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  1. Procalcitonin levels in salmonella infection

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    Vikas Mishra

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Procalcitonin (PCT as a diagnostic marker for bacteremia and sepsis has been extensively studied. We aimed to study PCT levels in Salmonella infections whether they would serve as marker for early diagnosis in endemic areas to start empiric treatment while awaiting blood culture report. Materials and Methods: BACTEC blood culture was used to isolate Salmonella in suspected enteric fever patients. Serum PCT levels were estimated before starting treatment. Results: In 60 proven enteric fever patients, median value of serum PCT levels was 0.22 ng/ml, values ranging between 0.05 and 4 ng/ml. 95% of patients had near normal or mild increase (<0.5 ng/ml, only 5% of patients showed elevated levels. Notably, high PCT levels were found only in severe sepsis. Conclusion: PCT levels in Salmonella infections are near normal or minimally increased which differentiates it from other systemic Gram-negative infections. PCT cannot be used as a specific diagnostic marker of typhoid.

  2. Procalcitonin serum levels in tertian malaria

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    Chiwakata Collins B

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Procalcitonin (PCT is closely correlated with parasite burden and clinical outcome in falciparum malaria. The role of PCT in tertian malaria has not previously been investigated. Patients and methods PCT serum levels in 37 patients with tertian malaria were analysed. Clinical and laboratory parameters were assessed and statistically correlated both to the initial PCT levels and during the course of the disease. Results PCT levels rose for one day after commencing treatment and declined thereafter. However, there was no significant correlation with parasite burden, clinical parameters, laboratory values, or the presence of semi-immunity. Before treatment, the majority of patients showed normal or slightly elevated PCT levels ( Conclusions There is a fundamental difference in the relationship of PCT with tertian malaria not seen in other infectious diseases in which elevated PCT levels have been observed. This suggests distinct pathophysiological pathways in malaria.

  3. [Increase of serum procalcitonin levels during a neuroleptic malignant syndrome].

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    Cabot, B; Pautas, E; Gatey, M; Perivier, S; Mahieux, F; Pinquier, C; Hausfater, P

    2009-01-01

    When fever occurs in a patient treated with a neuroleptic, the diagnosis of a neuroleptic malignant syndrome is difficult to differentiate to that of an infectious event. Among inflammation biomarkers of inflammation, serum procalcitonin levels increase both quickly and specifically during a bacterial infection. We report the first case of a neuroleptic malignant syndrome associated with a significant increase of serum procalcitonin levels, without concomitant septic syndrome. The neuroleptic malignant syndrome might be a non-infectious clinical situation associated with an increased serum procalcitonin concentration.

  4. Serum Procalcitonin Level Reflects the Severity of Cellulitis

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    Noh, Soo Hyeon; Park, Seok Don

    2016-01-01

    Background Cellulitis is a common bacterial infection of the superficial skin. Procalcitonin is one of the precursor proteins of calcitonin, its levels are elevated in bacterial infection, and it has been established as a diagnostic marker for severe bacterial infections. Objective This study evaluated the clinical usefulness of procalcitonin for predicting disease severity and prognosis of cellulitis. Methods We reviewed the medical records of 160 patients diagnosed with cellulitis in the past 3 years. Body temperature, procalcitonin, white blood cell (WBC), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were measured on their first day of admission. The associations of procalcitonin, WBC, ESR, and CRP with the body temperature and the number of hospitalized days were assessed. Results Procalcitonin, WBC, and CRP showed a positive correlation with body temperature. In addition, procalcitonin, WBC, ESR, and CRP showed a positive correlation with number of hospitalized days (p<0.05). Conclusion In patients diagnosed with cellulitis, proclacitonin was a helpful parameter to indicate the severity of disease and also a useful predictor of prognosis. PMID:27904269

  5. The impact of tracheotomy on levels of procalcitonin in patients without sepsis: a prospective study

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    Xingui Dai; Chunlai Fu; Changfa Wang; Yeping Cai; Sheng’an Zhang; Wei Guo; Daibing Kuang

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Procalcitonin is a reliable biomarker of infection and sepsis. We aimed to determine whether tracheotomy influences the procalcitonin concentrations in patients without sepsis and assess whether operative duration and procedure affect the peak procalcitonin level. METHODS: A total of 38 non-septic patients who required a tracheotomy underwent either a percutaneous dilatational tracheotomy (n=19) or a surgical tracheotomy (n=19). Procalcitonin levels were measured at the beginning ...

  6. Procalcitonin Levels in Patients with Complete and Incomplete Kawasaki Disease

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    Hwa Jin Cho

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Incomplete Kawasaki disease (iKD is considered to be a less complete form of Kawasaki disease (cKD, and several differences in the laboratory presentations of iKD and cKD have been noted. We investigated serum procalcitonin levels in patients with iKD, cKD, and other febrile diseases (a control group. Seventy-seven patients with cKD, 24 with iKD, and 41 controls admitted to our hospital from November 2009 to November 2011 were enrolled in the present study. We obtained four measurements of serum procalcitonin levels and those of other inflammatory markers from each patient. Samples were taken for analysis on the day of diagnosis (thus before treatment commenced; D0 and 2 (D2, 14 (D14, and 56 days (D56 after intravenous immunoglobulin infusion. We obtained control group data at D0. The mean D0 serum procalcitonin levels of cKD patients (0.71±1.36 ng/mL and controls (0.67±1.06 ng/mL were significantly higher than those of iKD patients (0.26±0.26 ng/mL (P=0.014 and P=0.041, resp.. No significant difference in mean procalcitonin level was evident among groups at any subsequent time. In conclusion, the serum procalcitonin level of patients with acute-stage cKD was significantly higher than that of iKD patients.

  7. The impact of tracheotomy on levels of procalcitonin in patients without sepsis: a prospective study

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    Xingui Dai

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Procalcitonin is a reliable biomarker of infection and sepsis. We aimed to determine whether tracheotomy influences the procalcitonin concentrations in patients without sepsis and assess whether operative duration and procedure affect the peak procalcitonin level. METHODS: A total of 38 non-septic patients who required a tracheotomy underwent either a percutaneous dilatational tracheotomy (n=19 or a surgical tracheotomy (n=19. Procalcitonin levels were measured at the beginning of the tracheotomy and at 2 h, 4 h, 8 h, 24 h, 48 h and 72 h after the procedure. RESULTS: The baseline procalcitonin concentration before the tracheotomy was 0.24±0.13 ng/mL. The postoperative levels increased rapidly, with a 4-fold elevation after 2 h, reaching a peak 4 h later with a 5-fold increase over baseline. Thereafter, the levels gradually returned to 2-fold greater than the baseline level within 72 h. The peak levels of procalcitonin showed a significant positive correlation with operative durations (r=0.710, p<0.001 and procedures (rho=0.670, p<0.001. CONCLUSION: In patients without sepsis, tracheotomy induces a rapid release of serum procalcitonin, and the operative duration and procedure have significant impacts on the peak procalcitonin levels. Thus, the nonspecific increase in procalcitonin levels following tracheotomy needs to be considered when this measure is used to evaluate infection.

  8. The impact of tracheotomy on levels of procalcitonin in patients without sepsis: a prospective study

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    Dai, Xingui; Fu, Chunlai; Wang, Changfa; Cai, Yeping; Zhang, Sheng'an; Guo, Wei; Kuang, Daibing

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Procalcitonin is a reliable biomarker of infection and sepsis. We aimed to determine whether tracheotomy influences the procalcitonin concentrations in patients without sepsis and assess whether operative duration and procedure affect the peak procalcitonin level. METHODS: A total of 38 non-septic patients who required a tracheotomy underwent either a percutaneous dilatational tracheotomy (n=19) or a surgical tracheotomy (n=19). Procalcitonin levels were measured at the beginning of the tracheotomy and at 2 h, 4 h, 8 h, 24 h, 48 h and 72 h after the procedure. RESULTS: The baseline procalcitonin concentration before the tracheotomy was 0.24±0.13 ng/mL. The postoperative levels increased rapidly, with a 4-fold elevation after 2 h, reaching a peak 4 h later with a 5-fold increase over baseline. Thereafter, the levels gradually returned to 2-fold greater than the baseline level within 72 h. The peak levels of procalcitonin showed a significant positive correlation with operative durations (r=0.710, p<0.001) and procedures (rho=0.670, p<0.001). CONCLUSION: In patients without sepsis, tracheotomy induces a rapid release of serum procalcitonin, and the operative duration and procedure have significant impacts on the peak procalcitonin levels. Thus, the nonspecific increase in procalcitonin levels following tracheotomy needs to be considered when this measure is used to evaluate infection. PMID:26375562

  9. Serum Procalcitonin Level and Mortality Risk in Critically ill Patients with Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

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    Bo Li

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The prognostic role of serum procalcitonin level in critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia was unclear. The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between serum procalcitonin level and mortality risk in critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia. Methods: Data of critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia were retrospectively collected. Demographics, comorbidities, and serum procalcitonin level were extracted from electronic medical records. The primary outcome was mortality within two months after diagnosis. Multivariable Cox regression analyses were performed to assess the prognostic role of serum procalcitonin level in those patients. Results: A total of 115 critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia were enrolled in our study. Serum procalcitonin level was not associated with age, gender, or other comorbidities. Univariate Cox regression model showed that high serum procalcitonin level was associated increased risk of morality within 2 months after diagnosis (OR = 2.32, 95% CI 1.25-4.31, P = 0.008. Multivariable Cox regression model showed that high serum procalcitonin level was independently associated increased risk of morality within 2 months after diagnosis (OR = 2.38, 95% CI 1.26-4.50, P = 0.008. Conclusion: High serum procalcitonin level is an independent prognostic biomarker of mortality risk in critically ill patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia, and it's a promising biomarker of prognosis in critically ill patients.

  10. Serum procalcitonin and cerebrospinal fluid cytokines level in children with meningitis

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    Erdal Taskın

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To determine the level of serum procalcitonin and cerebrospinal fluid cytokines in children with bacterial or viral meningitis and to document the use of these parameters in differential diagnosis.

  11. Procalcitonin levels associate with severity of Clostridium difficile infection.

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    Krishna Rao

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI is a major cause of morbidity and biomarkers that predict severity of illness are needed. Procalcitonin (PCT, a serum biomarker with specificity for bacterial infections, has been little studied in CDI. We hypothesized that PCT associated with CDI severity. DESIGN: Serum PCT levels were measured for 69 cases of CDI. Chart review was performed to evaluate the presence of severity markers and concurrent acute bacterial infection (CABI. We defined the binary variables clinical score as having fever (T >38°C, acute organ dysfunction (AOD, and/or WBC >15,000 cells/mm(3 and expanded score, which included the clinical score plus the following: ICU admission, no response to therapy, colectomy, and/or death. RESULTS: In univariate analysis log10 PCT associated with clinical score (OR 3.13, 95% CI 1.69-5.81, P0.2 ng/mL was 81% sensitive/73% specific for a positive clinical score and had a negative predictive value of 90%. CONCLUSION: An elevated PCT level associated with the presence of CDI severity markers and CDI was unlikely to be severe with a serum PCT level below 0.2 ng/mL. The extent to which PCT changes during CDI therapy or predicts recurrent CDI remains to be quantified.

  12. THE STUDY OF SERUM PROCALCITONIN LEVEL IN CORRELATION WITH SEPSIS

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    Girish M

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Sepsis refers to the systemic response to serious infection. It can be response to the infection caused by any class of microorganism. The presence of bacteraemia is an indicator of disseminated infection and generally indicates a poorer prognosis when associated with localised disease. This study was undertaken to study the diagnostic and prognostic value of Procalcitonin (PCT in patients with sepsis. AIM To study the diagnostic and prognostic value of Procalcitonin (PCT in patients with sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty patients of age more than 18 years with sepsis admitted in KMC Hospitals, Mangalore, from August 2008 to June 2010 were subjects in the study after due permission from institution and informed consent from the patients. Diagnosis of sepsis was made according to criteria by ACCP/SCCM definition for sepsis. Definitive aetiological diagnosis requires isolation of microorganism from the blood and local site of infection, Gram stain and culture of the material from the primary site of infection for the microbial aetiology was taken. Other appropriate laboratory investigations depending upon requirement were done as mentioned in the investigations. RESULTS Out of total 50 patients, 23 patients were in group of sepsis, 14 were in group of severe sepsis while 13 had septic shock. Maximum number of the study patients were in the age group of 51-60 years. 52% of the study patients were male and 48% were female. Most common symptom in patients with sepsis was fever. Most common sign in the patient with sepsis is tachycardia followed by high temperature and then tachypnoea. Most common source of sepsis was respiratory infection followed by UTI. CONCLUSION Our data suggest the possibility that the addition of Procalcitonin into the standard workup of critically ill patients with suspected sepsis could increase diagnostic certainty and improve patient management.

  13. Levels of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and neopterin in patients with advanced HIV-1 infection

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    P Bipath

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To compare the value of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein (CRP and neopterin as indicators of immune deficiency, co-infection, efficacy of treatment, and disease progression, in patients with advanced HIV-1 infection. Design. Cross-sectional, investigating baseline blood measurements and clinical observations in 82 HIV-positive patients divided into an antiretroviral treatment (ART group and an ART-naïve group. Setting. Secondary general hospital in Pretoria. Results. Procalcitonin and CRP levels showed no significant differences between the ART and ART-naïve groups, and no correlations with CD4 counts or viral loads. CRP levels were significantly higher with TB co-infection (p<0.05. Neopterin levels were raised above normal in 92% of the ART-naïve group and in 75% of the ART group. The levels were significantly higher (p<0.05 in the ART- naïve group. Negative correlations were found between neopterin and CD4 counts for the total patient group (r=-0.482; p<0.001. Neopterin was significantly (p<0.05 higher in the HIV/TB co-infection group than in those without TB. Higher neopterin levels at baseline were associated with a decline in CD4 counts over the ensuing 6-month period, and patients with higher baseline neopterin levels developed more complications over the 6-month period. Conclusions. Compared with procalcitonin and CRP, neopterin appears to be associated with the degree of immunodeficiency and of co-infection with TB. Neopterin levels may be investigated further as a measure of disease progression or treatment response. S Afr J HIV Med 2012;13(2:78-82.

  14. Serum procalcitonin level in infectious and non- infectious systemic inflammatory response syndrome: a three- year study

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    Ahmadinejad Z

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital admission and mortality. One marker for differentiation between infectious and non-infectious diseases is serum procalcitonin (PCT level. The goal of this study was evaluation of serum procalcitonin level for differentiation among infectious & non infectious systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS."n"nMethods: In a cross sectional study 263 patients with probable symptoms of sepsis that admitted to emergency department of Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex in Tehran, Iran, between 2006 and 2008, were evaluated for serum procalcitonin level by semi quantitative method. The clinical findings, demographic and laboratory data were identified by reviewing the medical notes."n"nResults: A total of 263 patients enrolled in the study. Mean age in study patients was 46.9 year (±20.7 and most of the patients were male (65.8%. In 104 patients (39.5% serum procalcitonin level was less than 0.5 (ng/ml, in 49 patients (18.6% was between 0.5 and 2 (ng/ml, in 74 patients (28.1% was between 2 and 10 (ng/ml and in 36 patients (13.8% was more than 10 (ng/ml. Sixty three patients (60.6% with PCT<0.5ng/ml, had non-infectious SIRS, while all patients with PCT≥10ng/ml, had infectious

  15. Serum Neopterin and Procalcitonin Levels in Relationship with Pediatric Burn Wound Infections.

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    Pilanci, Ozgur; Ergin, Sevgi; Sirekbasan, Serhat; Ersin, Idris; Habip, Zafer; Yuksel, Pelin; Kuvat, Nuray; Aslan, Mustafa; Dinc, Oyku; Saribas, Suat; Kocazeybek, Bekir

    2016-03-01

    Infection and septic complications in burn patients can be monitored by procalcitonin (PCT) and neopterin plasma values. The aim of the study was to investigate serum neopterin and PCT levels with WBC (white blood cell) and CRP (C-reactive protein) levels in patient group (PG) and healthy control group (HCG) and to investigate the relationship of these markers with burn wound infections (BWI). As the PG, 23 patients between 0-12 ages and up to 30% Total Body Surface Area (TBSA) burned and 15 HCG were included. PCT, neopterin, WBC, and CRP results on the first, the seventh, the fourteenth and the 21st day have been compared. During the follow-up period, 11 patients with BWI and 12 patients without BWI were classified as infected and non-infected patients, respectively. PCT and neopterin levels were detected higher in patients with BWI but no significant difference were present. Also, PCT and neopterin levels within the first 24 hours following the burn were detected higher in PG than HCG. CRP and WBC levels were detected high due to burn trauma. PCT and neopterin levels were increased in patients with BWI. PCT levels were increased during the pre-infectious period, while neopterin levels increased during the post-infectious period.

  16. Comparison on Serum Levels of Procalcitonin of Children with Viral and Bacterial Infection

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare and analyze serum levels of procalcitonin (PCT) of children with viral and bacterial infection and probe into the importance of determining the level of serum PCT in the diagnosis of bacterial infection in order to provide evidences of the clinical use of antibiotics. Methods A total of 85 cases of children with an average age of 8.9 years (10 months-12 years) were enrolled in this study, 53 cases were with viral infection and 32 cases with bacterial infection. We determined serum levels of PCT by semi-quantitative solid phase immunoassay, and the serum levels of PCT were divided into four grades as Results The serum level of PCT of the group with bacterial infection were signiifcantly higher than that of the group with viral infection (P Conclusions Serum PCT is a bacterial sensitive marker of bacterial infection in children, and the determination of the level of serum PCT is helpful for the diagnosis of bacterial infection, which can also be a basis for the use of antibiotics.

  17. Evaluation Of Sensitivity And Spesicity Of CSF Procalcitonin Levels In Differentiation Of Bacterial And Viral Meningitis,In Children Older Than Two Months

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    Rahimi H

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Bacterial meningitis is a fatal disease with high mortality and morbidity that needs emergency management. But due to nonspecific signs and symptoms it's diagnosis in children is difficult. Recently procalcitonin has been used for diagnosis of serious bacterial infections like bacterial meningitis. We conducted a prospective study in children for evaluation of procalcitonin in differential diagnosis of acute bacterial and viral meningitis. Materials and Methods: In a prospective process research, we measured CSF procalcitonin levels in 43 children older than two months referred to Markaz Tebbi hospital. According to the results of universal PCR the patients were divided into two groups: bacterial meningitis (n=11 and nonbacterial meningitis (n=32. To analysis the results, Mann-Whitney test was used. Results: CSF procalcitonin level in bacterial meningitis was significantly higher than viral meningitis (1.72±0.9 ng/ml and 0.71±0.04ng/ml respectively,Pvalue= 0.00. A serum procalcitonin level >0.5 ng/ml had high sensitivity and specificity ( 90.1% and 97.1% respectively in the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Conclusion: CSF procalcitonin level seems to be a valuable marker in differentiating between bacterial and viral meningitis.

  18. Abnormal insulin levels and vertigo.

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    Proctor, C A

    1981-10-01

    Fifty patients with unexplained vertigo (36) or lightheadedness (14) are evaluated, all of whom had abnormal ENGs and normal audiograms. Five hour insulin glucose tolerance tests were performance on all patients, with insulin levels being obtained fasting and at one-half, one, two, and three hours. The results of this investigation were remarkable. Borderline or abnormal insulin levels were discovered in 82% of patients; 90% were found to have either an abnormal glucose tolerance test or at least borderline insulin levels. The response to treatment in these dizzy patients was also startling, with appropriate low carbohydrate diets improving the patient's symptoms in 90% of cases. It is, therefore, apparent that the earliest identification of carbohydrate imbalance with an insulin glucose tolerance test is extremely important in the work-up of the dizzy patients.

  19. Serum procalcitonin and CRP levels in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a case control study

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    Ersoz Galip

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Both C reactive protein (CRP and procalcitonin (PCT are well known acute phase reactant proteins. CRP was reported to increase in metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes. Similarly altered level of serum PCT was found in chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis. The liver is considered the main source of CRP and a source of PCT, however, the serum PCT and CRP levels in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD were not compared previously. Therefore we aimed to study the diagnostic and discriminative role of serum PCT and CRP in NAFLD. Methods Fifty NAFLD cases and 50 healthy controls were included to the study. Liver function tests were measured, body mass index was calculated, and insulin resistance was determined by using a homeostasis model assessment (HOMA-IR. Ultrasound evaluation was performed for each subject. Serum CRP was measured with nephalometric method. Serum PCT was measured with Kryptor based system. Results Serum PCT levels were similar in steatohepatitis (n 20 and simple steatosis (n 27 patients, and were not different than the control group (0.06 ± 0.01, 0.04 ± 0.01 versus 0.06 ± 0.01 ng/ml respectively. Serum CRP levels were significantly higher in simple steatosis, and steatohepatitis groups compared to healthy controls (7.5 ± 1.6 and 5.2 ± 2.5 versus 2.9 ± 0.5 mg/dl respectively p Conclusion Serum PCT was within normal ranges in patients with simple steatosis or steatohepatitis and has no diagnostic value. Serum CRP level was increased in NAFLD compared to controls. CRP can be used as an additional marker for diagnosis of NAFLD but it has no value in discrimination of steatohepatitis from simple steatosis.

  20. High Level Serum Procalcitonin Associated Gouty Arthritis Susceptibility: From a Southern Chinese Han Population.

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    Wen Liu

    Full Text Available To study the serum Procalcitonin (PCT level in inflammatory arthritis including gouty arthritis (GA, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA, and ankylosing spondylitis (AS without any evidence of infection were evaluated the possible discriminative role of PCT in gouty arthritis susceptibility in southern Chinese Han Population.From Feb, 2012 to Feb, 2015, 51 patients with GA, 37 patients with RA, 41 patients with AS and 33 healthy control were enrolled in this study with no evidence of infections. The serum level of PCT (normal range < 0.05 ng/ml was measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA. Disease activity was determined by scores of VAS (4.07 ± 1.15, DAS28 (4.97 ± 1.12, and ASDAS (2.97 ± 0.81 in GA, RA and AS groups respectively. Other laboratory parameters such as, serum creatinine (CRE, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP, uric acid (UA and white blood cells (WBC were extracted from medical record system.Serum PCT level was predominantly higher in gouty arthritis than in RA and AS patients, especially in the GA patients with tophi. PCT was significantly positively correlated with VAS, CRP and ESR in gouty arthritis and CRP in AS. PCT also had positive correlation-ship with ESR, DAS28 and ASDAS in RA and AS patients respectively, but significant differences were not observed.These data suggested that PCT is not solely a biomarker for infection, but also an indicator in inflammatory arthritis, especially in gouty arthritis.

  1. Usefulness of Serum Procalcitonin Levels in Predicting Tubo-Ovarian Abscess in Patients with Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

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    Erenel, Hakan; Yilmaz, Nevin; Oncul, Mahmut; Acikgoz, Abdullah Serdar; Karatas, Suat; Ayhan, Isil; Aslan, Berna; Tuten, Abdullah

    2016-09-03

    We aimed to investigate the clinical importance of serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in the diagnosis of tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). Patients diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID; n = 36) and patients diagnosed with TOA (n = 42) were included in the study. Sociodemographic characteristics, laboratory and clinical parameters were compared between the 2 groups. Mean PCT level was higher in the TOA group (p = 0.004). Mean length of stay in hospital was longer in patients with TOA (p TOA. Serum PCT is a promising inexpensive marker for the diagnosis of TOA in PID patients.

  2. Diagnostic value of sTREM-1 and procalcitonin levels in the early diagnosis of sepsis

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    Aksaray, Sebahat; Alagoz, Pinar; Inan, Asuman; Cevan, Simin; Ozgultekin, Asu

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Sepsis is still major cause of morbidity and mortality, despite improvements in diagnosis and treatment in modern medicine. Therefore, laboratory examinations that provide correct and rapid results are needed to support the diagnosis. This study was conducted to investigate value of immunological indicators procalcitonin (PCT) and soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) in differential diagnosis of patients with sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), as well as to assess their importance in determining prognosis of patients with sepsis. METHODS: Total of 90 patients, 38 with SIRS and 52 with sepsis, who were between the ages 20 to 92, were included in this prospectively planned study. Blood sample was collected from the patients during hospitalization and again in follow-up visit. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MyBioSource, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA) was used to measure sTREM-1, and PCT was measured using mini VIDAS B.R.A.H.M.S PCT assay (Biomerieux, S.A., Marcy-l’Étoile, France). In addition, patients were clinically assessed using Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II scoring system. RESULTS: On day of intensive care unit admission, sTREM-1 and PCT levels, as well as APACHE II score were significantly higher in sepsis group than SIRS group (p=0.001, p=0.01, p=0.001, respectively). Values of sTREM-1 and APACHE II score were higher in the patients with positive blood cultures than those with negative culture results (p=0.002, p=0.006, respectively). PCT, C-reactive protein, and sTREM-1 levels were significantly higher in nonsurviving group. In differentiation of SIRS from sepsis, sTREM-1 cut-off value ≥133 pg/mL and PCT cut-off value of 1.57 ng/mL yielded sensitivity of 71.1% and 67.33%, and specificity of 73.3% and 65.79%, respectively. CONCLUSION: In patients with suspected sepsis, sTREM-1 and PCT can be used as indicators, in addition to scoring systems such as APACHE II and

  3. Procalcitonin as an indicator of urosepsis

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    Sugimoto K

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Koichi Sugimoto, Shogo Adomi, Hiroyuki Koike, Atsunobu Esa Department of Urology, NTT West Osaka Hospital, Osaka, Japan Background: Procalcitonin has been advocated as a marker of bacterial infection, so this study was carried out to determine the usefulness of serum procalcitonin in the early diagnosis of urosepsis. Methods: The subjects were 37 febrile patients with urinary tract infection in whom we examined the serum procalcitonin concentration at the start of treatment. Results: Thirty patients had acute pyelonephritis (16 simple, 14 complex, one had emphysematous pyelonephritis, five had acute prostatitis, and one had acute epididymitis. The procalcitonin level was <0.5 ng/mL in 18 patients, ≥0.5 ng/mL in one patient, ≥2 ng/mL in seven patients, and ≥10 ng/mL in 11 patients. Five of the 11 patients with procalcitonin levels ≥ 10 ng/mL had disseminated intravascular coagulation. All patients with urinary tract obstruction and disseminated intravascular coagulation had procalcitonin levels ≥ 10 ng/mL. Conclusion: Although this retrospective study comprised a small number of patients, we found that procalcitonin was a useful marker for urinary tract infection. Keywords: procalcitonin, urosepsis, urinary tract infection, urology

  4. Host response biomarkers in sepsis: the role of procalcitonin.

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    Vincent, Jean-Louis; Van Nuffelen, Marc; Lelubre, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Procalcitonin is the prohormone of calcitonin and present in minute quantities in health. However, during infection, its levels rise considerably and are correlated with the severity of the infection. Several assays have been developed for measurement of procalcitonin levels; in this article, we will briefly present the PCT-sensitive Kryptor(®) test (Brahms, Hennigsdorf, Germany), one of the most widely used assays for procalcitonin in recent studies. Many studies have demonstrated the value of procalcitonin levels for diagnosing sepsis and assessing disease severity. Procalcitonin levels have also been successfully used to guide antibiotic administration. However, procalcitonin is not specific for sepsis, and values need to be interpreted in the context of a full clinical examination and the presence of other signs and symptoms of sepsis.

  5. Comparative Study of Plasma Endotoxin with Procalcitonin Levels in Diagnosis of Bacteremia in Intensive Care Unit Patients

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    Tao Wang; Yun-Liang Cui; Zhao-Fen Lin; De-Chang Chen

    2016-01-01

    Background: Both procalcitonin (PCT) and plasma endotoxin levels cannot be solely used for a definite diagnosis ofbacteremia or sepsis, and there has been few study comparing the values of the two biomarkers for the diagnosis of bacteremia.The aim of this study was to identify bacteria causing bacteremia and evaluate the role of the two biomarkers in the diagnosis ofbacteremia in Intensive Care Unit (ICU).Methods: The medical records of 420 patients in ICU were retrospectively reviewed.Patients (n =241) who met the inclusion criteria were subjected to blood culture (BC) for the analysis of the endotoxin or PCT levels.The exclusion criteria included the presence of infection with human immunodeficiency virus and/or AIDS, neutropenia without sepsis, pregnancy, treatment with immunosuppressive therapies, or blood diseases such as hematological tumors.Patients' BC episodes were divided into BC negative, Gram-negative (GN) bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, and fungi groups.The PCT and plasma endotoxin levels were compared in the different groups.Results: A total of 241 patients with 505 episodes of BC were analyzed.The GN bacteria group showed higher levels of PCT and endotoxin than the BC negative, Gram-positive bacteria, and fungi groups.GN bacteremia was more prevalent than Gram-positive bacteremia.The GN bacteremia caused by non-Enterobacteriaceae infection presented higher endotoxin level than that by Enterobacteriaceae, but no significant difference in PCT levels was observed between the two groups.The plasma endotoxin significantly differed among different groups and was bacterial species dependent.Conclusions: Plasma endotoxin was more related to GN than to Gram-positive bacteremia, and that endotoxin level was species dependent, but PCT level remained relatively more stable within the GN bacteria caused bacteremia.Both GN and positive bacteria caused bacteremia in the ICU patients in different regions of China.And PCT is a more valuable biomarker than endotoxin

  6. Differential kinetics of plasma procalcitonin levels in cerebral malaria in urban Senegalese patients according to disease outcome

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    Babacar Mbengue

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available P. falciparum malaria continues as the serial killer of over a million lives yearly, mainly for children in sub-Saharan Africa. For severe malaria, we are still on the quest for a prognostic marker of fatal outcome. We analysed the association between serum levels of Procalcitonin (PCT, a marker of septic inflammation, and clinical outcome in Senegalese patients admitted with confirmed cerebral malaria in the intensive care facility of Hopital Principal. A total of 98 patients living in the hypoendemic urban area of Dakar, Senegal, were enrolled during transmission seasons. Levels of PCT were compared between surviving vs the 26.5 % fatal cases in blood samples of the 3 days following hospitalisation. Mean PCT levels were elevated in patients with active infection, with a large range of values (0.1 to 280 nanog per mL, significantly higher on day 0 in fatal cases than in surviving (53.6 vs 27.3; P=0.01. No exact individual threshold level could indicate occurrence of fatality, however mortality could be most accurately predicted by PCT level above 69 nanog per ML and there was a very clear different profile of evolution of PCT levels on the 3 days of observation decreasing early from day 1 in surviving patients (P<10–3, contrary to fatal cases. These results indicate that PCT kinetic rather than intrinsic level could be of use to predict a reduced risk of fatality in patient with cerebral malaria and could serve as potential predicting marker for severe malaria.

  7. Placental loctogen levels associated with gross fetal abnormality.

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    Gau, G S; Cadle, G

    1977-02-01

    Four cases of severe congenital abnormality associated with persistently low maternal serum human placental lactogen levels are described. It is thought that this pattern might act as a warning of severe fetal abnormality.

  8. Procalcitonin levels in fresh serum and fresh synovial fluid for the differential diagnosis of knee septic arthritis from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis.

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    Wang, Chenggong; Zhong, DA; Liao, Qiande; Kong, Lingyu; Liu, Ansong; Xiao, Han

    2014-10-01

    Whether the levels of procalcitonin (PCT) in the serum and synovial fluid are effective indicators for distinguishing septic arthritis (SA) from non-infectious arthritis remains controversial. The present study aimed to evaluate whether PCT levels in fresh serum or fresh joint fluid may be used in the differential diagnosis of SA from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and gouty arthritis (GA). From January 2012 to June 2013, 23 patients with knee SA, 21 patients with RA, 40 patients with OA and 11 patients with GA were enrolled in the current study. The levels of PCT were measured within 24 h after specimen collection at room temperature. An enzyme-linked fluorescence assay (ELFA) was used to detect the levels of PCT in the serum and synovial fluid. The correlations between the levels of PCT in the serum and synovial fluid and the arthritic patient groups were determined by the Nemenyi test. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve were calculated to evaluate the accuracy of the correlations. The levels of PCT in the serum and joint fluid of the patients in the SA group were higher compared with those of the other groups (Parthritis; however, the PCT levels in fresh synovial fluid are more sensitive and accurate indicators than PCT levels in fresh serum.

  9. Procalcitonin as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Factor for Tuberculosis Meningitis

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    Kim, Jinseung; Kim, Si Eun; Park, Bong Soo; Shin, Kyong Jin; Ha, Sam Yeol; Park, Jinse; Kim, Sung Eun; Park, Kang Min

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    Background and Purpose We investigated the potential role of serum procalcitonin in differentiating tuberculosis meningitis from bacterial and viral meningitis, and in predicting the prognosis of tuberculosis meningitis. Methods This was a retrospective study of 26 patients with tuberculosis meningitis. In addition, 70 patients with bacterial meningitis and 49 patients with viral meningitis were included as the disease control groups for comparison. The serum procalcitonin level was measured ...

  10. Survey of serum procalcitonin in cirrhotic patients.

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    Rahimkhani, Monireh; Einollahi, Nahid; Khavari Daneshvar, Hossein; Dashti, Nasrin

    2013-04-06

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is a prohormone that has been used as a marker for the diagnosis of bacterial infections. The aim of this study was to survey PCT levels in patients with cirrhosis. Sixty-four patients with hepatic cirrhosis and 32 healthy blood donors were enrolled in this study. Serum PCT levels was detected using immunoluminometric assay. The rate of positive PCT was higher in patients with hepatitis C cirrhosis (92.8%) than the other groups. Among other cirrhotic patients, positive PCT levels were 77% for hepatitis B, 70% for cancer and 53.3% for unknown groups respectively. Serum procalcitonin levels were significantly higher in cirrhotic patients with bacterial infection (2.65±1.11 ng/ml) than those without infection (0.59±0.16 ng/ml, P=0.0001). PCT assay in cirrhotic patients may help diagnosis of sepsis and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.

  11. Survey of Serum Procalcitonin in Cirrhotic Patients

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    Monireh Rahimkhani

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Procalcitonin (PCT is a prohormone that has been used as a marker for the diagnosis of bacterial infections. The aim of this study was to survey PCT levels in patients with cirrhosis. Sixty-four patients with hepatic cirrhosis and 32 healthy blood donors were enrolled in this study. Serum PCT levels was detected using immunoluminometric assay. The rate of positive PCT was higher in patients with hepatitis C cirrhosis (92.8% than the other groups. Among other cirrhotic patients, positive PCT levels were 77% for hepatitis B, 70% for cancer and 53.3% for unknown groups respectively. Serum procalcitonin levels were significantly higher in cirrhotic patients with bacterial infection (2.65±1.11 ng/ml than those without infection (0.59±0.16 ng/ml, P=0.0001. PCT assay in cirrhotic patients may help diagnosis of sepsis and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use

  12. Prognostic value of serum procalcitonin and C-reactive protein levels in critically ill patients who developed ventilator-associated pneumonia

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    Hakan Tanriverdi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in critically ill patients. We sought to determine the prognostic value of procalcitonin (PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP kinetics in critically ill patients who developed VAP. METHODS: Patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU and developed VAP were eligible. Patients were followed for 28 days after the pneumonia diagnosis and blood samples for PCT and CRP were collected on the day of the pneumonia diagnosis (D0, and days 3 (D3 and 7 (D7 after the diagnosis. Patients were grouped as survivors and non-survivors, and the mean PCT and CRP values and their kinetics were assessed. RESULTS: In total, 45 patients were enrolled. Of them, 22 (48.8% died before day 28 after the pneumonia diagnosis. There was no significant difference between the survivor and non-survivor groups in terms of PCT on the day of pneumonia diagnosis or CRP levels at any point. However, the PCT levels days 3 and 7 were significantly higher in the non-survivor group than the survivor group. Whereas PCT levels decreased significantly from D0 to D7 in the survivor group, CRP did not. A PCT level above 1 ng/mL on day 3 was the strongest predictor of mortality, with an odds ratio of 22.6. CONCLUSION: Serum PCT was found to be a superior prognostic marker compared to CRP in terms of predicting mortality in critically ill patients who developed VAP. The PCT level on D3 was the strongest predictor of mortality in VAP.

  13. Prognostic value of procalcitonin in hospitalized patients with lower respiratory tract infections

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    Nobre, Vandack; Borges, Isabela

    2016-01-01

    Lower respiratory tract infections are common and potentially lethal conditions and are a major cause of inadequate antibiotic prescriptions. Characterization of disease severity and prognostic prediction in affected patients can aid disease management and can increase accuracy in determining the need for and place of hospitalization. The inclusion of biomarkers, particularly procalcitonin, in the decision taken process is a promising strategy. This study aims to present a narrative review of the potential applications and limitations of procalcitonin as a prognostic marker in hospitalized patients with lower respiratory tract infections. The studies on this topic are heterogeneous with respect to procalcitonin measurement techniques, cutoff values, clinical settings, and disease severity. The results show that procalcitonin delivers moderate performance for prognostic prediction in patients with lower respiratory tract infections; its predictive performance was not higher than that of classical methods, and knowledge of procalcitonin levels is most useful when interpreted together with other clinical and laboratory results. Overall, repeated measurement of the procalcitonin levels during the first days of treatment provides more prognostic information than a single measurement; however, information on the cost-effectiveness of this procedure in intensive care patients is lacking. The results of studies that evaluated the prognostic value of initial procalcitonin levels in patients with community-acquired pneumonia are more consistent and have greater potential for practical application; in this case, low procalcitonin levels identify those patients with a low risk of adverse outcomes. PMID:27305038

  14. Plasma Procalcitonin Is Associated with Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and the Metabolic Syndrome

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    Abbasi, Ali; Corpeleijn, Eva; Postmus, Douwe; Gansevoort, Ron T.; de Jong, Paul E.; Gans, Rijk O. B.; Struck, Joachim; Hillege, Hans L.; Stolk, Ronald P.; Navis, Gerjan; Bakker, Stephan J. L.

    2010-01-01

    Context: Procalcitonin, a well-known biomarker of sepsis and bacterial infections, is produced by adipose tissue and has potential as a marker for chronic low-grade inflammation. Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate whether plasma procalcitonin levels in the normal range are as

  15. Procalcitonine als biomarker voor infecties

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    de Jonge, J C; de Lange, D W; Bij de Vaate, E A; van Leeuwen, H; Arends, J E

    2016-01-01

    - Inappropriate use of antibiotics in patients without bacterial infection contributes significantly to worldwide antibiotic resistance.- The goal of this review is to summarise evidence from randomised trials investigating the value of the biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) in patients with symptoms of

  16. CHANGES OF SEURM PROCALCITONIN LEVELS IN MIGRAINE PATIENTS%偏头痛患者血清降钙素原水平的变化

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    陈东平; 侯淑红; 张志坚; 陈衍贵; 陈明生

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the changes of serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in patients with migraine and the underlying mechanism of migraine. Method: 163 adult patients with migraine were divided into two main groups: migraine during headache attack period (n = 80) and migraine during headache free period (n = 83). These patients were further divided into four subgroups according to with or without aura. The serum levels of PCT in all patients were measured. Result: PCT levels in patients with migraine during headache attack period were significantly higher than those during headache free period (P < 0.01). PCT levels in patients with migraine with aura and in patients with migraine without aura during headache attack period were also significantly higher than those during headache free period (P < 0.01). Conclusion: PCT may be an inflammatory marker for migraine attacks, and was response for one of the underlying mechanisms of migraine attacks.%目的:观察偏头痛患者血清降钙素原(PCT)水平的变化,探讨偏头痛可能的发病机制.方法:将163例偏头痛患者分成偏头痛发作期组(n=80)和偏头痛发作间期组(n=83).根据患者有无先兆症状进一步分成四个亚组:无先兆偏头痛的发作期组(n=68)、先兆偏头痛的发作期组(n=12)、无先兆偏头痛的发作间期组(n=70)、先兆偏头痛的发作间期组(n=13).测定每组患者血清PCT水平.结果:所有偏头痛患者中,偏头痛发作期PCT水平明显高于发作间期(P<0.01).在无先兆偏头痛或先兆偏头痛患者中,偏头痛发作期PCT水平也分别明显高于发作间期(P<0.01).结论:PCT可能是偏头痛发作的一个炎症标志,是偏头痛发作的潜在机制之一.

  17. Comparative Study of Plasma Endotoxin with Procalcitonin Levels in Diagnosis of Bacteremia in Intensive Care Unit Patients

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    Tao Wang

    2016-01-01

    Conclusions: Plasma endotoxin was more related to GN than to Gram-positive bacteremia, and that endotoxin level was species dependent, but PCT level remained relatively more stable within the GN bacteria caused bacteremia. Both GN and positive bacteria caused bacteremia in the ICU patients in different regions of China. And PCT is a more valuable biomarker than endotoxin in the diagnosis of bacteremia.

  18. Presepsin (soluble CD14 subtype) and procalcitonin levels for mortality prediction in sepsis: data from the Albumin Italian Outcome Sepsis trial

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    Introduction Sepsis, a leading cause of death in critically ill patients, is the result of complex interactions between the infecting microorganisms and the host responses that influence clinical outcomes. We evaluated the prognostic value of presepsin (sCD14-ST), a novel biomarker of bacterial infection, and compared it with procalcitonin (PCT). Methods This is a retrospective, case–control study of a multicenter, randomized clinical trial enrolling patients with severe sepsis or septic shock in ICUs in Italy. We selected 50 survivors and 50 non-survivors at ICU discharge, matched for age, sex and time from sepsis diagnosis to enrollment. Plasma samples were collected 1, 2 and 7 days after enrollment to assay presepsin and PCT. Outcome was assessed 28 and 90 days after enrollment. Results Early presepsin (day 1) was higher in decedents (2,269 pg/ml, median (Q1 to Q3), 1,171 to 4,300 pg/ml) than in survivors (1,184 pg/ml (median, 875 to 2,113); P = 0.002), whereas PCT was not different (18.5 μg/L (median 3.4 to 45.2) and 10.8 μg/L (2.7 to 41.9); P = 0.31). The evolution of presepsin levels over time was significantly different in survivors compared to decedents (P for time-survival interaction = 0.03), whereas PCT decreased similarly in the two groups (P = 0.13). Presepsin was the only variable independently associated with ICU and 28-day mortality in Cox models adjusted for clinical characteristics. It showed better prognostic accuracy than PCT in the range of Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score (area under the curve (AUC) from 0.64 to 0.75 vs. AUC 0.53 to 0.65). Conclusions In this multicenter clinical trial, we provide the first evidence that presepsin measurements may have useful prognostic information for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. These preliminary findings suggest that presepsin may be of clinical importance for early risk stratification. PMID:24393424

  19. Diagnostic value of soluble CD163 serum levels in patients suspected of meningitis: comparison with CRP and procalcitonin

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    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Larsen, Klaus; Kristiansen, Thomas Birk;

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the diagnostic value of sCD163 serum levels with CRP and PCT in meningitis and bacterial infection. An observational cohort study was conducted between February 2001 and February 2005. The study population comprised 55 patients suspected of meningi......The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the diagnostic value of sCD163 serum levels with CRP and PCT in meningitis and bacterial infection. An observational cohort study was conducted between February 2001 and February 2005. The study population comprised 55 patients suspected...... of meningitis on admission to a 27-bed infectious disease department at a Danish university hospital. Biomarker serum levels on admission were measured. Sensitivity and specificity were evaluated at pre-specified cut-off values and overall diagnostic accuracies were compared using receiver......-operating characteristic AUCs (areas under curves). Patients were classified by 2 sets of diagnostic criteria into: A) purulent meningitis, serous meningitis or non-meningitis, and B) systemic bacterial infection, local bacterial infection or non-bacterial disease. An elevated serum level of sCD163 was the most specific...

  20. Role of serum procalcitonin level in early diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia in children, a hospital based study

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    Sheikh Mohd Saleem

    2016-05-01

    Conclusions: Serum PCT is an important biomarker for prompt diagnosis of bacterial infection and a sensitive indicator to distinguish bacterial from non-bacterial pneumonia. Evaluating serum PCT levels helps in early use of antibiotic therapy and prognosis of underlying disease. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(5.000: 1518-1521

  1. Diagnostic value of soluble CD163 serum levels in patients suspected of meningitis: comparison with CRP and procalcitonin

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    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Larsen, Klaus; Kristiansen, Thomas Birk;

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the diagnostic value of sCD163 serum levels with CRP and PCT in meningitis and bacterial infection. An observational cohort study was conducted between February 2001 and February 2005. The study population comprised 55 patients suspected......-operating characteristic AUCs (areas under curves). Patients were classified by 2 sets of diagnostic criteria into: A) purulent meningitis, serous meningitis or non-meningitis, and B) systemic bacterial infection, local bacterial infection or non-bacterial disease. An elevated serum level of sCD163 was the most specific...... infection, the AUC of sCD163 (0.83) did not differ significantly from those of CRP or PCT. All markers had AUCs meningitis and other conditions. In conclusion, CRP and PCT had high diagnostic value and were superior as markers of bacterial infection compared to s...

  2. Abnormal plasma prothrombin (PIVKA-II) levels in hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Kawaguchi, Y

    1989-05-01

    The concentration of abnormal prothrombin, or the protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II) in 102 patients with hepatic disorders was measured by an enzyme immunoassay method. The concentration of PIVKA-II in the plasma was elevated in 11 out of 18 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and also in a patient with hepatoblastoma. There was no correlation between serum alpha-fetoprotein and plasma PIVKA-II levels. The PIVKA-II level was normal in 11 patients who had metastatic carcinoma or cholangiocellular carcinoma. Moreover, benign diseases of the liver did not cause an elevation in PIVKA-II. PIVKA-II might be an useful marker of hepatocellular carcinoma because, like alpha-fetoprotein, its level changes in close relation to the effects of treatment.

  3. Study on the changes of serum procalcitonin and interleukin - 6 levels among the neonates with sepsis%新生儿败血症患儿血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平变化研究

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    陆彩霞; 王海兰; 李春娥

    2012-01-01

    Objective; To explore the values of serum procalcitonin and interleukin -6 levels in early diagnosis of neonatal sepsis. Methods; Forty neonates with sepsis and forty healthy neonates were selected as research objects, the serum procalcitonin and interleukin - 6 levels during acute phase and recovery phase in sepsis group and control group were detected. Results: Hie serum procalcitonin and interleukin - 6 levels during acute phase in sepsis group were significantly higher than those in control group ( P 0. 05 ) . The serum procalcitonin and interleukin -6 levels during acute phase in sepsis group were significantly higher than those during recovery phase in sepsis group (P <0.05) . Conclusion: There is a positive correlation between serum procalcitonin and interleukin -6 levels and the degree of severity of neonatal sepsis, serum procalcitonin and interleukin -6 levels can be used as important indexes for early diagnosis and evaluation of prognosis in the neonates with sepsis.%目的:探讨血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平在新生儿败血症早期诊断中的价值.方法:选择40例败血症新生儿及40例健康新生儿作为研究对象,测定败血症组急性期、恢复期及健康对照组血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平.结果:败血症组急性期血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平显著高于对照组(P<0.05).败血症组恢复期和对照组血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平比较,差别无统计学意义(P>0.05).败血症组急性期血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平显著高于恢复期(P<0.05).结论:血清降钙素原及白介索-6水平和新生儿败血症严重程度呈正相关性,血清降钙素原及白介素-6水平可作为新生儿败血症早期诊断及评价预后的重要指标.

  4. Abnormal vitamin levels in patients receiving home total parenteral nutrition.

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    Mikalunas, V; Fitzgerald, K; Rubin, H; McCarthy, R; Craig, R M

    2001-01-01

    The administration of multivitamins to patients receiving home parenteral nutrition (HPN) was decreased from once daily to three times weekly during the parenteral multivitamin shortage in 1997. Blood vitamin levels were measured to examine whether the decrement in the infused vitamins affected the levels. Six patients with normal renal and liver function, receiving HPN for 6 months to 10 years, were studied 6 months after the institution of 10 mL of multivitamins thrice weekly. Two patients with renal insufficiency who required hemodialysis and HPN were also studied. Multivitamin administration was eliminated in one patient and was reduced to once weekly when elevated pyridoxine levels were found in association with possible neurotoxicity. Five of the six patients with normal renal function had low serum ascorbic acid levels. Serum riboflavin levels were found to be low in one patient, serum pyridoxine was low in one, serum retinoids were low in three, and serum niacin was low in one. There were no clinically obvious untoward effects caused by the vitamin deficiencies. Each of the dialysis patients had elevated serum pyridoxine levels and had some neurologic disturbance (peripheral neuropathy, involuntary movements). The serum pyridoxine levels fell to normal in each after the cessation or decrease of the multivitamin preparation. Ascorbic acid levels were low in one patient and fell into abnormally low levels in the other when the parenteral multivitamins were reduced, but they corrected with the separate administration of intravenous vitamin C. In conclusion, the reduced administration of multivitamins in 1997 resulted in diminished ascorbic acid levels in seven of eight patients receiving total parenteral nutrition. Less often, low levels of retinoids, niacin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin were seen. Patients with chronic renal failure receiving HPN with multivitamins may develop elevated pyridoxine levels, which might result in neurologic sequelae.

  5. The Value of C-Reactive Protein and Procalcitonin in Febrile Neutropenia

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    Solmaz Çelebi

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Febrile neutropenia is the major cause of mortality and morbidity in cancer patients. For this reason, early diagnosis of severe infections and appropriate antimicrobial therapy are very important. The aim of this study was to investigate the difference between C-reactive protein (CRP and procalcitonin in determining the sepsis and its severity. Materials and Method: A total of 30 children (35 episodes with febrile neutropenia who were hospitalized in the Uludag University, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit were included in this prospective study. The blood samples for CRP and procalcitonin were collected daily between 0 to 5th days. Serum CRP and procalcitonin levels were compared with culture positivity, prolonged fever, mucositis and absolute granulosit count (AGC. Results: A total of 16 patients (56% diagnosed with acute leukemia and, 14 patients (46% having solid tumours were evaluated. In sequential analysis of febrile episodes, both the median of procalcitonin and the CRP concentrations showed the same tendency and there was no significant correlation between them (r=0.2, p>0.05. There was no significant association between CRP and procalcitonin among those having positive culture and mucositis. However, CRP values at the 3rd, 4th and 5th days were significantly higher in the patients with AGC100/mm3. Similarly, CRP values were significantly higher at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th days among the patients having prolonged fever. Conclusion: Our study suggests that there is no difference between CRP and procalcitonin in determining sepsis and its severity. Although procalcitonin is a valuable acute phase reactant in non-neutropenic patients, larger prospective investigations are needed to show the prognostic value of procalcitonin in neutropenic patients. (Journal of Current Pediatrics 2009; 7: 7-12

  6. Procalcitonin kinetics as a prognostic marker in severe sepsis/septic shock

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    Full Text Available Background and Aims: To evaluate the prognostic value of change (fall in serum procalcitonin level (PCT in critically ill adults with severe sepsis/septic shock. Methods: This was a prospective observational study in a general purpose Intensive Care Unit of a teaching Institute. PCT was measured at admission (D0 and after 72-96 h (D4 by electrochemi-luminescence immunoassay (BRAHMS PCT kit in adults (>18 years admitted with severe sepsis or septic shock. Change in procalcitonin values from D0 to D4 was correlated with the primary outcome, that is, 28 days mortality. All results are reported as median (interquartile range. Results: A total of 171 (100 males of 181 patients were included. The median age was 46 years (range 19-79. 137 patients were in septic shock and 34 in severe sepsis. The sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA score in all patients was 11 (9-14.91 (53.2% patients survived at 28 days (survivors. The baseline procalcitonin was similar in two groups (3.48 [1.04-15.85] vs. 5.27 [1.81-23.57] ng/ml in survivors and nonsurvivors [NS] respectively. The procalcitonin change was 1.58 (0.20-8.52 in survivors and 0.28 (-1.38-6.17 in NS (P = 0.01. The C-statistic of percentage change in procalcitonin from D0 to D4 to predict survival was 0.73 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.65-0.82 when compared to 0.78 (95% CI: 0.71-0.86 for change of SOFA score. For an absolute fall in procalcitonin of >1 ng/ml, a 70% fall predicted survival with 75% sensitivity and 64% specificity. Conclusions: In critically ill-patients with severe sepsis/septic shock, change (fall in procalcitonin is associated with good outcome.

  7. Clinical practice of procalcitonin and hypersensitive c-reactive protein test in neonatal infection.

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    Yao, Aimei; Liu, Jingyan; Chang, Jing; Deng, Caiyan; Hu, Yulian; Yu, Fengqin; Ma, Zhanmin; Wang, Guangzhou

    2016-03-01

    To study the clinical practice of procalcitonin and hypersensitive c-reactive protein test in neonatal infection. Two hundred cases of our hospital treatment confirmed infection early newborn children were selected from February 2014 to March 2015. According to the condition, the children were divided into four groups as follows: severe infection group, local infection group, non-infection group and healthy newborns group. At the same time, the new healthy newborns were chosen as control group. The levels of serum procalcitonin and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were detected in all children and the levels in severe infection group children before and after treatment were also quantitatively detected and the test results were analyzed. There was significant difference in procalcitonin among the four groups (pSinfection group has no significant difference compared with the non-infection group (p>0.05). But there was significant difference between the local infection group and healthy newborn group. As for the severe infection group, both the levels of procalcitonin and positive rate of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein had significant difference compared with the other groups. The detection of procalcitonin and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein could contribute to the diagnose of the early infection neonatal children and has important values in diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in the newborns.

  8. Value of soluble TREM-1, procalcitonin, and C-reactive protein serum levels as biomarkers for detecting bacteremia among sepsis patients with new fever in intensive care units: a prospective cohort study

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    Su Longxiang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to explore the diagnostic value of soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 1 (sTREM-1, procalcitonin (PCT, and C-reactive protein (CRP serum levels for differentiating sepsis from SIRS, identifying new fever caused by bacteremia, and assessing prognosis when new fever occurred. Methods We enrolled 144 intensive care unit (ICU patients: 60 with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS and 84 with sepsis complicated by new fever at more than 48 h after ICU admission. Serum sTREM-1, PCT, and CRP levels were measured on the day of admission and at the occurrence of new fever (>38.3°C during hospitalization. Based on the blood culture results, the patients were divided into a blood culture-positive bacteremia group (33 patients and blood culture-negative group (51 patients. Based on 28-day survival, all patients, both blood culture-positive and -negative, were further divided into survivor and nonsurvivor groups. Results On ICU day 1, the sepsis group had higher serum sTREM-1, PCT, and CRP levels compared with the SIRS group (P P Conclusions Serum sTREM-1, PCT, and CRP levels each have a role in the early diagnosis of sepsis. Serum sTREM-1, with the highest sensitivity and specificity of all indicators studied, is especially notable. sTREM-1, PCT, and CRP levels are of no use in determining new fever caused by bacteremia in ICU patients, but sTREM-1 levels reflect the prognosis of bacteremia. Trial registration ClinicalTrial.gov identifier NCT01410578

  9. Use of a semiquantitative procalcitonin kit for evaluating severity and predicting mortality in patients with sepsis

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    Kenzaka T

    2012-05-01

    mortality in septic patients. Based on the level of semiquantitative procalcitonin measured in patients with suspected sepsis, a timely decision can be reliably made to transfer them to a tertiary hospital with an intensive care unit for optimal care.Keywords: sepsis, semiquantitative procalcitonin, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II, mortality, procalcitonin

  10. Limited diagnostic value of procalcitonin in early diagnosis of adult onset Still's disease.

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    Gowin, Ewelina; Wysocki, Jacek

    2016-01-01

    A 17-year-old female patient was referred to the Infectious Diseases Ward because of fever lasting for 14 days. On admission to the hospital the patient was in a generally good state, without any abnormalities on physical examination. Laboratory investigation revealed elevated inflammatory markers. Diagnostic imaging comprising chest X-ray, abdominal ultrasonography, and echocardiography showed no abnormalities. During the hospitalization, there occurred episodes of fever with skin rash and musculoskeletal pain of the lower limbs. Procalcitonin concentrations continued to increase. C-reactive protein concentrations decreased during therapy, starting from 191 mg/l. On the 23(rd) day of the disease, edema of the feet, ankles, and knees appeared. On the basis of the clinical picture and after excluding other possible causes of fever, the patient was diagnosed with adult onset Still's disease. The procalcitonin concentration was normalized after 5 days of steroid therapy. The patient was discharged under ambulatory rheumatologic supervision.

  11. Limited diagnostic value of procalcitonin in early diagnosis of adult onset Still’s disease

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    Wysocki, Jacek

    2016-01-01

    A 17-year-old female patient was referred to the Infectious Diseases Ward because of fever lasting for 14 days. On admission to the hospital the patient was in a generally good state, without any abnormalities on physical examination. Laboratory investigation revealed elevated inflammatory markers. Diagnostic imaging comprising chest X-ray, abdominal ultrasonography, and echocardiography showed no abnormalities. During the hospitalization, there occurred episodes of fever with skin rash and musculoskeletal pain of the lower limbs. Procalcitonin concentrations continued to increase. C-reactive protein concentrations decreased during therapy, starting from 191 mg/l. On the 23rd day of the disease, edema of the feet, ankles, and knees appeared. On the basis of the clinical picture and after excluding other possible causes of fever, the patient was diagnosed with adult onset Still’s disease. The procalcitonin concentration was normalized after 5 days of steroid therapy. The patient was discharged under ambulatory rheumatologic supervision. PMID:27826176

  12. Use of procalcitonin for the detection of sepsis in the critically ill burn patient: a systematic review of the literature.

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    Mann, Elizabeth A; Wood, Geri L; Wade, Charles E

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this systematic review was to assess the evidence for use of routine procalcitonin testing to diagnose the presence of sepsis in the burn patient. The electronic databases MEDLINE, Cochrane, CINAHL, ProQuest, and SCOPUS were searched for relevant studies using the MeSH terms burn, infection, procalcitonin, and meta-analysis. The focus of the review was the adult burn population, but other relevant studies of critically ill patients were included as data specific to the patient with burns are limited. Studies were compiled in tabular form and critically appraised for quality and level of evidence. Four meta-analyses, one review of the literature, one randomized controlled trial, nine prospective observational, and three retrospective studies were retrieved. Six of these studies were specific to the burn population, with one specific to burned children. Only one meta-analysis, one adult burn and one pediatric burn study reported no benefit of procalcitonin testing to improve diagnosis of sepsis or differentiate sepsis from non-infectious systemic inflammatory response. The collective findings of the included studies demonstrated benefit of incorporating procalcitonin assay into clinical sepsis determination. Evaluation of the burn specific studies is limited by the use of guidelines to define sepsis and inconsistent results from the burn studies. Utility of the procalcitonin assay is limited due to the lack of availability of rapid, inexpensive tests. However, it appears procalcitonin assay is a safe and beneficial addition to the clinical diagnosis of sepsis in the burn intensive care unit.

  13. 脓毒症血清降钙素原与APACHEⅡ评分的相关性%CORRELATION BETWEEN SERUM LEVEL OF PROCALCITONIN AND APACHE Ⅱ SCORE IN PATIENTS WITH SEPSIS

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    袁东; 于海初

    2012-01-01

    目的 观察脓毒症病人血清降钙素原(PCT)水平与APACHEⅡ评分之间的相关性.方法 检测脓毒症病人74例(其中脓毒症28例,严重脓毒症25例,脓毒症休克21例)、非脓毒血症病人24例血清PCT及C反应蛋白(CRP)水平,行APACHEⅡ评分,分析PCT、CRP水平与APACHEⅡ评分相关性.结果 脓毒症、严重脓毒症和脓毒症休克病人的血清PCT、CRP水平和APACHEⅡ评分均高于非脓毒症病人,差异有显著意义(F=7.07~441.87,q=3.18~48.14,P<0.05).脓毒症病人PCT水平、APACHEⅡ评分随病情严重程度升高而升高,差异有显著性(q=10.06~48.14,P<0.05);PCT水平与APACHEⅡ评分呈正相关(r=0.68,P<0.05).结论 脓毒症病人PCT水平与APACHEⅡ评分有相关性,PCT在脓毒症诊断中的价值优于CRP.%Objective To study the correlation of serum level of procalcitonin (PCT) with score of APACHE Ⅱ in patients with sepsis. Methods Serum levels of PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP) in 74 patients with sepsis, which included sepsis (28 cases), severe sepsis (25) and septic shock (21) , and 24 patients with non-sepsis were detected. APACHE II score was done. The correlation of the score with PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP) was analyzed. Results Serum levels of PCT and CRP, and APACHE Ⅱ scores in patients with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock were significantly higher than that in the non-septic patients (F=7. 07-441. 87,q= 3.18 - 48.14,P<0. 05). PCT levels and APACHE D scores elevated along with the severity of the disease (q= 10. 06-48.14,P<0. 05). The level of PCT was positively correlated with APACHEⅡ (r=0. 68,P<0. 05). Conclusion There is a positive correlation of PCT with APACHE Ⅱ score in patients with sepsis. The serum level of PCT is superior to CRP in the diagnosis of sepsis

  14. [Clinical utility of measurement of procalcitonin for diagnosis of urosepsis].

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    Hosokawa, Yukinari; Takenaga, Maho; Itami, Yoshitaka; Shinohara, Masatake; Takada, Satoshi; Hayashi, Yoshiki; Hashimura, Masaya; Fujimoto, Kiyohide; Hirao, Yoshihiko

    2012-10-01

    We assessed the diagnostic value of procalcitonin (PCT) in urosepsis on 54 patients with urinary tract infections (UTI), suspected of having urosepsis. The results of urine culture, blood culture, and serum concentrations of PCT were analyzed. Overall, the sensitivity and specificity of PCT for bacteremia were as follows : 100 and 31.6% at concentrations of >0.5 ng/ml and 75.0 and 78.9% at concentrations of >10 ng/ml. we concluded that the PCT level could be a reliable early marker suggestive of urosepsis, and may be helpful when deciding whether to perform immediate urological intervention or not.

  15. 血清降钙素原水平在尿路感染中的定位作用研究%Study on Orientating Function of Serum Procalcitonin Level in Urinary Tract Infection

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    彭凯丰; 周志芳

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨血清降钙素原(PCT)在尿路感染中的定位作用.方法 选取尿路感染患者106例,同期健康体检者100例,用化学发光免疫法测定血清中的PCT和C-反应蛋白(CRP)水平,同时检测患者外周血白细胞计数(WBC).结果 上尿路感染组患者血清PCT水平明显高于下尿路感染患者组(P<0.01),PCT对上尿路感染诊断的敏感性为81.1%,特异性为85.5%,阳性预测值为80.3%,阴性预测值为92.5%,均高于CRP和WBC.结论 血清PCT水平的测定对尿路感染有定位作用.%Objective To explore the location role of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in the diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI). Methods One hundred and six patients with urinary tract infection and 100 health examinees were enrolled in this study. The serum PCT and C- reactive protein (CRP) levels were measured by chemiluminescent immunoassay; meanwhile, peripheral white blood cells were counted. Results The serum level of PCT in upper urinary tract infection group was significantly higher than that in lower urinary tract infection group (P<0.01). The sensitivity and specificity of PCT in diagnosis of upper urinary tract infection were 81.1% and 85.5% respectively, positive predictive value was 80.3% and negative predictive value was 92.5 % , which were all higher than CRP and WBC. Conclusions The serum level of PCT can be used as a marker to differentially diagnose the upper and lower urinary tract infections.

  16. Structural and diffusional brain abnormality related to relatively low level alcohol consumption.

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    Sasaki, Hiroki; Abe, Osamu; Yamasue, Hidenori; Fukuda, Rin; Yamada, Haruyasu; Takei, Kunio; Suga, Motomu; Takao, Hidemasa; Kasai, Kiyoto; Aoki, Shigeki; Ohtomo, Kuni

    2009-06-01

    Chronic excessive alcohol intake results in alcohol-related brain damage. Many previous reports have documented alcohol-related global or local brain shrinkage or diffusional abnormalities among alcoholics and heavy to moderate drinkers; however, the influence of relatively low levels of alcohol consumption on brain structural or diffusional abnormality is unclear. We investigated structural or diffusional abnormalities related to lifetime alcohol consumption (LAC) using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) among Japanese non-alcohol-dependent individuals (114 males, 97 females). High-resolution three-dimensional magnetic resonance images and diffusion tensor imaging were acquired in all subjects. The collected images were normalized, segmented, and smoothed using SPM 5. Gray matter volume (GMV) and white matter volume (WMV) were normalized for each total intracranial volume (TIV), and partial correlation coefficients were estimated between normalized GMV or WMV and lifetime alcohol consumption (LAC) adjusted for age. To investigate regional GMV or WMV abnormalities related to LAC, multiple regression analyses were performed among regional GMV or WMV and LAC, age, and TIV. To investigate subtle regional abnormalities, multiple regression analyses were performed among fractional anisotropy (FA) or mean diffusivity (MD), and LAC and age. No LAC-related global or regional GMV or WMV abnormality or LAC-related regional FA abnormality was found among male or female subjects. Significant LAC-related MD increase was found in the right amygdala among female subjects only. The current results suggest female brain vulnerability to alcohol, and a relation between subtle abnormality in the right amygdala and alcohol misuse.

  17. IMPORTANCE OF SERUM PROCALCITONIN IN FEBRILE NEUTROPENIA

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    Mohd. Riyaz

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    Full Text Available Febrile neutropenia is defined as a fever >101°F for 1 hour, with an absolute neutrophil count of ≤500 cells/microliter, or an ANC of ≤1000 cells/microliter with a projected nadir of ≤500 cells/microliter. In haematological malignancies it is the common complication and requires broad-spectrum antibacterial therapy. Clinical examination and cultures fail to detect a pathogen or an infectious focus in 25–50%, which are classified as pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO. Patient with pyrexia of unknown origin may receive long duration of antibiotic treatment as the cause is unclear of being infective or not. Febrile neutropenia is a common complication of many chemotherapeutic regimens for all types of cancers. Mortality and Morbidity is high particularly in elderly, immuno-compromised. Approximately 20- 40 % of patients with severe sepsis and 45-60% patients with septic shock die within 15-20 days. This study was done to know the sources of infection and to assess the diagnostic value of serum Procalcitonin and its relation with mortality in various stages of sepsis. Sepsis incidence was more in patient age more than 55yrs. the most common source of sepsis was respiratory tract infection. Serum PCT proved to be an indicator of sepsis in ill patients, with sensitivity of 91%. Presence of both persistent and profound neutropenia was associated with a much higher mortality. The occurrence of infection is directly proportional to the degree of neutropenia, at the onset of fever the PCT levels will not be helpful for the decision to start or stop the antibacterial therapy, and a PCT value higher than 0.5ng/ml in pyrexia of unknown origin might suggest a possibility of occult infection, i.e. with lacking microbiological and clinical documentation. A delayed PCT peak higher than0.5ng/ml contributes to the early diagnosis of fungal disease.

  18. Levels of serum and cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin in patients with encephalic infections%颅内感染患者血清和脑脊液降钙素原水平的观察

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    汪军亚; 郭玉香

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the levels of serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) procalcitonin (PCT) in patients with meningitis and explore the clinical value for the diagnosis of meningitis.Methods Immunoturbidimetry was used to determine the levels of serum and CSF PCT in 42 patients with meningitis [18 Bacterial meningitis (BM),24 viral meningitis (VM)] and 20 control subjects.Results The levels of serum and CSF PCT of the observation group were significantly higher than the control group (P < 0.01) ; But no significant difference was found between the viral meningitis and control groups (P > 0.05).The PCT was not correlated to the white blood cell counts in CSF (r =0.161,P > 0.05),but slightly correlated to the protein amount in CSF and the PCT in CSF (r =0.465 and 0.570 respectively,P < 0.05).Conclusion The increased PCT level in CSF could be an indicater for encephalic infection,which may be helpful to the diagnosis of meningitis as a routine CSF test.%目的 研究降钙素原(PCT)在脑膜炎患者血清和脑脊液(CSF)中的水平,探讨其在脑膜炎诊断中的临床意义.方法 用免疫透射比浊法测定42例脑膜炎患者(细菌性脑膜炎18例、病毒性脑膜炎24例)急性期内血清和脑脊液PCT,并与CSF的常规生化指标作相关性分析;20例神经系统非感染性疾病为对照组.结果 细菌性脑膜炎患者血清和CSF中的PCT含量均显著高于病毒性脑膜炎和对照组(P<0.01);但病毒性脑膜炎患者与对照组之间的PCT水平差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).相关性分析显示,在CSF中PCT与白细胞数(r=0.161,P>0.05)无明显相关性,但与CSF蛋白含量和血清PCT水平呈弱相关性(r=0.465和0.570,P<0.05).结论 PCT升高是颅内细菌感染的标志之一;PCT可作为一项CSF的常规生化指标,有助于指导临床对脑膜炎的诊治.

  19. Maternal and cord serum vitamin E levels in normal and abnormal pregnancy.

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    von Mandach, U; Huch, R; Huch, A

    1994-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether there is an association between reduced vitamin E levels and an abnormal pregnancy. Levels were measured by HPLC in maternal and, where possible, in paired umbilical cord serum from normal and abnormal pregnancies at delivery and in serial serum samples from healthy women during gestation. Abnormal pregnancies were compared with normals. In normal pregnancies, mean vitamin E levels rose from 12.9 +/- 1.1 micrograms/ml in early pregnancy to 22.5 +/- 1.5 micrograms/ml at term (p or = 30 weeks & p or = 37 weeks were 21.3 +/- 0.6 and 3.8 +/- 0.1 micrograms/ml respectively (p 10 cig/day) were significantly lower (p < 0.05, n = 13 & p < 0.0005, n = 12); levels in women with a malformed infant (n = 6) were also reduced, but just barely below the level of significance (p = 0.06). Cord serum levels in complicated pregnancies, however, were unchanged. The results show lower maternal levels of vitamin E in abnormal pregnancies, suggesting a changed vitamin E metabolism.

  20. Analysis of using cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin level to diagnose intracranial infection after craniotomy%开颅术后患者降钙素原对颅内感染的诊断分析

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    戴晶; 高杰善; 董江涛; 王刚刚; 朱立仓; 王业忠

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the diagnostic accuracy of cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin (PCT ) level in intracranial infection after craniotomy ,so as to provide a quick treatment for patients .METHODS According to diagnostic criteria of intracranial infection in hospital ,30 post-craniotomy patients with intracranial infection after craniotomy from May 2011 to May 2013 were selected as infected group and 30 post-craniotomy patients without intracranial infection after craniotomy from May 2011 to May 2013 were selected as disinfected group .Every patient′s serum and cerebrospinal fluid were taken to test the level of serum WBC ,PCT and CSF proteins ,WBC , PCT and all data were analyzed by SPSS13 .0 software .RESULTS Serum PCT and CSF proteins ,WBC ,PCT values in the infected group were significantly improved and higher than those in the disinfected group (P<0 .05) . The positive biomarkers of serum WBC was 10 × 109/L ,when the sensitivity ,specificity and accuracy were 72 .46% ,62 .13% and 69 .90% .The positive biomarkers of serum PCT was 100ng/L ,when the sensitivity ,speci-ficity and accuracy were 67 .55% ,83 .19% and 79 .59% .CONCLUSION CSF PCT has higher sensitivity and speci-ficity than others and had higher diagnostic accuracy in diagnosis of intracranial infection after craniotomy .%目的:探讨开颅患者术后降钙素原(PC T )对颅内感染的诊断的准确性,使患者得到及时治疗。方法根据医院颅内感染诊断标准,选择2011年5月-2013年5月开颅手术后颅内感染患者30例作为颅内感染组;另选择2011年5月-2013年5月开颅手术后无颅内感染患者30例作为非颅内感染组,采集每例患者的血液和脑脊液送检,检测血液白细胞数、PCT和脑脊液蛋白、白细胞数、PCT ,所有数据采用SPSS13.0进行统计分析。结果颅内感染组血液PC T、脑脊液蛋白、脑脊液白细胞数、脑脊液PC T含量均明显升高,与非颅内感染组相

  1. [Usefulness of Procalcitonin Measurement for the Detection of Sepsis].

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    Toh, Hiromi; Harada, Sadako; Kakudou, Tomoko; Era, Fumiyoshi; Tokushige, Chiemi; Yoshimura, Hisae; Kawashima, Hironobu; Ohkubo, Kumiko; Ishikura, Hiroyasu; Matsunaga, Akira

    2014-10-01

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is a frequently used marker for bacterial sepsis. The present study was aimed to assess the usefulness of PCT measurement in patient with sepsis. We studied the relationship between serum PCT level and blood culture in clinical 209 cases admitted from January 2010 through June 2010. We compared PCT level with blood culture results and other clinical data, and diagnosis such as sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) were obtained from the medical records. In the case of patients with positive blood cultures and PCT sepsis. The PCT measurement could be performed and reported rapidly and provided valuable information before availability of culture results. In this study, we found that the PCT would be a useful biomarker for confirming and ruling out sepsis.

  2. 联合检测血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白、乳酸、D-二聚体水平在儿童脓毒症中的意义%Significance of combined detection of serum procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, lactic acid and D-dimer level in children with sepsis

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    陈晓锐; 彭俊旭; 郑华

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白、乳酸、D-二聚体水平在儿童脓毒症联合检测的意义。方法选取64例我院治疗的脓毒症,根据患儿病情情况,将脓毒症组分为一般脓毒症和重度脓毒症组,另选择32例健康儿童为正常对照组。于入院后1h内测定血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白、乳酸、D-二聚体水平。结果脓毒症患儿组血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白、乳酸、D-二聚体水平较正常儿童组明显升高,差异有统计学意义( P<0.01);重度脓毒组血清降钙素原、乳酸水平在诊断为脓毒症后的6 h、24 h、48 h比一般脓毒症组升高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),C反应蛋白水平在两组中比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);脓毒症组并发DIC者四项指标同时升高,且死亡组血清降钙素原、乳酸、D-二聚体水平比存活组更高,差异有统计学意义(P均<0.01)。结论在脓毒症患儿中联合检测血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白、乳酸、D-二聚体水平可能可以提高诊断早期脓毒症及判断病情严重程度及预后的水平。%Objective To explore the significance of combined detection of serum procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, lactic acid and D-dimer levels in children with sepsis.Methods 64 cases with sepsis according to their situation were divided into general sepsis and severe sepsis group, and 32 cases healthy children were selected as control group.Serum procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, lactic acid and D-dimer levels were detected within 1h after they were hospitalized.Results Serum procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, lactic acid and D-dimer levels in sepsis group were significantly higher (P0.05);All the four parameters in sepsis group complicated with DIC increased at the same time, and in death group, serum procalcitonin, lactic acid and D-dimer levels were significantly higher than the survival group ( P <0.01 ) . Conclusions

  3. Synergistic effects of elevated homocysteine level and abnormal blood lipids on the onset of stroke

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    Lu Hao; Zhenzhen Cheng; Qiang Wu; Shuzhang Li; Liming Chen; Xiaoyong Sai; Zhefeng Liu; Guang Yang; Rongzeng Yan; Lili Wang; Caiyun Fu; Xuan Xu

    2013-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia and abnormal blood lipids are independent risk factors for stroke. However, whether both factors exert a synergistic effect in the onset of stroke remains unclear. The present study is a retrospective analysis of 2 089 cases of stroke and 2 089 control cases of simple inter-vertebral disk protrusion using a paired multivariate logistic regression method. Adjusting for known confounding variables including the patients’ age, gender, smoking status, alcohol consumption status, patient and family medical history, and clinical biochemical indices, elevated homocysteine level was related to the onset of stroke. Patients with elevated homocysteine levels and abnormal blood lipids showed a 40.9%increase in the risk for stroke compared to patients with normal ho-mocysteine levels and blood lipids (odds ratio 1.409;95%confidence interval 1.127-1.761). These results indicate that elevated homocysteine and abnormal blood lipids exert synergistic effects in the onset of stroke. Patients with elevated homocysteine levels and abnormal blood lipids are predis-posed to stroke.

  4. Data on copper level in the blood of patients with normal and abnormal angiography

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    Leila Amiri

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this data article, we measured the levels of copper in the blood of patients undergoing coronary angiography. The samples were taken from patients with cardiovascular disease in Bushehr׳s university hospital, Iran. Patients were divided in two groups: normal angiography and abnormal angiography. After the chemical digestion of samples, the concentration levels of Cu in both groups were determined by using inductively coupled plasma optical spectrometry (ICP-OES.

  5. Data on copper level in the blood of patients with normal and abnormal angiography.

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    Amiri, Leila; Movahed, Ali; Iranpour, Dariush; Ostovar, Afshin; Raeisi, Alireza; Keshtkar, Mozhgan; Hajian, Najmeh; Dobaradaran, Sina

    2016-12-01

    In this data article, we measured the levels of copper in the blood of patients undergoing coronary angiography. The samples were taken from patients with cardiovascular disease in Bushehr׳s university hospital, Iran. Patients were divided in two groups: normal angiography and abnormal angiography. After the chemical digestion of samples, the concentration levels of Cu in both groups were determined by using inductively coupled plasma optical spectrometry (ICP-OES).

  6. Gaucher disease: plasmalogen levels in relation to primary lipid abnormalities and oxidative stress.

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    Moraitou, Marina; Dimitriou, Evangelia; Dekker, Nick; Monopolis, Ioannis; Aerts, Johannes; Michelakakis, Helen

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    Plasmalogens represent a unique class of phospholipids. Reduced red blood cell plasmalogen levels in Gaucher disease patients were reported, correlating to total disease burden. The relation between plasmalogen abnormalities in Gaucher disease patients and primary glycosphingolipid abnormalities, malonyldialdehyde levels, an indicator of lipid peroxidation, and the total antioxidant status was further investigated. Significant reduction of C16:0 and C18:0 plasmalogens in red blood cells of Gaucher disease patients was confirmed. In parallel, a significant increase in the glucosylceramide/ceramide ratio in red blood cell membranes, as well as an average 200-fold increase in plasma glucosylsphingosine levels was observed. Red blood cell malonyldialdehyde levels were significantly increased in patients, whereas their total antioxidant status was significantly reduced. A negative correlation between plasmalogen species and glucosylceramide, ceramide, glucosylceramide/ceramide ratio, glucosylsphingosine and malonyldialdehyde, significant for the C16:0 species and all the above parameters with the exception of malonyldialdehyde levels, was found along with a positive non-significant correlation with the total antioxidant status. Our results indicate that increased lipid peroxidation and reduced total antioxidant status exist in Gaucher disease patients. They demonstrate a clear link between plasmalogen levels and the primary glycolipid abnormalities characterizing the disorder and an association with the increased oxidative stress observed in Gaucher disease patients.

  7. Retrospective study on prognostic importance of serum procalcitonin and amino - terminal pro - brain natriuretic peptide levels as compared to Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation IV Score on Intensive Care Unit admission, in a mixed Intensive Care Unit population

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    Chitra Mehta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Timely decision making in Intensive Care Unit (ICU is very essential to improve the outcome of critically sick patients. Conventional scores like Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE IV are quite cumbersome with calculations and take minimum 24 hours. Procalcitonin has shown to have prognostic value in ICU/Emergency department (ED in disease states like pneumonia, sepsis etc. NTproBNP has demonstrated excellent diagnostic and prognostic importance in cardiac diseases. It has also been found elevated in non-cardiac diseases. We chose to study the prognostic utility of these markers on ICU admission. Settings and Design: Retrospective observational study. Materials and Methods: A Retrospective analysis of 100 eligible patients was done who had undergone PCT and NTproBNP measurements on ICU admission. Their correlations with all cause mortality, length of hospital stay, need for ventilator support, need for vasopressors were performed. Results: Among 100 randomly selected ICU patients, 28 were non-survivors. NTproBNP values on admission significantly correlated with all cause mortality (P = 0.036, AUC = 0.643 and morbidity (P = 0.000, AUC = 0.763, comparable to that of APACHE-IV score. PCT values on admission did not show significant association with mortality, but correlated well with morbidity and prolonged hospital length of stay (AUC = 0.616, P = 0.045. Conclusion: The current study demonstrated a good predictive value of NTproBNP, in terms of mortality and morbidity comparable to that of APACHE-IV score. Procalcitonin, however, was found to have doubtful prognostic importance. These findings need to be confirmed in a prospective larger study.

  8. Positive Reinforcement Training Moderates Only High Levels of Abnormal Behavior in Singly Housed Rhesus Macaques

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    Baker, Kate C.; Bloomsmith, Mollie; Neu, Kimberly; Griffis, Caroline; Maloney, Margaret; Oettinger, Brooke; Schoof, Valérie A. M.; Martinez, Marni

    2010-01-01

    This study evaluated the application of positive reinforcement training (PRT) as an intervention for abnormal behaviors in singly housed laboratory rhesus macaques at 2 large primate facilities. Training involved basic control behaviors and body-part presentation. The study compared baseline behavioral data on 30 adult males and 33 adult females compared with 3 treatment phases presented in counterbalanced order: 6 min per week of PRT, 20 or 40 min per week of PRT, and 6 min per week of unstructured human interaction (HI). Within-subject parametric tests detected no main or interaction effects involving experimental phase. However, among a subset of subjects with levels of abnormal in the top quartile of the range (n = 15), abnormal behavior was reduced from 35% to 25% of samples with PRT but not with HI. These results suggest that short durations of PRT applied as enrichment for this species and in this context may not in itself be sufficient intervention for abnormal behavior because levels remained high. However, it may be appropriate as an adjunct to other interventions and may be best targeted to the most severely affected individuals. PMID:20183477

  9. Positive reinforcement training moderates only high levels of abnormal behavior in singly housed rhesus macaques.

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    Baker, Kate C; Bloomsmith, Mollie; Neu, Kimberly; Griffis, Caroline; Maloney, Margaret; Oettinger, Brooke; Schoof, Valerie A M; Martinez, Marni

    2009-01-01

    This study evaluated the application of positive reinforcement training (PRT) as an intervention for abnormal behaviors in singly housed laboratory rhesus macaques at 2 large primate facilities. Training involved basic control behaviors and body-part presentation. The study compared baseline behavioral data on 30 adult males and 33 adult females compared with 3 treatment phases presented in counterbalanced order: 6 min per week of PRT, 20 or 40 min per week of PRT, and 6 min per week of unstructured human interaction (HI). Within-subject parametric tests detected no main or interaction effects involving experimental phase. However, among a subset of subjects with levels of abnormal in the top quartile of the range (n = 15), abnormal behavior was reduced from 35% to 25% of samples with PRT but not with HI. These results suggest that short durations of PRT applied as enrichment for this species and in this context may not in itself be sufficient intervention for abnormal behavior because levels remained high. However, it may be appropriate as an adjunct to other interventions and may be best targeted to the most severely affected individuals.

  10. MsrA knockout mouse exhibits abnormal behavior and brain dopamine levels.

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    Oien, Derek B; Osterhaus, Greg L; Latif, Shaheen A; Pinkston, Jonathan W; Fulks, Jenny; Johnson, Michael; Fowler, Stephen C; Moskovitz, Jackob

    2008-07-15

    Oxidative stress can cause methionine oxidation that has been implicated in various proteins malfunctions, if not adequately reduced by the methionine sulfoxide reductase system. Recent evidence has found oxidized methionine residues in neurodegenerative conditions. Previously, we have described elevated levels of brain pathologies and an abnormal walking pattern in the methionine sulfoxide reductase A knockout (MsrA(-/-)) mouse. Here we show that MsrA(-/-) mice have compromised complex task learning capabilities relative to wild-type mice. Likewise, MsrA(-/-) mice exhibit lower locomotor activity and altered gait that exacerbated with age. Furthermore, MsrA(-/-) mice were less responsive to amphetamine treatment. Consequently, brain dopamine levels were determined. Surprisingly, relative to wild-type mice, MsrA(-/-) brains contained significantly higher levels of dopamine up to 12 months of age, while lower levels of dopamine were observed at 16 months of age. Moreover, striatal regions of MsrA(-/-) mice showed an increase of dopamine release parallel to observed dopamine levels. Similarly, the expression pattern of tyrosine hydroxylase activating protein correlated with the age-dependent dopamine levels. Thus, it is suggested that dopamine regulation and signaling pathways are impaired in MsrA(-/-) mice, which may contribute to their abnormal behavior. These observations may be relevant to age-related neurological diseases associated with oxidative stress.

  11. The MsrA knockout mouse exhibits abnormal behavior and brain dopamine levels

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    Oien, Derek B.; Osterhaus, Greg L.; Latif, Shaheen A.; Pinkston, Jonathan W.; Fulks, Jenny; Johnson, Michael; Fowler, Stephen C.; Moskovitz, Jackob

    2008-01-01

    Oxidative stress can cause methionine oxidation that has been implicated in various proteins malfunctions, if not adequately reduced by the methionine sulfoxide reductase system. Recent evidence has found oxidized methionine residues in neurodegenerative conditions. Previously, we have described elevated levels of brain pathologies and an abnormal walking pattern in the methionine sulfoxide reductase A knockout (MsrA−/−) mouse. Here we show that MsrA−/− mice have compromised complex task learning capabilities relative to wild-type mice. Likewise, MsrA−/− mice exhibit lower locomotor activity and altered gait that exacerbated with age. Furthermore, MsrA−/− mice were less responsive to amphetamine treatment. Consequently, brain dopamine levels were determined. Surprisingly, relative to wild-type mice, MsrA−/− brains contained significantly higher levels of dopamine up to 12 months of age, while lower level of dopamine was observed at 16 months of age. Moreover, striatal regions of MsrA−/− mice showed an increase of dopamine release parallel to observed dopamine levels. Similarly, the expression pattern of tyrosine hydroxylase activating protein correlated with the age-dependent dopamine levels. Thus, it is suggested that dopamine regulation and signaling pathway are impaired in MsrA−/− mice, which may contribute to their abnormal bio-behavior. These observations may be relevant to age-related neurological diseases associated with oxidative stress. PMID:18466776

  12. Method for the selective measurement of amino-terminal variants of procalcitonin.

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    Struck, J.; Strebelow, M.; Tietz, S.; Alonso, C.; Morgenthaler, N.G.; Hoeven, J.G. van der; Pickkers, P.; Bergmann, A.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is an established marker for diagnosing and monitoring bacterial infections. Full-length PCT [116 amino acids that make up procalcitonin (PCT1-116)] can be truncated, leading to des-Ala-Pro-PCT (des-Alanin-Prolin-Procalcitonin; PCT3-116). Current immunoassays for PCT

  13. Activin A Levels Are Associated With Abnormal Glucose Regulation in Patients With Myocardial Infarction

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    Andersen, Geir Ø.; Ueland, Thor; Knudsen, Eva C.; Scholz, Hanne; Yndestad, Arne; Sahraoui, Afaf; Smith, Camilla; Lekva, Tove; Otterdal, Kari; Halvorsen, Bente; Seljeflot, Ingebjørg; Aukrust, Pål

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE On the basis of the role of activin A in inflammation, atherogenesis, and glucose homeostasis, we investigated whether activin A could be related to glucometabolic abnormalities in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Activin A measurement and oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTTs) were performed in patients (n = 115) with acute MI, without previously known diabetes, and repeated after 3 months. Release of activin A and potential anti-inflammatory effects of activin A were measured in human endothelial cells. Activin A effects on insulin secretion and inflammation were tested in human pancreatic islet cells. RESULTS 1) In patients with acute MI, serum levels of activin A were significantly higher in those with abnormal glucose regulation (AGR) compared with those with normal glucose regulation. Activin A levels were associated with the presence of AGR 3 months later (adjusted odds ratio 5.1 [95% CI 1.73–15.17], P = 0.003). 2) In endothelial cells, glucose enhanced the release of activin A, whereas activin A attenuated the release of interleukin (IL)-8 and enhanced the mRNA levels of the antioxidant metallothionein. 3) In islet cells, activin A attenuated the suppressive effect of inflammatory cytokines on insulin release, counteracted the ability of these inflammatory cytokines to induce mRNA expression of IL-8, and induced the expression of transforming growth factor-β. CONCLUSIONS We found a significant association between activin A and newly detected AGR in patients with acute MI. Our in vitro findings suggest that this association represents a counteracting mechanism to protect against inflammation, hyperglycemia, and oxidative stress. PMID:21464440

  14. Diagnostic approach to phlogoses: the validity of procalcitonin

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    Full Text Available Aim. The aim of our study is to compare the potential usefulness of procalcitonin with the CRP as a diagnostic marker of pediatric diseases and to define the diagnostic accuracy and relation with the inflammation etiology and severity of procalcitonin. Methods. The analysis focused on a sample of 141 children, hospitalized for fever with bacterial, viral or inflammatory etiology, studied at the time of admission in the Hospital, and after defervescence. The sensitivity, the specificity, the positive and negative predictive value have been calculated for the both tests, explained above. Results. The diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin is the same as the one of PCR in all cases. The result of the test has been positive in 85,7% of the serious infections and has been useful to identifiy the etiology of infections in almost 2/3 of patients. Conclusion. Procalcitonin seems to be a promising marker of infections because of its following features: a larger contribution in the monitoring phase (fast positivization and normalization; the diagnostic accuracy and a good correlation with the etiology and the severity of infections. Nonetheless, the routine use of procalcitonin is not recommended in the light of

  15. Relationship between serum sodium level and coronary artery abnormality in Kawasaki disease

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    Park, Sora; Kim, Ji Hong

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Kawasaki disease (KD) is an immune-related multisystemic vasculitis that occurs in children, especially ensuing from a coronary artery abnormality. Sodium level is known to be related to vascular injury, which could affect the progress of KD. The purpose of this study was to determine the serum sodium levels that could predict the occurrence of cardiac and coronary artery events in KD. Methods We conducted a retrospective review of medical records for 104 patients with KD from January 2015 to December 2015. Patients with serum Na levels of <135 mEq/L at the time of initial diagnosis were assigned to the hyponatremia group. Laboratory findings and echocardiographic data were analyzed for various aspects. Results Among the 104 patients with KD, 91 were included in the study, of whom 48 (52.7%) had hyponatremia. The degree of fever, white blood cell count, percentage of neutrophils, percentage of lymphocytes, total bilirubin level, brain natriuretic peptide level, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and C-reactive protein level were higher in the patients with hyponatremia. They also demonstrated a trend of larger coronary artery diameters based on Z scores. Conclusion The severity of vascular inflammation in acute KD with hyponatremia might worsen the prognosis of coronary vasculature. Although no statistically significant correlation was found between the initial serum sodium levels and coronary arteriopathy in the patients with KD in this study, a long-term follow-up study with a larger number of enrolled patients should be designed in the future to elucidate the relationship between serum sodium level and coronary arteriopathy in patients with KD. PMID:28289432

  16. Diagnostic and Prognostic Role of Procalcitonin in Infections

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    Maria Hatzistilianou

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    Full Text Available Despite several consensus conferences, the criteria for the definition of sepsis are still considered too sensitive and insufficiently specific. The traditional clinical signs of infection and routine laboratory tests used to diagnose bacterial infection and sepsis lack diagnostic accuracy and can be misleading, particularly in patients with immunodeficiencies. The problems with sepsis definitions and diagnoses are indications of the need to focus on biochemical mediators capable not only of distinguishing the inflammatory response to infection from other types of inflammation, but also of indicating the severity and prognosis of the disease. Thus, physicians need an early and rapid marker for detecting bacterial infection and distinguishing it from viral infection. Several studies revealed that elevated procalcitonin (PCT levels in human blood could be detected in cases of sepsis and bacterial infection. PCT is a protein that can act as a hormone and a cytokine. It can be produced by several cell types and many organs in response to proinflammatory stimuli, particularly bacterial infection. It provides a rapid diagnostic test, available at the patient's bedside, and its half-life is suitable for daily monitoring of the disease progress.

  17. Deletion of PTH rescues skeletal abnormalities and high osteopontin levels in Klotho-/- mice.

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    Full Text Available Maintenance of normal mineral ion homeostasis is crucial for many biological activities, including proper mineralization of the skeleton. Parathyroid hormone (PTH, Klotho, and FGF23 have been shown to act as key regulators of serum calcium and phosphate homeostasis through a complex feedback mechanism. The phenotypes of Fgf23(-/- and Klotho(-/- (Kl(-/- mice are very similar and include hypercalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, hypervitaminosis D, suppressed PTH levels, and severe osteomalacia/osteoidosis. We recently reported that complete ablation of PTH from Fgf23(-/- mice ameliorated the phenotype in Fgf23(-/-/PTH(-/- mice by suppressing serum vitamin D and calcium levels. The severe osteomalacia in Fgf23(-/- mice, however, persisted, suggesting that a different mechanism is responsible for this mineralization defect. In the current study, we demonstrate that deletion of PTH from Kl(-/- (Kl(-/-/PTH(-/- or DKO mice corrects the abnormal skeletal phenotype. Bone turnover markers are restored to wild-type levels; and, more importantly, the skeletal mineralization defect is completely rescued in Kl(-/-/PTH(-/- mice. Interestingly, the correction of the osteomalacia is accompanied by a reduction in the high levels of osteopontin (Opn in bone and serum. Such a reduction in Opn levels could not be observed in Fgf23(-/-/PTH(-/- mice, and these mice showed sustained osteomalacia. This significant in vivo finding is corroborated by in vitro studies using calvarial osteoblast cultures that show normalized Opn expression and rescued mineralization in Kl(-/-/PTH(-/- mice. Moreover, continuous PTH infusion of Kl(-/- mice significantly increased Opn levels and osteoid volume, and decreased trabecular bone volume. In summary, our results demonstrate for the first time that PTH directly impacts the mineralization disorders and skeletal deformities of Kl(-/-, but not of Fgf23(-/- mice, possibly by regulating Opn expression. These are significant new perceptions into

  18. Elevated levels of plasma phenylalanine in schizophrenia: a guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase-1 metabolic pathway abnormality?

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Phenylalanine and tyrosine are precursor amino acids required for the synthesis of dopamine, the main neurotransmitter implicated in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Inflammation, increasingly implicated in schizophrenia, can impair the function of the enzyme Phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH; which catalyzes the conversion of phenylalanine to tyrosine and thus lead to elevated phenylalanine levels and reduced tyrosine levels. This study aimed to compare phenylalanine, tyrosine, and their ratio (a proxy for PAH function in a relatively large sample of schizophrenia patients and healthy controls. METHODS: We measured non-fasting plasma phenylalanine and tyrosine in 950 schizophrenia patients and 1000 healthy controls. We carried out multivariate analyses to compare log transformed phenylalanine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine:tyrosine ratio between patients and controls. RESULTS: Compared to controls, schizophrenia patients had higher phenylalanine (p<0.0001 and phenylalanine: tyrosine ratio (p<0.0001 but tyrosine did not differ between the two groups (p = 0.596. CONCLUSIONS: Elevated phenylalanine and phenylalanine:tyrosine ratio in the blood of schizophrenia patients have to be replicated in longitudinal studies. The results may relate to an abnormal PAH function in schizophrenia that could become a target for novel preventative and interventional approaches.

  19. Application of serum procalcitonin and C-reactive protein level in the diagnosis of emergency sepsis%血清降钙素原与C-反应蛋白联合检测在急诊脓毒症诊断中的价值分析

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    李娜; 余国宝; 刘毅; 刘电梅; 易珂苇; 刘翼超

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    Objective:To investigate the application of the combined determination of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in the diagnosis of emergency sepsis.Methods:Two hundred cases of emergency patients who were treated in our hospital from January 2012 to January 2014 were divided into a mild sepsis group (n=43), a severe sepsis group (n=25) and the other group (n=132), and 30 healthy subjects were selected as a control group. ELISA method was used to detect the change of serum PCT and CRP levels in patients and the values of serum PCT and CRP were used for predicting their relationship with emergency sepsis.Results:Serum PCT and CRP levels in the mild sepsis and severe sepsis groups were higher than those in other group and the control group, and PCT and CRP levels in severe sepsis group were higher than those in the mild sepsis group (P<0.05). PCT and CRP levels were positively correlated with sepsis severity (rPCT=7.453, rCRP=7.453, P<0.05). Logistic regression analysis showed that risk factors of emergency sepsis appeared as blood coagulation dysfunction and the enhanced levels of PCT and CRP.Conclusion:The determination values of serum procalcitonin and C-reactive protein levels are of signiifcance in the diagnosis of emergency sepsis, which can be used as indicators for the diagnosis of emergency sepsis .%目的:探讨血清降钙素原(PCT)与C-反应蛋白(CRP)联合检测在急诊脓毒症诊断中的应用。方法:将200例2012年1月至2014年1月期间我院收治的急诊患者根据病情分为轻度脓毒症组(n=43)、重度脓毒症组(n=25)和其他组(n=132),并选取同期健康者30例组成对照组。采用ELISA法检测患者血清PCT与CRP水平的变化并分析血清PCT与CRP对急诊脓毒症的预测作用。结果:轻度脓毒症组和、重度脓毒症组血清PCT与CRP水平均较其他组和对照组升高,重度脓毒症组PCT与CRP亦较轻度脓毒症组升高(P<0.05)。患者PCT与CRP

  20. Procalcitonin in cerebrospinal fluid in meningitis : a prospective diagnostic study

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    Alons, Imanda M E; Verheul, Rolf J; Kuipers, Irma; Jellema, Korné; Wermer, Marieke J H; Algra, Ale; Ponjee, Gabriëlle

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Bacterial meningitis is a severe but treatable condition. Clinical symptoms may be ambiguous and current diagnostics lack sensitivity and specificity, complicating diagnosis. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a protein that is elevated in serum in bacterial infection. We aimed to assess the value o

  1. Hepatic glycogen deposition in a patient with anorexia nervosa and persistently abnormal transaminase levels.

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    Kransdorf, Lisa N; Millstine, Denise; Smith, Maxwell L; Aqel, Bashar A

    2016-04-01

    Anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders characterized by calorie restriction have been associated with a variety of hepatic abnormalities. Fatty steatosis has been described in eating disorder patients. We report the rare finding of glycogen accumulation in the liver in a patient with anorexia nervosa, which to our knowledge is only the second such case reported in the literature. This case highlights the importance of monitoring for liver abnormalities in patients with restrictive eating disorders.

  2. Utility of blood procalcitonin concentration in the management of cancer patients with infections

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Bonita Durnaś,1,2 Marzena Wątek,1 Tomasz Wollny,1 Katarzyna Niemirowicz,3 Michał Marzec,4 Robert Bucki,2,3 Stanisław Góźdź1 1Holy Cross Oncology Center of Kielce, Artwinskiego, Kielce, Poland; 2Department of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Microbiology of Infections, The Faculty of Health Sciences of the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Aleja IX Wieków Kielc, Kielce, Poland; 3Department of Microbiological and Nanobiomedical Engineering, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, Poland; 4Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA Abstract: Diagnosis of infections in cancer patients is usually problematic since differentiating between infection and fever of unknown origin is often a considerable clinical challenge. In general, increase concentration of blood procalcitonin (PCT is associated with severe bacterial infection. PCT with an optimal cutoff level of 0.5 ng/mL seems to be the most helpful biochemical parameter in detecting severe infections, mainly bloodstream infection, in patients with hematological cancers. In all clinical situations, the elevated level of PCT should be carefully analyzed, always with a thorough physical examination and an appropriate microbiological assessment. Keywords: procalcitonin, cancer, infection

  3. Delta Procalcitonin Is a Better Indicator of Infection Than Absolute Procalcitonin Values in Critically Ill Patients: A Prospective Observational Study

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    Domonkos Trásy

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To investigate whether absolute value of procalcitonin (PCT or the change (delta-PCT is better indicator of infection in intensive care patients. Materials and Methods. Post hoc analysis of a prospective observational study. Patients with suspected new-onset infection were included in whom PCT, C-reactive protein (CRP, temperature, and leukocyte (WBC values were measured on inclusion (t0 and data were also available from the previous day (t-1. Based on clinical and microbiological data, patients were grouped post hoc into infection- (I- and noninfection- (NI- groups. Results. Of the 114 patients, 85 (75% had proven infection. PCT levels were similar at t-1: I-group (median [interquartile range]: 1.04 [0.40–3.57] versus NI-group: 0.53 [0.16–1.68], p=0.444. By t0 PCT levels were significantly higher in the I-group: 4.62 [1.91–12.62] versus 1.12 [0.30–1.66], p=0.018. The area under the curve to predict infection for absolute values of PCT was 0.64 [95% CI = 0.52–0.76], p=0.022; for percentage change: 0.77 [0.66–0.87], p<0.001; and for delta-PCT: 0.85 [0.78–0.92], p<0.001. The optimal cut-off value for delta-PCT to indicate infection was 0.76 ng/mL (sensitivity 80 [70–88]%, specificity 86 [68-96]%. Neither absolute values nor changes in CRP, temperature, or WBC could predict infection. Conclusions. Our results suggest that delta-PCT values are superior to absolute values in indicating infection in intensive care patients. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02311816.

  4. Levels of adipocytokines and vitamin D in a biracial sample of young metabolically healthy obese and metabolically abnormal obese women

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    Purpose: Adipocytokines and vitamin D (vitD) concentrations may contribute to cardiometabolic risk profiles in obese populations. The purpose was to determine if levels of adipocytokines and vitD differ between young metabolically healthy obese (MHO) and metabolically abnormal obese (MAO) black and ...

  5. Assessment of Antibiotic Prescribing Based on Serum Procalcitonin (PCT) Level for Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease%降钙素原在慢性阻塞性肺疾病急性加重期的临床研究

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    梁旭满; 陈永钢; 梁知锐

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    目的:探讨降钙素原(PCT)对慢性阻塞性肺疾病急性加重期(AECOPD)应用抗生素的指导作用。方法:选取2014年2月-2015年3月本院呼吸科收治的200例AECOPD患者作为研究对象,按照随机数字表法将其平均分为两组,每组100例。观察组的抗生素使用依据血清PCT水平进行,患者入院时、治疗第5、7、10 d检测血清PCT水平,若PCT≥0.25μg/L则应用抗生素,PCT0.05)。观察组二重感染率为1.00%,显著低于对照组的18.00%,比较差异有统计学意义(P0.05)。结论:依据血清PCT水平决定抗生素的使用策略有利于降低AECOPD患者抗生素使用率,减少抗生素使用时间,缩短住院时间,值得临床推广使用。%Objective: To investigate appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing based on procalcitonin (PCT) level for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD).Method: 200 AECOPD patients were selected in our hospital from February 2014 to March 2015, and they were randomly divided into observation group and control group according to random number table method, 100 cases in each group. In the observation group, antibiotic prescribing for different durations of therapy (admission day, 5, 7, and 10 days) was based on the serum PCT level, if the PCT≥0.25 μg/L, antibiotics was used, the PCT0.05). In addition, recurrent infection rate of the observation group was 1.00%, which was significantly lower than that of the control group (P0.05). Conclusion: Antibiotic prescribing based on serum PCT levels is relevant to reduce antibiotic usage for AECOPD patients, as well as shorten duration of therapy, it is worthy of using PCT level as guidelines for antibiotic prescribing.

  6. Pro-calcitonin and inflammation in chronic hemodialysis

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    Hernán Trimarchi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Procalcitonin (PCT has emerged as a marker of infection, a frequent complication in hemodialysis (HD. We analyzed PCT levels in chronic non-acutely infected HD subjects, assessed its correlation with inflammatory and nutritional markers and propose a PCT reference value for non-infected HD patients.In an observational cross-sectional study, 48 chronic HD patients and 36 controls were analyzed. Variables: age, gender, time on HD; diabetes; vascular access, PCT, C-reactive protein (CRP, albumin, malnutrition inflammatory score (MIS, hematocrit, leukocyte count, and body mass index (BMI. Subsequently, control (G1, n = 36, 43% vs. non-infected patients (G2, n = 48, 57% groups were compared. In control subjects (G1, age: 54.3 ± 13.7 years, range (r: 30-81; males: 19 (53%; median PCT 0.034 ng/ml (r: 0.02-0.08; median CRP 0.80 mg/dl (r: 0.36-3.9; p95 PCT level: 0.063 ng/ml. In G2, age: 60.2 ± 15.2 years; males 32 (67%, time on HD: 27.0 ± 24.4; diabetics: 19 (32%; median PCT: 0.26 ng/ml (r: 0.09-0.82; CRP: 1.1 mg/dl (r: 0.5-6.2; p95 PCT level: 0.8 ng/ml. In control subjects, PCT and CRP were significantly lower than in G2: PCT: 0.034 vs. 0.26 ng/ml, p = 0.0001; CRP: 0.8 vs. 1.1 mg/dl, p = 0.0004. PCT-CRP correlation in G2: ρ = 0.287, p = 0.048. PCT and CRP concentrations are elevated in chronic non-acutely infected HD subjects, independently of infection, diabetes and vascular access. A p95 PCT level of 0.8 ng/ml may be considered as the upper normal reference value in non-acutely infected HD subjects. The PCT cut-off level in HD is yet to be determined in HD.

  7. Retrospective study on prognostic importance of serum procalcitonin and amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels as compared to Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation IV Score on Intensive Care Unit admission, in a mixed Intensive Care Unit population

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    Background: Timely decision making in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is very essential to improve the outcome of critically sick patients. Conventional scores like Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE IV) are quite cumbersome with calculations and take minimum 24 hours. Procalcitonin has shown to have prognostic value in ICU/Emergency department (ED) in disease states like pneumonia, sepsis etc. NTproBNP has demonstrated excellent diagnostic and prognostic importance in cardiac d...

  8. Procalcitonin and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children.

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    Giulia, Bivona; Luisa, Agnello; Concetta, Scazzone; Bruna, Lo Sasso; Chiara, Bellia; Marcello, Ciaccio

    2015-12-07

    The role of procalcitonin (PCT) as a biomarker for sepsis in adults is well documented, while its role in infections affecting neonatal children remains controversial. Among these infections, Community-Acquired pneumonia (CAP) has been studied extensively, because it's the second cause of death in children in developing countries, and one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization in industrialized countries. The PubMed database and the Cochrane Library were used to search for the following keywords: CAP, procalcitonin, and children. Thirteen articles were studied to determine the role of PCT in CAP management, specifically its usefulness for distinguishing pneumococcal infections from viral and unknown infections, for predicting severity and the correct antibiotic treatment. This paper focuses on the studies performed to identify the best inflammatory biomarker for CAP management. Although there is an increase in studies confirming the usefulness of PCT in CAP management in children, further studies are needed to have better understanding of its role for pediatric CAP management.

  9. Procalcitonin use in a pediatric intensive care unit.

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    Cies, Jeffrey J; Chopra, Arun

    2014-09-01

    We evaluated whether procalcitonin (PCT) might aid diagnosing serious bacterial infections in a general pediatric intensive care unit population. Two-hundred and one patients accounted for 332 PCT samples. A PCT ≥1.45 ng/mL had a positive predictive value of 30%, a negative predictive value of 93% and a sensitivity of 72% and a specificity of 75%. These data suggest PCT can assist in identifying patients without serious bacterial infections and limit antimicrobial use.

  10. Adrenomedullin--A New Marker in Febrile Neutropenia: Comparison With CRP and Procalcitonin.

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    Demirkaya, Metin; Tugcu, Deniz; Akcay, Arzu; Aydogan, Gönül; Akıcı, Ferhan; Salcioglu, Zafer; Ekmekci, Hakan; Sevinir, Betül; Balci Ekmekci, Ozlem

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we aimed to determine serum adrenomedullin levels and compare them with levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT). Cancer patients aged 0-18 years who experienced febrile neutropenia attacks were included in the study. Adrenomedullin, CRP, and PCT were analyzed at admission, day 3, and days 7-10 later. Fifty episodes of febrile neutropenia that developed in 37 patients were analyzed in this study. The mean age of the patients was 7.5 ± 4.7 (1-18) years. The patients had leukemia (73%), solid tumors (19%), and lymphoma (8%). The percentages of the patients in the clinically documented infection (CDI), fever of unknown origin (FUO), sepsis, and microbiological documented infection (MDI) categories were 34%, 34%, 20%, and 12%, respectively. During the study period, four patients were lost. In the MDI group, adrenomedullin levels on day 3 were significantly higher than those in the CDI and FUO groups. PCT levels were significantly higher in the sepsis group than those in the CDI group at admission, day 3, and days 7-10. In the sepsis group, PCT levels on days 7-10 days were significantly higher than those in the sepsis group. PCT values from the deceased patients on days 7-10 were significantly higher than those from patients who survived. CRP levels did not differ significantly among the febrile neutropenia groups. First, in our study, adrenomedullin was used as a biomarker in the febrile neutropenia episodes of children with cancer. Among adrenomedullin, CRP, and PCT, procalcitonin demonstrates the highest correlation with the severity of infection.

  11. The diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin for bacteraemia: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    S.H. Hoeboer (Sandra); P.J. van der Geest (Patrick); D. Nieboer (Daan); A.B.J. Groeneveld (A.B. Johan)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractThe diagnostic use of procalcitonin for bacterial infections remains a matter of debate. Most studies have used ambiguous outcome measures such as sepsis instead of infection. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin for b

  12. Selection of abnormal neural oscillation patterns associated with sentence-level language disorder in Schizophrenia.

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    Xu, Tingting; Stephane, Massoud; Parhi, Keshab K

    2012-01-01

    Language disorder is one of the core symptoms in schizophrenia. We propose a new framework based on machine intelligence techniques to investigate abnormal neural oscillations related to this impairment. Schizophrenia patients and healthy control subjects were instructed to discriminate semantically and syntactically correct sentences from syntactically correct but semantically incorrect sentences presented visually, and 248-channel MEG signals were recorded with a whole head machine during the task performance. Oscillation patterns were extracted from the MEG recordings in 8 frequency sub-bands throughout sentence processing, which form a large feature set. A two-step feature selection algorithm combining F-score filtering and Support Vector Machine recursive feature elimination (SVM-RFE) was designed to pick out a small subset of features which could discriminate patients and controls with high accuracy. We achieved a 90.48% prediction accuracy based on the selected top features, following the leave-one-out cross validation procedure. These top features provide interpretable spectral, spatial, and temporal information about the electrophysiological basis of sentence processing abnormality in schizophrenia which may help understand the underlying mechanism of this disease.

  13. Diagnostic value of serum CRP and procalcitonin levels in children with bloodstream infection-associated sepsis and septic infection at other sites%C反应蛋白及降钙素原在小儿脓毒症血流感染及其他部位感染性疾病中的诊断价值

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    李玖军; 张涛

    2013-01-01

    目的 评估入住PICU 6 h内血清CRP及PCT水平在脓毒症血流感染及其他部位感染患儿临床诊断中的价值.方法 回顾性分析2010年1月至2012年1月期间,中国医科大学附属盛京医院PICU收治的30名明确诊断SIRS患儿,脓毒症血流感染及脓毒症其他部位感染患儿各15名,收集入住6h内的血清CRP、PCT及D-二聚体含量资料,进行差异性比较并通过ROC曲线分析其诊断价值.结果 脓毒症血流感染组患儿的血清CRP及PCT水平较脓毒症其他部位感染组显著升高(P<0.05),而血清D-二聚体水平在两组间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).血清PCT水平较CRP水平在诊断与鉴别脓毒症血流感染与其他部位感染性疾病方面有明显优势,PCT<2 ng/mL时诊断脓毒症血流感染可能性不大(阴性预测值:100%),PCT> 10 ng/mL时诊断脓毒症血流感染具有较高的可信度(阳性预测值:77%).结论 入院6h内的血清PCT水平较CRP水平在早期鉴别入住PICU脓毒症血流感染与其他部位感染患儿具有更好的诊断价值;当血清PCT水平>10 ng/mL时,脓毒症血流感染的诊断可能性较大.%Objective To evaluate the diagnostic value of measuring serum C-reactive protein ( CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) levels, within 6 hours after admission to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in children with bloodstream infection ( BSI) -associated sepsis and septic infection at other sites. Methods A retrospective analysis was performed on 30 children with a confirmed diagnosis of systemic inflammatory response syndrome who were admitted to the Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University between January 2010 and January 2012. Clinical data on serum CRP, PCT and D-dimer levels were collected within 6 hours after admission. The diagnostic values of the indices were determined by comparative analysis. Results Serum CRP and PCT levels in children with BSI-associated sepsis were significantly higher than in children with

  14. Measurements of procalcitonin facilitate targeting of endotoxin adsorption treatment in febrile neutropenic patients suffering from shock.

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    Hara, Masaki; Tsuchiya, Ken; Nitta, Kosaku; Ando, Minoru

    2014-01-01

    Immediate initiation of hemoperfusion treatment with polymixin B immobilized fiber (PMX-DHP) is a potent strategy to improve hemodynamics in septic patients with critical circulatory failure. However, it is often difficult to accurately and rapidly differentiate between bacterial infections and non-infectious causes of shock in acutely critically-ill patients. Procalcitonin (PCT) measurements may assist in the early identification of bacterial infection/sepsis and determination of severity in such patients. We present two febrile neutropenic (FN) patients who developed severe shock after chemotherapy for hematological malignancies. PCT levels were markedly elevated in both patients (≥ 10 ng/ml), suggesting a high likelihood of bacterial infectious etiology as the cause of their shock, and thus they were promptly treated with PMX-DHP. Measurements of PCT may facilitate targeting of PMX-DHP treatment among FN patients suffering from shock, which may lead to better prognosis.

  15. 血清降钙素原在脓毒症患儿中的应用价值分析%Application Value Analysis of Detecting Serum Procalcitonin Levels in Sepsis Children

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    林青; 高菊兴; 史立凤; 丁思磊

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨脓毒症患儿血清降钙素原(PCT)水平变化及临床应用价值.方法:对脓毒症组38例患儿(严重脓毒症组16例、非严重脓毒症组22侧)血清PCT、C反应蛋白(CRP)水平和白细胞(WBC)计数等指标进行检测,并与非脓毒症组的40例患儿进行比较分析.结果:脓毒症组患儿血清PCT、CRP水平及WBC计数均显著高于非脓毒症组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);血清PCT、CRP水平对诊断脓毒症的敏感性差异无显著性(P>0.05),均显著高于WBC计数,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);血清PCT水平特异性、阳性预测值、阴性预测值及约登指数均显著高于CRP和WBC计数,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);严重脓毒症组患儿血清PCT水平显著高于非严重脓毒症组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05),而两组间血清CRP水平及WBC计数差异不显著(P>0.05).结论:PCT可作为敏感性的鉴别诊断患儿脓毒症的血清学指标,其效果优于CRP和WBC计数.%Objective: To explore the clinical significance of detecting the serum proealeitonin (PCT) level in children with sepsis. Methods: The serum PCT levels, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and white blood cell (WBC) count were detected in 38 patients (16 children with severe sepsis, 22 children with non-severe sepsis), and compared with 40 children without sepsis. Results: The serum PCT levels, CRP and WBC count in the sepsis group were significantly higher than non-sepsis group, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The sensitivity of PCT, CRP in the diagnosis of sepsis wasn't statistically significant (P>0.05), but it was significantly higher than WBC count, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, Youden index of PCT were significantly higher than CRP and WBC count, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05); The serum PCT level in the severe sepsis group

  16. Can delayed time to referral to a tertiary level urologist with an abnormal PSA level affect subsequent Gleason grade in the opportunistically screened population?

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    O'Kelly, Fardod

    2013-09-01

    There is growing conflict in the literature describing the effect of delayed treatment on outcomes following radical prostatectomy. There is also evidence to suggest progression of low-risk prostate cancer to develop higher grades and volumes of prostate cancer during active surveillance. It is unknown as to what affect a delay in referral of those men with abnormal screened-PSA levels have on subsequent Gleason grade.

  17. Procalcitonin Identifies Cell Injury, Not Bacterial Infection, in Acute Liver Failure.

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    Full Text Available Because acute liver failure (ALF patients share many clinical features with severe sepsis and septic shock, identifying bacterial infection clinically in ALF patients is challenging. Procalcitonin (PCT has proven to be a useful marker in detecting bacterial infection. We sought to determine whether PCT discriminated between presence and absence of infection in patients with ALF.Retrospective analysis of data and samples of 115 ALF patients from the United States Acute Liver Failure Study Group randomly selected from 1863 patients were classified for disease severity and ALF etiology. Twenty uninfected chronic liver disease (CLD subjects served as controls.Procalcitonin concentrations in most samples were elevated, with median values for all ALF groups near or above a 2.0 ng/mL cut-off that generally indicates severe sepsis. While PCT concentrations increased somewhat with apparent liver injury severity, there were no differences in PCT levels between the pre-defined severity groups-non-SIRS and SIRS groups with no documented infections and Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock groups with documented infections, (p = 0.169. PCT values from CLD patients differed from all ALF groups (median CLD PCT value 0.104 ng/mL, (p ≤0.001. Subjects with acetaminophen (APAP toxicity, many without evidence of infection, demonstrated median PCT >2.0 ng/mL, regardless of SIRS features, while some culture positive subjects had PCT values <2.0 ng/mL.While PCT appears to be a robust assay for detecting bacterial infection in the general population, there was poor discrimination between ALF patients with or without bacterial infection presumably because of the massive inflammation observed. Severe hepatocyte necrosis with inflammation results in elevated PCT levels, rendering this biomarker unreliable in the ALF setting.

  18. 肺炎合并脓毒症患者血清降钙素原、超敏C反应蛋白水平变化及其临床意义%Expression level and its clinical significance of serum procalcitonin and high sensitive C-reactive protein in patients with pneumonia complicated with sepsis

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    苑文雯; 李妍; 杨宁; 贾天野; 郭桐生

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the expression level and its clinical significance of serum procalcitonin ( PCT ) and high sensitive C-reactive protein ( hs-CRP ) in patients with pneumonia complicated with sepsis. Methods According to the severity of disease, 104 patients with pneumonia complicated with sepsis in ICU were divided into three groups, including 36 patients of the sepsis group, 37 patients of the severe sepsis group, 31 patients of the septic shock group. Besides, 40 pneumonia persons were taken as the control group. All patients were also divided into the survivor and death group according to whether they survived within 2 weeks. The levels of serum PCT and hs-CRP and APACHE Ⅱ scores were detected and compared. Results The levels of serum PCT and hs-CRP and APACHE Ⅱ scores in the three sepsis groups were significantly higher than those in control group, and the level of serum PCT and APACHE Ⅱ scores were increased with the aggravation of disease severity ( P 0. 05 ). Conclusion Serum PCT and hs-CRP show a high expression level, and the detection of serum PCT level can be used as an indicator for disease severity and prognosis in patients with pneumonia complicated with sepsis.%目的 分析肺炎合并脓毒症患者血清降钙素原(PCT)、超敏C反应蛋白(hsCRP)水平的变化及其意义.方法 将我院ICU住院的肺炎合并脓毒症104例患者根据病情分为脓毒症组36例,严重脓毒症组37例,脓毒性休克组31例,并选择同期单纯肺炎患者40例.同时根据脓毒症患者是否于2周内的存活情况分为存活组和死亡组.结果 三组脓毒血症患者血清PCT、hsCRP水平、APACHE Ⅱ评分较对照组明显升高,且随着病情的加重,患者血清PCT、APACHE Ⅱ评分依次增加(P0.05).结论 肺炎合并脓毒症患者血清PCT、hsCRP水平均呈高表达状态,PCT水平的检测可以作为肺炎合并脓毒血症患者的病情严重程度以及预后的评价指标.

  19. 血清降钙素原和C反应蛋白水平改变在支原体肺炎患儿中的临床意义%Changes of serum procalcitonin and C - reactive protein levels in children with mycoplasma pneumonia

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    张月明

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨血清降钙素原和 C 反应蛋白水平改变在支原体肺炎患儿中的临床意义。方法选择支原体肺炎、细菌性肺炎患儿各67例为支原体肺炎组和细菌性肺炎组,选择健康体检儿童67例为健康对照组。检测各组血清降钙素原(PCT)和 C 反应蛋白(CRP)水平并分析。结果支原体肺炎组急性期血清 PCT 水平显著高于健康对照组,但显著低于细菌性肺炎组( P 均<0.05)。支原体肺炎组、细菌性肺炎组血清 CRP 水平显著高于健康对照组( P <0.05),但两者 CRP 水平比较无显著差异。治疗后发现恢复期支原体肺炎组血清 PCT、CRP 水平显著下降,与健康对照组无统计学差异( P 均﹥0.05)。结论早期联合检测呼吸道感染患儿 PCT 与 CRP 水平可帮助早期鉴别支原体感染肺炎和细菌性感染肺炎,并可作为疗效观察的参考依据。%Objective To investigate the changes of serum procalcitonin(PCT)and C - reactive protein(CRP)levels in children with mycoplasma pneumonia. Methods Serum PCT and CRP levels in each group of children with mycoplasma pneumonia(n = 67)or bacterial pneu-monia(n = 67),and healthy children(n = 67)were detected and analyzed. Results In acute phase,serum PCT level was significantly higher in mycoplasma pneumonia group than healthy control group,but significantly lower than bacterial pneumonia group(all P < 0. 05). Serum CRP level in mycoplasma pneumonia group and bacterial pneumonia group was significantly higher than healthy control group( P < 0. 05),but no sig-nificant difference between mycoplasma pneumonia group and bacterial pneumonia group. After treatment,serum PCT and CRP levels were signifi-cantly decreased in children with mycoplasma pneumonia,but not significantly different from those of control group(all P ﹥ 0. 05). Conclusion Combined early detection of serum PCT and CRP for children with respiratory infection may help early identification

  20. Effects of continuous blood purification on the level of procalcitonin in patients with severe pneumonia%连续性血液净化治疗对重症肺炎患者血清降钙素原水平的影响

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    刘振国; 王婷

    2016-01-01

    目的:动态监测连续性血液净化治疗(CBP)在治疗重症肺炎时血清降钙素原(PCT)水平的变化规律,探讨血清PCT水平与重症肺炎病情严重程度的关系及CBP对重症肺炎患者的临床疗效。方法回顾性分析重症肺炎患者共30例,分为常规治疗组(抗感染及呼吸机辅助通气等治疗)12例和CBP治疗组(在常规治疗基础上给予CBP )18例。比较2组死亡率,同时分析比较2组治疗前及治疗后24 h、48 h、72 h 各时间点急性生理与慢性健康评分( APACHEⅡ评分)及血清PCT的变化。结果常规治疗组死亡5例,CBP治疗组死亡2例;与治疗前比较,常规治疗组经治疗后各时间点患者APACHEⅡ评分及血清PCT水平变化不明显( P>0�05),而CBP治疗组治疗72 h后,患者APACHEⅡ评分及血清PCT水平均显著降低( P<0�01)。结论 CBP能降低重症肺炎患者早期血清PCT水平,降低重症肺炎的炎症反应,改善临床转归,是临床治疗重症肺炎患者的有效手段,具有重要临床应用价值。%Objective To investigate the efficacy of continuous blood purification (CBP) for severe pneumonia, and to investigate the relationship between the level of procalcitonin ( PCT) and the severity of severe pneumonia. Methods Thirty cases of severe pneumonia were analyzed retrospectively. They were divided into conventional treatment group ( 12 cases) and CBP treatment group ( 18 cases ) . Conventional treatment group received anti⁃infection therapy and the assistance ventilation, and CBP treatment group received conventional therapy and CBP treatment. The mortality of two groups was recorded and analyzed. The score of acute physiology and chronic health evaluationⅡ( APACHEⅡ) and the level of PCT before or 24 h, 48 h, 72 h after treatment were detected in two groups. Results Five cases died in conventional treatment group, while 2 cases died in CBP treatment group. The score of

  1. The Clinical Significance of Serum Procalcitonin Levels Detected in Patients with Sepsis%血清降钙素原水平检测在脓毒症患者中的临床意义

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    唐艳; 刘翠兰; 李娜

    2012-01-01

      Objective To study the clinical significance of PCT in patients with sepsis. Methods 100 patients with sepsis and 80 healthy volunteers were included into the study. PCT levels were studied in  sepsis patients and 80 control subjects. All the patients received routine treatment, additionally treated with ulinastatin. The PCT,CRP, APACHE-Ⅱ values were detected before treatment and after treatment.The relationship between the PCT, and APACHE-Ⅱwere studied. Results The PCT levels of Sepsis were significantly higher than control subjects(P<0.01). PCT level was gradually decreasing after treatment(P<0.05). The APACHE-Ⅱvalues were significantly decreased after treatment(P<0.05). The PCT levels was significant positive correlation with APACHE-Ⅱ(P < 0.05). Conclusion PCT may has a significant predictive value on sepsis severity.%  目的  探讨脓毒症患者检测血清降钙素原水平的临床意义.方法  收集脓毒症患者100例入脓毒症组及健康体检成年人80例为对照组,检测脓毒症组和对照组血清降钙素原水平.脓毒症患者予以Sepsis集束化治疗及乌司他丁治疗.检测治疗前及治疗后PCT、CRP水平,及APACHE Ⅱ评分,探讨PCT水平变化及其与APACHE Ⅱ评分的关系,探讨不同预后患者PCT水平的差异.结果  脓毒症患者血清PCT水平明显高于对照组(P <0.01),且随着治疗进展血浆PCT水平逐渐降低(P<0.01).死亡患者PCT水平明显高于存活患者(P<0.05)且PCT与APACHE Ⅱ评分呈正相关(P<0.05).结论  血浆PCT水平对脓毒症患者的诊断及严重程度评价有重要价值.

  2. Serum Procalcitonin Level in Patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia: Clinical Significance of Its Dynamic Monitoring%动态监测呼吸机相关性肺炎患者血清降钙素原的临床意义

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    曲文秀; 谭昊; 郑伟; 李澎

    2012-01-01

    [目的]探讨动态监测呼吸机相关性肺炎患者血浆降钙素原对判断病情严重程度及预后的意义.[方法]对67例明诊断呼吸机相关性肺炎的患者进行第1、3、5、7天抽取静脉血标本,采用双抗体夹心法定量测量PCT浓度,同时进行相应APACHEII评分并观察患者预后情况.[结果]67例患者死亡21例,存活46例:死亡组第5、7天血清PCT水平(1.80±0.14)(2.87±0.21) ng/ml明显高于存活组(1.13±0.10)、(0.56±0.06)ng/ml,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),且死亡组PCT水平呈持上升趋势,而存活组呈下降趋势;同时死亡组第5、7天APACHEII评分第5天(30.00±0.96)分,第7天(33.00±1.05)分明显高存活组第5天(21.50±0.61)分,第7天(18.59±0.58)分,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).[结论]呼吸机相关性肺炎患者血清PC与疾病严重程度有明显的相关性,动态监测PCT水平变化趋势有助于预后的判断.%[Objective] To evaluate the value of severity assessment and prognosis by dynamic monitoring for serum procalcitonin( PCT) levels in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia. [Methods] A total of 67 cases of with ventilator-associated pneumonia patients, the serum PCT was determined on the lst,3rd,5th and 7th day, the acute physiology health evaluation ( APACHEII) scores were conducted and evaluated, the condition of prognoses w as observed. [Results] There were 21 patients dead and 46 patients survived. The serum PCT level of the patients in the dead group [(1.80 ± 0.14) ,(2.87 ± 0.21) ng/ml] was significantly higher than that in the survived group [(1.13 ± 0.10) .(0.56 ± 0.06)] on 5th and 7th day( P< 0.05). The APACHEII scores of dead group(30.00 ± 0.96) on 5th and (33.00 ± 1.05) on 7th day were higher than that of survived group 5th(21.50 ± 0.61), 7th (18.59 ± 0.58). The differences were statistically significant. [Conclusion] The level of serum PCT is obviously correlated with the degree of critical illness, dynamic monitoring of

  3. Diastolic Dysfunction Induced by a High-Fat Diet Is Associated with Mitochondrial Abnormality and Adenosine Triphosphate Levels in Rats

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundObesity is well-known as a risk factor for heart failure, including diastolic dysfunction. However, this mechanism in high-fat diet (HFD-induced obese rats remain controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether cardiac dysfunction develops when rats are fed with a HFD for 10 weeks; additionally, we sought to investigate the association between mitochondrial abnormalities, adenosine triphosphate (ATP levels and cardiac dysfunction.MethodsWe examined myocardia in Wistar rats after 10 weeks of HFD (45 kcal% fat, n=6 or standard diet (SD, n=6. Echocardiography, histomorphologic analysis, and electron microscopy were performed. The expression levels of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS subunit genes, peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor γ co-activator-1α (PGC1α and anti-oxidant enzymes were assessed. Markers of oxidative stress damage, mitochondrial DNA copy number and myocardial ATP level were also examined.ResultsAfter 10 weeks, the body weight of the HFD group (349.6±22.7 g was significantly higher than that of the SD group (286.8±14.9 g, and the perigonadal and epicardial fat weights of the HFD group were significantly higher than that of the SD group. Histomorphologic and electron microscopic images were similar between the two groups. However, in the myocardium of the HFD group, the expression levels of OXPHOS subunit NDUFB5 in complex I and PGC1α, and the mitochondrial DNA copy number were decreased and the oxidative stress damage marker 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine was increased, accompanied by reduced ATP levels.ConclusionDiastolic dysfunction was accompanied by the mitochondrial abnormality and reduced ATP levels in the myocardium of 10 weeks-HFD-induced rats.

  4. Renal Vein Thrombosis in a Newborn With Abnormal Factor VIII Level: Clinical Case Report.

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    Szafranska, Agnieszka; Pajak, Agata; Kilis-Pstrusinska, Katarzyna; Królak-Olejnik, Barbara

    2015-08-01

    Renal vein thrombosis (RVT) in neonates is a rare condition of low mortality but significant morbidity due to renal impairment.We report the case of a male term newborn with left RVT and elevated serum factor VIII (FVIII).The main symptoms of the patient and the important clinical findings: prompt diagnosis of RVT was possible because the classic clinical presentation of macroscopic hematuria, thrombocytopenia, and palpable flank mass were present in this newborn infant.The main diagnoses: finally, the reason of RVT was established when the infant was 3 months of age: the increased level of FVIII was confirmed. We discuss the diagnosis, therapy, and outcome of the patient and compare with the literature.Therapeutics interventions: however, despite anticoagulant therapy the left kidney developed areas of scarring and then atrophy.Conclusions and outcomes: Prothrombotic defects should be considered in all patients with perinatal RVT. Elevated factor VIII as a reason of RVT in neonatal period is particularly rare. Given a poor renal outcome in children associated with elevated levels of factor VIII, consideration could be given to more aggressive antithrombotic therapy in such cases.

  5. 液体复苏对感染性休克患者血清降钙素原、C反应蛋白含量的影响及其意义%Dynamic Changes of Serum Procalcitonin and C-reactive Protein Level During Fluid Resuscitation and Their Clinical Significances in Patients with Septic Shock

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    李珂; 刘少华

    2013-01-01

    目的 动态检测感染性休克患者液体复苏过程中不同时点血清降钙素原(PCT)及C反应蛋白(CRP)含量,分析其与相应时点累计复苏液体量的关系,探讨临床意义.方法 达标(中心静脉压8~12mmHg、平均动脉血压≥65mmHg)复苏21例符合本研究入选标准感染性休克患者.采用免疫化学发光法和散射比浊法检测12例健康体检者、休克患者复苏前及后12、24、48h血清PCT及CRP含量,比较其变化,进而分析其与各时点累计复苏液体总量的相关性.结果 21例感染性休克患者12、24及48h累计复苏液体总量分别为3618 ~ 7035、5320 ~ 11028、8125~13126ml,平均复苏液体量分别为4626±1485、7775±1735、9941±2546ml.纳入观察时患者血清PCT(μg/L)及CRP(mg/L)含量显著高于健康体检者(17.65±6.76 vs0.51±0.11、138.01±58.51 vs 9.18±3.67,P均<0.01);复苏治疗后明显降低、且随时程延长到后一时点降低比前一时点更加明显(PCT:17.65士6.76 vs 11.82±2.58 vs 10.19±3.18 vs 8.08 ±2.90,CRP:138.01士58.51 vs 82.67士21.99 vs 68.18士34.22 vs 43.52士22.42,P<0.01或<0.05).24h时PCT含量变化与累计复苏液体总量呈负相关(r=-0.441,P<0.05)、其余时点PCT及各时点CRP含量变化与相应时点累计复苏液体总量无相关性.结论 感染性休克患者血清PCT及CRP含量明显升高,复苏治疗后显著降低,24h时PCT的降低还负相关于复苏液体总量,其动态监测有助于患者病情、疗效及预后评估.%Objective To evaluate the effects of liquid resuscitation on serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) level of patients with septic shock,and then to explore their clinical significances.Methods According to the target of resuscitation (centre venous pressure 8 ~ 12mmHg and mean arterial pressure ≥ 65mmHg),21 patients with septic shock received enough fluid or combined with dopamine\

  6. Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic treatment of respiratory tract infections in a primary care setting

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    Aabenhus, Rune; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr

    2011-01-01

    Clinical signs of infection do not allow for correct identification of bacterial and viral aetiology in acute respiratory infections. A valid tool to assist the clinician in identifying patients who will benefit from antibiotic therapy, as well as patients with a potentially serious infection......, could greatly improve patient care and limit excessive antibiotic prescriptions. Procalcitonin is a new marker of suspected bacterial infection that has shown promise in guiding antibiotic therapy in acute respiratory tract infections in hospitals without compromising patient safety. Procalcitonin...

  7. Retrospective study on prognostic importance of serum procalcitonin and amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels as compared to Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation IV Score on Intensive Care Unit admission, in a mixed Intensive Care Unit population

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    Mehta, Chitra; Dara, Babita; Mehta, Yatin; Tariq, Ali M.; Joby, George V.; Singh, Manish K.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Timely decision making in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is very essential to improve the outcome of critically sick patients. Conventional scores like Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE IV) are quite cumbersome with calculations and take minimum 24 hours. Procalcitonin has shown to have prognostic value in ICU/Emergency department (ED) in disease states like pneumonia, sepsis etc. NTproBNP has demonstrated excellent diagnostic and prognostic importance in cardiac diseases. It has also been found elevated in non-cardiac diseases. We chose to study the prognostic utility of these markers on ICU admission. Settings and Design: Retrospective observational study. Materials and Methods: A Retrospective analysis of 100 eligible patients was done who had undergone PCT and NTproBNP measurements on ICU admission. Their correlations with all cause mortality, length of hospital stay, need for ventilator support, need for vasopressors were performed. Results: Among 100 randomly selected ICU patients, 28 were non-survivors. NTproBNP values on admission significantly correlated with all cause mortality (P = 0.036, AUC = 0.643) and morbidity (P = 0.000, AUC = 0.763), comparable to that of APACHE-IV score. PCT values on admission did not show significant association with mortality, but correlated well with morbidity and prolonged hospital length of stay (AUC = 0.616, P = 0.045). Conclusion: The current study demonstrated a good predictive value of NTproBNP, in terms of mortality and morbidity comparable to that of APACHE-IV score. Procalcitonin, however, was found to have doubtful prognostic importance. These findings need to be confirmed in a prospective larger study. PMID:27052066

  8. Research on relationship between the levels of serum procalcitonin and C-reactive protein in children with meningitis%儿童脑膜炎患者血清降钙素原水平与血 C-反应蛋白的关系研究

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    武静; 于瑞杰

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨儿童脑膜炎患者血清降钙素原(PCT)水平的变化及其与 C-反应蛋白(CRP)的关系。方法检测44例脑膜炎患儿血清 PCT 水平,其中化脓性脑膜炎患儿12例,病毒性脑膜炎患儿32例,同时测定其血 CRP、白细胞(WBC)及脑脊液相关指标[蛋白、WBC、氯化物及葡萄糖],并做统计学分析。结果化脓性脑膜炎组血清 PCT 水平为(9.30±20.47)μg/L,明显高于病毒性脑膜炎组[(0.37±0.27)μg/L](P <0.01);脑膜炎患儿血清 PCT 与 CRP、脑脊液蛋白、WBC 呈明显正相关[相关系数(r)分别为0.343、0.437、0.439,P 均<0.05),与氯化物呈负相关(r =-0.387,P <0.01);进一步多元回归分析显示,血 CRP(β=0.648,P <0.01)影响了40.5%的 PCT 变化,且 PCT 也是脑膜炎患儿 CRP 水平的决定因素之一。结论化脓性脑膜炎患儿血清 PCT 水平明显升高。升高的 PCT 与 CRP 的增加有一定关联,可能通过参与细菌感染诱导的炎症反应促进化脓性脑膜炎的发生、发展。%Objective To investigate the relationship between the level change of serum procalcitonin (PCT)and C-reactive protein (CRP)in children with meningitis.Methods The levels of serum PCT in 41 children with purulent(n=12)or viral(n=32)meningitis were determined,the levels of CRP,white blood cell (WBC)and cerebrospinal fluid related indicators[protein,WBC,chloride and glucose]were determined simultaneously,and the results were analyzed statistically.Results The PCT levels in purulent meningitis group [(9.30± 20.47)μg/L]were significantly higher than those in viral meningitis group [(0.37 ±0.27)μg/L](P <0.01).The PCT levels in children with meningitis were positively correlated with CRP,cerebrospinal fluid protein and WBC[correlation coefficient (r)= 0.343,0.437 and 0.439,P <0.05],and negatively with chloride (r=-0.387,P <0.01).Multiple linear

  9. Elevated postoperative serum procalcitonin is not indicative of bacterial infection in cardiac surgical patients

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    Murali Chakravarthy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Identifying infections early, commencing appropriate empiric antibiotic not only helps gain control early, but also reduces mortality and morbidity. Conventional cultures take about 5 days to identify infections. To identify the infections early biomarker like serum procalcitonin (SPC. Aims: We studied the correlation of an elevated level of SPC and positive culture in elective adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Methods: This prospective study was conducted from January to December 2013. SPC was checked in patients showing evidence of sepsis. Simultaneously, relevant culture was also undertaken. Correlation, specificity, and sensitivity of elevated SPC were checked. Results: A total of 819 adult patients were included in the study. 43 of them had signs of infection and SPC levels were checked. Based on the level of SPC criteria, 10 patients were diagnosed as "nil", out of them, 4 had culture-positive infections, 17 were suggested to have "mild infection," 3 out those had culture positivity. None among the eleven patients suggested to have "moderate infection," had a positive culture, and one among the five suggested to have a severe infection had a positive culture. The sensitivity was 50% and the specificity 17%. The positive predictive value was 12% and the negative predictive value 60%. Conclusions: We failed to elicit positive correlation between elevated SPC levels and postoperative infection in cardio surgical patients.

  10. Abnormal nociception and opiate sensitivity of STOP null mice exhibiting elevated levels of the endogenous alkaloid morphine

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    Aunis Dominique

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background- Mice deficient for the stable tubule only peptide (STOP display altered dopaminergic neurotransmission associated with severe behavioural defects including disorganized locomotor activity. Endogenous morphine, which is present in nervous tissues and synthesized from dopamine, may contribute to these behavioral alterations since it is thought to play a role in normal and pathological neurotransmission. Results- In this study, we showed that STOP null brain structures, including cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum and spinal cord, contain high endogenous morphine amounts. The presence of elevated levels of morphine was associated with the presence of a higher density of mu opioid receptor with a higher affinity for morphine in STOP null brains. Interestingly, STOP null mice exhibited significantly lower nociceptive thresholds to thermal and mechanical stimulations. They also had abnormal behavioural responses to the administration of exogenous morphine and naloxone. Low dose of morphine (1 mg/kg, i.p. produced a significant mechanical antinociception in STOP null mice whereas it has no effect on wild-type mice. High concentration of naloxone (1 mg/kg was pronociceptive for both mice strain, a lower concentration (0.1 mg/kg was found to increase the mean mechanical nociceptive threshold only in the case of STOP null mice. Conclusions- Together, our data show that STOP null mice displayed elevated levels of endogenous morphine, as well as an increase of morphine receptor affinity and density in brain. This was correlated with hypernociception and impaired pharmacological sensitivity to mu opioid receptor ligands.

  11. Decreased levels of genuine large free hCG alpha in men presenting with abnormal semen analysis

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    Plas Eugen

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG and its free subunits (hCG alpha, hCG beta are produced in the male reproductive tract and found in high concentrations in seminal fluid, in particular hCG alpha. This study aimed to elucidate changes in peptide hormone profiles in patients showing abnormal semen analyses and to determine the genuineness of the highly abundant hCG alpha. Methods Seminal plasma was obtained from 45 male patients undergoing semen analysis during infertility workups. Comprehensive peptide hormone profiles were established by a panel of immunofluorometric assays for hCG, hCG alpha, hCG beta and its metabolite hCG beta core fragment, placental lactogen, growth hormone and prolactin in seminal plasma of patients with abnormal semen analysis results (n = 29 versus normozoospermic men (n = 16. The molecular identity of large hyperglycosylated hCG alpha was analyzed by mass-spectrometry and selective deglycosylation. Results hCG alpha levels were found to be significantly lower in men with impaired semen quality (1346 +/- 191 vs. 2753 +/- 533 ng/ml, P = 0.022. Moreover, patients with reduced sperm count had reduced intact hCG levels compared with normozoospermic men (0.097 +/- 0.022 vs. 0.203 +/- 0.040 ng/ml, P = 0.028. Using mass-spectrometry, the biochemical identity of hCG alpha purified from seminal plasma was verified. Under non-reducing conditions in SDS-PAGE, hCG alpha isolated from seminal plasma migrated in a manner comparable with large free hCG alpha with an apparent molecular mass (Mr, app of 24 kDa, while hCG alpha dissociated from pregnancy-derived holo-hCG migrated at approximately 22 kDa. After deglycosylation with PNGase F under denaturing conditions, all hCG alpha variants showed an Mr, app of 15 kDa, indicating identical amino acid backbones. Conclusions The findings indicate a pathophysiological relevance of hCG, particularly its free alpha subunit, in spermatogenesis. The

  12. Do abnormal serum lipid levels increase the risk of chronic low back pain? The Nord-Trondelag Health Study.

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    Ingrid Heuch

    Full Text Available Cross-sectional studies suggest associations between abnormal lipid levels and prevalence of low back pain (LBP, but it is not known if there is any causal relationship.The objective was to determine, in a population-based prospective cohort study, whether there is any relation between levels of total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol and triglycerides and the probability of experiencing subsequent chronic (LBP, both among individuals with and without LBP at baseline.Information was collected in the community-based HUNT 2 (1995-1997 and HUNT 3 (2006-2008 surveys of an entire Norwegian county. Participants were 10,151 women and 8731 men aged 30-69 years, not affected by chronic LBP at baseline, and 3902 women and 2666 men with LBP at baseline. Eleven years later the participants indicated whether they currently suffered from chronic LBP.Among women without LBP at baseline, HDL cholesterol levels were inversely associated and triglyceride levels positively associated with the risk of chronic LBP at end of follow-up in analyses adjusted for age only. Adjustment for the baseline factors education, work status, physical activity, smoking, blood pressure and in particular BMI largely removed these associations (RR: 0.96, 95% CI: 0.85-1.07 per mmol/l of HDL cholesterol; RR: 1.16, 95% CI: 0.94-1.42 per unit of lg(triglycerides. Total cholesterol levels showed no associations. In women with LBP at baseline and men without LBP at baseline weaker relationships were observed. In men with LBP at baseline, an inverse association with HDL cholesterol remained after complete adjustment (RR: 0.83, 95% CI: 0.72-0.95 per mmol/l.Crude associations between lipid levels and risk of subsequent LBP in individuals without current LBP are mainly caused by confounding with body mass. However, an association with low HDL levels may still remain in men who are already affected and possibly experience a higher pain intensity.

  13. 联合检测血清降钙素原、白细胞计数对脓毒症患儿感染情况及病情程度的诊断价值%The diagnostic value of combined detection of serum levels procalcitonin and white blood cell count in children with sepsis

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    曾明; 程樱; 付琼华; 王芳; 陈建昌

    2015-01-01

    目的:探究联合检测血清降钙素原(PCT)、白细胞计数(WBC)在脓毒症患儿感染情况及病情程度诊断中的应用价值。方法选取2013年1月—2014年1月收治的符合脓毒症诊断标准的患儿80例,按照病情严重程度分为脓毒症组和严重脓毒症组,每组40例。另选取同期住院的非脓毒症患儿36例作为对照组。患者入院后24h内均检测血清中PCT、WBC、C反应蛋白(CRP)水平并进行比较。比较PCT单独检测及PCT联合WBC检测诊断脓毒症的价值。结果严重脓毒症组患儿血清中PCT、WBC、CRP含量最高,分别为(2.88±1.31)μg/L、(17.0±6.6)×09/L、(124.8±15.9)mg/L,均明显高于其他2组(F=4.881、5.052、5.456,P<0.05),且患儿血清PCT阳性率为5.0%,高于脓毒症组患儿的57.5%和对照组的2.7%,3组患儿的PCT阳性率比较差异有统计学意义(F=7.34,<0.05)。PCT、WBC联合检测诊断脓毒症的敏感度、特异度、准确率、阳性预测值、阴性预测值、约登指数分别为7.5%、95.0%、91.3%、94.6%、88.4%、0.825,均明显高于PCT单独检测的57.5%、80.0%、68.8%、74.2%、65.3%、.375(P<0.05)。结论PCT在脓毒症的诊断中具有较高的应用价值,其与WBC计数联合检测后,诊断准确率明显提高。%Objective To explore the application value of combined detection of serum procalcitonin ( PCT) ,white blood cell count (WBC) in the diagnosis of sepsis in children with sepsis .Methods From January 2013 to January 2014, ac-cording to the severity of the disease , 80 children with sepsis were divided into sepsis group and severe sepsis group with 40 cases in each group .A control group of 36 patients with non sepsis patients were selected as the control group .The serum lev-els of PCT, WBC, CRP were detected in 24 h after admission.Results Severe sepsis group

  14. Impact of the use of procalcitonin assay in hospitalized adult patients with pneumonia at a community acute care hospital.

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    Kook, Janet L; Chao, Stephanie R; Le, Jennifer; Robinson, Philip A

    2012-04-01

    A retrospective, quasi-experimental cohort study compared antibiotic use before and after implementation of a procalcitonin assay at a community acute care hospital. This study demonstrated that the implementation of the procalcitonin assay was associated with a decrease in antibiotic days of therapy in adult patients with pneumonia.

  15. Waist circumference, body mass index, serum uric acid, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels are important risk factors for abnormal liver function tests in the Taiwanese population.

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    Hsieh, Meng-Hsuan; Lin, Wen-Yi; Chien, Hsu-Han; Chien, Li-Ho; Huang, Chao-Kuan; Yang, Jeng-Fu; Chang, Ning-Chia; Huang, Chung-Feng; Wang, Chao-Ling; Chuang, Wan-Long; Yu, Ming-Lung; Dai, Chia-Yen; Ho, Chi-Kung

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    Several studies have found that metabolic syndrome and uric acid level are related to abnormal liver function test results. The aim of this study was to explore the associations of risk factors [including blood pressure, blood sugar, total cholesterol, triglyceride, uric acid, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) measurements] with abnormal liver function in the Taiwanese population.In total, 11,411 Taiwanese adults were enrolled in this study. Blood pressure was assessed according to the Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure criteria, fasting blood sugar level according to the Bureau of Health Promotion, Department of Health, R.O.C., criteria, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels according to the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III criteria, BMI according to the Asia-Pacific criteria, and waist circumference according to the Revised Diagnostic Criteria of Metabolic Syndrome in Taiwan. The prevalence of a past history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus was 17.7% and 6.5%, respectively, and the rates of abnormal measurements of blood pressure, BMI, waist circumference, fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, total cholesterol, uric acid (male/female), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) were 76.2%, 67.6%, 40.0%, 28.6%, 30.6%, 57.3%, 37.9%/21.9%, 14.6% and 21.3%, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that waist circumference, BMI, serum uric acid, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels were related to abnormal AST and ALT (pwaist circumference was larger than that for BMI. In conclusion, waist circumference, BMI, serum uric acid, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels are important risk factors for abnormal AST and ALT readings in Taiwanese adults. Waist circumference might be a better indicator of risk of abnormal liver function than BMI.

  16. Prognostic value of procalcitonin in pneumonia: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Liu, Dan; Su, Long-Xiang; Guan, Wei; Xiao, Kun; Xie, Li-Xin

    2016-02-01

    This meta-analysis was performed to determine the accuracy of procalcitonin (PCT) in predicting mortality in pneumonia patients with different pathogenic features and disease severities. A systematic search of English-language articles was performed using PubMed, Embase, Web of Knowledge and the Cochrane Library to identify studies. The diagnostic value of PCT in predicting prognosis was determined using a bivariate meta-analysis model. The Q-test and I(2) index were used to test heterogeneity. A total of 21 studies comprising 6007 patients were included. An elevated PCT level was a risk factor for death from community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) (risk ratio (RR) 4.38, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.98-6.43), particularly in patients with a low CURB-65 score. The commonly used cut-off, 0.5 ng/mL, had low sensitivity (SEN) and was not able to identify patients at high risk of dying. Furthermore, the PCT assay with functional SEN pneumonia (VAP) and patients with CAP.

  17. The role of procalcitonin as a marker of diabetic foot ulcer infection.

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    Massara, Mafalda; De Caridi, Giovanni; Serra, Raffaele; Barillà, David; Cutrupi, Andrea; Volpe, Alberto; Cutrupi, Francesco; Alberti, Antonino; Volpe, Pietro

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    Foot ulcers are frequent in diabetic patients and are responsible for 85% of amputations, especially in the presence of infection. The diagnosis of diabetic foot ulcer infection is essentially based on clinical evaluation, but laboratory parameters such as erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), white blood count (WBC), C-reactive protein (CRP) and, more recently, procalcitonin (PCT) could aid the diagnosis, especially when clinical signs are misleading. Fifteen diabetic patients with infected foot ulcers were admitted to our department and were compared with an additional group of patients with non-infected diabetic foot ulcers (NIDFUs). Blood samples were collected from all patients in order to evaluate laboratory markers. In the current study, the diagnostic accuracy of PCT serum levels was evaluated in comparison with other inflammatory markers such as CRP, ESR and WBC as an indicator to make the distinction between infected diabetic foot ulcers (IDFUs) and NIDFUs. CRP, WBC, ESR and especially PCT measurements represent effective biomarkers in the diagnosis of foot infections in diabetic patients particularly when clinical signs are misleading.

  18. 血清降钙素原在败血症早期诊断中的应用价值%The application value of serum procalcitonin in early diagnosis of sepsis

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    张昌武

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨血清降钙素原在败血症早期诊断中的应用价值. 方法:随机选取2012年11月至2014年2月就诊治疗的60例败血症患者作为观察组,并以同期的60例健康体检者作为对照组,检测并比较两组血清降钙素原水平. 结果:观察组患者的血清降钙素原水平为(4.57 ±1.32)ng/mL,对照组为(0.19 ±0.08)ng/mL,观察组患者的血清降钙素原水平高于对照组( P<0. 05). 结论:血清降钙素原水平检测对于败血症的早期诊断有很好的临床应用价值.%Objective:To explore and evaluate the application value of serum procalcitonin in early diagnosis of sepsis. Methods:60 patients with sepsis treated from November 2012 to February 2014 were randomly selected as the research objects of the observation group, and 60 patients examined healthy of the same period as the control group, with the level of serum procalcitonin detected and compared be-tween the two groups. Results:The average level of serum procalcitonin in the observation group was (4. 57 ± 1. 32) ng/mL, which was significantly higher than that of the control group (0. 19 ± 0. 08) ng/mL ( P <0. 05). Conclusion:The detection of serum procalcitonin level is of high value in clinical application for the early diagnosis of sepsis.

  19. Value of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, and neopterin in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Alicia Lacoma

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Alicia Lacoma1,4, Cristina Prat1,4, Felipe Andreo2,4, Luis Lores3, Juan Ruiz-Manzano2,4, Vicente Ausina1,4, Jose Domínguez1,41Servei de Microbiologia, 2Servei de Pneumologia, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Fundació Institut d'Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Badalona, Spain; 3Servei de Pneumologia, Hospital de Sant Boi, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain; 4CIBER Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, SpainObjective: The identification of biological markers in order to assess different aspects of COPD is an area of growing interest. The objective of this study was to investigate whether levels of procalcitonin (PCT, C-reactive protein (CRP, and neopterin in COPD patients could be useful in identifying the etiological origin of the exacerbation and assessing its prognosis.Methods: We included 318 consecutive COPD patients: 46 in a stable phase, 217 undergoing an exacerbation, and 55 with pneumonia. A serum sample was collected from each patient at the time of being included in the study. A second sample was also collected 1 month later from 23 patients in the exacerbation group. We compared the characteristics, biomarker levels, microbiological findings, and prognosis in each patient group. PCT and CRP were measured using an immunofluorescence assay. Neopterin levels were measured using a competitive immunoassay.Results: PCT and CRP showed significant differences among the three patient groups, being higher in patients with pneumonia, followed by patients with exacerbation (P < 0.0001. For the 23 patients with paired samples, PCT and CRP levels decreased 1 month after the exacerbation episode, while neopterin increased. Neopterin showed significantly lower levels in exacerbations with isolation of pathogenic bacteria, but no differences were found for PCT and CRP. No significant differences were found when comparing biomarker levels

  20. Ability of procalcitonin to diagnose bacterial infection and bacteria types compared with blood culture findings

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    Watanabe Y

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Yuji Watanabe,1,2 Nozomi Oikawa,1,2 Maya Hariu,1,2 Ryota Fuke,1 Masafumi Seki1 1Division of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, 2Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital, Sendai City, Miyagi, Japan Abstract: Procalcitonin (PCT and C-reactive protein serve as biomarkers of infection in patients with sepsis/bacteremia. The present study assessed the clinical characteristics of 280 patients with suspected sepsis who were admitted to Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital between January 2012 and December 2013. Among the patients, 133 and 147 were positive and negative for PCT, respectively. Patients who were PCT positive were older and more frequently male, had reduced levels of platelets and albumin, and increased levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and C-reactive protein. Patients who were PCT positive had significantly higher blood culture positivity compared with those who were PCT negative, and the sensitivity and specificity of PCT for detecting positive blood cultures were 74.5% and 59.1%, respectively. Escherichia coli was detected in PCT-positive patients, whereas Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus lugdunensis were frequently detected in PCT-negative patients. Levels of PCT were higher in the patients infected with gram-negative rods than those with gram-positive cocci. Furthermore, extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL-producing bacteria cases showed higher levels of PCT than those of non-ESBL cases. These results suggest that PCT may be a useful biomarker of sepsis, and it might serve as a strong tool to detect patients with severe gram-negative rod bacteremia including ESBL-producing bacteria cases early due to its relative high sensitivity. Keywords: biomarker, sepsis, Escherichia coli, gram-negative rods, ESBL

  1. Semen apoptotic M540 body levels correlate with testis abnormalities: a study in a cohort of infertile subjects.

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    Lotti F; Tamburrino L; Marchiani S; Muratori M; Corona G; Fino MG; Degl'innocenti S; Forti G; Maggi M; Baldi E.

    2012-01-01

    STUDY QUESTION: What are the associations between semen apoptotic M540 bodies and other parameters of semen quality and sonographic alterations of the male genital tract in a cohort of infertile subjects? SUMMARY ANSWER: In infertile subjects, semen M450 bodies are highly correlated with ultrasound and clinical signs of testis abnormalities but not with alterations of other parts of the male genital tract, suggesting a testicular origin of M540 bodies. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY:...

  2. Meiotic abnormalities

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    NONE

    1993-12-31

    Chapter 19, describes meiotic abnormalities. These include nondisjunction of autosomes and sex chromosomes, genetic and environmental causes of nondisjunction, misdivision of the centromere, chromosomally abnormal human sperm, male infertility, parental age, and origin of diploid gametes. 57 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  3. The Diagnostic Value of D-dimer, Procalcitonin and CRP in Acute Appendicitis

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    Bulent Kaya, Baris Sana, Cengiz Eris, Koray Karabulut, Orhan Bat, Riza Kutanis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The early diagnosis of acute abdomen is of great importance. To date, several inflammatory markers have been used for the diagnosis of acute abdominal conditions, including acute appendicitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic utility of D-dimer, Procalcitonin (PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP measurements in the acute appendicitis.METHODS: This prospective study was conducted between March 1st, 2010 and July 1st, 2011. In this period, seventy-eight patients were operated with the diagnosis of acute appendicitis, and D-dimer, PCT and CRP levels of the patients were measured. The patients were grouped as phlegmonous appendicitis (Group 1, gangrenous appendicitis (Group 2, perforated appendicitis (Group 3 and negative appendectomy (Group 4 according to the surgical findings and histopathological results.RESULTS: Of 78 patients, 54 (69.2 % were male and 24 (30.8 % were female, and the mean age was 25.4 ± 11.1 years (range, 18 to 69 years. 66 (84.6 % patients had increased leukocyte count (white blood cell count. The PCT values were higher than the upper normal limit in 20 (25.6% patients, followed by D-dimer in 22 (28.2 % patients and CRP in 54 (69.2 % patients. The diagnostic value of leukocyte count and CRP in acute appendicitis was higher than that of the other markers, whereas leukocyte count showed very low specificity. CRP values were higher in perforated appendicitis when compared with the phlegmonous appendicitis (p<0.05. However, PCT and D-dimer showed lower diagnostic values (26% and 31%, respectively.CONCLUSION: An increase in CRP levels alone is not sufficient to make the diagnosis of acute appendicitis. However, CRP levels may differentiate between phlegmonous appendicitis and perforated appendicitis. Due to their low sensitivity and diagnostic value, PCT and D-dimer are not better markers than CRP for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis.

  4. Guiding of serum procalcitonin-guided antibiotic in elderly early-onset stroke-associated pneumonia

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    龙威

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effects of serum procalcitonin (PCT) -guided antibiotic therapy in elderly patients with early-onset stroke-associated pneumonia (EOP) .Methods Totally 179 eligible elderly patients with EOP were randomly devided into 2 groups:standard therapy

  5. Procalcitonin behaves as a fast responding acute phase protein in vivo and in vitro

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    Nijsten, MWN; Olinga, P; The, TH; de Vries, EGE; Groothuis, GMM; Limburg, PC; ten Duis, HJ; Moshage, H; Hoekstra, HJ; Bijzet, J; Zwaveling, JH; Schraffordt Koops, H.

    2000-01-01

    Objectives: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a 13 kD protein of which plasma concentrations are strongly increased in inflammatory states, PCT concentrations are claimed to have a more powerful discriminatory value for bacterial infection than the acute phase proteins serum amyloid A (SAA) or C-reactive prote

  6. Procalcitonin increase in early identification of critically ill patients at high risk of mortality

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    Jensen, Jens Ulrik; Heslet, L; Jensen, TH;

    2006-01-01

    in the multivariate Cox regression analysis model. C-reactive protein and leukocyte increases did not show these qualities. The adjusted hazard ratio for procalcitonin increase for 1 day was 1.8 (95% confidence interval 1.3-2.7). The relative risk for mortality in the intensive care unit for patients...

  7. Useulness of B Natriuretic Peptides and Procalcitonin in Emergency Medicine

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Congestive heart failure (CHF is the main cause of acute dyspnea in patients presented to an emergency department (ED, and it is associated with high morbidity and mortality. B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP is a polypeptide, released by ventricular myocytes directly proportional to wall tension, for lowering renin-angiotensin-aldosterone activation. For diagnosing CHF, both BNP and the biologically inactive NT-proBNP have similar accuracy. Threshold values are higher in elderly population, and in patients with renal dysfunction. They might have also a prognostic value. Studies demonstrated that the use of BNP or NT-proBNP in dyspneic patients early in the ED reduced the time to discharge, total treatment cost. BNP and NT-proBNP should be available in every ED 24 hours a day, because literature strongly suggests the beneficial impact of an early appropriate diagnosis and treatment in dyspneic patients. Etiologic diagnosis of febrile patients who present to an ED is complex and sometimes difficult. However, new evidence showed that there are interventions (including early appropriate antibiotics, which could reduce mortality rate in patients with sepsis. For diagnosing sepsis, procalcitonin (PCT is more accurate than C-reactive protein. Thus, because of its excellent specificity and positive predictive value, an elevated PCT concentration (higher than 0.5 ng/mL indicates ongoing and potentially severe systemic infection, which needs early antibiotics (e.g. meningitis. In lower respiratory tract infections, CAP or COPD exacerbation, PCT guidance reduced total antibiotic exposure and/or antibiotic treatment duration.

  8. Diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin in critically ill immunocompromised patients

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    Legriel Stéphane

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recognizing infection is crucial in immunocompromised patients with organ dysfunction. Our objective was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin (PCT in critically ill immunocompromised patients. Methods This prospective, observational study included patients with suspected sepsis. Patients were classified into one of three diagnostic groups: no infection, bacterial sepsis, and nonbacterial sepsis. Results We included 119 patients with a median age of 54 years (interquartile range [IQR], 42-68 years. The general severity (SAPSII and organ dysfunction (LOD scores on day 1 were 45 (35-62.7 and 4 (2-6, respectively, and overall hospital mortality was 32.8%. Causes of immunodepression were hematological disorders (64 patients, 53.8%, HIV infection (31 patients, 26%, and solid cancers (26 patients, 21.8%. Bacterial sepsis was diagnosed in 58 patients and nonbacterial infections in nine patients (7.6%; 52 patients (43.7% had no infection. PCT concentrations on the first ICU day were higher in the group with bacterial sepsis (4.42 [1.60-22.14] vs. 0.26 [0.09-1.26] ng/ml in patients without bacterial infection, P 0.5 ng/ml had 100% sensitivity but only 63% specificity for diagnosing bacterial sepsis. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve was 0.851 (0.78-0.92. In multivariate analyses, PCT concentrations > 0.5 ng/ml on day 1 independently predicted bacterial sepsis (odds ratio, 8.6; 95% confidence interval, 2.53-29.3; P = 0.0006. PCT concentrations were not significantly correlated with hospital mortality. Conclusion Despite limited specificity in critically ill immunocompromised patients, PCT concentrations may help to rule out bacterial infection.

  9. "Jeopardy" in Abnormal Psychology.

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    Keutzer, Carolin S.

    1993-01-01

    Describes the use of the board game, Jeopardy, in a college level abnormal psychology course. Finds increased student interaction and improved application of information. Reports generally favorable student evaluation of the technique. (CFR)

  10. Abnormal auditory mismatch response in tinnitus sufferers with high-frequency hearing loss is associated with subjective distress level

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    Berg Patrick

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tinnitus is an auditory sensation frequently following hearing loss. After cochlear injury, deafferented neurons become sensitive to neighbouring intact edge-frequencies, guiding an enhanced central representation of these frequencies. As psychoacoustical data 123 indicate enhanced frequency discrimination ability for edge-frequencies that may be related to a reorganization within the auditory cortex, the aim of the present study was twofold: 1 to search for abnormal auditory mismatch responses in tinnitus sufferers and 2 relate these to subjective indicators of tinnitus. Results Using EEG-mismatch negativity, we demonstrate abnormalities (N = 15 in tinnitus sufferers that are specific to frequencies located at the audiometrically normal lesion-edge as compared to normal hearing controls (N = 15. Groups also differed with respect to the cortical locations of mismatch responsiveness. Sources in the 90–135 ms latency window were generated in more anterior brain regions in the tinnitus group. Both measures of abnormality correlated with emotional-cognitive distress related to tinnitus (r ~ .76. While these two physiological variables were uncorrelated in the control group, they were correlated in the tinnitus group (r = .72. Concerning relationships with parameters of hearing loss (depth and slope, slope turned out to be an important variable. Generally, the steeper the hearing loss is the less distress related to tinnitus was reported. The associations between slope and the relevant neurophysiological variables are in agreement with this finding. Conclusions The present study is the first to show near-to-complete separation of tinnitus sufferers from a normal hearing control group based on neurophysiological variables. The finding of lesion-edge specific effects and associations with slope of hearing loss corroborates the assumption that hearing loss is the basis for tinnitus development. It is likely that some central

  11. Procalcitonin Impairs Liver Cell Viability and Function In Vitro: A Potential New Mechanism of Liver Dysfunction and Failure during Sepsis?

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    Ehler, Johannes; Wagner, Nana-Maria

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. Liver dysfunction and failure are severe complications of sepsis and result in poor outcome and increased mortality. The underlying pathologic mechanisms of hepatocyte dysfunction and necrosis during sepsis are only incompletely understood. Here, we investigated whether procalcitonin, a biomarker of sepsis, modulates liver cell function and viability. Materials and Methods. Employing a previously characterized and patented biosensor system evaluating hepatocyte toxicity in vitro, human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2/C3A) were exposed to 0.01–50 ng/mL procalcitonin for 2 × 72 h and evaluated for proliferation, necrosis, metabolic activity, cellular integrity, microalbumin synthesis, and detoxification capacity. Acetaminophen served as positive control. For further standardization, procalcitonin effects were confirmed in a cellular toxicology assay panel employing L929 fibroblasts. Data were analyzed using ANOVA/Tukey's test. Results. Already at concentrations as low as 0.25 ng/mL, procalcitonin induced HepG2/C3A necrosis (P < 0.05) and reduced metabolic activity, cellular integrity, synthesis, and detoxification capacity (all P < 0.001). Comparable effects were obtained employing L929 fibroblasts. Conclusion. We provide evidence for procalcitonin to directly impair function and viability of human hepatocytes and exert general cytotoxicity in vitro. Therapeutical targeting of procalcitonin could thus display a novel approach to reduce incidence of liver dysfunction and failure during sepsis and lower morbidity and mortality of septic patients. PMID:28255555

  12. The clinical application of procalcitonin in diagnosis of pneuminia in children%降钙素原在小儿肺炎诊断中的应用

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    蔡美珠; 何凤琼; 曹永东

    2008-01-01

    Objective To analyze the serum level of procalcitonin (PCT) in children with bacte-rial or viral pneumonia, explore its diagnostic value in diagnosis of bacterial pneuminia in children, and so as to provide evidence for clinical use of antibiotics. Methods A total of 42 children with pneumonia(mean age was 5.6 yrs, including 24 boys and 18 girls) were divided into viral neumonia group (n=25) and bacterial neumonia group (n=17). Semi-quantitative solid-phase immunoassay was applied to measuring serum procalcitonin. There were four PCT grades:/0.5 ng/mL、≥2 ng/mL和≥10 ng/mL4个等级,进行x2检验.结果 细菌性肺炎组患儿血清PCT水平高于病毒性肺炎组,差异有显著性意义(P<0.01).结论 血清PCT是小儿细菌性肺炎的敏感标志物之一,血清PCT检测有助于小儿肺炎的诊断及鉴别诊断,可作为临床抗生素的使用依据.

  13. Microvascular abnormalities in capillaroscopy correlate with higher serum IL-18 and sE-selectin levels in patients with type 1 diabetes complicated by microangiopathy

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    Maria Górska

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Microvascular abnormalities are one of the most important causes of persistent diabetic complications. The aim of this study was to compare microvascular changes examined by nailfold capillaroscopy with serum concentrations of soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin and IL-18 in type 1 diabetic patients with and without microangiopathy. Serum levels of sE-selectin and IL-18 were determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 106 patients with type 1 diabetes and in 40 healthy controls. All diabetic patients were evaluated by extensive clinical, laboratory and capillaroscopic studies. Morphological changes were observed by nailfold capillaroscopy in 86 out of 106 (81% diabetic patients. Severe capillaroscopic changes were seen in 32 out of 54 (59% patients with microangiopathy, but in only seven out of 52 (13% patients without microangiopathy. Higher serum levels of sE-selectin (p < 0.001 and IL-18 (p < 0.05 were demonstrated in diabetic patients compared to controls. Significant differences of sE-selectin (p < 0.001 and IL-18 (p < 0.01 serum concentrations were observed between diabetic patients with microangiopathy and controls. Moreover, comparison between patients with and without microangiopathic complications showed a significantly higher capillaroscopic score and sE-selectin serum concentration in the group with microangiopathy (p < 0.001. Furthermore, diabetic patients with severe microvascular changes in capillaroscopy showed significantly higher IL-18 (p < 0.001 and sE-selectin (p < 0.05 serum levels than subgroups without changes or with mild abnormalities. Our findings suggest that abnormalities in nailfold capillaroscopy may reflect the extent of microvascular involvement and are associated with higher sE-selectin and IL-18 serum levels, as well as with microangiopathic complications in diabetic patients. (Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica 2011; Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 104–110

  14. Procalcitonin as a predictor of sepsis and outcome in severe trauma patients: A prospective study

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    Nonika Rajkumari

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Despite the advances in medical sciences, the morbidity and mortality due to sepsis in severe trauma patients remains high; hence the need for early and accurate diagnosis. Very few prospective studies are available in a country like India, which tried to analyze the prediction of sepsis using serum procalcitonin (PCT in such a large scale among trauma patients. This study explores the role of the biomarker PCT in early diagnosis of sepsis and prediction of outcomes in severe trauma cases. Materials and Methods: We studied the patient population prospectively in two different groups. One with acute trauma but no clinical evidence of sepsis and the second group with clinical evidence of sepsis and are followed. Bronchoalveolar lavage, tracheal aspirates, pus, urine, body fluids from sterile body sites, etc., were collected including blood for culture and serum for PCT assays. Such assays were done on samples collected on days 1 and 4 and then compared. Additionally, C-reactive protein (CRP and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR levels were also tested. Antimicrobial sensitivity tests were carried out for all the isolates from the clinical samples and correlated with the clinically suspected cases of sepsis. Outcomes of the patients were noted. Results: Patients with high initial PCT levels (>2 ng/ml in severe trauma cases had poor outcomes and risk of developing complications. Its correlation with severe outcomes was better marked as compared with CRP and ESR levels. The difference in PCT levels between days 1 and 4 in group two patients was statistically significant (P = 0.006 but were not statistically significant for CRP (P = 0.646 and ESR (P = 0.935. The study also shows that PCT levels fall in response to appropriate antimicrobial treatment. Conclusion: PCT is a useful biomarker for early and accurate prediction of sepsis in severe trauma patients. If used in adjunct to clinical findings, it proves to be a good biomarker for

  15. Leukocyte abnormalities.

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    Gabig, T G

    1980-07-01

    Certain qualitative abnormalities in neutrophils and blood monocytes are associated with frequent, severe, and recurrent bacterial infections leading to fatal sepsis, while other qualitative defects demonstrated in vitro may have few or no clinical sequelae. These qualitative defects are discussed in terms of the specific functions of locomotion, phagocytosis, degranulation, and bacterial killing.

  16. DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF PROCALCITONIN, INTERLEUKIN-6 AND HS CRP IN PREDICTION OF EARLY-ONSET NEONATAL SEPSIS

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    alireza abdollahi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Neonatal sepsis is a major cause of morbidities and mortalities mostly remarkable in the third world nations .We aimed to assess the value of simultaneous measurement of procalcitonin (PCT and interleukin-6 (IL-6 in association with high sensitive- C reactive protein in prediction of early neonatal sepsis. We performed a follow- up study on 95 neonates who were below 12 hours (h of age, had clinical signs of sepsis or maternal risk factors for sepsis. Neonates were assigned to 4 groups including “proven early-onset sepsis”, “clinical early-onset sepsis”, “negative infectious status”, and “uncertain infectious status”. Blood samples were obtained within the first 12 h of birth repeated between 24 hours and 36 hours of age for determination of serum levels of PCT, IL-6, high sensitivie- C Reactive Protein (hs-CRP, and white blood cell (WBC count. On admission, neonates with sepsis had a higher WBC count, IL-6, PCT, and hs-CRP levels compared with those neonates without sepsis. This remained significant even after 12-24 hours of admission. Also, patients with clinical evidences of sepsis had a higher serum level of PCT and IL-6 within 12-24 hours after admission compared to the patients with uncertain sepsis. In final The combination of IL-6, hs-CRP, and PCT seems to be predictive in diagnosis of early onset neonatal sepsis.

  17. Comparison of Therapeutic Response and Clinical Outcome between HCV Patients with Normal and Abnormal Alanine Transaminase Levels.

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    Full Text Available Patients with chronic hepatitic C (HCV infection and normal serum alanine transaminase (ALT levels were considered to have mild disease. In Taiwan, these patients were not suggested for interferon (IFN based therapies. The aim of study is to compare therapeutic outcomes between HCV patients with normal and elevated ALT levels.We conducted a retrospective study on 3241 HCV patients treated by IFN based therapies. Patients with normal ALT levels were classified as group A (n = 186 while those with elevated ALT levels were group B (n = 3055.At baseline, incidence of diabetes mellitus, low platelet counts and cirrhosis were significantly higher in group B patients. The sustained virologic response (SVR rate was comparable between the 2 groups (65.3% vs. 65.3%, P = .993. But significantly higher incidence of HCC development after HCV treatment was observed in group B (7.4% vs. 3.2%, P = .032. No significant differences with respect to the outcome of liver decompensation, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, and mortality were noted between 2 groups. Multivariate analysis showed younger age, female gender, non-HCV genotype 1, lower viral load, higher platelet counts and non-cirrhosis were favorable factors for achieving SVR, rather than ALT levels. Further analysis revealed older age, cirrhosis, lower platelet levels and non- peg-interferon treatment are risk factors of HCC development.HCV patients with normal ALT levels had similar response to antiviral therapy and low rate of HCC development after therapy. Antiviral therapies begun at early course of HCV infection may be beneficial to prevent disease progression.

  18. Behavioral Abnormalities in a Mouse Model of Chronic Toxoplasmosis Are Associated with MAG1 Antibody Levels and Cyst Burden.

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    Xiao, Jianchun; Li, Ye; Prandovszky, Emese; Kannan, Geetha; Viscidi, Raphael P; Pletnikov, Mikhail V; Yolken, Robert H

    2016-04-01

    There is marked variation in the human response to Toxoplasma gondii infection. Epidemiological studies indicate associations between strain virulence and severity of toxoplasmosis. Animal studies on the pathogenic effect of chronic infection focused on relatively avirulent strains (e.g. type II) because they can easily establish latent infections in mice, defined by the presence of bradyzoite-containing cysts. To provide insight into virulent strain-related severity of human toxoplasmosis, we established a chronic model of the virulent type I strain using outbred mice. We found that type I-exposed mice displayed variable outcomes ranging from aborted to severe infections. According to antibody profiles, we found that most of mice generated antibodies against T. gondii organism but varied greatly in the production of antibodies against matrix antigen MAG1. There was a strong correlation between MAG1 antibody level and brain cyst burden in chronically infected mice (r = 0.82, p = 0.0021). We found that mice with high MAG1 antibody level displayed lower weight, behavioral changes, altered levels of gene expression and immune activation. The most striking change in behavior we discovered was a blunted response to amphetamine-trigged locomotor activity. The extent of most changes was directly correlated with levels of MAG1 antibody. These changes were not found in mice with less cyst burden or mice that were acutely but not chronically infected. Our finding highlights the critical role of cyst burden in a range of disease severity during chronic infection, the predictive value of MAG1 antibody level to brain cyst burden and to changes in behavior or other pathology in chronically infected mice. Our finding may have important implications for understanding the heterogeneous effects of T. gondii infections in human.

  19. The effect of non-infectious diseases on serum procalcitonin concentrations in premature neonates%非感染因素对早产新生儿血清降钙素原浓度的影响

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    吴志新; 郭婕; 许靖; 武荣; 花少栋; 封志纯

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of non-infectious factors on serum procalcitonin(PCT) in preterm neonates.MethodThe premature infants of neonatal intensive care unit(NICU) in our hospital were chosen from gestational age ranged from 33 to 36 weeks, birth time less than 12 hours without premature rupture and hospitalization period from January 2012 to December 2012. All of the premature infants were drawn blood immediately admitted to hospital and C-reactive protein (CRP), blood cultures and procalcitonin were tested. The types of premature infants non-infectious diseases included intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (NRDS), neonatal asphyxia and the control group (preterm infants) without disease. The blood routine , C-reactive protein, blood culture, procalcitonin and other infections indicators in each group were monitored dynamicly in order to study the impact of these non-infectious diseases on serum procalcitonin concentrations by statistical analysis.Results ① Compared with the current literature recommended serum procalcitonin concentrations (<0.5ng / ml), procalcitonin concentrations in preterm neonates singniifcantly increase (1.07± 0.76) ng / ml.②Compared with control group (1.07±0.76) ng/ml,the procalcitonin levels in intracranial hemorrhage group (2.12± 0.99) ng/ml, neonatal respiratory distress syndrome group (2.28±1.09) ng/ml and asphyxia group (3.64± 3.17) ng / ml signiifcantly increased (F= 10.462,P <0.05).There were no signiifcant differences (F= 0.173,P= 0.950) among the different levels of intracranial hemorrhage group; Compared with the ifrst grade NRDS , the procalcitonin leves in second grade and third grade NRDS groups were significantly increased (F=5.475,P= 0.010); The procalciton level in severe asphyxia group was signiifcantly higher than in mild asphyxia group (t= 5.245,P= 0.003). Conclusions The procalcitonin concentration physiologically increased after preterm neonates were born. Many factors

  20. Level of cytogenetic damage and morphological abnormalities in peripheral blood erythrocytes of fish from the Techa river

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    Tryapitsina, G. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM, Chelyabinsk State University (Russian Federation); Shaposhnikova, I. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Rudolfsen, G. [Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority - NRPA, and University of Tromsoe (Norway); Obvintseva, N.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine (Russian Federation); Akleyev, A. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine and Chelyabinsk State University (Russian Federation)

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    Low-level radioactive waste had been releasing to the Techa River from 1949 to 1956. Now it is a suitable water system to study the potential effect of chronic low level exposure of radiation. During that period over 76 million m{sup 3} of waste water was released into the river with total activity of 1.1 *10{sup 17} Bq. In 2012 we examined the erythrocytes in peripheral blood of fish (roach, perch, pike), inhabiting different part of the Techa River (Russia, Chelyabinsk region). Sampling was conducted twice a year (in May during spawning, and in August during feeding) at three stations with various levels of radioactive contamination: Station RT1 in the upper reach of the Techa River, station RT2 in the middle reach and station RT3 in the lower reach of the river. Determination of radionuclide concentrations in water, bottom sediments and fish was performed. An average above-background content of {sup 90}Sr in the body of fish inhabiting the Techa River is given in the table. Fish from the nearby Miass River was used as a control group. Blood was taken from the tail vein of live fish for the preparation of smears for determination of cytogenetic damage levels. 3,000 erythrocytes were analyzed for each fish on microscope Axioskop 50 (Carl Zeiss). Regression analyses found out significant dependency of the frequency of erythrocytes with micronuclei in blood on the burden of {sup 90}Sr in the body of roach in the summer period (F{sub 1,32}=4.6; p=0.04). The given data do not allow excluding the genotoxic influence of radiation on fish. Another important effect is an increase in the frequency of erythrocytes with cell division pathology: with an increase of the burden of {sup 90}Sr in the body, an increase in the frequency of amitoses and the sum of division pathologies are noted in the body. Regression analyses indicated a significant dependency of these parameters on the burden of {sup 90}Sr in the body of fish (for the frequency of amitoses F{sub 1,199}=6.3, p=0

  1. Long-term exposure to abnormal glucose levels alters drug metabolism pathways and insulin sensitivity in primary human hepatocytes

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    Davidson, Matthew D.; Ballinger, Kimberly R.; Khetani, Salman R.

    2016-06-01

    Hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes mellitus has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can progress to inflammation, fibrosis/cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Understanding how chronic hyperglycemia affects primary human hepatocytes (PHHs) can facilitate the development of therapeutics for these diseases. Conversely, elucidating the effects of hypoglycemia on PHHs may provide insights into how the liver adapts to fasting, adverse diabetes drug reactions, and cancer. In contrast to declining PHH monocultures, micropatterned co-cultures (MPCCs) of PHHs and 3T3-J2 murine embryonic fibroblasts maintain insulin-sensitive glucose metabolism for several weeks. Here, we exposed MPCCs to hypo-, normo- and hyperglycemic culture media for ~3 weeks. While albumin and urea secretion were not affected by glucose level, hypoglycemic MPCCs upregulated CYP3A4 enzyme activity as compared to other glycemic states. In contrast, hyperglycemic MPCCs displayed significant hepatic lipid accumulation in the presence of insulin, while also showing decreased sensitivity to insulin-mediated inhibition of glucose output relative to a normoglycemic control. In conclusion, we show for the first time that PHHs exposed to hypo- and hyperglycemia can remain highly functional, but display increased CYP3A4 activity and selective insulin resistance, respectively. In the future, MPCCs under glycemic states can aid in novel drug discovery and mechanistic investigations.

  2. Abnormal levels of UV-induced unscheduled DNA synthesis in ataxia telangiectasia cells after exposure to ionizing radiation

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    Jaspers, N.G.J. (Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Cell Biology and Genetics; Nederlandse Centrale Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Rijswijk. Medical Biological Lab.); Bootsma, D. (Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Cell Biology and Genetics)

    1982-01-01

    In cultured cells from normal individuals and from patients having ataxia telangiectasia (AT) the rate of unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) induced by UV light was investigated by autoradiography. The number of grains in 6 different AT cell strains was similar to that observed in normal cells. Exposure of normal cells to doses of X-rays up to 20 krad had no influence on the rate of UV-induced UDS. In contrast, the UV-induced UDS was significantly modified in AT cells by treatment with X-rays. In AT cell strains that were reported to have reduced levels of ..gamma..-ray-induced repair DNA synthesis ('excision-deficient' AT cells) the effect of X-rays on UV-induced UDS was inhibitory, whereas UV-induced UDS was stimulated by X-ray exposure in 'excision-proficient' AT cell strains. Different UV and X-ray dose-response relationships were seen in the two categories of AT cell strains.

  3. Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein-based decision tree model for distinguishing PFAPA flares from acute infections

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    Barbara Kraszewska-Głomba

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available As no specific laboratory test has been identified, PFAPA (periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis remains a diagnosis of exclusion. We searched for a practical use of procalcitonin (PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP in distinguishing PFAPA attacks from acute bacterial and viral infections. Levels of PCT and CRP were measured in 38 patients with PFAPA and 81 children diagnosed with an acute bacterial (n=42 or viral (n=39 infection. Statistical analysis with the use of the C4.5 algorithm resulted in the following decision tree: viral infection if CRP≤19.1 mg/L; otherwise for cases with CRP>19.1 mg/L: bacterial infection if PCT>0.65ng/mL, PFAPA if PCT≤0.65 ng/mL. The model was tested using a 10-fold cross validation and in an independent test cohort (n=30, the rule’s overall accuracy was 76.4% and 90% respectively. Although limited by a small sample size, the obtained decision tree might present a potential diagnostic tool for distinguishing PFAPA flares from acute infections when interpreted cautiously and with reference to the clinical context.

  4. Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein-based decision tree model for distinguishing PFAPA flares from acute infections.

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    Kraszewska-Głomba, Barbara; Szymańska-Toczek, Zofia; Szenborn, Leszek

    2016-03-10

    As no specific laboratory test has been identified, PFAPA (periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis) remains a diagnosis of exclusion. We searched for a practical use of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in distinguishing PFAPA attacks from acute bacterial and viral infections. Levels of PCT and CRP were measured in 38 patients with PFAPA and 81 children diagnosed with an acute bacterial (n=42) or viral (n=39) infection. Statistical analysis with the use of the C4.5 algorithm resulted in the following decision tree: viral infection if CRP≤19.1 mg/L; otherwise for cases with CRP>19.1 mg/L: bacterial infection if PCT>0.65ng/mL, PFAPA if PCT≤0.65 ng/mL. The model was tested using a 10-fold cross validation and in an independent test cohort (n=30), the rule's overall accuracy was 76.4% and 90% respectively. Although limited by a small sample size, the obtained decision tree might present a potential diagnostic tool for distinguishing PFAPA flares from acute infections when interpreted cautiously and with reference to the clinical context.

  5. 乌司他丁联合阿拓莫兰治疗感染性休克患者血清白细胞介素6、肿瘤坏死因子α及降钙素原水平的变化及预后观察%Changes levels of serum interleukin 6, tumor necrosis factor αand procalcitonin and prognosis of pa-tients with septic shock with the treatment of combination of ulinastatin and Atomolan

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    方向明; 潘嘉宇; 易高

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the changes levels of serum interleukin 6(IL⁃6),tumor necrosis factor α( TNF⁃α) and procalcitonin( PCT) and prognosis of patients with septic shock with the treatmentof uli⁃nastatin and Atomolan. Methods Sixty cases patients with septic shock in Fifth Hospital Affiliated to Guang⁃zhou Medical University from May 2015 to April 2016 were selected,and divided into ulinastatin group,Atomolan group and combined group according to the table of random numbers,each group with 20 cases. Hospital stay in ICU,mechanical ventilation time,APACHEⅡ score after treatment,the level of IL⁃6,TNF⁃α,PCT,malondialde⁃hyde(MDA),superoxide dismutase(SOD) before and after treatment,and prognosis of patients of three groups were compared. Results Hospital stay in ICU,mechanical ventilation time,APACHEⅡ score after treatment of combined group were significantly lower than ulinastatin group and Atomolan group,the differences were statisti⁃cally significant( P0. 05). After treatment,the level of IL⁃6, TNF⁃α,PCT and MDA of the combined group were significantly lower than that of ulinastatin group and Atomo⁃lan group,while SOD was significantly higher than the other two groups,the differences were statistically signifi⁃ cant( P<0. 05 ) . The MODS incidence, mortality rates of ulinastatin group were 30. 00%( 6/20 ) , 20. 00%(4/20),of Atomolan group were 35. 00%(7/20),15. 00%(3/20),of combined group were 5. 00%(1/20), 5. 00%( 1/20) . The MODS incidence,mortality rates of combined group were lower than the other two groups( P<0. 05).Conclusion Ulinastatin combined with Atomolan in treatment of septic shock with remarkable results, can significantly improve the serum IL⁃6,TNF⁃α,PCT and other important factors,optimize the prognosis,it is worthy of promotion.%目的:探讨乌司他丁联合阿拓莫兰治疗感染性休克患者血清IL⁃6、肿瘤坏死因子α( TNF⁃α)及降钙素原( PCT)水平的

  6. Prediction of high-grade vesicoureteral reflux after pediatric urinary tract infection: external validation study of procalcitonin-based decision rule.

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    Sandrine Leroy

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Predicting vesico-ureteral reflux (VUR ≥3 at the time of the first urinary tract infection (UTI would make it possible to restrict cystography to high-risk children. We previously derived the following clinical decision rule for that purpose: cystography should be performed in cases with ureteral dilation and a serum procalcitonin level ≥0.17 ng/mL, or without ureteral dilatation when the serum procalcitonin level ≥0.63 ng/mL. The rule yielded a 86% sensitivity with a 46% specificity. We aimed to test its reproducibility. STUDY DESIGN: A secondary analysis of prospective series of children with a first UTI. The rule was applied, and predictive ability was calculated. RESULTS: The study included 413 patients (157 boys, VUR ≥3 in 11% from eight centers in five countries. The rule offered a 46% specificity (95% CI, 41-52, not different from the one in the derivation study. However, the sensitivity significantly decreased to 64% (95%CI, 50-76, leading to a difference of 20% (95%CI, 17-36. In all, 16 (34% patients among the 47 with VUR ≥3 were misdiagnosed by the rule. This lack of reproducibility might result primarily from a difference between derivation and validation populations regarding inflammatory parameters (CRP, PCT; the validation set samples may have been collected earlier than for the derivation one. CONCLUSIONS: The rule built to predict VUR ≥3 had a stable specificity (ie. 46%, but a decreased sensitivity (ie. 64% because of the time variability of PCT measurement. Some refinement may be warranted.

  7. [Analytical interference in determination of procalcitonin by PCT-Q (Brahms)].

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    Désidéri-Vaillant, C; Rouby, Y; Cardon, N; Vinsonneau, U; Laborde, J-P

    2006-05-01

    Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biological marker of infection. We present the cas of a patient who has presented a high concentration of PCT with PCT-Q test (Brahms). At the same time, the concentration of CRP is remained low, which is no physiological. Then, PCT concentration has been determinated with an automatic system (Kryptor-Brahms) and finded at low than 0.5 microg/l. Brahms company has searched an analytical interference: human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA) were positive. If PCT concentration stay a marker of infection for the most part, this case show that biologists have to keep in mind that immunological assays remain submitted to interferences.

  8. The clinical application of procalcitonin, leukocyte count and C-reactive protein in elderly patients with infection

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    吴培

    2012-01-01

    Objective To analyze and compare the clinical application values of procalcitonin(PCT) ,leukocyte count (WBC) and C-reactive protein(CRP) in elder patients with infection. Methods In patients(age≥65 yrs,axillary temperature>38.0℃) with infection or suspected infection

  9. Changes in Circulating Procalcitonin Versus C-Reactive Protein in Predicting Evolution of Infectious Disease in Febrile, Critically Ill Patients

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    S.H. Hoeboer (Sandra); A.B.J. Groeneveld (Johan)

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    textabstractObjective:Although absolute values for C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) are well known to predict sepsis in the critically ill, it remains unclear how changes in CRP and PCT compare in predicting evolution of: infectious disease, invasiveness and severity (e.g. developmen

  10. Relationship between long-term exposure to low-level arsenic in drinking water and the prevalence of abnormal blood pressure.

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    Zhang, Chuanwu; Mao, Guangyun; He, Suxia; Yang, Zuopeng; Yang, Wei; Zhang, Xiaojing; Qiu, Wenting; Ta, Na; Cao, Li; Yang, Hui; Guo, Xiaojuan

    2013-11-15

    Arsenic increases the risk and incidence of cardiovascular disease. To explore the impact of long-term exposure to low-level arsenic in drinking water on blood pressure including pulse pressure (PP) and mean arterial blood pressure (MAP), a cross-sectional study was conducted in 2010 in which the blood pressure of 405 villagers was measured, who had been drinking water with an inorganic arsenic content 63-3.35) increase in the group with >30-50 years of arsenic exposure and a 2.95-fold (95%CI: 1.31-6.67) increase in the group with >50 years exposure. Furthermore, the odds ratio for prevalence of abnormal PP and MAP were 1.06 (95%CI: 0.24-4.66) and 0.87 (95%CI: 0.36-2.14) in the group with >30-50 years of exposure, and were 2.46 (95%CI: 0.87-6.97) and 3.75 (95%CI: 1.61-8.71) for the group with >50 years exposure, compared to the group with arsenic exposure ≤ 30 years respectively. Significant trends for Hypertension (parsenic exposure population, and significantly increases with the duration of arsenic exposure.

  11. Elevation of procalcitonin after implantation of an interventional lung assist device in critically ill patients.

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    Kott, Matthias; Bewig, Burkhard; Zick, Günther; Schaedler, Dirk; Becher, Tobias; Frerichs, Inéz; Weiler, Norbert

    2014-01-01

    A pumpless interventional arteriovenous lung assist device (iLA) facilitates the removal of carbon dioxide from the blood and is used as part of the lung-protective ventilation strategy in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). In case of bacterial infection, delayed antimicrobial therapy increases the mortality in this group of high-risk critically ill patients, whereas overtreatment promotes bacterial resistance and leads to increased drug toxicity and costs. Besides clinical signs and symptoms, antimicrobial treatment is based on the kinetics of biomarkers such as procalcitonin (PCT). We hereby report an up to 10-fold increase in PCT serum concentrations in four mechanically ventilated patients with ARDS detected within 12-20 hours after iLA implantation in the absence of any infection. Procalcitonin concentrations returned to nearly baseline values in all patients on the fourth day after iLA implantation. We discuss the possible mechanisms of PCT induction in this specific patient population and recommend the onset of antibiotics administration after iLA implantation to be carefully considered in the context of other clinical findings and not solely based on the PCT kinetics. Repeated PCT measurements in short time intervals should be performed in these patients.

  12. Lipopolysaccharide Binding Protein, Soluble-Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1, Procalcitonin, and Protein C Activity and Clinical Outcome in Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS or Sepsis Patients

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Biochemical markers may be used in diagnosis, prognostic and monitoring treatment and therapy for sepsis patients. In this study we used Lipopolysacharide Binding Protein (LBP, serum-Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1 (ICAM-1, Procalcitonin (PCT and protein C activity. LBP is related to lipopolysachharide or gram-negative bacterial endotoxin which bound to LBP and induced inflammatory response. ICAM-1 is associated with endothelial dysfunction in response to systemic inflammatory and septic condition. PCT increased in bacterial infection and in severe systemic inflammatory. Role of Protein C is protecting the intravascular system to systemic inflammation, sepsis and the concomitant intravascular coagulopathy. The aim of this study was to examine the associations between levels of serum LBP, sICAM-1, PCT, and protein C activity with the clinical outcome of SIRS or sepsis patients. METHODS: We included 19 post surgery patients with SIRS criteria from intensive care unit (ICU and evaluated the level of LBP serum with Chemiliuminescent Enzyme Immunoassay (Diagnostic Product Co., ICAM-1 with ELISA (R&D System, PCT with immunochromatography (BRAHMS, protein C activity with chromogenic method (Dade Behring. We performed the samples serially at the first admission of patients and after 72 hours. Data were analysed by non-parametric with Wilcoxon test and Mann-Whitney test. Correlation study between biomarkers calculated by Kendall’s tau and Spearman’s rho. RESULTS: Of 19 patients, 9 (47,4% died and 10 (52,6% surviving. The level of LBP serum decreased after 72 hours in surviving-sepsis patients, and increased in nonsurviving sepsis patients with significant different levels at 72 hours examination (p0.05. In all patients were found high level of PCT serum since the first admission examination, decreasing levels were occurred significantly in surviving patients after 72 hours (p0.05 both in surviving and non-surviving patients. CONCLUSIONS

  13. 降钙素原对左心室射血分数正常心力衰竭患者病情预后判断价值%The prognosis evaluation of serum procalcitonin levels in heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction

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    王浩; 李霞; 林良毅; 王萍; 林少华

    2015-01-01

    目的::探讨左心室射血分数正常心力衰竭(HFPEF)患者外周血清降钙素原(PCT)水平动态变化及其对预后的预测价值。方法:选择 HFPEF 患者125例,入院1、2、3、5 d 抽取肘静脉血检测 PCT 指标,并记录当日急性生理学与慢性健康状况评分系统Ⅱ(APACHE Ⅱ)、序贯器官衰竭评分( SOFA)。根据14 d 生存情况分为存活组和病死组,比较2组 PCT 水平及APACHE Ⅱ评分、SOFA 评分,并分析各指标之间的相关性。结果:病死组入院1、2 d 外周血 PCT 水平与存活组差异均无统计学意义(P >0.05),但入院3 d 和5 d PCT 水平与 APACHE Ⅱ、SOFA 评分均呈显著正相关关系(P 0. 05),but the positive statistical correlation was found between serum PCT levels and APACHE Ⅱ score,SOFA score in non-survivor group(P <0. 01). Receiver operator characteristic curve revealed serum PCT levels on the 3rd day could significantly predict the 14-day mortality, maximal area under the curve of serum PCT was 0. 815. Conclusions:Dynamic monitoring of serum PCT levels could help to assessment the prognosis of patients with HFPEF,also to predict the severity of the illness.

  14. The clinical value of procalcitonin in patients with chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia%降钙素原在化疗致粒细胞减少伴发热患者中的临床意义

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    张忠伟; 申丽华; 傅凤鸣; 王朋妹; 朱彪

    2016-01-01

    Background and purpose:Previous researches have shown that procalcitonin differentiates infec-tious from non-infectious fever and assesses the severity of infectious diseases. This study aimed to investigate the clin-ical value of procalcitonin in patients with chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia.Methods:A total of 147 patients with chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia admitted to intensive care unit from Jan. 2012 to Dec. 2014 were di-vided into infectious group and fever of unknown origin group according to clinical symptoms, signs and etiology. The infectious group was divided into sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock groups according to the severity of infection. The procalcitonin levels were compared between different groups.Results:A procalcitonin cut-off value>0.935 ng/mL provided a sensitivity of 90.0%, speciifcity of 90.0% and AUC=0.905. The procalcitonin level of the infectious group was signiifcantly higher than that of the fever of unknown origin group [1.805 (1.268-2.523) ng/mLvs 0.555 (0.398-0.818) ng/mL,P<0.001]. There is a signiifcant difference between the severe sepsis group and the sepsis group [13.885 (7.600-17.961) ng/mLvs 1.805 (1.268-2.563) ng/mL,P<0.001]. Compared with the severe sepsis group, the value of procalcitonin in the septic shock group was signiifcantly higher [23.800 (20.050-30.478) ng/mLvs 13.885 (4.955-19.133) ng/mL,P<0.001].Conclusion:Plasma procalcitonin is a useful marker for diagnosing neutropenia in patients with infection. Meanwhile, procalcitonin can be used to assess the severity of infection in patients with neutropenia.%背景与目的:以往研究显示血清降钙素原可用于发热性疾病的诊断及其严重程度的评估。该研究旨在探讨血清降钙素原在化疗致粒细胞减少伴发热患者中的临床意义。方法:回顾性分析2012年1月—2014年12月以化疗致粒细胞减少伴发热收入复旦大学附属肿瘤医院ICU治疗的147例患者的临床资料。根据患

  15. 急性阑尾炎患者外周血LXA4与降钙素原水平的检测及研究%The research and testing of the level of blood LXA4 and procalcitonin in the Acute appendicitis pa-tients

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    朱克华; 张福

    2016-01-01

    目的:通过监测比较急性阑尾炎患者外周血脂氧素A4(LXA4)与降钙素元(PCT)水平,分析LXA4、PCT在急性阑尾炎患者的诊断中的作用及机制。方法:随机选取120例急性阑尾炎患者,均于手术前采用酶联免疫吸附法( ELISA)检测患者外周血LXA4、PCT水平,并进行相关性分析。对照组选取同期健康体检者50例。结果:120例急性阑尾炎患者,结合手术或(和)病理诊断结果分为单纯性阑尾炎(35例)、化脓性阑尾炎(47例)、穿孔性阑尾炎(21例)、坏疽性阑尾炎(17例)。急性阑尾炎患者各组血清LXA4、PCT水平均显著高于对照组( P﹤0.01);化脓性阑尾炎组、穿孔性阑尾炎组及坏疽性阑尾炎组血清LXA4、PCT水平均显著高于单纯性阑尾炎组( P﹤0.05);坏疽性阑尾炎组及穿孔性阑尾炎组血清PCT水平高于化脓性阑尾炎组( P﹤0.05);急性阑尾炎患者血清LXA4与PCT水平呈显著正相关( r=-0.718,P=0.002)。结论:在急性阑尾炎患者中血清LXA4与PCT的水平与患者的病情有较高的相关性,对急性阑尾炎的诊断、术前病情评估及是否手术均有一定的指导意义。%Objective Through the detection of the level of blood LXA4 and PCT in the Acute appendicitis patients to re-search the role and mechanism of LXA4 and PCT in the diagnosis of patients with acute appendicitis. Method 120 cases of pa-tients with acute appendicitis were randomly selected,the level of blood LXA4 and PCT were detected and analyzed before the surgery by using the method of enzyme-linked immunosorbent( ELISA). 50 cases of healthy check-up were selected as the control group. Results According to the surgery or( and)the pathological diagnosis,the cases of 120 patients with acute appendi-citis was divided into simple appendicitis(35 cases),suppurative appendicitis(47 cases),perforated appendicitis(21 cases) and gangrenous appendicitis(17

  16. Differential diagnosis value and practiced value of conducting using antibiotics of serum procalcitonin levels among old people with bacterial pneumonia and lung neoplasm%血清降钙素原检测在老年人细菌性肺炎与肺癌的鉴别诊断及指导用药中的价值

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    张德文; 何倩; 龙林会

    2016-01-01

    Objective To study differential diagnosis value and practiced value of conducting using antibiotics of serum procalci-tonin(PCT )levels among old people with bacterial pneumonia and lung neoplasm .Methods From January 2014 to September 2015 , a total of 50 patients with bacterial pneumonia ,40 patients with lung neoplasm ,and 100 healthy person were collected in this study , all the subjects were 60 or more than 60 years old .Chemiluminescence Immune Assay(CLIA)method was used to detect concentra-tions of serum PCT .Meanwhile morning sputum samples were collected and cultured ,then did drug sensitive test .50 patients with bacterial pneumonia were treated with second or third generation of cephalosporin antibiotics in 7 days ,and then detected PCT .Re-sults Serum PCT level in the bacterial pneumonia group before treatment ,after treating 7 days ,lung neoplasm group were (9 .960 ± 8 .540) ,(2 .420 ± 1 .280)and(0 .346 ± 0 .300)ng/mL ,which were all significant higher than(0 .027 ± 0 .010)ng/mL in the control group ,the differences were statistical significant(P< 0 .05) .Serum PCT level in the bacterial pneumonia group before treat-ment was significant higher than that of lung neoplasm group(P< 0 .05) .The serum PCT level of patients after treating 7 days de-creased significantly comparing with before treatment(P < 0 .05) .A total of 21 cases in 50 patients with bacterial pneumonia had positive sputum culture result ,the positive rate was 42 .0% .The serum PCT level of 21 patients with positive sputum culture result before treatment was(17 .620 ± 8 .460)ng/mL ,which increased significantly .Drug sensitive test showed one strain of pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated was multiple drug-resistant bacteria ,which was resistant to the cephalosporin .Conclusion Detecting PCT has value on differential diagnosis between bacterial pneumonia and lung neoplasm among old people ,combining with drug sensitive test is important for conducting the use of antibiotics .%目的:

  17. 冠心病糖代谢异常患者血浆Ghrelin水平及临床意义%Plasma ghrelin level in patients with coronary heart disease with abnormal glucose metabolism and its clinical significance

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    庞军刚; 徐新; 唐良秋; 张社兵; 江志平

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨冠心病糖代谢异常患者血浆胃饥饿素(Ghrelin)水平及其相关临床意义.方法:将纳入研究对象依据相关检验及检查结果分为正常对照组、冠心病组(冠心病糖代谢正常组和冠心病糖代谢异常组)、单纯糖代谢异常组.收集所有入选对象人院第2天清晨空腹血样,采用ELISA方法同批检测血浆Ghrelin水平.结果:①冠心病组及单纯糖代谢异常组血浆Ghrelin水平均显著低于正常对照组.②冠心病糖代谢异常组血浆Ghrelin水平显著低于冠心病糖代谢正常组及单纯糖代谢异常组.③析因分析结果显示:冠心病与糖代谢异常在对血浆Ghrelin水平影响方面不存在交互作用.然而,糖代谢异常比冠心病对血浆Ghrelin水平的影响更明显.结论:冠心病糖代谢异常患者血浆Ghrelin水平显著下降,且糖代谢异常对Ghrelin的影响更明显.%AIM: To study plasma ghrelin level distribution in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) with abnormal glucose metabolism and to discuss its clinical significance. METHODS; According to laboratory examination results, subjects were divided into control group, coronary heart disease with normal glucose metabolism group, coronary heart disease with abnormal glucose metabolism group and abnormal glucose metabolism group. Fasting blood samples were collected the morning after admission with EDTA-2K anticoagulation tubes. Blood samples were then transferred to centrifuge tubes containing aprotinin and were centrifuged to extract plasma for cryopreservation. All blood plasma ghrelin levels were tested with ELISA. RESULTS: Compared with those in control group, ghrelin levels were significantly reduced in the group with CHD with normal glucose metabolism, group of CHD with abnormal glucose metabolism and group with abnormal glucose metabolism. Compared with those in the group of CHD with normal glucose metabolism, levels of ghrelin were significantly reduced in patients with

  18. Procalcitonin: inflammatory biomarker for assessing the severity of community-acquired pneumonia--a clinical observation in geriatric patients.

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    Heppner, H J; Bertsch, T; Alber, B; Esslinger, A S; Dragonas, C; Bauer, J M; Sieber, C C

    2010-01-01

    Community-acquired pneumonia is a common disease of the elderly and involves a high mortality risk. Demographic developments are creating new challenges for acute medical treatment strategies in geriatric patients with their underlying multimorbidity. In addition to the diagnostic parameters recorded on hospital admission, such as white cell count and C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, more than the risk scores CRB- and CURB-65 evaluated to date, appears to be a promising parameter for assessing the severity of pneumonia in elderly patients to allow early detection of severe courses and initiation of suitable treatment. The decisive factor is the dynamic course of the procalcitonin values over 3 consecutive days, as demonstrated in this case series.

  19. Procalcitonin and pyuria-based algorithm reduces antibiotic use in urinary tract infections: a randomized controlled trial

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    Drozdov, Daniel; Schwarz, Stefanie; Kutz, Alexander; Grolimund, Eva; Rast, Anna Christina; Steiner, Deborah; Regez, Katharina; Schild, Ursula; Guglielmetti, Merih; Conca, Antoinette; Reutlinger, Barbara; Ottiger, Cornelia; Buchkremer, Florian; Haubitz, Sebastian; Blum, Claudine

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    Background Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common drivers of antibiotic use. The minimal effective duration of antibiotic therapy for UTIs is unknown, but any reduction is important to diminish selection pressure for antibiotic resistance, costs, and drug-related side-effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether an algorithm based on procalcitonin (PCT) and quantitative pyuria reduces antibiotic exposure. Methods From April 2012 to March 2014, we conducted a factorial design ...

  20. Procalcitonin: Inflammatory Biomarker for Assessing the Severity of Community-Acquired Pneumonia – A Clinical Observation in Geriatric Patients

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    Community-acquired pneumonia is a common disease of the elderly and involves a high mortality risk. Demographic developments are creating new challenges for acute medical treatment strategies in geriatric patients with their underlying multimorbidity. In addition to the diagnostic parameters recorded on hospital admission, such as white cell count and C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, more than the risk scores CRB- and CURB-65 evaluated to date, appears to be a promising parameter for assess...

  1. Correlation Between Body Reproductive Hormone Level and Abnormal Uterine Bleeding After Drug Abortion%药物流产后机体生殖激素水平与子宫异常出血的相关性

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    冉丽萍; 冉爱冬

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the correlation between body reproductive hormone level and abnormal uterine bleeding after drug abortion. Methods The patients with uterine bleeding less than 16 days after drug abortion were selected as the normal group, while the patients with uterine bleeding more than 16 days were selected as the abnormal group. Surgical abortion women were served as the control group. The levels of E2, P, FSH, LH, and HCG in the women of three groups were continuously monitored during 10 ~ 22 days after abortion. Results The changes of E2 level in the three groups were generally identical and showed an ascendant trend. P level of the abnormal group was significantly higher than those of the control group and the normal group all the time (P<0.05). FSH levels of the three groups fluctuated repeatedly, and LH levels showed a decreased trend. HCG level in abnormal group was significantly higher than those in the control group and the normal group all the time (P<0.05). Conclusions The abnormal uterine bleeding after drug abortion is related to high levels of P and HCG, but irrelevant to the levels of E2, LH, and FSH.%目的 探讨药物流产后机体生殖激素水平与子宫异常出血的相关性.方法 选取药流后子宫出血小于16d者为正常组,子宫出血大于16 d者为异常组,手术流产妇女为对照组.连续监测三组妇女流产10~22 d的E2、P、FSH、LH、HCG水平.结果 三组E2水平变化基本相同,呈上升趋势;异常组P水平始终显著高于对照组和正常组(P<0.05);三组FSH水平均在反复波动,LH水平呈下降趋势;异常组HCG水平始终显著高于对照组和正常组(P<0.05).结论 药物流产后子宫异常出血与高水平的P和HCG有关,而与E2、LH、FSH无关.

  2. Procalcitonin Test

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    ... viral and bacterial meningitis , or detect/rule out bacterial pneumonia in those who are seriously ill and in children with a fever of unknown origin. It may sometimes be ordered when a person has tissue damage due to events such as trauma or surgery or a viral ...

  3. 血清降钙素原在细菌性脑膜炎诊断中的应用%The significance of serum procalcitonin in diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

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    田玉峰; 王家安

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the clinical significance of serum procalcitonin in identification and diagnosis of bacterial meningitis.Methods:Among the 22 children bacterial meningitis and 15 children bacterial meningitis,serum procalcitonin(PCT)、C-reactive protein(CRP) concentration levels were measured. And 20 outpatients were measured as normal control.Results:The level of PCT and CRP was significantly higher in the bacterial meningitis group than the viral meningitis group and normal control, there were significant differences in the two groups(P6 ng/ ml as a threshold for the diagnosis of children bacterial meningitis, the sensitivity is 95% and specificity is 99%. However, take serum CRP >25mg/L as a threshold for the diagnosis of children bacterial meningitis, the sensitivity is 83% and specificity is 87%. Conclusions:It suggested that serum procalcitonin can be useful in identification and diagnosis of severe acute pancreatitis,better than CRP.%目的:评价血清降钙素原在细菌性脑膜炎鉴别诊断中的临床意义。方法:对22例儿童细菌性脑膜炎和15例儿童病毒性脑膜炎进行血清降钙素原、C-反应蛋白检测,同时以20例正常体检人群做对照。结果:细菌性脑膜炎组血清降钙素原和C-反应蛋白明显高于病毒性脑膜炎组和对照组,差异均具有统计学差异(P<0.05),PCT能显著区分开细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎,CRP在两组间存在浓度重叠,无法完全区分开细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎。PCT诊断细菌性脑膜炎的灵敏度和特异性为95%,99%,CRP诊断细菌性脑膜炎的灵敏度和特异性为83%,87%。结论:血清降钙素原对于细菌性脑膜炎具有优异的鉴别和诊断效果,优于C-反应蛋白。

  4. 染色体变异、畸变与男性生殖激素水平和精子生成的关系%Association between chromosome variations,abnormalities and male reproductive hormones level with spermatogenesis

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    刘浩; 耿春惠; 沈楷; 黄永祥; 张丽燕; 陈爱群

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨染色体变异、畸变与男性生殖激素水平和精子生成的关系。方法对147例男性不育和复发性流产患者进行染色体核型、生殖激素和精液分析,并对其结果进行对比分析。结果染色体畸变组血清 FSH、LH 水平和无精子症发生率分别高于染色体变异组和正常组(P <0.05,P <0.01),血清 T 水平显著低于染色体变异组和正常组(P <0.05)。Y 染色体变异组血清 FSH 水平和少精子症发生率显著高于常染色体变异组(P <0.05),两组无精子症发生率差异无统计学意义(P >0.05)。性染色体畸变组血清 FSH、LH 水平和无精子症发生率显著高于常染色体畸变组(P <0.05),血清 T 水平显著低于常染色体畸变组(P <0.05)。结论染色体变异、畸变与生殖激素紊乱和生精功能障碍密切相关,性染色体变异和畸变导致男性血清 FSH、LH水平显著升高、T 水平显著降低可能是导致少精子症和无精子症的发病机制之一。%Objective To investigate the association between chromosome variations,abnormalities and male reproductive hor-mones level with spermatogenesis.Methods The chromosome karyotype,serum reproductive hormone including FSH,LH,T,PRL and E2,and semen were detected in 147 patients with male infertility or recurrent sponotaneous abortion.The results were per-formed the comparative analysis.Results Serum FSH,LH level and the incidence rate of azoospermia in the chromosome abnormal-ity group were significantly higher than those in the chromosome variation group and the normal group(P 0.05).Serum FSH,LH level and the incidence rate of azoospermia in the sex chromosome abnormality group were obviously higher than those in the autosomal abnormality group(P <0.05),the serum T level was signifi-cantly lower than that in the autosomal abnormality group(P <0.05).Conclusion The chromosome variation and abnormality are closely related with

  5. Urine - abnormal color

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  6. Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein cannot differentiate bacterial or viral infection in COPD exacerbation requiring emergency department visits

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Chih-Hao Chang,1 Kuo-Chien Tsao,2,3 Han-Chung Hu,1,4 Chung-Chi Huang,1,4 Kuo-Chin Kao,1,4 Ning-Hung Chen,1,4 Cheng-Ta Yang,1,4 Ying-Huang Tsai,4,5 Meng-Jer Hsieh4,51Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Linkou Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang-Gung Medical Foundation, Chang-Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Linkou Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang-Gung Medical Foundation; 3Department of Medical Biotechnology and Laboratory Science, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan; 4Department of Respiratory Therapy, Chang-Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan; 5Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Chiayi Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang-Gung Medical Foundation, Puzi City, TaiwanBackground: Viral and bacterial infections are the most common causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD exacerbations. Whether serum inflammatory markers can differentiate bacterial from virus infection in patients with COPD exacerbation requiring emergency department (ED visits remains controversial.Methods: Viral culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR were used to identify the viruses in the oropharynx of patients with COPD exacerbations. The bacteria were identified by the semiquantitative culture of the expectorated sputum. The peripheral blood white blood cell (WBC counts, serum C-reactive protein (CRP, procalcitonin (PCT, and clinical symptoms were compared among patients with different types of infections.Results: Viruses were isolated from 16 (22.2% of the 72 patients enrolled. The most commonly identified viruses were parainfluenza type 3, influenza A, and rhinovirus. A total of 30 (41.7% patients had positive bacterial cultures, with the most commonly found bacteria being Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus parainfluenzae. Five patients (6.9% had both positive sputum cultures and virus identification. The WBC, CRP, and PCT levels of the bacteria-positive and bacteria

  7. Clinical value of C-reactive protein and procalcitonin in diagnosis of children′s infectious diseases%C-反应蛋白与降钙素原在儿童感染性疾病中的诊断价值

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    张福蓉; 刘瑶; 王方芳

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To detect content of C‐reactive protein and procalcitonin in children with sepsis ,blood‐stream infections and other infectious diseases ,so as to explore their clinical diagnostic values .METHODS From Mar .2013-to Mar .2014 ,totally 90 cases of children with systemic inflammatory response syndromes were se‐lected and divided into sepsis group and non‐sepsis group with 45 cases each .The content of C‐reactive protein and procalcitonin in these children were detected and the data were analyzed by SPSS 19 .0 software .RESULTS C‐reac‐tive protein content in the sepsis group was averagely (119 .34 ± 17 .34) mg/L ,and the procalcitonin was averagely (11 .92 ± 1 .59)μg/L .In the non‐sepsis group ,the average level of C‐reactive protein was (46 .12 ± 16 .60) mg/L ,and the average level of procalcitonin was (1 .41 ± 0 .42)μg/L .Sepsis group had a obviously higher C‐reactive protein level and procalcitonin level than non‐sepsis group (P<0 .05) .CONCLUSION C‐reactive protein and pro‐calcitonin is certainly effective in the early diagnosis of bloodstream infections and other infectious diseases in chil‐dren with sepsis ,especially procalcitonin .Hence they can be used widely in clinical practice .%目的:分析C‐反应蛋白与降钙素原在小儿脓毒症血流感染及其他部位感染性疾病中的含量,从而探讨其临床诊断价值。方法选取2013年3月-2014年3月小儿全身炎症反应综合征患儿90例,分为脓毒症组和非脓毒症组,患儿各45例;测定患儿C‐反应蛋白与降钙素原含量,数据采用SPSS 19.0软件进行统计分析。结果脓毒症组C‐反应蛋白为(119.34±17.34)m g/L、降钙素原为(11.92±1.59)μg/L ;非脓毒症组C‐反应蛋白为(46.12±16.60)m g/L、降钙素原为(1.41±0.42)μg/L ,脓毒症组明显高于非脓毒症组,差异有统计学意义( P<0.05)。结论 C‐反应蛋白与降钙

  8. Investigation of The Association between Salivary Procalcitonin Concentration and Chronic Periodontitis

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    Hojatollah Yousefimanesh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Chronic periodontitis is the most common form of periodontal disease. Changes in biomarkers seem to be associated with the disease progression. Procalcitonin (PCT is one of these biomarkers that are altered during infection. This study was established to investigate the relationship between periodontitis as an infectious disease and salivary PCT. Materials and Methods: This case-control study was performed on 30 patients with generalized chronic periodontitis and 30 health individuals as control group who were referred to Dental School, Jundishapur University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran at Feb to Apr 2014. The saliva samples were collected and analyzed by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA method. Data analysis was performed using t test with the SPSS (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA version 13. Results: In both groups, age and sex distribution values were not significantly different. The concentrations of salivary PCT in controls and patients ranged from 0.081 pg/ mL to 0.109 pg/mL and from 0.078 pg/mL to 0.114 pg/mL, respectively. The statistically significant differences between the two groups were not observed (P=0.17. Conclusion: It seems that salivary PCT concentration is not affected by disease progression. Therefore, PCT is not a valuable marker for the existence of periodontal disease.

  9. Procalcitonin as an early diagnostic and monitoring tool in urosepsis following percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

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    Zheng, Ji; Li, Qianwei; Fu, Weihua; Ren, Jing; Song, Siji; Deng, Guoxian; Yao, Jiwei; Wang, Yongquan; Li, Weibing; Yan, Junan

    2015-02-01

    To evaluate the value of procalcitonin (PCT) as an early marker for diagnosis and differentiation of without urosepsis, urosepsis, severe urosepsis, and uroseptic shock following PCNL and the ability of PCT to assess the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy in patients with urosepsis. From June 2012 to August 2013, 267 patients undergoing PCNL for renal calculi, and who fulfilled selection criteria, were recruited into our study. The patients' medical records were reviewed retrospectively. One of selection criteria was the scores of PCT and WBC were collected at operative day, postoperative day one, day two, day three, day five and day seven. The area under the ROC curve for the prediction of urosepsis was 0.960 for PCT and 0.634 for WBC. PCT concentrations were higher in patients with uroseptic shock versus severe urosepsis versus urosepsis versus without urosepsis following PCNL. WBC values showed no significant difference between patients with urosepsis, severe urosepsis and uroseptic shock following PCNL. With time, in patients with successfully treated urosepsis following PCNL, the PCT concentrations significantly declined and kept decreasing from postoperative day two to postoperative day seven and the WBC scores showed no significant change over the first postoperative 2 days and were decreased only after postoperative day three. PCT appears to be a useful early marker to diagnosis and discriminate urosepsis, severe urosepsis and uroseptic shock following PCNL. Daily PCT measurements may be a valuable tool in monitoring the effectiveness of antibiotic therapy in urosepsis following PCNL.

  10. Dual-Quantum-Dots-Labeled Lateral Flow Strip Rapidly Quantifies Procalcitonin and C-reactive Protein

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    Qi, XiaoPing; Huang, YunYe; Lin, ZhongShi; Xu, Liang; Yu, Hao

    2016-03-01

    In the article, a dual-quantum-dots-labeled (dual-QDs-labeled) lateral flow strip (LFS) method was developed for the simultaneous and rapid quantitative detection of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. Two QD-antibody conjugates with different fluorescence emission spectra were produced and sprayed on the LFS to capture PCT and CRP in the blood. Furthermore, a double antibody sandwich method for PCT and, meanwhile, a competitive inhibition method for CRP were employed in the LFS. For PCT and CRP in serum assayed by the dual-QDs-labeled LFS, their detection sensitivities reached 0.1 and 1 ng/mL, respectively, and their linear quantitative detection ranges were from 0.3 to 200 ng/mL and from 50 to 250 μg/mL, respectively. There was little evidence that the PCT and CRP assays would be interfered with each other. The correlations for testing CRP and PCT in clinical samples were 99.75 and 97.02 %, respectively, between the dual-QDs-labeled LFS we developed and commercial methods. The rapid quantification of PCT and CRP on dual-QDs-labeled LFS is of great clinical value to distinguish inflammation, bacterial infection, or viral infection and to provide guidance for the use of antibiotics or other medicines.

  11. Abnormalities in liver enzyme levels during Salmonella enteritidis enterocolitis Alteraciones en los niveles séricos de enzimas hepáticos durante la enterocolitis por Salmonella enteritidis

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    Full Text Available Objective: to evaluate the prevalence, associated factors, and time-course changes of abnormal liver enzyme serum levels in adult patients with Salmonella enteritidis enterocolitis. Methods: the clinical records of 104 patients (age range 15-86 years, 46.2% males admitted to hospital because of S. enteritidis enterocolitis were reviewed. The prevalence of abnormal liver enzyme levels was evaluated, as well as its possible relationship to data of systemic inflammatory response, severe sepsis, and bacteremia. In addition, time-course changes in serum levels of liver enzymes were studied in 16 cases with available follow-up after hospital discharge. Results: in patients without a pre-existing cause for liver enzyme abnormalities (n = 84, the prevalence of serum AST elevation was 23.0% (95% CI 15.4-34.5%, of serum ALT elevation was 17.9% (95% CI 0.6-20.0%, and of GGT elevation was 19.0% (95% CI 11.6-29.3%. The prevalence of abnormality for any of these enzymes (AST, ALT, or GGT was 35.7% (95% CI 25.7-46.8%. The prevalence of altered serum alkaline phosphatase was lower. Alteration in liver enzyme serum levels was moderate in the majority of cases, and was found in association with the presence of fever. Serum enzyme levels decreased during the convalescence period after hospital discharge. Conclusions: abnormalities in liver enzyme levels are frequent during severe enterocolitis due to S. enteritidis in adult patients. These abnormalities are moderate and self-limited.Objetivo: evaluar la prevalencia, los factores asociados y la evolución de las anormalidades en los niveles séricos de enzimas hepáticos en pacientes adultos con enterocolitis por S. enteritidis. Métodos: se revisaron los historiales de 104 pacientes (de edades comprendidas entre 15 y 86 años, 46,2% varones, ingresados en un hospital por enterocolitis aguda por S. enteritidis. Se evaluó la prevalencia de alteración en los niveles séricos de enzimas hepáticos y su asociaci

  12. Monitoring procalcitonin in febrile neutropenia: what is its utility for initial diagnosis of infection and reassessment in persistent fever?

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Management of febrile neutropenic episodes (FE is challenged by lacking microbiological and clinical documentation of infection. We aimed at evaluating the utility of monitoring blood procalcitonin (PCT in FE for initial diagnosis of infection and reassessment in persistent fever. METHODS: PCT kinetics was prospectively monitored in 194 consecutive FE (1771 blood samples: 65 microbiologically documented infections (MDI, 33.5%; 49 due to non-coagulase-negative staphylococci, non-CNS, 68 clinically documented infections (CDI, 35%; 39 deep-seated, and 61 fever of unexplained origin (FUO, 31.5%. RESULTS: At fever onset median PCT was 190 pg/mL (range 30-26'800, without significant difference among MDI, CDI and FUO. PCT peak occurred on day 2 after onset of fever: non-CNS-MDI/deep-seated-CDI (656, 80-86350 vs. FUO (205, 33-771; p500 pg/mL distinguished non-CNS-MDI/deep-seated-CDI from FUO with 56% sensitivity and 90% specificity. PCT was >500 pg/ml in only 10% of FUO (688, 570-771. A PCT peak >500 pg/mL (1196, 524-11950 occurred beyond 3 days of persistent fever in 17/21 (81% invasive fungal diseases (IFD. This late PCT peak identified IFD with 81% sensitivity and 57% specificity and preceded diagnosis according to EORTC-MSG criteria in 41% of cases. In IFD responding to therapy, median days to PCT <500 pg/mL and defervescence were 5 (1-23 vs. 10 (3-22; p = 0.026, respectively. CONCLUSION: While procalcitonin is not useful for diagnosis of infection at onset of neutropenic fever, it may help to distinguish a minority of potentially severe infections among FUOs on day 2 after onset of fever. In persistent fever monitoring procalcitonin contributes to early diagnosis and follow-up of invasive mycoses.

  13. Level of urinary liver-type fatty acid-binding protein is associated with cardiac markers and electrocardiographic abnormalities in type-2 diabetes with chronic kidney disease stage G1 and G2.

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    Maeda, Yoshiteru; Suzuki, Atsushi; Ishii, Junnichi; Sekiguchi-Ueda, Sahoko; Shibata, Megumi; Yoshino, Yasumasa; Asano, Shogo; Hayakawa, Nobuki; Nakamura, Kazuhiro; Akiyama, Yasukazu; Kitagawa, Fumihiko; Sakuishi, Toshiaki; Fujita, Takashi; Hashimoto, Shuji; Ozaki, Yukio; Itoh, Mitsuyasu

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    Urinary liver-type fatty acid-binding protein (L-FABP) reflects the degree of stress in proximal tubules of the kidney. We examined the level of L-FABP in type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage G1 and G2, and its relationship with cardiac markers and electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities. T2DM patients whose estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were recruited [n = 276 (165 males), mean age 64 years]. The median level of urinary L-FABP was 6.6 μg/gCr. Urinary L-FABP showed significant correlation with urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) (r = 0.51, p L-FABP ≤8.4 μg/gCr and ACR ≤30 mg/gCr; group 2, L-FABP ≤8.4 μg/gCr and ACR >30 mg/gCr; group 3, L-FABP >8.4 μg/gCr and ACR ≤30 mg/gCr; group 4, L-FABP >8.4 μg/gCr and ACR >30 mg/gCr). Compared with group 1, group 4 was significantly higher in systolic blood pressure, and eGFR using standardized serum cystatin C, high-sensitivity troponin T, and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). Group 4 had significantly higher level of NT-proBNP than group 3. Groups 2, 3 and 4 showed more ECG abnormalities than group 1. These findings suggest that simultaneous measurement of urinary L-FABP and ACR should be useful to assess cardiovascular damage reflecting on the elevation of cardiac markers and ECG abnormalities in T2DM with CKD G1 and G2.

  14. Serum Levels of Tissue Inhibitors of Metalloproteinase 2 in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis With Duration More Than 2 Years: Correlation With Cardiac and Pulmonary Abnormalities

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    Amira Shahin

    2006-01-01

    with elevated TIMP-2 levels was significantly higher than dSSc patients with normal levels (P=.013. Four patients out of five with elevated TIMP-2 levels showed diastolic dysfunction (80%, compared to 2 out of 15 lSSc patients with normal levels (13.3%, with P=.014. Our research, though involving a small group of patients, points to the probable role of TIMP-2 in the development of pulmonary lesions in dSSc patients and cardiac lesions in lSSc patients with duration equal to or more than 2 years.

  15. 广东省成年体检人群异常血脂水平分布情况调查%Investigation of the distribution of abnormal blood lipid levels of health examination adults of all ages in Gangdong

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    李华; 魏莲; 陈佑明; 黄敬; 刘铁连; 刘京平

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the distribution of abnormal blood lipid levels of health examination adults in Guangdong Province. METHODS We investigated and statistically analyzed abnormal blood lipid levels of 28 447 people the age of 20 years and over during period of November 2009 and November 2010 in Guangdong Province. Investigated health examination adult at different ages and gender, and abnormal blood lipid composition. According to abnormal blood lipid sample, there were three groups including only high total cholesterols (group A) ; only high triglycerides (group B) ; both high total cholesterol and triglyceride (group C). RESULTS There were significantly age differences in the proportion of abnormal blood lipid levels in the other age groups (P = 0.000) , except the abnormal blood lipid level of age group of 50- years without gender differences ; And there were significant gender differences (P ≤ 0.05) in the composition of lipid abnormalities of male and female in other ages' groups, including in group A and group B, group A and group C group B and group C, except in 20- and over 40- age groups between group B and C; And there were significant differences {P - 0.000) of the composition of lipid abnormalities on genders between three groups; also there was a different distribution of abnormal blood lipid composition of men and women of all ages. CONCLUSION There are significantly differences on the composition of lipid abnormalities, ages and genders of Guangdong adult medical health examination groups of all ages, also there are significant differences in the incidence rate of abnormal blood lipid and proportion of mixed one of female in the 50-year-old, which is highly above male with the same age, and also highly above other ages female, suggesting that postmenopausal female should pay attention to regular blood checks, for which helps prevent and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.%目的 调查广东省成年体检人群各年龄段男女

  16. Prospective Evaluation of Procalcitonin, Soluble Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells-1 and C-Reactive Protein in Febrile Patients with Autoimmune Diseases

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    Lin, Chou-Han; Hsieh, Song-Chou; Keng, Li-Ta; Lee, Ho-Sheng; Chang, Hou-Tai; Liao, Wei-Yu; Ho, Chao-Chi; Yu, Chong-Jen

    2016-01-01

    Background Both procalcitonin (PCT) and soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) have been investigated separately as indicators of infection in patients with autoimmune diseases. Our study simultaneously evaluated both PCT and sTREM-1 along with C-reactive protein (CRP) in febrile patients with autoimmune diseases. Methods Fifty-nine patients were enrolled in the study. The patients were categorized into the infection group (n = 24) or the disease flare group (n = 35). sTREM-1, PCT and CRP concentrations at fever onset were compared between the two groups of patients. Results sTREM-1 and CRP did not differ between the two groups. PCT [median (range), ng/ml] was higher in the infection group than in the disease flare group [0.53 (0.02–12.85) vs. 0.12 (0.02–19.23), p = 0.001]. The area under the receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) for diagnosis of infection was 0.75 for PCT (p = 0.001), 0.63 for CRP (p = 0.09) and 0.52 for sTREM-1 (p = 0.79). Using 0.2 ng/ml as the cutoff value for PCT, sensitivity was 0.75 and specificity was 0.77. Negative predictive values for PCT were 92%, 87% and 82% for a prevalence of infection of 20%, 30%, and 40%, respectively. Neither immunosuppressants nor biomodulators affected the level of the three biomarkers. However, in patients treated with corticosteroids, the levels of sTREM-1 and CRP were significantly decreased compared with the untreated patients. Conclusions Setting PCT at a lower cutoff value could provide useful information on excluding infection in febrile patients with autoimmune diseases. The possible effect of corticosteroids on the level of sTREM-1 as an infection marker deserves further study. PMID:27096761

  17. Identification of 9 uterine genes that are regulated during mouse pregnancy and exhibit abnormal levels in the cyclooxygenase-1 knockout mouse

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Preterm birth is the leading cause of all infant mortality. In 2004, 12.5% of all births were preterm. In order to understand preterm labor, we must first understand normal labor. Since many of the myometrial changes that occur during pregnancy are similar in mice and humans and mouse gestation is short, we have studied the uterine genes that change in the mouse during pregnancy. Here, we used microarray analysis to identify uterine genes in the gravid mouse that are differentially regulated in the cyclooxygenase-1 knockout mouse model of delayed parturition. Methods Gestational d18.0 uteri (n = 4 were collected from pregnant wild-type and cyclooxygenase-1 knockout mice. Part of the uterus was used for frozen sections and RNA was isolated from the remainder. Microarray analysis was performed at the Indiana University School of Medicine Genomic Core and analyzed using the Microarray Data Portal. Northern analysis was performed to confirm microarray data and the genes localized in the gravid uterus by in situ hybridization. Results We identified 277 genes that are abnormally expressed in the gravid d18.0 cyclooxygenase-1 knockout mouse. Nine of these genes are also regulated in the normal murine uterus during the last half of gestation. Many of these genes are involved in the immune response, consistent with an important role of the immune system in parturition. Expression of 4 of these genes; arginase I, IgJ, Tnfrsf9 and troponin; was confirmed by Northern analysis to be mis-regulated during pregnancy in the knockout mouse. In situ hybridization of these genes demonstrated a similar location in the gravid wild-type and Cox-1 knockout mouse uteri. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first work to demonstrate the uterine location of these 4 genes in the mouse during late pregnancy. There are several putative transcription factor binding sites that are shared by many of the 9 genes identified here including; estrogen and

  18. Hereditary urea cycle abnormality

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    ... vitro so the specific genetic cause is known. Teamwork between parents, the affected child, and doctors can help prevent severe illness. Alternative Names Abnormality of the urea cycle - hereditary; Urea cycle - hereditary abnormality Images Male urinary system Urea cycle References Lichter-Konecki ...

  19. Efficacy and safety of procalcitonin guidance in reducing the duration of antibiotic treatment in critically ill patients : a randomised, controlled, open-label trial

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    de Jong, Evelien; van Oers, Jos A; Beishuizen, Albertus; Vos, Piet; Vermeijden, Wytze J; Haas, Lenneke E; Loef, Bert G; Dormans, Tom; van Melsen, Gertrude C; Kluiters, Yvette C; Kemperman, Hans; van den Elsen, Maarten J; Schouten, Jeroen A; Streefkerk, Jörn O; Krabbe, Hans G; Kieft, Hans; Kluge, Georg H; van Dam, Veerle C; van Pelt, Joost; Bormans, Laura; Otten, Martine Bokelman; Reidinga, Auke C; Endeman, Henrik; Twisk, Jos W; van de Garde, Ewoudt M W; de Smet, Anne Marie G A; Kesecioglu, Jozef; Girbes, Armand R; Nijsten, Maarten W; de Lange, Dylan W

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients, antibiotic therapy is of great importance but long duration of treatment is associated with the development of antimicrobial resistance. Procalcitonin is a marker used to guide antibacterial therapy and reduce its duration, but data about safety of this reduct

  20. Is serum procalcitonin measurement a useful addition to a rheumatologist's repertoire? A review of its diagnostic role in systemic inflammatory diseases and joint infections

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    Shaikh, Muddassir Muhammad; Hermans, Lucas Etienne; Van Laar, Jacob M.

    2015-01-01

    Early differentiation between infection and aseptic inflammation is difficult and is a challenge often faced in the rheumatology practice. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker that is preferentially induced in patients with bacterial infections, and a growing body of evidence supports its use for impr

  1. Copeptin, procalcitonin and routine inflammatory markers-predictors of infection after stroke.

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    Felix Fluri

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Early predictors for the development of stroke-associated infection may identify patients at high risk and reduce post-stroke infection and mortality. METHODS: In 383 prospectively enrolled acute stroke patients we assessed time point and type of post-stroke infections (i.e. pneumonia, urinary tract infection (UTI other infection (OI. Blood samples were collected on admission, and days 1, and 3 to assess white blood cells (WBC, monocytes, C-reactive protein (CRP, procalcitonin (PCT, and copeptin. To determine the magnitude of association with the development of infections, odds ratios (OR were calculated for each prognostic blood marker. The discriminatory ability of different predictors was assessed, by calculating area under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUC. Prognostic models including the three parameters with the best performance were identified. RESULTS: Of 383 patients, 66 (17.2% developed an infection after onset of stroke. WBC, CRP, copeptin and PCT were all independent predictors of any infection, pneumonia and UTI developed at least 24 hours after measurements. The combination of the biomarkers WBC, CRP and copeptin (AUC: 0.92 and WBC, CRP and PCT (AUC: 0.90 showed a better predictive accuracy concerning the development of pneumonia during hospitalization compared to each marker by itself (p-Wald <0.0001. CONCLUSION: Among ischemic stroke patients, copeptin, PCT, WBC and CRP measured on admission were predictors of infection in general, and specifically for pneumonia and UTI within 5 days after stroke. The combination of these biomarkers improved the prediction of patients who developed an infection.

  2. Determining the concentration of procalcitonin using a magnetic particles-based chemiluminescence assay for the clinical diagnosis of sepsis.

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    Qi, Suwen; Li, Qiaoliang; Rao, Wei; Liu, Xinyu; Yin, Li; Zhang, Huisheng

    2013-01-01

    Our objective is to develop an assay based on magnetic particles (MPs) to determine the concentration of procalcitonin (PCT) using a chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA). Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and N-(aminobutyl)-N-(ethylisoluminol) (ABEI) were used to label two different anti-procalcitonin (PCT) monoclonal antibodies. The labeled antibodies, the PCT antigen, and the anti-FITC antibody-coated MPs formed a double-sandwiched immunocomplex. The measured relative light units (RLUs) of ABEI in the substrate solution were directly proportional to the amount of PCT present in the samples. The proposed method was linear to 600 ng/mL with a detection limit of 0.03 ng/mL. The coefficient of variation (CV) was <5% and <6% for the intra- and inter-assay precision, respectively. The average recoveries were between 95 and 107%. The linearity-dilution effect gave a linear correlation coefficient of 0.9912. This proposed assay provided an alternative method to quantitatively measure PCT in serum for the diagnosis of sepsis.

  3. Procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy and hospitalization in patients with lower respiratory tract infections: a prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial

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    Henzen Christoph

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: Lower respiratory tract infections like acute bronchitis, exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and community-acquired pneumonia are often unnecessarily treated with antibiotics, mainly because of physicians' difficulties to distinguish viral from bacterial cause and to estimate disease-severity. The goal of this trial is to compare medical outcomes, use of antibiotics and hospital resources in a strategy based on enforced evidence-based guidelines versus procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy in patients with lower respiratory tract infections. Methods and design: We describe a prospective randomized controlled non-inferiority trial with an open intervention. We aim to randomize over a fixed recruitment period of 18 months a minimal number of 1002 patients from 6 hospitals in Switzerland. Patients must be >18 years of age with a lower respiratory tract infections Discussion: Use of and prolonged exposure to antibiotics in lower respiratory tract infections is high. The proposed trial investigates whether procalcitonin-guidance may safely reduce antibiotic consumption along with reductions in hospitalization costs and antibiotic resistance. It will additionally generate insights for improved prognostic assessment of patients with lower respiratory tract infections. Trial registration: ISRCTN95122877

  4. Prolactin Levels Correlate with Abnormal B Cell Maturation in MRL and MRL/lpr Mouse Models of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-Like Disease

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    Maria Victoria Legorreta-Haquet

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    Full Text Available Prolactin (PRL plays an important role in modulating the immune response. In B cells, PRL enhances antibody production, including antibodies with self-specificity. In this study, our aims were to determine the level of PRL receptor expression during bone-marrow B-cell development and to assess whether the presence of high PRL serum concentrations influences absolute numbers of developing populations and disease outcome in lupus-prone murine models. We observed that the PRL-receptor is expressed in early bone-marrow B-cell; the expression in lupus-prone mice, which had the highest level of expression in pro-B cells and immature cells, differed from that in wild-type mice. These expression levels did not significantly change in response to hyperprolactinemia; however, populations of pro-B and immature cells from lupus-prone strains showed a decrease in the absolute numbers of cells with high PRL-receptor expression in response to PRL. Because immature self-reactive B cells are constantly being eliminated, we assessed the expression of survival factor BIRC5, which is more highly expressed in both pro-B and immature B-cells in response to PRL and correlates with the onset of disease. These results identify an important role of PRL in the early stages of the B-cell maturation process: PRL may promote the survival of self-reactive clones.

  5. Concentrations of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, and the immature-to-total neutrophil ratio in the blood of neonates with nosocomial infections: Gram-negative bacilli vs coagulase-negative staphylococci

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    Abstract This study was undertaken to determine whether concentrations of procalcitonin in the blood of neonates with nosocomial infections depend on the type of pathogen. Qualification for the study group was based on the clinical signs of infection. We found that infections with Gram-positive (chiefly coagulase-negative staphylococci) and Gram-negative bacteria are accompanied by elevated concentrations of procalcitonin. In the case of Gram-positive bacteria, other laboratory sig...

  6. Chromosomal Abnormalities in ADHD

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    J Gordon Millichap

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    Full Text Available The prevalence of fragile X syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS, and other cytogenetic abnormalities among 100 children (64 boys with combined type ADHD and normal intelligence was assessed at the NIMH and Georgetown University Medical Center.

  7. Abnormal menstrual periods (image)

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    ... may have a variety of causes, such as endometrial hyperplasia, endometrial polyps, uterine fibroids, and abnormal thyroid or ... the endometrium becomes unusually thick it is called endometrial ... Hyperplasia may cause profuse or extended menstrual bleeding.

  8. Chromosomal abnormalities and autism

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    Farida El-Baz

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    Conclusion: Chromosomal abnormalities were not detected in the studied autistic children, and so the relation between the genetics and autism still needs further work up with different study methods and techniques.

  9. Clinical Usefulness of Procalcitonin and C-Reactive Protein as Outcome Predictors in Critically Ill Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock.

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    Jeong-Am Ryu

    Full Text Available Sepsis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in critically ill patients. Procalcitonin (PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP are the most frequently used biomarkers in sepsis. We investigated changes in PCT and CRP concentrations in critically ill patients with sepsis to determine which biochemical marker better predicts outcome. We retrospectively analyzed 171 episodes in 157 patients with severe sepsis and septic shock who were admitted to the Samsung Medical Center intensive care unit from March 2013 to February 2014. The primary endpoint was patient outcome within 7 days from ICU admission (treatment failure. The secondary endpoint was 28-day mortality. Severe sepsis was observed in 42 (25% episodes from 41 patients, and septic shock was observed in 129 (75% episodes from 120 patients. Fifty-five (32% episodes from 42 patients had clinically-documented infection, and 116 (68% episodes from 99 patients had microbiologically-documented infection. Initial peak PCT and CRP levels were not associated with treatment failure and 28-day mortality. However, PCT clearance (PCTc and CRP (CRPc clearance were significantly associated with treatment failure (p = 0.027 and p = 0.030, respectively and marginally significant with 28-day mortality (p = 0.064 and p = 0.062, respectively. The AUC for prediction of treatment success was 0.71 (95% CI, 0.61-0.82 for PCTc and 0.71 (95% CI, 0.61-0.81 for CRPc. The AUC for survival prediction was 0.77 (95% CI, 0.66-0.88 for PCTc and 0.77 (95% CI, 0.67-0.88 for CRPc. Changes in PCT and CRP concentrations were associated with outcomes of critically ill septic patients. CRP may not be inferior to PCT in predicting outcome in these patients.

  10. Abnormal protein aggregationand neurodegenerativediseases

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    Abnormal protein aggregation or amyloid is the major cause ofmany neurodegenerative disorders. The present review focuses on the correlation between sequence and structure features of proteins related to the diseases and abnormal protein aggregation. Recent progress has improved our knowledge on understand-ing the mechanism of amyloid formation. We suggest a nucleation model for ordered protein aggregation, which can also explain pathogenesis mechanisms of these neurodegenerative diseases in vivo.

  11. Abnormal Changes of Brain Cortical Anatomy and the Association with Plasma MicroRNA107 Level in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment

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    Tao eWang

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    Full Text Available MicroRNA107 (Mir107 has been thought to relate to the brain structure phenotype of Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, we evaluated the cortical anatomy in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI and the relation between cortical anatomy and plasma levels of Mir107 and beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1. 20 aMCI and 24 cognitively normal control (NC subjects were recruited, and T1-weighted MR images were acquired. Cortical anatomical measurements, including cortical thickness (CT, surface area (SA, and local gyrification index (LGI, were assessed. Quantitative RT-PCR was used to examine plasma expression of Mir107, BACE1 mRNA. Thinner cortex was found in aMCI in areas associated with episodic memory and language, but with thicker cortex in other areas. SA decreased in aMCI in the areas associated with working memory and emotion. LGI showed a significant reduction in aMCI in the areas involved in language function. Changes in Mir107 and BACE1 messenger RNA plasma expression were correlated with changes in CT and SA. We found alterations in key left brain regions associated with memory, language, and emotion in aMCI that were significantly correlated with plasma expression of mir107 and BACE1 mRNA. This combination study of brain anatomical alterations and gene information may shed lights on our understanding of the pathology of AD.

  12. 中枢神经系统感染患儿脑脊液降钙素原测定的意义%The significance of procalcitonin in cerebrospinal fluid in children with central nervous system infection

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    王文徽; 韩虹; 杜丽君; 武运红; 孙浩; 杨银升; 朱镭; 郭伟立

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the changes of procalcitonin in cerebrospinal fluid of children with central nervous system infection and its clinical significance.Methods The levels of procalcitonin in cerebrospinal fluid of 108 children with central nervous system infection and 40 lumbar anesthesia children without central nervous sys‐tem diseases were measured by enzyme‐linked fluorescent assay .Differences in the levels of cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin between the group with bacterial meningitis ,viral meningitis and the control group ,the severe group and ordinary group with bacterial meningitis ,the group in acute stage and recovery period were compared .Results Patients with bacterial meningitis had significantly higher serum PCT than those with viral meningitis and the control group[(0 .57 ± 0 .88) vs (0 .06 ± 0 .04) ,(0 .07 ± 0 .03)μg/L ,P <0 .01] .The PCT levels of children in the severe group were significantly higher than those in the ordinary group with bacterial meningitis ( P <0 .01) ,and the PCT levels of children in acute stage were higher than those in recovery period of the severe group ( P <0.01) .Conclusion The cerebrospinal fluid procalcitonin levels of children with bacterial meningitis relates to de‐gree of severity .Detection of procalcitonin of the children with central nervous system infection contributes not only to identify the nature of central nervous system infection ,and assess the severe degree ,but also to predict their prognosis .%目的:探讨中枢神经系统感染患儿脑脊液降钙素原变化的临床意义。方法108例中枢神经系统感染患儿和40例无神经系统疾病儿需腰麻的外科手术患儿采用酶联荧光分析(ELFA )技术检测患者脑脊液降钙素厚(PC T )。比较化脓性脑膜炎组、病毒性脑炎组和对照组、化脓性脑膜炎重症组和普通组、化脓性脑膜炎重症组急性期和恢复期脑脊液降钙素原水平的差异。结果化脓性脑膜炎组

  13. Abnormal lipoprotein(a) levels predict coronary artery calcification in Southeast Asians but not in Caucasians: use of noninvasive imaging for evaluation of an emerging risk factor.

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    Sharma, Abhinav; Kasim, Manoefris; Joshi, Parag H; Qian, Zhen; Krivitsky, Eric; Akram, Kamran; Rinehart, Sarah; Vazquez, Gustavo; Miller, Joseph; Rohman, Mohammad Saifur; Voros, Szilard

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    Subclinical atherosclerosis can be quantified by coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring. Due to its high specificity for atherosclerosis, CAC is an excellent phenotypic tool for the evaluation of emerging risk markers. Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is atherogenic due to the presence of apoB and may be thrombogenic through its apo(a) component. Lp(a) has been linked to cardiovascular events in Caucasians; however, its link to atherosclerosis in various ethnicities remains unclear. We evaluated the ability of Lp(a) mass to predict subclinical atherosclerosis in Southeast Asians and Caucasians, as measured by CAC. Traditional lipid measurements, Lp(a) measurements, and CAC by 64-slice multidetector computed tomography was performed in 103 consecutive patients in the USA and in 104 consecutive patients in Jakarta, Indonesia. Proportion of positive CAC and median CAC in Southeast Asians and in Caucasians was 61.5% and 63.1%, and 23.5 (interquartile range, 0-270) and 13 (interquartile range, 0-388), respectively. Significantly higher proportion of Southeast Asians had elevated Lp(a) levels, compared to Caucasians (51.0% vs. 29.2%; p = 0.005). In Southeast Asians, Lp(a) remained an independent predictor of CAC with an odds ratio of 4.97 (95% confidence interval, 1.56-15.88; p Southeast Asians. This translated to 7% of Southeast Asians reclassified to correct CAC status. Lp(a) measurements may have a role in risk stratification of Southeast Asians. Ethnic variation should be taken into account when considering the use of Lp(a) measurements in risk assessment.

  14. Efficacy and Safety of Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

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    Werner C. Albrich

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In 14 randomized controlled studies to date, a procalcitonin (PCT-based algorithm has been proven to markedly reduce the use of antibiotics along with an unimpaired high safety and low complication rates in patients with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs. However, compliance with the algorithm and safety out of controlled study conditions has not yet been sufficiently investigated. Methods: We performed a prospective international multicenter observational post-study surveillance of consecutive adults with community-acquired LRTI in 14 centers (Switzerland (n = 10, France (n = 3 and the United States (n = 1. Results: Between September 2009 and November 2010, 1,759 patients were enrolled (median age 71; female sex 44.4%. 1,520 (86.4% patients had a final diagnosis of LRTI (community-acquired pneumonia (CAP, 53.7%; acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD, 17.1%; and acute bronchitis, 14.4%. Compliance with the PCT-guided therapy (overall 68.2% was highest in patients with bronchitis (81.0% vs. AECOPD, 70.1%; CAP, 63.7%; p < 0.001, outpatients (86.1% vs. inpatients, 65.9%; p < 0.001 and algorithm-experienced centers (82.5% vs. algorithm-naive, 60.1%; p < 0.001 and showed significant geographical differences. The initial decision about the antibiotic therapy was based on PCT value in 72.4%. In another 8.6% of patients, antibiotics were administered despite low PCT values but according to predefined criteria. Thus, the algorithm was followed in 81.0% of patients. In a multivariable Cox hazard ratio model, longer antibiotic therapy duration was associated with algorithm-non-compliance, country, hospitalization, CAP vs. bronchitis, renal failure and algorithm-naïvety of the study center. In a multivariable logistic regression complications (death, empyema, ICU treatment, mechanical ventilation, relapse, and antibiotic-associated side effects were significantly associated with increasing CURB65-Score, CAP

  15. Procalcitonin is not sufficiently reliable to be the sole marker of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin

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    Moro Serrano Manuel

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has recently been suggested that serum procalcitonin (PCT is of value in the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis, with varying results. The aim of this prospective multicenter study was to assess the usefulness of PCT as a marker of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin. Methods One hundred infants aged between 4 and 28 days of life admitted to the Neonatology Services of 13 acute-care teaching hospitals in Spain over 1-year with clinical suspicion of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin were included in the study. Serum PCT concentrations were determined by a specific immunoluminometric assay. The reliability of PCT for the diagnosis of nosocomial neonatal sepsis at the time of suspicion of infection and at 12–24 h and 36–48 h after the onset of symptoms was calculated by receiver-operating characteristics (ROC curves. The Youden's index (sensitivity + specificity - 1 was used for determination of optimal cutoff values of the diagnostic tests in the different postnatal periods. Sensitivity, specificity, and the likelihood ratio of a positive and negative result with the 95% confidence interval (CI were calculated. Results The diagnosis of nosocomial sepsis was confirmed in 61 neonates. Serum PCT concentrations were significantly higher at initial suspicion and at 12–24 h and 36–48 h after the onset of symptoms in neonates with confirmed sepsis than in neonates with clinically suspected but not confirmed sepsis. Optimal PCT thresholds according to ROC curves were 0.59 ng/mL at the time of suspicion of sepsis (sensitivity 81.4%, specificity 80.6%; 1.34 ng/mL within 12–24 h of birth (sensitivity 73.7%, specificity 80.6%, and 0.69 ng/mL within 36–48 h of birth (sensitivity 86.5%, specificity 72.7%. Conclusion Serum PCT concentrations showed a moderate diagnostic reliability for the detection of nosocomial neonatal sepsis from the time of suspicion of infection. PCT is not sufficiently reliable to be the sole marker of

  16. Procalcitonin is not sufficiently reliable to be the sole marker of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin

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    López Sastre, José B; Pérez Solís, David; Roqués Serradilla, Vicente; Fernández Colomer, Belén; Coto Cotallo, Gil D; Krauel Vidal, Xavier; Narbona López, Eduardo; García del Río, Manuel; Sánchez Luna, Manuel; Belaustegui Cueto, Antonio; Moro Serrano, Manuel; Urbón Artero, Alfonso; Álvaro Iglesias, Emilio; Cotero Lavín, Ángel; Martínez Vilalta, Eduardo; Jiménez Cobos, Bartolomé

    2006-01-01

    Background It has recently been suggested that serum procalcitonin (PCT) is of value in the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis, with varying results. The aim of this prospective multicenter study was to assess the usefulness of PCT as a marker of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin. Methods One hundred infants aged between 4 and 28 days of life admitted to the Neonatology Services of 13 acute-care teaching hospitals in Spain over 1-year with clinical suspicion of neonatal sepsis of nosocomial origin were included in the study. Serum PCT concentrations were determined by a specific immunoluminometric assay. The reliability of PCT for the diagnosis of nosocomial neonatal sepsis at the time of suspicion of infection and at 12–24 h and 36–48 h after the onset of symptoms was calculated by receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) curves. The Youden's index (sensitivity + specificity - 1) was used for determination of optimal cutoff values of the diagnostic tests in the different postnatal periods. Sensitivity, specificity, and the likelihood ratio of a positive and negative result with the 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated. Results The diagnosis of nosocomial sepsis was confirmed in 61 neonates. Serum PCT concentrations were significantly higher at initial suspicion and at 12–24 h and 36–48 h after the onset of symptoms in neonates with confirmed sepsis than in neonates with clinically suspected but not confirmed sepsis. Optimal PCT thresholds according to ROC curves were 0.59 ng/mL at the time of suspicion of sepsis (sensitivity 81.4%, specificity 80.6%); 1.34 ng/mL within 12–24 h of birth (sensitivity 73.7%, specificity 80.6%), and 0.69 ng/mL within 36–48 h of birth (sensitivity 86.5%, specificity 72.7%). Conclusion Serum PCT concentrations showed a moderate diagnostic reliability for the detection of nosocomial neonatal sepsis from the time of suspicion of infection. PCT is not sufficiently reliable to be the sole marker of sepsis, but would be

  17. 三级监控降低卡介苗接种后异常反应发生率的探讨%THE DISCUSSION OF THREE-LEVEL MONITORING TO REDUCE THE ABNORMAL REACTION INCIDENCE RATE AFTER BCG VACCINATION

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    陈立群; 邵丽文; 江爱玉

    2012-01-01

    Objective To discuss the effect of three -level monitoring to reduce the abnormal reaction incidence rate after bacillus calmette - guerin( BCG ) vaccination. Methods A total of 4 346 cases of newborn who were born in 2009 were assigned into control group ,3 999 cases of newborn born in 2010 into experimental group. Experimental group was given three-level monitoring on response after BCG vaccination and control group was observed traditionaly after the BCG vaccinaLion. The abnormal reaction incidence rate after BCG vaccination and the parents' satisfaction of BCG vaccination work were observed. Results The abnormal reactions of experimental group occurred at a rate of 1.50 per thousand, and the control group was 3.91 per thousand, the difference was statistically significant( P < 0. 05 ). The satisfaction of parents at discharge in experimental group was 96. 17% and control group was 94. 22% ; When the babies were six months old the satisfacLion of parenLs in experimental group was 91. 42% and control group was 88.47% with a significant difference( P<0.05 ). Conclusion Implementation of the three-level monitoring reduces the abnormal reaction incidence rate after vaccination, improves the parenLs'satisfaction with BCG vaccination work.%目的 探讨三级监控降低卡介苗接种后异常反应发生率的效果.方法 以2009年出生的新生儿4 346例为对照组,2010年出生的3 999例为试验组.试验组实施卡介苗接种后反应的三级监控,对照组采用传统的卡介苗接种后的观察.观察2组卡介苗接种后异常反应发生率及家长对卡介苗接种工作满意度.结果 试验组的异常反应发生率为1.50‰,对照组发生率为3.91‰,差异有统计学意义(P>0.05).出院时家长满意度试验组为96.17%,对照组为94.22%,婴儿6个月时满意度试验组为91.42%,对照组为88.47%,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 实施三级监控降低了接种后异常反应发生率,提高了家长对卡介苗预防接种工作的满意度.

  18. Abnormal immune parameters in HIV-seronegative haemophilic patients

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    Allersma, DP; Smid, WM; Briet, E

    1996-01-01

    In HIV-seronegative haemophiliac patients abnormal immune parameters have been demonstrated. In this review data on these abnormalities, their aetiology and clinical consequences are summarized and discussed. The data reviewed show abnormalities at different levels of the adaptive immune system. Mos

  19. Stop Antibiotics on guidance of Procalcitonin Study (SAPS) : a randomised prospective multicenter investigator-initiated trial to analyse whether daily measurements of procalcitonin versus a standard-of-care approach can safely shorten antibiotic duration in intensive care unit patients - calculated sample size: 1816 patients

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    Assink-de Jong, Evelien; de lange, Dylan W.; van Oers, Jos A.; Nijsten, Maarten W.; Twisk, Jos W.; Beishuizen, Albertus

    2013-01-01

    Background: Unnecessary long-term use of broad-spectrum antibiotics is linked to the emergence and selection of resistant bacteria, prolonged hospitalisation and increased costs. Several clinical trials indicate that the biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) can guide antibiotic therapy. Some of these trial

  20. [Hair shaft abnormalities].

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    Itin, P H; Düggelin, M

    2002-05-01

    Hair shaft disorders may lead to brittleness and uncombable hair. In general the hair feels dry and lusterless. Hair shaft abnormalities may occur as localized or generalized disorders. Genetic predisposition or exogenous factors are able to produce and maintain hair shaft abnormalities. In addition to an extensive history and physical examination the most important diagnostic examination to analyze a hair shaft problem is light microscopy. Therapy of hair shaft disorders should focus to the cause. In addition, minimizing traumatic influences to hair shafts, such as dry hair with an electric dryer, permanent waves and dyes is important. A short hair style is more suitable for such patients with hair shaft disorders.

  1. Continuous Detection of Procalcitonin and Blood Culture in the United Diagnosis of Bacteremia%血清降钙素原联合血培养连续检测对菌血症的诊断价值

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    马莉; 孙光伟; 王厚照

    2011-01-01

    Objective To discuss the value of continuous detection of procalcitonin and blood culture in the united diagnosis of bacteremia. Methods 76 patients with bacteremia ( bacteremia group) , 32 patients with tumor fever (tumor group) and 20 healthy subjects (healthy control group) were delected for the serum levels of PCT in the first visit. Bacteremia group received blood culture every 24 h and detected for both indicators. The levels of PCT in the 3 groups were compared, the diagnosis value of continuous detections was analyzed. And the results of PCT in bacteremia group were observed before and after antibiotics treatment. Results Positive rate of PCT in the 3 groups were 82. 89% , 15. 62% , and 0 at the first test, and there were significant differences between the 3 groups( P <0. 01); The positive rate of blood culture in bacteremia group was 22.36% at the first test, and it increased with the increase of blood culture; the level of PCT decreased when bacteremia was controlled. Conclusion ContinuouH detections of procalcitonin and blood culture can not only increase the diagnosis rate of bacteremia, but also can be used in the prognosis of bacteremia. Clinicians should choose the best time of blood culture to improve the diagnosis rate of bacteremia according to the the length of heat time.%目的 探讨血清降钙素原( Procalcitonin,PCT)联合血培养连续检测对菌血症的诊断价值.方法 对76例菌血症(菌血症组)、32例肿瘤热(肿瘤组)和20例健康体检(健康对照组)在首诊时检测血清PCT,并对菌血症组进行血培养,每隔24h重复检测以上两指标,比较3组的血清PCT水平,分析连续检测对菌血症的诊断价值,并对菌血症组应用抗生素前后血清PCT检测结果进行分析.结果 首次检测PCT,3组的阳性率分别为82.89%、15.62%、0%,菌血症组与肿瘤组、健康对照组比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.01);菌血症组首次血培养阳性率22.36%,随着培养次数的增加,

  2. Influence of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein on prognosis of patients with postoperative severe sepsis%降钙素原与 C-反应蛋白对术后重度脓毒血症患者预后的影响

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    龙涛; 白蓉蓉; 李智; 黄磊; 王雪

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the influence of procalcitonin and C‐reactive protein on the prognosis of the pa‐tients with postoperative sepsis and observe the association with the prognosis of the sepsis patients .METHODS A total of 60 patients with postoperative sepsis who underwent the thoracic or abdominal surgery from Aug 2012 to Aug 2013 were randomly enrolled in the study ,totally 54 cases were included ,6 cases were not eligible for the study and excluded .The blood specimens were extracted from the patients with severe sepsis on day 1 ,2 ,3 ,5 , 7 ,and 10 after the experiment ;the inflammatory indicators including the procalcitonin and C‐reactive protein were detected ,and the results of the experiments were recorded and analyzed .RESULTS There was no significant differ‐ence in the procalcitonin ,C‐reactive protein ,or APACHEⅡ score among the patients with various prognosis in the first three days after the experiment ;there was significant difference in the procalcitonin ,C‐reactive protein , or APACHEⅡ score among the patients with various prognosis on day 7 and 10 after the experiment (P<0 .05) . The area under curve (AUC) for prognosis evaluation of the sepsis patients within 4 weeks after the experiments relative to the procalcitonin ,C‐reactive protein ,and APACHEⅡ score on day 7 were as follows :the procalcitonin 0 .689 ,the C‐reactive protein 0 .691 ,the APACHEⅡ score 0 .651 .CONCLUSION The change of disease of the pa‐tients with postoperative severe sepsis is highly associated with the levels of procalcitonin and C‐reactive protein on day 7 ,therefore ,the joint detection of procalcitonin with C‐reactive protein plays an important role in the prognos‐tic diagnosis of the patients with postoperative severe sepsis ,and it is worthy to be promoted in the hospital .%目的:探讨检测降钙素原以及C‐反应蛋白对于手术后脓毒血症患者的预后影响,判断其在脓毒血症患者预后的

  3. Níveis de hemoglobina glicosilada e anomalias cardíacas em fetos de mães com diabetes mellitus Glycosylated hemoglobin levels and cardiac abnormalities in fetuses of diabetic mothers

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    Ivo Behle

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se, prospectivamente, a existência de relação entre o controle glicêmico materno, na primeira metade da gestação, com a ocorrência de anomalias cardíacas fetais, em gestantes com diabetes mellitus. O nível da hemoglobina glicosilada (HbA1c foi determinado em 127 grávidas, por ocasião da primeira visita pré-natal. Nove eram portadoras de diabetes do tipo I, 77 do tipo II e 41 de Diabetes mellitus gestacional (DMG. Todas foram submetidas a ecocardiografia fetal detalhada na 28ª (±4,1 semana da gestação. Em 31 dos 127 fetos (24,4% foram detectadas anomalias cardíacas. Em 10 (7,87%, foram diagnosticadas anomalias cardíacas estruturais e, em 21 (16,53%, miocardiopatia hipertrófica como anomalia cardíaca isolada. A média das dosagens de HbA1c no grupo de gestantes sem anomalias cardíacas (5,6% foi estatisticamente diferente da média das HbA1c do grupo com anomalias (10,1% (pWe analyze prospectively the existence of a relationship between the mother's glycemic control, in the first half of pregnancy, and the occurrence of abnormal fetal cardiac abnormalities, in pregnant women with diabetes mellitus. In 127 pregnant women, the level of glycosylated hemoglobin was determined on the first visit during prenatal care. Nine patients had type I diabetes, 77 type II and 41 gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM. All mothers were submitted to detailed fetal echocardiography, during the 28th ± 4.127 week of gestation. In 31 (24.4% of the 127 fetuses cardiac anomalies were detected. In 10 (7.87% an isolated cardiac anomaly was identified. Mean HbA1c in the group of pregnant women without cardiac anomalies (5.64% was statistically different from the group with anomalies (10.14% (p<0.0001. The receiver-operator characteristic, representing the balance between sensitivity (92.83% and specificity (98.92% in the diagnosis of structural cardiac abnormalities, showed a cut-off point at the 7.5% HbA1c level. In nine of ten fetuses with

  4. Abnormalities of gonadal differentiation.

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    Berkovitz, G D; Seeherunvong, T

    1998-04-01

    Gonadal differentiation involves a complex interplay of developmental pathways. The sex determining region Y (SRY) gene plays a key role in testis determination, but its interaction with other genes is less well understood. Abnormalities of gonadal differentiation result in a range of clinical problems. 46,XY complete gonadal dysgenesis is defined by an absence of testis determination. Subjects have female external genitalia and come to clinical attention because of delayed puberty. Individuals with 46,XY partial gonadal dysgenesis usually present in the newborn period for the valuation of ambiguous genitalia. Gonadal histology always shows an abnormality of seminiferous tubule formation. A diagnosis of 46,XY true hermaphroditism is made if the gonads contain well-formed testicular and ovarian elements. Despite the pivotal role of the SRY gene in testis development, mutations of SRY are unusual in subjects with a 46,XY karyotype and abnormal gonadal development. 46,XX maleness is defined by testis determination in an individual with a 46,XX karyotype. Most affected individuals have a phenotype similar to that of Klinefelter syndrome. In contrast, subjects with 46,XX true hermaphroditism usually present with ambiguous genitalia. The majority of subjects with 46,XX maleness have Y sequences including SRY in genomic DNA. However, only rare subjects with 46,XX true hermaphroditism have translocated sequences encoding SRY. Mosaicism and chimaerism involving the Y chromosome can also be associated with abnormal gonadal development. However, the vast majority of subjects with 45,X/46,XY mosaicism have normal testes and normal male external genitalia.

  5. Cortical Abnormalities in ADHD

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Grey-matter abnormalities at the cortical surface and regional brain size were mapped by high-resolution MRI and surface-based, computational image analytical techniques in a group of 27 children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD and 46 controls, matched by age and sex, at the University of California at Los Angeles.

  6. Neurological abnormalities predict disability

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    Poggesi, Anna; Gouw, Alida; van der Flier, Wiesje

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the role of neurological abnormalities and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions in predicting global functional decline in a cohort of initially independent-living elderly subjects. The Leukoaraiosis And DISability (LADIS) Study, involving 11 European centres, was primarily aimed...

  7. Lacrimal system abnormalities.

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    Moore, B D

    1994-03-01

    This report outlines several of the more important abnormalities of the lacrimal system in infants and young children. Although rare, alacrima can be a very difficult clinical problem to treat. The most common cause of alacrima is the Riley-Day syndrome. Nasolacrimal duct obstruction is a very common anomaly in children. The clinical appearance and treatment of this disorder are discussed.

  8. Serum procalcitonin elevation in elderly patients with coronary heart disease at the onset of septic shock caused by either Gram negative or Gram positive bacteremia

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    HUANG Dao-zheng; MA Huan; WANG Shou-hong; WU Yan; QIN Tie-he; TAN Ning

    2016-01-01

    Background Septic shock caused by bacteremia is a life-threatening infection whose prognosis is highly dependent on early recognition and appropriate treatment.Procalcitonin (PCT) has been shown to accurately and quickly distinguish bacteremia from noninfectious inflammatory states in critically severe patients.However,the extent of PCT magnitude elevation according to the Gram stain result in elderly patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) at the onset of septic shock caused by bacteremia varies,and has not been clearly elucidated.Methods The medical records of advanced age (non-neutropenic) patient with CHD and septic shock between Mar 2013 and Jun 2015 who had bacteremia caused by either Gram-positive (GP) bacteria or Gram-negative (GN) bacteria were reviewed,and the levels of PCT,C-reactive (CRP) protein and white blood cells count (WBC) in both groups were analyzed.Results 75 episodes of either GN bacteremia (n =40) or GP bacteremia (n =35) were enrolled.PCT levels were found to be markedly higher in patients with GN bacteremia than in those with GP bacteremia [(8.93 ± 17.58) vs.(64.42 ± 58.56) ng/L (P < 0.001)],whereas there was no significant difference in CRP and WBC (P > 0.05).Moreover,a high PCT level was found to be independently associated with GN bacteremia in this study population.A PCT level of 19.69 ng/mL yielded a 72.5% sensitivity,a 91.4% specificity,an 8.43 positive likelihood ratio and a 0.30 negative likelihood ratio for GN-related bacteremia in the study cohort [AUROCC =0.870 (0.041),95% CI (0.790-0.949)].Conclusion In an elderly patient (non-neutropenic)with CHD and septic shock,GN bacteremia could be associated with higher PCT values than those found in GP bacteremia (PCT > 19.69 ng/mL).

  9. Early changes of procalcitonin predict bacteremia in patients with intensive care unit-acquired new fever

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    SHI Yan; DU Bin; XU Ying-chun; RUI Xi; DU Wei; WANG Yao

    2013-01-01

    Background Rapid detection of bacteremia is important for critically ill patients.Procalcitonin (PCT) has emerged as a marker of sepsis,but its characterization for predicting bacteremia is still unclear.This study aimed to investigate the role of change of PCT within 6 to 12 hours after new fever in predicting bacteremia.Methods An observational study was conducted in the ICU of our hospital from January 2009 to March 2010.Adult patients with new fever were included and grouped as bacteremia and non bacteremia group.Serum PCT concentration was measured at admission and within 6 to12 hours after new fever (designated PCT0 and PCT1).Other results of laboratory tests and therapeutic interventions were recorded.Multivariate Logistic regression analysis was used to identify the risk factors of bacteremia.The area under the ROC curve (AUC) was constructed to evaluate the discriminative power of variables to predict bacteremia.Results Totally 106 patients were enrolled,60 of whom had bacteremia and 46 did not have bacteremia,.The acute physiology and chronic health evaluation Ⅱ (APACHE Ⅱ) and sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores were 13.1±7.8 and 5.0±2.2 at admission,respectively.There was no significant difference in PCT0 between the bacteremia group and nonbacteremia group; 1.27μg/L (range,0.10-33.3) vs.0.98μg/L (range,0.08-25.7),(P=-0.157).However,the PCT1 and the rate of change of PCT were significantly higher in bacteremia group; PCT1 was 6.73μg/L (1.13-120.10)vs.1.17μg/L (0.10-12.10) (P=0.001),and the rate of change was 5.62 times (1.05-120.6) vs.0.07 times (-0.03-0.18)(P<0.001).The area under the ROC curve (AUC; 95% confidence interval) of the rate of change of PCT was better for predicting bacteremia than that of PCT1; 0.864 (range,0.801-0.927) vs.0.715 (range,0.628-0.801),(P<0.05).The AUCs of PCT0 and other parameters (such as WBC count,granulocyte percentage and temperature) were not significantly different (all P>0

  10. A Study of China's Gold Futures Margin Levels---Based on Abnormal Distributions%中国黄金期货保证金水平--基于非正态分布下的研究

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    陈秋雨; Jang Woo PARK

    2014-01-01

    中国目前静态的期货保证金水平只是一个经验数字,对价格波动并不敏感,大部分时间投资者资金被过度占用,当市场波动剧烈时又不能覆盖足够的风险。本文研究了基于非正态分布下黄金期货保证金水平,利用广义极值分布和广义帕累托分布来拟合尾部风险。结果显示:黄金期货存在尖峰厚尾现象,在考虑流动性风险后,现有的保证金水平有下调空间,应设定为4.38%,当风险加大时应提高到5.15%。%The static level of futures margin in China presently is only an empirical figure, and it is not sensitive to fluc-tuations.Sometimes, this margin level cannot cover the risk sufficiently when the market fluctuates severely.This paper is a research on the margin levels of China's gold futures based on abnormal distributions.Generalized Extreme Value ( GEV) dis-tribution and Pareto distribution are used to capture the risks of the tail of the gold futures.Results show that in combination with liquidity risks, the normal margin level should be 4.38%and should increase to 5.15%when the risk increases.

  11. Relationship of serum vitamin D levels with obesity and metabolic abnormalities%血清维生素D水平与肥胖及代谢异常关系的研究

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    汪英; 袁莉; 陆春丽; 李小雅

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship of serum vitamin D with obesity and metabolic abnormalities. Methods A total of 300 adults who visited Wuhan Union Hospital for a general health checkup from January to December 2009 participated in the study- They were divided into hypovitaminosis D group and control group, 150 in each, according to their serum 25-(OH) D levels. The comparisons of somatometric index, blood pressure, plasma glucose, blood lipid, and the related metabolic diseases of the two groups were carried out The serum 25-(OH)D concentration was detected with Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Result In the hypovitaminosis D group, the levels of BMI, TG, and LDL were all higher than those in the control group (all P<0.05). There was no significant difference in WC, SBP, DBP, FBG, TC, and HDL between the two groups. Compared with the control group, the prevalence of obesity (P= 0.015), central obesity (P= 0.004) and hypertension (P = 0.002) were higher in the hypovitaminosis D group. Conclusion Hypovitaminosis D is associated with obesity and metabolic abnormalities, and LDL-C is its independent risk factor.%目的 探讨血清VitD水平与肥胖及代谢异常的关系. 方法 300例受试者均为2009年1~12月于我院进行健康体检的非体力劳动者.根据血清25-(OH)D水平将受试者分为VitD下降(HD)组和对照(NC)组,对两组患者BMI、血压、血脂、血糖水平及相关代谢疾病的患病情况进行比较.血清25-(OH)D水平采用ELISA检测. 结果 HD组BMI、TG、LDL-C均高于NC组(P均<0.05),两组WC、SBP、DBP、FPG、TC、HDL-C差异无统计学意义.与NC组相比,HD组肥胖、腹型肥胖及高血压患病率也显著增高(P值分别为0.015、0.004、0.002). 结论 血清VitD水平下降与肥胖及其代谢异常密切相关,血LDL-C是血VitD下降的独立危险因素.

  12. Nitrofurantoin and congenital abnormalities

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    Czeizel, A.E.; Rockenbauer, M.; Sørensen, Henrik Toft;

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To study human teratogenic potential of oral nitrofurantoin treatment during pregnancy. Materials and Methods: Pair analysis of cases with congenital abnormalities and matched population controls in the population-based dataset of the Hungarian Case-Control Surveillance of Congenital...... or fetuses with Down’s syndrome (patient controls), 23 (2.8%) pregnant women were treated with nitrofurantoin. The above differences between population controls and cases may be connected with recall bias, because the case-control pair analysis did not indicate a teratogenic potential of nitrofurantoin use...... during the second and the third months of gestation, i.e. in the critical period for major congenital abnormalities. Conclusion: Treatment with nitrofurantoin during pregnancy does not present detectable teratogenic risk to the fetus....

  13. Procalcitonina em crianças com sepse e choque séptico Procalcitonin in children with sepsis and septic shock

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    José R. Fioretto

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Estudar o comportamento da procalcitonina e verificar se é capaz de diferenciar crianças com quadros sépticos. MÉTODOS: Crianças de 28 dias a 14 anos de idade, admitidas de 01/2004 a 12/2005 na unidade de tratamento intensivo pediátrica da UNESP com sepse ou choque séptico, foram incluídas prospectivamente. Dois grupos foram constituídos: grupo sepse (GS; n = 47 e grupo choque séptico (GCS; n = 43. Procalcitonina foi medida à admissão (T0 e depois de 12 h (T12h, e os resultados apresentados em classes: 0,5 a 2 a 10 = choque séptico. RESULTADOS: No T0, foi maior a freqüência de pacientes do GCS na classe mais alta de procalcitonina, comparada às crianças do GS [GCS: 30 (69,7% > GS: 14 (29,8%; p 10 = 69,7%; > 2 a 0,5 a OBJECTIVES: To study the behavior of procalcitonin and to verify whether it can be used to differentiate children with septic conditions. METHODS: Children were enrolled prospectively from among those aged 28 days to 14 years, admitted between January 2004 and December 2005 to the pediatric intensive care unit at Universidade Estadual Paulista UNESP with sepsis or septic shock. The children were classified as belonging to one of two groups: the sepsis group (SG; n = 47 and the septic shock group (SSG; n = 43. Procalcitonin was measured at admission (T0 and again 12 hours later (T12h, and the results classed as: 0.5 to 2 to 10 = septic shock. RESULTS: At T0 there was a greater proportion of SSG patients than SG patients in the highest PCT class [SSG: 30 (69.7% > SG: 14 (29.8%; p 10 = 69.7%; > 2 to 0.5 to < 2 = 11.6%; < 0.5 = 0.0%; p < 0.05. The behavior of procalcitonin at T12h was similar to at T0. The pediatric risk of mortality (PRISM scores for the SSG patients in the highest procalcitonin class were more elevated than for children in the SG [SSG: 35.15 (40.5-28.7 vs. SG: 18.6 (21.4-10.2; p < 0.05]. CONCLUSIONS: Procalcitonin allows sepsis to be differentiated from septic shock, can be of aid when

  14. [Molecular abnormalities in lymphomas].

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    Delsol, G

    2010-11-01

    Numerous molecular abnormalities have been described in lymphomas. They are of diagnostic and prognostic value and are taken into account for the WHO classification of these tumors. They also shed some light on the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in lymphomas. Overall, four types of molecular abnormalities are involved: mutations, translocations, amplifications and deletions of tumor suppressor genes. Several techniques are available to detect these molecular anomalies: conventional cytogenetic analysis, multicolor FISH, CGH array or gene expression profiling using DNA microarrays. In some lymphomas, genetic abnormalities are responsible for the expression of an abnormal protein (e.g. tyrosine-kinase, transcription factor) detectable by immunohistochemistry. In the present review, molecular abnormalities observed in the most frequent B, T or NK cell lymphomas are discussed. In the broad spectrum of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas microarray analysis shows mostly two subgroups of tumors, one with gene expression signature corresponding to germinal center B-cell-like (GCB: CD10+, BCL6 [B-Cell Lymphoma 6]+, centerine+, MUM1-) and a subgroup expressing an activated B-cell-like signature (ABC: CD10-, BCL6-, centerine-, MUM1+). Among other B-cell lymphomas with well characterized molecular abnormalies are follicular lymphoma (BCL2 deregulation), MALT lymphoma (Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue) [API2-MALT1 (mucosa-associated-lymphoid-tissue-lymphoma-translocation-gene1) fusion protein or deregulation BCL10, MALT1, FOXP1. MALT1 transcription factors], mantle cell lymphoma (cycline D1 [CCND1] overexpression) and Burkitt lymphoma (c-Myc expression). Except for ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase)-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma, well characterized molecular anomalies are rare in lymphomas developed from T or NK cells. Peripheral T cell lymphomas not otherwise specified are a heterogeneous group of tumors with frequent but not recurrent molecular abnormalities

  15. Feeling Abnormal: Simulation of Deviancy in Abnormal and Exceptionality Courses.

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    Fernald, Charles D.

    1980-01-01

    Describes activity in which student in abnormal psychology and psychology of exceptional children classes personally experience being judged abnormal. The experience allows the students to remember relevant research, become sensitized to the feelings of individuals classified as deviant, and use caution in classifying individuals as abnormal.…

  16. Salivary and serum procalcitonin and C-reactive protein as biomarkers of periodontitis in United States veterans with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Redman, R S; Kerr, G S; Payne, J B; Mikuls, T R; Huang, J; Sayles, H R; Becker, K L; Nylén, E S

    2016-01-01

    Serum procalcitonin (ProCT) is elevated in response to bacterial infections, whereas high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) is a nonspecific inflammatory marker that is increased by excess adipose tissue. We examined the efficacy of ProCT and hsCRP as biomarkers of periodontitis in the saliva and serum of patients with arthritis, which is characterized by variable levels of systemic inflammation that potentially can confound the interpretation of inflammatory biomarkers. Blood and unstimulated whole saliva were collected from 33 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 50 with osteoarthritis (OA). Periodontal status was assessed by full mouth examination and patients were categorized as having no/mild, moderate or severe periodontitis by standard parameters. Salivary and serum ProCT and hsCRP concentrations were compared. BMI, diabetes, anti-inflammatory medications and smoking status were ascertained from the patient records. Differences between OA and RA in proportionate numbers of patients were compared for race, gender, diabetes, adiposity and smoking status. Serum ProCT was significantly higher in arthritis patients with moderate to severe and severe periodontitis compared with no/mild periodontitis patients. There were no significant differences in salivary ProCT or salivary or serum hsCRP in RA patients related to periodontitis category. Most of the OA and RA patients were middle aged or older, 28.9% were diabetic, 78.3% were overweight or obese, and slightly more than half were either current or past smokers. The OA and RA groups differed by race, but not gender; blacks and males were predominant in both groups. The OA and RA groups did not differ in terms of controlled or uncontrolled diabetes, smoking status or BMI. The RA patients had been prescribed more anti-inflammatory medication than the OA patients. Our results demonstrate that circulating ProCT is a more discriminative biomarker for periodontitis than serum hsCRP in patients with

  17. The clinical significance of procalcitonin in patients with intracranial infection%降钙素原在颅内感染患者中的临床意义

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    方浩威; 黄晓芸; 梅志忠; 余映丽; 林菡

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the values and clinical significance of procalcitonin(PCT)determination in the diagnosis of intracranial infection.Methods 62 patients with acute meningitis were divided into bacterial meningitis group and viral meningitis group according to the type of infection.Serum PCT levels were detected at different stages of meningitis and cerebrospinal fluid was analyzed.Results PCT levels were(26.43±15.32)μg/L in the acute phase of bacterial meningitis and significantly higher than the normal level;after treatment,they were(5.85±5.43)/ag/L on day 3,(0.21±0.26)μg/L on day 5,and(0.06±0.12)μg/L on day 7,being significantly reduced(P<0.05).PCT levels were(1.64±3.25)μg/L in the acute phase and(0.83±3.12)μg/L on day 3 in viral encephalitis group,which were significantly lower than those in bacterial meningitis group(P<0.05).CRP levels did not differ significantly between the two groups[(28.3±15.3)(5-110)mg/L vs.(27.3±16.4)(0-45)mg/L,P>0.05].There were significant differences between the two groups in leukocyte count and protein level in CSF[(287±15)(24-590)×lO6 vs.(17±5)(6-120)×l06 and(1.68±0.36)(0.4-4.8)mg/L vs.(0.67±0.32)(O.1-2.5)mg/L,P<0.05],but there was a overlap in the two groups.Conclusions Serum procalcitonin determination has important clinical significance in the early differential diagnosis of bacterial meningitis with viral encephalitis.%目的 探讨降钙素原(PCT)的测定在颅内感染患者中的诊断价值和临床意义.方法 随机抽取急性脑膜炎患者62例作为研究对象,并按照其感染类型不同分为细菌性脑膜炎组和病毒性脑膜炎组,分不同时期测定其血清降钙素原(PCT)数值以及脑脊液分析.结果 细菌性脑膜炎在急性发病期,PCT值为(26.43±15.32)μg/L,显著高于正常值,经过治疗后3d、5d、7d,其PCT值分别为(5.85±5.43)μg/L、(0.21±0.26)μg/L、(0.06±0.12)μg/L,较治疗前明显降低(Jp<0.05).而病毒性脑炎组PCT在

  18. Russia: An Abnormal Country

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    Steven Rosefielde

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman recently rendered a summary verdict on the post Soviet Russian transition experience finding that the Federation had become a normal country with the west's assistance, and predicting that it would liberalize and develop further like other successful nations of its type. This essay demonstrates that they are mistaken on the first count, and are likely to be wrong on the second too. It shows factually, and on the norms elaborated by Pareto, Arrow and Bergson that Russia is an abnormal political economy unlikely to democratize, westernize or embrace free enterprise any time soon

  19. Abnormal ionization in sonoluminescence

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    Zhang, Wen-Juan; An, Yu

    2015-04-01

    Sonoluminescence is a complex phenomenon, the mechanism of which remains unclear. The present study reveals that an abnormal ionization process is likely to be present in the sonoluminescing bubble. To fit the experimental data of previous studies, we assume that the ionization energies of the molecules and atoms in the bubble decrease as the gas density increases and that the decrease of the ionization energy reaches about 60%-70% as the bubble flashes, which is difficult to explain by using previous models. Project supported by the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120002110031) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11334005).

  20. Concentrations of procalcitonin and C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, and the immature-to-total neutrophil ratio in the blood of neonates with nosocomial infections: Gram-negative bacilli vs coagulase-negative staphylococci.

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    Kordek, A

    2011-03-01

    This study was undertaken to determine whether concentrations of procalcitonin in the blood of neonates with nosocomial infections depend on the type of pathogen. Qualification for the study group was based on the clinical signs of infection. We found that infections with Gram-positive (chiefly coagulase-negative staphylococci) and Gram-negative bacteria are accompanied by elevated concentrations of procalcitonin. In the case of Gram-positive bacteria, other laboratory signs of infection studied by us (concentration of C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, immature-to-total neutrophil ratio) were not discriminatory, confirming the diagnostic usefulness of procalcitonin measurements in nosocomial infections of the neonate with Gram-negative or Gram-positive bacteria.

  1. Diagnosis of regional cerebral blood flow abnormalities using SPECT: agreement between individualized statistical parametric maps and visual inspection by nuclear medicine physicians with different levels of expertise in nuclear neurology

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    Rocha, Euclides Timoteo da, E-mail: euclidestimoteo@uol.com.b [Fundacao Pio XII, Barretos, SP (Brazil). Hospital de Cancer. Dept. de Medicina Nuclear; Buchpiguel, Carlos Alberto [Hospital do Coracao, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Medicina Nuclear; Nitrini, Ricardo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Neurologia; Tazima, Sergio [Hospital Alemao Oswaldo Cruz (HAOC), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Medicina Nuclear; Peres, Stela Verzinhase [Fundacao Pio XII, Barretos, SP (Brazil). Hospital de Cancer; Busatto Filho, Geraldo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Div. de Medicina Nuclear

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    Introduction: visual analysis is widely used to interpret regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) SPECT images in clinical practice despite its limitations. Automated methods are employed to investigate between-group rCBF differences in research studies but have rarely been explored in individual analyses. Objectives: to compare visual inspection by nuclear physicians with the automated statistical parametric mapping program using a SPECT dataset of patients with neurological disorders and normal control images. Methods: using statistical parametric mapping, 14 SPECT images from patients with various neurological disorders were compared individually with a databank of 32 normal images using a statistical threshold of p<0.05 (corrected for multiple comparisons at the level of individual voxels or clusters). Statistical parametric mapping results were compared with visual analyses by a nuclear physician highly experienced in neurology (A) as well as a nuclear physician with a general background of experience (B) who independently classified images as normal or altered, and determined the location of changes and the severity. Results: of the 32 images of the normal databank, 4 generated maps showing rCBF abnormalities (p<0.05, corrected). Among the 14 images from patients with neurological disorders, 13 showed rCBF alterations. Statistical parametric mapping and physician A completely agreed on 84.37% and 64.28% of cases from the normal databank and neurological disorders, respectively. The agreement between statistical parametric mapping and ratings of physician B were lower (71.18% and 35.71%, respectively). Conclusion: statistical parametric mapping replicated the findings described by the more experienced nuclear physician. This finding suggests that automated methods for individually analyzing rCBF SPECT images may be a valuable resource to complement visual inspection in clinical practice. (author)

  2. 黄龙汤对脓毒症大鼠内毒素及降钙素原的影响%Impacts of Huanglong Decoction on Endotoxin and Procalcitonin in the Rats of Sepsis

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    付瑜; 黄煜; 姜树民

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the impacts of huanglong decoction on endotoxin and procalcito-nin in the rats of sepsis. Methods Fifty-five Wistar rats were randomized into a sham-operation group,a model control group,a western medicine group and an integrated Chinese and western medicine group. In the model control group,western medicine group and treatment group,the model of intestinal mucosal barrier in-duced by sepsis of abdominal infection was established. After successful duplication of model,the physical sa-line was used for gastric perfusion at 2 ml/time in the sham-operation group and the model control group. The intraperitoneal injection of meropenem,50 mg/time,twice a day was applied in the western medicine group every day. In the integrated Chinese and western medicine group,the intraperitoneal injection of mero-penem was applied,50 mg/time,twice a day;additionally,huanglong decoction was fed,twice a day. In 4 days of modeling,blood was collected via abdominal aorta for detection. Results The endotoxin and procalcitonin in peripheral blood in the model group were increased significantly as compared with the sham-operation group(P<0. 01). Those in the western medicine group and the integrated Chinese and western medicine group were lower apparently than those in the model group(P<0. 01). The levels of endotoxin and procalci-tonin in the integrated Chinese and western medicine group were lower than those in the western medicine group(P<0. 05,P<0. 01). Conclusion The combined medication of huanglong decoction and meropenem reduces the levels of plasma endotoxin and procalcitonin,effectively decreases the concentration of inflamma-tory medium in blood and relieves excessive inflammatory reaction in the treatment of enterogenous sepsis.%目的:探讨黄龙汤对脓毒症大鼠血清内毒素及降钙素原的影响。方法将55只wist-ar大鼠随机分为假手术组、模型对照组、西药组和中西药联合治疗组,模型对照组、西药

  3. Procalcitonin Improves the Glasgow Prognostic Score for Outcome Prediction in Emergency Patients with Cancer: A Cohort Study

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    Anna Christina Rast

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS is useful for predicting long-term mortality in cancer patients. Our aim was to validate the GPS in ED patients with different cancer-related urgency and investigate whether biomarkers would improve its accuracy. We followed consecutive medical patients presenting with a cancer-related medical urgency to a tertiary care hospital in Switzerland. Upon admission, we measured procalcitonin (PCT, white blood cell count, urea, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, corrected calcium, C-reactive protein, and albumin and calculated the GPS. Of 341 included patients (median age 68 years, 61% males, 81 (23.8% died within 30 days after admission. The GPS showed moderate prognostic accuracy (AUC 0.67 for mortality. Among the different biomarkers, PCT provided the highest prognostic accuracy (odds ratio 1.6 (95% confidence interval 1.3 to 1.9, P<0.001, AUC 0.69 and significantly improved the GPS to a combined AUC of 0.74 (P=0.007. Considering all investigated biomarkers, the AUC increased to 0.76 (P<0.001. The GPS performance was significantly improved by the addition of PCT and other biomarkers for risk stratification in ED cancer patients. The benefit of early risk stratification by the GPS in combination with biomarkers from different pathways should be investigated in further interventional trials.

  4. A Rare Stapes Abnormality

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    Hala Kanona

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to increase awareness of rare presentations, diagnostic difficulties alongside management of conductive hearing loss and ossicular abnormalities. We report the case of a 13-year-old female reporting progressive left-sided hearing loss and high resolution computed tomography was initially reported as normal. Exploratory tympanotomy revealed an absent stapedius tendon and lack of connection between the stapes superstructure and footplate. The footplate was fixed. Stapedotomy and stapes prosthesis insertion resulted in closure of the air-bone gap by 50 dB. A review of world literature was performed using MedLine. Middle ear ossicular discontinuity can result in significant conductive hearing loss. This can be managed effectively with surgery to help restore hearing. However, some patients may not be suitable or decline surgical intervention and can be managed safely conservatively.

  5. Dopaminergic system abnormalities Etiopathogenesis of dystonia

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    Shuhui Wu; Huifang Shang; Xiaoyi Zou

    2008-01-01

    etiopathogenesis of several primary dystonias has been observed at the molecular level. CONCLUSION: Various abnormalities of the dopaminergic system exist for different forms of dystonia; therefore, much more research is needed in this area. At the molecular level, relationships between abnormalities of the dopaminergic system and etiopathogenesis of the following syndromes have been observed: dopa-responsive dystonia, early-onset torsion dystonia, X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism syndrome, myoclonus dystonia syndrome, primary cervical dystonia, and focal dystonia blepharospasm.

  6. Biochemical abnormalities in Pearson syndrome.

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    Crippa, Beatrice Letizia; Leon, Eyby; Calhoun, Amy; Lowichik, Amy; Pasquali, Marzia; Longo, Nicola

    2015-03-01

    Pearson marrow-pancreas syndrome is a multisystem mitochondrial disorder characterized by bone marrow failure and pancreatic insufficiency. Children who survive the severe bone marrow dysfunction in childhood develop Kearns-Sayre syndrome later in life. Here we report on four new cases with this condition and define their biochemical abnormalities. Three out of four patients presented with failure to thrive, with most of them having normal development and head size. All patients had evidence of bone marrow involvement that spontaneously improved in three out of four patients. Unique findings in our patients were acute pancreatitis (one out of four), renal Fanconi syndrome (present in all patients, but symptomatic only in one), and an unusual organic aciduria with 3-hydroxyisobutyric aciduria in one patient. Biochemical analysis indicated low levels of plasma citrulline and arginine, despite low-normal ammonia levels. Regression analysis indicated a significant correlation between each intermediate of the urea cycle and the next, except between ornithine and citrulline. This suggested that the reaction catalyzed by ornithine transcarbamylase (that converts ornithine to citrulline) might not be very efficient in patients with Pearson syndrome. In view of low-normal ammonia levels, we hypothesize that ammonia and carbamylphosphate could be diverted from the urea cycle to the synthesis of nucleotides in patients with Pearson syndrome and possibly other mitochondrial disorders.

  7. Pró-calcitonina e proteína C reativa em processos infecciosos graves Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein in septic patients

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    Adagmar Andriolo

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    Full Text Available Marcadores bioquímicos da resposta inflamatória são necessários para a obtenção de evidências objetivas da existência de processos infecciosos. A proteína C reativa (PCR tem sido utilizada para essa finalidade, com baixa especificidade. A pró-calcitonina (PCT foi proposta como marcador mais específico, mas seu valor prognóstico ainda não está bem estabelecido. Avaliamos qual desses marcadores teria maior poder em prever a evolução clínica de pacientes com sepse. Dosamos PCT e PCR no soro de 19 pacientes internados na unidade de tratamento intensivo do Hospital São Paulo, na Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM, a pró-calcitonina por ensaio imunoluminométrico (LUMItest PCT, Brahms Diagnostica GmbH, Berlin, Germany e a proteína C reativa por imunonefelometria (High Sensitivity CRP, Dade Behring, Marburg, Germany. As concentrações de PCT foram significativamente mais elevadas no grupo de pacientes que faleceram do que no grupo dos que tiveram alta hospitalar (p Biochemical markers for septic processes are necessary in order to obtain objective evidence of sepsis. The C-reactive protein (CRP has been used to that, despite its low specificity. The procalcitonin (PCT was proposed as a more specific marker, but its predictive value is not yet well established. We evaluated which one of that markers could anticipate the clinical output of septic patients. Determination of PCT/CRP was performed in 19 sera from patients from ITU of Hospital São Paulo/EPM. Procalcitonin was measured by immunoluminometric assay (LUMItest PCT, Brahms Diagnostica GmB, Berlin, Germany and C-reactive protein by immunonephelometric assay (N High Sensitivity CRP, Dade Behring, Marburg, Germany. The PCT concentrations are significantly higher in non-survivors than in survivors group (p < 0.002, what did not occur with CRP. We did not observe significant correlation between procalcitonin and C-reactive protein concentrations as in non-survival as survival group

  8. Procalcitonin as a biomarker for severe Plasmodium falciparum disease: a critical appraisal of a semi-quantitative point-of-care test in a cohort of travellers with imported malaria

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    Petit Pieter

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Imported malaria occurs as a relatively rare event in developed countries. As a consequence, most clinicians have little experience in making clinical assessments of disease severity and decisions regarding the need for parenteral therapy or high-level monitoring. In this study, the diagnostic accuracy of procalcitonin (PCT for severe Plasmodium falciparum disease was assessed in a cohort of 100 consecutive travellers with various species of imported malaria. Methods and results In all patients, PCT was measured on admission with a semi-quantitative 'point-of-care' test. Patients with severe P. falciparum malaria had significantly higher median PCT levels on admission as compared with patients with uncomplicated P. falciparum disease. In addition, PCT levels in patients with non-falciparum malaria were also higher compared with patients with non-severe falciparum malaria but lower compared with severe P. falciparum malaria. At a cut-off point of 10 ng/mL, PCT had a sensitivity of 0,67 and a specificity of 0,94 for severe falciparum disease. However, at lower cut-off points the specificity and positive predictive value were rather poor although the sensitivity and negative predictive value remained high. Discussion Potential drawbacks in the interpretation of elevated PCT levels on admission may be caused by infections with non-falciparum species and by concomitant bacterial infections. Conclusion Semi-quantitative determination of PCT on admission is of limited use in the initial clinical assessment of disease severity in travellers with imported malaria, especially in settings with limited experience with the treatment of malaria.

  9. Communication and abnormal behaviour.

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    Crown, S

    1979-01-01

    In this paper the similarities between normal and abnormal behaviour are emphasized and selected aspects of communication, normal and aberrant, between persons are explored. Communication in a social system may be verbal or non-verbal: one person's actions cause a response in another person. This response may be cognitive, behavioural or physiological. Communication may be approached through the individual, the social situation or social interaction. Psychoanalysis approaches the individual in terms of the coded communications of psychoneurotic symptoms or psychotic behaviour; the humanist-existential approach is concerned more with emotional expression. Both approaches emphasize the development of individual identity. The interaction between persons and their social background is stressed. Relevant are sociological concepts such as illness behaviour, stigma, labelling, institutionalization and compliance. Two approaches to social interactions are considered: the gamesplaying metaphor, e.g. back pain as a psychosocial manipulation--the 'pain game'; and the 'spiral of reciprocal perspectives' which emphasizes the interactional complexities of social perceptions. Communicatory aspects of psychological treatments are noted: learning a particular metaphor such as 'resolution' of the problem (psychotherapy), learning more 'rewarding' behaviour (learning theory) or learning authenticity or self-actualization (humanist-existential).

  10. Role of serum procalcitonin in clinical diagnosis of severe pneumonia%血清降钙素原在重症肺炎中的临床诊断意义

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    朱蕾; 徐爱群; 聂荷香; 张亚文

    2013-01-01

      目的探讨血清降钙素原在重症肺炎中的临床诊断意义.方法对2009年11月-2011年9月我院46例重症肺炎患者、40例轻症肺炎患者和50例健康体检者的血清降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)和其他项目进行检验分析.结果 PCT重症肺炎组(17.34±12.32) ng/ml,轻症肺炎组(9.34±3.34) ng/ml、对照组(0.23±0.06) ng/ml,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);细菌性肺炎组PCT为(19.34±8.85) ng/ml,病毒性肺炎组(6.43±0.32) ng/ml、支原体肺炎组(5.34±0.16) ng/ml、对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),而各组其他指标(C反应蛋白、白细胞计数、中性粒细胞百分比)虽高于对照组,但敏感性和特异性均不如PCT,而且PCT不受非感染因素的影响,能反映肺炎患者的严重程度,成为区分细菌感染、病毒感染及支原体感染的有效指标.结论血清PCT对重症肺炎诊断、鉴别诊断及病情严重程度评估有指导意义.%Objective To study the role of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in clinical diagnosis of severe pneumonia. Methods Serum PCT level, and C-reactive protein level, number of white blood cells, percentage of neutrophils in 46 severe pneumonia patients, 40 mild pneumonia patients and 50 controls admitted to our hospital from November 2009 to September 2011 were analyzed. Results The serum PCT level was 17.34±12.32 ng/ml in severe pneumonia patients, which was significantly higher than that in mild pneumonia patients (9.34±3.34) ng/ml and controls (0.23±0.06) ng/ml (P<0.05). The serum PCT level was 19.34±8.85 ng/ml in bacterial pneumonia patients, which was significantly higher than that in viral pneumonia patients (6.43±0.32) ng/ml, mycoplasma pneumonia patients (5.34±0.16) ng/ml and controls (P<0.01). Although the C-reaction protein level, number of white blood cells, percentage of neutrophils were higher in pneumonia patients, their sensitivity and specificity were lower than those of PCT. The serum PCT level was not influenced by

  11. Is procalcitonin to C-reactive protein ratio useful for the detection of late onset neonatal sepsis?

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    Hahn, Won-Ho; Song, Joon-Hwan; Kim, Ho; Park, Suyeon

    2017-02-21

    Procalcitonin (PCT) has been reported as a sensitive marker for neonatal bacterial infections. Recently, small numbers of studies reported usefulness of PCT/C-reactive protein (CRP) ratio in detection of infectious conditions in adults. Thus, we conducted this study to evaluate PCT/CRP ratio in late onset neonatal sepsis. Serum PCT and CRP was measured in blood samples from 7-60 days after birth in 106 of neonates with late onset sepsis and 212 of controls who were matched with gestational age, postnatal age, birth weight and gender. Areas under ROC curve (AUC) were calculated and pairwise comparisons between ROC curves were performed. As a result, CRP (AUC 0.96) showed best performance in detection of sepsis from healthy controls compared with PCT (AUC 0.87) and PCT/CRP ratio (AUC 0.62); CRP > PCT > PCT/CRP ratio in pairwise comparison (Psepsis from healthy controls compared with PCT/CRP ratio (AUC 0.54); CRP = PCT > PCT/CRP ratio in pairwise comparison (Pdetection of blood culture proven sepsis from suspected sepsis, PCT (AUC 0.70) and PCT/CRP ratio (AUC 0.73) showed better performance compared with CRP (AUC 0.51); PCT = PCT/CRP ratio > CRP in pairwise comparison (Psepsis and healthy controls. However, PCT/CRP ratio seems to be helpful in distinguishing proven sepsis from suspected sepsis together with PCT. Further studies are warranted to elucidate the efficacy of PCT/CRP ratio with enrollment of enough numbers of infants.

  12. The Levels of Zn2+ and Prostate Specific Antigen in the Semen with Abnormal Liquefaction and Their Relationship with Spermatozoa Motility%精浆锌和前列腺特异性抗原含量与精液液化及精子活力的关系

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    周蓉; 肖敦振; 胡波

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨精浆锌(Zn~(2+))和前列腺特异性抗原(PSA)与精液液化及精子活力的关系.方法 筛选精液液化异常患者(异常组)和精液液化正常男性(正常组)各30例,精液常规分析后提取精浆,-20℃保存.采用原子吸收光谱法测定精浆Zn~(2+)含量,ELISA法测定精浆PSA含量,对比分析两组测定结果.结果 异常组精浆Zn~(2+)、PSA含量均明显低于正常组.异常组精浆Zn~(2+)平均含量为(82.50±0.72)μg/ml,正常组为(120.43±0.52)μg/ml,两者差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).异常组精浆PSA平均含量为(0.68±0.14)mg/ml,正常组为(1.21±0.21)mg/ml,两者差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).异常组精子活力较正常组低(P<0.05).结论 精浆中Zn~(2+)及PSA含量均偏低致精液液化异常并影响精子活力.%Objective To investigate the levels of seminal zinc and prostate specific antigen in abnormal liquefaction sperm and their relationship with spermatozoa motility. Methods Thirty cases of abnormal liquefaction sperm (abnormal group)and 30 cases of normal semen ]iquefaction(normal group)were selected. The semens were analyzed by the CASA,and the seminal plasma was separated and preserved at - 20℃. The levels of seminal zinc were measured by atomic absorption spectrometry. The levels of PSA in seminal plasma were detected by ELISA. Results Zn~(2+) and PSA levels in abnormal group were significantly lower than in normal group(P<0. 05). The levels of seminal Zn~(2+) in abnormal group and normal group were (82. 50±0. 72)and (120. 43±0. 52) fig/ml respectively,with the difference being significant between two group(P<0. 05). The levels of seminal PSA in abnormal group and normal group were (0. 68±0. 14) and (1. 21±0. 21) mg/ml respectively, with the difference being significant between two groups(P<0. 05). Sperm motility in abnormal group was lower than in normal group (P<0. 05). Conclusion The levels of seminal Zn~(2+) and PSA in the semens with abnormal liquefaction is low

  13. Systemic abnormalities in liver disease

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    Masami Minemura; Kazuto Tajiri; Yukihiro Shimizu

    2009-01-01

    Systemic abnormalities often occur in patients with liver disease. In particular, cardiopulmonary or renal diseases accompanied by advanced liver disease can be serious and may determine the quality of life and prognosis of patients. Therefore, both hepatologists and non-hepatologists should pay attention to such abnormalities in the management of patients with liver diseases.

  14. Abnormal pressure in hydrocarbon environments

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    Law, B.E.; Spencer, C.W.

    1998-01-01

    Abnormal pressures, pressures above or below hydrostatic pressures, occur on all continents in a wide range of geological conditions. According to a survey of published literature on abnormal pressures, compaction disequilibrium and hydrocarbon generation are the two most commonly cited causes of abnormally high pressure in petroleum provinces. In young (Tertiary) deltaic sequences, compaction disequilibrium is the dominant cause of abnormal pressure. In older (pre-Tertiary) lithified rocks, hydrocarbon generation, aquathermal expansion, and tectonics are most often cited as the causes of abnormal pressure. The association of abnormal pressures with hydrocarbon accumulations is statistically significant. Within abnormally pressured reservoirs, empirical evidence indicates that the bulk of economically recoverable oil and gas occurs in reservoirs with pressure gradients less than 0.75 psi/ft (17.4 kPa/m) and there is very little production potential from reservoirs that exceed 0.85 psi/ft (19.6 kPa/m). Abnormally pressured rocks are also commonly associated with unconventional gas accumulations where the pressuring phase is gas of either a thermal or microbial origin. In underpressured, thermally mature rocks, the affected reservoirs have most often experienced a significant cooling history and probably evolved from an originally overpressured system.

  15. Diagnostic value of procalcitonin in bacterial infection%降钙素原在细菌性感染中的诊断价值

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    王珊; 刘双

    2009-01-01

    In diagnosing bacterial infection, it is critical for a favorable outcome that rapid identification of bacteremia brings out at an early stage of the disease. Furthermore,it is important that exact information on the stages of the disease is rapidly obtained in order to choose and initiate appropriate therapy. In recent years,many new techniques have been applied for the diagnosis of bacterial infection. The study of procalcitonin has gained many progresses. This review focuses on the diagnostic value of procalcitonin in bacterial infection.%在细菌性感染的诊断过程中,在疾病早期快速检出菌血症的存在对患者预后有很大帮助.而且,在疾病的不同阶段快速获得精确信息对临床治疗具有指导意义.近年来,很多新技术应用于细菌性感染的诊断,降钙素原的相关研究在近些年来取得进展.本文就降钙素原在细菌性感染中的诊断价值作一综述.

  16. 血清降钙素原对急性重度脑卒中患者并感染的预测价值研究%The predictive value of procalcitonin in severe acute cerebral apoplexy complicated infection

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    马晓红

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluation the predictive value of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in severe acute cerebral apoplexy complicated infection. Methods Severe brain damage due to acute stroke, need access to ICU care of 48 patients, Detect when admitted to ICU, 3rd-, 5th-day PCT, and serum c-reactive protein (CRP) levels and occurrence of infections. Results Compared with non-infected group, Infected patients into icu and 3 days, 5 days serum PCT level significantly higher, The difference has statistics significance (P 0.05). Conclusion PCT determination contributed to early prediction of occurrence of severe infection in patients with acute cerebral apoplexy.%目的评估严重急性脑卒中患者的血清降钙素原(PCT)预测感染的临床价值。方法对急性脑卒中导致的严重脑损伤,需要进入ICU监护的患者48例,检测其入住ICU时第3天、第5天血清PCT和C反应蛋白(CRP)水平及感染发生情况。结果与非感染组相比,感染组患者入ICU时及第3天、第5天时血清PCT水平明显升高,差异有统计学意义(P0.05)。结论PCT测定有助于早期预测严重急性脑卒中患者感染的发生。

  17. 降钙素原测定对危重支气管哮喘急性发作抗生素使用的指导作用%Procalcitonin Guidance of Antibiotic Therapy in Acute Exacerbations of Severe Asthma

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    龙威; 邓星奇; 张学敏; 谢娟; 杨敬业; 钟远

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of procalcitonin-guided treatment on antibiotic use in severe acute exacerbations of asthma.Methods From April 2008 to December 2010, a total of 77 patients with severe acute exacerbations of asthma were randomly assigned into a PCT group(n = 38 ) and a control group(n = 39).The serum concentration of procalcitonin(PCT) were measured in all patients.On the base of similar routine treatment, the control group received antibiotics based on the physician' s decision.Meanwhile the PCT group were treated with antibiotics according to serum PCT levels: antibiotic treatment was applied with PCT level = 0.25ng/mL and was discontinoued with PCT level 0.05 ).Conclusion PCT guidance can reduce antibiotic duration and antibiotic cost in treatment of acute severe exacerbations of asthma.%目的 研究血清降钙素原(PCT)检测在危重支气管哮喘急性发作患者对使用抗生素的指导作用.方法 选取2008年4月至2010年12月间收治的危重哮喘急性加重患者77例,随机分配到两组:PCT指导治疗组38例(PCT组)和常规治疗组39例(对照组),检测血清PCT水平.在相同常规治疗基础上,对照组由经治医师按照抗生素使用指南决定抗生素疗程,PCT组按照血清PCT水平决定何时停用抗生素,在血清PCT≥0.25 ng/mL时,进行抗生素治疗,PCT<0.25 ng/mL时,停止抗生素治疗.观察两组患者的抗生素疗程,抗生素费用及住院时间.结果 PCT组抗生素疗程[7(5~11)d]短于对照组[11(7~16)d](Z值=-2.26,P=0.025),抗生素费用[2125( 1560~4347)元]低于对照组[3588(2677 ~5280)元](Z值=-2.01,P=0.033),两组的住院时间及预后无明显差异.结论 危重支气管哮喘急性发作患者根据PCT使用抗生素,能够缩短抗生素疗程,减少抗生素费用.

  18. Procalcitonin guidance on antibiotic therapy in the treatment of AECOPD patients%血清降钙素原对AECOPD抗生素使用的指导价值

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    张金龙; 谭亚萍; 敬鸿博; 侯雪飞

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the guidance value of procalcitonin on antibiotic use in the treatment of AECOPD patients. Methods 63 patients with AECOPD were randomly divided into the PCT group (n=32) and the control group (n=31). The serum concentration of procalcitonin (PCT) were measured in all patients. On the base of similar routine treatment, the control group received antibiotics based on the physician 's decision, and the PCT group were treated with antibiotics according to serum PCT levels. The antibiotic treatment was applied when the level of PCT was higher than 0. 25ng/mL and stopped when the level of PCT was lower than 0. 25ng/mL. The duration of antibiotics use and hospital stay was observed. Results The duration of antibiotics use was shorter in the PCT group [7(5~11)d] than in the control group [13(7~16)d] (P=0. 03), and the cost of antibiotics in the PCT group was lower than that in the control group (P=0. 001). There was no significant difference in clinical efficacy and du-ration of hospital stay in the two groups (P>0. 05). Conclusion PCT guidance can reduce antibiotic duration and antibiotic cost in the treatment of AECOPD patients.%目的:研究血清降钙素原( PCT)检测在慢性阻塞性肺疾病急性加重期( AECOPD)对使用抗生素的指导价值。方法选取收治的AECOPD患者63例,随机分配成两组:PCT指导治疗组32例(简称 PCT组)和常规治疗组31例(简称对照组),检测血清PCT水平。在常规治疗的基础上,对照组按照临床抗生素使用指南决定抗生素疗程,PCT组按照血清PCT水平决定抗生素的使用,当血清PCT≥0.25ng/mL时,进行抗生素治疗,当PCT<0.25 ng/mL时,则停止使用抗生素。并观察两组患者抗生素的使用疗程,抗生素所用费用及住院时间。结果 PCT组抗生素疗程[7(5~11)d]短于对照组[13(7~16)d](P=0.03);PCT组抗生素费用低于对照组(P=0.001),两组的住院时间及预后无明显差异。结论 AECOPD患者根据PCT水

  19. 降钙素原与C反应蛋白联合检测的临床意义%Clinical Significance of Procalcitonin and C Reactive Protein Detection

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    郭艳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical significance of serum procalcitonin and C reactive protein detection in clinical diagnosis and severe infection and sepsis. Methods Using chemilumin-escence and immune scat er turbidimetry respectively:The procalcitonin and C reactive were tested to 30 cases of patients with sepsis and 40 cases of patients with moderate or sever localized infection and 20 cases of healthy people by using chemiluminescence and immune scat er turbidimetry. Result 30 cases of patients with sepsis procalcitonin and C reactive protein test results were significantly high than those of 20 cases of healthy people; 40 patients with moderate, severe localized bacterial infectionpatients procalcitonin test results and 20 healthy persons test results showed no significant dif erence, no statistical significance (P>0.05), but the C reactive protein test results were significantly higher than that of healthy subjects test results, significant dif erence was statistical y significant (P < 0.01). Conclusion The combined detection of serum procalcitonin and C reactive protein is helpful to clinical diagnosis of moderate or severeinfection and sepsis .%目的:探讨血清降钙素原与C反应蛋白联合检测对临床诊断中、重度局部感染和脓毒血症的临床意义。方法采用化学发光法和散射免疫比浊法分别对:30例脓毒血症患者,40例中、重度局部细菌感染患者,20例健康体检者进行降钙素原和C反应蛋白检测。结果30例脓毒症患者降钙素原和 C反应蛋白检测结果显著高于20例健康体检者检测结果,差异显著,有统计学意义(P<0.01);40例中、重度局部细菌感染患者降钙素原检测结果与20例健康体检者检测结果相比无显著差异,无统计学意义(P>0.05),但C反应蛋白检测结果显著高于健康体检者检测结果,差异显著有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论血清降钙素原与 C反应蛋白联合检测有助于

  20. Spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality

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    Singh Anil

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality is rare in adults. Below we present a case report of 20 yrs old male with isolated cervical cord injury, without accompanying vertebral dislocation or fracture involving the spinal canal rim. He fell down on plain and smooth ground while carrying 40 kg weight overhead and developed quadriparesis with difficulty in respiration. Plain radiographs of the neck revealed no fractures or dislocations. MRI showed bulky spinal cord and an abnormal hyper intense signal on the T2W image from C2 vertebral body level to C3/4 intervertebral disc level predominantly in the anterior aspect of the cord The patient was managed conservatively with head halter traction and invasive ventilatory support for the initial 7 days period in the ICU. In our patient recovery was good and most of the neurological deficit improved over 4 weeks with conservative management.

  1. Semen abnormalities with SSRI antidepressants.

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    Despite decades of widespread use, the adverse effect profile of "selective" serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants has still not been fully elucidated. Studies in male animals have shown delayed sexual development and reduced fertility. Three prospective cohort studies conducted in over one hundred patients exposed to an SSRI for periods ranging from 5 weeks to 24 months found altered semen param-eters after as little as 3 months of exposure: reduced sperm concentration, reduced sperm motility, a higher percentage of abnormal spermatozoa, and increased levels of sperm DNA fragmentation. One clinical trial showed growth retardation in children considered depressed who were exposed to SSRls. SSRls may have endocrine disrupting properties. Dapoxetine is a short-acting serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is chemically related to fluoxetine and marketed in the European Union for men complaining of premature ejaculation. But the corresponding European summary of product characteristics does not mention any effects on fertility. In practice, based on the data available as of mid-2014, the effects of SSRI exposure on male fertility are unclear. However, it is a risk that should be taken into account and pointed out to male patients who would like to father a child or who are experiencing fertility problems.

  2. Imaging findings of sternal abnormalities

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    Franquet, T. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain); Gimenez, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain); Alegret, X. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain); Sanchis, E. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain); Rivas, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Hospital Vall d`Hebron, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

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    Radiographic findings in the sternal abnormalities are often nonspecific, showing appearances from a localized benign lesion to an aggressive lesion as seen with infections and malignant neoplasms. A specific diagnosis of sternal abnormalities can be suggested on the basis of CT and MR characteristics. Familiarity with the presentation and variable appearance of sternal abnormalities may aid the radiologist is suggesting a specific diagnosis. We present among others characteristic radiographic findings of hemangioma, chondrosarcoma, hydatid disease, and SAPHO syndrome. In those cases in which findings are not specific, cross-sectional imaging modalities may help the clinician in their management. (orig.)

  3. Clinical application analysis of serum procalcitonin in NICU%血清降钙素原在NICU的临床应用分析

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    李凯; 刘超; 王娟

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application value of serum procalcitonin (PCT) detection on neonatal intensive care unit(NICU).Methods The 178 cases of critical newborns in our NICU were divided into three groups:the bacterial infection group(n =68),viral infection group(n =56)and non-infection group(n =54).The serum PCT levels were retrospectively analyzed.The effects of non-antibiotic therapy and empirical use of antibiotics on PCT-negative bacterial infections in critically ill late neonatal were compared.Results In bacterial infection group,viral infection group and non-infection group,the positive rates of PCT were 73.5%,12.5% and 13.0%.Compared with viral infection group and non-infection group,the positive rate of PCT in bacterial infection group was significantly different (P < 0.01).There were no significant differences in the effects of non-antibiotic therapy and empirical use of antibiotics on PCT-negative bacterial infections in critically ill late neonate (P > 0.05).Conclusions Serum PCT may be used as differential diagnosis indicators of bacterial infection and virus infection in the NICU,and can guide clinical rational use of antibiotics,reduce the use of antibiotics and the multiple resistant bacteria.%目的 探讨血清降钙素原检测在新生儿重症监护病房的应用价值.方法 将178例危重晚期新生儿分为三组:细菌感染组68例,病毒感染组56例,非感染组54例.回顾性分析危重晚期新生儿血清降钙素原(PCT)水平,比较PCT检测阴性的非细菌感染危重晚期新生儿不用抗生素治疗与经验性使用抗生素治疗的疗效差异.结果 细菌感染组、病毒感染组和非感染组PCT阳性率分别为73.5%、12.5%和13.0%,细菌感染组和病毒感染组、非感染组差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).PCT检测阴性的非细菌感染危重晚期新生儿不用抗生素治疗与经验性使用抗生素治疗的疗效差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 在NICU病房,血

  4. The value of procalcitonin and the SAPS II and APACHE III scores in the differentiation of infectious and non-infectious fever in the ICU: a prospective, cohort study.

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    Jeon, Eun Ju; Jung, Jae Woo; Choi, Jae Chol; Shin, Jong Wook; Park, In Won; Choi, Byoung Whui; Park, Ae Ja; Kim, Jae Yeol

    2010-11-01

    Early and accurate differentiation between infectious and non-infectious fever is vitally important in the intensive care unit (ICU). In the present study, patients admitted to the medical ICU were screened daily from August 2008 to February 2009. Within 24 hr after the development of fever (>38.3℃), serum was collected for the measurement of the procalcitonin (PCT) and high mobility group B 1 levels. Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS) II and Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) III scores were also analyzed. Sixty-three patients developed fever among 448 consecutive patients (14.1%). Fever was caused by either infectious (84.1%) or non-infectious processes (15.9%). Patients with fever due to infectious causes showed higher values of serum PCT (7.8±10.2 vs 0.5±0.2 ng/mL, P=0.026), SAPS II (12.0±3.8 vs 7.6±2.7, P=0.006), and APACHE III (48±20 vs 28.7±13.3, P=0.039) than those with non-infectious fever. In receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, the area under the curve was 0.726 (95% CI; 0.587-0.865) for PCT, 0.759 (95% CI; 0.597-0.922) for SAPS II, and 0.715 (95% CI; 0.550-0.880) for APACHE III. Serum PCT, SAPS II, and APACHE III are useful in the differentiation between infectious and non-infectious fever in the ICU.

  5. Clinical Significance of Procalcitonin (PCT) in Locating the Infection Position in Urinary Tract Infection%降钙素原在尿路感染定位中的临床意义

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    王社盈; 罗莉

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨降钙素原(PCT)在尿路感染定位中的临床意义. 方法 用免疫定量法测定114例尿路感染患者及40例健康者的降钙素原(PCT)、C反应蛋白(CRP). 结果 上尿路感染组患者血清降钙素原(PCT)水平明显高于下尿路感染患者组(P<0.01),PCT对上尿路感染诊断的敏感性为81.1%,特异性为85.5%,阳性预测值为80.3%,阴性预测值为92.5%,均高于CRP. 结论 PCT对尿路感染的定位有临床意义.%Objective To explore the clinical significance of procalcitonin (PCT) in the infection location of urinary tract infection (UTI). Methods The concenstrations of PCT and C- reactive protein (CRP) in serum from 114 patients with UTI were detected by immunolumino- metric assay. Results The serum PCT level in patients with upper urinary tract infection was significantly higher than that in those with lower urinary tract infection (P < 0.01). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of PCT for diagnosis of upper urinary tract infection were 81.1%, 85.5 % , 80.3% and 92.5% respectively, which were all higher than thoseof CRP. Conclusions Serum PCT can be used as a marker to differentiate the upper and lower urinary tract infection.

  6. Skin - abnormally dark or light

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    ... ency/article/003242.htm Skin - abnormally dark or light To use the sharing features on this page, ... the hands. The bronze color can range from light to dark (in fair-skinned people) with the ...

  7. Pregnancy Complications: Umbilical Cord Abnormalities

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    ... defects. These tests may include a detailed ultrasound, amniocentesis (to check for chromosomal abnormalities) and in some ... the provider may recommend additional tests, such as amniocentesis and a detailed ultrasound, to diagnose or rule ...

  8. Uniphasic Blanching of the Fingers, Abnormal Capillaroscopy in Nonsymptomatic Digits, and Autoantibodies: Expanding Options to Increase the Level of Suspicion of Connective Tissue Diseases beyond the Classification of Raynaud's Phenomenon.

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    Ingegnoli, Francesca; Gualtierotti, Roberta; Orenti, Annalisa; Schioppo, Tommaso; Marfia, Giovanni; Campanella, Rolando; Mastaglio, Claudio; Meroni, Pier Luigi; Boracchi, Patrizia

    2015-01-01

    In patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP), the role of medical history, capillaroscopy, and autoantibodies in order to provide an early diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) were examined. 115 consecutive adults with uni-, bi-, or triphasic colour changes of the fingers were studied. RP was bilateral in 92.7% of patients. The middle finger was significantly more affected. A lack of association between fingers affected by RP and fingers with capillary abnormalities was observed OR = 0.75 (0.34-1.66). RP with the cyanotic phase had a higher risk at capillaroscopy to have hemorrhages OR = 4.46 (1.50-13.30) and giant capillaries OR = 24.85 (1.48-417.44). The thumb and triphasic involvement have an OR of 1.477 and 1.845, respectively. RP secondary to systemic sclerosis (SSc) had greater value of VAS pain (p = 0.011). The presence of anti-centromere antibodies was significantly associated with a higher risk of SSc (p blanching of the fingers, and among these, 27% was diagnosed as having an overt or suspected CTD. Markers of a potential development of CTDs include severe RP symptoms, positive autoantibodies, and capillary abnormalities. These data support the proposal to not discharge patients with uniphasic blanching of the fingers to avoid missing the opportunity of an early diagnosis.

  9. Procalcitonin as a Marker of Neonatal Sepsis in Intensive Care Units

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    Mohammed Ibrahim Aboud

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: The appropriateness of using serum levels ofprocalcotonin (PCT for early diagnosis of newborn sepsis isstill controversial. Therefore, the objective of the present studywas to compare the usefulness of PCT with those of serumlevels of C-reactive protein (CRP and white blood cell(WBC counts in the diagnosis and response to treatment ofneonatal sepsis.Methods: A total of 47 neonates (1-30 days old were assignedto two control (n=22 and sepsis (n=25 groups. Bloodsamples were obtained at the outset and after 7 days of treatmentfor blood culture, measurement of serum levels of PCTand CRP as well as WBC counts. Data were analyzed usingwithin and between group comparisons.Results: Serum levels of PCT were significantly higher insepsis group (14.1±18.7 ng/ml than that in the control group(0.38±0.43 ng/ml. In addition, after 7 days of treatment neonateswho had achieved clinical recovery had a significantlylower serum PCT levels (0.26±0.37 ng/ml than that of thesame group at the beginning of the study. At a cut-off value of≥ 0.8 ng/ml, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictivevalue of, and negative predictive value of PCT were 84%,86%, 86% and 84%, respectively.Conclusion: The findings of the present study suggest that serumlevels of PCT might be a more reliable marker of infectionthan serum levels of CRP, or WBC counts in the early diagnosisand responses to antibiotic therapy of neonatal sepsis.

  10. [Diagnosticum of abnormalities of plant meiotic division].

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    Shamina, N V

    2006-01-01

    Abnormalities of plant meiotic division leading to abnormal meiotic products are summarized schematically in the paper. Causes of formation of monads, abnormal diads, triads, pentads, polyads, etc. have been observed in meiosis with both successive and simultaneous cytokinesis.

  11. Memetics clarification of abnormal behavior

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    2007-01-01

    AIM: Biological medicine is hard to fully and scientifically explain the etiological factor and pathogenesis of abnormal behaviors; while, researches on philosophy and psychology (including memetics) are beneficial to better understand and explain etiological factor and pathogenesis of abnormal behaviors. At present, the theory of philosophy and psychology is to investigate the entity of abnormal behavior based on the views of memetics.METHODS: Abnormal behavior was researched in this study based on three aspects, including instinctive behavior disorder, poorly social-adapted behavior disorder and mental or body disease associated behavior disorder. Most main viewpoints of memetics were derived from "The Meme Machine", which was written by Susan Blackmore. When questions about abnormal behaviors induced by mental and psychological diseases and conduct disorder of teenagers were discussed, some researching achievements which were summarized by authors previously were added in this study, such as aggressive behaviors, pathologically aggressive behaviors, etc.RESULTS: The abnormal behaviors mainly referred to a part of people's substandard behaviors which were not according with the realistic social environment, culture background and the pathologic behaviors resulted from people's various psychological diseases. According to the theory of "meme", it demonstrated that the relevant behavioral obstacles of various psychological diseases, for example, the unusual behavior of schizophrenia, were caused, because the old meme was destroyed thoroughly but the new meme was unable to establish; psychoneurosis and personality disorder were resulted in hard establishment of meme; the behavioral obstacles which were ill-adapted to society, for example, various additional and homosexual behaviors, were because of the selfish replications and imitations of "additional meme" and "homosexual meme"; various instinct behavioral and congenital intelligent obstacles were not significance

  12. Thyroid abnormality in perimenopausal women with abnormal uterine bleeding

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: AUB is a common but complicated clinical presentation and occurs in 15-20% of women between menarche to menopause and significantly affects the women's health. Women with thyroid dysfunction often have menstrual irregularities, infertility and increased morbidity during pregnancy. The objective of present study is to find the correlation between thyroid disorders and AUB in perimenopausal women attending gynecology OPD. Methods: In the present study, fifty five patients with AUB were included and were evaluated for the cause including thyroid abnormality. Thyroid function tests were done in all patients. Results: Among 55 patients, 12 patients were diagnosed as hypothyroidism and 7 as hyperthyroidism, women with AUB 36 (65.4% were euthyroid. Among 19 women with thyroid abnormality, heavy menstrual bleeding was seen in 8 (42% women, 6 (31.57% had polymenorrhagia, 5 (26.31% had oligomenorrhoea. The frequent menstrual abnormality in women with hypothyroidism (12 women was heavy menstrual bleeding in 5 (41.6% women, 3 (25% had oligomennorhoea, 4 (33.3% had polymenorrhagia. Out of 7 women with hyperthyroidism, 2 (28.57% had oligomenorrhoea, 3 (42.8% had heavy menstrual bleeding, 2 (28.57% had polymenorrhagia. In a total of 55 patients with AUB, 11 (20% had structural abnormalities in uterus and ovaries. 5 (9% had adenomyosis, 3 (5.4% had ovarian cysts, 3 (5.4% had fibroids. Conclusions: It is important to screen all women for thyroid abnormality who are presenting with AUB especially with non-structural causes of AUB. Correction of thyroid abnormalities also relieves AUB. This will avoid unnecessary hormonal treatment and surgery. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(11.000: 3250-3253

  13. Antibiotic treatment interruption of suspected lower respiratory tract infections based on a single procalcitonin measurement at hospital admission-a randomized trial

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    Kristoffersen, K B; Schmeltz Søgaard, Ole; Wejse, Christian

    2009-01-01

    Recent studies have suggested that procalcitonin (PCT) is a safe marker for the discrimination between bacterial and viral infection, and that PCT-guided treatment may lead to substantial reductions in antibiotic use. The present objective was to evaluate the effect of a single PCT measurement...... to either PCT-guided treatment or standard treatment. Antibiotic treatment duration in the PCT group was based on the serum PCT value at admission. The cut-off point for recommending antibiotic treatment was PCT >/=0.25 mug/L. Physicians could overrule treatment guidelines. The mean duration of hospital...... disease patients, the mean length of stay was reduced from 7.1 days in the control group to 4.8 days in the PCT group (p 0.009). It was concluded that the determination of a single PCT value at admission in patients with suspected LRTIs can lead to a reduction in the duration of antibiotic treatment by 25...

  14. Relationship of levels of seminal plasma lipoprotein (a),Zn2 + and prostate specific antigen in the semen with abnormal semen liquefaction%精浆脂蛋白(a)、锌和前列腺特异性抗原含量与精液液化的关系

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    张健清; 王东; 黄楚梅; 张式鸿; 蔡丹

    2015-01-01

    Objectives:To explore the relationship of levels of seminal plasma lipoprotein (a),Zn2 +and prostate specific antigen in the semen with abnormal semen liquefaction.Methods:200 patients with abnormal se-men liquefaction and 200 men with semen liquefaction were selected.The level of seminal zinc was detected by color-developing method.The level of PSA in seminal was measured by ELISA and the lipoprotein (a)was measured by latex enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay.Results:The levels of Zn2 + in abnormal group and normal group were (90.0 ±35.1 )μg/mL and (1 25.1 ±25.5)μg/mL respectively,with significant difference (P <0.01 ).The levels of lipoprotein (a)in abnormal group and normal group were (550 ±250)μg/mL and (301 ±98)μg/mL re-spectively,with significant difference (P <0.01 ).The levels of PSA in abnormal group and normal group were (0.81 ±0.21 )mg/mL and (1 .31 ±0.30)mg/mL respectively,with significant difference (P <0.05).Conclu-sion:The levels of seminal lipoprotein (a),Zn2 + and PSA should be taken into account in the diagnosis of male in-fertility caused by abnormal liquefaction.%目的:探讨精浆脂蛋白(a)、锌和前列腺特异性抗原(PSA)与精液液化的关系。方法:筛选精液液化异常患者和精液液化正常男性各200例,显色法测定精浆锌离子(Zn2+),酶联免疫法测定 PSA,乳胶增强免疫透射比浊法测定脂蛋白(a),对比分析两组测定结果。结果:异常组精浆 Zn2+平均含量为(90.0±35.1)μg/mL,脂蛋白(a)水平为(550±250)μg/mL;正常组精浆 Zn2+平均含量为(125.1±25.5)μg/mL,脂蛋白(a)水平为(301±98)μg/mL,两者差异有统计学意义(均 P <0.01)。异常组精浆 PSA 含量为(0.81±0.21)mg/mL,正常组精浆 PSA 含量为(1.31±0.30)mg/mL,两者差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论:精液液化异常可能与精浆脂

  15. Use of procalcitonin for the diagnosis of pneumonia in patients presenting with a chief complaint of dyspnoea: results from the BACH (Biomarkers in Acute Heart Failure) trial

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    Maisel, Alan; Neath, Sean-Xavier; Landsberg, Judd; Mueller, Christian; Nowak, Richard M.; Peacock, W. Frank; Ponikowski, Piotr; Möckel, Martin; Hogan, Christopher; Wu, Alan H.B.; Richards, Mark; Clopton, Paul; Filippatos, Gerasimos S.; Di Somma, Salvatore; Anand, Inder; Ng, Leong L.; Daniels, Lori B.; Christenson, Robert H.; Potocki, Mihael; McCord, James; Terracciano, Garret; Hartmann, Oliver; Bergmann, Andreas; Morgenthaler, Nils G.; Anker, Stefan D.

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    Aims Biomarkers have proven their ability in the evaluation of cardiopulmonary diseases. We investigated the utility of concentrations of the biomarker procalcitonin (PCT) alone and with clinical variables for the diagnosis of pneumonia in patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with a chief complaint of shortness of breath. Methods and results The BACH trial was a prospective, international, study of 1641 patients presenting to EDs with dyspnoea. Blood samples were analysed for PCT and other biomarkers. Relevant clinical data were also captured. Patient outcomes were assessed at 90 days. The diagnosis of pneumonia was made using strictly validated guidelines. A model using PCT was more accurate [area under the curve (AUC) 72.3%] than any other individual clinical variable for the diagnosis of pneumonia in all patients, in those with obstructive lung disease, and in those with acute heart failure (AHF). Combining physician estimates of the probability of pneumonia with PCT values increased the accuracy to >86% for the diagnosis of pneumonia in all patients. Patients with a diagnosis of AHF and an elevated PCT concentration (>0.21 ng/mL) had a worse outcome if not treated with antibiotics (P = 0.046), while patients with low PCT values (<0.05 ng/mL) had a better outcome if they did not receive antibiotic therapy (P = 0.049). Conclusion Procalcitonin may aid in the diagnosis of pneumonia, particularly in cases with high diagnostic uncertainty. Importantly, PCT may aid in the decision to administer antibiotic therapy to patients presenting with AHF in which clinical uncertainty exists regarding a superimposed bacterial infection. Trial registration: NCT00537628 PMID:22302662

  16. Hereditary sideroblastic anemia with associated platelet abnormalities.

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    Soslau, G; Brodsky, I

    1989-12-01

    A 62 year old male (R.H.) presented with a mild anemia (Hb 11-12 gm%) and a history of multiple hemorrhagic episodes. The marrow had 40-50% sideroblasts. Marrow chromosomes were normal. His wife was hematologically normal, while one daughter, age 30 years, had a sideroblastic anemia (Hb 11-12 gm%) with 40-50% sideroblasts in the marrow. Her anemia was first noted at age 15 years. Administration of vitamin B6 did not correct the anemia in either the father or daughter. Platelet abnormalities inherited jointly with this disorder are described for the first time. Both R.H. and his daughter had prolonged bleeding times, with normal PTT, PT times, fVIII:C, fVIII:Ag levels, and vWF multimers, which may rule out a von Willebrand's disease. They have normal platelet numbers but abnormally low platelet adhesiveness and greatly depressed ADP, collagen, and epinephrine responsiveness. Response to ristocetin was in the low normal range, and aggregation with thrombin was normal. While desmopressin completely normalized R.H.'s bleeding time, none of these platelet parameters were improved. No differences in the SDS PAGE protein patterns of RH platelets could be detected in comparison to normal samples. His platelets took up and released serotonin (5HT) normally, and electron micrographs defined no morphological abnormalities. However, no ATP was released from platelets activated with collagen, and when followed by thrombin about fourfold greater ATP was released by control platelets as compared to RH platelets. The dense granule fraction derived from RH platelets contained about 20% the level of ATP, 40% the level of ADP, and 50% the level of 5HT detected in a normal sample. The results indicate that the bleeding disorder is related to a non-classical heritable storage pool defect. The connection between the inherited sideroblastic anemia and platelet defects is obscure.

  17. The clinical value of procalcitonin for sepsis in differential diagnosis and prognostic monitoring%降钙素原对脓毒症鉴别诊断及预后监测的方法评价

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    张天卿; 沈淑男; 胡哲清

    2015-01-01

    目的 评价血清降钙素原(PCT)在脓毒症鉴别诊断及预后监测的价值.方法 76例脓毒症患者,其中早期脓毒症43例,严重脓毒症患者20例,脓毒症休克患者13例.采用免疫荧光法检测血清中PCT和CRP水平.结果 脓毒症休克组与严重脓毒症组相比、严重脓毒症组和早期脓毒症组相比,PCT、CRP、APACHE Ⅱ评分之间均有统计学意义(P<O.05);脓毒症患者血清PCT与APACHEⅡ评分之间存在显著正相关(r=0.57,P<0.05);在使用抗生素治疗后血清PCT可快速下降,出院前恢复到正常水平,而CRP在细菌感染被控制后仍维持在高水平,出院前浓度仍高于正常水平,其回落速度慢于血清PCT.结论对于鉴别不同程度的脓毒症,PCT是一个很好的血清指标,还可进行脓毒症预后的监测.%Objective Evaluation of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in sepsis differential diagnosis and prognostic monitoring value.Methods 76 cases of sepsis patients,including 43 cases of early sepsis,severe sepsis patients in 20 cases,13 cases of patients with septic shock.Immunofluorescence is used on the detection of serum PCT and CRP levels.Results Septic shock group compared with severe sepsis,severe sepsis group compared with early sepsis group,PCT,CRP,APACHE Ⅱ was statistically significant (P < 0.05) ; there is a significant positive correlation between sepsis patients serum PCT and APACHE Ⅱ score (r =0.57,P < 0.05); after antibiotic treatment,serum PCT can be decreased rapidly,before discharge returned to normal levels,while the CRP after being controlled is still maintained at a high level,before discharge concentration was still higher than normal level,slowly than serum PCT.Conclusion For the identification of different degree of sepsis,PCT is a good index for monitoring the serum,also can make the sepsis prognosis.

  18. Chromosome abnormalities in Indonesian patients with short stature

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    Paramayuda Chrysantine

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Short stature is associated with several disorders including wide variations of chromosomal disorders and single gene disorders. The objective of this report is to present the cytogenetic findings in Indonesian patients with short stature. Methods G-banding and interphase/metaphase FISH were performed on short stature patients with and without other clinical features who were referred by clinicians all over Indonesia to our laboratory during the year 2003–2009. Results The results of chromosomal analysis of ninety seven patients (mean age: 10.7 years old were collected. The group of patients with other clinical features showed sex chromosome abnormalities in 45% (18/40 and autosomal abnormalities in 10% (4/40, whereas those with short stature only, 42.1% (24/57 had sex chromosome abnormalities and 1.75% (1/57 had autosomal abnormalities. The autosomal chromosomal abnormalities involved mostly subtelomeric regions. Results discrepancies between karyotype and FISH were found in 10 patients, including detection of low-level monosomy X mosaicism in 6 patients with normal karyotype, and detection of mosaic aneuploidy chromosome 18 in 1 patient with 45,XX,rob(13;14(q10;q10. Statistical analysis showed no significant association between the groups and the type of chromosomal abnormalities. Conclusion Chromosome abnormalities account for about 50% of the short stature patients. Wide variations of both sex and autosomal chromosomes abnormalities were detected in the study. Since three out of five patients had autosomal structural abnormalities involving the subtelomeric regions, thus in the future, subtelomeric FISH or even a more sensitive method such as genomic/SNP microarray is needed to confirm deletions of subtelomeric regions of chromosome 9, 11 and 18. Low-level mosaicism in normal karyotype patients indicates interphase FISH need to be routinely carried out in short stature patients as an adjunct to karyotyping.

  19. Cardiac abnormalities after subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Bilt, I.A.C. van der

    2016-01-01

    Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage(aSAH) is a devastating neurological disease. During the course of the aSAH several neurological and medical complications may occur. Cardiac abnormalities after aSAH are observed often and resemble stress cardiomyopathy or Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy(Broken Heart Syn

  20. Congenital abnormalities in methylmercury poisoning

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    Gilani, S.H.

    1975-04-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the teratogenic potential of methylmercury on chick embryogenesis. Methylmercuric chloride was dissolved in sodium bicarbonate (0.2%) and administered to the chick embryos at doses ranging from 0.0009 to 0.010 mg per egg. The injections were made at days 2 and 3 on incubation (Groups A and B). All the embryos including controls were examined on the 7th day of incubation. Methylmercury poisoning was observed to be both embryolethal and teratogenic. Within the two groups, embryolethality was higher in Group A. The following congenital abnormalities were observed: exencephaly, shortened and twisted limbs, microphthalmia, shortened and twisted neck, beak abnormalities, everted viscera, reduced body size and hemorrhage all over the body. Exencephaly and limb abnormalities were very common. No differences in the incidence and types of gross abnormalities within both the groups (A and B) were noted. The incidence of malformations among the controls was low. The results of present investigation show that methylmercury poisoning is both embryolethal and teratogenic to early chick embryogenesis. (auth)

  1. Systemic Inflammatory Response and Serum Lipopolysaccharide Levels Predict Multiple Organ Failure and Death in Alcoholic Hepatitis

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    Michelena, Javier; Altamirano, José; Abraldes, Juan G.; Affò, Silvia; Morales-Ibanez, Oriol; Sancho-Bru, Pau; Dominguez, Marlene; García-Pagán, Juan Carlos; Fernández, Javier; Arroyo, Vicente; Ginès, Pere; Louvet, Alexandre; Mathurin, Philippe; Mehal, Wajahat Z.; Caballería, Juan; Bataller, Ramón

    2015-01-01

    Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) frequently progresses to multiple organ failure (MOF) and death. However, the driving factors are largely unknown. At admission, patients with AH often show criteria of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) even in the absence of an infection. We hypothesize that the presence of SIRS may predispose to MOF and death. To test this hypothesis, we studied a cohort including 162 patients with biopsy-proven AH. The presence of SIRS and infections was assessed in all patients, and multivariate analyses identified variables independently associated with MOF and 90-day mortality. At admission, 32 (19.8%) patients were diagnosed with a bacterial infection, while 75 (46.3%) fulfilled SIRS criteria; 58 patients (35.8%) developed MOF during hospitalization. Short-term mortality was significantly higher among patients who developed MOF (62.1% versus 3.8%, P <0.001). The presence of SIRS was a major predictor of MOF (odds ratio = 2.69, P=0.025) and strongly correlated with mortality. Importantly, the course of patients with SIRS with and without infection was similar in terms of MOF development and short-term mortality. Finally, we sought to identify serum markers that differentiate SIRS with and without infection. We studied serum levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, procalcitonin, and lipopolysaccharide at admission. All of them predicted mortality. Procalcitonin, but not high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, serum levels identified those patients with SIRS and infection. Lipopolysaccharide serum levels predicted MOF and the response to prednisolone. Conclusion In the presence or absence of infections, SIRS is a major determinant of MOF and mortality in AH, and the mechanisms involved in the development of SIRS should be investigated; procalcitonin serum levels can help to identify patients with infection, and lipopolysaccharide levels may help to predict mortality and the response to steroids. PMID:25761863

  2. 药物流产后异常子宫出血患者血清雌激素、孕激素和人绒毛促性腺激素水平%Estrogen, Progesterone, and Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin Levels in Patients with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding after Drug Abortion

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    陈永红; 王素平

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the relationship of estrogen (E2) , progesterone (P) , and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) levels with abnormal uterine bleeding in patients with drug abortion. Methods: A total of 59 patients taking mifepristone plus misoprostol for abortion were divided into two groups. In the control group (29 cases, group C) , the time of uterine bleeding was less than 14 days; in the abnormal uterine bleeding (30 cases, group A) , the time of uterine bleeding was more than 14 days. The levels of E2, P and hCG of the 2 groups in 14, 18 and 22 days after initiation of bleeding were compared. Results: There was no significant difference of E2 levels between the 2 groups (P >0.05); On the 14th day, P level of group A was higher than that of group C (P < 0.05); On the 14th , 18th , and 22nd days, the hCG levels in group A were significantly higher than those in group C (P <0. 05). Conclusion: The abnormal uterine bleeding in patients with medical abortion is related with P and hCG levels.%目的:研究药物流产后患者体内雌激素(E2)、孕激素(P)及人绒毛促性腺激素(hCG)水平与异常子宫出血的关系.方法:59例患者口服米非司酮配伍米索前列醇药物终止早期妊娠,将子宫出血时间超过14 d的30例患者作为异常子宫出血组,子宫出血时间少于14 d的29例患者作为对照组,比较2组外周静脉血清中E2、P及hCG水平.结果:两组患者体内E2差异无显著性(P>0.05),在出血第14天时,异常子宫出血组患者体内P明显高于对照组(P<0.05),在第14、18和22天hCG均高于对照组(P<0.05).结论:药物流产后异常子宫出血与患者体内P和hCG水平有关.

  3. Manganese Abnormity in Holocene Sediments of the Bohai Sea

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    2007-01-01

    Manganese abnormity has been observed in the Holocene sediments of the mud area of Bohai Sea. On the basis of grain size, chemical composition, heavy mineral content and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) 14C dating of foraminifer, relationships between manganese abnormity and sedimentation rates, material source, hydrodynamic conditions are probed. Manganese abnormity occurred during the Middle Holocene when sea level and sedimentation rates were higher than those at present. Sedimentary hiatus was not observed when material sources and hydrodynamic conditions were quite similar. Compared with the former period, the latter period showed a decrease in reduction environment and an inclination toward oxidation environment with high manganese content, whereas provenance and hydrodynamic conditions showed only a slight change. From the above observations, it can be concluded that correlation among manganese abnormity, material source, and hydrodynamic conditions is not obvious. Redox environment seems to be the key factor for manganese enrichment, which is mainly related to marine authigenic process.

  4. Nail abnormalities in rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Michel, C; Cribier, B; Sibilia, J; Kuntz, J L; Grosshans, E

    1997-12-01

    Many nail abnormalities have traditionally been described in association with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but their specificity has never been assessed in a controlled study. Our purpose was to evaluate the frequency and the specificity of nail changes associated with RA in a case-controlled study including 50 patients suffering from RA and 50 controls. For each patient, a general skin examination was performed and the 20 nails were examined. The nail features were noted and classified. A chi 2 test or a Fisher test was used to compare the two groups. The only nail abnormalities significantly associated with RA were longitudinal ridging on nine or 10 finger nails (29 patients in the RA group vs. three in the controls, chi 2: P nail (24 patients vs. 10, chi 2: P nail changes were noticed but were not frequent enough to be significant. The presence of longitudinal ridging on the finger nails was significantly associated with RA.

  5. Neuroendocrine abnormalities in Parkinson's disease.

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    De Pablo-Fernández, Eduardo; Breen, David P; Bouloux, Pierre M; Barker, Roger A; Foltynie, Thomas; Warner, Thomas T

    2017-02-01

    Neuroendocrine abnormalities are common in Parkinson's disease (PD) and include disruption of melatonin secretion, disturbances of glucose, insulin resistance and bone metabolism, and body weight changes. They have been associated with multiple non-motor symptoms in PD and have important clinical consequences, including therapeutics. Some of the underlying mechanisms have been implicated in the pathogenesis of PD and represent promising targets for the development of disease biomarkers and neuroprotective therapies. In this systems-based review, we describe clinically relevant neuroendocrine abnormalities in Parkinson's disease to highlight their role in overall phenotype. We discuss pathophysiological mechanisms, clinical implications, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions based on the current evidence. We also review recent advances in the field, focusing on the potential targets for development of neuroprotective drugs in Parkinson's disease and suggest future areas for research.

  6. Radiological appearances of sinonasal abnormalities

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    El-Beltagi, A.H.; Sobeih, A.A.; Valvoda, M.; Dahniya, M.H.; Badr, S.S

    2002-08-01

    The aim of this pictorial review is to present a variety of abnormalities of the sinonasal cavities to emphasize the diversity of lesions occurring in this region. These include congenital, neoplastic and granulomatous disorders and some allergic and inflammatory lesions with uncommon radiological appearances, as well as expanding lesions of the facial bones or of dental origin with secondary involvement of the related sinus(es). El-Beltagi, A.H. et al. (2002). Clinical Radiology 57, 702-718.

  7. Computed tomography of thymic abnormalities

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    Schnyder, P.; Candardjis, G.

    1987-05-01

    Computed tomographic examinations of 38 patients with surgically and histologically proven diagnosis were reviewed. Twenty subjects (52%) had an invasive thymoma and 16% an hyperplastic thymus. Myasthenia gravis was present in 6 cases (16%) of thymic abnormalities, four (10,5%) with invasive thymoma and two (5%) with thymic hyperplasia. Graves' disease was also present in one case of thymic hyperplasia. We emphasize the contribution of CT to the diagnosis and the prognosis.

  8. Meiotic abnormalities in infertile males.

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    Egozcue, J; Sarrate, Z; Codina-Pascual, M; Egozcue, S; Oliver-Bonet, M; Blanco, J; Navarro, J; Benet, J; Vidal, F

    2005-01-01

    Meiotic anomalies, as reviewed here, are synaptic chromosome abnormalities, limited to germ cells that cannot be detected through the study of the karyotype. Although the importance of synaptic errors has been underestimated for many years, their presence is related to many cases of human male infertility. Synaptic anomalies can be studied by immunostaining of synaptonemal complexes (SCs), but in this case their frequency is probably underestimated due to the phenomenon of synaptic adjustment. They can also be studied in classic meiotic preparations, which, from a clinical point of view, is still the best approach, especially if multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization is at hand to solve difficult cases. Sperm chromosome FISH studies also provide indirect evidence of their presence. Synaptic anomalies can affect the rate of recombination of all bivalents, produce achiasmate small univalents, partially achiasmate medium-sized or large bivalents, or affect all bivalents in the cell. The frequency is variable, interindividually and intraindividually. The baseline incidence of synaptic anomalies is 6-8%, which may be increased to 17.6% in males with a severe oligozoospermia, and to 27% in normozoospermic males with one or more previous IVF failures. The clinical consequences are the production of abnormal spermatozoa that will produce a higher number of chromosomally abnormal embryos. The indications for a meiotic study in testicular biopsy are provided.

  9. 血清降钙素原判断儿童脓毒症病原学的作用%The role of serum procalcitonin in etiology diagnosis of sepsis in children

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    隆彩霞; 曾晓辉; 胥志跃; 刘萍萍; 范江花

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in sepsis caused by the bacteria,virus and mycoplasma and explore the role of PCT in etiology diagnosis of sepsis in children.Methods Three hundreds and thirty critically ill children with sepsis caused by bacteria,virus and mycoplasma admitted in PICU of Hunan Children' s Hospital from Feb 1,2011 to Sep 1,2012 were reviewed and analyzed.The PCT levels were measured at admission and day 3.The differences in accidence of sepsis caused by bacteria,viruses and mycoplasma according to different serum PCT levels were analyzed.The differences of PCT levels at admission and day 3 in sepsic children caused by bacteria,viruses and mycoplasma were analyzed.Results The level of serum PCT in sepsis caused by bacterial infection were distinctly increased,caused by virus and mycoplasma infections was not obvious but the increases of serum PCT [0.71 (8.14)ng/ml,0.15 (1.68) ng/ml,0.28 (1.89) ng/ml].According to various PCT levels(0.05 ~ ng/ml,0.5 ~ng/ml,2 ~ ng/ml,10 ~ 300 ng/ml),the differences of accidence of sepsis caused by bacteria,virus and mycoplasma were also statistically significant(x2 =84.50,P < 0.01).The PCT level of septic children caused by bacterial infection in day 3 was significantly decreased compared with that at admission [0.32 (5.68) ng/ml vs 0.71 (8.14) ng/ml] (U =19.34,P <0.05).Conclusion PCT plays a certain role in etiology diagnosis of sepsis in children.The increased PCT levels which can be reduced by anti-inflammatory treatment indicate the likelihood of bacterial infection and sepsis.The increase of PCT induced by viral and mycoplasma infections is not obvious,but bacterial infection can not be completely ruled out.%目的 了解细菌、病毒及支原体感染引起脓毒症血清降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)的水平,明确血清PCT判断引起儿童脓毒症常见病原的作用.方法 回顾性分析2011年2月1日至2012年9月1日入住湖南省儿童医院PICU确诊细

  10. 降钙素原在输尿管结石继发尿脓毒血症中的应用价值%Application value of procalcitonin for urosepsis secondary to ureteral calculus

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    杨泽松; 王芳; 林忠应; 陈从其; 许庆均; 叶烈夫

    2015-01-01

    目的 研究降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)在输尿管结石继发尿脓毒血症中的应用价值.方法 2010年12月至2014年9月68例怀疑尿脓毒血症的单侧输尿管结石患者,行血常规、C反应蛋白(C-reactive protein,CRP)、PCT、尿沉渣、血培养及尿培养.68例患者根据尿脓毒血症诊断标准分为尿脓毒血症组29例和非尿脓毒血症组39例,比较两组患者的年龄、性别、结石部位、结石大小、血白细胞(WBC)计数值、CRP值、PCT值及尿WBC计数值,并对比尿脓毒血症组治疗前后的PCT值.结果 尿脓毒血症组患者年龄、结石大小明显大于非尿脓毒血症组,尿脓毒血症组及非尿脓毒血症组第一时间血清PCT水平分别为(19.09±25.15)和(2.09±1.85) μg/L,组间比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).两组血WBC值(×109/L)分别为11.00±3.47及10.27±2.32,CRP值分别为(17.41±15.24)及(15.02±4.94) mg/L,尿WBC值(/HPF)中位数分别为54及47,组间比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).尿脓毒血症组治疗后PCT值为(1.06±0.56) μg/L,与治疗前比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 PCT在早期诊断尿脓毒血症、评估病情及指导治疗方面具有较高的临床价值.%Objective To investigate the value of procalcitonin (PCT) for urosepsis secondary to ureteral calculus.Methods Samples of 68 ureteral calculi patients who were suspected of urosepsis were obtained for PCT level,C-reactive protein (CRP) level,blood routine examination,urinary sediment,blood culture and urine culture.Sixty-eighy patients were divided into urosepsis group and non-urosepsis group based on the urosepsis diagnostic standard.The age sex,stone location,stone size,blood WBC count,CRP level,PCT level and urine WBC count were compared between the 2 groups.PCT levels before and after treatment were also compared.Results The age,stone size in urosepsis group were significantly higher than those in non-urosepsis group.The PCT levels of patients in

  11. 糖耐量异常对急性脑梗死患者血浆Hcy和血清hs-CRP水平的影响%The Influence of Abnormal Glucose Tolerance on the Levels of Plasma Homocysteine and Serum High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein in Patients with Acute Cerebral Infarction(ACI)

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    赵红东; 陆敏; 唐冰

    2012-01-01

    Objective To observe the influence of abnormal glucose tolerance on the levels of homocysteine and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in patients with acute cerebral infarction( AGI). Methods 756 patients with AGI were divided into normal glucose tolerance group (NGT, 33 leases) , abnormal glucose tolerance group(IGT,142cases) ,and diabetes mellitus group (DM,283 scase) ac-cording to the result of oral glucose tolerance test( OGTT). The serum levels of Hcy and hs-GRP were measured in 24 hours after ad-mission. Result The both levels of Hey and hs-GRP in IGT group(19.17 9.35juno]/L,20.46 10.56μmol/L) and DM group (8.0 2.9 mg/L,7.7 2.3 mg/L) were higher than the NGT group with no difference between each other. Conclusion The levels of Hey and hs-GRP in patients with AGI and abnormal glucose tolerance rise significantly,which indicate the presence of chronic low-grade inflammation and atherosclerosis in the stage of abnormal glucose tolerance. The results showed abnormal glucose tolerance is the risk factor of atherosclerosis as diabetes mellitus,and the OGTT test is valuable in screening risk factors of AGI and stroke prevention.%目的:观察糖耐量异常对急性脑梗死(acute cerebral infarction,ACI)患者的同型半胱氨酸(Hcy)、超敏C反应蛋白(hs-CRP)水平的影响.方法:756例ACI患者按葡萄糖耐量试验(OGTT)结果分为糖耐量正常组(NGT,331例)、单纯性糖耐量异常组(IGT,142例)、2型糖尿病组(DM2,283例).在入院24h之内测定血清Hcy、hs-CRP水平并进行组间比较.结果:IGT组及DM2组的Hcy水平(19.17±9.35)μmol/L、(20.46±10.56)μmol/L以及hs-CRP水平(8.0±2.9)mg/L、(7.7±2.3)mg/L明显高于NGT组(16.17±7.35)μmol/L、(3.5±1.2)mg/L.IGT组及DM2组两组之间的Hcy、hs-CRP水平差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05、P>0.05).结论:单纯性糖耐量异常的ACI患者血清Hcy、hs-CRP水平明显升高,表明在糖耐量异常阶段,已经出现了慢性低水平炎症和动脉粥样硬化的发生.提

  12. Skeletal muscle abnormalities in patients with fibromyalgia.

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    Olsen, N J; Park, J H

    1998-06-01

    Widespread muscle pain and tender points are the most common complaints of fibromyalgia patients, and the underlying mechanisms responsible for these symptoms have been studied intensively during the past decade. It has been suggested that fatigue and pain may lead to decreased levels of physical activity in many patients. The resulting deconditioned state may itself contribute to muscle abnormalities. Associated symptoms such as disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression, or irritable bowel also may have a negative impact on muscle function and level of daily activities. The important interactions between the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems may involve another element, the neuroendocrine stress-response system. This review will consider both the current state of knowledge and also future studies which might be designed to answer more effectively the outstanding questions regarding the underlying pathogenesis of fibromyalgia.

  13. 降钙素原对社区获得性肺炎死亡率及病情评估的价值%Value of procalcitonin in predicting mortality and severity of community-acquired pneumonia

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    张俨; 李文强

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the value of procalcitonin (PCT) level in predicting mortality and severity of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the emergency department. Methods The general clinical data and in-flammatory biomarker of 114 patients with CAP were collected. The severity of CAP was assessed by PSI and CURB65 score. An analysis was performed to assess the value of PCT, WBC counts, high-sensitivity C-reactive pro-tein (hs-CRP), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) for the prediction of mortality and severity. Results 14 high-risk patients died within 28 days. Compared with the survival group, the death group had significantly increased PCT level (2. 96 ± 1. 54 vs 0. 38 ± 0. 24 ng/ mL, P < 0. 01) and hs-CRP(194. 61 ± 72. 80 vs 101. 26 ± 65. 98 mg/ L, P < 0. 01). The PCT level was significantly higher in the severe group than in the moderate group according to PSI and CURB65 score. Through logistic regression analyses, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) of PCT level were 0. 81. The area under ROC increased significantly while it used PCT combined with PSI and CURB65 score to predict the mortality and severity of CAP. Conclusion The level of PCT is a more versatile tool for predicting mortality and severity of CAP in the emergence department, and the level of procalcitonin as an ad-junct to CAP prediction rules may be valuable for prognosis and severity assessment.%目的:探索降钙素原(PCT)对社区获得性肺炎(CAP)患者的死亡率和病情评估的价值。方法前瞻性研究在急诊科通过症状和 X 线检查诊断为 CAP 的114例患者,收集患者的一般临床资料及炎症标志物。采用肺炎严重性指数(PSI)、CURB65评分评估 CAP 患者的疾病严重性,分析血沉(ESR)、白细胞计数、高敏 C 反应蛋白(Hs-CRP)及 PCT 预测 CAP 患者死亡率和疾病严重性的价值。结果114例患者中14例高危患者28天内死亡。死亡组较存活组 PCT 和 Hs-CRP

  14. Low-set ears and pinna abnormalities

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    Low-set ears; Microtia; "Lop" ear; Pinna abnormalities; Genetic defect-pinna; Congenital defect-pinna ... conditions: Abnormal folds or location of the pinna Low-set ears No opening to the ear canal ...

  15. Abnormal tyrosine metabolism in chronic cluster headache.

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    D'Andrea, Giovanni; Leone, Massimo; Bussone, Gennaro; Fiore, Paola Di; Bolner, Andrea; Aguggia, Marco; Saracco, Maria Gabriella; Perini, Francesco; Giordano, Giuseppe; Gucciardi, Antonina; Leon, Alberta

    2017-02-01

    Objective Episodic cluster headache is characterized by abnormalities in tyrosine metabolism (i.e. elevated levels of dopamine, tyramine, octopamine and synephrine and low levels of noradrenalin in plasma and platelets.) It is unknown, however, if such biochemical anomalies are present and/or constitute a predisposing factor in chronic cluster headache. To test this hypothesis, we measured the levels of dopamine and noradrenaline together with those of elusive amines, such as tyramine, octopamine and synephrine, in plasma of chronic cluster patients and control individuals. Methods Plasma levels of dopamine, noradrenaline and trace amines, including tyramine, octopamine and synephrine, were measured in a group of 23 chronic cluster headache patients (10 chronic cluster ab initio and 13 transformed from episodic cluster), and 16 control participants. Results The plasma levels of dopamine, noradrenaline and tyramine were several times higher in chronic cluster headache patients compared with controls. The levels of octopamine and synephrine were significantly lower in plasma of these patients with respect to control individuals. Conclusions These results suggest that anomalies in tyrosine metabolism play a role in the pathogenesis of chronic cluster headache and constitute a predisposing factor for the transformation of the episodic into a chronic form of this primary headache.

  16. 降钙素原检测在新生儿败血症中的临床意义%Clinical significance of procalcitonin detection in neonatal sepsis

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    黄晓华; 吴绮; 陈健

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原(PCT)检测在新生儿败血症中的临床意义。方法将46例败血症新生儿作为观察组,入院时及恢复期行血清PCT及C反应蛋白(CRP)检测,并与同期出生的46例正常新生儿作为对照组进行比较。结果观察组患儿入院时PCT、CRP显著高于对照组(P<0.05),恢复期降至正常,与对照组相比无明显差异(P>0.05);观察组入院时PCT检测的阳性率为93.4%,与CRP阳性率78.3%相比差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论降素钙原检测在新生儿败血症的早期诊断、疗效观察中具有重要的临床应用价值,值得推广。%Objective To investigate the clinical significance of procalcitonin(PCT) detection in neonatal sepsis. Methods Forty-six sepsis neonates of the observation group received serum PCT and C-reactive protein(CRP) detection at admission and in the recovery phase and were compared to 46 normal neonates of the control group born in the corresponding period. Results The observation group had significantly higher PCT and CRP than the control group at admission(P 0.05);The positive rate of PCT detection of the observation group at admission was 93.4%,which had statistically significant difference from the 78.3% of CRP positive rate(P < 0.05). Conclusion Procalcitonin detection shows important clinical application value in the early diagnosis and efficacy observation of neonatal sepsis,thereby worthy of promotion.

  17. Characterization of abnormal grain coarsening in Alloy 718

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    Watson Richard

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Even though the phenomenon of abnormal grain coarsening (AGC or “exploded grains” has been known to occur in Alloy 718 industrial forgings there is still no satisfactory explanation for it. For this reason, detailed microstructure analysis has been carried out in normal and abnormal regions. Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD was employed to determine grain size, boundary distribution and measure stored energy, while backscattered imagining in a FEGSEM was used to measure δ precipitate size and morphology. It was found that abnormal regions show almost 3 times as many twin boundaries compared to a normal region. In addition, the δ phase morphologies differ very significantly when comparing these two different regions. Normal regions display δ phase with a plate like nature, whereas in abnormal regions, δ particles appear to be more spherical. Furthermore, there are clear indications of differences in δ volume fractions between the two regions. Whilst in normal regions the δ phase is found predominantly at grain boundaries, in abnormal regions the δ is also found within grains. Both backscatter images and EBSD scans indicate that there are higher levels of stored energy within the normal regions, compared to the abnormal regions. These observations suggest that AGC occurs in regions where dynamic recrystallization does not happen and where recrystallization during solution heat treatment is affected by the local particle distribution.

  18. [ECG abnormalities in the MONICA Gent-Charleroi study population].

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    De Backer, G

    1989-01-01

    In a survey of a random sample of the adult population (aged 25-64 yr) from Ghent and Charleroi (n = 1693), 103 (6.1%) showed ECG-abnormalities suggestive of coronary heart disease (Minnesota code I, IV, or V); prevalence was equal in men (6.2%) as in women (6.0%). In men, 30% of ECG-abnormalities suggested an old myocardial infarction as compared to 23.4% in women. Men with abnormal ECG had a positive history of acute myocardial infarction in 23%, as compared to 23.4% in women. Multivariate discriminant function analysis shows that men with abnormal ECG are older, have a higher systolic blood pressure and were more often married. Women with ECG abnormalities were significantly older, had a lower HDL-level and were less educated. So, although the prevalence of ECG abnormalities is almost similar between sexes, they correlate differently with antecedents of infarction and are poorly related to different sets of risk factors in men as compared to women.

  19. [Phenomenology of abnormal body perceptions].

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    Schäfer, M L

    1983-01-01

    The present paper deals with the problematic nature of the phenomenological grasping of the consciousness of the body and its pathological modifications. The reasoning is oriented by the doctrine of Husserl of the so-called sentiments as the fundamentals of the experience of the own body. This basic approach does not only seem to be basically for a psychology of the consciousness of the body, but also to give the theoretical-conceptual structure for a great number of psychopathological modifications. Subsequent to a criticism of the conventional use of the term 'hallucination of the body' we attempt to chart elements of a scheme of the abnormal consciousness of the body.

  20. 大肠癌术后早期胃管拔出对患者血浆降钙素原变化及对胃肠功能恢复的影响%Research on influence of early gastric tube extubation on plasma procalcitonin change and gastrointestinal function recov-ery after colorectal cancer operation

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    牟亚刚; 王建军; 张洪伟

    2015-01-01

    postoperative gastric tube ex‐tubation ,started to drink water at postoperative 6 h ,eat fluid diet at 12 h and transfered to the common diet on 3 d ;The control group(55 cases) adopted the conventional gastric tube extubation therapy ,pulled out the gastric tube ex‐tubation after postoperative exhaustion and defecation and then started to eat food .The plasma procalcitonin levels af‐ter operation ,before and after intervention were recorded ,meanwhile postoperative complications situation ,postopera‐tive exhaustion and defecation time ,hospital stay and hospital cost were recorded .Results (1)The plasma procalcito‐nin level after treatment in the two groups were significantly declined ,but the plasma procalcitonin level in the obser‐vation group was similar to that in the control group ,there was no statistically significant difference(P> 0 .05) ;(2) After treatment ,the exhaust time in the observation group was(50 .71 ± 6 .25)h ,defecation time was(66 .43 ± 5 .87) h ,length of hospital stay was(7 .17 ± 2 .31)d and hospitalization expenses were(41 562 .87 ± 274 .36)Yuan ,which were significantly lower than(65 .24 ± 6 .58 )h ,(74 .56 ± 5 .69)h ,(10 .24 ± 3 .15)d and(47 893 .57 ± 314 .82)Yuan in the control group ,the differences were statistically significant(P 0 .05) .Conclusion Early gastric tube extubation in the postoperative patients with colorectal cancer is conducive to promote the gastrointestinal function recovery and shorten the hospital stay without affecting the procalcitonin level and increasing the risk of complications occurrence ,which is worthy of clinical promo‐tion .

  1. The Research Progress of Procalcitonin Prognostic Value in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Cardiogenic Shock Patients%降钙素原在急性冠脉综合征和心源性休克中的预测价值研究进展

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    孙志军; 李虹伟

    2013-01-01

    Inflammation plays a key role in atherosclerosis. Acute coronary syndrome ( ACS ) is an inflammatory disease. The inflammatory markers in serum, such as interleukin ( IL ) - 6, IL - 8 and C - reactive protein ( CRP ), are used to evaluate patients with coronary artery disease. Procalcitonin ( PCT ) is inflammatory factor in acute period and has been widely used as markers of infection. So far, data on serum PCT levels in patients with ACS and cardiogenic shock is scarce and controversial. This paper will review PCT prognostic value and dynamics in acute coronary syndrome and cardiogenic shock patients in details.%急性冠脉综合征是一种炎症性疾病,血清中的炎症标志物如白介素(IL)-6、IL-8和C反应蛋白在临床上已经用于评价冠状动脉疾病患者.降钙素原(PCT)是一种急性期炎症因子,被广泛认为是感染的标志物.但目前急性冠脉综合征和心源性休克患者PCT水平的研究较少,而且存在很大争议.本文对近几年来PCT在急性冠脉综合征和心源性休克中的预测价值及其动态学变化作一综述.

  2. On Regularity of Abnormal Subriemannian Geodesics

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    Tan, Kanghai

    2012-01-01

    We prove the smoothness of abnormal minimizers of subriemannian manifolds of step 3 with a nilpotent basis. We prove that rank 2 Carnot groups of step 4 admit no strictly abnormal minimizers. For any subriemannian manifolds of step less than 7, we show all abnormal minimizers have no corner type singularities, which partly generalize the main result of Leonardi-Monti.

  3. Incidental sinus abnormalities in 256 patients referred for brain MRI

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    Ghanaati H

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Imaging abnormalities in the paranasal sinuses are regularly noted as incidental findings on MRI, however, little is known about their prevalence in the Iranian population. The purpose of this study was to classify these findings in the paranasal sinuses as seen on MRI and to investigate the prevalence, according to site and type of paranasal abnormality. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, the T2-weighted axial MRI of 256 patients with diseases unrelated to their paranasal sinuses were reviewed between May 2002 and June 2003. The findings were categorized according to the anatomic location and the imaging characteristics of the abnormality. The abnormalities recorded included total sinus opacification, mucoperiosteal thickening >5mm, air fluid levels and retention cysts or polyps. Unilateral or bilateral involvement and septal deviation were also noted. A sinus was considered normal if it was fully aerated and no soft-tissue density was apparent within the cavity. Results: Among our cases, 111 (43.5% were male and 145 (56.5% were female. Of these patients, abnormalities in one or more of the sinus groups were found in 110 subjects (42.9%, 55.5% of which were male and 44.5% were female (P=0.001. Maxillary sinus abnormalities were observed in 66.4% of the patients, while ethmoid sinus abnormalities were found in 63.6%. Of the ethmoid abnormalities, 21% were found in the anterior section, 9% in the middle ethmoid, and 8% in the posterior ethmoid. The most common abnormality found was mucosal thickening. Among our cases, 23.4% had septal deviation, which was significantly higher among those with sinusitis (29% versus 19.1%; P<0.01. Of those patients with sinus involvement, 16% were involved in the sphenoid sinus and 5% in the frontal sinus. The results obtained from the patients with sinus abnormality revealed that 85% suffered from cough, nasal obstruction, runny nose, facial pain and post nasal discharge and 24% had been diagnosed

  4. Chromosomal phenotypes and submicroscopic abnormalities

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    Devriendt Koen

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The finding, during the last decade, that several common, clinically delineated syndromes are caused by submicroscopic deletions or, more rarely, by duplications, has provided a powerful tool in the annotation of the human genome. Since most microdeletion/microduplication syndromes are defined by a common deleted/duplicated region, abnormal dosage of genes located within these regions can explain the phenotypic similarities among individuals with a specific syndrome. As such, they provide a unique resource towards the genetic dissection of complex phenotypes such as congenital heart defects, mental and growth retardation and abnormal behaviour. In addition, the study of phenotypic differences in individuals with the same microdeletion syndrome may also become a treasury for the identification of modifying factors for complex phenotypes. The molecular analysis of these chromosomal anomalies has led to a growing understanding of their mechanisms of origin. Novel tools to uncover additional submicroscopic chromosomal anomalies at a higher resolution and higher speed, as well as the novel tools at hand for deciphering the modifying factors and epistatic interactors, are 'on the doorstep' and will, besides their obvious diagnostic role, play a pivotal role in the genetic dissection of complex phenotypes.

  5. Abnormal visuomotor processing in schizophrenia

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    Siân E. Robson

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Subtle disturbances of visual and motor function are known features of schizophrenia and can greatly impact quality of life; however, few studies investigate these abnormalities using simple visuomotor stimuli. In healthy people, electrophysiological data show that beta band oscillations in sensorimotor cortex decrease during movement execution (event-related beta desynchronisation (ERBD, then increase above baseline for a short time after the movement (post-movement beta rebound (PMBR; whilst in visual cortex, gamma oscillations are increased throughout stimulus presentation. In this study, we used a self-paced visuomotor paradigm and magnetoencephalography (MEG to contrast these responses in patients with schizophrenia and control volunteers. We found significant reductions in the peak-to-peak change in amplitude from ERBD to PMBR in schizophrenia compared with controls. This effect was strongest in patients who made fewer movements, whereas beta was not modulated by movement in controls. There was no significant difference in the amplitude of visual gamma between patients and controls. These data demonstrate that clear abnormalities in basic sensorimotor processing in schizophrenia can be observed using a very simple MEG paradigm.

  6. Procalcitonin as a Serum Biomarker for Differentiation of Bacterial Meningitis From Viral Meningitis in Children: Evidence From a Meta-Analysis.

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    Henry, Brandon Michael; Roy, Joyeeta; Ramakrishnan, Piravin Kumar; Vikse, Jens; Tomaszewski, Krzysztof A; Walocha, Jerzy A

    2016-07-01

    Several studies have explored the use of serum procalcitonin (PCT) in differentiating between bacterial and viral etiologies in children with suspected meningitis. We pooled these studies into a meta-analysis to determine the PCT diagnostic accuracy. All major databases were searched through March 2015. No date or language restrictions were applied. Eight studies (n = 616 pediatric patients) were included. Serum PCT assay was found to be very accurate for differentiating the etiology of pediatric meningitis with pooled sensitivity and specificity of 0.96 (95% CI = 0.92-0.98) and 0.89 (95% CI = 0.86-0.92), respectively. The pooled positive likelihood ratio, negative likelihood ratio, diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), and area under the curve (AUC) for PCT were 7.5 (95% CI = 5.6-10.1), 0.08(95% CI = 0.04-0.14), 142.3 (95% CI = 59.5-340.4), and 0.97 (SE = 0.01), respectively. In 6 studies, PCT was found to be superior than CRP, whose DOR was only 16.7 (95%CI = 8.8-31.7). Our meta-analysis demonstrates that serum PCT assay is a highly accurate and powerful test for rapidly differentiating between bacterial and viral meningitis in children.

  7. [Use of procalcitonine in intensive care units: comparison of semi quantitative PCT-Q Brahms assay with automated PCT-Kryptor assay].

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    Schuch, Géraldine; Duc-Marchand, Catherine; Venet, Cyrille; Mann, Hubert; Tixier, Anne; Bionda, Clara

    2011-01-01

    Procalcitonine (PCT) is recognized as a major and specific biomarker in diagnosis of bacterial infection. Used early in sepsis, it allows immediate administration of antibiotics and monitoring its effectiveness. Confronted on systemic inflammation response syndrom (SIRS), physicians must react quickly and effectively to evaluate bacterial infection and sepsis. The objective of this study was to compare analytical and clinical performances of semi-quantitative PCT-Q assay (Brahms) with quantitative and automated assay such on Kryptor (Brahms). Fifty blood samples of intensive care patients were compared. The analytical performance observed with PCT-Q assay is accurate: linear ratio kappa of 0.912 (95% CI 0.61, 0.97) and a good correlation between these techniques (p < 0.0001) (MedCalc software) were observed. Three discordances were observed and confirm the difficulties of reading for values close to 0.5 ng/mL. For these patients, PCT result showed its interest to discriminate local infection of a sepsis, to stop antibiotherapy with broad spectrum and to consolidate a therapeutic effectiveness in multi-visceral failure context. The semi-quantitative assay seems adapted for a fast and reliable evaluation of PCT in a general-purpose laboratory, not requiring neither dedicated analyzer, nor complex technicality but a control of the visual evaluation of results. It could be used for diagnosis of sepsis without monitoring precisely therapeutic follow-up.

  8. Abnormal Returns and Contrarian Strategies

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    Ivana Dall'Agnol

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available We test the hypothesis that strategies which are long on portfolios of looser stocks and short on portfolios of winner stocks generate abnormal returns in Brazil. This type of evidence for the US stock market was interpreted by The Bondt and Thaler (1985 as reflecting systematic evaluation mistakes caused by investors overreaction to news related to the firm performance. We found evidence of contrarian strategies profitability for horizons from 3 months to 3 years in a sample of stock returns from BOVESPA and SOMA from 1986 to 2000. The strategies are more profitable for shorter horizons. Therefore, there was no trace of the momentum effect found by Jagadeesh and Titman (1993 for the same horizons with US data. There are remaing unexplained positive returns for contrarian strategies after accounting for risk, size, and liquidity. We also found that the strategy profitability is reduced after the Real Plan, which suggests that the Brazilian stock market became more efficient after inflation stabilization.

  9. Use of Drama Students as "Clients" in Teaching Abnormal Psychology.

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    Gilliland, Kirby

    1982-01-01

    Describes the use of drama students to role play subjects of case studies in simulations of standard interviews in a college-level abnormal psychology class. Graduate drama students role-played clients in interviews with instructors or student panels. After the interviews, class discussion covered alternative possible diagnoses and possible…

  10. Detection of abnormalities in a human gait using smart shoes

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    Kong, Kyoungchul; Bae, Joonbum; Tomizuka, Masayoshi

    2008-03-01

    Health monitoring systems require a means for detecting and quantifying abnormalities from measured signals. In this paper, a new method for detecting abnormalities in a human gait is proposed for an improved gait monitoring system for patients with walking problems. In the previous work, we introduced a fuzzy logic algorithm for detecting phases in a human gait based on four foot pressure sensors for each of the right and left foot. The fuzzy logic algorithm detects the gait phases smoothly and continuously, and retains all information obtained from sensors. In this paper, a higher level algorithm for detecting abnormalities in the gait phases obtained from the fuzzy logic is discussed. In the proposed algorithm, two major abnormalities are detected 1) when the sensors measure improper foot pressure patterns, and 2) when the human does not follow a natural sequence of gait phases. For mathematical realization of the algorithm, the gait phases are dealt with by a vector analysis method. The proposed detection algorithm is verified by experiments on abnormal gaits as well as normal gaits. The experiment makes use of the Smart Shoes that embeds four bladders filled with air, the pressure changes in which are detected by pressure transducers.

  11. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Lipid Abnormalities

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    Karkinski, Dimitar; Georgievski, Oliver; Dzekova-Vidimliski, Pavlina; Milenkovic, Tatjana; Dokic, Dejan

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There has been a great interest in the interaction between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and metabolic dysfunction, but there is no consistent data suggesting that OSA is a risk factor for dyslipidemia. AIM: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the prevalence of lipid abnormalities in patients suspected of OSA, referred to our sleep laboratory for polysomnography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two hundred patients referred to our hospital with suspected OSA, and all of them underwent for standard polysomnography. All patients with respiratory disturbance index (RDI) above 15 were diagnosed with OSA. In the morning after 12 hours fasting, the blood sample was collected from all patients. Blood levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), were determined in all study patients. In the study, both OSA positive and OSA negative patients were divided according to the body mass index (BMI) in two groups. The first group with BMI ≤ 30 kg/m^2 and the second group with BMI > 30 kg/m^2. RESULTS: OSA positive patients with BMI ≤ 30 kg/m^2 had statistically significant higher levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol, and statistically significant lower level of HDL compared to OSA negative patients with BMI ≤ 30. There were no statistically significant differences in age and LDL levels between these groups. OSA positive patients with BMI > 30 kg/m^2 had higher levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol and LDL and lower levels of HDL versus OSA negative patients with BMI > 30 kg/m^2, but without statistically significant differences. CONCLUSION: OSA and obesity are potent risk factors for dyslipidemias. OSA could play a significant role in worsening of lipid metabolism in non-obese patients. But in obese patients, the extra weight makes the metabolic changes of lipid metabolism, and the role of OSA is not that very important like in non-obese patients. PMID

  12. ABNORMAL CARDIOVASCULAR REFLEXES IN PATIENTS WITH ACHALASIA

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    戈峰; 李泽坚; 柯美云

    1994-01-01

    Using 3 non-invasive tests,abnormalities of cardiovascular reflex function were found in 7 of 15 patients with achalasia.Abnormalities of heart rate responses to the Valsalva maneuver,deep breathing ,and standing were moted in patients with autonomic neuropathy defect.The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that an abnormality of vagal function may contribute to the pathogenesis of achalasia.

  13. [Renal abnormalities in ankylosing spondylitis].

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    Samia, Barbouch; Hazgui, Faiçal; Abdelghani, Khaoula Ben; Hamida, Fethi Ben; Goucha, Rym; Hedri, Hafedh; Taarit, Chokri Ben; Maiz, Hedi Ben; Kheder, Adel

    2012-07-01

    We will study the epidemiologic, clinical, biological, therapeutic, prognostic characteristics and predictive factors of development of nephropathy in ankylosing spondylitis patients. We retrospectively reviewed the medical record of 32 cases with renal involvement among 212 cases of ankylosing spondylitis followed in our service during the period spread out between 1978 and 2006. The renal involvement occurred in all patients a mean of 12 years after the clinical onset of the rheumatic disease. Thirty-two patients presented one or more signs of renal involvement: microscopic hematuria in 22 patients, proteinuria in 23 patients, nephrotic syndrome in 11 patients and decreased renal function in 24 patients (75%). Secondary renal amyloidosis (13 patients), which corresponds to a prevalence of 6,1% and tubulointerstitial nephropathy (7 patients) were the most common cause of renal involvement in ankylosing spondylitis followed by IgA nephropathy (4 patients). Seventeen patients evolved to the end stage renal disease after an average time of 29.8 ± 46 months. The average follow-up of the patients was 4,4 years. By comparing the 32 patients presenting a SPA and renal disease to 88 with SPA and without nephropathy, we detected the predictive factors of occurred of nephropathy: tobacco, intense inflammatory syndrome, sacroileite stage 3 or 4 and presence of column bamboo. The finding of 75% of the patients presented a renal failure at the time of the diagnosis of renal involvement suggests that evidence of renal abnormality involvement should be actively sought in this disease.

  14. Hemostatic abnormalities in liver cirrhosis

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    Kendal YALÇIN

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, 44 patients with liver cirrhosis were investigated for hemostatic parameters. Patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatorenal syndrome and cholestatic liver diseases were excluded. Patients were classified by Child-Pugh criterion and according to this 4 patients were in Class A, 20 in Class B and 20 in C. Regarding to these results, it was aimed to investigate the haematological disturbances in liver cirrhotic patients.In the result there was a correlation between activated partial thromboplastin time, serum iron, ferritin, transferrin, haptoglobin and Child-Pugh classification. Besides there was no correlation between prothrombin time, factor 8 and 9, protein C and S, anti-thrombin 3, fibrinogen, fibrin degradation products, serum iron binding capacity, hemoglobin, leukocyte, mean corpuscular volume and Child-Pugh classification.There were significant difference, in terms of AST, ferritin, haptoglobulin, sex and presence of ascites between groups (p0.05. In the summary, we have found correlation between hemostatic abnormalities and disease activity and clinical prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis which is important in the management of these patients. This is also important for identification of liver transplant candidiates earlier.

  15. 降钙素原对感染性休克患者预后判断的价值%Prognostic value of procalcitonin in patients with septic shock

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    郜杨; 康凯; 左姝; 于凯江

    2014-01-01

    Objective The present study aims to evaluatethe prognostic value of peripheral blood procalcitonin ( PCT ) in ICU patients with septic shock .Methods This retrospective analysis consist of 102 cases of septic shock patients from January 2012 to January 2013 in the intensive care unit of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University . Peripheral blood PCT levels were continuously determined on admission 1,2,3,4,5 day.The patients were divided into survival group and death group according to 28 d survival.PCT levels, APACHEⅡ score and SOFA score were compared and the correlations were analyzed between the two groups . Results There were no significant differences of PCT on admission 1 d, 2 d and 3 d between survival group and death group , but PCT of the death group on admission 4 d and 5 d were significantly higher than the survival group (P<0.05). Lactic acid, SOFA score and APACHEⅡscore of the death group were significantly higher than those of the survival group(P<0.05).PCT levels in patients on admission 4 d and 5 d were positively correlated with SOFA score and APACHEⅡscore (R were 0.389 and 0.393 on admission 4 d;R were 0.649 and 0.658 on admission 5 d;P<0.01).PCT was 2.0μg/L when the sensitivity was 81.2%and specificity of 72.8%.Conclusion Dynamic monitoring PCT levels can effectively assess the prognosis of patients with septic shock .%目的:评价外周血降钙素原( PCT)对ICU感染性休克患者预后判断的价值。方法回顾性分析2012-01~2013-01入住ICU的102例感染性休克患者,记录其入院第1、2、3、4、5天外周血PCT水平,根据28 d生存情况分为存活组和死亡组,比较两组患者的PCT水平,并评价其与APACHEⅡ评分、SOFA评分的相关性。结果存活组和死亡组患者第1、2、3天PCT水平比较差异无统计学意义,但死亡组患者第4、5天PCT水平明显高于存活组(P<0.05);死亡组乳酸、SOFA评分、APACHEⅡ

  16. Change and clinical significance of procalcitonin and blood culture in exertional heatstroke patients%劳力性热射病患者血清降钙素原血培养的变化及其临床意义

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    杨巧云; 刘文明; 俞建峰; 曾景福; 许峂嵘

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨劳力性热射病( EHS)患者血清降钙素原( PCT)、血培养的变化及其临床意义。方法采取前瞻性研究方法,收集劳力性热射病患者34例,同时随机收集同期在ICU住院的32例伴有高热的脓毒症( sepsis)患者,比较两组患者血清PCT水平及血培养阳性率。结果热射病组血清PCT水平与伴有高热的脓毒症组患者比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),热射病组血培养阳性率高于伴有高热的脓毒症组患者,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);同样,EHS患者中血培养阳性组血清PCT水平高于血培养阴性组,但差异无统计学意义( P>0.05)。结论劳力性热射病患者即使没有细菌感染存在,血清PCT依然可被诱导释放。在血清PCT水平明显升高或血培养阳性患者中,即使找不到细菌感染的直接病灶,也应该使用抗菌药物。%Objective To investigate the change and clinical significance of procalcitonin and blood culture in exertional heatstroke patients.Methods We adopted a prospective study.We collected 34 cases of exertional heatstroke and collected 32 cases of sepsis patients with high fever hospitalized in ICU in the same period.T -test was used to compare the difference of serum PCT levels between two groups.χ2 -test was used to compare the difference of positive rate of blood culture between two gropes. Results The difference of serum PCT levels between two groups was obviously significant(P0.05).The serum PCT levels of exertional heatstroke patients with positive blood culture was higher than that with negative blood culture, but the difference was not statistically significant (P >0.05).Conclusion PCT can be induced to release in exertional heatstroke patients even absence of bacterial infection.Exertional heatstroke patients with higher serum PCT level or positive blood culture should use antibacterials, even if we can't find original lesions of

  17. The value of serum procalcitonin in treatment of community acquired pneumonia in outpatient%血清降钙素原监测在门诊治疗社区获得性肺炎中的作用

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    龙威; 邓星奇; 唐建国; 谢娟; 张奕翠; 张羽; 高育瑶; 陆刚

    2009-01-01

    目的 探讨血清降钙素原(PCT)监测在门诊接受治疗的社区获得性肺炎(CAP)患者的抗生素使用中的临床意义.方法 选2006年11月-2008年2月符合CAP诊断标准的门诊接受治疗的CAP患者127例,随机分为PCT监测组(63例)和常规治疗组(64例),人选患者监测血清PCT水平.在相旧常规治疗的基础上,常规治疗组由经治医师按照我国CAP治疗指南决定抗生素治疗方案;PCT监测组按照血清PCT水平决定是否使用抗生素,在血清PCT≥0.25μg/L时进行抗生素治疗,PCT0.05),PCT监测组的抗生素使用率、抗生素疗程及抗生素费用均低于常规治疗组(P值均小于0.05),2组患者的预后无明显差异.结论 门诊接受治疗的CAP患者可以依据PCT水平指导抗生素应用,能够减少抗生素用量,缩短抗生素疗程,降低抗生素费用.%Objective To evaluate the value of serum procalcitonin (PCT)on antibiotic use in treatment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in outpatient. Methods From November 2006 to February 2008, a total of 127 patients with CAP in outpatient were randomly assigned into two groups:PCT group(n=63)and control group(n =64). PCT levels of all patients were measured after study admission. On the base of similarly normal treatment, the control group received antibiotics according to the attending physicians and the PCT group were treated with antibiotics according to serum PCT levels: antibiotic treatment was applied with PCT level ≥ 0. 25 μg/L and was discouraged with PCT level 0.05) ;rate and costs of antibiotics use was lower, antibiotic duration of the PCT group was shorter than that ofthecontroigroup(P<0.05,P<0.001,P<0.001).Conclusion PCT could be used in treatment of CAP for antibiotic use in outpatient, which may reduce antibiotic use, shorten antibiotic duration and lower costs of antibiotic.

  18. 甲状腺功能异常患者血糖、血脂、血尿酸水平变化的相关分析%Variation of serum glucose, lipid and uric acid level in patients with abnormal thyroid function

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    费扬; 李红

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the variation of serum glucose, lipid and uric acid level in patients with abnormal thyroid function. Methods 105 patients with abnormal thyroid function were included and divided into three groups according to their thyroid function: clinical hyperthyroidism, clinical hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism. Their fast glucose (GLU),total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL- C) and uric acid (UA) levels were measured and compared with 46 healthy controls. Rsults After adjusting for age, sex, blood pressure and body weight, we got the following res ults: 1. fast glucose level was higher in patients with clinical hyperthyroidism (P <0.01 ) and lower in those with clinical hypothyroidism (P <0.05) compared to healthy controls; patients with subclinical hypothyroidism had lower glucose level but without significant difference compared to normal controls; 2. serum lipid level including TG, TC and LDL- C, decreased in patients with clinical hyperthyroidism (P <0.01 ) and increased in those with those with clinical hypothyroidism (P <0.01 ); patients with subclinical hypothyroidism had in creased lipid level but no significant difference was found when compared to control group; 3. serum uric acid level increased in all the three groups (P<0.01) compared to healthy controls, but no difference was found among these three groups. Conclusion Besides serum glucose and lipid levels, physicians should also pay attention to serum uric acid level of patients with abnormalthyroid function which changes significantly.%目的 探讨甲状腺功能异常患者血糖、血脂、血尿酸水平变化及临床意义.方法 根据甲状腺功能测定结果将105例甲状腺功能异常患者分为临床甲亢组、亚临床甲减组和临床甲减组,并设健康对照组46例,同时分别测定各组空腹血糖(FPG)和血总胆固醇(TC)、甘油三酯(TG)、低密度脂蛋白胆固醇(LDL-C

  19. 合并糖代谢异常的冠心病患者血浆脂联素水平变化及其临床意义%Plasma level of adiponectin in coronary heart disease patients combined with abnormal glucose metabolism

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    夏珂; 郭兰燕; 赵震宇; Ali Sheikh Md Sayed; 李非; 杨天伦

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To examine the plasma adiponectin concentration in coronary heart disease (CHD)patients combined with abnormal glucose metabolism, and to explore the clinical significance ofadiponectin.Methods: Eighty-seven hospitalized CHD patients confirmed by coronary angiography fromAugust 2009 to April 2010 at Xiangya Hospital were enrolled and divided into 3 groups according to their glucose metabolic state: 31 patients were selected as a simple CHD group, 28 were selected as a CHD combined with impaired glucose tolerance group (CHD+IGT group), and the other 28 as a CHD combined with diabetes mellitus group (CHD+DM group). The 31 healthy subjects who got health checkup at the same time were enrolled as a normal control group (NC group). Plasma adiponectin was measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. The height, weight, waistline and blood pressure of all the subjects were checked, and the fasting blood glucose (FBG), insulin, lipids, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), free fatty acids (FFA), the liver function and the renal function were checked as well. The body mass index and the homeostasis model were assessed for insulin resistance.Results: 1) Plasma adiponectin in the CHD group, the CHD+IGT group, and the CHD+DM group was all lower than that in the NC group (P<0.05); 2) Compared with the CHD group, the plasma adiponectin in the CHD+DM group was the lowest, followed by the CHD+IGT group, and there was significant difference in the 3 groups (P<0.05); 3) Plasma adiponectin level was positively related with the high density lipoprotein cholesterol-C (HDL-C) (r=0.483, P<0.01), while it was negatively related with the hs-CRP and Gensini score (r=-0.489, P<0.05; r=-0.252, P<0.05). Conclusion: Plasma adiponectin concentration is reduced in the CHD patients, and significantly reduced in CHD patients combined with abnormal glucose metabolism. Plasma adiponectin concentration decreases significantly with the severity of abnormal glucose metabolism. CHD

  20. 降钙素原的动态变化对老年重症社区获得性肺炎预后的评估价值%Role of procalcitonin on the evaluation of prognosis in aged patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia

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    唐伦先; 叶海燕; 张常晶; 马少林

    2011-01-01

    目的 研究血清降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)对老年重症社区获得性肺炎(severe community-acquired pneumonia,SCAP)预后的评估价值.方法 对40例老年SCAP患者进行急性生理和慢性健康状况评分Ⅱ(acute physiology and chronic health evaluationⅡ,APACHEⅡ)和临床肺部感染评分(clinical pulmonary infection score,CPIS),测定入组时、24 h和72 h血清PCT水平,根据28 d预后分为生存组和死亡组,绘制受试者生存曲线,计算曲线下面积.结果 所有患者随访28 d,死亡率22.5%.生存组入组时APACHEⅡ评分、CPIS评分及PCT水平均显著低于死亡组(P<0.05或P<0.01).生存组入组后24、72 h PCT水平均显著低于死亡组(P均<0.01).患者入组时PCT水平预测28 d死亡结局的曲线下面积为0.864(95%CI 0.753~0.975),与入组时及24 h PCT水平比较,72 h PCT水平对死亡预测的准确性最高,曲线下面积为0.953(95%CI 0.893~0.982),取截断值为0.275 ng/mL时,敏感性为97.1%,特异性为83.9%.结论 血清PCT的动态变化可在一定程度上预测老年SCAP的预后.%Objective To study the value of serum procalcitonin ( PCT) in evaluating the prognosis of aged patients with severe community - acquired pneumonia( SCAP) . Methods In 40 aged SCAP patients, the scores of acute physiology and chronic health evaluation Ⅱ ( APACHE Ⅱ ) and clinical pulmonary infection score ( CPIS) were evaluated. The serum PCT levels were measured at baseline, 24 and 72 h after admission. The patients were divided into the survivor group and the non -survivor group according 28 - day prognosis. The value of plasma PCT in predicting the outcome was evaluated, and the receiver operating characteristic ( ROC) curve was constructed. Results All the patients were followed for 28 days, the mortality rate was 22.5% . Survivors had significantly lower APACHEII scores,CPIS and PCT levels compared with the non - survivor group( P < 0.05 or P <0.001). Levels of PCT at baseline

  1. The effect of food shape abnormality on purchase intentions in China

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    Loebnitz, Natascha; Grunert, Klaus G

    2015-01-01

    The assumption that consumers prefer cosmetically perfect fruits and vegetables contributes to global food waste, because food retailers refuse to offer abnormally shaped food. This study empirically examines how food shape abnormality affects purchase intentions and how two individual difference...... variables, environmental concern and social trust, might moderate the food shape abnormality–purchase intention relationship for consumers in China. A representative sample of 212 Chinese consumers indicated their purchase intentions for two fruits and two vegetables with varying levels of food shape...... abnormality (normal, moderately abnormal, and extremely abnormal). The results demonstrate that food shape influences purchase intentions; consumers are more likely to purchase normally shaped fruits and vegetables than moderately or extremely abnormally shaped food. However, environmental concern and social...

  2. Clinical value of procalcitonin in identification of different types of meningitis%降钙素原在鉴别不同类型脑膜炎中的临床价值分析

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    闫青; 余玲; 刘江; 夏芳

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原(PC T )在鉴别细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎的临床应用价值,为临床诊断提供依据。方法选取2011年12月-2016年1月医院收治的急性脑膜炎患者90例,将患者根据细菌培养及脑脊液细胞学检查结果分为细菌性脑膜炎组42例与病毒性脑膜炎组48例,于患者入院前及治疗后分别对两组患者的PC T、外周血C‐反应蛋白(CRP)及血常规白细胞计数进行测定。结果治疗前,与病毒性脑炎组比较,细菌性脑膜炎患者血清PCT水平及脑脊液PCT水平均明显提高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);与治疗前比较,细菌性脑膜炎患者经抗菌药物治疗后其血清PCT水平明显降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论对细菌性脑膜炎和病毒性脑膜炎进行PC T检测有助于不同病原体的早期诊断,并且通过PC T 的检测能够判定细菌性脑膜炎的治疗效果,在临床上具有重要的应用价值。%OBJECTIVE To explore the clinical value of procalcitonin (PCT ) in differentiating bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis so as to provide guidance for clinical diagnosis .METHODS A total of 90 patients with acute meningitis who were treated in the hospital from Dec 2011 to Jan 2016 were enrolled in the study and divided into the bacterial meningitis group with 42 cases and the viral meningitis group with 48 cases according to the results of bacterial culture and cerebrospinal fluid cytological examination .The levels of PCT and peripheral blood C‐reactive protein as well as white blood cell counts were determined before the admission and after the treatment .RESULTS The levels of serum PCT and cerebrospinal fluid PCT of the bacterial meningitis group were significantly higher than those of the viral meningitis group before the treatment(P<0 .05) .The level of serum PCT of the patients with bacterial meningitis was significantly lower after the antibiotic

  3. Comparison of the results between quantitative procalcitonin detection and blood culture%血清降钙素原定量检测与血培养结果的比较

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    王凯飞; 沈定霞; 刘朝军; 叶丽艳; 王磊利; 张有江

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨降钙素原(PCT)定量检测在血流感染患者中的临床应用价值.方法 采用回顾性研究,对解放军总医院1066例患者同时送检血液培养和PCT检测的结果进行分析,其中有效结果1010例.比较血培养结果与血清PCT浓度的关系及PCT浓度在革兰阴性细菌、革兰阳性细菌及假丝酵母菌之间的差异.并且对33例进行过多次PCT检测的血培养阳性患者预后进行了分析.三组间PCT值差异比较采用Mann-Whitney U检验;死亡率比较采用Fisher's精确概率法.结果 血培养阴性患者PCT为0.37(0.11 ~1.67) μg/L.血培养阳性患者PCT水平为2.24(0.57~11.59)μg/L;PCT在革兰阴性细菌、革兰阳性细菌及假丝酵母菌中的阳性率分别为86.6%、72.0%及75.7%.在33例多次PCT检测的血培养阳性患者中,PCT进行性减低者预后较好,PCT均值>5 μg/L者预后较差.结论 定量检测PCT可作为快速排除和诊断血流感染的辅助检测手段.观察PCT变化趋势对预后判断有一定的参考价值.%Objective To evaluate the application value of the quantitative procalcitonin (PCT) test in bloodstream infection.Methods Of 1066 patients with blood culture and PCT detection were collected in our hospital,retrospectively,1010 were effective cases.The relationship between blood culture results and serum PCT levels was investigated.PCT levels in gram-negative bacterial infection,gram-positive bacterial infection and candidiasis were compared.The prognosis of 33 blood culture positive patients with repeated PCT detection results were analyzed.Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare the PCT value among the three groups,and Fisher' s test was used to compare the death rate among the three groups.Results In the patients with negative blood culture results,the median of PCT was 0.37 (0.11 - 1.67) μg/L.But in the patients with positive blood culture results,the median of PCT were 2.24(0.57 -11.59) μg/L The positive rate of PCT in gram

  4. Platelet enzyme abnormalities in leukemias

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    S Sharma

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of the Study: The aim of this study was to evaluate platelet enzyme activity in cases of leukemia. Materials and Methods: Platelet enzymes glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD, pyruvate kinase (PK and hexokinase (HK were studied in 47 patients of acute and chronic leukemia patients, 16 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML(13 relapse, three in remission, 12 patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL (five in relapse, seven in remission, 19 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML. Results: The platelet G6PD activity was significantly low in cases of AML, ALL and also in CML. G6PD activity was normalized during AML remission. G6PD activity, although persistently low during ALL remission, increased significantly to near-normal during remission (P < 0.05 as compared with relapse (P < 0.01. Platelet PK activity was high during AML relapse (P < 0.05, which was normalized during remission. Platelet HK however was found to be decreased during all remission (P < 0.05. There was a significant positive correlation between G6PD and PK in cases of AML (P < 0.001 but not in ALL and CML. G6PD activity did not correlate with HK activity in any of the leukemic groups. A significant positive correlation was however seen between PK and HK activity in cases of ALL remission (P < 0.01 and CML (P < 0.05. Conclusions: Both red cell and platelet enzymes were studied in 36 leukemic patients and there was no statistically significant correlation between red cell and platelet enzymes. Platelet enzyme defect in leukemias suggests the inherent abnormality in megakaryopoiesis and would explain the functional platelet defects in leukemias.

  5. Drop Analysis in Infants with Bacterial Pneumonia in the Diagnosis of Procalcitonin Detection and Blood Culture%降钙素原检测与血培养在婴幼儿细菌性肺炎诊断中的作用分析

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    陈贵英

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare the procalcitonin and blood culture results in the diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia in infants.Methods Choose 36 cases of infants with bacterial pneumonia,fasting blood,for procalcitonin detection,blood culture,the comparison results.Results Procalcitonin blood culture positive rate was 52.78%;the total positive rate was 25%.Conclusion In the diagnosis of infantile bacterial pneumonia,procalcitonin has more advantage.%目的对比降钙素原与血培养在婴幼儿细菌性肺炎诊断中效果。方法选取婴幼儿细菌性肺炎患儿36例,抽取空腹静脉血,行降钙素原、血培养检测,对比结果。结果降钙素原阳性率为52.78%;血培养总阳性率为25.00%。结论在婴幼儿细菌性肺炎诊断中,降钙素原检测具有更大的优势。

  6. Procalcitonin and BISAP score versus c-reactive protein and APACHE II score in early assessment of severity and outcome of acute pancreatitis

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    Bezmarević Mihailo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Early assessment of severity and continuous monitoring of patients are the key factors for adequate treatment of acute pancreatitis (AP. The aim of this study was to determine the value of procalcitonin (PCT and Bedside Index for Severity in Acute Pancreatitis (BISAP scoring system as prognostic markers in early stages of AP with comparison to other established indicators such as Creactive protein (CRP and Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II score. Methods. This prospective study included 51 patients (29 with severe AP. In the first 24 h of admission in all patients the APACHE II score and BISAP score, CRP and PCT serum concentrations were determined. The values of PCT serum concentrations and BISAP score were compared with values of CRP serum concentrations and APACHE II score, in relation to the severity and outcome of the disease. Results. Values of PCT, CRP, BISAP score and APACHE II score, measured at 24 h of admission, were significantly elevated in patients with severe form of the disease. In predicting severity of AP at 24 h of admission, sensitivity and specificity of the BISAP score were 74% and 59%, respectively, APACHE II score 89% and 69%, respectively, CRP 75% and 86%, respectively, and PCT 86% and 63%, respectively. It was found that PCT is highly significant predictor of the disease outcome (p < 0,001. Conclusion. In early assessment of AP severity, PCT has better predictive value than CRP, and similar to the APACHE II score. APACHE II score is a stronger predictor of the disease severity than BISAP score. PCT is a good predictor of AP outcome.

  7. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF LRINEC SCORE: PROCALCITONIN AND LRINEC SCORE: C-REACTIVE PROTEIN IN PREDICTING DURATION OF HOSPITAL STAY AND SEVERITY IN NECROTISING FASCIITIS

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    Manoj Gowda

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotizing Fasciitis (LRINEC score is a simple laboratory tool used to distinguish between Necrotizing Soft-Tissue Infections (NSTI and other soft-tissue infections. A LRINEC score of ≥6 is considered as denoting a high risk of necrotizing fasciitis. A very high LRINEC score might also be associated with mortality and other outcomes of patients with NSTI. METHODS A review of the medical charts of patients was carried out in a tertiary academic Centre. All adult patients with necrotizing softtissue infections from 2010 to 2011 were selected and LRINEC scores were calculated for each patient. The enrolled patients had sufficient information to determine the LRINEC score. Serum Procalcitonin (PCT was used in place of serum C-Reactive Protein (CRP to improve the efficacy of LRINEC score. Serum PCT was considered positive if the value was >0.56 ng/mL. LRINEC score-PCT and LRINEC score-CRP were compared in predicting duration of hospital stay and severity. RESULTS In this study of 50 patients 64% of them were males, majority of the patients were between the age group of 40-80 years. LRINEC score PCT had better predictability for severity and duration of hospital stay when compared to LRINEC score with CRP. Pearson correlation of LRINEC score PCT vs LRINEC score, CRP was statistically significant with LRINEC score, PCT having 30% of patients with longer duration of hospital stay in comparison to LRINEC score CRP which had 12%. CONCLUSION LRINEC score: PCT had better probability in predicting severity and duration of hospital stay when compared to LRINEC score: CRP.

  8. 降钙素原在颅内感染患者中测定意义%Procalcitonin Measurement in Patients with Significant Intracranial Infection

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    罗雯媛

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical significance of PCT test in intracranial infection treatment. Method: We choosed 60 patients with intracranial infection randomly, tested and analysed the value of PCT in different periods by immunofiuorescence. Result: In the acute step of the patients with meningitis,the value of PCT has a significant raise, and it will go down and turn well after using antibiotics. Compared with the PCT value of viral encephalitis, it showed no raise significantly. Conclusion: Test of serum procalcitonin can be used as index of early diagnosis of purulent meningitis and viral encephalitis, and it has magnificent meaning to recognize and cure purulent meningitis.%目的:探讨降钙素原(PCT)的测定在治疗颅内感染患者中的临床意义.方法:随机抽取我院治疗颅内感染患者60例,分不同时期采用免疫发光分析法测定其血清降钙素原(PCT)数值并加以分析.结果:通过检测得知,化脓性脑膜炎患者在急性发病期,PCT水平明显升高,经过有效抗生素治疗后,PCT水平明显下降,恢复效果较好;而与之对比的病毒性脑炎在PCT的监测中,无明显升高迹象.结论:血清降钙素原的测定可作为早期鉴别化脓性脑膜炎和病毒性脑炎的依据,同时,对临床诊疗化脓性脑膜炎有重要的应用意义.

  9. Nail abnormalities in patients with vitiligo*

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    Topal, Ilteris Oguz; Gungor, Sule; Kocaturk, Ozgur Emek; Duman, Hatice; Durmuscan, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    Background Vitiligo is an acquired pigmentary skin disorder affecting 0.1-4% of the general population. The nails may be affected in patients with an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis, and in those with alopecia areata. It has been suggested that nail abnormalities should be apparent in vitiligo patients. Objective We sought to document the frequency and clinical presentation of nail abnormalities in vitiligo patients compared to healthy volunteers. We also examined the correlations between nail abnormalities and various clinical parameters. Methods This study included 100 vitiligo patients and 100 healthy subjects. Full medical histories were collected from the subjects, who underwent thorough general and nail examinations. All nail changes were noted. In the event of clinical suspicion of a fungal infection, additional mycological investigations were performed. Results Nail abnormalities were more prevalent in the patients (78%) than in the controls (55%) (p=0.001). Longitudinal ridging was the most common finding (42%), followed by (in descending order): leukonychia, an absent lunula, onycholysis, nail bed pallor, onychomycosis, splinter hemorrhage and nail plate thinning. The frequency of longitudinal ridging was significantly higher in patients than in controls (p<0.001). Conclusions Nail abnormalities were more prevalent in vitiligo patients than in controls. Systematic examination of the nails in such patients is useful because nail abnormalities are frequent. However, the causes of such abnormalities require further study. Longitudinal ridging and leukonychia were the most common abnormalities observed in this study. PMID:27579738

  10. An Abnormal Psychology Community Based Interview Assignment

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    White, Geoffry D.

    1977-01-01

    A course option in abnormal psychology involves students in interviewing and observing the activities of individuals in the off-campus community who are concerned with some aspect of abnormal psychology. The technique generates student interest in the field when they interview people about topics such as drug abuse, transsexualism, and abuse of…

  11. Abnormal Event Detection Using Local Sparse Representation

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    Ren, Huamin; Moeslund, Thomas B.

    2014-01-01

    measurement based on the difference between the normal space and local space. Specifically, we provide a reasonable normal bases through repeated K spectral clustering. Then for each testing feature we first use temporal neighbors to form a local space. An abnormal event is found if any abnormal feature...

  12. An Abnormal Vibrational Mode of Torsion Pendulum

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    赵亮; 涂英; 顾邦明; 胡忠坤; 罗俊

    2003-01-01

    In the experiment for the determination of the gravitational constant G, we found an abnormal vibrational mode of the torsion pendulum. The abnormal mode disappeared as a magnetic damper was introduced to the torsion pendulum system. Our experimental results also show that the magnetic damper can be used to suppress the high frequency vibrational noises to torsion pendulums effectively.

  13. Abnormal Raman spectral phenomenon of silicon nanowires

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    2000-01-01

    The Raman spectra of two one-dimensional silicon nanowire samples with different excitation wavelengths were measured and an abnormal phenomenon was discovered that the Raman spectral features change with the wavelengths of excitation. Closer analysis of the crystalline structure of samples and the changes in Raman spectral features showed that the abnormal behavior is the result of resonance Raman scattering selection effect.

  14. 血清降钙素原检测对儿童细菌性肺炎抗生素使用的指导研究%Serum Procalcitonin Original Detection of Bacterial Pneumonia in Children Study the Guidance of Antibiotic Use

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    杨洪亮; 杨翠珍

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究儿童细菌性肺炎治疗中利用血清降钙素原水平指导临床抗生素使用的价值。方法将92例儿童细菌性肺炎患儿随机分为对照组和治疗组。对照组给予经验治疗,治疗组应用血清降钙素原含量指导抗生素应用治疗。比较两组抗生素使用时间、抗生素使用费用及细菌耐药率的差异。结果两组患儿在抗生素使用时间上,对照组(6.3±0.4)d与治疗组(3.6±0.5)d相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);两组在抗生素使用费用上,对照组(951±85)元与治疗组(493±66)元相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。两组在平均细菌耐药率上,对照组平均20.5%与治疗组10.4%相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论儿童细菌性肺炎治疗中参考血清降钙素原水平用药,可以在达到更好治疗效果的同时减少抗生素的使用时间、费用和细菌耐药率。%Objective To study the bacterial pneumonia in children in the use of serum calcitonin original level to guide clinical antibiotics use value.Methods 92 patients with bacterial pneumonia in children were randomly divided into control group and treatment group.The contrd group was given experience treatment.The treatment group application Procalcitonin levels guide the application of antibiotics.Compare two groups of antibiotics use of time, Antibiotic use and bacterial resistance to diference.Results On antibiotic use time, two groups of children patients in the control group(6.3±0.4)d,compared with treatment group(3.6±0.5)d the difference was statisticaly significant(P<0.05);On antibiotic use,control group(951±85)yuan compared with treatment group (493±66) yuan,the difference was statisticaly significant(P<0.05).Two groups on the average bacterial resistance,the control group mas 20.5% compared with treatment group 10.4%,the difference was statisticaly significant(P<0.05).Conclusion Reference of Procalcitonin

  15. Chromosomal abnormalities in patients with sperm disorders

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Chromosomal abnormalities are among the most common genetic causes of spermatogenic disruptions. Carriers of chromosomal abnormalities are at increased risk of infertility, miscarriage or birth of a child with unbalanced karyotype due to the production of unbalanced gametes. The natural selection against chromosomally abnormal sperm usually prevents fertilization with sperm barring in cases of serious chromosomal abnormalities. However, assisted reproductive technologies in general and intracytoplasmic sperm injection in particular, enable the transmission of chromosomal abnormalities to the progeny. Therefore, cytogenetic studies are important in patients with male factor infertility before assisted reproduction treatment. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the types and frequencies of chromosomal abnormalities in 724 patients with infertility and to estimate the risk of chromosomal abnormalities detection in subgroups of patients depending on the severity of spermatogenic disruption, aiming at identifying groups of patients in need of cytogenetic studies. Karyotype analysis was performed in 724 blood samples of men attending infertility clinic. Chromosomal preparation was performed by standard techniques. At least 20 GTG-banded metaphase plates with the resolution from 450 to 750 bands per haploid set were analysed in each case. When chromosomal mosaicism was suspected, this number was increased to 50. Abnormal karyotypes were observed in 48 (6.6% patients, including 67% of autosomal abnormalities and 33% of gonosomal abnormalities. Autosomal abnormalities were represented by structural rearrangements. Reciprocal translocations were the most common type of structural chromosomal abnormalities in the studied group, detected with the frequency of 2.6% (n = 19, followed by Robertsonian translocation, observed with the frequency of 1.2% (n = 9. The frequency of inversions was 0.6% (n = 4. Gonosomal abnormalities included 14 cases

  16. 产后抑郁症患者正性和负性音乐刺激下情绪反应及脑激活特征%Abnormal pleasure levels and neural processing in response to positive and negative music in postpartum depression: a preliminary functional magnetic resonance imaging study

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    王晓娟; 王健; 刘志宏

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨产后抑郁症患者正、负性音乐刺激下的情绪反应及脑激活特征.方法 选取符合DSM-Ⅳ产褥期抑郁症诊断标准且爱丁堡产后抑郁量表评分≥9分的11例产后抑郁症患者(抑郁症组)和11名产后对照者(对照组),在正、负性音乐刺激下进行脑功能磁共振扫描,比较两组被试者的主观愉悦度评价(人像自评系统量表评分)和脑功能磁共振扫描激活脑区的差异.结果 抑郁症组对正、负性音乐的主观愉悦度评价[分别为:(6.23±1.01)、(3.08±0.64)分]均低于对照组[分别为:(7.00±0.63)、3.72 ±0.47)分],差异有统计学意义(t=-2.27,P=0.03;t=-2.79,P=0.01).在负性刺激下,与对照组相比,抑郁症组患者表现为海马的激活增强,并且右侧海马的激活与主观愉悦度评价水平呈负相关.结论 产后抑郁症患者对负性音乐的愉悦度评价更低,其可能与右侧海马的异常激活有关.%Objective To explore the neural activity of females with post-partum depression in response to negative and positive emotional music and further to examine the relationship between the psychological pleasure levels and the abnormal neural activity in post-partum depression.Methods Eleven postpartum healthy females and 11 unmediated depressed females underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging blood-oxygen-level-dependent acquisition during a block-designed emotional music.Results The depressed females showed lower pleasure levels both to the positive and negative music(6.23 ± 1.01,3.08 ± 0.64,respectively) than healthy ones (7.00 ± 0.63,3.72 ± 0.47,respectively),the difference was statistically significant(t =-2.27,P =0.03 ; t =-2.79,P =0.01).Postpartum depression patients exhibited significantly stronger hippocampus activation than the healthy subjects and there was a significant negative correlation between right hippocampus activity and psychological pleasure levels to negative music.Conclusion Postpartum depressied

  17. Cortical thickness abnormalities associated with dyslexia, independent of remediation status.

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    Ma, Yizhou; Koyama, Maki S; Milham, Michael P; Castellanos, F Xavier; Quinn, Brian T; Pardoe, Heath; Wang, Xiuyuan; Kuzniecky, Ruben; Devinsky, Orrin; Thesen, Thomas; Blackmon, Karen

    2015-01-01

    Abnormalities in cortical structure are commonly observed in children with dyslexia in key regions of the "reading network." Whether alteration in cortical features reflects pathology inherent to dyslexia or environmental influence (e.g., impoverished reading experience) remains unclear. To address this question, we compared MRI-derived metrics of cortical thickness (CT), surface area (SA), gray matter volume (GMV), and their lateralization across three different groups of children with a historical diagnosis of dyslexia, who varied in current reading level. We compared three dyslexia subgroups with: (1) persistent reading and spelling impairment; (2) remediated reading impairment (normal reading scores), and (3) remediated reading and spelling impairments (normal reading and spelling scores); and a control group of (4) typically developing children. All groups were matched for age, gender, handedness, and IQ. We hypothesized that the dyslexia group would show cortical abnormalities in regions of the reading network relative to controls, irrespective of remediation status. Such a finding would support that cortical abnormalities are inherent to dyslexia and are not a consequence of abnormal reading experience. Results revealed increased CT of the left fusiform gyrus in the dyslexia group relative to controls. Similarly, the dyslexia group showed CT increase of the right superior temporal gyrus, extending into the planum temporale, which resulted in a rightward CT asymmetry on lateralization indices. There were no group differences in SA, GMV, or their lateralization. These findings held true regardless of remediation status. Each reading level group showed the same "double hit" of atypically increased left fusiform CT and rightward superior temporal CT asymmetry. Thus, findings provide evidence that a developmental history of dyslexia is associated with CT abnormalities, independent of remediation status.

  18. Early detection of abnormal patient arrivals at hospital emergency department

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    2015-10-21

    Overcrowding is one of the most crucial issues confronting emergency departments (EDs) throughout the world. Efficient management of patient flows for ED services has become an urgent issue for most hospital administrations. Handling and detection of abnormal situations is a key challenge in EDs. Thus, the early detection of abnormal patient arrivals at EDs plays an important role from the point of view of improving management of the inspected EDs. It allows the EDs mangers to prepare for high levels of care activities, to optimize the internal resources and to predict enough hospitalization capacity in downstream care services. This study reports the development of statistical method for enhancing detection of abnormal daily patient arrivals at the ED, which able to provide early alert mechanisms in the event of abnormal situations. The autoregressive moving average (ARMA)-based exponentially weighted moving average (EWMA) anomaly detection scheme proposed was successfully applied to the practical data collected from the database of the pediatric emergency department (PED) at Lille regional hospital center, France.

  19. Abnormalities in eelpout Zoarces viviparus upon chemical exposure.

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    Brande-Lavridsen, Nanna; Korsgaard, Bodil; Dahllöf, Ingela; Strand, Jakob; Tairova, Zhanna; Bjerregaard, Poul

    2013-12-01

    Elevated frequencies of abnormal embryos in female eelpout Zoarces viviparus have been demonstrated in Danish, Swedish and German monitoring programmes at certain geographic locations with high levels of anthropogenic input. Pollutants present in areas with high malformation frequencies were selected and tested in a controlled laboratory experiment for their potential to induce abnormalities among eelpout embryos upon injection into pregnant eelpout. Tributyltin, 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, pyrene, nonylphenol, 2,2',4,4'-tetrabromophenylether and heptadecafluorooctanesulfonic acid were tested, either individually or combined. Generally, the chemicals were transferred to eggs and/or embryos. Some of the exposures increased the proportion of broods with more than 10% abnormal or 5% malformed embryos, although the average percentages of abnormal development were not affected. Spinal, cranial and eye deformities were evident, similarly to what is seen in nature. Some of the exposures resulted in increased percentages of females with as well a low reproductive capacity as embryos with a low condition index.

  20. Prognostic value of procalcitonin and endotoxin concentrations for intra-abdominal sepsis%降钙素原及内毒素对腹腔感染脓毒症患者预后的评估

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    黄凤楼; 刁孟元; 钱海飞; 秦保东; 仲人前

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)及内毒素对于腹腔感染脓毒症患者预后的评估价值。方法回顾性分析腹腔感染脓毒症86例的临床资料,根据预后(存活和死亡)和病情严重程度(局部感染、脓毒症、严重脓毒症及脓毒症休克)分组,比较不同组别之间的PCT及内毒素水平,比较PCT和内毒素同急性生理和慢性健康状况评分Ⅱ( acute physiology and chronic health evaluation Ⅱ,APACHE Ⅱ)和脓毒症相关器官功能障碍评分( sepsis-related organ failure assessment score ,SO-FA)的相关性,并比较PCT、内毒素和两个临床评分系统对于患者预后的评估价值。结果根据不同评分及预后分组,各组之间PCT水平差异具有统计学意义,而内毒素水平差异无统计学意义。 PCT与两个评分系统具有很好的相关性,而内毒素与评分系统无显著相关。 PCT、内毒素、APACHE Ⅱ和SOFA评分对于预后的受试者工作特征曲线( ROC 曲线)下面积分别为85.7%、56.3%、86.7%和86.0%。结论 PCT较内毒素能更好地评价腹腔感染脓毒症患者的预后。%Objective To evaluate the value of serum procalcitonin and endotoxin concentrations in prognosis of intra -abdom-inal sepsis.Methods A total of 86 patients with intra-abdominal sepsis were included into the study .We compared PCT and endotoxin concentrations according to classification of different outcomes ( survivors and nonsurvivors ) and intra-abdominal sepsis ( local infec-tions,sepsis,severe sepsis and septic shock ).The correlation of PCT or endotoxin concentrations to APACHE Ⅱ or SOFA score were also analyzed ,then see their function in judging the prognosis of sepsis .Results Nonsurvivors had a higher level of PCT than survi-vors.PCT concentrations was higher in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock than that with sepsis or local infections .PCT concen-trations was associated with

  1. The value of procalcitonin in the discrimination between sepsis due to different bacterial%降钙素原对鉴别不同细菌感染所致脓毒症的诊断价值

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    王彦双; 何雅军

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the value of procalcitonin( PCT) in the discrimination between sepsis due to Gram-negative( GN) bacteria and duo to Gram-positive( GP) bacteria.Methods One hundred and one sepsis pa-tients with positive blood culture between January 2013 to May 2014 were collected in Guangzhou Red Cross Hospital. Among them, 56 patients were infected with GN bacteria and the other 45 patients were infected with GP bacteria. Serum PCT, hs-CRP and WBC count were detected.Drawing PCT ROC curve aimed to analyze the best cut-off score and the sensitivity and the specificity were made.Results Serum PCT levels were obviously higher in patients with GN bacteria(M=18 ng/ml)than those in patients with GP bacteria(M=3.6 ng/ml).According to the ROC curve, the best cut off was 3.22 ng/ml with the sensitivity 86% and the specificity 72% and the area under the curve (AUC) was 0.864.Conclusion PCT may be a sensitive index for discrimination between sepsis due to Gram-nega-tive bateria and due to Gram-positive bacteria.%目的:探讨降钙素原( PCT)对鉴别G-菌、G+菌所致血培养阳性脓毒症的诊断价值。方法收集2013-01~2014-05在广州市红十字会医院收治的血培养阳性脓毒症患者101例,其中G-菌组56例,G+菌组45例,分别检测患者血清PCT、超敏C反应蛋白( hs-CRP)水平及白细胞( WBC)计数并进行统计学分析,绘制PCT的ROC曲线,分析最佳截断点、敏感度和特异度。结果 G-菌组、G+菌组患者WBC计数和血清hs-CRP水平比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05)。 G-菌组血清PCT中位数为18 ng/ml,G+菌组为3.6 ng/ml,两组PCT水平比较差异有统计学意义( P<0.05)。通过绘制PCT的ROC曲线,得出曲线下面积AUC为0.864,最佳截断点PCT浓度为3.22 ng/ml,此时敏感度为86%,特异度为72%。结论 PCT在脓毒症中对区分G-菌、G+菌感染有一定的价值,可为临床早期使用抗生素提供参考。

  2. Numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans

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    1993-12-31

    Chapter 24, discusses numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans. This involves abnormalities of human chromosome number, including polyploidy (when the number of sets of chromosomes increases) and aneuploidy (when the number of individual normal chromosomes changes). Chapter sections discuss the following chromosomal abnormalities: human triploids, imprinting and uniparental disomy, human tetraploids, hydatidiform moles, anomalies caused by chromosomal imbalance, 13 trisomy (D{sub 1} trisomy, Patau syndrome), 21 trisomy (Down syndrome), 18 trisomy syndrome (Edwards syndrome), other autosomal aneuploidy syndromes, and spontaneous abortions. The chapter concludes with remarks on the nonrandom participation of chromosomes in trisomy. 69 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Chronic treatment with Ang-(1-7) reverses abnormal reactivity in the corpus cavernosum and normalizes diabetes-induced changes in the protein levels of ACE, ACE2, ROCK1, ROCK2 and omega-hydroxylase in a rat model of type 1 diabetes.

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    Yousif, Mariam H M; Makki, Batoul; El-Hashim, Ahmed Z; Akhtar, Saghir; Benter, Ibrahim F

    2014-01-01

    Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] may have beneficial effects in diabetes mellitus-induced erectile dysfunction (DMIED) but its molecular actions in the diabetic corpus cavernosum (CC) are not known. We characterized the effects of diabetes and/or chronic in vivo administration of Ang-(1-7) on vascular reactivity in the rat corpus cavernosum (CC) and on protein expression levels of potential downstream effectors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), ACE2, Rho kinases 1 and 2 (ROCK1 and ROCK2), and omega-hydroxylase, the cytochrome-P450 enzyme that metabolizes arachidonic acid to form the vasoconstrictor, 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid. Streptozotocin-treated rats were chronicically administered Ang-(1-7) with or without A779, a Mas receptor antagonist, during weeks 4 to 6 of diabetes. Ang-(1-7) reversed diabetes-induced abnormal reactivity to vasoactive agents (endothelin-1, phenylepherine, and carbachol) in the CC without correcting hyperglycemia. Six weeks of diabetes led to elevated ACE, ROCK1, ROCK 2, and omega-hydroxylase and a concomitant decrease in ACE2 protein expression levels that were normalized by Ang-(1-7) treatment but not upon coadministration of A779. These data are supportive of the notion that the beneficial effects of Ang-(1-7) in DMIED involve counterregulation of diabetes-induced changes in ACE, ACE2, Rho kinases, and omega-hydroxylase proteins in the diabetic CC via a Mas receptor-dependent mechanism.

  4. Chronic Treatment with Ang-(1-7 Reverses Abnormal Reactivity in the Corpus Cavernosum and Normalizes Diabetes-Induced Changes in the Protein Levels of ACE, ACE2, ROCK1, ROCK2 and Omega-Hydroxylase in a Rat Model of Type 1 Diabetes

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    Mariam H. M. Yousif

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Angiotensin-(1-7 [Ang-(1-7] may have beneficial effects in diabetes mellitus-induced erectile dysfunction (DMIED but its molecular actions in the diabetic corpus cavernosum (CC are not known. We characterized the effects of diabetes and/or chronic in vivo administration of Ang-(1-7 on vascular reactivity in the rat corpus cavernosum (CC and on protein expression levels of potential downstream effectors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE, ACE2, Rho kinases 1 and 2 (ROCK1 and ROCK2, and omega-hydroxylase, the cytochrome-P450 enzyme that metabolizes arachidonic acid to form the vasoconstrictor, 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid. Streptozotocin-treated rats were chronicically administered Ang-(1-7 with or without A779, a Mas receptor antagonist, during weeks 4 to 6 of diabetes. Ang-(1-7 reversed diabetes-induced abnormal reactivity to vasoactive agents (endothelin-1, phenylepherine, and carbachol in the CC without correcting hyperglycemia. Six weeks of diabetes led to elevated ACE, ROCK1, ROCK 2, and omega-hydroxylase and a concomitant decrease in ACE2 protein expression levels that were normalized by Ang-(1-7 treatment but not upon coadministration of A779. These data are supportive of the notion that the beneficial effects of Ang-(1-7 in DMIED involve counterregulation of diabetes-induced changes in ACE, ACE2, Rho kinases, and omega-hydroxylase proteins in the diabetic CC via a Mas receptor-dependent mechanism.

  5. The glycometabolism abnormality among schizophrenia patients

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the potential glycometabolism abnormality and the related factors of schizophrenia patients in China. Methods This cross-sectional study included 44 healthy controls(group 1) and 178 inpatient

  6. Amphibian abnormalities on National Wildlife Refuges

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This fact sheet outlines a study done to 1) find the percentage of abnormal frogs and toads on the nation’s National Wildlife Refuges and 2) determine how the...

  7. Heterotaxy syndromes and abnormal bowel rotation

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    Newman, Beverley [Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States); Koppolu, Raji; Sylvester, Karl [Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital at Stanford, Department of Surgery, Stanford, CA (United States); Murphy, Daniel [Lucile Packard Children' s Hospital at Stanford, Department of Cardiology, Stanford, CA (United States)

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    Bowel rotation abnormalities in heterotaxy are common. As more children survive cardiac surgery, the management of gastrointestinal abnormalities has become controversial. To evaluate imaging of malrotation in heterotaxy with surgical correlation and provide an algorithm for management. Imaging reports of heterotaxic children with upper gastrointestinal (UGI) and/or small bowel follow-through (SBFT) were reviewed. Subsequently, fluoroscopic images were re-reviewed in conjunction with CT/MR studies. The original reports and re-reviewed images were compared and correlated with surgical findings. Nineteen of 34 children with heterotaxy underwent UGI, 13/19 also had SBFT. In 15/19 reports, bowel rotation was called abnormal: 11 malrotation, 4 non-rotation, no cases of volvulus. Re-review, including CT (10/19) and MR (2/19), designated 17/19 (90%) as abnormal, 10 malrotation (abnormal bowel arrangement, narrow or uncertain length of mesentery) and 7 non-rotation (small bowel and colon on opposite sides plus low cecum with probable broad mesentery). The most useful CT/MR findings were absence of retroperitoneal duodenum in most abnormal cases and location of bowel, especially cecum. Abnormal orientation of mesenteric vessels suggested malrotation but was not universal. Nine children had elective bowel surgery; non-rotation was found in 4/9 and malrotation was found in 5/9, with discrepancies (non-rotation at surgery, malrotation on imaging) with 4 original interpretations and 1 re-review. We recommend routine, early UGI and SBFT studies once other, urgent clinical concerns have been stabilized, with elective laparoscopic surgery in abnormal or equivocal cases. Cross-sectional imaging, usually obtained for other reasons, can contribute diagnostically. Attempting to assess mesenteric width is important in differentiating non-rotation from malrotation and more accurately identifies appropriate surgical candidates. (orig.)

  8. Abnormal Chromosome Segregation May Trigger Tumors

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    @@ Cancer is a primary threat to human health as it kills millions of people each year.Scientists have shown that 75% of human cancers have an abnormal number of chromosomes in cells,and the proportion of the cells with an abnormal chromosome number is tightly and positively related to malignance progression and metastasis of cancers. But the pathological mechanism behind the anomaly still remains unknown.

  9. Nail abnormalities in patients with vitiligo

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    Abstract: Background: Vitiligo is an acquired pigmentary skin disorder affecting 0.1-4% of the general population. The nails may be affected in patients with an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis, and in those with alopecia areata. It has been suggested that nail abnormalities should be apparent in vitiligo patients. Objective: We sought to document the frequency and clinical presentation of nail abnormalities in vitiligo patients compared to healthy volunteers. We also examined the corre...

  10. Prevalence of asymptomatic urinary abnormalities among adolescents

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    Mohamed Fouad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available To determine the prevalence of asymptomatic urinary abnormalities in adolescents, first morning clean mid-stream urine specimens were obtained from 2500 individuals and examined by dipstick and light microscopy. Adolescents with abnormal screening results were reexamined after two weeks and those who had abnormal results twice were subjected to systemic clinical examination and further clinical and laboratory investigations. Eight hundred and three (32.1% individuals had urinary abnormalities at the first screening, which significantly decreased to 345 (13.8% at the second screening, (P <0.001. Hematuria was the most common urinary abnormalities detected in 245 (9.8% adolescents who had persistent urine abnormalities; 228 (9.1% individuals had non glomerular hematuria. The hematuria was isolated in 150 (6% individuals, combined with leukocyturia in 83 (3.3% individuals, and combined with proteinuria in 12 (0.5% individuals. Leukocyturia was detected in 150 (6% of all studied adolescents; it was isolated in 39 (1.6% individuals and combined with proteinuria in 28 (1.1% of them. Asymp- tomatic bacteriuria was detected in 23 (0.9% of all studied adolescents; all the cases were females. Proteinuria was detected in 65 (2.6% of all the studied adolescents; 45 (1.8% indivi- duals had <0.5 g/day and twenty (0.8% individuals had 0.5-3 g/day. Asymptomatic urinary abnormalities were more common in males than females and adolescents from rural than urban areas (P <0.01 and (P <0.001, respectively. The present study found a high prevalence of asymptomatic urinary abnormalities among adolescents in our population.

  11. Basilar artery migraine and reversible imaging abnormalities.

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    Maytal, J; Libman, R B; Lustrin, E S

    1998-01-01

    We report a case of a basilar artery migraine in a 17-year-old boy with transient CT and MR abnormalities after each of two migraine episodes. A repeat MR study 6 months after the last event showed complete resolution of the lesion. Transient abnormalities on brain images similar to those shown in our case have been reported in patients with migraine and other neurologic conditions and are most likely related to cerebral vasogenic edema.

  12. Abnormal Asymmetry of Brain Connectivity in Schizophrenia

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    Ribolsi, Michele; Zafiris J Daskalakis; Siracusano, Alberto; Koch, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    Recently, a growing body of data has revealed that beyond a dysfunction of connectivity among different brain areas in schizophrenia patients (SCZ), there is also an abnormal asymmetry of functional connectivity compared with healthy subjects. The loss of the cerebral torque and the abnormalities of gyrification, with an increased or more complex cortical folding in the right hemisphere may provide an anatomical basis for such aberrant connectivity in SCZ. Furthermore, diffusion tensor imagin...

  13. Prothrombin Segovia: a new congenital abnormality of prothrombin.

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    Rocha, E; Paramo, J A; Bascones, C; Fisac, P R; Cuesta, B; Fernandez, J

    1986-05-01

    A family with a new congenital dysprothrombinemia is presented. The propositus is a 21-yr-old man who presented simultaneously with hemartrosis of the left knee and an extensive hematoma following a minor trauma. Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time were prolonged. Prothrombin activity was very low when measured by biological assay using physiological activators (7% by one-stage method and 20% by two-stage method) or a Russel's viper venom-cephalin mixture (23%), Notechis scutatus scutatus venom (15%) and Echis carinatus venom (17%); in contrast, the level was found to be borderline to normal using Taipan viper venom (64%) and normal by both staphylocoagulase and immunologic methods. Family studies revealed consanguinity between the propositus' mother and father and both presented a 50% reduced prothrombin level when physiological activators or Echis carinatus viper venom were used. A line of identity between normal and abnormal prothrombin was observed on immunodiffusion. The migration of the abnormal prothrombin was less anodic and was not changed by the addition of calcium. The patient's serum showed 3 bands in the bidimensional immunoelectrophoresis system, whereas normal serum showed only 2 bands. The term prothrombin Segovia is proposed to define this new prothrombin abnormality.

  14. Biliary manometry in choledochal cyst with abnormal choledochopancreatico ductal junction.

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    Iwai, N; Tokiwa, K; Tsuto, T; Yanagihara, J; Takahashi, T

    1986-10-01

    Intraoperative manometry of the biliary tract and measurement of amylase levels in choledochal cysts were performed in seven patients, aged 14 months to 5 years, with choledochal cysts, in an investigation of the pathophysiology of the biliary tract. An abnormal choledochopancreatico ductal junction was observed in these seven patients by preoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP) or intraoperative cholangiograms. All six patients examined showed a high amylase level in the choledochal cyst (5,450 to 46,500 Somogyi Units). The intraoperative manometry of the biliary tract showed that a remarkable high pressure zone as was found in the area of sphincter of Oddi was not found in the area of abnormal choledochopancreatico ductal junction. The pressure recordings also demonstrated that the sphincter of Oddi pressure in the patient with choledochal cyst was increased by gastrin stimulation. On the contrary, no pressure reaction to gastrin or secretin was found in the area of abnormal choledochopancreatic ductal junction. From these results it seems that free reflux of pancreatic juice into the biliary system occurs, and the reflux stream depends upon the pressure gradient between pancreatic ductal pressure and common bile duct pressure because of the lack of a sphincter function at the choledochopancreatico ductal junction.

  15. Characteristics of serum endocan levels in infection.

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    Kazunori Seo

    Full Text Available Endocan is a newly recognized biomarker of sepsis. However, there have been no studies of the trends in endocan levels during infection and their associations with other clinical factors. The aim of this study was to assess the time course of endocan levels and the associations of endocan with clinical factors during infection by comparison with other biomarkers.Serum samples and blood cultures were obtained from patients who were diagnosed with infection from June 2013 to March 2014. Serum endocan, C-reactive protein (CRP, and procalcitonin (PCT levels during four periods during infection were measured (day 0, day 1-2, day 3-5, and day 6-10.A total of 78 patients were enrolled in this study. The median endocan level decreased by only 23% during infection, whereas both serum CRP and PCT levels decreased by more than 80%. Endocan levels were correlated to neither CRP levels nor PCT levels in each period. Endocan levels at day 0 in patients with bacteremia were higher than those without bacteremia (1.09 ng/mL vs 0.82 ng/mL, P=0.002, but neither CRP levels nor PCT levels at day 0 were different between the two groups. Areas under the receiver operator characteristic (ROC curves of endocan, CRP, and PCT at day 0 were 0.662, 0.343, and 0.563, respectively. Positive blood cultures tended to be related to high endocan levels, but not significantly (odds ratio: 4.24, 95% CI: 0.99-10.34, P=0.05.In bacteremic cases, serum endocan levels in bacteremia tended to be higher than in non-bacteremic cases. Although endocan level was not identified as a prognostic factor of bacteremia, further prospective study concerning the relationship between serum endocan level and bacteremia would be needed.

  16. Electrocardiographic abnormalities and serum magnesium in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    van den Bergh, Walter M; Algra, Ale; Rinkel, Gabriël J E

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: ECG abnormalities and hypomagnesemia frequently occur after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Because hypomagnesemia is associated with several ECG abnormalities, we studied whether hypomagnesemia mediates ECG abnormalities after SAH. METHODS: We prospectively studied

  17. Fetal calcifications are associated with chromosomal abnormalities.

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    Ellika Sahlin

    Full Text Available The biological importance of calcifications occasionally noted in fetal tissues (mainly liver at autopsy or ultrasound is largely unexplored. Previous reports hint at an association to infection, circulatory compromise, malformations or chromosomal abnormalities. To identify factors associated with calcifications, we have performed a case-control study on the largest cohort of fetuses with calcifications described thus far.One-hundred and fifty-one fetuses with calcifications and 302 matched controls were selected from the archives of the Department of Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital. Chromosome analysis by karyotyping or quantitative fluorescence-polymerase chain reaction was performed. Autopsy and placenta reports were scrutinized for presence of malformations and signs of infection.Calcifications were mainly located in the liver, but also in heart, bowel, and other tissues. Fetuses with calcifications showed a significantly higher proportion of chromosomal abnormalities than controls; 50% vs. 20% (p<0.001. The most frequent aberrations among cases included trisomy 21 (33%, trisomy 18 (22%, and monosomy X (18%. A similar distribution was seen among controls. When comparing cases and controls with chromosomal abnormalities, the cases had a significantly higher prevalence of malformations (95% vs. 77%, p=0.004. Analyzed the other way around, cases with malformations had a significantly higher proportion of chromosomal abnormalities compared with controls, (66% vs. 31%, p<0.001.The presence of fetal calcifications is associated with high risk of chromosomal abnormality in combination with malformations. Identification of a calcification together with a malformation at autopsy more than doubles the probability of detecting a chromosomal abnormality, compared with identification of a malformation only. We propose that identification of a fetal tissue calcification at autopsy, and potentially also at ultrasound examination, should infer

  18. Ossification of the Achilles tendon: imaging abnormalities in 12 patients

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    Yu, J.S. [Dept. of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States); Witte, D. [Dept. of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States); Resnick, D. [Dept. of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States); Pogue, W. [Dept. of Radiology, AMI Valley Medical Center, El Cajon, CA (United States)

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    Ossification of the Achilles tendon is a rare clinical entity that is characterized by the presence of an ossific mass contained within the fibrocartilaginous substance of the tendon. Because the radiographic features of this condition have not been documented entirely and the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings have not been determined, a review of 16 affected tendons in 12 patients was performed in an attempt to characterize the imaging abnormalities associated with this process. MR imaging was performed in three Achilles tendons which demonstrated thickening of the tendons at the level of the ossifications and a lack of intratendinous signal abnormalities compatible with acute tendinitis. Signal intensity similar to that of bone marrow was present in the ossifications. (orig.)

  19. ADEPT - Abnormal Doppler Enteral Prescription Trial

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    McCormick Kenny

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pregnancies complicated by abnormal umbilical artery Doppler blood flow patterns often result in the baby being born both preterm and growth-restricted. These babies are at high risk of milk intolerance and necrotising enterocolitis, as well as post-natal growth failure, and there is no clinical consensus about how best to feed them. Policies of both early milk feeding and late milk feeding are widely used. This randomised controlled trial aims to determine whether a policy of early initiation of milk feeds is beneficial compared with late initiation. Optimising neonatal feeding for this group of babies may have long-term health implications and if either of these policies is shown to be beneficial it can be immediately adopted into clinical practice. Methods and Design Babies with gestational age below 35 weeks, and with birth weight below 10th centile for gestational age, will be randomly allocated to an "early" or "late" enteral feeding regimen, commencing milk feeds on day 2 and day 6 after birth, respectively. Feeds will be gradually increased over 9-13 days (depending on gestational age using a schedule derived from those used in hospitals in the Eastern and South Western Regions of England, based on surveys of feeding practice. Primary outcome measures are time to establish full enteral feeding and necrotising enterocolitis; secondary outcomes include sepsis and growth. The target sample size is 400 babies. This sample size is large enough to detect a clinically meaningful difference of 3 days in time to establish full enteral feeds between the two feeding policies, with 90% power and a 5% 2-sided significance level. Initial recruitment period was 24 months, subsequently extended to 38 months. Discussion There is limited evidence from randomised controlled trials on which to base decisions regarding feeding policy in high risk preterm infants. This multicentre trial will help to guide clinical practice and may also

  20. Tall gastrodis tuber combined with antiepileptic drugs repairs abnormal perfusion foci in focal epilepsy

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    Weimin Wang; Zhenyu Fan; Yongqin Zhang; Yuxia Yang; Yaqing Liu; Xiaoli Dang; Wenjun Song; Yinping Wu; Jiang Ye

    2013-01-01

    One hundred patients with focal epilepsy were recruited for the present study and their seizures controlled with antiepileptic drugs. The patients then orally received a capsule of tall gastrodis tuber powder, a traditional Chinese drug, and underwent single photon emission computed tomography, long-term electroencephalogram, and CT/MRI. Blood drug levels were monitored throughout the study. Before treatment with tall gastrodis tuber, 35 of the 100 cases had abnormal CT/MRI scans; 79 cases had abnormal single photon emission computed tomography images; 86 cases had abnormal electroencephalogram; and a total of 146 abnormal perfusion foci were observed across the 100 subjects. After treatment, the number of patients with normal single photon emission computed tomography images increased by 12; normal electroencephalogram was observed in an additional 27 cases and the number of patients with epileptiform discharge decreased by 29 (34% of 86); the total number of abnormal perfusion foci decreased by 52 (36%) and changes in abnormal foci were visible in 65 patients. These changes indicate that the administration of tall gastrodis tuber in combination with antiepileptic drugs repairs abnormal perfusion foci in patients with focal epilepsy. Our results demonstrate that traditional Chinese drugs can repair abnormal perfusion foci and, as such, are a promising new pathway in the treatment of focal epilepsy.

  1. Prevalence of Abnormity of Blood Lipid and Associated Factors in Health Examination Population in Beijing

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    Wei-ming Kang; Jie-shi Zhang; Xin-xin Liu; Min-shan Wang; Ming-li Zhao; Jian-chun Yu

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the prevalence of abnormity of blood lipid and associated factors in healthy population in Beijing.Methods Totally,38462 individuals who received health examination were enrolled in our study.We divided them into eight groups according to their ages.The levels of serum total cholesterol,triglyceride,high density lipoprotein cholesterol,and low density lipoprotein cholesterol were tested,and the relationship of blood lipid abnormity with body mass index(BMI)and fasting blood glucose was analyzed.Results The incidences of hypercholesterolemia,hyperglyceridemia,low high-density lipoprotein cholesterolemia,and hyper low-density lipoprotein cholesterolemia presented increasing trend in this population.The incidence rate of abnormity of blood lipid in health examination population increased with BMI increase.The incidence of abnormity of blood lipid in overweight and obesity population was significantly higher than that in low weight and normal weight populations(P<0.05).Meanwhile,the trend of abnormal blood lipid incidence coincided with that of abnormal fasting blood glucose.Conclusions The prevalence of overweight,obesity,and abnormity of blood lipid in Beijing presents increasing trend.The incidence of abnormity of blood lipid increases with BMI increase,in coincidence with that of fasting blood glucose.

  2. MRI of fetal GI tract abnormalities.

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    Veyrac, C; Couture, A; Saguintaah, M; Baud, C

    2004-01-01

    We describe the magnetic resonance (MR) patterns of a variety of fetal gastrointestinal (GI) abnormalities. Thirty-two fetuses between 23 and 38 weeks' gestation with abnormal appearance of the GI tract by ultrasound underwent MR imaging with T1- and T2-weighted sequences. The MR aspect of intestinal atresia (duodenal atresia, one case; small bowel atresia, nine cases) included dilatation of the bowel loops, accurate assessment of the normal bowel distal to the atresia (except in the patient with multiple atresia and apple-peel syndrome), and micro-rectum with decreased T1 signal (except in the patient with duodenal atresia). Megacystis-microcolon-intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (one case) was indicated by an abnormal signal of the entire bowel and an abnormal pattern for the urinary tract. Meconium pseudocysts (two cases) were easily differentiated from enteric cysts (two cases). High anorectal malformations with (two cases) or without (one case) urinary fistula and cloacal malformation (one case) are described and MR findings are discussed. The capability of MR imaging to demonstrate the normal bowel with intraperitoneal anomalies (e.g., congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and sacrococcygeal teratoma) is emphasized. MR imaging is informative in the diagnosis of GI tract abnormalities, especially the severe malformations, with much more accuracy than sonography.

  3. Prevalence of asymptomatic urinary abnormalities among adolescents.

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    Fouad, Mohamed; Boraie, Maher

    2016-05-01

    To determine the prevalence of asymptomatic urinary abnormalities in adolescents, first morning clean mid-stream urine specimens were obtained from 2500 individuals and examined by dipstick and light microscopy. Adolescents with abnormal screening results were reexamined after two weeks and those who had abnormal results twice were subjected to systemic clinical examination and further clinical and laboratory investigations. Eight hundred and three (32.1%) individuals had urinary abnormalities at the first screening, which significantly decreased to 345 (13.8%) at the second screening, (P adolescents who had persistent urine abnormalities; 228 (9.1%) individuals had non glomerular hematuria. The hematuria was isolated in 150 (6%) individuals, combined with leukocyturia in 83 (3.3%) individuals, and combined with proteinuria in 12 (0.5%) individuals. Leukocyturia was detected in 150 (6%) of all studied adolescents; it was isolated in 39 (1.6%) individuals and combined with proteinuria in 28 (1.1%) of them. Asymptomatic bacteriuria was detected in 23 (0.9%) of all studied adolescents; all the cases were females. Proteinuria was detected in 65 (2.6%) of all the studied adolescents; 45 (1.8%) individuals had adolescents from rural than urban areas (P adolescents in our population.

  4. Abnormal cervical cytology and health care use

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    Frederiksen, Maria Eiholm; Baillet, Miguel Vázquez-Prada; Dugué, Pierre-Antoine

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the long-term use of health care services in women with abnormal cytology results compared to women with normal cytology results. METHODS: We did a nationwide population-based study, using women aged 23 to 59years participating in the national organized cervi...... they have the abnormal cytology. This difference is further enhanced after the abnormal cytology result.......OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the long-term use of health care services in women with abnormal cytology results compared to women with normal cytology results. METHODS: We did a nationwide population-based study, using women aged 23 to 59years participating in the national organized...... cervical cancer screening program. We included a study population of 40,153 women with abnormal cytology (exposed) and 752,627 women with normal cytology (non-exposed). We retrieved data from the Danish Civil Registration System, the Danish Pathology Data Bank, the National Health Service, the National...

  5. OPHTHALMOLOGIC ABNORMALITIES IN CHILDREN WITH IMPAIRED HEARING

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To determine the nature of ophthalmologic abnormalities in severe and profound grades of hearing impaired children and to treat visual impairment if any at the earliest . MATERIAL AND METHODS: Study was conducted on100 children in the age group of 5 - 14 years with severe and profound hearing loss visiting outpatient department of Ram Lal Eye and ENT hospital Govt. Medical College Amritsar and subjected to detailed ophthalmological examination. RESULTS: 100 children in the age group 5 - 14 years with hearing impairment were enrolled for t he study , 68 had profound and 32 had severe hearing loss . Visual disorders were found to be as high as 71%. Highest percentage was seen in children aged 7 years. Majority of them (50% had refractive error. Out of these 50 children , 28(56% had myopia , 10 (20% hypermetropia and 12(24% had astigmatism . The other ophthalmic abnormalities in our study were conjunctivitis 14(19.71% , fundus abnormalities and squint 11(15.49% , blepharitis 5 (7.04% , vitamin A deficiency 6 (8.04% , amblyopia 8 (11.26% , pupil disorder 3 (4.22% , cataract 3 (4.22% and heterochromia iridis 7 (9.85%. CONCLUSION : The high prevalence of ophthalmic abnormalities in deaf children mandate screening them for possible ophthalmic abnormalities. Early diagnosis and correction of visual d isturbances would go a long way in social and professional performance of these children.

  6. Development of evaluation tool for the risk level of abnormal glucose metabolism morbidity in middle-aged and elder populations%中老年人群糖代谢异常患病危险度评估工具的开发研究

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    黄晓波; 黄斌; 魏东; 曾伟; 欧阳凌云; 刘雅; 栾荣生; 张廷杰; 徐俊波; 赵思勤; 李秀钧

    2010-01-01

    目的 研究开发适合中老年人群的糖代谢异常患病危险度评估工具.方法 于2008年4至11月采用分层整群抽样的方法,在成都城乡地区40~79岁中老年人口中开展问卷调查,并进行血压、空腹血糖、葡萄糖75 g餐后血糖、血脂、血尿酸、身高、体质量、腰围等检测,共获取有效调查资料5205份.进行判别分析及多因素Logistic回归分析,建立量化评分体系,ROC分析筛选量化评分体系的界点,336例体检人群验证简易评分模型判别效能.结果 判别分析男女模型准确度分别为79.04%和81.35%.年龄、工作体力强度、体育锻炼、家族史、兄弟姐妹糖尿病史、体质指数、腹型肥胖和高血压病史8个指标构成男性简易评分模型;年龄、工作体力强度、体育锻炼、家族史、兄弟姐妹糖尿病史、体质指数、腹型肥胖、高血压病史、分娩次数和妊娠糖尿病史构成女性简易评分模型.ROC曲线下面积男性模型为0.702,女性模型为0.728.在其他人群应用中男性模型灵敏度和特异度分别为86.86%和65.12%,女性模型灵敏度和特异度分别为88.89%和72.97%.结论 初步开发的中老年人群糖代谢异常患病危险度评估工具简便可行,有一定实用性,可应用于中老年人群糖代谢异常的筛查.%Objective To develop the evaluation tool for the risk level of abnormal glucose metabolism morbidity in the middle-aged and elder populations. Methods By the stratified cluster sampling method, a survey was conducted in middle-aged and elder populations aged 40 -70 years old in urban and rural areas of Chengdu during April-November 2008. The parameters included blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, blood glucose after oral administration of 75 g glucose, blood lipid, blood uric acid, height, body weight and waistline, etc. A total of 5205 valid copies of questionnaires were obtained. A discriminant analysis and a multifactorial logistic regression

  7. Head-to-head comparison of procalcitonin and presepsin for the diagnosis of sepsis in critically ill adult patients: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Hayashida, Kei; Kondo, Yutaka; Hara, Yoshitaka; Aihara, Morio; Yamakawa, Kazuma

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Early diagnosis and immediate therapeutic intervention, including appropriate antibiotic therapy and goal-directed resuscitation, are necessary to reduce mortality in patients with sepsis. However, a single clinical or biological marker indicative of sepsis has not been adopted unanimously. Although procalcitonin and presepsin are promising biomarkers that can effectively differentiate between sepsis/infection and systemic inflammatory response syndrome of non-infectious origin, little is known about which marker is superior. Methods and analysis We will conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of procalcitonin and presepsin for the diagnosis of sepsis/infection in critically ill adult patients. The primary objective is to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of these 2 biomarkers to a reference standard of sepsis/infection and to compare the diagnostic accuracy with each other. We will search electronic bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for retrospective and prospective diagnostic test studies. We will assign 2 reviewers to review all collected titles and associated abstracts, review full articles, and extract study data. We will use the Quality of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies-II tool to report study characteristics and to evaluate methodological quality. If pooling is possible, we will use bivariate random effects and hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristic (ROC) models to calculate parameter estimates to output summary ROCs, pooled sensitivity and specificity data, and 95% CIs around the summary operating point. We will also assess heterogeneity via clinical and methodological subgroup and sensitivity analyses. Ethics and dissemination This systematic review will provide guidance on the triage of these tests, help to determine whether existing tests should be revised or replaced, and may also identify knowledge gaps in sepsis diagnosis that could direct further research

  8. The level of serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D and bone mineral density status in the female patients with bone abnormality in Changfeng Community%长风社区骨量异常女性患者25羟维生素D水平及骨密度状况

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    李觅琼; 邹映红; 陈玉华; 杨芳

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate therelationship of serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25OHD) with the bone mineral density (BMD) in the female patients with bone abnormality.Methods:Ninety-ifve female patients with BMD who ifrstly visited in Changfeng Community Health Service Center from Sept. to Nov. 2013 were collected.The Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) was used to detect BMD in lumbar spine1-4 and left and right femoral necks. Simultaneously, the level of serum 25OHD was measured and classiifed into 4 groups of severe deifciency, deifciency, insufifciency and sufifciency according to its level. In addition, the patients were divided into 3 groups of 50-59 years old, 60-69 years old and≥70 years old by age.Results: The average level of serum 25OHD was(17.34±7.35)ng/ml, and the prevalence of vitamin D in the groups of severe deifciency, deifciency, insufifciency and sufifciency were 19 cases (20.0%), 44 ones (46.3%), 24 ones (25.3%), and 8 ones (8.4%), respectively. The BMD in lumbar spine1-4 was (0.831±0.062)g/cm2 in the severe deifciency group which was signiifcantly lower than (0.902±0.084) g/cm2 in the sufifciency group(P0.05).Conclusion:The female patients withbone abnormality have the severe deifciency and deifciency of vitamin D, but the level of vitamin D may have no direct relationship with BMD. It is necessary to further expand the sample size to study the relationship between the level of vitamin D and osteoporosis and fracture risk.%目的:评价骨量异常女性患者血清25羟维生素D(25OHD)与骨密度的关系.方法:收集2013年9-12月首次就诊的长风社区骨量异常女性患者95例,应用双能X线吸收仪(DXA)测定腰椎L1-4和左、右股骨颈骨密度,同时测定血清25OHD水平,按血清25OHD含量分为严重缺乏、缺乏、不足和充足4组.另外按年龄分为50~59岁、60~69岁和≥70岁3组.结果:95例患者平均血清25OHD水平为(17.34±7.35)ng/ml,维生素D严重缺乏19例(20.0%),缺乏44例(46.3%),不足24

  9. Advances in understanding paternally transmitted Chromosomal Abnormalities

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    Marchetti, F; Sloter, E; Wyrobek, A J

    2001-03-01

    Multicolor FISH has been adapted for detecting the major types of chromosomal abnormalities in human sperm including aneuploidies for clinically-relevant chromosomes, chromosomal aberrations including breaks and rearrangements, and other numerical abnormalities. The various sperm FISH assays have been used to evaluate healthy men, men of advanced age, and men who have received mutagenic cancer therapy. The mouse has also been used as a model to investigate the mechanism of paternally transmitted genetic damage. Sperm FISH for the mouse has been used to detect chromosomally abnormal mouse sperm, while the PAINT/DAPI analysis of mouse zygotes has been used to evaluate the types of chromosomal defects that can be paternally transmitted to the embryo and their effects on embryonic development.

  10. Persistent Pain and Sensory Abnormalities after Abdominoplasty

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    Presman, Benjamin; Finnerup, Kenneth; Andresen, Sven Robert

    2015-01-01

    University Hospital, Denmark. The questionnaire included questions about pain and sensory abnormalities located to the abdominal skin, and physical and psychological function; patient satisfaction with surgery was rated on a 4-point scale. RESULTS: One hundred seventy patients answered the questionnaire......%) patients. The majority of patients reported improvement on all physical and psychological factors. Patients with pain were more often disappointed with the surgery and unwilling to recommend the surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, patients were satisfied with the procedure, although abnormal abdominal skin....... Fourteen patients (8.2%) reported pain within the past 7 days related to the abdominoplasty. Abnormal abdominal skin sensation was common and reported by 138 patients (81%). Sensory hypersensitivity was associated with the presence of persistent pain. Satisfaction with the procedure was reported by 149 (88...

  11. Neurological abnormalities associated with CDMA exposure.

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    Hocking, B; Westerman, R

    2001-09-01

    Dysaesthesiae of the scalp and neurological abnormality after mobile phone use have been reported previously, but the roles of the phone per se or the radiations in causing these findings have been questioned. We report finding a neurological abnormality in a patient after accidental exposure of the left side of the face to mobile phone radiation [code division multiple access (CDMA)] from a down-powered mobile phone base station antenna. He had headaches, unilateral left blurred vision and pupil constriction, unilateral altered sensation on the forehead, and abnormalities of current perception thresholds on testing the left trigeminal ophthalmic nerve. His nerve function recovered during 6 months follow-up. His exposure was 0.015-0.06 mW/cm(2) over 1-2 h. The implications regarding health effects of radiofrequency radiation are discussed.

  12. XYY chromosome abnormality in sexual homicide perpetrators.

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    Briken, Peer; Habermann, Niels; Berner, Wolfgang; Hill, Andreas

    2006-03-05

    In a retrospective investigation of the court reports about sexual homicide perpetrators chromosome analysis had been carried out in 13 of 166 (7.8%) men. Three men (1.8%) with XYY chromosome abnormality were found. This rate is much higher than that found in unselected samples of prisoners (0.7-0.9%) or in the general population (0.01%). The three men had shown prepubescent abnormalities, school problems, and had suffered from physical abuse. The chromosome analysis in all cases had been carried out in connection with the forensic psychiatric court report due to the sexual homicide. However, two men had earlier psychiatric referrals. All were diagnosed as sexual sadistic, showed a psychopathic syndrome or psychopathy according to the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised [Hare RD, 1991, The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Multi-Health Systems]. Two were multiple murderers. Especially forensic psychiatrists should be vigilant of the possibility of XYY chromosome abnormalities in sexual offenders.

  13. Parsing abnormal grain growth in specialty aluminas

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    Lawrence, Abigail Kremer

    Grain growth in alumina is strongly affected by the impurities present in the material. Certain impurity elements are known to have characteristic effects on abnormal grain growth in alumina. Specialty alumina powders contain multiple impurity species including MgO, CaO, SiO2, and Na 2O. In this work, sintered samples made from alumina powders containing various amounts of the impurities in question were characterized by their grain size and aspect ratio distributions. Multiple quantitative methods were used to characterize and classify samples with varying microstructures. The grain size distributions were used to partition the grain size population into subpopulations depending on the observed deviation from normal behavior. Using both grain size and aspect ratio a new visual representation for a microstructure was introduced called a morphology frequency map that gives a fingerprint for the material. The number of subpopulations within a sample and the shape of the distribution on the morphology map provided the basis for a classification scheme for different types of microstructures. Also using the two parameters a series of five metrics were calculated that describe the character of the abnormal grains in the sample, these were called abnormal character values. The abnormal character values describe the fraction of grains that are considered abnormal, the average magnitude of abnormality (including both grain size and aspect ratio), the average size, and variance in size. The final metric is the correlation between grain size and aspect ratio for the entire population of grains. The abnormal character values give a sense of how different from "normal" the sample is, given the assumption that a normal sample has a lognormal distribution of grain size and a Gaussian distribution of aspect ratios. In the second part of the work the quantified measures of abnormality were correlated with processing parameters such as composition and heat treatment conditions. A

  14. Abnormal Head Position in Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome

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    Noval, Susana; González-Manrique, Mar; Rodríguez-Del Valle, José María; Rodríguez-Sánchez, José María

    2011-01-01

    Infantile nystagmus is an involuntary, bilateral, conjugate, and rhythmic oscillation of the eyes which is present at birth or develops within the first 6 months of life. It may be pendular or jerk-like and, its intensity usually increases in lateral gaze, decreasing with convergence. Up to 64% of all patients with nystagmus also present strabismus, and even more patients have an abnormal head position. The abnormal head positions are more often horizontal, but they may also be vertical or take the form of a tilt, even though the nystagmus itself is horizontal. The aim of this article is to review available information about the origin and treatment of the abnormal head position associated to nystagmus, and to describe our treatment strategies. PMID:24533187

  15. Enhanced monitoring of abnormal emergency department demands

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    Harrou, Fouzi

    2016-06-13

    This paper presents a statistical technique for detecting signs of abnormal situation generated by the influx of patients at emergency department (ED). The monitoring strategy developed was able to provide early alert mechanisms in the event of abnormal situations caused by abnormal patient arrivals to the ED. More specifically, This work proposed the application of autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models combined with the generalized likelihood ratio (GLR) test for anomaly-detection. ARMA was used as the modelling framework of the ARMA-based GLR anomaly-detection methodology. The GLR test was applied to the uncorrelated residuals obtained from the ARMA model to detect anomalies when the data did not fit the reference ARMA model. The ARMA-based GLR hypothesis testing scheme was successfully applied to the practical data collected from the database of the pediatric emergency department (PED) at Lille regional hospital center, France. © 2015 IEEE.

  16. IgG abnormality in narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.

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    Susumu Tanaka

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A close association between narcolepsy and the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA-DQB1*0602 allele suggests the involvement of the immune system, or possibly an autoimmune process. We investigated serum IgG levels in narcolepsy. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We measured the serum total IgG levels in 159 Japanese narcolepsy-cataplexy patients positive for the HLA-DQB1*0602 allele, 28 idiopathic hypersomnia patients with long sleep time, and 123 healthy controls (the HLA-DQB1*0602 allele present in 45 subjects. The serum levels of each IgG subclass were subsequently measured. The distribution of serum IgG was significantly different among healthy controls negative for the HLA-DQB1*0602 allele (11.66+/-3.55 mg/ml, healthy controls positive for the HLA-DQB1*0602 allele (11.45+/-3.43, narcolepsy patients (9.67+/-3.38, and idiopathic hypersomnia patients (13.81+/-3.80. None of the following clinical variables, age, disease duration, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, smoking habit and BMI at the time of blood sampling, were associated with IgG levels in narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia. Furthermore we found the decrease in IgG1 and IgG2 levels, stable expression of IgG3, and the increase in the proportion of IgG4 in narcolepsy patients with abnormally low IgG levels. The increase in the proportion of IgG4 levels was also found in narcolepsy patients with normal serum total IgG levels. Idiopathic hypersomnia patients showed a different pattern of IgG subclass distribution with high IgG3 and IgG4 level, low IgG2 level, and IgG1/IgG2 imbalance. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our study is the first to determine IgG abnormalities in narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia by measuring the serum IgG levels in a large number of hypersomnia patients. The observed IgG abnormalities indicate humoral immune alterations in narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. Different IgG profiles suggest immunological differences between narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.

  17. Hemorheological abnormalities in human arterial hypertension

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    Lo Presti, Rosalia; Hopps, Eugenia; Caimi, Gregorio

    2014-05-01

    Blood rheology is impaired in hypertensive patients. The alteration involves blood and plasma viscosity, and the erythrocyte behaviour is often abnormal. The hemorheological pattern appears to be related to some pathophysiological mechanisms of hypertension and to organ damage, in particular left ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial ischemia. Abnormalities have been observed in erythrocyte membrane fluidity, explored by fluorescence spectroscopy and electron spin resonance. This may be relevant for red cell flow in microvessels and oxygen delivery to tissues. Although blood viscosity is not a direct target of antihypertensive therapy, the rheological properties of blood play a role in the pathophysiology of arterial hypertension and its vascular complications.

  18. Nonpathologizing trauma interventions in abnormal psychology courses.

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    Hoover, Stephanie M; Luchner, Andrew F; Pickett, Rachel F

    2016-01-01

    Because abnormal psychology courses presuppose a focus on pathological human functioning, nonpathologizing interventions within these classes are particularly powerful and can reach survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. Interventions are needed to improve the social response to trauma on college campuses. By applying psychodynamic and feminist multicultural theory, instructors can deliver nonpathologizing interventions about trauma and trauma response within these classes. We recommend class-based interventions with the following aims: (a) intentionally using nonpathologizing language, (b) normalizing trauma responses, (c) subjectively defining trauma, (d) challenging secondary victimization, and (e) questioning the delineation of abnormal and normal. The recommendations promote implications for instructor self-reflection, therapy interventions, and future research.

  19. Occult intraspinal abnormalities and congenital scoliosis

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    Mohammad Ali Erfani

    2007-06-01

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    BACKGROUND: Congenital scoliosis occurs because of either the failure of formation or the failure of segmentation or both. Evaluation of the incidence and the types of occult intraspinal abnormalities in congenital scoliosis is the subject of this study.

    METHODS: During a period of 29 years, 103 patients with congenital scoliosis were studied. MRI was used in 46 patients, myelography or CT myelography was used in 64 patients and both MRI and myelography or CT myelography were used in 7 patients for intraspinal abnormalities.

    RESULTS: In the MRI group, among the 46 patients, 19 patients (41.3% had intraspinal abnormalities consisting syringomyelia in 9 (19.5% diastematomyelia in 8 (17.4%, tethered cord syndrome in 6 (13%, low conus in 5 (10.8% and diplomyelia in 3 (6.5% of the patients. In the myelography group, among the 64 patients, 17 (26.5% had intraspinal abnormalities and diastematomyelia was the most common one found in 14 (21.8% patients.

    CONCLUSIONS: Intraspinal abnormalities are frequent in congenital scoliosis. Syringomyelia may be associated with congenital scoliosis. In congenital scoliosis, rib fusion may be an indicator of intraspinal abnormalities in MRI. A significant difference between clinical findings and intraspinal anomalies (P<0.05 was noted. Moreover, we believe that total spinal MRI with coronal, sagittal and axial views is a valuable tool in determining the intraspinal abnormalities in congenital scoliosis. This method is highly

  20. Anaesthesia in operations of congenital craniofacial abnormalities

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    Jahangirie B

    1996-07-01

    Full Text Available Some syndromes that are characterized by abnormalities of the skull, facial bones, and mandibule, most of these patients are from the pediatric population. For the anaesthetic management of patients with various craniofacial dysostosis are as follows: 1 The necessary for careful evaluation of the airway by simply observing the patient. 2 Evaluation of the patient for abnormalities of the heart and lungs. 3 Patients may also have increased intracranial pressure. 4 Anaesthetic drugs and techniques: no particular drugs is recommended. Techniques controlled ventilation. 5 All patients should be cared in the intensive care unit after operation between 24-48 hours

  1. Temporal abnormalities in children with developmental dyscalculia.

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    Vicario, Carmelo Mario; Rappo, Gaetano; Pepi, Annamaria; Pavan, Andrea; Martino, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Recent imaging studies have associated Developmental dyscalculia (DD) to structural and functional alterations corresponding Parietal and the Prefrontal cortex (PFC). Since these areas were shown also to be involved in timing abilities, we hypothesized that time processing is abnormal in DD. We compared time processing abilities between 10 children with pure DD (8 years old) and 11 age-matched healthy children. Results show that the DD group underestimated duration of a sub-second scale when asked to perform a time comparison task. The timing abnormality observed in our DD participants is consistent with evidence of a shared fronto-parietal neural network for representing time and quantity.

  2. Cerebellar abnormalities typical of methylmercury poisoning in a fledged saltmarsh sparrow, Ammodramus caudacutus.

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    Scoville, Sheila A; Lane, Oksana P

    2013-05-01

    A fledged, 12-15 day-old saltmarsh sparrow, Ammodramus caudacutus, was collected from an accidental kill on Cinder Island, Long Island, NY, USA. The sparrow was assessed for feather mercury levels and the brain analyzed for cerebellar abnormalities by microscopic examination. In humans, fetal Minamata disease is caused by maternal ingestion of mercury. It is characterized by disrupted and disordered cerebellar neuronal migration in the fetus or infant. Results from this sparrow show cerebellar abnormalities typical of Minamata disease. It is the first known avian or mammalian specimen taken from the wild to show the abnormalities typical of the human fetal syndrome.

  3. Pattern recognition of abnormal left ventricle wall motion in cardiac MR.

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    Lu, Yingli; Radau, Perry; Connelly, Kim; Dick, Alexander; Wright, Graham

    2009-01-01

    There are four main problems that limit application of pattern recognition techniques for recognition of abnormal cardiac left ventricle (LV) wall motion: (1) Normalization of the LV's size, shape, intensity level and position; (2) defining a spatial correspondence between phases and subjects; (3) extracting features; (4) and discriminating abnormal from normal wall motion. Solving these four problems is required for application of pattern recognition techniques to classify the normal and abnormal LV wall motion. In this work, we introduce a normalization scheme to solve the first and second problems. With this scheme, LVs are normalized to the same position, size, and intensity level. Using the normalized images, we proposed an intra-segment classification criterion based on a correlation measure to solve the third and fourth problems. Application of the method to recognition of abnormal cardiac MR LV wall motion showed promising results.

  4. Dental abnormalities and oral health in patients with Hypophosphatemic rickets

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    Melissa Almeida Souza

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Hypophosphatemic rickets represents a group of heritable renal disorders of phosphate characterized by hypophosphatemia, normal or low serum 1,25 (OH2 vitamin D and calcium levels. Hypophosphatemia is associated to interglobular dentine and an enlarged pulp chambers. AIM: Our goal was to verify the dental abnormalities and the oral health condition in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective study of oral conditions in patients with Hypophosphatemic rickets. This report employed a simple method to be easily reproducible: oral clinical exam and radiographic evaluation. RESULTS: Fourteen patients were studied, 5 males, median age of 11years (4 to 26. Occlusion defects (85,7% and enamel hypoplasia (57,1% were significant more frequently than dental abscesses (one patient. We observed enlarged pulp chambers in 43% of the patients and hypoplasia and dentin abnormalities in 14,3%. We could not detect a significant correlation between dental abnormalities and delayed treatment (p>0,05. DMFT index for 6 to 12 years patients (n = 12 showed that the oral health is unsatisfactory (mean DMFT = 5. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with Hypophosphatemic Rickets frequently present dental alterations and these are not completely recovered with the treatment, unless dental abscess and they need a periodical oral examination.

  5. Abnormal sex chromosome constitution and longitudinal growth: serum levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, IGF binding protein-3, luteinizing hormone, and testosterone in 109 males with 47,XXY, 47,XYY, or sex-determining region of the Y chromosome (SRY)-positive 46,XX karyotypes

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    Aksglaede, L.; Skakkebaek, N.E.; Juul, A.

    2008-01-01

    CONTEXT: Growth is a highly complex process regulated by the interaction between sex steroids and the GH IGF-axis. However, other factors such as sex chromosome-related genes play independent roles. AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of abnormal chromosome constitution for longitu...

  6. Nuchal translucency: an ultrasound marker for fetal chromosomal abnormalities

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    Gregório Lorenzo Acácio

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: The literature shows an association between several ultrasound markers and chromosome abnormality. Among these, measurement of nuchal translucency has been indicated as a screening method for aneuploidy. The trisomy of chromosome 21 has been most evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To define the best fixed cutoff point for nuchal translucency, with the assistance of the ROC curve, and its accuracy in screening all fetal aneuploidy and trisomy 21 in a South American population. TYPE OF STUDY: Validation of a diagnostic test. SETTING: This study was carried out at the State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: 230 patients examined by ultrasound at two tertiary-level private centers, at 10 to 14 weeks of gestation. DIAGNOSTIC TEST: The participants consisted of all those patients who had undergone ultrasound imaging at 10 to 14 weeks of gestation to measure nuchal translucency and who had had the fetal or neonatal karyotype identified. MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Maternal age, gestational age, nuchal translucency measurement, fetal or neonatal karyotype. RESULTS: Prevalence of chromosomal defects -- 10%; mean age -- 35.8 years; mean gestational age -- 12 weeks and 2 days; nuchal translucency (NT thickness -- 2.18 mm. The best balance between sensitivity and specificity were values that were equal to or higher than 2.5 mm for overall chromosomal abnormalities as well as for the isolated trisomy 21. The sensitivity for overall chromosomal abnormalities and trisomy 21 were 69.5% and 75%, respectively, and the positive likelihood ratios were 5.5 and 5.0, respectively. CONCLUSION: The measurement of nuchal translucency was found to be fairly accurate as an ultrasound marker for fetal abnormalities and measurements equal to or higher than 2.5 mm were the best fixed cutoff points.

  7. Branched DNA-based Alu quantitative assay for cell-free plasma DNA levels in patients with sepsis or systemic inflammatory response syndrome.

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    Hou, Yan-Qiang; Liang, Dong-Yu; Lou, Xiao-Li; Zhang, Mei; Zhang, Zhen-huan; Zhang, Lu-rong

    2016-02-01

    Cell-free circulating DNA (cf-DNA) can be detected by various of laboratory techniques. We described a branched DNA-based Alu assay for measuring cf-DNA in septic patients. Compared to healthy controls and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) patients, serum cf-DNA levels were significantly higher in septic patients (1426.54 ± 863.79 vs 692.02 ± 703.06 and 69.66 ± 24.66 ng/mL). The areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve of cf-DNA for normal vs sepsis and SIRS vs sepsis were 0.955 (0.884-1.025), and 0.856 (0.749-0.929), respectively. There was a positive correlation between cf-DNA and interleukin 6 or procalcitonin or Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II. The cf-DNA concentration was higher in intensive care unit nonsurviving patients compared to surviving patients (2183.33 ± 615.26 vs 972.46 ± 648.36 ng/mL; P DNA-based Alu assays are feasible and useful to quantify serum cf-DNA levels. Increased cf-DNA levels in septic patients might complement C-reactive protein and procalcitonin in a multiple marker format. Cell-free circulating DNA might be a new marker in discrimination of sepsis and SIRS.

  8. Dynamic monitoring of serum LXA4 and procalcitonin in patients with acute appendicitis%血清LXA4与降钙素原在急性阑尾炎患者中的动态监测

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    朱克华; 张福

    2016-01-01

    Objective To analyze effects of LXA4 and PCT on the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with acute appendicitis by dynamic monitoring of peripheral blood lipoxin A4 (LXA4) and procalcitonin (PCT) levels. Methods 120 patients with acute appendicitis who were admitted to our hospital from March 2011 to June 2015 were selected.LXA4 and PCT levels before operation and the second day after operation (11-35h) were monitored by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and they were analyzed and compared. Results In 120 patients with acute appendicitis,there were 35 cases of simple appendicitis,47 cases of suppurative appendicitis and 38 cases of perforated appendicitis or gangrenous appendicitis according to the surgery or (and) pathological diagnosis results. The levels of the serum LXA4 before operation of 120 patients with acute appendicitis before the operation were all higher than those after operation (P 0.05).Preoperative serum PCT levels of the simple,suppurative,perforated and gangrenous appendicitis groups were all higher than those before operation (P 0.05). Conclusion Monitoring of serum LXA4 and PCT levels of acute appendicitis patients has certain guiding significance in diagnosis, operation assessment and the prognosis recovery of acute appendicitis.%目的:通过动态监测急性阑尾炎患者手术前后外周血脂氧素A4(LXA4)与降钙素元(PCT)水平,分析LXA4、PCT在急性阑尾炎患者的诊断及预后中的作用。方法选取我院2011年3月~2015年6月,120例急性阑尾炎患者,采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测术前及术后第2天(11~35h)患者外周血LXA4、PCT水平,并进行分析比较。结果120例急性阑尾炎患者,结合手术或(和)病理诊断结果分为单纯性阑尾炎(35例)、化脓性阑尾炎(47例)、穿孔性及坏疽性阑尾炎(38例)。120例急性阑尾炎患者术前血清LXA4水平均高于术后(P<0.05);化脓性、穿孔性及坏疽

  9. Value of serum procalcitonin in diagnosis of infectious peritonitis due to peritoneal dialysis%血清降钙素原在患者腹膜透析感染性腹膜炎中的诊断价值

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    陶瑾; 申新宏; 艾永红; 杨玉霞

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the clinical significance of serum procalcitonin (PCT ) in detection of complicated infectious peritonitis due to peritoneal dialysis so as to provide guidance for early detection of the complicated infec‐tious peritonitis due to peritoneal dialysis .METHODS A total of 126 patients who underwent the peritoneal dialy‐sis in the peritoneal dialysis center from Mar 2011 to Mar 2013 were enrolled in the study and divided into the peri‐toneal dialysis‐related peritonitis group with 62 cases and the non‐peritoneal dialysis‐related peritonitis group with 64 cases according to the results of electrochemiluminescence immunoassay ,meanwhile ,60 healthy people who re‐ceived physical examination were recruited as the control group .The level of serum PCT was determined ,the C‐reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cells (WBC) counts were compared among the three groups of partici‐pants .RESULTS The level of PCT of the peritonitis group was (5 .25 ± 1 .72)μg/L ,the non‐peritonitis group (0 .68 ± 0 .16)μg/L ,the control group (0 .51 ± 0 .13)μg/L ;the positive rate of PCT of the peritonitis group was 88 .71% ,the non‐peritonitis group 4 .69% ,the control group 3 .33% ;both the PCT level and the positive rate of the peritonitis group were significantly higher than those of the non‐peritonitis group and the control group (P<0 .05) .The level of expression of serum PCT and positive rate of the patients with peritoneal dialysis‐related infec‐tious peritonitis were significantly reduced after the treatment ,as compared with those before the treatment (P<0 .05) .CONCLUSION The level of serum PCT of the patients with peritoneal dialysis‐related infectious peritonitis is significently elevated ,and it is an effective indicator for differential diagnosis of the peritoneal dialysis‐related in‐fectious peritonitis and the surveillance of efficacy .%目的:探讨腹膜透析并发感染性腹膜炎患者血清降钙素原(PC T

  10. 血清降钙素原定量检测对血培养预测价值的研究%Value of quantitative detection of serum procalcitonin in prediction of blood culture

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    王露霞; 曾海燕; 胡塔; 郭振辉; 李薇; 黄晓燕; 李建勋; 李理; 石凌波

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨血清降钙素原(PCT )定量检测在血流感染中的应用价值,为临床合理应用 PCT 指标正确解释结果提供依据。方法回顾性研究医院2012年1-12月同时进行血培养与 PCT 检测且结果有效的979例患者临床资料,应用 ROC 曲线分析 PCT 在不同分界值对血培养的敏感性、特异性、阳性预测值、阴性预测值,并对其假阳性、假阴性结果可能出现的原因进行归纳总结。结果979例血培养患者中血培养阳性172例,PCT 阳性率75.0%,且 PCT 水平明显高于血培养阴性组(P<0.05),PCT 为0.5 ng/ml 时对血培养的敏感性、特异性、阳性预测值、阴性预测值分别为75.0%、59.0%、28.1%和91.7%,血培养采血不规范、患者局部感染未导致血源播散或非感染因素诱导的 PCT 升高是导致 PCT 对血培养阳性预测值偏低的主要原因。结论在缺乏对患者的了解和临床关系时,PCT 水平与微生物检测证据(血培养阳性)的相关性无实际意义,但可以用于排除血流感染,PCT 水平必须结合临床情况进行判读,应避免脱离患者具体病情而进行分析,并应考虑假阳性和假阴性的可能性。%OBJECTIVE To explore the value of quantitative detection of serum procalcitonin (PCT ) in diagnosis of bloodstream infections so as to provide guidance for reasonable clinical use of the PCT indicator for correct defini -tion of results .METHODS From Jan 2012 to Dec 2012 ,the clinical data of 979 patients for whom the blood culture and PCT detection were performed and the results were eligible were retrospectively analyzed ;the ROC analysis was conducted to observe the sensitivity ,specificity ,positive predictive value ,and negative predictive value of the PCT at different cut-off points on the blood culture ;the causes of the false positive or negative results were de-fined .RESULTS Of the 979 patients for whom the blood

  11. [Abnormality of blood coagulation indexes in patients with de novo acute leukemia and its clinical significance].

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    Xiao, Fang-Fang; Hu, Kai-Xun; Guo, Mei; Qiao, Jian-Hui; Sun, Qi-Yun; Ai, Hui-Sheng; Yu, Chang-Lin

    2013-04-01

    To explore hemorrhage risk and the clinical significance of abnormal change of prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), plasma fibrinogen (FIB), plasma thrombin time (TT) and d-dimer (D-D) in de novo acute leukemia (except for APL), the different bleeding manifestations of 114 cases of de novo acute leukemia with different coagulation indexes were analyzed retrospectively. The correlation between these blood coagulation indexes and the possible correlative clinical characteristics were analysed, including age, sex, type of acute leukemia, initial white blood cell(WBC) and platelet(Plt) count, the proportion of blast cells in bone marrow and cytogenetic abnormality of patients at diagnosis. The results indicated that the incidence of abnormal blood coagulation was as high as 78.1% for de novo AL patients. These patients with 5 normal blood coagulation indexes may have mild bleeding manifestation, but the more abnormal indexes, the more severe bleeding. Both PT and D-D were sensitive indexes for diagnosis of level II bleeding. Incidence of abnormal blood coagulation significantly correlates with the proportion of blast cells in bone marrow (χ(2) = 4.184, OR = 1.021, P coagulation. It is concluded that the coagulation and fibrinolysis are abnormal in most patients with de novo acute leukemia. More abnormal indexes indicate more severe bleeding, and both PT and D-D are sensitive indexes for diagnosis of level II bleeding. Higher proportion of blast cells in bone marrow predicts higher incidence of abnormal blood clotting. Acute leukemia with elderly age, high white blood cell count and adverse cytogenetics do not predict severer abnormal blood clotting. Detection of PT, APTT, TT, FIB, and D-D may help to judge whether the patients are in a state of hypercoagulability or disseminated intravenous coagulation, which will provide experiment evidences for early intervention and medication.

  12. Craniofacial abnormalities among patients with Edwards Syndrome

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    Rafael Fabiano M. Rosa

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency and types of craniofacial abnormalities observed in patients with trisomy 18 or Edwards syndrome (ES. METHODS This descriptive and retrospective study of a case series included all patients diagnosed with ES in a Clinical Genetics Service of a reference hospital in Southern Brazil from 1975 to 2008. The results of the karyotypic analysis, along with clinical data, were collected from medical records. RESULTS: The sample consisted of 50 patients, of which 66% were female. The median age at first evaluation was 14 days. Regarding the karyotypes, full trisomy of chromosome 18 was the main alteration (90%. Mosaicism was observed in 10%. The main craniofacial abnormalities were: microretrognathia (76%, abnormalities of the ear helix/dysplastic ears (70%, prominent occiput (52%, posteriorly rotated (46% and low set ears (44%, and short palpebral fissures/blepharophimosis (46%. Other uncommon - but relevant - abnormalities included: microtia (18%, orofacial clefts (12%, preauricular tags (10%, facial palsy (4%, encephalocele (4%, absence of external auditory canal (2% and asymmetric face (2%. One patient had an initial suspicion of oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS or Goldenhar syndrome. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the literature description of a characteristic clinical presentation for ES, craniofacial alterations may be variable among these patients. The OAVS findings in this sample are noteworthy. The association of ES with OAVS has been reported once in the literature.

  13. Engineering molecular crystals with abnormally weak cohesion.

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    Maly, Kenneth E; Gagnon, Eric; Wuest, James D

    2011-05-14

    Adding astutely placed methyl groups to hexaphenylbenzene increases molecular weight but simultaneously weakens key C-H···π interactions, thereby leading to decreased enthalpies of sublimation and showing that materials with abnormally weak cohesion can be made by identifying and then obstructing interactions that help control association.

  14. Schizophrenogenic Parenting in Abnormal Psychology Textbooks.

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    Wahl, Otto F.

    1989-01-01

    Considers the treatment of family causation of schizophrenia in undergraduate abnormal psychology textbooks. Reviews texts published only after 1986. Points out a number of implications for psychologists which arise from the inclusion in these texts of the idea that parents cause schizophrenia, not the least of which is the potential for…

  15. Teaching Abnormal Psychology in a Multimedia Classroom.

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    Brewster, JoAnne

    1996-01-01

    Examines the techniques used in teaching an abnormal psychology class in a multimedia environment with two computers and a variety of audiovisual equipment. Students respond anonymously to various questions via keypads mounted on their desks, then immediately view and discuss summaries of their responses. (MJP)

  16. Psychology Faculty Perceptions of Abnormal Psychology Textbooks

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    Rapport, Zachary

    2011-01-01

    The problem. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the perceptions and opinions of psychology professors regarding the accuracy and inclusiveness of abnormal psychology textbooks. It sought answers from psychology professors to the following questions: (1) What are the expectations of the psychology faculty at a private university of…

  17. [Y chromosome structural abnormalities and Turner's syndrome].

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    Ravel, C; Siffroi, J-P

    2009-06-01

    Although specifically male, the human Y chromosome may be observed in female karyotypes, mostly in women with Turner syndrome stigmata. In women with isolated gonadal dysgenesis but otherwise normal stature, the testis determining factor or SRY gene may have been removed from the Y chromosome or may be mutated. In other women with Turner syndrome, the karyotype is usually abnormal and shows a frequent 45,X/46,XY mosaicism. In these cases, the phenotype depends on the ratio between Y positive and 45,X cell lines in the body. When in mosaicism, Y chromosomes are likely to carry structural abnormalities which explain mitotic instability, such as the existence of two centromeres. Dicentric Y isochromosomes for the short arm (idic[Yp]) or ring Y chromosomes (r[Y]) are the most frequent abnormal Y chromosomes found in infertile patients and in Turner syndrome in mosaic with 45,X cells. Although monocentric, deleted Y chromosomes for the long arm and those carrying microdeletions in the AZF region are also instable and are frequently associated with a 45,X cell line. Management of infertile patients carrying such abnormal Y chromosomes must take into account the risk and the consequences of a mosaicism in the offspring.

  18. Neurobehavioural Correlates of Abnormal Repetitive Behaviour

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    R. A. Ford

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available Conditions in which echolalia and echopraxia occur are reviewed, followed by an attempt to elicit possible mechanisms of these phenomena. A brief description of stereotypical and perseverative behaviour and obsessional phenomena is given. It is suggested that abnormal repetitive behaviour may occur partly as a result of central dopaminergic dysfunction.

  19. Metabolic Abnormalities in Children with Asthma

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    2010-01-01

    Rationale: Childhood asthma and obesity have reached epidemic proportions worldwide, and the latter is also contributing to increasing rates of related metabolic disorders, such as diabetes. Yet, the relationship between asthma, obesity, and abnormal lipid and glucose metabolism is not well understood, nor has it been adequately explored in children.

  20. Morphological Abnormalities of Thalamic Subnuclei in Migraine

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    Magon, Stefano; May, Arne; Stankewitz, Anne

    2015-01-01

    . SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT: This multicenter imaging study shows morphological thalamic abnormalities in a large cohort of patients with episodic migraine compared with healthy subjects using state-of-the-art MRI and advanced, fully automated multiatlas segmentation techniques. The results stress that migraine...

  1. Abnormal Events for Emergency Trip in HANARO

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    Ahn, Guk Hun; Choi, M. J.; Park, S. I.; Kim, H. W.; Kim, S. J.; Park, J. H.; Kwon, I. C

    2006-12-15

    This report gathers abnormal events related to emergency trip of HANARO that happened during its operation over 10 years since the first criticality on February 1995. The collected examples will be utilized to the HANARO's operators as a useful guide.

  2. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease

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    Irene; Martinucci; Nicola; de; Bortoli; Maria; Giacchino; Giorgia; Bodini; Elisa; Marabotto; Santino; Marchi; Vincenzo; Savarino; Edoardo; Savarino

    2014-01-01

    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophagealmotility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from nonerosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  3. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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    Martinucci, Irene; de Bortoli, Nicola; Giacchino, Maria; Bodini, Giorgia; Marabotto, Elisa; Marchi, Santino; Savarino, Vincenzo; Savarino, Edoardo

    2014-05-06

    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophageal motility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from non-erosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  4. Meiotic chromosome abnormalities in human spermatogenesis.

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    Martin, Renée H

    2006-08-01

    The last few years have witnessed an explosion in the information about chromosome abnormalities in human sperm and the meiotic events that predispose to these abnormalities. We have determined that all chromosomes are susceptible to nondisjunction, but chromosomes 21 and 22 and, especially, the sex chromosomes have an increased frequency of aneuploidy. Studies are just beginning on the effects of potential mutagens on the chromosomal constitution of human sperm. The effects of pesticides and cancer therapeutic agents have been reviewed. In the last decade, there has been a great impetus to study chromosome abnormalities in sperm from infertile men because the advent of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) made it possible for these men to father pregnancies. A large number of studies have demonstrated that infertile men have an increased frequency of chromosomally abnormal sperm and children, even when they have a normal somatic karyotype. Meiotic studies on the pachytene stage of spermatogenesis have demonstrated that infertile men have impaired chromosome synapsis, a significantly decreased frequency of recombination, and an increased frequency of chromosomes completely lacking a recombination site. Such errors make these cells susceptible to meiotic arrest and the production of aneuploid gametes.

  5. Abnormal Selective Attention Normalizes P3 Amplitudes in PDD

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    Hoeksma, Marco R.; Kemner, Chantal; Kenemans, J. Leon; van Engeland, Herman

    2006-01-01

    This paper studied whether abnormal P3 amplitudes in PDD are a corollary of abnormalities in ERP components related to selective attention in visual and auditory tasks. Furthermore, this study sought to clarify possible age differences in such abnormalities. Children with PDD showed smaller P3 amplitudes than controls, but no abnormalities in…

  6. Regional cerebral blood flow abnormalities in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism

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    Cermik, Tevfik F. [Hospital of the University of Trakya, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Edirne (Turkey); Trakya Universitesi Hastanesi, Nukleer Tip Anabilim Dali, Gullapoglu Yerleskesi, Edirne (Turkey); Kaya, Meryem; Bedel, Deniz; Berkarda, Sakir; Yigitbasi, Oemer N. [Hospital of the University of Trakya, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Edirne (Turkey); Ugur-Altun, Betuel [Hospital of the University of Trakya, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Edirne (Turkey)

    2007-04-15

    We assessed the alterations in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHP) before parathyroidectomy by semiquantitative analysis of brain single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Included in this prospective study were 14 patients (mean age 47.6 {+-} 10.4 years; 3 male, 11 female) and 10 control subjects (mean age 36.0 {+-} 8.5 years, 6 male, 4 female) were SPECT imaging was performed using a dual-headed gamma camera 60-90 min after intravenous administration of 925 MBq Tc-99m HMPAO. The corticocerebellar rCBF ratios were calculated from 52 brain areas and reference lower values (RLVs) were calculated from the rCBF ratios of control subjects. The regional ratios that were below the corresponding RLV were considered abnormal (hypoperfused). Hypoperfusion was shown in 171 out of 728 regions (23%) and there was a significant correlation between serum calcium, PTH levels and the sum of hypoperfused regions in the patient group (R = 0.75 and P = 0.001, and R = 0.75, P = 0.001, respectively). Significantly reduced rCBF were found in the following cortical regions: bilateral cingulate cortex, superior and inferior frontal cortex, anterior temporal cortex, precentral gyrus, postcentral gyrus and parietal cortex, and right posterior temporal cortex. Our results indicate that alterations in rCBF in patients with PHP can be demonstrated with brain SPECT. The correlation between serum calcium, PTH levels and the sum of hypoperfused regions indicates that there may be a strong relationship between rCBF abnormalities and increased levels of serum calcium and PTH. In addition, the degree of rCBF abnormalities could be determined by brain SPECT in PHP patients with or without psychiatric symptoms. (orig.)

  7. 血清降钙素原在肺炎诊断及严重程度判断中的研究%Roles of serum procalcitonin in the diagnosis and severity evaluation of pneumonia in adult patients

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    王珊; 刘双

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the usefulness of serum procalcitonin (PCT) level as a predictor of diagnosis in adult patients with pneumonia and to discuss the value of PCT in the severity assessment of pneu-monia. Methods; It is a prospective study, in the 51 patients with pneumonia were enrolled in this trial. Pa-tients' data were collected, including basic information, associated diseases, imaging examination, microbiolo-gy , blood gases analysis, and CURB-65 Score (respiratory rate, blood pressure, renal function, consciousness, age ). Meanwhile, the values of PCT, CRP and WBC, IL-6, endotoxin were detected within the first 24h of ad-mission. Results; 1. The level of PCT of the group with positive sputum culture was higher than that of myco-plasma or chlamydia pneumonia group, the varies had statistics significant between the two groups ( P = 0. 006) , it is also higher than that of the patients without etiology ( P = 0. 004) . However, the levels of WRC、 CRP.,IL-6 and endotoxin among the groups had no significant differences (P >0. 05). 2. Patients with compli-cations had a higher PCT level than those who did not. Pneumonia Severity Classification (CURB-65 Score) is an objective standard for estimating the severity of condition of pneumonia. According to this score, with 2 scores as critical value, patients was divided into two groups, using 0. lug/L as critical values, the values of PCT were divided into two groups, significant difference was observed between mortality low group and mortality intermediate or high group (P = 0. 026). Conclusion: PCT may have a role to predict the etiological diagnosis in patients with pneumonia and have an advantage over CRP N endotoxin " WBC and IL-6. The study also sug-gests that PCT may have a role to predict the severity in the patients with pneumonia.%目的:评价血清降钙素原(PCT)对肺炎诊断及严重程度评估中的应用价值.方法:本研究为前瞻性,收集肺炎患者51例,检测患者的血清PCT、C-反

  8. 血清降钙素原对脓毒症严重程度评估及预后研究%Research on Prognosis and Severity Evaluation of Serum Procalcitonin to Sepsis

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    谈昀; 曾宪飞; 白晓

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨血清降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)在脓毒症患者中的临床应用价值,并为医院控制感染、合理使用抗生素提供科学依据。方法回顾性分析武警陕西总队医院2011年5月~2013年5月 ICU患者201例,根据感染严重程度分为4组,全身性炎症反应综合征(SIRS)63例、脓毒症(Sepsis)40例、严重脓毒症(Severe sepsis)70例、脓症性休克(Septic shock)19例,监测入住ICU 1,3,5,7,10,14和17天各组患者血中PCT,hs-CRP及WBC水平及据患者症状必要时进行血培养动态分析,以及PCT对脓毒症诊断的灵敏度、特异度、阳性预测值、阴性预测值和诊断符合率。结果 PCT水平 SIRS(1.92 ng/ml)组与脓毒症(10.8 ng/ml)组、严重脓毒症(24.0 ng/ml)和脓毒症休克(34.0 ng/ml)组相比,差异有统计学意义(q1=13.8,q2=15.6,q3=17.9,P均<0.05),四组 hs-CRP浓度、WBC计数相比,差异无统计学意义(F=5.10,P>0.05),PCT水平与脓毒症严重程度呈正相关性(r=0.781)。阴性符合率血培养26.6%,且 PCT对脓毒症诊断的灵敏度、特异度、阳性预测值(PPV)和阴性预测值(NPV)分别为87.2%,85.4%,78.9%和89.3%;对脓毒症诊断符合率85.0%,PCT水平上升(≥1.0 ng/ml)是28天生存率的独立指标。结论 PCT与 hs-CRP及 WBC相比,能更好地评价脓毒症的严重程度,且动态判断脓毒症的预后情况更为敏感,与血培养联合检测,可提高脓毒症鉴别诊断准确率,同时指导临床合理应用抗生素,PCT浓度每天的变化可协助预测 ICU病房中脓毒症患者存在的死亡风险,减少并发症发生和降低死亡率。%Objective To study the serum procalcitonin (PCT)in patients with sepsis clinical application value,for the hospi-tal,infection control,to provide a scientific basis for reasonable Shaanxi General of antibiotics

  9. Textural Approach for Mass Abnormality Segmentation in Mammographic Images

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    Djaroudib, Khamsa; Ahmed, Abdelmalik Taleb; Zidani, Abdelmadjid

    2014-01-01

    Mass abnormality segmentation is a vital step for the medical diagnostic process and is attracting more and more the interest of many research groups. Currently, most of the works achieved in this area have used the Gray Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM) as texture features with a region-based approach. These features come in previous phase for segmentation stage or are using as inputs to classification stage. The work discussed in this paper attempts to experiment the GLCM method under a con...

  10. Noise effects on the complex patterns of abnormal heartbeats

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    Schulte-Frohlinde, V.; Ashkenazy, Y.; Ivanov, P. C.; Glass, L.; Goldberger, A. L.; Stanley, H. E.

    2001-01-01

    Patients at high risk for sudden death often exhibit complex heart rhythms in which abnormal heartbeats are interspersed with normal heartbeats. We analyze such a complex rhythm in a single patient over a 12-h period and show that the rhythm can be described by a theoretical model consisting of two interacting oscillators with stochastic elements. By varying the magnitude of the noise, we show that for an intermediate level of noise, the model gives best agreement with key statistical features of the dynamics.

  11. Fibrinogen geneva II: a new congenitally abnormal fibrinogen alpha chain (Gly17Asp) with a review of similar mutations resulting in abnormal knob A.

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    Casini, Alessandro; De Maistre, Emmanuel; Casini-Stuppi, Virginie; Fontana, Pierre; Neerman-Arbez, Marguerite; de Moerloose, Philippe

    2014-04-01

    Congenital dysfibrinogenemias are characterized by biosynthesis of a structurally abnormal fibrinogen molecule that exhibits reduced functional levels compared with the level of fibrinogen antigen. To date a large number of mutations have been identified in patients with dysfibrinogenemia. Mutations occurring at the thrombin cleavage site (Arg16-Gly17 in the mature alpha-chain) at the amino-terminal end of the fibrinogen alpha chain are a common cause of the disease. These mutations causing abnormal fibrin polymerization are associated with different phenotypes. Here, we report the identification of a novel heterozygous missense mutation of Glycine 17 (Gly17Asp) in a female patient with mild bleeding manifestations, and compare it with other previously reported mutations also resulting in abnormal knob A.

  12. Increased Resistin Levels in Intra-abdominal Sepsis: Correlation with proinflammatory cytokines & Acute Physiology & Chronic Health Evaluation II scores

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    Tonguç U. Yilmaz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Resistin, a hormone secreted from adipocytes and considered to be a likely cause of insulin resistance, has recently been accepted as a proinflammatory cytokine. This study aimed to determine the correlation between resistin levels in patients with intra-abdominal sepsis and mortality. Methods: Of 45 patients with intraabdominal sepsis, a total of 35 adult patients were included in the study. This study was undertaken from December 2011 to December 2012 and included patients who had no history of diabetes mellitus and who were admitted to the general surgery intensive care units of Gazi University and Bülent Ecevit University School of Medicine, Turkey. Evaluations were performed on 12 patients with sepsis, 10 patients with severe sepsis, 13 patients with septic shock and 15 healthy controls. The patients’ plasma resistin, interleukin-6 (IL-6, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α, interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β, procalcitonin, lactate and glucose levels and Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II scores were studied daily for the first five days after admission. A correlation analysis of serum resistin levels with cytokine levels and APACHE II scores was performed. Results: Serum resistin levels in patients with sepsis were significantly higher than in the healthy controls (P <0.001. A significant correlation was found between serum resistin levels and APACHE II scores, serum IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, procalcitonin, lactate and glucose levels. Furthermore, a significant correlation was found between serum resistin levels and all-cause mortality (P = 0.02. Conclusion: The levels of resistin were significantly positively correlated with the severity of disease and were a possible mediator of a prolonged inflammatory state in patients with intra-abdominal sepsis.

  13. How abnormal is the behaviour of captive, zoo-living chimpanzees?

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    Lucy P Birkett

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes show a variety of serious behavioural abnormalities, some of which have been considered as possible signs of compromised mental health. The provision of environmental enrichments aimed at reducing the performance of abnormal behaviours is increasing the norm, with the housing of individuals in (semi-natural social groups thought to be the most successful of these. Only a few quantitative studies of abnormal behaviour have been conducted, however, particularly for the captive population held in zoological collections. Consequently, a clear picture of the level of abnormal behaviour in zoo-living chimpanzees is lacking. METHODS: We present preliminary findings from a detailed observational study of the behaviour of 40 socially-housed zoo-living chimpanzees from six collections in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. We determined the prevalence, diversity, frequency, and duration of abnormal behaviour from 1200 hours of continuous behavioural data collected by focal animal sampling. RESULTS, CONCLUSION AND SIGNIFICANCE: Our overall finding was that abnormal behaviour was present in all sampled individuals across six independent groups of zoo-living chimpanzees, despite the differences between these groups in size, composition, housing, etc. We found substantial variation between individuals in the frequency and duration of abnormal behaviour, but all individuals engaged in at least some abnormal behaviour and variation across individuals could not be explained by sex, age, rearing history or background (defined as prior housing conditions. Our data support a conclusion that, while most behaviour of zoo-living chimpanzees is 'normal' in that it is typical of their wild counterparts, abnormal behaviour is endemic in this population despite enrichment efforts. We suggest there is an urgent need to understand how the chimpanzee mind copes with captivity, an issue with both

  14. The Clinical Value of Procalcitonin(PCT)and White Blood Cell(WBC)Count in Impetigo Neontorum%降钙素原(PCT)与白细胞计数联合测定在新生儿脓疱疮中的临床应用价值

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    刘晶

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原(PCT)与白细胞计数联合测定在新生儿脓疱疮中的临床应用价值。方法对新生儿脓疱疮组,其中包括12例新生儿脓疱疮并败血症(A组)、60例单纯新生儿脓疱疮(B组)进行PCT与WBC联合测定。结果新生儿脓疱疮组PCT与白细胞计数水平与非感染组比较有显著的统计学意义(P<0.01),新生儿脓疱疮并败血症组(A组)PCT与白细胞计数水平与新生儿脓疱疮组(B组)比较有显著的统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论PCT与白细胞计数联合测定可协助诊断新生儿脓疱疮;PCT与白细胞计数明星增高,可作为新生儿脓疱疮并败血症早期诊断有价值的指标。%Objective To delect the clinical value of procalcitonin(PCT) and white blood cell (WBC) in impetigo neontorum. Methods Combined determination of PCT and WBC count to 72case of impetigo neontorum. Results PCT and WBC levels in neonatal pustular sore group(A+B group)and the infection group(C group)compered with signiifcant statistical signiifcance(P<0.01), impetigo neonatorum with sepsis(A group) and neonatal pustular group(group B) compared with signiifcant statistical signiifcance(P<0.01).Conclusion Combined detection of PCT and WBC levels can assist the clinical neonatal pustule. It is also become as a newborn pustular sore merger sepsis early diagnosis of valuable indicators.

  15. 不同分期的慢性肾病并发细菌性肺炎的患者降钙素原的表达差异分析%The Analysis of Difference Expression of Procalcitonin in Patients with Different Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease Complicating with Bacterial Pneumonia

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    徐革

    2015-01-01

    目的:比较慢性肾病( chronic kidney disease,CKD)并发细菌性肺炎患者( bacterial pneumonia,BP)﹑BP患者以及CKD患者的降钙素( procalcitonin,PCT)表达差异,探讨CKD患者的PCT的基础水平及CKD病程对PCT表达水平的影响。方法回顾性分析并比较CKD、BP、CKD并发BP患者PCT的表达水平,不同慢性肾衰竭分期合并细菌性肺炎患者PCT的表达差异。结果 CKD并发BP组与BP组感染细菌类型差异无统计学意义( P>0.05)。 CKD并发BP患者﹑CKD﹑BP患者血清PCT表达差异明显,且明显高于PCT对于细菌感染的阳性临界值0.1ng/mL。 CKD并发BP组与CKD组中的组内PCT表达差异有统计学意义(P0. 05 ); patients with chronic nephropathy complicating bacterial pneumonia, chronic kidney disease, bacterial pneumonia patients serum PCT expression is obviously different,and significantly higher than that of PCT for positive critical value of 0. 1ng/ml bacteriainfection. The expression of PCT 3 CDK compliacting with bacterial pneumonia in patients with chronic ne-phropathy group within the groupdifferences are significant ( P<0. 01 ) . Chronic nephropathy group bacterial pneumonia group, there are differences in the expression level of PCT CKD2period,and the highest expression level in the CKD5 period,chronicne-phropathy group have the same performance. Conclusion Chronic kidney disease on the expression of PCT had a certain influ-ence;chronic kidney disease in patients with bacterial pneumonia,previousPCT diagnosis of bacterial infection of the critical value of the need for appropriate consider raising,avoid excessive use of antibiotics.

  16. 血清降钙素原与血培养联合检测对血流感染的诊断价值%Value of detection of serum procalcitonin combined with blood culture in diagnosis of bloodstream infections

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    方国华; 周赛军; 朱正国

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析血清降钙素原(PC T )与血培养联合检测对血液感染的诊断价值,为临床诊断治疗提供参考。方法选取2013年1-6月医院收治的120例肺炎发热患者为观察组,80例肿瘤发热患者为对照组,入院后对两组患者进行血清PC T测定及血培养,对比检测结果;对观察组患者分别在发热后12、24、48 h检测血清PC T并进行血液培养,对比结果。结果首次采血检测,血清PC T检测观察组阳性67例、对照组阳性8例,差异有统计学意义(χ2=43.02,P<0.01),血培养观察组阳性12例、对照组1例,差异有统计学意义(χ2=6.05,P<0.05);观察组患者发热后12、24 h ,血清PC T阳性61、68例,阳性率50.8%、56.7%,血培养阳性16、31例,阳性率13.3%、25.8%,差异均有统计学意义( P<0.01);发热后48 h ,血清PC T阳性71例,阳性率59.1%,血培养阳性68例,阳性率56.6%,差异无统计学意义。结论血清降钙素原联合血培养对于诊断血流感染有一定的价值,应在临床工作中加以推广。%OBJECTIVE To analyze the value of detection of serum procalcitonin (PCT) combined with blood culture in diagnosis of bloodstream infections so as to provide guidance for clinical diagnosis and treatment .METHODS To‐tally 120 pneumonia patients with fever who were treated in the hospital from Jan 2013 to Jun 2013 were chosen as the observation group ,and 80 tumor patients with fever were assigned as the control group .The serum PCT level was determined and the blood culture was performed for the two groups of patients after the admission to the hos‐pital ,and the results were compared .The levels of serum PCT of the patients in the observation group were detec‐ted at 12 ,24 ,and 48 hours after they had fever ,the blood culture was performed ,and the results were observed and compared .RESULTS The serum PCT was tested positive

  17. Abnormal Nocturnal Behavior due to Hypoglycemia in a Patient with Type 2 Diabetes.

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    Yang, Kwang Ik; Kim, Hyung Ki; Baek, Jeehun; Kim, Doh-Eui; Park, Hyung Kook

    2016-04-15

    Abnormal nocturnal behavior can have many causes, including primary sleep disorder, nocturnal seizures, and underlying medical or neurological disorders. A 79-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes was admitted for evaluation of abnormal nocturnal behavior. Every night at around 04:30 she was observed displaying abnormal behavior including leg shaking, fumbling with bedclothes, crawling around the room with her eyes closed, and non-responsiveness to verbal communication. Polysomnography with 20-channel electroencephalography (EEG) was performed. EEG showed that the posterior dominant rhythm was slower than that observed in the initial EEG, with diffuse theta and delta activities intermixed, and no epileptiform activity. The serum glucose level was 35 mg/dL at that time, and both the EEG findings and clinical symptoms were resolved after an intravenous injection of 50 mL of 50% glucose. These results indicate that nocturnal hypoglycemia should be considered as one of the possible etiologies in patients presenting with abnormal nocturnal behavior.

  18. White Matter Abnormalities and Animal Models Examining a Putative Role of Altered White Matter in Schizophrenia

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting about 1% of the population worldwide. Although the dopamine (DA hypothesis is still keeping a dominant position in schizophrenia research, new advances have been emerging in recent years, which suggest the implication of white matter abnormalities in schizophrenia. In this paper, we will briefly review some of recent human studies showing white matter abnormalities in schizophrenic brains and altered oligodendrocyte-(OL- and myelin-related genes in patients with schizophrenia and will consider abnormal behaviors reported in patients with white matter diseases. Following these, we will selectively introduce some animal models examining a putative role of white matter abnormalities in schizophrenia. The emphasis will be put on the cuprizone (CPZ model. CPZ-fed mice show demyelination and OLs loss, display schizophrenia-related behaviors, and have higher DA levels in the prefrontal cortex. These features suggest that the CPZ model is a novel animal model of schizophrenia.

  19. Chromosomal abnormalities in a psychiatric population

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    Lewis, K.E.; Lubetsky, M.J.; Wenger, S.L.; Steele, M.W. [Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA (United States)

    1995-02-27

    Over a 3.5 year period of time, 345 patients hospitalized for psychiatric problems were evaluated cytogenetically. The patient population included 76% males and 94% children with a mean age of 12 years. The criteria for testing was an undiagnosed etiology for mental retardation and/or autism. Cytogenetic studies identified 11, or 3%, with abnormal karyotypes, including 4 fragile X positive individuals (2 males, 2 females), and 8 with chromosomal aneuploidy, rearrangements, or deletions. While individuals with chromosomal abnormalities do not demonstrate specific behavioral, psychiatric, or developmental problems relative to other psychiatric patients, our results demonstrate the need for an increased awareness to order chromosomal analysis and fragile X testing in those individuals who have combinations of behavioral/psychiatric, learning, communication, or cognitive disturbance. 5 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  20. Migraine and structural abnormalities in the brain

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    Hougaard, Anders; Amin, Faisal Mohammad; Ashina, Messoud

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim is to provide an overview of recent studies of structural brain abnormalities in migraine and to discuss the potential clinical significance of their findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Brain structure continues to be a topic of extensive research in migraine. Despite advances...... in neuroimaging techniques, it is not yet clear if migraine is associated with grey matter changes. Recent large population-based studies sustain the notion of increased prevalence of white matter abnormalities in migraine, and possibly of silent infarct-like lesions. The clinical relevance of this association...... is not clear. Structural changes are not related to cognitive decline, but a link to an increased risk of stroke, especially in patients with aura, cannot be ruled out. SUMMARY: Migraine may be a risk factor for structural changes in the brain. It is not yet clear how factors such as migraine sub-type, attack...

  1. Developmental pragmatics in normal and abnormal children.

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    Bara, B G; Bosco, F M; Bucciarelli, M

    1999-07-01

    We propose a critical review of current theories of developmental pragmatics. The underlying assumption is that such a theory ought to account for both normal and abnormal development. From a clinical point of view, we are concerned with the effects of brain damage on the emergence of pragmatic competence. In particular, the paper deals with direct speech acts, indirect speech acts, irony, and deceit in children with head injury, closed head injury, hydrocephalus, focal brain damage, and autism. Since no single theory covers systematically the emergence of pragmatic capacity in normal children, it is not surprising that we have not found a systematic account of deficits in the communicative performance of brain injured children. In our view, the challenge for a pragmatic theory is the determination of the normal developmental pattern within which different pragmatic phenomena may find a precise role. Such a framework of normal behavior would then permit the systematic study of abnormal pragmatic development.

  2. [Abnormal hemoglobins in Negroid Ecuadorian populations].

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    Jara, N O; Guevara Espinoza, A; Guderian, R H

    1989-02-01

    The prevalence of hemoglobinopathies was determined in the black race located in two distinct geographical areas in Ecuador; in the coastal province of Esmeraldas, particularly the Santiago basin (Rio Cayapas and Rio Onzoles) and in the province of Imbabura, particularly in the intermoutain valley, Valle de Chota. A total of 2038 blood samples were analyzed, 1734 in Esmeraldas and 304 in Inbabura, of which 23.2% (473 individuals) were found to be carriers of abnormal hemoglobins, 25.4% (441) in Esmeraldas and 10.5% (32) in Imbabura. The abnormal hemoglobins found in Esmeraldas were Hb AS (19.2%), Hb AC (5.0%), Hb SS (0.6%) and Hb SC (0.5%) while in Imbabura only Hb AS (9.5%) and Hb AC (0.9%) were found. The factors that could influence the difference in prevalence found in the two geographical areas are discussed.

  3. Mitochondrial abnormalities in the myofibrillar myopathies.

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    Jackson, S; Schaefer, J; Meinhardt, M; Reichmann, H

    2015-11-01

    Myofibrillar myopathies are a genetically diverse group of skeletal muscle disorders, with distinctive muscle histopathology. Causative mutations have been identified in the genes MYOT, LDB3, DES, CRYAB, FLNC, BAG3, DNAJB6, FHL1, PLEC and TTN, which encode proteins which either reside in the Z-disc or associate with the Z-disc. Mitochondrial abnormalities have been described in muscle from patients with a myofibrillar myopathy. We reviewed the literature to determine the extent of mitochondrial dysfunction in each of the myofibrillar myopathy subtypes. Abnormal mitochondrial distribution is a frequent finding in each of the subtypes, but a high frequency of COX-negative or ragged red fibres, a characteristic finding in some of the conventional mitochondrial myopathies, is a rare finding. Few in vitro studies of mitochondrial function have been performed in affected patients.

  4. Binocular combination in abnormal binocular vision.

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    Ding, Jian; Klein, Stanley A; Levi, Dennis M

    2013-02-08

    We investigated suprathreshold binocular combination in humans with abnormal binocular visual experience early in life. In the first experiment we presented the two eyes with equal but opposite phase shifted sine waves and measured the perceived phase of the cyclopean sine wave. Normal observers have balanced vision between the two eyes when the two eyes' images have equal contrast (i.e., both eyes contribute equally to the perceived image and perceived phase = 0°). However, in observers with strabismus and/or amblyopia, balanced vision requires a higher contrast image in the nondominant eye (NDE) than the dominant eye (DE). This asymmetry between the two eyes is larger than predicted from the contrast sensitivities or monocular perceived contrast of the two eyes and is dependent on contrast and spatial frequency: more asymmetric with higher contrast and/or spatial frequency. Our results also revealed a surprising NDE-to-DE enhancement in some of our abnormal observers. This enhancement is not evident in normal vision because it is normally masked by interocular suppression. However, in these abnormal observers the NDE-to-DE suppression was weak or absent. In the second experiment, we used the identical stimuli to measure the perceived contrast of a cyclopean grating by matching the binocular combined contrast to a standard contrast presented to the DE. These measures provide strong constraints for model fitting. We found asymmetric interocular interactions in binocular contrast perception, which was dependent on both contrast and spatial frequency in the same way as in phase perception. By introducing asymmetric parameters to the modified Ding-Sperling model including interocular contrast gain enhancement, we succeeded in accounting for both binocular combined phase and contrast simultaneously. Adding binocular contrast gain control to the modified Ding-Sperling model enabled us to predict the results of dichoptic and binocular contrast discrimination experiments

  5. Abnormal calcium homeostasis in peripheral neuropathies

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    2009-01-01

    Abnormal neuronal calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis has been implicated in numerous diseases of the nervous system. The pathogenesis of two increasingly common disorders of the peripheral nervous system, namely neuropathic pain and diabetic polyneuropathy, has been associated with aberrant Ca2+ channel expression and function. Here we review the current state of knowledge regarding the role of Ca2+ dyshomeostasis and associated mitochondrial dysfunction in painful and diabetic neuropathies. The cent...

  6. OPHTHALMOLOGIC ABNORMALITIES IN CHILDREN WITH IMPAIRED HEARING

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    Inderjit; Jagdeepak; Prempal; Anup Narayanrao

    2014-01-01

    AIM: To determine the nature of ophthalmologic abnormalities in severe and profound grades of hearing impaired children and to treat visual impairment if any at the earliest . MATERIAL AND METHODS: Study was conducted on100 children in the age group of 5 - 14 years with severe and profound hearing loss visiting outpatient department of Ram Lal Eye and ENT hospital Govt. Medical College Amritsar and subjected to detailed ophthalmological examination. R...

  7. ABNORMALITIES OF ERG IN CONGENITAL ANIRIDIA

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    1991-01-01

    Congenital aniridia is generally associated with nystagmus, corneal pannus, cataract, ectopia lentis, glaucoma, macular hypoplasia, optic nerve hypoplasia and compromised visual function. Many theories have been proposed, including a failure in the development of the neural ectoderm and/or an aberrant development of mesoderm. We observed the ERG from 19 patients with congenital aniridia. Fourteen patients had abnormal ERG, including the reduced a wave trough under dark adapted red stimuli with dark adap...

  8. Dysglycemia induces abnormal circadian blood pressure variability

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    Kumarasamy Sivarajan

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prediabetes (PreDM in asymptomatic adults is associated with abnormal circadian blood pressure variability (abnormal CBPV. Hypothesis Systemic inflammation and glycemia influence circadian blood pressure variability. Methods Dahl salt-sensitive (S rats (n = 19 after weaning were fed either an American (AD or a standard (SD diet. The AD (high-glycemic-index, high-fat simulated customary human diet, provided daily overabundant calories which over time lead to body weight gain. The SD (low-glycemic-index, low-fat mirrored desirable balanced human diet for maintaining body weight. Body weight and serum concentrations for fasting glucose (FG, adipokines (leptin and adiponectin, and proinflammatory cytokines [monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1 and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α] were measured. Rats were surgically implanted with C40 transmitters and blood pressure (BP-both systolic; SBP and diastolic; DBP and heart rate (HR were recorded by telemetry every 5 minutes during both sleep (day and active (night periods. Pulse pressure (PP was calculated (PP = SBP-DBP. Results [mean(SEM]: The AD fed group displayed significant increase in body weight (after 90 days; p Conclusion These data validate our stated hypothesis that systemic inflammation and glycemia influence circadian blood pressure variability. This study, for the first time, demonstrates a cause and effect relationship between caloric excess, enhanced systemic inflammation, dysglycemia, loss of blood pressure control and abnormal CBPV. Our results provide the fundamental basis for examining the relationship between dysglycemia and perturbation of the underlying mechanisms (adipose tissue dysfunction induced local and systemic inflammation, insulin resistance and alteration of adipose tissue precursors for the renin-aldosterone-angiotensin system which generate abnormal CBPV.

  9. Trading networks, abnormal motifs and stock manipulation

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    2012-01-01

    We study trade-based manipulation of stock prices from the perspective of complex trading networks constructed by using detailed information of trades. A stock trading network consists of nodes and directed links, where every trader is a node and a link is formed from one trader to the other if the former sells shares to the latter. Specifically, three abnormal network motifs are investigated, which are found to be formed by a few traders, implying potential intention of price manipulation. W...

  10. Computed tomography in abnormalities of the hip

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    Visser, J.D.; Jonkers, A.; Klasen, H.J. (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands). Academisch Ziekenhuis); Hillen, B. (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands). Lab. voor Anatomie en Embryologie)

    1982-06-26

    The value of computed tomography in the assessment of abnormalities of the hip is demonstrated with the aid of an anatomical preparation and in patients with, respectively, congenital dislocation of a hip, dislocation of the hip in spina bifida, an acetabular fracture and a Ewing tumour. The anteversion of the acetabulum and femur and the instability index of the hip joint can be measured by means of computed tomography.

  11. Abnormal calcium homeostasis in peripheral neuropathies.

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    Fernyhough, Paul; Calcutt, Nigel A

    2010-02-01

    Abnormal neuronal calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis has been implicated in numerous diseases of the nervous system. The pathogenesis of two increasingly common disorders of the peripheral nervous system, namely neuropathic pain and diabetic polyneuropathy, has been associated with aberrant Ca2+ channel expression and function. Here we review the current state of knowledge regarding the role of Ca2+ dyshomeostasis and associated mitochondrial dysfunction in painful and diabetic neuropathies. The central impact of both alterations of Ca2+ signalling at the plasma membrane and also intracellular Ca2+ handling on sensory neurone function is discussed and related to abnormal endoplasmic reticulum performance. We also present new data highlighting sub-optimal axonal Ca2+ signalling in diabetic neuropathy and discuss the putative role for this abnormality in the induction of axonal degeneration in peripheral neuropathies. The accumulating evidence implicating Ca2+ dysregulation in both painful and degenerative neuropathies, along with recent advances in understanding of regional variations in Ca2+ channel and pump structures, makes modulation of neuronal Ca2+ handling an increasingly viable approach for therapeutic interventions against the painful and degenerative aspects of many peripheral neuropathies.

  12. Schizophrenia, abnormal connection, and brain evolution.

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    Randall, P L

    1983-03-01

    Abnormalities of functional connection between specialized areas in the human brain may underlie the symptoms which constitute the schizophrenia syndrome. Callosal and intrahemispheric fibres may be equally involved. The clinical emergence of symptoms in the later stages of brain maturation may be dependent on myelination of these fibre groups, both of which have extended myelination cycles. Ontogenetically earlier variants of the same mechanism could theoretically result in dyslexia and the syndromes of Kanner and Gilles de la Tourette. As new and unique extensions of specialized function emerge within the evolving brain, biological trial and error of connection both within and between them may produce individuals possessing phylogenetically advanced abilities, or equally, others possessing a wide range of abnormalities including those which comprise the schizophrenia syndrome. A dormant phenotypic potential for schizophrenia may exist in individuals who never develop symptoms during the course of a lifetime though some of these may become clinically apparent under the influence of various precipitating factors. It is concluded that abnormal functional connection and its normal and "supernormal" counterparts may be natural, essential, and inevitable consequences of brain evolution, and that this may have been so throughout the history of vertebrate brain evolution.

  13. Abnormal parietal encephalomalacia associated with schizophrenia

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    Pan, Fen; Wang, Jun-Yuan; Xu, Yi; Huang, Man-Li

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: It is widely believed that structural abnormalities of the brain contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. The parietal lobe is a central hub of multisensory integration, and abnormities in this region might account for the clinical features of schizophrenia. However, few cases of parietal encephalomalacia associated with schizophrenia have been described. Patient concerns and Diagnoses: In this paper, we present a case of a 25-year-old schizophrenia patient with abnormal parietal encephalomalacia. The patient had poor nutrition and frequently had upper respiratory infections during childhood and adolescence. She showed severe schizophrenic symptoms such as visual hallucinations for 2 years. After examining all her possible medical conditions, we found that the patient had a lesion consistent with the diagnosis of encephalomalacia in her right parietal lobe and slight brain atrophy. Interventions: The patient was prescribed olanzapine (10 mg per day). Outcomes: Her symptoms significantly improved after antipsychotic treatment and were still well controlled 1 year later. Lessons: This case suggested that parietal encephalomalacia, which might be caused by inflammatory and infectious conditions in early life and be aggravated by undernutrition, might be implicated in the etiology of schizophrenia. PMID:28272261

  14. Abnormal Activity Detection Using Pyroelectric Infrared Sensors

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    Xiaomu Luo

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Healthy aging is one of the most important social issues. In this paper, we propose a method for abnormal activity detection without any manual labeling of the training samples. By leveraging the Field of View (FOV modulation, the spatio-temporal characteristic of human activity is encoded into low-dimension data stream generated by the ceiling-mounted Pyroelectric Infrared (PIR sensors. The similarity between normal training samples are measured based on Kullback-Leibler (KL divergence of each pair of them. The natural clustering of normal activities is discovered through a self-tuning spectral clustering algorithm with unsupervised model selection on the eigenvectors of a modified similarity matrix. Hidden Markov Models (HMMs are employed to model each cluster of normal activities and form feature vectors. One-Class Support Vector Machines (OSVMs are used to profile the normal activities and detect abnormal activities. To validate the efficacy of our method, we conducted experiments in real indoor environments. The encouraging results show that our method is able to detect abnormal activities given only the normal training samples, which aims to avoid the laborious and inconsistent data labeling process.

  15. Abnormal Activity Detection Using Pyroelectric Infrared Sensors.

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    Luo, Xiaomu; Tan, Huoyuan; Guan, Qiuju; Liu, Tong; Zhuo, Hankz Hankui; Shen, Baihua

    2016-06-03

    Healthy aging is one of the most important social issues. In this paper, we propose a method for abnormal activity detection without any manual labeling of the training samples. By leveraging the Field of View (FOV) modulation, the spatio-temporal characteristic of human activity is encoded into low-dimension data stream generated by the ceiling-mounted Pyroelectric Infrared (PIR) sensors. The similarity between normal training samples are measured based on Kullback-Leibler (KL) divergence of each pair of them. The natural clustering of normal activities is discovered through a self-tuning spectral clustering algorithm with unsupervised model selection on the eigenvectors of a modified similarity matrix. Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) are employed to model each cluster of normal activities and form feature vectors. One-Class Support Vector Machines (OSVMs) are used to profile the normal activities and detect abnormal activities. To validate the efficacy of our method, we conducted experiments in real indoor environments. The encouraging results show that our method is able to detect abnormal activities given only the normal training samples, which aims to avoid the laborious and inconsistent data labeling process.

  16. Abnormal asymmetry of brain connectivity in schizophrenia.

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    Ribolsi, Michele; Daskalakis, Zafiris J; Siracusano, Alberto; Koch, Giacomo

    2014-01-01

    Recently, a growing body of data has revealed that beyond a dysfunction of connectivity among different brain areas in schizophrenia patients (SCZ), there is also an abnormal asymmetry of functional connectivity compared with healthy subjects. The loss of the cerebral torque and the abnormalities of gyrification, with an increased or more complex cortical folding in the right hemisphere may provide an anatomical basis for such aberrant connectivity in SCZ. Furthermore, diffusion tensor imaging studies have shown a significant reduction of leftward asymmetry in some key white-matter tracts in SCZ. In this paper, we review the studies that investigated both structural brain asymmetry and asymmetry of functional connectivity in healthy subjects and SCZ. From an analysis of the existing literature on this topic, we can hypothesize an overall generally attenuated asymmetry of functional connectivity in SCZ compared to healthy controls. Such attenuated asymmetry increases with the duration of the disease and correlates with psychotic symptoms. Finally, we hypothesize that structural deficits across the corpus callosum may contribute to the abnormal asymmetry of intra-hemispheric connectivity in schizophrenia.

  17. SOFA评分联合降钙素原在脓毒症早期诊断及预后应用%Value of procalcitonin and SOFA score in the early diagnosis and prognosis of sepsis

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    殷胜禄

    2013-01-01

    目的 分析SOFA评分联合血清降钙素原(PCT)对脓毒症早期诊断及评估预后的效果.方法 将ICU住院的107例危重病患者根据病情分为SIRS组31例、轻度脓毒症组26例、严重脓毒症组25例、脓毒性休克组25例,并选择同期健康体检患者30例;同时根据脓毒症患者预后分为存活组39例和死亡组68例,比较分析各组患者血清PCT、C反应蛋白(CRP)水平及SOFA评分的变化.结果 血清PCT、CRP、SOFA评分在SIRS组(1.76±0.36)μg/L、(53.42±12.44)mg/L、(3.54±1.24)分,轻度脓毒症(2.25±0.74)μg/L、(87.25±13.27)mg/L、(6.75±2.37)分,严重脓毒症组(5.54±1.43)μg/L、(91.73±16.63) mg/L、(8.49±2.83)分,脓毒性休克组(8.82±2.54) μg/L、(112.74±23.57) mg/L、(10.26±3.37)分,均较对照组明显升高,且随着病情的加重,患者血清PCT、SOFA评分依次增加(P<0.05);3组脓毒症患者血清PCT、CRP、SOFA评分较SIRS组显著升高,而各组脓毒症患者的CRP水平比较,差异无统计学意义;死亡组血清PCT、SOFA评分(7.63±2.68) μg/L、(9.06±2.26)分较存活组的(2.37±1.03) μg/L、(5.38±1.87)分显著升高(P<0.05),而两组CRP水平比较,差异无统计学意义;logistic回归分析结果显示,血清PCT、SOFA评分是脓毒症患者发生的独立危险因素(OR=5.132,7.369,P<0.05).结论 血清PCT、SOFA评分可作为脓毒症的早期诊断指标,SOFA评分联合PCT水平的检测对评估脓毒症病情严重程度及预后的具有重要意义.%OBJECTIVE To explore the value of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and SOFA score in the early diagnosis and prognosis of sepsis.METHODS According to the severity of disease,107 patients of critical illness patients who were admitted in ICU were divided into four groups,including 31 patients of the SIRS group,26 patients of the sepsis group,25 patients of the severe sepsis group,and 25 patients of the septic shock group,and at the same time 30 healthy people were selected and were also

  18. Abnormalities Occurring during Female Gametophyte Development Result in the Diversity of Abnormal Embryo Sacs and Leads to Abnormal Fertilization in indicaljaponica Hybrids in Rice

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    Yu-Xiang Zeng; Chao-Yue Hu; Yong-Gen Lu; Jin-Quan Li; Xiang-Dong Liu

    2009-01-01

    Embryo sac abortion is one of the major masons for sterility in indicaljaponica hybrids In rice. To clarify the causal mechanism of embryo sac abortion, we studied the female gametophyte development in two indicaljaponica hybrids via an eosin B staining procedure for embryo sac scanning using confocal laser scanning microscope. Different types of abnormalities occurred during megasporogenesis and megagamatogenesis were demonstrated. The earliest abnormality was observed in the megasporocyte. A lot of the chalazal-most megaspores were degenerated before the mono-nucleate embryo sac stage. Disordered positioning of nucleus and abnormal nucallus tissue were characteristics of the abnormal female gametes from the mono-nucleate to four-nucleate embryo sac stages. The abnormalities that occurred from the early stage of the eight-nucleate embryo sac development to the mature embryo sac stage were characterized by smaller sizes and wrinkled antipodals. Asynchronous nuclear migration, abnormal positioning of nucleus, and degeneration of egg apparatus were also found at the eight-nucleate embryo sac stage. The abnormalities that occurred during female gametophyte development resulted in five major types of abnormal embryo sacs. These abnormal embryo sacs led to abnormal fertilization. Hand pollination using normal pollens on the spikelets during anthesis showed that normal pollens could not exclude the effect of abnormal embryo sac on seed setting.

  19. Abnormal glutamate release in aged BTBR mouse model of autism.

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    Wei, Hongen; Ding, Caiyun; Jin, Guorong; Yin, Haizhen; Liu, Jianrong; Hu, Fengyun

    2015-01-01

    Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by abnormal reciprocal social interactions, communication deficits, and repetitive behaviors with restricted interests. Most of the available research on autism is focused on children and young adults and little is known about the pathological alternation of autism in older adults. In order to investigate the neurobiological alternation of autism in old age stage, we compared the morphology and synaptic function of excitatory synapses between the BTBR mice with low level sociability and B6 mice with high level sociability. The results revealed that the number of excitatory synapse colocalized with pre- and post-synaptic marker was not different between aged BTBR and B6 mice. The aged BTBR mice had a normal structure of dendritic spine and the expression of Shank3 protein in the brain as well as that in B6 mice. The baseline and KCl-evoked glutamate release from the cortical synaptoneurosome in aged BTBR mice was lower than that in aged B6 mice. Overall, the data indicate that there is a link between disturbances of the glutamate transmission and autism. These findings provide new evidences for the hypothesis of excitation/inhibition imbalance in autism. Further work is required to determine the cause of this putative abnormality.

  20. Diagnostic value of procalcitonin for hospital-acquired pneumonia in patients receiving surgical critical care%降钙素原对重症患者医院获得性肺炎的诊断价值

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    孙广正; 周其林; 戴华卫

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究降钙素原(PC T )对外科重症患者医院获得性肺炎的病情评估作用,为临床治疗提供参考依据。方法前瞻性纳入2011-2012年60例外科重症患者,入院后给予PCT、C‐反应蛋白(CRP)等检查,根据肺炎严重程度和预后分成发生肺炎组34例与未发生肺炎组26例,分别比较重症组与轻症组PC T 表达水平的差异,分析PCT与医院获得性肺炎发生的相关性,采用SPSS 12.0进行统计处理。结果纳入的60例患者中死亡8例,病死率13.33%;发生医院获得性肺炎患者共34例,发生率为56.66%;发生医院获得性肺炎的患者PC T峰值平均为(136.56±57.6)μg/L ,病程中的平均值为(66.59±20.9)μg/L ;未发生医院获得性肺炎的患者PC T峰值平均为(34.21±11.5)μg/L,病程中的平均值为(14.7±6.91)μg/L ;两组相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论 PC T可以有效的用于外科重症患者医院获得性肺炎的诊断,具有临床推广价值。%OBJECTIVE To study procalcitonin (PCT ) for evaluation of hospital‐acquired pneumonia in patients with severe diseases in the surgical department and to provide reference for clinical treatment .METHODS Totally 60 patients with severe diseases in the surgical department were prospectively enrolled ,and given PCT ,CRP and other tests after admission .They were divided into the pneumonia group (n=34) and the non‐pneumonia group (n=26) according to the pneumonia severity and prognosis .The differences in the expression levels of PCT between the two groups were compared .The correlation of PCT and the occurrence of hospital‐acquired pneumonia were analyzed .RESULTS Among the total of 60 patients ,8 patients died ,the mortality rate was 13 .33% .Hospital‐ac‐quired pneumonia occurred in a total of 34 cases ,the rate was 56 .66% .The average PCT peak value for patients with hospital

  1. The clinical significance of procalcitonin to identifying microorganism strains in ICU patients with bloodstream infection%降钙素原在鉴别重症监护病房血流感染患者菌种中的作用

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    温妙云; 方明; 邓医宇; 曾红科

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the level of serum procalcitonin (PCT) for exploring the clinical value in identifying microorganism strains in the intensive care unit (ICU) patients with blood stream infections.Methods A retrospective analysis of patients with positive blood culture of a single strain and with serum PCT levels detected simultaneously was carried out from January 2010 through December 2012.The comparisons of PCT levels were done among Gram-negative (G-) bacteria,Gram-positive (G +) bacteria and fungi in patients with bloodstream infections.The diagnostic performance of PCT was determined by the receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC).Results A total of 524 patients with blood stream infection were enrolled and categorized into three different groups,namely G-bacteria infection group (n =206),G + bacteria infection group (n =276),and fungi infection group (n =42).The median value of PCT level of G-bacteria group was 14.9 ng/ml,which was significantly higher than that of the other two groups with 0.14 ng/ml and 1.76 ng/ml,respectively (P < 0.01).Further,the PCT level of fungi group also obviously higher than that of G + bacteria group (P < 0.001).According to ROC,PCT level at 2.11 ng/ml could distinguish G-bacteria infection from G + bacteria infection with sensitivity 82.8% and specificity 80.1%,while PCT at 5.09 ng/ml was used to distinguish G-bacteria infection from fungi infection with sensitivity 68% and specificity 73.8%.The area under the ROC of G + bacteria and fungi was 33.0% (P < O.01).Conclusions Serum PCT level is valid for distinguishing ICU patients with blood stream infection caused by G-bacteria from G+ bacteria or from fungi,but the validity of PCT for distinguishing G + bacteria from fungi infection needs to be set up by further studies.%目的 探讨血清降钙素原(procalcitonin,PCT)水平对鉴别重症监护病房(ICU)血流感染患者菌种类型的临床应用价值.方法 回顾性分析2010年1月至2012

  2. Evaluating value of thyroid hormone and procalcitonin and C-reactive protein in patients with sepsis%甲状腺激素、降钙素原和C-反应蛋白对脓毒症患者病情及预后评估的价值

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    尹小燕; 乔建瓯

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the evaluating value of thyroid hormone, procalcitonin and C-reactive protein in patients with sepsis by analyzing the state of the disease and fatality. Methods According to 2008 international guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock, patients were classified into 3 groups: sepsis group, severe sepsis group (including severe sepsis and septic shock patients) and non-systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) group (control group), all the data were analyzed, retrospectively. According to the hospital mortality, the two septic groups were divided into survival group and death group. The plasma thyroid hormone, procalcitonin and C-reactive protein levels were detected in 24 h after patients in admission. Results In the severe sepsis group, levels of FT3, TT3 and TT4 were significantly lower than those in sepsis and control groups (P all < 0.05). In the sepsis group, levels of FT3 and TT3 were lower than those in control group (P all < 0.05). In the sepsis and severe sepsis groups, levels of PCT and CRP were significantly higher than those in control group (P all < 0.05). In the severe sepsis group, the level of PCT was higher than those in sepsis group (P < 0.05), but there was no significant difference in the levels of CRP between the two groups. In the death group FT3, TT3 and PCT were significantly higher than those in survival group (P all < 0.05), but the difference of CRP had no significant difference. TSH had no significant difference in all group. Conclusions CRP is a useful parameter to differentiate SIRS from non-SIRS, which is not reliable indicator for the early diagnosis in patients with sepsis. PCT and TH are more specific indicators in early diagnosis of sepsis. TH and PCT could be used to predict the severity of sepsis. TH and PCT were significantly relevant to the prognosis of sepsis. TH combined with PCT are hopefully quick, reliable and non-invasive indicators in early evaluation of the prognosis of

  3. 降钙素原与真菌血流感染的相关性研究%Research on relativity between procalcitonin and fungal bloodstream infection

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    任丽娟; 郑文亮; 艾根伟

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析降钙素原(PCT)与真菌血流感染的相关性,研究不同真菌感染PCT的差异及PCT与疾病预后的关系.方法 回顾性分析2009年1月-2010年12月血液培养真菌感染的患者33例,结合其PCT的检测结果,与随机抽取的100例血液培养阴性患者作统计学分析,研究真菌血流感染与PCT的相关性,同时分析不同真菌感染时PCT结果的差异及感染预后与PCT的相关性.结果 33例血液真菌感染患者中,检出假丝酵母菌属感染18例,隐球酵母菌属感染7例,荚膜组织胞浆菌及球孢子菌感染各4例;PCT<0.5 ng/L者5例,PCT>2 ng/L者23例,100例血液培养阴性的患者中,PCT<0.5 ng/L者83例,PCT>2 ng/L者9例,按行×列表的x2检验,x2=17.79,查x2界值表,得P<0.05,认为血流真菌感染时,PCT的检测结果有统计学意义;采用单因素方差分析的统计学方法研究不同真菌感染时PCT的检测均数,计算F值=3.341,查F界值表,得P>0.05,表明不同真菌感染时,PCT的检测结果差异无统计学意义;采用t检验的方法研究有效控制和死亡患者PCT的检测均数,t=-2.989,查t界值表,得P<0.01,表明真菌血流感染患者的预后与PCT的检测结果明显相关.结论 重视PCT的检测结果,结合患者感染症状,及时有效的控制真菌感染非常必要.%OBJECTIVE To. Analyze the relativity between procalcitonin and blood fungus infection, study the difference of PCT of different fungus infection and the connections between PCT and the prognosis. METHODS A total of 33 cases of blood fungus infection patients were analyzed, according to PCT value, and statistically compared to 100 patients with negative blood culture. The relativity between blood fungus infection and PCT was studied and the difference of PCT when different fungus infect and the connection between PCT and the prognosis were analyzed at the same time. RESULTS There were 18 infections caused by Candida, 7 by cryptococcus, 4 by Histoplasma

  4. 定量检测降钙素原的方法学评价%Evaluation on methods for quantitative detection of procalcitonin

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    吴金斌; 郑若洋; 欧嘉文

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the analytical performance of two methods of enzyme‐linked immunoassay and electrochemiluminescene immunoassay for quantitatively detecting procalcitonin(PCT ) and to explore the correla‐tion and consistency of their test results in order to provide the basis for a reasonable choice of the PCT detection sys‐tem .Methods The enzyme‐linked immunoassay adopted the mini VIDAS automatic fluorescence immunoassay analy‐zer and the electrochemiluminescene immunoassay adopted the Cobas E411 electrochemiluminescene immunoassay an‐alyzer .The corresponding matching low and high values of quality control materials were detected for calculating the intra‐day precision and the inter‐day precision;the non‐same batch number of fixed value standard material in the cor‐responding reagent was determined for observing the bias degrees ;the correlation and consistency of the detection re‐sults were analyzed and compared between the two kinds of method .Results The intra‐day precisions of PCT in low and high values of quality control materials measured by the mini VIDAS fluorescence immunoassay analyzer were 2 .02% and 1 .83% ,the inter‐day precisions were 3 .59% ,and 3 .09% ,the biases were 2 .98% and -1 .97% ;the in‐tra‐day precisions of PCT measured by the Cobas E411 ECL analyzer were 1 .30% and 0 .87% ,the inter‐day preci‐sions were 3 .33% and 3 .06% ,the biases were 5 .26% and 0 .90% .The detection results of PCT by the two methods had statistically significant differences (P<0 .01) ,but there was good correlation (r=0 .993) and good consistency (Kappa=0 .76) .Conclusion The analytical performance of two kinds of quantitative PCT detection method could meet the requirements of the laboratory with good correlation and good consistency .Laboratory could select proper detection system according to the actual situation .%目的:评价酶联免疫荧光法与电化学发光法用以定量检测降钙素原(PC T )的分析性

  5. Evaluation of procalcitonin on early diagnosis of neonatal infection disease%降钙素原对新生儿感染的早期诊断评价

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    张修侠; 吴小平

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical application value of serum procalcitonin (PCT) detection in diagnosis of neonatal infection disease.Methods The serum PCT,CRP values,routine blood test,blood cultures of 50 children with suspected infection was detected at admission and five days after admission.According to the clinical manifestations and the test results,50 children were divided into the bacterial infection group (32 cases) of and non-bacterial infection group (18 cases),and the value of PCT,CRP,routine blood test,blood culture was compared.Results Of bacterial infection group at admission,the serum PCT values in 27 cases were more than or equal with 2μg/L,white blood cell (WBC) increased in 6 cases,CRP of 7 cases were positive,blood cultures (3d) of 4 cases were positive,and of non-bacterial infection group at admission,the serum PCT value in 2 cases were more than or equal with 2μg/L,WBC increased in 2 cases,blood cultures (3d) of 1 case was positive ; Of bacterial infection group 5 days after admission,the serum PCT value in 23 cases were more than or equal with 2μg/L,WBC increased in 15 cases,CRP of 6 cases were positive,blood culture (5d) of 9 case were positive,and of non-bacterial infection group 5 days after admission,the serum PCT value in 1 cases was more than or equal with 2μg/L,WBC increased in 3 cases,CRP of 4 cases were positive,blood culture (5d) of 1 case was positive.At admission the cases of WBC increasing,CRP positive,blood culture positive of the two groups had no statistically significant differences (x2 =0.50,0.19,0.62,all P > 0.05),but the cases of the PCT value which was more than or equal with 2μg/L had statistically significant differences between the two groups (x2 =25.30,P < 0.05).5 days after admission the cases of WBC increasing,PCT,blood culture positive of the two groups had no statistically significant differences (x2 =4.39,20.30,8.56,all P < 0.05),but the cases of the CRP value significant differences between the two

  6. Value of fructosamine measurement in pregnant women with abnormal glucose tolerance

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    LI Kui; YANG Hui-xia

    2006-01-01

    Background The concentration of serum fructosamine is correlated with plasma glucose level. The aim of this study was to determine whether the level of serum fructosamine can be diagnostic for abnormal glucose tolerance in pregnant women.Methods Serum samples were collected from 161 pregnant women between November 2004 and April 2005.The women were divided into three groups according to the gestational age (16-20 weeks group, 56 patients; 28-34 weeks group, 72; and 37-41 weeks group, 33). Each group was subdivided into normal and abnormal glucose tolerance subgroups. The levels of serum fructosamine were measured. Differences among the groups were assessed by ANOVA and Student-Newman-Keuls test. Correlations between the level of fructosamine and other variables including the results of glucose challenge test (GCT), oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test, and infant's birth weight were analyzed by Pearson correlation.Results The level of serum fructosamine decreased with gestational age [(223.25 ±48.90) μmol/L, (98.44±29.57)μmol/L, and (53.99±29.94) μmol/L, respectively. P<0.05]. It was higher in women with abnormal glucose tolerance than that in women with normal glucose tolerance, however, the difference reached statistical significance only in the 28-34 weeks group (P<0.05). In this group, the level of serum fructosamine correlated positively with the GCT result (r=0.28, P<0.05). No correlation was found between fructosamine level and OGTT result, HbA1c level, or neonatal weight.Conclusions Fructosamine can be used to monitor the glucose level of pregnant women with abnormal glucose tolerance, and to identify the patients at high risk of abnormal glucose tolerance, but can not be used to predict gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in early stage of pregnancy.

  7. 联合检测血清降钙素原、高敏C反应蛋白和全血白细胞在鉴别小儿细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎病中的重大意义%The Great Significance of Combined Detection of Serum Procalcitonin(PCT), High-sensitivity c-reactive Protein(hs - CRP) and White Blood Cells in Whole Blood in the Identification of Children with Bacterial Meningitis and Viral Meningitis

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    张保珍

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the significance of serum procalcitonin(PCT), high-sensitivity c-reactive protein(hs-CRP) and white blood cells in whole blood in identifying children with bacterial meningitis and viral meningitis.Methods To detecte PCT, hs-CRP and whole blood WBC taken from 42 children with bacterial meningitis, 56 children with viral meningitis and 40 healthy controls children.Results ①The level of PCT, hs-CRP and whole blood WBC in children with bacterial meningitis were significantly higher than that in control group. There was significant difference between the two groups(P0.05).②The combined detection of the three indicators in the identification of bacterial meningitis and viral encephalicis in accuracy, sensitivity and specificity was significantly higher than on an individual detection. There was significant difference between the two ways(P0.05).②三项指标联合检测鉴别细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎病在准确度,灵敏度和特异性上明显高于单独检测任一项指标,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 联合检测血清降钙素原、高敏C反应蛋白和全血白细胞有助于鉴别小儿细菌性和病毒性脑膜炎.

  8. Phenotype abnormality: 36 [Arabidopsis Phenome Database[Archive

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  11. BURDEN OF ABNORMAL HEMATOPOIETIC CLONE IN PATIENTS WITH MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROMES

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    2006-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of the burden of abnormal hematopoietic clone in the development of myelodys plastic syndromes (MDS).Methods The ratio of the bone marrow cells with abnormal chromosomes to the total counted bone marrow cells was regarded as the index of MDS clone burden. The disease severity related parameters including white blood cell count, hemoglobin, platelet count, lactate dehydrogenase level, bone marrow blast, myeloid differentiation index, micromegakaryocyte, transfusion, interleukin-2, tumor necrosis factor ( TNF), CD4 + and CD8 + T cells of MDS patients were assayed, and the correlations between those parameters and MDS clone burden were also analyzed.Results The clone burden of MDS patients was 67.4% ± 36. 2%. MDS clone burden positively correlated with bone marrow blasts (r=0.483, P<0.05), negatively with hemoglobin level (r=-0.445, P<0.05). The number of blasts, hemoglobin, and erythrocytes in high clone burden (>50%) and low clone burden (≤50%) groups were 7.78%±5.51% and 3.45%±3.34%, 56.06±14. 28 g/L and 76.40±24.44 g/L, (1.82±0.48)×1012/L and (2. 32±0.66)×1012/L, respectively (all P <0.05). CD4 + T lymphocytes of MDS patients and normal controls were (0. 274±0.719)×109/L and (0.455±0.206)×109/L, respectively (P<0.05). CD8 ± T lymphocytes of MDS patients and normal controls were (0.240±0.150)×109/L and (0.305 ±0.145)×109/L, respectively. The serum level of interleukin-2 of MDS patients (6.29±3.58 ng/mL) was significantly higher than normal control (3.11±1.40ng/mL, P<0.05). The serum level of TNF of MDS patients and normal control group were 2.42±1.79 ng/mL and 1.68 ±0.69 ng/mL, respectively. The ratio of CD4 to CD8 was higher in high clone burden MDS patients (1.90 ±0.52) than that in low clone burden patients (0.97±0.44, P<0.05).Conclusion The quantitive clonal karyotype abnormalities and deficient T cell immunity are important parameters for evaluating MDS severity and predicting its

  12. Electrocardiographic and Echocardiographic Abnormalities in Chronic Alcoholics

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    Full Text Available Objective: Alcohol is most commonly abused drug worldwide. It has been shown to produce toxic effects in almost every organ system in the body. Many of these medical conditions can be attributed to direct effects of alcohol whereas others are indirect sequelae that may result from nutritional deficiencies or predisposition to trauma. Alcohol consumption has been associated with a variety of cardio vascular disorders this study was thus undertaken to know the Electrocardiographic and Echocardiographic abnormalities in asymptomatic chronic alcoholic patients. Materials and Methods: 50 Patients attending the out-patient clinic & who were admitted in Al Ameen Medical College Hospital and District hospital, Bijapur were selected for the study. It was a prospective study design subjects in age group 20-40, having history of chronic alcoholism as defined, for more than 5 years were evaluated by electrocardiography and echocardiography. Patients with known diabetics, hypertensive and cardiovascular disorders were excluded from the study group. Results: The prevalence of cardiovascular abnormalities in patients of chronic alcoholism is 37% in our study. Most common ECG changes are sinus tachycardia (18%, and Non specific ST-T changes (9%. Most common 2D ECHO changes was increased posterior wall thickness (11% and followed by increased interventricular septum thickness and decreased ejection fraction (<40%. The prevalence of cardio vascular abnormalities are more with increased duration of alcohol consumption and also high in advanced age group. Conclusions: This study confirms that many electrocardiographic as well as echocardiographic changes occur prior to symptomatic cardiac disorders established to be caused by chronic alcohol intake such as alcoholic cardiomyopathy .which probably are early indictors of ongoing effects of alcohol and are reversible during the early stages detected by non invasive investigations like Electrocardiography and

  13. Chromosomal Abnormalities in Idiopathic Mental Retardation Patients at a Charity Center in Hamadan, Iran

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    Full Text Available Background Chromosomal aberrations are one of the most common causes of mental retardation (MR. Objectives In this study, in order to identify the rate of chromosomal abnormalities in idiopathic MR, 50 MR patients at a charity center in Hamadan, Iran, were investigated. Methods Fifty mentally retarded male patients without specific chromosomal abnormalities (e.g., Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and Klinefelter syndrome were included in the study. Standard cytogenetic techniques and high resolution GTG banding were performed on all the patients. Results All the patients were male, with a mean age of 37.12 years. Skeletal and facial abnormalities were found in 8% and 22% of patients, respectively. All the patients showed a moderate to severe level of mental retardation. None of the patients had numerical chromosome abnormalities. Two out of the 50 patients (4% demonstrated structural chromosomal abnormalities. One patient had a paracentric inversion in chromosome 1, while the other had a pericentric inversion in chromosome 2. Conclusions The presence of structural chromosomal abnormalities (4% in the studied MR patient population emphasizes the importance of cytogenetic investigation for all idiopathic MR patients.

  14. Evidence for metabolic abnormalities in the muscles of patients with fibromyalgia.

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    Park, J H; Niermann, K J; Olsen, N

    2000-04-01

    Widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and weakness are defining characteristics of patients with fibromyalgia (FM). The aim of this review is to summarize recent investigations of muscle abnormalities in FM, which can be classified as structural, metabolic, or functional in nature. Histologic muscle abnormalities of membranes, mitochondria, and fiber type have been well described at both the light microscopic and ultrastructural levels. These structural abnormalities often correlate with biochemical abnormalities, defective energy production, and the resultant dysfunction of FM muscles. The observed abnormalities in FM muscles are consistent with neurologic findings and disturbances in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Functional changes in FM muscles are assessed most directly by strength and endurance measurements, but pain and psychologic factors may interfere with accurate assessments. To compensate for diminished effort, the decreased efficiency of the work performance by patients with FM can be verified from P-31 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) data by calculation of the work/energy-cost ratio for various tasks. In the disease course, muscle abnormalities may be elicited by intrinsic changes within the muscle tissue itself and/or extrinsic neurologic and endocrine factors. The accurate assignment of intrinsic or extrinsic factors has been substantially clarified by a recent surge of experimental findings. Irrespective of the multifaceted causes of muscle dysfunction and pain, an in-depth understanding of the muscle defects may provide ideas for characterization of the underlying pathogenesis and development of new therapeutic approaches for fibromyalgia syndrome.

  15. Sexsomnia: abnormal sexual behavior during sleep.

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    Andersen, Monica L; Poyares, Dalva; Alves, Rosana S C; Skomro, Robert; Tufik, Sergio

    2007-12-01

    This review attempts to assemble the characteristics of a distinct variant of sleepwalking called sexsomnia/sleepsex from the seemingly scarce literature into a coherent theoretical framework. Common features of sexsomnia include sexual arousal with autonomic activation (e.g. nocturnal erection, vaginal lubrication, nocturnal emission, dream orgasms). Somnambulistic sexual behavior and its clinical implications, the role of precipitating factors, diagnostic, treatment, and medico-legal issues are also reviewed. The characteristics of several individuals described in literature including their family/personal history of parasomnia as well as the abnormal behaviors occurring during sleep are reported.

  16. Radiological and orthopedic abnormalities in Satoyoshi syndrome

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    Haymon, M.L. [Children`s Hospital, New Orleans, LA (United States). Dept. of Radiology; Willis, R.B. [Children`s Hospital, New Orleans, LA (United States). Dept. of Orthopedics; Ehlayel, M.S. [Div. of Genetics, Dept. of Pediatrics, Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, Orleans, LA (United States)]|[Louisiana State Medical Center, New Orleans, LA (United States). Center for Molecular and Human Genetics; Lacassie, Y. [Div. of Genetics, Dept. of Pediatrics, Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, Orleans, LA (United States)]|[Louisiana State Medical Center, New Orleans, LA (United States). Center for Molecular and Human Genetics]|[Children`s Hospital, New Orleans, LA (United States). Dept. of Pediatrics

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    Satoyoshi syndrome is a are disorder on unknown etiology characterized by progressive, painful intermittent muscle spasms, serve skeletal abnormalities mimicking a skeletal dyplasia, malabsorption, alopecia, and amenorrhea. We further report on a 20{sup 1}/{sub 2}-year-old Caucasian woman whith characteristic manifestation of the syndrome. Since the establishment of the diagnostic 1 year ago, she has been treated with prednisone with good response. However, treatment of the multiple deformities and fractures has been difficult and challenging. The early recognition and treatment of this disorder is of utmost importance, as the skeletal deformities and fractures seem to be secondary to the muscular spasms, as suggested by Satoyoshi.

  17. Cranial computed tomographic abnormalities in leptomeningeal metastasis

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    Lee, Y.Y.; Glass, J.P.; Geoffray, A.; Wallace, S.

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    Sixty-four (57.6%) of 111 cancer patients with cerebrospinal fluid cytology positive for malignant cells had cranial computed tomographic (CT) scans within 2 weeks before or after a lumbar puncture. Twenty-two (34.3%) of the 64 had abnormal CT findings indicative of leptomeningeal metastasis. Thirteen (59.6%) of these 22 patients had associated parenchymal metastases. Recognition of leptomeningeal disease may alter the management of patients with parenchymal metastases. Communicating hydrocephalus in cancer patients should be considered to be related to leptomeningeal metastasis until proven otherwise.

  18. Skeletal abnormalities of acrogeria, a progeroid syndrome

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    Ho, A.; White, S.J.; Rasmussen, J.E.

    1987-08-01

    We report the skeletal abnormalities in a 4 1/2-year-old boy with acrogeria, a progeroid syndrome of premature aging of the skin without the involvement of internal organs seen in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. Acro-osteolysis of the distal phalanges, delayed cranial suture closure with wormian bones, linear lucent defects of the metaphyses, and antegonial notching of the mandible are the predominant skeletal features of the disorder. The skeletal features described in 21 other reported cases of acrogeria are summarized.

  19. Abnormal Behavior in Relation to Cage Size in Rhesus Monkeys

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    Paulk, H. H.; And Others

    1977-01-01

    Examines the effects of cage size on stereotyped and normal locomotion and on other abnormal behaviors in singly caged animals, whether observed abnormal behaviors tend to co-occur, and if the development of an abnormal behavior repertoire leads to reduction in the number of normal behavior categories. (Author/RK)

  20. The Spacing Principle for Unlearning Abnormal Neuronal Synchrony

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    Popovych, Oleksandr V.; Markos N Xenakis; Tass, Peter A.

    2015-01-01

    Desynchronizing stimulation techniques were developed to specifically counteract abnormal neuronal synchronization relevant to several neurological and psychiatric disorders. The goal of our approach is to achieve an anti-kindling, where the affected neural networks unlearn abnormal synaptic connectivity and, hence, abnormal neuronal synchrony, by means of desynchronizing stimulation, in particular, Coordinated Reset (CR) stimulation. As known from neuroscience, psychology and education, lear...

  1. Seizure increases electroencephalographic abnormalities in children with tuberculous meningitis

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    Prastiya Indra Gunawan

    2016-04-01

    The EEG pattern in children with TBM varies, and EEG abnormalities were more frequently localized in the frontotemporal region. Seizures were associated with EEG abnormalities in children with TBM. EEG abnormalities occurring simultaneously with seizures may predict the occurrence of seizures.

  2. Latent and Abnormal Functional Connectivity Circuits in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Chen, Shuo; Xing, Yishi; Kang, Jian

    2017-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with disrupted brain networks. Neuroimaging techniques provide noninvasive methods of investigating abnormal connectivity patterns in ASD. In the present study, we compare functional connectivity networks in people with ASD with those in typical controls, using neuroimaging data from the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE) project. Specifically, we focus on the characteristics of intrinsic functional connectivity based on data collected by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). Our aim was to identify disrupted brain connectivity patterns across all networks, instead of in individual edges, by using advanced statistical methods. Unlike many brain connectome studies, in which networks are prespecified before the edge connectivity in each network is compared between clinical groups, we detected the latent differentially expressed networks automatically. Our network-level analysis identified abnormal connectome networks that (i) included a high proportion of edges that were differentially expressed between people with ASD and typical controls; and (ii) showed highly-organized graph topology. These findings provide new insight into the study of the underlying neuropsychiatric mechanism of ASD.

  3. Mexiletine overdose producing status epilepticus without cardiovascular abnormalities.

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    Nelson, L S; Hoffman, R S

    1994-01-01

    Few cases of mexiletine overdose have been reported in the literature. The available case reports have invariably noted significant hemodynamic or electrocardiographic abnormalities. A 41-year-old woman, on mexiletine for arrhythmia control, ingested up to 90 of her 200 mg mexiletine tablets in a suicide attempt. She presented to the emergency department awake with a normal blood pressure and pulse. Shortly afterwards, the patient had a generalized motor seizure, which responded after 40 minutes to intravenous diazepam 100 mg, phenobarbital 1 g and pyridoxine 5 g. Recurrent status epilepticus at one hour required an additional 40 mg of diazepam and a loading dose of pentobarbital. During the entire episode, her electrocardiogram remained normal. The patient's mexiletine level was 20 micrograms/mL (therapeutic 1-2 micrograms/mL) and the patient's urine screen was negative for cocaine. Mexiletine is a group Ib antidysrhythmic agent with electrophysiologic effects similar to lidocaine. Mexiletine has a little first pass hepatic metabolism and a large volume of distribution along with a high lipid solubility, and prolonged central nervous system toxicity may be expected. As with lidocaine, the toxic deaths from mexiletine have resulted from hypotension and bradycardia. The patient reported had a significant mexiletine overdose which resulted in convulsive status epilepticus, but was devoid of hemodynamic or electrocardiographic abnormalities.

  4. 血清降钙素原和C反应蛋白联合检测在慢性阻塞性肺疾病患者感染中的临床研究%Clinical Study on the Combined Determination of Serum Procalcitonin and C-Reactive Protein for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Infection

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    倪春华; 吐尔逊江; 杨超; 李昊

    2014-01-01

    目的:评价降钙素原(procalcitonin, PCT)和C反应蛋白(C-reactive protein, CRP)联合检测对慢性阻塞性肺疾病患者感染的诊断及疗效评估的价值。方法对急诊的60例慢性阻塞性肺疾病感染患者血清PCT、CRP的含量及动态变化进行检测,同时将60例感染患者分为重症感染组(n=28)和轻度感染组(n=32),并与30例非感染组进行比较。结果重症感染组血清PCT、CRP浓度分别为(5.32±3.21)ng/mL和(16.51±6.82)mg/L,轻度感染组血清PCT、CRP浓度分别为(1.25±1.11)ng/mL和(10.11±4.50)mg/L,均明显高于非感染组[(0.24±0.21)ng/mL,(3.52±2.22)mg/L],差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。经有效抗菌治疗后感染患者的PCT、CRP浓度均下降,与治疗前相比差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。以PCT≥0.5 ng/mL、CRP≥8 mg/L为界,PCT与CRP诊断细菌感染的敏感性均为88.3%,PCT的特异性(93.3%)高于CRP(76.7%)。结论血清PCT、CRP联合检测有助于慢性阻塞性肺疾病患者感染的早期诊断,PCT的特异性要优于CRP,动态监测PCT水平有助于评估治疗效果且具有很高的临床应用价值。%Objective To evaluate the clinical value of combined determination of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in the diagnosis and assessment of therapeutic effect for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease infection.Methods Serum PCT and CRP levels and their dynamic changes in 60 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease infection in Emergency Department were measured. The infected patients were assigned to serious infection group (n=28) and mild infection group (n=32). The results were analyzed and compared with those of non-infection group (n=30).Results The levels of PCT and CRP were (5.32±3.21) ng/mL and (16.51±6.82) mg/L respectively in serious infection group and (1.25±1.11) ng/mL and (10.11±4.50) mg/L, respectively in mild

  5. Clinical Significance of Procalcitonin and Endotoxin Detection in Elderly Sepsis%降钙素原联合内毒素检测对老年脓毒症的临床意义

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    秦海萍; 庄建晴; 曹维锷; 王伟

    2016-01-01

    床抗菌药物的使用。%[ Abstract]Objective:To investigate the efficacy of serum procalcitonin( PCT)and endotoxin( ET) in diagnosis,antibiotic using and condition assessment of elderly patients with sepsis. Methods:60 elderly patients with sepsis and bacterial infection( non-sepsis)from emergency ward and ICU served as sepsis group and infectious group,while choosing the same period of hospitalized 30 patients with non-infectious diseases as the control group. PCT and ET levels were detected in three groups within 24 hours,3 d and 7 d after admission. Statistical analysis was conducted to build ROC curve to ana-lyze diagnosis value of PCT and ET concentrations in elderly sepsis. Adopting the best diagnostic cutoff value corresponding to the maximum Youden index to further divide sepsis group and infectious group into above PCT cutoff value group and below PCT cutoff value group,comparing the intake time of an-tibiotics and hospitalization of both groups;for those ET﹥20 ng/L admitted within 24 h as positive were divide into ET positive group and ET negative group,comparing intake time of antibiotics and hospitalization of both groups,and also the infectious rate of sample cultured GNB. Results:PCT and ET concentration levels of infection and sepsis groups were higher than control group at each time point,the difference was statistically significant(P<0. 01);PCT and ET concentration levels of in-fection and sepsis groups,respectively showed a gradual decline in three time points(P<0. 01);PCT concentrations of sepsis group were higher than infection group,statistically significant differences were at all time points( P <0 . 01 ),while ET concentrations had no statistically significant difference at each time points between the two groups(P﹥0. 05);in experimental groups,the area under receiver operating characteristic curve( ROC curve)for elderly sepsis diagnosis of PCT and ET concentration within 24 hours of admission were 0 . 953 and 0 . 561 ,therefore PCT had a higher diagnosis value in elderly

  6. Functional neuroimaging abnormalities in idiopathic generalized epilepsy

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    Megan L. McGill

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI techniques have been used to quantitatively assess focal and network abnormalities. Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE is characterized by bilateral synchronous spike–wave discharges on electroencephalography (EEG but normal clinical MRI. Dysfunctions involving the neocortex, particularly the prefrontal cortex, and thalamus likely contribute to seizure activity. To identify possible morphometric and functional differences in the brains of IGE patients and normal controls, we employed measures of thalamic volumes, cortical thickness, gray–white blurring, fractional anisotropy (FA measures from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI and fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (fALFF in thalamic subregions from resting state functional MRI. Data from 27 patients with IGE and 27 age- and sex-matched controls showed similar thalamic volumes, cortical thickness and gray–white contrast. There were no differences in FA values on DTI in tracts connecting the thalamus and prefrontal cortex. Functional analysis revealed decreased fALFF in the prefrontal cortex (PFC subregion of the thalamus in patients with IGE. We provide minimum detectable effect sizes for each measure used in the study. Our analysis indicates that fMRI-based methods are more sensitive than quantitative structural techniques for characterizing brain abnormalities in IGE.

  7. First trimester ultrasound screening of chromosomal abnormalities

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    Trninić-Pjević Aleksandra

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: A retrocervical subcutaneous collection of fluid at 11-14 weeks of gestation, can be visualized by ultrasound as nuchal translucency (NT. Objective. To examine the distribution of fetal nuchal translucency in low risk population, to determine the detection rate of chromosomal abnormalities in the population of interest based on maternal age and NT measurement. Method. Screening for chromosomal defects, advocated by The Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF, was performed in 1,341 pregnancies in the period January 2000 - April 2004. Initial risk for chromosomal defects (based on maternal and gestational age and corrected risk, after the NT measurement, were calculated. Complete data were collected from 1,048 patients. Results. Out of 1,048 pregnancies followed, 8 cases of Down’s syndrome were observed, 7 were detected antenatally and 6 out of 7 were detected due to screening that combines maternal age and NT measurement. According to our results, sensitivity of the screening for aneuploidies based on maternal age alone was 12.5% and false positive rate 13.1%, showing that screening based on NT measurement is of great importance. Screening by a combination of maternal age and NT, and selecting a screening-positive group for invasive testing enabled detection of 75% of fetuses with trisomy 21. Conclusion. In screening for chromosomal abnormalities, an approach which combines maternal age and NT is effective and increases the detection rate compared to the use of any single test. .

  8. Klinefelter syndrome: cardiovascular abnormalities and metabolic disorders.

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    Calogero, A E; Giagulli, V A; Mongioì, L M; Triggiani, V; Radicioni, A F; Jannini, E A; Pasquali, D

    2017-03-03

    Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is one of the most common genetic causes of male infertility. This condition is associated with much comorbidity and with a lower life expectancy. The aim of this review is to explore more in depth cardiovascular and metabolic disorders associated to KS. KS patients have an increased risk of cerebrovascular disease (standardized mortality ratio, SMR, 2.2; 95% confidence interval, CI, 1.6-3.0), but it is not clear whether the cause of the death is of thrombotic or hemorrhagic nature. Cardiovascular congenital anomalies (SMR, 7.3; 95% CI, 2.4-17.1) and the development of thrombosis or leg ulcers (SMR, 7.9; 95% CI, 2.9-17.2) are also more frequent in these subjects. Moreover, cardiovascular abnormalities may be at least partially reversed by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). KS patients have also an increased probability of endocrine and/or metabolic disease, especially obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The effects of TRT on these abnormalities are not entirely clear.

  9. DNA methylation abnormalities in congenital heart disease.

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    Serra-Juhé, Clara; Cuscó, Ivon; Homs, Aïda; Flores, Raquel; Torán, Núria; Pérez-Jurado, Luis A

    2015-01-01

    Congenital heart defects represent the most common malformation at birth, occurring also in ∼50% of individuals with Down syndrome. Congenital heart defects are thought to have multifactorial etiology, but the main causes are largely unknown. We have explored the global methylation profile of fetal heart DNA in comparison to blood DNA from control subjects: an absolute correlation with the type of tissue was detected. Pathway analysis revealed a significant enrichment of differential methylation at genes related to muscle contraction and cardiomyopathies in the developing heart DNA. We have also searched for abnormal methylation profiles on developing heart-tissue DNA of syndromic and non-syndromic congenital heart defects. On average, 3 regions with aberrant methylation were detected per sample and 18 regions were found differentially methylated between groups. Several epimutations were detected in candidate genes involved in growth regulation, apoptosis and folate pathway. A likely pathogenic hypermethylation of several intragenic sites at the MSX1 gene, involved in outflow tract morphogenesis, was found in a fetus with isolated heart malformation. In addition, hypermethylation of the GATA4 gene was present in fetuses with Down syndrome with or without congenital heart defects, as well as in fetuses with isolated heart malformations. Expression deregulation of the abnormally methylated genes was detected. Our data indicate that epigenetic alterations of relevant genes are present in developing heart DNA in fetuses with both isolated and syndromic heart malformations. These epimutations likely contribute to the pathogenesis of the malformation by cis-acting effects on gene expression.

  10. Brain Abnormalities in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder

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    Woojun Kim

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuromyelitis optica (NMO is an idiopathic inflammatory syndrome of the central nervous system that is characterized by severe attacks of optic neuritis (ON and myelitis. Until recently, NMO was considered a disease without brain involvement. However, since the discovery of NMO-IgG/antiaqaporin-4 antibody, the concept of NMO was broadened to NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD, and brain lesions are commonly recognized. Furthermore, some patients present with brain symptoms as their first manifestation and develop recurrent brain symptoms without ON or myelitis. Brain lesions with characteristic locations and configurations can be helpful in the diagnosis of NMOSD. Due to the growing recognition of brain abnormalities in NMOSD, these have been included in the NMO and NMOSD diagnostic criteria or guidelines. Recent technical developments such as diffusion tensor imaging, MR spectroscopy, and voxel-based morphometry reveal new findings related to brain abnormalities in NMOSD that were not identified using conventional MRI. This paper focuses on the incidence and characteristics of the brain lesions found in NMOSD and the symptoms that they cause. Recent studies using advanced imaging techniques are also introduced.

  11. Evolution of Metabolic Abnormalities in Alcoholic Patients during Withdrawal

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    X. Vandemergel

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    Full Text Available Chronic alcohol intoxication is accompanied by metabolic abnormalities. Evolution during the early withdrawal period has been poorly investigated. The aim of this study was to determine the evolution of metabolic parameters during alcohol withdrawal. Patients and Methods. Thirty-three patients admitted in our department for alcohol withdrawal were prospectively included. Results. Baseline hypophosphatemia was found in 24% of cases. FEPO4 was reduced from 14.2 ± 9% at baseline to 7.3 ± 4.2% at day 3 (Pnl, respectively. No correlation was found between the sodium and CPK levels (P=0.75 nor between the CPK level and the amount of alcohol ingested (rs = 0.084, P=0.097. Baseline urate level was elevated and returned to normal after three days. Baseline magnesium concentration was normal and stable over time. Conclusion. Chronic alcohol intoxication was accompanied by phosphaturia, rapidly reversible after alcohol withdrawal and inversely correlated with albuminemia, slight hyponatremia, low levels of 25 hydroxy vitamin D, elevated CPK level in about 30% of women, and hyperuricemia with rapid normalization.

  12. Chromosomal abnormalities in roots of aquatic plant Elodea canadensis as a tool for testing genotoxicity of bottom sediments.

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    Zotina, Tatiana; Medvedeva, Marina; Trofimova, Elena; Alexandrova, Yuliyana; Dementyev, Dmitry; Bolsunovsky, Alexander

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    Submersed freshwater macrophytes are considered as relevant indicators for use in bulk bottom sediment contact tests. The purpose of this study was to estimate the validity of endpoints of aquatic plant Elodea canadensis for laboratory genotoxicity testing of natural bottom sediments. The inherent level of chromosome abnormalities (on artificial sediments) in roots of E. canadensis under laboratory conditions was lower than the percentage of abnormal cells in bulk sediments from the Yenisei River. The percentage of abnormal cells in roots of E. canadensis was more sensitive to the presence of genotoxic agents in laboratory contact tests than in the natural population of the plant. The spectra of chromosomal abnormalities that occur in roots of E. canadensis under natural conditions in the Yenisei River and in laboratory contact tests on the bulk bottom sediments from the Yenisei River were similar. Hence, chromosome abnormalities in roots of E. canadensis can be used as a relevant and sensitive genotoxicity endpoint in bottom sediment-contact tests.

  13. Real-time Multiple Abnormality Detection in Video Data

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    Have, Simon Hartmann; Ren, Huamin; Moeslund, Thomas B.

    2013-01-01

    Automatic abnormality detection in video sequences has recently gained an increasing attention within the research community. Although progress has been seen, there are still some limitations in current research. While most systems are designed at detecting specific abnormality, others which...... are capable of detecting more than two types of abnormalities rely on heavy computation. Therefore, we provide a framework for detecting abnormalities in video surveillance by using multiple features and cascade classifiers, yet achieve above real-time processing speed. Experimental results on two datasets...... show that the proposed framework can reliably detect abnormalities in the video sequence, outperforming the current state-of-the-art methods....

  14. Meiotic abnormalities and spermatogenic parameters in severe oligoasthenozoospermia.

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    Vendrell, J M; García, F; Veiga, A; Calderón, G; Egozcue, S; Egozcue, J; Barri, P N

    1999-02-01

    The incidence of meiotic abnormalities and their relationship with different spermatogenic parameters was assessed in 103 male patients with presumably idiopathic severe oligoasthenozoospermia (motile sperm concentration Meiotic patterns included normal meiosis and two meiotic abnormalities, i.e. severe arrest and synaptic anomalies. A normal pattern was found in 64 (62.1%), severe arrest in 21 (20.4%) and synaptic anomalies in 18 (17.5%). The overall rate of meiotic abnormalities was 37.9%. Most (66.7%) meiotic abnormalities occurred in patients with a sperm concentration meiotic abnormalities were found in 57.8% of the patients; of these, 26.7% had synaptic anomalies. When the sperm concentration was meiotic abnormalities occurred in 54.8% (synaptic anomalies in 22.6%). There were statistically significant differences among the three meiotic patterns in relation to sperm concentration (P 10 IU/l were the only predictors of meiotic abnormalities.

  15. 重症肺炎患儿降钙素原与凝血纤溶指标的临床意义%The changes and meaning of procalcitonin and coagulation/fibrinolysis index in children with severe community-acquired pneumonia

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    张芳芳; 尹占良; 邱建凯; 姚海珍; 李令娟

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨重症肺炎(SCAP)患儿降钙素原(PCT)与凝血纤溶指标的变化与临床意义。方法选取2012年3月至2015年7月廊坊市第四人民医院儿童重症监护病房治疗的儿童SCAP患者92例(SCAP组),根据血清PCT水平将SCAP组患者分为高PCT组(血清PCT≥2.00 ng/ml)与低PCT组(血清PCT<2.00 ng/ml)。对照组为无感染性疾病的儿童患者54例。检测和比较各组PCT水平与血小板计数(BPC)、抗凝血酶Ⅲ活性(AT-Ⅲ:C)及D-二聚体(D-dimer,D-D)等的变化情况。结果与对照组比较,SCAP组BPC、D-D、 PCT水平明显升高,AT-Ⅲ:C明显降低(P<0.01);高PCT组的BPC及AT-Ⅲ:C水平明显低于低PCT组,而D-D明显高于低PCT组(P<0.01或P<0.05)。高PCT组弥散性血管内凝血的发生率明显高于低PCT组(P<0.05)。结论重症肺炎患儿存在凝血功能紊乱和PCT水平升高,PCT水平与凝血功能紊乱有关。%Objective To explore the changes and meaning of procalcitonin (PCT) and coagulation/fibrinolysis index in children with severe community-acquired pneumonia (SCAP). Methods 92 cases of children with SCAP were chosen as the SCAP group in pediatric intensive care unit, at the Fourth People′s Hospital of Langfang City between March 2012 and July 2015,and the SCAP group was divided into high PCT group (PCT ≥2.00 ng/ml) and low PCT group (PCT <2.00 ng/ml) according to the serum PCT level.54 cases of child patients without infectious diseases served as the control group. The levels of PCT, blood platelet count (BPC), antithrombin-Ⅲ activity (AT-Ⅲ:C ) and D-dimer (D-D) were determined and compared among each group. Results Compared with the control group, the levels of BPC,D-D,PCT were significantly increased and AT-Ⅲ:Cwas significantly decreased(P<0.01).The levels of BPC and AT-Ⅲ:C in the high PCT group were lower than those in the low PCT group; the level of

  16. Skin abnormality and hairloss: the reproductive endocrinological viewpoint

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    Ali Baziad

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Excessive androgen production may cause changes in female skin, such as hirsutism and acne. The administration of antiadrogenic hormone such as cyproteron acetate, may eliminate the hyperandrogenic effect on the skin. Hairloss may also caused either by hyper-androgenemia or by low estrogen level. The administration of either antiandrogen or estrogen may reduce hairloss. Virilization, which includes excessive growth of hair and clitoris enlargement, deepened voice, muscle hypertrophy and mammary hypoplasia are also associated with hyperandrogenemia. Antiandrogen treatment could eliminate these impacts of virilization. In contrast, cellulite was supected to be due to androgen deficiency, and the use of topical testosterone could eliminate it. It is concluded that skin and/or hairloss are associated with hormonal changes in women. The treatment with antiandrogenic hormones may reduce or cure these abnormalities. (Med J Indones 2004; 13: 258-63Keywords: Hirsutism, virilization, acne, cellulite, hairloss, androgen, estrogen

  17. Clinical value of joint detection of copeptin and procalcitonin in early diagnosis and prognosis for patients with sepsis%和肽素与降钙素原联合测定在脓毒血症早期诊断及预后判断的临床意义

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    魏益群; 孙钢; 杨淑梅

    2011-01-01

    septic shock group. The differences of serum copeptin and PCT levels, indexes of inflammation .acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II (APACHE Ⅱ) scores and sepsis related organ failure assessment (SOFA) scores were compared in controls and the septic patients with different severities and their correlation was analyzed. RESULTS The copeptin levels of patients with SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and sepsis shock were significantly higher than that in the non-sepsis group (3. 14± 0.98), (8.92±1.51), (14.54±2.36) and(28. 63±3. 57) vs (0. 88±0. 34)ng/ml,(P<0. 05). The APACHEⅡ and SOFA scores of the patients with survival group were lower than those with non-survival group (P<0. 05). Copeptin and PCT concentrations were positively correlated with APACHE Ⅱ and SOFA. Copeptin was closer than PCT in the correlation with the severity of sepsis. CONCLUSION The joint detection of serum copeptin and procalcitonin has guiding significance in the early diagnosis and prognosis for patients with sepsis.

  18. 血浆降钙素原对老年人社区获得性肺炎严重程度的预测价值%Efficacy of plasma procalcitonin in evaluating severity of community-acquired pneumonia in elderly patients

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    蔡志明; 林其昌; 林晓; 连宁芳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To analyze the plasma procalcitonin (PCT) as a predictor of the severity of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in elderly patients.Methods Totally 90 elderly patients hospitalized with community acquired pneumonia from 2010 to 2011 were analyzed retrospectively for the relation between plasma procalcitonin and severity of pneumonia.All cases were divided into two groups,the severe group (n=36) and the non-severe group (n=54) according to diagnostic criteria.Results The level of plasma PCT was much lower in the severe group (median 2.44 μg/L) than that in the non-severe group (median 0.11 μg/L) (U=335.50,P=0.000).Among all patients,when PCT was lower than 0.5 μg/L,the incidence of non-severe CAP was 76%,however,when PCT was equal or above 2.0 μg/L,the incidence of non-severe CAP was reduced to 9%.In Binary logistic regression analysis,PCT was a risk factor of aged person with severe community acquired pneumonia independent of age and CRUB-65 scores [OR =1.328 (95 % confidential interval:1.072,1.645)].PCT had a positive correlation with CRUB-65 scores (U=10.162,P=0.006).In all cases,the patients who improved well had lower PCT value than the remaining (median 0.21 μg/L,17.0μg/L; U=10.000,P=0.000),which also happened in severe cases (median 1.47 μg/L,17.0 μg/L;U=8.000,P=0.000).The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.872 (95% confidential interval:0.741,0.914).At a PCT cut-off level of greater than or equal to 2.0 μg/L,the sensitivity and specificity to predict the severity of aged person with CAP was 55.6% and 98.9% respectively.Conclusions Plasma PCT may be a good predictor to evaluate the severity of CAP in elderly patients.%目的 评价降钙素原(PCT)对老年人社区获得性肺炎(CAP)严重程度的预测价值.方法 回顾性分析2010年1月至2011年9月入院的90例老年CAP住院患者PCT值与重症肺炎的关系. 结果 将患者依据诊断标准分为重症肺炎组36例,非重症肺炎组54

  19. Abnormal epidermal changes after argon laser treatment

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    Neumann, R.A.; Knobler, R.M.; Aberer, E.; Klein, W.; Kocsis, F.; Ott, E. (Univ. of Vienna (Austria))

    1991-02-01

    A 26-year-old woman with a congenital port-wine stain on the forehead was treated three times at 2-month intervals with an argon laser. Six months after the last treatment, moderate blanching and mild scaling confined to the treated area was observed. A biopsy specimen of the treated area revealed a significant decrease in ectatic vessels. However, epidermal changes similar to those of actinic keratosis with disorganized cell layers and marked cytologic abnormalities were seen. Analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes for a defect in DNA repair was negative. Multiple, argon laser-induced photothermal effects may be responsible for the changes observed in our case and may lead to premalignant epidermal transformation.

  20. Residual gait abnormalities in surgically treated spondylolisthesis.

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    Shelokov, A; Haideri, N; Roach, J

    1993-11-01

    The authors retrospectively studied seven patients who had in situ fusion as adolescents for high-grade (IV, V) spondylolisthesis unresponsive to more conservative means. All patients achieved solid bony union; their pain was relieved; and hamstring spasm had resolved. The authors sought to determine whether crouch gait or any other abnormalities could be demonstrated in patients exhibiting clinical parameters of success. Each patient underwent gait analysis, radiographic analysis, and a physical examination. Four of seven patients demonstrated slight degrees of forward trunk lean during varying phases of gait accompanied by increased hip flexion. One patient demonstrated increased trunk extension accompanied by limited hip flexion. Two patients were essentially normal. The authors were unable to quantify residual crouch in these patients with solidly fused high-grade spondylolisthesis.

  1. Kidney abnormalities in sickle cell disease.

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    López Revuelta, K; Ricard Andrés, M P

    2011-01-01

    Patients with sickle cell disease exhibits numerous kidney structural and functional abnormalities, changes that are seen along the entire length of the nephron. Changes are most marked in patients with homozygous sickle cell anemia, but are also seen in those with compound heterozygous states and the sickle cell trait. The renal features of sickle cell disease include some of the most common reasons for referral to nephrologists, such as hematuria, proteinuria, tubular disturbances and chronic kidney disease. Therapy of these conditions requires specialized knowledge of their distinct pathogenic mechanisms. Spanish Haemathology and Hemotherapy Association has recently publicated their Clinical Practice Guidelines of SCD management. Renal chapter is reproduced in this article for Nefrología difussion.

  2. Abnormal uterine bleeding: a clinicohistopathological analysis

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    Anupamasuresh Y

    2014-06-01

    Methods: In our prospective study of 359 Patients of the age between 46 and 73 years, clinical characteristics and the pattern of endometrial histopathology and their association in women, who present with abnormal uterine bleeding, are categorised into six groups. Results: In our study, a significant correlation of histopathology and BMI was observed with endometrial hyperplasia and malignancy in obese patient i.e. 37 out 96 and 13 out of 23 respectively. The incidence of malignancy has been increasing with the age being 1.6% in 46-50 years to 60% in 70-75 years. In our study 116 (32.3% had hypertension, 33 patients (9.2% had diabetes mellitus, 40 patients (11.1% had hypothyroidism. Conclusions: We found a maximum incidence of AUB in multiparous women. Clinicohistopathological analysis of AUB revealed endometrial hyperplasia in majority of patients. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2014; 3(3.000: 656-661

  3. Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus

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    Baron, R.L.; Lee, J.K.T.; Sagel, S.S.; Levitt, R.G.

    1982-01-01

    Computed tomography (CT) should be the imaging method of choice following plain chest radiographs when a suspected thymic abnormality requires further evaluation. Based upon a six-year experience, including the evaluation of 25 patients with thymic pathology, CT was found useful in suggesting or excluding a diagnosis of thymoma and in distinguishing thymic hyperplasis from thymoma in patients with myasthenia gravis. The thickness of the thymic lobes determined by CT was found to be a more accurate indicator of infiltrative disease (thymic hyperplasia and lymphoma) than the width. CT was helpful in differentiating benign thymic cysts from solid tumors, and in defining the extent of a thymic neoplasms. On occasion, CT may suggest the specific histologic nature of a thymic lesion.

  4. Abnormal Presentation of Choriocarcinoma and Literature Review

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    Yousefi, Zohreh; Mottaghi, Mansorhe; Rezaei, Alireza; Ghasemian, Sedighe

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Gestational trophoblastic neoplasms have highly been malignant potential, which usually occurred in child-bearing age women. Unusual feature of this malignancy would be rare, it was important to take in mind the possibility of GTN in different manifestation. Based on the above mentioned, the aim of this presentation would be the management and outcome of a case series of choriocarcinoma patients with abnormal manifestation. Case Presentation We have presented four patients, first who initially manifestation with signs of septic shock, the second case with severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage, the third case with postpartum infection and the forth case was a postmenopausal bleeding patient. Conclusions In case of metastatic choriocarcinoma with precise history, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment have led us to curable results. PMID:27482332

  5. [Ultrasonic diagnosis of congenital uterine abnormalities].

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    Funk, A; Fendel, H

    1988-01-01

    1-2% of women has abnormal uterine development due to nonunification of the Müllerian ducts in the embryonal period. At the RWTH Aachen, in the department of gynaecology and obstetrics, between January and June 1987, we had searched systematically for maldevelopment of the uterus in 2299 echosonografies. In 13 cases we found maldevelopment of internal genital; 5 of these cases were diagnosed by an echosonografic routine-examination. The echografic criteria of the different grades of uterine malformations have been determined, systematized and discussed in relation to the symptoms. The most frequent malformations as uterus subseptus, uterus septus, uterus bicornis and uterus duplex are subject of a detailed discussion. This work demonstrates that echosonografic is a very efficient instrument to diagnose uterine malformations and gives us a very exact anatomic interpretation of malformations.

  6. Eye-head coordination abnormalities in schizophrenia.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Eye-movement abnormalities in schizophrenia are a well-established phenomenon that has been observed in many studies. In such studies, visual targets are usually presented in the center of the visual field, and the subject's head remains fixed. However, in every-day life, targets may also appear in the periphery. This study is among the first to investigate eye and head movements in schizophrenia by presenting targets in the periphery of the visual field. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Two different visual recognition tasks, color recognition and Landolt orientation tasks, were presented at the periphery (at a visual angle of 55° from the center of the field of view. Each subject viewed 96 trials, and all eye and head movements were simultaneously recorded using video-based oculography and magnetic motion tracking of the head. Data from 14 patients with schizophrenia and 14 controls were considered. The patients had similar saccadic latencies in both tasks, whereas controls had shorter saccadic latencies in the Landolt task. Patients performed more head movements, and had increased eye-head offsets during combined eye-head shifts than controls. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Patients with schizophrenia may not be able to adapt to the two different tasks to the same extent as controls, as seen by the former's task-specific saccadic latency pattern. This can be interpreted as a specific oculomotoric attentional dysfunction and may support the hypothesis that schizophrenia patients have difficulties determining the relevance of stimuli. Patients may also show an uneconomic over-performance of head-movements, which is possibly caused by alterations in frontal executive function that impair the inhibition of head shifts. In addition, a model was created explaining 93% of the variance of the response times as a function of eye and head amplitude, which was only observed in the controls, indicating abnormal eye-head coordination in patients

  7. Theoretical Study of Relativistic Retardation Effects: the Abnormal Fine Structure of O Ⅱ

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    CHEN Shao-Hao; HAN Xiao-Ying; WANG Xiao-Lu; LI Ji

    2007-01-01

    Using multi-configuration Dirac-Fock and relativistic configuration interaction methods with high-order corrections, we report our precise calculation results of the fine-structure energy levels of the ground-state configuration of OⅡ(1s22s22p3). Our calculated fine-structure splittings of 2D3/2,5/2 and 2P1/2,3/2 are abnormal. We elucidate that the transverse (Breit) interaction, i.e. relativistic retardation effect, plays an important role for the abnormal fine-structure splittings. Our calculation results are in good agreement with experimental measurements.

  8. Clinical diagnostic value of dual blood culture of procalcitonin and high sensitivity C-reactive protein for bloodstream infection%降钙素原、超敏C反应蛋白联合血培养对血流感染的临床诊断价值

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    黄丽君

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原、超敏C反应蛋白联合血培养对血流感染的临床诊断价值。方法82例血流感染患者作为观察组,82例非血流感染的局部感染患者作为对照组,收集两组患者的血液标本进行降钙素原、超敏C反应蛋白检测及血培养,对比观察三种检测方法对血流感染患者的临床诊断价值。结果观察组降钙素原阳性率为69.51%、超敏 C反应蛋白阳性率为96.34%,高于对照组的9.76%、48.78%(P0.05)。结论降钙素原、超敏C反应蛋白对血流感染的诊断特异性强,联合血培养检测可以提高诊断的准确性,尽早明确诊断,及时指导临床采取有效的治疗方案,改善患者的预后。%Objective To investigate clinical diagnostic value of dual blood culture of procalcitonin and high sensitivity C-reactive protein for bloodstream infection.Methods There were 82 bloodstream infection patients as observation group and 82 local infection patients without bloodstream infection as control group. Blood samples of both groups were taken for procalcitonin and high sensitivity C-reactive protein detection and blood culture. Clinical diagnostic values of the three detection ways were compared.Results The observation group had higher procalcitonin positive rate as 69.15% and high sensitivity C-reactive protein positive rate as 96.34% than 9.76% and 48.78% of the control group (P0.05).Conclusion Procalcitonin and high sensitivity C-reactive protein contain high specificity in diagnosis of bloodstream infection, and their dual blood culture can improve accuracy of diagnosis, so as to clarify early diagnosis, guide effective clinical treatment, and improve prognosis in patients.

  9. 血清降钙素原在小儿病毒性肺炎及细菌性肺炎中的诊断价值%The diagnostic values of serum procalcitonin for viral pneumonia and for bacterial pneumonia in children

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    陈建群; 丁银云; 崔倪

    2016-01-01

    Objective To compare the levels of procalcitonin (PCT) in children with viral pneumonia and in children with bacterial pneumonia, and evaluate the clinical value of PCT for the diagnosis of viral pneumonia and bacterial pneumonia in children and provide clinical reference for the treatment of pneumonia in children. Methods 96 cases of pediatric patients with viral pneumonia and 96 cases of pediatric patients with bacterial pneumonia were selected randomly from March 2014 to April 2015 in our hospital as observation group and control group, respectively, for the study. PCT level was measured and analyzed for the diagnosis value. Age, gender, height and weight were also recorded. Results The average level of PCT of the control group was (0.29 ±0.14) ng/ml, with the positive rate of 9.38%; the average level of PCT of the observation group was (3.18 ±0.74)ng/ml, with the positive rate of 93.75%,showing a significant difference between these two groups (P<0.05). Conclusion PCT level was higher in children with viral pneumonia than that with bacterial pneumonia; it could be used as a clinical indicator of diagnosis of viral pneumonia in children.%目的:对比分析血清降钙素原(PCT)在小儿病毒性肺炎及细菌性肺炎中不同表现,明确PCT在小儿病毒性肺炎及细菌性肺炎中临床价值,为治疗小儿肺炎提供临床参考。方法随机选取2014年3月至2015年4月收治的小儿病毒性肺炎患者96例(观察组),另选取同期本院收治的细菌性肺炎患者96例(对照组),两组儿童均接受PCT相关检测,并行统计分析相关检测结果以及应用价值。同时记录患儿年龄、性别、身高、体重等一般情况,应用统计学软件对以上数据进行分析。结果观察组患儿PCT平均值为(0.29±0.14)ng/ml,阳性率为9.38%;对照组患儿PCT平均值为(3.18±0.74)ng/ml,阳性率为93.75%,组间对比差异有统计学意义(P<0.05

  10. Study the role of procalcitonin in species identification and prognosis in patients with bloodstream infections in ICU%降钙素原在重症监护室血流感染患者鉴别菌种和预后判断中的作用

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    薛坚; 王晓红; 李奇; 孙政

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨降钙素原在重症监护室(ICU)血流感染患者鉴别菌种及预后判断中的作用。方法选择ICU 血流感染患者共69例,检测所有研究对象血清降钙素原(PCT)水平,进行血培养、菌种鉴定,并随访30 d 患者预后,评价 PCT 在 ICU 血流感染患者早期鉴别菌种与预后判断中的作用。结果革兰阴性菌感染患者的 PCT 水平显著高于革兰阳性菌和真菌感染的患者,真菌感染的患者 PCT 水平显著高于革兰阳性菌感染患者(均 P <0.01)。在区分革兰阳性菌与革兰阴性菌和革兰阴性菌与真菌时计算 PCT 的界值分别为1.94 ng/mL 和4.35 ng/mL,能获得最好的灵敏度和特异性与 ROC 曲线下面积,分别为0.87和0.59。革兰阴性菌和真菌感染的死亡患者血清 PCT 水平显著高于存活患者(P =0.003、0.013),而在革兰阳性菌感染的患者中差异无统计学意义(P =0.473)。结论PCT 在 ICU 血流感染患者鉴别菌种和预后判断中具有较好的预测作用,值得临床借鉴。%Objective To investigate the roles of procalcitonin(PCT)in species identification and prognosis in patients with bloodstream infections in intensive care unit (ICU).Methods 69 patients with bloodstream infections in ICU were collected.Test the levels of Serum PCT,blood culture and strain identification levels blood cultures. Follow-up of 30 d ,Identification of bacteria and evaluation of prognosis were undertaken with PCT in patients with bloodstream infections in the ICU.Results PCT levels in patients with G- bacterial infections were significantly higher than that with G+ bacterial and fungi infections.PCT levels in patients with fungi infections were significant-ly higher than G+ bacteria-infected patients (P <0.01).Boundary value of PCT in distinguishing G+ bacteria and G- bacteria,G- bacteria and fungi were 1.94ng/mL and 4.35 ng/mL,which could get the best specificity

  11. Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetic abnormalities in patients with bipolar disorders

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    Leopold, Karolina; Reif, Andreas; Haack, Sarah;

    2016-01-01

    quality were assessed. RESULTS: Diabetes mellitus was found in 7% of the patients, pre-diabetic abnormalities in 27%. The group of patients with abnormalities in the glucose metabolism had significantly lower quality of life and global functioning. Higher BMI, leptin, triglycerides and CRP levels...... metabolism and this was associated with impaired global functioning and lower quality of life. Early detection and intervention strategies fitting the needs of patient with bipolar disorder are needed to improve both physical and mental health.......BACKGROUND: Abnormalities in the glucose metabolism cause nervous and organic damage and are a cardiovascular risk factor. They could be a main cause for the increased morbidity and mortality rates found in patients with bipolar disorders. The exact prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetic...

  12. External Genital Abnormalities and Inguinal Hernia among Males of Children Nurseries, North West of Iran

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    Hossein Haratipour

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background Abnormalities of external genitalia in male children nurseries and inguinal hernia are the most common congenital disorders in children. We aimed to determine prevalence rate of inguinal hernia and other genital among children nurseries, in Shahrood-Iran. Materials and Methods In this descriptive cross-sectional study, we examined 920 children nurseries boys. Physical examination of children was performed in presence of a parent in a warm room in supine and upright position with and without Valsalva maneuver. A written consent was obtained from parents before examination. Past medical history and history of surgery on inguinal and genital area was taken. Examination was performed 2 interns who were trained about genital system examination.   Results A total of 920 children nurseries boys aged 3 to 6 years were examined which were detected in 88 children and prevalence rate of these abnormalities were 9.6%. The prevalence of abnormalities in the children under study were as follows: Inguinal hernia (5.1%, cryptorchidism (2.1%, Hydrocele (1.5%, hypospadias (0.4%, Varicocele (0.1%, micropenis (0.4%. Conclusion Regarding to relatively high prevalence rate of these abnormalities and low level of people knowledge, seem screening systems for diagnosis and appropriate treatment of these abnormalities to be necessary.

  13. Movement-related cortical potentials in paraplegic patients: abnormal patterns and considerations for BCI-rehabilitation

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    Ren eXu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Non-invasive EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI can be promising for the motor neuro-rehabilitation of paraplegic patients. However, this shall require detailed knowledge of the abnormalities in the EEG signatures of paraplegic patients. The association of abnormalities in different subgroups of patients and their relation to the sensorimotor integration are relevant for the design, implementation and use of BCI systems in patient populations. This study explores the patterns of abnormalities of movement related cortical potentials (MRCP during motor imagery tasks of feet and right hand in patients with paraplegia (including the subgroups with/without central neuropathic pain and complete/incomplete injury patients and the level of distinctiveness of abnormalities in these groups using pattern classification. The most notable observed abnormalities were the amplified execution negativity and its slower rebound in the patient group. The potential underlying mechanisms behind these changes and other minor dissimilarities in patients’ subgroups, as well as the relevance to BCI applications, are discussed. The findings are of interest from a neurological perspective as well as for BCI-assisted neuro-rehabilitation and therapy.

  14. Inflammatory Cytokines in Maternal Circulation and Placenta of Chromosomally Abnormal First Trimester Miscarriages

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    Jean Calleja-Agius

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The impact of abnormal placental karyotype on the inflammatory response within the villous tissue and peripheral circulation of women with miscarriage was evaluated. Villous (=38 and venous blood samples (=26 were obtained from women with missed miscarriage. Tissue chromosome analysis indicated 23 abnormal and 15 normal karyotypes. Concentration of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF, TNF-R1 and TNF-R2, and interleukin (IL-10 were measured using flowcytometric bead array in fresh villous homogenate, cultured villous extracts, culture medium, maternal whole blood, and plasma. Plasma TNF/IL-10 ratios were significantly (<0.05 lower in miscarriages with abnormal karyotype. In the abnormal karyotype group, there were significantly higher levels of TNF (<0.01, IL-10 (<0.01, TNF-R1 (<0.001, and TNF-R2 (<0.001 in the villous extracts and culture-conditioned medium compared to normal karyotype group. In miscarriage with abnormal karyotype, there is an exacerbated placental inflammatory response, in contrast to miscarriage of normal karyotype where maternal systemic response is increased.

  15. Research of the dyamic change of procalcitonin for urosepsis%动态监测降钙素原在尿脓毒血症诊治中的研究

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    肖跃海; 单玉喜; 石家齐; 孙发; 薛波新; 谷江; 田源; 唐开发; 孙超

    2016-01-01

    Objective Comparing the dyamic level of C-reactive protein(CRP),white blood cell count (WBC),neutrophils (N) and procalcitonin (PCT),to study the role of PCT in the urosepsis secondary to ureteral obstruction.Methods Samples of 152 patients with ureteral obstruction were divided into urinary sepsis group,common urinary tract infection group and control group.Urinary sepsis were 36 cases,common urinary tract infection were 56 cases,and control group were 62.Comparing age and cause of obstruction in every groups.The levels of PCT,CRP,WBC and N in all patients were detected on the day of admission and after removing the obstruction 6,24,48,72 h.Results On the day of admission,the PCT of urinary sepsis group [(7.31 ± 1.60) ng/ml and ordinary urinary tract infection group [(0.36 ±0.10) ng/ml] were higher than that of control group [(0.01 ±0.01) ng/ml],and between the three groups was statistically significant difference(P < 0.05).The level of PCT of the urinary sepsis group has began to decline significantly after removing the obstruction 24h (P < 0.05).The level of CRP and WBC of the urinary sepsis group [(16.48 ± 3.17),(16.18 ± 3.10),(12.46 ± 2.95),(10.12 ± 1.54) mg/L;(9.92 ±3.89),(10.01 ±4.70),(11.56 ± 1.22),(10.48 ± 1.25) g/L] and common urinary tract infection group [(16.25 ± 2.90),(16.57 ± 2.51),(11.80 ± 2.32),(9.96 ± 1.46) mg/L;(9.86 ±1.08),(9.56 ±0.69),(8.54 ±0.70),(7.63 ±0.61) g/L] were higher significantly than that of the control group [(3.73 ± 1.85),(5.46 ± 2.17),(4.81 ± 1.65),(4.14 ± 1.53) mg/L;(7.32 ± 0.88),(7.16 ±0.71),(7.03 ±0.59),(6.85 ±0.54) g/L] on the day of admission and after removing the obstruction 6,24,48,72 h (P all < 0.05),however,the level of CRP and WBC between urinary sepsis group and common urinary tract infection group was no significant difference (P > 0.05).On the day of admission,the N of urinary sepsis group [(7.40 ±0.49) g/L] and ordinary urinary tract infection group [(7.22 ±0.58) g/L] were

  16. Biochemical and functional abnormalities in hypercholesterolemic rabbit platelets

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    Dalal, K.B.; Ebbe, S.; Mazoyer, E.; Carpenter, D.; Yee, T. (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, CA (USA))

    1990-02-01

    This study was designed to elucidate changes in rabbit platelet lipids induced by a cholesterol rich diet and to explore the possible correlation of these lipid changes with platelet abnormalities. Pronounced biochemical alterations were observed when serum cholesterol levels of 700-1000 mg% were reached. Hypercholesterolemic (HC) platelets contained 37% more neutral lipids and 16% less phospholipids than the controls. Lysolecithin, cholesterol esters and phosphatidylinositol (PI) levels were increased in HC platelets, and the levels of phosphatidylcholine (PC) were decreased. The cholesterol/phospholipid molar ratio of lipidemic platelets increased from 0.55 +/- 0.011 to 0.89 +/- 0.016 (P less than 0.01) in eight weeks. HC platelets had 90% more arachidonic acid (AA) in the PI than normal platelets. No significant changes in AA of PC were observed. Platelet function was monitored by the uptake and release of (14C)serotonin in platelet rich plasma (PRP), using varying concentrations of collagen as an aggregating agent. The uptake of (14C)serotonin in HC and normal platelets ranged from 78-94%. The percent of (14C)serotonin released from normal and HC platelets was proportional to the concentration of collagen. However, lipidemic platelets were hyperreactive to low concentrations of collagen. Incorporation of 50 microM acetylsalicylic acid into the aggregating medium suppressed the release of (14C)serotonin in normal PRP by more than 90%, but had only a partial effect on lipidemic PRP.

  17. scMRI reveals large-scale brain network abnormalities in autism.

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    Brandon A Zielinski

    Full Text Available Autism is a complex neurological condition characterized by childhood onset of dysfunction in multiple cognitive domains including socio-emotional function, speech and language, and processing of internally versus externally directed stimuli. Although gross brain anatomic differences in autism are well established, recent studies investigating regional differences in brain structure and function have yielded divergent and seemingly contradictory results. How regional abnormalities relate to the autistic phenotype remains unclear. We hypothesized that autism exhibits distinct perturbations in network-level brain architecture, and that cognitive dysfunction may be reflected by abnormal network structure. Network-level anatomic abnormalities in autism have not been previously described. We used structural covariance MRI to investigate network-level differences in gray matter structure within two large-scale networks strongly implicated in autism, the salience network and the default mode network, in autistic subjects and age-, gender-, and IQ-matched controls. We report specific perturbations in brain network architecture in the salience and default-mode networks consistent with clinical manifestations of autism. Extent and distribution of the salience network, involved in social-emotional regulation of environmental stimuli, is restricted in autism. In contrast, posterior elements of the default mode network have increased spatial distribution, suggesting a 'posteriorization' of this network. These findings are consistent with a network-based model of autism, and suggest a unifying interpretation of previous work. Moreover, we provide evidence of specific abnormalities in brain network architecture underlying autism that are quantifiable using standard clinical MRI.

  18. Abnormal grain growth in undoped strontium and barium titanate

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    Baeurer, M., E-mail: m.baeurer@ikm.uka.de [Institut fuer Keramik im Maschinenbau, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany); Shih, S.-J.; Bishop, C. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom); Harmer, M.P. [Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (United States); Cockayne, D. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom); Hoffmann, M.J. [Institut fuer Keramik im Maschinenbau, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany)

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    Abnormal grain growth is a commonly observed phenomenon in perovskite materials. In order to study this phenomenon, grain growth experiments were conducted over a temperature range from 1425 to 1600 deg. C for the model system SrTiO{sub 3} to analyse the nucleation of abnormal grains and to identify the growth mechanism involved for normal and abnormal grains. Grain boundaries of normal and abnormal grains were investigated in quenched samples by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and by energy-dispersive spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope. No amorphous film was observed at the grain boundaries for either normal or abnormal grains. Non-stoichiometry at the grain boundaries was identified as a possible reason for the differences in growth speed. The results are compared to the nucleation and growth of abnormal grains in BaTiO{sub 3}.

  19. Neuroendocrine abnormalities in patients with traumatic brain injury

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    Yuan, X. Q.; Wade, C. E.

    1991-01-01

    This article provides an overview of hypothalamic and pituitary alterations in brain trauma, including the incidence of hypothalamic-pituitary damage, injury mechanisms, features of the hypothalamic-pituitary defects, and major hypothalamic-pituitary disturbances in brain trauma. While hypothalamic-pituitary lesions have been commonly described at postmortem examination, only a limited number of clinical cases of traumatic hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction have been reported, probably because head injury of sufficient severity to cause hypothalamic and pituitary damage usually leads to early death. With the improvement in rescue measures, an increasing number of severely head-injured patients with hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction will survive to be seen by clinicians. Patterns of endocrine abnormalities following brain trauma vary depending on whether the injury site is in the hypothalamus, the anterior or posterior pituitary, or the upper or lower portion of the pituitary stalk. Injury predominantly to the hypothalamus can produce dissociated ACTH-cortisol levels with no response to insulin-induced hypoglycemia and a limited or failed metopirone test, hypothyroxinemia with a preserved thyroid-stimulating hormone response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone, low gonadotropin levels with a normal response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone, a variable growth hormone (GH) level with a paradoxical rise in GH after glucose loading, hyperprolactinemia, the syndrome of inappropriate ADH secretion (SIADH), temporary or permanent diabetes insipidus (DI), disturbed glucose metabolism, and loss of body temperature control. Severe damage to the lower pituitary stalk or anterior lobe can cause low basal levels of all anterior pituitary hormones and eliminate responses to their releasing factors. Only a few cases showed typical features of hypothalamic or pituitary dysfunction. Most severe injuries are sufficient to damage both structures and produce a mixed endocrine picture

  20. The time of onset of abnormal calcification in spondylometaepiphyseal dysplasia, short limb-abnormal calcification type

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    Tueysuez, Beyhan [Istanbul University, Department of Pediatric Genetics, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul (Turkey); Gazioglu, Nurperi [Istanbul University, Department of Neurosurgery, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul (Turkey); Uenguer, Savas [Istanbul University, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul (Turkey); Aji, Dolly Yafet [Istanbul University, Department of Pediatrics, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul (Turkey); Tuerkmen, Seval [Istanbul University, Department of Pediatric Genetics, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul (Turkey); Universitatsklinikum Berlin, Charite Virchow-Klinik, Berlin (Germany)

    2009-01-15

    A 1-month-old boy with shortness of extremities on prenatal US was referred to our department with a provisional diagnosis of achondroplasia. His height was normal but he had short extremities and platyspondyly, premature carpal epiphyses on both hands, and short tubular bones with irregular metaphyses on radiographs. Re-evaluation of the patient at the age of 1 year revealed very short height and premature calcification of the costal cartilages and epiphyses. Spondylometaepiphyseal dysplasia (SMED), short limb-abnormal calcification type was diagnosed. This condition is a very rare autosomal recessively inherited disorder, and most of the patients die in early childhood due to neurological involvement. At the age of 2 years and 5 months, a CT scan showed narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. One month later he died suddenly because of spinal cord injury. In conclusion early diagnosis is very important because the recurrence risk is high and patients may die due to early neurological complications. The time of onset of abnormal calcifications, a diagnostic finding of the disease, is at the age of around 1 year in most patients. When abnormal calcifications are not yet present, but radiological changes associated with SMED are present, this rare disease must be considered. (orig.)

  1. The time of onset of abnormal calcification in spondylometaepiphyseal dysplasia, short limb-abnormal calcification type.

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    Tüysüz, Beyhan; Gazioğlu, Nurperi; Ungür, Savaş; Aji, Dolly Yafet; Türkmen, Seval

    2009-01-01

    A 1-month-old boy with shortness of extremities on prenatal US was referred to our department with a provisional diagnosis of achondroplasia. His height was normal but he had short extremities and platyspondyly, premature carpal epiphyses on both hands, and short tubular bones with irregular metaphyses on radiographs. Re-evaluation of the patient at the age of 1 year revealed very short height and premature calcification of the costal cartilages and epiphyses. Spondylometaepiphyseal dysplasia (SMED), short limb-abnormal calcification type was diagnosed. This condition is a very rare autosomal recessively inherited disorder, and most of the patients die in early childhood due to neurological involvement. At the age of 2 years and 5 months, a CT scan showed narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. One month later he died suddenly because of spinal cord injury. In conclusion early diagnosis is very important because the recurrence risk is high and patients may die due to early neurological complications. The time of onset of abnormal calcifications, a diagnostic finding of the disease, is at the age of around 1 year in most patients. When abnormal calcifications are not yet present, but radiological changes associated with SMED are present, this rare disease must be considered.

  2. Abnormal Bleeding During Menopause Hormone Therapy: Insights for Clinical Management

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    Objective Our objective was to review the involved mechanisms and propose actions for controlling/treating abnormal uterine bleeding during climacteric hormone therapy. Methods A systemic search of the databases SciELO, MEDLINE, and Pubmed was performed for identifying relevant publications on normal endometrial bleeding, abnormal uterine bleeding, and hormone therapy bleeding. Results Before starting hormone therapy, it is essential to exclude any abnormal organic condition, identify women a...

  3. 降钙素原对危重症患者呼吸机相关性肺炎早期诊断与预后判断的价值%Value of Procalcitonin for Early Diagnosis and Prognostic Judgment in Critically Patients with Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

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    李智业; 吴苏武; 张淇钏; 陈伟宏

    2014-01-01

    Objective To study the value of procalcitonin ( PCT) for early diagnosis and prognostic judgment in critically patients with ventilator associated pneumonia .Methods Eighty-two critically patients with suspected ventilator associated pneumonia were detected for their WBC count,C-reactive protein(CRP) and PCT levels.Eighty-two patients were divided into diagnosis group (42 cases) and non-diagnosis group(40 cases) according the confirmed diagnostic results.The patients in the diagnosis group were detected for PCT after 5-day routine treatment ,and their clinical pulmonary infection scores(CPIS) were assessed.The patients in the diagnosis group were divided into recovery group (22 cases) and deterioration group (20 cases ) according to their CPIS scores .The related indexes including PCT , CRP levels and WBC count were compared between diagnosis group and non-diagnosis group as well as recovery group and deterioration group . Results The serum PCT ,CRP levels and WBC count in the diagnosis group were significantly higher than those in the non-diagnosis group(P<0.05).The serum PCT,CRP levels,WBC count and CPIS scores in the recovery group were significantly lower than those in the deterioration group (P<0.05).Conclusion PCT is valuable in the early diagnosis of critically patients with VAP ,and dynamically monitoring PCT plays an active role on judging the prognosis of VAP.%目的:探讨降钙素原( PCT )对危重症患者呼吸机相关性肺炎( VAP )早期诊断与预后判断的价值。方法疑似危重症VAP患者82例,检测其白细胞计数、C-反应蛋白及PCT水平。根据确诊结果将82例患者分为确诊组42例与非确诊组40例,其中确诊组患者常规治疗5 d后再检测PCT,并进行临床肺部感染评分(CPIS),根据CPIS分为良好组22例与恶化组20例。对比确诊组与非确诊组、良好组与恶化组间PCT、C-反应蛋白水平及白细胞计数等相关指标。结果确诊组患者血清PCT、C-

  4. 血培养和血清降钙素原检测对血流感染者早期诊治的临床价值%Clinical value of procalcitonin detection and blood culture in early diagnosis of blood stream infection

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    李明友; 林茂锐; 黄基伟; 刘桂治; 杨华文; 钟丽梅

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨血培养和血清降钙素原(PC T )联合检测对血流感染患者早期诊治的临床价值。方法对625例患者血标本用酶联荧光分析法(ELFA)测定血清PCT ,同时进行血培养,并对23例血培养阳性的重症患者血清PCT 进行多次检测和结果分析。结果血培养结果为阴性的患者(阴性组)PC T阳性率为41.01%(0.05~2.58μg/L ),血培养结果为阳性的患者(阳性组)PC T阳性率为80.77%(0.05~200.00μg/L )。阳性组 PC T 阳性率高于阴性组,差异有统计学意义(χ2=65.12,P<0.01)。假丝酵母菌、多种细菌、革兰阴性杆菌和革兰阳性球菌感染患者的PC T阳性率分别为100.00%、100.00%、92.11%和56.81%。对23例血培养阳性的重症患者进行了多次PC T检测,治疗过程中PC T水平逐渐降低者预后较好,PC T>10μg/L且持续维持高水平者,其预后较差。结论同时进行血培养和PC T检测对血流感染患者的早期诊治有着重要的临床价值。%Objective To explore the clinical value of procalcitonin (PCT ) and blood culture in the united diagnosis of early blood stream infection .Methods The blood specimens of 625 patients were collected ,the serum level of PCT was detected by EL‐FA ,and the blood culture was accessed at the same time .23 cases of blood culture positive samples were received continuous detec‐tion of PCT ,and the results were analyzed .Results Positive rate of PCT was 41 .01% (0 .05 -2 .58 μg/L)in patients with blood culture negative results (negative group) ,and that in patients with blood culture positive results (positive group) was 80 .77%(0 .05-200 .00 μg/L) .The positive rate of PCT in positive group was significantly higher than negative group (χ2 =65 .12 ,P<0 .01) .Positive rates of PCT in patients with infection of Candida tropicalis ,kinds of bacteria ,Gram‐negative bacilli and Gram‐posi‐tive cocci

  5. C反应蛋白、降钙素原预测脓毒症患者撤机时机的价值评价%Valuations of C-reaction Protein and Procalcitonin to Predict the Time Point of Weaning in Sepsis with Mechanical Ventilation

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    王玉娥; 余愿

    2015-01-01

    目的:应用受试者工作特征(ROC)曲线评价C反应蛋白(CRP)、降钙素原(PCT)预测脓毒症患者撤机时机的效能和价值.方法:纳入2012年10月-2013年8月笔者于北京协和医院ICU病房进修期间,112例有创机械通气的严重脓毒症或脓毒性休克患者.所有患者达到撤机标准,验血查CRP、PCT后依程序撤机,根据撤机结局分为撤机成功组和撤机失败组,比较组间CRP和PCT的差异,并绘制CRP、PCT与撤机结局的ROC曲线.结果:撤机前,撤机成功组CRP和PCT水平均较撤机失败组低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);CRP和PCT预测撤机成功的曲线下面积(AUC)分别为0.887和0.745,最佳Youden指数为0.71和0.48,对应的节点值分别为12.5 mg/L、3.55 μg/L.结论:CRP和PCT对撤机结局有一定预测价值,可作为脓毒症患者撤机时机的筛查指标.%Objective:To evaluate the predicted significance of C-reaction protein(CRP) and procalcitonin(PCT) in weaning outcome of patients with mechanical ventilation(MV) by the application of ROC curve.Method:112 ICU sepsis patients with mechanical ventilation were enrolled from October 2012 to August 2013 when the author was studying in the ICU of Peking Union Medical College Hospital.All patients met the clinical weaning criteria.Serum CRP and PCT levels were measured before weaning from MV.According to weaning outcome,all patients were divided into successful group and unsuccessful group,and the differences in levels of CRP and PCT were compared between the two groups.ROC curve for predicting weaning outcome was drawn to evaluate the prediction significance of serum CRP and PCT.Result:Serum levels of CRP and PCT before weaning in successful group were significantly lower than those of unsuccessful group(P<0.05),corresponding area under the curve(AUC) was 0.887(CRP) and 0.745(PCT),and Youden's index was 0.71(CRP) and 0.48(PCT).Below the level of 12.5 mg/L(CRP) and 3.55 μg/L(PCT),the success rate of weaning from MV was

  6. Coagulation abnormalities in the cirrhotic patient.

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    Muciño-Bermejo, Jimena; Carrillo-Esper, Raúl; Uribe, Misael; Méndez-Sánchez, Nahum

    2013-01-01

    The clotting process is a dynamic array of multiple processes which can be described in four phases: platelet plug initiation and formation, clotting process propagation by the coagulation cascade, clotting termination by antithrombotic mechanisms and clot removal by fibrinolysis. The liver plays a central role in each of these phases of clotting process, as it synthesizes the majority of coagulation factors and proteins involved in fibrinolysis as well as thrombopoeitin, which is responsible for platelet production from megakaryocytes. Many pathological processes associated with cirrhosis, such as portal hypertension and endothelial dysfunction, as well as co-morbid conditions, may also alter the coagulation process. Consequently, patients with liver disease have a disturbed balance of procoagulant and anti-coagulant factors which deviates from the normal coagulation cascade. This situation poses an additional problem in the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to this group of patients, since traditional coagulation test may not be reliable for assessing bleeding or thrombotic risk and traditional transfusional strategies may not be applicable in cirrhotic patients. In this article, we review the pathophysiological bases of coagulation abnormalities, in cirrhotic patients, the diagnostic therapeutic strategies to be followed and its impact on the clinical outcome in the cirrhotic patient.

  7. Abnormal hopping conduction in semiconducting polycrystalline graphene

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    Park, Jeongho; Mitchel, William C.; Elhamri, Said; Grazulis, Larry; Altfeder, Igor

    2013-07-01

    We report the observation of an abnormal carrier transport phenomenon in polycrystalline semiconducting graphene grown by solid carbon source molecular beam epitaxy. At the lowest temperatures in samples with small grain size, the conduction does not obey the two-dimensional Mott-type variable-range hopping (VRH) conduction often reported in semiconducting graphene. The hopping exponent p is found to deviate from the 1/3 value expected for Mott VRH with several samples exhibiting a p=2/5 dependence. We also show that the maximum energy difference between hopping sites is larger than the activation energy for nearest-neighbor hopping, violating the assumptions of the Mott model. The 2/5 dependence more closely agrees with the quasi-one-dimensional VRH model proposed by Fogler, Teber, and Shklovskii (FTS). In the FTS model, conduction occurs by tunneling between neighboring metallic wires. We suggest that metallic edge states and conductive grain boundaries play the role of the metallic wires in the FTS model.

  8. Imaging findings in fetal diaphragmatic abnormalities

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    Alamo, Leonor; Gudinchet, Francois [University Hospital Center of Lausanne, Unit of Radiopediatrics, Department of Radiology, Lausanne (Switzerland); Meuli, Reto [University Hospital Center of Lausanne, Department of Radiology, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-12-15

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