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  1. Mortality in Schizophrenia: Clinical and Serological Predictors

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    Dickerson, Faith; Stallings, Cassie; Origoni, Andrea; Schroeder, Jennifer; Khushalani, Sunil; Yolken, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Persons with schizophrenia have a reduced life expectancy largely due to death from natural causes. Factors that have been previously associated with excess mortality include cigarette smoking and antipsychotic medication. The role of other environmental factors such as exposure to infectious agents has been the subject of only limited investigation. We prospectively assessed a cohort of persons with schizophrenia with a clinical evaluation and a blood sample from which antibodies to human herpes viruses and Toxoplasma gondii were measured. Mortality was determined with data from the National Death Index following a period of up to 11 years. We examined the role of demographic, serological, and clinical factors on mortality. A total of 25 (5%) of 517 persons died of natural causes. The standardized mortality ratio was 2.80 (95% CI 0.89, 6.38). After adjusting for age and gender, mortality from natural causes was predicted in separate models by cigarette smoking (relative risk [RR] = 4.66, P = .0029); lower cognitive score (RR = 0.96, P = .013); level of antibodies to Epstein–Barr virus (RR = 1.22, P = .0041) and to Herpes Simplex virus type 1 (RR = 1.19, P = .030); immunologic disease (RR = 3.14, P = .044); and genitourinary disease (RR = 2.70; P = .035). Because cigarette smoking confers an almost 5-fold risk of mortality, smoking cessation is an urgent priority. Having an elevated level of antibodies to Epstein–Barr virus and to Herpes Simplex virus type 1 are also significant predictors of death from natural causes. PMID:23943410

  2. Controlling tuberculosis in a llama (Lama glama) herd using clinical signs, tuberculin skin testing and serology.

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    Twomey, D F; Collins, R; Cranwell, M P; Crawshaw, T R; Higgins, R J; Dean, G S; Vordermeier, H M; Hollingdale, A; de la Rua-Domenech, R

    2012-05-01

    An outbreak of tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium bovis, was investigated in a small herd of llamas (Lama glama). Based on three ante-mortem diagnostic methods (clinical signs, tuberculin skin test reactions, and 'Rapid Test' serology), 12 llamas were selected for examination post-mortem. Grossly visible lesions suspicious of TB were observed in eight animals, four of which had exhibited clinical signs, one was a skin test 'reactor', and three had been seropositive. M. bovis was isolated from seven of these eight animals. Clinical signs combined with serology were found to be useful in identifying infected animals, but tuberculin skin testing had limited negative predictive value as four llamas that were subsequently confirmed as infected were not detected using this assay. Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Clinical Utility of Serologic Testing for Celiac Disease in Ontario

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    2010-01-01

    tests in the diagnosis celiac disease? What is the clinical validity of serologic tests in the diag

  4. Clinically and/or Serologically Misleading Findings Surrounding Immune Haemolytic Anaemias.

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    Salama, Abdulgabar

    2015-09-01

    Autoimmune haemolytic anaemias (AIHAs) are well-characterized disorders. They can be differentiated from one another and from other non-immune haemolytic anaemias by clinical, laboratory and serological testing. However, several misleading clinical presentations and/or serological findings may result in misinterpretation, delay and/or misdiagnosis. Such failures are avoidable by adequate clinical and serological experience of the responsible physicians and serologists or, at least, by an optimised bidirectional communication. As long as this has not been achieved, unpleasant failures are to be expected. A true diagnosis of AIHA can neither be verified by clinical nor serological findings alone. Thus, a collective clinical and serological picture remains obligatory for fulfilling the criteria of optimal diagnosis and therapy. Ultimately, the majority of pioneer scientific and practical work in this field stems from scientists who were simultaneously involved in both the clinic and serology.

  5. Mooren ulcer in South India: serology and clinical risk factors.

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    Zegans, M E; Srinivasan, M; McHugh, T; Whitcher, J P; Margolis, T P; Lietman, T; Jennette, J C; Cunningham, E T

    1999-08-01

    To investigate the rate of undiagnosed rheumatologic diseases and hepatitis C infection among patients with the clinical diagnosis of Mooren ulcer seen at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, South India. Twenty-one patients with the clinical diagnosis of Mooren ulcer and 44 control patients underwent a complete ophthalmic history and examination, as well as serologic testing for antinuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, herpes simplex virus 1 antibodies, and hepatitis C virus antibodies. There were no statistically significant differences in the rates of seropositivity for antinuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies, herpes simplex virus 1 antibodies, and hepatitis C virus antibodies between patients with Mooren ulcer and control patients. Two patients with Mooren ulcer and four control patients were found to have a rheumatoid factor titer of greater than 1:20. One of the control patients, but none of the patients with Mooren ulcer, was found to have serologic evidence of hepatitis C infection. A history of corneal trauma, surgery, or infection was reported by 68% of patients with Mooren ulcer, compared with 20% of control patients (P infection.

  6. Diagnosis of human granulocytic anaplasmosis in Belgium by combining molecular and serological methods

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    M. Hing

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available We report here one new, hospitalized case of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Belgium. The clinical presentation of anaplasmosis, its treatment and the molecular and serological relevant laboratory methods are briefly developed.

  7. Autoimmune liver serology: Current diagnostic and clinical challenges

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    Dimitrios P Bogdanos; Pietro Invernizzi; Ian R Mackay; Diego Vergani

    2008-01-01

    Liver-related autoantibodies are crucial for the correct diagnosis and classification of autoimmune liver diseases (AiLD), namely autoimmune hepatitis types 1 and 2 (AIH-1 and 2), primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC),and the sclerosing cholangitis variants in adults and children.AIH-1 is specified by anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) and smooth muscle antibody (SMA). AIH-2 is specified by antibody to liver kidney microsomal antigen type-1 (anti-LKM1) and anti-liver cytosol type 1 (anti-LC1).SMA,ANA and anti-LKM antibodies can be present in de-novo AIH following liver transplantation.PBC is specified by antimitochondrial antibodies (AMA) reacting with enzymes of the 2-oxo-acid dehydrogenase complexes (chiefly pyruvate dehydrogenase complex E2 subunit) and disease-specific ANA mainly reacting with nuclear pore gp210 and nuclear body sp100. Sclerosing cholangitis presents as at least two variants,first the classical primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) mostly affecting adult men wherein the only (and nonspecific) reactivity is an atypical perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (p-ANCA),also termed perinuclear anti-neutrophil nuclear antibodies (p-ANNA) and second the childhood disease called autoimmune sclerosing cholangitis (ASC) with serological features resembling those of type 1 AIH.Liver diagnostic serology is a fast-expanding area of investigation as new purified and recombinant autoantigens,and automated technologies such as ELISAs and bead assays,become available to complement (or even compete with) traditional immunofluorescence procedures.We survey for the first time global trends in quality assurance impacting as it does on (1) manufacturers/purveyors of kits and reagents,(2) diagnostic service laboratories that fulfill clinicians'requirements, and (3) the end-user,the physician providing patient care,who must properly interpret test results in the overall clinical context.

  8. Clinical and Serological Insights from the Asian Lineage Chikungunya Outbreak in Grenada, 2014: An Observational Study.

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    Macpherson, Calum; Noël, Trevor; Fields, Paul; Jungkind, Donald; Yearwood, Katherine; Simmons, Monika; Widjaja, Susana; Mitchell, George; Noel, Dolland; Bidaisee, Satesh; Myers, Todd E; LaBeaud, A Desiree

    2016-10-05

    Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) spread rapidly throughout the Caribbean region in 2014, and the first serologically confirmed case was seen in Grenada in July. This study investigated the outbreak of CHIKV in Grenada to identify the distinguishing clinical manifestations and the symptoms that corresponded the closest with serological test results. Sera were tested by IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and polymerase chain reaction to distinguish between cases positive or negative for CHIKV. Of 493 cases, 426 (86%) tested positive for CHIKV. The diagnostic decision rule, "Define as CHIKV positive a patient presenting with joint pain and any combination of fever, body pain, or rash," produced the closest agreement (85%) with the serological test results (Cohen's kappa, k = 0.289, P value < 0.001). When laboratory facilities are not available for diagnostic confirmation, syndromic surveillance using these four symptoms could be useful to define cases during a CHIKV outbreak when CHIKV is the predominant circulating arbovirus. © The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

  9. Serologic features of primary Sjögren’s syndrome: clinical and prognostic correlation

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    García-Carrasco, Mario; Mendoza-Pinto, Claudia; Jiménez-Hernández, César; Jiménez-Hernández, Mario; Nava-Zavala, Arnulfo; Riebeling, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) is a chronic inflammatory systemic autoimmune disease. The disease spectrum extends from sicca syndrome to systemic involvement and extraglandular manifestations, and SS may be associated with malignancies, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Patients with SS present a broad spectrum of serologic features. Certain serological findings are highly correlated with specific clinical features, and can be used as prognostic markers. PMID:23525186

  10. [The clinical and serological manifestations of Lyme disease in Russia].

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    Anan'eva, L P; Skripnikova, I A; Barskova, V G; Steere, A C

    1995-01-01

    Out of 86 Lyme's disease patients with a history of migrating erythema nervous system, cardiovascular and articular involvement was observed in 27, 6 and 43% of cases. Acrodermatitis was diagnosed in 2% of patients. Affection of locomotor system manifested with acute arthritis episodes or pains in major joints. 11 patients of 12 examined at arthritis onset showed elevated titer of anti-Borrelia IgG antibodies. Serologically, of 80 patients with arthritis or arthralgia without prior migrating erythema 6 demonstrated antibodies to 5 and more Borrelia polypeptides.

  11. An audit of serological tests carried out at clinical laboratory of Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad.

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    Ally, Sirajuddin Hassan; Ahmed, Ayesha; Hanif, Ruhila

    2005-01-01

    Clinical audit is an important tool for reviewing and improving the quality of service in clinical laboratories. Here we present an audit of total serology test requests and the frequency of positive tests out of these in a calendar year. This is an audit of serology tests carried out at Microbiology section of Clinical Laboratory of Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad. We counted all the serology test requests for the year 2004. These tests requests were grouped month wise. The frequency of positive tests out of the total test requests were calculated. The tests included Widal, Toxoplasma, Brucella, Anti DNA, Anti Nuclear factor (ANF), Rheumatoid Arthritis Factor (RAF), HIV, HBsAg, HCV, Intra Chromatographic Technique for tuberculosis (ICT-TB), Purified Protein Derivative (PPD), Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test, Anti-Streptolysin-O-test (ASOT) and pregnancy test. This audit gives a clear idea of trends of test requests in our hospital. It reflects accuracy of clinicians' judgment in some tests and failure in others, prevalence of different diseases, seasonal variation in number of test requests for some tests and impact of awareness campaigns on attitude of clinicians towards certain diseases. This will help us in planning our laboratory requirements to improve quality.

  12. Clinical and serological characterization of cold agglutinin syndrome in a Tertiary Care Hospital in Eastern India

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    Sudipta Sekhar Das

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Cold agglutinin syndrome (CAS primary or secondary represents approximately 16-32% of autoimmune hemolytic anemia cases. Most patients present with mild, chronic hemolytic anemia with exacerbation of the condition in the cold environment. Red cell transfusions are only indicated when there is a life-threatening anemia causing crisis. We studied the clinical and serological characterization of CAS with the aim that the information gained from this study would help in proper diagnosis and management of these patients. Materials and Methods: The prospective study included nine patients who were admitted with severe anemia. Detailed work-up were conducted to establish the diagnosis, severity of in vivo hemolysis and transfusion management. Results: All patients presented with pallor, weakness, fatigue and painful fingers and toes with exacerbation of symptoms in winter months. Secondary CAS was observed in three patients suffering from malignant lymphoma. Red cells of all patients were coated with complements (C3 more specifically C3d. In one patient suffering from malignant lymphoma, the cold autoagglutinin titer was as high as 4096. Autoantibody in seven patients was specific to "I" antigen and one to "i" antigen. Conclusions: We conclude that detailed clinical and serological characterization is needed to diagnose and manage CAS. Whereas avoidance of cold exposure is the primary therapy, but no critical patient should be denied blood transfusion due to serological complications. All transfusion services should follow the correct protocol to maximize blood safety in CAS.

  13. Clinical Utility of Serologic Testing for Celiac Disease in Asymptomatic Patients

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    2011-01-01

    Executive Summary Objective The objective of this evidence-based analysis was to evaluate the clinical utility of serologic testing for celiac disease in asymptomatic individuals presenting with one of the non-gastrointestinal conditions evaluated in this report. The clinical utility was based on the effects of a gluten-free diet (GFD) on outcomes specific to each of these conditions. The prevalence of celiac disease in asymptomatic individuals and one of these non-gastrointestinal conditions was also evaluated. Clinical Need and Target Population Celiac Disease Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease characterized by a chronic inflammatory state of the proximal small bowel mucosa accompanied by structural and functional changes. Technology Under Evaluation Serologic Tests for Celiac Disease There are a number of serologic tests for celiac disease available. Serologic tests are automated with the exception of the anti-endomysial antibody test, which is more time-consuming and operator-dependent than the other tests. Research Questions What is the prevalence of asymptomatic celiac disease in patients presenting with one of the non-gastrointestinal conditions evaluated? What is the effect of the gluten-free diet on condition-specific outcomes in patients with asymptomatic celiac disease presenting with one of the non-gastrointestinal conditions evaluated? What is the clinical utility of serologic testing for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients presenting with one of the non-gastrointestinal conditions evaluated? The clinical utility was defined as the impact of the GFD on disease specific outcomes. What is the risk of all-cause mortality and lymphoma in individuals with asymptomatic celiac disease? What is the budget impact of serologic testing for celiac disease in asymptomatic subjects presenting with one of the non-gastrointestinal conditions evaluated? Research Methods Study Population The study population consisted of individuals with newly diagnosed celiac

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

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    Bao-jie WANG

    2016-08-01

    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

  15. Testing for Gluten-Related Disorders in Clinical Practice: The Role of Serology in Managing the Spectrum of Gluten Sensitivity

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    David Armstrong

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Immunoglobulin A tissue transglutaminase is the single most efficient serological test for the diagnosis of celiac disease. It is well known that immunoglobulin A tissue transglutaminase levels correlate with the degree of intestinal damage, and that values can fluctuate in patients over time. Serological testing can be used to identify symptomatic individuals that need a confirmatory biopsy, to screen at-risk populations or to monitor diet compliance in patients previously diagnosed with celiac disease. Thus, interpretation of serological testing requires consideration of the full clinical scenario. Antigliadin tests are no longer recommended for the diagnosis of classical celiac disease. However, our understanding of the pathogenesis and spectrum of gluten sensitivity has improved, and gluten-sensitive irritable bowel syndrome patients are increasingly being recognized. Studies are needed to determine the clinical utility of antigliadin serology in the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity.

  16. Evolving concepts of the clinical and serologic consequences of hepatitis B virus infection.

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    Seeff, L B; Koff, R S

    1986-02-01

    Measurement of conventional markers has provided a general understanding of HBV infection, and conceptual advances in knowledge of the clinical and serologic events associated with persistent HBV infection have resulted from the development and application of new methodologies. These studies suggest that persistent HBV infection is a dynamic process, with replicative and nonreplicative phases, that nonreplicative infection may be the precursor of PHC, and that the natural history of persistent infection can be modified by a variety of factors, including viral reactivation and viral superinfections. Further understanding of these phenomena may lead to the development of new therapeutic approaches.

  17. Serological study for sexually transmitted diseases in patients attending STD clinics in Calcutta

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    Thawani Gopi

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Total 457 patients attending different STD clinics of Calcutta were studied for serological tests for STD. TPHA positivity was maximum (18.60%, followed by chlamydia infection (15.97%,VDRL reactivity (8.98%,HIV infection (6.35%, and HBs Ag (3.72%.Total 37.20% samples were positive for one or more infection. Out of these, one, two, three and fourtests positivity was seen in 65.29%,25.88%, 8.24% and 0.59% respectively. The age group which had maximum infection (20.13% was 15-30 years.

  18. 乙肝不同血清模式及乙肝DNA定量与前S1抗原联合检测的临床意义%Clinical values of combined analysis on serological patterns, virus DNA titer and pre-S1 antigen for hepatitis B

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    王凤敏; 李志

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨乙型肝炎患者不同的血清学模式、乙肝病毒DNA(HBV-DNA)与乙肝前S1抗原(Pre-S1 Ag)联合检测的临床意义.方法 采用化学免疫发光法(CLIA)定量筛选339例乙肝血清标志物阳性血清,采用荧光定量聚合酶链反应法(FQ-PCR)检测HBV-DNA,采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测Pre-S1 Ag.结果 乙肝不同血清模式下,HBV-DNA与Pre-S1 Ag检测结果比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).HBsAg、HBeAg、抗-HBc阳性组HBV-DNA检出率93.1%,Pre-S1Ag检出率86.1%.HBsAg、HBeAb、抗-HBc阳性组HBV-DNA检出率45.9%,Pre-S1 Ag检出率69.2%.HBsAg、抗-HBc阳性组HBV-DNA检出率61.0%,Pre-S1 Ag检出率72.9%.HBsAg、HBeAg阳性组HBV-DNA及Pre-S1 Ag检出率均为100%.以HBeAg阳性为对照HBV-DNA及Pre-S1 Ag检出率分别为87.3%和93.7%.HBV-DNA与Pre-S1 Ag检测结果比较差异有统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 乙肝五项、HBV-DNA、Pre-S1Ag联合检测能够对乙肝病毒的感染、复制程度做出准确的判断,为临床治疗方案的选择和疗效的观察提供可靠的依据.%Objective To discuss clinical values of the combined analysis on serological patterns, virus DNA titer and pre-S1 antigen for hepatitis B.Methods Serum samples from 339 patients with chemical luminescent immunoassay (CLIA) positive results were used in the study.The level of serum HBV-DNA was detected by fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction (FQ-PCR).Pre-S1Ag was detected by ELISA.Results There was no significant differences in pre-S1 Ag or HBV-DNA with different serological patterns of hepatitis B (P > 0.05).The HBV-DNA positive rate of the HBsAg, HBeAg and Anti-HBc positive group was 93.1% while the pre-S1Ag positive rate was 86.1%.The HBV-DNA positive rate of the HB-sAg, HBeAb, anti-HBc positive group was 45.9% and the Pre-S1Ag positive rate was 69.2%.The HBV-DNA positive rate of the HBsAg, anti-HBc positive groups was 61.0%.The Pre-S1Ag positive rate was 72.9

  19. Clinical presentation and outcome prediction of clinical, serological, and histopathological classification schemes in ANCA-associated vasculitis with renal involvement.

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    Córdova-Sánchez, Bertha M; Mejía-Vilet, Juan M; Morales-Buenrostro, Luis E; Loyola-Rodríguez, Georgina; Uribe-Uribe, Norma O; Correa-Rotter, Ricardo

    2016-07-01

    Several classification schemes have been developed for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), with actual debate focusing on their clinical and prognostic performance. Sixty-two patients with renal biopsy-proven AAV from a single center in Mexico City diagnosed between 2004 and 2013 were analyzed and classified under clinical (granulomatosis with polyangiitis [GPA], microscopic polyangiitis [MPA], renal limited vasculitis [RLV]), serological (proteinase 3 anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies [PR3-ANCA], myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies [MPO-ANCA], ANCA negative), and histopathological (focal, crescenteric, mixed-type, sclerosing) categories. Clinical presentation parameters were compared at baseline between classification groups, and the predictive value of different classification categories for disease and renal remission, relapse, renal, and patient survival was analyzed. Serological classification predicted relapse rate (PR3-ANCA hazard ratio for relapse 2.93, 1.20-7.17, p = 0.019). There were no differences in disease or renal remission, renal, or patient survival between clinical and serological categories. Histopathological classification predicted response to therapy, with a poorer renal remission rate for sclerosing group and those with less than 25 % normal glomeruli; in addition, it adequately delimited 24-month glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) evolution, but it did not predict renal nor patient survival. On multivariate models, renal replacement therapy (RRT) requirement (HR 8.07, CI 1.75-37.4, p = 0.008) and proteinuria (HR 1.49, CI 1.03-2.14, p = 0.034) at presentation predicted renal survival, while age (HR 1.10, CI 1.01-1.21, p = 0.041) and infective events during the induction phase (HR 4.72, 1.01-22.1, p = 0.049) negatively influenced patient survival. At present, ANCA-based serological classification may predict AAV relapses, but neither clinical nor serological

  20. [Clinical and serologic course of patients with mixed connective tissue disease].

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    López-Longo, F J; Fernández, J; Monteagudo, I; Rodríguez-Mahou, M; Sánchez-Atrio, A I; Pérez, T; Escalona, M; González, C M; Lapointe, N; Carreño, L

    1994-09-01

    The so called mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), continues to be a controversial entity, while some authors considered it a good characterized disease, others think that is an undifferentiated connective tissue disease. OBJECTIVE. To analyse the clinical and serological evolution of a group of patients diagnosed of MCTD, with particular consideration to the meaning of anti-nRNP and anti-Sm antibodies. METHOD. We have studied 20 patients diagnosed of MCTD and 112 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Anti-nRNP and anti-Sm antibodies were detected through counter immunoelectrophoresis, immunoblotting and ELISA. RESULTS. After an average time of evolution of 10 years, 70% (14/20) of the patients diagnosed of MCTD fulfill criteria for SLE (6 cases), scleroderma (6 cases) or polymyositis (2 cases). Anti-nRNP response is persistent, directed mainly against the 70 Kd and A-nRNP polypeptides and qualitatively higher in MCTD in SLE (absorbencies 2.64 vs 1.25. The immunoblotting test detected anti-Sm antibodies in 5 patients (25%) and ELISA test in 14 (70%). CONCLUSIONS. Clinical and serological evolution suggest that MCTD is an undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Anti-nRNP antibodies are characteristic, although anti-Sm antibodies can be detected with ELISA regardless whether on not patients fulfill SLE criteria.

  1. Detection of IgM antibrucella antibody in the absence of IgGs: a challenge for the clinical interpretation of brucella serology.

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    Solís García Del Pozo, Julián; Lorente Ortuño, Santiago; Navarro, Elena; Solera, Javier

    2014-12-01

    The use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of IgG and IgM antibodies antibrucella has become widespread in the diagnosis of human brucellosis. IgM anti-Brucella antibodies are indicative of acute infection. Between 2009-2013, 5307 patients were evaluated for serologic diagnosis at the Microbiology Laboratory of the Albacete General Hospital. A ELISA IgM-positive, IgG-negative anti-Brucella antibody serology pattern was detected in 17 of those patients. Epidemiology data, symptoms, laboratory data, treatment and outcome from these patients were reviewed. Sixteen patients presented with musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and/or fever and 1 was asymptomatic. Five patients received treatment with doxycycline combined with rifampin, gentamycin or streptomycin during 6-12 weeks, with no improvement. None of the 17 patients were finally diagnosed with brucellosis. Our results indicate that anti-Brucella IgM positive serology, per se, is not enough to diagnose acute brucellosis and other methods should be used for confirmation. Brucella serology data should be interpreted taking into account the patient's clinical history and epidemiological context.

  2. Clinical Usefulness of the Serological Gastric Biopsy for the Diagnosis of Chronic Autoimmune Gastritis

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    Antonio Antico

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To assess the predictive value for chronic autoimmune gastritis (AIG of the combined assay of anti-parietal-cell antibodies (PCA, anti-intrinsic-factor antibodies (IFA, anti-Helicobacter pylori (Hp antibodies, and measurement of blood gastrin. Methods. We studied 181 consecutive patients with anemia, due to iron deficiency resistant to oral replacement therapy or to vitamin B12 deficiency. Results. 83 patients (45.8% tested positive for PCA and underwent gastroscopy with multiple gastric biopsies. On the basis of the histological diagnosis, PCA-positive patients were divided into 4 groups: (1 30 patients with chronic atrophic gastritis; they had high concentrations of PCA and gastrin and no detectable IFA; (2 14 subjects with metaplastic gastric atrophy; they had high PCA, IFA, and gastrin; (3 18 patients with nonspecific lymphocytic inflammation with increased PCA, normal gastrin levels, and absence of IFA; (4 21 patients with multifocal atrophic gastritis with “borderline” PCA, normal gastrin, absence of IFA and presence of anti-Hp in 100% of the cases. Conclusions. The assay of four serological markers proved particularly effective in the diagnostic classification of gastritis and highly correlated with the histological profile. As such, this laboratory diagnostic profile may be considered an authentic “serological biopsy.”

  3. The Clinical and Medicolegal Analysis of Electrical Shocked Rats: Based on the Serological and Histological Methods

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    Wang, Qiaofeng; Zhao, Ze; Xie, Yanan; Ding, Suzhen

    2016-01-01

    This research was aimed at discovering the serological and histological changes in cardiac and hepatic tissue after electric shock. The CK-MB, ALT, and AMS indexes were tested with serological methods. Moreover, the Bcl-2, Bax, and Hsp-60 expression levels were carefully measured. An electrical injury model was established by giving rats electric shocks at 110 V with alternating electric current. Blood samples from the rats were analyzed for the biochemical indexes. The degrees of pathological changes in the heart and liver were evaluated using IHC staining for Bcl-2, Bax, and Hsp-60. The levels of CK-MB in the electrical injury group rapidly peaked at 0.5 hours after the electric shock. Additionally, the levels of Bcl-2, Bax, and Hsp-60 in the cardiac and hepatic tissues changed regularly after the electrical injury and exhibited apparent differences from the levels in the control group. CK-MB, ALT, and AMS were altered regularly after electric shock, and these results provide significant information for clinical and medicolegal practice. This research has shed light on the assessment of electrical injury without obvious electrical burns. Furthermore, the findings obtained for Bcl-2/Bax and Hsp-60 can also facilitate pathological diagnosis and the identification of antemortem and postmortem electrical injury. PMID:27648446

  4. Clinical, serological, and parasitological analysis of snakes naturally infected with Cryptosporidium serpentis.

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    Paiva, Philipp Ricardo S O; Grego, Kathleen F; Lima, Valéria M F; Nakamura, Alex A; da Silva, Deuvânia C; Meireles, Marcelo V

    2013-11-15

    Infection by Cryptosporidium serpentis is one of the most important diseases in reptiles and is characterized by chronic clinical or subclinical infection and the presence of hypertrophic gastritis, food regurgitation, progressive weight loss, mortality, and intermittent or continuous shedding of oocysts in the feces. The objectives of this study were to standardize an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect antibodies against C. serpentis and to evaluate the clinical, parasitological, and humoral immune response in snakes naturally infected with C. serpentis. Twenty-one snakes naturally infected with C. serpentis and housed at the Butantan Institute, São Paulo, Brazil, underwent clinical and parasitological analyses for C. serpentis infection through daily records of clinical signs and a monthly survey of fecal shedding of oocysts using the Kinyoun's acid-fast staining. The serological evaluation was performed monthly by indirect ELISA using crude total antigen from oocysts of C. serpentis to detect anti-C. serpentis antibodies. Clinical symptoms consisted of food regurgitation, inappetence, and progressive weight loss. The parasitological analysis revealed intermittent fecal shedding of a variable number of oocysts in all snakes, with positivity in 85.32% (157/184) of the samples. The indirect ELISA was positive in 68.25% (86/126) of the samples. A humoral immune response was observed in most animals; however, fluctuating antibodies levels, leading to alternating positive and negative results, were observed in most snakes.

  5. Imaging diagnosis in relapsing polychondritis and correlation with clinical and serological data

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    Thaiss, W.M.; Nikolaou, K.; Horger, M. [Eberhard Karls University, Department of Radiology, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Spengler, W.; Xenitidis, T.; Henes, J. [Eberhard Karls University, Department of Internal Medicine II, Tuebingen (Germany); Spira, D. [Eberhard Karls University, Department of Radiology, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); University Medical Center Heidelberg, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2016-03-15

    We hypothesize that imaging findings from CT and MRI correlate better with clinical markers for assessment of disease activity in patients with the rare relapsing polychondritis (RPC) than with serological inflammatory markers. Retrospective database search at our institution identified 28 patients (13 females; age 49.0 years ± 15.0 SD) with RP between September 2004 and March 2014. Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective data analysis. All patients had clinically proven RPC with at least two episodes of active disease. Of those, 18 patients were examined with CT- and MRI and presented all morphologic features of RPC like bronchial/laryngeal/auricular cartilage thickness, contrast enhancement, increased T2-signal intensity. Imaging data was subsequently correlated with corresponding clinical symptoms like fever, dyspnea, stridor, uveitis, pain, hearing impairment as well as with acute-phase-inflammatory parameters like C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). The clinical parameters were in good agreement with imaging findings and clinical symptoms such as tracheal wall thickening and dyspnea (r =0.65 p = 0.05), joint synovitis on MRI and a higher McAdam score (r = 0.84 p < 0.001). No correlations were found between inflammatory laboratory markers, imaging findings and clinical features. Imaging diagnosis in RPC using CT and/or MRI delivers information about the degree of disease activity that correlates better with clinical features than unspecific inflammatory laboratory markers. Additionally, clinically unapparent cartilage involvement can be assessed adding value to the clinical diagnosis and therapy planning in this rare disease. (orig.)

  6. Clinical and Serological Findings in Juvenile Patients with Idiopathic Arthritis in Southwestern of Iran

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    Soheila Alyasin

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The purpose of this study was to describe clinical features and serological findings of children with idiopathic arthritis in south-western Iran.Methods: This descriptive study included 60 patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis who were referred to a pediatric rheumatology clinic at a university hospital during 6-month period. Initial manifestations, first laboratory tests and clinical course of patients were reviewed.Results: Sixty children (32 boys and 28 girls with idiopathic arthritis ranged in age from 1.5 to 16 years. The mean age at the first presentation was 4.92 years (SD= 3.68. Oligoarthritis was the most common subtype in 27 (45%, followed by systemic- onset in 17 (28.3% and polyarthritis in 16 (26.7% of patients. The most commonly involved joints were knee 53(88.3%, ankle 28(46.6% and wrist 27(45%. Uveitis was detected in two patients, and positivity for ANA titer was revealed in one patient. Conclusions: In this study, the pattern of most clinical features in different subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis resembles to other studies. Positive ANA was less; however, the low numbers of Iranian patients with uveitis was noteworthy.

  7. PULMONARY-FUNCTION IN SYSTEMIC LUPUS-ERYTHEMATOSUS IS RELATED TO DISTINCT CLINICAL, SEROLOGIC, AND NAILFOLD CAPILLARY PATTERNS

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    GROEN, H; TERBORG, EJ; POSTMA, DS; WOUDA, AA; VANDERMARK, TW; KALLENBERG, CGM

    1992-01-01

    PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether systemic lupus erythematosus (SlE) patients with interstitial lung disease represent a particular subset of patients characterized by the presence of clinical, serologic, and nailfold capillary patterns overlapping scleroderma. PATIENTS A

  8. [Prevalence of positive serology to Trypanosoma cruzi in patients with clinical diagnosis of dilated myocardiopathy in the state of Campeche].

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    Alducin-Téllez, César; Rueda-Villegas, Enrique; Medina-Yerbes, Isaí; Hernández, Oscar; López, Ruth; Peña-Hernández, Virginia; Monteón, Víctor

    2011-01-01

    The prevalence of chronic Chagas' heart disease as a cause of dilated cardiomyopathy is unknown in the State of Campeche, Mexico. A study was conducted to determine the prevalence of positive serology for Trypanosoma cruzi in patients with clinical diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy. Of a total of 127 patients diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, we studied 91 with two positive serological tests for T. cruzi. We identified 14 positive cases for a prevalence of 15 % of chronic Chagas' heart disease. This prevalence is similar to that reported for the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula.

  9. Clinical manifestations and hematological and serological findings in children with dengue infection

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    Mulya Rahma Karyanti

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Background Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF is endemic to Indonesia and remains a public health problem, with its highest incidence in children. There have been few reports on the clinical, hematological and serological data in children \\\\lith dengue. Objective To assess the clinical and laboratory profiles of children \\\\lith dengue infection in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia. Methods Clinical, hematological and serological infonnation from children diagnosed v.ith dengue infection in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital were collected from 2007 to 2009. Results Of611 children admitted with dengue, 143 (23.4% had dengue fever (DF, 252 (41.2% had DHF grades I and II; and 216 (35.4% had DHF grades III and IV. Of the 81 cases where dengue serotypes were identified, 12.3% were DENV1, 35.8% were DENV-2, 48.2% were DENV-3 and 3.7% were DENV-4. Mean age of subjects was 8.9 years (SD 4.4, and 48.4% of cases were boys. The mean length of fever before hospital admission was 4.2 days (SD 1.1 and mean length of stay in the hospital was 4 days (SD 2.7. Common symptoms observed were petechiae, hepatomegaly and epistaxis. Complications found mostly in those with dengue shock syndrome (DSS were hematemesis (30 cases, 4.9% of all patients, encephalopathy (19 cases, 3.1 % and melena (17 cases, 2.8%. Conclusion Signs and symptoms of fever, bleeding manifestations and thrombocytopenia were present in children 'With DF and DHF, while signs of increased vascular permeability were found only in those 'With DHF. Encephalopathy and gastrointestinal bleeding were found mostly in DSS cases. At admission, leukopenia was found in more DF patients than in DHF patients. Absence of leukopenia may be a sign of more severe dengue infection.

  10. Serology and clinical relevance of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis in native Korean goats (Capra hircus coreanae).

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    Jung, Byeong Yeal; Lee, Seung-Hun; Kim, Ha-Young; Byun, Jae-Won; Shin, Dong-Ho; Kim, Daekeun; Kwak, Dongmi

    2015-04-01

    This study was conducted to assess the seroprevalence and clinical relevance of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis, which is the causative agent of caseous lymphadenitis (CLA), in native Korean goats (Capra hircus coreanae). A total of 466 native Korean goats from 40 herds (11 to 12 samples per herd) were randomly selected throughout the nation and evaluated by direct palpation, bacterial isolation, ELISA, and PCR. In serological examinations, 267 (57.3 %) of the goats tested were positive against C. pseudotuberculosis. When seroprevalence was analyzed according to age, region, and season, statistically significant differences were observed in relation to all three parameters (P < 0.05). For clinical examination, the superficial lymph nodes of all goats were palpated to diagnose CLA. Pus samples taken from superficial abscesses were used for bacterial isolation. Among the 466 goats tested, 34 (7.3 %) were presumptively diagnosed with CLA, and C. pseudotuberculosis was isolated from 24 goats (70.6 % of goats with CLA lesions) whose infections were confirmed by PCR. Considering the high seroprevalence and bacterial isolation rate from most of the superficial CLA lesions, it is suspected that many internal CLA lesions exist in this goat population. These results suggest that C. pseudotuberculosis infection is widespread in native Korean goats, and appropriate control programs need to be established.

  11. THE SEARCH OF OPTIMAL COMBINATION OF ANTIGENS FOR SEROLOGICAL DIAGNOSTICS OF TUBERCULOSIS

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    Full Text Available Abstract. The four chimeric recombinant antigens CBD-CFP10, CBD-ESAT6, ESAT6-CFP10 and CBD-P38 contained aminoacid sequences of full-size proteins ESAT6, CFP10 and matured protein P38 of M. tuberculosis, joined with aminoacid sequences of cellulose bind domain of endogluconase A (CBD from Cellumonas fimi have been obtained by gene engineering methods. Recombinant proteins were purified by affine chromatography in column with Ni-NTA-sepharose 6В-CL and as PPDN-3 were used for detection of their antigenic activity in indirect ELISA for TB serological diagnostics. The sera from patients with lung tuberculosis (n = 321, from persons who had professional contacts with TB patients (n = 42, from healthy blood donors (n = 366 and from patients with lung diseases of non-TB etiology were tested. It was detected that there was positive correlation between antibodies level for all studied antigens compared by pair. It has been demonstrated that although antigens were different by antigenic and immunobiological characteristics they add each other in the content of antigenic diagnostics compositions. Thus, all these antigens can be used in the test kits for serological diagnostics of TB. Using of these antigens will allow to detect persons infected by TB and patients with active tuberculosis. 

  12. Clinical Applied Research of Syphilis Serological Detection%梅毒检测方法的临床应用研究

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    王珍光; 郭建巍; 马骢; 陈涵; 荣扬

    2011-01-01

    目的 对梅毒血清学检测流程进行临床流行病学初步评价,制定出结合实际的梅毒螺旋体血清学检测方案.方法 同步进行RPR,ELISA,TPPA和TP核酸定量检测.结果 几种检测方法的灵敏度(RPR+ELISA+TPPA)>(RPR+ELISA)>(RPR+TPPA)>ELISA>TPPA>RPR;RPR,ELISA,TPPA三种方法的特异度均高于96%,将实验组合后(RPR+TPPA)>(RPR+ELISA)和(RPR+ELISA+TPPA);误诊率(RPR+ELISA)>(RPR+TPPA)和(RPR+ELISA+TPPA);(RPR+ELISA+TPPA)组合的漏诊率为0,(RPR+ELISA)组合的漏诊率为0.99%,(RPR+TPPA)组合的漏诊率为3.98%;正确指数(RPR+ELISA+TPPA)>(RPR+ELISA)>(RPR+TPPA) .血清学标本的TP核酸定量检测阳性率只有1%.结论 将RPR,ELISA和TPPA三种方法一起联检,是目前梅毒筛查和诊断最有效、最准确的方案,TP核酸定量检测不适合梅毒的血清学诊断.%Objective To preliminary assessment the flow sheet of syphilis serological detection by clinical epidemiology and enact practical measurement schema for syphilis serological detection. Methods Perform RPR, ELISA, TPPA and real time PCRsimultaneously with stand operation protocol. Result The sensitivity of combined methods from high to low were (RPR + ELISA + TPPA ) > (RPR + ELISA ) > (RPR + TPPA ) > EL ISA > TPPA > RPR. The specificity of RPR, ELISA and TPPA were over 96 %. Combined RPR, ELISA and TPPA, the specificity were (RPR + TPPA) > (RPR + ELISA) and (RPR+ELISA+TPPA). As to misdiagnosis rate, (RPR+ELISA)> (RPR+TPPA) and (RPR+ELISA+ TPPA). The omission diagnose rate of (RPR+ELISA+TPPA), (RPR+ELISA) and (RPR+TPPA) were 0,0. 99% and 3.98 % respectively. As for precision index, (RPR + ELISA + TPPA) > (RPR + ELISA) > (RPR + TPPA). Positive rate of real time PCR of serological sample was 1 %. Conclusion Combining RPR,ELISA and TPPA was a more effective and accurate scheme. Serological sample was not suitable for serological diagnosis with real time PCR.

  13. Hepatitis B virus genotypes in southwest Iran:Molecular,serological and clinical outcomes

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    Anahita Mojiri; Baharak Khadang; Afsaneh Moaddeb; Mojgan Ghaedi; Tahereh Heidari; Ardeshir Torab; Alireza Salah; Saeid Amirzadeh; Zahra Jowkar; Davood Mehrabani; Samad Amini-Bavil-Olyaee; Abbas Behzad-Behbahani; Mohammad Ali Dehyadegari; Mehdei Saberifirozi; Maryam Ardabili; Mahmood Beheshti; Marian Rahsaz; Mehrdad Banihashemi; Negar Azarpira; Bita Geramizadeh

    2008-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the associations of hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype with HBeAg and anti-HBe status,alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels and HBV-DNA detection in different groups of HBV-infected patients in southwest Iran.METHODS:A total of 89 HBsAg-positive serum samples were collected from the same number of patients.All sera were then investigated to determine HBV DNA and serological markers.For all the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-positive samples,biochemical,histopathological assays and genotyping were also performed.RESULTS:Genotype D was the only type of HBV found in different clinical forms of acute and chronic infections.There was a high prevalence of HBeAg-negative HBVinfected patients with chronic hepatitis (52.7%).Out of 55 patients with chronic hepatitis,seven (12.7%)were diagnosed with cirrhosis.A significant association between the presence of anti-HBe antibody and an increase in ALT level,among either HBeAg-negative (P=0.01) or HBeAg-positive (P=0.026) patients,was demonstrated.No significant differences were observed between the clinical outcomes of HBeAg-positive and -negative individuals (P=0.24).CONCLUSION:Genotype D has been recognized as the only type of HBV found in different clinical forms of HBV infections,including cirrhosis,among the residents of southwest Iran.Anti-HBe possibly plays a role in disease progression in some patients with chronic hepatitis,at least for a period of disease.

  14. Spontaneous elimination of hepatitis C virus infection: A retrospective study on demographic, clinical, and serological correlates

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    Perdita Wietzke-Braun; Larissa Bettina M(a)nhardt; Albert Rosenberger; Angela Uy; Giuliano Ramadori; Sabine Mihm

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To find correlates to spontaneous clearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, this study compared individuals with self-limited and chronic infection with regard to clinical, demographic, and serological parameters.METHODS: Sixty-seven anti-HCV positive and repeatedly HCV RNA negative individuals were considered to have resolved HCV infection spontaneously. To determine the viral genotype these patients had been infected with HCV serotyping was performed. For comparison reasons,62 consecutive patients with chronic hepatitis C were enrolled. Cases and controls were compared stratified for age and sex.RESULTS: Retrospective analysis showed (1) a lower humoral reactivity to HCV in patients with self-limited compared to chronic HCV-infection and (2) that younger age, history of iv drug use, and acute/post-acute hepatitis A or B co-infections, but not viral genotypes,are independent correlates for spontaneous HCV clearance.CONCLUSION: The stronger humoral reactivity to HCV in patients with persistent infections and in those with a history of iv drug use is supposed to be due to continuous or repeated contact(s) to the antigen.Metachronous hepatitis A or hepatitis B infections might favor HCV clearance.

  15. The combination of phylogenetic analysis with epidemiological and serological data to track HIV-1 transmission in a sexual transmission case.

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    Min Chen

    Full Text Available To investigate the linkage of HIV transmission from a man to a woman through unprotected sexual contact without disclosing his HIV-positive status.Combined with epidemiological information and serological tests, phylogenetic analysis was used to test the a priori hypothesis of HIV transmission from the man to the woman. Control subjects, infected with HIV through heterosexual intercourse, from the same location were also sampled. Phylogenetic analyses were performed using the consensus gag, pol and env sequences obtained from blood samples of the man, the woman and the local control subjects. The env quasispecies of the man, the woman, and two controls were also obtained using single genome amplification and sequencing (SGA/S to explore the paraphyletic relationship by phylogenetic analysis.Epidemiological information and serological tests indicated that the man was infected with HIV-1 earlier than the woman. Phylogenetic analyses of the consensus sequences showed a monophyletic cluster for the man and woman in all three genomic regions. Furthermore, gag sequences of the man and woman shared a unique recombination pattern from subtype B and C, which was different from those of CRF07_BC or CRF08_BC observed in the local samples. These indicated that the viral sequences from the two subjects display a high level of similarity. Further, viral quasispecies from the man exhibited a paraphyletic relationship with those from the woman in the Bayesian and maximum-likelihood (ML phylogenetic trees of the env region, which supported the transmission direction from the man to the woman.In the context of epidemiological and serological evidence, the results of phylogenetic analyses support the transmission from the man to the woman.

  16. A combination of serological assays to detect human antibodies to the avian influenza A H7N9 virus.

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    Full Text Available Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9 virus was first identified in March 2013 and represents an ongoing threat to public health. There is a need to optimize serological methods for this new influenza virus. Here, we compared the sensitivity and specificity of the hemagglutinin inhibition (HI, microneutralization (MN, and Western blot (WB assays for the detection of human antibodies against avian influenza A (H7N9 virus. HI with horse erythrocytes (hRBCs and a modified MN assay possessed greater sensitivity than turkey erythrocytes and the standard MN assay, respectively. Using these assays, 80% of tested sera from confirmed H7N9 cases developed detectable antibody to H7N9 after 21 days. To balance sensitivity and specificity, we found serum titers of ≥20 (MN or 160 (HI samples were most effective in determining seropositive to H7N9 virus. Single serum with HI titers of 20-80 or MN titer of 10 could be validated by each other or WB assay. Unlike serum collected from adult or elderly populations, the antibody response in children with mild disease was low or undetectable. These combinations of assays will be useful in case diagnosis and serologic investigation of human cases.

  17. Combined Analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an Useful Serological Marker for Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Prospective Cohort Study

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    Full Text Available Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP. Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1 was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46% and 686 (51.3% were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54% for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (< 2 cm was significantly improved in the combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  18. Systemic lupus erythematosus after heavy exposure to quartz dust in uranium mines: clinical and serological characteristics.

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    Conrad, K; Mehlhorn, J; Lüthke, K; Dörner, T; Frank, K H

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    Epidemiological, clinical and serological data of uranium miners with symptoms of connective tissue diseases (CTD) were collected during the control examinations for occupational lung diseases since 1975. Twenty eight definite (four or more ARA criteria) and 15 probable (2-3 ARA criteria) SLE were diagnosed. The estimated prevalence among heavily silica exposed uranium miners was up to 93 in 100,000. The only significant differences to nonexposed SLE patients were decreased frequency of arthritis and photosensitivity and the absence of anti-Sm and anti-U1-RNP antibodies. ANA were found in all definite SLE patients examined with the following specificities: anti-dsDNA (in 44.4%), & anti-Ro/SSA (in 55.6%, four cases together with anti-dsDNA) and anti-La/SSB (in 22.2%). The autoantibody profiles of patients with probable SLE were similar, but with a lower frequency of ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-Ro/SSA. Middle to high-titred autoantibodies to dsDNA, Ro/SSA and La/SSB were detected in 3.2% uranium miners with no (N = 1229) and in 20.6% with some symptoms (one ARA criterion and/or two or more of other CTD typical symptoms, N = 68) of CTD development. We conclude, that the strong exposure to dust with a high content of silica may predispose to or initiate the development of SLE. The detection of SLE-typical antibodies in quartz dust-exposed miners may indicate a higher risk for the development of systemic autoimmune disease.

  19. Combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an useful serological marker for small hepatocellular carcinoma: a prospective cohort study.

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    Zhang, Guoxin; Ha, Seon-Ah; Kim, Hyun K; Yoo, Jinah; Kim, Sanghee; Lee, Youn S; Hur, Soo Y; Kim, Yong W; Kim, Tae E; Park, Yong G; Wang, Jing; Yang, Yang; Xu, Zekuan; Song, Eun Y; Huang, Zuhu; Jirun, Peng; Zhongtian, Jin; Shishi, Qiao; Zhuqingqing, Cui; Lei, Gong; Kim, Jin W

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1) was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46%) and 686 (51.3%) were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54%) for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  20. The Clinical and Serological Effect of a Gluten‐Free Diet in Border Terriers with Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome

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    Background: Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome (CECS) is a paroxysmal movement disorder of Border Terriers (BTs). These dogs might respond to a gluten-free diet.\\ud \\ud Objectives: The objective of this study was to examine the clinical and serological effect of a gluten-free diet in BTs with CECS.\\ud \\ud Animals: Six client-owned BTs with clinically confirmed CECS.\\ud \\ud Methods: Dogs were prospectively recruited that had at least a 6-month history of CECS based on the observed phenomenolo...

  1. The Clinical and Serological Effect of a Gluten‐Free Diet in Border Terriers with Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome

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    Lowrie, M.; Garden, O.A.; Hadjivassiliou, M.; Harvey, R. J.; Sanders, D.S.; Powell, R; Garosi, L.

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    Background: Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome (CECS) is a paroxysmal movement disorder of Border Terriers (BTs). These dogs might respond to a gluten-free diet.\\ud \\ud Objectives: The objective of this study was to examine the clinical and serological effect of a gluten-free diet in BTs with CECS.\\ud \\ud Animals: Six client-owned BTs with clinically confirmed CECS.\\ud \\ud Methods: Dogs were prospectively recruited that had at least a 6-month history of CECS based on the observed phenomenolo...

  2. Effect of nifedipine controlled-release tablet combined with valsartan treatment on serological indicators in type 2 diabetic nephropathy patients with hypertension

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    Song Chen; Bo Gu; Han-Qing Wang; Bei-Ye Dong; Yang Yi; Ying-Dan Zhao; Yi Xuan; LI Song-yang; Jun Ma

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the effect of nifedipine controlled-release tablet combined with valsartan treatment on serological indicators in type 2 diabetic nephropathy patients with hypertension. Methods:A total of 96 cases of type 2 diabetic nephropathy with hypertension were included in the research, and according to different clinical treatment plans, all patients were randomly divided into nifedipine group, valsartan group and combined treatment group, 32 cases in each group. After different treatment, peripheral venous blood was drawn to detect the differences in values of serum renal function-related indicators, renal blood vessel-related indicators and illness-related indexes.Results: Serum CysC, Hcy, Chemerin and RBP-4 values of combined treatment group were significantly lower than those of nifedipine group and valsartan group (P<0.05); serum COMP, TM, vWF and mALB values of combined treatment group were significantly lower than those of nifedipine group and valsartan group while Ang-1 and Ang-2 values were higher than those of nifedipine group and valsartan group (P<0.05); serum Ghrelin, TGF-β1 and ALD values of combined treatment group were significantly lower than those of nifedipine group and valsartan group while APN and miR-21 values were higher than those of nifedipine group and valsartan group (P<0.05).Conclusions: Nifedipine controlled-release tablet combined with valsartan treatment of type 2 diabetic nephropathy patients with hypertension can effectively optimize the illness and inhibit the progression of renal failure, and it has positive clinical significance.

  3. The Clinical and Serological Effect of a Gluten-Free Diet in Border Terriers with Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome.

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    Lowrie, M; Garden, O A; Hadjivassiliou, M; Harvey, R J; Sanders, D S; Powell, R; Garosi, L

    2015-01-01

    Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome (CECS) is a paroxysmal movement disorder of Border Terriers (BTs). These dogs might respond to a gluten-free diet. The objective of this study was to examine the clinical and serological effect of a gluten-free diet in BTs with CECS. Six client-owned BTs with clinically confirmed CECS. Dogs were prospectively recruited that had at least a 6-month history of CECS based on the observed phenomenology (using video) and had exhibited at least 2 separate episodes on different days. Dogs were tested for anti-transglutaminase 2 (TG2 IgA) and anti-gliadin (AGA IgG) antibodies in the serum at presentation, and 3, 6, and 9 months after the introduction of a gluten-free diet. Duodenal biopsies were performed in 1 dog. Serum TG2 IgA titers were increased in 6/6 BTs (P = .006) and AGA IgG titers were increased in 5/6 BTs at presentation compared to those of controls (P = .018). After 9 months, there was clinical and serological improvement in all BTs with CECS strictly adhering to a gluten-free diet (5/5). One dog had persistently increased antibody titers. This dog scavenged horse manure. On the strict introduction of a gluten-free diet this dog also had an improved clinical and serological response. The diet-associated improvement was reversible in 2 dogs on completion of the study, both of which suffered a relapse of CECS on the re-introduction of gluten. Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome in BTs is a gluten-sensitive movement disorder triggered and perpetuated by gluten and thus responsive to a gluten-free diet. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  4. Clinical, serologic, and immunogenetic characterization (HLA-DRB1) of late-onset lupus erythematosus in a Colombian population.

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    Peñaranda-Parada, E; Quintana, G; Yunis, J J; Mantilla, R; Rojas, W; Panqueva, U; Caminos, J E; Garces, M F; Sanchez, E; Rondón-Herrera, F; de Jesús Iglesias-Gamarra, A

    2015-10-01

    Late-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) represents a specific subgroup that is defined as onset after 50 years of age. Late-onset lupus may have a different clinical course and serological findings, which may delay diagnosis and timely treatment. The objective of this paper is to determine the clinical, serologic, and immunogenetic differences among Colombian patients with late-onset SLE versus conventional SLE patients. This was a cross-sectional study in a Colombian population. Patients and their medical records were analyzed from the services of Rheumatology in Bogotá and met the criteria for SLE, according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) revised criteria for the classification of SLE.In a reference group of late-onset SLE patients (98 participants, with an onset after 50 years of age) and a group of conventional SLE patients (72 participants, with an onset of age of 49 years or less), multiple clinical variables (age, clinical criteria for lupus, alopecia, weight loss, fever, Raynaud's phenomenon) and multiple serological variables (blood count, blood chemistry profile, autoantibodies) were analyzed. Additionally, the HLA class II (DRB1) of all the patients was genotyped, including an additional group of patients without the autoimmune disease. Statistical analysis was performed using the STATA 10.0 package. In the group of late-onset lupus, there was a higher frequency of pleurisy (p = 0.002), pericarditis (p = 0.026), dry symptoms (p = 0.029), lymphopenia (p = 0.007), and higher titers of rheumatoid factor (p = 0.001) compared with the group of conventional SLE. Late-onset SLE patients had a lower seizure frequency (p = 0.019), weight loss (p = 0.009), alopecia (p autoimmune disease (OR 3.81, 95% CI 1.47 to 10.59) (p = 0.0016). In the Colombian SLE population analyzed, there may be a probable association of several clinical and serologic variants, which would allow the differentiation of variables in the

  5. Feline heartworm disease: correlations of clinical signs, serology, and other diagnostics--results of a multicenter study.

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    Dillon, A R; Brawner, A R; Robertson-Plouch, C K; Guerrero, J

    2000-01-01

    cat was Ag positive and microfilaria positive but negative for Ab with both AD and HC tests. Although it has been presumed that most cats with FHD are Ag negative, it would appear that some individual cats with adult heartworms can also be Ab negative. Although eosinophilia and basophilia were more frequently associated with cats that were Ab positive, abnormal CBC values were observed in cats that were currently Ab negative. Radiographic lesions did not correlate with clinical signs or Ab levels. Some cats with no radiographic signs of FHD were Ag positive. Further, some cats with typical radiographic lesions of FHD were negative based on all serologic evaluations. These results demonstrate that successful transmission of heartworms to cats is more common than previously thought and is clinically associated with coughing, dyspnea, and vomiting. A cause and effect correlation cannot be proven between clinical signs and laboratory evaluation. Radiographic evidence of FHD in cats with repeated negative antibody results may be an indicator of residual damage from previous heartworm infections. Most experimental studies of FHD have been short-term (< 1 yr). However, in this study, many cats underwent repeated clinical evaluation over a relatively short time. This demonstrated that the clinical picture of spontaneous FHD is a constantly changing syndrome, highly dependent on the stage (immature L5, adult, adult death, residual damage) of the parasite in the cat and the individual cat's response. On evaluation of clinically affected cats, no one test proved to be definitive (without exceptions). The diagnosis of FHD continues to require a combination of clinical evaluation and a series of diagnostic tests, often requiring reevaluations over time.

  6. Influence of irbesartan combined with low dose urokinase on treatment effect and serologic indexes in elderlyisolated systolic hypertension patients

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    Gui-Peng Wang; Xiao-Mei Luo

    2017-01-01

    To study the influence of irbesartan combined with low dose urokinase on treatment effect and serologic indexes in elderly isolated systolic hypertension patients. Methods: One hundred and ten cases of elderly isolated systolic hypertension patients in our hospital during January 2013–January 2016 were randomly divided into observation group with 55 cases and control group with 55 cases. Patients in observation group received irbesartan combined with low dose hydrochlorothiazide treatment and those in control group received amlodipine combined with low dose hydrochlorothiazide treatment, each lasted for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks treatment, non-invasive blood pressure and blood pressure variability indexes were measured, serum endothelial function, inflammatory factors and oxidative stress indexes were measured. Results: After 4 weeks treatment, patients systolic blood pressure (SBP), 24 h mean systolic blood pressure (24 h SBP), 24 h systolic blood pressure standard deviation (24 h SSD) were significantly lower in observation group than in control group (P<0.05); serum endothelial function index EF-1 was lower in observation group than in control group, while NO and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) were higher in observation group than in control group (P<0.05); serum high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) contents were lower in observation group than in control group (P<0.05); serum oxidation index such as malondialdehyde (MDA) was lower in observation group than in control group, while antioxidant indexes such as total anti-oxidative capacity (TAC), superoxide dismutase (SOD), GSH were higher in observation group than in control group (P<0.05). Conclusions: Irbesartan combined with low dose hydrochlorothiazide can effectively reduce systolic hypertension and blood pressure variability in elderly isolated systolic hypertension patients, while optimizing the systemic inflammation and

  7. Clinical and serological features of patients referred through a rheumatology triage system because of positive antinuclear antibodies.

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    Christie Fitch-Rogalsky

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The referral of patients with positive anti-nuclear antibody (ANA tests has been criticized as an inappropriate use of medical resources. The utility of a positive ANA test in a central triage (CT system was studied by determining the autoantibody profiles and clinical diagnoses of patients referred to rheumatologists through a CT system because of a positive ANA test. METHODS: Patients that met three criteria were included: (1 referred to Rheumatology CT over a three year interval; (2 reason for referral was a "positive ANA"; (3 were evaluated by a certified rheumatologist. The CT clinical database was used to obtain demographic and clinical information and a serological database was used to retrieve specific ANA and/or extractable nuclear antigen (ENA test results. Clinical information was extracted from the consulting rheumatologist's report. RESULTS: 15,357 patients were referred through the CT system; 643 (4.1% of these because of a positive ANA and of these 263 (40.9% were evaluated by a certified rheumatologist. In 63/263 (24% of ANA positive patients, the specialist provided a diagnosis of an ANA associated rheumatic disease (AARD while 69 (26.2% had no evidence of any disease; 102 (38.8% had other rheumatologic diagnoses and 29 (11% had conditions that did not meet AARD classification criteria. Of ANA positive archived sera, 15.1% were anti-DFS70 positive and 91.2% of these did not have an AARD. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to evaluate the serological and clinical features of patients referred through a CT system because of a positive ANA. The spectrum of autoantibody specificities was wide with anti-Ro52/TRIM21 being the most common autoantibody detected. Approximately 15% of referrals had only antibodies to DFS70, the vast majority of which did not have clinical evidence for an AARD. These findings provide insight into the utility of autoantibody testing in a CT system.

  8. A comparative effectiveness research of azathioprine and cyclophosphamide on the clinical and serological response in pemphigus vulgaris

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    Kabir Sardana

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    Full Text Available Context: A prospective study was carried out to examine the efficacy of cyclophosphamide and azathioprine in pemphigus vulgaris. Aims: To compare the clinical and serological effect of azathioprine and cyclophosphamide in pemphigus patients. Materials and Methods: Prospective, institutional based study was conducted twenty-one patients of pemphigus vulgaris were initiated on either azathioprine (n = 9 or cyclophosphamide (n = 7 in addition to prednisolone and were evaluated clinically (mucosal and cutaneous severity and serologically enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA at 0, 3 and 6 months. Results: Azathioprine had a slower onset of action with a statistically significant improvement seen by 6 months (P = 0.016. Cyclophosphamide had a faster onset of action (3 months though there was no statistical difference in the efficacy between the two at the end of 6 months. The (RonT was 33.3-44.4% for azathioprine and 28.8-42.9% for cyclophosphamide at 6 months. Though ELISA had a high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis, as a tool for assessing therapeutic response a significant decrease was seen only till 3 months. This was restricted to Dsg1 for the azathioprine group and both Dsg3 and Dsg1 levels for the cyclophosphamide group. There were two deaths, both in the cyclophosphamide group. Conclusions: Azathiorpine and cyclophosphamide are equally effective for mucosal and cutaneous disease in pemphigus after 6 months of therapy. Dsg ELISA is useful for diagnosis of pemphigus but is not a useful tool for monitoring response to therapy.

  9. Characterization of serological neo-epitope biomarkers reflecting collagen remodeling in clinically stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Sand, Jannie M B; Martinez, Gerd; Midjord, Anne-Kirsten

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    OBJECTIVES: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by chronic inflammation that leads to excessive remodeling of the lung extracellular matrix (ECM), resulting in release of protein fragments (neo-epitopes) to the blood. Serological markers assessing this have previously been...... associated with exacerbations of COPD. However, characterization of these in individuals with clinically stable COPD is lacking. The aim of this study was to characterize the collagen remodeling in stable COPD by the serological assessment of neo-epitopes. DESIGN AND METHODS: Sixty-eight subjects...... with clinically stable COPD were included into the study at baseline, and 27 came back for a four weeks follow-up visit. Serum and plasma levels of neo-epitopes were assessed for the evaluation of collagen type III (C3M), IV (C4M, C4Ma3, P4NP 7S), and VI (C6M, Pro-C6) remodeling. RESULTS: C3M, C4M, C4Ma3, P4NP 7S...

  10. A Comparative Effectiveness Research of Azathioprine and Cyclophosphamide on the Clinical and Serological Response in Pemphigus Vulgaris

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    Sardana, Kabir; Agarwal, Pooja; Bansal, Shivani; Uppal, Beena; Garg, Vijay K

    2016-01-01

    Context: A prospective study was carried out to examine the efficacy of cyclophosphamide and azathioprine in pemphigus vulgaris. Aims: To compare the clinical and serological effect of azathioprine and cyclophosphamide in pemphigus patients. Materials and Methods: Prospective, institutional based study was conducted twenty-one patients of pemphigus vulgaris were initiated on either azathioprine (n = 9) or cyclophosphamide (n = 7) in addition to prednisolone and were evaluated clinically (mucosal and cutaneous severity) and serologically enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) at 0, 3 and 6 months. Results: Azathioprine had a slower onset of action with a statistically significant improvement seen by 6 months (P = 0.016). Cyclophosphamide had a faster onset of action (3 months) though there was no statistical difference in the efficacy between the two at the end of 6 months. The (RonT) was 33.3–44.4% for azathioprine and 28.8–42.9% for cyclophosphamide at 6 months. Though ELISA had a high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis, as a tool for assessing therapeutic response a significant decrease was seen only till 3 months. This was restricted to Dsg1 for the azathioprine group and both Dsg3 and Dsg1 levels for the cyclophosphamide group. There were two deaths, both in the cyclophosphamide group. Conclusions: Azathiorpine and cyclophosphamide are equally effective for mucosal and cutaneous disease in pemphigus after 6 months of therapy. Dsg ELISA is useful for diagnosis of pemphigus but is not a useful tool for monitoring response to therapy. PMID:27512188

  11. Autoantibodies in Renal Diseases – Clinical Significance and Recent Developments in Serological Detection

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    Mastroianni-Kirsztajn, Gianna; Hornig, Nora; Schlumberger, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    Autoimmune dysfunctions are the “bête noire” in a range of debilitating nephropathies. Autoimmune-mediated damage to the kidneys can be triggered by autoantibodies directed against specific proteins or renal structures, for example, the phospholipase A2 receptor or the glomerular basement membrane, resulting in glomerular diseases such as primary membranous nephropathy or Goodpasture’s disease. Moreover, secondary damage to the kidney can be part of the wide-reaching effects of systemic autoimmune diseases such as vasculitis or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – the latter counts lupus nephritis among its most severe manifestations. Systemic autoimmune diseases are characterized by non-organ-specific autoantibodies, directed for example against neutrophil cytoplasmic antigens in systemic vasculitis and against double-stranded DNA and nucleosomes in SLE. A large variety of innovative and highly specific and sensitive autoantibody tests have been developed in the last years that are available to identify autoimmune kidney diseases at an early stage. Thus, serological in vitro diagnostics allow for appropriate interventional therapy in order to prevent disease progression often resulting in need of dialysis and transplantation. PMID:26029207

  12. Autoantibodies in renal diseases – clinical significance and recent developments in serological detection

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    Gianna eKirsztajn

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    Full Text Available Autoimmune dysfunctions are the bête noire in a range of debilitating nephropathies. Autoimmune-mediated damage to the kidneys can be triggered by autoantibodies directed against specific proteins or renal structures, for example the phospholipase A2 receptor or the glomerular basement membrane, resulting in glomerular diseases such as primary membranous nephropathy or Goodpasture’s disease. Moreover, secondary damage to the kidney can be part of the wide-reaching effects of systemic autoimmune diseases such as vasculitis or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE – the latter counts lupus nephritis among its most severe manifestations. Systemic autoimmune diseases are characterized by non-organ-specific autoantibodies, directed for example against neutrophil cytoplasmic antigens in systemic vasculitis and against double-stranded DNA and nucleosomes in SLE.A large variety of innovative and highly specific and sensitive autoantibody tests have been developed in the last years that are available to identify autoimmune kidney diseases at an early stage. Thus, serological in vitro diagnostics allow for appropriate interventional therapy in order to prevent disease progression often resulting in need of dialysis and transplantation.

  13. Clinical and serological characterization of autoimmune hemolytic anemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Yang Zhen; Wu Bangzhao; Zhou Youning; Wang Wenjuan; Chen Suning; Sun Aining; Wu Depei

    2014-01-01

    Background Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is an uncommon complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) which has only been reported in a few cases.We here aimed to explore its mechanism.Methods We retrospectively analyzed 296 patients who underwent allo-HSCT in our center from July 2010 to July 2012.Clinical manifestations were carefully reviewed and the response to currently available treatment approaches were evaluated.The survival and risk factors of AIHA patients after allo-HSCT were further analyzed.Results Twelve patients were diagnosed with AIHA at a median time of 100 days (15-720 days) after allo-HSCT.The incidence of AIHA after allo-HSCT was 4.1%.IgG antibody were detected in ten patients and IgM antibody in two patients.The two cold antibody AIHA patients had a better response to steroid corticoid only treatment and the ten warm antibody AIHA patients responded to corticosteroid treatment and adjustment of immunosuppressant therapy.Rituximab was shown to be effective for AIHA patients who failed conventional therapy.Survival analysis showed that the combination of AIHA in allo-HSCT patients hinted at poor survival.Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection,graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and histocompatibility leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatch seemed to increase the risk of developing AIHA.Conclusions Patients who develop AIHA after allo-HSCT have poor survival compared to non-AIHA patients.Possible risk factors of AIHA are CMV infection,GVHD,and HLA mismatch.Rituximab is likely to be the effective treatment choice for the refractory patients.

  14. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for serological diagnosis of Nocardia brasiliensis and clinical correlation with mycetoma infections.

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    Salinas-Carmona, M C; Welsh, O; Casillas, S M

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    We previously identified three immunodominant antigens obtained from a Nocardia brasiliensis cell extract and recognized by sera from mycetoma patients (M. C. Salinas-Carmona, L. Vera, O. Welsh, and M. Rodríguez, Zentralbl. Bakteriol. 276:390-397, 1992). In the present work, we obtained a crude extract from a mass culture of N. brasiliensis HUJEG-1 and purified two immunodominant antigens, the 26- and 24-kDa proteins, by using simple physiochemical techniques. With these antigens, we developed a conventional solid-phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and tested 30 serum samples from mycetoma patients, 29 from tuberculosis patients, 24 from a leprosy group, and 31 from healthy individuals. Our results show for the first time statistically significant differences in serology among these groups. All mycetoma patients with a positive culture for N. brasiliensis had absorbance values higher than 0.3. On the other hand, the mycobacterium-infected patients as well as the healthy individuals all had absorbance values below that level. Moreover, we found a close correlation between the clinical condition of the mycetoma patients and the anti-26- and anti-24-kDa protein antibody concentrations. We therefore propose the use of this assay in routine clinical laboratories to confirm the diagnosis of N. brasiliensis infection in human mycetoma cases. In addition, the possible application of this assay in the serodiagnosis of Nocardia asteroides infection is also discussed.

  15. [Recommendations for implementing the UNE-EN-ISO 15189 quality standard in the clinical microbiology laboratory: bacteriology and serology].

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    Rojo, María Dolores; Aguiar, Juan Manuel; Cercenado, Emilia; de Ory, Fernando; de la Rosa, Manuel

    2010-11-01

    The UNE-EN-ISO 15189:2007 standard specifies the management and technical requirements that clinical microbiology laboratories must meet to achieve optimal quality when performing microbiological analyses. With implementation of this standard, a laboratory can receive the accreditation and formal recognition of an authorized body, certifying that it is apt for performing an assay or group of assays. In Spain, laboratories that apply these standards can be accredited by the Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC, Spanish accreditation body). The purpose of this review is to familiarize clinical microbiology laboratory specialists with the UNE-EN-ISO 15189:2007 standard through a practical approach focussed on bacteriology and serology studies. We briefly define the scope and specify the requisites required for managing the quality of the procedures and processes involved in performing tests on human specimens, for document control, and for management of instruments and equipment, personnel, information systems, supply systems, and external services. Lastly, evaluation approaches are indicated to achieve continuing improvement of the processes carried out and the services the laboratory provides.

  16. Biochemical, serological, and virulence characterization of clinical and oyster Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates.

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    Jones, Jessica L; Lüdeke, Catharina H M; Bowers, John C; Garrett, Nancy; Fischer, Markus; Parsons, Michele B; Bopp, Cheryl A; DePaola, Angelo

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    In this study, 77 clinical and 67 oyster Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates from North America were examined for biochemical profiles, serotype, and the presence of potential virulence factors (tdh, trh, and type III secretion system [T3SS] genes). All isolates were positive for oxidase, indole, and glucose fermentation, consistent with previous reports. The isolates represented 35 different serotypes, 9 of which were shared by clinical and oyster isolates. Serotypes associated with pandemic strains (O1:KUT, O1:K25, O3:K6, and O4:K68) were observed for clinical isolates, and 7 (9%) oyster isolates belonged to serotype O1:KUT. Of the clinical isolates, 27% were negative for tdh and trh, while 45% contained both genes. Oyster isolates were preferentially selected for the presence of tdh and/or trh; 34% contained both genes, 42% had trh but not tdh, and 3% had tdh but not trh. All but 1 isolate (143/144) had at least three of the four T3SS1 genes examined. The isolates lacking both tdh and trh contained no T3SS2α or T3SS2β genes. All clinical isolates positive for tdh and negative for trh possessed all T3SS2α genes, and all isolates negative for tdh and positive for trh possessed all T3SS2β genes. The two oyster isolates containing tdh but not trh possessed all but the vopB2 gene of T3SS2α, as reported previously. In contrast to the findings of previous studies, all strains examined that were positive for both tdh and trh also carried T3SS2β genes. This report identifies the serotype as the most distinguishing feature between clinical and oyster isolates. Our findings raise concerns about the reliability of the tdh, trh, and T3SS genes as virulence markers and highlight the need for more-detailed pathogenicity investigations of V. parahaemolyticus.

  17. Longitudinal clinical and serological survey of abdominal angiostrongyliasis in Guaporé, southern Brazil, from 1995 to 1999

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    Graeff-Teixeira Carlos

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    Full Text Available Abdominal angiostrongyliasis is a zoonotic infection caused by Angiostrongylus costaricensis, a nematode with an intra-vascular location in the mesentery. Our objective was to address several aspects of the natural history of this parasitosis, in a longitudinal clinical and seroepidemiological study. A total of 179 individuals living in a rural area with active transmission in southern Brazil were followed for five years (1995-1999 resulting in yearly prevalence of 28.2%, 4.2%, 10%, 20.2% and 2.8% and incidences of 0%, 5.9%, 8% and 1.5%, respectively. Both men and woman were affected with higher frequencies at age 30-49 years. In 32 individuals serum samples were collected at all time points and IgG antibody reactivity detected by ELISA was variable and usually persisting not longer than one year. Some individual antibody patterns were suggestive of re-infection. There was no association with occurrence of abdominal pain or of other enteroparasites and there was no individual with a confirmed (histopathologic diagnosis. Mollusks were found with infective third-stage larvae in some houses with an overall prevalence of 16% and a low parasitic burden. In conclusion, abdominal angiostrongyliasis in southern Brazil may be a frequent infection with low morbidity and a gradually decreasing serological reactivity.

  18. SEROLOGIC DETECTION OF EHRLICHIA CANIS AND EHRLICHIA CHAFFENSIS IN STAFF OF VETERINARY CLINICS IN LIMA

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    Paulino R., Analí; Laboratorio de Patología Clínica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Perú.; Li E., Olga; Laboratorio de Patología Clínica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima-Perú.; Hoyos S., Luis; Laboratorio de Patología Clínica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú.; Suárez A., Francisco; Laboratorio de Medicina Veterinaria Preventiva, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima.; Díaz C., Diego; Clínica de Animales Menores, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima

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    The aim of the present study was to detect seropositivity against Ehrlichia canis and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in staff of veterinary clinics and in persons that had contact with dogs affected by canine ehrlichosis using the indirect immunofluorescence test. Ninety serum samples were used, 55 men and 35 women. Results indicated 23.3% of seropositivity to E. canis and 20.0% to E. chaffeensis, without statistical differences due to gender. El objetivo del presente estudio fue determinar la pres...

  19. Serological pattern "anti-HBc alone": Characterization of 552 individuals and clinical significance

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    Antje Kn(o)ll; Arndt Hartmann; Harald Hamoshi; Karin Weislmaier; Wolfgang Jilg

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the prevalence and clinical significance of "anti-HBc alone" in an unselected population of patients and employees of a university hospital in southern Germany.METHODS: All individuals with the pattern "anti-HBc alone" were registered over a time span of 82 mo. HBV-DNA was measured in serum and liver samples, and clinical charts were reviewed.RESULTS: Five hundred and fifty two individuals were "anti-HBc alone" (of 3004 anti-HBc positive individuals;18.4%), and this pattern affected males (20.5%) more often than females (15.3%; P< 0.001). HBV-DNA was detected in serum of 44 of 545 "anti-HBc alone" individuals (8.1%), and in paraffin embedded liver tissue in 16of 39 patients tested (41.0%). There was no association between the detection of HBV genomes and the presence of biochemical, ultrasonic or histological signs of liver damage. Thirty-eight "anti-HBc alone" patients with cirrhosis or primary liver carcinoma had at least one additional risk factor. HCV-coinfection was present in 20.4%of all individuals with "anti-HBc alone" and was the only factor associated with a worse clinical outcome.CONCLUSION: In an HBV low prevalence area, no evidence is found that HBV alone causes severe liver damage in individuals with "anti-HBc alone". Recommendations for the management of these individuals are given.

  20. Evaluation of Parasiticide Treatment with Benznidazol in the Electrocardiographic, Clinical, and Serological Evolution of Chagas Disease.

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    Full Text Available Chagas disease is one of the most important endemic parasitic diseases in Latin America. In its chronic phase, progression to cardiomyopathy has high morbidity and mortality. The persistence of a normal electrocardiogram (ECG provides a similar prognosis to that of a non-diseased population. Benznidazole (BNZ is the only drug with trypanocidal action available in Brazil.A group of 310 patients with chronic Chagas disease who had normal ECGs at the first medical visit performed before 2002 were included. There were 263 patients treated with BNZ and 47 untreated. The follow-up period was 19.59 years. Univariate analyses showed that those treated were younger and predominantly male. As many as 79.08% of those treated and 46.81% of those untreated continued with normal electrocardiograms (p <0.0001. The occurrence of electrocardiographic abnormalities and relevant clinical events (heart failure, stroke, total mortality, and cardiovascular death was less prevalent in treated patients (p <0.001, p: 0.022, p: 0.047 respectively. In multivariate analyses, the parasiticide treatment was an independent variable for persistence of a normal ECG pattern, which was an independent variable in the prevention of significant clinical events. The immunofluorescence titers decreased with the parasitological treatment. However, the small number of tests in untreated patients did not allow the correlation of the decrease of these titers with electrocardiographic alterations.These data suggest that treatment with benznidazole prevents the occurrence of electrocardiographic alterations. On the other hand, patients who develop ECG abnormalities present with more significant clinical events.

  1. Papulonodular secondary syphilis: a rare clinic presentation confirmed by serologic and histologic exams*

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    Veasey, John Verrinder; Lellis, Rute Facchini; Boin, Maria Fernanda Feitosa de Camargo; Porto, Pedro Loureiro; Chen, Jessica Chia Sin

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    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum and divided into three stages according to the duration of the disease: primary, secondary and tertiary. Secondary syphilis has diverse clinical presentations, such as papular-nodular lesions. This presentation is rare, with 15 cases reported in the literature over the past 20 years. We report a case of secondary syphilis with papular-nodular lesions in a healthy 63-year-old patient, who has presented treponema in immunohistochemical examination of the skin lesions. PMID:27192520

  2. Serological, clinical and epidemiological aspects of Lyme borreliosis in Mures County, Romania

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    Țilea Brîndușa

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Borrelioza Lyme (BL este cea mai frecventă infecţie transmisă de căpuşe din genul Ixodes, atât în Statele Unite ale Americii (SUA, cât şi în Europa. Obiectivele studiului au constat în monitorizarea incidenţei şi a manifestărilor clinice ale bolii în judeţul Mureș. Material şi metodă. Studiul s-a efectuat pe o perioadă de 2 ani, 1 ianuarie 2010 - 31 decembrie 2011, pe un număr de 120 pacienţi. Diagnosticul cert sau probabil al BL s-a stabilit pe baza criteriilorCenters for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, SUA şi European Union Concerted Action on Lyme Borreliosis (EUCALB şi anume epidemiologice, clinice şi serologice. Pentru identificarea anticorpilor antiBb IgM, IgG din ser şi LCR s-au utilizat tehnicile ELISA şi Western-Blot. Rezultate. În anul 2010 s-au înregistrat 44 cazuri, iar în anul 2011, 76 cazuri. Conform definiţiei de caz, 106 cazuri au fost confirmate, 14 probabile. BL a fost evidenţiată cu o frecvenţă mai ridicată la copii, adulţi tineri şi adulţi, comparativ cu grupa de vârstă peste 60 ani. Incidenţa afecţiunii a fost mai ridicată la sexul feminin, 68 pacienţi (56,66% faţă de sexul masculin 52 pacienţi (43,33%, cu o pondere, mai crescută la persoanele din mediul urban, 78 pacienţi (65,0%, comparativ cu cele din mediul rural 42 pacienţi (35,0%. Manifestările clinice au fost acute de tipul eritemului migrator (EM la 64,16 din pacienţi, neurologice la 22,50% pacienţi, articulare la 1,66% pacienţi şi cardiace la 0,83% din cazuri. Concluzii. În judetul Mureș s-a constatat o incidenţă în creştere a bolii în anul 2011 comparativ cu anul 2010. Manifestările clinice predominante au fost cele acute dermatologice, neurologice.

  3. Clinical, environmental, and serologic surveillance studies of melioidosis in Gabon, 2012-2013.

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    Wiersinga, W Joost; Birnie, Emma; Weehuizen, Tassili A F; Alabi, Abraham S; Huson, Michaëla A M; Huis in 't Veld, Robert A G; Mabala, Harry K; Adzoda, Gregoire K; Raczynski-Henk, Yannick; Esen, Meral; Lell, Bertrand; Kremsner, Peter G; Visser, Caroline E; Wuthiekanun, Vanaporn; Peacock, Sharon J; van der Ende, Arie; Limmathurotsakul, Direk; Grobusch, Martin P

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    Burkholderia pseudomallei, an environmental gram-negative bacillus, is the causative agent of melioidosis and a bio-threat agent. Reports of B. pseudomallei isolation from soil and animals in East and West Africa suggest that melioidosis might be more widely distributed than previously thought. Because it has been found in equatorial areas with tropical climates, we hypothesized that B. pseudomallei could exist in Gabon. During 2012-2013, we conducted a seroprevalance study in which we set up microbiology facilities at a large clinical referral center and prospectively screened all febrile patients by conducting blood cultures and testing for B. pseudomallei and related species; we also determined whether B. pseudomallei could be isolated from soil. We discovered a novel B. pseudomallei sequence type that caused lethal septic shock and identified B. pseudomallei and B. thailandensis in the environment. Our data suggest that melioidosis is emerging in Central Africa but is unrecognized because of the lack of diagnostic microbiology facilities.

  4. Clinical features and viral serologies in children with multiple sclerosis: a multinational observational study.

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    Banwell, Brenda; Krupp, Lauren; Kennedy, Julia; Tellier, Raymond; Tenembaum, Silvia; Ness, Jayne; Belman, Anita; Boiko, Alexei; Bykova, Olga; Waubant, Emmanuelle; Mah, Jean K; Stoian, Cristina; Kremenchutzky, Marcelo; Bardini, Maria Rita; Ruggieri, Martino; Rensel, Mary; Hahn, Jin; Weinstock-Guttman, Bianca; Yeh, E Ann; Farrell, Kevin; Freedman, Mark; Iivanainen, Matti; Sevon, Meri; Bhan, Virender; Dilenge, Marie-Emmanuelle; Stephens, Derek; Bar-Or, Amit

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    The full spectrum of clinical manifestations and outcome, and the potential importance of regional or demographic features or viral triggers in paediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), has yet to be fully characterised. Our aim was to determine some of these characteristics in children with MS. 137 children with MS and 96 control participants matched by age and geographical region were recruited in a multinational study. They underwent structured clinical-demographic interviews, review of academic performance, physical examination, disability assessment (MS patients only), and standardised assays for IgG antibodies directed against Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, parvovirus B19, varicella zoster virus, and herpes simplex virus. MS was relapsing-remitting at diagnosis in 136 (99%) children. The first MS attack resembled acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in 22 (16%) of the children, most under 10 years old (mean age 7.4 [SD 4.2] years). Children with ADEM-like presentations were significantly younger than were children with polyfocal (11.2 [4.5] years; por=4.0) developed within 5 years in 15 (13%) of the 120 children for whom EDSS score was available. 23 (17%) had impaired academic performance, which was associated with increasing disease duration (p=0.02). Over 108 (86%) of the children with MS, irrespective of geographical residence, were seropositive for remote EBV infection, compared with only 61 (64%) of matched controls (p=0.025, adjusted for multiple comparisons). Children with MS did not differ from controls in seroprevalence of the other childhood viruses studied, nor with respect to month of birth, sibling number, sibling rank, or exposure to young siblings. Paediatric MS is a relapsing-remitting disease, with presenting features that vary by age at onset. MS in children might be associated with exposure to EBV, suggesting a possible role for EBV in MS pathobiology.

  5. Clinical, serological, microbiological, and outcome study of 200 cases of short duration fever without prior exposure to antibiotic

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    Prasanna K Satpathy

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    Full Text Available Background : Short duration fever is a very common presenting symptom of infections which are mostly self-limiting and do not require any antibiotics. Most of these patients presenting to primary care centers are exhibited antibiotics irrationally without any investigation results. Antibiotics are not a panacea for all fevers. This title was chosen to discourage the usual practice of indiscriminate use of antibiotics in short duration self-limiting fevers, increasing emergence of antibiotic resistance bacteria. This study was conceived and designed after The Lancet in 2010 reported the emergence of resistant New Delhi strain of metallo-beta-lactamase 1 Gram-negative Enterobacteriaceae from India, Pakistan, and the UK due to irrational use of antibiotics. Moreover, there are very scanty literature reports on "Short duration Fevers." This study is likely to advocate rational scientific approach to the management of short duration fever. Objectives: This study was conducted to (a arrive at a definite diagnosis and formulate various etiologies of short duration fever in this tertiary care hospital, (b rational use of specific antibodies when indicated, and (c study the outcome of therapy. Materials and Methods: This was an observational cross-sectional study comprising 200 fresh consecutive inpatients of fever of <2 weeks duration who has not been exposed to any antibiotic prior to hospitalization between July 2012 and September 2014. They were subjected to clinical, microbiological, and serological studies and other specific studies when indicated. Results: Common etiology for fever was found to be nonspecific viral fever (45%, which did not need antibiotics, then dengue fever (26.5%, enteric fever (7%, and malaria with Plasmodium vivax (4% predominance. Conclusion: Clinicians needs to restrict to indiscriminate use of antibiotics in any febrile patients to prevent the emergence of antibiotic resistance. More number of similar studies need to be

  6. Strong association between serological status and probability of progression to clinical visceral leishmaniasis in prospective cohort studies in India and Nepal.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Asymptomatic persons infected with the parasites causing visceral leishmaniasis (VL usually outnumber clinically apparent cases by a ratio of 4-10 to 1. We assessed the risk of progression from infection to disease as a function of DAT and rK39 serological titers. METHODS: We used available data on four cohorts from villages in India and Nepal that are highly endemic for Leishmania donovani. In each cohort two serosurveys had been conducted. Based on results of initial surveys, subjects were classified as seronegative, moderately seropositive or strongly seropositive using both DAT and rK39. Based on the combination of first and second survey results we identified seroconvertors for both markers. Seroconvertors were subdivided in high and low titer convertors. Subjects were followed up for at least one year following the second survey. Incident VL cases were recorded and verified. RESULTS: We assessed a total of 32,529 enrolled subjects, for a total follow-up time of 72,169 person years. Altogether 235 incident VL cases were documented. The probability of progression to disease was strongly associated with initial serostatus and with seroconversion; this was particularly the case for those with high titers and most prominently among seroconvertors. For high titer DAT convertors the hazard ratio reached as high as 97.4 when compared to non-convertors. The strengths of the associations varied between cohorts and between markers but similar trends were observed between the four cohorts and the two markers. DISCUSSION: There is a strongly increased risk of progressing to disease among DAT and/or rK39 seropositives with high titers. The options for prophylactic treatment for this group merit further investigation, as it could be of clinical benefit if it prevents progression to disease. Prophylactic treatment might also have a public health benefit if it can be corroborated that these asymptomatically infected individuals are infectious

  7. Using natural language processing for identification of pneumonia cases from clinical records of patients with serologically proven influenza.

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    Wahner-Roedler, Dietlind L; Welsh, Gail A; Trusko, Brett E; Froehling, David A; Froehling, David Arthur; Temesgen, Zelalem; Elkin, Peter L

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    The purpose of this study was to determine whether influenza vaccination protects against pneumonia in patients who develop influenza. By parsing a data set of records of 1455 patients with serologically proven influenza using SNOMED CT we found that of the vaccinated patients 19.3% developed pneumonia and of the unvaccinated 20.7%. These data suggest that influenza vaccine does not prevent pneumonias in patients who develop influenza despite immunization with influenza vaccine.

  8. Arthritis as a hypersensitivity reaction in a case of sporotrichosis transmitted by a sick cat: clinical and serological follow up of 13 months.

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    Orofino-Costa, R; Bóia, M N; Magalhães, G A P; Damasco, P S; Bernardes-Engemann, A R; Benvenuto, F; Silva, I C; Lopes-Bezerra, L M

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    Sporotrichosis is a subacute or chronic fungal infection caused by Sporothrix schenckii, which is commonly acquired by traumatic inoculation of the fungus carried in a contaminated material into the skin. Joint involvement is the most frequent extracutaneous manifestation in immunosuppressed patients. We report the case of an immunocompetent woman who acquired sporotrichosis through the scratch of a sick cat. She presented skin lesions and arthritis possibly because of a hypersensitivity reaction. Treatment resulted in complete cure up to 13 months of clinical and serological follow-up.

  9. Evaluation of a Fluorescent Antibody-Enrichment Serology Combination Procedure for the Detection of Salmonellae in Condiments, Food Products, Food By-Products, and Animal Feeds1

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    Hilker, John S.; Solberg, Myron

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    The reliability of the enrichment serology (ES), fluorescent antibody (FA), and a combination of the FA and ES procedures for the detection of salmonellae were compared to the Salmonella cultural procedure outlined in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM). A total of 126 subsamples from 22 different products were analyzed. By utilizing the BAM procedure as the reference standard, a total of 66 samples were positive for salmonellae. Within 44 h approximately 65% of the Salmonella-negative samples could be cleared by the FA test. At the end of 50 h 97% of the Salmonella-negative samples could be cleared by the combination FA-ES test. The FA procedure detected all 66 BAM positives but exhibited a high incidence of presumptive positives which were cultural negatives. The ES procedure detected 64 of the 66 BAM positives but exhibited a low incidence of presumptive positives which were cultural negatives. Incorporating positive FA and positive ES results in a combination FA-ES technique revealed that FA-ES positives were statistically equivalent to BAM positives. PMID:4586931

  10. Molecular differentiation of Treponema pallidum subspecies in skin ulceration clinically suspected as yaws in Vanuatu using real-time multiplex PCR and serological methods.

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    Chi, Kai-Hua; Danavall, Damien; Taleo, Fasihah; Pillay, Allan; Ye, Tun; Nachamkin, Eli; Kool, Jacob L; Fegan, David; Asiedu, Kingsley; Vestergaard, Lasse S; Ballard, Ronald C; Chen, Cheng-Yen

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    We developed a TaqMan-based real-time quadriplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to simultaneously detect Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum, T. pallidum subsp. pertenue, and T. pallidum subsp. endemicum, the causative agents of venereal syphilis, yaws, and bejel, respectively. The PCR assay was applied to samples from skin ulcerations of clinically presumptive yaws cases among children on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Another real-time triplex PCR was used to screen for the point mutations in the 23S rRNA genes that have previously been associated with azithromycin resistance in T. pallidum subsp. pallidum strains. Seropositivity by the classical syphilis serological tests was 35.5% among children with skin ulcerations clinically suspected with yaws, whereas the presence of T. pallidum subsp. pertenue DNA was only found in lesions from 15.5% of children. No evidence of T. pallidum subsp. pertenue infection, by either PCR or serology was found in ∼59% of cases indicating alternative causes of yaws-like lesions in this endemic area.

  11. COMBINATION THERAPY FOR PROSTATE CANCER: CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS

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    B. Ya. Alekseev

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    Full Text Available Prostate cancer (PC is one of the urgent problems of modern urological oncology. The incidence of this pathology is steadily growing worldwide. Despite the fact that PSA diagnosis is extensively used and programs for the early detection of this disease are introduced, the rate of dia gnosis of advanced PC forms remains high. Furthermore, a number of aspects of therapy for this disease remain controversial so far. The 7 th Congress of the Russian Society of Urological Oncologists, which dealt with some issues of combination therapy for locally advanced PC, was held in Moscow in October 3 to 5, 2012. The paper covers a number of controversial issues in the management of patients with PC in different clinical situations.

  12. Serological profile of HSV-2 in patients attending STI clinic: Evaluation of diagnostic utility of HSV-2 IgM detection

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    Choudhry Shilpee

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    Full Text Available Objective: The present study was done to evaluate the serological profile of herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2 among patients attending sexually transmitted infections (STI clinic and to determine the utility of detecting HSV-2 IgM antibodies in such patients. A correlation of HSV-2 infection with other STI including HIV has also been attempted. Materials and Methods: Hundred consecutive patients who attended STI clinic, with one or more of the complaints as enunciated by WHO in syndromic approach for the diagnosis of STI, were included as subjects. All subjects were screened for common STI by standard laboratory procedures/ commercially available kits. HSV-1 and HSV-2 IgM antibody was detected by commercially available enzyme immuno assay kit in all patient′s sera. Sera were also tested for other STI, namely HIV, Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus and Treponema pallidum. Antigen detection for Chlamydia trachomatis was done in genital swabs of all patients by Bio-Rad Chlamydia Microplate EIA 31189 (United States kit. Results: Thirty patients were found to have genital herpes. In 17/30 (56.6% patients, HSV-2 serology was found to correlate with the clinical diagnosis. The coexistence of other infection in HSV-2 seropositive patients was detected in 8/30 patients. None of the patients having concomitant infections were clinically diagnosed accurately. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of IgM antibodies for the diagnosis of genital herpes was 73.91%, 90.91%, 70.83% and 92.91% respectively. Conclusion: HSV-2 IgM detection could only be used as a supportive test for the diagnosis of genital herpes . It needs to be emphasized that the sensitivity and positive predictive value scores are pointers for further improvement in the commercial assay systems and a large sample size may determine the broader utility of such systems.

  13. Dacryocystitis due to Sporothrix brasiliensis: a case report of a successful clinical and serological outcome with low-dose potassium iodide treatment and oculoplastic surgery.

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    de Macedo, P Marques; Sztajnbok, D C N; Camargo, Z P; Rodrigues, A M; Lopes-Bezerra, L M; Bernardes-Engemann, A R; Orofino-Costa, R

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    Sporothrix brasiliensis is the main species of the S. schenckii complex implicated in the zoonotic epidemics of sporotrichosis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Epidemiological features have been already described, such as zoonotic transmission by cats and increased frequency of atypical clinical aspects. The involvement of the face by contact with cats is common in childhood; as a result, ophthalmic manifestations have increased. We report a case of acute dacryocystitis in a 9-year-old girl. A calmodulin-based molecular phylogeny was used to identify the agent as S. brasiliensis. This is a rare type of presentation, usually complicated with nasolacrimal duct occlusion. The patient was cured without sequelae after treatment with a low dose of saturated solution of potassium iodide and decompressive oculoplastic surgery. Therapeutic options and considerations of aetiological agents and serology are discussed.

  14. Canine ehrlichiosis: clinical, hematological, serological and molecular aspects Erliquiose canina: aspectos clínicos, hematológicos, sorológicos e moleculares

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    Andréa Cristina Higa Nakaghi

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    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to compare the direct detection methods of Ehrlichia canis (blood smears and nested PCR, serological tests (Dot-ELISA and Immunofluorescent Antibody Test - IFAT, and demonstrate the most suitable test for the diagnosis of different stages of infection. Blood samples and clinical data were collected from 30 dogs examined at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil. The clinical signs most frequently observed were apathy, anorexia, pale mucous membrane, fever, lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, hemorrhages and uveitis. Evaluating the humoral immune response, 63.3% of the sera were IFAT positive, while 70% were Dot-ELISA positive. By nestedPCR 53.3% of the samples were positive. Comparing these techniques it was concluded that serology and nPCR are the most suitable tests to confirm the diagnosis of canine ehrlichiosis, however it should be always treated as a complementary data to clinical and hematological evaluation. Serology has an important role in the subclinical and in the chronic phase, nPCR is recommended in the acute stage, and, especially, to identify the ehrlichia specie.O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar técnicas para detecção direta de Ehrlichia canis (detecção de mórulas em esfregaço sangüíneo e nested PCR, testes sorológicos (Dot-ELISA e Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta - RIFI e identificar o teste mais adequado para o diagnóstico de diferentes fases da infecção. Amostras sangüíneas e dados dos prontuários clínicos foram colhidos de 30 cães examinados no Hospital Veterinário, UNESP - Jaboticabal, SP. Os sinais clíncos mais freqüentemente observados foram apatia, inapetência, palidez de mucosas, febre, linfadenopatia, esplenomegalia, hemorragias e uveíte. Na avaliação da resposta imune humoral, observou-se que 63,3% das amostras foram positivas na RIFI, e 70% no Dot-ELISA. Na nPCR, foram detectadas 53,3% de amostras positivas. Ao comparar estas t

  15. Aspectos clínicos e sorológicos de 47 pacientes com paracoccidioidomicose tratados pela anfotericina B Clinical and serologic features of 47 patients with paracoccidioidomycosis treated by amphotericin B

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    In the present study, clinic and serologic aspects of 47 paracoccidioidomycosis patients were reviewed. The clinic-radiologie-laboratorial data of each patient were obtained from the medical chart before, during and after therapy with Amphotericin B. The age of the patients ranged between 13 to 50 years; the ratio male: female was 10:1. The most frequently associated diseases were alcoholism and tabagism; tuberculosis was present in 14.2% of the cases. Most patients came from Botucatu of adja...

  16. Retrospective analysis of clinical and laboratory findings in hunting dogs with serologic reactions to tick-borne pathogens (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia canis, Ehrlichia canis, Ricketsia conorii

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    Full Text Available Seroprevalence of tick-borne infections in endemic areas could be high. In this study, we investigated the seroprevalence of tick-borne pathogens (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia canis, Ehrlichia canis, Rickettsia conorii in hunting dogs, naturally infected with one or more pathogens. Serological test results of the investigated animals were compared to those from clinical examination, as well as from haematological and biochemical analyses. A total of 74.14% dogs were seropositive (R.conorii 44.83%, B. canis 32.76%, B. burgdorferi 25.86%, E. canis 13.79%, A. phagocytophilum 8.47%, with 25.86% of dogs seropositive to two pathogens, 15.52% seropositive to three pathogens, and 1.72% of dogs seropositive to four pathogens. Among all registered clinical signs, only pyrexia (p<0.05 and arrhythmia (p<0.05 were significant in seropositive dogs. There was no significant difference between seropositive and seronegative dogs regarding the majority of haematological and biochemical parameters. Statistically significant difference was registered for particular haematological (number of red blood cells and seroreactivity to B. burgdorferi and biochemical parameters (albumin concentration and seroreactivity to E. canis, and AST and seroreactivity to R. conorii but these values were not clinically significant. The high exposure to tick-borne pathogens suggests that ectoparasitic profilactic treatment is not adequate in examined population of hunting dogs. Clinical finding of pyrexia need to be further investigated and explained etiologically, which means that molecular diagnosis should be used in order to identify larger number of pathogens because of the possibility of coinfection. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 31084

  17. A comparative study of clinical manifestations, haematological and serological responses after experimental infection with Anaplasma phagocytophilum in two Norwegian sheep breeds

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been questioned if the old native Norwegian sheep breed, Old Norse Sheep (also called Norwegian Feral Sheep, normally distributed on coastal areas where ticks are abundant, is more protected against tick-borne infections than other Norwegian breeds due to a continuously high selection pressure on pasture. The aim of the present study was to test this hypothesis in an experimental infection study. Methods Five-months-old lambs of two Norwegian sheep breeds, Norwegian White (NW sheep and Old Norse (ON sheep, were experimentally infected with a 16S rRNA genetic variant of Anaplasma phagocytophilum (similar to GenBank accession number M73220. The experiment was repeated for two subsequent years, 2008 and 2009, with the use of 16 lambs of each breed annually. Ten lambs of each breed were inoculated intravenously each year with 0.4 ml A. phagocytophilum-infected blood containing approximately 0.5 × 106 infected neutrophils/ml. Six lambs of each breed were used as uninfected controls. Half of the primary inoculated lambs in each breed were re-challenged with the same infectious dose at nine (2008 and twelve (2009 weeks after the first challenge. The clinical, haematological and serological responses to A. phagocytophilum infection were compared in the two sheep breeds. Results The present study indicates a difference in fever response and infection rate between breeds of Norwegian sheep after experimental infection with A. phagocytophilum. Conclusion Although clinical response seems to be less in ON-lambs compared to NW-lambs, further studies including more animals are needed to evaluate if the ON-breed is more protected against tick-borne infections than other Norwegian breeds.

  18. Serological antibodies in inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review.

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    Prideaux, Lani; De Cruz, Peter; Ng, Siew C; Kamm, Michael A

    2012-07-01

    The diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is traditionally based on a combination of clinical, endoscopic, histological, and radiological criteria. However, further testing is needed in cases of diagnostic uncertainty and in predicting disease course. This systematic review focuses on the potential for 10 serological antibodies to fill these roles: pANCA, ASCA, anti-OmpC, anti-CBir1, anti-I2, ALCA, ACCA, AMCA, anti-L, and anti-C. We discuss their prevalence in IBD and health; their role in disease diagnosis and risk stratification; their stability over time; their presence in unaffected relatives; their association with genetic variants; and differences across ethnic groups. Serological antibodies have some role in primary diagnosis and in differentiating between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In indeterminate colitis, preoperative measurement of serological antibodies can help to predict the likelihood of complications among patients undergoing pouch surgery. The combined presence and magnitude of a large panel of antibodies appear to be of value in predicting disease progression. There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the use of antibody testing to predict responses to treatment or surgery in patients with IBD.

  19. Serology for tularemia

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    Tularemia test; Serology for Francisella tularensis ... This blood test is done when tularemia is suspected. ... Saunders; 2011:chap 44. Penn RL. Francisella tularensis (Tularemia). In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. ...

  20. Bone bank service in Finland. Experience of bacteriologic, serologic and clinical results of the Turku Bone Bank 1972-1995.

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    Aho, A J; Hirn, M; Aro, H T; Heikkilä, J T; Meurman, O

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    560 bones were harvested by The Turku Bone Bank between 1972-1995. It was started with massive allografts for bone tumor surgery, but today most are femoral heads for hip revision surgery. The increase in harvested bones nearly trebled from 1984-1989 to 1990-1995. Only 1 positive hepatitis C test was found. There were no hepatitis B or HIV positive donors. The incidence of discarding after screening was 24%, with positive bacterial growth (8%, usually Staphylococcus epidermidis) as the commonest reason. 2 massive grafts with negative cultures when harvesting were positive after thawing and resulted in deep infection. 369 allografts were transplanted. The infection rate of massive allografts for bone tumor surgery was 5/63 in 1973-1995, and 2/52 in 1985-1995. The infection rate for hip revision surgery was 3.4%. The clinical functional results correspond to those reported in larger international series.

  1. The use of combinations of monoclonal antibodies in clinical oncology.

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    Henricks, Linda M; Schellens, Jan H M; Huitema, Alwin D R; Beijnen, Jos H

    2015-12-01

    Treatment with monoclonal antibodies is becoming increasingly important in clinical oncology. These antibodies specifically inhibit signaling pathways in tumor growth and/or induce immunological responses against tumor cells. By combining monoclonal antibodies several pathways may be targeted simultaneously, potentially leading to additive or synergistic effects. Theoretically, antibodies are very suitable for use in combination therapy, because of limited overlapping toxicity and lack of pharmacokinetic interactions. In this article an overview is given of preclinical and clinical data on twenty-five different combinations of antibodies in oncology. Some of these combinations have proven clinical benefit, for example the combination of trastuzumab and pertuzumab in HER2-positive breast cancer, which exemplifies an additive or synergistic effect on antitumor activity in clinical studies and the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab, which results in significant increases in progression-free and overall survival in patients with advanced melanoma. However, other combinations may lead to unfavorable results, such as bevacizumab with cetuximab or panitumumab in advanced colorectal cancer. These combinations result in shorter progression-free survival and increased toxicity compared to therapy with a single antibody. In summary, the different published studies showed widely varying results, depending on the combination of antibodies, indication and patient population. More preclinical and clinical studies are necessary to unravel the mechanisms behind synergistic or antagonistic effects of combining monoclonal antibodies. Most research on combination therapies is still in an early stage, but it is expected that for several tumor types the use of combination therapy of antibodies will become standard of care in the near future.

  2. Clinical efficacy of radiotherapy combined with sodium glycididazole ...

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    Purpose: To assess the clinical efficacy and side effects of radiotherapy combined with sodium glycididazole in ... effect in the treatment of recurrent oesophageal carcinoma than radiotherapy alone. Keywords: ..... Chen J, Zhou ZR. Research ...

  3. Clinical, instrumental, serological and histological findings suggest that hemophilia B may be less severe than hemophilia A.

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    Melchiorre, Daniela; Linari, Silvia; Manetti, Mirko; Romano, Eloisa; Sofi, Francesco; Matucci-Cerinic, Marco; Carulli, Christian; Innocenti, Massimo; Ibba-Manneschi, Lidia; Castaman, Giancarlo

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    Recent evidence suggests that patients with severe hemophilia B may have a less severe disease compared to severe hemophilia A. To investigate clinical, radiological, laboratory and histological differences in the arthropathy of severe hemophilia A and hemophilia B, 70 patients with hemophilia A and 35 with hemophilia B with at least one joint bleeding were consecutively enrolled. Joint bleedings (50), regimen of treatment (prophylaxis/on demand), World Federation of Hemophilia, Pettersson and ultrasound scores, serum soluble RANK ligand and osteoprotegerin were assessed in all patients. RANK, RANK ligand and osteoprotegerin expression was evaluated in synovial tissue from 18 hemophilia A and 4 hemophilia B patients. The percentage of patients with either 10-50 or more than 50 hemarthrosis was greater in hemophilia A than in hemophilia B (Phemophilia B (PHemophilia (36.6 vs. 20.2; Phemophilia A patients. Serum osteoprotegerin and soluble RANK ligand were decreased in hemophilia A versus hemophilia B (Phemophilia A patients. In conclusion, the reduced number of hemarthrosis, the lower World Federation of Hemophilia and ultrasound scores, and higher osteoprotegerin expression in serum and synovial tissue in hemophilia B suggest that hemophilia B is a less severe disease than hemophilia A. Osteoprotegerin reduction seems to play a pivotal role in the progression of arthropathy in hemophilia A.

  4. Clinical and serological manifestations associated with interferon-α levels in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the serum levels of interferon alpha in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients, their first-degree relatives and healthy controls and to evaluate the associations between serum interferon alpha and disease activity, laboratory findings and treatment features. METHODS: We screened consecutive childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients in a longitudinal cohort at the pediatric rheumatology unit of the State University of Campinas between 2009 and 2010. All patients demonstrated disease onset before the age of 16. Disease status was assessed according to the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI and Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SDI. Interferon alpha levels were measured using an enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay. RESULTS: We included 57 childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients (mean age 17.33±4.50, 64 firstdegree relatives (mean age 39.95±5.66, and 57 healthy (mean age 19.30±4.97 controls. Serum interferon alpha levels were significantly increased in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients compared to their firstdegree relatives and healthy controls. Interferon alpha levels were significantly increased in patients with positive dsDNA antibodies, patients with cutaneous vasculitis, patients with new malar rash and patients who were not receiving medication. Interferon alpha levels correlated with C3 levels and systemic lupus erythematosus Disease Activity Index scores. In addition, we observed an inverse correlation between patient age and interferon alpha levels. CONCLUSION: Interferon alpha may play a role in the pathogenesis of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus, especially in cutaneous manifestations and dsDNA antibody formation. The observation that interferon alpha levels are increased in patients who are not taking medication should be investigated in

  5. Clinical and serological response of wild dogs (Lycaon pictus to vaccination against canine distemper, canine parvovirus infection and rabies

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    J. Van Heerden

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Wild dogs Lycaon pictus (n = 8 were vaccinated 4 times against canine distemper (n = 8 (initially with inactivated and subsequently with live attenuated strains of canine distemper and canine parvovirus infection (n = 8 over a period of 360 days. Four of the wild dogs were also vaccinated 3 times against rabies using a live oral vaccine and 4 with an inactivated parenteral vaccine. Commercially-available canine distemper, canine parvovirus and parenteral rabies vaccines, intended for use in domestic dogs, were used. None of the vaccinated dogs showed any untoward clinical signs. The inactivated canine distemper vaccine did not result in seroconversion whereas the attenuated live vaccine resulted in seroconversion in all wild dogs. Presumably protective concentrations of antibodies to canine distemper virus were present in all wild dogs for at least 451 days. Canine parvovirus haemagglutination inhibition titres were present in all wild dogs prior to the administration of vaccine and protective concentrations persisted for at least 451 days. Vaccination against parvovirus infection resulted in a temporary increase in canine parvovirus haemagglutination inhibition titres in most dogs. Administration of both inactivated parenteral and live oral rabies vaccine initially resulted in seroconversion in 7 of 8 dogs. These titres, however, dropped to very low concentrations within 100 days. Booster administrations resulted in increased antibody concentrations in all dogs. It was concluded that the vaccines were safe to use in healthy subadult wild dogs and that a vaccination protocol in free-ranging wild dogs should at least incorporate booster vaccinations against rabies 3-6 months after the first inoculation.

  6. Serology, virulence, antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular characteristics of clinical Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains circulating in southeastern China from 2009 to 2013.

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    Chen, Y; Chen, X; Yu, F; Wu, M; Wang, R; Zheng, S; Han, D; Yang, Q; Kong, H; Zhou, F; Zhu, J; Yao, H; Zhou, W; Li, L

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    Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a leading cause of food-borne diarrhoea in coastal countries. Although V. parahaemolyticus cases have been reported since 1950, they have been poorly documented. From July 2009 to June 2013, we collected 6951 faecal specimens for pathogen detection; V. parahaemolyticus strains were isolated from 563 specimens (8.1%). We then analysed the characteristics of the 501 V. parahaemolyticus strains that were isolated as the sole pathogen. Twenty-one serotypes were identified among these strains; O3:K6 was the most common serotype (65.1%), followed by O4:K8, O4:K68 and O1:K36. One strain of the O4:K18 serotype was isolated from clinical patients for the first time. Pandemic O3:K6 clones were predominant and accounted for 69.1% of all of the pandemic strains. This is the first report of one strain expressing the O3:K8 serotype with a pandemic genotype. The presence of the haemolysin gene tdh (93.0%) was the key characteristic of the virulent strains; however, a few strains carried the trh gene. We also confirmed the presence of the type III secretion system 2 (T3SS2) genes in all of the pathogenic strains. Subsequent multilocus sequence typing split the isolates into 16 sequence types (STs), with ST3 and ST88 as the most prevalent in southeastern China. Most isolates were sensitive to common antimicrobial agents, apart from ampicillin. However, the resistance rate to ampicillin has apparently increased in this area. In conclusion, our results indicate that pandemic O3:K6 V. parahaemolyticus isolates are predominant in southeastern China, and additional surveillance should be conducted to facilitate control of the transmission of this pathogen.

  7. Typhoid outbreak in Songkhla, Thailand 2009-2011: clinical outcomes, susceptibility patterns, and reliability of serology tests.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical manifestations and outcomes, the reliability of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi (S ser. Typhi IgM and IgG rapid tests, and the susceptibility patterns and the response to treatment during the 2009-2011 typhoid outbreak in Songkhla province in Thailand. METHOD: The medical records of children aged <15 years with S ser. Typhi bacteremia were analysed. The efficacy of the typhoid IgM and IgG rapid tests and susceptibility of the S ser. Typhi to the current main antibiotics used for typhoid (amoxicillin, ampicillin, cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, co-trimoxazole, and ciprofloxacin, were evaluated. RESULTS: S ser. Typhi bacteremia was found in 368 patients, and all isolated strains were susceptible to all 6 antimicrobials tested. Most of the patients were treated with ciprofloxacin for 7-14 days. The median time (IQR of fever before treatment and duration of fever after treatment were 5 (4, 7 days and 4 (3, 5 days, respectively. Complications of ascites, lower respiratory symptoms, anemia (Hct <30%, and ileal perforation were found in 7, 7, 22, and 1 patients, respectively. None of the patients had recurrent infection or died. The sensitivities of the typhoid IgM and IgG tests were 58.3% and 25.6% respectively, and specificities were 74.1% and 50.5%, respectively. CONCLUSION: Most of the patients were diagnosed at an early stage and treated with a good outcome. All S ser. Typhi strains were susceptible to standard first line antibiotic typhoid treatment. The typhoid IgM and IgG rapid tests had low sensitivity and moderate specificity.

  8. Prevalence of the American College of Rheumatology hematological classification criteria and associations with serological and clinical variables in 460 systemic lupus erythematosus patients

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    Thelma Skare

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    Full Text Available Objective: To study systemic lupus erythematosus in a Brazilian population using the American College of Rheumatology hematological classification criteria and report associations of the disease with serological and clinical profiles. Methods: This is a retrospective study of 460 systemic lupus erythematosus patients followed in a single rheumatologic center during the last 10 years. Hematological manifestations considered for this study were hemolysis, leukopenia, lymphocytopenia and thrombocytopenia. Results: The cumulative prevalences of leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, lymphocytopenia and hemolytic anemia were 29.8%, 21.08%, 17.7% and 8.4%, respectively. A higher percentage of patients with hemolysis had anticardiolipin IgM (p-value = 0.002. Those with leukopenia had more lymphopenia (p-value = 0.02, psychosis (p-value = 0.01, thrombocy- topenia (p-value <0.0001 and anti-double stranded DNA antibodies (p-value = 0.03. Patients with lymphopenia had more leukopenia (OR = 1.8; 95% CI = 1.01-3.29 and lupus anticoagulant antibodies (OR = 2.2; 95% CI = 1.16-4.39 and those with thrombocytopenia had more leukopenia (OR = 3.1; 95% CI = 1.82-5.44 and antiphospholipid syndrome (OR = 3.1; 95% CI = 1.28-7.87. Conclusion: The most common hematological finding was leukopenia and the least common was hemolysis. Associations of low platelet count and hemolysis were found with antiphospholipid syndrome and anticardiolipin IgM positivity, respectively. Leukopenia and lymphocytopenia are correlated and leukopenia is more common in systemic lupus erythe- matosus patients with psychosis, thrombocytopenia and anti-double stranded DNA.

  9. The diagnostic accuracy of serological tests for Lyme borreliosis in Europe

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    Leeflang, M M G; Ang, C W; Berkhout, J

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    BACKGROUND: Interpretation of serological assays in Lyme borreliosis requires an understanding of the clinical indications and the limitations of the currently available tests. We therefore systematically reviewed the accuracy of serological tests for the diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis in Europe. ...

  10. Different clinical, virological, serological and tissue tropism outcomes of two new and one old Belgian type 1 subtype 1 porcine reproductive and respiratory virus (PRRSV) isolates

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    Frydas, Ilias S.; Trus, Ivan; Kvisgaard, Lise Kirstine;

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    to identify their origin. Twelve weeks-old pigs were inoculated intranasally (IN) with 13V091, 13V117 or 07V063 (9 pigs/group). At 10 days post inoculation (dpi), 4 animals from each group were euthanized and tissues were collected for pathology, virological and serological analysis. 13V091 infection resulted...

  11. Combining clinical variables to optimize prediction of antidepressant treatment outcomes.

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    Iniesta, Raquel; Malki, Karim; Maier, Wolfgang; Rietschel, Marcella; Mors, Ole; Hauser, Joanna; Henigsberg, Neven; Dernovsek, Mojca Zvezdana; Souery, Daniel; Stahl, Daniel; Dobson, Richard; Aitchison, Katherine J; Farmer, Anne; Lewis, Cathryn M; McGuffin, Peter; Uher, Rudolf

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    The outcome of treatment with antidepressants varies markedly across people with the same diagnosis. A clinically significant prediction of outcomes could spare the frustration of trial and error approach and improve the outcomes of major depressive disorder through individualized treatment selection. It is likely that a combination of multiple predictors is needed to achieve such prediction. We used elastic net regularized regression to optimize prediction of symptom improvement and remission during treatment with escitalopram or nortriptyline and to identify contributing predictors from a range of demographic and clinical variables in 793 adults with major depressive disorder. A combination of demographic and clinical variables, with strong contributions from symptoms of depressed mood, reduced interest, decreased activity, indecisiveness, pessimism and anxiety significantly predicted treatment outcomes, explaining 5-10% of variance in symptom improvement with escitalopram. Similar combinations of variables predicted remission with area under the curve 0.72, explaining approximately 15% of variance (pseudo R(2)) in who achieves remission, with strong contributions from body mass index, appetite, interest-activity symptom dimension and anxious-somatizing depression subtype. Escitalopram-specific outcome prediction was more accurate than generic outcome prediction, and reached effect sizes that were near or above a previously established benchmark for clinical significance. Outcome prediction on the nortriptyline arm did not significantly differ from chance. These results suggest that easily obtained demographic and clinical variables can predict therapeutic response to escitalopram with clinically meaningful accuracy, suggesting a potential for individualized prescription of this antidepressant drug.

  12. Aspectos clínicos e sorológicos de 47 pacientes com paracoccidioidomicose tratados pela anfotericina B Clinical and serologic features of 47 patients with paracoccidioidomycosis treated by amphotericin B

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    Full Text Available In the present study, clinic and serologic aspects of 47 paracoccidioidomycosis patients were reviewed. The clinic-radiologie-laboratorial data of each patient were obtained from the medical chart before, during and after therapy with Amphotericin B. The age of the patients ranged between 13 to 50 years; the ratio male: female was 10:1. The most frequently associated diseases were alcoholism and tabagism; tuberculosis was present in 14.2% of the cases. Most patients came from Botucatu of adjacent towns (central area of the State of São Paulo. Cough with sputum production, dyspnea and anorexia were the most frequent clinic manifestations. All 47 patients, but 5 presented pulmonary involvement which showed the radiologic pattern of interstitial exudate nodular type and fibrocicatritial lesions in 85.7%. There was associated emphysema in 37.7% of the patients. Blood urea, creatinin and kaliemia increased during therapy with Amphotericin B. Clinic-laboratorial follow-up showed electrocardiographic changes in 13, hypertension in 9 and hyperreactivity in Thorn test in 1 patient. Complement fixation was the best serologic test for monitoring patients with paracoccidioidomycosis. Incomplete dosage of Amphotericin B led to therapeutic ineffectivenes.

  13. 血清学结合超声检查在非整倍体产前筛查中的应用%Application of serologic examination combined with ultrasonography in prenatal screening of aneuploidy

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    吴清明; 周瑾; 刘伟; 王瑞; 杨柳

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    Objective: To explore the application values of serologic examination combined with ultrasonography in prenatal screening of fetal aneuploidy. Methods: Maternal serologic triple examination ( AFP, Free β - hCG and uE3 ) during the second trimester of pregnancy combined with fetal systematical ultrasonography was used for prenatal screening of fetal chromosomal aneuploidy among 1 831 pregnant women of 16 ~ 25 gestational weeks, the pregnant women with high risk of prenatal screening received chromosomal karyotype analysis of amniotic cells. Results: Among 1 831 pregnant women, 107 high risk cases were screened out, including 98 high risk cases of serologic screening, 9 cases with abnormal fetuses detected by ultrasonography, 2 cases diagnosed as Down's syndrome and 2 cases diagnosed as trisomy 18 definitely by chromosomal analysis of amniotic cells. Conclusion: The prenatal screening programme of serologic triple examination during the second trimester of pregnancy combined with fetal systematical ultrasonography can expand the coverage extent of screening objects, reduce misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis, increase the detection rate of fetal chromosomal aneuploidy effectively, which is a simple, minimally invasive and effective prenatal screening protocol.%目的:探讨血清学结合超声在胎儿非整倍体产前筛查中的应用价值.方法:采用孕中期孕母血清学三联(AFP、Freeβ-hCG、uE3)检测结介胎儿系统超声检查,对1 831例孕16~25周孕妇进行胎儿非整倍体染色体病产前筛查,对筛查高风险孕妇,进行羊水细胞染色体核型分析.结果:1 831例孕妇中筛查出高危孕妇107例,其中血清学筛查高危孕妇98例,超声检查胎儿异常9例,经羊水细胞染色体分析产前诊断确诊唐氏综合征2例、18-三体综合征2例.结论:孕中期血清三联筛查结合胎儿系统超声检查的产前筛查方案,可扩大筛查目标的涵盖范围,减少漏诊及误诊;有效提高胎儿非整

  14. 自身免疫性胰腺炎临床症状及血清学特征分析%Clinical symptoms and serological features of autoimmune pancreatitis

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    张新刚; 郭韵; 张晓莉; 蒋莉; 王晓非

    2013-01-01

    目的 回顾性分析自身免疫性胰腺炎(AIP)患者的临床症状及血清学特征,提高对AIP的早期识别.方法 选取2003年1月至2011年10月中国医科大学附属盛京医院外科收治的术后病理符合AIP的患者36例,总结AIP患者的临床表现、血清学等特点.结果 AIP具有以下特点:(1)中老年起病多见,可急性或隐匿起病,体重下降多见;(2)腹痛、腹胀、黄疸最常见,易合并胆系病变,可合并糖尿病及心脏传导障碍(尤其右束支);(3)血清学为肝胆胰酶及肿瘤标志物CA199可升高,γ-谷氨酰转肽酶明显升高具有特征性.结论 AIP是一种特殊类型的慢性胰腺炎,具有特征性的临床症状及血清学改变.%Objective To retrospectively analyze the clinical symptoms and serological features of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP), thus promoting the early identification. Methods We enrolled 36 patients admitted to the department of surgery, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, between January 2003 and October 2011, whose pathological findings were consistent with AIP. The clinical manifestations and serology of AIP were analyzed. Results Patients with AIP were frequently middle-aged or elderly, and had an acute or insidious onset that was often associated with loss of weight. Their most frequent clinical manifestations included abdominal pain, abdominal distension and jaundice that can readily complicate with biliary tract disorders. It is likely that diabetes and cardiac conduction disturbance (particularly right bundle branch) may also be noted. Elevated level of hepatic, biliary and pancreatic enzymes and CA19-9, a tumor biomarker, may be the characteristic features of serology particularly the considerably increased level of γ-glutamyltranspeptidase. Conclusion AIP is a unique type of chronic pancreatitis featured by distinctive clinical and serological characteristics.

  15. Advances of Hepatic Fibrosis-Associated Serological Markers in the View of Translational Medicine

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    Lin LIU

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic fibrosis is the dysplasia of intra-hepatic fiber. The pathological outcome of various acute and chronic hepatic diseases marked by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (EMC, and is an inevitable process of chronic hepatitis developing into liver cirrhosis and HCC. Translational medicine is the ultimate target of medical research, the specific reflection of technological innovation on combined road of production, knowledge and research, and the inevitable tendency of basic medicine translated into applicable medicine. How to change the massive information discovered in omics era into applicable techniques in clinic is a challenge urgent to be resolved, and is also critical to further improve the therapeutic efficacy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. The present hepatic fibrosis-associated serological markers include hyaluronic acid (HA, collagen, lominin (LN, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs and their inhibitors (TIMPs and transforming growth factors (TGF β l. Though they are all associated with hepatic fibrosis, they have their own disadvantages. Ideal serological markers for hepatic fibrosis should have higher specificity, sensitivity and accuracy to liver. In recent years, with new advances achieved in the research of body protein level, metabolic level and immune response level, and some new potential hepatic fibrosis-associated serological markers have been discovered, which are expected to improve the diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis. This study, in the view of translational medicine, mainly summarized the serological markers like HA and collagen, hoping to provide clinical references for the prevention and treatment of hepatic fibrosis and the prevention of HCC.

  16. Advances of Hepatic Fibrosis-Associated Serological Markers in the View of Translational Medicine

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    LIU Lin; ZHANG Jing; XIE Dong-hao; CUI Jian-wei

    2016-01-01

    Hepatic ifbrosis is the dysplasia of intra-hepatic ifber. The pathological outcome of various acute and chronic hepatic diseases marked by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (EMC), and is an inevitable process of chronic hepatitis developing into liver cirrhosis and HCC. Translational medicine is the ultimate target of medical research, the specific reflection of technological innovation on combined road of production, knowledge and research, and the inevitable tendency of basic medicine translated into applicable medicine. How to change the massive information discovered in omics era into applicable techniques in clinic is a challenge urgent to be resolved, and is also critical to further improve the therapeutic efifcacy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The present hepatic ifbrosis-associated serological markers include hyaluronic acid (HA), collagen, lominin (LN), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors (TIMPs) and transforming growth factors (TGF) β l. Though they are all associated with hepatic fibrosis, they have their own disadvantages. Ideal serological markers for hepatic ifbrosis should have higher speciifcity, sensitivity and accuracy to liver. In recent years, with new advances achieved in the research of body protein level, metabolic level and immune response level, and some new potential hepatic ifbrosis-associated serological markers have been discovered, which are expected to improve the diagnosis of hepatic ifbrosis. This study, in the view of translational medicine, mainly summarized the serological markers like HA and collagen, hoping to provide clinical references for the prevention and treatment of hepatic ifbrosis and the prevention of HCC.

  17. Current clinical trials testing combinations of immunotherapy and radiation.

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    Crittenden, Marka; Kohrt, Holbrook; Levy, Ronald; Jones, Jennifer; Camphausen, Kevin; Dicker, Adam; Demaria, Sandra; Formenti, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Preclinical evidence of successful combinations of ionizing radiation with immunotherapy has inspired testing the translation of these results to the clinic. Interestingly, the preclinical work has consistently predicted the responses encountered in clinical trials. The first example came from a proof-of-principle trial started in 2001 that tested the concept that growth factors acting on antigen-presenting cells improve presentation of tumor antigens released by radiation and induce an abscopal effect. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor was administered during radiotherapy to a metastatic site in patients with metastatic solid tumors to translate evidence obtained in a murine model of syngeneic mammary carcinoma treated with cytokine FLT-3L and radiation. Subsequent clinical availability of vaccines and immune checkpoint inhibitors has triggered a wave of enthusiasm for testing them in combination with radiotherapy. Examples of ongoing clinical trials are described in this report. Importantly, most of these trials include careful immune monitoring of the patients enrolled and will generate important data about the proimmunogenic effects of radiation in combination with a variety of immune modulators, in different disease settings. Results of these studies are building a platform of evidence for radiotherapy as an adjuvant to immunotherapy and encourage the growth of this novel field of radiation oncology.

  18. Combining clinical variables to optimize prediction of antidepressant treatment outcomes

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    Iniesta, R.; Malki, K.; Maier, W; Rietschel, M.; Mors, O; Hauser, J; Henigsberg, N.; Dernovsek, M. Z.; Souery, D.; Stahl, D.; Dobson, R.; Aitchison, K. J.; Farmer, A; Lewis, C.M.; McGuffin, P.

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    The outcome of treatment with antidepressants varies markedly across people with the same diagnosis. A clinically significant prediction of outcomes could spare the frustration of trial and error approach and improve the outcomes of major depressive disorder through individualized treatment selection. It is likely that a combination of multiple predictors is needed to achieve such prediction. We used elastic net regularized regression to optimize prediction of symptom improvement and remissio...

  19. [Clinical study on viral hepatitis combined with aplastic anemia].

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    Lu, Yao; Zhang, Yan-li; Shen, Ge; Zhang, Lu; Wang, Lin; Qiu, Guo-hua; Wu, Yun-zhong; Yang, Min; Li, Ming-hui

    2011-08-01

    To study the clinical features, outcomes and treatments of viral hepatitis combined with aplastic anemia. 25 cases diagnosed as viral hepatits combined with aplastic anemia in Beijing Ditan Hsopital between April 2004 and September 2009 were retrospectively analyzed. In this group of patients aplastic anemia was finally diagnosed by bone marrow aspiration. We collected clinical data of these patients, including a history of liver disease, drug allergies, hospital medication history, laboratory data, and then performed descriptive analysis. 25 patients with viral hepatitis were diagnosed as complicated with aplastic anemia by histopathological data. Among these patients, 17 were male and 8 were women. Viral hepatitis included: chronic hepatitis B (12 cases), chronic hepatitis C (4 cases), acute hepatits E (1 case), hepatitis caused by CMV infection (1 case), and unclassified hepatitis (7 cases). Among these patients, 7 were diagnosed as severe hepatits. Considering previous history, only 3 patients had history of short term interferon therapy before hospitalization, and the remaining patients did not use drug that affects blood system. Treatments were as followings: using colony stimulating factor in 6 patients, gamma globulin in 9 patients, glucocorticoids in 3 patients, erythropoietin in 1 patient, only oral drug to raise erythrocytes in 2 patients, red blood cells transfusion in 6 patients, platelets transfusion in 2 patients. As for clinical outcomes, 20 patients acquired improved condition and were dicharged, 3 patients were discharged voluntarily and 2 patients died of severe hepatits combined with other complications. Main treatments of viral hepatitis combined with aplastic anemia were to treat primary hepatopathy and nucleoside analogue-based antiviral therapy, to provide symptomatic and supportive treatment for blood diseases. Blood diseases would recover simultaneously while liver disease was improved, and the prognosis was good.

  20. Clinical effect of venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride on narcolepsy

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    YAN Bin

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to explore the clinical effect of venlafaxine sustained-release capsules combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride tablets on narcolepsy. Thirty-eight cases of narcoleptic patients were randomly divided into venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate hydrochloride treatment group (observation group, N = 19 and methylphenidate hydrochloride and clomipramine treatment group (control group, N = 19. After a total of 12-week treatment, clinical curative effect and adverse drug reactions were observed in 2 groups of patients. The results showed that effective rate of the treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS in observation group was higher than that of the control group (15/19 vs 8/19, P = 0.044, and effective rate of the treatment for cataplexy in observation group was higher than that of the control group (13/19 vs 6/19, P = 0.048. The rate of adverse drug reactions in observation group was lower than that in the control group (χ2 = 8.889, P = 0.003. It was indicated that venlafaxine combined with methylphenidate had good curative effect on narcolepsy with EDS and cataplexy symptoms.

  1. Biochemical and serological studies on oral ureaplasma.

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    Saito, Y; Ishikawa, O; Iritani, A; Yonemoto, R; Horikawa, T

    1984-09-01

    This study was conducted to study chemically and serologically the characteristics of the Ureaplasmas isolated from the human oral cavity. Two hundred and fifty-one healthy and 12 periodontitis subjects were examined for the incidence of the isolation of Ureaplasmas from their oral cavity. A total of twenty-six strains was isolated from the healthy human saliva. But no strains could be isolated from a variety of clinical specimens obtained from the patients. The serological properties of the isolates were tested by the method of metabolism inhibition test (MI test). Seven out of 26 isolates were serologically identical with either one of the ATCC standard strains. However, the serological types of the other strains could not be demonstrated by the MI test. The biological characteristics of 4 isolates and ATCC strains were tested by the usual method. The isolates did not metabolize glucose and arginine, while all strains hydrolyzed urea. On the other hand, none of the isolates lysed skimmed milk and gelatin. The proteolytic activity of the isolates could be demonstrated by using casein and horse serum proteins as substrates. Zymogram patterns from one of the isolates and Streptococcus salivarius were obtained by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the cells lysed with digitonin or cell protein extracts. On the basis of the gel electrophoresis patterns, it is clear that the urease of the Ureaplasma is different from that of the Streptococcus salivarius.

  2. Field evaluation of the efficacy, compatibility and serologic profiling of a combined vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and Haemophilus parasuis in nursery pigs.

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    Palzer, Andreas; Eddicks, Matthias; Zoels, Susanne; Stark, Jasmin; Reese, Sven; Strutzberg-Minder, Katrin; Fiebig, Kerstin; Ritzmann, Mathias

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    The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy and compatibility of a separate or combined vaccination against the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and Haemophilus (H.) parasuis. The study was conducted in a 1200 head nursery farm. A total of 360 piglets at an age of 26 days were randomized into three groups. Group A was vaccinated separately against H. parasuis (Porcilis(®)Glässer) and PRRS (Porcilis(®)PRRS), group B was vaccinated with a combined vaccine of both vaccines and group C remained unvaccinated as control group. The compatibility was evaluated by measurement of the body temperature and a palpation score of the injection site 0, 4, 24 and 72 h after vaccination. During the nursery and the fattening period the average daily weight gain (ADWG), the number of runts and the mortality was evaluated. Additionally blood samples were taken every 2 weeks during the nursery period to perform an OppA-ELISA and a PCR for PRRS virus. No significant difference could be seen regarding the body temperature between group A and group C. Piglets which were vaccinated with the combined vaccine showed a significantly higher body temperature 4 and 72 h post vaccination than piglets from group A. The palpation score was significantly higher in group A 4 and 24h post vaccination compared to the control group, whereas no significant difference was observed between group A and B. No significant differences between groups were seen in the ADWG during the nursery period. The mortality rate during the nursery period was significantly higher in group C than in group A. The ADWG during fattening was significantly higher in the vaccinated groups than in group C. A PRRS genotype1 field virus was detected at the end of the nursery period. No significant differences were observed in the number of OppA-ELISA positive animals, but vaccinated pigs seemed to react earlier. All pigs of the vaccinated groups that were positive in the OppA-ELISA did not develop Gl

  3. Improved serological diagnosis of rubella.

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    The use of an enzyme immunoassay-immunoglobulin G antibody test instead of the hemagglutination inhibition test as a primary test for the serological diagnosis of current infection, with complement fixation as an alternate test for use when enzyme immunoassay results are high and stationary, improved the serological diagnosis of rubella.

  4. [The combinations of statins and fibrates: pharmacokinetic and clinical implications].

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    González Santos, Pedro

    2014-07-01

    With mixed dyslipidemia of the atherogenic dyslipidemia type, once the LDL-c objectives have been achieved through statin treatment, there is often a residual risk, for which the addition of a fibrate is recommended. The combination of statins and fibrates has been limited by the possibility of drug interactions, which mostly result in myopathy. Interactions between statins and other drugs are caused by pharmacokinetic mechanisms, mainly by changing the metabolism of statins in the CYP450 enzyme system, in the hepatic glucuronidation pathway or in the transporters responsible for statin distribution in tissues. The most significant adverse eff ect of statins is myopathy, which can also be induced by fibrates and is more frequent when the 2 drugs (statins and fibrates) are combined. This adverse eff ect manifests clinically as myalgia, muscle weakness, increased CK levels and, in its most severe form, rhabdomyolysis. This interaction mainly aff ects gemfibrozil due to its specific action on the CYP450 enzyme system and that interferes with the hepatic glucuronidation of statins by using the same isoenzymes and with organic anion transporters in the liver. When combining statins, we should use other fibric acid derivatives, preferably fenofibrate.

  5. Human parvovirus B19 serology and avidity using a combination of recombinant antigens enables a differentiated picture of the current state of infection.

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    Pfrepper, K-I; Enders, M; Motz, M

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve serodiagnostic methods for the determination of the state of human parovirus B19 infection, a new test system, recomLine Parvovirus, based on the use of recombinant antigens, has been developed and evaluated. The test system combines the advantages of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods with those of the Western blot technique. For the recombinant line assay, five antigens of human parvovirus B19 that were recombinantly produced in Escherichia coli were applied directly on nitrocellulose membranes: VP2, the aminoterminal and the carboxyterminal domain of VP1 (VP-N and VP-C), VP-1S another fragment of VP-N and NS1. In addition, empty virus particles isolated from eukaryotic cell cultures were also applied. The recombinant-line assay was used to detect human IgG and IgM antibodies directed against human parvovirus B19. In addition, the avidity of the IgG antibodies was investigated. The recombinant line assay was evaluated using 87 human serum samples of patients recently infected with human parvovirus B19 including 10 samples of three infection time courses and 100 serum samples of healthy blood donors. All results were compared with commercially available ELISAs. In the case of discrepancies, Western blot analysis was performed. The data revealed the recombinant line assay to be highly sensitive and specific. The individual determination of the human immune response against several recombinant antigens covering the structural proteins of human parvovirus B19 gives a deeper insight into the actual status of infection. In addition, the determination of IgG avidity against these individual recombinant antigens enables a more precise and differentiated picture of the infection event.

  6. Clinical Opportunities in Combining Immunotherapy with Radiation Therapy

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Preclinical work in murine models suggests that local radiotherapy plus intratumoral syngeneic DC injection can mediate immunologic tumor eradication. Radiotherapy affects the immune response to cancer, besides the direct impact on the tumor cells, and other ways to coordinate immune modulation with radiotherapy have been explored. We review here the potential for immune mediated anticancer activity of radiation on tumors. This is mediated by antigen acquisition and presentation by dendritic cells, and through changes of lymphocytes’ activity. Recent work has implemented the combination of external beam radiation (EBRT with intratumoral injection of dendritic cells (DC. This included a pilot study of coordinated intraprostatic, autologous DC injection together with radiation therapy with five HLA-A2(+ subjects with high-risk, localized prostate cancer; the protocol used androgen suppression, external beam radiation therapy (25 fractions, 45 Gy, DC injections after fractions 5, 15, and 25, and then interstitial radioactive implant. Another was a phase II trial using neo-adjuvant cell death-inducing EBRT plus intra-tumoral DC in soft tissue sarcoma, to test if this would increase immune activity toward soft tissue sarcoma associated antigens. Clinical experience using radiation therapies combined with other systemic immune treatments are additionally surveyed, including use of investigational recombinant vaccinia and fowlpox, interleukin-2, toll like receptor 9 (TLR9 agonists and lymphocyte checkpoint inhibitors directed at PD1 and at CTLA4.

  7. [How can serology contribute to the diagnosis of parasitic diseases?].

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    Kramme, S; Marti, H; Genton, B; Hatz, C

    2011-05-11

    From a technical standpoint the most widely used tests for serology include the ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay), the IFA (indirect fluorescence assay), and the immunoblot. ELISA tests are widely used as screening assays since they harbor a high sensitivity. The main pitfall of serologies is the frequency of cross-reactions, especially between the different helminths. This is why positive results should be confirmed by a second test method with a higher specificity. Results need also to be put in the perspective of the patient history, clinical signs and laboratory findings. Serological tests are most appropriate when the parasite cannot be documented by direct examination (by eye or under the microscope) and during the pre-patent period. Serologies for parasites are also useful when an unexplained eosinophilia is present.

  8. Development and clinical application of new polyvalent combined paediatric vaccines.

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    André, F E

    1999-03-26

    The availability of combined vaccines containing protective antigens against the majority of (ideally all) diseases for which universal immunization is recommended in infancy would simplify the implementation, increase the acceptance, reduce the global cost of immunization programmes and improve disease control, while offering the possibility of disease elimination or even pathogen eradication. The desirability of combined vaccines is further enhanced, and made more urgent, because of the increasing number of diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. The complicated logistics of administering different vaccines that each require several inoculations is a significant barrier to successful immunization of a population. Furthermore, interest in immunization is continuously gaining momentum since it is now generally recognised that vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective medical interventions for infectious diseases that continue, in spite of the widespread use of efficacious antimicrobial drugs, to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality. This burden is likely to increase due to the development of antimicrobial resistance. Basic research on new vaccines or improvement of existing ones such as the use of new technologies may be carried out in academic or other non-industrial laboratories but development work, including the necessary extensive clinical testing, that lead to products that can be approved for routine use is usually co-ordinated and financed by commercial companies. The decision to develop any particular combined vaccine will therefore be influenced not only by its medical desirability and technical feasibility but also the potential financial returns that the required investments in time and resources may bring to the company. All major vaccine manufacturers are currently working, either alone or through strategic alliances, towards developing more polyvalent vaccines by adding antigens such as inactivated polio virus

  9. Factors Influencing the Serological Response in Hepatic Echinococcus granulosus Infection

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    Lissandrin, Raffaella; Tamarozzi, Francesca; Piccoli, Luca; Tinelli, Carmine; De Silvestri, Annalisa; Mariconti, Mara; Meroni, Valeria; Genco, Francesca; Brunetti, Enrico

    2016-01-01

    Knowledge of variables influencing serology is crucial to evaluate serology results for the diagnosis and clinical management of cystic echinococcosis (CE). We analyzed retrospectively a cohort of patients with hepatic CE followed in our clinic in 2000–2012 to evaluate the influence of several variables on the results of commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and indirect hemagglutination (IHA) tests. Sera from 171 patients with ≥ 1 hepatic CE cyst, and 90 patients with nonparasitic cysts were analyzed. CE cysts were staged according to the WHO-IWGE classification and grouped by activity. A significant difference in ELISA optical density (OD) values and percentage of positivity was found among CE activity groups and with controls (P < 0.001). The serological response was also influenced by age (P < 0.001) and cyst number (P = 0.003). OD values and cyst size were positively correlated in active cysts (P = 0.001). IHA test showed comparable results. When we analyzed the results of 151 patients followed over time, we found that serology results were significantly influenced by cyst activity, size, number, and treatment ≤ 12 months before serum collection. In conclusion, serological responses as assessed by commercial tests depend on CE cyst activity, size and number, and time from treatment. Clinical studies and clinicians in their practice should take this into account. PMID:26503271

  10. An indirect haemagglutination test for demonstration of gonococcal antibodies using gonococcal pili as antigen. II. Serological investigation of patients attending a dermato-venereological outpatients clinic in Copenhagen

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    Reimann, K; Lind, I; Andersen, Klaus Ejner

    1980-01-01

    A total of 1223 serum specimens were obtained from 649 consecutive patients attending a dermatovenereological out-patient clinic in Copenhagen with a request for venereal disease control. The sera were examined for gonococcal antibodies by both a gonococcal complement fixation test (GCF) and an i...

  11. The Prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Surface Antigen (HBsAg Variations and Correlation with the Clinical and Serologic Pictures in Chronic Carriers from Khorasan Province, North-East of Iran

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    Alireza Namazi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to determine the correlation of hepatitis B virus surface Ag (HBsAg variations with the clinical/serological pictures among chronic HBsAg positive patients. The surface gene (S-gene was amplified and directly sequenced in twenty-five patients. Eight samples (group I contained at least one mutation at the amino acid level. Five showed alanine aminotransferase (ALT levels above the normal range of which only one sample was anti-HBe positive. Group II (17 samples did not contain any mutation, 4 were anti-HBe positive and 9 had increased ALT levels. In both groups, from a total of 18 mutations, 5 (27.5% and 13 (72.5% occurred in anti-HBe and HBeAg positive groups respectively. The small number of amino acid mutations might belong to either the initial phase of chronicity in our patients; or that even in anti-HBe positive phase in Iranian genotype D-infected patients, a somehow tolerant pattern due to the host genetic factors may be responsible.

  12. Clinical Aspects of Combination of Ceramic and Acrylic Occlusal Surfaces

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    Z. Ozhohan

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    Full Text Available The objective of the research was to develop and substantiate the methods of constructing the occlusal surfaces when manufacturing aesthetic fixed restorations through the combination of different materials. Materials and methods. The study included 65 patients with ceramic and acrylic occlusal surfaces of aesthetic fixed dental prostheses. Group I included 21 patients with a combination of ceramic and acrylic occlusal surfaces. Group II included 22 patients with a combination of ceramic occlusal surfaces. Group III included 22 patients with a combination of acrylic occlusal surfaces. The patients were observed 3, 6 and 12 months after prosthetic repair. Results. The greatest increase in the occlusal contact surface area of fixed restorations was observed in Group I, that is, when combining dental prostheses with ceramic and acrylic occlusal surfaces. Considering uneven abrasion of the occlusal surfaces, we do not recommend to combine different materials when veneering the occlusal surface of the antagonistic teeth. Conclusions. This study demonstrated the important role of the correct combination of materials when veneering the occlusal surfaces. Physical and chemical properties of materials, namely the abrasion resistance play a significant role in the long-term denture functioning. The smallest increase in the occlusal contact surface area was observed in Group II when combining ceramic occlusal surfaces. It was due to a good abrasion resistance of ceramics as compared to acrylic resin as well as the presence of the glazed layer which prevents the premature abrasion of the occlusal surfaces of the antagonistic teeth due to lower surface roughness. The combination of acrylic resin and ceramics when constructing the occlusal surfaces of fixed restorations in Group I demonstrated the highest rate of the increase in the occlusal contact surface area – 9.93%. It was due to a low hardness of acrylic resin and its high surface roughness. In

  13. Annular Lichenoid Dermatitis (of Youth) Immunohistochemical and Serological Evidence for Another Clinical Presentation of Borrelia Infection in Patients of Western Austria.

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    Wilk, Michael; Zelger, Bettina G; Emberger, Michael; Zelger, Bernhard

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    Annular lichenoid dermatitis of youth (ALDY) is a more recently described inflammatory disease of the skin of unknown etiology with clinical similarities to morphea. The authors clinically, histopathologically, and immunohistochemically investigated 14 biopsies from 12 patients in western Austria with this disease. There were 6 female and 6 male patients with solitary (n = 7) and multiple lesions (n = 5) affecting the trunk (n = 11), upper arm (n = 2), thigh (n = 1), and calf (n = 1). Clinically, early lesions were erythematous in nature leading to central paleness, scaling, wrinkling, dermal atrophy, slight pigmentation, and telangiectasia later on. Histopathologically, all specimens showed the typical features of ALDY with a superficial lichenoid process with sprinkling of lymphocytes along the basal cell layer and within the epidermis accompanied by mild fibrosis. Pigment incontinence, superficial fibrosis, and dilatation of superficial capillary vessels are prominent features in more advanced stages of disease. Immunohistologically, using a polyclonal antibody against Borrelia, 11/14 specimens revealed spirochetes, either vital (n = 4) or degenerated (n = 7), in close proximity to collagen bundles. Thirteen of 14 specimens in addition showed focal (n = 4) or clustered (n = 9) positivity for CD20 in the papillary dermis. Nine of 12 sera tested for Borrelia with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were positive. Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus and morphea have previously been reported to be possibly related to Borrelia infection. We postulate that a similar relationship to Borrelia infection may be true for ALDY implying that ALDY may be an early superficial stage of morphea.

  14. Serological Diagnosis of Autoimmune Blistering Diseases

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    Birgül Özkesici

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Autoimmune blistering diseases are a rare diseases, characterized by development of autoantibodies against the structural proteins of the epidermis or dermoepidermal junction, and blisters and erosions on skin and/or mucous membranes clinically. Clinical features are important guiding findings for suspicious of this group of diseases. The diagnosis is achieved by the evaluation together of clinical features, histological and immunological findings. The gold standard in the diagnosis of this group diseases are demonstration of tissue bound and/or circulating autoantibodies. Methods for this purpose are; direct and indirect immunofluorescence, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA, immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting. The aim of this paper is to review serological diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of autoimmune bullous diseases and to present developments in recent years.

  15. A combined clinical and biomarker approach to predict diuretic response in acute heart failure

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    Ter Maaten, Jozine M; Valente, Mattia A E; Metra, Marco; Bruno, Noemi; O'Connor, Christopher M; Ponikowski, Piotr; Teerlink, John R; Cotter, Gad; Davison, Beth; Cleland, John G; Givertz, Michael M; Bloomfield, Daniel M; Dittrich, Howard C; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J; Hillege, Hans L; Damman, Kevin; Voors, Adriaan A

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Poor diuretic response in acute heart failure is related to poor clinical outcome. The underlying mechanisms and pathophysiology behind diuretic resistance are incompletely understood. We evaluated a combined approach using clinical characteristics and biomarkers to predict diuretic resp

  16. CYTOMORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF HASHIMOTO THYROIDITIS-WITH SONOLOGICAL AND SEROLOGICAL FINDINGS-ANALYSIS OF 80 CASES

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    Sreechithra

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Hashimoto thyroiditis is the most common form of thyroiditis. The incidence is found more in the coastal areas for which iodine excess is described as a probable etiology .Ours is a coastal area, where significant number of females is coming to the hospital with diffuse enlargement of thyroid. This prompted us to do the current study. FNAC is a simple, cost effective, diagnostic modality which when used in combination with sonological and serological investigations, helps the clinicians in the correct diagnosis, even in the early stage of the disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study was done for a period of 18 months from January1rst 2013 to JUNE 31rst 2014. The clinical, sonological and serological aspects of 80 cases of Hashimoto's thyroiditis were studied and compared with the cytomorphological features. RESULTS: The peak incidence of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was seen in women of 2nd decade. Coexisting colloid goiter was noted in significant number of cases. Subclinical thyroid and euthyroid cases (serologically showed cytomorphological features diagnostic of thyroiditis. Correlation with sonological features were seen in 66 % of cases. Lymphocytic infiltrate in follicular cell clusters, background lymphocytes and plasma cells and hurthle cells were diagnostic of hashimoto's thyroiditis. CONCLUSION: The increased frequency of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in younger age group, in euthyroid cases and its coexistence with colloid goiter should prompt us to take more detailed and large scale study in Kerala, especially in the coastal areas. FNA should be done as a first line mode of investigation, since it helps in identifying Hashimoto thyroiditis in the initial stages when the serological findings may be normal.

  17. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND CLINICAL FEATURES OF COMBINED RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN

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    V. V. Shkarin

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    Full Text Available Presents a review of publications on the problem of combined respiratory infections among children. Viral-bacterial associations are registered  in a group of often ill children in 51.7%. More than half of the patients have herpesvirus infection in various combinations. The presence of a combined acute respiratory viral infection among children in the group from 2 to 6 years was noted in 44.2% of cases, among which, in addition to influenza viruses, RS-, adeno-, etc., metapneumovirus and bocavirus plays an important role.The increase in severity of acute respiratory viral infection with combined  infection, with chlamydia  and mycoplasma infection is shown. A longer and more severe course of whooping cough was observed when combined with respiratory viruses.The revealed facts of frequency of distribution of combined  respiratory infections in children, the severity and duration of their course with the development of various complications and the formation of chronic pathology dictate the need to improve diagnosis and treatment tactics of these forms of infections.

  18. Performance of combined clinical mammography and needle biopsy: a nationwide study from Denmark

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    Jensen, Allan; Rank, Fritz; Dyreborg, Uffe

    2006-01-01

    Clinical mammography and needle biopsy are key tools for non-operative assessment of breast lesions. We evaluated the performance of all combined tests undertaken in Denmark in 2000. Clinical mammography and needle biopsy data were collected and linked to final cancer outcome, to determine...... sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of clinical mammography, needle biopsy, and combined test. In 2000, 6709 combined tests were performed in 36 mammography clinics in Denmark. The combined test was consistently more sensitive than any single test, increasing the proportion of women correctly...

  19. The benefit of combining clinical and radiological assessments in diagnosis of inherited muscle diseases

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    Ahmed Wafaie; Ahmed Aboumousa

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    Purpose: To study the benefit of combining clinical and radiological assessments in the diagnosis of inherited muscle diseases. Subjects and methods: This cross sectional study included 45 patients presenting with manifestations of muscle disease. They were subjected to thorough clinical assessment and MRI examination of thigh and leg muscles. Independent clinical and radiological assessments were performed followed by combining the clinical categorization and radiological signs together t...

  20. Serological profile of candidates for corneal donation

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    Adroaldo Lunardelli; Richard Beraldini Alvarenga; Maria Luiza Assmann; Dário Eduardo de Lima Brum; Mirna Adolfina Barison

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    Objetive: The purpose of this study is to map the serological profile of candidates to corneal donation at Irmandade Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, identifying the percentage of disposal by serology and the marker involved. Methods: There have been analised – retrospectively – the results of serology of all corneal donors, made between the period of 1st january 2006 and 31st december 2012. Data analised were related to age, gender and the results of serology pert...

  1. Clinical Study on Treatment of Depression with Combined Acupuncture & Medicine

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    XU Hong; WANG Qiao-chu; HAN Chou-ping

    2003-01-01

    Purpose To observe and compare the curative effects of combined acupuncture and medicine with simple herbal medicine on treatment of depression. Method Altogether 63 cases were enrolled according to the determination of internationally accepted self-evaluation depression scales (SDS), among them 33 cases were treated with combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine (acupuncture-medicine group) and the other 30 cases were in treated with herbal medicine alone (herbal medicine group) Results The total effective rate of acupuncture-medicine group was 90.9% and that of herbal group was 80.0%. And there was significant statistics difference between the curative effects of two groups (P <0.05) without obvious adverse reaction. Conclusion Combination of acupuncture and medicine has better effect in treating depression than herbal medicine group.

  2. The Strategy of Combining Antidepressants in the Treatment of Major Depression: Clinical Experience in Spanish Outpatients

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    Luis M. Martín-López

    2011-01-01

    The most frequent combinations are SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants. The active principle most widely combined is fluoxetine. Conclusions. The prevalence of use of antidepressant combination therapy is 2.2% of the global sample and 8.3% of treated patients. Other than duration of the depressive episode, no clinical characteristics exclusive to patients who received combination rather than monotherapy were found. Our study found that the most frequent combination is SSRIs + TCAs, also being the most studied.

  3. COMPARISON OF HLA CLASS I ANIIGEN BY SEROLOGY AND PCR- SSP TYPING

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    谭建明; 唐孝达; 谢桐

    1999-01-01

    Objeetive A dcuble blind study was canied cut to evaluate the relative performance and reliability of PCR-SSP assay compared to standard serollgical typing in identifying HLA class I alleles in Chinses population, Methods A total of 525 consecutive samples were entered into the study-HLA-A and B antigens were typed by serology with two - stage microlympbocytotoxicity and by PCR arnplification with sequence - specific primers, Reliability, reproducibility and clinical practicability wine compared acocrding to typing results by both methods. Results All sarnples were successfully typed by both methods THe serological discrepancy far HLA - A was 8.95 %, consisting of 21 antigens being iocorrectly interpreced and 26 of serologic blankx tuming out to be second definable alleles by SSP typing, Misassignments of HLA-B by serology were 12.19%. In 4.8% (25/525)a serologic blank tumed out to be a definable allele by SSP, while in 7,4 % (39/525) an allele was incorrectly interpreted by serology. The results of this study study showed that PCR- SSP technique could proved ta be equivalent to or surpass deal serology, suitable for routine clinical typing of patients and donors for transplantation. Conclusion PCR-SSP typing for HLA-A and B araigens could offer the advantages 4 hettre reagent availability and greater precision than setology in Chinese population, It is necessary to adopt the DNA typing for HLA class I in whcm serology often fails with“blank”,“difficult", or cross-reactive antigens.

  4. [Exploration and demonstration study on drug combination from clinical real world].

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    Xie, Yan-ming; Wang, Lian-xin; Wang, Yong-yan

    2014-09-01

    Drug combination is extensive in the clinical real world,which is an important part and the inherent requirements of the post-marketing evaluation of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The key issues and technology include multi-domain and multi-disciplinary such as the rationality, efficacy and safety evaluation of combination drug starting from clinical real world, study on component in vivo and mechanism of combination drug, the risk/benefit assessment and cost-benefit evaluation of combination drug and so on. The topic has been studied as clinical demonstration on combination therapy of variety of diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, insomnia, depression, hepatitis, herpes zoster, psoriasis and ectopic pregnancy. Meanwhile, multi-disciplinary dynamic innovation alliance of clinical drug combination has been presented, which can promote the academic development and improving service ability and level of TCM.

  5. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID): from molecular basis to clinical management.

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    Sponzilli, Ivonne; Notarangelo, Luigi D

    2011-04-01

    Primary immune deficiency diseases (PID) comprise a genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect distinct components of the innate and adaptive immune system, such as neutrophils, macrophages, dendritic cells, complement proteins, natural killer cells, as well as T and B lymphocytes. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is a group of disorders characterized by increased susceptibility to severe infections and early death. The diagnosis of SCID is supported by the demonstration of low absolute lymphocyte count and T cell lymphopenia (variably associated with numerical defects of B and NK cells). In the last two decades, advances in the characterization of the molecular pathophysiology of SCID, have permitted the development of novel diagnostic assays based on analysis of the expression of the disease-associated proteins and mutation analysis. More recently, pilot newborn screening programs for the identification of infants with SCID have been initiated in the United States. Prompt and aggressive treatment of infections, antimicrobial prophylaxis (in particular against Pneumocystis jiroveci) and regular administration of immunoglobulins are essential to reduce the risk of early death. However, survival ultimately depends on reconstitution of immune function, that is usually achieved by means of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Gene therapy and enzyme replacement therapy have also been used successfully is selected forms of SCID. Here we review the molecular and cellular pathophysiology and the mainstay of treatment of SCID.

  6. Severe combined immunodeficiency: recent developments and guidance on clinical management.

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    Rivers, Lizzy; Gaspar, H Bobby

    2015-07-01

    Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is a rare but important condition. Affected infants are born with profound abnormalities of immune cell function that lead to severe and recurrent infection that are almost always fatal in the first year of life without treatment. Infants with SCID are often initially seen by general paediatricians in the hospital care setting, and the recognition of the cardinal features of the disease and alertness to specific laboratory parameters are important in making an early diagnosis. There is also increasing interest in newborn screening for SCID, which has the potential to significantly improve outcome through early diagnosis and implementation of prophylactic medications. Definitive treatments such as haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and gene therapy have also made major advances over the last decade and again promise to improve the overall outcome for SCID with reduced long-term toxicities. In this review, we highlight some of the major advances in diagnosis and management of the disease, but we also want to emphasise the important role of the general paediatrician in making an early diagnosis and in ongoing management.

  7. Campylobacter pylori: clinical, histological, and serological studies.

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    Musgrove, C; Bolton, F J; Krypczyk, A M; Temperley, J M; Cairns, S A; Owen, W G; Hutchinson, D N

    1988-01-01

    The presence of Campylobacter pylori, histologically diagnosed gastritis, and antibodies to C pylori were determined in a series of 113 patients undergoing endoscopy. Paired biopsy specimens from the fundus, body, and antrum were collected from 59 patients and from the antrum of 54 patients. The presence of C pylori was confirmed by either culture or silver stain in 30 of 59, 31 of 59, and 54 of 103 biopsy specimens from the fundus, body, and antrum, respectively. Of the specimens which contained C pylori 20 of 30 (66%) from the fundus, 25 of 31 (80%) from the body, and 54 (100%) from the antrum showed gastritis. C pylori and gastritis were shown in seven of nine (78.1%) of patients with gastric ulcers and in nine of 11 (82%) of patients with duodenal ulcers. Using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique to detect IgG antibody to C pylori, all patients with histologically diagnosed gastritis and organisms present had titres of greater than or equal to 640; eight of 39 (21%) of patients without gastritis and without organisms gave similar titres. Hence the presence of C pylori was associated with gastritis and with raised titres of IgG antibody. Images Fig 1 Fig 2 PMID:3225334

  8. The clinical-immunological analysis of a specific and combined immunotherapy of patients with cervical cancer

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    D. K. Kenbayeva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Research objective is the comparative assessment of efficiency of two various ways of an immunotherapy of patients with cervical cancer. 57 patients with cervical cancer, the III stages, distributed on 3 groups – combined radiotherapy, a combination of a radiotherapy and specific immunotherapy, and also a radiotherapy, specific and adaptive immunotherapy are surveyed. Clinical efficiency of treatment was estimated by means of primary tumor regression and 3-year survival rate. The scheme of combined immunotherapy was shown to possess the most clinical efficiency. Positive dynamics of cell immunity indicators was accompanied to clinical efficiency of treatment.

  9. Imunopatogenesis Treponema pallidum dan Pemeriksaan Serologi

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    Efrida .

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstrakSifilis adalah penyakit menular seksual yang sangat infeksius, disebabkan oleh bakteri berbentuk spiral, Treponema pallidum subspesies pallidum. Penyebaran sifilis di dunia telah menjadi masalah kesehatan yang besar dengan jumlah kasus 12 juta pertahun. Infeksi sifilis dibagi menjadi sifilis stadium dini dan lanjut. Sifilis stadium dini terbagi menjadi sifilis primer, sekunder, dan laten dini. Sifilis stadium lanjut termasuk sifilis tersier (gumatous, sifilis kardiovaskular dan neurosifilis serta sifilis laten lanjut. Sifilis primer didiagnosis berdasarkan gejala klinis ditemukannya satu atau lebih chancre (ulser. Sifilis sekunder ditandai dengan ditemukannya lesi mukokutaneus yang terlokalisir atau difus dengan limfadenopati. Sifilis laten tanpa gejala klinis sifilis dengan pemeriksaan nontreponemal dan treponemal reaktif, riwayat terapi sifilis dengan titer uji nontreponemal yang meningkat dibandingkan dengan hasil titer nontreponemal sebelumnya. Sifilis tersier ditemukan guma dengan pemeriksaan treponemal reaktif, sekitar 30% dengan uji nontreponemal yang tidak reaktifKata kunci: sifilis, Treponema pallidum, serologiAbstractSyphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is highly infectious, caused by a spiral -shaped bacterium, Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. The spread of syphilis in the world has become a major health problem and the common, the number of 12 million cases per year. Infectious syphilis is divided into early and late-stage syphilis. Early-stage syphilis is divided into primary, secondary, and early latent. Advanced stage of syphilis include tertiary syphilis (gumatous, cardiovascular syphilis, and neurosyphilis and late latent syphilis. Primary syphilis is diagnosed by clinical symptoms of the discovery of one or more chancre (ulcer. Secondary syphilis is characterized by the finding of localized mucocutaneous lesions or with diffuse lymphadenopathy. Latent syphilis without clinical symptoms of syphilis with

  10. Aislamiento del virus de PRRS en México: Estudio clínico, serológico y virológico Isolation of PRRS virus in Mexico: A clinical, serological and virological study

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    N. Sierra

    2000-01-01

    outbreaks derived from PRRS infections in susceptible populations brings about devastating economical effects. The purposes of this study were to identify the clinical signs in each farm and to compare them with others in order to distinguish a clinical displaying pattern to perform the syndromic integration on each farm and also to know the antibody level of the sampled farms and to classify them in terms of their S/P ratio (serum sample/positive control, and finally try to isolate the virus. Eight productive farms were selected where a clinical, serological and virological study was done in pigs of all ages as well as of all productive/physiological stages. An average of 100 serum samples from each farm were taken for the viral and serologic studies. The results showed that all the farms were seropositive in addition to the isolation of the virus nevertheless, only one farm showed reproductive failure. The virus was present in all farms, but it was revealed in different ways, this is why we could not establish a clinical displaying pattern since it was different within the 8 farms. In relation to the age and the productive/physiological stage from which the virus was isolated, it stands out the fact that it was more frequently found in sows on their sixth farrowing in 7 out of the 8 farms analysed; as well as in suckling and one month old piglets in 6 out of 8 farms. The latter suggests that the sixth farrowing sows as well as the suckling and one month old piglets are the most suitable animals to attempt the virus isolation

  11. Spot the difference-development of a syndrome based protein microarray for specific serological detection of multiple flavivirus infections in travelers.

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    Natalie B Cleton

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    Full Text Available The family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus, holds many of the world's most prevalent arboviral diseases that are also considered the most important travel related arboviral infections. In most cases, flavivirus diagnosis in travelers is primarily based on serology as viremia is often low and typically has already been reduced to undetectable levels when symptoms set in and patients seek medical attention. Serological differentiation between flaviviruses and the false-positive results caused by vaccination and cross-reactivity among the different species, are problematic for surveillance and diagnostics of flaviviruses. Their partially overlapping geographic distribution and symptoms, combined with increase in travel, and preexisting antibodies due to flavivirus vaccinations, expand the need for rapid and reliable multiplex diagnostic tests to supplement currently used methods.We describe the development of a multiplex serological protein microarray using recombinant NS1 proteins for detection of medically important viruses within the genus Flavivirus. Sera from clinical flavivirus patients were used for primary development of the protein microarray.Results show a high IgG and IgM sensitivity and specificity for individual NS1 antigens, and limited cross reactivity, even within serocomplexes. In addition, the serology based on this array allows for discrimination between infection and vaccination response for JEV vaccine, and no cross-reactivity with TBEV and YFV vaccine induced antibodies when testing for antibodies to other flaviviruses.Based on these data, multiplex NS1-based protein microarray is a promising tool for surveillance and diagnosis of flaviviruses.

  12. Clinical progression of lobaplatin in combination chemotherapy for patients with recurrence or metastatic cancer

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    Yu Peng; Jiangkui Liu; Qiang Lin

    2014-01-01

    The-platinum-based-combination-chemotherapy-has-become-one-of-the-major-modalities-in-anti-cancer-treatment.-After-the-first-line-chemotherapy,-many-patients-need-further-chemotherapy-because-of-recurrence-or-metastasis.-Lobaplatin-is-one-of-the-third-generation-platinum-drugs,and-this-article-briefly-reviews-the-clinical-progression-of-lobaplatin-in-combination-chemotherapy-for-patients-with-recurrence-or-metastatic-cancer.

  13. New serological biomarkers of inflammatory bowel disease

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    Xuhang Li; Laurie Conldin; Philip Alex

    2008-01-01

    Serological biomarkers in inflammatory bowel disease(IBD)are a rapidty expanding list of non-invasive tests for objective assessments of disease activity,early diagnosis,prognosis evaluation and surveillance.This review summarizes both old and new biomarkers in IBD,but focuses on the development and characterization of new serological iomarkers(identified since 2007).These include five new anti-glycan antibodies,anti-chitobioside IgA(ACCA),anti-laminaribioside IgG(ALCA),anti-manobioside IgG(AMCA),and antibodies against chemically synthesized(∑)two major oligomannose epitopes,Man α-1,3 Man α-1,2 Man(∑Man3)and Man α-1,3 Man α-1,2 Man α-1,2 Man(∑Man4).These new biomarkers erve as valuable complementary tools to existing biomarkers not only in differentiating Crohn's disease(CD),ulcerative colitis(UC),normal and other non-IBD gut diseases,but also in predicting disease involvement(ileum vs colon),IBD risk(as subclinical biomarkers),and disease course(risk of complication and surgery).Interestingly,the prevalence of he antiglycan antibodies,including anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies(ASCA),ALCA and AMCA,was found to be associated with single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNPs)of IBD susceptible genes such as NOD2/CARDl5,NOD1/CARD4,toll-like receptors(TLR)2 and 4,and β-defensin-1.Further more,a gene dosage effect was observed:anti-glycan positivity became more requent as the number of NOD2/CARDl5 SNPS increased.Other new serum/plasma IBD biomarkers reviewed include ubiquitination factor E4A(UBE4A),CXCL16(a chemokine),resistin,and apolipoprotein A-Ⅳ.This review also discusses the most recent studies in IBD biomarker discovery by the application of new technologies such as proteomics,fourier transform near-infrared spectroscopy,and multiplex enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(ELISA)'s(with an emphasis on cytokine/chemokine profiling).Finally,the prospects of developing more clinically useful novel diagnostic algorithms by incorporating new technologies in

  14. New serological biomarkers of inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Li, Xuhang; Conklin, Laurie; Alex, Philip

    2008-09-01

    clinically useful novel diagnostic algorithms by incorporating new technologies in serological biomarker profiling and integrating multiple biomarkers with bioinformatics analysis/modeling are also discussed.

  15. The dynamic serological test results of 28 patients with acute brucellosis and clinical significance%28例急性布鲁杆菌病患者血清学动态检测结果及临床意义

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    于占水; 程大伟; 陈雪英; 谢福杰; 李福兴

    2013-01-01

    between serological test results and diagnosis,curative effect and prognosis of brucellosis.Methods Twenty eight patients(infected with sheep brucellosis) with acute brucellosis in the Department of Brucellosis in Heilongjiang Provincial Land Reclamation Headquarters General Hospital were selected as research subjects,and their serological changes were tested by means of tube agglutination test (SAT)and clinical outcomes were compared before and after each stage of treatment.In addition,symptoms of fever,weakness,sweating,joint pain,swollen lymph nodes and biochemical parameters [alanine aminotransferase (ALT),lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)] were also tested 3,6 and 9 weeks after the treatment.Results Antibody titer reached the peak at the third week,1 ∶ 400(++),which accounted for 39.29% (11/28); 2857%(8/28) of the patients became negative at the sixth week; 50.00% (14/28) became negative at the ninth week.Before the treatment,20(71.43%) patients had the symptom of fever,8 (28.57%) patients had the symptom of hyperhidrosis,28 (100.00%) patients had the symptom of joint pain,7(25.00%) patients had the symptom of lymph node enlargement,28 (100.00%) patients' ALT was elevated,and 26(92.86%) patients' LDH was elevated.After three weeks of treatment,except the three patients (10.71%) who occasionally had fever,the rest of the patient's temperature was returned to normal.Also the numbers of patients with the symptoms of fatigue,sweating and joint pain were significantly reduced,and specifically,the conesponding number was 13(46.43%),2(7.14%),and 21 (75.00%)patients,respectively.ALT and LDH returned to normal(only one patient's ALT was out of the range).At the sixth week,all the patients' symptoms of fever and hyperhidrosis disappeared.The number of patients with the symptoms of joint pain and lymph node enlargement reduced to 12(42.86%) and 3(10.71%),respectively.The results of biochemical tests(ALT and LDT) returned to normal.At the ninth week

  16. 血清学筛查与胎儿超声检查在18、13三体综合征产前诊断中的临床应用%Clinical applications of serological screening and fetal ultrasonography for prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 18 and trisomy 13

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    梁学清; 韦丽萍; 唐娟

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the values of serological screening and fetal ultrasonography in prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 18 and trisomy 13. Methods:A total of 780 pregnant women received serological screening and fetal ultrasonography, the samples of amnion fluid were obtained by amniocentesis, the cell culture and chromosomal karyotype analysis were conducted for prenatal diagnosis. Results; Among 780 fetuses, 6 fetuses were found with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13, the incidence was 0.77% , including 3 fetuses with trisomy 18 and 3 fetuses with trisomy 13. Three fetuses with trisomy 18 were found with high risk of serological screening and abnormal ultrasonic structure; and the other three fetuses were found with abnormal ultrasonic structure and low risk of serological screening. Conclusion: Serological screening of pregnant women combined with fetal ultrasonography is an effective method to detect trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 before delivery.%目的:评价利用孕妇血清学筛查与胎儿超声检查在18、13三体综合征胎儿产前诊断的价值.方法:对780例孕妇进行孕妇血清学筛查与胎儿超声检查,羊膜腔穿刺取羊水进行细胞培养染色体核型分析进行产前诊断.结果:780例胎儿中共发现6例18、13三体综合征,发生率为0.77%.其中3例18三体综合征,3例13三体综合征.3例18三体综合征血清学筛查高风险和超声结构异常,其余3例超声检查发现结构异常但血清学筛查为低风险.结论:孕妇血清筛查结合胎儿超声检查是产前检出18、13三体综合征胎儿的有效检查方法.

  17. Celiac disease serology in patients with different pretest probabilities: Is biopsy avoidable?

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    Emilia; Sugai; María; L; Moreno; Hui; J; Hwang; Ana; Cabanne; Adriana; Crivelli; Fabio; Nach-man; Horacio; Vázquez; Sonia; Niveloni; Julio; Argonz; Roberto; Mazure; Graciela; La; Motta; María; E; Caniggia; Edgardo; Smecuol; Néstor; Chopita; Juan; C; Gómez; Eduardo; Maurińo; Julio; C; Bai

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    AIM: To establish the diagnostic performance of sev-eral serological tests, individually and in combination, for diagnosing celiac disease (CD) in patients with different pretest probabilities, and to explore potential se- rological algorithms to reduce the necessity for biopsy. METHODS: We prospectively performed duodenal biopsy and serology in 679 adults who had either high risk (n = 161) or low risk (n = 518) for CD. Blood samples were tested using six assays (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) that dete...

  18. 21 CFR 866.3010 - Acinetobacter calcoaceticus serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Acinetobacter calcoaceticus serological reagents... Acinetobacter calcoaceticus serological reagents. (a) Identification. Acinetobacter calcoaceticus serological reagents are devices that consist of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus antigens and antisera used to...

  19. Malaria transmission rates estimated from serological data.

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    Burattini, M. N.; Massad, E; Coutinho, F. A.

    1993-01-01

    A mathematical model was used to estimate malaria transmission rates based on serological data. The model is minimally stochastic and assumes an age-dependent force of infection for malaria. The transmission rates estimated were applied to a simple compartmental model in order to mimic the malaria transmission. The model has shown a good retrieving capacity for serological and parasite prevalence data.

  20. The application of combination detection of hepatitis B serological markers quantifi-cation and HBV DNA quantification in the diagnosis of hepatitis B virus infection%乙肝血清学标志物定量和HBV DNA定量联合检测在乙肝病毒感染诊断中的应用

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    吴洪秋; 张永良; 黄坚尧; 张汉运

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    Objective To analyze the application value of combination detection in the diagnosis of hepatitis B virus ( HBV) infection by the quantitative detection of serological markers and HBV DNA of hepatitis B patients. Methods The serum samples of 120 hepatitis B patients from Jun. 2013 to Jun. 2015 were collected, and the ELISA qualitative test and RT-PCR were used to detect the contents of HBV serological markers ( HBsAg, anti-HBs, HBeAg, anti-HBe, anti-HBc) and HBV DNA. Results The HBV DNA positive rate was 96. 15% in Ⅰ group; the HBV DNA positive rate was 48. 08% in Ⅱ group;the HBV DNA positive rate was 4. 76% inⅢgroup. The quantitative HBV DNA inⅠgroup was significantly higher than that in Ⅱ and Ⅲ groups ( P0. 05). Conclusion The combination detection of HBV serological markers and HBV DNA quantification plays a complementary role in the diagnosis of HBV infection, and has a more accurate diagnosis as well as can provide a more effective reference.%目的:分析乙肝患者的血清标志物和乙肝病毒( HBV) DNA联合检测在HBV感染诊断中的应用价值。方法以2013年6月-2015年6月在珠海市妇幼保健院就诊的120例乙肝患者血清样本作为研究资料,分别采用ELISA定性试验和实时荧光定量PCR( RT-PCR)检测HBV血清标志物( HBsAg、抗-HBs、HBeAg、抗-HBe、抗-HBc)和HBV DNA含量。结果Ⅰ组HBV DNA阳性率为96.15%;Ⅱ组HBV DNA阳性率为48.08%;Ⅲ组HBV DNA阳性率为4.76%。Ⅰ组HBV DNA定量显著高于Ⅱ、Ⅲ两组( P0.05)。结论乙肝血清标志物定量与HBV DNA定量联合检测在诊断HBV感染过程中起互相补充的作用,诊断结果更加准确,可提供更有效的参考依据。

  1. Breaking ground: combining community service, critical thinking, and writing in a mental health clinical course.

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    Nardi, D; Schlotman, E; Siwinski-Hebel, S

    1997-04-01

    This article describes the experience of a team of nursing educators who, over the course of 2 years, redesigned the delivery of an undergraduate nursing clinical course to reflect the changing face of mental health care near the turn of this century. Case studies of student learning experiences show the value of nontraditional clinical settings such as homeless shelters to the professional growth and training of nursing students. Recommendations offer practical advice for combining nontraditional community-based clinical experiences with critical thinking exercises as key components of the mental health clinical course delivery.

  2. 血清学指标检测在单纯疱疹病毒感染患者中的临床价值探讨%Serological Detection in Clinical Value in Patients with Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

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    乌兰; 唐红; 王丽

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    Objective To investigate the clinical value and the significance of serological detection of herpes simplex virus (HSV) in patients so as to provide basis for the clinical diagnosis. Methods HSV-ⅠIgM/IgG and HSV-II IgM/IgG were detected in 48 cases of patients with clinical symptoms,and 52 cases of asymptomatic patients , and 50 cases of healthy people by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results The positive rate in patients with clinical symptoms HSV- Ⅰ IgM typical clinical symptoms was 85.4%, the positive rate of HSV-Ⅰ IgG was 89.6%, the positive rate of HSV- II IgM was 91.7%, the positive rate of HSV- II IgG was 95.8%;the positive rate of HSV- Ⅰ IgM in suspicious patients without symptoms was 23.1%, the positive rate of HSV- Ⅰ IgG was 26.9%, the positive rate HSV- II IgM was 28.8%, the positive rate of HSV- II IgG was 32.7%; the positive rate of HSV-Ⅰ IgM in healthy population was 2%, the positive rate of HSV-ⅠIgG was 4%, the positive rate of HSV- II IgM was 2%, the positive rate of HSV- II IgG 4%. There was a statistical y significant dif erence between the three group the positive rate of IgG ( <0.05), the detection rate is slightly higher than that of IgM ( <0.05), the positive rate of HSV- II IgM/IgG higher than the positive rate of HSV-ⅠIgM/IgG ( <0.05).Conclusion Serum HSV antibody can ef ectively detect asymptomatic infection, and HSV- II antibody detection rate is higher than that of HSV-Ⅰantibody, worthy of clinical application in the diagnosis of HSV infection.%目的探讨血清学指标检测在单纯疱疹病毒(HSV)感染的患者中的临床价值及意义。方法选取我院收治的48例具有典型临床症状的单纯疱疹病毒患者、52例无症状的可疑患者以及50例来院体检的健康人群,采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测所选取人群的HSV-Ⅰ以及HSV-ⅡIgM/IgG。结果典型临床症状的单纯疱疹病毒患者HSV-ⅠIgM阳性率为85.4%,HSV-ⅠIgG阳性率为89.6%

  3. Clinical Analysis of Acupuncture Combined with Tuina in Treating Cervical Vertigo

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    Wang Zheng-xin; Chen Guang-hui; Zhang Jin-yi; Shi Xiao-cheng; Wu Li-chun; Feng Zhi-wei; Wang Kang; Ding Hui-chun

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the clinical efficacy of acupuncture combined with tuina in treating patients with cervical vertigo. Methods: According to the principle of randomization, 258 cases with cervical vertigo who met the inclusion criteria for the study were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, with 129 cases in each. The patients in the observation group received acupuncture combined with tuina therapy, while those in the control group were just treated by the same acupuncture therapy as in the observation group. After 10-day continuous treatments, the clinical efficacies of the two groups were analyzed and compared. Results: The total effective rate of the observation group was 100%, versus 86.0% of the control group, and the difference was significant (P Conclusion: Compared with simple acupuncture treatment, acupuncture combined with tuina therapy has a better effect in improving the ROM of cervical vertigo patients, with higher clinical efficacy.

  4. Indatuximab ravtansine (BT062 combination treatment in multiple myeloma: pre-clinical studies

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    Kurt Schönfeld

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    Full Text Available Abstract Indatuximab ravtansine is a monoclonal antibody-linked cytotoxic agent that specifically targets CD138-expressing cells. Monotherapy has been shown to significantly inhibit multiple myeloma tumour growth in vivo and improve host survival. Here, we show that in most cell lines tested, indatuximab ravtansine acts additively or even synergistically with clinically approved therapies for treatment of multiple myeloma. In addition, in vivo mouse xenograft models confirmed the activity of indatuximab ravtansine in combination with lenalidamide and lenalidomide/dexamethasone. Indatuximab ravtansine may therefore be a suitable combination partner for multiple myeloma, and a clinical study is ongoing.

  5. The Combined Technique for Detection of Artifacts in Clinical Electroencephalograms of Sleeping Newborns

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    Schetinin, Vitaly; Schult, Joachim

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we describe a new method combining the polynomial neural network and decision tree techniques in order to derive comprehensible classification rules from clinical electroencephalograms (EEGs) recorded from sleeping newborns. These EEGs are heavily corrupted by cardiac, eye movement, muscle and noise artifacts and as a consequence some EEG features are irrelevant to classification problems. Combining the polynomial network and decision tree techniques, we discover comprehensible ...

  6. Clinical observation of intrathecal chemotherapy combined with concurrent radiotherapy for leptomeningeal metastases from malignant solid tumors

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    潘振宇

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of intrathecal chemotherapy combined with concurrent radiotherapy in patients with leptomeningeal metastases from solid tumors.Methods The clinical and follow-up data of 29 patients with leptomeningeal metastases frommalignant solid tumor who had intrathecal chemotherapy combined with concurrent radiotherapy were retrospectively analyzed.The treatment regimen was that 12.5-15.0 mg of methotrexate intrathecal injection once a week for 8

  7. Arthroscopic Repair of Combined Bankart and SLAP Lesions: Operative Techniques and Clinical Results

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    Cho, Hyung Lae; Lee, Choon Key; Hwang, Tae Hyok; Suh, Kuen Tak; Park, Jong Won

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    Background To evaluate the clinical results and operation technique of arthroscopic repair of combined Bankart and superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) lesions, all of which had an anterior-inferior Bankart lesion that continued superiorly to include separation of the biceps anchor in the patients presenting recurrent shoulder dislocations. Methods From May 2003 to January 2006, we reviewed 15 cases with combined Bankart and SLAP lesions among 62 patients with recurrent shoulder dislo...

  8. A feasibility study of a combined nurse/pharmacist-led chronic pain clinic in primary care.

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    Briggs, Michelle; Closs, S José; Marczewski, Kath; Barratt, Joanne

    2008-01-01

    Chronic pain is common and management hampered by lack of resources in primary and secondary care. Nurse- or pharmacist-led clinics have been shown to lead to improvements in care for patients with chronic pain. This study showed that a combined nurse/pharmacist-led clinic for managing chronic pain in primary care can lead to improvements in management of pain, reduction in use of secondary care resources and high rates of satisfaction.

  9. Combined single photon emission computerized tomography and conventional computerized tomography: Clinical value for the shoulder surgeons?

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    Full Text Available With the cases described, we strive to introduce single photon emission computerized tomography in combination with conventional computer tomography (SPECT/CT to shoulder surgeons, illustrate the possible clinical value it may offer as new diagnostic radiologic modality, and discuss its limitations. SPECT/CT may facilitate the establishment of diagnosis, process of decision making, and further treatment for complex shoulder pathologies. Some of these advantages were highlighted in cases that are frequently seen in most shoulder clinics.

  10. A comparative assessment of culture and serology in the diagnosis of brucellosis in dairy cattle.

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    O'Grady, D; Byrne, W; Kelleher, P; O'Callaghan, H; Kenny, K; Heneghan, T; Power, S; Egan, J; Ryan, F

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    To investigate the usefulness of culture for the confirmation of brucellosis in cattle, a comparison of culture and serology was undertaken on 248 animals in four dairy herds where the disease was active. Paired supramammary (SM), retropharyngeal (RP), and internal iliac (IL) lymph nodes were cultured, and five serological tests were deployed: the microserum agglutination test (MSAT), complement fixation test (CFT), the indirect (iELISA) and competitive ELISA, and the fluorescence polarisation assay (FPA). Brucella abortus was isolated from 86.8% of animals on combined culture of all three lymph nodes. Individually, the highest isolation rate was from the RP (90.5% of culture positives). Of culture positive animals, 13.7% and 6.2% were positive from the RP and SM alone, respectively. Approximately half of the positive cultures yielded diagnosis of bovine brucellosis. While the MSAT and FPA were the most sensitive serological tests, a significant percentage of infected animals were undetectable using these standard serological assays.

  11. Immunological and serological diversity of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: identification of new immunotypes and highly protective strains.

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    Wong, K H; Arko, R J; Schalla, W O; Steurer, F J

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    Gonococci, irrespective of serotype or immunotype, varied significantly in their capacity to induce immunity in animal models, and in vitro serological relatedness did not always insure in vivo cross-protection. By using a serum bactericidal assay followed by in vivo cross-protection studies, new immunotypic strains which were highly protective were identified from cultures isolated in different geographical areas and from patients with various clinical manifestations. Beta-lactamase production and gonococcal immunotype did not appear as related characteristics in that certain penicillin-sensitive strains were highly effective in immunizing animals against infection with beta-lactamase producers. The findings of this study emphasize the importance of using appropriate biological tests and strains for the investigation of gonococcal immunity and vaccine development. Immunization with a combination of a few major gonococcal immunotypic immunogens may provide substantial protection against the majority of penicillin-sensitive and beta-lactamase-producing gonococci. Investigation of isolated immunotypic immunogens is in progress. PMID:88414

  12. Coccidioidomycosis: adenosine deaminase levels, serologic parameters, culture results, and polymerase chain reaction testing in pleural fluid.

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    Thompson, George R; Sharma, Shobha; Bays, Derek J; Pruitt, Rachel; Engelthaler, David M; Bowers, Jolene; Driebe, Elizabeth M; Davis, Michael; Libke, Robert; Cohen, Stuart H; Pappagianis, Demosthenes

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    In a patient with positive serum serology for coccidioidomycosis, the differential diagnosis of concurrent pleural effusions can be challenging. We, therefore, sought to clarify the performance characteristics of biochemical, serologic, and nucleic-acid-based testing in an attempt to avoid invasive procedures. The utility of adenosine deaminase (ADA), coccidioidal serology, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the evaluation of pleuropulmonary coccidioidomycosis has not been previously reported. Forty consecutive patients evaluated for pleuropulmonary coccidioidomycosis were included. Demographic data, pleural fluid values, culture results, and clinical diagnoses were obtained from patient chart review. ADA testing was performed by ARUP Laboratories, coccidioidal serologic testing was performed by the University of California-Davis coccidioidomycosis serology laboratory, and PCR testing was performed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute using a previously published methodology. Fifteen patients were diagnosed with pleuropulmonary coccidioidomycosis by European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer/Mycoses Study Group criteria. Pleural fluid ADA concentrations were coccidioidomycosis were not elevated in this study. The sensitivity and specificity of coccidioidal serologic testing in nonserum samples remained high, but the clinical usefulness of PCR testing in pleural fluid was disappointing and was comparable to pleural fluid culture.

  13. Evaluation on the Use of Afatinib Alone or Combined with Other Drugs in Clinical Trials

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    Full Text Available Afatinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2 and HER4, has been approved in treating patients with EGFR-mutation positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC. Additionally, it also has efficacy in other tumors. Currently, the recommended dose of afatinib is 40 mg once daily, but in clinical trials, the other doses are also used. This article mainly summarized the usage of afatinib alone or combined with other drugs in clinical trials, hoping to provide a better treatment reference for its clinical application.

  14. Evaluation on the Use of Afatinib Alone or Combined with Other Drugs in Clinical Trials

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    LIU Lian-ke; SHU Yong-qian

    2016-01-01

    Afatinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2) and HER4, has been approved in treating patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Additionally, it also has efifcacy in other tumors. Currently, the recommended dose of afatinib is 40 mg once daily, but in clinical trials, the other doses are also used. This article mainly summarized the usage of afatinib alone or combined with other drugs in clinical trials, hoping to provide a better treatment reference for its clinical application.

  15. Clinical effect of anti-VEGF drugs combined with laser therapy for DME patients

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    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the clinical effect of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor(VEGFdrugs combined with laser photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema(DME. METHODS: Totally 94 patients(141 eyeswith DME from June to December 2015 in our hospital were selected and randomly divided into combined group of 47 cases(68 eyes, ranibizumab combined with laser therapyand the control group of 47 cases(73 eyes, laser treatment. The levels of best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, macular central retinal thickness(CRT, total macular volume(TMVand macular edema level were compared between the two groups at different time after treatment. RESULTS: The mean values of BCVA in the combined group were higher than those in the control group at 2, 6 and 12wk, and the difference was statistically significant(PPPCONCLUSION: The effect of anti-VEGF drugs combined with laser therapy for DME patients is better than that of single laser therapy alone.

  16. Serological and molecular diagnostic surveys combined with examining hematological profiles suggests increased levels of infection and hematological response of cattle to babesiosis infections compared to native buffaloes in Egypt.

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    Mahmoud, Mona S; Kandil, Omnia M; Nasr, Soad M; Hendawy, Seham H M; Habeeb, Salwa M; Mabrouk, Dalia M; Silva, Marta G; Suarez, Carlos E

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    Babesiosis threatens the development of the cattle and buffaloes industries in Egypt and improved control is needed. The main objectives of this study are surveying the presence of bovine babesiosis in distinct selected bovine and buffalo populations in Egypt using novel molecular and previously validated serological methods, while also comparing the occurrence of hematological alterations among Babesia infected cattle and buffalos. A total of 253 and 81 blood samples from apparently healthy cattle and buffaloes, respectively, were randomly collected from diverse locations in Egypt. All samples were tested for Babesia bovis and B. bigemina infection using blood film examination, competitive ELISA (cELISA) and PCR. Novel semi-nested and nested PCR assays for the detection of B. bovis and B. bigemina respectively, were developed and used to analyze DNA extracted from bovine and buffalo samples. Hematological profiles were studied using a hematological analyzer. Blood films examination revealed 13.8% and 7.4% Babesia infection rates in cattle and buffaloes, respectively. However, in cattle, the cELISA detected 32.8%, 21.3% and 10.7% infection rates with B. bigemina, B. bovis and mixed infection, respectively. In addition, cELISA identified 22.2%, 22.2% and 6.2% infection rates with B. bigemina, B. bovis and mixed infection, respectively in buffaloes. The semi-nested PCR assay showed that 15% of the tested samples were positive for B. bovis in cattle, but just 3% in buffaloes. Infections with B. bigemina were also found in cattle (32.4%), but not in buffaloes upon nested PCR analysis. Sequencing analysis confirmed the identity of the PCR amplicons and showed that Egyptian genotypes of B. bigemina and B. bovis highly resemble sequences previously deposited in GenBank. Hemograms performed on the sampled animals revealed macrocytic hypochromic anemia associated with reduced platelet counts in infected cattle with babesiosis. In addition, marked increases in total

  17. [Combination analysis of new drug discovery with "Xiaohe Silian" method and traditional Chinese medicine clinical pharmacy].

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    Liu, Yang; Zhai, Hua-Qiang; Xiang, Jia-Mei; Wang, Jing-Juan; Zhao, Bao-Sheng; Wang, Gang; Dong, Hong-Huan; Ouyang, Guo-Qing

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    With the kernel of efficacy, "Xiaohe Silian" was a pattern and method for new drug discovery which was constituted with "metabolism-efficacy, toxicity-efficacy, quality-efficacy and structure-efficacy". Its connotation was in keeping with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinical pharmacy. This paper systematically summarized the research method of new drug discovery practice process for TCM. To avoid western drug like in TCM new drug discovery, we carried out combination analysis with TCM clinical pharmacy. The correlation analysis between basic elements of "Xiaohe Silian(n) and TCM clinical pharmacy was studied to guarantee this method could integrate closely with TCM clinic from all angles. Hence, this method aimed to provide a new method for TCM new drug discovery on the basis of TCM clinical pharmacy with insisting on holistic view of multicomponent study, kinetic view of metabolic process when the curative effect occurred and molecular material view of quality control and structure-activity exposition.

  18. Serological diagnosis of Toxoplasma gondii infection: Recommendations from the French National Reference Center for Toxoplasmosis.

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    Villard, O; Cimon, B; L'Ollivier, C; Fricker-Hidalgo, H; Godineau, N; Houze, S; Paris, L; Pelloux, H; Villena, I; Candolfi, E

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    Toxoplasmosis manifests no clinical signs in 80% of cases in immunocompetent patient, causing immunization characterized by the persistence of cysts, particularly in brain, muscles, and retina. Assessing the serological status, based on testing for serum toxoplasma IgG and IgM antibodies, is essential in cases that are increasingly at risk for the more severe disease forms, such as congenital or ocular toxoplasmosis. This disease also exposes immunosuppressed patients to reactivation, which can lead to more widespread forms and increased mortality. By interpreting the serological results, we can estimate the risk of contamination or reactivation and define appropriate prophylactic and preventive measures, such as hygienic and dietetic, therapeutic, biological, and clinical follow-up, according to the clinical context. We hereby propose practical approaches based on serological data, resulting from a consensus of a group of experts from the French National Reference Center Network for Toxoplasmosis, according to both routine and specific clinical situations.

  19. In Vitro Activities of Antibiotic Combinations Against Clinical Isolates of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

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    Yen-Hsu Chen

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    Full Text Available Combination therapy has been recommended to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections worldwide. The purpose of the present study was to determine the in vitro activities of piperacillin, cefepime, aztreonam, amikacin, and ciprofloxacin alone and in combination against 100 clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa from one medical center in southern Taiwan. The combination susceptibility assay was performed using the checkerboard technique. The percentage of resistance of P. aeruginosa to single agents in our study was relatively high for the Asia-Pacific area, except to aztreonam. Piperacillin plus amikacin exhibited the highest potential for synergy (59/100 in this study. Moreover, a high percentage of synergism was also noted with amikacin combined with cefepime (7/100 or aztreonam (16/100. The combination of two beta-lactams, such as cefepime with piperacillin, and aztreonam with cefepime or piperacillin, showed synergistic effects against some P. aeruginosa isolates. Although ciprofloxacin is a good anti-pseudomonal agent, a very low potential for synergy with other antibiotics was demonstrated in this study. No antagonism was exhibited by any combination in our study. Among piperacillin-resistant strains, there was synergy with a beta-lactam plus amikacin, including the combination of piperacillin and amikacin. However, the combination of two beta-lactams, such as piperacillin and cefepime or aztreonam, did not have any synergistic activity against these strains. In summary, the combinations of amikacin with the tested beta-lactams (piperacillin, aztreonam, cefepime had a greater synergistic effect against P. aeruginosa, even piperacillin-resistant strains, than other combinations. Understanding the synergistic effect on clinical strains may help clinicians choose better empirical therapy in an area with high prevalence of multidrug-resistant P. aeruginosa.

  20. Serological markers for inflammatory bowel disease in AIDS patients with evidence of microbial translocation.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Breakdown of the gut mucosal barrier during chronic HIV infection allows translocation of bacterial products such as lipopolysaccharides (LPS from the gut into the circulation. Microbial translocation also occurs in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD. IBD serological markers are useful in the diagnosis of IBD and to differentiate between Crohn's disease (CD and ulcerative colitis (UC. Here, we evaluate detection of IBD serological markers in HIV-infected patients with advanced disease and their relationship to HIV disease markers. METHODS: IBD serological markers (ASCA, pANCA, anti-OmpC, and anti-CBir1 were measured by ELISA in plasma from AIDS patients (n = 26 with low CD4 counts (<300 cells/µl and high plasma LPS levels, and results correlated with clinical data. For meta-analysis, relevant data were abstracted from 20 articles. RESULTS: IBD serological markers were detected in approximately 65% of AIDS patients with evidence of microbial translocation. An antibody pattern consistent with IBD was detected in 46%; of these, 75% had a CD-like pattern. Meta-analysis of data from 20 published studies on IBD serological markers in CD, UC, and non-IBD control subjects indicated that IBD serological markers are detected more frequently in AIDS patients than in non-IBD disease controls and healthy controls, but less frequently than in CD patients. There was no association between IBD serological markers and HIV disease markers (plasma viral load and CD4 counts in the study cohort. CONCLUSIONS: IBD serological markers may provide a non-invasive approach to monitor HIV-related inflammatory gut disease. Further studies to investigate their clinical significance in HIV-infected individuals are warranted.

  1. The Clinical Development of Molecularly Targeted Agents in Combination With Radiation Therapy: A Pharmaceutical Perspective

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    Ataman, Ozlem U., E-mail: ouataman@hotmail.com [Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Sambrook, Sally J. [Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Wilks, Chris [Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Lloyd, Andrew [Global Medicines Development, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Taylor, Amanda E. [Yellow Delaney Communications Ltd, Wilmslow, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Wedge, Stephen R. [Innovative Medicines, AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire (United Kingdom)

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    Summary: This paper explores historical and current roles of pharmaceutical industry sponsorship of clinical trials testing radiation therapy combinations with molecularly targeted agents and attempts to identify potential solutions to expediting further combination studies. An analysis of clinical trials involving a combination of radiation therapy and novel cancer therapies was performed. Ongoing and completed trials were identified by searching the (clinicaltrials.gov) Web site, in the first instance, with published trials of drugs of interest identified through American Society of Clinical Oncology, European CanCer Organisation/European Society for Medical Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology/European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, and PubMed databases and then cross-correlated with (clinicaltrials.gov) protocols. We examined combination trials involving radiation therapy with novel agents and determined their distribution by tumor type, predominant molecular mechanisms examined in combination to date, timing of initiation of trials relative to a novel agent's primary development, and source of sponsorship of such trials. A total of 564 studies of targeted agents in combination with radiation therapy were identified with or without concomitant chemotherapy. Most studies were in phase I/II development, with only 36 trials in phase III. The tumor site most frequently studied was head and neck (26%), followed by non-small cell lung cancer. Pharmaceutical companies were the sponsors of 33% of studies overall and provided support for only 16% of phase III studies. In terms of pharmaceutical sponsorship, Genentech was the most active sponsor of radiation therapy combinations (22%), followed by AstraZeneca (14%). Most radiation therapy combination trials do not appear to be initiated until after drug approval. In phase III studies, the most common (58%) primary endpoint was overall survival. Collectively, this analysis suggests that

  2. Emerging treatments and combinations in the management of NSCLC: clinical potential of nintedanib

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    Full Text Available Martin Reck,1 Anders Mellemgaard2 1Department of Thoracic Oncology, Lung Clinic Grosshansdorf, and member of the Airway Research Center North, German Center for Lung Research, Grosshansdorf, Germany; 2Department of Oncology, Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark Abstract: There remains an unmet need for effective, well-tolerated treatment options in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC to alleviate the disease burden for a broad selection of patients. Nintedanib is a potent, oral, triple angiokinase inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, and platelet-derived growth factor, and was recently approved in Europe for use in combination with docetaxel for the treatment of adults with locally advanced, metastatic, or locally recurrent NSCLC of adenocarcinoma tumor histology, following first-line chemotherapy. Nintedanib has been investigated extensively in preclinical research and in a number of clinical studies, the most important of which was the Phase III LUME-Lung 1 study, which investigated nintedanib in combination with docetaxel in patients with advanced NSCLC after failure of first-line chemotherapy. In this study, which led to the approval of nintedanib, addition of nintedanib to docetaxel significantly improved overall survival in patients with adenocarcinoma histology. Nintedanib demonstrated a manageable safety profile in combination with docetaxel. This review focuses on the clinical experience with nintedanib in NSCLC and discusses the clinical potential of this agent for use in combination with chemotherapy. Keywords: nintedanib, non-small cell lung cancer, second-line treatment, docetaxel, adenocarcinoma, antiangiogenesis

  3. Educational paper: The expanding clinical and immunological spectrum of severe combined immunodeficiency

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    M. van der Burg (Mirjam); A.R. Gennery (Andy R.)

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    textabstractSevere combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is one of the most severe forms of primary immunodeficiency characterized by absence of functional T lymphocytes. It is a paediatric emergency, which is life-threatening when recognized too late. The clinical presentation varies from the classical

  4. Combining Clinical Treatment and Peer Support: A Unique Approach to Overcoming Stigma and Delivering Care

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    services for treating operational stress disorders were inadequate [5]. Then, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, who had been Force Commander of the...Medical Liaison to OSISS, and Ms. Johanne Isabelle, Ms. Francine Gagnon, and Mr. Juan Cargnello, of the VAC Ste. Anne’s Centre. Combining Clinical

  5. Clinical and Immunologic Characteristics of Patients With ANCA-Associated Glomerulonephritis Combined With Membranous Nephropathy

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    Zou, Rong; Liu, Gang; Cui, Zhao; Chen, Min; Zhao, Ming-Hui

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    Abstract The concurrent antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated glomerulonephritis (ANCA-GN) and membranous nephropathy (MN) have been increasingly documented, mainly in case studies and case series; however, the differences of clinical and pathologic characteristics as well as outcomes between ANCA-GN patients with and without MN remain unclear. The current study investigated the clinical and immunologic features of patients with combined ANCA-GN and MN in a large cohort. Twenty-seven of 223 patients had combined ANCA-GN and MN; they had significantly higher levels of initial serum creatinine, higher Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score and poorer renal outcome than ANCA-GN patients without MN (P PLA2R antibodies and glomerular PLA2R deposits was significantly lower in patients with combined ANCA-GN and MN than that in patients with idiopathic MN (P < 0.05). Compared with the idiopathic MN patients, the patients with combined ANCA-GN and MN had significantly higher recognition frequency of immunoglobulin (Ig) G2 and IgG3, and significantly lower recognition frequency of IgG4 (P < 0.05). Patients with combined ANCA-GN and MN had distinct clinical features and a different pathogenesis of MN. PMID:26376387

  6. L-MTP-PE and zoledronic acid combination in osteosarcoma: preclinical evidence of positive therapeutic combination for clinical transfer.

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    Biteau, Kevin; Guiho, Romain; Chatelais, Mathias; Taurelle, Julien; Chesneau, Julie; Corradini, Nadège; Heymann, Dominique; Redini, Françoise

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    Osteosarcoma, the most frequent malignant primary bone tumor in pediatric patients is characterized by osteolysis promoting tumor growth. Lung metastasis is the major bad prognosis factor of this disease. Zoledronic Acid (ZA), a potent inhibitor of bone resorption is currently evaluated in phase III randomized studies in Europe for the treatment of osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. The beneficial effect of the liposomal form of Muramyl-TriPeptide-Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine (L-mifamurtide, MEPACT®), an activator of macrophage populations has been demonstrated to eradicate lung metastatic foci in osteosarcoma. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential therapeutic benefit and the safety of the ZA and L-mifamurtide combination in preclinical models of osteosarcoma, as a prerequisite before translation to patients. The effects of ZA (100 μg/kg) and L-mifamurtide (1 mg/kg) were investigated in vivo in xenogeneic and syngeneic mice models of osteosarcoma, at clinical (tumor proliferation, spontaneous lung metastases development), radiological (bone microarchitecture by microCT analysis), biological and histological levels. No interference between the two drugs could be observed on ZA-induced bone protection and on L-mifamurtide-induced inhibition of lung metastasis development. Unexpectedly, ZA and L-mifamurtide association induced an additional and in some cases synergistic inhibition of primary tumor progression. L-mifamurtide has no effect on tumor proliferation in vitro or in vivo, and macrophage population was not affected at the tumor site whatever the treatment. This study evidenced for the first time a significant inhibition of primary osteosarcoma progression when both drugs are combined. This result constitutes a first proof-of-principle for clinical application in osteosarcoma patients.

  7. 21 CFR 866.3510 - Rubella virus serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Rubella virus serological reagents. 866.3510... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3510 Rubella virus serological reagents. (a) Identification. Rubella virus serological reagents are devices that consist...

  8. 21 CFR 866.3405 - Poliovirus serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Poliovirus serological reagents. 866.3405 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3405 Poliovirus serological reagents. (a) Identification. Poliovirus serological reagents are devices that consist of...

  9. 21 CFR 866.3660 - Shigella spp. serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Shigella spp. serological reagents. 866.3660... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3660 Shigella spp. serological reagents. (a) Identification. Shigella spp. serological reagents are devices that consist...

  10. 21 CFR 866.3305 - Herpes simplex virus serological assays.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Herpes simplex virus serological assays. 866.3305... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3305 Herpes simplex virus serological assays. (a) Identification. Herpes simplex virus serological assays are devices...

  11. 21 CFR 866.3110 - Campylobacter fetus serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Campylobacter fetus serological reagents. 866.3110... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3110 Campylobacter fetus serological reagents. (a) Identification. Campylobacter fetus serological reagents are devices...

  12. 21 CFR 866.3255 - Escherichia coli serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Escherichia coli serological reagents. 866.3255... coli serological reagents. (a) Identification. Escherichia coli serological reagents are devices that consist of antigens and antisera used in serological tests to identify Escherichia coli from...

  13. 21 CFR 866.3040 - Aspergillus spp. serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Aspergillus spp. serological reagents. 866.3040... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3040 Aspergillus spp. serological reagents. (a) Identification. Aspergillus spp. serological reagents are devices...

  14. 21 CFR 866.3500 - Rickettsia serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Rickettsia serological reagents. 866.3500 Section... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3500 Rickettsia serological reagents. (a) Identification. Rickettsia serological reagents are devices that consist of...

  15. 21 CFR 866.3550 - Salmonella spp. serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Salmonella spp. serological reagents. 866.3550... spp. serological reagents. (a) Identification. Salmonella spp. serological reagents are devices that consist of antigens and antisera used in serological tests to identify Salmonella spp. from...

  16. 21 CFR 866.3490 - Rhinovirus serological reagents.

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  17. 21 CFR 866.3870 - Trypanosoma spp. serological reagents.

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  18. 21 CFR 866.3415 - Pseudomonas spp. serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Pseudomonas spp. serological reagents. 866.3415... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Serological Reagents § 866.3415 Pseudomonas spp. serological reagents. (a) Identification. Pseudomonas spp. serological reagents are devices...

  19. 21 CFR 866.3330 - Influenza virus serological reagents.

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  20. ELISA for the serology of FIP virus.

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    A.D.M.E. Osterhaus (Ab); A. Kroon; R.M.S. Wirahadiredja

    1979-01-01

    textabstractAn enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) virus serology is described. The assay is analogous to a previously developed indirect heterologous immunofluorescence test (IFT) in which transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) viral antigen was used. Comp

  1. In vitro combinations of natamycin with voriconazole, itraconazole and micafungin against clinical Fusarium strains causing keratitis.

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    Al-Hatmi, Abdullah M S; Meletiadis, Joseph; Curfs-Breuker, Ilse; Bonifaz, Alexandro; Meis, Jacques F; De Hoog, G Sybren

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    Fusarium species cause a broad spectrum of infections, from superficial to disseminated disease. Because Fusarium species are intrinsically resistant to most antifungal drugs, new approaches are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the in vitro combination of natamycin with currently used antifungal drugs. The in vitro interactions of combinations between natamycin and voriconazole, itraconazole and micafungin applied to 20 clinical Fusarium strains (members of Fusarium falciforme, Fusarium napiforme, Fusarium petroliphilum, Fusarium proliferatum, Fusarium pseudensiforme and Fusarium sacchari) were evaluated using a chequerboard microdilution method. The MICs of all drugs alone and in combination were determined visually after 48 h and interactions were assessed using fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI) analysis. MICs of voriconazole and natamycin alone were 4 to >16 and 4-8 mg/L, respectively. Values were reduced 3.5-10-fold to 0.02-0.5 mg/L and 0.5-5-fold to 0.13-2 mg/L in combination, for the currently used antifungals and natamycin, respectively, demonstrating additive to synergistic interactions. The combinations natamycin/voriconazole, natamycin/itraconazole and natamycin/micafungin were synergistic (FICI ≤0.5) for 70%, 15% and 5% of the strains, respectively. No antagonism was found. The combination of natamycin with voriconazole was strongly synergistic at clinically achievable serum concentrations. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  2. Multiple sclerosis and positive lyme serology

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    Marco Aurélio Lana-Peixoto

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    Full Text Available As Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB may clinically mimick multiple sclerosis (MS the presence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in serum of patients with a MS-like disease in non-edemic areas for Lyme disease may be troublesome. We report the case of a 45-year-old white female with the diagnosis of relapsing/ remitting form of MS due to a 15-year history of optic neuritis and recurrent episodes of motor and sensation disturbance in the upper right limb and in both lower extremites associated with bladder dysfunction. A magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed multiple high intensity periventricular white matter lesions. The patient had been exposed to ticks but did not recall the presence of erythema migrans. ELISA for Lyme disease was positive in two different laboratories and the positive serology was confirmed by Western blotting. No convincing reponse followed treatment with ceftriaxone. Although it is clear that the patient had been infect by Borrelia burgdorferi the relationship of this spirochetal infection with the neurological disease could not be ascertained.

  3. Exploring brainstem function in multiple sclerosis by combining brainstem reflexes, evoked potentials, clinical and MRI investigations.

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    Magnano, Immacolata; Pes, Giovanni Mario; Pilurzi, Giovanna; Cabboi, Maria Paola; Ginatempo, Francesca; Giaconi, Elena; Tolu, Eusebio; Achene, Antonio; Salis, Antonio; Rothwell, John C; Conti, Maurizio; Deriu, Franca

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    To investigate vestibulo-masseteric (VMR), acoustic-masseteric (AMR), vestibulo-collic (VCR) and trigemino-collic (TCR) reflexes in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS); to relate abnormalities of brainstem reflexes (BSRs) to multimodal evoked potentials (EPs), clinical and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) findings. Click-evoked VMR, AMR and VCR were recorded from active masseter and sternocleidomastoid muscles, respectively; TCR was recorded from active sternocleidomastoid muscles, following electrical stimulation of the infraorbital nerve. EPs and MRI were performed with standard techniques. Frequencies of abnormal BSRs were: VMR 62.1%, AMR 55.1%, VCR 25.9%, TCR 58.6%. Brainstem dysfunction was identified by these tests, combined into a four-reflex battery, in 86.9% of cases, by EPs in 82.7%, MRI in 71.7% and clinical examination in 37.7% of cases. The sensitivity of paired BSRs/EPs (93.3%) was significantly higher than combined MRI/clinical testing (70%) in patients with disease duration ⩽6.4years. BSR alterations significantly correlated with clinical, EP and MRI findings. The four-BSR battery effectively increases the performance of standard EPs in early detection of brainstem impairment, otherwise undetected by clinical examination and neuroimaging. Multiple BSR assessment usefully supplements conventional testing and monitoring of brainstem function in MS, especially in newly diagnosed patients. Copyright © 2014 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Combination antihypertensive therapy in clinical practice. The analysis of 1254 consecutive patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

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    Petrák, O; Zelinka, T; Štrauch, B; Rosa, J; Šomlóová, Z; Indra, T; Turková, H; Holaj, R; Widimský, J

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    The aim of the study was to analyze the clinical use of different types of combination therapy in a large sample of consecutive patients with uncontrolled hypertension referred to Hypertension Centre. We performed a retrospective analysis of combination antihypertensive therapy in 1254 consecutive patients with uncontrolled hypertension receiving at least triple-combination antihypertensive therapy. Among the most prescribed antihypertensive classes were renin-angiotensin blockers (96.8%), calcium channel blockers (82.5%), diuretics (82.0%), beta-blockers (73.0%), centrally acting drugs (56.0%) and urapidil (24.1%). Least prescribed were spironolactone (22.2%) and alpha-1-blockers (17.1%). Thiazide/thiazide-like diuretics were underdosed in more than two-thirds of patients. Furosemide was prescribed in 14.3% of patients treated with diuretics, while only indicated in 3.9%. Inappropriate combination therapy was found in 40.4% of patients. Controversial dual and higher blockade of renin-angiotensin system occurred in 25.2%. Incorrect use of a combination of two antihypertensive drugs with the similar mechanism of action was found in 28.1%, most commonly a combination of two drugs with central mechanism (13.5%). In conclusion, use of controversial or incorrect combinations of drugs in uncontrolled hypertension is common. Diuretics are frequently underdosed and spironolactone remains neglected in general practice. The improper combination of antihypertensive drugs may contribute to uncontrolled hypertension.

  5. 胎儿颈项透明层厚度联合血清学检测在唐氏综合征筛查中的应用%Application of thickness of fetal nuchal translucency combined with serological test in screening of Down's syndrome

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    刘丽华; 卢小青; 刘聪慧; 张学辉; 夏凤艳; 茅碧文; 吴立新

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    from August 2009 to February 2012 were selected,the chickness of NT was detected at 11-14 gestational weeks by ultrasound,NT ≥2.5 mm was designed as high risk; the levels of maternal serum AFP,uE3,and β-HCG were detected at 15-21 gestational weeks,combing with maternal body weight,age,and gestational week,a special risk assessment software of Down's syndrome was used to conduct risk assessment; the combined risk degree more than 1/270 was designed as positive among the pregnant women receiving Down's syndrome during the second trimester of pregnancy; the high risk pregnant women received genetic consultation,in the case of informed consent,amniocentesis was performed,chromosomal examination was conducted to diagnose definitely; the screening results of single NT or serological test and joint detection were compared.Results There was no statistically significant difference in detection result between NT screening and serological test; if one detection result was positive,the sensitivity of joint detection of NT screening and serological test increased,the rate of missed diagnosis reduced,but the specificity also decreased,the positive predictive value was the lowest; if two detection results were positive,the sensitivity of joint detection of NT screening and serological test decreased,the rate of missed diagnosis increased,but the specificity also increased,the positive predictive value was the highest.Conclusion NT screening and serological triple test cant replace each other,if one detection result is positive,joint detection of NT and serological test can improve the detection rate of positive patients,reduce the missed diagnostic rate; if two detection results are positive,joint detection can enhance the exclusive ability of negative patients,and improve the pertinence of invasive amniocentesis.

  6. HIV/HBV coinfection: serological control and therapeutic strategies.

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    Ruiz-Artacho, P; Téllez-Molina, M J; Vergas-García, J; Altali-Alhames, K; Estrada-Pérez, V; Fernández-Cruz-Pérez, A

    2013-01-01

    The evolution and prognosis of patients co-infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B (HBV) is not well know. This study describes the treatment and serological, virological and biochemical and elastographic responses of HIV and HBV-coinfected patients. A descriptive, retrospective study of all the HIV/HBV-coinfected patients seen in a specialized HIV department between 1 January 2007 and 30 November 2008 was performed. Virological and serological determinations of HIV and HBV infections as well as CD4 lymphocytes and transaminases prior to antiretroviral treatment and at the time of analysis were obtained. A total of 54 (5.4%) cases of HIV/HBV coinfection were identified. The median nadir and current CD4 were 179 and 437 cells/L, respectively. There was undetectable RNA-HIV in 70%. There were 52 patients (96.3%) who followed active drugs treatment against HBV. After treatment, 68.8% had HBeAg negative result, with 81.6% virologic response. The HBsAg became negative in 10.4%. ALT was normal in 75.5%. FibroScan(®) was performed in 30 (55.6%) patients, yielding a median of 7.0kPa. The results obtained suggest a good serological, virological and biochemical control of HIV/HBV-coinfected patients with treatments recommended by clinical guidelines. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  7. Serological profile of candidates for corneal donation

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    Full Text Available Objetive: The purpose of this study is to map the serological profile of candidates to corneal donation at Irmandade Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre, identifying the percentage of disposal by serology and the marker involved. Methods: There have been analised – retrospectively – the results of serology of all corneal donors, made between the period of 1st january 2006 and 31st december 2012. Data analised were related to age, gender and the results of serology pertinent to viral markers (HBsAg, anti-HBc, anti-HCV and anti-HIV, these, determined by immunosorbent tests (ELISA. Results: In the period of the study, there were 2476 corneal donors at the institution, with a major incidence on the male gender, on an average of 58.7 years old. 23% of retention because of serological unfitness was also identified, that is, 570 samples were non-negative to any of the used tests. The marker anti- HBc was the most prevalent on the studied population, followed by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV and by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV. Conclusion: From the data found through this study, it is essential to have the participation of an efficient service on the serological evaluation of the candidates to corneal donation, once the security of the receptor must be taken into consideration in a population of donors with 23% of unfitness prevalence, in which the most prevalent marker is the one of Hepatits B.

  8. A combined nurse-pharmacist managed pain clinic: joint venture of public and private sectors.

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    Hadi, Muhammad Abdul; Alldred, David Phillip; Briggs, Michelle; Closs, S José

    2012-02-01

    Chronic pain has become one of the most prevalent problems in primary care. The management of chronic pain is complex and often requires a multidisciplinary approach. The limited capacity of general practitioners to manage chronic pain and long waiting time for secondary care referrals further add to the complexity of chronic pain management. Restricted financial and skilled human capital make it hard for healthcare systems across the world to establish and maintain multidisciplinary pain clinics, in spite of their documented effectiveness. Affordability and accessibility to such multidisciplinary pain clinics is often problematic for patients. The purpose of this paper is to share our experience and relevant research evidence of a community based combined nurse-pharmacist managed pain clinic. The pain clinic serves as an example of public-private partnership in healthcare.

  9. Combinations of Radiation Therapy and Immunotherapy for Melanoma: A Review of Clinical Outcomes

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    Barker, Christopher A., E-mail: barkerc@mskcc.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States); Postow, Michael A. [Department of Medicine, Melanoma and Sarcoma Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (United States)

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    Radiation therapy has long played a role in the management of melanoma. Recent advances have also demonstrated the efficacy of immunotherapy in the treatment of melanoma. Preclinical data suggest a biologic interaction between radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Several clinical studies corroborate these findings. This review will summarize the outcomes of studies reporting on patients with melanoma treated with a combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Vaccine therapies often use irradiated melanoma cells, and may be enhanced by radiation therapy. The cytokines interferon-α and interleukin-2 have been combined with radiation therapy in several small studies, with some evidence suggesting increased toxicity and/or efficacy. Ipilimumab, a monoclonal antibody which blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4, has been combined with radiation therapy in several notable case studies and series. Finally, pilot studies of adoptive cell transfer have suggested that radiation therapy may improve the efficacy of treatment. The review will demonstrate that the combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy has been reported in several notable case studies, series and clinical trials. These clinical results suggest interaction and the need for further study.

  10. Overcoming clinical inertia to achieve blood pressure goals: the role of fixed-dose combination therapy.

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    Basile, Jan; Neutel, Joel

    2010-04-01

    The treatment of hypertension should cause blood pressure (BP) changes that reduce the long-term risks of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. There are considerable clinical benefits to be gained by promptly treating patients to recognized BP goals, particularly for those at high risk. This may be achieved by the use of combination therapy as first-line treatment. However, despite widely acknowledged therapeutic guidelines, there are significant gaps between current treatment recommendations and their implementation in clinical practice. One important explanation for inadequate treatment and subsequent poor BP control is clinical inertia. Undertreatment and clinical inertia may sometimes be mistaken for treatment-resistant hypertension, as is often the case in specific patient populations whose disease is often considered a challenge to treat because of a greater risk of cardiovascular complications (e.g. Blacks, obese patients, and those with diabetes). The availability of fixed-dose drug combinations may address some of the common misconceptions thought to promote clinical inertia. Few studies have specifically focused on subpopulations with difficult-to-treat hypertension that is uncontrolled on monotherapies. One example is an ongoing 20-week, multicenter, prospective, blinded endpoint, dose-titration, treat-to-goal study evaluating the efficacy and safety of initial fixed-dose combination therapy with amlodipine/olmesartan medoxomil, and further up-titration with hydrochlorothiazide, in patients with hypertension who are uncontrolled on antihypertensive monotherapy. This study may demonstrate the benefits of treating patients with hypertension to goal using initial fixed-dose combination therapy, even in patients considered to be at a higher risk of cardiovascular complications.

  11. [Malaria serology test: what contribution does it make in an endemic country such as Ivory Coast?

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    Goran-Kouacou, Amah Patricia Victorine; Dou, Gonat Serge; Zika, Kalou Dibert; Adou, Adjoumanvoulé Honoré; Yéboah, Oppong Richard; Aka, Rita Ahou; Hien, Sansan; Siransy, Kouabla Liliane; N'Guessan, Koffi; Djibangar, Tariam Agnès; Dassé, Séry Romuald; Adoubryn, Koffi Daho

    2017-01-01

    Malaria serology test seems to have attracted very little interest in endemic countries such as Ivory Coast. However, this examination has been regularly performed in the parasitology laboratory at the Training and Research Unit of Medical Sciences in Abidjan. Our study aimed to highlight the contribution of malaria serology test in our endemic country context. We conducted a retrospective study of malaria serology test using Falciparum-Spot IF (bioMerieux) kit for the detection of IgG antiplasmodial antibodies. It included all malaria serology tests performed from January 2007 to February 2011 and whose results were available in the registry. In total, 136 patients were selected. The average age of patients was 36,3 years, ranging from 1 to 81 years, and sex ratio was 0,97. Indications for malaria serology test were varied and dominated by splenomegaly (49.3%), cytopenias (14.7%), indeterminate fever (13.2%). Almost all of the patients (98.5%) had antiplasmodial antibodies with high medium titer of 1057,35IU/ml. There was no link between age and Ab titer, which was higher in cytopenias, prolonged fevers and the splenomegaly. Malaria serology test seems to have attracted very little interest in routine clinical practice provided in our endemic area because, whatever the reason of the prescription, titers were high.

  12. Examination of Chinese NiTi wire by a combined clinical and laboratory approach.

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    Mohlin, B; Müller, H; Odman, J; Thilander, B

    1991-10-01

    Chinese NiTi wire was compared with Nitinol and stainless steel wires in a combined laboratory and clinical examination. In the laboratory test, the loading and unloading-deflection properties of the wires were determined in a three-point bending test and their surface properties were studied in a scanning electron microscope. This test attempts to simulate a common clinical situation. The NiTi material showed a non-linear force-deflection relationship. The increase in force from 1 mm deflection and onwards was very slow and the force delivered during unloading from large deflections was almost constant. This behaviour was somewhat different for smaller downward deflections of NiTi wires. Plastic deformation was insignificant. The clinical study confirmed the laboratory results obtained, characterizing a wire material much superior to stainless steel and even superior to Nitinol for alignment purposes. In clinical use, however, the rate of fractures of NiTi wires turned out to be unsatisfactorily high. This disadvantage was not predicted by the three-point bending test. Scanning electron microscopy revealed surface defects and non-metallic inclusions in fractured NiTi wires. A combination of a bending test simulating a clinical situation and surface examination is recommended when new wire materials are to be tested.

  13. Intense circulation of A/H5N1 and other avian influenza viruses in Cambodian live-bird markets with serological evidence of sub-clinical human infections.

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    Horm, Srey Viseth; Tarantola, Arnaud; Rith, Sareth; Ly, Sowath; Gambaretti, Juliette; Duong, Veasna; Y, Phalla; Sorn, San; Holl, Davun; Allal, Lotfi; Kalpravidh, Wantanee; Dussart, Philippe; Horwood, Paul F; Buchy, Philippe

    2016-07-20

    Surveillance for avian influenza viruses (AIVs) in poultry and environmental samples was conducted in four live-bird markets in Cambodia from January through November 2013. Through real-time RT-PCR testing, AIVs were detected in 45% of 1048 samples collected throughout the year. Detection rates ranged from 32% and 18% in duck and chicken swabs, respectively, to 75% in carcass wash water samples. Influenza A/H5N1 virus was detected in 79% of samples positive for influenza A virus and 35% of all samples collected. Sequence analysis of full-length haemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) genes from A/H5N1 viruses, and full-genome analysis of six representative isolates, revealed that the clade 1.1.2 reassortant virus associated with Cambodian human cases during 2013 was the only A/H5N1 virus detected during the year. However, multiplex reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis of HA and NA genes revealed co-circulation of at least nine low pathogenic AIVs from HA1, HA2, HA3, HA4, HA6, HA7, HA9, HA10 and HA11 subtypes. Four repeated serological surveys were conducted throughout the year in a cohort of 125 poultry workers. Serological testing found an overall prevalence of 4.5% and 1.8% for antibodies to A/H5N1 and A/H9N2, respectively. Seroconversion rates of 3.7 and 0.9 cases per 1000 person-months participation were detected for A/H5N1 and A/H9N2, respectively. Peak AIV circulation was associated with the Lunar New Year festival. Knowledge of periods of increased circulation of avian influenza in markets should inform intervention measures such as market cleaning and closures to reduce risk of human infections and emergence of novel AIVs.

  14. Clinical Study on Treatment of Tourette's Syndrome with Acupuncture-Chinese Herbs Combination

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    CHI Xu; JIN Ze; CUI Shu-zi; BAO Da-peng; SUN Yuan-zheng; HAN Chou-ping

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical effect on treatment of Tourette's syndrome with combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Method: Sixty cases were randomly divided into acupuncture-Chinese group and western drug group, which have been treated with acupuncture plus modified Tranquilizing Liver-wind Decoction and orally taken holoperidol respectively.Result: Therapeutic effect comparison between the two groups showed a significant difference (P<0.05).Conclusion: Combination of scalp acupuncture and Chinese herbs has good effect in treating Tourette's syndrome, with better result than western drug.

  15. The combined technique for detection of artifacts in clinical electroencephalograms of sleeping newborns.

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    Schetinin, Vitaly; Schult, Joachim

    2004-03-01

    In this paper, we describe a new method combining the polynomial neural network and decision tree techniques in order to derive comprehensible classification rules from clinical electroencephalograms (EEGs) recorded from sleeping newborns. These EEGs are heavily corrupted by cardiac, eye movement, muscle, and noise artifacts and, as a consequence, some EEG features are irrelevant to classification problems. Combining the polynomial network and decision tree techniques, we discover comprehensible classification rules while also attempting to keep their classification error down. This technique is shown to out-perform a number of commonly used machine learning technique applied to automatically recognize artifacts in the sleep EEGs.

  16. Educational paper. The expanding clinical and immunological spectrum of severe combined immunodeficiency.

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    van der Burg, Mirjam; Gennery, Andy R

    2011-05-01

    Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is one of the most severe forms of primary immunodeficiency characterized by absence of functional T lymphocytes. It is a paediatric emergency, which is life-threatening when recognized too late. The clinical presentation varies from the classical form of SCID through atypical SCID to Omenn syndrome. In addition, there is a considerable immunological variation, which can hamper the diagnosis. In this educational review, we describe the immunopathological background, clinical presentations and diagnostic process of SCID, as well as the therapeutic possibilities.

  17. Comparative Diagnosis of Human Bocavirus 1 Respiratory Infection With Messenger RNA Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), DNA Quantitative PCR, and Serology.

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    Xu, Man; Arku, Benedict; Jartti, Tuomas; Koskinen, Janne; Peltola, Ville; Hedman, Klaus; Söderlund-Venermo, Maria

    2017-05-15

    Human bocavirus (HBoV) 1 can cause life-threatening respiratory tract infection in children. Diagnosing acute HBoV1 infection is challenging owing to long-term airway persistence. We assessed whether messenger RNA (mRNA) detection would correlate better than DNA detection with acute HBoV1 infection. Paired serum samples from 121 children with acute wheezing were analyzed by means of serology. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse-transcription (RT) PCR were applied to nasopharyngeal swab (NPS) samples from all acutely HBoV1-infected children and from controls with nonacute infection. By serology, 16 of 121 children (13.2%) had acute HBoV1 infection, all of whom had HBoV1 DNA in NPS samples, and 12 of 16 (75%) had HBoV1 mRNA. Among 25 children with nondiagnostic results, 6 had HBoV1 DNA in NPS samples, and 1 had mRNA. All 13 mRNA-positive samples exhibited high DNA loads (≥106 copies/mL). No mRNA persisted for 2 weeks, whereas HBoV1 DNA persisted for 2 months in 4 children; 1 year later all 15 samples were DNA negative. Compared with serology, DNA PCR had high clinical sensitivity (100%) but, because of viral persistence, low specificity (76%). In contrast, mRNA RT-PCR had low clinical sensitivity (75%) but high specificity (96%). A combination of HBoV1 serology and nasopharyngeal DNA quantitative PCR and mRNA RT-PCR should be used for accurate diagnosis of HBoV1 infection.

  18. Combination of chemotherapy and cancer stem cell targeting agents: Preclinical and clinical studies.

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    Li, Yanyan; Atkinson, Katharine; Zhang, Tao

    2017-06-28

    The cancer stem cell model claims that the initiation, maintenance, and growth of a tumor are driven by a small population of cancer cells termed cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells possess a variety of phenotypes associated with therapeutic resistance and often cause recurrence of the diseases. Several strategies have been investigated to target cancer stem cells in a variety of cancers, such as blocking one or more self-renewal signaling pathways, reducing the expression of drug efflux and ATP-binding cassette efflux transporters, modulating epigenetic aberrations, and promoting cancer stem cell differentiation. A number of cell and animal studies strongly support the potential benefits of combining chemotherapeutic drugs with cancer stem cell targeting agents. Clinical trials are still underway to address the pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy of combination treatment. This mini-review provides an updated discussion of these preclinical and clinical studies. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Clinical evidence and mechanistic basis for vildagliptin's effect in combination with insulin

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    Full Text Available Anja Schweizer,1 James E Foley,2 Wolfgang Kothny,2 Bo Ahrén31Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland; 2Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ, USA; 3Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, SwedenAbstract: Due to the progressive nature of type 2 diabetes, many patients need insulin as add-on to oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs in order to maintain adequate glycemic control. Insulin therapy primarily targets elevated fasting glycemia but is less effective to reduce postprandial hyperglycemia. In addition, the risk of hypoglycemia limits its effectiveness and there is a concern of weight gain. These drawbacks may be overcome by combining insulin with incretin-based therapies as these increase glucose sensitivity of both the α- and β-cells, resulting in improved postprandial glycemia without the hypoglycemia and weight gain associated with increasing the dose of insulin. The dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-4 inhibitor vildagliptin has also been shown to protect from hypoglycemia by enhancing glucagon counterregulation. The effectiveness of combining vildagliptin with insulin was demonstrated in three different studies in which vildagliptin decreased A1C levels when added to insulin therapy without increasing hypoglycemia. This was established with and without concomitant metformin therapy. Furthermore, the effectiveness of vildagliptin appears to be greater when insulin is used as a basal regimen as opposed to being used to reduce postprandial hyperglycemia, since improvement in insulin secretion likely plays a minor role when relatively high doses of insulin are administered before meals. This article reviews the clinical experience with the combination of vildagliptin and insulin and discusses the mechanistic basis for the beneficial effects of the combination. The data support the use of vildagliptin in combination with insulin in general and, in line with emerging clinical practice, suggest that treating patients with

  20. Clinical Study on Endometrial Ovarian Cyst Treated by Combined Laparoscopy and Chinese Herbal Medicine

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    2002-01-01

    Objective: To investigate a new method of combined laparoscopy edici ne (CHM) in treating endometrial ovarian cyst. Methods: One hundre d and fifty-two patients with endometrial ovarian cyst three therapies: combined laparoscopy with CHM (combination group), CHM (TCM group) and To compare the clinical efficacy and side-effects shown by the three groups and to elucidate the therapeutic mechanism by ne hormone, plasma prostaglandin F 2α , prostaglandin E 2 etc. Results: The shrinking rate, ate of the cysts and markedly effective rate in the combination group were obviously higher than those in the TCM group and WM bination group was also higher than that of the WM group (P<0.05). Few side-effects constituted age for the combination g roup and TCM group. After treatment, the plasm a prostaglandin F 1α lowered remarkably, serum obviously (P<0. 01, P<0.05). Conclusion: The laparoscopy and CHM combination therapy is a new method in cyst which has signifi cant efficacy, minimal adverse effect and maximal preservation of reproductive function.

  1. Mechanical versus clinical data combination in selection and admissions decisions: a meta-analysis.

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    Kuncel, Nathan R; Klieger, David M; Connelly, Brian S; Ones, Deniz S

    2013-11-01

    In employee selection and academic admission decisions, holistic (clinical) data combination methods continue to be relied upon and preferred by practitioners in our field. This meta-analysis examined and compared the relative predictive power of mechanical methods versus holistic methods in predicting multiple work (advancement, supervisory ratings of performance, and training performance) and academic (grade point average) criteria. There was consistent and substantial loss of validity when data were combined holistically-even by experts who are knowledgeable about the jobs and organizations in question-across multiple criteria in work and academic settings. In predicting job performance, the difference between the validity of mechanical and holistic data combination methods translated into an improvement in prediction of more than 50%. Implications for evidence-based practice are discussed. (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved.

  2. Clinical regressions and broad immune activation following combination therapy targeting human NKT cells in myeloma.

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    Richter, Joshua; Neparidze, Natalia; Zhang, Lin; Nair, Shiny; Monesmith, Tamara; Sundaram, Ranjini; Miesowicz, Fred; Dhodapkar, Kavita M; Dhodapkar, Madhav V

    2013-01-17

    Natural killer T (iNKT) cells can help mediate immune surveillance against tumors in mice. Prior studies targeting human iNKT cells were limited to therapy of advanced cancer and led to only modest activation of innate immunity. Clinical myeloma is preceded by an asymptomatic precursor phase. Lenalidomide was shown to mediate antigen-specific costimulation of human iNKT cells. We treated 6 patients with asymptomatic myeloma with 3 cycles of combination of α-galactosylceramide-loaded monocyte-derived dendritic cells and low-dose lenalidomide. Therapy was well tolerated and led to reduction in tumor-associated monoclonal immunoglobulin in 3 of 4 patients with measurable disease. Combination therapy led to activation-induced decline in measurable iNKT cells and activation of NK cells with an increase in NKG2D and CD56 expression. Treatment also led to activation of monocytes with an increase in CD16 expression. Each cycle of therapy was associated with induction of eosinophilia as well as an increase in serum soluble IL2 receptor. Clinical responses correlated with pre-existing or treatment-induced antitumor T-cell immunity. These data demonstrate synergistic activation of several innate immune cells by this combination and the capacity to mediate tumor regression. Combination therapies targeting iNKT cells may be of benefit toward prevention of cancer in humans.

  3. The clinical utility of new combination phenylephrine/ketorolac injection in cataract surgery

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Lola Elizabeth Lawuyi, Avinash Gurbaxani Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, Dubai, UAE Abstract: The maintenance of mydriasis throughout cataract extraction surgery and the control of ocular inflammation are crucial for successful surgical outcomes. The development of miosis during cataract surgery compromises the visualization of the surgical field and working space for surgeons. This may lead to complications that include posterior capsular tear and associated vitreous loss, longer surgical time, and postoperative inflammation. Postoperative inflammation is often uncomfortable and frustrating for patients. It causes pain, redness, and photophobia. This compromises the best-uncorrected vision following surgery and often leads to multiple clinic visits. This article examines the literature published on the current treatments used to manage mydriasis, pain, and inflammation in cataract extraction surgery. Combination phenylephrine/ketorolac injection offers an exciting new class of medication for use in cataract surgery. With the recent approval of Omidria™ (combination of phenylephrine 1% and ketorolac 0.3% by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA for intraocular use, we review the clinical utility of this new combination injection in cataract surgery. PubMed, MEDLINE, and conference proceedings were searched for the relevant literature using a combination of the following search terms: cataract extraction surgery, pupil dilation (mydriasis, miosis, phenylephrine, ketorolac, Omidria™, intracameral mydriatic. Relevant articles were reviewed and their references checked for further relevant literature. All abstracts were reviewed and full texts retrieved where available. Keywords: cataract extraction surgery, ketorolac, mydriasis, miosis, Omidria™, phenylephrine

  4. Clinical trial success rates of anti-obesity agents: the importance of combination therapies.

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    Hussain, H T; Parker, J L; Sharma, A M

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this study was to construct a clinical trial profile assessing the risk of drug failure among anti-obesity agents. Research was conducted by looking at anti-obesity therapies currently on the market or in clinical trials (phases I to III) conducted from 1998 to September 2014, with the exclusion of any drugs whose phase I trial was conducted prior to January 1998. This was completed primarily through a search on http://clinicaltrials.gov where a total of 51 drugs met the search criteria. The transition probabilities were then calculated based on various classifications and compared against industry standards. The transition probability of anti-obesity agents was 8.50% whereas the transition probability of industry standards was 10.40%. Combination therapies had four times the transition probability than monotherapies, 40% and 4.75%, respectively. Therefore, it was determined that 92% of drugs fail during clinical trial testing for this indication and combination therapy appears to improve clinical trial success rates to 10-fold. © 2015 World Obesity.

  5. Clinical Study of Endostar Combined with DP Protocol in Treatment of Advanced Esophageal Cancer

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    Wen-ying DENG

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To observe the clinical outcomes of Endostar combined with DP regimen for treating advanced esophageal cancer.Methods: A total of 62 patients with advanced esophageal cancer admitted from May, 2011 to May, 2013 were enrolled for a prospective, randomized controlled trial and 2 cases were excluded from the study because of Ⅳ degree of digestive tract reaction and myelosuppression. Therefore, 60 cases could be evaluated, and then divided into combined group (given Endostar+DP plan and single chemotherapy group, 30 cases in each group. The level of VEGF, tumor size and CT perfusion (CTP parameters, including blood flow (BF, blood volume (BV, mean transit time (MTT, and permeability surface (PS before and after treatment were determined for comparison. Kaplan-Merier method was used to analyze the overall survival (OS of 2 groups.Results: The efficacy of combined group was superior to single chemotherapy group. The level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF in combined group was obviously lower than that in single chemotherapy group after treatment (P<0.01. Compared with treatment before in combined group, BF, BV and PS decreased while MTT increased after treatment (P<0.05. However, there were no significant differences in single chemotherapygroup before and after treatment (P>0.05. The median OS was 30 months (95%CI: 20.935-39.065 for combined group and 21 months (95%CI: 15.109-26.591 for single chemotherapy group, respectively (P=0.048. The 1-, 2- and 3-year survival rates were 86.2%, 59.3% and 36.6% in combined group, and 70.8%, 32.1% and 17.8% in single chemotherapy group, respectively.Conclusion: Endostar can down-regulate the expression of VEGF, improve the state of hypertransfusion and high permeability of tumor vessels, has better curative effect without slighter adverse reactions, and prolong the survival time of patients with advanced esophageal cancer when combined with chemotherapy.

  6. Rationale for nebivolol/valsartan combination for hypertension: review of preclinical and clinical data.

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    Giles, Thomas D; Cockcroft, John R; Pitt, Bertram; Jakate, Abhijeet; Wright, Harold M

    2017-09-01

    : To treat hypertension, combining two or more antihypertensive drugs from different classes is often necessary. β-Blockers and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors, when combined, have been deemed 'less effective' based on partially overlapping mechanisms of action and limited evidence. Recently, the single-pill combination (SPC) of nebivolol (Neb) 5 mg - a vasodilatory β1-selective antagonist/β3 agonist - and valsartan 80 mg, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, was US Food and Drug Administration-approved for hypertension. Pharmacological profiles of Neb and valsartan, alone and combined, are well characterized. In addition, a large 8-week randomized trial in stages I-II hypertensive patients (N = 4161) demonstrated greater blood pressure-reducing efficacy for Neb/valsartan SPCs than component monotherapies with comparable tolerability. In a biomarkers substudy (N = 805), Neb/valsartan SPCs prevented valsartan-induced increases in plasma renin, and a greater reduction in plasma aldosterone was observed with the highest SPC dose vs. valsartan 320 mg/day. This review summarizes preclinical and clinical evidence supporting Neb/valsartan as an efficacious and well tolerated combination treatment for hypertension.

  7. Serological markers of inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Kuna, Andrea Tesija

    2013-01-01

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a heterogeneous group of chronic inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract with two main distinguishable entities, Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). IBD-unclassified (IBD-U) is a diagnosis that covers the "grey" zone of diagnostic uncertainty between UC and CD. Current diagnosis of IBD relies on the clinical, endoscopic, radiological, histological and biochemical features, but this approach has shortcomings especially in cases of overlapping symptoms of CD and UC. The need for a diagnostic tool that would improve the conventional methods in IBD diagnosis directed the search towards potential immunological markers, since an aberrant immune response against microbial or endogenous antigens in a genetically susceptible host seems to be implicated in IBD pathogenesis. The spectrum of antibodies to different microbial antigens and autoantibodies associated with IBD is rapidly expanding. Most of these antibodies are associated with CD like anti-glycan antibodies: anti-Saccharomices cerevisiae (ASCA) and the recently described anti-laminaribioside (ALCA), anti-chitobioside (ACCA), anti-mannobioside (AMCA), anti-laminarin (anti-L) and anti-chitin (anti-C) antibodies; in addition to other antibodies that target microbial antigens: anti-outer membrane porin C (anti-OmpC), anti-Cbir1 flagellin and anti-12 antibody. Also, autoantibodies targeting the exocrine pancreas (PAB) were shown to be highly specific for CD. In contrast, UC has been associated with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (pANCA) and antibodies against goblet cells (GAB). Current evidence suggests that serologic panels of multiple antibodies are useful in differential diagnosis of CD versus UC and can be a valuable aid in stratifying patients according to disease phenotype and risk of complications.

  8. Utility of serological markers in inflammatory bowel diseases: Gadget or magic?

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    Maria Papp; Gary L Norman; Istvan Altorjay; Peter Laszlo Lakatos

    2007-01-01

    The panel of serologic markers for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is rapidly expanding. Although antiSaccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) and atypical perinudear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA) remain the most widely investigated, an increasing amount of experimental data is available on newly discovered antibodies directed against various microbial antigens. The role of the assessment of various antibodies in the current IBD diagnostic algorithm is often questionable due to their limited sensitivity. In contrast, the association of serologic markers with disease behavior and phenotype is becoming increasingly well-established. An increasing number of observations confirms that patients with Crohn's disease expressing multiple serologic markers at high titers are more likely to have complicated small bowel disease (e.g. Stricture and/or perforation) and are at higher risk for surgery than those without, or with low titers of antibodies.Creating homogenous disease sub-groups based on serologic response may help develop more standardized therapeutic approaches and may help in a better understanding of the pathomechanism of IBD. Further prospective clinical studies are needed to establish the clinical role of serologic tests in IBD.

  9. Accuracy of Helicobacter pylori serology in two peptic ulcer populations and in healthy controls

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    Rolv-Ole Lindsetmo; Roar Johnsen; Tor Jac Eide; Tore Gutteberg; Hanne Haukland Husum; Arthur Revhaug

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To estimate the test characteristics of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) serology and of C14-urea breath test (C14-UBT) in two different peptic ulcer populations and in community controls. Second, the aim was to explore the association between the level of Hpylori IgG antibodies and severity of inflammation as to active peptic ulceration in the same populations.METHODS: Vagotomized (n = 83), medically treated peptic ulcer patients (n = 73) and one reference group of community controls (n = 88) were gastroscoped.H pylori status was determined by histology, bacterial growth, C14-UBT and serology. Based on the updated Sydney System, cumulative scores from biopsies from the prepyloruos, incisura angularis, corpus and fundus were calculated.RESULTS: The prevalence of Hpylori infection varied from 70% to 79%. The C14-UBT had high accuracy compared to the serology test. The sensitivity of the serology test was good, but the specificity was low (41%-71%). The association between H pylori IgG antibodies and scores of gastric mucosal inflammation and current or previous peptic ulcer were weak.CONCLUSION: The accuracy of C14-UBT to diagnose Hpylori infection was good, and the clinical utility of a negative H pylori serology test was substantial, while the gain in clinical information of a positive test was meagre. Positive H pylori titres could not distinguish between subjects with or those without active peptic ulceration.

  10. Combining knowledge- and data-driven methods for de-identification of clinical narratives.

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    Dehghan, Azad; Kovacevic, Aleksandar; Karystianis, George; Keane, John A; Nenadic, Goran

    2015-12-01

    A recent promise to access unstructured clinical data from electronic health records on large-scale has revitalized the interest in automated de-identification of clinical notes, which includes the identification of mentions of Protected Health Information (PHI). We describe the methods developed and evaluated as part of the i2b2/UTHealth 2014 challenge to identify PHI defined by 25 entity types in longitudinal clinical narratives. Our approach combines knowledge-driven (dictionaries and rules) and data-driven (machine learning) methods with a large range of features to address de-identification of specific named entities. In addition, we have devised a two-pass recognition approach that creates a patient-specific run-time dictionary from the PHI entities identified in the first step with high confidence, which is then used in the second pass to identify mentions that lack specific clues. The proposed method achieved the overall micro F1-measures of 91% on strict and 95% on token-level evaluation on the test dataset (514 narratives). Whilst most PHI entities can be reliably identified, particularly challenging were mentions of Organizations and Professions. Still, the overall results suggest that automated text mining methods can be used to reliably process clinical notes to identify personal information and thus providing a crucial step in large-scale de-identification of unstructured data for further clinical and epidemiological studies.

  11. Serological studies on chloridazon-degrading bacteria.

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    Layh, G; Böhm, R; Eberspächer, J; Lingens, F

    1983-01-01

    Agglutination tests and immunofluorescence tests with antisera against four strains of chloridazon-degrading bacteria revealed the serological uniformity of a group of 22 chloridazon-degrading bacterial strains. No serological relationship could be found between chloridazon-degrading bacteria and representatives of other Gram-negative bacteria. This was demonstrated by agglutination tests, including testing of the antiserum against Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, and by immunofluorescence tests, including testing of the sera against Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter strains. The tests were performed with 31 representatives of different Gram-negative bacteria, and with 22 strains of chloridazon-degrading bacteria as antigens. Differences in the extent of agglutination reactions and antibody titres among chloridazon-degrading bacterial strains together with cross-adsorption xperiments, suggest a rough classification of chloridazon-degrading bacteria into two subgroups. On the basis of immunofluorescence data, a linkage-map was worked out to represent serological relationships in the group of chloridazon-degrading strains.

  12. Clinical Study of Endostar Combined with DP Protocol in Treatment of Advanced Esophageal Cancer

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    DENG Wen-ying; LI Ning; LUO Su-xia

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical outcomes of Endostar combined with DP regimen for treating advanced esophageal cancer. Methods: A total of 62 patients with advanced esophageal cancer admitted from May, 2011 to May, 2013 were enrolled for a prospective, randomized controlled trial and 2 cases were excluded from the study because ofⅣ degree of digestive tract reaction and myelosuppression. Therefore, 60 cases could be evaluated, and then divided into combined group (given Endostar+DP plan) and single chemotherapy group, 30 cases in each group. The level of VEGF, tumor size and CT perfusion (CTP) parameters, including blood flow (BF), blood volume (BV), mean transit time (MTT), and permeability surface (PS) before and after treatment were determined for comparison. Kaplan-Merier method was used to analyze the overall survival (OS) of 2 groups. Results:The efifcacy of combined group was superior to single chemotherapy group. The level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in combined group was obviously lower than that in single chemotherapy group after treatment (P0.05). The median OS was 30 months (95%CI: 20.935-39.065) for combined group and 21 months (95%CI: 15.109-26.591) for single chemotherapy group, respectively (P=0.048). The 1-, 2- and 3-year survival rates were 86.2%, 59.3% and 36.6% in combined group, and 70.8%, 32.1% and 17.8% in single chemotherapy group, respectively. Conclusion: Endostar can down-regulate the expression of VEGF, improve the state of hypertransfusion and high permeability of tumor vessels, has better curative effect without slighter adverse reactions, and prolong the survival time of patients with advanced esophageal cancer when combined with chemotherapy.

  13. Antimicrobial activity of clinically used antiseptics and wound irrigating agents in combination with wound dressings.

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    Hirsch, Tobias; Limoochi-Deli, Simin; Lahmer, Armin; Jacobsen, Frank; Goertz, Ole; Steinau, Hans-Ulrich; Seipp, Hans-Martin; Steinstraesser, Lars

    2011-04-01

    A primary strategy for preventing and treating wound infection in chronic wounds is the use of topical antiseptics and wound irrigating agents. However, their interaction with commonly used wound dressings has not yet been investigated. In this study, the authors analyzed the antimicrobial activity of antiseptics and wound irrigating agents used with commercially available wound dressings. Five clinically used antiseptics and wound irrigating agents (Prontosan, Lavasept, Braunol, Octenisept, and Betaisodona) were tested in the presence or absence of 42 wound dressings against Staphylococcus aureus. The determination of antibacterial activity was performed by disk diffusion assay. Povidone-iodine-based products showed sufficient antimicrobial activity in 64 to 78 percent of the combinations assessed (p > 0.01). The octenidine derivate Octenisept showed sufficient antimicrobial activity in 54 percent of combinations. Polyhexamethylene biguanide derivatives demonstrated sufficient antimicrobial activity in 32 percent of the combinations. This study revealed that commonly used wound dressings dramatically reduce antibacterial activity of clinically used antiseptics and wound irrigating agents in vitro.

  14. Clinical efficacy and safety of olmesartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination therapy in patients with essential hypertension

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    Luis M Ruilope

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Luis M RuilopeUnidad de Hipertensión, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, SpainAbstract: Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease that contributes to the premature death of millions of people each year, and identification and treatment of hypertension continues to be a challenge. Guidelines recommend that many patients will require two or more antihypertensive agents from different classes. Combining an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ has been shown in clinical studies to increase the antihypertensive efficacy of both agents compared with either agent alone. This review covers several clinical trials and aims to examine several aspects of the efficacy of the combination of olmesartan and HCTZ, including dose-responsiveness, long-term efficacy, goal rate achievement, and efficacy in patients with moderate to severe hypertension. The results presented here demonstrate that olmesartan is effective when added to HCTZ monotherapy or when HCTZ is added to olmesartan monotherapy, both over the short and long term. Moderate to severe hypertension responds well to olmesartan/HCTZ combination therapy, and the great majority of patients are able to achieve recommended blood pressure targets. Thus olmesartan/HCTZ is a well-tolerated option for patients who fail to respond to monotherapy and as initial therapy in those who require large reductions in diastolic blood pressure or systolic blood pressure to achieve goal blood pressure.Keywords: hypertension, olmesartan medoxomil; hydrochlorothiazide, angiotensin II receptor blocker, thiazide diuretic

  15. Clinical efficacy and safety of olmesartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination therapy in patients with essential hypertension

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    Ruilope, Luis M

    2008-01-01

    Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease that contributes to the premature death of millions of people each year, and identification and treatment of hypertension continues to be a challenge. Guidelines recommend that many patients will require two or more antihypertensive agents from different classes. Combining an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) has been shown in clinical studies to increase the antihypertensive efficacy of both agents compared with either agent alone. This review covers several clinical trials and aims to examine several aspects of the efficacy of the combination of olmesartan and HCTZ, including dose-responsiveness, long-term efficacy, goal rate achievement, and efficacy in patients with moderate to severe hypertension. The results presented here demonstrate that olmesartan is effective when added to HCTZ monotherapy or when HCTZ is added to olmesartan monotherapy, both over the short and long term. Moderate to severe hypertension responds well to olmesartan/HCTZ combination therapy, and the great majority of patients are able to achieve recommended blood pressure targets. Thus olmesartan/HCTZ is a well-tolerated option for patients who fail to respond to monotherapy and as initial therapy in those who require large reductions in diastolic blood pressure or systolic blood pressure to achieve goal blood pressure. PMID:19337537

  16. Clinical Observation on Treatment of Depression by Electro-Acupuncture Combined with Paroxetine

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    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy and adverse reactions of Paroxetine combined with electro-acupuncture (EA) in treating depression. Methods: Forty-two patients with depression were randomly assigned to the observation group (22 patients) treated with EA combined with Paroxetine, and the control group (20 patients) treated with Paroxetine alone, and the therapeutic course for both groups was 6 weeks. The therapeutic efficacy and adverse reactions were evaluated with scores by Hamilton depression scale (HAMD) and treatment emergent symptoms scale (TESS),respectively. Results: HAMD scores determined at the end of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th week of the treatment course were significantly lower in the observation group than those in the control group (P<0.05). The significant improvement rate evaluated at the end of the 6-week treatment was remarkably higher in the observation group than that in the control group (72.7% vs 40.0%). No significant difference of TESS scores was found between the two groups. Conclusion: EA combined with Paroxetine has better clinical efficacy than that of Paroxetine alone, with milder adverse reaction and quicker initiation of effect.

  17. Clinical experiences in treating PTSD patients by combining individual and group psychotherapy.

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    Bilić, Vedran; Nemcić-Moro, Iva; Karsić, Vana; Grgić, Vesna; Stojanović-Spehar, Stanislava; Marcinko, Darko

    2010-06-01

    PTSD is a complex psychobiological disorder that causes disfunctionality in many areas. In treating PTSD different models have been applied, however, no general consensus on the method of treatment has yet been achieved. At the Clinic for Psychological Medicine we have developed the model of combined treatment for PTSD patients that involves outpatient individual psychotherapy, psychopharmacotherapy and group psychotherapeutic techniques introduced within repeated day-hospital treatments. In this paper the efficiency of the above mentioned model has been explored. Three PTSD patients have been presented. We assessed changes in psychological functioning of our subjects on the basis of clinical observation and analysis of the session protocols. The model of combined and long-term treatment of PTSD in which the approach to traumatized patients has been mostly supportive, including supportive psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacotherapy, has proved to be efficient in achieving integration of traumatic experiences and consolidation of the traumatised Self. Combination of individual and group approach facilitates the analysis of traumatic transference, whereas more mature defence patterns become stronger and integration of traumatic experiences improved. Consolidation of the Self leads to better socialization.

  18. Hyperbaric oxygen combined with drug therapy in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction clinical analysis

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    Wen-Cui Lin; Kang Lin; Jing Wang; Shuai Li

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the effects of hyperbaric oxygen combined with edaravone, salviae miltiorrhizae and ligustrazine and sodium ozagrel in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction clinical analysis.Methods: A total of 200 cases of acute cerebral infraction patients were randomly divided into observation group and control group. The control group was treated with edaravone, salvia miltiorrhizae and ligustrazine and sodium ozagrel; on the basis of treatment in control group, the observation group was combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The neurological deficit scores were observed before and after treatment in patients of two groups, meanwhile the activities of daily living (ADL) and clinical effects were compared.Results: The total effective rate in observation group (92%) was significantly higher than control group (79%), the differences were statistically significant; the score of ADL in observation group after treatment was obviously higher than control group [(79.91±5.16)vs (61.62±5.60)], and the differences were statistically significant. The neurological deficit scores after treatment were obviously lower than the control group [(9.55±4.13)vs (15.46±4.92)], the differences were statistically significant.Conclusion: Hyperbaric oxygen combined with edaravone, salvia miltiorrhizae and ligustrazine and sodium ozagrel in the treatment of acute cerebral infarction can improve the symptoms of microcirculation and neurologic impairment, and improve the patient s quality of life.

  19. Clinical Observation on Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis with Combined Acupuncture and Cupping Therapies

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    2007-01-01

    目的:观察针刺结合拔罐治疗颈椎病的临床疗效.方法:针罐组(30例)采用针刺结合拔罐治疗,针刺组(30例)采用单纯针刺治疗,治疗30天观察疗效.结果:两组治愈率、总有效率、半年后复发率、平均疗程经χ2检验P<0.01两组有显著性差异.结论:针刺结合拔罐治疗颈椎病疗效好,疗程短,不易复发.%Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of treating cervical spondylosis with combined acupuncture and cupping therapies. Method: The patients in the treatment group (30 cases) were treated with combined acupuncture and cupping therapies; and the patients in the control group (30 cases) were treated with acupuncture therapy alone. Then the clinical efficacy was observed after 30 days of treatment. Result: The χ2 test showed that there was significant difference (P<0.01) between the two groups in recovery rate, total effective rate, relapse rate after six months, and average treatment course. Conclusion: Combined acupuncture and cupping therapies is a better therapy for cervical spondylosis with a shorter treatment course and low relapse rate.

  20. Predictive value of combined clinically diagnosed bruxism and occlusal features for TMJ pain.

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    Manfredini, Daniele; Peretta, Redento; Guarda-Nardini, Luca; Ferronato, Giuseppe

    2010-04-01

    Several works showed a decreased role for occlusion in the etiology of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Nonetheless, it may be hypothesized that occlusion acts as a modulator through which bruxism activities may cause damage to the stomatognathic structures. To test this hypothesis, a logistic regression model was created with the inclusion of clinically diagnosed bruxism and eight occlusal features as potential predictors for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain in a sample of 276 consecutive TMD patients. The final logit showed that the percentage of the total log likelihood for TMJ pain explained by the significant factors was small and amounted to 13.2%, with unacceptable levels of sensitivity (16.4%). The parameters overbite > or = 4 mm combined with clinically diagnosed bruxism [OR (odds ratio) 4.62], overjet > or = 5 mm (OR 2.83), and asymmetrical molar relationship combined with clinically diagnosed bruxism (OR 2.77) were those with the highest odds for disease, even though none of those values was significant with respect to confidence intervals. Thus, the hypothesis under evaluation has to be rejected. It is possible that future studies with a higher discriminatory power for the different bruxism activities might be indicated to get deeper into the analysis of the potential mechanisms through which occlusion may play a role, even if small, in the etiology of the different TMD.

  1. Feline leishmaniasis in Jerusalem: serological investigation.

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    Nasereddin, Abedelmajeed; Salant, Harold; Abdeen, Ziad

    2008-12-20

    Visceral leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum is an endemic zoonosis, present in the Mediterranean area and well recognized in Israel and Palestine for human and dog disease. A serological study using an ELISA technique was performed on 104 cats living in the Jerusalem area. Seroprevalence was 6.7% (7/104). Significant correlation between seropositive cat results and altitude > 2500 ft was observed (p = 0.02). This is the first serological survey of feline leishmaniasis (FL) in the Middle East. To prove cat involvement as a secondary host, more investigations are still needed. The study concludes that cat involvement in Leishmania host studies should not be ignored.

  2. O uso da sorologia como ferramenta adicional no apoio ao diagnóstico de casos difíceis de hanseníase multibacilar: lições de uma unidade de referência The use of serology as an additional tool to support diagnosis of difficult multibacillary leprosy cases: lessons from clinical care

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    Maria Leide W. Oliveira

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Sete casos de hanseníase multibacilar (MB e dois casos com suspeição de hanseníase atendidos em situações distintas do atendimento clínico-dermatológico na Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro são descritos. Todos apresentaram dificuldades no diagnóstico visto que não tinham sinais e sintomas cardinais da hanseníase. Um teste sorológico utilizado como ferramenta auxiliar foi útil no processo de diagnóstico ou exclusão de cada caso e facilitou as discussões acadêmicas na hora do exame clínico. A sorologia e baciloscopia de linfa são consideradas como os únicos instrumentos rápidos e de baixo custo para a confirmação de casos MB atípicos, e as vantagens e desvantagens de cada exame são discutidas. Ambos os testes complementam o processo diagnóstico e classificação dos casos para fins terapêuticos. A vantagem da baciloscopia está na sua capacidade de confirmação do diagnóstico. As vantagens da sorologia são: (a sua aplicabilidade para uso direto por profissionais de saúde no momento da consulta, visto que os resultados são imediatos, (b a possibilidade da participação dos pacientes no processo, e (c oferece uma oportunidade para melhor ensino da patogênese da hanseníase.Seven multibacillary leprosy and two suspected cases assisted in different situations during clinical care activities at the university in Rio de Janeiro city are described. All cases presented some difficulties for diagnosis, since they evolved with few or no cardinal signs or symptoms of leprosy. A serological test used as an auxiliary tool was helpful in the diagnosis or exclusion procedure of each case, facilitating academic discussions at the time of case examination. Considering serology and bacilloscopy (skin smear as the only rapid and relatively cheap available tests for confirmation of atypical MB leprosy, the advantages and disadvantages of their use were discussed. Both tests support the diagnostic procedure and the

  3. Clinical research on the efficacy of Mirena in combined with mifepristone in the treatment of adenomyosis

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    Li-Juan Cao; Xin-Jun Shu

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To observe the clinical effect of levonorgestrel slow-release system (LNG-IUS, Mirena) in combined with mifepristone in the treatment of adenomyosis (AM). Methods:A total of 76 patients with AM who were admitted in our hospital from January, 2013 to January, 2015 were included in the study and randomized into the treatment group and the control group with 38 cases in each group. The patients in the treatment group were given Mirena in combined with mifepristone, while the patients in the control group were only placed with Mirena. The changes of symptoms and sex hormone levels before and after treatment between the two groups were compared. B ultrasound was used to examine the uterine volume and intimal thickness. Results:The comparison of menstrual cycle before and after treatment between the two groups was not statistically significant. After treatment, the menstrual duration in the two groups was significantly shortened when compared with before treatment, PBAC and VAS scores were significantly reduced. The improvement degree of dysmenorrhea after treatment in the treatment was significantly superior to that in the control group. The endometrial thickness and uterine volume after treatment in the two groups were significantly reduced when compared with before treatment, but the comparison between the two groups was not statistically significant. The serum CA125 after treatment in the treatment group was significantly lower than that in the control group. The comparison of LH, FSH, and E2 levels before and after treatment between the two groups was not statistically significant. Conclusions:Mirena in combined with mifepristone in the treatment of AM can effectively alleviate the clinical symptoms with no effect on sex hormone levels;therefore, it deserves to be widely recommended in the clinic.

  4. Clinical efficacy of lamotrigien in combined with valproic acid in the treatment of epilepsy

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    Yu-Mei Wen; Xiu-Juan Liu; Xiao-Yu Liu; Ming-Xia Xu

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To observe the clinical efficacy of lamotrigien (LTG) in combined with valproic acid (VAP) in the treatment of epilepsy and their effects on lipid metabolism indicators and recognition function.Methods:A total of 80 patients with epilepsy who were admitted in our hospital from January, 2014 to January, 2015 were included in the study and randomized into the observation group and the control group with 30 cases in each group. The patients in the observation group were given LTG in combined with VAP, while the patients in the control group were only given VAP. The clinical efficacy in the two groups was compared. Changes of various lipid indicators and recognition function in the two groups were detected.Results:The total effective rate in the observation group was significantly higher than that in the control group. The attentiveness, memory delay, and MOCA score after treatment in the observation group were significantly elevated when compared with before treatment, and were significantly higher than those in the control group. The comparison of implementing competence before and after treatment in the observation group was not statistically significant . The levels of TC, TG, LDL-C, and HDL-C after treatment in the observation group were not significantly different from those before treatment. The levels of TC, TG, and LDL-C after treatment in the control group were significantly elevated when compared with before treatment and were significantly higher than those in the observation group in the same period.Conclusions:LTG in combined with VAP can effectively control the seizure frequency in patients with epilepsy with a small effect on lipid metabolism, and significantly improve the cognition ability; therefore, it deserves to be widely recommended in the clinic.

  5. A clinical report of Type III dens invaginatus: relevant aspects of a combined therapeutic approach.

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    Silva E Souza, Patricia de Almeida Rodrigues; de Almeida, Bruno Vila Nova; Tartari, Talita; Alves, Ana Claudia Braga Amoras; Tuji, Farbicio Mesquita; Silva E Souza, Mario Honorato

    2013-01-01

    Dens invaginatus is a developmental abnormality that alters dental morphology; as a result, treating this condition is a challenge for endodontic practices. This article describes how a combination of nonsurgical and surgical therapies was utilized to treat a maxillary central incisor with Type III dens invaginatus and vital pulp. The treatment plan included using computed tomography (CT) for a detailed analysis of the dental anatomy and periapical area, endodontic and surgical procedures, and a 4-year follow-up period that included periodic clinical and radiographic examinations. The follow-up examinations revealed a regression of the apical lesion and no other signs or symptoms. Based on the present case report, the authors concluded that this combination of surgical and nonsurgical approaches was effective and that CT is a valuable auxiliary tool for the study of dental anatomy.

  6. CLINICAL OBSERVATION ON THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF COMBINED TREATMENT OF NONINSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES

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    ZHU Jin-gui; QU Hui-qing

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of combined treatment of diabetes mellitus (DM) and its complications. Methods: 30 cases of noninsulin dependent diabetes were treated by electroacupuncture (EA)of Tianzhu (天柱 BL 10), Dashu (大杼 BL 11), Fengmen (风门 BL 12), Jueyinshu (厥阴俞 BL 14), etc, massage at the acupoints along the Bladder Meridian, point injection of Vitamin B1, B6, B12 plus lidocaine at Neiguan (内关 PC 6) and Sanyinjiao (三阴交 SP 6, once every 3 days), cupping and physiotherapy comprehensively. The therapeutic effect was analyzed after 40 treatments. Results: After treatment, of the 30 cases, 23 (76.7%) experienced remarkable improvement in their symptoms and the rest 7 (23.3%) had improvement, with the total effective rate being 100%. Conclusion: The abovementioned combined treatment method works well in improving clinical symptoms of type Ⅱ DM patients.

  7. Clinical Success With Imiquimod Alone and In Combination With Intralesional Interferon In Basal Cell Carcinoma

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    Hayriye Sarıcaoğlu

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC is the most common type of skin cancer in humans. Surgery is still the gold standart for treatment of BCCs. However, there are also less-invasive, nonsurgical therapies such as imiquimod cream and intralesional interferon (IFN alpha-2b for the patients who are poor candidates for surgery and who care cosmetic outcomes. Objective: We report 11 BCC cases with various subtypes successfully treated with either imiquimod alone or in combination with interferon alfa-2b. Methods: Patients with various subtypes of histopathologically proven BCCs who were treated with imiquimod or combination of imiquimod and IFN alpha-2b between 2005-2010 years at our outpatient clinic are included in this report. Results: Of 11 patients we reported, only 4 patients (3 infiltrative, 1 solid types recieved intralesional interferon alpha-2b 3 million IU, 3 times a week combined with topical imiquimod. The rest 7 patients recieved only imiquimod 5% cream. All patients were cured with these regimens. Conclusion: Imiquimod is found to be effective not only in superficial, but also infiltrative, solid, and nodular types. Intralesional interferon alpha-2b is also known to be effective in BCCs and it has a synergistic effect when combined with imiquimod.

  8. Clinical therapeutic effects of intravitreal Ranibizumab injection combined laser photocoagulation for macular edema in BRVO

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the clinical therapeutic efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab injection combined grid laser photocoagulation for macular edema secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion(BRVO. METHODS: Forty-two confirmed cases(42 eyeswith macular edema secondary to BRVO were randomized into 3 groups, each group contained 14 eyes. The ranibizumab group was received intravitreal injection of ranibizumab(0.05mL, the laser group was received grid laser photocoagulation, and the combined group was received a second therapy of grid laser photocoagulation after 1wk of the intravitreal injection of ranibizumab. Recorded the best-corrected visual acuity(BCVAand the central macular thickness(CMTpreoperative and at 1, 3, 6mo after therapy. RESULTS: The BCVA and the CMT had no differences among three groups pretherapy(P>0.05. While BCVA was much better and CMT was reduced significantly posttherapy than pretherapy in all three groups(PPP>0.05. While the BCVA was better and the CMT was thinner in the combined group than ranibizumab group and laser group at every time point(PPCONCLUSION: The intravitreal ranibizumab injection combined grid laser photocoagulation is an effective treatment method for the macular edema secondary to BRVO, it is more effective in improving BCVA than intravitreal ranibizumab or grid laser photocoagulation alone.

  9. Clinical objectives and normal tissue responses in combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy

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    Peckham, M.J.; Collis, C.H. (Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton (UK). Surrey Branch; Royal Marsden Hospital, London (UK))

    1981-01-01

    It is clear that the risk of toxicity to normal tissues in combined therapy is reduced by separating drug administration and radiation exposure in time. The short-term interaction of drugs and radiation aimed at producing enhanced tumour cell kill is difficult to demonstrate in vivo in animal experiments and unlikely to be important in clinical practice. Increased toxicity of normal tissues in man has been manifest both in terms of early and late reactions and probably also in carcinogenesis. In the latter context choice of drug and possibly sequencing may be important in minimising the risk of tumour induction. There are few experimental studies examining moderately long time intervals between drug and radiation exposure. The administration of chemotherapy prior to irradiation may be less toxic than the converse sequence, although clinical data supporting this contention are limited at the present time.

  10. Clinical characteristics of combined cases of spinocerebellar ataxia types 6 and 31.

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    Ohmori, Hiroyuki; Hara, Akio; Ishikawa, Kinya; Mizusawa, Hidehiro; Ando, Yukio

    2015-01-01

    This study reports the first family in which spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) and spinocerebellar ataxia type 31 (SCA31) mutations were seen. An index patient first presented to our hospital due to gait and speech disturbances. Subsequent clinical investigation of this patient and her family members revealed consistent pure cerebellar ataxia transmitted in an autosomal-dominant manner. Genetic examination unexpectedly demonstrated that two of the five affected individuals had expansions of SCA6 and SCA31, while two others had SCA31 alone and the remaining had SCA6. Clinical manifestations were more severe in individuals with combined mutations relative to those with single mutation, suggesting that the SCA6 and SCA31 mutations have a cumulative pathogenic effect.

  11. Arthroscopic repair of combined Bankart and SLAP lesions: operative techniques and clinical results.

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    Cho, Hyung Lae; Lee, Choon Key; Hwang, Tae Hyok; Suh, Kuen Tak; Park, Jong Won

    2010-03-01

    To evaluate the clinical results and operation technique of arthroscopic repair of combined Bankart and superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) lesions, all of which had an anterior-inferior Bankart lesion that continued superiorly to include separation of the biceps anchor in the patients presenting recurrent shoulder dislocations. From May 2003 to January 2006, we reviewed 15 cases with combined Bankart and SLAP lesions among 62 patients with recurrent shoulder dislocations who underwent arthroscopic repair. The average age at surgery was 24.2 years (range, 16 to 38 years), with an average follow-up period of 15 months (range, 13 to 28 months). During the operation, we repaired the unstable SLAP lesion first with absorbable suture anchors and then also repaired Bankart lesion from the inferior to superior fashion. We analyzed the preoperative and postoperative results by visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain, the range of motion, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon (ASES) and Rowe shoulder scoring systems. We compared the results with the isolated Bankart lesion. VAS for pain was decreased from preoperative 4.9 to postoperative 1.9. Mean ASES and Rowe shoulder scores were improved from preoperative 56.4 and 33.7 to postoperative 91.8 and 94.1, respectively. There were no specific complication and no significant limitation of motion more than 10 degree at final follow-up. We found the range of motions after the arthroscopic repair in combined lesions were gained more slowly than in patients with isolated Bankart lesions. In recurrent dislocation of the shoulder with combined Bankart and SLAP lesion, arthroscopic repair using absorbable suture anchors produced favorable clinical results. Although it has technical difficulty, the concomitant unstable SLAP lesion should be repaired in a manner that stabilizes the glenohumeral joint, as the Bankart lesion can be repaired if the unstable SLAP lesion is repaired first.

  12. Specialized vs. combined clinics: patterns of delivery of family planning services.

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    Weintraub, D R; Wald, S B

    1974-01-01

    Recently it has been asserted that family planning should be offered primarily through maternal and child health (MCH) programs. Others have argued that family planning should be provided only in a comprehensive medical services setting. A pilot study was made during 1968 and 1969 of 12 family planning clinics in New York City with the finding that clinics with a specialized family planning staff provided the same or better quality service and saw significantly more women. In 1971, the National Center for Family Planning Services sponsored a national county-by-county study to obtain information for assessing progress toward providing subsidized family planning services to all persons in need. Results showed that as of 1971, 60% of the 1.9 million patients who received family planning services received them in specialized clinics. Even in hospitals, more than 3 in 10 family planning patients received care in specialized clinics. The conclusion reached is that whatever the advantages of combined or specialized services, neither the MCH system nor general medical care facilities could integrate the current specialized family planning caseload without massive reorganization of the health delivery system and its financing.

  13. [Clinical observation on treatment of mycotic vaginitis with Sophora gel combined with Fluconazole capsules].

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    Wang, Na-mei; Cui, Lin; Ma, Chun-fen; Wang, Hui-xia

    2015-03-01

    Mycotic vaginitis is a common and frequently-occurring gynaecopathia and easy to attack repeatedly, so painful to patients. In this study, the authors observed the clinical efficacy of Sophora gel combined with Fluconazole capsules in treating mycotic vaginitis, in order to seek an effective method for treating mycotic vaginitis. Totally 85 patients with mycotic vaginitis treated in our hospital between December 2012 and July 2014 were randomly divided into the treatment group (43 patients) and the control group (42 patients). The treatment group was given vaginally Sophora gel (one piece every night for 14 days) and orally Fluconazole capsules (150 mg, once every three days, four times in total); The control group was only administered with Fluconazole capsules. The total efficacy, cure rate, recurrence rate and clinical symptom improvements of the two groups were observed. The results show that the total efficacy, the cure rate and the recurrence rate of the treatment group vs. the control group were respectively 97.7%, 90.7% and 2.6% vs. 83.3%, 71.4% and 20.0%, with statistical significance in their differences (P Fluconazole capsules can improve antifungal activity of drugs, relieve clinical symptoms, shorten the course of disease, enhance the cure rate and reduce the recurrence rate; So this therapy can be widely applied in clinic.

  14. Serological monitoring of ornitobacteriosis in broilers in South Banat district

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    Gavrilović Pavle

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale is a relatively recently discovered bacterium and its role in the pathology of avian respiratory infections has not yet been clarified. Since there was no data relating to the prevalence of this infection in Serbia at the time of carrying out our investigations, we decided to explore the prevalence of the infection in broilers and its influence on clinical manifestations at the selected apizootiological area with developed poultry industry. A total of 430 blood samples from 26 flocks of broilers of different ages, from five municipalities were taken for examination. The serum samples were tested by ELISA for the presence of specific antibodies to the agent. Epizootiological investigation was carried out based on the results obtained with serological testing and epizootiological data, collected from the farms. The data were analyzed statistically to identify association between the infection and manifestation of clinical symptoms by Fisher’s exact test. Seropositive chickens were detected in 16 out of 26 examined broiler flocks at the age of 3 to 56 days. The percentage of seropositive samples per flock was 5-30%. The titer values of specific antibodies ranged from 946 to 6886. Serological response to O. rhinotracheale was evidenced in five flocks which had clinical symptoms in the form of respiratory tract disorders or stunting. However, specific antibodies against the agent were discovered in 11 flocks which did not show clinical symptoms. Statistical analysis revealed no association between the presence of infection and the appearance of clinical symptoms (p = 0.1213. The results are in agreement with those of other authors who investigated the prevalence of this infection and its manifestations in other countries. The present investigation determined indirectly, serologically a presence of O. rhinotracheale in the majority of examined broiler flocks (61,54% and a small average number of individual

  15. Serological diagnosis of avian influenza in poultry

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    Comin, Arianna; Toft, Nils; Stegeman, Arjan

    2013-01-01

    Background The serological diagnosis of avian influenza (AI) can be performed using different methods, yet the haemagglutination inhibition (HI) test is considered the gold standard' for AI antibody subtyping. Although alternative diagnostic assays have been developed, in most cases, their accuracy...

  16. No evidence for the diagnostic value of Borrelia serology in patients with sudden hearing loss.

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    Bakker, R.; Aarts, M.C.; Heijden, G.J. van der; Rovers, M.M.

    2012-01-01

    In this evidence-based case report, we address the following clinical question: What is the predictive value of serological testing for Borrelia for diagnosing neuroborreliosis in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss? We searched for relevant articles in PubMed, Embase, and Web of

  17. No evidence for the diagnostic value of Borrelia serology in patients with sudden hearing loss.

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    Bakker, R.; Aarts, M.C.; Heijden, G.J. van der; Rovers, M.M.

    2012-01-01

    In this evidence-based case report, we address the following clinical question: What is the predictive value of serological testing for Borrelia for diagnosing neuroborreliosis in patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss? We searched for relevant articles in PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science

  18. No Value for Routine Serologic Screening for Borrelia burgdorferi in Patients with Uveitis in the Netherlands

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    Kazi, Hawkar; de Groot-Mijnes, Jolanda D F|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304817562; ten Dam-van Loon, Ninette H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304816957; Ossewaarde-van Norel, Jeannette; Oosterheert, Jan Jelrik|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/234602236; de Boer, Joke H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/140201890

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To determine whether routine serologic screening for Borrelia burgdorferi and subsequent aqueous or vitreous humor analysis is useful in patients with uveitis. Design Cross-sectional study. Methods All patients referred to our tertiary uveitis referral clinic in the period of from January 1,

  19. Expanding the Spectrum of Genes Involved in Huntington Disease Using a Combined Clinical and Genetic Approach.

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    Mariani, Louise-Laure; Tesson, Christelle; Charles, Perrine; Cazeneuve, Cécile; Hahn, Valérie; Youssov, Katia; Freeman, Leorah; Grabli, David; Roze, Emmanuel; Noël, Sandrine; Peuvion, Jean-Noel; Bachoud-Levi, Anne-Catherine; Brice, Alexis; Stevanin, Giovanni; Durr, Alexandra

    2016-09-01

    iron accumulation. We identified mutations in genes associated with neurodegeneration, including CACNA1A (n = 2), VPS13A (n = 1), UBQLN2 (n = 1), and VCP (n = 1). Huntington disease phenocopies without CAG repeat expansions in HTT are not rare, occurring in 12.4% (28 of 226) herein, and should be considered in genetic counseling. We used next-generation sequencing combined with clinical data and disease evolution to explore multiple etiologies simultaneously. Our combined clinical and genetic exploration of 28 HD phenocopies identified the underlying cause in 35.7% (10 of 28). In conclusion, the etiologies of HD phenocopies are heterogeneous, and clinical evolution should be taken into account when searching for a genetic cause. The panel of candidate genes to be examined is larger than expected but can be guided by specific imaging and clinical features. Other neurodegenerative diseases with late onset in which variant segregation cannot be verified could be productively explored with the combined approach illustrated herein.

  20. Poor Positive Predictive Value of Lyme Disease Serologic Testing in an Area of Low Disease Incidence.

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    Lantos, Paul M; Branda, John A; Boggan, Joel C; Chudgar, Saumil M; Wilson, Elizabeth A; Ruffin, Felicia; Fowler, Vance; Auwaerter, Paul G; Nigrovic, Lise E

    2015-11-01

    Lyme disease is diagnosed by 2-tiered serologic testing in patients with a compatible clinical illness, but the significance of positive test results in low-prevalence regions has not been investigated. We reviewed the medical records of patients who tested positive for Lyme disease with standardized 2-tiered serologic testing between 2005 and 2010 at a single hospital system in a region with little endemic Lyme disease. Based on clinical findings, we calculated the positive predictive value of Lyme disease serology. Next, we reviewed the outcome of serologic testing in patients with select clinical syndromes compatible with disseminated Lyme disease (arthritis, cranial neuropathy, or meningitis). During the 6-year study period 4723 patients were tested for Lyme disease, but only 76 (1.6%) had positive results by established laboratory criteria. Among 70 seropositive patients whose medical records were available for review, 12 (17%; 95% confidence interval, 9%-28%) were found to have Lyme disease (6 with documented travel to endemic regions). During the same time period, 297 patients with a clinical illness compatible with disseminated Lyme disease underwent 2-tiered serologic testing. Six of them (2%; 95% confidence interval, 0.7%-4.3%) were seropositive, 3 with documented travel and 1 who had an alternative diagnosis that explained the clinical findings. In this low-prevalence cohort, fewer than 20% of positive Lyme disease tests are obtained from patients with clinically likely Lyme disease. Positive Lyme disease test results may have little diagnostic value in this setting. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  1. Clinical characterisation of pneumonia caused by atypical pathogens combining classic and novel predictors.

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    Masiá, M; Gutiérrez, F; Padilla, S; Soldán, B; Mirete, C; Shum, C; Hernández, I; Royo, G; Martin-Hidalgo, A

    2007-02-01

    The aim of this study was to characterise community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) caused by atypical pathogens by combining distinctive clinical and epidemiological features and novel biological markers. A population-based prospective study of consecutive patients with CAP included investigation of biomarkers of bacterial infection, e.g., procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) levels. Clinical, radiological and laboratory data for patients with CAP caused by atypical pathogens were compared by univariate and multivariate analysis with data for patients with typical pathogens and patients from whom no organisms were identified. Two predictive scoring models were developed with the most discriminatory variables from multivariate analysis. Of 493 patients, 94 had CAP caused by atypical pathogens. According to multivariate analysis, patients with atypical pneumonia were more likely to have normal white blood cell counts, have repetitive air-conditioning exposure, be aged <65 years, have elevated aspartate aminotransferase levels, have been exposed to birds, and have lower serum levels of LBP. Two different scoring systems were developed that predicted atypical pathogens with sensitivities of 35.2% and 48.8%, and specificities of 93% and 91%, respectively. The combination of selected patient characteristics and laboratory data identified up to half of the cases of atypical pneumonia with high specificity, which should help clinicians to optimise initial empirical therapy for CAP.

  2. Serological Analysis of Tuberculosis in Goats by Use of the Enferplex Caprine TB Multiplex Test.

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    O'Brien, Amanda; Whelan, Clare; Clarke, John B; Hayton, Alastair; Watt, Neil J; Harkiss, Gordon D

    2017-02-01

    Tuberculosis in goats is usually diagnosed clinically, at postmortem, or by a positive skin test. However, none of these approaches detects all infected animals. Serology offers an additional tool to identify infected animals missed by current tests. We describe the use of the Enferplex Caprine TB serology test to aid the management of a large dairy goat herd undergoing a tuberculosis breakdown. Initial skin and serology testing showed that IgG antibodies were present in both serum and milk from 100% of skin test-positive animals and in serum and milk from 77.8 and 95.4% of skin test-negative animals, respectively. A good correlation was observed between serum and milk antibody levels. The herd had been vaccinated against Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, but no direct serological cross-reactions were found. Subsequent skin testing revealed 13.7% positive animals, 64.9% of which were antibody positive, while 42.1% of skin test-negative animals were seropositive. Antibody responses remained high 1 month later (57.1% positive), and the herd was slaughtered. Postmortem analysis of 20 skin test-negative goats revealed visible lesions in 6 animals, all of which had antibodies to six Mycobacterium bovis antigens. The results provide indirect evidence that serology testing with serum or milk could be a useful tool in the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in goats. Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  3. Predictive monitoring of mobile patients by combining clinical observations with data from wearable sensors.

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    Clifton, Lei; Clifton, David A; Pimentel, Marco A F; Watkinson, Peter J; Tarassenko, Lionel

    2014-05-01

    The majority of patients in the hospital are ambulatory and would benefit significantly from predictive and personalized monitoring systems. Such patients are well suited to having their physiological condition monitored using low-power, minimally intrusive wearable sensors. Despite data-collection systems now being manufactured commercially, allowing physiological data to be acquired from mobile patients, little work has been undertaken on the use of the resultant data in a principled manner for robust patient care, including predictive monitoring. Most current devices generate so many false-positive alerts that devices cannot be used for routine clinical practice. This paper explores principled machine learning approaches to interpreting large quantities of continuously acquired, multivariate physiological data, using wearable patient monitors, where the goal is to provide early warning of serious physiological determination, such that a degree of predictive care may be provided. We adopt a one-class support vector machine formulation, proposing a formulation for determining the free parameters of the model using partial area under the ROC curve, a method arising from the unique requirements of performing online analysis with data from patient-worn sensors. There are few clinical evaluations of machine learning techniques in the literature, so we present results from a study at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust devised to investigate the large-scale clinical use of patient-worn sensors for predictive monitoring in a ward with a high incidence of patient mortality. We show that our system can combine routine manual observations made by clinical staff with the continuous data acquired from wearable sensors. Practical considerations and recommendations based on our experiences of this clinical study are discussed, in the context of a framework for personalized monitoring.

  4. 21 CFR 866.3520 - Rubeola (measles) virus serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Rubeola (measles) virus serological reagents. 866... Rubeola (measles) virus serological reagents. (a) Identification. Rubeola (measles) virus serological... to rubeola virus in serum. The identification aids in the diagnosis of measles and provides...

  5. 21 CFR 866.3930 - Vibrio cholerae serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vibrio cholerae serological reagents. 866.3930... cholerae serological reagents. (a) Identification. Vibrio cholerae serological reagents are devices that are used in the agglutination (an antigen-antibody clumping reaction) test to identify Vibrio...

  6. 21 CFR 866.3220 - Entamoeba histolytica serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Entamoeba histolytica serological reagents. 866... Entamoeba histolytica serological reagents. (a) Identification. Entamoeba histolytica serological reagents... Entamoeba histolytica in serum. Additionally, some of these reagents consist of antisera conjugated with...

  7. 21 CFR 866.3850 - Trichinella spiralis serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Trichinella spiralis serological reagents. 866... Trichinella spiralis serological reagents. (a) Identification. Trichinella spiralis serological reagents are... Trichinella spiralis in serum. The identification aids in the diagnosis of trichinosis caused by...

  8. 21 CFR 866.3680 - Sporothrix schenckii serological reagents.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Sporothrix schenckii serological reagents. 866... Sporothrix schenckii serological reagents. (a) Identification. Sporothrix schenckii serological reagents are... Sporothrix schenckii in serum. The identification aids in the diagnosis of sporothrichosis caused by a...

  9. The importance of serological tests implementation in disseminated candidiasis diagnose.

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    Gegić, Merima; Numanović, Fatima; Delibegović, Zineta; Tihić, Nijaz; Nurkić, Mahmut; Hukić, Mirsada

    2013-03-01

    Candidiasis is defined as an infection or disease caused by a fungus of the genus Candida. Rate of disseminated candidiasis increases with the growth of the number of immunocompromised patients. In the the last few decades the incidence of disseminated candidiasis is in growth as well as the mortality rate. The aim of this survey is to show the importance of serological tests implementation in disseminated candidiasis diagnose. This is a prospective study involving 60 patients with malign diseases with and without clinical signs of disseminated candidiasis and 30 healthy people who represent the control group. Apart from hemoculture, detection of circulating mannan antigen and adequate antibodies of Candida species applying comercial ELISA test was determined in each patient. This survey deals with relevant factors causing disseminated candidiasis. This survey showed that the group of patients with clinical signs of disseminated candidiasis had more patients with positive hemoculture to Candida species, then the group of patients without clinical signs of disseminated candidiasis. The number of patients being examined and positive to antigens and antibodies was higher (p candidiasis (7/30; 23.3%), then in the group of patients without clinical signs of disseminated candidiasis (0/30; 0%): Average value of titra antigen was statistically higher (p candidiasis 6/30 (20%) of patients had Candida spp.positive hemocultures while in the group of patients without clinical signs of disseminated candidiasis 1/30 (3.3%) of patients had Candida spp. positive hemocultures, which was considerably higher (p candidiasis were statistically significant, while correlation of results of hemoculture and antibodies was insignificant. Because of low sensitivity of hemoculture and time needed for isolation of Candida spp., introducing serological tests in regular procedures would speed disseminated candidiasis diagnose.

  10. Clinical evaluation of a combination therapy of imepitoin with phenobarbital in dogs with refractory idiopathic epilepsy.

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    Neßler, Jasmin; Rundfeldt, Chris; Löscher, Wolfgang; Kostic, Draginja; Keefe, Thomas; Tipold, Andrea

    2017-01-25

    Imepitoin was tested as a combination treatment with phenobarbital in an open-label mono-centre cohort study in dogs with drug-resistant epilepsy. Diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy was based on clinical findings, magnetic resonance imaging and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. Three cohorts were treated. In cohort A, dogs not responding to phenobarbital with or without established add-on treatment of potassium bromide or levetiracetam were treated add-on with imepitoin, starting at 10 mg/kg BID, with titration allowed to 30 mg/kg BID. In cohort B, the only difference to cohort A was that the starting dose of imepitoin was reduced to 5 mg/kg BID. In cohort C, animals not responding to imepitoin at >20 mg/kg BID were treated with phenobarbital add-on starting at 0.5 mg/kg BID. The add-on treatment resulted in a reduction in monthly seizure frequency (MSF) in all three cohorts. A reduction of ≥50% was obtained in 36-42% of all animals, without significant difference between cohorts. The lower starting dose of 5 mg/kg BID imepitoin was better tolerated, and an up-titration to on average of 15 mg/kg BID was sufficient in cohort A and B. In cohort C, a mean add-on dose of 1.5 mg/kg BID phenobarbital was sufficient to achieve a clinically meaningful effect. Six dogs developed a clinically meaningful increase in MSF of ≥ 50%, mostly in cohort A. Neither imepitoin nor phenobarbital add-on treatment was capable of suppressing cluster seizure activity, making cluster seizure activity an important predictor for drug-resistance. A combination treatment of imepitoin and phenobarbital is a useful treatment option for a subpopulation of dogs with drug-resistant epilepsy, a low starting dose with 5 mg/kg BID is recommended.

  11. Clinical efficacy of valsartan combined with hydrochlorothiazide in treatment of elderly hypertension

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    Ya-Ting Shao; Xin-Liang Huang; Tiao Bai

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical efficacy of valsartan combined with hydrochlorothiazide in the treatment of elderly hypertension.Methods:A total of 150 elderly patients with primary hypertension who were admitted in our hospital from January, 2015 to January, 2016 were included in the study and randomized into the observation group and the control group. The patients in the control group were given valsartan, 80 mg/time, 1 time/d. On this basis, the patients in the observation group were given additional hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg/time, 1 time/d. The patients in the two groups were administered with drugs in the morning. Six-month treatment was regarded as one course. The change of 24 h ambulatory blood pressure before and after treatment was detected, and the efficacy was evaluated. The heart color ultrasound was used to detect LVM and LVMI before and after treatment in the two groups.Results:The total effective rate in the observation group (90.7%) was significantly superior to that in the control group (70.7%) (P<0.05). The mean SBP and DBP 24h after treatment in the two groups were significantly reduced when compared with before treatment (P<0.05), and those in the observation group were significantly superior to those in the control group (P<0.05). LVM and LVMI after treatment in the two groups were significantly reduced when compared with before treatment (P<0.05), and those in the observation group were significantly superior to those in the control group (P<0.05).Conclusions:The combination of valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide in the treatment of elderly hypertension can effectively enhance the clinical efficacy, and effectively control the blood pressure. It is superior to that by a single drug; therefore, and deserves to be widely recommended in the clinic.

  12. Combination therapy for chronic invasive rhinocerebral aspergillosis in a clinically immunocompetent patient

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    Lujber, László; Gerlinger, Imre; Kuncz, Ádám; Pytel, József

    2003-01-01

    Background: Adequate therapy for chronic invasive rhinocerebral aspergillosis in immunocompetent patients is controversial. The incidence of the disease is high in the Sudan and the Middle East. Misinterpretation of diagnostic criteria, failure to verify tissue invasion of fungi, and a lack of understanding of the pathophysiology of various forms of fungal rhinosinusitis lead to controversies in nomenclature, diagnosis, and therapy. Objective: The aim of this report was to detail the clinical presentation and the endoscopic and imaging study findings of a patient with invasive Aspergillus rhinosinusitis with endocranial and orbital extension. This patient was treated with surgical débridement and a combination of antifungal drugs and immunomodulatory therapy. Methods: Endoscopic débridement and high-dose liposomal amphotericin B, in combination with flucytosine and immunomodulators, were used to treat this patient. Results: After treatment, the patient experienced 3 years of disease-free follow-up. Conclusion: Surgical débridement and high-dose systemic combined antifungal therapy with immunomodulatory drugs produced an excellent long-term result for this apparently immunocompetent patient with extensive invasive fungal rhinosinusitis with cerebral and orbital involvement. PMID:24944397

  13. CLINICAL USE OF COMBINED DETECTION WITH TUMOR MARKERS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER

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    2001-01-01

    Objective To explore the value of clinical use of combined detection with tumor markers for pancreatic cancer. Methods Tumor markers CA242,CA19-9 and CA50 in serum of 32 patinets with pancreatic cancer;26 patients with non-pancreatic digestive tract cancers and 24 patietns with benign pancreatic or biliary tract diseases were measured by immunoradiometric assay (IRMA). Results The levels of three markers in serum and positive rates of patients with pancreatic cancer were higher than those of other patients. The effect of measurement combining CA242 with CA19-9 was the best. The sensitivity ,specificity and accuracy of diagnosis for pancreatic cancer were 92.6%, 73.8% and 81.2% respectively. The levels of CA242 and CA19-9 were positively relative to burden of pancreatic cancer, and serum levels of these two markers of patients with resectable pancreatic cancer were lower than those with unresectable, but on difference was observed for CA50. Conclusion Combined detection of serum CA242 and CA19-9 could prove the effectual indicator for finding the patients with pancreatic cancer in high risk population or for resectable pancreatic cancer. Pre-operative measurement of serum levels of CA242 and CA19-9 is helpful to evaluate the burden of the tumors and possiblity of resect for pancreatic cancers.

  14. Serological and Molecular Detection of Senecavirus A Associated with an Outbreak of Swine Idiopathic Vesicular Disease and Neonatal Mortality.

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    Gimenez-Lirola, Luis Gabriel; Rademacher, Chris; Linhares, Daniel; Harmon, Karen; Rotolo, Marisa; Sun, Yaxuan; Baum, David H; Zimmerman, Jeffrey; Piñeyro, Pablo

    2016-08-01

    We performed a longitudinal field study in a swine breeding herd that presented with an outbreak of vesicular disease (VD) that was associated with an increase in neonatal mortality. Initially, a USDA Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) investigation confirmed the presence of Senecavirus A (SVA) and ruled out the presence of exotic agents that produce vesicular lesions, e.g., foot-and-mouth disease virus and others. Subsequently, serum samples, tonsil swabs, and feces were collected from sows (n = 22) and their piglets (n = 33) beginning 1 week after the onset of the clinical outbreak and weekly for 6 weeks. The presence of SVA RNA was evaluated in all specimens collected by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) targeting a conserved region of the 5' untranslated region (5'-UTR). The serological response (IgG) to SVA was evaluated by the weekly testing of sow and piglet serum samples on a SVA VP1 recombinant protein (rVP1) indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The rVP1 ELISA detected seroconversion against SVA in clinically affected and non-clinically affected sows at early stages of the outbreak as well as maternal SVA antibodies in offspring. Overall, the absence of vesicles (gross lesions) in SVA-infected animals and the variability of RT-qPCR results among specimen type demonstrated that a diagnostic algorithm based on the combination of clinical observations, RT-qPCR in multiple diagnostic specimens, and serology are essential to ensure an accurate diagnosis of SVA. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  15. Factors associated with serological cure and the serofast state of HIV-negative patients with primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary syphilis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Some syphilis patients remain in a serologically active state after the recommended therapy. We currently know too little about the characteristics of this serological response. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study using the clinical database from Zhongshan Hospital, Medical College of Xiamen. In total, 1,327 HIV-negative patients with primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary syphilis were enrolled. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were utilised to identify factors associated with a serological cure and serofast state in syphilis patients one year after therapy. Chi-square tests were used to determine the differences in the serological cure rate across different therapy time points. RESULTS: One year after the recommended therapy, 870 patients achieved a serological cure, and 457 patients (34.4% remained in the serofast state. The serological cure rate increased only within the first 6 months. The bivariate analysis indicated that male or younger patients had a higher likelihood of a serological cure than female or older patients. Having a baseline titre ≤ 1∶2 or ≥ 1∶64 was associated with an increased likelihood of a serological cure. The serological cure rate decreased for the different disease stages in the order of primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary syphilis. A distinction should be drawn between early and late syphilis. The multivariate analysis indicated that a serological cure was significantly associated with the disease phase, gender, age, and baseline rapid plasma reagin (RPR titre. CONCLUSIONS: The serofast state is common in clinical work. After one year of the recommended therapy, quite a few syphilis patients remained RPR positive. The primary endpoint of the study indicated that disease phase, gender, age and baseline RPR titre were crucial factors associated with a serological cure.

  16. The need for clinical quantification of combined PET/MRI data in pediatric epilepsy

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    Muzik, Otto, E-mail: otto@pet.wayne.edu [Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Department of Radiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Pai, Darshan [Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Juhasz, Csaba [Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States); Hua, Jing [Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI (United States)

    2013-02-21

    In the past, multimodality integrative analysis of image data has been used to obtain a better understanding of underlying mechanisms of seizure generation and propagation in children with extratemporal lobe epilepsy. However, despite important advances in the combined analysis of PET, MRI, DTI and EEG data, successful surgical outcome is only achieved in about 2/3 of patients undergoing resective surgery. The advent of simultaneous PET/MR data acquisition promises an important advance in neuroimaging through clinical quantification, which will finally translate the strength of PET (which is the ability to absolutely quantify physiological parameters such as metabolic rates and receptor densities) into clinical work. Taking advantage of recently developed integrated PET/MR devices, absolute physiological values will be available in clinical routine, replacing currently used visual assessment of relative tissue tracer uptake. This will allow assessment of global increases/decreases of brain function during critical phases of development and is likely to have a significant impact on patient management in pediatric epilepsy.

  17. Clinical observation of alprostadil combined with glucocorticoids on acute optic neuritis

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To study the clinical effect of alprostadil combined with glucocorticoids in the treatment of acute optic neuritis(AON.METHODS: Seventy patients(70 eyeswith AON from January, 2012 to June, 2014 were randomly divided into two groups. 35 patients in observation group were used 10ug alprostadil with 10mL normal saline(NSby intravenous injection, once/d for 7d/one treatment course, and 10mL NS was used by intravenous injection in 35 patients of control group. Besides, the two groups were treated with the combined therapy as follows: 20mg methylprednisolone was injected periglomerularly beside the eyeballs, once /3d for 3 times; 800~1 000mg of methylprednisolone through intravenous drip for 3d, once/d; after 3d, oral administration of prednisone acetate for 1wk, 1mg/(kg·d; after 1wk, the dose decreased to 5mg/wk until withdraw. Simultaneously, oral administration of ranitidine capsules, calcium carbonate and vitamin D3 tablets were combined in the supportive treament. The differences of curative effect between two groups were comparatively analyzed.RESULTS: In the observation group, 25 eyes(71.4%were markedly effective, 7 eyes(20.0%were valid and 3 eyes(8.6%were invalid, and the total effective rate was 91.4%. In the control group, 15 eyes(42.9%were markedly effective, 14 eyes(40.0%were valid and 6 eyes(17.1%were invalid, and the total effective rate was 82.9%. The difference of total effective rate between the two groups was not statistically significant(P=0.477, but there was a significant difference in markedly effective rate between the two groups(χ2=5.833, P=0.016.CONCLUSION: Alprostadil combined with glucocorticoids is effective for AON, and it is worth of advocation.

  18. Clinical evaluation of general anaesthesia in pigeons using a combination of ketamine and diazepam

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to investigate the clinical effects of ketamine, diazepam and a ketamine and diazepam combination in the general anaesthesia of pigeons. Thirty-two pigeons of both sexes with body weights ranging from 280 g to 300 g were allocated randomly to four groups comprising eight birds each. Group D received a 0.5 mL mixture of diazepam (0.2 mg/kg and normal saline, group K a 0.5 mL mixture of ketamine 5% (30 mg/kg and normal saline, group D, group KD a 0.5 mL mixture of ketamine 5% (10 mg/kg, diazepam (0.2 mg/kg and normal saline, whilst group C (control received 0.5 mL of normal saline only. Each mixture was administered intramuscularly.Under standard operating room conditions, general anaesthesia was not observed in group C (normal saline alone. In group D, sedation and muscle relaxation without complete loss of consciousness was observed. Induction time of anaesthesia in group KD was significantly quicker than group K (p 0.05. The birds in group KD were calm and sedated, with good muscle relaxation, whilst in group K the birds were excited and showed a drop in body temperature.According to the results of this study, the combination of low dose ketamine hydrochloride (HCL and diazepam overcame the adverse effects of ketamine alone. This combination produced a more rapid induction of anaesthesia, as well as an increase in anaesthesia duration, with good muscle relaxation and a smooth and slow recovery. Use of a combination of ketamine HCL given at 10 mg/kg and diazepam given at 0.2 mg/kg for anaesthesia in pigeons is therefore recommended.

  19. SUMMARY OF CLINICAL STUDY ON ACUPUNCTURE COMBINED WITH EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR CHOLECYSTECTOMY

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    秦必光; 刘颖涛; 李长根; 任亚川; 张兰英; 艾中立; 彭小云; 白占勇

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To study clinical effect and anesthetic method of acupuncture anesthesia combined with epidural administration of smadose of anesthetic for cholecystectomy. Methods: A total of 194 cases of cholecystectomy patients were randomly divided into acupuncture combined with epidural anesthesia group (group A, n=66), acupoint-skin electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia group (group B, n = 63) and simple epidural anesthesia group (group C, n=65). Observations were conducted using single-bland method. Bilateral Neiguan (PC 6) and Zusanli (ST 36) were punctured and stimulated electrically in group A and only stimulated electrically via cutaneous electrodes in group B. Epidural anesthetic used was 1.5% Lidocaine and the anesthetic level was controlled to reach T4~11. Results: The class-I (excellent) rates of group A, B and C were 75.76%, 60.32% and 13.85% respectively, showing significant differences between group A and C and group B and C ( P < 0. 001 ). The initial dose, doses of every hour and every case of group A and B were lower than those of group C. The dose of every hour of group C was 36.23% and 3.75 % higher than group A and B respectively ( P < 0. 001 ), suggesting that acupuncture or acu-point-skin electrical stimulation could strengthen anesthetic effect and reduce the dose of epidural anesthetic. During operation, indexes of the life signs as HR, MAP, RR, TV, MV, SpO2 and ECG kept basically stable and all patients in group A passed surgical operation safely. Conclusion: Acupuncture or acupoint-skin electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia can be used as one of the anesthetic methods for cholecystectomy.

  20. Clinical observation of raltitrexed/bevacizumab combined with irinotecan or oxaliplation for advanced colorectal cancer

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    Jianwei Yang; Wei Gao; Jinyuan Lin; Yan Meng; Shuzhen Zhang; Tong Wang

    2014-01-01

    Objective: The aim of the study was to investigate the ef icacy and safety of raltitrexed/bevacizumab in combina-tion with irinotecan or oxaliplation for advanced colorectal cancer as the second-line and second-line above treatments. Meth-ods: Fifteen cases of advanced colorectal cancer were enrol ed to receive regimens including raltitrexed/bevacizumab com-bined with irinotecan or oxaliplation. Two cases were treated with raltitrexed + bavacizumab regimen, 9 cases with raltitrexed+ bavacizumab + irinotecan regimen, and 4 cases with raltitrexed + bevacizumab + oxaliplation regimen. The doses of the drugs were as fol ows: bevacizumab 5 mg/kg ivgtt, d1; raltitrexed 2.0 mg/m2 ivgtt 15 min, d2; irinotecan 180 mg/m2 ivgtt 1 h, d2; and oxaliplatin 85 mg/m2 ivgtt 2 h, d2. Two weeks was a cycle for each regimen. Results: The ef icacy of the 15 patients could be evaluated. Two cases were in PR ,10 cases in SD, 3 cases in PD, the response rate was 13.3%, and the disease control rate was 80.0%. The median progress-free survival was 5.1 months (95% CI: 3.404-6.813 months), and the median overal survival was 11.5 months (95% CI: 8.985-13.930 months). The adverse ef ects included anorexia, nausea/vomit-ing, fatigue, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia, etc, and the main 3-4 grades adverse ef ects were anorexia, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, and thrombocytopenia. Conclusion: Raltitrexed/bevacizumab combined with irinotecan or oxaliplatin as the second-line and second-line above treatments for advanced colorectal cancer has high disease control rates, and the adverse ef ect is wel tolerated. The combined regimen can be recommended as a phase III clinical research and second-line and second-lines above treatments for advanced colorectal cancer.

  1. Clinical significance of reduced cerebral metabolism in multiple sclerosis. A combined PET and MRI study

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    Sun, Xiayan; Tanaka, Makoto; Kondo, Susumu; Okamoto, Koichi [Gunma Univ., Maebashi (Japan). School of Medicine; Hirai, Shunsaku

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has provided major insights into the disease`s natural history, and many studies have focussed on possible correlations between MRI findings and the clinical manifestations of MS. In contrast, there are few reports on possible relationships between functional imaging data and cognitive function. The present study assessed the relationship between clinical presentation and combined anatomical and functional imaging data in MS. Twenty patients with definite MS underwent MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) to evaluate cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and oxygen metabolism (rCMRO{sub 2}). The relationships between these neuroimaging findings and clinical data, including the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Mini-mental status scale, Hasegawa Dementia Scale and relapse time, were evaluated with Spearman`s rank correlation coefficients. A general reduction in rCBF and rCMRO{sub 2} in the gray and white matter were found in the MS patients. EDSS was correlated with the number and size of the lesions on MRI and was negatively correlated with rCMRO{sub 2}. A correlation between the decrease in rCMRO{sub 2} and the level of cognitive impairment was also found. The severity of cerebral hypometabolism was also related to the number of relapses. Morphological and functional findings obtained by MRI and PET are closely related to the clinical status in MS. Our results suggest that measurement of cerebral metabolism in MS has the potential to be an objective marker for monitoring disease activity and to provide prognostic information. (author)

  2. Combined array CGH plus SNP genome analyses in a single assay for optimized clinical testing.

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    Wiszniewska, Joanna; Bi, Weimin; Shaw, Chad; Stankiewicz, Pawel; Kang, Sung-Hae L; Pursley, Amber N; Lalani, Seema; Hixson, Patricia; Gambin, Tomasz; Tsai, Chun-hui; Bock, Hans-Georg; Descartes, Maria; Probst, Frank J; Scaglia, Fernando; Beaudet, Arthur L; Lupski, James R; Eng, Christine; Cheung, Sau Wai; Bacino, Carlos; Patel, Ankita

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    In clinical diagnostics, both array comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping have proven to be powerful genomic technologies utilized for the evaluation of developmental delay, multiple congenital anomalies, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Differences in the ability to resolve genomic changes between these arrays may constitute an implementation challenge for clinicians: which platform (SNP vs array CGH) might best detect the underlying genetic cause for the disease in the patient? While only SNP arrays enable the detection of copy number neutral regions of absence of heterozygosity (AOH), they have limited ability to detect single-exon copy number variants (CNVs) due to the distribution of SNPs across the genome. To provide comprehensive clinical testing for both CNVs and copy-neutral AOH, we enhanced our custom-designed high-resolution oligonucleotide array that has exon-targeted coverage of 1860 genes with 60,000 SNP probes, referred to as Chromosomal Microarray Analysis - Comprehensive (CMA-COMP). Of the 3240 cases evaluated by this array, clinically significant CNVs were detected in 445 cases including 21 cases with exonic events. In addition, 162 cases (5.0%) showed at least one AOH region >10 Mb. We demonstrate that even though this array has a lower density of SNP probes than other commercially available SNP arrays, it reliably detected AOH events >10 Mb as well as exonic CNVs beyond the detection limitations of SNP genotyping. Thus, combining SNP probes and exon-targeted array CGH into one platform provides clinically useful genetic screening in an efficient manner.

  3. A comparison of clinical features between patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis combined with emphysema and without emphysema

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    马江伟

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the differences of clinical features,pulmonary function tests,chest imaging and prognosis between patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(IPF) combined with emphysema and without emphysema

  4. Reticulocyte production index as a predictor of clinically significant anemia in chronic hepatitis C patients receiving pegylated interferon combination therapy

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    Sheng-Lei Yan

    2016-03-01

    Conclusion: Besides old age and low pretreatment hemoglobin level, our study showed that a reticulocyte production index < 0.9% at Week 4 was a significant factor associated with clinically significant anemia during pegylated interferon combination treatment.

  5. Serological IgG avidity test for ocular toxoplasmosis

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Subramaniam Suresh1, Saidin Nor-Masniwati1, Muhd Nor Nor-Idahriani1, Wan-Hitam Wan-Hazabbah1, Mohamed Zeehaida2, Embong Zunaina11Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, MalaysiaBackground: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immunoglobulin (Ig G avidity of serological toxoplasmosis testing in patients with ocular inflammation and to determine the clinical manifestations of ocular toxoplasmosis.Methods: A retrospective review of all patients presenting with ocular inflammation to the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia between 2005 and 2009 was undertaken. Visual acuity, clinical manifestations at presentation, toxoplasmosis antibody testing, and treatment records were analyzed.Results: A total of 130 patients with ocular inflammation were reviewed retrospectively. The patients had a mean age of 38.41 (standard deviation 19.24, range 6–83 years. Seventy-one patients (54.6% were found to be seropositive, of whom five (3.8% were both IgG and IgM positive (suggestive of recently acquired ocular toxoplasmosis while one (0.8% showed IgG avidity ≤40% (suggestive of recently acquired ocular toxoplasmosis and 65 patients (50.0% showed IgG avidity >40% (suggestive of reactivation of toxoplasmosis infection. Chorioretinal scarring as an ocular manifestation was significantly more common in patients with seropositive toxoplasmosis (P = 0.036. Eighteen patients (13.8% were diagnosed as having recent and/or active ocular toxoplasmosis based on clinical manifestations and serological testing.Conclusion: Ocular toxoplasmosis is a clinical diagnosis, but specific toxoplasmosis antibody testing helps to support the diagnosis and to differentiate between reactivation of infection and recently acquired ocular toxoplasmosis.Keywords: ocular toxoplasmosis, chorioretinal scar, toxoplasmosis antibody, IgG avidity test

  6. Mycological and serological study of pulmonary aspergillosis in central India

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the prevalence and predisposing factors of Aspergillus infection and correlate microscopic, culture and serological findings along with drug sensitivity. METHODS: Sputum samples from 123 patients of pulmonary disease with clinical suspicion of having fungal, especially Aspergillus infections, were examined microscopically and for culture. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of itraconazole was tested against the isolates. Serum samples from these patients were tested for precipitin against Aspergillus antigen using immunodiffusion (ID technique. RESULTS: Aspergillus species were isolated in 20 (16.26% cases and Aspergillus fumigatus was the predominant species isolated in 16 (80% cases. Precipitins were detected in 29 (23.58% cases. Serum samples collected from 50 healthy individuals to serve as controls showed no precipitin against Aspergillus antigen galactomannan. This fungus was found to be sensitive to itraconazole with MIC range 0.125-1µg/mL. CONCLUSIONS: Serological tests have an edge over routine smear and culture methods for the diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis. Itraconazole is more effective than amphotericin B and fluconazole in the treatment of aspergillosis.

  7. Serologic evidence for human hantavirus infection in Peru.

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    Castillo Oré, Roger M; Forshey, Brett M; Huaman, Alfredo; Villaran, Manuel V; Long, Kanya C; Kochel, Tadeusz J; Guevara, Carolina; Montgomery, Joel M; Alvarez, Carlos A; Vilcarromero, Stalin; Morrison, Amy C; Halsey, Eric S

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    While human illness associated with hantavirus infection has been documented in many countries of South America, evidence for hantavirus transmission in Peru has been limited to the isolation of Rio Mamore virus from a pigmy mouse rat (Oligoryzomys microtis) in the Amazon city of Iquitos. To address the possibility of human hantavirus exposure in the region, we screened febrile patients reporting to health clinics in Iquitos from 2007 to 2010 for serological evidence of recent hantavirus infection. In addition, we conducted a serological survey for hantavirus-reactive IgG among healthy participants residing in Iquitos and rural areas surrounding the city. Through the febrile surveillance study, we identified 15 participants (0.3%; 15/5174) with IgM reactive to hantavirus (Andes virus) antigen, all with relatively mild, self-limited illness. From the cross-sectional serosurvey we found that 1.7% (36/2063) of residents of the Iquitos area had serum IgG reactive to one or more hantaviruses, with a higher prevalence in the urban population (2.2%, compared to 1.1% in rural areas). These results suggest that human infection with hantavirus has occurred in Peru.

  8. Síndrome de Gianotti-Crosti: aspectos clínicos, laboratoriais e perfis sorológicos observados em 10 casos procedentes de Belém-PA (Brasil Gianotti-Crosti syndrome: clinical, laboratorial features, and serologic profiles of 10 cases from Belém, State of Para, Brazil

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    as well as to investigate the role of viral pathogens in the etiology of GCS cases from Belem (PA, Brazil. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From August 1996 to December 2002, ten children with a clinical diagnosis of GCS were investigated through routine laboratory exams and serologically screened for several virus specific antibodies. A diagnosis of GCS was considered for cases that presented clinical aspects considered suggestive, together with one or more of the following criteria: elevated titers of hepatic enzymes, lymphocytosis, positive viral serology or history of a prior vaccination. RESULTS: Six out of 10 children (60% showed evidence of HHV6 primary infection, as demonstrated through specific IgM-antibody positivity. CONCLUSION: Anti-HHV6-IgM antibody positivity in 6/10 patients suggests that the pathogen can play a role in the etiology of GCS. Consequently, the authors recommend that this virus is added to the routine serological tests when exanthematous processes are concerned, especially those with a morphology suggestive of GCS.

  9. Clinical and neuroimaging features vertebral radiculopathy in the combination with vertebral hemangiomas

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    Che-honatskaya M.L.

    2012-06-01

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    Aim of the study: to study the clinical and neuroimaging features of radiculopathy vertebral hemangiomas in conjunction with the vertebrae. Materials and methods. A total of 56 patients with radiculopathy vertebral hemangiomas combined with the vertebrae. Results. The patients in addition to pain, and focal neurological symptoms were observed violation of urination, and chronic venous insuffciency of lower extremities. MRI identifed three types of vertebral hem-angiomas, depending on the structural characteristics. Conclusion. The aim of the study is realized.Most hemangiomas are asymptomatic yourself. Pain and neurological symptoms caused by musculo-tonic component, the presence of disc herniation, changes in the intervertebral joints, ligaments violation. Type III meets the criteria for hemangiomas and requires aggressive surgical treatment.

  10. Laminaria japonica combined with probiotics improves intestinal microbiota: a randomized clinical trial.

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    Ko, Seok-Jae; Kim, Jinsung; Han, Gajin; Kim, Seul-Ki; Kim, Hong-Geol; Yeo, Inkwon; Ryu, Bongha; Park, Jae-Woo

    2014-01-01

    Laminaria japonica--a widely used ingredient in seaweed kimchi--and lactic acid bacteria (LAB)--a main component of traditional fermented Korean food--may alter human intestinal microbiota composition and have a positive effect on various digestive problems. However, few clinical trials have investigated the potential benefits of L. japonica when combined with LAB for human intestinal microbiota. Therefore, this study was designed to evaluate the effects of L. japonica and representative LAB on the human intestine. Forty participants with no known digestive diseases were randomly assigned to one of the two combination groups: (1) L. japonica with LAB and (2) L. japonica with placebo LAB. The study agents were administered for 4 weeks with a 2-week follow-up period. The primary outcome measure was the number of each of the seven LAB species in the human intestine, and the secondary outcome measures included the Korean version of the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale, the World Health Organization Quality of Life, and bowel functions. The primary outcome was evaluated before and after administration of the study agents (0 and 4 weeks), and the secondary outcomes were evaluated at 0, 4, and 6 weeks. Four of the seven LAB species were found to be significantly increased in the L. japonica with the LAB group and five species were significantly different from those of the placebo group. The secondary outcome measures did not change significantly. In conclusion, L. japonica with LAB facilitated the proliferation of beneficial human intestinal microbiota. ( ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01651741).

  11. Clinical Observation of Tiaojining (调激宁) Granule Combined with Corticosterone in Treating Infantile Primary Nephrotic Syndrome

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    In order to observe the effect of Tiaojining granule (调激宁, TJNG) combined with corticosteroids (CS) to enhance the efficacy and alleviate the side-effects, the authors used the combination therapy of TJNG and CS in treating infantile primary nephrotic syndrome (IPNS) in 1990-1996, and the following is the summary of clinical data.

  12. Clinical optical coherence tomography combined with multiphoton tomography of patients with skin diseases.

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    König, Karsten; Speicher, Marco; Bückle, Rainer; Reckfort, Julia; McKenzie, Gordon; Welzel, Julia; Koehler, Martin J; Elsner, Peter; Kaatz, Martin

    2009-07-01

    We report on the first clinical study based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) in combination with multiphoton tomography (MPT) and dermoscopy. 47 patients with a variety of skin diseases and disorders such as skin cancer, psoriasis, hemangioma, connective tissue diseases, pigmented lesions, and autoimmune bullous skin diseases have been investigated with (i) state-of-the-art OCT systems for dermatology including multibeam swept source OCT, (ii) the femtosecond laser multiphoton tomograph, and (iii) dermoscopes. Dermoscopy provides two-dimensional color images of the skin surface. OCT images reflect modifications of the intratissue refractive index whereas MPT is based on nonlinear excitation of endogenous fluorophores and second harmonic generation. A stack of cross-sectional OCT "wide field" images with a typical field of view of 5 x 2 mm(2) gave fast information on the depth and the volume of the lesion. Multiphoton tomography provided 0.36 x 0.36 mm(2) horizontal/diagonal optical sections within seconds of a particular region of interest with superior submicron resolution down to a tissue depth of 200 mum. The combination of OCT and MPT provides a unique powerful optical imaging modality for early detection of skin cancer and other skin diseases as well as for the evaluation of the efficiency of treatments.

  13. Clinical significance of anaemia in chronic hepatitis c on the combined antiviral therapy with pegylated

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    K. V. Zhdanov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the effect of combination antiviral therapy for hemoglobin and red blood cells in patients with chronic hepatitis C were estimated absolute numbers of red blood parameters. To determine the relation between the content of red blood cells and hemoglobin at different stages of antiviral therapy with the initial clinical and laboratory  parameters (gender, age, body mass index, genotype, level of viremia, ALT, fibrosis, as well as the results of combined antiviral therapy. Established that the decrease in hemoglobin levels were observed more frequently than the decline in the number of erythrocytes (63,6% and 21,1% respectively. In addition, anemia that occurred during treatment of HCV patients with pegylated interferon-α, directly correlated with the rate of sustained virological response. The study established prognostic criteria, indicating the possible development of anemia in the background of anti-viral therapy: the female sex, BMI <20 kg/m2, 1 genotype of HCV.

  14. Clinical optical coherence tomography combined with multiphoton tomography for evaluation of several skin disorders

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    König, Karsten; Speicher, Marco; Bückle, Rainer; Reckfort, Julia; McKenzie, Gordon; Welzel, Julia; Koehler, Martin J.; Elsner, Peter; Kaatz, Martin

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    The first clinical trial of optical coherence tomography (OCT) combined with multiphoton tomography (MPT) and dermoscopy is reported. State-of-the-art (i) OCT systems for dermatology (e.g. multibeam swept source OCT), (ii) the femtosecond laser multiphoton tomograph DermaInspectTM, and (iii) digital dermoscopes were applied to 47 patients with a diversity of skin diseases and disorders such as skin cancer, psoriasis, hemangioma, connective tissue diseases, pigmented lesions, and autoimmune bullous skin diseases. Dermoscopy, also called 'epiluminescent microscopy', provides two-dimensional color images of the skin surface. OCT imaging is based on the detection of optical reflections within the tissue measured interferometrically whereas nonlinear excitation of endogenous fluorophores and the second harmonic generation are the bases of MPT images. OCT cross sectional "wide field" image provides a typical field of view of 5 x 2 mm2 and offers fast information on the depth and the volume of the investigated lesion. In comparison, multiphoton tomography presents 0.36 x 0.36 mm2 horizontal or diagonal sections of the region of interest within seconds with submicron resolution and down to a tissue depth of 200 μm. The combination of OCT and MPT provides a synergistic optical imaging modality for early detection of skin cancer and other skin diseases.

  15. Clinical adjuvant combinations stimulate potent B-cell responses in vitro by activating dermal dendritic cells.

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    Full Text Available CD14(+ dermal DCs (CD14(+ DDCs have a natural capacity to activate naïve B-cells. Targeting CD14(+ DDCs is therefore a rational approach for vaccination strategies aimed at improving humoral responses towards poorly immunogenic antigens, for example, HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins (Env. Here, we show that two clinically relevant TLR ligand combinations, Hiltonol plus Resiquimod and Glucopyranosyl lipid A plus Resiquimod, potently activate CD14(+ DDCs, as shown by enhanced expression of multiple cytokines (IL-6, IL-10, IL-12p40 and TNF-α. Furthermore, the responses of CD14(+ DDCs to these TLR ligands were not compromised by the presence of HIV-1 gp120, which can drive immunosuppressive effects in vitro and in vivo. The above TLR ligand pairs were better than the individual agents at boosting the inherent capacity of CD14(+ DDCs to induce naïve B-cells to proliferate and differentiate into CD27(+ CD38(+ B-cells that secrete high levels of immunoglobulins. CD14(+ DDCs stimulated by these TLR ligand combinations also promoted the differentiation of Th1 (IFN-γ-secreting, but not Th17, CD4(+ T-cells. These observations may help to identify adjuvant strategies aimed at inducing better antibody responses to vaccine antigens, including, but not limited to HIV-1 Env.

  16. Combining numerical and clinical methods to assess aortic valve hemodynamics during exercise.

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    Bahraseman, Hg; Hassani, K; Khosravi, A; Navidbakhsh, M; Espino, Dm; Fatouraee, N; Kazemi-Saleh, D

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    Computational simulations have the potential to aid understanding of cardiovascular hemodynamics under physiological conditions, including exercise. Therefore, blood hemodynamic parameters during different heart rates, rest and exercise have been investigated, using a numerical method. A model was developed for a healthy subject. Using geometrical data acquired by echo-Doppler, a two-dimensional model of the chamber of aortic sinus valsalva and aortic root was created. Systolic ventricular and aortic pressures were applied as boundary conditions computationally. These pressures were the initial physical conditions applied to the model to predict valve deformation and changes in hemodynamics. They were the clinically measured brachial pressures plus differences between brachial, central and left ventricular pressures. Echocardiographic imaging was also used to acquire different ejection times, necessary for pressure waveform equations of blood flow during exercise. A fluid-structure interaction simulation was performed, using an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian mesh. During exercise, peak vorticity increased by 14.8%, peak shear rate by 15.8%, peak cell Reynolds number by 20%, peak leaflet tip velocity increased by 47% and the blood velocity increased by 3% through the leaflets, whereas full opening time decreased by 11%. Our results show that numerical methods can be combined with clinical measurements to provide good estimates of patient-specific hemodynamics at different heart rates.

  17. Clinical testing of combined vaccine against enzootic pneumonia in industrial pig farming in Bulgaria

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    Full Text Available In the pig farm with signs of a respiratory disease complex and laboratory confirmed enzootic pneumonia, the prophylactic efficacy of the combination vaccine (M. hyo+PCV2, a single injection administered intramuscularly 21 days after birth, at a dose of 2 ml was tested. The clinical condition, pathological changes in the lungs and some epidemiological and economic results were reported. It was found that vaccinated pigs are in a better clinical condition in comparison with the control group. Morbidity in the rearing period was reduced from 16.3% in the control group to 6.0% in vaccinated pigs, and in the fattening period, respectively, from 30.6% in the control group to 10.0% in the vaccinated group. Pathological features in the lung characteristic for the enzootic pneumonia in the vaccinated pigs were reduced from 25.5%±7.24 to 4.0%±2.44, and PCVI - from 13.0%±4.66 to 0%. Vaccination of pigs has been received and a higher average daily gain in groups for rearing (0.624 kg and for fattening (0.723 kg was recorded.

  18. Clinical and Immune Effects of Lenalidomide in Combination with Gemcitabine in Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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    Ullenhag, Gustav J.; Mozaffari, Fariba; Broberg, Mats; Mellstedt, Håkan; Liljefors, Maria

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    Purpose To assess the immunomodulatory and clinical effects of lenalidomide with standard treatment of gemcitabine in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Patients and Methods Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer were treated in first line with lenalidomide orally for 21 days of a 28 days cycle and the standard regimen for gemcitabine. In Part I, which we previously have reported, the dose of lenalidomide was defined (n = 12). In Part II, every other consecutive patient was treated with either lenalidomide (Group A, n = 11) or gemcitabine (Group B, n = 10) during cycle 1. From cycle 2 on, all Part II patients received the combination. Results A significant decrease in the proliferative response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells and the frequency of DCs were noted in patients at baseline compared to healthy control donors while the frequencies of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, NK-cells and MDSCs were significantly higher in patients compared to controls. In Group A, a significant increase in the absolute numbers of activated (HLA-DR+) CD4 and CD8 T cells and CD8 effector memory T cells (pLenalidomide augmented T cell reactivities, which were abrogated by gemcitabine. However, addition of lenalidomide to gemcitabine seemed to have no therapeutic impact compared to gemcitabine alone in this non-randomized study. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01547260 PMID:28099502

  19. Cardiovascular effects of combined hyaluronidase and mepivacaine in dental anesthesia: A randomized clinical trial.

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    Tornelli, Mauricio José; Prado, Renata Martins Silva; Tornelli, Helena Regina; Prado, Gustavo Faibischew; Viera, Patricia Verónica Aulestia; Rocha, Rodney Garcia; Borsatti, Maria Aparecida

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    To evaluate the effects of combined administration of mepivacaine with epinephrine and the diffusion agent hyaluronidase on hemodynamic and electrocardiographic parameters in healthy individuals undergoing dental surgery. In a double-blind, split-mouth, randomized clinical trial, the cardiovascular effects induced by 2.7 mL of 2% mepivacaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine injected concomitantly with 1 mL of 75 TRU/mL hyaluronidase or placebo for inferior alveolar nerve block was evaluated in systemically healthy subjects that underwent bilateral third molar extraction in two separate sessions. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were monitored using oscillometric and photoplethysmographic methods in 10 clinical stages, while electrocardiographic records of 12 leads were obtained in four stages. Hyaluronidase injected concomitantly with local anesthetic did not induce changes in blood pressure and heart rate compared to placebo. There were no instances of ST segment depression or elevation, or wide or narrow QRS complex extrasystoles in ECG. The use of mepivacaine injected concomitantly with 75 TRU/mL hyaluronidase was safe, from a cardiovascular standpoint.

  20. Susceptibility of clinically important dermatophytes against statins and different statin-antifungal combinations.

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    Nyilasi, Ildikó; Kocsubé, Sándor; Krizsán, Krisztina; Galgóczy, László; Papp, Tamás; Pesti, Miklós; Nagy, Katalin; Vágvölgyi, Csaba

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    The investigation of the antifungal activities of drugs whose primary activities are not related to their antimicrobial potential is in the current forefront of research. Statin compounds, which are routinely used as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also exert direct antimicrobial effects. In this study, the in vitro antifungal activities of various statins (lovastatin, simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and pravastatin) were examined against one isolate each of four dermatophyte species (Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton rubrum, Microsporum canis and Microsporum gypseum). Basically, statins were effective in inhibiting all dermatophyte studied, but were particularly active against M. canis and T. mentagrophytes. Fluvastatin and simvastatin were active against all of the tested fungi causing a complete inhibition of their growth at very low concentrations (6.25-12.5 μg/ml). Lovastatin and rosuvastatin had inhibitory effects at higher concentrations (25-128 μg/ml), while atorvastatin and pravastatin proved the less effective. The in vitro interactions between statins and different antifungals (ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole, amphotericin B, nystatin, griseofulvin, terbinafine and primycin) were also investigated using a standard chequerboard broth microdilution method. Synergetic interactions were observed in several cases, most of them were noticed when statins were combined with terbinafine and the different azoles. Some combinations were particularly active (ketoconazole-simvastatin or terbinafine-simvastatin), as they were found to exert synergistic effect against all of the investigated isolates. The other antifungals showed synergistic interactions with statins in only certain cases. These results suggest that statins exert substantial antifungal effects against dermatophyte fungi and they should be promising components in a combination therapy as they can act synergistically with a number of clinically used antifungal

  1. The lag time in initiating clinical testing of new drugs in combination with radiation therapy, a significant barrier to progress?

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    Blumenfeld, P; Pfeffer, R M; Symon, Z; Den, R B; Dicker, A.P.; Raben, D.; Lawrence, Y R

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    Background: The clinical development of new drugs with radiation appears to be limited. We hypothesised that phase I clinical trials with radiation therapy (RT) are initiated too late into a new drug's lifetime, impeding the ability to complete RT–drug development programmes before patent expiration. Methods: We identified novel drug–radiation phase I combination trials performed between 1980 and 2012 within the PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov databases. Data gathered for each drug included: da...

  2. BIOANALYTICAL STANDARDIZING FOR SEROLOGICAL DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL DEVICES

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    A. Yu. Galkin

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In article we analyzed national and international regulations concerning the quality and safety of medical devices for in vitro diagnostics. We discussed the possibility of a partial application of the recommendations of the State Pharmacopoeia of Ukraine to this type of product. The main guiding regulatory documents establishing requirements for quality and safety tools for the serological diagnosis products are The technical regulation on medical devices for the diagnosis in vitro, DSTU ISO 13485 “Medical devices. Quality management system. Regulatory requirements”, and DSTU ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”. Similar requirements of the State Pharmacopoeia of Ukraine which are used for drug standardization can not be directly applied to the medical devises for in vitro diagnostics due to a number of features, namely, the serological diagnosis products pre-designed to determine the unknown concentration of a particular analyte in a biological material, the diagnostic kits has to include the control samples (internal standard systems that need to be calibrated. It was determined following parameters of bioanalytical standardization and validation characterization for of qualitative (semi quantitative test-kits for serological diagnosis: precision (convergence, intralaboratory precision and reproducibility, diagnostic and analytical specificity, diagnostic sensitivity. It’s necessary to inspect additional parameters for quantitative test-kits such as accuracy (precision, linearity, analytical sensitivity and range.

  3. Clinical effectiveness of combining platelet rich fibrin with alloplastic bone substitute for the management of combined endodontic periodontal lesion

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    Lata Goyal

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The term "endo-perio" lesion has been proposed to describe the destructive lesion resulting from inflammatory products found in varying degrees in both the periodontium and the pulpal tissues. In most of the cases, clinical symptoms disappear following successful endodontic therapy. However failure after conventional root canal treatment calls for surgical intervention. A 35 year old male patient with endo-perio lesion in right maxillary lateral incisor was treated with platelet rich fibrin (PRF and alloplastic bone substitute after conventional endodontic therapy. At the end of 6 months there was gain in clinical attachment, increased radiographic bone fill and reduction in probing depth which was maintained till 18 month follow-up. Present case report aims to evaluate the efficacy of PRF and alloplastic bone substitute in the management of intrabony defect associated with endo-perio lesion in maxillary lateral incisor because the healing potential of PRF and bone graft has not been widely studied in endodontics. The use of PRF allows the clinician to optimize tissue remodelling, wound healing and angiogenesis by the local delivery of growth factors and proteins. The novel technique described here enables the clinician to be benefited from the full regenerative capacity of this autologous biologic material.

  4. Clinical Observation on the Treatment of Chloasma by Chinese Herbs Combined with Acupuncture

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    2007-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effect of Chinese herbs combined with acupuncture (CH-A) in treating chloasma. Methods: Sixty-one patients with chloasma were randomly assigned to two groups: 30 in the control group and 31 in the treated group. Both groups received conventional Besides, the treated group also received CH-A, with the therapeutic course for both groups as 3 months. Results: The total effective rate in the treated group and the control group was 100.00% and 46.67% respectively, and the cure-effective rate was 74.19% and 13.33% respectively, all showing significant difference between the two groups (P<0.01). The scores of size and color of skin lesion and that of symptoms decreased in both groups, but the decrease in the treated group was more obvious,showing significant difference compared with those before treatment and also compared with those in the control group after treatment (P<0.05 or P<0.01). A follow-up study in 1 year to 2 years and 4 months showed that the long-term effect in the treated group showed an increasing trend compared with the effect immediately after treatment, but it showed a decreasing trend in the control group, though with no any statistical significance (both P>0.05). Conclusion: On the basis of conventional treatment,combined use of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in treating chloasma could markedly improve the accompanied symptoms, lighten the color and shrink the size of skin lesions.

  5. Clinical value analysis of routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography in judging ulcerative colitis

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    Jing-Mei Tuo; Zhi-Hong Han

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical value of routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography in judging ulcerative colitis.Methods: A total of 60 cases of patients with ulcerative colitis were collected as observation group of research and 60 cases of healthy volunteers were collected as control group of research. Intestinal wall thickness was detected by white light endoscopy, abdominal intestinal ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasonography; TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-4 and IL-10 contents were detected by Elisa kit; Th1, Th2, Th17 and Treg ratios were detected by flow cytometry.Results: (1) intestinal wall thickness: intestinal wall thickness of both active UC patients and quiescent UC patients was significantly higher than that of control group, intestinal wall thickness of active UC patients was significantly higher than that of quiescent UC patients and the higher the degree of activity, the higher the intestinal wall thickness; (2) inflammatory mediators: TNF-α and IL-1β contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were higher than those of quiescent UC patients and positively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; IL-4 and IL-10 contents were lower than those of quiescent UC patients and negatively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; (3) T cell contents: Th1 and Th17 cell contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were higher than those of quiescent UC patients and positively correlated with intestinal wall thickness; Th2 and Treg cell contents in intestinal mucosa of active UC patients were lower than those of quiescent UC patients and negatively correlated with intestinal wall thickness.Conclusion: Routine ultrasound combined with endoscopic ultrasonography can accurately determine the severity of ulcerative colitis; measured intestinal wall thickness is closely correlated with the degree of inflammation and abnormal immune response.

  6. Clinical efficacy of combined therapy for perianal eczema caused by anal diseases in 160 cases

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    Zhi-Chao LIU

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Perianal eczema is a kind of inflammatory dermatosis on the perianal skin and mucosa. The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy of the combined therapy of medicine and operation for the perianal eczema caused by the anal diseases such as hemorrhoids, fissures and fistulas. One hundred and sixty patients with perianal eczema were involved in this study. They were randomly divided into four groups and treated by different therapies for four weeks respectively. Group A (40 patients was only treated with medicine, Group B (40 patients only with operation, Group C (40 patients firstly with medicine and then with operation and Group D (40 patients firstly with operation and then with medicine. The efficacy was determined as reduction of lesion size relative to initial size. The cure rate was 22.50%, 32.50%, 57.50% and 45.00% in Group A, B, C and D, respectively. The effective rate was 40.00%, 52.50%, 85.00% and 75.00%, respectively. The efficacy was significantly different (H=20.8689, g = 3, P value =0.0001. The results of group comparison showed that there were significant difference between Group C and Group A, Group C and Group B, Group D and Group A (all P values, < 0.05. It was concluded that the combined therapy of medicine and operation is optimal choice for the perianal eczema caused by the anal diseases such as hemorrhoids, fissures, and fistula. It highly improves the cure rate and efficacy rate.

  7. Combined central and peripheral demyelination: Clinical features, diagnostic findings, and treatment.

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    Cortese, A; Franciotta, D; Alfonsi, E; Visigalli, N; Zardini, E; Diamanti, L; Prunetti, P; Osera, C; Gastaldi, M; Berzero, G; Pichiecchio, A; Piccolo, G; Lozza, A; Piscosquito, G; Salsano, E; Ceroni, M; Moglia, A; Bono, G; Pareyson, D; Marchioni, E

    2016-04-15

    Combined central and peripheral demyelination (CCPD) is rare, and current knowledge is based on case reports and small case series. The aim of our study was to describe the clinical features, diagnostic results, treatment and outcomes in a large cohort of patients with CCPD. Thirty-one patients entered this retrospective, observational, two-center study. In 20 patients (65%) CCPD presented, after an infection, as myeloradiculoneuropathy, encephalopathy, cranial neuropathy, length-dependent peripheral neuropathy, or pseudo-Guillain-Barré syndrome. Demyelinating features of peripheral nerve damage fulfilling European Federation of Neurological Societies/Peripheral Nerve Society (EFNS/PNS) electrodiagnostic criteria for CIDP were found in 23 patients (74%), and spatial dissemination of demyelinating lesions on brain MRI fulfilling the 2010 McDonald criteria for multiple sclerosis (MS) in 11 (46%). Two thirds of the patients had a relapsing or progressive disease course, usually related to the appearance of new spinal cord lesions or worsening of the peripheral neuropathy, and showed unsatisfactory responses to high-dose corticosteroids and intravenous immunoglobulins. The clinical presentation of CCPD was severe in 22 patients (71%), who were left significantly disabled. Our data suggest that CCPD has heterogeneous features and shows frequent post-infectious onset, primary peripheral nervous system or central nervous system involvement, a monophasic or chronic disease course, inadequate response to treatments, and a generally poor outcome. We therefore conclude that the current diagnostic criteria for MS and CIDP may not fully encompass the spectrum of possible manifestations of CCPD, whose pathogenesis remains largely unknown. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Clinical efficacy of entecavir combined with adefovir in chronic hepatitis B patients with high viral load

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    ZHANG Wen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo investigate the efficacy and safety of entecavir (ETV combined with adefovir (ADV in chronic hepatitis B (CHB patients with high viral load. MethodsEighty CHB patients with high viral load who were admitted to our hospital from December 2008 to December 2011 were equally and randomly divided into observation group and control group. The control group was given ETV, while the observation group was treated with ETV combined with ADV. HBV DNA load, HBsAg or HBeAg seroconversion, alanine aminotransferase (ALT normalization, and adverse reactions before and after 3, 6, 12, and 24 months of treatment were evaluated. Comparison of continuous data between the two groups was made by independent-samples t test, and comparison of categorical data was made by chi-square test. ResultsCompared with the control group, the observation group had significantly lower HBV DNA load after 6, 12, and 24 months of treatment (3.7±0.3 vs 3.4±0.4 log copies/ml, t=3.339, P<0.05; 2.9±0.4 vs 2.6±0.3 log copies/ml, t=5.657, P<0.05; 1.6±0.7 vs 1.2±0.4 log copies/ml, t=2.806, P<0.05. The HBV DNA clearance rate and HBeAg clearance rate in observation group were significantly higher than those in control group after 12 months of treatment (87.5% vs 70.0%, P<0.05; 80.0% vs 55.0%, P<0.05 and 24 months of treatment (95.0% vs 77.5%, P<0.05; 90.0% vs 70.0%, P<0.05. The observation group had significantly higher HBeAg seroconversion rate and ALT normalization rate than the control group after 24 months of treatment (77.5% vs 50.0%, P<0.05; 82.5% vs 55.0% P<005. During the treatment, there was no significant difference in the incidence of adverse reactions between the two groups (P>0.05, but the observation group had a significantly lower viral breakthrough rate than the control group (0 vs 10.0%, P<0.05. ConclusionFor CHB patients with high viral load, ETV combined with ADV has strong antiviral activity, reduces drug resistance and poor

  9. Rationale for the combination of nuclear medicine with magnetic resonance for pre-clinical imaging.

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    Wagenaar, Douglas J; Kapusta, Maciej; Li, Junqiang; Patt, Bradley E

    2006-08-01

    Multi-modality combinations of SPECT/CT and PET/CT have proven to be highly successful in the clinic and small animal SPECT/CT and PET/CT are becoming the norm in the research and drug development setting. However, the use of ionizing radiation from a high-resolution CT scanner is undesirable in any setting and particularly in small animal imaging (SAI), in laboratory experiments where it can result in radiation doses of sufficient magnitude that the experimental results can be influenced by the organism's response to radiation. The alternative use of magnetic resonance (MR) would offer a high-resolution, non-ionizing method for anatomical imaging of laboratory animals. MR brings considerably more than its 3D anatomical capability, especially regarding the imaging of laboratory animals. Dynamic MR imaging techniques can facilitate studies of perfusion, oxygenation, and diffusion amongst others. Further, MR spectroscopy can provide images that can be related to the concentration of endogenous molecules in vivo. MR imaging of injected contrast agents extends MR into the domain of molecular imaging. In combination with nuclear medicine (NM) SPECT and PET modalities in small animal imaging, MR would facilitate studies of dynamic processes such as biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. However, the detectors for nearly all PET and SPECT systems are still based on vacuum tube technology, namely: photomultiplier tubes (PMT's) in which the signal is generated by transporting electrons over a substantial distance within an evacuated glass tube, making them inoperable in even small magnetic fields. Thus the combination of SPECT or PET with MR has not been practical until the recent availability of semiconductor detectors such as silicon avalanche photodiodes (APD's) for PET and CdZnTe (CZT) detectors for SPECT coupled with the availability of high-density low noise ASIC electronics to read out the semiconductor detectors. The strong advantage of these

  10. Development and Implementation of Autoverification Rules for ELISA Results of HBV Serological Markers.

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    Li, Jiancheng; Cheng, Bizhen; Yang, Li; Zhao, Ying; Pan, Meichen; Zheng, Gaozhe; Xu, Xiaoyan; Hu, Jing; Xiao, Tongtong; Cai, Yingmu

    2016-10-01

    Autoverification is a process of using computer-based rules to verify clinical laboratory test results without manual review. But to date, there are few published articles on the use of autoverification over the course of years in a clinical laboratory. In our study, we firstly described the development and implementation of autoverification rules for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) results of hepatitis B virus (HBV) serological markers in a clinical immunology laboratory. We designed the autoverification rules for HBV by using Boolean logic on five clinically used serological markers in accordance with the framework of AUTO-10A, issued by the American Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute in 2006. The rules were written into the laboratory information system (LIS) and installed in the computer, so we could use the LIS to screen the test results. If the results passed the autoverification rules, they could be sent to doctors immediately. To evaluate the autoverification rules, we applied the real-time data of 11,585 patients with the autoverification rules. The autoverification rate of the five HBV serological markers was 79.5%. Furthermore, the turnaround time (TAT) was reduced by 38% (78 minutes vs. 126 minutes). The error rate was nearly eliminated. These results show that using LIS with autoverification rules can shorten TAT, enhance efficiency, and reduce manual review errors.

  11. Clinical comparison of adriamycin and a combination of methyl-CCNU and imidazole carboxamide in disseminated malignant melanoma.

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    Ahmann, D L; Bisel, H F; Edmonson, J H; Hahn, R G; Eagan, R T; O'Connell, M J; Frytak, S

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    The effects of adriamycin were compared to a combination program of methyl-CCNU and imidozole carboxamide (DTIC) in 44 patients with disseminated malignant melanoma. There were objective clinical responses in 6 of 21 patients with the combination of DTIC and methyl-CCNU who received this program as primary treatment and none in 23 patients receiving adriamycin as primary treatment. Secondary responses were not observed with either treatment regimen. Toxicity with the combination program included leukocyte depression (less than 3,000/cu mm) in 25% and platelet depression (less than 100,000/cu mm) in 40% compared to 52% leukocyte depression and 16% platelet depression after adriamycin. There were no responses after the combination treatment program in the absence of myelosuppression. There was nausea and vomiting in virtually all patients, which was moderately severe in one third of the patients receiving the combination and in only 10% of those receiving adriamycin. Alopecia developed in all who received adriamycin but in only 15% of the combination treatment group. The combination treatment response of 28% was of the same order as most response rates previously reported in this disease. This randomized controlled clinical trail found adriamycin without clinical benefit and not worthy of further trial in patients with disseminated malignant melanoma.

  12. CLINICAL OBSERVATION ON LUMBAR INTERVERTEBRAL DISC HERNIATION TREATED BY TRACTION COMBINED WITH ACUPUNCTURE

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    何涛; 何岚

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of traction combined with acupuncture on lumbar intervertebral disc herniation (LIDH).Methods:Eighty-three patients diagnosed as LIDH were randomly divided into treatment group (n=42)and control group (n=41).In the treatment group, besides lumbar traction, electroacupuncture at Jiaji (EX-B 2, L3~5), Shenshu (BL 23), Qihai (CV 6), Mingmen (GV 4), Huantiao (GB 30), Chengshan (BL 57) and Yanglingquan (GB 34) was added.In the control group, only lumbar traction was applied.Results: In treatment group, the cure plus markedly effective rate was 80.95% with a total effective rate of 92.86%, while in control group, it was 39.02% with a total effective rate of 80.48%.The therapeutic effect in the treatment group was obviously better than that in the control group (P<0.001).Conclusion: Lumbar traction plus EA can effectively alleviate or even eliminate clinical symptoms and signs of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.

  13. Clinical variability in neurohepatic syndrome due to combined mitochondrial DNA depletion and Gaucher disease

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    Julie Harvengt

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 1-year-old girl born to consanguineous parents presented with unexplained liver failure, leading to transplantation at 19 months. Subsequent partial splenectomy for persistent cytopenia showed the presence of foamy cells, and Gaucher disease was confirmed by homozygosity for the p.Leu483Pro mutation in the GBA gene. She was treated by enzyme replacement therapy (ERT. Clinical follow-up showed mild developmental delay, strabismus, nystagmus and oculomotor apraxia. Biochemical studies revealed multiple respiratory chain deficiencies and a mosaic pattern of deficient complex IV immunostaining in liver and fibroblast. Molecular analysis identified a mtDNA depletion syndrome due to the homozygous p.Pro98Leu mutation in MPV17. A younger sister unaffected by mtDNA depletion, presented with pancytopenia and hepatosplenomegaly. ERT for Gaucher disease resulted in visceral normalization without any neurological symptom. A third sister, affected by both conditions, had marked developmental delay, strabismus and ophthalmoplegia but no liver cirrhosis. In conclusion, intrafamilal variability occurs in MPV17-related disease. The combined pathological effect of Gaucher and mitochondrial diseases can negatively impact neurological and liver functions and influence the outcome in consanguineous families. The immunocytochemical staining of OXPHOS protein in tissues and cultured cells is a powerful tool revealing mosaic pattern of deficiency pointing to mtDNA-related mitochondrial disorders.

  14. Inflammatory myopathy: diagnosis and clinical course, specific clinical scenarios and new complementary tools.

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    Selva-O'Callaghan, Albert; Trallero-Araguás, Ernesto; Martínez, Maria Angeles; Labrador-Horrillo, Moises; Pinal-Fernández, Iago; Grau-Junyent, Josep Maria; Juárez, Candido

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    Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are a heterogeneous group of rare autoimmune diseases characterized by symmetric proximal muscle weakness and inflammatory infiltrates on muscle biopsy. A meticulously collected combination of clinical, serological, and pathological data is essential to correctly diagnose and classify myositis patients, often a considerable challenge for clinicians. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the most useful tools for the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with myositis. Capillaroscopy, serological biomarkers (particularly the autoantibody profile) and imaging techniques, such as muscle magnetic resonance and chest ultrasound, are of great aid in diagnosing, classifying and managing these patients. Relevant clinical scenarios, such as interstitial lung disease, associated cancer and pregnancy are also addressed in this review. Myositis registries, identification of new autoantibodies, and genetic studies will enhance our understanding of the pathogenesis of these conditions and help to define new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

  15. [Diagnosis of whooping cough by serology and real-time PCR].

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    Mikešová, Romana; Stiborová, Ivana; Richter, Josef; Rajnohová Dobiášová, Lucie; Král, Vlastimil

    2013-09-01

    The goal of this study is to summarize the results of the detection of Bordetella pertussis (BP) and Bordetella parapertussis (BPP) by a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay and serological methods. In 2008-2010, 73 patients of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergology of the Centre for Immunology and Microbiology, Public Health Institute in Ústí nad Labem were screened for pertussis. They were selected according to the WHO and ECDC criteria, i. e. they presented with a persistent cough lasting more than two weeks. Direct detection of BP and BPP DNA from nasopharyngeal wash specimens was performed using a RT PCR assay. The serological responses were evaluated by a direct agglutination test for the detection of total antibodies and by enzyme-linked immunosobent assay (ELISA) for the detection of IgG, IgA, and IgM antibodies against pertussis toxin. Forty-two patients were positive for BP and/or BPP, 19 of them by RT-PCR (group A) and 23 by serology (group B). Ten group A patients (52.6%) were also positive by serology. Our results show that pertussis needs to be a consideration in persistent cough. We believe that increased awareness of the medical community, along with improved laboratory tests will result in increased detection of pertussis that is still considered by many physicians as a childhood infection.

  16. IMPORTANCE OF SEROLOGICAL WORKUP IN CATARACT CASES OF OUT-REACH PROGRAMMES

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: PURPOSE : The aim of this study is to determine the frequen cy of positive serology among patients who underwent elective cataract surge ry. METHODS : Retrospective study of 800 cases who underwent thorough laboratory work up as a part of clinical study. 490 were male (61.25% and 310(38.75% were female. 35 cases (4.37% were positive for serology. Hepatitis A in 9(1.13% cases , Hepatitis B in 6 (0. 75%cases ,hepatitis C in 10 (1.3%cases ,HIV positive in 8 (1%cases , VDRL in 2 (0.25%cases. Al l cases were grouped as high risk cases for Operating theatre (OT supportive staffs and surgeons and operated with extra caution. RESULTS : Retrospective analysis of incidence of positive ser ology in camp cases were found significant. All were operated with all safety measu res to protect surgeons and other supportive staffs. CONCLUSIONS : Study proves that serological work up is necessary for all the cases posted for elective cataract surgery. Serology positi ve patients need special attention to safe guard the surgeon and other supportive staffs

  17. Serological survey for Chagas' disease in school children in the Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

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    Walter B. Petana

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    Full Text Available A serological survey for Chagas' disease was carried out in school children in the Rio de Janeiro State, a zone considered as non-endemic for the infection. A total of 168 schools in 20 municipalities have been visited and 13,254 blood samples were obtained. The blood eluates were screened by the indirect fluorescence test (IFT, and all positive samples were checked and confirmed in sera by the complement fixation test (CFT. AH serologically positive children were subject to a clinical scrutiny, and the houses where the children lived have been searched for triatomine bugs. Only in two municipalities, Magé and Araruama, there was a significant number of children found positive. The total number of reactive samples by IFT and CFT from 13,004 blood samples screened was 143 (1.00 per cent. No serious clinicai symptoms suggestive of Chagas' disease have been found in any of the positive children, and no triatomine bugs were discovered in the dwellings where the children lived. The overall small percentage of children with positive serology postulates that the infection is not a serious health problem in the area investigated. It is recommended, however, to carry out a more detailed study in Magé and Araruama to find the reason for the relatively high percentage of serologically positive children encountered in these two municipalities.

  18. Augmentation of an anterior edentulous ridge for fixed prosthodontics with combined use of orthodontics and surgery: a clinical report.

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    Capri, Diego; Albehbehani, Yousif; Smukler, Hyman

    2003-08-01

    Untreated periodontitis may lead to tooth and tissue loss that can result in diminished masticatory function and esthetic deformities. Combined periodontal/prosthodontic treatment for patients with advanced periodontal disease has been well documented, and treatment results can often be improved with the use of adjunctive orthodontic treatment such as forced eruption. This clinical report describes a method of preprosthetic preparation of an edentulous ridge for a fixed partial denture that incorporates the combined use of orthodontics and surgical ridge augmentation.

  19. Analysis of clinical and pathological features of chronic hepatitis B in combination with hepatic steatosis in the elderly

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical and pathological characters of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in combination with hepatic steatosis in the elderly.Methods Totally223 elderly patients with CHB and hepatic steatosis diagnosed by liver biopsy were retrospectively analyzed and220 non-elderly patients with CHB and hepatic steatosis were randomly selected as control group.Clinical and pathological features and change in liver histology were compared between the two groups.Results The inci-

  20. Systematic screening for novel, serologically reactive Hepatitis E Virus epitopes

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The National Institutes of Health classified Hepatitis E as an emerging disease since Hepatitis E Virus (HEV is the major cause of acute hepatitis in developing countries. Interestingly, an increasing number of sporadic cases of HEV infections are described in industrialized countries as zoonosis from domestic livestock. Despite the increasing relevance of this pathogen in clinical virology, commercial antibody assays are mainly based on fragments of HEV open reading frame (ORF 2 and ORF3. The largest ORF1 (poly-protein, however, is not part of current testing formats. Methods From a synthesized full length HEV genotype 1 cDNA-bank we constructed a complete HEV gene library consisting of 15 respective HEV ORF domains. After bacterial expression and purification of nine recombinant HEV proteins under denaturating conditions serum profiling experiments using 55 sera from patients with known infection status were performed in microarray format. SPSS software assessed the antigenic potential of these nine ORF domains in comparison to seven commercial HEV antigens (genotype 1 and 3 by performing receiver operator characteristics, logistic regression and correlation analysis. Results HEV antigens produced with our method for serum profiling experiments exhibit the same quality and characteristics as commercial antigens. Serum profiling experiments detected Y, V and X domains as ORF1-antigens with potentially comparable diagnostic significance as the well established epitopes of ORF2 and ORF3. However no obvious additional increase in sensitivity or specificity was achieved in diagnostic testing as revealed by bioinformatic analysis. Additionally we found that the C-terminal domain of the potential transmembrane protein ORF3 is responsible for IgG and IgM seroreactivity. Data suggest that there might be a genotype specific seroreactivity of homologous ORF2-antigens. Conclusions The diagnostic value of identified ORF1 epitopes might

  1. Clinical Observation of Combined Acupuncture and Herbs in Treating Parkinson's Disease

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    黄文燕; 奚桂芳; 华雪桂

    2009-01-01

    目的:观察头排针结合中药治疗帕金森病(Parkinson Disease,简称PD)的临床疗效.方法:150例PD患者按就诊先后随机分为4组,针药并用组(A组,88例)、针刺组(B组,20例)、中药组(C组,20例)和西药组(D组,22例).A组采用头排针结合滋补肝肾、活血祛风中药治疗,针刺隔日治疗1次,10次为1疗程;B组单纯使用头排针治疗,C组单纯使用滋补肝肾、活血祛风中药治疗,D组采用口服复方多巴胺药物治疗.4组均治疗1个治疗期(3个月)观察疗效.结果:A组总有效率为89.8%,与D组(86.4%)相比, 无显著性差异(P>0.05),但与C组(65.0%)相比,有显著性差异(P<0.01).结论:针药并用治疗PD的疗效较好.%Objective:To observe the clinical efficacy of linear scalp-acupuncture combined with herbs in the treatment of Parkinson's disease(PD).methods:One hundred and fifty PD cases were randomized into four groups in the sequence ofvisit.Eighty-eight cases in group A,were treated by linear scalp.acupuncture and herbs effective to nourish the liver and kidneys,activate blood and remove wind,and acupuncture was performed every other day and 10 treatments made uP one course;20 cases in group B,were treated only by linear scalp-acupuncture;20 cases in group C,were treated by herbs effective to nourish the liver and kidneys,activate blood and remove wind;22 cases in group D,were treated by Dopamine.All groups were treated for three months.Resuits:The total response rate was 89.8%in group A,similarto 86.4%in group D(P>0.05),and higherthan 65.0%in group C(P<0.01).Conclusion:Linear scalp-acupuncture combined with herbs is quite effective in the treatment of PD.

  2. Clinical Observation on Vertebroarterial Pattern of Cervical Spondylopathy Treated by Combination of Adjacent and Distal Points

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    杨自威

    2006-01-01

    目的:探讨远近相伍取穴治疗椎动脉型颈椎病的疗效.方法:将140例椎动脉型颈椎病患者随机分为针刺组、药物组,每组各70例.针刺组采用中医辨证取穴结合西医解剖特定点,药物组采用口服龙骨颈椎胶囊、西比灵胶囊,并观察治疗前后临床症状体征积分和椎-基动脉血流改善情况.结果与结论: 总有效率针刺组(100%)明显高于药物组(61.4%,P<0.01),临床症状体征积分和椎-基动脉血流改善情况两组治疗前后比较有显著性差异(P<0.05),而针刺组改善程度较药物组更著(P<0.05),远期疗效针刺组优于对照组,但差异无显著性(P>0.2).%Objective:In order to investigate the therapeutic effect of combined adjacent and distal acupoints in the treatment of vertebroarterial pattern of cervical spondylopathy. Methods: 140 cases were randomly divided into the acupuncture group and medication group, 70 cases in each group. The acupuncture group was treated by the acupoints selected upon TCM pattern identification plus the spots decided upon the anatomical feature in modern medicine. The medication group was treated with oral Dragon-Bone Cervical Vertebra Capsules, and Flunarizine Hydrochloride Capsules, to observe the integral of the clinical symptoms and signs and improvement of the vertebrobasilar blood flow before and after the treatment.Results and Conclusion: The total effective rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group (100%) than in the medication group (61.4%) (P<0.01). There was a significant difference (P<0.05) in the integral of clinical symptoms and sighs and in the improvement of the vertebrobasilar blood flow in comparison between the two groups before and after the treatment, but the improvement was more remarkable in the acupuncture group (P<0.05) than in the medication group, and the long-term therapeutic effect was better in the acupuncture group than in the medication group, but without significant

  3. Tigecycline-Amikacin Combination Effectively Suppresses the Selection of Resistance in Clinical Isolates of KPC-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Ni, Wentao; Wei, Chuanqi; Zhou, Chufei; Zhao, Jin; Liang, Beibei; Cui, Junchang; Wang, Rui; Liu, Youning

    2016-01-01

    By far, only tigecycline, colistin, and some aminoglycosides still show favorable in vitro activities against carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. However, rapid emergence of resistance often occurs during long-term treatment in clinic, challenging these last resort antimicrobials. In this study, we measured mutant prevention concentration (MPC) and mutant selection window (MSW) of tigecycline, colistin and amikacin alone and in combination for clinical isolates of KPC-producing K. pneumoniae, and characterized the resistant mutants recovered. The MPC90 of 30 tested isolates for tigecycline, colistin, and amikacin were 16, >128, and 128 mg/L, respectively. The average MSW of tigecycline-amikacin, tigecycline-colistin, and amikacin-colistin combinations for four representative strains were 11.99, 200.13, and 372.38, respectively. A strong correlation was found between the MSW combination and the product of MSW of each single drug. Combinations of 1 minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) multiple tigecycline and 1 MIC multiple amikacin could result in 1000- to 10000-fold reduction in mutational frequency relative to their individual mutational frequencies, and combinations of 1 MIC multiple amikacin and 1.5-2 MIC multiple tigecycline could successfully restrict the recovery of resistant mutants on agar plates. However, 2 MIC multiple colistin in combination with 2 MIC multiple tigecycline or amikacin merely resulted in approximately 10-fold decrease in the mutational frequency. In conclusion, this study showed tigecycline-amikacin combination could effectively suppress the selection of resistance at low concentrations compared with the colistin-tigecycline and colistin-amikacin combinations, suggesting that this combination may be useful in clinical therapy.

  4. Clinical and histopathological effect of combined preoperative radiation and intratumoral injections in rectal cancer

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    Sarashina, H.; Todoroki, T.; Orii, K.; Otsu, H.; Iwasaki, Y.

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    Twenty-one surgical patients with carcinoma of the rectum (Group 3) were treated with preoperative radiotherapy and intratumoral injections of Pepleomycin and BUdR (5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine). On the other hand, 25 patients (Group 1) were treated by surgery alone and 7 patients (Group 2) were treated with preoperative radiotherapy alone. The difference in the background factors of the patients for three groups was not significant. The total dose of preoperative radiation was 42.6 Gy., e.i., 30.6 Gy. (1.8 Gy./fr. x 5/wk) delivered to the entire pelvis plus an additional 12 Gy. (3.0 Gy./fr. x 4/wk) to the primary tumor. The reduction rates in tumor regression on roentgenogram for Groups 2 and 3 were 30.5 % and 46.5 %, respectively. The extent of cancer cell invasion in rectal wall of the surgical specimens was examined histopathologically. In the preoperative radiation group, especially in Group 3, it was indicated that the stage of the lesion had been reduced. The rates of patients with an ew of less than 2 mm were 64.0 % in Group 1, 28.6 % in Group 2 and 14.3 % in Group 3 (Group 1 - 3 : p = 0.02). The incidence of positive lymph nodes was higher in Group 1 than in Groups 2 and 3. In a histopathological investigation of the patients in Group 3, the degenerative changes were heavier than in Group 2. Scattered mucocele transformation from the submucosal layer through to the adventitial tissue was noted in Group 3. This study suggests that the clinical and pathological effect of this combination therapy is able to increase the local control and survival rate.

  5. Clinical Study of Combined Acupuncture and Tuina in Treating Enuresis Following Occult Cleft Spine

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    HU Zhen-xia; JI Qing; CHEN Qiang; XU Hong; CHEN Zuo-lin

    2004-01-01

    To observe the clinical efficacy of combined acupuncture and Tuina in the treatment of enuresis following occult cleft spine and seek quantified indexes for result assessment, 40 subjects were treated by above methods and B-ultrasonically examined before and after treatment to determine the capacity of bladder and the residual urine inside it. The total effective rate was 90%; there was a difference of the capacity of bladder between before and after treatment (P<0.05); 11 cases suffered from residual urine, and there was also significant difference of residual urine between before and after treatment (P<0.01). It is revealed that this method can increase the capacity of bladder and diminish residual urine.%观察针推结合治疗隐性脊柱裂遗尿的临床疗效,探索检测疗效的量化指标.对40例患者进行临床疗效观察及治疗前后B超检查,观察对比膀胱容量大小,有无残余尿及量的变化.结果临床总有效率90%,治疗前后膀胱容量变化有显著性差异(P<0.05),其中有残余尿者11例,治疗前后残余尿量变化有非常显著的差异(P<0.01).本方法能够增加膀胱容量,减少残余尿量.

  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. Nimotuzumab combined with radiotherapy for esophageal cancer: preliminary study of a Phase II clinical trial

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Jun Liang,1 Mingyan E,2 Gang Wu,3 Lujun Zhao,4 Xia Li,5 Xia Xiu,6 Ning Li,1 Bo Chen,1 Zhouguang Hui,1 Jima Lv,1 Hui Fang,1 Yu Tang,1 Nan Bi,1 Wenqing Wang,1 Yirui Zhai,1 Tao Li,1 Dongfu Chen,1 Shuangmei Zou,7 Ning Lu,7 Rolando Perez-Rodríguez,8 Junqi Zheng,9 Luhua Wang11Department of Radiotherapy, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China; 2Department of Radiotherapy, Cancer Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, People's Republic of China; 3Department of Radiotherapy, Tongji Cancer Center Hospital, Wuhan, People's Republic of China; 4Department of Radiotherapy, Cancer Hospital of Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China; 5Department of Radiotherapy, LiaoNing Province Cancer Hospital, Shenyang, People's Republic of China; 6Department of Radiotherapy, Beijing Hospital, Beijing, People's Republic of China; 7Department of Pathology, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China; 8Center of Molecular Immunology, Havana, Cuba; 9School of Medicine, Tongji University, Shanghai, People's Republic of ChinaObjective: To determine the safety and therapeutic effects of nimotuzumab (h-R3 combined with radiotherapy in esophageal cancer.Methods: This Phase II clinical trial involved 42 patients with stage II (inoperable or refused surgery to stage IV (supraclavicular lymph node metastasis only esophageal cancers treated between November 2008 and July 2010. All patients had squamous cell carcinomas, and all received three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy and 200 mg nimotuzumab per week during radiotherapy.Results: There were 9, 25, and 8 patients with stage II, III and IV disease, respectively. All except two patients received 50–70 Gy radiation; 37 patients (88.1% received more than five nimotuzumab doses. Grade III toxicities (21.4% of all adverse events included esophagitis and gastrointestinal, dermatological and hematological

  8. Marcadores sorológicos de hepatite B em indivíduos submetidos a exames de sangue em unidades de saúde Serological markers of hepatitis B in people submitted to blood testing in health care clinics

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    Lucia VG Miranda

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar aspectos da epidemiologia da hepatite B em pessoas submetidas à coleta de sangue em unidades de saúde. MÉTODOS: Indivíduos dos quais se coletou sangue em unidades de saúde de Ribeirão Preto, independentemente do motivo, foram solicitados a fornecer uma quantidade adicional de material, obtida no momento da coleta e submetida à detecção de marcadores de hepatite B. Simultaneamente, por meio de questionário padronizado, foram obtidas informações de possíveis fatores de risco para a doença. Os dados foram analisados por meio de um modelo de regressão logística. RESULTADOS: As prevalências de HBsAg e de anti-HBcAg foram de 0,3% e 13,9%, respectivamente. Os fatores de risco associados à infecção foram: idade, residência na cidade há menos de um ano, antecedente de hepatite, exposição prévia a casas de correção e homo/bissexualismo masculino. CONCLUSÕES: Devido a dificuldades crescentes de obtenção de sangue de indivíduos sadios, essa pode ser uma alternativa para estudos que objetivem fornecer informações sobre a circulação de agentes infecciosos na população. Embora não se possa generalizar os dados obtidos pela metodologia usada, ela traz conhecimento referente à circulação do vírus de hepatite B.OBJECTIVE: To study some of the epidemiological aspects of hepatitis B in a non-representative sample of patients seen in health care clinics. METHODS: The study population comprised 632 patients who were seen at health care clinics in the city of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, for the purpose of blood testing, regardless the reason. After signing a written consent, an additional amount of blood was drawn from the same venous puncture site used to collect the original sample for the testing assigned to the patient at the health care clinic. A questionnaire was applied to each participant, looking for the presence of risk factors for hepatitis B. The blood samples were tested for HBV markers, using

  9. Controversies about the use of serological markers indiagnosis of in flammatory bowel disease

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    The serological markers are increasingly used in diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease(IBD).D-lactate and diamine oxidase are new indicators that can be used to reveal the damage to intestinal mucosa and permeability alteration in IBD.Although the two biological markers seem more sensitive,recent clinical trials and animal experiments have shown controversies about the use of them in diagnosis of IBD.Therefore, these markers should be interpreted cautiously and further prospective studies are needed to es...

  10. SEROLOGICAL RESPONSE TO MYXOMATOSIS VACCINATION BY DIFFERENT INOCULATION SYSTEMS ON FARM RABBITS.

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    Alfonso,M.; Pagés-Mantè, A.

    2003-01-01

    In order to assess the serological response to different vaccination systems against myxomatosis, five groups of 20 rabbits each were inoculated with a vaccine prepared from the Shope fibroma virus (Mixohipra-FSA(R) ). Administration systems differed between groups: subcutaneous injection (group A), intradermic inoculation in one-shot one-impact (group B), one-shot three- impacts (group C), two-shots one-impact (group D) and two shots three-impacts (group E). Clinical signs, general and local...

  11. Tigecycline-amikacin combination effectively suppresses the selection of resistance in clinical isolates of KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae

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    Wentao Ni

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available By far, only tigecycline, colistin and some aminoglycosides still show favorable in vitro activities against carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. However, rapid emergence of resistance often occurs during long-term treatment in clinic, challenging these last resort antimicrobials. In this study, we measured mutant prevention concentration (MPC and mutant selection window (MSW of tigecycline, colistin and amikacin alone and in combination for clinical isolates of KPC-producing K. pneumoniae, and characterized the resistant mutants recovered. The MPC90 of 30 tested isolates for tigecycline, colistin and amikacin were 16, >128 and 128 mg/L, respectively. The average MSW of tigecycine-amikacin, tigecycline-colisitn, and amikacin-colistin combinations for 4 representative strains were 11.99, 200.13 and 372.38, respectively. A strong correlation was found between the MSWcombination and the product of MSW of each single drug. Combinations of 1MIC multiple tigecycline and 1MIC multiple amikacin could result in 1000-10000 fold reduction in mutational frequency relative to their individual mutational frequencies, and combinations of 1 MIC multiple amikacin and 1.5-2 MIC multiple tigecycline could successfully restrict the recovery of resistant mutants on agar plates. However, 2 MIC multiple colistin in combination with 2 MIC multiple tigecycline or amikacin merely resulted in approximately 10 fold decrease in the mutational frequency. In conclusion, this study showed tigecycline-amikacin combination could effectively suppress the selection of resistance at low concentrations compared with the colistin-tigecycline and colistin-amikacin combinations, suggesting that this combination may be useful in clinical therapy.

  12. Antidepressant monotherapy and combination of antidepressants in the treatment of resistant depression in current clinical practice: A retrospective study.

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    Bares, Martin; Novak, Tomas; Kopecek, Miloslav; Stopkova, Pavla; Höschl, Cyril

    2010-11-01

    Abstract Objectives. The aim of this study was to compare efficacy of antidepressant monotherapies and combinations of antidepressants in the treatment of resistant patients in current clinical practice. Methods. We reviewed chart documents of resistant depressive inpatients treated at least 4 weeks with a new treatment. Depressive symptoms and clinical status were assessed using Montgomery and Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), Beck Depression Inventory-Short Form and Clinical Global Impression at the baseline, week 2 and in the end of treatment. Results. We identified 81 patients (27 with combinations and 51 with monotherapies) that were suitable for analyses. The combination group achieved higher reduction of MADRS score (14.6 vs 10.2 pts., p=0.02) and response rate (≥ 50% reduction of MADRS, 67% vs 39%, p=0.03). Number needed to treat for response was 4. Conclusions. Based on our results, we suggest that combination of antidepressants might be more effective than monotherapy in clinical practice.

  13. Herd factors associated with the serological Yersinia prevalence in fattening pig herds.

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    von Altrock, Alexandra; Roesler, Uwe; Waldmann, Karl-Heinz

    2011-12-01

    Recent epidemiological evidence has demonstrated that pork is an important source of yersiniosis in humans. Identifying risk factors and potential interventions in swine production that may decrease the risk of pork production contamination during harvest and processing is an important step before controlling Yersinia spp. Therefore, management strategies and production processes that might be associated with fattening pigs testing seropositive for pathogenic Yersinia spp. were investigated in 80 fattening pig farms. Although >70 farm characteristics were included in the risk assessment, there were only a few that seemed to be connected with serological prevalence: housing on a fully slatted floor and the use of municipal water were observed more often in herds with low serological Yersinia prevalence, whereas recurring health problems and a low daily weight gain compared with the mean of the herds included in the study were found in herds with a high prevalence. Besides, the Yersinia prevalence seemed to be inversely proportional to the herds' serological Salmonella status collected in accordance with German legislation. Additionally, the development of the serological Yersinia status of selected herds was assessed over a period of a year to gain knowledge of the dynamics of Yersinia infections in fattening pig herds. Three out of four serological negative herds maintained a low level of Yersinia prevalence, whereas one herd shifted between negative status and a prevalence of 100%. The reason for these considerable fluctuations could not be explained, and there was no direct association with the analyzed risk factors. Further research should be carried out to prove the given risk factors, especially the possible relation to the Salmonella prevalence before implementing a combined zoonoses surveillance and control program.

  14. Serological diagnosis of Besnoitia bennetti infection in donkeys

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    Besnoitiosis is an emerging infectious disease of donkeys in the United States for which there are currently no serologic methods of diagnosis. A study was performed to evaluate physical examination findings and three serologic assays for the detection of B. bennetti infection in donkeys. A prospect...

  15. Combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy for pediatric medulloblastoma: a clinical study of 33 cases

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    Wei ZHENG

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To retrospectively review the clinical characteristics of medulloblastoma,discuss the optimized treatment regimen,and analyze the prognostic influential factors.Methods Thirty-three children with pathologically certified medulloblastoma(aged 3-14 years with average of 6.5 years,admitted from Aug.2004 to Dec.2007,received radiotherapy within 3 weeks post surgery.Ratiotherapy consisted of 28~36Gy whole craniospinal radiation and a supplementary radiation aimed at tumors by three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy(3D-CRT for a total dose of 50~54Gy(conventional fraction dose of 1.8-2.0Gy.A part of patients received hyperfractionation radiotherapy(1.0Gy/f,2f/d for alleviating the tardive adverse events.Meanwhile,a synchronized chemotherapy,consisting of lomustine + vincristine + cisplatin,or isophosphamide + carboplatin + etoposide,was administered after the completion of whole craniospinal radiation,and 3-5 courses of sequential chemotherapy were given after the overall radiotherapy was finished.According to the metastasis,and the residual tumor and its size,the 33 patients were divided into 2 groups as follows: low-risk group(n=24: no metastases,total or sub-total excision of tumors(residual tumors ≤1.5cm3;high-risk group(n=9: either metastases or residual tumor > 1.5cm3.The 3-year survival rates of two groups were then compared.Results The combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy was effective to 10 of the 11 patients(90.9% with residual tumors.Out of the 33 patients,31 obtained complete remission(93.9%,and 2 patients showed partial remission or stable status(3.0%,respectively.The median survival time of 33 patients was 51 months,3-year disease free survival(DFS was 75.8%,and 3-year overall survival(OS was 78.8%,including 33.3% in high-risk group and 95.8% in low-risk group(P < 0.01.The major side effects occurred in haematological system and digestive system,such as an incidence of 21.2%(7/33 with grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ bone marrow suppression

  16. Clinical and immunological efficacy of combination therapy of children with measles

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    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to assess the clinical and immunological efficacy of recombinant interferon Alfa-2b. Examined 34 children aged from 1 year to 7 years carrying medium to heavy degree of measles. All patients were not vaccinated against measles. In the treatment of 18 people (Control group were used only basic therapy (pathogenic, symptomatic. At 16 people (Study group used a combination therapy (basic + Viferon. As an antiviral agent used and immunotropic preparation of human recombinant interferon alfa-2b in the form of rectal suppositories – Viferon (OOO «Feron», Russia. Immunological patient survey was conducted in the dynamics of the disease – during the height (in 1-6 days the rash and in convalescence period (10-16 days rash. Indicators of cellular immunity (leukocytes, lymphocytes, CD3 +, CD3 + CD (16 + 56 +, CD3 + CD4 +, CD3 + CD8 +, CD4 + CD8 +, CD3-CD8 +, CD3-CD (16 + 56, CD19 +, CD25 +, CD3 + HLA DR +, CD (16 + 56 + HLA DR +, HLA DR +, CD95 + were evaluated by flow cytometry. To assess the production of IFN-α and IFN-γ in the samples of peripheral blood were cultured in the CO2 incubator for 18 hours at 37 C and 4% CO2. The supernatants of cell culture were investigated with the purpose of studying spontaneous and induced production of interferon alpha and gamma. The concentrations of interferon α and γ (IFNα, IFNγ in the blood serum, as well as levels of spontaneous and induced cytokine production data of blood cells of sick children was determined by ELISA. All the children at the peak of the disease found a dramatic inhibition of cellular immunity and the production of cytokines, which is consistent with the concept of «measles anergy» accepted in the scientific literature. The period of convalescence oppression immunity indices remained, but it was less pronounced in the group of children treated with the drug of human recombinant interferon alfa-2b -Viferon. Clinical efficacy

  17. Clinical Observation on Combined Tuina and Medicated Bath for Early Intervention of Neonatal Brain Injuries

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    刘振寰; 丁建英; 韩丑萍

    2010-01-01

    目的:观察推拿、药浴等中医疗法早期干预对婴儿脑损伤的临床疗效.方法:对60例中重度脑损伤婴儿进行小儿健脑推拿及中药浴式水疗,同时配合中医传统五行音乐聆听及运动疗法等治疗.分别于治疗前、治疗3个月后采用Gesell测查法进行发育商(Development Quotient,DQ)评估,并在治疗1年半后进行远期随访.结果:治疗前、治疗3个月及一年半后发育商分别为(34.98±28.94),(66.17±14.91)和(75.40±14.69),与治疗前比较,治疗3个月及一年半后发育商各指标均有显著提高(P=0.000).结论:对脑损伤婴儿进行推拿中医早期干预可促进大脑发育,修复神经损伤,促进运动、认知的发育,有效预防神经系统后遗症的发生.%Objective: To observe the clinical effect of early intervention of combined tuina with medicated bath for neonatal brain injuries.Methods: Brain-benefiting tuina manipulations,medicated bath and music plus exercise therapies were employed in 60 infants with medium or severe brain injuries.The Gesell measurement methods were adopted prior to and 3 months after treatment to evaluate the development quotient(DQ).In addition,the long-term follow-up was made after one and a half years.Result: The scores of DQ prior to treatment,3 month after treatment and 1.5 years after treatment were(34.98±28.94),(66.17±14.91)and(75.40±14.69)respectively,showing a marked improvement after 3months and 1.5 years of treatment(P=0.000).Conclusion: Early intervention using tuina manipulations could enhance the brain development,repair the nerve injury,improve the motion and cognitive ability and prevent the sequela of the nervous system.

  18. Comparison of the pharmacologic and clinical profiles of new combined oral contraceptives containing estradiol

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    Full Text Available Jeffrey T Jensen,1 Johannes Bitzer,2 Marco Serrani3 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA; 2Department of Social Medicine and Psychosomatics, Women’s Hospital, University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; 3Global Medical Affairs, Women’s Healthcare, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Berlin, Germany Abstract: Three estradiol (E2-containing oral contraceptives, estradiol valerate/cyproterone acetate (E2V/CPA, Femilar®, estradiol valerate/dienogest (E2V/DNG, Qlaira®/Natazia™, and estradiol/nomegestrol acetate (E2/NOMAC; Zoely®, have received approval for use in general practice. Only Finnish women currently have access to all three E2-based formulations. E2/NOMAC is currently approved only in Europe, while E2V/DNG is approved globally. To assist clinicians counseling women considering use of one of these formulations, we conducted a review of the published information about the current E2-containing oral contraceptives. A literature search was conducted using the Ovid interface and a combination of free search terms relevant to estradiol and oral contraception to identify suitable articles for inclusion in this review. The available data show that E2V/DNG, E2/NOMAC, and E2V/CPA are all effective oral contraceptives. While direct comparisons are lacking, indirect evidence suggests that E2V/DNG and E2/NOMAC may have better bleeding profiles than E2V/CPA. E2V/DNG is also approved for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding. Both E2V/DNG and E2/NOMAC have minimal influence on hemostatic, lipid, and carbohydrate metabolism parameters, or induce less change in these parameters relative to ethinylestradiol-based oral contraceptives. However, the predictive value of these surrogate parameters is a matter of debate, and whether these differences can be translated into meaningful clinical outcomes needs to be established in large-scale, post-marketing, prospective, Phase IV cohort

  19. Clinical Outcome of Arthroscopic Bankart Repair Combined With Simultaneous Capsular Repair.

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    Nakagawa, Shigeto; Iuchi, Ryo; Mae, Tatsuo; Mizuno, Naoko; Take, Yasuhiro

    2017-05-01

    A capsular tear and humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligament lesion are not uncommon findings in association with a Bankart lesion. However, there have been few reports regarding the prevalence of such capsular lesions and the postoperative recurrence after capsular repair. Purpose/Hypothesis: This study investigated the prevalence of capsular lesions and clarified their influence on the postoperative recurrence of instability. In addition, factors were identified that were associated with the occurrence of capsular lesions and the postoperative recurrence of instability. We hypothesized that clinical outcomes would be improved by combining arthroscopic Bankart repair with simultaneous capsular repair. Cohort study; Level of evidence, 3. Capsular lesions were retrospectively examined through operative records, still pictures, and videos in 172 shoulders with traumatic anterior instability. First, the prevalence of capsular lesions and their severity were investigated. Then, postoperative recurrence was determined in shoulders observed for a minimum of 2 years. Finally, factors were assessed that were associated with the occurrence of capsular lesions and the postoperative recurrence of instability. A capsular lesion was recognized in 37 shoulders (21.5%), being severe and mild in 20 and 17, respectively. All were repaired simultaneously with the arthroscopic Bankart procedure. After follow-up for at least 2 years, recurrence of instability was detected in 10 of 34 shoulders (29.4%), including 6 (31.6%) with severe capsular lesions and 4 (26.7%) with mild lesions. The recurrence rate was significantly higher in shoulders with a capsular lesion than in shoulders without a capsular lesion (18 of 120, 15%; P = .013), but there was no significant difference between severe and mild lesions. Regardless of the sport played, capsular lesions were significantly more frequent in patients ≥30 years old, patients with complete dislocation, and patients with a coexisting

  20. Combined Spinal Epidural versus Epidural Sufentanil and Bupivacaine in Labour (Clinical and Histological comparative Study

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    Nagia M. Abd El Moeti, *Zinab B. Youssef, *Soaad S. Abd El Aal

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction:- Regional analgesia provides excellent pain relif in labour. This study was designed to compare combined spinal eqidural (CSE versus epidural block using a narcotic (sufentanil and local anaesthetic bupivacaine regarding their effects on progress of labour, method of delivery, pain relif, side effects and neonatal outcome. Patients and Methods :-Forty pregnant women ASA I and II were enrolled in this study. The women were randomly allocated to receive either CSE or epidural ( 20 patient of each . In CSE group analgesia was initiated with 10ug sufentanil with 2mg bupivacaine. In epidural group 10ml bupivacaine 0.125%.and 10ug sufentanil injected epidurally. In both groups the continuous infusion of 0.83% bupivacaine with 0.33ug/ml sufentanil at 10ml/hr adjusted as required. Maternal haemodynamics, analgesia characteristics VAPS, degree of motor block, were measured. Duration of labour, cervical dilation, maternal satisfaction and mode of delivery were assessed. Foetal outcome was assessed by 1 and 5 min. Apgar score and umbilical venous blood gases. Maternal and neonatal side effects were observed. The experimental study was done on 30 rats divided into 3 groups 10 rats of each. Control group (A injected intrathecally with saline, group (B injected intrathecally with 1.5ug/kg sufentanil (low dose, and group (C injected intrathecally with 7.5ug/kg sufentanil (high dose, the pervious doses were injected every 2hr. for 3 times then the spinal cord was obtained and stained for histological evaluation. Results:- The clinical study showed that no difference between the 2 groups for the degree of motor block or adequacy of analgesia, mode of delivery and Foetal outcome. The onset of analgesia was faster with CSE technique, more patient satisfaction and more pruritis. The histological results revealed that no detectable significant neurotoxic changes with the use of small dose of intrathecal sufentanil but mild changes occurred with high

  1. Combined prospective United States clinical study data for the GORE(®) HELEX(®) septal occluder device.

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    Rhodes, John F; Goble, Jake

    2014-05-01

    Our goal was to summarize the outcome for all subjects evaluated during a prospective clinical study in the United States with the GORE(®) HELEX(®) Septal Occluder for transcatheter repair of secundum atrial septal defects (ASD). The GORE(®) HELEX(®) Septal Occluder is currently utilized for repair of secundum ASD. No previous reports are available that summarize the combined clinical trial outcomes for this device. In the United States between 1999 and 2009, 435 subjects were enrolled through the Feasibility, Pivotal, Continued Access, and Post-Approval Studies. All subjects enrolled through these studies were collectively reviewed as the "study cohort." Clinical success, defined as a composite evaluation of safety and efficacy, is reported for subjects at the 12-month follow-up period. Of the 435 device subjects enrolled in the four clinical studies, 412 subjects were eligible for follow-up. Device efficacy, as represented by clinical closure at 12 months, was achieved in 98.3% of subjects, and in 99.5% of those receiving a device whose nominal diameter was greater or equal to twice the balloon sized defect diameter. Through 12 months following implantation, freedom from major adverse events was 95.2%. Together, these results yield a 93.0% composite clinical success at 12 months following the index procedure. The combined clinical study cohort represents the largest prospective, controlled clinical trial data set available for the GORE(®) HELEX(®) Septal Occluder. The clinical data presented in this report reaffirm the safety and efficacy of the GORE(®) HELEX(®) Septal Occluder when utilized for secundum atrial septal defect repair. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. The clinical application of combined dualenergy CT pulmonary angiography and indirect venography

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To assess the usefulness of combined dual-energy CT pulmonary angiography (DE-CTPA) and indirect CT venography(CTV) in the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism(VTE). Methods Forty-nine patients with leg swelling suspected of pulmonary embolism(PE) underwent both DE-CTPA combined with CTV and lower

  3. Clinical oncology and palliative medicine as a combined specialty--a unique model in Hong Kong.

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    Yeung, Rebecca; Wong, Kam-Hung; Yuen, Kwok-Keung; Wong, Ka-Yan; Yau, Yvonne; Lo, Sing-Hung; Liu, Rico

    2015-07-01

    The importance of early integration of palliative care (PC) into oncology treatment is increasingly being recognized. However, there is no consensus on what is the optimal way of integration. This article describes a unique model in Hong Kong where clinical oncology and palliative medicine (PM) is integrated through the development of PM as a subspecialty under clinical oncology.

  4. The study of clinical value of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with dutoxetine for patients with generalized anxiety disorder

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    Ji-Dong Ren

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the clinical value of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (RTMS) combined with dutoxetine for patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).Methods:A total of 180 cases of patients with GAD were randomly divided into two groups (the control group and the observation group) with 90 cases each group. Patients in control group were treated with dutoxetine, while those in observation group were treated by dutoxetine combined with RTMS. The Hamilton anxiety scale and the clinical global impression scale were used to evaluate the efficacy of both groups before and after treatment, then the characteristics of mismatch negativity and P300 were detected by using brain evoked potential, and meanwhile, plasma cortisol, brain derived neurotrophic factor and homocysteine levels were detected and compared too.Results:Analysis of variance of repeated measure data showed that the main effect of time, main effect between groups and interaction effect of Hamilton anxiety scale and the clinical global impression scale scores, MMN incubation period, MMN amplitude, target N2 incubation period, target P3 incubation period, P2 non-target amplitude, levels of plasma cortisol, brain derived neurotrophic factor and homocysteine of both groups were statistically significant (P < 0.05).Conclusions:The treatment of RTMS combined with dutoxetine for patients with GAD has a faster and better curative effect, which is worthy of clinical promotion.

  5. An automated tuberculosis screening strategy combining X-ray-based computer-aided detection and clinical information

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    Melendez, Jaime; Sánchez, Clara I.; Philipsen, Rick H. H. M.; Maduskar, Pragnya; Dawson, Rodney; Theron, Grant; Dheda, Keertan; van Ginneken, Bram

    2016-04-01

    Lack of human resources and radiological interpretation expertise impair tuberculosis (TB) screening programmes in TB-endemic countries. Computer-aided detection (CAD) constitutes a viable alternative for chest radiograph (CXR) reading. However, no automated techniques that exploit the additional clinical information typically available during screening exist. To address this issue and optimally exploit this information, a machine learning-based combination framework is introduced. We have evaluated this framework on a database containing 392 patient records from suspected TB subjects prospectively recruited in Cape Town, South Africa. Each record comprised a CAD score, automatically computed from a CXR, and 12 clinical features. Comparisons with strategies relying on either CAD scores or clinical information alone were performed. Our results indicate that the combination framework outperforms the individual strategies in terms of the area under the receiving operating characteristic curve (0.84 versus 0.78 and 0.72), specificity at 95% sensitivity (49% versus 24% and 31%) and negative predictive value (98% versus 95% and 96%). Thus, it is believed that combining CAD and clinical information to estimate the risk of active disease is a promising tool for TB screening.

  6. Efficacy of Mastoparan-AF alone and in combination with clinically used antibiotics on nosocomial multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

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    Full Text Available Emergence of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB has become a critical clinical problem worldwide and limited therapeutic options for infectious diseases caused by MDRAB. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of new antimicrobial agents or alternative therapy to combat MDRAB infection. The aim of this study was to investigate effects of Mastoparan-AF (MP-AF, an amphipathic peptide isolated from the hornet venom of Vespa affinis with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, on MDRAB. As compared with clinical used antibiotics, MP-AF exhibited potent antimicrobial activity at 2–16 μg/ml against the reference strain A. baumannii ATCC 15151 and seven MDRAB clinical isolates, especially the colistin-resistant MDRAB, E0158. The synergistic antimicrobial combination study revealed that MP-AF acted synergistically with specific antibiotics, e.g., ciprofloxacin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (SXT or colistin against some isolates of the MDRAB. It was noteworthy when MP-AF combined with SXT exhibited synergistic activity against all SXT-resistant MDRAB isolates. The synergistic combination of MP-AF and antibiotics could reduce the dosage recommended of each antimicrobial agent and improve the safety of medications with ignorable adverse effects, such as colistin with nephrotoxicity in therapeutic dose. Furthermore, MP-AF combined with antibiotics with different antimicrobial mechanisms could reduce selective pressure of antibiotics on bacteria and prevent the emergence of antimicrobial-resistant strains. Importantly, we are the first finding that MP-AF could make MDRAB from the original non-susceptibility to SXT become sensitivity. In conclusion, MP-AF alone or in combination with other antibiotics, especially SXT, is a potential candidate against MDRAB infection in clinical medicine.

  7. INVESTIGATION OF ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY COMBINED PREPARATIONS FOR CLINICAL STRAINS OF MICROORGANISMS ISOLATED FROM PATIENTS WITH BACTERIAL VAGINIT

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    Aslanian M. A.

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    Full Text Available The problem of bacterial vaginit in some cases the cause of severe infectious diseases genitalia of the fetus and newborn, which can impair the health of future generations. It is noted that the treatment of antibacterial agents observed numerous negative side effects- reducing the biochemical activity of the intestinal microflora, abuse microbiota, leading to the development of dysbiosis, increasing the number of resistant strains of pathogens, the risk of allergic reaction sand immunological disorders. A study was conducted towards finding effective combinations of drugs from different pharmacological groups means to create a combination of drugs. The aim of the study was to develop and explore and Flamini combination of miramistin combined medicines to treat bacterial vaginit. As a result of studies in patients with bacterial vaginit pathological material was isolated and identified 72 strains of microorganisms (Staphylococcus spp, Streptococcus spp, Enterococcus spp, Escherichia coli, Haemophillu sssp, Candida albican sand various strains of anaerobic microorganisms. For the combined treatment of infectious and in flammatory diseases (mixed infections in humans the combined drugin tablet form. All clinical strains of microorganisms isolated from patients with bacterial vaginit were tested for sensitivity to the combined preparation in tablet form with Flamini and miramistin. The greatest sensitivity to the drugs found clinical strains of microorganisms: Staphylococcu saureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Peptococcus niger (diameter zone growth retardation is 25,5-23,5 mm. composition tablets number 1 (0.05 g Flamini, miramistini 0.02 g, which was selected for further study shows bacteriostatic effect against a wide range of microorganisms and fungi Rod Candida. IPC for Staphylococcus sp was 20-25 pg / mL for Streptococcus sp 35,0-40,0 mg / ml, for intestinal group 35,0-40,0 for fungi 30,0 mg / ml unlike pills number 2 and number 3, where the

  8. 四磨汤口服液联合酪酸梭菌活菌散辅助治疗儿童营养不良的临床观察%Clinical observation on adjuvant treatment of children malnutrition by Simotang oral liquid combined with clostridium butyricum viable bacteria powder

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    卓文娟; 罗青明; 陈育红

    2012-01-01

    目的:观察四磨汤口服液联合酪酸梭菌活菌散辅助治疗儿童营养不良的临床效果.方法:选择3岁以下营养不良儿童43例,经家属同意后,随机分为对照组和观察组,对照组给予调整饮食、热能供应等常规治疗措施;观察组在上述治疗措施的基础上给予四磨汤口服液联合酪酸梭菌活菌散辅助治疗.比较两组治疗8个月后的体格检查指标、血清学指标及临床疗效.结果:治疗8个月后,两组患儿的体格检查指标、血清学指标及临床治疗有效率比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05),且观察组优于对照组.结论:在儿童营养不良治疗中加用四磨汤口服液联合酪酸梭菌活菌散辅助治疗,可显著提高短期内的临床疗效.%Objective: To observe the clinical effect of Simotang oral liquid combined with clostridium butyricum viable bacteria powder in adjuvant treatment of children malnutrition. Methods: Forty - three children under three years with malnutrition were selected and divided into control group and observation group randomly after informed consent of their parents: the children in control group were treated with routine therapeutic measures, such as regulating diet and heat energy supply; while the children in observation group were treated with Simotang oral liquid combined with clostridium butyricum viable bacteria powder based on above - mentioned routine therapeutic measures. The physical examination indexes, serological indexes, and clinical effects at 8 months after treatment were compared between the two groups. Results; There was significant difference in the physical examination indexes, serological indexes, and clinical effective rate at 8 months after treatment between the two groups (P < 0. 05), the clinical effect of observation group was better than that of control group. Conclusion; Adjuvant treatment with Simotang oral liquid combined with clostridium butyricum viable bacteria powder can improve the

  9. Clinical utility and patient considerations in the use of the sitagliptin-metformin combination in Chinese patients

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Qiang Du, Yan-Jun Wang, Sheng Yang, Ping HanDepartment of Endocrinology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM continues to increase each year. However, the efficacy of glucose-lowering therapies remains unsatisfactory. Moreover, the clinical characteristics and manifestations of DM in Chinese patients are different from those in Western patients. Thus, it is imperative to develop an optimal treatment protocol for lowering blood glucose levels in Chinese patients with DM. Sitagliptin has been used in People’s Republic of China, and sitagliptin and metformin combination therapy may not alter their individual pharmacokinetics. To date, several clinical trials undertaken to investigate the efficacy of sitagliptin and metformin combination therapy have revealed that it effectively controlled glycated hemoglobin, fasting plasma glucose, and postprandial plasma glucose levels to a greater extent than sitagliptin or metformin alone. In addition, the combined therapy was well tolerated and induced few side effects, which were largely mild. Furthermore, the combined therapy was easy to administer, and the patients receiving this therapy showed good compliance. Therefore, for Chinese patients with type 2 DM, sitagliptin and metformin combination therapy is preferred.Keywords: type 2 diabetes mellitus, sitagliptin, metformin

  10. Effects of hydrotalcite combined with esomeprazole on gastric ulcer healing quality: A clinical observation study.

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    Yang, Rui-Qi; Mao, Hua; Huang, Li-Yun; Su, Pei-Zhu; Lu, Min

    2017-02-21

    To evaluate the effects of hydrotalcite combined with esomeprazole on gastric ulcer healing quality. Forty-eight patients diagnosed with gastric ulcer between June 2014 and February 2016 were randomly allocated to the combination therapy group or monotherapy group. The former received hydrotalcite combined with esomeprazole, and the latter received esomeprazole alone, for 8 wk. Twenty-four healthy volunteers were recruited and acted as the healthy control group. Endoscopic ulcer healing was observed using white light endoscopy and narrow band imaging magnifying endoscopy. The composition of collagen fibers, amount of collagen deposition, expression of factor VIII and TGF-β1, and hydroxyproline content were analyzed by Masson staining, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescent imaging and ELISA. Following treatment, changes in the gastric microvascular network were statistically different between the combination therapy group and the monotherapy group (P gastric ulcer healing quality in terms of improving microvascular morphology, degree of structure maturity and function of regenerated mucosa.

  11. Drug adherence to olmesartan/amlodipine fixed combination in an Italian clinical practice setting

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Luca Degli Esposti, Stefania Saragoni, Stefano Buda, Ezio Degli EspostiClicon Srl Health, Economics and Outcomes Research, Ravenna, ItalyObjective: To investigate the criteria for prescribing a combination pill for hypertensive patients, and whether the combination pill improves medication adherence.Materials and methods: This was a retrospective cohort study, performed in three Italian local health units. We selected all adult subjects who received at least one prescription of antihypertensive drugs between September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 (the enrollment period. The date of the first antihypertensive claim was defined as the index date. For each patient, we documented the antihypertensive drug treatments and evaluated patients’ adherence to treatment, which was calculated, separately, as the proportion of days covered in the two 6-month periods preceding and following the index date. Only patients treated with olmesartan and/or amlodipine as a single therapy, or as a two-pill combination in the period prior the index date were included. Changes in adherence levels were compared in subjects who moved to the fixed combination of olmesartan/amlodipine after the index date and in subjects who did not.Results: A cohort of 21,008 subjects with a 6-month history of a prescription of olmesartan and amlodipine as two pills in a combination treatment, or as single-pill treatment, was obtained. Subjects treated with the two-pill combination treatment moved to the olmesartan/amlodipine fixed combination treatment more frequently than did subjects with a single-pill treatment (P<0.001. Comparing the postindex date period to the preindex date period, adherence to treatment was found to be higher in the 239 subjects who moved to the olmesartan/amlodipine fixed combination therapy (from 59.0% to 78.7%; P<0.001, than in the 20,769 subjects who did not move to the olmesartan/amlodipine fixed combination therapy (from 56.3% to 63.0%, P<0.001.Conclusion

  12. Combined injuries in the upper cervical spine: clinical and epidemiological data over a 14-year period

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    Concomitant traumatic injuries in the upper cervical spine are often encountered and rarely reported. We examined the data concerning 784 patients with cervical spine injuries following trauma, including 116 patients with upper cervical spine injuries. Twenty-six percent of patients with upper cervical spine injuries (31 cases) were found to have combined injuries involving either the upper or the upper and lower cervical spine. The frequent patterns were combined type I bipedicular fracture ...

  13. In vitro evaluation of a new drug combination against clinical isolates belonging to the Mycobacterium abscessus complex.

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    Singh, S; Bouzinbi, N; Chaturvedi, V; Godreuil, S; Kremer, L

    2014-12-01

    The in vitro susceptibility profile to amikacin, linezolid, clarithromycin, imipenem, cefoxitin, clofazimine and tigecycline was established for 67 strains belonging to the Mycobacterium abscessus complex. Clofazimine and tigecycline were among the most effective drugs, prompting us to assess the effect of a clofazimine and tigecycline combination. Synergistic activity was found in 42% of the 19 isolates tested. The clinical impact of this new drug combination against the M. abscessus complex, as an alternative or sequential medication for the treatment of drug-resistant strains, remains to be addressed.

  14. Patients With Combined Membranous Nephropathy and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis Have Comparable Clinical and Autoantibody Profiles With Primary Membranous Nephropathy

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    Gu, Qiu-hua; Cui, Zhao; Huang, Jing; Zhang, Yi-Miao; Qu, Zhen; Wang, Fang; Wang, Xin; Wang, Su-xia; Liu, Gang; Zhao, Ming-hui

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    Abstract Patients with combined membranous nephropathy (MN) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) have been reported with different clinical significance. Investigations on the possible mechanisms of the combined glomerular lesions are necessary but scarce. Twenty patients with both MN and FSGS lesions were enrolled in the study. Sixty-five patients with primary MN and 56 patients with primary FSGS were used as disease controls. Clinical data on renal biopsy and during follow-up were collected. Circulating anti-phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) antibody, glomerular PLA2R expression, IgG4 deposition, and soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) levels were detected. We found that patients with combined lesions presented with older age, less proteinuria, higher albumin, and better renal function on biopsy. These were comparable to the patients with primary MN, but differed from the patients with primary FSGS. Patients with combined lesions showed higher stages of MN, no cellular variant on FSGS classification, and more common (100.0%) tubulointerstitial injury than both primary MN and primary FSGS patients. In the patients with combined lesions, 80.0% had circulating anti-PLA2R antibody and 68.4% had IgG4 predominant deposition in glomeruli, which were comparable to primary MN. The patients with combined lesions had significantly lower urinary suPAR concentrations, than the primary FSGS patients (315.6 ± 151.0 vs 752.1 ± 633.9 pg/μmol; P = 0.002), but similar to the primary MN patients (267.9 ± 147.5 pg/μmol). We conclude that patients with combined MN and FSGS may share the same underlying pathogenesis with primary MN. The FSGS lesion might be secondary to primary MN. PMID:27227951

  15. Clinical, paraclinical and serological findings in Susac syndrome

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    Jarius, Sven; Kleffner, Ilka; Dörr, Jan M

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Susac syndrome (SuS) is a rare disorder thought to be caused by autoimmune-mediated occlusions of microvessels in the brain, retina and inner ear leading to central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction, visual disturbances due to branch retinal artery occlusions (BRAO), and hearing defici...

  16. Aspectos clínicos, serológicos y parasitológicos de un brote de triquinelosis humana en Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina: Las fases aguda y cronica de la infección Clinical, serological and parasitological aspects of an outbreak of human trichinellosis in Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. The acute and chronic phases of the infection

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    Full Text Available Se describen las características clínicas y serológicas de individuos cursando las fases aguda (n: 54 y crónica (n: 32 de triquinelosis, de un brote epidémico ocurrido en una zona endémica de Argentina, originado por el consumo de productos de cerdo de origen comercial. Se evaluaron los datos epidemiológicos, signos y síntomas de la parasitosis y estudios de laboratorio. Se realizaron estudios parasitológicos en pacientes y en chacinados. Los resultados mostraron que: a la carga parasitaria de los productos de cerdo fue de 200.0±18.3 larvas/g; b se demostró la presencia de larvas musculares en 10 de 11 pacientes estudiados; c durante la fase aguda se observó fiebre (94%, eosinofilia (90%, mialgias (85%, cefalea (81%, edema facial (54%, diarrea (52% y anticuerpos anti-Trichinella (64%; d el 15% de los pacientes debió ser hospitalizado presentando el 7% de ellos complicaciones; e durante la fase crónica se observó mialgia (72%, alteraciones visuales (22%, desórdenes gastrointestinales (31% y la persistencia de anticuerpos (77%. Este estudio evidencia el impacto socioeconómico de la triquinelosis debido a las características clínicas de la fase aguda y a la presencia de síntomas en la fase crónica.Clinical and serological features of individuals undergoing the acute (n: 54 and chronic (n: 32 phases of trichinellosis belonging to an outbreak originated by the consumption of pork products of a commercial source, arisen in Argentina, are described. Epidemiological data, signs, symptoms, and laboratory studies were assessed. Parasitological studies were performed in patients and pork products. Results showed that: a the parasite burden of pork products was 200.0±18.3 larvae/g; b muscle larvae were demonstrated in 10 out of the 11 patients studied; c during the acute phase, fever (94%, eosinophilia (90%, myalgia (85%, headache (81%, facial edema (54%, diarrhoea (52% and anti-Trichinella antibodies (64% were observed; d 15% of the

  17. Geographical patterns of malaria transmission based on serological markers for falciparum and vivax malaria in Ratanakiri, Cambodia

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    Karen Kerkhof

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    transmission together with the potential risk factors by using serology instead of PCR prevalence or malaria incidence data. In north-eastern Cambodia, the serological markers show that malaria transmission occurs mainly in adults staying overnight in plot huts in the field. Pf.GLURP.R2 showed a shrinking pocket of malaria transmission over time, and Pf.MSP1.19, CSP, PvAMA1 were also informative for current infection to a lesser extent. Therefore, serology could contribute in future research. However, further in-depth research in selecting the best combination of antigens is required.

  18. Geographical patterns of malaria transmission based on serological markers for falciparum and vivax malaria in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

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    Kerkhof, Karen; Sluydts, Vincent; Heng, Somony; Kim, Saorin; Pareyn, Myrthe; Willen, Laura; Canier, Lydie; Sovannaroth, Siv; Ménard, Didier; Sochantha, Tho; Coosemans, Marc; Durnez, Lies

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    instead of PCR prevalence or malaria incidence data. In north-eastern Cambodia, the serological markers show that malaria transmission occurs mainly in adults staying overnight in plot huts in the field. Pf.GLURP.R2 showed a shrinking pocket of malaria transmission over time, and Pf.MSP1.19, CSP, PvAMA1 were also informative for current infection to a lesser extent. Therefore, serology could contribute in future research. However, further in-depth research in selecting the best combination of antigens is required.

  19. Clinical utility of fixed combinations of sitagliptin–metformin in treatment of type 2 diabetes

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    Karen Barnard

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Karen Barnard1,2, Mary Elizabeth Cox1, Jennifer B Green1,21Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA; 2Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC, USAAbstract: Adequate glycemic control in type 2 diabetes remains a difficult but achievable goal. The development of new classes of glucose-lowering medications, including in particular the incretin-based therapies, provides an opportunity to utilize combinations of medications which target multiple physiologic abnormalities in type 2 diabetes. Complementary combination therapy with sitagliptin–metformin lowers glucose via enhancement of insulin secretion, suppression of glucagon secretion, and insulin sensitization. Use of this combination in diabetes management will provide a greater degree of glycosylated hemoglobin-lowering than that seen with the use of either drug as monotherapy, is unlikely to cause significant hypoglycemia, and is generally associated with weight loss. The effectiveness, tolerability, and potential cost savings associated with the use of sitagliptin–metformin combination therapy make this an attractive option in diabetes management. The possible beneficial effects of this therapy on beta cell function, as well as its cardiovascular impact, remain inadequately explored but are of significant interest.Keywords: diabetes mellitus, sitagliptin, dipeptidyl peptidase-4, combination therapy

  20. Combined and sequential treatment of oral and maxillofacial malignancies: an evolving concept and clinical protocol

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    ZHENG Jia-wei; QIU Wei-liu; ZHANG Zhi-yuan

    2008-01-01

    Objective To introduce the concept and rational regimens and present the latest development of combined treatment of oral and maxillofacial malignancies.Data sources The related published literature was searched through the CNKI database and MEDLINE using the terms of oral cancer, oral and maxillofacial malignancies, combined and sequential therapy, multidisciplinary approach.Study selection The available related literature was read and evaluated. Studies that met the inclusion criteria were selected.Results The results show that oral and maxillofacial malignancies diagnosed at an eady stages (stages Ⅰ and Ⅱ) can be well treated with surgery alone and/or radiotherapy with optimal outcome, but advanced or recurrent diseases should be treated with rational combined and sequential treatment modalities. The use of concomitant chemoradiotherapy,taxane-containing, three-drug induction regimens and Cetuximab in combination with chemotherapy or radiotherapy demonstrated favorable results in previously untreated patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.Conclusions The concept of combined and sequential treatment of advanced oral and maxillofacial malignancies should be widely accepted, and the rational regimen for individual and each type of entity should be determined based on the anatomical site and the patient's performance status.

  1. In vitro activity of tigecycline alone and antimicrobial combinations against clinical Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates.

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    Lee, Hyukmin; Kim, Hyunsoo; Seo, Young Hee; Yong, Dongeun; Jeong, Seok Hoon; Lee, Kyungwon; Chong, Younsop

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    In this study, we determined the in vitro activity of various combinations of antimicrobial agents against 54 Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates. The combined activity of ceftriaxone (CRO) and azithromycin (AZM), CRO and doxycycline (DOX), CRO and spectinomycin (SPT), cefixime (CFX) and AZM, CFX and DOX, and CFX and SPT was determined using a checkerboard method. The fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI) values for all combinations were either additive or indifferent, and no synergistic or antagonistic effects were found. The FICI comparison in each combination did not show any difference according to the N.gonorrhoeae-resistant phenotypes and genotypic characteristics, including penicillinase-producing N. gonorrhoeae, tetracycline-resistant N. gonorrhoeae, stratified MIC of all antibiotics, and N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing. MIC50 and MIC90 of tigecycline by agar dilution were 0.5 mg/L and 0.5 mg/L, respectively, which were lower than that of tetracycline and DOX. Additive/indifference results could suggest that combinations that include CRO may be used safely without a significant likelihood of generating resistance.

  2. Positive serology for viral hepatitis and donor self-exclusion in Southern Brazil

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    Julia De Luca Maccarini

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Despite the great advances in serological testing for transfusion-transmitted infections, the selection of blood donors by blood bank operators remains the only way to avoid transmission within the testing window period. Part of this selection is the self-exclusion form, on which the donors can exclude their blood from donation without any explanation. This study assessed the clinical and epidemiological characteristics related to positivity for viral hepatitis and to the use of the confidential self-exclusion (CSE form. Methods This transversal study analyzed the data collected from blood donors' files in a hospital in Southern Brazil. Univariate and multivariate analyses identified the clinical and epidemiological variables related to positive serologies of viral hepatitis and to whether the donor was self-excluded. Results Of the 3,180 donors included in this study, 0.1% tested positive for HBsAg, 2.1% for anti-HBc, and 0.9% for anti-HCV. When the 93 donors with positive serologies for viral hepatitis were compared with those who were negative, a greater proportion of the positive serology group was found to have had a history of blood transfusions (OR=4.908; 95%CI=1.628 - 14.799; p<0.01, had repeatedly donated (OR=2.147; 95%CI=1.236 - 3.729; p<0.01, and used the CSE form for self-exclusion (OR=7.139; 95%CI=2.045 - 24.923; p<0.01. No variables were independently associated with self-exclusion. Conclusions A history of blood transfusion, repeated donations, and self-exclusion are factors that should be considered during viral hepatitis screenings in blood banks.

  3. The combination of a nylon and traditional partial removable dental prosthesis for improved esthetics: a clinical report.

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    Ito, Masayasu; Wee, Alvin G; Miyamoto, Takanari; Kawai, Yasuhiko

    2013-01-01

    A benefit of a nylon partial removable dental prosthesis (PRDP) is the absence of a metal framework, providing improved esthetics. Unfortunately, the lack of a traditional framework reduces rigidity and the support of occlusal rests. This clinical report describes a combination of a nylon PRDP (polyamide denture base resin) and a traditional PRDP (framework/resin) for a Kennedy Class II, Modification 1, partially edentulous mandible.

  4. The clinical impact of immunodeficiency and viraemia in the era of combined antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1 infection

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    2015-01-01

    Despite treatment with combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), patients may experience viraemia at different levels and for varying periods of time, and CD4 count recovery, even in patients with sustained virus suppression, frequently remains suboptimal. We studied the characteristics of episodes of low- and high-level viraemia, including during cART interruption, and evaluated their immunologic, virologic and clinical impact in patients enrolled in the AIDS Therapy Evaluation in the Netherla...

  5. Clinical Observation on Methotrexate Combined with Chinese Preparations in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

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    陈洪滔; 张晓

    2002-01-01

    @@ Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease, the cause of which is not clear. It manifested joint change as chief lesion, is a frequently encountered, common disease. In recent years the disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) combined application in treating RA has conducted many studies in domestic study and abroad, indicating that it can effectively retard the progressing of the disease. Meanwhile the domestic reports on the Chinese medicine (CM) in treating RA has obtained some efficacy, but the long-term efficacy was not sure. From May 1999 to August, 2001, the authors have applied and observed methotrexate (MTX) combined with CM preparation and MTX combined with western medicine (WM) in treating 43 cases of RA, the report is as follows.

  6. Clinical Effects of Acupuncture Combined with Nimodipine for Treatment of Vascular Dementia in 30 Cases

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    ZHONG Xiu-yan; SU Xue-xu; LIU Jie

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To study the therapeutic effects of acupuncture combined with nimodipine for vascular dementia.Methods:Acupuncture was applied at Baihui (GV 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Geshu (BL 17), and the points selected according to the midnight-noon, ebb-flow eight methods of the intelligent turtle, combined with the drug nimodipine.The treatment was continued for 8 consecutive weeks.Results:Of the 30 cases treated, 6 cases were cured, 21 cases improved, and 3 cases failed, with a total effective rate of 90%.Conclusion:Acupuncture at Baihui (GV 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Geshu (BL 17), and the points selected according to the midnight-noon, ebb-flow eight methods of the intelligent turtle combined with the drug nimodipine can yield definite therapeutic effects for vascular dementia.

  7. Albumin and Furosemide Combination for Management of Edema in Nephrotic Syndrome: A Review of Clinical Studies

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    Margaret Duffy

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The treatment of edema in patients with nephrotic syndrome is generally managed by dietary sodium restriction and loop diuretics. However, edema does not improve in some patients despite adequate sodium restriction and maximal dose of diuretics. In such patients, combination of albumin and a loop diuretic may improve edema by diuresis and natriuresis. The response to this combination of albumin and a diuretic has not been observed in all studies. The purpose of this review is to discuss the physiology of diuresis and natriuresis of this combination therapy, and provide a brief summary of various studies that have used albumin and a loop diuretic to improve diuretic-resistant edema. Also, the review suggests various reasons for not observing similar results by various investigators.

  8. Evaluation of CLIA application in combination with TPPA for clinical serological screening for syphilis%CLIA法联合TPPA法在临床梅毒血清学筛查中的应用评价

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    段爱华; 施纪文; 温惠萍; 徐正

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨化学发光免疫分析(CLIA)法联合梅毒螺旋体明胶颗粒凝集试验(TPPA),在临床梅毒血清学筛查中的应用价值.方法 用CLIA进行特异性梅毒螺旋体抗体初筛试验,阳性标本再经TPPA和梅毒甲苯胺红不加热血清试验(TRUST)复检.CLIA与TPPA结果不一致者用蛋白印迹法(WB)验证.结果 599例CLIA初筛阳性标本用TPPA法复检阳性568例、阴性31例;TRUST法复检阳性189例、阴性410例.31例TPPA阴性标本经WB试验验证结果为18例阴性、13例阳性.结论 CLIA法联合TPPA法初筛梅毒作为梅毒筛查的流程是可行的,值得推广.

  9. Negative serology: could exclude the diagnosis of brucellosis?

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    Çelik, Aygul Dogan; Yulugkural, Zerrin; Kilincer, Cumhur; Hamamcioglu, Mustafa Kemal; Kuloglu, Figen; Akata, Filiz

    2012-08-01

    Two cases of brucellar spondylodiscitis of the lumbar area were presented. Although both cases showed typical radiological changes, serological tests could not detect Brucella agglutinating antibodies. One of the patients was bacteremic and Brucella spp. was identified from blood culture. In the second patient needle biopsy was required for definite diagnosis. Although small, serologic tests have a certain rate of false negative results in brucellosis. Thus, a negative serology should not exclude the diagnosis of brucellosis, as it is demonstrated in the current cases.

  10. Clinical and histological responses of human dental pulp to MTA and combined MTA/treated dentin matrix in partial pulpotomy.

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    Mehrvarzfar, Payman; Abbott, Paul V; Mashhadiabbas, Fatemeh; Vatanpour, Mehdi; Tour Savadkouhi, Sohrab

    2017-08-18

    The aim of this study was to compare the responses of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) and combined MTA/treated dentin matrix (TDM) as direct pulp capping material. In this clinical trial study, 33 intact third molars in 11 healthy volunteers (three molars in each) were included. Partial pulpotomies were performed in a split mouth manner in two of the third molars in each patient randomly and the third tooth had used as TDM source. The coronal dentin was chopped to dentine chips and transformed to TDM using different concentrations of ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution. Pulps were directly capped by MTA alone or using a combination layering of MTA/TDM. Following 6-week clinical and radiological evaluations, each tooth was extracted and prepared for histological evaluation. There were no significant differences in the clinical and radiographic responses or in the quality of dentin bridges (P > 0.05). However, the dentin bridge was significantly thicker in MTA/TDM group than MTA group (P = 0.003). Using the combination of MTA/TDM as a pulp-dressing agent may form a thicker dentin bridge compared to MTA alone. © 2017 Australian Society of Endodontology Inc.

  11. Clinical Observation on Treatment of Anxiety with Combined Acupuncture and Medicine

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    ZHOU Zhi-hua; YU Wei-ying; WU Zhou-hong; WU Bo-xiang; DAI Xiao-ying; HAN Chou-ping

    2003-01-01

    Purpose To observe the curative effect of combined acupuncture and medicine on anxiety. Method An acupuncture plus medicine group and a medicine group were established for a comparison of their curative effects on anxiety. Results The total effective rate was 96% in the acupuncture plus medicine group and 64% in the medicine group, and there was a significant difference between the two groups (P<0.001). Conclusion The curative effect of combined acupuncture and medicine on anxiety is better than that of simple medicine.

  12. Drug resistant falciparum malaria and the use of artesunate-based combinations : focus on clinical trials sponsored by TDR

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    Walter R.J. Taylor, Jean Rigal & Piero L. Olliaro

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Antimalarial drug resistance has now become a serious global challenge and is the principal reasonfor the decline in antimalarial drug efficacy. Malaria endemic countries need inexpensive and efficaciousdrugs. Preserving the life spans of antimalarial drugs is a key part of the strategy for rollingback malaria. Artemisinin-based combinations offer a new and potentially highly effective way tocounter drug resistance. Clinical trials conducted in African children have attested to the good tolerabilityof oral artesunate when combined with standard antimalarial drugs. The cure rates of thedifferent combinations were generally dependent on the degree of resistance to the companiondrug. They were high for amodiaquine-artesunate, variable for sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine-artesunate,and poor for chloroquine-artesunate.

  13. Preclinical and clinical studies on afatinib in monotherapy and in combination regimens: Potential impact in colorectal cancer.

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    De Pauw, I; Wouters, A; Van den Bossche, J; Peeters, M; Pauwels, P; Deschoolmeester, V; Vermorken, J B; Lardon, F

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    Targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) or tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) has been an interesting therapeutic strategy because aberrant activation of this receptor plays an important role in the tumorgenesis of many cancer types, including colorectal cancer (CRC). After the initial promising results of EGFR-targeted therapies, therapeutic resistance is a major clinical problem. In order to overcome resistance to these EGFR-targeted therapies, new treatment options are necessary. In contrast to first generation EGFR inhibitors, afatinib (BIBW2992) is a second-generation irreversible ErbB family blocker that inhibits EGFR as well as HER2 and HER4. Consequently, treatment with afatinib may result in a distinct and more pronounced therapeutic benefit. Preclinical studies have reported promising results for afatinib in monotherapy as well as in combination with other drugs in CRC model systems. Furthermore, clinical studies examining afatinib as single agent and in combination therapy demonstrated manageable safety profile. Nevertheless, only limited antitumor activity has been observed in CRC patients. Although several combination treatments with afatinib have already been investigated, no optimal combination has been identified for CRC patients yet. As molecular tumor characteristics have gained increased importance in the choice of treatment, additional studies with biomarker-driven patient recruitment are required to further explore afatinib efficacy in CRC.

  14. Clinical Effect of Xinqingning (新清宁) Combined with Low Dose Continuous Gastrointestinal Dialysis in Treating Uremia

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical effect of Xinqingning (XQN), a preparation of rhubarb, combined with low dose continuous gastrointestinal dialysis in treating uremia. Methods: Patients of uremia were divided into three groups at random, 18 patients in group A were treated with 1000 ml gastrointestinal dialysate (non-absorbed mannitol solution) orally 2-3 times a day, 20 patients in group B treated with the same therapy as that in group A, also combined with XQN 5-10 tablets 3 times per day and 19 patients in group C treated with orally taken coated aldehyde oxystarch 5-10 g, 3 times a day. The therapeutic course for the three groups was 11 months. The changes in clinical manifestation, renal function, nutritional condition, and electrolytes before and after treatment were observed. Results: After treatment, significant improvement was revealed in aspects of uremic symptoms, quality of life, nutritional condition, serum creatinine, urea nitrogen, serum phosphate, uric acid, CO2 combining power, creatine clearance, body weight and arm muscular circumference in group A and B, as compared with those in group C. In comparison of group A with B, group B showed a lower serum triglyceride and a slower progression of chronic renal failure (CRF). All the criteria were not improved in group C and with serum creatinine being raised significantly. Conclusion: XQN combined with low dose continuous gastrointestinal dialysis therapy was definitely effective in treating uremia. It provides a new therapeutic means of non-replacement therapy for CRF with uremia.

  15. Randomized clinical trial of artemisinin versus non-artemisinin combination therapy for uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Madagascar

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    Ratsimbasoa Arsène

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Data concerning antimalarial combination treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Madagascar are largely lacking. Randomized clinical trial was designed to assess therapeutic efficacies of chloroquine (CQ, amodiaquine (AQ, sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP, amodiaquine plus sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine combination (AQ+SP and artesunate plus amodiaquine combination (AQ+AS. Methods 287 children between 6 months and 15 years of age, with uncomplicated falciparum malaria, were enrolled in the study. Primary endpoints were the day-14 and day-28 risks of parasitological failure, either unadjusted or adjusted by genotyping. Results All treatment regimens, except for CQ treatment, gave clinical cure rates above 97% by day-14 and 92% by day-28 (PCR-corrected. AQ+SP was as effective as AQ+AS. The risk of new infection within the month after therapy was generally higher for AQ+AS than AQ+SP. Conclusion These findings show that the inexpensive and widely available combination AQ+SP may be valuable in for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Madagascar and could have an important role in this country, where much of the drugs administered go to patients who do not have malaria.

  16. Clinical profile of patients treated with cefepime/tazobactam: A new ß-lactam/ß-lactamase inhibitor combination

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    Priyadarshini Kannaian

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Cefepime/tazobactam is a new ß-lactam/ß-lactamase inhibitor combination licensed for clinical use byDrugs Controller General of India. Aim of our study was to analyze the clinical efficacy and safety of cefepime/tazobactamin patients with sepsis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published clinical study on this drug.Materials and methods: A retrospective observational study on the efficacy and safety of cefepime/tazobactam wasconducted at a tertiary care hospital, South India. Patients who had a clear source of infection, having a single organismas the causative agent and being treated with cefepime/tazobactam alone were analyzed for efficacy and those caseswho had a clear source of infection but either had multiple organism grown or cultures being negative or those patientswho received a combination of antibiotics were analyzed for the safety analysis.Results: Thirty two patients satisfied our study criteria. All 15 patients in the efficacy group (nine with ventilator associatedpneumonia, three tracheitis, two bacteraemia and one with urosepsis had complete clinical cure, with microbiologicalcure in cases where a repeat culture was indicated. There were no significant side effects in any of the evaluable32 patients assessed for safety.Conclusion: Cefepime/tazobactam is a safe and effective agent to treat patients with nonlife threatening sepsis due toGram negative bacteria. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2012; 2(3: 79-86Key words: Cefepime/tazobactam, BL-BLI, carbapenem sparing strategy.

  17. In vitro combinations of natamycin with voriconazole, itraconazole and micafungin against clinical Fusarium strains causing keratitis

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    Al-Hatmi, Abdullah M S; Meletiadis, Joseph; Curfs-Breuker, Ilse; Bonifaz, Alexandro; Meis, Jacques F; De Hoog, G Sybren

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    OBJECTIVES: Fusarium species cause a broad spectrum of infections, from superficial to disseminated disease. Because Fusarium species are intrinsically resistant to most antifungal drugs, new approaches are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the in vitro combination of natamycin wi

  18. In vitro combinations of natamycin with voriconazole, itraconazole and micafungin against clinical Fusarium strains causing keratitis

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    Al-Hatmi, Abdullah M S; Meletiadis, Joseph; Curfs-Breuker, Ilse; Bonifaz, Alexandro; Meis, Jacques F; De Hoog, G Sybren

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    OBJECTIVES: Fusarium species cause a broad spectrum of infections, from superficial to disseminated disease. Because Fusarium species are intrinsically resistant to most antifungal drugs, new approaches are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the in vitro combination of natamycin wi

  19. Statistical controversies in clinical research: early-phase adaptive design for combination immunotherapies.

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    Wages, N A; Slingluff, C L; Petroni, G R

    2017-04-01

    In recent years, investigators have asserted that the 3 + 3 design lacks flexibility, making its use in modern early-phase trial settings, such as combinations and/or biological agents, inefficient. More innovative approaches are required to address contemporary research questions, such as those posed in trials involving immunotherapies. We describe the implementation of an adaptive design for identifying an optimal treatment regimen, defined by low toxicity and high immune response, in an early-phase trial of a melanoma helper peptide vaccine plus novel adjuvant combinations. Operating characteristics demonstrate the ability of the method to effectively recommend optimal regimens in a high percentage of trials with reasonable sample sizes. The proposed design is a practical, early-phase, adaptive method for use with combined immunotherapy regimens. This design can be applied more broadly to early-phase combination studies, as it was used in an ongoing study of two small molecule inhibitors in relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma.

  20. Restoring testosterone levels by adding dehydroepiandrosterone to a drospirenone containing combined oral contraceptive : II. Clinical effects

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    Zimmerman, Y.; Foidart, J. M.; Pintiaux, A.; Minon, J. M.; Fauser, B. C J M; Cobey, K.; Coelingh Bennink, H. J T

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    Objectives Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) decrease androgen levels, including testosterone (T), which may be associated with sexual dysfunction and mood complaints in some women. We have shown that 'co-administration' of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to a drospirenone (DRSP)-containing COC

  1. Clinical utility of fixed-combination telmisartan–amlodipine in the treatment of hypertension

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    Full Text Available Julian Segura, Luis M RuilopeHypertension Unit, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, SpainAbstract: The majority of hypertensive patients, especially those with target organ damage, are likely to require multiple-drug therapy in order to reach blood pressure (BP targets and reduce their risk of adverse vascular outcomes. The rationale for combination therapy with agents that block the renin–angiotensin system (RAS and a calcium channel blocker (CCB or diuretic is well founded in growing evidence. Recent published trials have shown that the combination of an RAS suppressor and a dihydropiridinic CCB would offer additional benefits independently of BP reduction. A telmisartan–amlodipine combination has demonstrated significantly greater BP reductions compared with each monotherapy component in the overall population, and in particular in patients with moderate to severe hypertension and high-risk patients. This combination is well tolerated with a safety profile similar to placebo and is consistent with the known safety profile of its monotherapy components.Keywords: hypertensive patients, monotherapy, stroke, antihypertensive

  2. Combining Clinical Information and Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

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    Kampen, D.A. van

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis we investigated the use of clinical information and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for patient evaluation in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. In the first part, we showed that the Dutch version of the Simple Shoulder Test (SST) is a valid and reliable

  3. Combining Clinical Information and Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

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    Kampen, D.A. van

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis we investigated the use of clinical information and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for patient evaluation in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. In the first part, we showed that the Dutch version of the Simple Shoulder Test (SST) is a valid and reliable instrumen

  4. Clinical benefits of combined diagnostic three-dimensional digital breast tomosynthesis and ultrasound imaging

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    Varjonen, Mari; Pamilo, Martti; Raulisto, Leena

    2005-04-01

    Our goal is to evaluate diagnostic digital breast tomosynthesis and ultrasound imaging clinical value in detecting and diagnosing early stage breast cancers. Determine if fusion imaging would decrease the number of biopsies and reduce further patient workup otherwise required to establish a definitive diagnosis. This paper presents the clinical results based on the study conducted at Helsinki University Central Hospital. Presentation demonstrates clinical dual modality images and results. Tomosynthesis of amorphous selenium based full field digital mammography system will be also presented. Forty asymptomatic women enrolled in the study based on prior identification of suspicious findings on screening mammograms where the possibility of breast cancer could not be excluded. Abnormal screening mammogram findings included tumor-like densities, parenchymal asymmetries and architectural distortions. Eight women were operated and 32 were not referred for surgery. Those cases, which were operated, three lesions represented ductal carcinoma in situ, two ductal carcinomas, one atypical ductal hyperplasia, one fibroadenoma and one radial scar. The 32 not operated cases revealed to be benign or superimposition of normal parenchymal breast tissue. The cases were returned to biennial screening. Ultrasound did not show clearly any lesions, but using tomosynthesis and ultrasound together we were able to analyze and locate the lesions exactly. Special tomosynthesis improves overall lesion detection and analysis. The value of tomosynthesis and ultrasound fusion imaging will be to provide additional clinical information in order to improve decision making accuracy to either confirm or exclude a suspected abnormality and in particular detect small breast cancers.

  5. Combined Student Ratings and Self-Assessment Provide Useful Feedback for Clinical Teachers

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    Stalmeijer, Renee E.; Dolmans, Diana H. J. M.; Wolfhagen, Ineke H. A. P.; Peters, Wim G.; van Coppenolle, Lieve; Scherpbier, Albert J. J. A.

    2010-01-01

    Many evaluation instruments have been developed to provide feedback to physicians on their clinical teaching but written feedback alone is not always effective. We explored whether feedback effectiveness improved when teachers' self-assessment was added to written feedback based on student ratings. 37 physicians (10 residents, 27 attending…

  6. The lag time in initiating clinical testing of new drugs in combination with radiation therapy, a significant barrier to progress?

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    Blumenfeld, P; Pfeffer, R M; Symon, Z; Den, R B; Dicker, A P; Raben, D; Lawrence, Y R

    2014-01-01

    Background: The clinical development of new drugs with radiation appears to be limited. We hypothesised that phase I clinical trials with radiation therapy (RT) are initiated too late into a new drug's lifetime, impeding the ability to complete RT–drug development programmes before patent expiration. Methods: We identified novel drug–radiation phase I combination trials performed between 1980 and 2012 within the PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov databases. Data gathered for each drug included: date the initial phase I trial with/without RT was opened/published, date of the published positive phase III trials, and patent expiration dates. Lag time was defined as the interval between opening of the phase I trial without RT and the opening of the phase I with RT. Linear regression was used to model how the lag time has changed over time. Results: The median lag time was 6 years. The initial phase I trial with RT was typically published 2 years after the first published positive phase III trial and 11 years before patent expiration. Using a best-fit linear model, lag time decreased from 10 years for phase I trials published in 1990 to 5 years in 2005 (slope significantly non-zero, P<0.001). Conclusions: Clinical drug development with RT commences late in the life cycle of anti-cancer agents. Taking into account the additional time required for late-phase clinical trials, the delay in initiating clinical testing of drug–RT combinations discourages drug companies from further pursuing RT-based development. Encouragingly, lag time appears to be decreasing. Further reduction in lag time may accelerate RT-based drug development, potentially improving patient outcomes. PMID:25117813

  7. Symbolic dynamics marker of heart rate variability combined with clinical variables enhance obstructive sleep apnea screening

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    Ravelo-García, A. G.; Saavedra-Santana, P.; Juliá-Serdá, G.; Navarro-Mesa, J. L.; Navarro-Esteva, J.; Álvarez-López, X.; Gapelyuk, A.; Penzel, T.; Wessel, N.

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    Many sleep centres try to perform a reduced portable test in order to decrease the number of overnight polysomnographies that are expensive, time-consuming, and disturbing. With some limitations, heart rate variability (HRV) has been useful in this task. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate if inclusion of symbolic dynamics variables to a logistic regression model integrating clinical and physical variables, can improve the detection of subjects for further polysomnographies. To our knowledge, this is the first contribution that innovates in that strategy. A group of 133 patients has been referred to the sleep center for suspected sleep apnea. Clinical assessment of the patients consisted of a sleep related questionnaire and a physical examination. The clinical variables related to apnea and selected in the statistical model were age (p variable based on non-linear dynamics of HRV (p variables. For diagnostic rule based only on clinical and physical variables, the corresponding area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was 0.907 (95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.848, 0.967), (sensitivity 87.10% and specificity 80%). For the model including the average of a symbolic dynamic variable, the area under the ROC curve was increased to 0.941 (95% = 0.897, 0.985), (sensitivity 88.71% and specificity 82.86%). In conclusion, symbolic dynamics, coupled with significant clinical and physical variables can help to prioritize polysomnographies in patients with a high probability of apnea. In addition, the processing of the HRV is a well established low cost and robust technique.

  8. Rapid DNA typing for HLA-C using sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP): identification of serological and non-serologically defined HLA-C alleles including several new alleles.

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    Bunce, M; Welsh, K I

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    Detection of HLA-C antigens by complement mediated cytotoxicity using human alloantisera is often difficult. Between 20 to 40% of individuals in every race have undetectable HLA-C locus antigens and 9 out of the 29 sequenced HLA-C alleles so far published encode serologically undetected antigens. In addition, HLA-C molecules are expressed at the cell surface at about 10% of the levels of HLA-A and HLA-B. Recently, amplification of DNA using sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) has proved a reliable and rapid method for typing HLA-DR, HLA-DQA and HLA-DQB genes. PCR-SSP takes two hours to perform and is therefore suitable for the genotyping of cadaveric donors. We have designed a set of primers which will positively identify the HLA-C alleles corresponding to the serologically defined series HLA-Cw1, Cw2, Cw3, Cw4, Cw5, Cw6, Cw7 and Cw8. The serologically undetectable alleles have also been detected in groups according to sequence homology. In addition, three new unsequenced variants have been identified. DNA samples from 56 International Histocompatibility Workshop reference cell lines and 103 control individuals have been typed by the HLA-C PCR-SSP technique. 4/56 cell line types and 11/103 normal control individuals types were discrepant with the reported serological types. All combinations of serologically detectable and most of the serologically blank HLA-C antigens can be readily identified. DNA typing for HLA-Cw by PCR-SSP can take as little as 130 minutes from start to finish, including DNA preparation.

  9. Trypanocide treatment among adults with chronic Chagas disease living in Santa Fe city (Argentina, over a mean follow-up of 21 years: parasitological, serological and clinical evolution Tratamento tripanocida em adultos chagásicos crônicos, residentes na cidade de Santa Fé (Argentina, com seguimento de 21 anos em média: evolução parasitológica, sorológica e clínica

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    Full Text Available The efficacy of treatment with nifurtimox and/or benznidazole among adults with chronic Chagas disease with no previous electrocardiographic disturbances was evaluated over a mean follow-up of 21 years, by means of conventional serology, xenodiagnosis, clinical examination, electrocardiograms and chest X-ray. One hundred and eleven patients, between 17 and 46 years old, were studied: 54 underwent treatment (nifurtimox 27, benznidazole 27 and 57 remained untreated (control group. Xenodiagnosis was performed on 65% of them: 36/38 of the treated and 9/34 of the untreated patients had previous positive xenodiagnosis. Post-treatment, 133 xenodiagnoses were performed on 41 patients, all resulting negative. In the control group, 29 xenodiagnoses were performed on 14 patients; 2 resulted positive. Sera stored during the follow-up were simultaneously analyzed through conventional serology tests (IHA; DA-2ME; IIF. The serological evolution in the treated group was: a 37% underwent negative seroconversion (nifurtimox 11, benznidazole 9; b 27.8% decreased titers (nifurtimox 9, benznidazole 6, 9 showed inconclusive final serology (nifurtimox 7, benznidazole 2; c 35.2% remained positive with constant titers (nifurtimox 7; benznidazole 12. The control group conserved the initial antibody levels during the follow-up. In the clinical evolution, 2/54 (3.7% of the treated and 9/57 (15.8% of the untreated patients showed electrocardiographic disturbances attributable to Chagas myocardiopathy, with a statistically relevant difference (pAvaliamos a eficácia do nifurtimox e/ou benznidazol, durante 21 anos em média, em adultos chagásicos crônicos sem alterações eletrocardiográficas iniciais, mediante sorologia convencional, xenodiagnóstico, exames clínicos, eletrocardiográficos e radiografia do tórax. Estudamos 111 pacientes (17 a 46 anos: 54 foram tratados (27 com nifurtimox e 27 com benznidazol e 57 formaram o grupo controle. Foram submetidos ao xenodiagn

  10. False-positive serology following intravenous immunoglobulin and plasma exchange through transfusion of fresh frozen plasma in a patient with pemphigus vulgaris.

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    Nomura, Hisashi; Honda, Haruki; Egami, Shohei; Yokoyama, Tomoaki; Fujimoto, Atsushi; Ishikawa, Makiko; Sugiura, Makoto

    2015-04-01

    Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and plasma exchange through transfusion of fresh frozen plasma are therapeutic options for patients with refractory pemphigus vulgaris. Passive acquisition of various clinically important antibodies through these therapies can occur, leading to false serology and negatively affecting patients' clinical care. It is recommended that dermatologists recognize the possibility of these phenomena and interpret them appropriately. Here, we report false-positive serology following intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and plasma exchange through transfusion of fresh frozen plasma in a patient with refractory pemphigus vulgaris. We also discuss the measure for misinterpretation and unnecessary clinical intervention.

  11. Machine Learning Approach for Classifying Multiple Sclerosis Courses by Combining Clinical Data with Lesion Loads and Magnetic Resonance Metabolic Features

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    Adrian Ion-Mărgineanu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this study is classifying multiple sclerosis (MS patients in the four clinical forms as defined by the McDonald criteria using machine learning algorithms trained on clinical data combined with lesion loads and magnetic resonance metabolic features.Materials and Methods: Eighty-seven MS patients [12 Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS, 30 Relapse Remitting (RR, 17 Primary Progressive (PP, and 28 Secondary Progressive (SP] and 18 healthy controls were included in this study. Longitudinal data available for each MS patient included clinical (e.g., age, disease duration, Expanded Disability Status Scale, conventional magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopic imaging. We extract N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA, Choline (Cho, and Creatine (Cre concentrations, and we compute three features for each spectroscopic grid by averaging metabolite ratios (NAA/Cho, NAA/Cre, Cho/Cre over good quality voxels. We built linear mixed-effects models to test for statistically significant differences between MS forms. We test nine binary classification tasks on clinical data, lesion loads, and metabolic features, using a leave-one-patient-out cross-validation method based on 100 random patient-based bootstrap selections. We compute F1-scores and BAR values after tuning Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA, Support Vector Machines with gaussian kernel (SVM-rbf, and Random Forests.Results: Statistically significant differences were found between the disease starting points of each MS form using four different response variables: Lesion Load, NAA/Cre, NAA/Cho, and Cho/Cre ratios. Training SVM-rbf on clinical and lesion loads yields F1-scores of 71–72% for CIS vs. RR and CIS vs. RR+SP, respectively. For RR vs. PP we obtained good classification results (maximum F1-score of 85% after training LDA on clinical and metabolic features, while for RR vs. SP we obtained slightly higher classification results (maximum F1-score of 87% after training LDA and SVM

  12. Combining Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Genome Editing Technologies for Clinical Applications.

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    Chang, Chia-Yu; Ting, Hsiao-Chien; Su, Hong-Lin; Jeng, Jing-Ren

    2017-02-17

    In this review, we introduce current developments in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), site-specific nuclease (SSN)-mediated genome editing tools, and the combined application of these two novel technologies in biomedical research and therapeutic trials. The sustainable pluripotent property of iPSCs in vitro not only provides unlimited cell sources for basic research but also benefits precision medicines for human diseases. In addition, rapidly evolving SSN tools efficiently tailor genetic manipulations for exploring gene functions and can be utilized to correct genetic defects of congenital diseases in the near future. Combining iPSC and SSN technologies will create new reliable human disease models with isogenic backgrounds in vitro and provide new solutions for cell replacement and precise therapies.

  13. Clinical Experience on Treatment of Cervical Spondylosis with Combined Acupuncture, Tuina and Psychotherapy

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    陈莉秋; 苗荃; 马庭秀; 刘立飞; 韩丑萍

    2009-01-01

    @@ Cervical spondylosis is common in the middle-aged or senile population and can greatly affect their body-mind health[1]. The common treatment methods include traction, tuina, acupuncture and medication[2]. However, psychological factors, such as anxiety, depression or fear are often neglected during the treatment[3]. The authors investigated the effect of combined psycho- therapy, acupuncture and tuina on the cervical spondylosis.

  14. Phase I clinical trial of combination imatinib and ipilimumab in patients with advanced malignancies

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    Reilley, Matthew J.; Bailey, Ann; Subbiah, Vivek; Janku, Filip; Naing, Aung; Falchook, Gerald; Karp, Daniel; Piha-Paul, Sarina; Tsimberidou, Apostolia; Fu, Siqing; Lim, JoAnn; Bean, Stacie; Bass, Allison; Montez, Sandra; Vence, Luis

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    Background Imatinib mesylate can induce rapid tumor regression, increase tumor antigen presentation, and inhibit tumor immunosuppressive mechanisms. CTLA-4 blockade and imatinib synergize in mouse models to reduce tumor volume via intratumoral accumulation of CD8+ T cells. We hypothesized that imatinib combined with ipilimumab would be tolerable and may synergize in patients with advanced cancer. Methods Primary objective of the dose-escalation study (3?+?3 design) was to establish the maximu...

  15. Clinical utility in the treatment of type 2 diabetes with the saxagliptin/metformin fixed combination

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    Full Text Available George S Panagoulias,1 John Doupis2,3 11st Department of Propaedeutic and Internal Medicine, Athens University Medical School, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece; 2Salamis Naval Hospital, Athens, Greece; 3Diabetes Division, Iatriko Paleou Falirou Medical Center, Athens, Greece Abstract: Fixed-dose combination (FDC products represent a widely accepted approach to type 2 diabetes treatment, given that monotherapies sometimes fail to meet the treatment targets – obtaining a sustained reduction in micro- and macrovascular complications. Saxagliptin (SAXA/metformin (MET FDC tablets can be used either alone or in combination with glyburide, thiazolidinediones, or insulin. It has been proven that the SAXA/MET combination leads to a significant improvement in glycemic control compared to placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes that is inadequately controlled with MET alone. In addition, this FDC has been proven to be safe for people with diabetes mellitus and established cardiovascular disease, elderly patients, and patients with impaired renal function (>30 mL/minute, with dosage modification. Patient compliance, adherence, and persistence to the therapeutic regimen has been shown to be very good, while the titration of each compound according to the patient's profile is easy, given the availability of different formulations. The SAXA/MET FDC is a patient-friendly, dosage-flexible, and hypoglycemia-safe regimen with very few adverse events and a neutral or even favorable effect on body weight. It achieves significant glycosylated hemoglobin A1c reduction helping the patient to achieve his/her individual glycemic goals. Keywords: DPP-4 inhibitors, saxagliptin, metformin, fixed-dose combination products, FDC products

  16. Clinical utility of fixed-combination telmisartan–amlodipine in the treatment of hypertension

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    Julian Segura, Luis M RuilopeHypertension Unit, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, SpainAbstract: The majority of hypertensive patients, especially those with target organ damage, are likely to require multiple-drug therapy in order to reach blood pressure (BP) targets and reduce their risk of adverse vascular outcomes. The rationale for combination therapy with agents that block the renin–angiotensin system (RAS) and a calcium channel blocker (CCB) or diuretic is well founded in growi...

  17. Clinical assessment of low dose of dopamine combined with dobutamine and conventional treatment on children with severe pneumonia

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    Chi Wang

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the clinical effect of low dose of dopamine combined with dobutamine combined with conventional treatment of severe pneumonia in children.Methods:A total of 218 cases of children with severe pneumonia treated in our hospital from August 2011 to May 2014 were enrolled for study and divide into observation group and control group according to different treatment methods. Control group received conventional treatment, observation group received low dose of dopamine combined with dobutamine combined with conventional treatment, and then differences in symptomatic relief time, blood gas indexes, inflammatory factor levels and pulmonary surfactant protein levels between two groups were compared. Results:Time that temperature subsided, time that difficulty in breathing was relieved, time that heart rate returned to normal and time that pulmonary rale disappeared of observation group after treatment were all shorter than those of control group; 3 d and 7 d after treatment, PaO2 and HCO3 levels in arterial blood of observation group were higher than those of control group, and PaCO2 level was lower than that of control group; serum IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, sICAM-1 and CRP levels of observation group 7 d after treatment were lower than those of control group at the same period, and IL-10 level was higher than that of control group; 7 d, 10 d and 14 d after treatment, serum SP-A, SP-B, SP-C and SP-D levels of observation group were significantly lower than those of control group.Conclusion:Adding low dose of dopamine and dobutamine to treatment of children with severe pneumonia can promote the improvement of clinical symptoms, reduce systemic inflammation, optimize pulmonary ventilation and aeration function while reduce lung parenchyma damage, and it has active clinical significance.

  18. Review of clinical studies of fenofibrate in combination with currently approved lipid-lowering drugs.

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    Brown, W V

    1989-01-01

    Recent trials have investigated the usefulness of fenofibrate, alone and in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies, in the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Studies of fenofibrate + bile acid sequestrants demonstrate that these two therapies may have an additive effect in reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with hyperlipoproteinemia or familial hypercholesterolemia. These lipoprotein changes have been associated with a regression of tendon xanthoma. Pharmacokinetic studies have shown that bile acid sequestrants do not alter the absorption or the plasma levels of fenofibrate. The combined use of fenofibrate with bile acid sequestrants has been found to be comparably effective with the new 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, synvinolin, with respect to the reduction of total cholesterol and LDL. Although synvinolin was more effective in lowering LDL, VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced to a greater extent with fenofibrate. Another notable difference was that fenofibrate + bile acids more markedly increased HDL levels. The combination of fenofibrate + nicotinic acid also appears to have a beneficial effect on lipoproteins. These preliminary results indicate that fenofibrate may be a useful addition to the present lipid-lowering drug armamentarium.

  19. Clinical effects of intensive insulin therapy treating traumatic shock combined with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

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    Du, Jundong; Liu, Hongming; Liu, Rong; Yao, Yongming; Jiao, Huabo; Zhao, Xiaodong; Yin, Huinan; Li, Zhanliang

    2011-04-01

    The therapeutic effects of intensive insulin therapy in treatment of traumatic shock combined with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) were investigated. A total of 114 patients with traumatic shock combined with MODS were randomly divided into two groups: control group (n=56) treated with conventional therapy, and intensive insulin therapy group (n=58) treated with conventional therapy plus continuous insulin pumping to control the blood glucose level at range of 4.4-6.1 mmol/L. White blood cells (WBC) counts, prothrombin time (PT), serum creatinine (SCr), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), serum albumin and PaO(2) were measured before and at the day 1, 3, 5, 7 and 14 after treatment. The incidence of gastrointestinal dysfunction, the incidence of MODS, hospital stay and the mortality were also observed and compared. After intensive insulin therapy, the WBC counts, SCr, ALT and PT were significantly reduced (Pinsulin therapy. The incidence of gastrointestinal dysfunction, the incidence of MODS, the length of hospital stay and the mortality were markedly decreased (Pinsulin therapy is effective for traumatic shock combined with MODS and can decrease the length of hospital stay and the mortality.

  20. Comparison of clinical efficacies of sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinol and their combination in acne treatment.

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    Ruamrak, C; Lourith, N; Natakankitkul, S

    2009-02-01

    Acne vulgaris impairs the appearance of an individual and causes psychological irritation. Inflammatory acne lesion is caused by multifactor incorporates in each step of acne pathogenesis. In an attempt to archive inflammatory lesion treatment with the promise of prevention of acne vulgaris, randomized and double-blind studies on the comparison of the efficacies of topical formulations containing 5% sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) and 0.2% retinol, separately as well as in combination application, were conducted. The resulting data showed that SAP reduced the inflammatory lesion by 20.14% and 48.82% within 4 and 8 weeks respectively. Application of the formulation containing retinol slightly improved the treatment efficacy as the lesion reduced by 21.79% and 49.50% after 4 and 8 weeks respectively. The combination treatment significantly reduced the inflammatory lesion by 29.28% after 4 weeks and 63.10% after 8 weeks of application. The most effective treatment was by using the combination of 5% SAP and 0.2% retinol, which incorporated the synergistic effects on lipid peroxidation and sebaceous gland function in addition to the enhancement of SAP permeability by the desquamation of stratum corneum influenced by retinol, keratin plug removal and anti-inflammatory effect of retinol. This study promises for the development of cosmetic products to overcome aesthetic and psychological problems caused by acne vulgaris.

  1. Serologic screening for syphilis. Rationale, cost, and realpolitik.

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    Schmid, G P

    1996-01-01

    Serologic testing for syphilis is a cornerstone of syphilis control efforts, but our objectives for doing it and the costs involved are not always recognized. Tests applied to individuals with symptoms or signs may be viewed as diagnostic tests, and tests applied to individuals with no clinical indications for testing may be viewed as screening tests. Infected individuals whom we detect through screening efforts are important, mostly from an individual and economic standpoint, because treatment will prevent the late complications of syphilis and thus avoid high medical costs. Because they are uncommonly infectious for others, however, they are relatively unimportant from a public health intervention standpoint. The prevalence of infection above which we should screen is based mostly on economic grounds, but is undetermined. We intuitively recognize such a threshold, however, when we use epidemiologic markers to restrict our efforts to groups in whom we think the yield is worth the effort (i.e., targeted [focused] screening). In deciding whether to institute or increase screening efforts for syphilis, we must consider not only the dollar costs of these efforts, but also the opportunity costs (i.e., what programs we will forgo so that we can devote our resources to the increased efforts). Similarly, because syphilis is not the only priority with which governments, health departments, and sexually transmitted disease programs must contend, any broader plan to significantly enhance syphilis control must acknowledge this reality and show the benefit, economic and otherwise, of its adoption.

  2. Serological differentiation of microsporidia with special reference to Trachipleistophora hominis

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    Cheney S.A.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Myositis is a common clinical syndrome in advanced stages of AIDS. Trachipleistophora hominis (phylum Microspora has been detected in several cases of painful, immobilising myositis in AIDS patients. Enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs and Western blotting of protein profiles separated by SDS PAGE were used to determine whether this species could be detected and differentiated by serology. Sixteen microsporidia, including several species known to infect man and species infecting fish, crustaceans and a mosquito, were used as antigen. Each species had a unique profile of SDS PAGE-separated proteins. In Western blots, mouse antiserum, raised to T. hominis and selected for its high ELISA specificity, bound to antigens ranging from less than 25 kDa to greater than 250 kDa with major bands at 39-44 kDa and 98-150 kDa on T. hominis protein profiles. The serum also recognised some high molecular weight antigens in the profiles of Vavraia culicis, Heterosporis anguillarum, and three species of Pleistophora but none in the remaining genera examined. It was concluded that ELISA and Western blotting could be used to detect and differentiate T. hominis in muscle biopsy tissue from patients with myositis. However, sera from T. hominis infected patients in the terminal stages of AIDS would not be useful for detection of infections because of a sharp decline in antibody level.

  3. [Clinical research of post-stroke motor aphasia treated with acupoint application of jieyu plaster combined with acupuncture].

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    Fei, Aihua; Cai, Shengchao; Xu, Bin

    2015-11-01

    To compare the difference in clinical efficacy on post-stroke motor aphasia among the combined therapy of acupoint application of jieyu plaster and acupuncture, simple acupuncture and simple acupoint application of jieyu plaster. Eighty-six patients of post-stroke motor aphasia were randomized into an acupuncture group (28 cases) , an acupoint application gruop (29 cases) and the combined therapy group (29 cases). In the acupuncture group, acupuncture was applied at the Speech No. 1 area and three-tongue needling points, once a day, 6 times a week. In the acupoint application group, jieyue plaster was applied to Yongquan (KI 1) and Laogong (PC 8), once a day, and the bilateral acupoints were selected alternatively. In the combined therapy group, the therapeutic methods of the first two groups were used in combination. The treatment lasted for 4 weeks in the three groups. The speech function score was observed and compared before and after treatment in the three groups and the efficacy was compared among the three groups. The total effective rate was 86.2% (25/29) in the combined therapy group, which was better than 67.9% (19/28) in the acupuncture group and 69.0% (20/29) in the acupoint application group (both P plaster and acupuncture apparently improves the speech function in the treatment of post-stroke motor aphasia and the efficacy is better than that of simple acupuncture or simple acupoint application.

  4. Up-front combination therapy in pulmonary arterial hypertension: from clinical trials to 'real world' observational studies.

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    Grignola, Juan C

    2014-05-15

    Combination therapy in pulmonary arterial hypertension is widely used in daily clinical practice. There is a wide variation among reference centers, with respect to not only when and how combination therapy should be initiated, but also what constitutes the most effective multidrug regimen. Presently, no combination therapy has proven to be more effective than the other. However, add-on therapy, in case of unsatisfactory improvements after initiation of specific monotherapy, seems to have more evidence of effectiveness than up-front therapy at the diagnosis. Data from national pulmonary arterial hypertension registries provide valuable information on practice patterns on diagnosis and treatment in 'real world'. In the study of Bergot et al. the current use of epoprostenol in newly diagnosed patients with severe idiopathic, heritable or anorexigen-use associated pulmonary arterial hypertension enrolled in the French pulmonary hypertension registry was investigated. Up-front combination of epoprostenol and oral pulmonary arterial hypertension tended to be more beneficial compared with epoprostenol alone. New drug trials with well-defined morbidity and mortality end-points are likely to help not only identify novel agents that may help in the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension but also determine the most useful combination strategies to maximize efficacy of existing drugs.

  5. Effects of a medetomidine-ketamine combination on Schirmer tear test I results of clinically normal cats.

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    Di Pietro, Simona; Macrì, Francesco; Bonarrigo, Tiziana; Giudice, Elisabetta; Palumbo Piccionello, Angela; Pugliese, Antonio

    2016-03-01

    To evaluate the effects of a medetomidine-ketamine combination on tear production of clinically normal cats by use of the Schirmer tear test (STT) 1 before and during anesthesia and after reversal of medetomidine with atipamezole. 40 client-owned crossbred domestic shorthair cats (23 males and 17 females; age range, 6 to 24 months). A complete physical examination, CBC, and ophthalmic examination were performed on each cat. Cats with no abnormalities on physical and ophthalmic examinations were included in the study. Cats were allocated into 2 groups: a control group (n = 10 cats) anesthetized by administration of a combination of medetomidine hydrochloride (80 μg/kg) and ketamine hydrochloride (5 mg/kg), and an experimental group (30) anesthetized with the medetomidine-ketamine combination and reversal by administration of atipamezole. Tear production of both eyes of each cat was measured by use of the STT I before anesthesia, 15 minutes after the beginning of anesthesia, and 15 minutes after administration of atipamezole. Anesthesia with a medetomidine-ketamine combination of cats with no ophthalmic disease caused a significant decrease in tear production. The STT I values returned nearly to preanesthetic values within 15 minutes after reversal with atipamezole, whereas the STT I values for the control group were still low at that point. Results indicated that a tear substitute should be administered to eyes of cats anesthetized with a medetomidine-ketamine combination from the time of anesthetic administration until at least 15 minutes after administration of atipamezole.

  6. Combining interdisciplinary and International Medical Graduate perspectives to teach clinical and ethical communication using multimedia.

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    Woodward-Kron, Robyn; Flynn, Eleanor; Delany, Clare

    2011-01-01

    In Australia, international medical graduates (IMGs) play a crucial role in addressing workforce shortages in healthcare. Their ability to deliver safe and effective healthcare in an unfamiliar cultural setting is intrinsically tied to effective communication. Hospital-based medical clinical educators, who play an important role in providing communication training to IMGs, would benefit from practical resources and an understanding of the relevant pedagogies to address these issues in their teaching. This paper examines the nature of an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop multimedia resources for teaching clinical and ethical communication to IMGs. We describe the processes and dynamics of the collaboration, and outline the methodologies from applied linguistics, medical education, and health ethics that we drew upon. The multimedia consist of three video clips of challenging communication scenarios as well as experienced IMGs talking about communication and ethics. The multimedia are supported by teaching guidelines that address relevant disciplinary concerns of the three areas of collaboration. In the paper's discussion we point out the pre-conditions that facilitated the interdisciplinary collaboration. We propose that such collaborative approaches between the disciplines and participants can provide new perspectives to address the multifaceted challenges of clinical teaching and practice.

  7. IV pentazocine/methylphenidate abuse--the clinical toxicity of another Ts and blues combination.

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    Carter, H S; Watson, W A

    1994-01-01

    Abuse of intravenous crushed Talwin (pentazocine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate) tablets has not been fully described. The objective of this study was to characterize intravenous pentazocine/methylphenidate abuse in emergency department patients and compare its clinical toxicity to pentazocine/tripelennamine. Cases of intravenous pentazocine/methylphenidate abuse presenting to the Truman Medical Center Emergency Department between August 1987 and November 1992 were identified. Information regarding patient demographics, drug abuse, chief complaints, evaluation, treatment, and disposition were obtained from the emergency department record. The clinical presentation was compared to 104 published cases of pentazocine/tripelennamine abuse. Twenty nine patients were treated 34 times. They were 32 +/- 9 years of age, 48% male, and 52% black. Patients' chief complaints were cardiovascular/pulmonary (N = 8), central nervous system (N = 7), localized infection (N = 7), gastrointestinal (N = 5), malaise (N = 5), trauma (N = 1), and gynecologic (N = 1). Treatment was primarily supportive and included supplemental oxygen and intravenous fluids. The clinical findings were similar to those reported for pentazocine/tripelennamine; 58% had the typical symptom complex of chest pain, anxiety, muscle spasm, dizziness, and nausea.

  8. Serology for human papillomavirus Serología para el virus del papiloma humano

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    Pierre Coursaget

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Difficulties with serology for papillomavirus are associated with the large number of human papillomavirus, cross-reactions between papillomavirus, and to the diversity of lesions and target sites for infection. In addition, the expression of the papillomavirus in the superficial layers of the epithelium gives rise to the weak presentation to immunocompetent cells of viral antigens, which in turn gives rise to a weak serological response. Distinct efforts have been made in previous decades to develop more specific and sensitive serological assays. These former studies use fusion proteins and synthetic peptides, although they remain on the whole uninteresting, due to their lack of sensitivity and specificity. Only in the last few years, and principally due to the advent of various virus-like particles (VLP, have more sensitive and specific assays become available.Las limitaciones para la utilización de la serología para el estudio del virus del papiloma humano con fines clínicos están asociadas con la gran variedad de subtipos humanos, con las reacciones cruzadas que existen entre diversos genotipos, la diversidad de lesiones precursoras de cáncer y con los sitios blancos de infección. Asimismo, la expresión del virus del papiloma humano en las capas superficiales del epitelio dan origen a una débil presentación de células inmunocompetentes de antígenos virales, lo cual origina una elevación de la respuesta serológica. Distintos esfuerzos se han realizado en décadas previas para desarrollar ensayos serológicos más específicos y sensibles. En muchas investigaciones se ha utilizado una fusión de proteínas y péptidos sintéticos que tienen como principal limitación su escasa sensibilidad y especificidad. Sólo en los últimos años, y principalmente debido al arribo de partículas parecidas a este virus, tenemos disponibles ensayos más sensibles y específicos, ampliamente descritos en este artículo.

  9. Proteome-based analysis of serologically defined tumor-associated antigens in cutaneous lymphoma.

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    Michael Forgber

    Full Text Available Information on specificities of serological responses against tumor cells in cutaneous lymphoma patients is relatively restricted. To advance the knowledge of serological immune responses against and to assess the scope of tumor antigenicity of cutaneous lymphoma, 1- and 2-dimensional Western blot analyses with sera from patients were combined with proteomics-based protein identification. Testing sera from 87 cutaneous lymphoma patients by 1-dimensional Western blot analysis, 64 cases of seroreactivity against lymphoma cells were found. The positive responses were relatively weak, restricted to few antigens in each case, and heterogeneous. To identify the antigens, proteins of the mycosis fungoides cell line MyLa and primary tumor cells were separated by 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis, Western-blotted and probed with heterogeneous and autologous patient sera. The antigens were identified from silver-stained replica gels by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. 14 different antigens were assigned and identified with this proteome-serological approach. Only one, vimentin, had been reported before, the other 13 are new antigens for cutaneous lymphomas.

  10. COMBINED ANTIHYPERTENSIVE THERAPY IN REAL CLINICAL PRACTICE. FOCUS ON FIXED COMBINATIONS OF ANTIHYPERTENSIVE DRUGS (According to the Data of Outpatient Registries RECVASA and PROFILE

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    S. Yu. Martsevich

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    prescribed original AHD; 75% of patients from RECVASA registry received generics. The most popular combinations in both registries were combinations of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers with thiazide/thiazide-like diuretics. The target level of BP was more often achieved in the patients of the PROFILE registry: 37.6% vs 26.1% in the RECVASA registry.Conclusion. The results of the analysis of the presented registries demonstrate the low frequency of prescribing fixed combinations in real clinical practice, the inertness of physicians in achieving the target BP levels and the low efficiency of antihypertensive therapy.

  11. Diagnostic value of culture and serological tests in the diagnosis of histoplasmosis in HIV and non-HIV Colombian patients.

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    Arango-Bustamante, Karen; Restrepo, Angela; Cano, Luz Elena; de Bedout, Catalina; Tobón, Angela Maria; González, Angel

    2013-11-01

    We determined the value of culture and serological tests used to diagnose histoplasmosis. The medical records of 391 histoplasmosis patients were analyzed. Diagnosis of the mycosis was assessed by culture, complement fixation, and immunodiffusion tests; 310 patients (79.5%) were male, and 184 patients (47.1%) were infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Positivity value for cultures was 35.7% (74/207), reactivity of serological tests was 95.2% (160/168), and a combination of both methodologies was 16.9% (35/207) for non-HIV patients. Positivity value for cultures was 75.0% (138/184), reactivity of serological tests was 92.4% (85/92), and a combination of both methodologies was 26.0% (48/184) for HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients; 48.1% (102/212) of extrapulmonary samples from HIV/AIDS patients yielded positive cultures compared with 23.1% (49/212) in non-HIV patients. Lymphocyte counts made for 33.1% (61/184) of HIV/AIDS patients showed a trend to low CD4+ numbers and higher proportion of positive cultures. These results indicate that culture is the most reliable fungal diagnostic method for HIV/AIDS patients, and contrary to what is generally believed, serological assays are useful for diagnosing histoplasmosis in these patients.

  12. Management of hypertension with fixed dose combinations of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide: patient perspectives and clinical utility

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    Thomas Mengden

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Thomas Mengden1, Sakir Uen1, Peter Bramlage21Centre of Vascular Medicine, Herz- und Gefäß-Campus, Bad Nauheim, Germany; 2Institute for Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Epidemiology, Mahlow, GermanyAbstract: Hypertension treatment and control is largely unsatisfactory when guideline-defined blood pressure goal achievement and maintenance are considered. Patient- and physician-related factors leading to non-adherence interfere in this respect with the efficacy, tolerability, and convenient use of pharmacological treatment options. Blockers of the renin–angiotensin system (RAS are an important component of antihypertensive combination therapy. Thiazide-type diuretics are usually added to increase the blood pressure lowering efficacy. Fixed drug–drug combinations of both principles like candesartan/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ are highly effective in lowering blood pressure while providing improved compliance, a good tolerability, and largely neutral metabolic profile. Comparative studies with losartan/HCTZ have consistently shown a higher clinical efficacy with the candesartan/HCTZ combination. Data on the reduction of cardiovascular endpoints with fixed dose combinations of antihypertensive drugs are however scarce, as are the data for candesartan/HCTZ. But many trials have tested candesartan versus a non-RAS blocking comparator based on a standard therapy including thiazide diuretics. The indications tested were heart failure and stroke and particular emphasis was put on elderly patients or those with diabetes. In patients with heart failure, for example, the fixed dose combination might be applied in patients in whom individual titration resulted in a dose of 32 mg candesartan and 25 mg HCTZ which can then be combined into one tablet to increase compliance with treatment. Also in patients with stroke the fixed dose combination might be used in patients in whom maintenance therapy with both components is considered. Taken together candesartan

  13. Clinical and economic impact of a combination Haemophilus influenzae and Hepatitis B vaccine: estimating cost-effectiveness using decision analysis.

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    Fendrick, A M; Lee, J H; LaBarge, C; Glick, H A

    1999-02-01

    Compliance with hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine remains suboptimal, despite a recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the US Public Health Service that all newborns be vaccinated. Although a combined HBV-Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine may improve acceptance of the HBV vaccine, the clinical and economic consequences of this intervention are uncertain. To compare the health impact and cost-effectiveness of the following 2 immunization strategies: current practice of administering HBV vaccine separately (75% compliance) and Hib vaccine alone or as part of a multivalent vaccine (95% compliance); and strategy of delivering a combined HBV-Hib vaccine (95% compliance). A Markov model simulated the natural history of acute and chronic HBV and Hib disease in a cohort of US newborns. Clinical and economic variables were obtained from published reports. The Hib-related outcomes were the same in both strategies, because the efficacy and compliance with Hib vaccine were assumed to be equivalent in both. A 53% reduction in the number of cases of HBV infection with the combination strategy (n = 8541) was estimated when compared with current practice (n = 18 044), along with 205 fewer HBV-related deaths per 1 million infants. Immunization costs of the combination strategy were $11.5 million higher than for current practice ($108.4 million compared with $96.9 million), whereas the cost of HBV-related disease was $4.0 million lower than in current practice. The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio for the combination strategy was $17700 per year of life saved. An HBV-Hib vaccine in US infants yields substantial benefits, with a cost-effectiveness ratio that is lower than that of many commonly used medical interventions.

  14. Differential pharmacology and clinical utility of emerging combination treatments in the management of COPD – role of umeclidinium/vilanterol

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    Malerba M

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Mario Malerba,1 Jaymin Bhagwanji Morjaria,2 Alessandro Radaeli3 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 2Department of Academic Respiratory Medicine, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, United Kingdom; 3Department of Emergency, Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is a preventable and treatable disease characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. Bronchodilator therapy is the cornerstone in COPD treatment. Bronchodilation in COPD is mainly achieved via administration of long- and ultralong-acting β2-agonists and with long-acting muscarinic antagonists. New combinations of bronchodilators with dual-acting muscarinic antagonist and β2-agonist properties have been licensed, and others are currently being developed with the aim of achieving once-daily dosing, and therefore may improve the likelihood of treatment compliance. These combination bronchodilators include glycopyrronium bromide/indacaterol maleate, umeclidinium (UMEC bromide/vilanterol trifenatate (VI, aclidinium bromide/formoterol and tiotropium bromide/olodaterol (Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany. This review will focus mainly on studies and clinical trials involving the novel fixed-dose combination of UMEC/VI at doses of 125/25 µg and 62.5/25 µg in patients with COPD. Data from large clinical trials involving more than 4,500 COPD patients indicate that UMEC/VI is an effective once-daily treatment in COPD with improved pulmonary function. Future studies assessing the impact of this combination on exacerbations, delay in disease progression, and health status in patients with COPD are warranted. Keywords: COPD treatment, umeclidinium, vilanterol, bronchodilators combination, long acting beta2-agonists, long acting muscarinic receptor antagonists

  15. Progestagen component in combined hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women and breast cancer risk: a debated clinical issue.

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    Gadducci, Angiolo; Biglia, Nicoletta; Cosio, Stefania; Sismondi, Piero; Genazzani, Andrea Riccardo

    2009-12-01

    The relevance of the progestagen component in combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for breast cancer risk has been long debated. In vitro studies have shown that progestins exert both genomic transcriptional and non-genomic effects that can enhance the proliferation, invasiveness and spread of breast cancer cells. According to a novel hypothesis, progestins can still activate cancer stem cells in patients with pre-existing, clinically undetected breast cancer. However, some experimental and clinical data suggest that different progestins may have a different impact on the pathophysiology of malignant breast cells. In vitro studies on estrogen receptor (ER)+ breast cancer cells have shown that the addition of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) to estradiol (E(2)) produces a significantly higher increase of the mRNA levels and activities of estrogen-activating enzymes aromatase, 17beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type-1 and sulfatase when compared with progesterone plus E(2). In randomised trial performed on ovariectomised adult female monkeys, oral E(2) plus MPA have resulted in a significantly greater proliferation of breast lobular and ductal epithelium when compared with placebo, whereas E(2) plus micronised progesterone have not. In the same experimental model, oral E(2) plus MPA have been found to induce the expression of genes encoding epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) ligands and downstream targets, whereas E(2) alone or E(2) plus micronised progesterone had no or modest effects on EGFR-related genes. In last years, some clinical studies on HRT users have shown that androgenic progestin- or MPA-based formulations are associated with an increased breast cancer incidence, whereas micronised progesterone- or dydrogesterone-based formulations are not. Further basic and clinical investigations on this topic are strongly warranted to elucidate whether the choice of the progestagen component in combined HRT could be of clinical relevance as for breast

  16. Clinical study on radiotherapy combined with surgical treatment of 162 patients with cervical cancer

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    Xiaopeng Zhong; Xukun Tong; Lingfang Yang; Donglin Yuan; Huigao Cai

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To compare the 5-year survival rates and complications of internal and external irradiation therapy combined with operation in patients with Ⅱ-Ⅲ period of cervical cancer.Methods: 162 cervical cancer patients after the whole palace resection pelvic lymphadenectomy were divided into three groups, and then accepted radiotherapy.The first group with 91 cases was accepted internal and external irradiation therapy before operation; the second group with 37 cases was given internal irradiation therapy before operation; the third group with 34 cases was given routine postoperative radiotherapy.External irradiation used 60Co irradiation or a linear accelerator, to the whole basin, and the irradiation dose of "B" point in preoperative radiotherapy was 26-30 Gy, in postoperative radiotherapy was 46-50 Gy; intraluminal brachytherapy used 192lr,the dose of "A" point was 5-15 Gy.Results: The 5-year survival rate of preoperative combined radiotherapy group was 78.0%(71/91), preoperative intracavitary radiotherapy group 64.9% (24/37), and postoperative radiotherapy group 35.3% (12/34).Comparing the 5-year survival rates of the preoperative combined and postoperative irradiation groups, there was significant difference (P<0.05).The major complications were radioactive proctitis and cystitis, the complication incidences of three groups were 35.2% (32/91), 32.4% (12/37), 38.2% (13/34), respectively, and the differences were not statistically significant (P>0.05).Conclusion: The intraluminal brachytherapy plus external irradiation can significantly increase the 5-year survival rate of patients with Ⅱa-Ⅲa stages, and the incidence of complications was not significant difference.

  17. The clinic discuss of prognosis and treatment or brainstem infarction combined coma

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    Niu Junying; Wanglei; YinShimin; Zheng Yishan; Shijie Qu; Zhanfen

    2000-01-01

    Objective Discuss the relationship between the position, bound of brainstem infarction and .consciousness clog,determinan the prognosis and curative effect. Background and Methods Total brainstem infarction 14 patients,9 male and 5 female,43 to 80 years old.all patients had been checked by CT or MRI,brainstem foliun scanning 6 cases,checked by MRI 8 canes micbrain infarction 2 cases,pon infarction 5 cases,medulla infasction 7 cases the midbrain infarction were rise rapid,inmediately coma,the mydrasis in defect side,opposite body mucsle tension heighten.then both lower limbs straight,both pathology sign masculine.the two cases are all alive .tocked-in syndrom has appeared in 1 case of pon infarction ,and died of combined illness 1 year later. 1 case defect affect centrum of breath and hearlbeat, coma,breath rhythm malajustment,breath stop.threr were no consciousness clog in the other 3 cases ,vertigo,force head position to trouble side, nystagmus, trouble side face hypalgesia,and all cureed .2 cases of medulla infarction appeared quactriplegia ,swallow hardness,anarthriad and so on, 5 others were hemi Watlenberg syndrom,all wcre cured. Results and Discussion coma or no in brainstem infaciton was related with position.it is reparted that midbrain infarction coma was 7.6 persent of brainstem infarction. consciousness clog is distinctness which defect position in midbrain lateral-back, pon ventro defect, not involved ARAS ,lwas locked-in synxdom. brainstem infarction combined combined with freedom breath clog,in medulla was 16.1percent,midorain was 1 1.6 percent, pons ws 83.96 percent the prognosis was.all right in lightly brainsterm infarction, lf involved in both medulla, ventro pon,the prognosis was bad, and lose quadriplegia. CT brainstern foliun scanning would enhanced scanning lay, and helpful for chech up the pathological chanoes of brainstem.

  18. Combined targeting of EGFR-dependent and VEGF-dependent pathways: rationale, preclinical studies and clinical applications.

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    Tortora, Giampaolo; Ciardiello, Fortunato; Gasparini, Giampietro

    2008-09-01

    Cellular heterogeneity, redundancy of molecular pathways and effects of the microenvironment contribute to the survival, motility and metastasis of cells in solid tumors. It is unlikely that tumors are entirely dependent on only one abnormally activated signaling pathway; consequently, treatment with an agent that interferes with a single target may be insufficient. Combined blockade of functionally linked and relevant multiple targets has become an attractive therapeutic strategy. The EGFR and ERBB2 (HER2) pathways and VEGF-dependent angiogenesis have a pivotal role in cancer pathogenesis and progression. Robust experimental evidence has shown that these pathways are functionally linked and has demonstrated a suggested role for VEGF in the acquired resistance to anti-ERBB drugs when these receptors are pharmacologically blocked. Combined inhibition of ERBB and VEGF signaling interferes with a molecular feedback loop responsible for acquired resistance to anti-ERBB agents and promotes apoptosis while ablating tumor-induced angiogenesis. To this aim, either two agents highly selective against VEGF and ERBB respectively, or, alternatively, a single multitargeted agent, can be used. Preclinical studies have proven the efficacy of both these approaches and early clinical studies have provided encouraging results. This Review discusses the experimental rationale for, preclinical studies of and clinical trials on combined blockade of ERBB and VEGF signaling.

  19. [Clinical observation on LOP regimen combined with IMRT treatment for early nasal NK/T cell lymphoma].

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    Hu, Y F; Huang, Y H; Wu, T; Zhang, Y; Liu, X M; Song, Y; Gan, J Y

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    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy and safety of the LOP regimen (L-asparaginase, vincristine, dexamethasone) combined with intensity modulated radiation therapy(IMRT)in the treatment of early nasal NK/T cell lymphoma. Method: Clinical data of 65 patients with nasal NK/T cell lymphoma treated with LOP chemotherapy combined with IMRT at the Guizhou Province Tumor Hospital between March 2010 and January 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Among the 65 patients, 39 cases obtained complete remission (CR), 18 cases obtained partial remission(PR), 1 case obtained stable disease (SD), 7 cases had progressive disease(PD). The objective response rate (ORR) was 87.7%, the disease control rates (DCR) was 89.2%. The DCR was lower in the patients with B symptoms or over age of 60. Patients with super cavity obtained a worse progression-free survival(PFS). The 1-, 2-, 3-year PFS were 91.7%, 74.8% and 61.3%, the overall survival(OS) were 91.8%, 81.3% and 78.9%, respectively. Main adverse reactions were myelosuppression, gastrointestinal reaction, hepatic lesion, hypoproteinemia, percutaneous reaction and oral mucosa reaction. No severe pancreatitis, severe anaphylaxis and toxic related death were observed. Conclusion: The LOP regimen combined with IMRT treatment for nasal NK/T cell lymphoma may have a good therapeutic effect, low toxicity, and good tolerance.

  20. Effects of the Combined Therapy of Acupuncture with Herbal Drugs on Male Immune Infertility-- A Clinical Report of 50 Cases

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    Fu Bing; Lun Xin; Gong Yuzhuo; Wang Xinzhong

    2005-01-01

    To study the clinical effects of the combined therapy of acupuncture with herbal drugs on male immune infertility and on antisperm antibody (AsAb), 100 male cases of infertility with positive AsAb were divided randomly into two groups, each consisting of 50 cases. The acupuncture-drug group was treated with acupuncture on Ganshu (BL 18), Shenshu (BL 23), Taichong (LR 3), Taixi (KI 3), Xinshu (BL 15),Geshu (BL 17), Shenmen (HT 7), and Xuehai (SP 10), combined with oral medication of Liuwei treated with oral prednisone. The clinical therapeutic effects and the impact on AsAb were observed in the two groups. The results showed that the total effective rate in the acupuncture-drug group was 90%;while that of the control group was 64%, the comparison showing a statistically significant difference (P<0.05). The positive rate of blood serum and/or AsAb in both the two groups decreased in varying degrees, but the negative-turning rate of AsAb in the acupuncture-drug group was more obvious, the comparison showing also a significant difference (P<0.05). Conclusion: The combined therapy of acupuncture with herbal drugs has definite therapeutic effects on male immune infertility, which can regulate AsAb and raise the immunity of the patients.

  1. Clinical Observation on the Efficacy of Xiaoshui Decoction Combined with Intrapleural Perfusion of Cisplatin in Treating Malignant Pleural Effusion

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    SHI Zhan; HE Qing-yong; HUA Bao-jin

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of Xiaoshui decoction (XSD, 消水方) combined with intrapleural perfusion of cisplatin in the treatment of malignant pleural effusion. Methods: Fifty-one patients with malignant pleural effusion were randomly assigned to two groups. The treated group (26 patients) received oral administration of XSD combined with intrapleural perfusion of cisplatin, and the control group (25 patients) was only treated with intrapleural perfusion of cisplatin. The effects of the short-term efficacy, quality of life scores and clinical symptom scores of malignant pleural effusion were evaluated. Results: The short-term efficacy in the treated group and the control group was 72.0% and 58.3%, respectively, and no significant difference was found (P>0.05). In contrast, the quality of life in the treated group was significantly improved compared to that of the control group (P<0.05), and so was the symptom remission (P<0.05). Conclusions: The combined therapy of XSD and intrapleural perfusion of cisplatin did not show obvious improvement in short-term efficacy, but the therapy remarkably alleviated the symptoms and improved the quality of life of patients.

  2. Clinical Study on Treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer by Chinese Herbal Medicine Combined with Bronchial Arterial Chemotherapy

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    刘城林; 王远东; 金学军; 刘丽萍; 喻庆薇; 蔡悦成

    2001-01-01

    To study the therapeutic effect of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) combined with bronchial arterial chemotherapy (BAC) in treating lung cancer.Methods: Ninety patients with mid-advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were randomly divided into two groups. The 45 cases in Group A were treated with CHM combined with BAC and the 45 cases in Group B treated with BAC alone. The short-term and long-term effect, follow-up survival rate, quality of life, changes of clinical symptoms and peripheral blood figures in the patients were observed.Results: After treatment, the rate of CR+PR+NC in the two groups was 88.89% and 68.89% respectively, the inter-group comparison showed a significant difference (P<0.05). The 0.5-, 1- and 2-year survival rate in Group A was 75.56%, 55.56% and 48.89% respectively and in Group B 71.11%, 46.67% and 24.44% respectively. The 2-year survival rate in the former was better than that in the latter (P<0.05). Moreover, the improvement of clinical symptoms, Karnofsky scoring, body weight and peripheral blood figure in Group A was superior to those in Group B.Conclusion: Therapeutic effect of BAC could be enhanced by combining it with CHM.

  3. Lesion flow coefficient: a combined anatomical and functional parameter for detection of coronary artery disease--a clinical study.

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    Peelukhana, Srikara V; Effat, Mohamed; Kolli, Kranthi K; Arif, Imran; Helmy, Tarek; Leesar, Massoud; Kerr, Hanan; Back, Lloyd H; Banerjee, Rupak

    2015-01-01

    Invasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease utilizes either anatomical or functional measurements. In this study, we tested a futuristic parameter, lesion flow coefficient (LFC, defined as the ratio of percent coronary area stenosis (%AS) to the square root of the ratio of the pressure drop across the stenosis to the dynamic pressure in the throat region), that combines both the anatomical (%AS) and functional measurements (pressure and flow) for application in a clinical setting. In 51 vessels, simultaneous pressure and flow readings were obtained using a 0.014" Combowire (Volcano Corporation). Anatomical details were assessed using quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). Fractional flow reserve (FFR), coronary flow reserve (CFR), hyperemic stenosis resistance index (HSR), and hyperemic microvascular index (HMR) were obtained at baseline and adenosine-induced hyperemia. QCA data were corrected for the presence of guidewire and then the LFC values were calculated. LFC was correlated with FFR, CFR, HSR, and HMR, individually and in combination with %AS, under both baseline and hyperemic conditions. Further, in 5 vessels, LFC group mean values were compared between pre-PCI and post-PCI groups. Panatomically measured %AS were combined (r = 0.64; Panatomical and functional endpoints, has potential for application in a clinical setting for stenosis evaluation, under both hyperemic and baseline conditions.

  4. Clinical efficacy of artificial skin combined with vacuum sealing drainage in treating large-area skin defects

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    TANG Jin; GUO Wei-chun; YU Ling; ZHAO Sheng-hao

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy of artificial skin combined with vacuum sealing drainage (VSD) in treating large-area skin defects.Methods: Totally 18 patients with skin defects, treated with artificial skin combined with VSD from September 2008to May 2009 in our hospital, were retrospectively analyzed in this study. There were 15 males and 3 females, aged 7-66years, 34.3 years on average. Among them, 10 cases had skin laceration caused by traffic accidents (7 with open fractures), 1 mangled injury, 1 blast injury, 1 stump infection combined with skin defects after amputation and 5 heel ulcers.Results: All skin grafts in 16 cases survived after being controlled by VSD for one time. For the rest 2 patients,one with skin avulsion on the left foot was given median thickness skin grafts after three times of VSD, the other with open fractures in the left tibia and fibula caused by a traffic accident was given free flap transplantation. Skin grafts of both patients survived, with normal color and rich blood supply.Conclusion: Skin grafting in conjunction with artificial skin and VSD is much more effective than traditional dressing treatment and worth wide application in clinic.

  5. COMBINED THERAPY OF VIRAL DIARRHEA IN CHILDREN: FIRST RESULTS OF AN OPEN COMPARATIVE RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIAL OF INTERFERON EFFICIENCY

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    A.V. Gorelov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The article presents an interim statistical analysis of the open multicenter randomized clinical trial, whose goal was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of immunomodulatory therapy of acute intestinal infections of viral etiology in children. Patients and methods: at this stage 28 children aged 6 months to 6 years with a clinically diagnosed viral diarrhea were included in the study. Children were randomly assigned to two groups: basic, where for the treatment was used the suppository preparation of recombinant human interferon alpha-2b in combination with taurine, and a control group, where the patients admitted the drug as the recombinant human interferon alpha-2b in combination with a complex immunoglobulin preparation. The dynamics of the relief of individual viral diarrhea symptoms was assessed within 5 days after the patient was included in the study. Results: the analysis of the data revealed no significant differences in the efficiency of the investigated drugs, this fact suggests the equivalence of the produced therapeutic effect. The use of the preparation containing recombinant human interferon alpha-2b in combination with taurine, reduces the level of a drug load on the child’s organism without loss of the treatment efficiency.Key words: recombinant human interferon alpha-2b, taurine, an acute intestinal infection of viral etiology, treatment, children.

  6. [Clinical observation on acupuncture combined with motortherapy for early treatment of cerebral palsy high risk infants].

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    Zhong, Xiao-Bei; Xia, Zi-Hong; Kong, Yan-Ying; Yuan, Yi; Liu, Li-Wei

    2007-02-01

    To observe the effect of early treatment with acupuncture and motortherapy on developmental quotient (DQ) of cerebral palsy high risk infants. Sixty cerebral palsy high risk infants were divided into an acupuncture combined with motortherapy group (treatment group) and a control group, 30 cases in each group. Changes of DQ were investigated by the children mental development scale. The DQ in the treatment group was significantly higher than that in the control group (P cerebral palsy in the treatment group significantly lower than that in the control group (P cerebral palsy for cerebral palsy high risk infants at early stage.

  7. The free gingival graft combined with the frenectomy: a clinical review.

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    Breault, L G; Fowler, E B; Moore, E A; Murray, D J

    1999-01-01

    Abnormal labial frena are capable of retracting gingival margins, creating diastemas, and limiting lip movement. When these frena are present, the traditional frenectomy alone generally is successful. However, when the frenulum is extensive, the possibility of coronal reformation exists. Several procedures have combined the frenectomy with either a lateral pedicle flap, free papilla graft, or free gingival (mucosal) graft taken from the palate. Three case reports demonstrate the continued efficacy of the traditional palatal free gingival graft when the patient has an extensive frenulum or an area of minimal esthetic concern is involved.

  8. Clinical experience with TENS and TENS combined with nitrous oxide-oxygen. Report of 371 patients.

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    Quarnstrom, F. C.; Milgrom, P.

    1989-01-01

    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) alone or TENS combined with nitrous oxide-oxygen (N2O) was administered for restorative dentistry without local anesthesia to 371 adult patients. A total of 55% of TENS alone and 84% of TENS/N2O visits were rated successful. A total of 53% of TENS alone and 82% of TENS/N2O patients reported slight or no pain. In multivariable analyses, pain reports were related to the anesthesia technique and patient fear and unrelated to sex, race, age, toot...

  9. Safety and effectiveness of a fixed-dose combination of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide in clinical practice.

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    Bramlage, Peter; Fronk, Eva-Maria; Wolf, Wolf-Peter; Smolnik, Rüdiger; Sutton, Gemma; Schmieder, Roland E

    2015-01-01

    Clinical trials indicate that the use of fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) is associated with a higher level of treatment adherence and prolonged blood pressure (BP) control. The aim of this study was to document the safety and effectiveness of the FDC olmesartan/amlodipine/hydrochlorothiazide in patients with essential hypertension in clinical practice. This multicenter, prospective, 24-week, noninterventional study enrolled 5,831 patients from primary care offices in Germany and Austria. Inclusion criteria were a diagnosis of essential hypertension and newly initiated treatment with the FDC. The mean age of patients was 63.5 years, almost 50% of patients had a time since diagnosis of essential hypertension of over 5 years, and approximately 70% of patients had at least one cardiovascular risk factor, including 29.4% of patients with diabetes mellitus. Following approximately 24 weeks of treatment, the mean reduction in systolic/diastolic BP was 29.0/14.0 mmHg, a BP response was observed by 94.2% of patients, and a target BP of risk (low/high), and concomitant medication (no/yes). This study demonstrates that in clinical practice, treatment with the three-drug combination as an FDC tablet resulted in a very high proportion of patients with a BP response and control, accompanied by a very low rate of ADRs.

  10. A combined superiority and non-inferiority approach to multiple endpoints in clinical trials.

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    Bloch, Daniel A; Lai, Tze Leung; Su, Zheng; Tubert-Bitter, Pascale

    2007-03-15

    Treatment comparisons in clinical trials often involve multiple endpoints. By making use of bootstrap tests, we develop a new non-parametric approach to multiple-endpoint testing that can be used to demonstrate non-inferiority of a new treatment for all endpoints and superiority for some endpoint when it is compared to an active control. It is shown that this approach does not incur a large multiplicity cost in sample size to achieve reasonable power and that it can incorporate complex dependencies in the multivariate distributions of all outcome variables for the two treatments via bootstrap resampling. Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. [Clinical application of the combination of postural reduction and kyphoplasty for traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures].

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    Huang, Hong-bin; Bao, Feng; Ji, Xiang-rong; Fan, Shun-wu; Chen, Hong-wei

    2008-09-01

    To determine the efficacy and feasibility of the combination of postural reduction and percutaneous kyphoplasty for traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures. Thirty-seven patients with single level traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures were included in this study. There are 28 males and 9 females, with an average age of 48 years (range 24 to 79 years). Patients were treated with postural reduction and then percutaneous vertebroplasty with Calcium Phosphate Cement (CPC) were performed on the fractured vertebra. The results were quantitatively evaluated, according to the concept of estimated vertebral height loss and kyphotic angle of the vertebral fractures by preoperative and postoperative plain standing lateral radiographs. Visual analog scale (VAS) and the fracture vertebra shape changes were recorded. Patients were followed up for 9 to 24 months (average 13 months), pain was significantly relieved compared with the preoperative, VAS was reduced averagely from 7.6 +/- 2.5 to 1.8 +/- 1.5, the anterior and middle vertebral height was restored and kyphotic angle was corrected. During the period of follow up, outcomes were satisfactory, without notable correction loss. If the indications are correctly handled, the combination of postural reduction and percutaneous kyphoplasty for the treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar spine fractures can provide significant pain relieve and restore the vertebral height and kyphotic angle.

  12. [Clinical benefit of HCV core antigen assay in patients receiving interferon and ribavirin combination therapy].

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    Higashimoto, Makiko; Takahashi, Masahiko; Jokyu, Ritsuko; Saito, Hidetsugu

    2006-02-01

    A highly sensitive second generation HCV core antigen assay has recently been developed. We compared viral disappearance and kinetics data between commercially available core antigen assays, Lumipulse Ortho HCV Ag, and a quantitative HCV RNA PCR assay, Cobas Amplicor HCV Monitor Test, Version 2 to estimate the predictive benefit of sustained viral response (SVR) and non-SVR in 59 patients treated with interferon and ribavirin combination therapy. We found a good correlation between HCV core Ag and HCV RNA level regardless of genotype. Although the sensitivity of the core antigen assay was lower than PCR, the dynamic range was broader than that of the PCR assay, so that we did not need to dilute the samples in 59 patients. We detected serial decline of core Ag levels in 24 hrs, 7 days and 14 days after interferon combination therapy. The decline of core antigen levels was significant in SVR patients compared to non-SVR as well as in genotype 2a, 2b patients compared to 1b. Core antigen-negative on day 1 could predict all 10 SVR patients (PPV = 100%), whereas RNA-negative could predict 22 SVR out of 25 on day 14 (PPV = 88.0%). None of the patients who had detectable serum core antigen on day 14 became SVR(NPV = 100%), although NPV was 91.2% on RNA negativity. An easy, simple, low cost new HCV core antigen detecting system seems to be useful for assessing and monitoring IFN treatment for HCV.

  13. Clinical observation of pterygium excision combined with limbal stem cell transplantation and drug therapy

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    Hai-Jia Xu

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the effect of pterygium excision combined with autologous limbal stem cell transplantation and drug treatment after the operation.METHODS: A total of 980 eyes of 760 cases underwent pterygium excision, the conjunctival graft with stem cells was interrupted sutured in the limbal sclera planting beds and bulbar conjunctiva. One hundred and sixty-two eyes which relapse again were divided into 2 groups, group A: 1g/L mitomycin C+norfloxacin eye drops for 1-3 months; Group B: dexamethasone eye drops and diclofenac sodium eye drops for 1-3 months or more.RESULTS: One hundred and sixty-two eyes which relapse again were divided into the A and B groups use different medication treatment, Group A: 67 eyes(81.7%were curd, 12 eyes(14.6%relapse again, 3 eyes(3.7%recurrence. Group B: 35 eyes(43.8%were cured, 29 eyes(36.3%relapse again, 16 eyes(20.0%recurrence. The recurrence rate of group A was significantly lower than that of group B(PCONCLUSION: Pterygium excision combined with limbal stem cell transplantation without rejection, safe and effective, with low recurrence rate, postoperative eye drops is particularly important, which could effectively inhibit and reduce the recurrence rate and significantly improve the therapeutic effect.

  14. Clinical treatment approach of a child with molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH combined with malocclusion.

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    Rossitza Kabaktchieva

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH was defined as "hypomineralisation of systemic origin of permanent first molars, frequently associated with affected incisors". MIH includes the presence of demarcated opacity, post eruptive enamel breakdown, atypical restoration. Тhe approach to management suggested: risk identification, early diagnosis, remineralization for prevention of caries and post eruption breakdown, restorations. The clinicians very seldom notice that children with MIH usually have both- hypomineralisation and malocclusions, and they do not discuss combine treatment plan.Aim. To present our interdisciplinary approach to a patient with MIH, combined with malocclusion.Material and methods. We are presenting 9 year old child with contusio and fractura coronae dentis noncomplicata, distal occlusion, overjet, overbite and retrusion. Two consecutive stages were defined: First stage:- Professional oral hygiene and local remineralisation therapy- Vital pulp therapy of tooth 21 - Space gaining for restoration of the lost height of the molars by the means of posterior bite-plane removable appliance- Restoration of the molars with metal inlays- Lingual tipping of the lower incisorsSecond stage:- Class II correction- Growth control Results.First phase: - The tooth 21 was restored with aesthetic composite material;- Occlusion was raised with occlusal restorations (inleys and orthodontic appliance. Second phase:Medialisation of mandible and holding maxillary growth with functional appliance and occipital EOA until class one occlusal relations.Conclusion. Children with MIH should be examined and treated complex in collaboration with orthodontist and if necessary by other specialists too.

  15. Clinical value of combined screening for fetal chromosomal syndromes in the second trimester%孕中期多指标联合筛查胎儿染色体病的临床价值

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    潘丽华; 丁莉莉; 王文; 王海燕; 纪学芹

    2012-01-01

    目的 探求超声联合血清学指标在孕中期筛查胎儿染色体病的临床效果和可靠性. 方法 对自愿接受产前筛查的孕15~20周的孕妇应用血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、游离人绒毛膜促性腺激素(β-hCG)、雌三醇(μE3)生化指标及超声检查进行孕中期筛查,应用软件计算风险值,以21-三体综合征风险率1/270、18-三体风险率1/350作为风险截断值,对高风险孕妇进行产前诊断;同时进行超声筛查,超声筛查综合评分大于2分者,也行产前诊断. 结果 接受筛查的12,605例孕妇中,血清学指标筛查高风险者824例,确诊为染色体异常39例.超声筛查综合评分大于2分者298例,随访确诊为染色体异常24例.联合筛查阳性232例,确诊为染色体异常43例. 结论 超声检查和血清筛查联合应用,可有效提高胎儿染色体异常的检出率,降低筛查假阳性率,减少染色体病胎儿出生.%Objective: To estimate the clinical value and reliability of combined screening for fetal chromosomal syndromes in the second trimester. Methods: The serum levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), β-hCG and estriol (E3) were examined in women who were in 15-20 weeks of gestation and willing to accept antenatal screening. The cut-off value was calculated by software. The cut-off values of Down's syndrome (DS) and Edwards syndrome were 1/270 and 1/350, respectively. The pregnant women whose values were higher than the cut-off value were advised to accept prenatal screening. At the same time, all of the women accepted ultrasound examination. If the ultrasound examination indicated abnormal, the prenatal screening was also suggested. Results: A total of 12,708 pregnant women were screened, and 12,605 of them were followed up. Eight hundred and twenty-four patient were at high risk found by serological examination. Among them, 39 fetuses' chromosomes were abnormal. Two hundred and ninety-eight foetuses were found with deformity by ultrasound examination

  16. Patient selection for transcatheter aortic valve replacement: A combined clinical and multimodality imaging approach

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    Cocchia, Rosangela; D’Andrea, Antonello; Conte, Marianna; Cavallaro, Massimo; Riegler, Lucia; Citro, Rodolfo; Sirignano, Cesare; Imbriaco, Massimo; Cappelli, Maurizio; Gregorio, Giovanni; Calabrò, Raffaele; Bossone, Eduardo

    2017-01-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been validated as a new therapy for patients affected by severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are not eligible for surgical intervention because of major contraindication or high operative risk. Patient selection for TAVR should be based not only on accurate assessment of aortic stenosis morphology, but also on several clinical and functional data. Multi-Imaging modalities should be preferred for assessing the anatomy and the dimensions of the aortic valve and annulus before TAVR. Ultrasounds represent the first line tool in evaluation of this patients giving detailed anatomic description of aortic valve complex and allowing estimating with enough reliability the hemodynamic entity of valvular stenosis. Angiography should be used to assess coronary involvement and plan a revascularization strategy before the implant. Multislice computed tomography play a central role as it can give anatomical details in order to choice the best fitting prosthesis, evaluate the morphology of the access path and detect other relevant comorbidities. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography are emergent modality helpful in aortic stenosis evaluation. The aim of this review is to give an overview on TAVR clinical and technical aspects essential for adequate selection.

  17. Artemisinin versus nonartemisinin combination therapy for uncomplicated malaria: randomized clinical trials from four sites in Uganda.

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    Adoke Yeka

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum poses a major threat to malaria control. Combination antimalarial therapy including artemisinins has been advocated recently to improve efficacy and limit the spread of resistance, but artemisinins are expensive and relatively untested in highly endemic areas. We compared artemisinin-based and other combination therapies in four districts in Uganda with varying transmission intensity. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We enrolled 2,160 patients aged 6 mo or greater with uncomplicated falciparum malaria. Patients were randomized to receive chloroquine (CQ + sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP; amodiaquine (AQ + SP; or AQ + artesunate (AS. Primary endpoints were the 28-d risks of parasitological failure either unadjusted or adjusted by genotyping to distinguish recrudescence from new infections. A total of 2,081 patients completed follow-up, of which 1,749 (84% were under the age of 5 y. The risk of recrudescence after treatment with CQ + SP was high, ranging from 22% to 46% at the four sites. This risk was significantly lower (p < 0.01 after AQ + SP or AQ + AS (7%-18% and 4%-12%, respectively. Compared to AQ + SP, AQ + AS was associated with a lower risk of recrudescence but a higher risk of new infection. The overall risk of repeat therapy due to any recurrent infection (recrudescence or new infection was similar at two sites and significantly higher for AQ + AS at the two highest transmission sites (risk differences = 15% and 16%, p < 0.003. CONCLUSION: AQ + AS was the most efficacious regimen for preventing recrudescence, but this benefit was outweighed by an increased risk of new infection. Considering all recurrent infections, the efficacy of AQ + SP was at least as efficacious at all sites and superior to AQ + AS at the highest transmission sites. The high endemicity of malaria in Africa may impact on the efficacy of artemisinin-based combination therapy. The registration number for this trial is ISRCTN

  18. Molecular and serologic diagnostic approaches; the prevalence of herpes simplex in idiopathic men infertile

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    Amirjannati, Nasser; Yaghmaei, Farhad; Akhondi, Mohammad Mehdi; Nasiri, Mahboubeh; Heidari-Vala, Hamed; Sehhat, Zahra

    2014-01-01

    Background: Human pathogens that can cause infertility may also affect sperm count and quality. Viral infections can be considered as direct and/or indirect cause of male factor infertility. Objective: Our goal was to investigate the prevalence of herpes simplex virus in the semen of infertile men attending the Avicenna Infertility Clinic, and to compare it with the herpes virus serology results. Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted during 2009-2010. Infertile men participating without any clinical signs of infection with herpes simplex virus, and no obvious cause for their infertility were included. Semen and blood samples were used for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and serologic testing for these people. Two samples were collected: one ml semen sample to verify the existence of genital herpes simplex virus in infertile men, and blood samples of 217 individuals tested for antibodies to herpes simplex virus. Data were analyzed by SPSS 16. Results: According to the PCR results of semen samples the prevalence of herpes simplex in semen was 12% and serologic test showed 3.2% prevalence within blood. Nine to 10% of IgM negative were PCR positive and only 2-3% of IgM positive were PCR positive. Between herpes serologic studies with positive controls and negative controls by using both tests, there was a significant positive relationship (r=0.718 and p<0.001). The relationship between semen PCR test results and serological survey of herpes patients with a negative control in both Pearson and Spearman tests was positive and significant (r=0.229 and p=0.001). Correlation between the PCR results of semen samples with two positive control subjects and a positive IgM test was statistically confirmed (r=0.235 and p<0.001). Conclusion: We recommend that if there is suspicion to herpes simplex as a microorganism that theoretically could impact semen parameters and cause infertility it is prudent to use PCR technique on semen sample rather than ELISA

  19. Combination dolutegravir–abacavir–lamivudine in the management of HIV/AIDS: clinical utility and patient considerations

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    Cruciani M

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    in combination with nucleoside/tide reverse transcriptase inhibitors as one of the recommended regimens in antiretroviral therapy-naïve patients. Most of the favorable clinical experiences from clinical trials are based on the combination of DTG with abacavir/lamivudine, and DTG is planned to be coformulated with abacavir/lamivudine. This will provide a further advantage, given that single tablet regimens are associated with higher adherence rates as well as improvement in quality of life and enhanced patient preference. Keywords: HIV-1, antiretroviral agents, dolutegravir, abacavir/lamivudine, review

  20. Clinical utility of fixed-dose combinations in hypertension: evidence for the potential of nebivolol/valsartan

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    Full Text Available Jasmina Varagic,1–3 Henry Punzi,4,5 Carlos M Ferrario2,3,61Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, 2Division of Surgical Sciences, 3Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC USA; 4Trinity Hypertension and Diagnostic Research Center, Carrollton, TX, USA; 5Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA; 6Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USAAbstract: Despite significant advances in pharmacologic approaches to treat hypertension during the last decades, hypertension- and hypertension-related organ damage are still a high health and economic burden because a large proportion of patients with hypertension do not achieve optimal blood pressure control. There is now general agreement that combination therapy with two or more antihypertensive drugs is required for targeted blood pressure accomplishment and reduction of global cardiovascular risk. The goals of combination therapies are to reduce long-term cardiovascular events by targeting different mechanism underlying hypertension and target organ disease, to block the counterregulatory pathways activated by monotherapies, to improve tolerability and decrease the adverse effects of up-titrated single agents, and to increase persistence and adherence with antihypertensive therapy. Multiple clinical trials provide evidence that fixed-dose combinations in a single pill offer several advantages when compared with loose-dose combinations. This review discusses the advances in hypertension control and associated cardiovascular disease as they relate to the prospect of combination therapy targeting a third-generation beta (β 1-adrenergic receptor (nebivolol and an angiotensin II receptor blocker (valsartan in fixed-dose single-pill formulations.Keywords: blood pressure control, hypertension, β1-adrenergic receptor, renin angiotensin system

  1. Clinical effect of systemic chemotherapy combined with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization in treatment of breast cancer with liver metastases

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    LI Liye

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo investigate the clinical effect of systemic chemotherapy combined with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE in the treatment of breast cancer with liver metastases. MethodsA total of 86 female breast cancer patients with liver metastases who were treated in the Affiliated Hospital of Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences from December 2012 to December 2014 were selected and equally divided into experimental group and control group. The patients in the control group received systemic chemotherapy, and those in the experimental group received systemic chemotherapy combined with TACE. The clinical effect, changes in lesions, and patients′ quality of life (QOL scores after treatment were compared between two groups. The t-test was applied for comparison of continuous data between the two groups, and the chi-square test was applied for comparison of categorical data between the two groups. ResultsThe experimental group had a significantly higher overall response rate than the control group (90.70% vs 58.14%, χ2=13.07, P=0.001. Compared with the control group, the experimental group had significantly smaller diameters of tumors and lymph nodes after treatment (t=4.26 and 4.63, both P<0.001, as well as significantly higher QOL scores at 3 and 6 months after treatment (t=6.30 and 3.89, both P<0001. ConclusionSystemic chemotherapy combined with TACE has a significant therapeutic effect in breast cancer patients with liver metastases, and can improve patients′ symptoms, reduce adverse drug reactions, and improve QOL. As a safe and reliable therapeutic method, it is worthy of clinical application.

  2. The Relationship of Clinical, Cognitive and Social Measures in Schizophrenia: A Preliminary Finding Combining Measures in Probands and Relatives

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    Huepe, David; Riveros, Rodrigo; Manes, Facundo; Couto, Blas; Hurtado, Esteban; Cetkovich, Marcelo; Escobar, Maria; Vergara, Viviana; Parrao, Teresa; Ibañez, Agustin

    2012-01-01

    This study examines performance of schizophrenia patients, unaffected relatives and controls in social cognition, cognitive and psychiatric scales looking for possible markers of vulnerability in schizophrenia. Performance of schizophrenia patients from multiplex families, first-degree relatives, and matched controls was compared and, subsequently, discriminant analysis method was used for identifying the best predictors for group membership. By using Multigroup Discriminant Analyses on the three groups, the best predictors were PANSS, Premorbid Adjustment Scale, Faux Pas test, and a face/emotion categorizing task. This model obtained 82% correct global classification, suggesting that the combination of psychiatric scales and neuropsychological/social cognition tesks are the best approach for characterizing this disease. Although preliminary, our results suggest that social cognition tasks are robust markers of schizophrenia family impairments, and that combining clinical, social and neuropsychological measures is the best approach to asses patients and relatives vulnerability. PMID:22425724

  3. The Relationship of Clinical, Cognitive and Social Measures in Schizophrenia: A Preliminary Finding Combining Measures in Probands and Relatives

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    David Huepe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examines performance of schizophrenia patients, unaffected relatives and controls in social cognition, cognitive and psychiatric scales looking for possible markers of vulnerability in schizophrenia. Performance of schizophrenia patients from multiplex families, first-degree relatives, and matched controls was compared and, subsequently, discriminant analysis method was used for identifying the best predictors for group membership. By using Multigroup Discriminant Analyses on the three groups, the best predictors were PANSS, Premorbid Adjustment Scale, Faux Pas test, and a face/emotion categorizing task. This model obtained 82% correct global classification, suggesting that the combination of psychiatric scales and neuropsychological/social cognition tesks are the best approach for characterizing this disease. Although preliminary, our results suggest that social cognition tasks are robust markers of schizophrenia family impairments, and that combining clinical, social and neuropsychological measures is the best approach to asses patients and relatives vulnerability.

  4. [Clinical observation of propofol combined with misoprostol for painless induced abortion].

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    Fan, Guang-sheng; Jin, Li; Xi, Shui; Li, Hong

    2005-04-27

    To observe the effects of propofol combined with misoprostol for painless induced abortion. Two hundred early pregnant women, nullipara or pluripara with history of cesarean section, were randomly divided into two groups: control group receiving intravenous injection of propofol 2.5 mg/kg and then underwent induced abortion after becoming unconscious, and experimental group receiving misoprostol 200 microg intravaginally two hours before undergoing induced abortion. The effects on anesthesia, cervix dilatation, uterotonic degree, bleeding and abortion syndrome were observed. Anesthesia was 100% effective in both groups. No induced abortion syndrome occurred. For the effect on cervical dilatation, No.6 Hegars dilator were smoothly inserted into the cervical canal in 96 cases (96%) in the experimental group and in only 8 cases (8%) in the control group (P misoprostol administered intravaginally is effective in anesthesia and cervical dilatation with less bleeding and absence of abortion syndrome.

  5. Rotavirus infection in children: mono-and combines forms, especially clinics and course

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    N. B. Denisyuk

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Analyzed 74 case histories of children under one year with rotavirus infection. The most commonly detected rotavirus gastroenteritis in the form of mono-and combined forms. Mono-infection in 78.3% of cases occurred in the moderate form with a leading syndrome in the form of gastroenteritis, severe dehydration proceeded with symptoms of varying severity. Mixed variants in 98.7% of cases are in the unfavorable premorbid background, in 42.8% of children were registered in the severe forms, and children younger than 6 months were erased within. The diagnosis of intestinal infection was confirmed by PCR, bacteriological and immunological methods.

  6. Clinical Report on Californium-252 Neutron Intraluminal Brachytherapy Combined with External Irradiation for Cervical Carcinoma Treatment

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    Huanyu Zhao; Keming Wang; Jian Sun; Xin Geng; Weiming Zhang

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To observe the curative effects and complications of californium-252 (252Cf) neutron intraluminal brachytherapy (IBT) combined with external irradiation (El) for treatment of cervical carcinoma.METHODS From December 2000 to December 2004, 128 cases of cervical carcinoma staged into ⅡA~ⅢB according to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) standards were treated with 252Cf neutron IBT using 8~10 Gy per fraction, once a week. The total dose at reference A point was 36~40 Gy in 4~5 fractions. From the second day after 252Cf neutron IBT treatment, the whole pelvic cavity was treated with 60Co γ-ray El, applying 2 Gy per fraction, 4 times per week. After 20~25 Gy of El, the center of the whole pelvic field was blocked with 4 cm of lead in width. The total dose of El was 45~50 Gy.RESULTS The short-term therapeutic effects were CR 95.3% and PR 4.7%. The 3 and 5-year local control rates were 93.5% and 87.9%. The overall 3-year survival rate was 87.5% and for Stages Ⅱ and Ⅲ , 90.9%and 81.5% respectively; the overall 5-year survival rate was 70% and for Stages Ⅱ and Ⅲ, 76.2% and 61% respectively. The rate of radiation complications was 4.7% for radiation cystitis, 7.8% for radiation proctitis, 6.3%for vagina contracture and adhesion and 5.5% for protracted radiation proctitis.CONCLUSION An combination of 252Cf neutron IBT with El for treatment of cervical carcinoma can be well-tolerated by cervical carcinoma patients. The rate of local tumor control is high and radiation complications are few.

  7. [Clinical experience of combined oral contraceptives of low doses in Mexico].

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    Saldívar Rodríguez, Donato; Vázquez, Juanita; Lara, Roger; Ramos, Carlos; Lira, Josefina; Rodríguez, Ever; Romo, Jorge

    2006-11-01

    The combined oral contraceptives are one of the most prescribed medicines. Across the years they have given to more than 60 million women of the whole world a suitable method for the highly reliable and effective natal control. The oral contraceptives are different from other medicines; principally they are not in use for controlling any disease and have the potential of giving advantages. To evaluate the control of the cycle, tolerability and acceptance of an oral contraceptive of ultralow dose with gestodene (60 microg) and ethinylestradiol (15 microg) in a population of healthy women from 18 to 35 years. The study included adult healthy women, all the users signed assent of informed before being included to the study and of the beginning of any procedure in agreement with the declarations of Helsinki and its amendments. Descriptive statistics was used for the demographic information and the comparison between the initial and final visits of the variables of efficiency. There was used the test (Proof) of ranges of Wilcoxon's sign for related samples. There were included 113 women. The average of age was 26.08 years (SD = 4.43), weight of 62.02 kg (SD = 11.13) and height of 159.20 cm (SD = 6.06). The distribution in four centers was: 32 in the University Hospital (Monterrey), 21 in the Country 2000 (Guadalajara), 30 in in the Medical Center La Mora (Aguascalientes) and 30 in Perinatology National Institute (Mexico City). The contraceptive efficiency of the combination of 15 microg of ethinylestradiol and 60 microg of gestodene has been demonstrated in previous studies. This study ratifies the international results of efficiency and tolerability.

  8. Fully liquid DTaP-IPV-Hib pediatric combination vaccine (Pediacel): a review of 18 years of clinical experience.

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    Reynolds, Donna L; Vidor, Emmanuel

    2014-08-01

    Safe and effective combination pediatric vaccines are necessary to simplify complex immunization schedules and to improve coverage and protection for children worldwide. We provide an overview of the 18 years of clinical and worldwide experience with DTaP-IPV-Hib (Pediacel(®)), a unique fully liquid pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria [D], tetanus [T], acellular pertussis, inactivated poliovirus [IPV], Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib]). Pediacel has demonstrated good and lasting immunogenicity in many populations, with differing primary series and booster schedules, and with a variety of coadministered vaccines. The acellular pertussis antigens have proven efficacy and real-world effectiveness. Clinical and post-marketing studies confirm the safety of Pediacel. Pediacel can be used for primary series and toddler booster doses, as well as in mixed pediatric vaccine schedules.

  9. MINIMUM INHIBITORY AND BACTERICIDAL CONCENTRATIONS OF THEAFLAVIN AND SYNGERGISTIC COMBINATIONS WITH EPICATECHIN AND QUERCETIN AGAINST CLINICAL ISOLATES OF STENOTROPHOMONAS MALTOPHILIA

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    Stephen Haswell

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an important nosocomial pathogen with intrinsic resistance to multiple antibiotics. Previous investigations have shown flavanols from black tea to possess antibacterial activity. This study describes the determination of minimum inhibitory concentrations and minimum bactericidal concentration for theaflavin independently and in formulations with the polyphenols epicatechin and quercetin against nine clinical isolates of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and the control isolate NCTC 130141 via the microtitre assay. The results demonstrate that theaflavin has strong antibacterial activity and also shows significant synergism with epicatechin and quercetin. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of the isolates range between 200-400 g/mL for theaflavin and 100-200 g/mL for both theaflavin:epicatechin and theaflavin:quercetin combinations. The minimum bactericidal concentrations were discovered to be a 2 fold increase on those of the minimum inhibitory concentrations. The research highlights the potential use of polyphenols for the clinical treatment of highly antibiotic resistant bacteria

  10. Clinical effectiveness of combined virtual reality and robot assisted fine hand motion rehabilitation in subacute stroke patients.

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    Huang, Xianwei; Naghdy, Fazel; Naghdy, Golshah; Du, Haiping

    2017-07-01

    Robot-assisted therapy is regarded as an effective and reliable method for the delivery of highly repetitive rehabilitation training in restoring motor skills after a stroke. This study focuses on the rehabilitation of fine hand motion skills due to their vital role in performing delicate activities of daily living (ADL) tasks. The proposed rehabilitation system combines an adaptive assist-as-needed (AAN) control algorithm and a Virtual Reality (VR) based rehabilitation gaming system (RGS). The developed system is described and its effectiveness is validated through clinical trials on a group of eight subacute stroke patients for a period of six weeks. The impact of the training is verified through standard clinical evaluation methods and measuring key kinematic parameters. A comparison of the pre- and post-training results indicates that the method proposed in this study can improve fine hand motion rehabilitation training effectiveness.

  11. Management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in a combined dermatology and rheumatology clinic.

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    Velez, Nicole F; Wei-Passanese, Erin X; Husni, M Elaine; Mody, Elinor A; Qureshi, Abrar A

    2012-01-01

    Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are chronic systemic inflammatory disorders with wide spectrums of cutaneous and musculoskeletal presentations. Management of joint disease in this population can be challenging and often requires the expertise of rheumatology in conjunction with dermatology. A multidisciplinary clinic setting may benefit these patients, and in this study we sought to evaluate the experience of such a model. We performed a retrospective chart review of patients evaluated between October 2003 and October 2009 in the Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Diseases (SARM) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, where patients are seen by both an attending rheumatologist and dermatologist. Main outcomes included the presence of comorbidities, accuracy of the initial diagnosis, and escalation of treatment modalities. Over the 6-year period, 510 patients were evaluated. Two hundred sixty-eight patients had psoriasis and/or PsA. The prevalence of comorbidities was high (45% hypertension, 46% hyperlipidemia, 19% diabetes, and 36% history of the past or current smoking). Visit in SARM resulted in a revised diagnosis that differed from the previous diagnosis at outside clinics in 46% of cases. Patients were more likely to receive a systemic medication after the evaluation in SARM as compared to before, 25 versus 15%, respectively, with an odds ratio of 5.1. Patients were also more likely to be treated with a biologic agent after the evaluation in SARM as compared to before, 37 versus 16%, respectively. Multidisciplinary care may facilitate the diagnosis of joint disease and offers a more comprehensive treatment approach for patients with both psoriasis and PsA. Our data can be used to support the efforts to provide integrated rheumatologic and dermatologic care for this population.

  12. Regression of moral reasoning during medical education: combined design study to evaluate the effect of clinical study years.

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    Hren, Darko; Marušić, Matko; Marušić, Ana

    2011-03-30

    Moral reasoning is important for developing medical professionalism but current evidence for the relationship between education and moral reasoning does not clearly apply to medical students. We used a combined study design to test the effect of clinical teaching on moral reasoning. We used the Defining Issues Test-2 as a measure of moral judgment, with 3 general moral schemas: Personal Interest, Maintaining Norms, and Postconventional Schema. The test was applied to 3 consecutive cohorts of second year students in 2002 (n = 207), 2003 (n = 192), and 2004 (n = 139), and to 707 students of all 6 study years in 2004 cross-sectional study. We also tested 298 age-matched controls without university education. In the cross-sectional study, there was significant main effect of the study year for Postconventional (F(5,679) = 3.67, P = 0.003) and Personal Interest scores (F(5,679) = 3.38, P = 0.005). There was no effect of the study year for Maintaining Norms scores. 3(rd) year medical students scored higher on Postconventional schema score than all other study years (pregressed from Postconventional to Maintaining Norms schema-based reasoning after entering the clinical part of the curriculum. Our study demonstrated direct causative relationship between the regression in moral reasoning development and clinical teaching during medical curriculum. The reasons may include hierarchical organization of clinical practice, specific nature of moral dilemmas faced by medical students, and hidden medical curriculum.

  13. A novel model to combine clinical and pathway-based transcriptomic information for the prognosis prediction of breast cancer.

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    Sijia Huang

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women worldwide. With the increasing awareness of heterogeneity in breast cancers, better prediction of breast cancer prognosis is much needed for more personalized treatment and disease management. Towards this goal, we have developed a novel computational model for breast cancer prognosis by combining the Pathway Deregulation Score (PDS based pathifier algorithm, Cox regression and L1-LASSO penalization method. We trained the model on a set of 236 patients with gene expression data and clinical information, and validated the performance on three diversified testing data sets of 606 patients. To evaluate the performance of the model, we conducted survival analysis of the dichotomized groups, and compared the areas under the curve based on the binary classification. The resulting prognosis genomic model is composed of fifteen pathways (e.g., P53 pathway that had previously reported cancer relevance, and it successfully differentiated relapse in the training set (log rank p-value = 6.25e-12 and three testing data sets (log rank p-value < 0.0005. Moreover, the pathway-based genomic models consistently performed better than gene-based models on all four data sets. We also find strong evidence that combining genomic information with clinical information improved the p-values of prognosis prediction by at least three orders of magnitude in comparison to using either genomic or clinical information alone. In summary, we propose a novel prognosis model that harnesses the pathway-based dysregulation as well as valuable clinical information. The selected pathways in our prognosis model are promising targets for therapeutic intervention.

  14. Effect of combination of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid + tetracycline with coronally positioned flap in the treatment of gingival recession: A clinical study

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    Lahari Buggapati

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Gingival recession is the apical migration of gingival margin results from destruction of the connective tissue leading to various esthetic problems. Many surgical procedures have been attempted to achieve root coverage that include free gingival grafts, pedicle flaps such as semilunar coronally repositioned flaps (SCRFs and guided tissue regeneration. The exposed root surface has undergone substantial alterations and may no longer serve as an appropriate substrate for cell attachment and fiber development. When the denuded root surfaces are treated with biomodifiers following mechanical instrumentation, the resulting surface favors both the attachment of fibroblasts and new connective tissue attachment. It was then necessary to evaluate the surface characteristics of the acid demineralized root surface and its effect on periodontal wound healing. Aim: To evaluate the effect of the combination of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA and tetracycline as root bio-modifiers along with SCRF for root coverage. Settings and Design: Twenty subjects were randomly assigned into two groups as cases (SCRF + EDTA + tetracycline [TTC] and controls (SCRF. Materials and Methods: Twenty-four percentage EDTA and 100 mg/ml TTC hydrochloride were used along with semilunar coronally positioned flap. The clinical parameters such as recession height, the width of keratinized tissue, recession width, clinical attachment level, probing depth, plaque index, and gingival index were recorded at baseline, 1 and 3 months. Statistical Analyses Used: The clinical parameters were compared using post-hoc test and the comparison between cases and controls was done using Mann–Whitney U-test. Results: No statistical significant difference has been observed between the groups. Conclusion: It was concluded that no clinical benefit was observed after the application of a combination of 100 mg/ml TTC hydrochloride and 24% EDTA on the root surface.

  15. Combined common peroneal and tibial nerve injury after knee dislocation: one injury or two? An MRI-clinical correlation.

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    Reddy, Chandan G; Amrami, Kimberly K; Howe, Benjamin M; Spinner, Robert J

    2015-09-01

    OBJECT Knee dislocations are often accompanied by stretch injuries to the common peroneal nerve (CPN). A small subset of these injuries also affect the tibial nerve. The mechanism of this combined pattern could be a single longitudinal stretch injury of the CPN extending to the sciatic bifurcation (and tibial division) or separate injuries of both the CPN and tibial nerve, either at the level of the tibiofemoral joint or distally at the soleal sling and fibular neck. The authors reviewed cases involving patients with knee dislocations with CPN and tibial nerve injuries to determine the localization of the combined injury and correlation between degree of MRI appearance and clinical severity of nerve injury. METHODS Three groups of cases were reviewed. Group 1 consisted of knee dislocations with clinical evidence of nerve injury (n = 28, including 19 cases of complete CPN injury); Group 2 consisted of knee dislocations without clinical evidence of nerve injury (n = 19); and Group 3 consisted of cases of minor knee trauma but without knee dislocation (n = 14). All patients had an MRI study of the knee performed within 3 months of injury. MRI appearance of tibial and common peroneal nerve injury was scored by 2 independent radiologists in 3 zones (Zone I, sciatic bifurcation; Zone II, knee joint; and Zone III, soleal sling and fibular neck) on a severity scale of 1-4. Injury signal was scored as diffuse or focal for each nerve in each of the 3 zones. A clinical score was also calculated based on Medical Research Council scores for strength in the tibial and peroneal nerve distributions, combined with electrophysiological data, when available, and correlated with the MRI injury score. RESULTS Nearly all of the nerve segments visualized in Groups 1 and 2 demonstrated some degree of injury on MRI (95%), compared with 12% of nerve segments in Group 3. MRI nerve injury scores were significantly more severe in Group 1 relative to Group 2 (2.06 vs 1.24, p knee dislocations

  16. Effectiveness and tolerability of a fixed-dose combination of olmesartan and amlodipine in clinical practice

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    Peter Bramlage

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Peter Bramlage1, Wolf-Peter Wolf2, Thomas Stuhr2, Eva-Maria Fronk3, Wolfhard Erdlenbruch2, Reinhard Ketelhut4, Roland E Schmieder51Institute for Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Epidemiology, Mahlow; 2Daiichi Sankyo Deutschland GmbH, Munich, Germany; 3Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH, Munich, Germany; 4Department of Sports Medicine, Universitätsklinikum Berlin; 5Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospital of Erlangen, GermanyObjectives: To assess the efficacy and tolerability of a fixed-dose combination of olmesartan and amlodipine in an unselected population of patients in primary care and to compare the results with recent randomized controlled trial evidence.Methods: A multicenter, noninterventional, noncontrolled observational study with 8241 hypertensive patients seen by 2187 physicians in daily practice. Blood pressure (BP reduction, comorbid disease, pharmacotherapy, and tolerability were documented over a 12–18-week observational period.Results: Patients had a mean age of 62.8 ± 11.8 years (48.1% female, and 74.8% had at least one comorbid risk factor or condition. In total, 51.3% received olmesartan-amlodipine 20/5 mg, 30.6% received 40/5 mg, and 17.9% received 40/10 mg at baseline, mostly because of lack of efficacy on prior antihypertensive therapy (73.8%. BP at baseline was 161.8 ± 16.6/93.6 ± 10.2 mmHg (39.8% had Grade 2 hypertension, and the observed BP reduction was -29.0 ± 17.1/-13.5 ± 10.9 mmHg (P < 0.0001, with a significant correlation between BP at baseline and BP reduction (Spearman’s Rho -0.811 for systolic BP and -0.759 for diastolic BP. BP reduction appeared to be dependent on dose and prior antihypertensive therapy, but not on age, gender, body mass index, duration of hypertension, or the presence of diabetes. At the final visit, 69.4% (4.3% at baseline were controlled (<140/90 mmHg. Adverse drug reactions were observed in 2.76% of the study population; 94.25% of these adverse drug reactions were

  17. A clinical study of multiple trauma combined with acute lung injury

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    Tao Liang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To study the changes of the contents of inflammatory mediators in serum of polytrauma patients with acute lung injury (ALI and their correlation with the disease. Methods: Patients suffering from multiple trauma combined with ALI were selected as ALI group (n = 54. Patients suffering from multiple trauma without ALI were considered as the control group (n = 117. The severity of the disease of patients in the two groups was assessed. Arterial blood was extracted for blood gas analysis. Venous blood was extracted to detect the contents of inflammatory mediators tumor necrosis factor-a, interleukin-1b (IL-1b, IL-10, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, NO, endothelin-1. Results: The scores of injury severity score [(25.42 ± 3.58 vs. (17.03 ± 2.25], systemic inflammatory response syndrome [(3.85 ± 0.52 vs. (2.20 ± 0.36] and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II [(92.63 ± 11.04 vs. (60.46 ± 8.87] in patients in ALI group were all significantly higher than those in the control group and its correcting shock time [(8.39 ± 1.05 vs. (5.15 ± 0.72 h] was longer than that of the control group. The amount of blood transfusion [(674.69 ± 93.52 vs. (402.55 ± 57.65 mL] was greater than that in the control group. The contents of the arterial partial pressure of oxygen [(76.65 ± 9.68 vs. (86.51 ± 10.56 mmHg], arterial blood pressure of carbon dioxide [(27.76 ± 4.82 vs. (36.78 ± 5.82 mmHg] and arterial partial pressure of oxygen/fraction of inspired oxygen [(236.94 ± 36.49 vs. (353.95 ± 47.76] were all significantly lower than those in the control group. The contents of serum tumor necrosis factor-a, IL-1b, IL- 10, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, NO and endothelin-1 were obviously higher than those of control group and also positively correlated with the scores of injury severity score, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II. Conclusions

  18. Diagnosis and clinical manifestations of subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord:Analysis of 21 cases

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    Yanhong Shou; Caifeng Li; Dongsheng Fan; Yang Shen; Jun Zhang; Weizhong Xiao; Shuqing Zhao; Jinsheng Liu; Wei Sui

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency and is a kind of degenerative disease owing the characteristics of nervous system diseases. In addition,different patients have variously clinical manifestations and various prognoses after vitamin B12 therapy.OBJECTIVE: To investigate and analyze diagnosis, clinical manifestations and prognosis of subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord.DESIGN: Case analysis.SETTING: Department of Neurology, the Third Hospital of Peking University.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 21 subacute combined dcgeneration of the spinal cord patients including 14 males and 7 females aged from 33 to 82 years were selected from Department of Neurology, the Third Hospital of Peking University from January 1999 to December 2005. Duration from onset to final diagnosis lasted for 1.5 - 108 months. All patients had typically clinical manifestations; meanwhile, level of serum vitamin B12 was decreased and/or vitamin B12 therapy was effective. All patients provided the confirmed consent.METHODS: Clinical data of 21 subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord patients were retrospectively analyzed, while general data and clinical characteristics were recorded at the same time.Levels of blood routine, serum vitamin B12 and homocysteine were measured at the phase of hospitalization.Normal value of serum vitamin B12 was 187 - 1 059 ng/L and normal value of serum homocysteine was 5 -15 μ mol/L. All patients received neuroelectrophysiological examination and 15 patients received MRI examinations of spinal cord. After final diagnosis, patients were given vitamin B12 therapy. And follow-up was performed to investigate the prognosis.prognosis.RESULTS: Clinical data of 21 patients and follow-up data of 20 patients were involved in the final analysis typically clinical manifestations. The original symptoms included numbness of lower and/or upper limbs (5 cases), unstable gait (3 cases), limb asthenia (4

  19. Constitutional, organopathic and combined homeopathic treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy: a clinical trial.

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    Hati, A K; Paital, B; Naik, K N; Mishra, A K; Chainy, G B N; Nanda, L K

    2012-10-01

    Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is common in older men. This study compared homeopathic treatment strategies using constitutional medicines (CM) or organopathic medicines (OM) alone or in combination (BCOM) in patients suffering from BPH. 220 men aged 30-90 years were recruited in Odisha, India. Patients presenting symptoms of prostatism, with or without evidence of bladder outflow obstruction were included in the study. Patients with serum prostate specific antigen (PSA)> 4 nmol/mL, malignancy, complete urine retention, stone formation and gross bilateral hydronephrosis were excluded. Patients were sequentially allocated to OM, CM or BCOM. The main outcome measure was the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). 73, 70 and 77 patients respectively were sequentially allocated to OM, CM or BCOM. 180 patients (60 per group) completed treatment and were included in the final analysis. Overall 85% of patients showed improvement of subjective symptoms such as frequency, urgency, hesitancy, intermittent flow, unsatisfactory urination, feeble stream, diminution of residual urine volume but there was no reduction in prostate size. Treatment response was highest with BCOM (38.24%) compared to OM (31.62%) and CM (30.15%). Effect sizes were highest for the decrease in IPSS, residual urine volume and urinary flow rate. Copyright © 2012 The Faculty of Homeopathy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Papillon-lefevre syndrome: A combined approach from the dermatologist and dentist - A clinical presentation

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    Radhika Muppa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Papillon-Lefevre syndrome (PLS is a rare disease characterized by skin lesions, which includes palmar-plantar hyperkeratosis and hyperhidrosis with severe periodontal destruction involving both the primary and the permanent dentitions. It is transmitted as an autosomal-recessive condition, and consanguinity of parents is evident in about one-third of the cases. This paper describes a 13-year-old male patient who presented to the department of pedodontics, with rapidly progressing periodontitis. A general physical examination revealed scaling on the hands and feet, which had been medically diagnosed as PLS. The incidence of this rare entity is increasing in the recent times, which is associated with irreparable periodontal destruction at an early age, with not so prominent skin lesions in some cases. In such instances, the dentist has a more important role in diagnosing, treatment planning and preservation of the periodontal tissues and, at the same time, referring for the treatment of the skin lesions. This paper emphasizes the combined effort of the two specialities in order to maintain skin as well as dental conditions in health by early intervention and a synergistic treatment approach.

  1. Experimental and clinical justification of combined osteosynthesis for long bone defects (preliminary report

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    A. A. Emanov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The motivation for researching combined technology of transosseus osteosynthesis and intramedullary nailing was need to reduce time of treatment, and improve the rehabilitation of patients with long bone defects. Defect-pseudoarthrosis with anatomical shortening of the bone was modeled in an experiment in five adult mongrel dogs. Then nailing, Ilizarov transosseous fixation and osteotomy in proximal metadiaphysis were carried out. Bone-transport was produced according to the traditional principles of academic Ilizarov. Radiological findings showed regenerate with zonal structure, bone sections of which were presented homogeneous shadows with a periosteal osteogenesis. After 30 days of distraction regenerate lost its zonal structure, and acquired a mechanical soundness. By this time also was detected consolidation of pseudarthrosis. We have experience of treatment of six patients with posttraumatic defects of the long bones, according to the described method. At the same time carried out transosseous osteosynthesis and nailing with locking in one bone fragment. The osteotomy was performed for following distraction. After necessary length of the bone was received, the opponent locking was carried out. And external fixation was removed. This technology has allowed not using Ilizarov in fixation period of the treatment.

  2. Factor V and VIII combined deficiency: clinical perioperative management for tonsillectomy in a child.

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    Lanchon, R; Robin, F; Brissaud, O; Marro, M; Nouette-Gaulain, K

    2014-03-01

    Combined factors V (FV) and VIII (FVIII) deficiency is a rarely seen hereditary coagulation disease. Experience of its management in surgery with a high-risk of bleeding is rare. The interest of this case report is to propose a strategy of perioperative management for such a deficit, but also to recall that a careful preoperative anesthetic evaluation with questioning and physical examination permits to detect unsuspected coagulation disorders and to schedule the preventive treatment. The protocol for the perioperative period consisted of the administration of desmopressin and fresh frozen plasma one hour before surgery. The administration of desmopressin was continued for 48hours. Fresh frozen plasma and tranexamic acid were administered during the first 9 postoperative days. A local bleeding occurred at 8 days (scab coming off) and required systematically a surgical hemostasis and an intensification of the therapeutic protocol. Recombinant plasmatic factor VIII was administered for 7 days together with a daily perfusion of fresh frozen plasma for a total treatment period of 14 days.

  3. Clinical and immunological manifestations of patients with atypical severe combined immunodeficiency.

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    Felgentreff, Kerstin; Perez-Becker, Ruy; Speckmann, Carsten; Schwarz, Klaus; Kalwak, Krzysztof; Markelj, Gasper; Avcin, Tadej; Qasim, Waseem; Davies, E G; Niehues, Tim; Ehl, Stephan

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    Hypomorphic mutations in genes associated with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) or Omenn syndrome can also cause milder immunodeficiencies. We report 10 new patients with such "atypical" SCID and summarize 63 patients from the literature. The patient groups with T(low)B(low) (n=28), T(low)B(+) (n=16) and ADA (n=29) SCID variants had similar infection profiles but differed in the frequency of immune dysregulation, which was observed predominantly in patients with recombination defects. Most immunological parameters were remarkably similar in the three groups. Of note, 19/68 patients with "atypical" SCID had normal T cell counts, 48/68 had normal IgG and 23/46 had at least one normal specific antibody titer. Elevated IgE was a characteristic feature of ADA deficiency. This overview characterizes "atypical" SCID as a distinct disease with immune dysregulation in addition to infection susceptibility. Lymphopenia, reduced naïve T cells and elevated IgE are suggestive, but not consistent features of the disease.

  4. Combination dolutegravir-abacavir-lamivudine in the management of HIV/AIDS: clinical utility and patient considerations.

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    Cruciani, Mario; Malena, Marina

    2015-01-01

    The current standard of care for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment is a three-drug regimen containing a nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, a protease inhibitor, or an integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) plus two nucleoside/tide reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Given their potency, safety, and distinctive mechanism of action, INSTIs represent an important advance in HIV type 1 (HIV-1) therapy. Dolutegravir (DTG) is a new-generation INSTI recently approved for the treatment of HIV-1-infected adult patients, with distinct advantages compared with other available antiretroviral agents. In well-designed, large clinical trials, DTG-containing regimens have demonstrated either noninferiority or superiority to current first-line agents such as raltegravir-, darunavir/ritonavir-, and efavirenz-containing regimens. The favorable safety profile, low potential for drug interactions, minimal impact on lipids, good tolerability, and high resistance barrier of DTG makes this compound one of the preferred choices for HIV therapy in multiple clinical scenarios, including treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients. DTG is the only antiretroviral drug not yet associated with de novo emergence of resistance mutations in treatment-naïve individuals. However, data from in vitro studies and clinical trial suggest the possibility of cross-resistance between first- and second-generation INSTIs. Even though these profiles are infrequent at the moment, they need to be monitored in all current patients treated with INSTIs. With its potent activity, good tolerability, simplicity of dosing, and minimal drug interaction profile, DTG will likely play a major role in the management of patients with HIV-1 infection. On the basis of clinical trial data, current guidelines endorse DTG in combination with nucleoside/tide reverse transcriptase inhibitors as one of the recommended regimens in antiretroviral therapy-naïve patients. Most of the favorable clinical

  5. Clinical effect of the midperipherv additional designed lenses combined adjustment training on myopia in childhood

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    Yu-Min Lu

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To observe the clinical effect of the midperipherv additional designed lenses and adjustment training on myopia in childhood.METHODS: Eighty childhood(160 eyes in allwith myopia were included in this study. All patients were divided into two groups according to the methods of correcting refractive error: the midperipherv additional designed lenses and adjustment training group(treatment group, 80 eyes of 40 casesand frame glasses group(comparison group, 80 eyes of 40 cases. The two groups had been measured myopia progress indicators and adjustment function indicators for ever 3mo. The results were compared and analyzed after 1a follow-up.RESULTS: The visual acuity, refraction, axial length had a little change after wearing lens 1a in treatment group, there was no statistically significant difference compared with wearing before(P>0.05. The visual acuity decreased, refraction and axial length increased in comparison group, the differences were statistically significant(PPPP>0.05. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant(PCONCLUSION: Midperipherv additional designed lenses and adjustment training treatment of juvenile myopia is effective, which can delay the diopters development of myopic children, improve the regulatory function, control the development of myopia, improve the adjustment function.

  6. [CLINICAL CASE OF COMBINATION OF PRIMARY SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS WITH NONSPECIFIC ULCERATIVE COLITIS IN TWINS MONOZYGOTIC].

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    Gubergrits, N B; Belyayeva, N V; Klochkov, A Ye; Fomenko, P G; Lukashevich, G M

    2015-01-01

    The article presents discussion of basic hypotheses of pathogenesis of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC): genetically conditioned pathology, autoimmune pathology, result of inflammatory reaction in bile ducts, cholangiopathy. The authors presents a clinical case of monozygotic twins with association of PSC and nonspecific ulcerative colitis (NUC). The first twin had a severe course of PSC and mild course of NUC; he died due to bacterial complications of cholangitis. The second twin--patient B--had an opposite situation: severe course of NUC, while PSC was suspected only after determination of cholestasis biochemical markers. As soon as cholestasis was revealed, patients B was treated with Ursofalk and Budenofalk (2001). He received Salofalk as a remedy of basic therapy for NUC. Repeated liver biopsy (2005) showed no progression of PSC, but there were present minimal biochemical signs of cholestasis. So, it is necessary to investigate the first degree relatives of patients with PSC. The timely administered treatment in some cases gives the possibility of the control of the disease course.

  7. Azilsartan alone and in combination for the treatment of hypertension – clinical utility and patient considerations

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Jocelyn D Jones,1 Sylvia H Jackson,1 Charlie Colquitt21College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Jacksonville, FL, USA; 2College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Tampa, FL, USAAbstract: Hypertension is a common disease that leads to significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Adequate blood pressure control is essential in preventing end organ complications. One of the most popular antihypertensive strategies for the treatment of elevated blood pressure is to attenuate the actions of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. The agents include the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs, direct renin inhibitors, and aldosterone antagonists. The ARBs inhibit the action of angiotensin II by binding to the angiotensin II type 1 receptor. The inhibition of angiotensin II results in a dose dependent decrease in peripheral resistance, reduction in vascular smooth muscle contraction, and reduced synthesis of aldosterone in the kidneys. Azilsartan medoxomil is a highly selective ARB. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in February 2011 for the treatment of hypertension in adults. It is the eighth ARB to be added to the market. This article will discuss the pharmacologic and clinical characteristics of azilsartan medoxomil to help differentiate it from other ARBs that are used for the management of hypertension.Keywords: hypertension, azilsartan medoxomil, angiotensin II receptor blocker, ARB

  8. Clinical effect of Dahuang Zhechong capsules combined with entecavir in treatment of chronic hepatitis B patients with liver fibrosis

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    XIE Yongcai

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available jectiveTo investigate the clinical effect of Dahuang Zhechong capsules combined with entecavir in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB patients with liver fibrosis. MethodsA total of 100 CHB patients with liver fibrosis who visited or were hospitalized in Shenzhen Hospital of Peking University from October 2014 to January 2016 were enrolled and randomly divided into Western medicine group and combined treatment group, with 50 patients in each group. The patients in the Western medicine group were given entecavir, and those in the combined treatment group were given Dahuang Zhechong capsules in addition to entecavir. The course of the treatment was 48 weeks. The changes in liver function, HBV DNA load, four serum parameters of liver fibrosis, liver stiffness, and aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI/FibroIndex were observed in both groups. 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. ResultsBoth groups showed significant reductions in serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST, alanine aminotransferase (ALT, and HBV DNA load after 48 weeks of treatment (all P<0.05. After treatment, the four serum parameters of liver fibrosis all returned to normal after treatment, and the serum levels of hyaluronic acid, type Ⅲ precollagen, and type IV collagen showed significant differences between the two groups (all P<005, and the portal vein diameter, thickness of the spleen, liver stiffness and APRI/FibroIndex also showed significant differences between the two groups (both P<0.05. The combined treatment group had a significantly higher overall response rate than the Western medicine group (920% vs 720%, χ2=6.775, P=0009. ConclusionDahuang Zhechong capsules combined with entecavir have a better effect in the treatment of CHB patients with liver fibrosis compared with entecavir alone.

  9. Clinical Characteristics in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis Induced by HBV Infection and Combined with Mild Alcohol Intake

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    Objective To investigate the differences of clinical and biochemical characteristics between patients with liver cirrhosis induced by HBV infection combined with and without mild alcohol intake. Methods Data of patients with liver cirrhosis who were hospitalized in the First Hospital Afifliated to Xinjiang Medical University were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into three groups: patients with liver cirrhosis induced by HBV infection and combined with mild alcohol intake, patients with HBV-related cirrhosis, and patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis. Biochemical detections including liver function, fasting lipid proifles, lipoprotein, kidney function, glucose, uric acid and regular blood tests were carried out and results were compared among three groups. Data were analyzed through STATA software and co-variant analysis. Results Total of 2 350 patients with liver cirrhosis were included, 732 patients had cirrhosis induced by HBV infection combined with mild alcohol intake, 1 316 patients had HBV-related liver cirrhosis, 302 patients had alcohol-related cirrhosis. The highest mean level of white cell count, mean corpuscular volume,γ-glutamyltranspeptidase and uric acid were observed in HBV infection combined with mild alcohol intake group. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that HBV infection, excessive alcohol intake, male and age were risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with liver cirrhosis. Conclusions HBV infection combined with mild alcoholic-related liver cirrhosis group showed the highest oxidative stress compared with alcoholic liver cirrhosis group, which suggested that mild alcohol intake may increase the incidence of liver cirrhosis in HBV infected patients and may not increase the incidence of HCC.

  10. Use of lanreotide in combination with cabergoline or pegvisomant in patients with acromegaly in the clinical practice: The ACROCOMB study.

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    Puig-Domingo, Manuel; Soto, Alfonso; Venegas, Eva; Vilchez, Ricardo; Blanco, Concepción; Cordido, Fernando; Lucas, Tomás; Marazuela, Mónica; Casany, Rosa; Cuatrecasas, Guillem; Fajardo, Carmen; Gálvez, María Ángeles; Maraver, Silvia; Martín, Tomás; Romero, Enrique; Paja, Miguel; Picó, Antonio; Bernabeu, Ignacio; Resmini, Eugenia

    2016-10-01

    To describe real-world use of lanreotide combination therapy for acromegaly. ACROCOMB is a retrospective observational Spanish study of patients with active acromegaly treated with lanreotide combination therapy between 2006 and 2011. 108 patients treated at 44 Spanish Endocrinology Departments were analyzed separately: 61 patients received lanreotide/cabergoline (cabergoline cohort) and 47 lanreotide/pegvisomant (pegvisomant cohort). Patient median age was 50.8 years in the cabergoline cohort and 42.7 years in the pegvisomant cohort. Prior medical treatments were somatostatin analogue (SSA) monotherapy (40 [66%] patients) or dopamine agonists (7 [11%] patients) in the cabergoline cohort and SSA (29 [62%] patients) or pegvisomant monotherapy (16 [34%] patients) in the pegvisomant cohort. Across both cohorts 12 patients were previously untreated, and prior therapy was unknown/missing in 4 patients. Median duration of combined treatment was 1.6 years (0.1-6) and 2.1 years (0.4-6.3) in the cabergoline and pegvisomant cohorts, respectively. At baseline, median insulin growth factor (IGF)-I values were 149% upper limit of normal (ULN) (15-505%) in the cabergoline cohort and 156% ULN (15-534%) in the pegvisomant cohort, and decreased to 104% ULN (13-557%) p<0.001 and 86% ULN (23-345%) p<0.0001, respectively, at end of study (EOS). Normal age-adjusted values of IGF-I were obtained in 48% of lanreotide/cabergoline-treated patients and 70% of lanreotide/pegvisomant-treated patients at EOS. There were no significant changes in hepatic, cardiac or glycaemic parameters in either cohort. In clinical practice lanreotide treatment combinations are useful options for patients with acromegaly when monotherapy is insufficient; particularly, the combination of lanreotide and pegvisomant in patients not controlled with either SSA or pegvisomant alone has high efficacy and is well-tolerated. Copyright © 2016 SEEN. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. An evaluation of dark field microscopy, culture and commercial serological kits in the diagnosis of leptospirosis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: This study was conducted to analyze the clinical utility of various leptospira diagnostic modalities. Aims: To evaluate the role of dark field microscopy (DFM, culture, immunochromatography (IgM Leptocheck, IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (IgM ELISA, macroscopic slide agglutination test (MSAT and microscopic agglutination test (MAT in diagnosing leptospirosis in febrile patients. Settings and Design: Descriptive study conducted in a tertiary care hospital from January 2011 to April 2012. Subjects and Methods: Blood, urine and paired sera from 100 patients with clinical suspicion of leptospirosis (study group were collected and subjected to DFM, culture, IgM Leptocheck, IgM ELISA and MSAT. Fifty randomly selected sera from febrile patients tested positive for infections other than leptospirosis (control sera were also subjected to the aforementioned serological assays. All the leptospira seropositive samples were subjected to MAT. Statistical Analysis Used: Positive predictive values (PPV and coefficient of agreement (kappa. Results: None of the clinical samples showed positivity by DFM. Leptospira inadai was isolated from a urine sample. The seropositivity of IgM Leptocheck, IgM ELISA and MSAT was 16%, 46% and 47%, respectively. The PPV of these assays was 14.3%, 8.7% and 6.5%, respectively. Poor agreement was obtained among these assays. Only four study group leptospira seropositive samples were confirmed by MAT with Australis being the predominant serovar. None of the leptospira-positive control sera were confirmed by MAT. Conclusions: DFM and culture have limited utility in diagnosing leptospirosis with serology being the mainstay. The present study shows discordant results with the commercially available serological kits. Further studies should be done to evaluate the various diagnostic modalities.

  12. Utilization of serology for the diagnosis of suspected Lyme borreliosis in Denmark: Survey of patients seen in general practice

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    Skarphedinsson Sigurdur

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Serological testing for Lyme borreliosis (LB is frequently requested by general practitioners for patients with a wide variety of symptoms. Methods A survey was performed in order to characterize test utilization and clinical features of patients investigated for serum antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. During one calendar year a questionnaire was sent to the general practitioners who had ordered LB serology from patients in three Danish counties (population 1.5 million inhabitants. Testing was done with a commercial ELISA assay with purified flagella antigen from a Danish strain of B. afzelii. Results A total of 4,664 patients were tested. The IgM and IgG seropositivity rates were 9.2% and 3.3%, respectively. Questionnaires from 2,643 (57% patients were available for analysis. Erythema migrans (EM was suspected in 38% of patients, Lyme arthritis/disseminated disease in 23% and early neuroborreliosis in 13%. Age 0-15 years and suspected EM were significant predictors of IgM seropositivity, whereas suspected acrodermatitis was a predictor of IgG seropositivity. LB was suspected in 646 patients with arthritis, but only 2.3% were IgG seropositive. This is comparable to the level of seropositivity in the background population indicating that Lyme arthritis is a rare entity in Denmark, and the low pretest probability should alert general practitioners to the possibility of false positive LB serology. Significant predictors for treating the patient were a reported tick bite and suspected EM. Conclusions A detailed description of the utilization of serology for Lyme borreliosis with rates of seropositivity according to clinical symptoms is presented. Low rates of seropositivity in certain patient groups indicate a low pretest probability and there is a notable risk of false positive results. 38% of all patients tested were suspected of EM, although this is not a recommended indication due to a low sensitivity of

  13. Accuracy of serological testing for the diagnosis of prevalent neurocysticercosis in outpatients with epilepsy, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Few studies have estimated prevalence of neurocysticercosis (NCC among persons with epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa. While the limitations of serological testing in identification of NCC are well known, the characteristics of persons who are misdiagnosed based on serology have not been explored. The first objective of this pilot study was to estimate the prevalence of NCC in epilepsy outpatients from an area of South Africa endemic for cysticercosis. The second objective was to estimate the accuracy of serological testing in detecting NCC in these outpatients and characterize sources of disagreement between serology and neuroimaging. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: All out-patients aged 5 or older attending the epilepsy clinic of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape Province, between July 2004 and April 2005 were invited to participate. Epidemiological data were collected by local study staff using a standardized questionnaire. Blood samples were tested by ELISA for antibody and antigen for Taenia solium. Four randomly chosen, consenting participants were transported each week to Mthatha for brain CT scan. The proportion of persons with epilepsy attending St. Elizabeth clinic with CT-confirmed NCC was 37% (95% CI: 27%-48%. Using CT as the gold standard, the sensitivity and specificity of antibody testing for identifying NCC were 54.5% (36.4%-71.9% and 69.2% (52.4%-83.0%, respectively. Sensitivity improved to 78.6% (49.2%-95.3% for those with active lesions. Sensitivity and specificity of antigen testing were considerably poorer. Compared to false negatives, true positives more often had active lesions. False positives were more likely to keep pigs and to have seizure onset within the past year than were true negatives. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The prevalence of NCC in South African outpatients with epilepsy is similar to that observed in other countries where cysticercosis is prevalent. Errors in classification of NCC

  14. The impact of MRI combined with visual rating scales on the clinical diagnosis of dementia: a prospective study

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    Verhagen, Martijn V.; Guit, Gerard L. [Spaarne Gasthuis, Department of Radiology, Haarlem (Netherlands); Hafkamp, Gerrit Jan; Kalisvaart, Kees [Spaarne Gasthuis, Department of Geriatrics, Haarlem (Netherlands)

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    Dementia is foremost a clinical diagnosis. However, in diagnosing dementia, it is advocated to perform at least one neuroimaging study. This has two purposes: to rule out potential reversible dementia (PRD), and to help determine the dementia subtype. Our first goal was to establish if MRI combined with visual rating scales changes the clinical diagnosis. The second goal was to demonstrate if MRI contributes to a geriatrician's confidence in the diagnosis. The dementia subtype was determined prior to and after MRI. Scoring scales used were: global cortical atrophy (GCA), medial temporal atrophy (MTA), and white matter hyperintensity measured according to the Fazekas scale. The confidence level of the geriatrician was determined using a visual analogue scale. One hundred and thirty-five patients were included. After MRI, the diagnosis changed in 23.7 % (CI 17.0 %-31.1 %) of patients. Change was due to vascular aetiology in 13.3 % of patients. PRD was found in 2.2 % of all patients. The confidence level in the diagnosis increased significantly after MRI (p = 0.001). MRI, combined with visual rating scales, has a significant impact on dementia subtype diagnosis and on a geriatrician's confidence in the final diagnosis. (orig.)

  15. [Clinical research of electroacupuncture at acupoints of qijie area combined with spine balance-regulating massage on posterior circulation ischemia].

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    Yang, Jun-xiong; Jing, Li-jun; Yu, Jian-chun; Han, Jing-xian

    2014-09-01

    To compare the clinical efficacy difference between electroacupuncture (EA) at qijie area combined with spine balance-regulating massage and medication for posterior circulation ischemia (PCI). One hundred cases of PCI were randomly divided into a treatment group (50 cases) and a medication group (50 cases). The treatment group was treated with EA at Baihui (GV 20), Sishencong (EX-HN 1), Fengchi (GB 20), Shenshu (BL 23), Danzhong (CV 17), etc. in qijie area combined with spine muscle-relieving massage and comprehensive chiropractic. The medication group was treated with oral administration of nimodipine (30 mg per time, three treatments per day) and vinpocetine injection with 500 mL of glucose injection or intravenous drip of 500 mL 0.9% sodium chloride injection, once a day. Ten treatments were taken as one course in both groups, and two courses were given. The symptom score, mean resistance index (RI) of vertebral artery (VA) and basilar artery (BA), mean velocity of blood flow (Vm) and comprehensive clinical efficacy were compared before and after treatment in two groups. The cured and markedly effective rate was 79.6% (39/49) in the treatment group, which was superior to 54.7% (23/42) in the medication group (Pspine balance-regulating massage has superior effect on improving mean velocity of blood flow and resistance index of vertebral artery and basilar artery as well as symptom score to medication, and is believed to be a safe and effective treatment for posterior circulation ischemia.

  16. Conjunctival Autograft Alone or Combined With Adjuvant Beta-Radiation? A Randomized Clinical Trial

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    Arruda Viani, Gustavo, E-mail: gusviani@gmail.com [Department of Radiation Oncology, Marilia Medical School, Marilia, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Carrara Fonseca, Ellen [Department of Radiation Oncology, Marilia Medical School, Marilia, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Department of Ophthalmology, Marilia Medical School, Marilia, Sao Paulo (Brazil); De Fendi, Ligia Issa [Department of Ophthalmology, Marilia Medical School, Marilia, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Melani Rocha, Eduardo [Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto (Brazil)

    2012-03-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of postoperative low single-dose of beta-irradiation ({beta}-RT) in pterygium comparing conjunctival autograft (CAG) surgery with CAG plus adjuvant {beta}-RT in a randomized clinical trial. Methods: This trial was designed as a prospective, randomized, single-center study. Surgery was performed in all cases according to the CAG technique. One hundred and eight pterygia were postoperatively randomized to CAG + {beta}-RT or CAG alone. In the case of {beta}-RT, a (90) Sr eye applicator was used to deliver 10 Gy to the sclera surface at a dose rate of between 200 and 250 cGy/min. After treatment, both an ophthalmologist and a radiation oncologist performed the follow-up examinations. The accumulated data were analyzed using a group sequential test. Results: Between February 2008 and September 2008, 116 eyes with primary pterygium were operated on according to the trial protocol. Adjuvant treatment was performed within 24 h postoperatively. Eight patients were lost to follow-up, resulting in 108 patients who could be analyzed. At a mean follow-up of 18 months (range, 8-33), in the 54 eyes randomized to receive CAG + {beta}-RT, 5 relapses occurred compared with 12 recurrences in the 54 eyes in CAG, for a crude control rate of 90.8 % vs. 78%; p = 0.032, respectively. The treatment complications as hyperemia, total dehiscence of the autograft and dellen were significantly more frequent in the CAG (p < 0.05). The arm of {beta}-RT resulted in better cosmetic results and improves of symptoms than CAG. Conclusions: A low single-dose of {beta}-RT of 10 Gy after CAG surgery was a simple, effective, and safe treatment that reduced the risk of primary pterygium recurrence, improved symptoms after surgery, resulting in a better cosmetic effect than only CAG.

  17. Collaborative study on a Guinea pig serological method for the assay of acellular pertussis vaccines.

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    Winsnes, R; Sesardic, D; Daas, A; Terao, E; Behr-Gross, M-E

    2009-10-01

    An international collaborative study (coded BSP083) was performed under the aegis of the Biological Standardisation Programme supported by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, with the aim of replacing the in vivo challenge assays for potency determination of combined acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines by a refined procedure also allowing reduction of animal use. This study investigates whether the immunogenicity of aP vaccine components could be assayed in a guinea pig (gp) serology model, using the same vaccine immunising doses as for D and T components potency testing, instead of using separate animals as is currently done. The BSP83 project is a follow up of 3 former collaborative studies (coded BSP019, BSP034 and BSP035) on serological methods for the potency testing of tetanus (T) and diphtheria (D) vaccines for human use. The use of gp instead of mice serology has the advantage of providing a larger volume of good quality antiserum for the assay of several vaccine components in the same sample, hence providing the opportunity for animal sparing. The results of Phase I of the study demonstrated that gp serology may be a useful method for the immunogenicity assay of acellular pertussis vaccines. This was confirmed in Phase II of the study, using 7 different combined aP vaccines in an international collaborative study involving 17 laboratories from both public and private sectors. Clear dose-response relationships were observed for different vaccines by ELISA, for antibodies against aP antigens, i.e. pertussis toxin (PT), filamentous haemagglutinin (FHA), fimbrial agglutinogens-2/3 (Fim 2/3) and pertactin (PRN). Intra- and inter-laboratory variations of aP ELISA results were found to be within an acceptable range. For some combined vaccines, however, the range of vaccine dilutions for immunisation confirmed to be optimal for D and T potency testing may not provide optimal dose-response for all aP components. Method adjustments may thus be required

  18. Clinical, Molecular, and Immune Analysis of Dabrafenib-Trametinib Combination Treatment for BRAF Inhibitor-Refractory Metastatic Melanoma: A Phase 2 Clinical Trial.

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    Chen, Guo; McQuade, Jennifer L; Panka, David J; Hudgens, Courtney W; Amin-Mansour, Ali; Mu, Xinmeng Jasmine; Bahl, Samira; Jané-Valbuena, Judit; Wani, Khalida M; Reuben, Alexandre; Creasy, Caitlyn A; Jiang, Hong; Cooper, Zachary A; Roszik, Jason; Bassett, Roland L; Joon, Aron Y; Simpson, Lauren M; Mouton, Rosalind D; Glitza, Isabella C; Patel, Sapna P; Hwu, Wen-Jen; Amaria, Rodabe N; Diab, Adi; Hwu, Patrick; Lazar, Alexander J; Wargo, Jennifer A; Garraway, Levi A; Tetzlaff, Michael T; Sullivan, Ryan J; Kim, Kevin B; Davies, Michael A

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    Combined treatment with dabrafenib and trametinib (CombiDT) achieves clinical responses in only about 15% of patients with BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi)-refractory metastatic melanoma in contrast to the higher response rate observed in BRAFi-naïve patients. Identifying correlates of response and mechanisms of resistance in this population will facilitate clinical management and rational therapeutic development. To determine correlates of benefit from CombiDT therapy in patients with BRAFi-refractory metastatic melanoma. Single-center, single-arm, open-label phase 2 trial of CombiDT treatment in patients with BRAF V600 metastatic melanoma resistant to BRAFi monotherapy conducted between September 2012 and October 2014 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Key eligibility criteria for participants included BRAF V600 metastatic melanoma, prior BRAFi monotherapy, measurable disease (RECIST 1.1), and tumor accessible for biopsy. Patients were treated with dabrafenib (150 mg, twice daily) and trametinib (2 mg/d) continuously until disease progression or intolerance. All participants underwent a mandatory baseline biopsy, and optional biopsy specimens were obtained on treatment and at disease progression. Whole-exome sequencing, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis for BRAF splicing, RNA sequencing, and immunohistochemical analysis were performed on tumor samples, and blood was analyzed for levels of circulating BRAF V600. The primary end point was overall response rate (ORR). Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were secondary clinical end points. A total of 28 patients were screened, and 23 enrolled. Among evaluable patients, the confirmed ORR was 10%; disease control rate (DCR) was 45%, and median PFS was 13 weeks. Clinical benefit was associated with duration of prior BRAFi therapy greater than 6 months (DCR, 73% vs 11% for ≤6 months; P = .02) and decrease in circulating BRAF V600 at day 8 of cycle 1 (DCR, 75

  19. Safety and effectiveness of a fixed-dose combination of olmesartan, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide in clinical practice

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    Full Text Available Peter Bramlage,1 Eva-Maria Fronk,2 Wolf-Peter Wolf,3 Rüdiger Smolnik,3 Gemma Sutton,1 Roland E Schmieder4 1Institut für Pharmakologie und präventive Medizin, Mahlow, Germany; 2Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH, Munich, Germany; 3Daiichi Sankyo Deutschland GmbH, Munich, Germany; 4Abteilung für Nephrologie und Hypertensiologie, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany Background: Clinical trials indicate that the use of fixed-dose combinations (FDCs is associated with a higher level of treatment adherence and prolonged blood pressure (BP control. The aim of this study was to document the safety and effectiveness of the FDC olmesartan/amlodipine/hydrochlorothiazide in patients with essential hypertension in clinical practice. Methods: This multicenter, prospective, 24-week, noninterventional study enrolled 5,831 patients from primary care offices in Germany and Austria. Inclusion criteria were a diagnosis of essential hypertension and newly initiated treatment with the FDC. Results: The mean age of patients was 63.5 years, almost 50% of patients had a time since diagnosis of essential hypertension of over 5 years, and approximately 70% of patients had at least one cardiovascular risk factor, including 29.4% of patients with diabetes mellitus. Following approximately 24 weeks of treatment, the mean reduction in systolic/diastolic BP was 29.0/14.0 mmHg, a BP response was observed by 94.2% of patients, and a target BP of <140/90 mmHg was attained in 67.5% of patients. At least one adverse drug reaction (ADR was experienced by 1.2% of patients, with the most common being peripheral edema. Subanalyses demonstrated that the following factors did not have a significant influence on the ADR rate: age (<65 years versus ≥65 years, diabetes mellitus (no/yes, cardiovascular risk (low/high, and concomitant medication (no/yes. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that in clinical practice, treatment with the three-drug combination as an FDC tablet

  20. Serological Diagnosis of Brucella Infections in Odontocetes▿

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    Hernández-Mora, Gabriela; Manire, Charles A.; González-Barrientos, Rocío; Barquero-Calvo, Elías; Guzmán-Verri, Caterina; Staggs, Lydia; Thompson, Rachel; Chaves-Olarte, Esteban; Moreno, Edgardo

    2009-01-01

    Brucella ceti causes disease in Odontoceti. The absence of control serum collections and the diversity of cetaceans have hampered the standardization of serological tests for the diagnosis of cetacean brucellosis. Without a “gold” standard for sensitivity and specificity determination, an alternative approach was followed. We designed an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (iELISA) that recognizes immunoglobulins G (IgGs) from 17 odontocete species as a single group. For the standardization, we used Brucella melitensis and Brucella abortus lipopolysaccharides, serum samples from seven resident odontocetes with no history of infectious disease displaying negative rose bengal test (RBT) reactions, and serum samples from seven dolphins infected with B. ceti. We compared the performance of the iELISA with those of the protein G ELISA (gELISA), the competitive ELISA (cELISA), and the immunofluorescence (IF) and dot blot (DB) tests, using 179 odontocete serum samples and RBT as the reference. The diagnostic potential based on sensitivity and specificity of the iELISA was superior to that of gELISA and cELISA. The correlation and agreement between the iELISA and the gELISA were relatively good (Ri/g2 = 0.65 and κi/g = 0.66, respectively), while the correlation and agreement of these two ELISAs with cELISA were low (Ri/c2 = 0.46, Rg/c2 = 0.37 and κi/c = 0.62, κg/c = 0.42). In spite of using the same anti-odontocete IgG antibody, the iELISA was more specific than were the IF and DB tests. An association between high antibody titers and the presence of neurological symptoms in dolphins was observed. The prediction is that iELISA based on broadly cross-reacting anti-dolphin IgG antibody would be a reliable test for the diagnosis of brucellosis in odontocetes, including families not covered in this study. PMID:19386800

  1. A clinical study of multiple trauma combined with acute lung injury

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    Tao Liang; Yong-Fu Ma; Jian Zhu; Dao-Xi Wang; Yang Liu

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To study the changes of the contents of inflammatory mediators in serum of polytrauma patients with acute lung injury (ALI) and their correlation with the disease. Methods: Patients suffering from multiple trauma combined with ALI were selected as ALI group (n=54). Patients suffering from multiple trauma without ALI were considered as the control group (n=117). The severity of the disease of patients in the two groups was assessed. Arterial blood was extracted for blood gas analysis. Venous blood was extracted to detect the contents of inflammatory mediators tumor necrosis factor-a, interleukin-1b (IL-1b), IL-10, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, NO, endothelin-1. Results: The scores of injury severity score [(25.42 ± 3.58) vs. (17.03 ± 2.25)], systemic inflammatory response syndrome [(3.85 ± 0.52) vs. (2.20 ± 0.36)] and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II [(92.63 ± 11.04) vs. (60.46 ± 8.87)] in patients in ALI group were all significantly higher than those in the control group and its correcting shock time [(8.39 ± 1.05) vs. (5.15 ± 0.72) h] was longer than that of the control group. The amount of blood transfusion [(674.69 ± 93.52) vs. (402.55 ± 57.65) mL] was greater than that in the control group. The contents of the arterial partial pressure of oxygen [(76.65 ± 9.68) vs. (86.51 ± 10.56) mmHg], arterial blood pressure of carbon dioxide [(27.76 ± 4.82) vs. (36.78 ± 5.82) mmHg] and arterial partial pressure of oxygen/fraction of inspired oxygen [(236.94 ± 36.49) vs. (353.95 ± 47.76)] were all significantly lower than those in the control group. The contents of serum tumor necrosis factor-a, IL-1b, IL-10, granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, NO and endothelin-1 were obviously higher than those of control group and also positively correlated with the scores of injury severity score, systemic inflammatory response syndrome and acute physiology and chronic health evaluation II.

  2. Combination therapy of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with caspofungin and fluconazole

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    Ja Kim Min

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The current recommended therapy for diffuse coccidioidal pneumonia involves initial treatment with amphotericin B deoxycholate or high-dose fluconazole, followed by an azole after clinical improvement. Amphotericin B is more frequently used as initial therapy if the patient's deterioration is rapid. Case presentation A 31-year-old Korean male with coccidioidomycosis presented to the hospital with miliary infiltrates on chest X-ray (CXR and skin rash on the face and trunk. Initially, the patient did not respond to amphotericin B deoxycholate therapy. However, following caspofungin and fluconazole combination therapy, the patient showed favourable radiological, serological, and clinical response. Conclusion This appears to be the first case of diffuse coccidioidal pneumonia with skin involvement in an immunocompetent patient who was treated successfully with caspofungin and fluconazole. Combination therapy with caspofungin and fluconazole may, therefore, be an alternative treatment for diffuse coccidioidal pneumonia that does not respond to amphotericin B deoxycholate therapy.

  3. The wound healing trajectory and predictors with combined electric stimulation and conventional care: one outpatient wound care clinic's experience.

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    Zhou, Kehua; Schenk, Ronald; Brogan, Michael S

    2016-12-01

    Electric stimulation (E-stim) has been found to be an effective treatment in improving wound healing rates. However, the wound healing trajectory and its related predictors for complete wound closure (CWC) have not been reported with E-stim treatment. This was a retrospective study. Data on 159 patients treated at an outpatient wound clinic utilizing combined intervention of E-stim and conventional care were included. The Kaplan-Meier healing curve together with linear regression models depicted the percentage of patients with CWC against time. With 100, 112 and 140 days of treatment, the percentages of patients with CWC were 59·12%, 61·01% and 65·41%, respectively. Linear regression models predicted that all patients would achieve CWC by 21·55, 22·26 and 24·80 weeks, respectively. The speed for the increase in the number and percentage of patients with CWC peaked between 50-75 days of treatment. To optimize timely healing, referral to other treatment facilities or change of treatment protocol is warranted around the peak time. With the combined intervention of E-stim and conventional care, positive predictors for CWC included a shorter wound duration at initial evaluation (P = 0·005, OR = 3·10), better compliance with appointments (P = 0·007, OR = 3·38) and the diagnosis of venous leg ulcer (P = 0·001, OR = 3·88). This study provided preliminary data on wound healing trajectory and predictors with combined E-stim and conventional care. E-stim seemed to expedite wound healing; however, further research studies are needed. © 2016 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.

  4. Clinical efficacy evaluation of Liujunzi decoction combined with EP chemotherapy regiment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer

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    Xin-Jun Xiong; Long-Jun Xiong

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the clinical efficacy of Liujunzi decoction combined with EP chemotherapy regiment for advanced non-small cell lung cancer.Methods:A total of 72 cases of patients with non-small cell lung cancer were included in the study, the range of patients’ treatment was from August 2012 to October 2014, and according to different treatment, they were divided into observation group 36 cases and control group 36 cases. Control group received EP chemotherapy, observation group received Liujunzi decoction combined with EP chemotherapy regiment, and then differences in serum tumor marker levels, tumor tissue-related protein levels, PDCD5, Nrf2, HIF-1α and GLUT1 levels, and levels of VEGF, GSTs, TSGF and so on were compared between two groups.Results:Serum CY211, SCC, NSE, CEA and CA199 levels of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group; TUBB3, ERCC-1, MT and P53 expression levels of observation group after treatment were lower while Mcll and Fbw7 expression levels were higher; PDCD5 level of observation group after treatment was higher than that of control group while Nrf2, HIF-1α and GLUT1 levels were lower than those of control group; CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Treg/CD4+ T, VEGF, GSTs and TSGF values of observation group after treatment were lower than those of control group. Conclusion:Liujunzi decoction combined with EP chemotherapy regiment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer can effectively inhibit tumor cell proliferation as well as invasion and metastasis, is helpful for disease control and prognosis improvement, and has positive clinical significance.

  5. Clinical efficacy of sunitinib combined with autologous DC and CIK for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma

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    Liang ZHANG

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the clinical efficacy and safety of sunitinib combined with autologous dentritic cell (DC and cytokine induced killer cell (CIK for patients suffering from metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC. Methods Clinical data of 27 mRCC patients treated with sunitinib combined with autologous DC and CIK were reviewed retrospectively. Efficacy, quality of life, immunology and safety of this treatment were evaluated. Results Follow-up time ranged from 4 to 25 months. Out of all the patients, sunitinib was reduced in 1 and discontinued in 2 due to side effects; 1 patient quit for personal reasons; 14 patients developed progressive disease. The progression-free survival (PFS was 4 to 19.5 months. Ten patients died from tumor, the overall survival time (OS was 6 to 21 months. The median PFS was 16 months (95%CI 12.5-19.5. The OS was not achieved. The efficacy was evaluated according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST. All the patients received treatment over 1 cycle. After one course of treatment, among 27 patients, 0 had complete remission (CR, 4 had partial remission (PR, 17 had stable disease (SD, and 6 had progressive disease (PD. The overall objective remission rate (ORR and disease control rate (DCR were 14.8% (4/27 and 77.8% (21/27, respectively. Sunitinib and autologous transfusion of DC and CIK improved the immune function and quality of life. The major adverse events were fatigue, hand-foot syndrome, hypertension, hypothyroidism, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia and fever. Most of the adverse events were ameliorated by supportive treatment or dose reduction. Conclusions  Sunitinib combined with autologous DC and CIK may be beneficial in the treatment of mRCC with acceptable toxic reactions, and it may be considered as a new approach for the comprehensive treatment of RCC. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2013.12.06

  6. A combined approach of bedside clinical examination and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing in poststroke dysphagia: A pilot study

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: As with most neurologic conditions, stroke involves impairment of the swallowing mechanism. This could be a spectrum of issues, the worst of which is aspiration. At the same time, the prolonged presence of a naso-gastric tube (NGT has its own morbidity. Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES is one reliable method to assess the structural and functional status of the oropharynx and larynx, during the swallowing process. Objective: To study the utility of FEES in decision-making with respect to resumption of oral intake in stroke patients. To document the findings of FEES in stroke patients, and to look for correlations between these and the site of stroke. Materials and Methods: Protocol insertion of naso-gastric tube in all stroke patients, at presentation. Initial assessment by a neurologist and swallowing therapist, depending on cognitive status of the patient. All patients underwent MRI Brain with diffusion weighted sequences. After detailed clinical examination, they underwent swallow exercises under the supervision of a trained swallowing therapist. The decision to remove NGT was taken clinically by the combined decision of neurologist and swallowing therapist. Then all patients underwent FEES by the ENT surgeon. The final decision for NGT removal was taken as per the FEES findings. Result: Sixteen stroke patients underwent the FEES procedure during a period of six months. The oropharyngeal and laryngeal findings varied depending on the area of stroke involvement. Of these, change in decision regarding swallowing rehabilitation or NGT removal was needed in four patients, following the FEES findings. Conclusions: FEES is an easy, efficient and reliable method to evaluate the swallowing status in stroke patients. In combination with good bedside clinical examination and swallow exercises, it can be a good tool in assessing patients with post- stroke dysphagia. Post-stroke rehabilitation and prevention of aspiration

  7. Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of the Potential Clinical Utility of Fosfomycin and Meropenem in Combination Therapy against KPC-2-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Albiero, James; Sy, Sherwin K B; Mazucheli, Josmar; Caparroz-Assef, Silvana Martins; Costa, Bruno Buranello; Alves, Janio Leal Borges; Gales, Ana Cristina; Tognim, Maria Cristina Bronharo

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    KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae causes serious infections associated with high death rates worldwide. Combination therapy consisting of fosfomycin and a carbapenem is better than monotherapy to combat multidrug-resistant microorganisms, but no dosages for the combination have been defined. The MICs of meropenem and fosfomycin were evaluated against 18 clinical isolates of KPC-2-producing K. pneumoniae The activities of combination antimicrobials were also determined by the checkerboard method. The MIC50 and MIC90 of each agent alone and in combination were challenged against short (1.5-h) or prolonged (3-h) infusion regimens of meropenem (1 g every 8 h [q8h], 1.5 g q6h, 2 g q8h) and fosfomycin (4 g q8h, 6 g q6h, 8 g q8h) by Monte Carlo simulation to evaluate the time above the MIC of the free drug concentration as a percentage of the dosing interval (fT>MIC). The monotherapy MIC50s and MIC90s were 32 and 256 mg/liter for meropenem and 64 and 512 mg/liter for fosfomycin, respectively. Antimicrobial combination increased bacterial susceptibility to 1/4 the MIC50s and to 1/8 to 1/16 the MIC90s of monotherapy. The antimicrobial combination demonstrated a synergistic effect for at least two-thirds of the isolates. In combination therapy, fosfomycin regimens of 6 g q6h and 8 g q8h as a 3-h infusion against the MIC50 and MIC90 had better chances of achieving ≥90% probability of target attainment (PTA) of 70% fT>MIC. Meropenem regimens of 1.5 g q6h and 2 g q8h in prolonged infusion can achieve close to 90% PTA of 40% fT>MIC for MIC50 but not MIC90 The significant reduction in the MIC values and the achievement of appropriate PTA demonstrated that regimens containing fosfomycin with meropenem can be effective against KPC-2-producing K. pneumoniae.

  8. [SEROLOGICAL PROPERTIES AND BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY OF PANTOEA AGGLOMERANS LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDES].

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    Bulygina, T V; Yakovleva, L M; Brovarska, O S; Varbanets, L D

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    The serological and phytotoxic properties of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of plant pathogens--Pantoea agglomerans were studied. It is known that the thin variations in the structure of the O-specific polysaccharides determining serological specificity of gram- negative bacteria and used as a molecular basis of serological classification schemes. For P. agglomerans still does not exist a classification scheme based on serology specificity of their LPS. The results of cross serological tests demonstrate immunochemical heterogeneity of species P agglomerans. Only three strains of the 8488, 8490 and 7969 according to the agglutination of O-antigens and direct hemagglutination and inhibition direct hemagglutination can be attributed to a single serogroup. Other strains--each separate group, although some have a relationship. Compared with control plants under the influence of seed treatment of LPS in plants may be reduced, and in some cases increased root length, height and weight sprout, depending on the strain from which the selected LPS. Dive seedlings of tomatoes in the solutions of the studied preparations FSC caused the loss, and after some time, restore turgor.

  9. [Indications for the combination of pravastatin and fenofibrate according to the cardiovascular risk level. Common clinical situations].

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    Pintó, Xavier

    2014-07-01

    In diabetes, metabolic syndrome, some types of familial dyslipidemia, ischemic pathology of atheromatous origin and renal failure, the presence of mixed dyslipidemia is common. In other words, there is an excess of cholesterol and triglycerides, associated or not with HDL-c deficiency. These clinical conditions are associated with high to very high cardiovascular risk. It is appropriate when treating these conditions to achieve an overall control of lipid metabolism abnormalities, in terms of excess cholesterol carried by atherogenic lipoproteins (LDL-c and non-HDL-c) and triglyceride excess and deficit of HDL-c. To achieve this overall control is necessary to correct the potential causes of secondary dyslipidemia, improve lifestyle habits and use a drug from the statin family, and it is often necessary to combine a drug from the fi