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  1. Hemodynamic variables and clinical features correlated with serum uric acid in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

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    2008-01-01

    Background Serum uric acid (UA), the final product of purine degradation, has been proposed to be a marker for the severity and a possible predictor of mortality in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The objectives of this study were to elucidate whether serum UA level correlates with the clinical features and the hemodynamic variables in Chinese patients with PAH and to compare the difference of the correlates in patients associated with different etiologies. Methods Serum UA was assessed in 228 patients with three types of PAH (idiopathic PAH (IPAH), congenital heart disease related PAH (CHD-PAH) and connective tissue disease related PAH (CTD-PAH)) together with other clinical features. After the individualized treatment for at least 6 months, the UA levels and clinical features were re-evaluated in 88 patients. Results Serum UA was significantly elevated in patients with PAH compared with age-matched control subjects ((350.40±108.73) μmol/L vs (266.91±81.38) μmol/L), P<0.001). Serum UA negatively correlated with cardiac output and mixed venous saturation (SvO) in all three types of PAH (all P<0.05), positively correlated with the size of right ventricle in IPAH (P=0.002) and CTD-PAH (P=0.013) patients and with pulmonary vascular resistance just in CTD-PAH patients (P=0.001). Serum UA significantly decreased from (365.80±120.46) μmol/L to (333.67±117.56) μmol/L in 88 patients (P=0.006) with vasodilator therapy for at least 6 months, accompanied with a reduction in pulmonary vascular resistance from (15.13±6.96) Woods unit to (12.00±5.04) Woods unit (P=0.001) and an increase in cardiac output from (2.63±0.98) L/min to (3.08±1.04) L/min (P=0.005). Conclusions Serum UA increases in proportion to the clinical severity of all the three types of PAH, especially the CTD-PAH had a stronger correlations compared with IPAH and CHD-PAH. The serum UA levels also could partly reflect the response to the treatment in patients with PAH.

  2. Infants born to mothers under phenobarbital treatment: correlation between serum levels and clinical features of neonates.

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    Zuppa, Antonio A; Carducci, Chiara; Scorrano, Antonio; Antichi, Eleonora; Catenazzi, Piero; Piras, Andrea; Pozzoli, Giacomo; Cardiello, Valentina; D'Antuono, Annamaria; Romagnoli, Costantino

    2011-11-01

    Phenobarbital crosses the placenta quickly, and the balance between maternal and fetal blood is achieved in a few minutes. Data on the clinical outcomes of infants born to mothers under phenobarbital treatment during pregnancy show that they are at risk of adverse events, such as sedation and abstinence syndrome. The aim of this study was to analyse the correlation between serum levels of phenobarbital and clinical features of neonates. Twenty-three infants born between 2001 and 2008 were studied. Maternal, neonatal and pharmacological variables were considered. Eleven infants displayed symptoms related to phenobarbital. Withdrawal syndrome was seen in seven infants and sedation syndrome was seen in four infants. One infant had severe cardiorespiratory depression at birth. None of the infants had severe neonatal abstinence syndrome. No statistically significant differences were found between symptomatic and asymptomatic infants. At birth, the mean serum level of phenobarbital of the 23 infants was 15.4 [standard deviation (SD) 6.2] μg/ml. A peak (16.1 μg/ml, SD 5.5) was seen on Day 3, followed by a gradual decrease to non-therapeutic levels (Phenobarbital levels were higher in symptomatic infants than asymptomatic infants, although the difference was not statistically significant. Serum levels of phenobarbital remained in the therapeutic range for both mothers and infants, and reduced gradually in infants. However, some infants displayed symptoms related to phenobarbital. As such, a clinical pharmacological surveillance protocol is necessary. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Serum Cytokine Levels and Their Relation to Clinical Features in Patients with Autoimmune Liver Diseases

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    Akberova, Dilyara; Kiassov, Andrei P.

    2017-01-01

    Serum cytokine levels were explored in a combined group of patients with autoimmune liver diseases (AILDs) and separately in patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and overlap syndrome. Overall, 60 patients with AILD, among them 32 patients with AIH and 28 patients with overlap syndrome, were included in the cross-sectional study. Serum cytokine levels were measured at baseline and compared to those of 21 healthy controls. Patients with AILD had significantly higher levels of IL-6 (0.70 (range 0.17–99.86) in patients with AILD compared to 0.40 (range 0.14–2.65) in controls, p < 0.01), IL-8 (1.66 (0.45–34.58) versus 0.53 (0.35–2.38), resp., p < 0.01), and TNF-α (2.61 (0.23–120.88) versus 1.65 (0.21–7.54), resp., p < 0.01). Adjusted logistic regression analysis revealed a pronounced relation of IL-8 and AILD, 48.36 (3.63–643.60), as well as AIH, 18.54 (1.08–318.54), and overlap syndrome, 23.85 (2.37–240.23), while the associations between the level of other cytokines and AILD were assessed as nonsignificant. In the language of absolute numbers, the increase of IL-8 serum level by 1 pg/mL had increased the chance for a patient to find himself in a group of AILD by 48.36 times. Also, high IL-8 serum levels were strongly related to clinical parameters. PMID:28299346

  4. Distribution of serum immunoglobulin G4 levels in Hashimoto's thyroiditis and clinical features of Hashimoto's thyroiditis with elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 levels.

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    Takeshima, Ken; Ariyasu, Hiroyuki; Inaba, Hidefumi; Inagaki, Yuko; Yamaoka, Hiroyuki; Furukawa, Yasushi; Doi, Asako; Furuta, Hiroto; Nishi, Masahiro; Akamizu, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is characterized by elevated serum IgG4 levels, IgG4-positive plasmacytes, and lymphocyte infiltration into multiple organs. IgG4 thyroiditis is a subset of patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) who exhibited histopathological features of IgG4-RD; its source of serum IgG4 is suggested to be the thyroid gland. Although a relationship between IgG4-RD and IgG4 thyroiditis has been reported, the meaning of serum IgG4 in HT is uncertain. In this report, we prospectively evaluated serum IgG4 levels and clinical features of patients with HT. A total of 149 patients with HT were prospectively recruited into this study. According to the comprehensive diagnostic criteria of IgG4-RD, patients were divided into two groups: elevated IgG4 (>135 mg/dL) and non-elevated IgG4 (≤135 mg/dL). Median serum IgG4 levels of HT patients were 32.0 mg/dL (interquartile range, 20.0-65.0), with a unimodal non-normal distribution. Six patients (4.0%) had elevated serum IgG4 levels above 135 mg/dL. The elevated IgG4 group was older and exhibited enlarged hypoechoic areas in the thyroid gland, as revealed by ultrasonography, relative to the non-elevated IgG4 group. Levothyroxine (L-T4) replacement doses and titers of anti-thyroid antibodies did not differ significantly between the two groups. Two out of six HT patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels had extra-thyroid organ involvement as seen in IgG4-RD. In conclusion, HT patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels shared clinical features with both IgG4-RD and IgG4 thyroiditis. Longer follow-up periods and histopathological assessments are needed to further understand the meaning of elevated serum IgG4 levels in HT.

  5. Clinical and echocardiographic features of children with rheumatic heart disease and their serum cytokine profile.

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    Ali, Sulafa Khalid Mohamed; Eldaim, Inaam Noor; Osman, Samia Hassan; Bakhite, Sahar Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) constitute important public health problems in developing countries. Children with ARF and RHD seen at Children's Hospital-Sudan from May 2008-2009 were examined clinically and by echocardiography. Blood cytokines (interleukin 10 (IL10), Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF- alpha) and interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) were done. Thirty six children were enrolled; 63% had established RHD, and 37% ARF. Mitral regurgitation (MR) was the most common lesion (94%).Ninety five percent of the valve lesions were severe. The serum interleukin IL10 level ranged between 3-6 pg/ml. TNF alpha levels were 9- 100 pg/ml in 12 patients (40%), 101-1000 pg/ml in 10 patients (33%), more than 1000 in 8 patients (26%). The level of IFN gamma ranged between 2-7 pg/m in all patients except 2 (84 and 135 pg/ml). RHD is manifested with severe valvular lesions and a high TNF alpha indicating and ongoing inflammation.

  6. IgD multiple myeloma: Clinical, biological features and prognostic value of the serum free light chain assay.

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    Djidjik, R; Lounici, Y; Chergeulaïne, K; Berkouk, Y; Mouhoub, S; Chaib, S; Belhani, M; Ghaffor, M

    2015-09-01

    IgD multiple myeloma (MM) is a rare subtype of myeloma, it affects less than 2% of patients with MM. To evaluate the clinical and prognostic attributes of serum free light chains (sFLCs) analysis, we examined 17 cases of IgD MM. From 1998 to 2012, we obtained 1250 monoclonal gammapathies including 590 multiple myeloma and 17 patients had IgD MM. With preponderance of men patients with a mean age at diagnosis of: 59±12years. Patients with IgD MM have a short survival (Median survival=9months). The presenting features included: bone pain (75%), lymphadenopathy (16%), hepatomegaly (25%), splenomegaly (8%), associated AL amyloidosis (6%), renal impairment function (82%), infections (47%), hypercalcemia (37%) and anemia (93%). Serum electrophoresis showed a subtle M-spike (Mean=13.22±10g/L) in all patients associated to a hypogammaglobulinemia. There was an over-representation of Lambda light chain (65%); high serum β2-microglobulin in 91% and Bence Jones proteinuria was identified in 71%. The median rate of sFLCs κ was 19.05mg/L and 296.75mg/L for sFLCs λ. sFLCR was abnormal in 93% of patients and it showed concordance between baseline sFLCR and the survival (P=0.034). The contribution of FLC assay is crucial for the prognosis of patients with IgD MM. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Serum antibodies to type II collagen in rheumatoid arthritis: comparison of 6 immunological methods and clinical features.

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    Clague, R B; Firth, S A; Holt, P J; Skingle, J; Greenbury, C L; Webley, M

    1983-10-01

    A collaborative study of 75 selected patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) employing 6 different methods for the detection of antibodies to type II collagen showed highly significant correlations between all the assays. The radioimmunoassays showed a greater sensitivity than either the passive haemagglutination or immunofluorescent techniques, and when the native collagen molecule was heat-denatured a higher number of patients showed increased antibody levels. In 33 patients the measurement of serum antibody levels to human, bovine, and rat native type II collagen showed a lack of species specificity, indicating that heterologous collagens can be employed in these assays. A retrospective analysis of the clinical, laboratory, and radiological features in the 41 patients with raised antibody levels and the 34 patients with normal antibody levels showed very few differences, but there was a significantly lower incidence of subcutaneous nodules (24% versus 56%) in patients with raised antibody levels. This study emphasizes the need to standardize assays for the measurement of serum antibody levels to native type II collagen. More extensive studies will be required before the clinical significance of these antibodies can be fully established.

  8. Influence of clinical features, serum antinuclear antibodies, and lung function on survival of patients with systemic sclerosis

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    Jacobsen, Søren; Ullman, S; Shen, G Q

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the independent contribution of several clinical and laboratory variables to the mortality of a cohort of Danish patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: A cohort of 174 patients with incident SSc was retrospectively identified using clinical charts and study records...... of all new patients with SSc. Disease onset was defined as the time of onset of cutaneous sclerosis. Vital status and causes of death were determined at the end of the observation period. Data on clinical status and pulmonary function were obtained. Antitopoisomerase I (anti-topo I), anticentromere, anti...

  9. [Clinical features of hypokalemic periodic paralysis].

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    Wang, Wei; Zhao, Chun-yun; Gao, Yan-ming

    2009-12-18

    To explore the clinical features of hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and compare clinical features of primary group with those of thyrotoxicosis secondary group. Clinical data of 44 patients with hypokalemic periodic paralysis in Peking University First Hospital from 1996 December to 2008 December were retrospectively analyzed. There were 22 patients in primary group, and 22 in thyrotoxicosis group. Identical clinical features of both the groups: (1)It had a predilection in young men. (2)Main symptoms were limb movement disorder and fatigue, and paralysis recurrent attacked in most patients. (3) 40.9% to 68.2% patients had obvious incentives, and the common ones were a heavy meal, sweet drinks, or strenuous exercise. (4) Serum potassium levels of the two groups were obviously lower than the normal range. (5)In 20% patients of primary group and 25% patients of thyrotoxicosis secondary group, CK levels were higher than normal, while LDH and HBDH levels were normal. (6)The doses of potassium replishment were not correlated to serum potassium levels at the onset. Different clinical features of the two groups: (1) Patients of thyrotoxicosis group had hypermetabolism symptoms and thyroid dysfunction. Patients of primary group had no hypermetabolism symptoms, and all of them were euthyroid. (2)Serum potassium levels of thyrotoxicosis secondary group were lower than those of primary group significantly [(2.25 +/- 0.67) vs (2.78 +/- 0.49) mmol/L, P=0.007]. (3) Hyperkalemia is easier than primary group to rebound in thyrotoxicosis secondary group, after replenishment of potassium. Hypokalemic periodic paralysis has its clinical features, and patients with early diagnosis and replenishment of potassium in time have good prognosis. The doses of potassium replenishment are not determined by serum potassium levels at the onset. Hyperkalemia is easier to rebound in thyrotoxicosis secondary group after replenishment of potassium, serum potassium levels should be monitored closely

  10. Parallel expression profiling of hepatic and serum microRNA-122 associated with clinical features and treatment responses in chronic hepatitis C patients.

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    Butt, Azeem Mehmood; Raja, Arsalan Jamil; Siddique, Shafiqa; Khan, Jahangir Sarwar; Shahid, Muhammad; Tayyab, Ghias-Un-Nabi; Minhas, Zahid; Umar, Muhammad; Idrees, Muhammad; Tong, Yigang

    2016-02-22

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNAs that regulate a variety of biological processes. Recently, human liver-specific miRNA miR-122 has been reported to facilitate hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication in liver cells. HCV is one of the leading causes of liver diseases worldwide. In Pakistan, the estimated prevalence is up to 10%. Here, we report hepatic and serum miR-122 expression profiling from paired liver and serum samples from treatment-naive chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients and controls. We aimed to elucidate the biomarker potential of serum miR-122 for monitoring disease progression and predicting end treatment response (ETR). Hepatic miR-122 levels were significantly down-regulated in CHC patients. A significant inverse correlation was observed between hepatic and serum miR-122 levels, indicating that serum miR-122 levels reflect HCV-associated disease progression. Both hepatic and serum miR-122 were significantly correlated (P disease progression and ETR in CHC patients.

  11. Relationship between Serum Testosterone Levels and Features of ...

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    Relationship between Serum Testosterone Levels and Features of the Metabolic Syndrome Defining Criteria in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. ... (TDS) and increased risk of development of the metabolic syndrome – a well recognized ...

  12. The assessment of serum-mediated phagocytosis of necrotic material by polymorphonuclear leukocytes to diagnose and predict the clinical features of systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Compagno, Michele; Gullstrand, Birgitta; Jacobsen, Søren

    2016-01-01

    with hypocomplementemia, PNC positivity preceded increased Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index 2000 score, glomerulonephritis, and alopecia. CONCLUSIONS: Serum-mediated PNC by polymorphonuclear leukocytes is commonly but not exclusively seen in patients with SLE. The PNC assay may be used in follow...

  13. Neuromyelitis optica: clinical features, immunopathogenesis and treatment.

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    Jarius, S; Wildemann, B; Paul, F

    2014-05-01

    The term 'neuromyelitis optica' ('Devic's syndrome', NMO) refers to a syndrome characterized by optic neuritis and myelitis. In recent years, the condition has raised enormous interest among scientists and clinical neurologists, fuelled by the detection of a specific serum immunoglobulin (Ig)G reactivity (NMO-IgG) in up to 80% of patients with NMO. These autoantibodies were later shown to target aquaporin-4 (AQP4), the most abundant water channel in the central nervous system (CNS). Here we give an up-to-date overview of the clinical and paraclinical features, immunopathogenesis and treatment of NMO. We discuss the widening clinical spectrum of AQP4-related autoimmunity, the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and new diagnostic means such as optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis of NMO, the role of NMO-IgG, T cells and granulocytes in the pathophysiology of NMO, and outline prospects for new and emerging therapies for this rare, but often devastating condition.

  14. Serum levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in major depressive disorder : state-trait issues, clinical features and pharmacological treatment

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    Molendijk, M. L.; Bus, B. A. A.; Spinhoven, Ph; Penninx, B. W. J. H.; Kenis, G.; Prickaerts, J.; Voshaar, R. C. Oude; Elzinga, B. M.

    2011-01-01

    Recent evidence supports 'the neurotrophin hypothesis of depression' in its prediction that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is involved in depression. However, some key questions remain unanswered, including whether abnormalities in BDNF persist beyond the clinical state of depression, whet

  15. Clinical Features of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders

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    Hai Chen

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The different CSF features combined with clinical, magnetic resonance imaging, and serum characteristics between Chinese patients with MS and NMOSD could assist in the differential diagnosis.

  16. Clinical and Pathological Features of Riedel's Thyroiditis

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    Lin Lu; Feng Gu; Wei-xin Dai; Wu-yi Li; Jie Chen; Yu Xiao; Zheng-pei Zeng

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical and pathological features of Riedel's thyroiditis (RT), and current diagnostic and treatment methods for that disease.Methods Five RT cases identified by surgery and pathological examinations at Peking Union Medi-cal College Hospital from 1985 to 2009 were analyzed and compared with the cases reported in the litera-ture in terms of clinical and pathological features. Immunohistochemical staining of kappa and lambda light chains was carried out for RT tissues from all the five patients.Results All the five cases were females, aged 45-55 years. Elevation of serum thyroid autoantibodies was found in only one patient, who had longer disease duration than the others. Pathological examination re-vealed invasive fibrosclerosis of the thyroid follicles, thyroid capsule, and the surrounding tissues. In RT tis-sues, the number of cells containing lambda chains was a little higher than those containing kappa chains.Conclusions RT is a rare disease which might be more common in middle-aged females than in other populations. Pathological features include the destruction of thyroid follicle, extension into surround-ing tissues by inflammatory cells and fibrous tissues. Immunohistochemical staining of kappa and lambda chains could help diagnose RT.

  17. Hyperprolactinemia with normal serum prolactin: Its clinical significance

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    Manika Agarwal

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Amenorrhea and infertility with an added feature of galactorrhea makes a provisional diagnosis of hyperprolactinemia. But again, normal serum prolactin with all clinical features of hyperprolactinemia might question the diagnosis and further management. The answer lies in the heterogeneity of the peptide hormone - the immunoactive and the bioactive forms. This has been further illustrated with the help of a case which had been treated with cabergoline.

  18. Clinical features of hepatic angiomyolipoma

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    Yan-Ming Zhou; Bin Li; Feng Xu; Bin Wang; Dian-Qi Li; Xiao-Feng Zhang; Peng Liu; Jia-Mei Yang

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hepatic angiomyolipoma (HAML) is a rare hepatic mesenchymal tumor. This study was designed to explore its clinical features. METHODS: Clinical  data  from  26  patients  who  had been  pathologically  conifrmed  with  HAML  and  had received surgical resection at our hospital were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: HAML was seen more frequently in females (18/26) in this series, and most of the patients presented no signiifcant symptoms except for one who had a spontaneous rupture hemorrhage. Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) were negative in all patients. Imaging presentations were diverse. Pre-operative diagnosis was made in only 3 patients. Pathological study showed that the tumor was composed of adipose tissue, smooth muscle and blood vessels in different proportions. One patient showed hepatic vessel invasion. HMB-45 immunohistochemical staining was positive in all tumors. All patients underwent surgical resection without signiifcant complications. Except for one patient who died 14 months after operation because of recurrent disease, no tumor recurrence was observed in the remaining 25 patients during a 2-3 years follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Pre-operative  diagnosis  of  HAML  is dififcult. There are potential risks of spontaneous rupture and malignant transformation. Surgical resection is the treatment of choice for HAML.

  19. Acromegaly: clinical features at diagnosis.

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    Vilar, Lucio; Vilar, Clarice Freitas; Lyra, Ruy; Lyra, Raissa; Naves, Luciana A

    2017-02-01

    Acromegaly is a rare and underdiagnosed disorder caused, in more than 95% of cases, by a growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary adenoma. The GH hypersecretion leads to overproduction of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which results in a multisystem disease characterized by somatic overgrowth, multiple comorbidities, physical disfigurement, and increased mortality. This article aims to review the clinical features of acromegaly at diagnosis. Acromegaly affects both males and females equally and the average age at diagnosis ranges from 40 to 50 years (up to 5% of cases acromegaly is often diagnosed five to more than ten years after its onset. The typical coarsening of facial features include furrowing of fronthead, pronounced brow protrusion, enlargement of the nose and the ears, thickening of the lips, skin wrinkles and nasolabial folds, as well as mandibular prognathism that leads to dental malocclusion and increased interdental spacing. Excessive growth of hands and feet (predominantly due to soft tissue swelling) is present in the vast majority of acromegalic patients. Gigantism accounts for up to 5% of cases and occurs when the excess of GH becomes manifest in the young, before the epiphyseal fusion. The disease also has rheumatologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, neoplastic, neurological, and metabolic manifestations which negatively impact its prognosis and patients quality of life. Less than 15% of acromegalic patients actively seek medical attention for change in appearance or enlargement of the extremities. The presentation of acromegaly is more often related to its systemic comorbidities or to local tumor effects.

  20. Demographics and presenting clinical features of childhood ...

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    Demographics and presenting clinical features of childhood systemic lupus ... and characteristics of children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). ... Rashes were found to be the commonest clinical feature present at the time of diagnosis, ...

  1. 63例视神经脊髓炎患者临床特点及尿酸水平分析%Analysis of clinical features and serum uric acid level in 63 patients with neuromyelitis optica

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    曹小丽; 秦娇琴

    2012-01-01

    目的 分析63例视神经脊髓炎患者的临床特点并评价其血清尿酸水平.方法 分析患者首发症状、影像学表现,同时尿酶法检测血清尿酸水平,与66名健康对照比较.结果 初次发病平均年龄(39.43±14.76)岁,女性占93.7%;以视力损害首发36.5%,脊髓症状首发34.9%;影像学提示颈、胸髓受累分别为27.0%和44.4%,脑部病变占39.7%;病例组尿酸水平(224.73±66.07)μmol/L,对照组为(310.00±79.99)μmol/L,两组比较P<0.05.结论 视神经脊髓炎患者首发症状无特异性,脑部损害并不罕见但无特异性,血清尿酸水平较正常对照为低,二者比较差异有统计学意义.%OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical features of neuromyelitis optica and association between neuromyelitis optica and serum uric acid. METHODS 63 patients with definitive neuromyelitis optica were retrospectively analyzed, including clinical manifestation and neuroimage findings, then serum uric acid level among these individuals were compared with 66 gender- and age-matched healthy controls. RESULTS Mean age at onset of the patients was 39.43 ± 14.76 years, 93.7% of the them were females; optic neuritis was the most common presentation at onset (36.5%), then followed by myelitis (34.9% ) ; 27% had cervical spinal cord lesion and 44.4% had thoracic spinal cord injury. MRI showed that 39.7% of the patients had in-tracranial focus. Serum uric acid level in patients with neuromyelitis optica was significantly lower than that of healthy controls (224.73 ± 66.07μmol/L vs 310.00 ± 79.99μmol/L, P< 0.05). CONCLUSION Visual loss or myelitis is common initial manifestation of neuromyelitis optica, myelitis is typically associated with lesions extending over 3 vertebral segments. Brain MRI findings are not uncommon but generally nonspecific, the results also reveal a decreased serum uric acid level of neuromyelitis optica patients, it indicates that replacement therapy with serum acid or its

  2. Clinical features of elderly chronic urticaria

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    Ban, Ga-Young; Kim, Mi-Yea; Yoo, Hye-Soo; Nahm, Dong-Ho; Ye, Young-Min; Shin, Yoo-Seob

    2014-01-01

    Background/Aims Chronic urticaria (CU) is defined as itchy wheals lasting 6 weeks or more. As the aged population increases worldwide, it is essential to identify the specific features of this disease in the elderly population. Methods We investigated the prevalence and clinical features of CU in elderly patients. Medical records of 837 CU patients from the outpatient Allergy Clinic of Ajou University Hospital, Korea were analyzed retrospectively. Patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria according to the EAACI/GA2LEN/EDF/WAO guidelines were included. Patients older than 60 years were defined as elderly. Results Of the 837 patients, 37 (4.5%) were elderly. In elderly versus nonelderly CU patients, the prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) was significantly higher (37.8% vs. 21.7%, respectively; p = 0.022), while that of aspirin intolerance was lower (18.9% vs. 43.6%, respectively; p = 0.003) in terms of comorbid conditions. The prevalences of serum specific immunoglobulin E antibodies to staphylococcal enterotoxin A and staphylococcal enterotoxin B were considerably higher in elderly CU patients with AD than in those without AD (37.5% vs. 0%, respectively). Conclusions Elderly patients with CU had a higher prevalence of AD. Therefore, there is a need to recognize the existence of AD in elderly CU patients. PMID:25378979

  3. Neuromyelitis optica: clinical features, immunopathogenesis and treatment

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    Jarius, S; Wildemann, B; Paul, F

    2014-01-01

    The term ‘neuromyelitis optica’ (‘Devic's syndrome’, NMO) refers to a syndrome characterized by optic neuritis and myelitis. In recent years, the condition has raised enormous interest among scientists and clinical neurologists, fuelled by the detection of a specific serum immunoglobulin (Ig)G reactivity (NMO-IgG) in up to 80% of patients with NMO. These autoantibodies were later shown to target aquaporin-4 (AQP4), the most abundant water channel in the central nervous system (CNS). Here we give an up-to-date overview of the clinical and paraclinical features, immunopathogenesis and treatment of NMO. We discuss the widening clinical spectrum of AQP4-related autoimmunity, the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and new diagnostic means such as optical coherence tomography in the diagnosis of NMO, the role of NMO-IgG, T cells and granulocytes in the pathophysiology of NMO, and outline prospects for new and emerging therapies for this rare, but often devastating condition. Other Articles published in this series Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 336–48. Disease-modifying therapy in multiple sclerosis and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: common and divergent current and future strategies. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 359–72. Monoclonal antibodies in treatment of multiple sclerosis. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 373–84. CLIPPERS: chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids. Review of an increasingly recognized entity within the spectrum of inflammatory central nervous system disorders. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 385–96. Requirement for safety monitoring for approved multiple sclerosis therapies: an overview. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 397–407. Myasthenia gravis: an update for the clinician. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2014, 175: 408

  4. Serum ferritin and hematological feature among malaria patients in Assam

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    Jitendra Sharma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Assam is considered as a vulnerable state for malarial infection. Malarial patient exhibit several divergent values in their blood cell parameter as well as changes in concentration of normal serum ferritin level. The study was intended to observe the concentration of serum ferritin level and estimation of hematological feature among malaria patients in Assam. Materials and Methods: During the period from August 2012 to January 2013, a total of 77 blood samples have been collected from 77 individuals suspected with malaria from different malaria endemic districts of Assam. Results: A total of 36 cases were found to be malaria positive of which 25 were symptomatic and 11 were asymptomatic. Overall the percentage of parasitaemia was found 0.1-15%. Distribution of malaria cases was observed in all age groups and both the sexes. Hematological values among the malaria positive patients revealed that about 89% were having anaemia, 66.67% with Thrombocytopenia and 47% Lymphocytopenia. Iron deficiency anaemia was recorded in 63.87% of the patients. Other haematological status includes 30.56% individual with Granulocytosis and 50.00% subjects with low Mean platelet volume etc. Results also showed that the serum ferritin level in the malaria positive population ranged in from 70 ng/ml to 300 ng/ml, with a mean value of 114 ng/ml. Conclusion: In our study, hematological abnormality and low serum ferritin level is observed as an imperative marker for identification of malaria patients.

  5. The features of skin inflammation induced by lupus serum.

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    Liu, Lena; Xu, Guangqion; Dou, Hui; Deng, Guo-Min

    2016-04-01

    We recently developed a model of lupus serum-induced skin inflammation, which was used to study the pathogenesis of skin injury in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We further characterized the features of lupus serum-induced skin inflammation. This skin inflammation was evident within 3h and lasted for at least two weeks. The skin inflammation was characterized by an influx of monocytic, CD11b+cells and by a scarcity of T and B lymphocytes. Depletion of IgG from the serum abrogated the skin inflammatory response. The skin inflammation was related to lupus patients' skin history but not to SLE disease activity and type of autoantibody. The expression of TNFR1, NF-kB and MCP-1 was increased locally in skin lesions. The TLR9 ligand and lupus serum act synergistically to trigger skin inflammation. These findings suggest that this novel model is valuable for the study of the pathogenesis and therapy of skin injury in SLE.

  6. Rosacea: clinical features and treatment.

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    Lavers, Isabel

    2016-03-30

    Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that predominantly affects the central face. It is characterised by a variable range of symptoms, including erythema, telangiectasia, papules, pustules and changes in skin texture. Rosacea may be transient, recurrent or persistent. Because it affects the most visible part of the body, the psychosocial effects of this condition can be significant. This article describes the features and management of the condition.

  7. Clinical features of legionnaires' disease.

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    Cunha, B A

    1998-06-01

    Legionnaires' disease is a systemic infectious disease primarily involving the lungs, with multisystemic extrapulmonary manifestations. Any species of Legionella may cause legionnaires' disease in normal and compromised hosts. The clinical diagnosis of legionnaires' disease may be made on the basis of associated extrapulmonary clinical and laboratory findings. Although no single finding in legionnaires' disease is pathognomonic, the association of key extrapulmonary constitutes a typical pattern that is diagnostically characteristic. The syndromic approach based on a weighted point evaluation system described in the article gives physicians a system to arrive at a rapid presumptive clinical diagnosis of legionnaires' disease. Definitive diagnosis of legionnaires' disease is by direct fluorescent antibody testing of respiratory specimens, serological methods, Legionella urinary antigenuria, or culture.

  8. Levels of v5 and v6 CD44 splice variants in serum of patients with colorectal cancer are not correlated with pT stage,histopathological grade of malignancy and clinical features

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    Bogdan Zalewski

    2004-01-01

    AIM: This study was designed to compare the levels of v5and v6 splice variants of CD44 evaluated using ELISA test in the serum of patients with colorectal cancer in different stages of progression of the disease estimated in pT stage according to WHO score, histopathological grade of malignancy and some clinicopathological features.METHODS: The serum obtained from 114 persons with colorectal adenocarcinomas was examined using ELISA method. pT stage and grade of malignancy of the tumour were examined in formalin fixed and paraffin embedded materials obtained during operation.RESULTS: Only the level of CD44 v5 in the serum of patients before operation with G2 pT4 tumour was lower than that in other probes and the difference was statistically significant.We did not find any other correlations between the level of v5 and v6 CD44 variants and other evaluated parameters.CONCLUSION: The level of CD44 v5 and v6 estimated by ELISA test in the serum can not be used as a prognostic factor in colorectal cancer.

  9. Demographic and clinical features of neuromyelitis optica

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    Pandit, L.; Asgari, Nasrin; Apiwattanakul, M.

    2015-01-01

    The comparative clinical and demographic features of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are not well known. In this review we analyzed peer-reviewed publications for incidence and prevalence, clinical phenotypes, and demographic features of NMO. Population-based studies from Europe, South East and Southe...

  10. [Clinical features of spastic dysphonia].

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    Vasilenko, Iu S; Golubev, V L; Debrianskaia, M B

    1995-01-01

    Clinical, neurological, endoscopic, psychological findings, questionnaire data on vegetative sphere, diaphragm x-ray, articulation test and Viene test system evidence obtained on 25 patients with phonic spasm confirm organic neurological nature of spastic dysphonia as focal muscular dystonia. This condition can be accompanied with tremor, rotatory, winking and writers' spasms, oromandibular dystonia. As indicated by positive treatment outcomes, combined treatment of phonic spasm with GABA-ergic drugs of clonazepam (antelepsin) and baclofen, orthophonic voice correction, physiotherapy is pathogenetically justified.

  11. Clinical and laboratory features of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    2007-02-01

    have electrolyte disturbances like hyponatremia, hypokalemia, and metabolic alkalosis, associated with defective water handling or with diuretic use. Serum aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase and gammaglutamyl transpeptidase are often abnormal in a nonspecific pattern. Some serum markers are useful in diagnosis of HCC. The most commonly used is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP. AFP is a glycoprotein that is normally produced during gestation by the fetal liver and the yolk sac.

    In adults, normal values are less than 20 ng/ml and AFP is often elevated in patients with HCC. Serum concentrations of AFP do not correlate with clinical features of HCC, such as size, stage and prognosis but is generally accepted that serum levels greater than 500 ng/ml in a high risk patient is diagnosis of HCC.

    Other serum markers - Because of the limitations of serum AFP measurements, other serum markers of HCC used alone or in combination with the serum AFP have been evaluated for diagnosis or determining prognosis in patients with HCC. These include lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive AFP and des-gamma carboxyprothrombin, glypican-3, human hepatocyte growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor.

     

  12. Serum amyloid a in clinical practice

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    Jovanović Dijana B.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Serum amyloid A (SAA is an acute phase first class protein discovered a quarter of the century ago. Its concentration depends on clinical findings of the patient, illness activity and the therapy applied. SAA increases moderately to markedly (100-1000 mg/l in bacterial and fungal infections, invasive malignant diseases, tissue injuries in the acute myocardial infarction and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis. Mild elevation (10-100 mg/l is often seen in viral infections, systemic lupus erythematosus and localized inflammation or tissue injuries in cystitis and cerebral infarction. SAA as sensitive, non-invasive parameter is used in organ transplantation where early and correct diagnosis is needed as well as where prompt therapy is required. Besides acute kidney allograft rejection, SAA is used in the diagnosis of rejection after liver transplantation, simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation and also in bone marrow transplantation (acute „graft vs. host disease". Simultaneous determination of C-reactive protein (CRP and SAA may point to acute kidney allograft rejection. Standard immunosuppressive therapy with cyclosporine A and prednisolone significantly suppresses the acute phase CRP reaction both in operation itself and acute rejection, but not in infection. On the other hand, SAA rejection in operation, acute allograft rejection and infection is present in spite of cyclosporine A and steroids therapy. Different reaction of SAA and CRP in transplant patients to cyclosporine A therapy helps in differentiation between the infection and rejection. Although CRP and SAA are sensitive and acute phase reactants, their serum concentrations cannot be valued as prognostic and diagnostic criteria without creatinine serum concentration and clinical findings. In addition, they offer important information for clinical diagnosis as well as the kind of therapy.

  13. Clinical and Anamnestic Features of Hepatic Steatosis in Children

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    N.Yu. Zavgorodnia

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the study of clinical and anamnestic features of hepatic steatosis in children. The results of a comparative analysis of survey data of patients with evidence of hepatic steatosis and patients without steatosis were shown. The presence and degree of hepatic steatosis was found using FibroScan-touch-502 by measuring controlled attenuation parameter (CAP. The features of lifestyle and nutrition of children with steatosis were determined: hypodynamic lifestyle, the prevalence of fast food habits, insufficient consumption of liquid. It was established that hepatic steatosis is closely associated with obesity and hypothalamic disorders, increased both blood pressure and serum levels of atherogenic lipids.

  14. 前列腺上皮内瘤患者血清PSA及PSAD的特征及临床意义%The feature and clinical significance of serum PSA and PSAD in patients with prostatic intraepithelial neopiasia

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    高建国; 田斌群; 王行环; 胡小屏; 秦战停; 卢猛

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the serum prostate specific antigen tPSA),ratio of serum free PSA to total PSA (f/t),prostate volume (PV) and prostate specific antigen density (PSAD),their correlation with prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) and their clinical diagnostic significance. Methods Retrospectively evaluate 165 cases of patients with PIN ( including 31 cases of LGPIN,134 cases of HGPIN),which confirmed by pathology,and 252 cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH),49 patients with prostate cancer (PCa),both diagnosed by pathology,as control.The average age of BPH,LGPIN,HGPIN,PCa groups were 70.13 ± 0.43,70.97 ± 1.28,70.74 ± 0.64,70.37 ± 1.40,the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) were 20.20 ± 0.88,14.71 ± 3.42,20.19 ± 1.239,19.27 ± 2.73,and the PV were 58.07 ± 3.58,56.01 ± 7.52,60.74 ± 4.81,47.56 ± 6.54,respectively.The data of PSA,f/t,PV and PSAD were analyzed and compared within the four groups. Results Age,IPSS score and PV had no significant difference among the four groups (P > 0.05).The PSA level of BPH,LGPIN,HGPIN,PCa groups were 5.65 ±0.38,5.86 ±0.81,8.91 ±0.71,13.80 ±1.83,the f/t ratio were 0.26 ±0.01,0.24 ±0.02,0.22 ±0.01,0.167 ± 0.01,and the PSAD level were 0.11 ± 0.01,0.10 ± 0.02,0.19 ±0.03,0.48 ±0.12,respectively.PSA,f/t and PSAD were not significantly different between HGPIN and LGPIN ( P > 0.05 ),and likewise between LGPIN and BPH patients ( P > 0.05 ).PSA,f/t and PSAD were significantly different between LGPIN and PCa patients ( P < 0.05),and likewise between HGPIN and BPH patients (P < 0.05 ).PSA and PSAD were significantly different between HGPIN and PCa (P < 0.05 ).The areas under the ROC curve of PSA and PSAD of HGPIN were 0.6281 (P <0.01 ) and 0.5919 (P <0.05).Conclusions PSA and PSAD are correlated with HGP1N and can predict the existence of HGPIN early;PSAD can identify HGPIN and PCa,when PSA and f/t are normal.The clinical features of LGPIN are similar to BPH,and HGPIN is easy to

  15. Episodic Ataxias: Clinical and Genetic Features

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    Choi, Kwang-Dong; Choi, Jae-Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Episodic ataxia (EA) is a clinically heterogeneous group of disorders that are characterized by recurrent spells of truncal ataxia and incoordination lasting minutes to hours. Most have an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. To date, 8 subtypes have been defined according to clinical and genetic characteristics, and five genes are known to be linked to EAs. Both EA1 and EA2, which are caused by mutations in KCNA1 and CACNA1A, account for the majority of EA, but many patients with no identified mutations still exhibit EA-like clinical features. Furthermore, genetically confirmed EAs have mostly been identified in Caucasian families. In this article, we review the current knowledge on the clinical and genetic characteristics of EAs. Additionally, we summarize the phenotypic features of the genetically confirmed EA2 families in Korea. PMID:27667184

  16. Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: clinical and EEG features

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    Pedersen, S B; Petersen, K A

    1998-01-01

    We aimed to characterize the clinical profile and EEG features of 43 patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. In a retrospective design we studied the records of, and re-interviewed, 43 patients diagnosed with JME from the epilepsy clinic data base. Furthermore, available EEGs were re-evaluated...... were sleep deprivation (84%), stress (70%), and alcohol consumption (51%). EEG findings included rapid spike-wave and polyspike-wave....

  17. Clinical and Morphological Features of Focal Adenomyosis

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    Yuliya B. Kurashvili

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adenomyosis is a very real problem encountered in modern gynecology due to the increase in the incidence, severity of the disease, and absence of effective methods of conservative treatment. The aim of the study was to investigate the clinical and morphological features of the focal and diffuse forms of adenomyosis. Methods and Results: The study involved 70 women who applied to the Center with the diagnosis of ‘adenomyosis’. Examination included transvaginal sonography (TVS, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS, and morphological study of the adenomyotic foci. With a probability of 99%, one can argue that focal adenomyosis (FA in its clinical features is different from diffuse adenomyosis (DA in all its major manifestations. Conclusion: FA has unique morphological characteristics and clinical features. The diagnosis of FA should be based on a complex of clinical and instrumental data in conjunction with morphological process verification. Besides, there are difficulties in the diagnosis of FA, which is a major reason for the incorrect determination of the treatment tactic for patients. However, the application of MRS allows the preoperative identification of the biochemical structure of the focus and determination of its borders, and in the postoperative period, selection of optimal treatment tactics based on the identified morphological features of the removed adenomyotic foci.

  18. Catamenial migraine: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, clinical features

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on a review of the literature, the authors consider the pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, and clinical features of catamenial migraine. The view that catamenial migraine attacks are severest receives more and more support. The criteria that may be used to predict a severer course of catamenial migraine attacks in a specific patient are to be further defined.

  19. Clinical Features of Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Taiwan

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    Hsiang-Yu Lin

    2009-07-01

    Conclusion: Nine of the 11 clinical features examined—height, weight, BMD, dentinogenesis imperfecta, bone deformity, scoliosis, walking ability, fracture rate, and family history—were significantly different among the three types of OI patients. This finding may be of help in evaluating patients and establishing their prognosis.

  20. Clinical and imaging features of fludarabine neurotoxicity.

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    Lee, Michael S; McKinney, Alexander M; Brace, Jeffrey R; Santacruz, Karen

    2010-03-01

    Neurotoxicity from intravenous fludarabine is a rare but recognized clinical entity. Its brain imaging features have not been extensively described. Three patients received 38.5 mg or 40 mg/m per day fludarabine in a 5-day intravenous infusion before bone marrow transplantation in treatment of hematopoietic malignancies. Several weeks later, each patient developed progressive neurologic decline, including retrogeniculate blindness, leading to coma and death. Brain MRI showed progressively enlarging but mild T2/FLAIR hyperintensities in the periventricular white matter. The lesions demonstrated restricted diffusion but did not enhance. Because the neurotoxicity of fludarabine appears long after exposure, neurologic decline in this setting is likely to be attributed to opportunistic disease. However, the imaging features are distinctive in their latency and in being mild relative to the profound clinical features. The safe dose of fludarabine in this context remains controversial.

  1. Barrett's esophagus: clinical features, obesity, and imaging.

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    Quigley, Eamonn M M

    2011-09-01

    The following includes commentaries on clinical features and imaging of Barrett\\'s esophagus (BE); the clinical factors that influence the development of BE; the influence of body fat distribution and central obesity; the role of adipocytokines and proinflammatory markers in carcinogenesis; the role of body mass index (BMI) in healing of Barrett\\'s epithelium; the role of surgery in prevention of carcinogenesis in BE; the importance of double-contrast esophagography and cross-sectional images of the esophagus; and the value of positron emission tomography\\/computed tomography.

  2. Cellulitis: definition, etiology, and clinical features.

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    Gunderson, Craig G

    2011-12-01

    Cellulitis is a common condition seen by physicians. Over the past decade, skin and soft tissue infections from community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have become increasingly common. In this article, the definition, etiology, and clinical features of cellulitis are reviewed, and the importance of differentiating cellulitis from necrotizing soft tissue infections is emphasized. Empiric antimicrobial recommendations are suggested, including the most recent recommendations from the Infectious Disease Society of America.

  3. Necrotizing Periodontal Diseases II: Clinical Features

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    Maita Véliz, Luis V.; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Odontología.; Castañeda Mosto, María; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Odontología.; Gálvez Calla, Luis; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Odontología.; Maita Castañeda, Luis M; Facultad de Odontología USMP; Navarro Contreras, Carmen; Odontóloga práctica privada; Ramos Perfecto, Donald; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Odontología.

    2017-01-01

    This article presents a review of the most important aspects from necrotizing periodontal disease, specia-lly about clinical features, diagnostics, etiology, evolution, prognose and treatment. Se presenta una revisión de las enfermedades periodontales necrotizantes (EPN), sintetizando los aspec-tos clínicos, criterios de diagnóstico, etiología, evolución, diagnóstico diferencial, pronóstico y trata-miento.

  4. Clinical Features and Treatments of Odontogenic Sinusitis

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    Lee, Kyung Chul; Lee, Sung Jin

    2010-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate how clinical features such as sex, age, etiologic factors, and presenting symptoms of odontogenic sinusitis are differentiated from other types of sinusitis. Also, this study was designed to find methods for reducing the incidence of odontogenic sinusitis. Materials and Methods A retrospective chart analysis was completed on twenty-seven patients with odontogenic sinusitis. They were all treated at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital between February 2006...

  5. Pneumatosis intestinalis: CT findings and clinical features

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    Kim, Hye Lin; Lee, Hae Kyung; Park, Seong Jin; Yi, Boem Ha; Ko, Bong Min; Hong, Hyun Sook; Paik, Sang Hyun [Soonchunhyang University Hospital Bucheon, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-02-15

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the CT findings and clinical features of patients with pneumatosis intestinalis. From January 2001 to October 2007, 15 patients with pneumatosis intestinalis were diagnosed by the use of CT. We analyzed the clinical features and CT findings to assess the involvement site, the presence of portal and mesenteric vein gas, and the existence of accompanied ischemic change. Of the 15 patients, five patients had end stage renal disease (33.3%), two patients underwent a gastrectomy, one patient underwent a laminectomy, one patient had tuberculous enteritis, one patient had lung cancer and one patient had pneumonia. Four patients presented with no specific disease. There was portal or mesenteric venous gas in six cases, and strangulation or an ischemic change of the bowel in five cases. Otherwise, pneumatosis intestinalis was associated with hydropneumoperitoneum in two cases, pneumoperitoneum in one case and a single case of perforated appendicitis. Nine patients underwent surgery for ischemic change of the bowel, pneumoperitoneum, appendicitis, and a clinical sign of panperitonitis. Among the remaining six patients, three patients recovered and were discharged, and three patients expired during progression of the disease. End stage renal disease is the most common condition associated with pneumatosis intestinalis. The presence of portomesenteric venous gas, ischemic change of the bowel, and linear pneumatosis intestinalis are indicative of a poor prognosis.

  6. Medulloepithelioma: A triad of clinical features

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    Ani Peshtani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intraocular medulloepithelioma arises from the primitive medullary epithelium and is diagnosed at a median age of five years. This tumor most commonly appears as a white, gray, or yellow-colored ciliary body tumor. The growth of medulloepithelioma is slow and it is locally invasive. Poor vision and pain are the most common presenting symptoms. The most common clinical signs include cyst or mass in iris, anterior chamber or ciliary body, glaucoma, and cataract. Case: A 22-month-old Caucasian female twin presented with leukocoria and poor vision in OS. Examination revealed normal findings OD and a mass in OS. Based on the clinical features of leukocoria, lens changes and a white cystic ciliary body mass in a young child, ultrasonographic, and transillumination features, the lesion was diagnosed as a non-pigmented ciliary epithelial medulloepithelioma. After enucleation, the diagnosis of malignant teratoid medulloepithelioma of the non-pigmented ciliary epithelium was confirmed. There was no evidence of tumor recurrence or systemic metastasis at three years follow-up. Conclusion: Medulloepithelioma in a child can present as a clinical triad of leukocoria, lens changes, and a white cystic ciliary body mass.

  7. Clinical significance of low serum magnesium in pregnant women ...

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    Nov 9, 2012 ... A logistic regression analysis showed that hypomagnesemia had an Odds ratio of 22 for pre-eclampsia. .... and subsequently in the labor ward at delivery for assay of serum ... clinical chemistry laboratory where serum was separated ..... magnesium and the rates of low birth weight, birth asphyxia, or SCBU ...

  8. Clinical Features and Outcome of Mucormycosis

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    Carlos Rodrigo Camara-Lemarroy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Mucormycosis (MCM is a life-threatening infection that carries high mortality rates despite recent advances in its diagnosis and treatment. The objective was to report 14 cases of mucormycosis infection and review the relevant literature. We retrospectively analyzed the demographic and clinical data of 14 consecutive patients that presented with MCM in a tertiary-care teaching hospital in northern Mexico. The mean age of the patients was 39.9 (range 5–65. Nine of the patients were male. Ten patients had diabetes mellitus as the underlying disease, and 6 patients had a hematological malignancy (acute leukemia. Of the diabetic patients, 3 had chronic renal failure and 4 presented with diabetic ketoacidosis. All patients had rhinocerebral involvement. In-hospital mortality was 50%. All patients received medical therapy with polyene antifungals and 11 patients underwent surgical therapy. Survivors were significantly younger and less likely to have diabetes than nonsurvivors, and had higher levels of serum albumin on admission. The clinical outcome of patients with MCM is poor. Uncontrolled diabetes and age are negative prognostic factors.

  9. Clinical Features and Outcome of Mucormycosis

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    Camara-Lemarroy, Carlos Rodrigo; González-Moreno, Emmanuel Irineo; Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, René; Rendón-Ramírez, Erick Joel; Ayala-Cortés, Ana Sofía; Fraga-Hernández, Martha Lizeth; García-Labastida, Laura; Galarza-Delgado, Dionicio Ángel

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    Mucormycosis (MCM) is a life-threatening infection that carries high mortality rates despite recent advances in its diagnosis and treatment. The objective was to report 14 cases of mucormycosis infection and review the relevant literature. We retrospectively analyzed the demographic and clinical data of 14 consecutive patients that presented with MCM in a tertiary-care teaching hospital in northern Mexico. The mean age of the patients was 39.9 (range 5–65). Nine of the patients were male. Ten patients had diabetes mellitus as the underlying disease, and 6 patients had a hematological malignancy (acute leukemia). Of the diabetic patients, 3 had chronic renal failure and 4 presented with diabetic ketoacidosis. All patients had rhinocerebral involvement. In-hospital mortality was 50%. All patients received medical therapy with polyene antifungals and 11 patients underwent surgical therapy. Survivors were significantly younger and less likely to have diabetes than nonsurvivors, and had higher levels of serum albumin on admission. The clinical outcome of patients with MCM is poor. Uncontrolled diabetes and age are negative prognostic factors. PMID:25210515

  10. Clinical features and electrodiagnosis of ulnar neuropathies.

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    Landau, Mark E; Campbell, William W

    2013-02-01

    In this review, we delineate clinical, electrodiagnostic, and radiographic features of ulnar mononeuropathies. Ulnar neuropathy at the elbow (UNE) is most commonly due to lesions at the level of the retroepicondylar groove (RTC), with approximately 25% at the humeroulnar arcade (HUA). The term 'cubital tunnel syndrome' should be reserved for the latter. The diagnostic accuracy of nerve conduction studies is limited by biological (e.g. low elbow temperature) and technical factors. Across-elbow distance measurements greater than 10 cm improve diagnostic specificity at the expense of decreased sensitivity. Short-segment incremental studies can differentiate lesions at the HUA from those at the RTC.

  11. Initial symptoms and clinical features in osteosarcoma

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    Sujia Wu; Xing Shi; Jianling Zhao; Yurong Wang; Jun Zhang; Liwu Zhou; Yuexian Cheng; Guangxin Zhou

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To establish the initial symptoms and physical signs of osteosarcoma from the records of the first medical visit and to identify early characteristics of the diseases to shorten the delay of diagnosis. Methods: A group of patients with osteosarcoma in extremities was identified from Nanjing Jinling Hospital. Records from the first medical visit due to symptoms and physical signs related to the bone tumor were obtained from 71 patients with osteosarcoma. Results: The results of the data recorded about the first medical visit,reasons for consultation, pain,trauma,initial diagnosis,delay in diagnosis were reported respectively. Conclusion: Pair an initial symptom of osteosarcoma, and was intermittent but not frequently felt at night. A history of trauma was common, but the clinical course often diverged from what was expected from trauma. The most important clinical feature was a palpable mass. This finding emphasizes that a thorough physical examination is absolutely necessary.

  12. Clinical and immunopathological features of patients with lupus hepatitis

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    ZHENG Ru-hua; WANG Jin-hui; WANG Shu-bing; CHEN Jie; GUAN Wei-ming; CHEN Min-hu

    2013-01-01

    Background Lupus hepatitis is yet to be characterized based on its clinical features and is often difficult to differentially diagnose from other liver diseases.We aimed to elucidate clinical,histopathological and immunopathological features of lupus hepatitis and to evaluate primarily the effectiveness of liver immunopathological manifestations on differential diagnosis of lupus hepatitis from other liver diseases.Methods A retrospective study was performed to analyze clinical features of lupus hepatitis in 47 patients out of 504 inpatients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University,China from May 2006 to July 2009,and to evaluate the association between lupus hepatitis and SLE activity.Additionally,liver histopathological changes by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining and immunopathological changes by direct immunofluorescence test in 10 lupus hepatitis cases were analyzed and compared to those in 16 patients with other liver diseases in a prospective study.Results Of 504 SLE patients,47 patients (9.3%) were diagnosed to have lupus hepatitis.The prevalence of lupus hepatitis in patients with active SLE was higher than that in those with inactive SLE (11.8% vs.3.2%,P <0.05).The incidence of hematological abnormalities in patients with lupus hepatitis was higher than that in those without lupus hepatitis (40.4% vs.21.7%,P <0.05),such as leucocytes count (2.92×109/L vs.5.48×109/L),platelets count (151×109/L vs.190×109/L),serum C3 and C4 (0.34 g/L vs.0.53 g/L; 0.06 g/L vs.0.09 g/L) (P <0.05); 45 of 47 (95.7%) lupus hepatitis patients showed 1 upper limit of normal (ULN) <serum ALT level <5 ULN.The liver histopathological features in patients with lupus hepatitis were miscellaneous and non-specific,similar to those in other liver diseases,but liver immunopathological features showed positive intense deposits of complement 1q in 7/10 patients with lupus hepatitis and negative complement 1q

  13. [Clinical and hematologic features of pediatric leukemias].

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    Hasanbegović, Edo

    2006-01-01

    to present main clinical and hematologic features of pediatric leukemias treated at Hematooncologic department of Pediatric Clinic in Sarajevo during last 7 years. In retrospective study we followed up children with leukemia aged 0-15 who were treated during period of 01.01.1997-31.12.2003. at Hematooncologic department on Pediatric Clinic in Sarajevo. A total number of patient with leukemia was 130 of them 112 (83.2%) had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 16 (12.3%) of them had acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and 2 (1.5%) patients had chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). There were 84 (64.6%) boys and 46 (35.4%) girls. Median age of newly diagnosed patients was 6 years and 4 months. Dominant clinical signs were: high temperature-72.9%, fatigue and paleness-74.8% and bone pain-87.9%. Most of the children had leucocitosis (51.5%), anemia (56.1%) and trombocitopenia (57.5%). Most frequent signs at the beginning of the illness are general symptoms like fatigue, unclear febrile state and accented bone pains. Those united signs with complete blood picture finding should be enough reason for suspicion under possible leukemia.

  14. Trypophobia: an investigation of clinical features.

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    Vlok-Barnard, Michelle; Stein, Dan J

    2017-04-13

    Trypophobia refers to the fear of, or aversion to, clusters of holes. We assessed clinical features of trypophobia and investigated whether it most resembled a specific phobia or obsessive-compulsive disorder. An online survey was conducted to gather information on sociodemographic variables, course and duration, severity, associated features, comorbid psychiatric diagnoses, and levels of psychological distress and impairment in individuals with trypophobia. The survey also explored whether such individuals experienced more fear or disgust, and whether symptoms showed more resemblance to a specific phobia or to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Associations of symptom severity and duration with degree of impairment were investigated. One hundred and ninety-five individuals completed the questionnaire. Symptoms were chronic and persistent. The most common associated comorbidities were major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Trypophobia was associated with significant psychological distress and impairment. The majority of individuals experienced disgust rather than fear when confronted with clusters of holes, but were more likely to meet DSM-5 criteria for specific phobia than for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Symptom severity and duration were associated with functional impairment. Given that individuals with trypophobia suffer clinically significant morbidity and comorbidity, this condition deserves further attention from clinicians and researchers.

  15. Clinical and laboratory features of preleukemia patients

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    施均; 邵宗鸿; 陈桂彬; 李克; 刘鸿; 张益枝; 和虹; 赵明峰; 何广胜; 张泓; 储榆林; 郝玉书

    2002-01-01

    Objective To explore prospective diagnostic criteria for preleukemia.Methods A case control study was done comparing the discrepancies on clinical and laboratory features between patients with preleukemia and those with chronic aplastic anemia (CAA) or atypical paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglubinuria (a-PNH).Results There were eight variables of significance: (1) lymphocytoid micromegakaryocytes in the bone marrow; (2) immature granulocytes in the peripheral blood; (3) ≥2.0% myeloblasts in the bone marrow; (4) positive periodic acid schiff (PAS) stained nucleated erythrocytes; (5) myeloid differentiation index ≥1.8; (6) typical colonal karyotypic abnormalities; (7) negative sister chromatid differentiation; (8) cluster/colony ratio of granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming units (CFU-GM)>4.0. The following criteria were assigned: A: to meet variable one and at least two of the other seven variables and B: to meet at least four of the eight variables. All of the patients with preleukemia met either A or B and none of the patients with CAA or a-PNH did. Conclusions Preleukemia is different from CAA or a-PNH. It has its own clinical and laboratory features, which may be useful for its prospective diagnosis.

  16. Ossified spinal meningiomas: Clinical and surgical features.

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    Alafaci, Concetta; Grasso, Giovanni; Granata, Francesca; Salpietro, Francesco M; Tomasello, Francesco

    2016-03-01

    Meningiomas constitute 25% of primary spinal tumors and predominantly involve the thoracic spinal cord. Although calcifications are commonly seen in intracranial meningiomas, gross calcifications are observed in only 1-5% of all spinal meningiomas. We report the clinical findings, surgical strategy and histological features of 9 patients with ossified spinal meningiomas (OSMs). Clinical and surgical features of 9 patients with ossified spinal meningiomas were retrospectively reviewed. There were 8 women and 1 man with a mean age of 59 years. In 7 patients, the lesions were localized in the thoracic segment of the spine while in 2 patients in the lower cervical segment. All patients presented with weakness of the lower limbs and hypoesthesia below the site level of the lesion. Only 2 patients presented with urinary incontinence. Gross-total resection of the tumor was achieved in 6 patients while in 3 a subtotal removal of the meningioma was obtained. In all patients the postoperative course was uneventful. Six patients presented with a significant neurological improvement while in 3 patients a mild improvement was observed. Microscopically, all tumors showed typical histological pattern of ossified meningioma. OSMs are amenable to surgery if the complete removal can be achieved. Because of their hard-rock consistency complete resection can be challenging. In difficult cases, subtotal removal can be advised and follow-up imaging is mandatory. Overall, the risk of long-term recurrence of the lesions is low, and a good clinical outcome after total or subtotal removal can be expected. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Autoimmune uveitis: clinical, pathogenetic, and therapeutic features.

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    Prete, Marcella; Dammacco, Rosanna; Fatone, Maria Celeste; Racanelli, Vito

    2016-05-01

    Autoimmune uveitis (AU), an inflammatory non-infectious process of the vascular layer of the eye, can lead to visual impairment and, in the absence of a timely diagnosis and suitable therapy, can even result in total blindness. The majority of AU cases are idiopathic, whereas fewer than 20 % are associated with systemic diseases. The clinical severity of AU depends on whether the anterior, intermediate, or posterior part of the uvea is involved and may range from almost asymptomatic to rapidly sight-threatening forms. Race, genetic background, and environmental factors can also influence the clinical picture. The pathogenetic mechanism of AU is still poorly defined, given its remarkable heterogeneity and the many discrepancies between experimental and human uveitis. Even so, the onset of AU is thought to be related to an aberrant T cell-mediated immune response, triggered by inflammation and directed against retinal or cross-reactive antigens. B cells may also play a role in uveal antigen presentation and in the subsequent activation of T cells. The management of AU remains a challenge for clinicians, especially because of the paucity of randomized clinical trials that have systematically evaluated the effectiveness of different drugs. In addition to topical treatment, several different therapeutic options are available, although a standardized regimen is thus far lacking. Current guidelines recommend corticosteroids as the first-line therapy for patients with active AU. Immunosuppressive drugs may be subsequently required to treat steroid-resistant AU and for steroid-sparing purposes. The recent introduction of biological agents, such as those targeting tumor necrosis factor-α, is expected to remarkably increase the percentages of responders and to prevent irreversible sight impairment. This paper reviews the clinical features of AU and its crucial pathogenetic targets in relation to the current therapeutic perspectives. Also, the largest clinical trials

  18. Clinical and pathological features of pachyonychia congenita.

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    Leachman, Sancy A; Kaspar, Roger L; Fleckman, Philip; Florell, Scott R; Smith, Frances J D; McLean, W H Irwin; Lunny, Declan P; Milstone, Leonard M; van Steensel, Maurice A M; Munro, Colin S; O'Toole, Edel A; Celebi, Julide T; Kansky, Aleksej; Lane, E Birgitte

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    Pachyonychia congenita (PC) is a rare genodermatosis affecting the nails, skin, oral mucosae, larynx, hair, and teeth. Pathogenic mutations in keratins K6a or K16 are associated with the PC-1 phenotype whereas K6b and K17 mutations are associated with the PC-2 phenotype. Analysis of clinical, pathological, and genetic data from the literature and two research registries reveal that >97% of PC cases exhibit fingernail and toenail thickening, and painful plantar keratoderma. Prospective evaluation of 57 PC patients from 41 families revealed variable clinical findings: hyperhidrosis (79%), oral leukokeratosis (75%), follicular keratosis (65%), palmar keratoderma (60%), cutaneous cysts (35%), hoarseness or laryngeal involvement (16%), coarse or twisted hair (26%), early primary tooth loss (14%), and presence of natal or prenatal teeth (2%). Stratification of these data by keratin mutation confirmed the increased incidence of cyst formation and natal teeth among PC-2 patients, although cysts were more commonly seen in PC-1 than previously reported (25%-33%). Previously unreported clinical features of PC include development of painful oral and nipple lesions during breastfeeding, copious production of waxy material in ears, and inability to walk without an ambulatory aid (50%). Possible pathogenic mechanisms are discussed with respect to the clinicopathologic and genetic correlations observed.

  19. [Clinical features of strabismus in psychomotor retardation].

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    Arias-Cabello, Belina; Arroyo-Yllanes, María Estela; Pérez-Pérez, José Fernando; Fonte-Vázquez, Anselmo

    2016-01-01

    In psychomotor retardation there is an abnormal development of mental, sensory and motor skills associated with ocular manifestations. There are biological and psychosocial risk factors that predispose an individual to neurological damage. From 50% to 80% of patients with strabismus retardation have special features that differentiate it from the rest of strabismus in healthy patients. To determine the most common type of strabismus in patients with psychomotor retardation and their clinical features. Patients with psychomotor retardation and strabismus were included. An ophthalmological examination was performed, as well as an evaluation of the characteristics of strabismus, including perinatal and post-natal history. Esotropia was the most frequent squint with 65.3%, followed by exotropia with 32.7%. The variability in the squint magnitude was 60% in both types, and 6 patients had dissociated vertical deviation. Most of the patients started to present strabismus since they were born. The most frequent perinatal risk factors were threatened miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, foetal distress, and hypoxia. Esotropia is the most common type of strabismus in psychomotor retardation. The variability of squint magnitude is a characteristic in these patients. The moderate variability is the most frequent in both esotropia and exotropia. The most common refractive error is hyperopic astigmatism in esotropia and the myopic kind in exotropia. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  20. Clinical mastitis in ewes; bacteriology, epidemiology and clinical features

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    Kvitle Bjørg

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Clinical mastitis is an important disease in sheep. The objective of this work was to identify causal bacteria and study certain epidemiological and clinical features of clinical mastitis in ewes kept for meat and wool production. Methods The study included 509 ewes with clinical mastitis from 353 flocks located in 14 of the 19 counties in Norway. Clinical examination and collection of udder secretions were carried out by veterinarians. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE was performed on 92 Staphylococcus aureus isolates from 64 ewes. Results and conclusion S. aureus was recovered from 65.3% of 547 clinically affected mammary glands, coagulase-negative staphylococci from 2.9%, enterobacteria, mainly Escherichia coli, from 7.3%, Streptococcus spp. from 4.6%, Mannheimia haemolytica from 1.8% and various other bacteria from 4.9%, while no bacteria were cultured from 13.2% of the samples. Forty percent of the ewes with unilateral clinical S. aureus mastitis also had a subclinical S. aureus infection in the other mammary gland. Twenty-four of 28 (86% pairs of S. aureus isolates obtained from clinically and subclinically affected mammary glands of the same ewe were indistinguishable by PFGE. The number of identical pairs was significantly greater than expected, based on the distribution of different S. aureus types within the flocks. One-third of the cases occurred during the first week after lambing, while a second peak was observed in the third week of lactation. Gangrene was present in 8.8% of the clinically affected glands; S. aureus was recovered from 72.9%, Clostridium perfringens from 6.3% and E. coli from 6.3% of the secretions from such glands. This study shows that S. aureus predominates as a cause of clinical ovine mastitis in Norway, also in very severe cases. Results also indicate that S. aureus is frequently spread between udder halves of infected ewes.

  1. Clinical features of multiple spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhages

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    Tao CHANG

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the clinical features of multiple spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhages (MICH. Methods Conservative therapy, puncture and drainage, hematoma removal and/or decompressive craniectomy were used in the treatment of 630 intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH patients, who were divided into 2 groups: 30 cases with MICH and another 600 cases with solitary intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH. Three months after onset, modified Rankin Scale (mRS was used to evaluate the prognosis of all cases. Results Compared with patients in SICH group, the occurrence rate of hypertension > 5 years (P = 0.008, diabetes mellitus (P = 0.024, hypercholesterolemia (P = 0.050 and previous ischemic stroke (P = 0.026 were all significantly higher in MICH group. The mean arterial pressure (MAP level (P = 0.002 and the incidence of limb movement disorder (P = 0.000 were significantly higher in patients with MICH than those with SICH. Basal ganglia and thalamus were the predilection sites of hematoma (P = 0.001. Patients with MICH had worse prognosis compared to those with SICH 3 months after onset (P = 0.006. Conclusions Hypertension > 5 years, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia and ischemic stroke were identified to be the pathophysiological basis of MICH in this study. All patients with MICH had more serious clinical manifestations after onset and worse prognosis. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.01.008

  2. Clinical and microbiological features of cryptococcal meningitis

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    Lucia Kioko Hasimoto e Souza

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction In this study, the clinical features, underlying diseases and clinical outcomes of patients with cryptococcosis were investigated. In addition, a molecular analysis of the Cryptococcus neoformans species complex isolated from these patients was performed. Methods A prospective study of 62 cases of patients with cryptococcal infection was conducted at the Hospital de Doenças Tropicais de Goiás Dr. Anuar Auad from 2009-2010. Cryptococcal meningitis cases were diagnosed by direct examination and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF sample culture. The profiling of these patients was assessed. The CSF samples were submitted to India ink preparation and cultured on Sabouraud dextrose agar, and C. neoformans was identified by the production of urease, a positive phenoloxidase test and assimilation of carbohydrates. C. neoformans and C. gattii isolates were distinguished by growth on L-canavanine-glycine-bromothymol blue medium, and molecular analysis was conducted via PCR fingerprinting reactions using M13 and (GACA4 primers. Results From the 62 patients with cryptococcosis, 71 isolates of CSF were obtained; 67 (94.4% isolates were identified as C. neoformans var. grubii/VNI, and 4 (5.6% were identified as C. gattii/VGII. Of these patients, 53 had an HIV diagnosis. The incidence of cryptococcosis was higher among patients 20-40 years of age, with 74.2% of the cases reported in males. Cryptococcus-related mortality was noted in 48.4% of the patients, and the symptoms were altered sensorium, headache, fever and stiff neck. Conclusions The high morbidity and mortality observed among patients with cryptococcosis demonstrate the importance of obtaining information regarding the epidemiological profile and clinical course of the disease in the State of Goiás, Brazil.

  3. Is Doubling of Serum Creatinine a Valid Clinical 'Hard' Endpoint in Clinical Nephrology Trials?

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    Lambers Heerspink, H. J.; Perkovic, V.; de Zeeuw, D.

    2011-01-01

    The composite of end stage renal disease (ESRD), doubling of serum creatinine and (renal) death, is a frequently used endpoint in randomized clinical trials in nephrology. Doubling of serum creatinine is a well-accepted part of this endpoint because a doubling of serum creatinine reflects a large su

  4. Myelomatosisz Clinical and laboratory features in Nigerians

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    history of bone pain, marrow plasmacytosis, osteolytic bone lesions, serum biochemical ... 6 cases of MM, with 3 of them also having Hence-.l ones proteinuria. ..... dose therapy intensitication/auto-transplantation a1 d who were conventionally ...

  5. The clinical features of serum total sialic acid levels in pathological newborn%病理状态新生儿血清唾液酸水平分析

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    阮莉莉; 华春珍; 方妍彤; 王晓安

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the serum sialic acid ( SIA ) levels in pathological newborn and evaluate the correlation between SIA levels and gestational ages or ages .Method Premature newborn and mature newborn were grouped according to gestational ages and not more than 24h subgroup, 25 h~7 d and more than 7d subgroups were defined by day ages .The enzymatic method was used when the contents of serum SIA were detected .The statistical analysis software, SPSS version 17.0 was used in the study.Findings A total of 987 newborn, including 238 (24.1%) pre-term newborns, 737 (75.3%) full term newborns and 6(0.6%)pos-term newborns were included in the study .The serum SIA levels of the ≤24h subgroup, 25 h~7 d subgroup and>7d subgroup in the pre-full newborns group were 27.2 ±8.1mg/dl, 33.3 ±5.8 mg/dl and 32.9 ±6.2 mg/dl respectively,which were significant lower than that in the full term group in which the SIA level were 30.4 ±9.2mg/dl,35.4 ±6.7 mg/dl and 37.6 ±9.0mg/dl instead.Lower SIA level was found in≤24h subgroups compared with the 25 h ~7 d subgroups or >7d subgroups in both pre-term and full term groups . Conclusion There was correlation between serum sialic acid level and day age in newborns in the study .Lower SIA level was identified in pre-full newborn when compared with the full term newborn .%目的:探讨病理状态新生儿血清唾液酸(sialic acids, SIA)水平及其与胎龄和日龄的关系。方法将因病理状态住院的新生儿(987例)分早产儿(238例)和足月儿(743例)两组,每组又根据日龄分24 h以内、25 h~7 d和大于7 d亚组,SIA测定采用神经氨酸苷酶法。结果早产儿各亚组血清SIA水平显著低于足月儿相应亚组( P<0.05);早产儿≤24h亚组血清SIA水平显著低于25 h~7 d亚组(t=4.70,P<0.01);早产儿组和足月儿组中≤24 h亚组血清SIA水平均显著低于25 h~7 d亚组或>7 d亚组。结论本组新生儿血清唾液酸

  6. Clinical and Immunological Features of Common Variable Immunodeficiency in China

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    Lian-Jun Lin; Yu-Chuan Wang; Xin-Min Liu

    2015-01-01

    Background:Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is one of the most common symptomatic primary immunodeficiency syndromes.The purpose of this article was to broaden our knowledge about CVID for better diagnosis and treatment.Methods:Clinical and immunological features of 40 Chinese patients with CVID were analyzed retrospectively.Results:The median age at onset was 11-year-old (range 4-51 years).The median age at diagnosis was 14.5-year-old (range 5-66 years).The average time of delay in diagnosis was 5.3 years (range 1-41 years).The most common main complaint was fever due to infections (35 cases,87.5%).Pneumonia (28 cases,70%) was the most common type of infections.Bronchiectasis was present in 6 patients (15%).Autoimmune disease was detected in 6 cases of CVID,and malignancy in 2 cases.The median total serum levels of IgG,IgA,and IgM at diagnosis were 1.07 g/L,0.07 g/L,and 0.28 g/L,respectively.The percentages ofCD3/CD19+ B-cells were 1%-3.14%.Conclusions:Infection is the most frequent presentation of CVID.Patients with unexplainable infections should receive further examination including serum immunoglobulin (Ig) and lymphocyte subset analysis.Regular and sufficient substitution with Ig is recommended.

  7. Vertebral osteomyelitis: clinical features and diagnosis.

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    Eren Gök, S; Kaptanoğlu, E; Celikbaş, A; Ergönül, O; Baykam, N; Eroğlu, M; Dokuzoğuz, B

    2014-10-01

    We aimed to describe clinical and diagnostic features of vertebral osteomyelitis for differential diagnosis and treatment. This is a prospective observational study performed between 2002 and 2012 in Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey. All the patients with vertebral osteomyelitis were followed for from 6 months to 3 years. In total, 214 patients were included in the study, 113 out of 214 (53%) were female. Out of 214 patients, 96 (45%) had brucellar vertebral osteomyelitis (BVO), 63 (29%) had tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis (TVO), and 55 (26%) had pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis (PVO). Mean number of days between onset of symptoms and establishment of diagnosis was greater with the patients with TVO (266 days) than BVO (115 days) or PVO (151 days, p 15 mm, sensitivity was 0.66, specificity was 0.97, positive predictive value was 0.89, negative predictive value was 0.88, and receiver operating characteristics area was 0.8. Tuberculous and brucellar vertebral osteomyelitis remained the leading causes of vertebral osteomyelitis with delayed diagnosis. In differential diagnosis of vertebral osteomyelitis, consumption of unpasteurized cheese, dealing with husbandry, sweating, arthralgia, hepatomegaly, elevated alanine transaminase, and lumbar involvement in magnetic resonance imaging were found to be predictors of BVO, thoracic involvement in magnetic resonance imaging and tuberculin skin test > 15 mm were found to be predictors of TVO, and history of spinal surgery and leucocytosis were found to be predictors of PVO.

  8. CLINICAL PATHOLOGICAL FEATURE OF EARLY TONGUE AMYLOIDOSIS

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    2006-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical pathological feature and diagnostic criteria of tongue amyloidosis (AL).Methods During 1992 to 2005, 25 patients pathologically diagnosed as tongue AL in our hospital were reviewed retrospectively, and all of them had no enlarged tongue. Haematoxylin and eosin (HE) and immunohistochemical staining were used to detect the amyloid deposition on the tongue.Results Totally 84 % (21/25) patients had symptoms of xerostomia and taste-blindness, 44 % (11/25) patients complained of activity limitation of tongue. Macroscopic observation showed mucosa pallescence, punctuate hemorrhage, red grain particles, and ulcers on the tongue. HE staining indicated amyloid depositions in basement membrane,muscle cell, vessel wall, and nerve fiber. Immunohistochemical study demonstrated kappa light-chain deposition in 64%(16/25) cases, and lambda light-chain deposition in 36 % (9/25) cases. They presented in vessel wall, nerve fiber, and muscle cells.Conclusion The biopsy is an important means for the diagnosis of early tongue AL, and the wide variety of amyloid light chain is helpful to differential diagnosis.

  9. The clinical features of simple myopic astigmatism

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    S. I. Abramov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Evaluation of the clinical features of simple myopic astigmatism.Methods: In the framework of the follow-up observation of surveyed 64 patients (128 eyes with the phenomena of simple myopic astigmatism in both eyes without concomitant ocular pathology.Results: the most common are weak (up to 1.0 D — 42%, 1.25-2.0 D — 28% of the value, expressed astigmatism (more than 2.0 D is observed in 30% of cases. In terms of direct myopic astigmatism up to 1.0 D the most characteristic visual acuity is 0.6-0.7, when the value of astigmatism from 1.25 up to 2.0 D the most frequently noted visual acuity is 0.3-0.5. the indicator of «primary use» statistically significantly depended on the indicator «astenopic complaints» (correlation coefficient was 0.59 is 0.72, p<0.0001.Conclusion: the emergence of the patient with visually-intensive work (especially working in conditions of shortage of time re- quires of excimer laser correction for the preservation of visual capacity and the required level of professional reliability, as well as the extension of the professional longevity of the body of view.

  10. The clinical features of simple myopic astigmatism

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    S. I. Abramov

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Evaluation of the clinical features of simple myopic astigmatism.Methods: In the framework of the follow-up observation of surveyed 64 patients (128 eyes with the phenomena of simple myopic astigmatism in both eyes without concomitant ocular pathology.Results: the most common are weak (up to 1.0 D — 42%, 1.25-2.0 D — 28% of the value, expressed astigmatism (more than 2.0 D is observed in 30% of cases. In terms of direct myopic astigmatism up to 1.0 D the most characteristic visual acuity is 0.6-0.7, when the value of astigmatism from 1.25 up to 2.0 D the most frequently noted visual acuity is 0.3-0.5. the indicator of «primary use» statistically significantly depended on the indicator «astenopic complaints» (correlation coefficient was 0.59 is 0.72, p<0.0001.Conclusion: the emergence of the patient with visually-intensive work (especially working in conditions of shortage of time re- quires of excimer laser correction for the preservation of visual capacity and the required level of professional reliability, as well as the extension of the professional longevity of the body of view.

  11. Clinical features of dysthymia and age: a clinical investigation.

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    Bellino, S; Patria, L; Ziero, S; Rocca, G; Bogetto, F

    2001-09-20

    A few authors have described the clinical picture of dysthymia in groups of elderly patients and pointed out differences from literature reports of dysthymia in younger adults. The present study, an attempt to analyze age effects on clinical characteristics of dysthymia throughout a lifetime, was performed in a sample of 106 patients, all aged > or =18 years, who were diagnosed according to DSM-IV. The patients were evaluated using: (1) a semistructured interview to assess clinical features, family history and previous treatments; (2) the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale; (3) the Interview for Recent Life Events; and (4) the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Disorders. Statistical analysis with stepwise logistic regression revealed that age was positively related to concomitant medical illnesses and to the total score of recent life events, but negatively related to the presence of avoidant or dependent personality disorders. The data suggested different etiologic pathways in older and younger patients. Dysthymia appeared to be associated in younger adults with abnormalities of personality; in the elderly, with a history of health problems and life losses.

  12. Clinical value of serum and bronchial aspiration fluid HE-4 levels in patients with lung cancer

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    Jin Jing; Lin Yuan; Yong-Biao Liu

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of serum and bronchial aspiration fluid HE-4 levels in patients with lung cancer.Methods:A total of 58 patients with lung cancer and 40 with benign lung disease were enrolled in our study. Compare the serum and bronchial aspiration fluid HE-4 levels between the two group. The specificity and sensitivity of serum and bronchial aspiration fluid HE-4 levels in determine whether lung cancer or not were analyzed by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve; Spearman was used to evaluate the association of clinical and pathologic features with levels of LYVE-1.Results: Serum HE-4 levels were significantly higher in patients with lung cancer group than in benign lung disease group. No significant difference was observed in terms of BAF HE-4 values in two patient groups. The areas under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve of serum HE-4 was 0.798 and that of BAF HE-4 was 0.598. A high cancer staging, occurrence of lymph-node metastases, and occurrence of distant metastases patient were associated with high HE-4 levels. No significant difference was observed with sex, tumor location and tumor histology.Conclusion: The increase of level of serum HE-4 is more prominent than the increase of the level of BAF HE-4, and has certain clinical significance for diagnosis of lung cancer and occurrence of metastases.

  13. Clinical Features and Treatments of Odontogenic Sinusitis

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    Lee, Sung Jin

    2010-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate how clinical features such as sex, age, etiologic factors, and presenting symptoms of odontogenic sinusitis are differentiated from other types of sinusitis. Also, this study was designed to find methods for reducing the incidence of odontogenic sinusitis. Materials and Methods A retrospective chart analysis was completed on twenty-seven patients with odontogenic sinusitis. They were all treated at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital between February 2006 and August 2008. The study protocol and informed consent forms were approved by the institutional review boards for human beings at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital. Results Ten patients (37.0%) had dental implant related complications and 8 (29.6%) had dental extraction related complications. Unilateral purulent nasal discharge was the most common symptom (66.7%). The therapeutic modality included transnasal endoscopic sinus surgery in 19 (70.4%) patients, and a Caldwell-Luc operation in two (7.4%) patients. Conclusion In our study, there was no significant difference in the incidence between genders. The average age of the patients was 42.9 years. The incidence was highest in the fourth decade. There were no significant differences between the symptoms of odontogenic sinusitis and that of other types of sinusitis. However, almost all of the patients with odontogenic sinusitis had unilateral symptoms. Iatrogenic causes, which include dental implants and dental extractions, were the most common etiologic factors related to the development of odontogenic sinusitis. Therefore, a preoperative consultation between a rhinologist and a dentist prior to the dental procedure should be able to reduce the incidence of odontogenic sinusitis. PMID:20879062

  14. Analysis on clinical features of necrotizing autoimmune myopathy

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    Yi LI

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the clinical manifestations and auxiliary examination features of necrotizing autoimmune myopathy (NAM. Methods According to the inclusion criteria from European Neuromuscular Center (ENMC International Workshop on idiopathic inflammatory myopathies published in 2004, 57 patients were diagnosed as NAM from 107 patients with necrotizing myopathy (NM. The risk factors, clinical symptoms, laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG, electromyography (EMG, skeletal muscle MRI and muscle pathology were retrospectively analyzed. Results There were more female patients than male patients (male∶female = 1.00∶1.59, with the peak onset age during 40 to 59 years old (43.86% , 25/57 in this study. Clinical types included idiopathic NAM, NAM with connective tissue disease, statin-associated NAM and NAM with cancer. Muscle weakness mainly affected proximal muscle, while it may simultaneously affect distal muscle (28.07% , 16/57. Serum creatine kinase (CK elevated apparently (420-15 320 U/L. Serum anti-signal recognition particle (SRP antibodies were detected in 24 out of 44 patients (54.55%. A total of 41 in 45 patients (91.11% were detected myogenic damage on EMG, and 15 patients (33.33%, 15/45 also had spontaneous potentials. Thigh muscle MRI showed edema in 25 out of 27 patients (92.59% and fatty infiltration in 16 out of 27 patients (59.26% . Other than necrotic fibers, major histocompatibility complex-1 (MHC-1 on sarcolemma were positive in 98.25% (56/57 cases, and membrane attack complex (MAC deposition on capillary walls was detected in 92.98% (53/57 cases. Conclusions NAM can happen in all ages, mainly during 40 to 59 years old. Idiopathic NAM is the main type. Its main manifestation involves weakness of proximal muscle, sometimes with distal muscle. Extra-muscle symptoms are rare. Serum anti-SRP antibodies are common in NAM and edema is prominent change in thigh MRI. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.10.009

  15. Clinical features of Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess

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    CHEN Fan

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo analyze the clinical data of Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess (KPLA, and to provide a reference for early diagnosis and proper treatment. MethodsThe etiological features of 156 patients with bacterial liver abscess (BLA and positive culture results who were hospitalized in The First Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University from March 2009 to July 2015 were analyzed retrospectively. According to the culture results, BLA patients were divided into KPLA group (81 patients and non-KPLA (NKPLA group (61 patients, and other positive strains including Escherichia coli were found in the other 14 patients with positive culture results for Klebsiella pneumoniae. The clinical, laboratory, and imaging data of KPLA and NKPLA were compared. The t-test was applied for comparison of normally distributed continuous data between groups, and the Mann-Whitney U test was applied for continuous data with skewed distribution between groups; the chi-square test or Fisher′s exact test was applied for comparison of categorical data between groups. ResultsThe most common pathogenic bacteria for BLA were Klebsiella pneumonia. In comparison with the NKPLA group, the KPLA group had a significantly higher proportion of male patients (χ2=4.50, P=0.03, a significantly higher proportion of patients with diabetes (χ2=27.28,P<0.001, and a significantly lower proportion of patients who complained of abdominal pain (χ2=5.24, P=0.02. In the aspects of underlying diseases, the prevalence of biliary tract diseases, previous abdominal surgery, and a history of intraperitoneal tumors showed significant differences between the NKPLA group and the KPLA group (χ2=18.38, 20.87, and 21.68, all P<0.001. As for laboratory examination, the NKPLA group had a significantly greater reduction in hemoglobin compared with the KPLA group (t=4.903, P<0.001. In terms of imaging examination, most BLA patients showed a single lesion in the right lobe of the liver, but

  16. Differential serum protein markers and the clinical severity of asthma

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Norbert Meyer,1,2 Sarah Janine Nuss,1 Thomas Rothe,1 Alexander Siebenhüner,1 Cezmi A Akdis,2 Günter Menz11Hochgebirgsklinik Davos, Davos-Wolfgang, Switzerland; 2Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF, Davos Platz, SwitzerlandBackground: Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by different clinical phenotypes and the involvement of multiple inflammatory pathways. During airway inflammation, many cytokines and chemokines are released and some are detectable in the sera.Objective: Serum chemokines and cytokines, involved in airway inflammation in asthma patients, were investigated.Methods: A total of 191 asthma patients were classified by hierarchical cluster analysis, including the following parameters: forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1, eosinophil cationic protein (ECP serum levels, blood eosinophils, Junipers asthma symptom score, and the change in FEV1, ECP serum levels, and blood eosinophils after 3 weeks of asthma therapy. Serum proteins were measured by multiplex analysis. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves were used to evaluate the validity of serum proteins for discriminating between asthma clusters.Results: Classification of asthma patients identified one cluster with high ECP serum levels, increased blood eosinophils, low FEV1 values, and good FEV1 improvement in response to asthma therapy (n=60 and one cluster with low ECP serum levels, low numbers of blood eosinophils, higher FEV1 values, and no FEV1 improvement in response to asthma therapy (n=131. Serum interleukin (IL-8, eotaxin, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, cutaneous T-cell-attracting chemokine (CTACK, growth-related oncogene (GRO-α, and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF were significantly different between the two clusters of asthma patients. ROC analysis for serum proteins calculated a sensitivity of 55.9% and specificity of 75.8% for discriminating between them.Conclusion: Serum cytokine and chemokine levels might be

  17. Clinical features and management of Hadronyche envenomation in man.

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    Miller, M K; Whyte, I M; White, J; Keir, P M

    2000-03-01

    Using case reports and a review of the literature, the clinical features of envenomation by the genus of Australian funnel web spiders known as Hadronyche, are characterised. Five cases are reported here, including the first life-threatening envenomation by Hadronyche species 14 (the Port Macquarie funnel web). Two severe envenomations by Hadronyche cerberea (the Southern Tree funnel web) and one each by Hadronyche formidabilis (the Northern Tree funnel web) and Hadronyche infensa (the Darling Downs funnel web) are also described. The clinical experience of the authors' provided the five cases described in detail one of which has previously been reported in brief. Eight cases of Hadronyche envenomation from the literature (Medline 1966-1998 and Embase 1980-1998) were analysed in order to draw comparisons between this syndrome and the well described envenomation syndrome of Atrax robustus (the Sydney funnel web). Reports of funnel web spider antivenom use to Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) between 1995 and June 1998 were also examined. The biology of these dangerous spiders, their geographic distribution, venom characteristics and management issues are addressed. It is concluded that bites from at least six Hadronyche species have produced a life-threatening envenomation syndrome clinically indistinguishable from that of Atrax robustus. Atrax robustus derived antivenom is effective although antivenom requirements may be greater than for Atrax envenomation. Antivenom supplies are limited and sufficient stocks to treat a severe envenomation are unlikely to be found in any one institution. Pressure-immobilisation first aid is effective in delaying onset of envenomation, may enhance local inactivation of venom and early removal can result in rapid clinical deterioration.

  18. Clinical, radiological and molecular diagnosis correlation in serum samples from patients with osteoarticular tuberculosis

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    Guadalupe Garca-Elorriaga; Olga Martnez-Elizondo; Guillermo del Rey-Pineda; Csar Gonzlez-Bonilla

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To assess the role of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in serum samples, in the diagnosis of osteoarticular tuberculosis (OTB) in a setting where only clinical and imaging diagnoses determine the treatment.Methods:A total of 44 consecutive serum specimens were collected from clinically suspected OTB patients, based on clinical and radiological [X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging/computed tomography] features. They were screened by in-house nested PCR. In addition, a few specimens were examined by Gram stain, acid-fast bacilli stain, histopathology and routine bacterial culture. A total of 39 specimens were collected from patients suffering from other bone diseases of nontuberculous origin and included as negative controls.Results:Of the 44 clinically suspected OTB patients, in-house nested PCR was positive in 40 (91%) cases; PCR was negative in 38 (97%) negative controls. Sensitivity and specificity of our in-house nested PCR was 90.9% and 97.4%, respectively. The PCR report was available within 48 h. It was possible to standardize serum PCR technique and in positive cases, a good correlation was observed in terms of an adequate treatment response.Conclusions:Nested PCR in serum samples is a rapid, highly sensitive and specific modality for OTB detection. PCR should be performed in addition to clinical evaluation, imaging studies, acid-fast bacilli staining, culture and histopathology diagnosis, if possible.

  19. Clinical,radiological and molecular diagnosis correlation in serum samples from patients with osteoarticular tuberculosis

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    Guadalupe; Garcia-Elorriaga; Olga; Martinez-Elizondo; Guillermo; del; Rey-Pineda; Cesar; Gonzalez-Bonilla

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To assess the role of polymerase chain reaction(PCR)in serum sauples,in the diagnosis of osteoarticular tuberculosis(OTB)in a setting where only clinical and imaging diagnoses determine the treatment.Methods:A total of 44 consecutive serum specimens were collected from clinically suspected OTB patients,based on clinical and radiological[X-ray or magnetic resonance imagng/computecl tomography]features.They were scrcened by in-house nested PCR.In addition,a few specimens were examined by Gram stain,acid-fast bacilli stain,histand routine bacterial culture.A total of 39 specimens were collected from patients suffering from other bone diseases of nontuberculous origin and included as negative controls.Results:of the 44 clinically suspected OTB patients,in-house nested PCR was positive in 40(91%)cases;PCR was negative in 38(97%)negative controls.Sensitivity and specificity of our in—house nested PCR was 90.3%and 97.4%,respectively.The PCR report was available within 48 h.It was possible to standardize serum PCR technique and in positive cases,a good n was observed in terms of an adequate treatment response.Conclusions:Nested PCR in serum samples is a rapid,highly sensitive and specific modality for OTB detection,PCR should be performed in addition to clinical evaluation,imaging studies,acidfast bacilli staining,culture and histopathology diagnosis,if possible.

  20. Clinical and biochemical features of acute viral hepatitis | Spearman ...

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    Clinical and biochemical features of acute viral hepatitis. ... systemic infection, presents with clinical manifestations relating directly to inflammation of the ... The most important causes of acute and chronic hepatitis are the five hepatotrophic ...

  1. Clinical features and antinuclear antibodies profile among adults ...

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    Clinical features and antinuclear antibodies profile among adults with ... the clinical manifestations and pattern of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in Sudan. ... SLE reactive antibodies and the histological diagnosis of lupus were studied.

  2. Clinical features and management of autoimmune hepatitis

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    Edward L Krawitt

    2008-01-01

    Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic hepatitis of unknown etiology which can progress to cirrhosis.Its clinical manifestations are highly variable and sometimes follow a fluctuating course.Diagnosis is based on characteristic histologic,clinical,biochemical and serological findings. Anti-inflammatory/immunosuppressive treatment frequently induces remission but long-term maintenance therapy is often required. Liver transplantation is generally successful in patients with decompensated cirrhosis unresponsive to or intolerant of medical therapy.

  3. Mannose Binding Lectin Deficiency and Clinical Features

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    Ertugrul Erken

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Innate immunity consists of macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, mucosal immunuglobulins and the comlement system. Mannose binding lectin (MBL takes part in innate immunity through opsonisation and complement activation. MBL deficiency is associated with some infections and autoimmune disorders. However some studies indicate that MBL deficiency alone is not essential for immunity but it may intensify the clinic picture of an immune deficiency that already exists. This article refers to clincal studies related to MBL and brings up the clinical importance of MBL deficiency. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2013; 22(4.000: 565-574

  4. Primary hyperparathyroidism: epidemiology, clinical features, diagnostic tools and current management

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    Andrea Percivale

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT is a clinical condition characterized by overactive parathyroid gland secretion of parathyroid hormone with concurrent alteration of the phosphocalcemic metabolism. We present a literature review on primary hyperparathyroidism addressing key on clinical presentation, causes, medical and surgical treatment at the best of our knowledge. Based on this review we confirm the role of serum calcium and serum level examination, as well as we define the definitive treatment for PHPT being parathyroidectomy. In case of contraindication for surgery, medical treatment can play a relevant role.

  5. Cachexia: clinical features when inflammation drives malnutrition.

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    Laviano, Alessandro; Koverech, Angela; Mari, Alessia

    2015-11-01

    Cachexia is a clinically relevant syndrome which impacts on quality of life, morbidity and mortality of patients suffering from acute and chronic diseases. The hallmark of cachexia is muscle loss, which is triggered by disease-associated inflammatory response. Cachexia is a continuum and therefore a staging system is needed. Initially, a three-stage system (i.e. pre-cachexia, cachexia and refractory cachexia) was proposed. More recent evidence supports the use of a five-stage classification system, based on patient's BMI and severity of weight loss, to better predict clinical outcome. Also, large clinical trials in cancer patients demonstrated that cachexia emerging during chemotherapy has greater influence on survival than weight loss at baseline. Therefore, becoming widely accepted is the importance of routinely monitoring patients' nutritional status to detect early changes and diagnose cachexia in its early phases. Although cachexia is associated with the presence of anabolic resistance, it has been shown that sustained yet physiological hyperaminoacidaemia, as well as the use of specific nutrients, is able to overcome impaired protein synthesis and revert catabolism. More importantly, clinical evidence demonstrates that preservation of nutritional status during chemotherapy or improvement of body weight after weight loss is associated with longer survival in cancer patients.

  6. Modern scleral lenses part I: clinical features.

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    Visser, E.S.; Visser, R.; Lier, H.J.J. van; Otten, H.M.

    2007-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the indications for modern scleral lenses and their clinical performance in patients who were fitted with scleral lenses at the authors' practices. METHODS: In this cross-sectional survey, all the necessary data were obtained at the first follow-up visit during the 5-month study

  7. Clinic Pathological Features of Angiomyofibroblastoma in Vulva

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    CHEN Wei-xiang; TONG Shu-lan; FEI Shao-hua; CAO Zhi-xing; CAO Xiao-zhe

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the clinicopathological features and differential diagnosis of angiomyofibroblastoma(AMFB) of the vulva. Methods:Two cases of AMFB were examined by light microscopy and immunohistochemical study and to discuss the clinicopatholoical features and differential diagnosis of AMFB with the reference to the literature. Results:Tumors were all circumscribed,and<5 cm in diameter.Microscopically,the tumors were composed of spindle or polygonal cells that were cellularly or hypocellularly arranged with perivascular accentuation in a mucoid or fibrocollagenous background.The tumors contained numerous small-to medium-sized blood vessels,which were characteristically thin walled.Immunohistochemically,two cases of tumor cells were positive for vimentin,SMA,CD34(+)and FⅧ(+). Desmin and MSA were positive in one case:Cytokeratin,S-100,CD31 were negative in both. Conclusion:AMFB is a rare,benign soft tissue tumor that occurs in the genital tract of adult women.The origin remains unclear,but it is suggested that an origin from a perivascular pluripotent stem cell that is capable of myofibroblastoma differentiation.Angiomyofibroblastoma should be differentiated from other neoplasms of the vulva such as aggressive angiomyxoma, superficial angiomyxoma and cellular angiofibroma.

  8. Clinical features of Sturge-Weber syndrome

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    Palheta Neto, Francisco Xavier

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The Syndrome of Sturge-Weber is a rare condition of congenital development, and is characterized by a neurocutaneous disorder with angiomas wrapping the leptomeninges and the face skin, mainly in the course of ophthalmic (V1 and maxillary (V2 branches of the trigeminal nerve. Objective: To review the literature about the Sturge-Weber Syndrome with emphasis on the current aspects. Method: The following databases were searched: EMedicine, Encyclopedia of Medicine, FindArticles, LILACS, MEDLINE, Merck Manuals On-Line Medical Library and Scielo, and the searches applied the terms: Sturge-Weber Syndrome, neurocutaneous syndromes, encephalo-trigeminal angiomatosis, nevus flammeus, in articles published between 1991 and 2007. Literature's Review: The most characteristic clinical statement is the presence, since the birth, of nevus flammeus, that generally reaches one half of the face and may stretch out up to the neck; in addition, other clinical manifestations may be present, like the corticocerebral angiomatosis, cerebral calcifications, epilepsy, ocular and buccal affections and mental retardation. The diagnosis is established by means of the inquiry of neurological and ophthalmic alterations in patients with a characteristic nevus flammeus, allied to the clinical data of complementary exams such as Computerized Tomography. The treatment consists basically of controlling the already confirmed clinical manifestations and preventing from the appearing of other alterations, mainly buccal and ocular. Conclusion: This syndrome is not much frequent, but it needs to be early diagnosed, since it brings a series of complications to its carriers when not treated, specially because of reaching the Nervous Central System. The health professionals have to be suitably able to recognize its characteristic signs and symptoms, and so improve the quality of life of these patients.

  9. Idiopathic granulomatous hypophysitis: clinical and imaging features

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    Vasile, M. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Saint-Antoine, 75 - Paris (France); Marsot-Dupuch, K. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Saint-Antoine, 75 - Paris (France); Kujas, M. [Service d`Histologie Embryologie Cytogenetique, Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, 75 - Paris (France); Brunereau, L. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Saint-Antoine, 75 - Paris (France); Bouchard, P. [Service d`Histologie Embryologie Cytogenetique, Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, 75 - Paris (France); Comoy, J. [Service de Neurochirurgie, Hopital Kremlin Bicetre, 94 (France); Tubiana, J.M. [Service de Radiologie, Hopital Saint-Antoine, 75 - Paris (France)

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    Idiopathic pituitary granuloma is a rare disorder similar to lymphocytic adenohypophysitis. Few cases have been reported. We report a new histologically case proven with MRI. The patterns of clinical and radiological presentation and the management of this disorder are discussed. MRI findings suggestive of this condition include an intensely enhancing pituitary mass, associated with dural enhancement. Steroid therapy may be suggested avoiding unnecessary surgery. (orig.)

  10. Clinical features of Dubin-Johnson syndrome

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    JI Meng

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Dubin-Johnson syndrome (DJS is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by deficiency of the canalicular multi-specific organic anionic transporter (CMOAT protein. The consequent impairment of conjugated bilirubin secretion into the bile results in hyperbilirubinemia, and the manifestation is black pigment depositing in liver cells under microscope and black liver from macroscopy. However, DJS appears to be a benign disease and no specific treatment has been developed. Misdiagnosis of DJS is common and patients frequently experience repeated visits to physicians during which they undergo a battery of unnecessary clinical testing. This situation may be further complicated by concomitant diseases, which are only recently being recognized and may be the primary etiology or a promoting factor for the patient’s prolonged jaundice. Moreover, the patients who tend to present to clinic during middle and old age which is the rare morbidity age can be easily misdiagnosed. As the disease can be easily ignored. In this review, we summarize the known information regarding DJS pathogenesis, clinical characteristics, and diagnostic methods in order to improve physicians’ awareness of the disease.

  11. The clinical role of increase of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 concentration in patients with acute coronary syndrome

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    强华; 周朝霞; 孙超峰; 马爱群; 程华; 周萍

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical role of the variation of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) concentration in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods ELISA method was adopted to detect serum MMP-8 concentration and to observe concentration's differences and features among 80 selected ACS cases (43 acute myocardial infarction and 37 unstable angina pectoris), 43 stable angina pectoris (SAP) cases and 37 control cases. And meanwhile the atherosclerosis risk factors of each case, such as age,...

  12. Clinical features, epidemiology, and therapy of lymphangioleiomyomatosis

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    Taveira-DaSilva AM

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Angelo M Taveira-DaSilva, Joel Moss Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA Abstract: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM is a multisystem disease of women, characterized by proliferation of abnormal smooth muscle-like LAM cells, leading to the formation of lung cysts, fluid-filled cystic structures in the axial lymphatics (eg, lymphangioleiomyomas, and renal angiomyolipomas. LAM is caused by mutations of the TSC1 or TSC2 genes, which encode, respectively, hamartin and tuberin, two proteins with a major role in control of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR signaling pathway. LAM occurs sporadically or in association with tuberous sclerosis complex, an autosomal-dominant syndrome characterized by widespread hamartomatous lesions. LAM may present with progressive dyspnea, recurrent pneumothorax, or chylothorax. Pulmonary function tests show reduced flow rates (forced expiratory volume in the first second and diffusion capacity. Exercise testing may reveal gas exchange abnormalities, ventilatory limitation, and hypoxemia. The severity and progression of disease may be assessed by lung histology scores, quantification of computed tomography, pulmonary function testing, 6-minute walk tests, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and measurement of serum vascular endothelial growth factor D levels. Sirolimus and everolimus, two mTOR inhibitors, are effective in stabilizing lung function and reducing the size of chylous effusions, lymphangioleiomyomas, and angiomyolipomas. However, inhibition of mTOR complex 1 increases autophagy, possibly enhancing LAM cell survival. Inhibition of autophagy with hydroxychloroquine, in combination with sirolimus, has been proposed as a possible treatment for LAM. Deficiency of tuberin results in increased RhoA GTPase activity and cell survival, an effect that is mediated through mTOR complex 2 signaling. Because sirolimus and everolimus

  13. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum: radiologic and clinical features

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    Kim, Mi Young; Kim, Su Young; Kim, Yong Hoon; Hwang, Yoon Joon; Seo, Jung Wook; Han, Yoon Hee; Cha, Soon Joo; Hur, Gham [College of Medicine, Inje Univ., Goyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-07-01

    To evaluate the clinical presentations, radiological characteristics, and natural history of healthy adolescents presenting with idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum. We retrospectively reviewed the simple radiographs of 14 consecutive patients (11 males) with spontaneous pneumomediastinum, who were examined over a period of 8 years, and analyzed their clinical history, radiographic findings including distribution, combined subcutaneous emphysema, mediastinal widening, pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and resolving period on follow up chest radiographs. We also obtained CT images of 7 patients for the assessment of additional information. The most common complaint at the time of presentation was chest pain and chest discomfort (8/14), followed by neck discomfort (6/14). The chest radiograph was of diagnostic value in alI cases. The main distribution of the pneumomediastinum was cervical (14/14), upper lung (13/14) and lower lung (6/14). Combined subcutaneous emphysema was observed in 6 patients. However, there were no cases of mediastinal widening, pneumothorax or pleural effusion. Complete resolution of the pneumomediastinum on the radiograph was observed after 10 days (mean 5.6), following purely conservative treatment. There was no additional information on the CT images, as compared with that on the radiographs. Idiopathic spontaneous pneumomediastinum is a benign entity that usually goes undiagnosed, but which responds very weIl to conservative treatment.

  14. Hepatobiliary Fascioliasis: Clinical and Radiological Features

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    K Aghazade

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Fascioliasis is a worldwide but unevenly distributed zoonosis caused by the trematode Fasciola hepatica that infects do­mesti­cated herbivores. Fasciolosis also occurs accidentally in humans by ingestion of metacercaria-laden freshwater or water plants. Human infections are common in developing countries and are not rare in Europe. The clinical course has been con­ventionally described in two phases: an acute phase of hepatic parenchymal invasion of an immature worm larva (parenchy­mal phase and a stationary phase after residence in the bile duct and production of eggs (ductal phase. We report a 34 years old woman from Ilam, western Iran with hepatic disorder, RUQ pain, and jaundice. The diagnosis was made by sonography, CT scan and serologic studies. Serologic exam (ELISA was positive & CT findings were compatible with fascioliasis.

  15. Clinical features of diffuse axonal injury

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    Objective: To analyze the mechanism of diffuse axonal injury (DAI) and study the relationship between DAI and brain concussion, brain contusion, and primary brain stem injury.Methods: The clinical data and iconographic characteristics of 56 patients with DAI were analyzed retrospectively.Results: Traffic accidents were the main cause of DAI. Among the 56 cases, 34 were injured for at least twice, and 71.43% of the patients were complicated with contusion.Conclusions: It is considered that DAI is a common pattern of primary brain injury, which is often underestimated. And DAI includes cerebral concussion and primary brain injury, and is often complicated by cerebral cortex contusion. Therefore, it is very simple and practical to divide primary brain injuries into local and diffuse injuries.

  16. [Clinical features of malignant hyperthermia crisis].

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    Cornet, C; Moeller, R; Laxenaire, M C

    1989-01-01

    Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a pharmacogenetic disorder. It is classically described as a hypermetabolic state triggered by halogenated anaesthetics and/or depolarizing muscle relaxants. In fact, since Denborough and Lovel's case, it has been shown that MH has a great number of clinical forms. The overwhelming picture of muscular hypercatabolism with fulminating hyperthermia and generalized rigidity is becoming rare. A better knowledge of the first symptoms explains in part the better prognosis: masseter spasm after suxamethonium, an increase in expired CO2 concentration, unexplained tachycardia, ventricular arrhythmias. The use of dantrolene reduced the mortality of MH. The different types of clinical manifestations are due to genetic differences, the concentration of the anaesthetic agent, and the length of time of exposure to the drug. The severity of the episode is linked to environmental factors such as stress, physical exercise, ambient temperature, concomitant use of other drugs. Masseter spasm after suxamethonium is specific for MH, but not pathognomonic. It occurs in 1% of cases in children when using halothane with suxamethonium. However, in those patients who displayed such a spasm, more than 50% had a positive contracture test. Masseter spasm is often associated with severe rhabdomyolysis in patients with muscle dystrophy, especially Duchenne's dystrophy. In the latter case, major cardiac problems may occur at the time of anaesthetic induction. Even if there are no other signs of MH, all patients who have had a masseter spasm must be considered as open to doubt, and should be further explored. MH is often difficult to diagnose in medium severity types.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Clinical and Immunological Features of Bronchial Asthma in Children on the Background of Persistent Intracellular Infections

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    Full Text Available The article presents information on the impact of persistent intracellular infections on the course of the di­sease and the state of immune system in children with bronchial asthma. Clinical features of bronchial asthma, the degree of sensitization, level of proinflammatory (IL-1, IL-2, IL-6, ­IL-8, IFN-α and IFN-γ, TNF-α and antiinflammatory (IL-4, ­IL-10 cytokines in the blood serum are described.

  18. Infantile hemangiomas: from pathogenesis to clinical features

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    Full Text Available Adena Rosenblatt,1 Erin F Mathes,2 Kristina W Rosbe31Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, 2Division of Pediatric Dermatology, Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, 3Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USAAbstract: Infantile hemangiomas (IH are benign vascular tumors consisting of a collection of immature cells, including progenitor stem cells and disorganized blood vessels. They are the most common benign tumors in childhood. Recently, there have been significant, exciting advancements in the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of infantile hemangiomas, which are discussed in this review. The decision to initiate treatment for IH is based on many factors, including size and location, functional compromise, psychosocial implications, and risks and benefits of the proposed therapy. For most families of children with hemangiomas, education about the natural history of IH and reassurance are often the only "treatment" required. A minority of patients with large, complex lesions or lesions that cause functional compromise require early intervention. These patients and families benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to care in vascular birthmark centers. Ongoing multi-institutional clinical trials will provide further important data on the efficacy and safety of hemangioma treatments.Keywords: progenitor stem cell, glucose transporter 1, PHACES, LUMBAR, infantile hemangioma

  19. Narcolepsy: etiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

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    Jolanta B. Zawilska

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    Full Text Available [u][/u] Narcolepsy is a chronic hypersomnia characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS and manifestations of disrupted rapid eye movement sleep stage (cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations. Mechanisms underlying narcolepsy are not fully understood. Experimental data indicate that the disease is caused by a loss of hypocretin neurons in the hypothalamus, likely due to an autoimmune process triggered by environmental factors in susceptible individuals. Most patients with narcolepsy and cataplexy have very low hypocretin-1 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid. An appropriate clinical history, polysomnogram, and multiple sleep latency test are necessary for diagnosis of the disease. Additionally, two biological markers, i.e., cerebrospinal fluid hypocretin-1 levels and expression of the DQB1*0602 gene, are used. The treatment of narcolepsy is aimed at the different symptoms that the patient manifests. Excessive daytime sleepiness is treated with psychostimulants (amphetamine-like, modafinil and armodafinil. Cataplexy is treated with sodium oxybate (GHB, tricyclic antidepressants, or selective serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors. Sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and fragmented sleep may be treated with sodium oxybate. Patients with narcolepsy should follow proper sleep hygiene and avoid strong emotions.

  20. Gray matter heterotopias: MR and clinical features

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    Moon, Tae Myung; Yoon, Jeong Hee; Chung, Chun Phil [Maryknoll Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate types of gray matter heterotopias, associated brain anomalies, and its correlation with the patterns of seizure. We evaluated retrospectively 19 patients (male:female=10:9, mean age 21 years) with gray matter heterotopias on brain MRI. Using 1.0T superconducting MR unit, spin echo T1-, proton -density and T2-weighted images in axial, coronal and sagittal planes were obtained. Types of gray matter heterotopias were single subependymal in four patients, multiple subependymal in one, focal subcortical in eight, diffuse subcortical in two, mixed multiple subependymal and focal subcortical in four. Associated anomalies were seen in 11 patients: other neuronal migration anomalies in eight patients, corpus callosum agenesis in two, and combined holoprosencephaly and Dandy-Walker malformation in one. Fifteen patients had seizure. The patterns of seizure were not correlated with the types of heterotopias. In addition to subependymal, focal subcortical, and diffuse subcortical types, gray matter heterotopias included mixed variant of multiple subependymal and subcortical type. Schizencephaly was the most common form of accompanying anomalies, and patterns of seizure were not correlated with types of gray matter heterotopias, even though main clinical manifestation was seizure.

  1. HUMAN OCULAR DIROFILARIOSIS: CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL FEATURES

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    Marija Trenkić-Božinović

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Dirofilarioses are zoonoses caused by filaria of the genus Dirofilaria, the parasites of domestic and wild animals. People are just random carriers of this parasite. In Europe, human dirofilariosis is caused by two species: Dirofilaria repens ( D. repens, also known as a species of The Old World , usually with the superficial localization of infection, and D. immitis, which is present throughout the world, and causes, beside superficial, visceral dirofilariosis. So far, based on the data from reference literature, it can be observed that in Serbia about 34 cases of human dirofilariosis have been diagnosed and published. It is assumed that the prevalence of this parasitosis is significantly higher as our country is an endemic area for dirofilariosis in dogs and the region where species of mosquitoes, which are transitory hosts and vectors of Dirofilaria spp., are present. The clinical picture of dirofilariosis depends on the type and location of the parasite in the human body. In our country, patients diagnosed with dirofilariosis had subcutaneous or subconjunctival infection in the majority of cases. Ocular dirofilariosis may affect the orbit and the periorbital region, the skin of the eyelids, the conjunctiva, the Tenon membrane, a retrobulbar space or has an intrabulbar localization. These patients may have a severe disability, and surgery alone can be complicated due to localization. The aim of this review is to highlight the importance of this unexpected important zoonoses, with special emphasis on the importance within the ophthalmic practice.

  2. Transsexualism: Clinical Features and Legal Issues

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    Necla Keskin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Although the epidemiological data is generally obtained from the patients that applied for gender reassignment surgery, it is known that transsexualism is not seen as rarely as it was estimated in the past and should be evaluated in detail because of its psychological and social consequences. Etiology remains to be unclear and biological and psychosocial factors are thought to be responsible for its development. Gender identity stabilizes approximately in 3-4 ages and it is impossible to change it after these ages. For this reason the aim of treatment approaches is to improve the conformity of individuals to their identity and life, but not to change the gender identity. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health [WPATH] published a guideline including standards of care [SOC] and SOC provide clinical guidance in follow-up and treatment of transsexual individuals. There is a detailed code in civil law about gender reassignment but when this code implemented strictly, the use of it is very limited and it is clear that a new arrangement is needed in this issue.

  3. Pantoea agglomerans endophthalmitis: clinical features and outcomes.

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    Sudhalkar, Aditya; Majji, Ajit B; Chhablani, Jay; Manderwad, Guruprasad

    2014-08-01

    To determine the clinical profile and outcomes of patients with Pantoea agglomerans endophthalmitis as seen at a tertiary eye care center in India. Retrospective observational case series. Data collected included demographics, history, the initial and final corrected distance visual acuity, details of the ocular and systemic examination, surgeries performed, and the final anatomical outcome. The final corrected distance visual acuity and the anatomical outcome were the outcome measures. Four patients had traumatic endophthalmitis; the fifth developed endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. All patients were men with a mean age of 34.24 ± 23.34 years. Three patients had corneal laceration and traumatic cataract. All patients underwent vitreous sampling with intraocular antibiotic injection with or without lensectomy and corneal wound repair. The visual acuity at presentation ranged from hand motion to perception of light. One patient ended up with phthisis in the affected eye. One patient developed postoperative retinal detachment and underwent successful surgery. The final visual acuity ranged from 20/25 to no light perception. P. agglomerans is a likely source of infection in traumatic and postoperative cases. Though variable, it appears sensitive to common antibiotics. The visual and anatomical prognosis seems fair in most cases. Special care needs to be taken to ensure the organism is not missed, given the rarity of the condition and the isolation techniques required.

  4. [Oral candidiasis: clinical features and control].

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    Yamamoto, Tetsuya

    2010-10-01

    Candidiasis is the most commonly encountered fungal infection, and oral candidiasis is often observed as a local opportunistic infection. Oral candidiasis is clinically divided into three types: acute forms, chronic forms, and Candida-associated lesions. Candida adhesion and multiplication are largely regulated by the local and systemic factors of the host. The local factors include impairment of the oral mucosal integrity, which is usually impaired by hyposalivation, anticancer drugs/radiation for head and neck cancers, denture wearing, a decrease in the oral bacterial population, and poor oral hygiene. Among Candida species, oral candidiasis is mostly caused by Candida albicans (C. albicans), C. glabrata, or C. tropicalis. Oral Candida induces a variety of symptoms, such as oral mucosal inflammation manifesting as an uncomfortable feeling, pain, erythema, erosion, taste abnormalities, and hyperplasia of the oral mucosa. Candida overgrowth in the oral cavity may disseminate to distant organs. Therefore, in order to avoid the sequelae of systemic candidiasis, oral candidiasis should be rapidly controlled. Oral candidiasis is usually treated by the local application of antifungal drugs. However, oral candidiasis occasionally escapes the control of such local treatment due to the development of multi-drug resistant Candida strains and species or due to the suppression of salivation or cellular immune activity. When drug-resistant strains are suspected as the pathogens and when the host is generally compromised, the oral administration of combinations of antifungal drugs, enhancement of cellular immune activity, and improvement of the nutritional condition are recommended.

  5. Functional foods: salient features and clinical applications.

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    Riezzo, Giuseppe; Chiloiro, Marisa; Russo, Francesco

    2005-09-01

    The term "functional food" refers to foods or ingredients of foods providing an additional physiological benefit beyond their basic nutritional needs. Health benefits are best obtained through a varied diet containing fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and seeds. However, fortified foods and dietary supplements have been marketed and food industry have made functional food one of their current leading trends. Recently, the number of functional foods that have a potential benefit on health has hugely grown and scientific evidence is supporting the role of functional foods in prevention and treatment of several diseases. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are the most important diseases that can be treated or prevented by functional foods; other diseases are osteoporosis, abnormal bowel motility, and arthritis. It has been estimated that 80% of cancer in USA have a nutrition/diet component suggesting a great impact of functional food and foods components on incidence and treatment of cancer. Numerous factors complicate the evaluation of scientific evidence such as the complexity of food substance, effect on food, metabolic changes associated to dietary changes, the lack of biological markers of disease development. This paper reviews the scientific evidence supporting this area regarding only those foods and ingredients in which a clear experimental and clinical evidence exists for their chemopreventive and therapeutic effects.

  6. Polymicrobial Infective Endocarditis: Clinical Features and Prognosis

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    García-Granja, Pablo Elpidio; López, Javier; Vilacosta, Isidre; Ortiz-Bautista, Carlos; Sevilla, Teresa; Olmos, Carmen; Sarriá, Cristina; Ferrera, Carlos; Gómez, Itziar; Román, José Alberto San

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To describe the profile of left-sided polymicrobial endocarditis (PE) and to compare it with monomicrobial endocarditis (ME). Among 1011 episodes of left-sided endocarditis consecutively diagnosed in 3 tertiary centers, between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2014, 60 were polymicrobial (5.9%), 821 monomicrobial (81.7%), and in 123 no microorganism was detected (12.2%). Seven patients (0.7%) were excluded from the analysis because contamination of biologic tissue could not be discarded. The authors described the clinical, microbiologic, echocardiographic, and outcome of patients with PE and compared it with ME. Mean age was 64 years SD 16 years, 67% were men and 30% nosocomial. Diabetes mellitus (35%) were the most frequent comorbidities, fever (67%) and heart failure (43%) the most common symptoms at admission. Prosthetic valves (50%) were the most frequent infection location and coagulase-negative Staphylococci (48%) and enterococci (37%) the leading etiologies. The most repeated combination was coagulase-negative Staphylococci with enterococci (n = 9). Polymicrobial endocarditis appeared more frequently in patients with underlying disease (70% versus 56%, P = 0.036), mostly diabetics (35% versus 24%, P = 0.044) with previous cardiac surgery (15% versus 8% P = 0.049) and prosthetic valves (50% versus 37%, P = 0.038). Coagulase-negative Staphylococci, enterococci, Gram-negative bacilli, anaerobes, and fungi were more frequent in PE. No differences on age, sex, symptoms, need of surgery, and in-hospital mortality were detected. Polymicrobial endocarditis represents 5.9% of episodes of left-sided endocarditis in our series. Despite relevant demographic and microbiologic differences between PE and ME, short-term outcome is similar. PMID:26656328

  7. Parasomnias: Diagnosis, Classification and Clinical Features

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    Fatma Ozlem Orhan

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Parasomnias, as described in the recent second edition of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, are “undesirable physical events or experiences” occurring during sleep transition, during arousal from sleep, or within the sleep period. These events encompass abnormal sleep related movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, dreaming, and autonomic nervous system functioning. Parasomnias are classified as: 1 disorders of arousal (from non-rapid eye movement, or NREM, sleep; 2 parasomnias usually associated with REM (rapid eye movement sleep; and 3 other parasomnias. This sleep disorders in childhood are common, and often more frequent than in adults. Clinicians should be aware that many pediatric parasomnias have benign and self-limited nature. Most of the parasomnias may not persist into late childhood or adolescence. Parasomnias in adults often differ in type from childhood parasomnias and may portend significant psychiatric disturbances or neurodegenerative disorders. A reliable diagnosis can often be made from a detailed history from the patient and, if possible, the parents or bed partner. Detailed overnight investigations of parasomnias are usually not required. The non-REM parasomnias are more common in community although REM parasomnias are more likely to be seen in general neurological practice. Sleep related eating disorder, sleep related dissociative disorders and sleep related sexual behavior and sleep related violence are novel and rarely reported sleep disorders. REM sleep behavior disorder is common and should be sought in all neurodegenerative diseases. They are included among clinical disorders due to the resulting injuries, and adverse health and psychosocial effects, which may affect the bed partner as well as the patient. Finally, parasomnias are common disturbances of sleep that may significantly affect the patient’s quality of life and that of the bed partner. Therefore, appropriate diagnostic and

  8. School Refusal: Clinical Features, Diagnosis and Treatment

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    Kayhan Bahali

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Children regularly and voluntarily go to school in order to fulfill the expectations of society from them to continue their education or schooling. School continuation has been made compulsory by laws. Nonetheless, contrary to popular belief, for some children it is distressing to go to school. These children have difficulty continuing school and/or refuse to go to school. Today school refusal is defined as a child’s inability to continue school for reasons, such as anxiety and depression. The prevalence of school refusal has been reported to be approximately 1% in school-age children and 5% in child psychiatry samples. The prevalence of school refusal is similar among boys and girls. School refusal can occur at any time throughout the child’s academic life and at all socio-economic levels. School refusal is considered a symptom rather than a clinical diagnosis and can manifest itself as a sign of many psychiatric disorders, with anxiety disorders predominant. Separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, and adjustment disorder with anxiety symptoms are the most common disorders co-occurring with school refusal. While separation anxiety disorder is associated with school refusal in younger children, other anxiety disorders, especially phobias, are associated with school refusal in adolescents. Children who have parents with psychiatric disorders have a higher incidence of school refusal, and psychiatric disorders are more frequently seen in adult relatives of children with school refusal, which supports a significant role of genetic and environmental factors in th etiology of school refusal. School refusal is a emergency state for child mental health. As it leads to detrimental effects in the short term and the long term, it should be regarded as a serious problem. The long-lasting follow-up studies of school refusing children have revealed that these children have a higher incidence of

  9. Age-Related Differences in Clinical Features of Neurocysticercosis

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Clinical, radiologic, and inflammatory features of neurocysticercosis (NC in 92 pediatric (<15 years and 114 adult Mexican patients were compared in a study at three hospitals in Mexico City.

  10. Clinical Features of Chinese of Chinese Patients with Fuchs' Syndrome

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    Peizeng Yang,; Haoli Jin,; Bing Li,; Xuan Chen,; Kijlstra, A.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: To characterize the clinical features of Chinese patients with Fuchs' syndrome. Design: Retrospective noncomparative case series. Participants: One hundred eighteen eyes of 104 consecutive patients with Fuchs' syndrome initially examined between January 1999 and March 2005. Methods: The his

  11. 'Clinical features of women with gout arthritis' : a systematic review

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    Dirken-Heukensfeldt, K.J.; Teunissen, T.A.M.; Lisdonk, E.H. van de; Lagro-Janssen, A.L.M.

    2010-01-01

    Clinically, gout is generally considered as a preferential male disease. However, it definitely does not occur exclusively in males. Our aim was to assess differences in the clinical features of gout arthritis between female and male patients. Five electronic databases were searched to identify rele

  12. Clinical and biological features of familial nonmedullary thyroid carcinoma

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical and biological features of familial nonmedullary thyroid carcinoma(FNMTC).Methods Clinical data of 66 FNMTC cases of 32pedigrees was retrospectively analyzed,compared with that of 182 control cases taken randomly from the patients with sporadic papillary thyroid carcinoma(SPTC),who

  13. [Age associated clinical features of odontogenic maxillary sinusitis].

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    Iordanishvili, A K; Nikitenko, V V; Balin, D V

    2013-01-01

    Detailed analysis of odontogenic maxillary sinusitis clinical course allowed identifying clinical features of the disease specific for elderly and senile patients. The paper describes the peculiarities of odontogenic maxillary sinusitis in elderly and senile patients including those having oroantral sinus tract.

  14. Perinatal clinical and imaging features of CLOVES syndrome

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    Fernandez-Pineda, Israel [Virgen del Rocio Children' s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Seville (Spain); Fajardo, Manuel [Virgen del Rocio Children' s Hospital, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Seville (Spain); Chaudry, Gulraiz; Alomari, Ahmad I. [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Boston, MA (United States)

    2010-08-15

    We report a neonate with antenatal imaging features suggestive of CLOVES syndrome. Postnatal clinical and imaging findings confirmed the diagnosis, with the constellation of truncal overgrowth, cutaneous capillary malformation, lymphatic and musculoskeletal anomalies. The clinical, radiological and histopathological findings noted in this particular phenotype help differentiate it from other overgrowth syndromes with complex vascular anomalies. (orig.)

  15. Variability of clinical features in attacks of migraine with aura

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    Hansen, Jakob M; Goadsby, Peter J; Charles, Andrew C

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There is significant variability in the clinical presentation of migraine, both among patients, and between attacks in an individual patient. We examined clinical features of migraine with aura in a large group of patients enrolled in a clinical trial, and compared retrospective...... migraine attack characteristics reported upon enrollment in the trial with those recorded prospectively in the trial. METHODS: Patients with migraine (n = 267) with typical visual aura in more than 30% of their attacks were enrolled from 16 centers for a clinical trial. Upon enrollment, patients provided...... a detailed retrospective description of the clinical features of their attacks of migraine. During the trial, clinical symptoms in migraine attacks starting with aura were recorded prospectively in 861 attacks. RESULTS: Retrospectively reported visual aura symptoms were variable and often overlapping...

  16. Clinical significance of elevated serum and urine amylase levels in patients with appendicitis.

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    Swensson, E E; Maull, K I

    1981-12-01

    During the 45 month period beginning January 1977, 251 patients with a pathologically confirmed diagnosis of acute appendicitis underwent celiotomy at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. A preoperative serum or urine amylase determination was recorded in 155 of the patients (62 percent). Of this group, 15 patients (10 percent) had elevation of serum amylase or 2 hour urine amylase. Hyperamylasemia or hyperamylasuria directly led to misdiagnosis or treatment delay in 5 of the 15 patients. Appendiceal rupture occurred in three patients, two of whom had prolonged (greater than 1 month) hospitalizations directly attributable to the misdiagnosis. As a result of this study, we conclude that (1) acute appendicitis and elevated amylase levels may occur concurrently, (2) hyperamylasemia or hyperamylasuria should not dissuade the surgeon from early operation if other clinical features suggest appendicitis, and (3) abdominal pain and elevation of amylase level define significant intraabdominal disease, not specifically pancreatic disease.

  17. [Association of serum albumin level with clinicopathologic features and prognosis in colon cancer].

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    Jiang, Zhiqiang; Li, Yalan; Han, Guangsen; Zhang, Jian; Li, Zhi; Wang, Daohai; Liu, Yingjun

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the clinical significance of preoperative serum albumin level and its association with survival in colon cancer patients. Clinicopathological data of 621 consecutive patients with colon cancer admitted in Henan Cancer Hospital between January 2000 and December 2008 were retrospectively analyzed. These patients were divided into hypoalbuminemic and normal groups according to the definition of hypoalbuminemia (serum albumin cancer. Preoperative serum albumin level was associated with depth of tumor (χ(2)=35.609, P=0.000), lymph node metastasis (χ(2)=8.110, P=0.004), distant metastasis (χ(2)=9.064, P=0.003), advanced TNM T staging (χ(2)=23.070, P=0.000), and not associated with age, gender, tumor gross type, histological type, and degree of tumor differentiation (all P>0.05). 5-year survival rate of hypoalbuminemia group and normal group was 55.2% and 66.1% respectively (P=0.032). Univariate analysis revealed age (P=0.000), tumor gross type (P=0.014), degree of tumor differentiation (P=0.014), depth of tumor (P=0.000), lymph node metastasis (P=0.001), distant metastasis (P=0.000), advanced TNM T staging (P=0.000), operative method (P=0.000) and preoperative serum albumin level (P=0.032) were associated with survival. Cox multivariate analysis revealed the albumin level was the independent prognostic factor of the 5-year overall survival (HR:0.694, 95% CI: 0.492-0.980, P=0.038). The patients with higher albumin level had better survival outcome. Preoperative serum albumin level is an independent prognostic factor for colon cancer. Colon cancer patients with hypoalbuminemia have worse clinicopathological manifestation and poorer overall survival.

  18. CLINICAL AND FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OF PANCREAS STATE IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    O. O. Basieva

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of study: complex pancreas study in rheumatoid arthritis (RA. Material and methods: 120 RA pts were examined clinically Pancreas US-and biochemical study (level of a-amylase and lipase of blood serum by kinetic-calorimetric method was performed in this grouh. Results: 50.8% of pts demonstrated increase of pancreas echo, in 23.3%- widened Wirsung s duct, in 45%- single small focal indurations, more often in the body and cauda pancreatis. Decrease of lipolitic and amylolytic pancreas activity is characteristic for RA, especially in systemic process and long-term disease. Clinical and functional disturbances are connected with morphological changes.

  19. Psoriasis: Epidemiology, clinical features, co-morbidities, and clinical scoring

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    Sunil Dogra

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of current evidence derived from hospital-based studies, mostly from North India, the prevalence of psoriasis in adults varies from 0.44 to 2.8%, with a much lower prevalence in children. The peak age at onset in adults is in the third and fourth decade of life, with a slight male preponderance. It is recommended that population-based large epidemiologic studies should be undertaken in different parts of the country for estimating the correct prevalence of psoriasis in general population. Chronic plaque-type psoriasis is the most common morphologic presentation of psoriasis, accounting for more than 90% of all cases. Other morphologic variants that deserve special mention include palmoplantar psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and recalcitrant psoriasis.For epidemiologic purposes, psoriasis can be classified into early and late onset psoriasis. Psoriasis can be classified on the basis of morphology and extent of involvement into localized and widespread disease.For the purpose of clinical trials, psoriasis may be classified as mild psoriasis, moderate psoriasis, and severe psoriasis. The literature shows that there is a significant risk of psoriatic arthritis (7–48% in patients with plaque-type psoriasis. Hence, it is recommended to evaluate for its presence by detailed history taking and clinical examination, and if necessary, by appropriate radiological investigations. Evidence on the association between plaque-type psoriasis and cardiovascular disease risk factors and ischemic heart disease isinconsistent.On the basis ofavailable evidence, it is prudent to proactively look for metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, and obesity, especially in patientswith severe psoriasis (Level 1+ evidence based on systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Based on the current evidence, the psoriasis area severity index appears to be the most valid and reproducible clinical severity score in the management of adult patients with plaque-type psoriasis.

  20. 视神经脊髓炎高危综合征患者血清尿酸水平与临床特征的相关性%Serum uric acid level and related clinical features in high risk syndrome of neuromyelitis optica

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    尤小凡; 秦伟; 郝咏刚; 赵文慧; 叶静; 胡文立

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨视神经脊髓炎高危综合征患者血清尿酸水平与临床特征的关系.方法 尿酶法检测51例急性期视神经脊髓炎高危综合征(34例长节段脊髓炎,17例视神经炎),48例视神经脊髓炎,45例神经科其他疾病,65名健康对照的血清尿酸水平.采用扩展残疾状态量表(EDSS)评价病情严重程度,MRI评估受累病灶,细胞免疫荧光法检测水通道蛋白4抗体水平.结果 长节段脊髓炎组尿酸水平(189.84±85.65)μmol/L,视神经炎组(222.12±61.68)μmol/L,低于其他疾病组[(315.90±71.36)μmol/L]和健康对照组[(291.05±76.64)μmol/L,P<0.01],与视神经脊髓炎[(219.19±76.47)μmol/L]比较差异无统计学意义.各组女性患者尿酸水平[(158.24±55.92)、(187.00±47.52)、(198.21±62.62)、(274.51±70.66)和(243.26±60.65)μmol/L]均低于男性组[(262.09±101.63)、(262.45±62.13)、(298.90±74.14)、(355.37±50.30)和(340.34±58.23)μmol/L,t=3.183、2.578、4.356、4.365、6.579,P<0.05].高危综合征组患者不同病程组,水通道蛋白4抗体阳性、阴性组尿酸差异无统计学意义.长节段脊髓炎组尿酸水平与EDSS评分呈负相关(r=-0.714,P<0.01).结论 低尿酸可能与视神经脊髓炎高危综合征发病相关,且与长节段脊髓炎患者疾病严重程度有关.%Objective To investigate serum uric acid (UA) levels and related clinical features in patients with high risk syndrome of neuromyelitis optica. Methods UA levels were measured in 51 patients with high risk syndrome of neuromyelitis optica including 34 with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) and 17 with optic neuritis (ON), 48 with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), 45 with other neurological diseases (OND) and 65 with healthy controls (HC). The disability severity was assessed by the expanded disability status scale (EDSS). Spinal lesions were viewed by MRI. Serum aquaporin-4(AQP4) antibody was tested in cell based immunofluorescence assay. Results Serum UA

  1. Clinical features of pneumonia in extreme old age

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    The clinical features of 70 people over the age of 85 with radiologically positive pneumonia were studied. It was shown that the classical presenting symptoms of pneumonia were often absent and 81 % had one or more acute ’geriatric’ features such as acute confusion, recent onset of falls, recent worsening immobility or recent onset of incontinence, at the time of presentation. An increased risk of mortality was associated with acute confusion, dementia, central cyanosis and long term immobili...

  2. Clinical Features of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders

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    Chen, Hai; Liu, Shi-Meng; Zhang, Xu-Xiang; Liu, Ya-Ou; Li, Si-Zhao; Liu, Zheng; Dong, Hui-Qing

    2016-01-01

    Background: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) was long believed to be an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS). This study aimed to describe the clinical features of patients with MS and NMOSD to assist in differential diagnoses in clinical practice. Methods: Data including the patients’ serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tests, image findings, and clinical information from 175 patients with MS or NMOSD at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University from November 2012 to May 2014 were collected and analyzed retrospectively. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to detect the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) autoantibodies in CSF and serum. Cell-based assays were used to detect aquaporin-4-antibody (AQP4-Ab). The Chi-square test was used to compare the categorical variables. Wilcoxon rank sum test was performed to analyze the continuous variables. Results: Totally 85 MS patients (49%) and 90 NMOSD patients (51%) were enrolled, including 124 (71%) women and 51 (29%) men. Fewer MS patients (6%) had autoimmune diseases compared to NMOSD (19%) (χ2 = 6.9, P < 0.01). Patients with NMOSD had higher Expanded Disability Status Scale scores (3.5 [3]) than MS group (2 [2]) (Z = −3.69, P < 0.01). The CSF levels of white cell count and protein in both two groups were slightly elevated than the normal range, without significant difference between each other. Positivity of serum AQP4-Ab in NMOSD patients was higher than that in MS patients (MS: 0, NMOSD: 67%; χ2 = 63.9, P < 0.01). Oligoclonal bands in CSF among NMOSD patients were remarkably lower than that among MS (MS: 59%, NMOSD: 20%; χ2 = 25.7, P < 0.01). No significant difference of MOG autoantibodies was found between the two groups. Conclusion: The different CSF features combined with clinical, magnetic resonance imaging, and serum characteristics between Chinese patients with MS and NMOSD could assist in the differential diagnosis. PMID:27569235

  3. Clinical features and risk factors of patients with fatty liver in Guangzhou area

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    Qi-Kui Chen; Hai-Ying Chen; Kai-Hong Huang; Ying-Qiang Zhong; Ji-Ao Han; Zhao-Hua Zhu; Xiao-Dong Zhou

    2004-01-01

    AIM: There is still no accepted conclusion regarding the clinical features and related risk factors of patients with fatty liver. The large-scale clinical studies have not carried out yet in Guangzhou area. The aim of the present study was to investigate the clinical features and related risk factors of patients with fatty liver in Guangzhou area. METHODS: A total of 413 cases with fatty liver were enrolled in the study from January 1998 to May 2002. Retrospective case-control study was used to evaluate the clinical featuresand related risk factors of fatty liver with logistic regression.RESULTS: Obesity (OR: 21.204), alcohol abuse (OR: 18.601),type 2 diabetes mellitus (OR: 4.461), serum triglyceride (TG)(OR: 3.916), serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)(OR: 1.840) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) (OR: 1.535)were positively correlated to the formation of the fatty liver. The levels of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and gammaglutamyltransferase (GGT) increased mildly in the patients withfatty liver and were often less than 2-fold of the normal limit.The higher abnormalities of aspartate aminotransferase (AST)levels (42.9%) with Asr/ALT more than 2(17.9%) were found in patients with alcoholic fatty liver (AFL) than those with nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) (16.9% and 5.0% respectively). The elevation of serum TG, cholesterol (CHOL), LDL-C was more common in patients with NAFL than with AFL.CONCLUSION: Obesity, alcohol abuse, type 2 diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia may be independent risk factors of fatty liver. The mildly abnormal hepatic functions can be found in patients with fatty liver. More obvious damages of liver function with AST/ALT usually more than 2 were noted in patients with AFL.

  4. Pathogenesis, clinical features and management of recurrent corneal erosions.

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    Ramamurthi, S; Rahman, M Q; Dutton, G N; Ramaesh, K

    2006-06-01

    now a well-established treatment modality for RCE and is being used both safely and effectively. Partial ablation of Bowman's layer with PTK gives a smooth surface for the newly generating epithelium to migrate and form adhesion complexes. The pathogenesis, clinical features, and management options of this common disorder are discussed in this review article.

  5. PREDICTING OUTCOME AND SEVERITY IN ACUTE ORGANOPHOSPHOROUS POISONING WITH CLINICAL SCORING AND SERUM CHOLINESTERASE LEVELS

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    Basavaraj R

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Organophosphorus compound poisoning is the most common medico toxic emergency in India the increase in pesticide use in agriculture has paralleled the increase in the use of these products for deliberate self-warm. Respiratory failure is the most common complication of OP poisoning leading to death. Early recognition and prompt ventilator support may improve survival. Owing to limited availability of resources, all OP poisoning patients are not managed in ICUs in Indian setup. It is therefore important that clinical features and criteria to predict the need for ventilator support be identified at initial examination. Hence this study was undertaken to assess the severity of organophosphorus compound poisoning both clinically by using Peradeniya scoring and by estimating serum choline esterase levels. METHODS: Cross sectional study was done at basaveswar teaching and general hospital attached to MR Medical College. Cases with history of exposure to organophosphorus compound within previous 24 hours were chosen after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria. Patients were evaluated for Peradeniya OP poisoning scale and serum cholinesterase levels for assessment of severity of poisoning. Serum cholinesterase levels and Peradeniya OP poisoning scale were studied to predict the need for ventilator support. The results were analyzed using Chi-square test. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: It was done using pearson’s chi square test. RESULTS: In this study requirement of ventilator support was seen in 36% of patients. Mortality in our study was 18%. Only 15.6% of patients with mild grade of poisoning according to Peradeniya OP poisoning scale required ventilator support, whereas 84.4% did not require ventilator support. Most of patients with moderate (70.6% and severe poisoning (100% according to Peradeniya OP poisoning scale required ventilator support. 93.7% of patients with serum cholinesterase levels more than 50% did not require

  6. Clinical features and risk factors for atazanavir (ATV-associated urolithiasis: a case-control study.

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    Matthieu Lafaurie

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Clinical features and risk factors for atazanavir (ATV-associated urolithiasis have not been fully investigated. METHODS: We reviewed all cases of ATV-containing urolithiasis identified by infrared spectrophotometry among HIV-infected patients over a 5-year period to describe their clinical features and outcome. A case-control study was performed to identify risk factors associated with ATV-associated urolithiasis using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses. RESULTS: 30 cases of ATV-associated urolithiasis were analyzed. Patients were mostly men (87%, median age: 45.5 years, median CD4 cell count: 443 cells/µL and 97% had plasma HIV RNA level <50 cp/mL. Median time between the initiation of ATV-containing regimen and the diagnosis of urolithiasis was 3.1 years. Patients presented with flank pain in 90% and macroscopic hematuria in 82.6%, 34% had renal dysfunction and 44.8% needed ureteroscopic treatment. In univariate analysis, chronic hepatitis C, a history of urolithiasis, prior use of indinavir, ATV duration, undetectable plasma HIV RNA, use of ritonavir as a booster and serum free bilirubin level were associated with ATV-urolithiasis. Multivariate models retained serum free bilirubin level (OR: 2.31, p<0.02 and either ATV duration (OR:  = 1.42, p = <0.03 or a history of urolithiasis (OR = 4.79, p<0.02 when adjusting on serum free bilirubin level as risk factors associated with urolithiasis. CONCLUSIONS: ATV-containing urolithiasis are associated with frank clinical symptoms and may require surgical intervention. A high serum bilirubin level, a long exposure to ATV and a history of urolithiasis are risk factors for this rare adverse event.

  7. Update on Clinical Features and Brain Abnormalities in Neurogenetics Syndromes

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    Jackowski, Andrea Parolin; Laureano, Maura Regina; Del'Aquilla, Marco Antonio; de Moura, Luciana Monteiro; Assuncao, Idaiane; Silva, Ivaldo; Schwartzman, Jose Salomao

    2011-01-01

    Neuroimaging methods represent a critical tool in efforts to join the study of the neurobiology of genes with the neurobiology of behaviour, and to understand the neurodevelopmental pathways that give rise to cognitive and behavioural impairments. This article reviews the clinical features and highlights studies with a focus on the relevant…

  8. Clinical and pathological features of papillary renal cell carcinoma ...

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    M.M. Gargouri

    2016-08-21

    Aug 21, 2016 ... adults. This type of tumor contains more than 75% of tubulo-papillary structures and is divided histologically ... Clinical data including presenting symptoms, preoperative findings, pathological features .... tula in one, pulmonary embolism in one and wound infection in 3 ... Cytogenetic studies suggest that.

  9. Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia: Prevalence, Clinical Presentation, Endoscopic and Histological Features

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    Drasovean Silvia Cosmina; Morărașu Diana Elena; Pascarenco Ofelia Daniela; Brsunic Olga; Onișor Danusia Maria; Alina Boeriu; Dobru Daniela Ecaterina

    2016-01-01

    Background and Aim: Gastric intestinal metaplasia represents a risk factor for intestinal type of gastric cancer. Gastric intestinal metaplasia seems to be associated with Helicobacter pilory infection in relatives of patients with gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, clinical, endoscopic and histological features of gastric intestinal metaplasia.

  10. Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia: Prevalence, Clinical Presentation, Endoscopic and Histological Features

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    Drasovean Silvia Cosmina

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Gastric intestinal metaplasia represents a risk factor for intestinal type of gastric cancer. Gastric intestinal metaplasia seems to be associated with Helicobacter pilory infection in relatives of patients with gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, clinical, endoscopic and histological features of gastric intestinal metaplasia.

  11. Biomolecular features of clinical relevance in breast cancer

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    Daidone, M.G.; Paradiso, A.; Gion, M.; Harbeck, N.; Sweep, C.G.J.; Schmitt, M.

    2004-01-01

    Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease and its consequent complexity is a major challenge for physicians and biologists. Notwithstanding its potential curability due to the availability of treatment modalities which are effective in the presence of favourable clinical or pathobiological features,

  12. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescents: treatment, clinical features and epidemiology

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    2013-01-01

    This thesis describes the treatment, epidemiology and clinical features of the adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Fatigue is a common complaint among adolescents, with a reported incidence of up to 20% in girls. This fatigue however is not chronic, does not debilitate and has an identifiable

  13. Diffuse Infiltrative Lesion of the Breast: Clinical and Radiologic Features

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    An, Yeong Yi; Kim, Sung Hun; Kang, Bong Joo; Yoon, Soo Kyung [Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Eun Suk [Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyeon Sook [St. Paul' s Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Chang Suk [Incheon St. Mary' s Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Na Young [Bucheon St. Mary' s Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Whang, In Yong [Uijongbu St. Mary' s Hospital, Uijongbu (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-02-15

    The purpose of this paper is to show the clinical and radiologic features of a variety of diffuse, infiltrative breast lesions, as well to review the relevant literature. Radiologists must be familiar with the various conditions that can diffusely involve the breast, including normal physiologic changes, benign disease and malignant neoplasm

  14. Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia: Prevalence, Clinical Presentation, Endoscopic and Histological Features

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    Background and Aim: Gastric intestinal metaplasia represents a risk factor for intestinal type of gastric cancer. Gastric intestinal metaplasia seems to be associated with Helicobacter pilory infection in relatives of patients with gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, clinical, endoscopic and histological features of gastric intestinal metaplasia.

  15. Chronic actinic dermatitis - A study of clinical features

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    Somani Vijay

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD, one of the immune mediated photo-dermatoses, comprises a spectrum of conditions including persistent light reactivity, photosensitive eczema and actinic reticuloid. Diagnostic criteria were laid down about 20 years back, but clinical features are the mainstay in diagnosis. In addition to extreme sensitivity to UVB, UVA and/or visible light, about three quarters of patients exhibit contact sensitivity to several allergens, which may contribute to the etiopathogenesis of CAD. This study was undertaken to examine the clinical features of CAD in India and to evaluate the relevance of patch testing and photo-aggravation testing in the diagnosis of CAD. Methods: The clinical data of nine patients with CAD were analyzed. Histopathology, patch testing and photo-aggravation testing were also performed. Results: All the patients were males. The average age of onset was 57 years. The first episode was usually noticed in the beginning of summer. Later the disease gradually tended to be perennial, without any seasonal variations. The areas affected were mainly the photo-exposed areas in all patients, and the back in three patients. Erythroderma was the presenting feature in two patients. The palms and soles were involved in five patients. Patch testing was positive in seven of nine patients. Conclusions: The diagnosis of CAD mainly depended upon the history and clinical features. The incidence of erythroderma and palmoplantar eczema was high in our series. Occupation seems to play a role in the etiopathogenesis of CAD.

  16. Clinical Features and Prognosis of Intracranial Artery Dissection

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    Sikkema, Tineke; Uyttenboogaart, Maarten; Dijk, van J.M.C.; Groen, Rob J. M.; Metzemaekers, Jan D. M.; Eshghi, Omid; Mazuri, Aryan; Bakker, Nicolaas A.; Luijckx, Gert-Jan

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Intracranial artery dissections (IADs) are an important cause of stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Outcome of IAD in the anterior circulation or presentation without SAH is rarely investigated and might be different. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical features and prognosis of pa

  17. Clinical and histologic features of 64 cases of steatocystoma multiplex.

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    Cho, Soyun; Chang, Sung-Eun; Choi, Jee-Ho; Sung, Kyung-Jeh; Moon, Kee-Chan; Koh, Jai-Kyoung

    2002-03-01

    Steatocystoma multiplex (SM) shares many clinical features and may show overlapping histopathological features with eruptive vellus hair cyst (EVHC). Clinical data and pathologic features of 64 patients with SM were evaluated in detail. Most of the cases were sporadic, with an average onset age of 26 years and distribution on the arms, chest, axillae, and neck. All cases exhibited eosinophilic cuticle and lack of granular layer, and 17-42% displayed vellus hair, hair follicles, keratin, and smooth muscle components within the cavity, in the wall, or adjacent to it. The results of this study add further evidence to the hypothesis that SM is a hamartomatous condition and that SM and EVHC are variants of one disorder which originates in the pilosebaceous duct.

  18. Correlation of Creatine Kinase Levels with Clinical Features and Survival in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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    Hongfei Tai

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo evaluate serum creatine kinase (CK levels of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS patients and to explore the relationship between CK levels and the clinical characteristics and survival prognosis of ALS patients.MethodsWe analyzed the CK levels of 185 ALS patients who underwent long-term follow-up. The relationship between CK levels and clinical features including sex, age, disease duration, site of onset, body mass index (BMI, serum creatinine (Cr, and spontaneous electromyographic activity was analyzed by univariate analysis and multiple linear regression. Kaplan–Meier and Cox proportional hazards models were used to explore whether CK levels were independently correlated with survival prognosis of ALS.ResultsBaseline serum CK was raised in 43% of participants. The median CK level was 160 U/L (range: 20–2,574 U/L, and 99% of patients had a baseline serum CK level less than 1,000 U/L. CK levels were significantly higher in male patients than in female patients [204 (169 versus 117 (111 U/L, p < 0.001] and in patients with limb onset ALS than with bulbar onset ALS (p < 0.001. CK levels were also correlated with serum Cr (p = 0.011 and the spontaneous potential score of electromyography (EMG (p = 0.037 but not correlated with age (p = 0.883, disease duration (p = 0.116, or BMI (p = 0.481. Log CK was independently correlated with survival of ALS patients (HR = 0.457, 95% confidence interval 0.221–0.947, p = 0.035 after adjusting for age, sex, site of onset, serum Cr, and BMI.ConclusionSerum CK levels of ALS patients were correlated with sex, site of onsite, serum Cr, and spontaneous activity in EMG. Serum CK could be an independent prognostic factor for survival of ALS patients.

  19. The clinical features of ankle syndesmosis injuries: a general review.

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    Kellett, John J

    2011-11-01

    To review the research conclusions relating to clinical aspects of syndesmosis, the incidence and prognosis of syndesmosis injuries, and the effectiveness of the history and clinical examination to reliably diagnose ankle syndesmosis injury. Google Scholar search: Syndesmosis paired with incidence, prognosis, history, and examination in turn. There was no time limit for the search. Articles were selected by reading titles, abstracts, and the full article, if indicated, seeking original articles determining these clinical aspects of syndesmosis injuries. Further articles were derived from the references of the primary articles. The prognosis for isolated syndesmosis injuries, including the time to functional recovery, is unknown. The incidence of acute syndesmosis injury in moderate to severe ankle injuries requiring imaging is of the order of 5%. Historical features and special clinical tests of syndesmosis injury have not been proven reliable by clinical studies using evidence-based diagnostic criteria. Acute local tenderness of the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament will indicate significant syndesmosis injury in only approximately half of nonspecific ankle injuries. There is limited, evidence-based, standard, published literature from which to draw conclusions regarding the validity or reliability of various clinical special tests for syndesmosis injury. Literature assessing the incidence, prognosis, and clinical features is generally not based on definitively confirmed syndesmosis injuries, which is a critical aspect of evidence-based medicine before valid conclusions can be drawn.

  20. Clinical features distinguishing grief from depressive episodes: A qualitative analysis.

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    Parker, Gordon; McCraw, Stacey; Paterson, Amelia

    2015-05-01

    The independence or interdependence of grief and major depression has been keenly argued in relation to recent DSM definitions and encouraged the current study. We report a phenomenological study seeking to identify the experiential and phenomenological differences between depression and grief as judged qualitatively by those who had experienced clinical (n=125) or non-clinical depressive states (n=28). Analyses involving the whole sample indicated that, in contrast to grief, depression involved feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, being endless and was associated with a lack of control, having an internal self-focus impacting on self-esteem, being more severe and stressful, being marked by physical symptoms and often lacking a justifiable cause. Grief was distinguished from depression by the individual viewing their experience as natural and to be expected, a consequence of a loss, and with an external focus (i.e. the loss of the other). Some identified differences may have reflected the impact of depressive "type" (e.g. melancholia) rather than depression per se, and argue for a two-tiered model differentiating normative depressive and grief states at their base level and then "clinical" depressive and 'pathological' grief states by their associated clinical features. Comparative analyses between the clinical and non-clinical groups were limited by the latter sub-set being few in number. The provision of definitions may have shaped subjects׳ nominated differentiating features. The study identified a distinct number of phenomenological and clinical differences between grief and depression and few shared features, but more importantly, argued for the development of a two-tiered model defining both base states and clinical expressions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. The clinical features and diagnostic value of CT in Fahr’s disease

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    Wei-dong Hu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives:  To study the clinical features and diagnostic value of CT in Fahr’s disease. Methods:  We retrospectively analyzed skull images of 8,000 cases and observed the incidence and imaging characteristics of Fahr’s disease. Results: Fahr’s disease were found in 6 patients (6/4000=0.075%whose ages ranged from 16 to 62 years (average age:38.5±6.4years. We found that 6 Fahr’s disease had been incidentally detected in 4 men(4/6=66.7% and 2 women(2/6=33.4%; serum calcium:2.13~2.42 mmol/L,serum phosphor:1.0~1.6 mmol/L.The most common CT feature of Fahr’s disease is the presence of small bilateral intracranial calcifications which are usually restricted to the bilateral globus pallidus, putamen, caudate nucleus, thalamus, dentate nucleus and white matter of the cerebral hemispheres. Conclusions: Combined with clinical manifestations and imaging features, we can make a clear diagnosis of the Fahr’s disease.

  2. Clinical and dermatoscopic features of porokeratosis palmaris et plantaris

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    Udare, Satish; Hemmady, Karishma

    2016-01-01

    A dermatoscope is an important tool in a dermatologist's armamentarium as it can eliminate the need for a biopsy in a wide array of conditions. Porokeratosis was described by Mibelli and Respighi in 1893, as a disorder of keratinization which on the basis of distribution patterns was described as five clinical variants that portrayed a coronoid lamella on histopathology. We describe a case of asymptomatic, long-standing palmar and plantar pits, which on dermatoscopy showed features suggestive of porokeratosis, which was later reconfirmed by histopathologic sections. This report depicts diagnostic features of porokeratosis and obviates the need for invasive procedures for its diagnosis. PMID:27559506

  3. Clinical features and recovery patterns of acquired non-thyrotoxic hypokalemic paralysis.

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    Hiraga, Akiyuki; Kamitsukasa, Ikuo; Kojima, Kazuho; Kuwabara, Satoshi

    2012-02-15

    To report the clinical features and recovery patterns of patients with non-thyrotoxic acquired hypokalemic paralysis. The clinical and laboratory records of 11 consecutive patients with acquired non-thyrotoxic hypokalemic paralysis were reviewed and compared with those of 3 patients with thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP). The causes of potassium wasting were diarrhea (n=4), alcohol abuse (n=2), pseudoaldosteronism (n=2), primary aldosteronism (n=1), distal renal tubular acidosis associated with Sjögren's syndrome (n=1) and an unknown cause (n=1). Three of the 11 patients had prominently asymmetric limb weakness, and 2 had predominant upper limb weakness. On admission, mean serum potassium and creatine kinase (CK) levels of patients with acquired hypokalemic paralysis on admission were 1.8 mEq/L and 4,075 U/mL, respectively, and the mean duration between admission and independent walking was 6.8 days (range, 2-31 days). Despite clinical recovery, 10 patients still presented with increased CK levels after several days (mean of maximum levels, 10,519 U/mL). In addition, normalization of serum potassium levels in patients with acquired hypokalemic paralysis patients was much slower compared to that in patients with TPP. One patient with acquired hypokalemic paralysis developed ventricular fibrillation, whereas all 3 patients with TPP had symmetric proximal and lower limb-dominant weakness and exhibited complete recovery from paralysis as well as normalized serum potassium levels within 24h. In patients with acquired non-thyrotoxic hypokalemic paralysis, asymmetric or upper limb-dominant weakness of the extremities is observed. Despite clinical improvement after treatment, normalization of serum potassium and CK levels is often delayed, and therefore, careful monitoring for cardiac and renal complications is required. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Clinical, laboratory and electrophysiological features of Morvan's fibrillary chorea.

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    Lee, Will; Day, Timothy J; Williams, David R

    2013-09-01

    Morvan's Fibrillary Chorea (MFC) is a rare autoimmune disorder causally associated with auto-antibodies directed at the voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC-Abs). It classically presents with sleep disturbances, neuromyotonia and dysautonomia. We aimed to systematically characterise the features of MFC by describing a patient and reviewing published literature. Case notes of 27 patients with MFC (one from our clinic and 26 from the literature) were reviewed and clinical data were extracted and analysed. We found that MFC mainly affects men (96%) and runs a subacute course over months. Neoplasia (56%), VGKC-Abs positivity (79%) and autoimmunity (41%) are frequent associations. Myokymia, insomnia and hyperhidrosis were almost universally described. Other autonomic features were present in 63% with the most common being cardiovascular and bowel disturbances. Clinical, radiological or electroencephalographical features of limbic encephalitis were present in 19% of patients. Outcome was fair with an overall recovery rate of 78%. All patients with malignancies underwent surgery. Immunotherapies including corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulins and plasma exchange were instituted in 22 patients and 19 (86%) responded. Of all symptomatic treatments tried, carbamazepine, phenytoin, sodium valproate, levetiracetam and niaprazine were found to be effective. The broad clinical spectrum of VGKC-Abs diseases can make early recognition of MFC difficult. Myokymia, insomnia and hyperhidrosis are invariably present. There may be abnormalities on cerebrospinal fluid testing and VGKC-Abs can occasionally be absent. Early initiation of immunotherapies and malignancy screening are important to prevent adverse outcomes in a condition that generally responds favourably to treatment.

  5. Clinical features of adult spinal muscular atrophy:46 cases

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    Xiaojun He; Ping Zhang; Guanghui Chen

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a kind of degenerative disease of nervous system. There are 4 types in clinic, especially types Ⅰ, Ⅱ and Ⅲ are common, and the researches on those 3 types are relative mature. Type Ⅳ is a kind of adult spinal muscular atrophy (ASMA), which has low incidence rate and is often misdiagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cervical syndrome, or others.OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical features of 46 ASMA patients and analyze the relationship between course and activity of daily living.DESIGN: Case analysis.SETTING: Departments of Neurology of the 81 Hospital of Chinese PLA, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical College and General Hospital of Nanjing Military Area Command of Chinese PLA.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 46 ASMA patients were selected from the Departments of Neurology of the 81Hospital of Chinese PLA, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical College and General Hospital of Nanjing Military Area Command of Chinese PLA between April 1998 and January 2002. All patients were consentient. Among 46 cases, there were 37 males and 9 females with the mean age of 42 years. The patients' courses in all ranged from 6 months to 23 years, concretely, courses of 37 cases were less than or equal to 5 years, and those of 9 cases were more than or equal to 6 years.METHODS : ① All the 46 ASMA patients were asked to check blood sedimentation, anti O, serum creatinine,creatine, blood creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and muscular biopsy as early as possible. ② X-ray was used to measure plain film of cervical vertebra borderline film of cranium and neck at proximal end of upper limb of 25 cases and plain film of abdominal vertebra at proximal end of lower limb of 17 cases.③ Cerebrospinal fluid of lumbar puncture was checked on 42 cases, for routine examination, biochemical examination, and immunoglobulin examination. Electromyogram (EMG) was also examined to 42 cases. ④ Barthel index

  6. Detection of serum p53 antibodies in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma: correlation with clinicopathologic features and tumor markers.

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    Shimada, H; Nakajima, K; Ochiai, T; Koide, Y; Okazumi, S I; Matsubara, H; Takeda, A; Miyazawa, Y; Arima, M; Isono, K

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    The significance of serum p53-Abs in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma was determined. Examination of clinicopathological features and assessment of tumor marker sensitivities of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC-Ag) and CYFRA21-1 were performed. Thirty-three (58%) of 57 patients were positive for serum p53-Abs, however, no relation with cancer progression existed. Fourteen of the 33 sero-positive patients revealed normal levels of all tumor markers tested. Thus, serum p53-Abs appears to be a useful marker for the detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

  7. Confetti-like Sparing: A Diagnostic Clinical Feature of Melasma.

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    Wu, Douglas C; Fitzpatrick, Richard E; Goldman, Mitchel P

    2016-02-01

    Diagnostic uncertainty when a patient presents with melasma-like Undings can lead to suboptimal treatment and inaccurate prognostic expectations. In this study, the authors present a unique clinical feature of melasma that they term the "Fitzpatrick macule" and test its Utility in establishing diagnostic certainty. The "Fitzpatrick macule" is a confetti-like macule of regularly pigmented skin located within a larger patch of melasma hyperpigmentation. To test its diagnostic Utility, the authors compared clinical photography of known cases of melasma with common mimickers, such as poikiloderma of Civatte and solar lentiginosis, and determined the positivity rate of the Fitzpatrick macule in each scenario. Their results show that 89.1 percent of clinical photographs of melasma were positive for the presence of Fitzpatrick macules compared to 1.1 percent that were negative. In contrast, 37.5 and 56.3 percent of clinical photographs of poikiloderma of Civatte were positive and negative for Fitzpatrick macules, respectively. Solar lentiginosis showed a 5.6 percent positivity and a 77.8 percent negativity for Fitzpatrick macules. The sensitivity and specificity of Fitzpatrick macules for melasma was 99 and 83 percent, respectively. In summary, the authors report a highly sensitive and specific clinical feature of melasma. In cases of diagnostic uncertainty, the presence of Fitzpatrick macules may aid in establishing a diagnosis of melasma.

  8. [Clinical features and comorbidities of Asperger syndrome in children].

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    Fu, Xiao-Yan; Xie, Xiao-Tian; Mei, Zhu; Cheng, Wen-Hong

    2013-09-01

    To investigate and summarize the clinical features and comorbidities of Asperger syndrome (AS) in children and to provide a theoretical basis for improving the understanding and diagnosis of AS. Inquiry of medical history, physical examination, behavioral observation, psychiatric examination, questionnaire survey, and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale were used to summarize and analyse the clinical data of 95 children with AS, including chief complaint, symptoms, perinatal and familial conditions, family genetic history, and common comorbidities. AS was more common in male children, with hyperactivity, inattention, and social withdrawal as frequent chief complaints. The main clinical manifestations included poor communication skills (95%), restricted interest (82%), repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior (77%), semantic comprehension deficit (74%), and indiscipline (68%). Verbal IQ was higher than performance IQ in most patients. The comorbidities of AS included attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (39%), emotional disorder (18%), and schizophrenia (2%); emotional disorder was more common in patients aged 13-16 years, while ADHD was more common in patients aged 7-16 years. Among these patients, 61% had fathers with introverted personality, 43% had mothers with introverted personality, and 19% had a family history of mental illness. AS has specific clinical manifestations. It is essential to know more about the clinical features and comorbidities of AS, which is helpful for early identification and diagnosis of AS.

  9. Clinical features of depressive disorders in patients with brain tumors

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    Ogorenko V.V.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to examine the structure of psychopathology and clinical features of depressive disorders in patients with brain oncopathology. Polymorphic mental disorders of various clinical content and severity in most cases not only are comorbid to oncological pathology of the brain, but most often are the first clinical signs of early tumors. The study was conducted using the following methods: clinical psychiatric, questionnaire Simptom Check List- 90 -Revised-SCL- 90 -R, Luscher test and mathematical processing methods. Sample included 175 patients with brain tumors with non-psychotic level of mental disorders. The peculiarities of mental disorders and psychopathological structure of nonpsychotic depressive disorders have been a clinical option of cancer debut in patients with brain tumors. We found that nonpsychotic depression is characterized by polymorphism and syndromal incompletion; this causes ambiguity of diagnoses interpretation on stages of diagnostic period. Features of depressive symptoms depending on the signs of malignancy / nonmalignancy of brain tumor were defined.

  10. Clinical and virological features of Dengue in Vietnamese infants.

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    Tran Nguyen Bich Chau

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Infants account for a small proportion of the overall dengue case burden in endemic countries but can be clinically more difficult to manage. The clinical and laboratory features in infants with dengue have not been extensively characterised. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This prospective, cross-sectional descriptive study of infants hospitalized with dengue was conducted in Vietnam from November 2004 to December 2007. More than two-thirds of 303 infants enrolled on clinical suspicion of dengue had a serologically confirmed dengue virus (DENV infection. Almost all were primary dengue infections and 80% of the infants developed DHF/DSS. At the time of presentation and during hospitalization, the clinical signs and symptoms in infants with dengue were difficult to distinguish from those with other febrile illnesses, suggesting that in infants early laboratory confirmation could assist appropriate management. Detection of plasma NS1 antigen was found to be a sensitive marker of acute dengue in infants with primary infection, especially in the first few days of illness. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Collectively, these results provide a systematic description of the clinical features of dengue in infants and highlight the value of NS1 detection for diagnosis.

  11. Catatonia as presenting clinical feature of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

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    Prabhoo Dayal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Catatonia is not a usual clinical presentation of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE, especially in the initial stages of illness. However, there is only one reported case of SSPE presenting as catatonia among children. In this report, however, there were SSPE-specific changes on EEG and the catatonia failed to respond to lorazepam. We describe a case of SSPE in a child presenting as catatonia that presented with clinical features of catatonia and did not have typical EEG findings when assessed at first contact. He responded to lorazepam and EEG changes emerged during the course of follow-up.

  12. Clinical features and management of hereditary spastic paraplegia

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    Ingrid Faber

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP is a group of genetically-determined disorders characterized by progressive spasticity and weakness of lower limbs. An apparently sporadic case of adult-onset spastic paraplegia is a frequent clinical problem and a significant proportion of cases are likely to be of genetic origin. HSP is clinically divided into pure and complicated forms. The later present with a wide range of additional neurological and systemic features. To date, there are up to 60 genetic subtypes described. All modes of monogenic inheritance have been described: autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, X-linked and mitochondrial traits. Recent advances point to abnormal axonal transport as a key mechanism leading to the degeneration of the long motor neuron axons in the central nervous system in HSP. In this review we aim to address recent advances in the field, placing emphasis on key diagnostic features that will help practicing neurologists to identify and manage these conditions.

  13. Zika virus: epidemiology, clinical features and host-virus interactions.

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    Hamel, Rodolphe; Liégeois, Florian; Wichit, Sineewanlaya; Pompon, Julien; Diop, Fodé; Talignani, Loïc; Thomas, Frédéric; Desprès, Philippe; Yssel, Hans; Missé, Dorothée

    2016-01-01

    Very recently, Zika virus (ZIKV) has gained a medical importance following the large-scale epidemics in South Pacific and Latin America. This paper reviews information on the epidemiology and clinical features of Zika disease with a particular emphasis on the host-virus interactions that contribute to the pathogenicity of ZIKV in humans. Copyright © 2016 Institut Pasteur. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Clinical Detection and Feature Analysis on Neuro Signals

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    张晓文; 杨煜普; 许晓鸣; 胡天培; 高忠华; 张键; 陈中伟; 陈统一

    2004-01-01

    Research on neuro signals is challenging and significative in modern natural science. By clinical experiment, signals from three main nerves (median nerve, radial nerve and ulnar nerve) are successfully detected and recorded without any infection. Further analysis on their features under different movements, their mechanics and correlations in dominating actions are also performed. The original discovery and first-hand materials make it possible for developing practical neuro-prosthesis.

  15. Clinical features and pitfalls in the laboratory diagnosis of dengue in travellers

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    Frank Christina

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA-kits are commercially available for the rapid diagnosis of dengue infection, and have demonstrated good sensitivity and specificity in paired serum samples. In practice, however, often only one blood sample is available from febrile travellers returning from dengue endemic areas. Methods To evaluate the diagnostic value of positive dengue antibody-titres performed by a standard ELISA (PanBio IgM- and IgG-ELISA in single serum samples (regarded as "probable infection", 127 positive samples were further analyzed using envelope/membrane IgM-, and nonstructural protein 1 IgM- and IgG-ELISAs, immunofluorescence assays, and real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays (RT-PCR. A combination of the test-results served as the diagnostic "gold standard". A total of 1,035 febrile travellers returning from dengue-endemic countries with negative dengue-serology and RT-PCR served as controls to compare clinical and haematological features. Results Overall, only 64 (positive predictive value = 50% of the probable cases were confirmed by additional analysis and 54 (42.5% were confirmed to be "false-positive". Rash was the only clinical feature significantly associated with confirmed dengue fever. The combination of thrombocytopenia and leucopenia was present in 40.4% of confirmed and in 6.1% of false-positive cases. Thus, the positive predictive value for the combination of positive PanBio-ELISA plus the two haematological features was 90.5%. Conclusion The examination of paired serum samples is considered the most reliable serodiagnostic procedure for dengue. However, if only one blood sample is available, a single positive ELISA-result carries a high rate of false-positivity and should be confirmed using a second and more specific diagnostic technique. In the absence of further testing, platelet and white blood cell counts are helpful for the correct interpretation.

  16. Evaluation of haptoglobin phenotypes in association with clinical features of patients suffered from preterm labor disease.

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    Hossein Ali Khazaei

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Preterm birth means the birth before thirty seven week of pregnancy that causes a lot of complications for the baby. Variety factors are suggested to be involved in disease. In this study, we decided to evaluate haptoglobin (Hp phenotypes association with clinical features of patients suffered from premature delivery to understand better the possible correlation of genetic and clinical features in this disease. This cross-sectional analytic descriptive study has been carried out in two groups of 120 women, 60 with preterm and 60 with term labor. Patients were selected with previously diagnosed by gynecologist with preterm birth in the labor during the study period. After performing diagnostic tests, the frequency of each haptoglobin phenotype in the two groups was analyzed using the Chi-square test (X2 test and SPSS software. The maximum serum haptoglobin phenotype frequency in patients with Hp2-2, was 43 (71.7% whereas in healthy individuals, 35 (58.3%. No, statistically significant differences between the two groups were found (p=0.310. But based on some patients clinical features such as their history of preterm delivery, previous history of recurrent abortions and history of preterm delivery in their family, significant association was found with Hp2-2 compared with healthy control (p<0.003. This study showed that Hp2-2 phenotypes levels in the case group was higher than in control but the factors influencing the presence or absence of preterm labor is clinically various.

  17. Association of haptoglobin phenotypes with clinical features of preterm labor disease.

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    Hossein Ali Khazaei

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Preterm birth means the birth before thirty seven week of pregnancy that causes a lot of complications for the baby. Variety factors are suggested to be involved in disease. In this study, we decided to evaluate haptoglobin (Hp phenotypes association with clinical features of patients suffered from premature delivery to understand better the possible correlation of genetic and clinical features in this disease. This cross sectional analytic descriptive study has been carried out in two groups of 120 women, 60 with preterm and 60 with term labor. Patients were selected with previously diagnosed by a gynecologist with preterm birth in hospital during the study period. After performing diagnostic tests, the frequency of each haptoglobin phenotype in the two groups was analyzed using the X2 test and SPSS software. The maximum serum haptoglobin phenotype frequency in patients with Hp2-2, was 43 (71.7% whereas in healthy individuals, 35 (58.3%. No statistically significant differences between the two groups was found (P=0.310. But based on some patients clinical features such as their history of preterm delivery, previous history of recurrent abortions and history of preterm delivery in their family, significant association was found with Hp2-2 compared with healthy control (P<0.003. This study showed that Hp2-2 phenotypes levels in the case group was higher than in control but the factors influencing the presence or absence of preterm labor is clinically various.

  18. Spinal cord ischemia: aetiology, clinical syndromes and imaging features

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    Weidauer, Stefan [Frankfurt Univ., Sankt Katharinen Hospital Teaching Hospital, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Dept. of Neurology; Hattingen, Elke; Berkefeld, Joachim [Frankfurt Univ., Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Inst. of Neuroradiology; Nichtweiss, Michael

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyse MR imaging features and lesion patterns as defined by compromised vascular territories, correlating them to different clinical syndromes and aetiological aspects. In a 19.8-year period, clinical records and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of 55 consecutive patients suffering from spinal cord ischemia were evaluated. Aetiologies of infarcts were arteriosclerosis of the aorta and vertebral arteries (23.6 %), aortic surgery or interventional aneurysm repair (11 %) and aortic and vertebral artery dissection (11 %), and in 23.6 %, aetiology remained unclear. Infarcts occurred in 38.2 % at the cervical and thoracic level, respectively, and 49 % of patients suffered from centromedullar syndrome caused by anterior spinal artery ischemia. MRI disclosed hyperintense pencil-like lesion pattern on T2WI in 98.2 %, cord swelling in 40 %, enhancement on post-contrast T1WI in 42.9 % and always hyperintense signal on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) when acquired. The most common clinical feature in spinal cord ischemia is a centromedullar syndrome, and in contrast to anterior spinal artery ischemia, infarcts in the posterior spinal artery territory are rare. The exclusively cervical location of the spinal sulcal artery syndrome seems to be a likely consequence of anterior spinal artery duplication which is observed preferentially here. (orig.)

  19. Clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease.

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    Wang, Ting; Zheng, Xing-Ju; Liang, Bin-Miao; Liang, Zong-An

    2015-10-07

    Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the most common extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the lung. This study aimed to identify clinical features of RA-associated ILD (RA-ILD). Patients with RA were retrospectively enrolled and sub-classified as RA-ILD or RA without ILD based on high-resolution computed tomography imaging. Pulmonary function testing parameters and levels of RA-related biomarkers, tumour markers, and acute-phase proteins were compared between the two groups. Logistic regression model was used to assess the strength of association between RA-ILD and clinical features of interest. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed to assess potential predictive value of clinical features for detecting RA-ILD. Comparison analysis indicated that the percentage of predicted value of total lung capacity, inspiratory capacity, and diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO) were reduced in patients with RA-ILD. Tumour markers CA15-3 and CA125 were increased in patients with RA-ILD. Logistic regression analysis revealed that decreased DLCO was related to the increased likelihood of RA-ILD (OR = 0.94, 95%CI = [0.91, 0.98]). The cut-off point at 52.95 percent of predicted value could sensitively discriminate RA patients with or without ILD. Our study suggested that DLCO value could be a useful tool for detecting ILD in patients with RA.

  20. Clinical and immunological features of early rheumatoid arthritis

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    N A Shostak

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To study clinical and immunological features of rheumatoid arthritis (RA early stage. Material and Methods. 130 RA pts aged 16 to 80 years (mean age 52,5 years, 105 female and 25 male were examined. 55 pts had disease duration up to 1 year, 34 - between 1 and 3 years and 41 - more than 3 years. Standard clinical, laboratory and radiological examination was performed in all pts. In 43 pts with earlv RA T and В cell receptors were studied with monoclonal antibodies against CD3, CD72, CD4, CD8, CDI6. Results. The most frequent initial symptoms preceding characteristic RA picture were arthralgia (39,2%, fever (34,6% and body weight loss (24,6%. Mono- or oligoarticuiar onset with subsequent quick transformation into polyarthritis within one year revealed in 61,5% of pts was the usual feature of early RA. The most frequent false diagnoses in early RA were osteoarthritis (in 25,1%, reactive arthritis (in 24,9% and gout (in 4,6%. Male pts had longer morning stiffness, higher levels of C-reactive protein, more pronounced functional disability, T and В cell immunity activation than female. Conclusion. Understanding of essential clinical and immunologic features of early RA will allow to diagnose the disease in time.

  1. Sub-micron and nanoscale feature depth modulates alignment of stromal fibroblasts and corneal epithelial cells in serum-rich and serum-free media.

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    Fraser, Sarah A; Ting, Yuk-Hong; Mallon, Kelly S; Wendt, Amy E; Murphy, Christopher J; Nealey, Paul F

    2008-09-01

    Topographic features are generally accepted as being capable of modulating cell alignment. Of particular interest is the potential that topographic feature geometry induces cell alignment indirectly through impacting adsorbed proteins from the cell culture medium on the surface of the substrate. However, it has also been reported that micron-scale feature depth significantly impacts the level of alignment of cellular populations on topography, despite being orders of magnitude larger than the average adsorbed protein layer (nm). In order to better determine the impact of biomimetic length scale topography and adsorbed protein interaction on cellular morphology we have systematically investigated the effect of combinations of sub-micron to nanoscale feature depth and lateral pitch on corneal epithelial cell alignment. In addition we have used the unique properties of a serum-free media alternative in direct comparison to serum-rich medium to investigate the role of culture medium protein composition on cellular alignment to topographically patterned surfaces. Our observation that increasing groove depth elicited larger populations of corneal epithelial cells to align regardless of culture medium composition and of cell orientation with respect to the topography, suggests that these cells can sense changes in topographic feature depths independent of adsorbed proteins localized along ridge edges and tops. However, our data also suggests a strong combinatory effect of topography with culture medium composition, and also a cell type dependency in determining the level of cell elongation and alignment to nanoscale topographic features.

  2. Sex Differences in Clinical Features of Early, Treated Parkinson's Disease.

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    Erika F Augustine

    Full Text Available To improve our understanding of sex differences in the clinical characteristics of Parkinson's Disease, we sought to examine differences in the clinical features and disease severity of men and women with early treated Parkinson's Disease (PD enrolled in a large-scale clinical trial.Analysis was performed of baseline data from the National Institutes of Health Exploratory Trials in Parkinson's Disease (NET-PD Long-term Study-1, a randomized, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 10 grams of oral creatine/day in individuals with early, treated PD. We compared mean age at symptom onset, age at PD diagnosis, and age at randomization between men and women using t-test statistics. Sex differences in clinical features were evaluated, including: symptoms at diagnosis (motor and symptoms at randomization (motor, non-motor, and daily functioning.1,741 participants were enrolled (62.5% male. No differences were detected in mean age at PD onset, age at PD diagnosis, age at randomization, motor symptoms, or daily functioning between men and women. Differences in non-motor symptoms were observed, with women demonstrating better performance compared to men on SCOPA-COG (Z = 5.064, p<0.0001 and Symbol Digit Modality measures (Z = 5.221, p<0.0001.Overall, men and women did not demonstrate differences in clinical motor features early in the course of PD. However, the differences observed in non-motor cognitive symptoms suggests further assessment of the influence of sex on non-motor symptoms in later stages of PD is warranted.

  3. Serum Interleukin-6 Expression Level and Its Clinical Significance in Patients with Dermatomyositis

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    Min Yang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To analyze serum interleukin-6 (IL-6 expression level and its clinical significance in patients with dermatomyositis. Methods. Blood samples from 23 adult patients with dermatomyositis (DM, 22 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, 22 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA, 16 with Sjögren's syndrome (SS, and 20 healthy controls were collected. The IL-6 concentration was detected by chemiluminescence immunoassay. Correlations between IL-6 expression levels and clinical features or laboratory findings in patients with DM were investigated. Results. IL-6 expression level of DM patients was significantly higher than that of normal controls, significantly lower than that of RA patients, and slightly lower than that of SLE or SS patients with no significant differences. The incidence of fever was significantly higher in the IL-6 elevated group. Serum ferritin (SF and C-reactive protein (CRP were positively correlated with IL-6. Conclusions. IL-6 plays a less important role in DM than in RA. IL-6 monoclonal antibodies may have poor effect in patients with DM.

  4. Prevalence and Clinical Features of Atopic Dermatitis in China

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    Xin Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The epidemiology of atopic dermatitis (AD in Chinese outpatients is yet to be clarified. Objectives. To investigate population-based prevalence and clinical features of AD in Chinese outpatients. Methods. A multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted in outpatients with eczema or dermatitis from 39 tertiary hospitals in 15 provinces. Results. This study included 682 patients diagnosed with AD, with the mean age of 28.8±20.1 years and the median course of 5.3±6.9 years. AD patients had more severe itching (30.4% versus 13.8%, p<0.001 and clinically suspected bacterial infection (21.7% versus 16.1%, p<0.001 than those of other types of dermatitis. Older patients were more susceptible to have a history of flexion dermatitis (p<0.001, bacterial infection (p=0.005, and severe itching (p<0.001. Outpatients with clinically suspected bacterial infection had 3.53-fold increased risk of AD than those without it (p<0.001. The morbidity rate of AD in the (20–25°N region is 2.86 times higher than that in the (40–45°N region [OR (95% CI: 0.352 (0.241–0.514, p<0.001]. Conclusions. AD is characterized by unique clinical/demographic features. Bacterial infection and latitude region may have an impact on the incidence of AD in China.

  5. Clinical and pathological features of patients with nemaline myopathy.

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    Yin, Xi; Pu, Chuan Qiang; Wang, Qian; Liu, Jie Xiao; Mao, Yan Ling

    2014-07-01

    Nemaline myopathy (NM) is a rare congenital myopathy of great heterogeneity, characterized by the presence of rods in the cytoplasm of muscle fibers. This study aimed to summarize and analyze retrospectively the clinicopathological features of 28 patients with NM. Among the 28 patients, 15 were classified as of the typical congenital type, manifested as lower- or four-limb weakness as the first symptom and slowly progressive course. Six patients were classified as of childhood onset type, with lower-limb weakness and progressive course. Seven patients were classified as of the adult onset type, with rapidly progressive course and obvious muscle atrophy. Patient's 1, 16 and 23 had rapid clinical progression. On follow up, the three patients showed respiratory failure. Limb weakness in all patients was proximal‑dominant. Hypotonia was observed in most patients. High arched feet were also observed as dysmorfic features. In all patients, the creatine kinase (CK) level was normal or mildly elevated, and electromyography revealed myogenic changes. Nemaline bodies were observed under a light microscope in more than half of the patients' muscle fibers, and especially in type I fibers. All patients showed fiber type I predominance and atrophy. Modified Gömöri trichrome staining showed characteristic purple‑colored rods. Muscle electron microscopy revealed the presence of high electron‑dense nemaline bodies around the nucleus, and of a disorganized myofibrillar apparatus, with broken myofilaments and irregular myofibrils and Z lines. The 28 patients with NM shared a number of clinical features, such as proximal limb weakness, reduced deep tendon reflex and dysmorfic features. Differences were also observed between the three types of patients, with regards to course progression, disease severity and respiratory failure. In conclusion, patients with NM showed great clinical heterogeneity. The diagnosis of NM was mainly based on the muscle biopsy.

  6. Clinical features and course of ocular toxocariasis in adults.

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    Seong Joon Ahn

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical features, clinical course of granuloma, serologic findings, treatment outcome, and probable infection sources in adult patients with ocular toxocariasis (OT. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we examined 101 adult patients diagnosed clinically and serologically with OT. Serial fundus photographs and spectral domain optical coherence tomography images of all the patients were reviewed. A clinic-based case-control study on pet ownership, occupation, and raw meat ingestion history was performed to investigate the possible infection sources. RESULTS: Among the patients diagnosed clinically and serologically with OT, 69.6% showed elevated immunoglobulin E (IgE levels. Granuloma in OT involved all retinal layers and several vitreoretinal comorbidities were noted depending on the location of granuloma: posterior pole granuloma was associated with epiretinal membrane and retinal nerve fiber layer defects, whereas peripheral granuloma was associated with vitreous opacity. Intraocular migration of granuloma was observed in 15 of 93 patients (16.1%. Treatment with albendazole (400 mg twice a day for 2 weeks and corticosteroids (oral prednisolone; 0.5-1 mg/kg/day resulted in comparable outcomes to patients on corticosteroid monotherapy; however, the 6-month recurrence rate in patients treated with combined therapy (17.4% was significantly lower than that in patients treated with corticosteroid monotherapy (54.5%, P=0.045. Ingestion of raw cow liver (80.8% or meat (71.2% was significantly more common in OT patients than healthy controls. CONCLUSIONS: Our study discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies for OT. Evaluation of total IgE, in addition to anti-toxocara antibody, can assist in the serologic diagnosis of OT. Combined albendazole and corticosteroid therapy may reduce intraocular inflammation and recurrence. Migrating feature of granuloma is clinically important and may further suggest

  7. Serum tryptase monitoring in indolent systemic mastocytosis: association with disease features and patient outcome.

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    Almudena Matito

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Serum baseline tryptase (sBT is a minor diagnostic criterion for systemic mastocytosis (SM of undetermined prognostic impact. We monitored sBT levels in indolent SM (ISM patients and investigated its utility for predicting disease behaviour and outcome. METHODS: In total 74 adult ISM patients who were followed for ≥48 months and received no cytoreductive therapy were retrospectively studied. Patients were classified according to the pattern of evolution of sBT observed. RESULTS: Overall 16/74 (22% cases had decreasing sBT levels, 48 (65% patients showed increasing sBT levels and 10 (13% patients showed a fluctuating pattern. Patients with significantly increasing sBT (sBT slope ≥0.15 after 48 months of follow-up showed a slightly greater rate of development of diffuse bone sclerosis (13% vs. 2% and hepatomegaly plus splenomegaly (16% vs. 5%, as well as a significantly greater frequency of multilineage vs. mast cells (MC-restricted KIT mutation (p = 0.01 together with a greater frequency of cases with progression of ISM to smouldering and aggressive SM (p = 0.03, and a shorter progression-free survival (p = 0.03. CONCLUSIONS: Monitoring of sBT in ISM patients is closely associated with poor prognosis disease features as well as with disease progression, pointing out the need for a closer follow-up in ISM patients with progressively increasing sBT values.

  8. Computational phenotype discovery using unsupervised feature learning over noisy, sparse, and irregular clinical data.

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    Thomas A Lasko

    Full Text Available Inferring precise phenotypic patterns from population-scale clinical data is a core computational task in the development of precision, personalized medicine. The traditional approach uses supervised learning, in which an expert designates which patterns to look for (by specifying the learning task and the class labels, and where to look for them (by specifying the input variables. While appropriate for individual tasks, this approach scales poorly and misses the patterns that we don't think to look for. Unsupervised feature learning overcomes these limitations by identifying patterns (or features that collectively form a compact and expressive representation of the source data, with no need for expert input or labeled examples. Its rising popularity is driven by new deep learning methods, which have produced high-profile successes on difficult standardized problems of object recognition in images. Here we introduce its use for phenotype discovery in clinical data. This use is challenging because the largest source of clinical data - Electronic Medical Records - typically contains noisy, sparse, and irregularly timed observations, rendering them poor substrates for deep learning methods. Our approach couples dirty clinical data to deep learning architecture via longitudinal probability densities inferred using Gaussian process regression. From episodic, longitudinal sequences of serum uric acid measurements in 4368 individuals we produced continuous phenotypic features that suggest multiple population subtypes, and that accurately distinguished (0.97 AUC the uric-acid signatures of gout vs. acute leukemia despite not being optimized for the task. The unsupervised features were as accurate as gold-standard features engineered by an expert with complete knowledge of the domain, the classification task, and the class labels. Our findings demonstrate the potential for achieving computational phenotype discovery at population scale. We expect such

  9. Computational phenotype discovery using unsupervised feature learning over noisy, sparse, and irregular clinical data.

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    Lasko, Thomas A; Denny, Joshua C; Levy, Mia A

    2013-01-01

    Inferring precise phenotypic patterns from population-scale clinical data is a core computational task in the development of precision, personalized medicine. The traditional approach uses supervised learning, in which an expert designates which patterns to look for (by specifying the learning task and the class labels), and where to look for them (by specifying the input variables). While appropriate for individual tasks, this approach scales poorly and misses the patterns that we don't think to look for. Unsupervised feature learning overcomes these limitations by identifying patterns (or features) that collectively form a compact and expressive representation of the source data, with no need for expert input or labeled examples. Its rising popularity is driven by new deep learning methods, which have produced high-profile successes on difficult standardized problems of object recognition in images. Here we introduce its use for phenotype discovery in clinical data. This use is challenging because the largest source of clinical data - Electronic Medical Records - typically contains noisy, sparse, and irregularly timed observations, rendering them poor substrates for deep learning methods. Our approach couples dirty clinical data to deep learning architecture via longitudinal probability densities inferred using Gaussian process regression. From episodic, longitudinal sequences of serum uric acid measurements in 4368 individuals we produced continuous phenotypic features that suggest multiple population subtypes, and that accurately distinguished (0.97 AUC) the uric-acid signatures of gout vs. acute leukemia despite not being optimized for the task. The unsupervised features were as accurate as gold-standard features engineered by an expert with complete knowledge of the domain, the classification task, and the class labels. Our findings demonstrate the potential for achieving computational phenotype discovery at population scale. We expect such data

  10. Hepatic angiomyolipoma: Dynamic computed tomography features and clinical correlation

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    Bin Yang; Wen-Hui Chen; Qiao-Yun Li; Jing-Jing Xiang; Ru-Jun Xu

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To study the dynamic computed tomography (CT) features of hepatic angiomyolipoma (AML) in patients with or without tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). METHODS: The clinical information, CT findings and histopathological results of hepatic AML were analyzed retrospectively in 10 patients. RESULTS: Hepatic AML was prone to occur in female patients (7/10), and most of the patients (8/10) had no specific symptoms. All tumors presented as welldefined, unenveloped nodules in the liver. Six patients with sporadic hepatic AML had a solitary hepatic nodule with a definite fat component. Non-fat components of the hepatic lesions were enhanced earlier and persistently. Prominent central vessels were noted in the portal venous phase in three patients. In four patients with hepatic AML and TSC, most of the nodules were within the peripheral liver. Seven fatdeficient nodules were found with earlier contrast enhancement and rapid contrast material washout in two patients. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis was found in one patient.CONCLUSION: Imaging features of hepatic AML are characteristic. Correct diagnosis preoperatively can be made in combination with clinical features.

  11. Histopathological features predictive of a clinical diagnosis of ophthalmic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA).

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    Isa, Hazlita; Lightman, Sue; Luthert, Philip J; Rose, Geoffrey E; Verity, David H; Taylor, Simon R J

    2012-01-01

    The limited form of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA), formerly known as Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG) primarily involves the head and neck region, including the orbit, but is often a diagnostic challenge, particularly as it commonly lacks positive anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA) titres or classical features on diagnostic orbital biopsies. The purpose of this study was to relate biopsy findings with clinical outcome and to determine which histopathological features are predictive of a clinical diagnosis of GPA. Retrospective case series of 234 patients identified from the database of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Department of Eye Pathology as having had orbital biopsies of orbital inflammatory disorders performed between 1988 and 2009. Clinical records were obtained for the patients and analysed to see whether patients had GPA or not, according to a standard set of diagnostic criteria (excluding any histopathological findings). Biopsy features were then correlated with the clinical diagnosis in univariate and multivariate analyses to determine factors predictive of GPA. Of the 234 patients, 36 were diagnosed with GPA and 198 with other orbital pathologies. The majority of biopsies were from orbital masses (47%). Histology showed a range of acute and chronic inflammatory pictures in all biopsies, but the presence of neutrophils (PGPA. In a multivariate analysis, only tissue neutrophils (OR=3.6, P=0.01) and vasculitis (OR=2.6, P=0.02) were independently associated with GPA, in contrast to previous reports associating eosinophils and necrosis with the diagnosis. Neutrophil, eosinophil and macrophage infiltration of orbital tissues, together with vasculitis and necrosis, are all associated with a clinical diagnosis of GPA, but only neutrophil infiltration and vasculitis are independently associated with this diagnosis. These features may assist in the establishing the diagnosis of limited GPA among patients with early orbital disease, particularly

  12. Pilonidal sinus disease - Etiological factors, pathogenesis and clinical features

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    Kazim Duman

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available and lsquo;Pilonidal sinus' disease, which is most commonly seen in reproductive populations, such as young adults - mostly in males who are in their twenties - is actually a controversial disease in that there is no consensus on its many facets. It is sometimes seen as an infected abscess draining from an opening or a lesion extending to the perineum. It may also present as a draining fistula opening to skin. In terms of etiological factors, various theories (main theories being congenital and acquired have been established since it was first described, no universal understanding achieved. A long and significant post-operative care period with different lengths of recovery depending on the type of operation are quite prevalent with regards to recurrence and complication status. In order to prevent recurrence and improve the quality of life, etiological and predisposing factors as well as clinical features of sacrococcygeal pilonidal disease should be well known, a detailed differential diagnosis should be made, and a suitable and timely intervention should be performed. It was aimed here to explain the etiological factors, pathogenesis and clinical features of the disease that may present with various clinical symptoms. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2016; 5(4.000: 228-232

  13. Hemicrania Continua: Functional Imaging and Clinical Features With Diagnostic Implications.

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    Sahler, Kristen

    2013-04-10

    This review focuses on summarizing 2 pivotal articles in the clinical and pathophysiologic understanding of hemicrania continua (HC). The first article, a functional imaging project, identifies both the dorsal rostral pons (a region associated with the generation of migraines) and the posterior hypothalamus (a region associated with the generation of cluster and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing [SUNCT]) as active during HC. The second article is a summary of the clinical features seen in a prospective cohort of HC patients that carry significant diagnostic implications. In particular, they identify a wider range of autonomic signs than what is currently included in the International Headache Society criteria (including an absence of autonomic signs in a small percentage of patients), a high frequency of migrainous features, and the presence of aggravation and/or restlessness during attacks. Wide variations in exacerbation length, frequency, pain description, and pain location (including side-switching pain) are also noted. Thus, a case is made for widening and modifying the clinical diagnostic criteria used to identify patients with HC.

  14. The Clinical Features of Myositis-Associated Autoantibodies: a Review.

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    Gunawardena, Harsha

    2017-02-01

    The idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIM) are a group of autoimmune diseases traditionally defined by clinical manifestations including skeletal muscle weakness, skin rashes, elevated skeletal muscle enzymes, and neurophysiological and/or histological evidence of muscle inflammation. Patients with myositis overlap can develop other features including parenchymal lung disease, inflammatory arthritis, gastrointestinal manifestations and marked constitutional symptoms. Although patients may be diagnosed as having polymyositis (PM) or dermatomyositis (DM) under the IIM spectrum, it is quite clear that disease course between subgroups of patients is different. For example, interstitial lung disease may predominate in some, whereas cutaneous complications, cancer risk, or severe refractory myopathy may be a significant feature in others. Therefore, tools that facilitate diagnosis and indicate which patients require more detailed investigation for disease complications are invaluable in clinical practice. The expanding field of autoantibodies (autoAbs) associated with connective tissue disease (CTD)-myositis overlap has generated considerable interest over the last few years. Using an immunological diagnostic approach, this group of heterogeneous conditions can be separated into a number of distinct clinical phenotypes. Rather than diagnose a patient as simply having PM, DM or overlap CTD, we can define syndromes to differentiate disease subsets that emphasise clinical outcomes and guide management. There are now over 15 CTD-myositis overlap autoAbs found in patients with a range of clinical manifestations including interstitial pneumonia, cutaneous disease, cancer-associated myositis and autoimmune-mediated necrotising myopathy. This review describes their diagnostic utility, potential role in disease monitoring and response to treatment. In the future, routine use of these autoAb will allow a stratified approach to managing this complex set of conditions.

  15. Overlapping Clinical Features Between NAFLD and Metabolic Syndrome in Children

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    Anna Alisi

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD is a cluster of pathological liver conditions of emerging importance in overweight and obese children. NAFLD is associated with central obesity, insulin resistance, and dyslipidaemia, which are considered to be the main features of metabolic syndrome (MetS. Prevention of the adverse outcomes of NAFLD, as well as the risk of MetS, depends on the identification of genetic background and environmental factors that modulate susceptibility to these diseases. However, several lines of evidence highlight the strong correlation and co-currency of these two chronic diseases, both in children and in adults. In the present review, we provide an overview of the current clinical proofs on the link between NAFLD and MetS in children, with particular focus on all the possible overlapping features that connect them at paediatric age.

  16. Clinical significance of serum expression of GROβ in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Qiao-Mei Dong; Jin-Qiang Zhang; Qian Li; Jacqueline C Bracher; Denver T Hendricks; Xiao-Hang Zhao

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To determine the association between serum levels of growth-related gene product β (GROβ) and clinical parameters in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, serum GROβ levels were measured in ESCC patients (n = 72) and healthy volunteers (n = 83). The association between serum levels of GROβ and clinical parameters of ESCC was analyzed statistically. RESULTS: The serum GROβ levels were much higher in ESCC patients than in healthy controls (median: 645 ng/L vs 269 ng/L, P < 0.05). Serum GROβ levels were correlated positively with tumor size, lymph node metastasis, and tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) staging, but not with gender or the histological grade of tumors in ESCC patients. The sensitivity and specificity of the assay for serum GROβ were 73.61% and 56.63%, respectively. CONCLUSION: GROβ may function as an oncogene product and contribute to tumorigenesis and metastasis of ESCC.

  17. Obesity, age, ethnicity, and clinical features of prostate cancer patients

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    Wu, Victor J; Pang, Darren; Tang, Wendell W; Zhang, Xin; Li, Li; You, Zongbing

    2017-01-01

    Approximately 36.5% of the U.S. adults (≥ 20 years old) are obese. Obesity has been associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and several types of cancer. The present study included 1788 prostate cancer patients who were treated with radical prostatectomy at the Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, Louisiana, from January, 2001 to March, 2016. The patient’s medical records were retrospectively reviewed. Body mass index (BMI), age, ethnicity (Caucasians versus African Americans), clinical stage, Gleason score, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were retrieved. The relative risk of the patients was stratified into low risk and high risk groups. Associative analyses found that BMI was associated with age, clinical stage, Gleason score, but not ethnicity, PSA levels, or the relative risk in this cohort. Age was associated with ethnicity, clinical stage, Gleason score, and PSA levels, as well as the relative risk. Ethnicity was associated with Gleason score and PSA levels as well as the relative risk, but not clinical stage. These findings suggest that obesity is associated with advanced prostate cancer with stage T3 or Gleason score ≥ 7 diseases, and age and ethnicity are important factors that are associated with the clinical features of prostate cancer patients.

  18. INCIDENCE AND CLINICAL FEATURES OF SNAKEBITE CELLULITIS AT KIMS, HUBLI

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A single centre study was planned to asses the incidence and clinical feature of snake bite cellulitis in order to find out the nature and burden of the disease. OBJECTIVES: To assess incidence and clinical features of snake bite cellulitis. METHODOLOGY: This present one year prospective study was conducted in the Department of Surgery, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli. Out of 520 total cases of snake bites 66 patients with cellulitis changes were studied. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: The data obtained was coded and entered in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The categorical data was expressed as rates, ratios and percentages. RESULTS: Out of 520 total snake bite cases, 66 patients developed signs of cellulitis. In patients with cellulitis 49(74.24% were males and 17(25.75% were females. In patients with cellulitis, most were aged between 31 to 45 years (36.36% and 19 to 30 years (34.84.The mean age of the study population was 32.43 ± 13.75 years. Majority of the patients (74.24% had snake bite on lower limbs. Most common symptom complex noted was pain + swelling in 30(39.39% of the patients followed by pain in 9(13.6%, swelling in 6(9%, pain+swelling+fever in 4(6%, pain + discolouration in 2(3% and pain + fever in 1(1.5% of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: The present study shows high incidence of cellulitis in patients with snake bite and most common clinical feature is cellulitis is pain + swelling. So in any case of snake of snake bite we should take the proper precautionary measures to prevent cellulitis. If cellulitis has already formed, then it should be treated without delay in order to prevent limb loss, compartment syndrome, other morbidities and even death.

  19. Clinical and microbiologic features of dacryocystitis-related orbital cellulitis.

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    Wladis, Edward J; Shinder, Roman; LeFebvre, Daniel R; Sokol, Jason A; Boyce, Michelle

    2016-10-01

    Dacryocystitis-related orbital cellulitis is a relatively rare condition, and large case series of this clinical entity have been reported. This study was undertaken to identify a larger cohort of patients with this ailment, with the intent of defining its clinical and microbiologic features. Case logs from four institutions were reviewed to identify patients that suffered from dacryocystitis-related orbital cellulitis. A retrospective chart review was then performed to identify clinical features, management strategies, microbiologic features, and outcomes. A dedicated statistical software package was utilized to identify correlations between these variables. 13 patients (7 females, 6 males; mean age = 57.2 years, range = 7-89 years) were identified. One patient carried a diagnosis of immunosuppressive disease. All patients underwent emergent surgical drainage and received intravenous antibiotics. Primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction was found to be the underlying etiology in nine cases (69.2%), whereas four patients suffered from specific causes of their obstructions. An average of 1.07 organisms/patient (standard deviation = 0.49 organisms/patient) were recovered from microbiologic cultures, and Gram-positive bacteria represented the majority of cultured organisms. All patients experienced either stable or improved vision upon discharge. The relationships between a specific etiology and the possibility of vision loss or the number of organisms cultured, between the number of organisms cultured and vision loss, and immunosuppression and vision loss or the number of organisms cultured were all not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Dacryocystitis-related orbital cellulitis most commonly occurs in adult patients who do not carry immunosuppressive diagnoses and suffer from primary obstructions. Multiple microbiologic species may cause this problem, although Gram-positive organisms are most common. With appropriate management, stable or improved vision

  20. Inclusion body myositis Clinical features and clinical course of the disease in 64 patients.

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    Badrising, U.A.; Maat-Schieman, M.L.; Houwelingen, J.C. van; Doorn, P.A. van; Duinen, S.G. van; Engelen, B.G.M. van; Faber, C.G.; Hoogendijk, J.E.; Jager, A.E.J. de; Koehler, P.J.; Visser, M. de; Verschuuren, J.J.; Wintzen, A.R.

    2005-01-01

    The clinical features of inclusion body myositis (IBM) were of minor importance in the design of consensus diagnostic criteria, mainly because of controversial views on the specificity of signs and symptoms, although some authors reported "typical" signs. To re-assess the clinical spectrum of IBM, a

  1. Comparison of clinical and biologic features of Kingella kingae and Staphylococcus aureus arthritis at initial evaluation.

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    Basmaci, Romain; Lorrot, Mathie; Bidet, Philippe; Doit, Catherine; Vitoux, Christine; Penneçot, Georges; Mazda, Keyvan; Bingen, Edouard; Ilharreborde, Brice; Bonacorsi, Stéphane

    2011-10-01

    We conducted a retrospective study comparing the presenting clinical and biologic features of 64 children who had septic arthritis caused by Kingella kingae with 26 children who had septic arthritis caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Children with K. kingae septic arthritis were significantly younger than those with S. aureus septic arthritis. Otherwise, there were no significant differences between the 2 groups with respect to fever, location, white blood cell count, synovial fluid cell count, C-reactive protein, or serum fibrinogen. However, the clinical course was significantly better for children with septic arthritis caused by K. kingae as evidenced by shorter hospitalization and fewer adverse events. Presumptive antibiotic therapy for septic arthritis in young infants should take into account both of these pathogens, even in case of mild presentation.

  2. Clinical Features of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorders

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    Hai Chen; Shi-Meng Liu; Xu-Xiang Zhang; Ya-Ou Liu; Si-Zhao Li; Zheng Liu; Hui-Qing Dong

    2016-01-01

    Background:Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) was long believed to be an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS).This study aimed to describe the clinical features of patients with MS and NMOSD to assist in differential diagnoses in clinical practice.Methods:Data including the patients' serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tests,image findings,and clinical information from 175 patients with MS or NMOSD at Xuanwu Hospital,Capital Medical University from November 2012 to May 2014 were collected and analyzed retrospectively.An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to detect the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)autoantibodies in CSF and serum.Cell-based assays were used to detect aquaporin-4-antibody (AQP4-Ab).The Chi-square test was used to compare the categorical variables.Wilcoxon rank sum test was performed to analyze the continuous variables.Results:Totally 85 MS patients (49%) and 90 NMOSD patients (51%) were enrolled,including 124 (71%) women and 51 (29%) men.Fewer MS patients (6%) had autoimmune diseases compared to NMOSD (19%) (22 =6.9,P < 0.01).Patients with NMOSD had higher Expanded Disability Status Scale scores (3.5 [3]) than MS group (2 [2]) (Z =-3.69,P < 0.01).The CSF levels of white cell count and protein in both two groups were slightly elevated than the normal range,without significant difference between each other.Positivity of serum AQP4-Ab in NMOSD patients was higher than that in MS patients (MS:0,NMOSD:67%;x2 =63.9,P < 0.01).Oligoclonal bands in CSF among NMOSD patients were remarkably lower than that among MS (MS:59%,NMOSD:20%;x2 =25.7,P < 0.01).No significant difference of MOG autoantibodies was found between the two groups.Conclusion:The different CSF features combined with clinical,magnetic resonance imaging,and serum characteristics between Chinese patients with MS and NMOSD could assist in the differential diagnosis.

  3. Uncovering Clinical Features of De Novo Philadelphia Positive Myelodysplasia

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    Aristides Armas

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS is cytogenetically heterogeneous and retains variable risk for acute myeloid leukemia transformation. Though not yet fully understood, there is an association between genetic abnormalities and defects in gene expression. The functional role for infrequent cytogenetic alteration remains unclear. An uncommon chromosomic abnormality is the presence of the Philadelphia (Ph chromosome. Here, we report a patient with Ph+ MDS treated with low dose Dasatinib who achieved hematologic response for 7 months. In addition, we also examined the English literature on all de novo Ph + MDS cases between 1996 and 2015 to gain insight into clinical features and outcome.

  4. Uncovering Clinical Features of De Novo Philadelphia Positive Myelodysplasia

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    Armas, Aristides; Chen, Chen; Mims, Martha

    2017-01-01

    Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is cytogenetically heterogeneous and retains variable risk for acute myeloid leukemia transformation. Though not yet fully understood, there is an association between genetic abnormalities and defects in gene expression. The functional role for infrequent cytogenetic alteration remains unclear. An uncommon chromosomic abnormality is the presence of the Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome. Here, we report a patient with Ph+ MDS treated with low dose Dasatinib who achieved hematologic response for 7 months. In addition, we also examined the English literature on all de novo Ph + MDS cases between 1996 and 2015 to gain insight into clinical features and outcome. PMID:28321349

  5. Histomorphological classification of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: A critical evaluation of clinical, histologic and morphometric features

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    Prasenjit Das

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS has recently been divided into five subtypes by the Columbia classification. However, little is known about the incidence of these subtypes in the Indian population. In addition, there are very few studies evaluating the clinico-pathologic features with morphometric parameters in these subtypes. This study was aimed at evaluating the clinical, histopathological and morphometric parameters in various subtypes of FSGS at our referral center. Sixty-five (65 cases of idiopathic FSGS, diagnosed over two years (2006-2007, were included in the study. Detailed clinical and biochemical investigations were noted. Histological sections were reviewed and cases classified according to the Columbia classification and various glomerular and tubulo-interstitial features were noted. Glomerular morphometry on digitized images was performed using image analysis software. Renal biopsies with minimal change disease were used as controls for morphometric evaluation. In this study, FSGS not otherwise specified (NOS was the most common subtype (44.6%, followed by perihilar FSGS (24.6%, collapsing (13.8%, tip (12.3% and cellular FSGS (4.6%. Collapsing subtype showed significantly shorter duration of symptoms and higher degree of proteinuria, mean serum urea and creatinine compared with the other subtypes. On histologic analysis, features like glomerular hyalinosis, capsular adhesion, mesangial proliferation and visceral epithelial cell prominence (VEP were frequently seen. The cases with VEP had a shorter duration of symptoms and a higher mean serum creatinine and 24-h urine protein excretion compared with those without VEP. The morphometric study revealed a significant higher mean glomerular area in the NOS, perihilar and collapsing variants as compared with the control biopsies. The present study highlights the differences in the prevalence in the FSGS subtypes in our population compared with the western data. Also, the

  6. [The epidemiological and clinical features of 208 patients with trichinosis].

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    Wang, Z; Cui, J; Jin, X

    1996-06-01

    In order to know the epidemiological and clinical features of trichinosis, the data of 208 patients with trichinosis from 1992 to 1994 were analysed. The results showed that these patients came from 11 districts, and acquired the infection mainly by tasting the raw pork filling for dumplings or ingesting instant-boiled pork or mutton. The incidence of trichinosis is high in winter. Young and middle-aged workers and cadres constituted the majority of the patients and the infection was more common in the males than in females. The main clinical manifestations of trichinosis were prolonged fever, general myalgia, muscle weekness and eosinophilia. Most of the patients had no gastrointestinal symptoms and skin eruption. Eyelid edema was only seen in the early stage. Serological tests were significant value in the diagnosis of trichinosis. The key measures to prevent trichinosis were that meat inspection should be strictly carried out and bad eating habit changed.

  7. Radiological and clinical features of vein of Galen malformations.

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    Chow, Maggie L; Cooke, Daniel L; Fullerton, Heather J; Amans, Matthew R; Narvid, Jared; Dowd, Christopher F; Higashida, Randall T; Halbach, Van V; Hetts, Steven W

    2015-06-01

    Vein of Galen malformations (VOGMs) are rare and complex congenital arteriovenous fistulas. The clinical and radiological features of VOGMs and their relation to clinical outcomes are not fully characterized. To examine the clinical and radiological features of VOGMs and the predictors of outcome in patients. We retrospectively reviewed the available imaging and medical records of all patients with VOGMs treated at the University of California, San Francisco between 1986 and 2013. Radiological and clinical features were identified. We applied the modified Rankin Scale to determine functional outcome by chart review. Predictors of outcome were assessed by χ(2) analyses. Forty-one cases were confirmed as VOGM. Most patients (78%) had been diagnosed with VOGM in the first year of life. Age at treatment was bimodally distributed, with predominantly urgent embolization at <10 days of age and elective embolization after 1 year of age. Patients commonly presented with hydrocephalus (65.9%) and congestive heart failure (61.0%). Mixed-type (31.7%) VOGM was more common in our cohort than purely mural (29.3%) or choroidal (26.8%) types. The most common feeding arteries were the choroidal and posterior cerebral arteries. Transarterial embolization with coils was the most common technique used to treat VOGMs at our institution. Functional outcome was normal or only mildly disabled in 50% of the cases at last follow-up (median=3 years, range=0-23 years). Younger age at first diagnosis, congestive heart failure, and seizures were predictive of adverse clinical outcome. The survival rate in our sample was 78.0% and complete thrombosis of the VOGM was achieved in 62.5% of patients. VOGMs continue to be challenging to treat and manage. Nonetheless, endovascular approaches to treatment are continuing to be refined and improved, with increasing success. The neurodevelopmental outcomes of affected children whose VOGMs are treated may be good in many cases. Published by the BMJ

  8. Hypoparathyroidism: clinical features, skeletal microstructure and parathyroid hormone replacement

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    Rubin, Mishaela R.; Bilezikian, John P.

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    Objective Hypoparathyroidism is a disorder in which parathyroid hormone is deficient in the circulation due most often to immunological destruction of the parathyroids or to their surgical removal. The objective of this work was to define the abnormalities in skeletal microstructure as well as to establish the potential efficacy of PTH(1-84) replacement in this disorder. Subjects and methods Standard histomorphometric and μCT analyses were performed on iliac crest bone biopsies obtained from patients with hypoparathyroidism. Participants were treated with PTH(1-84) for two years. Results Bone density was increased and skeletal features reflected the low turnover state with greater BV/TV, Tb. Wi and Ct. Wi as well as suppressed MS and BFR/BS as compared to controls. With PTH(1-84), bone turnover and bone mineral density increased in the lumbar spine. Requirements for calcium and vitamin D fell while serum and urinary calcium concentrations did not change. Conclusion Abnormal microstructure of the skeleton in hypoparathyroidism reflects the absence of PTH. Replacement therapy with PTH has the potential to correct these abnormalities as well as to reduce the requirements for calcium and vitamin D. PMID:20485912

  9. Clinical Features and Extraintestinal Manifestations of Crohn Disease in Children

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    Lee, Young Ah; Chun, Peter; Hwang, Eun Ha; Mun, Sang Wook; Lee, Yeoun Joo

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical features and extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) of Crohn disease (CD) in Korean pediatric patients. Methods The medical records of 73 children diagnosed with CD were retrospectively reviewed. Data regarding baseline demographic and clinical characteristics, including CD phenotype at diagnosis based on the Montreal classification, and clinical features and course of EIMs were investigated. Results Fifty-two (71.2%) of the patients were males. The mean age of the patients was 12.5 years. The mean follow-up period was 3.4 years. The disease location was ileal in 3 (4.1%) of the patients, colonic in 13 (17.8%), ileocolonic in 56 (76.7%). The clinical behavior was inflammatory in 62 (84.9%) of the patients, stricturing in 8 (11.0%), and penetrating in 3 (4.1%). Perianal abscesses or fistulas were found in 37 (50.7%) of the patients. EIMs observed during the study period were anal skin tag in 25 patients (34.2%), hypertransaminasemia in 20 (27.4%), peripheral arthritis in 2 (2.7%), erythema nodosum in 2 (2.7%), vulvitis in 1 (1.4%), uveitis in 1 (1.4%), and pulmonary thromboembolism in 1 (1.4%). Conclusion Perianal diseases and manifestations were present in more than half of Korean pediatric CD patients at diagnosis. Inspection of the anus should be mandatory in Korean children with suspicious CD, as perianal fistulas, abscesses, and anal skin tags may be the first clue to the diagnosis of CD. PMID:28090468

  10. Clinical features of gout in a cohort of Italian patients

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    M.A. Cimmino

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the clinical characteristics of gout and its diagnostic approach in a group of Italian patients. Methods: In a retrospective analysis, we evaluated 72 consecutive gouty patients examined in the years 2000-2007.We recorded demographic data, family history, comorbidities and disease characteristics (seasonality of the attacks, joints affected, serum uric acid concentration, and treatment. Result: 63/72 (87.5% patients were men and 9 women, with mean age 61.9±13.7 years. 8/72 (11.1% patients reported a familial history of gout. The first attack occurred mainly in the months of June, July and December. The first metatarsophalangeal joint was affected in 59.7% of patients and the hand in 25%. Treatment changed over the follow- up period, with a decreased use of NSAIDs (p<0.0001 and an increased use of colchicine (p=0.015 and allopurinol (p<0.0001. In 9 (12.5% patients, joint aspiration was performed and monosodium urate crystals were found in synovial fluid or tophi. 42/72 (58.3% patients fulfilled a minimum of 6 clinical criteria of the American College of Rheumatology, necessary for gout diagnosis. 47/72 (65.3% patients, met the EULAR recommendations and had an 82% probability of being affected by gout. Conclusions: The diagnosis of gout is not always easy because of its changing clinical spectrum. Identification of MSU crystals in joint aspirates was obtained only in a minority of patients. In this setting the diagnosis with gout was often based on the observation of an acute intermittent monoarthritis involving mainly the first metatarsophlangeal joint, associated with hyperuricaemia and responsive to colchicine.

  11. Clinical Features of Right-sided Infective Endocarditis

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    杨莉; 伍卫; 王景峰; 张燕; 张小玲

    2002-01-01

    Objective To discuss thepathogenesis, etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of right-sided infective endocarditis (RIE) . Methods To investigate retrospectively the clinical data of patients with RIE admitted in our hospital from Jan 1985 to Dec 2000.Results There were 17 cases of RIE (12 male, 5female, mean age 22 years), among which 7 with congenital heart disease, 1 with pacemaker implantation and 9 with a history of intravenous drug abuse but without underlying heart disease. Fever and multiple pulmonary emboli were the major clinical manifestations. Blood cultures were positive in 8 cases with Staphylococcus aureus as the predominant microorganism. Echocardiography detected right heart vegetations in all cases, with tricuspid valve as the structure most frequently affected. Most patients were successfully treated with antimicrobials. The outcome was favourable, with a mortality of 11.8 % . Conclusions The clinical features of RIE are different from that of left-sided infective endocarditis (LIE) . Echocardiography plays an important role in the diagnosis of RIE.

  12. [Clinical and histopathological observation and determination of serum IgE levels in patients with dermographism].

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    Wang, Z

    1992-12-01

    In 50 cases of dermographism, clinical and histopathological observations were made and serum IgE levels were measured. The results showed that serum IgE levels in patients with dermographism were increased significantly (P < 0.01) as compared with the control group. The role of increased IgE in the pathogenesis of the disease is discussed.

  13. Variation in serum biomarkers with sex and female hormonal status: Implications for clinical tests

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    J.M. Ramsey (Jordan); J.D. Cooper (Jason); B.W.J.H. Penninx (Brenda); S. Bahn (Sabine)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractFew serum biomarker tests are implemented in clinical practice and recent reports raise concerns about poor reproducibility of biomarker studies. Here, we investigated the potential role of sex and female hormonal status in this widespread irreproducibility. We examined 171 serum protein

  14. The clinical role of increase of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 concentration in patients with acute coronary syndrome

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    Qiang Hua; Zhou Zhaoxia; Sun Chaofeng; Ma Aiqun; Cheng Hua; Zhou Ping

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical role of the variation of serum matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8)concentration in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods ELISA method was adopted to detect serum MMP-8 concentration and to observe concentration's differences and features among 80 selected ACS cases (43 acute myocardial infarction and 37 unstable angina pectoris), 43 stable angina pectoris (SAP) cases and 37 control cases.And meanwhile the atherosclerosis risk factors of each case, such as age, sex, hypertension, body mass index, smoking,family history, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia were collected and analyzed as a whole. Results First, serum MMP-8 concentration reached the highest point in ACS, and there was significant difference between SAP and control groups (P0.05). Third, Logistic regression analysis revealed that serum MMP-8 concentration might be the indicator of ACS (B=4.493, P=0.000), particularly, that of AMI (B=9.961,P=0.000). Fourth, linear correlation and linear regression analysis found that only neutrophil was likely to influence serum MMP-8 concentration (r=0.274, P=0.001). Fifth, in the diagnosis of ACS, the area under ROC curve of MMP-8 was 0.785, the sensitivity and specificity were 68.6% and 76.5%, respectively. Conclusion ① Serum MMP-8 concentration has close relationship with the occurrence of ACS, particularly with AMI;② Serum MMP-8 concentration may be one of the predicting indicators of ACS and particularly of AMI;③ Neutrophil may be correlated with serum MMP-8 concentration;④ MMP-8 is of somewhat valuable in diagnosing ACS.

  15. Clinical features and multidisciplinary approaches to dementia care

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    2011-05-01

    pathological burden. Future research goals are outlined, with a call to action for social policy initiatives that promote preventive lifestyle behaviors, and healthcare programs that will support the growing number of individuals affected by dementia.Keywords: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, clinical features, multidisciplinary care, BPSD, prodromal dementia

  16. Prevalence and Clinical Features of Focal Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.

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    Kato, Ken; Kitahara, Hideki; Fujimoto, Yoshihide; Sakai, Yoshiaki; Ishibashi, Iwao; Himi, Toshiharu; Kobayashi, Yoshio

    2016-07-25

    Because it is difficult to distinguish between focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy and aborted myocardial infarction, there is little information about the prevalence and clinical features of focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Our cardiac catheterization databases were queried to identify patients with focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy and other types of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. We defined focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy as hypo-, a- or dyskinesis in both anterolateral and septal segments without obstructive coronary artery disease explaining the wall motion abnormality. A total of 10 patients were diagnosed with focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The control group comprised patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy with apical, mid-ventricular, or basal ballooning. Clinical features and in-hospital outcomes were compared between patients with focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy and those with other types of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Among the 144 patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the apical, mid-ventricular, basal, and focal types occurred in 85 (59.0%), 49 (34.0%), 0 (0%), and 10 patients (6.9%), respectively. The left ventricular ejection fraction was significantly higher in the focal group compared with the apical and mid-ventricular group (56±13 vs. 45±13 vs. 46±12%, P=0.03). In-hospital outcome was not significantly different among the 3 groups. Focal takotsubo cardiomyopathy is not rare. Biplane left ventriculography is useful for its diagnosis. (Circ J 2016; 80: 1824-1829).

  17. Clinical and epidemiological features of AIDS/tuberculosis comorbidity

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    Song Alice Tung Wan

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Considering the relevance of AIDS/tuberculosis comorbidity worldwide, especially in Brazil, this study was developed to describe the clinical and epidemiological features of the comorbid cases identified from 1989 to 1997 by the epidemiology service of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Universidade de São Paulo. METHODS: Databases containing information on all identified AIDS/tuberculosis cases cared for at the hospital were used to gather information on comorbid cases. RESULTS: During the period, 559 patients were identified as presenting with AIDS/tuberculosis comorbidity. Risk behavior for AIDS was primarily heterosexual contact (38.9%, followed by intravenous drug use (29.3% and homosexual/bisexual contact (23.2%. Regarding clinical features, there were higher rates of extrapulmonary tuberculosis when compared to tuberculosis without comorbidity. There was an increase in reporting of AIDS by ambulatory units during the period. Epidemiologically, there was a decrease in the male/female ratio, a predominance in the 20 to 39 year-old age group, and a majority of individuals who had less than 8 years of schooling and had low professional qualifications. CONCLUSIONS: High rates of AIDS/tuberculosis cases at our hospital indicate the need for better attention towards early detection of tuberculosis, especially in its extrapulmonary form. Since the population that attends this hospital tends to be of a lower socioeconomic status, better management of AIDS and tuberculosis is required to increase the rates of treatment adherence and thus lower the social costs.

  18. Serum vitamin D level – the effect on the clinical course of psoriasis

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    Beata Bergler-Czop

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction : Psoriasis is a hyperproliferative disorder of the skin, and vitamin D analogs are widely used in its treatment. It is evident that ultraviolet radiation enables vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol formation in the epidermis, and this product is further converted into the active metabolites 25-hydroxycholecalciferol and 1,25-hydroxycholecalciferol, which exert several important effects on the skin. The disruption in proper functioning of the skin which occurs in psoriasis leads to a loss of capacity for cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D3. In consequence, it activates a vicious circle that impairs homeostasis of the skin and results in a progressive decrease in the level of vitamin D in the whole human body. Aim: To estimate the prevalence of vitamin D serum deficiency in patients with psoriasis and analyse the association of vitamin D food intake with clinical features. Material and methods : Forty adults with psoriasis and 40 healthy subjects (control group were recruited. Psoriasis plaques were diagnosed and evaluated by the PASI scale. Collected blood samples enabled measurement of serum vitamin D level by assessment with the immunoenzyme technique. Results: The analysis with the Mann-Whitney U test revealed a statistically significant difference in 25-hydroxycholecalciferol level between healthy individuals and patients with psoriasis (p = 0.048. In both groups (control and psoriatic the level of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol was seriously deficient (< 50 nmol/l. There was also a negative correlation of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol serum level with both PASI (r = –0.43 and the duration of psoriasis (r = –0.53. Conclusions : It is necessary to bear in mind that not only the ingestion of food rich in vitamin D is necessary, but also the production of vitamin D with sun exposure. The quantity of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol is very important both in the general population and in patients with psoriasis, because these groups have a distinct

  19. Clinical Features of Liver Cancer with Cerebral Hemorrhage

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    Lu, Qiuhong; Chen, Li; Zeng, Jinsheng; Huang, Gelun; Qin, Chao; Cheng, Daobin; Yu, Lixia; Liang, Zhijian

    2016-01-01

    Background Cerebral hemorrhage is common in patients with cancer, but the clinical features and pathogenesis of liver cancer patients with cerebral hemorrhage are not well known. Material/Methods Liver cancer patients who developed cerebral hemorrhage were recruited from the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University between January 2003 and December 2014. We retrospectively analyzed clinical presentations, results of laboratory tests, and imaging examinations. The clinical features and pathogenesis were summarized. Results Among 11133 patients with liver cancer, 9 patients (0.08%), including 3 females and 6 males met the inclusion criteria. The age range was 48–73 years and the average age was 61.67±8.97 years. Five patients did not have traditional hemorrhage risk factors and 4s had the risk factors; however, all had developed hepatocellular carcinoma, and 3 had developed metastasis. All 9 patients showed elevated tumor markers: an increased AFP level was detected in 6 patients, coagulation dysfunctions in 8 patients, and abnormal liver functions in 6 patients. Five patients had developed cerebral hemorrhagic lesions in the lobes of their brains, while hemorrhagic lesions in the basal ganglia occurred in 3 patients and in the brainstem in only 1 patient. Four patients had clear consciousness, while 5 patients were in coma and showed poor prognosis. Conclusions Patients who have liver cancer complicated with cerebral hemorrhage usually lack traditional risk factors of cerebral hemorrhage. The site of cerebral hemorrhage is often detected in the lobes of the brain. Coagulation dysfunctions might be the main pathogenesis of liver cancer complicated with cerebral hemorrhage. PMID:27209058

  20. Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Clinical Features, Endoscopic Findings and Response to Treatment

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    Robert Enns

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE is a motility disorder of the esophagus that typically presents with dysphagia. The objective of the present study was to explore patient characteristics, clinical and endoscopic features, and response to treatment of patients with EE. Patients were selected retrospectively based on a review of biopsy results from previous endoscopies performed between 2004 and 2008. A total of 54 patients (41 men and 13 women with biopsy-proven EE were included in the study. Further information regarding the patients’ clinical and endoscopic features, and response to treatment were obtained through chart reviews and patient telephone interviews. The mean age of the patients at symptom onset was 30 years. All patients complained of dysphagia, 81% had a history of bolus obstruction, 43% had a history of asthma and 70% had a history of environmental allergies. Thirty-three per cent had a family history of asthma, while 52% had a family history of food or seasonal allergies. The most common endoscopic findings were rings and/or corrugations, which were found in 63% of patients. Swallowed fluticasone therapy resulted in symptom resolution in 74% of patients; however, 79% of these patients relapsed after discontinuing fluticasone therapy and required repeat treatments. Esophageal dilation was complication free and resulted in improvement in 80% of patients. However, 83% of those reporting improvement relapsed within one year. The clinical and endoscopic findings were similar to those found in the literature, with most patients requiring ongoing, repeated therapies. Further studies are needed to assess the safety and efficacy of treatment modalities ideally suited to patients with EE.

  1. Schizencephaly: clinical and imaging features in 30 infantile cases.

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    Denis, D; Chateil, J F; Brun, M; Brissaud, O; Lacombe, D; Fontan, D; Flurin, V; Pedespan, J

    2000-12-01

    Schizencephaly is an uncommon structural disorder of cerebral cortical development, characterized by congenital clefts spanning the cerebral hemispheres from the pial surface to the lateral ventricles and lined by cortical gray matter. Either an antenatal environmental incident or a genetic origin could be responsible for this lesion which occurs between the third and fourth month of gestation. We report the clinical and cranial imaging features of 30 children, of whom 15 had unilateral and 15 had bilateral lesions. Their ages at the time of the first presentation ranged from 1 month to 10 years. They were thoroughly studied from clinical, epileptical, imaging and electroencephalographic (EEG) viewpoints. Five patients were investigated by cranial computed tomography (CT), eight by cranial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and 17 by both methods. The clinical features consisted of mild hemiparesis in 17 cases (57%), 12/17 were related to a unilateral phenotype (80% of all unilateral forms) and 5/17 to a bilateral phenotype. A tetraparesis was present in nine cases, all of which were due to a bilateral cleft. Bilateral forms were significantly associated with tetraparesis, whereas unilateral forms were associated with hemiparesis. Mental retardation was observed in 17 cases (57%), and was observed significantly more often in bilateral clefts (80%). When both hemispheres are involved, an absence of reorganization of the brain function between the two hemispheres leads to severe mental deficits, in addition to the cerebral anomaly itself. Eleven patients had seizures (seven from unilateral and three from bilateral forms). The degree of malformation was not related to the severity of epilepsy. Migration disorders, such as dysplasia or heterotopia, were observed in 30% of cases and are also important etiopathogenetic factors. The septum pellucidum was absent in 13 cases (43%), with septo-optical dysplasia in two cases. Corpus callosum dysgenesis was noted in 30% of cases

  2. The clinical features of 17 patients with steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis

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    CHEN Hai

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the onset pattern, clinical manifestations, laboratory findings and imaging features of 17 Chinese patients with steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT. Methods The clinical data of 17 SREAT patients were collected. Retrospective analysis of their clinical features, as well as their serum levels of anti-thyroid, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF biochemical indicators, MRI and therapy was performed. Results The initial symptoms of those patients were seizures (4 cases, psychiatric symptoms (4 cases, hypomnesis (4 cases, walking unsteadiness (2 cases, headache (2 cases and dysarthria (1 case. Three cases were acute onset, 5 cases subacute onset and 9 cases chronic onset. The anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (anti-TPO of 17 cases were significantly increased, average (928.63 ± 406.28 × 10 3 IU/L. The anti?thyroglobulin antibody (anti-TG of 15 cases was increased, average (601.27 ± 1014.12 × 10 3 IU/L. The protein in CSF was mildly increased, average (513.75 ± 283.15 mg/L. The EEG of 5 patients presented slow wave and the EEG of 2 patients showed epileptiform discharge. The brain MRI of 11 patients showed multifocal lesions in frontal lobe, temporal lobe, parietal lobe, basal ganglia, centrum ovale, corpus callosum, thalamus, cerebellum, and brain stem. The findings of clinical immunological index and tumor markers were normal. Besides, the prognosis of 11 patients treated with methylprednisolone and 3 patients treated with dexamethasone were good. Recurrence occurred in 2 patients. Conclusion Basically, the clinical features of Chinese SREAT patients present seizures, hypomnesis and psychiatric symptoms associated with increased anti-thyroid and multifocal lesions in gray and white matter of brain.

  3. Clinical, radiological and molecular diagnosis correlation in serum samples from patients with osteoarticular tuberculosis

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    Guadalupe García-Elorriaga

    2014-07-01

    Conclusions: Nested PCR in serum samples is a rapid, highly sensitive and specific modality for OTB detection. PCR should be performed in addition to clinical evaluation, imaging studies, acid-fast bacilli staining, culture and histopathology diagnosis, if possible.

  4. Prevalence, clinical, endoscopic and pathological features of duodenitis in children

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    Alper, Arik; Hardee, Steven; Rojas-velasquez, Danilo; Escalera, Sandra; Morotti, Raffaella A; Pashankar, Dinesh S.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives While gastritis and esophagitis are well studied in children, there is very limited literature on duodenitis in children. We aimed to assess the prevalence, etiology, clinical, endoscopic, and pathological features in a large cohort of unselected children with duodenitis. Methods We reviewed the pathology reports of all upper endoscopies performed at our institution over 5 years to identify children with duodenitis. Biopsy sections were reviewed to confirm the diagnosis of duodenitis. Demographic, clinical, endoscopic data and presence of associated gastritis and esophagitis were noted in all children with duodenitis. Etiology of duodenitis was correlated with the patient's clinical diagnosis. Results Out of 2772 children who had endoscopy, 352 had duodenitis with the prevalence rate of 12.7%. Gastritis was seen in 64% of children with duodenitis compared with 46% of children without duodenitis (P < 0.001). Common indications for endoscopy in children with duodenitis were abdominal pain, positive celiac serology and diarrhea. The most common etiology was celiac disease (32%), followed by Crohn's disease (13%), ulcerative colitis (3%), and Helicobacter pylori infection (6%). In 63% of cases, endoscopic appearance of duodenum was normal. Cryptitis, villous changes and cellular infiltration were noted on histology. Conclusions Prevalence of duodenitis is 12.7% in children undergoing endoscopy. Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease are common causes of duodenitis. Associated gastritis is common in children with duodenitis and correlation of endoscopic appearance with histology is poor. PMID:26252915

  5. The clinical features of the overlap between COPD and asthma

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    Schroeder Joyce D

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The coexistence of COPD and asthma is widely recognized but has not been well described. This study characterizes clinical features, spirometry, and chest CT scans of smoking subjects with both COPD and asthma. Methods We performed a cross-sectional study comparing subjects with COPD and asthma to subjects with COPD alone in the COPDGene Study. Results 119 (13% of 915 subjects with COPD reported a history of physician-diagnosed asthma. These subjects were younger (61.3 vs 64.7 years old, p = 0.0001 with lower lifetime smoking intensity (43.7 vs 55.1 pack years, p = 0.0001. More African-Americans reported a history of asthma (33.6% vs 15.6%, p Conclusion Subjects with COPD and asthma represent a relevant clinical population, with worse health-related quality of life. They experience more frequent and severe respiratory exacerbations despite younger age and reduced lifetime smoking history. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00608764

  6. Genetic epidemiology, hematological and clinical features of hemoglobinopathies in Iran.

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    Rahimi, Zohreh

    2013-01-01

    There is large variation in the molecular genetics and clinical features of hemoglobinopathies in Iran. Studying structural variants of hemoglobin demonstrated that the β-chain variants of hemoglobin S and D-Punjab are more prevalent in the Fars (southwestern Iran) and Kermanshah (western Iran) provinces, respectively. Also, α-chain variants of Hb Q-Iran and Hb Setif are prevalent in western Iran. The molecular basis and clinical severity of thalassemias are extremely heterogenous among Iranians due to the presence of multiethnic groups in the country. β-Thalassemia is more prevalent in northern and southern Iran. Among 52 different β-thalassemia mutations that have been identified among Iranian populations, IVSII-1 G:A is the most frequent mutation in most parts of the country. The presence of IVS I-5 G:C mutation with high frequency in southeastern Iran might reflect gene flow from neighboring countries. A wide spectrum of α-thalassemia alleles has been detected among Iranians with -α(3.7 kb) as the most prevalent α-thalassemia mutation. The prevention program of thalassemia birth in Iran has reduced the birth rate of homozygous β-thalassemia since the implementation of the program in 1997. In this review genetic epidemiology, clinical and hematological aspects of hemoglobinopathies, and the prevention programs of β-thalassemia in Iran will be discussed.

  7. Genetic Epidemiology, Hematological and Clinical Features of Hemoglobinopathies in Iran

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    Rahimi, Zohreh

    2013-01-01

    There is large variation in the molecular genetics and clinical features of hemoglobinopathies in Iran. Studying structural variants of hemoglobin demonstrated that the β-chain variants of hemoglobin S and D-Punjab are more prevalent in the Fars (southwestern Iran) and Kermanshah (western Iran) provinces, respectively. Also, α-chain variants of Hb Q-Iran and Hb Setif are prevalent in western Iran. The molecular basis and clinical severity of thalassemias are extremely heterogenous among Iranians due to the presence of multiethnic groups in the country. β-Thalassemia is more prevalent in northern and southern Iran. Among 52 different β-thalassemia mutations that have been identified among Iranian populations, IVSII-1 G:A is the most frequent mutation in most parts of the country. The presence of IVS I-5 G:C mutation with high frequency in southeastern Iran might reflect gene flow from neighboring countries. A wide spectrum of α-thalassemia alleles has been detected among Iranians with −α 3.7 kb as the most prevalent α-thalassemia mutation. The prevention program of thalassemia birth in Iran has reduced the birth rate of homozygous β-thalassemia since the implementation of the program in 1997. In this review genetic epidemiology, clinical and hematological aspects of hemoglobinopathies, and the prevention programs of β-thalassemia in Iran will be discussed. PMID:23853772

  8. Genetic Epidemiology, Hematological and Clinical Features of Hemoglobinopathies in Iran

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    Zohreh Rahimi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available There is large variation in the molecular genetics and clinical features of hemoglobinopathies in Iran. Studying structural variants of hemoglobin demonstrated that the β-chain variants of hemoglobin S and D-Punjab are more prevalent in the Fars (southwestern Iran and Kermanshah (western Iran provinces, respectively. Also, α-chain variants of Hb Q-Iran and Hb Setif are prevalent in western Iran. The molecular basis and clinical severity of thalassemias are extremely heterogenous among Iranians due to the presence of multiethnic groups in the country. β-Thalassemia is more prevalent in northern and southern Iran. Among 52 different β-thalassemia mutations that have been identified among Iranian populations, IVSII-1 G:A is the most frequent mutation in most parts of the country. The presence of IVS I-5 G:C mutation with high frequency in southeastern Iran might reflect gene flow from neighboring countries. A wide spectrum of α-thalassemia alleles has been detected among Iranians with as the most prevalent α-thalassemia mutation. The prevention program of thalassemia birth in Iran has reduced the birth rate of homozygous β-thalassemia since the implementation of the program in 1997. In this review genetic epidemiology, clinical and hematological aspects of hemoglobinopathies, and the prevention programs of β-thalassemia in Iran will be discussed.

  9. Clinical features of severe or fatal Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia

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    Koichi eIzumikawa

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Mycoplasma pneumoniae is one of the most common causes of community-acquired pneumonia in children and young adults. The incidence of fulminant M. pneumoniae pneumonia (MPP is relatively rare despite the high prevalence of M. pneumoniae infection. This literature review highlights the clinical features of fulminant MPP by examining the most recent data in epidemiology, clinical presentation, pathogenesis, and treatment. Fulminant MPP accounts for 0.5-2% of all MPP cases and primarily affects young adults with no underlying disease. Key clinical findings include a cough, fever, and dyspnea along with diffuse abnormal findings in radiological examinations. Levels of inflammatory markers such as white blood cells (WBC and C-reactive protein (CRP are elevated, as well as levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH, IL-18, AST, and ALT. The exact pathogenesis of fulminant MPP remains unclear, but theories include a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to Mycoplasma pneumoniae and the contribution of delayed antibiotic administration to disease progression. Treatment options involve pairing the appropriate anti-mycoplasmal agent with a corticosteroid that will downregulate the hypersensitivity response, and mortality rates are quite low in this treatment group. Further research is necessary to determine the exact pathogenesis of severe and fulminant types of MPP.

  10. AB129. Osteogenesis imperfecta: clinical features and bisphosphonate treatment outcome

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    Can, Ngoc Thi Bich; Vu, Dung Chi; Bui, Thao Phuong; Nguyen, Khanh Ngoc

    2015-01-01

    Background and objective Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) comprises a group of disorders principally affecting type I collagen which result in increased bone fragility. Children with severe OI suffer recurrent fractures, resulting in severe deformity and growth stunting in many cases, with loss of independent ambulation by the teenage years in over 50% of cases. Recently, cyclical intravenous treatment with pamidronate has proven of benefit to children with severe forms of OI. This article aims to describle clinical features and laboratory manifestations of patient with OI and evaluate outcome of bisphosphonate management. Methods Clinical features, biochemical finding, and management outcome of 104 cases were study. The patients were classified into four major subtypes of Sillience et al. 1979. Patients with severe types were treatment with pamidronate (Aredia) used Rauch protocol 2003. Results Now we have 196 patients (87 females and 109 males) but we studied focus on 104 patients from 98 families (60 males, 44 females) onset at 2.1±3.0 years (median 0.35) with the average fracture bone of 5.9±4.4 times. In there, 17% type I, 8% type II, 63% type III, and 12% type IV. Clinical features include of intrauterine fracture visible on ultrasound 35%, bone deformation after birth 68%, triangle face 76%, long bone deformation 91%, chest deformation 46%, scoliosis 27%, short status 90%, blue sclera 83%, dentinogenesis imperfecta 20%, hearing loss 6%. Thirty patients have been treated with pamidronate at 3.2±3.7 years (4 months to 8 years) during 13±0.8 months (6-30 months). Fourteen patients had fracture bone after 6 months of treatment but no patients had fracture bone after 12 months. Seven patients had been treatment after 1.6±0.5 years, BMD increase from 0.39±0.311 to 0.79±0.105 g/cm2 (P<0.05). One patient had fever reaction after first pamidronate infusion but controlled with standard antipyretic therapy, and do not recur in later treatments. Conclusions OI has

  11. The clinical and cerebrospinal fluid cytological features of tuberculous meningitis

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    YANG Xiao

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the clinical and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF cytological features of patients with tuberculous meningitis (TBM, to improve early diagnostic accuracy and treatment of TBM. Methods Clinical presentations, etiology and biochemical and cytological features of CSF were analyzed retrospectively among 60 adult cases with TBM hospitalized at Neurology Department of General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University from January 2005 to May 2011. Results Most patients (58/60, 96.67% had fever and headache at onset. In some patients, disturbance of consciousness (9/60, 15.00%, seizure (5/60, 8.33% occurred in 1 week and focal neurological signs developed during the course. Forty?four patients (73.33% had pulmonary tuberculosis history. In CSF examination, acid?fast bacillus positive was found in 8 patients. Positive acid ? fast myobacterium tuberculous culture was detected in 5 patients and positive myobacterium tuberculosis DNA were seen in 5 patients. The main changes of CSF were intracranial hypertension, increase of protein, and decrease of glucose. CSF presented mixed cellular response with predominace in the increasing of leucocytes. During early stage the mean percentage of neutrophil in CSF was less than 40%. After short term (as long as 2 months of regular antituberculotic therapy no significant changes in total cell count and the proportion of neutrophils were seen. In 60 patients, 44 patients were ameliorated, 11 were not healed or were discharged or transferred to other hospital and 5 were dead. Prognosis of patients treated within 3 weeks after onsets was superiorly to those treated at more than 3 weeks after onset. Conclusion There are no specific clinical features in TBM and it is hard to perform early diagnosis for TBM, particularly, existing of low efficiency in pathogenic detection, but pulmonary tuberculosis is of accessary value to diagnose TBM. Whereas mixed cellular response may complementarily provide the diagnosis of

  12. Serum BAFF and APRIL levels in patients with autoimmune hemolytic anemia and their clinical significance.

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    Xu, Zi-Zhen; Zhao, Bing-Bing; Xiong, Hong; Wei, Bei-Wen; Wang, Ye-Fei

    2015-10-01

    B cell-activating factor of the tumor necrosis factor family (BAFF) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) play crucial roles in B cell development, survival, and antibody production. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is an acquired autoimmune disease that occurs when antibodies target autologous red blood cells. Here, we analyzed the serum levels of BAFF and APRIL and their respective clinical associations in patients with AIHA. Serum BAFF and APRIL levels in patients with AIHA were significantly higher (P 480 IU/mL). Glucocorticoid treatment dramatically reduced serum levels of BAFF and APRIL. Thus, serum BAFF and APRIL levels may reflect the clinical activity of this disease. Our results indicate that analysis of serum concentrations of BAFF and APRIL potentially represents a useful tool for the assessment of AIHA disease activity and progression.

  13. Clinical significance of serum lipids in idiopathic pulmonary alveolar proteinosis

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    Fang Cun S

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is well known that pulmonary alveolar proteinosis(PAP is characterised by accumulation of surfactant lipids and proteins within airspaces. However, few previous data describe the serum lipid levels associated with PAP. Materials and methods We retrospectively reviewed 25 patients with idiopathic PAP(iPAP. The serum lipid levels of patients with idiopathic PAP were compared with those of the healthy volunteers. In patients and healthy subjects, the LDL-C/HDL-C ratios were 2.94 ± 1.21 and 1.60 ± 0.70, respectively (p p A-aO2 (r = -0.685, p = 0.003, and r = 0.688, p = 0.003, respectively. The values of LDL-C/HDL-C ratios also correlated with PaO2 levels and PA-aO2 levels (r = -0.698, p = 0.003, and r = 0.653, p = 0.006, respectively. 11 and 13 patients experienced respectively a decline in TC and LDL-C levels following whole lung lavage(WLL, the median decline was 0.71 mmol/L(p p Conclusions the serum lipid levels, especially the levels of LDL-C and LDL-C/HDL-C, may reflect the severity of the disease in PAP patients, and predict the therapeutic effect of WLL.

  14. Vitamin B12 in Obese Adolescents with Clinical Features of Insulin Resistance

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    Mandy Ho

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Emerging evidence indicates an association between obesity, metformin use and reduced vitamin B12 status, which can have serious hematologic, neurologic and psychiatric consequences. This study aimed to examine B12 status in obese adolescents with pre-diabetes and/or clinical features of insulin resistance. Serum B12 was measured using chemiluminescence immunoassay in 103 (43 male, 60 female obese (mean body mass index (BMI z-score ± SD (2.36 ± 0.29, adolescents aged 10 to 17 years, median (range insulin sensitivity index of 1.27 (0.27 to 3.38 and 13.6% had pre-diabetes. Low B12 (<148 pmol/L was identified in eight (7.8% and borderline status (148 to 221 pmol/L in an additional 25 (24.3% adolescents. Adolescents with borderline B12 concentrations had higher BMI z-scores compared to those with normal concentrations (2.50 ± 0.22 vs. 2.32 ± 0.30, p = 0.008 or those with low B12 concentration (2.50 ± 0.22 vs. 2.27 ± 0.226, p = 0.041. In conclusion, nearly a third of obese adolescents with clinical insulin resistance had a low or borderline serum B12 status. Therefore, further investigations are warranted to explore the cause and the impact of low B12 status in obese pediatric populations.

  15. Pathogen inactivation of human serum facilitates its clinical use for islet cell culture and subsequent transplantation.

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    Ståhle, Magnus U; Brandhorst, Daniel; Korsgren, Olle; Knutson, Folke

    2011-01-01

    Serum is regarded as an essential supplement to promote survival and growth of cells during culture. However, the potential risk of transmitting diseases disqualifies the use of serum for clinical cell therapy in most countries. Hence, most clinical cell therapy programs have replaced human serum with human serum albumin, which can result in inferior quality of released cell products. Photochemical treatment of different blood products utilizing Intercept® technology has been shown to inactivate a broad variety of pathogens of RNA and DNA origin. The present study assesses the feasibility of using pathogen-inactivated, blood group-compatible serum for use in human pancreatic islet culture. Isolated human islets were cultured at 37°C for 3-4 days in CMRL 1066 supplemented with 10% of either pathogen-inactivated or nontreated human serum. Islet quality assessment included glucose-stimulated insulin release (perifusion), ADP/ATP ratio, cytokine expression, and posttransplant function in diabetic nude mice. No differences were found between islets cultured in pathogen-inactivated or control serum regarding stimulated insulin release, intracellular insulin content, and ADP/ATP ratio. Whether media was supplemented with treated or nontreated serum, islet expression of IL-6, IL-8, MCP-1, or tissue factor was not affected. The final diabetes-reversal rate of mice receiving islets cultured in pathogen-inactivated or nontreated serum was 78% and 87%, respectively (NS). As reported here, pathogen-inactivated human serum does not affect viability or functional integrity of cultured human islets. The implementation of this technology for RNA- and DNA-based pathogen inactivation should enable reintroduction of human serum for clinical cell therapy.

  16. Clinical significance of serum vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 levels in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Joanna W. Ho; Ronnie T. Poon; Cindy S. Tong; Sheung Tat Fan

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the correlation between serum vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) levels and clinicopathological features in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS: Ninety-six patients who underwent HCC resection were recruited in the study. Preoperative serum levels of soluble VCAM-1 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.RESULTS: Serum VCAM-1 level in HCC patients was inversely correlated with platelet count (r=-0.431, P<0.001)and serum albumin level (r=-0.279, P<0.001), and positively correlated with serum bilirubin level (r=0.379, P<0.001).Serum VCAM-1 level was not associated with tumor characteristics such as tumor size, venous invasion,presence of microsatellite nodules, tumor grade and tumor stage. Serum VCAM-1 level was significantly higher in HCC patients with cirrhosis compared with those without cirrhosis (median 704 vs 546 ng/mL, P<0.001). Furthermore, a significantly better disease-free survival was observed in HCC patients with low VCAM-1 level (P=0.019).CONCLUSION: Serum VCAM-1 level appears to reflect the severity of underlying chronic liver disease rather than the tumor status in HCC patients, and low preoperative serum VCAM-1 level is predictive of better disease-free survival after surgery.

  17. Heterogeneity of clinical features and corresponding antibodies in seven patients with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

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    Sühs, Kurt-Wolfram; Wegner, Florian; Skripuletz, Thomas; Trebst, Corinna; Tayeb, Said Ben; Raab, Peter; Stangel, Martin

    2015-10-01

    Anti-N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis is the most common type of encephalitis in the spectrum of autoimmune encephalitis defined by antibodies targeting neuronal surface antigens. In the present study, the clinical spectrum of this disease is presented using instructive cases in correlation with the anti-NMDA receptor antibody titers in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum. A total of 7 female patients admitted to the hospital of Hannover Medical School (Hannover, Germany) between 2008 and 2014 were diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Among these patients, 3 cases were selected to illustrate the range of similar and distinct clinical features across the spectrum of the disease and to compare anti-NMDA antibody levels throughout the disease course. All patients received immunosuppressive treatment with methylprednisolone, intravenous immunoglobulin and/or plasmapheresis, followed in the majority of patients by second-line therapy with rituximab and cyclophosphamide. The disease course correlated with NMDA receptor antibody titers, and to a greater extent with the ratio between antibody titer and protein concentration. A favorable clinical outcome with a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score of ≤1 was achieved in 4 patients, 1 patient had an mRS score of 2 after 3 months of observation only, whereas 2 patients remained severely impaired (mRS score 4). Early and aggressive immunosuppressive treatment appears to support a good clinical outcome; however, the clinical signs and symptoms differ distinctively and treatment decisions have to be made on an individual basis.

  18. Evaluation value of coronary CTA for coronary plaque features and its correlation with platelet function and serum biochemical indexes

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    Jin-Xia Yang

    2017-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the evaluation value of coronary CT angiography for coronary plaque features and its correlation with platelet function and serum biochemical indexes.Methods:A total of 450 patients with coronary heart disease were divided into calcified plaque group (CT value≥130HU) (n=117), soft plaque group (CT value≤60HU) (n=150) and mixed plaque group (CT value 60-130HU) (n=183) by coronary CT angiography (CTA), and 100 healthy subjects who received physical examination in our hospital during the same period were selected as control group. Differences in platelet function and serum biochemical indexes were compared among four groups of patients, and the judgment value of atheromatous plaque CT value from CTA for the severity of coronary heart disease was analyzed.Results: Platelet function parameters MPV, TEG-MA, P-selectin, PDGF-BB and vWF levels in peripheral blood of soft plaque group were higher than those of the other three groups; inflammatory factors CRP, IL-6, IL-12, IL-18 and IL-23 content in serum were higher than those of the other three groups; chemokines MCP-1, CXCL16, Fractalkine and RANTES content in serum were higher than those of the other three groups; adipocytokines Leptin and RBP4 content in serum were higher than those of the other three groups while SFRP5 content was lower than those of the other three groups. Atheromatous plaque CT value in patients with coronary heart disease was directly correlated with platelet function and the content of serum biochemical indexes. Conclusions: Coronary CTA can accurately assess coronary atheromatous plaque features, and can also be a reliable noninvasive method to judge coronary heart disease severity, treatment prognosis and so on.

  19. Clinical and microbiological features of maternal sepsis: a retrospective study.

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    Abir, G; Akdagli, S; Butwick, A; Carvalho, B

    2017-02-01

    Identifying pregnant women with sepsis is challenging because diagnostic clinical and laboratory criteria overlap with normal pregnant physiologic indices. Our primary study aim was to describe clinical and laboratory characteristics of women diagnosed with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. Our secondary aim was to determine positive predictive values for International Classification of Disease (ICD)-9 billing codes for sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. After gaining Institutional Review Board approval, we identified women with ICD-9 codes for sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock who were admitted to a single tertiary obstetric center from 2007-2013. Diagnoses were confirmed using criteria from the International Sepsis Definitions Conference report. Demographic, obstetric, vital signs and laboratory data were abstracted by medical chart review. We identified 190 women with sepsis-related ICD-9 codes: of these, 35 (18%) women met the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. Twenty (57%) women had a sepsis-related diagnosis after cesarean delivery. Twenty-one (60%) women had one or more pre-existing medical conditions and 19 (54%) women had one or more obstetric-related conditions. The genital tract was the most common site of infection. We observed considerable heterogeneity in maternal vital signs and laboratory indices for women with ICD-9 codes for sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. The positive predictive value for each sepsis-related ICD-9 code was low: 16% (95% CI 10 to 24%) for sepsis, 10% (95% CI 3 to 25%) for severe sepsis and 24% (95% CI 10 to 46%) for septic shock. We identified marked heterogeneity in patient characteristics, clinical features, laboratory indices and microbiological findings among cohorts of women diagnosed with maternal sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock. Based on our findings, the incidence of maternal sepsis using ICD-9 codes may be significantly overestimated. Copyright

  20. Clinical features of soft bipolarity in major depressive inpatients.

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    Utsumi, Takeshi; Sasaki, Tsukasa; Shimada, Iwao; Mabuchi, Mayuko; Motonaga, Takuro; Ohtani, Toshiyuki; Tochigi, Mamoru; Kato, Nobumasa; Nanko, Shinichiro

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    Because of the difficulties of ascertaining episode of hypomania by past history of the patients, it is of clinical value to find variables which predict the development of bipolar II disorder in depressive patients. Taking advantage of relatively long hospitalization, the authors tried to elucidate fine clinical features of the soft bipolarity. The subjects were 39 patients with Major Depressive Episode, diagnosed according to the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual criteria. Among them, 15 patients were diagnosed as bipolar II disorder (BPII), whereas 24 patients were with unipolar depression (UP), using a structured clinical interview to assess the mood spectrum (SCI-MOODS). In addition to ordinary clinical and demographic variables, the authors studied fine symptomatology of depression, premorbid personality, and interpersonal relationship. Continuous variables were analyzed by t-test. Categorical variables were tested by chi2 analysis. In terms of premorbid personality, manic type (Zerssen) was found more frequently in BPII (UP 2/24, BPII 9/15, P < 0.05). Patients with BPII tended to show apparently quick disappearance of depressive symptoms (UP 2/24, BPII 9/15, P = 0.01). The most prominent result was a high prevalence of comorbidity of borderline personality disorder (BPD) among BPII (UP 0/24, BPII 6/15, P = 0.02). As Akiskal indicated that mood lability represents the most powerful predictor of hypomanias, patients with BPII showed quick response in mood to admission. The current subjects with BPII had high frequency of manic type of premorbid personality, indicating the usefulness of this variable for the prediction of hypomanias. Finally, the authors could observe development of BPD during hospitalization exclusively among BPII, to support the possibility of BPD as a state effect of BPII.

  1. Radiological and clinical features of adult non-puerperal mastitis

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    Tan, H; Li, R; Liu, H; Gu, Y; Shen, X

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To describe the radiological and clinical features of adult non-puerperal mastitis and to determine the most accurate method of preventing unnecessary surgical procedures. Methods: Clinical and imaging findings were retrospectively reviewed in 51 females with non-puerperal mastitis, which was confirmed by biopsy/surgical pathology. All 51 patients had pre-operative MRI; 45 patients also had sonograms and 25 also had mammograms, pre-operatively. Results: Of the 51 cases with non-puerperal mastitis, 94.1% (48/51) were confirmed as having acute or chronic inflammation, and the other 3 had plasma cell mastitis; areola papillaris inflammation was found in 39.2% (20/51) of the cases. Overall, 6 of the 25 cases that were examined with mammography and 2 of the 45 cases that were examined with sonography appeared normal, but all 51 lesions were positively identified on MRI. Asymmetrical density (12/25) on mammograms and solitary or separated/contiguous, clustered, hypoechoic mass-like lesions (31/45) on ultrasound were the most common signs of non-puerperal mastitis. On enhanced MRI, 90.2% (46/51) of patients showed non-mass-like enhanced lesions. Multiple regional enhancements in the pattern of distribution (32/46) and separated or contiguous, clustered, rim-like enhancements in the pattern of internal enhancement (29/46) were the most common manifestations in non-mass-like enhanced lesions. Of the 51 patients, mastitis Type 1 and Type 2 in the time–signal intensity curve were detected in 47.1% and 51.0% of the patients, respectively. The breast imaging reporting and data system categories with the highest number of patients were Category 0 (9/25) on mammography, Category 4a on sonography (18/45) and Category 4a on MRI (29/51). Conclusion: The findings from mammography and ultrasound are non-specific; therefore, using MR can be helpful in the diagnosis, especially in the presence of non-mass-like enhancements that are multiple, regional, separated, or

  2. Genetic analysis and clinical features of familial hypokalemic periodic paralysis

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    Hui-li ZHANG

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background To investigate the gene mutation and clinical features of hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoPP in a Han family. Methods Mutation analyses of CACNA1S, SCN4A and KCNE3 gene were screened by DNA direct sequencing in the proband (Ⅲ3. Then, other patients and one asymptomatic relative were tested for the mutation detected in the proband before. Besides, clinical information was collected and analyzed carefully so as to detect whether the mutations were responsible for HypoPP.  Results KCNE3 gene was not detected in the propositus (Ⅲ 3. Mutations of IVS25-194C/T in CACNA1S gene were detected in the propositus (Ⅲ 3 and other patients (Ⅱ 1, Ⅲ 4, Ⅳ 3, while it was not detected in the asymptomatic relative (Ⅲ1. Given that it was an intron mutation, we presumed that it was not responsible for HypoPP in this family. In addition, mutations of IVS18-130G/A in SCN4A gene were detected in all patients (except for Ⅰ1 and asymptomatic relative (Ⅲ 1. Since it was an intron mutation and it was detected in symptomatic or asymptomatic members simultaneously, we also presumed that it was not responsible for HypoPP in this family. Interestingly, a missense mutation (V662I of c.1984G > A in exon 12 of SCN4A gene was detected in the proband (Ⅲ 3 and asymptomatic relative (Ⅲ 1. However, it was not detected in other symptomatic members ( Ⅱ 1, Ⅲ 4, Ⅳ 3. Based on clinical information and bioinformatics, we presumed that it was not causative mutation for the disease in this pedigree.  Conclusions This pedigree research enriched the data of gene mutation and clinical features of HypoPP in China. Besides for gene KCNE3, CACNA1S and SCN4A, other gene mutations accounted for HypoPP in the Han family should be further studied. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.06.006

  3. Depressive and paradepressive symptoms clinical features in patients with schizophrenia

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    K. A. Sincha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, etiology and pathogenesis of which is still not completely uncovered and cause number of complications, decrease quality of life and hinder rehabilitation of the patients. Materials and metods. In order to establish depression and paradepressive symptoms features in patients with schizophrenia the next methods were used: clinical- psychopathological, anamnestic and catamnestic methods. 107 patients with schizophrenia (F20 and 30 patients with schizoaffective disorder, mixed type (F25 were examined. Conclusion. Correlative relationship between depressive, hallucinatory-delusional, deficits and neuroleptic manifestations symptoms has been indicated. factors of induction and amplification of depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia were determined. Ethiopsychopathogenic variants of depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia were obtained.

  4. Clinical and echocardiographic features of aorto-atrial fistulas

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    Ananthasubramaniam Karthik

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Aorto-atrial fistulas (AAF are rare but important pathophysiologic conditions of the aorta and have varied presentations such as acute pulmonary edema, chronic heart failure and incidental detection of the fistula. A variety of mechanisms such as aortic dissection, endocarditis with pseudoaneurysm formation, post surgical scenarios or trauma may precipitate the fistula formation. With increasing survival of patients, particularly following complex aortic reconstructive surgeries and redo valve surgeries, recognition of this complication, its clinical features and echocardiographic diagnosis is important. Since physical exam in this condition may be misleading, echocardiography serves as the cornerstone for diagnosis. The case below illustrates aorto-left atrial fistula formation following redo aortic valve surgery with slowly progressive symptoms of heart failure. A brief review of the existing literature of this entity is presented including emphasis on echocardiographic diagnosis and treatment.

  5. Factors Associated with Clinical and Topographical Features of Laryngeal Tuberculosis

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    Reis, João Gustavo Corrêa; Reis, Clarissa Souza Mota; da Costa, Daniel César Silva; Lucena, Márcia Mendonça; Schubach, Armando de Oliveira; Oliveira, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes; Rolla, Valéria Cavalcanti; Conceição-Silva, Fátima; Valete-Rosalino, Cláudia Maria

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Laryngeal tuberculosis (LTB) is the most frequent granulomatous disease of the larynx and represents less than 2% of extrapulmonary TB cases. There are no pathognomonic clinical and endoscopic features of this disease and studies on LTB that can assist in its diagnostic characterization are lacking. Objective To identify factors associated with clinical and topographical features of LTB. Method a retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted from the medical records of 36 patients with confirmed LTB diagnosis. Results Dysphonia and cough were the main symptoms presented by patients and the true vocal folds the most frequently affected site. The average of the duration of the disease evolution was significantly higher in patients with dysphonia than in patients without this symptom. We observed association between dysphonia and true vocal fold lesions and between odynophagia and lesions in the epiglottis, arytenoids and aryepiglottic folds. Odynophagia was more frequent in individuals with lesions in four or more laryngeal sites. Weight loss equal or above 10% of the body weight was more frequent in patients with odynophagia as first symptom and in patients with ulcerated lesion. Dyspnea on exertion was more frequent in individuals with more extensive laryngeal lesions. The percentage of smokers with lesions in four or more laryngeal sites was greater than that found in non-smokers. Laryngeal tissue fragment bacilloscopy and culture examinations were less positive than sputum ones. Conclusions Smoking appears to be associated with the development of more extensive LTB lesions, and LTB with dyspnea on exertion and odynophagia with consequent impairment of nutritional status. We emphasize the need for histopathologic confirmation, once positive sputum bacteriological examinations seem not to necessarily reflect laryngeal involvement. PMID:27077734

  6. Clinical features of pheochromocytoma and perioperative anesthetic management

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    罗爱伦; 郭向阳; 易杰; 任洪智; 黄宇光; 叶铁虎

    2003-01-01

    Objective To investigate clinical features of pheochromocytoma and summarize experiences of anesthetic management during the perioperative period. Methods Two hundred and fifty eight patients who were diagnosed with pheochromocytoma in our hospital were reviewed retrospectively for clinical features. According to different preoperative pharmalogical preparations, perioperative mortalities were analyzed in three periods (Period 1: January 1955-December 1975; Period 2: January 1976-December 1994; Period 3: January 1995-July 2001). In Period 3, hemodynamic changes in the patients undergoing different anesthetic methods were analyzed. Results About 5.8% (15/258) of pheochromocytoma was an integral part of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type Ⅱ or mixed type. Sixty percent (149/249) of the patients who had undergone surgery possessed evidence of catecholamine cardiac toxicity preoperatively. Impaired glucose tolerance was found in 59% (147/249) of the patients before surgery. Perioperative mortality was significantly decreased from 8% (5/60) in Period 1 to 1.2% (1/75) in Period 2 (P<0.01). No perioperative deaths occurred in Period 3. The volume infused during the operation was significantly higher both in the epidural anesthesia group (3474 ml±624 ml, P<0.01) and in the epidural plus general anesthesia group (3654 ml±475 ml, P<0.01) than in the general anesthesia group (2534 ml±512 ml). There were favorable hemodynamic characteristics in patients before removal of the tumor in the epidural anesthesia group and in the epidural plus general anesthesia group, as compared with the general anesthesia group. Conclusions A positive surgical outcome of the excision of pheochromocytoma depends on multiple factors, including careful assessment of potential vital organ damage before surgery and restoration of blood volume by establishing α-blockade preoperatively, meticulous anesthetic management of patients during surgery, and appropriate circulatory support after

  7. Corpus Luteum Cyst Rupture - US Findings and Clinical Features

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    Shin, Shang Hun; Lee, Jong Hwa; Kang, Byeong Seong; Yang, Myeon Jun; Jeong, Yoong Ki [Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong Hwan [Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jae Hung [Dong Kang General Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-09-15

    To describe the US findings of corpus luteum cyst rupture in order to elucidate the associated clinical features. Twenty patients with proven corpus luteum cyst rupture were included in this study. The US findings of these patients were retrospectively analyzed in terms of the presence of designable cyst, size of the cyst, thickness and blood flow of the cyst wall, extension and echogenicity of peritoneal fluid, and involved site (right or left ovary). We also surveyed the clinical features such as the onset period according to the menstrual cycle, and the presence of suspectable cause. Fourteen of the 20 patients revealed designable cysts (mean diameter of 2.6 cm) with thick walled cysts (mean thickness, 4.6 mm, 2.4-6.8 mm) and increased blood flow. Six patients didn't reveal any cyst but only hematoma in adnexa. All patients had hemoperitoneum in the pelvic cavity, and the hemoperitoneum was extended to Morrison's pouch in 8 patients and to the subphrenic space in 6. The cysts occurred in the right adnexa in 15 patients and in the left in 5. Mean interval from the last menstrual period (LMP) was 26 days (13-44 days) and 6 of the 8 patients for whom it had been possible to obtain detailed history taking had had coitus just before the occurrence of symptom. When women who are hospitalized for acute abdomen and who are in luteal phase reveal US findings of hematoma or thick-walled cyst in adnexa and hemoperitoneum, a corpus luteum cyst rupture is highly suspected. In our case study the corpus luteum cyst rupture predominantly occurred in the right side, and the most suspectable cause was trauma such as coitus in the luteal phase

  8. HYPERPHAGIA REACTIONS WITHIN EATING DISORDERS. CLINICAL FEATURES AND THERAPY

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    O. A. Gladyshev

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate clinical features of hyperphagia reactions, their significance in attraction abnormities within eating disorders and treatment options for these conditions with escitalopram.Material and methods. Mental state of 39 women (age 19-50 years with psychogenic overeating and obesity (body mass index of 30 to 53 kg/m2 was studied. Patients were admitted to the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Diagnostic criteria for International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, as well as Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS and Ferreri Anxiety Rating Diagram (FARD were used for syndrome qualifications. Patient Global Impression of Change was also studied using a 4-point scale of results (excellent, good, fair, and negative.Results. Clinical features of hyperphagic reactions were found. Escitalopram treatment course was completed with excellent and good results in 80% of patients. 50%-reduction in HADS score for anxiety was found in 74% of patients, for depression – in 63%, and for Ferreri scale – in 68% of patients. Escitalopram promoted more intensive body weight loss: 11% vs 8% of baseline weight in active and control groups, respectively. Adverse events occurred only in 7 (36% patients; they were transient and did not require therapy discontinuation.Conclusion: Significant differences of premanifest disorders were often observed in patients history. Escitalopram in these patients showed efficacy in improvement of both mental and somatic symptoms of anxiety. It decreased dependence on food as a factor mitigating affect and stress, thus provided better results in body weight reduction.

  9. HYPERPHAGIA REACTIONS WITHIN EATING DISORDERS. CLINICAL FEATURES AND THERAPY

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    O. A. Gladyshev

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate clinical features of hyperphagia reactions, their significance in attraction abnormities within eating disorders and treatment options for these conditions with escitalopram.Material and methods. Mental state of 39 women (age 19-50 years with psychogenic overeating and obesity (body mass index of 30 to 53 kg/m2 was studied. Patients were admitted to the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Diagnostic criteria for International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, as well as Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS and Ferreri Anxiety Rating Diagram (FARD were used for syndrome qualifications. Patient Global Impression of Change was also studied using a 4-point scale of results (excellent, good, fair, and negative.Results. Clinical features of hyperphagic reactions were found. Escitalopram treatment course was completed with excellent and good results in 80% of patients. 50%-reduction in HADS score for anxiety was found in 74% of patients, for depression – in 63%, and for Ferreri scale – in 68% of patients. Escitalopram promoted more intensive body weight loss: 11% vs 8% of baseline weight in active and control groups, respectively. Adverse events occurred only in 7 (36% patients; they were transient and did not require therapy discontinuation.Conclusion: Significant differences of premanifest disorders were often observed in patients history. Escitalopram in these patients showed efficacy in improvement of both mental and somatic symptoms of anxiety. It decreased dependence on food as a factor mitigating affect and stress, thus provided better results in body weight reduction.

  10. Clinical and laboratory features of typhoid fever in childhood

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    Sylvia Retnosari

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The aims of the study were to review the clinical features of patient with suspected typhoid fever, to obtain features of the blood culture results, Widal, Typhidot tests and to identify the relationship between/prior antibiotic administration with laboratory findings. The study had been conducted since January 1, 1999 till January 31, 2000 with inclusion criteria (1 age of patient was 3 to 14 years, (2 patient with diagnosis of suspected typhoid fever and (3 gave consent to participate in the present study. Thirty-six patients were eligible for this study and the result showed that typhoid fever was encountered more commonly in girls with the most prevalent onset was in age 5 to 9 years and duration of fever was less than 8 days. Gastrointestinal tract disturbance was the most frequent complain after fever. Most patient showed negative results in blood culture examination and Widal test, and gave positive results in Typhidot/Typhidot M test as well. Antibiotic administration tended to influence blood culture and Widal test as to need consideration in evaluation of laboratory results. However, a conclusion still could not be drawn definitively that further study with adequate sample number and positive blood culture as criteria inclusion was needed.

  11. Clinical features in patients with long-lasting macrophagic myofasciitis

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    Muriel eRIGOLET

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF is an emerging condition characterized by specific muscle lesions assessing abnormal long-term persistence of aluminium hydroxide within macrophages at the site of previous immunization. Affected patients usually are middle-aged adults, mainly presenting with diffuse arthromyalgias, chronic fatigue, and marked cognitive deficits, not related to pain, fatigue or depression. Clinical features usually correspond to that observed in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. Representative features of MMF-associated cognitive dysfunction include dysexecutive syndrome, visual memory impairment and left ear extinction at dichotic listening test. Most patients fulfil criteria for non-amnestic/dysexecutive mild cognitive impairment, even if some cognitive deficits appear unusually severe. Cognitive dysfunction seems stable over time despite marked fluctuations. Evoked potentials may show abnormalities in keeping with central nervous system involvement, with a neurophysiological pattern suggestive of demyelination. Brain perfusion SPECT shows a pattern of diffuse cortical and subcortical abnormalities, with hypoperfusions correlating with cognitive deficiencies. The combination of musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue and cognitive disturbance generates chronic disability with possible social exclusion. Classical therapeutic approaches are usually unsatisfactory making patient care difficult.

  12. Clinical features of pedophilia and implications for treatment.

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    Cohen, Lisa J; Galynker, Igor I

    2002-09-01

    The authors discuss the diagnostic criteria for pedophilia and review the literature on its clinical features, including data on prevalence, gender, age of onset, number of victims, frequency and type of acts, violence, impulsivity, and insight. Findings concerning the characteristics of victims (e.g., sex, age, relationship to the pedophile) and research on pedophilic subtypes-exclusive versus nonexclusive; incestuous versus nonincestuous; heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual-are reviewed. Studies have shown that pedophiles may share many psychiatric features beyond deviant sexual desire, including high rates of comorbid axis I disorders (affective disorders, substance use disorders, impulse control disorders, other paraphilias) as well as severe axis II psychopathology (especially antisocial and Cluster C personality disorders). The authors present several possible etiological models for pedophilia and conclude that further research is needed concerning the etiological role of a childhood history of sexual abuse as well as the underlying neurobiology of deviant sexual arousal and decreased erotic differentiation. Finally, findings concerning pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatments for pedophilia are briefly reviewed. Recidivism, drop-out, and noncompliance are significant problems in the treatment of pedophilia. The authors review predictors of treatment outcome and conclude that pedophilia is extremely difficult to treat and that effective treatment needs to be intensive, long-term, and comprehensive, possibly with lifetime follow-up.

  13. The neuromuscular features of acromegaly: a clinical and pathological study.

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    Khaleeli, A A; Levy, R D; Edwards, R H; McPhail, G; Mills, K R; Round, J M; Betteridge, D J

    1984-09-01

    A study of the neuromuscular features of acromegaly was performed in six patients. Clinical assessment was supplemented by quadriceps force measurements, plasma creatine kinase (CK) activities, electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies. Muscle mass was measured by urinary creatinine/height indices (CHI) and cross sectional area (CSA) of thighs and calves on computed tomography. Quadriceps force/unit cross sectional area was derived. Needle biopsies of vastus lateralis were studied by histochemical and ultrastructural methods. Mean fibre area (MFA) and fibre type proportions were measured. Most of the subjects studied had muscle pain and proximal muscle weakness confirmed by quadriceps force measurements. This occurred in the absence of muscle wasting, as shown by cross sectional area measurements and normal or raised creatinine/height indices. "Myopathic" features were demonstrated by needle biopsy in half the patients and occasionally by electromyography and raised plasma creatine kinase activity. Abnormalities on needle biopsy included variation in fibre size, type 2 fibre atrophy and large type 1 MFA relative to type 2 MFA. Electronmicroscopy showed the non-specific findings of increased glycogen accumulation, excess lipofuscin pigment and myofilament loss.

  14. Clinical features of HIV/AIDS patients with digestive diseases

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    YIN Fei

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo analyze the clinical data of patients admitted with an initial diagnosis of digestive diseases who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS, and to guide clinical diagnosis. MethodsThe clinical data of HIV/AIDS patients who were hospitalized due to digestive system symptoms from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 were collected, including epidemiological data, clinical symptoms and signs, auxiliary examinations, and complications. The features of each parameter were observed. The t-test was used for comparison of continuous data between groups, and the chi-square test was used for comparison of categorical data between groups. ResultsA total of 95 HIV/AIDS patients with digestive diseases were enrolled, and the male/female ratio was 1.4∶1. Among these patients, 57 (60% were aged 30-50 years, 85 (89.47% were Yi people, and 86 (90.53% were farmers. Of all patients, 46 (48.42% were infected via sexual transmission and 44 (46.32% were infected via intravenous drug use. In these patients, common clinical symptoms included abdominal pain (71.58%, pyrexia (43.16%, and diarrhea (17.89%, and common signs included ascites (28.42%, superficial lymphadenectasis (21.05%, and hepatosplenomegaly (16.84%. The auxiliary examination showed a significant increase in globulin. The proportion of patients with opportunistic infection reached 83.16%, mainly lung and digestive tract infections. Among the patients who underwent gastroscopy, 31.58% had mycotic esophagitis. Chronic non-atrophic gastritis, electrolyte disturbance, and intestinal obstruction were commonly seen in patients with noninfectious complications. Of all HIV/AIDS patients, 5474% (52/95 were complicated by HBV and/or HCV infection, and the liver function parameters globulin, total bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and A/G showed significant differences between these patients and the patients with HIV infection

  15. Impact of increased erythropoietin receptor expression and elevated serum erythropoietin levels on clinicopathological features and prognosis in renal cell carcinoma

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    2012-01-01

    Erythropoietin (EPO) expression and EPO receptor (EpoR) expression have been demonstrated in various malignant tumors. EPO-EpoR signaling can activate several downstream signal transduction pathways that enhance tumor aggressiveness. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the impact of overexpression of EpoR and elevated serum EPO (sEPO) levels on the clinicopathological features and prognosis of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). EpoR expression was evaluated immunohistochemical...

  16. Late-onset hypogonadism: etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment

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    E. Yu. Pashkova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In a critical review of the literature current data concerning etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment of late-onset hypogonadism (LOH are given. LOH is a multidisciplinary problem, because a patient with LOH can have osteoporosis, anemia, depression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, erectile dysfunction. Sometimes it is hard to realize that all this complaints are symptoms of LOH. LOH has a negative impact on a patient,s quality of life and it,s impossible to help without androgen replacement therapy. Furthermore doctors often have doubts about testosterone replacement therapy safety because of lack of accurate information. In a convenient for medical practitioners form clinical and laboratory diagnostic criteria of LOH are presented together with formulas for conversion from one measurement unit of main sex hormones into another. Based on latest ISSAM guidelines (International Society for the Study of the Aging Male modern treatment options of LOH are summarized, full information about available testosterone preparations (oral, transdermal, injectable with comparative analysis of advantages and disadvantages of each is given. A full description of indications and contraindications for androgen replacement treatment is presented, also treatment regimen and medical supervision algorithm during treatment are described. 

  17. Late-onset hypogonadism: etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In a critical review of the literature current data concerning etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment of late-onset hypogonadism (LOH are given. LOH is a multidisciplinary problem, because a patient with LOH can have osteoporosis, anemia, depression, obesity, diabetes mellitus, erectile dysfunction. Sometimes it is hard to realize that all this complaints are symptoms of LOH. LOH has a negative impact on a patient,s quality of life and it,s impossible to help without androgen replacement therapy. Furthermore doctors often have doubts about testosterone replacement therapy safety because of lack of accurate information. In a convenient for medical practitioners form clinical and laboratory diagnostic criteria of LOH are presented together with formulas for conversion from one measurement unit of main sex hormones into another. Based on latest ISSAM guidelines (International Society for the Study of the Aging Male modern treatment options of LOH are summarized, full information about available testosterone preparations (oral, transdermal, injectable with comparative analysis of advantages and disadvantages of each is given. A full description of indications and contraindications for androgen replacement treatment is presented, also treatment regimen and medical supervision algorithm during treatment are described. 

  18. Incidence and clinical features of endoscopic ulcers developing after gastrectomy

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    Woo Chul Chung; Eun Jung Jeon; Kang-Moon Lee; Chang Nyol Paik; Sung Hoon Jung; Jung Hwan Oh; Ji Hyun Kim

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To determine the precise incidence and clinical features of endoscopic ulcers following gastrectomy.METHODS:A consecutive series of patients who underwent endoscopic examination following gastrectomy between 2005 and 2010 was retrospectively analyzed.A total of 78 patients with endoscopic ulcers and 759 without ulcers following gastrectomy were enrolled.We analyzed differences in patient age,sex,size of the lesions,method of operation,indications for gastric resection,and infection rates of Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori)between the nonulcer and ulcer groups.RESULTS:The incidence of endoscopic ulcers after gastrectomy was 9.3% and that of marginal ulcers was 8.6%.Ulcers were more common in patients with Billroth Ⅱ anastomosis and pre-existing conditions for peptic ulcer disease (PUD).Infection rates of H.pyloridid not differ significantly between the two groups.The patients who underwent operations to treat PUD had lower initial levels of hemoglobin and higher rates of hospital admission.CONCLUSION:H.pylori was not an important factor in ulcerogenesis following gastrectomy.For patients who underwent surgery for PUD,clinical course of marginal ulcers was more severe.

  19. Macroprolactin as a Cause of Hyperprolactinemia: Clinical and Radiological Features

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    Assim Alfadda

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of macroprolactin in patients with hyperprolactinemia in our region, and to determine the clinical and neuroradiological features of the affected individuals. Materials and Methods: We used the Roche Elecsys Prolactin assay (Prolactin II with polyethylene glycol precipitation to identify macroprolactin; recovery of ≤40% was considered to represent significant macroprolactinemia. Of 156 consecutive patients with hyperprolactinemia, macroprolactin was found in ten (6.4%. Clinical records of these patients were reviewed. Results: Of ten patients with macroprolactinemia, two males presented with infertility and two with decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Females presented with menstrual dysfunction, with or without infertility. Pituitary adenomas were identified in two of seven patients who underwent neuroimaging. Dopamine agonists were prescribed to seven patients; their symptoms were not affected by this therapy. Conclusions: Macroprolactin is a cause of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment in patients with hyperprolactinemia. It is important to be aware of the extent to which the assay system used in the measurement of prolactin may detect macroprolactin, and to have a available validated method to confirm its presence. This will ensure appropriate management for patients with this benign condition. Turk Jem 2008; 12: 46-9

  20. Clinical features of retinal diseases masquerading as retrobulbar optic neuritis

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    JIANG Li-bin; SHEN Ce-ying; CHEN Fei; YAN Wei-yu; Timothy Y.Y.Lai; WANG Ning-li

    2013-01-01

    Background Managements of optic neuritis (ON) included high-dose corticosteroids or combined with systemic immunomodulatory agents.It was important to make a correct diagnosis of ON before initiation of treatment.The purpose of the study was to report and analyze the clinical features of retinal diseases in patients who were misdiagnosed as having retrobulbar ON.Methods Retrospective review of 26 patients (38 eyes) initially diagnosed with retrobulbar ON but were ultimately diagnosed with retinal or macular diseases.Data obtained from fundus examination,fluorescence fundus angiogrephy (FFA),automated static perimetry,full-field electroretinogram (ffERG),multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG),and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were evaluated.Results Thirty-eight eyes of 26 patients were found to have misdiagnosis of retrobulbar ON,based on normal or slight abnormal fundus findings and abnormal visual evoked potentials (VEP).The mean age of the patients was 34 years and the correct diagnosis of the patients included acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR,15 eyes,14 patients),occult macular dystrophy (OMD,8 eyes,4 patients),cone or cone-rod dystrophy (10 eyes,5 patients),acute macular neuroretinopathy (AMNR,3 eyes,2 patients),and cancer-associated retinopathy (CAR,2 eyes,1 patient).Conclusion When attempting to diagnose retrobulbar ON in clinical practice,it is crucial to carry out necessary examinations of the retinal function and morphology to decrease misdiagnosis.

  1. Clinical features and treatment of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery.

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    Zhu, J; Li, Z H

    2015-06-18

    The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical features and treatment results of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. Five patients with endophthalmitis after phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation were enrolled in this study. The pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, and surgical outcomes of 5 patients were compared. Three patients were surgically treated with anterior chamber irrigation and vitrectomy with intravitreal injection. The remaining two patients were medically treated with an intravitreal injection of vancomycin and ceftazidime. Treatment results of the five patients were analyzed. Four patients had positive cultures for bacteria (two cases Staphylococcus epidermidis, one case Enterococcus faecalis, and one case head-like Staphylococcus). The culture of the fifth patient did not have bacterial growth. One year following treatment, four patients had restored visual acuity and a clear vitreous cavity. Retinal detachment and other complications were not observed. The remaining patient had a visual acuity of index at 30 cm one year following treatment. For patients with endophthalmitis after cataract surgery, a biochemical laboratory examination should be promptly performed and should include a bacterial culture and drug sensitivity test. When necessary, vitrectomy combined with an intravitreal injection of vancomycin should be performed to treat the infection early and to help retain useful vision.

  2. Clinical features of endemic community-acquired psittacosis

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    J.M. Branley

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Following a large outbreak of community-acquired psittacosis in 2002 in residents of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, we reviewed new cases in this area over a 7-year period from 2003 to 2009. Using the 2010 criteria from the Centers for Disease Control National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 85 patients with possible psittacosis were identified, of which 48 were identified as definite or probable infection. Clinical features of these cases are summarized. In addition to Chlamydia-specific serology, specimens, where available, underwent nucleic acid testing for chlamydial DNA using real-time PCR. Chlamydophila psittaci DNA was detected in samples from 23 patients. Four of 18 specimens were culture positive. This is the first description of endemic psittacosis, and is characterized in this location by community-acquired psittacosis resulting from inadvertent exposure to birds. The disease is likely to be under-diagnosed, and may often be mistaken for gastroenteritis or meningitis given the frequency of non-respiratory symptoms, particularly without a history of contact with birds. Clinical characteristics of endemic and outbreak-associated cases were similar. The nature of exposure, risk factors and reasons for the occurrence of outbreaks of psittacosis require further investigation.

  3. Clinical features of primary cicatricial alopecia in Chinese patients

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    Shiling Qi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: There have been few reports on primary cicatricial alopecias (PCR especially from Asia (PCA. Aims: To study the clinical, pathological and dermoscopic characteristics of PCA among Chinese patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis of the clinical data of 59 patients with PCA was conducted and the dermoscopic, pathological, treatment and prognosis characteristics analyzed. Fisher′s Chi-square exact test, Kruskal-Wallis and Spearman rank correlation test were performed. Results: The ratio of neutrophilic to lymphocytic cicatricial alopecias was about 1.3:1 in this group. The most frequent disorder was folliculitis decalvans. Follicular openings were absent on dermoscopy in all cases except alopecia mucinosa. Patulous follicular openings were characterisitc of alopecia mucinosa. After treatment, an increase in short vellus hairs was the earliest feature, while telangiectasia, epidermal scale, follicular hyperkeratosis, pustules and hair diameter diversity gradually decreased or even disappeared. Improvement in the areas of hair loss after treatment was seen more often in discoid lupus erythematosus, folliculitis decalvans and dissecting cellulitis than in patients with classic pseudopelade of Brocq. Nine patients (13.6% relapsed after cessation of therapy. Female patients needed longer treatment times. Long duration, large areas of hair loss and shorter treatment courses were the major factors in relapses. Conclusions: Dermatoscopy provides a rapid, practical and useful aid for the diagnosis of PCA and also to assess disease activity. Patulous follicular openings are a specific dermoscopic sign of alopecia mucinosa. Lichen planopilaris is less common in China than in the West.

  4. Ebola in children: epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis and outcomes.

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    Olupot-Olupot, Peter

    2015-03-01

    Ebola virus disease is caused by a highly contagious and pathogenic threadlike RNA virus of the Filoviridae family. The index human case is usually a zoonosis that launches human-to-human transmission interface with varying levels of sustainability of the epidemic depending on the level of public health preparedness of the affected country and the Ebola virus strain. The disease affects all age groups in the population. Clinical diagnosis is challenging in index cases especially in the early stages of the disease when the presenting features are usually nonspecific and only similar to a flu-like illness. However, in the agonal stages, hemorrhage frequently occurs in a high proportion of cases. The diagnostic gold standard is by detecting the antigen using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Mortality rates in the past 28 outbreaks since 1976 have ranged from 30% to 100% in different settings among adults, but lower mortality rates have been documented in children. This review aims to describe Ebola virus infection, clinical presentation, diagnosis and outcomes in children.

  5. The clinical features and diagnostic value of CT in Fahr’s disease

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    Wei-dong Hu; Li Xiang; Xiu-rong Wang

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    Objectives:  To study the clinical features and diagnostic value of CT in Fahr’s disease. Methods:  We retrospectively analyzed skull images of 8,000 cases and observed the incidence and imaging characteristics of Fahr’s disease. Results: Fahr’s disease were found in 6 patients (6/4000=0.075%)whose ages ranged from 16 to 62 years (average age:38.5±6.4years). We found that 6 Fahr’s disease had been incidentally detected in 4 men(4/6=66.7%) and 2 women(2/6=33.4%); serum calcium:2.13~2.42 mmol/L...

  6. [Cystic formations of ovaries in women: clinical and morphological features

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    Sorokina I.V.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background. Cystic formations of ovaries are an urgent problem of medicine due to the high incidence of these diseases in women, the difficulties of differential diagnosis and a high percentage of diagnostic and tactical mistakes leading to disruption of reproductive function. Objective: to identify the clinical and morphological features of cystic formations of ovaries in women of Kharkiv region on the basis of the analysis of archival material. Methods. The material of this study was archival materials of pathological anatomy department of The Municipal Health Care Institution «Regional Clinical Hospital – The Center of Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine» during 2013 y. 354 cases of histological examination of surgical material – deleted fragments of ovaries due to cystic formations or ovaries in complex with uterus and fallopian tubes due to leiomyoma of uterus – were analyzed. The slides, stained with hematoxylin and eosin, were studied on the microscope «Olympus BX-41». Digital data were processed using statistical methods of investigation. Results. 1. It was established that in women of Kharkiv region among all cystic formations of ovaries tumor-like processes (in order of frequency of occurrence – yellow bodies cysts, follicular cysts, simple cysts, endometrial cysts occur 5.5 times more frequently in comparison with tumor processes (in order of frequency of occurrence – dermoid cysts, cystadenomas, cystadenocarcinoma. 2. Tumor and tumor-like cystic formations of ovaries occur 4.6 times more frequently in right ovary in comparison with the left. 3. Tumor and tumor-like cystic formations of ovaries were characterized by a certain age. Tumor-like cystic formations of ovaries were typical for younger women (average age of women – 31.03±0.49 year and tumor cystic formations – for older women (average age of women – 37.70±1.53 years. Among all tumor-like cystic formations of ovaries yellow bodies cysts were typical

  7. [Clinical features of protracted bacterial bronchitis in children].

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    Chi, Fanfan; Wang, Yuqing; Hao, Chuangli; Sun, Huiquan; Fan, Liping; Huang, Li; Yu, Xingmei; Yang, Xiaoyun; Lu, Yanhong; Zhou, Jing; Lu, Quan

    2015-10-01

    To analyze the clinical characteristics of protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) in children. The clinical data of patients seen from October, 2010 to March, 2014 in Department of Respiratory Diseases of our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Inclusion criteria were over 4 weeks cough, receiving fiberoptic bronchoscopy, positive bacterial culture and (or) the increased percentage of neutral granulocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). Twenty eight patients were involved, 26 were male (93%) and two were female (7%). The median age of patients was 8.5 months. The median duration of cough was four weeks. The average length of hospital stay was (8.3 ± 3.9)days. The main clinical feature was wet cough in 28 cases, wet cough with wheezing was seen in 21 cases. The wet cough phase distribution was irregular in 21 cases. The crackles with wheeze (in 21 cases) was main signs of PBB. The percentage of CD3⁻ CD16⁺ 56⁺ cells increased in peripheral blood. The fiberoptic bronchoscopic manifestations of PBB were luminal mucosal edema. Eleven patients also had airway malacia. The neutrophil median in BALF was 0.2. The positive rate of bacterial culture of BALF was 36%. The main bacteria were Streptococcus pneumoniae (50%) and Haemophilus influenzae (30%). The main treatment for PBB patients included amoxycillin/clavulanate potassium and second-generation cephalosporins. The average duration of treatment was (17.3 ± 3.2)days, the prognosis was good. PBB is common in male infants. Persistent wet cough with wheezing was the main characteristic of PBB. PBB is commonly accompanied by immune dysfunction and airway malacia, and the pathogens were Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.

  8. Clinical features of subacute course of radiation disease

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    Krasnyuk V.I.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: to show the clinical features of subacute course of subacute course of radiation disease and how they differ from the typical manifestations of acute and chronic radiation syndrome. Material and methods. Materials of the Burnasyan Federal Medical and Biophysical Center Register of acute radiation disease (ARS in the Former USSR and Russia and Materials of a Burnasyan Federal Medical and Biophysical Center database of workers "Mayak" with chronic radiation syndrome (CRS were analyzed. There were selected 22 patients with radiation syndrome due to fractionated or prolonged accidental exposure (the main group of patients. There were formed two subgroups for comparison: patients with a typical marrowy syndrome of acute radiation disease and with chronic radiation syndrome. Statistical analysis of results was made by means of statistical software package Statistica v. 6.1 for Windows (StatSoft Inc., USA and Microsoft Excel 2010. Results. It was found that subacute course of radiation syndrome is possible under radiation exposure with medium dose rate in the range of 0.1-0.3 Gy/day Early symptoms of the disease as a primary reaction symptoms are completely absent. First complaints appeared in the earliest one month after the start of work in adverse conditions, on the average 6 months. In the period of formation there is a pancytopenia in the peripheral blood. Duration of the formation period was also determined. In this case radiation cataracts in patients are not observed. After the termination of radiation exposure hematopoietic recovery is slow, possibly incomplete with a high probability of hemoblastosis development. Conclusions. There has been described the subacute course of radiation disease by analyzing the clinical material of patients with radiation syndrome, there has been analyzed the clinical criteria that distinguish subacute radiation syndrome from acute and chronic.

  9. [Clinical features and comprehensive treatment of skull base osteosarcoma].

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    Hu, Ke; Wan, Jinghai; Ni, Song; Li, Xueji; Liu, Shaoyan; Meng, Xiaoli; Qian, Haipeng

    2015-05-01

    To analyze the clinical features and treatment of skull base osteosarcoma. The clinical data of 18 patients with skull base osteosarcoma, who were admitted to the CAMS Cancer Hospital from January 2005 to November 2013, were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were followed up by telephone, outpatient review and other means. Fifteen patients were followed up, 4 cases received surgery only, and 11 cases received surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Kaplan-Meier survival curve analysis was used to analyze the clinical data and Log rank method was used for verification. Nine patients died among the 15 patients who were followed up for 3-103 months (mean 25.0 months): seven patients died of local recurrence, and two patients died of distant metastasis, and six patients were still alive. Four patients received surgery only, with a median survival time of 25.0 months, and 11 patients received comprehensive treatment, with a median survival time of 47.0 months (P = 0.02). Five patients received sub-total resection, with a mean survival time of 47.0 months, and 10 patients received total resection, with a mean survival time of 45.0 months (P = 0.37). The 1- and 2-year recurrence rates were 46.6% and 68.9%, respectively. The overall 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-year survival rates were 82.4%, 61.8%, 36.0% and 36.0%, respectively, with a median survival time of 30.0 months. To compare the long bone and head and neck osteosarcoma with skull base osteosarcoma, the skull base osteosarcoma has a lower total resection rate, a higher recurrence rate, and a poorer prognosis. Radical surgery and comprehensive treatment are appropriate for skull base osteosarcoma.

  10. Ocular Tuberculosis I: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Clinical Features

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    Sumru Önal

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The World Health Organization has declared tuberculosis (TB to be a global emergency, as it remains the most common single cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. TB is caused by the acid-fast bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis and primarily affects the lungs [pulmonary TB (PTB]. It can also affect any other part of the body [extrapulmonary TB (EPTB]. It is estimated that 1.4% of patients with PTB will eventually develop ocular disease; however, in the majority of cases of ocular TB, PTB may not be documented. Ocular TB infection is usually a result of hematogenous spread during PTB or EPTB. Symptomatic disease most commonly develops after reactivation of dormant foci in the ocular tissue rather than being the manifestation of the initial infection. Immune-mediated ocular TB can occur due to hypersensitivity to M. tuberculosis antigens from a distant focus (such as lungs, despite the absence of the bacterium in the eye. The most common clinical presentation of intraocular inflammation (uveitis due to TB appears to be posterior uveitis, followed by anterior uveitis, panuveitis and intermediate uveitis. The absence of uniform diagnostic criteria for intraocular TB has led to confusion regarding its diagnosis and management. Recent studies on the clinical importance of purified protein derivative (PPD skin test, interferon-gamma release assays, chest computed tomography and polymerase chain reaction have provided a new approach to diagnosing ocular TB. This review series focuses on the clinical features, diagnostic techniques, diagnostic criteria, and treatment modalities in the light of recent literature. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2011; 41: 171-81

  11. Clinical features of probable severe acute respiratory syndrome in Beijing

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    Hai-Ying Lu; Xiao-Yuan Xu; Yu Lei; Yang-Feng Wu; Bo-Wen Chen; Feng Xiao; Gao-Qiang Xie; De-Min Han

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To summarize clinical features of probable severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Beijing.METHODS: Retrospective cases involving 801 patients admitted to hospitals in Beijing between March and June 2003, with a diagnosis of probable SARS, moderate type.The series of clinical manifestation, laboratory and radiograph data obtained from 801 cases were analyzed. RESULTS: One to three days after the onset of SARS, the major clinical symptoms were fever (in 88.14% of patients), fatigue, headache, myalgia, arthralgia (25-36%), etc. The counts of WBC (in 22.56% of patients) lymphocyte (70.25%)and CD3, CD4, CD8 positive T cells (70%) decreased. From 4-7 d, the unspecific symptoms became weak; however, the rates of low respiratory tract symptoms, such as cough (24.18%), sputum production (14.26%), chest distress (21.04%) and shortness of breath (9.23%) increased, so did the abnormal rates on chest radiograph or CT. The low counts of WBC, lymphocyte and CD3, CD4, CD8 positiveT cells touched bottom. From 8 to 16 d, the patients presented progressive cough (29.96%), sputum production (13.09%), chest distress (29.96%) and shortness of breath (35.34%). All patients had infiltrates on chest radiograph or CT, some even with multi-infiltrates. Two weeks later, patients' respiratory symptoms started to alleviate, the infiltrates on the lung began to absorb gradually, the counts of WBC, lymphocyte and CD3, CD4, CD8 positive T cells were restored to normality.CONCLUSION: The data reported here provide evidence that the course of SARS could be divided into four stages, namely the initial stage, progressive stage, fastigium and convalescent stage.

  12. Clinical features and patient management of Lujo hemorrhagic fever.

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    Full Text Available In 2008 a nosocomial outbreak of five cases of viral hemorrhagic fever due to a novel arenavirus, Lujo virus, occurred in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lujo virus is only the second pathogenic arenavirus, after Lassa virus, to be recognized in Africa and the first in over 40 years. Because of the remote, resource-poor, and often politically unstable regions where Lassa fever and other viral hemorrhagic fevers typically occur, there have been few opportunities to undertake in-depth study of their clinical manifestations, transmission dynamics, pathogenesis, or response to treatment options typically available in industrialized countries.We describe the clinical features of five cases of Lujo hemorrhagic fever and summarize their clinical management, as well as providing additional epidemiologic detail regarding the 2008 outbreak. Illness typically began with the abrupt onset of fever, malaise, headache, and myalgias followed successively by sore throat, chest pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, rash, minor hemorrhage, subconjunctival injection, and neck and facial swelling over the first week of illness. No major hemorrhage was noted. Neurological signs were sometimes seen in the late stages. Shock and multi-organ system failure, often with evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, ensued in the second week, with death in four of the five cases. Distinctive treatment components of the one surviving patient included rapid commencement of the antiviral drug ribavirin and administration of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins, N-acetylcysteine, and recombinant factor VIIa.Lujo virus causes a clinical syndrome remarkably similar to Lassa fever. Considering the high case-fatality and significant logistical impediments to controlled treatment efficacy trials for viral hemorrhagic fever, it is both logical and ethical to explore the use of the various compounds used in the treatment of the surviving case reported here in future outbreaks

  13. Clinical Features and Patient Management of Lujo Hemorrhagic Fever

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    Sewlall, Nivesh H.; Richards, Guy; Duse, Adriano; Swanepoel, Robert; Paweska, Janusz; Blumberg, Lucille; Dinh, Thu Ha; Bausch, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Background In 2008 a nosocomial outbreak of five cases of viral hemorrhagic fever due to a novel arenavirus, Lujo virus, occurred in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lujo virus is only the second pathogenic arenavirus, after Lassa virus, to be recognized in Africa and the first in over 40 years. Because of the remote, resource-poor, and often politically unstable regions where Lassa fever and other viral hemorrhagic fevers typically occur, there have been few opportunities to undertake in-depth study of their clinical manifestations, transmission dynamics, pathogenesis, or response to treatment options typically available in industrialized countries. Methods and Findings We describe the clinical features of five cases of Lujo hemorrhagic fever and summarize their clinical management, as well as providing additional epidemiologic detail regarding the 2008 outbreak. Illness typically began with the abrupt onset of fever, malaise, headache, and myalgias followed successively by sore throat, chest pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, rash, minor hemorrhage, subconjunctival injection, and neck and facial swelling over the first week of illness. No major hemorrhage was noted. Neurological signs were sometimes seen in the late stages. Shock and multi-organ system failure, often with evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, ensued in the second week, with death in four of the five cases. Distinctive treatment components of the one surviving patient included rapid commencement of the antiviral drug ribavirin and administration of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), N-acetylcysteine, and recombinant factor VIIa. Conclusions Lujo virus causes a clinical syndrome remarkably similar to Lassa fever. Considering the high case-fatality and significant logistical impediments to controlled treatment efficacy trials for viral hemorrhagic fever, it is both logical and ethical to explore the use of the various compounds used in the treatment of the surviving case reported here

  14. CLINICAL FEATURES OF ACUTE FEBRILE THROMBOCYTOPAENIA AMONG PATIENTS ATTENDING PRIMARY CARE CLINICS

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    Khairani Omar

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Identifying clinical features that differentiate acute febrile thrombocytopaenia from acute febrile illness without thrombocytopaenia can help primary care physician to decide whether to order a full blood count (FBC. This is important because thrombocytopaenia in viral fever may signify more serious underlying aetiology like dengue infection.Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical features of acute febrile patients with thrombocytopaenia and acute febrile patients without thrombocytopaenia.Methodology: This was a clinic-based cross-sectional study from May to November 2003. Consecutive patients presenting with undifferentiated fever of less than two weeks were selected from the Primary Care Centre of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Batu 9 Cheras Health Clinic. Clinical features of these patients were recorded and FBC examination was done for all patients. Thrombocytopaenia was defined as platelet count <150X109/L. The odds ratio of thrombocytopaenia for each presenting symptoms was calculated.Result: Seventy-three patients participated in this study. Among them, 45.2% had thrombocytopaenia. Myalgia and headache were common among all patients. However, nausea and vomiting occurred significantly more often among patients with thrombocytopaenia than in patients with normal platelet count (OR 2.2, 95% CI 1.1-4.5.Conclusion: Acute non-specific febrile patients presenting with symptoms of nausea and vomiting may have higher risk of thrombocytopaenia and should be seriously considered for FBC.

  15. Clinical features of progressive supranuclear palsy in 105 Chinese patients

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    Jing Hou; Ruibiao Guo; Tong Chen; Xiaohong Zhang; Weiping Wu; Zhenfu Wang

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To thoroughly investigate clinical characteristics of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in a Chinese population.METHODS: Computer-based online searches through China National Knowledge Infrastructure and Weipu Periodical Database were performed to collect case reports of PSP published between 1980 and 2009. Clinical characteristics were analyzed.RESULTS: A total of 58 studies comprising 105 patients (76 males and 29 females) were included. All cases were sporadic and free of family history. The mean age at onset was 60.6 ± 9.1 years, and the mean course from onset of symptoms to diagnosis was 3.4 ± 2.4 years. The male-to-female ratio was approximately 3: 1. Onset was characterized by akinetic-rigid features and accounted for 34.3% of all cases, followed by early postural instability (25.5%), pseudobulbar palsy (9.8%), cognitive impairment (9.8%), and vertical supranuclear ophthalmoplegia (7.8%). With disease progression, vertical supranuclear ophthalmoplegia was reported in 95.1% of cases, followed by akinetic-rigid features (83.3%), pseudobulbar palsy (82.4%), axial dystonia (75.5%), cognitive impairment (72.5%), and early postural instability (69.6%). A total of 70.5% of patients exhibited abnormal electroencephalograms, and 21.4% exhibited mild abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid. Brain CT scanning results of 37 patients showed 37.8% with midbrain and concurrent cerebral hemisphere atrophy, and 5.4% and 24.3% with midbrain and cerebral hemisphere atrophy, respectively. Brain MRI scanning results of 55 patients revealed a total of 16.4% patients with midbrain atrophy, 23.6% with midbrain and concurrent cerebral hemisphere atrophy, 32.7% with cerebral hemisphere atrophy, and 11% with brainstem atrophy. The percentage of midbrain atrophy revealed by MRI was greater than by CT. All 11 patients subjected to Mini-Mental State Examination scored < 23. A total of 10 patients underwent brain electrophysiological examination, and 80% presented with

  16. Clinical features and prognosis of adult-onset Still's disease: 75 cases from China.

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    Liu, Zhenzhen; Lv, Xiaoju; Tang, Guangmin

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated the clinical characteristics, treatment outcomes, and complications of patients with adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) in our local Chinese population. Patients with AOSD attending our hospital from 2008 to 2011 were identified and followed up. Their clinical and laboratory features at presentation, as well as their disease progression, treatments, and outcomes were recorded and compared with other reported series. A total of 75 patients with AOSD were identified. Forty-four were female. Thirty-nine had disease onset between 16 and 35 years of age. The most common presenting features were fever (96%), arthritis (57.33%), rash (78.67%), and sore throat (49.3%). The acute phase response was marked in most patients, with elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rates (77.05%) and C-reactive protein levels (84.06%). Hyperferritinemia was present in 74.14% of cases, and serum ferritin (SF) levels declined after treatment in most cases. Liver abnormalities were usually transient, but were more severe in 5 patients. Most patients (92%) required corticosteroid therapy; of these, 33.3% also received disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs or immunosuppressive drugs. Sixty-four and 45.33% patients with AOSD achieved partial and complete remission, respectively, after 2 weeks of treatment, and 92% and 74.67%, respectively, after 1 month. The cumulative relapse rate was 45.3%. Patients with AOSD had complex symptoms with no specific laboratory findings. Reduced SF levels after treatment and liver abnormalities may be used to follow treatment outcome.

  17. Clinical and epidemiological features of patients with clonorchiasis

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    Ke-Xia Wang; Rong-Bo Zhang; Yu-Bao Cui; Ye Tian; Ru Cai; Chao-Pin Li

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To study the clinical and epidemiological features of patients with clonorchiasis so as to provide scientific evidences for the diagnosis and prevention of clonorchiasis.METHODS: Stools from 282 subjects suspected of having clonorchiasis were examined for helminth eggs with modified Kato's thick smear and sedimentation methods, and their Sera Were tested for HAV-DNA, HBV-DNA, HCV-RNA, HDV-RNA and HEV-RNA with polymerase chain reaction (PCR).Clinical symptoms of patients with clonorchiasis only were analyzed, and their blood samples were tested for cireulating antigen (CAg) with Dot-ELISA, esoinophilic granulocyte count,and alanine aminotransferase (ALT). Meanwhile, they were asked to provide data of occupation, eating habit, hygienic habit and knowledge of clonorchiasis. In addition, the ecosystem of the environment in epidemic areas was surveyed.RESULTS: Among the 282 patients, 61 (21.43%) were infected with clonorchis sinensis only, 97 (34.64%) were co-infected with clonorchis sinensis and other pathogens,92 (32.86%) were infected with hepatitis virus only and 31 (11.07%) neither with clonorchis sinensis nor hepatitis virus.Among the 61 patients with clonorchiasis only, there were 14 (22.95%) subjects with discomfort over hepatic region or epigasfrium, 12 (19.67%) with general malaise or discomfort and inertia in total body, 6 (9.84%) with anorexia, indigestion and nausea, 4 (6.56%) with fever, dizziness and headache (6.56%), and 25 (40.98%) without any symptoms; sixty one (100%) with CAg (+), 98.33% (59/60) with eosinophilic granulocytes increased and 65.00% (39/60) with ALT increased. B-mode ultrasonography revealed 61 cases with dilated and thickened walls of intrahepatic bile duct, and blurred patchy echo acoustic image in liver. Twenty-six cases had stones in the bile duct, 39 cases had slightly enlarged liver with diffuse coarse spots in liver parenchyma. Twenty cases had enlarged gallbladder with thickened coarse wall and image of floating plagues, 9

  18. Clinical features and growth hormone receptor gene mutations of patients with Laron syndrome from a Chinese family.

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    Ying, Yan-Qin; Wei, Hong; Cao, Li-Zhi; Lu, Juan-Juan; Luo, Xiao-Ping

    2007-08-01

    Laron syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by defects of growth hormone receptor (GHR) gene. It is characterized by severe postnatal growth retardation and characteristic facial features as well as high circulating levels of growth hormone (GH) and low levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3). This report described the clinical features and GHR gene mutations in 2 siblings with Laron syndrome in a Chinese family. Their heights and weights were in the normal range at birth, but the growth was retarded after birth. When they presented to the clinic, the heights of the boy (8 years old) and his sister (11 years old) were 80.0 cm (-8.2 SDS) and 96.6 cm (-6.8 SDS) respectively. They had typical appearance features of Laron syndrome such as short stature and obesity, with protruding forehead, saddle nose, large eyes, sparse and thin silky hair and high-pitched voice. They had higher basal serum GH levels and lower serum levels of IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and growth hormone binding protein (GHBP) than normal controls. The peak serum GH level after colonidine and insulin stimulations in the boy was over 350 ng/mL. After one-year rhGH treatment, the boy's height increased from 80.0 cm to 83.3 cm. The gene mutation analysis revealed that two patients had same homozygous mutation of S65H (TCA -->CCA) in exon 4, which is a novel gene mutation. It was concluded that a definite diagnosis of Laron syndrome can be made based on characteristic appearance features and serum levels of GH, IGF-I, IGFBP-3 and GHBP. The S65H mutation might be the cause of Laron syndrome in the two patients.

  19. Clinical features of delusional jealousy in elderly patients with dementia.

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    Hashimoto, Mamoru; Sakamoto, Shinichi; Ikeda, Manabu

    2015-06-01

    Delusional jealousy is a psychotic syndrome characterized by a belief in the infidelity of one's spouse that reaches delusional intensity. Although delusional jealousy has been described in relation to organic psychosis, little is known concerning the actual role of delusional jealousy in dementia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the clinical features of delusional jealousy and possible mechanisms whereby delusional jealousy arises in patients with dementia. We studied 208 consecutive outpatients with dementia (diagnosis based on DSM-III-R criteria; mean [SD] age of 77.0 [8.0] years; study period: September 2011-August 2012). Delusional jealousy was defined as a false belief derived from a pathological jealousy that makes the patient believe that his or her spouse is unfaithful. The prevalence of delusional jealousy was compared between Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and vascular dementia. Patients with and without delusional jealousy were compared in terms of general characteristics. In addition, each patient with delusional jealousy and their primary caregivers were interviewed about the clinical features of the syndrome. Of the 208 patients with dementia, 18 (8.7%) showed delusional jealousy. The prevalence of delusional jealousy in patients who had dementia with Lewy bodies (26.3%) was significantly higher than that in patients with Alzheimer's disease (5.5%) (P delusional jealousy in regard to gender (P = 1.00), age (P = .81), educational attainment (P = .29), presence of other persons living with the couple (P = .22), and Mini-Mental State Examination score (P = .47). On the other hand, delusional jealousy was preceded by the onset of serious physical diseases in nearly half of the patients. Delusional jealousy resolved within 12 months after treatment in 15 of 18 patients (83%). Although delusional jealousy is a considerable problem in dementia, the prognosis of delusional jealousy in demented patients appears to be

  20. Clinical features of neoplastic pathological fracture in long bones

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    HU Yong-cheng; LUN Deng-xing; WANG Han

    2012-01-01

    Background Pathological fractures signify a potentially more aggressive subset of the original disease with higher misdiagnosis rates and inferior oncologic results.The purpose of the present study was to explore the clinical features of neoplastic pathological fracture in extremities.Methods From August 2002 to December 2010,a consecutive series of 139 patients suffering neoplastic pathological fracture were recruited,including 79 males and 60 females with a mean age of 31.3 years.Fractures were classified into five groups:tumor-like lesions (55),benign bone tumors (13),giant cell tumors (7),primary malignant bone tumors (28),and metastatic bone tumors (36).Based on their inducing forces,pathologic fractures were classified into four grades:spontaneous fracture,functional fracture,minor injury,and traumatic injury.Patients' age,fracture site,histological diagnoses,fracture forces,prodromes,and misdiagnosis were well reviewed.Kruskal-Wallis and x2 tests were used to compare forces and prodromes within different types of bone tumors.Results The highest pathologic fracture morbidity was 32.3% (45/139),which lay in the 11-20 year group,and 86.1%of metastatic tumors occurred in the 50-80 year group.The common sites of fractures were femur,humerus,and tibia.The fracture forces in benign bone tumors and tumor-like lesions are the strongest,followed by metastatic tumors and primary malignant bone tumors (Hc=80.980,P=0.000).Sixty-seven patients (48.2%) had local prodromes before pathologic fracture.The incidence rates of prodromes between primary malignant tumors and metastatic bone tumors had no significant difference (P=0.146),but they were all obviously higher than that of benign bone tumors and tumor-like lesions.Twenty patients experienced misdiagnosis.Conclusion Minor injury forces and local prodromes are clinical features of neoplastic pathologic fractures and they are also the critical factor avoiding misdiagnoses.

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  2. The relation between serum phosphorus levels and clinical outcomes after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Doron Aronson

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Elevated serum phosphorus levels have been linked with cardiovascular disease and mortality with conflicting results, especially in the presence of normal renal function. METHODS: We studied the association between serum phosphorus levels and clinical outcomes in 1663 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI. Patients were categorized into 4 groups based on serum phosphorus levels (4.50 mg/dL. Cox proportional-hazards models were used to examine the association between serum phosphorus and clinical outcomes after adjustment for potential confounders. RESULTS: The mean follow up was 45 months. The lowest mortality occurred in patients with serum phosphorus between 2.5-3.5 mg/dL, with a multivariable-adjusted hazard ratio of 1.24 (95% CI 0.85-1.80, 1.35 (95% CI 1.05-1.74, and 1.75 (95% CI 1.27-2.40 in patients with serum phosphorus of 4.50 mg/dL, respectively. Higher phosphorus levels were also associated with increased risk of heart failure, but not the risk of myocardial infarction or stroke. The effect of elevated phosphorus was more pronounced in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD. The hazard ratio for mortality in patients with serum phosphorus >4.5 mg/dL compared to patients with serum phosphorus 2.50-3.50 mg/dL was 2.34 (95% CI 1.55-3.54 with CKD and 1.53 (95% CI 0.87-2.69 without CKD. CONCLUSION: We found a graded, independent association between serum phosphorus and all-cause mortality and heart failure in patients after AMI. The risk for mortality appears to increase with serum phosphorus levels within the normal range and is more prominent in the presence of CKD.

  3. Clinical features and management of Crohn's disease in Chinese patients

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    郑家驹; 史晓华; 褚行琦; 贾黎明; 王风鸣

    2004-01-01

    Background An increasing incidence of Crohn' s disease has been found in China in recent years.Our study has been focused on evaluating the diversity of the clinical manifestations of Crohn' s disease in order to improve early diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic efficacy.Methods Thirty patients with active Crohn's disease were enrolled and their clinical data, including diagnostic and therapeutic results, were analyzed. Endoscopy combined with histological examination of biopsy specimens provided characteristic features of the disease. Transabdominal bowel sonography (TABS) was used for detecting intestinal complications. Nutritional supportive therapy was given to 20 subjects with active cases of the disease.Results Most patients were young adults with a higher proportion of females to males (ratio: 1.14:1). The disease affects any segment or a combination of segments along with the alimentary tract(from the mouth to the anus). In this study, the colon and small bowel were the major sites involved.Recurrent episodes of abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant and watery diarrhea were the most common symptoms. Granulomas were identifiable in nearly one-third (30.8%) of all biopsy specimens. In moderate cases of the disease, remission was achieved more quickly through the use of oral prednisone therapy than with SASP or 5-ASA. Beneficial effects on the host' s nutritional status were observed. Immunosuppressives were used on an individual basis and showed variable therapeutic effects. Sixteen patients had surgery due to intestinal obstruction or failure to respond to drug therapies. Rapid improvement after surgery was reported. Conclusion Endoscopy (with biopsy) and TABS were both crucial procedures for diagnosis. SASP(or 5-ASA) and prednisone were effective as inductive therapies. Azathioprine has demonstrable benefits after induction therapy with prednisone. Surgery, as an alternative treatment, provided another effective choice in selected patients.

  4. Age-related distance esotropia: Clinical features and therapeutic outcomes.

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    Gómez de Liaño Sánchez, P; Olavarri González, G; Merino Sanz, P; Escribano Villafruela, J C

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    To describe the clinical characteristics and surgical outcomes of a group of patients with age-related distance esotropia (ARDE). A retrospective study was conducted on a consecutive case series of 16 adult patients diagnosed with ARDE between 2008 and 2015. The clinical features evaluated included mean age and gender, primary position deviations at distance and near, measured in prism dioptres (pd), treatment offered in each case, and post-surgical deviations. Ductions and versions were full, with no evidence of lateral rectus paresis. None of these patients had any obvious underlying neurological disorder, such as, high myopia or thyroid disease. A good result is considered to be the disappearance of diplopia in all positions of gaze. A total of 16 patients (11 females [68.8%]) were identified. The mean age at diagnosis was 78.19±6.77 years. The mean initial esodeviation was 2.25±3.08 pd at near (-4 to +8 pd) and 9.5±4.18 pd at distance (2 to 18 pd). Treatment was not necessary in 5 cases because the symptoms were intermittent or well-tolerated. Of the 11 patients with symptoms, one was corrected with an external base therapeutic prism. Botulinum toxin was administered in another patient, without satisfactory results. Unilateral medial rectus muscle recession was performed on one patient, and unilateral lateral rectus plication on 7 patients, indicating prisms before surgery. One patient refused surgery despite continuous diplopia in far vision. After a mean follow-up of 16.5 months, all operated patients were asymptomatic. Not all patients with ARDE require treatment, as the tolerance to diplopia varies from one subject to another. Both medial rectus weakening and lateral rectus strengthening provides excellent results. Crown Copyright © 2016. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. Genetic, hypothalamic and endocrine features of clinical and experimental obesity.

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    Bray, G A

    1992-01-01

    Obesity occurs in both clinical and animal forms in a variety of specific models which allow study of its underlining endocrine and mechanistic features. Among the neuroendocrine varieties of obesity, polycystic ovaries are probably the most common. The importance of the gonadal feedback system for regulation of food intake and obesity is indicated by the effects of castration in experimental animals which is a widely used mechanism for producing experimental obesity. Cushing syndrome and hypothalamic obesity are rare clinical syndromes. The current evidence suggests that there are two types of hypothalamic obesity from a mechanistic point of view--one associated with hyperphagia as a necessary and sufficient cause and a disturbance of the autonomic nervous system without hyperphagia as a second mechanism. Although genetic factors underlie most types of human obesity, there are several dymorphic forms of obesity including the Prader-Willy syndrome, Cohen's syndrome, Carpenter's syndrome, Ahlstrom's syndrome and the Bardet-Biedel syndrome. The Prader-Willi syndrome is characterized by obesity hypotonia hypogonadism and mental retardation. In animals, a dominant form of inheritance of obesity is seen in the yellow mouse. Current evidence suggests that this syndrome can be explained by reduced acetylation of MSH in the pituitary and/or hypothalamus. Several recessively inherited forms of obesity exist including the obese mouse, the diabetes mouse, fatty rat, the fat mouse, tubby mouse and the corpulent rat. In addition, there are a number of polygenic types of experimental obesity. The final mechanistic classification of obesity are those due to dietary manipulation. For both human beings and animals, a highly fat diet appears to be particularly problematic for the development of obesity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Clinical Features of Cluster Headache Patients in Korea

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    Cluster headache (CH) is a rare underdiagnosed primary headache disorder with very severe unilateral pain and autonomic symptoms. Clinical characteristics of Korean patients with CH have not yet been reported. We analyzed the clinical features of CH patients from 11 university hospitals in Korea. Among a total of 200 patients with CH, only 1 patient had chronic CH. The average age of CH patients was 38.1 ± 8.9 years (range 19–60 years) and the average age of onset was 30.7 ± 10.3 years (range 10–57 years). The male-to-female ratio was 7:1 (2.9:1 among teen-onset and 11.7:1 among twenties-onset). Pain was very severe at 9.3 ± 1.0 on the visual analogue scale. The average duration of each attack was 100.6 ± 55.6 minutes and a bout of CH lasted 6.5 ± 4.5 weeks. Autonomic symptoms were present in 93.5% and restlessness or agitation was present in 43.5% of patients. Patients suffered 3.0 ± 3.5 (range 1–25) bouts over 7.3 ± 6.7 (range 1–30) years. Diurnal periodicity and season propensity were present in 68.5% and 44.0% of patients, respectively. There were no sex differences in associated symptoms or diurnal and seasonal periodicity. Korean CH patients had a high male-to-female ratio, relatively short bout duration, and low proportion of chronic CH, unlike CH patients in Western countries. PMID:28145655

  7. Clinical features of coronary artery ectasia in the elderly

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    Qiao-Juan HUANG; Jian-Jun LI; Yan ZHANG; Xiao-Lin LI; Sha LI; Yuan-Lin GUO; Cheng-Gang ZHU; Rui-Xia XU; Li-Xin JIANG; Meng-Hua CHEN

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the incidence, imaging and clinical characteristics in elderly patients with coronary artery ectasia (CAE). Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on patients with CAE who underwent coronary angiography between January 2006 and December 2012. According to age, the enrolled patients were divided into two groups (elderly group, age≥ 65 years; non-elderly group, age < 65 years). The clinical feature, imaging characteristics and the 5-year survival rate of the two groups were compared.Results The preva-lence of CAE in elderly patients was 0.33%. Patients in elderly group were found to have significantly higher proportion of female (30.1%vs. 10.1%,P< 0.001), three-vessel disease (60.5%vs. 45.2%,P = 0.003) and localized ectasia (55.0%vs. 40.2%,P = 0.003). In addition, body mass index (20.90 ± 2.71 kg/m2vs. 22.31 ± 2.98 kg/m2,P < 0.001) and percentage of current smokers (45.0%vs. 64.6%,P < 0.001) were significantly lower in elderly group. Cumulative survival curves demonstrated reduced 5-year cumulative survival at the follow-up in the elderly group compared with the non-elderly group (88.0%vs. 96.0%,P = 0.002). But the 5-year event free survival rate failed to show a significant difference between the two groups (31.0%vs. 35.0%,P= 0.311).ConclusionThe prevalence of CAE in elderly patients was 0.33%, which was about 1/3 of the entire numbers of CAE patients. There were significant differences between the elderly and the non-elderly patients with CAE in terms of coronary artery disease risk factors and coronary artery ectatic characteristics. CAE might be asso-ciated with increased mortality risk in the elderly.

  8. Clinical and Treatment Features of Orbital Neurogenic Tumors

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    Pınar Bingöl Kızıltunç

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the clinical and treatment features of orbital neurogenic tumors. Material and Method: The records of 35 patients with orbital neurogenic tumors who were diagnosed and treated at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, between 1998 and 2011 were evaluated retrospectively. Results: Orbitotomy via a cutaneous approach was performed in 21 (60% cases and orbitotomy via a transconjunctival approach was performed in 7 (20% cases. Three (8% cases had been operated at different centers. Four (12% cases were diagnosed clinically. Total excisional biopsy was performed in 11 (31.4% cases, subtotal excisional biopsy was performed in 7 (20%, and incisional biopsy was performed in 10 (28.6% cases. 14 (40% 35 cases were diagnosed as meningioma, 12 (34% as peripheral nerve sheath tumor, and 9 (26% cases were diagnosed as optic nerve glioma. Six (43% meningioma cases were optic nerve sheath meningioma, 5 (36% were sphenoid wing meningioma, 2 (14% were ectopic meningioma, and 1 (7% was perisellar meningioma. Six (50% of peripheral nerve sheath tumors were schwannoma, 2 (16% were solitary neurofibroma, 4 (34% were plexiform neurofibroma. External beam radiotherapy was performed in 15 (42.8% cases, cyberknife radiosurgery in 1 (2.8% , chemotherapy in 1 (2.8%, and enucleation ( because of neovascular glaucoma and vitreous hemorrhage was performed in 1 (2.8% case. Discussion: The most common orbital neurogenic tumors are meningioma, peripheral nerve sheath tumor, and optic nerve glioma. For meningioma and glioma, external beam radiotherapy is required; for schwannoma and solitary neurofibroma, total excisional biopsy is the preferred treatment. The success of visual and anatomic results are high after treatment. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 335-9

  9. Clinical features of Japanese patients with chronic cough induced by gastroesophageal reflux

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    Katsuya Fujimori

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Gastroesophageal reflux (GER has been reported as a cause of chronic cough (CC in the United States. It has been reported that 5–21% of CC cases are induced by GER. In Japan, however, detailed clinical features of CC induced by GER have not been described. The present study reports on six Japanese patients with GER-induced CC. The subjects were all females, with a mean age of 72 years. The average body mass index was 37 kg/m2, indicating obesity. No abnormalities were found with regard to concentrations of C-reactive protein, peripheral eosinophil counts, serum IgE concentrations, serum titers of cold agglutinins or antibodies to Mycoplasma pneumoniae, chest radiograph findings, respiratory function tests or blood gas analyses. Bronchial biopsy was performed in three patients and showed chronic inflammation characterized by lymphocytic infiltration, squamous metaplasia and mucosal basement membrane thickening. In the study population (Japanese patients, GER-induced CC tended to occur in elderly obese women and may be attributable to airway inflammation.

  10. Cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities in patients with syphilis: association with clinical and laboratory features.

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    Marra, Christina M; Maxwell, Clare L; Smith, Stacy L; Lukehart, Sheila A; Rompalo, Anne M; Eaton, Molly; Stoner, Bradley P; Augenbraun, Michael; Barker, David E; Corbett, James J; Zajackowski, Mark; Raines, Charles; Nerad, Judith; Kee, Romina; Barnett, Scott H

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    To define clinical and laboratory features that identify patients with neurosyphilis. Subjects (n=326) with syphilis but no previous neurosyphilis who met 1993 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for lumbar puncture underwent standardized history, neurological examination, venipuncture, and lumbar puncture. Neurosyphilis was defined as a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) white blood cell count >20 cells/ microL or reactive CSF Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test result. Sixty-five subjects (20.1%) had neurosyphilis. Early syphilis increased the odds of neurosyphilis in univariate but not multivariate analyses. In multivariate analyses, serum rapid plasma reagin (RPR) titer > or =1 : 32 increased the odds of neurosyphilis 10.85-fold in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-uninfected subjects and 5.98-fold in HIV-infected subjects. A peripheral blood CD4+ T cell count < or =350 cells/ microL conferred 3.10-fold increased odds of neurosyphilis in HIV-infected subjects. Similar results were obtained when neurosyphilis was more stringently defined as a reactive CSF VDRL test result. Serum RPR titer helps predict the likelihood of neurosyphilis. HIV-induced immune impairment may increase the risk of neurosyphilis.

  11. Clinical evaluation of serum concentrations of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 in patients with colorectal cancer

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    Xu Kang; Fang Wang; Jin-Dong Xie; Jun Cao; Pei-Zhong Xian

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the correlation between the serum soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and the clinicopathologic features and to evaluate the possible prognostic significance of sICAM-1 concentration in colorectal cancer.METHODS: A total of 56 patients (mean age 57.3 years)having transitional cell carcinoma of the colorectal and 25 control patients (mean age 42.6 years) were enrolled in the study. The serum samples of the patients were obtained on the day before surgery. Sera were obtained by centrifugation, and stored at -80 ℃ until assay. Serumconcentrations of ICAM-1 were measured with enzymelinked immunoassay. Differences between the two groups were analyzed by Student's t-test.RESULTS: No significant increase of serum sICAM-1 could be demonstrated in the Dukes A1 patients (352.63±61.82μg/L) compared to the control group (345.72±49.81 μg/L,P>0.05), Dukes A1 patients (352.63±61.82 μg/L)compared to Dukes A2,3 patients (491.17±86.36 μg/L,P<0.05). Furthermore, the patients with Dukes B had significantly higher serum concentrations of sICAM-1than those of the control group (496.82±93.04 μg/L vs 345.72±49.81 μg/L, P<0.01). Compared with Dukes A2,3,B colorectal cancer patients, patients with more advanced clinical stage (Dukes C and D) had higher levels of sICAM-1 (743.68±113.74 μg/L vs491.17±86.36 μg/L and 496.82±93.04 μg/L, P<0.001). The difference was statistically significant in sICAM-1 levels between patients with positive lymph node status and those without lymph node involvement (756.25±125.57 μg/L vs445.62±69.18 μg/L, P<0.001).Patients with poorly differentiated colorectal cancer had a higher level of sICAM-1 than those with differentiated and highly differentiated cancer (736.49±121.97 μg/Lvs 410.23±67.47 μg/L, P<0.001).CONCLUSION: In this study, serum ICAM-1 levels were found to be related to tumor presence, clinical stages,and grade. Increased ICAM-1 in patients with colorectal cancer which should

  12. Clinical features of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hepatitis C infection

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present cross-sectional study was to assess the prevalence and the clinical and laboratory features of hepatitis C virus (HCV-positive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM attending either an outpatient clinic or hemodialysis units. Serologic-HCV testing was performed in 489 type 2 DM patients (303 outpatients and 186 on dialysis. A structured assessment of clinical, laboratory and DM-related complications was performed and the patients were then compared according to HCV infection status. Mean patient age was 60 years; HCV positivity (HCV+ was observed in 39 of 303 (12.9% outpatients and in 34 of 186 (18.7% dialysis patients. Among HCV+ patients, 32 were men (43.8%. HCV+ patients had higher serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase (0.90 ± 0.83 vs 0.35 ± 0.13 µKat/L, alanine aminotransferase (0.88 ± 0.93 vs 0.38 ± 0.19 µKat/L, gamma-glutamyl transferase (1.57 ± 2.52 vs 0.62 ± 0.87 µKat/L; P < 0.001, and serum iron (17.65 ± 6.68 vs 14.96 ± 4.72 µM; P = 0.011, and lower leukocyte and platelet counts (P = 0.010 and P < 0.001, respectively than HCV-negative (HCV- patients. HCV+ dialysis patients had higher diastolic blood pressure than HCV- patients (87.5 ± 6.7 vs 81.5 ± 6.0 mmHg; P = 0.005 and a lower prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (75 vs 92.7%; P = 0.007. In conclusion, our study showed that HCV is common among subjects with type 2 DM but is not associated with a higher prevalence of chronic diabetic complications.

  13. Serum vitamin D level – the effect on the clinical course of psoriasis

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    2016-01-01

    Introduction Psoriasis is a hyperproliferative disorder of the skin, and vitamin D analogs are widely used in its treatment. It is evident that ultraviolet radiation enables vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) formation in the epidermis, and this product is further converted into the active metabolites 25-hydroxycholecalciferol and 1,25-hydroxycholecalciferol, which exert several important effects on the skin. The disruption in proper functioning of the skin which occurs in psoriasis leads to a loss of capacity for cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D3. In consequence, it activates a vicious circle that impairs homeostasis of the skin and results in a progressive decrease in the level of vitamin D in the whole human body. Aim To estimate the prevalence of vitamin D serum deficiency in patients with psoriasis and analyse the association of vitamin D food intake with clinical features. Material and methods Forty adults with psoriasis and 40 healthy subjects (control group) were recruited. Psoriasis plaques were diagnosed and evaluated by the PASI scale. Collected blood samples enabled measurement of serum vitamin D level by assessment with the immunoenzyme technique. Results The analysis with the Mann-Whitney U test revealed a statistically significant difference in 25-hydroxycholecalciferol level between healthy individuals and patients with psoriasis (p = 0.048). In both groups (control and psoriatic) the level of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol was seriously deficient (bear in mind that not only the ingestion of food rich in vitamin D is necessary, but also the production of vitamin D with sun exposure. The quantity of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol is very important both in the general population and in patients with psoriasis, because these groups have a distinct metabolism. PMID:28035222

  14. The clinical features and treatment of pediatric intracranial aneurysm.

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    Liang, Jiantao; Bao, Yuhai; Zhang, Hongqi; Wrede, Karsten Henning; Zhi, Xinglong; Li, Meng; Ling, Feng

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    Intracranial aneurysms are relatively rare in the pediatric population. The objective of this study was to highlight the clinical and radiological features and the therapeutic outcome and clarify the choice of therapeutic strategies for pediatric intracranial aneurysms. Twenty-four consecutive children (age aneurysms in our institute in the last 23 years were included in this study. There were nine (36%) patients with posterior circulation aneurysms and eight (32%) with giant aneurysms. Eleven (46%) patients presented with subarachnoid hemorrhage. Fifteen patients underwent endovascular treatment, and four received microsurgical therapy. Five patients were treated conservatively. Ninety-two percent (n=22) of the patients showed favorable outcomes. Pediatric intracranial aneurysms differ in many ways from those in adults: male predominance; high incidence of giant, dissecting, and fusiform aneurysms; high incidence of aneurysms in the posterior circulation; high incidence of spontaneous thrombosis; better Hunt-Hess grades at presentation; and better therapeutic outcome. For children with intracranial aneurysms, both microsurgical approaches and endovascular treatment were effective. For many complex aneurysms, endovascular therapy was the best choice.

  15. Glutaric aciduria type 1: neuroimaging features with clinical correlation

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    Mohammad, Shaimaa Abdelsattar; Ahmed, Khaled A. [Ain-Shams University, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo (Egypt); Abdelkhalek, Heba Salah; Zaki, Osama K. [Ain-Shams University, Medical Genetics Unit, Pediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo (Egypt)

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    Glutaric aciduria type 1 is a rare neurometabolic disease with high morbidity. To describe the MR imaging abnormalities in glutaric aciduria type 1 and to identify any association between the clinical and imaging features. MRI scans of 29 children (mean age: 16.9 months) with confirmed diagnosis of glutaric aciduria type 1 were retrospectively reviewed. Gray matter and white matter scores were calculated based on a previously published pattern-recognition approach of assessing leukoencephalopathies. Hippocampal formation and opercular topography were assessed in relation to the known embryological basis. MRI scores were correlated with morbidity score. The most consistent MRI abnormality was widened operculum with dilatation of the subarachnoid spaces surrounding underdeveloped frontotemporal lobes. Incomplete hippocampal inversion was also seen. The globus pallidus was the most frequently involved gray matter structure (86%). In addition to the central tegmental tract, white matter abnormalities preferentially involved the central and periventricular regions. The morbidity score correlated with the gray matter abnormality score (P = 0.004). Patients with dystonia had higher gray matter and morbidity scores. Morbidity is significantly correlated with abnormality of gray matter, rather than white matter, whether secondary to acute encephalopathic crisis or insidious onset disease. (orig.)

  16. Etiological and Clinical Features of Childhood Psychotic Symptoms

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    Polanczyk, Guilherme; Moffitt, Terrie E.; Arseneault, Louise; Cannon, Mary; Ambler, Antony; Keefe, Richard S. E.; Houts, Renate; Odgers, Candice L.; Caspi, Avshalom

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    Context It has been reported that childhood psychotic symptoms are common in the general population and may signal neurodevelopmental processes that lead to schizophrenia. However, it is not clear whether these symptoms are associated with the same extensive risk factors established for adult schizophrenia. Objective To examine the construct validity of children’s self-reported psychotic symptoms by testing whether these symptoms share the risk factors and clinical features of adult schizophrenia. Design Prospective, longitudinal cohort study of a nationally representative birth cohort in Great Britain. Participants A total of 2232 twelve-year-old children followed up since age 5 years (retention, 96%). Main Outcome Measure Children’s self-reported hallucinations and delusions. Results Children’s psychotic symptoms are familial and heritable and are associated with social risk factors (eg, urbanicity); cognitive impairments at age 5; home-rearing risk factors (eg, maternal expressed emotion); behavioral, emotional, and educational problems at age 5; and comorbid conditions, including self-harm. Conclusions The results provide a comprehensive picture of the construct validity of children’s self-reported psychotic symptoms. For researchers, the findings indicate that children who have psychotic symptoms can be recruited for neuroscience research to determine the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. For clinicians, the findings indicate that psychotic symptoms in childhood are often a marker of an impaired developmental process and should be actively assessed. PMID:20368509

  17. Clinical features of a paediatric asthma population in Trinidad.

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    Matthew, Jason; Bekele, Isaac; Pinto Pereira, Lexley Maureen

    2013-04-01

    Clinical features and management of paediatric asthma, highly prevalent in the Caribbean, was explored in Trinidadian children. Children (2-16 years) with acute [visiting Accident and Emergency (A&E) in the past 12 months (50.2%, 120)] or stable asthma [controlled during the previous 3 months (49.8%, 119)] were studied. There were more (P parents (15.1%) (P 1 (61.9%) and >3 times (26.4%) (P fever and sore throat in the preceding week were respectively 15.2 [odds ratio (OR) = 15.2, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 6.8-34.0], 13.7 (OR = 13.7, 95% CI = 6.7-28.2) and 3.4 (OR = 3.4, 95% CI = 1.7-6.7) times more likely to suffer wheeze exacerbations than stable children. Most stable children (76.5%) inhaled corticosteroids with salbutamol reliever compared with 22.5% of acute asthmatics, whereas 40.8% of the latter group used salbutamol alone compared with 19.3% of stable children (P Childhood wheeze occurs before 3 years and is associated with maternal asthma. Cough, fever and sore throat in the previous week are strongly associated with exacerbations. Defining these associations could enhance preventive approaches to combat childhood asthma. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  18. Clinical features and radiotherapy of recurrent breast cancer

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    Moriyama, Rinko (Kurume Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1990-10-01

    We treated 85 patients with recurrent breast cancer between April 1977 and March 1985. We evaluated the clinical features of recurrence, response to radiotherapy and prognosis. The following results were obtained. The first recurrence occurred in local (chest wall) or regional lymph nodes in about one half of the cases. Tumor response rate to radiotherapy for local recurrence was 77.4%, and the nodular type exhibited the best response. Tumor response rate to radiotherapy for regional lymph node recurrence was 70.6%. Axillary and supraclavicular lymph node recurrence also showed high response rates of 100% and 87.5%, respectively. The highest survival rate was seen with first recurrence in regional lymph nodes, nodular tissue type with local recurrence and in the lung with distant recurrence. The disease free interval (DFI) was less than two years in about 2/3 of the cases. The survival rate increased according to prolongation of the DFI. Radiotherapy for recurrent breast cancer was effective for improvement in quality of life. (author).

  19. Mucocele and fibroma: treatment and clinical features for differential diagnosis.

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    Valério, Rodrigo Alexandre; de Queiroz, Alexandra Mussolino; Romualdo, Priscila Coutinho; Brentegani, Luiz Guilherme; de Paula-Silva, Francisco Wanderley Garcia

    2013-01-01

    Mucocele is a benign lesion occurring in the buccal mucosa as a result of the rupture of a salivary gland duct and consequent outpouring of mucin into soft tissue. It is usually caused by a local trauma, although in many cases the etiology is uncertain. Mucocele is more commonly found in children and young adults, and the most frequent site is the lower inner portion of the lips. Fibroma, on the other hand, is a benign tumor of fibrous connective tissue that can be considered a reactionary connective tissue hyperplasia in response to trauma and irritation. They usually present hard consistency, are nodular and asymptomatic, with a similar color to the mucosa, sessile base, smooth surface, located in the buccal mucosa along the line of occlusion, tongue and lip mucosa. Conventional treatment for both lesions is conservative surgical excision. Recurrence rate is low for fibroma and high for oral mucoceles. This report presents a series of cases of mucocele and fibroma treated by surgical excision or enucleation and the respective follow-up routine in the dental clinic and discusses the features to be considered in order to distinguish these lesions from each other.

  20. Appendiceal mucocele: clinical and imaging features of 14 cases.

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    Malya, F Umit; Hasbahceci, M; Serter, A; Cipe, G; Karatepe, O; Kocakoc, E; Muslumanoglu, M

    2014-01-01

    Appendiceal mucocele as a cystic dilatation filled with mucinous material is a very rare disease of the appendix vermiformis. Its preoperative diagnosis is still acking behind common use of imaging techniques. Retrospective analysis of the patients with a pathological diagnosis of appendiceal mucocele with regard to clinical and imaging features. The study group included 14 patients with a mean age of 51 years (range from 17 to 82 years). Predominant symptoms were pain and feeling of fullness in the right iliac fossa in 9(64%) and 5 (36%) patients, respectively. For imaging purposes, use of computed tomography resulted in preoperative diagnosis of appendiceal mucocele in half of the patients(50%). 93% of the cases underwent appendectomy, and righth emicolectomy was performed in one patient (7%). Mucocele and cystadenoma were detected in 11 (79%) and 3 (21%)patients, respectively. Presence of acute appendicitis and coloncarcinoma were confirmed afterwards histologically in 4 (29%)and one (7%) patients, respectively. Despite the common use of imaging studies,preoperative diagnosis of appendiceal mucocele is still not possible in most of the cases. During surgical treatment,which is tailored according to imaging and intraoperative findings, precautionary measures to avoid intraperitoneal rupture and dissemination should be taken. Celsius.

  1. Clinical and epidemiological features of the genus Malassezia in Iran.

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    Elham Zeinali

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The genus Malassezia contains an expanding list of lipophilic yeasts involve in the etiology of various superficial fungal infections. Pityriasis versicolor (PV is the most prevalent Malassezia-related infection distributed worldwide. In the present study, clinical and epidemiological features of the genus Malassezia are discussed with special focus on PV in Iran.During June 2012 to April 2013, among 713 confirmed cases of fungal infections, 68 (9.5% were diagnosed as PV by positive direct microscopy results in 20% potassium hydroxide (KOH preparation of skin scrapings. All the specimens were cultured on modified Dixon agar and incubated at 32°C for 10 days. Identification of the isolated yeasts was carried out based on macro- and microscopic morphology, catalase test, utilization of Tweens, polyethoxylated castor oil (EL slant, and hydrolysis of esculin and utilization of Tween-60 (TE slant.Out of 68 skin scrapings, 55 (80.9% yielded yeast colonies on mDixon's agar which were finally identified as M. globosa (36.36%, M. pachydermatis (29.08%, M. furfur (23.65%, M. slooffiae (7.28% and M. obtusa (3.64%.Results of the present study further indicate clinico-epidemiological importance of the genus Malassezia with growing importance of M. pachydermatis as a major species involve in the etiology of pityriasis versicolor. These findings are of major concern in management of Malassezia-related diseases.

  2. Clinical and histological features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in Iranian patients

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    Haghpanah Babak

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although several studies have been performed on risk factors and natural course of NASH, it seems that NASH tends to be more than a disease confined to strict boundaries. The objective of this study was to assess the clinical and paraclinical features and risk factors for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH patients in an Iranian population Methods Patients with histologically confirmed NASH who had elevated liver aminotransaminases, negative serologic markers of viral or autoimmune hepatitis and no findings in favor of metabolic liver disease were enrolled. A careful history was taken regarding alcohol intake. Results 53 patients consisting of 32 male and 21 female entered the study. The mean age was 37.8 ± 11.3 years. Twenty-six patients (55.3% were overweight, 15 (31.9% obese, 40 (75.5% dyslipidemic, and three patients (5.7% were diabetic. Liver biopsy showed mild steatosis in 35.7%, moderate steatosis in 53.6%, and severe forms in 10.7%. In 80.2% of patients, portal inflammation was present, and 9.4% had cirrhosis. The amount of increase in liver enzymes bore no relationship with fibrosis, portal inflammation, and degree of steatosis. Conclusions The patients in our study showed a male predominancy and were somewhat younger than other studies.

  3. Clinical, epidemiologic, histopathologic and molecular features of an unexplained dermopathy.

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    Pearson, Michele L; Selby, Joseph V; Katz, Kenneth A; Cantrell, Virginia; Braden, Christopher R; Parise, Monica E; Paddock, Christopher D; Lewin-Smith, Michael R; Kalasinsky, Victor F; Goldstein, Felicia C; Hightower, Allen W; Papier, Arthur; Lewis, Brian; Motipara, Sarita; Eberhard, Mark L

    2012-01-01

    Morgellons is a poorly characterized constellation of symptoms, with the primary manifestations involving the skin. We conducted an investigation of this unexplained dermopathy to characterize the clinical and epidemiologic features and explore potential etiologies. A descriptive study was conducted among persons at least 13 years of age and enrolled in Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) during 2006-2008. A case was defined as the self-reported emergence of fibers or materials from the skin accompanied by skin lesions and/or disturbing skin sensations. We collected detailed epidemiologic data, performed clinical evaluations and geospatial analyses and analyzed materials collected from participants' skin. We identified 115 case-patients. The prevalence was 3.65 (95% CI = 2.98, 4.40) cases per 100,000 enrollees. There was no clustering of cases within the 13-county KPNC catchment area (p = .113). Case-patients had a median age of 52 years (range: 17-93) and were primarily female (77%) and Caucasian (77%). Multi-system complaints were common; 70% reported chronic fatigue and 54% rated their overall health as fair or poor with mean Physical Component Scores and Mental Component Scores of 36.63 (SD = 12.9) and 35.45 (SD = 12.89), respectively. Cognitive deficits were detected in 59% of case-patients and 63% had evidence of clinically significant somatic complaints; 50% had drugs detected in hair samples and 78% reported exposure to solvents. Solar elastosis was the most common histopathologic abnormality (51% of biopsies); skin lesions were most consistent with arthropod bites or chronic excoriations. No parasites or mycobacteria were detected. Most materials collected from participants' skin were composed of cellulose, likely of cotton origin. This unexplained dermopathy was rare among this population of Northern California residents, but associated with significantly reduced health-related quality of life. No common underlying medical

  4. Clinical, epidemiologic, histopathologic and molecular features of an unexplained dermopathy.

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    Michele L Pearson

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Morgellons is a poorly characterized constellation of symptoms, with the primary manifestations involving the skin. We conducted an investigation of this unexplained dermopathy to characterize the clinical and epidemiologic features and explore potential etiologies. METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted among persons at least 13 years of age and enrolled in Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC during 2006-2008. A case was defined as the self-reported emergence of fibers or materials from the skin accompanied by skin lesions and/or disturbing skin sensations. We collected detailed epidemiologic data, performed clinical evaluations and geospatial analyses and analyzed materials collected from participants' skin. RESULTS: We identified 115 case-patients. The prevalence was 3.65 (95% CI = 2.98, 4.40 cases per 100,000 enrollees. There was no clustering of cases within the 13-county KPNC catchment area (p = .113. Case-patients had a median age of 52 years (range: 17-93 and were primarily female (77% and Caucasian (77%. Multi-system complaints were common; 70% reported chronic fatigue and 54% rated their overall health as fair or poor with mean Physical Component Scores and Mental Component Scores of 36.63 (SD = 12.9 and 35.45 (SD = 12.89, respectively. Cognitive deficits were detected in 59% of case-patients and 63% had evidence of clinically significant somatic complaints; 50% had drugs detected in hair samples and 78% reported exposure to solvents. Solar elastosis was the most common histopathologic abnormality (51% of biopsies; skin lesions were most consistent with arthropod bites or chronic excoriations. No parasites or mycobacteria were detected. Most materials collected from participants' skin were composed of cellulose, likely of cotton origin. CONCLUSIONS: This unexplained dermopathy was rare among this population of Northern California residents, but associated with significantly reduced health

  5. Analysis of clinical features, serologic and cerebrospinal fluid tests in patients with neurosyphilis at different stages

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    Bao-jie WANG

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    Full Text Available Objective To summarize the clinical features, serologic, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF tests in patients with neurosyphilis at different stages.  Methods A retrospective analysis was made on the clinical features, imaging, serologic and CSF tests, treatment and prognosis of 12 cases diagnosed as neurosyphilis. In those cases, 5 cases were early-stage neurosyphilis, including 4 syphilitic meningitis (meningomyelitis and one meningovascular syphilis; 7 cases were late-stage neurosyphilis, all of whom were general paresis.  Results The serum Treponema pallidum antibody (TP-Ab and rapid plasma regain (RPR tests were positive in all 12 cases. The CSF TP-Ab tests of 12 cases were all positive and CSF RPR tests were positive in 9 cases. In 5 cases of early-stage neurosyphilis, one case had elevated intracranial pressure (ICP, 3 cases presented with elevated white blood cell (WBC, 4 cases had elevated protein concentration. In 7 cases of late-stage neurosyphilis, one case had elevated ICP, 7 cases presented with elevated WBC and protein concentration. CSF cytology showed lymphocyte reaction, mainly small lymphocytes. All cases were treated with different doses of intravenous penicillin or ceftriaxone sodium by intramuscular injection, among whom 8 cases presented improved neuropsychiatric symptoms, while 4 cases had no significant improvement.  Conclusions Neurosyphilis is easy to be misdiagnosed because of various styles of onset and nontypical clinical manifestations. A definite diagnosis depends on clinical manifestations and serologic and CSF examinations. Early diagnosis and standard treatment is essential for improving prognosis and reducing complications. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.07.005

  6. BRUCELLOSIS: REVIEW OF CLINICAL AND LABORATORY FEATURES AND THERAPEUTIC REGIMENS IN 44 CHILDREN

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    S Afsharpaiman

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    Full Text Available "nBrucellosis is not uncommon in children in endemic areas. We described clinical and laboratory features and therapeutic regimens for brucellosis in children under 14 who admitted in the Pediatric Medical Center Hospital, Tehran, Iran from March 1988 until February 2001. The male: female ratio was 2:1. Family history of brucellosis and consumption of un-pasteurized milk and dairy products was positive in 20.4% and 65.9%, respectively. The common clinical findings were arthritis (79.5%, fever (77.4%, anorexia (61.4%, sweating (52.3%, splenomegaly (43.2%, hepatomegaly (34.1% and lymphadenopathy (13.65. Anemia, leukopenia and thrombocytopenia were recorded in 56.8%, 31.8% and 9.1%, respectively. Out of all patients, seropositivity rate for brucellosis was found in 97.7% using serum agglutination test. Culture of blood and bone marrow specimen were positive in 30% and 50% of samples obtained, respectively. Rifampin and co-trimoxazole were the most commonly used combination in 68.1%. The overall relapse rate was 13.6%. Arthritis and fever were the most common clinical findings of brucellosis. Wright test is a very sensitive method to detect brucella infection. Public education and control measures should be applied to prevent the zoonotic and human brucellosis. 

  7. Porphyria cutanea tarda. Clinical features and laboratory findings in 40 patients.

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    Grossman, M E; Bickers, D R; Poh-Fitzpatrick, M B; Deleo, V A; Harber, L C

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    Porphyria cutanea tarda is the most common disorder of porphyrin metabolism in the United States and Europe. This report presents the clinical, laboratory and pathologic features of 40 patients with porphyria cutanea tarda. Each patient was followed up for variable times during 1960-76 at the Clinical Research Center and the Dermatology Service of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; at the New York University Medical Center; or at the Rockefeller University Hospital. Earlier age at onset; diminution of alcohol ingestion as the major etiologic factor; and, an increased incidence in females indicate new environmental influences. The most frequently associated etiologic factor, aside from alcohol intake, was use of estrogens for contraception; postmenopausal syndrome; or treatment of prostatic carcinoma. Cutaneous findings in the patients included bullae (85%); increased skin fragility (75%); facial hypertrichosis (63%); hyperpigmentation (55%); sclerodermoid changes (18%); and, dystrophic calcification with ulceration (8%). Diabetes mellitus was found in 15%; systemic lupus erythematosus in 5%; elevated serum iron level in 62%; and, abnormal liver function test results in 60%. Histologic abnormalities were seen in liver biopsies of 34 patients. Phlebotomy is the treatment of choice. In 32 patients so treated, clinical remissions averaged 30.9 months. 31% (10 patients) had a relapse but additional phlebotomies resulted in 2nd remissions. Chloroquine and plasmaphoresis treatments were also briefly discussed.

  8. Clinical features and treatment status of hemifacial spasm in China

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    Wang Lin; Hu Xingyue; Dong Hongjuan; Wang Wenzhao; Huang Yue; Jin Lingjing; Luo Yumin

    2014-01-01

    Background Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a facial nerve disorder characterized by episodic involuntary ipsilateral facial muscle contraction.Information on Chinese patients with HFS has not been well-characterized.This study aimed to evaluate the clinical feature and the treatment status of HFS across China.Methods A cross-sectional study including 1003 primary HFS patients had been carried out in 15 movement disorder clinics in China in 2012.The investigated information was acquired from questionnaires and medical records including demographic data,site of onset,aggravating and relieving factors,treatments prior to the investigation,etc.Results In this study,the ratio of male to female was 1.0:1.8,the mean age at onset was (46.6±11.5) years.About 1.0% patients were bilaterally affected.The most often site of initial onset was the orbicularis oculi muscle.The most often affected sites were orbicularis oculi,zygomatic,and orbicularis oris muscles.Stress/anxiety and relaxation were most often aggravating and relieving factors,respectively; 2.3% patients had family history,28.4% cases were combined with hypertension,and 1.4% patients were with trigeminal neuralgia.Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injection was the most commonly used treatment,followed by acupuncture and oral medication.BTX-A maintained the highest repeat treatment ratio (68.7%),while 98.4% patients gave up acupuncture.The mean latency of BTX-A effect was (5.0±4.7) days,the mean total duration of the effect was (19.5±11.7) weeks,and 95.9% patients developed improvements no worse than moderate in both severity and function.The most common side effect was droopy mouth.Conclusions The onset age of HFS in China is earlier than that in western countries.The most often used two treatments are BTX-A injection and acupuncture,while the latter kept the poor repeat treatment ratio because of dissatisfactory therapeutic effect.

  9. Clinical features of tuberous sclerosis complex in children with epilepsy

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    Dong LI

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the clinical features of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC in children with epilepsy.  Methods The clinical data of 36 TSC children complicated with epilepsy were analyzed retrospectively.  Results All children had epilepsy as first symptom: 23 cases of seizures happened on age less than one year old (63.89%, 8 cases on age 1-3 years old (22.22%, and 5 cases on age more than 3 years old (13.89% . Main attack types were as follows: 12 cases with focal seizures (33.33% , 5 cases with generalized seizures (13.89% , 7 cases with spasms (19.44% and 12 cases (33.33% with mixed seizures. Mental retardation was found in 19 cases (67.86%. Among 30 cases who received brain MRI examination, all had subependymal nodules, 26 cases (86.67% were complicated with cortical and subcortical nodules, 2 cases (6.67% with subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA, one case (3.33% with pachygyria. EEG examination showed interictal epileptiform discharges in 34 cases (94.44% , including multifocal discharges in 12 patients (35.29% , generalized discharges in 8 patients (23.53% , focal discharges and hypsarrhythmia in 7 patients (20.59% respectively. Seizures were monitored in 8 patients, and the types included spasms in 4 cases, focal seizures in 3 cases, and myoclonic seizures in one case. Seventeen cases (47.22% took one single antiepileptic drug, 12 cases (33.33% took two drugs, and 7 cases (19.44% took three drugs, while one of them underwent surgical treatment. After 0.50-10 year follow-up, seizures free happened in 7 cases (19.44%, improved in 16 cases (44.44%, and invalid in 13 cases (36.11%.  Conclusions Epilepsy is the most common nervous system performance in children TSC, and most seizures begin to happen in infants. The main types of onset are partial seizures and spasms. Most of the patients get improved with antiepileptic drugs. doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2014.12.011

  10. Clinical Features and Treatment of Bronchogenic Cyst in Adults

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    Hong-sheng Liu; Shan-qing Li; Zhi-li Cao; Zhi-yong Zhang; Hua Ren

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical features and management of bronchogenic cyst in the adults. Methods We retrospectively reviewed 50 patients admitted to our hospital with histopathologically proved bronchogenic cyst from January 1983 to December 2007. Of all the patients, 28 were male and 22 were female, with an average age of 36.9 (range, 18 to 64) years. The symptoms, location of the cysts, imaging evaluation, surgical treatment manner, and outcome of these patients were analyzed. Results Symptoms were present in 33 of the 50 patients, and cough was the most common symptom. Thirteen patients presented with complications: hemoptysis, infected cyst, dysphagia, paralysis, and hoarseness. The locations of the cysts included the mediastinum (28 cases), pulmonary parenchyma (12 cases), hilar area (3 cases), visceral pleura (1 case), and some rare locations including the intestinal mesentery (1 case), retroperitoneum (1 case), adrenal gland (1 case), neck (2 cases), and dura matter of the cervical vertebrae (1 case). Chest X-ray was performed in 36 patients and computed tomography (CT) was performed in 41 patients. The bronchogenic cyst in CT was characterized as a round, well circumscribed, unilocular mass, with density ranging from that of water to high density (0-50 Hu). As for treatment, complete resection of the bronchogenic cyst was performed in 47 (94%) patients, subtotal resection was performed in 3 (6%) patients. Open surgery was performed in 45 (90%) patients, and thoracoscopy (video-assisted thoracic surgery) was performed in 5 (10%) paitients. Of the 12 patients with intrapulmonary cyst, 11 patients underwent lobectomy and 1 patient underwent wedge resection. Postoperative sequelae occurred in 2 patients, 1 with persistent air leakage and 1 with hoarseness. All patients were proved with bronchogenic cyst pathologically. The average follow-up period was 6.5 years (range, 4 months to 10 years), and no late sequelae or recurrence of the cyst occurred

  11. Pathogenesis, clinical features and pathology of chronic arsenicosis

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    Sengupta Sujit

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Arsenicosis is a multisystem disorder, with virtually no system spared from its vicious claw; though its predominant manifestations are linked to cutaneous involvement. Cutaneous effects take the form of pigmentary changes, hyperkeratosis, and skin cancers (Bowen′s disease, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell epithelioma. Peripheral vascular disease (blackfoot disease, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, noncirrhotic portal hypertension, hepatomegaly, peripheral neuropathy, respiratory and renal involvement, bad obstetrical outcome, hematological disturbances, and diabetes mellitus are among the other clinical features linked to arsenic toxicity. The effects are mediated principally by the trivalent form of arsenic (arsenite, which by its ability to bind with sulfhydryl groups present in various essential compounds leads to inactivation and derangement of body function. Though the toxicities are mostly linked to the trivalent state, arsenic is consumed mainly in its pentavalent form (arsenate, and reduction of arsenate to arsenite is mediated through glutathione. Body attempts to detoxify the agent via repeated oxidative methylation and reduction reaction, leading to the generation of methylated metabolites, which are excreted in the urine. Understandably the detoxification/bio-inactivation process is not a complete defense against the vicious metalloid, and it can cause chromosomal aberration, impairment of DNA repair process, alteration in the activity of tumor suppressor gene, etc., leading to genotoxicity and carcinogenicity. Arsenic causes apoptosis via free radical generation, and the cutaneous toxicity is linked to its effect on various cytokines (e.g., IL-8, TGF-β, TNF-α, GM-CSF, growth factors, and transcription factors. Increased expression of cytokeratins, keratin-16 (marker for hyperproliferation and keratin-8 and -18 (marker for less differentiated epithelial cells, can be related to the histopathological findings of

  12. Clinical and endoscopic features of Chinese reflux esophagitis patients

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    Wei Li; Shu-Tian Zhang; Zhong-Lin Yu

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To analyze the clinical and endoscopic features of Chinese patients with reflux esophagitis (RE).METHODS: A total of 1405 RE patients were analyzed retrospectively. Data on gender, age, presence/absence of H pylori infection and associated esophageal hiatal hernia were collected. Esophagitis was divided into different grades according to Los Angeles Classification.RESULTS: Of 18823 patients, 1405 were diagnosed as RE. The ratio of male to female patients was 1.75:1 (P < 0.01). The mean age of male and female patients was significantly different (P = 0.01). The peak age at onset of the disease was 40-60 years. According to Los Angeles Classification, there were significant differences in the age of patients with grades A and B compared to patients with grades C and D (P < 0.01). Two hundred and seventy-seven patients were infected with H pylori, the infection rate was low (P < 0.01). Complication of esophageal hiatal hernia was found to be significantly associated with the severity of esophagitis and age in 195 patients (P < 0.01). Esophageal mucosa damages were mainly located at the right esophageal wall.CONCLUSION: The peak age of onset of RE is 40-60 years and higher in males than in females. The mean age of onset of RE is lower in males than in females. The infection rate of H pylori is significantly decreased in patients with esophagitis. Old age and esophageal hiatal hernia are associated with more severe esophagitis. Right esophageal mucosal damage can occur more often in RE patients.

  13. [Clinical features and surgical treatment of chest aggressive fibromatosis].

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    Zhang, Y J; Gao, Y S

    2016-03-23

    To investigate the clinical features and surgical treatment of chest aggressive fibromatosis. Twenty-five patients with aggressive fibromatosis treated from September 1998 to May 2014 in the Department of Thoracic Surgery of Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences were included in this study. The 25 patients, including 12 males and 13 famales, had an average age of 38 (range 15-76 years). The initial manifestations included chest pain (9 patients, 36.0%) and shortness of breath (1 patient). In 13 patients (52.0%) the tumor was found in a physical examination. Two patients (8.0%) were detected during an operation for lung disease. The tumor was located in the left chest wall in 15 patients, and located on the right side in 10 patients. Among them, the most common locations were the left front chest wall and the right front chest wall. The operation method affects the prognosis. Radiological imaging and needle biopsy did not make a correct diagnosis, and the diagnosis of aggressive fibromatosis was confirmed by pathology using immunohistechmistry after surgery. 13 patients underwent tumor resection, 9 cases had expanded resection, 3 patients had palliative resection. Six cases received radiotherapy after surgery. The median follow-up time was 101.5 months. Currently, all of the 25 patients are still alive, but 5 cases had local recurrence after surgery, among them, 4 patients received tumor resection, and one patient underwent expanded resection. Aggressive fibromatosis is a low-grade malignant tumor. The diagnosis of aggressive fibromatosis needs to be confirmed by pathology using immunohistechmical staining after surgery. Although this tumor is liable to relapse, its prognosis is favorable. Radical surgery is the most important treatment for patients to get a higher quality of life and long-term survival without recurrence.

  14. Difference of clinical features in childhood Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia

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    Kang Jin-Han

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background M. pneumoniae pneumonia (MP has been reported in 10-40% of community-acquired pneumonia cases. We aimed to evaluate the difference of clinical features in children with MP, according to their age and chest radiographic patterns. Methods The diagnosis of MP was made by examinations at both admission and discharge and by two serologic tests: the indirect microparticle agglutinin assay (≥1:40 and the cold agglutinins titer (≥1:32. A total of 191 children with MP were grouped by age: ≤2 years of age (29 patients, 3-5 years of age (81 patients, and ≥6 years of age (81 patients. They were also grouped by pneumonia pattern: bronchopneumonia group (96 patients and segmental/lobar pneumonia group (95 patients. Results Eighty-six patients (45% were seroconverters, and the others showed increased antibody titers during hospitalization. Among the three age groups, the oldest children showed the longest duration of fever, highest C-reactive protein (CRP values, and the most severe pneumonia pattern. The patients with segmental/lobar pneumonia were older and had longer fever duration and lower white blood cell (WBC and lymphocyte counts, compared with those with bronchopneumonia. The patient group with the most severe pulmonary lesions had the most prolonged fever, highest CRP, highest rate of seroconverters, and lowest lymphocyte counts. Thrombocytosis was observed in 8% of patients at admission, but in 33% of patients at discharge. Conclusions In MP, older children had more prolonged fever and more severe pulmonary lesions. The severity of pulmonary lesions was associated with the absence of diagnostic IgM antibodies at presentation and lymphocyte count. Short-term paired IgM serologic test may be mandatory for early and definitive diagnosis of MP.

  15. Clinical and neuroradiological features of syringomyelia associated with Chiari malformation

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Iwasaki, Yoshinobu; Akino, Minoru; Abe, Hiroshi; Tashiro, Kunio; Sudo, Kazumasa; Miyasaka, Kazuo (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine); Saito, Hisatoshi

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    The clinical presentation and radiological features were analyzed in 30 cases of syringomyelia associated with Chiari malformation. None of the patients had spinal dysraphism. The age on admission ranged from 6 to 59 years with a mean of 27 years. Syringomyelia was diagnosed by CT myelography and or MRI from 1982 to 1988. The initial symptoms were skeletal abnormality (43%) such as scolisis (12 cases) or pescavus (one case), unilateral pain or numbness (40%) and unilateral motor weakness (17%). Frequently seen signs on admission were sensory deficit (100%), scoliosis (57%), muscle weakness (57%), muscle atrophy (37%) and lower cranial nerve palsy (40%). The neurological findings were asymmetrical in all patients. The characteristic neurological findings in the cases presenting under 20 years of age were unilateral sensory and motor deficits (61%) with decreased or absent deep tendon reflex on the same side. The localization of the syrinx in axial section varied according to the level even in the same case. In 15 cases with unilateral sensory disturbance or unilateral sensory and motor deficit, the syrinx was located in the region corresponding to the posterolateral portion on the same side as that of sensory disturbance in the cervical or thoracic level. On the other hand, in 15 cases with bilateral sensory and motor deficit, the syrinx was located in the central portion and extended into the posterolateral portion of the more affected side. The authors think that the syrinx which originates from the unilateral posterolateral portion, extends to involve the gray matter around the central canal and the posterolateral portion of the other side with progression of the syrinx to cause bilateral disturbance. As a result, unilateral neurological symptoms also become bilateral with progression of the syrinx. (author).

  16. Pseudotumour cerebri in children: Aetiology, clinical features, and progression.

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    Mosquera Gorostidi, A; Iridoy Zulet, M; Azcona Ganuza, G; Gembero Esarte, E; Yoldi Petri, M E; Aguilera Albesa, S

    2017-01-09

    The definition, associated aetiologies, diagnosis, and treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension, or pseudotumour cerebri (PTC), are constantly being revised in the paediatric population. Our study included children younger than 15 years old with PTC and attended at a reference hospital in the past 12 years. We analysed the clinical and epidemiological features of our sample and the diagnostic and treatment approaches. PTC was defined as presence of intracranial hypertension (CSF opening pressure>25cmH2O) and absence of space-occupying lesions in brain MR images. A total of 12 children with PTC were included; mean age was 10 years and 90% were girls. Weight was normal in all patients. Eighty-two percent of the patients had symptoms: headache (66%), diplopia (8%), and visual loss (8%). All of them displayed papilloedema (17% unilaterally). Lumbar puncture (LP) provided the diagnosis in all cases and 91% showed no relevant MRI findings. A potential cause of PTC was identified in 5 cases: pharmacological treatment in 2 and infection (Mycoplasma pneumoniae [M. pneumoniae]) in 3. Ninety-one per cent of the patients received treatment: 75% underwent several LPs and 42% received acetazolamide and/or prednisone. Outcomes were favourable in all cases. The incidence of PTC was estimated at approximately 1 case per 100 000 children/years, in line with data reported by previous studies. Overweight was not found to be a risk factor for PTC in this population. M. pneumoniae infection may trigger PTC and cause recurrences at later stages. The absence of symptoms seems to be independent from the degree of intracranial hypertension. Acetazolamide treatment is effective in most cases, and it represents a viable alternative to repeated LP. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Brucellosis in Kosovo and Clinical Features of Brucellosis at University clinical center of Kosovo

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    Emine Qehaja Buçaj

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Brucellosis became a remarkable disease in Kosovo. But there is not a comprehensive epidemiological study about epidemiology and clinical course of this disease from Kosovo. The aim of our study is to present demographic and clinical data of patients with brucellosis at University Clinical Center of Kosovo. Methods: A retrospective study was performed for the patients with brucellosis treated in our clinic during years 2011- 2012. The data about demography, history of the disease, clinical presentations, serological test, serum biochemistry and reatment were collected from hospital medical records. The diagnosis of brucellosis based on clinical and laboratory findings. Results: This descriptive study included 47 patients, who 33 of them (70.2% were males. The mean age was 37.9 ± 19.3 years. The route of transmission of the disease was known in 28 59.5% of them. Direct contact with livestock in 22 (46.8% and ingestion of dairy products in six cases (12.7% were reported as the transmission route. The majority of patients (27 patients, 57.4% were from rural area. The main presenting symptoms were atigue, fever and arthralgia. Osteoarticular manifestations were the common forms of localized disease. Regarding to the therapy, 45 (95.7% of patients were treated with streptomycin and doxycycline for the first three weeks. Conclusion: Human brucellosis is not a common in Kosovo but there is a potential risk. Osteoarticular symptoms were the most common presentation reasons. The most effective and preferred treatment regimen was Streptomycin plus Doxycycline for the first three weeks, and Doxycycline plus Rifampicin thereafter. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2015;5(4: 147-150

  18. 血清霉菌特异性IgE阳性支气管哮喘患者的临床及过敏状态分析%Analysis of clinical features and allergic status of asthmatic patients with positive serum mycosisspecific IgE

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    牟艳; 叶伶; 龚颖; 张志风; 金美玲

    2013-01-01

    Objective To improve understanding of the clinical characteristics and diagnosis of allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM).Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data,including clinical symptoms,laboratory tests,pulmonary function tests and chest CT imaging of 95 asthmatic patients with positive serum mycosis-specific IgE from January 2010 to September 2012 in Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University.Results Of the 95 patients,59 cases met the diagnostic criteria of ABPM.There were 34 males and 25 females,with a mean age of (53 ± 4) years and a duration of asthma for (21 ±4) years.Thirty-six cases showed mycosis hypersensitivity (MH).There were 10 males and 26females,with a mean age of (46 ± 6) years and a duration of asthma for (16 ± 5) years.Clinical symptoms such as wheeze (52 vs 21,x2 =11.159,P =0.001),cough (54 vs 27,x2 =4.859,P =0.030) and expectoration (43 vs 9,x2 =25.731,P =0.000) were more common in the ABPM group compared to the MH group.In the ABPM group,58 were A.fumigatus-specific IgE antibody positive,34 Penicillium-specific IgE antibody positive and 1 only Penicillium-specific IgE antibody positive.While in the MH group,15 were A.fumigatus-specific IgE antibody positive,24 Penicillium-specific IgE antibody positive and 17 only Penicillium-specific IgE antibody positive.In the ABPM group,the percentage of positive fumigatus-specific IgE antibody was higher (58 vs 15,x2 =24.500,P =0.000),while the percentages of dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (21 vs 20,x2 =3.632,P =0.045) and Dermatophagoides farinae (17 vs 21,x2 =8.118,P =0.004) were lower.Total serum IgE [(4395 ± 1437) IU/ml vs (276 ± 133) IU/ml,T =4.384,P =0.000],peripheral eosinophil percentage [(12.56 ± 1.20) % vs (1.30 ± 0.15) %,t =8.175,P =0.000]and count [(2.09 ±0.43) × 109/L vs (0.19 ±0.04) × 109/L,t =7.032,P =0.000] were higher in the ABPM group as compared to the MH group.FEV1 % slightly declined in the ABPM group [(70.2 ± 2.3)%vs (78.3 ±3.2

  19. Red cell or serum folate: what to do in clinical practice?

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    Farrell, Christopher-John L; Kirsch, Susanne H; Herrmann, Markus

    2013-03-01

    Folate deficiency has been linked to diverse clinical manifestations and despite the importance of accurate assessment of folate status, the best test for routine use is uncertain. Both serum and red cell folate assays are widely available in clinical laboratories; however, red cell folate is the more time-consuming and costly test. This review sought to evaluate whether the red cell assay demonstrated superior performance characteristics to justify these disadvantages. Red cell folate, but not serum folate, measurements demonstrated analytical variation due to sample pre-treatment parameters, oxygen saturation of haemoglobin and haematocrit. Neither marker was clearly superior in characterising deficiency but serum folate more frequently showed the higher correlation with homocysteine, a sensitive marker of deficiency. Similarly, both serum and red cell folate were shown to increase in response to folic acid supplementation. However, serum folate generally gave the greater response and was able to distinguish different supplementation doses. The C677T polymorphism of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase alters the distribution of folate forms in red cells and may thereby cause further analytical variability in routine red cell folate assays. Overall, serum folate is cheaper and faster to perform than red cell folate, is influenced by fewer analytical variables and provides an assessment of folate status that may be superior to red cell folate.

  20. The Clinical Utility of a Low Serum Ceruloplasmin Measurement in the Diagnosis of Wilson Disease.

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    Kelly, D; Crotty, G; O'Mullane, J; Stapleton, M; Sweeney, B; O'Sullivan, S S

    2016-01-01

    The first step in screening for potential Wilson disease is serum ceruloplasmin testing, whereby a level of less than 0.2g/L is suggestive of the disease. We aimed to determine what proportion of an Irish population had a low ceruloplasmin level, whether low measurements were appropriately followed-up and what were the clinical outcomes. We conducted a retrospective review of all serum ceruloplasmin measurements between August 2003 and October 2009 in a large tertiary referral centre in Southern Ireland. Clinical data, serum ceruloplasmin, liver function tests, urinary copper and liver biopsy reports were all recorded where available. 1573 patients had a serum ceruloplasmin measurement during the 7-year study period. 96 patients (6.1%) had a ceruloplasmin level Wilson disease. There was only 1 new diagnosis. Only 27 patients (28.1%) had some form of confirmatory testing performed. In our centre's experience, the positive predictive value of a significantly low ceruloplasmin level is 11.1% (95% CI 2.91-30.3%). In practice a low serum ceruloplasmin measurement is often not followed by appropriate confirmatory testing. Measuring serum ceruloplasmin as a singular diagnostic test for Wilson disease or as part of the battery of unselected liver screening tests is inappropriate and low-yield.

  1. The Clinical Usefulness of Serum Fructosamine and HbAlc in Patients with NIDDM

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    Lim, Si Young; Jhoo, Young Man; Lee, Seung Sei; Lee, Man Ho; Chung, Eul Soon; Lee, Sang Jong

    1989-01-01

    To evaluate the clinical values of serum fructosamine and HbAlc, serum fructosamine and HbAlc were assessed in 50 normal controls and 36 patients with NIDDM (non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus). And we studied 10 patients selected at random among the 36 patients with NIDDM. The values of serum fructosamine and HbAlc in controls were 2.1 mmol/L and 5.3%, respectively. The levels of serum fructosamine and HbAlc were significantly higher in NIDDM patients (3.27 mmol/L and 8.8%, respectively, p<0.005) compared with those in the controls. The serum fructosamine was significantly correlated with fasting plasma glucose and HbAlc (r=0.78, p<0.78, p<0.001; r=0.76, p<0.005, respectively). Also, in retrograde study, serum fructosamine concentration had a significant correlation to fasting plasma glucose determined 2 weeks before (r=0.72, p<0.002), and 4 weeks before (r=0.54, p<0.005). It is concluded that serum fructosamine measurement may be useful in monitoring short-term control of plasma glucose in patients with NIDDM. PMID:2486845

  2. The changes of LCHAD in preeclampsia with different clinical features and the correlation with NADPH P47-phox, p38MAPK- α, COX-2 and serum FFA and TG%不同临床发病特征子痫前期孕妇胎盘组织中LCHAD表达与氧化应激、炎性反应及血清游离脂肪酸和甘油三酯水平的相关性

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    李凤秋; 杨孜; 张爱青; 孙晓乐; 王伽略; 孟然

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the changes of fatty acid oxidase in the placenta of preeclampsia cases with different clinical features, and the relationship with oxidative stress and inflammatory response. To study the correlation of serum free fatty acid (FFA) and triglycerides (TG) level in early second trimester with the molecular changes of the long-chain fatty acid oxidase in the third trimester. Methods This was prospective cohort study, in which cases with singleton pregnancies who archived in Haidian Maternal and Children′s Hospital, Beijing, from January 1st 2012 to May 31st, with regular prenatal care were included. Doppler ultrasound was used for screening for the presence of early diastolic notch of uterine artery at 22-24 weeks of gestation. All the 101 cases with the early diastolic notch of uterine artery were included as the notch group, and 377 cases without the early diastolic notch of uterine artery were included as the non-notch group. The perinatal outcomes and the incidence of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy of the two groups were observed. The serum level of FFA and TG was tested, and the mRNA and protein expression of long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD), P47-phox subunit of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase α (p38MAPK-α) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) were detected using real-time quantitative PCR and western blot. The relationship between serum level of FFA and TG and the mRNA and protein expression of LCHAD, NADPH P47-phox,p38MAPK-α and COX-2 of the placental tissue specimens were analyzed. Results (1) In the notch group, there were 9 cases of early-onset preeclampsia,15 cases of late-onset preeclampsia and 10 cases of gestational hypertension;and there were 8 cases of late-onset preeclampsia and 18 cases of gestational hypertension in the non-notch group. 15 cases with normal blood pressure in each group were randomly selected as the control group.(2)The

  3. Clinical and microbiological features of HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis in Vietnamese adults.

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    Full Text Available METHODS: The aim of this prospective, observational cohort study was to determine the clinical and microbiological features, outcome, and baseline variables predictive of death, in Vietnamese adults with HIV-associated tuberculous meningitis (TBM. 58 patients were admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City and underwent routine clinical and laboratory assessments. Treatment was with standard antituberculous therapy and adjunctive dexamethasone; antiretroviral therapy was not routinely available. Patients were followed up until the end of TB treatment or death. RESULTS: The median symptom duration was 11 days (range 2-90 days, 21.8% had a past history of TB, and 41.4% had severe (grade 3 TBM. The median CD4 count was 32 cells/mm(3. CSF findings were as follows: median leucocyte count 438 x 10(9cells/l (63% neutrophils, 69% smear positive and 87.9% culture positive. TB drug resistance rates were high (13% mono-resistance 32.6% poly-resistance 8.7% multidrug resistance. 17% patients developed further AIDS-defining illnesses. 67.2% died (median time to death 20 days. Three baseline variables were predictive of death by multivariate analysis: increased TBM grade [adjusted hazard ratio (AHR 1.73, 95% CI 1.08-2.76, p = 0.02], lower serum sodium (AHR 0.93, 95% CI 0.89 to 0.98, p = 0.002 and decreased CSF lymphocyte percentage (AHR 0.98, 95% CI 0.97 to 0.99, p = 0.003. CONCLUSIONS: HIV-associated TBM is devastating disease with a dismal prognosis. CSF findings included CSF neutrophil predominance, high rates of smear and culture positivity, and high rates of antituberculous drug resistance. Three baseline variables were independently associated with death: increased TBM grade; low serum sodium and decreased CSF lymphocyte percentage.

  4. The changes of clinical features of hydatidiform mole:analysis of 113 cases

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    Hou Jin-lin; Wan Xi-run; Xiang Yang; Qi Qing-wei; Yang Xiu-yu

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the changes of the clinical features of hydatidiform mole.Methods.One hundred and thirteen cases of hydatidiform mole treated in Peking Union Medical College Hospital during 1989-2006 were reviewed retrospectively and a comparison was made to historic data(1948-1975)using χ2 test.Results: The median age was 28 years (ranges from 20 to 55 years).The median gestational age was 90.2 days.Vaginal bleeding remaines the most common presenting symptom, ocurring in 94 of 113 cases (83.2%).Fifty-two of 113 cases (46 % ) presented with excessive uterine size.Pregnancy induced hypertension syndome (PIH), hyperemsis, hemoptysis and theca lutein cysts occurred in 4 of 113 (3.5%) ,12 of 113 (10.6%), 4 of 113 (3.5%) and 19 of 113 cases(16.8%) respectively.Incidence of postmolar trophoblastic neoplasia was 21%(24 of 113).Campared to historic data,the incidence of vaginal bleeding and PIH were statistically lower(P<0.005).The incidence of postmolar gastational trophohlastic neoplasia (GTN) was increased moderately without statistical significance compared to historic data.Conclusions: Because of the wide use of ultrasonography and serum hCG test, the current patients with hydatidiform mole have been diagnosed earlier in gestation and the elinical features have changed.Patterns of medical practice should be changed accordingly.

  5. Spectrometric determination of clinically relevant fatty acids in the blood serum

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    Kalinin, A. V.; Krasheninnikov, V. N.; Sviridov, A. P.; Titov, V. N.

    2017-01-01

    The content of fatty acid (FA) triglycerides in food and biological media is predicting traditionally using gas and liquid chromatographic methods. Named techniques aren't available for clinical labs due to their complexity. So, our objective was to develop the method and apparatus for rapid assay of a few clinically important FA as the saturated palmitic, mono unsaturated oleic and others in serum using near infrared spectrometer. As a result, the applicability of the FT spectrometer in the wavelength range of 0.9 -1.8 μ to analyze these FA in serum without sample preparation was confirmed. Besides, measurement specifications were determined and a correlations of the absorption spectra and contents of total triglycerides and cholesterol, palmitic, oleic, linoleic and arachidonic FA in serum were established

  6. Spectrometric determination of clinically relevant fatty acids in the blood serum

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    Kalinin, A. V.; Krasheninnikov, V. N.; Sviridov, A. P.; Titov, V. N.

    2016-12-01

    The content of fatty acid (FA) triglycerides in food and biological media is predicting traditionally using gas and liquid chromatographic methods. Named techniques aren't available for clinical labs due to their complexity. So, our objective was to develop the method and apparatus for rapid assay of a few clinically important FA as the saturated palmitic, mono unsaturated oleic and others in serum using near infrared spectrometer. As a result, the applicability of the FT spectrometer in the wavelength range of 0.9 -1.8 μ to analyze these FA in serum without sample preparation was confirmed. Besides, measurement specifications were determined and a correlations of the absorption spectra and contents of total triglycerides and cholesterol, palmitic, oleic, linoleic and arachidonic FA in serum were established

  7. Neuromyelitis Optica and Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder Patients in Turkish Cohort: Demographic, Clinical, and Laboratory Features.

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    Altintas, Ayse; Karabudak, Rana; Balci, Belgin P; Terzi, Murat; Soysal, Aysun; Saip, Sabahattin; Tuncer Kurne, Asli; Uygunoglu, Ugur; Nalbantoglu, Mecbure; Gozubatik Celik, Gokcen; Isik, Nihal; Celik, Yahya; Gokcay, Figen; Duman, Taskin; Boz, Cavit; Yucesan, Canan; Mangan, Mehmet Serhat; Celebisoy, Nese; Diker, Sevda; Colpak Isikay, Ilksen; Kansu, Tulay; Siva, Aksel

    2015-10-01

    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an immune-mediated, chronic relapsing, inflammatory disease characterized by severe attacks of optic neuritis and myelitis. To determine the demographic, clinical, and laboratory features; antibody status; and treatment modalities of patients with NMO and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders in a Turkish cohort from 11 centers. A total of 182 patients were included in this study. Data on age at disease onset, sex, type of attacks, clinical presentation, analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, serum antiaquaporin-4 antibody status, annual progression index, and medical and family histories were collected. Mean age was 38.43±12.40 years (range, 13 to 75 y), and mean age at disease onset was 31.29±12.40 years (median, 29 y; range, 10 to 74 y). In NMO group, the rate of NMO immunoglobulin (Ig)G positivity was 62.5%. The annual progression index was significantly higher in the longitudinally extending spinal cord lesion. The mean Expanded Disability Status Scale score was higher in the late than early-onset NMO group. Our results revealed a lower rate of NMO IgG positivity, more severe disability in patients with NMO/neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders presenting with either transverse myelitis or late-onset NMO, and no correlation between disability and NMO IgG status.

  8. Clinical Features of Adult/Adolescent Atopic Dermatitis and Chinese Criteria for Atopic Dermatitis

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    Ping Liu; Yan Zhao; Zhang-Lei Mu; Qian-Jin Lu; Li Zhang; Xu Yao; Min Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Background:Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by chronic recurrent dermatitis with profound itching.Most patients have personal and/or family history of atopic diseases.Several criteria have been proposed for the diagnosis of AD.Although the clinical features of childhood AD have been widely studied,there has been less large-scale study on adult/adolescent AD.The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical features of adult/adolescent patients with chronic symmetrical eczema/AD and to propose Chinese diagnostic criteria for adult/adolescent AD.Methods:A hospital-based study was performed.Forty-two dermatological centers participated in this study.Adult and adolescent patients (12 years and over) with chronic symmetrical eczema or AD were included in this study.Questionnaires were completed by both patients and investigators.The valid questionnaires were analyzed using EpiData 3.1 and SPSS 17.0 software.Results:A total of 2662 valid questionnaires were collected (1369 male and 1293 female).Of all 2662 patients,2062 (77.5%) patients had the disease after 12 years old,while only 600 (22.5%) patients had the disease before 12 years old,suggesting late-onset eczema/AD is common.Two thousand one hundred and thirty-nine (80.4%) patients had the disease for more than 6 months.One thousand one hundred and forty-four (43.0%) patients had a personal and/or family history of atopic diseases.One thousand five hundred and forty-eight (58.2%) patients had an elevated total serum IgE and/or eosinophilia and/or positive allergen-specific IgE.Based on these clinical and laboratory features,we proposed Chinese criteria for adult/adolescent AD.Of all 2662 patients,60.3% were satisfied with our criteria,while only 48.2% satisfied with Hanifin Rajka criteria and 32.7% satisfied with Williams criteria,suggesting a good sensitivity of our criteria in adult/adolescent AD patients.Conclusion:Late-onset of eczema or AD is common

  9. 6th International Symposium on Clinical Applications of Serum Free Light Chain Analysis (plus Hevylite

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The 6th International Symposium on Clinical Applications of Serum Free Light Chain Analysis (plus Hevylite was held in Bath, UK on 23rd and 24th September 2010. This Symposium included measurements in monoclonal gammopathies, myeloma kidney and inflammatory diseases; data from the Multi-centre, Phase III, Randomised control trial on extended haemodialysis with the Gambro protein-leaking HCO 1100 dialyser; and presentations on Hevylite (intact immunoglobulin kappa/lambda ratios in a variety of clinical situations.

  10. Clinical significance of serum IGF-Ⅰ,IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP-3 in liver cirrhosis

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    Yun-Lin Wu; Jing Ye; Shu Zhang; Jie Zhong; Rong-Ping Xi

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the relationship between insulin-likegrowth factor-Ⅰ, -Ⅱ (IGF-Ⅰ and IGF-Ⅱ), IGF-binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) and Child-Pugh score in patients with liver cirrhosis, and to search for potential clinical markers of liver function. METHODS: Forty-four patients with advanced liver cirrhosis of viral origin were divided into 3 groups according to severity of cirrhosis (Child-Pugh score) and 38 healthy subjectsserved as controls. Serum levels of IGF-Ⅰ, IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP3 were measured by immunoradiometric assay.RESULTS: Serum IGF-Ⅰ, IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP-3 levels weresignificantly lower in patients with cirrhosis than in controls, and serum concentrations of IGF-Ⅰ, IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP-3 were associated with the severity of liver dysfunction, and dropped sharply during the progression of liver failure. Among these 3 parameters, serum IGF-Ⅱ was the most sensitive and effective indicator for liver dysfunction. Concentrations of IGF-Ⅰ<30 ng/mL, IGF-Ⅱ<200 ng/mL and IGFBP-3 <6 ng/mL implied a negative prognosis for patients with liver cirrhosis. CONCLUSION: Serum IGF-Ⅰ, IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP-3 may provide a new dimension in the assessment of liver dysfunction. Combined detection of serum IGF-Ⅰ, IGF-Ⅱ and IGFBP-3 with Child-Pugh score is more effective in predicting prognosis than Child-Pugh score alone.

  11. Clinical significance of serum ferritin level as an independent predictor of insulin resistance in Korean men.

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    Park, Sung Keun; Choi, Won Joon; Oh, Chang-Mo; Kim, Min-Gi; Ham, Woo Taek; Choi, Joong-Myung; Ryoo, Jae-Hong

    2015-01-01

    Elevated serum ferritin level has been reported to be associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome, which have significant relation with insulin resistance (IR). However, clinical association between serum ferritin level and IR remained unclear. Accordingly, this study was designed to evaluate the longitudinal effects of baseline serum ferritin level on the development of IR. An IR-free 22,057 healthy Korean men (HOMA-IRserum ferritin levels. Cox proportional hazards models were used to measure the hazard ratios (HRs) of baseline serum ferritin levels on IR. During 77,471.1 person-years of follow-up, 4494 incident cases of insulin resistance developed between 2006 and 2010 (overall development rate: 20.4%). The development rate of IR increased in proportion to the baseline serum ferritin levels (quartile 1: 16.7%, quartile 2: 18.5%, quartile 3: 19.9%, quartile 4: 25.5%, Pserum ferritin levels with the first quartile, were 1.11 (0.99-1.24), 1.19 (1.07-1.33) and 1.51 (1.35-1.68), respectively (P for trend serum ferritin level was independently associated with the future development of IR in Korean men. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Clinical and morphological features of undifferentiated monomorphous GH/TSH-secreting pituitary adenoma.

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    Skorić, T; Korsić, M; Zarković, K; Plavsić, V; Besenski, N; Breskovac, L; Giljević, Z; Paladino, J

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    A 41-year-old male presented with progressive visual defects, acromegaly and hyperthyroidism. After clinical evaluation a giant GH/TSH-secreting pituitary adenoma was diagnosed. Administration of the somatostatin analog octreotide at doses of 150 microg s.c. per day inhibited the secretion of both GH and TSH. A three-week treatment with octreotide prior to surgery led to slight visual improvement and CT scan showed some new necrotic areas within the tumor mass. Transcranial surgery was performed. By immunohistochemical analyses of the adenoma tissue GH, prolactin and beta-chorionic gonadotropin were detected; TSH was negative. Electron microscopy revealed an undifferentiated, monomorphous adenoma with morphological features of an acidophil stem cell adenoma such as the presence of misplaced exocytoses, fibrous bodies and mitochondrial gigantism. However, the tumor cells contained small secretory granules (up to 250 nm) accumulated along the cell membrane characteristic of thyrotrope cells. Furthermore, some adenoma cells were fusiform with long cytoplasmic processes resembling thyrotropes. Two months after the operation CT scan revealed a large residual tumor. Serum GH and TSH levels had increased again and the TSH level was even higher than before the treatment. The patient died suddenly, most probably of lethal arrhythmia. Specimens of the adenoma tissue obtained at autopsy confirmed the previous findings with the exception of positive immunostaining for TSH which was found in less than 1% of the adenoma cells. This undifferentiated, monomorphous GH/TSH-secreting pituitary adenoma represents an entity that is unusual both in its ultrastructural features and clinical manifestations suggesting a cytogenesis from an early, undifferentiated stem cell.

  13. [Clinical and biopsy-based myopathological features of 5 cases with centronuclear myopathy].

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    Li, Hong-hao; Liu, Shu-ping; Li, Wei; Zhao, Yu-ying; Wu, Jin-ling; Li, Da-nian; Yan, Chuan-zhu

    2008-11-01

    To analyze the clinical and pathological features of the centronuclear myopathy (CNM) in 5 Chinese patients and evaluate their diagnostic and differential diagnostic value. A standard series of histochemical and enzymohistochemical investigations were performed on all muscle specimens of CNM cases obtained via biopsy. The clinical manifestations and myopathological features of 5 CNM patients were retrospectively analyzed. The age of onset ranged from 3 to 12 years. All patients primarily presented with limb girdle muscle weakness. In 3 patients extraocular muscles, facial muscles and cervical muscles were affected, respectively. The proximal muscles were affected more seriously than the distal and the lower limbs more seriously than the upper. Tendon reflex was reduced and no evident muscular atrophy was seen. The course of the disease ranged from 4 to 46 years and progressed slowly. The ability of walking could be maintained for many years and the fast movements such as running and jumping were impaired early. The serum creatine kinase (CK) level was normal or elevated slightly. Electromyography showed myopathic pattern in all cases. Two patients (mother and son) were from the same family and the son's two siblings had similar symptoms indicating autosomal dominant inherited pattern. There was mild variation in fiber size and most small fibers were round. Interstitial tissue increase slightly. Fibers with centrally placed nuclei accounted for 23% - 93%. Neither necrotic and regenerated fibers nor infiltration of inflammatory cells were seen. Type I fiber predominance and hypotrophy were present in all patients. Abnormal arrangement of the sarcoplasmic strands in appearance of "spokes of a wheel", increased oxidative enzyme activity around centronuclear and perinuclear halo were observed in 2 patients by NADH-TR staining. For the patients who had the onset during the childhood and presented with slow progressive limb girdle muscle weakness, disability of fast

  14. Clinical value of serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10 and platelet activating factor detection in diagnosis of post-ERCP pancreatitis

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    Di Wang; Xue-Song Li; Peng-Peng Cai

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical value of serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10 and platelet activating factor detection in the diagnosis of post-ERCP pancreatitis.Methods:A total of 256 patients with ERCP were selected in our hospital of the digestive department of internal medicine from January 2015 to December 2015. According to different symptoms, signs, serum amylase and pancreatic CT examination results after ERCP, the subjects were divided into three groups: control group, hyperlipidemia group and PEP group. Serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor were detected.Results:There were statistically significant differences in serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor among control group, hyperlipidemia group and PEP group patients with serum amylase (Fgroup = 269.578, 139.492, 145.637, 126.891, allP = 0.000), and the value of PEP group was the highest. There were statistically significant differences in serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor at different time point (Ftime = 602.506, 494.375, 462.512, 239.564, allP = 0.000), the serum amylase level in the patients with hyperlipidemia group reached the highest value after 4 h, but the 24 h was lower than the normal level after operation, the serum amylase in PEP group increased rapidly after 4 h, and the 24 h was still increased after operation; The serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor were all highest 4 h after the operation in the hyperlipidemia group and PEP group, and the 24 h after the operation were all decreased. In PEP group, serum amylase, serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor 4 h after the operation and 24 h after the operation were significantly higher than those before operation (Finteractive = 28.492, 22.614, 16.573, 7.819, allP = 0.000). In PEP group, the serum amylase had positive correlations with serum trypsinogen-2, IL-10, platelet activating factor (r=0.591, 0.662, 0.681, allP<0.05).Conclusions: Serum amylase

  15. Clinical and radiologic features of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma including initial presentation, local recurrence, and metastases

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    Full Text Available Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical and imaging features of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC including initial presentation, recurrence, and metastases.

  16. Neurosyphilis in HIV-infected patients: clinical manifestations, serum venereal disease research laboratory titers, and associated factors to symptomatic neurosyphilis.

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    Poliseli, Rodolfo; Vidal, Jose E; Penalva De Oliveira, Augusto C; Hernandez, Adrian V

    2008-05-01

    To describe clinical and laboratory features of human immunodeficiency infection (HIV)-infected patients with neurosyphilis. Retrospective study of 27 consecutive cases of HIV-infected patients with a positive Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Median of age was 36 years and 89% were men. Ten (37%) patients had previous nonneurologic syphilis treatment. At the time of neurosyphilis diagnosis, 10 (37%) patients had early syphilis, and 6 of them were neurologically asymptomatic. Nine (33%) patients had symptomatic neurosyphilis. Twenty-six (96%) patients were classified with early neurosyphilis. The medians of serum VDRL and CD4 T cell counts were 1:128 and 182 cell/muL, respectively. Twenty five (93%) patients presented serum VDRL titers > or =1:16. Five of 6 patients with early syphilis and asymptomatic neurosyphilis, presented serum VDRL > or =1:16. Symptomatic patients showed lower CD4 T cell counts (59 cell/muL vs. 208 cell/muL, P = 0.03) and higher protein concentration on CSF (118 mg/dL vs. 39 mg/dL, P VDRL titers > or =1:16, regardless of syphilis stage.

  17. Detection and Clinical Significance of DLC1 Gene Methylation in Serum DNA from Colorectal Cancer Patients

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    Ping-ping Wu; Ji-hong Zou; Ri-ning Tang; Yao Yao; Cheng-zhong You

    2011-01-01

    Objective:Deleted in liver cancer 1 (DLC1) is a new candidate tumor suppressor gene,whose down-regulation or even silence will result from promoter hypermethylation in various human cancers including colorectal cancer (CRC).The aim of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic role of DLC1 gene methylation in the serum DNA from CRC patients.Methods:This study enrolled 85 CRC patients and 45 patients with benign colorectal diseases.Methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP) was used to determine the promoter methylation status of DLC1 gene in serum DNA.The combination of DLC1 methylation and conventional tumor markers was further analyzed.Results:Hypermethylation of DLC1 was detected in 42.4% (36/85) of CRC serums,while seldom in the benign controls (8.9%,4/45) (P<0.001).The aberrant DLC1 methylation in serum DNA was not associated with patients' clinicopathological features and elevated CEA/CA19-9 levels.Furthermore,the combinational analysis of CEA,CA19-9 and DLC1 methylation showed a higher sensitivity and no reduced diagnostic specificity than CEA and CA19-9 combination for CRC diagnosis.Conclusion:The serum DLC1 methylation may be a promising biomarker for the early detection of CRC,which will further increase the diagnostic efficiency in combination with CEA and CA19-9.

  18. Studies on Thermodynamics Features of the Interaction between Imidacloprid and Bovine Serum Albumin

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    YAN,Cheng-Nong; MEI,Ping; GUAN,Zhong-Jie; LIU,Yi

    2007-01-01

    At different temperatures, the interactions between imidacloprid (IMI) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated with a fluorescence quenching spectrum, a synchronous fluorescence spectrum, a three-dimensional fluorescence spectrum and an ultraviolet-visible spectrum. The average values of bonding constants (KLB: 3.424 ×104 L·mol-1), thermodynamic parameters (△H: 5.188 kJ·mol-1, △G(e): -26.36 kJ·mol-1, △S: 103.9 J·K-1·mol-1) and the numbers of bonding sites (n: 1.156) could be obtained through Stern-Volmer, Lineweaver-Burk and thermodynamic equations. It was shown that the fluorescence of BSA could be quenched for its reactions with IMI to form a certain kind of new compound. The quenching belonged to a static fluorescence quenching, with a non-radiation energy transfer happening within a single molecule. The thermodynamic parameters agree with △H>0, △S>0 and △G(e)<0, suggesting that the binding power between IMI and BSA should be mainly a hydrophobic interaction.

  19. Programmed death ligand 1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma: Relationship With clinical and pathological features.

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    Calderaro, Julien; Rousseau, Benoît; Amaddeo, Giuliana; Mercey, Marion; Charpy, Cécile; Costentin, Charlotte; Luciani, Alain; Zafrani, Elie-Serge; Laurent, Alexis; Azoulay, Daniel; Lafdil, Fouad; Pawlotsky, Jean-Michel

    2016-12-01

    The prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor, with only one third of patients eligible for curative treatments and very limited survival benefits with the use of sorafenib, the current standard of care for advanced disease. Recently, agents targeting the programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1)/programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint were shown to display impressive antitumor activity in various solid or hematological malignancies, including HCC. PD-L1 immunohistochemical expression is thought to represent a biomarker predictive of drug sensitivity. Here, we investigated PD-L1 expression in a series of 217 HCCs and correlated our results with clinical and histological features and immunohistochemical markers (PD-1, cytokeratin 19, glutamine synthetase, and β-catenin expression). PD-L1 expression by neoplastic cells was significantly associated with common markers of tumor aggressiveness (high serum alpha-fetoprotein levels, P = 0.038; satellite nodules, P < 0.001; macrovascular invasion, P < 0.001; microvascular invasion, P < 0.001; poor differentiation, P < 0.001) and with the progenitor subtype of HCC (cytokeratin 19 expression, P = 0.031). High PD-L1 expression by inflammatory cells from the tumor microenvironment also correlated with high serum alpha-fetoprotein levels (P < 0.001), macrovascular invasion (P = 0.001), poor differentiation (P = 0.001), high PD-1 expression (P < 0.001), and the so-called lymphoepithelioma-like histological subtype of HCC (P = 0.003).

  20. Clinical significance of elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level in acute viral hepatitis A (AHA).

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    Seo, Seung In; Kim, Su Sun; Choi, Bo Youn; Lee, Sang Ho; Kim, Sung Jun; Park, Hye Won; Kim, Hyoung Su; Shin, Woon Geon; Kim, Kyung Ho; Lee, Jin Heon; Kim, Hak Yang; Jang, Myoung Kuk

    2013-10-01

    The clinical course of acute viral hepatitis A (AHA) is highly variable. Serum alphafetoprotein (AFP) level is often elevated in various types of acute liver injuries, indicating active liver regeneration. This study was aimed to investigate the clinical significance of serum AFP level in the aspect of the early recovery in AHA. A total of 238 patients with AHA, confirmed by IgM anti-hepatitis A virus, were included. The patients were classified according to serum AFP level. Multivariate analysis by Cox proportional hazards model using dichotomized clinical variables was performed to identify the independent predictors for early recovery (ALT normalization within 2 weeks). The median age (range) was 30 (17-50) years and male dominant (62%, 147/238). Compared to low AFP group, high AFP group (>10 ng/mL) had significantly lower platelet counts (p 10 ng/mL) was the only independent predictor for early recovery (Hazard ratio (HR); 2.392, 95% CI; 1.564-3.659, p = 0.0001). High serum AFP level (>10 ng/mL) may indicate the already-started recovery through active liver regeneration or the early recovery within 2 weeks in AHA.

  1. [Virological and clinical features of patients with sporadic hepatitis C].

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    Tang, Z; Wang, Y; Yu, Z; Yang, D; Hao, L

    1997-06-01

    In this study, the transmission route in 16 sporadic hepatitis C (SHC) patients was investigated. Three of them were surgeons who had often had occupational needlestick accidents, another 3 had close household contact with their spouses who had been diagnosed as chronic posttransfusion viral hepatitis C (PTHC), and the remaining 5 had potential parenteral exposure such as tooth extraction, injection or inoculation and so on. Five patients with SHC didn't have such history, their transmission route was not determined. Our result showed a lower viremia level in patients with SHC when compared to PTHC patients (the serum dilutions for HCV RNA detection was 10-100 times in the former and 100-10000 times in the latter. PPTHC, the patients with SHC in our study had milder liver demage and lower ALT levels, and most of them (10/16) were symptomless.

  2. Alfalfa dodder (Cuscuta campestris) toxicity in horses: clinical, haematological and serum biochemical findings.

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    Abutarbush, S M

    2013-07-27

    The objective of this observational study is to describe clinical, haematological and serum biochemical findings of horses affected with alfalfa dodder (Cuscuta campestris) toxicity. Twenty horses naturally exposed to alfalfa dodder toxicity were examined and information was collected on history and clinical signs. Physical examination was done on horses in the premises (n=20), and venous blood samples of 12 horses were submitted for haematology and serum biochemical examination for each horse. Abnormal clinical signs started around 36 hours after horses were fed the contaminated alfalfa. Abnormal signs were seen in 11 horses and those included diarrhoea (n=8), decreased appetite (n=7), neurological signs (n=4) and abdominal pain (n=1). Some horses had multiple clinical signs of the above. The results of complete blood cell count revealed leukocytopenia, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. Serum biochemical analysis revealed decreased ALP, AST and CPK levels and increased direct bilirubin level. The used alfalfa was stopped immediately and a different alfalfa from a new container that did not contain any weeds was fed. Horses on the premises were observed closely, and the abnormal clinical signs resolved within three days. No treatment was implemented. Knowledge about toxicity of horses by Cuscuta species is scarce in the English veterinary literature and very limited.

  3. Serum α-klotho concentrations during preimplantation can predict aging or quality of human oocytes and clinical pregnancy rates

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    Takemura, Takashi; Okabe, Midori

    2016-01-01

    Background To discover simple biomarkers to evaluate the aging or quality of human oocytes and clinical pregnancy rates is needed. However, the association among serum α-klotho concentrations during preimplantation, the aging or quality of human oocytes and clinical pregnancy rates has not been investigated. Findings The serum α-klotho concentrations during preimplantation decreased due to aging (p 

  4. Investigation of the clinical features and therapeutic methods for the ...

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    The clinical effects of the various therapeutic strategies were documented. . Results: ... drops were used for acute inflammation, while chronic inflammation was treated with antibiotic eye drops ... out in accordance with the Guidelines of the.

  5. Malaria in South Sudan 2: clinical features and diagnosis

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    fever) (3). This clinical presentation is due to red blood cell rupture ... abdominal pain and on rare occasions may suggest an ... especially in children. .... those who have had training in IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness). One.

  6. [Paraffinomas: history, clinical features and treatment. A case report].

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    Mounios-Perchenet, A S; Le Fourn, B; Hepner-Lavergne, D; Pannier, M

    1997-02-01

    One case of paraffinoma is reported on a 60 years old man following injections of paraffin fourty years ago. The authors recalled with this observation history of paraffin, clinical aspect and surgical treatment of the paraffinoma.

  7. clinical features and patterns of imaging in cerebral venous sinus ...

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    Sep 1, 2013 ... study was conducted at Kenyatta National Hospital. Clinical and imaging records ... loss of memory, abdominal pain and senile dementia. Aetiological factors .... with a large study by Khealani in Pakistan and. Middle East that ...

  8. Spectral and computational features of the binding between riparins and human serum albumin.

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    Camargo, Cintia Ramos; Caruso, Ícaro Putinhon; Gutierrez, Stanley Juan Chavez; Fossey, Marcelo Andres; Filho, José Maria Barbosa; Cornélio, Marinônio Lopes

    2017-09-08

    The green Brazilian bay leaf, a spice much prized in local cuisine (Aniba riparia, Lauraceae), contains chemical compounds presenting benzoyl-derivatives named riparins, which have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anxiolytic properties. However, it is unclear what kind of interaction riparins perform with any molecular target. As a profitable target, human serum albumin (HSA) is one of the principal extracellular proteins, with an exceptional capacity to interact with several molecules, and it also plays a crucial role in the transport, distribution, and metabolism of a wide variety of endogenous and exogenous ligands. To outline the HSA-riparin interaction mechanism, spectroscopy and computational methods were synergistically applied. An evaluation through fluorescence spectroscopy showed that the emission, attributed to Trp 214, at 346 nm decreased with titrations of riparins. A static quenching mechanism was observed in the binding of riparins to HSA. Fluorescence experiments performed at 298, 308 and 318 K made it possible to conduct thermodynamic analysis indicating a spontaneous reaction in the complex formation (ΔGcomplex, Hill's approach was utilized to distinguish the index of affinity and the binding constant. A correspondence between the molecular structures of riparins, due to the presence of the hydroxyl group in the B-ring, with thermodynamic parameters and index of affinity were observed. Riparin III performs an intramolecular hydrogen bond, which affects the Hill coefficient and the binding constant. Therefore, the presence of hydroxyl groups is capable of modulating the interaction between riparins and HSA. Site marker competitive experiments indicated Site I as being the most suitable, and the molecular modeling tools reinforced the experimental results detailing the participation of residues. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  9. Clinical features of psychiatric inpatients with obsessive compulsive disorder

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    Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the clinical and sociodemographic characteristics of the inpatients admitted in a university psychiatry clinic with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder in ten years period. Material and Methods: Patients who had been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder according to DSM IV TR and hospitalized in Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine Balcali Hospital Department of Psychiatry between 2006 and 2015 were included. Data were ob...

  10. Clinical Features and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in 7 Dogs with Central Nervous System Aspergillosis.

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    Taylor, A R; Young, B D; Levine, G J; Eden, K; Corapi, W; Rossmeisl, J H; Levine, J M

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    Systemic aspergillosis is a manifestation of Aspergillus sp. infection that can result in central nervous system (CNS) involvement with marked alterations in CNS function. Information regarding the clinical presentation and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in cases of aspergillosis with CNS involvement is lacking, resulting in a need for better understanding of this disease. The primary objectives were to describe the clinical features and MRI findings in dogs with CNS aspergillosis. The secondary objectives were to describe clinicopathologic findings and case outcome. Seven dogs with CNS aspergillosis. Archived records from 6 institutions were reviewed to identify cases with MRI of CNS aspergillosis confirmed with serum galactomannan enzyme immunoassay (EIA) testing, culture, or supported by histopathology. Signalment, clinical, MRI, clinicopathologic, histopathologic, and microbiologic findings were recorded and evaluated. Aspergillosis of the CNS was identified in 7 dogs from 3 institutions. The median age was 3 years and six were German Shepherd dogs. Five dogs had signs of vestibular dysfunction as a component of multifocal neurological abnormalities. The MRI findings ranged from normal to abnormal, including hemorrhagic infarction and mass lesions. Until now, all reported MRI findings in dogs with CNS aspergillosis have been abnormal. We document that CNS aspergillosis in dogs, particularly German Shepherd dogs, can be suspected based on neurologic signs, whether MRI findings are normal or abnormal. Confirmatory testing with galactomannan EIA, urine, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or tissue culture should be performed in cases where aspergillosis is a differential diagnosis. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  11. [Clinical features in DLBCL and translocation BCL2/c-MYC "double hit" lymphoma].

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    Škunca, Željka; Domimis, Mara; Plninc-Peraica, Ana; Jakšić, Branimir

    2014-06-01

    Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is classified as lymphoma and various entities using the gene expression of proteins are classified into three groups. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical, biological, immunophenotypic and cytogenetic features of DLBCL with translocation t (14; 18) and 8q24/c-MYC. Eleven DLBCL patients with dual translation were monitored during the 2000-2009 period. The characteristics of these patients included morphological, immunohistochemical and cytogenetic analysis. Study results showed that all patients had aggressive characteristics, presence of B symptoms (64%), general patient condition according to ECOG scale ≥ 2 (55%), elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase activity (73%), clinical stage III and IV (82%), extranodal involvement of the disease (73%), and IPI ≥ 2 (73%). Partial remission was achieved in 73% of all patients and all patients (73%) died within a short time. Patients were treated with CHOP and similar protocols (COP, CVP, CNOP), with the addition of MabThera. Immunophenotyping was performed and determined expression of the CD20, CD3, CD10, BCL6 and MUM1 markers. The cytogenetic analysis/fluorescence in situ hybridization revealed complex karyotype changes. Thus, we analyzed the presence of BCL2, BCL6 and c-MYC genes and found eight patients to have BCL2 and c-MYC translocation genes, while three had translocation of the BCL6 and c-MYC genes. Despite appropriate therapy, the patient prognosis is poor. The median survival in these patients was 1.85 years. DLBCL with BCL2 and c-MYC rearrangement of the subgroups of lymphoma is associated with very poor survival. The presence of these two translocations has an aggressive clinical course.

  12. Longitudinal serum HIV RNA quantification: correlation to viral phenotype at seroconversion and clinical outcome

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    Katzenstein, T L; Pedersen, C; Nielsen, C

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the longitudinal changes in serum HIV RNA, and to clarify whether the viral load early in infection has a predictive value for the clinical outcome; also, to correlate viral phenotype at seroconversion and changes in CD4 cell counts with viral burden. DESIGN: Twenty...... seroconverters with HIV isolates available at seroconversion had HIV RNA quantified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at seroconversion and thereafter every 6 months. Mean follow-up time was 65 months. Patients were classified according to viral phenotype at seroconversion, time to AIDS progression, serum viral....... Harbouring syncytium-inducing (SI) virus at seroconversion was associated with faster progression to AIDS than non-SI (NSI; P RNA. CONCLUSION: Serum HIV RNA is high around the time...

  13. Clinical gait data analysis based on Spatio-Temporal features

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    Katiyar, Rohit

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    Analysing human gait has found considerable interest in recent computer vision research. So far, however, contributions to this topic exclusively dealt with the tasks of person identification or activity recognition. In this paper, we consider a different application for gait analysis and examine its use as a means of deducing the physical well-being of people. The proposed method is based on transforming the joint motion trajectories using wavelets to extract spatio-temporal features which are then fed as input to a vector quantiser; a self-organising map for classification of walking patterns of individuals with and without pathology. We show that our proposed algorithm is successful in extracting features that successfully discriminate between individuals with and without locomotion impairment.

  14. Prognostic significance of serum immunoglobulin pareprotein in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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    杨舒

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the incidence of serum immunoglobulin (Ig) paraprotein in chronic lymphocytic leukemia(CLL) ,and to explore its clinical associated laboratory features and prognostic implication. Methods Serum protein electrophoresis and immunofixation

  15. Extracting BI-RADS Features from Portuguese Clinical Texts

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    Nassif, Houssam; Cunha, Filipe; Moreira, Inês C.; Cruz-Correia, Ricardo; Sousa, Eliana; Page, David; Burnside, Elizabeth; Dutra, Inês

    2012-01-01

    In this work we build the first BI-RADS parser for Portuguese free texts, modeled after existing approaches to extract BI-RADS features from English medical records. Our concept finder uses a semantic grammar based on the BIRADS lexicon and on iterative transferred expert knowledge. We compare the performance of our algorithm to manual annotation by a specialist in mammography. Our results show that our parser’s performance is comparable to the manual method.

  16. Extracting BI-RADS Features from Portuguese Clinical Texts

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    Nassif, Houssam; Cunha, Filipe; Moreira, Inês C; Cruz-Correia, Ricardo; Sousa, Eliana; Page, David; Burnside, Elizabeth; Dutra, Inês

    2012-01-01

    In this work we build the first BI-RADS parser for Portuguese free texts, modeled after existing approaches to extract BI-RADS features from English medical records. Our concept finder uses a semantic grammar based on the BIRADS lexicon and on iterative transferred expert knowledge. We compare the performance of our algorithm to manual annotation by a specialist in mammography. Our results show that our parser’s performance is comparable to the manual method.

  17. Clinical Profile and Changes of Serum Lipid Levels in Epileptic Patients after Cerebral Infarction.

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    Ikeda, Ken; Sawada, Masahiro; Morioka, Harumi; Kyuzen, Maya; Ebina, Junya; Nagasawa, Junpei; Yanagihashi, Masaru; Miura, Ken; Ishikawa, Yuichi; Hirayama, Takehisa; Takazawa, Takanori; Kano, Osamu; Kawabe, Kiyokazu; Iwasaki, Yasuo

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    Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may increase development of dyslipidemia and cerebrovascular disease (CVD). We examined the clinical profile and changes of serum lipid levels after AED monotherapy in patients with poststroke epilepsy (PSE) after cerebral infarction (CI). Medical records were reviewed in consecutive 2144 CI patients. Monotherapy of valproate, carbamazepine (CBZ), phenytoin (PHT), zonisamide, levetiracetam, or lamotrigine was performed in PSE patients. Serum lipid levels were measured before and at 3 months after AED treatment. The prevalence of PSE was 7.0% in CI patients. The TOAST etiology disclosed large-artery atherosclerosis in 68 patients (45%), cardioembolism in 63 patients (42%), and undetermined cause in 19 patients (13%). CVD risk profile showed obesity of 18 patients (12%), current smoker of 30 patients (20%), hypertension of 75 patients (50%), diabetes mellitus of 32 patients (21%), dyslipidemia of 15 patients (10%), and atrial fibrillation of 63 patients (42%). CBZ or PHT administration increased serum total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels significantly compared to baseline and AED-untreated controls. Those levels were not increased significantly in other AED and control groups. Serum high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and triglyceride levels did not differ statistically in all groups. The prevalence of post-CI epilepsy was 7.0%. The pathogenesis contributed to atherothrombosis and cardioembolism. CBZ or PHT administration increased serum TC and LDL-C significantly. Thus, we should pay more attention to serum lipid levels in patients receiving cytochrome P450 (CYP)-induced AEDs, and might considerer switching to non-CYP-induced AEDs in patients with unfavorable serum lipid changes. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. The relationship between serum trace element levels and clinical parameters in patients with fibromyalgia.

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    Sendur, Omer Faruk; Tastaban, Engin; Turan, Yasemin; Ulman, Cevval

    2008-09-01

    We examined the association between serum trace elements and clinical findings such as number of sensitive tender points, severity of fatigue and functional status in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Thirty-two patients diagnosed as having FM according to the ACR 1990 criteria and 32 normal healthy controls (NHC) were included in this study. The demographic data, disease duration, number of tender points and accompanying symptoms (fatigue, sleep disorders, headache, paresthesia, irritable bowel syndrome, sicca symptoms, Raynaud's phenomena) of the patients were noted. Visual analog scale (10 cm) was implemented to estimate daily severity of pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia impact questionnaire was used for functional assessment. Serum selenium (microg/dL) and serum zinc (microg/dL) levels were measured by atomic absorption spectrometer. Serum magnesium (mmol/L) level was measured by the original kits of Abbott Aeroset auto-analyzer. The mean age of patients in FM group and NHC were calculated as 42.9 (SD = 7.7) years and 41.3 (SD = 9.7) years, respectively. Serum levels of zinc (P = 0.001) and magnesium (P = 0.002) were significantly decreased by FM groups, whereas there was no considerable difference with selenium levels of both groups (P > 0.05). Association between serum zinc level and number of tender points (P = 0.008) and that between fatigue and magnesium level (P = 0.003) was found as meaningful. According to the results of this study, it was asserted that serum magnesium and zinc levels may play an important role in the pathophysiology of FM.

  19. SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS AND OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS: PREVALENCE, CLINICAL FEATURES

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    O N Egorova

    2008-01-01

    Subjects and methods. Sixty-seven patients with a 1-to-7 history of SLE who received first-line therapy were examined. Results. The analysis of the history data and the results of a serological survey identified 3 groups of patients: 1 35 patients with viral infection, of them 9 had mixed viral-and-bacterial infections; 2 14 with bacterial infections and 3 18 patients without viral-and-bacterial complications. The analysis of clinical symptoms established a correlation of high titers of antibodies to cytomegalovirus (CMV and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV with symptoms, such as fever, arthritis, lymphadenopathy, carditis, hepatomegaly and erythema migrans eruption. However, having the similar clinical manifestations, CMV and EBV infections had some organ specificity. In SLE, concomitant comorbid infection, viral infection in particular, contributed to the development of the clinical picture polymorphism with the protracted, remitting inflammatory process and the inadequate efficiency of glucocorticoid and immunosuppressive therapy.

  20. SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS AND OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS: PREVALENCE, CLINICAL FEATURES

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    O N Egorova

    2008-12-01

    Subjects and methods. Sixty-seven patients with a 1-to-7 history of SLE who received first-line therapy were examined. Results. The analysis of the history data and the results of a serological survey identified 3 groups of patients: 1 35 patients with viral infection, of them 9 had mixed viral-and-bacterial infections; 2 14 with bacterial infections and 3 18 patients without viral-and-bacterial complications. The analysis of clinical symptoms established a correlation of high titers of antibodies to cytomegalovirus (CMV and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV with symptoms, such as fever, arthritis, lymphadenopathy, carditis, hepatomegaly and erythema migrans eruption. However, having the similar clinical manifestations, CMV and EBV infections had some organ specificity. In SLE, concomitant comorbid infection, viral infection in particular, contributed to the development of the clinical picture polymorphism with the protracted, remitting inflammatory process and the inadequate efficiency of glucocorticoid and immunosuppressive therapy.

  1. CLINICAL VALUE OF SERUM TUMOR SUPPLIED GROUP OF FACTOR IN DIAGNOSIS OF EPITHELIAL OVARIAN CANCER

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    程琪辉; 张喜平; 曾小澜

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of serum tumor supplied group of factor (TSGF) in diagnosis of epithelial ovarian cancer. Methods: The serum TSGF was tested in 69 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer, 28 patients with benign ovarian lesion and 61 healthy women. The serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CA125 were determined in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer and in those with benign ovarian lesion. The correlations of TSGF with VEGF and CA125 were investigated. Results: The serum level of TSGF in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer was obviously higher than in patients with benign ovarian lesion and in healthy women (P0.05). The serum level of TSGF and VEGF and CA125 in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer showed positive correlation (P<0.01, P<0.05, respectively). Conclusion: There is no marked difference in diagnostic value among TSGF, VEGF and CA125. TSGF has a certain value in diagnosis of epithelial ovarian cancer, and is helpful to distinguish epithelial ovarian cancer from benign ovarian lesion.

  2. Improving clinical practice using clinical decision support systems: a systematic review of trials to identify features critical to success

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    Kawamoto, Kensaku; Houlihan, Caitlin A; Balas, E Andrew; Lobach, David F

    2005-01-01

    Objective To identify features of clinical decision support systems critical for improving clinical practice. Design Systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Data sources Literature searches via Medline, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register up to 2003; and searches of reference lists of included studies and relevant reviews. Study selection Studies had to evaluate the ability of decision support systems to improve clinical practice. Data extraction Studies were assessed for statistically and clinically significant improvement in clinical practice and for the presence of 15 decision support system features whose importance had been repeatedly suggested in the literature. Results Seventy studies were included. Decision support systems significantly improved clinical practice in 68% of trials. Univariate analyses revealed that, for five of the system features, interventions possessing the feature were significantly more likely to improve clinical practice than interventions lacking the feature. Multiple logistic regression analysis identified four features as independent predictors of improved clinical practice: automatic provision of decision support as part of clinician workflow (P < 0.00001), provision of recommendations rather than just assessments (P = 0.0187), provision of decision support at the time and location of decision making (P = 0.0263), and computer based decision support (P = 0.0294). Of 32 systems possessing all four features, 30 (94%) significantly improved clinical practice. Furthermore, direct experimental justification was found for providing periodic performance feedback, sharing recommendations with patients, and requesting documentation of reasons for not following recommendations. Conclusions Several features were closely correlated with decision support systems' ability to improve patient care significantly. Clinicians and other stakeholders should implement clinical decision support systems that incorporate these

  3. Clinical Features, Prevalence and Psychiatric Complaints in Subjects with Fear of Vomiting

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    van Hout, Wiljo J. P. J.; Bouman, Theo K.

    2012-01-01

    Specific phobia of vomiting (also known as emetophobia) is a relatively understudied phobia with respect to its aetiology, clinical features and treatment. In this stage, research is mostly based on people with self-reported fear of vomiting. This paper presents a survey on the clinical features of

  4. The Diagnostic importance of clinical and radiologic features of the Multiple Cemento-osseous dysplasia

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    Han, M. R.; Kim, Y. H.; Kang, B. C. [College of Dentistry, Chonam National University, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-02-15

    This case was diagnosed as multiple cementoosseous dysplasia on the basis of clinical and radiological features but was diagnosed as ossifying fibroma on the basis of histopathological feature. The histopathologic features of the multiple cementoosseous dysplasia and cementoossifying fibroma have common features of cementum, fibrous network and bone. Multiple cementoosseous dysplasia is reactive lesion and shows restricted lesion size, occurred on anterior and posterior tooth of the mandible and needs no treatment except periodic follow up. But Cementoossifying fibroma is the true neoplasm and grows continuously and needs surgical removal. The final diagnosis of the multiple cementoosseous dysplasia requires good correlation of the clinical histopathological, and radiological features.

  5. Spectrum of Disorders Associated with Elevated Serum IgG4 Levels Encountered in Clinical Practice

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    Jay H. Ryu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD is a recently described systemic fibroinflammatory disease associated with elevated circulating levels of IgG4 and manifests a wide spectrum of clinical presentations. Although serum IgG4 level has been described to be the most sensitive and specific laboratory test for the diagnosis of IgG4-RD, it is recognized that an elevated serum IgG4 level can be encountered in other diseases. In this study, we sought to identify the frequency of IgG4-RD and other disease associations in patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels seen in clinical practice. Among 3,300 patients who underwent IgG subclass testing over a 2-year period from January 2009 to December 2010, 158 (4.8% had an elevated serum IgG4 level (>140 mg/dL. IgG4 subclass testing was performed for evaluation of suspected IgG4-RD or immunodeficiency. Twenty-nine patients (18.4% had definite or possible IgG4-RD. Among those patients without IgG4-RD, a broad spectrum of biliary tract, pancreatic, liver, and lung diseases, as well as systemic vasculitis, was diagnosed. We conclude that patients with elevated serum IgG4 levels encountered in clinical practice manifest a wide array of disorders, and only a small minority of them has IgG4-RD.

  6. Properties of mixed monolayers of clinical lung surfactant, serum albumin and hydrophilic polymers.

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    Minkov, I; Mircheva, K; Grozev, N; Tz, Ivanova; Panaiotov, I

    2013-01-01

    It is now established that the surface activity of the clinically used lung surfactant is reduced by serum proteins and can be restored by adding the hydrophilic polymers. The mechanisms of lung surfactant inactivation by serum proteins and restoring effect by the hydrophilic polymers remain not completely understood. In this paper the state and rheological dilatational properties of surface films formed from clinical lung surfactant Exosurf, Survanta, Curosurf and Alveofact in the presence of serum albumin (BSA) and hydrophilic polymers polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Dextran were studied. The obtained results suggest that the lung surfactant and BSA mixtures spread at air-water interface form a DPPC/BSA mixed monolayers with lower content of DPPC. The presence of hydrophilic polymers PVP, PEG and Dextran restore the DPPC content in the surface film. The effectiveness of the DPPC spreading and formation of better compacted film increases in order Exosurf, Survanta, Curosurf, Alveofact. The obtained results are in accordance with the generally admitted ideas about the mechanisms of serum protein inactivation and restoring effect of hydrophilic polymers based on the previously studies of the lung surfactant adsorption rate.

  7. Clinical and molecular features of high-grade osteosarcoma

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    Anninga, Jakob Klaas

    2013-01-01

    It can be concluded from this thesis that high-grade osteosarcoma is at clinical, pathological and molecular level a heterogeneous disease. To treat high-grade osteosarcoma, neo-adjuvant chemotherapy should be combined with radical surgery, irrespective the localization. There are only 4 effective c

  8. Clinical and molecular features of high-grade osteosarcoma

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    Anninga, Jakob Klaas

    2013-01-01

    It can be concluded from this thesis that high-grade osteosarcoma is at clinical, pathological and molecular level a heterogeneous disease. To treat high-grade osteosarcoma, neo-adjuvant chemotherapy should be combined with radical surgery, irrespective the localization. There are only 4 effective

  9. Triploid pregnancies, genetic and clinical features of 158 cases

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    Joergensen, Mette W; Niemann, Isa; Rasmussen, Anders A

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the correlation between the genetic constitution and the phenotype in triploid pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: One hundred fifty-eight triploid pregnancies were identified in hospitals in Western Denmark from April 1986 to April 2010. Clinical data a...

  10. Epidemiology and clinical features of patients with hepatocellular ...

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    Feb 28, 2016 ... Materials and Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed for HCC cases diagnosed ... HCC etiology, Child‑Pugh scores, tumor characteristics, alpha‑fetoprotein ... A small number of hospital‑based studies conducted in SA ... Unknown .... developed HCC in the absence of any clinical evidence of.

  11. Pine nut allergy: clinical features and major allergens characterization

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    Pine nuts, the seeds of pine trees, are widely used for human consumption in Europe, America, and Asia. The aims of this study were to evaluate IgE-mediated hypersensitivity to pine nut in a large number of patients with details of clinical reactions, and to characterize major pine nut allergens. Th...

  12. The early clinical features of dengue in adults: challenges for early clinical diagnosis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The emergence of dengue throughout the tropical world is affecting an increasing proportion of adult cases. The clinical features of dengue in different age groups have not been well examined, especially in the context of early clinical diagnosis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We structured a prospective study of adults (≥ 18 years of age presenting with acute febrile illness within 72 hours from illness onset upon informed consent. Patients were followed up over a 3-4 week period to determine the clinical outcome. A total of 2,129 adults were enrolled in the study, of which 250 (11.7% had dengue. Differences in the rates of dengue-associated symptoms resulted in high sensitivities when the WHO 1997 or 2009 classification schemes for probable dengue fever were applied to the cohort. However, when the cases were stratified into age groups, fewer older adults reported symptoms such as myalgia, arthralgia, retro-orbital pain and mucosal bleeding, resulting in reduced sensitivity of the WHO classification schemes. On the other hand, the risks of severe dengue and hospitalization were not diminished in older adults, indicating that this group of patients can benefit from early diagnosis, especially when an antiviral drug becomes available. Our data also suggests that older adults who present with fever and leukopenia should be tested for dengue, even in the absence of other symptoms. CONCLUSION: Early clinical diagnosis based on previously defined symptoms that are associated with dengue, even when used in the schematics of both the WHO 1997 and 2009 classifications, is difficult in older adults.

  13. [Increasing incidence of angioedema without urticaria--clinical features].

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    Marković, Asja Stipić; Janzeković, Martina

    2011-01-01

    The causes of angioedema (AE), a self-limited, localized swelling of subcutaneous tissue or mucosa unaccompanied by urticaria, are diverse. The commonly applied label of "allergic" is frequently wrong and standard anti-allergic therapy can be ineffective. Types of AE could be categorized according to mediators which mediate vascular leakage: bradykinin AE (hereditary, acquired, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi)-related), histamine AE (allergic etiology), and various mediators mediated AE (pseudoallergic reaction to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Idiopathic AE is a poorly understood syndrome. The growing relevance of AE without urticaria has been highlighted; angioedema is the most common cause of hospital admission among all acute allergic diseases. The diagnosis of AE is based on the presence of family history (hereditary), absence of family history with the onset during or after the fourth decade of life (acquired C1lnh deficiency), and treatment with ACEi (ACEi-related angioedema). About 0.1%-0.7% of patients taking ACEi develop angioedema as a well-documented but still frequently unrecognized side effect of drugs. Laboratory diagnosis is enabled by measuring serum levels of C1lnh antigen or C1lnh function. Type 1 (hereditary angioedema (HAE) was diagnosed when both antigenic and functional levels of C1lnh were below 50% of normal, and type 2 when functional levels of C1lnh were low, along with antigenic levels normal or higher. ACEi-related AE is diagnosed when AE recurs during therapy and disappears upon withdrawal. Symptoms may appear several years after therapy introduction. Severe acute attacks should be treated with C1lnh concentrate and icatibant, a selective and specific antagonist of bradykinin B2 receptors. Prophylaxis with attenuated androgens (danazol, stanazolol, oxandrolone) is effective in preventing symptom development.

  14. LEPROSY NEPHROPATHY: A REVIEW OF CLINICAL AND HISTOPATHOLOGICAL FEATURES

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    da Silva, Geraldo Bezerra; Daher, Elizabeth De Francesco; Pires, Roberto da Justa; Pereira, Eanes Delgado Barros; Meneses, Gdayllon Cavalcante; Araújo, Sônia Maria Holanda Almeida; Barros, Elvino José Guardão

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    Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, highly incapacitating, and with systemic involvement in some cases. Renal involvement has been reported in all forms of the disease, and it is more frequent in multibacillary forms. The clinical presentation is variable and is determined by the host immunologic system reaction to the bacilli. During the course of the disease there are the so called reactional states, in which the immune system reacts against the bacilli, exacerbating the clinical manifestations. Different renal lesions have been described in leprosy, including acute and chronic glomerulonephritis, interstitial nephritis, secondary amyloidosis and pyelonephritis. The exact mechanism that leads to glomerulonephritis in leprosy is not completely understood. Leprosy treatment includes rifampicin, dapsone and clofazimine. Prednisone and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to control acute immunological episodes. PMID:25651321

  15. LEPROSY NEPHROPATHY: A REVIEW OF CLINICAL AND HISTOPATHOLOGICAL FEATURES

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    Geraldo Bezerra da Silva Junior

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, highly incapacitating, and with systemic involvement in some cases. Renal involvement has been reported in all forms of the disease, and it is more frequent in multibacillary forms. The clinical presentation is variable and is determined by the host immunologic system reaction to the bacilli. During the course of the disease there are the so called reactional states, in which the immune system reacts against the bacilli, exacerbating the clinical manifestations. Different renal lesions have been described in leprosy, including acute and chronic glomerulonephritis, interstitial nephritis, secondary amyloidosis and pyelonephritis. The exact mechanism that leads to glomerulonephritis in leprosy is not completely understood. Leprosy treatment includes rifampicin, dapsone and clofazimine. Prednisone and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to control acute immunological episodes.

  16. Gluteal Tendinopathy: Integrating Pathomechanics and Clinical Features in Its Management.

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    Grimaldi, Alison; Fearon, Angela

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    Synopsis Gluteal tendinopathy is now believed to be the primary local source of lateral hip pain, or greater trochanteric pain syndrome, previously referred to as trochanteric bursitis. This condition is prevalent, particularly among postmenopausal women, and has a considerable negative influence on quality of life. Improved prognosis and outcomes in the future for those with gluteal tendinopathy will be underpinned by advances in diagnostic testing, a clearer understanding of risk factors and comorbidities, and evidence-based management programs. High-quality studies that meet these requirements are still lacking. This clinical commentary provides direction to assist the clinician with assessment and management of the patient with gluteal tendinopathy, based on currently limited available evidence on this condition and the wider tendon literature and on the combined clinical experience of the authors. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2015;45(11):910-922. Epub 17 Sep 2015. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5829.

  17. Uveitis in juvenile chronic arthritis: incidence, clinical features and prognosis.

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    Kanski, J J

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    Three hundred and fifteen patients with anterior uveitis and juvenile chronic arthritis were reviewed in order to determine the incidence, visual prognosis, and the clinical characteristics of the intraocular inflammation. The overall incidence of uveitis was 20%. Approximately 25% of patients had relatively mild and/or transient involvement and an excellent visual prognosis. In 50% the uveitis was more severe but could be controlled with topical medication. In the remaining 25% the visual prognosis was poor due to the intractable nature of the uveitis and the subsequent development of vision-threatening complications. The majority of patients (74%) were under the age of 8 years when the uveitis was first diagnosed. Clinically, the intraocular inflammation was most frequently an asymptomatic, chronic, non-granulomatous, iridocyclitis which was bilateral in 71% of cases. Other ocular lesions, which were rare, included keratoconjunctivitis sicca and corneal melting.

  18. [Clinical features and genetics of the ichthyosis vulgaris group].

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    Traupe, H; Happle, R

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    Combined application of clinical, genetic and histological criteria in general allows a definite diagnosis of autosomal dominant ichthyosis vulgaris and of X-linked recessive ichthyosis. For differential diagnosis, the following rare syndromes should be considered: ichthyosis bullosa: Refsum syndrome; Jung-Vogel syndrome; ichthyosis with corneal opacity, pili torti and alopecia; ichthyosis with deafness, pili torti and dental anomalies; and ichthyosis with hepatosplenomegaly and cerebellar degeneration.

  19. Demographics, clinical features and treatment of pediatric celiac disease

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    Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic small intestinal immune-mediated enteropathy triggered by ingestion of gluten-containing food in genetically predisposed subjects. The enteropathy is presented with a wide variety of clinical manifestations, which can occur even outside the gastrointestinal tract. In the majority of cases, the diagnosis of CD is based on a small intestinal biopsy showing mucosal alterations, i.e. intraepithelial lymphocytosis, crypt hyperplasia, and villous atrophy. The treatm...

  20. Clinical and laboratory features of pancreatic steatosis in children with overweight and obesity

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    Full Text Available Background. Nonalcoholic fatty pancreas disease is a pathological condition associated with obesity and components of the metabolic syndrome. Clinical features of the pancreatic steatosis can be caused by exocrine insufficiency, which is accompanied with the development of dysbiotic changes and intestinal disorders. The aim of the study was to examine the clinical and laboratory features of pancreatic steatosis in children with overweight and obesity. Materials and methods. We determined the presence of pancreatic steatosis by ultrasound examination of the abdominal cavity in 24 children with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. To characterize the state of the intestinal microbiota, a hydrogen breath test with a load of glucose or lactose was carried out. Determination of hepatic steatosis was performed using transient liver elastography (FibroScan with determination of controlled attenuation parameter. Patients were divided into 2 groups: a control group (S0 was presented by 12 patients without pancreatic steatosis, the main group (S+ — 12 patients with pancreatic steatosis. Results. Pancreatic steatosis in children with overweight and obesity was characterized by nonspecific clinical picture with the prevalence of dyspepsia. Children with pancreatic steatosis had lower levels of serum amylase compared to control group (mean value was (30.40 ± 12.45 mmol/l in the main group and (51.88 ± 19.81 mmol/l — in the control, p < 0.05. Also, patients of the main group had significantly more common incudence of steatorrhea during coprological study (75 % of children of the main group vs. 33.3 % in the control group, p < 0.05. Pancreatic steatosis in children was associated with development of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (50 % of children of the main group vs. 8.3 % in the control group, p < 0.05. Among patients with pancreatic steatosis, 41.6 % had signs of liver steatosis, whereas pancreatic steatosis was found in 62.5 % of

  1. Clinical features, comorbidity, and cognitive impairment in elderly bipolar patients

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    Rise, Ida Vikan; Haro, Josep Maria; Gjervan, Bjørn

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Data specific to late-life bipolar disorder (BD) are limited. Current research is sparse and present guidelines are not adapted to this group of patients. Objectives We present a literature review on clinical characteristics, comorbidities, and cognitive impairment in patients with late-life BD. This review discusses common comorbidities that affect BD elders and how aging might affect cognition and treatment. Methods Eligible studies were identified in MedLine by the Medical Subject Headings terms “bipolar disorder” and “aged”. We only included original research reports published in English between 2012 and 2015. Results From 414 articles extracted, 16 studies were included in the review. Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, type II diabetes, and endocrinological abnormalities were observed as highly prevalent. BD is associated with a high suicide risk. Bipolar elderly had an increased risk of dementia and performed worse on cognitive screening tests compared to age-matched controls across different levels of cognition. Despite high rates of medical comorbidity among bipolar elderly, a systematic under-recognition and undertreatment of cardiovascular disease have been suggested. Conclusion There was a high burden of physical comorbidities and cognitive impairment in late-life BD. Bipolar elderly might be under-recorded and undertreated in primary medical care, indicating that this group needs an adapted clinical assessment and specific clinical guidelines need to be established. PMID:27274256

  2. Clinical features of avian influenza in Egyptian patients.

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    Ashour, Maamoun Mohamad; Khatab, Adel Mahmoud; El-Folly, Runia Fouad; Amer, Wegdan Ahmad Fouad

    2012-08-01

    The clinical manifestations associated with H5N1 infection in humans range from asymptomatic infection to mild upper respiratory illness, severe pneumonia, and multiple organ failure. The ratio of symptomatic cases to asymptomatic cases is not known, because it is not possible to precisely define the number of asymptomatic cases. A total of 97 cases suffering from avian flu were suspected based on history taking, demographic data, clinical manifestations, laboratory and radiological investigations. The followings were done for all cases; complete blood picture (differential leucocytic count), coagulation profile, renal and liver function tests. H5N1 influenza virus was diagnosed thorough PCR technique. Changes in arterial blood gases and repeated chest X-rays were reported frequently. All patients were given specific antiviral therapy (oseltamivir). The study described the clinical picture and laboratory results of 81 confirmed avian influenza human cases in an Egyptian hospital (Abassia chest hospital), and reviewed the avian influenza current situation covering from March 2006 to June 2009 with very high pick in the first half of 2009. The significant apparent symptoms were fever as initial and main symptom (93.75%), followed by shortness of breathing (73%), cough (66.6%), muscle & joint pain (60%) and sore throat (40%).

  3. [Dengue with unusual clinical features in an infant. Case report].

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    Méndez-Domínguez, Nina; Achach-Medina, Kikey; Morales-Gual, Yareni María; Gómez-Carro, Salvador

    2016-07-01

    The state of Yucatan, in Mexico, is an endemic area for dengue. During 2015, there was an unpredicted increase in the number of expected cases of dengue fever. To describe and analyse the clinical presentation, progress, and management of a case of dengue infection with non-specific clinical manifestations in an infant which resulted in a dengue shock syndrome. One month old infant admitted to hospital with a generalised rash and a history of being bitten by an insect. He was diagnosed with anaphylaxis based on clinical manifestations and anamnesis. While in hospital, he developed hypotension, tachycardia, anaemia, and respiratory distress. He was transferred to the intensive care unit, but died on the fifth day. He tested positive to dengue virus in the PCR test and for IgG antibodies using Elisa. The basic cause of death was dengue shock syndrome. Dengue fever in young infant infections may be afebrile, so it is important to suspect them appropriately in the presence of a generalised rash, tachycardia, and hypotension, in order to avoid the deadly consequences of dengue shock. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Chilena de Pediatría. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  4. Tuberculous spondylodiscitis: epidemiology, clinical features, treatment, and outcome.

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    Trecarichi, E M; Di Meco, E; Mazzotta, V; Fantoni, M

    2012-04-01

    Tuberculous spondylodiscitis (TS) is a rare but serious clinical condition which may lead to severe deformity and early or late neurological complications. To discuss certain aspects of the approach to TSs, focusing upon epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment outcome. For the purpose of this review, a literature search was performed using the Pubmed database through to 19th October 2011 to identify studies published in the last 20 years, concerned in epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutical aspects of TS in adults. Only studies drafted in English language and reporting case series of more than 20 patients have been included. TS has been reported to accounts for 1-5% of all TB cases, and for about 50% of the cases of articulo-skeletal TB infections. Despite the actual availability of more effective diagnostic tools, early recognition of TS remains difficult and a high index of suspicion is needed due to the chronic nature of the disease and its insidious and variable clinical presentation. A prompt diagnosis is required to improve long term outcome, and a microbiological confirmation is recommended to enable appropriate choice of anti-mycobacterial agents. Surgery has an important role in alleviating pain, correcting deformities and neurological impairment, and restoring function. Further studies are required to assess the appropriate duration of anti-microbial treatment, also in regarding of a combined surgical approach.

  5. Clinical and pathological features of alcohol-related brain damage.

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    Zahr, Natalie M; Kaufman, Kimberley L; Harper, Clive G

    2011-05-01

    One of the sequelae of chronic alcohol abuse is malnutrition. Importantly, a deficiency in thiamine (vitamin B(1)) can result in the acute, potentially reversible neurological disorder Wernicke encephalopathy (WE). When WE is recognized, thiamine treatment can elicit a rapid clinical recovery. If WE is left untreated, however, patients can develop Korsakoff syndrome (KS), a severe neurological disorder characterized by anterograde amnesia. Alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) describes the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on human brain structure and function in the absence of more discrete and well-characterized neurological concomitants of alcoholism such as WE and KS. Through knowledge of both the well-described changes in brain structure and function that are evident in alcohol-related disorders such as WE and KS and the clinical outcomes associated with these changes, researchers have begun to gain a better understanding of ARBD. This Review examines ARBD from the perspective of WE and KS, exploring the clinical presentations, postmortem brain pathology, in vivo MRI findings and potential molecular mechanisms associated with these conditions. An awareness of the consequences of chronic alcohol consumption on human behavior and brain structure can enable clinicians to improve detection and treatment of ARBD.

  6. Evaluation of Clinical Features of Female Patients with Macroprolactinemia

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    Göksun Ayvaz

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Macroprolactin is a high-molecular-weight form of prolactin. It has been suggested that macroprolactin has no clinical importance because of its decreased or limited bioactivity. Although screening for macroprolactinemia is recommended especially in patients with idiopathic hyperprolactinemia; recent studies reported that patients with macroprolactinemia may have some hyperprolactinemia symptoms. Currently, the causes of the symptoms as well as the treatment and follow-up of this group of patients are not clear. In our study, we aimed to retrospectively evaluate and compare the clinical characteristics and gonadal hormone levels of patients with macroprolactinemia and hyperprolactinemia.Materials and Methods: Forty patients with macroprolactinemia and 15 patients with hyperprolactinemia who referred to Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital were examined.Results: We observed that the patients with macroprolactinemia had similar menstrual disturbances (oligomenorrhea/amenorrhea to the patients with hyperprolactinemia. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups with respect to FSH, LH and estradiol levels. The frequencies of galactorrhea (p=0.002, headache (p=0.04 and positive radiological finding (p=0.001 were higher in patients with hyperprolactinemia. Infertility rate was found to be increased in women with macroprolactinemia (p=0.02.Conclusion: Patients with macroprolactinemia may have very similar clinic symptoms to those with hyperprolactinemia. Therefore, macroprolactin levels should be measured regardless of the symptoms of hyperprolactinemia in patients with elevated prolactin levels. Türk Jem 2011; 15: 62-5

  7. Lichenoid sarcoidosis: a case with clinical and histopathological lichenoid features.

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    Garrido-Ruiz, Maria C; Enguita-Valls, Ana B; de Arriba, Marta González; Vanaclocha, Francisco; Peralto, Jose Luis Rodriguez

    2008-06-01

    Sarcoidosis is a chronic multisystemic granulomatous disease of unknown etiology, characterized by the formation of noncaseating granulomas in the involved organs. Cutaneous involvement is about 25% with different clinical expressions, the lichenoid pattern being one of the rarest types of cutaneous sarcoidosis. Lichenoid sarcoidosis clinically manifests with multiple scale papules involving extensive skin areas, especially the trunk, limbs, and face mimicking a lichen planus. Although diverse histologic patterns have been previously related, a lichenoid granulomatous infiltrate involving the dermo-epidermal junction has never been reported in lichenoid sarcoidosis. We report a case of a 43-year-old woman presenting with skin-colored pruritic papules, slightly scaling in trunk, extremities, and ears. These symptoms condition continued to expand and worsen for several years. The patient was otherwise in good health with no lymphadenopathies. Histopathologic examination of a skin biopsy showed an upper dermal granulomatous infiltrate of epithelioid cells, without necrosis, distributed in a lichenoid pattern with many cytoid bodies. We consider this may be the first case presenting a characteristic microscopic granulomatous lichen-like pattern in the setting of a clinically lichenoid type of sarcoidosis.

  8. CLINICAL AND IMMUNOLOGICAL FEATURES OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA ACCOMPANIED BY THYROID GLAND DISORDERS

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    I. A. Kamaeva

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    Full Text Available  To reveal clinical and immunological features of bronchial asthma (BA combined with thyroid gland pathology,  sixty patients have been examined  in  five equal groups, i.e., BA; hypothyroidism;  thyrotoxicosis; BA + hypothyroidism; BA + thyrotoxicosis. We assessed serum IgE, IgG levels, as wekk as IL-4/IFNγ, IL-4/IL-1, and IL-1/IL-6 ratios. Clinical exacerbations were observed more  frequently  in BA + hypothyroidism, as compared with BA patients. Remissions of BA were more prolonged  in BA patients,  than  in groups with BA + hypothyroidism, or BA + hyperthyroidism. Serum  IgE  levels were much  increased  in  the group with BA + hyperthyroidism. The  lowest IL-4/IFNγ ratio was revealed  in BA + hypothyroidism group versus BA and BA + hyperthyroidism groups. IL-4/IL-1 ratio was higher  in BA + hyperthyroidism group,  than  in BA and BA + hypothyroidism. Co-existence of hyperthyroidism with BA seems to enhance Th2 immune reactions dominating  in BA, whereas concomitant hypothyroidism may cause  a  reduction of Th2  immune  response.

  9. 6th International Symposium on Clinical Applications of Serum Free Light Chain Analysis (plus Hevylite)

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    The 6th International Symposium on Clinical Applications of Serum Free Light Chain Analysis (plus Hevylite) was held in Bath, UK on 23rd and 24th September 2010. This Symposium included measurements in monoclonal gammopathies, myeloma kidney and inflammatory diseases; data from the Multi-centre, Phase III, Randomised control trial on extended haemodialysis with the Gambro protein-leaking HCO 1100 dialyser; and presentations on Hevylite (intact immunoglobulin kappa/lambda ratios) in a variety ...

  10. Central Neurocytoma: A Review of Clinical Management and Histopathologic Features.

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    Lee, Seung J; Bui, Timothy T; Chen, Cheng Hao Jacky; Lagman, Carlito; Chung, Lawrance K; Sidhu, Sabrin; Seo, David J; Yong, William H; Siegal, Todd L; Kim, Minsu; Yang, Isaac

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    Central neurocytoma (CN) is a rare, benign brain tumor often located in the lateral ventricles. CN may cause obstructive hydrocephalus and manifest as signs of increased intracranial pressure. The goal of treatment for CN is a gross total resection (GTR), which often yields excellent prognosis with a very high rate of tumor control and survival. Adjuvant radiosurgery and radiotherapy may be considered to improve tumor control when GTR cannot be achieved. Chemotherapy is also not considered a primary treatment, but has been used as a salvage therapy. The radiological features of CN are indistinguishable from those of other brain tumors; therefore, many histological markers, such as synaptophysin, can be very useful for diagnosing CNs. Furthermore, the MIB-1 Labeling Index seems to be correlated with the prognosis of CN. We also discuss oncogenes associated with these elusive tumors. Further studies may improve our ability to accurately diagnose CNs and to design the optimal treatment regimens for patients with CNs.

  11. The capybara eye: clinical tests, anatomic and biometric features.

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    Montiani-Ferreira, Fabiano; Truppel, Jesse; Tramontin, Mariana H; Vilani, Ricardo G D'Octaviano; Lange, Rogério R

    2008-01-01

    To carry out a descriptive investigation of the capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) eye and to perform selected ophthalmic diagnostic tests with the aim of establishing normal physiological reference values for this species. A total of 22 healthy, capybaras were used to test most of the parameters in this investigation. Ages varied from 2 to 4 years of age. Selected diagnostic ocular tests were performed including Schirmer tear test, tonometry using an applanation tonometer (Tonopen), central corneal thickness using an ultrasonic pachymeter (Sonomed, Micropach, Model 200P +), axial globe length and culture of the normal conjunctival bacterial flora. Capybara's normal ocular features include: dorsal and ventral puncta, vestigial third eyelid, true cilia only at the upper eyelid margins. The bulbar conjunctiva is noticeably densely pigmented with a brown to bronze color. The capybara's pupil is oval in shape and vertical in position No tapetum lucidum is present in this species and the retinal blood vessels are almost absent. Results for selected ocular diagnostic tests investigated were: Intraocular pressure: 18.4 +/- 3.8 mmHg; Schirmer tear test: 14.9 +/- 5.1 mm/min; Central corneal thickness: 0.46 +/- 0.03 mm; Axial globe length: 22.20 +/- 1.71 mm. No statistically significant differences between ages or genders were found for any of the results. Corynebacterium sp., Micrococcus sp., Bacillus sp. and Staphylococcus sp. were isolated from healthy conjunctiva, suggesting they are normal constituents of the conjunctival flora of the capybara eye. The corneal epithelium of the capybara possesses a thin and discrete Bowman's layer. Results and parameters obtained in this investigation exposed unique anatomic features of the capybara eye and will help veterinary ophthalmologists to more accurately diagnose discrete or unusual pathological changes of the capybara eye. Furthermore, corneal thickness and axial length of the capybara are similar to that of human beings

  12. Epidemiological and Clinical Features of Hepatitis B Virus Genotypes among Immigrants in Southern Italy

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    Gaetano Scotto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/aims. This study aims to determine the distribution and clinical features of HBV-genotypes in a population of immigrants affected by HBV-infection. Methods. Between 01/2003 and 03/2009, 1623 immigrants were tested for HBV-infection. Biochemical and virological activities were determined in HBsAg-positive patients; HBV-genotypes were determined, by the INNO-LiPA HBV Genotyping, in the subjects with HBV DNA detectable. In every patient we evaluated the stage and classified the infection as inactive carrier, mild or moderate/severe chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and/or HCC. Results. Among the tested subjects, 191 (11.7% resulted HBsAg-positive, and in 144/191 (75.4% serum HBV-DNA was detectable. The genotype distribution was as follows: 45,13% genotype E, 18,1% genotype D, 15,3% genotype B, 13,2% genotype C, 4,9% genotype A, 3,5% mixed genotypes (A–D. The evaluation of liver disease degree showed that 24.6% patients were inactive carriers of HBV infection, 19.4% presented a immunotolerance phase, 34.5% had mild chronic hepatitis, 13.6% had a moderate/severe chronic hepatitis, 6.3% had cirrhosis, and 1.6% presented HCC. Conclusions. Our study evidences a high prevalence of HBV-infection in immigrants, and the potentiality of migratory flow in the introduction of genotype non-D hepatitis B virus. The Hepatitis B virus genotypes presented significant differences in epidemiological and clinical characteristics.

  13. Clinical features and associated factors of abdominal pain in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Yuan, Shiwen; Lian, Fan; Chen, Dongying; Li, Hao; Qiu, Qian; Zhan, Zhongping; Ye, Yujin; Xu, Hanshi; Liang, Liuqin; Yang, Xiuyan

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    To evaluate the clinical characteristics of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-induced abdominal pain in a cohort in South China and identify the risk factors for SLE-induced abdominal pain. This is a retrospective cohort study of SLE patients with complaint of abdominal pain admitted to the first affiliated university hospital of Sun Yat-sen University between 2002 and 2011. Demographic information, clinical features, laboratory findings, SLE Disease Activity Index, and imaging characteristics were documented. Of the 3823 SLE patients reviewed, 213 patients complained of abdominal pain and 132 cases were considered SLE-induced. The most common causes were lupus mesenteric vasculitis (LMV; 73.5%, 97/132) and lupus pancreatitis (LP; 17.4%, 23/132). Other causes included appendicitis, acute gastroenteritis, and peritonitis. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated the European Consensus Lupus Activity Measurement (ECLAM) score was significantly associated with lupus-induced abdominal pain (OR = 1.858, 95% CI: 1.441-2.394, p lupus-induced abdominal pain. Moderate and large amounts of ascetic fluid was significantly associated with lupus-induced abdominal pain and LMV. Elevated liver enzymes was a risk factor for LP (OR = 34.605, 95% CI: 3.591-333.472, p = 0.002). LMV and LP were the leading causes of SLE-induced abdominal pain. The serum D-dimer was a strongly associated factor for lupus-induced abdominal pain. ECLAM score was a reliable index in assessment of SLE-associated abdominal pain. Elevated liver enzymes, and moderate or large amounts of ascites, were positively associated with lupus-induced abdominal pain.

  14. Prevalence, severity, and clinical features of acute and chronic pancreatitis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Wang, Qiang; Shen, Min; Leng, Xiaomei; Zeng, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Fengchun; Qian, Jiaming

    2016-10-01

    Pancreatitis is a rare, life-threatening complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study aimed to describe the clinical features of acute pancreatitis (AP) and chronic pancreatitis (CP) in patients with SLE. Data of patients who fulfilled the revised criteria of the American Rheumatism Association for diagnosis of SLE were retrospectively analyzed. SLE activity was graded according to the SLE Disease Activity Index. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to find out independent associations. Survival rates were estimated by using Kaplan-Meier plots. This study included 5665 SLE patients admitted between January 1983 and January 2014, of whom 52 patients were diagnosed with pancreatitis. Pancreatitis prevalence in SLE patients was 0.92 % (52/5665). AP (0.8 %, 46/5665) was more prevalent than CP (0.1 %, 6/5665), presented mostly during active SLE, and affected more organs. Hypertriglyceridemia occurred in 76.9 % of AP patients and in none of the CP patients. AP patients were divided into severe (n = 10) or mild (n = 20) cases. The average triglyceride level in severe AP cases was higher than that in mild AP cases (P = 0.006), and the mortality rate of lupus-associated AP was 32.6 % (15/46). Concomitant infections and thrombocytopenia were independently associated with poor prognosis (P < 0.001, P = 0.028, respectively). There were significant differences in the clinical manifestations of AP and CP. Patients with severe AP were found to have a higher incidence of concomitant infection and serum triglyceride levels. Concomitant infections and thrombocytopenia were independent risk factors for poor prognosis.

  15. Clinical features of chronic hepatitis B patients with YMDD mutation after lamivudine therapy

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    LIU Ke-zhou; HOU Wei; ZUMBIKA Edward; NI Qin

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To study the clinical features of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with tyrosine-methionine-aspartateaspartate (YMDD) mutation after lamivudine therapy. Methods: This investigation was a retrospective study of 63 CHB patients with YMDD mutation during lamivudine therapy. Clinical data, including period and types of YMDD mutation; hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA levels and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels before and after YMDD mutation were measured. YMDD mutation in the HBV DNA polymerase gene was determined using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing. HBV DNA quantification was determined using real-time PCR. Relevant serum markers of HBV were measured. The follow-up period was 12 months after YMDD mutation. Results: YMDD mutation occurred 7~44 months (median, 21.5 months) after the start of lamivudine therapy. The majority of the cases (42/63, 66.6%) had YMDD mutants detected between 12 and 24 months. Four types of YMDD mutation were observed in this study, rtL180M/M204V mutation was the predominant type (26/63, 41.3%). A proportion of patients (16/63, 25.4%; 12/63, 19.1%) had higher HBV DNA levels and ALT levels (after mutation vs before mutation),respectively. Conclusion: The majority of patients with YMDD mutants had similar or lower HBV DNA levels and ALT levels compared with baseline values. This subset of patients might have benefited from the continued lamivudine therapy. The patients with increased ALT and HBV DNA levels (breakthrough hepatitis) should benefit from the addition of a newer nucleotide analogue (e.g. adefovir).

  16. Clinical Evaluation and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Serum Tumor Markers in Lung Cancer

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    Rong Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The detection of serum tumor markers is valuable for the early diagnosis of lung cancer. Tumor markers are frequently used for the management of cancer patients. However, single markers are less efficient but marker combinations increase the cost, which is troublesome for clinics. To find an optimal serum marker combination panel that benefits the patients and the medical management system as well, four routine lung cancer serum markers (SCCA, NSE, CEA, and CYFRA21-1 were evaluated individually and in combination. Meanwhile, the costs and effects of these markers in clinical practice in China were assessed by cost-effectiveness analysis. As expected, combinations of these tumor markers improved their sensitivity for lung cancer and different combination panels had their own usefulness. NSE + CEA + CYFRA21-1 was the optimal combination panel with highest Youden’s index (0.64, higher sensitivity (75.76%, and specificity (88.57%, which can aid the clinical diagnosis of lung cancer. Nevertheless, the most cost-effective combination was SCCA + CEA, which can be used to screen the high-risk group.

  17. The relation between serum vitamin D levels and clinical findings of fibromyalgia syndrome

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    Nurcan Kılıç Baygutalp

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:This study was performed to identify serum 25-OH vitamin D levels and to investigate the relationship between 25-OH vitamin D and clinical findings on patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS. Methods:Nineteen premenopausal women with FMS who were diagnosed according to ACR 1990 fibromyalgia diagnostic criteria and 24 premenopausal healthy women as control group were included in the study. Serum 25-OH vitamin D levels were determined in both patient and control groups. Widespread body pain, headache, fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep disorder, the number of tender points, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ scores and Beck depression scores were evaluated as clinical findings in patients with FMS. Results:Serum 25-OH vitamin D levels were significantly lower in patients with FMS than those in control group (p=0.01. There were significantly negative correlations between 25-OH vitamin D levels and widespread body pain (r=-0.731, Beck depression scores (r=-0.777, headache (r=-0.629, and sleep disorder (r=-0.767 in the FMS group (p<0.01. Conclusion: It was concluded that 25-OH vitamin D deficiency may be related to the clinical findings such as widespread body pain, depression, headache and sleep disorder in patients with FMS.

  18. Spinal meningioma in childhood: clinical features and treatment.

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    Wang, Xiao-Qiang; Zeng, Xian-Wei; Zhang, Bi-Yun; Dou, Ya-Fang; Wu, Jin-Song; Jiang, Cheng-Chuan; Zhong, Ping; Chen, Hong

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this retrospective study is to determine the clinical characteristics and the prognosis of the spinal meningioma in childhood (under 18 years of age) based on the treatment at our institution. Ten spinal meningioma cases in children were treated during the last 9 years. The clinical data was retrospectively analyzed and the results were compared with those in the literature. The series included eight males and two females and the mean age was 13.2 years. The most common initial symptoms were pain (6/10) and the common signs were limb weakness (4/10) and gait disturbance (2/10) and distal paresthesia (1/10) and bladder disturbance (1/10). Four patients had other clinical signs of neurofibromatosis type II (NF-2) such as tumors elsewhere. All the tumors were located in cervical and thoracic vertebrae. Resection according to Simpson Grade I (6/10), II (2/10), III (1/10), and IV (1/10) were performed. Grade II meningiomas accounted for 3/10 in this series. All patients were followed up with mean follow-up period of 43 months. Seven patients had recurrence of the tumor in that period and one had died. Spinal meningioma is an uncommon pediatric neoplasm and has a poor prognosis. It has a male predominance and is inclined to be associated with NF-2, and those that are associated with higher pathologic subtypes and NF-2 have more unfavorable outcome. Every effort should be made to achieve total removal which may decrease the incidence of recurrence.

  19. Neurological distress in Togolese newborn: Prevalence, causes and clinical features

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    Balaka Bahoura

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The transition from fetal to neonatal life during birth is difficult for all babies. We aim to analyze the demography, clinical presentation, causes, and outcome of neurologically distressed newborns. Materials and Methods: We reviewed a total of 615 newborns files admitted with life threatening condition. Amongst them, 453 had presented neurological distress syndrome. Only cases with severe neurological impairment (Apgar Score System [ASS] ≤6 with no other associated injury were included in the study group. The study covered a period from January to December 2011 and located in pediatric intensive care unit. The information regarding clinical presentation, condition of birth, causes of distress, and outcome were analyzed. Neonate examination had been conducted by neonatologist and pediatric neurologist. Results: The sample included 272/453 (60.04% males and 181/453 (39.96% females. Newborns were aged from 1 to 14 days. The incidence of neurological distress amongst all admissions was 453/615 (73.65%. Clinical signs were weakness of primary reflexes (86.70%, non reactivity (78.19%, flaccid muscle tone (59.49% and impaired consciousness (32.29%. On Apgar score, 73 (20.68% had a score from 0 to 3; 234 (66.29% had a score 4-6 in the first minute of life. A total of 307 (86.97% newborns had been resuscitated at birth during the first five minutes. Death rate was 35.69%. Asphyxia (51.27% and neonatal infection (43.34% were the most common causes of death. Conclusion: These results show that much effort remains to be done in obstetric care, resuscitation management and improvement in neonatal infection care.

  20. First Chikungunya Outbreak in Suriname; Clinical and Epidemiological Features.

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    Farah T van Genderen

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In June 2014, Suriname faced the first Chikungunya outbreak. Since international reports mostly focus on hospitalized patients, the least affected group, a study was conducted to describe clinical characteristics of mainly outpatients including children. In addition, the cumulative incidence of this first epidemic was investigated.During August and September 2014, clinically suspected Chikungunya cases were included in a prospective follow-up study. Blood specimens were collected and tested for viral RNA presence. Detailed clinical information was gathered through multiple telephone surveys until day 180. In addition, a three stage household-based cluster with a cross-sectional design was conducted in October, December 2014 and March 2015 to assess the cumulative incidence.Sixty-eight percent of symptomatic patients tested positive for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV. Arthralgia and pain in the fingers were distinctive for viremic CHIKV infected patients. Viremic CHIKV infected children (≤12 years characteristically displayed headache and vomiting, while arthralgia was less common at onset. The disease was cleared within seven days by 20% of the patients, while 22% of the viremic CHIKV infected patients, mostly women and elderly reported persistent arthralgia at day 180. The extrapolated cumulative CHIKV incidence in Paramaribo was 249 cases per 1000 persons, based on CHIKV self-reported cases in 53.1% of the households and 90.4% IgG detected in a subset of self-reported CHIKV+ persons. CHIKV peaked in the dry season and a drastic decrease in CHIKV patients coincided with a governmental campaign to reduce mosquito breeding sites.This study revealed that persistent arthralgia was a concern, but occurred less frequently in an outpatient setting. The data support a less severe pathological outcome for Caribbean CHIKV infections. This study augments incidence data available for first outbreaks in the region and showed that actions undertaken at the

  1. The Retrospective Evaluation of Childhood Psoriasis Clinically and Demographic Features

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    Ayşe Serap Karadağ

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This study was aimed to define the clinical and demographic findings of psoriasis in childhood. Methods: In this retrospective study, the data from 64 children with psoriasis admitted at the our dermatology clinic between January 2007 and January 2011 were included whose data were fully. Results: Of the patients, 37 (57.8% were boys and 27 (42.2% were girls. Mean age of the children was 10.08 ±3.98 years (3-16. In 10 (15% cases, a positive family history was detected. The most frequent localizations at onset were trunk (46.9%, scalp (28.1%, knee-elbow (10.9% and extremities (7.9%, respectively. The most commonly seen clinical types were plaque (68.8%, guttate (20.3%, palmoplantar (9.4%, pustular (1.6%, respectively. Nine children had nail involvement. Out of all patients, 21.9% had upper respiratory tract infections and 9.4% had emotional stres. Four cases were diagnosed with depression. Of the cases, two cases were on non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication, and 4 of them were on antibiotics. Systemic treatments were given to 21.9% of the cases besides topical treatments. Conclusion: The epidemiological studies of psoriasis during childhood period for different countries have been reported. In this study, the ratio shows differences when compared to those previous studies. There are few epidemiologic studies for Turkey. We believe that further epidemiological studies including large number of patients' groups will contribute the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

  2. First Chikungunya Outbreak in Suriname; Clinical and Epidemiological Features

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    van Genderen, Farah T.; Krishnadath, Ingrid; Sno, Rachel; Grunberg, Meritha G.; Zijlmans, Wilco; Adhin, Malti R.

    2016-01-01

    Background In June 2014, Suriname faced the first Chikungunya outbreak. Since international reports mostly focus on hospitalized patients, the least affected group, a study was conducted to describe clinical characteristics of mainly outpatients including children. In addition, the cumulative incidence of this first epidemic was investigated. Methodology During August and September 2014, clinically suspected Chikungunya cases were included in a prospective follow-up study. Blood specimens were collected and tested for viral RNA presence. Detailed clinical information was gathered through multiple telephone surveys until day 180. In addition, a three stage household-based cluster with a cross-sectional design was conducted in October, December 2014 and March 2015 to assess the cumulative incidence. Principal Findings Sixty-eight percent of symptomatic patients tested positive for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). Arthralgia and pain in the fingers were distinctive for viremic CHIKV infected patients. Viremic CHIKV infected children (≤12 years) characteristically displayed headache and vomiting, while arthralgia was less common at onset. The disease was cleared within seven days by 20% of the patients, while 22% of the viremic CHIKV infected patients, mostly women and elderly reported persistent arthralgia at day 180. The extrapolated cumulative CHIKV incidence in Paramaribo was 249 cases per 1000 persons, based on CHIKV self-reported cases in 53.1% of the households and 90.4% IgG detected in a subset of self-reported CHIKV+ persons. CHIKV peaked in the dry season and a drastic decrease in CHIKV patients coincided with a governmental campaign to reduce mosquito breeding sites. Conclusions/Significance This study revealed that persistent arthralgia was a concern, but occurred less frequently in an outpatient setting. The data support a less severe pathological outcome for Caribbean CHIKV infections. This study augments incidence data available for first outbreaks in the

  3. Tegmental pontine hemorrhages: clinical features and prognostic factors.

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    Lancman, M; Norscini, J; Mesropian, H; Bardeci, C; Bauso, T; Granillo, R

    1992-05-01

    We report six patients with partial, predominantly paramedian, tegmental pontine hemorrhages. Constant clinical manifestations consisted of: ipsilateral miosis, horizontal gaze paresis, lower motor neuron facial paresis, contralateral hemisensory loss and mild and transitory hemiparesis, dysarthria and mild or no compromise of consciousness. Five out of six were hypertensive. All patients survived with mild sequelae, oculomotor disturbances being the most persistent deficit. We found in our patients that a transverse diameter of less than 17 mm, unilaterality of the injury and absence of coma were the major indicators of a favorable outcome.

  4. Clinical features the diaphyseal refractures of the forearm in children

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    A. Kosimov

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: The forearm refractures are the most common and serious injuries in the childhood. In our practice the refractures in children occur from 1.3% up to 5.2% among all fractures in children. Clinical characteristics of the refractures were highlighted insufficiently. Purpose: To study clinical signs of forearm refractures and effect of osteoreparative process. Material and methods: In the department of children's trauma of Scientific Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics during the period from 2002 to 2012 from the general number of the patients 136 children with refracture of the tubular bones were revealed. With regard to the number of fractures twice refractures were in 132 patients, three times refractures found in 4 patients. From these patients 102 were boys and 34 were girls. According to structure of refracture localization the forearm refractures were on the leading place, which were observed in 109 (80.1% of patients. The refractures of the middle third forearm were noted in 82 patients, the refracture of middle upper third forearm - in 2 patients, the refracture of the lower third forearm was in 25 patients. Results: In the refractures at the second stage of regeneration (time of occurrence more than 3 months, especially at the moment of active process of the callus ossification the close of medullar canal occur and hematoma volume became significantly less than in primary fracture. At refractures hematoma at the place of fracture was more localized. At the refracture the weak pain is defined, and sometimes pain can be absent (about the reasons is said above, and the main active and passive movements in the full volume. The cases of absence of crepitation are possible in refractures. It is important that in refractures the longitudinal and impacted displacement we did not observe. In cases with painless clinical course of the refracture in the patients the active and passive movements were saved in complete volume

  5. Correlation between serum adiponectin and clinical characteristics, biochemical parameters in Indian women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Ramanand, Sunita J.; Ramanand, Jaiprakash B.; Ghongane, Balasaheb B.; Patwardhan, Milind H.; Patwardhan, Varsha M.; Ghanghas, Ravi; Halasawadekar, Nimish R.; Patil, Praveenkumar

    2014-01-01

    Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder. PCOS women are at a high risk for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (MS). Adiponectin is positively related to insulin sensitivity. It has a preventive role in atherogenesis and MS. The present work was conducted to study the correlation between serum adiponectin levels and clinical characteristics and biochemical parameters in PCOS patients. Materials and Methods: A prospective study in 49 newly diagnosed (as per Rotterdam criteria) Indian PCOS women was conducted. PCOS women were clinically examined and investigated for biochemical parameters. Results: The mean serum adiponectin was 12 ± 9.4 μg/mL (range 0.47-45). Hypoadiponectinemia (serum adiponectin <4 μg/mL) was present in 22% patients. Age and adiponectin correlated significantly and inversely (r = −0.42, P = 0.027). Overweight/obese patients had lower mean adiponectin levels than normal weight (11.62 ± 9.5 vs 13.58 ± 9.5, P = 0.56). It was significantly lower in patients with acanthosis nigricans (AN) as compared with those without AN (8.4 ± 5.9 vs 15 ± 11, P = 0.038). Hirsute patients showed lower mean adiponectin levels than nonhirsute (10 ± 7.3 vs 13 ± 10, P = 0.57). A positive, insignificant correlation was observed between serum adiponectin and cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid stimulating hormone, levels. A negative insignificant correlation existed between serum adiponectin and luteinizing hormone (LH), LH: FSH ratio, prolactin, dehydroepiandrosterone, testosterone, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, fasting blood glucose, fasting insulin, and Homeostasis Model Assessment. Conclusion: Hypoadiponectinemia is present in one-fifth of women with PCOS. Adiponectin levels decrease as age advances. Low levels of adiponectin possibly contributes to the development of dermal manifestation (AN) of insulin resistance. PMID:24741521

  6. Correlation between serum adiponectin and clinical characteristics, biochemical parameters in Indian women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Sunita J Ramanand

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS is a common disorder. PCOS women are at a high risk for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (MS. Adiponectin is positively related to insulin sensitivity. It has a preventive role in atherogenesis and MS. The present work was conducted to study the correlation between serum adiponectin levels and clinical characteristics and biochemical parameters in PCOS patients. Materials and Methods: A prospective study in 49 newly diagnosed (as per Rotterdam criteria Indian PCOS women was conducted. PCOS women were clinically examined and investigated for biochemical parameters. Results : The mean serum adiponectin was 12 ± 9.4 μg/mL (range 0.47-45. Hypoadiponectinemia (serum adiponectin <4 μg/mL was present in 22% patients. Age and adiponectin correlated significantly and inversely (r = −0.42, P = 0.027. Overweight/obese patients had lower mean adiponectin levels than normal weight (11.62 ± 9.5 vs 13.58 ± 9.5, P = 0.56. It was significantly lower in patients with acanthosis nigricans (AN as compared with those without AN (8.4 ± 5.9 vs 15 ± 11, P = 0.038. Hirsute patients showed lower mean adiponectin levels than nonhirsute (10 ± 7.3 vs 13 ± 10, P = 0.57. A positive, insignificant correlation was observed between serum adiponectin and cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, levels. A negative insignificant correlation existed between serum adiponectin and luteinizing hormone (LH, LH: FSH ratio, prolactin, dehydroepiandrosterone, testosterone, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, fasting blood glucose, fasting insulin, and Homeostasis Model Assessment. Conclusion: Hypoadiponectinemia is present in one-fifth of women with PCOS. Adiponectin levels decrease as age advances. Low levels of adiponectin possibly contributes to the development of dermal manifestation (AN of insulin resistance.

  7. Classification and clinical features of headache disorders in Pakistan: a retrospective review of clinical data.

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    Muhammed Murtaza

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Morbidity associated with primary headache disorders is a major public health problem with an overall prevalence of 46%. Tension-type headache and migraine are the two most prevalent causes. However, headache has not been sufficiently studied as a cause of morbidity in the developing world. Literature on prevalence and classification of these disorders in South Asia is scarce. The aim of this study is to describe the classification and clinical features of headache patients who seek medical advice in Pakistan. METHODS AND RESULTS: Medical records of 255 consecutive patients who presented to a headache clinic at a tertiary care hospital were reviewed. Demographic details, onset and lifetime duration of illness, pattern of headache, associated features and family history were recorded. International Classification of Headache Disorders version 2 was applied. 66% of all patients were women and 81% of them were between 16 and 49 years of age. Migraine was the most common disorder (206 patients followed by tension-type headache (58 patients, medication-overuse headache (6 patients and cluster headache (4 patients. Chronic daily headache was seen in 99 patients. Patients with tension-type headache suffered from more frequent episodes of headache than patients with migraine (p<0.001. Duration of each headache episode was higher in women with menstrually related migraine (p = 0.015. Median age at presentation and at onset was lower in patients with migraine who reported a first-degree family history of the disease (p = 0.003 and p<0.001 respectively. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Patients who seek medical advice for headache in Pakistan are usually in their most productive ages. Migraine and tension-type headache are the most common clinical presentations of headache. Onset of migraine is earlier in patients with first-degree family history. Menstrually related migraine affects women with headache episodes of longer duration than other patients

  8. Serum magnesium levels and clinical outcome of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a study in 60 patients

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    Habibi Z

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Hypomagnesemia is commonly encountered in patients with a wide variety of diseases including subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH, cardiovascular emergencies, head trauma, migraine attacks, seizure and preeclampsia. It seems to be associated with a poor clinical outcome. This study considers the prevalence and temporal distribution of hypomagnesemia after aneurysmal SAH and its correlation with the severity of SAH, delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI as well as the neurological outcome after a period of three months.Methods: Between 2003 and 2008, 60 patients were admitted to the emergency ward of Imam Khomeini Hospital with acute SAH. Serum magnesium levels were measured during the first 72 hours, days 4-7, and second and third weeks after SAH. The three-month outcome was assessed according to the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS. Clinical SAH grading was performed according to the criteria of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS and the patients were allocated to "Good" (GOS = 4, 5 and "Poor" (GOS= 1-3 outcome groups. The prevalence of hypomagnesemia was assessed in both patient groups. Fisher exact test was used to analyze data.Results: Hypomagnesemia occurred in 22% of patients during the first 72 hours after SAH. It was associated with more prevalent DCI (p<0.05, whereas low serum magnesium levels during days 4-7 17% of patients and the second week (22% of patients after SAH were correlated with poor clinical outcome (p<0.05. No correlation was found between first 72 hour-hypomagnesemia and poor clinical outcome at three months.Conclusion: Hypomagnesemia occurs after aneurysmal SAH and it may predict the occurrence of DCI, while low serum magnesium levels during days 4-7 and within the second week of event predict poor clinical outcome at three months. Treatment of this electrolyte disturbance may have a favourable effect on the clinical outcome of patients with aneurysmal SAH.

  9. Diagnosis and clinical features of trigemino-autonomic headaches.

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    May, Arne

    2013-10-01

    Although severe short-lasting headaches are rare, they can be considered disabling conditions with a major impact on the quality of life of patients. These headaches can divided broadly in to those associated with autonomic symptoms, so called trigeminal autonomic cephalgias (TACs), and those with few or no autonomic symptoms. The TACs include cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicranias, hemicrania continua, and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with cranial autonomic symptoms as well as short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing syndrome. In all of these syndromes, half-sided head pain and ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms such as lacrimation or rhinorrhea are prominent. The paroxysmal hemicranias have, unlike cluster headaches, a very robust response to indomethacin, leading to a notion of indomethacin-sensitive headaches. The diagnosis of TACs is exclusively a clinical task. Because of the fact that cluster headache is strictly half-sided, typically involves the region around the eye and temple and often starts in the upper jaw, most patients first consult a dentist or ophthalmologist. No single instrumental examination has yet been able to define, or ensure, the correct diagnosis, or differentiate idiopathic headache syndromes. It is crucial that a trained neurologist sees these patients early so that management can be optimized and unnecessary procedures can be avoided. Although TACS are, in comparison to migraine, quite rare, they are nevertheless clinically very important for the neurologist to consider as they are easy to diagnose and the treatment is very effective in most patients.

  10. Clinical features and management of primary biliary cirrhosis

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    Crosignani, Andrea; Battezzati, Pier Maria; Invernizzi, Pietro; Selmi, Carlo; Prina, Elena; Podda, Mauro

    2008-01-01

    Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), which is characterized by progressive destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts, is not a rare disease since both prevalence and incidence are increasing during the last years mainly due to the improvement of case finding strategies. The prognosis of the disease has improved due to both the recognition of earlier and indolent cases, and to the wide use of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA). New indicators of prognosis are available that will be useful especially for the growing number of patients with less severe disease. Most patients are asymptomatic at presentation. Pruritus may represent the most distressing symptom and, when UDCA is ineffective, cholestyramine represents the mainstay of treatment. Complications of long-standing cholestasis may be clinically relevant only in very advanced stages. Available data on the effects of UDCA on clinically relevant end points clearly indicate that the drug is able to slow but not to halt the progression of the disease while, in advanced stages, the only therapeutic option remains liver transplantation. PMID:18528929

  11. Clinical features and management of primary biliary cirrhosis

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    Andrea Crosignani; Pier Maria Battezzati; Pietro Invernizzi; Carlo Selmi; Elena Prina; Mauro Podda

    2008-01-01

    Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC),which is characterised by progressive destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts,is not a rare disease since both prevalence and incidence are increasing during the last years mainly due to the improvement of case finding strategies.The prognosis of the disease has improved due to both the recognition of earlier and indolent cases,and to the wide use of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).New indicators of prognosis are available that will be useful especially for the growing number of patients with less severe disease.Most patients are asymptomatic at presentation.Pruritus may represent the most distressing symptom and,when UDCA is ineffective,cholestyramine represents the mainstay of treatment.Complications of long-standing cholestasis may be clinically relevant only in very advanced stages.Available data on the effects of UDCA on clinically relevant end points clearly indicate that the drug is able to slow but not to halt the progression of the disease while,in advanced stages,the only therapeutic option remains liver transplantation.

  12. Nontyphoid salmonella infection: microbiology, clinical features, and antimicrobial therapy.

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    Chen, Hung-Ming; Wang, Yue; Su, Lin-Hui; Chiu, Cheng-Hsun

    2013-06-01

    Nontyphoid Salmonella is the most common bacterial pathogen causing gastrointestinal infection worldwide. Most nontyphoid Salmonella infection is limited to uncomplicated gastroenteritis that seldom requires antimicrobial treatment. Nevertheless, invasive infections, such as bacteremia, osteomyelitis, and meningitis, may occur and require antimicrobial therapy. Continuous genetic and genomic evolution in Salmonella leading to increased virulence and resistance to multiple drugs are of significant public health concern. Two major changes in the epidemiology of nontyphoid salmonellosis in Europe and in the USA occurred in the second half of the 20(th) century: the emergence of foodborne human infections caused by Salmonella enterica serotype Enteriditis and by multidrug-resistant strains of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium. In the 21(st) century, a worsening situation is the increasing resistance to fluoroquinolones and third-generation cephalosporins in nontyphoid Salmonella. Clinical isolates showing carbapenem resistance also have been identified. Although antimicrobial therapy is usually not indicated for uncomplicated Salmonella gastroenteritis, recent studies indicated that a short-course ceftriaxone therapy (3-5 days) for patients with severe gastroenteritis would lead to a faster clinical recovery. Continuous surveillance of Salmonella in both humans and animals is mandatory. A better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella may help in the devising of better interventional strategies to reduce the spread of resistant Salmonella between humans and reservoirs along the food chain.

  13. Clinical and genetic features of Huntington disease in Sri Lanka.

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    Sumathipala, Dulika S; Jayasekara, Rohan W; Dissanayake, Vajira H W

    2013-12-05

    Huntington disease was one of the first neurological hereditary diseases for which genetic testing was made possible as early as 1993. The study describes the clinical and genetic characteristics of patients with Huntington disease in Sri Lanka. Data of 35 consecutive patients tested from 2007 to 2012 at the Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo was analyzed retrospectively. Clinical data and genetic diagnostic results were reviewed. Statistical analysis was performed using descriptive statistics. Thirty patients had fully penetrant (FP) CAG repeat mutations and 5 had reduced penetrant (RP) CAG repeat mutations. In the FP group mean ages of onset and diagnosis were 37.5 and 40.4 years, while in the RP group it was 63.0 and 64.8 years respectively. The age of diagnosis ranged from 15 to 72 years, with 2 patients with Juvenile onset (60 years) Huntington disease. The symptoms at diagnosis were predominantly motor (32/35 -91%). Three patients had psychiatric and behavioral disorders. The age difference between onset and genetic diagnosis showed significant delay in females compared to males (p Huntington disease in the Sri Lankan study population were similar to that previously reported in literature.

  14. Thalassemia: essential radiographic and clinical features of interest to dentistry

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    Luiz Roberto Coutinho Manhães Junior

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Thalassemia is a type of hereditary anemia that predominantly affects individuals born in or descendents of countries bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, such as Italy and Greece. Also known as Cooley’s anemia and Mediterranean anemia, the disease causes alterations in hemoglobin formation and malformations of the cranium, long bones, maxilla and mandible. It presents two distinct clinical conditions: one severe, called “major” thalassemia, and the other mild, denominated “minor” thassalemia. Hematologic exam diagnoses the two forms of the disease. Its clinical and radiographic manifestations include hepatosplenomegalia, lymphadenopathy, augmented mandible, increase in medullary spaces, thick bone trabeculae and in lower quantity, resembling a “spider web”, displacement of the mandibular canal, with loss of detail of its superior and inferior corticals and a radiographic aspect of “hair standing on end” at the surface of the cranium. Some of these manifestations are so characteristic and capable of being observed in radiographs that they form part of the dentist’s routine. This case report discusses the alterations observed in the panoramic radiograph of a patient with thalassemia diagnosed by means of hematologic exam.

  15. Diagnosis and clinical features of common optic neuropathies.

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    Biousse, Valérie; Newman, Nancy J

    2016-12-01

    Disorders of the optic nerves (optic neuropathies) are some of the most common causes of visual loss, and can present in isolation or with associated neurological or systemic symptoms and signs. Several optic neuropathies-especially inflammatory optic neuropathies-are associated with neurological disorders and thus are often diagnosed and treated by neurologists. The mechanisms underlying optic neuropathies are diverse and typically manifest with decreased visual acuity, altered colour vision, and abnormal visual field in the affected eye. Diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical history and clinical examination, of which several aspects are particularly important, including the mode of onset of visual loss, the presence of pain with eye movements, the visual acuity, and the retention of colour vision. Advances in optic nerve imaging-particularly retinal digital photography, optical coherence tomography, and MRI techniques-have revolutionised the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with an optic neuropathy. Furthermore, improvement and generalisation of some ancillary tests, such as diagnostic antibodies for neuromyelitis optica, allows better phenotyping of the heterogeneous inflammatory optic neuropathies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Clinical Features and Surgical Treatment of A-pattern Exotropia

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    Jingchang Chen; Guanghuan Mai; Daming Deng; Xiaoming Lin; Yan Guo; Xiao Yang; Chunxiu Yuan

    2004-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the clinical characteristics and determine the effective surgical managements of A-pattern exotropia.Methods: Thirty-two patients with A-pattern exotropia underwent superior oblique muscle weakening procedures, medial rectus resection or (and) lateral rectus recession. Preand post-operative eye position, deviation angle, superior oblique function and binocular vision were examined and analyzed in the cases.Results: Overaction of the superior oblique muscles (31/32) and underaction of the medial rectus muscle (20/32) were presented in the cases. Postoperatively, a satisfactory ocular alignment was obtained in 28 cases (87.5%), and the A-pattern was corrected in 31 cases (96.9%). Four cases got binocular vision after surgery.Conclusions: As one of the most common forms of A and V patterns, A-pattern exotropia showed clinical characteristics of superior oblique muscle overaction and medial rectus muscle underacion, which should be the primary factors in the etiology of A-pattern exotropia, and superior oblique weakening procedures combined with horizontal surgery should be an effective approach to A-pattern exotropia treatment.

  17. Clinical and hematological alterations in dogs during experimental envenomation with Crotalus durissus terrificus venom and treated with antiophidic serum

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    R. M. B. Nogueira

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available The present work aimed to evaluate the clinical and hematological aspects during experimental envenomation by Crotalus durissus terrificus in dogs treated with different antiophidic serum doses. Sixteen dogs were divided into two groups of eight animals each. Group I received 1mg/kg venom subcutaneously and 30mg antiophidic serum intravenously; Group II received 1mg/kg venom subcutaneously and 60mg antiophidic serum intravenously. In the clinical evaluation, we observed ataxia, moderate sedation, dilated pupils, sialorrhea, flaccid paralysis of mandibular muscles, and discreet edema at the site of venom inoculation. Evaluating red and white blood cells, we observed a decrease of hemoglobins, globular volume and erythrocytes, and an increase of plasmatic proteins, leukocytes, neutrophils, monocytes and lymphocytes. Clotting time increased and there was blood incoagulability with return to normal clotting time six hours after antiophidic serum administration. Animals treated with six antiophidic serum flasks had a faster recovery than the animals that received three serum flasks.

  18. Elevated serum creatine kinase levels in psychiatric practice: differential diagnosis and clinical significance: A brief, practical guideline for clinicians.

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    Voros, Viktor; Osvath, Peter; Fekete, Sandor; Tenyi, Tamas

    2008-01-01

    Introduction. Elevated serum CK levels often occur in psychiatric in-patient practice. Although the majority of cases are benign and temporary, it is important to recognize and treat these conditions. Aims. To discuss the etiology, the clinical significance and the management of elevated creatine kinase levels in psychiatric in-patient practice, focusing on antipsychotic-induced rhabdomyolysis. To compare the pathogenesis and the clinical features of rhabdomyolysis and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Methods. Review of the literature. Results. A brief, practical guideline is introduced, which may help clinicians in the differential diagnosis and in the management of patients with elevated creatine kinase activity in emergent psychiatric practice. Conclusions. The most common etiologic factors (prescription drugs, alcohol, physical reasons, cardiac etiology) and clinical syndromes (rhabdomyolysis, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, acute coronary syndrome) should be considered, when elevated creatine kinase levels are encountered in psychiatric in-patients. Routine creatine kinase measurements in asymptomatic patients on antipsychotic medications are not recommended, but patients should be carefully followed for the development of rhabdomyolysis, when muscular symptoms arise. Careful monitoring of symptoms and potential complications is critical in order to avoid devastating clinical consequences. Cautiously challenging patients with another antipsychotic after an antipsychotic-induced rhabdomyolysis is recommended to decrease the possibility of recurrence.

  19. Cystic synovial sarcomas: imaging features with clinical and histopathologic correlation

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    Nakanishi, Hirofumi; Araki, Nobuhito [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, 1-3-3, Nakamichi, Higashinari-Ku, 537-8511, Osaka (Japan); Sawai, Yuka [Department of Radiology, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, Osaka (Japan); Kudawara, Ikuo [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Osaka National Hospital, Osaka (Japan); Mano, Masayuki; Ishiguro, Shingo [Department of Pathology, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, Osaka (Japan); Ueda, Takafumi; Yoshikawa, Hideki [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

    2003-12-01

    To characterize the radiological and clinicopathologic features of cystic synovial sarcoma. Seven patients with primary cystic synovial sarcoma were evaluated. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging were undertaken at the first presentation. The diagnosis of synovial sarcoma was made on the basis of histological examinations followed by molecular analysis. Radiological and clinicopathologic findings were reviewed. CT showed well-defined soft tissue mass without cortical bone erosion and invasion. Calcification was seen at the periphery of the mass in three cases. T2-weighted MR images showed multilocular inhomogeneous intensity mass in all cases, five of which showed fluid-fluid levels. On gross appearance, old and/or fresh hematomas were detected in six cases. In the one remaining case, microscopic hemorrhage in the cystic lumen was proven. Four cases had poorly differentiated areas. In five cases prominent hemangiopericytomatous vasculature was observed. Histologic grade was intermediate in one tumor and high in six. One case had a history of misdiagnosis for tarsal tunnel syndrome, one for lymphadenopathy, two for sciatica and two for hematoma. All cystic synovial sarcomas demonstrated multilocularity with well-circumscribed walls and internal septae. Synovial sarcoma should be taken into consideration in patients with deeply situated multicystic mass with triple signal intensity on T2-weighted MR imaging. (orig.)

  20. Prevalence rates and clinical implications of bipolar disorder "with mixed features" as defined by DSM-5.

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    Shim, In Hee; Woo, Young Sup; Bahk, Won-Myong

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the increase in the prevalence of bipolar disorder with mixed features following the replacement of DSM-IV-TR criteria with DSM-5 criteria. Additionally, we examined the clinical implications of the use of "with mixed features" as a specifier with bipolar disorder. We retrospectively reviewed medical charts from 2003 to 2013. A total of 331 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder using the DSM-IV TR were enrolled and categorized into four groups: manic/hypomanic with mixed features, manic/hypomanic without mixed features, depressed with mixed features, and depressed without mixed features. These classifications were made in accordance with the DSM-5 definition of bipolar disorder "with mixed features." Changes in the prevalence, demographic and clinical characteristics were compared among the groups. The prevalence rates of mixed features were significantly different when using the DSM-5 criteria vs. the DSM-IV-TR criteria. Patients with mixed features had a younger age of onset, younger age at hospitalization, more frequent hospitalizations for mixed episodes, and greater suicide risk compared with patients without mixed features. Retrospective study may have resulted in under diagnosis of mixed states. An approximately three-fold greater risk for mixed features was observed in patients with bipolar disorder when using the DSM-5 criteria than when using the DSM-IV-TR criteria. The additional patients may represent patients with sub-syndromal mixed features and could indicate that patients with mixed features are underdiagnosed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Review of clinical and laboratory features of human Brucellosis

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    Mantur B

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Infection with Brucella spp. continues to pose a human health risk globally despite strides in eradicating the disease from domestic animals. Brucellosis has been an emerging disease since the discovery of Brucella melitensis by Sir David Bruce in 1887. Although many countries have eradicated B. abortus from cattle, in some areas B. melitensis and B. suis have emerged as causes of this infection in cattle, leading to human infections. Currently B. melitensis remains the principal cause of human brucellosis worldwide including India. The recent isolation of distinct strains of Brucella from marine mammals as well as humans is an indicator of an emerging zoonotic disease. Brucellosis in endemic and non-endemic regions remains a diagnostic puzzle due to misleading non-specific manifestations and increasing unusual presentations. Fewer than 10% of human cases of brucellosis may be clinically recognized and treated or reported. Routine serological surveillance is not practiced even in Brucella - endemic countries and we suggest that this should be a part of laboratory testing coupled with a high index of clinical suspicion to improve the level of case detection. The screening of family members of index cases of acute brucellosis in an endemic area should be undertaken to pick up additional unrecognised cases. Rapid and reliable, sensitive and specific, easy to perform and automated detection systems for Brucella spp. are urgently needed to allow early diagnosis and adequate antibiotic therapy in time to decrease morbidity / mortality. The history of travel to endemic countries along with exposure to animals and exotic foods are usually critical to making the clinical diagnosis. Laboratory testing is indispensable for diagnosis. Therefore alertness of clinician and close collaboration with microbiologist are essential even in endemic areas to correctly diagnose and treat this protean human infection. Existing treatment options, largely based on

  2. Fluorescein angiographic findings and clinical features in Fuchs' uveitis.

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    Bouchenaki, Nadia; Herbort, Carl P

    2010-10-01

    Fuchs' uveitis is very often diagnosed with substantial delay, which is at the origin of deleterious effects such as unnecessary treatment and its consequences. The aim of this study was to analyse the type and frequency of posterior inflammatory and fluorescein angiographic signs in Fuchs' uveitis in conjunction with other clinical signs. Patients seen at the Centre for Ophthalmic Specialised Care (COS) in Lausanne and the Memorial A. de Rothschild, Clinique Générale-Beaulieu in Geneva between 1995 and 2008 with the diagnosis of Fuchs' uveitis and who had undergone a fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) were analysed. In addition to FFA signs, the data collected included age, gender, initial and final visual acuities, clinical findings at presentation, mean diagnostic delay and ocular complications. Between 1995 and 2008, 105 patients seen in our centres in Lausanne and Geneva were diagnosed with Fuchs' uveitis. Forty of them (38.1%) had undergone at least one FFA. One patient was excluded because of a concomittant diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In 28 of 39 patients (71.2%) diagnosis was not reached at presentation with a mean diagnosis delay of 3.67 ± 4.86 years (range: 1 month-24 years). The original erroneous diagnosis was intermediate uveitis in 16 patients (57.1%), posterior uveitis in two patients (7.1%), panuveitis in four patients (14.3%) and anterior granulomatous uveitis in six patients (21.4%). Fluorescein angiography demonstrated the presence of disc hyperfluorescence in 43/44 eyes (97.7%), sectorial peripheral retinal vascular leaking in 6/44 eyes (13.6%) and cystoid macular oedema in 4/44 eyes (9.1%), all of which were seen in eyes having undergone cataract surgery. Fuchs' uveitis was bilateral in 5/39 patients (12.8%). The most frequent clinical signs were vitritis in 42/44 eyes (95.5%), stellate keratic precipitates in 41 eyes (93.2%), posterior subcapsular opacities or cataract in 19 eyes (43.2%), and heterochromia in 19 eyes (43.2%). Fuchs

  3. Clinical features, comorbidity, and cognitive impairment in elderly bipolar patients

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Ida Vikan Rise,1 Josep Maria Haro,2–4 Bjørn Gjervan,5,61Department of Psychiatry, Sorlandet Hospital, Arendal, Norway; 2Research Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain; 3Faculty of Medicine, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; 4CIBERSAM (Centro de Investigación Biomédica En Red de Salud Mental, Madrid, Spain; 5Department of Psychiatry, North-Trondelag Hospital Trust, Levanger, Norway; 6Department of Medicine, Institute of Neuromedicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayIntroduction: Data specific to late-life bipolar disorder (BD are limited. Current research is sparse and present guidelines are not adapted to this group of patients.Objectives: We present a literature review on clinical characteristics, comorbidities, and cognitive impairment in patients with late-life BD. This review discusses common comorbidities that affect BD elders and how aging might affect cognition and treatment.Methods: Eligible studies were identified in MedLine by the Medical Subject Headings terms “bipolar disorder” and “aged”. We only included original research reports published in English between 2012 and 2015.Results: From 414 articles extracted, 16 studies were included in the review. Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, type II diabetes, and endocrinological abnormalities were observed as highly prevalent. BD is associated with a high suicide risk. Bipolar elderly had an increased risk of dementia and performed worse on cognitive screening tests compared to age-matched controls across different levels of cognition. Despite high rates of medical comorbidity among bipolar elderly, a systematic under-recognition and undertreatment of cardiovascular disease have been suggested.Conclusion: There was a high burden of physical comorbidities and cognitive impairment in late-life BD. Bipolar elderly might be under-recorded and undertreated in primary medical care, indicating that

  4. [Plasmodium falciparum malaria: epidemiology and clinical features at Tarapoto Hospital].

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    Calderon, J; Rodriguez, J; Romero, D

    1997-01-01

    A retrospective study was conducted of the clinical records of 41 patients discharged from a hospital in Tarapoto, Peru, between August 1992 and June 1996 following treatment for Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Patients ranged in age from 18 to 65 years; 25 were male. The cases were uniformly distributed throughout the year. The duration of illness averaged 11 days. At admission, 40 patients had fever, 36 had shaking chills, 29 had headache, 21 had nausea and vomiting, 21 had hyporexia, 15 had pallor, and 13 had splenomegaly. 3 of the 16 women were pregnant. 7 patients reported a history of malaria. The admission diagnosis was malaria in 33 cases. 31 patients were treated with chloroquine; 18 were subsequently treated with pyrimethamine-sulfadoxin and 1 received doxycycline. No cases of grave illness or death occurred. The increasing presence of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in the Peruvian lowlands should promote review of the adequacy of control programs.

  5. [Attention deficit syndrome in adults: clinical, psychophysiological features and treatment].

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    Chutko, L S; Surushkina, S Iu; Iakovenko, E A; Nikishena, I S; Anisimova, T I

    2013-01-01

    The authors present the results of examination of 34 patients, aged from 18 to 30 years, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (ICD-10 item F90.0). The study has shown that inattentive type of ADHD is noted in 50%, combined type in 38.3% and hyperactivity/impulsivity type in 11.7% of patients. Adult patients with ADHD also have a high level of anxiety and asthenic disorders. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of adaptol in dosage 1500 mg daily during 8 weeks in the treatment of this group of patients. The high efficacy (improvement in 64,7% of cases) and safety of adaptol confirmed by the data of clinical, psychological and neurophysiological studies.

  6. Radiological and clinical features of the single ventricle

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    Maisch, B.; Kulke, H.; Marcin, S.; Deeg, P.; Braun, H.; Kochsiek, K.

    1983-03-01

    The case a twenty year old patient is reported, whose chest X-ray demonstrated cardiomegaly with a prominent pulmonary segment. The echocardiographical examination indicated a single ventricle with septal rudiments; heart catherization confirmed the diagnosis of a single ventricle of the right ventricular type with a well-sized left ventricular outlet chamber and the banding of the pulmonary artery. In addition the case of a 17 year old patient is reported, whose chest X-ray demonstrated dextrocardia. Clinical manifestations (cyanosis, elevated hemoglobin, clubbing, 3rd heart sound) as well as one- and two-dimensional echocardiography with echocontrast media confirmed the diagnosis of corrected transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary stenosis and incompetence, single ventricle and dextrocardia, a diagnosis made already 12 years ago by heart catherization.

  7. CLINICAL FEATURES OF CHILDREN WITH DIPHTHERIA ON SOETOMO HOSPITAL

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    Dwiyanti Puspitasari

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Diphtheria is an important disease in children that could lead to fatal disease. East Java Province was declared to have Diphtheria outbreak in 2011 with increasing morbidity and mortality, including on Soetomo Hospital. Our paper aimed to describe the profi le of diphtheria cases in children admitted at dr Sutomo Hospital. Method: This descriptive study reviewed all medical records of diphtheritic patients admitted to Dr. Soetomo Hospital, January 2004–December 2010, of concerns were clinical presentations, age, sex, immunizations status, complications, and outcomes. Result: From 148 diphtheria cases, 22.3% were bacteriologically proven; 53.4% were male with sex ratio 1.1:1. The age proportion of ≤ 5 years old, 5- ≤ 10 years old, and > 10 years old were 61.5%, 31.8%, and 6.7%. Fever occurred in 99% cases, sore throat, stridor and bullneck occurred respectively in 62.2%, 39.9%, and 29.7% cases. There were 56.8% severe and 41.9% moderate diphtheria. Subjects were immunized in 84%, but none of them have adequate immunization. Myocarditis, being one of the commonest complications occurred in 11.4% cases and tracheostomy was the second (4.0%. All of the death cases (7.9% were unvaccinated and in severe form. Discussion: The mostly prevalent clinical manifestations in diphtheria children were fever and sore throat. Half of the cases came with severe diphtheria and most cases were inadequately vaccinated. Death occurred in the unvaccinated and severe form.

  8. CLINICAL, HAEMATOLOGICAL AND SERUM MACRO MINERAL CONTENTS IN BUFFALOES WITH GENITAL PROLAPSE

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    S. Ahmed, I. Ahmad, L. A. Lodhi, N. Ahmad and H. A. Samad

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    Full Text Available In the present study, 20 buffaloes suffering from genital prolapse and 10 normal pregnant (control group buffaloes were used to investigate clinical and haematological changes and serum macro mineral contents. Blood samples of all animals were collected aseptically in two portions i.e. with and without anticoagulant. Haematological parameters were determined from samples containing anticoagulant. Serum was separated from the other portion for determination of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium concentrations with spectrophotmetric kits. The results showed that there was a drastic decrease in serum calcium (6.42 ± 1.05 v 10.96 ± 0.95 mg/dl, phosphorus (2.90 ± 0.85 v 5.50 ± 1.61 mg/dl and magnesium (1.50 ± 0.53 v 2.40 ± 0.53 mg/dl levels in prolapsed animals as compared to the controls (P<0.01. There was also a significant decrease in PCV, Hb concentration, lymphocytes and monocytes, while an increase in ESR, WBC counts and neutrophils was observed in prolapsed animals as compared to controls. However, there was no difference in haematological and serum macro mineral contents between vaginal prolapsed and uterine prolapsed buffaloes. It was concluded that deficiency of calcium, phosphorus or magnesium might be possible causes of genital prolapse in these buffaloes.

  9. Diagnosis of Fanconi anemia in children with atypical clinical features: a primary study

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    LIU Rong; HU Tao; LI Jun-hui; LIANG Chao; GU Wei-yue; SHI Xiao-dong; WANG Hong-xing

    2013-01-01

    Background Fanconi anemia is a severe congenital disorder associated with mutations in a cluster of genes responsible for DNA repair.Arriving at an accurate and timely diagnosis can be difficult in cases of Fanconi anemia with atypical clinical features.It is very important to increase the rate of accurate diagnosis for such cases in a clinical setting.The purpose of this study is to explore the clinical diagnosis of Fanconi anemia in children with atypical clinical features.Methods Six cases of Fanconi anemia with atypical clinical features were enrolled in the study,and their clinical features were recorded,their FANCA gene transcription was assessed by RT-PCR,and FANCA mutations and the ubiquitination of FANCD2 protein were analyzed using DNA sequencing and western blotting respectively.Results All six cases showed atypical clinical features including no apparent deformities,lack of response to immune therapy,and progressively increasing bone marrow failure.They also have significantly increased fetal hemoglobin,negative mitomycin-induced fracture test results,and carry a FANCA gene missense mutation.Single protein ubiquitination of FANCD2 was not observed in those patients.Conclusion The combination of clinical features,FANCA pathogenic gene mutation genotype and the absence of FANCD2 protein ubiquitination are helpful in the accurate and timely diagnosis of Fanconi anemia in children.

  10. Acute Chorioamnionitis and Funisitis: Definition, Pathologic Features, and Clinical Significance

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    Kim, Chong Jai; Romero, Roberto; Chaemsaithong, Piya; Chaiyasit, Noppadol; Yoon, Bo Hyun; Kim, Yeon Mee

    2015-01-01

    Acute inflammatory lesions of the placenta consist of diffuse infiltration of neutrophils at different sites in the organ. These lesions include acute chorioamnionitis, funisitis, and chorionic vasculitis, and represent a host response (maternal or fetal) to a chemotactic gradient in the amniotic cavity. While acute chorioamnionitis is evidence of a maternal host response, funisitis and chorionic vasculitis represent fetal inflammatory responses. Intra-amniotic infection has been generally considered to be the cause of acute histologic chorioamnionitis and funisitis; however, recent evidence indicates that “sterile” intra-amniotic inflammation, which occurs in the absence of demonstrable microorganisms but can be induced by “danger signals”, is frequently associated with these lesions. In the context of intra-amniotic infection, chemokines (such as interleukin-8 and granulocyte chemotactic protein) establish a gradient favoring the migration of neutrophils from maternal or fetal circulation into the chorioamniotic membranes or umbilical cord, respectively. Danger signals released during the course of cellular stress or cell death can also induce the release of neutrophil chemokines. The prevalence of chorioamnionitis is a function of gestational age at birth, and is present in 3-5% of placentas delivered at term, but in 94% of placentas delivered between 21-24 weeks of gestation. The frequency is higher in patients with spontaneous labor, preterm labor, clinical chorioamnionitis (preterm or term), or ruptured membranes. Funisitis and chorionic vasculitis are the hallmarks for the fetal inflammatory response syndrome, a condition characterized by an elevation in fetal plasma concentrations of interleukin-6, associated with the impending onset of preterm labor, a higher rate of neonatal morbidity (after adjustment for gestational age), and multi-organ fetal involvement. This syndrome is the counterpart of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome in adults

  11. Peri-implantitis in a specialist clinic of periodontology. Clinical features and risk indicators.

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    Carcuac, Olivier; Jansson, Leif

    2010-01-01

    Implant therapy has become a widely recognized treatment alternative for replacing missing teeth. Several long term follow-up studies have shown that the survival rate is high. However, complications may appear and risk indcators associated with early and late failures have been identified. The purpose of the present retrospective clinical study was to describe some clinical features of patients with clinical signs of peri-implantitis and to identify risk indicators of peri-implantitis in a population at a specialist clinic of Periodontology. In total,the material consisted of 377 implants in 111 patients with the diagnosis peri-implantitis. The mean age at the examination was found to be 56.3 years (range 22-83) for females and 64.1 years (range 27-85) for males. The mean number of remaining teeth was found to be 10.5 (S.D. 8.89) and the mean number of implants was 5.85 (S.D. 3.42). For a majority of the subjects, more than 50% of the remaining teeth had a marginal bone loss of more than 1/3 of the root length. Forty-sex percent of the patients visited regularly dental hygienists for supportive treatment. The percentage of implants with peri-implantitis was significantly increased for smokers compared to non-smokers (p = 0.04). In the group of non-smokers, 64% of the implants had the diagnosis peri-implantitis, while the corresponding relative frequency for smokers was 78%. A majority of the individuals had a Plaque index and Bleeding on probing index >50%. The median of the follow-up time after implant placement was 7.4 years and the observation period was not significantly correlated to the degree of bone loss around the implants. Among the subjects with a mean bone loss >6 mm at implants with peri-implantitis, more than 70% had a mean marginal bone loss > 1/3 of the root length of the remaining teeth. A positive and significant correlation was found between the degree of marginal bone loss in remaining teeth and the degree of bone loss around implants with peri

  12. Symptomatic cranial neuralgias in multiple sclerosis: clinical features and treatment.

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    De Santi, Lorenzo; Annunziata, Pasquale

    2012-02-01

    In multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain is a frequent condition, negatively influencing the overall quality of life. Cranial neuralgias, including trigeminal, glossopharyngeal neuralgias, as well as occipital neuralgia, are typical expression of neuropathic pain. Neuralgias are characterised by paroxysmal painful attacks of electric shock-like sensation, occurring spontaneously or evoked by innocuous stimuli in specific trigger areas. In multiple sclerosis, demyelination in the centrally myelinated part of the cranial nerve roots plays an important role in the origin of neuralgic pain. These painful syndromes arising in multiple sclerosis are therefore considered "symptomatic", in contrast to classic cranial neuralgias, in which no cause other than a neurovascular contact is identified. At this time, the evidence on the management of symptomatic cranial neuralgias in multiple sclerosis is fragmentary and a comprehensive review addressing this topic is still lacking. For that reason, treatment is often based on personal clinical experience as well as on anecdotal reports. The aim of this review is to critically summarise the latest findings regarding the pathogenesis, the diagnosis, the instrumental evaluation and the medical as well as neurosurgical treatment of symptomatic trigeminal, glossopharyngeal and occipital neuralgia in multiple sclerosis, providing useful insights for neurologists and neurosurgeons and a broad range of specialists potentially involved in the treatment of these painful syndromes.

  13. Clinical Features and Causes of Endogenous Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia in Korea

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    Chang-Yun Woo

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundEndogenous hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia (EHH is characterized by an inappropriately high plasma insulin level, despite a low plasma glucose level. Most of the EHH cases are caused by insulinoma, whereas nesidioblastosis and insulin autoimmune syndrome (IAS are relatively rare.MethodsTo evaluate the relative frequencies of various causes of EHH in Korea, we retrospectively analyzed 84 patients who were diagnosed with EHH from 1998 to 2012 in a university hospital.ResultsAmong the 84 EHH patients, 74 patients (88%, five (6%, and five (6% were diagnosed with insulinoma, nesidioblastosis or IAS, respectively. The most common clinical manifestation of EHH was neuroglycopenic symptoms. Symptom duration before diagnosis was 14.5 months (range, 1 to 120 months for insulinoma, 1.0 months (range, 6 days to 7 months for nesidioblastosis, and 2.0 months (range, 1 to 12 months for IAS. One patient, who was diagnosed with nesidioblastosis in 2006, underwent distal pancreatectomy but was later determined to be positive for insulin autoantibodies. Except for one patient who was diagnosed in 2007, the remaining three patients with nesidioblastosis demonstrated severe hyperinsulinemia (157 to 2,719 µIU/mL, which suggests that these patients might have had IAS, rather than nesidioblastosis.ConclusionThe results of this study suggest that the prevalence of IAS may be higher in Korea than previously thought. Therefore, measurement of insulin autoantibody levels is warranted for EHH patients, especially in patients with very high plasma insulin levels.

  14. Some clinical and hematological features of virus enteritis of mink.

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    Reynolds, H A

    1969-04-01

    Twenty-six, ten-week-old mink were infected by force feeding by pipette 2 ml of a tissue suspension containing a Wisconsin strain of mink enteritis virus. Four days later, diarrhea and partial or complete loss of appetite developed simultaneously in all of the animals. Squinting and occasional vomiting were also observed. By the sixth day after inoculation, all of the mink were anorectic and weak. Anorexia persisted for 48 to 96 hours. Diarrhea and vomiting continued until the eighth to ninth day after exposure. For the first two days after the appearance of diarrhea, the feces contained large quantities of mucus and intestinal casts were seen frequently in the droppings. Thereafter, the feces consisted mostly of yellowish green, watery fluid and contained no casts. Some of the animals died on the eighth day after infection. Those which survived were severely dehydrated and debilitated, but resumed eating and achieved complete clinical recovery within the next five to six days.Leukopenia, i.e., total leukocyte count of less than 5,000 cells per mm(3) of blood, was found in seven of nine mink examined during the height of the disease. Leukopenic animals were deficient in both lymphocytes and neutrophils.

  15. Clinical and immunologic features of recurrent herpes zoster (HZ).

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    Nakamura, Yuki; Miyagawa, Fumi; Okazaki, Aiko; Okuno, Yoshinobu; Mori, Yasuko; Iso, Hiroyasu; Yamanishi, Koichi; Asada, Hideo

    2016-11-01

    Recurrent herpes zoster (HZ) is thought to be rare, but there have been few large-scale studies of recurrent HZ. We conducted a large-scale prospective cohort study to characterize recurrent HZ. We examined 12,522 participants aged 50 years or older in Shozu County and followed them up for 3 years. We compared the incidence of HZ and postherpetic neuralgia, severity of skin lesions and acute pain, cell-mediated immunity, and varicella-zoster virus-specific antibody titer between primary and recurrent HZ. A total of 401 participants developed HZ: 341 with primary HZ and 60 with recurrent HZ. Skin lesions and acute pain were significantly milder and the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia was lower in patients aged 50 to 79 years with recurrent HZ than in those with primary HZ. Varicella-zoster virus skin test induced a stronger reaction in patients aged 50 to 79 years with recurrent HZ than in those with primary HZ. Information on previous HZ episodes was self-reported by participants, so it could not be confirmed that they actually had a history of HZ. Recurrent HZ was associated with milder clinical symptoms than primary HZ, probably because of stronger varicella-zoster virus-specific cell-mediated immunity in the patients with recurrence. Copyright © 2016 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. [Vasculitic Peripheral Neuropathies: Clinical Features and Diagnostic Laboratory Tests].

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    Ogata, Katsuhisa

    2016-03-01

    Vasculitic peripheral neuropathy (VPN) occurs due to ischemic changes of peripheral nerves, resulting from a deficit of vascular blood supply due to damaged vasa nervorum leading to vasculitis. VPN usually manifests as sensorimotor or sensory disturbances accompanied by pain, presenting as a type of multiple mononeuropathy, with a scattered distribution in distal limbs. VPN may also present as a mononeuropathy, distal symmetric polyneuropathy, plexopathy, or radiculopathy. The rapidity of VPN is variable, ranging from days to months, with symptoms occasionally changing with the appearance of new lesions. Careful history taking and neurological examination provides an exact diagnosis. The most common cause of VPN is primary vasculitis predominantly affecting small vessels, including vasa nervorum, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis, and polyarteritis nodosa. Similar vasculitic processes can also result from a systemic collagen disorder or secondary vasculitis. Electrophysiological studies and pathological investigation of biopsied peripheral nerves and muscles are important for diagnosis of vasculitis. Serological tests, including ANCA, are useful for diagnosis of vasculitis. Accurate neurological examinations are essential for diagnosis and evaluation of clinical course.

  17. Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides: clinical and histologic features in five patients

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    Amir Hooshang Ehsani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Alopecia can be a manifestation of mycosis fungoides (MF; however, the prevalence is unknown. Aims: We sought to describe the clinicopathologic presentation of alopecia in patients with diagnosis of MF. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients with biopsy-proven MF, who were evaluated at our cancer center from 2002 to 2012, was performed to identify patients with alopecia. Results: Five patients with alopecia were identified from reviewing of 157 patients with MF. The male:female ratio was 3:2, and the mean age of patients was 42.8 years. Two of these patients showed patchy hair loss on scalp which was clinically identical to alopecia areata. In remaining three patients, hair loss was seen in areas of MF lesions, and epidermal changes consisted of patch- and plaque-type lesions of MF, tumors, and follicular lesions (follicular MF were also present. In two of these patients, lymphadenopathy without any visceral involvement was detected. Conclusions: Alopecia was observed in 5 (3.18% patients with MF, which makes it a rare finding, which included alopecia areata-like patchy loss in 2 and alopecia within MF lesions in 3.

  18. Folliculotropic Mycosis Fungoides: Clinical and Histologic Features in Five Patients.

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    Ehsani, Amir Hooshang; Azizpour, Arghavan; Noormohammadpoor, Pedram; Seirafi, Hasan; Farnaghi, Farshad; Kamyab-Hesari, Kambiz; Sharifi, Mehdi; Nasimi, Maryam

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    Alopecia can be a manifestation of mycosis fungoides (MF); however, the prevalence is unknown. We sought to describe the clinicopathologic presentation of alopecia in patients with diagnosis of MF. A retrospective analysis of patients with biopsy-proven MF, who were evaluated at our cancer center from 2002 to 2012, was performed to identify patients with alopecia. Five patients with alopecia were identified from reviewing of 157 patients with MF. The male:female ratio was 3:2, and the mean age of patients was 42.8 years. Two of these patients showed patchy hair loss on scalp which was clinically identical to alopecia areata. In remaining three patients, hair loss was seen in areas of MF lesions, and epidermal changes consisted of patch- and plaque-type lesions of MF, tumors, and follicular lesions (follicular MF) were also present. In two of these patients, lymphadenopathy without any visceral involvement was detected. Alopecia was observed in 5 (3.18%) patients with MF, which makes it a rare finding, which included alopecia areata-like patchy loss in 2 and alopecia within MF lesions in 3.

  19. Clinical Features Associated with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome in Parkinson's Disease.

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    Chang, Ya-Ting; Chang, Wen-Neng; Tsai, Nai-Wen; Cheng, Kuei-Yueh; Huang, Chih-Cheng; Kung, Chia-Te; Su, Yu-Jih; Lin, Wei-Che; Cheng, Ben-Chung; Su, Chih-Min; Chiang, Yi-Fang; Lu, Cheng-Hsien

    2015-01-01

    Background. Frozen shoulder syndrome is a common musculoskeletal disease of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) that causes long-term pain and physical disability. A better understanding of the associated factors can help identify PD patients who will require prevention to improve their quality of life. Methodology. This prospective study evaluated 60 shoulders of 30 PD patients. Correlation analysis was used to evaluate the relationships between clinical factors and shoulder sonography findings. Results. Frozen shoulder syndrome was found in 14 of 30 PD patients affecting 19 shoulders, including bilateral involvement in five and unilateral involvement in nine. There was a significant positive correlation between the parameters of sonography findings and frozen shoulder syndrome (i.e., thickness of bicipital effusion and tendon thickness of the subscapularis and supraspinatus) and mean ipsilateral Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) III and its subscores (tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia scores). Conclusions. Higher ipsilateral UPDRS and subscores are associated with increased effusion around the biceps tendon, with increased tendon thickness of subscapularis and supraspinatus. Preventing frozen shoulder syndrome in the high-risk PD group is an important safety issue and highly relevant for their quality of life.

  20. The clinical and immunologic features of pulmonary fibrosis in sarcoidosis

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    PATTERSON, KAREN C.; HOGARTH, KYLE; HUSAIN, ALIYA N.; SPERLING, ANNE I.; NIEWOLD, TIMOTHY B.

    2014-01-01

    Sarcoidosis is a multisystem, granulomatous disease that most often affects the lungs. The clinical course is highly variable; many patients undergo spontaneous remission, but up to a third of patients progresses to a chronic disease course. The development of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in a subset of patients with chronic disease has a negative impact on morbidity and mortality. While sarcoidosis-associated PF can be progressive, it is often referred to as “burnt out” disease, a designation reflecting inactive granulomatous inflammation. The immune mechanisms of sarcoidosis-associated PF are not well understood. It is not clear if fibrotic processes are active from the onset of sarcoidosis in predisposed individuals, or whether a profibrotic state develops as a response to ongoing inflammation. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) is an important profibrotic cytokine, and in sarcoidosis, distinct genotypes of TGF-β have been identified in those with PF. The overall cytokine profile in sarcoidosis-associated PF has not been well characterized, although a transition from a T helper 1 to a T helper 2 signature has been proposed. Macrophages have important regulatory interactions with fibroblasts, and the role of alveolar macrophages in sarcoidosis-associated PF is a compelling target for further study. Elucidating the natural history of sarcoidosis-associated PF will inform our understanding of the fundamental derangements, and will enhance prognostication and the development of therapeutic strategies. PMID:22683422

  1. Clinical and Endoscopic Features of Metastatic Tumors in the Stomach

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    Kim, Ga Hee; Ahn, Ji Yong; Jung, Hwoon-Yong; Park, Young Soo; Kim, Min-Ju; Choi, Kee Don; Lee, Jeong Hoon; Choi, Kwi-Sook; Kim, Do Hoon; Lim, Hyun; Song, Ho June; Lee, Gin Hyug; Kim, Jin-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims Metastasis to the stomach is rare. The aim of this study was to describe and analyze the clinical outcomes of cancers that metastasized to the stomach. Methods We reviewed the clinicopathological aspects of patients with gastric metastases from solid organ tumors. Thirty-seven cases were identified, and we evaluated the histology, initial presentation, imaging findings, lesion locations, treatment courses, and overall patient survival. Results Endoscopic findings indicated that solitary lesions presented more frequently than multiple lesions and submucosal tumor-like tumors were the most common appearance. Malignant melanoma was the tumor that most frequently metastasized to the stomach. Twelve patients received treatments after the diagnosis of gastric metastasis. The median survival period from the diagnosis of gastric metastasis was 3.0 months (interquartile range, 1.0 to 11.0 months). Patients with solitary lesions and patients who received any treatments survived longer after the diagnosis of metastatic cancer than patients with multiple lesions and patients who did not any receive any treatments. Conclusions Proper treatment with careful consideration of the primary tumor characteristics can increase the survival period in patients with tumors that metastasize to the stomach, especially in cases with solitary metastatic lesions in endoscopic findings. PMID:25473071

  2. Metabolic brain imaging correlated with clinical features of brain tumors

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    Alavi, J.; Alavi, A.; Dann, R.; Kushner, M.; Chawluk, J.; Powlis, W.; Reivich, M.

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    Nineteen adults with brain tumors have been studied with positron emission tomography utilizing FDG. Fourteen had biopsy proven cerebral malignant glioma, one each had meningioma, hemangiopericytoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET), two had unbiopsied lesions, and one patient had an area of biopsy proven radiation necrosis. Three different patterns of glucose metabolism are observed: marked increase in metabolism at the site of the known tumor in (10 high grade gliomas and the PNET), lower than normal metabolism at the tumor (in 1 grade II glioma, 3 grade III gliomas, 2 unbiopsied low density nonenhancing lesions, and the meningioma), no abnormality (1 enhancing glioma, the hemangiopericytoma and the radiation necrosis.) The metabolic rate of the tumor or the surrounding brain did not appear to be correlated with the history of previous irradiation or chemotherapy. Decreased metabolism was frequently observed in the rest of the affected hemisphere and in the contralateral cerebellum. Tumors of high grade or with enhancing CT characteristics were more likely to show increased metabolism. Among the patients with proven gliomas, survival after PETT scan tended to be longer for those with low metabolic activity tumors than for those with highly active tumors. The authors conclude that PETT may help to predict the malignant potential of tumors, and may add useful clinical information to the CT scan.

  3. Clinical features of human intestinal capillariasis in Taiwan

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    Ming-Jong Bair; Kao-Pin Hwang; Tsang-En Wang; Tai-Cherng Liou; Shee-Chan Lin; Chin-Roa Kao; Tao-Yeuan Wang; Kwok-Kuen Pang

    2004-01-01

    Human intestinal capillariasis is a rare parasitosis that was first recognized in the Philippines in the 1960 s. Parasitosis is a life threatening disease and has been reported from Thailand, Japan, South of Taiwan (Kaoh-Siung), Korea,Tran, Egypt, Italy and Spain. Its clinical symptoms are characterized by chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain,borborygmus, marked weight loss, protein and electrolyte loss and cachexia. Capillariasis may be fatal if early treatment is not given. We reported 14 cases living in rural areas of Taiwan. Three cases had histories of travelling to Thailand. They might have been infected in Thailand while stayed there. Two cases had the diet of raw freshwater fish before. Three cases received emergency laparotomy due to peritonitis and two cases were found of enteritis cystica profunda. According to the route of transmission,freshwater and brackish-water fish may act as the intermediate host of the parasite. The most simple and convenient method of diagnosing capillariasis is stool examination. Two cases were diagnosed by histology.Mebendazole or albendezole 200 mg orally twice a day for 20-30 d is the treatment of choice. All the patients were cured, and relapses were not observed within 12 mo.

  4. Acute arsenic poisoning: clinical, toxicological, histopathological, and forensic features.

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    Tournel, Gilles; Houssaye, Cédric; Humbert, Luc; Dhorne, Christine; Gnemmi, Viviane; Bécart-Robert, Anne; Nisse, Patrick; Hédouin, Valéry; Gosset, Didier; Lhermitte, Michel

    2011-01-01

    This report describes a suicide case by acute arsenic intoxication via intravenous injection. A 30-year-old woman injected arsenic As (V) (sodium arseniate disodique: Disodium Hydrogena Arsenik RP) in a successful suicide attempt. Three hours following administration, the woman developed severe digestive symptoms. She was admitted to a hospital and transferred to the intensive care unit within 12 h of the massive administration of arsenic. Despite therapeutic efforts, over the next 2 h she developed multiorgan failure and died. A postmortem examination was performed. Pulmonary edema and congestion of liver were apparent. As (V) and As (III) were determined by high performance liquid chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after mineralization of samples by concentrated nitric acid. Toxicological analysis revealed high concentrations of arsenic in biological fluids as well as in organs. Histopathological examination showed a typical indication of myocarditis. These findings were in agreement with acute arsenic poisoning. The symptoms developed by this young woman (intoxication by intravenous administration) were comparable to oral intoxication. The clinical signs, survival time, and administration type are discussed in light of the literature on acute and chronic arsenic poisoning. © 2010 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

  5. Familial epilepsy in Algeria: Clinical features and inheritance profiles.

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    Chentouf, Amina; Dahdouh, Aïcha; Guipponi, Michel; Oubaiche, Mohand Laïd; Chaouch, Malika; Hamamy, Hanan; Antonarakis, Stylianos E

    2015-09-01

    To document the clinical characteristics and inheritance pattern of epilepsy in multigeneration Algerian families. Affected members from extended families with familial epilepsy were assessed at the University Hospital of Oran in Algeria. Available medical records, neurological examination, electroencephalography and imaging data were reviewed. The epilepsy type was classified according to the criteria of the International League Against Epilepsy and modes of inheritance were deduced from pedigree analysis. The study population included 40 probands; 23 male (57.5%) and 17 female subjects (42.5%). The mean age of seizure onset was 9.5 ± 6.1 years. According to seizure onset, 16 patients (40%) had focal seizures and 20 (50%) had generalized seizures. Seizure control was achieved for two patients (5%) for 10 years, while 28 (70%) were seizure-free for 3 months. Eleven patients (27.5%) had prior febrile seizures, 12 were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and four families had syndromic epilepsy. The consanguinity rate among parents of affected was 50% with phenotypic concordance observed in 25 families (62.5%). Pedigree analysis suggested autosomal dominant (AD) inheritance with or without reduced penetrance in 18 families (45%), probable autosomal recessive (AR) inheritance in 14 families (35%), and an X-linked recessive inheritance in one family. This study reveals large Algerian families with multigenerational inheritance of epilepsy. Molecular testing such as exome sequencing would clarify the genetic basis of epilepsy in some of our families. Copyright © 2015 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Eruption cysts: A series of 66 cases with clinical features

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    Şen-Tunç, Emine; Şaroğlu-Sönmez, Işıl; Bayrak, Şule; Tüloğlu, Nuray

    2017-01-01

    Background An eruption cyst (EC) is a benign, developmental cyst associated with a primary or permanent tooth. This paper presents 66 ECs in 53 patients who reported to 3 different centers in Turkey between 2014-2015. Material and Methods 53 patients (31 male, 22 female) with 66 ECs were diagnosed and treated over a 1-year period. The mean age of patients was 5.4 years (minimum 5 months, maximum 11 years). Clinical examination and periapical radiographs were used to establish diagnosis. Age, gender, site, history of trauma and type of treatment were recorded. Results Of the 66 ECs diagnosed in 53 patients, more than half (56.6%) were located in the maxilla, with the maxillary first primary molars the teeth most commonly associated with ECs (30.3%). Multiple ECs were diagnosed in 13 of the 53 patients. ECs had previously diagnosed in the primary dentition of 2 patients, 3 patients reported a history of trauma to primary teeth. In the majority of patients (46 cases, 86.8%), no treatment was provided, whereas surgical treatment was provided in the remaining 7 cases (13.2%). Conclusions Eruption cysts are usually asymptomatic and do not require treatment;. however, if the cyst is symptomatic, it should be treated with simple surgical excision. Key words:Odontogenic cyst, children, eruption cyst, oral pathology. PMID:28160586

  7. Clinical and pathological features in 49 elderly patients with meningiomas

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    BACKGROUND: As aging in elderly people, their brain tissue has degeneration and brain atrophy of different severity, and the volume of cranial cavity is relatively enlarged, it has greater compensatory ability to the space occupying lesion, and it is difficult to detect the meningioma because it grows to expand slowly, the tumor locates in non-functional region, and there are atypical symptoms and deficiency of localization signs.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathologic features of senile meningiomas.DESIGN: A retrospective analysis.SETTING: Affiliated Hospital of Hebei University.PARTICIPANTS: Forty-nine elderly patients with meningioma were selected from the Department of Neurosurgery, Affiliated Hospital of Hebei University from May 1999 to March 2005, including 15 males and 34 females, 60 - 74 years of age, and they were all diagnosed by CT and MRI.METHODS: The sites of tumors were identified by CT and MRI examinations in all the patients. The tumors were partially or totally resected according to their own conditions. The types of the resected tumor were pathologically observed. The conditions of postoperative recovery were observed after 1, 3 and 6 months, and without new neurological dysfunction or complication was considered as good outcome.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① Sites and pathological types of the tumor; ② Postoperative outcomes and complications.RESULTS: All the 49 patients were involved in the analysis of results. ① The tumors had wide distributions with a main location in brain convexity. Among the 49 cases of meningioma, there were 25 cases of fibrocystic type, 12 cases of meningothelial type, 6 cases of psammomatous type, 4 cases of angiomatous type and 2 cases of microcystic type. ② Among the 49 patients, 35 had good outcome, 8 had self-care ability, 4 required care by others, 2 (4.1%) died postoperatively. No long-term complication related to the operation was observed during the follow-up postoperatively.CONCLUSION: Meningioma has

  8. Serum neurofilament light chain levels are increased in patients with a clinically isolated syndrome

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    Disanto, Giulio; Adiutori, Rocco; Dobson, Ruth

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    BACKGROUND: Neurofilament light chain (NfL) represents a promising biomarker for axonal injury. We present the first exploratory study on serum NfL in patients with a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and healthy controls. METHODS: We investigated serum NfL levels in 100 patients with CIS...... with a short conversion interval to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) (fast converters (FC), median (IQR) conversion time: 110 days (79-139)); 98 patients with non-converting CIS (non-converters (NC), follow-up: 6.5 years (5.3-7.9)); and 92 healthy controls. RESULTS: NfL levels were higher in FC (24.......1 pg/mL (13.5-51.8)) and NC (19.3 pg/mL (13.6-35.2)) than in healthy controls (7.9 pg/mL (5.6-17.2)) (OR=5.85; 95% CI 2.63 to 13.02; p=1.5×10(-5) and OR=7.03; 95% CI 2.85 to 17.34; p=2.3×10(-5), respectively). When grouping FC and NC, increased serum NfL concentration was also associated...

  9. 1!Serum urate as a predictor of clinical and radiographic progression in Parkinson’s disease

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    Schwarzschild, Michael A.; Schwid, Steven R.; Marek, Kenneth; Watts, Arthur; Lang, Anthony E.; Oakes, David; Shoulson, Ira; Ascherio, Alberto

    2008-01-01

    Context Prospective epidemiological studies consistently indicate that Parkinson’s disease (PD) risk declines with increasing serum urate. Objective To determine whether serum urate, a purine metabolite and potent antioxidant, predicts prognosis in PD. Design, Setting, and Participants Prospective study among 804 subjects with early PD enrolled in the PRECEPT study, a clinical trial of the neuroprotectant potential of CEP-1347, conducted between April 2002 and August 2005 (average follow-up time 21.4 months). Main Outcome Measures The primary study endpoint was progression to clinical disability sufficient to warrant dopaminergic therapy. Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate the hazard ratio (HR) of reaching endpoint according to quintiles of baseline serum urate, adjusting for gender, age and other potential covariates. Change in striatal uptake of [123I]β-CIT, a marker for the presynaptic dopamine transporter, was assessed with linear regression for a subset of 399 subjects. Results The adjusted HR of reaching endpoint declined with increasing baseline concentrations of urate; subjects in the top quintile reached the endpoint at only half the rate of subjects in the bottom quintile (HR=0.51; 95% CI: 0.37 to 0.72; p=0.0002). This association was markedly stronger in men (HR=0.39; 95% CI: 0.26 to 0.60; pdisease modifying therapy in PD. PMID:18413464

  10. Serum Bicarbonate in Acute Heart Failure: Relationship to Treatment Strategies and Clinical Outcomes

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    Cooper, Lauren B.; Mentz, Robert J.; Gallup, Dianne; Lala, Anuradha; DeVore, Adam D.; Vader, Justin M.; AbouEzzeddine, Omar F.; Bart, Bradley A.; Anstrom, Kevin J.; Hernandez, Adrian F.; Felker, G. Michael

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    Background Though commonly noted in clinical practice, it is unknown if decongestion in acute heart failure (AHF) results in increased serum bicarbonate. Methods and Results For 678 AHF patients in the DOSE-AHF, CARRESS-HF, and ROSE-AHF trials, we assessed change in bicarbonate (baseline to 72-96 hours) by decongestion strategy, and the relationship between bicarbonate change and protocol-defined decongestion. Median baseline bicarbonate was 28 mEq/L. Patients with baseline bicarbonate ≥28 mEq/L had lower EF, worse renal function and higher NT-proBNP than those with baseline bicarbonate 0.1). In CARRESS-HF, bicarbonate increased with pharmacologic care but decreased with ultrafiltration (median +3.3 vs. -0.9 mEq/L respectively; p0.2 for all trials). Conclusions In AHF, serum bicarbonate is most commonly elevated in patients with more severe heart failure. Despite being used in clinical practice as an indicator for decongestion, change in serum bicarbonate was not associated with significant decongestion. PMID:26777758

  11. The change and its clinical significance of serum cystatin C in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome

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    张孝斌

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the change of serum cystatin C (CC) level and its clinical significance in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) ,and to evaluate the diagnostic value of serum CC for renal impairment in elderly OSAHS patients.Methods Elderly snoring subjects (age≥60 years) un-

  12. Clinical usefulness of the measurement of serum fructosamine in childhood diabetes mellitus.

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    Kang, Dong Soo; Park, Jiyun; Kim, Jae Kyung; Yu, Jeesuk

    2015-03-01

    Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is often used as an indicator of glucose control. It usually reflects the average glucose levels over two to three months, and is correlated with the development of long-term diabetic complications. However, it can vary in cases of hemoglobinopathy or an altered red blood cell lifespan. The serum fructosamine levels reflect the mean glucose levels over two to three weeks. This study was designed to determine the clinical usefulness of the combined measurement of serum fructosamine and HbA1c in the management of childhood diabetes mellitus and the correlation between them. Clinical data on 74 Korean children and adolescents with diabetes mellitus who were under management at the Department of Pediatrics of Dankook University Hospital were evaluated. Their fructosamine and HbA1c levels were reviewed based on clinical information, and analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics ver. 21. Their HbA1c levels showed a strong correlation with their fructosamine levels (r=0.868, P<0.001). The fructosamine level was useful for the prompt evaluation of the recent therapeutic efficacy after the change in therapeutic modality. It was also profitable in determining the initial therapeutics and for the estimation of the onset of the disease, such as fulminant diabetes. The measurement of both fructosamine and HbA1c was useful in managing childhood diabetes mellitus, especially when there was discrepancy between the clinical information and the HbA1c level.

  13. Serum midkine expression in breast cancer patients and its clinical significance

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    Min Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study serum midkine expression in breast cancer patients and its clinical significance.Methods: A total of 45 cases of patients with breast cancer and 45 cases of patients with benign breast tumor were selected for study, breast tumor specimens were collected to detect mRNA content of MK and serum was collected to detect protein content of MK; breast cancer MCF-7 cell lines were cultured and transfected with varying concentrations of MK expression plasmid, and then cell proliferation and apoptosis, VEGF expression in media as well as MMPs and TIMPs expression in cells was detected.Results:MK expression in breast tissue and serum MK content of breast cancer patients were higher than those of benign breast tumor patients, and MK expression in breast tissue and serum MK content of breast cancer patients with TNMⅢ/Ⅳ stage, low/un-differentiation and lymph node metastasis were higher than those of breast cancer patients with TNMⅠ/Ⅱ stage, medium/high differentiation and without lymph node metastasis; MK expression plasmid could dose-dependently increase mRNA content and protein content of MK in breast cancer cell lines, increase cell viability and decrease apoptosis percentage; VEGFA, VEGFB and VEGFC contents in media as well as MMP2 and MMP9 contents in cells of 100.0 μg/mL plasmid group were significantly higher than those of 0 μg/mL plasmid group, and contents of TIMP1 and TIMP2 in cells were significantly lower than those of 0 μg/mL plasmid group.Conclusion:Serum midkine content in breast cancer patients abnormally rises, and high expression of MK can induce breast cancer cell proliferation, inhibit breast cancer cell apoptosis and promote angiogenesis and cell invasion.

  14. Evaluation of serum lipid, thyroid, and hepatic clinical chemistries in association with serum perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) in cynomolgus monkeys after oral dosing with potassium PFOS.

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    Chang, Shu-Ching; Allen, Bruce C; Andres, Kara L; Ehresman, David J; Falvo, Ria; Provencher, Anne; Olsen, Geary W; Butenhoff, John L

    2017-01-23

    An oral dose study with PFOS was undertaken to identify potential associations between serum PFOS and changes in serum clinical chemistry parameters in purpose-bred young adult cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fasicularis). While control group (n=6/sex) was sham-dosed with vehicle (0.5% Tween® 20 and 5% ethanol in DI water) during the study, low-dose group (n=6/sex) received one single K(+)PFOS dose (9 mg/kg) and high-dose group (n=6/sex) received three separate K(+)PFOS doses (11 - 17.2 mg/kg). Monkeys were given routine checkups and observed carefully for health problems on a daily basis. Scheduled blood samples were drawn from all monkeys prior, during, and after PFOS administration for up to one year and they were analyzed for PFOS concentration and clinical chemistry markers for coagulation, lipids, hepatic, renal, electrolytes, and thyroid-related hormones. No mortality occurred during the study. All the monkeys were healthy, gained weight, and were released back to the colony at the end of the study. The highest serum PFOS achieved was approximately 165 µg/mL. Compared to time-matched controls, administration of K(+)PFOS to monkeys did not result in any toxicologically meaningful or clinically relevant changes in serum clinical measurements for coagulation, lipids, hepatic, renal, electrolytes, and thyroid-related hormones. A slight reduction in serum cholesterol (primarily the HDL fraction), although not toxicologically significant, was observed and the corresponding lower-bound 5(th) percentile benchmark concentrations (BMCL1sd) were 74 and 76 µg/mL for male and female monkeys, respectively. This compares to the 2011-2012 geometric mean serum PFOS level of 6.3 ng/mL (0.00063 µg/mL) in US general population would result in 4 orders of magnitude for margin of exposure.

  15. Actinomycosis: etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and management

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Florent Valour,1–3 Agathe Sénéchal,1,2 Céline Dupieux,2–4 Judith Karsenty,1,2 Sébastien Lustig,2,5 Pierre Breton,2,6 Arnaud Gleizal,2,7 Loïc Boussel,2,8,9 Frédéric Laurent,2–4 Evelyne Braun,1 Christian Chidiac,1–3 Florence Ader,1–3 Tristan Ferry1–3 1Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 2Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France; 3Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie, CIRI, INSERM U1111, CNRS UMR5308, ENS de Lyon, UCBL1, Lyon, France; 4Laboratoire de Bactériologie, Centre de Biologie du Nord, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 5Chirurgie Orthopédique, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 6Stomatologie et Chirurgie Maxillo-faciale, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Sud, Lyon, France; 7Chirurgie Maxillo-faciale, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 8Radiologie, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Groupement Hospitalier Nord, Lyon, France; 9Creatis, CNRS UMR 5220, INSERM U1044, Université Lyon 1, INSA Lyon, Lyon, France Abstract: Actinomycosis is a rare chronic disease caused by Actinomyces spp., anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria that normally colonize the human mouth and digestive and genital tracts. Physicians must be aware of typical clinical presentations (such as cervicofacial actinomycosis following dental focus of infection, pelvic actinomycosis in women with an intrauterine device, and pulmonary actinomycosis in smokers with poor dental hygiene, but also that actinomycosis may mimic the malignancy process in various anatomical sites. Bacterial cultures and pathology are the cornerstone of diagnosis, but particular conditions are required in order to get the correct diagnosis. Prolonged bacterial cultures in anaerobic conditions are necessary to identify the bacterium and typical microscopic findings include necrosis with

  16. Clinical features of primary biliary cirrhosis: a clinical analysis of 70 cases

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo investigate the clinical features of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC. MethodsA retrospective analysis was performed on the clinical data of 70 inpatients diagnosed with PBC from January 2008 to March 2013. The initial symptoms, liver function, and antimitochondrial antibody (AMA subtypes (M2, M4, and M9 of patients, as well as the pathological results of 3 cases, were recorded. The increases in alanine aminotransferase (ALT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alanine phosphatase (ALP, and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT were analyzed by Wilcoxon rank sum test. ResultsOf all patients, 84.3% were females; the mean age was 59.2±8.7 years. The main clinical manifestations included weakness (25.7%, itching (24.3%, discomfort in the upper right abdominal quadrant (18.6%, and abdominal distension (18.6%. Abnormal liver function was mainly characterized by significant increases in GGT (324.5±250.4 U/L and ALP(381.1±259.0 U/L. The number of patients with more than 5-fold increase in GGT was significantly higher than the numbers of patients with more than 5-fold increases in ALT, AST, and ALP (u=-5.861, P=0000; u=-4.036, P=0.000; u=-4.445, P=0.000. The numbers of patients with more than 2-fold increases in AST and ALP were significantly higher than the number of patients with more than 2-fold increase in ALT (u=-4.405, P=0.000; u=-3.625, P=0.000. Among all patients, 87.1% were positive for antimitochondrial M2 antibody (AM2A, 31.4% were positive for AM4A, and 114% were positive for AM9A. ConclusionPBC, more common in females, is the chronic liver damage characterized by significant increases in GGT and ALP. Detection of AMA subtypes (M2, M4and M9 is valuable for confirming the diagnosis of PBC.

  17. Clinical significance of serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) and its tissue inhibitor (TIMP-2) in gastric cancer.

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    Mroczko, Barbara; Lukaszewicz-Zając, Marta; Gryko, Mariusz; Kędra, Bogusław; Szmitkowski, Maciej

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    Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) is able to degrade type IV collagen, and thus plays a key role in the migration of tumor cells. MMP-2 activity is inhibited by its tissue inhibitor (TIMP-2). The imbalance between MMPs and TIMPs may facilitate progression of cancer cells. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical importance of MMP-2 and TIMP-2 to that of classical tumor markers, namely carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen (CA 19-9) in the diagnosis of gastric cancer (GC) by calculating the diagnostic criteria and estimating the levels of MMP-2, TIMP-2, CEA and CA 19-9 in GC patients in relation to clinicopathological features of cancer. We found that serum levels of MMP-2 and TIMP-2 were significantly lower, whereas serum tumor markers were higher, in GC patients than in healthy subjects. Moreover, concentrations of TIMP-2 and CEA correlated with gastric wall infiltration, while CA 19-9 levels correlated with gastric wall infiltration and the presence of nodal metastasis. None of the proteins tested was found to be an independent prognostic factor for GC patients' survival. The percentage of true positive results of TIMP-2 (61%) was higher than those of MMP-2 (54%) and the classical tumor markers CEA (21%) and CA 19-9 (31%). The highest diagnostic sensitivity was observed for the combined use of TIMP-2 with MMP-2 (77%). The results suggest the greater importance of serum MMP-2 and TIMP-2 than of the classical tumor markers CEA and CA 19-9 in the diagnosis of GC. But this issue requires further investigation.

  18. Serum neurofilament light chain levels are increased in patients with a clinically isolated syndrome.

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    Disanto, Giulio; Adiutori, Rocco; Dobson, Ruth; Martinelli, Vittorio; Dalla Costa, Gloria; Runia, Tessel; Evdoshenko, Evgeniy; Thouvenot, Eric; Trojano, Maria; Norgren, Niklas; Teunissen, Charlotte; Kappos, Ludwig; Giovannoni, Gavin; Kuhle, Jens

    2016-02-01

    Neurofilament light chain (NfL) represents a promising biomarker for axonal injury. We present the first exploratory study on serum NfL in patients with a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and healthy controls. We investigated serum NfL levels in 100 patients with CIS with a short conversion interval to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) (fast converters (FC), median (IQR) conversion time: 110 days (79-139)); 98 patients with non-converting CIS (non-converters (NC), follow-up: 6.5 years (5.3-7.9)); and 92 healthy controls. NfL levels were higher in FC (24.1 pg/mL (13.5-51.8)) and NC (19.3 pg/mL (13.6-35.2)) than in healthy controls (7.9 pg/mL (5.6-17.2)) (OR=5.85; 95% CI 2.63 to 13.02; p = 1.5 × 10(-5) and OR = 7.03; 95% CI 2.85 to 17.34; p = 2.3 × 10(-5), respectively). When grouping FC and NC, increased serum NfL concentration was also associated with increasing numbers of T2 hyperintense MRI lesions (OR = 2.36; 95% CI 1.21 to 4.59; p = 0.011), gadolinium-enhancing lesions (OR = 2.69; 95% CI 1.13 to 6.41; p=0.026) and higher disability scores (OR = 2.54; 95% CI 1.21 to 5.31; p = 0.013) at CIS diagnosis. If replicated in future studies, serum NfL may represent a reliable and easily accessible biomarker of early axonal damage in CIS and MS. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  19. Clinical features and management of non-HIV related lipodystrophy in children: A systematic review

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    Lipodystrophy syndromes are characterized by generalized or partial absence of adipose tissue. We conducted a systematic review to synthesize data on clinical and metabolic features of lipodystrophy (age at onset, Scopus and Non-Indexe...

  20. The Noonan Syndrome--A Review of the Clinical and Genetic Features of 27 Cases

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    Collins, Edith; Turner, Gillian

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    Reviewed were clinical and genetic features of 27 cases of the Noonan Syndrome, a condition with characteristics such as webbing of the neck, short stature, frequent congential heart lesions, and chromosomal irregularities. (DB)

  1. Clinical features of adult patients with Eisenmenger syndrome associated with different types of congenital heart disease

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical features and hemodynamics of adult patients with Eisenmenger syndrome in different types of congenital heart diseases (CHD) .Methods Patients with Eisenmenger syndrome with different types of CHD diagnosed by right heart

  2. Evaluation of epidemiological, clinical, and pathological features of neuroaxonal dystrophy in Quarter Horses.

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    Aleman, Monica; Finno, Carrie J; Higgins, Robert J; Puschner, Birgit; Gericota, Barbara; Gohil, Kishorchandra; LeCouteur, Richard A; Madigan, John E

    2011-09-15

    To describe epidemiological, clinical, and pathological features of neuroaxonal dystrophy in Quarter Horses (QHs) on a single farm. Prospective case series. Animals-148 horses. Neurologic, pathological, and toxicological evaluations were completed in selected neurologically affected horses over a 2-year period. Descriptive statistical analysis was performed. 87 QHs and 1 QH-crossbred horse were affected. Most (50/88 [56.8%]) affected horses were 1 to 2 years old (median age, 2 years [range, 2 months to 34 years]). Neurologic deficits included obtundation (53/88 [60%] horses), decreased to absent menace response (33/88 [37.5%]), proprioceptive positioning deficits, wide-based stance, ataxia, and dysmetria (88/88 [100%]). Most (78/88 [88.6%]) horses had mild ataxia, but some (10/88 [11.4%]) had moderate to severe ataxia. Low serum concentrations of vitamin E (≤ 2 mg/L) were detected in 3 index case horses and 16 of 17 randomly selected horses (13/14 affected and 3/3 unaffected) during study year 1. Dietary vitamin E supplementation did not improve neurologic deficits in affected horses; vitamin E administration in pregnant mares appeared to decrease but not prevent disease development among offspring born the following year. Lesions detected at necropsy included bilaterally symmetric neuroaxonal degeneration with axonal spheroids in the nucleus gracilis, nucleus cuneatus medialis, nucleus cuneatus lateralis, and nucleus thoracicus (5/5 horses). Neuroaxonal dystrophy should be considered in evaluation of young horses with ataxia and proprioceptive positioning deficits. Vitamin E deficiency may contribute to disease severity.

  3. Unraveling Brazilian Indian population prostate good health: clinical, anthropometric and genetic features

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    Mario M. de Lima Junior

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    Full Text Available Purpose To compare dietary, lifestyle, clinical, anthropometric, genetic and prostatic features of Brazilian Indians and non-Indians (Amazon. Methods 315 men, 228 Indians and 89 non-Indians, ≥40 years old were submitted to digital rectal examination, serum prostate specific antigen (PSA, testosterone, TP53 and GSTP1 genotyping, anthropometric, lifestyle, dietary, personal and familial medical history. Prostatic symptoms were evaluated with the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS. Results Macuxis and Yanomamis represented 43.6% and 14.5% of Indians respectively who spontaneously referred no prostate symptoms. Mean IPSS was 7, range 3-19, with only 15% of moderate symptoms (score 8-19; Mean age was 54.7 years, waist circumference 86.6 cm, BMI 23.9 kg/m2. Yanomamis presented both lower BMI (21.4 versus 24.8 and 23.3, p=0,001 and prostate volume than Macuxis and “other ethnic groups” (15 versus 20, p=0.001. Testosterone (414 versus 502 and 512, p=0.207 and PSA (0.48 versus 0.6 and 0.41, p=0.349 were similar with progressive PSA increase with aging. Val/Val correlated with lower PSA (p=0.0361. Indians compared to control population presented: - TP53 super representation of Arg/Arg haplotype, 74.5% versus 42.5%, p<0.0001. -GSTP1 Ile/Ile 35.3% versus 60.9%; Ile/Val 45.9% versus 28.7%; Val/Val 18.8% versus 10.3%; p=0.0003. Conclusions Observed specific dietary, lifestyle, anthropometric and genetic profile for TP53 and GSTP1 may contribute to Brazilian Indian population prostate good health.

  4. Problematic clinical features of powered wheelchair users with severely disabling multiple sclerosis

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    This article is made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund. Copyright @ 2014 Informa UK Ltd. Purpose: The aim of this study is to describe the clinical features of powered wheelchair users with severely disabling multiple sclerosis (MS) and explore the problematic clinical features influencing prescription. Method: Retrospective review of electronic and case note records of recipients of electric-powered indoor/outdoor powered wheelchairs (EPIOCs) attending a specialist ...

  5. Clinical and histopathological features and relationship of Barrett esophagus and its related adenocarcinoma

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical and histopathological features of Barrett esophagus and its related adenocarcinoma as well as the relationship between them.Methods From ajanuary 2002 to January 2012,the clinical data of 35 patients with Barrett esophagus,850 patients with esophagus cancer and 218 patients with esophageal-gastric junction cancer were collected,and the histopathological features of all the patients and the followup in patients with Barrett esophagus were retrospectively

  6. Serum BAP as the clinically useful marker for predicting BMD reduction in diabetic hemodialysis patients with low PTH.

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    Ueda, Misako; Inaba, Masaaki; Okuno, Senji; Maeno, Yoshifumi; Ishimura, Eiji; Yamakawa, Tomoyuki; Nishizawa, Yoshiki

    2005-07-22

    With decrease of serum PTH in hemodialysis (HD) patients, other factors besides parathyroid hormone (PTH) become important in regulating bone metabolism. We investigated which serum bone metabolic marker is the best to predict the bone mineral density (BMD) reduction in HD patients with serum PTHBAP), intact osteocalcin (OC), and N-terminal propeptide of type I collagen (PINP), and the bone resorption markers, deoxypyridinoline (DPD), pyridinoline (PYD), and beta-crossLaps (beta-CTx) were measured in serum from 137 HD patients. BMD of all patients was measured twice, approximately 1.5 years before and 1.5 years after measurement of their markers of bone metabolism. In all 137 HD patients, serum BAP was the only marker significantly higher in those with BMD reduction than in those without. In 42 diabetes mellitus (DM) HD patients with serum PTHBAP was again the only marker to discriminate those with BMD reduction from those without. At serum PTHBAP retained tendency toward higher value. These findings suggest that serum BAP might be the most sensitive to identify small changes of bone metabolism in low bone turnover state. Retrospective study confirmed the usefulness of serum BAP in clinical practice by significantly higher values in those with bone loss at PTHBAP is a clinically useful bone formation marker to predict the BMD reduction in DM HD patients with low level of PTH.

  7. The effects of Nigella sativa on thyroid function, serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) - 1, Nesfatin-1 and anthropometric features in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Farhangi, Mahdieh Abbasalizad; Dehghan, Parvin; Tajmiri, Siroos; Abbasi, Mehran Mesgari

    2016-11-16

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder and the most common cause of hypothyroidism. The use of Nigella sativa, a potent herbal medicine, continues to increase worldwide as an alternative treatment of several chronic diseases including hyperlipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of Nigella sativa on thyroid function, serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) - 1, Nesfatin-1 and anthropometric features in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Forty patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, aged between 22 and 50 years old, participated in the trial and were randomly allocated into two groups of intervention and control receiving powdered Nigella sativa or placebo daily for 8 weeks. Changes in anthropometric variables, dietary intakes, thyroid status, serum VEGF and Nesfatin-1 concentrations after 8 weeks were measured. Treatment with Nigella sativa significantly reduced body weight and body mass index (BMI). Serum concentrations of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies decreased while serum T3 concentrations increased in Nigella sativa-treated group after 8 weeks. There was a significant reduction in serum VEGF concentrations in intervention group. None of these changes had been observed in placebo treated group. In stepwise multiple regression model, changes in waist to hip ratio (WHR) and thyroid hormones were significant predictors of changes in serum VEGF and Nesgfatin-1 values in Nigella sativa treated group (P Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Moreover, Nigella sativa significantly reduced serum VEGF concentrations in these patients. Considering observed health- promoting effect of this medicinal plant in ameliorating the disease severity, it can be regarded as a useful therapeutic approach in management of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Iranian registry of clinical trials (registration number IRCT2015021719082N4 - Registered March

  8. The clinical significance evaluation of serum β2-microglobulin for thyroid cancer patients

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    Shihong Ma; Qinjiang Liu; Kesheng Li

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical value and relevance on the serum β2-microglobulin (β2-MG) of patients with thyroid cancer. Methods: One thousand and two normal cases, 95 thyroid cancer patients and 243 nodular goiter patients were selected to measure serum β2-MG levels using double-antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immu-nosorbent assay (ELISA). Results: The positive rate of 7.78% in normal population (78/1002) and 31.57% in thyroid cancer patients (30/95). There were significant differences between the normal population and thyroid cancer patients (χ2 = 55.352; P = 0.000). The positive rate of 7.81% in nodular goiter patients (19/243) and there were no significant differences between the normal population and nodular goiter patients (χ2 = 0.0004; P = 0.986), but significant differences between nodular goiter patients and thyroid cancer patients (χ2 = 31.106; P = 0.000). Meanwhile, the significant difference of the positive rate existed in between the various pathological types of thyroid cancer (χ2 = 10.015; P = 0.007), anaplastic thyroid cancer patients with the highest positive rate and The significant difference was found between the positive lymph node metastasis groups and negative lymph node metastasis groups (χ2 = 4.441; P = 0.035), the presence of distant metastasis group and absence of distant metastasis group (χ2 = 9.795; P = 0.002). Conclusion: Serum β2-MG levels and prognosis of thyroid cancer patients was negatively correlated. It showed important clinical value to detect the level of β2-MG in the early diagnosis, prognosis and the clinical observation for thyroid cancer patients.

  9. Clinical features to identify urinary tract infection in nursing home residents: a cohort study.

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    Juthani-Mehta, Manisha; Quagliarello, Vincent; Perrelli, Eleanor; Towle, Virginia; Van Ness, Peter H; Tinetti, Mary

    2009-06-01

    To identify clinical features associated with bacteriuria plus pyuria in noncatheterized nursing home residents with clinically suspected urinary tract infection (UTI). Prospective, observational cohort study from 2005 to 2007. Five New Haven, Connecticut area nursing homes. Five hundred fifty-one nursing home residents each followed for 1 year for the development of clinically suspected UTI. The combined outcome of bacteriuria (>100,000 colony forming units from urine culture) plus pyuria (>10 white blood cells from urinalysis). After 178,914 person-days of follow-up, 228 participants had 399 episodes of clinically suspected UTI with a urinalysis and urine culture performed; 147 episodes (36.8%) had bacteriuria plus pyuria. The clinical features associated with bacteriuria plus pyuria were dysuria (relative risk (RR)=1.58, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.10-2.03), change in character of urine (RR=1.42, 95% CI=1.07-1.79), and change in mental status (RR=1.38, 95% CI=1.03-1.74). Dysuria, change in character of urine, and change in mental status were significantly associated with the combined outcome of bacteriuria plus pyuria. Absence of these clinical features identified residents at low risk of having bacteriuria plus pyuria (25.5%), whereas presence of dysuria plus one or both of the other clinical features identified residents at high risk of having bacteriuria plus pyuria (63.2%). Diagnostic uncertainty still remains for the vast majority of residents who meet only one clinical feature. If validated in future cohorts, these clinical features with bacteriuria plus pyuria may serve as an evidence-based clinical definition of UTI to assist in management decisions.

  10. Detection and Classification of Cancer from Microscopic Biopsy Images Using Clinically Significant and Biologically Interpretable Features

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Srivastava, Subodh

    2015-01-01

    A framework for automated detection and classification of cancer from microscopic biopsy images using clinically significant and biologically interpretable features is proposed and examined. The various stages involved in the proposed methodology include enhancement of microscopic images, segmentation of background cells, features extraction, and finally the classification. An appropriate and efficient method is employed in each of the design steps of the proposed framework after making a comparative analysis of commonly used method in each category. For highlighting the details of the tissue and structures, the contrast limited adaptive histogram equalization approach is used. For the segmentation of background cells, k-means segmentation algorithm is used because it performs better in comparison to other commonly used segmentation methods. In feature extraction phase, it is proposed to extract various biologically interpretable and clinically significant shapes as well as morphology based features from the segmented images. These include gray level texture features, color based features, color gray level texture features, Law's Texture Energy based features, Tamura's features, and wavelet features. Finally, the K-nearest neighborhood method is used for classification of images into normal and cancerous categories because it is performing better in comparison to other commonly used methods for this application. The performance of the proposed framework is evaluated using well-known parameters for four fundamental tissues (connective, epithelial, muscular, and nervous) of randomly selected 1000 microscopic biopsy images. PMID:27006938

  11. Clinical analysis of high serum IgE in autoimmune pancreatitis

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    Kenji; Hirano; Minoru; Tada; Hiroyuki; Isayama; Kazumichi; Kawakubo; Hiroshi; Yagioka; Takashi; Sasaki; Hirofumi; Kogure; Yousuke; Nakai; Naoki; Sasahira; Takeshi; Tsujino; Nobuo; Toda; Kazuhiko; Koike

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To clarify the clinical significance of high serum IgE in autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). METHODS: Forty-two AIP patients, whose IgE was measured before steroid treatment, were analyzed. To evaluate the relationship between IgE levels and the disease activity of AIP, we examined (1) Frequency of high IgE (> 170 IU/mL) and concomitant allergic dis-eases requiring treatment; (2) Correlations between IgG, IgG4, and IgE; (3) Relationship between the presence of extrapancreatic lesions and IgE; (4) Re-lation...

  12. The prognostic significance of clinical and pathological features in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Lun-Xiu Qin; Zhao-You Tang

    2002-01-01

    The prognosis of patients with HCC still remains dismal. The life expectancy of HCC patients is hard to predict because of the high possibility of postoperative recurrence. Many factors, such as patient's general conditions, macroscopic tumor morphology, as well as tumor hictopathology features, have been proven of prognostic significance. Female HCC patient often has a better prognosis than male patient, which might be due to the receptor of sex hormones. Younger patients often have tumors with higher invasiveness and metastatic potentials, and their survival and prognosis are worse than the older ones. Co-existing hepatitis status and hepatic functional reserve have been confirmed as risk factors for recurrence. Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is useful not only for diagnosis, but also as a prognostic indicator for HCC patients. AFP mRNA has been proposed as a predictive marker of HCC cells disseminated into the circulation and for metastatic recurrence. Many pathologic features,such as tumor size, number, capsule state, cell differentiation, venous invasion, intrahepatic spreading, and advanced pTNM stage, are the best-established risk factors for recurrence and important aspects affecting the prognosis of patients with HCC. Marked inflammatory cell infiltration in the tumor could predict a better prognosis. Clinical stage is still the most important factor influencing on the prognosis. Extratumor spreading and lymph nodal metastasis are independent predictors for poor outcome. Soma new predictive systems have recently been proposed. Different strategies of treatment might have significant different effects on the patients'prognosis. To date, surgical resection is still the only potentially curative treatment for HCC,including localized postoperative recurrences.Extent of resection, blood transfusion, occlusion of porta hepatis, and blood loss affect the survival and prognosis of HCC patients. Regional therapies provide alternative ways to improve the prognosis of

  13. A STUDY OF CORRELATION BETWEEN SERUM MALONDIALDEHYDE AND THE CLINICAL SEVERITY OF PSORIASIS

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Psoriasis is the dermatological disorder characterized by hyperproliferation and inflammation of the skin. The free radicals produced by oxidative stress leads to oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids resulting in the formation of lipid peroxidation products such as malondialdehyde (MDA which is a biomarker of oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS This was a hospital based case control study which included 50 cases of psoriasis and 50 healthy controls. Serum malondialdehyde was measured by thiobarbituric acid reactivity assay method. For the patients with psoriasis, clinical severity was determined according to Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI score. Data analysis was done using SPSS software version 16.0. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION Our results showed levels of MDA were significantly increased (P<0.001 in patients with psoriasis as compared to controls. We found a positive correlation between the serum MDA and PASI score. These results supported the proposal that serum MDA level could be helpful in predicting the prognosis of psoriasis and add further support for the involvement of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. CONCLUSION Our results indicate that oxidative damage resulting from increased reactive oxygen species production may be involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis

  14. [Serum Protein Expression Level in 47 Patients with Megaloblastic Anemia and Its Clinical Significance].

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    Ke, Yong

    2016-08-01

    To study the clinical significance of serum protein expression level in patients with megaloblastic anemia(MA). A total of 47 patients with MA were enrolled in this study between November 2013 and November 2015, and 50 healthy people in the same period were selected as controls. The levels of total protein (TP), albumin (Alb), ferritin (FER), transferrin (TRF) and soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) were compared between 2 groups, and the serum protein expression levels in different types of MA, varous anemia degrees of MA were analyzed. The leves of TP, Alb and FER in MA patients were significantly lower than those in control group, the levels of TRF and sTfR were statistically significantly higher than those in control group(Panemia were significantly higher than those in the patients with moderate and severe anemia, the levels of TRF and sTfR were statistically significantly lower(Panemia were significantly higher than those in the patients with severe anemia, the levels of TRF and sTfR were significantly lower(P<0.05). Compared with levels before treatment, the levels of TP, Alb and FER significantly increased after treatment, while the TRF and sTfR levels significantly decreased (P<0.05). Serum levels of TP, Alb, FER, TRF and sTfR can provide a basis for the diagnosis of MA, and contribute to predict the disease to some extent.

  15. Detection and clinical significance of serum autoantibodies in patients with myasthenia gravis

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the expressions and clinical significance of serum anti - acetylcholine receptor antibodies (AChR-Ab, anti-Titin antibodies (Titin-Ab, and anti-Ryanodine receptor antibodies (RyR-Ab in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG. Methods Serum AChR-Ab, Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab were detected with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA in 182 MG patients, 105 patients of other neurological diseases (OND and 62 normal controls. Results Serum AChR-Ab, Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab were detected positive respectively in 68.13% (124/182, 64.29% (117/182 and 67.03% (122/182 of patients in MG group. The positive rates of those antibodies in MG group were significantly higher than those in OND group (P = 0.000, for all and control group (P = 0.000, for all. When 3 antibodies coexisted, the sensitivity in the diagnosis of MG was 41.21%, with 99.40% of specificity. There was no significant difference in the positive rate of serum AChR-Ab, Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab between early-onset MG subgroup and late-onset MG subgroup (P > 0.05, for all. The positive rates of AChR-Ab were significantly higher in MG patients with thymoma than in those without thymoma (P = 0.004. There was no significant difference in the positive rate of Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab between MG with thymoma subgroup and MG without thymoma subgroup (P > 0.05, for all. The prevalence of AChR-Ab in generalized MG (GMG atients (Ⅱa and Ⅱb was higher than those in ocular MG (OMG patients (typeⅠ; P = 0.005, 0.012. There was no significant difference in the positive rate of Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab between GMG subgroup and OMG subgroup (P > 0.05, for all. Conclusions Serum AChR-Ab, Titin-Ab and RyR-Ab can be used as ndicators of the diagnosis of MG. Patients with 3 coexisted positive antibodies are highly suspected as MG. Higher AChR-Ab level in serum of OMG patients indicates the possibility of progressing to GMG. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.10.007

  16. The clinical features of mania and their representation in modern diagnostic criteria.

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    Kendler, K S

    2017-04-01

    This review seeks to determine the degree to which modern operationalized diagnostic criteria for mania reflect the clinical features of mania described historically by expert textbook authors. Clinical descriptions of mania appearing in 18 textbooks published between 1899 and 1956 were reviewed and compared to the criteria for mania from six modern operationalized diagnostic systems. Twenty-two prominent symptoms and signs were reported by five or more authors. Two symptoms (elevated mood and grandiosity) and four signs (hyperactivity, pressured speech, irritability, and new activities with painful consequences) were reported by every author. A strong relationship was seen between the frequency with which the clinical features were reported and the likelihood of their inclusion in modern diagnostic systems. However, many symptoms and signs including impulsivity, hypersexuality, mood lability, altered moral standards, increased humor, hypergraphia, and a vigorous physical appearance were not included in any modern criteria. Indeed, DSM-5 contains only eight of the historically noted clinical features. We conclude that modern operationalized criteria for mania well reflect symptoms and signs frequently reported by historical experts. This suggests that the clinical construct of mania has been relatively stable in western Psychiatry since the turn of the 20th century. However, many useful clinical features of mania described in these textbooks are missing from these criteria thereby illustrating the limitations of clinical evaluations restricted to the assessment of only current diagnostic criteria. The disorders we study and treat are considerably richer clinically than is reflected in the DSM criteria which we use to diagnose them.

  17. Clinicoepidemiologic features of chronic urticaria in patients having positive versus negative autologous serum skin test: A study of 100 Indian patients

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    Surbhi Vohra

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic urticaria patients who demonstrate autoantibodies against the high-affinity receptor of IgE (FceRI or IgE itself tend to have a high itch and wheal score, and systemic symptoms may have a significant bearing on their management in terms of super pharmacologic doses of antihistamines needed or use of immunomodulators. Most studies have used histamine release assays rather than autologous serum skin tests (ASSTs for correlating urticaria severity and histamine releasing activity. Methods: An ASST was performed in 100 (M:F, 31:69 chronic urticaria patients aged between 14 and 63 (mean, 32.69 ± 13 years with an objective to study the clinicoepidemiologic features like age, sex, age of onset and duration, frequency and distribution of wheals, urticaria severity, angioedema and systemic manifestations in ASST-positive and ASST-negative patients. Results: ASST was positive in 46% of the patients and negative in 54% of the patients, respectively. Both groups showed no statistically significant difference for epidemiological details. However, the ASST-positive patients had a higher mean urticaria activity score, frequent involvement of more body sites, particularly palms and soles, presence of throat angioedema and general constitutional, respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms in comparison with the ASST-negative patients. Conclusions: Apparently, ASST-positive patients have more severe clinical manifestations of chronic urticaria. The knowledge will be useful for the treating dermatologists and patients alike in view of its therapeutic implications.

  18. [Clinical Value of Serum Fructosamine Measurement in IgA Type Multiple Myeloma].

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    Zhang, Jing-Yu; Fan, Hong; Chen, Li-Xin; Wang, Li-Fang; Wang, Hong-Fei; Shi, Hai-Xiang

    2017-04-01

    To investigate the value of serum fructosamine (FMN) measurement in clinical typing and staging of multiple myeloma(MM) as well as evaluation of curative efficacy and prognosis of IgA type MM. The levels of FMN were detected by nitro-blue-tetrazolium colorimetric method in 62 IgA type MM patients, 65 IgG type MM patients, 24 IgM type MM patients. The difference between the serum FMN levels and different MM types and its relationship with IgA type MM, patients' stages, efficacy and as well as, the effect of FMN level on overall survival (OS) time of IgA type MM patients were analyzed. FMN level of IgA type patients was obviously higher than that of IgG type and IgM type patients. Patients of DS stage III had higher FMN level than that of stage II, and patients of DS stage II had higher FMN level than that of stage I, the differences were statistical significant(P<0.05). Patients of ISS stage III also had higher FMN level than that of stage II, and patients of ISS stage II also had higher FMN level than that of stage I, the differences were statistical significant(P<0.05). After treatment, FMN level of patients obtained complete remission (CR) or very good partial remission(VGPR) obviously decreased, FMN level of patients obtained partial remission(PR) decreased, FMN level of patients obtained less than PR increased. Patients with normal FMN level had longer OS time, while patients with high FMN level had obviously short OS time. Serum FMN is obviously elevated in the IgA type MM, there is a certain association between staging and serum FMN level, the IgA type MM patients with FMN normalization after treatment have better prognosis.

  19. Detection of Serum Interleukin-6/10/18 Levels in Sepsis and Its Clinical Significance.

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    Feng, Mingchen; Sun, Tingting; Zhao, Yaxin; Zhang, Hui

    2016-11-01

    To explore the clinical significance of serum levels of IL-6/10/18 in sepsis. Sixty-six patients with sepsis were selected to be the case group. Additionally, 42 healthy adults were selected to be the control group. ELISA was used to measure the serum levels of IL-6/10/18, and ROC was utilized to evaluate the diagnostic values of IL-6/10/18 in sepsis. The heart rate, respiratory rate, WBC count and APACHE II score in the sepsis group were significantly higher than those in the control group, and these indexes were increased in turn in the mild sepsis group, severe sepsis group, and septic shock group (all P sepsis patients were significantly higher than those in the control group, and both of the levels were increased in turn in the mild sepsis group, severe sepsis group, and septic shock group (both P 0.05). The cut-off points of IL-6 and IL-18 were 109.19 pg/ml (sensitivity: 94.4%; specificity: 83.3%) and 116.01 pg/ml (sensitivity: 77.8%; specificity: 83.3%), respectively. Serum IL-6 levels were positively correlated with the APACHE II score and heart rate (both P sepsis patients. Additionally, IL-6 has a greater sensitivity than IL-18. Serum IL-6 levels were positively correlated with the APACHE II score and heart rate, indicating that IL-6 could be used as a potential biomarker for sepsis. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions

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    Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions......Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions...

  1. Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions

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    El-Galaly, Tarec Christoffer; Hutchings, Martin; Juul Mylam, Karen

    Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions......Clinical Features and Outcome in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients Presenting with PET/CT-Ascertained Focal Skeletal Lesions...

  2. The clinical utility of serum IL-35 in patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

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    Yin, Liguo; Ge, Yongpeng; Yang, Hanbo; Peng, Qinglin; Lu, Xin; Zhang, Yamei; Wang, Guochun

    2016-11-01

    The objectives of this study are to assess the levels of serum Interleukin-35 (IL-35) in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) and to evaluate the association between IL-35 levels and IIM-related features. Serum IL-35 was detected in 76 patients with dermatomyositis (DM), 28 patients with polymyositis (PM), 98 disease controls (40 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 34 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 systemic sclerosis (SSc), and 12 sjogren syndrome (SS)), and 43 healthy controls by ELISA. Follow-up was conducted on 34 patients. Serum IL-35 was higher in myositis (PM/DM) patients than in healthy controls (median 76.6 pg/ml [interquartile range (IQR) 57.9-136.2] vs. 29.9 pg/ml (IQR 21.9-65.5), P < 0.001) and disease controls. Serum IL-35 in IIM patients negatively correlated with disease duration moderately (r = -0.35, P < 0.01). Patients with dysphagia had higher IL-35 than those without (median149.35 pg/ml (IQR 87.97-267.32) vs. 70.72 pg/ml (IQR 54.49-123.42), P = 0.001). Cross-sectional correlation analysis showed a weak positive correlation between serum IL-35 and CK (r = 0.293, P = 0.003), moderate positive correlation with erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (r = 0.304, P = 0.002), serum ferritin (SF) (r = 0.467, P = 0.001) and LDH levels (r = 0.401, P < 0.001). Additionally, serum IL-35 was higher in patients who were positive for anti-HMGCR (median 292.04 pg/ml (IQR 67.9-442.86) vs. 74.66 pg/ml (IQR 57.24-131.32), P = 0.038) and anti-SRP antibody (median 130.33 pg/ml (IQR 88.04-481.28) vs. 73.06 pg/ml (IQR 56.78-134.28), P = 0.009) than in negative patients, respectively. Follow-up study showed that changes in IL-35 levels after treatment correlated with changes in MYOACT scores moderately (r = 0.375, P = 0.029). These data indicate that increased serum IL-35 could act as a disease activity marker and as a risk factor for esophageal involvement in IIM. IL-35 may participate in the pathophysiological

  3. Clinical and pathological features of acute optic neuritis in Chinese patients

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    ZHANG Jia-ying; SHEN Xu-zhong; SUN Li; LU Zhao-zeng; YE Wen

    2013-01-01

    Background The incentives and the factors that affect the onset and outcome of optic neuritis (ON) are not very clear.The aim of this study is to define and get a comprehensive understanding of the clinical profile of ON,and to identify the factors that were related to the prognosis of the patients.Methods Medical records of patients with diagnosis of ON at Huashan Hospital,Fudan University between March 2008 and June 2011 were reviewed.Clinical features,ophthalmologic and neurologic assessments,neuroimaging studies,laboratory examinations,visual recovery,and final outcome of the patients were evaluated by the authors.Results Records of 50 patients (32 females and 18 males),aged 15-56 years,were reviewed,in which 22% patients had a previous onset of ON.Maximal visual deficit was severe in 72.5% (<20/200).Abnormal rates of hormone levels and rheumatoid indicators were found in 54.2% and 25.0%.ANA test returned positive in 40%,oligoclonal banding (OCB)was identified in 31.3%,and Serum neuromyelitis optica (NMO)-lgG studies were abnormal in 25% of the patients.Neuroimaging abnormalities associated with ON were documented in six patients.Three of the 50 patients have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,and two with NMO.Visual acuity was 20/20 or better in 26.1% and 20/100 or worse in 39.1% affected eyes at the last visit.Poor visual acuity at onset is the main factor that would affect the final outcome of vision (P <0.05).Conclusions Vision defects of this group of patients were severe.Females had a higher incidence of ON than males.Hormone levels,rheumatoid indicators and immune parameters may be related to the onset of ON.The severe reduction of visual acuity at onset may be related to the poor outcome of vision in ON patients.

  4. Influence of activated charcoal on the pharmacokinetics and the clinical features of carbamazepine poisoning.

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    Brahmi, Nozha; Kouraichi, Nadia; Thabet, Hafedh; Amamou, Mouldi

    2006-07-01

    Carbamazepine (CBZ) poisoning has been associated with cases of severe toxicity and death. Multiple-dose activated charcoal was proposed to enhance the clearance of CBZ elimination, but there are no prospective controlled studies that demonstrated a change in clinical outcome after the use of multiple-dose activated charcoal. The aim of this study was to determine the CBZ elimination kinetics and the evolution of clinical features according to the dose of activated charcoal in acute poisoning patients. It is a prospective study for 6 months, from January to June 2004, including all pure acute CBZ-poisoned patients. Twelve patients were randomized to receive a multiple-dose activated charcoal (G1) or a simple dose of 1 g/kg (G2). Their mean age was 27.6+/-12.2 years; the Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS II), 16.37+/-8.46; and the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE II), 8+/-3.96. They were 8 men and 4 women. The mean concentration of blood CBZ at hospital admission was of 29.42+/-6.68 mg/L. Each group includes 6 patients. The peak value of blood CBZ was comparable in the 2 groups: 33+/-3.46 mg/L (G1) vs 32.6+/-5.63 (G2) (P=.5); the requirement of mechanical ventilation was similar also (3 in each group). The duration of both coma and mechanical ventilation was significantly decreased in the first group compared with the second: 20.33+/-3.05 vs 29.33+/-4.11 hours for coma (P=.02) and 24.1+/-4.2 vs 36.4+/-3.6 hours for mechanical ventilation (P=.001). The length of stay was also significantly decreased in the first group: 30.3+/-3.4 vs 39.7+/-7.3 hours in the second group (P=.000006). Concurrently, we have noted a significant constant reduction of the half-life of CBZ from serum in the first group: 12.56+/-3.5 hours after multiple dose vs 27.88+/-7.36 hours after a simple dose (P=.0004). This decrease was correlated to the dose of charcoal. In summary, we can conclude that multiple-dose activated charcoal is more efficient than simple

  5. Epidemiologic and Clinical Features of Measles and Rubella in a Rural Area in China

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    Youwang Yan

    2005-12-01

    Conclusion: Measles and rubella are 2 common communicable diseases in the children of Jingzhou District, with outbreaks being the main epidemic form. Some clinical features such as temperature, duration of the prodromal stage and exanthema are different in measles and rubella, and they can be useful in distinguishing between the 2 diseases. Accuracy in the clinical diagnosis of measles should be improved by enhancing serologic testing for measles and rubella, and by identifying patients' specific clinical characteristics.

  6. Clinical and morphological features of peptic ulcer at men and women

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    Islamova Е.А.; Lipatova Т.Е.

    2010-01-01

    The aim of research was to study clinical and morphological features of peptic ulcer at men and women of various age. 166 patients with duodenal peptic ulcer (80 men and 86 women) and 138 with stomach peptic ulcer (80 men and 58 women) were inspected. Clinical displays, morphometrical analysis of components of diffuse neuroendocrine system and stomach receptors of sexual hormones were studied. It is defined, that peptic ulcer at women under 40 years has more favorable clinical current, than a...

  7. [Early clinical features of severe peripheral facial paralysis and acupuncture strategies].

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    Wang, Sheng-Qiang; Li, Yun; Bai, Ya-Ping

    2010-05-01

    In order to have a good grasp of rules of acupuncture for severe peripheral facial paralysis, the early clinical features of severe peripheral facial paralysis (Bell's palsy) are studied and analyzed from the aspect of injury level, injury degrees, clinical syndromes and symptoms; consequently, the treatment strategies with acupuncture are proposed. The severe peripheral facial paralysis is an important research area in clinic trials which verifies the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment.

  8. Stable feature selection for clinical prediction: exploiting ICD tree structure using Tree-Lasso.

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    Kamkar, Iman; Gupta, Sunil Kumar; Phung, Dinh; Venkatesh, Svetha

    2015-02-01

    Modern healthcare is getting reshaped by growing Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Recently, these records have been shown of great value towards building clinical prediction models. In EMR data, patients' diseases and hospital interventions are captured through a set of diagnoses and procedures codes. These codes are usually represented in a tree form (e.g. ICD-10 tree) and the codes within a tree branch may be highly correlated. These codes can be used as features to build a prediction model and an appropriate feature selection can inform a clinician about important risk factors for a disease. Traditional feature selection methods (e.g. Information Gain, T-test, etc.) consider each variable independently and usually end up having a long feature list. Recently, Lasso and related l1-penalty based feature selection methods have become popular due to their joint feature selection property. However, Lasso is known to have problems of selecting one feature of many correlated features randomly. This hinders the clinicians to arrive at a stable feature set, which is crucial for clinical decision making process. In this paper, we solve this problem by using a recently proposed Tree-Lasso model. Since, the stability behavior of Tree-Lasso is not well understood, we study the stability behavior of Tree-Lasso and compare it with other feature selection methods. Using a synthetic and two real-world datasets (Cancer and Acute Myocardial Infarction), we show that Tree-Lasso based feature selection is significantly more stable than Lasso and comparable to other methods e.g. Information Gain, ReliefF and T-test. We further show that, using different types of classifiers such as logistic regression, naive Bayes, support vector machines, decision trees and Random Forest, the classification performance of Tree-Lasso is comparable to Lasso and better than other methods. Our result has implications in identifying stable risk factors for many healthcare problems and therefore can

  9. Serum lipid profile and clinical characteristics of patients with xanthelasma palpebrarum*

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    Kavoussi, Hossein; Ebrahimi, Ali; Rezaei, Mansour; Ramezani, Mazaher; Najafi, Behnaz; Kavoussi, Reza

    2016-01-01

    Background Although many factors are involved in the etiology of xanthelasma palpebrum, lipid disorder is strongly associated with its induction. Xanthelasma palpebrum, the most common type of xanthoma, usually presents in middle-aged females and results in aesthetic problems. Objective To evaluate thelipid profile and important clinical aspects of xanthelasma palpebrum patients. Methods In this descriptive study, we enrolled 42xanthelasma palpebrumpatients, and 42 cases of non-inflammatory skin disorders as thecontrol group, matched for age and gender.The clinical characteristics of the patients and fasting serum lipid profile were recorded for both groups. The data obtained were analyzed using SPSS-16. Results Xanthelasma palpebrum was found more commonly in middle-aged females with disease onset of less than 1 year, and without significant familial history of xanthoma. Furthermore,xanthelasma lesionswere most often seen in the upper lid with mild extension and was rarely associated with systemic disease. There was no statistically significant difference between two groups regarding hypertriglyceridemia (p= 0.231) and hypercholesterolemia (p= 0.302). The mean serum levels of cholesterol (221.51±60.4 mg/dl), triglyceride (185.98±71.1 mg/dl) and VLDL (37.7±17.6 mg/dl) were significantly higher and themedian HDL (36.2 (31, 41) mg/dl) level was lower in thepatient group. Conclusion In our study, hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia did not reveal a significant difference between thepatient and control groups; however, mean serum values for cholesterol, triglyceride, VLDL and HDL showed a significant difference between the two groups. Therefore, in addition to lipid abnormality, other factors could be involved in the pathogenesis of xanthelasma palpebrum. PMID:27579742

  10. Brucellosis in Kosovo and Clinical Features of Brucellosis at University clinical center of Kosovo

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    Emine Qehaja Buçaj; Edmond Puca; Sadie Namani; Muharem Bajrami; Valbon Krasniqi; Lindita Ajazaj Berisha; Xhevat Jakupi; Bahrie Halili; Dhimiter Kraja

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Brucellosis became a remarkable disease in Kosovo. But there