacco use knowledge and attitudes of those who are smokers among this population. Methods Data were generated on prevalence rates of smoking among newly diagnosed TB patients in the State of Penang from January 2008 to December 2008. The data were obtained based on a review of routinely collated data from the quarterly report on TB case registration. The study setting comprised of five healthcare facilities (TB clinics located within Penang and Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur health districts in Malaysia, which were involved in a larger project, known as SCIDOTS Project. A 58-item questionnaire was used to assess the tobacco use knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of those TB patients who were smokers. Results Smoking status was determinant in 817 of 943 new cases of TB from January to December 2008. Of this, it was estimated that the prevalence rates of current- and ex-smoking among the TB patients were 40.27% (329/817 and 13.95% (114/817, respectively. The prevalence of ever-smoking among patients with TB was estimated to be 54,220 per 100,000 population. Of 120 eligible participants for the SCIDOTS Project, 88 responded to the survey (73.3% response rate and 80 surveys were analyzed (66.7% usable rate. The mean (± SD total score of tobacco use knowledge items was 4.23 ± 2.66 (maximum possible score=11. More than half of the participants (51.3% were moderately dependent to nicotine. A moderately large proportion of the respondents (41.2% reported that they have ever attempted to quit smoking, while more than half (56.3% have not. Less than half (47.5% of the study participants had knowledge about the body system on which cigarette smoking has the greatest negative effect. The majority wrongly believed that smokeless tobacco can increase athletic performance (60% and that it is a safe and harmless product (46.2%. An overwhelming proportion (>80% of the patients believed that: smoking is a waste of money, tobacco use is very dangerous to health, and that smokers are more likely to die from heart disease when compared with non-smokers. The use of smokeless tobacco was moderately prevalent among the participants with 28.8% reporting ever snuffed, but the use of cigar and pipe was uncommon. Conclusion Smoking prevalence rate is high among patients with TB in Malaysia. These patients generally had deficiencies in knowledge of tobacco use and its health dangers, but had positive attitudes against tobacco use. Efforts should be geared towards reducing tobacco use among this population due to its negative impact on TB treatment outcomes.

  8. A prospective study of prevalence and association of peripheral neuropathy in Indian patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    H K Gill

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    Full Text Available Background: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN predisposes to foot ulceration and gangrene. It has been reported that DPN is lower in Indians relative to Caucasians. Studies among recent onset patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM are very few. We studied the prevalence and risk factors of DPN in patients with newly diagnosed T2DM. Materials and Methods: We prospectively studied 195 consecutive patients over age 30 with a duration of diabetes ≤6 months. All underwent a clinical and biochemical evaluation and were screened for DPN using Neuropathy Symptom Score (NSS and Neuropathy Disability Score (NDS as well as the vibration perception threshold using a biothesiometer. We compared the prevalence of peripheral neuropathy (PN in 75 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Results: The cases had a mean age of 47.6 ± 10.2 years (59% males and duration of symptoms of 5.9 ± 8.2 months prior to presentation. The overall prevalence of DPN was 29.2% [95% CI 22.8-35.7]. PN among matched control was 10.7% (95% CI 3.5-17.8. The prevalence of DPN showed an increasing trend with age (trend chi-square 11.8, P = 0.001. Abnormal vibration perception threshold was present in 43.3% (95% CI 36.3-50.3 of cases and had a significant correlation with NDS (P = 0.000. Abnormal monofilament testing was present in 6.1% of cases (95% CI 2.7- 9.5. A logistic regression analysis showed that DPN was independently associated with age (P = 0.002 and duration of diabetes prior to presentation (P = 0.02 but not with body mass index, plasma glucose, or HbA1c. Conclusions: Our study showed high prevalence of PN in recently diagnosed patients with T2DM, which was independently associated with age and duration of symptoms of diabetes prior to the diagnosis. Screening for DPN at diagnosis of diabetes is warranted, especially among older subjects.

  9. A patient presenting with frozen shoulder and diagnosed as breast cancer

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    Feyza ÜNLÜ ÖZKAN

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    Full Text Available Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder is characterized by limitation of active and passive shoulder motions and severe pain. It is selflimiting and resolves in months when there is no underlying pathology. Adhesive capsulitis may be idiopathic but usually secondary to shoulder lesions. Diabetes, Parkinsonism, cardiac, thyroid, respiratory diseases and malignancy may coexist. We report a patient presenting with adhesive capsulitis and diagnosed as breast cancer. A 54–year-old female admitted with bilateral shoulder pain and limitation of motion. The pain began 8 months ago, and the patient had physical therapy which worsened the symptoms. On physical examination, the shoulder range of motions were limited at all planes. Subacromial injection test was negative. Roentgenograms were normal, shoulder magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed bicipital tendinitis on the left. Complete blood count, acute phase reactants and biochemical analyses were normal. Her detailed medical history revealed that she had fibrocystic breast disease and was unable to have the last mammography because of the limitation of the shoulders. Therefore, MRI examination of the breasts was performed and a mass lesion was detected on the right. Biopsy of the lesion revealed invasive ductal carsinoma. Malignancy should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of adhesive capsulitis. Detailed history and systemic evaluation helps to clarif the underlying pathology.

  10. Efficacy and safety of garenoxacin tablets on clinically diagnosed atypical pneumonia: postmarketing surveillance in Japan.

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    Izumikawa, Koichi; Watanabe, Akira; Miyashita, Naoyuki; Ishida, Tadashi; Hosono, Hiroaki; Kushimoto, Satoru; Kohno, Shigeru

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    We performed a postmarketing surveillance study to determine the efficacy and safety of the oral quinolone antibacterial agent garenoxacin (Geninax(®) Tablets 200 mg) against atypical pneumonia. Between October 2009 and July 2011, patients with community-acquired pneumonia visited 26 facilities in Japan; we collected survey forms from 105 of these patients who were suspected of having atypical pneumonia based on the Japanese Respiratory Society Guidelines for the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults. We examined the safety in 105 patients and the efficacy in 71 patients. 1. The efficacy rates among patients suspected of having atypical pneumonia and those with a confirmed diagnosis of atypical pneumonia were 94.8% (55/58 patients) and 92.3% (12/13 patients), respectively. The efficacy rate was 4/4 for patients in whom Chlamydophila pneumoniae was detected (including 1 patient with a polymicrobial infection with another bacterial strain) and 90% (9/10 patients) for patients in whom Mycoplasma pneumoniae was detected (garenoxacin was ineffective in 1 of 2 patients with a polymicrobial infection with another bacterial strain). 2. The incidence of adverse drug reactions (including abnormal laboratory tests) was 4.8% (5/105 patients). Among the adverse drug reactions, gastrointestinal disorders, infection and infestation, nervous system disorder, and skin and subcutaneous tissue disorder were observed in 2.9% of patients (3/105), 1.0% (1/105), 1.0% (1/105), and 1.0% (1/105), respectively. In conclusion, garenoxacin showed an efficacy rate of greater than 90% for suspected atypical pneumonia and confirmed atypical pneumonia. Garenoxacin is considered to be useful in daily practice. PMID:24934886

  11. Clinical features and prognosis in colorectal cancer patients with different ethnicities in Northwest China

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    Akram Yusup; Hai-Jiang Wang; Azmat Rahmutula; Parhat Sayim; Ze-Liang Zhao; Guo-Qing Zhang

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    AIM: To compare the clinical factors and tumor characteristics that predict survival in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with different ethnicities in Xin Jiang area. METHODS: A total of 1421 histopathologically confirmed sporadic CRC patients who were either Han/Chinese or Uyghur were identified and enrolled from a database of both diagnoses and operative procedures from Xin Jiang Tumor Hospital, which is affiliated to Xin Jiang Medical University between 2000 and 2007. Patients with family ...

  12. Bronchial Carcinoid Tumors:Clinical and Radiological Findings in 21 Patients

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    F. Tolou MD; K. Kaynama; M.O. Tahbaz; S. Zahirifard; M Bakhshayesh Karam; H. Jabari Darjani

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    Background/Objectives: Bronchial carcinoid tumors are neoplasms that range from typical carcinoids to the more aggressive atypical ones with similar imaging features. Considering the low prevalence of the tumor, we reviewed 21 patients. Patients and Methods: In this retrospective observational study, we reviewed the clinical, pathological and imaging findings in 21 patients diagnosed with bronchial carcinoid tumors who were admitted to National Research Insti tute of Tuberculosis and Lung Dis...

  13. Intelligent Virtual Patients for Training Clinical Skills

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    The article presents the design process of intelligent virtual human patients that are used for the enhancement of clinical skills. The description covers the development from conceptualization and character creation to technical components and the application in clinical research and training. The aim is to create believable social interactions with virtual agents that help the clinician to develop skills in symptom and ability assessment, diagnosis, interview techniques and interpersonal co...

  14. Evaluation of patient care cascade for HIV-positive patients diagnosed in La Romana, Dominican Republic in 2011: a retrospective cohort study.

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    Bowman, Alex S; Lerebours, Leonel; Amesty, Silvia; de la Rosa, Milagros; Gil, Elizabeth; Halpern, Mina; Nicholas, Stephen; Lamb, Matthew R

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    The Caribbean has the highest adult HIV prevalence in the world after sub-Saharan Africa (2011). One sub-population in the Dominican Republic is the migratory Batey community primarily comprised of Haitian immigrants with limited access to healthcare and HIV prevalence rates of between 3.0% and 9.0%, compared to 0.7% nationally. This retrospective cohort study describes the cumulative retention from diagnosis to virological suppression for newly-diagnosed HIV-infected adults presenting to the Clínica de Familia and its Batey programme in La Romana, during 2011. Of the patients diagnosed with HIV, 65% entered into care, 59% completed immunologic testing, 53% were eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, 36% initiated ART within three months of eligibility and 27% were retained in care. Seventeen per cent of those retained on ART with a 12-month viral load measure had undetectable viral load. Attrition primarily occurred before ART initiation. The Batey programme had a first step lost-to-follow-up of 88% compared to 20% at the clinic (p < 0.001). This retrospective study details the continuum of care and indicates where structural changes must occur to increase continuity between steps. The manuscript results are important to help implement programmes to enhance engagement and retention in HIV primary care. PMID:25941055

  15. MRI follow-up in a case of clinically diagnosed Creutzfeld-Jakob disease

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    Hutzelmann, A.; Biederer, J. [Department of Radiology, Christian-Albrechts-Univ., Kiel (Germany)

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    We report the case of a 75-year-old woman suffering from Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD). As brain biopsy was refused, diagnosis had to be based on clinical examination, EEC and findings on cranial MRI. Over a 4-month period MRI examinations demonstrated progressive cortical atrophy and bilateral enhanced signal intensity on T2-weighted images of caudate nuclei and putamina indicating development of spongioform degeneration. As clinical course and the characteristic pattern of brain lesions corresponded to cases of neuropathologically confirmed CJD, we suggest that MRI should be considered a valuable diagnostic tool in clinical diagnosis of the disease. (orig.) With 2 figs., 10 refs.

  16. Understanding the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in newly diagnosed adult patients in general practice: a UK database study

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    Full Text Available Christopher Bushe,1 Bernard Wilson,2 Foula Televantou,1 Mark Belger,1 Louise Watson3 1Lilly UK, Erl Wood Manor, Windlesham, Surrey, 2Lilly UK, Lilly House, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 3EpiPharmaCo Ltd, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK Background: Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD has been largely ignored in psychiatric and general practice guidance until recently. Adult ADHD has a high social and medical burden, but health care is not well described in the UK. The main study objective was to evaluate a primary care adult ADHD population in terms of prescribing and health care contact rates. Methods: This was a retrospective observational study using data from the Clinical Practice Research Database from January 1, 2002 to July 31, 2011. Adult patients with an incident ADHD diagnosis or ADHD medication were identified as having been free of ADHD medication or diagnoses in the previous 2 years. Patients were followed for 12–24 months after diagnosis. Results: Of the 663 patients with ADHD in the cohort, 54.1% were prescribed ADHD medication during the observation period. During the first 6 months, 34.2% of patients initiated methylphenidates and 14.0% atomoxetine. In total, 36.3% patients were referred to secondary care psychiatry during observation, with the remaining population (63.7% never having a referral. Most of the referrals were before diagnosis in primary care. At the end of the observation period, 16.2% of patients were on antipsychotics, 17.3% hypnotics, and 34.8% antidepressants or anxiolytics; however, some patients appeared to be prescribed antipsychotic or antidepressant medications even if they did not have an observable diagnosis in their records. Health care contact rates (general practitioner or hospital increased by 39.2% post-diagnosis (incidence rate ratio: 1.39; 95% confidence interval: 1.32, 1.47, which may be related to the need for medication monitoring and titration. Conclusion: This study has shown in primary care that there is relatively low use of ADHD medication, low referrals into secondary care, high rates of usage of psychiatric non-ADHD medications for different indications, and an increasing burden in terms of health care contacts in adult ADHD patients post-diagnosis. Keywords: adult ADHD, prescribing, health care, health outcomes, epidemiology, CPRD

  17. Amyloid associated with elastin-staining laminar aggregates in the lungs of patients diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Fan Kang

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The heterogeneity of conditions underlying respiratory distress, whether classified clinically as acute lung injury (ALI or the more severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, has hampered efforts to identify and more successfully treat these patients. Examination of postmortem lungs among cases clinically diagnosed as ARDS identified a cohort that showed a consistent morphology at the light and electron microscope levels, and featured pathognomonic structures which we termed elastin-staining laminar structures (ELS. Methods Postmortem tissues were stained using the Verhoeff-Van Gieson procedure for elastic fibers, and with Congo red for examination under a polarizing microscope. Similar samples were examined by transmission EM. Results The pathognomonic ELS presented as ordered molecular aggregates when stained using the Verhoeff-van Gieson technique for elastic fibers. In several postmortem lungs, the ELS also displayed apple-green birefringence after staining with Congo red, suggesting the presence of amyloid. Remarkably, most of the postmortem lungs with ELS exhibited no significant acute inflammatory cellular response such as neutrophilic reaction, and little evidence of widespread edema except for focal intra-alveolar hemorrhage. Conclusions Postmortem lungs that exhibit the ELS constitute a morphologically-identifiable subgroup of ARDS cases. The ordered nature of the ELS, as indicated by both elastin and amyloid stains, together with little morphological evidence of inflammation or edema, suggests that this cohort of ARDS may represent another form of conformational disease. If this hypothesis is confirmed, it will require a new approach in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who exhibit this form of acute lung injury.

  18. European clinical network: autism spectrum disorder assessments and patient characterisation.

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    Ashwood, Karen L; Buitelaar, Jan; Murphy, Declan; Spooren, Will; Charman, Tony

    2015-08-01

    The United Nations and World Health Organisation have identified autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as an important public health issue across global mental health services. Although a range of tools exist to identify and quantify ASD symptoms, there is a lack of information about which ASD measures are used in different services worldwide. This paper presents data from a large survey of measures used for patient characterisation in major ASD research and clinical centres across Europe collected between June 2013 and January 2014. The objective was to map the use of different instruments used to characterise ASD, comorbid psychopathology and cognitive and adaptive ability for patient diagnostic and characterisation purposes across Europe. Sixty-six clinical research sites diagnosing 14,844 patients per year contributed data. The majority of sites use the well-established Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) instruments, though the proportion of sites in Western Europe using the ADI was almost double the rate in Eastern Europe. Approximately half the sites also used the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), although use of the SRS was over three times higher in Western Europe compared with Eastern Europe. The use of free/open access measures was lower than commercially available tools across all regions. There are clinical and scientific benefits in encouraging further convergence of clinical characterisation measures across ASD research and clinical centres in Europe to facilitate large-scale data sharing and collaboration, including clinical trials of novel medications and psychological interventions. PMID:25471824

  19. The lived experience in patients with screening-diagnosed Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). : A qualitative interview study

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    Torbjörnsson, Eva; Kollberg, Sandra

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    Kollberg, S. Torbjörnsson, E. (2012). The lived experience in patients with screening-diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).     ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to describe the patients’ experiences of living with the knowledge of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) that was found during screening. Eleven patients from two different screening centers, with initially measured aneurysms of 40-46 mm, were invited to participate in the interview study. Three of the men declined to pa...

  20. Diagnosing anaemia in pregnancy in rural clinics: assessing the potential of the Haemoglobin Colour Scale.

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    van den Broek, N. R.; Ntonya, C.; Mhango, E; White, S. A.

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    Anaemia in pregnancy is a common and severe problem in many developing countries. Because of lack of resources and staff motivation, screening for anaemia is often solely by clinical examination of the conjunctiva or is not carried out at all. A new colour scale for the estimation of haemoglobin concentration has been developed by WHO. The present study compares the results obtained using the new colour scale on 729 women visiting rural antenatal clinics in Malawi with those obtained by HemoC...

  1. Cost-effectiveness analysis of the available strategies for diagnosing malaria in outpatient clinics in Zambia

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    Chanda Pascalina; Castillo-Riquelme Marianela; Masiye Felix

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    Abstract Background Malaria in Zambia accounts for about 4 million clinical cases and 8 000 deaths annually. Artemether-lumefantrine (ACT), a relatively expensive drug, is being used as first line treatment of uncomplicated malaria. However, diagnostic capacity in Zambia is low, leading to potentially avoidable wastage of drugs due to unnecessary anti malarial treatment. Methods A cost-effectiveness evaluation of the three current alternatives to malaria diagnosis (clinical, microscopy and Ra...

  2. Psychiatric diagnoses in patients with burning mouth syndrome and atypical odontalgia referred from psychiatric to dental facilities

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Miho Takenoshita1, Tomoko Sato1, Yuichi Kato1, Ayano Katagiri1, Tatsuya Yoshikawa1, Yusuke Sato2, Eisuke Matsushima3, Yoshiyuki Sasaki4, Akira Toyofuku11Psychosomatic Dentistry, 2Complete Denture Prosthodontics, 3Liaison Psychiatry and Palliative Medicine, 4Center for Education and Research in Oral Health Care, Faculty of Dentistry, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, JapanBackground: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS and atypical odontalgia (AO are two conditions involving chronic oral pain in the absence of any organic cause. Psychiatrically they can both be considered as “somatoform disorder”. From the dental point of view, however, the two disorders are quite distinct. BMS is a burning or stinging sensation in the mouth in association with a normal mucosa whereas AO is most frequently associated with a continuous pain in the teeth or in a tooth socket after extraction in the absence of any identifiable cause. Because of the absence of organic causes, BMS and AO are often regarded as psychogenic conditions, although the relationship between oral pain and psychologic factors is still unclear. Some studies have analyzed the psychiatric diagnoses of patients with chronic oral pain who have been referred from dental facilities to psychiatric facilities. No study to date has investigated patients referred from psychiatric facilities to dental facilities.Objective: To analyze the psychiatric diagnoses of chronic oral pain patients, diagnosed with BMS and AO, and referred from psychiatric facilities to dental facilities.Study design: Psychiatric diagnoses and disease conditions of BMS or AO were investigated in 162 patients by reviewing patients’ medical records and referral forms. Psychiatric diagnoses were categorized according to the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision.Results: The proportion of F4 classification (neurotic, stress-related, and somatoform disorders in AO patients was significantly higher than in BMS patients. BMS patients were more frequently given a F3 classification (mood/affective disorders. However, 50.8% of BMS patients and 33.3% of AO patients had no specific psychiatric diagnoses.Conclusion: Although BMS and AO are both chronic pain disorders occurring in the absence of any organic cause, the psychiatric diagnoses of patients with BMS and AO differ substantially.Keywords: glossodynia, stomatodynia, ICD-10, somatoform disorder

  3. Features of Virchow-Robin spaces in newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients

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    Background: Virchow-Robin spaces (VRSs) are perivascular pia-lined extensions of the subarachnoid space around the arteries and veins as they enter the brain parenchyma. These spaces are responsible for inflammatory processes within the brain. Objectives: This study was designed to shed more light on the location, size and shape of VRSs on 3 mm slice thickness, 1.5 Tesla MRI scans of newly diagnosed MS patients in Isfahan, Iran and compare the results with healthy age- and sex-matched controls. Methods: We evaluated MRI scans of 73 MS patients obtained within 3 months of MS onset and compared them with MRI scans from 73 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Three mm section proton density, T2W and FLAIR MR images were obtained for all subjects. The location, size and shape of VRSs were compared between the two groups. Results: The total number of VRSs was significantly more in the MS group (p < 0.001). The distribution of VRSs were significantly more located in the high convexity areas in the MS group (p < 0.001), while there was no significant differences in other regions. The round shaped VRSs were significantly more detected on MRI scans of MS patients, and curvilinear shapes were significantly more frequently observed in healthy volunteers, however there were no significant differences for oval shaped VRSs between the two groups. The number of VRSs with the size over than 2 mm were significantly more observed in the MS groups compared to controls. We also observed some differences in the characteristics of VRSs between the genders in the MS group. Conclusion: The results of this study shed more light on the usefulness of VRSs as an MRI marker for the disease. In addition, according to our results VRSs might also have implication to determine the prognosis of the disease. However, larger studies with more advanced MRI techniques are required to confirm our results.

  4. Features of Virchow-Robin spaces in newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients

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    Etemadifar, Masoud [Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, Division of Neurology, San Luigi Gonzaga School of Medicine, Orbassano (Torino), Turin (Italy); Department of Neurology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Isfahan Research Committee of Multiple Sclerosis (IRCOMS), Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hekmatnia, Ali; Tayari, Nazila [Department of Radiology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kazemi, Mojtaba [Department of Neurology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghazavi, Amirhossein [Department of Radiology, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akbari, Mojtaba [Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Maghzi, Amir-Hadi, E-mail: maghzi@edc.mui.ac.ir [Isfahan Research Committee of Multiple Sclerosis (IRCOMS), Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Neuroimmunology Unit, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London (United Kingdom); Isfahan Neurosciences Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

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    Background: Virchow-Robin spaces (VRSs) are perivascular pia-lined extensions of the subarachnoid space around the arteries and veins as they enter the brain parenchyma. These spaces are responsible for inflammatory processes within the brain. Objectives: This study was designed to shed more light on the location, size and shape of VRSs on 3 mm slice thickness, 1.5 Tesla MRI scans of newly diagnosed MS patients in Isfahan, Iran and compare the results with healthy age- and sex-matched controls. Methods: We evaluated MRI scans of 73 MS patients obtained within 3 months of MS onset and compared them with MRI scans from 73 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Three mm section proton density, T2W and FLAIR MR images were obtained for all subjects. The location, size and shape of VRSs were compared between the two groups. Results: The total number of VRSs was significantly more in the MS group (p < 0.001). The distribution of VRSs were significantly more located in the high convexity areas in the MS group (p < 0.001), while there was no significant differences in other regions. The round shaped VRSs were significantly more detected on MRI scans of MS patients, and curvilinear shapes were significantly more frequently observed in healthy volunteers, however there were no significant differences for oval shaped VRSs between the two groups. The number of VRSs with the size over than 2 mm were significantly more observed in the MS groups compared to controls. We also observed some differences in the characteristics of VRSs between the genders in the MS group. Conclusion: The results of this study shed more light on the usefulness of VRSs as an MRI marker for the disease. In addition, according to our results VRSs might also have implication to determine the prognosis of the disease. However, larger studies with more advanced MRI techniques are required to confirm our results.

  5. Dementia in patients undergoing long-term dialysis: aetiology, differential diagnoses, epidemiology and management.

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    Rob, P M; Niederstadt, C; Reusche, E

    2001-01-01

    Dementia in patients undergoing long-term dialysis has not been clearly defined; however, four different entities have been described. Uraemic encephalopathy is a complication of uraemia and responds well to dialysis. Dialysis encephalopathy syndrome, the result of acute intoxication of aluminium caused by the use of an aluminium-containing dialysate, was a common occurrence prior to 1980. However, using modern techniques of water purification, such acute intoxication can now be avoided. Dialysis-associated encephalopathy/dementia (DAE) is always associated with elevated serum aluminium levels. Pathognomonic morphological changes in the brain have been described, but the mechanism for the entry of aluminium into the CNS is incompletely understood. The mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of the neurotoxicity associated with aluminium are numerous. Although only a very small fraction of ingested aluminium is absorbed, the continuous oral aluminium intake from aluminium-based phosphate binders, and also of dietary or environmental origin, is responsible for aluminium overload in dialysis patients. Age-related dementia, especially vascular dementia, occurs in patients undergoing long-term dialysis as frequently as it does in the general population. The differential diagnoses of dialysis-associated dementias should include investigation for metabolic encephalopathies, heavy metal or trace element intoxications, and distinct structural neurological lesions such as subdural haematoma, normal pressure hydrocephalus, stroke and, particularly, hypertensive encephalopathy and multi-infarct dementia. To prevent DAE, dietary training programmes should aim to achieve the lowest phosphate intake and pharmacological tools should be used to keep serum phosphate levels below 2 mmol/L. To prevent vascular dementia, lifestyle modification should be undertaken, including optimal physical activity and fat intake, nicotine abstinence, and targeting optimal blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and blood pressure, to those outlined in current recommendations. PMID:11580308

  6. Williams-Beuren syndrome: cardiovascular abnormalities in 20 patients diagnosed with fluorescence in situ hybridization

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cardiovascular findings and clinical follow-up of patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome. METHODS: We studied 20 patients (11 males, mean age at diagnosis: 5.9 years old, assessed for cardiovascular abnormalities with electrocardiography and Doppler echocardiography. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH was used to confirm the diagnosis of the syndrome. RESULTS: Elastin gene locus microdeletion was detected in 17 patients (85% (positive FISH, and in 3 patients deletion was not detected (negative FISH. Sixteen patients with a positive FISH (94% had congenital cardiovascular disease (mean age at diagnosis: 2,3 years old. We observed isolated (2/16 supravalvular aortic stenosis and supravalvular aortic stenosis associated (11/16 with pulmonary artery stenosis (4/11; mitral valve prolapse (3/11; bicuspid aortic valve (3/11; aortic coarctation (2/11, thickened pulmonary valve (2/11; pulmonary valvular stenosis (1/11; supravalvular pulmonary stenosis (1/11; valvular aortic stenosis (1/11; fixed subaortic stenosis (1/11; pulmonary artery stenosis (2/16 associated with pulmonary valvar stenosis (1/2 and with mitral valve prolapse (1/2; and isolated mitral valve prolapse (1/16. Four patients with severe supravalvular aortic stenosis underwent surgery (mean age: 5.7 years old, and 2 patients had normal pressure gradients (mean follow-up: 8.4 years. CONCLUSION: A detailed cardiac evaluation must be performed in all patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome due to the high frequency of cardiovascular abnormalities.

  7. Williams-Beuren syndrome: cardiovascular abnormalities in 20 patients diagnosed with fluorescence in situ hybridization

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    Sofia Mizuho Miura, Sugayama; Regina Lúcia, Moisés; Jaqueline, Wagënfur; Nana Miura, Ikari; Kikue Terada, Abe; Cláudio, Leone; Clóvis Artur Almeida da, Silva; Maria de Lourdes Lopes Ferrari, Chauffaille; Ae Kim, Chong.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cardiovascular findings and clinical follow-up of patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome. METHODS: We studied 20 patients (11 males, mean age at diagnosis: 5.9 years old), assessed for cardiovascular abnormalities with electrocardiography and Doppler echocardiography. Fluo [...] rescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was used to confirm the diagnosis of the syndrome. RESULTS: Elastin gene locus microdeletion was detected in 17 patients (85%) (positive FISH), and in 3 patients deletion was not detected (negative FISH). Sixteen patients with a positive FISH (94%) had congenital cardiovascular disease (mean age at diagnosis: 2,3 years old). We observed isolated (2/16) supravalvular aortic stenosis and supravalvular aortic stenosis associated (11/16) with pulmonary artery stenosis (4/11); mitral valve prolapse (3/11); bicuspid aortic valve (3/11); aortic coarctation (2/11), thickened pulmonary valve (2/11); pulmonary valvular stenosis (1/11); supravalvular pulmonary stenosis (1/11); valvular aortic stenosis (1/11); fixed subaortic stenosis (1/11); pulmonary artery stenosis (2/16) associated with pulmonary valvar stenosis (1/2) and with mitral valve prolapse (1/2); and isolated mitral valve prolapse (1/16). Four patients with severe supravalvular aortic stenosis underwent surgery (mean age: 5.7 years old), and 2 patients had normal pressure gradients (mean follow-up: 8.4 years). CONCLUSION: A detailed cardiac evaluation must be performed in all patients with Williams-Beuren syndrome due to the high frequency of cardiovascular abnormalities.

  8. Clinical service desires of medical cannabis patients

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    Abstract Background Medical cannabis dispensaries following the social or hybrid model offer supplementary holistic services in addition to dispensing medical cannabis. Historically, alternative physical health services have been the norm for these dispensaries, including services such as yoga, acupuncture, or chiropractor visits. A clinical service dearth remains for medical cannabis patients seeking substance use, misuse, dependence, and mental health services. This study examined patient d...

  9. The clinical analysis of 469 pulmonary carcinomatous cases diagnosed by bronchoscopy under the age of 40

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    Min SONG

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    Full Text Available Background and objective In recent years, more and more young patients have been suffering from lung cancer, and these young patients do not always have good prognosis. This article wants to study the relationship between the histopathology with gender, location and the sign of fibrobronchoscopy in lung cancer patients under the age of 40. Methods The article analyzed retrospectively the fibrobronchoscopy data of 469 young lung cancer patients under the age of 40. Results In the 469 patients, the male/female ratio was 2.42/1. The most common histopathology was squamous cell carcinoma (33.0%, followed by adenocarcinoma (26.% and small cell carcinoma (20.5%. The ratio of squamous cell carcinoma in male (40.7% was more than in female (14.6%, and ratio of adenocarcinoma in female (43.1% was more than in male (19.0%, it is obviously different on the distribution of cancer histopathology between male and female patients (P >0.05. The location of lung carcinoma was more likely in the bilateral upper lobars and in the right lung, 81.4% had direct signs. Conclusions Lung cancer patients under the age of 40, squamous cell carcinoma is significantly more in male group, but adenocarcinoma is significantly more in female group. This study suggests fibrobrochoscopy is an indispensable approach in the diagnosis of young lung cancer. Paying more attention to the lung cancer of young patients and examining with fibrobronchoscopy will be found much helpful to early diagnosis.

  10. Validity of rheumatoid arthritis diagnoses in the Danish National Patient Registry

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    Pedersen, Line Merete Blak; Klarlund, Mette; Jacobsen, Søren; Svendsen, Anders Jørgen; Frisch, Morten

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    for RA), a rheumatologist assessed the proportion of RA diagnoses recorded in the NPR that could be confirmed by scrutiny of the original medical records. The completeness of RA diagnoses in the NPR was estimated by a two-sample capture-recapture method. Overall, 59% of the 217 RA diagnoses in the NPR......; however, our findings prompt general carefulness when using non-audited registries for research in RA....

  11. Bronchial carcinoid tumors: clinical and radiological findings in 21 patients

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    Bronchial carcinoid tumors are neoplasms that range from typical carcinoid s to the more aggressive atypical ones with similar imaging features. Considering the low prevalence of the tumor, we reviewed 21 patients. Patients and methods: in this retrospective observational study, we reviewed the clinical, pathological and imaging findings in 21 patients diagnosed with bronchial carcinoid tumors who were admitted to National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in a 6 years period. Plain radiography and CT scan of patients were reviewed. Results: 52.4% of the patients were male and 47.6 % female. The mean age of patients was 39.1 years. The most frequent clinical symptoms were cough (n=15; 71.4%), hemoptysis (n.13; 61.9%). dyspnea (n=12; 57.1%). and pleuritic chest pain (n.7; 19%). Most of the lesions (68%) were in the right lung, 24% in the left lung. 8% in the trachea, and 19% were bilateral. Right upper lobe and right intermediate bronchus (24% and 32% respectively) were the most frequent sites of tumor. In radiologic examination, two cases (9.5%) had normal CXRs. Pulmonary collapse (52.4%) and mass (23.8%) were the most frequent findings. Reviewing CT scans showed endobronchial lesion in three (15%) and mass in 11 (55%) patients. The mass was well defined in 8 cases (72%) and ill-defined in 3 (28%). Other findings were: mediastinal invasion (45%), atelectasis (55%). post obstructive pneumonitis (2 0%) and eccentric calcification (15%). Pathological examination revealed typical (n=18: 86% ) and atypical (n.3: 14%) carcinoid tumors. Conclusion: although rare, bronchial carcinoid tumors should be considered a differential diagnosis in adult patients with cough, hemoptysis, dyspnea, and pleuritic chest pain. Chest xray and CT scan can help with diagnosis. Major imaging findings are central, round or ovoid well-defined mass, and obstruction signs like at electasis. Diagnosis and classification should be confirmed by pathological examination on sample taken by bronchos copy or surgery

  12. Children diagnosed with congenital cardiac malformations at the national university departments of pediatric cardiology: positive predictive values of data in the Danish National Patient Registry

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Peter Agergaard1, Anders Hebert2, Jesper Bjerre3, Karina Meden Sørensen4, Charlotte Olesen3, John Rosendal Østergaard31Department of Pediatrics, Viborg Hospital, Viborg, Denmark; 2Department of Pediatrics, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark; 3Department of Pediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark; 4Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, DenmarkIntroduction: The present study was conducted to establish the positive predictive value of congenital cardiac malformation diagnoses registered in the Danish National Patient Registry (NPR, thereby exploring whether the NPR can serve as a valid tool for epidemiologic studies of congenital cardiac malformations.Materials and methods: The study population comprised every individual born from 2000 to 2008 who was registered in the NPR with a congenital cardiac malformation diagnosis and treated at one of the two national departments of pediatric cardiology. Positive predictive values were established comparing NPR information with the clinical record of each individual.Results: A total of 2952 patients with a total of 3536 diagnoses were eligible for validation. Review of their clinical records unveiled no patient without cardiac malformation. In 98% (98%–99% of the cases, the NPR diagnosis could be found as the discharge diagnosis in the patient's clinical record, and in 90% (89%–91% of the cases the NPR diagnosis was considered a true reflection of the patient's actual malformation.Conclusions: Our study verifies that the present study population retrieved from the NPR is a valid tool for epidemiological research within the topic of congenital cardiac malformations, given that the research question is not dependent on a fully established sensitivity of the NPR. Precautions should be made regarding cardiac malformations characterized by low prevalence or poor predictive values, and the reported validity should not be extrapolated beyond the study period.Keywords: congenital cardiac malformation, registry, validation

  13. Application of 13C-urea breath test in patients diagnosed as H. pylori-negative by gastroscopy

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    13C-urea breath test(13C-UBT)was used to evaluate infection rate of H. pylori(HP) and effect of HP eradication in patients diagnosed as HP-negative by histology and rapid urease test. Patiens without gastrointestinal disorders were set as control group. Within 640 patients diagnosed as HP-negative by histology and rapid urease test, there were 389 patients showed HP-positive by 13C-UBT. The positive rate of HP was 60.8%. 389 patients diagnosed as HP- positive by 13C-UBT were treated with PPI-based triple therapy, PPI-based double therapy and single PPI therapy, respectively. After treatment, the negative rate of 13C-UBT was 83.8%, 18.4% and 3.3%, respectively. The results showed significant difference between three kinds of therapy (P13C-UBT could improve the diagnostic rate of HP to patients who diagnosed as HP-negative by histology and rapid urease test. (authors)

  14. Integrating patient safety into the clinical microsystem

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    Mohr, J; Batalden, P; Barach, P

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    Healthcare institutions continue to face challenges in providing safe patient care in increasingly complex organisational and regulatory environments while striving to maintain financial viability. The clinical microsystem provides a conceptual and practical framework for approaching organisational learning and delivery of care. Tensions exist between the conceptual theory and the daily practical applications of providing safe and effective care within healthcare systems. Healthcare organisat...

  15. Clinical management of arrhythmias in elderly patients

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    Chen, Jian; Hocini, Mélèze; Larsen, Torben Bjerregaard; Proclemer, Alessandro; Sciaraffia, Elena; Blomström-Lundqvist, Carina

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    The purpose of this survey was to assess clinical practice in management of cardiac arrhythmias in elderly patients (age ?75 years) in the European countries. The data are based on an electronic questionnaire sent to the European Heart Rhythm Association Research Network members. Responses were...

  16. Clinical diagnosis of hyposalivation in hospitalized patients

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    Soraya de Azambuja, Berti-Couto; Paulo Henrique, Couto-Souza; Reinhilde, Jacobs; Olivia, Nackaerts; Izabel Regina Fischer, Rubira-Bullen; Fernando Henrique, Westphalen; Samuel Jorge, Moysés; Sérgio Aparecido, Ignácio; Maitê Barroso da, Costa; Ana Lúcia, Tolazzi.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical criteria for the diagnosis of hyposalivation in hospitalized patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A clinical study was carried out on 145 subjects (48 males; 97 females; aged 20 to 90 years). Each subject was clinically examin [...] ed, in the morning and in the afternoon, along 1 day. A focused anamnesis allowed identifying symptoms of hyposalivation, like xerostomia complaints (considered as a reference symptom), chewing difficulty, dysphagia and increased frequency of liquid intake. Afterwards, dryness of the mucosa of the cheecks and floor of the mouth, as well as salivary secretion during parotid gland stimulation were assessed during oral examination. RESULTS: Results obtained with Chi-square tests showed that 71 patients (48.9%) presented xerostomia complaints, with a significant correlation with all hyposalivation symptoms (p

  17. Clinical evaluation of 413 Thalassemic patients

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    Full Text Available Thalassemia is the most prevalent genetic disorder in Iran and around the world and these patients need regular careful care. The present study reports results of routine examination of patients visited Thalassemia clinic of Tehran. Data about clinical and laboratory examinations of 413 Thalassemic were extracted and analyzed. The prevalence of heart complications, diabetes, growth retardation, delayed puberty and primary and secondary amenorrhea was 9%, 8%, 21.3%, 3.1% and 6.3%, respectively. 44% didn't have secondary sex characteristics. Splenectomy had been done for 67.2% of cases. HBsAg, HBsAb and HBcAb were positive in 1.9%, 57.4% and 43%, respectively. We concluded that blood transfusion standards in this clinic was acceptable, whereas because of poor knowledge, iron chelating is unfavorable.

  18. Accuracy of multidetector-row CT in diagnosing lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric cancer

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal cut-off value of lymph node size for diagnosing metastasis in gastric cancer with multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) after categorizing perigastric lymph nodes into three regions. The study included 90 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy. The long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of all visualized lymph nodes were measured with transverse MDCT images. The locations of lymph nodes were categorized into three regions: lesser curvature, greater curvature, and suprapancreatic. The diagnostic value of lymph node metastasis was assessed with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The area under the curve was larger for SAD than LAD in all groups. The optimal cut-off values of SAD were determined as follows: overall, 9 mm; differentiated type, 9 mm; undifferentiated type, 8 mm; lesser curvature region, 7 mm; greater curvature region, 6 mm; and suprapancreatic region, 9 mm. The diagnostic accuracies for lymph node metastasis using individual cut-off values were 71.1 % based on histological type and 76.6 % based on region of lymph node location. The diagnostic accuracy of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer was improved by using individual cut-off values for each lymph node region. (orig.)

  19. Accuracy of multidetector-row CT in diagnosing lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric cancer

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    Saito, Takuro; Kurokawa, Yukinori; Takiguchi, Shuji; Miyazaki, Yasuhiro; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Yamasaki, Makoto; Miyata, Hiroshi; Nakajima, Kiyokazu; Mori, Masaki; Doki, Yuichiro [Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal cut-off value of lymph node size for diagnosing metastasis in gastric cancer with multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) after categorizing perigastric lymph nodes into three regions. The study included 90 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy. The long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of all visualized lymph nodes were measured with transverse MDCT images. The locations of lymph nodes were categorized into three regions: lesser curvature, greater curvature, and suprapancreatic. The diagnostic value of lymph node metastasis was assessed with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The area under the curve was larger for SAD than LAD in all groups. The optimal cut-off values of SAD were determined as follows: overall, 9 mm; differentiated type, 9 mm; undifferentiated type, 8 mm; lesser curvature region, 7 mm; greater curvature region, 6 mm; and suprapancreatic region, 9 mm. The diagnostic accuracies for lymph node metastasis using individual cut-off values were 71.1 % based on histological type and 76.6 % based on region of lymph node location. The diagnostic accuracy of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer was improved by using individual cut-off values for each lymph node region. (orig.)

  20. Genital Shedding of Resistant Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Among Women Diagnosed With Treatment Failure by Clinical and Immunologic Monitoring

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    Graham, Susan M.; Chohan, Vrasha; Ronen, Keshet; Deya, Ruth W.; Masese, Linnet N.; Mandaliya, Kishor N.; Peshu, Norbert M.; Lehman, Dara A.; McClelland, R. Scott; Overbaugh, Julie

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    Background. The accumulation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) resistance mutations can compromise treatment outcomes and promote transmission of drug-resistant virus. We conducted a study to determine the duration and evolution of genotypic drug resistance in the female genital tract among HIV-1-infected women failing first-line therapy. Methods. Treatment failure was diagnosed based on World Health Organization (WHO) clinical or immunologic criteria, and second-line therapy was initiated. Stored plasma and genital samples were tested to determine the presence and timing of virologic failure and emergence of drug resistance. The median duration of genital shedding of genotypically resistant virus prior to regimen switch was estimated. Results. Nineteen of 184 women were diagnosed with treatment failure, of whom 12 (63.2%) had confirmed virologic failure at the switch date. All 12 women with virologic failure (viral load, 5855–1 086 500 copies/mL) had dual-class resistance in plasma. Seven of the 12 (58.3%) had genital HIV-1 RNA levels high enough to amplify (673–116 494 copies/swab), all with dual-class resistance. The median time from detection of resistance in stored samples to regimen switch was 895 days (95% confidence interval [CI], 130–1414 days) for plasma and 629 days (95% CI, 341–984 days) for genital tract secretions. Conclusions. Among women diagnosed with treatment failure using WHO clinical or immunologic criteria, over half had virologic failure confirmed in stored samples. Resistant HIV-1 RNA was shed in the genital tract at detectable levels for ≈1.7 years before failure diagnosis, with steady accumulation of mutations. These findings add urgency to the ongoing scale-up of viral load testing in resource-limited settings. PMID:26966695

  1. CLINICAL ACTIVITY OF SEQUENTIAL FLAVOPIRIDOL, CYTOSINE ARABINOSIDE, AND MITOXANTRONE FOR ADULTS WITH NEWLY DIAGNOSED, POOR RISK ACUTE MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA

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    Judith E Karp; Blackford, Amanda; Smith, B. Douglas; Alino, Katrina; Seung, Amy Hatfield; Bolaños-Meade, Javier; Greer, Jacqueline M; Carraway, Hetty E; GORE, STEVEN D.; Jones, Richard J.; Levis, Mark J.; McDevitt, Michael A; Doyle, L. Austin; John J. Wright

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    Flavopiridol, a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor, is cytotoxic to leukemic blasts. In a Phase II study, flavopiridol 50 mg/m2 was given by 1-hour infusion daily × 3 beginning Day 1 followed by 2 gm/m2/72 hr ara-C beginning Day 6 and 40 mg/m2 mitoxantrone on Day 9 (FLAM) to 45 adults with newly diagnosed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) with multiple poor risk features. Thirty patients (67%) achieved complete remission (CR) and 4 (9%) died. Twelve (40%) received myeloablative allogeneic bone ...

  2. Pharmacokinetics of Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide, and Ethambutol in newly diagnosed pulmonary TB patients in Tanzania

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    Denti, Paolo; Jeremiah, Kidola; Chigutsa, Emmanuel; Faurholt-Jepsen, Daniel; PrayGod, George; Range, Nyagosya; Castel, Sandra; Wiesner, Lubbe; Hagen, Christian Munch; Christiansen, Michael; Changalucha, John; McIlleron, Helen; Friis, Henrik; Andersen, Åse Bengård

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    and without HIV. In a clinical trial in 100 Tanzanian TB patients, with or without HIV infection, drug concentrations were determined at 1 week and 2 months post initiation of anti-TB medication. Data was analysed using population pharmacokinetic modelling. The effect of body size was described using...... allometric scaling, and the effects of nutritional supplementation, HIV, age, sex, CD4+ count, weight-adjusted dose, NAT2 genotype, and time on TB treatment were investigated. The kinetics of all drugs was well characterised using first-order elimination and transit compartment absorption, with isoniazid and...... ethambutol described by two-compartment disposition models, and pyrazinamide by a one-compartment model. Patients with a slow NAT2 genotype had higher isoniazid exposure and a lower estimate of oral clearance (15.5 L/h) than rapid/intermediate NAT2 genotype (26.1 L/h). Pyrazinamide clearance had an estimated...

  3. Outcome of infants and young children with newly diagnosed ependymoma treated on the "Head Start" III prospective clinical trial.

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    Venkatramani, Rajkumar; Ji, Lingyun; Lasky, Joseph; Haley, Kelley; Judkins, Alexander; Zhou, Shengmei; Sposto, Richard; Olshefski, Randal; Garvin, James; Tekautz, Tanya; Kennedy, Gloria; Rassekh, Shahrad Rod; Moore, Theodore; Gardner, Sharon; Allen, Jeffrey; Shore, Richard; Moertel, Christopher; Atlas, Mark; Dhall, Girish; Finlay, Jonathan

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    This study investigates the outcome of children 2004 and July 2009, 19 children with newly-diagnosed ependymoma were enrolled. All children were to receive five induction chemotherapy cycles followed by one consolidation cycle of myelo-ablative chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic cell rescue. Children between 6 and 10 years of age or with residual tumor prior to consolidation were to receive irradiation thereafter. Median age of 19 children (8 female) was 20 months at diagnosis. Median follow up was 44 months. The primary site was infratentorial in 11 and supratentorial in 8 patients. Gross total resection was achieved in 10 patients. After induction chemotherapy, all three supratentorial ependymoma patients with residual disease achieved a complete response (CR), while only one of six infratentorial patients with residual disease achieved CR. Three infratentorial patients developed progressive disease during induction chemotherapy. All four infratentorial patients with residual disease who underwent autologous hematopoietic cell transplant, failed to achieve CR. Four patients received focal irradiation following chemotherapy. The 3-year event free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) for supratentorial ependymoma were 86 ± 13 % and 100 % respectively. The 3-year EFS and OS for infratentorial ependymoma were 27 ± 13 % and 73 ± 13 % respectively. The role of intensive induction and consolidation chemotherapy in deferring irradiation should be investigated further in children with supratentorial ependymoma with residual disease following surgery. This approach appears ineffective in children with infratentorial ependymoma in the absence of irradiation. PMID:23508296

  4. Seasonal distribution and evolving forms of multiple sclerosis patients diagnosed from April 2004 to November 2007 Distribución estacional y formas evolutivas de esclerosis múltiple en pacientes diagnosticados entre Abril del 2004 y Noviembre del 2007

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    Hermes Fundora-Hernández; Dorta-Contreras, Alberto J.; Maray Socias-López; Silvana Fraga-Santana; Silvia Nicté Villatoro-Rodríguez; Bárbara Padilla-Docal; Elena Noris-García; Raisa Bu-Coifiu-Fanego; Marlén González-Hernández

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    BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) was first reported in Cuba in 1965. The most frequent appearance is observed in the first six months of the year. OBJECTIVE: To determine the seasonal distribution and evolving forms of MS patients diagnosed with the disease between April 2004 and November 2007. METHOD: Twenty-one patients with suspected MS and 42 outbreaks were studied. Patients were classified according to Lublin and Revingold's criteria for clinical forms and according to McDonald. RESUL...

  5. Diagnosing coronary artery disease by sound analysis from coronary stenosis induced turbulent blood flow: diagnostic performance in patients with stable angina pectoris.

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    Winther, Simon; Schmidt, Samuel Emil; Holm, Niels Ramsing; Toft, Egon; Struijk, Johannes Jan; Bøtker, Hans Erik; Bøttcher, Morten

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    Optimizing risk assessment may reduce use of advanced diagnostic testing in patients with symptoms suggestive of stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Detection of diastolic murmurs from post-stenotic coronary turbulence with an acoustic sensor placed on the chest wall can serve as an easy, safe, and low-cost supplement to assist in the diagnosis of CAD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of an acoustic test (CAD-score) to detect CAD and compare it to clinical risk stratification and coronary artery calcium score (CACS). We prospectively enrolled patients with symptoms of CAD referred to either coronary computed tomography or invasive coronary angiography (ICA). All patients were tested with the CAD-score system. Obstructive CAD was defined as more than 50 % diameter stenosis diagnosed by quantitative analysis of the ICA. In total, 255 patients were included and obstructive CAD was diagnosed in 63 patients (28 %). Diagnostic accuracy evaluated by receiver operating characteristic curves was 72 % for the CAD-score, which was similar to the Diamond-Forrester clinical risk stratification score, 79 % (p = 0.12), but lower than CACS, 86 % (p Diamond-Forrester score, AUC increased to 82 %, which was significantly higher than the standalone CAD-score (p Diamond-Forrester score (p Diamond-Forrester score increased correct reclassification, categorical net-reclassification index = 0.31 (p < 0.01). This study demonstrates the potential use of an acoustic system to identify CAD. The combination of clinical risk scores and an acoustic test seems to optimize patient selection for diagnostic investigation. PMID:26335368

  6. Diagnosing coronary artery disease by sound analysis from coronary stenosis induced turbulent blood flow : diagnostic performance in patients with stable angina pectoris

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    Winther, Simon; Schmidt, Samuel Emil

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    Optimizing risk assessment may reduce use of advanced diagnostic testing in patients with symptoms suggestive of stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Detection of diastolic murmurs from post-stenotic coronary turbulence with an acoustic sensor placed on the chest wall can serve as an easy, safe, and low-cost supplement to assist in the diagnosis of CAD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of an acoustic test (CAD-score) to detect CAD and compare it to clinical risk stratification and coronary artery calcium score (CACS). We prospectively enrolled patients with symptoms of CAD referred to either coronary computed tomography or invasive coronary angiography (ICA). All patients were tested with the CAD-score system. Obstructive CAD was defined as more than 50 % diameter stenosis diagnosed by quantitative analysis of the ICA. In total, 255 patients were included and obstructive CAD was diagnosed in 63 patients (28 %). Diagnostic accuracy evaluated by receiver operating characteristic curves was 72 % for the CAD-score, which was similar to the Diamond-Forrester clinical risk stratification score, 79 % (p = 0.12), but lower than CACS, 86 % (p < 0.01). Combining the CAD-score and Diamond-Forrester score, AUC increased to 82 %, which was significantly higher than the standalone CAD-score (p < 0.01) and Diamond-Forrester score (p < 0.05). Addition of the CAD-score to the Diamond-Forrester score increased correct reclassification, categorical net-reclassification index = 0.31 (p < 0.01). This study demonstrates the potential use of an acoustic system to identify CAD. The combination of clinical risk scores and an acoustic test seems to optimize patient selection for diagnostic investigation.

  7. Usual Interstitial Pneumonia Preceding Collagen Vascular Disease: A Retrospective Case Control Study of Patients Initially Diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Kono, Masato; Nakamura, Yutaro; Enomoto, Noriyuki; Hashimoto, Dai; Fujisawa, Tomoyuki; Inui, Naoki; Maekawa, Masato; Suda, Takafumi; Colby, Thomas V.; Chida, Kingo

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    Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the cumulative incidence and the predictive factors for collagen vascular disease (CVD) in patients initially diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and to examine the features of patients who then developed CVD. Methods This was a retrospective review of 111 consecutive patients with IPF diagnosed at our institution. None of the patients fulfilled any of the CVD criteria from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) within 6 months or more after the diagnosis of IPF. Results Ten patients (9.0%) developed CVD during the follow-up period: four had rheumatoid arthritis (RA); four had microscopic polyangiitis (MPA); one had systemic sclerosis (SSc); and one had SSc and Sjogren’s syndrome (SjS). The mean time until CVD diagnosis was 3.9 years. The cumulative incidences of CVD at 1, 5, and 10 years were 0.91%, 9.85%, and 15.5%, respectively. Patients who developed CVD were significantly younger, more likely to be women and had a better prognosis than those with IPF. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis showed that female sex and the presence of lymphoid aggregates with germinal centers were significantly associated with the occurrence of CVD in patients initially diagnosed with IPF. Conclusions CVD is an important underlying condition in IPF, and shows better prognosis. The possibility of the development of CVD should remain a consideration in the follow-up of IPF. PMID:24736601

  8. Comparison of clinical and laboratory methods to diagnose the early pregnancy in pigs

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    A group of 39 sows was examined for early pregnancy on the days 21, 28, 31, 35 after insemination using four different methods: the vaginal inspection, the rectal palpation, the Doppler-ultrasound examination and the measurement of blood progesterone; three different tests were applied: Serozyme-progesterone (EIA), radioimmunoassay and the blood spotted paper method (EIA). On the first date (day 21) the best results were achieved by measuring the progesterone level (94.9% in blood spotted paper method, 92.3% in Serozyme-progesteron and radioimmunoassay). A high accuracy (87.2%) combined with low costs and time-consume were obtained for the vaginal inspection and rectal palpation. These methods are based upon the exclusion of pregnancy by detecting the estrous. The vaginal findings were evaluated in two steps. First of all animals which had one typical sign and then those with a combination of the most frequent findings were classified as nonpregnant. This led to a percentage of 87.2 right diagnosis on day 21. The rectal palpation showed an increase of cervical tension in estrous pigs on day 21, 87.2% were diagnosed correctly. Furthermore, the rectal examination enabled to detect changes in the blood flow of the A. uterina from day 28 on. Its percentage of correct diagnosis increased from 76.9% to 100% on day 35. The pregnancy diagnosis by vaginal inspection also increased from 69.2% (day 28), 79.5% (day 31) to 76.9% (day 35), it was still based on nonpregnant sows. With the ultrasound examination satisfying results could not be achieved before day 28 (89.7%). Note: Serozyme is a registered trademark. (author)

  9. Clinical diagnosis of hyposalivation in hospitalized patients

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical criteria for the diagnosis of hyposalivation in hospitalized patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A clinical study was carried out on 145 subjects (48 males; 97 females; aged 20 to 90 years. Each subject was clinically examined, in the morning and in the afternoon, along 1 day. A focused anamnesis allowed identifying symptoms of hyposalivation, like xerostomia complaints (considered as a reference symptom, chewing difficulty, dysphagia and increased frequency of liquid intake. Afterwards, dryness of the mucosa of the cheecks and floor of the mouth, as well as salivary secretion during parotid gland stimulation were assessed during oral examination. RESULTS: Results obtained with Chi-square tests showed that 71 patients (48.9% presented xerostomia complaints, with a significant correlation with all hyposalivation symptoms (p <0.05. Furthermore, xerostomia was also significantly correlated with all data obtained during oral examination in both periods of evaluation (p<0.05. CONCLUSION: Clinical diagnosis of hyposalivation in hospitalized patients is feasible and can provide an immediate and appropriate therapy avoiding further problems and improving their quality of life.

  10. Clinical and diagnostic characteristics of patients with suspected polyneuropathy

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    Mikhailova ?.V.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to study the causes and clinical manifestations of disease in children referred for hospitalization in children infectious diseases hospital in Saratov with a diagnosis of «acute flaccid paralysis». Material and methods: 157 children with the diagnosis on admission of the guide «acute flaccid paralysis». Conducted clinical examination and laboratory tests included a general analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, urine, virological examination of nasal swabs and faeces, with the definition of a serological ELISA method and RPHA immunoglobulins to influenza, rubella, and enterovirus, immunological study of blood, cerebrospinal fluid PCR, electromyography of the affected limbs. Results. 77 patients (49% with the disease associated with the violation of the musculoskeletal system were registered. In the other cases revealed polyneuropathy was not of poliovirus etiology. Etiological nature of the disease could be explained by 54% of patients. In 37 (46% patients the diagnosis was formulated in accordance with the severity of paralysis. One child was diagnosed with a vaccine-associated poliomyelitis. Conclusion. The diagnosis of «acute flaccid paralysis» used as administered requires a detailed interpretation in a hospital.

  11. Clinical aspects of patients with nasal polyposis

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    Crespo, Cassio Caldini

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The nasal Polyposis is a non-neoplastic chronic inflammatory process of the nasal mucosa. It causes a large impact to the patients' life quality. Objective: To analyze the characteristics of patients with polyposis in the Brazilian population. Method: 50 records of patients followed up in a tertiary hospital and submitted to surgical treatment of nasal polyposis were reviewed. The following variables were analyzed: age, sex, smoking, presence of asthma, presence of AAS intolerance and also the clinical manifestations: anterior and posterior rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, hyposmia, sneezing and pruritus. The tomographic evaluation system applied was that of Lund-McKay. For statistical analysis we applied the chi-square test with p<0.05. Results: Out of 50 patients evaluated, 28 were male and 22 were female. The mean age range was of 40.8 years. The main clinical manifestation was nasal obstruction in 100% of the patients. In the tomographic evaluation, according to the Lund-McKay system, the average scoring was of 10.9. Discussion: No statistically significant difference was obtained in the patients' general symptoms compared to the patients with asthma or AAS intolerance. The difference in the Lund-McKay score was statistically significant in the populations studied. The symptoms were similar to the frequency of symptoms of other works. Conclusion: We concluded that the main complaint of the patients with nasal polyposis is nasal obstruction, the most affected age is of about 40 years old, without preference of sex. The severity of tomographic findings is higher in patients with asthma and AAS intolerance.

  12. Phase II trial of hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiation therapy combined with temozolomide and bevacizumab for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma.

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    Ney, Douglas E; Carlson, Julie A; Damek, Denise M; Gaspar, Laurie E; Kavanagh, Brian D; Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, B K; Waziri, Allen E; Lillehei, Kevin O; Reddy, Krishna; Chen, Changhu

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    Bevacizumab blocks the effects of VEGF and may allow for more aggressive radiotherapy schedules. We evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiation therapy with concurrent and adjuvant temozolomide and bevacizumab in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma were treated with hypofractionated intensity modulated radiation therapy to the surgical cavity and residual tumor with a 1 cm margin (PTV1) to 60 Gy and to the T2 abnormality with a 1 cm margin (PTV2) to 30 Gy in 10 daily fractions over 2 weeks. Concurrent temozolomide (75 mg/m(2) daily) and bevacizumab (10 mg/kg) was administered followed by adjuvant temozolomide (200 mg/m(2)) on a standard 5/28 day cycle and bevacizumab (10 mg/kg) every 2 weeks for 6 months. Thirty newly diagnosed patients were treated on study. Median PTV1 volume was 131.1 cm(3) and the median PTV2 volume was 342.6 cm(3). Six-month progression-free survival (PFS) was 90 %, with median follow-up of 15.9 months. The median PFS was 14.3 months, with a median overall survival (OS) of 16.3 months. Grade 4 hematologic toxicity included neutropenia (10 %) and thrombocytopenia (17 %). Grades 3/4 non-hematologic toxicity included fatigue (13 %), wound dehiscence (7 %) and stroke, pulmonary embolism and nausea each in 1 patient. Presumed radiation necrosis with clinical decline was seen in 50 % of patients, two with autopsy documentation. The study was closed early to accrual due to this finding. This study demonstrated 90 % 6-month PFS and OS comparable to historic data in patients receiving standard treatment. Bevacizumab did not prevent radiation necrosis associated with this hypofractionated radiation regimen and large PTV volumes may have contributed to high rates of presumed radiation necrosis. PMID:25524817

  13. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Childhood Diagnoses (Kid-SCID): first psychometric evaluation in a Dutch sample of clinically referred youths.

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    Roelofs, Jeffrey; Muris, Peter; Braet, Caroline; Arntz, Arnoud; Beelen, Imke

    2015-06-01

    The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Childhood Disorders (Kid-SCID) is a semi-structured interview for the classification of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. This study presents a first evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Kid-SCID in a Dutch sample of children and adolescents who had been referred to an outpatient treatment centre for mental health problems. Results indicated that the inter-rater reliability of the Kid-SCID classifications and the internal consistency of various (dimensional) criteria of the diagnoses were moderate to good. Further, for most Kid-SCID diagnoses, reasonable agreement between children and parents was found. Finally, the correspondence between the Kid-SCID and the final clinical diagnosis as established after the full intake procedure, which included the information as provided by the Kid-SCID, ranged from poor to good. Results are discussed in the light of methodological issues pertaining to the assessment of psychiatric disorders in youths. The Kid-SCID can generally be seen as a reliable and useful tool that can assist clinicians in carrying out clinical evaluations of children and adolescents. PMID:24899356

  14. Outcomes for patients who are diagnosed with breast and endometrial cancer

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    The present study sought to determine the survival outcomes for women diagnosed with breast and endometrial cancer. Using SEER data, a population-based cohort study of women diagnosed with breast and endometrial cancer was conducted. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were created for disease-specific survival rates. A total of 2,027 women diagnosed with breast and endometrial cancer were identified. Of these, 1,296 (63.9%) developed breast cancer first and 731 (36.1%) developed endometrial cancer ...

  15. Poor Clinical Outcomes among Pneumonia Patients with Depressive Disorder

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    Kao, Li-Ting; Liu, Shih-Ping; Lin, Herng-Ching; Tsai, Ming-Chieh

    2014-01-01

    Background Some studies suggested that psychological stress may be associated with the severity and duration of infectious diseases. In this population-based study, we investigated associations between depressive disorder (DD) and pneumonia outcomes in Taiwan with a large-scale database from the National Health Insurance. Methods Our study defined 112,198 patients who were hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of pneumonia. We defined their admission date for treatment of pneumonia as the index date. Subsequently, we selected 2,394 patients with DD within 3 years prior to their index date and 11,970 matched patients without DD. We carried out separate conditional logistic regressions to explore the association of clinical pneumonia treatment outcome (ICU admission, use of mechanical ventilation, acute respiratory failure and in-hospital death) with previously diagnosed DD. Results Patients with DD had a significantly higher probability of an intensive care unit admission (18.1% vs. 12.9%; p<0.001), need for mechanical ventilation (21.9% vs. 18.1%; p<0.001) and in-hospital death (10.4% vs. 9.0%; p?=?0.025) than patients without DD. The study showed that pneumonia patients with DD were respectively 1.41- (95% CI: 1.25?1.59, p<0.001), 1.28- (95% CI: 1.14?1.43, p<0.001), and 1.17- times (95% CI: 1.01?1.36, p?=?0.039) greater odds of being admitted to the ICU, need for mechanical ventilation, and in-hospital death than patients without DD after adjusting for monthly income, urbanization level, geographic region and Charlson Comorbidity Index score. Conclusions In conclusion, we found that pneumonia patients with DD were associated with poor treatment outcomes compared to patients without DD. PMID:25551389

  16. Comparison Between Clinical and Echocardiographic Findings in Infants and Children Diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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    Cristina Blesneac

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a rather common hereditary disease with an autozomal dominant character, caused by mutations of genes that code for proteins of the cardiac sarcomere. The observed prevalence of this disease is much lower in pediatric patients compared to adults, because it’s late gene expression. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy presenting in infancy has been shown to have a very high mortality.

  17. De novo point mutations in patients diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy.

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    Parolin Schnekenberg, Ricardo; Perkins, Emma M; Miller, Jack W; Davies, Wayne I L; D'Adamo, Maria Cristina; Pessia, Mauro; Fawcett, Katherine A; Sims, David; Gillard, Elodie; Hudspith, Karl; Skehel, Paul; Williams, Jonathan; O'Regan, Mary; Jayawant, Sandeep; Jefferson, Rosalind; Hughes, Sarah; Lustenberger, Andrea; Ragoussis, Jiannis; Jackson, Mandy; Tucker, Stephen J; Németh, Andrea H

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    Cerebral palsy is a sporadic disorder with multiple likely aetiologies, but frequently considered to be caused by birth asphyxia. Genetic investigations are rarely performed in patients with cerebral palsy and there is little proven evidence of genetic causes. As part of a large project investigating children with ataxia, we identified four patients in our cohort with a diagnosis of ataxic cerebral palsy. They were investigated using either targeted next generation sequencing or trio-based exome sequencing and were found to have mutations in three different genes, KCNC3, ITPR1 and SPTBN2. All the mutations were de novo and associated with increased paternal age. The mutations were shown to be pathogenic using a combination of bioinformatics analysis and in vitro model systems. This work is the first to report that the ataxic subtype of cerebral palsy can be caused by de novo dominant point mutations, which explains the sporadic nature of these cases. We conclude that at least some subtypes of cerebral palsy may be caused by de novo genetic mutations and patients with a clinical diagnosis of cerebral palsy should be genetically investigated before causation is ascribed to perinatal asphyxia or other aetiologies. PMID:25981959

  18. Leucocyte scintigraphy for diagnosing of inflammation in patients with vascular prostheses

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    The purpose of the study is to determine the usefulness of 99mTc-HMPAO-labeled leukocyte scan in the diagnosis of prosthetic vascular graft infection. We studied 18 patients with vascular graft for a period of 9 years (1996-2004): 11-aorto-femoral by-pass, 4-aorto-bifemoral bypass, 3-ileo-femoral bypass. The typical clinical symptoms for inflammatory process we observed in 16 from them. We used in vitro method for 99mTc-HMPAO-labeled leukocytes with 270-370 MBq 99mTc. Scintigraphic images were performed at 30 min, 60 min and 120 min. On the scan imaging we observed - 7 patients with raised accumulation of the 99mTc-HMPAO-labeled leukocytes (active inflammatory process); 7 - with lightly raised accumulation; 2 - with minimal accumulation (inflammatory process with low activity) and 2 - without accumulation (no inflammatory process). In witness of precision of the scan imaging we used microbiology and/or surgery and we followed the progress of diseases. The 99mTc-HMPAO-labeled leukocyte scan shows high sensitivity and specificity. It is an accurate and valuable diagnostic method for proving localizing and visualizing of suspected inflammation and for determination of its activity in patients with prosthetic vascular graft

  19. Predicting reoffense in pedophilic child molesters by clinical diagnoses and risk assessment.

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    Eher, Reinhard; Olver, Mark E; Heurix, Isabelle; Schilling, Frank; Rettenberger, Martin

    2015-12-01

    A Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-based diagnosis of pedophilia has so far failed to predict sexual reoffense in convicted child molesters, probably because of its broad and unspecific conceptualization. In this study, therefore, we investigated the prognostic value of the subtype exclusive pedophilia and a series of customary risk assessment instruments (SSPI, Static-99, Stable-2007, VRS:SO) and the PCL-R in a sample of prison released pedophilic sexual offenders. First, we examined the convergent validity of risk assessment instruments (N = 261). Then, we calculated the predictive accuracy of the measures and diagnosis for sexual recidivism by ROC analyses and subsequent Cox regression (N = 189). Also, predictive values with more clinical immediacy were calculated (sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV). The VRS:SO, the SSPI, and the Static-99 significantly predicted sexual recidivism, as did a diagnosis of exclusive pedophilia. Also, the VRS:SO predicted sexual reoffense significantly better than the Stable-2007, the Static-99/Stable-2007 combined score, and the PCL-R. When used combined, only the VRS:SO and a diagnosis of exclusive pedophilia added incremental validity to each other. Our findings support that the clinical diagnosis of an exclusive pedophilia based on DSM criteria and VRS:SO defined risk factors can reliably discriminate higher from lower risk offenders, even within the select subgroup of pedophilic child molesters. PMID:26146817

  20. Pacientes con Giardia lamblia diagnosticada por frotis duodenal / Patients with Giardia lamblia diagnosed through duodenal smear

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    Hidelisa, Herrero Aguirre; Jesús, Fernández Duharte; Suleidy, Vega Sam; José Antonio, Candel Herrero.

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    Full Text Available Se efectuó un estudio descriptivo y transversal de 105 pacientes mayores de 15 años con infección por Giardia lamblia, diagnosticada por frotis duodenal mediante endoscopia en el Servicio de Gastroenterología del Policlínico de Especialidades del Hospital Provincial Docente Clinicoquirúrgico "Saturn [...] ino Lora Torres" de Santiago de Cuba, desde enero hasta diciembre del 2012, con vistas a caracterizarles. Entre las variables analizadas figuraron: edad, sexo, síntomas digestivos referidos, positividad del frotis e imagen endoscópica. Se utilizó el porcentaje como medida de resumen. Predominaron el sexo femenino (58,0 %), el grupo etario de 29-39 años (38,0 %), la epigastralgia como síntoma principal (66,6 %) y las imágenes endoscópicas grados I y II como las más frecuentes (68,4 y 41,3 %, respectivamente). El índice de positividad a la giardiasis fue relevante Abstract in english A descriptive and cross sectional study of 105 patients older than 15 years with infection by Giardia lamblia, diagnosed through duodenal smear by means of endoscopy was carried out in the Gastroenterology Service of the Specialties Polyclinic from "Saturnino Lora Torres" Teaching Provincial Clinica [...] l Surgical Hospital in Santiago de Cuba, from January to December, 2012, with the objective of characterizing them. Among the analyzed variables there were: age, sex, referred digestive symptoms, positivity of the smear and endoscopic image. The percentage was used as summary measure. Female sex (58.0%), the age group 29-39 years (38.0%), the epigastralgia as main symptom (66.6%) and the endoscopic images grades I and II prevailed as the most frequent (68.4 and 41.3%, respectively). The positivity index for giardiasis was relevant

  1. A rare clinical case of subdural hemorrhage in a patient with scrub typhus

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    Aradhna Sharma; Tarun Sharma(Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba-400005, India); Anuradha Sood

    2016-01-01

    Scrub typhus is a common infectious disease with a self-limiting course but may potentially cause a fatal outcome in some cases. We here present a case report of a patient diagnosed with scrub typhus and was given effective antibiotic therapy. Initially, the patient improved significantly but had sudden clinical deterioration on day five and presented with subdural hemorrhage. Orientia tsutsugamushi the causative agent of scrub typhus may be considered as a causal or provoking factor for cere...

  2. Incidental pulmonary embolism in cancer patients: clinical characteristics and outcome – a comprehensive cancer center experience

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    Hikmat N Abdel-Razeq; Mansour, Asem H; Ismael, Yousef M

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    Hikmat N Abdel-Razeq1, Asem H Mansour2, Yousef M Ismael11Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, JordanBackground and objectives: Cancer patients undergo routine imaging studies much more than others. The widespread use of the recently introduced multi-detector CT scanners has resulted in an increasing number of incidentally diagnosed pulmonary embolism (PE) in asymptomatic cancer patients. The significance and clinical outcome of such inc...

  3. Disfunción endotelial en hipertensos de reciente diagnóstico / Endothelial Dysfunction in Newly Diagnosed Hypertensive Patients

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    Jorge Luis, León Álvarez; Guillermo, Guerra Ibáñez; Miguel Ángel, Yanes Quesada; Raúl Orlando, Calderín Bouza; Ángela, Gutiérrez Rojas.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la aterosclerosis, la disfunción endotelial y la hipertensión arterial están estrechamente relacionadas. La vasorreactividad dependiente del endotelio es un equivalente de disfunción endotelial. Objetivo: evaluar la utilidad del diámetro basal de la arteria braquial medido por técnicas [...] ultrasonográficas en el diagnóstico de disfunción endotelial como lesión vascular subclínica, su asociación con factores de riesgo cardiovascular y el riesgo cardiovascular global. Métodos: investigación analítico transversal en 60 hipertensos de reciente diagnóstico sin lesión en órgano diana en comparación con 60 no hipertensos. Se pesquisaron los factores de riesgo cardiovascular, se les realizó microalbuminuria, colesterol total, colesterol HDL, triglicéridos, colesterol no HDL, medición por ultrasonografía del grosor íntima media carotídeo y del diámetro basal de la arteria braquial y se calculó el riesgo cardiovascular global. Resultados: en el grupo de hipertensos, el sexo masculino constituyó el 55 % del total y en el de los no hipertensos, el sexo femenino representó el 78,3 %. La microalbuminuria estuvo presente en 25 % de los hipertensos por el 13,3 % de los no hipertensos. Se encontraron valores medios más altos de colesterol total y colesterol-no HDL en los hipertensos (4,6 mmol/L y 3,6 mmol/L, respectivamente). La media del grosor íntima media en los hipertensos fue 0,6 mm y la de los no hipertensos fue 0,4 mm. En los hipertensos, el valor medio de diámetro basal de la arteria braquial fue 3,8 mm frente a 3,5 mm en los no hipertensos. En ambos grupos de estudio, a mayores valores medios de colesterol-HDL, hubo mayores valores medios de diámetro basal de la arteria braquial. Conclusiones: se encontró asociación positiva para el colesterol total, el colesterol-HDL, el grosor íntima media carotídeo, la microalbuminuria y el riesgo cardiovascular global con el diámetro basal de la arteria braquial. Se concluye que la determinación del diámetro basal de la arteria braquial mostró resultados promisorios como marcador de disfunción endotelial en la hipertensión arterial. Abstract in english Introduction: atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction and hypertension are closely related. Endothelium-dependent vasoreactivity is an equivalent of endothelial dysfunction. Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of baseline diameter of the brachial artery measured by ultrasonographic techniques in [...] the diagnosis of endothelial dysfunction and subclinical vascular lesion, its association with cardiovascular risk factors, and overall cardiovascular risk. Methods: Across-sectional analytical research was conducted in 60 newly diagnosed hypertensive patients without target organ damage. They were compared with 60 non-hypertensive subjects. Cardiovascular risk factors were screened; these patients underwent several tests such as microalbuminuria, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, non-HDL cholesterol, ultrasound measurement of carotid intima-media thickness and basal diameter of the brachial artery. The global cardiovascular risk was calculated. Results: In the hypertensive group, males constituted 55 % of the total and in the non-hypertensive group, females accounted for 78.3 %. Microalbuminuria was present in 25 % of hypertensive subejcts by 13.3 % of patients without the disease. Higher mean values of total cholesterol and non-HDL in hypertensive subjects (4.6 mmol / L and 3.6 mmol / L, respectively) were found. The mean intima-media thickness was 0.6 mm in hypertensive patients and 0.4 mm in non hypertensive subjects. In hypertensive patients, the mean baseline brachial artery diameter was 3.8 mm versus 3.5 mm in non-hypertensive subjects. In both study groups, higher mean levels of baseline diameter of the brachial artery when there were higher mean values of HDL-cholesterol. Conclusions: There is a positive association for total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, the carotid intima media thickness, microalbuminuria and global cardiovascular risk

  4. Differential Diagnoses of Overgrowth Syndromes: The Most Important Clinical and Radiological Disease Manifestations

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    Overgrowth syndromes comprise a heterogeneous group of diseases that are characterized by excessive tissue development. Some of these syndromes may be associated with dysfunction in the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)/PI3K/AKT pathway, which results in an increased expression of the insulin receptor. In the current review, four overgrowth syndromes were characterized (Proteus syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, Made lung’s disease, and neurofibromatosis type I) and illustrated using cases from our institution. Because these syndromes have overlapping clinical manifestations and have no established genetic tests for their diagnosis, radiological methods are important contributors to the diagnosis of many of these syndromes. The correlation of genetic discoveries and molecular pathways that may contribute to the phenotypic expression is also of interest, as this may lead to potential therapeutic interventions

  5. Clinical performance diagnosing alleged exposure to falanga--a phantom study

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    Torp-Pedersen, Søren; Matteoli, Sara; Wilhjelm, Jens E; Amris, Kirstine; Bech, Jacob I; Christensen, Robin; Danneskiold-Samsøe, Bente

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    assessment of alleged torture victims. OBJECTIVE: The goal was to test the accuracy of two experienced investigators in determining whether a heel pad model was soft, medium or hard. The skin-to-bone distance in the models varied within the human range. METHOD: Two blinded investigators independently...... approximately two thirds of the cases. The skin-to-bone distance affected the accuracy. CONCLUSION: The use of clinical examination in documenting alleged exposure to torture warrants a high diagnostic accuracy of the applied tests. The study implies that palpatory testing of the human heel pad may not meet...... palpated nine different heel pad models with three different elasticities combined with three different skin-to-bone distances in five consecutive trials and categorized the models as soft, medium or hard. RESULTS: Two experienced investigators were able to identify three known elasticities correctly in...

  6. Pharmacokinetics of Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide, and Ethambutol in Newly Diagnosed Pulmonary TB Patients in Tanzania

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    Chigutsa, Emmanuel; Faurholt-Jepsen, Daniel; PrayGod, George; Range, Nyagosya; Castel, Sandra; Wiesner, Lubbe; Hagen, Christian Munch; Christiansen, Michael; Changalucha, John; McIlleron, Helen; Friis, Henrik; Andersen, Aase Bengaard

    2015-01-01

    Exposure to lower-than-therapeutic levels of anti-tuberculosis drugs is likely to cause selection of resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and treatment failure. The first-line anti-tuberculosis (TB) regimen consists of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol, and correct management reduces risk of TB relapse and development of drug resistance. In this study we aimed to investigate the effect of standard of care plus nutritional supplementation versus standard care on the pharmacokinetics of isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol among sputum smear positive TB patients with and without HIV. In a clinical trial in 100 Tanzanian TB patients, with or without HIV infection, drug concentrations were determined at 1 week and 2 months post initiation of anti-TB medication. Data was analysed using population pharmacokinetic modelling. The effect of body size was described using allometric scaling, and the effects of nutritional supplementation, HIV, age, sex, CD4+ count, weight-adjusted dose, NAT2 genotype, and time on TB treatment were investigated. The kinetics of all drugs was well characterised using first-order elimination and transit compartment absorption, with isoniazid and ethambutol described by two-compartment disposition models, and pyrazinamide by a one-compartment model. Patients with a slow NAT2 genotype had higher isoniazid exposure and a lower estimate of oral clearance (15.5 L/h) than rapid/intermediate NAT2 genotype (26.1 L/h). Pyrazinamide clearance had an estimated typical value of 3.32 L/h, and it was found to increase with time on treatment, with a 16.3% increase after the first 2 months of anti-TB treatment. The typical clearance of ethambutol was estimated to be 40.7 L/h, and was found to decrease with age, at a rate of 1.41% per year. Neither HIV status nor nutritional supplementations were found to affect the pharmacokinetics of these drugs in our cohort of patients. PMID:26501782

  7. Pharmacokinetics of Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide, and Ethambutol in newly diagnosed pulmonary TB patients in Tanzania

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    Denti, Paolo; Jeremiah, Kidola

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    Exposure to lower-than-therapeutic levels of anti-tuberculosis drugs is likely to cause selection of resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and treatment failure. The first-line anti-tuberculosis (TB) regimen consists of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol, and correct management reduces risk of TB relapse and development of drug resistance. In this study we aimed to investigate the effect of standard of care plus nutritional supplementation versus standard care on the pharmacokinetics of isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol among sputum smear positive TB patients with and without HIV. In a clinical trial in 100 Tanzanian TB patients, with or without HIV infection, drug concentrations were determined at 1 week and 2 months post initiation of anti-TB medication. Data was analysed using population pharmacokinetic modelling. The effect of body size was described using allometric scaling, and the effects of nutritional supplementation, HIV, age, sex, CD4+ count, weight-adjusted dose, NAT2 genotype, and time on TB treatment were investigated. The kinetics of all drugs was well characterised using first-order elimination and transit compartment absorption, with isoniazid and ethambutol described by two-compartment disposition models, and pyrazinamide by a one-compartment model. Patients with a slow NAT2 genotype had higher isoniazid exposure and a lower estimate of oral clearance (15.5 L/h) than rapid/intermediate NAT2 genotype (26.1 L/h). Pyrazinamide clearance had an estimated typical value of 3.32 L/h, and it was found to increase with time on treatment, with a 16.3% increase after the first 2 months of anti-TB treatment. The typical clearance of ethambutol was estimated to be 40.7 L/h, and was found to decrease with age, at a rate of 1.41% per year. Neither HIV status nor nutritional supplementations were found to affect the pharmacokinetics of these drugs in our cohort of patients.

  8. Differential diagnoses and management strategies in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

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    A Carlo Altamura

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    Full Text Available A Carlo Altamura1, Jose M Goikolea21Department of Psychiatry, University of Milan, IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Milan, Italy; 2Bipolar Disorder Program, Hospital Clinic i Universitari, Barcelona, SpainAbstract: Successful treatment of psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is complicated and is affected by a broad range of factors associated with the diagnosis, choice of treatment and social factors. In these patients, treatment management must focus on accurate and early diagnosis, to ensure that correct treatment is administered as soon as possible. In both disorders, the treatment of the disease in the acute phase must be maintained long term to provide continuous relief and normal function; the treatment choice in the early stages of the disease may impact on long-term outcomes. In schizophrenia, treatment non-compliance is an important issue, with up to 50% of patients discontinuing treatment for reasons as diverse as efficacy failure, social barriers, and more commonly, adverse events. Treatment non-compliance also remains an issue in bipolar disorder, as tolerability of mood stabilizers, especially lithium, is not always good, and combination treatments are frequent. In order to achieve an optimal outcome in which the patient continues with their medication lifelong, treatment should be tailored to each individual, taking into account treatment and family history, and balancing efficacy with tolerability to maximize patient benefit and minimize the risk of discontinuation. These case studies illustrate how treatment should be monitored, tailored and often changed over time to meet these needs.Keywords: bipolar disorder, recurrence, treatment management, schizophrenia, non-compliance, adverse events

  9. [Clinical Handling of Patients with Dissociative Disorders].

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    Okano, Kenichiro

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the way informed psychiatrists are expected to handle dissociative patients in clinical situations, with a specific focus on dissociative identity disorders and dissociative fugue. On the initial interview with dissociative patients, information on their history of trauma and any nascent dissociative symptoms in their childhood should be carefully obtained. Their level of stress in their current life should also be assessed in order to understand their symptomatology, as well as to predict their future clinical course. A psychoeducational approach is crucial; it might be helpful to give information on dissociative disorder to these patients as well as their family members in order to promote their adherence to treatment. Regarding the symptomatology of dissociative disorders, detailed symptoms and the general clinical course are presented. It was stressed that dissociative identity disorder and dissociative fugue, the most high-profile dissociative disorders, are essentially different in their etiology and clinical presentation. Dissociative disorders are often confused with and misdiagnosed as psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. Other conditions considered in terms of the differential diagnosis include borderline personality disorder as well as temporal lobe epilepsy. Lastly, the therapeutic approach to dissociative identity disorder is discussed. Each dissociative identity should be understood as potentially representing some traumatically stressful event in the past. The therapist should be careful not to excessively promote the creation or elaboration of any dissociative identities. Three stages are proposed in the individual psychotherapeutic process. In the initial stage, a secure environment and stabilization of symptoms should be sought. The second stage consists of aiding the "host" personality to make use of other more adaptive coping skills in their life. The third stage involves coaching as well as continuous awareness of their comorbid psychiatric conditions. Lastly, factors preventing the patients' smooth recovery process are mentioned. They include their contact with past and current aggressors, chronic and ongoing stress within the family, including abuse and violence, and comorbid conditions such as depression and chronic medical conditions. PMID:26524866

  10. Thirty-Four Patients with Cushing’s Syndrome: Our Clinical Experience in the Past 20 Years

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    Mehtap Evran; Murat Sert; Tamer Tetiker

    2009-01-01

    Objective: Cushing’s syndrome is a relatively rare disorder caused by chronic endogenous hypercortisolemia. We aimed to present patients with Cushing’s syndrome who were diagnosed and followed at our endocrinology clinic. Materials and Methods: 34 patients (26 female, 8 male) with Cushing’s syndrome were enrolled in this retrospective study. Results: Of 34 patients, 20 had Cushing’s disease and 14 had Cushing’s syndrome. Regarding the clinical signs of Cushing’s syndrome, purple striae were ...

  11. Multicenter epidemiological study to describe prevalence of advanced stage disease among newly diagnosed HIV-infected patients in the Russian Federation

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    R Trinh

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose of the study: The proportion of HIV-infected persons diagnosed in an advanced stage of HIV disease (ASH varies by country from 15 to 30%. Data are lacking on the proportion of new cases diagnosed in this late stage in Russia. The aim of this study was to estimate the proportion of and further characterize patients with ASH among newly diagnosed HIV-1 infected persons in the Russian Federation. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, multicenter, epidemiologic study. Adult HIV-1 patients that were newly diagnosed within 90 days and naïve to highly active antiretroviral therapy were included at twelve centers/regions (Moscow Region, St Petersburg, Leningrad Region, Ufa, Kazan, Ulyanovsk, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Vladivostok of the Russian Federation. ASH was defined as a CD4+ cell count ?200 cells/mm3. Pairwise, two-tailed comparisons were conducted with an unadjusted 5% significance level. For comparison variables between patients with ASH and all other patients, Pearson's chi-square test was used. Summary of results: 4540 patients were included. The overall proportion of ASH was 16.3% (95% CI; 15.3%, 17.4%. The median plasma HIV-1 RNA was 4.48 (Q1, Q3; 3.81, 5.07 log10 copies/mL. The proportion of patients with CD4+ cell count by categories is presented in Figure 1.ASH was associated with male sex (62.3%, 26-40 and >40 years age groups, rural place of residence (18.9%, only primary and/or basic school education (complete or not complete (39.4%, unemployment (40.5%, intravenous drug user as mode of HIV-1 transmission (39.5%, patient with clinical signs of immunodeficiency or condition related to HIV/AIDS as reason for primary HIV-1 testing (35.2%, HBV (5.4%, HCV (44.0% as partly shown in Table 1. Conclusions: The overall prevalence of ASH was 16.3%. At least 9 factors associated with ASH were revealed. Knowledge of these factors is valuable for planning, prevention and post-diagnosis services for HIV-infected patients presenting with advance stage disease.

  12. Stability of HE4 and CA125 in blood samples from patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer

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    Sandhu, Noreen; Karlsen, Mona A

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of handling and storage on HE4 and CA125 serum and EDTA plasma levels to clarify any important consequences for a clinical setting. METHODS: Blood samples from 13 ovarian cancer (OC) patients were collected and allowed to clot or sediment for up to 72 hours at 4 °C or 20 °C, then processed into serum and EDTA plasma. Furthermore, the effects of up to eight repetitive cycles of freeze/thaw were investigated. HE4 and CA125 were analyzed using a Chemiluminescent Microparticle Immunoassay on the Architect i2000sr System. RESULTS: No significant effect of processing time for HE4 could be shown. HE4 EDTA plasma levels were insignificantly lower (3%) than serum levels (p = 0.41). Similarly, no significant effect of processing time for CA125 could be demonstrated. CA125 levels at 4 °C were significantly reduced compared to levels at 20 °C (p = 0.024). No significant difference between CA125 serum and plasma levels were found (p = 0.46). Serum and EDTA plasma samples were stable during the eight cycles of freezing and thawing (CA125: all p > 0.2; HE4: all p > 0.5). CONCLUSION: No systematic difference could be demonstrated for HE4. CA125 is not dependent on processing time, EDTA plasma or serum. Levels of CA125 are significantly reduced at 4 °C compared to levels at 20°C, but this difference was less than 6% and is not considered clinically relevant.

  13. Incidental pulmonary embolism in cancer patients: clinical characteristics and outcome – a comprehensive cancer center experience

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    Hikmat N Abdel-Razeq

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Hikmat N Abdel-Razeq1, Asem H Mansour2, Yousef M Ismael11Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Radiology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, JordanBackground and objectives: Cancer patients undergo routine imaging studies much more than others. The widespread use of the recently introduced multi-detector CT scanners has resulted in an increasing number of incidentally diagnosed pulmonary embolism (PE in asymptomatic cancer patients. The significance and clinical outcome of such incidental PE is described.Methods: Both radiology department and hospital databases were searched for all cancer patients with a diagnosis of incidental PE. CT scans were performed using a 64-slice scanner with a 5.0 mm slice thickness.Results: During the study period, 34 patients with incidental PE were identified. The mean age (±SD was 57.7 (±12.4 years. All patients had active cancer, gastric, lung, colorectal, and lymphomas being the most frequent. Most patients had advanced-stage disease at the time of PE diagnosis; 26 (77% patients had stage IV, whereas only 3 patients had stages I or II disease. Twenty-seven (79% patients had their PE while undergoing active treatment with chemotherapy (68% or radiotherapy (12%; none, however, were on hormonal therapy. Most (74% patients had their PE diagnosed without history of recent hospital admission. Except for 5 (15%, all other patients were anticoagulated. With follow-up, 2 patients developed recurrent PE, 2 others had clinical and echocardiographic evidence of pulmonary hypertension, and 9 (26% died suddenly within 30 days of the diagnosis of incidental PE; 2 of these where among the 5 patients who were not anticoagulated.Conclusion: Incidental PE in cancer patients is increasingly encountered. Similar to symptomatic PE, many were diagnosed in patients with advanced stage disease and while undergoing active anti-cancer therapy. A significant percentage of patients had recurrent emboli, pulmonary hypertension, and sudden death.Keywords: pulmonary embolism, incidental, cancer, chemotherapy