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  1. Intravenous Therapy.

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    Galliart, Barbara

    Intended for teaching licensed practical nurses, this curriculum guide provides information related to the equipment and skills required for nursing care of patients needing intravenous (IV) therapy. It also explains the roles and responsibilities of the licensed practical nurse with regard to intravenous therapy. Each of the 15 instructional

  2. Intravenous therapy

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    Waitt, C; Waitt, P; Pirmohamed, M

    2004-01-01

    Intravenous administration of fluids, drugs, and nutrition is very common in hospitals. Although insertion of peripheral and central cannulae and subsequent intravenous therapy are usually well tolerated, complications that prolong hospitalisation, and in some cases cause death, can arise on occasions. Additionally, many cannulae are inserted unnecessarily. This article seeks to review this area and to outline good medical practice. PMID:14760169

  3. Health Instruction Packages: Venipuncture and Intravenous Therapy.

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    Gray, P. Allen, Jr.; And Others

    Text, illustrations, and exercises are utilized in these five learning modules to instruct nursing students in techniques for initiating intravenous (I.V.) therapy. The first module, "Selection of a Venipuncture Site: Arm" by P. Allen Gray, Jr., describes the utilization of a tourniquet in locating filled veins in the arm. The second module,

  4. Intravenous Therapy Instruction for Licensed Practical Nurses. Instructor's Guide.

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    Springer, Pam; Carey, Jean

    This Idaho instructor's guide lists tasks and enabling objectives, outlines instruction, and provides handout masters, overhead masters, and tests for intravenous therapy (IV) instruction for licensed practical nurses. Following an introduction and a list of criteria for successful completion of IV therapy courses, the document lists tasks and

  5. [Complications caused by intravenous therapy].

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    Quirós Luque, José María; Gago Fornells, Manuel

    2005-11-01

    Nursing professionals must know everything related to complications caused by intravenous therapy including the ways to prevent and solve these complications. We need not forget that nurses are the ones mainly responsible for the insertion, manipulation, removal and care of catheters. PMID:16363113

  6. Advances in Pediatric Intravenous Iron Therapy.

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    Mantadakis, Elpis

    2016-01-01

    Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) continues to be very common worldwide. Intravenous (IV) iron is an infrequently used therapeutic option in children with IDA despite numerous studies in adults and several small but notable pediatric studies showing efficacy and safety. Presently, the availability of newer IV iron products allows for replacement of the total iron deficit at a single setting. These products appear safer compared to the high molecular weight iron dextrans of the past. Herein, we review the medical literature and suggest that front line use of IV iron should be strongly considered in diseases associated with IDA in children. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26376214

  7. Safety and efficacy of phage therapy via the intravenous route.

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    Speck, Peter; Smithyman, Anthony

    2016-02-01

    Increasing development of antimicrobial resistance is driving a resurgence in interest in phage therapy: the use of bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections. As the lytic action of bacteriophages is unaffected by the antibiotic resistance status of their bacterial target, it is thought that phage therapy may have considerable potential in the treatment of a wide range of topical and localized infections. As yet this interest has not extended to intravenous (IV) use, which is surprising given that the historical record shows that phages are likely to be safe and effective when delivered by this route. Starting almost 100 years ago, phages were administered intravenously in treatment of systemic infections including typhoid, and Staphylococcal bacteremia. There was extensive IV use of phages in the 1940s to treat typhoid, reportedly with outstanding efficacy and safety. The safety of IV phage administration is also underpinned by the detailed work of Ochs and colleagues in Seattle who have over four decades' experience with IV injection into human subjects of large doses of highly purified coliphage PhiX174. Though these subjects included a large number of immune-deficient children, no serious side effects were observed over this extended time period. The large and continuing global health problems of typhoid and Staphylococcus aureus are exacerbated by the increasing antibiotic resistance of these pathogens. We contend that these infections are excellent candidates for use of IV phage therapy. PMID:26691737

  8. Intravenous proton pump inhibitor therapy: a rationale for use.

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    Armstrong, David

    2005-01-01

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are used widely in the management of acid-related disorders and, for the majority of patients, oral therapy is highly effective. Not all patients with acid-related disorders respond completely to standard, once-daily PPI therapy, but most nonresponders will generally respond to an increase in the dose or frequency of PPI therapy. At equivalent doses, oral and intravenous (IV) PPIs produce comparable acid suppression; thus there are very few clinical indications for IV PPI therapy. IV PPIs are an appropriate substitute for oral PPIs, at an equivalent dose, for patients with, for example, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulceration, or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, who cannot take oral medication. For patients with nonvariceal, upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, profound acid suppression (gastric pH . 6.0) optimizes clot stability and reduces the risk of rebleeding; this is achieved most effectively with an initial IV PPI bolus followed by a continuous infusion. High-dose, IV PPI therapy is beneficial and cost-effective in patients who have a high-risk lesion at endoscopy and it should be preceded by effective endoscopic hemostasis if possible. IV PPIs, preoperatively and in the intensive care setting, effectively reduce gastric acidity, but there are no convincing data that this confers any significant clinical benefit compared with other therapeutic strategies. PMID:16369224

  9. Intravenous Fluid Therapy Course for the Licensed Practical Nurse. Instructor Guide.

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    Missouri Univ., Columbia. Instructional Materials Lab.

    This curriculum guide provides materials for a 10-unit intravenous (IV) therapy course for licensed practical nurses. Units contain from one to nine lessons. The first unit provides an introduction and orientation to the course. Subsequent units concern documentation, anatomy and physiology as applied to IV therapy, fundamental aspects of fluid

  10. Factors influencing response to intravenous lacosamide in emergency situations: LACO-IV study.

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    Garcs, Mercedes; Villanueva, Vicente; Mauri, Jos Angel; Suller, Ana; Garca, Carolina; Lpez Gonzlez, Franscisco Javier; Rodrguez Osorio, Xiana; Fernndez Pajarn, Gustavo; Piera, Anna; Guillamn, Edelmira; Santaf, Consuelo; Castillo, Ascensin; Giner, Pau; Torres, Nerea; Escalza, Ins; Del Villar, Ana; Garca de Casasola, Maria Carmen; Bonet, Macarena; No, Enrique; Olmedilla, Nuria

    2014-07-01

    Status epilepticus (SE) and acute repetitive seizures (ARSs) frequently result in emergency visits. Wide variations in response are seen with standard antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Oral and intravenous (IV) formulations of lacosamide are approved as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults and adolescents. The aim of the retrospective multicenter observational study (LACO-IV) was to analyze data from a large cohort of patients with SE or ARSs of varying severity and etiology, who received IV lacosamide in the emergency setting. Patient clinical data were entered into a database; lacosamide use and efficacy and tolerability variables were analyzed. In SE, IV lacosamide tended to be used mainly in nonconvulsive status epilepticus as second- or third-line treatment. The proportion of patients with no seizures when IV lacosamide was the last drug administered was 76.5% (70.9% SE and 83.7% ARSs). The rate of seizure cessation ? 24 h after IV lacosamide administration was 57.1% (49.1% SE and 67.4% ARSs). Of the factors analyzed, a shorter latency from seizure onset to IV lacosamide infusion influenced treatment response significantly. A nonsignificant tendency towards a higher response was seen with lacosamide dose >200mg versus ? 200 mg. Analysis of response according to mechanism of action showed no significant differences in response to IV lacosamide in patients receiving prior sodium channel blocker (SCB) or non-SCB AEDs in the overall or SE population; however, in ARSs, a tendency towards a higher response was observed in those receiving non-SCB AEDs. The frequency and nature of adverse events observed were in line with those reported in other studies (somnolence being the most frequent). In the absence of randomized prospective controlled studies of IV lacosamide, our observations suggest that IV lacosamide may be a potential alternative for treatment of SE/ARSs when seizures fail to improve with standard AEDs or when AEDs are contraindicated or not recommended. PMID:24922617

  11. The Status of Home Intravenous Therapy Instruction Provided by U.S. Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy.

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    Monk, Mary R.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    A survey of 74 pharmacy schools found under half offered home intravenous (IV) therapy instruction. About 13 percent offered a course primarily devoted to home IV therapy; only two schools required it. Clinical departments were the primary providers, and various instructional resources were used. Additional home health care coursework is…

  12. The socio-economical impact of intravenous (IV) versus subcutaneous (SC) administration of trastuzumab: future prospectives

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    Papadmitriou, K.; Trinh, X.B.; Altintas, S.; Van Dam, P.A.; Huizing, M.T.; Tjalma, W.A.A.

    2015-01-01

    Trastuzumab was the first targeted therapy for HER2 positive breast cancer. It has become the standard of care for HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer since 2000 and in the adjuvant setting since 2006. Adjuvant it is given for a year and in patients with metastatic disease until progression. The standard mode of administration is intravenous. Recently a subcutaneous form has become available. A phase III study showed that there is no difference between the intravenous and subcutaneous form in terms of safety and efficacy. The patient’s preference however significantly favoured the subcutaneous form. It is estimated that the use of the SC form could contribute to a cost saving between 758 and 2576 euro per annual course. For Belgium alone this could mean an estimated saving of 1.4 to 4.6 million euros per year. The potential benefit of the SC administration for healthcare facilities could be further increased when applied in a LEAN working day-care chemotherapy unit. After reviewing the existing literature we suggest to further validate the potential financial impact of SC trastuzumab compared to the traditional IV form and to introduce a scientific proposal incorporating the benefits of this formulation in a LEAN working healthcare unit.

  13. Is high dose intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy in patients with Graves' orbitopathy safe?

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    Miśkiewicz, Piotr; Kryczka, Adrianna; Ambroziak, Urszula; Rutkowska, Beata; Główczyńska, Renata; Opolski, Grzegorz; Kahaly, George; Bednarczuk, Tomasz

    2014-01-01

    High dose intravenous glucocorticoid pulse (i.v. GCS) therapy is a proven approach in patients with active, moderate to severe Graves' orbitopathy (GO) and dysthyroid optic neuropathy (DON). In moderate to severe GO, the European Group on Graves' Orbitopathy (EUGOGO) recommends a 12-week course of intravenous methylprednisolone (i.v. MP) pulse therapy with a cumulative dose of 4.5 g. The response rate of i.v. GCS treatment is significantly higher than oral glucocorticoid (oral GCS) therapy and is associated with fewer adverse events. However, a major concern was raised because of reports of fatal side effects which may be associated with this therapy, especially when single and cumulative doses of methylprednisolone (MP) are higher than recommended. The prevalence and severity of adverse effects during treatment have not been fully described. The aim of this review was to summarise the frequency of major adverse effects of i.v. GCS compared to oral GCS and attempt to propose some practical suggestions as to how to monitor and prevent the development of side effects. PMID:25301492

  14. Intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy for children with epileptic encephalopathy

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    Pera, Maria Carmela; Randazzo, Giovanna; Masnada, Silvia; Dontin, Serena Donetti; De Giorgis, Valentina; Balottin, Umberto; Veggiotti, Pierangelo

    2015-01-01

    Summary The aim of this retrospective study of children affected by epileptic encephalopathy was to evaluate seizure frequency, electroencephalographic pattern and neuropsychological status, before and after intravenous methylprednisolone therapy. Eleven children with epileptic encephalopathy were administered one cycle of intravenous methylprednisolone (15–30 mg/kg/day for three consecutive days, once a month for four months) in addition to constant dosages of their regular antiepileptic drugs. The treatment resulted in statistically significant reductions of generalized slow spike-and-wave discharges (p<0.0028) and seizure frequency (p<0.013), which persisted even after methylprednisolone pulse therapy was stopped. A globally positive outcome was noted in 9/11 patients (81.8%). This methylprednisolone treatment regimen did not cause significant or persistent adverse effects. We suggest that children with epileptic encephalopathy without an underlying structural lesion could be the best candidates for intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy. PMID:26910177

  15. Intravenous dihydroergotamine therapy for pediatric abdominal migraines.

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    Raina, Madiha; Chelimsky, Gisela; Chelimsky, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    Abdominal migraines present with debilitating symptoms in adolescence. At our institution, the gastroenterology, neurology, and autonomic departments collaborated in treating patients with such presentations. This case series describes 6 patients who were given intravenous dihydroergotamine (DHE) for presumed abdominal migraines. DHE was only used when other agents like amitriptyline, verapamil, topiramate, or depakote had proved ineffective. DHE was started at 0.5 mg dose and on average 7 to 9 mg were given on each hospitalization. Patient ages ranged from 13 to 19 years with the majority being female. One patient did not respond to treatment. One patient was admitted 4 times for symptoms of abdominal migraines resolving with DHE. The average time between symptom relapse was about 5 to 12 months. Five of our 6 patients responded to the infusion without significant side effects. Based on these case series, DHE may be a treatment option in children with intractable abdominal migraine. PMID:23820001

  16. Early Angiographic Resolution of Cerebral Vasospasm with High Dose Intravenous Milrinone Therapy

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    Zeiler, F. A.; Silvaggio, J.

    2015-01-01

    Background. Treatment of symptomatic delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is difficult. Recent studies suggest intravenous (IV) high dose milrinone as a potential therapy. The timing to angiographic response with this is unclear. Methods. We reviewed the chart of one patient admitted for SAH who developed symptomatic DCI and was treated with high dose IV milrinone. Results. A 66-year-old female was admitted with a Hunt and Hess clinical grade 4, World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS) clinical grade 4, and SAH secondary to a left anterior choroidal artery aneurysm which was clipped. After bleed day 6, the patient developed symptomatic DCI. We planned for angioplasty of the proximal segments. We administered high dose IV milrinone bolus followed by continuous infusion which led to clinical improvement prior to angiography. The angiogram performed 1.5 hours after milrinone administration displayed resolution of the CT angiogram and MRI based cerebral vasospasm such that further intra-arterial therapy was aborted. She completed 6 days of continuous IV milrinone therapy, was transferred to the ward, and subsequently rehabilitated. Conclusions. High dose IV milrinone therapy for symptomatic DCI after SAH can lead to rapid neurological improvement with dramatic early angiographic improvement of cerebral vasospasm. PMID:26457209

  17. Intravenous Therapies for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review.

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    Xu, Jijun; Yang, Jing; Lin, Peirong; Rosenquist, Ellen; Cheng, Jianguo

    2016-03-01

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) remains a challenging clinical pain condition. Multidisciplinary approaches have been advocated for managing CRPS. Compared with spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal targeted therapy, IV treatments are less invasive and less costly. We aimed to systemically review the literature on IV therapies and determine the level of evidence to guide the management of CRPS. We searched PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and the Cochrane databases for articles published on IV therapies of CRPS up through February 2015. The search yielded 299 articles, of which 101 were deemed relevant by reading the titles and 63 by reading abstracts. All these 63 articles were retrieved for analysis and discussion. We evaluated the relevant studies and provided recommendations according to the level of evidence. We conclude that there is evidence to support the use of IV bisphosphonates, immunoglobulin, ketamine, or lidocaine as valuable interventions in selected patients with CRPS. However, high-quality studies are required to further evaluate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of IV therapies for CRPS. PMID:26891396

  18. Intravenous misuse of buprenorphine: characteristics and extent among patients undergoing drug maintenance therapy.

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    Moratti, Enrico; Kashanpour, Hamid; Lombardelli, Tiziana; Maisto, Maria

    2010-01-01

    Sublingual buprenorphine [Subutex(R)] is used to treat opioid dependence. However, illicit intravenous (IV) injection of buprenorphine is a widespread problem. This survey investigated the IV misuse of buprenorphine among patients receiving drug replacement therapy at the Drug Addiction Centre in Udine, Italy. All patients who were receiving treatment with buprenorphine or methadone at the Drug Addiction Centre were invited to fill in a voluntary and anonymous questionnaire consisting of five questions. The questions asked if the patient had ever misused buprenorphine intravenously, when the misuse had occurred, the patient's reasons for misusing buprenorphine, the patient's perception of their experience, and the patient's perception of how widespread IV misuse of buprenorphine is. 307 patients completed the questionnaire, 93 and 214 of whom, respectively, were receiving buprenorphine and methadone. In total, 23.12% of patients admitted an IV misuse of buprenorphine, with a significantly greater prevalence among patients currently receiving buprenorphine (35.48%) than those receiving methadone (17.75%; p < 0.001). Younger patients were also more likely to have misused buprenorphine, and tended to have done so before coming to the Drug Addiction Centre. The most frequent motivation for IV misuse was treatment of heroin addiction or withdrawal symptoms (50.71%), while only 12.67% of patients reported that their motivation was to experience pleasure or euphoria. The majority of patients who had misused buprenorphine intravenously (53.52%) had a negative experience, and methadone recipients were significantly more likely to find the experience negative than buprenorphine recipients (68.42% vs 36.36%; p = 0.007). Almost half of the patients (45.93%) thought that at least 50% of patients had taken buprenorphine by IV injection. The results of our study confirm the widespread IV misuse of buprenorphine. Misuse was most common among patients currently receiving buprenorphine treatment and younger patients. For the majority of patients, the reason for IV misuse was to treat their dependence. We believe that the prevalence of buprenorphine misuse could be reduced by adopting appropriate clinical practices and treating patients with the buprenorphine/naloxone combination rather than buprenorphine alone. PMID:20450240

  19. Stage IV-S neuroblastoma. Results with definitive therapy

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    Stokes, S.H.; Thomas, P.R.; Perez, C.A.; Vietti, T.J.

    1984-05-15

    The results of management of 14 patients with Stage IV-S neuroblastoma are reported. The treatment policy, although not consistent over this time span, in general used a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy or infrequently one modality alone. Twelve of 14 (86%) survived more than 6 years. One patient, with a solitary mediastinal primary tumor, died of rapidly progressive disease at three months. The other death occurred in a 4.5-year-old presenting with hepatomegaly at diagnosis followed by skeletal dissemination 2.5 years later. Thirteen of the patients were younger than 1 year of age. Of the 11 patients that received radiotherapy, 4 experienced mild asymptomatic scoliosis or kyphoscoliosis at 3 to 12 years after initial therapy. A review of the literature indicates that spontaneous regression in this tumor is very frequent; therefore, it is recommended that for the common presentation of massive hepatomegaly in an infant, close observation is warranted, unless life threatening complications occur. However, initial therapeutic intervention may be indicated in those patients with life threatening presentations. This data did not substantiate the necessity for complete surgical excision of the primary tumor, as has been suggested by others.

  20. Out of hours intravenous fluid therapy: a prompt to guide prescribing

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    Fehmi, Janev; Carpenter, Alexander; Townsend, Matthew; Sheppeard, Rhian; Gannon, Elizabeth; Hewitson, Lynsey; Auerbach, Natalie; Thomas, Katherine

    2015-01-01

    Recent NICE guidance has highlighted the importance of appropriate and safe intravenous fluid use. We aimed to improve the quality of out of hours fluid prescription in a Bristol hospital by ensuring that indications and cautions for fluid therapy were clearly documented at the time of initiation. Time-pressured on-call doctors need quick access to information regarding patients' care. A documented fluid plan allows doctors to undertake a more informed assessment of the patient's fluid balance, leading to safer prescriptions. Our ideal was for 100% of out of hours intravenous fluid prescriptions to be appropriate. Our process measures included the proportion of patients on intravenous fluids who had a documented fluid plan in the medical notes or on the prescription chart on Friday, prior to the weekend on call period. This was defined as mention of indications and/or cautions to fluid therapy. The introduction of a sticker to prompt fluid plan documentation did marginally improve use of fluid plans. It was notable that 96% of these were followed where plans were documented (n=23). Initiation of IV fluid with an accompanying plan is likely to make subsequent fluid prescriptions safer. Rapid turnover of staff and stationary proved significant barriers to consistent implementation of the sticker. Despite these challenges we demonstrated a proof of concept, suggesting system modification to include fluid plans is safe and effective. PMID:26734380

  1. Familial occurrence of pulmonary embolism after intravenous, adipose tissue-derived stem cell therapy.

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    Jung, Jae Woo; Kwon, Minsuk; Choi, Jae Chol; Shin, Jong Wook; Park, In Won; Choi, Byoung Whui; Kim, Jae Yeol

    2013-09-01

    The therapeutic potential of human multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells, especially human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASC), is promising. However, there are concerns about the safety of infusion of hASC in human. Recently, we have experienced pulmonary embolism and infarct among family members who have taken multiple infusions of intravenous autologous hASC therapy. A 41-year-old man presented with chest pain for one month. Chest CT showed multiple pulmonary artery embolism and infarct at right lung. Serum D-dimer was 0.8 ?g/mL (normal; 0-0.5 ?g/mL). He had received intravenous autologous adipose tissue-derived stem cell therapy for cervical herniated intervertebral disc three times (one, two, and three months prior to the visit). His parents also received the same therapy five times and their chest CT also showed multiple pulmonary embolism. These cases represent artificial pulmonary embolisms and infarct after IV injection of hASC. Follow-up chest CT showed spontaneous resolution of lesions in all three patients. PMID:23918585

  2. Safety concerns about intravenous iron therapy in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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    Del Vecchio, Lucia; Longhi, Selena; Locatelli, Francesco

    2016-04-01

    Anaemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is managed primarily with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and iron therapy. Following concerns around ESA therapy, intravenous (IV) iron is being administered more and more worldwide. However, it is still unclear whether this approach is safe at very high doses or in the presence of very high ferritin levels. Some observational studies have shown a relationship between either high ferritin level or high iron dose and increased risk of death, cardiovascular events, hospitalization or infection. Others have not been able to confirm these findings. However, they suffer from indication biases. On the other hand, the majority of randomized clinical trials have only a very short follow-up (and thus drug exposure) and are inadequate to assess the mortality risk. None of them have tested the role of different iron doses on hard end points. With the lack of clear evidence coming from well-designed and large-scale studies, several data suggest that excessive iron therapy may be toxic in several aspects, ranging from iron overload to tissue damage from labile iron. A number of experimental and clinical data suggest that either excessive iron therapy or iron overload may be a possible culprit of atherogenesis. The process seems to be mediated by oxidative stress. Iron therapy should also be used cautiously in the presence of active infections, since iron is essential for bacterial growth. Recently, the European Medicines Agency officially raised concerns about rare hypersensitivity reactions following IV iron administration. The balance has been in favour of benefits. In several European countries, this has created a lot of confusion and somewhat slowed the run towards excessive use. Altogether, IV iron remains a mainstay of anaemia treatment in CKD patients. However, in our opinion, its excessive use should be avoided, especially in patients with high ferritin levels and when ESA agents are not contraindicated. PMID:26985378

  3. Large Cohort Study of Central Venous Catheter Thrombosis during Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy.

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    Guillet, Stphanie; Zeller, Valrie; Dube, Vincent; Ducroquet, Franoise; Desplaces, Nicole; Horellou, Marie Hlne; Marmor, Simon; Ziza, Jean Marc

    2015-01-01

    The frequency and risk factors for central venous catheter-related thrombosis (CRT) during prolonged intravenous (i.v.) antibiotic therapy have rarely been reported. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the frequency, incidence, and risk factors for CRT among patients being treated with prolonged i.v. antibiotic therapy. The secondary objective was to describe the clinical manifestations, diagnostic evaluation, and clinical management. This cohort study was conducted between August 2004 and May 2010 in a French referral center for osteoarticular infections. All patients treated for bone and joint infections with i.v. antimicrobial therapy through a central venous catheter (CVC) for ?2 weeks were included. Risk factors were identified using nonparametric tests and logistic regression. A case-control study investigated the role of vancomycin and catheter malposition. A total of 892 patients matched the inclusion criteria. CRT developed in 16 infections occurring in 16 patients (incidence, 0.39/1,000 catheter days). The median time to a CRT was 29 days (range, 12 to 48 days). Local clinical signs, fever, and secondary complications of CRT were present in 15, 8, and 4 patients, respectively. The median C-reactive protein level was 95 mg/liter. The treatment combined catheter removal and a median of 3 months (1.5 to 6 months) of anticoagulation therapy. The outcome was good in all patients, with no recurrence of CRT. Three risk factors were identified by multivariate analysis: male sex (odds ratio [OR], 5.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1 to 26.6), catheter malposition (OR, 5.3; 95% CI, 1.6 to 17.9), and use of vancomycin (OR, 22.9; 95% CI, 2.8 to 188). Catheter-related thrombosis is a rare but severe complication in patients treated with prolonged antimicrobial therapy. Vancomycin use was the most important risk factor identified. PMID:26459894

  4. Safety concerns about intravenous iron therapy in patients with chronic kidney disease

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    Del Vecchio, Lucia; Longhi, Selena; Locatelli, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Anaemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is managed primarily with erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and iron therapy. Following concerns around ESA therapy, intravenous (IV) iron is being administered more and more worldwide. However, it is still unclear whether this approach is safe at very high doses or in the presence of very high ferritin levels. Some observational studies have shown a relationship between either high ferritin level or high iron dose and increased risk of death, cardiovascular events, hospitalization or infection. Others have not been able to confirm these findings. However, they suffer from indication biases. On the other hand, the majority of randomized clinical trials have only a very short follow-up (and thus drug exposure) and are inadequate to assess the mortality risk. None of them have tested the role of different iron doses on hard end points. With the lack of clear evidence coming from well-designed and large-scale studies, several data suggest that excessive iron therapy may be toxic in several aspects, ranging from iron overload to tissue damage from labile iron. A number of experimental and clinical data suggest that either excessive iron therapy or iron overload may be a possible culprit of atherogenesis. The process seems to be mediated by oxidative stress. Iron therapy should also be used cautiously in the presence of active infections, since iron is essential for bacterial growth. Recently, the European Medicines Agency officially raised concerns about rare hypersensitivity reactions following IV iron administration. The balance has been in favour of benefits. In several European countries, this has created a lot of confusion and somewhat slowed the run towards excessive use. Altogether, IV iron remains a mainstay of anaemia treatment in CKD patients. However, in our opinion, its excessive use should be avoided, especially in patients with high ferritin levels and when ESA agents are not contraindicated. PMID:26985378

  5. Assisting the Adult Receiving Inhalation and Intravenous Therapy. Care of the Adult.

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    Anoka-Hennepin Area Vocational Technical Inst., MN.

    These two units for students in a practical nursing program provide supplemental instruction in caring for adult patients receiving inhalation and intravenous therapy. Unit titles are The Administration of Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB RX) and Intravenous Therapy of Fluids and Blood. Each unit contains the following: objectives,

  6. Development of an Intravenous Therapy Module for Second Year Registered Nursing Students.

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    Balint, Marilyn

    A study aimed at developing an intravenous therapy module for second-year registered nursing students is described in this practicum report. The report's five chapters define the underlying problem and purpose of the study; discuss the history of intravenous therapy and the significance of the module to the host institution; review the relevant

  7. Intravenous Iron Therapy in Patients with Iron Deficiency Anemia: Dosing Considerations

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    Koch, Todd A.; Myers, Jennifer; Goodnough, Lawrence Tim

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To provide clinicians with evidence-based guidance for iron therapy dosing in patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA), we conducted a study examining the benefits of a higher cumulative dose of intravenous (IV) iron than what is typically administered. Methods. We first individually analyzed 5 clinical studies, averaging the total iron deficit across all patients utilizing a modified Ganzoni formula; we then similarly analyzed 2 larger clinical studies. For the second of the larger studies (Study 7), we also compared the efficacy and retreatment requirements of a cumulative dose of 1500?mg ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) to 1000?mg iron sucrose (IS). Results. The average iron deficit was calculated to be 1531?mg for patients in Studies 15 and 1392?mg for patients in Studies 6-7. The percentage of patients who were retreated with IV iron between Days 56 and 90 was significantly (p < 0.001) lower (5.6%) in the 1500?mg group, compared to the 1000?mg group (11.1%). Conclusions. Our data suggests that a total cumulative dose of 1000?mg of IV iron may be insufficient for iron repletion in a majority of patients with IDA and a dose of 1500?mg is closer to the actual iron deficit in these patients. PMID:26257955

  8. Intravenous tPA Therapy is an Independent Risk Factor for Symptomatic Intracerebral Hemorrhage Following Carotid Endarterectomy

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    Vellimana, Ananth K.; Yarbrough, Chester K.; Blackburn, Spiros; Strom, Russell G.; Pilgram, Thomas K.; Lee, Jin-Moo; Grubb, Robert L.; Rich, Keith M.; Chicoine, Michael R.; Dacey, Ralph G.; Derdeyn, Colin P.; Zipfel, Gregory J.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for symptomatic carotid artery stenosis and intravenous tPA (IV-tPA) for acute ischemic stroke are proven therapies; however, the safety of CEA in stroke patients who recently received IV-tPA has not been established. Methods We performed a retrospective review of a consecutive series of patients who underwent CEA for symptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The primary safety endpoint was post-operative symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH). A univariate analysis of potential risk factors for sICH including IV-tPA therapy, timing of CEA, degree of arterial stenosis, and severity of presenting ischemic stroke was performed. Factors with p<0.1 on univariate analysis were tested with multivariate logistic regression. Results The cohort included 142 patients. Three suffered sICH following CEA 2 of 11 patients treated with IV-tPA (18.2%) and 1 of 131 patients not treated with IV-tPA (0.8%). Both IV-tPA patients suffering sICH underwent CEA within 3 days of tPA administration. On univariate analysis, IV-tPA (p = 0.02), female gender (p=0.09), shorter time between ischemic event and CEA (p=0.06), and lower mean arterial pressure during the first 48 hours of admission (p=0.08) were identified as potential risk factors for sICH. On multivariate analysis, IV-tPA was the only significant risk factor (p=0.002 by stepwise backward elimination logistic regression; p=0.03 by nominal logistic regression). Conclusion Based on this case series, IV-tPA is an independent risk factor for sICH following CEA. This suggests that CEA should be pursued cautiously in patients who recently received IV-tPA. Early surgery may be associated with an increased risk for sICH. PMID:24335814

  9. Infections, Arrhythmias, and Hospitalizations on Home Intravenous Inotropic Therapy.

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    Acharya, Deepak; Sanam, Kumar; Revilla-Martinez, Marina; Hashim, Taimoor; Morgan, Charity J; Pamboukian, Salpy V; Loyaga-Rendon, Renzo Y; Tallaj, Jose A

    2016-03-15

    Inotropes improve symptoms in advanced heart failure (HF) but were associated with higher mortality in clinical trials. Recurrent hospitalizations, arrhythmias, and infections contribute to morbidity and mortality, but the risks of these complications with modern HF therapies are not well known. We collected arrhythmia, infection, and hospitalization data on 197 patients discharged from our institution from January 2007 to March 2013 on intravenous inotropes. Patients were followed until they died, received a transplant or left ventricular assist device, were weaned off inotropes, or remained on inotropes at the end of the study. All patients had stage D HF. At baseline, 30% had a history of ventricular tachycardia, 7.1% had a history of cardiac arrest, and 39% had a history of atrial fibrillation. During follow-up, 33 patients (17%) had one or more implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks. Of patients who had shocks, 27 patients (82%) had appropriate shocks for ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation, 3 patients (9%) had inappropriate shocks, and 3 patients (9%) had both appropriate and inappropriate shocks. The risk of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shock was not related to dose of inotrope (p = 0.605). Fifty-seven patients (29%) had one or more infections during follow-up. Bacteremia was the most common type of infection. Implanted electrophysiology devices did not confer an increased risk of infection. One hundred twelve patients (57%) had one or more hospitalizations during follow-up. Common causes of hospitalizations were worsening HF symptoms (41%), infections (20%), and arrhythmias (12%). In conclusion, arrhythmias, infections, and rehospitalizations are important complications of inotropic therapy. PMID:26810859

  10. Plasma prednisolone levels during intravenous therapy in acute colitis

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    Berghouse, L M; Elliott, P R; Lennard-Jones, J E; English, J; Marks, V

    1982-01-01

    Maximum plasma levels in six acute colitics were about three times greater after an intravenous bolus of 20 mg prednisolone than the mean level achieved during infusion of the same dose (p<0001) over eight hours; the level during infusion was about twice as great as the maximum recorded previously after a single 40 mg oral dose of prednisolone. These findings favour the use of intravenous administration in severe acute colitis. No difference was found between plasma levels of patients and six normal subjects after the intravenous bolus. PMID:7129207

  11. Osteonecrosis of the jaws in 194 patients who have undergone intravenous bisphosphonate therapy in Spain

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    Pérez-Sayáns, Mario; Suárez-Peñaranda, José-Manuel; Gándara-Rey, José-Manuel; García-García, Abel

    2015-01-01

    Background Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a destructive bone process in patients undergoing bisphosphonate therapy and it is modulated by local and systemic factors. The purpose of this article is to determine the prevalence of ONJ in patients who have undergone intravenous bisphosphonate therapy, and relate the risk factors described to establish a protocol to reduce the risk of developing ONJ. Material and Methods We performed a retrospective study on 194 patients treated with IV bisphosponates, analyzing clinical and pathological variables. Results The prevalence of ONJ was 12.9 %. The most remarkable complication was pain, which was reported by 80% of patients. The average age of the patients undergoing bisphosphonate therapy was 68.91 years. Most of non-diabetic patients did not develop ONJ (92.3%) (p=0.048). During bisphosphonate therapy, 3.1% of patients underwent extractions in the same percentage in the maxilla and in the mandible; all of which, except for one patient, developed ONJ (p<0.001). In regards to the periodontal state, 94.3% of patients without periodontal problems did not develop ONJ (p=0.001). Almost 50% of the necrosis were located unifocally on the mandible (p<0.001). The number of affected patients and the aggressiveness of the disease increased significantly three years after starting treatment (p<0.001). Conclusions Etiology still is a controversial issue and we should focus on known risk factors, such as the development of surgical procedures in patients undergoing bisphosphonate therapy, especially in patients who have already started their treatment, a group in which ONJ prevalence increases. Moreover, a bad periodontal state in these patients is also an important risk factor, and the control of diabetes reduces it. Due to the above, all patients should be diagnosed and educated in oral hygiene prior to treatment, performing periodical maintenance, to detect possible traumatisms and periodontal infection as soon as possible. Key words:Osteonecrosis of the jaws, intravenous bisphosphonate therapy. PMID:25662540

  12. Intravenous immunoglobul?n therapy in dermatology: an update.

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    akmak, Seray Klc; akmak, At l; Gnl, Mzeyyen; K l , Arzu; Gl, lker

    2013-04-01

    Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a fractioned blood product consisting of IgG antibodies which was first used in antibody deficiency disorders. It is increasingly being used for several inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. IVIG can also be used in a wide range of dermatological diseases which are difficult to treat including autoimmune bullous skin diseases and toxic epidermal necrolysis. The use of IVIG in dermatological disorders is discussed in this article. PMID:23360252

  13. Efficacy and adverse effects of intravenous lignocaine therapy in fibromyalgia syndrome

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    Raphael, JH; Southall, JL; Treharne, GJ; Kitas, GD

    2002-01-01

    Background To investigate the effects of intravenous lignocaine infusions (IV lignocaine) in fibromyalgia. Methods Prospective study of the adverse effects of IV lignocaine in 106 patients with fibromyalgia; retrospective questionnaire study of the efficacy of IV lignocaine in 50 patients with fibromyalgia. Results Prospective study: Two major (pulmonary oedema and supraventricular tachycardia) and 42 minor side-effects were reported. None had long-term sequelae. The commonest was hypotension (17 cases). Retrospective study: Pain and a range of psychosocial measures (on single 11-point scales) improved significantly after treatment. There was no effect of the treatment on work status. The average duration of pain relief after the 6-day course of treatment was 11.5 6.5 weeks. Conclusions Intravenous lignocaine appears to be both safe and of benefit in improving pain and quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia. This needs to be confirmed in prospective randomised controlled trials. PMID:12217079

  14. Effectiveness of thiopentone, propofol and midazolam as an ideal intravenous anaesthetic agent for modified electroconvulsive therapy: A comparative study.

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    Shah, Pratibha Jain; Dubey, Kamta Prasad; Watti, Chhatarapal; Lalwani, Jaya

    2010-07-01

    Modified electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and most effective treatment modality for major depressive disorders with suicidal tendencies. For this, one must have an ideal intravenous anaesthetic agent for induction which provides rapid onset, short duration of action, attenuates adverse physiological effect of ECT, rapid recovery without adverse shortening of seizure duration and minimum rise in serum potassium. The studies in search of an ideal intravenous anaesthetic agent are limited. Aim is to compare the effect of iv thiopentone, propofol and midazolam on induction time and quality, haemodynamics, Seizure duration, recovery time and changes in serum potassium level. 90 patients of ASA I and II of either sex having major depressive illness were randomly allocated into three groups (n = 30) based on iv induction agent used. Group I, Group II and Group III patients were induced with iv thiopentone 5 mg/kg, propofol 2 mg/kg and midazolam 0.2 mg/kg, respectively. The induction time, quality of induction, haemodynamic changes, seizure duration, recovery time and change in serum potassium level were measured and analyzed by Z test. Induction was quicker in propofol group i.e., 41.03 ± 6.11 sec than in thiopentone (50.6 ± 6.32 sec) and midazolam group (77.30 ± 6.67 sec). Seizure duration was significantly shorter in midazolam group compared to propofol and thiopentone groups. Though significant rise in HR, SBP DBP was observed in all the three groups following ECT, but rise was significantly higher in thiopentone group compared to other two groups. Significantly, faster recovery was observed with propofol. Rise in serum potassium after ECT was not significant in any of the groups. Propofol is a safe and suitable intravenous anaesthetic agent for induction of anaesthesia for modified ECT. PMID:20882170

  15. Intravenous Single-Dose Toxicity of Redaporfin-Based Photodynamic Therapy in Rodents

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    Rocha, Luis B.; Schaberle, Fábio; Dąbrowski, Janusz M.; Simões, Sérgio; Arnaut, Luis G.

    2015-01-01

    We assessed the tolerability and safety in rodents of a single intravenous (i.v.) dose of redaporfin, a novel photosensitizer for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) of cancer. Two approaches were used to evaluate acute toxicity: (i) a dose escalation study in BALB/c mice to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose of redaporfin; and (ii) a safety toxicology study in Wistar rats, of a single dose of redaporfin, with or without illumination, to evaluate possible signs of systemic toxicity. Redaporfin formulation was well tolerated by mice, with no signs of adverse reactions up to 75 mg/kg. In rats, there were no relevant changes, except for a significant, but transient, increase in the blood serum markers for hepatic function and muscle integrity, and also on neutrophil counts, observed after the application of light. The overall results showed that redaporfin-PDT is very well tolerated. No abnormalities were observed, including reactions at the injection site or skin phototoxicity, although the animals were maintained in normal indoor lighting. Redaporfin also showed a high efficacy in the treatment of male BALB/c mice with subcutaneously implanted colon (CT26) tumours. Vascular-PDT with 1.5 mg/kg redaporfin and a light dose of 74 J/cm2 led to the complete tumour regression in 83% of the mice. PMID:26670231

  16. Intravenous Single-Dose Toxicity of Redaporfin-Based Photodynamic Therapy in Rodents.

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    Rocha, Luis B; Schaberle, Fbio; D?browski, Janusz M; Simes, Srgio; Arnaut, Luis G

    2015-01-01

    We assessed the tolerability and safety in rodents of a single intravenous (i.v.) dose of redaporfin, a novel photosensitizer for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) of cancer. Two approaches were used to evaluate acute toxicity: (i) a dose escalation study in BALB/c mice to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose of redaporfin; and (ii) a safety toxicology study in Wistar rats, of a single dose of redaporfin, with or without illumination, to evaluate possible signs of systemic toxicity. Redaporfin formulation was well tolerated by mice, with no signs of adverse reactions up to 75 mg/kg. In rats, there were no relevant changes, except for a significant, but transient, increase in the blood serum markers for hepatic function and muscle integrity, and also on neutrophil counts, observed after the application of light. The overall results showed that redaporfin-PDT is very well tolerated. No abnormalities were observed, including reactions at the injection site or skin phototoxicity, although the animals were maintained in normal indoor lighting. Redaporfin also showed a high efficacy in the treatment of male BALB/c mice with subcutaneously implanted colon (CT26) tumours. Vascular-PDT with 1.5 mg/kg redaporfin and a light dose of 74 J/cm led to the complete tumour regression in 83% of the mice. PMID:26670231

  17. Undergraduate medical textbooks do not provide adequate information on intravenous fluid therapy: a systematic survey and suggestions for improvement

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    2014-01-01

    Background Inappropriate prescribing of intravenous (IV) fluid, particularly 0.9% sodium chloride, causes post-operative complications. Fluid prescription is often left to junior medical staff and is frequently poorly managed. One reason for poor intravenous fluid prescribing practices could be inadequate coverage of this topic in the textbooks that are used. Methods We formulated a comprehensive set of topics, related to important common clinical situations involving IV fluid therapy, (routine fluid replacement, fluid loss, fluids overload) to assess the adequacy of textbooks in common use. We assessed 29 medical textbooks widely available to students in the UK, scoring the presence of information provided by each book on each of the topics. The scores indicated how fully the topics were considered: not at all, partly, and adequately. No attempt was made to judge the quality of the information, because there is no consensus on these topics. Results The maximum score that a book could achieve was 52. Three of the topics we chose were not considered by any of the books. Discounting these topics as too esoteric, the maximum possible score became 46. One textbook gained a score of 45, but the general score was poor (median 11, quartiles 4, 21). In particular, coverage of routine postoperative management was inadequate. Conclusions Textbooks for undergraduates cover the topic of intravenous therapy badly, which may partly explain the poor knowledge and performance of junior doctors in this important field. Systematic revision of current textbooks might improve knowledge and practice by junior doctors. Careful definition of the remit and content of textbooks should be applied more widely to ensure quality and fitness for purpose, and avoid omission of vital knowledge. PMID:24555812

  18. Intravenous Bisphosphonate Therapy of Young Children With Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Skeletal Findings During Follow Up Throughout the Growing Years.

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    Palomo, Telma; Fassier, Franois; Ouellet, Jean; Sato, Atsuko; Montpetit, Kathleen; Glorieux, Francis H; Rauch, Frank

    2015-12-01

    Cyclical intravenous bisphosphonate therapy is widely used to treat children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), but little is known about long-term treatment outcomes. We therefore reviewed 37 children with OI (OI type I, n?=?1; OI type III, n?=?14; and OI type IV, n?=?22) who started intravenous bisphosphonate therapy before 5 years of age (median 2.2 years; range, 0.1 to 4.8 years), and who had a subsequent follow-up period of at least 10 years (median 14.8 years; range, 10.7 to 18.2 years), during which they had received intravenous bisphosphonate treatment (pamidronate or zoledronic acid) for at least 6 years. During the observation period, the mean lumbar spine areal bone mineral density Z-score increased from -6.6 (SD 3.1) to -3.0 (SD 1.8), and weight Z-score increased from -2.3 (SD 1.5) to -1.7 (SD 1.7) (p?IV had significantly higher height Z-scores than a control group of patients matched for age, gender, and OI type who had not received bisphosphonates. Patients had a median of six femur fractures (range, 0 to 18) and five tibia fractures (range, 0 to 17) during the follow-up period. At baseline, 35% of vertebra were affected by compression fractures, whereas only 6% of vertebra appeared compressed at the last evaluation (p?intravenous bisphosphonate therapy was associated with higher Z-scores for lumbar spine areal bone mineral density and vertebral reshaping, but long-bone fracture rates were still high and the majority of patients developed scoliosis. 2015 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. PMID:26059976

  19. Intravenous solutions for fluid therapy in calf diarrhoea.

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    Groutides, C P; Michell, A R

    1990-11-01

    Five commercially available parenteral solutions were compared for their effectiveness in correcting the disturbances associated with diarrhoea induced by Escherichia coli. Each solution (saline, Hartmann's, Darrow's, Plasmalyte +/- glucose) was tested on eight Jersey calves less than a week old and weighing approximately 25 kg. Each calf received 8.5 litres over three days, at about 20 ml kg-1 h-1. Solutions such as saline or Plasmalyte which had higher concentrations of sodium were more effective at correcting dehydration and electrolyte disturbances than those with less sodium (Darrow's, Hartmann's) but only those with bicarbonate precursors (lactate, acetate, gluconate) were effective in correcting metabolic acidosis. The additional potassium in Darrow's was predictably unhelpful in correcting hyperkalaemia and the additional glucose in Plasmalyte-glucose, despite some beneficial effects, undermined its effectiveness in correcting acidosis. These results suggest that solutions for intravenous treatment should probably contain about 150 mmol litre-1 Na+, 5 mmol litre-1 K+ and about 50 mmol litre-1 of a mixture of bicarbonate and precursors. Neither of the commonly used solutions (saline or Hartmann's) is thus ideal. PMID:2267419

  20. Modulation of Cytokines in Cancer Patients by Intravenous Ascorbate Therapy

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    Mikirova, Nina; Riordan, Neil; Casciari, Joseph

    2016-01-01

    Background Cytokines play an important role in tumor angiogenesis and inflammation. There is evidence in the literature that high doses of ascorbate can reduce inflammatory cytokine levels in cancer patients. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of treatment by intravenous vitamin C (IVC) on cytokines and tumor markers. Material/Methods With the availability of protein array kits allowing assessment of many cytokines in a single sample, we measured 174 cytokines and additional 54 proteins and tumor markers in 12 cancer patients before and after a series of IVC treatments. Results Presented results show for our 12 patients the effect of treatment resulted in normalization of many cytokine levels. Cytokines that were most consistently elevated prior to treatments included M-CSF-R, Leptin, EGF, FGF-6, TNF-?, ?, TARC, MCP-1,4, MIP, IL-4, 10, IL-4, and TGF-?. Cytokine levels tended to decrease during the course of treatment. These include mitogens (EGF, Fit-3 ligand, HGF, IGF-1, IL-21R) and chemo-attractants (CTAC, Eotaxin, E-selectin, Lymphotactin, MIP-1, MCP-1, TARC, SDF-1), as well as inflammation and angiogenesis factors (FGF-6, IL-1?, TGF-1). Conclusions We are able to show that average z-scores for several inflammatory and angiogenesis promoting cytokines are positive, indicating that they are higher than averages for healthy controls, and that their levels decreased over the course of treatment. In addition, serum concentrations of tumor markers decreased during the time period of IVC treatment and there were reductions in cMyc and Ras, 2 proteins implicated in being upregulated in cancer. PMID:26724916

  1. Two young stroke patients associated with regular intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy.

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    Nakano, Yumiko; Hayashi, Takeshi; Deguchi, Kentaro; Sato, Kota; Hishikawa, Nozomi; Yamashita, Toru; Ohta, Yasuyuki; Takao, Yoshiki; Morio, Tomohiro; Abe, Koji

    2016-02-15

    We recently experienced 2 young adult patients who developed ischemic stroke after regular intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy for agammaglobulinemia with diagnosis of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) in their childhood. Patient 1 was 26-year-old woman, who developed Wallenberg's syndrome 6days after the last IVIg therapy, but had no further stroke recurrence with cilostazol later. Patient 2 was 37-year-old man, who developed recurrent cerebral infarction in the territory of bilateral lenticulostriate branches like branch atheromatous disease (BAD) several days after the IVIg therapy. However, he had no further stroke recurrence after bone marrow transplantation (BMT) therapy for his lymphoproliferative disorder. It was suggested that IVIg therapy was associated to these different types of ischemic stroke in our 2 young adult patients with minimal vascular risk factors. Although IVIg therapy is widely used as a relatively safe medication for immunodeficiency disorders or autoimmune diseases, we need to pay more attention to stroke occurrence with regular IVIg therapy. PMID:26810508

  2. A Case of Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treated with Korean Medicine Therapy Alone.

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    Lee, Dong-Hyun; Seong, Shin; Kim, Sung-Su; Han, Jae-Bok

    2013-01-01

    This report presents a case that shows a significant anticancer effect of Korean medicine therapy (KMT). A 79-year-old man, who was diagnosed as stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in December 2012, was treated with KMT including intravenous pharmacopunctures and oral herbal medicine from February 22, 2013, until September 2013 without any surgical intervention, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The intravenous pharmacopunctures were the wild ginseng pharmacopuncture, Cordyceps sinensis pharmacopuncture and Trichosanthes kirilowii pharmacopuncture. The oral herbal medicine used was soramdan, made of cultivated wild ginseng. The effectiveness of this therapy was evaluated with computed tomography and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance scale. The size of the tumor mass was markedly decreased and the ECOG performance scale was also improved. These results suggest that KMT alone can be an effective method to treat NSCLC. PMID:24348396

  3. Acute Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator Therapy does not Impact Community Discharge after Inpatient Rehabilitation

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    Ifejika, Nneka L; Vahidy, Farhaan; Aramburo-Maldonado, Linda A; Cai, Chunyan; Sline, Melvin R; Grotta, James C; Savitz, Sean I

    2015-01-01

    Background and purpose Discharge status and acute re-hospitalization are used as indicators of stroke severity and recovery. Intravenous t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) is one of two treatments shown to have a positive impact. Stroke rehabilitation patients are an important population who will end up integrated back into the community, institutionalized or hospitalized due to late stroke complications. We sought to determine factors contributing to post rehabilitation discharge and acute re-hospitalization, in particular, the impact of t-PA therapy. Methods Retrospective analysis of census data from ischemic stroke patients on the UTHealth Stroke/Neurorehabilitation Services at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center between Jan 2011 and Nov 2013, discharged to the Community, SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) or AC (Acute Care). Demographics and NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) were collected. Discharge FIM (Functional Independence Measure) was the reference standard. Genitourinary infections were a negative mediator in the multivariate regression. Results Of 346 patients, 274 returned to the community, 47 to SNF, and 25 to AC. NIHSS and t-PA therapy Median NIHSS values were 8 in the community group, 11 in SNF and 9.5 in AC. 31.8% of patients received IV t-PA in the community group, 23.4% in SNF and 24% in AC. There were no statistically differences in community discharge rates. Community vs. AC One day increase in rehabilitation hospitalization correlated with 19% decreased odds of AC readmission (OR 0.81; P=0.001). One unit discharge FIM increase correlated with 13% decreased odds of AC readmission (OR 0.87; P=0.003). Community vs. SNF One year age increase correlated with 4% increased odds of SNF admission (OR 1.04; P=0.02). Conclusions Intense rehabilitation evidenced by FIM improvement and length of stay, impacts community discharge in mild to moderate stroke patients. t-PA had no effect. This study is limited by sample size, retrospective design and undetermined psychosocial factors. PMID:26722667

  4. Gene Expression Changes Associated with Resistance to Intravenous Corticosteroid Therapy in Children with Severe Ulcerative Colitis

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    Hyams, Jeffrey; Mack, David; Leleiko, Neal; Crandall, Wallace; Markowitz, James; Otley, Anthony R.; Xu, Wei; Hu, Pingzhao; Griffiths, Anne M.; Silverberg, Mark S.

    2010-01-01

    Background and Aims Microarray analysis of RNA expression allows gross examination of pathways operative in inflammation. We aimed to determine whether genes expressed in whole blood early following initiation of intravenous corticosteroid treatment can be associated with response. Methods From a prospectively accrued cohort of 128 pediatric patients hospitalized for intravenous corticosteroid treatment of severe UC, we selected for analysis 20 corticosteroid responsive (hospital discharge or PUCAI ≤45 by day 5) and 20 corticosteroid resistant patients (need for second line medical therapy or colectomy, or PUCAI >45 by day 5). Total RNA was extracted from blood samples collected on day 3 of intravenous corticosteroid therapy. The eluted transcriptomes were quantified on Affymetrix Human Gene 1.0 ST arrays. The data was analysed by the local-pooled error method for discovery of differential gene expression and false discovery rate correction was applied to adjust for multiple comparisons. Results A total of 41 genes differentially expressed between responders and non-responders were detected with statistical significance. Two of these genes, CEACAM1 and MMP8, possibly inhibited by methylprednisolone through IL8, were both found to be over-expressed in non-responsive patients. ABCC4 (MRP4) as a member of the multi-drug resistance superfamily was a novel candidate gene for corticosteroid resistance. The expression pattern of a cluster of 10 genes selected from the 41 significant hits were able to classify the patients with 80% sensitivity and 80% specificity. Conclusions Elevated expression of several genes involved in inflammatory pathways was associated with resistance to intravenous corticosteroid therapy early in the course of treatment. Gene expression profiles may be useful to classify resistance to intravenous corticosteroids in children with severe UC and assist with clinical management decisions. PMID:20941359

  5. Intravenous iron therapy in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and iron deficiency

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    Manders, Emmy; Happé, Chris M.; Schalij, Ingrid; Groepenhoff, Herman; Howard, Luke S.; Wilkins, Martin R.; Bogaard, Harm J.; Westerhof, Nico; van der Laarse, Willem J.; de Man, Frances S.; Vonk-Noordegraaf, Anton

    2015-01-01

    Abstract In patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH), iron deficiency is common and has been associated with reduced exercise capacity and worse survival. Previous studies have shown beneficial effects of intravenous iron administration. In this study, we investigated the use of intravenous iron therapy in iron-deficient iPAH patients in terms of safety and effects on exercise capacity, and we studied whether altered exercise capacity resulted from changes in right ventricular (RV) function and skeletal muscle oxygen handling. Fifteen patients with iPAH and iron deficiency were included. Patients underwent a 6-minute walk test, cardiopulmonary exercise tests, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and a quadriceps muscle biopsy and completed a quality-of-life questionnaire before and 12 weeks after receiving a high dose of intravenous iron. The primary end point, 6-minute walk distance, was not significantly changed after 12 weeks (409 ± 110 m before vs. 428 ± 94 m after; P = 0.07). Secondary end points showed that intravenous iron administration was well tolerated and increased body iron stores in all patients. In addition, exercise endurance time (P < 0.001) and aerobic capacity (P < 0.001) increased significantly after iron therapy. This coincided with improved oxygen handling in quadriceps muscle cells, although cardiac function at rest and maximal were unchanged. Furthermore, iron treatment was associated with improved quality of life (P < 0.05). In conclusion, intravenous iron therapy in iron-deficient iPAH patients improves exercise endurance capacity. This could not be explained by improved RV function; however, increased quadriceps muscle oxygen handling may play a role. (Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01288651) PMID:26401247

  6. Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy for Acute Synthetic Cannabinoid Intoxication: Clinical Experience in Four Cases

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    Aksel, Gkhan; Gneysel, zlem; Ta?yrek, Tanju; Kozan, Ergl; evik, ?ebnem Eren

    2015-01-01

    There is no specific antidote for intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids. In this case series, we considered the efficiency of intravenous lipid emulsion therapy in four cases, who presented to emergency department with synthetic cannabinoid (bonzai) intoxication. The first patient had a GCS of 3 and a left bundle branch block on electrocardiography. The electrocardiography revealed sinus rhythm with normal QRS width after the treatment. The second patient had bradycardia, hypotension, and a GCS of 14. After intravenous lipid emulsion therapy, the bradycardia resolved, and the patient's GCS improved to 15. The third patient presented with a GCS of 8, and had hypotension and bradycardia. After the treatment, not only did the bradycardia resolve, but also the GCS improved to 15. The fourth patient, whose electrocardiography revealed accelerated junctional rhythm, had a GCS of 13. The patient's rhythm was sinus after the treatment. Cardiovascular recovery was seen in all four cases, and neurological recovery was also seen in three of them. Based on the fact that intravenous lipid emulsion is beneficial in patients intoxicated with lipophilic drugs, unstable patients presenting to the emergency department with acute synthetic cannabinoid intoxication may be candidates for intravenous lipid emulsion treatment. PMID:26078891

  7. Changes of Proteases, Antiproteases, and Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis Patients' Upper and Lower Airways after IV-Antibiotic Therapy

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    Müller, Ulrike; Hentschel, Julia; Janhsen, Wibke K.; Hünniger, Kerstin; Hipler, Uta-Christina; Sonnemann, Jürgen; Pfister, Wolfgang; Böer, Klas; Lehmann, Thomas; Mainz, Jochen G.

    2015-01-01

    Background. In cystic fibrosis (CF) the upper (UAW) and lower airways (LAW) are reservoirs for pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The consecutive hosts' release of proteolytic enzymes contributes to inflammation and progressive pulmonary destruction. Objectives were to assess dynamics of protease : antiprotease ratios and pathogens in CF-UAW and LAW sampled by nasal lavage (NL) and sputum before and after intravenous- (IV-) antibiotic therapy. Methods. From 19 IV-antibiotic courses of 17 CF patients NL (10 mL/nostril) and sputum were collected before and after treatment. Microbiological colonization and concentrations of NE/SLPI/CTSS (ELISA) and MMP-9/TIMP-1 (multiplex bead array) were determined. Additionally, changes of sinonasal symptoms were assessed (SNOT-20). Results. IV-antibiotic treatment had more pronounced effects on inflammatory markers in LAW, whereas trends to decrease were also found in UAW. Ratios of MMP-9/TIMP-1 were higher in sputum, and ratios of NE/SLPI were higher in NL. Remarkably, NE/SLPI ratio was 10-fold higher in NL compared to healthy controls. SNOT-20 scores decreased significantly during therapy (P = 0.001). Conclusion. For the first time, changes in microbiological patterns in UAW and LAW after IV-antibiotic treatments were assessed, together with changes of protease/antiprotease imbalances. Delayed responses of proteases and antiproteases to IV-antibiotic therapy were found in UAW compared to LAW. PMID:26185365

  8. Hypocaloric Enteral Nutrition Protects Against Hypoglycemia Associated with Intensive Insulin Therapy Better Than Intravenous Dextrose

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    Kauffmann, Rondi M.; Hayes, Rachel M.; Vanlaeken, Amanda H.; Norris, Patrick R.; Diaz, Jose J.; May, Addison K.; Collier, Bryan R.

    2015-01-01

    Intensive insulin therapy treats hyperglycemia but increases the risk of hypoglycemia. Typically, intravenous dextrose is given to prevent hypoglycemia; however, enteral nutrition is preferred. We hypothesized that the provision of hypocaloric enteral nutrition would protect against hypoglycemia. A retrospective analysis was performed evaluating patients treated with intensive insulin therapy comparing the use of enteral nutrition versus a dextrose-only intravenous solution. Nutrition in the 2 hours before each blood glucose test was assessed, and the association with hypoglycemia (50 mg/dL or less) evaluated. Risk of hypoglycemia as a function of nutrition type and rate was estimated by multivariable regression. A total of 26,140 blood glucose tests were collected on 1289 patients. Hypoglycemia occurred in 6.4 per cent of patients. In regression models, enteral nutrition was the strongest protective factor against hypoglycemia (P < 0.001) with the largest risk reduction (steepest portion of the curve) occurring at 60 per cent goal. Hypocaloric enteral nutrition showed a greater risk reduction than a peripheral dextrose-only intravenous solution alone. In the setting of intensive insulin therapy, the provision of enteral nutrition, even if hypocaloric, is sufficient to protect against hypoglycemia. Future prospective studies should evaluate the efficacy of enteral nutrition in reducing the risk of hypoglycemia and whether lower rates of hypoglycemia correspond to improved outcomes. PMID:25347500

  9. CD8+ Treg Cells Associated with Decreasing Disease Activity after Intravenous Methylprednisolone Pulse Therapy in Lupus Nephritis with Heavy Proteinuria

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    Lin, Tze-Yi; Lin, Ching-Yuang

    2014-01-01

    We focus on the role of CD8+ Treg cell in Intravenous methyl-prednisolone (IVMP) pulse therapy in forty patients with active Class III/IV childhood lupus nephritis (LN) with heavy proteinuria. IVMP therapy for five days. From peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and renal tissues, we saw IVMP therapy definitely restoring both CD4+CD25+FoxP3+ and CD8+CD25+Foxp3+ Treg cell number plus greater expression with intracellular IL-10 and granzyme B in CD8+FoxP3+ Treg from PBMCs. IVMP-treated CD8+CD25+ Treg cells directly suppressed CD4+ T proliferation and induced CD4+CD45RO+ apoptosis. Histologically, CD4+FoxP3+ as well as CD8+FoxP3+ Treg cells appeared in renal tissue of LN patients before IVMP by double immunohistochemical stain. CD8+FoxP3+ Treg cells increased in 10 follow-up renal biopsy specimens after IVMP. Reverse correlation of serum anti-C1q antibody and FoxP3+ Treg cells in PBMNCs (r?=??0.714, P<0.01). After IVMP, serum anti-C1q antibody decrease accompanied increase of CD4+FoxP3+ Treg cells. CD8+Treg cells reduced interferon-r response in PBMCs to major peptide autoepitopes from nucleosomes after IVMP therapy; siRNA of FoxP3 suppressed granzyme B expression while decreasing CD8+CD25+Treg-induced CD4+CD45RO+ apoptosis. Renal activity of LN by SLEDAI-2k in childhood LN was significantly higher than two weeks after IVMP (P<0.01). CD8+FoxP3+ Treg cells return in post-IVMP therapy and exert crucial immune modulatory effect to control autoimmune response in LN. Trial Registration DMR97-IRB-259 PMID:24475019

  10. Preliminary Experience with Air Transfer of Patients for Rescue Endovascular Therapy after Failure of Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator

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    TSUJIMOTO, Masanori; YOSHIMURA, Shinichi; ENOMOTO, Yukiko; YAMADA, Noriaki; MATSUMARU, Naoki; KUMADA, Keisuke; TOYODA, Izumi; OGURA, Shinji; IWAMA, Toru

    2015-01-01

    The present report describes our experience with air transfer of patients with acute ischemic stroke in whom intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) failed for rescue endovascular therapy (EVT). Twenty-three consecutive patients in whom IV t-PA failed were transferred to our hospital for rescue EVT between February 2011 and April 2013. The amount of time required for transfer, distance, clinical outcomes, and complications were compared between patients transferred by ground (TG group; n = 17) and by air (TA group; n = 6). Computed tomography imaging on arrival revealed hemorrhagic transformation in 1 (5.9%) patient in the TG group, whereas none of the patients in the TA group developed any type of complication. The remaining 22 patients received rescue EVT. The elapsed time from the request call to arrival at our hospital did not significantly differ between the TG and TA groups (45.8 4.9 min vs. 41.6 2.3 min). However, the distance from the primary hospital to our institution was significantly longer for the TA group than for the TG group (38.8 10.4 km vs. 13.5 1.2 km, p = 0.001). The frequency of favorable outcomes (modified Rankin Scale 01 at 90 days after onset) in the TG and TA groups were 25.0% and 50.0%, respectively (p = 0.267). Air transfer for patients after IV t-PA failure allowed for more rapid delivery of patients over longer distances than ground transfer. PMID:25739430

  11. Preliminary experience with air transfer of patients for rescue endovascular therapy after failure of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator.

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    Tsujimoto, Masanori; Yoshimura, Shinichi; Enomoto, Yukiko; Yamada, Noriaki; Matsumaru, Naoki; Kumada, Keisuke; Toyoda, Izumi; Ogura, Shinji; Iwama, Toru

    2015-01-01

    The present report describes our experience with air transfer of patients with acute ischemic stroke in whom intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) failed for rescue endovascular therapy (EVT). Twenty-three consecutive patients in whom IV t-PA failed were transferred to our hospital for rescue EVT between February 2011 and April 2013. The amount of time required for transfer, distance, clinical outcomes, and complications were compared between patients transferred by ground (TG group; n = 17) and by air (TA group; n = 6). Computed tomography imaging on arrival revealed hemorrhagic transformation in 1 (5.9%) patient in the TG group, whereas none of the patients in the TA group developed any type of complication. The remaining 22 patients received rescue EVT. The elapsed time from the request call to arrival at our hospital did not significantly differ between the TG and TA groups (45.8 4.9 min vs. 41.6 2.3 min). However, the distance from the primary hospital to our institution was significantly longer for the TA group than for the TG group (38.8 10.4 km vs. 13.5 1.2 km, p = 0.001). The frequency of favorable outcomes (modified Rankin Scale 0-1 at 90 days after onset) in the TG and TA groups were 25.0% and 50.0%, respectively (p = 0.267). Air transfer for patients after IV t-PA failure allowed for more rapid delivery of patients over longer distances than ground transfer. PMID:25739430

  12. Autologous immune enhancement therapy: A case report of a stage IV colonic cancer

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    SUBRAMANI, BASKAR; RATNAVELU, KANANATHAN; PULLAI, CHITHRA RAMANATHAN; KRISHNAN, KOHILA; SUGADAN, SHEELA DEVI; DENG, XUEWEN; HIROSHI, TERUNUMA

    2013-01-01

    Current modalities of cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, show marginal therapeutic responses in cancer patients. In adoptive immunotherapy, interleukin-2 (IL-2) activated immune cells demonstrated notable results in patients with advanced malignant disease. The present study reports the efficacy and safety of repetitive infusions of autologous immune enhancement therapy (AIET) in a stage IV colonic cancer patient who had already received first-line chemotherapeutic drugs. Peripheral blood was aspirated from the patient. Specifically, natural killer (NK) cells and T-lymphocytes were isolated from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). These cells were activated and expanded ex vivo for 14 days and were transfused intravenously to the patient. After six infusions of AIET, the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level was decreased from 901 to 437 U/ml, regression of lesions was noted and there were no adverse reactions during the course of this therapy. Thus, AIET may be a promising anticancer approach to eradicate tumor cells with other conventional therapies. PMID:23761827

  13. Management of acute heart failure and the effect of systolic blood pressure on the use of intravenous therapies

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    Harjola, Veli-Pekka; Tolonen, Jukka; Siirilä-Waris, Krista; Nieminen, Markku S; Lassus, Johan

    2013-01-01

    Aims: To examine the use of the treatments for acute heart failure (AHF) recommended by ESC guidelines in different clinical presentations and blood pressure groups. Methods: The use of intravenous diuretics, nitrates, opioids, inotropes, and vasopressors as well as non-invasive ventilation (NIV) was analysed in 620 patients hospitalized due to AHF. The relation between AHF therapies and clinical presentation, especially systolic blood pressure (SBP) on admission, was also assessed. Results: Overall, 76% of patients received i.v. furosemide, 42% nitrates, 29% opioids, 5% inotropes and 7% vasopressors, and 24% of patients were treated with NIV. Furosemide was the most common treatment in all clinical classes and irrespective of SBP on admission. Nitrates were given most often in pulmonary oedema and hypertensive AHF. Overall, only SBP differed significantly between patients with and without the studied treatments. SBP was higher in patients treated with nitrates than in those who were not (156 vs. 141 mmHg, p<0.001). Still, only one-third of patients presenting acute decompensated heart failure and SBP over 120 mmHg were given nitrates. Inotropes and vasopressors were given most frequently in cardiogenic shock and pulmonary oedema, and their use was inversely related to initial SBP (p<0.001). NIV was used only in half of the cardiogenic shock and pulmonary oedema patients. Conclusions: The management of AHF differs between ESC clinical classes and the use of i.v. vasoactive therapies is related to the initial SBP. However, there seems to be room for improvement in administration of vasodilators and NIV. PMID:24222833

  14. Naloxone therapy in opioid overdose patients: intranasal or intravenous? A randomized clinical trial

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    Sabzghabaee, Ali Mohammad; Eizadi-Mood, Nastaran; Zandifar, Samaneh

    2014-01-01

    Introduction This study was designed to compare the effects of intranasal (IN) and intravenous (IV) administration of naloxone in patients who had overdosed on opioids. Material and methods This randomized clinical trial study was conducted in the Department of Poisoning Emergencies at Noor and Ali Asghar (PBUH) University Hospital. One hundred opioid overdose patients were assigned by random allocation software into two study groups (n = 50). Both groups received 0.4 mg naloxone: one group IN and the other IV. Outcomes included change in the level of consciousness (measured using a descriptive scale and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)), time to response, vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate), arterial blood O2 saturation before and after naloxone administration, side-effects (agitation) and length of hospital stay. Results Patients who had been administered IN naloxone demonstrated significantly higher levels of consciousness than those in the IV group using both descriptive and GCS scales (p < 0.001). There was a significant difference in the heart rate between IN and IV groups (p = 0.003). However, blood pressure, respiratory rate and arterial O2 saturation were not significantly different between the two groups after naloxone administration (p = 0.18, p = 0.17, p = 0.32). There was also no significant difference in the length of hospital stay between the two groups (p = 0.14). Conclusions Intranasal naloxone is as effective as IV naloxone in reversing both respiratory depression and depressive effects on the central nervous system caused by opioid overdose. PMID:24904666

  15. Intravenous esomeprazole.

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    Keating, Gillian M; Figgitt, David P

    2004-01-01

    The proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole comprises the S-isomer of omeprazole. An intravenous formulation of the drug has been developed for use in patients not able to take oral drugs. The level of gastric acid control was similar with intravenous and oral esomeprazole in two studies in healthy volunteers receiving 20 or 40 mg once daily for 5 days. In addition, a similar level of gastric acid control occurred with intravenous esomeprazole 40 mg administered by infusion or injection once daily for 10 days. In healthy volunteers, intravenous esomeprazole provided faster and more effective gastric acid control than intravenous pantoprazole (40 mg once daily for 5 days). In addition, control of basal and pentagastrin-stimulated gastric acid secretion was better with intravenous esomeprazole 40 mg than with intravenous omeprazole 40 mg (single-dose study). Healing rates at 4 weeks were approximate, equals 80% in a well designed study in patients with erosive oesophagitis (n = 246) who received esomeprazole 40 mg once daily intravenously (by injection or infusion) or orally. Intravenous therapy was administered for the first week, after which all patients received oral esomeprazole. Intravenous esomeprazole was generally well tolerated in patients with erosive oesophagitis, with a tolerability profile similar to that of the oral formulation. PMID:15059043

  16. Chryseomonas luteola bloodstream infection in a pediatric patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension receiving intravenous treprostinil therapy.

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    Wen, A Y; Weiss, I K; Kelly, R B

    2013-06-01

    Treprostinil is a prostacyclin analogue approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). It is commonly administered through a central venous catheter (CVC). Treprostinil is associated with the incidence of Gram-negative bacterial bloodstream infections (BSI), a susceptibility that has been associated with a diluent used for treprostinil. We report the case of a 14-year-old boy with idiopathic PAH on continuous intravenous treprostinil therapy who presented with fever and fatigue. A blood culture drawn from his CVC was positive for the rare Gram-negative organism Chryseomonas luteola. The patient made a complete recovery with antibacterial treatment. This is the only documented case of a C. luteola BSI in a PAH patient receiving continuous intravenous treprostinil. We recommend maintaining a high index of suspicion for both common and rare Gram-negative pathogens and the early administration of appropriate antibiotic therapy in this population. The use of an alternate diluent solution, such as Sterile Diluent for Flolan, further decreases the infection risk. PMID:23329255

  17. Intravenous Therapy Duration and Outcomes in Melioidosis: A New Treatment Paradigm

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    Pitman, Matthew C.; Luck, Tara; Marshall, Catherine S.; Anstey, Nicholas M.; Ward, Linda; Currie, Bart J.

    2015-01-01

    Background International melioidosis treatment guidelines recommend a minimum 10 to 14 days’ intravenous antibiotic therapy (intensive phase), followed by 3 to 6 months’ oral therapy (eradication phase). This approach is associated with rates of relapse, defined as recurrence following the eradication phase, that can exceed 5%. Rates of recrudescence, defined as recurrence during the eradication phase, have not previously been reported. In response to low eradication phase completion rates in Australia, a local guideline has evolved over the last ten years recommending a longer minimum intensive phase duration for many cases of melioidosis. Methodology/ Principal Findings This retrospective cohort study reviews antibiotic duration for the first episode of care for all patients diagnosed with melioidosis and surviving the intensive phase during a recent three year period in the tropical north of Australia’s Northern Territory; we also review adherence to the current local guideline and treatment outcomes. Of 215 first episodes of melioidosis surviving the intensive phase, the median (interquartile range) intensive phase duration was 26 (14-34) days. One hundred and eight (50.2%) patients completed eradication therapy; 58 (27.0%) patients took no eradication therapy. At 28 months’ follow-up, one (0.5%) relapse and eleven (5.1%) recrudescences had occurred. On exact logistic regression analysis, the only independent risk factors for recrudescence were self-discharge during the intensive phase (odds ratio 6.2 [95% confidence interval 1.2-30.0]) and septic shock (odds ratio 5.3 [95% confidence interval 1.1-25.7]). Conclusions/ Significance Relapsed melioidosis is rare in patients who receive a minimum intensive phase duration specified by our guideline and extended according to clinical progress. Recrudescence rates may improve with reductions in rates of self-discharge. Given the low relapse rate despite a high rate of eradication therapy non-adherence, the duration and necessity of eradication therapy for different patients after guideline-concordant intensive therapy should be evaluated further. PMID:25811783

  18. Iron therapy for the treatment of iron deficiency in chronic heart failure: intravenous or oral?

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    McDonagh, Theresa; Macdougall, Iain C

    2015-01-01

    This article considers the use and modality of iron therapy to treat iron deficiency in patients with heart failure, an aspect of care which has received relatively little attention compared with the wider topic of anaemia management. Iron deficiency affects up to 50% of heart failure patients, and is associated with poor quality of life, impaired exercise tolerance, and mortality independent of haematopoietic effects in this patient population. The European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for heart failure 2012 recommend a diagnostic work-up for iron deficiency in patients with suspected heart failure. Iron absorption from oral iron preparations is generally poor, with slow and often inefficient iron repletion; moreover, up to 60% of patients experience gastrointestinal side effects. These problems may be exacerbated in heart failure due to decreased gastrointestinal absorption and poor compliance due to pill burden. Evidence for clinical benefits using oral iron is lacking. I.v. iron sucrose has consistently been shown to improve exercise capacity, cardiac function, symptom severity, and quality of life. Similar findings were observed recently for i.v. ferric carboxymaltose in patients with systolic heart failure and impaired LVEF in the double-blind, placebo-controlled FAIR-HF and CONFIRM-HF trials. I.v. iron therapy may be better tolerated than oral iron, although confirmation in longer clinical trials is awaited. Routine diagnosis and management of iron deficiency in patients with symptomatic heart failure regardless of anaemia status is advisable, and, based on current evidence, prompt intervention using i.v. iron therapy should now be considered. PMID:25639592

  19. Iron therapy for the treatment of iron deficiency in chronic heart failure: intravenous or oral?

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    McDonagh, Theresa; Macdougall, Iain C

    2015-03-01

    This article considers the use and modality of iron therapy to treat iron deficiency in patients with heart failure, an aspect of care which has received relatively little attention compared with the wider topic of anaemia management. Iron deficiency affects up to 50% of heart failure patients, and is associated with poor quality of life, impaired exercise tolerance, and mortality independent of haematopoietic effects in this patient population. The European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for heart failure 2012 recommend a diagnostic work-up for iron deficiency in patients with suspected heart failure. Iron absorption from oral iron preparations is generally poor, with slow and often inefficient iron repletion; moreover, up to 60% of patients experience gastrointestinal side effects. These problems may be exacerbated in heart failure due to decreased gastrointestinal absorption and poor compliance due to pill burden. Evidence for clinical benefits using oral iron is lacking. I.v. iron sucrose has consistently been shown to improve exercise capacity, cardiac function, symptom severity, and quality of life. Similar findings were observed recently for i.v. ferric carboxymaltose in patients with systolic heart failure and impaired LVEF in the double-blind, placebo-controlled FAIR-HF and CONFIRM-HF trials. I.v. iron therapy may be better tolerated than oral iron, although confirmation in longer clinical trials is awaited. Routine diagnosis and management of iron deficiency in patients with symptomatic heart failure regardless of anaemia status is advisable, and, based on current evidence, prompt intervention using i.v. iron therapy should now be considered. PMID:25639592

  20. Intravenous fluid sites (image)

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    Intravenous (IV) lines are often placed into a vein in the hand, foot, or scalp of babies who are too sick ... fluids. Sometimes a large IV called a central line or PICC line is placed by sterile technique ...

  1. Torsade de pointes as a reperfusion arrhythmia following intravenous thrombolytic therapy.

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    Tekur, Venkatesh

    2013-12-01

    Many types of cardiac arrhythmias have been noted following acute myocardial infarction. Polymorphic ventricular arrhythmias (polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation) related to an acute myocardial infarction generally strike during the hyperacute phase, are clearly related to ischaemia and are not associated with a long QT interval time. Pause-dependent Torsade de pointes has been reported following acute myocardial infarction and this arrhythmia generally occurs 3-11 days after the onset of acute myocardial infarction and none has been reported during the hyperacute phase. Torsade de pointes - a specific ventricular tachycardia with specific characteristics has been described in hypokalemia, hypomagnesaemia, during Quinidine therapy, and while using phenothiazines and tricyclic antidepressants. It is reported following liquid protein diet, brady-arrhythmias [especially III° AV Block], sick-sinus syndromes. Torsade de pointes either pause-dependent or pause-independent occurring directly as a reperfusion arrhythmia during intravenous thrombolytic therapy has not been reported in the literature to the best of the authors knowledge. Here, an episode of Torsade de pointes as a direct consequence of reperfusion following thrombolytic therapy in a patient of acute myocardial infarction is described. PMID:24653589

  2. Replacement of intravenous therapy by oral rehydration solution in a large treatment centre for diarrhoea with dehydration*

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    Samadi, A. R.; Islam, R.; Huq, M. I.

    1998-01-01

    Intravenous fluid therapy is particularly effective in reversing severe dehydration due to diarrhoea, but it can be replaced by oral rehydration, with the advantages of lower risks and costs, in the treatment of mild, moderate and some severe cases of dehydration. In this study, the efficacy of oral rehydration solution was compared with that of intravenous fluid in the treatment of moderate and some severe cases of dehydration due to diarrhoea in a treatment centre in Bangladesh during a period of 5 months in 1980 and the same months in 1981. The results of this study show that rehydration by oral rehydration solution (ORS) is as effective as intravenous fluid therapy. ORS can be used for the treatment of diarrhoeas in all age groups including young infants. The costs were reduced by 33% despite an increase in the duration of stay of some patients.

  3. Pathotropic nanoparticles for cancer gene therapy Rexin-G IV: three-year clinical experience.

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    Gordon, Erlinda M; Lopez, Francisco F; Cornelio, Gerardo H; Lorenzo, Conrado C; Levy, John P; Reed, Rebecca A; Liu, Liqiong; Bruckner, Howard W; Hall, Frederick L

    2006-11-01

    Metastatic cancer is a life-threatening illness with a predictably fatal outcome, thereby representing a major unmet medical need. In 2003, Rexin-G became the world's first targeted injectable vector approved for clinical trials in the treatment of intractable metastatic disease. Uniquely suited, by design, to function within the context of the human circulatory system, Rexin-G is a pathotropic (disease-seeking) gene delivery system bearing a designer killer gene; in essence, a targeted nanoparticle that seeks out and selectively accumulates in metastatic sites upon intravenous infusion. The targeted delivery of the cytocidal gene to primary tumors and metastatic foci, in effective local concentrations, compels both cancer cells and tumor-associated neovasculature to self-destruct, without causing untoward collateral damage to non-target organs. In this study: i) we report the results of three distinctive clinical studies which demonstrate the initial proofs of concept, safety, and efficacy of Rexin-G when used as a single agent for advanced or metastatic cancer, ii) we introduce the quantitative foundations of an innovative personalized treatment regimen, designated the 'Calculus of Parity', based on a patient's calculated tumor burden, iii) we propose a refinement of surrogate end-points commonly used for defining success in cancer therapy, and iv) we map out a strategic plan for the accelerated approval of Rexin-G based on the oncologic Threshold of Credibility paradigm being developed by the Food and Drug Administration. PMID:17016635

  4. Successful treatment of a massive metoprolol overdose using intravenous lipid emulsion and hyperinsulinemia/euglycemia therapy.

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    Barton, Cassie A; Johnson, Nathan B; Mah, Nathan D; Beauchamp, Gillian; Hendrickson, Robert

    2015-05-01

    Adrenergic β-antagonists, commonly known as β-blockers, are prescribed for many indications including hypertension, heart failure, arrhythmias, and migraines. Metoprolol is a moderately lipophilic β-blocker that in overdose causes direct myocardial depression leading to bradycardia, hypotension, and the potential for cardiovascular collapse. We describe the case of a 59-year-old man who intentionally ingested ~7.5 g of metoprolol tartrate. Initial treatment of bradycardia and hypotension included glucagon, atropine, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Despite these treatment modalities, the patient developed cardiac arrest. Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) and hyperinsulinemia/euglycemia (HIE) therapies were initiated during advanced cardiac life support and were immediately followed by return of spontaneous circulation. Further treatment included gastric lavage, activated charcoal, continued vasopressor therapy, and a repeat bolus of ILE. The patient was weaned off vasoactive infusions and was extubated within 24 hours. HIE therapy was continued for 36 hours after metoprolol ingestion. A urine β-blocker panel using mass spectrometry revealed a metoprolol concentration of 120 ng/ml and the absence of other β-blocking agents. To date, no clear treatment guidelines are available for β-blocker overdose, and the response to toxic concentrations is highly variable. In this case of a life-threatening single-agent metoprolol overdose, the patient was successfully treated with HIE and ILE therapy. Due to the increasing frequency with which ILE and HIE are being used for the treatment of β-blocker overdose, clinicians should be aware of their dosing strategies and indications. PMID:25908023

  5. Consecutive successful pregnancies subsequent to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in a patient with recurrent spontaneous miscarriage

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    Diejomaoh, Michael F; Bello, Zainab; Al Jassar, Waleed; Jirous, Jiri; Karunakaran, Kavitha; Mohammed, Asiya T

    2015-01-01

    Background Recurrent spontaneous miscarriage (RSM) has a multifactorial etiology, mainly due to karyotype abnormalities including balanced translocation, anatomical uterine disorders, and immunological factors, although in 50%–60% the etiology is unexplained. The treatment of RSM remains challenging, and the role of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in RSM is controversial. Case report Mrs HM, 37 years old, obstetric summary: P0+1+13+1, a known case of hypothyroidism/polycystic ovary syndrome, married to an unrelated 47-year-old man, presented to our RSM clinic in early January 2014 for investigation and treatment. She has had multiple failed in vitro fertilization trials and 13 first-trimester missed miscarriages terminating at 6–7 weeks, all without IVIG therapy. Her tenth pregnancy was spontaneous, managed in London, UK, with multiple supportive therapy and courses of IVIG starting from the third to the 30th week of pregnancy. The pregnancy ended at 36 weeks of gestation with a cesarean section and a live girl baby was delivered. Mrs HM had balanced translocation, 46XX t (7:11) (p10:q10). Preimplantation genetic diagnosis/intracytoplasmic sperm injection/in vitro fertilization was performed with embryo transfer on May 29, 2014, and resulted in a successful pregnancy. She was commenced immediately on metformin, luteal support, and IVIG therapy, started at 6 weeks of gestation and at monthly intervals until 30 weeks of gestation, and also received additional therapy. The pregnancy was monitored with ultrasound, progressed uneventfully until admission at 35 weeks of gestation, with mildly elevated liver enzymes and suspected fetal growth restriction. She was managed conservatively, and in the light of nonreassuring fetal status, a live female infant weighing 2.29 kg was delivered by emergency cesarean section on January 14, 2015, with an Apgar score of 8 and 9 and mild respiratory distress, and was admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit for intensive therapy. The mother and baby made satisfactory progress and were discharged on January 24, 2015. Conclusion Two consecutive successful pregnancies in Mrs HM with multiple causes of RSM treated with other medications and IVIG strongly suggest that IVIG has a positive role in RSM. PMID:26715864

  6. [Clinical study of severe anorexia nervosa: the role of intravenous hyperalimentation therapy].

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    Denda, K; Kitagawa, N; Shimanaka, S

    1997-01-01

    In order to understand the psychopathology of severe anorexia nervosa (AN), and determine appropriate therapeutic approaches, a clinical study was conducted on 13 patients with severe AN who were hospitalized and were treated with intravenous hyperalimentation (IVH). The patients were divided into three types based on their clinical symptoms and initiating factors: Type I (Restricting Type; "Non-dieters"), Type II (Restricting Type: "Dieters"). Type III (Binge-eating/Purging Type). The clinical features of each type were evaluated. Based on this evaluation, the basic approach and the role of IVH in the treatment of each type are described as follows. Type I: The patients experience loss of appetite and subsequently, suffer involuntary weight loss as a result of psychological or physical stresses at school and/or home. Since the patients do not intentionally restrict food intake, they cannot explain the loss of appetite. The age at onset of this type is the youngest among the three groups. The patients are introverted, passive and not good at expressing their emotions. Therefore, it is often difficult to deepen the emotional commitment further. It is possible to understand the pathology of Type I through the psychosomatic model. IVH therapy promotes benign regression for Type I patients, so that the mother-child relationship may be restored. As the therapeutic progress, the mother child relationship occasionally become ambivalent. In such a case, it is important for the treatment team to support independent activities of the patients. Type II: The patients lose weight by intentionally restricting necessary food intake for reasons such as beauty or sports. Any experience of failure in studies or sports or trouble in complex personal relations can trigger the onset of AN. Weight loss is looked as a great achievement, whereas weight gain is recognized as a serious failure of self-control. Since type II patients understand the necessity of receiving treatment, it is possible to establish a trusting relationship during therapy. Their prognosis is generally good. The psychotherapeutic approach for Type II patients is most effective in the context of a weight gain program utilizing behavior therapy. It is important for the therapist to integrate psychological approach with physiological approach using IVH, and to modify cognitive distortion and body image disturbance. Type III: The patients have regularly engaged in binge eating or purging (or both) in the progress of AN. But as they intensely fear becoming fat, they refuse to maintain a minimally normal body weight. Therefore, they exhibit recurrently inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain. In the therapeutic sessions, they often become ambivalent and unstable, showing dissatisfaction and reacting strongly against their therapists. The age at onset is the oldest of the three types. The prognosis is not good in many cases. IVH therapy may be required only in life-threatening situation for Type III patients. And severe bulimic patients may require sufficient drug treatment. The patients should be trained for interpersonal relationships at the day care unit or the occupational therapy unit. And they should be encouraged to adapt to real life. PMID:9170982

  7. Functional significance of predischarge exercise thallium-201 findings following intravenous streptokinase therapy during acute myocardial infarction

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    Touchstone, D.A.; Beller, G.A.; Nygaard, T.W.; Watson, D.D.; Tedesco, C.; Kaul, S.

    1988-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine which predischarge exercise thallium-201 imaging pattern(s) best correlate with myocardial salvage following intravenous streptokinase therapy (IVSK). Myocardial salvage was defined as improvement in regional left ventricular function determined by two-dimensional echocardiography between the time of admission and time of discharge in 21 prospectively studied patients receiving IVSK within 4 hours of chest pain. All patients had coronary angiography 2 hours following IVSK. Whereas 16 of the 21 patients (76%) had patent infarct-related vessels, only seven (33%) showed significant improvement in regional function at hospital discharge. Eleven patients demonstrated persistent defects (PD), and five each showed delayed and reverse redistribution. Patients with both delayed and reverse redistribution demonstrated significant improvement in regional left ventricular function score, while those with PD did not (+3.9 +/- 3.3 versus -0.5 +/- 2.9, p = 0.004). All other clinical, exercise, electrocardiographic, scintigraphic, and angiographic variables were similar between all patients, with the exception of the interval between chest pain and the institution of IVSK, which was longer in patients with reverse compared to delayed redistribution (3.5 +/- 0.4 versus 2.2 +/- 0.4 hours, p = 0.001). It is concluded that both delayed and reverse redistribution seen on predischarge exercise thallium-201 imaging are associated with myocardial salvage, defined as serial improvement in regional systolic function. Despite a high infarct vessel patency rate in patients with acute myocardial infarction receiving IVSK within 4 hours of onset of symptoms, only one third demonstrated improvement in regional function that was associated with either delayed or reverse redistribution seen on predischarge exercise thallium-201 imaging.

  8. Peripheral intravenous line - infants

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    PIV - infants; Peripheral IV - infants; Peripheral line - infants ... A peripheral intravenous line (PIV) is a small, short, plastic tube, called a catheter. A health care provider puts the PIV through the skin into ...

  9. Neuroimmunomodulatory effects of transcranial laser therapy combined with intravenous tPA administration for acute cerebral ischemic injury

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    Peplow, Philip V.

    2015-01-01

    At present, the only FDA approved treatment for ischemic strokes is intravenous administration of tissue plasminogen activator within 4.5 hours of stroke onset. Owing to this brief window only a small percentage of patients receive tissue plasminogen activator. Transcranial laser therapy has been shown to be effective in animal models of acute ischemic stroke, resulting in significant improvement in neurological score and function. NEST-1 and NEST-2 clinical trials in human patients have demonstrated the safety and positive trends in efficacy of transcranial laser therapy for the treatment of ischemic stroke when initiated close to the time of stroke onset. Combining intravenous tissue plasminogen activator treatment with transcranial laser therapy may provide better functional outcomes. Statins given within 4 weeks of stroke onset improve stroke outcomes at 90 days compared to patients not given statins, and giving statins following transcranial laser therapy may provide an effective treatment for patients not able to be given tissue plasminogen activator due to time constraints. PMID:26487831

  10. A Single Intravenous rAAV Injection as Late as P20 Achieves Efficacious and Sustained CNS Gene Therapy in Canavan Mice

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    Ahmed, Seemin Seher; Li, Huapeng; Cao, Chunyan; Sikoglu, Elif M; Denninger, Andrew R; Su, Qin; Eaton, Samuel; Liso Navarro, Ana A; Xie, Jun; Szucs, Sylvia; Zhang, Hongwei; Moore, Constance; Kirschner, Daniel A; Seyfried, Thomas N; Flotte, Terence R; Matalon, Reuben; Gao, Guangping

    2013-01-01

    Canavan's disease (CD) is a fatal pediatric leukodystrophy caused by mutations in aspartoacylase (AspA) gene. Currently, there is no effective treatment for CD; however, gene therapy is an attractive approach to ameliorate the disease. Here, we studied progressive neuropathology and gene therapy in short-lived (?1 month) AspA?/? mice, a bona-fide animal model for the severest form of CD. Single intravenous (IV) injections of several primate-derived recombinant adeno-associated viruses (rAAVs) as late as postnatal day 20 (P20) completely rescued their early lethality and alleviated the major disease symptoms, extending survival in P0-injected rAAV9 and rAAVrh8 groups to as long as 2 years thus far. We successfully used microRNA (miRNA)-mediated post-transcriptional detargeting for the first time to restrict therapeutic rAAV expression in the central nervous system (CNS) and minimize potentially deleterious effects of transgene overexpression in peripheral tissues. rAAV treatment globally improved CNS myelination, although some abnormalities persisted in the content and distribution of myelin-specific and -enriched lipids. We demonstrate that systemically delivered and CNS-restricted rAAVs can serve as efficacious and sustained gene therapeutics in a model of a severe neurodegenerative disorder even when administered as late as P20. PMID:23817205

  11. Phase I study of cancer therapy with recombinant interleukin-2 administered by intravenous bolus injection.

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    Hersh, E M; Murray, J L; Hong, W K; Rosenblum, M G; Reuben, J M; Weilbaecher, R; Sarwal, A N; Bradley, E C; Konrad, M; Arnett, F C

    1989-01-01

    Sixty-six patients with disseminated malignancy were treated with recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2) on a three times a week (M, W, F) IV-bolus injection schedule. Doses ranged from 0.001 to 14.0 x 10(6) units/M2 body surface area. Consecutive groups of 3-5 patients were placed on each dose level and were maintained on that level except for dosage de-escalation for toxicity. Toxicity to all major organ systems were noted with major toxicity including fever and chills, anorexia, fatigue and malaise, arthralgias and arthritis as well as hepatic and renal toxicity. All toxicity reversed within one week of drug cessation. Renal toxicity manifested by azotemia, arthritis and fatigue were the common dose limiting toxicities and the maximally tolerated dose was 12 x 10(6) units/M2. Pharmacokinetic studies indicated a short half-life (T1/2 alpha = 7-23 minutes). At doses over 0.5 x 10(6) units/M2 increases in absolute lymphocytes and eosinophil counts were noted. All T lymphocyte subsets increased. Maximal increases were seen at 4-8 x 10(6) units/M2 with a lesser increase at 10-14 x 10(6) units/M2 dosage level. Circulating NK cells also increased while circulating LAK cells were detected during therapy. Partial responses were noted in 3 patients with melanoma. These lasted 4, 6 and 16 months and involved pulmonary, pulmonary plus mesenteric and retro-orbital plus hepatic metastases respectively in these patients. PMID:2642025

  12. Subcutaneous versus intravenous bortezomib in two different induction therapies for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma: an interim analysis from the prospective GMMG-MM5 trial.

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    Merz, Maximilian; Salwender, Hans; Haenel, Mathias; Mai, Elias K; Bertsch, Uta; Kunz, Christina; Hielscher, Thomas; Blau, Igor W; Scheid, Christof; Hose, Dirk; Seckinger, Anja; Jauch, Anna; Hillengass, Jens; Raab, Marc S; Schurich, Baerbel; Munder, Markus; Schmidt-Wolf, Ingo G H; Gerecke, Christian; Lindemann, Hans-Walter; Zeis, Matthias; Weisel, Katja; Duerig, Jan; Goldschmidt, Hartmut

    2015-07-01

    We investigated the impact of subcutaneous versus intravenous bortezomib in the MM5 trial of the German-Speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group which compared bortezomib, doxorubicin, and dexamethasone with bortezomib, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone induction therapy in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Based on data from relapsed myeloma, the route of administration for bortezomib was changed from intravenous to subcutaneous after 314 of 604 patients had been enrolled. We analyzed 598 patients who received at least one dose of trial medication. Adverse events were reported more frequently in patients treated with intravenous bortezomib (intravenous=65%; subcutaneous=56%, P=0.02). Rates of grade 2 or more peripheral neuropathy were higher in patients treated with intravenous bortezomib during the third cycle (intravenous=8%; subcutaneous=2%, P=0.001). Overall response rates were similar in patients treated intravenously or subcutaneously. The presence of International Staging System stage III disease, renal impairment or adverse cytogenetic abnormalities did not have a negative impact on overall response rates in either group. To our knowledge this is the largest study to present data comparing subcutaneous with intravenous bortezomib in newly diagnosed myeloma. We show better tolerance and similar overall response rates for subcutaneous compared to intravenous bortezomib. The clinical trial is registered at eudract.ema.europa.eu as n. 2010-019173-16. PMID:25840597

  13. Subcutaneous versus intravenous bortezomib in two different induction therapies for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma: an interim analysis from the prospective GMMG-MM5 trial

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    Merz, Maximilian; Salwender, Hans; Haenel, Mathias; Mai, Elias K.; Bertsch, Uta; Kunz, Christina; Hielscher, Thomas; Blau, Igor W.; Scheid, Christof; Hose, Dirk; Seckinger, Anja; Jauch, Anna; Hillengass, Jens; Raab, Marc S.; Schurich, Baerbel; Munder, Markus; Schmidt-Wolf, Ingo G.H.; Gerecke, Christian; Lindemann, Hans-Walter; Zeis, Matthias; Weisel, Katja; Duerig, Jan; Goldschmidt, Hartmut

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the impact of subcutaneous versus intravenous bortezomib in the MM5 trial of the German-Speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group which compared bortezomib, doxorubicin, and dexamethasone with bortezomib, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone induction therapy in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Based on data from relapsed myeloma, the route of administration for bortezomib was changed from intravenous to subcutaneous after 314 of 604 patients had been enrolled. We analyzed 598 patients who received at least one dose of trial medication. Adverse events were reported more frequently in patients treated with intravenous bortezomib (intravenous=65%; subcutaneous=56%, P=0.02). Rates of grade 2 or more peripheral neuropathy were higher in patients treated with intravenous bortezomib during the third cycle (intravenous=8%; subcutaneous=2%, P=0.001). Overall response rates were similar in patients treated intravenously or subcutaneously. The presence of International Staging System stage III disease, renal impairment or adverse cytogenetic abnormalities did not have a negative impact on overall response rates in either group. To our knowledge this is the largest study to present data comparing subcutaneous with intravenous bortezomib in newly diagnosed myeloma. We show better tolerance and similar overall response rates for subcutaneous compared to intravenous bortezomib. The clinical trial is registered at eudract.ema.europa.eu as n. 2010-019173-16. PMID:25840597

  14. [Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in Morvan syndrome secondary to recurrent thymic carcinoma].

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    Horta Baas, Gabriel

    2015-01-01

    Morvan's syndrome is a rare autoimmune channelopathy. A case of Morvan's syndrome is presented as a paraneoplastic syndrome associated to the recurrence of a well-differentiated thymic carcinoma, which showed a good clinical response to treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin. PMID:26639057

  15. Early intervention with intravenous or pulse oral vitamin D therapy is more effective in the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Yamada, Shunsuke; Taniguchi, Masatomo; Tokumoto, Masanori; Tsuruya, Kazuhiko; Hirakata, Hideki; Iida, Mitsuo

    2010-08-01

    The K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines recommend vitamin D therapy should be started when the intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) exceeds 300 pg/mL in patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism. To examine whether the effect of vitamin D therapy on mineral metabolism and parathyroid gland growth varies according to the stage of secondary hyperparathyroidism and iPTH level, 47 patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism received either intravenous or pulse oral vitamin D therapy. The patients were divided into two groups based on the iPTH level at the start of vitamin D therapy: the P(<300) group (N = 23) with iPTH <300 pg/mL; and the P(>or=300) group (N = 24) with iPTH >or=300 pg/mL. We examined serial changes in several serum mineral parameters and parathyroid gland volume and the cumulative incidence of parathyroidectomy in the first two years. Serum calcium, phosphorus, calcium-phosphorus product, and iPTH levels of the P(>or=300) group were significantly higher than those of the P(<300) group, and could not be maintained within the target ranges set by the K/DOQI guidelines. In contrast, the serum levels of phosphorus, calcium-phosphorus product, and iPTH were maintained within the target ranges and the parathyroid gland did not enlarge in the P(<300) group. The cumulative incidence of parathyroidectomy in the P(>or=300) group was significantly higher than in the P(<300) group. Early intervention with intravenous or pulse oral vitamin D therapy at serum iPTH <300 pg/mL can control serum phosphorus, calcium-phosphorus product, and PTH levels to the target ranges and slow the progression of secondary hyperparathyroidism. PMID:20649764

  16. Guideline-adherent initial intravenous antibiotic therapy for hospital-acquired/ventilator-associated pneumonia is clinically superior, saves lives and is cheaper than non guideline adherent therapy

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    2011-01-01

    Introduction Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) often occurring as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most frequent hospital infection in intensive care units (ICU). Early adequate antimicrobial therapy is an essential determinant of clinical outcome. Organisations like the German PEG or ATS/IDSA provide guidelines for the initial calculated treatment in the absence of pathogen identification. We conducted a retrospective chart review for patients with HAP/VAP and assessed whether the initial intravenous antibiotic therapy (IIAT) was adequate according to the PEG guidelines Materials and methods We collected data from 5 tertiary care hospitals. Electronic data filtering identified 895 patients with potential HAP/VAP. After chart review we finally identified 221 patients meeting the definition of HAP/VAP. Primary study endpoints were clinical improvement, survival and length of stay. Secondary endpoints included duration of mechanical ventilation, total costs, costs incurred on the intensive care unit (ICU), costs incurred on general wards and drug costs. Results We found that 107 patients received adequate initial intravenous antibiotic therapy (IIAT) vs. 114 with inadequate IIAT according to the PEG guidelines. Baseline characteristics of both groups revealed no significant differences and good comparability. Clinical improvement was 64% over all patients and 82% (85/104) in the subpopulation with adequate IIAT while only 47% (48/103) inadequately treated patients improved (p < 0.001). The odds ratio of therapeutic success with GA versus NGA treatment was 5.821 (p < 0.001, [95% CI: 2.712-12.497]). Survival was 80% for the total population (n = 221), 86% in the adequately treated (92/107) and 74% in the inadequately treated 'subpopulation (84/114) (p = 0.021). The odds ratio of mortality for GA vs. NGA treatment was 0.565 (p = 0.117, [95% CI: 0.276-1.155]). Adequately treated patients had a significantly shorter length of stay (LOS) (23.9 vs. 28.3 days; p = 0.022), require significantly less hours of mechanical ventilation (175 vs. 274; p = 0.001), incurred lower total costs (EUR 28,033 vs. EUR 36,139, p = 0.006) and lower ICU-related costs (EUR 13,308 vs. EUR 18,666, p = 0.003). Drug costs for the hospital stay were also lower (EUR 4,069 vs. EUR 4,833) yet not significant. The most frequent types of inadequate therapy were monotherapy instead of combination therapy, wrong type of penicillin and wrong type of cephalosporin. Discussion These findings are consistent with those from other studies analyzing the impact of guideline adherence on survival rates, clinical success, LOS and costs. However, inadequately treated patients had a higher complicated pathogen risk score (CPRS) compared to those who received adequate therapy. This shows that therapy based on local experiences may be sufficient for patients with low CPRS but inadequate for those with high CPRS. Linear regression models showed that single items of the CPRS like extrapulmonary organ failure or late onset had no significant influence on the results. Conclusion Guideline-adherent initial intravenous antibiotic therapy is clinically superior, saves lives and is less expensive than non guideline adherent therapy. Using a CPRS score can be a useful tool to determine the right choice of initial intravenous antibiotic therapy. the net effect on the German healthcare system per year is estimated at up to 2,042 lives and EUR 125,819,000 saved if guideline-adherent initial therapy for HAP/VAP were established in all German ICUs. PMID:21813372

  17. Efficacy and safety of micafungin versus intravenous itraconazole as empirical antifungal therapy for febrile neutropenic patients with hematological malignancies: a randomized, controlled, prospective, multicenter study.

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    Jeong, Seong Hyun; Kim, Dae Young; Jang, Jun Ho; Mun, Yeung-Chul; Choi, Chul Won; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Kim, Jin Seok; Park, Joon Seong

    2016-01-01

    Micafungin, a clinically important echinocandin antifungal drug, needs to be investigated as empirical therapy in febrile neutropenia in comparison with azole compounds. A prospective randomized study was conducted to compare clinical outcomes between micafungin and intravenous itraconazole as an empirical therapy for febrile neutropenia in hematological malignancies. The antifungal drug (micafungin 100mg or itraconazole 200mg IV once daily) was given for high fever that was sustained despite the administration of appropriate antibiotics. Treatment success was determined by composite end points based on breakthrough invasive fungal infection (IFI), survival, premature discontinuation, defervescence, and treatment of baseline fungal infection. Duration of fever, hospital stay, and overall survival (OS) were studied. A total of 153 patients were randomized to receive micafungin or itraconazole. The overall success rate was 7.1% point higher in the micafungin group (64.4 vs. 57.3%, p?=?0.404), satisfying the statistical criteria for the non-inferiority of micafungin. The duration of fever and hospital stay were significantly shorter in the micafungin group (6 vs. 7days, p?=?0.014; 22 vs. 27days, p?=?0.033, respectively). Grade 3 adverse events including hyperbilirubinemia (2 vs. 7), elevation of transaminase levels (2 vs. 4), electrolyte imbalance (1 vs. 2), atrial fibrillation (1 vs. 0), and anaphylaxis (1 vs. 0) occurred in 7 and 13 patients in the micafungin (10.4%) and itraconazole (18.8%) groups, respectively. Micafungin, when compared with itraconazole, had favorably comparable success rate and toxicity profiles on febrile neutropenia in patients with hematological malignancies. In addition, it showed superior effect on shortening the hospital stay. PMID:26596974

  18. Experimental Study on the Effect of Intravenous Stem Cell Therapy on Intestinal Ischemia Reperfusion Induced Myocardial Injury

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    Embaby, Azza; Metwally, Hala Gabr

    2013-01-01

    Background and Objectives: The myocyte death that follows intestinal ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury is a major factor contributing to high mortality and morbidity in ischemic heart disease. The purpose of stem cell (SC) therapy for myocardial infarction is to improve clinical outcomes. The present study aimed at investigating the possible therapeutic effect of intravenous human cord blood mesenchymal stem cells (HCBMSCs) on intestinal ischemia reperfusion induced cardiac muscle injury in albino rat. Methods and Results: Thirty male albino rats were divided equally into control (Sham-operated) group, I/R group where rats were exposed to superior mesenteric artery ligation for 1 hour followed by 1 hour reperfusion. In SC therapy group, the rats were injected with HCBMSCs into the tail vein. The rats were sacrificed four weeks following therapy. Cardiac muscle sections were exposed to histological, histochemical, immunohistochemical and morphometric studies. In I/R group, multiple fibers exhibited deeply acidophilic sarcoplasm with lost striations and multiple fibroblasts appeared among the muscle fibers. In SC therapy group, few fibers appeared with deeply acidophilic sarcoplasm and lost striations. Mean area of muscle fibers with deeply acidophilic sarcoplasm and mean area% of fibroblasts were significantly decreased compared to I/R group. Prussion blue and CD105 positive cells were found in SC therapy group among the muscle fibers, inside and near blood vessels. Conclusions: Intestinal I/R induced cardiac muscle degenerative changes. These changes were ameliorated following HCBMSC therapy. A reciprocal relation was recorded between the extent of regeneration and the existence of undifferentiated mesenchymal stem cells. PMID:24386556

  19. Intravenous thrombolytic therapy for patients with ventricular assist device thrombosis: An attempt to avoid reoperation.

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    Webber, Beth T; Panos, Anthony L; Rodriguez-Blanco, Yiliam F

    2016-01-01

    A growing number of patients are undergoing prolonged management of advanced heart failure with the use of continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Subsequently, an increasing number of patients are presenting with complications associated with these devices. Based on an analysis of three major LVAD institutions, the number of patients developing LVAD pump thrombosis may be much higher than originally projected. [1],[2] The management of this highly feared complication continues to be challenging, as the population of LVAD patients is very heterogeneous and heavily burdened with comorbidities. The standard protocol of increasing anticoagulation may fail to achieve successful resolution of thrombus. Difficulty and poor prognosis may make reoperation less than desirable. Here, we present a case of successful thrombolysis following intravenous administration of tissue plasminogen activator in the Intensive Care Unit setting. PMID:26750701

  20. Photoacoustic imaging of intravenously injected photosensitizer in rat burn models for efficient antibacterial photodynamic therapy

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    Tsunoi, Yasuyuki; Sato, Shunichi; Ashida, Hiroshi; Terakawa, Mitsuhiro

    2012-02-01

    For efficient photodynamic treatment of wound infection, a photosensitizer must be distributed in the whole infected tissue region. To ensure this, depth profiling of a photosensitizer is necessary in vivo. In this study, we applied photoacoustic (PA) imaging to visualize the depth profile of an intravenously injected photosensitizer in rat burn models. In burned tissue, pharmacokinetics is complicated; vascular occlusion takes place in the injured tissue, while vascular permeability increases due to thermal invasion. In this study, we first used Evans Blue (EB) as a test drug to examine the feasibility of photosensitizer dosimetry based on PA imaging. On the basis of the results, an actual photosensitizer, talaporfin sodium was used. An EB solution was intravenously injected into a rat deep dermal burn model. PA imaging was performed on the wound with 532 nm and 610 nm nanosecond light pulses for visualizing vasculatures (blood) and EB, respectively. Two hours after injection, the distribution of EB-originated signal spatially coincided well with that of blood-originated signal measured after injury, indicating that EB molecules leaked out from the blood vessels due to increased permeability. Afterwards, the distribution of EB signal was broadened in the depth direction due to diffusion. At 12 hours after injection, clear EB signals were observed even in the zone of stasis, demonstrating that the leaked EB molecules were delivered to the injured tissue layer. The level and time course of talaporfin sodium-originated signals were different compared with those of EB-originated signals, showing animal-dependent and/or drug-dependent permeabilization and diffusion in the tissue. Thus, photosensitizer dosimetry should be needed before every treatment to achieve desirable outcome of photodynamic treatment, for which PA imaging can be concluded to be valid and useful.

  1. Safety and efficacy of intravenous iron therapy in reducing requirement for allogeneic blood transfusion: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials

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    2013-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous iron, focusing primarily on its effects on haemoglobin, requirement for transfusion, and risk of infection. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials investigating the safety and efficacy of intravenous iron therapy. Data sources Randomised controlled trials from Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from 1966 to June 2013, with no language restrictions. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies Eligible trials were randomised controlled trials of intravenous iron compared with either no iron or oral iron. Crossover and observational studies were excluded. Main outcome measures Change in haemoglobin concentration and risk of allogeneic red blood cell transfusion (efficacy) and risk of infection (safety). Results Of the 75 trials meeting the inclusion criteria, 72 studies including 10 605 patients provided quantitative outcome data for meta-analysis. Intravenous iron was associated with an increase in haemoglobin concentration (standardised mean difference 6.5 g/L, 95% confidence interval 5.1 g/L to 7.9 g/L) and a reduced risk of requirement for red blood cell transfusion (risk ratio 0.74, 95% confidence interval 0.62 to 0.88), especially when intravenous iron was used with erythroid stimulating agents (ESAs) or in patients with a lower baseline plasma ferritin concentration. There were no significant interactions between the efficacy of intravenous iron and type or dose administered. Intravenous iron was, however, associated with a significant increase in risk of infection (relative risk 1.33, 95% confidence interval 1.10 to 1.64) compared with oral or no iron supplementation. The results remained similar when only high quality trials were analysed. Conclusions Intravenous iron therapy is effective in increasing haemoglobin concentration and reducing the risk of allogeneic red blood cell transfusion and could have broad applicability to a range of acute care settings. This potential benefit is counterbalanced by a potential increased risk of infection. PMID:23950195

  2. Notable alkaline tolerance of Kocuria marina isolate from blood of a pediatric patient with continuous intravenous epoprostenol therapy.

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    Horiuchi, Ayaka; Kubota, Noriko; Hidaka, Eiko; Shimabukuro, Atsuya; Yasukochi, Satoshi; Nakamura, Tomohiko; Oana, Kozue; Kawakami, Yoshiyuki

    2015-09-01

    This study was the first to describe the hitherto deficiently evaluated alkaline tolerance of Kocuria marina isolate from a pediatric patient with continuous intravenous epoprostenol dosing therapy. Our isolate from blood of a 7-year-old Japanese boy was finally identified as K. marina by the morphological, cultural, and biochemical properties together with the comparative sequence analyses of the 16S rRNA genes. The K. marina isolate, the causative agent of catheter-related blood-stream infection, was not only revealed to be salt tolerant (NaCl 15%), but also demonstrated to be stably survived with no apparent decrease of cell counts for long periods (120 h) in an alkaline environment (pH 8, 9, 10, and 11) at 35 C. Its remarkable tolerance to the stresses of high alkalinity compared with a clinical Staphylococcus aureus strain should provide consistent interpretation that the environment of high alkalinity (pH 10.2-10.8) measures should be insufficient to inactivate almost all the causative agents including K. marina strains in the solution of epoprostenol (pH 10.4) (Flolan(), GlaxoSmithKline, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.). To the best of our knowledge, the first description of the property of being tolerant to high alkalinity that the K. marina isolate exhibited was noteworthy and a useful piece of information. In conclusion, we believe that the present study should be a notification regarding the potential risk of catheter-related blood-stream infections due to K. marina, suggestive of an alkalophile, especially in patients receiving continuous intravenous epoprostenol dosing therapy. PMID:26166323

  3. Intratumoral gene therapy versus intravenous gene therapy for distant metastasis control with 2-diethylaminoethyl-dextran methyl methacrylate copolymer non-viral vector-p53.

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    Baliaka, A; Zarogoulidis, P; Domvri, K; Hohenforst-Schmidt, W; Sakkas, A; Huang, H; Le Pivert, P; Koliakos, G; Koliakou, E; Kouzi-Koliakos, K; Tsakiridis, K; Chioti, A; Siotou, E; Cheva, A; Zarogoulidis, K; Sakkas, L

    2014-02-01

    Lung cancer still remains to be challenged by novel treatment modalities. Novel locally targeted routes of administration are a methodology to enhance treatment and reduce side effects. Intratumoral gene therapy is a method for local treatment and could be used either in early-stage lung cancer before surgery or at advanced stages as palliative care. Novel non-viral vectors are also in demand for efficient gene transfection to target local cancer tissue and at the same time protect the normal tissue. In the current study, C57BL/6 mice were divided into three groups: (a) control, (b) intravenous and (c) intatumoral gene therapy. The novel 2-Diethylaminoethyl-Dextran Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer Non-Viral Vector (Ryujyu Science Corporation) was conjugated with plasmid pSicop53 from the company Addgene for the first time. The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of targeted gene therapy in a Lewis lung cancer model. Indeed, although the pharmacokinetics of the different administration modalities differs, the intratumoral administration presented increased survival and decreased distant metastasis. Intratumoral gene therapy could be considered as an efficient local therapy for lung cancer. PMID:24285215

  4. Effective Combination Therapy for Invasive Pneumococcal Pneumonia with Ampicillin and Intravenous Immunoglobulins in a Mouse Model

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    De Hennezel, Laetitia; Ramisse, Françoise; Binder, Patrice; Marchal, Gilles; Alonso, Jean-Michel

    2001-01-01

    Intranasal immunotherapy for Streptococcus pneumoniae invasive pneumonia with polyvalent immunoglobulins (IVIG) was effective in mice against pneumonia but failed to prevent bacteremia. The combination of subcurative doses of IVIG and of ampicillin was fully protective. Such an approach, successfully applied in the preantibiotic era, offers new perspectives for modern therapies. PMID:11120987

  5. Methodology for AACT evidence-based recommendations on the use of intravenous lipid emulsion therapy in poisoning.

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    Gosselin, Sophie; Morris, Martin; Miller-Nesbitt, Andrea; Hoffman, Robert S; Hayes, Bryan D; Turgeon, Alexis F; Gilfix, Brian M; Grunbaum, Ami M; Bania, Theodore C; Thomas, Simon H L; Morais, Jos A; Graudins, Andis; Bailey, Benoit; Mgarbane, Bruno; Calello, Diane P; Levine, Michael; Stellpflug, Samuel J; Hoegberg, Lotte C G; Chuang, Ryan; Stork, Christine; Bhalla, Ashish; Rollins, Carol J; Lavergne, Valry

    2015-07-01

    Intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) therapy is a novel treatment that was discovered in the last decade. Despite unclear understanding of its mechanisms of action, numerous and diverse publications attested to its clinical use. However, current evidence supporting its use is unclear and recommendations are inconsistent. To assist clinicians in decision-making, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology created a workgroup composed of international experts from various clinical specialties, which includes representatives of major clinical toxicology associations. Rigorous methodology using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation or AGREE II instrument was developed to provide a framework for the systematic reviews for this project and to formulate evidence-based recommendations on the use of ILE in poisoning. Systematic reviews on the efficacy of ILE in local anesthetic toxicity and non-local anesthetic poisonings as well as adverse effects of ILE are planned. A comprehensive review of lipid analytical interferences and a survey of ILE costs will be developed. The evidence will be appraised using the GRADE system. A thorough and transparent process for consensus statements will be performed to provide recommendations, using a modified Delphi method with two rounds of voting. This process will allow for the production of useful practice recommendations for this therapy. PMID:26059735

  6. Anaphylactic shock associated with intravenous thrombolytics.

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    Zarar, Amna; Khan, Asif A; Adil, Malik M; Qureshi, Adnan I

    2014-01-01

    Adverse events including intracerebral hemorrhage and reperfusion arrhythmias are well known to occur with thrombolytic therapy. We report a case report of anaphylactic reaction directly attributable to intravenous (IV) recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and identify additional cases through review of the Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System. A systematic review of Adverse Event Reporting System was performed for allergic adverse events occurring in conjunction with IV thrombolytics. We reviewed 924 adverse events which occurred between 2004 and 2012 that were associated with thrombolytics. We subsequently acquired detailed individual safety reports of 33 cases in which allergic events were documented. Out of the 33 reports, there were 12 cases (age range, 57-93 years) of adverse allergic reaction directly attributable to IV thrombolytics. Allergic reactions included angioedema, facial swelling, urticaria, skin rash, cutaneous hypesthesia, hypotension, anaphylactic shock, and death. Of the patients who were reported to suffer from allergic adverse events, 11 received IV alteplase and 1 received IV reteplase. Most reactions associated with IV alteplase resolved with withdrawal of medication and treatment with diphenhydramine and steroids epinephrine. There was 1 death directly attributable to allergic reaction in a patient who received IV reteplase for MI.Although IV alteplase is identical to endogenous tissue plasminogen activator, it appears to be the most common cause of allergic reaction among currently used thrombolytics, with or without concomitant administration of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. A greater awareness among physicians may result in prompt recognition and treatment. PMID:24091200

  7. Guidelines for the use of intravenous thrombolytic agents in acute myocardial infarction. Ontario Medical Association Consensus Group on Thrombolytic Therapy.

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    Naylor, C D; Armstrong, P W

    1989-01-01

    A consensus group convened under the auspices of the Ontario Medical Association produced guidelines for the use of intravenous thrombolytic agents in acute myocardial infarction. The guidelines, updated to December 1988, include the following points. 1) Any hospital that routinely accepts the responsibility for looking after patients with acute myocardial infarction could offer thrombolytic therapy if monitoring facilities are available and if the staff are experienced in the treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances. 2) Before treatment, all patients must be carefully screened for factors predisposing to hemorrhagic complications. 3) A physician should be clearly designated as responsible for the care of the patient receiving an infusion and be available in the event of problems. 4) For the two approved agents the usual dosages are as follows: streptokinase, 1.5 million units given over 1 hour; and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), 100 mg over 3 hours, delivered as 60 mg in the first hour (of which 6 to 7 mg should be given as a bolus in the first 1 to 2 minutes) and then an infusion of 20 mg/h over the next 2 hours. 5) Intravenous thrombolytics should be considered for any patient with presumed acute myocardial infarction, as suggested by prolonged chest pain or other appropriate symptoms and typical electrocardiographic changes. Expeditious treatment is critical, since myocardial necrosis occurs within hours. 6) Emergency angiography is indicated for patients with hemodynamic compromise and no apparent response to streptokinase or tPA and in those with recurrent chest pain suggestive of acute myocardial infarction despite an apparent response to intravenous thrombolysis. Angiography before discharge is recommended for patients with postinfarction angina or evidence from noninvasive testing of significant residual ischemic risk. 7) There is insufficient evidence to choose between streptokinase and tPA on the basis of the two most important outcome measures: patient survival and myocardial preservation. More conclusive evidence comparing tPA, streptokinase and another promising agent, acylated plasminogen-streptokinase activator complex, will be available in 1989-90. PMID:2497946

  8. Optical detection of intravenous infiltration

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    Winchester, Leonard W.; Chou, Nee-Yin

    2006-02-01

    Infiltration of medications during infusion therapy results in complications ranging from erythema and pain to tissue necrosis requiring amputation. Infiltration occurs from improper insertion of the cannula, separation of the cannula from the vein, penetration of the vein by the cannula during movement, and response of the vein to the medication. At present, visual inspection by the clinical staff is the primary means for detecting intravenous (IV) infiltration. An optical sensor was developed to monitor the needle insertion site for signs of IV infiltration. Initial studies on simulated and induced infiltrations on a swine model validated the feasibility of the methodology. The presence of IV infiltration was confirmed by visual inspection of the infusion site and/or absence of blood return in the IV line. Potential sources of error due to illumination changes, motion artifacts, and edema were also investigated. A comparison of the performance of the optical device and blinded expert observers showed that the optical sensor has higher sensitivity and specificity, and shorter detection time than the expert observers. An improved model of the infiltration monitoring device was developed and evaluated in a clinical study on induced infiltrations of healthy adult volunteers. The performance of the device was compared with the observation of a blinded expert observer. The results show that the rates of detection of infiltrations are 98% and 82% for the optical sensor and the observer, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of the optical sensor are 0.97 and 0.98, respectively.

  9. Analgesic Effects of Intra-Articular Bupivacaine/Intravenous Parecoxib Combination Therapy versus Intravenous Parecoxib Monotherapy in Patients Receiving Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial

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    Shen, Shih-Jyun; Peng, Pei-Yu; Chen, Hsiu-Pin; Lin, Jr-Rung; Lee, Mel S.; Yu, Huang-Ping

    2015-01-01

    Objectives. The purpose of this double-blind, randomized study was to investigate whether the addition of intra-articular bupivacaine to intravenous parecoxib could improve pain relief in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty. Methods. A total of 36 patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty were enrolled into our study. These patients were randomly allocated either to a placebo-controlled group or study group. Postoperative pain scores and analgesic consumption were evaluated. Results. Numeric rating scale (NRS) data of bupivacaine group in postoperative room were significantly lower than that of control group (control group versus bupivacaine group, 7.9 (6.7–9.1) (mean and 95% confidence interval) versus 4.5 (3.2–5.8) (mean and 95% confidence interval), p = 0.001). NRS data of bupivacaine group in ward were also significantly lower than that of control group. A significantly lower dose of meperidine was used in the study group postoperatively during the first 24 hours (control group versus bupivacaine group, 3.08 ± 0.80 mg/Kg versus 2.34 ± 0.42 mg/Kg, p = 0.001). Conclusion. Intra-articular bupivacaine in combination with intravenous parecoxib may improve pain relief and reduce the demand for rescue analgesics in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty. The trial is registered with Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12615000463572). PMID:26171392

  10. Modulation of Total Body Irradiation Induced Life Shortening by Systemic Intravenous MnSOD-Plasmid Liposome Gene Therapy

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    Epperly, Michael W.; Smith, Tracy; Wang, Hong; Schlesselman, James; Franicola, Darcy; Greenberger, Joel S.

    2008-01-01

    To determine whether systemic administration of MnSOD-PL protected mice from the acute hematopoietic syndrome as well as delayed death following total body irradiation (TBI), C57BL/6J mice received intravenously 100?l liposomes containing 100?g of human MnSOD-transgene plasmid 24 hours prior to 9.5 Gy or 1.0 Gy. The dose of 9.5 Gy was lethal to 42% of irradiated control female and 74% of irradiated control male mice respectively at 30 days with bone marrow hypocellularity consistent with the hematopoietic syndrome. A statistically significant increase in survival was detected in MnSOD-PL treated compared to 9.5 Gy irradiated control female mice out to 400 days, and in male mice out to 340 days. The incidence of tumors was similar between surviving groups. Between 350 to 600 days, outcome was similar for both MnSOD-PL treated and control irradiated groups consistent with aging with no difference in gross or microscopic pathologic evidence of tumors. Male and female mice receiving 1.0 Gy TBI showed irradiation induced life shortening after 120 days that was decreased by MnSOD-PL administration, and was associated with no increase in rate of tumor associated death. Therefore, systemic MnSOD-PL radioprotective gene therapy is not associated with a detectably higher incidence of late carcinogenesis. PMID:19024650

  11. Post-marketing observational study on 5% intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in patients with secondary immunodeficiency and recurrent serious bacterial infections.

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    Gnther, Georg; Dreger, Bettina

    2013-07-01

    Secondary hypogammaglobulinemia is one of the factors responsible for the increased susceptibility to infection in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This study assessed the therapeutic results, concomitant medication and tolerance of administering 5% intravenous immunoglobulin, secondary immunodeficiency and recurrent serious bacterial infections. A single center, post-marketing, observational clinical study was performed on 10 patients with a variety of hematological malignancies (CLL, follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, IgM-secreting immunocytoma, IgA plasmacytoma and myelodysplastic syndrome/non-Hodgkin lymphoma) who had been infused with IVIG from June 1994 to May 2009. The clinical benefit of IVIG was assessed by comparing the incidence of bacterial infections before and after starting this therapy. Plasma immunoglobulin concentrations and relevant hematological variables were recorded. For safety assessment, adverse events were monitored. The standard IVIG dosage was approximately 0.35?g/kg body weight every 3-4 weeks. Most patients had normal IgG trough values of?>600?mg/dL during the IVIG treatment period. The rate of bacterial infections was reduced from 2.4 per patient in the 3 months before IVIG to 0.7 (0-1.5) per patient per year during IVIG treatment. All patients received concomitant medication, mainly anticancer and anti-anemia therapy (100%). No serious adverse events related to IVIG were observed. The frequency of at least one minor adverse reaction was 1.44% (8/556 infusions). In conclusion, the investigated IVIG preparation was well tolerated and clinically beneficial in reducing the long term rate of serious bacterial infections in patients receiving concomitant treatment for malignant diseases. PMID:23607863

  12. Efficacy of intravenous delta-aminolaevulinic acid photodynamic therapy on rabbit papillomas.

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    Lofgren, L. A.; Ronn, A. M.; Nouri, M.; Lee, C. J.; Yoo, D.; Steinberg, B. M.

    1995-01-01

    Endogenously induced protoporphyrin IX (PPIX), a metabolite of delta-aminolaevulinic acid (ALA), has been evaluated as a photosensitising agent for destruction of papillomas in cottontail rabbit papillomavirus-infected Dutch belted and New Zealand rabbits. Three factors were evaluated: (1) relative retention ratio of drug in normal tissue, papilloma and plasma over time; (2) tissue tolerance to treatment factors; and (3) efficacy of treatment protocol. Three drug doses of ALA were examined: 50, 100 and 200 mg kg-1. Actual PPIX concentrations in tissue and plasma were determined spectrophotofluorometrically. The optimal treatment time occurred 3-6 h post ALA injection. The highest PPIX concentration ratio between papilloma and normal skin was 6:1. Different light doses were investigated, using an injection to exposure interval of 3 h and an irradiance of 100 mW cm-2 at a wavelength of 630 nm. Efficacy without risk of significant damage to normal skin was obtained using 100-200 mg kg-1 ALA and 40-60 J cm-2. A long-term (3 months) cure rate of 82% was obtained with a single treatment, provided that papilloma depth did not exceed 8 mm, volume was not more than 1000 mm3 and the plasma concentration of PPIX immediately before exposure was above 500 micrograms ml-1. The short time between injection and treatment and high efficacy, together with PPIX disappearance from plasma and tissue within 24 h, make injected ALA a highly attractive drug for photodynamic therapy. PMID:7547231

  13. Effect of antiarrhythmic therapy with intravenous loading dose of amiodarone: evidence for an altered response in diabetic patients.

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    Iervasi, G; Clerico, A; Bonini, R; Nannipieri, M; Manfredi, C; Sabatino, L; Biagini, A; Donato, L

    1998-01-01

    Amiodarone, a potent class III antiarrhythmic agent with adrenergic antagonism properties, is administered increasingly to diabetic patients with cardiac arrhythmias refractory to all other available forms of therapy. Because a large percentage of diabetic patients show a perturbed autonomic regulation of the cardiovascular system, including a pertubed regulation of heart rate, we studied the antiarrhythmic response as well as the early effects (within 5 days) on heart rate of an intravenous amiodarone loading dose in diabetic patients. Seven type II (noninsulin-dependent) diabetic patients (age 64.7 +/- 9.7 years), affected by uncontrolled atrial fibrilation or atrial flutter, were enrolled for the study and a group of 12 well-matched (for age, sex and arrhythmia) nondiabetic patients served as a control group. It was found that before amiodarone administration, nondiabetic patients showed significantly wider variations in the circadian rhythm of heart rate values than diabetic patients (p = 0.0062, unpaired t-test). In all patients but one (who was nondiabetic), amiodarone treatment resulted in a cardioversion to sinus rhythm. After amiodarone administration, nondiabetic patients showed a significantly greater decrease (p = 0.0011) in heart rate values in comparison with the diabetic group (-35% vs. -20% on average, at the end of the study). Furthermore, in nondiabetic patients there was also an earlier significant fall (within the first 4 h after the start of treatment with amiodarone, p < 0.001) in the heart rate values in comparison with diabetic patients, in whom a significant decrease (p < 0.001) was found only at the 4th day. A significant (p = 0.0004), more rapid onset of the antiarrhythmic response to the drug was found in nondiabetic patients (6.8 +/- 6.0 h) in comparison with diabetic patients (98.0 +/- 14.8 h). Our findings suggest that the antiarrhythmic effects of amiodarone in diabetic patients with uncontrolled atrial fibrilation or atrial flutter may be delayed in comparison with nondiabetic patients. This altered response may be (at least in part) due to the diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Our study indicates that the presence of diabetes mellitus always must be taken into account when patients are enrolled for large, prospective, randomized trials, planned to evaluate the antiarrhythmic effects of amiodarone given intravenously. PMID:9825267

  14. Patients' assessment of the convenience of fentanyl HCl iontophoretic transdermal system (ITS) versus morphine intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) in the management of postoperative pain after major surgery.

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    Pennington, Peg; Caminiti, Stephanie; Schein, Jeff R; Hewitt, David J; Nelson, Winnie W

    2009-09-01

    The patient-controlled fentanyl HCl iontophoretic transdermal system (ITS) is a compact, self-contained, needle-free system that has been approved for acute postoperative pain management in hospitalized adults. The objective of the present analysis was to evaluate patients' assessment of fentanyl ITS and morphine intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) convenience on 7 different subscales, using a validated patient ease of care (EOC) questionnaire in 2 prospective, open-label, randomized, phase IIIb clinical trials. Patients received fentanyl ITS or morphine IV PCA (N = 1,305) for up to 72 h after total hip replacement surgery (THR study) or abdominal or pelvic surgery (APS study). For the majority of items on the patient EOC questionnaire, trends suggest that greater percentages of patients reported the most positive response for fentanyl ITS than they did for morphine IV PCA in both studies; differences were particularly noteworthy for items on the Movement subscale. In the THR study, more patients in the fentanyl ITS group were responders compared with those in the morphine IV PCA group for the subscales Confidence with Device, Pain Control, Knowledge/Understanding, and Satisfaction. In the APS study, responder rates for these subscales did not differ between treatment groups. These findings indicate that patients assessed the EOC associated with fentanyl ITS higher compared with morphine IV PCA for the management of acute postoperative pain and suggest that fentanyl ITS has the potential to improve acute postoperative pain care for patients and nurses. PMID:19706349

  15. Platinum(iv) prodrug conjugated Pd@Au nanoplates for chemotherapy and photothermal therapy.

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    Shi, Saige; Chen, Xiaolan; Wei, Jingping; Huang, Yizhuan; Weng, Jian; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2016-03-01

    Owing to the excellent near infrared (NIR) light absorption and efficient passive targeting toward tumor tissue, two-dimensional (2D) core-shell PEGylated Pd@Au nanoplates have great potential in both photothermal therapy and drug delivery systems. In this work, we successfully conjugate Pd@Au nanoplates with a platinum(iv) prodrug c,c,t-[Pt(NH3)2Cl2(O2CCH2CH2CO2H)2] to obtain a nanocomposite (Pd@Au-PEG-Pt) for combined photothermal-chemotherapy. The prepared Pd@Au-PEG-Pt nanocomposite showed excellent stability in physiological solutions and efficient Pt(iv) prodrug loading. Once injected into biological tissue, the Pt(iv) prodrug was easily reduced by physiological reductants (e.g. ascorbic acid or glutathione) into its cytotoxic and hydrophilic Pt(ii) form and released from the original nanocomposite, and the NIR laser irradiation could accelerate the release of Pt(ii) species. More importantly, Pd@Au-PEG-Pt has high tumor accumulation (29%ID per g), which makes excellent therapeutic efficiency at relatively low power density possible. The in vivo results suggested that, compared with single therapy the combined thermo-chemotherapy treatment with Pd@Au-PEG-Pt resulted in complete destruction of the tumor tissue without recurrence, while chemotherapy using Pd@Au-PEG-Pt without irradiation or photothermal treatment using Pd@Au-PEG alone did not. Our work highlights the prospects of a feasible drug delivery strategy of the Pt prodrug by using 2D Pd@Au nanoplates as drug delivery carriers for multimode cancer treatment. PMID:26900670

  16. Intravenous proton pump inhibitors.

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    Baker, Danial E

    2006-01-01

    Intravenous (IV) administration of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is a faster way to achieve gastric acid suppression than oral administration of the same agent. Peak suppression after IV administration occurs within hours, compared with several days later after oral administration. Thus the IV route of administration offers a faster onset of gastric suppression, achievement of intragastric pH closer to neutrality, and better bioavailability. The PPIs that have IV formulations in the United States (esomeprazole, lansoprazole, and pantoprazole) are approved for different indications; the key differences among them relate to their ability to reach specific gastric pH, time to maintain a specific gastric pH, and ease of use of the IV formulation (eg, reconstitution, requirement of inline filters, infusion times). PMID:16520709

  17. Antibody levels to tetanus, diphtheria, measles and varicella in patients with primary immunodeficiency undergoing intravenous immunoglobulin therapy: a prospective study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Patients with antibody deficiencies depend on the presence of a variety of antibody specificities in intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) to ensure continued protection against pathogens. Few studies have examined levels of antibodies to specific pathogens in IVIG preparations and little is known about the specific antibody levels in patients under regular IVIG treatment. The current study determined the range of antibodies to tetanus, diphtheria, measles and varicella in IVIG products and the levels of these antibodies in patients undergoing IVIG treatment. Methods We selected 21 patients with primary antibody deficiencies who were receiving regular therapy with IVIG. Over a period of one year, we collected four blood samples from each patient (every 3 months), immediately before immunoglobulin infusion. We also collected samples from the IVIG preparation the patients received the month prior to blood collection. Antibody levels to tetanus, diphtheria, measles and varicella virus were measured in plasma and IVIG samples. Total IgG levels were determined in plasma samples. Results Antibody levels to tetanus, diphtheria, varicella virus and measles showed considerable variation in different IVIG lots, but they were similar when compared between commercial preparations. All patients presented with protective levels of antibodies specific for tetanus, measles and varicella. Some patients had suboptimal diphtheria antibody levels. There was a significant correlation between serum and IVIG antibodies to all pathogens, except tetanus. There was a significant correlation between diphtheria and varicella antibodies with total IgG levels, but there was no significant correlation with antibodies to tetanus or measles. Conclusions The study confirmed the variation in specific antibody levels between batches of the same brand of IVIG. Apart from the most common infections to which these patients are susceptible, health care providers must be aware of other vaccine preventable diseases, which still exist globally. PMID:24952415

  18. Intravenous fluid bolus therapy: a bi-national survey of critical care nurses' self-reported practice.

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    Eastwood, G M; Parke, R; Peck, L; Young, H; Paton, E; Zhang, L; Zhu, G; Tanaka, A; Glassford, N J; Bellomo, R

    2016-01-01

    Knowledge of critical care nurses' intravenous fluid bolus therapy (FBT) practice remains underexplored. Using a multi-choice online survey conducted between September and October 2014, we sought to describe the self-reported practice of critical care nurses located in Australia and New Zealand. Two hundred and ninety-five critical care nurses responded to the survey with most practising in adult ICUs. Overall, 0.9% saline solution was the preferred solution for FBT. However, more Australian than New Zealand respondents preferred 'albumin 4%' (31% versus 3.6%, P <0.01) for FBT. In contrast, more New Zealand respondents preferred 'Plasma-Lyte' (33.3% versus 6.4%, P <0.01). Half of the respondents defined FBT as 250 ml administered as quickly as possible. However, FBT volumes ranged from 100 ml to >1000 ml and administration duration from as quickly as possible to 60 minutes. In response to FBT, almost half of the respondents expected an increase in mean arterial pressure of between 11 to 20 mmHg. Similarly, >40% expected a central venous pressure increase >3 mmHg, >70% expected a urinary output increase of 0.5 to 1.0 ml/kg/hr, and >60% expected a decrease in heart rate of >11 /min. Overall, 0.9% saline remains the most common solution for FBT, but there are significant national differences in the preference for albumin and Plasma-Lyte. A volume of 250 ml defines a fluid bolus, with a range from 100 ml to >1000 ml, and speed of delivery from stat to 60 minutes. Most nurses expect substantial physiological effects with FBT. PMID:26673588

  19. Overwhelming septic cavernous sinus thrombosis in a woman after combination of high-dose steroid and intravenous cyclophosphamide therapy for lupus nephritis.

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    Chen, Y C; Cheng, T T; Lai, H M; Wu, C H

    2000-01-01

    There are many treatment methods for lupus nephritis, including high-dose steroids, pulse methylprednisolone, and cyclophosphamide therapy. In cyclophosphamide therapy, there can be some side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and infection. We report on a case receiving a combination of high dose steroid and intravenous cyclophosphamide. Following this, she developed a fever and a protruding right eye, and septic cavernous sinus thrombosis was diagnosed. This complication had never been reported in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus, and related literature is reviewed. PMID:10713653

  20. Platinum(iv) prodrug conjugated Pd@Au nanoplates for chemotherapy and photothermal therapy

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    Shi, Saige; Chen, Xiaolan; Wei, Jingping; Huang, Yizhuan; Weng, Jian; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2016-03-01

    Owing to the excellent near infrared (NIR) light absorption and efficient passive targeting toward tumor tissue, two-dimensional (2D) core-shell PEGylated Pd@Au nanoplates have great potential in both photothermal therapy and drug delivery systems. In this work, we successfully conjugate Pd@Au nanoplates with a platinum(iv) prodrug c,c,t-[Pt(NH3)2Cl2(O2CCH2CH2CO2H)2] to obtain a nanocomposite (Pd@Au-PEG-Pt) for combined photothermal-chemotherapy. The prepared Pd@Au-PEG-Pt nanocomposite showed excellent stability in physiological solutions and efficient Pt(iv) prodrug loading. Once injected into biological tissue, the Pt(iv) prodrug was easily reduced by physiological reductants (e.g. ascorbic acid or glutathione) into its cytotoxic and hydrophilic Pt(ii) form and released from the original nanocomposite, and the NIR laser irradiation could accelerate the release of Pt(ii) species. More importantly, Pd@Au-PEG-Pt has high tumor accumulation (29%ID per g), which makes excellent therapeutic efficiency at relatively low power density possible. The in vivo results suggested that, compared with single therapy the combined thermo-chemotherapy treatment with Pd@Au-PEG-Pt resulted in complete destruction of the tumor tissue without recurrence, while chemotherapy using Pd@Au-PEG-Pt without irradiation or photothermal treatment using Pd@Au-PEG alone did not. Our work highlights the prospects of a feasible drug delivery strategy of the Pt prodrug by using 2D Pd@Au nanoplates as drug delivery carriers for multimode cancer treatment.Owing to the excellent near infrared (NIR) light absorption and efficient passive targeting toward tumor tissue, two-dimensional (2D) core-shell PEGylated Pd@Au nanoplates have great potential in both photothermal therapy and drug delivery systems. In this work, we successfully conjugate Pd@Au nanoplates with a platinum(iv) prodrug c,c,t-[Pt(NH3)2Cl2(O2CCH2CH2CO2H)2] to obtain a nanocomposite (Pd@Au-PEG-Pt) for combined photothermal-chemotherapy. The prepared Pd@Au-PEG-Pt nanocomposite showed excellent stability in physiological solutions and efficient Pt(iv) prodrug loading. Once injected into biological tissue, the Pt(iv) prodrug was easily reduced by physiological reductants (e.g. ascorbic acid or glutathione) into its cytotoxic and hydrophilic Pt(ii) form and released from the original nanocomposite, and the NIR laser irradiation could accelerate the release of Pt(ii) species. More importantly, Pd@Au-PEG-Pt has high tumor accumulation (29%ID per g), which makes excellent therapeutic efficiency at relatively low power density possible. The in vivo results suggested that, compared with single therapy the combined thermo-chemotherapy treatment with Pd@Au-PEG-Pt resulted in complete destruction of the tumor tissue without recurrence, while chemotherapy using Pd@Au-PEG-Pt without irradiation or photothermal treatment using Pd@Au-PEG alone did not. Our work highlights the prospects of a feasible drug delivery strategy of the Pt prodrug by using 2D Pd@Au nanoplates as drug delivery carriers for multimode cancer treatment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis process of Pt(iv) prodrug, mass data and FT-IR spectra of the intermediate product and Pt(iv) prodrug, TEM images of Pd@Au and Au NPs, thermal gravimetric analysis of nanoparticles, dispersion stability of Pd@Au-PEG-Pt NSs in different solutions, chemical reduction of Pt(ii) in a water bath, viability of different cell lines incubated with different concentrations of materials, uptake of different drugs by HeLa cells, size distribution of nanoparticles, tissue distribution by measuring the Pt amounts and zeta potential information of prodrug function nanomaterials. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09120a

  1. Phase I study of intravenous bromodeoxyuridine used concomitantly with radiation therapy in patients with primary malignant brain tumors

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    Phuphanich, S.; Levin, E.M.; Levin, V.A.

    1984-09-01

    The authors report here the results of a Phase I study conducted to determine the toxicity and serum levels that could be tolerated by patients receiving i.v. bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) concomitantly with radiation therapy. Because of severe thrombocytopenia and leukopenia that was produced in three patients treated by a 96 hour infusion of BUdR at a dose of 1.5 g/m/sup 2//24 hours, the dose was reduced to 0.8 g/m/sup 2//24 hours in these patients and the remaining 9 patients in the study group. Even at this dosage, myelotoxicity was observed. BUdR levels were measured by an isocratic high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method developed for this study. Results of in vitro studies conducted by others suggest that serum levels produced in our patients by administration of doses of 0.6 to 0.8 g/m/sup 2//24 hours should be adequate to achieve a therapeutic effect.

  2. DNA damage induced by boron neutron capture therapy is partially repaired by DNA ligase IV.

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    Kondo, Natsuko; Sakurai, Yoshinori; Hirota, Yuki; Tanaka, Hiroki; Watanabe, Tsubasa; Nakagawa, Yosuke; Narabayashi, Masaru; Kinashi, Yuko; Miyatake, Shin-Ichi; Hasegawa, Masatoshi; Suzuki, Minoru; Masunaga, Shin-Ichiro; Ohnishi, Takeo; Ono, Koji

    2016-03-01

    Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a particle radiation therapy that involves the use of a thermal or epithermal neutron beam in combination with a boron ((10)B)-containing compound that specifically accumulates in tumor. (10)B captures neutrons and the resultant fission reaction produces an alpha ((4)He) particle and a recoiled lithium nucleus ((7)Li). These particles have the characteristics of high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation and therefore have marked biological effects. High-LET radiation is a potent inducer of DNA damage, specifically of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). The aim of the present study was to clarify the role of DNA ligase IV, a key player in the non-homologous end-joining repair pathway, in the repair of BNCT-induced DSBs. We analyzed the cellular sensitivity of the mouse embryonic fibroblast cell lines Lig4-/- p53-/- and Lig4+/+ p53-/- to irradiation using a thermal neutron beam in the presence or absence of (10)B-para-boronophenylalanine (BPA). The Lig4-/- p53-/- cell line had a higher sensitivity than the Lig4+/+ p53-/-cell line to irradiation with the beam alone or the beam in combination with BPA. In BNCT (with BPA), both cell lines exhibited a reduction of the 50% survival dose (D 50) by a factor of 1.4 compared with gamma-ray and neutron mixed beam (without BPA). Although it was found that (10)B uptake was higher in the Lig4+/+ p53-/- than in the Lig4-/- p53-/- cell line, the latter showed higher sensitivity than the former, even when compared at an equivalent (10)B concentration. These results indicate that BNCT-induced DNA damage is partially repaired using DNA ligase IV. PMID:26573366

  3. Circulatory kinetics of intravenously injected {sup 238}Pu(IV) citrate and {sup 14}C-CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA in mice: Comparison with rat, dog, and Reference Man

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    Durbin, P.W.; Kullgren, B.; Schmidt, C.T.

    1997-02-01

    New ligands for in vivo chelation of Pu(IV) are being synthesized and evaluated in mice for efficacy and toxicity. Biokinetic studies of the new ligands, CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA, and Pu(IV) are major components of those investigations. Young adult female mice were injected intravenously (iv) with {sup 3}H-inulin, {sup 14}C-CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA, or {sup 238}Pu(IV) citrate to provide base- line data for plasma clearance, tissue uptake, and excretion rates and to determine the dilution volume (VOD) and renal clearance rate (RC) of filterable substances. Published plasma clearance data in Reference Man, dog, and rat were collected. Based on combined data for {sup 3}H-inulin and {sup 14}C-CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA, VOD = 17% of body weight and RC = 18 mL kg{sup -1} min{sup -1} for mice. Retention of {sup 14}C-CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA in the four species is proportional to body weight and inversely proportional to RC: Integrals of the retention of {sup 14}C-CaNa{sub 3}-DTPA from R(t) = 1.0 to R(t) = 0.05 are 108, 43, 28, and 10 DF min, respectively, for Reference Man, dog, rat, and mouse. Clearances of iv-injected Pu(IV) citrate from plasma are in the same order: The plasma curve integrals from injection to 1440 min are 840, 640, 280, and 67 DF min, respectively, for Reference Man, dog, rat, and mouse. In mice, a large fraction of newly injected Pu(IV) is rapidly transferred to the interstitial water of bulk soft tissue (excluding liver and kidneys), from which it is cleared at the same rate as from the plasma. Rapid plasma clearance, escape into interstitial water (22%ID at 20 min), significant early urinary excretion (8%ID in 12 h), and prompt deposition in liver and skeleton (complete in 12 h) are evidence of inefficient binding to plasma protein of newly injected Pu(IV) in mice. Slow plasma clearance, little early urinary excretion, and delayed deposition in liver and skeleton reflect more efficient binding of newly injected Pu(IV) in Reference Man and dog. 39 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Intravenous Solutions for Exploration Missions

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    Miller, Fletcher J.; Niederhaus, Charles; Barlow, Karen; Griffin, DeVon

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the intravenous (IV) fluids requirements being developed for medical care during NASA s future exploration class missions. Previous research on IV solution generation and mixing in space is summarized. The current exploration baseline mission profiles are introduced, potential medical conditions described and evaluated for fluidic needs, and operational issues assessed. We briefly introduce potential methods for generating IV fluids in microgravity. Conclusions on the recommended fluid volume requirements are presented.

  5. Venipuncture and intravenous infusion access during zero-gravity flight

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    Krupa, Debra T.; Gosbee, John; Billica, Roger; Bechtle, Perry; Creager, Gerald J.; Boyce, Joey B.

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this experiment is to establish the difficulty associated with securing an intravenous (IV) catheter in place in microgravity flight and the techniques applicable in training the Crew Medical Officer (CMO) for Space Station Freedom, as well as aiding in the selection of appropriate hardware and supplies for the Health Maintenance Facility (HMF). The objectives are the following: (1) to determine the difficulties associated with venipuncture in a microgravity environment; (2) to evaluate the various methods of securing an IV catheter and attached tubing for infusion with regard to the unique environment; (3) to evaluate the various materials available for securing an intravenous catheter in place; and (4) to evaluate the fluid therapy administration system when functioning in a complete system. The inflight test procedures and other aspects of the KC-135 parabolic flight test to simulate microgravity are presented.

  6. Intravenous Chemotherapy or Oral Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Stage III-IV HIV-Associated Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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    2015-11-17

    AIDS-related Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma; AIDS-related Diffuse Mixed Cell Lymphoma; AIDS-related Diffuse Small Cleaved Cell Lymphoma; AIDS-related Immunoblastic Large Cell Lymphoma; AIDS-related Lymphoblastic Lymphoma; AIDS-related Peripheral/Systemic Lymphoma; AIDS-related Small Noncleaved Cell Lymphoma; Stage III AIDS-related Lymphoma; Stage IV AIDS-related Lymphoma

  7. Gene Expression Profiling in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells of Patients with Common Variable Immunodeficiency: Modulation of Adaptive Immune Response following Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy

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    Barbieri, Alessandro; Tinazzi, Elisa; Rizzi, Monica; Beri, Ruggero; Argentino, Giuseppe; Ottria, Andrea; Lunardi, Claudio; Puccetti, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Background Regular intravenous immunoglobulin treatment is used to replace antibody deficiency in primary immunodeficiency diseases; however the therapeutic effect seems to be related not only to antibody replacement but also to an active role in the modulation of the immune response. Common variable immunodeficiency is the most frequent primary immunodeficiency seen in clinical practice. Methods We have studied the effect of intravenous immunoglobulin replacement in patients with common variable immunodeficiency by evaluating the gene-expression profiles from Affimetrix HG-U133A. Some of the gene array results were validated by real time RT-PCR and by the measurement of circulating cytokines and chemokines by ELISA. Moreover we performed FACS analysis of blood mononuclear cells from the patients enrolled in the study. Results A series of genes involved in innate and acquired immune responses were markedly up- or down-modulated before therapy. Such genes included CD14, CD36, LEPR, IRF-5, RGS-1, CD38, TNFRSF25, IL-4, CXCR4, CCR3, IL-8. Most of these modulated genes showed an expression similar to that of normal controls after immunoglobulin replacement. Real time RT-PCR of selected genes and serum levels of IL-4, CXCR4 before and after therapy changed accordingly to gene array results. Interestingly, serum levels of IL-8 remained unchanged, as the corresponding gene, before and after treatment. FACS analysis showed a marked decrease of CD8+T cells and an increase of CD4+T cells following treatment. Moreover we observed a marked increase of CD23?CD27?IgM?IgG? B cells (centrocytes). Conclusions Our results are in accordance with previous reports and provide further support to the hypothesis that the benefits of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy are not only related to antibody replacement but also to its ability to modulate the immune response in common variable immunodeficiency. PMID:24831519

  8. Cost of post-operative intravenous iron therapy in total lower limb arthroplasty: a retrospective, matched cohort study

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    Muoz, Manuel; Gmez-Ramrez, Susana; Martn-Montaez, Elisa; Naveira, Enrique; Seara, Javier; Pava, Jos

    2014-01-01

    Background Requirements for allogeneic red cell transfusion after total lower limb arthroplasty are still high (2050%), and post-operative intravenous iron has been shown to reduce transfusion requirements for this surgery. We performed a cost analysis to ascertain whether this alternative is also likely to be cost-effective. Materials and methods Data from 182 matched-pairs of total lower limb arthroplasty patients, managed with a restrictive transfusion protocol and without (control group) or with post-operative intravenous iron (iron group), were retrospectively reviewed. Acquisition and administration costs of iron (iron sucrose or ferric carboxymaltose) and allogeneic red cell concentrates, haemoglobin measurements, and prolonged stay in hospital were used for blood management cost analysis. Results Patients in the iron group received 600 mg intravenous iron, without clinically relevant incidents, and had a lower allogeneic transfusion rate (11.5% vs 26.4% for the iron and control groups, respectively; p=0.001). The reduction in transfusion rate was more pronounced in anaemic patients (17% vs 40%; p=0.015) than in non-anaemic ones (9.6% vs 21.2%; p=0.011). There were no differences with respect to post-operative infection rate. Patients receiving allogeneic transfusion stayed in hospital longer (+1.9 days [95% CI: 1.22.6]). As intravenous iron reduces the allogeneic transfusion rate, both iron formulations were cost-neutral in the different cost scenarios (?25.5 to 62.1 /patient for iron sucrose, and ?51.1 to 64.4 /patient for ferric carboxymaltose). Discussion In patients presenting with or without pre-operative anaemia, post-operative intravenous iron after total lower limb arthroplasty seems to be safe and is associated with reduced transfusion rates, without incremental costs. For anaemic patients, its efficacy could be increased by associating some other blood-saving method. PMID:24120595

  9. Epacadostat and Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Melanoma

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    2016-03-11

    Mucosal Melanoma; Recurrent Melanoma; Recurrent Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIIA Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIA Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIIB Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIB Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIIC Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIC Uveal Melanoma; Stage IV Skin Melanoma; Stage IV Uveal Melanoma

  10. Crystalline-Like Keratopathy after Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy with Incomplete Kawasaki Disease: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Kocabas, Emine; Taylan Sekeroglu, Hande; zgr, zlem; Yagmur, Meltem; Ersoz, T. Reha

    2013-01-01

    A 7-year-old girl had presented with high body temperature and joint pain which continued for 3 days. Because of the prolonged history of unexplained fever, rash, bilateral nonpurulent conjunctival injection, oropharyngeal erythema, strawberry tongue, and extreme of age, incomplete Kawasaki disease was considered and started on an intravenous immunoglobulin infusion. Six days after this treatment, patient was referred to eye clinic with decreased vision and photophobia. Visual acuity was reduced to 20/40 in both eyes. Slit-lamp examination revealed bilateral diffuse corneal punctate epitheliopathy and anterior stromal haze. Corneal epitheliopathy seemed like crystal deposits. One day after presentation, mild anterior uveitis was added to clinical picture. All ocular findings disappeared in one week with topical steroid and unpreserved artificial tear drops. We present a case who was diagnosed as incomplete Kawasaki disease along with bilateral diffuse crystalline-like keratopathy. We supposed that unusual ocular presentation may be associated with intravenous immunoglobulin treatment. PMID:23607016

  11. Intravenous Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cell Therapy Attenuates Activated Microglial/Macrophage Response and Improves Spatial Learning After Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Bedi, Supinder S.; Hetz, Robert; Thomas, Chelsea; Smith, Philippa; Olsen, Alex B.; Williams, Stephen; Xue, Hasen; Aroom, Kevin; Uray, Karen; Hamilton, Jason; Mays, Robert W.

    2013-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that the intravenous delivery of multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs) after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in rodents provides neuroprotection by preserving the blood-brain barrier and systemically attenuating inflammation in the acute time frame following cell treatment; however, the long-term behavioral and anti-inflammatory effects of MAPC administration after TBI have yet to be explored. We hypothesized that the intravenous injection of MAPCs after TBI attenuates the inflammatory response (as measured by microglial morphology) and improves performance at motor tasks and spatial learning (Morris water maze [MWM]). MAPCs were administered intravenously 2 and 24 hours after a cortical contusion injury (CCI). We tested four groups at 120 days after TBI: sham (uninjured), injured but not treated (CCI), and injured and treated with one of two concentrations of MAPCs, either 2 million cells per kilogram (CCI-2) or 10 million cells per kilogram (CCI-10). CCI-10 rats showed significant improvement in left hind limb deficit on the balance beam. On the fifth day of MWM trials, CCI-10 animals showed a significant decrease in both latency to platform and distance traveled compared with CCI. Probe trials revealed a significant decrease in proximity measure in CCI-10 compared with CCI, suggesting improved memory retrieval. Neuroinflammation was quantified by enumerating activated microglia in the ipsilateral hippocampus. We observed a significant decrease in the number of activated microglia in the dentate gyrus in CCI-10 compared with CCI. Our results demonstrate that intravenous MAPC treatment after TBI in a rodent model offers long-term improvements in spatial learning as well as attenuation of neuroinflammation. PMID:24191266

  12. Effect of carbamazepine or phenytoin therapy on blood level of intravenously administered midazolam: a prospective cohort study.

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    Hayashi, Tomoko; Higuchi, Hitoshi; Tomoyasu, Yumiko; Ishii-Maruhama, Minako; Maeda, Shigeru; Miyawaki, Takuya

    2016-02-01

    Dental treatment of intellectually disabled patients is frequently performed under general anesthesia or sedation. Many of these patients have epilepsy and are medicated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Carbamazepine (CBZ) and phenytoin (PHT) are known to promote the metabolism of midazolam, and the blood levels of midazolam in patients medicated with CBZ or PHT may be different from those in healthy individuals. In this study, we clarified the influences of CBZ and PHT on the blood level of intravenously administered midazolam in patients medicated with CBZ or PHT. The subjects were divided into the following groups: not medicated with AEDs (control group), medicated with only CBZ or PHT (mono CBZ/PHT group), and medicated with CBZ or PHT or both and other AEDs (poly CBZ/PHT group). General anesthesia was achieved using midazolam, propofol, and remifentanil, and then the blood midazolam level was measured at 10, 30, and 60 min after intravenous midazolam administration. According to the results, the blood midazolam level was significantly lower in the mono and poly CBZ/PHT groups than in the control group. This finding suggests that intravenously administered midazolam may have a weaker effect in patients medicated with CBZ or PHT. PMID:26272251

  13. Intravenous leiomyomatosis.

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    Mariyappa, Narayanaswamy; Manikyam, Uday Kumar; Krishnamurthy, Dinesh; Preeti, K; Agarwal, Yamini; Prakar, U

    2012-07-01

    Leiomyomas are benign tumors arising from smooth muscle of the uterus. Intravenous leiomyomatosis is characterized by intraluminal growth of benign smooth muscle into either venous or lymphatic vessels outside the limits of myoma. It commonly extends into the pelvic veins and manifests as worm-like protrusions of tumor emanating from veins at the parametrial margins of hysterectomy specimen. The tumor can cause life-threatening symptoms if it involves inferior vena cava or right atrium. We report a case of intravenous leiomyomatosis of the uterus managed at our institution. PMID:24027407

  14. Intravenous Leiomyomatosis

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    Mariyappa, Narayanaswamy; Manikyam, Uday Kumar; Krishnamurthy, Dinesh; Preeti, K; Agarwal, Yamini; Prakar, U

    2012-01-01

    Leiomyomas are benign tumors arising from smooth muscle of the uterus. Intravenous leiomyomatosis is characterized by intraluminal growth of benign smooth muscle into either venous or lymphatic vessels outside the limits of myoma. It commonly extends into the pelvic veins and manifests as worm-like protrusions of tumor emanating from veins at the parametrial margins of hysterectomy specimen. The tumor can cause life-threatening symptoms if it involves inferior vena cava or right atrium. We report a case of intravenous leiomyomatosis of the uterus managed at our institution. PMID:24027407

  15. [Plasma fibronectin and collagen type IV in diabetic patients. Influence of therapy].

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    Alland, A; Hartmann, D J; Loupy, G; Lechevalier, D; Ville, G; Cotisson, A; Ulrich, J Y

    1984-02-01

    Fibronectin (by laser nephelometry) and collagen IV blood levels (by radioimmunoassay) were studied in 183 diabetics and compared with 101 non diabetic patients. Diabetics have more collagen IV and less fibronectin than non diabetics. Divergence has increased since 20 years old; fibronectin blood levels is always low in diabetics, even in the young. Collagen IV is higher in diabetics with angiopathy, and specially if insulin dependent. Diabetics which have a good control have normals levels. In the other hand when HBA1C greater than or equal to 9%, collagen IV blood level increases quickly and fibronectin level decreases. The importance of the antidiabetic treatment is underlined. PMID:6701012

  16. Lacticemia After Acute Overdose of Metformin in an Adolescent Managed Without Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate or Extracorporeal Therapy.

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    Bebarta, Vikhyat S; Pead, Joshua; Varney, Shawn M

    2015-08-01

    Metformin-associated lactic acidosis or lacticemia has been widely reported as an adverse drug effect in diabetic patients with other significant comorbidities and in acute overdose in adults. Lacticemia has been reported twice in a previously healthy pediatric population, both of which were suicide attempts and required hemodialysis. We report a case of a 17-year-old, nondiabetic, healthy adolescent girl with metformin-associated lacticemia who intentionally overdosed on metformin, had no coingestants, and was treated only with crystalloids. Furthermore, she did not require intravenous bicarbonate administration or extracorporeal removal. PMID:26241713

  17. Intravenous saline has no effect on blood ethanol clearance.

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    Li, J; Mills, T; Erato, R

    1999-01-01

    For patients presenting to emergency departments with ethanol intoxication, intravenous (i.v.) fluids are initiated for varied reasons. This investigation determined the effect of i.v. fluid therapy on the rate of blood ethanol clearance in such patients. Volunteers received a predetermined dose of ethanol on two separate occasions. On the second occasion, volunteers rapidly received a liter of i.v. saline directly following ethanol ingestion. At intervals on both occasions, blood ethanol levels were estimated using a breath analyzer. Using linear regression analysis, no difference was found in rates of alcohol clearance with or without i.v. fluid intervention. The common rate of clearance between both groups was 15 mg/dL/h (95% CI 12 to 18). We conclude that i.v. fluid therapy does not accelerate ethanol clearance in intoxicated patients. While such therapy may be justified for other reasons, practitioners are cautioned against initiating fluids in such patients solely to expedite ethanol elimination. PMID:9950378

  18. Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IIC-IV Melanoma

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    2014-05-20

    Ciliary Body and Choroid Melanoma, Medium/Large Size; Ciliary Body and Choroid Melanoma, Small Size; Extraocular Extension Melanoma; Iris Melanoma; Metastatic Intraocular Melanoma; Mucosal Melanoma; Recurrent Intraocular Melanoma; Recurrent Melanoma; Stage IIC Melanoma; Stage IIIA Intraocular Melanoma; Stage IIIA Melanoma; Stage IIIB Intraocular Melanoma; Stage IIIB Melanoma; Stage IIIC Intraocular Melanoma; Stage IIIC Melanoma; Stage IV Intraocular Melanoma; Stage IV Melanoma

  19. Maintenance and Consolidation Therapy in Patients with Unresectable Stage III/IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Heighway, Jim

    2010-01-01

    Globally, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Current chemotherapy combinations for the first-line treatment of advanced disease (stage IIIB with malignant pleural effusion/stage IV) and chemoradiotherapy regimens for the treatment of unresectable locally advanced disease (stage IIIA and IIIB without malignant pleural effusion) appear to have reached an efficacy plateau. The addition of new compounds including targeted agents to standard first-line cytotoxic doublets, administered concurrently and/or as maintenance therapy in patients who have not experienced disease progression after such treatment, has been shown to improve efficacy beyond this plateau in patients with advanced disease. However, to date, such approaches have been less successful in the treatment of patients with unresectable locally advanced stage III disease. The purpose of this review is to summarize the data from recent randomized phase III studies involving agents administered as maintenance or consolidation therapy in the treatment of unresectable stage III/IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A possible alternative approach to the use of cytotoxic or molecularly targeted agents in this setting is the administration of therapeutic anticancer vaccines, which are designed to stimulate a host immunological response against the tumor. Current data in relation to the potential of vaccine therapy for NSCLC are therefore also reviewed, with a particular focus on belagenpumatucel-L and L-BLP25 vaccines, which are currently undergoing phase III evaluation as maintenance therapies in patients with unresectable stage III/IV NSCLC who have tumor control following first-line therapy. PMID:20930098

  20. [Development of compartment syndrome after intravenous administration of an X-ray contrast medium. Recommendations on acute therapy regimens].

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    Hawi, N; Citak, M; Liodakis, E; Petri, M; Haasper, C; Krettek, C; Meller, R

    2014-04-01

    The incidence of extravasation of contrast medium is reported in the literature to be between 0.2?% and 0.9%. A rare consequence of this could be compartment syndrome of the affected limb which requires immediate treatment.We report the case of a patient who developed acute compartment syndrome of the forearm after intravenous injection of radiographic contrast medium in a radiovolar vein during a computed tomography (CT) scan for multiple trauma. The clinical symptoms with pain, loss of range of motion and sensitivity functions, measurement of compartment pressure and radiological images confirmed the diagnosis. After emergency dermatofasciotomy of the forearm the full range of motion and sensitivity functions could be restored. PMID:23652930

  1. Physicochemical compatibility between ketoprofen lysine salt injections (Artrosilene) and pharmaceutical products frequently used for combined therapy by intravenous administration.

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    Anacardio, Roberto; Perilli, Orietta; Bartolini, Sandro; Gentile, Marco M; Mazzeo, Pietro; Carlucci, Giuseppe

    2003-08-21

    Ketoprofen lysine salt (Artrosilene) Fiale) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent frequently administered by intravenous infusion in association regimen with other drugs, such as steroidal anti-inflammatory, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-spastic, anti-ulcer, and antibacterial drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate the physicochemical compatibility between ketoprofen lysine salt (Artrosilene) Fiale) and other injectable drugs frequently used in association. Physicochemical properties of ketoprofen lysine salt mixtures with different drugs, including colour, clarity, pH and drug content were observed or measured before and after (up to 5 h) mixing at room temperature and under light protection. Results show that the association of Artrosilene Fiale with different drugs does not cause, up to 5 h from mixing, any significant variation in the physicochemical parameters mentioned above. In conclusion, the results obtained demonstrated the physicochemical compatibility of ketoprofen lysine salt (Artrosilene) Fiale) with several drugs. PMID:12907268

  2. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Local Heat Therapy Versus Intravenous Sodium Stibogluconate for the Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmania major Infection

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    Aronson, Naomi E.; Wortmann, Glenn W.; Byrne, William R.; Howard, Robin S.; Bernstein, Wendy B.; Marovich, Mary A.; Polhemus, Mark E.; Yoon, In-Kyu; Hummer, Kelly A.; Gasser, Robert A.; Oster, Charles N.; Benson, Paul M.

    2010-01-01

    Background Cutaneous Leishmania major has affected many travelers including military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Optimal treatment for this localized infection has not been defined, but interestingly the parasite is thermosensitive. Methodology/Principal Findings Participants with parasitologically confirmed L. major infection were randomized to receive intravenous sodium stibogluconate (SSG) 20mg/kg/day for ten doses or localized ThermoMed (TM) device heat treatment (applied at 50°C for 30 seconds) in one session. Those with facial lesions, infection with other species of Leishmania, or more than 20 lesions were excluded. Primary outcome was complete re-epithelialization or visual healing at two months without relapse over 12 months. Fifty-four/56 enrolled participants received intervention, 27 SSG and 27 TM. In an intent to treat analysis the per subject efficacy at two months with 12 months follow-up was 54% SSG and 48% TM (p = 0.78), and the per lesion efficacy was 59% SSG and 73% TM (p = 0.053). Reversible abdominal pain/pancreatitis, arthralgias, myalgias, headache, fatigue, mild cytopenias, and elevated transaminases were more commonly present in the SSG treated participants, whereas blistering, oozing, and erythema were more common in the TM arm. Conclusions/Significance Skin lesions due to L. major treated with heat delivered by the ThermoMed device healed at a similar rate and with less associated systemic toxicity than lesions treated with intravenous SSG. Clinical Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT 00884377 PMID:20231896

  3. Protocol for a multicentre randomiSed controlled TRial of IntraVEnous immunoglobulin versus standard therapy for the treatment of transverse myelitis in adults and children (STRIVE)

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    Absoud, M; Gadian, J; Hellier, J; Brex, P A; Ciccarelli, O; Giovannoni, G; Kelly, J; McCrone, P; Murphy, C; Palace, J; Pickles, A; Pike, M; Robertson, N; Jacob, A; Lim, M

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Transverse myelitis (TM) is an immune-mediated disorder of the spinal cord which causes motor and sensory disturbance and limited recovery in 50% of patients. Standard treatment is steroids, and patients with more severe disease appear to respond to plasma exchange (PLEX). Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has also been used as an adjunct to steroids, but evidence is lacking. We propose the first randomised control trial in adults and children, to determine the benefit of additional treatment with IVIG. Methods and analysis 170 adults and children aged over 1 year with acute first episode TM or neuromyelitis optica (with myelitis) will be recruited over a 2.5-year period and followed up for 12 months. Participants randomised to the control arm will receive standard therapy of intravenous methylprednisolone (IVMP). The intervention arm will receive the above standard therapy, plus additional IVIG. Primary outcome will be a 2-point improvement on the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment scale at 6 months postrandomisation by blinded assessors. Additional secondary and tertiary outcome measures will be collected: ASIA motor and sensory scales, Kurtzke expanded disability status scale, International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Bladder/Bowel Data Set, Client Services Receipt Index, Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, EQ-5D, SCI Pain and SCI Quality of Life Data Sets. Biological samples will be biobanked for future studies. After 6-months' follow-up of the first 52 recruited patients futility analysis will be carried out. Health economics analysis will be performed to calculate cost-effectiveness. After 6 months’ recruitment futility analysis will be performed. Ethics and dissemination Research Ethics Committee Approval was obtained: 14/SC/1329. Current protocol: v3.0 (15/01/2015). Study findings will be published in peer-reviewed journals. Trial registration numbers This study is registered with EudraCT (REF: 2014-002335-34), Clinicaltrials.gov (REF: NCT02398994) and ISRCTN (REF: 12127581). PMID:26009577

  4. Hypersensitivity to intravenous iron: classification, terminology, mechanisms and management.

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    Szebeni, J; Fishbane, S; Hedenus, M; Howaldt, S; Locatelli, F; Patni, S; Rampton, D; Weiss, G; Folkersen, J

    2015-11-01

    Intravenous (IV) iron therapy is widely used in iron deficiency anaemias when oral iron is not tolerated or ineffective. Administration of IV-iron is considered a safe procedure, but severe hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) can occur at a very low frequency. Recently, new guidelines have been published by the European Medicines Agency with the intention of making IV-iron therapy safer; however, the current protocols are still non-specific, non-evidence-based empirical measures which neglect the fact that the majority of IV-iron reactions are not IgE-mediated anaphylactic reactions. The field would benefit from new specific and effective methods for the prevention and treatment of these HSRs, and the main goal of this review was to highlight a possible new approach based on the assumption that IV-iron reactions represent complement activation-related pseudo-allergy (CARPA), at least in part. The review compares the features of IV-iron reactions to those of immune and non-immune HSRs caused by a variety of other infused drugs and thus make indirect inferences on IV-iron reactions. The process of comparison highlights many unresolved issues in allergy research, such as the unsettled terminology, multiple redundant classifications and a lack of validated animal models and lege artis clinical studies. Facts and arguments are listed in support of the involvement of CARPA in IV-iron reactions, and the review addresses the mechanism of low reactogenic administration protocols (LRPs) based on slow infusion. It is suggested that consideration of CARPA and the use of LRPs might lead to useful new additions to the management of high-risk IV-iron patients. PMID:26265306

  5. Intravenous Fluid Generation System

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    McQuillen, John; McKay, Terri; Brown, Daniel; Zoldak, John

    2013-01-01

    The ability to stabilize and treat patients on exploration missions will depend on access to needed consumables. Intravenous (IV) fluids have been identified as required consumables. A review of the Space Medicine Exploration Medical Condition List (SMEMCL) lists over 400 medical conditions that could present and require treatment during ISS missions. The Intravenous Fluid Generation System (IVGEN) technology provides the scalable capability to generate IV fluids from indigenous water supplies. It meets USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) standards. This capability was performed using potable water from the ISS; water from more extreme environments would need preconditioning. The key advantage is the ability to filter mass and volume, providing the equivalent amount of IV fluid: this is critical for remote operations or resource- poor environments. The IVGEN technology purifies drinking water, mixes it with salt, and transfers it to a suitable bag to deliver a sterile normal saline solution. Operational constraints such as mass limitations and lack of refrigeration may limit the type and volume of such fluids that can be carried onboard the spacecraft. In addition, most medical fluids have a shelf life that is shorter than some mission durations. Consequently, the objective of the IVGEN experiment was to develop, design, and validate the necessary methodology to purify spacecraft potable water into a normal saline solution, thus reducing the amount of IV fluids that are included in the launch manifest. As currently conceived, an IVGEN system for a space exploration mission would consist of an accumulator, a purifier, a mixing assembly, a salt bag, and a sterile bag. The accumulator is used to transfer a measured amount of drinking water from the spacecraft to the purifier. The purifier uses filters to separate any air bubbles that may have gotten trapped during the drinking water transfer from flowing through a high-quality deionizing cartridge that removes the impurities in the water before entering the salt bag and mixing with the salt to create a normal saline solution.

  6. Dipeptidyl peptidase IV on activated T cells as a target molecule for therapy of rheumatoid arthritis

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    WILLIAMS, Y N; BABA, H; HAYASHI, S; IKAI, H; SUGITA, T; TANAKA, S; MIYASAKA, N; KUBOTA, T

    2003-01-01

    The extracellular domain of the T cell co-stimulatory molecule CD26 possesses dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DP IV) enzyme activity. Activated T cells are known to increase expression of cell surface DP IV and some specific inhibitors of this enzyme have been reported to suppress T cell function. Previously we have identified a DP IV inhibitor, designated TMC-2, found in culture supernatant of Aspergillus oryzae. Administration of TMC-2 to rats with adjuvant arthritis caused marked suppression of paw swelling. To elucidate the mechanism of TMC-2 antiarthritic activity, we have studied its effects on T cell function. Here we show that TMC-2 inhibited DP IV activity of CD26 immunoprecipitated from T cell lysates, and also inhibited proliferative responses of T cells to specific antigen or anti-CD3 antibody. Suppression of IL-2 production was demonstrated at both the mRNA and protein levels. TMC-2 did not alter the PTPase activity of pure CD45, but when this molecule was co-precipitated from T cell lysates together with associated CD26, its PTPase was virtually completely abolished by TMC-2. These results suggest that modulation of CD45 PTPase activity might be responsible for functional suppression of T cells by TMC-2. Because the effects of TMC-2 on T cells were reversible and it was not toxic at the concentrations used, TMC-2 may be a candidate novel therapeutic agent for rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:12519388

  7. Dipeptidyl peptidase IV on activated T cells as a target molecule for therapy of rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Williams, Y N; Baba, H; Hayashi, S; Ikai, H; Sugita, T; Tanaka, S; Miyasaka, N; Kubota, T

    2003-01-01

    The extracellular domain of the T cell co-stimulatory molecule CD26 possesses dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DP IV) enzyme activity. Activated T cells are known to increase expression of cell surface DP IV and some specific inhibitors of this enzyme have been reported to suppress T cell function. Previously we have identified a DP IV inhibitor, designated TMC-2, found in culture supernatant of Aspergillus oryzae. Administration of TMC-2 to rats with adjuvant arthritis caused marked suppression of paw swelling. To elucidate the mechanism of TMC-2 antiarthritic activity, we have studied its effects on T cell function. Here we show that TMC-2 inhibited DP IV activity of CD26 immunoprecipitated from T cell lysates, and also inhibited proliferative responses of T cells to specific antigen or anti-CD3 antibody. Suppression of IL-2 production was demonstrated at both the mRNA and protein levels. TMC-2 did not alter the PTPase activity of pure CD45, but when this molecule was co-precipitated from T cell lysates together with associated CD26, its PTPase was virtually completely abolished by TMC-2. These results suggest that modulation of CD45 PTPase activity might be responsible for functional suppression of T cells by TMC-2. Because the effects of TMC-2 on T cells were reversible and it was not toxic at the concentrations used, TMC-2 may be a candidate novel therapeutic agent for rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:12519388

  8. [Incidence of intravenous thrombolytic therapy and fatalities in patients with acute transmural myocardial infarct (Q infarct). A study of observations from 1984 to 1987].

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    Alt, B; Trost, W; Schuster, H P; Ehlers, B; Bodmann, K F; Khler, F

    1989-10-15

    All patients admitted to the ICU with acute myocardial infarction (MI) were treated by the same protocol since 1984. We report the results in Q-wave-MI of 1987 compared to 1984. Age (67.2 +/- 12.4 vs. 66.8 +/- 11.4 years), sex distribution (70.1% vs. 71.9% male), time elapse between begin of symptoms and admittance to the hospital (15.5 +/- 27.0 vs. 15.0 +/- 32.5 hours) were similar in both years, but the total number of definite Q-MI decreased by 22% from 135 (1984) to 105 (1987). Inhospital mortality (20% vs. 23%) and ICU mortality (14% vs. 20%) tended to decrease, although differences did not reach statistical significance. This was paralleled by an increase in the rate of i.v. thrombolytic therapy from 17% (1984) to 28% (1987) of all patients with Q-MI. The percentage of patients who definitely received i.v. thrombolysis when all indication criteria were present and all contraindicatory factors excluded increased from 47% (1984) to 97% (1987). We conclude, that the performance of i.v. thrombolysis in all patients, who fulfill the general accepted criteria for thrombolysis may improve clinical course and outcome in a given population of patients with acute Q-wave-infarction. PMID:2586375

  9. Intracoronary thallium-201 scintigraphy after thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction compared with 10 and 100 day intravenous thallium-201 scintigraphy

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    Heller, G.V.; Parker, J.A.; Silverman, K.J.; Royal, H.D.; Kolodny, G.M.; Paulin, S.; Braunwald, E.; Markis, J.E.

    1987-02-01

    Thallium-201 imaging has been utilized to estimate myocardial salvage after thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction. However, results from recent animal studies have suggested that as a result of reactive hyperemia and delayed necrosis, thallium-201 imaging may overestimate myocardial salvage. To determine whether early overestimation of salvage occurs in humans, intracoronary thallium-201 scans 1 hour after thrombolytic therapy were compared with intravenous thallium-201 scans obtained approximately 10 and 100 days after myocardial infarction in 29 patients. In 10 patients with angiographic evidence of coronary reperfusion, immediate improvement in thallium defects and no interim clinical events, there was no change in imaging in the follow-up studies. Of nine patients with coronary reperfusion but no initial improvement of perfusion defects, none showed worsening of defects in the follow-up images. Six of these patients demonstrated subsequent improvement at either 10 or 100 days after infarction. Seven of 10 patients with neither early evidence of reperfusion nor improvement in perfusion defects had improvement of infarct-related perfusion defects, and none showed worsening. In conclusion, serial scanning at 10 and 100 days after infarction in patients with no subsequent clinical events showed no worsening of the perfusion image compared with images obtained in acute studies. Therefore, there is no evidence that thallium-201 imaging performed early in patients with acute myocardial infarction overestimates improvement.

  10. Implementing an Evidence-Based Practice Project in the Prevention of Peripheral Intravenous Site Infiltrations in Children.

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    Taylor, John T

    2015-01-01

    More than 90% of hospitalized patients require peripheral intravenous (IV) access for the delivery of fluids, nutrition, or medication. Peripheral IV site complications, such as infiltration and phlebitis, account for the greatest risk to most patients receiving infusion therapy. These complications may result in substantial acute or chronic injury, which may be further exacerbated if the affected individual is a child. Evidence suggests that the implementation of bedside-nurse training and more frequent assessment will reduce the risk for peripheral IV site complications. This project evaluates the implementation of these interventions on a pediatric acute care unit. PMID:26536330

  11. Early intervention in acute myocardial infarction: significance for myocardial salvage of immediate intravenous streptokinase therapy followed by coronary angioplasty

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    Miller, H.I.; Almagor, Y.; Keren, G.; Chernilas, J.; Roth, A.; Eschar, Y.; Shapira, I.; Shargorodsky, B.; Berenfeld, D.; Laniado, S.

    1987-03-01

    Sixteen patients with acute myocardial infarction underwent treatment with streptokinase up to 3 hours after the onset of chest pain. Nine patients (group I) received streptokinase within 1 hour of the onset of pain, and seven patients (group II) received it within 2 to 3 hours. All underwent multigated radionuclide ventriculography after streptokinase therapy and 1 week later. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty of the infarct artery was performed within 24 hours in all patients. An effort-limited treadmill stress test was performed before discharge. There was no mortality or serious complication. Mean peak total creatine kinase was 521 +/- 289 mU/ml in group I, and 1,614 +/- 709 mU/ml in group II (p less than 0.05). The mean initial left ventricular ejection fraction was 47 +/- 11% in group I and 37 +/- 10% in group II. After early angioplasty (within 24 hours) and at 1 week recovery, left ventricular ejection fraction increased to 53 +/- 9% in group I (p less than 0.05) and to 40 +/- 7% in group II (p = NS). Seven of the nine patients in group I had normal radionuclide ventriculograms at discharge compared with none of the seven patients in group II. Thrombolytic therapy administered less than 1 hour after the onset of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction followed by angioplasty of the infarct artery results in preservation of left ventricular function, whereas therapy given after 2 hours has only a limited effect.

  12. Effects of intravenous human umbilical cord blood CD34+ stem cell therapy versus levodopa in experimentally induced Parkinsonism in mice

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    Abo-Grisha, Noha; Abo-Elmatty, Dina M.; Abdel-Hady, Zenab

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Parkinsonism is a neurodegenerative disease with impaired motor function. The current research was directed to investigate the effect of CD34+ stem cells versus levodopa in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced Parkinsonism. Material and methods Mice were divided into 4 groups; saline-injected, MPTP: received four MPTP injections (20 mg/kg, i.p.) at 2 h intervals, MPTP groups treated with levodopa/carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg/twice/day for 28 days) or single intravenous injection of 106 CD34+ stem cells/mouse at day 7 and allowed to survive until the end of week 5. Results Levodopa and stem cells improved MPTP-induced motor deficits; they abolished the difference in stride length, decreased percentage of foot slip errors and increased ambulation, activity factor and mobility duration in parkinsonian mice (p < 0.05). Further, they significantly (p < 0.05) increased striatal dopamine (85.3 4.3 and 110.6 5.3) and ATP levels (10.6 1.1 and 15.5 1.14) compared to MPTP (60.1 3.9 pmol/g and 3.6 0.09 mmol/g, respectively) (p < 0.05). Moreover, mitochondrial DNA from mice treated with levodopa or stem cells was in intact form; average concentration was (52.8 3.01 and 107.8 8.6) and no appreciable fragmentation of nuclear DNA was found compared to MPTP group. Regarding tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunostaining, stem cell group showed a marked increase of percentage of TH-immunopositive neurons (63.55 5.2) compared to both MPTP (37.6 3.1) and levodopa groups (41.6 3.5). Conclusions CD34+ cells ameliorated motor, biochemical and histological deficits in MPTP-parkinsonian mice, these effects were superior to those produced by levodopa that would be promising for the treatment of PD. PMID:24482663

  13. Mineral balance studies in sick preterm intravenously fed infants during the first week after birth. A guide to fluid therapy.

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    Aiken, C G; Sherwood, R A; Kenney, I J; Furnell, M; Lenney, W

    1989-01-01

    Mineral balance studies were performed in 61 sick preterm infants given parenteral fluids only. Their gestational ages varied from 24 to 35 weeks, and 50 required mechanical ventilation. Two consecutive balance studies were performed; the first from admission to 48 hours in all babies given maintenance fluids of 10% Dextrose, and the second from 48 hours to 7 days in those babies given intravenous feeding (IVN). At the beginning and end of each balance period, the baby was weighed and an arterial blood sample taken for blood gases, electrolyte, urea, creatinine and protein determinations. During the balance period all urine was collected and analysed for electrolyte, urea, and creatinine composition, and all fluid intake was recorded. The balance of a mineral was calculated as the difference between parenteral intake and urine output. Infants requiring IVN were allocated alternatively to regimen X or regimen Y, which had the same calcium content of 9.5 mmol/L, but different phosphate contents, regimen X containing 7.3 mmol/L and regimen Y 11.6 mmol/L. In those infants requiring prolonged IVN, 12-24 hour balance studies were performed at weekly intervals after day 10. 1. Phosphate deficiency developed in infants given regimen X, who had higher urine calcium excretion, lower percentage calcium retention and lower plasma phosphate levels than those given regimen Y. These differences were apparent by day 7 and persisted after day 10. In infants given regimen Y, mean calcium retention from admission to day 7 was 3.9 mmol/kg, and after day 10 was 0.9 mmol/kg/day. 2. In the first 48 hours, urine output and creatinine clearance varied widely and were lower in infants with higher oxygen requirements at 48 hours. Ten babies had severe oliguria with outputs less than 10 mL/kg/day. Creatinine clearance was directly related to gestational age, mean arterial blood pressure, and plasma protein concentrations on admission. After 48 hours, urine output and creatinine clearance increased considerably. 3. In the first 48 hours, metabolic acidosis was produced by increased plasma non-protein metabolisable acid concentrations, which were associated with low creatinine clearances, and were thought to be due to lactic acid accumulation in response to decreased tissue perfusion. At 7 days, metabolic acidosis was of similar severity but was produced by decreased plasma non-metabolisable base concentrations, caused by increased urine loss of net base, and not directly by IVN.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:2512760

  14. Reversal of hypercalcemic acute kidney injury by treatment with intravenous bisphosphonates.

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    Auron, Ari; Tal, Leyat; Srivastava, Tarak; Alon, Uri S

    2009-03-01

    We present the details of three children with hypercalcemia-induced acute kidney injury (AKI). After traditional therapy with fluids, loop diuretics, steroids and calcitonin had failed to correct the hypercalcemia, they were given treatment with low doses of intravenous (i.v.) pamidronate, which resulted in normalization of serum calcium and kidney function. In one child Doppler renal ultrasound revealed dampened arterial blood flow, which resolved with normalization of serum calcium. On the basis of cumulative data and our experience, we suggest that i.v. application of bisphosphonates be moved from the second to the first line of treatment of hypercalcemic AKI. PMID:18839218

  15. Therapy of Staphylococcal Infections in Monkeys. IV. Further Comparison of Triacetyloleandomycin and Erythromycins

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    Saslaw, Samuel; Carlisle, Harold N.; Marietti, Maurice

    1969-01-01

    Intravenous inoculation of a penicillin-resistant, phage type 80/81 staphylococcus caused lethal infection in 8 of 15 untreated monkeys. Daily intragastric administration of 50 mg/kg of triacetyloleandomycin, erythromycin estolate, and erythromycin ethylsuccinate was followed by mortalities of 0 of 16, 3 of 16, and 3 of 10, respectively. At dose levels of 25 and 12.5 mg/kg, none of 7 and 4 of 7 receiving triacetyloleandomycin and erythromycin estolate, respectively, died, as compared to 3 of 4 deaths in controls. In vitro sensitivity data and serum antibacterial levels would suggest that triacetyloleandomycin would be the least effective therapeutically. However, this prediction was not fulfilled in these studies of experimental infections in monkeys wherein triacetyloleandomycin was a very effective antimicrobial agent. PMID:4984259

  16. Hypofractionated Image Guided Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV Breast Cancer

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    2015-06-22

    Central Nervous System Metastases; Invasive Ductal Breast Carcinoma; Invasive Ductal Breast Carcinoma With Predominant Intraductal Component; Invasive Lobular Breast Carcinoma; Invasive Lobular Breast Carcinoma With Predominant in Situ Component; Liver Metastases; Lobular Breast Carcinoma in Situ; Lung Metastases; Male Breast Cancer; Medullary Ductal Breast Carcinoma With Lymphocytic Infiltrate; Mucinous Ductal Breast Carcinoma; Papillary Ductal Breast Carcinoma; Recurrent Breast Cancer; Stage IV Breast Cancer; Tubular Ductal Breast Carcinoma; Tumors Metastatic to Brain

  17. Orthostatic stability with intravenous levodopa

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    Siddiqi, Shan H.; Creech, Mary L.

    2015-01-01

    Intravenous levodopa has been used in a multitude of research studies due to its more predictable pharmacokinetics compared to the oral form, which is used frequently as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Levodopa is the precursor for dopamine, and intravenous dopamine would strongly affect vascular tone, but peripheral decarboxylase inhibitors are intended to block such effects. Pulse and blood pressure, with orthostatic changes, were recorded before and after intravenous levodopa or placebo—after oral carbidopa—in 13 adults with a chronic tic disorder and 16 tic-free adult control subjects. Levodopa caused no statistically or clinically significant changes in blood pressure or pulse. These data add to previous data that support the safety of i.v. levodopa when given with adequate peripheral inhibition of DOPA decarboxylase. PMID:26336641

  18. Intravenous iron replacement therapy in eugonadal males with iron-deficiency anemia: Effects on pituitary gonadal axis and sperm parameters; A pilot study

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    Soliman, Ashraf; Yassin, Mohamed; De Sanctis, Vincenzo

    2014-01-01

    Aim of the study: To evaluate semen parameters and to assess serum FSH, LH, Testosterone (T) concentrations before and 12 weeks after intravenous iron therapy (800-1200 mg elemental iron therapy - IVI) in adults with iron-deficiency anemia (IDA). Materials and Methods: We studied 11 eugonadal adults with IDA, aged 40 5 years, due to defective intake of iron. Anemia was diagnosed when hemoglobin (Hb) was equal or below 10 g/dl. Serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) and ferritin concentrations confirmed the diagnosis of IDA. Basal serum concentrations of FSH, LH, and T were measured. Semen parameters were evaluated before and 6-7 weeks after IVI therapy. Results: After IVI therapy and correction of anemia, a significant increase of Hb from 8.1 1.17 g/dL to 13.1 0.7 g/dL was observed and was associated with an increase of T (from 12.22 1.4 nmol/L to 15.9 0.96 nmol/L; P < 0.001), FSH (from 2.82 0.87 to 3.82 1.08 IU/L; P = 0.007), and LH (from 2.27 0.9 to 3.82 1.5 IU/L; P = 0.0002). Total sperm count (TSC) increased significantly from 72 17.5 million/ml to 158 49 million/mL (P < 0.001), rapid progressive sperm motility (RPM) increased from 22 9.4 to 69 30 million/ml (P < 0.001), and sperms with normal morphology (NM) increased from 33 5 to 56 7 million/ml (P < 0.001). Increment in Hb concentration was correlated significantly with LH, FSH, and T concentrations after IVI (r = 0.69 and r = 0.44, r = 0.75, respectively; P < 0.01). The increment in serum T was correlated significantly with increments in the TSC and total sperm motility and RPM (r = 0.66, 0.43, and 0.55, respectively; P < 0.001) but not with gonadotrophin levels. Conclusion: Our study proved for the first time, to our knowledge, that correction of IDA with IVI is associated with significant enhancement of sperm parameters and increased concentrations of serum LH, FSH, and T. These effects on spermatogenesis are reached by an unknown mechanism and suggest a number of pathways that need further human and/or experimental studies. PMID:24944924

  19. Cetuximab and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Head and Neck Cancer

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    2015-05-21

    Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Tongue Cancer

  20. The safety of intravenous iron preparations: systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Avni T; Bieber A; Grossman A; Green H; Leibovici L; Gafter-Gvili A

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To amass all available evidence regarding the safety of intravenous (IV) iron preparations to provide a true balance of efficacy and safety.METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analysis of all randomized clinical trials comparing IV iron to another comparator. All electronic databases until January 1, 2014, were reviewed. Primary outcome was occurrence of severe adverse events (SAEs). Secondary outcomes included all-cause mortality and other adverse events (AEs). Subgroup analysis was performed on the basis of type of IV iron, comparator, treated condition, and system involved.RESULTS: A total of 103 trials published between 1965 through 2013 were included. A total of 10,390 patients were treated with IV iron compared with 4044 patients treated with oral iron, 1329 with no iron, 3335 with placebo, and 155 with intramuscular iron. There was no increased risk of SAEs with IV iron (relative risk [RR], 1.04; 95% CI, 0.93-1.17; I(2)=9%). Subgroup analysis revealed a decreased rate of SAEs when IV iron was used to treat heart failure (RR, 0.45; 95% CI, 0.29-0.70; I(2)=0%). Severe infusion reactions were more common with IV iron (RR, 2.47; 95% CI, 1.43-4.28; I(2)=0%). There was no increased risk of infections with IV iron. Gastrointestinal AEs were reduced with IV iron.CONCLUSION: Intravenous iron therapy is not associated with an increased risk of SAEs or infections. Infusion reactions are more pronounced with IV iron.

  1. Multiple Intravenous Infusions Phase 2a: Ontario Survey

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    Fan, Mark; Koczmara, Christine; Masino, Caterina; Cassano-Piché, Andrea; Trbovich, Patricia; Easty, Anthony

    2014-01-01

    Background Research conducted in earlier phases of this study prospectively identified a number of concerns related to the safe administration of multiple intravenous (IV) infusions in Ontario hospitals. Objective To investigate the potential prevalence of practices or policies that may contribute to the patient safety risks identified in Phase 1b of this study. Data Sources and Review Methods Sixty-four survey responses were analyzed from clinical units where multiple IV infusions may occur (e.g., adult intensive care units). Survey questions were organized according to the topics identified in Phase 1b as potential contributors to patient harm (e.g., labelling practices, patient transfer practices, secondary infusion policies). Results Survey results indicated suboptimal practices and policies in some clinical units, and variability in a number of infusion practices. Key areas of concern included the following: use of primary IV tubing without back check valves when administering secondary infusions administration of secondary infusions with/as high-alert continuous IV medications potential confusion about how IV tubing should be labelled to reflect replacement date and time interruptions to IV therapy due to IV pump and/or tubing changes when patients are transferred between clinical units coadministration of continuous or intermittent infusions on central venous pressure monitoring ports variability in respondents’ awareness of the infusion pump's bolus capabilities Limitations Due to the limited sample size, survey responses may not be representative of infusion practices across Ontario. Answers to some questions indicated that the intent of the questions might have been misunderstood. Due to a design error, 1 question about bolus administration methods was not shown to as many respondents as appropriate. Conclusions The Ontario survey revealed variability in IV infusion practice across the province and potential opportunities to improve safety. PMID:26257837

  2. Oral valganciclovir as pre-emptive therapy has similar efficacy on cytomegalovirus DNA load reduction as intravenous ganciclovir in allogeneic stem cell transplantation recipients.

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    van der Heiden, P L J; Kalpoe, J S; Barge, R M; Willemze, R; Kroes, A C M; Schippers, E F

    2006-04-01

    The efficacy and safety of oral valganciclovir was compared to ganciclovir i.v. in pre-emptive treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in T-cell-depleted allogeneic stem cell transplant (allo-SCT) recipients. A therapeutic guideline was developed to allow the safe application of valganciclovir in allo-SCT recipients requiring CMV therapy. In total, 107 consecutive transplant recipients were evaluated. Cytomegalovirus DNA load in plasma was monitored longitudinally; details on antiviral therapy and treatment responses were analyzed retrospectively. Fifty-seven CMV treatment episodes were recorded in 34 patients: 20 with valganciclovir (900 mg twice-daily) and 37 with ganciclovir (5 mg/kg twice-daily). Median CMV DNA load reduction was 0.079 and 0.069 log10 copies/ml/day in the ganciclovir and valganciclovir group, respectively. Good response on CMV DNA load (reduction below 3.0 log10 copies/ml) was observed in 75.7% of ganciclovir and 80.0% of valganciclovir treatment episodes. Severe adverse effects were not observed and CMV-related disease did not occur. However, the percentage of patients receiving erythrocyte transfusion was higher in the group of patients receiving ganciclovir as compared to valganciclovir (41 versus 20%, P=0.116). In conclusion, pre-emptive treatment with valganciclovir and ganciclovir, led to similar reduction of CMV DNA load. Oral valganciclovir is an attractive and safe alternative for pre-emptive CMV treatment in T-cell-depleted allo-SCT recipients. PMID:16501590

  3. Establish a perioperative check forum for peripheral intravenous access to prevent the occurrence of phlebitis.

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    Chiu, Po-Chun; Lee, Ya-Hui; Hsu, Hung-Te; Feng, Yu-Tung; Lu, I-Cheng; Chiu, Shun-Li; Cheng, Kuang-I

    2015-04-01

    The prevalence of intravenous (IV) catheter-related infections is 0.5 per 1000 device days, and these infections cause tenderness, erythema, swelling and phlebitis. Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) may independently increase hospital costs and length of stay; the aim of the study was to set up a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the maintenance of peripheral vein catheter patency and the prevention of IV catheter-related complications. This is a retrospective study, enrolling patients who received anesthesia between April 2010 and January 2011. The study included 1 month of pretest phase, and 3 months each of "notification" phase, "observation" phase and "end" phase, respectively. The cannulations were set up by surgical ward nurses following the SOP on establishing peripheral intravenous catheter in our hospital. The cannulation sites were then examined before surgery and postoperatively by registered nurse anesthetists using the Baxter Scale. We also tried to set up a feedback circuit to let ward nurses know about the IV patency rate. As a result, 14,682 patients were enrolled in the study. The incidence of IV therapy-related adverse events was 0.78% in the notification phase, 0.43% in the observation phase, and 0.13% in the end phase. Overall IV therapy-related events declined significantly (p < 0.01), and the presence of phlebitis was associated with age (p < 0.05). An SOP established to assess IV patency through a checklist can reduce phlebitis and improve quality. The checklist increases ward nurses' and nurse anesthetists' awareness of IV patency, and the feedback circuit substantially reduces IV event rate. PMID:25835279

  4. A clinical study on drug-related problems associated with intravenous drug administration

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    Vijayakumar, A.; Sharon, E. V.; Teena, J.; Nobil, S.; Nazeer, I.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Infusion therapy through intravenous (IV) access is a therapeutic option used in the treatment of many hospitalized patients. IV therapy is complex, potentially dangerous and error prone. The objectives were to ascertain the drug-related problems (DRPs) involved in IV medication administration and further to develop strategies to reduce and prevent the occurrence of DRPs during IV administration. Materials and Methods: A prospective observational study was carried out for a period of 4 months. Patients receiving more than two medications through IV route were included and studied. Results: Of 110 patients, 76 (69.09%) were male and the rest were female. Nearly, half of the patients (46.3%, n = 51) were reported with DRPs. Of the 80 DRPs (72.72%) documented, 61 problems (55.4%) were seen in patients given IV medications through peripheral line. Among the DRPs majority seen were incompatibilities (40.9%, n = 45), followed by complications developed (12.7%, n = 14), errors in rate of administration (10.9%), and dilution errors (8%). To study the association of DRPs among gender, statistical analysis was performed and significant association was seen between DRPs and gender (P = 0.03). Conclusion: Among the reported DRPs, simultaneous IV administration of two incompatible drugs was the main predicament faced. PMID:25031500

  5. [Character of changes in the rheological parameters of blood in patients with heart failure III-IV FC treated by the combination therapy with plasmapheresis].

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    Mal'chevski?, Iu E

    2013-05-01

    The purpose of the investigation is to estimate the blood rheological parameters in patients with heart failure III-IV FC treated by the combination therapy (plasmapheresis with the standard therapy). There were 96 patients under the investigations, 69 men and 27 women. Age ranged from 55 to 75 years. All patients were divided into two groups: the 1st group--29 patients (20 men and 9 women) treated by standard therapy (ACE inhibitors, diuretics, digoxin and etc.), the 2nd group included 67 patients (49 men and 18 women), which received the combination therapy with plasmapheresis (2-4 times). The investigations of the blood rheological parameters in patients with heart failure III-IV FC treated by the standard therapy and by the combination therapy show the benefit of the combined one. It was proved by the statistically significant decrease of prothrombin time, fibrinogen, antithrombin III and haematocrit indicator in patients with heart failure treated with the combined therapy (in comparison with patients treated with standard therapy). Patients treated with the combined therapy demonstrated low blood viscosity levels -BV20, BV200 and high erythrocyte deformability index. PMID:23787503

  6. Intravenous repeated-dose toxicity study of ZnPcS2P2-based-photodynamic therapy in beagle dogs.

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    Liu, Wei; Chen, Naisheng; Jin, Hongtao; Huang, Jinling; Wei, Jinfeng; Bao, Jie; Li, Chenghe; Liu, Yan; Li, Xueyong; Wang, Aiping

    2007-04-01

    The purpose of current study was to investigate the potential repeated dosed toxicity of ZnPcP(2)S(2)-based photodynamic therapy (ZnPc-PDT) in Beagle dogs. Twenty-four Beagle dogs were randomly allocated to four groups, in which they were administered ZnPcS(2)P(2) preparation intravenously at dosages of 0, 0.5, 1.5, and 4.5mg/kg body weight and then were irradiated with 670nm laser for 6min at subsequent 48 and 72h, once every four days for successively 10 times. There were no abnormal changes in clinical observations. After the administration most animals showed dysphoria and several had light edema on their faces. The results showed no mortality and no abnormity in ophthalmoscopy, electrocardiography, hematology, blood biochemistry and urinalysis, except that some statistical changes in specific indexes such as APTT in 1.5 and 4.5mg/kg groups, and these changes disappeared at the end of recovery. Histopathological examination showed hepatic spotty and lytic necrosis in Beagle dogs of 4.5mg/kg group, and at the end of recovery the damages alleviated. Additionally, some Kelly and Khaki granules presented in liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, ovaries, lymph nodes, marrows and injection points. These drug pigmentations will provide valuable information about distribution of ZnPcP(2)S(2). Based on the results; the NOAEL was considered to be 1.5mg/kg and ZnPc-PDT appears to be a safety and promising approach in clinic. PMID:17367655

  7. An impulse oscillometry system is less efficient than spirometry in tracking lung function improvements after intravenous antibiotic therapy in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis.

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    Buchs, Cllia; Coutier, Laurianne; Vrielynck, Stphanie; Jubin, Virginie; Mainguy, Catherine; Reix, Philippe

    2015-11-01

    A literature search identified one retrospective study on the responsiveness of impulse oscillometry (IOS) in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis. The aim of this prospective observational study was to assess this property in an adequately powered study after intravenous antibiotic therapy (IVAT) administered for an acute episode of pulmonary exacerbation. Spirometry and IOS were done on the same day as the start and the end of IVAT. Data from 34 patients' of mean age 11.9 years (range, 5-17 years) were studied. The mean FEV1 at the start and at the end of the IVAT was 73.1 23.8% (range, 23.4-122%) and 88.3 21.3% (range, 29.4-131%), respectively. The mean relative change (mean SD) was 20.2 14.2% for FEV1 (?FEV1 ), -21.9 23.8% for reactance at 5 Hz (?X5) and -13.4 18.9% for resistance at 5 Hz (? R5) (all P-values <0.05). There was a weak but significant correlation between ?FEV1 and ?X5 (r =-0.473; p = 0.01). The magnitude of improvement of ?X5 was not statistically different between patients with normal versus abnormal lung function at the start of IVAT. Furthermore, using ?X5 alone as an outcome measure of IVAT efficiency resulted in a significant improvement in 44% of the patients, while it was 79% with ?FEV1 . These results indicate that IOS may track changes after IVAT, but that this improvement may be insufficiently evaluated using IOS alone. PMID:26340567

  8. Offsite intravenous admixture center shared by health-system facilities.

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    Fauber, W S; Cosnotti, S J; Mady, R L

    1995-11-15

    The creation of an offsite i.v. admixture center shared by four affiliated health care facilities is described. The i.v. admixture center was developed to consolidate the admixture services of four Carilion Health System (Roanoke, Virginia)-affiliated facilities: Roanoke Memorial Hospital (RMH), RMH's Cancer and Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley (CHRV), and the Roanoke Memorial Home Health Parenteral Therapy Program. The proposed advantages of a shared i.v. admixture service included providing full i.v. services for CHRV, increasing the ability to prepare home i.v. admixtures on a daily basis, increasing space for preparing i.v. admixtures, avoiding adding admixture staff members at any of the facilities, reducing supply duplication and admixture waste, and standardizing and improving quality. The Carilion Admixture Center was built in Carilion's materials management building at a total cost for construction and new equipment of $80,000; it opened in April 1992. The facility is responsible for providing piggyback admixtures, premixed piggyback solutions, injectable antineoplastic agents, total parenteral nutrient solutions, prefilled syringes for pediatric patients, large-volume solutions containing additives, and all admixtures required for the home health care patients. The facility was certified as a Class 20,000 environment. Start-up problems included computer glitches and a heavier-than-anticipated workload during the first year of operation. Nearly 700,000 i.v. admixtures were compounded at the center between October 1992 and September 1994. There were 95 reports of missing doses during the day shift at RMH between November 1992 and January 1993; only 6% were due to errors at the admixture center. The estimated total cost avoidance for salaries, benefits, and nonbillable supplies for October 1992 through September 1994 was $437,000. Intravenous admixture services provided by three hospital facilities and one home health agency were successfully consolidated into one shared offsite center. PMID:8590238

  9. Infusion-Related Reaction Following Daptomycin Two-Minute Rapid Intravenous Administration

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    Sloan, Aaron; Yasir, Ahmed; Bookstaver, P. Brandon

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Background: Erythroderma, or red mans syndrome, is a common infusion-related reaction following vancomycin administration. Erythroderma following daptomycin rapid infusion has not been documented. Objective: To report a case of erythroderma following daptomycin 2-minute intravenous (IV) injection. Case Report: A review of published literature suggests that this is the first published case of a flushing (nonallergic) reaction resulting from a 2-minute IV injection of daptomycin that is not present with standard IV infusion. A 69-year-old woman following right knee reconstructive surgery presented with right knee joint swelling, purulent discharge, and fever. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with a presumed postsurgical infection and was initiated on vancomycin therapy. Following removal of the infected hardware, the patient was discharged and continued outpatient vancomycin therapy. The patients renal function began to decline and therapy was discontinued. Daptomycin 6 mg/kg every 48 hours was initiated via 2-minute IV push. On the initial dose, approximately 2 hours post IV infusion, the patient began to notice redness and a warm sensation on her face, neck, and upper part of the chest. Diphenhydramine 25 mg provided limited immediate relief, but all symptoms subsided within 3 to 4 hours. The patient received her next dose 48 hours later over a 40-minute IV infusion with no adverse effects. Subsequent infusions continued at the same dose over 30 minutes for 4 weeks with no further adverse effects. Conclusion: A 2-minute intravenous injection of daptomycin in this patient yielded a reaction that was not present on rechallenge with standard, extended infusion. PMID:25477584

  10. Erlotinib Hydrochloride and Radiation Therapy in Stage III-IV Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck

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    2012-10-30

    Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

  11. Intravenous tranquillization with ECT.

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    Gomez, J; Dally, P

    1975-12-01

    Forty depressed in-patients for whom electro-convulsive therapy had been prescribed were rated before treatment on depression and anxiety scales. Side effects, post-operative agitation and retrograde memory impairment were assessed in each patient after each of several treatments. Results were compared when no tranquillizer was given and when either diazepam or haloperidol was administered intravenously immediately before the anaesthetic. It was found than when ECT was given without tranquillization, the incidence and severity of post-operative agitation and of side effects were significantly greater in those patients with a high level of anxiety before treatment. Both diazepam and haloperidol were found to be effective in subduing agitation and side effects in anxious, depressed patients, but with diazepam recovery time was longer. PMID:1201456

  12. Endovascular Therapy for Ischemic Stroke

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    Appireddy, Ramana M R; Demchuk, Andrew M; Goyal, Mayank; Menon, Bijoy K; Eesa, Muneer; Choi, Philip

    2015-01-01

    The utility of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) in improving the clinical outcomes after acute ischemic stroke has been well demonstrated in past clinical trials. Though multiple initial small series of endovascular stroke therapy had shown good outcomes as compared to IV t-PA, a similar beneficial effect had not been translated in multiple randomized clinical trials of endovascular stroke therapy. Over the same time, there have been parallel advances in imaging technology and better understanding and utility of the imaging in therapy of acute stroke. In this review, we will discuss the evolution of endovascular stroke therapy followed by a discussion of the key factors that have to be considered during endovascular stroke therapy and directions for future endovascular stroke trials. PMID:25628731

  13. Phase I Study of Intravenous Triapine (IND # 68338) in Combination With Pelvic Radiation Therapy With or Without Weekly Intravenous Cisplatin Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Cervical, Vaginal, or Pelvic Gynecologic Malignancies

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    2013-01-10

    Recurrent Cervical Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Recurrent Vaginal Cancer; Recurrent Vulvar Cancer; Stage III Vaginal Cancer; Stage IIIA Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIA Vulvar Cancer; Stage IIIB Cervical Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIB Vulvar Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIC Vulvar Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IVA Cervical Cancer; Stage IVA Vaginal Cancer; Stage IVB Cervical Cancer; Stage IVB Vaginal Cancer

  14. Beneficial effects of long-term intravenous iron therapy with ferric carboxymaltose in patients with symptomatic heart failure and iron deficiency

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    Ponikowski, Piotr; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Comin-Colet, Josep; Ertl, Georg; Komajda, Michel; Mareev, Viacheslav; McDonagh, Theresa; Parkhomenko, Alexander; Tavazzi, Luigi; Levesque, Victoria; Mori, Claudio; Roubert, Bernard; Filippatos, Gerasimos; Ruschitzka, Frank; Anker, Stefan D.

    2015-01-01

    Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits and safety of long-term i.v. iron therapy in iron-deficient patients with heart failure (HF). Methods and results CONFIRM-HF was a multi-centre, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that enrolled 304 ambulatory symptomatic HF patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ?45%, elevated natriuretic peptides, and iron deficiency (ferritin <100 ng/mL or 100300 ng/mL if transferrin saturation <20%). Patients were randomized 1 : 1 to treatment with i.v. iron, as ferric carboxymaltose (FCM, n = 152) or placebo (saline, n = 152) for 52 weeks. The primary end-point was the change in 6-min-walk-test (6MWT) distance from baseline to Week 24. Secondary end-points included changes in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, Patient Global Assessment (PGA), 6MWT distance, health-related quality of life (QoL), Fatigue Score at Weeks 6, 12, 24, 36, and 52 and the effect of FCM on the rate of hospitalization for worsening HF. Treatment with FCM significantly prolonged 6MWT distance at Week 24 (difference FCM vs. placebo: 33 11 m, P = 0.002). The treatment effect of FCM was consistent in all subgroups and was sustained to Week 52 (difference FCM vs. placebo: 36 11 m, P < 0.001). Throughout the study, an improvement in NYHA class, PGA, QoL, and Fatigue Score in patients treated with FCM was detected with statistical significance observed from Week 24 onwards. Treatment with FCM was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of hospitalizations for worsening HF [hazard ratio (95% confidence interval): 0.39 (0.190.82), P = 0.009]. The number of deaths (FCM: 12, placebo: 14 deaths) and the incidence of adverse events were comparable between both groups. Conclusion Treatment of symptomatic, iron-deficient HF patients with FCM over a 1-year period resulted in sustainable improvement in functional capacity, symptoms, and QoL and may be associated with risk reduction of hospitalization for worsening HF (ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT01453608). PMID:25176939

  15. [Intravenous thrombolysis in ischemic stroke: Therapeutic perspectives].

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    Paris, C; Derex, L

    2015-12-01

    New therapeutic strategies are under evaluation to improve the treatment of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Approaches combining intravenous (IV) thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) and antithrombotic agents are currently evaluated. The combination of IV rt-PA and aspirin showed a high rate of intracranial hemorrhage whereas the association of rt-PA and eptifibatide seems more promising. The results of recent studies evaluating the administration of eptifibatide or argatroban in conjunction with conventional IV thrombolysis with rt-PA are expected to clarify the safety and efficacy of these treatments. More fibrin-specific plasminogen activators, tenecteplase and desmoteplase, are also investigated. These fibrinolytic agents showed a favorable safety profile but their efficacy in AIS remains uncertain. While phase III studies, DIAS-3 and DIAS-4, evaluating IV desmoteplase up to nine hours after stroke onset did not meet the primary endpoint, the results of studies comparing IV tenecteplase and IV rt-PA are expected. PMID:26563662

  16. A Phase I study of weekly intravenous oxaliplatin in combination with oral daily capecitabine and radiation therapy in the neoadjuvant treatment of rectal adenocarcinoma

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    Fakih, Marwan G. . E-mail: marwan.fakih@roswellpark.org; Rajput, Ashwani; Yang, Gary Y.; Pendyala, Lakshmi; Toth, Karoly; Smith, Judy L.; Lawrence, David D.; Rustum, Youcef M.

    2006-08-01

    Purpose: We conducted a Phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of neoadjuvant capecitabine, oxaliplatin, and radiation therapy (RT) in Stage II to III rectal adenocarcinoma. Methods and Materials: Capecitabine was given orally twice daily Monday through Friday concurrently with RT. Oxaliplatin was given i.v. once weekly x 5 (for 5 weeks) starting the first day of RT. RT was given daily except on weekends and holidays at 1.8 Gy per fraction x 28. Escalation for capecitabine or oxaliplatin was to occur in cohorts of three patients until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was defined. Endorectal tumor biopsy samples were obtained before and on Day 3 of treatment to explore the effects of treatment on thymidine phosphorylase, thymidylate synthase, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase, DNA repair, and apoptosis. Results: Twelve patients were enrolled on this study. Two of 6 patients at dose level (DL) 1 (capecitabine 825 mg/m{sup 2} orally (p.o.) given twice daily (b.i.d.); oxaliplatin 50 mg/m{sup 2}/week) had a dose-limiting diarrhea. One of 6 patients at DL (-)1 (capecitabine 725 mg/m{sup 2} p.o., b.i.d.; oxaliplatin 50 mg/m{sup 2}/week) experienced-dose-limiting diarrhea. Three of 11 patients who underwent resection had a complete pathologic response. No remarkable variations in rectal tumor biologic endpoints were noted on Day 3 of treatment in comparison to baseline. However, a higher apotosis index was observed at baseline and on Day 3 in complete pathologic responders (no statistical analysis performed). Conclusions: Capecitabine 725 mg/m{sup 2} p.o., twice daily in combination with oxaliplatin 50 mg/m{sup 2}/week and RT 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions is the recommended dose for future studies.

  17. Temporal Lobe Reactions After Carbon Ion Radiation Therapy: Comparison of Relative Biological Effectiveness–Weighted Tolerance Doses Predicted by Local Effect Models I and IV

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    Gillmann, Clarissa; Jäkel, Oliver; Schlampp, Ingmar; Karger, Christian P.

    2014-04-01

    Purpose: To compare the relative biological effectiveness (RBE)–weighted tolerance doses for temporal lobe reactions after carbon ion radiation therapy using 2 different versions of the local effect model (LEM I vs LEM IV) for the same patient collective under identical conditions. Methods and Materials: In a previous study, 59 patients were investigated, of whom 10 experienced temporal lobe reactions (TLR) after carbon ion radiation therapy for low-grade skull-base chordoma and chondrosarcoma at Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany in 2002 and 2003. TLR were detected as visible contrast enhancements on T1-weighted MRI images within a median follow-up time of 2.5 years. Although the derived RBE-weighted temporal lobe doses were based on the clinically applied LEM I, we have now recalculated the RBE-weighted dose distributions using LEM IV and derived dose-response curves with Dmax,V-1 cm³ (the RBE-weighted maximum dose in the remaining temporal lobe volume, excluding the volume of 1 cm³ with the highest dose) as an independent dosimetric variable. The resulting RBE-weighted tolerance doses were compared with those of the previous study to assess the clinical impact of LEM IV relative to LEM I. Results: The dose-response curve of LEM IV is shifted toward higher values compared to that of LEM I. The RBE-weighted tolerance dose for a 5% complication probability (TD{sub 5}) increases from 68.8 ± 3.3 to 78.3 ± 4.3 Gy (RBE) for LEM IV as compared to LEM I. Conclusions: LEM IV predicts a clinically significant increase of the RBE-weighted tolerance doses for the temporal lobe as compared to the currently applied LEM I. The limited available photon data do not allow a final conclusion as to whether RBE predictions of LEM I or LEM IV better fit better clinical experience in photon therapy. The decision about a future clinical application of LEM IV therefore requires additional analysis of temporal lobe reactions in a comparable photon-treated collective using the same dosimetric variable as in the present study.

  18. Phase 3 Trial of Postoperative Chemotherapy Alone Versus Chemoradiation Therapy in Stage III-IV Gastric Cancer Treated With R0 Gastrectomy and D2 Lymph Node Dissection

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    Kim, Tae Hyun; Park, Sook Ryun; Ryu, Keun Won; Kim, Young-Woo; Bae, Jae-Moon; Lee, Jun Ho; Choi, Il Ju; Kim, Yeon-Joo; Kim, Dae Yong

    2012-12-01

    Purpose: To compare chemotherapy alone with chemoradiation therapy in stage III-IV(M0) gastric cancer treated with R0 gastrectomy and D2 lymph node dissection. Methods and Materials: The chemotherapy arm received 5 cycles of fluorouracil and leucovorin (FL), and the chemoradiation therapy arm received 1 cycle of FL, then radiation therapy of 45 Gy concurrently with 2 cycles of FL, followed by 2 cycles of FL. Intent-to-treat analysis and per-protocol analyses were performed. Results: Between May 6, 2002 and June 29, 2006, a total of 90 patients were enrolled. Forty-four were randomly assigned to the chemotherapy arm and 46 to the chemoradiation therapy arm. Treatment was completed as planned by 93.2% of patients in the chemotherapy arm and 87.0% in the chemoradiation therapy arm. Overall intent-to-treat analysis showed that addition of radiation therapy to chemotherapy significantly improved locoregional recurrence-free survival (LRRFS) but not disease-free survival. In subgroup analysis for stage III, chemoradiation therapy significantly prolonged the 5-year LRRFS and disease-free survival rates compared with chemotherapy (93.2% vs 66.8%, P=.014; 73.5% vs 54.6%, P=.056, respectively). Conclusions: Addition of radiation therapy to chemotherapy could improve the LRRFS in stage III gastric cancer treated with R0 gastrectomy and D2 lymph node dissection.

  19. Intravenously administered nanoparticles increase survival following blast trauma

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    Lashof-Sullivan, Margaret M.; Shoffstall, Erin; Atkins, Kristyn T.; Keane, Nickolas; Bir, Cynthia; VandeVord, Pamela; Lavik, Erin B.

    2014-01-01

    Explosions account for 79% of combat-related injuries, leading to multiorgan hemorrhage and uncontrolled bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of death in battlefield traumas as well as in civilian life. We need to stop the bleeding quickly to save lives, but, shockingly, there are no treatments to stop internal bleeding. A therapy that halts bleeding in a site-specific manner and is safe, stable at room temperature, and easily administered is critical for the advancement of trauma care. To address this need, we have developed hemostatic nanoparticles that are administered intravenously. When tested in a model of blast trauma with multiorgan hemorrhaging, i.v. administration of the hemostatic nanoparticles led to a significant improvement in survival over the short term (1 h postblast). No complications from this treatment were apparent out to 3 wk. This work demonstrates that these particles have the potential to save lives and fundamentally change trauma care. PMID:24982180

  20. In vivo transduction by intravenous injection of a lentiviral vector expressing human ADA into neonatal ADA gene knockout mice: a novel form of enzyme replacement therapy for ADA deficiency.

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    Carbonaro, Denise A; Jin, Xiangyang; Petersen, Denise; Wang, Xingchao; Dorey, Fred; Kil, Ki Soo; Aldrich, Melissa; Blackburn, Michael R; Kellems, Rodney E; Kohn, Donald B

    2006-06-01

    Using a mouse model of adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immune deficiency syndrome (ADA-deficient SCID), we have developed a noninvasive method of gene transfer for the sustained systemic expression of human ADA as enzyme replacement therapy. The method of delivery is a human immunodeficiency virus 1-based lentiviral vector given systemically by intravenous injection on day 1 to 2 of life. In this article we characterize the biodistribution of the integrated vector, the expression levels of ADA enzyme activity in various tissues, as well as the efficacy of systemic ADA expression to correct the ADA-deficient phenotype in this mouse model. The long-term expression of enzymatically active ADA achieved by this method, primarily from transduction of liver and lung, restored immunologic function and significantly extended survival. These studies illustrate the potential for sustained in vivo production of enzymatically active ADA, as an alternative to therapy by frequent injection of exogenous ADA protein. PMID:16651028

  1. IV treatment at home

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    ... Central venous catheter - home; Peripheral venous catheter - home; Port - home; PICC line - home; Infusion therapy - home ... the following: Central venous catheter Central venous catheter - port Peripherally inserted central catheter Normal IV (one inserted ...

  2. [Terminology concerning intravenous ports].

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    M?ynarski, Rafa?; K?osi?ska, Katarzyna; Cichost?pski, Dariusz; Dilling, Monika; Domke, Beata; Duraj, Marian; Fenikowski, Dariusz; Fuss, Julia; Graj, Elwira; Grudzie?, Pawe?; Grzegorczyk, Iwona; Grzesiak, Joanna; Hasak, Liudmila; Janc, Jaros?aw; K?kol, Micha?; Kiluk, Marek; K?obukowski, Wojciech; Le?, Jaros?aw; Le?nik, Patrycja; Lukasiewicz, Sergiusz; Ma?as, Tadeusz; Malczewska, Agnieszka; Mierzejewski, Marek; Misiak, Ma?gorzata; Nicpo?, Jakub; Pyrek, Beata; Rojek, El?bieta; Siemiaszko, Anna; Siemiaszko, Grzegorz; Sieracki, Andrzej; Smiatacz, Marek; Sobczyk, Agnieszka; Starzec, Wioletta; Voloboyeva, Anna; Zdyb, Andrzej

    2015-01-01

    Ports are more and more often applied with patients requiring the permanent intravenous access, not only in the cancer treatment. Very devices, as well as procedures associated with applying them are determined in the heterogeneous way. Therefore during the last conference "Intravenous Port--implantation, care, complications" an attempt to systematize the applied terminology was made. PMID:26094345

  3. Long-term efficacy of low-dose all-trans retinoic acid plus minimal chemotherapy induction followed by the addition of intravenous arsenic trioxide post-remission therapy in newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukaemia.

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    Lou, Yinjun; Qian, Wenbin; Meng, Haitao; Mai, Wenyuan; Tong, Hongyan; Tong, Yin; Huang, Jian; Jin, Jie

    2014-03-01

    We evaluated the efficacy of low-dose all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) plus minimal chemotherapy for induction in newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL). Furthermore, we compared its long-term outcome with or without the addition of intravenous arsenic trioxide (ATO) in post-remission therapy. From January 2004 to September 2011, a total of 109 patients with a median age of 41 years (range 14-73) were enrolled in the study. Two arms were assigned according to post-remission protocols: ATO group cases were subsequently treated with intravenous ATO, standard chemotherapy, and ATRA. No-ATO group cases were subsequently treated with chemotherapy and ATRA only. Patients were monitored of minimal residual disease (MRD) by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. The haematologic complete remission (CR) rate was 96.3%. The early death rate was 0.9%. At a median follow-up of 49 months (range 8-102 months), the Kaplan-Meier estimates of 5-year relapse-free survival were significantly better for patients in the ATO group than in the no-ATO group, 94.4% vs 54.8% (p = 0.0001), and the 5-year overall survival rate was 95.7% vs 64.1%, in the two groups (p = 0.003). Our data show that low-dose ATRA plus minimal chemotherapy exhibits efficacy in induction therapy for untreated APL and suggest that the addition of ATO to post-remission therapy significantly improves the long-term outcome. PMID:23963734

  4. Thrombolytic therapy in spontaneous coronary artery dissection.

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    Behnam, R; Tillinghast, S

    1991-07-01

    A 42-year-old female with no cardiac risk factors had an acute anterolateral myocardial infarction treated with intravenous (IV) tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA). Selective coronary cineangiography a week later revealed extensive dissection of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and its second diagonal branch. Sixteen months later, she is asymptomatic. This is the fifth reported case of spontaneous coronary artery dissection treated with thrombolytic therapy during the acute event with uneventful recovery. PMID:1747972

  5. N-acetylcysteine treats intravenous amiodarone induced liver injury

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    Mudalel, Matthew L; Dave, Kartikeya P; Hummel, James P; Solga, Steven F

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of intravenous (IV) amiodarone drug induced liver injury (DILI). The patient received IV N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which resulted in a rapid improvement in liver enzymes. While the specific mechanisms for the pathogenesis of IV amiodarone DILI and the therapeutic action of IV NAC are both unknown, this case strongly implies at least some commonality. Because IV amiodarone is indicated for the treatment of serious cardiac arrhythmias in an intensive care unit setting, some degree of ischemic hepatitis is likely a cofactor in most cases. PMID:25759554

  6. Prediction of intravenous drug use.

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    Dinwiddie, S H; Reich, T; Cloninger, C R

    1992-01-01

    Information about lifetime intravenous drug use (IVDU) was obtained from 1,062 relatives of hospitalized alcoholics, felons, and control subjects, of whom 92 had a history of IVDU and an additional 230 had a history of substantial, but non-IV drug use. The IVDUs were significantly more likely than all other subjects to have reported experiencing numerous behavioral and social difficulties relating to conduct difficulties, early initiation of substance use, and disrupted living situation before the age of 15. They were also more likely to have exhibited conduct problems than other drug users. In multivariate analyses, four symptoms (fighting in school, juvenile arrest, initiation of cannabis use before 15, or initiation of sexual activity before 15) differentiated IVDUs. A history of greater numbers of these problems was associated with increasing risk for IVDU, both when compared with the total sample and when compared with other drug users. PMID:1591908

  7. [A case of advanced gastric cancer diagnosed as stage IV responding to combined modality therapy and surviving for a long duration].

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    Shimada, Masanari; Murakami, Nozomu; Tanada, Yasuko; Endo, Naoki; Kadoya, Shinichi; Yamada, Tetsuji; Kurumatani, Hiroshi; Doyama, Hisashi

    2013-05-01

    A 47-year-old woman was diagnosed as advanced gastric cancer of cardia(poorly-differentiated adenocarcionoma), with multiple para-aortic lymph node and liver metastasis, in March, 2005. We attempted neo-adjuvant chemotherapy with docetaxel(DOC), cisplatin(CDDP), and S-1(DCS). After 3 courses of DCS, we confirmed that the para-aortic lymph nodes and liver metastasis became small. Then, we were able to perform total gastrectomy, splenectomy, and D2 lymph node dissection. Additionally, we performed an intraoperative radiofrequency ablation to the scar of the liver metastasis. Histopathologically, we identified lymph node metastases in #1 and #16b1 pre. S-1 and DOC were administered as adjuvant chemotherapy. At seven years since the operation, the patient has shown no signs of recurrence. Combined modality therapy for advanced gastric cancer diagnosed with stage IV can be an effective treatment, so we hope that it will be established as a standard therapy. PMID:23863593

  8. Evaluation of the antiviral response to zanamivir administered intravenously for treatment of critically ill patients with pandemic influenza A (H1N1) infection.

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    Fraaij, P L A; van der Vries, E; Beersma, M F C; Riezebos-Brilman, A; Niesters, H G M; van der Eijk, A A; de Jong, M D; Reis Miranda, D; Horrevorts, A M; Ridwan, B U; Wolfhagen, M J H M; Houmes, R J; van Dissel, J T; Fouchier, R A M; Kroes, A C M; Koopmans, M P; Osterhaus, A D M E; Boucher, C A B

    2011-09-01

    A retrospective nationwide study on the use of intravenous (IV) zanamivir in patients receiving intensive care who were pretreated with oseltamivir in the Netherlands was performed. In 6 of 13 patients with a sustained reduction of the viral load, the median time to start IV zanamivir was 9 days (range, 4-11 days) compared with 14 days (range, 6-21 days) in 7 patients without viral load reduction (P = .052). Viral load response did not influence mortality. We conclude that IV zanamivir as late add-on therapy has limited effectiveness. The effect of an immediate start with IV zanamivir monotherapy or in combination with other drugs need to be evaluated. PMID:21844304

  9. A WOUND CARE AND INTRAVENOUS ACCESS SUMMIT FOR ON-ORBIT CARE

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    Scheuring, R.; Paul, B.; Gillis, D.; Bacal, K.; McCulley, P.; Polk, J.; Johnson-Throop, K.

    2005-01-01

    Wound care issues and the ability to establish intravenous (IV) access among injured or ill crew members are a source of concern for NASA flight surgeons. Indeed, the microgravity environment and the remote nature of the International Space Station (ISS) pose unique challenges in diagnosing and treating an injured astronaut. Therefore, it is necessary to identify and adapt the best evidence based terrestrial practices regarding wound care, hemostasis, and IV access for use on the ISS. Methods: A panel of consultants was convened to evaluate the adequacy of the current ISS in-flight medical system for diagnosis and treatment of wounds and establishing IV access by a nonclinician crew medical officer. Participants were acknowledged experts in terrestrial wound care and/or operational medicine. Prior to the meeting, each panelist was encouraged to participate in a pre-summit online forum. Results: Eight external experts participated in a face-to-face meeting held at NASA-Johnson Space Center. Recommendations were made to augment the space station pharmacopoeia, as well as current wound care diagnostic, therapeutic, and deorbit criteria protocols. Additionally, suggestions were offered regarding IV access techniques and devices for use in the microgravity environment. Discussion: The results of the expert panel provide an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and care of wounds in an injured astronaut on aboard the ISS. The results of the panel underscored the need for further research in wound therapy and IV access devices.

  10. Switching between intravenous and oral pantoprazole.

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    Pisegna, J R

    2001-01-01

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most effective antisecretory drugs available for controlling gastric acid acidity and volume. They are the drugs of choice in the treatment of moderate-to-severe gastroesophageal reflux disease, hypersecretory disorders, and peptic ulcers. Currently in the United States, they are only available in an oral formulation. However, pantoprazole will soon be available in an intravenous formulation and will extend the power of PPIs to inpatient hospital settings. Intravenous pantoprazole has been shown to be effective and safe in clinical trials. Intravenous pantoprazole is indicated for the treatment of patients who require PPI therapy but who are unable to take oral medication. Intravenous pantoprazole has been shown to maintain acid suppression in patients switched from oral PPIs, so no change in dosage is required when switching from one formulation to the other. Potential hospital-based uses for intravenous PPI therapy include perioperative use as prophylaxis for acid aspiration syndrome during induction of anesthesia, prophylaxis for stress-related mucosal disease, and management of gastrointestinal bleeding from stress or acid peptic disease. PMID:11154164

  11. The Human Experience with Intravenous Levodopa

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    Siddiqi, Shan H.; Abraham, Natalia K.; Geiger, Christopher L.; Karimi, Morvarid; Perlmutter, Joel S.; Black, Kevin J.

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To compile a comprehensive summary of published human experience with levodopa given intravenously, with a focus on information required by regulatory agencies. Background: While safe intravenous (IV) use of levodopa has been documented for over 50 years, regulatory supervision for pharmaceuticals given by a route other than that approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become increasingly cautious. If delivering a drug by an alternate route raises the risk of adverse events, an investigational new drug (IND) application is required, including a comprehensive review of toxicity data. Methods: Over 200 articles referring to IV levodopa were examined for details of administration, pharmacokinetics, benefit, and side effects. Results: We identified 142 original reports describing IVLD use in humans, beginning with psychiatric research in 1959–1960 before the development of peripheral decarboxylase inhibitors. At least 2760 subjects have received IV levodopa, and reported outcomes include parkinsonian signs, sleep variables, hormone levels, hemodynamics, CSF amino acid composition, regional cerebral blood flow, cognition, perception and complex behavior. Mean pharmacokinetic variables were summarized for 49 healthy subjects and 190 with Parkinson's disease. Side effects were those expected from clinical experience with oral levodopa and dopamine agonists. No articles reported deaths or induction of psychosis. Conclusion: At least 2760 patients have received IV levodopa with a safety profile comparable to that seen with oral administration. PMID:26779024

  12. Hydration and endocrine responses to intravenous fluid and oral glycerol.

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    van Rosendal, S P; Strobel, N A; Osborne, M A; Fassett, R G; Coombes, J S

    2015-06-01

    Athletes use intravenous (IV) saline in an attempt to maximize rehydration. The diuresis from IV rehydration may be circumvented through the concomitant use of oral glycerol. We examined the effects of rehydrating with differing regimes of oral and IV fluid, with or without oral glycerol, on hydration, urine, and endocrine indices. Nine endurance-trained men were dehydrated by 4% bodyweight, then rehydrated with 150% of the fluid lost via four protocols: (a) oral?=?oral fluid only; (b) oral glycerol?=?oral fluid with added glycerol (1.5?g/kg); (c) IV?=?50% IV fluid, 50% oral fluid; and (d) IV?with oral glycerol?=?50% IV fluid, 50% oral fluid with added glycerol (1.5?g/kg), using a randomized, crossover design. They then completed a cycling performance test. Plasma volume restoration was highest in IV?with oral glycerol?>?IV?>?oral glycerol??>?oral. Urine volume was reduced in both IV trials compared with oral. IV and IV?with oral glycerol resulted in lower aldosterone levels during rehydration and performance, and lower cortisol levels during rehydration. IV?with oral glycerol resulted in the greatest fluid retention. In summary, the IV conditions resulted in greater fluid retention compared with oral and lower levels of fluid regulatory and stress hormones compared with both oral conditions. PMID:25943662

  13. Pharmacodynamic effects of 3-day intravenous treatment with pantoprazole or ranitidine after 10 days of oral ranitidine.

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    Ley, L M; Becker, A; Lühmann, R; Sander, P; Lücker, P W

    2005-01-01

    Tachyphylaxis (drug tolerance) is an undesirable condition in drug therapy with histamine-2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs). The concept of overcoming tachyphylaxsis via intravenous (i.v.) administration of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) or H2RAs is of significant interest to physicians. In the present study, 32 healthy Helicobacter pylori negative male volunteers were evaluated for the ability of i.v. pantoprazole or i.v. ranitidine to overcome oral ranitidine tachyphylaxis. After 10 days of oral treatment with enteric-coated 300-mg ranitidine tablets once daily in the evening, two groups of 16 volunteers each were randomized to receive either i.v. pantoprazole or i.v. ranitidine for up to 72 h. The primary variable was defined as the increase in 24-h gastric pH median after 1 day of i.v. treatment; the secondary variable was median percentage of time that 24-h gastric pH was <4, as calculated by Hodges-Lehman shift estimators. After 10 days of oral ranitidine treatment, tachyphylaxis was present in all volunteers. Within 1 day of continuous i.v. pantoprazole or i.v. ranitidine administration, 24-h median gastric pH increased from pH 1.45 to pH 3.50 (241%) and from pH 1.50 to pH 2.35 (157%), respectively. I.v. pantoprazole was found to be significantly more effective (p<0.05) than i.v. ranitidine in increasing the 24-h gastric pH after oral ranitidine tachyphylaxis. PMID:15834456

  14. Tumor tropism of intravenously injected human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells and their gene therapy application in a metastatic breast cancer model.

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    Yang, Jing; Lam, Dang Hoang; Goh, Sally Sallee; Lee, Esther Xingwei; Zhao, Ying; Tay, Felix Chang; Chen, Can; Du, Shouhui; Balasundaram, Ghayathri; Shahbazi, Mohammad; Tham, Chee Kian; Ng, Wai Hoe; Toh, Han Chong; Wang, Shu

    2012-05-01

    Human pluripotent stem cells can serve as an accessible and reliable source for the generation of functional human cells for medical therapies. In this study, we used a conventional lentiviral transduction method to derive human-induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from primary human fibroblasts and then generated neural stem cells (NSCs) from the iPS cells. Using a dual-color whole-body imaging technology, we demonstrated that after tail vein injection, these human NSCs displayed a robust migratory capacity outside the central nervous system in both immunodeficient and immunocompetent mice and homed in on established orthotopic 4T1 mouse mammary tumors. To investigate whether the iPS cell-derived NSCs can be used as a cellular delivery vehicle for cancer gene therapy, the cells were transduced with a baculoviral vector containing the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase suicide gene and injected through tail vein into 4T1 tumor-bearing mice. The transduced NSCs were effective in inhibiting the growth of the orthotopic 4T1 breast tumor and the metastatic spread of the cancer cells in the presence of ganciclovir, leading to prolonged survival of the tumor-bearing mice. The use of iPS cell-derived NSCs for cancer gene therapy bypasses the sensitive ethical issue surrounding the use of cells derived from human fetal tissues or human embryonic stem cells. This approach may also help to overcome problems associated with allogeneic transplantation of other types of human NSCs. PMID:22311724

  15. Holistic medicine IV: principles of existential holistic group therapy and the holistic process of healing in a group setting.

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    Ventegodt, Sren; Andersen, Niels Jrgen; Merrick, Joav

    2003-12-23

    In existential holistic group therapy, the whole person heals in accordance with the holistic process theory and the life mission theory. Existential group psychotherapy addresses the emotional aspect of the human mind related to death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness, while existential holistic group therapy addresses the state of the person"s wholeness. This includes the body, the person's philosophy of life, and often also love, purpose of life, and the spiritual dimension, to the same extent as it addresses the emotional psyche and sexuality, and it is thus much broader than traditional psychotherapy. Where existential psychotherapy is rather depressing concerning the fundamental human condition, existential holistic therapy conceives life to be basically good. The fundamentals in existential holistic therapy are that everybody has the potential for healing themselves to become loving, joyful, sexually attractive, strong, and gifted, which is a message that most patients welcome. While the patient is suffering and fighting to get through life, the most important job for the holistic therapist is to keep a positive perspective of life. In accordance with these fundamentals, many participants in holistic group therapy will have positive emotional experiences, often of an unknown intensity, and these experiences appear to transform their lives within only a few days or weeks of therapy. An important idea of the course is Bohm's concept of "holo-movement" in the group, resulting from intense coherence between the group members. When the group comes together, the individual will be linked to the totality and the great movement forward towards love, consciousness, and happiness will happen collectively--if it happens at all. This gives the individual the feeling that everything that happens is right, important, and valuable for all the participants at the same time. Native Americans and other premodern people refer to this experience as "the spiritual design". This design is actually an underlying regulation that appears when people, through their feelings and engagement for each other, tie the group together and engage their complex emotional intelligence. Practically, this means that all participants are sunk in the same information matrix, so that everybody learns from each other. Everything that happens in the perception of each trainee has immediate and developing relevance for him. Spontaneous healing happens far more effectively in a group setting, where all the participants stand together and support each other, than it does in the clinic, where the therapist is alone with the patient. A 5-day course in personal development can be compatible to a half year of holistic individual therapy. PMID:14755121

  16. Impact of Consolidation Radiation Therapy in Stage III-IV Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma With Negative Post-Chemotherapy Radiologic Imaging

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    Dorth, Jennifer A.; Prosnitz, Leonard R.; Broadwater, Gloria; Diehl, Louis F.; Beaven, Anne W.; Coleman, R. Edward; Kelsey, Chris R.

    2012-11-01

    Purpose: While consolidation radiation therapy (i.e., RT administered after chemotherapy) is routine treatment for patients with early-stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the role of consolidation RT in stage III-IV DLBCL is controversial. Methods and Materials: Cases of patients with stage III-IV DLBCL treated from 1991 to 2009 at Duke University, who achieved a complete response to chemotherapy were reviewed. Clinical outcomes were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method and were compared between patients who did and did not receive RT, using the log-rank test. A multivariate analysis was performed using Cox proportional hazards model. Results: Seventy-nine patients were identified. Chemotherapy (median, 6 cycles) consisted of anti-CD20 antibody rituximab combined with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP; 65%); cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP; 22%); or other (13%). Post-chemotherapy imaging consisted of positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) (73%); gallium with CT (14%); or CT only (13%). Consolidation RT (median, 25 Gy) was given to involved sites of disease in 38 (48%) patients. Receipt of consolidation RT was associated with improved in-field control (92% vs. 69%, respectively, p = 0.028) and event-free survival (85% vs. 65%, respectively, p = 0.014) but no difference in overall survival (85% vs. 78%, respectively, p = 0.15) when compared to patients who did not receive consolidation RT. On multivariate analysis, no RT was predictive of increased risk of in-field failure (hazard ratio [HR], 8.01, p = 0.014) and worse event-free survival (HR, 4.3, p = 0.014). Conclusions: Patients with stage III-IV DLBCL who achieve negative post-chemotherapy imaging have improved in-field control and event-free survival with low-dose consolidation RT.

  17. Entolimod in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Squamous Cell Head and Neck Cancer Receiving Cisplatin and Radiation Therapy

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    2013-12-10

    Mucositis; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Tongue Cancer

  18. Bilateral atypical insufficiency fractures of the proximal tibia and a unilateral distal femoral fracture associated with long-term intravenous bisphosphonate therapy: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Atypical insufficiency fractures of the femur in patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy have been well described in recent literature. The majority of cases are associated with minimal or no trauma and occur in the subtrochanteric or diaphyseal region. Case presentation We describe the case of a 76-year-old British Caucasian woman who presented initially to an emergency department and then to her primary care physician with a long-standing history of bilateral knee pain after minor trauma. Plain radiographs showed subtle linear areas of sclerosis bilaterally in her proximal tibiae. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the presence of insufficiency fractures in these areas along with her left distal femur. There are very few reports of atypical insufficiency fractures involving the tibia in patients on long-term bisphosphonate therapy and this appears to be the only documented bilateral case involving the metaphyseal regions of the proximal tibia and distal femur. Conclusion In addition to existing literature describing atypical fractures in the proximal femur and femoral shaft, there is a need for increased awareness that these fractures can also occur in other weight-bearing areas of the skeleton. All clinicians involved in the care of patients taking long-term bisphosphonates need to be aware of the growing association between new onset lower limb pain and atypical insufficiency fractures. PMID:22309438

  19. Wheel Balanced Cancer Therapy for Longer Than 21 Days Can Have a Positive Effect on the Survival of Patients with Stage IV Cancer

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    Jeon, Hyung-Joon; Kim, Jong-min; Cho, Chong-kwan; Lee, Yeon-weol; Yoo, Hwa-seung

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Correlations of the levels of the nonspecific inflammatory markers C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and of the coagulation marker fibrinogen with the treatment period of wheel balanced cancer therapy were determined. Methods: Electronic charts of stage IV cancer patients hospitalized from February 1, 2008, to November 30, 2013, were reviewed retrospectively. Patients whose laboratory follow-up tests included at least two data points for at least one marker were included. Patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy or having Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) levels exceeding 2 were excluded. Correlations of the markers with the length of treatment for treatment periods ≥ 21 and ≤ 20 days were determined by gender and whether or not surgery had been performed. Results: Analyses of the CRP and the ESR revealed a higher proportion of patients with stable marker levels than with increased or decreased levels. Also, only the ESR in female and the CRP in male groups had higher proportions of patients with stable marker levels than with increased or decreased levels. The ≥ 21 day group had a higher proportion of patients with stable CRP and ESR levels than the ≤ 20 day group. Only the ESR in female and the CRP in male groups had higher proportions of patients with stable marker levels in the ≥ 21 day than in the ≤ 20 day group. In addition, only the CRP in the surgery group and the ESR in the non-surgery group had higher proportions of patients with stable marker levels in the ≥ 21 day group than in the ≤ 20 day group. Conclusion: For stage IV cancer patients at hospitals that offer Korean medicine, more than 21 days of long-term wheel balanced cancer therapy (WBCT) should help maintain the CRP and the ESR levels and should have a favorable effect on the survival rate. PMID:26388999

  20. Anemia and the Need for Intravenous Iron Infusion after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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    Kotkiewicz, Adam; Donaldson, Keri; Dye, Charles; Rogers, Ann M; Mauger, David; Kong, Lan; Eyster, M Elaine

    2015-01-01

    The frequency of anemia, iron deficiency, and the long-term need for IV iron following Roux-en-y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery has not been well characterized. Three-hundred and nineteen out of 904 consecutive subjects who underwent RYGB at Penn State Hershey Medical Center from 1999 to 2006 met the inclusion criteria for a preoperative complete blood count (CBC) and at least one CBC >6 months following surgery. Cumulative incidence of anemia 7 years post procedure was 58%. Menstruation status and presence of preoperative anemia were predictive of anemia by univariate analysis and multivariable Cox regression (P = 0.0014 and 0.044, respectively). Twenty-seven subjects, primarily premenopausal women, representing 8.5% of the cohort and 22% of the 122 anemic subjects, needed intravenous (IV) iron a mean of 51 months postoperatively for anemia unresponsive or refractory to oral iron. The risk for development of anemia necessitating IV iron therapy following RYGB is highest in menstruating women and continues to increase for many years, even in post-menopausal women. Well-designed prospective studies are needed to identify the incidence of iron deficiency anemia and the patient populations at increased risk for requiring IV iron replacement after RYGB surgery. PMID:26078589

  1. Addressing Concerns about Changing the Route of Antimicrobial Administration from Intravenous to Oral in Adult Inpatients

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    Béïque, Lizanne; Zvonar, Rosemary

    2015-01-01

    Background: Many health care institutions are in the process of establishing antimicrobial stewardship programs. Changing the route of administration of antimicrobial agents from intravenous to oral (IV to PO) is a simple, well-recognized intervention that is often part of an antimicrobial stewardship program. However, the attending health care team may have concerns about making this switch. Objectives: To provide insights into common concerns related to IV to PO conversion, with the aim of helping antimicrobial stewardship teams to address them. Data Sources: Published clinical trials and reviews were identified from a literature search of Ovid MEDLINE with the keywords (step down or switch or conversion or transition or sequential) and (antibiotics or antibacterial agents or antimicrobial or anti-infective agents). Data Synthesis: The following issues are addressed in this review: benefits of the oral route, serum concentrations yielded by the oral formulation, source of pharmacokinetic data, clinical outcomes, provision of care in the intensive care unit, fear of therapeutic failure, and administration of antimicrobials via feeding tube. Conclusions: When considering a change to oral therapy, it is important to have a thorough understanding of key aspects of the antimicrobial agent, the patient, and the disease being treated. The antimicrobial stewardship team has an important role in facilitating IV to PO conversion, educating prescribers, and addressing any concerns or reservations that may interfere with timely transition from IV to PO administration. PMID:26327706

  2. The use of intravenous palivizumab for treatment of persistent RSV infection in children with leukemia.

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    Santos, Roberto P; Chao, Jeffery; Nepo, Anne G; Butt, Shafiq; Stellrecht, Kathleen A; Pearce, Jennifer M; Lepow, Martha L

    2012-12-01

    Palivizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody used to decrease the threat of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection among children at high risk. There are no standard guidelines due to conflicting data on palivizumab's use in the treatment of RSV lower respiratory tract infections. Intravenous (IV) palivizumab was shown to be well tolerated and associated with decreased mortality in high-risk children who have RSV disease. However, it did not prevent lower respiratory tract infections and did not affect the survival rate of allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients who had RSV infection. We present 2 children with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and persistent RSV infection while receiving chemotherapy. Patient A is a 4-year-old male with Down syndrome, ALL, and persistent RSV infection for at least 3 months. Patient B is a 3-year-old female with pre-B cell ALL whose chemotherapy intensification phase was delayed due to a month-long RSV infection. RSV infections were determined by using real-time polymerase chain reaction assays from nasopharyngeal swabs before IV palivizumab therapy; patient A was positive for RSV at 36 cycles and patient B was positive for RSV at 29 cycles. RSV infection was cleared in both patients within 72 hours after receiving IV palivizumab (patient A: 16 mg/kg; patient B: 15 mg/kg). IV palivizumab may be a treatment option for persistent RSV infection among immunocompromised patients. PMID:23147965

  3. Serum Levels of Soluble CD26/Dipeptidyl Peptidase-IV in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Its Association with Metabolic Syndrome and Therapy with Antidiabetic Agents in Malaysian Subjects

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    Ahmed, Radwan H.; Huri, Hasniza Zaman; Al-Hamodi, Zaid; Salem, Sameer D.; Muniandy, Sekaran

    2015-01-01

    Background A soluble form of CD26/dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (sCD26/DPP-IV) induces DPP-IV enzymatic activity that degrades incretin. We investigated fasting serum levels of sCD26/DPP-IV and active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in Malaysian patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with and without metabolic syndrome (MetS), as well as the associations between sCD26/DPP-IV levels, MetS, and antidiabetic therapy. Methods We assessed sCD26/DPP-IV levels, active GLP-1 levels, body mass index (BMI), glucose, insulin, A1c, glucose homeostasis indices, and lipid profiles in 549 Malaysian subjects (including 257 T2DM patients with MetS, 57 T2DM patients without MetS, 71 non-diabetics with MetS, and 164 control subjects without diabetes or metabolic syndrome). Results Fasting serum levels of sCD26/DPP-IV were significantly higher in T2DM patients with and without MetS than in normal subjects. Likewise, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were significantly higher in patients with T2DM and MetS than in non-diabetic patients with MetS. However, active GLP-1 levels were significantly lower in T2DM patients both with and without MetS than in normal subjects. In T2DM subjects, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were associated with significantly higher A1c levels, but were significantly lower in patients using monotherapy with metformin. In addition, no significant differences in sCD26/DPP-IV levels were found between diabetic subjects with and without MetS. Furthermore, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were negatively correlated with active GLP-1 levels in T2DM patients both with and without MetS. In normal subjects, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were associated with increased BMI, cholesterol, and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-c) levels. Conclusion Serum sCD26/DPP-IV levels increased in T2DM subjects with and without MetS. Active GLP-1 levels decreased in T2DM patients both with and without MetS. In addition, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were associated with Alc levels and negatively correlated with active GLP-1 levels. Moreover, metformin monotherapy was associated with reduced sCD26/DPP-IV levels. In normal subjects, sCD26/DPP-IV levels were associated with increased BMI, cholesterol, and LDL-c. PMID:26474470

  4. Maternal Intravenous Treatment with either Azithromycin or Solithromycin Clears Ureaplasma parvum from the Amniotic Fluid in an Ovine Model of Intrauterine Infection

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    Miura, Yuichiro; Payne, Matthew S.; Keelan, Jeffrey A.; Noe, Andres; Carter, Sean; Watts, Rory; Spiller, Owen B.; Jobe, Alan H.; Kallapur, Suhas G.; Saito, Masatoshi; Stock, Sarah J.; Newnham, John P.

    2014-01-01

    Intrauterine infection with Ureaplasma spp. is strongly associated with preterm birth and adverse neonatal outcomes. We assessed whether combined intraamniotic (IA) and maternal intravenous (IV) treatment with one of two candidate antibiotics, azithromycin (AZ) or solithromycin (SOLI), would eradicate intrauterine Ureaplasma parvum infection in a sheep model of pregnancy. Sheep with singleton pregnancies received an IA injection of U. parvum serovar 3 at 85 days of gestational age (GA). At 120 days of GA, animals (n = 5 to 8/group) received one of the following treatments: (i) maternal IV SOLI with a single IA injection of vehicle (IV SOLI only); (ii) maternal IV SOLI with a single IA injection of SOLI (IV+IA SOLI); (iii) maternal IV AZ and a single IA injection of vehicle (IV AZ only); (iv) maternal IV AZ and a single IA injection of AZ (IV+IA AZ); or (v) maternal IV and single IA injection of vehicle (control). Lambs were surgically delivered at 125 days of GA. Treatment efficacies were assessed by U. parvum culture, quantitative PCR, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and histopathology. Amniotic fluid (AF) from all control animals contained culturable U. parvum. AF, lung, and chorioamnion from all AZ- or SOLI-treated animals (IV only or IV plus IA) were negative for culturable U. parvum. Relative to the results for the control, the levels of expression of interleukin 1? (IL-1?), IL-6, IL-8, and monocyte chemoattractant protein 2 (MCP-2) in fetal skin were significantly decreased in the IV SOLI-only group, the MCP-1 protein concentration in the amniotic fluid was significantly increased in the IV+IA SOLI group, and there was no significant difference in the histological inflammation scoring of lung or chorioamnion among the five groups. In the present study, treatment with either AZ or SOLI (IV only or IV+IA) effectively eradicated macrolide-sensitive U. parvum from the AF. There was no discernible difference in antibiotic therapy efficacy between IV-only and IV+IA treatment regimens relative to the results for the control. PMID:24982089

  5. Maternal intravenous treatment with either azithromycin or solithromycin clears Ureaplasma parvum from the amniotic fluid in an ovine model of intrauterine infection.

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    Miura, Yuichiro; Payne, Matthew S; Keelan, Jeffrey A; Noe, Andres; Carter, Sean; Watts, Rory; Spiller, Owen B; Jobe, Alan H; Kallapur, Suhas G; Saito, Masatoshi; Stock, Sarah J; Newnham, John P; Kemp, Matthew W

    2014-09-01

    Intrauterine infection with Ureaplasma spp. is strongly associated with preterm birth and adverse neonatal outcomes. We assessed whether combined intraamniotic (IA) and maternal intravenous (IV) treatment with one of two candidate antibiotics, azithromycin (AZ) or solithromycin (SOLI), would eradicate intrauterine Ureaplasma parvum infection in a sheep model of pregnancy. Sheep with singleton pregnancies received an IA injection of U. parvum serovar 3 at 85 days of gestational age (GA). At 120 days of GA, animals (n=5 to 8/group) received one of the following treatments: (i) maternal IV SOLI with a single IA injection of vehicle (IV SOLI only); (ii) maternal IV SOLI with a single IA injection of SOLI (IV+IA SOLI); (iii) maternal IV AZ and a single IA injection of vehicle (IV AZ only); (iv) maternal IV AZ and a single IA injection of AZ (IV+IA AZ); or (v) maternal IV and single IA injection of vehicle (control). Lambs were surgically delivered at 125 days of GA. Treatment efficacies were assessed by U. parvum culture, quantitative PCR, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and histopathology. Amniotic fluid (AF) from all control animals contained culturable U. parvum. AF, lung, and chorioamnion from all AZ- or SOLI-treated animals (IV only or IV plus IA) were negative for culturable U. parvum. Relative to the results for the control, the levels of expression of interleukin 1? (IL-1?), IL-6, IL-8, and monocyte chemoattractant protein 2 (MCP-2) in fetal skin were significantly decreased in the IV SOLI-only group, the MCP-1 protein concentration in the amniotic fluid was significantly increased in the IV+IA SOLI group, and there was no significant difference in the histological inflammation scoring of lung or chorioamnion among the five groups. In the present study, treatment with either AZ or SOLI (IV only or IV+IA) effectively eradicated macrolide-sensitive U. parvum from the AF. There was no discernible difference in antibiotic therapy efficacy between IV-only and IV+IA treatment regimens relative to the results for the control. PMID:24982089

  6. PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTION FOR A FORMER POWER LIFTER AFTER ARTHROSCOPIC MICROFRACTURE PROCEDURE FOR GRADE IV GLENOHUMERAL CHONDRAL DEFECTS

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    Sum, Jonathan

    2011-01-01

    Background: Power lifting places the shoulder complex at risk for injury. Microfracture is a relatively new procedure for chondral defects of the glenohumeral joint and is not well described in the literature. Objectives: The purpose of this case report is to describe the post-operative rehabilitation used with a power lifter who underwent a microfracture procedure to address glenoid and humeral chondral defects, debridement of type I superior labral anterior-posterior lesion, and a subacromial decompression. Case Description: The patient was a 46 year-old male who was evaluated nine weeks status-post arthroscopic microfracture procedure for glenoid and humeral chondral defects, debridement of superior labral anterior-posterior (SLAP) lesion, and subacromial decompression. Rehabilitation consisted of postural education, manual therapy, rotator cuff and scapular strengthening, dynamic stabilization, weightbearing exercises, and weight training over nine weeks (24 sessions). Lifting modifications were addressed. Outcomes: Results of the QuickDASH indicate that activities of daily living (ADLs), work, and sports modules all improved significantly, and the patient was able to return to recreational power lifting with limited discomfort or restrictions. Discussion: A structured post-operative physical therapy treatment program allowed this patient to return to recreational power lifting while restoring independent function for work-related activities and ADLs. PMID:21655454

  7. Pilot study of combination 5-fluorouracil, cisdiamminedichloroplatinum II, and radiation therapy for grade III and IV astrocytomas

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    Decker, D.A.; Kinzie, J.; Evans, R.; Abu-Zahra, H.; Al-Sarraf, M.

    1987-10-01

    Nineteen patients with biopsy-proven high-grade astrocytomas received as initial treatment whole-brain radiation and combination chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 1000 mg/m/sup 2//24 h as a continuous infusion for 96 h, and bolus cisdiamminedichloroplatinum II (CDDP), 100 mg/m/sup 2/. Chemotherapy cycles were repeated on day 21, then every 28 days until progression or completion of six cycles. All 19 patients completed one cycle of chemotherapy. Toxicity was moderate, with cytopenias, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomatitis, and reversible azotemia. Survival ranged from 2 to 160+ weeks, with a median of 35 weeks. The survival of the pilot group was compared with historical controls treated with radiation plus 1,3,-bis(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea (BCNU). Controls were similar in histology, age, performance score, and survival, without statistically significant differences. The combination of radiation therapy, continuous-infusion 5-FU, and bolus CDDP as described here for high-grade astrocytomas is moderately toxic and appears to offer no survival advantage compared with radiation therapy plus BCNU.

  8. Intravenous Cocaine Priming Reinstates Cocaine-Induced Conditioned Place Preference

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    Lombas, Andres S.; Freeman, Kevin B.; Roma, Peter G.; Riley, Anthony L.

    2007-01-01

    Separate groups of rats underwent an unbiased conditioned place preference (CPP) procedure involving alternate pairings of distinct environments with intravenous (IV) injections of cocaine (0.75 mg/kg) or saline immediately or 15 min after injection. A subsequent extinction phase consisted of exposure to both conditioning environments preceded by…

  9. Bloodstream Infections in Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treated With Intravenous Prostanoids: Insights From the REVEAL REGISTRY

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    Kitterman, Natalie; Poms, Abby; Miller, Dave P.; Lombardi, Sandra; Farber, Harrison W.; Barst, Robyn J.

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the rate of and potential risk factors for bloodstream infections (BSIs) using data from the REVEAL (Registry to Evaluate Early and Long-term Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension [PAH] Disease Management) REGISTRY, which provides current information about patients with PAH. Patients and Methods Patients were enrolled from March 30, 2006, through December 8, 2009, and data on reported BSIs were collected through the third quarter of 2010. Bloodstream infection rates were calculated per 1000 patient-days of risk. Results Of 3518 patients enrolled, 1146 patients received intravenous (IV) prostanoid therapy for more than 1 day (no BSI, n=1023; ?1 BSI, n=123; total BSI episodes, n=166). Bloodstream infections rates were significantly increased in patients receiving IV treprostinil vs IV epoprostenol (0.36 vs 0.12 per 1000 treatment days; P<.001), primarily due to gram-negative organisms (0.20 vs 0.03 per 1000 treatment days; P<.001). Multivariate analysis adjusting for age, causes of PAH, and year of BSI found that treatment with IV treprostinil was associated with a 3.08-fold increase (95% confidence interval, 2.05-4.62; P<.001) in BSIs of any type and a 6.86-fold increase (95% confidence interval, 3.60-13.07; P<.001) in gram-negative BSIs compared with treatment with IV epoprostenol. Conclusion Compared with IV epoprostenol therapy, treatment with IV treprostinil is associated with a significantly higher rate of gram-negative BSIs; observed differences in BSI rate did not seem to be due to any other analyzed factors. Trial Registration clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00370214 PMID:22883740

  10. Feasibility and outcomes of intravenous thrombolysis 3-4.5 hours after stroke in Chinese patients.

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    Xu, Zhi-Peng; Li, Hong-Hua; Li, Ya-Hong; Zhang, Yong; Wu, Qiang; Lin, Lang

    2014-05-01

    The time window for intravenous (IV) recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) treatment in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients has been extended to 4.5 hours. But little is known about the safety and efficacy of IV rt-PA treatment in the 3-4.5 hour time window in Chinese patients with AIS. A total of 119 patients who were treated with standard IV rt-PA therapy within 4.5 hours after symptom onset were included in this study: 85 were treated within 0-3 hours and 34 were treated within 3-4.5 hours. Favorable outcome was defined as a modified Rankin scale (mRS) score of 0-1 at 6 months. The safety of IV rt-PA treatment was assessed by the rate of mortality, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH) and other common complications. There were no significant differences in SICH rates (2.94% versus 2.35%; p=0.85) at 24-36 hours, mortality (5.88% versus 3.53%; p=0.56), other complications (14.71% versus 11.76%; p=0.66), National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score improvement at 24 hours (41.18% versus 45.88%; p=0.64) and favorable mRS at 6 months (52.94% versus 54.12%; p=0.91) between the two time window groups. Multivariate analysis showed that advanced age, lower admission NIHSS score and shorter time from symptom onset to treatment were associated with a favorable clinical outcome. This finding showed an additional 29% of patients received IV rt-PA because of the treatment window expansion to 4.5 hours. IV rt-PA was feasible and safe for treating AIS patients in the 3-4.5 hour time window in our Chinese population. PMID:24444672

  11. Physician-Delivered Injection Therapies for Mechanical Neck Disorders: A Systematic Review Update (Non-Oral, Non-Intravenous Pharmacological Interventions for Neck Pain)

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    Gross, Anita R.; Peloso, Paul M.; Galway, Erin; Navasero, Neenah; Essen, Karis Van; Graham, Nadine; Goldsmith, Charlie H; Gzeer, Wisam; Shi, Qiyun; Haines, Ted and COG

    2013-01-01

    Background: Controversy persists regarding medicinal injections for mechanical neck disorders (MNDs). Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of physician-delivered injections on pain, function/disability, quality of life, global perceived effect and patient satisfaction for adults with MNDs. Search Methods: We updated our previous searches of CENTRAL, MEDLINE and EMBASE from December 2006 through to March 2012. Selection Criteria: We included randomized controlled trials of adults with neck disorders treated by physician-delivered injection therapies. Data Collection and Analysis: Two authors independently selected articles, abstracted data and assessed methodological quality. When clinical heterogeneity was absent, we combined studies using random-effects models. Results: We included 12 trials (667 participants). No high or moderate quality studies were found with evidence of benefit over control. Moderate quality evidence suggests little or no difference in pain or function/disability between nerve block injection of steroid and bupivacaine vs bupivacaine alone at short, intermediate and long-term for chronic neck pain. We found limited very low quality evidence of an effect on pain with intramuscular lidocaine vs control for chronic myofascial neck pain. Two low quality studies showed an effect on pain with anaesthetic nerve block vs saline immediately post treatment and in the short-term. All other studies were of low or very low quality with no evidence of benefit over controls. Authors' Conclusions: Current evidence does not confirm the effectiveness of IM-lidocaine injection for chronic mechanical neck pain nor anaesthetic nerve block for cervicogenic headache. There is moderate evidence of no benefit for steroid blocks vs controls for mechanical neck pain. PMID:24155806

  12. The vascular response observation by the monitoring of the photosensitizer, oxygen, and blood flow during the high intensity pulsed excitation photodynamic therapy 1h after water-soluble photosensitizer intravenous injection

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    Hakomori, S.; Matsuo, H.; Arai, T.

    2008-02-01

    We investigated the correlation between the therapeutic effect by early irradiation Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and vascular response. The early irradiation PDT has been proposed by our group. This PDT protocol is that pulse laser irradiates to tumors 1 h after intravenous injection of water-soluble photosensitizer. The intact layer appeared over the well treated layer, when the early irradiation PDT was performed at rat prostate subcutaneous tumors with high intensity pulse laser (over 1 MW/cm2 in peak intensity) and Talaporfin sodium. In order to clarify the phenomenon mechanism, we monitored blood volume, surface temperature, photosensitizer amount, and oxygen saturation during the PDT. The rat prostate subcutaneous tumor was irradiated with excimer dye laser light at 1 h after the intravenous injection. The photosensitizer dose wa 2.0 mg/kg, and the pulse energy density was 2.5 mJ/cm2 (low intensity) or 10 mJ/cm2 (high intensity). Under the low intensity pulsed PDT, the fluorescence amount was decreasing gently during the irradiation, and the blood volume and oxygen saturation started decreasing just after the irradiation. Under the hgh intensity pulsed PDT, the fluorescence amount was decreaased rapidly for 20 s after the irradiation started. The blood volume and oxygen saturation were temporally decreased during the irradiation, and recovered at 48 hrs after the irradiation. According to these results, under the low intensity pulsed PDT, the blood vessel located near the surface started closing just after the irradiation. On the other hand, under the high intensity pulsed PDT the blood vessel was closing for 20 s after the irradiation started, moreover, the blood flow recovered at 48 hrs after the irradiation. We concluded that the vascular response depended on the pulse energy density, and then the therapeutic effect was attributed to the difference of the vascular response. In other words, the surface intact layer could be considered to be induced the temporal drug and oxygen depletion effect associated with the temporal vascular shutdown.

  13. A randomized, controlled trial of a clinical pharmacist intervention in microdiscectomy surgery – Low dose intravenous ketamine as an adjunct to standard therapy

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    Hadi, Bushra A.; Daas, Rafat; Zelkó, Romána

    2012-01-01

    Aim The hypothesis that postoperative pain would be reduced by using 1 μg/kg/min of ketamine, both intra- and post-operatively, for lumbar microdiscectomy surgery was assessed by measuring morphine consumption. Patient side effects were reported. Methods Forty-five patients undergoing microdiscectomy surgery were randomized under double-blind conditions into three groups: Group1 (G1) received normal saline, Group 2 (G2) ketamine (1 μg/kg/min) intra-operatively and Group 3 (G3) ketamine (1 μg/kg/min) both intra- and post-operatively. Morphine consumption, pain scores, nausea and vomiting, CNS disorders were recorded for 24 h post surgery. This study was conducted by applying the concept of a clinical pharmacist intervention. Results The time for the first analgesia demand dose was significantly shorter (P < 0.05) in G117 ± 1.7 min than for G2 and G3. In G3 morphine consumption 6, 12, and 24 h after surgery was 3 ± 2.26, 9.2 ± 2.11 and 26.9 ± 2.71 mg. Total morphine consumption was significantly lower for G3 than for G1 or G2 (P < 0.05). The visual analog scale score (VAS) values were significantly lower in G3 (P < 0.05) than for the other groups during the first 24 h. The rate of nausea and vomiting was significantly higher in G1 vs G3 (P < 0.05). No difference in drug induced CNS disturbances was observed among the groups. Conclusions Using 1 μg/kg/min of ketamine hydrochloride intra- and post-operatively for microdiscectomy surgery could be an adjunct therapy to reduce postoperative morphine consumption minimizing its side effects. Collaborative clinical pharmacy practice on the basis of pharmacology had an effective role in improving the general outcome of microdiscectomy surgery. PMID:23960832

  14. Efficacy of Intravenous Immunoglobulin in Neurological Diseases.

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    Lnemann, Jan D; Quast, Isaak; Dalakas, Marinos C

    2016-01-01

    Owing to its anti-inflammatory efficacy in various autoimmune disease conditions, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)-pooled IgG obtained from the plasma of several thousands individuals-has been used for nearly three decades and is proving to be efficient in a growing number of neurological diseases. IVIG therapy has been firmly established for the treatment of Guillain-Barr syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and multifocal motor neuropathy, either as first-line therapy or adjunctive treatment. IVIG is also recommended as rescue therapy in patients with worsening myasthenia gravis and is beneficial as a second-line therapy for dermatomyositis and stiff-person syndrome. Subcutaneous rather than intravenous administration of IgG is gaining momentum because of its effectiveness in patients with primary immunodeficiency and the ease with which it can be administered independently from hospital-based infusions. The demand for IVIG therapy is growing, resulting in rising costs and supply shortages. Strategies to replace IVIG with recombinant products have been developed based on proposed mechanisms that confer the anti-inflammatory activity of IVIG, but their efficacy has not been tested in clinical trials. This review covers new developments in the immunobiology and clinical applications of IVIG in neurological diseases. PMID:26400261

  15. Patients Can Self-Administer IV Antibiotics At Home

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  16. The use of an IV to PO clinical intervention form to improve antibiotic administration in a community based hospital

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    Thompson, Cameron; Zahradnik, Michelle; Brown, Allison; Gina Fleming, Dimitra; Law, Madelyn

    2015-01-01

    Antimicrobials are among the most commonly prescribed medications in acute care settings, with 50% of antimicrobial use deemed inappropriate. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) aim to optimize antibiotic use in order to improve patient clinical outcomes while minimizing unwanted effects of therapy including Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and the emergence of resistant organisms. Antimicrobial Stewardship involves a coordinated set of interventions that ensure patients who require antimicrobial therapy receive the most appropriate agent at the correct dose, by the correct route for the correct duration. This project focused on the appropriate conversion from intravenous (IV) to oral (PO) antibiotics. The purpose of the project was to determine whether antibiotic prescribing patterns improved following the implementation of an IV to PO conversion clinical intervention form. A collaborative approach was used by an interprofessional team to review medical records and design a clinical intervention form that adheres to evidence-based guidelines to promote appropriate conversion for patients on intravenous antibiotics. Education efforts were made to inform health system staff about the goal of the intervention and to gather feedback for the improvement of the clinical intervention form. A five-week pilot intervention period trial was carried out with a specific focus on the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, specifically ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin, and levofloxacin. Data from the intervention phase, including overall antibiotic use, ratio of intravenous:oral antibiotic time and compliance with the clinical intervention form were assessed. The ratio of intravenous to oral fluoroquinolone use changed from 39.4% IV: 60.6% PO before the intervention, to 34.7% IV: 65.3% PO during the intervention, indicating an overall increase in the usage of oral fluoroquinolones during the intervention phase. In patients eligible to receive the clinical intervention form, physician compliance with the form was 50%. IV duration decreased by 42% in patients with physician compliance. Further refinement of this form and the process for implementation will further enhance the conversion of intravenous to oral therapy. Based on these findings and the lessons learned, this process will be considered for further refinements, spread, and sustainability. PMID:26734367

  17. Treatment of adenoviral pneumonitis with intravenous ribavirin and immunoglobulin.

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    Sabroe, I.; McHale, J.; Tait, D. R.; Lynn, W. A.; Ward, K. N.; Shaunak, S.

    1995-01-01

    A 67 year old woman developed a severe adenoviral pneumonitis whilst receiving immunosuppressive therapy. She showed clinical and radiological evidence of a response to treatment with nebulised and intravenous ribavirin and intravenous pooled normal human immunoglobulin. To our knowledge this is the first time that such a therapeutic approach has been used in the treatment of a condition which normally carries a very high mortality. Images PMID:8553282

  18. Gefitinib and Radiation Therapy With or Without Cisplatin in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Head and Neck Cancer

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    2013-01-24

    Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx

  19. Vaccine Therapy With Sargramostim (GM-CSF) in Treating Patients With Her-2 Positive Stage III-IV Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer

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    2015-05-01

    HER2-positive Breast Cancer; Stage III Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage III Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Stage IIIA Breast Cancer; Stage IIIB Breast Cancer; Stage IIIC Breast Cancer; Stage IV Breast Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor

  20. Methoxyamine, Pemetrexed Disodium, Cisplatin, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IIIA-IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    2016-02-05

    Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Brain; Stage IIIA Large Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IIIA Lung Adenocarcinoma; Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Large Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IIIB Lung Adenocarcinoma; Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Large Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IV Lung Adenocarcinoma; Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

  1. Intravenous levetiracetam in critically ill children

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    Incecik, Faruk; Horoz, Ozden O; Herguner, Ozlem M; Yıldızdas, Dincer; Besen, Seyda; Tolunay, Ilknur; Altunbasak, Sakir

    2016-01-01

    Background: To report the effectiveness and safety of intravenous (IV) levetiracetam (LEV) in the treatment of critically ill children with acute repetitive seizures and status epilepticus (SE) in a children's hospital. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed data from children treated with IV LEV. Results: The mean age of the 108 children was 69.39 ± 46.14 months (1-192 months). There were 58 (53.1%) males and 50 (46.8%) females. LEV load dose was 28.33 ± 4.60 mg/kg/dose (10-40 mg/kg). Out of these 108 patients, LEV terminated seizures in 79 (73.1%). No serious adverse effects were observed but agitation and aggression were developed in two patients, and mild erythematous rash and urticaria developed in one patient. Conclusion: Antiepileptic treatment of critically ill children with IV LEV seems to be effective and safe. Further study is needed to elucidate the role of IV LEV in critically ill children. PMID:27011634

  2. Pharmacokinetics of intravenously and orally administered sotalol hydrochloride in horses and effects on surface electrocardiogram and left ventricular systolic function.

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    Broux, B; De Clercq, D; Decloedt, A; De Baere, S; Devreese, M; Van Der Vekens, N; Ven, S; Croubels, S; van Loon, G

    2016-02-01

    Arrhythmias are common in horses. Some, such as frequent atrial or ventricular premature beats, may require long-term anti-arrhythmic therapy. In humans and small animals, sotalol hydrochloride (STL) is often used for chronic oral anti-arrhythmic therapy. STL prolongs repolarization and the effective refractory period in all cardiac tissues. No information on STL pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics in horses is available and the aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of intravenously (IV) and orally (PO) administered STL and the effects on surface electrocardiogram and left ventricular systolic function. Six healthy horses were given 1 mg STL/kg bodyweight either IV or PO. Blood samples to determine plasma STL concentrations were taken before and at several time points after STL administration. Electrocardiography and echocardiography were performed at different time points before and after IV STL administration. Mean peak plasma concentrations after IV and PO administration of STL were 1624 ng/mL and 317 ng/mL, respectively. The oral bioavailability was intermediate (48%) with maximal absorption after 0.94 h, a moderate distribution and a mean elimination half-life of 15.24 h. After IV administration, there was a significant increase in QT interval, but no significant changes in other electrocardiographic and echocardiographic parameters. Transient transpiration was observed after IV administration, but no adverse effects were noted after a single oral dose of 1 mg/kg STL in any of the horses. It was concluded that STL has an intermediate oral bioavailability in the horse and might be useful in the treatment of equine arrhythmias. PMID:26670333

  3. Cisplatin and Radiation Therapy With or Without Erlotinib Hydrochloride in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Head and Neck Cancer

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    2013-05-08

    Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx

  4. Lack of Evidence for Intravenous Vasodilators in Emergency Department Patients with Acute Heart Failure: A Systematic Review

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    Alexander, Pauline; Alkhawam, Lora; Curry, Jason; Levy, Phillip; Pang, Peter S.; Storrow, Alan B.; Collins, Sean P.

    2014-01-01

    There are nearly 700,000 annual US emergency department (ED) visits for acute heart failure (AHF). While blood pressure is elevated on most of these visits, acute therapy remains focused on preload and not afterload reduction. Data from recent prospective studies suggest AHF patients with concomitant acute hypertension benefit from intravenous (IV) vasodilators. To better understand the use of vasodilators for such patients, we conducted a systematic review of 1) currently available intravenous vasodilators for ED patients with AHF, or 2) intravenous vasodilators which are not yet available, but have completed Phase III clinical trials in AHF, and may be available for ED use in the future. We employed multi-term search queries to retrieve research involving nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, enalaprilat, hydralazine, relaxin and nesiritide. A total of 2001 unique citations were identified from three databases: PubMed, EMBASE, and CINAHL. Of these, 1966 were excluded based on established review criteria, leaving 35 published papers for inclusion. Our primary finding was that IV nitrovasodilators, when used in the treatment of AHF in ED and ED-like settings, do improve short-term symptoms and appear safe to administer. There is no data suggesting they impact mortality. Other commonly used vasodilators such as hydralazine and enalaprilat have very little published data about their safety and efficacy. Of note, few studies enrolled patients early in their course of treatment. Thus, to assess the specific impact of vasodilator therapy on both short- and long-term outcomes, future research efforts should focus on patient recruitment in the ED setting. PMID:25530194

  5. Relationship between intravenous use and achieving initial cocaine abstinence.

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    Budney, A J; Higgins, S T; Bickel, W; Kent, L

    1993-04-01

    This study assessed whether route of cocaine administration (intravenous vs. intranasal) influences cocaine abstinence during the first 6 weeks of outpatient treatment. Fifty-nine persons received behavioral treatment or standard drug counselling in an outpatient clinic. Based on information collected at intake, intravenous users had fewer years of education, were employed in less skilled jobs, were less likely to be married, reported more negative consequences from cocaine use, reported using more cocaine per occasion and spent more money on cocaine per week than intranasal users. Intravenous and intranasal users did not differ significantly in the average duration of continuous cocaine abstinence (mean = 2.6 vs. mean = 3.3 weeks achieved during 6 weeks of treatment). The duration of abstinence between intravenous and intranasal users was equal in the behavioral treatment (mean = 4.2). In standard treatment the average duration was less among intravenous than intranasal users (mean = 0.9 vs. mean = 2.4), but that difference did not achieve statistical significance. Hepatitis and employment instability were associated with shorter periods of cocaine abstinence among intravenous users, whereas employment instability, lower job skill level, drug use severity and reports of memory loss were associated with shorter periods of cocaine abstinence among intranasal users. These results indicate that i.v. cocaine users can achieve a period of initial abstinence in an outpatient setting comparable to the duration of typical inpatient hospitalizations, although special types of outpatient treatment may be necessary to obtain a positive outcome. PMID:8508724

  6. Detailed clinicopathological characterization of progressive alopecia areata patients treated with i.v. corticosteroid pulse therapy toward optimization of inclusion criteria.

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    Sato, Misato; Amagai, Masayuki; Ohyama, Manabu

    2014-11-01

    The management of progressive alopecia areata (AA) is often challenging. Recently, i.v. corticosteroid pulse therapy has been reported to be effective for acute and severe AA, however, inclusion criteria have not been sufficiently precise, leaving a chance that its efficacy could be further improved by optimizing therapeutic indications. In our attempts to delineate the factors that correlate with favorable outcomes, we minutely evaluated the clinicopathological findings and the prognoses of single-round steroid pulse-treated progressive AA cases with full sets of image and pathology records during the course. Almost complete hair regrowth has been achieved and maintained up to 2 years in five out of seven AA patients with varying degrees of clinical severity. Interestingly, the worst clinical presentation observed during the course correlated with the size of the area where hairs with dystrophic roots were pulled rather than the extent of visible hair loss on the first visit. Dermoscopy detected disease spread but contributed little in assessing prognoses. Dense perifollicular cell infiltration was detected in all cases treated within 4 weeks of onset and those treated later but with excellent response. Importantly, the cases with poor or incomplete hair regrowth were treated 6-8 weeks of onset and showed moderate inflammatory change with high telogen conversion rate. These findings mandate global dermoscopy and hair pull test for judging the treatment indication and suggest that early administration of high-dose corticosteroid, ideally within 4 weeks of onset, enable efficient suppression of active inflammation and maximize the effectiveness of the remedy. PMID:25292350

  7. Renal tubular acidosis type IV as a complication of lupus nephritis.

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    Sánchez-Marcos, C; Hoffman, V; Prieto-González, S; Hernández-Rodríguez, J; Espinosa, G

    2016-03-01

    Renal tubular acidosis (RTA) is a rare complication of renal involvement of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We describe a 24-year-old male with type IV lupus nephropathy as a presenting manifestation of SLE. He presented with improvement of renal function following induction therapy with three pulses of methylprednisolone and 500 mg biweekly pulses of cyclophosphamide. However, a week after the first pulse of cyclophosphamide, the patient presented with a significant increase in legs edema and severe hyperkalemia. Type IV RTA associated with hyporeninemic hypoaldosteronism was suspected in the presence of metabolic acidosis with a normal anion gap, severe hyperkalemia without worsening renal function, and urinary pH of 5. RTA was confirmed with a transtubular potassium concentration gradient of 2 and low levels of plasma aldosterone, renin, angiotensin II, and cortisol. Intravenous bicarbonate, high-dose furosemide, and fludrocortisone were administered with normalization of potassium levels and renal function. PMID:26345674

  8. Multiple Intravenous Infusions Phase 1b

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    Cassano-Piché, A; Fan, M; Sabovitch, S; Masino, C; Easty, AC

    2012-01-01

    Background Minimal research has been conducted into the potential patient safety issues related to administering multiple intravenous (IV) infusions to a single patient. Previous research has highlighted that there are a number of related safety risks. In Phase 1a of this study, an analysis of 2 national incident-reporting databases (Institute for Safe Medical Practices Canada and United States Food and Drug Administration MAUDE) found that a high percentage of incidents associated with the administration of multiple IV infusions resulted in patient harm. Objectives The primary objectives of Phase 1b of this study were to identify safety issues with the potential to cause patient harm stemming from the administration of multiple IV infusions; and to identify how nurses are being educated on key principles required to safely administer multiple IV infusions. Data Sources and Review Methods A field study was conducted at 12 hospital clinical units (sites) across Ontario, and telephone interviews were conducted with program coordinators or instructors from both the Ontario baccalaureate nursing degree programs and the Ontario postgraduate Critical Care Nursing Certificate programs. Data were analyzed using Rasmussen’s 1997 Risk Management Framework and a Health Care Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. Results Twenty-two primary patient safety issues were identified with the potential to directly cause patient harm. Seventeen of these (critical issues) were categorized into 6 themes. A cause-consequence tree was established to outline all possible contributing factors for each critical issue. Clinical recommendations were identified for immediate distribution to, and implementation by, Ontario hospitals. Future investigation efforts were planned for Phase 2 of the study. Limitations This exploratory field study identifies the potential for errors, but does not describe the direct observation of such errors, except in a few cases where errors were observed. Not all issues are known in advance, and the frequency of errors is too low to be observed in the time allotted and with the limited sample of observations. Conclusions The administration of multiple IV infusions to a single patient is a complex task with many potential associated patient safety risks. Improvements to infusion and infusion-related technology, education standards, clinical best practice guidelines, hospital policies, and unit work practices are required to reduce the risk potential. This report makes several recommendations to Ontario hospitals so that they can develop an awareness of the issues highlighted in this report and minimize some of the risks. Further investigation of mitigating strategies is required and will be undertaken in Phase 2 of this research. Plain Language Summary Patients, particularly in critical care environments, often require multiple intravenous (IV) medications via large volumetric or syringe infusion pumps. The infusion of multiple IV medications is not without risk; unintended errors during these complex procedures have resulted in patient harm. However, the range of associated risks and the factors contributing to these risks are not well understood. Health Quality Ontario’s Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee commissioned the Health Technology Safety Research Team at the University Health Network to conduct a multi-phase study to identify and mitigate the risks associated with multiple IV infusions. Some of the questions addressed by the team were as follows: What is needed to reduce the risk of errors for individuals who are receiving a lot of medications? What strategies work best? The initial report, Multiple Intravenous Infusions Phase 1a: Situation Scan Summary Report, summarizes the interim findings based on a literature review, an incident database review, and a technology scan. The Health Technology Safety Research Team worked in close collaboration with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada on an exploratory study to understand the risks associated with multiple IV infusions and the degree to which nurses are educated to help mitigate them. The current report, Multiple Intravenous Infusions Phase 1b: Practice and Training Scan, presents the findings of a field study of 12 hospital clinical units across Ontario, as well as 13 interviews with educators from baccalaureate-level nursing degree programs and postgraduate Critical Care Nursing Certificate programs. It makes 9 recommendations that emphasize best practices for the administration of multiple IV infusions and pertain to secondary infusions, line identification, line set-up and removal, and administering IV bolus medications. The Health Technology Safety Research Team has also produced an associated report for hospitals entitled Mitigating the Risks Associated With Multiple IV Infusions: Recommendations Based on a Field Study of Twelve Ontario Hospitals, which highlights the 9 interim recommendations and provides a brief rationale for each one. PMID:23074426

  9. Chemical pneumonitis after intravenous injection of isoparaffin: Characteristic clinico-radiologic findings.

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    Ra, Seung Won; Byun, Sungsoo; Kwon, Woon Jung; Hong, En Seog; Kim, Yangho

    2011-12-01

    A 23-year-old man presented with chest pain after intravenous (IV) injection of isoparaffin (C12-C13, 99%). This report describes the chest computed tomography (CT) pattern of chemical pneumonitis after IV isoparaffin injection. When injected IV, hydrocarbon can cause chemical pneumonitis, mimicking pulmonary infarction on chest CT. The CT pattern is attributable to diffusion of hydrocarbons through systemic veins into small pulmonary arteries and capillary beds, causing extensive local reactions and chemical pneumonitis or pleuritis. PMID:22070558

  10. Intravenous immune globulin in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

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    Gamm, H; Huber, C; Chapel, H; Lee, M; Ries, F; Dicato, M A

    1994-01-01

    The most common complication of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is infection, which occurs mainly in advanced stages of disease or in those patients with hypogammaglobulinaemia. Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) has been shown to be a useful prophylactic therapy against infections in such patients. A randomized, double-blind study on 36 patients receiving either 500 mg/kg or 250 mg/kg IVIG every 4 weeks was undertaken to determine the dose regimen required. There was no significant difference in the two treatment groups and we found that CLL patients were equally protected with low-dose IVIG. PMID:8033428

  11. Wireless Application in Intravenous Infiltration Detection System

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    Alley, Matthew S.; Naramore, William J.; Chou, Nee-Yin; Winchester, Leonard W.

    2008-01-01

    The IrDA wireless protocol has been applied to a fiber optics based point-of-care system for the detection of intravenous infiltration. The system is used for monitoring patients under infusion therapy. It is optimized for portability by incorporating a battery source and wireless communication. The IrDA protocol provides secure data communication between the electronic module of the system and the PDAs carried by the nurses. The PDA is used for initiating the actions of the electronic module and for data transfer. Security is provided by specially designed software and hardware. PMID:19162821

  12. The FIND-CKD studya randomized controlled trial of intravenous iron versus oral iron in non-dialysis chronic kidney disease patients: background and rationale

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    Macdougall, Iain C.; Bock, Andreas; Carrera, Fernando; Eckardt, Kai-Uwe; Gaillard, Carlo; Van Wyck, David; Roubert, Bernard; Cushway, Timothy; Roger, Simon D.

    2014-01-01

    Background Rigorous data are sparse concerning the optimal route of administration and dosing strategy for iron therapy with or without concomitant erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) therapy for the management of iron deficiency anaemia in patients with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease (ND-CKD). Methods FIND-CKD was a 56-week, open-label, multicentre, prospective, randomized three-arm study (NCT00994318) of 626 patients with ND-CKD and iron deficiency anaemia randomized to (i) intravenous (IV) ferric carboxymaltose (FCM) at an initial dose of 1000 mg iron with subsequent dosing as necessary to target a serum ferritin level of 400600 g/L (ii) IV FCM at an initial dose of 200 mg with subsequent dosing as necessary to target serum ferritin 100200 g/L or (iii) oral ferrous sulphate 200 mg iron/day. The primary end point was time to initiation of other anaemia management (ESA therapy, iron therapy other than study drug or blood transfusion) or a haemoglobin (Hb) trigger (two consecutive Hb values <10 g/dL without an increase of ?0.5 g/dL). Results The background, rationale and study design of the trial are presented here. The study has been completed and results are expected in late 2013. Discussion FIND-CKD was the longest randomized trial of IV iron therapy to date. Its findings will address several unanswered questions regarding iron therapy to treat iron deficiency anaemia in patients with ND-CKD. It was also the first randomized trial to utilize both a high and low serum ferritin target range to adjust IV iron dosing, and the first not to employ Hb response as its primary end point. PMID:24170814

  13. Intravascular bubbles associated with intravenous injections and altitude

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    Cooke, J. P.; Olson, R. M.; Holden, R. D.

    1976-01-01

    Ultrasonically detected microbubbles were more abundant in the pulmonary artery of dogs intravenously injected with 10 ml of saline than in the same noninjected control during 10,000 ft (3,048 m), 20,000 ft (6,096 m), and 40,000 ft (12,121 m) exposures. Continuous intravenous (i.v.) drip infusions also introduced many small bubbles. Since they may serve as 'nuclei' for visible intravascular bubble formation, are sometimes associated with decompression sickness, and are additionally considered undesirable, it would appear prudent to minimize i.v. injections immediately before flights. However, a 10-min delay before ascent wil reduce their number and a 60-min delay will insure their almost complete absence. Also, slow ascent, a 1-h denitrogenation time, or use of a degassed solution will help reduce their total number.

  14. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of intravenous inotropic agents.

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    Lehtonen, Lasse A; Antila, Saila; Pentikinen, Pertti J

    2004-01-01

    Positive inotropic drugs have various mechanisms of action. Long-term use of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent drugs has adverse effects on the prognosis of heart failure patients, whereas digoxin has neutral effect on mortality. There are, however, little data on the effects of intravenous inotropic drugs on the outcome of patients. Intravenous inotropic agents are used to treat cardiac emergencies and refractory heart failure. beta-Adrenergic agonists are rapid acting and easy to titrate, with short elimination half-life. However, they increase myocardial oxygen consumption and are thus hazardous during myocardial ischaemia. Furthermore they may promote myocyte apoptosis. Phosphodiesterase (PDE) III inhibiting drugs (amrinone, milrinone and enoximone) increase contractility by reducing the degradation of cAMP. In addition, they reduce both preload and afterload via vasodilation. Short-term use of intravenous milrinone is not associated with increased mortality, and some symptomatic benefit may be obtained when it is used in refractory heart failure. Furthermore, PDE III inhibitors facilitate weaning from the cardiopulmonary bypass machine after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan belongs to a new group of positive inotropic drugs, the calcium sensitisers. It has complex pharmacokinetics and long-lasting haemodynamic effects as a result of its active metabolites. In comparative trials, it has been better tolerated than the most widely used beta-agonist inotropic drug, dobutamine. The pharmacokinetics of the intravenous inotropic drugs might sometimes greatly modify and prolong the response to the therapy, for example because of long-acting active metabolites. These drugs display considerable differences in their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the selection of the most appropriate inotropic drug for each patient should be based on careful consideration of the clinical status of the patient and on the pharmacology of the drug. PMID:14871156

  15. Welding IV.

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    Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.

    Instructional objectives and performance requirements are outlined in this course guide for Welding IV, a competency-based course in advanced arc welding offered at the Community College of Allegheny County to provide students with proficiency in: (1) single vee groove welding using code specifications established by the American Welding Society…

  16. Welding IV.

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    Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.

    Instructional objectives and performance requirements are outlined in this course guide for Welding IV, a competency-based course in advanced arc welding offered at the Community College of Allegheny County to provide students with proficiency in: (1) single vee groove welding using code specifications established by the American Welding Society

  17. Esophagoscopy in Evaluating Treatment in Patients With Stage I-IV Head and Neck Cancer Who Are Undergoing Radiation Therapy and/or Chemotherapy

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    2012-04-09

    Stage I Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage I Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage II Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage II Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage II Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

  18. Intravenous immunoglobulins for Alzheimer's disease.

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    Puli, Lakshman; Tanila, Heikki; Relkin, Norman

    2014-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease associated with intracerebral accumulation of aggregated amyloid-beta (A?) and tau proteins, as well as neuroinflammation. Human intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a mixture of polyclonal IgG antibodies isolated and pooled from thousands of healthy human donors. The scientific rationale for testing IVIG as a potential AD treatment include its natural anti-A? antibody activity, its favorable safety profile and inherent anti-inflammatory/immunomodulatory properties. Over the past decade, several clinical and pre-clinical experimental findings, advanced our knowledge about biological and therapeutic properties of IVIG that are relevant to AD therapy. Anti-amyloid antibodies in IVIG show significantly higher binding avidity for amyloid oligomers and fibrils than for A? monomers. In a double transgenic murine model of AD, intracerebral injection of IVIG causes suppression of A? fibril pathology whereas long term peripheral IVIG treatments causes elevation of total brain A? levels with no measurable impact on A? deposits or tendency for inducing cerebral microhemmorhage. Furthermore, chronic IVIG treatment suppressed neuroinflammation and fostered adult hippocampal neurogenesis. In clinical studies with AD patients, IVIG showed an acceptable safety profile and has not been reported to increase the incidence of amyloid related imaging abnormalities. Preliminary studies on small number of patients reported clinical benefits in mild to moderate stage AD patients. However, double blind, placebo controlled studies later did not replicate those initial findings. Interestingly though, in APOE4 carriers and in moderate disease stage subgroups, positive cognitive signals were reported. Nevertheless, both clinical and experimental (mouse) studies show that antibodies in IVIG can accumulate in CNS and its biological activities include neutralization of A? oligomers, suppression of neuroinflammation and immunomodulation. Identifying mediators of IVIG's effects at the cellular and molecular level is warranted. In light of its favourable safety profile and aforementioned biological properties, IVIG is still an enigmatic experimental candidate with enormous potential for being an AD therapeutic. PMID:25115546

  19. A comparative study of intravenous paracetamol and intravenous tramadol for postoperative analgesia in laparotomies

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    Shahid, Mohammed; Manjula, B. P.; Sunil, B. V.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pain in the perioperative setting or thereafter plays a significant role in delaying an otherwise successful recovery. Hence, mitigation of such postoperative pain assumes importance. Among the various agents employed for such mitigation, opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have for some time taken center stage. However, alas they are not without their share of adverse effects. This study was undertaken with the purpose of elucidating the efficacy of intravenous (IV) paracetamol as compared to IV tramadol in mitigating postoperative pain while observing its effect on hemodynamic stability and the presence of adverse drug reactions, if any. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 randomized cases aged ranges from 20 to 60 years of both sexes divided into two groups (each for paracetamol and tramadol) scheduled for laparotomies were administered IV paracetamol and tramadol for postoperative pain relief and assessed with visual analog scale (VAS) score and variations in vital parameters to ascertain extent of pain relief and post-operative nausea vomiting (PONV). Results: Data so collected was statistically interpreted, and observations extrapolated. Save for a perceptible decline in PONV with paracetamol group compared with tramadol group with a statistically significant P < 0.001, nothing statistically significant was observed in any other parameter, including VAS scores between either group. Conclusion: IV paracetamol is a safer alternative to tramadol with lesser PONV in the postoperative period translates into the lesser duration of hospitalization and hence earlier discharge. PMID:26712966

  20. Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IIIC-IV Ovarian Epithelial, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer Following Surgery and Chemotherapy

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    2016-01-07

    Fallopian Tube Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma; Fallopian Tube Endometrioid Tumor; Fallopian Tube Mucinous Neoplasm; Fallopian Tube Serous Neoplasm; Fallopian Tube Transitional Cell Carcinoma; Malignant Ovarian Mixed Epithelial Tumor; Ovarian Clear Cell Cystadenocarcinoma; Ovarian Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma; Ovarian Mucinous Cystadenocarcinoma; Ovarian Serous Cystadenocarcinoma; Ovarian Transitional Cell Carcinoma; Primary Peritoneal Serous Adenocarcinoma; Recurrent Fallopian Tube Carcinoma; Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma; Recurrent Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma; Stage IIIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIC Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IV Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Undifferentiated Fallopian Tube Carcinoma; Undifferentiated Ovarian Carcinoma

  1. Proteus endocarditis in an intravenous drug user.

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    Goel, Rohan; Sekar, Baskar; Payne, Mark N

    2015-01-01

    Infective endocarditis (IE) is a life-threatening condition with adverse consequences and increased mortality, despite improvements in treatment options. Diagnosed patients usually require a prolonged course of antibiotics, with up to 40-50% requiring surgery during initial hospital admission. We report a case of a 42-year-old intravenous drug user who presented feeling generally unwell, with lethargy, rigours, confusion and a painful swollen right leg. He was subsequently diagnosed with Proteus mirabilis endocarditis (fulfilling modified Duke criteria for possible IE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). He was successfully treated with single antibiotic therapy without needing surgical intervention or requiring anticoagulation for his DVT. Proteus endocarditis is extremely uncommon, with a limited number of case reports available in the literature. This case illustrates how blood cultures are invaluable in the diagnosis of IE, especially that due to unusual microorganisms. Our case also highlights how single antibiotic therapy can be effective in treating Proteus endocarditis. PMID:26611486

  2. Intravenously Given Methylprednisolone in Refractory Asthma

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    Krouse, H. Alan; Santiago, Silverio M.; Klaustermeyer, William B.

    1980-01-01

    A study was designed to compare the time course response of two high-dose methylprednisolone regimens in adult refractory corticosteroid-dependent asthmatics: Group A received 125 mg intravenously every six hours for three days; group B received 125 mg every six hours for ten days. Sixteen patients during 22 hospital stays were randomly assigned to one of the two groups. Forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expired volume in one second (FEV1) and forced expiratory flow between 25 percent and 75 percent of vital capacity (FEF25%-75%) improved significantly over the ten days in both groups (P<.005) in all patients. No differences in baseline two-, four-, seven- or ten-day spirometric values were noted between groups (P>.2). In most steroid-dependent asthmatic patients, three days' therapy with 125 mg every six hours of methylprednisolone given intravenously resulted in obvious and sustained ventilatory improvement. Close observation with spirometric and clinical evaluation is then necessary to detect the occasional patient in whom relapse will occur and longer periods of high-dose steroid therapy will be needed. PMID:7385823

  3. Indications for intravenous and intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the diagnosis of cerebrovascular insufficiency. A new diagnostic concept including ultrasound.

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    Neufang, K F; Friedmann, G

    1985-05-01

    For screening of arteriosclerotic lesions of the carotid bifurcation duplex scanning (B-mode imaging plus doppler flow analysis) is the method of first choice, because it is really noninvasive and offers the same results as intravenous DSA (IV DSA). IV DSA should not be performed as a screening procedure unless ultrasound examinations are not available or are inadequate. Except for patients with isolated unilateral stenosis of the internal carotid artery near the bifurcation confirmed with both duplex scanning and IV DSA, arteriography is required for therapy planning. Aortic arch angiogram, selective extra- and intracranial carotid arteriography and--if necessary--vertebral and subclavian arteriography can be performed with intraarterial DSA (IA DSA). The application of DSA to catheter arteriography will help to reduce further the potential risk of adverse reactions related to high intravasal contrast doses specially in the cerebral circulation, but will not turn arteriography into a risk-free procedure. Postoperative examinations of the carotid bifurcation can be performed with ultrasound as well as with IV DSA. Extracranial bypasses are best demonstrated with IV DSA. Extraintracranial bypasses can be demonstrated only with IA DSA. PMID:3888629

  4. CDX-1401 and Poly-ICLC Vaccine Therapy With or Without CDX-301in Treating Patients With Stage IIB-IV Melanoma

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    2016-02-10

    Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin; Iris Melanoma; Medium/Large Size Posterior Uveal Melanoma; Mucosal Melanoma; Ocular Melanoma With Extraocular Extension; Small Size Posterior Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIB Skin Melanoma; Stage IIB Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIC Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIA Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIA Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIIB Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIB Uveal Melanoma; Stage IIIC Skin Melanoma; Stage IIIC Uveal Melanoma; Stage IV Skin Melanoma; Stage IV Uveal Melanoma

  5. IVS Organization

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    2004-01-01

    International VLBI Service (IVS) is an international collaboration of organizations which operate or support Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) components. The goals are: To provide a service to support geodetic, geophysical and astrometric research and operational activities. To promote research and development activities in all aspects of the geodetic and astrometric VLBI technique. To interact with the community of users of VLBI products and to integrate VLBI into a global Earth observing system.

  6. Subcutaneous Bortezomib in Multiple Myeloma Patients Induces Similar Therapeutic Response Rates as Intravenous Application But It Does Not Reduce the Incidence of Peripheral Neuropathy

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    Minarik, Jiri; Pavlicek, Petr; Pour, Ludek; Pika, Tomas; Maisnar, Vladimir; Spicka, Ivan; Jarkovsky, Jiri; Krejci, Marta; Bacovsky, Jaroslav; Radocha, Jakub; Straub, Jan; Kessler, Petr; Wrobel, Marek; Walterova, Lenka; Sykora, Michal; Obernauerova, Jarmila; Brozova, Lucie; Gregora, Evzen; Adamova, Dagmar; Gumulec, Jaromir; Adam, Zdenek; Scudla, Vlastimil; Hajek, Roman

    2015-01-01

    Objective Subcutaneous (SC) application of bortezomib has been recently introduced as a new application route in multiple myeloma (MM) patients. We performed an analysis to compare the outcomes of bortezomib-based therapy in multiple myeloma (MM) patients treated using either intravenous (IV) or subcutaneous (SC) route of administration. Patients and methods During January 2012 through December 2013, we performed a retrospective analysis of 446 patients with MM treated with bortezomib-based regimens (either once weekly 63% or twice weekly 27%) in both, the first line setting, and in relapse, with separate analysis of patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation. We assessed the response rates and toxicity profiles in both, IV and SC route of bortezomib administration. Results The response rates in both IV and SC arm were similar with overall response rate 71.7% vs 70.7%, complete remissions in 13.9% vs 8.6%, very good partial remissions in 30.8% vs 34.5% and partial remissions in 27% vs 27.6%. The most frequent grade ?3 toxicities were anemia, thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, with no significant differences between IV and SC group. There were no significant differences in the rate of peripheral neuropathy (PN). PN of any grade was present in 48% in the IV arm and in 41% in the SC arm. PN grade ?2 was present in 20% vs 18% and PN grade ?3 was present in 6% vs 4%. Conclusions We conclude that subcutaneous application of bortezomib has similar therapeutic outcomes and toxicity profile as intravenous route of application. In our cohort there was no difference in the incidence of PN, suggesting that PN is dose dependent and might be reduced by lower intensity schemes rather than by the route of administration. PMID:25875484

  7. A General Method for Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation Effects on Intravenous Methamphetamine Self-Administration.

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    Batra, Vinita; Guerin, Glenn F; Goeders, Nicholas E; Wilden, Jessica A

    2016-01-01

    Substance use disorders, particularly to methamphetamine, are devastating, relapsing diseases that disproportionally affect young people. There is a need for novel, effective and practical treatment strategies that are validated in animal models. Neuromodulation, including deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, refers to the use of electricity to influence pathological neuronal activity and has shown promise for psychiatric disorders, including drug dependence. DBS in clinical practice involves the continuous delivery of stimulation into brain structures using an implantable pacemaker-like system that is programmed externally by a physician to alleviate symptoms. This treatment will be limited in methamphetamine users due to challenging psychosocial situations. Electrical treatments that can be delivered intermittently, non-invasively and remotely from the drug-use setting will be more realistic. This article describes the delivery of intracranial electrical stimulation that is temporally and spatially separate from the drug-use environment for the treatment of IV methamphetamine dependence. Methamphetamine dependence is rapidly developed in rodents using an operant paradigm of intravenous (IV) self-administration that incorporates a period of extended access to drug and demonstrates both escalation of use and high motivation to obtain drug. PMID:26863392

  8. Anaphylactic Shock Secondary to Intravenous Iron Sucrose in Chronic Kidney Disease.

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    Behera, Vineet; Chauhan, Rajeev; Sinha, Smriti; Nair, Velu

    2015-09-01

    Intravenous (IV) iron is an essential component of therapy of anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD). We present a rare case in which iron sucrose was infused to a patient of CKD and resulted in severe anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest minutes after starting the infusion. He was aggressively resuscitated with adrenaline and other measures following which he recovered. The use of parenteral iron is associated with several adverse drug reactions (ADR) which were seen with preparations like iron dextran but became rare with the use of newer safe preparations like iron sucrose or gluconate. The ADR can be mild or can have severe life threatening features like syncope, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, bronchospasm and rarely cardio respiratory arrest like in our case. Iron sucrose is generally given as a IV infusion of 100-200mg over 15-30min and has a very low rate of ADR even with higher doses or bolus injections. But still necessary precautions and appropriate monitoring must be done in all patients. The patients who are allergic to iron sucrose may be treated with other safer preparations or by desensitisation techniques. PMID:26085728

  9. A General Method for Evaluating Deep Brain Stimulation Effects on Intravenous Methamphetamine Self-Administration

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    Batra, Vinita; Guerin, Glenn F.; Goeders, Nicholas E.; Wilden, Jessica A.

    2016-01-01

    Substance use disorders, particularly to methamphetamine, are devastating, relapsing diseases that disproportionally affect young people. There is a need for novel, effective and practical treatment strategies that are validated in animal models. Neuromodulation, including deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy, refers to the use of electricity to influence pathological neuronal activity and has shown promise for psychiatric disorders, including drug dependence. DBS in clinical practice involves the continuous delivery of stimulation into brain structures using an implantable pacemaker-like system that is programmed externally by a physician to alleviate symptoms. This treatment will be limited in methamphetamine users due to challenging psychosocial situations. Electrical treatments that can be delivered intermittently, non-invasively and remotely from the drug-use setting will be more realistic. This article describes the delivery of intracranial electrical stimulation that is temporally and spatially separate from the drug-use environment for the treatment of IV methamphetamine dependence. Methamphetamine dependence is rapidly developed in rodents using an operant paradigm of intravenous (IV) self-administration that incorporates a period of extended access to drug and demonstrates both escalation of use and high motivation to obtain drug. PMID:26863392

  10. Economic Model for Emergency Use Authorization of Intravenous Peramivir

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    Lee, Bruce Y.; Tai, Julie H. Y.; Bailey, Rachel R.; McGlone, Sarah M.; Wiringa, Ann E.; Zimmer, Shanta M.; Smith, Kenneth J.; Zimmerman, Richard K.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives To develop 3 computer simulation models to determine the potential economic effect of using intravenous (IV) antiviral agents to treat hospitalized patients with influenza-like illness, as well as different testing and treatment strategies. Study Design Stochastic decision analytic computer simulation model. Methods During the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of IV neuraminidase inhibitors for hospitalized patients with influenza, creating a need for rapid decision analyses to help guide use. We compared the economic value from the societal and third-party payer perspectives of the following 4 strategies for a patient hospitalized with influenza-like illness and unable to take oral antiviral agents: Strategy 1: Administration of IV antiviral agents without polymerase chain reaction influenza testing. Strategy 2: Initiation of IV antiviral treatment, followed by polymerase chain reaction testing to determine whether the treatment should be continued. Strategy 3: Performance of polymerase chain reaction testing, followed by initiation of IV antiviral treatment if the test results are positive. Strategy 4: Administration of no IV antiviral agents. Sensitivity analyses varied the probability of having influenza (baseline, 10%; range, 10%–30%), IV antiviral efficacy (baseline, oral oseltamivir phosphate; range, 25%–75%), IV antiviral daily cost (range, $20–$1000), IV antiviral reduction of illness duration (baseline, 1 day; range, 1–2 days), and ventilated vs nonventilated status of the patient. Results When the cost of IV antiviral agents was no more than $500 per day, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio for most of the IV antiviral treatment strategies was less than $10,000 per quality-adjusted life-year compared with no treatment. When the cost was no more than $100 per day, all 3 IV antiviral strategies were even more cost-effective. The order of cost-effectiveness from most to least was strategies 3, 1, and 2. The findings were robust to changing risk of influenza, influenza mortality, IV antiviral efficacy, IV antiviral daily cost, IV antiviral reduction of illness duration, and ventilated vs nonventilated status of the patient for both societal and third-party payer perspectives. Conclusion Our study supports the use of IV antiviral treatment for hospitalized patients with influenza-like illness. PMID:21485418

  11. The Rapid Initiation, Titration, and Transition from Intravenous to Oral Treprostinil in a Patient with Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Gleason, James Benjamin; Dolan, Justin; Piran, Pirouz; Rahaghi, Franck Farzad

    2015-01-01

    In patients who require urgent initiation of pulmonary arterial hypertension medications due to disease progression, it is customary to start intravenous prostacyclin therapy, typically during a hospital admission. If there are complicating factors or relative contraindications to intravenous and subcutaneous prostanoids, oral treprostinil provides another pathway to prostanoid therapy, but this usually requires a prolonged titration. We describe the case of a thirty-six-year-old male with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension and contraindication to intravenous and subcutaneous prostanoid therapy due to congenital deafness and the risk of not hearing the intravenous pump alarms. Intravenous treprostinil was initiated, titrated to high dose, and then rapidly transitioned to oral treprostinil. A rapid initiation, titration, and transition from intravenous to oral treprostinil can be safely performed under watchful supervision in order to achieve higher and more efficacious doses of oral treprostinil in a timely manner. PMID:26457220

  12. Disposition Kinetics of Levofloxacin in Sheep after Intravenous and Intramuscular Administration

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    Goudah, Ayman; Hasabelnaby, Sherifa

    2010-01-01

    The present study was planned to investigate the disposition kinetics of levofloxacin in plasma of female native Barky breed sheep after single intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) administration of 4?mg/kg body weight. The concentrations of levofloxacin in the plasma were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with a UV detector on samples collected at 0, 0.08, 0.16, 0.33, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18, 24, 32, and 48?h after treatment. Following intravenous injection, the decline in plasma drug concentration was biexponential with half-lives of (t1/2?) 0.33 0.12?h and (t1/2?) 3.29 0.23?h for distribution and elimination phases, respectively. The volume of distribution at steady state V(d(ss)) was 0.86 0.23?l/kg. After intramuscular administration of levofloxacin at the same dose, the peak plasma concentration (Cmax) was 3.1 0.35??g/mL and was obtained at 1.64 0.29?h (Tmax), the elimination half-life (T1/2el) was 3.58 0.30?h, and AUC was 20.24 1.31??g.h/mL. The systemic bioavailability was 91.35 6.81 %. In vitro plasma protein binding was 23.74%. When approved therapy fails, levofloxacin may be used in some countries for therapy of food animals, however, that is not true in the US. PMID:21052556

  13. Efficacy and safety of erythropoietin and intravenous iron in perioperative blood management: a systematic review.

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    Lin, David M; Lin, Estelle S; Tran, Minh-Ha

    2013-10-01

    The use of erythropoietin (EPO) and intravenous (IV) iron as bloodless therapeutic modalities is being explored in the current era of restrictive transfusion strategies and perioperative blood management. It is unclear, however, whether the evidence in the literature supports their safety and efficacy in reducing perioperative red cell transfusions. Adhering to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines, we conducted a systematic review to evaluate their use in a variety of perioperative settings. We performed a literature search of English articles published between July 1997 and July 2012 in MEDLINE via PubMed, The Cochrane Library, and CINAHL. Only studies with a comparator group were eligible for inclusion. Twenty-four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 15 nonrandomized studies were included in the final review. Using the Cochrane risk of bias tool, 8 RCTs were assessed to be at low risk for methodological bias. Of these, however, only 4 RCTs were adequately powered to detect a reduction in transfusion rates. Patients with preoperative iron deficiency anemia may have an earlier and more robust hemoglobin recovery with preoperative IV iron therapy than with oral iron supplementation. A short preoperative regimen of EPO, or a single dose of EPO plus IV iron in the preoperative or intraoperative period, may significantly reduce transfusion rates (number needed to treat to avoid any transfusion ranged from 3 to 6). With regard to the safety of erythropoietin-stimulating agent therapy, IV iron appears to be as well tolerated as oral iron; however, the incidence of severe anaphylactic-type reactions attributable to IV iron is difficult to estimate in prospective trials because of its relatively infrequent occurrence. Furthermore, EPO may increase the risk of thromboembolism in spinal surgery patients who receive mechanical antithrombotic prophylaxis in the perioperative period so pharmacological thromboprophylaxis is advised. Future low risk of bias, adequately powered prospective efficacy, and safety trials in various surgical settings that traditionally require red cell transfusions would be required to make evidenced-based conclusions about the clinical significance of erythropoietin-stimulating agent as a transfusion avoidance strategy in perioperative blood management. PMID:24135037

  14. Multiple Intravenous Infusions Phase 2b: Laboratory Study

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    Pinkney, Sonia; Fan, Mark; Chan, Katherine; Koczmara, Christine; Colvin, Christopher; Sasangohar, Farzan; Masino, Caterina; Easty, Anthony; Trbovich, Patricia

    2014-01-01

    Background Administering multiple intravenous (IV) infusions to a single patient via infusion pump occurs routinely in health care, but there has been little empirical research examining the risks associated with this practice or ways to mitigate those risks. Objectives To identify the risks associated with multiple IV infusions and assess the impact of interventions on nurses’ ability to safely administer them. Data Sources and Review Methods Forty nurses completed infusion-related tasks in a simulated adult intensive care unit, with and without interventions (i.e., repeated-measures design). Results Errors were observed in completing common tasks associated with the administration of multiple IV infusions, including the following (all values from baseline, which was current practice): setting up and programming multiple primary continuous IV infusions (e.g., 11.7% programming errors) identifying IV infusions (e.g., 7.7% line-tracing errors) managing dead volume (e.g., 96.0% flush rate errors following IV syringe dose administration) setting up a secondary intermittent IV infusion (e.g., 11.3% secondary clamp errors) administering an IV pump bolus (e.g., 11.5% programming errors) Of 10 interventions tested, 6 (1 practice, 3 technology, and 2 educational) significantly decreased or even eliminated errors compared to baseline. Limitations The simulation of an adult intensive care unit at 1 hospital limited the ability to generalize results. The study results were representative of nurses who received training in the interventions but had little experience using them. The longitudinal effects of the interventions were not studied. Conclusions Administering and managing multiple IV infusions is a complex and risk-prone activity. However, when a patient requires multiple IV infusions, targeted interventions can reduce identified risks. A combination of standardized practice, technology improvements, and targeted education is required. PMID:26316919

  15. Evaluating an Integrated Approach to the Management of Cerebral Palsy. Appendix C: An Analysis of the Evaluation and Follow-up Data from the Institute for Movement Therapy in Budapest, Hungary. Volume IV of IV. Final Report.

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    Heal, Laird W.

    The appendix analyzed evaluation and followup data from the Institute for Movement Therapy whose procedures the Integrated Management of Cerebral Palsy project attempted to replicate. Examined were data from over a 15 year period for 866 patients treated for a broad range of motoric disabilities. Data concerned independence in eating dressing,…

  16. Dynamics of soluble and cellular inflammatory markers in nasal lavage obtained from Cystic Fibrosis patients during intravenous antibiotic treatment

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    2014-01-01

    Background In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, the upper airways display the same ion channel defect as evident in the lungs, resulting in chronic inflammation and infection. Recognition of the sinonasal area as a site of first and persistent infection with pathogens, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, reinforces the one-airway hypothesis. Therefore, we assessed the effect of systemic antibiotics against pulmonary pathogens on sinonasal inflammation. Methods Nasal lavage fluid (NLF) from 17 CF patients was longitudinally collected prior to and during elective intravenous (i.v.) antibiotic treatment to reduce pathogen burden and resulting inflammation (median treatment time at time of analysis: 6days). Samples were assessed microbiologically and cytologically. Cytokine and chemokine expression was measured by Cytometric Bead Array and ELISA (interleukin (IL)-1?, IL-6, IL-8, MPO, MMP9, RANTES and NE). Findings were compared with inflammatory markers from NLF obtained from 52 healthy controls. Results Initially, the total cell count of the NLF was significantly higher in CF patients than in controls. However after i.v. antibiotic treatment it decreased to a normal level. Compared with controls, detection frequencies and absolute concentrations of MPO, IL-8, IL-6 and IL-1? were also significantly higher in CF patients. The detection frequency of TNF was also higher. Furthermore, during i.v. therapy sinonasal concentrations of IL-6 decreased significantly (P?=?0.0059), while RANTES and MMP9 levels decreased 10-fold and two-fold, respectively. PMN-Elastase, assessed for the first time in NFL, did not change during therapy. Conclusions Analysis of NLF inflammatory markers revealed considerable differences between controls and CF patients, with significant changes during systemic i.v. AB treatment within just 6days. Thus, our data support further investigation into the collection of samples from the epithelial surface of the upper airways by nasal lavage as a potential diagnostic and research tool. PMID:24885494

  17. An intravenous ketamine test as a predictive response tool in opioid-exposed patients with persistent pain.

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    Cohen, Steven P; Wang, Shuxing; Chen, Lucy; Kurihara, Connie; McKnight, Geselle; Marcuson, Matthew; Mao, Jianren

    2009-04-01

    Chronic pain patients who are treated with opioid therapy represent a significant challenge to medical professionals. When pain recurs in the face of a previously effective opioid regimen, treatment options include dose escalation, opioid rotation, drug holidays, and the addition of adjuvants. Some experts advocate the use of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA-R) antagonists to combat tolerance. Recently, the use of an intravenous (i.v.) ketamine infusion to predict the response to a dextromethorphan (DX) treatment trial has been described. In this study, 56 opioid-exposed patients with recurrent pain were treated with a low-dose (0.1mg/kg) i.v. ketamine test followed by a DX treatment course. Using previously designated cutoff values for a positive response to ketamine (67% or more pain relief) and DX (50% or more pain relief), the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for an i.v. ketamine infusion to predict subsequent response to DX treatment were 72%, 68%, 52%, and 85%, respectively. The observed agreement between analgesic responses was 78%, indicating a highly significant correlation (r=0.54, P=0.0001). Subgroup classification revealed no significant differences in the response to either ketamine or DX treatment based on pain classification (i.e., nociceptive, neuropathic, or mixed) or placebo response. In contrast, a weaker correlation between ketamine and DX response was found in subjects requiring high-dose rather than low-dose opioid therapy. A significant correlation also was noted between the development of side effects for the two NMDA-R antagonists. Based on these results, we conclude that an i.v. ketamine test may be a valuable tool in predicting subsequent response to DX treatment in opioid-exposed patients. with persistent pain. PMID:18789637

  18. Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws from once per year intravenous zoledronic acid (Reclast): report of 4 cases.

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    Lee, Cameron Y S; Suzuki, Jon B

    2015-04-01

    Osteonecrosis of the jaws is a commonly reported side effect with patients prescribed oral antiresorptive medications to treat osteoporosis and osteopenia. Oral antiresorptive agents are considered as the standard of care for the prevention and treatment of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Because of patient's noncompliance of the antiresorptive medications, which may require once-weekly or once-monthly oral ingestion, a new once a year intravenous (IV) infusion of zoledronic acid was recently introduced in the management of osteoporosis. Reports of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) have been reported in patients with cancer treated with multiple doses of IV zoledronic acid. However, there is a paucity of reports occurring with the once-yearly infusion of zoledronic acid (Reclast) for the management of osteoporosis. In this article, we report 4 cases of patients who had a history of long-term oral antiresorptive therapy and now were taking the once-yearly IV zoledronic acid (Reclast) and soon developed MRONJ after completing surgery of the maxilla and mandible. PMID:25734948

  19. Sirolimus and Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage II-IV Ovarian Epithelial, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer

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    2015-09-11

    Recurrent Fallopian Tube Cancer; Recurrent Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Recurrent Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIA Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIA Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIB Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIB Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIC Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIC Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIA Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIB Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IIIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IIIC Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer; Stage IV Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Epithelial Cancer; Stage IV Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer

  20. Vaccine Therapy and Cyclophosphamide in Treating Patients With Stage II-III Breast or Stage II-IV Ovarian, Primary Peritoneal, or Fallopian Tube Cancer

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    2016-01-07

    Recurrent Breast Carcinoma; Recurrent Fallopian Tube Carcinoma; Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma; Recurrent Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma; Stage IIA Breast Cancer; Stage IIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIB Breast Cancer; Stage IIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIA Breast Cancer; Stage IIIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIA Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IIIB Breast Cancer; Stage IIIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIB Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IIIC Breast Cancer; Stage IIIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIC Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IV Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Primary Peritoneal Cancer

  1. Does intravenous contrast-enhanced computed tomography cause acute kidney injury? Protocol of a systematic review of the evidence

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    2014-01-01

    Background Contrast-induced acute kidney injury is a common cause of iatrogenic acute kidney injury (AKI). Most of the published estimates of AKI after contrast use originate from the cardiac catheterization literature despite contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans being the more common setting for contrast use. This systematic review aims to summarize the current evidence about (1)the risk of AKI following intravenous (IV) contrast-enhanced CT scans and(2) the risk of clinical outcomes (i.e. death, hospitalization and need for renal replacement therapy) due to IV contrast-enhanced CT scans. Methods/Design A systematic literature search for published studies will be performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE and The COCHRANE Library databases. Unpublished studies will be identified by searching through grey literature. No language restriction will be applied. The review will consider all studies that have examined the association between IV contrast media and AKI. To be selected, the study should include two arms: one group of exposed patients who received IV contrast material before CT scans and one group of unexposed group who did not receive contrast material before CT scans. Two authors will independently screen titles and abstracts obtained from electronic databases, extract data and will assess the quality of the studies selected using the Cochrane's ‘Risk of Bias’ assessment tool for randomized trials and the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale for observational studies. A random-effects meta-analysis will be performed if there is no remarkable heterogeneity between studies. Discussion This systematic review will provide synthesis of current evidence around the effect of IV contrast material on AKI and other clinical outcomes. Results will be helpful for making evidence-based recommendations and guidelines for clinical and radiologic settings. Systematic review registration PROSPERO CRD42013003799. PMID:25148933

  2. PET-Adjusted Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Stage II-IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    2016-01-10

    Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm in the Brain; Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IIA Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IIB Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma; Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

  3. Immunohistochemical expression of mitochondrial membrane complexes (MMCs) I, III, IV and V in malignant and benign periampullary epithelium: a potential target for drug therapy of periampullary cancer?

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    2010-01-01

    Background Mitochondrial membrane complexes (MMCs) are key mediators of cellular oxidative phosphorylation, and inhibiting them could lead to cell death. No published data are available on the relative abundance of MMCs in different periampullary cancers. Therefore, we studied the expression profile of MMCs I, III, IV and V in periampullary cancers, reactive pancreatitis, normal pancreas and chronic pancreatitis. Methods This was a retrospective study on tissue microarrays constructed from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue from 126 consecutive patients (cancer = 104, chronic pancreatitis = 22) undergoing pancreatic resections between June 2001 and June 2006. 78 specimens of chronic pancreatitis tissue were obtained adjacent to areas of cancer. Normal pancreatic tissue was obtained from the resection specimens in a total of 30 patients. Metastatic tumours in 61 regional lymph nodes from 61 patients were also studied. Results MMCs I, III, IV and V were highly expressed (p < 0.05) in all primary periampullary cancers compared with metastatic lymph nodes and adjacent benign pancreas. MMCs III, IV and V were highly expressed in all cancers regardless of type compared with chronic pancreatitis (p < 0.05). Higher expression of MMCs I and V was associated with better survival and may, in part, relate to lower expression of these MMCs in poorly differentiated tumours compared with well and moderately differentiated tumours. Conclusions Differential expression of MMCs III, IV and V in primary periampullary cancers compared with adjacent benign periampullary tissue and chronic pancreatitis is a novel finding, which may render them attractive anticancer targets. PMID:20202214

  4. Docetaxel With Either Cetuximab or Bortezomib as First-Line Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    2013-06-03

    Adenocarcinoma of the Lung; Adenosquamous Cell Lung Cancer; Large Cell Lung Cancer; Malignant Pleural Effusion; Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Squamous Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

  5. Effect of intravenous or oral sodium chlorate administration on the fecal shedding of Escherichia coli in sheep

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    The effect of gavage or intravenous (i.v.) administration of sodium chlorate salts on the fecal shedding of generic Escherichia coli in wether lambs was studied. To this end, 9 lambs (27 +/- 2.5 kg) were administered 150 mg NaClO3 per kg BW by gavage or i.v. infusion in a cross-over design with sal...

  6. EFFECTS OF CHLORDIMEFORM ON CARDIOVASCULAR FUNCTIONAL PARAMETERS. PART 2. ACUTE AND DELAYED EFFECTS FOLLOWING INTRAVENOUS ADMINISTRATION IN THE POSTWEANLING RAT

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    The differential effects of intravenous (IV) intraperitoneal (IP) administration of chlordimeform (CDM) were investigated in 22-30 day old pentobarbital-anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats. The first group of animals (N=25) were given sequential IV injections of 5, 10, 30, 60, and 1...

  7. [Intravenous iron in general surgery].

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    Serrablo, Alejandro; Urbieta, Elena; Carceln-Andrs, Josefa; Ruiz, Jaime; Rodrigo, Javier; Izuel, Mnica; Garca-Erce, Jos

    2005-09-01

    Preoperative anemia is the main cause of blood transfusion in surgical patients. In digestive surgery high blood loss and allogenic blood transfusion (ABT) are associated with serious adverse events and higher mortality. Consequently, we believe that intravenous iron administration is justified to correct perioperative anemia. We present the case of a woman with metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma in whom intravenous iron administration avoided the use of ABT. Subsequently, the iron metabolism profile improved. This had previously corresponded to a mixed pattern of iron deficiency, that is, to the association of organic and functional iron deficiency. PMID:16420822

  8. Intravenous proton pump inhibitors in the critical care setting.

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    Morgan, David

    2002-06-01

    Two well-controlled trials were carried out to investigate the effectiveness of intravenous proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce peptic ulcer rebleeding after successful hemostasis. The results demonstrated that the PPI reduced the rate of rebleeding significantly. The recent availability of the first intravenous PPI formulation in the United States, intravenous pantoprazole, represents an alternative to intravenous histamine-2 receptor antagonists. The results of 16 randomized, controlled trials involving a total of >3,800 patients (1,892 receiving PPIs and 1,911 controls) suggest that bolus administration plus continuous infusion of PPIs is a more effective pharmacotherapy than bolus infusion alone in decreasing both rebleeding and the need for surgery. Optimal effect is achieved with an intravenous 80-mg bolus, followed by continuous infusion of 8 mg/hr for 3 days, after which therapy may be continued with an oral PPI. Intermittent bolus administration yielded a minimal benefit. A difference in mortality rates has not yet been demonstrated. PMID:12072664

  9. Improving Detection of IV Infiltrates in Neonates

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    Driscoll, MD, Colleen; Langer, Melissa; Burke, Susan; El Metwally, MD, Dina

    2015-01-01

    Neonates and infants in the neonatal intensive care unit suffer significant morbidity when intravenous (IV) catheters infiltrate. The underreporting of adverse events through hospital voluntary reporting systems, such as ours, can complicate the monitoring of low incidence events, like IV infiltrates. Based on severe cases of IV infiltrates observed in our neonatal intensive care unit, we attempted to improve the detection of all infiltrates and reduce the incidence of Stage 4 infiltrates. We developed, and initiated the use of, an evidence-based guideline for the improved surveillance, prevention, and management of IV infiltrates, with corresponding educational interventions for faculty and staff. We instituted the use of a checklist for compliance with guidelines, and as a mechanism of surveillance. The baseline incidence rate of IV infiltrates, determined by the voluntary reporting system, was 5 per 1000 line days. Following initiation of the guidelines and checklist, the IV infiltrate rate increased to 9 per 1000 line days. In most months, the detection of IV infiltrates was improved by use of the checklist. During the post-intervention period the rate of Stage 4 infiltrates, as measured by usage of nitroglycerin ointment, was significantly reduced. In conclusion, the detection of IV infiltrates was improved following our quality improvement interventions. Further, use of an evidence-based guideline for managing infiltrates may reduce the most severe infiltrate injuries. PMID:26734388

  10. A comparison of intravenous and subcutaneous hydration in elderly acute stroke patients.

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    Challiner, Y. C.; Jarrett, D.; Hayward, M. J.; al-Jubouri, M. A.; Julious, S. A.

    1994-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of subcutaneous and intravenous fluid therapy in hydrating, elderly acute stroke patients. Thirty-four such patients, needing parenteral fluids because of impaired consciousness or dysphagia, were randomly allocated to receive either subcutaneous or intravenous fluids (2 litres of dextrose-saline/24 hours). Serum osmolality was measured before starting fluid therapy (Day 1) and on Days 2 and 3. An analysis of covariance of the osmolalities showed no statistical difference between the two groups (P = 0.12). The total cost of cannulae used over the 3 days for the subcutaneous route was approximately a third of that for the intravenous route. Complication rates were similar for the two groups. The results suggest that subcutaneous fluid therapy is an effective alternative to the intravenous route. PMID:8183752

  11. Cyanide and arsenic poisoning by intravenous injection.

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    DiNapoli, J; Hall, A H; Drake, R; Rumack, B H

    1989-03-01

    A 29-year-old man was found unresponsive a few minutes after self-injecting undetermined amounts of potassium cyanide and sodium arsenite intravenously in a suicide attempt. Treatment with the Lilly Cyanide Antidote kit rapidly resolved the initial coma, despite a whole blood cyanide level of 4.4 micrograms/mL. A 12-hour urine arsenic collection begun on admission showed 10,065 micrograms arsenic/12 hr. The patient received intramuscular BAL initially, which was followed by two ten-day courses of oral D-penicillamine. Complications included upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding requiring transfusion, transient elevations of liver function tests, self-limited complaints of decreased vision with conjunctival hyperemia and photophobia, and an abscess at the injection site. Although specific antidote therapy completely resolved the cyanide toxicity, early and prolonged arsenic chelation did not prevent a mild sensory peripheral neuropathy from developing with onset about 17 days after self-injection. PMID:2538098

  12. Intravenous Followed by X-ray Fused with MRI-Guided Transendocardial Mesenchymal Stem Cell Injection Improves Contractility Reserve in a Swine Model of Myocardial Infarction.

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    Schmuck, Eric G; Koch, Jill M; Hacker, Timothy A; Hatt, Charles R; Tomkowiak, Michael T; Vigen, Karl K; Hendren, Nicholas; Leitzke, Cathlyn; Zhao, Ying-Qi; Li, Zhanhai; Centanni, John M; Hei, Derek J; Schwahn, Denise; Kim, Jaehyup; Hematti, Peiman; Raval, Amish N

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study is to determine the effects of early intravenous (IV) infusion later followed by transendocardial (TE) injection of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) following myocardial infarction (MI). Twenty-four swine underwent balloon occlusion reperfusion MI and were randomized into 4 groups: IV MSC (or placebo) infusion (post-MI day 2) and TE MSC (or placebo) injection targeting the infarct border with 2D X-ray fluoroscopy fused to 3D magnetic resonance (XFM) co-registration (post-MI day 14). Continuous ECG recording, MRI, and invasive pressure-volume analyses were performed. IV MSC plus TE MSC treated group was superior to other groups for contractility reserve (p?=?0.02) and freedom from VT (p?=?0.03) but had more lymphocytic foci localized to the peri-infarct region (p?=?0.002). No differences were observed in post-MI remodeling parameters. IV followed by XFM targeted TE MSC therapy improves contractility reserve and suppresses VT but does not affect post-MI remodeling and may cause an immune response. PMID:26374144

  13. Paclitaxel and Carboplatin Before Radiation Therapy With Paclitaxel in Treating HPV-Positive Patients With Stage III-IV Oropharynx, Hypopharynx, or Larynx Cancer

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    2016-03-04

    Human Papilloma Virus Infection; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx

  14. The Reinforcing and Subjective Effects of Intravenous and Intranasal Buprenorphine in Heroin Users

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    Jones, Jermaine D.; Madera, Gabriela; Comer, Sandra D.

    2014-01-01

    Abuse of buprenorphine (BUP) by the intravenous (IV) route has been documented in several studies, and reports of intranasal (IN) abuse are increasing. However, no studies have directly compared the effects of BUP when it is administered intranasally and intravenously. The present secondary analysis used data from two separate studies to compare the reinforcing and subjective effects of IV and IN buprenorphine. One study evaluated IV buprenorphine (N=13) and the other evaluated IN buprenorphine (N=12). Participants were maintained on 2 mg sublingual (SL) BUP and tested with each intranasal or intravenous buprenorphine test dose (0 mg, 2 mg, 4 mg, 8 mg, and 16 mg). During morning laboratory sessions, participants received money (US $20) and sample doses of IN or IV BUP, and then completed subjective effects questionnaires. Later that day, they completed a self-administration task to receive 10% portions of the drug and/or money they previously sampled. In general, positive subjective ratings for both IV and IN BUP were significantly greater than placebo, with IV BUP having a greater effect than IN BUP. All active BUP doses (IV and IN) maintained significantly higher progressive ratio breakpoint values than placebo, but breakpoint values for IV BUP were greater than for IN BUP. Buprenorphine is an effective maintenance treatment for opioid dependence, valued for its ability to reduce the positive subjective effects of other opioids. Nevertheless, the present data demonstrate that in participants maintained on a low dose of SL BUP, the medication itself has abuse liability when used intravenously or intranasally. PMID:24793093

  15. Lifetime complications of drug use in intravenous drug users.

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    Dinwiddie, S H; Reich, T; Cloninger, C R

    1992-01-01

    Ninety-two intravenous drug users (IVDUs) were identified from a study of 1,640 relatives of treated alcoholics and felons. Nearly all of the IVDUs (90%) reported a lifetime history of some degree of physical, psychological, or social difficulty related to drug abuse, but only 35% had ever received treatment for drug abuse. Overall, compared to subjects with a history of substantial illicit drug use who had never injected, IVDUs were significantly more likely to report all drug-related problems assessed. Even in populations of drug users not selected through treatment, any history of intravenous (IV) drug use is strongly indicative of a lifetime occurrence of complications of drug use. PMID:1320970

  16. In-flight demonstration of the Space Station Freedom Health Maintenance Facility fluid therapy system (E300/E05)

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    Lloyd, Charles W.

    1993-01-01

    The Space Station Freedom (SSF) Health Maintenance Facility (HMF) will provide medical care for crew members for up to 10 days. An integral part of the required medical care consists of providing intravenous infusion of fluids, electrolyte solutions, and nutrients to sustain an ill or injured crew member. In terrestrial health care facilities, intravenous solutions are normally stored in large quantities. However, due to the station's weight and volume constraints, an adequate supply of the required solutions cannot be carried onboard SSF. By formulating medical fluids onboard from concentrates and station water as needed, the Fluid Therapy System (FTS) eliminates weight and volume concerns regarding intravenous fluids. The first full-system demonstration of FTS is continuous microgravity will be conducted in Spacelab-Japan (SL-J). The FTS evaluation consists of two functional objectives and an in-flight demonstration of intravenous administration of fluids. The first is to make and store sterile water and IV solutions onboard the spacecraft. If intravenous fluids are to be produced in SSF, successful sterilization of water and reconstituting of IV solutions must be achieved. The second objective is to repeat the verification of the FTS infusion pump, which had been performed in Spacelab Life Sciences - 1 (SLS-1). during SLS-1, the FTS IV pump was operated in continuous microgravity for the first time. The pump functioned successfully, and valuable knowledge on its performance in continuous microgravity was obtained. Finally, the technique of starting an IF in microgravity will be demonstrated. The IV technique requires modifications in microgravity, such as use of restraints for equipment and crew members involved.

  17. Factors influencing the development of antibiotic associated diarrhea in ED patients discharged home: risk of administering IV antibiotics?, ??, ?, ??, ???

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    Haran, John Patrick; Hayward, Gregory; Skinner, Stephen; Merritt, Chris; Hoaglin, David C.; Hibberd, Patricia L.; Lu, Shan; Boyer, Edward W.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are well-known outcomes from antibiotic administration. Because emergency department (ED) visits frequently result in antibiotic use, we evaluated the frequency of AAD/CDI in adults treated and discharged home with new prescriptions for antibiotics to identify risk factors for acquiring AAD/CDI. Methods This prospective multicenter cohort study enrolled adult patients who received antibiotics in the ED and were discharged with a new prescription for antibiotics. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea was defined as 3 or more loose stools for 2 days or more within 30 days of starting the antibiotic. C difficile infection was defined by the detection of toxin A or B within this same period. We used multivariate logistic regression to assess predictors of developing AAD. Results We enrolled and followed 247 patients; 45 (18%) developed AAD, and 2 (1%) developed CDI. Patients who received intravenous (IV) antibiotics in the ED were more likely to develop AAD/CDI than patients who did not: 25.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 17.434.0) vs 12.3% (95% CI, 6.817.9). Intravenous antibiotics had adjusted odds ratio of 2.73 (95% CI, 1.385.43), and Hispanic ethnicity had adjusted odds ratio of 3.04 (95% CI, 1.406.58). Both patients with CDI had received IV doses of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Conclusion Intravenous antibiotic therapy administered to ED patients before discharge was associated with higher rates of AAD and with 2 cases of CDI. Care should be taken when deciding to use broad-spectrum IV antibiotics to treat ED patients before discharge home. PMID:25149599

  18. Paediatric acute basilar thrombosis successfully treated with intravenous alteplase

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    Rego Sousa, Paulo; Vasconcellos, Rui

    2012-01-01

    Acute ischaemic stroke has significant attendant morbidity and is one of the top ten causes of childhood death. It requires prompt investigation and management, however little is known about the safety and efficacy of acute thrombolytic therapies in childhood arterial ischaemic stroke. The authors report a case of a 13-year-old girl with an acute basilar thrombosis, successfully treated with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator and discuss the management of paediatric arterial ischaemic stroke. PMID:22605850

  19. Premixed intravenous admixtures: a positive development for hospital pharmacy.

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    Lee, H E

    1983-06-01

    The development of premixed intravenous admixtures is reviewed in a historical context, and its effects on hospital pharmacy practice are discussed. As pharmaceutical manufacturers introduce more i.v. medications in ready-to-use containers, the same complaints that were voiced by pharmacists about unit dose packaging and ready-to-dispense tablets and capsules are being aired. But premixed i.v. admixtures are a logical extension of the basic unit dose principle of providing a readily identifiable and ready-to-administer dose. The time and cost savings these products offer are needed in hospital pharmacies. Some of the disadvantages of these products--including storage and freezer space and multiplicity of administration systems--are overcome by proper planning and education of personnel. If fewer personnel are now needed to prepare i.v. admixtures, then those personnel should be used to improve patient care in other ways. The use of premixed i.v. admixtures is a positive technological advance in drug packaging. Its advantages outweight its disadvantages, and it will soon be become the universally accepted form of i.v. drug packaging. PMID:6869393

  20. Single intravenous and oral dose pharmacokinetics of florfenicol in the channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus

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    Plasma distribution and elimination of florfenicol in channel catfish were investigated after a single dose (10mg/kg) of intravenous i.v.) or oral administration in freshwater at a mean water temperature of 25.4C. Florfenicol concentrations in plasma were analyzed by means of liquid chromatography...

  1. Computer simulation of metal ion equilibria in biofluids. IV. Plutonium speciation in human blood plasma and chelation therapy using polyaminopolycarboxylic acids

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    Duffield, J.R.; May, P.M.; Williams, D.R.

    1984-03-01

    An investigation by computer simulation into the nature of Pu(IV) binding to low-molecular ligands in human blood plasma is described. Particular consideration is given to the interactions of various chelating agents which have been or might be used for treating plutonium intoxication. Formation constants of EDTA and DTPA with Cu(II), Mg(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Cd(II) have been measured under biologic conditions of temperature and background electrolyte. The relative ability of these and other chelating agents to cause excretion of plutonium and the concomitant loss of certain essential trace metals has thus been assessed.

  2. Intravenous esomeprazole: a pharmacoeconomic profile of its use in the prevention of recurrent peptic ulcer bleeding.

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    Keating, Gillian M

    2011-06-01

    Intravenous esomeprazole (Nexium®) is approved in Europe for the prevention of rebleeding following therapeutic endoscopy for acute bleeding gastric or duodenal ulcers. In a pivotal clinical trial, patients with peptic ulcer bleeding and high-risk stigmata who received intravenous esomeprazole for 72 hours following endoscopic haemostatic therapy were significantly less likely than those receiving intravenous placebo to experience recurrent peptic ulcer bleeding at days 3, 7 and 30. In addition, the need for repeat endoscopic haemostatic therapy, the total amount of blood transfused and the number of additional hospital days required because of rebleeding were significantly lower in intravenous esomeprazole recipients than in intravenous placebo recipients. All patients received oral esomeprazole for 27 days following intravenous study drug administration. Intravenous esomeprazole was generally well tolerated in the pivotal trial, with infusion-site reactions being among the most commonly reported adverse events. Two pharmacoeconomic analyses conducted from a healthcare payer perspective used decision-tree models with 30-day time horizons to examine the cost effectiveness and cost utility of intravenous esomeprazole in patients with bleeding peptic ulcers who had undergone endoscopic haemostatic therapy. With regard to the incremental cost per bleed averted, intravenous esomeprazole was predicted to be dominant in Spain and cost effective in Sweden and the US compared with no intravenous esomeprazole. Efficacy results and resource utilization data from the pivotal clinical trial were inputted into this model, and the results of the analysis were generally robust to plausible variations in key variables. In the cost-utility analysis, which was conducted in the UK and is available as an abstract and poster, esomeprazole was considered to be the most cost-effective treatment alternative, compared with omeprazole or pantoprazole. For this analysis, clinical outcomes data were obtained from a systematic review and mixed treatment comparison (given the absence of head-to-head trial data), and utility values were proxied from the literature. In conclusion, intravenous esomeprazole prevents peptic ulcer rebleeding in patients who have undergone endoscopic haemostatic therapy. Pharmacoeconomic analyses support the use of intravenous esomeprazole following endoscopic haemostatic therapy in patients with peptic ulcer bleeding and high-risk stigmata. PMID:21568358

  3. Comparison of intravenous pantoprazole with intravenous ranitidine in peptic ulcer bleeding.

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    Demetrashvili, Z M; Lashkhi, I M; Ekaladze, E N; Kamkamidze, G K

    2013-10-01

    Following successful endoscopic therapy in patients with peptic ulcer bleeding, rebleeding occurs in 4% to 30% of cases. Rebleeding remains the most important determinant of poor prognosis. The aim of our study is to compare the efficacy of intravenous pantoprazole and ranitidine for prevention of rebleeding of peptic ulcers following initial endoscopic hemostasis. In our study patients who had gastric or duodenal ulcers with bleeding received combined endoscopy therapy with injection of epinephrine and thermocoagulation. Patients with initial hemostasis were randomly assigned to two groups. One group (45 patients) was treated with intravenous pantoprazole, with an initial dose of 40 mg and subsequently with 40 mg every twelve hours during the first three days, followed by 40 mg a day orally. The other group (44 patients) was treated with intravenous ranitidine, with an initial dose of 50 mg and subsequently every eight hours during the first three days, followed by 150 mg ranitidine every 12 h. In all case of rebleeding repeated endoscopy was performed. One patient (2,2%) had rebleeding in pantoprazole group. Bleeding could not be blocked by repeated endoscopic intervention, thus the patient underwent emergency surgery. 6 patients (13,6%) from ranitidine group had recurrence of bleeding. Repeated endoscopy was performed in all these patients: bleeding was stopped in 3 cases endoscopically, other 3 patients were surgically treated urgently as endoscopic hemostasis was not successful. None of the patients died of uncontrolled rebleeding. The frequency of rebleeding was significantly low in the group of pantoprazole compared to ranitidine group (2,2% vs 13,6% P=0,046). There were no statistically significant differences between the groups with regard to need for emergency surgery (2,2% vs 6,8%), the length of hospital stay (6,7±3,3 vs 7,4±4,3 d) and mortality (0%vs 0%). After endoscopic treatment of bleeding peptic ulcers, intravenous pantoprazole is more effective than ranitidine for the prevention of rebleeding. PMID:24214585

  4. Intravenous bisphosphonates for postmenopausal osteoporosis

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    Mottaghi, Peyman

    2010-01-01

    Numerous clinical studies have shown bisphoshonates (BPs) to be useful and cost-effective options for the fractures prevention and postmenopausal bone loss. The use of oral bisphoshonates is an established option for managment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, but many of them complaint from gastrointestinal side effect or frequently dosed oral regimens. To improve upon the suboptimal therapeutic compliance in postmenopausal women, newer, longer-acting intravenous formulations of BPs has been approved for intermittent administration in postmenopausal women. These preparations would become an option for patients who can not tolerate oral BPs or it was ineffective in increasing their bone density. This article proposed to review effectiveness and tolerability of intravenous BPs in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. PMID:21526078

  5. Intravenous magnetic nanoparticle cancer hyperthermia

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    Huang, Hui S; Hainfeld, James F

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles heated by an alternating magnetic field could be used to treat cancers, either alone or in combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, direct intratumoral injections suffer from tumor incongruence and invasiveness, typically leaving undertreated regions, which lead to cancer regrowth. Intravenous injection more faithfully loads tumors, but, so far, it has been difficult achieving the necessary concentration in tumors before systemic toxicity occurs. Here, we describe use of a magnetic nanoparticle that, with a well-tolerated intravenous dose, achieved a tumor concentration of 1.9 mg Fe/g tumor in a subcutaneous squamous cell carcinoma mouse model, with a tumor to non-tumor ratio > 16. With an applied field of 38 kA/m at 980 kHz, tumors could be heated to 60C in 2 minutes, durably ablating them with millimeter (mm) precision, leaving surrounding tissue intact. PMID:23901270

  6. Short-term Intravenous Antibiotic Treatment in Uncomplicated Diverticulitis Does Not Increase the Risk of Recurrence Compared to Long-term Treatment

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    Buchs, Nicolas Christian; Poncet, Antoine; Konrad-Mugnier, Batrice; Gervaz, Pascal; Morel, Philippe; Ris, Frdric

    2015-01-01

    Purpose This study included all patients treated at the University Hospital of Geneva for a first episode of uncomplicated diverticulitis. Risks of recurrence and treatment failure were evaluated by comparing the results between short-course and long-course intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy groups. Methods The records of all patients hospitalized at our facility from January 2007 to February 2012 for a first episode of uncomplicated diverticulitis (Hinchey Ia), as confirmed by computed tomography, were prospectively collected. We published an auxiliary analysis from this registered study at Clinicaltrials.gov (identifier number: NCT01015378). Two groups of patients were considered: one received a short-course IV antibiotic arm (ceftriaxone and metronidazole) for up to 5 days (followed by 5 days of oral antibiotics); the other received a long-course IV arm between days 5 and 10. The primary outcome was the recurrence-free survival time. Results Follow-up was completed for 256 patients-50% men and 50% women, with a median age of 56 years (range, 24-85 years). The average follow-up was 50 months (range, 19-89 months). Of the 256 patients included in the study, 46 patients received a short-course IV antibiotic treatment and 210 received a long-course treatment. The recurrence-free survivals were very similar between the two groups, which was supported by a log rank test (P = 0.772). Four treatment failures, all in the long-course IV antibiotic treatment group, occurred. Conclusion Treatment of diverticulitis with a short IV antibiotic treatment is possible and does not modify the recurrence rate in patients with uncomplicated diverticulitis. PMID:25960972

  7. Influence of intravenously administered ciprofloxacin on aerobic intestinal microflora and fecal drug levels when administered simultaneously with sucralfate.

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    Krueger, W A; Ruckdeschel, G; Unertl, K

    1997-01-01

    Ciprofloxacin, when given intravenously (i.v.), is secreted in significant amounts via the mucosa into the intestinal lumen. Sucralfate inhibits the antimicrobial activity of ciprofloxacin. The effect of combined therapy on the intestinal flora was investigated in 16 healthy volunteers. They were randomly assigned to two groups. Group A received 2 g of sucralfate orally three times a day for 7 days and 400 mg of ciprofloxacin i.v. twice a day (b.i.d.) starting 3 days after the sucralfate administration began. Group B was given only 400 mg of ciprofloxacin i.v. b.i.d. for 4 days. A total of 9 stool samples were collected from each subject beginning the week before ciprofloxacin was administered and on days -1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 10 or 11 after commencement of the infusion period. The aerobic fecal flora was determined by standard microbiological methods. Measurements of fecal ciprofloxacin levels were based on high-performance liquid chromatography. Counts of bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae decreased in all subjects and were below 10(2) CFU/g in eight of eight subjects (group A) and six of eight subjects (group B) on day 4, but they returned to normal in all but one subject (group A) 10 days after the last infusion. The decreases in levels of bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae were not significantly different in groups A and B (Kaplan-Meier test). Staphylococci and nonfermenters responded variably, enterococci and lactobacilli remained unchanged, and candida levels increased transiently in four subjects (two in each group). Maximum fecal drug levels ranged from 251 to 811 microg/g. No significant difference could be found between the two groups. The i.v. application of ciprofloxacin eliminates intestinal bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae in a rapid and selective manner. This effect is not affected by simultaneous oral application of sucralfate. PMID:9257749

  8. Vascular Risk Factors in Patients with Different Subtypes of Ischemic Stroke May Affect Their Outcome after Intravenous tPA

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    Ren, Jinma; Nair, Deepak S.; Parker, Sarah; Jahnel, Jan L.; Swanson-Devlin, Teresa G.; Beck, Judith M.; Mathews, Maureen; McNeil, Clayton J.; Upadhyaya, Manas; Gao, Yuan; Dong, Qiang; Wang, David Z.

    2015-01-01

    Intravenous (IV) tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only approved noninvasive therapy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS). However, after tPA treatment, the outcome of patients with different subtypes of stroke according to their vascular risk factors remains to be elucidated. We aim to explore the relationship between the outcome and different risk factors in patients with different subtype of acute strokes treated with IV tPA. Records of patients in this cohort were reviewed. Data collected and analysed included the demographics, vascular risk factors, baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores, 90-day modified Rankin Scores (mRS), and subtypes of stroke. By using the 90-day mRS, patients were dichotomized into favorable versus unfavorable outcome in each subtype of stroke. We identified the vascular risk factors that are likely associated with the poor outcome in each subtype. Among 570 AIS patients received IV tPA, 217 were in the large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) group, 146 in the small vessel occlusion(SVO) group, and 140 in the cardioaortic embolism(CE) group. Lower NIHSS score on admission was related to favorable outcome in patients in all subtypes. Patients with history of dyslipidemia were likely on statin treatment before their admission and hence less likely to have elevated cholesterol level on admission. Therefore, there was a possible paradoxical effect on the outcome in patients with LAA and SVO subtypes of strokes. SVO patients with history of diabetes had higher risk of unfavorable outcome. SVO patients had favorable outcome if their time from onset to treatment was short. In conclusion, the outcome of patients treated with IV tPA may be related to different vascular risk factors associated with different subtypes of stroke. PMID:26247772

  9. Carotid Embolectomy and Endarterectomy for Symptomatic Complete Occlusion of the Carotid Artery as a Rescue Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke

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    Curtze, Sami; Putaala, Jukka; Saarela, Marika; Vikatmaa, Pirkka; Kantonen, Ilkka; Tatlisumak, Turgut

    2011-01-01

    Emergency endarterectomy of an occluded internal carotid artery (ICA) has not been investigated as an option of rescue therapy for severe acute ischemic stroke in the era of intravenous (IV) thrombolysis treatment neither as a primary treatment nor after failed IV thrombolysis. Data from the pre-IV thrombolysis era are conflicting and therefore emergency endarterectomy has not been recommended. The number of patients reaching the emergency room within the IV thrombolysis time window has vastly grown due to advanced acute stroke treatment protocols. The efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy as a primary or add-on to IV thrombolysis therapy option is being actively investigated. We herein report 2 cases of acute ischemic stroke with computerized tomography (CT) angiography-documented occlusion of an ICA that were treated with emergency carotid endarterectomy and embolectomy to restore cerebral blood flow. Both cases presented with severe stroke symptoms and signs not responding to IV thrombolysis and showed severe CT-perfusion deficits mainly representing ischemic penumbra. Blood flow was surgically restored after 5 h of symptom onset. Both patients achieved a favorable outcome. We conclude that timely surgical approach of acute ICA occlusion after failed thrombolysis as a rescue therapy may be a viable option in well-selected patients. PMID:22220158

  10. Clinical experience with intravenous fenoldopam.

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    Holcslaw, T L; Beck, T R

    1990-06-01

    Fenoldopam (Corlopam), a new dopaminergic agent in clinical development by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, is a dopamine-1 (DA1) agonist at post-synaptic dopamine receptors. Preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that it is a potent renal vasodilator as well as a peripheral vasodilator. In both normal volunteers and hypertensive patients intravenous fenoldopam causes dose-related decreases in blood pressure and important increases in renal hemodynamics and function including increased renal blood flow, diuresis and natriuresis. Fenoldopam does not alter glomerular filtration. Intravenous fenoldopam has been demonstrated to be efficacious in severe hypertensive patients in several multicenter, multinational trials. In severe hypertension efficacy trials fenoldopam was judged to be as effective as sodium nitroprusside and to produce less serious side effects. In patients with moderate to severe heart failure, fenoldopam has been demonstrated to produce dose-related acute increases in cardiac output, stroke volume and work index, decreased systemic vascular resistance but no important changes in pulmonary wedge pressure or right atrial pressure. In CHF patients fenoldopam has been demonstrated to be as efficacious as sodium nitroprusside. Fenoldopam, as a specific (DA1) agonist resulting in decreased peripheral and renal vascular resistance, diuresis, natriuresis and increases in cardiac hemodynamics on intravenous administration, appears to be an efficacious agent which offers a reasonable alternative in the treatment of severe hypertension and acute congestive heart failure. PMID:1974440

  11. Intra-arterial thrombectomy: does invasive treatment lead to better outcomes than intravenous thrombolysis alone?

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    Cherian, Laurel; Cutting, Shawna; Song, Sarah

    2015-10-01

    Intravenous thrombolysis is considered to be standard of care for acute ischemic stroke patients arriving within 3-4.5h of stroke symptom onset. Recently, endovascular therapies have been proposed to extend and enhance stroke outcomes by targeting large vessel occlusions. Different radiologic methods, time windows, and treatment tools have delineated differences between trials. Overall, intravenous thrombolysis remains the treatment of choice for all acute ischemic stroke patients, with a small subset benefiting from additional endovascular therapy. Endovascular therapy remains a viable singular option for patients with large vessel occlusion unable to receive thrombolysis. PMID:26277366

  12. Identification Bracelet Precipitated Acute Compartment Syndrome during Intravenous Infusion in an Obtunded Patient

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    Zafar, Wahib; Chaucer, Benjamin; Felek, Suleyman; Arsura, Edward L.; Nfonoyim, Jay

    2016-01-01

    Acute compartment syndrome is a serious condition requiring immediate medical care. A lack of urgent medical treatment can result in serious complications such as loss of function and even amputation. While the pathophysiology of acute compartment syndrome is well understood, numerous potential causes are still being discovered. A rare cause of acute compartment syndrome is IV infiltration. We present a case of acute compartment syndrome resulting from intravenous infusion due to proximal placement of a patient identification bracelet. We conclude that both routine evaluation for IV infiltration and proximal placement of IV lines are essential for prevention of acute compartment syndrome. PMID:26904308

  13. [Long-term survival of a patient with stage IV basaloid squamous carcinoma of the esophagus with lung metastases following combined modality therapy].

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    Yamauchi, Masami; Shinozaki, Katsunori; Sumioka, Masaaki; Nishisaka, Takashi

    2015-08-01

    A 72-year-old man visited our hospital because of dysphagia and weight loss. He was diagnosed by endoscopy with advanced (stage IV) basaloid squamous carcinoma of the thoracic esophagus. CT and CT-guided tumor biopsy revealed two lung metastases in the right upper and lower lobes, with diameters of 8 and 5 mm, respectively. The primary lesion disappeared after concurrent chemoradiotherapy consisting of 5-FU, cisplatin, and 60-Gy irradiation, which was administered for palliation of obstructive and hemorrhagic symptoms. Subsequently, eight cycles of chemotherapy were administered, resulting in a reduction in size of the metastases. However, multiple cycles of chemotherapy caused prolonged toxicity, and the metastases slightly enlarged during chemotherapy-free periods. Since the number of metastases did not change, stereotactic body radiotherapy was performed, which resulted in disappearance of the lung metastases. Five years following initial diagnosis, the patient has been doing well, with no signs of disease recurrence. PMID:26250130

  14. Radiation Therapy With Cisplatin, Docetaxel, or Cetuximab After Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Squamous Cell Head and Neck Cancer

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    2016-03-14

    Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Tongue Cancer

  15. Fatal multiple systemic emboli after intravenous thrombolysis for cardioembolic stroke.

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    Tanaka, Koji; Ohara, Tomoyuki; Ishigami, Akiko; Ikeda, Yoshihiko; Matsushige, Toshinori; Satow, Tetsu; Ishibashi-Ueda, Hatsue; Iihara, Koji; Toyoda, Kazunori

    2014-02-01

    Our objective is to present a case of fatal multiple systemic emboli after intravenous thrombolysis for cardioembolic stroke. A 64-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation was admitted for evaluation of sudden consciousness disturbance, right hemiplegia, and aphasia. Diffusion-weighted imaging showed no early ischemic changes of the brain, and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) showed occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery (MCA). One hour after initiation of 0.6 mg/kg of intravenous alteplase, the MCA was partially recanalized. Her symptoms disappeared the following day. We began intravenous heparin for secondary prevention of cardioembolic stroke. However, on the third day (52 hours after thrombolysis), she suddenly developed a coma and left hemiplegia. MRA showed acute occlusion of the right internal carotid artery (ICA). She developed acute kidney injury and sudden shock and then died of fatal cardiorespiratory arrest on the fourth day. Autopsy revealed occlusion of the mitral valve orifice by a spherical fresh red thrombus that led from the left atrial appendage. Acute embolic infarcts were identified in the spleen and right kidney, the latter secondary to occlusion of the right renal artery with fresh red thrombus. Intravenous thrombolysis and subsequent anticoagulation therapy may destabilize pre-existing intracardiac thrombus, potentially leading to recurrent stroke, multiple systemic embolisms, and the fatal "hole-in-one" effect. PMID:23545321

  16. Intravenous Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Morphine in Recreational Opioid Users: Abuse Potential and Relative Potencies

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    Stoops, William W.; Hatton, Kevin W.; Lofwall, Michelle R.; Nuzzo, Paul A.; Walsh, Sharon L.

    2010-01-01

    Rationale Nonmedical use and abuse of prescription opioids is an increasing public health problem. Intravenous (IV) administration of opioid analgesics intended for oral use is not uncommon, yet little is known about the relative abuse potential of these drugs when administered intravenously to recreational opioid abusers without physical dependence. Methods This inpatient study employed a double-blind, randomized, within-subject, placebo-controlled design to examine the relative abuse potential of IV doses of oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. Nine healthy adult participants reporting recreational opioid use and histories of IV opioid use completed 11 experimental sessions, including one active-dose practice session. IV doses were infused over 5-min and included three identical doses of each opioid (5, 10 and 20 mg/10 ml) and saline placebo. Physiological, subjective and performance effects were collected before and for 6 h after drug administration. Results All three opioids produced prototypical mu agonist effects (e.g., miosis; increased ratings of liking) that were generally dose-related. Pharmacodynamic effects were observed within 5 min of IV administration. Physiological effects were more prolonged than subjective effects for all three drugs. While the magnitude of effects was generally comparable across drugs and qualitatively similar, valid potency assays indicated the following potency relationship: oxycodone > morphine > hydrocodone. Conclusions There were modest potency differences between oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, but their overall profile of effects was similar, indicating significant abuse potential when administered intravenously. PMID:20665209

  17. Intravenous Calcium and Magnesium for Oxaliplatin-Induced Sensory Neurotoxicity in Adjuvant Colon Cancer: NCCTG N04C7

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    Grothey, Axel; Nikcevich, Daniel A.; Sloan, Jeff A.; Kugler, John W.; Silberstein, Peter T.; Dentchev, Todor; Wender, Donald B.; Novotny, Paul J.; Chitaley, Umesh; Alberts, Steven R.; Loprinzi, Charles L.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Cumulative sensory neurotoxicity (sNT) is the dose-limiting toxicity of oxaliplatin, which commonly leads to early discontinuation of oxaliplatin-based therapy in the palliative and adjuvant settings. In a nonrandomized, retrospective study, intravenous (IV) calcium/magnesium (Ca/Mg) was associated with reduced oxaliplatin-induced sNT. Methods Patients with colon cancer undergoing adjuvant therapy with infusional fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) were randomly assigned to Ca/Mg (1g calcium gluconate plus 1g magnesium sulfate pre- and post-oxaliplatin) or placebo, in a double-blinded manner. The primary end point was the percentage of patients with grade 2 or greater sNT at any time during or after oxaliplatin-based therapy by National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI CTCAE; version 3) criteria. An oxaliplatin-specific sNT scale and patient questionnaires were also used to assess sNT. After 104 of 300 planned patients were enrolled, the study was closed. This was due to preliminary reports from another trial that suggested that Ca/Mg decreased treatment efficacy; these data were subsequently found to be incorrect. Results Overall, 102 patients were available for analysis. Ca/Mg decreased the incidence of chronic, cumulative, grade 2 or greater sNT, as measured by NCI CTCAE (P = .038) and also by the oxaliplatin-specific sNT scale (P = .018). In addition, acute muscle spasms associated with oxaliplatin were significantly reduced (P = .01) No effect on acute, cold-induced sNT was found. No substantial differences in adverse effects were noted between Ca/Mg and placebo. Conclusion Despite early termination and decreased statistical power, this study supports IV Ca/Mg as an effective neuroprotectant against oxaliplatin-induced cumulative sNT in adjuvant colon cancer. PMID:21189381

  18. Efficacy and Safety of Intracoronary versus Intravenous Administration of Tirofiban during Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Jing, Quanmin; Liu, Yingfeng; Liu, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Background Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is known as the most effective treatment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, without proper therapy and patient management, stent thrombosis after PCI may lead to another myocardial infarction. In addition to aspirin and clopidogrel, tirofiban is often used as an antiplatelet therapy in patients with ACS. To date, there has been no comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy and safety of intracoronary (IC) tirofiban administration for ACS patients undergoing PCI compared with intravenous (IV) administration. Therefore, this meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the clinical efficiency and safety of IC versus intravenous (IV) tirofiban in ACS patients undergoing PCI. Methods We searched PubMed and Medline for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing IC versus IV administration of tirofiban in ACS patients undergoing PCI. We evaluated the effects of tirofiban on thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) grade 3 flow after PCI, TIMI myocardial perfusion grade 3 (TMP grade 3), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), target vessel revascularization (TVR), death, reinfarction and adverse drug effects (specifically bleeding events). Results Seven trials involving 1,027 patients were included in this meta-analysis. IC administration of tirofiban significantly increased TIMI grade 3 flow (OR 2.11; 95% CI 1.02 to 4.37; P = 0.04) and TMP grade 3 (OR 2.67; 95% CI 1.09 to 6.49; P = 0.03, I2 = 64%) while reducing MACE (OR 0.46, 95% CI: 0.28 to 0.75; P = 0.002) compared with IV administration of tirofiban. No significant differences were observed in the occurrence of TVR, death, reinfarction and the incidence of bleeding events between the two groups. Conclusions This meta-analysis supports the use of IC over IV administration of tirofiban in patients with ACS to improve TIMI flow, TMP flow and MACE. However, there was no statistically significant difference in the risk of bleeding complications between the two groups. PMID:26067296

  19. Intravenous Lignocaine to Blunt Extubation Responses: A Double-Edged Sword.

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    Haldar, Rudrashish; Dubey, Madhulika; Rastogi, Amit; Singh, Prabhat K

    2016-01-01

    Extubation after general anesthetic procedures is often accompanied by transient undesirable responses such as hypertension, tachycardia, coughing, bucking, and raised intracranial and intraocular pressures. In neurosurgical procedures, they need to be stringently controlled to prevent the rise in cerebral blood flow, increase in intracranial pressure, and intracranial bleeding. Intravenous (IV) lignocaine (1-1.5 mg/kg) administration is one such method to blunt extubation responses. We describe a case where IV lignocaine was administered within the recommended doses to inhibit the extubation response, but the same resulted in generalized convulsions because of the clinical and physiological status of the patient at that point of time. Intravenous lignocaine administered to obtund extubation responses can itself manifest in toxic reactions depending on the preexisting clinical and physiological state of the patients. Thus, extreme caution and vigilance is to be maintained whenever IV local anesthetics are used for such purposes. PMID:25807045

  20. Impact of intravenous nitroglycerin in the management of acute decompensated heart failure.

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    den Uil, Corstiaan A; Brugts, Jasper J

    2015-02-01

    Intravenous nitroglycerin is a well-known, but underused, treatment for acute decompensated heart failure. Nitroglycerin has a rapid onset of action and short half-life and there is a clear dose-response curve on both global hemodynamics and peripheral circulation. IV nitroglycerin reduces LV and RV filling pressures and afterload. In the case of acute decompensated heart failure, there is a typical decreased bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO), which needs to be supplemented by exogenous nitrates. Additionally, there is benefit on clinical endpoints, such as fast optimization of arterial oxygenation, lower rates of mechanical ventilation, and improved survival. Drawbacks of therapy include not only side effects such as headache, resistance, and development of tolerability to nitrates but also free radical production. However, nitrates in combination with diuretics remain the cornerstone of acute decompensated heart failure treatment. We propose a more aggressive use of nitrates and a more limited use of inotropes (due to ischemic demand and pro-arrhythmogenic characteristics) in normo- or hypertensive patients with acute heart failure. PMID:25301529

  1. Low-dose systemic phosphodiesterase III inhibitor pimobendan combined with prostacyclin therapy in a patient with severe primary pulmonary hypertension.

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    Watanabe, Eri; Shiga, Tsuyoshi; Matsuda, Naoki; Kajimoto, Katsuya; Naganuma, Miyoko; Kawai, Akihiko; Kasanuki, Hiroshi

    2003-07-01

    Pimobendan, an oral inotropic drug with phosphodiesterase III-inhibitory activity, induces cAMP-dependent relaxation of vascular smooth muscle in the pulmonary artery, as well as in the systemic cardiovascular system. We report here a patient with severe primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), who had developed right heart failure (New York Heart Association functional class IV) despite uptitrated intravenous epoprostenol, and who was treated with extremely low-dose (0.625-1.25 mg daily) pimobendan as an adjunct to prostacyclin therapy. The combination therapy of low-dose pimobendan, prostacyclin, intravenous epoprostenol and oral beraprost has been continued for over 2 years without occurrence of fatal arrhythmia, and her six-minute walk test has exceeded 400 m. We suggest that low-dose pimobendan may enhance the hemodynamic effect of prostacyclin in severe PPH. PMID:14696637

  2. [Intravenous iron during predialysis period improves anemia management and cardiovascular parameters in incident hemodialysis patients].

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    Rottembourg, Jacques; Sonigo, Yves; Dansaert, Aurlie; Diaconita, Mirela; Guerin, Alain

    2013-12-01

    Individualized use of iron therapy (IT) and erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESA) may effectively correct anemia and its symptoms in CKD patients (Pts). The aim of this retrospective study was to precise the anemia management (AM) in incident HD Pts, and to compare Pts treated by intravenous (i.v.) IT and ESA during predialysis to those treated by oral IT and ESA on AM and cardiovascular parameters during the first year of HD. One hundred and two Pts performed their first dialysis in the unit, mean age 58.5 (15.9) years, 70% males, 27% diabetes. Ninety Pts started with a native arteriovenous fistula. Charlson comorbidity index was 7.3 (3.5). Mortality rate was 3% at one year. Hb level was at start 10.6 (1.7) and at one year 11.7 (1.1) g/dL (P<0.0001). DA injected every 2weeks was at the beginning at 107 (56) ?g and then at 61 (46) (P<0.0001). i.v. IT injected every week was at the dosage of 87 (23) mg and then at 57 (40mg) per injection (P<0.001). Out of 102 Pts, 33 received i.v. IT during predialysis. These Pts started dialysis with a better Hb level: 11.1 (1.3) versus 10.4 (1.55) g/dL (P<0.01), had a TSAT at 50.0 (19.2) versus 30.1 (15.2) % (P<0.001), received less ESA 0.58 (0.28) versus 0.82 (0.37) ?g/kg per week (P<0.01). More important were the changes on the cardiovascular functions: left ventricular mass at 116 (34) versus 134 (39) g/m(2) (P<0.02), left ventricular ejection fraction at 64.7 (4.4) versus 61.4 (8.7) % (P<0.02) and mean arterial pressure at 104.7 (80) versus 109 (13.2) mmHg (P<0.02). These Pts were also less hospitalized. This study revealed the importance of i.v. IT during predialysis care not only on AM but also on cardiovascular status in HD Pts starting dialysis. PMID:24113201

  3. Intravenous levosimendan vs. dobutamine in acute decompensated heart failure patients on beta-blockers

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    Bergh, Claes-Hkan; Andersson, Bert; Dahlstrm, Ulf; Forfang, Kolbjorn; Kivikko, Matti; Sarapohja, Toni; Ullman, Bengt; Wikstrm, Gerhard

    2010-01-01

    Aims The aim of this study is to compare the effects of a 24 h intravenous infusion of levosimendan and a 48 h infusion of dobutamine on invasive haemodynamics in patients with acutely decompensated chronic NYHA class IIIIV heart failure. All patients were receiving optimal oral therapy including a ?-blocker. Methods and results This was a multinational, randomized, double-blind, phase IV study in 60 patients; follow-up was 1 month. There was a significant increase in cardiac index and a significant decrease in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) at 24 and 48 h for both dobutamine and levosimendan. The improvement in cardiac index with levosimendan was not significantly different from dobutamine at 24 h (P = 0.07), but became significant at 48 h (0.44 0.56 vs. 0.66 0.63 L/min/m2; P = 0.04). At 24 h, the reduction in the mean change in PCWP from baseline was similar for levosimendan and dobutamine, however, at 48 h the difference was more marked for levosimendan (?3.6 7.6 vs. ?8.3 6.7 mmHg; P = 0.02). No difference was observed between the groups for change in NYHA class, ?-blocker use, hospitalizations, treatment discontinuations or rescue medication use. Reduction in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) was significantly greater with levosimendan at 48 h (P = 0.03). According to physician's assessment, the improvement in fatigue (P = 0.01) and dyspnoea (P = 0.04) was in favour of dobutamine treatment, and hypotension was significantly more frequent with levosimendan (P = 0.007). No increase in atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia was seen in either group. Conclusion A 24 h levosimendan infusion achieved haemodynamic and neurohormonal improvement that was at least comparable at 24 h and superior at 48 h to a 48 h dobutamine infusion. PMID:20335355

  4. Association of systolic blood pressure drop with intravenous administration of itraconazole in children with hemato-oncologic disease

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    Lee, Hyeong Jin; Lee, Bongjin; Park, June Dong; Jeong, Hyung Joo; Choi, Yu Hyeon; Ju, Hee Young; Hong, Che Ry; Lee, Ji Won; Kim, Hyery; Suh, Dong In; Park, Kyung Duk; Kang, Hyoung Jin; Shin, Hee Young; Ahn, Hyo Seop

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Although few adverse effects have been reported for itraconazole, a widely used antifungal therapy for febrile neutropenia, we found intravenous (IV) itraconazole to be associated with serious cases of blood pressure (BP) drop. We therefore evaluated the incidence and risk factors for BP drop during IV administration of the drug. Materials and methods We reviewed the medical records of children with hemato-oncologic disease who were treated with IV itraconazole from January 2012 to December 2013. By analyzing systolic BP (SBP) measurements made from 4 hours before through to 4 hours after itraconazole administration, we evaluated the changes in SBP and the risk factors for an SBP drop, especially clinically meaningful (≥20%) drops. Results Itraconazole was administered 2,627 times to 180 patients. The SBP during the 4 hours following itraconazole administration was lower than during the 4 hours before administration (104 [53.0–160.33 mmHg] versus 105 [59.8–148.3 mmHg]; P<0.001). The decrease in SBP was associated with the application of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) (P=0.012) and the use of inotropic (P=0.005) and hypotensive drugs (P=0.021). A clinically meaningful SBP drop was seen in 5.37% (141 out of 2,627) of the administrations, and the use of inotropics (odds ratio [OR] 6.70, 95% confidence interval [CI] 3.22–13.92; P<0.001), reducing the dose of inotropics (OR 8.08; 95% CI 1.39–46.94; P=0.02), CRRT (OR 3.10, 95% CI 1.41–6.81; P=0.005), and bacteremia (OR 2.70, 95% CI 1.32–5.51; P=0.007) were risk factors, while age was a protective factor (OR 0.93, 95% CI 0.89–0.97; P<0.001). Conclusion A decrease in SBP was associated with IV administration of itraconazole. It was particularly significant in younger patients with bacteremia using inotropic agents and during application of CRRT. Careful attention to hypotension is warranted during IV administration of itraconazole in this group of patients. PMID:26719674

  5. Intravenous anaesthesia in goats: a review.

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    Dzikiti, T Brighton

    2013-01-01

    Intravenous anaesthesia is gradually becoming popular in veterinary practice. Traditionally, general anaesthesia is induced with intravenous drugs and then maintained with inhalation agents. Inhalation anaesthetic agents cause more significant dose-dependent cardiorespiratory depression than intravenous anaesthetic drugs, creating a need to use less of the inhalation anaesthetic agents for maintenance of general anaesthesia by supplementing with intravenous anaesthesia drugs. Better still, if anaesthesia is maintained completely with intravenous anaesthetic drugs, autonomic functions remain more stable intra-operatively. Patient recovery from anaesthesia is smoother and there is less pollution of the working environment than happens with inhalation anaesthetic agents. Recently, a number of drugs with profiles (pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic) suitable for prolonged intravenous anaesthesia have been studied, mostly in humans and, to a certain extent, in dogs and horses. There is currently very little scientific information on total intravenous anaesthesia in goats, although, in the past few years, some scholarly scientific articles on drugs suitable for partial intravenous anaesthesia in goats have been published. This review article explored the information available on drugs that have been assessed for partial intravenous anaesthesia in goats, with the aim of promoting incorporation of these drugs into total intravenous anaesthesia protocols in clinical practice. That way, balanced anaesthesia, a technique in which drugs are included in anaesthetic protocols for specific desired effects (hypnosis, analgesia, muscle relaxation, autonomic stabilisation) may be utilised in improving the welfare of goats undergoing general anaesthesia. PMID:23718851

  6. Tumor cells as cellular vehicles to deliver gene therapies to metastatic tumors.

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    García-Castro, Javier; Martínez-Palacio, Jesús; Lillo, Rosa; García-Sánchez, Félix; Alemany, Ramón; Madero, Luis; Bueren, Juan A; Ramírez, Manuel

    2005-04-01

    A long-pursued goal in cancer treatment is to deliver a therapy specifically to metastases. As a result of the disseminated nature of the metastatic disease, carrying the therapeutic agent to the sites of tumor growth represents a major step for success. We hypothesized that tumor cells injected intravenously (i.v.) into an animal with metastases would respond to many of the factors driving the metastatic process, and would target metastases. Using a model of spontaneous metastases, we report here that i.v. injected tumor cells localized on metastatic lesions. Based on this fact, we used genetically transduced tumor cells for tumor targeting of anticancer agents such as a suicide gene or an oncolytic virus, with evident antitumoral effect and negligible systemic toxicity. Therefore, autologous tumor cells may be used as cellular vehicles for systemic delivery of anticancer therapies to metastatic tumors. PMID:15650763

  7. A comparison of oral and intravenous diazepam sedation for periodontal surgery.

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    Browning, R D; Allen, G D; Kinney, E B; Carranza, F A

    1987-01-01

    Intravenous and oral diazepam were evaluated as to their effectiveness in conscious sedation during two similar surgical episodes. Ten patients, six females and four males, from 30 to 60 years of age were included in the study. Patients received either 10 mg oral diazepam and saline intravenous injection or oral placebo and 10 mg intravenous (IV) diazepam at each trial. Half the patients received the oral diazepam first and the other half received the IV diazepam first. Patients were not informed as to the route of administration during each trial. Physiologic stress was measured by monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response, and plasma catecholamine levels. Patients evaluated their comfort and nervousness levels on a questionnaire. Anterograde amnesia was tested by patient's ability to recall objects shown them during the procedure. As evidenced by the physiologic and biochemical parameters, intravenous diazepam was more effective in reducing anxiety and stress as compared with an equivalent oral dose. Patients' subjective ratings were consistent with these findings. Intravenous diazepam was effective in producing anterograde amnesia in the majority of patients, whereas no amnesic effect was noted with oral diazepam. Correlation statistics demonstrated a relative independence of the parameters measured in the present study indicating that all parameters must be considered in overall patient evaluation. Reduction of anxiety during the first surgery resulted in less anxiety on the subsequent visit. PMID:3474910

  8. Remifentanil Prevents Withdrawal Movements Caused by Intravenous Injection of Rocuronium

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    Choi, Byung In; Choi, Seung Ho; Shin, Yang-Sik; Lee, Sung Jin; Yoon, Kyung Bong; Shin, Seo Kyung

    2008-01-01

    Purpose The incidence of pain induced withdrawal movement following intravenous injection of rocuronium is high. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was designed to evaluate the effect of pretreatment of remifentanil on the withdrawal movements due to intravenous injection of rocuronium during anesthetic induction. Materials and Methods Ninety adult female patients undergoing thyroidectomy were randomly allocated to three groups. Each patient intravenously received one of three solutions of equal volume (4 mL): normal saline (Group I, n = 30), 0.5 g/kg remifentanil (Group II, n = 30) or 1 g/kg remifentanil (Group III, n = 30). Thirty seconds after remifentanil administration, anesthesia was induced with 5 mg/kg IV thiopental. Twenty seconds after thiopental injection, 0.6 mg/kg IV rocuronium was administered (injection rate of 0.5 mL/sec) and patients' withdrawal movements were assessed. Mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate were assessed on arrival in the operation room, before the tracheal intubation and immediately, 1 and 2 min after the tracheal intubation. Results The incidence of withdrawal movements was significantly lower in both of the remifentanil groups (3 and 0% in Group II and III, respectively) than in the saline group (70%). Remifentanil attenuated the increase of heart rate and MAP immediately and 1 min after the tracheal intubation. Conclusion The pretreatment with 0.5 and 1.0 g/kg remifentanil of bolus doses prevented the withdrawal movements caused by rocuronium injection, and effectively blunted cardiovascular activation following tracheal intubation. PMID:18452256

  9. Regional 'pro-drug' gene therapy: intravenous administration of an adenoviral vector expressing the E. coli cytosine deaminase gene and systemic administration of 5-fluorocytosine suppresses growth of hepatic metastasis of colon carcinoma.

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    Topf, N; Worgall, S; Hackett, N R; Crystal, R G

    1998-04-01

    Direct administration of an adenoviral vector expressing the cytosine deaminase gene (AdCMV.CD) to tumors of colon carcinoma cells, with concomitant systemic administration of 5-fluorocytosine (5FC), results in local production of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and suppression of tumor growth. Based on the demonstration that in vivo adenovirus-mediated gene transfer to intrahepatic tumors is relatively inefficient compared with in vivo gene transfer to hepatocytes, we developed a 'regional' prodrug strategy using in vivo Ad-mediated CD gene transfer to normal liver, permitting hepatocytes to convert 5FC into 5FU to treat local metastasis effectively in a 'trans' fashion. To show that hepatocytes can generate and export sufficient 5FU to achieve this goal, primary rat hepatocytes were exposed to AdCMV.CD and 5FC. Evaluation of the supernatants by spectrophotometry and by HPLC demonstrated significant conversion of 5FC into 5FU. When supernatants of hepatocytes exposed to AdCMV.CD and 5FC were transferred to cultures of CT26 mouse colon carcinoma cells, the CT26 viability was reduced by 80%. To show that this regional AdCMV.CD/5FC prodrug strategy can suppress tumor growth in vivo, a model of metastatic colon carcinoma was established by injecting CT26 cells into the left lobe of the liver of syngeneic Balb/c mice. The next day, AdCMV.CD was transferred to hepatocytes by intravenous administration, and 5FC treatment was started the following day. Evaluation of tumor growth after 15 days showed marked suppression of tumor growth in AdCMV.CD- and 5FC- treated animals compared to control groups (P < 0.007). We conclude that primary hepatocytes are capable of converting 5FC into 5FU and exporting sufficient amounts of 5FU to the local milieu to suppress the growth of liver metastases of colon carcinoma cells. PMID:9614575

  10. Improved tumor imaging and therapy via i.v. IgG-mediated time-sequential modulation of neonatal Fc receptor.

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    Jaggi, Jaspreet Singh; Carrasquillo, Jorge A; Seshan, Surya V; Zanzonico, Pat; Henke, Erik; Nagel, Andrew; Schwartz, Jazmin; Beattie, Brad; Kappel, Barry J; Chattopadhyay, Debjit; Xiao, Jing; Sgouros, George; Larson, Steven M; Scheinberg, David A

    2007-09-01

    The long plasma half-life of IgG, while allowing for enhanced tumor uptake of tumor-targeted IgG conjugates, also results in increased background activity and normal-tissue toxicity. Therefore, successful therapeutic uses of conjugated antibodies have been limited to the highly sensitive and readily accessible hematopoietic tumors. We report a therapeutic strategy to beneficially alter the pharmacokinetics of IgG antibodies via pharmacological inhibition of the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) using high-dose IgG therapy. IgG-treated mice displayed enhanced blood and whole-body clearance of radioactivity, resulting in better tumor-to-blood image contrast and protection of normal tissue from radiation. Tumor uptake and the resultant therapeutic response was unaltered. Furthermore, we demonstrated the use of this approach for imaging of tumors in humans and discuss its potential applications in cancer imaging and therapy. The ability to reduce the serum persistence of conjugated IgG antibodies after their infusion can enhance their therapeutic index, resulting in improved therapeutic and diagnostic efficacy. PMID:17717602

  11. Urinary indices of horses after intravenous administration of crystalloid solutions.

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    Roussel, A J; Cohen, N D; Ruoff, W W; Brumbaugh, G W; Schmitz, D G; Kuesis, B S

    1993-01-01

    Saline or glucose solution was infused for approximately 4 hours into six healthy mares in two separate experiments to determine the effect of infusion of crystalloid solutions on fractional excretion (FE) of sodium (Na), chloride (Cl), potassium (K), and phosphorus (P), ratio of urinary creatinine to serum creatinine (UCr/SCr), and ratio of urinary osmolality to serum osmolality (Uosm/Sosm). After intravenous infusion of either saline or glucose solution, FENa, FECl and FEP were significantly increased, whereas UCr/SCr and Uosm/Sosm were significantly decreased. In addition, FEK was significantly increased after infusion of glucose solution. It was concluded that urinary indices were altered by intravenous infusion of crystalloid solutions in healthy mares and that fluid therapy may interfere with the use of these indices for diagnostic purposes. PMID:8246214

  12. Gestation time-dependent pharmacokinetics of intravenous (+)-methamphetamine in rats.

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    White, Sarah; Laurenzana, Elizabeth; Hendrickson, Howard; Gentry, W Brooks; Owens, S Michael

    2011-09-01

    We tested the hypothesis that differences in (+)-methamphetamine (METH) disposition during late rat pregnancy could lead to increased vulnerability to acute METH effects. The disposition of a single 1 mg/kg i.v. METH dose was studied during early (gestation day 7, GD7) and late (GD21) gestation. Results showed gestation time-dependent pharmacokinetics, characterized by a significantly higher area under the METH serum concentration versus time curve and a lower clearance on GD21 (p < 0.05; total, renal, and nonrenal clearance). The terminal elimination half-life (t(1/2?z)) of METH and (+)-amphetamine (AMP; a pharmacologically active metabolite of METH) were not different on GD7, but by GD21, AMP t(1/2?z) was 37% longer than METH t(1/2?z) (p < 0.05). To identify the mechanism for AMP metabolite changes, intravenous AMP pharmacokinetics on GD21 were compared with AMP metabolite pharmacokinetics after intravenous METH. The intravenous AMP t(1/2?z) was significantly shorter than metabolite AMP t(1/2?z) (p < 0.05), which suggested AMP metabolite formation (not elimination) was the rate-limiting process. To understand the medical consequence of METH use during late-stage pregnancy, timed-pregnant rats received an intravenous dose of saline or METH (1, 3, or 5.6 mg/kg) on GD21, 0 to 2 days antepartum. Although one rat died and another had stillbirths at term after the 5.6-mg/kg dose, the pharmacokinetic values for all of the other animals were not significantly different. In conclusion, late-gestational clearance reductions lengthen METH exposure time, possibly increasing susceptibility to adverse effects, including death. PMID:21632964

  13. Intravenous levetiracetam versus phenobarbital in children with status epilepticus or acute repetitive seizures

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    Lee, Yun-Jeong; Yum, Mi-Sun; Kim, Eun-Hee

    2016-01-01

    Purpose This study compared the efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (i.v.) phenobarbital (PHB) and i.v. levetiracetam (LEV) in children with status epilepticus (SE) or acute repetitive seizure (ARS). Methods The medical records of children (age range, 1 month to 15 years) treated with i.v. PHB or LEV for SE or ARS at our single tertiary center were retrospectively reviewed. Seizure termination was defined as seizure cessation within 30 minutes of infusion completion and no recurrence within 24 hours. Information on the demographic variables, electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging findings, previous antiepileptic medications, and adverse events after drug infusion was obtained. Results The records of 88 patients with SE or ARS (median age, 18 months; 50 treated with PHB and 38 with LEV) were reviewed. The median initial dose of i.v. PHB was 20 mg/kg (range, 10–20 mg/kg) and that of i.v. LEV was 30 mg/kg (range, 20–30 mg/kg). Seizure termination occurred in 57.9% of patients treated with i.v. LEV (22 of 38) and 74.0% treated with i.v. PHB (37 of 50) (P=0.111). The factor associated with seizure termination was the type of event (SE vs. ARS) in each group. Adverse effects were reported in 13.2% of patients treated with i.v. LEV (5 of 38; n=4, aggressive behavior and n=1, vomiting), and 28.0% of patients treated with i.v. PHB (14 of 50). Conclusion Intravenous LEV was efficacious and safe in children with ARS or SE. Further evaluation is needed to determine the most effective and best-tolerated loading dose of i.v. LEV. PMID:26893602

  14. Alternative Agents in Type 1 Diabetes in Addition to Insulin Therapy: Metformin, Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors, Pioglitazone, GLP-1 Agonists, DPP-IV Inhibitors, and SGLT-2 Inhibitors.

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    DeGeeter, Michelle; Williamson, Bobbie

    2014-10-13

    Insulin is the mainstay of current treatment for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Due to increasing insulin resistance, insulin doses are often continually increased, which may result in weight gain for patients. Medications currently approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes offer varying mechanisms of action that can help to reduce insulin resistance and prevent or deter weight gain. A MEDLINE search was conducted to review literature evaluating the use of metformin, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, pioglitazone, glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase, and sodium-dependent glucose transporter 2 inhibitors, in patients with T1DM. Varying results were found with some benefits including reductions in hemoglobin A1c, decreased insulin doses, and favorable effects on weight. Of significance, a common fear of utilizing multiple therapies for diabetes treatment is the risk of hypoglycemia, and this review displayed limited evidence of hypoglycemia with multiple agents. PMID:25312263

  15. Intravenous Patient-controlled Analgesia Has a Positive Effect on the Prognosis of Delirium in Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery

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    Heo, Dae Young

    2014-01-01

    Background Postoperative delirium is relatively common. However, the relationship between intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA) and delirium has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of IV-PCA on the prognosis of postoperative delirium in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery. Methods Medical records of 129 patients with postoperative delirium were reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups according to whether they used IV-PCA with fentanyl and ketorolac. The IV-PCA group consisted of 73 patients who were managed with IV-PCA; the NO-PCA group consisted of 56 patients who were managed without PCA. Results Incidences of multiple psychiatric consultations and prolonged delirium were significantly lower in patients using IV-PCA with fentanyl and ketorolac than in those without PCA. Conclusions We recommend the use of IV-PCA for pain control and management of delirium in patients with postoperative delirium. PMID:25031814

  16. Intravenous immunoglobulins understanding properties and mechanisms

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    Durandy, A; Kaveri, S V; Kuijpers, T W; Basta, M; Miescher, S; Ravetch, J V; Rieben, R

    2009-01-01

    High-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) preparations are used currently for the treatment of autoimmune or inflammatory diseases. Despite numerous studies demonstrating efficacy, the precise mode of action of IVIg remains unclear. Paradoxically, IgG can exert both pro- and anti-inflammatory activities, depending on its concentration. The proinflammatory activity of low-dose IVIg requires complement activation or binding of the Fc fragment of IgG to IgG-specific receptors (Fc?R) on innate immune effector cells. In contrast, when administered in high concentrations, IVIg has anti-inflammatory properties. How this anti-inflammatory effect is mediated has not yet been elucidated fully, and several mutually non-exclusive mechanisms have been proposed. This paper represents the proceedings of a session entitled IVIg Understanding properties and mechanisms at the 6th International Immunoglobulin Symposium that was held in Interlaken on 2628 March 2009. The presentations addressed how IgG may affect the cellular compartment, evidence for IVIg-mediated scavenging of complement fragments, the role of the dimeric fraction of IVIg, the anti-inflammatory properties of the minor fraction of sialylated IgG molecules, and the genetic organization and variation in Fc?Rs. These findings demonstrate the considerable progress that has been made in understanding the mechanisms of action of IVIgs, and may influence future perspectives in the field of Ig therapy. PMID:19883419

  17. Fluid therapy in calves.

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    Smith, Geof W; Berchtold, Joachim

    2014-07-01

    Early and aggressive fluid therapy is critical in correcting the metabolic complications associated with calf diarrhea. Oral electrolyte therapy can be used with success in calves, but careful consideration should be given to the type of oral electrolyte used. Electrolyte solutions with high osmolalities can significantly slow abomasal emptying and can be a risk factor for abomasal bloat in calves. Milk should not be withheld from calves with diarrhea for more than 12 to 24 hours. Hypertonic saline and hypertonic sodium bicarbonate can be used effectively for intravenous fluid therapy on farms when intravenous catheterization is not possible. PMID:24980729

  18. Hospital-based management of acute ischemic stroke following intravenous thrombolysis.

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    Ossi, Raid G; Meschia, James F; Barrett, Kevin M

    2011-04-01

    Timely administration of proven therapies remains the primary goal in acute stroke care. Following reperfusion therapy with intravenous thrombolysis, medical and neurological complications may develop in the hospitalized patient with acute ischemic stroke. Medical complications may include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, aspiration, systemic infections and neuropsychiatric disturbances. Neurologic complications may include symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral edema with elevated intracranial pressure, and post-stroke seizures. Early initiation of preventative strategies and proper management of common complications may improve both short-term and long-term outcomes. Here we review evidence-based management strategies for hospitalized acute ischemic stroke patients following intravenous thrombolysis. PMID:21517730

  19. Catheter indwell time and phlebitis development during peripheral intravenous catheter administration

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    Pasalioglu, Kadriye Burcu; Kaya, Hatice

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Intravenous catheters have been indispensable tools of modern medicine. Although intravenous applications can be used for a multitude of purposes, these applications may cause complications, some of which have serious effects. Of these complications,the most commonly observed is phlebitis. This study was conducted to determine the effect of catheter indwell time on phlebitis development during peripheral intravenous catheter administration. Methods: This study determined the effect of catheter indwell time on phlebitis development during peripheral intravenous catheter administration. The study included a total of 103 individuals who were administered 439 catheters and satisfied the study enrollment criteria at one infectious diseases clinic in Istanbul/Turkey. Data were compiled from Patient Information Forms, Peripheral Intravenous Catheter and Therapy Information Forms, reported grades based on the Visual Infusion Phlebitis Assessment Scale, and Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Nurse Observation Forms. The data were analyzed using SPSS. Results : The mean patient age was 53.7515.54 (standard deviation) years, and 59.2% of the study participants were men. Phlebitis was detected in 41.2% of peripheral intravenous catheters, and the rate decreased with increased catheter indwell time. Analyses showed that catheter indwell time, antibiotic usage, sex, and catheterization sites were significantly associated with development of phlebitis. Conclusion: The results of this study show that catheters can be used for longer periods of time when administered under optimal conditions and with appropriate surveillance. PMID:25097505

  20. Intravenous levetiracetam: a new treatment alternative for refractory status epilepticus.

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    Mddel, G; Bunten, S; Dobis, C; Kovac, S; Dogan, M; Fischera, M; Dziewas, R; Schbitz, W-R; Evers, S; Happe, S

    2009-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of intravenous levetiracetam (LEV-iv) in refractory status epilepticus (SE). A retrospective chart review was performed on patients who received LEV-iv for treatment of SE (n = 36) and had failed at least one other antiepileptic drug. LEV-iv (median 3000 mg/day; range 1000-9000) was administered as a bolus loading (500-2000 mg per 30-60 min, n = 30) or as a continuous pump infusion (n = 6). SE was terminated in 69% ("responders"); 31% ("non-responders") remained in SE. Factors associated with failure were: dose escalation over 3000 mg/day, lack of bolus loading, treatment latency over 48 h, age over 80 years, non-convulsive SE with coma ("subtle SE"), periodic lateralised epileptiform discharges (PLEDs) on EEG, acute cerebral lesion and intubation narcosis. SE was terminated in all eight patients without brain lesion (p = 0.033), and in all seven patients with complex partial SE (p = 0.051). Outcome was favourable (ambulatory patients) in 48% (responders) compared with 0% (non-responders), and "adverse" (death or continuing coma/stupor) in 24% (responders) compared with 100% (non-responders). Mortality was 17% (responders 4%, non-responders 45%). No patient had cardiocirculatory side effects or worsening of SE. Two patients experienced nausea and vomiting during LEV-iv loading, leading to aspiration pneumonia in one. This study suggests that LEV-iv may be a safe and efficacious treatment of SE. Prospective and controlled trials are imperative to confirm these preliminary findings. PMID:19448097

  1. Oral versus intravenous antibiotics for patients with Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2013-01-01

    Background Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess is the most common etiology of liver abscess in Singapore and much of Asia, and its incidence is increasing. Current management includes prolonged intravenous antibiotic therapy, but there is limited evidence to guide oral conversion. The implicated K1/K2 capsule strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae is almost universally susceptible to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic with high oral bioavailability. Our primary aim is to compare the efficacy of early (< one week) step-down to oral antibiotics, to continuing four weeks of intravenous antibiotics, in patients with Klebsiella liver abscess. Methods/design The study is designed as a multi-center randomized open-label active comparator-controlled non-inferiority trial, with a non-inferiority margin of 12%. Eligible participants will be inpatients over the age of 21 with a CT or ultrasound scan suggestive of a liver abscess, and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from abscess fluid or blood. Randomization into intervention or active control arms will be performed with a 1:1 allocation ratio. Participants randomized to active control will receive IV ceftriaxone 2 grams daily to complete a total of four weeks of IV antibiotics. Participants randomized to intervention will be immediately converted to oral ciprofloxacin 750mg twice daily. At Week four, all participants will undergo abdominal imaging and be assessed for clinical response (CRP?IV antibiotics. Discussion Our results would help inform local and international practice guidelines regarding the optimal antibiotic management of Klebsiella liver abscess. A finding of non-inferiority may translate to the wider adoption of a more cost-effective strategy that reduces hospital length of stay and improves patient-centered outcomes and satisfaction. Trial registration Clinical trials gov NCT01723150 PMID:24176222

  2. Intelligent Virtual Station (IVS)

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    2002-01-01

    The Intelligent Virtual Station (IVS) is enabling the integration of design, training, and operations capabilities into an intelligent virtual station for the International Space Station (ISS). A viewgraph of the IVS Remote Server is presented.

  3. Use of intravenous immunoglobulin and adjunctive therapies in the treatment of primary immunodeficiencies: A working group report of and study by the Primary Immunodeficiency Committee of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

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    Yong, Pierre L; Boyle, John; Ballow, Mark; Boyle, Marcia; Berger, Melvin; Bleesing, Jack; Bonilla, Franciso A; Chinen, Javier; Cunninghamm-Rundles, Charlotte; Fuleihan, Ramsay; Nelson, Lois; Wasserman, Richard L; Williams, Kathleen C; Orange, Jordan S

    2010-05-01

    There are an expanding number of primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs), each associated with unique diagnostic and therapeutic complexities. Limited data, however, exist supporting specific therapeutic interventions. Thus, a survey of PIDD management was administered to allergists/immunologists in the United States to identify current perspectives and practices. Among 405 respondents, the majority of key management practices identified were consistent with existing data and guidelines, including the provision of immunoglobulin therapy, immunoglobulin dosing and selective avoidance of live viral vaccines. Practices for which there are little specific data or evidence-based guidance were also examined, including evaluation of IgG trough levels for patients receiving immunoglobulin, use of prophylactic antibiotics and recommendations for complementary/alternative medicine. Here, variability applied to PIDD patients was identified. Differences between practitioners clinically focused upon PIDD and general allergists/immunologists were also identified. Thus, a need for expanded clinical research in PIDD to optimize management and potentially improve outcomes was defined. PMID:19914873

  4. A prototype space flight intravenous injection system

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    Colombo, G. V.

    1985-01-01

    Medical emergencies, especially those resulting from accidents, frequently require the administration of intravenous fluids to replace lost body liquids. The development of a prototype space flight intravenous injection system is presented. The definition of requirements, injectable concentrates development, water polisher, reconstitution hardware development, administration hardware development, and prototype fabrication and testing are discussed.

  5. Portable Intravenous Fluid Production Device for Ground Use

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    Scarpa, Philip J.; Scheuer, Wolfgang K.

    2012-01-01

    There are several medical conditions that require intravenous (IV) fluids. Limitations of mass, volume, storage space, shelf-life, transportation, and local resources can restrict the availability of such important fluids. These limitations are expected in long-duration space exploration missions and in remote or austere environments on Earth. Current IV fluid production requires large factory-based processes. Easy, portable, on-site production of IV fluids can eliminate these limitations. Based on experience gained in developing a device for spaceflight, a ground-use device was developed. This design uses regular drinking water that is pumped through two filters to produce, in minutes, sterile, ultrapure water that meets the stringent quality standards of the United States Pharmacopeia for Water for Injection (Total Bacteria, Conductivity, Endotoxins, Total Organic Carbon). The device weighs 2.2 lb (1 kg) and is 10 in. long, 5 in. wide, and 3 in. high (.25, 13, and 7.5 cm, respectively) in its storage configuration. This handheld device produces one liter of medical-grade water in 21 minutes. Total production capacity for this innovation is expected to be in the hundreds of liters.

  6. Controlled trial of intravenous corticosteroids in severe acute asthma.

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    Morell, F; Orriols, R; de Gracia, J; Curull, V; Pujol, A

    1992-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The value of corticosteroids in severe acute asthma continues to be debated. METHODS: Ninety consecutive patients admitted to the emergency room with severe acute asthma were studied in a randomised, double blind, controlled trial to determine the efficacy of corticosteroids. Eighty two patients completed the study. All received oxygen therapy and intensive bronchodilator treatment. The patients were divided into three groups for steroid treatment, receiving intravenous methylprednisolone 10 mg/kg every four hours for 48 hours (29 patients, group A); intravenous methylprednisolone 2 mg/kg every 4 hours for 48 hours (27 patients, group B); or no intravenous corticosteroids (26 patients, group C). RESULTS: There were no differences on admission among the three groups in forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), peak expiratory flow (PEF), or arterial oxygen or carbon dioxide tension; and the rates of recovery in FEV1, FVC, and PEF were similar. CONCLUSIONS: Corticosteroids given with bronchodilators have not shown a beneficial effect in the first 48 hours of recovery of severe acute asthma. Only in those patients who failed to respond by the third hour of treatment, and in those who were previously taking oral corticosteroids, does a favourable, though not statistically significant, effect appear to occur. PMID:1412113

  7. Intravenous Clomipramine for Treatment-Resistant Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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    Khani, Munir

    2016-01-01

    Background: This open trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of intravenous clomipramine (CMI) in refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Methods: Thirty OCD poor responders to previous multiple trials of anti-obsessive medications were selected and admitted to the hospital. Severity of the illness and response to treatment were primarily assessed by the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS). CMI was gradually administered intravenously for one week. All patients were thereafter switched to oral CMI with a maximum dose of 225mg/day. Results: The Y-BOCS total score mean at admission was in the severe range (24–31), and dropped on discharge and follow-ups to the moderate range (16–23). At discharge, 23 patients (76.7%) had a decrease in Y-BOCS ≥25% and were considered responders, while only 18 (60%) were still responders at 24 weeks. No relevant persistent side effects were reported. Conclusion: Intravenous clomipramine could be of benefit for severe OCD cases that have not adequately responded to several therapies, including oral clomipramine. PMID:26221004

  8. Intravenous and Intramuscular Formulations of Antiseizure Drugs in the Treatment of Epilepsy.

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    Patel, Sima I; Birnbaum, Angela K; Cloyd, James C; Leppik, Ilo E

    2015-12-01

    Intravenous and intramuscular antiseizure drugs (ASDs) are essential in the treatment of clinical seizure emergencies as well as in replacement therapy when oral administration is not possible. The parenteral formulations provide rapid delivery and complete (intravenous) or nearly complete (intramuscular) bioavailability. Controlled administration of the ASD is feasible with intravenous but not intramuscular formulations. This article reviews the literature and discusses the chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and clinical use of currently available intravenous and intramuscular ASD formulations as well as the development of new formulations and agents. Intravenous or intramuscular formulations of lorazepam, diazepam, midazolam, and clonazepam are typically used as the initial treatment agents in seizure emergencies. Recent studies also support the use of intramuscular midazolam as easier than the intravenous delivery of lorazepam in the pre-hospital setting. However, benzodiazepines may be associated with hypotension and respiratory depression. Although loading with intravenous phenytoin was an early approach to treatment, it is associated with cardiac arrhythmias, hypotension, and tissue injury at the injection site. This has made it less favored than fosphenytoin, a water-soluble, phosphorylated phenytoin molecule. Other drugs being used for acute seizure emergencies are intravenous formulations of valproic acid, levetiracetam, and lacosamide. However, the comparative effectiveness of these for status epilepticus (SE) has not been evaluated adequately. Consequently, guidelines for the medical management of SE continue to recommend lorazepam followed by fosphenytoin, or phenytoin if fosphenytoin is not available. Intravenous solutions for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, and topiramate have been developed but remain investigational. The current ASDs were not developed for use in emergency situations, but were adapted from ASDs approved for chronic oral use. New approaches for bringing drugs from experimental models to treatment of human SE are needed. PMID:26603741

  9. Intravenous Phosphate Loading Increases Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Uremic Rats

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    Arai-Nunota, Noriko; Mizobuchi, Masahide; Ogata, Hiroaki; Yamazaki-Nakazawa, Ai; Kumata, Chiaki; Kondo, Fumiko; Hosaka, Nozomu; Koiwa, Fumihiko; Kinugasa, Eriko; Shibata, Takanori; Akizawa, Tadao

    2014-01-01

    Oral phosphate loading and calcitriol stimulate Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) secretion, but the mechanisms underlying the stimulation of FGF23 remain to be studied. We compared the effect of intravenous phosphate loading with that of oral loading on FGF23 levels in normal and 5/6 nephrectomized uremic rats. Uremic rats (Nx) and sham-operated rats were fed a normal phosphate diet for 2 weeks and then divided into 3 groups: 1) with the same phosphate diet (NP), 2) with a high phosphate diet (HP), and 3) NP rats with intravenous phosphate infusion using a microinfusion pump (IV). Blood and urine were obtained 1 day (early phase) and 7 days (late phase) after the interventions. In the early and late phases, serum phosphate levels and fractional excretion of phosphate (FEP) were comparable in the HP and IV groups in both Sham and Nx rats. Serum phosphate levels in the HP and IV groups were equally and significantly higher than those in the NP group only in the late phase in Nx rats. In the early phase, FGF23 levels were comparable in the NP, HP, and IV groups, but were significantly higher in the HP and IV groups compared to the NP group in the late phase in Nx rats. 1α-hydroxylase and sodium dependent phosphate co-transporter 2a expression levels in the kidney in Nx rats were equally and significantly decreased in the HP and IV groups compared with the NP group, while 24-hydroxylase expression was equally and significantly increased. These results show that chronic intravenous phosphate loading increases bioactive FGF23, indicating that an alternative pathway for FGF23 regulation, in addition to the dietary route, may be present. This pathway is clearer under conditions produced by a kidney injury in which phosphate is easily overloaded. PMID:24625659

  10. Drug Audit of Intravenous Anaesthetic Agents in Tertiary Care Hospital

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    Dabhade, Sangeeta Sanjay; Ghongane, Balasaheb Baburao

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Drug cost is essential component of anaesthesia pharmacoeconomics. Recently pharmacoeconomics has emerged to measure, compare and evaluate cost of drug therapy to health system and decide which strategies produce best outcomes for resources allocated. The present study was planned to find utilization of intravenous anaesthetic agents in a tertiary care hospital and to find the pharmacoeconomics related to utilized and un-utilized drug data. Materials and Methods Prospective observational study was conducted for 3 months and 200 cases were recorded undergoing surgical procedures under general anaesthesia only. Intravenous drugs were considered excluding inhalational anaesthetics. Data for drug utilized and un-utilized was collected. Cost estimation was done. Results Thiopentone sodium was frequently used intravenous inducing anaesthetic agent in 75% of patients. On average 6.5 drugs were prescribed per patient as pre-anaesthetic and intravenous inducing anaesthetic medications. 100% of drugs were prescribed by generic name, 92.30% were from National Essential Drug List. Amongst intravenous anaesthetic agents maximum wastage was associated with propofol of about 36.59% and in pre-anaesthetics, wastage was maximum for atropine 79% followed by glycopyrrolate 45.95%, pentazocine 45.95%. The cost of wasted drugs for study duration was 29.82% (Rs. 10,276.25) of the total cost of drugs was loaded (Rs.34458.84). Of this, the cost of wastage of vecuronium was maximum being 16.82% (Rs.1728) of the total cost wastage, followed by rocuronium 15.38% (Rs.1580.80), glycopyrrolate 15.22% (Rs.1564), and neostigmine 10.95% (Rs.1125.12). The cost of wasted drug per case was maximum for rocuronium being Rs.158.08 and least for ketamine Rs. 1.18. Conclusion There is need to formulate indicators for intravenous anaesthetic agents utilization. The most commonly prescribed drug glycopyrrolate is still not in National Essential Drug List. The judicious use of these drugs and appropriate measures can effectively decrease the cost in terms of un-utilized drugs. PMID:26673030

  11. Fosaprepitant Dimeglumine, Palonosetron Hydrochloride, and Dexamethasone in Preventing Nausea and Vomiting Caused by Cisplatin in Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

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    2013-05-07

    Nausea and Vomiting; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage III Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx

  12. Disposition of intravenous radioactive acyclovir

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    de Miranda, P.; Good, S.S.; Laskin, O.L.; Krasny, H.C.; Connor, J.D.; Lietman, P.S.

    1981-11-01

    The kinetic and metabolic disposition of (8-14C)acyclovir (ACV) was investigated in five subjects with advanced malignancy. The drug was administered by 1-hr intravenous infusion at doses of 0.5 and 2.5 mg/kg. Plasma and blood radioactivity-time, and plasma concentration-time data were defined by a two-compartment open kinetic model. There was nearly equivalent distribution of radioactivity in blood and plasma. The overall mean plasma half-life and total body clearance +/- SD of ACV were 2.1 +/- 0.5 hr and 297 +/- 53 ml/min/1.73 m2. Binding of ACV to plasma proteins was 15.4 +/- 4.4%. Most of the radioactive dose excreted was recovered in the urine (71% to 99%) with less than 2% excretion in the feces and only trace amounts in the expired Co2. Analyses by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography indicated that 9-(carboxymethoxymethyl)guanine was the only significant urinary metabolite of ACV, accounting for 8.5% to 14.1% of the dose. A minor metabolite (less than 0.2% of dose) had the retention time of 8-hydroxy-9-((2-hydroxyethoxy)methyl)guanine. Unchanged urinary ACV ranged from 62% to 91% of the dose. There was no indication of ACV cleavage to guanine. Renal clearance of ACV was approximately three times the corresponding creatinine clearances.

  13. An integrated safety analysis of intravenous ibuprofen (Caldolor®) in adults

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    Southworth, Stephen R; Woodward, Emily J; Peng, Alex; Rock, Amy D

    2015-01-01

    Intravenous (IV) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as IV ibuprofen are increasingly used as a component of multimodal pain management in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The safety of IV ibuprofen as assessed in ten sponsored clinical studies is presented in this analysis. Overall, 1,752 adult patients have been included in safety and efficacy trials over 11 years; 1,220 of these patients have received IV ibuprofen and 532 received either placebo or comparator medication. The incidence of adverse events (AEs), serious AEs, and changes in vital signs and clinically significant laboratory parameters have been summarized and compared to patients receiving placebo or active comparator drug. Overall, IV ibuprofen has been well tolerated by hospitalized and outpatient patients when administered both prior to surgery and postoperatively as well as for nonsurgical pain or fever. The overall incidence of AEs is lower in patients receiving IV ibuprofen as compared to those receiving placebo in this integrated analysis. Specific analysis of hematological and renal effects showed no increased risk for patients receiving IV ibuprofen. A subset analysis of elderly patients suggests that no dose adjustment is needed in this higher risk population. This integrated safety analysis demonstrates that IV ibuprofen can be safely administered prior to surgery and continued in the postoperative period as a component of multimodal pain management. PMID:26604816

  14. Lack of hydroxylated fullerene toxicity after intravenous administration to female Sprague-Dawley rats.

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    Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A; Linder, Keith E; Inman, Alfred O; Saathoff, John G; Xia, Xin-Rui; Riviere, Jim E

    2012-01-01

    Hydroxylated fullerenes (C??OH(x)) or fullerols are water-soluble carbon nanoparticles that have been explored for potential therapeutic applications. This study assesses acute in vivo tolerance in 8-wk-old female Sprague-Dawley rats to intravenous (iv) administration of 10 mg/kg of well-characterized C??(OH)??. Complete histopathology and clinical chemistries are assessed at 8, 24, and 48 h after dosing. Minor histopathology changes are seen, primarily in one animal. No clinically significant chemistry changes were observed after treatment. These experiments suggest that this fullerol was well tolerated after iv administration to rats. PMID:22524592

  15. Lack of Hydroxylated Fullerene Toxicity after Intravenous Administration to Female Sprague-Dawley Rats

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    Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A.; Linder, Keith E.; Inman, Alfred O.; Saathoff, John G.; Xia, Xin-Rui; Riviere, Jim E.

    2012-01-01

    Hydroxylated fullerenes (C60OHx) or fullerols are water-soluble carbon nanoparticles that have been explored for potential therapeutic applications. This study assessed acute in vivo tolerance in 8 week old female Sprague Dawley rats to intravenous administration (IV) of 10 mg/kg of well-characterized C60(OH)30. Complete histopathology and clinical chemistries were assessed at 8, 24, and 48 hr after dosing. Minor histopathology changes were seen, primarily in one animal. No clinically significant chemistry changes were observed after treatment. These experiments suggest that this fullerol was well tolerated after IV administration to rats. PMID:22524592

  16. Intravenous use of illicit buprenorphine/naloxone to reverse an acute heroin overdose.

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    Yokell, Michael A; Zaller, Nickolas D; Green, Traci C; McKenzie, Michelle; Rich, Josiah D

    2012-01-01

    A case of heroin overdose reversed through the intravenous (IV) administration of a crushed sublingual tablet of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) by a lay responder is described. Although the sublingual administration of buprenorphine/naloxone to reverse an overdose has been reported elsewhere, this is the first report of IV administration. Healthcare professionals should be aware that injection drug users may respond to an opioid overdose by injecting buprenorphine/naloxone and should consequently counsel all opioid-using patients on the proper response to an overdose. Physicians should also consider prescribing naloxone to at-risk patients. The work of community-based naloxone distribution programs should be expanded. PMID:22479887

  17. Understanding triglyceride levels related to intravenous fat administration.

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    Weaver, Karen

    2014-01-01

    Lipid is an essential macronutrient in parenteral nutrition (PN) support. intravenous (IV) lipid provides essential fatty acids and a concentrated calorie source. Preterm infants are at risk for essential fatty deficiency early in life. Lipid administration is associated with some risks, and there are guidelines for administration to minimize complications. Lipid emulsions in the United States are derived from soybean oil. Outside of the United States, lipid emulsions made from fish oil or combinations of fish, soybean, olive, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are under investigation for improved tolerance, lower plasma lipid levels, and improved fatty acid profiles, all of which are considered beneficial. Triglyceride levels are an important measurement to assess patient tolerance. PMID:24816878

  18. The comparison of extemporaneous preparations of omeprazole, pantoprazole oral suspension and intravenous pantoprazole on the gastric pH of critically ill-patients

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    Dabiri, Yasamin; Fahimi, Fanak; Jamaati, Hamidreza; Hashemian, Seyed Mohammad Reza

    2015-01-01

    Background: Stress-related mucosal disease occurs in many critically ill-patients within 24 h of admission. Proton pump inhibitor therapy has been documented to produce more potent inhibition of gastric acid secretion than histamine 2 receptor antagonists. This study aimed to compare extemporaneous preparations of omeprazole, pantoprazole oral suspension and intravenous (IV) pantoprazole on the gastric pH in intensive care unit patients. Materials and Methods: This was a randomized single-blind-study. Patients of ? 16 years of age with a nasogastric tube, who required mechanical ventilation for ? 48 h, were eligible for inclusion. The excluded patients were those with active gastrointestinal bleeding, known allergy to omeprazole and pantoprazole and those intolerant to the nasogastric tube. Fifty-six patients were randomized to treatment with omeprazole suspension 2 mg/ml (40 mg every day), pantoprazole suspension 2 mg/ml (40 mg every day) and IV pantoprazole (40 mg every day) for up to 14 days. Gastric aspirates were sampled before and 1-2.5 h after the drug administration for the pH measurement using an external pH meter. Data were analyzed using SPSS (version 21.0). Results: In this study, 56 critically ill-patients (39 male, 17 female, mean age: 61.5 15.65 years) were followed for the control of the gastric pH. On each of the 14 trial days the mean of the gastric pH alteration was significantly higher in omeprazole and pantoprazole suspension-treated patients than in IV pantoprazole-treated patients (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Omeprazole and pantoprazole oral suspension are more effective than IV pantoprazole in increasing the gastric pH. PMID:25624646

  19. Intravenous uterine leiomyosarcomatosis with intracardial extension.

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    Moorjani, Narain; Kuo, James; Ashley, Simon; Hughes, Geoff

    2005-01-01

    Uterine leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant tumor of smooth muscle origin. We describe the case of a 64-year-old female with intravenous uterine leiomyosarcomatosis with the extension of the tumor mass into the inferior vena cava and right atrium. As initial tissue diagnosis of the tumor obtained from the uterine and right atrial masses suggested intravenous leiomyomatosis, surgical resection was carried out using a one-stage procedure via a laparotomy and median sternotomy with cardiopulmonary bypass and circulatory arrest. Subsequent histology revealed uterine leiomyosarcoma with an intravenous spread, which to our knowledge is only the second case that has been described. PMID:15985146

  20. Hemodynamic and therapeutic effects of intravenous dopamine

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    Théroux, P.; Mizgala, H.F.; Bourassa, M.G.

    1977-01-01

    The effects of intravenous dopamine were evaluated in 10 patients with severe but stable coronary artery disease, 17 consecutive patients with primary cardiogenic shock and 3 with severe congestive heart failure and oliguria. Dopamine infusion at 10 μg/kg·min in the 10 patients increased cardiac output by 35%, left ventricular peak dP/dt by 38%, left ventricular minute work index by 44% and mean systolic ejection rate by 7% (P < 0.01); heart rate, aortic pressure, left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and tension-time index were unchanged. For oxygen, potassium and lactate, arterial and coronary sinus values, coronary arteriovenous oxygen differences and myocardial extraction were unchanged. Hemodynamically 13 of the 17 patients in shock responded favourably to dopamine infusion (0.5 to 15 μg/kg·min), with decrease in heart rate, increase in systolic arterial pressure from 75 to 100 mm Hg (P <0.001), decrease in ventricular filling pressure from 20 to 16 mm Hg (P < 0.01) and increase in urine output from 10 to 100 ml/h (P < 0.01). Eleven of those patients survived the shock episode. A close relation was observed between the hemodynamic response to dopamine, survival from the shock episode and the time between onset of shock and initiation of therapy. Low rates of dopamine infusion induced diuresis in the three patients with severe cardiac failure. Dopamine thus seems to improve the mechanical efficiency of the heart in coronary artery disease. Cardiac output is selectively increased and myocardial ischemia does not appear to be induced; those beneficial effects as well as presumably specific action on renal flow and natriuresis, improve immediate survival from cardiogenic shock and severe heart failure. PMID:608165

  1. Local iontophoretic administration of cytotoxic therapies to solid tumors

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    Byrne, James D.; Jajja, Mohammad R. N.; ONeill, Adrian T.; Bickford, Lissett R.; Keeler, Amanda W.; Hyder, Nabeel; Wagner, Kyle; Deal, Allison; Little, Ryan E.; Moffitt, Richard A.; Stack, Colleen; Nelson, Meredith; Brooks, Christopher R.; Lee, William; Luft, J. Chris; Napier, Mary E.; Darr, David; Anders, Carey K.; Stack, Richard; Tepper, Joel E.; Wang, Andrew Z.; Zamboni, William C.; Yeh, Jen Jen; DeSimone, Joseph M.

    2015-01-01

    Parenteral and oral routes have been the traditional methods of administering cytotoxic agents to cancer patients. Unfortunately, the maximum potential effect of these cytotoxic agents has been limited because of systemic toxicity and poor tumor perfusion. In an attempt to improve the efficacy of cytotoxic agents while mitigating their side effects, we have developed modalities for the localized iontophoretic delivery of cytotoxic agents. These iontophoretic devices were designed to be implanted proximal to the tumor with external control of power and drug flow. Three distinct orthotopic mouse models of cancer and a canine model were evaluated for device efficacy and toxicity. Orthotopic patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts treated biweekly with gemcitabine via the device for 7 weeks experienced a mean log2 fold change in tumor volume of ?0.8 compared to a mean log2 fold change in tumor volume of 1.1 for intravenous (IV) gemcitabine, 3.0 for IV saline, and 2.6 for device saline groups. The weekly coadministration of systemic cisplatin therapy and transdermal device cisplatin therapy significantly increased tumor growth inhibition and doubled the survival in two aggressive orthotopic models of breast cancer. The addition of radiotherapy to this treatment further extended survival. Device delivery of gemcitabine in dogs resulted in more than 7-fold difference in local drug concentrations and 25-fold lower systemic drug levels than the IV treatment. Overall, these devices have potential paradigm shifting implications for the treatment of pancreatic, breast, and other solid tumors. PMID:25653220

  2. Local iontophoretic administration of cytotoxic therapies to solid tumors.

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    Byrne, James D; Jajja, Mohammad R N; O'Neill, Adrian T; Bickford, Lissett R; Keeler, Amanda W; Hyder, Nabeel; Wagner, Kyle; Deal, Allison; Little, Ryan E; Moffitt, Richard A; Stack, Colleen; Nelson, Meredith; Brooks, Christopher R; Lee, William; Luft, J Chris; Napier, Mary E; Darr, David; Anders, Carey K; Stack, Richard; Tepper, Joel E; Wang, Andrew Z; Zamboni, William C; Yeh, Jen Jen; DeSimone, Joseph M

    2015-02-01

    Parenteral and oral routes have been the traditional methods of administering cytotoxic agents to cancer patients. Unfortunately, the maximum potential effect of these cytotoxic agents has been limited because of systemic toxicity and poor tumor perfusion. In an attempt to improve the efficacy of cytotoxic agents while mitigating their side effects, we have developed modalities for the localized iontophoretic delivery of cytotoxic agents. These iontophoretic devices were designed to be implanted proximal to the tumor with external control of power and drug flow. Three distinct orthotopic mouse models of cancer and a canine model were evaluated for device efficacy and toxicity. Orthotopic patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts treated biweekly with gemcitabine via the device for 7 weeks experienced a mean log2 fold change in tumor volume of -0.8 compared to a mean log2 fold change in tumor volume of 1.1 for intravenous (IV) gemcitabine, 3.0 for IV saline, and 2.6 for device saline groups. The weekly coadministration of systemic cisplatin therapy and transdermal device cisplatin therapy significantly increased tumor growth inhibition and doubled the survival in two aggressive orthotopic models of breast cancer. The addition of radiotherapy to this treatment further extended survival. Device delivery of gemcitabine in dogs resulted in more than 7-fold difference in local drug concentrations and 25-fold lower systemic drug levels than the IV treatment. Overall, these devices have potential paradigm shifting implications for the treatment of pancreatic, breast, and other solid tumors. PMID:25653220

  3. Successful treatment of permethrin toxicosis in two cats with an intravenous lipid administration.

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    Brückner, M; Schwedes, C S

    2012-04-24

    The present work describes successful treatment of permethrin toxicosis in two cats with a novel therapy of intravenous lipid administration. Two cats presented in lateral recumbency and with generalized tremor after they had been incidentally treated with permethrin for flea control by their owners. Initial therapy consisted of diazepam, propofol, bathing, and intravenous fluids. After an initial bolus of 2mg/kg BW pentobarbital a pentobarbital continuous rate infusion (CRI) was started. Both cats received an emulsion of 20% soybean oil and 80% olive oil, commonly used as fat component of total parenteral nutrition in humans, later in the course of therapy. A bolus of 2 ml/kg BW of the emulsion followed by a CRI of 4 ml/kg BW/h for 4 hours was administered via a jugular catheter as reported previously. One cat received two cycles of therapy with intravenous lipid whereas the other cat needed just one application. Both cats recovered completely without requiring any further treatment. In conclusion, administration of intravenous lipids for permethrin toxicosis in cats is a novel treatment approach which seems to be highly effective in shortening the recovery time for permethrin toxicosis and possibly other fat-soluble toxins. PMID:22526817

  4. Final Report for Intravenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) Spaceflight Experiment

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    McQuillen, John B.; McKay, Terri L.; Griffin, DeVon W.; Brown, Dan F.; Zoldak, John T.

    2011-01-01

    NASA designed and operated the Intravenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) experiment onboard the International Space Station (ISS), Increment 23/24, during May 2010. This hardware was a demonstration experiment to generate intravenous (IV) fluid from ISS Water Processing Assembly (WPA) potable water using a water purification technique and pharmaceutical mixing system. The IVGEN experiment utilizes a deionizing resin bed to remove contaminants from feedstock water to a purity level that meets the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the governing body for pharmaceuticals in the United States. The water was then introduced into an IV bag where the fluid was mixed with USP-grade crystalline salt to produce USP normal saline (NS). Inline conductivity sensors quantified the feedstock water quality, output water purity, and NS mixing uniformity. Six 1.5-L bags of purified water were produced. Two of these bags were mixed with sodium chloride to make 0.9 percent NS solution. These two bags were returned to Earth to test for compliance with USP requirements. On-orbit results indicated that all of the experimental success criteria were met with the exception of the salt concentration. Problems with a large air bubble in the first bag of purified water resulted in a slightly concentrated saline solution of 117 percent of the target value of 0.9 g/L. The second bag had an inadequate amount of salt premeasured into the mixing bag resulting in a slightly deficient salt concentration of 93.8 percent of the target value. The USP permits a range from 95 to 105 percent of the target value. The testing plans for improvements for an operational system are also presented.

  5. Clinical Outcomes and Prognostic Factors of Empirical Antifungal Therapy with Itraconazole in the Patients with Hematological Malignancies: A Prospective Multicenter Observational Study in Korea

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    Kim, Jin Seok; Cheong, June-Won; Shin, Ho Jin; Lee, Jong Wook; Lee, Je-Hwan; Yang, Deok-Hwan; Lee, Won Sik; Kim, Hawk; Park, Joon Seong; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Kim, Yang Soo; Kwak, Jae-Yong; Chae, Yee Soo; Park, Jinny; Do, Young Rok

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To identify prognostic factors for the outcomes of empirical antifungal therapy, we performed a multicenter, prospective, observational study in immunocompromised patients with hematological malignancies. Materials and Methods Three hundred seventy-six patients (median age of 48) who had neutropenic fever and who received intravenous (IV) itraconazole as an empirical antifungal therapy for 3 or more days were analyzed. The patients with possible or probable categories of invasive fungal disease (IFD) were enrolled. Results The overall success rate was 51.3% (196/376). Age >50 years, underlying lung disease (co-morbidity), poor performance status [Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) ?2], radiologic evidence of IFD, longer duration of baseline neutropenic fever (?4 days), no antifungal prophylaxis or prophylactic use of antifungal agents other than itraconazole, and high tumor burden were associated with decreased success rate in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, age >50 years (p=0.009) and poor ECOG performance status (p=0.005) were significantly associated with poor outcomes of empirical antifungal therapy. Twenty-two patients (5.9%) discontinued itraconazole therapy due to toxicity. Conclusion We concluded that empirical antifungal therapy with IV itraconazole in immunocompromised patients is effective and safe. Additionally, age over 50 years and poor performance status were poor prognostic factors for the outcomes of empirical antifungal therapy with IV itraconazole. PMID:24339281

  6. Intravenous immunoglobulin for antibody-mediated keratolimbal allograft rejection.

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    Squissato, Victoria; Schiff, Jeffrey; Chan, Clara C

    2015-01-01

    A 33-year-old woman with congenital aniridia presented with decreased vision in her right eye. Slit lamp examination revealed diffuse conjunctivalisation of the ocular surface with mild subepithelial fibrosis consistent with aniridic keratopathy secondary to limbal stem cell deficiency. She underwent limbal stem cell transplantation with cadaver donor tissue (keratolimbal allograft (KLAL) surgery) and received systemic immunosuppression. Despite optimal combination immunosuppressive therapy managed by a renal transplant specialist, 2 weeks after the KLAL, the patient developed intractable eye pain, conjunctival injection, dilation of the KLAL graft blood vessels and limbal haemorrhages. There were no epithelial defects noted. Donor-specific antibody testing was positive, and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy was initiated. There was immediate symptomatic and objective improvement. Fifteen months postoperatively, the patient's vision was 20/400 with a stable corneal epithelium and no evidence of inflammation. PMID:26113596

  7. Intravenous Immunoglobulin in the Management of Lupus Nephritis

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    Wenderfer, Scott E.; Thacker, Trisha

    2012-01-01

    The occurrence of nephritis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of lupus nephritis is complex, involving innate and adaptive cellular and humoral immune responses. Autoantibodies in particular have been shown to be critical in the initiation and progression of renal injury, via interactions with both Fc-receptors and complement. One approach in the management of patients with lupus nephritis has been the use of intravenous immunoglobulin. This therapy has shown benefit in the setting of many forms of autoantibody-mediated injury; however, the mechanisms of efficacy are not fully understood. In this paper, the data supporting the use of immunoglobulin therapy in lupus nephritis will be evaluated. In addition, the potential mechanisms of action will be discussed with respect to the known involvement of complement and Fc-receptors in the kidney parenchyma. Results are provocative and warrant additional clinical trials. PMID:23056926

  8. Intravenous pentamidine for Pneumocystis carinii/jiroveci pneumonia prophylaxis in pediatric transplant patients.

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    Clark, Abigail; Hemmelgarn, Trina; Danziger-Isakov, Lara; Teusink, Ashley

    2015-05-01

    SMX/TMP is the current gold standard for prophylaxis against PCP in immunocompromised pediatric patients. Currently, there are several second-line options for prophylaxis but many, including intravenous (IV) pentamidine, have not been reported to be as effective or as safe as SMX/TMP in the pediatric transplant population. This study is to determine the efficacy and safety of IV pentamidine in preventing PCP in pediatric transplant patients. A retrospective chart review was conducted to evaluate all transplant patients that received at least one dose of IV pentamidine from January 2010 to July 2013. The primary outcome, IV pentamidine efficacy, was evaluated by the incidence of PCP diagnosis for 28 days after the last dose of IV pentamidine if patient was transitioned to another agent for PCP prophylaxis. Patients on IV pentamidine for entire course of PCP prophylaxis were followed at least six months after discontinuation of IV pentamidine. The safety of IV pentamidine was assessed by the incidence of adverse events leading to pentamidine discontinuation. All data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. All transplant patients at CCHMC who had received IV pentamidine were reviewed, and 333 patients met inclusion criteria. The overall incidence of PCP was found to be 0.3% for pediatric transplant patients on pentamidine. Pentamidine was found to be safe, and the incidence of adverse events leading to discontinuation was 6% with the most common reason being tachycardia 2.1%. IV pentamidine is safe and effective as PCP prophylaxis in pediatric transplant patients with a PCP breakthrough rate of 0.3% (1 of 333 patients), and only 20 adverse events led to discontinuation. We recommend that IV pentamidine be considered as a second-line option in pediatric transplant patients who cannot tolerate SMX/TMP. PMID:25712369

  9. Intravenous drug delivery in neonates: lessons learnt.

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    Sherwin, Catherine M T; Medlicott, Natalie J; Reith, David M; Broadbent, Roland S

    2014-06-01

    Intravenous drug administration presents a series of challenges that relate to the pathophysiology of the neonate and intravenous infusion systems in neonates. These challenges arise from slow intravenous flow rates, small drug volume, dead space volume and limitations on the flush volume in neonates. While there is a reasonable understanding of newborn pharmacokinetics, an appreciation of the substantial delay and variability in the rate of drug delivery from the intravenous line is often lacking. This can lead to difficulties in accurately determining the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationship of drugs in the smallest patients. The physical variables that affect the passage of drugs through neonatal lines need to be further explored in order to improve our understanding of their impact on the delivery of drugs by this route in neonates. Through careful investigation, the underlying causes of delayed drug delivery may be identified and administration protocols can then be modified to ensure predictable, appropriate drug input kinetics. PMID:24482352

  10. Activated T-cell Therapy, Low-Dose Aldesleukin, and Sargramostim in Treating Patients With Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer That is Stage III-IV, Refractory, or Recurrent

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    2016-02-15

    Malignant Ovarian Clear Cell Tumor; Malignant Ovarian Serous Tumor; Recurrent Fallopian Tube Carcinoma; Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma; Recurrent Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma; Stage IIIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIA Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IIIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIB Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IIIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIC Primary Peritoneal Cancer; Stage IV Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Primary Peritoneal Cancer

  11. Intravenous iron-containing products: EMA procrastination.

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    2014-07-01

    A European reassessment has led to identical changes in the summaries of product characteristics (SPCs) for all intravenous iron-containing products: the risk of serious adverse effects is now highlighted, underlining the fact that intravenous iron-containing products should only be used when the benefits clearly outweigh the harms. Unfortunately, iron dextran still remains on the market despite a higher risk of hypersensitivity reactions than with iron sucrose. PMID:25162093

  12. Partial intravenous anesthesia in cats and dogs

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    Duke, Tanya

    2013-01-01

    The partial intravenous anesthesia technique (PIVA) is used to lower the inspired concentration of an inhalational anesthetic by concurrent use of injectable drugs. This technique reduces the incidence of undesirable side-effects and provides superior quality of anesthesia and analgesia. Drugs commonly used for PIVA include opioids, alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, injectable anesthetic agents, and lidocaine. Most are administered by intravenous infusion. PMID:23997266

  13. Vitamin C: Intravenous Use by Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners and Adverse Effects

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    Chen, Qi; Espey, Michael Graham; Drisko, Jeanne; Levine, Mark

    2010-01-01

    Background Anecdotal information and case reports suggest that intravenously administered vitamin C is used by Complementary and Alternate Medicine (CAM) practitioners. The scale of such use in the U.S. and associated side effects are unknown. Methods and Findings We surveyed attendees at annual CAM Conferences in 2006 and 2008, and determined sales of intravenous vitamin C by major U.S. manufacturers/distributors. We also queried practitioners for side effects, compiled published cases, and analyzed FDA's Adverse Events Database. Of 199 survey respondents (out of 550), 172 practitioners administered IV vitamin C to 11,233 patients in 2006 and 8876 patients in 2008. Average dose was 28 grams every 4 days, with 22 total treatments per patient. Estimated yearly doses used (as 25g/50ml vials) were 318,539 in 2006 and 354,647 in 2008. Manufacturers' yearly sales were 750,000 and 855,000 vials, respectively. Common reasons for treatment included infection, cancer, and fatigue. Of 9,328 patients for whom data is available, 101 had side effects, mostly minor, including lethargy/fatigue in 59 patients, change in mental status in 21 patients and vein irritation/phlebitis in 6 patients. Publications documented serious adverse events, including 2 deaths in patients known to be at risk for IV vitamin C. Due to confounding causes, the FDA Adverse Events Database was uninformative. Total numbers of patients treated in the US with high dose vitamin C cannot be accurately estimated from this study. Conclusions High dose IV vitamin C is in unexpectedly wide use by CAM practitioners. Other than the known complications of IV vitamin C in those with renal impairment or glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, high dose intravenous vitamin C appears to be remarkably safe. Physicians should inquire about IV vitamin C use in patients with cancer, chronic, untreatable, or intractable conditions and be observant of unexpected harm, drug interactions, or benefit. PMID:20628650

  14. Energy levels and lifetimes of Nd IV, Pm IV, Sm IV, and Eu IV

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    Dzuba, V. A.; Safronova, U. I.; Johnson, W. R.

    2003-09-01

    To address the shortage of experimental data for electron spectra of triply ionized rare-earth elements we have calculated energy levels and lifetimes of 4f{sup n+1} and 4f{sup n}5d configurations of Nd IV (n=2), Pm IV (n=3), Sm IV (n=4), and Eu IV (n=5) using Hartree-Fock and configuration-interaction methods. To control the accuracy of our calculations we also performed similar calculations for Pr III, Nd III, and Sm III, for which experimental data are available. The results are important, in particular, for physics of magnetic garnets.

  15. Mammalian Collagen IV

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    Khoshnoodi, Jamshid; Pedchenko, Vadim; Hudson, Billyg

    2016-01-01

    Four decades have passed since the first discovery of collagen IV by Kefalides in 1966. Since then collagen IV has been investigated extensively by a large number of research laboratories around the world. Advances in molecular genetics have resulted in identification of six evolutionary related mammalian genes encoding six different polypeptide chains of collagen IV. The genes are differentially expressed during the embryonic development, providing different tissues with specific collagen IV networks each having unique biochemical properties. Newly translated α-chains interact and assemble in the endoplasmic reticulum in a chain-specific fashion and form unique heterotrimers. Unlike most collagens, type IV collagen is an exclusive member of the basement membranes and through a complex inter- and intramolecular interactions form supramolecular networks that influence cell adhesion, migration, and differentiation. Collagen IV is directly involved in a number of genetic and acquired disease such as Alport's and Goodpasture's syndromes. Recent discoveries have also highlighted a new and direct role for collagen IV in the development of rare genetic diseases such as cerebral hemorrhage and porencephaly in infants and hemorrhagic stroke in adults. Years of intensive investigations have resulted in a vast body of information about the structure, function, and biology of collagen IV. In this review article, we will summarize essential findings on the structural and functional relationships of different collagen IV chains and their roles in health and disease. PMID:18219669

  16. Low-dose anti-CD20 veltuzumab given intravenously or subcutaneously is active in relapsed immune thrombocytopenia: a phase I study.

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    Liebman, Howard A; Saleh, Mansoor N; Bussel, James B; Negrea, Ovidiu George; Horne, Heather; Wegener, William A; Goldenberg, David M

    2013-09-01

    Low doses of the humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, veltuzumab, were evaluated in 41 patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), including 9 with ITP ?1 year duration previously treated with steroids and/or immunoglobulins, and 32 with ITP >1 year and additional prior therapies. They received two doses of 80-320 mg veltuzumab 2 weeks apart, initially by intravenous (IV) infusion (N = 7), or later by subcutaneous (SC) injections (N = 34), with only one Grade 3 infusion reaction and no other safety issues. Thirty-eight response-assessable patients had 21 (55%) objective responses (platelet count ?30 10(9) /l and ?2 baseline), including 11 (29%) complete responses (CRs) (platelet count ?100 10(9) /l). Responses (including CRs) occurred with both IV and SC administration, at all veltuzumab dose levels, and regardless of ITP duration. Responders with ITP ?1 year had a longer median time to relapse (144 months) than those with ITP >1 year (58 months). Three patients have maintained a response for up to 43 years. SC injections resulted in delayed and lower peak serum levels of veltuzumab, but B-cell depletion occurred after first administration even at the lowest doses. Eight patients, including 6 responders, developed anti-veltuzumab antibodies following treatment (human anti-veltuzumab antibody, 195%). Low-dose SC veltuzumab appears convenient, well-tolerated, and with promising clinical activity in relapsed ITP.(Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT00547066.). PMID:23829485

  17. Pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of a novel marine fibrinolytic compound in Wistar rat following intravenous administrations.

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    Su, Tongwei; Wu, Wenhui; Yan, Ting; Zhang, Chaoyan; Zhu, Quangang; Bao, Bin

    2013-12-30

    We investigated a novel marine fibrinolytic compound for use in thrombolytic therapy. Pharmacokinetics and the tissue distribution of this novel marine fibrinolytic compound, FGFC1(2) (fungi fibrinolytic compound 1), were investigated in Wistar rats after intravenous (IV) bolus administration of two concentrations (10 and 20mg/kg). Plasma FGFC1 and tissue extracts were measured using HPLC with UV detection. FGFC1 was detected using a C18 column with a gradient eluted mobile phase of acetonitrile-water (0.1% trifluoroacetic acid), 1.0mL/min. Chromatograms were monitored at 265nm (column temperature: 40C). Pharmacokinetic data indicate that FGFC1 fitted well to a two-compartment model. Elimination half-lives (t1/2) of FGFC1 were 21.512.17 and 23.222.11min for 10 and 20mg/kg, respectively. AUC0-t were 412.1919.09, 899.0935.86?g/mLmin, systemic clearance (CL) was 0.0230.002, 0.0220.002 ((mg/kg)/(?g/mL)/min) and the mean residence time (MRT) was 10.150.97, 9.651.40min at 10 and 20mg/kg, respectively. No significant differences were observed in the systemic clearance and mean residence time at the tested doses, suggesting linear pharmacokinetics in rats. Tissue distribution data reveal that FGFC1 distributed rapidly in most tissues except the brain and that the highest concentration of the drug was in the liver. In the small intestine, FGFC1 initially increased and then declined, but remained comparatively high 60min after administration, suggesting that enterohepatic circulation may exist. PMID:24216275

  18. Antimicrobial therapy in obesity: a multicentre cross-sectional study

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    Charani, Esmita; Gharbi, Myriam; Frost, Gary; Drumright, Lydia; Holmes, Alison

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Evidence indicates a relationship between obesity and infection. We assessed the prevalence of obesity in hospitalized patients and evaluated its impact on antimicrobial management. Methods Three National Health Service hospitals in London in 2011–12 were included in a cross-sectional study. Data from all adult admissions units and medical and surgical wards were collected. Patient data were collected from the medication charts and nursing and medical notes. Antimicrobial therapy was defined as ‘complicated’ if the patient's therapy met two or more of the following criteria: (i) second- or third-line therapy according to local policy; (ii) intravenous therapy where an alternative oral therapy was appropriate; (iii) longer than the recommended duration of therapy as per local policy recommendations; (iv) repeated courses of therapy to treat the same infection; and (v) specialist advice on antimicrobial therapy provided by the medical microbiology or infectious diseases teams. Results Of the 1014 patients included in this study, 22% (225) were obese, 69% (696) were normal/overweight and 9% (93) were underweight. Obese patients were significantly more likely to have more complicated antimicrobial therapy than normal/overweight and underweight patients (36% versus 19% and 23%, respectively, P = 0.002). After adjustment for hospital, age group, comorbidities and the type of infection, obese patients remained at significantly increased odds of receiving complicated antimicrobial therapy compared with normal/overweight patients (OR = 2.01, 95% CI 1.75–3.45). Conclusions One in five hospitalized patients is obese. Compared with the underweight and normal/overweight, the antimicrobial management in the obese is significantly more complicated. PMID:26174720

  19. Phase I trial of systemic intravenous infusion of interleukin-13-Pseudomonas exotoxin in patients with metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma

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    Liu-Chittenden, Yi; Jain, Meenu; Kumar, Parag; Patel, Dhaval; Aufforth, Rachel; Neychev, Vladimir; Sadowski, Samira; Gara, Sudheer K; Joshi, Bharat H; Cottle-Delisle, Candice; Merkel, Roxanne; Yang, Lily; Miettinen, Markku; Puri, Raj K; Kebebew, Electron

    2015-01-01

    Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare but lethal malignancy without effective current therapy for metastatic disease. IL-13-PE is a recombinant cytotoxin consisting of human interleukin-13 (IL-13) and a truncated form of Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE). The main objectives of this Phase I dose-escalation trial were to assess the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of IL-13-PE in patients with metastatic ACC. Eligible patients had confirmed IL-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL-13Rα2) expressions in their tumors. IL-13-PE at dose of 1–2 μg/kg was administered intravenously (IV) on day 1, 3, and 5 in a 4-week cycle. Six patients received 1 μg/kg and two patients received 2 μg/kg of IL-13-PE. Dose-limiting toxicity was observed at 2 μg/kg, at which patients exhibited thrombocytopenia and renal insufficiency without requiring dialysis. PK analysis demonstrated that at MTD, the mean maximum serum concentration (Cmax) of IL-13-PE was 21.0 ng/mL, and the terminal half-life of IL-13-PE was 30–39 min. Two (25%) of the eight patients had baseline neutralizing antibodies against PE. Three (75%) of the remaining four tested patients developed neutralizing antibodies against IL-13-PE within 14–28 days of initial treatment. Of the five patients treated at MTD and assessed for response, one patient had stable disease for 5.5 months before disease progression; the others progressed within 1–2 months. In conclusion, systemic IV administration of IL-13-PE is safe at 1 μg/kg. All tested patients developed high levels of neutralizing antibodies during IL-13-PE treatment. Use of strategies for immunodepletion before IL-13-PE treatment should be considered in future trials. PMID:25767039

  20. Phase I trial of systemic intravenous infusion of interleukin-13-Pseudomonas exotoxin in patients with metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma.

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    Liu-Chittenden, Yi; Jain, Meenu; Kumar, Parag; Patel, Dhaval; Aufforth, Rachel; Neychev, Vladimir; Sadowski, Samira; Gara, Sudheer K; Joshi, Bharat H; Cottle-Delisle, Candice; Merkel, Roxanne; Yang, Lily; Miettinen, Markku; Puri, Raj K; Kebebew, Electron

    2015-07-01

    Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare but lethal malignancy without effective current therapy for metastatic disease. IL-13-PE is a recombinant cytotoxin consisting of human interleukin-13 (IL-13) and a truncated form of Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE). The main objectives of this Phase I dose-escalation trial were to assess the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of IL-13-PE in patients with metastatic ACC. Eligible patients had confirmed IL-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL-13Rα2) expressions in their tumors. IL-13-PE at dose of 1-2 μg/kg was administered intravenously (IV) on day 1, 3, and 5 in a 4-week cycle. Six patients received 1 μg/kg and two patients received 2 μg/kg of IL-13-PE. Dose-limiting toxicity was observed at 2 μg/kg, at which patients exhibited thrombocytopenia and renal insufficiency without requiring dialysis. PK analysis demonstrated that at MTD, the mean maximum serum concentration (Cmax ) of IL-13-PE was 21.0 ng/mL, and the terminal half-life of IL-13-PE was 30-39 min. Two (25%) of the eight patients had baseline neutralizing antibodies against PE. Three (75%) of the remaining four tested patients developed neutralizing antibodies against IL-13-PE within 14-28 days of initial treatment. Of the five patients treated at MTD and assessed for response, one patient had stable disease for 5.5 months before disease progression; the others progressed within 1-2 months. In conclusion, systemic IV administration of IL-13-PE is safe at 1 μg/kg. All tested patients developed high levels of neutralizing antibodies during IL-13-PE treatment. Use of strategies for immunodepletion before IL-13-PE treatment should be considered in future trials. PMID:25767039

  1. Intravenous gammaglobulin for immunodeficiency: report from The European Group for Immunodeficiencies (EGID).

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    1986-01-01

    Physicians treating patients with antibody deficiency now have a choice between intravenous (IVIG) and intramuscular immunoglobulin therapy. The published comparative trials suggest that (IVIG) is superior, and this is supported by numerous anecdotal observations. Reactions during infusions are no longer a major problem, but there is concern over the transmission of viruses, particularly those causing non-A non-B hepatitis. Having solved the technical difficulties of bulk manufacture of IgG concentrates for intravenous use, our attention should now be directed towards preventing viral contamination by both modifying the manufacturing processes and screening the donors for evidence of disease. PMID:2430746

  2. Use of a 24 gauge intravenous cannula for minimally invasive trabeculectomy.

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    Dada, Tanuj; Angmo, Dewang; Temkar, Shreyas; Sharma, Reetika

    2015-01-01

    We describe an innovative technique for performing standardized low cost glaucoma filtration surgery using a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) intravenous cannula. The trocar of a 24 gauge (24G) PTFE intravenous cannula was used to create a trabeculectomy ostium and its tube was inserted under a partial thickness scleral flap in 2 patients with advanced glaucomatous optic neuropathy, in whom intraocular pressure (IOP) was not controlled on maximal tolerable hypotensive therapy. Postoperatively, IOP of the operated eyes at 3, 6 and 9 months' follow-up ranged from 12 to 15 mmHg with a well formed anterior chamber and a diffuse bleb. PMID:26005560

  3. Pharmacokinetics of phenoxodiol, a novel isoflavone, following intravenous administration to patients with advanced cancer

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    2011-01-01

    Background Phenoxodiol is a novel isoflavone currently being studied in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer. This study reports the pharmacokinetics of phenoxodiol in patients with cancer. Methods The pharmacokinetics of phenoxodiol was studied following a single intravenous (iv) bolus dose and during a continuous intravenous infusion. Three men with prostate cancer and 3 women with breast cancer received IV bolus phenoxodiol (5 mg/kg) and plasma was sampled for free and total phenoxodiol levels. On a separate occasion 5 of the same patients received a continuous intravenous infusion of phenoxodiol (2 mg/kg/h) and plasma was again sampled for free and total phenoxodiol levels. Phenoxodiol was measured using gradient HPLC with ultraviolet detection. Results Following bolus injection, free and total phenoxodiol appeared to follow first order pharmacokinetics. The elimination half-lives for free and total phenoxodiol were 0.67 0.53 h and 3.19 1.93 h, respectively, while the total plasma clearance rates were 2.48 2.33 L/h and 0.15 0.08 L/h, respectively. The respective apparent volumes of distribution were 1.55 0.69 L/kg and 0.64 0.51 L/kg. During continuous intravenous infusion, free phenoxodiol accumulated rapidly to reach a mean concentration at steady state of 0.79 0.14 ?g/ml after 0.87 0.18 h. The apparent accumulation half-life of free phenoxodiol was 0.17 0.04 h while the plasma clearance during continuous infusion was 1.29 0.23 L/h. Conclusions Phenoxodiol has a short plasma half-life, particularly in the free form, leading to a rapid attainment of steady state levels during continuous intravenous infusion. Trial registration Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR): ACTRN12610000334000 PMID:21291562

  4. Intravenous infusion of electrolyte solution changes pharmacokinetics of drugs: pharmacokinetics of ampicillin.

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    Britzi, M; Mazon, Y; Lavy, E; Soback, S

    2014-10-01

    The pharmacokinetics of ampicillin in dogs was determined after intravenous (i.v.) bolus and constant rate infusion. Ampicillin was administered to six beagle dogs as an i.v. bolus at 20mg/kg and as a constant rate i.v. infusion (CRI) at 20mg/kg during 8h (0.042mL/min/kg) in Ringer's lactate (Hartmann's) solution. The concentrations were determined by an LC/MS/MS method. After i.v. bolus, ampicillin total body clearance, apparent volume of distribution at steady-state, mean residence time (MRT), and half-life were 4.530.70mL/min/kg, 0.2750.044L/kg, 6113min, and 111 (85-169) min, respectively. The corresponding parameters calculated after CRI were 13.51.06mL/min/kg, 0.9930.415L/kg, 7327min, and 49 (31-69) min. Ampicillin concentration decreased by 30% in the Ringer's lactate infusion solution mostly during the first hour after preparation of the solution. Constant rate infusion of Ringer's lactate solution during 8h caused significant changes in ampicillin pharmacokinetics. The results suggested that special attention should be given to drug pharmacokinetics when co-administered intravenously with electrolyte solutions. PMID:24666465

  5. Pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine following intravenous and intramuscular administration in male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

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    Kelly, Kristi R.; Pypendop, Bruno H.; Christe, Kari L.

    2014-01-01

    This study reports the pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine in conscious rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) after intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) administration. Four healthy, opioid-nave, socially-housed, adult male macaques were used. Buprenorphine (0.03 mg/kg) was administered intravenously as a bolus or intramuscularly on separate occasions. Blood samples were collected prior to, and up to 24 h, post-administration. Serum buprenorphine concentrations were analyzed with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analysis was performed with commercially available software. Mean residence time in the IV study as compared to the IM study was 177 (159189) minutes vs. 185 (174214) minutes, respectively [median (range)]. In the IV study, concentration back extrapolated to time zero was found to be 33.0 (16.857.0) ng/mL [median (range)]. On the other hand, the maximum serum concentration found in the IM study was 11.8 (6.3014.8) ng/mL [median (range)]. Rhesus macaques maintained concentrations greater than 0.10 ng/mL for over 24 h in the IV study and over 12 h in the IM study. Bioavailability was found to be 68.1 (59.371.2)% [median (range)]. No significant adverse effects were observed in the monkeys at the 0.03 mg/kg dose of buprenorphine during either study. PMID:24666428

  6. Use of intravenous immunoglobulin in pediatric practice

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    Zlfikar, Blent; Ko, Ba?ak

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, human-driven intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) administered intravenously have been widely used in treatment of many diseases. Intravenous immunoglobulin is obtained from human-driven plasma pools as in other plasma-driven products and IVIG preperations contain structurally and functionally intact immunoglobulin. Intravenous immunoglobulin was approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in USA in 1981 for the first time and was started to be primarily used in patients with immune deficiency with hypogammaglobulinemia. The effects of intravenous immunoglobulin include complex mechanisms, but it exerts its essential action by eliminating the non-specific Fc receptors found in the mononuclear phagocytic system or by inhibiting binding of immune complexes to Fc receptors in the cells. Their areas of usage include conditions where their anti-inflammatory and immunomudulator effects are utilized in addition to replacement of deficient immunoglobulin. Although the definite indications are limited, it has been shown that it is useful in many diseases in clinical practice. Its side effects include fever, sweating, nausea, tachycardia, eczematous reactions, aseptic meningitis, renal failure and hematological-thromboembolic events. In this article, use of IVIG, its mechanisms of action, indications and side effects were discussed. PMID:26078679

  7. Metabolism and toxicity of intravenously injected yttrium chloride in rats.

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    Hirano, S; Kodama, N; Shibata, K; Suzuki, K T

    1993-08-01

    Although radioactive yttrium (Y) has been used for medical treatment, little attention has been directed toward the toxicity of Y. We report time-course and dose-related changes in tissue distribution, subcellular localization, clearance, and acute toxicity of iv-injected yttrium chloride (YCl3) in rats. Intravenously injected Y was predominantly distributed to plasma in the blood. At doses more than 0.2 mg Y/rat, most plasma Y appears to be in colloidal material which was composed of proteins and some minerals. Electron microscopic analyses revealed that the colloidal material was taken up by phagocytic cells in the liver and spleen. The liver Y was slowly cleared with a half-time of 144 days at a dose of 1 mg Y/rat. Glutamic-oxaloacetic and glutamic-pyruvate transaminase activities in blood plasma were increased with a peak at 20 hr postinjection at a dose of 1 mg Y/rat and returned to their control values at 170 hr postinjection, indicating that iv-injected YCl3 caused acute hepatic injury. Some of the plasma Ca was translocated to the colloidal material and plasma Ca concentration was increased transiently following injection of YCl3, probably because of resorption of bone. At a dose of 1 mg Y/rat, a significant and tremendous amount of Ca was deposited in the liver (over 10-fold) and spleen (over 100-fold), while Ca concentration was only slightly increased in the lung and kidney (less than 1.5-fold). These results indicate that the liver and spleen are primary target organs of iv-injected YCl3. PMID:8346539

  8. Cardiovascular effects of intravenous sodium penicillin, sodium cefazolin, and sodium citrate in awake and anesthetized horses.

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    Hubbell, J A; Muir, W W; Robertson, J T; Sams, R A

    1987-01-01

    Sodium penicillin, sodium cefazolin, and sodium citrate were administered to six adult horses on separate occasions, when awake and during anesthesia. The order of administration was randomized and studies were separated by a minimum of 7 days. Arterial blood pressure decreased significantly (less than 0.05) from control 5 minutes after intravenous (IV) sodium penicillin in awake and anesthetized horses. Systolic arterial blood pressure remained significantly (less than 0.05) decreased 10 minutes after IV sodium penicillin in anesthetized horses. Sodium cefazolin and sodium citrate did not significantly affect any of the measured cardiovascular variables. Although the changes in arterial blood pressure were small (8-15 mm Hg), monitoring of arterial blood pressure is advised when sodium penicillin is administered IV to anesthetized horses. PMID:3507151

  9. Population Pharmacokinetics of Intravenous Artesunate: A Pooled Analysis of Individual Data From Patients With Severe Malaria

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    Zaloumis, S G; Tarning, J; Krishna, S; Price, R N; White, N J; Davis, T M E; McCaw, J M; Olliaro, P; Maude, R J; Kremsner, P; Dondorp, A; Gomes, M; Barnes, K; Simpson, J A

    2014-01-01

    There are ~660,000 deaths from severe malaria each year. Intravenous artesunate (i.v. ARS) is the first-line treatment in adults and children. To optimize the dosing regimen of i.v. ARS, the largest pooled population pharmacokinetic study to date of the active metabolite dihydroartemisinin (DHA) was performed. The pooled dataset consisted of 71 adults and 195 children with severe malaria, with a mixture of sparse and rich sampling within the first 12?h after drug administration. A one-compartment model described the population pharmacokinetics of DHA adequately. Body weight had the greatest impact on DHA pharmacokinetics, resulting in lower DHA exposure for smaller children (610?kg) than adults. Post hoc estimates of DHA exposure were not significantly associated with parasitological outcomes. Comparable DHA exposure in smaller children and adults after i.v. ARS was achieved under a dose modification for intramuscular ARS proposed in a separate analysis of children. PMID:25372510

  10. Medication safety: does intravenous acetaminophen promote perioperative hypothermia for total hip arthroplasty?

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    Visnjevac, Ognjen; Kocz, Remek; Visnjevac, Tanja; Annam, Sandeep Kumar; Toufexis, George

    2014-11-01

    As an effective antipyretic with a yet-unknown mechanism-of-action, intravenous (IV) acetaminophen use for total hip arthroplasties (THA) may worsen perioperative hypothermia when combined with the known hypothermia-inducing effects of general anesthesia (GA), affecting wound healing, recovery times, and patient satisfaction. This retrospective chart review of primary THA cases compared perioperative heat loss for patients who received IV acetaminophen with GA (group A, n = 74) to those receiving GA alone (group B, n = 197). All patients received forced-air warming blankets. Neuraxial anesthesia cases were excluded. No significant temperature differences existed between group A (-0.33C, SD = 0.36) and group B (-0.30C, SD = 0.34, P > 0.05). IV acetaminophen use for THA does not appear to promote hypothermia under general anesthesia. PMID:25103465

  11. Effect of Intravenous Versus Subcutaneous Phytonadione on Length of Stay for Patients in Need of Urgent Warfarin Reversal.

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    Mottice, Brandon L; Soric, Mate M; Legros, Elizabeth

    2016-01-01

    This institutional review board-approved retrospective cohort study evaluated the impact of intravenous versus subcutaneous phytonadione on length of stay in hospitalized patients requiring urgent warfarin reversal. All patients were 18 years or older, on warfarin therapy with an international normalized ratio (INR) between 3.1 and 10.0, and had warfarin therapy restarted at discharge. Patients who received intramuscular or oral phytonadione, phytonadione by more than 1 route, fresh frozen plasma, or any other blood products containing clotting factors, patients with active or severe liver disease, and patients who received other forms of anticoagulation were excluded. A total of 4425 patients receiving phytonadione were evaluated and 79 patients were included. Baseline characteristics were similar between the intravenous and subcutaneous groups, including mean age, gender, warfarin indication, Charlson comorbidity index, and indication for phytonadione. Geometric mean length of stay in the intravenous group was 211.7 hours compared with 191.0 hours in the subcutaneous group (P = 0.47). Though intravenous phytonadione administration resulted in significantly lower INRs at all time points <36 hours, geometric mean time to restart of warfarin therapy was not impacted (66.3 hours vs. 64.1 hours, P = 0.72). Despite demonstrating significantly greater INR reductions, hospital length of stay and time to restart of warfarin therapy were not improved with the administration of intravenous over subcutaneous phytonadione. PMID:25461960

  12. Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn due to Intravenous Drug Use

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    Markham, Kara B.; Scrape, Scott R.; Prasad, Mona; Rossi, Karen Q.; O'Shaughnessy, Richard W.

    2016-01-01

    Objectives The objective is to present a pregnancy complication associated with intravenous drug use, namely, that of red blood cell alloimmunization and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Methods An observational case series is presented including women with red blood cell alloimmunization most likely secondary to intravenous drug abuse Results Five pregnancies were identified that were complicated by red blood cell alloimmunization and significant hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, necessitating intrauterine transfusion, an indicated preterm birth, or neonatal therapy. Conclusions As opioid abuse continues to increase in the United States, clinicians should be aware of the potential for alloimmunization to red blood cell antibodies as yet another negative outcome from intravenous drug abuse. PMID:26989567

  13. Candida albicans lumbar spondylodiscitis in an intravenous drug user: a case report

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    2013-01-01

    Background Spondylodiscitis leads to debility, and few data exist on Candida spondylodiscitis in patients with intravenous drug use. Case presentation We present a case of Candida albicans lumbar spondylodiscitis in a patient with intravenous drug use. This patient was treated with surgical debridement and 9months of fluconazole therapy, and the neurological deficits resolved completely. The infection did not recur clinically or radiologically during 9months of follow-up. Conclusion Although Candida albicans lumbar spondylodiscitis is rare, Candida should be suspected as a causative pathogen in patients with intravenous drug use except for Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As soon as Candida albicans lumbar spondylodiscitis is suspected, magnetic resonance imaging and percutaneous biopsy should be performed. Surgical intervention combined with treatment with antifungal medications can successfully eradicate the infection and resolve the neurological deficits. PMID:24325945

  14. Clinical and economic evidence for intravenous acetaminophen.

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    Yeh, Yu-Chen; Reddy, Prabashni

    2012-06-01

    Intravenous acetaminophen received United States Food and Drug Administration approval in November 2010 for the management of mild-to-moderate pain, management of moderate-to-severe pain with adjunctive opioid analgesics, and reduction of fever. Although intravenous acetaminophen generally improved pain relief and demonstrated opioid-sparing effects compared with placebo, it did not consistently reduce the frequency of opioid-related adverse events (e.g., postoperative nausea and vomiting). The safety and efficacy of intravenous acetaminophen as an antipyretic agent have been documented in adults and children; however, its cost is several-fold higher than that of the oral and rectal formulations. Although use of intravenous acetaminophen has reduced other postoperative resource utilization (e.g., hospital length of stay) in some studies outside the United States in patients undergoing abdominal surgery, a full economic evaluation in the United States has yet to be undertaken. In addition, its administration time (15-min infusion) and packaging (glass, single-use vial) have the potential to adversely affect patient flow in the postanesthesia care unit, create burden on patient care units, and lead to drug waste. Furthermore, 1 g of intravenous acetaminophen is formulated in 100 ml of solution, which may be an issue for patients with fluid restrictions. Given the clinical and economic evidence currently available, intravenous acetaminophen should not replace oral or rectal acetaminophen, but its use may be considered in a limited number of patients who cannot receive drugs orally and rectally and who cannot tolerate other parenteral nonopioid analgesic or antipyretic agents. PMID:22570116

  15. Pharmacokinetics and Bioavailability of a Therapeutic Enzyme (Idursulfase) in Cynomolgus Monkeys after Intrathecal and Intravenous Administration

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    Xie, Hongsheng; Chung, Jou-Ku; Mascelli, Mary Ann; McCauley, Thomas G.

    2015-01-01

    Intravenous enzyme replacement therapy with iduronate-2-sulfatase is an approved treatment for Hunter syndrome, however, conventional intravenous delivery cannot treat the neurologic manifestations of the disease due to its limited central nervous system penetration. Intrathecal administration of iduronate-2-sulfatase for delivery to the central nervous system is currently under investigation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of idursulfase in the central nervous system of cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fasicularis) after intravenous and intrathecal administration. Twenty-seven monkeys, treatment-nave to enzyme replacement therapy, were placed into 4 groups according to body weight: Group 1 was administered 0.5 mg/kg idursulfase intravenously, Groups 24 were administered an intrathecal formulation (1-, 10-, and 30-mg doses). Blood samples and cerebrospinal fluid (sampled at the cisterna magna or lumbar level) were collected at the same time points for 72 hours post dosing. Following intravenous administration, a high maximum serum concentration and rapid distribution of iduronate-2-sulfatase out of the central compartment were observed (elimination half-life: 4.3 hours). Iduronate-2-sulfatase exposure in the cerebrospinal fluid was limited, suggesting intravenous administration provided minimal penetration of the bloodbrain barrier. Following intrathecal administration, a high maximum observed concentration was immediately noted and elimination half-life ranged between 7.810 hours and 5.96.7 hours (cisterna magna and lumbar sampling, respectively). Cerebrospinal fluid pharmacokinetic profiles at different doses of iduronate-2-sulfatase were similar and the dose/exposure relationship was proportional. After intrathecal administration, movement of iduronate-2-sulfatase from cerebrospinal fluid to serum was observed (systemic bioavailability was 4083%). The clear penetration of iduronate-2-sulfatase into the cerebrospinal fluid and the dose response suggest that intrathecal delivery of iduronate-2-sulfatase may be suitable for treating the central nervous system manifestations associated with Hunter syndrome. PMID:25836678

  16. Brain distribution and behavioral effects of progesterone and pregnenolone after intranasal or intravenous administration

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    Ducharme, Nicole; Banks, William A.; Morley, John E.; Robinson, Sandra M.; Niehoff, Michael L.; Mattern, Claudia

    2010-01-01

    Neurosteroids hold great promise for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). We compared the uptake by 11 brain regions and appearance in blood of tritium-labeled pregnenolone and progesterone after intranasal and intravenous (IV) injection. Both neurosteroids appeared in blood and brain after either method of administration, but with important differences in uptake. Bioavailability based on appearance in arterial serum showed that about 23% and 14% of the intranasal administered doses of pregnenolone and progesterone, respectively, entered the blood. Brain levels were about two fold lower after intranasal administration for the two neurosteroids. With intranasal administration, brain levels of the two steroids did not vary over time (2120 min), whereas brain levels were higher early (10 min or less) after i.v. administration. With i.v. administration, uptake by brain regions did not vary, whereas the olfactory bulb, hippocampus, and hypothalamus had high uptake rates after intranasal administration. Intranasal administration of prenenolone improved memory, whereas progesterone decreased anxiety, thus demonstrating that therapeutic levels of neurosteroids can be delivered to the brain by intranasal administration. The neurosteroids were rapidly degraded after i.v. or intranasal delivery, but pregnenolone was more resistant to degradation in brain after intranasal administration and in serum after i.v. administration. These results show that either the i.v. or intranasal routes of administration can deliver neurosteroids to blood and brain, but that the two routes have significant differences with intranasal administration favoring some brain regions. PMID:20570588

  17. Effects of ketamine-xylazine intravenous bolus injection on cardiovascular function in rabbits

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    Baumgartner, Christine; Bollerhey, Melanie; Ebner, Johanna; Laacke-Singer, Lin; Schuster, Tibor; Erhardt, Wolf

    2010-01-01

    The direct effects of ketamine-xylazine (KET-XYL) on vascular function have not been investigated in rabbits. The short-term cardiovascular effects of intravenous (IV) KET-XYL bolus injection, therefore, should be investigated using vascular ultrasonography. In this prospective experimental study, KET-XYL anesthesia was induced IV in 9 female New Zealand White rabbits before 3 defined test bolus injections of KET-XYL were given IV. Before and for 10 min after each KET-XYL injection vascular and hemodynamic variables were recorded at the left common carotid artery (ACC) after the 1st injection, and at the abdominal aorta (AA) after the 2nd injection. Echocardiography was performed after the 3rd injection to investigate changes in cardiac parameters. Ketamine-xylazine IV caused a significant increase in vessel diameter at the ACC and AA. Average volumetric flow significantly decreased at the ACC and pulsatility index significantly decreased at the AA. Fractional shortening (FS) and heart rate significantly decreased, while mean arterial blood pressure initially increased. Bolus injections of KET-XYL IV produced a transient vasodilatation at the ACC and AA. Despite central vasodilatation, bradycardia, and decrease of FS and average volumetric flow (VFave), mean arterial blood pressure did not significantly decrease indicating well-preserved cardiovascular compensatory mechanism after the ratio and doses of KET-XYL IV bolus injections used in this study. PMID:20885844

  18. Utilization of an Intravenous Line Lifter Within a Pediatric Oncology Population.

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    Herriage, Teresa; Hooke, Mary C; Streifel, Andrew; Slaker, Brad

    2016-03-01

    Young children with cancer often have central lines. When ambulating during an intravenous infusion, their tubing drags on the hospital floor resulting in contamination of the exterior of the tubing. The tubing can then contaminate the children's linens, where central line procedures occur, increasing the risk of a central lineassociated blood stream infection. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the IV Line Lifter as a device to decrease contamination of the exterior of IV tubing. Baseline adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence testing was used on the exterior IV tubing to quantify organic matter as relative light units. The bioluminescence tests were performed on ambulatory, inpatient children with cancer ages 2 to 10 years, preimplementation (n = 29) and postimplementation (n = 18) of the IV Line Lifter. Relative light unit levels significantly decreased postimplementation (P < .001). Users of the device reported ease of ambulation when using the device and a willingness to use again. Results support the need for an IV Line Lifter to keep IV tubing off of the hospital floor, to ease ambulation, and decrease the risk of central line-associated blood stream infection. PMID:26219301

  19. Cryotherapeutic Topical Analgesics for Pediatric Intravenous Catheter Placement: Ice versus Vapocoolant Spray

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    Waterhouse, Marie R.; Liu, Deborah R.; Wang, Vincent J.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Intravenous catheter placement is one of the most common sources of pain for children in inpatient settings. We sought to compare the efficacy of two cryotherapeutic treatments for this procedure: vapocoolant spray versus topical ice-pack. METHODS We prospectively enrolled 95 patients, age 9–18 years, in a pediatric emergency department who required IV catheters as part of their treatment. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive vapocoolant spray, or topical ice-pack for three minutes, prior to IV catheter placement. Subjects completed visual analog scale (VAS) scores for three time points: baseline, pre-treatment with ice or spray, and IV insertion. The principal investigator, and two physicians viewing video recordings of the procedure, also completed VAS scores for observed pain levels. VAS scores were compared using the Wilcoxon Rank Sum test. RESULTS Although median VAS scores were similar, the change in VAS from baseline was of greater magnitude in the Painease® group, indicating that it may be more effective. More subjects in the Painease® group (76%) felt their treatment worked well, compared to 49% in the ice group. Physician-assigned VAS scores were lower and less variable than those of subjects. Most IV insertions were successful (83%). CONCLUSIONS Vapocoolant spray may be more effective than ice as an analgesic for IV insertion. Subjects were more satisfied with vapocoolant spray. Neither agent caused a decrease in successful IV insertion rates. PMID:23283254

  20. Efficiency of Original versus Generic Intravenous Iron Formulations in Patients on Haemodialysis

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    Alvarez-Lara, Maria Antonia; Garcia-Montemayor, Victoria Eugenia; Canton, Petra; Soriano, Sagrario; Aljama, Pedro

    2015-01-01

    Aims The appropriate use of intravenous (IV) iron is essential to minimise the requirements for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). The clinical efficacy of generic IV iron compared to the original formulation is controversial. We evaluated the changes that were induced after switching from a generic IV iron to an original formulation in a stable, prevalent haemodialysis (HD) population. Methods A total of 342 patients were included, and the follow-up period was 56 weeks for each formulation. Anaemia parameters and doses of ESA and IV iron were prospectively recorded before and after the switch from generic to original IV iron. Results To maintain the same haemoglobin (Hb) levels after switching from the generic to the original formulation, the requirements for IV iron doses were reduced by 34.3% (from 52.833.9 to 34.731.8mg/week, p<0.001), and the ESA doses were also decreased by 12.5% (from 30.623.6 to 2721?g/week, p<0.001). The erythropoietin resistance index declined from 8.47.7 to 7.46.7 IU/kg/week/g/dl after the switch from the generic to the original drug (p = 0.001). After the switch, the transferrin saturation ratio (TSAT) and serum ferritin levels rose by 6.8%(p<0.001) and 12.4%(p = 0.001), respectively. The mortality rate was similar for both periods. Conclusions The iron and ESA requirements are lower with the original IV iron compared to the generic drug. In addition, the uses of the original formulation results in higher ferritin and TSAT levels despite the lower dose of IV iron. Further studies are necessary to analyse the adverse effects of higher IV iron dosages. PMID:26322790

  1. Intravascular recovery of VWF and FVIII following intraperitoneal injection and differences from intravenous and subcutaneous injection in mice.

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    Shi, Q; Kuether, E L; Schroeder, J A; Fahs, S A; Montgomery, R R

    2012-07-01

    Intravenous infusion studies in humans suggest that both von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII) remain intravascular in contrast to other coagulation proteins. We explored whether infusion of VWF and FVIII by either intraperitoneal (i.p.) or subcutaneous (s.c.) injection would result in efficient absorption of these large proteins into the vascular circulation. FVIII(null) or VWF(null) mice were infused with plasma-derived or recombinant VWF and/or FVIII by i.p., s.c., or intravenous (i.v.) injection. Both VWF and FVIII were absorbed into the blood circulation after i.p. injection with a peak between 2 and 4 h at levels similar to those observed in mice infused intravenously. In contrast, neither VWF nor FVIII was detected in the plasma following s.c. injection. Although i.v. injection achieved peak plasma levels quickly, both human VWF and FVIII rapidly decreased during the first 2 h following i.v. injection. Following both i.v. and i.p. infusion of VWF, the multimeric structure of circulating VWF was similar to that observed in the infusate. These results demonstrate that both VWF and FVIII can be efficiently absorbed into the blood circulation following i.p., but not s.c. injection, indicating that i.p. administration could be an alternative route for VWF or FVIII infusion. PMID:22221819

  2. Intravascular recovery of VWF and FVIII following intraperitoneal injection and differences from intravenous and subcutaneous injection in mice

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    Shi, Qizhen; Kuether, Erin L.; Schroeder, Jocelyn A.; Fahs, Scot A.; Montgomery, Robert R.

    2011-01-01

    Intravenous infusion studies in humans suggest that both VWF and FVIII remain intravascular in contrast to other coagulation proteins. We explored whether infusion of VWF and FVIII by either intraperitoneal (IP) or subcutaneous (SC) injection would result in efficient absorption of these large proteins into the vascular circulation. FVIIInull or VWFnull mice were infused with plasma-derived or recombinant VWF and/or FVIII by IP, SC, or intravenous (IV) injection. Both VWF and FVIII were absorbed into the blood circulation after IP injection with a peak between 2 to 4 hours at levels similar to those observed in mice infused intravenously. In contrast, neither VWF nor FVIII was detected in the plasma following SC injection. Although IV injection achieved peak plasma levels quickly, both human VWF and FVIII rapidly decreased during the first 2 hours following IV injection. Following both IV and IP infusion of VWF, the multimeric structure of circulating VWF was similar to that observed in the infusate. These results demonstrate that both VWF and FVIII can be efficiently absorbed into the blood circulation following IP but not SC injection, indicating that IP administration could be an alternative route for VWF or FVIII infusion. PMID:22221819

  3. Incidence and Risk Factors of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Patients with Fentanyl-Based Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia and Single Antiemetic Prophylaxis

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    Choi, Jong Bum; Shim, Yon Hee; Lee, Youn-Woo; Lee, Jeong Soo; Choi, Jong-Rim

    2014-01-01

    Purpose We evaluated the incidence and risk factors of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in patients with fentanyl-based intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA) and single antiemetic prophylaxis of 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5 HT3)-receptor antagonist after the general anesthesia. Materials and Methods In this retrospective study, incidence and risk factors for PONV were evaluated with fentanyl IV-PCA during postoperative 48 hours after various surgeries. Results Four hundred-forty patients (23%) of 1878 had showed PONV. PCA was discontinued temporarily in 268 patients (14%), mostly due to PONV (88% of 268 patients). In multivariate analysis, female, non-smoker, history of motion sickness or PONV, long duration of anesthesia (>180 min), use of desflurane and intraoperative remifentanil infusion were independent risk factors for PONV. If one, two, three, four, five, or six of these risk factors were present, the incidences of PONV were 18%, 19%, 22%, 31%, 42%, or 50%. Laparoscopic surgery and higher dose of fentanyl were not risk factors for PONV. Conclusion Despite antiemetic prophylaxis with 5 HT3-receptor antagonist, 23% of patients with fentanyl-based IV-PCA after general anesthesia showed PONV. Long duration of anesthesia and use of desflurane were identified as risk factors, in addition to risk factors of Apfel's score (female, non-smoker, history of motion sickness or PONV). Also, intraoperative remifentanil infusion was risk factor independent of postoperative opioid use. As the incidence of PONV was up to 50% according to the number of risk factors, risk-adapted, multimodal or combination therapy should be applied. PMID:25048507

  4. HEADPLAY Personal Cinema System Facilitates Intravenous Cannulation in Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Lim, Evangeline; Fabila, Teddy; Sze Ying, Thong; Tan, Josephine

    2013-01-01

    HEADPLAY personal cinema system (PCS) is a portable visual headset/visor through which movie clips may be viewed. We studied the use of HEADPLAY PCS as a distraction tool in facilitating intravenous cannulation in children undergoing anaesthesia. 60 children were enrolled into the study and randomized into 2 groups. EMLA local anaesthetic cream was used to reduce the pain associated with intravenous cannulation. Children in group 1 wore the HEADPLAY visor whereas children in group 2 were subject to conventional distraction therapy. Children were asked to rate their anxiety, pain, and satisfaction scores after intravenous cannulation. Periprocedural anxiety was also determined using the modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale (mYPAS). There were no statistically significant differences in terms of pain and anxiety scores between the 2 groups. Although the satisfaction score of the children in the HEADPLAY PCS group was marginally higher compared to the conventional group, this did not hit statistical significance. 86.6% of children in group 1 reported that they would want to use the visor again for their next intravenous cannulation. We conclude that HEADPLAY PCS is a distraction tool that is acceptable to most children and can contribute towards satisfaction of the intravenous cannulation process in children. PMID:23840223

  5. Prospective, randomized trial comparing effect of oral versus intravenous pantoprazole on rebleeding after nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding: a pilot study.

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    Bajaj, Jasmohan S; Dua, Kulwinder S; Hanson, Kristin; Presberg, Kenneth

    2007-09-01

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) reduce the rate of rebleeding in patients with nonvariceal upper GI bleed (NVGIB). Oral (PO) and intravenous (IV) pantoprazole are equipotent in raising gastric pH. We conducted a pilot study comparing the efficacy of PO vs. IV pantoprazole for reducing rebleeding after NVGIB. Patients with NVGIB were randomized to receive PO (80 mg BID for 3 days) or IV (80-mg IV bolus and 8 mg/hr infusion for 3 days) pantoprazole followed by pantoprazole, 40 mg PO BID, for 30 days. All patients underwent endoscopy within 24 hr and endotherapy was applied where necessary. Twelve patients randomized to the PO and 13 to the IV pantoprazole group were comparable in age, hematocrit, Rockall scores, ulcer characteristics, and endoscopic interventions. Two patients in the IV arm rebled and another in the IV arm developed reversible renal failure. No patient in the PO arm rebled, had organ failure, or had to be changed to IV pantoprazole. We conclude that in this pilot study, the effect of PO pantoprazole on 30-day rebleeding rate in patients with NVGIB was similar to that of IV pantoprazole. PMID:17429726

  6. Endovascular Recanalization Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Updated Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Hong, Keun-Sik; Ko, Sang-Bae; Lee, Ji Sung; Yu, Kyung-Ho; Rha, Joung-Ho

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose Recent randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have demonstrated benefits of endovascular recanalization therapy (ERT) contrary to earlier trials. We aimed to estimate the benefits of ERT added to standard therapy in acute ischemic stroke. Methods From a literature search of RCTs testing ERT, we performed a meta-analysis to estimate an overall efficacy and safety of ERT for all trials, stent-retriever trials, and RCTs comparing ERT and intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-TPA). Results We identified 15 relevant RCTs including 2,899 patients. For all trials, ERT was associated with increased good outcomes (odds ratio [OR] 1.79; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.34, 2.40; P<0.001) compared to the control. ERT also increased no or minimal disability outcomes, good neurological recovery, good activity of daily living, and recanalization. ERT did not significantly increase symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (SICH) (OR 1.19; 95% CI 0.83, 1.69; P=0.345) or death (OR 0.87; 95% CI 0.71, 1.05; P=0.151). In contrast, ERT significantly reduced extreme disability or death (OR 0.77; 95% CI 0.61, 0.97; P=0.025). Restricting to five stent-retriever trials comparing ERT plus IV-TPA vs. IV-TPA alone, the benefit was even greater for good outcome (OR 2.39; 95% CI 1.88, 3.04; P<0.001) and extreme disability or death (OR 0.57; 95% CI 0.41, 0.78; P=0.001). Restricting to eight RCTs comparing ERT (plus IV-TPA in six trials) with IV-TPA alone showed similar efficacy and safety. Conclusions This updated meta-analysis shows that ERT substantially improves clinical outcomes and reduces extreme disability or death without significantly increasing SICH compared to standard therapy. PMID:26437993

  7. The utilization of long nylon catheters for prolonged intravenous infusions.

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    Roy, R B; Wilkinson, R H; Bayliss, C E

    1967-01-14

    A study of 300 patients receiving intravenous therapy showed that 90 had associated phlebitis. Because of this high rate of complications, the use of long plastic catheters, with the tip located in a large central vessel, was investigated. One hundred and one catheters were inserted into the basilic vein through a cut-down. The patients were divided into four groups: infusions lasting one to seven days, eight to 14 days, 15 to 28 days and 29 days or longer. The most common complication was obstruction of the catheter with clotted blood. In four patients the catheters had to be removed because of phlebitis; two were pulled out by the patients themselves. Infection was not observed. Two factors probably contributed to the successful infusions: the composition of the plastic catheters (nylon) and the location of the tip in a large central vessel. PMID:6017172

  8. Intravenous infusion conditions. Implications for pharmacokinetic monitoring.

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    Nahata, M C

    1993-03-01

    Drugs are often given intravenously with an expectation that the predicted serum concentrations will be achieved rapidly. Routine pharmacokinetic monitoring of some drugs may be of limited value, unless the effect of intravenous drug delivery systems on serum concentrations is known. In vitro studies have demonstrated that the actual time for complete drug delivery can be markedly longer than predicted and is dependent inter alia on factors including the delivery device, flow rate, injection site, drug volume and tubing diameter. Studies in paediatric patients have shown that the serum concentrations of drugs, including aminoglycosides and chloramphenicol, are strongly influenced by intravenous drug delivery systems. Similarly, data from adult patients have indicated that a drug delivery system can affect serum concentrations of aminoglycosides. Some data are available about the pharmacokinetics of drugs delivered by newer devices, e.g. controlled release infusion systems, membrane devices and implanted pumps, but additional research is needed to determine their predictability of delivery and pharmacokinetics of commonly used drugs. To achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes in patients, it is crucial to understand the impact of an intravenous drug delivery system on serum concentrations and to develop guidelines for pharmacokinetic monitoring. PMID:8462228

  9. Eastern Equine Encephalitis Treated With Intravenous Immunoglobulins

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    Mukerji, Shibani S.; Lam, Alice D.

    2016-01-01

    We report the case of a 68-year-old man from southeastern Massachusetts presenting with encephalitis due to eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Despite the high morbidity and mortality rate of EEE, the patient made a near complete recovery in the setting of receiving early intravenous immunoglobulins. PMID:26740855

  10. Eastern Equine Encephalitis Treated With Intravenous Immunoglobulins.

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    Mukerji, Shibani S; Lam, Alice D; Wilson, Michael R

    2016-01-01

    We report the case of a 68-year-old man from southeastern Massachusetts presenting with encephalitis due to eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Despite the high morbidity and mortality rate of EEE, the patient made a near complete recovery in the setting of receiving early intravenous immunoglobulins. PMID:26740855

  11. Treatment of Intravenous Leiomyomatosis with Cardiac Extension following Incomplete Resection

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    Doyle, Mathew P.; Li, Annette; Villanueva, Claudia I.; Peeceeyen, Sheen C. S.; Cooper, Michael G.; Hanel, Kevin C.; Fermanis, Gary G.; Robertson, Greg

    2015-01-01

    Aim. Intravenous leiomyomatosis (IVL) with cardiac extension (CE) is a rare variant of benign uterine leiomyoma. Incomplete resection has a recurrence rate of over 30%. Different hormonal treatments have been described following incomplete resection; however no standard therapy currently exists. We review the literature for medical treatments options following incomplete resection of IVL with CE. Methods. Electronic databases were searched for all studies reporting IVL with CE. These studies were then searched for reports of patients with inoperable or incomplete resection and any further medical treatments. Our database was searched for patients with medical therapy following incomplete resection of IVL with CE and their results were included. Results. All studies were either case reports or case series. Five literature reviews confirm that surgery is the only treatment to achieve cure. The uses of progesterone, estrogen modulation, gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonism, and aromatase inhibition have been described following incomplete resection. Currently no studies have reviewed the outcomes of these treatments. Conclusions. Complete surgical resection is the only means of cure for IVL with CE, while multiple hormonal therapies have been used with varying results following incomplete resection. Aromatase inhibitors are the only reported treatment to prevent tumor progression or recurrence in patients with incompletely resected IVL with CE. PMID:26783463

  12. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin and continuous infusions of bleomycin and 5-fluorouracil for advanced head and neck cancer. The need for a new stratification for stage IV (M0) disease.

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    Recondo, G; Cvitkovic, E; Azli, N; Tellez Bernal, E; de Vathaire, F; Wibault, P; Richard, J M; Marandas, P; Benahmed, M; Domenge, C

    1991-11-15

    A Phase II study of cisplatin (100 mg/m2 on day 1) and bleomycin (15 mg intravenous push day 1) followed by 5 days of continuous intravenous infusions of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) (650 mg/m2/d) and bleomycin (16 mg/m2/d) repeated at 21-day intervals was performed in 54 previously untreated patients with nonmetastatic (M0), locoregionally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The aim of this study was to increase the complete response rate to chemotherapy and to identify prognostic factors that may influence local control and disease-free survival. From April 1986 until August 1988, 5 patients with Stage III and 49 with Stage IV (International Union Against Cancer-American Joint Committee on Cancer 1986 [UICC-AJCC]) disease received this regimen. Thirty (61%) patients with Stage IV disease had bulky nodal disease (9 N2c and 21 N3) and 29 (53%) had T4 primary lesions. The response rate was 59% (95% confidence interval, 47% to 71%) and the complete response rate to chemotherapy was 13% (95% confidence interval, 0% to 26%). The response rate was greatly influenced by tumoral volume and performance status (PS). The complete response rate to chemotherapy was 40% for patients with Stage III disease (2 of 5 patients) versus 10% for patients with Stage IV disease (5 of 49 patients; P = 0.02). The response rate for patients with Stage III disease was 100% (5 of 5 patients) versus 55% for patients with Stage IV disease (27 of 49 patients; P = 0.14). For patients with Stage IV bulky nodal disease (N2c-N3), the response rate was 43% (13 of 30 patients) and the complete response rate to chemotherapy was 3% (1 of 30 patients) versus 68% (13 of 19 patients; P = 0.13) and 21% (4 of 19 patients; P = 0.07), respectively, for patients with Stage IV less than N2b disease. The local control rate after definitive therapy was 100% for patients with Stage III disease, 70% (17 of 24 patients) for patients with Stage IV less than N2b disease, and 17% (5 of 30 patients) for patients with bulky nodal disease (P = 0.0005). As of February 1991, with a median follow-up time of 38 months (range, 30 to 53 months), 4 of 5 patients with Stage III disease and 7 of 19 patients with Stage IV less than N2b disease were alive with no evidence of disease (37%) versus 0 of 30 patients with bulky nodal disease (P = 0.001).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:1717121

  13. Phase 1 dose-escalation study of IV ixazomib, an investigational proteasome inhibitor, in patients with relapsed/refractory lymphoma

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    Assouline, S E; Chang, J; Cheson, B D; Rifkin, R; Hamburg, S; Reyes, R; Hui, A-M; Yu, J; Gupta, N; Di Bacco, A; Shou, Y; Martin, P

    2014-01-01

    Ixazomib is an investigational proteasome inhibitor that has shown preclinical activity in lymphoma models. This phase 1 study assessed the safety, tolerability, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and preliminary activity of intravenous (IV) ixazomib in relapsed/refractory lymphoma patients who had received ?2 prior therapies. Thirty patients with a range of histologies received ixazomib 0.125?3.11?mg/m2 on days 1, 8 and 15 of 28-day cycles. Patients received a median of two cycles (range 1?36). MTD was determined to be 2.34?mg/m2. Most common drug-related adverse events (AEs) included fatigue (43%), diarrhea (33%), nausea, vomiting and thrombocytopenia (each 27%). Drug-related grade ?3 AEs included neutropenia (20%), thrombocytopenia (13%) and diarrhea (10%). Drug-related peripheral neuropathy occurred in four (13%) patients; no grade ?3 events were reported. Plasma exposure increased dose proportionally from 0.5?3.11?mg/m2; terminal half-life was 4?12 days after multiple dosing. Of 26 evaluable patients, five achieved responses: 4/11 follicular lymphoma patients (one complete and three partial responses) and 1/4 peripheral T-cell lymphoma patients (partial response). Sustained responses were observed with ?32 cycles of treatment in two heavily pretreated follicular lymphoma patients. Results suggest weekly IV ixazomib is generally well tolerated and may be clinically active in relapsed/refractory lymphoma. PMID:25325301

  14. Phase 1 dose-escalation study of IV ixazomib, an investigational proteasome inhibitor, in patients with relapsed/refractory lymphoma.

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    Assouline, S E; Chang, J; Cheson, B D; Rifkin, R; Hamburg, S; Reyes, R; Hui, A-M; Yu, J; Gupta, N; Di Bacco, A; Shou, Y; Martin, P

    2014-01-01

    Ixazomib is an investigational proteasome inhibitor that has shown preclinical activity in lymphoma models. This phase 1 study assessed the safety, tolerability, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and preliminary activity of intravenous (IV) ixazomib in relapsed/refractory lymphoma patients who had received ? 2 prior therapies. Thirty patients with a range of histologies received ixazomib 0.125-3.11 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8 and 15 of 28-day cycles. Patients received a median of two cycles (range 1-36). MTD was determined to be 2.34 mg/m(2). Most common drug-related adverse events (AEs) included fatigue (43%), diarrhea (33%), nausea, vomiting and thrombocytopenia (each 27%). Drug-related grade ? 3 AEs included neutropenia (20%), thrombocytopenia (13%) and diarrhea (10%). Drug-related peripheral neuropathy occurred in four (13%) patients; no grade ? 3 events were reported. Plasma exposure increased dose proportionally from 0.5-3.11 mg/m(2); terminal half-life was 4-12 days after multiple dosing. Of 26 evaluable patients, five achieved responses: 4/11 follicular lymphoma patients (one complete and three partial responses) and 1/4 peripheral T-cell lymphoma patients (partial response). Sustained responses were observed with ? 32 cycles of treatment in two heavily pretreated follicular lymphoma patients. Results suggest weekly IV ixazomib is generally well tolerated and may be clinically active in relapsed/refractory lymphoma. PMID:25325301

  15. Single dose intravenous methyl prednisolone versus oral prednisolone in Bell's palsy: A randomized controlled trial

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    Giri, Prithvi; Garg, Ravindra Kumar; Singh, Maneesh Kumar; Verma, Rajesh; Malhotra, Hardeep Singh; Sharma, Praveen Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Corticosteroids have been used in the treatment of Bell's palsy and several other postinfectious neurological conditions. We hypothesized that administration of a single dose of intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone might be an effective alternative to oral prednisolone. Materials and Methods: In this open label, randomized trial, patients with acute Bell's palsy were randomized into two groups. One group received single dose (500 mg) of IV methylprednisolone while the other group received 10 days of oral prednisone. Outcome was assessed at 1 and 3 months with HouseBrackmann scale. Results: At 3 months, 93 (79.48%) patients had completely recovered. IV methylprednisolone and oral prednisolone groups had similar recovery rates (80% vs. 78.33%, P > 0.05). Patients with Grade 2 and 3 recovered completely. In patients with Grade 6, the recovery rate was 20%. A better outcome was observed if corticosteroids were administered within 3 days of onset of palsy. Conclusion: Intravenous methylprednisolone and oral prednisolone showed equivalent benefit in patients with acute Bell's palsy. PMID:25878371

  16. Total intravenous anaesthesia for caesarean section in a patient with Marfan's syndrome.

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    Llopis, J E; Garcia-Aguado, R; Sifre, C; Rosso, M T; Vivó, M; Martin-Jurado, J; Grau, F

    1997-01-01

    The case is described of a pregnant patient with Marfan's syndrome scheduled at 39 weeks' gestation for elective caesarean section carried out for the first time by total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) with continuous intravenous (i.v.) infusion of propofol. The diagnosis was based on a positive family history, classic phenotype, scoliosis, arachnodactyly, high narrow palate, hyperextensible joints, ectopia lentis and mitral valve prolapse, with a secondary low mitral insufficiency. Maternal and fetal surveillance did not detect complications during the course of pregnancy. Elective caesarean section was performed at 39 weeks due to high-risk pregnancy and to avoid the risk of haemodynamic alterations that take place during labour and delivery. The patient was given general anaesthesia with continuous i.v. infusion of propofol and boluses of atracurium and fentanyl after delivery. The haemodynamics and oxygen saturation remained stable during surgery. Apgar scores were 9 at 1 and 5 min. The post-delivery course was unremarkable and post partum echocardiography showed no changes from before caesarean section. The cardiovascular problems of Marfan's syndrome, the risk of haemodynamic changes associated with pregnancy and delivery, its anaesthetic implications and the possible advantages of TIVA with continuous i.v. infusion of propofol in the anaesthetic management of caesarean section in patients with this disease are discussed. PMID:15321314

  17. Intravenous S-Ketamine Does Not Inhibit Alveolar Fluid Clearance in a Septic Rat Model

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    Weber, Nina C.; van der Sluijs, Koen; Hackl, Florian; Hotz, Lorenz; Dahan, Albert; Hollmann, Markus W.; Berger, Marc M.

    2014-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that intratracheally administered S-ketamine inhibits alveolar fluid clearance (AFC), whereas an intravenous (IV) bolus injection had no effect. The aim of the present study was to characterize whether continuous IV infusion of S-ketamine, yielding clinically relevant plasma concentrations, inhibits AFC and whether its effect is enhanced in acute lung injury (ALI) which might favor the appearance of IV S-ketamine at the alveolar surface. AFC was measured in fluid-instilled rat lungs. S-ketamine was administered IV over 6 h (loading dose: 20 mg/kg, followed by 20 mg/kg/h), or intratracheally by addition to the instillate (75 g/ml). ALI was induced by IV lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 7 mg/kg). Interleukin (IL)-6 and cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant (CINC)-3 were measured by ELISA in plasma and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Isolated rat alveolar type-II cells were exposed to S-ketamine (75 g/ml) and/or LPS (1 mg/ml) for 6 h, and transepithelial ion transport was measured as short circuit current (ISC). AFC was 275% (meanSD) over 60 min in control rats and was unaffected by IV S-ketamine. Tracheal S-ketamine reduced AFC to 189%. In LPS-treated rats, AFC decreased to 166%. This effect was not enhanced by IV S-ketamine. LPS increased IL-6 and CINC-3 in plasma and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. In alveolar type-II cells, S-ketamine reduced ISC by 37% via a decrease in amiloride-inhibitable sodium transport. Continuous administration of IV S-ketamine does not affect rat AFC even in endotoxin-induced ALI. Tracheal application with direct exposure of alveolar epithelial cells to S-ketamine decreases AFC by inhibition of amiloride-inhibitable sodium transport. PMID:25386677

  18. Inactivated simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine failed to protect rhesus macaques from intravenous or genital mucosal infection but delayed disease in intravenously exposed animals.

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    Sutjipto, S; Pedersen, N C; Miller, C J; Gardner, M B; Hanson, C V; Gettie, A; Jennings, M; Higgins, J; Marx, P A

    1990-01-01

    Eight rhesus macaques were immunized four times over a period of 8 months with a psoralen-UV-light-inactivated whole simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine adjuvanted with threonyl muramyl dipeptide. Eight unvaccinated control animals received adjuvant alone. Only the vaccinated animals made antibodies before challenge exposure to the viral core and envelope as determined by Western blotting (immunoblotting) and virus-neutralizing antibodies. Ten days after the final immunization, one-half of the vaccinated and nonvaccinated monkeys were challenged exposed intravenously (i.v.) and one-half were challenge exposed via the genital mucosa with virulent simian immunodeficiency virus. All of the nonvaccinated control monkeys became persistently infected. In spite of preexisting neutralizing antibodies and an anamnestic antibody response, all of the immunized monkeys also became persistently infected. However, there was evidence that the clinical course in immunized i.v. infected animals was delayed. All four mock-vaccinated i.v. challenge-exposed animals died with disease from 3 to 9 months postchallenge. In contrast, only one of four vaccinated i.v. challenge-exposed monkeys had died by 11 months postchallenge. Images PMID:2157886

  19. Inactivated simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine failed to protect rhesus macaques from intravenous or genital mucosal infection but delayed disease in intravenously exposed animals

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    Sutjipto, S.; Pedersen, N.C.; Miller, C.J.; Gardner, M.B.; Hanson, C.V.; Gettie, A.; Jennings, M.; Higgins, J.; Marx, P.A. )

    1990-05-01

    Eight rhesus macaques were immunized four times over a period of 8 months with a psoralen-UV-light-inactivated whole simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine adjuvanted with threonyl muramyl dipeptide. Eight unvaccinated control animals received adjuvant alone. Only the vaccinated animals made antibodies before challenge exposure to the viral core and envelope as determined by Western blotting (immunoblotting) and virus-neutralizing antibodies. Ten days after the final immunization, one-half of the vaccinated and nonvaccinated monkeys were challenged exposed intravenously (i.v.) and one-half were challenge exposed via the genital mucosa with virulent simian immunodeficiency virus. All of the nonvaccinated control monkeys became persistently infected. In spite of preexisting neutralizing antibodies and an anamnestic antibody response, all of the immunized monkeys also became persistently infected. However, there was evidence that the clinical course in immunized i.v. infected animals was delayed. All four mock-vaccinated i.v. challenge-exposed animals died with disease from 3 to 9 months postchallenge. In contrast, only one of four vaccinated i.v. challenge-exposed monkeys had died by 11 months postchallenge.

  20. Anemia and iron deficiency in COPD patients: prevalence and the effects of correction of the anemia with erythropoiesis stimulating agents and intravenous iron

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    2014-01-01

    Background Little is known about iron deficiency (ID) and anemia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The purposes of this study were: (i) To study the prevalence and treatment of anemia and ID in patients hospitalized with an exacerbation of COPD. (ii) to study the hematological responses and degree of dyspnea before and after correction of anemia with subcutaneous Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) and intravenous (IV) iron therapy, in ambulatory anemic patients with both COPD and chronic kidney disease. Methods (i) We examined the hospital records of all patients with an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) to assess the investigation, prevalence, and treatment of anemia and ID. (ii) We treated 12 anemic COPD outpatients with the combination of ESAs and IV-iron, given once weekly for 5weeks. One week later we measured the hematological response and the severity of dyspnea by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Results (i) Anemia and iron deficiency in hospitalized COPD patients: Of 107 consecutive patients hospitalized with an AECOPD, 47 (43.9%) were found to be anemic on admission. Two (3.3%) of the 60 non-anemic patients and 18 (38.3%) of the 47 anemic patients had serum iron, percent transferrin saturation (%Tsat) and serum ferritin measured. All 18 (100%) anemic patients had ID, yet none had oral or IV iron subscribed before or during hospitalization, or at discharge. (ii) Intervention outpatient study: ID was found in 11 (91.7%) of the 12 anemic ambulatory patients. Hemoglobin (Hb), Hematocrit (Hct) and the VAS scale scores increased significantly with the ESAs and IV-iron treatment. There was a highly significant correlation between the ?Hb and ?VAS; rs?=?0.71 p?=?0.009 and between the ?Hct and ?VAS; rs?=?0.8 p?=?0.0014. Conclusions ID is common in COPD patients but is rarely looked for or treated. Yet correction of the ID in COPD patients with ESAs and IV iron can improve the anemia, the ID, and may improve the dyspnea. PMID:24564844

  1. Routine resite of peripheral intravenous devices every 3 days did not reduce complications compared with clinically indicated resite: a randomised controlled trial

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    2010-01-01

    Background Peripheral intravenous device (IVD) complications were traditionally thought to be reduced by limiting dwell time. Current recommendations are to resite IVDs by 96 hours with the exception of children and patients with poor veins. Recent evidence suggests routine resite is unnecessary, at least if devices are inserted by a specialised IV team. The aim of this study was to compare the impact of peripheral IVD 'routine resite' with 'removal on clinical indication' on IVD complications in a general hospital without an IV team. Methods A randomised, controlled trial was conducted in a regional teaching hospital. After ethics approval, 362 patients (603 IVDs) were randomised to have IVDs replaced on clinical indication (185 patients) or routine change every 3 days (177 patients). IVDs were inserted and managed by the general hospital medical and nursing staff; there was no IV team. The primary endpoint was a composite of IVD complications: phlebitis, infiltration, occlusion, accidental removal, local infection, and device-related bloodstream infection. Results IVD complication rates were 68 per 1,000 IVD days (clinically indicated) and 66 per 1,000 IVD days (routine replacement) (P = 0.86; HR 1.03; 95% CI, 0.74-1.43). Time to first complication per patient did not differ between groups (KM with log rank, P = 0.53). There were no local infections or IVD-related bloodstream infections in either group. IV therapy duration did not differ between groups (P = 0.22), but more (P = 0.004) IVDs were placed per patient in the routine replacement (mean, 1.8) than the clinical indication group (mean, 1.5), with significantly higher hospital costs per patient (P < 0.001). Conclusions Resite on clinical indication would allow one in two patients to have a single cannula per course of IV treatment, as opposed to one in five patients managed with routine resite; overall complication rates appear similar. Clinically indicated resite would achieve savings in equipment, staff time and patient discomfort. There is growing evidence to support the extended use of peripheral IVDs with removal only on clinical indication. Registration number Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) Number ACTRN12608000421336. PMID:20831782

  2. Update of the Korean Clinical Practice Guidelines for Endovascular Recanalization Therapy in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke

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    Hong, Keun-Sik; Ko, Sang-Bae; Yu, Kyung-Ho; Jung, Cheolkyu; Park, Sukh Que; Kim, Byung Moon; Chang, Chul-Hoon; Bae, Hee-Joon; Heo, Ji Hoe; Oh, Chang Wan; Lee, Byung-Chul; Kim, Bum-Tae; Kim, Bum-soo; Chung, Chin-Sang; Yoon, Byung-Woo; Rha, Joung-Ho

    2016-01-01

    Patients with severe stroke due to acute large cerebral artery occlusion are likely to be severely disabled or dead without timely reperfusion. Previously, intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-TPA) within 4.5 hours after stroke onset was the only proven therapy, but IV-TPA alone does not sufficiently improve the outcome of patients with acute large artery occlusion. With the introduction of the advanced endovascular therapy, which enables more fast and more successful recanalization, recent randomized trials consecutively and consistently demonstrated the benefit of endovascular recanalization therapy (ERT) when added to IV-TPA. Accordingly, to update the recommendations, we assembled members of the writing committee appointed by the Korean Stroke Society, the Korean Society of Interventional Neuroradiology, and the Society of Korean Endovascular Neurosurgeons. Reviewing the evidences that have been accumulated, the writing members revised recommendations, for which formal consensus was achieved by convening a panel composed of 34 experts from the participating academic societies. The current guideline provides the evidence-based recommendations for ERT in patients with acute large cerebral artery occlusion regarding patient selection, treatment modalities, neuroimaging evaluation, and system organization. PMID:26846761

  3. Development of a stable low-dose aglycosylated antibody formulation to minimize protein loss during intravenous administration.

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    Morar-Mitrica, Sorina; Puri, Manasi; Beumer Sassi, Alexandra; Fuller, Joshua; Hu, Ping; Crotts, George; Nesta, Douglas

    2015-01-01

    The physical and chemical integrity of a biopharmaceutical must be maintained not only during long-term storage but also during administration. Specifically for the intravenous (i.v.) delivery of a protein drug, loss of stability can occur when the protein formulation is compounded with i.v. bag diluents, thus modifying the original composition of the drug product. Here we present the challenges associated with the delivery of a low-dose, highly potent monoclonal antibody (mAb) via the i.v. route. Through parallel in-use stability studies and conventional formulation development, a drug product was developed in which adsorptive losses and critical oxidative degradation pathways were effectively controlled. This development approach enabled the i.v. administration of clinical doses in the range of 0.1 to 0.5mg total protein, while ensuring liquid drug product storage stability under refrigerated conditions. PMID:26073995

  4. Carboplatin and Paclitaxel or Oxaliplatin and Capecitabine With or Without Bevacizumab as First-Line Therapy in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Stage II-IV or Recurrent Stage I Epithelial Ovarian or Fallopian Tube Cancer

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    2016-03-04

    Borderline Ovarian Mucinous Tumor; Ovarian Mucinous Cystadenocarcinoma; Recurrent Fallopian Tube Carcinoma; Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma; Stage IA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIA Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIB Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIC Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Fallopian Tube Cancer; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer

  5. Efficacy of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Monotherapy in Patients with Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: Results of Proof-of-Concept Study

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    Ky, Christa; Swasdibutra, Brian; Khademi, Shaadi; Desai, Sheetal; Laquer, Vivian; Grando, Sergei A.

    2015-01-01

    Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune skin disease. Evidence-based therapy for CLE is lacking in the most part. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is being increasingly utilized as off-label therapy for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, especially in dermatology. The usefulness of IVIg in CLE is not well established. The goal of the present study was to obtain the proof-of-concept evidence that IVIg can control acute CLE and thus replace current systemic immunosuppressive therapy that causes severe side effects and adverse reactions. Sixteen patients who tried and failed various systemic treatments for CLE were screened and consented to use IVIg as a monotherapy. The IVIg was administered at 500 mg/kg/day on 4 consecutive days up to a total of 2 g/kg/month for 3 months, and the subjects were monitored for additional 6 months off any drug for a possible relapse. The cumulative results revealed an overall improvement, as evinced by a decrease of both objective and subjective measures of disease activity. The most sensitive and specific objective and subjective instruments for assessment of the therapeutic effect of IVIg were CLASI-A (Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Disease Area and Severity Index) measuring disease activity and Skindex-29 scores, respectively. The CLASI-A score dropped down from the initial value taken as 100%, and remained in the range of approximately 70% until the last visit. Three patients (18.8%) had a temporary flare of CLE symptoms but recovered within a month from the relapse. No serious side effects and adverse reactions occurred. Thus, IVIg monotherapy in CLE allowed to achieve: i) rapid and persistent decreased in disease activity; ii) steady improvement of patients quality of life assessed by Skindex-29; iii) low relapse rate; and iv) mild nature and short duration of relapses. Since healing was maintained for months after IVIg treatment, it is possible that the IVIgtriggered molecular events mediating the therapeutic action of IVIg that continued to unfold after the end of therapy. PMID:25918617

  6. Pharmacokinetics of doxycycline in sheep after intravenous and oral administration.

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    Castro, Luis J; Sahagún, Ana M; Diez, M José; Fernández, Nélida; Sierra, Matilde; García, Juan J

    2009-06-01

    The pharmacokinetics of doxycycline were investigated in sheep after oral (PO) and intravenous (IV) administration. The IV data were best described using a 2- (n = 5) or 3- (n = 6) compartmental open model. Mean pharmacokinetic parameters obtained using a 2-compartmental model included a volume of distribution at steady-state (V(ss)) of 1.759+/-0.3149L/kg, a total clearance (Cl) of 3.045+/-0.5264mL/kg/min and an elimination half-life (t(1/2beta)) of 7.027+/-1.128h. Comparative values obtained from the 3-compartmental mean values were: V(ss) of 1.801+/-0.3429L/kg, a Cl of 2.634+/-0.6376mL/kg/min and a t(1/2beta) of 12.11+/-2.060h. Mean residence time (MRT(0-infinity)) was 11.18+/-3.152h. After PO administration, the data were best described by a 2-compartment open model. The pharmacokinetic parameter mean values were: maximum plasma concentration (C(max)), 2.130+/-0.950microg/mL; time to reach C(max) (t(max)), 3.595+/-3.348h, and absorption half-life (t(1)/(2k)(01)), 36.28+/-14.57h. Non-compartmental parameter values were: C(max), 2.182+/-0.9117microg/mL; t(max), 3.432+/-3.307h; F, 35.77+/-10.20%, and mean absorption time (MAT(0-infinity)), 25.55+/-15.27h. These results suggest that PO administration of doxycycline could be useful as an antimicrobial drug in sheep. PMID:18440843

  7. Systematic review and meta-analysis of patient-controlled sedation versus intravenous sedation for colonoscopy

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    Lu, Yi; Hao, Li-Xiao; Chen, Lu; Jin, Zheng; Gong, Biao

    2015-01-01

    Background: Patient-controlled sedation (PCS) has been suggested as an alternative method for sedative colonoscopy. However, as any new techniques, PCS introduction as a potential alternative to traditional intravenous sedation (IVS) has brought about challenges. To evaluate the advantages and disadvantages between PCS and IVS more comprehensively, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the published literature. Methods: Several databases were searched from inception to 1 April, 2015, for trials comparing PCS with IVS for colonoscopy. The outcomes of interest included time for cecal intubation, rate of complete colonoscopy, dose of sedative drugs used, pain scores, recovery time, complications. Inconsistency was quantified using I 2 statistics. Results: In all, 12 trials were finally selected (1091 patients, with 545 in the PCS group, and 546 in the IVS group). The total propofol used, time for cecal intubation, rate of complete colonoscopy and pain score had no statistical difference between the two groups. However, PCS showed a reduction in the recovery time, incidence of oxygen desaturation and hypotension. The rates of other complications and patients’ willingness to repeat the same sedation had no statistical difference between the two groups. Conclusion: PCS is as feasible and effective as traditional IVS for colonoscopy, and there is a tendency that PCS shows its superiority in recovery time, incidence for oxygen saturation and hypotension. PMID:26884890

  8. The Impact of Intravenous Lidocaine on ICP in Neurological Illness: A Systematic Review

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    Zeiler, F. A.; Sader, N.; Kazina, C. J.

    2015-01-01

    Background. The goal of our study was to perform a systematic review of the literature to determine the effect that intravenous (IV) lidocaine had on ICP in patients with neurological illness. Methods. All articles are from MEDLINE, BIOSIS, EMBASE, Global Health, Scopus, Cochrane Library, the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (inception to March 2015). The strength of evidence was adjudicated using both the Oxford and GRADE methodology. Results. Ten original articles were considered for the final review. There were 189 patients studied. Seven studies focused on prophylactic pretreatment with IV lidocaine to determine if there would be an attenuation of ICP spikes during stimulation, with 4 displaying an attenuation of ICP. Three studies focused on a therapeutic administration of IV lidocaine in order to determine ICP reduction effects. All therapeutic studies displayed a reduction in ICP. Conclusions. We cannot make a strong definitive recommendation on the effectiveness of IV lidocaine on the attenuation of ICP spikes during stimulation. There currently exists both Oxford 2b and GRADE B literature to support and refute the attenuation of ICP spikes with IV lidocaine during stimulation. There currently exists Oxford 2b, GRADE B evidence to support ICP reduction with lidocaine when used as a therapeutic agent. PMID:26448873

  9. Anemia management: development of a rapidaccess anemia and intravenous iron service.

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    Radia, Deepti; Momoh, Ibrahim; Dillon, Richard; Francis, Yvonne; Cameron, Laura; Fagg, Toni-Lee; Overland, Hannah; Robinson, Susan; Harrison, Claire N

    2013-01-01

    This article describes the initiation and evolution of the Rapid-Access Anemia Clinic (RAAC) at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London, UK. This clinic was set up to provide diagnosis and treatment, and to coordinate investigative procedures, where necessary, into the underlying causes of anemia. Initially piloted with anemic preoperative orthopedic patients, the clinic now treats a wide range of conditions, deriving from both internal and external referrals. Treatment includes dietary advice, supplementation with iron, vitamin B12 and folate, and blood transfusion. Most patients at the RAAC need iron replacement, the majority of which require intravenous (IV) iron. Therefore the first-line IV iron-administration protocol is carefully considered to ensure viability of the service and patient satisfaction. Four IV irons available in the UK are discussed, with explanation of the benefits and drawbacks of each product and the reasoning behind the IV iron choice at different stages of the RAAC's development. Costs to the service, affected by IV iron price and administration regimen, are considered, as well as the product's contraindications. Finally, the authors reflect on the success of the RAAC and how it has improved patients' quality-of-treatment experience, in addition to benefiting the hospital and National Health Service in achieving specific health-care mandates and directives. Drawing from the authors' experiences, recommendations are given to assist others in setting up and providing a successful rapid-access anemia service or similar facility. PMID:23950666

  10. Prehospital Medication Administration: A Randomised Study Comparing Intranasal and Intravenous Routes

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    McDermott, Cian; Collins, Niamh C.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction. Opioid overdose is an ever-increasing problem globally. Recent studies have demonstrated that intranasal (IN) naloxone is a safe and effective alternative to traditional routes of naloxone administration for reversal of opioid overdose. Aims. This randomised controlled trial aimed to compare the time taken to deliver intranasal medication with that of intravenous (IV) medication by advanced paramedic trainees. Methods. 18 advanced paramedic trainees administered either an IN or IV medication to a mannequin model in a classroom-based setting. The time taken for medication delivery was compared. End-user satisfaction was assessed using a 5-point questionnaire regarding ease of use and safety for both routes. Results. The mean time taken for the IN and IV group was 87.1 seconds and 178.2 seconds respectively. The difference in mean time taken was 91.1 seconds (95% confidence interval 55.2 seconds to 126.9 seconds, P ? 0.0001). 89% of advanced paramedic trainees reported that the IN route was easier and safer to use than the IV route. Conclusion. This study demonstrates that, amongst advanced paramedic trainees, the IN route of medication administration is significantly faster, better accepted and perceived to be safer than using the IV route. Thus, IN medication administration could be considered more frequently when administering emergency medications in a pre-hospital setting. PMID:22953064

  11. Clinical experience with intravenous zoledronic acid in the treatment of male osteoporosis: evidence and opinions

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    Ruza, Ieva; Mirfakhraee, Sasan; Orwoll, Eric

    2013-01-01

    Osteoporosis frequently remains underrecognized and undertreated in men. Most osteoporosis-related fractures could be prevented if men at risk would be diagnosed, treated, and remained compliant with therapy. Bisphosphonates, the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment, are potent antiresorptive agents that inhibit osteoclast activity, suppress in vivo markers of bone turnover, increase bone mineral density, decrease fractures, and likely improve survival in men with osteoporosis. The focus of the article is on intravenous zoledronic acid, which may be a preferable alternative to oral bisphosphonate therapy in patients with cognitive dysfunction, the inability to sit upright, polypharmacy, significant gastrointestinal pathology or suspected medication noncompliance. Zoledronic acid is approved in the United States (US) and European Union (EU) as an annual 5 mg intravenous infusion to treat osteoporosis in men. The zoledronic acid 4 mg intravenous dose has been studied in the prevention of bone loss associated with androgen deprivation therapy. This article reviews the evidence for zoledronic acid, currently the most potent bisphosphonate available for clinical use, and its therapeutic effects in the treatment of men with osteoporosis. PMID:23904863

  12. Clinical experience with intravenous zoledronic acid in the treatment of male osteoporosis: evidence and opinions.

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    Ruza, Ieva; Mirfakhraee, Sasan; Orwoll, Eric; Gruntmanis, Ugis

    2013-08-01

    Osteoporosis frequently remains underrecognized and undertreated in men. Most osteoporosis-related fractures could be prevented if men at risk would be diagnosed, treated, and remained compliant with therapy. Bisphosphonates, the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment, are potent antiresorptive agents that inhibit osteoclast activity, suppress in vivo markers of bone turnover, increase bone mineral density, decrease fractures, and likely improve survival in men with osteoporosis. The focus of the article is on intravenous zoledronic acid, which may be a preferable alternative to oral bisphosphonate therapy in patients with cognitive dysfunction, the inability to sit upright, polypharmacy, significant gastrointestinal pathology or suspected medication noncompliance. Zoledronic acid is approved in the United States (US) and European Union (EU) as an annual 5 mg intravenous infusion to treat osteoporosis in men. The zoledronic acid 4 mg intravenous dose has been studied in the prevention of bone loss associated with androgen deprivation therapy. This article reviews the evidence for zoledronic acid, currently the most potent bisphosphonate available for clinical use, and its therapeutic effects in the treatment of men with osteoporosis. PMID:23904863

  13. Magnesium sulfate for conversion of supraventricular tachycardia refractory to intravenous adenosine.

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    LeDuc, T J; Carr, J D

    1996-03-01

    The use of magnesium sulfate infusion for the management of cardiac dysrhythmia has recently gained popularity. Magnesium sulfate has been advocated for the management of torsade de pointes and other ventricular dysrhythmias. We report the case of a 38-year-old firefighter with atrial tachycardia that was treated unsuccessfully according to Advanced Cardiac Life Support guidelines with IV adenosine. Subsequently, 2 g of magnesium sulfate was administered intravenously over 5 minutes with resulting conversion of the patients' supraventricular tachycardia to normal sinus rhythm, with complete resolution of symptoms. PMID:8599503

  14. Visualization of Coronary Arteries from Intravenous Angiograms

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    Selzer, Robert H.

    1985-01-01

    Under most circumstances, the coronary arteries are not satisfactorily visualized in intravenous angiograms. The objective of this study is to develop computer image enhancement methods that will improve the quality of the latent coronary images to a degree sufficient to detect an obstructive lesion. Such a technique, if successful, could be used as a first step alternative to conventional coronary angiography for individuals with ambiguous noninvasive cardiac tests. The determination of no lesion from the intravenous procedure would relieve the need for the conventional angiogram, while verification of an obstructive lesion could be followed by a conventional angiogram. The nature of the imaging problem and a description of the methods and initial processing results are described in this paper.

  15. Intracranial tumour haemorrhage following intravenous thrombolysis.

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    Diehl, Christian; Haux, Daniel; Sahm, Felix; Unterberg, Andreas W; Beynon, Christopher

    2016-04-01

    Intravenous administration of thrombolytic agents is considered to be contraindicated in patients with intracranial neoplasms. However, only a single case of thrombolysis-related intracranial tumour haemorrhage has been reported to our knowledge and several studies have suggested that systemic thrombolysis can be safely carried out in these patients. Here we report a patient who developed haemorrhage into a previously unknown intracranial tumour following intravenous thrombolysis for acute myocardial ST-elevation infarction. Identification of abnormal tissue during surgical haematoma evacuation initiated histopathological examination which revealed meningioma World Health Organization Grade I. Intracranial tumours may represent the causative pathology in cases of thrombolysis-related intracranial haemorrhage and this should be considered in the treatment of these patients. PMID:26646504

  16. Intravenous immunoglobulin in pediatrics: Areview

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    Prasad, A.N.; Chaudhary, Sanjay

    2013-01-01

    There has been a rapid expansion of the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) for an ever-growing number of conditions. IVIG is used at a replacement dose (400600mg/kg/month) in antibody deficiencies and is used at a high dose (2g/kg) as an immunomodulatory agent in an increasing number of immune and inflammatory disorders.1 The limitations for IVIG are the cost of the preparation and the need for intravenous infusions. Due to the cost, shortages and growing use of IVIG there have been attempts to develop evidence-based guidelines for the use of IVIG in a wide variety of immune disorders in children and neonates. This commentary provides the recommendations and recent publication regarding the use of IVIG in various conditions in children. PMID:25378784

  17. Intravenous injection of AAVrh10-GALC after the neonatal period in twitcher mice results in significant expression in the central and peripheral nervous systems and improvement of clinical features.

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    Rafi, Mohammad A; Rao, Han Zhi; Luzi, Paola; Luddi, Alice; Curtis, Mark T; Wenger, David A

    2015-03-01

    Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) or Krabbe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder resulting from the defective lysosomal enzyme galactocerebrosidase (GALC). The lack of GALC enzyme leads to severe neurological symptoms. While most human patients are infants who do not survive beyond 2 years of age, older patients are also diagnosed. In addition to human patients, several naturally occurring animal models, including dog, mouse, and monkey, have also been identified. The mouse model of Krabbe disease, twitcher (twi) mouse has been used for many treatment trials including gene therapy. Using the combination of intracerebroventricular, intracerebellar, and intravenous (iv) injection of the adeno-associated virus serotype rh10 (AAVrh10) expressing mouse GALC in neonate twi mice we previously have demonstrated a significantly extended normal life and exhibition of normal behavior in treated mice. In spite of the prolonged healthy life of these treated mice and improved myelination, it is unlikely that using multiple injection sites for viral administration will be approved for treatment of human patients. In this study, we have explored the outcome of the single iv injection of viral vector at post-natal day 10 (PND10). This has resulted in increased GALC activity in the central nervous system (CNS) and high GALC activity in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). As we have shown previously, an iv injection of AAVrh10 at PND2 results in a small extension of life beyond the typical lifespan of the untreated twi mice (~40 days). In this study, we report that mice receiving a single iv injection at PND10 had no tremor and continued to gain weight until a few weeks before they died. On average, they lived 20-25 days longer than untreated mice. We anticipate that this strategy in combination with other therapeutic options may be beneficial and applicable to treatment of human patients. PMID:25533112

  18. Candida Endocarditis Complicating Glucose Total Intravenous Nutrition

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    Gazzaniga, A. B.; Mir-Sepasi, M. H.; Jefferies, M. R.; Yeo, M. T.

    1974-01-01

    A case of Candida albicans endocarditis is reported. The endocarditis occurred in a patient with a chronic illness who received intermittent glucose total intravenous nutrition for approximately 10 weeks. The patient developed severe aortic insufficiency with his valvular endocarditis and required emergency aortic valve replacement. Aggressive surgery and medical treatment appear to be the treatment of choice for these critically ill patients. ImagesFig. 2.Fig. 3.Fig. 4. PMID:4209025

  19. Pulmonary Thromboembolism: Evaluation By Intravenous Angiography

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    Pond, Gerald D.; Cook, Glenn C.; Woolfenden, James M.; Dodge, Russell R.

    1981-11-01

    Using perfusion lung scans as a guide, digital video subtraction angiography of the pulmonary arteries was performed in human subjects suspected of having pulmonary embolism. Dogs were employed as a pulmonary embolism model and both routine pulmonary angiography and intravenous pulmonary angiograms were obtained for comparison purposes. We have shown by our preliminary results that the technique is extremely promising as a safe and accurate alternative to routine pulmonary angiography in selected patients.

  20. Evaluation of antiemetic effect of intravenous palonosetron versus intravenous ondansetron in laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A randomized controlled trial

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    Laha, Baisakhi; Hazra, Avijit; Mallick, S.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), without active intervention, following laparoscopic cholecystectomy is unacceptably high. We evaluated the effectiveness of intravenous (IV) palonosetron in counteracting PONV during the first 24hrs following laparoscopic cholecystectomy, using ondansetron as the comparator drug. Materials and Methods: In a randomized, controlled, single blind, parallel group trial, single pre-induction IV doses of palonosetron (75mcg) or ondansetron (4mg) were administered to adult patients of either sex undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There were 49 subjects per group. The pre-anesthetic regimen, anesthesia procedure and laparoscopic technique were uniform. The primary effectiveness measure was total number of PONV episodes in the 24 hrs period following end of surgery. The frequencies of individual nausea, retching and vomiting episodes, visual analog scale (VAS) score for nausea at 2, 6 and 24hrs, use of rescue antiemetic (metoclopramide), number of complete responders (no PONV or use of rescue in 24 hrs) and adverse events were secondary measures. Results: There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in primary outcome. Similarly, the frequencies of nausea, retching and vomiting episodes, when considered individually, did not show significant difference. Nausea score was comparable at all time points. With palonosetron, 14 subjects (28.6%) required rescue medication while 13 (26.5%) did so with ondansetron. The number of complete responders was 14 (28.6%) and 16 (32.7%), respectively. Adverse events were few and mild. QTc prolongation was not encountered. Conclusion: Palonosetron is comparable to ondansetron for PONV prophylaxis in elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy when administered as single pre-induction dose. PMID:23543732

  1. Use of Intravenous Immunoglobulin in the Treatment of Twelve Youths with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections

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    Kovacevic, Miro; Grant, Paul

    2015-01-01

    Abstract This is a case series describing 12 youths treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). Although it is a clinically based series, the case reports provide new information about the short-term benefits of IVIG therapy, and are the first descriptions of long-term outcome for PANDAS patients. PMID:25658609

  2. Tumor-associated gastroparesis with esophageal carcinoma. Use of intravenous metoclopramide during radionuclide gastric emptying studies to predict clinical response

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    Choe, A.I.; Ziessman, H.A.; Fleischer, D.E.

    1989-07-01

    This case report describes a patient with esophageal carcinoma and tumor-associated gastroparesis. The radionuclide gastric emptying study diagnosed very delayed liquid and solid gastric emptying. Metoclopramide was administered intravenously during the study and was able to predict a good response to oral therapy.

  3. Painlev IV coherent states

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    Bermudez, David; Contreras-Astorga, Alonso; Fernndez C, David J.

    2014-11-15

    A simple way to find solutions of the Painlev IV equation is by identifying Hamiltonian systems with third-order differential ladder operators. Some of these systems can be obtained by applying supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSY QM) to the harmonic oscillator. In this work, we will construct families of coherent states for such subset of SUSY partner Hamiltonians which are connected with the Painlev IV equation. First, these coherent states are built up as eigenstates of the annihilation operator, then as displaced versions of the extremal states, both involving the related third-order ladder operators, and finally as extremal states which are also displaced but now using the so called linearized ladder operators. To each SUSY partner Hamiltonian corresponds two families of coherent states: one inside the infinite subspace associated with the isospectral part of the spectrum and another one in the finite subspace generated by the states created through the SUSY technique. - Highlights: We use SUSY QM to obtain Hamiltonians with third-order differential ladder operators. We show that these systems are related with the Painlev IV equation. We apply different definitions of coherent states to these Hamiltonians using the third-order ladder operators and some linearized ones. We construct families of coherent states for such systems, which we called Painlev IV coherent states.

  4. RICE GENETICS IV

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    With the genome sequencing of the two major subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa ssp. indica and japonica) and the close genetic relationship of rice with other cereal crops, interest in rice as a model plant system has never been greater. This review of the book Rice Genetics IV, which represents a co...

  5. PLATO IV Accountancy Index.

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    Pondy, Dorothy, Comp.

    The catalog was compiled to assist instructors in planning community college and university curricula using the 48 computer-assisted accountancy lessons available on PLATO IV (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation) for first semester accounting courses. It contains information on lesson access, lists of acceptable abbreviations for…

  6. IVS Technology Coordinator Report

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    Whitney, Alan

    2013-01-01

    This report of the Technology Coordinator includes the following: 1) continued work to implement the new VLBI2010 system, 2) the 1st International VLBI Technology Workshop, 3) a VLBI Digital- Backend Intercomparison Workshop, 4) DiFX software correlator development for geodetic VLBI, 5) a review of progress towards global VLBI standards, and 6) a welcome to new IVS Technology Coordinator Bill Petrachenko.

  7. Synthetic Strategies for Engineering Intravenous Hemostats.

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    Chan, Leslie W; White, Nathan J; Pun, Suzie H

    2015-07-15

    While there are currently many well-established topical hemostatic agents for field administration, there are still limited tools to staunch bleeding at less accessible injury sites. Current clinical methods to restore hemostasis after large volume blood loss include platelet and clotting factor transfusion, which have respective drawbacks of short shelf life and risk of viral transmission. Therefore, synthetic hemostatic agents that can be delivered intravenously and encourage stable clot formation after localizing to sites of vascular injury are particularly appealing. In the past three decades, platelet substitutes have been prepared using drug delivery vehicles such as liposomes and PLGA nanoparticles that have been modified to mimic platelet properties. Additionally, structural considerations such as particle size, shape, and flexibility have been addressed in a number of reports. Since platelets are the first responders after vascular injury, platelet substitutes represent an important class of intravenous hemostats under development. More recently, materials affecting fibrin formation have been introduced to induce faster or more stable blood clot formation through fibrin cross-linking. Fibrin represents a major structural component in the final blood clot, and a fibrin-based hemostatic mechanism acting downstream of initial platelet plug formation may be a safer alternative to platelets to avoid undesired thrombotic activity. This Review explores intravenous hemostats under development and strategies to optimize their clotting activity. PMID:25803791

  8. Contrast agent choice for intravenous coronary angiography

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    Zeman, H.D.; Siddons, D.P.

    1989-01-01

    The screening of the general population for coronary artery disease would be practical if a method existed for visualizing the extent of occlusion after an intravenous injection of contrast agent. Measurements performed with monochromatic synchrotron radiation x-rays and an iodine containing contrast agent at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory have shown that such an intravenous angiography procedure would be possible with an adequately intense monochromatic x-ray source. Because of the size and cost of synchrotron radiation facilities it would be desirable to make the most efficient use of the intensity available, while reducing as much as possible the radiation dose experienced by the patient. By choosing contrast agents containing elements with a higher atomic number than iodine, it is possible to both improve the image quality and reduce the patient radiation dose, while using the same synchrotron source. By using Si monochromator crystals with a small mosaic spread, it is possible to increase the x-ray flux available for imaging by over an order of magnitude, without any changes in the storage ring or wiggler magnet. The most critical imaging task for intravenous coronary angiography utilizing synchrotron radiation x-rays is visualizing a coronary artery through the left ventricle or aorta which also contains a contrast agent. Calculations have been made of the signal to noise ratio expected for this imaging task for various contrast agents with atomic numbers between that of iodine and bismuth.

  9. Intravenous Lipids for Preterm Infants: A Review

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    Salama, Ghassan SA; Kaabneh, Mahmmoud AF; Almasaeed, Mai N; Alquran, Mohammad IA

    2015-01-01

    Extremely low birth weight infants (ELBW) are born at a time when the fetus is undergoing rapid intrauterine brain and body growth. Continuation of this growth in the first several weeks postnatally during the time these infants are on ventilator support and receiving critical care is often a challenge. These infants are usually highly stressed and at risk for catabolism. Parenteral nutrition is needed in these infants because most cannot meet the majority of their nutritional needs using the enteral route. Despite adoption of a more aggressive approach with amino acid infusions, there still appears to be a reluctance to use early intravenous lipids. This is based on several dogmas that suggest that lipid infusions may be associated with the development or exacerbation of lung disease, displace bilirubin from albumin, exacerbate sepsis, and cause CNS injury and thrombocytopena. Several recent reviews have focused on intravenous nutrition for premature neonate, but very little exists that provides a comprehensive review of intravenous lipid for very low birth and other critically ill neonates. Here, we would like to provide a brief basic overview, of lipid biochemistry and metabolism of lipids, especially as they pertain to the preterm infant, discuss the origin of some of the current clinical practices, and provide a review of the literature, that can be used as a basis for revising clinical care, and provide some clarity in this controversial area, where clinical care is often based more on tradition and dogma than science. PMID:25698888

  10. Ifosfamide, methotrexate, etoposide, and prednisolone (IMEP) plus L-asparaginase as a first-line therapy improves outcomes in stage III/IV NK/T cell-lymphoma, nasal type (NTCL).

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    Kim, Miso; Kim, Tae Min; Kim, Ki Hwan; Keam, Bhumsuk; Lee, Se-Hoon; Kim, Dong-Wan; Lee, Jong Seok; Jeon, Yoon Kyung; Kim, Chul Woo; Heo, Dae Seog

    2015-03-01

    The prognosis of patients with stage III/IV NK/T-cell lymphoma (NTCL) is extremely poor. Although L-asparaginase (L-asp) is effective for NTCL, its significance has not been clearly demonstrated. In addition, there are few studies comparing treatment outcomes in stage III/IV NTCL. This study evaluated the efficacy of L-asp-based chemotherapy and prognostic factors in stage III/IV NTCL. Seventy patients with newly diagnosed stage III/IV NTCL were enrolled between January 2000 and February 2013. Patients received ifosfamide, etoposide, methotrexate, and prednisolone (IMEP) plus L-asp (N?=?22) or combination chemotherapy without L-asp (N?=?48) as a first-line treatment. Clinical prognostic factors, treatment outcomes, and prognostic scores were compared between the groups. After a median follow-up period of 12.8 months (range, 1.1-186.6 months), median overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were 11.3 and 5.6 months, respectively. Treatment outcomes were superior in patients treated with IMEP plus L-asp compared to those treated with chemotherapy without L-asp (overall response rate, 90.0 vs. 34.8 %, P?IV NTCL, and it is an independent predictor of improved survival. PMID:25300500

  11. [Intravenous streptokinase in the treatment of acute myocardial infarct].

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    Lupnek, Z; Janousek, S; Lupnkov, Z; Meluzn, J; Novk, M; Soucek, M; Rysav, F

    1991-01-01

    In 314 patients with a first myocardial infarction, admitted within four hours after development of symptoms, the authors used in addition to standard therapy heparin treatment in 205 and streptokinase treatment (1.5 mil. u. i.v. with subsequent i.v. heparin administration) in 109 patients. Thrombolytic treatment was more effective, it reduced the lethality by 55.7% and was associated with a lower incidence of complications during the first 30 days. The reduced lethality, however, did not reach statistical significance because of the small number of patients and the low mortality rate in both groups. The left ventricular ejection fraction was practically equal in both groups after six weeks. Undesirable effects of thrombolytic therapy were rare and did not seriously threaten the patients. Provided contraindications are carefully respected, this treatment is safe and its routine use in the treatment of new myocardial infarctions must be supported. Streptokinase remains the drug of choice because it is equally effective as other available fibrinolytics and is the cheapest one. PMID:2058094

  12. Intravenous cyclophosphamide as a therapeutic option for severe refractory gastric antral vascular ectasia in systemic sclerosis.

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    Papachristos, D A; Nikpour, M; Hair, C; Stevens, W M

    2015-10-01

    Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is a rare but important cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. It is commonly associated with autoimmune conditions such as systemic sclerosis, and standard treatment involves both supportive measures, as well as endoscopic interventional therapies. While the current therapies are effective for most patients, a few patients develop severe and refractory bleeding. Herein we report two cases of refractory GAVE in patients with diffuse scleroderma, which improved significantly after the administration of intravenous cyclophosphamide. One of these cases is, to our knowledge, the first reported case of cyclophosphamide being used specifically for the treatment of refractory GAVE. PMID:26429218

  13. Pantoprazole: a proton pump inhibitor with oral and intravenous formulations.

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    Devault, Kenneth R

    2007-12-01

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are a significant part of therapy for most acid-related diseases including gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease and acute gastrointestinal bleeding. Pantoprazole is one of several available proton pump inhibitor agents and provides dose-dependent control of gastric acid secretion. Pantoprazole has indications in gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease, along with indications as co-therapy in the eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection and in the control of the acid secretion associated with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, as well as in NSAID ulcer prevention. Pantoprazole is available in both oral and intravenous formulations. It is effective across all age groups, although only indicated in adults (and adolescents in Europe). It has been approved for use in over 100 countries and has been used for over 13 years. Pantoprazole has an excellent safety profile and a low potential for drug-drug interactions. While still widely prescribed, pantoprazole and the other branded proton pump inhibitors are under considerable market pressure from the less expensive but similarly effective generic and over-the-counter formulations of omeprazole. PMID:19072410

  14. Intravenous ascorbic acid as an adjuvant to interleukin-2 immunotherapy

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    2014-01-01

    Interleukin-2 (IL-2) therapy has been demonstrated to induce responses in 10-20% of advanced melanoma and renal cell carcinoma patients, which translates into durable remissions in up to half of the responsers. Unfortunately the use of IL-2 has been associated with severe toxicity and death. It has been previously observed and reported that IL-2 therapy causes a major drop in circulating levels of ascorbic acid (AA). The IL-2 induced toxicity shares many features with sepsis such as capillary leakage, systemic complement activation, and a relatively non-specific rise in inflammatory mediators such as TNF-alpha, C-reactive protein, and in advanced cases organ failure. Animal models and clinical studies have shown rapid depletion of AA in conditions of sepsis and amelioration associated with administration of AA (JTM 9:1-7, 2011). In contrast to other approaches to dealing with IL-2 toxicity, which may also interfere with therapeutic effects, AA possesses the added advantage of having direct antitumor activity through cytotoxic mechanisms and suppression of angiogenesis. Here we present a scientific rationale to support the assessment of intravenous AA as an adjuvant to decrease IL-2 mediated toxicity and possibly increase treatment efficacy. PMID:24884532

  15. The assay of endotoxin by intravenous injection of lead acetate-treated mice.

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    Kuratsuka, K; Fujiwara, H

    1984-10-01

    A new intravenous endotoxin assay method (i.v. method) for the determination of very small amounts of endotoxin was studied in mice pre-treated intraperitoneally with lead acetate and was compared with an earlier intraperitoneal (i.p.) method in which both endotoxin and lead acetate were administered by the i.p. route. Linear dose-response relationships were obtained for both the i.v. and i.p. methods between logarithmic doses of endotoxin and the responses measured as body weight ratios on the first day. The range of the linearity was longer in the i.v. method than that in the i.p. method. In the i.v. method, linearity extended to much smaller doses of endotoxin than in the i.p. method. The slope of the dose-response line obtained by the i.v. method was flatter than that obtained by the i.p. method. The minimum detectable dose defined as the smallest dose of endotoxin producing a mean response statistically distinguishable from that of the control was in the nanogram order and smaller than that obtained by the i.p. method. Therefore the i.v. method may be more suitable than the i.p. method for detection of very small amounts of endotoxin. The non-parallelism of the dose-response lines obtained in lead acetate-treated and untreated mice was demonstrated in the i.v. method as well as in the i.p. method. PMID:6526827

  16. Intravenous Lidocaine as an Adjuvant for Pain Associated with Sickle Cell Disease.

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    Nguyen, Natalie L; Kome, Anne M; Lowe, Denise K; Coyne, Patrick; Hawks, Kelly G

    2015-12-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the efficacy and safety of adjuvant intravenous (IV) lidocaine in adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). This was a retrospective review. Adults with SCD receiving at least one IV lidocaine infusion from 2004 to 2014 were included. Patient demographics, lidocaine treatment parameters, pain scores, pain medications, and adverse effects were recorded. Eleven patients were identified, yielding 15 IV lidocaine trials. Clinical improvement in pain scores from pre-lidocaine challenge to 24hours post-lidocaine challenge, defined by ?20% reduction in pain scores, was achieved in 53.3% (8 of 15) of IV lidocaine challenges. Of the 8 clinically successful trials, the mean reduction in morphine dose equivalents (MDE) from 24hours pre-lidocaine challenge to 24hours post-lidocaine challenge was 32.2%. Additionally, clinically successful trials had a mean initial and a maximum dose of 1mg/kg/h (range: 0.5-2.7mg/kg/h) and 1.3mg/kg/h (range: 0.5-1.9mg/kg/h), respectively. On average, these patients underwent 3 dose titrations (range: 1-8) and received lidocaine infusions for 4.4days (range: 2-8days). Two patients experienced disorientation and dizziness. The authors conclude that adjuvant IV lidocaine provided pain relief and a mean reduction in MDE during sickle cell pain crisis. These results provide preliminary insight into the use of IV lidocaine for treating pain in patients with SCD, although prospective studies are needed to determine efficacy, dosing, and tolerability of IV lidocaine in this patient population. PMID:26654408

  17. Intravenous acetaminophen reduces postoperative nausea and vomiting: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Apfel, Christian C; Turan, Alparslan; Souza, Kimberly; Pergolizzi, Joseph; Hornuss, Cyrill

    2013-05-01

    Opioids are a key risk factor for postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). As intravenous (i.v.) acetaminophen reduces postoperative pain and opioid requirements, one would expect i.v. acetaminophen to be associated with a lower incidence of opioid-induced side effects, including PONV. We conducted a systematic search using Medline and Cochrane databases supplemented with hand search of abstract proceedings to identify randomized-controlled trials of i.v. acetaminophen. Inclusion criteria were (a) randomized for i.v. acetaminophen vs a placebo control, (b) general anesthesia, and (c) reported or obtainable PONV outcomes. Primary outcome was postoperative nausea and secondary outcome was postoperative vomiting. We included 30 studies with 2364 patients (1223 in the acetaminophen group, 1141 in the placebo group). The relative risk (95% confidence interval) was 0.73 (0.60-0.88) for nausea and 0.63 (0.45-0.88) for vomiting. Data showed significant heterogeneity for both nausea (P=0.02, I(2)=38%) and vomiting (P=0.006, I(2)=47%), but were homogeneous when studies were grouped according to timing of first administration: i.v. acetaminophen reduced nausea when given prophylactically either before surgery, 0.54 (0.40-0.74), or before arrival in the postanesthesia care unit, 0.67 (0.55-0.83); but not when given after the onset of pain, 1.12 (0.85-1.48). When i.v. acetaminophen was given prophylactically, the reduction of nausea correlated with the reduction of pain (odds ratio 0.66, 0.47-0.93), but not with reduction in postoperative opioids (odds ratio 0.89, 0.64-1.22). Prophylactically administered i.v. acetaminophen reduced PONV, mainly mediated through superior pain control. PMID:23433945

  18. Prevalent Intravenous Abuse of Methylphenidate Among Treatment-Seeking Patients With Substance Abuse Disorders: A Descriptive Population-Based Study

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    Haraldsson, Haraldur M.; Rafnar, Bjarni O.; Sigurdsson, Engilbert; Steingrimsson, Steinn; Johannsson, Magnus; Bragadottir, Helena; Magnusson, Andres

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Prescription rates of methylphenidate (MPH) are sharply rising in most Western countries. Although it has been reported that MPH has abuse potential, little is known about the prevalence of intravenous (IV) abuse of MPH. The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence of IV MPH abuse among treatment-seeking IV substance abusers in Iceland. Methods: This is a descriptive population-based study using a semistructured interview assessing sociodemographics, substance abuse history, and the method of administration of 108 IV substance abusers. During 1 year, consecutively admitted adult inpatients with substance use disorder at any detoxification center in Iceland that reported any IV substance abuse in the past 30 days were invited to participate. Abuse was defined as nontherapeutic use of a substance to gain psychological or physiological effect. Results: Prevalence of any IV MPH abuse among participants was 88% in the last 30 days (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.82-0.94) and MPH was the most commonly abused substance (65%) and the preferred substance (63%). Around one third (30%) reported MPH as the first IV substance ever abused. However, among those reporting a shorter history than 10 years of IV abuse, 42% reported MPH as the first IV substance ever abused. Conclusions: This first nationwide study on IV abuse of MPH shows that it is common among treatment-seeking IV abusers in Iceland and suggests that MPH has high abuse potential. Therefore, both the use and possible abuse of MPH in those with high abuse potential should be monitored, especially in countries where MPH prescriptions rates are on the rise. PMID:25748561

  19. Evaluation of an Alternative Intravenous N-Acetylcysteine Regimen in Pediatric Patients

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    Sandritter, Tracy L.; Lowry, Jennifer A.; Algren, D. Adam

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Conventionally, intravenous N-acetylcysteine (IV-NAC) administration is a 3-bag regimen administered over the course of 21 hours, which increases the risk of reconstitution and administration errors. To minimize errors, an alternative IV-NAC regimen consists of a loading dose (150 mg/kg) followed by a maintenance infusion (15 mg/kg/hr) until termination criteria are met. The aim was to determine the clinical outcomes of an alternative IV-NAC regimen in pediatric patients. METHODS: A retrospective review of pharmacy dispensing records and diagnostic codes at a pediatric hospital identified patients who received alternative IV-NAC dosing from March 1, 2008, to September 10, 2012, for acetaminophen overdoses. Exclusion criteria included chronic liver disease, initiation of oral or other IV-NAC regimens, and initiation of standard IV-NAC infusion prior to facility transfer. Clinical and laboratory data were abstracted from the electronic medical record. Descriptive statistics were utilized. Clinical outcomes and adverse drug reaction incidences were compared between the alternative and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)approved IV-NAC regimens. RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients (mean age 13.4 4.3 years; range: 2 months-18 years) with acetaminophen overdoses were identified. Upon IV-NAC discontinuation, 45 patients had normal alanine transaminase (ALT) concentrations, while 14 patients' ALT concentrations remained elevated (median 140 units/L) but were trending downward. Two patients (3.4%) developed hepatotoxicity (aspartate transaminase/ALT > 1000 units/L). No patients developed hepatic failure, were listed for a liver transplant, were intubated, underwent hemodialysis, or died. Two patients (3.4%) developed anaphylactoid reactions. No known medication or administration errors occurred. Clinical outcome incidences of the studied endpoints with the alternative IV-NAC regimen are at the lower end of published incidence ranges compared to the FDA IV-NAC regimen for acetaminophen overdoses. CONCLUSIONS: This alternative IV-NAC regimen appears to be effective and well tolerated among pediatric patients when compared to the FDA-approved regimen. It may also result in fewer reconstitution and administration errors, leading to improved patient safety. PMID:26170769

  20. Fibrinolytic Therapy in Acute Stroke

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    Milln, Mnica; Dorado, Laura; Dvalos, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    Acute ischemic stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Europe, North America, and Asia. Its treatment has completely changed over the past decade with different interventional approaches, such as intravenous trials, intra-arterial trials, combined intravenous/intra-arterial trials, and newer devices to mechanically remove the clot from intracranial arteries. Intravenous thrombolysis with tissue plaminogen activator (tPA) within 4.5 hours of symptoms onset significantly improved clinical outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Pharmacological intra-arterial thrombolysis has been shown effective until 6 hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion and offers a higher rate of recanalization compared with intravenous thrombolysis, whereas combined intravenous/ intra-arterial thrombolysis seems to be as safe as isolated intravenous thrombolysis. The more recent advances in reperfusion therapies have been done in mechanical embolus disruption or removal. Merci Retriever and Penumbra System have been approved for clot removal in brain arteries, but not as a therapeutic modality for acute ischemic stroke since it is no clear whether mechanical thrombectomy improves clinical outcome in acute stroke. However, mechanical devices are being used in clinical practice for patients who are ineligible for tPA or who have failed to respond to intravenous tPA. We summarize the results of the major thrombolytic trials and the latest neurointerventional approaches to ischemic stroke. PMID:21804781

  1. Prospective study evaluating the use of IV contrast on IMRT treatment planning for lung cancer

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    Li, Hua Bottani, Beth; DeWees, Todd; Michalski, Jeff M.; Mutic, Sasa; Bradley, Jeffrey D.; Robinson, Clifford G.; Low, Daniel A.

    2014-03-15

    Purpose: To investigate the impact of exclusively using intravenous (IV) contrast x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans on lung cancer intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment planning. Methods: Eight patients with lung cancer (one small cell, seven nonsmall cell) scheduled to receive IMRT consented to acquisition of simulation CT scans with and without IV contrast. Clinical treatment plans optimized on the noncontrast scans were recomputed on contrast scans and dose coverage was compared, along with the γ passing rates. Results: IV contrast enhanced scans provided better target and critical structure conspicuity than the noncontrast scans. Using noncontrast scan as a reference, the median absolute/relative differences in mean, maximum, and minimum doses to the planning target volume (PTV) were −4.5 cGy/−0.09%, 41.1 cGy/0.62%, and −19.7 cGy/−0.50%, respectively. Regarding organs-at-risk (OARs), the median absolute/relative differences of maximum dose to heart was −13.3 cGy/−0.32%, to esophagus was −63.4 cGy/−0.89%, and to spinal cord was −16.3 cGy/−0.46%. The median heart region of interest CT Hounsfield Unit (HU) number difference between noncontrast and contrast scans was 136.4 HU (range, 94.2–161.8 HU). Subjectively, the regions with absolute dose differences greater than 3% of the prescription dose were small and typically located at the patient periphery and/or at the beam edges. The median γ passing rate was 0.9981 (range, 0.9654–0.9999) using 3% absolute dose difference/3 mm distance-to-agreement criteria. Overall, all evaluated cases were found to be clinically equivalent. Conclusions: PTV and OARs dose differences between noncontrast and contrast scans appear to be minimal for lung cancer patients undergoing IMRT. Using IV contrast scans as the primary simulation dataset could increase treatment planning efficiency and accuracy by avoiding unnecessary scans, manually region overriding, and planning errors caused by nonperfect image registrations.

  2. Investigating the impact of clinical anaesthetic practice on bacterial contamination of intravenous fluids and drugs.

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    Mahida, N; Levi, K; Kearns, A; Snape, S; Moppett, I

    2015-05-01

    Syringes (N = 426), ventilator machine swabs (N = 202) and intravenous (IV) fluid administration sets (N = 47) from 101 surgical cases were evaluated for bacterial contamination. Cultures from the external surface of syringe tips and syringe contents were positive in 46% and 15% of cases, respectively. The same bacterial species was cultured from both ventilator and syringe in 13% of cases, and was also detected in the IV fluid administration set in two cases. A significant association was found between emergency cases and contaminated syringes (odds ratio 4.5, 95% confidence interval 1.37-14.8; P = 0.01). Other risk factors included not using gloves and failure to cap syringes. PMID:25648939

  3. A comparison of lidocaine versus normal saline for local anesthesia before intravenous cannula insertion.

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    Campbell-Jones, Vera

    2010-12-01

    A number of studies have found that one of the leading causes of patient dissatisfaction with nursing care is directly related to the pain associated with the method of IV (intravenous) cannulation. The purpose of this study was to identify which solution, lidocaine hydrochloride 1% (LIDO), normal saline with preservatives (NSP), or normal saline without preservatives (NS), would have the best local anesthetic effect, as reported by patients, for venous cannulation. The research design was a randomized, double-blind study that compared three solutions for their anesthetic effect during initiation of peripheral IV catheters. The sample consisted of 60 (N=60) patients. The setting was in the radiology outpatient department. The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale was used to measure the amount of pain. Data analysis was completed using the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and post hoc Scheff test (Post-Hoc ANOVA). Findings from this study indicated that LIDO and NSP provided equal anesthetic effects. PMID:21516922

  4. Comparing the Efficacy of Intravenous Acetaminophen and Intravenous Meperidine in Pain Relief After Outpatient Urological Surgery

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    Kolahdouzan, Khosro; Eydi, Mahmood; Mohammadipour Anvari, Hassan; Golzari, Samad EJ; Abri, Reyhaneh; Ghojazadeh, Morteza; Ojaghihaghighi, Seyed Hossein

    2014-01-01

    Background: Pain relief after surgery is an essential component of postoperative care. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of intravenous acetaminophen and intravenous meperidine in pain relief after outpatient urological surgery. Patients and Methods: In a prospective, randomized, double-blind clinical trial, 100 outpatients of urological surgery were studied in two groups of acetaminophen (A) and meperidine (M). Patients in group A received 1g of acetaminophen in 100 mL saline within 15 minutes and patients in group M received a single intravenous injection of meperidine 0.5 mg/kg, 15 minutes prior to the end of operation. Postoperative pain was recorded using visual analog scale (VAS). Vital signs, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and respiratory depressions were compared between the two groups. Results: Pain severity in patients treated with intravenous acetaminophen six hours after the operation within one-hour interval was significantly lower than meperidine group (P < 0.0001). Ninety patients in the meperidine group and five patients in the acetaminophen group required additional doses of analgesics. Nausea was significantly lower in acetaminophen group than meperidine group. Conclusions: Intravenous acetaminophen reduced pain following outpatient urological surgery more significantly than meperidine. PMID:25798377

  5. The Effect of Tubing Dwell Time on Insulin Adsorption During Intravenous Insulin Infusions

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    Vital-Carona, Jessica; Faustino, E. Vincent S.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Insulin adsorbs to plastic tubing, which decreases the concentration of an insulin solution delivered from an intravenous infusion set. Dwelling insulin within tubing before starting the infusion decreases adsorption but delays treatment initiation and wastes time in infusion preparation. The lack of data on dwell time effects results in wide variability in practice. We aim to determine the effect of dwell time on insulin concentration from intravenous infusion tubing. Materials and Methods In this in vitro study, we used insulin solutions with concentrations of 0.1 unit/mL, 1 unit/mL, and 10 units/mL. Each solution dwelled in intravenous infusion sets for 0, 15, 30, or 60?min. After the dwell, we measured insulin concentrations from the solution bags and tubing. We repeated each insulin concentrationdwell time combination five times. Comparisons were performed using analyses of variance. Results For each of the three insulin concentrations, the mean insulin concentrations from the tubing were not significantly different between dwell times. Duration of dwell time did not affect insulin adsorption in polypropylene intravenous infusion sets. Conclusions We recommend that following a 20-mL flush, insulin infusions can be started without any dwell time. Removal of dwell times may improve clinical practice by minimizing preparation time and will allow faster initiation of insulin infusion therapy. PMID:22746979

  6. Evaluation of intravenous hydroxylethyl starch, intravenous albumin 20%, and oral cabergoline for prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in patients undergoing ovulation induction

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    Ghahiri, Ataollah; Mogharehabed, Neda; Movahedi, Minoo; Hosseini, Naeimehossadat

    2015-01-01

    Background: The purpose of this study was to compare the three different strategies, intravenous (IV) hydroxylethyl starch (HES), IV human albumin (HA), and oral Cabergoline (Cb) in the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Materials and Methods: In this prospective randomized clinical trial, 91 women at high risk of developing OHSS were allocated into the three groups, group one received 2 vial (2 50 ml) IV HAs, in group two, 1000 ml of 6% HES was administered IV, both groups 30 min after oocyte retrieval within 4 h. Group three, 31 infertile patients received oral Cb 0.5 mg daily for 7 days after oocyte retrieval. Patients were visited 14 1 days after in-vitro fertilization and if ?-human chorionic gonadotropin level >10, transvaginal ultrasonography was performed 2 weeks later to confirm intrauterine pregnancy. Patients were followed up weekly for 3 months for signs of OHSS and were also informed about the signs of OHSS and asked to contact immediately if any symptoms of were detected. Results: None of the participants in group HES developed severe OHSS and only 3 patients (10%) developed mild to moderate OHSS. The incident of severe OHSS was significantly higher in albumin group compared to Cb and HES group (P = 0.033 and P < 0.001, respectively). Also, the probability of developing severe OHSS was higher in Cb group than group HES (P = 0.031). Conclusion: The findings from this study suggest that administration of 1000 ml of HES 6% has a higher prophylactic effect compared to administration of IV HA and oral Cb. PMID:26622260

  7. Painlev IV coherent states

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    Bermudez, David; Contreras-Astorga, Alonso; Fernndez C., David J.

    2014-11-01

    A simple way to find solutions of the Painlev IV equation is by identifying Hamiltonian systems with third-order differential ladder operators. Some of these systems can be obtained by applying supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSY QM) to the harmonic oscillator. In this work, we will construct families of coherent states for such subset of SUSY partner Hamiltonians which are connected with the Painlev IV equation. First, these coherent states are built up as eigenstates of the annihilation operator, then as displaced versions of the extremal states, both involving the related third-order ladder operators, and finally as extremal states which are also displaced but now using the so called linearized ladder operators. To each SUSY partner Hamiltonian corresponds two families of coherent states: one inside the infinite subspace associated with the isospectral part of the spectrum and another one in the finite subspace generated by the states created through the SUSY technique.

  8. Accuracy of a First-Generation Intravenous Blood Glucose Monitoring System in Subjects with Diabetes Mellitus: A Multicenter Study

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    Bailey, Timothy; Gulino, Angela; Higgins, Michael J.; Leach, Jacob; Kamath, Apurv; Simpson, Peter C.

    2013-01-01

    Background Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Improvements in glucose monitoring technology may be helpful in the clinical management of critically ill patients with abnormal glucose levels. A first-generation intravenous blood glucose monitoring (IVBG) system was developed to facilitate glycemic control therapy in hospitalized patients. A nonrandomized, single-arm, multicenter study was performed to evaluate the safety and accuracy of the IVBG system in insulin-treated subjects with diabetes mellitus. Methods The IVBG system is a bedside monitor that automatically measures venous blood glucose (BG) concentration. In this study, BG was measured every 7.5 min by the IVBG system. Reference samples [venous blood samples measured on the Yellow Springs Instruments (YSI) glucose analyzer] were drawn every 15 min during inpatient studies on days 1, 2, and 3. Fifty insulin-treated healthy volunteers with diabetes were studied, and a maximum of 72 reference samples were collected. Effectiveness was primarily evaluated by assessing the proportion of IVBG BG measurements within the 15 mg/dl or 20% criterion [15 mg/dl (for YSI <75 mg/dl) or 20% (for YSI ≥75 mg/dl)] compared with YSI. Adverse events and adverse device effects were evaluated. Results A total of 95% of all IVBG values were within the 15 mg/dl or 20% criterion. The IVBG system BG measurement showed significant linear relationship with the laboratory YSI standard. Catheter insertion site irritation was mild and infrequent. No serious adverse events were reported. A total of 33% of the sensors were replaced during the 3-day use due to problematic IV lines or sensor/system errors. Conclusions This clinical performance evaluation demonstrates that the IVBG system provides accurate and safe continuous BG measurements in healthy insulin-treated patients with diabetes. PMID:24351174

  9. Comparative efficacy of different acute reperfusion therapies for acute ischemic stroke: a comprehensive benefitrisk analysis of clinical trials

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    Tsivgoulis, Georgios; Alleman, John; Katsanos, Aristeidis H; Barreto, Andrew D; Kohrmann, Martin; Schellinger, Peter D; Molina, Carlos A; Alexandrov, Andrei V

    2014-01-01

    Background Numerous acute reperfusion therapies (RPT) are currently investigated as potential new therapeutic targets in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). We conducted a comprehensive benefitrisk analysis of available clinical studies assessing different acute RPT, and investigated the utility of each intervention in comparison to standard intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and in relation to the onset-to-treatment time (OTT). Methods A comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify all available published, peer-reviewed clinical studies that evaluated the efficacy of different RPT in AIS. Benefit-to-risk ratio (BRR), adjusted for baseline stroke severity, was estimated as the percentage of patients achieving favorable functional outcome (BRR1, mRS score: 01) or functional independence (BRR2, mRS score: 02) at 3months divided by the percentage of patients who died during the same period. Results A total of 18 randomized (n=13) and nonrandomized (n=5) clinical studies fulfilled our inclusion criteria. IV therapy with tenecteplase (TNK) was found to have the highest BRRs (BRR1=5.76 and BRR2=6.82 for low-dose TNK; BRR1=5.80 and BRR2=6.87 for high-dose TNK), followed by sonothrombolysis (BRR1=2.75 and BRR2=3.38), while endovascular thrombectomy with MERCI retriever was found to have the lowest BRRs (BRR1 range, 0.310.65; BRR2 range, 0.521.18). A second degree negative polynomial correlation was detected between favorable functional outcome and OTT (R2 value: 0.6419; P<0.00001) indicating the time dependency of clinical efficacy of all reperfusion therapies. Conclusion Intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) with TNK and sonothrombolysis have the higher BRR among investigational reperfusion therapies. The combination of sonothrombolysis with IV administration of TNK appears a potentially promising therapeutic option deserving further investigation. PMID:25365799

  10. Intravenous magnesium sulphate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: results of the second Leicester Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2)

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    Woods, K L; Fletcher, S; Roffe, C; Haider, Y

    1992-06-27

    The cardiovascular actions of the magnesium ion at pharmacological concentrations include coronary and systemic vasodilatation, platelet inhibition, and antiarrhythmic effects. Magnesium has also been reported to protect myocardial tissue in experimental models of ischaemia and reperfusion. Several small clinical trials in suspected acute myocardial infarction have suggested that early mortality can be reduced by intravenous infusion of magnesium salts in the acute phase, but none has been of sufficient size to be conclusive. We therefore conducted a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled study in 2316 patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction who received either intravenous magnesium sulphate (8 mmol over 5 min followed by 65 mmol over 24 h) or physiological saline. The primary outcome measure was 28-day mortality, which was ascertained in 99.3% of patients. The groups were well balanced for prognostic factors. By intention-to-treat analysis mortality from all causes was 7.8% in the magnesium group and 10.3% in the placebo group (2p = 0.04), a relative reduction of 24% (95% confidence interval 1-43%). Within the coronary care unit the incidence of left ventricular failure was reduced by 25% (7-39%) in the magnesium group (2p = 0.009). There was no significant difference between the groups in the incidence of heart block or the use of antiarrhythmic drugs, direct-current cardioversion, or temporary pacing. Myocardial infarction was confirmed in 65% of each group, with closely similar rises in cardiac enzymes. The side-effects of magnesium treatment were transient flushing, related to speed of injection of the loading dose, and an increased incidence of sinus bradycardia (2p = 0.02). Exploratory subgroup analyses of 28-day mortality did not indicate any effect modification by thrombolysis or aspirin, or by previous treatment with beta blockers, calcium antagonists, or diuretics. Intravenous magnesium sulphate is a simple, safe, and widely applicable treatment. Its efficacy in reducing early mortality of myocardial infarction is comparable to, but independent of, that of thrombolytic or antiplatelet therapy. PMID:1351547

  11. [Use of intravenous iron supplementation in chronic kidney disease: Interests, limits, and recommendations for a better practice].

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    Rottembourg, Jacques; Rostoker, Guy

    2015-12-01

    Iron deficiency is an important clinical concern in chronic kidney disease (CKD), giving rise to iron-deficiency anaemia, and various impaired cellular functions. Oral supplementation, in particular with ferrous salts, is associated with a high rate of gastro-intestinal side effects and is poorly absorbed, a problem that is avoided with intravenous (IV) irons. Recently, with the approval of the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, the French Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) took adequate measures to minimize the risk of allergic reactions, by correction on the summary of intravenous iron products characteristics. All IV iron products should be prescribed, administered and injected, inside public or private hospitals exclusively, and a clinical follow-up after the infusion for at least 30 minutes is mandatory. The most stable intravenous iron complexes (low molecular weight iron dextran, ferric carboxymaltose, and iron isomaltoside 1000 [under agreement]) can be given in higher single doses and more rapidly than less recent preparations such as iron sucrose (originator or similars). Test doses are advisable for conventional low molecular weight iron dextrans, but are no more mandatory. Iron supplementation is recommended for all CKD patients with iron-deficiency anaemia and those who receive erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, whether or not they require dialysis. Intravenous iron is the preferred route of administration in haemodialysis patients, with randomized trials showing a significantly greater increase in haemoglobin levels for intravenous versus oral iron and a low rate of treatment-related adverse events during these trials. According ANSM, physicians should apply the product's label recommendations especially the posology. In the non-dialysis CKD population, the erythropoietic response is also significantly higher using intravenous versus oral iron, and tolerability is at least as good. Moreover in some non-dialysis patients, intravenous iron supplementation might avoid or at least delay the need for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents. Following the new ANSM's recommendations, we now have the ability to achieve iron stores replenishment correctly and conveniently in dialysis dependent and non-dialysis dependent CKD patients without compromising safety using the various pharmaceutical forms of iron products especially intravenous compounds. PMID:26498106

  12. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of oral and intravenous cefetamet in dog.

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    Wang, Wei; Zhu, Xiao-Mao; Wang, Chun-Mei; Gou, Si; Chen, Zhong-Hua; Zhao, Yuan

    2015-12-01

    The pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) properties of intravenously (IV) administered cefetamet-Na and per os (PO) administered cefetamet pivoxil were investigated in eighteen healthy dogs at three different dose levels. The three doses for IV cefetamet-Na were 95, 190 and 380 mg, while those for oral cefetamet pivoxil were 125, 250 and 500 mg (both equivalent to 90, 180 and 360 mg of cefetamet). An efficacy predictor, measured as the ratios of the time that the concentration of the free drug is over the MIC90 (T > MIC90) and the dosing interval (f% T > MIC90) of IV and PO administration were calculated. The PK parameters' maximum concentration (C max), half-life (t 1/2) and area under the curve (AUC0-t ) after three IV doses were 42.85 ± 11.79 μg/mL, 1.66 ± 0.36 h and 80.10 ± 28.92 mg h/L (95 mg); 93.50 ± 30.51 μg/mL, 1.47 ± 0.13 h and 1.47 ± 0.13 mg h/L (190 mg); 185.74 ± 113.83 μg/mL, 1.60 ± 0.38 h and 263.20 ± 73.27 mg h/L (380 mg). After PO administration, the C max, t 1/2 and AUC0-t at three doses were 9.25 ± 1.02 μg/mL, 1.79 ± 0.50 h and 31.90 ± 4.76 mg h/L (125 mg); 9.75 ± 1.77 μg/mL, 1.93 ± 0.65 h and 42.69 ± 8.93 mg h/L (250 mg); 15.55 ± 6.65 μg/mL, 2.02 ± 0.54 h, and 68.72 ± 24.11 mg h/L (500 mg). The IV f% T > MIC90 was greater than PO f% T > MIC90 when MIC90 was within the range of 0.25-256 mg/L. PMID:25016476

  13. Enhanced Design Alternative IV

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    N. E. Kramer

    1999-05-18

    This report evaluates Enhanced Design Alternative (EDA) IV as part of the second phase of the License Application Design Selection (LADS) effort. The EDA IV concept was compared to the VA reference design using criteria from the ''Design Input Request for LADS Phase II EDA Evaluations'' (CRWMS M&O 1999b) and (CRWMS M&O 1999f). Briefly, the EDA IV concept arranges the waste packages close together in an emplacement configuration known as ''line load''. Continuous pre-closure ventilation keeps the waste packages from exceeding the 350 C cladding and 200 C (4.3.13) drift wall temperature limits. This EDA concept keeps relatively high, uniform emplacement drift temperatures (post-closure) to drive water away from the repository and thus dry out the pillars between emplacement drifts. The waste package is shielded to permit human access to emplacement drifts and includes an integral filler inside the package to reduce the amount of water that can contact the waste form. Closure of the repository is desired 50 years after first waste is emplaced. Both backfill and a drip shields will be emplaced at closure to improve post-closure performance.

  14. Intravenous paracetamol reduces postoperative opioid consumption after orthopedic surgery: a systematic review of clinical trials.

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    Jebaraj, Bright; Maitra, Souvik; Baidya, Dalim Kumar; Khanna, Puneet

    2013-01-01

    Postoperative pain management is one of the most challenging jobs in orthopedic surgical population as it comprises of patients from extremes of ages and with multiple comorbidities. Though effective, opioids may contribute to serious adverse effects particularly in old age patients. Intravenous paracetamol is widely used in the postoperative period with the hope that it may reduce opioid consumption and produce better pain relief. A brief review of human clinical trials where intravenous paracetamol was compared with placebo or no treatment in postoperative period in orthopedic surgical population has been done here. We found that four clinical trials reported that there is a significant reduction in postoperative opioid consumption. When patients received an IV injection of 2 g propacetamol, reduction of morphine consumption up to 46% has been reported. However, one study did not find any reduction of opioid requirement after spinal surgery in children and adolescent. Four clinical trials reported better pain scores when paracetamol has been used, but other three trials denied. We conclude that postoperative intravenous paracetamol is a safe and effective adjunct to opioid after orthopedic surgery, but at present there is no data to decide whether paracetamol reduces opioid related adverse effects or not. PMID:24307945

  15. Effect of Intravenous Acetaminophen on Postoperative Opioid Use in Bariatric Surgery Patients

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    Wang, Shan; Saha, Ronik; Shah, Neal; Hanna, Adel; DeMuro, Jonas; Calixte, Rose; Brathwaite, Collin

    2015-01-01

    Background: The use of opioids to achieve adequate pain relief following surgery is a common clinical practice. Opioids, however, are associated with serious adverse effects, such as respiratory depression, excessive sedation, and prolonged ileus, as well as increased mortality. The administration of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen to control postoperative pain has been effective in reducing opioid consumption in various surgical populations, but no studies have been conducted in bariatric surgery patients. This investigation was performed to determine whether IV acetaminophen reduces opioid requirements after bariatric surgery. Methods: IV acetaminophen was added to the Winthrop-University Hospital formulary in September 2012. We conducted a retrospective chart-review analysis of bariatric surgery patients who received at least four doses of IV acetaminophen (1 g every six hours) plus opioids from October 2012 to March 2013 (after IV acetaminophen was added to the hospital formulary), compared with bariatric surgery patients who received only opioids for postoperative pain control from January 2012 to June 2012 (before IV acetaminophen was added to the hospital formulary). The study’s primary endpoint was the difference between the two groups in opioid consumption, expressed in oral morphine equivalents (OMEs). Secondary endpoints included the reduction in the baseline pain score; the total amount of each opioid used; and the average hospital length of stay (LOS). Results: A total of 96 patients were identified for potential enrollment from January 2012 to March 2013. Eight patients, however, did not qualify for participation because they had received only one dose of IV acetaminophen. The remaining 88 patients comprised two study groups: IV acetaminophen plus opiates (n = 44) and IV opiates alone (n = 44). Paradoxically, the patients in the acetaminophen/opiates group required significantly more opiates (in OMEs) compared with the group that received opiates alone (median, 93.5 mg versus 63.0 mg, respectively; P = 0.017). There were no significant differences between the two treatment groups in terms of the median change from baseline in pain scores (−4 versus −4; P = 0.162) or the median hospital LOS (two days versus two days; P = 0.704). Conclusion: IV acetaminophen did not reduce opioid use for postoperative pain management in bariatric surgery patients. PMID:26681907

  16. Pharmacokinetics of the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam in healthy Japanese and Caucasian volunteers following intravenous administration.

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    Toublanc, Nathalie; Okagaki, Takuya; Boyce, Malcolm; Chan, Robert; Mugitani, Ayumi; Watanabe, Shikiko; Yamamoto, Katsumi; Yoshida, Katsumi; Andreas, Jens-Otto

    2015-12-01

    The intravenous (iv) formulation of levetiracetam has been available in clinical practice worldwide for several years, but not in Japan. Two open-label studies were conducted: Study A evaluated the bioequivalence of iv and oral tablet formulations in healthy Japanese volunteers; and Study B subsequently compared the pharmacokinetics of iv levetiracetam in healthy Japanese and Caucasian volunteers. Study A had a randomised, two-way crossover design; a single 1,500mg levetiracetam dose was administered as a 15-min iv infusion and as 3נ500mg oral tablets to Japanese volunteers. In Study B, 1,500mg levetiracetam was administered as single and repeated 15-min iv infusions to Japanese and Caucasian volunteers. Overall, 26/27 volunteers completed Study A and 32/32 (16 Japanese; 16 Caucasian) completed Study B. In Study A, the point estimate and 90% confidence interval (CI) for the geometric least squares mean (LSM) ratio (iv vs oral) were fully included within the acceptance range for bioequivalence (0.85-1.25) for the area under plasma concentration-time curve from 0 to last quantifiable observation (AUClast 0.97 [0.95, 0.99]), but not for the maximum plasma concentration (C max 1.64 [1.47, 1.83]). In Study B, after a single iv infusion, the point estimates (90% CI) for the geometric LSM ratio (Japanese vs Caucasian) for body weight-normalised C max and AUClast were 1.21 (1.07, 1.36) and 0.97 (0.90, 1.04), respectively. Corresponding values after repeated iv infusions were C max,ss 1.01 (0.91, 1.12) and AUC?,ss 0.89 (0.83, 0.96). Levetiracetam was well tolerated in both studies. Study A did not demonstrate the bioequivalence of single doses of levetiracetam 1,500mg administered as an iv infusion and as oral tablets in healthy Japanese adults. Study B, however, showed that pharmacokinetic profiles were generally similar between Japanese and Caucasian adults after single and repeated iv infusions of levetiracetam 1,500mg. PMID:25283522

  17. Effects of Intraosseous Tibial vs. Intravenous Vasopressin in a Hypovolemic Cardiac Arrest Model

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    Fulkerson, Justin; Lowe, Robert; Anderson, Tristan; Moore, Heather; Craig, William; Johnson, Don

    2016-01-01

    Introduction This study compared the effects of vasopressin via tibial intraosseous (IO) and intravenous (IV) routes on maximum plasma concentration (Cmax), the time to maximum concentration (Tmax), return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), and time to ROSC in a hypovolemic cardiac arrest model. Methods This study was a randomized prospective, between-subjects experimental design. A computer program randomly assigned 28 Yorkshire swine to one of four groups: IV (n=7), IO tibia (n=7), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) + defibrillation (n=7), and a control group that received just CPR (n=7). Ventricular fibrillation was induced, and subjects remained in arrest for two minutes. CPR was initiated and 40 units of vasopressin were administered via IO or IV routes. Blood samples were collected at 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, and 4 minutes. CPR and defibrillation were initiated for 20 minutes or until ROSC was achieved. We measured vasopressin concentrations using high-performance liquid chromatography. Results There was no significant difference between the IO and IV groups relative to achieving ROSC (p=1.0) but a significant difference between the IV compared to the CPR+ defibrillation group (p=0.031) and IV compared to the CPR-only group (p=0.001). There was a significant difference between the IO group compared to the CPR+ defibrillation group (p=0.031) and IO compared to the CPR-only group (p=0.001). There was no significant difference between the CPR + defibrillation group and the CPR group (p=0.127). There was no significant difference in Cmax between the IO and IV groups (p=0.079). The mean ± standard deviation of Cmax of the IO group was 58,709±25, 463pg/mL compared to the IV group, which was 106,198±62, 135pg/mL. There was no significant difference in mean Tmax between the groups (p=0.084). There were no significant differences in odds of ROSC between the tibial IO and IV groups. Conclusion Prompt access to the vascular system using the IO route can circumvent the interruption in treatment observed with attempting conventional IV access. The IO route is an effective modality for the treatment of hypovolemic cardiac arrest and may be considered first line for rapid vascular access. PMID:26973756

  18. A sputnik IV saga

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    Lundquist, Charles A.

    2009-12-01

    The Sputnik IV launch occurred on May 15, 1960. On May 19, an attempt to deorbit a 'space cabin' failed and the cabin went into a higher orbit. The orbit of the cabin was monitored and Moonwatch volunteer satellite tracking teams were alerted to watch for the vehicle demise. On September 5, 1962, several team members from Milwaukee, Wisconsin made observations starting at 4:49 a.m. of a fireball following the predicted orbit of Sputnik IV. Requests went out to report any objects found under the fireball path. An early morning police patrol in Manitowoc had noticed a metal object on a street and had moved it to the curb. Later the officers recovered the object and had it dropped off at the Milwaukee Journal. The Moonwarch team got the object and reported the situation to Moonwatch Headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. A team member flew to Cambridge with the object. It was a solid, 9.49 kg piece of steel with a slag-like layer attached to it. Subsequent analyses showed that it contained radioactive nuclei produced by cosmic ray exposure in space. The scientists at the Observatory quickly recognized that measurements of its induced radioactivity could serve as a calibration for similar measurements of recently fallen nickel-iron meteorites. Concurrently, the Observatory directorate informed government agencies that a fragment from Sputnik IV had been recovered. Coincidently, a debate in the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space involved the issue of liability for damage caused by falling satellite fragments. On September 12, the Observatory delivered the bulk of the fragment to the US Delegation to the UN. Two days later, the fragment was used by US Ambassador Francis Plimpton as an exhibit that the time had come to agree on liability for damage from satellite debris. He offered the Sputnik IV fragment to USSR Ambassador P.D. Morozov, who refused the offer. On October 23, Drs. Alla Massevitch and E.K. Federov of the USSR visited the Observatory. They were shown the Sputnik IV fragment. Measurements on the fragment were reported at the American Geophysical Union meeting on December 28, 1962. Early in January, 1963, the Soviet Embassy told the State Department that the USSR wished to accept the remaining fragment. On January 5, 1963 it was picked up by the Soviet Embassy. This four-month saga dramatically illustrated the need for international agreements on satellite debris issues.

  19. Adverse Effects of Intravenous Cannabis Tea

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    Mims, Robert B.; Lee, Joel H.

    1977-01-01

    Adverse effects occurred in four youths after intravenous injection of an aqueous cannabis-seed tea, which was prepared by boiling the seeds. The effects were immediate and included nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, chills, fever, hypovolemic shock, hypotension, and non-oligemic transitory renal failure. Other manifestations included persistent hypoglycemia, tachycardia, gastrointestinal bleeding, conjunctival hemorrhage, injury, jaundice, splenomegaly, leucocytosis, myalgia, arthralgia, motor weakness, and prostration. Ischemia was noted on electrocardiogram (EKG). All manifestations appeared to reverse within weeks, but these effects had been potentially fatal. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2Figure 3 PMID:875075

  20. A Pilot Chemical and Physical Stability Study of Extemporaneously Compounded Levetiracetam Intravenous Solution.

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    Raphael, Chenzira D; Zhao, Fang; Hughes, Susan E; Juba, Katherine M

    2015-12-01

    Levetiracetam is a commonly used antiepileptic medication for tumor-related epilepsy. However, the 100mL intravenous (IV) infusion volume can be burdensome to imminently dying hospice patients. A reduced infusion volume would improve patient tolerability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the stability of 1000mg/25mL (40mg/mL) levetiracetam IV solution in sodium chloride 0.9%. We prepared levetiracetam 40mg/mL IV solution and added it to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bags, polyolefin bags, and polypropylene syringes. Triplicate samples of each product were stored at refrigeration (2-8C) and analyzed on days 0, 1, 4, 7, and 14. Samples were subjected to visual inspection, pH measurement, and stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. Over the 2-week storage period, there was no significant change in visual appearance or pH for any of the stability samples. The HPLC results confirmed that all stability samples retained 94.2-101.3% of initial drug concentration and no degradation products or leachable material from the packaging materials were observed. We conclude that levetiracetam 1000mg/25mL IV solution in sodium chloride 0.9% is physically and chemically stable for up to 14days under refrigeration in polypropylene syringes, PVC bags, and polyolefin bags. PMID:26654410

  1. Biotin kinetics in serum of cattle after intravenous and oral dosing.

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    Frigg, M; Hartmann, D; Straub, O C

    1994-01-01

    Single oral (p.o.) or intravenous (i.v.) doses of biotin were given to four cattle (400-450 kg body weight) in two consecutive tests two weeks apart. Dosages were p.o. 20, 40, 80 or 160 and i.v. 5, 10, 20, 40 mg biotin per 300 kg body weight. A three-compartment model was used to describe the course of serum concentrations with time. After i.v. administration, terminal half-lives of about 8 h were found. Areas under the curves were linearly related to both the p.o. and the i.v. doses. The systemically available fraction of the p.o. dose was 50 to 60%. On the basis of kinetic parameters, the biotin uptake via the feed was estimated to be 2.5 mg/day, which was about half of that estimated to be in the hay consumed. The data suggest that there was no relevant ruminal synthesis of biotin. PMID:8200747

  2. The effect of different methods of intravenous injection on glass particle contamination from ampules.

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    Joo, Ga Eul; Sohng, Kyeong-Yae; Park, Michael Yong

    2016-01-01

    There have been many studies on glass particle contamination from glass ampules during the injection of glass ampules, but only the contamination from direct IV bolus injection has been measured. This research aimed to study the difference in glass particle contamination from ampules with different intravenous administration methods commonly used in clinical practice. Four methods were studied: IV bolus injection directly after immediate aspiration, IV bolus injection directly after 2 min' delayed aspiration, IV bolus injection directly after aspiration with a filter needle, and side shooting to an infusion set with an in-line filter. 45 ampules per method for a total of 180 ampules were used. The number and length of glass particles were measured using a slide scanner. Aspiration was performed without specifically using a slow aspiration method. The longest glass particle was observed in the immediate aspiration group. The side shooting group showed the lowest maximum number of glass particles per ampule. The side shooting group also showed the smallest number of glass particles, but it was statistically insignificant. Using a filter needle syringe and 2 min' delayed aspiration, which are frequently recommended to minimize contamination, may not be as effective as commonly believed, unless combined with a slow and low pressure aspiration method. Using a side shooting to an infusion set with an in-line filter may minimize glass particle contamination from ampules even without a slow and low pressure aspiration method, but more evidence from a larger study is needed. PMID:26759754

  3. At pharmacologically relevant concentrations intravenous iron preparations cause pancreatic beta cell death

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    Masuda, Yuichi; Ichii, Hirohito; Vaziri, Nosratola D

    2014-01-01

    Back ground: Overt and subtle iron overload cause diabetes by lowering insulin production and promoting insulin resistance. Via divalent metal transporters pancreatic beta cells take up non-transferrin-bound iron which by catalyzing Fenton reaction can cause oxidative stress. Due to their strict dependence on mitochondrial glucose metabolism and limited antioxidant capacity, beta cells are exquisitely vulnerable to oxidative stress and hence catalytically active iron. Intravenous (IV) iron preparations are routinely used in the management of anemia in patients with end stage renal disease. This has led to an epidemic of iron overload in this population. This study explored the effect of pharmacologically-relevant concentrations of a commonly used IV iron preparation on the beta cells in isolated pancreatic islets. Methods: Isolated rat pancreatic islets were incubated for 24 hours in culture media containing vehicle or pharmacologically-relevant concentration of ferric sucrose and examined for the extent of cell death and oxidative stress. Results: Exposure to iron sucrose resulted in a concentration-dependent oxidative stress and pancreatic islet cell death predominantly affecting beta cells. Conclusions: At pharmacologically-relevant concentrations a commonly used IV iron preparation causes oxidative stress and beta cell death. These findings suggest that indiscriminate use of IV iron may impair insulin production capacity in ESRD patients the majority of whom have Type-2 diabetes. PMID:24349622

  4. Intravenous Flat-Detector Computed Tomography Angiography for Symptomatic Cerebral Vasospasm following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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    Jeon, Jin Pyeong; Sheen, Seung Hun; Cho, Yong-Jun

    2014-01-01

    The study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of intravenous flat-detector computed tomography (IV FDCT) angiography in assessing hemodynamically significant cerebral vasospasm in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) as the reference. DSA and IV FDCT were conducted concurrently in patients suspected of having symptomatic cerebral vasospasm postoperatively. The presence and severity of vasospasm were estimated according to location (proximal versus distal). Vasospasm >50% was defined as having hemodynamic significance. Vasospasms <30% were excluded from this analysis to avoid spectrum bias. Twenty-nine patients (311 vessel segments) were measured. The intra- and interobserver agreements were excellent for depicting vasospasm (k = 0.84 and 0.74, resp.). IV FDCT showed a sensitivity of 95.7%, specificity of 92.3%, positive predictive value of 93.6%, and negative predictive value of 94.7% for detecting vasospasm (>50%) with DSA as the reference. Bland-Altman plots revealed good agreement of assessing vasospasm between the two tests. The discrepancy of vasospasm severity was more noted in the distal location with high-severity. However, it was not statistically significant (Spearman's rank test; r = 0.15, P = 0.35). Therefore, IV FDCT could be a feasible noninvasive test to evaluate suspected significant vasospasm in SAH. PMID:25383367

  5. Vented spikes improve delivery from intravenous bags with no air headspace.

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    Galush, William J; Horst, Travis A

    2015-07-01

    Flexible plastic bags are the container of choice for most intravenous (i.v.) infusions. Under certain circumstances, however, the air-liquid interface present in these i.v. bags can lead to physical instability of protein biopharmaceuticals, resulting in product aggregation. In principle, the air headspace present in the bags can be removed to increase drug stability, but experiments described here show that this can result in incomplete draining of solution from the bag using gravity delivery, or generation of negative pressure in the bag when an infusion pump is used. It is expected that these issues could lead to incomplete delivery of medication to patients or pump-related problems, respectively. However, here it is shown that contrary to the standard pharmacy practice of using nonvented spikes with i.v. bags, the use of vented spikes with i.v. bags that lack air headspace allows complete delivery of the dose solution without impacting the physical stability of a protein-based drug. PMID:25953689

  6. Compatibility of Cloxacillin Sodium with Selected Intravenous Drugs During Simulated Y-Site Administration

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    Sullivan, Thomas; Forest, Jean-Marc

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Background: Data regarding Y-site compatibility of intravenous (IV) cloxacillin sodium with other drugs are scarce and incomplete. Objective: To establish the compatibility of IV cloxacillin with 89 injectable drugs during simulated Y-site administration. Methods: Cloxacillin sodium (10 mL, 100 mg/mL) was combined with 89 undiluted IV drugs (10 mL, each). Tests were duplicated and performed at room temperature. Visual evaluation and a light obscuration particle count test were performed on 1 of the 2 solutions immediately after mixing. The second mixture underwent visual evaluation after 15 minutes, 1 hour, and 4 hours, followed by a particle count test at 4 hours. Drugs were considered incompatible if the mixture precipitated or became turbid within the 4-hour period or exceeded the particle count limit allowed by Test 1.B of USP <788> initially or at 4 hours. Results: Of the 89 tested drugs, 64 were compatible for up to 4 hours. The remaining 25 drugs were incompatible. Of these incompatible drugs, 16 were identified visually, and 9 were identified by the light obscuration particle count test. Conclusions: Sixty-four IV drugs were found to be compatible with cloxacillin via simulated Y-site, whereas 25 drugs were found to be incompatible with the antibiotic. The light obscuration particle count test should be used to complement visual evaluation when samples do not precipitate immediately. PMID:26405311

  7. Pharmacokinetics of fluralaner in dogs following a single oral or intravenous administration

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    2014-01-01

    Background Fluralaner is a novel systemic insecticide and acaricide. The purpose of these studies was to investigate the pharmacokinetic properties of fluralaner in Beagle dogs following single oral or intravenous (i.v.) administration. Methods Following the oral administration of 12.5, 25 or 50mg fluralaner/kg body weight (BW), formulated as chewable tablets or i.v. administration of 12.5mg fluralaner/kg BW, formulated as i.v. solution to 24 Beagles, plasma samples were collected until 112days after treatment. Plasma concentrations of fluralaner were measured using HPLC-MS/MS. Pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated by non-compartmental methods. Results After oral administration, maximum plasma concentrations (Cmax) were reached within 1day on average. Fluralaner was quantifiable in plasma for up to 112days after single oral and i.v. treatment. The apparent half-life of fluralaner was 1215days and the mean residence time was 1520days. The apparent volume of distribution of fluralaner was 3.1L/kg, and clearance was 0.14L/kg/day. Conclusions Fluralaner is readily absorbed after single-dose oral administration, and has a long elimination half-life, long mean residence time, relatively high apparent volume of distribution, and low clearance. These pharmacokinetic characteristics help to explain the prolonged activity of fluralaner against fleas and ticks on dogs after a single oral dose. PMID:24606874

  8. Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic integration of moxifloxacin in rabbits after intravenous, intramuscular and oral administration.

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    Fernndez-Varn, E; Bovaira, M J; Espuny, A; Escudero, E; Vancraeynest, D; Crceles, C M

    2005-08-01

    The pharmacokinetics of moxifloxacin was studied following intravenous (i.v.), intramuscular (i.m.) and oral dose of 5 mg/kg to healthy white New Zealand rabbits (n = 6). Moxifloxacin concentrations were determined by HPLC assay with fluorescence detection. The moxifloxacin plasma concentration vs. time data after i.v. administration could best be described by a two-compartment open model. The disposition of i.m. and orally administered moxifloxacin was best described by a one-compartment model. The plasma moxifloxacin clearance (Cl) for the i.v route was (mean +/- SD) 0.80 +/- 0.02 L/h.kg. The steady-state volume of distribution (Vss) was 1.95 +/- 0.18 L/kg. The terminal half-life (t(1/2lambdaz)) was (mean +/- SD) 1.84 +/- 0.12, 2.09 +/- 0.05 and 2.15 +/- 0.07 h after i.v., i.m. and oral, respectively. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) assays of moxifloxacin against different strains of S. aureus were performed in order to compute pharmacodynamic surrogate markers. From these data, it is concluded that a 5 mg/kg dose moxifloxacin would be effective by i.m. and oral routes in rabbits against bacterial isolates with MIC < or = 0.06 microg/mL and possibly for MIC < or = 0.12 microg/mL, but in the latter case a higher dose would be required. PMID:16050813

  9. Drug evaluation: ADA-transduced hematopoietic stem cell therapy for ADA-SCID.

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    Taupin, Phillippe

    2006-06-01

    San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy is developing an adenosine deaminase-transduced hematopoietic stem cell therapy for the potential intravenous treatment of adenosine deaminase deficiency in severe combined immunocompromised individuals. PMID:16752313

  10. Intravenous pantoprazole versus ranitidine for prevention of rebleeding after endoscopic hemostasis of bleeding peptic ulcers

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    Hsu, Ping-I; Lo, Gin-Ho; Lo, Ching-Chu; Lin, Chiun-Ku; Chan, Hoi-Hung; Wu, Chung-Jen; Shie, Chang-Bih; Tsai, Pei-Min; Wu, Deng-Chyang; Wang, Wen-Ming; Lai, Kwok-Hung

    2004-01-01

    AIM: The role of intravenous pantoprazole in treatment of patients with high-risk bleeding peptic ulcers following endoscopic hemostasis remains uncertain. We therefore conducted the pilot prospective randomized study to assess whether intravenous pantoprazole could improve the efficacy of H2-antagonist as an adjunct treatment following endoscopic injection therapy for bleeding ulcers. METHODS: Patients with active bleeding ulcers or ulcers with major signs of recent bleeding were treated with distilled water injection. After hemostasis was achieved, they were randomly assigned to receive intravenous pantoprazole or ranitidine. RESULTS: One hundred and two patients were enrolled in this prospective trial. Bleeding recurred in 2 patients (4%) in the pantoprazole group (n = 52), as compared with 8 (16%) in the ranitidine group (n = 50). The rebleeding rate was significantly lower in the pantoprazole group (P = 0.04). There were no statistically significant differences between the groups with regard to the need for emergency surgery (0% vs 2%), transfusion requirements (4.9 ± 5.9 vs 5.7 ± 6.8 units), hospital days (5.9 ± 3.2 vs 7.5 ± 5.0 d) or mortality (2% vs 2%). CONCLUSION: Pantoprozole is superior to ranitidine as an adjunct treatment to endoscopic injection therapy in high-risk bleeding ulcers. PMID:15534928

  11. Blood calcium dynamics after prophylactic treatment of subclinical hypocalcemia with oral or intravenous calcium.

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    Blanc, C D; Van der List, M; Aly, S S; Rossow, H A; Silva-del-Ro, N

    2014-11-01

    Total serum Ca dynamics and urine pH levels were evaluated after prophylactic treatment of subclinical hypocalcemia after parturition in 33 multiparous Jersey Holstein crossbreed cows. Cows were blocked according to their calcemic status at the time of treatment [normocalcemic (8.0-9.9 mg/dL; n = 15) or hypocalcemic (5.0-7.9 mg/dL; n = 18)] and randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatments: control [no Ca supplementation (n = 11)]; intravenous Ca [Ca-IV (n = 11), 500 mL of 23% calcium gluconate (10.7 g of Ca and 17.5 g of boric acid as a solubilizing agent; Durvet, Blue Springs, MO)]; or oral Ca [Ca-Oral (n = 11), 1 oral bolus (Bovikalc bolus, Boehringer Ingelheim, St. Joseph, MO) containing CaCl2 and CaSO4 (43 g of Ca) 2 times 12h apart]. Total serum Ca levels were evaluated at 0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 36, and 48 h, and urine pH was evaluated at 0, 1, 12, 24, 36, and 4 8h after treatment initiation. Total serum Ca levels were higher for Ca-IV than for control and Ca-Oral cows at 1, 2, and 4h after treatment initiation, but lower than Ca-Oral cows at 20, 24, and 36 h and lower than control cows at 36 and 48 h. At 1h after treatment initiation, when serum Ca levels for Ca-IV cows peaked (11.4 mg/dL), a greater proportion of Ca-IV (n = 8) cows had total serum Ca levels >10mg/dL than control (n = 0) and Ca-Oral (n = 1) cows. At 24h after treatment initiation, when Ca-IV cows reached the total serum Ca nadir (6.4 mg/dL), a greater proportion of Ca-IV (n = 10) cows had serum Ca levels <8 mg/dL than control (n = 5) and Ca-Oral (n = 2) cows. Treatment, time, and treatment time interaction were significant for urine pH. Mean urine pH was lower for Ca-Oral cows (6.69) than for control (7.52) and Ca-IV (7.19) cows. Urine pH levels at 1h after treatment were lower for Ca-IV cows compared with both control and Ca-Oral cows, a finding likely associated with the iatrogenic administration of boric acid added as a solubilizing agent of the intravenous Ca solution used. At 12, 24, and 36 h, urine pH levels were lower for Ca-Oral cows compared with both control and Ca-IV cows. This was expected because the oral Ca supplementation used (Bovikalc) is designed as an acidifying agent. Wide fluctuations in blood Ca were observed after prophylactic intravenous Ca supplementation. The implications for milk production and animal health, if any, of these transient changes in total serum Ca have yet to be evaluated. PMID:25200776

  12. Promoting safe IV management in practice using H.A.N.D.S.

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    Frimpong, Angela; Caguioa, Jennifer; Octavo, Genevi

    The aim of this article is to promote best practice for the insertion and care of intravascular (IV) devices. The H.A.N.D.S. acronym was created to serve as an aide memoire to general and specialist nurses regarding the 5 key interventions to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). In order to promote safe and evidence-based practice in IV therapy a practical guide with clinical information about common IV procedures has been developed. This article provides back-to-basics guidance on how to deliver IV therapy safely and effectively. PMID:25616127

  13. Management of adverse events in the treatment of patients with immunoglobulin therapy: A review of evidence.

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    Cherin, Patrick; Marie, Isabelle; Michallet, Mauricette; Pelus, Eric; Dantal, Jacques; Crave, Jean-Charles; Delain, Jean-Christophe; Viallard, Jean-Franois

    2016-01-01

    Immunoglobulin (IG) therapy is actually used for a broad range of diseases including primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders, and autoimmune diseases. This therapy is available for intravenous (IV) and subcutaneous (SC) administration. The efficacy of the IG therapy has been demonstrated in numerous studies and across different diseases. Generally, IG infusions are well tolerated; however some well-known adverse reactions, ranging from mild to severe, are associated with the therapy. The most common adverse reactions including headache, nausea, myalgia, fever, chills, chest discomfort, skin and anaphylactic reactions, could arise immediately during or after the infusion. Delayed events could be more severe and include migraine headaches, aseptic meningitis, haemolysis renal impairment and thrombotic events. This paper reviews all the potential adverse events related to IG therapy and establishes a comprehensive guideline for the management of these events. Moreover it resumes the opinions and clinical experience of expert endorsers on the utilization of the treatment. Published data were classified into levels of evidence and the strength of the recommendation was given for each intervention according to the GRADE system. PMID:26384525

  14. Gold Nanoparticles Enhance the Radiation Therapy of a Murine Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Hainfeld, J.F.; Zhong, Z.; Dilmanian, F.A.; Slatkin, D.N.; Kalef-Ezra, J.A.; Smilowitz, H.

    2010-05-12

    The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that gold nanoparticle (AuNP, nanogold)-enhanced radiation therapy (nanogold radiation therapy, NRT) is efficacious when treating the radiation resistant and highly aggressive mouse head and neck squamous cell carcinoma model, SCCVII, and to identify parameters influencing the efficacy of NRT. Subcutaneous (sc) SCCVII leg tumors in mice were irradiated with x-rays at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) with and without prior intravenous (iv) administration of AuNPs. Variables studied included radiation dose, beam energy, temporal fractionation and hyperthermia. AuNP-mediated NRT was shown to be effective for the sc SCCVII model. AuNPs were more effective at 42 Gy than at 30 Gy (both at 68 keV median beam energy) compared to controls without gold. Similarly, at 157 keV median beam energy, 50.6 Gy NRT was more effective than 44 Gy NRT. At the same radiation dose (42 Gy), 68 keV was more effective than 157 keV. Hyperthermia and radiation therapy (RT) were synergistic and AuNPs enhanced this synergy, thereby further reducing TCD50 s (tumor control dose 50%) and increasing long-term survivals. It is concluded that gold nanoparticles enhance the radiation therapy of a radioresistant mouse squamous cell carcinoma. The data show that radiation dose, energy and hyperthermia influence efficacy and better define the potential utility of gold nanoparticles for cancer x-ray therapy.

  15. Intraperitoneal injection is not always a suitable alternative to intravenous injection for radiotherapy.

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    Dou, Shuping; Smith, Miles; Wang, Yuzhen; Rusckowski, Mary; Liu, Guozheng

    2013-05-01

    Abstract Intraperitoneal (IP) injection is frequently reported to be as effective as intravenous (IV) injection. Because it allows administering a larger volume with more radioactivity, we have investigated this route and the possibility of using it to circumvent the volume constraint we earlier experienced with pretargeting radiotherapy. Using (99m)Tc as the label, the pharmacokinetics (PK) of the cMORF effector (a DNA analogue) was evaluated after IP or IV injection in normal mice by necropsy and SPECT/CT imaging. In another experiment, nude mice bearing tumors were used and they received MORF-CC49 pretargeting antibody IV 2 days earlier than labeled cMORF IV or IP. Tumor accumulations of cMORF were measured at 6 hours after its injections. The absorbed radiation doses for (188)Re or (90)Y pretargeting were estimated using the (99m)Tc data and a self-absorbed model. Although the absorbed radiation doses to other organs were comparable, the dose to intestines after IP injection was 30-fold higher than IV injection due to the slow entry into the circulation. It had reached such a level as high as the dose to the kidneys that cleared the radioactivity and usually were at the highest level. Nevertheless, the slow entry did not reduce the tumor accumulation. In conclusion, using IP in place of IV led to an unacceptably high absorbed radiation dose to the intestines although the tumor accumulation was not compromised. This effect may be applicable to other radiotherapeutic agents as well. PMID:23469942

  16. The effect of antigen given intravenously on specific antigen-sensitive lymphocytes of peripheral blood in man

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    Kreth, H. W.; Thiessen, G.; Deicher, H.

    1970-01-01

    In the course of fibrinolytic therapy with the streptococcal antigen streptokinase the effect of antigen intravenously on specific antigen-sensitive lymphocytes in the peripheral blood was studied. Seven out of ten patients had streptokinase-sensitive lymphocytes in the peripheral blood before the beginning of therapy. Stimulation by streptokinase was temporarily rendered negative in all seven cases during the course of treatment. Some time after the termination of therapy specifically sensitive lymphocytes reappeared in the circulation. Lymphocytes of three patients were stimulated by streptokinase only after the treatment period. Stimulation of lymphocytes by phytohaemagglutinin or by tuberculin in sensitized individuals, was not disturbed. Thus streptokinase given intravenously involves selectively streptokinase-sensitive cells. It is assumed that after interaction with homologous antigen these lymphocytes are directed to lymphoid tissues where proliferation and differentiation takes place. PMID:5482355

  17. Improved Arterial Blood Oxygenation Following Intravenous Infusion of Cold Supersaturated Dissolved Oxygen Solution

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    Grady, Daniel J; Gentile, Michael A; Riggs, John H; Cheifetz, Ira M

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND One of the primary goals of critical care medicine is to support adequate gas exchange without iatrogenic sequelae. An emerging method of delivering supplemental oxygen is intravenously rather than via the traditional inhalation route. The objective of this study was to evaluate the gas-exchange effects of infusing cold intravenous (IV) fluids containing very high partial pressures of dissolved oxygen (>760 mm Hg) in a porcine model. METHODS Juvenile swines were anesthetized and mechanically ventilated. Each animal received an infusion of cold (13 °C) Ringer’s lactate solution (30 mL/kg/hour), which had been supersaturated with dissolved oxygen gas (39.7 mg/L dissolved oxygen, 992 mm Hg, 30.5 mL/L). Arterial blood gases and physiologic measurements were repeated at 15-minute intervals during a 60-minute IV infusion of the supersaturated dissolved oxygen solution. Each animal served as its own control. RESULTS Five swines (12.9 ± 0.9 kg) were studied. Following the 60-minute infusion, there were significant increases in PaO2 and SaO2 (P < 0.05) and a significant decrease in PaCO2 (P < 0.05), with a corresponding normalization in arterial blood pH. Additionally, there was a significant decrease in core body temperature (P < 0.05) when compared to the baseline preinfusion state. CONCLUSIONS A cold, supersaturated dissolved oxygen solution may be intravenously administered to improve arterial blood oxygenation and ventilation parameters and induce a mild therapeutic hypothermia in a porcine model. PMID:25249764

  18. Optimizing erythropoietin therapy.

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    Macdougall, I C

    1999-05-01

    Much attention has been focused in recent years on ways of optimizing the use and cost-effectiveness of erythropoietin therapy. The balance of evidence suggests that the subcutaneous route allows lower doses to be used compared with the intravenous route, and dosing should be two to three times weekly. Concomitant use of intravenous iron potently enhances the response to erythropoietin, and more recently other adjuvant therapies such as ascorbic acid, L-carnitine, folic acid, vitamin D, androgens, and other cytokines and growth factors have been investigated. Many factors can affect the response to erythropoietin, and underdialysis and co-administration of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors have attracted much recent interest. Controversy regarding the optimum target hemoglobin concentration in patients with renal failure remains, but three multicenter studies are providing useful data on this issue. PMID:10226731

  19. Association of Socioeconomic Status with the Use of Chronic Therapies and Healthcare Utilization in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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    Schechter, Michael S.; McColley, Susanna A.; Silva, Stefanie; Haselkorn, Tmirah; Konstan, Michael W.; Wagener, Jeffrey S.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To determine whether previously reported socioeconomic status (SES)-related disparities in cystic fibrosis (CF) health outcomes vary by the indicator used (median household income by zip code [MIZ], maternal educational attainment [MEA], and state insurance coverage [MA]), and whether these disparities can be explained by differences in medical treatment. Study design A cross-sectional analysis of data on patients age <18 years from the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis (ESCF). Results Disease severity showed a similar inverse correlation with all 3 SES measures. The number of stable clinic visits was unrelated to SES. Patients with MA had more sick outpatient visits and more courses of intravenous (IV) antibiotics for pulmonary exacerbations, and were more likely to be prescribed all chronic therapies. Low-MIZ patients had slightly fewer sick visits and more courses of IV antibiotics, and were more likely to receive oral nutrition supplements but less likely to receive macrolide prescriptions. Low-MEA patients were less likely to receive IV antibiotics at home, more likely to receive oral nutrition supplements, but less likely to receive macrolide prescriptions. Conclusions CF health outcomes are correlated with the SES spectrum, but these disparities are not explained by differential use of health services or prescription of chronic therapy. Future investigations should focus on the possible impact of environmental exposures and differences in disease self-management. PMID:19608199

  20. Apolipoprotein A-IV: a protein intimately involved in metabolism.

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    Wang, Fei; Kohan, Alison B; Lo, Chun-Min; Liu, Min; Howles, Philip; Tso, Patrick

    2015-08-01

    The purpose of this review is to summarize our current understanding of the physiological roles of apoA-IV in metabolism, and to underscore the potential for apoA-IV to be a focus for new therapies aimed at the treatment of diabetes and obesity-related disorders. ApoA-IV is primarily synthesized by the small intestine, attached to chylomicrons by enterocytes, and secreted into intestinal lymph during fat absorption. In circulation, apoA-IV is associated with HDL and chylomicron remnants, but a large portion is lipoprotein free. Due to its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, and because it can mediate reverse-cholesterol transport, proposed functions of circulating apoA-IV have been related to protection from cardiovascular disease. This review, however, focuses primarily on several properties of apoA-IV that impact other metabolic functions related to food intake, obesity, and diabetes. In addition to participating in triglyceride absorption, apoA-IV can act as an acute satiation factor through both peripheral and central routes of action. It also modulates glucose homeostasis through incretin-like effects on insulin secretion, and by moderating hepatic glucose production. While apoA-IV receptors remain to be conclusively identified, the latter modes of action suggest that this protein holds therapeutic promise for treating metabolic disease. PMID:25640749

  1. Panlobular emphysema in young intravenous Ritalin abusers

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    Schmidt, R.A.; Glenny, R.W.; Godwin, J.D.; Hampson, N.B.; Cantino, M.E.; Reichenbach, D.D. )

    1991-03-01

    We studied a distinctive group of young intravenous Ritalin abusers with profound obstructive lung disease. Clinically, they seemed to have severe emphysema, but the pathologic basis of their symptoms had not been investigated previously. Seven patients have died and been autopsied: in four, the lungs were fixed, inflated, dried, and examined in detail radiologically, grossly, microscopically, and by electron probe X-ray microanalysis. All seven patients had severe panlobular (panacinar) emphysema that tended to be more severe in the lower lung zones and that was associated with microscopic talc granulomas. Vascular involvement by talc granulomas was variable, but significant interstitial fibrosis was not present. Five patients were tested for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and found to be normal, as were six similar living patients. These findings indicate that some intravenous drug abusers develop emphysema that clinically, radiologically, and pathologically resembles that caused by alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency but which must have a different pathogenesis. Talc from the Ritalin tablets may be important, but the mechanism remains to be elucidated.

  2. Pyogenic splenic abscess in intravenous drug addiction.

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    Nallathambi, M N; Ivatury, R R; Lankin, D H; Wapnir, I L; Stahl, W M

    1987-06-01

    Among the surgical complications of intravenous drug addiction, pyogenic splenic abscess is considered to be a rare entity. A review of the literature reveals only 24 cases of splenic abscess secondary to this particular etiology. The authors report five patients with intravenous drug addiction who underwent splenectomy for pyogenic splenic abscess within 1 year. Fever and abdominal pain were the only constant physical signs. Three patients had associated infective endocarditis, and the other two patients sustained blunt trauma to the left side of the trunk weeks earlier. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound were diagnostic in all five patients preoperatively, and they were complementary when combined. Four of the five patients had Staphylococcus aureus septicemia at the time of splenectomy. Three patients recovered from their operations, and the other two, both with endocarditis, died postoperatively from causes unrelated to splenic abscess and splenectomy. A high index of suspicion is warranted in this susceptible group of patients with vague abdominal signs and persistent sepsis to rule out splenic suppuration. The noninvasive imaging methods, CT scan and ultrasound, facilitate early diagnosis in these patients. PMID:3579050

  3. Intravenous injection of mesenchymal stem cells is effective in treating liver fibrosis

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    Zhao, Wei; Li, Jun-Jie; Cao, Da-Yong; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Lin-Ying; He, Yong; Yue, Shu-Qiang; Wang, De-Sheng; Dou, Ke-Feng

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To compare the influence of different transplant sites in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapy for liver fibrosis. METHODS: MSCs isolated from Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were induced into hepatocyte-like cells. Liver fibrosis in SD rats was induced with carbon tetrachloride. Following hepatocyte induction in vitro, 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI)-labeled MSCs were transplanted by intravenous, intrahepatic, and intraperitoneal injection. Histopathological staining, immunohistochemistry, and biochemical analysis were used to compare the morphological and functional liver regeneration among different MSC injection modalities. The expression differences of interleukins, growth factor, extracellular matrix, matrix metalloproteinases, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase were examined by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). RESULTS: Four days after exposure to hepatocyte differentiation medium, MSCs that did not express hepatocyte markers could express ?-fetoprotein, albumin, and cytokeratin 18. The results of histopathological staining, immunohistochemistry, and biochemical analysis indicated that intravenous injection is more effective at rescuing liver failure than other injection modalities. DAPI-labeled cells were found around liver lobules in all three injection site groups, but the intravenous group had the highest number of cells. PCR and ELISA analysis indicated that interleukin-10 (IL-10) was highest in the intravenous group, whereas il1?, il6, tnf? and tgf?, which can be regulated by IL10 and are promoters of liver fibrosis, were significantly lower than in the other groups. CONCLUSION: MSC administration is able to protect against liver fibrosis. Intravenous injection is the most favorable treatment modality through promotion of IL10 expression. PMID:22416179

  4. Elemental mercury mixed with alcohol injected intravenously as a suicide attempt.

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    Karatapanis, Stylianos; Lamprianou, Fotini; Ntetskas, George; Kotis, Alexandros

    2015-01-01

    A 22-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department with symptoms of chest discomfort after a suicide attempt by injecting intravenously the amount of mercury extracted from 3 thermometers mixed with alcohol. At presentation, the patient was well oriented with normal vital signs, but a few hours later she presented an abrupt deterioration of her mental status, with confusion, disorientation, tremor and finally stupor. She was transferred to the intensive care unit for monitoring and therapy. A nasogastric tube was immediately placed and the patient received treatment with a chelating agent dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA)/succimer 800?mg orally three times a day, a dosage decided on the basis of her body weight, plus phenytoin 125?mg intravenously three times a day. Two hours after treatment initiation, the patient reported a remarkable improvement of her symptoms. However, she experienced seizures during a 6-month period after her discharge. PMID:26438669

  5. Acute myocardial infarction associated with intravenous dipyridamole for rubidium-82 PET imaging

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    Marwick, T.H.; Hollman, J. )

    1990-03-01

    This report describes the occurrence of chest pain and electrocardiographic features of acute myocardial infarction following intravenous dipyridamole-handgrip stress. Myocardial perfusion imaging (Rb-82 PET) demonstrated a stress-induced perfusion defect. Following failure to respond to medical therapy, urgent cardiac catheterization demonstrated total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The vessel was revascularized, with limitation of myocardial damage evidenced by failure to develop anterior Q waves and only modest elevation of cardiac enzyme levels. Complications of intravenous dipyridamole stress are rare, this case constituting the first major problem in over 500 such procedures at this institution. However, this experience demonstrates the importance of vigilant observation during the performance of this technique.

  6. Intravenous Levetiracetam in the Rat Pilocarpine-Induced Status Epilepticus Model: Behavioral, Physiological and Histological Studies

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    Zheng, Yi; Moussally, Jon; Cash, Sydney S.; Karnam, Havisha B.; Cole, Andrew J.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose Status epilepticus is a neurological emergency associated with neuronal injury, lasting behavioral disturbance, and a high rate of mortality. Intravenous levetiracetam (LEV), an antiepileptic drug approved to treat partial seizures, has recently been introduced. We sought to determine the effect of LEV administered intravenously in a chemoconvulsant model of status epilepticus. Methods We examined the effect of intravenous LEV in the rat lithium-pilocarpine model of status epilepticus. Ten or 30 minutes after the onset of behavioral status epilepticus, animals were treated with LEV (2001200 mg/kg i.v.) administered in a single bolus. Behavioral responses were recorded. Selected animals had continuous EEG recording before, during and after the administration of LEV. Some animals were sacrificed 24 h after the experiment and processed for histochemical assessment of neuronal injury. Results When administered 30 minutes after the onset of behavioral epileptic seizures, transient attenuation of ictal behavior was observed in animals treated with 800 mg/kg or more of LEV. The duration of behavioral attenuation increased sharply as the dose rose to 1000 mg/kg or higher, from a mean of 4 minutes to 23.6 minutes. When administered 10 minutes after seizure onset, 400 mg/kg of LEV resulted in transient ictal behavioral attenuation, and higher doses caused relatively longer periods of attenuation. Pretreatment with LEV prior to pilocarpine also delayed the onset of seizures. EEG recordings, however, showed no significant attenuation of ictal discharge. By contrast, TUNEL staining demonstrated less neuronal injury in hippocampii and other limbic structures in animals that responded behaviorally to LEV. Conclusions Intravenous administration of LEV in a chemoconvulsant model of status epilepticus results in attenuation of behavioral manifestations of seizure discharge and in reduction of neuronal injury but does not significantly alter ictal discharge recorded by EEG. PMID:20026136

  7. PMD IVS Analysis Center

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    Tornatore, Vincenza

    2013-01-01

    The main activities carried out at the PMD (Politecnico di Milano DIIAR) IVS Analysis Center during 2012 are briefly higlighted, and future plans for 2013 are sketched out. We principally continued to process European VLBI sessions using different approaches to evaluate possible differences due to various processing choices. Then VLBI solutions were also compared to the GPS ones as well as the ones calculated at co-located sites. Concerning the observational aspect, several tests were performed to identify the most suitable method to achieve the highest possible accuracy in the determination of GNSS (GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM) satellite positions using the VLBI technique.

  8. Benefits of intravenous lidocaine on post-operative pain and acute rehabilitation after laparoscopic nephrectomy

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    Tauzin-Fin, Patrick; Bernard, Olivier; Sesay, Musa; Biais, Matthieu; Richebe, Philippe; Quinart, Alice; Revel, Philippe; Sztark, Francois

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims: Intravenous (I.V.) lidocaine has analgesic, antihyperalgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and is known to accelerate the return of bowel function after surgery. We evaluated the effects of I.V. lidocaine on pain management and acute rehabilitation protocol after laparoscopic nephrectomy. Materials and Methods: A total of 47 patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic nephrectomy were included in a two-phase observational study where I.V. lidocaine (1.5 mg/kg/h) was introduced, in the second phase, during surgery and for 24 h post-operatively. All patients underwent the same post-operative rehabilitation program. Post-operative pain scores, opioid consumption and extent of hyperalgesia were measured. Time to first flatus and 6 min walking test (6MWT) were recorded. Results: Patient demographics were similar in the two phases (n = 22 in each group). Lidocaine significantly reduced morphine consumption (median [25-75% interquartile range]; 8.5 mg[4567891011121314151617] vs. 25 mg[1920212223242526272829303132]; P < 0.0001), post-operative pain scores (P < 0.05) and hyperalgesia extent on post-operative day 1-day 2-day 4 (mean standard deviation (SD); 1.5 0.9 vs. 4.3 1.2 cm (P < 0.001), 0.6 0.5 vs. 2.8 1.2 cm (P < 0.001) and 0.13 0.3 vs. 1.2 1 cm (P < 0.001), respectively). Time to first flatus (mean SD; 29 7 h vs. 48 15 h; P < 0.001) and 6MWT at day 4 (189 50 m vs. 151 53 m; P < 0.001) were significantly enhanced in patients with i.v. lidocaine. Conclusion: Intravenous (I.V.) lidocaine could reduce post-operative morphine consumption and improve post-operative pain management and post-operative recovery after laparoscopic nephrectomy. I.V. lidocaine could contribute to better post-operative rehabilitation. PMID:25190945

  9. Clinical manifestation and management of intravenous mercury injection: a case report.

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    Kobidze, T; Urushadze, O; Afandiyev, I; Nemsadze, G; Loladze, D

    2014-01-01

    Intentional self-injection of metallic mercury case report is presented. A 22 year old man with a past medical history of ethylene glycol suicidal poisoning was admitted to a Acad. N. Kipshidze Central University Clinic in Tbilisi, four months after deliberate intravenous injection of an unknown quantity of metallic mercury from several thermometers into his antecubital vein. After 2 months of asymptomatic period, the patient began to complain of pain and tremor in limbs, fatigue and skin rash. CT scan of the thorax and the abdomen confirmed multiple small opacities of metallic density in both lungs, liver and right kidney. After the procedure the patient was transferred to the toxicology center in Baku, Azerbaijan for chelation therapy. On arrival no biochemical abnormalities in hepatic or renal function or clinical pulmonary malfunction were detected, despite presence of slight symptoms of erethism, tremor mercuralis, knee joints arthralgia and lower extremities weakness. Chelation therapy with intramuscular injection of Unithiol (DMPS) was started in dose of 20mg/kg/day. After one month of chelation therapy, mercury blood concentration slowly decreased from initially 134 microgram/L to 105 microgram/L. This case report demonstrates mild acute toxicity following intravenous administration of unknown amounts of elemental mercury. Because of chelation therapy can remove approximately 1 mg of mercury per day the patient was recommended further long-term DMPS treatments under the control blood mercury levels. It is concluded that clinical manifestations of intravenous elemental mercury intoxication may be delayed despite significant increase in blood mercury level. PMID:24523325

  10. FIND-CKD: a randomized trial of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose versus oral iron in patients with chronic kidney disease and iron deficiency anaemia

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    Macdougall, Iain C.; Bock, Andreas H.; Carrera, Fernando; Eckardt, Kai-Uwe; Gaillard, Carlo; Van Wyck, David; Roubert, Bernard; Nolen, Jacqueline G.; Roger, Simon D.

    2014-01-01

    Background The optimal iron therapy regimen in patients with non-dialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (CKD) is unknown. Methods Ferinject assessment in patients with Iron deficiency anaemia and Non-Dialysis-dependent Chronic Kidney Disease (FIND-CKD) was a 56-week, open-label, multicentre, prospective and randomized study of 626 patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD, anaemia and iron deficiency not receiving erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs). Patients were randomized (1:1:2) to intravenous (IV) ferric carboxymaltose (FCM), targeting a higher (400600 g/L) or lower (100200 g/L) ferritin or oral iron therapy. The primary end point was time to initiation of other anaemia management (ESA, other iron therapy or blood transfusion) or haemoglobin (Hb) trigger of two consecutive values <10 g/dL during Weeks 852. Results The primary end point occurred in 36 patients (23.5%), 49 patients (32.2%) and 98 patients (31.8%) in the high-ferritin FCM, low-ferritin FCM and oral iron groups, respectively [hazard ratio (HR): 0.65; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.440.95; P = 0.026 for high-ferritin FCM versus oral iron]. The increase in Hb was greater with high-ferritin FCM versus oral iron (P = 0.014) and a greater proportion of patients achieved an Hb increase ?1 g/dL with high-ferritin FCM versus oral iron (HR: 2.04; 95% CI: 1.522.72; P < 0.001). Rates of adverse events and serious adverse events were similar in all groups. Conclusions Compared with oral iron, IV FCM targeting a ferritin of 400600 g/L quickly reached and maintained Hb level, and delayed and/or reduced the need for other anaemia management including ESAs. Within the limitations of this trial, no renal toxicity was observed, with no difference in cardiovascular or infectious events. ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT00994318. PMID:24891437

  11. Pharmacokinetics of tramadol and its major metabolites in alpacas following intravenous and oral administration.

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    Edmondson, M A; Duran, S H; Boothe, D M; Stewart, A J; Ravis, W R

    2012-08-01

    Tramadol, a centrally acting opioid analgesic with monamine reuptake inhibition, was administered to six alpacas (43-71 kg) randomly assigned to two treatment groups, using an open, single-dose, two-period, randomized cross-over design at a dose of 3.4-4.4 mg/kg intravenously (i.v.) and, after a washout period, 11 mg/kg orally. Serum samples were collected and stored at -80C until assayed by HPLC. Pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated. The mean half-lives (t(1/2)) i.v. were 0.850.463 and 0.5200.256 h orally. The Cp(0) i.v. was 2467540 ng/mL, and the C(max) was 12021319 ng/mL orally. T(max) occurred at 0.1110.068 h orally. The area under the curve (AUC(0-?)) i.v. was 895189 and 373217 ng*h/mL orally. The volume of distribution (V(d[area])) i.v. was 5.502.66 L/kg. Total body clearance (Cl) i.v. was 4.621.09 h; Cl/F for oral administration was 39.523 L/h/kg. The i.v. mean residence time (MRT) was 0.7200.264. Oral adsorption (F) was low (5.9-19.1%) at almost three times the i.v. dosage with a large inter-subject variation. This may be due to binding with the rumen contents or enzymatic destruction. Assuming linear nonsaturable pharmacokinetics and absorption processes, a dosage of 6.7 times orally would be needed to achieve the same i.v. serum concentration of tramadol. The t(1/2) of all three metabolites was longer than the parent drug; however, O-DMT, N-DMT, and Di-DMT metabolites were not detectable in all of the alpacas. Because of the poor bioavailability and adverse effects noted in this study, the oral administration of tramadol in alpacas cannot be recommended without further research. PMID:21883285

  12. Pharmacokinetics of tobramycin following intravenous, intramuscular, and intra-articular administration in healthy horses.

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    Newman, J C; Prange, T; Jennings, S; Barlow, B M; Davis, J L

    2013-12-01

    The objectives of this study were to examine the pharmacokinetics of tobramycin in the horse following intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), and intra-articular (IA) administration. Six mares received 4mg/kg tobramycin IV, IM, and IV with concurrent IA administration (IV+IA) in a randomized 3-way crossover design. A washout period of at least 7days was allotted between experiments. After IV administration, the volume of distribution, clearance, and half-life were 0.180.04L/kg, 1.180.32mLkg/min, and 4.611.10h, respectively. Concurrent IA administration could not be demonstrated to influence IV pharmacokinetics. The mean maximum plasma concentration (Cmax ) after IM administration was 18.249.23?g/mL at 1.0h (range 1.0-2.0h), with a mean bioavailability of 81.2244.05%. Intramuscular administration was well tolerated, despite the high volume of drug administered (50mL per 500kg horse). Trough concentrations at 24h were below 2?g/mL in all horses after all routes of administration. Specifically, trough concentrations at 24h were 0.04