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  1. Echinocandin failure case due to a previously unreported FKS1 mutation in Candida krusei.

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    Jensen, Rasmus Hare; Justesen, Ulrik Stenz; Rewes, Annika; Perlin, David S; Arendrup, Maiken Cavling

    2014-06-01

    Echinocandins are the preferred therapy for invasive infections due to Candida krusei. We present here a case of clinical failure involving C. krusei with a characteristic FKS1 hot spot mutation not previously reported in C. krusei that was isolated after 14 days of treatment. Anidulafungin MICs were elevated by ? 5 dilution steps above the clinical breakpoint but by only 1 step for a Candida albicans isolate harboring the corresponding mutation, suggesting a notable species-specific difference in the MIC increase conferred by this mutation. PMID:24687511

  2. Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Pocket Infection Due to a Previously Undescribed Cupriavidus Species?

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    Christensen, Joshua B.; Vitko, Nicholas P.; Voskuil, Martin I.; Castillo-Mancilla, Jose R.

    2010-01-01

    The genus Cupriavidus consists of Gram-negative, nonfermenting bacteria most of which are environmental organisms, though some species have been associated with human disease. We report the recovery and identification of an isolate that represents a previously undescribed species of Cupriavidus from an implantable cardiac defibrillator pocket infection. PMID:20427695

  3. Splenic abscess due to Salmonella schwarzengrund in a previously healthy individual returning from Bali.

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    Hoff, Erik; Nayeri, Fariba

    2015-01-01

    After an episode of diarrhoea, a previously healthy young man developed a splenic abscess due to invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella. The patient was presented with >1 month of fever, diffuse abdominal pain, raised C reactive protein and increased white cell count. Ultrasonography revealed a 5 × 5 cm abscess in the spleen. After an unsuccessful treatment attempt with percutaneous drainage and antibiotics, the patient was successfully treated with splenectomy and antibiotics. This case highlights the difficulties inherent in making a correct diagnosis of splenic abscess in patients without risk factors. Splenic abscess is rare in previously healthy individuals. Antibiotics are inadequate as a sole treatment, and percutaneous drainage is usually only a temporary solution. Splenectomy is still the standard treatment in most cases. PMID:26670898

  4. Phase effects due to previous pulses in time-resolved Faraday rotation measurements

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    Trowbridge, Christopher J.; Sih, Vanessa

    2015-02-14

    Time-resolved Faraday rotation measurements have proved transformative in the investigation of spin dynamics in semiconductors. In materials with spin lifetimes which are on the order of, or greater than, the laser repetition time, the collective effect of spin polarization due to the whole pump pulse train becomes important. Here, we discuss a relative phase shift which results from these spins. We derive and experimentally validate a closed-form expression which describes this phase shift and characterize it throughout parameter space. A spin lifetime measurement based on this phase shift is described, and we discuss situations in which the model used must be augmented to be applicable.

  5. Subcutaneous Emphysema Induced by Cryotherapy: A Complication due to Previous Punctures.

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    Martínez-Coronado, Jared; Torres-Álvarez, Bertha; Castanedo-Cázares, Juan Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Cryosurgery is a common therapeutic modality used in dermatology; therefore we must be aware of its possible adverse effects. We report a case of a patient with subcutaneous emphysema which occurred following the application of cryotherapy after multiple punctures of local anesthetic and intralesional steroids in a chest keloid scar. Despite the fact that this condition was gradually resolved after expectant observation, we warn about this complication when sprayed cryotherapy is preceded by multiple punctures on cutaneous lesions above bony surfaces. In similar settings, cryotherapy must be first administered or a cotton-tip applicator should be used. PMID:26171258

  6. Subcutaneous Emphysema Induced by Cryotherapy: A Complication due to Previous Punctures

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    Martínez-Coronado, Jared; Torres-Álvarez, Bertha; Castanedo-Cázares, Juan Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Cryosurgery is a common therapeutic modality used in dermatology; therefore we must be aware of its possible adverse effects. We report a case of a patient with subcutaneous emphysema which occurred following the application of cryotherapy after multiple punctures of local anesthetic and intralesional steroids in a chest keloid scar. Despite the fact that this condition was gradually resolved after expectant observation, we warn about this complication when sprayed cryotherapy is preceded by multiple punctures on cutaneous lesions above bony surfaces. In similar settings, cryotherapy must be first administered or a cotton-tip applicator should be used. PMID:26171258

  7. Ileal Intussusception Due to Metastasis from Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung Resected 12 Years Previously.

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    Nakamura, Tomoki; Chino, Osamu; Tajima, Takayuki; Tanaka, Yoichi; Yokoyama, Daiki; Hanashi, Tomoko; Sadahiro, Sotaro; Makuuchi, Hiroyasu

    2015-01-01

    An 88-year-old woman, with a history of resection of stage IIA lung cancer in 1998, was referred to our hospital in August 2010 complaining of upper abdominal pain, vomiting, and dark brown stools. After endoscopic examination, she was admitted with a diagnosis of Mallory-Weiss syndrome. Vomiting ecurred when food intake was resumed after fasting. Intestinal obstruction was suspected on abdominal radiography, and complete small bowel obstruction was confirmed by contrast-enhanced imaging after placement of an ileus tube. A small intestinal tumor with intussusception was detected by computed tomography. At laparotomy, there was no ascites. Intussusception was found due to an ileal tumor located approximately 50 cm from the ileocecal valve, and we performed partial small bowel resection. The resected small intestine contained a submucosal tumor approximately 40 mm in diameter that had penetrated the bowel wall to reach the serosa. Pathological examination revealed a submucosal tumor that showed poor continuity with the surrounding mucosa, while the histology was squamous cell carcinoma. Immunohistochemistry showed that the tumor was CK7 positive, CK20 negative, TTF-1 negative, and CK10 positive. Based on these findings, we made a diagnosis of small intestinal metastasis at 12 years after radical resection of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. PMID:26662663

  8. Older adults who have previously fallen due to a trip walk differently than those who have fallen due to a slip.

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    Wright, Rachel L; Peters, Derek M; Robinson, Paul D; Watt, Thomas N; Hollands, Mark A

    2015-01-01

    Studying the relationships between centre of mass (COM) and centre of pressure (COP) during walking has been shown to be useful in determining movement stability. The aim of the current study was to compare COM-COP separation measures during walking between groups of older adults with no history of falling, and a history of falling due to tripping or slipping. Any differences between individuals who have fallen due to a slip and those who have fallen due to a trip in measures of dynamic balance could potentially indicate differences in the mechanisms responsible for falls. Forty older adults were allocated into groups based on their self-reported fall history during walking. The non-faller group had not experienced a fall in at least the previous year. Participants who had experienced a fall were split into two groups based on whether a trip or slip resulted in the fall(s). A Vicon system was used to collect full body kinematic trajectories. Two force platforms were used to measure ground reaction forces. The COM was significantly further ahead of the COP at heel strike for the trip (14.3 ± 2.7 cm) and slip (15.3 ± 1.1 cm) groups compared to the non-fallers (12.0 ± 2.7 cm). COM was significantly further behind the COP at foot flat for the slip group (-14.9 ± 3.6 cm) compared to the non-fallers (-10.3 ± 3.9 cm). At mid-swing, the COM of the trip group was ahead of the COP (0.9 ± 1.6 cm), whereas for the slip group the COM was behind the COP (-1.2 ± 2.2 cm). These results show identifiable differences in dynamic balance control of walking between older adults with a history of tripping or slipping and non-fallers. PMID:25455700

  9. [Mental disorders due to brain lesions in the DSM-5 in the light of the previous versions].

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    Derouesné, Christian

    2013-12-01

    The DSM-5 introduces major modifications in the category of mental disorders due to brain lesions compared to the previous DSM versions, which are reviewed in this paper. The description of the category Major neurocognitive disorder, as a substitute for dementia, seems to fit better for patients and families, and more adapted to many neurodegenerative cognitive disorders for which memory impairment is not predominant. Similarly, the introduction of the category of Mild neurocognitive disorder appears to be an improvement although some difficulty still remains for distinguishing mild cognitive disorder from normal aging. The addition of new etiological categories such as fronto-temporal NCD or NCD with Lewy bodies should also to be considered as a significant improvement. Despite these advances, to circumscribe the mental disorders due to brain lesions to cognitive deficits and biological mechanisms remains highly questionable, and does not provide an adequate care for the patients and families if not complemented by a psychological and environmental approach. PMID:24333820

  10. Case report. Onychomycosis due to Microsporum canis.

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    Romano, C; Paccagnini, E; Pelliccia, L

    2001-05-01

    A case of distal subungual onychomycosis of the big toe due to Microsporum canis is reported in a 69-year-old male asthma patient who had been treated with systemic corticosteroids for the last 3 years. The nail infection was contracted from a cat who was a healthy carrier. The patient was treated successfully with intermittent itraconazole therapy. PMID:11413924

  11. Can estrogen receptor overexpression in normal tissues due to previous estrogen deprivation explain the fulvestrant efficacy in breast cancer therapy?

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    Kurbel, Sven

    2012-12-01

    Fulvestrant is a down-regulator of estrogen receptors (ERs) with still evolving optimal dosage for ER-positive breast cancer patients. The CONFIRM phase III trial in women with advanced breast cancer proved fulvestrant 500-mg to be associated with a longer time till progression (TTP) than the 250-mg schedule. Detailed results suggest that the fulvestrant in both schedules depended on the previous endocrine therapy. All complete responses and the only significant TTP difference between the two schedules was found among women previously treated with tamoxifen (TAM) and not in women after aromatase inhibitors (AIs). Noting that TAM competes with estrogen binding to ERs is important, so the optimal TAM dosage produces drug concentrations comparable to concentrations of available ER ligands. All AIs diminish production of the main ER ligand, so the optimal AI dosage depends on the overall pool of aromatase molecules in the body. Both treatments are not directly related to the pool of available ERs in the body. Here proposed interpretation is that estrogen deprivation due to years of endocrine breast cancer therapy increases ER expression in breast cancer cells and in other healthy estrogen target tissues. The breast cancer exposure to fulvestrant depends on the presence of all ERs in the body. Only when this overall pool is sufficiently saturated with fulvestrant, we can expect to achieve some breast cancer response due to down-regulation of ER in cancer tissue. The CONFIRM data suggest that among patients switching from TAM to fulvestrant, only the 500-mg schedule could down-regulate the moderately enlarged total body ER pool and thus induce breast cancer regression. In patients switching from previous AI treatments, both 250 and 500-mg schedules were unable to prolong the TTP, suggesting that in both doses, fulvestrant showed no efficacy since the overall ER pool was more enlarged after AIs. Fulvestrant might be more effective before TAM and AIs, in the first line endocrine therapy of metastatic breast cancer, since an unaltered ER pool in normal tissues is expected in this setting. PMID:23062772

  12. Prolonged asthma after smoke inhalation: A report of three cases and a review of previous reports

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    Moisan, T.C. )

    1991-04-01

    The development of prolonged obstructive airways disease after smoke inhalation is of concern to fire victims and fire fighters. Three cases of asthma that developed following the inhalation of pyrolysis products are presented along with a review of previous reports of airway injury from smoke inhalation. Polyvinyl chloride pyrolysis products seem to pose a high risk, but other toxic inhalants are also implicated. There is substantial evidence that prolonged airway hyper-responsiveness and asthma may follow numerous inflammatory insults including smoke inhalation. Studies to identify specific individual risk factors and asthmagenic pyrolysis products are needed. Early, postexposure anti-inflammatory treatment may modify the outcome. 42 refs.

  13. Clinical study reports of randomised controlled trials: an exploratory review of previously confidential industry reports

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    Doshi, Peter; Jefferson, Tom

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the structure and content of a non-random sample of clinical study reports (CSRs) to guide clinicians and systematic reviewers. Search strategy We searched public sources and lodged Freedom of Information requests for previously confidential CSRs primarily written by the industry for regulators. Selection criteria CSRs reporting sufficient information for extraction (‘adequate’). Primary outcome measures Presence and length of essential elements of trial design and reporting and compression factor (ratio of page length for CSRs compared to its published counterpart in a scientific journal). Data extraction Data were extracted on standard forms and crosschecked for accuracy. Results We assembled a population of 78 CSRs (covering 90 randomised controlled trials; 144?610 pages total) dated 1991–2011 of 14 pharmaceuticals. Report synopses had a median length of 5 pages, efficacy evaluation 13.5 pages, safety evaluation 17 pages, attached tables 337 pages, trial protocol 62 pages, statistical analysis plan 15 pages and individual efficacy and safety listings had a median length of 447 and 109.5 pages, respectively. While 16 (21%) of CSRs contained completed case report forms, these were accessible to us in only one case (765 pages representing 16 individuals). Compression factors ranged between 1 and 8805. Conclusions Clinical study reports represent a hitherto mostly hidden and untapped source of detailed and exhaustive data on each trial. They should be consulted by independent parties interested in a detailed record of a clinical trial, and should form the basic unit for evidence synthesis as their use is likely to minimise the problem of reporting bias. We cannot say whether our sample is representative and whether our conclusions are generalisable to an undefined and undefinable population of CSRs. PMID:23447465

  14. 17 CFR 45.14 - Reporting of errors and omissions in previously reported data.

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    2012-04-01

    ... Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, a swap data repository shall transmit... in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Unless otherwise approved by the Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, each registered entity or swap counterparty reporting corrections...

  15. 17 CFR 45.14 - Reporting of errors and omissions in previously reported data.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, a swap data repository shall transmit... in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Unless otherwise approved by the Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, each registered entity or swap counterparty reporting corrections...

  16. 17 CFR 45.14 - Reporting of errors and omissions in previously reported data.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, a swap data repository shall transmit... in paragraph (a) of this section. (c) Unless otherwise approved by the Commission, or by the Chief Information Officer pursuant to § 45.13, each registered entity or swap counterparty reporting corrections...

  17. 20 CFR 408.714 - When are reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false When are reports due? 408.714 Section 408.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS Reporting Requirements § 408.714 When are reports due? (a) A reportable event happens. You should report...

  18. 20 CFR 408.714 - When are reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false When are reports due? 408.714 Section 408.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS Reporting Requirements § 408.714 When are reports due? (a) A reportable event happens. You should report...

  19. 20 CFR 408.714 - When are reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false When are reports due? 408.714 Section 408.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS Reporting Requirements § 408.714 When are reports due? (a) A reportable event happens. You should report...

  20. 20 CFR 408.714 - When are reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false When are reports due? 408.714 Section 408.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS Reporting Requirements § 408.714 When are reports due? (a) A reportable event happens. You should report...

  1. 20 CFR 408.714 - When are reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false When are reports due? 408.714 Section 408.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SPECIAL BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN WORLD WAR II VETERANS Reporting Requirements § 408.714 When are reports due? (a) A reportable event happens. You should report...

  2. 20 CFR 416.714 - When reports are due.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false When reports are due. 416.714 Section 416.714 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED Reports Required Report Provisions § 416.714 When reports are due. (a) A reportable event...

  3. Hepatic actinomycosis: report of one case and analysis of 32 previously reported cases.

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    Yang, Xing-Xiang; Lin, Jian-Mei; Xu, Kai-Ju; Wang, Shu-Qiang; Luo, Ting-Ting; Geng, Xiao-Xia; Huang, Ren-Gang; Jiang, Nan

    2014-11-21

    Hepatic actinomycosis is rare, with few published cases. There are no characteristic clinical manifestations, and computed tomography (CT) shows mainly low-density images, making clinical diagnosis difficult, and leading to frequent misdiagnosis as primary liver cancer, metastatic liver cancer or liver abscess. Diagnosis normally requires examination of both the aetiology and pathology. This article reports one male patient aged 55 who was hospitalized because of repeated upper abdominal pain for more than 2 mo. He exhibited no chills, fever or yellow staining of the skin and sclera, and examination revealed no positive signs. The routine blood results were: haemoglobin 110 g/L, normal numbers of leukocytes and neutral leukocytes, serum albumin 32 g/L, negative serum hepatitis B markers and hepatitis C antibodies, normal tumour markers (alpha-fetoprotein and carcinoembryonic antigen). An abdominal CT scan revealed an 11.2 cm × 5.8 cm × 7.4 cm mass with an unclear edge in the left liver lobe. The patient was diagnosed as having primary liver cancer, and left lobe resection was performed. The postoperative pathological examination found multifocal actinomycetes in the hepatic parenchyma, which was accompanied by chronic suppurative inflammation. A focal abscess had formed, and large doses of sodium penicillin were administered postoperatively as anti-infective therapy. This article also reviews 32 cases reported in the English literature, with the aim of determining the clinical features and treatment characteristics of this disease, and providing a reference for its diagnosis and treatment. PMID:25473199

  4. Hepatic actinomycosis: Report of one case and analysis of 32 previously reported cases

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    Yang, Xing-Xiang; Lin, Jian-Mei; Xu, Kai-Ju; Wang, Shu-Qiang; Luo, Ting-Ting; Geng, Xiao-Xia; Huang, Ren-Gang; Jiang, Nan

    2014-01-01

    Hepatic actinomycosis is rare, with few published cases. There are no characteristic clinical manifestations, and computed tomography (CT) shows mainly low-density images, making clinical diagnosis difficult, and leading to frequent misdiagnosis as primary liver cancer, metastatic liver cancer or liver abscess. Diagnosis normally requires examination of both the aetiology and pathology. This article reports one male patient aged 55 who was hospitalized because of repeated upper abdominal pain for more than 2 mo. He exhibited no chills, fever or yellow staining of the skin and sclera, and examination revealed no positive signs. The routine blood results were: haemoglobin 110 g/L, normal numbers of leukocytes and neutral leukocytes, serum albumin 32 g/L, negative serum hepatitis B markers and hepatitis C antibodies, normal tumour markers (alpha-fetoprotein and carcinoembryonic antigen). An abdominal CT scan revealed an 11.2 cm × 5.8 cm × 7.4 cm mass with an unclear edge in the left liver lobe. The patient was diagnosed as having primary liver cancer, and left lobe resection was performed. The postoperative pathological examination found multifocal actinomycetes in the hepatic parenchyma, which was accompanied by chronic suppurative inflammation. A focal abscess had formed, and large doses of sodium penicillin were administered postoperatively as anti-infective therapy. This article also reviews 32 cases reported in the English literature, with the aim of determining the clinical features and treatment characteristics of this disease, and providing a reference for its diagnosis and treatment. PMID:25473199

  5. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in a Patient with Previous Pneumonectomy: A Case Report and Discussion of Anaesthetic Considerations

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    Newington, Dash Faith; Ismail, Sanaa

    2014-01-01

    Increasing numbers of patients require cholecystectomy after previous pneumonectomy, but there are little data to guide anaesthetic management. A laparoscopic approach is associated with less postoperative respiratory compromise than open cholecystectomy but may be relatively contraindicated due to the undesirable effects of pneumoperitoneum on respiratory function. We describe the case of a 72-year-old patient who successfully underwent elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy 23 years after left pneumonectomy. An understanding of the combined physiological consequences of pneumonectomy and pneumoperitoneum facilitated the provision of safe and uneventful anaesthesia. We propose that laparoscopic cholecystectomy is feasible and safe to perform in patients with a single lung. PMID:25431680

  6. Cardiac Reoperation in a patient who previously underwent omentoplasty for postoperative mediastinitis: a case report

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    2011-01-01

    Sternal infection has become a rare but challenging problem with significant mortality and morbidity rates since the introduction of sternotomy. Reported rates of mediastinal and sternal infection range from 0.4% to 5%. The ideal reconstruction after sternal debridement is still controversial. Different methods, such as debridement and open packing with continuous antibiotic irrigation, or sternectomy with omental or muscle transposition have been proposed. In this study, we present the cardiac reoperation of a 52 year old man with corrected transposition of great arteries (c-TGA) who had undergone a previous omentoplasty for postoperative mediastinitis. PMID:21435257

  7. Protothecosis in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: case report and review of previous cases.

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    Macesic, N; Fleming, S; Kidd, S; Madigan, V; Chean, R; Ritchie, D; Slavin, M

    2014-06-01

    Prototheca species are achlorophyllus algae. Prototheca wickerhamii and Prototheca zopfii cause human disease. In immunocompetent individuals, they cause soft tissue infections and olecranon bursitis, but in transplant recipients, these organisms can cause disseminated disease. We report a fatal case of disseminated P. zopfii infection in an hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipient with bloodstream infection and involvement of multiple soft tissue sites. We review all previous cases of protothecosis in HSCT reported in the literature. Protothecosis is uncommon after HSCT, but has a disseminated presentation that is frequently fatal. It is commonly misidentified as a yeast. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors and contamination of central venous catheters may contribute to development of protothecosis. Optimal treatment approaches are yet to be defined. New agents such as miltefosine may be possible future therapies. PMID:24797402

  8. 45 CFR 265.4 - When are quarterly reports due?

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    2010-10-01

    ... PROGRAMS), ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS § 265.4 When are quarterly reports due? (a) Each State must file...

  9. Novel Endogenous Retrovirus in Rabbits Previously Reported as Human Retrovirus 5

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    Griffiths, David J.; Voisset, Cécile; Venables, Patrick J. W.; Weiss, Robin A.

    2002-01-01

    Human retrovirus 5 (HRV-5) represented a fragment of a novel retrovirus sequence identified in human RNA and DNA preparations. In this study, the genome of HRV-5 was cloned and sequenced and integration sites were analyzed. Using PCR and Southern hybridization, we showed that HRV-5 is not integrated into human DNA. A survey of other species revealed that HRV-5 is present in the genomic DNA of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and belongs to an endogenous retrovirus family found in rabbits. The presence of rabbit sequences flanking HRV-5 proviruses in human DNA extracts suggested that rabbit DNA was present in our human extracts, and this was confirmed by PCR analysis that revealed the presence of rabbit mitochondrial DNA sequences in four of five human DNA preparations tested. The origin of the rabbit DNA and HRV-5 in human DNA preparations remains unclear, but laboratory contamination cannot explain the preferential detection of HRV-5 in inflammatory diseases and lymphomas reported previously. This is the first description of a retrovirus genome in rabbits, and sequence analysis shows that it is related to but distinct from A-type retroelements of mice and other rodents. The species distribution of HRV-5 is restricted to rabbits; other species, including other members of the order Lagomorpha, do not contain this sequence. Analysis of HRV-5 expression by Northern hybridization and reverse transcriptase PCR indicates that the virus is transcribed at a low level in many rabbit tissues. In light of these findings we propose that the sequence previously designated HRV-5 should now be denoted RERV-H (for rabbit endogenous retrovirus H). PMID:12072509

  10. Infantile onset spinocerebellar ataxia 2 (SCA2): a clinical report with review of previous cases.

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    Singh, Ankur; Faruq, Mohammed; Mukerji, Mitali; Dwivedi, Manish Kumar; Pruthi, Sumit; Kapoor, Seema

    2014-01-01

    Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia type I is a heterogeneous group of spinocerebellar ataxias with variable neurologic presentations, with age of onset varying from infancy to adulthood. Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia type I is composed mainly of 3 prevalent spinocerebellar ataxia types with different pathogenic loci, specifically spinocerebellar ataxia 1 (6p24-p23), spinocerebellar ataxia 2 (12q24.1), and spinocerebellar ataxia 3 (14q32.1). The shared pathogenic mutational event is the expansion of the CAG repeat that results in polyglutamine extended stretches in the encoded proteins. CAG repeat disorders generally show the phenomenon of anticipation, which is more often associated with paternal transmission. In this report, we describe a patient with infantile-onset spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (~320 CAG repeat) who inherited the disease from his father (47 CAG repeats). We have summarized the clinical, neuroimaging, electroencephalographic (EEG), and molecular data of previous cases and attempt to highlight the most consistent findings. Our intent is to help treating clinicians to suspect this disorder and to offer timely genetic counseling for a currently potentially untreatable disorder. PMID:24300164

  11. Are all the previously reported genetic variants in limb girdle muscular dystrophy genes pathogenic?

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    Di Fruscio, Giuseppina; Garofalo, Arcomaria; Mutarelli, Margherita; Savarese, Marco; Nigro, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    Hundreds of variants in autosomal genes associated with the limb girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs) have been reported as being causative. However, in most cases the proof of pathogenicity derives from their non-occurrence in hundreds of healthy controls and/or from segregation studies in small families. The limited statistics of the genetic variations in the general population may hamper a correct interpretation of the effect of variants on the protein. To clarify the meaning of low-frequency variants in LGMD genes, we have selected all variants described as causative in the Leiden Open Variation Database and the Human Gene Mutation Database. We have systematically searched for their frequency in the NHLBI GO Exome Sequencing Project (ESP) and in our internal database. Surprisingly, the ESP contains about 4% of the variants previously associated with a dominant inheritance and about 9% of those associated with a recessive inheritance. The putative disease alleles are much more frequent than those estimated considering the disease prevalence. In conclusion, we hypothesize that a number of disease-associated variants are non-pathogenic and that other variations are not fully penetrant, even if they affect the protein function, suggesting a more complex genetic mechanisms for such heterogeneous disorders. PMID:25898921

  12. Adenylosuccinate lyase (ADSL) and infantile autism: Absence of previously reported point mutation

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    Fon, E.A.; Sarrazin, J.; Rouleau, G.A.

    1995-12-18

    Autism is a heterogeneous neuropsychiatric syndrome of unknown etiology. There is evidence that a deficiency in the enzyme adenylosuccinate lyase (ADSL), essential for de novo purine biosynthesis, could be involved in the pathogenesis of certain cases. A point mutation in the ADSL gene, resulting in a predicted serine-to-proline substitution and conferring structural instability to the mutant enzyme, has been reported previously in 3 affected siblings. In order to determine the prevalence of the mutation, we PCR-amplified the exon spanning the site of this mutation from the genomic DNA of patients fulfilling DSM-III-R criteria for autistic disorder. None of the 119 patients tested were found to have this mutation. Furthermore, on preliminary screening using single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP), no novel mutations were detected in the coding sequence of four ADSL exons, spanning approximately 50% of the cDNA. In light of these findings, it appears that mutations in the ADSL gene represent a distinctly uncommon cause of autism. 12 refs., 2 figs.

  13. Colonic perforation resulting from ingested chicken bone revealing previously undiagnosed colonic adenocarcinoma: report of a case and review of literature.

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    McGregor, Douglas H; Liu, Xiaoying; Ulusarac, Ozlem; Ponnuru, Kimberly D; Schnepp, Stephanie L

    2011-01-01

    An 86 year old male with a four-day history of nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms was found on colonoscopy to have evidence of sigmoid colon obstruction and possible perforation. Emergent operative exploration revealed diffuse peritonitis, sigmoid perforation, adjacent dense adhesions, and a foreign body protruding through the perforated area. Pathologic examination showed the foreign body to be a sliver of bone consistent with chicken bone and the sigmoid subacute perforation to be associated distally with a circumferential ulcerated obstructing mass, microscopically seen to be transmurally infiltrating adenocarcinoma, signet-ring cell type. There was extensive acute and organizing peritonitis, 100% Escherichia coli was cultured from peritoneal fluid, and the patient died two days postoperatively with sepsis and hypotension. This appears to be the fifth reported case of colonic perforation resulting from foreign body perforation due to previously undiagnosed adenocarcinoma. The four previously reported cases were all deeply invasive adenocarcinoma of sigmoid colon, and the foreign bodies included three chicken/poultry bones and a metallic staple. These five cases are highly unusual examples of a potentially lethal malignant neoplasm being clinically revealed by a usually (but not always) innocuous event, the ingestion of a small foreign body. PMID:21333012

  14. Colonic perforation resulting from ingested chicken bone revealing previously undiagnosed colonic adenocarcinoma: report of a case and review of literature

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    2011-01-01

    An 86 year old male with a four-day history of nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms was found on colonoscopy to have evidence of sigmoid colon obstruction and possible perforation. Emergent operative exploration revealed diffuse peritonitis, sigmoid perforation, adjacent dense adhesions, and a foreign body protruding through the perforated area. Pathologic examination showed the foreign body to be a sliver of bone consistent with chicken bone and the sigmoid subacute perforation to be associated distally with a circumferential ulcerated obstructing mass, microscopically seen to be transmurally infiltrating adenocarcinoma, signet-ring cell type. There was extensive acute and organizing peritonitis, 100% Escherichia coli was cultured from peritoneal fluid, and the patient died two days postoperatively with sepsis and hypotension. This appears to be the fifth reported case of colonic perforation resulting from foreign body perforation due to previously undiagnosed adenocarcinoma. The four previously reported cases were all deeply invasive adenocarcinoma of sigmoid colon, and the foreign bodies included three chicken/poultry bones and a metallic staple. These five cases are highly unusual examples of a potentially lethal malignant neoplasm being clinically revealed by a usually (but not always) innocuous event, the ingestion of a small foreign body. PMID:21333012

  15. Case report: Recurrent glossopharyngeal neuralgia after previous glossopharyngeal rhizotomy: Microvascular decompression with intra-operative neurophysiology.

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    Price, Sally-Ann S; Davies, Owain; Walsh, Peter; Patel, Nikunj

    2015-12-01

    We present a case of recurrent vago-glossopharyngeal neuralgia after previous surgery, treated successfully with microvascular decompression using intra-operative neurophysiology monitoring. PMID:25958960

  16. 50 CFR 86.81 - When are the reports due?

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    2010-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false When are the reports due? 86.81 Section 86.81 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE-WILDLIFE SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (BIG) PROGRAM Reporting Requirements for the States...

  17. 50 CFR 86.81 - When are the reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 8 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false When are the reports due? 86.81 Section 86.81 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE-WILDLIFE SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (BIG) PROGRAM Reporting Requirements for the States...

  18. 50 CFR 86.81 - When are the reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 9 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false When are the reports due? 86.81 Section 86.81 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE-WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (BIG) PROGRAM Reporting Requirements for...

  19. 50 CFR 86.81 - When are the reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 9 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false When are the reports due? 86.81 Section 86.81 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE-WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (BIG) PROGRAM Reporting Requirements for...

  20. 50 CFR 86.81 - When are the reports due?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 9 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false When are the reports due? 86.81 Section 86.81 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE-WILDLIFE SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT (BIG) PROGRAM Reporting Requirements for the States...

  1. 24 CFR 1710.558 - Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. 1710.558 Section 1710.558 Housing and Urban....558 Previously accepted state filings—notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. (a)(1) The cover page on Property Reports for filings made with the Secretary pursuant to § 1710.552 shall...

  2. 24 CFR 1710.558 - Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. 1710.558 Section 1710.558 Housing and Urban....558 Previously accepted state filings—notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. (a)(1) The cover page on Property Reports for filings made with the Secretary pursuant to § 1710.552 shall...

  3. 24 CFR 1710.558 - Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. 1710.558 Section 1710.558 Housing and Urban....558 Previously accepted state filings—notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. (a)(1) The cover page on Property Reports for filings made with the Secretary pursuant to § 1710.552 shall...

  4. 24 CFR 1710.558 - Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. 1710.558 Section 1710.558 Housing and Urban....558 Previously accepted state filings—notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. (a)(1) The cover page on Property Reports for filings made with the Secretary pursuant to § 1710.552 shall...

  5. A case report about the reconstruction procedures of the previously failed cylinderical implants site using distraction osteogenesis.

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    Lee, Jung-Tae; Park, Shin-Young; Yi, Yang-Jin; Kim, Young-Kyun; Lee, Hyo-Jung

    2015-04-01

    We report the eventually successful treatment of a huge bone defect and peri-implantitis following reconstruction of a previously failed intra-mobile cylinder implant system (IMZ) implant site using distraction osteogenesis (DO). In the anterior mandible, two IMZ implants failed and surgical debridement was performed in accordance to the patient's needs. Thereafter, mobility and suppuration were decreased and the patient visited the dental clinic on a regular basis for oral health maintenance. However, the inflammation did not resolve, and the bone destruction around the implants progressed for 4 years. Finally, the implants failed and a severe bone defect remained after implant removal. To reconstruct the bone defects, we attempted bone graft procedures. Titanium mesh was unsuccessfully used to obtain bone volume regeneration. However, DO subsequently was used to obtain sufficient bone volume for implant placement. The new implants were then installed, followed by prosthetic procedures. In conclusion, progression of peri-implantitis could not be arrested despite surgical intervention and repeated maintenance care for 3 years. Reconstruction of the peri-implantitis site was complicated due to its horizontal and vertical bone defects. Lesions caused by implant failure require an aggressive regenerative strategy, such as DO. DO was successful in reconstruction of a peri-implantitis site that was complicated due to horizontal and vertical bone defects. PMID:25922820

  6. A case report about the reconstruction procedures of the previously failed cylinderical implants site using distraction osteogenesis

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    We report the eventually successful treatment of a huge bone defect and peri-implantitis following reconstruction of a previously failed intra-mobile cylinder implant system (IMZ) implant site using distraction osteogenesis (DO). In the anterior mandible, two IMZ implants failed and surgical debridement was performed in accordance to the patient's needs. Thereafter, mobility and suppuration were decreased and the patient visited the dental clinic on a regular basis for oral health maintenance. However, the inflammation did not resolve, and the bone destruction around the implants progressed for 4 years. Finally, the implants failed and a severe bone defect remained after implant removal. To reconstruct the bone defects, we attempted bone graft procedures. Titanium mesh was unsuccessfully used to obtain bone volume regeneration. However, DO subsequently was used to obtain sufficient bone volume for implant placement. The new implants were then installed, followed by prosthetic procedures. In conclusion, progression of peri-implantitis could not be arrested despite surgical intervention and repeated maintenance care for 3 years. Reconstruction of the peri-implantitis site was complicated due to its horizontal and vertical bone defects. Lesions caused by implant failure require an aggressive regenerative strategy, such as DO. DO was successful in reconstruction of a peri-implantitis site that was complicated due to horizontal and vertical bone defects. PMID:25922820

  7. Cutaneous infection due to Bacillus pumilus: report of 3 cases.

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    Tena, Daniel; Martinez-Torres, Juan Angel; Perez-Pomata, María Teresa; Sáez-Nieto, Juan Antonio; Rubio, Virginia; Bisquert, Julia

    2007-02-15

    Human infection due to Bacillus pumilus is exceptional. We report 3 cases of cutaneous infection caused by B. pumilus that occurred in 3 shepherds, 2 of whom were members of the same family. The lesions appeared to have a morphology similar to that of cutaneous anthrax lesions. Two patients were cured after treatment with amoxicillin-clavulanate, and the third patient was cured after prolonged treatment with ciprofloxacin. To our knowledge, primary cutaneous infection due to B. pumilus has not been reported. B. pumilus should be considered in patients who develop lesions suggestive of cutaneous anthrax. PMID:17243047

  8. Salivary gland tumors and previous radiotherapy to the head or neck. Report of a clinical series

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    Katz, A.D.; Preston-Martin, S.

    1984-03-01

    To estimate what proportion of patients with newly diagnosed salivary gland tumors may have radiation-related disease, we interviewed all 275 patients in a surgical practice who had salivary gland resections during an 8 year period. Patients were asked about previous radiation treatment to the head and neck. Thirty-one patients (11 percent) had both an incident salivary gland tumor and a history of significant exposure. Four of these patients (13 percent) had multiple primary tumors of the salivary glands. The implications and generalizability of these findings have been discussed herein.

  9. NON-DETECTION OF PREVIOUSLY REPORTED TRANSITS OF HD 97658b WITH MOST PHOTOMETRY

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    Dragomir, Diana; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Antoci, Victoria; Howard, Andrew W.; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Henry, Gregory W.; Guenther, David B.; Johnson, John A.; Kuschnig, Rainer; Weiss, Werner W.; Moffat, Anthony F. J.; Rowe, Jason F.; Rucinski, Slavek M.; Sasselov, Dimitar

    2012-11-10

    The radial velocity-discovered exoplanet HD 97658b was recently announced to transit, with a derived planetary radius of 2.93 {+-} 0.28 R{sub Circled-Plus }. As a transiting super-Earth orbiting a bright star, this planet would make an attractive candidate for additional observations, including studies of its atmospheric properties. We present and analyze follow-up photometric observations of the HD 97658 system acquired with the Microvariability and Oscillations of STars space telescope. Our results show no transit with the depth and ephemeris reported in the announcement paper. For the same ephemeris, we rule out transits for a planet with radius larger than 2.09 R{sub Circled-Plus }, corresponding to the reported 3{sigma} lower limit. We also report new radial velocity measurements which continue to support the existence of an exoplanet with a period of 9.5 days, and obtain improved orbital parameters.

  10. Life History Reports of Young Adults Previously Referred for Mental Health Services.

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    McConaughy, Stephanie H.; Wadsworth, Martha E.

    2000-01-01

    This article reports factors associated with good versus poor outcomes for 173 young adults referred for mental health services. Participants with good outcomes differed in quality and stability of their living situations, full-time versus part-time employment, peer relationships, goal orientation, successful experiences, stressful experiences,…

  11. Sudden onset methaemoglobinaemia in a previously well Ugandan child: a case report and literature review

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    Nabukeera-Barungi, Nicolette; Mworozi, Edison

    2012-01-01

    Methaemoglobinaemia is a rare condition of unknown prevalence. Diagnostic tests in resource limited settings are very rare but clinical signs can be a good guide. We set out to describe a case of Methaemoglobinaemia, raise awareness among practitioners in resource limited settings and to share experiences in its diagnosis and management. A previously well three and a half year old girl was admitted with central cyanosis of sudden onset. She underwent clinical, laboratory and radiological evaluation. Having been in a resource limited setting, the process of making a diagnosis was slow and difficult. After the diagnosis, the treatment was not available in the country but we managed to get it all the way from Nairobi, Kenya. A diagnosis of Methaemoglobinaemia was made using Spectrophotometry and she was successfully treated using 2 doses of intravenous Methylene blue. The cause of Methaemoglobinaemia was established to have been nitrites from food preservatives. PMID:22593785

  12. [Lessons from abroad. Current and previous crisis in other countries. SESPAS report 2014].

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    Rivadeneyra-Sicilia, Ana; Minué Lorenzo, Sergio; Artundo Purroy, Carlos; Márquez Calderón, Soledad

    2014-06-01

    The evidence available on the impact of previous crises on health reveals different patterns attributable to study designs, the characteristics of each crisis, and other factors related to the socioeconomic and political context. There is greater consensus on the mediating role of government policy responses to financial crises. These responses may magnify or mitigate the adverse effects of crises on population health. Some studies have shown a significant deterioration in some health indicators in the context of the current crisis, mainly in relation to mental health and communicable diseases. Alcohol and tobacco use have also declined in some European countries. In addition, this crisis is being used by some governments to push reforms aimed at privatizing health services, thereby restricting the right to health and healthcare. Specifically, action is being taken on the three axes that determine health system financing: the population covered, the scope of services, and the share of the costs covered. These measures are often arbitrarily implemented based on ideological decisions rather than on the available evidence and therefore adverse consequences are to be expected in terms of financial protection, efficiency, and equity. PMID:24863989

  13. Alveolar nerve repositioning with rescue implants for management of previous treatment. A clinical report.

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    Amet, Edward M; Uehlein, Chris

    2013-12-01

    The goal of modern implant dentistry is to return patients to oral health in a rapid and predictable fashion, following a diagnostically driven treatment plan. If only a limited number of implants can be placed, or some fail and the prosthetic phase of implant dentistry is chosen to complete the patient's treatment, the final outcome may result in partial patient satisfaction and is commonly referred to as a "compromise." Previous All-on-4 implant treatment for the patient presented here resulted in a compromise, with an inadequate support system for the mandibular prosthesis and a maxillary complete denture with poor esthetics. The patient was unable to function adequately and also was disappointed with the resulting appearance. Correction of the compromised treatment consisted of bilateral inferior alveolar nerve elevation and repositioning without bone removal for lateral transposition, to gain room for rescue implants for a totally implant-supported and stabilized prosthesis. Treatment time to return the patient to satisfactory comfort, function, facial esthetics, and speech was approximately 2 weeks. The definitive mandibular prosthesis was designed for total implant support and stability with patient retrievability. Adequate space between the mandibular bar system and the soft tissue created a high water bridge effect for self-cleansing. Following a short interim mandibular healing period, the maxillary sinuses were bilaterally grafted to compensate for bone inadequacies and deficiencies for future maxillary implant reconstruction. PMID:23924033

  14. Spleen rupture due to primary angiosarcoma: a case report.

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    Koutelidakis, Ioannis M; Tsiaousis, Panagiotis Z; Papaziogas, Basilios Th; Patsas, Aristeides G; Atmatzidis, Stefanos K; Atmatzidis, Konstantinos S

    2007-01-01

    A case of a 79-year-old female with rupture of the spleen due to primary angiosarcoma is presented. Symptoms were non-specific. Diagnosis was based on histology postoperatively. Primary angiosarcoma of the spleen is a very rare and aggressive neoplasm with a high metastatic rate and almost uniformly fatal. Due to small number of reported cases, there are no guidelines concerning adjuvant or palliative treatment or any beneficial protocols of chemotherapy or radiotherapy up to date. Splenectomy prior to rupture seems to have a positive impact on long-term survival. PMID:19016352

  15. Preliminary data suggest rates of male military sexual trauma may be higher than previously reported.

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    Sheppard, Sean C; Hickling, Edward J; Earleywine, Mitch; Hoyt, Tim; Russo, Amanda R; Donati, Matthew R; Kip, Kevin E

    2015-11-01

    Stigma associated with disclosing military sexual trauma (MST) makes estimating an accurate base rate difficult. Anonymous assessment may help alleviate stigma. Although anonymous research has found higher rates of male MST, no study has evaluated whether providing anonymity sufficiently mitigates the impact of stigma on accurate reporting. This study used the unmatched count technique (UCT), a form of randomized response techniques, to gain information about the accuracy of base rate estimates of male MST derived via anonymous assessment of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) combat veterans. A cross-sectional convenience sample of 180 OEF/OIF male combat veterans, recruited via online websites for military populations, provided data about history of MST via traditional anonymous self-report and the UCT. The UCT revealed a rate of male MST more than 15 times higher than the rate derived via traditional anonymous assessment (1.1% vs. 17.2%). These data suggest that anonymity does not adequately mitigate the impact of stigma on disclosure of male MST. Results, though preliminary, suggest that published rates of male MST may substantially underestimate the true rate of this problem. The UCT has significant potential to improve base rate estimation of sensitive behaviors in the military. PMID:26524275

  16. Phylogenetics of HIV-1 subtype G env: Greater complexity and older origins than previously reported.

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    Tongo, Marcel; Essomba, René G; Nindo, Frederick; Abrahams, Fatima; Nanfack, Aubin Joseph; Fokam, Joseph; Takou, Desire; Torimiro, Judith N; Mpoudi-Ngole, Eitel; Burgers, Wendy A; Martin, Darren P; Dorfman, Jeffrey R

    2015-10-01

    HIV-1 subtype G has played an early and central role in the emergent complexity of the HIV-1 group M (HIV-1M) epidemic in central/west Africa. Here, we analysed new subtype G env sequences sampled from 8 individuals in Yaoundé, Cameroon during 2007-2010, together with all publically available subtype G-attributed full-length env sequences with known sampling dates and locations. We inferred that the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of the analysed subtype G env sequences most likely occurred in ∼1953 (95% Highest Posterior Density interval [HPD] 1939-1963): about 15 years earlier than previous estimates. We found that the subtype G env phylogeny has a complex structure including seven distinct lineages, each likely dating back to the late 1960s or early 1970s. Sequences from Angola, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo failed to group consistently in these lineages, possibly because they are related to more ancient sequences that are poorly sampled. The circulating recombinant form (CRF), CRF06_cpx env sequences but not CRF25_cpx env sequences are phylogenetically nested within the subtype G clade. This confirms that the CRF06_cpx env plausibly was derived through recombination from a subtype G parent, and suggests that the CRF25_cpx env was likely derived from an HIV-1M lineage related to the MRCA of subtype G that has remained undiscovered and may be extinct. Overall, this fills important gaps in our knowledge of the early events in the spread of HIV-1M. PMID:26190450

  17. Vapor pressures of substituted polycarboxylic acids are much lower than previously reported

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    Huisman, A. J.; Krieger, U. K.; Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Peter, T.

    2013-07-01

    The partitioning of compounds between the aerosol and gas phase is a primary focus in the study of the formation and fate of secondary organic aerosol. We present measurements of the vapor pressure of 2-methylmalonic (isosuccinic) acid, 2-hydroxymalonic (tartronic) acid, 2-methylglutaric acid, 3-hydroxy-3-carboxy-glutaric (citric) acid and DL-2,3-dihydroxysuccinic (DL-tartaric) acid, which were obtained from the evaporation rate of supersaturated liquid particles levitated in an electrodynamic balance. Our measurements indicate that the pure component liquid vapor pressures at 298.15 K for tartronic, citric and tartaric acids are much lower than the same quantity that was derived from solid state measurements in the only other room temperature measurement of these materials (made by Booth et al., 2010). This strongly suggests that empirical correction terms in a recent vapor pressure estimation model to account for the inexplicably high vapor pressures of these and similar compounds should be revisited, and that due caution should be used when the estimated vapor pressures of these and similar compounds are used as inputs for other studies.

  18. Vapor pressures of substituted polycarboxylic acids are much lower than previously reported

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    Huisman, A. J.; Krieger, U. K.; Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Peter, T.

    2013-01-01

    The partitioning of compounds between the aerosol and gas phase is a primary focus in the study of the formation and fate of secondary organic aerosol. We present measurements of the vapor pressure of 2-Methylmalonic (isosuccinic) acid, 2-Hydroxymalonic (tartronic) acid, 2-Methylglutaric acid, 3-Hydroxy-3-carboxy-glutaric (citric) acid and 2,3-Dihydroxysuccinic (tartaric) acid which were obtained from the evaporation rate of supersaturated liquid particles levitated in an electrodynamic balance. Our measurements indicate that the pure component liquid vapor pressures at 298.15 K for tartronic, citric and tartaric acids are much lower than the same quantity which was derived from solid state measurements in the only other room temperature measurement of these materials (made by Booth et al., 2010). This strongly suggests that empirical correction terms in vapor pressure estimation models to account for the inexplicably high vapor pressures of these and similar compounds should be revisited, and that due caution should be used when the estimated vapor pressures of these and similar compounds are used as inputs for other studies.

  19. Dissociative disorder due to Graves' hyperthyroidism: a case report.

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    Mizutani, Kaoru; Nishimura, Katsuji; Ichihara, Atsuhiro; Ishigooka, Jun

    2014-01-01

    We report the case of a 20-year-old Japanese woman with no psychiatric history with apparent dissociative symptoms. These consisted of amnesia for episodes of shoplifting behaviors and a suicide attempt, developing together with an exacerbation of Graves' hyperthyroidism. Patients with Graves' disease frequently manifest various psychiatric disorders; however, very few reports have described dissociative disorder due to this disease. Along with other possible causes, for example, encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroid disease, clinicians should be aware of this possibility. PMID:24713328

  20. FOLFIRINOX-induced reversible dysarthria: A case report and review of previous cases

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    MATSUOKA, AYUMU; MAEDA, OSAMU; INADA-INOUE, MEGUMI; OHNO, EIZABURO; HIROOKA, YOSHIKI; YOKOYAMA, YUKIHIRO; FUJII, TSUTOMU; NAGINO, MASATO; GOTO, HIDEMI; ANDO, YUICHI

    2015-01-01

    FOLFIRINOX is a standard chemotherapeutic regimen for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer who have a good performance status. In this study, we present the case of a 64-year-old male who developed dysarthria following FOLFIRINOX treatment, and review all four cases of dysarthria encountered among the nine patients who received this treatment in our hospital. In all cases, dysarthria occurred during the infusion of irinotecan in the first course of treatment, persisted for several hours, and then resolved rapidly without any sequelae. Physical and neurological examinations at the onset of dysarthria revealed no other abnormalities. Imaging studies revealed no abnormal findings. Atropine was prophylactically administered in the second and subsequent courses of treatment and effectively prevented or alleviated dysarthria. This acute neurological symptom is surprising and uncommon in traditional cancer chemotherapy, and medical oncologists may initially suspect the onset of stroke or cerebrovascular disease. However, consistent with our experience, all reported cases resolved completely, with no need for dose reduction or treatment interruption. PMID:26622908

  1. Hemifacial spasm due to vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia: a case report

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    AbdelHamid, Mustafa; John, Kuruvilla; Rizvi, Tanvir; Huff, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    Hemifacial spasm (HFS) happens because of vascular compression of the facial nerve at the root exit zone. Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia (VBD) is a very rare cause of HFS. VBD is diagnosed by computed tomography angiography and magnetic resonance imaging. Here, we report a case of 65-year-old female patient with HFS due to VBD. We discuss the complications and the treatment options for the case. PMID:26649123

  2. Dysenteric syndrome due to Balantidium coli: a case report.

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    Bellanger, Anne-Pauline; Scherer, Emeline; Cazorla, Arnault; Grenouillet, Frederic

    2013-04-01

    A 28-year-old man was hospitalized for a dysenteric syndrome that had developed during the previous days. Physical examination revealed abdominal pains, fever, vomiting and more than ten liquid stools per day. Fresh stool examination showed numerous mobile ciliated trophozoites of Balantidium coli. The patient reported having been on a hike the previous weekend during which he had drunk water through a hydration pouch bladder. Complete resolution was observed after intravenous rehydration and ten days of oral treatment with metronidazole (Flagyl®). Balantidium coli is the largest ciliate protozoan able to infect humans. This parasite is common in pigs and has a worldwide distribution. Human infections, a rare event in industrialised countries, are usually acquired by ingestion of food or water contaminated by mammal faeces. Human B. coli infections are easily treated but may be severe and even fatal if neglected. PMID:23686128

  3. Fatal necrotizing fasciitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae: a case report.

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    Park, So-Youn; Park, So Young; Moon, Soo-Youn; Son, Jun Seong; Lee, Mi Suk

    2011-01-01

    Necrotizing fasciitis is known to be a highly lethal infection of deep-seated subcutaneous tissue and superficial fascia. Reports of necrotizing fasciitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae are exceedingly rare. We report a case of necrotizing fasciitis in a 62-yr-old man with liver cirrhosis and diabetes mellitus. He presented with painful swelling of left leg and right hand. On the day of admission, compartment syndrome was aggravated and the patient underwent surgical exploration. Intra-operative findings revealed necrotizing fasciitis and cultures of two blood samples and wound aspirates showed S. pneumoniae. The patient died despite debridement and proper antimicrobial treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of fatal necrotizing fasciitis with meningitis reported in Korea. We also review and discuss the literature on pneumococcal necrotizing fasciitis. PMID:21218041

  4. 24 CFR 1710.558 - Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 5 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Previously accepted state filings-notice of revocation rights on property report cover page. 1710.558 Section 1710.558 Housing and Urban Development Regulations Relating to Housing and Urban Development (Continued) OFFICE OF ASSISTANT...

  5. Spontaneous Pneumothorax due to Ectopic Deciduosis: A Case Report.

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    Dudek, Wojciech; Schreiner, Waldemar; Strehl, Johanna; Sirbu, Horia

    2014-12-01

    This report presents a 20-week pregnant 38-year-old woman with right-sided pneumothorax due to pulmonary deciduosis. Initial pleural drainage was ineffective. Video-assisted thoracoscopy revealed areas of consolidation within the lung parenchyma. A wedge resection with partial pleurectomy was performed. Histopathological examination showed subpleural decidual implants. The patient made a full recovery and was discharged on day 5. Videoscopic inspection of the lung parenchyma and pleura with resection of decidual foci is the recommended treatment for pneumothorax in pregnant women with pleuropulmonary deciduosis in whom classical pleural drainage is ineffective. PMID:25798365

  6. Spontaneous Pneumothorax due to Ectopic Deciduosis: A Case Report

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    Dudek, Wojciech; Schreiner, Waldemar; Strehl, Johanna; Sirbu, Horia

    2014-01-01

    This report presents a 20-week pregnant 38-year-old woman with right-sided pneumothorax due to pulmonary deciduosis. Initial pleural drainage was ineffective. Video-assisted thoracoscopy revealed areas of consolidation within the lung parenchyma. A wedge resection with partial pleurectomy was performed. Histopathological examination showed subpleural decidual implants. The patient made a full recovery and was discharged on day 5. Videoscopic inspection of the lung parenchyma and pleura with resection of decidual foci is the recommended treatment for pneumothorax in pregnant women with pleuropulmonary deciduosis in whom classical pleural drainage is ineffective. PMID:25798365

  7. Intercuneiform and Lisfranc Fracture-Dislocation Due to Seizure: A Case Report.

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    Hung, Joshua L P; Chan, Samson C F

    2014-10-31

    Cuneiform dislocation associated with Lisfranc injury is a very rare injury. Dislocation over the midfoot due to a seizure has not been previously reported in published studies. A 35-year-old female presented with an intercuneiform dislocation and Lisfranc fracture-dislocation after a generalized seizure. Immediate close reduction of the dorsally dislocated cuneiforms was performed, followed by definitive treatment to restore the foot arches. A proposed underlying pathophysiology of dislocation due to seizure in terms of the biomechanics is discussed. The purpose of our report was to present the unusual etiology of this form of cuneiform dislocation and Lisfranc joint complex injury. PMID:25451204

  8. Should authors submit previous peer-review reports when submitting research papers? Views of general medical journal editors.

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    Cals, Jochen W L; Mallen, Christian D; Glynn, Liam G; Kotz, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Publishing research can be time consuming, as papers are often submitted and reviewed by multiple journals before final acceptance. We hypothesized that attaching previous peer-review reports to the next submission of the paper to a different journal (possibly with point-to-point responses and amendments) could decrease the workload for both reviewers and editors and could shorten the time from final draft to actual publication. We therefore performed an online survey to assess the views of the editors-in-chief of all 100 general medical journals from the citation impact factor report category "internal & general medicine" (ISI Web of Knowledge). Of contacted editors, 61% responded. One of 4 journals do currently receive peer-review reports on occasion. Editors recognized potential advantages but also concerns on using previous peer-review reports across 3 themes: scientific community, quality of papers, and the publication process. The use of previous peer-review reports has the potential to facilitate authors, reviewers, and editors in optimizing peer review in general medical science. PMID:23508606

  9. Squamous cell carcinoma in association with dental implants: an assessment of previously hypothesized carcinogenic mechanisms and a case report.

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    Bhatavadekar, Neel B

    2012-12-01

    Although dental implants have seen tremendous clinical success over the past few decades, there are some worrying reports in literature describing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in close association with dental implants. This article also provides a critical assessment of the published literature relating to the presence of carcinoma in association with dental implants, analyzing the previously published and hypothesized carcinogenic responses to an implant, to try and come to a conclusion regarding the plausibility and clinical risk for cancer formation in association with dental implants. An unusual case of an SCC noted in close proximity to a dental implant is also presented. A systematic search was conducted using Medline (PubMed), Cochrane Database, and Google Scholar with the search terms "cancer," "squamous cell carcinoma," "dental implant," "SCC," "peri-implantitis," "oral cancer," and "implantology" and using multiple combinations using Boolean operators "or" and "and." The search was not limited to dental literature; orthopedic and biomedical literature was also included. The results were then hand screened to pick out the relevant articles. In total, 14 previous published reports were found, where 24 dental implants were reported to be associated with SCC. Not all the reported patients had a history of cancer, but contributory factors such as smoking were found. An analysis of the biological plausibility of previously proposed carcinogenic mechanisms, such as corrosion, metallic ion release, and particulate debris, did not support the etiologic role for dental implants in cancer development, and the standardized incidence ratio was found to be extremely low (0.00017). Peri-implantitis should be assessed cautiously in patients receiving implants who have a previous history of cancer. Dental implants are a safe treatment modality based on the published data, and any change in surgical protocol is not mandated. PMID:21574824

  10. Sacroiliitis due to Salmonella Typhi: A case report

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    Avcu, Serhat; Menteş, Osman; Bulut, Mehmet Deniz; Sünnetçioğlu, Mahmut; Karahocagil, Mustafa Kasım

    2010-01-01

    Context: Pyogenic infections of the sacroiliac joint are observed quite rarely. The most frequent causative microorganisms are Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus species, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa that are commonly found in patients under intravenous medication. In this paper, a rare sacroiliitis case that developed due to Salmonella Typhi is discussed. Case Report: A woman at the age of twenty applied to our clinic with complaints of fever, headache and diarrhea with which she had been suffering for five days. On physical examination, she had a slight fever, with a body temperature of 38.6°C. She was hospitalized, and Salmonella Typhi was isolated from her blood culture. Later on, the patient described pain during left hip movement. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging and scintigraphic examinations revealed left sacroiliitis. Conclusion: Although sacroiliitis arising from Salmonella Typhi infection is a rare entity, it should not be ignored in patients who have a clinical history for sacroiliitis. PMID:22624143

  11. Evidence Report: Risk of Performance Errors Due to Training Deficiencies

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    Barshi, Immanuel

    2012-01-01

    The Risk of Performance Errors Due to Training Deficiencies is identified by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Research Program (HRP) as a recognized risk to human health and performance in space. The HRP Program Requirements Document (PRD) defines these risks. This Evidence Report provides a summary of the evidence that has been used to identify and characterize this risk. Given that training content, timing, intervals, and delivery methods must support crew task performance, and given that training paradigms will be different for long-duration missions with increased crew autonomy, there is a risk that operators will lack the skills or knowledge necessary to complete critical tasks, resulting in flight and ground crew errors and inefficiencies, failed mission and program objectives, and an increase in crew injuries.

  12. On a Boat: A Case in Australia of Endophthalmitis and Pyogenic Liver, Prostatic, and Lung Abscesses in a Previously Well Patient due to Klebsiella pneumoniae

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    2014-01-01

    This is a case report about a patient who arrived in our emergency department in Western Australia to the care of the urologists having just gotten off a ship with a bacterial infection that would result in a 44-day stay in hospital and have quite devastating lasting effects for the young male. His story was in fact reflective of an emerging global phenomenon. Once thought to generally be a bacterium of threat only to the elderly and alcoholics, causing pneumonia and urinary tract infections, this case report describes the potentially devastating consequences of what is now becoming recognized as a hypervirulent form of Klebsiella pneumoniae with the potential to spread throughout the system rapidly seeding abscesses and causing significant morbidity in nonimmunocompromised patients. Initially noticed in Asia increasingly case reports are emerging in Western countries suggesting a global spread. PMID:25309763

  13. On a Boat: A Case in Australia of Endophthalmitis and Pyogenic Liver, Prostatic, and Lung Abscesses in a Previously Well Patient due to Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Vandevelde, Alecia; Stepanovic, Bojana

    2014-01-01

    This is a case report about a patient who arrived in our emergency department in Western Australia to the care of the urologists having just gotten off a ship with a bacterial infection that would result in a 44-day stay in hospital and have quite devastating lasting effects for the young male. His story was in fact reflective of an emerging global phenomenon. Once thought to generally be a bacterium of threat only to the elderly and alcoholics, causing pneumonia and urinary tract infections, this case report describes the potentially devastating consequences of what is now becoming recognized as a hypervirulent form of Klebsiella pneumoniae with the potential to spread throughout the system rapidly seeding abscesses and causing significant morbidity in nonimmunocompromised patients. Initially noticed in Asia increasingly case reports are emerging in Western countries suggesting a global spread. PMID:25309763

  14. The association of previously reported polymorphisms for microvascular complications in a meta-analysis of diabetic retinopathy.

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    Hosseini, S Mohsen; Boright, Andrew P; Sun, Lei; Canty, Angelo J; Bull, Shelley B; Klein, Barbara E K; Klein, Ronald; Paterson, Andrew D

    2015-02-01

    We investigated the association of signals from previous GWAS and candidate gene meta-analyses for diabetic retinopathy (DR) or nephropathy (DN), as well as an EPO variant in meta-analyses of severe (SDR) and mild diabetic retinopathy (MDR). Meta-analyses of SDR (≥severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) or history of panretinal photocoagulation) and MDR (≥mild NPDR), defined based on seven-field stereoscopic fundus photographs, were performed in two well-characterized type 1 diabetes (T1D) cohorts: the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC, n = 1,304) and Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy (WESDR, n = 603). Among 34 previous signals for DR, after controlling for multiple testing, no association was replicated in our meta-analyses. rs1571942 and rs12219125 at PLXDC2 locus showed nominally significant (<0.05) association with SDR in the same direction as previous report, as did rs1801282 in PPARG gene with MDR. Among 55 loci previously associated with DN, three showed suggestive associations with SDR in our study without maintaining significance after correction for multiple testing. Of particular interest, rs1617640 (EPO) was not significantly associated with DR status, combined SDR-DN phenotype, time to SDR or time to DN (all P > 0.05). Lack of replication of previous DR hits and EPO despite reasonable statistical power implies that many of these may be false positives. Consistent with pleiotropy, we provide suggestive collective evidence for association between DR and variants previously associated with DN without reaching statistical significance at any single locus. PMID:25487307

  15. Asymptomatic spontaneous complete uterine rupture in a term pregnancy after uterine packing during previous caesarean section: a case report.

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    Zhang, J; Chen, S F; Luo, Y E

    2014-01-01

    Uterine rupture is a life-threatening obstetrical complication with significant neonatal and maternal morbidity. The authors report a 36-year-old woman with a history of previous caesarean section because of pre-eclampsia and antepartum haemorrhage at 31 gestational weeks during her first pregnancy. Postpartum haemorrhage occurred and the uterine cavity was packed with gauze for reducing blood loss. After two years, she underwent elective, repeat caesarean section at 38+1 gestational weeks with no abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding. During the operation, a six- to seven-cm-long defect was found in the lower uterine segment, with complete separation of the uterine scar and disruption of the visceral peritoneum. A live baby was delivered. The postoperative course was uneventful. Uterine dehiscence and rupture should be suspected in the presence of risk factors such as previous caesarean section, especially uterine packing involved. Spontaneous silent rupture can occur in women without any alarming symptoms. PMID:25864270

  16. Fatal anoxia due to rachacha consumption: Two cases reported.

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    Monteil-Ganiere, Catherine; Gaulier, Jean-Michel; Chopineaux, Daniel; Barrios, Lucia; Pineau, Alain; Dailly, Eric; Clément, Renaud

    2014-10-01

    Deaths due to ingesting rachacha, which is a homemade paste obtained by decocting poppy heads, are very rare. No fatalities have been recorded in scientific publications. This product is not considered to be very dangerous by its users. We are reporting the first deaths (a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman), after ingesting rachacha balls and alcohol consumption during an evening with a friend. Signs compatible with acute anoxia were observed during autopsy. Toxicological analyses highlighted the presence of morphine and codeine in the blood, urine and bile, with an absence of 6-acetylmorphine. Concomitant consumption of alcohol certainly played a role in the occurrence of death. The black paste found at the scene was identified as rachacha. The mean of consumption (orally) was confirmed by the presence of morphine and codeine in the gastric contents of both victims. The analysis of hair samples was performed to reveal the substance consumption history. Therefore, a possibility of contamination by sweat and/or putrefactive liquids in the post-mortem period must be considered for the interpretation of the results. These two cases show that taking rachacha can be dangerous, especially when combined with the consumption of substances which could potentiate respiratory depression induced by morphine. PMID:25450509

  17. Cardioinhibitory reflex due to a karate kick: a case report.

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    de Froidmont, Sébastien; Lobrinus, Johannes Alexander; Michaud, Katarzyna; Palmiere, Cristian; Augsburger, Marc-Pierre; Mangin, Patrice; Grabherr, Silke

    2015-06-01

    This article describes the case of a 17-year-old adolescent boy who received a foot kick in the trunk area from an expert in karate. He presented with immediate cardiocirculatory arrest. After a prolonged resuscitation, he was transferred to a hospital where he died 5 days later without ever regaining consciousness. Postmortem investigations including autopsy, radiology, histology, toxicology, and postmortem chemistry were performed that showed signs of multiple organ failure, an acute hemorrhage in the region of the celiac plexus, and signs of medical resuscitation. No preexisting disease, particularly those concerning the heart, was objectified. The cause of death was attributed to multiple organ failure after a prolonged cardiocirculatory arrest. Concerning the origin of the cardiac arrest, 2 hypotheses were considered-a cardioinhibitory reflex and a cardiac contusion (commotio cordis). Because of the presence of traumatic lesions in the celiac plexus, the first hypothesis was finally submitted. This case is reported because rare cases of sudden death from celiac reflex are described in the literature where it is almost impossible to find references with accurate documentation. The presented case confirms the importance of detailed documentation of the circumstances and postmortem investigations to establish a diagnosis of death due to cardioinhibitory reflex. PMID:25881816

  18. Anton's syndrome due to cerebrovascular disease: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    Introduction Anton's syndrome describes the condition in which patients deny their blindness despite objective evidence of visual loss, and moreover confabulate to support their stance. It is a rare extension of cortical blindness in which, in addition to the injury to the occipital cortex, other cortical centres are also affected, with patients typically behaving as if they were sighted. Case presentation We present a case report of an 83-year-old white woman with cortical blindness as a result of bilateral occipital lobe infarcts. Despite her obvious blindness, illustrated by her walking into objects, the patient expressed denial of visual loss and demonstrated confabulation in her accounts of her surroundings, consistent with a diagnosis of Anton's syndrome. Conclusions A suspicion of cortical blindness and Anton's syndrome should be considered in patients with atypical visual loss and evidence of occipital lobe injury. Cerebrovascular disease is the most common cause of Anton's syndrome, as in our patient. However, any condition that may result in cortical blindness can potentially lead to Anton's syndrome. Recovery of visual function will depend on the underlying aetiology, with cases due to occipital lobe infarction after cerebrovascular events being less likely to result in complete recovery. Management in these circumstances should accordingly focus on secondary prevention and rehabilitation. PMID:20226004

  19. Repeated Tracheostomy Tube Cuff Rupture Due to Tracheobronchopathia Osteochondroplastica: A Case Report

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    Nikandish, Reza; Fallahi, Mahammad Javad; Ziaian, Beezhan; Iranpour, Pooya

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica (TPO) is a rare benign disorder of the lower part of the trachea and the upper part of the main bronchi. Case Report: A case of tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica (TPO) diagnosed at the time of intubation in an intensive care unit due to difficulty when advancing the endotracheal tube beyond the vocal cords, is reported. A problem was encountered which had not been reported previously in TPO: repeated cuff rupture at the time of surgical tracheostomy occurred possibly because of bony and cartilaginous tissue located in the tracheal wall. Conclusion: In addition to difficulty of intubation, TPO may cause tracheostomy tube cuff rupture, which could be explained due to bonny calcification in the tracheal wall. PMID:26568943

  20. Marked increase in incidence for bloodstream infections due to Escherichia coli, a side effect of previous antibiotic therapy in the elderly

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    van der Mee-Marquet, Nathalie L.; Blanc, Dominique S.; Gbaguidi-Haore, Houssein; Dos Santos Borges, Sandra; Viboud, Quentin; Bertrand, Xavier; Quentin, Roland

    2015-01-01

    We conducted a survey including 3334 bloodstream infections (BSIs) due to E. coli diagnosed in 2005–2014 at a stable cohort of hospitals. Marked increases in incidence were observed for community-acquired (CA) BSIs in patients aged >75 years, CA-BSIs of digestive origin in patients aged 60–74 years, healthcare-associated BSIs, and BSIs associated with ESBL (extended-spectrum B-lactamase)-producing E. coli (ESBLEc). Using MLST, we studied the genetic diversity of 412 BSI isolates recovered during the 2014 survey: 7 major sequence type complexes (STCs) were revealed in phylogenetic group B2, 3 in group A/B1 and 2 in group D. Among the 31 ESBLEc isolates, 1/3 belonged to STC 131. We searched for possible associations between clonal groups, clinical determinants and characteristics of BSIs: isolates from groups B2 (except STC 131) and D were susceptible to antibiotics and associated with BSIs of urinary origin in patients <60 years. STC 131 and group A/B1 isolates were multi-drug resistant and associated with CA-BSIs of digestive origin in patients aged 60–74 with a recent history of antibiotic treatment. STC 131 isolates were associated with HCA-BSIs in patients with recent/present hospitalization in a long-stay unit. We provide a unique population-based picture of the epidemiology of E. coli BSI. The aging nature of the population led to an increase in the number of cases caused by the B2 and D isolates generally implicated in BSIs. In addition, the association of a trend toward increasing rates of gut colonization with multi drug-resistant isolates revealed by the rise in the incidence of BSIs of digestive origin caused by STC 131 and A/B1 (STCs 10, 23, and 155) isolates, and a significant increase in the frequency of BSIs in elderly patients with recent antibiotic treatment suggested that antibiotic use may have contributed to the growing incidence of BSI. PMID:26175721

  1. Specific SSRIs and birth defects: bayesian analysis to interpret new data in the context of previous reports

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    Devine, Owen; Friedman, Jan M; Louik, Carol; Honein, Margaret A

    2015-01-01

    Objective To follow up on previously reported associations between periconceptional use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and specific birth defects using an expanded dataset from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Design Bayesian analysis combining results from independent published analyses with data from a multicenter population based case-control study of birth defects. Setting 10 centers in the United States. Participants 17 952 mothers of infants with birth defects and 9857 mothers of infants without birth defects, identified through birth certificates or birth hospitals, with estimated dates of delivery between 1997 and 2009. Exposures Citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline use in the month before through the third month of pregnancy. Posterior odds ratio estimates were adjusted to account for maternal race/ethnicity, education, smoking, and prepregnancy obesity. Main outcome measure 14 birth defects categories that had associations with SSRIs reported in the literature. Results Sertraline was the most commonly reported SSRI, but none of the five previously reported birth defects associations with sertraline was confirmed. For nine previously reported associations between maternal SSRI use and birth defect in infants, findings were consistent with no association. High posterior odds ratios excluding the null value were observed for five birth defects with paroxetine (anencephaly 3.2, 95% credible interval 1.6 to 6.2; atrial septal defects 1.8, 1.1 to 3.0; right ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects 2.4, 1.4 to 3.9; gastroschisis 2.5, 1.2 to 4.8; and omphalocele 3.5, 1.3 to 8.0) and for two defects with fluoxetine (right ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects 2.0, 1.4 to 3.1 and craniosynostosis 1.9, 1.1 to 3.0). Conclusions These data provide reassuring evidence for some SSRIs but suggest that some birth defects occur 2-3.5 times more frequently among the infants of women treated with paroxetine or fluoxetine early in pregnancy. PMID:26156519

  2. Septic arthritis due to Aeromonas hydrophila: case report and review of the literature.

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    Elwitigala, J P; Higgs, D S; Namnyak, S; White, J W; Yaneza, A

    2005-04-01

    Aeromonas hydrophila is a rare human pathogen, and worldwide, soft tissue infections following water-related injuries are the most common. However, septic arthritis due to A. hydrophila remains uncommon with only seven cases previously reported in the English literature. In this report, we describe the important clinical features, microbiological findings and management of severe septic arthritis of the knee due to A. hydrophila in a healthy 13-year-old girl following an injury sustained in a private fresh water lake. A review of seven previously reported cases of septic arthritis due to A. hydrophila and the present case suggests that the infection commonly affected the knee and the meta-/intercarpal-phalangeal joint and was frequently rapidly progressive following trauma in fresh water and or associated with leukaemia. Second and third generation cephalosporins, gentamicin, trimethoprim, ciprofloxacin and appropriate orthopaedic management should be promptly instituted. After chemical treatment and chlorination, fresh water becomes free of coliforms, but A. hydrophila persists more compared with the other strains of aeromonas, namely A. sobria and A. caviae. Seawater injuries, unlike freshwater injuries, are not usually associated with aeromonas infections. Further workup on the mechanisms of A. hydrophila resistance to chlorination could probably yield useful information in achieving new procedures of preventing and controlling such infections in public and private fresh water recreational facilities. PMID:15875648

  3. First Case Report of Fatal Sepsis Due to Campylobacter upsaliensis

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    Nakamura, Itaru; Omori, Nami; Umeda, Ayaka; Matsumoto, Tetsuya

    2014-01-01

    We encountered a rare case of severe fatal infection in a 70-year-old woman due to Campylobacter upsaliensis, identified by PCR amplification and sequencing analysis of the 16S rRNA gene using DNA extracted from the isolates. To our knowledge, fatal sepsis due to this organism has never been described to date. PMID:25411172

  4. Rare association of pyoderma gangrenosum and palmoplantar pustulosis: a case report and review of the previous works.

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    Ohtsuka, Mikio; Yamamoto, Toshiyuki

    2014-08-01

    Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare inflammatory, ulcerative skin disease that mainly involves the lower extremities. It frequently occurs in association with systemic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, myeloproliferative disorders and rheumatoid arthritis. Palmoplantar pustulosis is also an inflammatory dermatosis characterized by recurrent sterile pustules localized on the palms and soles. These two dermatoses are histologically characterized by neutrophilic infiltration into the lesional skin. Co-occurrence of pyoderma gangrenosum and palmoplantar pustulosis in a single patient is extremely rare. We report a case of pyoderma gangrenosum occurred in a patient with palmoplantar pustulosis, with a review of the previously reported cases. A 68-year-old Japanese woman with a 10-year history of palmoplantar pustulosis developed a skin ulcer on the left lower leg. The ulcer was diagnosed as pyoderma gangrenosum based on the clinical and histological findings, and rapidly improved in response to oral prednisolone. In addition to our case, five cases with palmoplantar pustulosis who developed pyoderma gangrenosum have been reported. These cases were thought to have some characteristics in common, such as marked female predominance, no association with inflammatory bowel disease and myeloproliferative disorders, and good response to less aggressive therapy. The co-occurrence of pyoderma gangrenosum and palmoplantar pustulosis in our case may have an etiological link, rather than being a coincidental complication. PMID:24986043

  5. 45 CFR 265.10 - When is the annual report due?

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    2010-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false When is the annual report due? 265.10 Section 265... COLLECTION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS § 265.10 When is the annual report due? The annual report required by § 265.9 is due at the same time as the fourth quarter TANF Data Report....

  6. The beet virus Q coat protein readthrough domain is longer than previously reported, with two transmembrane domains.

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    Crutzen, François; Kreit, Marguerite; Bragard, Claude

    2009-03-01

    Ten beet virus Q (BVQ) strains from six different countries were sequenced to characterize the readthrough (RT) domain of the coat protein (CP). The GenBank/EMBL/DDBJ accession numbers for the sequences reported in this paper are FM244643-FM244652. With three nucleotide additions of 5, 285 and 1 nt, the common RT of 76 kDa was found to be longer than the single reference available to date (35 kDa). It is hypothesized that multiple inoculation cycles on Chenopodium quinoa were responsible for these three deletions in the C-terminal part of the BVQ RNA-2 previously described. Two putative transmembrane domains, TM1 and TM2, were predicted in the consensus amino acid sequence of the ten BVQ strains, and the putative BVQ TM2 was aligned with that of potato mop-top virus. PMID:19218222

  7. Use of laser phototherapy on a delayed wound healing of oral mucosa previously submitted to radiotherapy: case report.

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    Ramalho, Karen M; Luiz, Ana C; de Paula Eduardo, Carlos; Tunér, Jan; Magalhães, Roberto P; Gallottini Magalhães, Marina

    2011-08-01

    Radiotherapy produces both acute and delayed effects on mucosal tissues, disturbing their healing. This report shows a successful treatment with laser phototherapy (LPT) on a delayed wound healing in oral mucosa previously submitted to radiotherapy with a follow up of 3 years. A 47-year-old patient treated 6 months earlier for tongue squamous cell carcinoma by surgery and radiotherapy presented with a mass in the operated area. Biopsy showed chronic inflammatory infiltrate around a residual polyglactin suture. After 2 months there was a painful mucosal dehiscence on the biopsy site. LPT was performed using a semiconductor laser with 660-nm wavelength (InGaAlP) and spot size of 0·04 cm(2) . The parameters applied were 40 mW, 4 Jcm(2) /point, 0·16 J/point, 2·4 J/session. The irradiation was performed punctually, through contact mode in 15 points (4 seconds/point), on top of and around the lesion, during ten sessions. The wound healed completely after ten sessions. This treatment proved to be conservative and effective, inducing healing of a chronic wound in a tissue previously submitted to radiotherapy. PMID:21496209

  8. Identification of a new locus and validation of previously reported loci showing differential methylation associated with smoking. The REGICOR study.

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    Sayols-Baixeras, Sergi; Lluís-Ganella, Carla; Subirana, Isaac; Salas, Lucas A; Vilahur, Nadia; Corella, Dolores; Muñoz, Dani; Segura, Antonio; Jimenez-Conde, Jordi; Moran, Sebastián; Soriano-Tárraga, Carolina; Roquer, Jaume; Lopez-Farré, Antonio; Marrugat, Jaume; Fitó, Montse; Elosua, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    Smoking increases the risk of many diseases and could act through changes in DNA methylation patterns. The aims of this study were to determine the association between smoking and DNA methylation throughout the genome at cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) site level and genomic regions. A discovery cross-sectional epigenome-wide association study nested in the follow-up of the REGICOR cohort was designed and included 645 individuals. Blood DNA methylation was assessed using the Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChip. Smoking status was self-reported using a standardized questionnaire. We identified 66 differentially methylated CpG sites associated with smoking, located in 38 genes. In most of these CpG sites, we observed a trend among those quitting smoking to recover methylation levels typical of never smokers. A CpG site located in a novel smoking-associated gene (cg06394460 in LNX2) was hypomethylated in current smokers. Moreover, we validated two previously reported CpG sites (cg05886626 in THBS1, and cg24838345 in MTSS1) for their potential relation to atherosclerosis and cancer diseases, using several different approaches: CpG site methylation, gene expression, and plasma protein level determinations. Smoking was also associated with higher THBS1 gene expression but with lower levels of thrombospondin-1 in plasma. Finally, we identified differential methylation regions in 13 genes and in four non-coding RNAs. In summary, this study replicated previous findings and identified and validated a new CpG site located in LNX2 associated with smoking. PMID:26829059

  9. Multiple myeloma with a previous diagnosis of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: A case report and review of the literature

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    DONG, ZHE-YI; XING, HAI-TAO; WANG, YUAN-DA; ZHANG, WEI; QIU, QIANG; CHEN, XIANG-MEI

    2015-01-01

    The presentation of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and multiple myeloma (MM), either together or in succession, is extremely rare. Only nine studies have previously reported this poorly understood association. The present study reports the case of a 45-year-old male with FSGS that was diagnosed by a renal biopsy performed for nephrotic syndrome (NS). The patient was admitted to the Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital one year later with a fever, anemia, unresolved NS and renal insufficiency. The patient was diagnosed with MM and a renal biopsy was repeated, the results of which suggested renal amyloidosis. The MM was treated with three cycles of vincristine, doxorubicin and dexamethasone chemotherapy. A review of the literature indicated that monoclonal gammopathy may lead to FSGS. It suggested that FSGS patients who are >40 years old should be routinely screened for plasma cell proliferative disorders to guide the treatment, determine a prognosis, achieve primary disease remission and avoid end-stage renal disease. PMID:26722248

  10. [Convulsion due to application of low dose meperidine: a case report].

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    Ozkaya, Halit; Akcan, Abdullah Bar??; Aydemir, Gökhan; Akba?, Mert

    2012-01-01

    Meperidine is an opiod analgesic used in a variety of clinical situations. The active metabolite, normeperidine, is a central nervous system excitatory agent and has the ability to cause irritability, hyperreflexia, tremor, myoclonus and seizures. Previously identified risk factors for the development of meperidine-related seizures include renal failure, high meperidine dosages, and co-adminestration of hepatic enzyme inducing medications or phenothiazines which decreases seizure treshold. Patients with normal renal function rarely manifest seizure activity when given meperidine. Here we report a 10 year old boy with a femur fraction who had normal renal function. We used low dose meperidine due to post operative pains. PMID:23364782

  11. A Case Report of Allergic Contact Dermatitis due to Mandragora Radix.

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    Baysak, Sevim; Gönül, Müzeyyen; Atacan, Damla; Ergin, Can

    2015-01-01

    An 82-year-old male presented with rash, burning, and itching on his knees that had started 4 days after the local application of Mandragora Radix sap for 3 consecutive days. A dermatological examination revealed erythematous, edematous, and scaly plaque lesions on the patient's knees. An open application test with M. Radix was performed, and the patient was diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis due to M. Radix. Mandragora species, which belong to the Solanaceae family, have sedative, aphrodisiac, emetic, analgesic, and anesthetic properties. To the best of our knowledge, only one case of M. Radix-induced allergic contact dermatitis has been previously reported. PMID:26347280

  12. A Case Report of Allergic Contact Dermatitis due to Mandragora Radix

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    Baysak, Sevim; Gönül, Müzeyyen; Atacan, Damla; Ergin, Can

    2015-01-01

    An 82-year-old male presented with rash, burning, and itching on his knees that had started 4 days after the local application of Mandragora Radix sap for 3 consecutive days. A dermatological examination revealed erythematous, edematous, and scaly plaque lesions on the patient's knees. An open application test with M. Radix was performed, and the patient was diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis due to M. Radix. Mandragora species, which belong to the Solanaceae family, have sedative, aphrodisiac, emetic, analgesic, and anesthetic properties. To the best of our knowledge, only one case of M. Radix-induced allergic contact dermatitis has been previously reported. PMID:26347280

  13. Multiorgan failure due to hemophagocytic syndrome: A case report

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    Mayordomo-Colunga, Juan; Rey, Corsino; González, Soledad; Concha, Andrés

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Hemophagocytic syndrome (HFS) is a potentially lethal disorder due to an uncontrolled immune response to a triggering agent. Our objective is to raise the importance of HFS early diagnosis by presenting a representative case. Case presentation A sixteen-year-old girl with Still disease diagnosis developed a progressive multiorgan failure including acute respiratory distress (ARDS), anemia and thrombopenia, elevated liver enzymes, renal failure, coagulopathy with hypofibrinogenemia, and acute phase reactants elevation despite broad-spectrum antibiotics. A bone marrow puncture-biopsy was performed, and hemophagocytosis was found. Prolonged fever, splenomegaly, bicytopenia, hypofibrinogenemia, hyperferritinemia and hypertriglyceridemia confirmed HFS diagnosis. She received intensive care support therapy including mechanical ventilation and specific therapy according to HLH 2004 protocol, with a very good response. Conclusion Our case shows complexity of HFS diagnosis, due to septic shock-like manifestations. Early diagnosis is essential to start appropriate treatment achieving a better outcome. PMID:18834507

  14. Non Traumatic Keratitis Due to Colletotrichum Coccodes: A Case Report

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    Kotwal, Aarti; Kakati, Barnali; Bahadur, Harsh; Gupta, Neeti

    2015-01-01

    Colletotrichum species, a rare and emerging fungus is a well- known plant pathogen and an uncommon cause of human infection. It has been implicated as the etiological agent of cutaneous phaeohyphomycosis and keratitis, particularly following colonization of traumatized tissues or in immunocompromised patients. However, it has hardly ever been reported in the absence of such predisposing risk factors. Here, we report a case of keratitis with Colletotrichum coccodes occurring in a middle- aged, immunocompetent person without any history of trauma or co-morbidity. The isolate was sensitive to Amphotericin B and Voriconazole, and accordingly the patient was treated successfully with ocular administration of Amphotericin B. PMID:25859457

  15. Non traumatic keratitis due to colletotrichum coccodes: a case report.

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    Kotwal, Aarti; Biswas, Debasis; Kakati, Barnali; Bahadur, Harsh; Gupta, Neeti

    2015-02-01

    Colletotrichum species, a rare and emerging fungus is a well- known plant pathogen and an uncommon cause of human infection. It has been implicated as the etiological agent of cutaneous phaeohyphomycosis and keratitis, particularly following colonization of traumatized tissues or in immunocompromised patients. However, it has hardly ever been reported in the absence of such predisposing risk factors. Here, we report a case of keratitis with Colletotrichum coccodes occurring in a middle- aged, immunocompetent person without any history of trauma or co-morbidity. The isolate was sensitive to Amphotericin B and Voriconazole, and accordingly the patient was treated successfully with ocular administration of Amphotericin B. PMID:25859457

  16. Case report of bacteremia due to Neisseria mucosa.

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    Mechergui, Arij; Achour, Wafa; Baaboura, Rekaya; Ouertani, Hela; Lakhal, Amal; Torjemane, Lamia; Othman, Tarek Ben; Hassen, Assia Ben

    2014-04-01

    Neisseria mucosa, a Gram-negative diplococcus, is part of normal nasopharyngeal flora. We report a case of bacteremia caused by N. mucosa in a 50-year-old neutropenic patient suffering from non-secretory multiple myeloma stage IIIA. This case underscores that mostly nonpathogenic N. mucosa can cause bacteremia in neutropenic patients who developed mucositis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. PMID:23905778

  17. Brain abscess due to Listeria monocytogenes: case report and literature review.

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    Dee, R R; Lorber, B

    1986-01-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is an uncommon cause of brain abscess. Of a total of 14 cases of L. monocytogenes brain abscess (one described for the first time and 13 reported previously in the English-language literature), seven (50%) occurred in patients with leukemia and recipients of renal transplants; four (29%) of the cases occurred in previously healthy individuals. Common clinical findings were similar to those in brain abscess due to other causes and included fever (57%), headache (57%), and focal neurologic signs (64%). Distinctive, however, was the unusually high frequency of associated meningitis and bacteremia; blood cultures were positive in all eight cases in which they were performed. Eight (57%) of the 14 patients died. L. monocytogenes should be included in the differential diagnosis of brain abscess in patients with leukemia and in renal transplant recipients. Listerial brain abscess is highly unlikely when blood culture results are negative. PMID:3099364

  18. [Maternal virilization due to mucinous ovarian tumour: a case report].

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    Fanara, E; Darnis, E; Winer, N; Kandel, C; Laboisse, C; Philippe, H-J

    2008-09-01

    Virilization in pregnancy is rare and mostly due to luteoma or to hyper-reactio luteinalis. We present a rare case of a virilization borderline mucinous ovarian tumour on a gravida 1 patient. The tumour was responsible for a clinical hyperandrogenism and for an increased level of testosterone. This patient was treated by ovariectomy at 31 weeks of gestation. The surgery was completed one month after delivery. There was no fetal consequence and the clinical and biological signs of virilization totally disappeared after surgery. PMID:18462892

  19. Gastrointestinal obstruction due to plaster ingestion: a case-report

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    Yegane, Rooh- Allah; Bashashati, Mohammad; Bashtar, Reza; Ahmadi, Mina

    2006-01-01

    Background Plaster ingestion forming gastric bezoar is a strange way to attempt suicide and this method has not yet been reported. It may lead to a mechanical obstruction of the gut, especially the pyloric region, and could manifest with abdominal pain, epigastric distress, nausea, vomiting, and fullness. Case presentation Herein we report a case of a 37 year-old woman presenting with plaster ingestion and gastric outlet obstruction, who underwent surgery. At six months follow-up the patient was fully recovered. Conclusion Plaster has no toxic or erosive effects. Endoscopic or surgical removing of such material is recommended. Moreover, psychiatric intervention and management is imperative to prevent recurrence in such cases. PMID:16483375

  20. Reversible catecholamine-induced cardiomyopathy due to pheochromocytoma: case report.

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    Satendra, Milan; de Jesus, Cláudia; Bordalo e Sá, Armando L; Rosário, Luís; Rocha, José; Bicha Castelo, Henrique; Correia, Maria José; Nunes Diogo, António

    2014-03-01

    Pheochromocytoma is a tumor originating from chromaffin tissue. It commonly presents with symptoms and signs of catecholamine excess, such as hypertension, tachycardia, headache and sweating. Cardiovascular manifestations include catecholamine-induced cardiomyopathy, which may present as severe left ventricular dysfunction and congestive heart failure. We report a case of pheochromocytoma which was diagnosed following investigation of dilated cardiomyopathy. We highlight the dramatic symptomatic improvement and reversal of cardiomyopathy, with recovery of left ventricular function after treatment. PMID:24684896

  1. Scuba diver deaths due to air embolism: two case reports.

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    Türkmen, Nursel; Akan, Okan; Cetin, Selçuk; Eren, Bülent; Gürses, Murat Serdar; Gündoğmuş, Umit Naci

    2013-04-01

    Barotraumas and decompression sickness are the two most well-known complications of diving. First presented case was 32 year-old male with recreational diver, who was found floating prone position on the bottom of sea in a depth of 33 m. He had been carried to the surface in a controlled ascent. Second case was a 39 year-old male experienced dive instructor in a diving school, after following an uneventful duration of dive was found unconscious with a floating supine position in a depth of 30 m and there were no signs of life when they were transported to the hospital. Extensive subcutaneous emphysema of the extremities was detected by palpation of the skin. In the autopsy diffuse gas bubbles like beads were seen in the coronary arteries and in ventricles, basilar artery and all of the cerebral arteries. The cause of death was attributed due to gas embolism and drowning. PMID:23641724

  2. Human infections due to Mycobacterium lentiflavum: first report in Iran.

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    Shamaei, M; Marjani, M; Farnia, P; Tabarsi, P; Mansouri, D

    2010-03-01

    Non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), as certain species of mycobacteria, can affect human in several ways. In the preceding years, the rate of NTM detection has risen in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. On the other hand, several reports have debated the possibility of co-infection of both Mycobcateriu tuberculosis (MTB) and NTM in individuals that puts the role of NTM in disease manifestations under question. Moreover, it is now proven that some of the cases that are identified as anti-TB treatment failure or suspected for drug resistance are actually NTM. PMID:22347547

  3. First Report of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection due to Cyberlindnera fabianii

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    Baghdadi, Jonathan; Hemarajata, Peera; Humphries, Romney; Kelesidis, Theodoros

    2015-01-01

    Fungal infections in the central nervous system (CNS) are associated with significant morbidity and death. Transient fungemia in immunocompetent patients without any other risk factors for fungemia has been suggested as a possible mechanism that may lead to serious fungal ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt infections, but evidence is lacking. The clinical spectrum, diagnosis, and optimal therapy of Cyberlindnera fabianii infections remain to be determined. We describe the first case of CNS infection due to C. fabianii that occurred in an immunocompetent adult with a VP shunt. Spontaneous translocation with yeast that is not part of the normal gastrointestinal flora in the setting of ingestion of multiple servings of a fermentation product was the likely source from which Cyberlindnera fabianii gained entrance into the VP shunt system, causing meningitis in this patient. The authors conclude that, in view of the high morbidity associated with yeast infection of the CNS, long-term antifungal therapy should be strongly considered in cases where the VP shunt cannot be completely removed. Transient fungemia may lead to invasive disease in an immunocompetent host with VP shunt, even in the absence of any other risk factors for fungemia and even after remote placement of the VP shunt. PMID:26618013

  4. Allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis due to Alternaria: Case report and review

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    Singh, Bhagteshwar; Denning, David W.

    2012-01-01

    While allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and mycosis are well recognised, no cases have been described related to Alternaria spp. Alternaria is a common sensitising fungus in asthmatics and related to thunderstorm asthma. We report a case of an asthmatic who presented with worsening asthma control, mild eosinophilia on high dose inhaled corticosteroids (800 ?g/day), a total IgE of 3800 KIU/L, an Alternaria-specific IgE of 21.3 KUa/L and positive skin prick test, negative specific IgE and skin prick test to Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium spp., Cladosporium spp., Trichophyton spp. and a normal CT scan of the thorax. He responded well to a short course of oral prednisolone and then oral itraconazole, given over 17 months but relapsed 1 month after stopping it. PMID:24371728

  5. Allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis due to Alternaria: Case report and review.

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    Singh, Bhagteshwar; Denning, David W

    2012-01-01

    While allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and mycosis are well recognised, no cases have been described related to Alternaria spp. Alternaria is a common sensitising fungus in asthmatics and related to thunderstorm asthma. We report a case of an asthmatic who presented with worsening asthma control, mild eosinophilia on high dose inhaled corticosteroids (800 μg/day), a total IgE of 3800 KIU/L, an Alternaria-specific IgE of 21.3 KUa/L and positive skin prick test, negative specific IgE and skin prick test to Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium spp., Cladosporium spp., Trichophyton spp. and a normal CT scan of the thorax. He responded well to a short course of oral prednisolone and then oral itraconazole, given over 17 months but relapsed 1 month after stopping it. PMID:24371728

  6. A death due to ecstasy - a case report.

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    Chandra, Yp Girish; Shetty, Akshith R; Jayanth, S H; Hugar, Basappa S; Praveen, S; Harish, S

    2016-03-01

    Drug addicts face the dangers of accidental overdose, fatal intoxication, reduced tolerance and carelessness in consuming drugs. There is an increasing use of designer drugs in many cities. The body of a 29 year-old male, an event manager by profession with an alleged history of consumption of ecstasy tablets, was subjected to autopsy. The cause of death was found to be disseminated intravascular coagulation consequent upon consumption of methylenedioxymethamphetamine. This was based on the brief history, autopsy features and a chemical analysis report. This case is discussed with the background of the existing literature about the interplay of the actions of methylenedioxymethamphetamine, the hyperthermia that would result from physical exertion as in dancing in rave parties leading to hyponatremia and the causes of disseminated intravascular coagulation. PMID:26733334

  7. A Case of Anterior Chamber Cholesterolosis Due to Coats' Disease and a Review of Reported Cases

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    Stacey, Andrew W.; Borri, Melissa; Francesco, Sonia De; Antenore, Angela S.; Menicacci, Felice; Hadjistilianou, Theodora

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: To present the case of an 18 month old boy with Coats' disease who was found to have anterior chamber cholesterolosis. Methods: Case presentation and review of reported cases. Results: An 18 month old boy presented with unilateral stage 3B Coats' disease without other clinical findings. Two weeks after presentation he returned with xanthocoria due to anterior chamber cholesterolosis. He subsequently developed hyphema, neovascular glaucoma, and was enucleated. His case is compared to all previously reported cases of Coats' disease leading to anterior chamber cholesterolosis. Conclusion: The presentation of anterior chamber cholesterolosis in Coats' disease can range from the incidental finding in an asymptomatic patient to acute angle closure glaucoma with pain and acutely decreased vision. Clinicians should be aware of this potential complication of Coats' disease as it denotes a poor visual prognosis. PMID:27014384

  8. First report of death due to Hemiscorpius acanthocercus envenomation in Iran: Case report

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    Shahi, Mehran; Rafinejad, Javad; Az-Khosravi, Leyla; Moosavy, Seyed Hamid

    2015-01-01

    Scorpion stings are significant causes of death in the western and southern regions of Iran. To date, reports have indicated that the H. lepturus species is the main cause of mortality due to scorpion stings. One of the species that belongs to this genus is Hemiscorpius acanthocercus (H. acanthocercus). This scorpion’s venom is cytotoxic, and it causes pathological changes in the blood and can cause severe damage to the kidneys. The pain of Hemiscorpius’ sting is mild and asymptomatic in the early hours. Delays in the treatment of these victims can cause hemolysis, hematuria, kidney failure, and even death. In this paper, we report the first known death due to an H. acanthocercus’ sting in Iran. PMID:26435822

  9. First report of death due to Hemiscorpius acanthocercus envenomation in Iran: Case report.

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    Shahi, Mehran; Rafinejad, Javad; Az-Khosravi, Leyla; Moosavy, Seyed Hamid

    2015-09-01

    Scorpion stings are significant causes of death in the western and southern regions of Iran. To date, reports have indicated that the H. lepturus species is the main cause of mortality due to scorpion stings. One of the species that belongs to this genus is Hemiscorpius acanthocercus (H. acanthocercus). This scorpion's venom is cytotoxic, and it causes pathological changes in the blood and can cause severe damage to the kidneys. The pain of Hemiscorpius' sting is mild and asymptomatic in the early hours. Delays in the treatment of these victims can cause hemolysis, hematuria, kidney failure, and even death. In this paper, we report the first known death due to an H. acanthocercus' sting in Iran. PMID:26435822

  10. Case report and review of septicemia due to Serratia ficaria.

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    Darbas, H; Jean-Pierre, H; Paillisson, J

    1994-01-01

    Serratia ficaria was first described in 1979 as part of the fig tree ecosystem (P.A.D. Grimont, F. Grimont, and M. P. Starr, Curr. Microbiol. 2:277-282, 1979). Since then, it has been isolated from clinical specimens from a few human patients (C. Bollet, J. Freney, P. de Micco, F. Grimont, and P.A.D. Grimont, Méd. Mal. Infect. 20:97-100, 1990; J.A. Brouillard, W. Hansen, and A. Compere, J. Clin. Microbiol. 19:902-904, 1984; H. Darbas, H. Jean-Pierre, G. Boyer, and M. Riviere, Méd. Mal. Infect. 23:269-270, 1993; V.J. Gill, J.J. Farmer, III, P.A.D. Grimont, M.A. Asbury, and C.L. McIntosh, J. Clin. Microbiol. 14:234-236, 1981; F.D. Pien and J.J. Farmer III, South. Med. J. 76:1591-1592, 1983; C. Richard, J. de Coquet, and C. Suc, Méd. Mal. Infect. 19:45-47, 1989), but the pathogenicity of S. ficaria was always questionable. We are reporting the case of an aged cancer patient who developed S. ficaria septicemia. The habitat of this organism and its potential role as a pathogen are discussed. PMID:7814560

  11. Nonobstructive hydronephrosis due to social polydipsia: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Excessive fluid intake can lead to water intoxication, electrolyte abnormalities, exacerbation of heart failure and anatomical changes in the urinary tract that may present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for patients and physicians. Although the development of nonobstructive hydronephrosis is recognized in patients with central and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, pregnancy or psychiatric polydipsia, it is rarely a diagnostic consideration in healthy individuals with excessive fluid ingestion. We now present what we believe to be the first report of nonobstructive hydronephrosis associated with social polydipsia. Case presentation A 53-year-old African-American woman with moderate back pain was found to have bilateral moderate hydronephrosis and hydroureter by abdominal computed tomography. She underwent ureteral stent placement followed by exploratory laparoscopy with lysis of adhesions and a right oophorectomy, without resolution of the nonobstructive hydronephrosis. A careful assessment revealed a social habit of consuming approximately 5.5L of fluid daily in an effort to remain hydrated in accordance with public health service announcements. It was recommended that the patient reduce her fluid intake. A repeat ultrasound after six weeks revealed complete resolution of the bilateral hydronephrosis and hydroureter. Conclusion Recognition of the nonobstructive nature of hydronephrosis caused by polydipsia in healthy individuals is important to prevent unnecessary interventions. PMID:23130747

  12. Evidence Report: Risk of Performance Errors Due to Training Deficiencies

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    Barshi, Immanuel; Dempsey, Donna L.

    2016-01-01

    Substantial evidence supports the claim that inadequate training leads to performance errors. Barshi and Loukopoulos (2012) demonstrate that even a task as carefully developed and refined over many years as operating an aircraft can be significantly improved by a systematic analysis, followed by improved procedures and improved training (see also Loukopoulos, Dismukes, & Barshi, 2009a). Unfortunately, such a systematic analysis of training needs rarely occurs during the preliminary design phase, when modifications are most feasible. Training is often seen as a way to compensate for deficiencies in task and system design, which in turn increases the training load. As a result, task performance often suffers, and with it, the operators suffer and so does the mission. On the other hand, effective training can indeed compensate for such design deficiencies, and can even go beyond to compensate for failures of our imagination to anticipate all that might be needed when we send our crew members to go where no one else has gone before. Much of the research literature on training is motivated by current training practices aimed at current training needs. Although there is some experience with operations in extreme environments on Earth, there is no experience with long-duration space missions where crews must practice semi-autonomous operations, where ground support must accommodate significant communication delays, and where so little is known about the environment. Thus, we must develop robust methodologies and tools to prepare our crews for the unknown. The research necessary to support such an endeavor does not currently exist, but existing research does reveal general challenges that are relevant to long-duration, high-autonomy missions. The evidence presented here describes issues related to the risk of performance errors due to training deficiencies. Contributing factors regarding training deficiencies may pertain to organizational process and training programs for spaceflight, such as when training programs are inadequate or unavailable. Furthermore, failure to match between tasks on the one hand, and learning and memory abilities on the other hand is a contributing factor, especially when individuals' relative efficiency with which new information is acquired, and adjustments made in behavior or thinking, are inconsistent with mission demands. Thus, if training deficiencies are present, the likelihood of errors or of the inability to successfully complete a task increases. What's more, the overall risk to the crew, the vehicle, and the mission increases.

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  18. Osmotic shock tolerance and membrane fluidity of cold-adapted Cryptococcus flavescens OH 182.9, previously reported as Cr. nodaensis, a biocontrol agent of Fusarium head blight

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    Cryptococcus nodaensis (previously reported as Cr. nodaensis), a biological control agent of Fusarium head blight, has been previously shown to have improved desiccation tolerance after cold adaptation. The goal of the current study was to determine the effect of cold adaptation on the physicochemi...

  19. Probable Levofloxacin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in a Patient Previously on Ciprofloxacin: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Landi, A. Justine; Burkes, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Drug-induced thrombocytopenia is a poorly understood, yet common phenomenon widely encountered in clinical practice. We present a case of suspected levofloxacin-induced thrombocytopenia, a rare side effect of a ubiquitous antibiotic, in a patient without similar effect to ciprofloxacin. This report builds upon other isolated case reports of fluoroquinolone-induced thrombocytopenia and demonstrates our algorithmic approach to the issue as well as a literature review pertaining to fluoroquinolone-induced thrombocytopenia. PMID:26884767

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  1. Analysis of Over 10,000 Cases Finds No Association between Previously-Reported Candidate Polymorphisms and Ovarian Cancer Outcome

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    White, Kristin L.; Vierkant, Robert A.; Fogarty, Zachary C.; Charbonneau, Bridget; Block, Matthew S.; Pharoah, Paul D.P.; Chenevix-Trench, Georgia; Rossing, Mary Anne; Cramer, Daniel W.; Pearce, C. Leigh; Schildkraut, Joellen M.; Menon, Usha; Kjaer, Susanne Kruger; Levine, Douglas A.; Gronwald, Jacek; Culver, Hoda Anton; Whittemore, Alice S.; Karlan, Beth Y.; Lambrechts, Diether; Wentzensen, Nicolas; Kupryjanczyk, Jolanta; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Bandera, Elisa V.; Hogdall, Estrid; Heitz, Florian; Kaye, Stanley B.; Fasching, Peter A.; Campbell, Ian; Goodman, Marc T.; Pejovic, Tanja; Bean, Yukie; Lurie, Galina; Eccles, Diana; Hein, Alexander; Beckmann, Matthias W.; Ekici, Arif B.; Paul, James; Brown, Robert; Flanagan, James; Harter, Philipp; du Bois, Andreas; Schwaab, Ira; Hogdall, Claus K.; Lundvall, Lene; Olson, Sara H.; Orlow, Irene; Paddock, Lisa E.; Rudolph, Anja; Eilber, Ursula; Dansonka-Mieszkowska, Agnieszka; Rzepecka, Iwona K.; Ziolkowska-Seta, Izabela; Brinton, Louise; Yang, Hannah; Garcia-Closas, Montserrat; Despierre, Evelyn; Lambrechts, Sandrina; Vergote, Ignace; Walsh, Christine; Lester, Jenny; Sieh, Weiva; McGuire, Valerie; Rothstein, Joseph H.; Ziogas, Argyrios; Lubiński, Jan; Cybulski, Cezary; Menkiszak, Janusz; Jensen, Allan; Gayther, Simon A.; Ramus, Susan J.; Gentry-Maharaj, Aleksandra; Berchuck, Andrew; Wu, Anna H.; Pike, Malcolm C.; Van Den Berg, David; Terry, Kathryn L.; Vitonis, Allison F.; Doherty, Jennifer A.; Johnatty, Sharon; deFazio, Anna; Song, Honglin; Tyrer, Jonathan; Sellers, Thomas A.; Phelan, Catherine M.; Kalli, Kimberly R.; Cunningham, Julie M.; Fridley, Brooke L.; Goode, Ellen L.

    2013-01-01

    Background Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among women. In an effort to understand contributors to disease outcome, we evaluated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with ovarian cancer recurrence or survival, specifically in angiogenesis, inflammation, mitosis, and drug disposition genes. Methods Twenty-seven SNPs in VHL, HGF, IL18, PRKACB, ABCB1, CYP2C8, ERCC2, and ERCC1 previously associated with ovarian cancer outcome were genotyped in 10,084 invasive cases from 28 studies from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium with over 37,000 observed person-years and 4,478 deaths. Cox proportional hazards models were used to examine the association between candidate SNPs and ovarian cancer recurrence or survival with and without adjustment for key covariates. Results We observed no association between genotype and ovarian cancer recurrence or survival for any of the SNPs examined. Conclusions These results refute prior associations between these SNPs and ovarian cancer outcome and underscore the importance of maximally powered genetic association studies. Impact These variants should not be used in prognostic models. Alternate approaches to uncovering inherited prognostic factors, if they exist, are needed. PMID:23513043

  2. The efficacy and safety of mirabegron compared with solifenacin in overactive bladder patients dissatisfied with previous antimuscarinic treatment due to lack of efficacy: results of a noninferiority, randomized, phase IIIb trial

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    Kölbl, Heinz; Herschorn, Sender; Rechberger, Tomasz; Cambronero, Javier; Halaska, Michael; Coppell, Alex; Kaper, Mathilde; Huang, Moses; Siddiqui, Emad

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of mirabegron 50 mg and solifenacin 5 mg in overactive bladder (OAB) patients dissatisfied with previous antimuscarinic treatment due to lack of efficacy. Patients and methods: This randomized, double-blind, phase IIIb, noninferiority study, enrolled male and female patients aged ⩾18 years old, with symptoms of OAB for ⩾3 months, who were dissatisfied with their previous antimuscarinic drug due to lack of efficacy. A total of 1887 patients were randomized to receive mirabegron 50 mg (n = 943) or solifenacin 5 mg (n = 944) daily for 12 weeks. The primary efficacy endpoint was change from baseline to end of treatment in mean number of micturitions/24 h. Noninferiority was confirmed if the lower limit of the two-sided 95% confidence interval (CI) for the treatment difference between solifenacin and mirabegron was > −0.20. Secondary efficacy endpoints, which included change from baseline in mean number of incontinence episodes/24 h, urgency incontinence episodes/24 h, urgency episodes (grade 3 or 4)/24 h and nocturia episodes/24 h, were analyzed using analysis of covariance. Results: For the primary endpoint, adjusted mean treatment difference (95% CI) in mean number of micturitions/24 h was −0.18 (−0.42, 0.06) and therefore noninferiority of mirabegron to solifenacin was not demonstrated. Both treatments demonstrated clinically meaningful reductions in efficacy variables and were well tolerated, with a lower incidence of dry mouth with mirabegron. Conclusions: Noninferiority of mirabegron compared with solifenacin for reduction in micturition frequency could not be demonstrated in this population of OAB patients who were dissatisfied with previous antimuscarinic therapy due to lack of efficacy. Both mirabegron and solifenacin improved key OAB symptoms with no statistically significant differences observed between the two treatments. Both drugs were well tolerated. PMID:26445596

  3. Leptotrichia endocarditis: report of two cases from the International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE) database and review of previous cases.

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    Caram, L B; Linefsky, J P; Read, K M; Murdoch, D R; Lalani, T; Woods, C W; Reller, L B; Kanj, S S; Premru, M M; Ryan, S; Al-Hegelan, M; Donnio, P Y; Orezzi, C; Paiva, M G; Tribouilloy, C; Watkin, R; Harris, O; Eisen, D P; Corey, G R; Cabell, C H; Petti, C A

    2008-02-01

    Leptotrichia species typically colonize the oral cavity and genitourinary tract. We report the first two cases of endocarditis secondary to L. goodfellowii sp. nov. Both cases were identified using 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Review of the English literature revealed only two other cases of Leptotrichia sp. endocarditis. PMID:17960435

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  5. Relapsed Brucellosis Presenting as Neurobrucellosis with Cerebral Vasculitis in a Patient Previously Diagnosed with Brucellar Spondylitis: A Case Report

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    Ahn, Eun Young; Ryu, Dae Gon; Choi, Yu Hee; Kim, Tae Hyun

    2015-01-01

    Brucellosis is a multisystem disease with various clinical symptoms. Neurobrucellosis is a rare but serious manifestation of brucellosis. A 60-year-old man with a previous diagnosis of brucellar spondylitis presented with sudden onset of aphasia and numbness of the right upper extremity. Cerebral angiography showed diffuse narrowing and dilatation on the distal branches of both the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) which indicated cerebral vasculitis, and the patient's Brucella agglutinin titer was 1:1280. After combined antimicrobial and steroid therapy was started, the patient's condition improved significantly, and he was discharged after 1 month. Antimicrobial therapy was continued for 16 months on an outpatient basis, and the last Brucella agglutinin titer was 1:40. To our knowledge, this is the first case of relapsed neurobrucellosis with vasculitis in Korea to have been treated successfully. PMID:26788412

  6. Relapsed Brucellosis Presenting as Neurobrucellosis with Cerebral Vasculitis in a Patient Previously Diagnosed with Brucellar Spondylitis: A Case Report.

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    Kim, Eun Jung; Lee, Su Jin; Ahn, Eun Young; Ryu, Dae Gon; Choi, Yu Hee; Kim, Tae Hyun

    2015-12-01

    Brucellosis is a multisystem disease with various clinical symptoms. Neurobrucellosis is a rare but serious manifestation of brucellosis. A 60-year-old man with a previous diagnosis of brucellar spondylitis presented with sudden onset of aphasia and numbness of the right upper extremity. Cerebral angiography showed diffuse narrowing and dilatation on the distal branches of both the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) and the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) which indicated cerebral vasculitis, and the patient's Brucella agglutinin titer was 1:1280. After combined antimicrobial and steroid therapy was started, the patient's condition improved significantly, and he was discharged after 1 month. Antimicrobial therapy was continued for 16 months on an outpatient basis, and the last Brucella agglutinin titer was 1:40. To our knowledge, this is the first case of relapsed neurobrucellosis with vasculitis in Korea to have been treated successfully. PMID:26788412

  7. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Patient With a Previous Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve Replacement: Report of a Delayed Fatal Interaction.

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    Poulin, Frédéric; Lamarche, Yoan; Le, Van Hoai Viet; Doucet, Michel; Roméo, Philippe; Généreux, Philippe

    2016-02-01

    We report on a man with bioprosthetic mitral valve perforation who presented late after transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valve (THV). The protrusion of the commissural strut of the bioprosthetic mitral valve coupled with the low implanted THV resulted in repetitive trauma leading to rupture of a mitral leaflet. Potential preventive strategies are discussed. This case illustrates the importance of preprocedural imaging screening and cautious THV deployment in patients with a bioprosthetic mitral valve. PMID:26319966

  8. Dysphagia due to oesophageal obstruction: A case report of unusual occupational aetiology

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    Makaram, Navnit; Gohil, Rohit; Majumdar, Samit

    2015-01-01

    Introduction We report the rare case of a patient presenting with dysphagia secondary to a large vertebral osteophyte, which formed from his previous occupation. Presentation of case A 76-year-old gentleman presented with a year-long history of dysphagia to solids, at the laryngeal level. He was otherwise well, with no red-flag symptoms. Nasoendoscopy showed a left-sided bulge obstructing the piriform fossa. Barium swallow demonstrated a large C4/C5 vertebral osteophyte. Excluding other abnormalities the patient's dysphagia was determined to be due to the osteophyte. The patient mentioned carrying large (50 kg) bags of coal for his previous occupation. This chronic trauma was concluded to be the cause for the osteophyte. Discussion We use this case as an opportunity to outline mechanism of swallowing, and the causes and classification of dysphagia are additionally described. We also review the literature regarding vertebral osteophytes to contextualise the rarity of this case, especially in regard to the strong occupational association. Conclusion A structured and thorough history and examination in dysphagia is emphasized. It is important to enquire about ‘red-flag’ symptoms, suggestive of head and neck or upper gastrointestinal malignancy. Barium swallow is a critical investigation in dysphagia-it can also demonstrate large bony abnormalities, which is a rare causative factor. PMID:26693007

  9. Unusual humeral medial condyle fracture in an adolescent because of a previous post-traumatic fishtail deformity: a case report.

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    Otsuka, Junko; Horii, Emiko; Koh, Shukuki; Hiroishi, Masayuki

    2015-09-01

    A fishtail deformity is a well-known complication following pediatric lateral condyle fracture of the humerus. We report a rare case of a medial humeral condyle fracture in a 12-year-old boy who had had a fishtail deformity because of a lateral condyle fracture in childhood. Radiographs showed a longitudinal fracture plane of the medial condyle extending to the articular surface, which is different from the three types of medial condyle fracture classified by Kilfoyle. We present our case and reviewed the literature to clarify the difference in the mechanism of medial humeral condyle fracture after a fishtail deformity. PMID:25919805

  10. Small mammals and high elevation vegetation in Yosemite National Park could be responding to smaller temperature increases than previously reported

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    Conklin, D. R.; Daly, C.

    2009-12-01

    Recent research related the dynamics of Sierra Nevada subalpine conifers to 20th century warming, and used temperature records from Yosemite National Park headquarters and two other locations outside the Park to estimate a 3.7°C rise in average minimum temperature. More recently, observed elevational shifts of small mammals in Yosemite National Park were linked to the same upward trend in minimum monthly temperatures. However, our analysis of spatially explicit, monthly time series of temperatures, derived using the PRISM model, suggests that the large increase in minimum monthly temperatures may be limited to Yosemite Valley, where the Park headquarters itself is located. PRISM bases its interpolations on observations from 195 temperature recording stations within and near Yosemite National Park. Minimum monthly temperatures over most of the Park do not show a centennial-scale trend, but for the final quarter of the century they do trend upwards by 1°C. Our new estimate of the spatial and temporal pattern of 20th century changes in minimum temperatures in the Park could affect conclusions about the relative importance for subalpine conifers of the centennial trend compared to interdecadal variability of temperature. It also raises a question of whether the elevational shifts of the mammals took place only in the latter part of the century, and in response to smaller temperature increases. It challenges us to accept that these plants and animals are responding to smaller changes in minimum temperatures than previously estimated or else to find reasons other than an increase in minimum temperatures for the changes that have been documented, by these and other studies, over the last century in Yosemite.

  11. An Experience with Managing Cancer Patients Reportedly Previously Informed of the Absence of Additional Available Antineoplastic Therapeutic Options

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    River, George; Moore, Stephanie; Tucker, Jennifer; Markman, Maurie

    2014-01-01

    Over the past 5 years, a small group of cancer patients who stated their physicians had determined there were no additional available antineoplastic therapeutic options (including potential investigational strategies) were seen for a ‘second opinion’ in a cancer hospital-based oncology program and subsequently experienced what can reasonably be characterized as having achieved meaningful ‘clinical benefit’ (functioning at a fairly high level for a minimum 1 year in the work, home, and/or family environments) following the further delivery of a variety of treatment approaches. While recognized to be limited (or even simply ‘anecdotal’), this experience emphasizes several clinically relevant conclusions, including the overall utility of a ‘second-opinion’ strategy and the potential that the reported statement of an individual practitioner or cancer program that all rational options have been attempted may be inaccurate. PMID:25408656

  12. "Preliminary data suggest rates of male military sexual trauma may be higher than previously reported": Retraction of Sheppard et al. (2015).

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    2016-02-01

    Reports the retraction of "Preliminary data suggest rates of male military sexual trauma may be higher than previously reported" by Sean C. Sheppard, Edward J. Hickling, Mitch Earleywine, Tim Hoyt, Amanda R. Russo, Matthew R. Donati and Kevin E. Kip (Psychological Services, 2015[Nov], Vol 12[4], 344-347). The following article from the November 2015 issue is being retracted. The retraction is at the request of the authors. The data analysis was flawed due to the method used to test for statistical significance which was not consistent with modern methods. This compromised the study findings. Thus, the conclusions about statistical significance drawn in the paper were not consistent with the data. The statistical testing error that occurred was unintentional and acknowledged by the authors when pointed out by external scholars. All authors of the article joined in the request for the retraction. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2015-49326-002.) Stigma associated with disclosing military sexual trauma (MST) makes estimating an accurate base rate difficult. Anonymous assessment may help alleviate stigma. Although anonymous research has found higher rates of male MST, no study has evaluated whether providing anonymity sufficiently mitigates the impact of stigma on accurate reporting. This study used the unmatched count technique (UCT), a form of randomized response techniques, to gain information about the accuracy of base rate estimates of male MST derived via anonymous assessment of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) combat veterans. A cross-sectional convenience sample of 180 OEF/OIF male combat veterans, recruited via online websites for military populations, provided data about history of MST via traditional anonymous self-report and the UCT. The UCT revealed a rate of male MST more than 15 times higher than the rate derived via traditional anonymous assessment (1.1% vs. 17.2%). These data suggest that anonymity does not adequately mitigate the impact of stigma on disclosure of male MST. Results, though preliminary, suggest that published rates of male MST may substantially underestimate the true rate of this problem. The UCT has significant potential to improve base rate estimation of sensitive behaviors in the military. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26641738

  13. MTHFR C677T Polymorphism is Associated with Tumor Response to Preoperative Chemoradiotherapy: A Result Based on Previous Reports

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    Zhao, Yue; Li, Xingde; Kong, Xiangjun

    2015-01-01

    Background Preoperative chemoradiotherapy (pRCT) followed by surgery has been widely practiced in locally advanced rectal cancer, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer and other cancers. However, the therapy also exerts some severe adverse effects and some of the patients show poor or no response. It is very important to develop biomarkers (e.g., gene polymorphisms) to identify patients who have a higher likelihood of responding to pRCT. Recently, a series of reports have investigated the association of the genetic polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genes with the tumor response to pRCT; however, the results were inconsistent and inconclusive. Material/Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed by searching relevant studies about the association of MTHFR and EGFR polymorphisms with the tumor regression grade (TRG) in response to pRCT in databases of PubMed, EMBAS, Web of science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wanfang database up to March 30, 2015. The pooled odds ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated to assess the strength of the association under 5 genetic models. Results A total of 11 eligible articles were included in the present meta-analysis, of which 8 studies were performed in rectal cancer and 3 studies were performed in esophageal cancer. We finally included 8 included studies containing 839 cases for MTHFR C677T, 5 studies involving 634 cases for MTHFR A1298C, 3 studies containing 340 cases for EGFR G497A, and 4 studies containing 396 cases for EGFR CA repeat. The pooled analysis results indicated that MTHFR C677T might be correlated with the tumor response to pRCT under the recessive model (CC vs. CTTT) in overall analysis (OR=1.426(1.074–1.894), P=0.014), rectal cancer (OR=1.483(1.102–1.996), P=0.009), and TRG 1–2 vs. 3–5 group (OR=1.423(1.046–1.936), P=0.025), while other polymorphism including MTHFR A1298C, EGFR G497A, and EGFR CA repeat polymorphisms exerted significant association under all genetic models in overall analysis or subgroup analysis. Conclusions MTHFR C677T might be correlated with the tumor response to pRCT. Further well-designed, larger-scale epidemiological studies are needed to validate our results. PMID:26456456

  14. 30 CFR 210.53 - When are my royalty reports and payments due?

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false When are my royalty reports and payments due? 210.53 Section 210.53 Mineral Resources MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR MINERALS REVENUE MANAGEMENT FORMS AND REPORTS Royalty Reports-Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources §...

  15. 30 CFR 1210.53 - When are my royalty reports and payments due?

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    2013-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 3 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false When are my royalty reports and payments due? 1210.53 Section 1210.53 Mineral Resources OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE FORMS AND REPORTS Royalty Reports-Oil, Gas, and Geothermal...

  16. 30 CFR 1210.53 - When are my royalty reports and payments due?

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    2012-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 3 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false When are my royalty reports and payments due? 1210.53 Section 1210.53 Mineral Resources OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE FORMS AND REPORTS Royalty Reports-Oil, Gas, and Geothermal...

  17. Secondary Knee Osteoarthritis due to Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Treated with above the Knee Amputation: A Case Report

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    Patel, Jay; Whiting, Jeffrey; Jones, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Background. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF-1) has a variety of associated orthopaedic manifestations that have been previously reported. We report a case of severe, grade 4 knee osteoarthritis (OA) with recurrent subluxation and joint laxity due to multiple extra-articular neurofibromas ultimately treated with Above the Knee Amputation (AKA). Case Description. A 39-year-old man presented with multiple neurofibromas and lymphedema leading to degenerative changes of the knee. Conservative treatment failed due to the severity of the knee degeneration and patient discomfort. Likewise, arthroplasty was not possible due to poor bone quality and joint instability. Therefore, AKA was selected to relieve symptoms and provide functional improvement. six months after the procedure the patient has increased functional capacity for ambulation and activities of daily living, as well as significant decrease in pain and discomfort. Clinical Relevance. Extra-articular neurofibromas causing severe secondary OA in relatively young patients can be functionally improved with AKA and prosthetic device use. PMID:23936704

  18. Providing Internet access to Los Alamos National Laboratory technical reports: A case history in providing public access to previously restricted documents

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    Collins, K.A.

    1996-12-31

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Research Library recently fulfilled a strategic goal of providing worldwide desktop access via the Internet to full-image files of the complete unclassified holdings of Los Alamos technical reports in its Report Collection. This effort began in late 1994 with the scanning of paper and microfiche format reports. Concurrently, the Research Library helped to initiate shifting the model for publishing new technical reports from paper to electronic; the files could then be directly mounted on the Research Library`s Web server. Providing desktop access to these reports was instrumental in expediting the development of internal policies that would better define what documents, previously restricted to the general public, could be publicly released. Undoubtedly, the most significant category of such reports were previously classified reports that had been declassified, but had not gone through a further review for public release. Collaboration with LANL`s Classification Group led to approval for public release of 97% of these reports. The LANL Research Library`s Web site now offers unique and unprecedented access to the world of a huge body of technical reports never available before anywhere in any form. This paper discusses the issues and steps involved in this achievement.

  19. Vaccine risk assessment in children with a referred reaction to a previous vaccine dose: 2009–2011 retrospective report at the Bambino Gesu’ children hospital, Rome, Italy

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    2014-01-01

    Background During the last century, mass vaccination programs have achieved considerable success across the world in immunizing against several serious infectious diseases. However, vaccinations are threatened by their own success after results have been obtained: the more the incidence of potentially devastating diseases decreases, thanks to the success of vaccination programs, the more public attention shifts towards real or alleged “side effects” of vaccines. Methods We analyze the experience of 153 children with “reaction to a previous vaccine dose” continuing the vaccination protocol in the safe environment of the Center for risk vaccination at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital IRCCS in Rome, from 2009 to 2011. Results To assess the suitability for vaccination, a specialized pre-vaccination advice and a skin prick test (SPT) was undergone, according to Wood’s guideline; 151 children were SPT negative and full vaccine was administered. Of the 153 children examined just 13 had symptoms suggestive of IgE-mediated reaction-type reactions with angioedema manifestations. Among them, 2 had positive STP, which required alternative measures of administration of the vaccine. No cases of post vaccination reaction was reported and no vaccination program was stopped due to a severe reaction. Conclusions Inadequate levels of immunization against infectious diseases remain a significant problem for public health. However, the reasons for incomplete vaccination and non-adoption of vaccination services are manifold. To maintain public confidence in vaccines, advanced immunization programs must include activities for monitoring the safety of the vaccine at the individual level and pursuing specialized counseling pre-and post-vaccination for those at risk. Our results underlined a gap between true and referred adverse reactions and are consistent with vaccine safety. Anyway, a continuous assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccination is required and the results must be disclosed in order to strengthen confidence in the existing and in the new immunization programs. PMID:24684865

  20. Native valve endocarditis due to Micrococcus luteus: a case report and review of the literature

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    2011-01-01

    Introduction Micrococcus luteus endocarditis is a rare case of infective endocarditis. A total of 17 cases of infective endocarditis due to M luteus have been reported in the literature to date, all involving prosthetic valves. To the best of our knowledge, we describe the first case of native aortic valve M luteus endocarditis in an immunosuppressed patient in this report. Case report A 74-year-old Greek-Cypriot woman was admitted to our Internal Medicine Clinic due to fever and malaise and the diagnosis of aortic valve M luteus endocarditis was made. She was immunosuppressed due to methotrexate and steroid treatment. Our patient was unsuccessfully treated with vancomycin, gentamicin and rifampicin for four weeks. The aortic valve was replaced and she was discharged in good condition. Conclusions Prosthetic infective endocarditis due to M luteus is rare. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first case in the literature involving a native valve. PMID:21714882

  1. Fatal Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis Due to Balamuthia mandrillaris in New Mexico: A Case Report

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    Pindyck, Talia N.; Dvorscak, Lauren E.; Hart, Blaine L.; Palestine, Michael D.; Gallant, Joel E.; Allen, Sarah E.; SantaCruz, Karen S.

    2014-01-01

    Balamuthia mandrillaris is a free-living amoeba that can cause granulomatous amebic encephalitis (GAE). We report a case in an individual with a history of alcohol abuse, cocaine use, and ditch water exposure. This is the first reported case of GAE due to B mandrillaris in New Mexico. PMID:25734132

  2. First report of spondylodiscitis due to vancomycin heteroresistant Staphylococcus capitis in immunocompetent host.

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    Bianco, Claudia; Arena, Fabio; Rossetti, Barbara; Tordini, Giacinta; Migliorini, Lucia; Galluzzi, Paolo; Cerase, Alfonso; De Luca, Andrea; Rossolini, Gian Maria; Montagnani, Francesca

    2014-10-01

    We report a successfully treated case of spondylodiscitis and bloodstream infection due to vancomycin heteroresistant Staphylococcus capitis, in an adult immunocompetent patient with multiple antibiotics intolerance. S. capitis is rarely involved in osteomyelitis and, to our knowledge, this is the first report of vancomycin heteroresistance phenomenon in an S. capitis strain causing spondylodiscitis. PMID:25131294

  3. A diagnostic dilemma: Left-sided appendicitis in a 10 year old boy with previously undiagnosed intestinal malrotation. A case report

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    Shekhar, Ashvini; Hendahewa, Rasika; Premaratne, Gamini

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Intestinal malrotation is a congenital rotational anomaly that occurs as a result of an arrest of normal rotation of the embryonic gut, said to occur in 1 in 6000 live births. Due to the abnormal caecal and appendix position, diagnosis of acute appendicitis becomes more challenging, thus leading to diagnostic and operative intervention delays. Our aim is to highlight the diagnostic challenges in this clinical scenario. Presentation of case We present a case of a 10 year old boy with previously undiagnosed intestinal malrotation with a left sided acute appendicitis. Initial symptoms lead to a treatment for gastroenteritis, however, due to ongoing pain a CT abdomen was done which showed the malrotation and appendicitis. He required a laparoscopy converted to open appendicectomy due to an appendicecal mass. Discussion Historically, intestinal malrotation was thought to be a disease of infancy with infrequent occurrence after the age of one year. However, recent analysis has shown an increase in presentations after one year of life into adulthood. Thus, the prevalence of malrotation in children and adults over the age of one year appear to be higher than initially presumed. Conclusion Left sided acute appendicitis is a diagnostic dilemma, thus often leading to management delays. It is pertinent to remember that malrotation of the gut is more common than previously thought, and not just a disease of infancy. It is advisable to consider imaging studies while balancing the risk-benefit-ratio of radiation exposure, especially in paediatric cases to cinch the diagnosis. PMID:26204440

  4. Fatal Case of Pericardial Effusion Due to Myroides Odoratus: A Rare Case Report.

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    Prateek, Shashank; Gupta, Priyanka; Mittal, Garima; Singh, Amit K

    2015-11-01

    Myroides spp., previously known as Flavobacterium odoratum, are rare clinical isolates and are often considered non-pathogenic. Natural habitat includes soil, fresh and marine waters, in foods and in sewage treatment plants. We present an unusual case of fatal pericardial effusion due to Myroides odoratus in a patient suffering from chronic kidney disease and undergoing maintenance haemodialysis. This case is presented to show the increasing incidence of rare isolates causing localized and systemic infections and due to their high intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics they can be fatal. Thus isolation of these pathogens is of great clinical importance. PMID:26672889

  5. Fatal Case of Pericardial Effusion Due to Myroides Odoratus: A Rare Case Report

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    Gupta, Priyanka; Mittal, Garima; Singh, Amit K.

    2015-01-01

    Myroides spp., previously known as Flavobacterium odoratum, are rare clinical isolates and are often considered non-pathogenic. Natural habitat includes soil, fresh and marine waters, in foods and in sewage treatment plants. We present an unusual case of fatal pericardial effusion due to Myroides odoratus in a patient suffering from chronic kidney disease and undergoing maintenance haemodialysis. This case is presented to show the increasing incidence of rare isolates causing localized and systemic infections and due to their high intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics they can be fatal. Thus isolation of these pathogens is of great clinical importance. PMID:26672889

  6. Tinea corporis due to Trichophyton violaceum: A report of two cases.

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    Smriti, C; Anuradha, S; Kamlesh, T; Isampreet, K; Nitin, K

    2015-01-01

    Dermatophytes are Fungi which infect keratinized tissues, that is, skin epidermis, hair and nails. Trichophyton violaceum is an anthropophilic, cosmopolitan dermatophyte. It primarily causes tinea capitis and less commonly tinea corporis and tinea unguium. We present a report of two cases of tinea corporis due to T. violaceum in children. Infections due to T. violaceum are important because of its transmissibility within families and community and its potential to spread and establish in new geographical areas. PMID:26470976

  7. Emergency surgery due to go-kart injuries: report of two consecutive cases.

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    Y?lmaz, Kerim Bora; Ak?nc?, Melih; Kaya, Oskay; Kulaço?lu, Hakan

    2012-09-01

    Injury due to go-karting accidents is a new kind of surgical emergency in Turkey and may show variations between patients. There are special details as relate to the design of the vehicles and patient characteristics. We report two seriously injured patients as a result of two different go-kart accidents. Severe intraabdominal hemorrhage due to liver laceration was seen in one patient and mesenteric intestinal avulsion in the other. Both patients were treated surgically and discharged uneventfully. PMID:23188612

  8. Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator pocket infection due to Providencia rettgeri: a case report

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    De Benedetti, Maria Elena

    2009-01-01

    Coagulase-negative staphylococci and Staphylococcus aureus are the commonest pathogens involved in infections of pacemaker-defibrillator systems. Among causative Gram-negative bacteria, infections due to Klebsiella, Serratia, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and other species have been reported. We report herein a unique case of an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator infection due to Providencia rettgeri in a 65-year-old male who was admitted to our service with bacteremia and infection of the generator and subcutaneous array in a recently implanted device. PMID:19918391

  9. Neurovascular compromise due to true brachial artery aneurysm at the site of a previously ligated arteriovenous fistula: Case report and review of literature.

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    Cleveland, Emily C; Sinno, Sammy; Sheth, Sharvil; Sharma, Sheel; Mussa, Firas F

    2015-12-01

    True arterial aneurysms of the upper extremity are rare. The case described is that of a 48-year-old man presenting with median neuropathy and distal vascular compromise 4 years after ligation of a brachiocephalic arteriovenous fistula. We describe our approach and present a review of the relevant literature. PMID:25612878

  10. Post-Kidney Transplantation Iliac Artery Stenosis due toIatrogenic Injury: Case Report

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    Khankan, Azzam Anwar Maeda, Munehiro; Osuga, Keigo; Murakami, Takamichi; Nakamura, Hironobu

    2003-04-15

    We report a case of left external iliac artery lesions as a complication of post-kidney transplantation due to vascular clamp application injury. The lesions were proximal stenosis and distal occlusion just near the graft anastomosis site and they were diagnosed incidentally during the embolization for arteriovenous fistula. Angiography confirmed the diagnosis and it was managed successfully by percutaneous interventional techniques.

  11. Unique fatality due to claw injuries in a tiger attack: a case report.

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    Pathak, Hrishikesh; Dixit, Pradeep; Dhawane, Shailendra; Meshram, Satin; Shrigiriwar, Manish; Dingre, Niraj

    2014-11-01

    This paper describes a unique case of a fatal tiger attack in the wild. In the present case, a tiger fatally mauled a 34-year-old female with its claws, instead of the usual mechanism of killing by the bite injury to the neck. The autopsy revealed multiple fatal and non-fatal injuries caused by the tiger claws. The characteristic injuries due to the tooth impacts were absent as the teeth of the offending tiger were either fallen or non-functional. To the best of our knowledge, probably this rare case would be the first reported human fatality due to the tiger claw injuries in the world. The purpose of the present article is to highlight the fatal injuries due to the tiger claws, as the claw-induced fatal injuries in a tiger attack are not reported in the medico-legal literature. Moreover, this report would be an illustrative one for differentiation between the fatal injuries due to the claws and tooth impacts in a tiger attack. Furthermore, the present report establishes the importance of the tiger claws as a source of fatal injuries in a tiger attack. PMID:25082732

  12. Renal dysfunction due to hydronephrosis by SAPHO syndrome: a case report

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    Kakoki, Katsura; Miyata, Yasuyoshi; Enokizono, Mikako; Uetani, Masataka; Sakai, Hideki

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message Synovitis, Acne, Pustulosis, Hyperostosis, Osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome shows varied pathological symptoms. This is the first report of hydronephrosis due to the mechanical compression of bilateral ureters as a result of SAPHO syndrome. From our experience, MRI is the most useful imaging examination to check the upper urinary tract in SAPHO syndrome. PMID:26331013

  13. Respiratory tract infection due to Arcanobacterium haemolyticum--a case report.

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    Katkar, V J; Shrikhande, S N; Deshpande, Abha; Tankhiwale, N S

    2005-04-01

    A case of respiratory tract infection due to Arcanobacterium haemolyticum is reported. A female of 26 years presented with cough with expectoration and fever off and on for a duration of six weeks. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum were isolated. Arcanobacterium haemolyticum was isolated on three separate occasions. PMID:16758672

  14. Obstructive jaundice due to hepatocarcinoma with intraductal growth. Report of a successful resection.

    PubMed

    Jiménez, L C; Teruel, A; Mezquita, S; Martínez, J; Colina, F

    1990-03-01

    We present a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma causing obstructive jaundice due to intraductal growth, diagnosed intraoperatively by cholangiography and histological examination, and radically treated by left lobectomy, extrahepatic biliary tract resection and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy. Survival after operation was 13 months. Other similar cases reported in the literature are reviewed. PMID:2178000

  15. Obstructive Jaundice Due to Hepatocarcinoma With Intraductal Growth. Report of a Successful Resection

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    Teruel, Ana; Mezquita, Susana; Martínez, J.; Colina, F.

    1990-01-01

    We present a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma causing obstructive jaundice due to intraductal growth, diagnosed intraoperatively by cholangiography and histological examination, and radically treated by left lobectomy, extrahepatic biliary tract resection and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy. Survival after operation was 13 months. Other similar cases reported in the literature are reviewed. PMID:2178000

  16. Exclusion of a schizophrenia susceptibility gene from the chromosome 5q11-q13 region: new data and a reanalysis of previous reports.

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    McGuffin, P; Sargeant, M; Hetti, G; Tidmarsh, S; Whatley, S; Marchbanks, R M

    1990-01-01

    The report of a putative schizophrenia susceptibility gene linked to markers in the chromosome 5q11-q13 region and subsequent failures of replication have provoked considerable controversy. We here report six Welsh families multiply affected with schizophrenia in which there is no evidence for linkage between a dominant-like schizophrenia gene and 5q11-q13 markers. It is argued that our new results together with a combined reanalysis of previous studies suggest that a schizophrenia susceptibility gene can be excluded from the 5q11-q13 region. The apparent disparities between published results are most likely to reflect a chance finding in the one positive study and probably should not be interpreted as resulting from true linkage heterogeneity. PMID:2393025

  17. Mediastinal hemorrhage due to ectopic parathyroid hyperplasia with long-term hemodialysis: report of a case.

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    Matsutani, Noriyuki; Kawamura, Masafumi; Dejima, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Yusuke

    2015-12-01

    Secondary hyperparathyroidism can sometimes occur among long-term hemodialysis patients. We herein present the case of a 48-year-old female who underwent surgical resection to treat a mediastinal hemorrhage from an ectopic parathyroid. She had been receiving dialysis for the past 16 years due to renal failure. She visited the hospital due to chest pain, and a CT scan revealed a tumorous lesion in the anterior mediastinum. An increase in size of the tumorous lesion, accompanied by bilateral pleural fluid, was observed. Emergency surgery was performed due to a diagnosis of a mediastinal hemorrhage from the tumorous lesion, accompanied by a decrease in the Hb value. The pathological findings of the hematoma revealed parathyroid hyperplasia. This is a rare case report of an ectopic parathyroid developing hyperplasia which caused a mediastinal hemorrhage due to secondary hyperparathyroidism. PMID:25663073

  18. Spondylodiscitis due to Propionibacterium acnes: report of twenty-nine cases and a review of the literature.

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    Uçkay, I; Dinh, A; Vauthey, L; Asseray, N; Passuti, N; Rottman, M; Biziragusenyuka, J; Riché, A; Rohner, P; Wendling, D; Mammou, S; Stern, R; Hoffmeyer, P; Bernard, L

    2010-04-01

    Propionibacterium acnes is the most frequent anaerobic pathogen found in spondylodiscitis. A documented case required microbiological proof of P. acnes with clinical and radiological confirmation of inflammation in a localized region of the spine. Microbiological samplings were obtained by surgery or aspiration under radiological control. Twelve males and 17 females (median age, 42 years) with spondylodiscitis due to P. acnes were diagnosed within the last 15 years. Three patients were immunosuppressed. All patients reported back pain as the main symptom, and most were afebrile. Three patients had a peripheral neurological deficit, one a motor deficit, and two a sensory deficit attributable to the infection; and six patients had an epidural abscess. The most frequent risk factor was surgery, which was present in the history 28 of 29 (97%) patients. The mean delay between spinal surgery and onset of disease was 34 months, with a wide range of 0-156 months. Osteosynthesis material was present in twenty-two cases (76%). In 24 (83%) patients, additional surgery, such as débridement or spondylodesis, was performed. Previous osteosynthesis material was removed in 17 of the 22 (77%) patients where it was present. Total cure was reported in all patients, except one, after a mean duration of antibiotic therapy of 10.5 weeks (range, 2-28 weeks). In conclusion, spondylodiscitis due to P. acnes is an acute infection closely related to previous surgery. The most prominent clinical feature is pain, whereas fever is rare, and the prognosis is very good. PMID:19519850

  19. A rare chemical burn due to Ranunculus arvensis: three case reports.

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    Kocak, Abdullah O; Saritemur, Murat; Atac, Kenan; Guclu, Sibel; Ozlu, Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Ranunculus arvensis, a plant that is a member of Ranunculaceae family, generally used for local treatment of joint pain, muscle pain, burns, lacerations, edema, abscess drainage, hemorrhoids, and warts among the population. In this case report, we presented three patients who developed chemical skin burns after using R arvensis plant locally for knee pain. The destructive effect of the plant has been reported previously to be more in fresh plants and less in dried plants. Although protoanemonin, which is considered as the main toxic substance, was reported to be absent in dried or boiled plants, the plant was boiled, cooled, and wrapped over the region with pain in our cases. Therefore, we thought that protoanemonin may be considered to be heat resistant. Also, the burn management proceeded up to surgery by using the flap technique in one of our patients in contrast to the cases found in published reports who were treated by antibiotics and dressings. PMID:26922695

  20. Prospective monitoring and self-report of previous falls among older women at high risk of falls and fractures: a study of comparison and agreement

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    Garcia, Patrícia A.; Dias, João M. D.; Silva, Silvia L. A.; Dias, Rosângela C.

    2015-01-01

    Background: The identification of the occurrence of falls is an important step for screening and for rehabilitation processes for the elderly. The methods of monitoring these events are susceptible to recording biases, and the choice of the most accurate method remains challenging. Objectives: (i) To investigate the agreement between retrospective self-reporting and prospective monitoring of methods of recording falls, and (ii) to compare the retrospective self-reporting of falls and the prospective monitoring of falls and recurrent falls over a 12-month period among older women at high risk of falls and fractures. Method: A total of 118 community-dwelling older women with low bone density were recruited. The incidence of falls was monitored prospectively in 116 older women (2 losses) via monthly phone calls over the course of a year. At the end of this monitoring period, the older women were asked about their recall of falls in the same 12-month period. The agreement between the two methods was analyzed, and the sensitivity and specificity of self-reported previous falls in relation to the prospective monitoring were calculated. Results: There was moderate agreement between the prospective monitoring and the retrospective self-reporting of falls in classifying fallers (Kappa=0.595) and recurrent fallers (Kappa=0.589). The limits of agreement were 0.35±1.66 falls. The self-reporting of prior falls had a 67.2% sensitivity and a 94.2% specificity in classifying fallers among older women and a 50% sensitivity and a 98.9% specificity in classifying recurrent fallers. Conclusion: Self-reporting of falls over a 12-month period underestimated 32.8% of falls and 50% of recurrent falls. The findings recommend caution if one is considering replacing monthly monitoring with annual retrospective questioning. PMID:26083603

  1. Osteomyelitis of the spine due to Salmonella infection — conservative treatment with quinolone: a case report

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    Tsui, Hon-For; Chiu, Kwok-Hing; Leung, Kwok-Sui

    1997-01-01

    Although osteomyelitis due to Salmonella infection is known to be associated with sickle cell anemia, various hemoglobinopathies and immune suppressive states, it may also occur in normal hosts. A 16-year-old Chinese boy without sickle cell disease or any other condition that would compromise the immune system had osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine caused by Salmonella enteritidis. The condition was treated conservatively with ciprofloxacin (quinolone group). This may be the first reported case in which a patient with spinal osteomyelitis due to Salmonella infection, who was otherwise healthy, was successfully treated nonoperatively with quinolone. PMID:9030084

  2. Cerebral Phaeohyphomycosis due to Cladophialophora bantiana – A Case Report and Review of Literature from India

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    Chhina, Deepinder Kaur; Kaushal, Vandana; Kaushal, Rakesh Kumar; Singh, Jasdeep

    2014-01-01

    Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis is a rare disease caused by dematiaceous fungi. It has poor prognosis irrespective of the immune status of the patient. Cladophialophora bantiana is the most commonly isolated species. We report a case of multiple brain abscesses caused by C. bantiana in an immune competent patient. The diagnosis was based on CT scan of head, direct examination and culture of the aspirate from the abscess. Despite complete surgical resection of the abscesses and antifungal therapy with amphotericin B and voriconazole the patient could not be saved. All the cases of cerebral phaeohyphomycosis due to this rare neurotropic fungus reported from India between 1962 and 2009 have also been reviewed. PMID:24959445

  3. Laparoscopic surgery for sigmoidocutaneous fistula due to diverticulitis: A case report.

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    Hidaka, Eiji; Nakahara, Kenta; Maeda, Chiyo; Takehara, Yusuke; Ishida, Fumio; Kudo, Shin-ei

    2015-08-01

    Sigmoidocutaneous fistulas due to sigmoid colon diverticulitis are very rare. Here we report a case in which laparoscopic sigmoidectomy was used to successfully treat a sigmoidocutaneous fistula due to diverticulitis. A 41-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of redness and swelling of the left inguinal skin. Enhanced abdominal CT revealed a subcutaneous abscess in the left lower abdomen. Percutaneous drainage was performed, and fistulography revealed a fistula between the sigmoid colon and left inguinal skin. Therefore, a sigmoidocutaneous fistula was diagnosed, and laparoscopic sigmoidectomy and fistulectomy were performed. The sigmoid colon had several diverticula, and a pathological examination revealed that the sigmoidocutaneous fistula was due to diverticulitis. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 8. In cases of sigmoidocutaneous fistula, laparoscopic treatment can be safely performed. PMID:26303733

  4. Spontaneous Retroperitoneal Haematoma due to Polyarteritis Nodosa: Report of a Case and Literature Review

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    Simsek, Emrah; Yilmaz, Hasan; Teke, Kerem; Uslubas, Ali Kemal; Yuksekkaya, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    Retroperitoneal haematoma is a rare clinical entity with variable etiology. It can happen spontaneously, without any obvious precipitating factors, the so-called spontaneous retroperitoneal haematoma. There is no general consensus as to the best management plan for patients with retroperitoneal haematoma. Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a rare cause of retroperitoneal haematoma. Here we report relationship between PAN and retroperitoneal haematoma and treatment approaches. However, an accepted and clearly defined treatment has not been established due to its rarity. PMID:26885433

  5. Rj4, a Gene Controlling Nodulation Specificity in Soybeans, Encodes a Thaumatin-Like Protein But Not the One Previously Reported.

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    Tang, Fang; Yang, Shengming; Liu, Jinge; Zhu, Hongyan

    2016-01-01

    Rj4 is a dominant gene in soybeans (Glycine max) that restricts nodulation by many strains of Bradyrhizobium elkanii. The soybean-B. elkanii symbiosis has a low nitrogen-fixation efficiency, but B. elkanii strains are highly competitive for nodulation; thus, cultivars harboring an Rj4 allele are considered favorable. Cloning the Rj4 gene is the first step in understanding the molecular basis of Rj4-mediated nodulation restriction and facilitates the development of molecular tools for genetic improvement of nitrogen fixation in soybeans. We finely mapped the Rj4 locus within a small genomic region on soybean chromosome 1, and validated one of the candidate genes as Rj4 using both complementation tests and CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout experiments. We demonstrated that Rj4 encodes a thaumatin-like protein, for which a corresponding allele is not present in the surveyed rj4 genotypes, including the reference genome Williams 82. Our conclusion disagrees with the previous report that Rj4 is the Glyma.01G165800 gene (previously annotated as Glyma01g37060). Instead, we provide convincing evidence that Rj4 is Glyma.01g165800-D, a duplicated and unique version of Glyma.01g165800, that has evolved the ability to control symbiotic specificity. PMID:26582727

  6. Malignant Priapism Due to Renal Cancer: A Case Report of First Manifestation of Systemic Spread

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    Zhu, Jin; Xue, Boxin; Yang, Dongrong; Zang, Yachen; Shan, Yuxi

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Malignant priapism due to cancers is a rare condition that only 30 cases of kidney cancers were reported. Case Presentation: We report on the first case of simultaneous penile, renal vein, vena cava, liver and ipslateral adrenal gland metastases from primary renal cancer in a 56-year-old man. The only complain of the patient was a history of painful priapism for one month. Corporoglanular shunt surgery was useless. Postoperative imaging showed extensive regional and distal metastases and tumor embolus in vena cava as well as renal and hepatic vein. Conclusions: Review of literature showed priapism being the first presentation in 20% to 50% of cases, almost all cases have shown very poor prognosis. This case report underscored the importance of investigation of primary tumors for patients with malignant priapism. PMID:25763252

  7. Bacteremia due to Rhodococcus equi: a case report and review of the literature*

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    Chen, Xi-yuan; Xu, Feng; Xia, Jing-yan; Cheng, Yu-sheng; Yang, Yan

    2009-01-01

    Rhodococcus equi, previously known as Corynebacterium equi, is one of the most important causes of zoonotic infections in grazing animals. Increased cases of human infection with R. equi have been reported, especially in immunocompromised patients, within recent years. We present a case of R. equi bacteremia in a 51-year-old man with diabetes and liver cirrhosis, on long-term corticosteroid therapy after skin-grafting surgery. The patient recovered soon after he was treated with vancomycin. This review focuses on the microbiological characteristics of this organism, and the diagnosis and treatment of this infection. PMID:19946958

  8. Humeral Head Arthroplasty and Meniscal Allograft Resurfacing of the Glenoid: A Concise Follow-up of a Previous Report and Survivorship Analysis.

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    Bois, Aaron J; Whitney, Ian J; Somerson, Jeremy S; Wirth, Michael A

    2015-10-01

    The two to five-year results of humeral head arthroplasty and lateral meniscal allograft resurfacing of the glenoid in patients fifty-five years of age or younger were previously reported by the senior author (M.A.W.). The purpose of the present study was to report the survival rate, clinical findings, and radiographic results of the original thirty shoulders (thirty patients) followed for a mean duration of 8.3 years (range, five to twelve years). The scores on the visual analog scale for pain, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons scoring system, and Simple Shoulder Test were significantly improved at the latest follow-up evaluation compared with the preoperative findings (p < 0.001). Radiographic indices of posterior subluxation did not significantly increase from the immediate postoperative imaging to the latest radiographs, while the glenohumeral joint space demonstrated a gradual decrease. Nine (30%) of thirty shoulders were known to have undergone a reoperation. The present study demonstrated that biological glenoid resurfacing combined with hemiarthroplasty can provide significant improvement in shoulder function and pain relief in young patients with glenohumeral arthritis; however, mid-term follow-up at a mean of over eight years demonstrated a high reoperation rate. PMID:26446964

  9. Mis-reporting, previous health status and health status of family may seriously bias the association between food patterns and disease

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    2010-01-01

    Background Food pattern analyses are popular tools in the study of associations between diet and health. However, there is a need for further evaluation of this methodology. The aim of the present cross-sectional study was to evaluate the relationship between food pattern groups (FPG) and existing health, and to identify factors influencing this relationship. Methods The inhabitants of Västerbotten County in northern Sweden are invited to health check-ups when they turn 30, 40, 50, and 60 years of age. The present study includes data collected from almost 60,000 individuals between 1992 and 2005. Associations between FPG (established using K-means cluster analyses) and health were analyzed separately in men and women. Results The health status of the participants and their close family and reporting accuracy differed significantly between men and women and among FPG. Crude regression analyses, with the high fat FPG as reference, showed increased risks for several health outcomes for all other FPGs in both sexes. However, when limiting analysis to individuals without previous ill-health and with adequate energy intake reports, most of the risks instead showed a trend towards protective effects. Conclusions Food pattern classifications reflect both eating habits and other own and family health related factors, a finding important to remember and to adjust for before singling out the diet as a primary cause for present and future health problems. Appropriate exclusions are suggested to avoid biases and attenuated associations in nutrition epidemiology. PMID:21034501

  10. Clinicoradiological Correlation of Macropsia due to Acute Stroke: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Montalvo, Mayra Johana; Khan, Muhib Alam

    2014-01-01

    Dysmetropsia (macropsia, micropsia, teleopsia, or pelopsia) most commonly results from retinal pathologies, epileptic seizure, neoplastic lesions, viral infection, or psychoactive drugs. Vascular lesions are an uncommon cause of dysmetropsia. Vascular hemimicropsia, although rare, has been more frequently described in the literature, whereas hemimacropsia from acute ischemic injury is exceedingly rare. We describe a patient presenting in the emergency room (ER) with visual perception disturbances characterized by a distorted perception of the size of objects, compatible with left hemimacropsia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed an acute occipitotemporal ischemic injury corresponding to the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) territory. The location of the lesion is consistent with previous case reports that suggest that hemimacropsia is associated with the occipitotemporal projection, which plays a decisive role in the visual identification of objects by interconnecting the striate, prestriate, and inferior temporal areas. The difference of our case as compared to previous case reports is that the lesion in our patient spared Brodmann area 17 (calcarine cortex) and therefore did not present symptoms of quadrantanopsia. Instead, the patient presented isolated hemimacropsia, therefore suggesting that the anatomical lesion causing hemimacropsia is located in the ventral portion of the occipitotemporal projection, more specifically Brodmann areas 18 (parastriate) and 19 (peristriate). PMID:25574407

  11. Months since Previous Mammogram

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    The number of mammograms performed nine months after the previous mammogram is small. The chart rises sharply, with nearly 250,000 mammograms performed 12 months after the previous one, then drops sharply after that. At both the 11- and 13-month marks, there were over 100,000 mammograms performed. The chart rises again to a smaller peak, still below 50,000 mammograms, at the 24-month mark, then tapers off, with still smaller peaks at 36, 48, and 60 months.

  12. Gastric wall ischemia following massive gastric distension due to peptic pyloric stenosis: a case report

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    Santos, Tatiana; Freitas, Carla; Pinto-de-Sousa, João

    2016-01-01

    Gastric necrosis is a rare entity mainly due to the rich collateral blood flow the stomach is supplied by. Acute gastric dilation is one of the described underlying causes, and although not fully understood, many potential alterations, such as vascular compression, herniation, volvulus, acute necrotizing gastritis, complications after abdominal surgery, anorexia, bulimia nervosa, trauma, exposure to caustic materials, diabetes, medications, infections, debilitating chronic illness, gastric outlet obstruction, aerophagia and acute pancreatitis have been described. In this report, we present a case of partial gastric ischemia with necrosis and consequent perforation of the lesser curvature of the stomach, as a result of gastric outlet obstruction due to pyloric stenosis. The patient underwent an emergency laparotomy. An atypical gastrectomy and a Heineke–Mikulicz pyloroplasty were performed. We emphasize the need for the quick recognition of this condition and for the urgent management because of the high mortality rate associated with undiagnosed gastric necrosis. PMID:26851051

  13. Gastric wall ischemia following massive gastric distension due to peptic pyloric stenosis: a case report.

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    Santos, Tatiana; Freitas, Carla; Pinto-de-Sousa, João

    2016-01-01

    Gastric necrosis is a rare entity mainly due to the rich collateral blood flow the stomach is supplied by. Acute gastric dilation is one of the described underlying causes, and although not fully understood, many potential alterations, such as vascular compression, herniation, volvulus, acute necrotizing gastritis, complications after abdominal surgery, anorexia, bulimia nervosa, trauma, exposure to caustic materials, diabetes, medications, infections, debilitating chronic illness, gastric outlet obstruction, aerophagia and acute pancreatitis have been described. In this report, we present a case of partial gastric ischemia with necrosis and consequent perforation of the lesser curvature of the stomach, as a result of gastric outlet obstruction due to pyloric stenosis. The patient underwent an emergency laparotomy. An atypical gastrectomy and a Heineke-Mikulicz pyloroplasty were performed. We emphasize the need for the quick recognition of this condition and for the urgent management because of the high mortality rate associated with undiagnosed gastric necrosis. PMID:26851051

  14. Pulmonary Pressure Necrosis due to Chronic Pleural Effusion after Heart Transplantation: A Case Report.

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    Jung, Jae Seung; Lee, Sung Ho; Lee, Jeong Hyeon; Sun, Kyung

    2014-12-01

    A 51-year-old woman had severe restrictive cardiomyopathy with heart failure. The first symptoms had started 12 years ago, and her symptoms gradually worsened. She was treated with diuretics, intermittent but repetitive thoracentesis, and paracentesis due to recurrent pleural effusion and ascites. Consequently, a collapse of the right lower lobe (RLL) was noted. We stopped thoracentesis and paracentesis and added continuous intravenous diuretics for 3 months before heart transplantation (HT). Finally, she underwent HT. However, her RLL remained collapsed and chest tube drainage persisted. We performed a RLL lobectomy with video-assisted thoracic surgery. No specific pathologic findings were noted except pulmonary necrotic lesions. We report a rare case of pulmonary necrosis caused by mechanical compression due to chronic pleural effusion after HT. PMID:25798361

  15. An unusual penetrating craniocerebral injury due to landmine explosion: a case report.

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    Atabey, Cem; Ersoy, Turgay

    2012-03-01

    Penetrating landmine injuries are the unavoidable consequences of military conflicts. They are potentially life-threatening. The mortality rates in the literature range from 23% to 92% and are considerably higher in patients admitted with poor neurologic state. Penetrating craniocerebral injuries require early surgical management designated to prevent infection and remove foreign objects, necrotic tissue and complicating blood clots, as well as to minimalize post-traumatic sequelae. We report herein an interesting case of penetrating intracerebral injury with giant shrapnel due to landmine in a 20-year-old young man. PMID:22792828

  16. [Acute abdomen by gastric perforation due to foreign body from long stay: a case report].

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    Garrido, Renato; Verástegui, Teresa; Huanqui, Juan Carlos; Cardenas, Bertha

    2012-01-01

    The intake of foreign bodies is a common clinical entity in Gastroenterology, most of them are expelled spontaneously, but those that are long and sharp may cause complications in 1 to 5%, therefore requiring endoscopic extraction or surgical treatment sometimes. We report the case of a patient with a history of bulimia that came to the Guillermo Almenara Hospital for symptoms of acute abdominal pain due to gastric perforation by foreign body after many years there has been the intake and whose resolution was surgery. PMID:22476183

  17. Superior vena cava syndrome due to metastasis from urothelial cancer: A case report and literature review

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    Wakeda, Hironobu; Hamasuna, Ryoichi; Asada, Yujiro; Kamoto, Toshiyuki

    2013-01-01

    Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is caused by compression or obstruction of the SVC. We report here in a case of SVC syndrome due to lymph node metastasis from urothelial cancer to the mediastinum and lung. The origin of metastasis was determined by computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsy of metastases. After radiotherapy to the mediastinum with glucocorticoid failed, anticancer pharmacotherapy including paclitaxel, gemicitabine, and cisplatin proved effective and SVC syndrome resolved. But patient died from cerebral bleeding from newer brain metastases 10 months later. PMID:24311914

  18. Cellulitis and nodular skin lesions due to Fusarium spp in liver transplant: case report.

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    Halpern, M; Balbi, E; Carius, L; Roma, J; Gonzalez, A C; Agoglia, L; Covelo, M; Araujo, A; Guedes, C; Alves, J; Enne, M; Martinho, J M; Pacheco, L

    2010-03-01

    Fusariosis is one of the emerging invasive fungal infections over the last decade. However, its recent rise has been in its ability to produce disseminated infection in severely immunosuppressed patients with neutropenia. In solid organ transplantation, fusariosis remains an uncommon picture mainly with nodules, subcutaneous abscesses, ulcers, or necrotic skin lesions resembling erthyma gangrenosum. Herein, we have reported a case of cellulitis, subcutaneous nodules, and abscesses due to Fusarium spp in a liver transplantation patient who was successfully treated with polyenes and surgical resection. PMID:20304202

  19. Appendicitis in a Child due to Streptococcus Pneumoniae: A Rare Case Report.

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    Ghadage, Dnyaneshawari Purushottam; Kamble, Deepali Shivajirao; Nale, Swati Shivajirao; Bhore, Arvind Vamanrao

    2015-01-01

    A variety of bacterial species play a major role in appendicitis. Both aerobic and anaerobic gram positive and gram negative bacteria such as, Bacteroides fragilis, Streptococcus species, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and Citrobacter freundii cause appendicitis. Appendicitis is usually polymicrobial. The case assumes importance because of single aetiological agent i.e. unimicrobial and no predisposing factors are present to cause infection. We report a rare case of appendicitis due to Streptococcus pneumoniae in child. This case emphasizes that Streptococcus pneumoniae can cause wide spectrum of disease like appendicitis. PMID:25737990

  20. Invasive trichosporonosis due to Trichosporon asahii in a non-immunocompromised host: a rare case report.

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    Rastogi, V L; Nirwan, P S

    2007-01-01

    A case of invasive Trichosporonosis due to Trichosporon asahii in an otherwise healthy young adult male presenting as meningoencephalitis and pneumonia is reported here. T. asahii was isolated from cerebrospinal fluid and sputum of the patient and morphologic forms of organism was also demonstrated on direct Gram stain of sputum. The isolate was identified as T. asahii. The patient partially responded to fluconazole therapy. Our case suggests that T. asahii can no longer be linked with Trichospronosis in immunocompromised patient alone and any case of meningitis needs thorough mycological workup for its correct etiological identification and appropriate management. PMID:17377356

  1. [Hypoxemia due to pulmonary tumor microembolisms from a hepatocellular carcinoma: a case report].

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    Yamashita, Nobuyuki; Tanimoto, Hironori; Yamamoto, Hidetaka; Nishiura, Saburo; Nomura, Hideyuki

    2015-06-01

    We report a case of pulmonary tumor embolism due to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A woman in her 60s was treated with sorafenib 800 mg daily for HCC with lymph node metastasis. Approximately 50 days after taking sorafenib, she experienced dyspnea and was admitted to the hospital on account of hypoxia. Although her oxygen saturation levels deteriorated, we could find no obvious cause for the hypoxia; despite artificial respiration and oxygenation, she died of respiratory failure on the fourth day of admission. Tissue samples revealed that the HCC cells had infiltrated her lung arterioles; therefore, we concluded that multiple tumor microembolisms from the HCC to the lungs had caused death via respiratory failure. Cases of hypoxia caused by multiple invisible embolisms from HCCs are rarely reported. We believe that infiltration into the lymphatic system may have been related to the development of pulmonary tumor microembolisms. PMID:26050730

  2. Transient psychosis due to painless thyroiditis in a patient with anxiety disorder: a case report

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    2011-01-01

    Introduction There are few reports on thyrotoxic psychosis caused by diseases other than Graves' disease or toxic nodular goiter. Case presentation A 64-year-old Japanese woman was treated for anxiety disorder in our clinic for 10 years. She had five episodes of transient psychosis during the first five years. When she developed psychosis without neck pain 10 years after her first visit, a laboratory reexamination revealed that she had subclinical hyperthyroidism, and tested positive for antithyroid autoantibodies, negative for thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibody and had decreased radioactive iodine uptake. She was diagnosed as having painless thyroiditis. The hyperthyroidism disappeared within a month, and the psychosis lasted for three months. Conclusion To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of psychosis due to painless thyroiditis-induced hyperthyroidism. Physical symptoms of painless thyroiditis are often so mild that careful differential diagnosis is necessary in the cases of transient psychosis. PMID:22040466

  3. Evidence Report: Risk of Crew Adverse Health Event Due to Altered Immune Response

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    Crucian, Brian; Sams, Clarence F.

    2013-01-01

    The Risk of Crew Adverse Health Event Due to Altered Immune Response is identified by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Research Program (HRP) as a recognized risk to human health and performance in space. The HRP Program Requirements Document (PRD) defines these risks. This Evidence Report provides a summary of the evidence that has been used to identify and characterize this risk. It is known that human immune function is altered in- and post-flight, but it is unclear at present if such alterations lead to increased susceptibility to disease. Reactivation of latent viruses has been documented in crewmembers, although this reactivation has not been directly correlated with immune changes or with observed diseases. As described in this report, further research is required to better characterize the relationships between altered immune response and susceptibility to disease during and after spaceflight. This is particularly important for future deep-space exploration missions.

  4. Case report of right hamate hook fracture in a patient with previous fracture history of left hamate hook: is it hamate bipartite?

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    Evans, Marion W; Gilbert, Micheal L; Norton, Sandra

    2006-01-01

    Background Hamate hook fracture is a common fracture in golfers and others who play sports that involve rackets or sticks such as tennis or hockey. This patient had a previous hamate fracture in the opposing wrist along with potential features of hamate bipartite. Case presentation A 19 year old male presented with a complaint of right wrist pain on the ulnar side of the wrist with no apparent mechanism of injury. The pain came on gradually one week before being seen in the office and he reported no prior care for the complaint. His history includes traumatic left hamate hook fracture with surgical excision. Conclusion The patient was found to have marked tenderness over the hamate and with a prior fracture to the other wrist, computed tomography of the wrist was ordered revealing a fracture to the hamate hook in the right wrist. He was referred for surgical evaluation and the hook of the hamate was excised. Post-surgically, the patient was able to return to normal activity within eight weeks. This case is indicative of fracture rather than hamate bipartite. This fracture should be considered in a case of ulnar sided wrist pain where marked tenderness is noted over the hamate, especially after participation in club or racket sports. PMID:17038179

  5. Cloning and nucleotide sequence analysis of psaA, the Streptococcus pneumoniae gene encoding a 37-kilodalton protein homologous to previously reported Streptococcus sp. adhesins.

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    Sampson, J S; O'Connor, S P; Stinson, A R; Tharpe, J A; Russell, H

    1994-01-01

    Gene psaA, which encodes the Streptococcus pneumoniae 37-kDa protein, was cloned in Escherichia coli, and its complete nucleotide sequence was determined. Analysis of the sequence of the 2.4-kb cloned fragment revealed three open reading frames (ORFs). ORF2, which is 933 bp long, was identified as psaA. The two other ORFs identified flank psaA. ORF1, located upstream of psaA, is 836 nucleotides long and encodes a protein with a calculated molecular mass of 29,843 Da. The sequence for ORF3, located downstream of psaA, was only partially determined. Northern (RNA) blot analysis of pneumococcal RNA suggests that psaA is transcribed as part of a polycistronic message. Analysis of the primary structure of the protein encoded by this gene indicated significant similarity to two previously reported streptococcal proteins, SsaB (80% similarity) and FimA (92.3% similarity), from S. sanguis and S. parasanguis, respectively. These two homologous proteins have been shown to be associated with bacterial adhesion, and the possibility of a similar role for PsaA is hypothesized. Images PMID:7505262

  6. [Chronic manganese intoxication due to methcathinone (ephedron) abuse: a case report].

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    Yildirim, Ejder Akgün; E?sizo?lu, Altan; Köksal, Ayhan; Do?u, Basri; Bayba?, Sevim; Gökalp, Peykan

    2009-01-01

    Known as an occupational disease, chronic manganese intoxication is recently being observed among abusers of psychoactive substances. Methcathinone hydrochloride is obtained by combining ephedrine/pseudoephedrine and potassium permanganate. Various neuropsychiatric symptoms have been reported among Efedron users. Our patient is a 29 year old male, who was referred to our hospital from a state general hospital with a diagnosis of Conversion Disorder. He was hospitalized and preliminary diagnoses of Facititous Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Psychiatric Disorder due to a General Medical Condition and Antisocial Personality Disorder. He was abstinent from any substance for five years upon referral to our hospital and had a history of methcathinone abuse for 4.5 years. The backache dated back to 6 years ago and a disturbance of gait was added to the clinical picture. A speech disturbance, falling while walking downhill and walking on tiptoe were added in the last 2-3 years. In the neurological examination, extrapyramidal system findings, gait disturbance and the report on use of manganese compunds were found. The setting was changed from psychiatric ward to neuorology ward and evaluated by consultant neurologist. The case was diagnosed as ?Manganese Intoxication'. The aim of this report is to demonstrate and emphasize the importance of questioning the presence of manganese compounds in case of history of substance abuse. Other areas of interest are the shortage of data on the intravenous use of manganese and the cases reported in the literature coming from the former Soviet Union. PMID:19757228

  7. First Reported Case of Reactive Airway Dysfunction Syndrome in a Laborer Due to Porcelain Tile Dust

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    Arif, Tasleem; Malik, Javid Ahmad; Shoib, Sheikh

    2013-01-01

    Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS) is a type of non-immunologically mediated asthma-like disease. It usually occurs after a massive exposure to an irritating substance in the atmosphere in the form of smoke, fumes, gases, and vapor. Unlike bronchial asthma, there is no latency to the symptoms seen in RADS. A number of agents are known to cause RADS, but tile dust, as an etiological agent, has not been previously reported. We report a 45-year-old male laborer, who presented with an acute onset of cough, chest tightness, breathlessness, and audible wheeze after his first time exposure to porcelain tile dust within 5 hours of exposure. Lab tests, including, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, air blood gas analysis, and serum IgE, were unremarkable. Spirometry showed a mild obstruction [forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1)=72% of predicted], while the bronchodilator reversibility test was significant(14% increase in FEV1 above the baseline).Bronchial biopsy revealed a chronic inflammatory reaction with lymphocytic and plasma cell infiltration and more importantly a striking absence of eosinophils. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of RADS as a result of exposure to tile dust (porcelain ceramics). PMID:23825894

  8. First reported case of reactive airway dysfunction syndrome in a laborer due to porcelain tile dust.

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    Arif, Tasleem; Malik, Javid Ahmad; Shoib, Sheikh

    2013-06-01

    Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS) is a type of non-immunologically mediated asthma-like disease. It usually occurs after a massive exposure to an irritating substance in the atmosphere in the form of smoke, fumes, gases, and vapor. Unlike bronchial asthma, there is no latency to the symptoms seen in RADS. A number of agents are known to cause RADS, but tile dust, as an etiological agent, has not been previously reported. We report a 45-year-old male laborer, who presented with an acute onset of cough, chest tightness, breathlessness, and audible wheeze after his first time exposure to porcelain tile dust within 5 hours of exposure. Lab tests, including, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, air blood gas analysis, and serum IgE, were unremarkable. Spirometry showed a mild obstruction [forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1)=72% of predicted], while the bronchodilator reversibility test was significant(14% increase in FEV1 above the baseline).Bronchial biopsy revealed a chronic inflammatory reaction with lymphocytic and plasma cell infiltration and more importantly a striking absence of eosinophils. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of RADS as a result of exposure to tile dust (porcelain ceramics). PMID:23825894

  9. Bulbar Paralysis and Facial Paralysis due to Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Liu, Min; Liu, Shixin; Liu, Bailong; Liu, Bin; Guo, Liang; Wang, Xu; Wang, Qiang; Yang, Shuo; Dong, Lihua

    2016-01-01

    Skull-base metastasis (SBM) from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is extremely rare, and multiple cranial nerve paralysis due to SBM from HCC is also rare. We report a case of bulbar and facial paralysis due to SBM from HCC.A 46-year-old Chinese man presented with a hepatic right lobe lesion that was detected during a routine physical examination. After several failed attempts to treat the primary tumor and bone metastases, neurological examination revealed left VII, IX, X, and XI cranial nerve paralysis. Computed tomography of the skull base subsequently revealed a large mass that had destroyed the left occipital and temporal bones and invaded the adjacent structure. After radiotherapy (27 Gy, 9 fractions), the patient experienced relief from his pain, and the cranial nerve dysfunction regressed. However, the patient ultimately died, due to the tumor's progression.Radiotherapy is usually the best option to relieve pain and achieve regression of cranial nerve dysfunction in cases of SBM from HCC, although early treatment is needed to achieve optimal outcomes. The present case helps expand our understanding regarding this rare metastatic pathway and indicates that improved awareness of SBM in clinical practice can help facilitate timely and appropriate treatment. PMID:26825921

  10. Massive lower gastrointestinal bleeding due to 'Dieulafoy's vascular malformation' of the jejunum: case report.

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    Goins, W. A.; Chatman, D. M.; Kaviani, M. J.

    1995-01-01

    Dieulafoy reported three cases of massive gastric hemorrhage due to a dilated submucosal artery in 1898, and since then, more than 100 cases of this gastric vascular malformation have been reported in the literature. These same pathologic lesions are even a rarer occurrence in the small bowel. This article reports a 38-year-old hypotensive male who presented to the hospital after an acute onset of massive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage; superior mesenteric angiography demonstrated an actively bleeding lesion in a proximal jejunal branch. Intraoperative small bowel endoscopy via an enterotomy demonstrated a 4 mm bleeding submucosal lesion 30 cm distal to the ligament of Treitz. A literature review revealed six other cases of Dieulafoy's vascular malformation that occurred in the small bowel, with the lesions located in the proximal jejunum between 15 cm and 45 cm distal to the ligament of Treitz. The cause of these lesions is unknown. This case demonstrates the importance of preoperative angiography and intraoperative endoscopy when massive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage is suspected to be from a small bowel source. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 PMID:7473854

  11. Acute appendicitis due to Cytomegalovirus in an apparently immunocompetent patient: a case report

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction In healthy subjects, Cytomegalovirus infection can be asymptomatic or manifest as mononucleosis syndrome, but organ disease has also been reported. However, in immunocompromised patients this infection can lead to its most significant and severe disease and even mortality. When Cytomegalovirus causes a gastrointestinal tract infection, it more commonly manifests with luminal tract disease and is usually characterized by ulcerative lesions. Appendicitis is a rare manifestation, and has been reported mainly in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients or patients with other causes of immunocompromise. Case presentation The authors report on a case of acute primary Cytomegalovirus infection complicated with acute appendicitis due to Cytomegalovirus in an apparently immunocompetent 24-year-old Caucasian man also suffering from primary sclerosing cholangitis and ulcerative colitis. Diagnosis was based on clinical manifestations, serology results, as well as microbiological and histological findings. Treatment consisted of surgery and anti-Cytomegalovirus therapy. Conclusions Cytomegalovirus should be included among the etiologic agents of acute appendicitis in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis and ulcerative colitis. Currently, there are no definitive data regarding the frequency of Cytomegalovirus appendicitis and the role of anti-Cytomegalovirus treatment in human immunodeficiency virus-negative and apparently immunocompetent subjects. PMID:24612821

  12. Sepsis due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia associated with bronchopneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli: A case report

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    Bîrlutiu, Victoria

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The present report describes a case of sepsis due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in a patient with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia with no animal exposure, associated with concomitant bronchopneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. CASE PRESENTATION: A 54-year-old Caucasian man presented to an emergency room with a three-day history of chest pain, fever, cough with purulent sputum, chills and dyspnea. The patient had associated erythematous papules on the chest and enlarged axillary, submandibular, pectoral and supraclavicular lymph nodes, which regressed under treatment with penicillin. The patient was found to have sepsis without endocarditis caused by E rhusiopathiae, associated with bronchopneumonia that was induced by a double Gram-negative infection. CONCLUSIONS: The underlying-B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia may have favoured the development of bacteremia due to E rhusiopathiae, which occurred subsequent to glossitis in an immunocompromised host being treated with methylprednisolone and cladribine. PMID:26015797

  13. Zoonotic atypical pneumonia due to Chlamydophila psittaci: first reported psittacosis case in Taiwan.

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    Cheng, Yu-Jen; Lin, Kun-Yen; Chen, Chun-Chen; Huang, Yen-Lin; Liu, Chun-Eng; Li, Shu-Ying

    2013-07-01

    Human psittacosis caused by Chlamydophila psittaci is one of the most common zoonotic atypical pneumonias featuring pulmonary as well as extrapulmonary infections. Most of the cases involve avian contact history especially with psittacine birds. Herein we report a 44-year-old male patient displaying atypical pneumonia symptoms of intermittent fever, dry cough, chest pain, dyspnea, headache, hepatitis, and hyponatremia. He had two sick cockatiels, one of which had died a month previously. A microimmunofluorescence test was performed to check the serum antibody levels against Chlamydophila psittaci. The serum IgM titer showed positive titer of 1:256, 1:256, and 1:128 on Days 11, 23, and 43 after disease onset, respectively. His fever subsided soon and clinical symptoms improved after minocycline was administrated on Day 12. The psittacosis case was confirmed by history of psittacine bird contact, clinical symptoms, treatment response, and positive IgM titer. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a psittacosis case in Taiwan. PMID:23927984

  14. Severe esophageal bleeding in colorectal cancer due to antitumor therapy: A case report

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    SHEN, HONG; YE, XIAN-YUN; LI, XIAO-FEN; PAN, WEN-SHENG; YUAN, YING

    2015-01-01

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer worldwide, with >1 million cases diagnosed each year. Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common complication of colorectal cancer and is usually associated with the erosion and hemorrhage of the primary tumor. However, in patients who undergo a radical hemicolectomy and do not develop local recurrence, gastrointestinal bleeding may be a result of medical treatments or comorbidities. Esophageal bleeding in such patients is rare. Here, a case of severe esophageal bleeding due to anti-angiogenesis therapy with bevacizumab, and chemotherapy with the FOLFIRI regimen (irinotecan, folinic acid and 5-fluorouracil) in a patient with colorectal cancer is reported, and the possible pathogenesis of this event is analyzed based on the existing literature, in order to provide a reference for such cases. PMID:26788187

  15. Bromovinyldeoxyurdine treatment of outer retinal necrosis due to varicella-zoster virus: a case-report.

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    Dullaert, H; Maudgal, P C; Leys, A; Dralands, L; Clercq, E

    1996-01-01

    In December 1995, a 70-years old male was referred to us because of rapid visual loss in the right eye, one month after a central retinal artery occlusion in the left eye. This renal transplant patient, with limited renal function, was on immunosuppressive therapy. The diagnosis of bilateral progressive outer retinal necrosis (PORN) due to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection of VZV DNA in the aqueous fluid. As retinitis progressed despite of intravenous acyclovir administration, the antiviral therapy was switched to oral bromovinyldeoxyuridine (BVDU). This case-report demonstrates that oral BVDU can be a good alternative to acyclovir for the treatment of VZV retinal infections. PMID:9339038

  16. Gastrointestinal toxicity due to bitter bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria)--a report of 15 cases.

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    Puri, Rajesh; Sud, Randhir; Khaliq, Abdul; Kumar, Mandhir; Jain, Sanjay

    2011-09-01

    Traditional medicine is widely practiced in tropical countries. Bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) fruit juice is advocated as a part of complementary and alternative medicine. If the bottle gourd juice becomes bitter it is considered toxic. We report 15 patients, who developed toxicity due to drinking bitter bottle gourd juice. Patients presented with abdominal pain, vomiting, hematemesis, diarrhea and hypotension within 15 min to 6-h after ingestion of bottle gourd juice. Endoscopy showed esophagitis, gastric erosions, ulcers and duodenitis. Hypotension was treated with crystalloids and inotropic support. All patients recovered in 1-4 days. Endoscopically the lesions healed in 2 weeks. Bitter bottle gourd can cause gastrointestinal toxicity with hematemesis and hypotension. Supportive management is the treatment and all patients recover within 1 week. PMID:21986853

  17. Hearing loss due to metastasis of gastric cancer to temporal bone: A case report

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    CAO, XIANGMING; CUI, FANGBO; WEI, JIA; WANG, QING; DENG, LI CHUN; LIU, BAO RUI; SHEN, WEI SHENG

    2016-01-01

    Metastatic temporal bone tumors are rare, and tend to be asymptomatic. The clinical symptoms consist of aural discharge, bleeding, hearing loss and facial nerve paresis. The most common origin of the metastasis is breast cancer, and other sites of the primary tumor include the thyroid gland, brain, lungs, prostate and blood. Clinical reports of hearing loss due to gastric cancer metastatic to temporal bone are rare. In the present study, a case of gastric cancer metastasis to temporal bone without other organ involvement is described. The patient presented with the symptom of hearing loss, and the metastatic tumor was diagnosed by radiological imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and bone scan. PMID:26893735

  18. Bilateral avascular necrosis of the femoral head due to the use of heroin: A case report

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    Ozkunt, Okan; Sar?y?lmaz, Kerim; Sungur, Mustafa; Ilen, Ferhat; Dikici, Fatih

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Femoral head avascular necrosis is caused by disruption of the blood supply of the femoral head, which finally results in hip dysfunction. Non traumatic osteonecrosis may related with corticosteroid use, alcohol abuse, SLE, hemoglobinopathies or exposure to cytotoxic agents. But avascular necrosis of the femoral head (ANFH) due to heroin use is a rare condition. We report a patient with bilateral ANFH due to heroin use treated by simultaneous bilateral hip arthroplasty. Presentation of case 37 year-old male patient presented with bilateral hip pain that had been occurring for four years. The patient had no history of smoking, excessive drinking, using corticosteroid and the other drugs or trauma but used heroin for 10 years. In clinic and radiologic examination indicated advanced degenerative changes on both hip due to femoral head avascular necrosis. The patient was treated with simultaneous bilateral total hip arthroplasty. After 6 months postoperatively the active hip range of motion was painless. Discussion Avascular femoral head necrosis caused by the using of heroin is rare. Ultimately, osteonecrosis of the femoral head occurs through one final common pathway, which is decreased blood flow to the femoral head that leads bone ischemia and death. But it is still unknown that heroin’s systemic effects. Intravenous drug use more as a serious problem for today. There is a need for comprehensive studies to demonstrate effects of heroin on bone and vascularity metabolism. Conclusion Heroin use will be important problem for population. That’s why is crucial to understand the effect of heroin. PMID:26595896

  19. [Complete disruption of the trachea due to blunt neck trauma--a case report].

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    Yamanda, T; Aoki, T; Kaneko, K; Miyazawa, M; Yoshida, K; Haniuda, M

    1995-04-01

    A complete disruption of the cervical trachea due to blunt trauma is relatively rare. Because of dislocation of the disrupted trachea and/or bleeding into airway, this is a mostly fatal accident. This article reports the author's experience with the successful surgical treatment of the complete disruption of the cervical trachea. A 60-year-old man suffered from a cervical blunt trauma by traffic accident and referred to our hospital. He had a dyspnea and severe subcutaneous emphysema around neck and anterior chest wall. Urgent fiberoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) revealed a complete disruption of the cervical trachea. After intubation under guide of FOB, he underwent an end to end anastomosis of the disrupted trachea from cervical approach. Tracheostomy was performed two months later, because of his bilateral recurrent nerve paralysis. The patient is alive and well 25 months after surgery. It should be emphasized that early diagnosis and adequate management are important to save patients with complete disruption of the trachea due to blunt trauma. PMID:7608610

  20. [Ammonium acid urate stone due to laxative abuse: a case report].

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    Kato, Yuji; Hou, Kyokushin; Saga, Yuji; Yamaguchi, Satoshi; Yachiku, Sunao; Kawakami, Norihiro

    2004-11-01

    We report a case of ammonium acid urate stone due to laxative abuse. A 27-year-old female complained of left flank pain. Computed tomography revealed bilateral ureter stones (right 16.5 x 9.0 mm; left 4 mm), while left ureter stone was radiolucent on the plain X ray film. Bilateral hydronephrosis was seen, but no therapy was performed for the right stone, because 99mTc-MAG3 scintigraphy revealed that right kidney had no function. The left stone was successfully removed by transurethral approach. The stone was revealed to be an ammonium acid urate by infrared spectrophotometry. She had been taking many laxatives (bisacodyl, sennoside, aloe extract) for 12 years to control her body weight. Ammonium acid urate stones are rarely seen in developed countries. We have reviewed 9 cases in Japan, describing ammonium acid urate stones due to laxative abuse. Among these patients, 24-hour urine volume and excretion in urinary sodium were decreased, and serum aldosterone was increased. The involvement of laxative abuse should be considered when ammonium acid urate is formed in a woman with a low body mass index. PMID:15628542

  1. Locked-in Syndrome due to Central Pontine Myelinolysis: Case Report

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    Sohn, Min Kyun

    2014-01-01

    Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) classically occurs in alcoholics, malnourished individuals, chronic liver diseases, and rapid correction of hyponatremia. This report presents locked-in syndrome due to CPM following rapid correction of hyponatremia. A 44-year-old male came to the hospital due to a short period of loss of consciousness. He was alert and had no focal neurological abnormalities at admission. The serum sodium concentration was 118 mEq/L and was corrected to 134 mEq/L in the first 18 hours. One week later, progressive weakness in limbs developed and he progressed to a complete quadriplegic state and bulbar palsy, with only eye blinking preserved. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed a characteristic hyperintense signal abnormality in both pons, so he was diagnosed to locked-in syndrome caused by CPM. The patient gradually improved following continuous intensive rehabilitation for more than 2 years. He was able to move all joint muscles against gravity in generally and he could gait under supervision. PMID:25379502

  2. Transient Pseudohypoaldosteronism due to Urinary Tract Infection in Infancy: A Report of 4 Cases

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    Nandagopal, Radha; Vaidyanathan, Priya; Kaplowitz, Paul

    2009-01-01

    Hyponatremia with hyperkalemia in infancy is an uncommon but life-threatening occurrence. In the first weeks of life, this scenario is often associated with aldosterone deficiency due to salt-wasting congenital adrenal hyperplasia. However, alternative diagnoses involving inadequate mineralocorticoid secretion or action must be considered, particularly for infants one month of age or older. We report four infants who presented with profound hyponatremia accompanied by urinary tract infection, ultimately leading to the diagnosis of transient pseudohypoaldosteronism. Our cases provide support for the idea that the renal tubular resistance to aldosterone is due to urinary tract infection itself rather than to underlying urinary tract anomalies typically found in these infants. Awareness of this condition is important so that serum aldosterone, urine sodium, and urine cultures may be obtained immediately in any infant presenting with hyponatremia and hyperkalemia in whom a diagnosis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia was not found. Adequate replacement with intravenous saline and antibiotic therapy is sufficient to correct sodium levels over 24–48 hours. PMID:19946403

  3. A case report of a chemical burn due to the misuse of glacial acetic acid.

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    Yoo, Jun-Ho; Roh, Si-Gyun; Lee, Nae-Ho; Yang, Kyung-Moo; Moon, Ji-Hyun

    2010-12-01

    As young and elastic skin is what everyone dreams of, various measures have been implemented including chemical, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion to improve the condition of ageing skin. However, the high cost of these procedures prevents the poor from having access to treatment. Glacial acetic acid is widely used as a substitute for chemical peeling because it is readily easily available and affordable. However, its use can result in a number of serious complications. A 28-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with deep second-degree chemical burns on her face caused by the application of a mixture of glacial acetic acid and flour for chemical peeling. During a 6-month follow-up, hypertrophic scarring developed on the both nasolabial folds despite scar management. Glacial acetic acid is a concentrated form of the organic acid, which gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell, and it is also an important reagent during the production of organic compounds. Unfortunately, misleading information regarding the use of glacial acetic acid for chemical peeling is causing serious chemical burns. Furthermore, there is high possibility of a poor prognosis, which includes inflammation, hypertrophic scar formation and pigmentation associated with its misuse. Therefore, we report a case of facial chemical burning, due to the misuse of glacial acetic acid, and hope that this report leads to a better understanding regarding the use of this reagent. PMID:20708991

  4. Knee Locking in Osteoarthritis due to Synovial Lipoma: A Case Report

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    S. Amarjit, Kataria; Budhiraja, Shivali; Chandramouleeswari, K.; Anita, S.

    2013-01-01

    Intra–articular synovial lipomas are very rare and only few cases have been reported till now. We are reporting a rare case of a unilateral intra–articular lipoma of osteoarthritic knee joint in a 62 years old male. Patient had two episodes of sudden locking of knee joint, which resolved spontaneously. A plain X-ray showed changes which were suggestive of osteoarthritis. Clinically, patient was diagnosed as a case of loose bodies in left knee joint. An arthrotomy was performed. After a Histopathological Examination (HPE) of loose bodies, a diagnosis of an intra–articular synovial lipoma was made. Due to wide differentials and varied clinical behaviour of loose bodies, lipoma should be included in differential diagnosis of osteroarthritic patients who complain of episodic locking of knees. Intraarticular lipomas, on arthroscopic guided excision, get cured permanently, with no recurrence. The differentiation of an intra-articular lipoma from a relatively more common entity, Lipoma arborescens, has also been discussed. PMID:24086885

  5. Prostate adenocarcinoma associated with prostatic infection due to Schistosoma haematobium. Case report and systematic review.

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    Figueiredo, Jacinta Chaves; Richter, Joachim; Borja, Nilo; Balaca, Antonino; Costa, Sandra; Belo, Silvana; Grácio, Maria Amélia

    2015-02-01

    Schistosomiasis affects more than 240 million people worldwide, an infection which may cause urogenital manifestations including, among others, squamous bladder cancer and prostate involvement. We describe the first case of a prostate adenocarcinoma associated with prostatic Schistosoma haematobium infection occurring in Angola. Prostate carcinoma was suspected because of high levels of prostate-specific antigen. This observation prompted us to review the literature on schistosomiaisis with respect to genital pathology and prostate cancer. Described genital manifestations in men include funiculitis, epididymitis, granulomata of the seminal vesicles, testicular masses, and prostate lesions which may cause haematospermia and infertility. In contrast to bladder cancer, only 12 reports including the present case on 17 cases on prostate carcinoma associated with schistosomiasis have been published worldwide. The rarity of reports on prostate carcinoma associated with schistosomiasis is partly due to diagnostic constraints, and its incidence is underestimated. However, in emerging countries, the incidence of prostate cancer appears to increase mainly as a result of urbanization and improved access to health care where schistosomiasis prevalence is decreasing. PMID:25544700

  6. Chiropractic management of a patient with lumbar spine pain due to synovial cyst: a case report

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    Cox, James M.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction The purpose of this study is to report the findings resulting from chiropractic care using flexion distraction spinal manipulation for a patient with low back and radicular pain due to spinal stenosis caused by a synovial cyst. Case Report A 75-year-old man presented with low back pain radiating to the right anterior thigh and down the left posterior leg of 3 years' duration. Physical and imaging examinations showed a synovial cyst–induced spinal stenosis at the right L3-L4 level and bilateral L4-L5 spinal stenosis. Intervention and Outcomes Flexion distraction spinal manipulation and physiological therapeutics were applied at the levels of stenosis. After 4 visits, the patient noted total absence of the right and left lower extremity pain and no adverse reaction to treatment. After 3 months of treatment and 16 visits, his low back and buttock pain were minimal; and he had no leg pain. Conclusion Lumbar synovial cyst and stenosis–generated low back and radicular pain was 80% relieved in a 75-year-old man following Cox flexion distraction spinal manipulation. PMID:22942836

  7. ADVANCED INTRAMOLECULAR DIELS-ALDER STUDY TOWARD THE SYNTHESIS OF (-)-MORPHINE: STRUCTURE CORRECTION OF A PREVIOUSLY REPORTED DIELS-ALDER PRODUCT. (R826113)

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  8. Calcaneal Osteomyelitis due to Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria: A Case Report

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    Yi, Tae-Im; Choe, Yeo-Reum; Kim, Joo-Sup; Kwon, Kye-Won

    2016-01-01

    Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs. Gram-positive cocci are the most common etiological organisms of calcaneal osteomyelitis; whereas, non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are rarely documented. We reported a case of NTM calcaneal osteomyelitis in a 51-year-old female patient. She had been previously treated in many local clinics with multiple local steroid injection over 50 times and extracorporeal shock-wave therapy over 20 times with the impression of plantar fasciitis for 3 years prior. Diagnostic workup revealed a calcaneal osteomyelitis and polymerase chain reaction assay on bone aspirate specimens confirmed the diagnosis of non-tuberculous mycobacterial osteomyelitis. The patient had a partial calcanectomy with antitubercular therapy. Six months after surgery, a follow-up magnetic resonance imaging showed localized chronic osteomyelitis with abscess formation. We continued anti-tubercular therapy without operation. At 18-month follow-up after surgery and comprehensive rehabilitation therapy, she was ambulating normally and able to carry out her daily activities without any discomfort. PMID:26949685

  9. Precocious pseudopuberty due to an autonomous ovarian follicular cyst: case report with a review of literatures

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    2013-01-01

    Background Small follicular cysts are commonly found in the ovaries of prepubertal girls, and in most cases, they are of no clinical importance. These cysts are usually self-limiting and resolve spontaneously. However, occasionally, these cysts may enlarge and continue to produce estrogen, resulting in signs of sexual precocity. Here, we report a case of precocious pseudopuberty associated with an autonomous ovarian follicular cyst. Case presentation A 5.9-year-old girl initially presented to a local clinic with vaginal bleeding and a large unilateral ovarian cyst. At 6 months after the initial acute episode, the patient visited our hospital as the ovarian cyst had persisted and increased in size. Endocrinological examination showed elevated estrogen levels and suppressed gonadotropin levels on GnRH stimulation test. Also, no skin pigmentation or bone anomaly was noted. Based on these observations, laparoscopic cystectomy was performed, and histologic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of a follicular cyst. After the laparoscopic cystectomy, the patient’s hormone levels returned to normal and no ovarian cyst was detected by ultrasound. Conclusions As autonomous ovarian cysts are usually self-limiting disorder, no treatment is necessary. Therefore, surgical management should be deferred as long as possible to avoid the risk of repeat surgery, as pseudoprecocious puberty due to autonomous ovarian cysts can resolve spontaneoulsy and frequently recurs. Precocious pseudopuberty with an ovarian cyst may be due to granulosa cell tumor or may be one symptom of the McCune-Albright Syndrome (MAS). A careful longer-term follow up of patients with autonomous ovarian cysts and/or molecular studies may be necessary in such cases. PMID:23937919

  10. A Quasi-Experimental Validation of Transactional Strategies Instruction with Previously Low-Achieving, Second-Grade Readers. Reading Research Report No. 33.

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    Brown, Rachel; And Others

    A study investigated the effectiveness of the Students Achieving Independent Learning (SAIL) program, an educator-developed approach to transactional strategies instruction (TSI). Five groups of six previously low-achieving second-grade students received a year of transactional strategies instruction and five groups of six students received a year…

  11. Type I allergic hypersensitivity reactions due to ethylene oxide sterilised leucocyte filters in patients with thalassaemia: report of four cases.

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    Belen, Burcu; Polat, Meltem

    2015-01-01

    Ethylene oxide (EO) is a highly reactive gas used in sterilisation of heat sensitive medical devices, such as infusion sets, cannulae, intubation materials, ventriculoperitoneal shunts, dialysis catheters and stents. Allergic reactions due to EO have been reported in haemodialysis patients, patients undergoing extracorporeal photopheresis and donors of plasmapheresis. Clinical manifestations vary considerably and generally do not allow differentiation between IgE-mediated anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions. We report four patients with thalassaemia who experienced anaphylaxis during transfusion due to ethylene oxide sterilised leucocyte filters. The aim of this report is to highlight the fact that frequently transfused patients can have allergic reactions due to EO particles left in leucocyte filters. PMID:25725028

  12. [Non-fatal hyperkalemia in lactic acidosis due to metformin overdose. Report of one case].

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    Díaz, Rienzi; Vega, Jorge; Goecke, Helmuth

    2015-03-01

    We report a 74-year-old man with diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension, who recently underwent coronary bypass surgery due to severe triple vessel disease receiving cardiological and combined antidiabetic therapy, including metformin 4 g/day. He was admitted with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of consciousness. At admission, he was disoriented and agitated with signs of poor perfusion. His blood pressure was 80/70 mmHg, pulse rate 40 beats/min, respiratory rate 20-breaths/min, and axillary temperature 35 °C. Biochemical profile revealed an extreme hyperkalemia of 15.4 mEq/L (double checked), elevated creatinine, uremia and brain natriuretic peptide; hypoglycemia (blood glucose 68 mg/dl) and normal C Reactive Protein. Arterial blood gases revealed severe lactic acidemia. The electrocardiogram showed sinus bradycardia, simple AV block, widened QRS with prominent T wave and prolonged QT. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with the suspicion of lactic acidosis associated with metformin, receiving fluid management, intravenous hypertonic glucose plus insulin and sodium bicarbonate, mechanical ventilation, vasopressor therapy, a temporary pacemaker lead, in addition to continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration. Two days later, the patient experienced a significant clinical improvement with normalization of the acid-base status, plasma lactate and potassium levels. On day 9, diuresis was recovered, creatinine and uremia returned to normal levels and the patient was discharged from the ICU. PMID:26005828

  13. Inaccurate pulse CO-oximetry of carboxyhemoglobin due to digital clubbing: case report.

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    Harlan, Nicole; Weaver, Lindell K; Deru, Kayla

    2016-01-01

    Newer pulse CO-oximeters provide a non-invasive and quick means of measuring oxyhemoglobin, carboxyhemoglobin and methemoglobin. Clubbing has been reported to cause inaccuracy in pulse oximeters. We present a case of inaccurate carboxy-hemoglobin measurement by pulse CO-oximetry due to digital clubbing. An 18-year-old man with a history of cystic fibrosis presented after a suicide attempt by inhalation of exhaust. At the initial emergency department evaluation, his blood carboxyhemoglobin was 33%. He was intubated, placed on 100% oxygen and transferred to our facility. Upon arrival, we placed three different pulse CO-oximeters on different fingers and toes. Carboxyhemoglobin levels measured by these meters ranged from 9%-11%. A venous blood gas drawn on arrival showed a carboxyhemoglobin level of 2.3% after four hours on 100% oxygen by endotracheal tube. Thirty minutes later, we checked arterial blood gas, which revealed a COHb level of 0.9%. Again, non-invasive carboxyhemoglobin measurements read 10%. The patient was treated with hyperbaric oxygen for carbon monoxide poisoning. This case suggests that non-invasive measurements of carboxyhemoglobin should be correlated with the clinic history and with an arterial or venous blood gas oximetry analysis. PMID:27000014

  14. Cerebral hemorrhage due to tuberculosis meningitis: a rare case report and literature review

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    Zou, Hai; Pan, Ke-Hua; Pan, Hong-Ying; Huang, Dong-Sheng; Zheng, Ming-Hua

    2015-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a common disease to threaten human health. TB of the central nervous system (CNS) is rare but the most serious type of systemic TB because of its high mortality rate, serious neurological complications and sequelae. In this case report, we describe a woman who presented with walking instability, intracerebral hemorrhage and leptomeningeal enhancement due to tuberculosis meningitis. The patient had no significant medical history and the initial clinical symptoms were walking instability. On analysis, the cerebrospinal fluid was colorless and transparent, the pressure was more than 400 mm H2O, there was lymphocytic pleocytosis, increased protein, and decreased glucose levels present. No tuberculosis or other bacteria were detected. The patient's brain computed tomography image showed intra-cerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and contrast magnetic resonance imaging showed ICH in the right frontal lob, and leptomeningeal enhancement. CNS TB is rare but has a high mortality rate. As this disease has no unique characteristics at first presentation such as epidemiology and obvious clinical manifestation, a diagnosis of CNS TB remains difficult. PMID:26675758

  15. Esophageal obstruction due to enteral feed bezoar: A case report and literature review

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    Marcus, Esther-Lee; Arnon, Ron; Sheynkman, Arkadiy; Caine, Yehezkel G; Lysy, Joseph

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a rare complication of enteral feeding, esophageal obstruction due to feeding formula bezoar, and reviews the published cases. An attempt to re-insert the nasogastric tube in a chronically ventilated 80-year-old female fed via a nasogastric tube with Jevity® failed. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed an 18 cm-long concretion of the feeding formula, filling most of the esophageal lumen, which was removed endoscopically. Forty-two cases of feeding formula esophageal bezoars have been reported in the literature. The formation of feeding formula bezoars is triggered by acidic gastroesophageal reflux. The acidic pH in the esophagus causes clotting of the casein in the formula. Predisposing factors for bezoar formation are: mechanical ventilation, supine position, neurological diseases, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, obesity and history of partial gastrectomy. Diagnosis and removal of the bezoar is done endoscopically. Feeding in a semi-recumbent position, administration of prokinetic agents and proton pump inhibitors may prevent this complication. PMID:21160586

  16. Scrotal calcinosis due to resorption of cyst walls: a case report

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    Parlakgumus, Alper; Canpolat, Emine T; Cal?skan, Kenan; Colakoglu, Tamer; Y?ld?r?m, Sedat; Ezer, Ali; Noyan, Turgut

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Scrotal calcinosis is a rare benign entity defined as the presence of multiple calcified nodules within the scrotal skin. There are controversies about the origin of this entity. In fact, it is still debatable whether scrotal calcinosis is an idiopathic growth or dystrophic calcification of dartoic muscles. It is also unclear whether scrotal calcinosis originates from inflammation of epidermal cysts affected by mild to moderate inflammation of mononuclear cells, from foreign body granuloma formation followed by resorption of cyst walls or from eccrine epithelial cysts. Case presentation We report a 41-year-old male Turkish patient presenting with a 10-year history of scrotal tumours increasing slowly in size and number. Histopathologically, there was no epithelial lining around the calcified nodules, but there was fibrosis adjacent to atrophic stratified squamous epithelium. Conclusion Results of histopathological examinations suggested that scrotal calcinosis might have been due to resorption of cyst walls. Surgery remains the key for this problem. In cases of non-massive scrotal calcinosis, like the case presented here, excision of the nodules from the affected part of the scrotal wall and repairing the defect with horizontal stitches offer good cosmetic results without relapse. PMID:19063719

  17. Ischemic colitis due to obstruction of mesenteric and splenic veins: a case report.

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    Hwang, Seong-Su; Chung, Woo-Chul; Lee, Kang-Moon; Kim, Hyun-Jin; Paik, Chang-Nyol; Yang, Jin-Mo

    2008-04-14

    Ischemic injury to the bowel is a well known disease entity that has a wide spectrum of pathological and clinical findings. A sudden drop in the colonic blood supply is essential to its development. We encountered a 41-year-old male patient, who presented with abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. A colonoscopy showed markedly edematous mucosa with tortuous dilatation of the veins and a deep ulceration at the rectosigmoid junction. On an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan and CT angiography, the mesenteric and splenic veins were absent with numerous venous collaterals for drainage. The patient gradually responded to oral aminosalicylate therapy, and was in remission after nine months. In most cases, non-occlusive ischemic injury is caused by idiopathic form and occlusive ischemia is caused by abnormalities of arteries and acute venous thrombosis. However, chronic venous insufficiency due to obstruction of macrovascular mesenteric vein rarely causes ischemia of the bowel. This report describes the first case of ischemic colitis caused by obstruction of the mesenteric and splenic veins. PMID:18407609

  18. A preliminary report of successful cleavage after calcium ionophore activation at ICSI in cases with previous arrest at the pronuclear stage.

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    Darwish, Ehab; Magdi, Yasmin

    2015-12-01

    Artificial oocyte activation (AOA) has been previously suggested as a means to overcome the problem of total fertilization failure, which affects about 1-3% of the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles. A preliminary study on the application of chemical AOA was conducted using A23187 Ca(2+) ionophore to improve embryonic development in four women with a history of complete fertilization arrest and inability to transit to cleavage stage during previous ICSI trials. Data indicated that activated oocytes resulted in better fertilization, embryonic development and clinical pregnancy in one of the four couples. Therefore, ICSI combined with AOA using Ca(2+) ionophore may be useful in selected patients with cleavage failure, and may help the zygotes to reach more advanced developmental stages. PMID:26507280

  19. Omalizumab in pregnant women treated due to severe asthma: two case reports of good outcomes of pregnancies.

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    Kupryś-Lipińska, Izabela; Tworek, Damian; Kuna, Piotr

    2014-05-01

    The article presents case reports of 2 women who became pregnant during therapy with omalizumab. Both subjects suffered from very severe asthma and were treated chronically with all available medications including systemic steroids (first - 20 mg prednisolone/day, second - 40 mg prednisolone/day). Both were enrolled into treatment with omalizumab and started regular therapy in 2007. The course of asthma significantly improved in both cases (withdrawal of oral steroids or significant reduction of their dose, better asthma control). The first woman, 32-year-old, became pregnant in 2010 and gave birth in Oct 2010 - it was her 3(rd) pregnancy, and 3(rd) labor. The second woman, 31-year-old, also became pregnant in 2010 and gave birth in Jan 2011 - it was her 5(th) pregnancy and 2(nd) labor. Both had severe asthma exacerbations during previous pregnancies and labors, and decided to continue therapy with omalizumab. The first woman, besides omalizumab, was treated with high doses of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting β agonists (LABA) while the second one was treated with high doses of ICS, LABA and 2.5 mg to 5 mg prednisone/day. The pregnancies proceeded without asthma exacerbations. The first woman delivered a healthy girl (Apgar 9, weight 3200 g, length 56 cm) in the 40(th) week of pregnancy by caesarean section due to the narrow pelvis. The second one delivered a healthy boy (Apgar 9, weight 3800 g, length 56 cm) in week 40 by caesarean section due to the aggravating obstetrical history. In both cases, treatment with omalizumab did not affect pregnancies and newborns. PMID:25097476

  20. Application of the electromagnetic borehole flowmeter and evaluation of previous pumping tests at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Final report, June 15, 1992--August 31, 1992

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    Young, S.C.; Julian, S.C.; Neton, M.J.

    1993-01-01

    Multi-well pumping tests have been concluded at wells MW79, MW108, and PW1 at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) to determine the hydraulic properties of the Regional Gravel Aquifer (RGA). Soil cores suggest that the RGA consists of a thin sandy facies (2 to 6 feet) at the top of a thicker (> 10 feet) gravelly facies. Previous analyses have not considered any permeability contrast between the two facies. To assess the accuracy of this assumption, TVA personnel conducted borehole flowmeter tests at wells MW108 and PW1. Well MW79 could not be tested. The high K sand unit is probably 10 times more permeable than comparable zone in the gravelly portion of the RGA. Previous analyses of the three multi-well aquifer tests do not use the same conceptual aquifer model. Data analysis for one pumping test assumed that leakance was significant. Data analysis for another pumping test assumed that a geologic boundary was significant. By collectively analyzing all three tests with the borehole flowmeter results, the inconsistency among the three pumping tests can be explained. Disparity exists because each pumping test had a different placement of observation wells relative to the high K zone delineating by flowmeter testing.

  1. The Extent to Which Four-Year College Presidents Who Previously Served as Senior Student Affairs Officers Report Having the Characteristics of Effective Presidents

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    Risacher, Joanne

    2004-01-01

    Results of a research study to determine the extent to which presidents of 4-year institutions with Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) experience share the leadership characteristics of effective presidents as defined by earlier research are reported. Based on analysis of the data using t test and ANOVA statistical procedures, it is concluded…

  2. The Use of Home Computers by Disabled Students at the Open University. Part 1: Previous Use of Computers in Courses. CITE Report No. 30.

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    Edwards, A. D. N.

    The monograph reports on two surveys conducted by the Open University (United Kingdom) to evaluate the likely consequences of the university's new home computing policy (which requires access to a microcomputer for certain courses) on students with disabilities. A telephone survey was taken of 23 disabled students, and questionnaires were…

  3. 49 CFR 579.28 - Due date of reports and other miscellaneous provisions.

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    ... VIN, or a tire manufacturer is not aware of the TIN, at the time the incident is initially reported... period in which the VIN or TIN is identified. A manufacturer need not submit an updated report if the...

  4. 49 CFR 579.28 - Due date of reports and other miscellaneous provisions.

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    2014-10-01

    ... VIN, or a tire manufacturer is not aware of the TIN, at the time the incident is initially reported... period in which the VIN or TIN is identified. A manufacturer need not submit an updated report if the...

  5. 49 CFR 579.28 - Due date of reports and other miscellaneous provisions.

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    2012-10-01

    ... VIN, or a tire manufacturer is not aware of the TIN, at the time the incident is initially reported... period in which the VIN or TIN is identified. A manufacturer need not submit an updated report if the...

  6. 49 CFR 579.28 - Due date of reports and other miscellaneous provisions.

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    2010-10-01

    ... VIN, or a tire manufacturer is not aware of the TIN, at the time the incident is initially reported... period in which the VIN or TIN is identified. A manufacturer need not submit an updated report if the...

  7. [Onset of a fulminant malignant hyperthermia crisis. Case report of a 74-year-old patient with previously subclinical central core disease].

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    Wejbora, M; Bornemann-Cimenti, H; Lessel, D; Mandl, C; Voit-Augustin, H; Schwarz, G

    2013-01-01

    Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a latent, autosomal dominant inherited syndrome of skeletal musculature which results in excessive hypermetabolism induced by halogenated anesthetic agents and depolarizing muscle relaxants and is caused by an uncontrolled intramuscular calcium release. This case report focuses on the description of symptoms of a fulminant MH crisis. A possible link between central core disease (CCD) and the clinical severity of MH crisis is postulated in this paper. PMID:23247425

  8. Facet joint septic arthritis due to community acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) - A case report.

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    Purushothaman, Rajesh; Inassi, Jojo; Marthya, Anwar

    2015-10-01

    Septic arthritis of facet joint (SAFJ) is extremely rare. Only about sixty cases have been reported so far. A single case of SAFJ in a series of 491 cases of spinal infections was first reported by David-Chaussé in 1981. A case report of SAFJ was published by Halpin in 1987. With the growing availability and use of MRI, more and more cases are being reported. The most common organism that causes SAFJ is Staphylococcus aureus. We are reporting a case of SAFJ caused by community acquired, methicillin resistant S aureus (MRSA) successfully treated by Linezolid. PMID:26719620

  9. Description of a novel Janus kinase 3 P132A mutation in acute megakaryoblastic leukemia and demonstration of previously reported Janus kinase 3 mutations in normal subjects.

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    Riera, Ludovica; Lasorsa, Elena; Bonello, Lisa; Sismondi, Francesca; Tondat, Fabrizio; Di Bello, Cristiana; Di Celle, Paola Francia; Chiarle, Roberto; Godio, Laura; Pich, Achille; Facchetti, Fabio; Ponzoni, Maurilio; Marmont, Filippo; Zanon, Carlo; Bardelli, Alberto; Inghirami, Giorgio

    2011-09-01

    Gain-of-function (GOF) mutations of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) are frequently seen in myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs). Meanwhile, JAK3 activating substitutions have been found in a few megakaryocytic cell lines and in primary myeloid leukemia (AMKL). Here, we sought to discover novel leukemogenetic mutations in de novo acute myeloid leukemia of non-Down syndrome (N-DS) by DNA sequencing. A total of 191 normal Caucasian individuals were studied to define single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the JH2 and JH6 domains. Although known activating substitutions were observed in rare cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (V722I [2/134] or P132T [1/119]), all samples were wild-type (WT) for the oncogenic A572V (119/119). Interestingly, a novel homozygous mutation (P132A) was discovered in a patient with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia and in vivo studies demonstrated that its ectopic expression was oncogenic in a mouse xenotransplant model. This study defines a novel JAK3 mutation among patients with N-DS AML and demonstrates that normal individuals can also display germline JAK3 substitutions, previously proven to have oncogenic properties, in vitro and in vivo. The discovery of these substitutions in normal donors encourages future studies to define new risk factors among patients with MPDs. PMID:21599579

  10. The usefulness of chelation therapy for the remission of symptoms caused by previous treatment with mercury-containing pharmaceuticals: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    Introduction A great deal of data regarding the toxicology of mercury has been recently reported. Although the most common human exposures to mercury are currently mercury vapour from amalgam tooth fillings, methylmercury from seafood and ethylmercury as a preservative in vaccines, in the past mercury compounds have been used in the treatment of syphilis. Case presentation Mercury intoxication was found in a 67 year-old Italian man affected by neurological symptoms of apparently unknown origin. The patient developed syphilis forty years ago and then underwent therapy with mercurials to treat his chronic bacterial infection. We treated the patient with disodium edetate chelation therapy. Six months after the beginning of the therapy, the patient's neurological symptoms began to decrease, and were completely cured after two years of therapy. Conclusion This case supports the use of chelation therapy with disodium edetate to remove damages caused by mercury intoxication. PMID:19946446

  11. Secondary EML4-ALK-positive lung adenocarcinoma in a patient previously treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in childhood: a case report.

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    Nakamura, Yoichi; Taniguchi, Hirokazu; Mizoguchi, Kosuke; Ikeda, Takaya; Motoshima, Kohei; Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki; Nagashima, Seiji; Nakatomi, Katsumi; Soda, Manabu; Mano, Hiroyuki; Kohno, Shigeru

    2014-06-01

    It is widely recognized that the risk of secondary neoplasms increases as childhood cancer survivors progress through adulthood. These are mainly hematological malignancies, and recurrent chromosome translocations are commonly detected in such cases. On the other hand, while secondary epithelial malignancies have sometimes been reported, chromosome translocations in these epithelial malignancies have not. A 33-year-old man who had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and treated with chemotherapy almost 20 years earlier was diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma. After chromosomal rearrangement of echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 gene and the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene was detected in this adenocarcinoma, he responded to treatment with crizotinib. It was therefore concluded that this echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 gene-anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene-positive lung adenocarcinoma was a secondary epithelial malignancy. PMID:24688086

  12. Native Valve Endocarditis due to Ralstonia pickettii: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Orme, Joseph; Rivera-Bonilla, Tomas; Loli, Akil; Blattman, Negin N.

    2015-01-01

    Ralstonia pickettii is a rare pathogen and even more rare in healthy individuals. Here we report a case of R. pickettii bacteremia leading to aortic valve abscess and complete heart block. To our knowledge this is the first case report of Ralstonia species causing infective endocarditis with perivalvular abscess. PMID:25648998

  13. Native Valve Endocarditis due to Ralstonia pickettii: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Orme, Joseph; Rivera-Bonilla, Tomas; Loli, Akil; Blattman, Negin N

    2015-01-01

    Ralstonia pickettii is a rare pathogen and even more rare in healthy individuals. Here we report a case of R. pickettii bacteremia leading to aortic valve abscess and complete heart block. To our knowledge this is the first case report of Ralstonia species causing infective endocarditis with perivalvular abscess. PMID:25648998

  14. A Case Report of Acute Acalculous Cholecystitis and Acute Hemorrhagic Cystitis due to Salmonella Typhi

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    Beyazal Polat, Hatice; Beyazal Çeliker, Fatma

    2014-01-01

    Acute acalculous cholecystitis and acute hemorrhagic cystitis due to Salmonella Typhi are a rare condition. A 24-year-old female patient was admitted to our clinic with abdominal pain, nausea, fever, headache, urinary burning, and bloody urine. Based on clinical, laboratory, and radiological evaluations, the patient was diagnosed with acute acalculous cholecystitis and acute hemorrhagic cystitis due to Salmonella Typhi. The patient was treated with intravenous ceftriaxone for two weeks. After the treatment, the patient's clinical and laboratory findings improved. Acute acalculous cholecystitis due to Salmonella Typhi concomitant with acute hemorrhagic cystitis is very rare and might be difficult to diagnose. Infectious agents such as Salmonella Typhi should be considered when acute acalculous cholecystitis and acute hemorrhagic cystitis are detected in adult patients with no underlying diseases. PMID:25161668

  15. Accidental death due to complete autoerotic asphyxia associated with transvestic fetishism and anal self-stimulation - case report.

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    Atanasijevi?, Tatjana; Jovanovi?, Aleksandar A; Nikoli?, Slobodan; Popovi?, Vesna; Jasovi?-Gasi?, Miroslava

    2009-06-01

    A case is reported of a 36-year-old male, found dead in his locked room, lying on a bed, dressed in his mother's clothes, with a plastic bag over his head, hands tied and with a barrel wooden cork in his rectum. Two pornographic magazines were found on a chair near the bed, so that the deceased could see them well. Asphyxia was controlled with a complex apparatus which consisted of two elastic luggage rack straps, the first surrounding his waist, perineum, and buttocks, and the second the back of his body, and neck. According to the psychological autopsy based on a structured interview (SCID-I, SCID-II) with his father, the deceased was single, unemployed and with a part college education. He had grown up in a poor family with a reserved father and dominant mother, and was indicative of fulfilling DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence, paraphilia involving hypoxyphilia with transvestic fetishism and anal masturbation and a borderline personality disorder. There was no evidence of previous psychiatric treatment. The Circumstances subscale of Beck's Suicidal Intent Scale (SIS-CS) pointed at the lack of final acts (thoughts or plans) in anticipation of death, and absence of a suicide note or overt communication of suicidal intent before death. Integration of the crime scene data with those of the forensic medicine and psychological autopsy enabled identification of the event as an accidental death, caused by neck strangulation, suffocation by a plastic bag, and vagal stimulation due to a foreign body in the rectum. PMID:19556957

  16. The first report of a previously undescribed EBV-negative NK-cell lymphoma of the GI tract presenting as chronic diarrhoea with eosinophilia.

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    Zaheen, Ahmad; Delabie, Jan; Vajpeyi, Rajkumar; Frost, David W

    2015-01-01

    A 74-year-old man presented with a 2-month history of watery diarrhoea. His complete blood count showed lymphopaenia and marked eosinophilia. Investigations for common infectious causes including Clostridium difficile toxin, stool culture, ova and parasites were negative. Endoscopy revealed extensive colitis and a CT of the abdomen identified numerous large abdominal lymph nodes suspicious for lymphoma. Multiple tissue samples were obtained; colon, mesenteric lymph node and bone marrow biopsy, as well as pleural fluid from a rapidly developing effusion, confirmed the presence of metastatic lymphoma with an immunophenotype most consistent with an aggressive variant of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-negative natural killer (NK)-cell lymphoma. The patient's clinical condition rapidly deteriorated and he died shortly following diagnosis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of a primary gastrointestinal EBV-negative NK-cell lymphoma, and its clinical presentation highlights the importance of a broad differential in the management of chronic diarrhoea. PMID:26611482

  17. The Cost of Special Education Due Process Fair Hearings and Appeals in California. Final Project Report.

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    Peterson, Gerald P.; Ayer, Sue F.

    The California State Board of Education authorized the study to document the overall costs of special education due process fair hearings to all parties--the parents, local education agencies, and the state. The study also analyzed the factors that enter into the costs of hearings, and some conclusions were drawn and recommendations made for…

  18. Periorificial dermatitis due to systemic corticosteroids in children: report of two cases.

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    Clementson, Blair; Smidt, Aimee C

    2012-01-01

    Periorificial dermatitis is a common acneiform eruption that is thought to represent a variant of rosacea. These patients typically present with uniform erythematous papules most commonly located periorally but also occurring around the nose and eyelids. This eruption has been linked to topical corticosteroid use, with only a few reports in the literature associated with systemic steroid use in adults. Here, we report two cases of periorificial dermatitis occurring after systemic corticosteroid use in children. PMID:22122785

  19. Surgical management of colonic perforation due to ulcerative colitis during pregnancy: Report of a case

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    Overbey, Douglas; Govekar, Henry; Gajdos, Csaba

    2014-01-01

    This report describes a young female in her second trimester of pregnancy with known ulcerative colitis on maintenance medical therapy. She was admitted for abdominal pain, and workup revealed a colonic stricture and ulceration with contained perforation. After multidisciplinary discussion she was managed with colectomy and end ileostomy. She delivered a healthy newborn 18 wk after surgery. Only a few prior reports described surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease during pregnancy, with recent results indicating low risk of adverse outcomes. PMID:25346802

  20. Epidural Blood Patch for the Treatment of Abducens Nerve Palsy due to Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension -A Case Report-.

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    Kim, Yeon A; Yoon, Duck Mi; Yoon, Kyung Bong

    2012-04-01

    Intracranial hypotension is characterized by a postural headache which is relieved in a supine position and worsened in a sitting or standing position. Although less commonly reported than postural headache, sixth nerve palsy has also been observed in intracranial hypotension. The epidural blood patch (EBP) has been performed for postdural puncture headache, but little is known about the proper timing of EBP in the treatment of sixth nerve palsy due to intracranial hypotension. This article reports a case of sixth nerve palsy due to spontaneous intracranial hypotension which was treated by EBP 10 days after the onset of palsy. PMID:22514780

  1. Diaphragmatic perforation with colonic herniation due to hepatic radiofrequency ablation: A case report and review of the literature

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    ZHOU, MEIQI; HE, HAIFEI; CAI, HONGKE; CHEN, HAILONG; HU, YUE; SHU, ZHENG; DENG, YONGCHUAN

    2013-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been widely accepted as an alternative treatment for unresectable primary and metastatic hepatic tumors, with satisfactory rates of local response and significant improvements in rates of overall survival. Numerous large series studies have shown that RFA is safe and effective, with a low mortality rate and a low major complication rate. Major complications, including diaphragmatic perforation and hernia, have rarely been previously reported. The current case report presents a case of diaphragmatic hernia with perforation of the incarcerated colon in the thoracic cavity 12 months following hepatic RFA, and reviews nine previously reported cases of diaphragmatic hernia. Comprehensive analysis of the nine cases demonstrated possibilities leading to diaphragmatic hernia following diaphragmatic thermal injury as a consequence of hepatic RFA. Clinicians and radiologists must consider diaphragmatic thermal damage following hepatic RFA for liver tumors adjacent to the diaphragm, particularly for patients with symptoms of ileus, dyspnea, chest pain, pleural effusion and right shoulder pain. PMID:24260068

  2. Green Urine Due to Propofol: A Case Report with Review of Literature

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    Yadav, Sankalp

    2015-01-01

    The change in the colour of urine is a known occurrence in an intensive care setting and is always a cause of concern to the clinicians who have to differentiate between benign and pathological causes. Herein, we present a case of 62-year-old postoperative lady, noticed to be passing green coloured urine believed to be due to intravenous Propofol administration for induction of general anaesthesia. The green colour of urine due to Propofol occurs when clearance of Propofol exceeds hepatic elimination, and extrahepatic elimination of Propofol occurs. This discolouration of urine is a rare (less than 1% cases) but a benign side effect of Propofol, which is non-nephrotoxic and gets reversed after discontinuation of the drug. PMID:26673613

  3. Toxic encephalopathy due to paradichlorobenzene toxicity: a case report and review of imaging characteristics.

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    Weidman, Elizabeth K; Tsiouris, A John; Heier, Linda A

    2015-01-01

    Neurotoxicity following paradichlorobenzene (PDCB) exposure is rare and can occur in patients with pica and mothball or toilet cake ingestion. We present a rare case of toxic encephalopathy due to PDCB mothball inhalation and ingestion and describe the rapidly progressive leukoencephalopathy seen on computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Given the nonspecificity of clinical and imaging findings, it is important for radiologists to maintain a high index of suspicion for toxic encephalopathy. PMID:26388394

  4. Single sternal metastasis due to malignant melanoma with unexpected long-term survival: a case report

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    Gogakos, Apostolos S; Paliouras, Dimitrios; Asteriou, Christos; Rallis, Thomas; Lazopoulos, Achilleas; Chatzinikolaou, Fotios; Zissimopoulos, Athanassios; Tsavlis, Drosos; Tsirgogianni, Katerina; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos; Porpodis, Konstantinos; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Pitsiou, Georgia; Kioumis, Ioannis; Karapantzos, Ilias; Karapantzou, Chrysanthi; Sachpekidis, Nikos; Zarogoulidis, Paul; Barbetakis, Nikolaos

    2016-01-01

    Metastases from melanoma have a very poor prognosis for the patient. Single metastatic lesions in the sternum due to melanoma are extremely rare. A rare case of a presternal mass in a 56-year-old patient who had undergone excision for malignant melanoma is presented. Review of the patient’s history and surgical resection of a single metastatic soft tissue lesion offer the best chance of long-term survival. PMID:26848270

  5. [Infections due to Kocuria kristinae: case reports of two patients and review of the literature].

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    Chávez Valencia, Venice; Orizaga de la Cruz, Citlalli; Aguilar Bixano, Omar; Huerta Ruíz, Marilyn Karla; Sánchez Estrada, Erik Emilio

    2014-12-01

    Kocuria kristinae is a gram-positive coccus of the family of Micrococcaceae. It inhabits the skin and mucous and human oropharynx and some mammals. Clinical cases of proven infections are scarce, affecting patients with indwelling devices and severe underlying diseases. We report two unusual case of a K. kristinae infection in a hemodialysis. First is a case of bacteremia associated with permanent hemodialysis catheter in a 20-year-old female; and second is a case of acute peritonitis in a 68-year-old male patient on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. A review of other reported K. kristinae infections is provided. PMID:25643779

  6. Tenosynovitis of a digit due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae: case report and review of the literature.

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    Tolis, K; Spyridonos, S; Tsiplakou, S; Fandridis, E

    2015-11-01

    Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is a Gram-positive bacterium that in humans causes skin infections, such as erysipeloid, as a result of direct contact with contaminated animals or their waste or products. We present the first reported case of tenosynovitis of a finger in a 30-year-old woman. PMID:26693283

  7. First report of sepsis due to Catabacter hongkongensis in an Italian patient

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    Torri, A.; Delbianco, F.; Baccarini, F.D.; Fusari, M.; Bertini, S.; Congestrì, F.; Matteucci, M.; Pedna, M.F.; Testa, G.D.; Sambri, V.

    2015-01-01

    The first isolation of Catabacter hongkongensis in Italy is reported. Pleomorphic Gram-positive rods were grown in blood cultures from samples obtained from a 55-year-old patient admitted to the intensive care unit with sepsis after he experienced massive thoracic and abdominal trauma. The identification was obtained by amplification and sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene.

  8. Tenosynovitis of a digit due to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae: case report and review of the literature

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    Tolis, K.; Spyridonos, S.; Tsiplakou, S.; Fandridis, E.

    2015-01-01

    Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is a Gram-positive bacterium that in humans causes skin infections, such as erysipeloid, as a result of direct contact with contaminated animals or their waste or products. We present the first reported case of tenosynovitis of a finger in a 30-year-old woman. PMID:26693283

  9. Preoperative diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding due to a GIST of the jejunum: a case report

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    Kotoulas, Dimitrios; Aloizos, Stavros; Kolovou, Aikaterini; Salemis, Nikolaos S; Kantounakis, Ioannis

    2009-01-01

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumours are rare mesenchymal neoplasms affecting the digestive tract or nearby structures within the abdomen. We present a case of a 66-year-old female patient who presented with obscure anemia due to gastrointestinal bleeding and underwent exploratory laparotomy during which a large gastrointestinal stromal tumour of the small intestine was discovered. Examining the preoperative results of video capsule endoscopy, computed tomography, and angiography and comparing them with the operative findings we discuss which of these investigations plays the most important role in the detection and localization of gastrointestinal stromal tumours. A sort review of the literature is also conducted on these rare mesenchymal tumours. PMID:19918463

  10. Preoperative diagnosis of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding due to a GIST of the jejunum: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) are rare mesenchymal neoplasms affecting the digestive tract or nearby structures within the abdomen. We present a case of a 66-year-old female patient who presented with obscure anemia due to gastrointestinal bleeding and underwent exploratory laparotomy during which a large GIST of the small intestine was discovered. Examining the preoperative results of video capsule endoscopy, computed tomography, and angiography and comparing them with the operative findings we discuss which of these investigations plays the most important role in the detection and localization of GIST. A sort review of the literature is also conducted on these rare mesenchymal tumours. PMID:20062725

  11. Aortic perforation due to cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator lead placement: Case report and medicolegal considerations

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    Grande, Antonino M.; Fiore, Antonio; Merlano, Maurizio; Buzzi, Fabio; Mazzola, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    A 45-year-old woman with dilated cardiomyopathy was admitted for the upgrade of a previously implanted pacemaker. Echocardiography showed intraventricular dyssynchrony and a low ejection fraction (0.35). Treatment with a cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) was selected and the device was implanted. CRT-D interrogation revealed proper function. Following procedure termination, the patient went into cardiac arrest and died despite resuscitation attempts. An autopsy revealed that the medial aspect of the right atrium was pierced by an active lead and that the aorta had a deep lesion, 2 mm in length, on its lateral aspect. We explain the probable pathogenesis of this patient?s death. PMID:26702323

  12. A case of human enteric myiasis due to larvae of Hermetia illucens (Family: Stratiomyiadae): first report in Malaysia.

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    Lee, H L; Chandrawathani, P; Wong, W Y; Tharam, S; Lim, W Y

    1995-12-01

    A case of true enteric myiasis in a 7-year-old girl is reported. Two larvae were obtained from the vomitus of the patient. After processing and identification, the larvae were found to be those of Hermetia illucens (Soldier Fly). This is the first case of true enteric myiasis due to these larvae in Malaysia. PMID:8935136

  13. Evidence Report: Risk of Acute Radiation Syndromes Due to Solar Particle Events

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    Carnell, Lisa; Blattnig, Steve; Hu, Shaowen; Huff, Janice; Kim, Myung-Hee; Norman, Ryan; Patel, Zarana; Simonsen, Lisa; Wu, Honglu

    2016-01-01

    Crew health and performance may be impacted by a major solar particle event (SPE), multiple SPEs, or the cumulative effect of galactic cosmic rays (GCR) and SPEs. Beyond low-Earth orbit, the protection of the Earth's magnetosphere is no longer available, such that increased shielding and protective mechanisms are necessary in order to prevent acute radiation sickness and impacts to mission success or crew survival. While operational monitoring and shielding are expected to minimize radiation exposures, there are EVA scenarios outside of low-Earth orbit where the risk of prodromal effects, including nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and fatigue, as well as skin injury and depletion of the blood-forming organs (BFO), may occur. There is a reasonable concern that a compromised immune system due to high skin doses from a SPE or due to synergistic space flight factors (e.g., microgravity) may lead to increased risk to the BFO. The primary data available at present are derived from analyses of medical patients and persons accidentally exposed to acute, high doses of low-linear energy transfer (LET) (or terrestrial) radiation. Data more specific to the space flight environment must be compiled to quantify the magnitude of increase of this risk and to develop appropriate protection strategies. In particular, information addressing the distinct differences between solar proton exposures and terrestrial exposure scenarios, including radiation quality, dose-rate effects, and non-uniform dose distributions, is required for accurate risk estimation.

  14. Jod-Basedow effect due to prolonged use of lugol solution-case report.

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    Leu?tean, Leti?ia; Preda, Cristina; Ungureanu, Maria-Christina; D?nil?, R; Mogo?, Voichi?a; Stef?nescu, Cipriana; Vulpoi, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism, accounting for 60-80% of all cases of thyrotoxicosis. If left untreated, it may lead to severe thyrotoxicosis with cardiovascular, ocular, psychiatric complication, and in extreme cases thyrotoxic crisis with a high mortality rate. We present the case of a 50-years-old woman diagnosed in another service with Graves' disease and treated for many years with antithyroid drugs (ATDs), admitted to our service for a relapse due to treatment discontinuation. The surgical treatment was planned and the preoperative preparation with Lugol solution was initiated. Due to a misunderstanding, the administration of iodine solution was extended for a period of about 30 days, thus generating the so-called Jod-Basedow effect, with the exacerbation of the manifestations of thyrotoxicosis and risk of thyroid storm. The patient received treatment with high ATDs doses, glucocorticoids, and beta-blockers, resulting in the progressive improvement of symptoms. She was discharged from hospital and given the risk of thyrotoxic crisis the surgery was postponed. After a month, the patient underwent thyroidectomy without preoperative preparation with iodine solution. The operative and postoperative courses were uneventful. PMID:25581962

  15. Rare adverse events due to house dust mite sublingual immunotherapy in pediatric practice: two case reports.

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    Galip, Nilufer; Bahceciler, Nerin

    2015-12-01

    Sublingual route, a noninjective way of allergen administration appears to be associated with a lower incidence of severe systemic reactions compared with the subcutaneous route. Local adverse reactions are reported which resolve spontaneously within a few days without need for discontinuation of treatment. Hereby, we report two pediatric cases, one with persistent asthma and the other one with persistent allergic rhinitis. Both were treated by house dust mite sublingual immunotherapy, one of whom developed severe wheezing (grade 2 systemic reaction based on World Allergy Organization subcutaneous systemic reaction grading system) and the other intractable vomiting (grade 3 local reaction based on World Allergy Organization sublingual immunotherapy local adverse events grading system) at the end of the build-up phase which repeated on re-administration of the same dose. Both of those two cases completed their 3-year immunotherapy successfully by patient-based adjustment of the highest tolerated dose of the maintenance. PMID:26427747

  16. Unusual presentation of death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. A report of two cases.

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    Ruszkiewicz, A; de Boer, B; Robertson, S

    1997-06-01

    Two cases are reported representing opposite ends of the spectrum of death as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from car exhaust fumes. In one case, a women was reported to be found dead in bed early in the morning by her husband. The cause of her death, established by autopsy, was carbon monoxide poisoning. Toxicology examination indicated a car engine as the possible source of carbon monoxide. The mode of administration was never established. In the second case, a women was found in a car located in her garage with a hose leading from the exhaust pipe to the interior of the sealed vehicle. Autopsy revealed negligible carboxyhemoglobin saturation of the blood, bilateral infarction of the globus pallidus, and extensive bronchopneumonia. It was concluded that inhalation of carbon monoxide resulted in sublethal hypoxia with subsequent exhalation of carbon monoxide and a delayed death. PMID:9185938

  17. Paralysis due to a glomangioma in a Macaca mulatta. Final report

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    Hubbard, G.B.; Fanton, J.W.; Harvey, R.C.; Wood, D.H.

    1984-01-01

    Glomangioma have many synonyms including: glomus tumors, tumors of neuromyoarterial glomi, angioneuromas, angioneuromyomas, neuromyoarterial glomi, painful subcutaneous tubercles, Popoff tumors or subcotaneous glomal tumors. They are common in humans, rare in nonhuman primates and to the best of our knowledge, have only been reported in irradiated rhesus. The neoplasms originate in arterial-venous shunts known as neuromyoarterial glomi which are commonly found beneath fingernails and fingertips, but have been reported in many locations both superficial and deep. The neoplasm can be confused with hemangiopericytomas, hemangiomas, paragangliomas, and leiomyomas, and must be definitely diagnosed ultrastructurally. A glomangioma at the 6-7 thoracic intervertebral space caused compression of the spinal cord with posterior paralysis in an irradiated 20-year-old female rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta).

  18. Left main bronchus compression due to main pulmonary artery dilatation in pulmonary hypertension: two case reports

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    Jaijee, Shareen K.; Ariff, Ben; Howard, Luke; O’Regan, Declan P.; Gin-Sing, Wendy; Davies, Rachel

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Pulmonary arterial dilatation associated with pulmonary hypertension may result in significant compression of local structures. Left main coronary artery and left recurrent laryngeal nerve compression have been described. Tracheobronchial compression from pulmonary arterial dilatation is rare in adults, and there are no reports in the literature of its occurrence in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Compression in infants with congenital heart disease has been well described. We report 2 cases of tracheobronchial compression: first, an adult patient with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension who presents with symptomatic left main bronchus compression, and second, an adult patient with Eisenmenger ventricular septal defect and right-sided aortic arch, with progressive intermedius and right middle lobe bronchi compression in association with enlarged pulmonary arteries. PMID:26697180

  19. First report of major vascular injury due to lateral transpsoas approach leading to fatality.

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    Assina, Rachid; Majmundar, Neil J; Herschman, Yehuda; Heary, Robert F

    2014-11-01

    Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) has gained popularity among spine surgeons for treating multiple conditions of the lumbar spine. In contrast to the anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) approach, the minimally invasive XLIF approach affords wide access to the lumbar disc space without an access surgeon and causes minimal tissue disruption. The XLIF approach offers many advantages over other lumbar spine approaches, with a reportedly low complication profile. The authors describe the first fatality reported in the literature following an XLIF approach. They describe the case of a 50-year-old woman who suffered a fatal intraoperative injury to the great vessels during a lateral transpsoas approach to the L4-5 disc space. PMID:25192374

  20. Fatal myeloencephalopathy due to accidental intrathecal vincristin administration: a report of two cases.

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    Dettmeyer, R; Driever, F; Becker, A; Wiestler, O D; Madea, B

    2001-10-15

    We report on two fatal cases of accidental intrathecal vincristine instillation in a 5-year old girl with recurrent acute lymphoblastic leucemia and a 57-year old man with lymphoblastic lymphoma. The girl died seven days, the man four weeks after intrathecal injection of vincristine. Clinically, the onset was characterized by the signs of opistothonus, sensory and motor dysfunction and ascending paralysis. Histological and immunohistochemical investigations (HE-LFB, CD-68, Neurofilament) revealed degeneration of myelin and axons as well as pseudocystic transformation in areas exposed to vincristine, accompanied by secondary changes with numerous prominent macrophages. The clinical course and histopathological results of the two cases are presented. A review of all reported cases in the literature is given. A better controlled regimen for administering vincristine and intrathecal chemotherapy is recommended. PMID:11587867

  1. [Amputation of the hand due to necrotising fasciitis: a case report].

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    Hohendorff, Bernd; Seyler, S; Naik, M; Biber, F; Franke, J

    2015-02-01

    We report the case of an 81-year-old woman who fell at home on her left hand and suffered a laceration of her forehead. Within days a fulminant necrotizing fasciitis of the hand from group A ?-haemolytic streptococcus developed. Lacking an apparent local germ entry point at the hand, the infection was initially misinterpreted as compartment syndrome. The patient's life was saved by amputation of the hand. PMID:24696384

  2. Acute placental infection due to Klebsiella pneumoniae: report of a unique case.

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    Sheikh, Salwa S; Amr, Samir S; Lage, Janice M

    2005-01-01

    A 40-year-old woman, gravida 9, with seven healthy children and a history of one abortion (p 7 + 1), presented at 18 weeks of gestation with fever and malodorous vaginal discharge. Ultrasound revealed a macerated fetus. The placenta showed acute chorioamnionitis and acute villitis with microabscess formation. Blood and vaginal cultures both grew Klebsiella pneumoniae. This is the first reported case in English literature of Klebsiella pneumoniae causing suppurative placentitis leading to fetal demise. PMID:16040328

  3. [Spondylodiscitis due to Propionibacterium acnes. Case report and review of the literature].

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    Hammann, C; Dudler, J; Gaumann, U; Landry, M; Gerster, J C

    1999-10-01

    Propionibacterium acnes, a gram positive anaerobic organism, is a component of normal skin flora. It can exceptionally be a source of osteoarticular infection (osteitis, arthritis, spondylodiscitis). We report a case of Propionibacterium acnes spondylodiscitis following lumbar puncture. This observation should alert the clinician to the fact that Propionibacterium acnes may rarely cause spondylodiscitis and lumbar pain, and should be considered a causative agent of bone infections after local procedures. PMID:10546305

  4. Gastric Dilation due to a Neuroleptic Agent in an Elderly Patient: A Case Report

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    Parent, V.; Popitean, L.; Loctin, A.; Camus, A.; Manckoundia, P.

    2014-01-01

    Neuroleptics may cause side effects, some of which are little known. We describe here a case of gastric dilation related to treatment with a neuroleptic in an elderly man. To our knowledge, such a case has never been reported in the literature. A 76-year-old man, living in a nursing home, was hospitalized for general weakness and abdominal pain. He had dementia with behavioral disorders treated with cyamemazine, a sedative and anxiolytic neuroleptic. Given a clinical suspicion of intestinal occlusion, an abdominopelvic computerized tomography scan was performed before the patient was admitted to our hospital. This computerized tomography scan did not show intestinal occlusion and there was no mention of gastric dilation in the computerized tomography scan report. Thus, acute gastroenteritis was suspected. The usual medications were stopped and symptomatic treatment for gastroenteritis was started. Quickly, his clinical state and biological parameters returned to normal and his usual treatment, including cyamemazine, was started again. The next day, the digestive symptoms, except for obstipation, reappeared. The abdominal X-ray showed gastric dilation without intestinal occlusion. The neuroleptic was stopped again and symptoms vanished the next day. This report underlines all of the necessary precautions and surveillance around drug prescription, especially in elderly persons. PMID:25161671

  5. Reduction of erosion in elbows due to flow modifications: Final report, Phase 1. [Elbows

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    Johnson, E.K.; Means, K.H.; Eyler, R.L.; Holtzworth, J.D.

    1987-11-01

    The objective of this project is to investigate the concept of flow-field modification as a method for reducing erosion in bends (elbows) used in pneumatic transport systems. Flow field modifications were primarily accomplished by injecting air at selected locations within the bends. Part I of this project shows the feasibility of the concept. Part II of this project will include further experiments and analysis, leading to a design methodology for incorporating this concept into piping systems. This report represents the final report for Part I of this project. This report contains a survey of the literature dealing with the erosion in bends (elbows) and the fundamental subjects of erosion and two-phase, gas-solids, flow. Based on this literature survey, a pneumatic transport test loop was constructed. Several bend designs were tested, using sand, under a variety of operating conditions. The results of this exploratory effort indicate that modifying the flow field in a bend with jets may: (1) decrease erosion; (2) change the erosion pattern with the same amount of erosion; or (3) significantly increase the erosion process. Data indicate that the erosion rate may be reduced by low-velocity jets for high phase-density flow. Apparently the interaction of jets with dilute phase-density flow tends to accelerate the erosion process. It is recommended that the project be continued in order to more fully understand the process and its capabilities to solve the difficult technical problem of erosion in bends (elbows).

  6. Infective endocarditis due to Bacillus cereus in a pregnant female: A case report and literature review

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    Shah, Mahek; Patnaik, Soumya; Wongrakpanich, Supakanya; Alhamshari, Yaser; Alnabelsi, Talal

    2015-01-01

    Incidence of infective endocarditis during pregnancy is around 0.006% with high maternal and fetal mortality. Bacillus cereus is an extremely rare cause for endocarditis in intravenous drug abusers (IVDA) or those with valvular disease or devices such as pacemakers. We report a case of B. cereus endocarditis, which, to the best of our knowledge, has never been reported in pregnancy. A 30-year-old, 25-week pregnant female presented with right shoulder pain, swelling and erythema on the lateral aspect of deltoid muscle from large abscess over her deltoid muscle. She was found to have a vegetation on the native tricuspid valve. Cultures from abscess fluid and blood cultures grew B. cereus, she was appropriately treated with antimicrobials and had favorable outcomes. There are <20 cases of B. cereus endocarditis reported but none during pregnancy. When cultures grow unusual organisms the case must be thoroughly investigated. This case illustrates a rare situation (endocarditis in pregnancy) with an unusual outcome (B. cereus) on an uncommon valve (tricuspid valve). PMID:26793477

  7. Congenital microtia in a neonate due to maternal isotretinoin exposure 1 month before pregnancy: Case Report.

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    Shirazi, Mahboobeh; Abbariki, Ezzat; Pirjani, Reihaneh; Akhavan, Setareh; Dastgerdy, Ebrahim

    2015-06-01

    Isotretinoin is a drug used for treating severe cystic/nodular acne. Severe malformations have been documented in neonates whose mothers had taken isotretinoin during pregnancy. Women who became pregnant one cycle after completing therapy are believed to be at teratogenic risk not higher than baseline. We describe the case of a newborn whose mother had taken the drug for 4 weeks. The woman then had contraception for 4 weeks (after the drug treatment had finished), and became pregnant after that period. The newborn had isolated bilateral microtia due to suspected isotretinoin exposure. His mother also had a history of urine tract infection in the second week of pregnancy that was treated with cephalexin. The parents were not from a consanguineous marriage and had no family history of congenital malformations. To reduce the risk, effective contraception should be continued in fertile women more than 1 month after completing therapy. PMID:25773513

  8. Occupational death due to bilateral carotid artery occlusion - a medico-legal case report.

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    Das, Siddhartha; Patra, Ambika Prasad; Shaha, Kusa Kumar; Sukumar, Sanjay; Chaudhari, Vinod Ashok; Rahman, Nisreen Abdul

    2015-05-01

    Occupational deaths are work-related deaths and usually occur in the work place of an individual. A case of occupational death in a female factory worker has been described, where the saree she was wearing accidentally got entangled in the moving belt and caused ligature strangulation. She was unconscious throughout indicating bilateral occlusion of the carotids and died a day after the incident. The authors have described the correlation between the distribution of the injuries on the body and the manner a saree is worn. Investigation of the workplace revealed that the place where she was standing was located between two machines, and the space was inadequate for normal movement. Some suggestions have been offered which may decrease the incidences of occupational ligature strangulation due to entanglement of dress materials in the moving machineries. PMID:25882146

  9. [Pneumonia due to adenovirus type 7: a case report in a healthy infant].

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    Odièvre, M-H; Danékova, N; Picard, C; Mesples, B; BenCheikha, Z; Avran, D; De Blic, J; Leruez-Ville, M; Parez, N

    2011-07-01

    A 15-month-old boy treated with amoxicillin and clavulanic acid therapy for 8 days was admitted for persistent gastroenteritis and fever. He received ceftriaxone for pneumonia modified on day 4 for cefotaxime and josamycin due to extension of alveolar lesions. On day 7, persistent fever and worsened respiratory distress led to addition of rifampicin. The child was then admitted to an intensive care unit. A hemophagocytic syndrome was suspected based on clinical signs and laboratory findings and confirmed by cytological examination of bone marrow. Adenovirus type 7 was identified by polymerase chain reaction and culture of bronchoalveolar fluid. Prognosis was good within 3 weeks. B and T immunologic evaluations were normal 5 months after the infection. This case of severe adenovirus pneumonia was associated with hemophagocytic syndrome in a child without identified primary immunodeficiency. Adenovirus type 3 and 7 are most frequently responsible for severe or fatal respiratory infections. PMID:21571511

  10. Bilateral tibial stress fracture in a young man due to hypercalciuric osteoporosis: a case report.

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    Ofluoglu, Demet; Ofluoglu, Onder; Akyuz, Gulseren

    2006-03-01

    Osteoporosis is commonly thought of as a disease of postmenopausal women, and older men have a lower risk of fracture than women. A stress fracture is an overuse injury and an important cause of disability in the athletic population. Presented here is a 30-year-old healthy man with pain on the anterior surface of the bilateral tibia. He did not communicate any trauma or overuse activity. The neurologic and locomotor system examinations were normal. Radiological examinations revealed tibial stress fractures in both left and right tibia and he had low bone mineral density. Routine hematological tests, bone resorption and formation markers were normal, except for hypercalciuria. After analyzing the results of these tests, the patient was diagnosed with bilateral tibial stress fractures due to hypercalciuric secondary osteoporosis. Osteoporosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of atraumatic insufficiency fractures, especially in young healthy adults. PMID:16096792

  11. Cardiac syncope due to pain: report of a case responsive to duloxetine treatment.

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    Kaplan, C; Kocaman, S A; Durako?lugil, M E; Kaya, E; Senol, M G

    2013-09-01

    Neurocardiogenic syncope comprises situations triggered by neurological reflexes resulting in abnormal responses of the neurocardiovascular system that cause loss of consciousness. A vast number of clinical conditions may cause this disorder including pain, defecation, micturition, swallowing, cough, sudden fear or excitement, exercise, and long-time standing. Treatment options for syncope prevention are not satisfactory. Several agents were used for pharmacological treatment without success. Selective inhibitors of neuronal norepinephrine transporter (NET) like duloxetine may play a role in neurally mediated syncope by increasing synaptic norepinephrine levels. Therefore, we report the effect of duloxetine in a patient with pain-induced syncope resistant to standard regimens. PMID:23588599

  12. Bleeding due to acquired hemophilia A in acute pancreatitis: a case report.

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    Shimizu, Tomoki; Tsunoda, Yuya; Ito, Tsuyoshi; Imamura, Satoshi; Nagakubo, Shuichi; Morohoshi, Yuichi; Koike, Yuji; Fujita, Yuriko; Komatsu, Hirokazu

    2016-01-01

    Acquired hemophilia A leads to severe bleeding and is known to be related to many underlying diseases; however, it has not been reported to occur as a complication of pancreatitis. We present a case of acquired hemophilia A secondary to severe acute pancreatitis. A 76-year-old female developed a hematoma in the lower leg muscle while being treated for severe acute pancreatitis. Blood tests revealed prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and the presence of an autoantibody to factor VIII. The bleeding diathesis was successfully controlled by immunosuppressive therapy. This case highlights the need for careful differential diagnosis for successful management of bleeding disorders as complications of pancreatitis. PMID:26743559

  13. Case Report: Severe acute respiratory distress by tracheal obstruction due to a congenital thyroid teratoma.

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    Colleti Junior, Jose; Tannuri, Uenis; Monti Lora, Felipe; Armelin Benites, Eliana Carla; Koga, Walter; Honda Imamura, Janete; Rute Moutinho, Patricia; Brunow de Carvalho, Werther

    2015-01-01

    Congenital teratoma is a rare condition and is a germ cell tumor composed of elements from one or more of the embryonic germ layers and contain tissues usually foreign to the anatomic site of origin. We report a case of a neck tumor diagnosed during pregnancy, initially thought to be a goiter. After birth the neck mass kept growing until it compressed the trachea and produced respiratory failure. The infant had a difficult tracheal intubation because of the compressing mass. The staff decided to surgically remove the neck mass. After that, the infant became eupneic. The histological analysis showed a mature teratoma with no atypias. PMID:26664704

  14. Oral ulceration due to chronic use of Nicorette gum: case report.

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    Narayana, Nagamani; Meinberg, Trudy

    2010-01-01

    Oral ulceration is a common presentation in a dental clinic. These ulcers may be acute or chronic, based on the duration of symptoms. The etiology of oral ulceration can range from trauma to squamous cell carcinoma. It is the responsibility of the dentist to differentiate the various etiologies of oral ulceration for proper management. This case report is presented to remind dentists that the long-term use of Nicorette gum should be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic oral ulcers. PMID:20591780

  15. [Gangrene of the penis due to strangulation by a rubber band: a case report].

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    Sasaki, Yutaro; Oda, Shinpei; Fujikata, Shiro; Tanimoto, Shuji; Kan, Masaharu

    2014-03-01

    We report a case of strangulation of the penis by a rubber band. A 79-year-old man placed a rubber band tightly around the corona of his glans penis in order to prevent urinary incontinence. After five days, he was taken to our hospital in an ambulance for high temperature and general malaise. We found the rubber band and removed it immediately. Gangrene of the penis continued and he did not recover from sepsis, so we performed partial penectomy. After the operation, he completely recovered. Penile strangulation using a soft constricting object such as a rubber band might result in severe complications and we should be careful. PMID:24759505

  16. Spontaneous splenic rupture due to Babesia microti infection: Case report and review of the literature

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    Usatii, Natalia; Khachatrian, Aelita; Stratidis, John

    2014-01-01

    This article describes the case of spontaneous splenic rupture as a rare complication of infection with Babesia species. We will discuss the symptomatology that this disease could present along with both surgical and non-surgical management approaches. Babesia infection often presents with mild to moderate symptoms, but can rapidly progress to significant injury including splenic rupture. The first case reported in a medical journal was in 2007. Treatment usually involves a two-drug regimen; clindamycin plus quinine, or atovaquone plus azithromycin (as in our patient). If hemodynamic stability is present, a primary non-surgical treatment may be especially beneficial since splenectomy may worsen optimal immunologic function and the infection itself.

  17. Contact dermatitis due to ultrasound gel: A case report and published work review.

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    Chasset, François; Soria, Angèle; Moguelet, Philippe; Mathian, Alexis; Auger, Yvain; Francès, Camille; Barete, Stéphane

    2016-03-01

    Adverse skin reactions with ultrasound gel are rare and related mostly to allergic contact dermatitis or contact urticaria. We report an allergic contact dermatitis with Doppler ultrasound gel applied in a 67-year-old man. The patient developed atypical purpuric cutaneous presentation located on vascular axes. Semi-open test with ultrasound gel and patch test with phenoxyethanol were followed by the same clinical purpuric eruption which strongly suggested the accountability of this later component as allergen. Based on this observation, we present a review of published work with a focus on clinical features and allergens involved in ultrasound gel cutaneous reaction. PMID:26346708

  18. Lead induced anaemia due to traditional Indian medicine: a case report

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    Spriewald, B. M.; Rascu, A.; Schaller, K. H.; Angerer, J.; Kalden, J. R.; Harrer, T.

    1999-01-01

    Lead intoxication in adults without occupational exposure is a rare and unexpected event. The case of a western European is reported who had severe anaemia after ingestion of several ayurvedic drugs, obtained during a trip to India. Laboratory findings showed high blood lead concentrations, an increased urinary lead concentration, and an increased urinary excretion of delta-aminolaevulinic acid. Also, slightly increased urinary concentrations of arsenic and silver were found. Physicians should be aware that with growing international travel and rising self medication with drugs from uncontrolled sources the risk of drug induced poisoning could increase in the future.   PMID:10450247

  19. Acute liver failure due to Varicella zoster virus infection after lung transplantation: a case report.

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    Verleden, G M; Vos, R; Van Raemdonck, D E; Laleman, W; Vanaudenaerde, B M

    2012-06-01

    Most adults are Varicella zoster virus (VZV)-positive at the age of 20 years. Some, however, remain antibody-negative and may develop primary chicken pox during adulthood. We report a patient with Williams-Campbell syndrome who underwent double-lung transplantation while being VZV-negative. One year after the successful procedure, he was admitted with fulminant hepatic failure and some cutaneous vesicles in his face. Despite a rapid diagnosis of VZV infection and treatment with acyclovir, his situation deteriorated within 24 hours and while awaiting an urgent liver transplantation, he developed multiple organ failure and died. PMID:22664036

  20. Mechanical Removal of Migrated Onyx Due to Microcatheter Rupture During AVM Embolization: A Technical Case Report.

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    Senturk, Cagin

    2015-12-01

    We report a case where migrated Onyx could be removed safely with a mechanical thrombectomy device after withdrawal of the damaged microcatheter. A microcatheter was retained in the superior cerebellar artery with attached Onyx fragments on its tip during embolization of a bled cerebellar AVM. During retrieval maneuvers microcatheter shaft was ruptured and Onyx fragments were released into the vertebrobasilar system causing occlusion. Finally, Onyx fragment on tip of the microcatheter could be detached with dimethyl sulfoxide injection and the microcatheter could be withdrawn. A Merci retriever device (Concentric Medical, Mountain View, CA, USA) was successfully used to retrieve most of the dislodged Onyx material and recanalize the vertebrobasilar circulation. PMID:25910968

  1. Phytocontact dermatitis due to Ranunculus arvensis mimicking burn injury: report of three cases and literature review.

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    Akbulut, Sami; Semur, Heybet; Kose, Ozkan; Ozhasenekler, Ayhan; Celiktas, Mustafa; Basbug, Murat; Yagmur, Yusuf

    2011-01-01

    Ranunculus arvensis (corn buttercup) is a plant species of the genus Ranunculus that is frequently used in the Far East to treat rheumatic diseases and several dermatological disorders. In Turkey, the plant is seen in the eastern and southeastern Anatolian highlands, which are underdeveloped areas of the country. Herein, we report three patients who used Ranunculus arvensis for the treatment of arthralgia and osteoarthritis. A distinctive phytodermatitis developed on the right thumb in one patient (48-year-old male), on the anterior aspect of both knees in another patient (70-year-old female) and all around both knees in a third (59-year-old female). The patients were treated with topical antibiotics and daily wound dressing, and none of them experienced any complications. Ranunculus arvensis was confirmed as the cause of the phytodermatitis in the three cases. Poultices of plants applied to the skin demonstrate beneficial effects on many dermatological and rheumatic diseases; however, they have several adverse effects that should not be ignored. In this study, we also present a review of 25 cases reported in the literature. PMID:21408003

  2. [Case Report of Cerebellar Vermis Arteriovenous Malformation Presenting with Hydrocephalus due to Aqueductal Stenosis].

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    Ono, Kenichiro; Oishi, Hidenori; Suga, Yasuo; Yamamoto, Munetaka; Nonaka, Senshu; Nakajima, Madoka; Miyajima, Masakazu; Arai, Hajime

    2015-09-01

    A 56-year-old man complained of gait disturbance and confused thinking. Magnetic resonance imaging(MRI)revealed an arteriovenous malformation(AVM)of the cerebellar vermis(Spetzler-Martin grade IV)causing hydrocephalus. One dilated precentral cerebellar vein was compressing the aqueduct. After feeder embolization over 3 sessions using N-butyl cyanoacrylate(NBCA), the nidus was reduced to one-third in size. However, symptoms remained unimproved, and endoscopic third ventriculostomy(ETV)was performed. The third ventricle showed thinning of the floor, with a fenestration in part of the floor. Radiological findings and clinical symptoms improved, and the patient returned home after rehabilitation. The condition of the patient remained stable as of six months later. On angiography, the draining vein showed a pressure of 20 mmHg with no change in the residual AVM. Embolization alone achieved a reduction in nidus volume, but could not reduce venous pressure, and combination therapy including ETV proved necessary. Cases with hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis by AVM are extremely rare. This pathology is discussed with reference to the literature. PMID:26321699

  3. Spinal cord compression due to extramedullary hematopoiesis associated with polycythemia vera--case report.

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    Ohta, Yuzuru; Shichinohe, Hideo; Nagashima, Kazuo

    2002-01-01

    A 69-year-old woman with a 14-year history of polycythemia vera suffered progressive paraparesis due to epidural involvement of hematopoietic tissue. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging demonstrated extensive epidural masses. Decompressive surgery and radiotherapy were performed and she made an almost complete clinical recovery. Serial MR imaging showed no regrowth of the other epidural masses. Extramedullary hematopoiesis occurs in patients with various hematologic disorders involving a chronic increase in the production of red blood cells, and is often associated with thalassemia, but is less common with polycythemia vera. The most frequent sites are the spleen, liver, and kidney. Extramedullary hematopoietic tissue occurring within the spinal canal and causing cord compression is very rare. Total surgical excision is not usually feasible because of the diffuse nature of extramedullary hematopoietic tissue and the possibility of recurrence, but acute neurological deterioration does require emergency surgery. Extramedullary hematopoiesis is radiosensitive and displays a rapid response to low dosages, so radiation therapy is recommended for residual tumors. Considering the possibility of central nervous system extramedullary hematopoiesis in patients with polycythemia vera, an early diagnosis is necessary for a favorable prognosis. PMID:11902077

  4. Intestinal Obstruction Due to Idiopathic Sclerosing Encapsulating Peritonitis: A Case Report

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    Yavuz, Ridvan; Akbulut, Sami; Babur, Mehmet; Demircan, Firat

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis (SEP) is characterized by partial or complete encasement of small intestine by a thick fibrocollagenous membrane. Depending on underlying causes, SEP is divided into primary and secondary forms. Idiopathic SEP is also called idiopathic or abdominal cocoon syndrome. Herein we presented a case of idiopathic SEP. Case Presentation: A 90-year-old male patient presented to our emergency department with signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction and dehydration. Physical examination findings, patient's age and plain abdominal radiography were consistent with tumoral obstruction or viscus perforation. Explorative laparotomy revealed a fibrous capsule encasing intestines as well as dense adhesions between intestinal loops. Since the overall condition of the patient was not well enough to allow a wide dissection and membrane excision, the operation was terminated after performing a limited loop ileostomy. Unfortunately, the patient was lost due to organ failure at the postoperative period. Conclusions: Despite advances in radiological techniques, the exact diagnosis in many cases is still made according to intraoperative findings and histopathological properties of the excised membrane. While some cases of SEP remain asymptomatic for years, most cases are characterized by recurrent bouts of acute, subacute or chronic intestinal obstruction. To our knowledge, the case presented here is the oldest patient with idiopathic SEP in the literature. PMID:26082852

  5. Idiopathic systemic granulomatous pathology causing sudden death due to myocarditis: a rare case report.

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    Singh, Harpal; Kundal, Ramesh

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic granulomatous myocarditis is extremely rare, particularly since the introduction of drugs effective against tuberculosis (TB), viruses, fungi and the effective treatment of sarcoidosis. Here is a case of a 65-year-old female prisoner having history of sudden collapse and ultimately death. Autopsy findings of various viscera on histopathological examination show granulomatous pathology, that is, in spleen, liver and in the left ventricular wall of heart. Ziehl-Neelsen staining of the sections show the absence of acid fast bacilli, negative for fungal staining as most of the granulomas are noncaseating type with presence of giant cells having no asteroid body and Schuamann body, real-time polymerase chain reaction for TB is negative. Idiopathic giant cell myocarditis is a disease of relatively young adults, that is, between 3 rd and 4 th decade of life. So, this case is strongly considered to be a case of sudden death due to myocarditis as a result of idiopathic systemic granulomatous pathology, a rare case in in literature. PMID:25673606

  6. Diagnostic dilemmas due to fish bone ingestion: Case report & literature review

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    Beecher, Suzanne M.; O’Leary, Donal Peter; McLaughlin, Ray

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The diagnosis of abdominal complications due to fish bone ingestion is particularly difficult as the presentation may mimic common abdominal pathologies. Presentation of case 65 year-old male presented with a two day history of right iliac fossa pain. He denied any nausea and vomiting. He had no systemic systems including fever, change in bowel habit. He had tenderness and guarding localized to the right iliac fossa. He had raised inflammatory markers. A CT scan of the abdomen was performed which showed fat standing in proximity to the terminal ileum, with the appearance of Crohn’s disease. The clinical picture did not match the imaging and so the patient underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy. Findings included an acutely inflamed terminal ileum. A foreign body was identified piercing through at the small bowel wall at the terminal ileum. The foreign body was removed and revealed a fish bone. Intracorporeal sutures were inserted at the site of the microperforation. The patient was discharged well two days post operatively. Discussion Fish bone perforation is not a common cause of gastrointestinal perforation. Unfortunately the history is often non-specific and these people can be misdiagnosed with acute appendicitis & other pathologies. CT scans can be useful to aid diagnostics. It is not however fully sensitive in detecting complications arising from fishbone ingestion. Conclusion Management therefore, should be based taking into account primarily the clinical picture & may necessitate diagnostic laparoscopy. PMID:26188981

  7. Prepatellar bursitis due to Brucella abortus: case report and analysis of the local immune response.

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    Wallach, Jorge C; Delpino, M Victoria; Scian, Romina; Deodato, Bettina; Fossati, Carlos A; Baldi, Pablo C

    2010-12-01

    A case of prepatellar bursitis in a man with chronic brucellosis is presented. Brucella abortus biotype 1 was isolated from the abundant yellowish fluid obtained from the bursa. Clinical and epidemiological data did not suggest a direct inoculation of the agent in the bursa. However, the patient mentioned occasional local trauma due to recreational sports, which may have constituted a predisposing factor. As determined by ELISA, there were higher levels of IgG against Brucella LPS and cytosolic proteins detected in the patient's bursal synovial fluid when compared with serum. Levels of proinflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor alpha, interleukin 1 beta, gamma interferon, interleukin 8 and MCP-1) were higher than in synovial fluids obtained from patients with rheumatoid arthritis and a patient with septic arthritis, and a zymographic analysis revealed a gelatinase of about 92 kDa. These findings indicate that it may be possible to diagnose brucellar bursitis by measuring specific antibodies in the bursal synovial fluid. In addition, our findings suggest a role of increased local levels of proinflammatory cytokines and gelatinases in the inflammatory manifestations of brucellar bursitis. PMID:20724508

  8. [Wernicke's encephalopathy due to excessive intake of isotonic drink; report of 2 cases].

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    Hiraki, Akiyoshi; Kikuchi, Masahiro

    2014-01-01

    Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is an acute neurological disease resulting from thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. WE is often caused by an unbalanced diet or excessively strict diet therapy in pediatric cases. We experienced 2 cases of WE due to excessive intake of isotonic drink. Patient 1 was a 15-month-old boy. After frequent vomiting, he presented with mental status changes, ocular abnormalities, and truncal ataxia (the classic triad). Patient 2 was a 7-month-old boy. He was hospitalized because of status epilepticus. In both cases, the clinical symptoms improved immediately after the administration of vitamin B1. However, mental retardation was observed as a neurological sequel in patient 2. Because many patients with WE present with vomiting at an early stage, we should take care not to confuse WE with gastroenterocolitis. In addition, it should be noted that some patients with WE present with seizure. Because these 2 cases resulted from an unbalanced diet, it is important to evaluate the patients' eating and drinking habits and advise their parents on proper nutrition. Since many people believe that isotonic drinks are very beneficial and consume them frequently, we should promote awareness that they can be harmful when consumed in excess. PMID:24620429

  9. Delayed-onset of multiple cutaneous infantile hemangiomas due to propranolol: a case report.

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    Porcel Chacón, Rocío; del Boz González, Javier; Navarro Morón, Juan

    2015-04-01

    Infantile hemangiomas are the most common vascular tumors in childhood. In view of its proven effectiveness in such cases, propranolol is the drug of choice. We present the case of a male infant who started treatment with propranolol shortly after birth due to heart disease. After 7 months, when the patient had suffered various respiratory exacerbations, this treatment was suspended. One week later, multiple skin lesions (ie, multifocal infantile hemangiomas) began to appear, with no extracutaneous involvement. It was decided to resume treatment with propranolol, although at lower doses than before, and the skin lesions improved rapidly, with some disappearing completely. Treatment was definitively withdrawn at age 16 months, with only slight recurrence of the lesions. The case described is of multifocal infantile hemangiomas without extracutaneous involvement appearing beyond the neonatal period after treatment with propranolol beginning in the first days of life. The details of the case support the hypothesis that this drug is not only therapeutic but also plays a prophylactic role against infantile hemangiomas. In turn, this supports the recent proposal that this drug may be useful in preventing the growth and spread of tumors with high angiogenic potential. It is postulated that the inhibition of ?-adrenergic receptors is associated with multiple intracellular processes related to the progression and metastasis of different tumors. PMID:25780066

  10. [Progressive Intracranial Hypertension due to Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis Following Mild Head Trauma: A Case Report].

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    Suto, Yuta; Maruya, Jun; Watanabe, Jun; Nishimaki, Keiichi

    2015-07-01

    Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis after mild head trauma without skull fracture or intracranial hematoma is exceptionally rare. We describe an unusual case of progressive intracranial hypertension due to superior sagittal sinus thrombosis following mild head trauma. A 17-year-old boy presented with nape pain a day after a head blow during a gymnastics competition (backward double somersault). On admission, he showed no neurological deficit. CT scans revealed no skull fractures, and there were no abnormalities in the brain parenchyma. However, his headache worsened day-by-day and he had begun to vomit. Lumbar puncture was performed on Day 6, and the opening pressure was 40 cm of water. After tapping 20 mL, he felt better and the headache diminished for a few hours. MR venography performed on Day 8 revealed severe flow disturbance in the posterior third of the superior sagittal sinus with multiple venous collaterals. Because of the beneficial effects of lumbar puncture, we decided to manage his symptoms of intracranial hypertension conservatively with repeated lumbar puncture and administration of glycerol. After 7 days of conservative treatment, his symptoms resolved completely, and he was discharged from the hospital. Follow-up MR venography performed on Day 55 showed complete recanalization of the superior sagittal sinus. The exact mechanism of sinus thrombosis in this case is not clear, but we speculate that endothelial damage caused by shearing stress because of strong rotational acceleration or direct impact to the superior sagittal sinus wall may have initiated thrombus formation. PMID:26136327

  11. Brain abscess due to Listeria monocytogenes: first case report in Thailand.

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    Treebupachatsakul, Pornpit; Srifeungfung, Somporn; Chayakulkeeree, Methee

    2006-09-01

    Brain abscess with bacteremia caused by Listeria monocytogenes in a young woman with immune thrombocytopenic purpura was reported. The clinical features included fever, headache, and left-side weakness. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed a large single abscess at the right frontoparietal area. L. monocytogenes was isolated from a blood culture. The patient promptly received a surgical drainage. Because she had a history of penicillin allergy, and the organism was resistant to ampicillin, she was treated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) alone for 12 months. During a one-year follow-up period, the patient improved and her neurological deficit gradually recovered. This is the first case of listerial brain abscess in Thailand that was successfully treated with TMP-SMX monotherapy and surgical drainage. PMID:17100394

  12. Thoracolumbar Scoliosis Due to Cryptococcal Osteomyelitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Li, Zheng; Liang, Jinqian; Shen, Jianxiong; Qiu, Guixing; Weng, Xisheng

    2016-02-01

    Cryptococcus neoformans causes opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients, with vertebral osteomyelitis being a very rare involvement.This study is to present a case of thoracolumbar scoliosis occurring in the setting of cryptococcal osteomyelitis.Pharmacological intervention with anticryptococcal medicine and medical management of immune hemolytic anemia were administered. After initial acute stabilization, she underwent spinal debridement and fusion on October 29, 2008. She eventually recovered fully from this episode with no subsequent mechanical instability or neurological deficits on subsequent clinic follow-ups.To the best of our knowledge, there have been no reports describing the onset of spinal cryptococcal osteomyelitis along with immune hemolytic anemia. We suggest a comprehensive algorithm for the diagnosis of vertebral cryptococcal osteomyelitis. PMID:26844472

  13. Drug-induced liver injury due to “natural products” used for weight loss: A case report

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    Tarantino, Giovanni; Pezzullo, Martina Gilda; Dario di Minno, Matteo Nicola; Milone, Francesco; Pezzullo, Luigi Sossio; Milone, Marco; Capone, Domenico

    2009-01-01

    Taking herbal-extracts to lose weight is an underestimated health hazard. Often, these products contain active agents that can cause acute liver damage. In this case report, a 22-year-old female patient, who presented with a feature of cholestatic syndrome, was so sure that the “natural products” were not dangerous that she did not inform her physicians that she had taken them, making their task that much more challenging. Clinical presentation mimicked acute cholecystitis and the patient underwent a cholecystectomy. Surgery was without any consequences and complications, although it did not completely cure the illness. She later admitted to having taken herbal remedies and this led to the correct diagnosis of phytotherapy-related hepatotoxicity and a successful therapeutic approach. The true incidence of phytotherapy-related hepatotoxicity and its pathogenic mechanisms are largely unknown. It is important to increase the awareness of both clinicians and patients about the potential dangers of herbal remedies. PMID:19452589

  14. Steady hydrodynamic loads due to vortex shedding from the OTEC cold water pipe. Final report

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    Griffin, O.M.

    1982-01-13

    This report is limited in scope to consideration of the problems caused by vortex shedding from flexible, bluff cylinders in steady current flows, as these problems apply to the OTEC cold water pipe. In particular, the steady deflections caused by the amplified drag forces that accompany vortex-excited oscillations are considered. Emphasis placed upon the discussion of design methods, applications of these methods to practical problems, and comparison with available experimental data. A discussion is given of laboratory and field studies that have been conducted with model OTEC cold water pipes. Various devices that have been developed for the suppression of vortex-excited oscillations also are discussed. A comparison is made of the effectiveness of various suppresion devices and procedures, and practical approaches to implementing their application are presented. The implications of vortex-induced hydrodynamic drag and the suppression of vortex-excited oscillations in OTEC cold water pipe design are discussed briefly.

  15. Bilateral Femoral Neck Fatigue Fracture due to Osteomalacia Secondary to Celiac Disease: Report of Three Cases.

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    Selek, Ozgur; Memisoglu, Kaya; Selek, Alev

    2015-08-01

    Bilateral non traumatic femoral neck fatigue fracture is a rare condition usually occurring secondary to medical conditions such as pregnancy, pelvic irradiation, corticosteroid exposure, chronic renal failure and osteomalacia. In this report, we present three young female patients with bilateral femoral neck fracture secondary to osteomalacia. The underlying cause of osteomalacia was Celiac disease in all patients. The patients were treated with closed reduction and internal fixation with cannulated lag screws. They were free of pain and full weight bearing was achieved at three months. There were no complications, avascular necrosis and nonunion during the follow up period. In patients with bone pain, non traumatic fractures and muscle weakness, osteomalacia should be kept in mind and proper diagnostic work-up should be performed to identify the underlying cause of osteomalacia such as celiac disease. PMID:26265523

  16. Burn due to misuse of an acetylene gas burner: a case report.

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    Shimada, K; Aoki, Y; Ide, Y; Ishikura, N; Kawakami, S

    1999-11-01

    A rare case of deep penetrating burn injury caused by misuse of a high-pressure acetylene burner is reported. A 35 year old man was admitted with second and third degree burns involving the right arm cubital area and a subcutaneous burn on his right arm caused by a high-pressure acetylene gas flame. Early surgical debridement and secondary skin grafting using a preserved subcutaneous vascular network skin graft (PSVNSG) proved effective in this patient. Skin contracture was prevented and function was recovered. The basis of PSVNSG is that the vascular system existing in the graft is used as a permanent vascular system without degeneration. This case shows that, in this kind of burn injury, subcutaneous tissue damage should be suspected and that it is important to perform surgical debridement early after admission. PMID:10563697

  17. Sudden Death in Sauna Due to Fatal Burns: A Case Report.

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    Lindroos, Katarina; Keltanen, Terhi

    2016-03-01

    Sudden death during or after sauna bathing is a rare event. When occurring accidentally, it is often caused or contributed by consumption of ethanol. To accidentally burn to death because of hot air is highly uncommon without some contributing factor that lowers the person's consciousness. Hot air burns have been reported to develop in 20 to 60 minutes. We present a case of sudden death of a healthy man with rare and extensive hot air burns that developed in less than 10 minutes in the sauna. Ethanol was not a contributing factor. Substantial injuries were found at the autopsy, both external and internal, for instance, small hemorrhages in the stomach mucosa, indicating a heavy antemortem stress reaction. The most probable reason for the extensive scalds was concluded to be, apart from the high temperature, the high degree of relative humidity in the sauna. PMID:26566054

  18. Endocarditis Due to Kytococcus schroeteri: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Mnif, Basma; Boujelbène, Inès; Mahjoubi, Fouzia; Gdoura, Radouane; Trabelsi, Imen; Moalla, Sana; Frikha, Imed; Kammoun, Samir; Hammami, Adnane

    2006-01-01

    We report the third case of endocarditis caused by the newly described micrococcal species Kytococcus schroeteri. A 49-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with suspected prosthetic valve endocarditis. Five blood cultures and prosthetic valve cultures grew the same type of organism, initially identified as Micrococcus sp. Assignment to the genus Kytococcus was suggested by the arginine dihydrolase activity and resistance to oxacillin. After sequencing of the 16S rRNA genes, the isolate was recognized as K. schroeteri. The patient was treated first with vancomycin combined with gentamicin and later with pristinamycin and rifampin. Three cases of K. schroeteri endocarditis described within a short period of time might indicate a specific pathogenicity of this new species. The isolation of kytococci from normally sterile sites should not be overlooked. PMID:16517928

  19. Polyradiculopathy and Gastroparesis due to Cytomegalovirus Infection in AIDS: A Case Report and Review of Literature

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    Thongpooswan, Supat; Chyn, Eric; Alfishawy, Mostafa; Restrepo, Erfidia; Berman, Charles; Ahmed, Kawser; Muralidharan, Sethu

    2015-01-01

    Patient: Female, 46 Final Diagnosis: CMV gastroparesis and radiculopathy Symptoms: Nausea • paraplegia • urinary retention • vomiting Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Lumbar puncture Specialty: Infectious Diseases Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been well described as an opportunistic infection of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of a patient with AIDS and lumbosacral polyradiculopathy, associated with gastroparesis resulting from CMV infection. Case Report: A 46-year-old Hispanic woman with a history of HIV for 10 years was admitted to our hospital for nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, and generalized weakness. Bilateral lower extremity examination revealed flaccid paraplegia, decreased sensations from the groin downwards, bilateral lower extremity areflexia, and absent plantar reflexes, with enlarged urinary bladder. CMV was detected in CSF by PCR, and cervical and lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed intense nodular leptomeningeal enhancement from the lower thoracic cord and extending along the conus medullaris/filum terminalis and nerve roots. Gastric emptying scintigraphy revealed severe delayed gastric emptying time. Ganciclovir was initiated and her neurological symptoms and gastrological symptoms gradually improved. Over 8 weeks, nausea and vomiting resolved and the patient was able to walk before being discharged from the hospital. Conclusions: Polyradiculopathy and gastroparesis can result from CMV infection in AIDS patients. Whether the mechanism is secondary to viral infection or immune systems remains unclear. It is important for physicians to be aware of this uncommon presentation in the antiretroviral therapy (ART) era. CMV treatment should be initiated immediately once diagnosis is confirmed. PMID:26552851

  20. Three-component hydraulic penile prosthesis malfunction due to penile fibrolipoma secondary to augmentative phalloplasty: A case report.

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    Antonini, Gabriele; Vicini, Patrizio; De Berardinis, Ettore; Pacchiarotti, Arianna; Gentile, Vincenzo; Perito, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Fibrolipomas are an infrequent type of lipomas. We describe a case of a man suffering from subcutaneous penile fibrolipoma, who twelve months earlier has been submitted to augmentative phalloplasty due to aesthetic dysmorphophobia. The same patient three years earlier has been submitted to three-component hydraulic penile prostheses implantation due to erectile dysfunction. After six months from removing of the mass, the penile elongation and penile enlargement were stable, the prostheses were correctly functioning and the patient was satisfied with his sexual intercourse and life. The diagnostics and surgical characteristics of this case are reported. PMID:26766813

  1. "Syndrome in syndrome": Wernicke syndrome due to afferent loop syndrome. Case report and review of the literature.

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    D'Abbicco, D; Praino, S; Amoruso, M; Notarnicola, A; Margari, A

    2011-01-01

    Wernicke syndrome is a rare neurological pathology due to a deficit in vitamin B1. The syndrome is common among alcohol abusers, patients with malignant tumor or gastrointestinal diseases, those who undergo hemodialysis or long-term peritoneal dialysis, pregnant women with hyperemesis, women who breast-feed, patients with hyperthyroidism or anorexia nervosa or gastric or jejunal-ileal bypass surgery for obesity, patients submitted to gastric surgery or prolonged total parenteral nutrition or prolonged intravenous therapy. We report a case of Wernicke syndrome due to afferent loop syndrome characterized by incoercible vomiting. PMID:22217376

  2. Death due to ingestion of nicotine-containing solution: case report and review of the literature.

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    Solarino, Biagio; Rosenbaum, Frank; Riesselmann, Benno; Buschmann, Claas T; Tsokos, Michael

    2010-02-25

    Nicotine, a lipid-soluble alkaloid obtained from the dried leaves of Nicotiana, is most frequently encountered in tobacco products for smoking, chewing or sniffing as well as in a limited number of pesticides. Though nicotine is one of the most toxic drugs of abuse, it has rarely led to fatalities. Sudden death can be caused by cardiovascular arrest, respiratory muscle paralysis and/or central respiratory failure. A 42-year-old man was found dead by his wife. He was lying on the floor, next to a box containing many empty bottles of beer and vodka. Some labeled chemical bottles found at the scene contained various substances, including nicotine and brucine. Gross examination of the organs at autopsy revealed no specific findings. The toxicological examination failed to disclose any lethal toxic agents other than a high concentration of nicotine and its primary metabolite cotinine in femoral venous blood (2.2 microg/mL). Blood alcohol was determined to be 2.1 g/L in femoral venous blood. Only a paucity of fatal cases of nicotine poisoning has been reported in the literature so far. PMID:19954906

  3. Medical neglect death due to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: an autopsy case report.

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    Usumoto, Yosuke; Sameshima, Naomi; Tsuji, Akiko; Kudo, Keiko; Nishida, Naoki; Ikeda, Noriaki

    2014-12-01

    We report the case of 2-year-old girl who died of precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children. She had no remarkable medical history. She was transferred to a hospital because of respiratory distress and died 4 hours after arrival. Two weeks before death, she had a fever of 39 degrees C, which subsided after the administration of a naturopathic herbal remedy. She developed jaundice 1 week before death, and her condition worsened on the day of death. Laboratory test results on admission showed a markedly elevated white blood cell count. Accordingly, the cause of death was suspected to be acute leukaemia. Forensic autopsy revealed the cause of death to be precursor B-cell ALL. With advancements in medical technology, the 5-year survival rate of children with ALL is nearly 90%. However, in this case, the deceased's parents preferred complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., naturopathy) to evidence-based medicine and had not taken her to a hospital for a medical check-up or immunisation since she was an infant. Thus, if she had received routine medical care, she would have a more than 60% chance of being alive 5 years after diagnosis. Therefore, we conclude that the parents should be accused of medical neglect regardless of their motives. PMID:25895240

  4. Severe gynecomastia due to anti androgens intake: A case report and literature review

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    Farida, Chentli; Faiza, Belhimer

    2013-01-01

    Gynecomastia is the most bothersome side effect in men taking antiandrogens. It is exceptionally severe and distressing physically and mentally as in the reported case. A man, aged 63, with a history of a well-treated macroprolactinoma, was referred in 2004 for gynecomastia that appeared after treatment by microsurgery, radiotherapy and flutamide for a lesion suspected to be prostate cancer. Clinical examination was normal except for huge enlargement of the breasts. Mammography and breasts MRI did not show any tumor. There was not any metastasis of the supposed prostate cancer and prostatic acid phosphates were within normal ranges. Hormonal exploration showed subclinical hypogonadism [testosterone: 7.4 ng/ml (n: 3-9), FSH: 14.9 mu/ml (n: 0.7-11) and LH: 9.7 mu/ml (n: 0.8-7.6)]. Testes ultrasounds were normal. Radiological and hormonal adrenal explorations were normal [Cortisol: 76 ng/ml (n: 50-250), DHEA-S: 59 ?g/ml (n: 50-560), E2:40.2 pg/ml (n < 50)]. Body scan was normal too. The discussed etiologies were post radiation subclinical hypogonadism, and treatment with anti androgens. After flutamide withdraw, there was not any sign of prostate cancer recurrence, and gynecomastia decreased significantly, but did not disappear probably because of fibrosis. PMID:23961495

  5. AB130. Pseudoaldosteronism due to mutation of SCNN1A gene: a case report

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    Can, Ngoc Thi Bich; Vu, Dung Chi; Bui, Thao Phuong; Nguyen, Khanh Ngoc; Zennaro, Maria-Christina; Wudy, Stefan A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1 (PHA1) is a rare inherited disease characterized by resistance to the actions of aldosterone. It was first described in 1958 by Cheek and Perry, and common clinical manifestations include salt wasting, hyperkalaemia, metabolic acidosis and elevated plasma aldosterone levels in the neonatal period. Objective To describe clinical characteristics, laboratory features and management of one Vietnamese patient with pseudohypoaldosteron. Methods Clinical features, biochemical finding, mutation analysis and management in a 1 month-old-boy was studied. Based on analysis of this patient’s clinical symptoms associated with biochemical examination, the urinary steroid metabolomics analysis was performed using gas chromatography spectrometry and mutation analysis of SCNN1A was performed using PCR & direct sequencing. Results Patient is the first child normal delivery with the gestation age of 41 weeks, birth weight of 3,200 g, and onset of the disease at 7 days of age. He presented with lost weight, dehydration without vomit, diarrhea or hyperpigmentation. He was admitted with the features of cyanosis, allorhythmic, electrolyte imbalance with sodium of 119 mmoL/L, potassium of 7.4 mmoL/L. Investigation show pH 7.26, PCO2 34 mmHg, PO2 110 mmHg, HCO3- 18 mmoL/L, BE -10, plasma 17OHP level: 2.4 ng/mL, testosterone level: 1.94 nmoL/L, Cortisol 8am: 2,662.8 pmoL/L, Ure 7.4 mmoL/L, Creatinine 44.2 µmoL/L, Glucose 4.8 mmoL/L. The urine steroid metabolomics analysis showed extensive excretion of aldosterone ID-ISTD1 of 1,157.41 µg/L. Novel homozygous mutation (c.1668C > A; p.S556R) of SCNN1A gene was identified in the proband. He was treated with florinef of 0.1 mg/kg/day for electrolyte balance. He had complication of intestinal perforation and died due to infection. In conclusions, PHA1 causes severe hyponatremia, metabolic acidosis, and life-threatening hyperkalemia, with normal 17-a-hydroxyprogesterone levels and high excretion of aldosterone levels.

  6. Pathological dislocation of the hip due to coxotuberculosis in children: a 29-case report

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    2014-01-01

    Background The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical outcome of various surgery methods in children suffering pathological dislocation of the hip joint due to coxotuberculosis. Patients and methods From January 2006 to January 2011, 29 children with coxotuberculosis hip dislocation were treated with open reduction (4 children) and acetabular reconstruction (25 children). According to degree of dislocation and age, acetabular reconstructions included Salter osteotomy (nine children), Pemberton operation (six children), Dega operation (seven children), the hip shelf arthroplasty (two children), and Chiari operation (one child). During acetabular reconstruction, 16 children underwent upper femoral rotational shortening osteotomies simultaneously, 6 children underwent the femoral head and neck reconstruction simultaneously, and 3 children were underwent corrective osteotomy. After operation, children were immobilized with plaster external fixation for 1–3 months and treated with routine anti-infective therapy for 3 days. During follow-up study (12–18 months), the hip stability was examined via X-ray. The recovery was evaluated via acetabular index (AI) and Harris hip score. Results Postoperative X-ray films of 29 children showed concentric reduction of all hips. Total 25 children healed I incision surgery, while 4 children with skin antrum of incision were further treated leading to 1–3 months delay of healing. Total 24 children were followed up for 2–5 years. X-ray examination revealed no redislocation after 2 years postoperative. The postoperative AI was normal (15°–20°) in 22 children and increased to 25°– 30° in 2 children. After 2 years postoperative, 8 children had normal function of hip joint, 13 children had mild limitation of flexion and rotation, and 3 children had fibrous ankylosis. The average of Harris hip score was 83 (ranged, 62–90). Conclusion In our study, pathological hip dislocations of children attributed to coxotuberculosis were treated via open reduction and acetabular reconstruction and the outcomes were both excellent. Individual characteristic should be taken into consideration during treatment, and proper surgery approach should be adopted according to pathological changes of the hip. PMID:24606985

  7. Celiac trunk and branches dissection due to energy drink consumption and heavy resistance exercise: case report and review of literature.

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    González, Wilma; Altieri, Pablo I; Alvarado, Enrique; Banchs, Héctor L; Colón, Edgar; Escobales, Nelson; Crespo, María

    2015-01-01

    Higher doses and consumption of energy drinks leads to cardiovascular effects and potential consequences. Principal components found in energy drinks such as caffeine, guarana and taurine has been related to dilatation, aneurysm formation, dissection and ruptures. There is no evidence showing an integration of these components and its effects in endothelium and aortic walls due to higher levels of pressure during exercises. We report a case of a 44 years male with celiac trunk and branches dissection due to long-term consumption of energy drinks and intense exercise routine. Our proposition relates cell and vessel walls alterations including elasticity in endothelial wall due to higher blood pressure, resistance by intense exercise routine and long-term consumption of energy drinks. PMID:26035983

  8. Erythema Ab Igne due to Heating Pad Use: A Case Report and Review of Clinical Presentation, Prevention, and Complications

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    Milchak, Marissa; Smucker, Joanne; Chung, Catherine G.; Seiverling, Elizabeth V.

    2016-01-01

    Erythema ab igne is an asymptomatic cutaneous condition caused by exposure to heat. Cases of erythema ab igne may prove to be diagnostically challenging due to lack of familiarity with the condition. While this dermatosis carries a favorable prognosis, nonmelanoma skin cancers have been reported to arise within lesions of erythema ab igne. Erythema ab igne is preventable, and, thus, clinicians should provide education regarding safe use of heating devices to patients using these products in both outpatient and inpatient settings. PMID:26880929

  9. Multiple Intestinal Erosions as a Result of Hemorrhage due to Parasites: Case Reports and Review of the Literature

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    Pitanga Lukashok, Hannah; Robles-Jara, Carlos; Robles-Medranda, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding appears to be uncommon in patients with parasites. In spite of that some reports had described this relationship in patients evaluated during capsule endoscopy procedures; the characteristic of the bleeding lesions remains unclear. This paper describes two patients with a massive obscure gastrointestinal bleeding due to ascariasis, using the new capsule endoscopy technology “MiroCam”, describing the characteristic of the lesions found in our patients (observed in a better image quality), and reviewing the literature. PMID:21747648

  10. Evaluation of the electromagnetic effects due to direct lighting to nuclear explosive areas at Pantex. Final report

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    Merewether, K.O.; Chen, K.C.

    1993-11-01

    This report summarizes the effort to quantify the electromagnetic environments in the nuclear explosive areas at Pantex due to direct lightning. The fundamental measure of the threat to nuclear safety is assumed to be the maximum voltage between any two points in an assembly area, which is then available for producing arcing or for driving current into critical subsystems of a nuclear weapon. This maximum voltage has been computed with simple analytical models and with three-dimensional finite-difference computer codes.

  11. Intrathecal Trastuzumab Treatment of the Neoplastic Meningitis due to Breast Cancer: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Lossignol, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    We report the case of a 65-year-old woman, diagnosed with a breast cancer human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2) previously negative, who developed leptomeningeal carcinomatosis and was treated with intrathecal (IT) trastuzumab (TST). After five doses of IT trastuzumab, at escalading doses, once weekly, the patient's neurological status stabilised, and that result was maintained for two months. There is evidence in the literature that breast cancer receptor status may change over time, and when it occurs, it may modify the therapeutical approach. We reviewed the pertinent literature and concluded that IT trastuzumab might be a promising treatment for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. PMID:23424693

  12. Traumatic rupture of a Meckel’s diverticulum due to blunt abdominal trauma in a soccer game: A case report

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    Tummers, W.S.; van der Vorst, J.R.; Swank, D.J.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction a Meckel’s diverticulum is one of the most common congenital anomalies of the digestive tract. The reported lifetime complication rate is 4%, mostly due to hemorrhage, obstruction, perforation or inflammation. A symptomatic Meckel’s diverticulum due to rupture after blunt abdominal trauma is very rare. We believe this case report is the first reporting a rupture of a Meckel’s diverticulum after a low velocity blunt abdominal trauma and outlining the importance of a thorough and complete examination of the patient after blunt abdominal trauma. Presentation of case a 17-year-old male presented with abdominal pain after blunt abdominal trauma during a soccer game. Physical examination showed signs of peritonitis in all quadrants of the abdomen. During admission the patient deteriorated with decreasing blood pressure and raising pulse rate. A CT-scan showed free abdominal fluid. Our patient was scheduled for an emergent laparotomy where a perforated Meckel’s diverticulum with fecal spill was found. A segmental ileal resection was performed. Post-operative, patient developed a pneumonia and also intra-abdominal abscesses treated with percutaneous drainage. After an admission period of 17-days the patient was discharged. Conclusion perforation of a Meckel’s diverticulum is rarely suspected as a cause of acute deterioration following blunt abdominal trauma. This case shows the importance of awareness of this kind of injury especially in male patients. PMID:26701844

  13. Small bowel obstruction due to enterolith (bezoar) formed in a duodenal diverticulum: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Shocket, E; Simon, S A

    1982-09-01

    An elderly patient with an acute small bowel obstruction due to an enterolith that evolved within a duodenal diverticulum is reported. Twenty-four prior instances of small bowel obstruction due to an enterolith formed within a small bowel diverticulum have been culled from the world literature and tabulated. In toto, 18 subjects are female and seven are male. The median age is 68 yr. Optimal surgical management is either to break up the enterolith and milk the components into the cecum without an enterotomy or, as is more often necessary, to milk the enterolith orad removing the concretion through an enterotomy made in less edematous small intestine. As in managing gallstone ileus, the bowel should be "run" seeking additional enteroliths. The diagnosis can be established only by documenting the normalcy of the gallbladder and the presence of duodenal and/or jejunal diverticula. PMID:6810693

  14. Alopecia Neoplastica due to Gastric Adenocarcinoma Metastasis to the Scalp, Presenting as Alopecia: A Case Report and Literature Review

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    Kim, Jung-Hee; Kim, Min-Joong; Sim, Woo-Young

    2014-01-01

    Alopecia neoplastica is defined as hair loss secondary to a visceral malignancy that has metastasized to the scalp. The scalp is a relatively common site of cutaneous metastasis, usually presenting as a single or multiple firm scalp nodules. Alopecia neoplastica is a well-recognized but rare presentation, and its pathogenesis is incompletely understood. Atrophy of the hair follicles due to tumor invasion of the scalp plays a role in the development of alopecia. Herein, we describe a 33-year-old woman with gastric adenocarcinoma who developed alopecia neoplastica while receiving cancer chemotherapy. Scalp biopsy revealed metastatic adenocarcinoma cells interspersed between collagen bundles and around hair follicles. Immunohistochemical analysis indicated that the tumor cells originated from the primary gastric adenocarcinoma. Therefore, she was diagnosed with alopecia neoplastica due to gastric adenocarcinoma. The findings from this report may be helpful for understanding the mechanism of alopecia neoplastica. PMID:25324657

  15. Management of maxillofacial injuries in humans due to animal bites and mauling: A report of three cases.

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    Khandelwal, Pulkit; Hajira, Neha; Dubey, Shirish

    2015-01-01

    Animal attacks and bite injuries are common occurrences as the natural habitat of animals is diminishing due to human encroachment. Individuals injured in animal attacks present with different types of injuries. Urgent and effective management of these injuries would have a significant effect on the final outcome. Rabies is a fatal disease in humans, and, till date, only those that received vaccination before the onset of illness survived this disease. The goal of the case reports presented in the article was to document the injuries suffered in animal bite injuries and add to the literature on the management with minimal complications. PMID:26776339

  16. Spontaneous common bile duct perforation due to chronic pancreatitis, presenting as a huge cystic retroperitoneal mass: a case report

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    Ya?ar, Bekir; Kebapç?, Mahmut

    2009-01-01

    Spontaneous perforation of the bile duct, is a disease in which spontaneous perforation occurs in the wall of the extrahepatic or intrahepatic duct without any traumatic or iatrogenic injury and more often described in neonates. In this report, we present a 38-year-old female patient who underwent surgery due to an intraabdominal cystic mass. The diagnosis of spontaneous rupture of the common bile duct and huge retroperitoneal biloma was made by intraoperative abdominal exploration. The biloma was drained, ruptured portion of the common bile duct was primarily repaired over a T-tube. PMID:19918569

  17. Spontaneous acute epidural hematoma developed due to skull metastasis of hepatocelluar carcinoma: A case report and review of the literature

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    KIM, YOU-SUB; MOON, KYUNG-SUB; LEE, KYUNG-HWA; JUNG, TAE-YOUNG; JANG, WOO-YOUL; KIM, IN-YOUNG; JUNG, SHIN

    2016-01-01

    Acute epidural hematoma (AEDH) is one of the most common pathological types of head trauma, and may develop without an accidental event, although this is uncommon. The present study reports the case of a 41-year-old male patient that developed spontaneous AEDH due to skull metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The man was admitted to Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital and Medical School due to drowsiness and right-sided hemiparesis. A computed tomography scan of the head revealed the presence of a large AEDH and a lytic bone lesion in the left posterior fossa and parieto-occipital region, which exhibited heterogeneous enhancement. The perioperative findings revealed a large amount of mixed-stage epidural hematoma and a soft hemorrhagic mass that exhibited lytic change on the occipital bone. No evidence of head trauma, such as skull fracture or scalp contusion, was detected. The pathological diagnosis was hematoma with metastatic HCC. The current study reports the rare case of a patient with a metastatic tumor located in the skull that resulted in the development of spontaneous AEDH. Once a sudden and unpredicted neurological deficit occurs in a patient with HCC that is also diagnosed with skull metastasis, the possibility of spontaneous AEDH developing from the metastasis should be considered. PMID:26870277

  18. Spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage in children: report of a hemophilia patient who survived due to a brain cyst

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    Colleti Junior, José; Koga, Walter; de Carvalho, Werther Brunow

    2015-01-01

    We report the case of a 2-year-old child who survived an acute episode of severe spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage with clinical and radiological signs of intracranial hypertension and transtentorial herniation. The patient underwent emergency surgery to drain the hematoma, and a catheter was inserted to monitor intracranial pressure. In the initial computed tomography analysis performed prior to hematoma drainage, a brain cyst was evident contralateral to the hematoma, which, based on the analysis by the care team, possibly helped to avoid a worse outcome because the cyst accommodated the brain after the massive hemorrhage. After the investigation, the patient was determined to have previously undiagnosed hemophilia A. The patient underwent treatment in intensive care, which included the control of intracranial pressure, factor VIII replacement and discharge without signs of neurological impairment. PMID:26761482

  19. Molecular characterization of twelve patients affected by homocystinuria due to cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency: Report of two novel mutations

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    Sebastio, G.; Sperandeo, M.P.; Panico, M.

    1994-09-01

    Cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) deficiency, an autosomal recessive disorder of sulfur amino acid metabolism (MIM 236200), causes homocystinuria and a clinical presentation involving eye, skeleton, central nervous and vascular systems. Less that 20 mutations of CBS gene have been characterized so far, G919A and T833C being the most commonly reported (36 and 9 out of 62 identified alleles, respectively). We have investigated 12 patients (10 Italians, 1 Jewish-French, 1 Italian-Spanish) and one allele of each patient has been characterized at least. T833C has been found in 7 independent alleles (6 in heterozygosity and 1 in homozygosity); G9191A, the most common mutation in Irish and North-European patients, has never been detected in the present survey. C341T (previously reported in 1 Irish-German patient only) has been found in 3 patients in heterozygosity. Besides the two new mutations previously described, i.e. G374A and C770T, we have identified two additional new missense mutations: C869T, a transition in exon 8, causing a P290L amino acid substitution, and C262T, a transition in exon 2, causing a P88S amino acid change. In 4 additional Italian patients, none of the known mutations have been detected; in one of them, a 50 bp deletion has been found in intron 11. The deletion involves the entire sequence of the second element of a tandem repeat. Conclusions: T833C is the most common panethnic mutation; C341T is relatively widespread, while G919A appears to be restricted to North-European patients. Exons 3 and 8 of the CBS gene are the hot-spots of mutational events leading to CBS deficiency.

  20. Recalls of foods and cosmetics due to microbial contamination reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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    Wong, S; Street, D; Delgado, S I; Klontz, K C

    2000-08-01

    In the U.S., food product recalls serve as an important intervention in stemming the consumption of food products contaminated with infectious disease agents. We summarize the number and nature of foods and cosmetics recalled as a result of microbial contamination reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the period 1 October 1993 through 30 September 1998. During this period, microbial contamination of food and cosmetic products was the leading cause for recalls, accounting for a total of 1,370 recalls (36% of all products recalled). Listeria monocytogenes accounted for the greatest number of food products recalled because of microbial contamination, whereas Pseudomonas aeruginosa was the most common microbe associated with recalls of cosmetic products. Dairy products, followed by seafood and pastry items, were the types of products most often associated with recalls due to microbial contamination. The FDA was the entity most often responsible for detecting microbial contamination of foods and cosmetics (33% of all such recalls), followed by state regulatory agencies (24%), and manufacturers/retailers (21%). Nineteen percent of recalls were associated with at least one reported case of illness. Salmonella was the pathogen most often implicated in reports of illness associated with these recalled products. PMID:10945589

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    Taylor, Kelley R.

    2009-01-01

    In 2007, the Supreme Court heard a case that involved the question of whether a school district could be required to reimburse parents who unilaterally placed their child in private school when the child had not previously received special education and related services in a public institution ("Board of Education v. Tom F."). The Court's 4-4…

  2. [2 fatalities due to hyperthermia in infancy. A contribution to forensic medicine case reports of death caused by heat].

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    Vock, R; Schulz, E

    1990-01-01

    Two infants aged 4 1/2 and 8 months are reported to have been exposed to overheating by an electric blanket and a heating fan in bed for a period of up to approx. 19 hours. Dehydration complicated the effects of overheating. Due to the case history in combination with the autopsy and histological findings as well as the absence of toxicological findings the following diagnosis could be established: "Death from exhaustion as a consequence of long-lasting heat effect and dehydration." The necessity of thorough investigations in causes of death during infancy is shown by means of the two cases above. If possible, the rectal temperature should already be taken by the coroner. The public should get informed about the risks caused by the use of electric cushions, heating fans as well as floorboard heating. PMID:2278505

  3. [First report of a human case of trichinellosis due to Trichinella britovi after jackal (Canis aureus) meat consumption in Algeria].

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    Nezri, M; Ruer, J; De Bruyne, A; Cohen-Valensi, R; Pozio, E; Dupouy-Camet, J

    2006-05-01

    We report a single case of trichinellosis contracted in Algeria (Batna region), in a practising Moslim. Shortly after returning to France in November 2004, the patient developed the typical clinical and biological signs of the disease. Although the patient claimed having only eaten mutton, an unusual host for Trichinella, a meticulous investigation revealed that he also had eaten a grilled leg of jackal (Canis aureus). One of the four Trichinella larvae detected in a muscular biopsy enabled us to identify the parasite as Trichinella britovi by a multiplex PCR analysis. This is the first identification of the etiological agent of sylvatic trichinellosis occurring in North Africa and the first case of symptomatic trichinellosis due to jackal meat consumption in Africa. PMID:16821437

  4. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding due to Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug-Induced Colopathy Case Report and Literature Review

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    Mokhtare, Marjan; Valizadeh, Seyed Mohammad; Emadian, Omid

    2013-01-01

    The adverse effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and small intestine are well established. The effect of such therapy on the large intestine, so called NSAID-induced colopathy, is less well described. NSAID-induced colopathy usually involves the right colon due to a higher concentration of the drug at this site, but the rectum may also be involved. NSAIDs possibly damage the normal large intestine, which presents as ulceration, colitis and stricture. Even though several studies found that NSAIDs can cause diverticular bleeding and perforation, flare-up of inflammatory bowel disease ,and play a role as an etiologic factor in lymphocytic colitis. Inflammatory bowel diseases , malignancy and infectious colitis must be ruled out before establishing the diagnosis of NSAID –induced colopathy. Discontinuation of the offending drug is mandatory. Here, we have reported the case of a 43-year-old female, NSAID user due to low back pain, who was admitted to the hospital with painless hematochezia. PMID:24829679

  5. Large hemorrhage due to venipuncture in the elbow of a patient with severe hemophilia: A case report and literature review

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    LYU, JINGTONG; WU, WENJIE; XIANG, ZHOU; HUANG, FUGUO

    2016-01-01

    Hemophilia A, which is the most common form of hemophilia, is caused by a deficiency of clotting factor VIII. The incidence of hemophilia A is 1:10,000 people worldwide. The most common complication associated with hemophilia A is bleeding into joints, predominantly the knees, ankles, and elbows, which may lead to destruction or osteoarthritis of the specific joint. Various degrees of disability may follow these initial or recurrent hemorrhages. Subsequent to improvements in medical management, patients with hemophilia A currently have a life expectancy similar to that of the normal population. However, the management of patients with hemophilia A remains a clinical challenge for various reasons, including the lack of reliable and cost-effective treatment, and the high risk of intra- or post-operative hemorrhages. Large hemorrhages due to the phlebotomizing of young patients are very rare. To the best of our knowledge, the present case is the first report regarding the occurrence of a large hemorrhage due to venipuncture in the elbow of a patient with hemophilia A, and discusses the pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, and the medico-chirurgical treatment of this patient. PMID:26998031

  6. Irreducible dislocation of the thumb interphalangeal joint due to displaced flexor pollicis longus tendon: case report and new reduction technique.

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    Naito, Kiyohito; Sugiyama, Yoichi; Igeta, Yuka; Kaneko, Kazuo; Obayashi, Osamu

    2014-08-01

    Dislocation of the thumb interphalangeal (IP) joint is uncommon because of the inherent stability of the joint. Cases in which reduction was blocked by the volar plate, the flexor pollicis longus (FPL) tendon, the sesamoid bone, and an osteochondral fragment have been described in the literature. This article reports a case of closed thumb IP joint dislocation caused by the displacement of the FPL tendon. A new percutaneous reduction technique for this injury will also be presented. A 63-year-old woman presented to the emergency room with an obvious thumb deformity. Radiographs confirmed dorsal dislocation of the thumb IP joint without associated fracture. Closed reduction was not successful. Percutaneous reduction was performed under locoregional anesthesia, because the dislocation was due to an FPL tendon that had displaced dorsally and radially to the proximal phalanx. After reduction, Kirschner wire fixation was not needed, but IP joint immobilization with a splint was required for 3 weeks. Postoperatively, there were no complications in soft tissues and the operative scar was almost unrecognizable. This technique enables a mini-invasive reduction by operating percutaneously on the FPL. In addition, unlike with a volar zigzag approach, it is possible to suppress the occurrence of postoperative adhesion of the flexor tendon. This new minimally invasive reduction technique is useful for irreducible dislocation of the thumb IP joint due to a displaced FPL tendon. PMID:24902518

  7. Community-acquired necrotizing pneumonia due to methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus secreting Panton-Valentine leukocidin: a review of case reports

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    2011-01-01

    Background Community-acquired necrotizing pneumonia caused by Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-secreting Staphylococcus aureus is a highly lethal infection that mainly affects healthy children and young adults. Both methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) may carry the PVL-phage, but the majority of publications relate to community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) or mixed patient groups. This study focuses on necrotizing pneumonia due to methicillin-sensitive S. aureus strains, with the purpose to determine factors associated with outcome. Methods We report a patient with PVL secreting MSSA necrotizing pneumonia and performed a systematic review of similar case in the literature. We analyzed factors associated with outcome. Results A total of 32 patient descriptions were retained for analysis. Septic shock (p = 0.007), influenza-like prodrome (p = 0.02), and the absence of a previous skin and soft-tissue infection (p = 0.024) were associated with fatal outcome. In multivariate analysis, influenza-like prodrome (odds ratio (OR), 7.44; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.24-44.76; p = 0.028) and absence of previous skin and soft-tissue infection (OR, 0.09; 95% CI, 0.01-0.86; p = 0.036) remained significant predictors of death. Conclusions Influenza-like prodrome may be predictive of adverse outcome in PVL-secreting MSSA necrotizing pneumonia. In contrast, previous skin and soft-tissue infection may be associated with improved prognosis. PMID:22192614

  8. Successful management of infertility due to retrograde ejaculation using assisted reproductive technologies: a report of two cases.

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    Zhao, Y; Garcia, J; Jarow, J P; Wallach, E E

    2004-01-01

    Although retrograde ejaculation is a relatively uncommon cause of infertility, it is nonetheless the most common cause of ejaculatory dysfunction. Retrograde ejaculation is characterized by either all or part of the seminal fluid going into the bladder. The initial management of patients with ejaculatory dysfunction is medical therapy. In couples who have failed medical therapy, assisted reproductive techniques using sperm harvested from either the urine or the male reproductive tract would be the ultimate option. We report successful management of two couples, both men with advanced age and complete retrograde ejaculation, by intrauterine insemination in one and in vitro fertilization (IVF) using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in the other using sperm harvested from urine. The cases reported herein suggest that male infertility due to retrograde ejaculation may be successfully treated in men significantly older than the usual reproductive age and that traditional methods of hydration and urine alkalinization allow for the successful recovery of fertile sperm for ART. The selection of the method of ART must be individualized to the needs of each couple based upon both male and female factors. PMID:15669603

  9. Self-Inflicted Gingival Injury Due to Habitual Fingernail Scratching: A Case Report with a 1-Year Follow Up

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    Dilsiz, Alparslan; Aydin, Tugba

    2009-01-01

    Injuries to oral soft-tissues can occur due to accidental, iatrogenic, and factitious traumas. Traumatic lesions, whether chemical, physical, or thermal in nature, are among the most common in the mouth. A type of physical injury to the gingival tissues is self-inflicted. Sometimes the lesions are termed gingivitis artefacta. Self-inflicted gingival injuries in children and adolescents can occur as a result of accidental trauma, premeditated infliction, or chronic habits such as fingernail biting, digit sucking, or sucking on objects such as pens, pencils or pacifiers. The purpose of this case report was to illustrate the destructive nature of the habit and to describe the successful treatment of this case. A 14-year-old girl with moderate pain, gingival bleeding and recession in the anterior mandibulary region was admitted to periodontology clinic. Upon questioning, the patient readily admitted traumatizing her gingiva with her fingernail. Treatment consisted of oral hygiene instruction, mechanical debridement, psychological support and surgical periodontal treatment. Postoperatively, complete root coverage, gains in clinical attachment levels, and highly significant increases in the width of keratinized gingiva were observed. This case report shows that it is possible to treat gingival injury and maintain the periodontal health of a patient with destructive habit. Patient compliance, regular dental follow-ups, and psychological support may be useful in stabilizing the periodontal condition of these patients. Dentists must be aware that self-inflicted gingival injury, although thought to be uncommon, is quite widespread. PMID:19421397

  10. Ecthyma gangrenosum in a previously healthy patient

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    Bozkurt, Ilkay; Yuksel, Esra Pancar; Sunbul, Mustafa

    2015-01-01

    Ecthyma gangrenosum is a rare skin infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It is usually seen in immunocompromised and critically ill patients. We report one such case in a previously healthy 20-year old male. Ecthyma gangrenosum can occur in healthy patients without bacteremia. PMID:26500865

  11. Economic assessment of the impact on coal production due to enforcement of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Cost report. Final report

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    1980-11-12

    The report summarizes the efforts made in the cost analysis portion of the 'Economic Assessment of the Impact on Coal Production Due to Enforcement of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977. The objective of the cost analysis portion of the study was to supplement the study's examination of the benefits of SMCRA with an analysis of the costs of SMCRA as based on industry experience and data. The analysis involved the development and field test of a methodology for constructing estimates of the costs of complying with regulations at individual surface coal mines.

  12. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia due to 17-alpha-hydoxylase/17,20-lyase Deficiency Presenting with Hypertension and Pseudohermaphroditism: First Case Report from Oman

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    Mula-Abed, Waad-Allah S.; Pambinezhuth, Fathima B.; Al-Kindi, Manal K.; Al-Busaidi, Noor B.; Al-Muslahi, Hilal N.; Al-Lamki, Mohammad A.

    2014-01-01

    This is the first report of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to combined 17?-hydroxylase/17,20 lyase deficiency in an Omani patient who was initially treated for many years as a case of hypertension. CAH is an uncommon disorder that results from a defect in steroid hormones biosynthesis in the adrenal cortex. The clinical presentation depends on the site of enzymatic mutations and the types of accumulated steroid precursors. A 22-year-old woman who was diagnosed to have hypertension since the age of 10 years who was treated with anti-hypertensive therapy was referred to the National Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Royal Hospital, Oman. The patient also had primary amenorrhea and features of sexual infantilism. Full laboratory and radio-imaging investigations were done. Adrenal steroids, pituitary function and karyotyping study were performed and the diagnosis was confirmed by molecular mutation study. Laboratory investigations revealed adrenal steroids and pituitary hormones profile in addition to 46XY karyotype that are consistent with the diagnosis of CAH due to 17?-hydroxylase deficiency. Extensive laboratory workup revealed low levels of serum cortisol (and its precursors 17?-hydroxyprogesterone and 11-deoxycortisol), adrenal androgens (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and androstenedione), and estrogen (estradiol); and high levels of mineralocorticoids precursors (11-deoxycorticosterone and corticosterone) with high levels of ACTH, FSH and LH. Mutation analysis revealed CYP17A1-homozygous mutation (c.287G>A p.Arg96Gln) resulting in the complete absence of 17?-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase activity. The patient was treated with dexamethasone and ethinyl estradiol with cessation of anti-hypertensive therapy. A review of the literature was conducted to identify previous studies related to this subtype of CAH. This is the first biochemically and genetically proven case of CAH due to 17?-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency in Oman and in the Arab World described in the literature. PMID:24498484

  13. Case report: failure under azithromycin treatment in a case of bacteremia due to Salmonella enterica Paratyphi A

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    2014-01-01

    Background Limited information is available regarding the clinical efficacy of azithromycin for the treatment of enteric fever due to fluoroquinolone-resistant Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi among travelers returning to their home countries. Case presentation We report a case of a 52-year-old Japanese man who returned from India, who developed a fever of 39°C with no accompanying symptoms 10 days after returning to Japan from a 1-month business trip to Delhi, India. His blood culture results were positive for Salmonella Paratyphi A. He was treated with 14 days of ceftriaxone, after which he remained afebrile for 18 days before his body temperature again rose to 39°C with no apparent symptoms. He was then empirically given 500 mg of azithromycin, but experienced clinical and microbiological failure of azithromycin treatment for enteric fever due to Salmonella Paratyphi A. However, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of azithromycin was not elevated (8 mg/L). He was again given ceftriaxone for 14 days with no signs of recurrence during the follow-up. Conclusion There are limited data available for the treatment of enteric fever using azithromycin in travelers from developed countries who are not immune to the disease, and thus, careful follow-up is necessary. In our case, the low azithromycin dose might have contributed the treatment failure. Additional clinical data are needed to determine the rate of success, MIC, and contributing factors for success and/or failure of azithromycin treatment for both Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi infections. PMID:25041573

  14. Parametric study of the potential for BWR ECCS strainer blockage due to LOCA generated debris. Final report

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    Zigler, G.; Brideau, J.; Rao, D.V.; Shaffer, C.; Souto, F.; Thomas, W.

    1995-10-01

    This report documents a plant-specific study for a BWR/4 with a Mark I containment that evaluated the potential for LOCA generated debris and the probability of losing long term recirculation capability due ECCS pump suction strainer blockage. The major elements of this study were: (1) acquisition of detailed piping layouts and installed insulation details for a reference BWR; (2) analysis of plant specific piping weld failure probabilities to estimate the LOCA frequency; (3) development of an insulation and other debris generation and drywell transport models for the reference BWR; (4) modeling of debris transport in the suppression pool; (5) development of strainer blockage head loss models for estimating loss of NPSH margin; (6) estimation of core damage frequency attributable to loss of ECCS recirculation capability following a LOCA. Elements 2 through 5 were combined into a computer code, BLOCKAGE 2.3. A point estimate of overall DEGB pipe break frequency (per Rx-year) of 1.59E-04 was calculated for the reference plant, with a corresponding overall ECCS loss of NPSH frequency (per Rx-year) of 1.58E-04. The calculated point estimate of core damage frequency (per Rx-year) due to blockage related accident sequences for the reference BWR ranged from 4.2E-06 to 2.5E-05. The results of this study show that unacceptable strainer blockage and loss of NPSH margin can occur within the first few minutes after ECCS pumps achieve maximum flows when the ECCS strainers are exposed to LOCA generated fibrous debris in the presence of particulates (sludge, paint chips, concrete dust). Generic or unconditional extrapolation of these reference plant calculated results should not be undertaken.

  15. [Complete remission of consciousness disturbances and spasticity due to a severe subarachnoid hemorrhage after intrathecal baclofen therapy: a case report].

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    Asahi, Takashi; Kashiwazaki, Daina; Koh, Masaki; Matsumura, Nobuhisa; Kuroda, Satoshi

    2015-03-01

    Typically, intrathecal baclofen therapy(ITB)for spasticity is continuously required because the spasticity can recur if the ITB is stopped. Thus, an infusion pump for the ITB is permanently implanted. Some sporadic cases exhibiting remarkable improvements in their spasticity and consciousness disturbances have been reported after implanting the ITB pump. We experienced a rare case involving removal of the ITB pump after the spasticity resolved and the consciousness disturbances markedly improved. A 15-year-old girl developed a subarachnoid hemorrhage due to rupture of an aneurysm in the right anterior cerebral artery. Her initial Glasgow Coma Scale score was 4(E1V1M2). Trapping of the aneurysm and decompression craniotomy were performed. Subsequently, she underwent a tracheotomy, and a percutaneous gastrostomy(PEG)tube was implanted because of persistent consciousness disturbances. Cranioplasty and lumbar-peritoneal shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus were performed after 1 month. An ITB pump was implanted to improve the spasticity observed mainly in the lower extremities 61 days after hemorrhage onset. Right hemiparesis remained due to Kernohan's notch. After transfer to the rehabilitation hospital, her consciousness disturbances and spasticity remarkably improved(1.9 to 1.0 and 3.5 to 1.0 on the Ashworth scale for the upper and lower extremities, respectively). The tracheostomy and PEG tubes were removed, and the baclofen dose was gradually reduced. She was completely off baclofen after 7 months, and she was discharged with a short leg brace and a cane for walking. The baclofen pump was then removed. In this case, temporary ITB improved the spasticity and consciousness disturbances. PMID:25748812

  16. Multiple Brain Abscesses Due to Phialemonium in a Renal Transplant Recipient: First Case Report in the Literature.

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    Ayd?n, Mehtap; Özçelik, Ümit; Çevik, Halime; Ç?nar, Özlem; Evren, Ebru; Demira?, Alp

    2015-11-01

    Fungal brain abscesses are a rare but serious complication in transplant recipients. Phialemonium organisms are rare causes of invasive mold infections. Here, we present the first case of a renal transplant recipient with multiple brain abscesses caused by Phialemonium infection A. A 51-year-old female kidney transplant recipient was admitted with pneumonia of an unknown cause and treated with empiric intravenous antibiotics. Her treatment was uneventful, and she was discharged 1010 days later. After 5 days, she was readmitted with fever, cerebral palsy, and speech disorder. The patient had undergone living-donor renal transplant 7 months earlier. A cranial computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were performed for a possible cerebrovascular pathology. The magnetic resonance imaging scan showed multiple brain abscesses located at the left parietal, frontal and occipital lobes; right parietal and occipital lobes; right basal ganglia; and left cerebellum. The patient received meropenem, linezolid, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, and AmBisome for probable pathogenic infection, and immunosuppressive agents dosage was reduced increasingly immunosuppressed. We identified Phialemonium in cerebrospinal fluid culture. The patient received voriconazole 200 mg twice daily. Lesions could not be drained due to lack of capsula formation. The patient died on the 30th day of antifungal therapy. Phialemonium organisms, although a rare cause of fungal infections, are associated with a high mortality rate in immunocompromised patients. To our knowledge, this is the first case report in the literature describing multiple brain abscesses due to Phialemonium in a transplant recipient. Clinicians recipient should be alert about these rare opportunistic fungi in the differential diagnosis of brain abscess, and bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage are recommended for transplant patients when they are admitted with pneumonia exclude fungal infections. PMID:26640919

  17. Mood disorder with mixed, psychotic features due to vitamin b12 deficiency in an adolescent: case report.

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    Tufan, Ali Evren; Bilici, Rabia; Usta, Genco; Erdoğan, Ayten

    2012-01-01

    Vitamin B12 is one of the essential vitamins affecting various systems of the body. Reports of psychiatric disorders due to its deficiency mostly focus on middle aged and elderly patients. Here we report a case of vitamin B 12 deficiency in a 16-year old, male adolescent who presented with mixed mood disorder symptoms with psychotic features. Chief complaints were "irritability, regressive behavior, apathy, crying and truancy" which lasted for a year. Premorbid personality was unremarkable with no substance use/exposure or infections. No stressors were present. The patient was not vegetarian. Past medical history and family history was normal. Neurological examination revealed glossitis, ataxia, rigidity in both shoulders, cog-wheel rigidity in the left elbow, bilateral problems of coordination in cerebellar examination, reduced swinging of the arms and masked face. Romberg's sign was present. Laboratory evaluations were normal. Endoscopy and biopsy revealed atrophy of the gastric mucosa with Helicobacter Pylori colonization. Schilling test was suggestive of malabsorbtion. He was diagnosed with Mood disorder with Mixed, Psychotic Features due to Vitamin B12 Deficiency and risperidone 0.5 mg/day and intramuscular vitamin B12 500 mcg/day were started along with referral for treatment of Helicobacter pylori. A visit on the second week revealed no psychotic features. Romberg's sign was negative and cerebellar tests were normal. Extrapyramidal symptoms were reduced while Vitamin B12 levels were elevated. Risperidone was stopped and parenteral Vitamin B12 treatment was continued with monthly injections for 3 months. Follow-up endoscopy and biopsy at the first month demonstrated eradication of H. pylori. He was followed monthly for another 6 months and psychiatric symptoms did not recur at the time of last evaluation. Despite limitations, this case may underline the observation that mood disorders with psychotic features especially with accompanying extrapyramidal symptoms lacking a clear etiology may be rare manifestation of vitamin B12 and/or folate deficiency in children and adolescents and be potentially amenable to treatment. PMID:22726236

  18. Streptokinase morbidity--more common than previously recognised.

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    Siebert, W J; Ayres, R W; Bulling, M T; Thomas, C M; Minson, R B; Aylward, P E

    1992-04-01

    Streptokinase is the thrombolytic agent most commonly used for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. We report eight patients who developed late uncommon adverse reactions to streptokinase probably due to immune complex disease. The clinical manifestations included vasculitic rashes, abnormal renal and liver function tests and a syndrome resembling adult respiratory distress syndrome. Major adverse events with streptokinase such as stroke, bleeding and other allergic reactions, have been previously documented but the morbidity related to delayed reactions has not been widely recognised. These reactions produced significant morbidity resulting in prolonged hospital stay and may need to be considered in the decision to use streptokinase. PMID:1388352

  19. Effective Use of Sertraline for Pathological Laughing after Severe Vasospasm Due to Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Case Report

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    TAKEUCHI, Hayato; IWAMOTO, Kazuhide; MUKAI, Mao; FUJITA, Tomoaki; TSUJINO, Hitoshi; IWAMOTO, Yoshihiro

    2014-01-01

    Pathological laughing, one subgroup of psuedobulbar affect, is known as laughter inappropriate to the patient's external circumstances and unrelated to the patient's internal emotional state. The authors present the case of a 76-year-old woman with no significant medical history who experienced pathological laughing after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to rupture of an aneurysm, which was successfully treated with craniotomy for aneurysm clipping. In the acute stage after the operation she suffered from severe vasospasm and resulting middle cerebral artery territory infarction and conscious disturbance. As she regained consciousness she was afflicted by pathological laughing 6 months after the onset of SAH. Her involuntary laughter was inappropriate to the situation and was incongruent with the emotional state, and she could not control by herself. Finally the diagnosis of pathological laughing was made and treatment with sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), effectively cured the symptoms. Her pathological laughing was estimated to be consequence of infarction in the right prefrontal cortex and/or corona radiata, resulting from vasospasm. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of pathological laughing after aneurysmal SAH. The authors offer insight into the pathophysiology of this rare phenomenon. Effectiveness of sertraline would widen the treatment modality against pathological laughing. PMID:24201096

  20. Reported foodborne outbreaks due to fresh produce in the United States and European Union: trends and causes.

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    Callejón, Raquel M; Rodríguez-Naranjo, M Isabel; Ubeda, Cristina; Hornedo-Ortega, Ruth; Garcia-Parrilla, M Carmen; Troncoso, Ana M

    2015-01-01

    The consumption of fruit and vegetables continues to rise in the United States and European Union due to healthy lifestyle recommendations. Meanwhile, the rate of foodborne illness caused by the consumption of these products remains high in both regions, representing a significant public health and financial issue. This study addresses the occurrence of reported foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh fruits and vegetables consumption in the United States and European Union during the period 2004-2012, where data are available. Special attention is paid to those pathogens responsible for these outbreaks, the mechanisms of contamination, and the fresh produce vehicles involved. Norovirus is shown to be responsible for most of the produce-related outbreaks, followed by Salmonella. Norovirus is mainly linked with the consumption of salad in the United States and of berries in the European Union, as demonstrated by the Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA). Salmonella was the leading cause of multistate produce outbreaks in the United States and was the pathogen involved in the majority of sprouts-associated outbreaks. As is reflected in the MCA, the pattern of fresh produce outbreaks differed in the United States and European Union by the type of microorganism and the food vehicle involved. PMID:25587926

  1. Reported foodborne outbreaks due to fresh produce in the United States and European Union: trends and causes.

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    Callejón RM; Rodríguez-Naranjo MI; Ubeda C; Hornedo-Ortega R; Garcia-Parrilla MC; Troncoso AM

    2015-01-01

    The consumption of fruit and vegetables continues to rise in the United States and European Union due to healthy lifestyle recommendations. Meanwhile, the rate of foodborne illness caused by the consumption of these products remains high in both regions, representing a significant public health and financial issue. This study addresses the occurrence of reported foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh fruits and vegetables consumption in the United States and European Union during the period 2004-2012, where data are available. Special attention is paid to those pathogens responsible for these outbreaks, the mechanisms of contamination, and the fresh produce vehicles involved. Norovirus is shown to be responsible for most of the produce-related outbreaks, followed by Salmonella. Norovirus is mainly linked with the consumption of salad in the United States and of berries in the European Union, as demonstrated by the Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA). Salmonella was the leading cause of multistate produce outbreaks in the United States and was the pathogen involved in the majority of sprouts-associated outbreaks. As is reflected in the MCA, the pattern of fresh produce outbreaks differed in the United States and European Union by the type of microorganism and the food vehicle involved.

  2. MENINGOENCEPHALITIS DUE TO VARICELLA ZOSTER VIRUS IN AIDS PATIENTS. REPORT OF ELEVEN CASES AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

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    CORTI, Marcelo; VILLAFAÑE, María F.; VITTAR, Natalia; BANCO, María C.; PRIARONE, Maia; MAMMANA, Lilia; GILARDI, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    Neurological complications of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) are infrequent and include various clinical pictures. The reactivation of VZV in patients with AIDS is generally associated with an acute and severe meningoencephalitis. We report the epidemiological, clinical and virological data from 11 consecutive patients with diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and central nervous system (CNS) involvement due to VZV. All patients were male and seropositive for HIV. The primary risk factor for HIV infection was unprotected sexual contact. The median of CD4 T cell count was 142 cells/µL. All of them presented signs and symptoms of meningoencephalitis. Six patients (54.5%) presented pleocytosis; they all showed high CSF protein concentrations with a median of 2.1 g/dL. Polymerase chain reaction of cerebrospinal fluid specimen was positive for VZV in all of them and they were treated with intravenous acyclovir at doses of 30/mg/kg/day for 21 days. Overall survival was 63% (7 of 11 patients). The four dead patients had low cellular counts in CSF, below the median of this parameter. VZV should be included among the opportunistic pathogens that can involve CNS with a diffuse and severe meningoencephalitis in patients with advanced HIV/AIDS disease.

  3. [Treating severe acute anemia due to vaginal bleeding in the Jehovah's Witness: a report of 2 cases].

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    Gredilla, E; Pérez-Ferrer, A; Canser, E; Alonso, E; Martínez Serrano, B; Gilsanz, F

    2009-12-01

    For reasons of religious belief, Jehova's Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions or the infusion of blood products. In situations in which severe, life-threatening anemia develops, patient refusal to receive a transfusion can create serious ethical and legal problems. The principle of patient autonomy, which implies the freedom to accept or reject treatment, comes into conflict with the physician's obligation to safeguard the patient's life using all means possible. We report 2 cases of severe anemia in Jehova's Witnesses. One was due to menorrhagia and the other to postpartum bleeding. The physician should be aware of alternatives to infusion of blood products and know how to cope with an unexpected critical event in these patients. The measures we took were effective in our patients. In the case of menorrhagia, hormone treatment is effective when the woman wishes to preserve the ability to conceive and avoid surgery (endometrial ablation and hysterectomy). In postpartum bleeding refractory to conservative treatment, selective embolization of bleeding vessels may make it unnecessary to resort to more aggressive treatment, such as obstetric hysterectomy. PMID:20151526

  4. Effective use of sertraline for pathological laughing after severe vasospasm due to aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: case report.

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    Takeuchi, Hayato; Iwamoto, Kazuhide; Mukai, Mao; Fujita, Tomoaki; Tsujino, Hitoshi; Iwamoto, Yoshihiro

    2014-01-01

    Pathological laughing, one subgroup of psuedobulbar affect, is known as laughter inappropriate to the patient's external circumstances and unrelated to the patient's internal emotional state. The authors present the case of a 76-year-old woman with no significant medical history who experienced pathological laughing after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to rupture of an aneurysm, which was successfully treated with craniotomy for aneurysm clipping. In the acute stage after the operation she suffered from severe vasospasm and resulting middle cerebral artery territory infarction and conscious disturbance. As she regained consciousness she was afflicted by pathological laughing 6 months after the onset of SAH. Her involuntary laughter was inappropriate to the situation and was incongruent with the emotional state, and she could not control by herself. Finally the diagnosis of pathological laughing was made and treatment with sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), effectively cured the symptoms. Her pathological laughing was estimated to be consequence of infarction in the right prefrontal cortex and/or corona radiata, resulting from vasospasm. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of pathological laughing after aneurysmal SAH. The authors offer insight into the pathophysiology of this rare phenomenon. Effectiveness of sertraline would widen the treatment modality against pathological laughing. PMID:24201096

  5. [False positive 18F-FDG PET/CT findings mimicking malignant disease in patients with pneumoconiosis (due to three case reports)].

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    Yurdakul, Ahmet Selim; Varol, Ayhan; Yeni Akten, Serpil; Öztürk, Can

    2012-01-01

    Besides the risk of developing pneumoconiosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, potential lung cancer risk may also increase due to exposure to silica and other carcinogens. Patients with hemoptysis symptom referred to our clinic depending on different forms of mass images in their thorax computerize tomography (CT) scan with the suspicion of coal-worker pneumoconiosis and lung cancer were hospitalized for investigation and treatment. The results of routine tests, sputum acid-fast bacilli and sputum cytology were evaluated as normal. PET/CT was ordered from patients for identifying malignancy. In PET/CTs of the patients, a pathological level of 18F fluorodeoxyglucose uptake was identified in different forms of mass images observed previously in thorax CTs. All the pathological specimens obtained by fiberoptic bronchoscopic biopsy and/or by mediastinoscopy were reported as benign. We aimed to present three pneumoconiosis patients with false positive PET/CT findings in the light of relevant literature. As a result, we thought that pneumoconiosis must be in mind also when considering about false positive results of PET/CT. PMID:23030755

  6. Paraneoplastic secondary hypertension due to a renin-secreting desmoplastic small round cell tumor: A case report

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    LEE, HEE-JEONG; HYUN, JIN-SOO; JANG, HOE-SOO; SUL, HYOUNG; PARK, SANG-GON

    2014-01-01

    Desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) is a rare and aggressive malignancy with a poor outcome that occurs in adolescents and young adults; <200 cases of DSRCT have been reported. Renin-producing tumors are also rare and cases of extrarenal renin-producing tumors are even rarer. The present study describes the case of a 20-year-old male that was diagnosed with DSRCT and presented with severe hypertension and hypokalemia, as well as metabolic alkalosis. The plasma renin activity (PRA) level was identified to be markedly elevated (normal range in standing and supine positions, 1.3–4.0 ng/ml/h and 0.15–2.33 ng/ml/h, respectively) and the plasma aldosterone level was also increased (normal range in standing and supine positions, 4.0–31.0 ng/dl and 1.0–1.6 ng/dl, respectively). The symptoms of the patient were consistent with the renin-secreting tumor triad, which comprises hypertension, hypokalemia and elevated PRA. Paraneoplastic syndromes must always be considered in cancer patients exhibiting unusual clinical findings, despite their rarity. The current patient was diagnosed with paraneoplastic secondary hypertension due to the presence of disseminated renin-secreting DSRCT. The patient was treated with the VAC/IE regimen (vincristine, adriamycin, cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide and etoposide) for six cycles. Following this treatment, the serum renin and aldosterone levels fell to within the normal range and the patient’s blood pressure was normalized without antihypertensive medication. Although an immunohistochemical evaluation of renin was not conducted as the sample size was inadequate, the present study demonstrated that the tumor had produced renin. The biosynthesis of renin was identified by the presence of mRNA that coded for the renin precursor, which was observed in the ascites of the patient. The current study describes, to the best of our knowledge, the first reported case of paraneoplastic secondary hypertension in a patient presenting with a renin-producing DSRCT. PMID:25289084

  7. Heroin Addicts Reporting Previous Heroin Overdoses Also Report Suicide Attempts

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    Bradvik, Louise; Frank, Arne; Hulenvik, Per; Medvedeo, Alvaro; Berglund, Mats

    2007-01-01

    Nonfatal heroin overdoses and suicide attempts are both common among heroin addicts, but there is limited knowledge about the association between them. The sample in the present study consisted of 149 regular heroin users in Malmo, Sweden. Out of these 98 had taken an unintentional heroin overdose at some time and 51 had made at least one attempt…

  8. Heroin Addicts Reporting Previous Heroin Overdoses Also Report Suicide Attempts

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    Bradvik, Louise; Frank, Arne; Hulenvik, Per; Medvedeo, Alvaro; Berglund, Mats

    2007-01-01

    Nonfatal heroin overdoses and suicide attempts are both common among heroin addicts, but there is limited knowledge about the association between them. The sample in the present study consisted of 149 regular heroin users in Malmo, Sweden. Out of these 98 had taken an unintentional heroin overdose at some time and 51 had made at least one attempt…

  9. Successful treatment of fetal hemolytic disease due to glucose phosphate isomerase deficiency (GPI) using repeated intrauterine transfusions: a case report

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    Adama van Scheltema, Phebe N; Zhang, Ai; Ball, Lynne M; Steggerda, Sylke J; van Wijk, Richard; Fransen van de Putte, Dietje E; van Kamp, Inge L

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message Hemolytic anemia due to GPI deficiency can be severe and life threatening during fetal life. When parents decline invasive testing, ultrasound monitoring of fetuses at risk is feasible. Intrauterine transfusion can be effective for the treatment of severe fetal anemia due to GPI deficiency. PMID:26509025

  10. TESTING AND ANALYSIS OF CAP CONCRETE STRESS AND STRAIN DUE TO SHRINKAGE, CREEP, AND EXPANSION FINAL REPORT

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    Guerrero, H.; Restivo, M.

    2011-08-01

    In-situ decommissioning of Reactors P- and R- at the Savannah River Site will require filling the reactor vessels with a special concrete based on materials such as magnesium phosphate, calcium aluminate or silica fume. Then the reactor vessels will be overlain with an 8 ft. thick layer of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) steel reinforced concrete, called the 'Cap Concrete'. The integrity of this protective layer must be assured to last for a sufficiently long period of time to avoid ingress of water into the reactor vessel and possible movement of radioactive contamination into the environment. During drying of this Cap Concrete however, shrinkage strains are set up in the concrete as a result of diffusion and evaporation of water from the top surface. This shrinkage varies with depth in the poured slab due to a non-uniform moisture distribution. This differential shrinkage results in restraint of the upper layers with larger shrinkage by lower layers with lesser displacements. Tensile stresses can develop at the surface from the strain gradients in the bulk slab, which can lead to surface cracking. Further, a mechanism called creep occurs during the curing period or early age produces strains under the action of restraining forces. To investigate the potential for surface cracking, an experimental and analytical program was started under TTQAP SRNL-RP-2009-01184. Slab sections made of Cap Concrete mixture were instrumented with embedded strain gages and relative humidity sensors and tested under controlled environmental conditions of 23 C and relative humidities (RH) of 40% and 80% over a period of 50 days. Calculation methods were also developed for predictions of stress development in the full-scale concrete placement over the reactor vessels. These methods were evaluated by simulating conditions for the test specimens and the calculation results compared to the experimental data. A closely similar test with strain gages was performed by Kim and Lee for a concrete mixture that did not employ humidity sensors and the admixtures used in this program. Yuan and Wan tried to predict the shrinkage strains and stresses in the Kim and Lee experiment, but did not include a creep analysis. Grasley and Lange conducted full restraint load tests on a concrete prism instrumented with humidity sensors over a 7 day curing period. The hypothetical case of full-scale placement of the Cap Concrete was also analyzed using the developed analytical methods. The calculation performed in this report is for scoping purposes only.

  11. Lessons learned from previous dengue outbreaks

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    Wiwanitkit, Viroj

    2014-01-01

    Dengue is an important tropical infection caused by an arbovirus dengue. As a mosquito borne infection, this disease is widely spread in several tropical endemic countries. Millions of world populations are at risk for this arboviral infection. Each year, thousands of dengue infections are reported and there are several death cases. Each year, the outbreaks of dengue emerge in several countries and this implies the global importance of this infection. Fighting with dengue outbreak is important in public health. In this specific chapter, the author discussed lessons learned from previous dengue outbreaks.

  12. Life-Threatening Hypercalcemia due to Graves' Disease and Concomitant Adrenal Failure: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Ozkaya, Hande Mefkure; Keskin, Fatma Ela; Haliloglu, Ozlem Asmaz; Senel, Tugba Elif; Kadioglu, Pinar

    2015-01-01

    A 47-year-old woman presented with the complaints of nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. She had a history of bilateral surrenalectomy due to Cushing's syndrome. On examination she had tachycardia and orthostatic hypotension. Laboratory examinations revealed hypercalcemia and suppressed parathyroid hormone levels. She also had thyrotoxicosis due to Graves' disease. The investigations to rule out a malignancy were negative. With steroid, zoledronic acid, and antithyroid drug treatment her symptoms were resolved and calcium level was normalized. This case highlights the importance of recognizing thyrotoxicosis and concomitant adrenal failure as a possible cause of severe hypercalcemia. PMID:25878906

  13. Word Frequency Effects in Naming for Experienced and Previously Experienced Adult Readers of Persian.

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    Baluch, Bahman

    1996-01-01

    Reports that in a word naming experiment, experienced readers of Persian named high frequency transparent Persian words significantly faster than matched low frequency words. Finds no such effects for adults who had, for 10 years, little experience in reading Persian due to emigration to the West; overall, previously experienced adults named words…

  14. Patients with spinal cord damage due to uncertain/unknown etiology: the CP phenomenon (confusion and perplexity). Case reports.

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    Shemesh, F; Livshitz, A; Goldin, D; Heruti, R; Ohry, A

    2014-01-01

    Usually, most of the clients who are referred to departments of rehabilitation medicine, bear firm and sound diagnoses. We describe herewith 10 patients who developed spinal cord pathologies due to unknown or uncertain etiologies. We would like to share our thoughts with the readers. PMID:25041886

  15. Ectopic pregnancy in previous Caesarean section scar.

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    Hong, S C; Lau, M S K; Yam, P K L

    2011-06-01

    We report two cases of Caesarean scar pregnancies that were managed surgically. The first case was a 33-year-old woman who presented at 21 weeks of gestation with lower abdominal pain. An exploratory laparotomy was performed as she was hypotensive and had a drastic drop in haemoglobin level. Intraoperatively, a ruptured scar ectopic pregnancy with placenta percreta was found. A hysterectomy was performed in view of uncontrolled haemorrhage. The second case was a 30-year-old woman who presented with irregular per vaginal spotting without abdominal pain. Ultrasonography revealed a gestational sac at a previous Caesarean scar, with interval increase in size and development of a yolk sac. On laparoscopy, the diagnosis of scar pregnancy was confirmed, and the gestational sac and surrounding myometrium were excised. Our case report shows that early diagnosis of scar pregnancy is important, as timely intervention can prevent life-threatening complications and preserve fertility. PMID:21731980

  16. Exsanguination due to gastric ulceration in a foal.

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    Traub-Dagartz, J; Bayly, W; Riggs, M; Thomas, N; Pankowski, R

    1985-02-01

    An Arabian foal with a congenital heart disease died due to hemorrhage secondary to a large gastric ulcer. Previously, death of foals with gastric ulcers has been due to diffuse peritonitis resulting from gastric ulcer perforation. The foal in this case report died due to hemorrhage secondary to a large gastric ulcer. PMID:3972690

  17. Association of a wide invasive malignant thymoma with myastenia gravis and primary hyperparathyroidism due to parathyroid adenoma: case report and review of the literature.

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    Triggiani, Vincenzo; Guastamacchia, Edoardo; Lolli, Ivan; Troccoli, Giuseppe; Resta, Francesco; Sabbà, Carlo; Ruggieri, Nadia; Tafaro, Emilio

    2006-01-01

    There are few cases described in the world literature reporting an association of thymoma (with myasthenia gravis or not) with hyperparathyroidism. In these cases the hyperparathyroidism was due to the presence of an adenoma or hyperplasic parathyroid tissue either in the cervical region or in an ectopic intrathymic location.(12345) In other cases the syndrome of hypercalcemia was due to the secretion of parathyroid-related protein (PTHRP) (6) or parathyroid hormone (PTH) (7) by the thymoma itself. We report the first case, at the best of our knowledge, of a wide invasive malignant thymoma (type B3), associated with myasthenia gravis and hyperparathyroidism caused by parathyroid adenoma. PMID:16873103

  18. Carbon dioxide pneumothorax occurring during laparoscopy-assisted gastrectomy due to a congenital diaphragmatic defect: a case report

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    Park, Hye-Jin

    2016-01-01

    During laparoscopic surgery, carbon dioxide (CO2) pneumothorax can develop due to a congenital defect in the diaphragm. We present a case of a spontaneous massive left-sided pneumothorax that occurred during laparoscopy-assisted gastrectomy, because of an escape of intraperitoneal CO2 gas, under pressure, into the pleural cavity through a congenital defect in the esophageal hiatus of the left diaphragm. This was confirmed on intraoperative chest radiography and laparoscopic inspection. This CO2 pneumothorax caused tolerable hemodynamic and respiratory consequences, and was rapidly reversible after release of the pneumoperitoneum. Thus, a conservative approach was adopted, and the remainder of the surgery was completed, laparoscopically. Due to the high solubility of CO2 gas and the extra-pulmonary mechanism, CO2 pneumothorax with otherwise hemodynamically stable conditions can be managed by conservative modalities, avoiding unnecessary chest tube insertion or conversion to an open procedure. PMID:26885310

  19. (Reduce uncertainty in projection of future sea-level change due to ice wastage): Progress report, August 1988--April 1989

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    Meier, M.

    1989-04-01

    Since the conclusion of our 1988 field work activities, we have been occupied with organizing field data and redesigning our numerical model. Publications are in preparation describing last summer's field experiments and the basis for our new numerical model; one manuscript presenting current model results has been submitted to Water Resources Research. We are also planning an experimental program to accompany our field work. The accomplished goals of these activities are outlined below. A brief report on field studies at Agassiz Ice Cap, Ellesmere Island, Canada, in May, 1988, and on the Greenland Ice Sheet in August, 1988, was submitted to DOE in September, 1988, and is enclosed as Attachment A. Observational data from Agassiz Ice Cap were organized into an in-house data report last year. Additional information has been reduced from field notes and is being incorporated into the data report. The new information includes extra density profiles and macrophotographs of snow grains. A public data report is in preparation and will be available this summer through World Data Center A. A condensed data report may also be submitted for publication this summer.

  20. Cervical myelopathy due to chronic overshunting in a pediatric patient: case report and review of the literature.

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    Ulrich, Nils Harry-Bert; Maier, Matthias; Bernays, Rene-Ludwig; Krayenbuhl, Niklaus; Kollias, Spyros

    2013-01-01

    We present a rare cause of cervical myelopathy produced by an engorged suboccipital epidural venous plexus due to chronic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) overdrainage. A 17-year-old boy with obstructive hydrocephalus due to a retrocerebellar cyst and secondary implantation of a ventricloperitoneal shunt (VP-shunt) presented with progressive spastic tetraparesis. MRI imaging revealed myelopathy due to significant compression of the cervical spinal cord by engorged epidural veins. Further assessment at a low-pressure setting revealed a broken shunt valve. The VP-shunt valve was changed with an additional anti-siphon device leading to a gradual increase of the intracranial pressure (ICP). After intensive physiotherapy, the patient showed slight clinical improvement. Follow-up imaging within nine days showed distinct regression of the dilated venous plexus at the cranial-cervical junction (CCJ) with the resolution of cord compression. Engorgement of the epidural venous plexus should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of myelopathy in long-term shunt patients even when classical clinical and radiological signs of overshunting are missing. PMID:23756987

  1. Hair loss due to lichen planopilaris after hair transplantation: a report of two cases and a literature review.

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    Crisóstomo, Márcio Rocha; Crisóstomo, Manoela Campos Cavalcante; Crisóstomo, Marília Gabriela Rocha; Gondim, Victor José Timbó; Crisóstomo, Mara Rocha; Benevides, André Nunes

    2011-01-01

    Androgenetic alopecia is often treated by follicular unit transplantation, a technique that involves minimal risk of hair loss because of the more resistant nature of the donor area. Lichen planopilaris is a cicatricial alopecia that causes permanent destruction of hair follicles. We report two cases of post-transplantation lesions compatible with lichen planopilaris in both recipient and donor areas. The quality of the hair follicles in the donor area was apparently compromised by lichen planopilaris, the probable cause of hair loss. Similar reports are rare. When lichen planopilaris is suspected, a biopsy of the scalp must be performed to avoid transplantation during disease activity. PMID:21603824

  2. Cantharidin Poisoning due to Blister Beetle Ingestion in Children: Two case reports and a review of clinical presentations.

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    Al-Binali, Ali M; Shabana, Medhat; Al-Fifi, Suliman; Dawood, Sami; Shehri, Amer A; Al-Barki, Ahmed

    2010-08-01

    Cantharidin is an intoxicant found in beetles in the Meloidae (Coleoptera) family. Ingestion may result in haematemesis, impaired level of consciousness, electrolyte disturbance, haematurea and renal impairment. Here, we report two paediatric cases of meloid beetle ingestion resulting in cantharidin poisoning and the clinical presentation of the ensuing intoxication. PMID:21509239

  3. Chylous ascites and chylothorax due to constrictive pericarditis in a patient infected with HIV: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Chylothorax and chylous ascites are uncommon and usually associated with trauma or neoplasms. To the best of our knowledge, constrictive pericarditis leading to chylothorax and chylous ascites in a person infected with HIV has never previously been described. Case presentation A 39-year-old Thai man was referred to our institute with progressive dyspnea, edema and abdominal distension. His medical history included HIV infection and pulmonary tuberculosis that was complicated by tuberculous pericarditis and cardiac tamponade. Upon further investigation, we found constrictive pericarditis, chylothorax and chylous ascites. A pericardiectomy was performed which resulted in gradual resolution of the ascites and chylous effusion. Conclusions Although constrictive pericarditis is an exceptionally rare cause of chylothorax and chylous ascites, it should nonetheless be considered in the differential diagnosis as a potentially reversible cause. PMID:22738274

  4. Survival after prolonged resuscitation with 99 defibrillations due to Torsade De Pointes cardiac electrical storm: a case report.

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    Nakstad, Anders Rostrup; Eek, Christian; Aarhus, Dag; Larsen, Anne; Haugaa, Kristina Hermann

    2010-01-01

    A 48-year-old previously healthy woman suffered witnessed cardiac arrest in hospital. She achieved return of spontaneous circulation and was transferred to the intensive care unit. During the following 3 hours, she suffered a cardiac electrical storm with 98 episodes of Torsade de Pointes ventricular tachycardia rapidly degenerating to ventricular fibrillation. She was converted with a total of 99 defibrillations. There was no response to the use of any recommended anti arrhythmic drugs. However, the use of bretylium surprisingly stabilized her heart rhythm and facilitated placing of a temporary pacemaker. Overdrive pacing prevented further arrhythmias and was life saving. A number of beneficial factors may have contributed to the good neurological outcome. Further investigations gave no explanation for her cardiac electrical storm. PMID:20137096

  5. Chronic Conjunctivitis due to Nocardia nova Complex Formation on a Silicone Stent: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Micheletti, John M; Agrawal, Megha; Matoba, Alice Y; Marx, Douglas P

    2015-01-01

    Nocardial conjunctivitis associated with silicone tubing is an extremely rare finding. The authors present a case of a 52-year-old woman with previous dacryocystorhinostomy and silicone tube placement 3 years prior who presented with OD redness and discharge for 1 week. On examination, the patient was noted to have mucoid discharge and crusting surrounding the silicone tube. The tube debris was sampled, and the culture was positive for Nocardia nova complex sensitive to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and amikacin. Silicone tube colonization and N. nova complex conjunctivitis are both rare but should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with indwelling silicone tubes presenting with chronic conjunctivitis resistant to fluoroquinolones and tobramycin. PMID:24892274

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    ... return to report taxes due under section 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. 53... 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. (a) In general. A “disqualified person” for purposes of section 4951(e)(4) who engaged in self-dealing with a Nuclear Decommissioning Fund, and...

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    ... return to report taxes due under section 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. 53... 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. (a) In general. A “disqualified person” for purposes of section 4951(e)(4) who engaged in self-dealing with a Nuclear Decommissioning Fund, and...

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    2013-04-01

    ... return to report taxes due under section 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. 53... 4951 for self-dealing with a nuclear decommissioning fund. (a) In general. A “disqualified person” for purposes of section 4951(e)(4) who engaged in self-dealing with a Nuclear Decommissioning Fund, and...

  11. Multidisciplinary treatment of patients after a surgery due to cancers in the facial area: a clinical reports.

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    Rolski, D; Dolegacz, A; Górska, R; Mierzwi?ska-Nastalska, E

    2006-01-01

    Prosthetic rehabilitation of patients after surgical removal of carcinoma in the facial skeleton is one of the most difficult problems in therapy of the stomatognathic system, due to increasing incidence of head and neck carcinoma. Significant deformations of tissues, development of dysfunctions of the stomatognathic system with concurrent biological unbalance of the oral cavity enviroment are frequently a consequence of the treatment. Cicatricial scars, contraction of the oral crevice and limitation of mobility of the tongue are noted in numerous cases. Deformations of the facial area of the skull and of structures of the temporo-mandibular joint are also the reasons of occlusion and articulation disturbances. Two cases of surgery due to carcinoma in the facial skeleton that have required combined and stepwise multispecialistic treatment performed at Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Department of Periodontology and Oral Disease, Dental Institute, Medical University of Warsaw are presented. The therapy has involved treatment of periodontitis and applying appropriate construction of prostheses that would relieve periodontium and splinting teeth. PMID:17458086

  12. Fulminant amebic meningoencephalitis due to Acanthamoeba.

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    Grunnet, M L; Cannon, G H; Kushner, J P

    1981-02-01

    A 57-year-old chronically immunosuppressed woman with systemic lupus erythematosus developed fulminant meningoencephalitis due to Acanthamoeba castellanii. Amebic trophozoites were also found in the lungs, suggesting a primary pulmonary focus of infection. This case illustrates that Acanthamoeba can cause a fulminant, rapidly fatal meningoencephalitis, as well as the previously reported chronic granulomatous meningoencephalitis. X PMID:7193300

  13. BIOPSY PROVEN ACUTE TUBULAR NECROSIS DUE TO RHABDOMYOLYSIS IN A DENGUE FEVER PATIENT: A CASE REPORT AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE

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    Repizo, Liliany P.; Malheiros, Denise M.; Yu, Luis; Barros, Rui T.; Burdmann, Emmanuel A.

    2014-01-01

    Renal histology results are very scarce in dengue-associated rhabdomyolysis patients developing acute kidney injury (AKI). We report a case of dengue fever-induced AKI associated to rhabdomyolysis with a renal biopsy showing acute tubular necrosis (ATN) and renal deposition of myoglobin. A 28-year-old patient who presented dengue fever (DF) complicated by severe AKI and rhabdomyolysis is described. The patient required hemodialysis for three weeks. A renal biopsy revealed ATN with positive staining for myoglobin in the renal tubuli. The patient was discharged with recovered renal function. In conclusion, this case report described a biopsy proven ATN associated to DF-induced rhabdomyolysis, in which renal deposition of myoglobin was demonstrated. We suggest that serum creatine phosphokinase should be monitored in DF patients to allow for an early diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis and the institution of renal protective measures. PMID:24553615

  14. Atlantoaxial Subluxation due to an Os Odontoideum in an Achondroplastic Adult: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

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    Rahimizadeh, Abolfazl; Soufiani, Housain F.; Hassani, Valiolah; Rahimizadeh, Ava

    2015-01-01

    The authors report the first example of an adult achondroplastic dwarf with progressive quadriparesis secondary to atlantoaxial subluxation as a consequence of an os odontoideum. Actually, craniocervical region is a frequent site of compression and myelopathy in achondroplasia particularly in children as a result of small foramen magnum and hypertrophied opisthion. Moreover, very rarely in achondroplastic patients, coexistence of atlantoaxial instability as the sequel of os odontoideum can result in further compression of the already compromised cervicomedullary neural tissues, the scenario that has been reported only in five achondroplastic children. Herein, a 39-year-old achondroplastic male suffering such an extremely rare combination is presented. With C1-C2 screw rod instrumentation, atlas arch laminectomy, limited suboccipital craniectomy, and release of dural fibrous bands, reduction, decompression, and stabilization could be achieved properly resulting in steady but progressive recovery. PMID:26693369

  15. Fanconi anemia-D1 due to homozygosity for the BRCA2 gene Cypriot founder mutation: A case report

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    LOIZIDOU, MARIA A.; HADJISAVVAS, ANDREAS; TANTELES, GEORGE A.; SPANOU-ARISTIDOU, ELENA; KYRIACOU, KYRIACOS; CHRISTOPHIDOU-ANASTASIADOU, VIOLETTA

    2016-01-01

    Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare disorder characterized by multiple congenital malformations, progressive bone marrow failure and susceptibility to malignancies. Biallelic mutations in the breast cancer 2, early onset (BRCA2) gene are responsible for the FA-D1 subgroup, which accounts for ~3% of all the FA cases. Patients with biallelic BRCA2 mutations generally display a more severe phenotype, with earlier onset and increased incidence of leukaemia and other solid tumors, than other patients with FA. In the present report, the first Cypriot patient with FA-D1 is described, which is the fifth case of a homozygote for the same null allele reported thus far, and the third known case of neuroblastoma in association with FA-D1. PMID:26834852

  16. Invasive pulmonary mycosis due to Chaetomium globosum with false-positive galactomannan test: a case report and literature review.

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    Capoor, Malini R; Agarwal, Poojan; Goel, Manoj; Jain, Sarika; Shivaprakash, Mandya Rudramurthy; Honnavar, Prasanna; Gupta, Sunita; Chakrabarti, Arunaloke

    2016-03-01

    In this case, the authors report Chaetomium globosum as a cause of invasive pulmonary infection in a patient with Wegener's granulomatosis. Fungal hyphae (KOH and Calcofluor) were seen on direct microscopy of lung biopsy sample and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) sample. C. globosum isolated on culture clinched the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary infection by Chaetomium spp. A positive galactomannan of serum and BAL was repeatedly seen and was utilised for follow-up and as prognostic marker in patient management. The patient was successfully treated with liposomal amphotericin B followed by voriconazole. All the Chaetomium infections reported till date since 1980 are reviewed. Chaetomium spp. with its unique ecology has a hidden clinical potential to cause invasive mould infections. PMID:26691935

  17. Mononeuritis multiplex due to thrombotic ischemia of primary antiphospholipid antibody syndrome without vasculitis: an autopsy case report.

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    Takahashi, Masatoshi; Katada, Fumiaki; Sato, Susumu; Shibayama, Hidehiro; Fukutake, Toshio; Murayama, Shigeo

    2015-12-23

    The patient was a 78-year-old man. Three years before admission, he developed transient peripheral neuropathy and purpura, and at admission, he presented with livedo reticularis of both his lower extremities and with mononeuritis multiplex. Vasculitis was not observed, and antiphospholipid antibodies were detected. The nerve and skin biopsies revealed no inflammation; axonal degeneration accompanied by thrombi was found in his arterioles and venules. Based on these findings, he was diagnosed with ischemic peripheral neuropathy due to primary antiphospholipid syndrome. Administration of anticoagulant therapy resulted in an improvement in symptoms; however, two months later, a relapse occurred, and the patient contracted an infection while undergoing immunosuppressive therapy. The infection became fulminant, and the patient succumbed to multiple organ failure. The autopsy revealed a systemic arterial and venous embolism; however, no vasculitis was observed. Antiphospholipid syndrome, which is responsive to antithrombotic treatment, should be considered as a differential diagnosis of mononeuritis multiplex. PMID:26511022

  18. Small bowel perforation due to a migrated esophageal stent: Report of a rare case and review of the literature

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    Karagul, Servet; Yagci, Mehmet Ali; Ara, Cengiz; Tardu, Ali; Ertugrul, Ismail; Kirmizi, Serdar; Sumer, Fatih

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Endoscopic esophageal stent placement is used to treat benign strictures, esophageal perforations, fistulas and for palliative therapy of esophageal cancer. Although stent placement is safe and effective method, complications are increasing the morbidity and mortality rate. We aimed to present a patient with small bowel perforation as a consequence of migrated esophageal stent. Presentation of case A 77-years-old woman was admitted with complaints of abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and vomiting for two days. Her past medical history included a pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic tumor 11 years ago, a partial esophagectomy for distal esophageal cancer 6 months ago and an esophageal stent placement for esophageal anastomotic stricture 2 months ago. On abdominal examination, there was generalized tenderness with rebound. Computed tomography showed the stent had migrated. Laparotomy revealed a perforation localized in the ileum due to the migrated esophageal stent. About 5 cm perforated part of gut resected and anastomosis was done. The patient was exitus fifty-five days after operation due to sepsis. Discussion Small bowel perforation is a rare but serious complication of esophageal stent migration. Resection of the esophagogastric junction facilitates the migration of the stent. The lumen of stent is often allow to the passage in the gut, so it is troublesome to find out the dislocation in an early period to avoid undesired results. In our case, resection of the esophagogastric junction was facilitated the migration of the stent and late onset of the symptoms delayed the diagnosis. Conclusion Patients with esophageal stent have to follow up frequently to preclude delayed complications. Additional technical procedures are needed for the prevention of stent migration. PMID:25967554

  19. Cardiovascular dysfunction due to sympathetic hypoactivity after complete cervical spinal cord injury: a case report and literature review.

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    Oh, Young-Min; Eun, Jong-Pil

    2015-03-01

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most devastating of all traumatic events; it may cause permanent dysfunction in several organ systems and lead to motor and sensory impairment. Cardiovascular dysfunction has been recognized to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the acute and chronic stages following SCI. Although cardiovascular dysfunction causes the deaths of many SCI patients, most clinicians are unfamiliar with the phenomenon. The purpose of reporting our case is to remind clinicians to consider the possibility of cardiovascular dysfunction in patients with complete SCI. The patient signed informed consent for publication of this case report and any accompanying image. The ethical approval of this study was waived by the ethics committee of the Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea, because this study was a case report and the number of patients was <3. A 63-year-old man was transferred to our emergency room after a fall. He complained of weakness and numbness of the lower extremity. Radiologic evaluation revealed C7/T1 unilateral facet dislocation with spinal cord contusion. On neurologic examination, the patient exhibited a paraplegic state below the T4 dermatome because of complete SCI. His vital signs were stable, but respiration was shallow. We performed intraoperative manual reduction and anterior interbody fusion. On the second postoperative day, the patient experienced sudden cardiac arrest after he was shifted from a supine to a semilateral position. Upon position change, heart rate was decreased <40 beats/min and blood pressure could not be checked. We immediately started cardiac massage and administered atropine 0.5?mg and epinephrine 1?mg, and the patient was successfully resuscitated. Cardiac arrest recurred when we performed endotracheal suction or changed patient's position. Echocardiographic and Holter monitoring findings demonstrated normal heart function and sinus bradycardia, and there was no evidence of pulmonary thromboembolism. We concluded that cardiac arrest was induced by sympathetic hypoactivity following complete SCI. Two months later, this phenomenon had resolved, and 4 months after presentation, he was discharged reliant on a home ventilator. Through this report, we emphasize that a thorough understanding of cardiovascular dysfunction following SCI is important for establishing a diagnosis and optimizing clinical outcomes. PMID:25816041

  20. Are Nectarines to Blame? A Case Report and Literature Review of Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis Due to Listeria monocytogenes.

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    How, Joan; Azar, Marwan M; Meyer, Jaimie P

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a frequent and potentially deadly complication of ascites in patients with end-stage liver disease. Unlike other pathogens more commonly implicated in SBP, Listeria monocytogenes is a nonenteric organism that maybe acquired either sporadically or in the setting of foodborne outbreaks. Listeria is an unusual cause of SBP that presents particular management challenges because of the organism's intrinsic resistance to first-line and empiric SBP treatment that would otherwise include third-generation cephalosporins. We present here a case of Listeria SBP in a 68-year-old man with previously unidentified cirrhosis. His infection occurred in the context of a nationwide fruit recall for Listeria contamination, prompting an epidemiologic investigation. After describing the case, we then review the extant literature on Listeria peritonitis. To date, no case studies on Listeria SBP have systematically described risk factors for Listeria acquisition. As incidence of Listeria SBP is increasing, however, knowledge of patient risk factors, especially foodborne exposure risks, may be important in preventing future episodes of Listeria SBP, and in accurately monitoring foodborne outbreaks. PMID:25960571

  1. Are Nectarines to Blame? A Case Report and Literature Review of Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis Due to Listeria monocytogenes

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    How, Joan; Azar, Marwan M.; Meyer, Jaimie P.

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a frequent and potentially deadly complication of ascites in patients with end-stage liver disease. Unlike other pathogens more commonly implicated in SBP, Listeria monocytogenes is a nonenteric organism that may be acquired either sporadically or in the setting of foodborne outbreaks. Listeria is an unusual cause of SBP that presents particular management challenges because of the organism’s intrinsic resistance to first-line and empiric SBP treatment that would otherwise include third-generation cephalosporins. We present here a case of Listeria SBP in a 68-year-old man with previously unidentified cirrhosis. His infection occurred in the context of a nationwide fruit recall for Listeria contamination, prompting an epidemiologic investigation. After describing the case, we then review the extant literature on Listeria peritonitis. To date, no case studies on Listeria SBP have systematically described risk factors for Listeria acquisition. As incidence of Listeria SBP is increasing, however, knowledge of patient risk factors, especially foodborne exposure risks, may be important in preventing future episodes of Listeria SBP, and in accurately monitoring foodborne outbreaks. PMID:25960571

  2. Upper limb amputation due to a brachial arterial embolism associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism: a case report

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    2012-01-01

    Background Acute mesenteric ischemia due to an embolism of the superior mesenteric artery is associated with a high mortality rate. Over 20 percent of acute mesenteric embolism cases consist of multiple emboli, and the long-term prognosis depends on the incidence of subsequent embolic events at other sites. The incidence of emboli in the upper extremity associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism has rarely been described. The signs and symptoms of ischemic change in the upper limb can be masked by other circumstances, such as postoperative conditions or complications. In these cases, a late presentation or delayed diagnosis and treatment can result in limb loss. Case presentation We present a rare case of a 67-year-old Japanese woman with atrial fibrillation who developed an embolic occlusion of the brachial artery associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism. She developed gangrene in her right hand, which had progressed to the point that amputation was necessary by the time the gastrointestinal surgeon had consulted the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. The brachial arterial embolism diagnosis was delayed by the severe abdominal symptoms and shock conditions that followed the emergency enterectomy, resulting in amputation of the upper limb despite anticoagulation therapy. In this case, multiple infarctions of the spleen were also observed, indicating a shower embolism. Conclusions When treating a superior mesenteric arterial embolism in a patient with atrial fibrillation, the possibility of recurrent or multiple arterial thromboembolic events should be considered, even after the procedure is completed. PMID:22828325

  3. Skin infection due to Alternaria species in kidney allograft recipients: report of a new case and review of the literature.

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    Gallelli, Beniamina; Viviani, Marianna; Nebuloni, Manuela; Marzano, Angelo V; Pozzi, Cristina; Messa, Piergiorgio; Fogazzi, Giovanni B

    2006-01-01

    A kidney allograft recipient developed a cutaneous infection 29 months after transplantation, due to the dematiaceous fungus Alternaria infectoria on his right forearm and left leg. Since the lesions were too large to be excised, the patient was treated only with systemic itraconazole and a reduction of the immunosuppressive therapy. After 4 months, the lesions were completely healed, and no relapses were observed at follow-up of 22 months. Twenty-seven other cases of cutaneous alternariosis have been described so far in renal transplant recipients. All types of immunosuppressive treatment can be associated with Alternaria infection, for which predisposing factors are jobs with frequent contact with earth, diabetes mellitus and skin trauma. In 70% of cases the infection occurred within the first year after transplantation. More frequently the lower limbs were involved and the lesions were multiple. Alternaria alternata was the commonest causative agent, followed by Alternaria tenuissima,Alternaria infectoria and Alternaria chartarum. The treatment is far from being standardized, but the best results are obtained with the surgical excision of the lesion(s) associated with systemic antifungal therapy. Since relapses are possible, strict control of the patients over time is essential. PMID:17136699

  4. [Non-Specific Back Pain due to Superior Cluneal Nerve Entrapment Neuropathy Treated with Neurolysis:A Case Report].

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    Morimoto, Daijiro; Isu, Toyohiko; Kim, Kyongsong; Yamazaki, Kazuyoshi; Iwamoto, Naotaka; Isobe, Masanori; Morita, Akio

    2016-02-01

    A 43-year-old man with a 10-year history of low back pain(LBP)had been conservatively treated elsewhere with medications for non-specific back pain. He presented to our institute with LBP and difficulty in standing up, sitting down, and sitting for prolonged periods. His Numerical Rating Scale score, due to LBP, was 8 out of 10. He had numbness on the lateral aspect of his left thigh. A lumbar radiography and magnetic resonance imaging studies revealed mild degenerative changes and mild canal stenosis in the lumbar spine. Palpation over the left posterior superior iliac crest, 8 cm from the midline over the iliac crest, revealed severe tenderness. A superior cluneal nerve(SCN)block performed at the trigger point in both the buttocks resulted in complete pain abatement and disappearance of the radiating pain. Therefore, we diagnosed SCN entrapment neuropathy(SCNE). However, the pain reappeared a few days later and subsequent treatments failed to relieve it; therefore, we decided to perform surgery. The SCN penetrates the thoracolumbar fascia through an orifice just before crossing over the iliac crest. We opened the orifice with microscissors in a distal to rostral direction along the SCN and released the entrapped nerve. After surgery, the symptoms were relieved and the patient experienced no recurrence in the last 4 years after the treatment. SCNE should be considered as a causative factor of LBP, and its treatment using minimally invasive surgery yields excellent clinical outcome. PMID:26856270

  5. Multiple recurrent postoperative spinal infections due to an unrecognized presacral abscess following placement of bicortical sacral screws: case report.

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    Bloom, Laura; Burks, S Shelby; Levi, Allan D

    2016-03-01

    Postoperative wound infections in spinal surgery remain an important complication to diagnose and treat successfully. In most cases of deep infection, even with instrumentation, aggressive soft-tissue debridement followed by intravenous antibiotics is sufficient. This report presents a patient who underwent L3-S1 laminectomy and pedicle screw placement including bicortical sacral screws. This patient went on to develop multiple (7) recurrent infections at the operative site over a 5-year period. Continued investigation eventually revealed a large presacral abscess, which remained the source of recurrent bacterial seeding via the remaining bone tracts of the bicortical sacral screws placed during the original lumbar surgery. Two years after drainage of this presacral collection via a retroperitoneal approach, the patient remains symptom free. PMID:26613281

  6. Canine rangeliosis due to Rangelia vitalii: from first report in Brazil in 1910 to current day - a review.

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    França, Raqueli T; Da Silva, Aleksandro S; Loretti, Alexandre P; Mazzanti, Cinthia M; Lopes, Sonia T A

    2014-09-01

    Canine rangeliosis (popular names: "nambi-uvú", i.e. ``bleeding ears''; "peste de sangue", i.e. ``bleeding plague''; and "febre amarela dos cães", i.e. ``yellow fever of dogs'') is a tick-borne haemolytic and haemorrhagic disease caused by the protozoan parasite Rangelia vitalii which infects erythrocytes, leukocytes, and endothelial cells of blood capillaries. Rangelia vitalii was first reported as a novel piroplasm of dogs in 1910 in Brazil, a discovery that was met with skepticism at that time. Canine rangeliosis has been diagnosed in domestic dogs not only in Brazil but also in other South American countries (Argentina and Uruguay). Rangelia vitalii infection has also been found incidentally in Brazil in wild dogs (Cerdocyon thous, the crab-eating fox). Despite the fact that researchers in the early 1900s suggested that R. vitalii was a hitherto unidentified piroplasm that would be transmitted by the tick Amblyomma aureolatum, it was not until 2012 that these hypotheses were actually confirmed by PCR and transmission studies. Molecular studies have shown that R. vitalii is related to the Babesia sensu strictu clade, but genetically different from other morphologically similar species of Babesia that infect dogs. Another difference between Babesia spp. and R. vitalii is the ability of R. vitalii to invade endothelial cells, erythrocytes, and leukocytes. Experimental infection in dogs has successfully reproduced the clinical picture and pathology of the natural disease. In this article, epidemiology, clinical signs, laboratory findings, pathogenetic mechanisms including oxidative stress and immune response, necropsy findings, microscopic lesions, diagnosis, and treatment of canine rangeliosis are reviewed. What is currently known about this protozoal disease since its first report over a century ago is presented herein. PMID:24950853

  7. Fulminant systemic capillary leak syndrome due to C1 inhibitor deficiency complicating acute dermatomyositis: a case report

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction Dermatomyositis is a chronic inflammatory disorder characterized by muscular and dermatologic symptoms with variable internal organ involvement. This is the first report on a patient with acute dermatomyositis and fulminant systemic capillary leak syndrome. Case presentation A 69-year-old Caucasian woman with chronic dermatomyositis presented with clinical signs of severe hypovolemic shock and pronounced hemoconcentration (hematocrit, 69%). Her colloid osmotic pressure was 4.6mmHg. Following a bolus dose of prednisolone (500mg), fluid resuscitation was initiated. During volume loading, anasarca and acute respiratory distress rapidly developed. Echocardiography revealed an underfilled, hypokinetic, diastolic dysfunctional left ventricle with pericardial effusion but no signs of tamponade. Despite continued fluid resuscitation and high-dosed catecholamine therapy, the patient died from refractory shock 12 hours after intensive care unit admission. A laboratory analysis of her complement system suggested the presence of C1 inhibitor deficiency as the cause for systemic capillary leakage. The post-mortem examination revealed bilateral pleural, pericardial and peritoneal effusions as well as left ventricular hypertrophy with patchy myocardial fibrosis. Different patterns of endomysial/perimysial lymphocytic infiltrations adjacent to degenerated cardiomyocytes in her myocardium and necrotic muscle fibers in her right psoas major muscle were found in the histological examination. Conclusions This case report indicates that acute exacerbation of chronic dermatomyositis can result in a fulminant systemic capillary leak syndrome with intense hemoconcentration, hypovolemic shock and acute heart failure. In the presented patient, the cause for diffuse capillary leakage was most probably acquired angioedema, a condition that has been associated with both lymphoproliferative and autoimmunologic disorders. PMID:24467750

  8. Small Finger Snapping due to Retinacular Ligament Injury at the Level of Proximal Interphalangeal Joint: A Case Report.

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    Lee, Young-Keun; Lee, Jun-Mo; Lee, Malrey

    2015-06-01

    Pathological snapping secondary to posttraumatic subluxation of the extensor tendon at proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) of the finger is rare. Here, we want to describe a patient with snapping of the left small finger at PIPJ due to retinacular ligament injury. A 24-year-old man was admitted because of a 5-year history of a snapping sound in the left small finger. On examination, the radial side lateral band of the small finger was dislocated volarly at the level PIPJ with flexion of >50°, which was clearly felt over the skin. There was an obvious snapping sound at the time of dislocation. There was no specific radiographic abnormality. With the patient under regional anesthesia, exploration through a zigzag skin incision over the dorsum of the PIPJ revealed that the retinacular ligament complex was injured. We also found a partial tear in PIPJ capsule, through the incision of the injured retinacular ligament complex. We repaired the joint capsule and retinacular ligament complex with prolene 4-0. Postoperatively the small finger was immobilized in a below-elbow plaster splint with full extension of the fingers for 1 week, then dynamic splinting was advised for another 5 weeks and unrestricted full active motion was allowed at the 6th week. At the 6-month follow-up, the patient had regained full range of motion with no discomfort, and there was no sign of recurrence. We stress that when there is snapping over the dorsum of the PIPJ of the finger, the clinician should suspect rupture of the retinacular ligaments, especially in minor trauma patients. Primary repair of retinacular ligaments and dynamic splinting provided satisfactory results without recurrence in our patient. PMID:26091481

  9. Accidental injury of the inferior alveolar nerve due to the extrusion of calcium hydroxide in endodontic treatment: a case report.

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    Shin, Yooseok; Roh, Byoung-Duck; Kim, Yemi; Kim, Taehyeon; Kim, Hyungjun

    2016-02-01

    During clinical endodontic treatment, we often find radiopaque filling material beyond the root apex. Accidental extrusion of calcium hydroxide could cause the injury of inferior alveolar nerve, such as paresthesia or continuous inflammatory response. This case report presents the extrusion of calcium hydroxide and treatment procedures including surgical intervention. A 48 yr old female patient experienced Calcipex II extrusion in to the inferior alveolar canal on left mandibular area during endodontic treatment. After completion of endodontic treatment on left mandibular first molar, surgical intervention was planned under general anesthesia. After cortical bone osteotomy and debridement, neuroma resection and neurorrhaphy was performed, and prognosis was observed. But no improvement in sensory nerve was seen following surgical intervention after 20 mon. A clinician should be aware of extrusion of intracanal medicaments and the possibility of damage on inferior alveolar canal. Injectable type of calcium hydroxide should be applied with care for preventing nerve injury. The alternative delivery method such as lentulo spiral was suggested on the posterior mandibular molar. PMID:26877992

  10. Accidental injury of the inferior alveolar nerve due to the extrusion of calcium hydroxide in endodontic treatment: a case report

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    2016-01-01

    During clinical endodontic treatment, we often find radiopaque filling material beyond the root apex. Accidental extrusion of calcium hydroxide could cause the injury of inferior alveolar nerve, such as paresthesia or continuous inflammatory response. This case report presents the extrusion of calcium hydroxide and treatment procedures including surgical intervention. A 48 yr old female patient experienced Calcipex II extrusion in to the inferior alveolar canal on left mandibular area during endodontic treatment. After completion of endodontic treatment on left mandibular first molar, surgical intervention was planned under general anesthesia. After cortical bone osteotomy and debridement, neuroma resection and neurorrhaphy was performed, and prognosis was observed. But no improvement in sensory nerve was seen following surgical intervention after 20 mon. A clinician should be aware of extrusion of intracanal medicaments and the possibility of damage on inferior alveolar canal. Injectable type of calcium hydroxide should be applied with care for preventing nerve injury. The alternative delivery method such as lentulo spiral was suggested on the posterior mandibular molar. PMID:26877992

  11. Report of a rare case: occult hemothorax due to blunt trauma without obvious injury to other organs.

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    Ogawa, Fumihiro; Naito, Masahito; Iyoda, Akira; Satoh, Yukitoshi

    2013-01-01

    Traumatic hemothorax commonly occurs accompanied by organ damage, such as rib fractures, lung injury and diaphragm rupture. Our reported patient was a 61-year-old man who fell down from a stepladder about 1 meter in height, resulting in a heavy blow to the left abdomen. He consulted a clinic because of left chest pain the next day and was transported to the emergency center of our hospital on diagnosis of hemothorax with hemorrhagic shock.On computed tomography scanning with contrast medium, left hemothorax without rib fracture, diaphragm rupture or obvious organ injury was evident. We found only bleeding to the thoracic space from a branch of the left inferior phrenic artery without involvement of the abdomen. The patient underwent percutaneous angiography and embolization for hemostasis, and subsequently thoracotomy in order to check the active bleeding and remove the hematoma to improve respiratory. As thoracotomy findings, we found damage of a branch of the left inferior phrenic artery to the thoracic space without diaphragm rupture, and sutured the lesion. Such active intervention followed by surgical procedures was effective and should be considered for rare occurrences like the present case. We must consider not only traumatic diaphragm rupture, but also vascular damage by pressure trauma as etiological factors for hemothorax. PMID:24176006

  12. Acute cholangitis due to pancreatic metastasis from squamous cell lung carcinoma: a case report and review of literature

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    2009-01-01

    Introduction The pancreas is a well-documented but relatively uncommon site of non-small-cell cancer metastases. However, at the time of diagnosis the disease is usually locoregionally advanced, therefore therapeutic management is mostly palliative and symptomatic. Case Presentation We report the case of a 77-year-old Caucasian male patient who presented initially with a clinical picture of acute cholangitis approximately 2 years after a left lower lobectomy for a low-grade squamous lung carcinoma. CT scan imaging of the abdomen and chest revealed an abnormal growth of the pancreatic head and distention of both the intra- and extra-hepatic billiary tree, whereas osteolytic abnormalities were observed of the 5th left rib, consistent with secondary deposits. Initially an endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) and sphincterectomy was performed and a plastic stent was placed in the common bile duct to decompress the biliary tree. Cytological examination of the aspirate collected by FNA of the pancreatic lession under EUS guidance revealed cells consistent with a low grade squamous lung carcinoma. Two months later an open cholecystectomy along with a gastrojejunostomy was performed to relieve the patient's gastric outlet obstruction symptoms. Following remission of the patient's attack of acute cholangitis and excessive vomiting he was released from the hospital and instructed to initiate chemotherapy with vinorelbine. The patient succumbed to disseminated disease almost 5 months later. Conclusion Symptomatic metastatic lesions of the pancreas from squamous cell carcinoma of the lung are infrequent. Typically, the patients remain asymptomatic until their disease reaches a fairly advanced stage and therapeutic options are limited to palliative measures. A high index of suspicion is the only way of early detection and potentially effective treatment for this rare localization of metastatic squamous lung carcinoma. PMID:20062690

  13. Previous gastric bypass surgery complicating total thyroidectomy.

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    Alfonso, Bianca; Jacobson, Adam S; Alon, Eran E; Via, Michael A

    2015-03-01

    Hypocalcemia is a well-known complication of total thyroidectomy. Patients who have previously undergone gastric bypass surgery may be at increased risk of hypocalcemia due to gastrointestinal malabsorption, secondary hyperparathyroidism, and an underlying vitamin D deficiency. We present the case of a 58-year-old woman who underwent a total thyroidectomy for the follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Her history included Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Following the thyroid surgery, she developed postoperative hypocalcemia that required large doses of oral calcium carbonate (7.5 g/day), oral calcitriol (up to 4 ?g/day), intravenous calcium gluconate (2.0 g/day), calcium citrate (2.0 g/day), and ergocalciferol (50,000 IU/day). Her serum calcium levels remained normal on this regimen after hospital discharge despite persistent hypoparathyroidism. Bariatric surgery patients who undergo thyroid surgery require aggressive supplementation to maintain normal serum calcium levels. Preoperative supplementation with calcium and vitamin D is strongly recommended. PMID:25738720

  14. Case report of a near medical event in stereotactic radiotherapy due to improper units of measure from a treatment planning system

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    Gladstone, D. J.; Li, S.; Jarvis, L. A.; Hartford, A. C.

    2011-07-15

    Purpose: The authors hereby notify the Radiation Oncology community of a potentially lethal error due to improper implementation of linear units of measure in a treatment planning system. The authors report an incident in which a patient was nearly mistreated during a stereotactic radiotherapy procedure due to inappropriate reporting of stereotactic coordinates by the radiation therapy treatment planning system in units of centimeter rather than in millimeter. The authors suggest a method to detect such errors during treatment planning so they are caught and corrected prior to the patient positioning for treatment on the treatment machine. Methods: Using pretreatment imaging, the authors found that stereotactic coordinates are reported with improper linear units by a treatment planning system. The authors have implemented a redundant, independent method of stereotactic coordinate calculation. Results: Implementation of a double check of stereotactic coordinates via redundant, independent calculation is simple and accurate. Use of this technique will avoid any future error in stereotactic treatment coordinates due to improper linear units, transcription, or other similar errors. Conclusions: The authors recommend an independent double check of stereotactic treatment coordinates during the treatment planning process in order to avoid potential mistreatment of patients.

  15. SBAR improves communication and safety climate and decreases incident reports due to communication errors in an anaesthetic clinic: a prospective intervention study

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    Randmaa, Maria; Mårtensson, Gunilla; Leo Swenne, Christine; Engström, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Objectives We aimed to examine staff members’ perceptions of communication within and between different professions, safety attitudes and psychological empowerment, prior to and after implementation of the communication tool Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR) at an anaesthetic clinic. The aim was also to study whether there was any change in the proportion of incident reports caused by communication errors. Design A prospective intervention study with comparison group using preassessments and postassessments. Questionnaire data were collected from staff in an intervention (n=100) and a comparison group (n=69) at the anaesthetic clinic in two hospitals prior to (2011) and after (2012) implementation of SBAR. The proportion of incident reports due to communication errors was calculated during a 1-year period prior to and after implementation. Setting Anaesthetic clinics at two hospitals in Sweden. Participants All licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and physicians working in the operating theatres, intensive care units and postanaesthesia care units at anaesthetic clinics in two hospitals were invited to participate. Intervention Implementation of SBAR in an anaesthetic clinic. Primary and secondary outcomes The primary outcomes were staff members’ perception of communication within and between different professions, as well as their perceptions of safety attitudes. Secondary outcomes were psychological empowerment and incident reports due to error of communication. Results In the intervention group, there were statistically significant improvements in the factors ‘Between-group communication accuracy’ (p=0.039) and ‘Safety climate’ (p=0.011). The proportion of incident reports due to communication errors decreased significantly (p<0.0001) in the intervention group, from 31% to 11%. Conclusions Implementing the communication tool SBAR in anaesthetic clinics was associated with improvement in staff members’ perception of communication between professionals and their perception of the safety climate as well as with a decreased proportion of incident reports related to communication errors. Trial registration ISRCTN37251313. PMID:24448849

  16. A new species of Neolebouria Gibson, 1976 (Opecoelidae: Plagioporinae) from the whitecheek monocle bream, Scolopsis vosmeri (Perciformes: Nemipteridae), from the Panjim coast at Goa, with a checklist of parasites previously reported from this fish.

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    Jaiswal, Neeshma; Upadhyay, S K; Malhotra, Anshu; Blend, Charles K; Dronen, Norman O; Malhotra, Sandeep K

    2014-01-01

    Neolebouria capoori n. sp. (Opecoelidae: Plagioporinae) is described from the whitecheek monocle bream, Scolopsis vosmeri (Bloch) (Perciformes: Nemipteridae) from the Panjim coast on the central west coast of India at Goa. The new species differs from both Neolebouria cantherhini (Li, Qiu & Zhang, 1988) as originally described from Thamnaconus modestus (Günther) (syn. Cantherines modestus Günther ) and Neolebouria confusum (Overstreet, 1969) as originally described from Ocyurus chrysurus (Bloch) by having the cirrus sac surpassing the ventral sucker posteriorly in N. cantherhini and being entirely preacetabular in N. confusum compared to terminating near the midlevel of the ventral sucker in N. capoori n. sp. The new species is most similar to N. confusum, but it further differs from this species by having the vitelline fields terminating near the level of the esophageal bifurcation compared to terminating near the level of the posterior margin of the pharynx, a larger sucker ratio (1:1.7-1:2.0 compared to 1:1.4-1:1.7), a somewhat shorter cirrus sac relative to body length (160-448, representing 9-18% of the body length compared to about 367, representing 22%), and the egg of the new species has a boss at the anopercular end that is not present in N. confusum. This study represents the first report on an opecoelid from S. vosmeri. A review of the parasites reported from S. vosmeri is included. PMID:24870995

  17. Total hip arthroplasty with cement and without acetabular bone graft for severe hip dysplasia. A concise follow-up, at a minimum of twenty years, of a previous report.

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    Klapach, A S; Callaghan, J J; Miller, K A; Goetz, D D; Sullivan, P M; Pedersen, D R; Johnston, R C

    2005-02-01

    We previously evaluated a cohort of fifty-three patients with severe hip dysplasia (Crowe Type-II, III, or IV subluxation) who underwent a total of sixty-six Charnley total hip arthroplasties. The acetabular component was placed at the anatomic hip center, the superolateral defect was filled with cement, and no bone-grafting was used to supplement the acetabular wall. All but one patient, who was lost to follow-up, were followed until death or for a minimum of twenty years. Radiographic and functional follow-up data were collected prospectively. This retrospective review included twenty-four patients (thirty-four hips) who were alive at a minimum of twenty years following the surgery. Fourteen (22%) of the sixty-five hips underwent revision of a component, with eleven of the revisions performed because of aseptic loosening. Eight of those eleven hips underwent revision because of acetabular loosening alone; two, because of femoral loosening alone; and one, because of loosening of both components. The combined prevalence of revision because of aseptic loosening of the acetabular component and radiographic evidence of failure of the acetabular component was 28% (eighteen hips). With the numbers available, the need for acetabular revision was not associated with the percentage of cement coverage (p = 0.362) or the Crowe classification (p = 0.159). At a minimum of twenty years postoperatively, the survivorship of the acetabular component was 86% +/- 8% with revision because of aseptic loosening as the end point and 82% +/- 10% with revision because of aseptic loosening or radiographic evidence of loosening as the end point. The results that we evaluated at a minimum of twenty years after use of this technique can be compared with the results of other techniques in studies with similar long-term follow-up periods. PMID:15687148

  18. Specific GC-MS/MS stable-isotope dilution methodology for free 9- and 10-nitro-oleic acid in human plasma challenges previous LC-MS/MS reports.

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    Tsikas, Dimitrios; Zoerner, Alexander; Mitschke, Anja; Homsi, Yahya; Gutzki, Frank-Mathias; Jordan, Jens

    2009-09-15

    Nitrated unsaturated fatty acids including nitro-oleic acid (NO(2)-OA) have been measured in human blood samples in their free and esterified forms. Plasma concentrations in healthy subjects have been reported to be of the order of 600 nM for free NO(2)-OA and 300 nM for esterified NO(2)-OA, as measured by LC-MS/MS. In the present article we report a GC-MS/MS method for the specific and accurate quantification of two NO(2)-OA isomers, i.e., 9-NO(2)-OA and 10-NO(2)-OA, in human plasma using newly prepared, isolated, characterized and standardized (15)N-labeled analogs. This method involves SPE extraction of fatty acids from slightly acidified plasma samples (pH 5), conversion to their pentafluorobenzyl (PFB) esters, isolation by HPLC, solvent extraction from a single HPLC fraction and GC-MS/MS analysis in the electron capture negative-ion chemical ionization (ECNICI) mode. Quantification was performed by selected-reaction monitoring (SRM) of m/z 46 ([NO(2)](-)) and m/z 47 ([(15)NO(2)](-)) produced by collision-induced dissociation (CID) from the parent ions [M-PFB](-) at m/z 326 for endogenous 9-NO(2)-OA and 10-NO(2)-OA and m/z 327 for the internal standards 9-(15)NO(2)-OA and 10-(15)NO(2)-OA. We partially validated the GC-MS/MS method for 9-NO(2)-OA and 10-NO(2)-OA in human plasma and quantified these nitro-oleic species in plasma of 15 healthy volunteers. We identified two isomers, i.e., 9-NO(2)-OA and 10-NO(2)-OA, in human plasma under physiological conditions and found these nitrated fatty acids at a mean concentration of 1 nM each. This concentration is about 600 times lower than that reported by others using LC-MS/MS. Our GC-MS/MS studies on nitro-oleic acid and 3-nitrotyrosine suggest that the extent of nitration of biomolecules such as unsaturated fatty acids and tyrosine is very low in health. In this article we discuss analytical and biological ramifications potentially associated with measurement of nitrated biomolecules in biological systems. PMID:19162569

  19. A case report of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy left-side gastropexy to resolve a recurrent gastric dilatation in a dog previously treated with right-side gastropexy for gastric dilatation volvulus.

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    Spinella, Giuseppe; Cinti, Filippo; Pietra, Marco; Capitani, Ombretta; Valentini, Simona

    2014-12-01

    A 6-year-old, large-breed, female dog was evaluated for gastric dilatation (GD). The dog was affected by GD volvulus, which had been surgically treated with gastric derotation and right incisional gastropexy. Recurrence of GD appeared 36 hours after surgery. The dilatation was immediately treated with an orogastric probe but still recurred 4 times. Therefore, a left-side gastropexy by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) was performed to prevent intermittent GD. After PEG tube placement, the patient recovered rapidly without side effects. Several techniques of gastropexy have been described as a prophylactic method for gastric dilatation volvulus, but to the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of left-sided PEG gastropexy performed in a case of canine GD recurrence after an incisional right gastropexy. PMID:25813852

  20. Intraductal papilloma of ectopic breast tissue in axillary lymph node of a patient with a previous intraductal papilloma of ipsilateral breast: a case report and review of the literature

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    2010-01-01

    The presence of ectopic breast tissue in axillary lymph nodes (ALN) is a benign condition that must be differentiated from primary or metastatic carcinoma. Here we report a patient who underwent excision of enlarged ALN 10 years after she had received surgical treatment of ipsilateral breast for an intracystic intraductal papilloma (IDP). Histological examination of the removed ALN revealed that the proliferative lesion consisted of papillary and tubular structures lined by luminal cuboidal cells and a distinct outer layer of myoepithelial cells resembling IDP of the breast. Immunostaining with a set of immunohistochemical markers including AE/AE3, alpha-smooth muscle actin and p63 in combination with estrogen and progesterone receptors confirmed the diagnosis of ectopic IDP. This case shows that even though benign proliferative change in ectopic breast tissue is an extremely rare phenomenon, this possibility should be taken into account for correct diagnosis. PMID:20222992

  1. Pregnancy coexisting with uterus didelphys with a blind hemivagina complicated by pyocolpos due to Pediococcus infection: a case report and review of the published reports.

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    Park, Tae Chul; Lee, Hee Joong

    2013-07-01

    A woman in early pregnancy was referred due to severe pelvic pain. Vaginal examination showed a severely protruding left vaginal wall with severe tenderness. A transvaginal ultrasound showed a double uterus and a mixed echogenic mass next to the cervix of the left uterus. After creating an opening in the left vaginal wall and inserting a Foley catheter through the opening into the vaginal wall for drainage with antibiotic therapy, the patient's condition rapidly improved. A culture of the pus drained from the vaginal wall showed Pediococcus species. The patient delivered a healthy infant by cesarean section at term gestation without recurrence of pyocolpos. Ten months after delivery, resection of the vaginal septum was performed and the left cervix was exposed. Ultrasound revealed normal kidneys. PMID:23718909

  2. A Novel Botulinum Neurotoxin, Previously Reported as Serotype H, Has a Hybrid-Like Structure With Regions of Similarity to the Structures of Serotypes A and F and Is Neutralized With Serotype A Antitoxin.

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    Maslanka, Susan E; Lúquez, Carolina; Dykes, Janet K; Tepp, William H; Pier, Christina L; Pellett, Sabine; Raphael, Brian H; Kalb, Suzanne R; Barr, John R; Rao, Agam; Johnson, Eric A

    2016-02-01

    Botulism is a potentially fatal paralytic disease caused by the action of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) on nerve cells. There are 7 known serotypes (A-G) of BoNT and up to 40 genetic variants. Clostridium botulinum strain IBCA10-7060 was recently reported to produce BoNT serotype B (BoNT/B) and a novel BoNT, designated as BoNT/H. The BoNT gene (bont) sequence of BoNT/H was compared to known bont sequences. Genetic analysis suggested that BoNT/H has a hybrid-like structure containing regions of similarity to the structures of BoNT/A1 and BoNT/F5. This novel BoNT was serologically characterized by the mouse neutralization assay and a neuronal cell-based assay. The toxic effects of this hybrid-like BoNT were completely eliminated by existing serotype A antitoxins, including those contained in multivalent therapeutic antitoxin products that are the mainstay of human botulism treatment. PMID:26068781

  3. Failure of Urological Implants in Spinal Cord Injury Patients due to Infection, Malfunction, and Implants Becoming Obsolete due to Medical Progress and Age-Related Changes in Human Body Making Implant Futile: Report of Three Cases

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    Vaidyanathan, Subramanian; Soni, Bakul; Singh, Gurpreet; Hughes, Peter; Selmi, Fahed

    2013-01-01

    Any new clinical data, whether positive or negative, generated about a medical device should be published because health professionals should know which devices do not work, as well as those which do. We report three spinal cord injury patients in whom urological implants failed to work. In the first, paraplegic, patient, a sacral anterior root stimulator failed to produce erection, and a drug delivery system for intracavernosal administration of vasoactive drugs was therefore implanted; however, this implant never functioned (and, furthermore, such penile drug delivery systems to produce erection had effectively become obsolete following the advent of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors). Subsequently, the sacral anterior root stimulator developed a malfunction and the patient therefore learned to perform self-catheterisation. In the second patient, also paraplegic, an artificial urinary sphincter was implanted but the patient developed a postoperative sacral pressure sore. Eight months later, a suprapubic cystostomy was performed as urethral catheterisation was very difficult. The pressure sore had not healed completely even after five years. In the third case, a sacral anterior root stimulator was implanted in a tetraplegic patient in whom, after five years, a penile sheath could not be fitted because of penile retraction. This patient was therefore established on urethral catheter drainage. Later, infection with Staphylococcus aureus around the receiver block necessitated its removal. In conclusion, spinal cord injury patients are at risk of developing pressure sores, wound infections, malfunction of implants, and the inability to use implants because of age-related changes, as well as running the risk of their implants becoming obsolete due to advances in medicine. Some surgical procedures such as dorsal rhizotomy are irreversible. Alternative treatments such as intermittent catheterisations may be less damaging than bladder stimulator in the long term. PMID:23864980

  4. [Recurrent bilateral anterior uveitis due to Leishmania infantum in a patient with immune deficiency related to HIV infection: a case report and literature review].

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    Perrin-Terrin, A; Auriol, S; Mahieu, L; Debard, A; Eden, A; Cassagne, M; Pagot-Mathis, V; Malecaze, F; Soler, V

    2014-09-01

    We report the case of a 56-year-old patient, presenting with bilateral hypertensive anterior uveitis due to Leishmania infantum, in the setting of immune deficiency related to HIV infection. The etiology of the uveitis was diagnosed following detection of L. infantum DNA on anterior chamber paracentesis. Initially, the patient received an intravitreal injection of liposomal amphotericin B, systemic antiparasitic treatment, topical steroid and ocular hypotensive treatment. Due to unfavourable disease progression in the right eye, we re-evaluated the anti-inflammatory, antiretroviral and antiparasitic medications (beginning meglumine antimoniate): the uveitis in the left eye was thus able to be controlled. We followed the efficacy of treatment with weekly quantification of Leishmania DNA in the aqueous humor. Uveitis secondary to leishmaniasis is rare and serious. Physicians must be aware of this cause of uveitis, particularly in immunodeficient patients. The quantitation of Leishmania DNA in the aqueous humor is an indispensible tool for monitoring the disease. PMID:25087128

  5. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in a Patient with Previous Mitral Valve Replacement

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    Moon, Sung Woo; Ko, Young-Guk; Hong, Geu-Ru; Lee, Sak; Chang, Byung-Chul; Shim, Jae-Kwang; Kwak, Young-Ran

    2014-01-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has shown favorable outcomes in patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis who are at high surgical risk or are unsuitable candidates for open heart surgery. However, concerns exist over treating patients who have previously undergone mitral valve surgery due to the potential interference between the mitral prosthetic valve or ring and the TAVI device. In this case report, we present a patient with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis and previous mechanical mitral valve replacement who was successfully treated with TAVI using a CoreValve. PMID:25278988

  6. Inherited protein S deficiency due to a novel nonsense mutation in the PROS1 gene in the patient with recurrent vascular access thrombosis: A case report

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    Cho, Eun Jin; Kim, Yong Chul; Hwang, Jin Ho; Lee, Hajung; Park, Sung Sup; Kim, So Yeon; Kim, Suhnggwon; Chin, Ho Jun

    2012-01-01

    Vascular access thrombosis is one of the major causes of morbidity in patients maintained on chronic hemodialysis. Thrombophilia has been recognized as a risk factor of vascular access thrombosis. The authors report a case of inherited protein S deficiency associated with vascular access thrombotic events. DNA sequence analysis of the PROS1 gene identified a novel heterozygous nonsense mutation in exon 10 by transition of AAG (lysine) to TAG (stop codon) at codon 473 (c.1417A>T, p.K473X). Results from the study suggest that the inherited protein S deficiency due to a PROS1 gene mutation may cause vascular access thrombosis in hemodialysis patients.

  7. An acute hemolytic transfusion reaction due to the "anti-c" rhesus antibody: A case report emphasizing the role of transfusion medicine.

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    Sachan, Deepti; Jayakumar, Rajeswari; Varghese, Joy; Rela, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    Rhesus (Rh) mediated hemolytic transfusion reactions (HTR) are usually immunoglobulin G mediated and delayed onset. Rh antibodies being the cause of acute HTR (AHTR) and intravascular hemolysis are still under debate. We report here a case of a 53-year-old male who developed AHTR due to "anti-c" antibodies within 3 h of blood transfusion, precipitating fatal acute liver failure in a patient with hepatitis C related chronic liver disease. This case emphasizes the need of inclusion of antibody screening in routine pretransfusion testing as well as a critical role of transfusion medicine specialists for early diagnosis and minimizing transfusion-related morbidity and mortality. PMID:26420949

  8. An Outbreak of Food-Borne Typhoid Fever Due to Salmonella enterica Serotype Typhi in Japan Reported for the First Time in 16 Years

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    Kobayashi, Tetsuro; Kutsuna, Satoshi; Hayakawa, Kayoko; Kato, Yasuyuki; Ohmagari, Norio; Uryu, Hideko; Yamada, Ritsuko; Kashiwa, Naoyuki; Nei, Takahito; Ehara, Akihito; Takei, Reiko; Mori, Nobuaki; Yamada, Yasuhiro; Hayasaka, Tomomi; Kagawa, Narito; Sugawara, Momoko; Suzaki, Ai; Takahashi, Yuno; Nishiyama, Hiroyuki; Morita, Masatomo; Izumiya, Hidemasa; Ohnishi, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    For the first time in 16 years, a food-borne outbreak of typhoid fever due to Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi was reported in Japan. Seven patients consumed food in an Indian buffet at a restaurant in the center of Tokyo, while one was a Nepali chef in the restaurant, an asymptomatic carrier and the implicated source of this outbreak. The multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis showed 100% consistency in the genomic sequence for five of the eight cases. PMID:26621565

  9. An Outbreak of Food-Borne Typhoid Fever Due to Salmonella enterica Serotype Typhi in Japan Reported for the First Time in 16 Years.

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    Kobayashi, Tetsuro; Kutsuna, Satoshi; Hayakawa, Kayoko; Kato, Yasuyuki; Ohmagari, Norio; Uryu, Hideko; Yamada, Ritsuko; Kashiwa, Naoyuki; Nei, Takahito; Ehara, Akihito; Takei, Reiko; Mori, Nobuaki; Yamada, Yasuhiro; Hayasaka, Tomomi; Kagawa, Narito; Sugawara, Momoko; Suzaki, Ai; Takahashi, Yuno; Nishiyama, Hiroyuki; Morita, Masatomo; Izumiya, Hidemasa; Ohnishi, Makoto

    2016-02-01

    For the first time in 16 years, a food-borne outbreak of typhoid fever due to Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi was reported in Japan. Seven patients consumed food in an Indian buffet at a restaurant in the center of Tokyo, while one was a Nepali chef in the restaurant, an asymptomatic carrier and the implicated source of this outbreak. The multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis showed 100% consistency in the genomic sequence for five of the eight cases. PMID:26621565

  10. Congestive Myelopathy due to Intradural Spinal AVM Supplied by Artery of Adamkiewicz: Case Report with Brief Literature Review and Analysis of the Foix-Alajouanine Syndrome Definition

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    Sood, Dinesh; Mistry, Kewal A.; Khatri, Garvit D.; Chadha, Veenal; Garg, Swati; Suthar, Pokhraj P.; Patel, Dhruv G.; Patel, Ankitkumar

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background Spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) can lead to development of congestive myelopathy (Foix-Alajouanine syndrome). Spinal AVMs are rare and so is this syndrome. Diagnosis is often missed due to its rarity and confusing definitions of the Foix-Alajouanine syndrome. Case Report We report a case of a 47-year-old male patient suffering from this rare syndrome with an AVM arising from the artery of Adamkiewicz, which is another rarity. Our patient was treated by embolization of the lesion with 20% glue, after which he showed mild improvement of symptoms. We also present a brief review of literature on spinal AVMs and elucidate the evolution of the term Foix-Alajouanine syndrome. Conclusions Use of the term “Foix-Alajouanine syndrome” should be restricted to patients with progressive subacute to chronic neurological symptoms due to congestive myelopathy caused by intradural spinal AVMs. CT angiography should supplement DSA as preliminary Imaging modality. Patients may be treated with surgery or endovascular procedures. PMID:26171088

  11. Clinical Case Report of Expansive Laminoplasty for Cervical Myelopathy Due to Both Disc Herniation and Developmental Cervical Spinal Canal Stenosis in Older Adolescents.

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    Zhou, Hua; Sun, Yu; Zhang, Fengshan; Dang, Gengting; Liu, Zhongjun

    2016-02-01

    Reports on adolescent patients with cervical myelopathy who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are scarce. However, to our knowledge, no cases of expansive laminoplasty for cervical myelopathy associated with progressive neurological deficit after a series of conservative treatment, caused by both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis, have been reported.From January 2006 to July 2012, we retrospectively studied 3 patients in late adolescence presenting with cervical myelopathy who underwent expansive unilateral open-door laminoplasty at our hospital. The outcomes after the surgery were evaluated according to the Japanese Orthopedic Association scores.Symptoms presented by these patients were due to both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis. No major complications occurred after the surgical procedures. The median follow-up time was 66 months (range 36-112 months). The Japanese Orthopedic Association scores after surgery showed a significant increase. Long-term outcomes after surgery were satisfactory according to the evaluation criteria for the Japanese Orthopedic Association scores. However, the ranges of motion of the cervical spine decreased, especially the ranges of motion on flexion after surgery showed a significant decrease.Expansive laminoplasty is helpful for older adolescent patients with cervical myelopathy due to both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis, presenting with progressive neurological deficit after long conservative treatment. PMID:26937923

  12. Clinical Case Report of Expansive Laminoplasty for Cervical Myelopathy Due to Both Disc Herniation and Developmental Cervical Spinal Canal Stenosis in Older Adolescents

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    Zhou, Hua; Sun, Yu; Zhang, Fengshan; Dang, Gengting; Liu, Zhongjun

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Reports on adolescent patients with cervical myelopathy who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are scarce. However, to our knowledge, no cases of expansive laminoplasty for cervical myelopathy associated with progressive neurological deficit after a series of conservative treatment, caused by both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis, have been reported. From January 2006 to July 2012, we retrospectively studied 3 patients in late adolescence presenting with cervical myelopathy who underwent expansive unilateral open-door laminoplasty at our hospital. The outcomes after the surgery were evaluated according to the Japanese Orthopedic Association scores. Symptoms presented by these patients were due to both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis. No major complications occurred after the surgical procedures. The median follow-up time was 66 months (range 36–112 months). The Japanese Orthopedic Association scores after surgery showed a significant increase. Long-term outcomes after surgery were satisfactory according to the evaluation criteria for the Japanese Orthopedic Association scores. However, the ranges of motion of the cervical spine decreased, especially the ranges of motion on flexion after surgery showed a significant decrease. Expansive laminoplasty is helpful for older adolescent patients with cervical myelopathy due to both disc herniation and developmental cervical spinal canal stenosis, presenting with progressive neurological deficit after long conservative treatment. PMID:26937923

  13. Treatment of chronic osteomyelitis in children resistant to previous therapy.

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    Yeargan, S Austin; Nakasone, Cass K; Shaieb, Mark D; Montgomery, William P; Reinker, Kent A

    2004-01-01

    Patients admitted to the authors' institution with tibial osteomyelitis between 1978 and 1998 were reviewed. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence, etiology, treatment, and outcome in chronic pediatric tibial osteomyelitis. The authors describe their treatment of chronic osteomyelitis in children resistant to previous therapeutic modalities. Thirty patients were identified with a mean age of 8.5 years at diagnosis. Mean age at admission was 9.6 years, indicating more than a 1-year duration of disease. Follow-up averaged 2.3 years. Patients underwent 97 procedures, averaging 3.2 procedures per patient. Hospital stay ranged from 2 weeks to 18 months, with an average stay of 4.7 months. Seventy-seven percent of patients were culture-positive, and 78% of positive cultures identified Staphylococcus aureus as the causative pathogen. Eighty percent of patients had a good outcome, 13% had a fair outcome, and there were no poor results. Patients with large tibial defects obtained good results with both tibiofibular synostosis and Ilizarov distraction osteogenesis. The authors describe the only reported group of pediatric patients successfully treated using Ilizarov bone transport for bony tibial defects due to osteomyelitis. PMID:14676545

  14. Survey context and question wording affects self reported annoyance due to road traffic noise: a comparison between two cross-sectional studies

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    2012-01-01

    Background Surveys are a common way to measure annoyance due to road traffic noise, but the method has some draw-backs. Survey context, question wording and answer alternatives could affect participation and answers and could have implications when comparing studies and/or performing pooled analyses. The aim of this study was to investigate the difference in annoyance reporting due to road traffic noise in two types of surveys of which one was introduced broadly and the other with the clearly stated aim of investigating noise and health. Methods Data was collected from two surveys carried out in the municipality of Malmö, southern Sweden in 2007 and 2008 (n = 2612 and n = 3810). The first survey stated an aim of investigating residential environmental exposure, especially noise and health. The second survey was a broad public health survey stating a broader aim. The two surveys had comparable questions regarding noise annoyance, although one used a 5-point scale and the other a 4-point scale. We used geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the average road and railway noise (LAeq,24h) at the participants' residential address. Logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios for annoyance in relation to noise exposure. Results Annoyance at least once a week due to road traffic noise was significantly more prevalent in the survey investigating environment and health compared to the public health survey at levels > 45 dB(A), but not at lower exposure levels. However no differences in annoyance were found when comparing the extreme alternatives "never" and "every day". In the study investigating environment and health, "Noise sensitive" persons were more likely to readily respond to the survey and were more annoyed by road traffic noise compared to the other participants in that survey. Conclusions The differences in annoyance reporting between the two surveys were mainly due to different scales, suggesting that extreme alternatives are to prefer before dichotomization when comparing results between the two. Although some findings suggested that noise-sensitive individuals were more likely to respond to the survey investigating noise and health, we could not find convincing evidence that contextual differences affected either answers or participation. PMID:22404876

  15. Self-reported neurological symptoms in relation to CO emissions due to problem gas appliance installations in London: a cross-sectional survey

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    Croxford, Ben; Leonardi, Giovanni S; Kreis, Irene

    2008-01-01

    Background Previous research by the authors found evidence that up to 10% of particular household categories may be exposed to elevated carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations from poor quality gas appliance installations. The literature suggests certain neurological symptoms are linked to exposure to low levels of CO. This paper addresses the hypothesis that certain self-reported neurological symptoms experienced by a householder are linked to an estimate of their CO exposure. Methods Between 27 April and 27 June 2006, 597 homes with a mains supply of natural gas were surveyed, mainly in old, urban areas of London. Qualified gas engineers tested all gas appliances (cooker, boiler, gas fire, and water heater) and reported, according to the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure, appliances considered At Risk (AR), Immediately Dangerous (ID) or Not to Current Standards (NCS). Five exposure risk categories were defined based on measurement of CO emitted by the appliance, its features and its use, with "high or very high" exposure category where occupants were considered likely to be exposed to levels greater than 26 ppm for one hour. The prevalence of symptoms at each level of exposure was compared with that at lowest level of exposure. Results Of the households, 6% were assessed as having a "high or very high" risk of exposure to CO. Of the individuals, 9% reported at least one neurological symptom. There was a statistically significant association between "high or very high" exposure risk to CO and self-reported symptoms compared to "no exposure" likelihood, for households not in receipt of benefit, controlling for "number of residents" and presence of pensioners, OR = 3.23 (95%CI: 1.28, 8.15). Risk ratios across all categories of exposure likelihood indicate a dose-response pattern. Those households in receipt of benefit showed no dose-response pattern. Conclusion This study found an association between risk of CO exposure at low concentration, and prevalence of self-reported neurological symptoms in the community for those households not in receipt of benefit. As health status was self-reported, this association requires further investigation. PMID:18593476

  16. Identification of multidrug resistance in previously treated tuberculosis patients: a mixed methods study in Cambodia

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    Royce, S; Khann, S; Yadav, RP; Mao, ET; Cattamanchi, A; Sam, S; Handley, MA

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Setting Previously treated tuberculosis (TB) patients are a priority for drug susceptibility testing (DST) to identify cases with multidrug resistance (MDR). In Cambodia, a recent study found that only one-third of smear-positive previously treated patients had DST results. Objective To quantify the gaps in detecting MDR in previously treated TB patients in Cambodia, and describe health workers’ perspectives on barriers, facilitators and potential interventions. Design We analyzed case notifications in Cambodia (2004–2012) and conducted semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders Results The proportion of previously treated notifications varied significantly across provinces 2010–12, in the context of longer term trends of decreasing relapse and increasing “other” retreatment notifications. Correct classification of patients’ TB treatment history and ensuring specimens from previously-treated patients are collected and reach the laboratory could nearly double the number of detected MDR-TB cases. Identified barriers include patients’ reluctance to disclose and staff difficulty eliciting treatment history, partly due to availability of streptomycin only in hospitals. Facilitators include trained health workers, collection of sputum for DST even if previously treated patients are not taking streptomycin, streamlining sputum transportation and promptly reporting results. Conclusion Improved monitoring, supportive supervision, and correctly classifying previously treated patients are essential for improving detection of MDR-TB. PMID:25299861

  17. A Case Report of Locked-in Syndrome Due to Bilateral Vertebral Artery Dissection After Cervical Spine Manipulation Treated by Arterial Embolectomy.

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    Ke, Jiang-Qiong; Yin, Bo; Fu, Fang-Wang; Shao, Sheng-Min; Lin, Yan; Dong, Qi-Qiang; Wang, Xiao-Tong; Zheng, Guo-Qing

    2016-02-01

    Cervical spine manipulation (CSM) is a commonly spinal manipulative therapies for the relief of cervical spine-related conditions worldwide, but its use remains controversial. CSM may carry the potential for serious neurovascular complications, primarily due to vertebral artery dissection (VAD) and subsequent vertebrobasilar stroke. Here, we reported a rare case of locked-in syndrome (LIS) due to bilaterial VAD after CSM treated by arterial embolectomy.A 36-year-old right-handed man was admitted to our hospital with numbness and weakness of limbs after treating with CSM for neck for half an hour. Gradually, although the patient remained conscious, he could not speak but could communicate with the surrounding by blinking or moving his eyes, and turned to complete quadriplegia, complete facial and bulbar palsy, dyspnea at 4 hours after admission. He was diagnosed with LIS. Then, the patient was received cervical and brain computed tomography angiography that showed bilateral VAD. Aortocranial digital subtraction angiography showed vertebrobasilar thrombosis, blocking left vertebral artery, and stenosis of right vertebral artery. The patient was treated by using emergency arterial embolectomy and followed by antiplatelet therapy and supportive therapy in the intensive care unit and a general ward. Twenty-seven days later, the patient's physical function gradually improved and discharged but still left neurological deficit with muscle strength grade 3/5 and hyperreflexia of limbs.Our findings suggested that CSM might have potential severe side-effect like LIS due to bilaterial VAD, and arterial embolectomy is an important treatment choice. The practitioner must be aware of this complication and should give the patients informed consent to CSM, although not all stroke cases temporally related to SCM have pre-existing craniocervical artery dissection. PMID:26844510

  18. Recurrent cholangitis by biliary stasis due to non-obstructive afferent loop syndrome after pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy: report of a case.

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    Sanada, Yukihiro; Yamada, Naoya; Taguchi, Masanobu; Morishima, Kazue; Kasahara, Naoya; Kaneda, Yuji; Miki, Atsushi; Ishiguro, Yasunao; Kurogochi, Akira; Endo, Kazuhiro; Koizumi, Masaru; Sasanuma, Hideki; Fujiwara, Takehito; Sakuma, Yasunaru; Shimizu, Atsushi; Hyodo, Masanobu; Sata, Naohiro; Yasuda, Yoshikazu

    2014-01-01

    We report a 71-year-old man who had undergone pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy (PPPD) using PPPD-IV reconstruction for cholangiocarcinoma. For 6 years thereafter, he had suffered recurrent cholangitis, and also a right liver abscess (S5/8), which required percutaneous drainage at 9 years after PPPD. At 16 years after PPPD, he had been admitted to the other hospital because of acute purulent cholangitis. Although medical treatment resolved the cholangitis, the patient was referred to our hospital because of dilatation of the intrahepatic biliary duct (B2). Peroral double-balloon enteroscopy revealed that the diameter of the hepaticojejunostomy anastomosis was 12 mm, and cholangiography detected intrahepatic stones. Lithotripsy was performed using a basket catheter. At 1 year after lithotripsy procedure, the patient is doing well. Hepatobiliary scintigraphy at 60 minutes after intravenous injection demonstrated that deposit of the tracer still remained in the upper afferent loop jejunum. Therefore, we considered that the recurrent cholangitis, liver abscess, and intrahepatic lithiasis have been caused by biliary stasis due to nonobstructive afferent loop syndrome. Biliary retention due to nonobstructive afferent loop syndrome may cause recurrent cholangitis or liver abscess after hepaticojejunostomy, and double-balloon enteroscopy and hepatobiliary scintigraphy are useful for the diagnosis of nonobstructive afferent loop syndrome. PMID:25058778

  19. No cumulative effects for one or two previous concussions

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    Iverson, G L; Brooks, B L; Lovell, M R; Collins, M W

    2006-01-01

    Background Sports medicine clinicians and the general public are interested in the possible cumulative effects of concussion. Objective To examine whether athletes with a history of one or two previous concussions differed in their preseason neuropsychological test performances or symptom reporting. Method Participants were 867 male high school and university amateur athletes who completed preseason testing with ImPACT version 2.0. They were sorted into three groups on the basis of number of previous concussions. There were 664 athletes with no previous concussions, 149 with one previous concussion, and 54 with two previous concussions. Multivariate analysis of variance was conducted using the verbal memory, visual memory, reaction time, processing speed, and postconcussion symptom composite scores as dependent variables and group membership as the independent variable. Results There was no significant multivariate effect, nor were there any significant main effects for individual scores. There was no measurable effect of one or two previous concussions on athletes' preseason neuropsychological test performance or symptom reporting. Conclusion If there is a cumulative effect of one or two previous concussions, it is very small and undetectable using this methodology. PMID:16371496

  20. Familial incidence of obstructive hydrocephalus due to posterior fossa tumours leading to the diagnosis of von Hippel-Lindau disease--a case report.

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    Bogucki, Jacek; Taraszewska, Anna; Baraniecka, Jolanta; Czernicki, Zbigniew

    2002-01-01

    Von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHLD) is an autosomal dominant disorder predisposing to the development of different histological types of tumours with predominance of CNS haemangioblastomas in the majority of cases. We present a case of a 35-year-old man with obstructive hydrocephalus due to multiple posterior fossa tumours. Familial history revealed two relatives operated on previously because of a posterior fossa tumour (in one case haemangioblastoma was diagnosed). During surgery two cerebellar tumours were removed radically via the suboccipital approach. On a histopathological examination the typical features of haemangioblastoma were found in both tumours composed of stromal cells and a dense network of vessels, mostly capillaries. The presence of neoplastic infiltration with angiogenesis in the surrounding cerebellar tissue was evidenced in the presented case. Based on the clinical and histopathological data VHLD was diagnosed. Genetic analysis confirmed the presence of the von Hippel-Lindau gene mutation. The case presented suggests that genetic disregulation in VHLD may be responsible for a more aggressive behaviour of VHLD-related haemangioblastomas in comparison with sporadic disease. PMID:12572779

  1. Association between primary hyperparathyroidism and previous irradiation

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    Tamura, K.; Shimaoka, K.; Spaulding, S.; Shedd, D.

    1982-04-01

    The association between primary hyperparathyroidism and previous irradiation was investigated in two study groups. Among 36 patients with hyperparathyroidism, 4 (11%) knew of having received radiation therapy. In the second group of 323 patients with a history of radiation exposure and nodular thyroid disease, 4 (1%), thus far, were found to have hyperparathyroidism.

  2. Intractable Posterior Epistaxis due to a Spontaneous Low-Flow Carotid-Cavernous Sinus Fistula: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature

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    Giotakis, A.; Kral, F.; Riechelmann, H.; Freund, M.

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of a 90-year-old patient with intractable posterior epistaxis presenting as the only symptom of a nontraumatic low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula. Purpose of this case report is to introduce low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula in the differential diagnosis of intractable posterior epistaxis. We provide a literature review for the sequence of actions for the confrontation of posterior epistaxis. We also emphasize the significance of the radiological diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the management of posterior epistaxis due to pathology of the cavernous sinus. The gold-standard diagnostic procedure of carotid-cavernous sinus fistula is digital subtraction angiography (DSA). DSA with coils is also the state-of-the-art therapy. By failure of DSA, neurosurgery or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may be used as alternatives. SRS may also be used as enhancement procedure of the DSA. Considering the prognosis of a successfully closed carotid-cavernous sinus fistula, recanalization occurs only in a minority of patients. Close follow-up is advised. PMID:26839726

  3. Back pain in a previously healthy teenager.

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    Fitzgerald, Felicity; Howard, Julia; Bailey, Fiona; Soleimanian, Sorrush

    2013-01-01

    We present the case of a 14-year-old previously healthy boy who presented to his general practitioner with back pain and fever after rugby training. He was initially treated for suspected discitis but during the course of his admission he rapidly deteriorated and developed severe necrotising pneumonia. He was intubated, ventilated and transferred to a paediatric intensive care unit. Panton-Valentine leukocidin Staphylococcus aureus was suspected and subsequently identified in blood cultures. PMID:23867883

  4. Observations on water system and pipeline performance in the Limon area of Costa Rica due to the April 22, 1991 earthquake. Technical report

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    O'Rourke, M.J.; Ballantyne, D.

    1992-06-30

    The document focuses on earthquake damage to water and oil pipelines, water supply, and water treatment following the 22 April 1991 Costa Rica Earthquake. The moment magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred approximately 40 km south-southwest of Limon, and resulted in a coseismic uplift of up to 1.5 meters along Costa Rica's east coast. The report also provides an overview of the engineering aspects of the event and recovery activities. Turbidity in the watershed which provides Limon's primary water supply increased to as high as 2.4 percent solids, making it extremely difficult to treat. In addition, the water treatment plant was damaged by the earthquake. Cast iron, ductile iron and reinforced concrete cylinder pipe water transmission lines were damaged by both wave propagation and permanent ground deformation. Water distribution piping, also including PVC and galvanized iron, was similarly impacted. Documentation and evaluation of that damage is described, and compared with empirical estimates from previous earthquakes. Twin 150 mm (6 in), 100 km long, oil transmission lines suffered only a single failure from wrinkling. A description of the pipelines and the failure is provided.

  5. "Battered Women" and Previous Victimization: Is the Question Relevant?

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    Gudim, Laurie, Comp.; And Others

    This report discusses battered women and the role of their previous victimization. After a literature review on family violence in general, these topics are discussed: (1) family violence and the patriarchy; (2) the historical background of family violence; (3) intergenerational cycle of violence; and (4) psychological literature's four ways…

  6. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for patients who have had previous abdominal surgery.

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    Miller, K; Hölbling, N; Hutter, J; Junger, W; Moritz, E; Speil, T

    1993-01-01

    This paper reports 121 laparoscopic cholecystectomies (LC) in patients who had had previous abdominal surgery between June 1990 and August 1992. There were 93 cases with lower abdominal scar (LS) and 28 with upper or umbilicus midline scar (US). For insertion of the laparoscope in the scarred abdomen we use the conventional laparoscopic approach (CLA), the peritoneum perforation under vision approach (PP), and the open laparoscopic approach (OLA). One hundred twenty scarred abdomens were completed successfully. Conversion to an open procedure was required in one case with previous LS, because of injury of the jejunum. One postoperative intraabdominal hematoma was noted and treated with percutaneous catheter drainage. No reoperation was required and no further complications were noted. Patients who had a previous laparotomy had no substantially longer operative time or postoperative hospital stay. Revealing a total complication rate of 1.6%, this study shows that previous abdominal surgery should no longer be considered a contraindication to LC. PMID:8211616

  7. Potential hazard due to induced radioactivity secondary to radiotherapy: the report of task group 136 of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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    Thomadsen, Bruce; Nath, Ravinder; Bateman, Fred B; Farr, Jonathan; Glisson, Cal; Islam, Mohammad K; LaFrance, Terry; Moore, Mary E; George Xu, X; Yudelev, Mark

    2014-11-01

    External-beam radiation therapy mostly uses high-energy photons (x-rays) produced by medical accelerators, but many facilities now use proton beams, and a few use fast-neutron beams. High-energy photons offer several advantages over lower-energy photons in terms of better dose distributions for deep-seated tumors, lower skin dose, less sensitivity to tissue heterogeneities, etc. However, for beams operating at or above 10 MV, some of the materials in the accelerator room and the radiotherapy patient become radioactive due primarily to photonuclear reactions and neutron capture, exposing therapy staff and patients to unwanted radiation dose. Some recent advances in radiotherapy technology require treatments using a higher number of monitor units and monitor-unit rates for the same delivered dose, and compared to the conventional treatment techniques and fractionation schemes, the activation dose to personnel can be substantially higher. Radiotherapy treatments with proton and neutron beams all result in activated materials in the treatment room. In this report, the authors review critically the published literature on radiation exposures from induced radioactivity in radiotherapy. They conclude that the additional exposure to the patient due to induced radioactivity is negligible compared to the overall radiation exposure as a part of the treatment. The additional exposure to the staff due to induced activity from photon beams is small at an estimated level of about 1 to 2 mSv y. This is well below the allowed occupational exposure limits. Therefore, the potential hazard to staff from induced radioactivity in the use of high-energy x-rays is considered to be low, and no specific actions are considered necessary or mandatory. However, in the spirit of the "As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA)" program, some reasonable steps are recommended that can be taken to reduce this small exposure to an even lower level. The dose reduction strategies suggested should be followed only if these actions are considered reasonable and practical in the individual clinics. Therapists working with proton beam and neutron beam units handle treatment devices that do become radioactive, and they should wear extremity monitors and make handling apertures and boluses their last task upon entering the room following treatment. Personnel doses from neutron-beam units can approach regulatory limits depending on the number of patients and beams, and strategies to reduce doses should be followed. PMID:25271934

  8. Previous Open Rotor Research in the US

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    VanZante, Dale

    2011-01-01

    Previous Open Rotor noise experience in the United States, current Open Rotor noise research in the United States and current NASA prediction methods activities were presented at a European Union (EU) X-Noise seminar. The invited attendees from EU industries, research establishments and universities discussed prospects for reducing Open Rotor noise and reviewed all technology programs, past and present, dedicated to Open Rotor engine concepts. This workshop was particularly timely because the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) plans to involve Independent Experts in late 2011 in assessing the noise of future low-carbon technologies including the open rotor.

  9. A step-by-step diagnosis of exclusion in a twin pregnancy with acute respiratory failure due to non-fatal amniotic fluid embolism: a case report

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    Papaioannou, Vasilios E; Dragoumanis, Christos; Theodorou, Vassiliki; Konstantonis, Dimitrios; Pneumatikos, Ioannis

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Respiratory failure may develop during the later stages of pregnancy and is usually associated with tocolysis or other co-existing conditions such as pneumonia, sepsis, pre-eclampsia or amniotic fluid embolism syndrome. Case presentation We present the case of a 34-year-old healthy woman with a twin pregnancy at 31 weeks and 6 days who experienced acute respiratory failure, a few hours after administration of tocolysis (ritodrine), due to preterm premature rupture of the membranes. Her chest discomfort was significantly ameliorated after the ritodrine infusion was stopped and a Cesarean section was performed 48 hours later under spinal anesthesia; however, 2 hours after surgery she developed severe hypoxemia, hypotension, fever and mild coagulopathy. The patient was intubated and transferred to the intensive care unit where she made a quick and uneventful recovery within 3 days. As there was no evidence for drug- or infection-related thromboembolic or myocardial causes of respiratory failure, we conclude that our patient experienced a rare type of non-fatal amniotic fluid embolism. Conclusion In spite of the lack of solid scientific support for our diagnosis, we conclude that our patient suffered an uncommon type of amniotic fluid embolism syndrome and we believe that this report highlights the need for extreme vigilance and a high index of suspicion for such a diagnosis in any pregnant individual. PMID:18505548

  10. [Chronic hydrocephalus in an adult due to congenital membranous occlusion of the apertura mediana ventriculi quartii (foramen of Magendie). Report of two cases and review of the literature].

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    Hashish, H; Guenot, M; Mertens, P; Sindou, M

    1999-09-01

    Congenital membranous obstruction of the apertura mediana ventriculi quartii (foramen of Magendie) is a rare entity, as only 8 adult cases are mentioned in all medical literature. We report here the cases of 2 patients (35 and 68 year-old) with chronic hydrocephalus due to congenital membranous obstruction of the foramen of Magendie. Both these two patients presented with headaches, nausea, and impairment of gait and memory. CT and MRI examination showed a communicating hydrocephalus, with particular enlargement of the fourth ventricle. Both patients were operated on for microsurgical exploration of the outlet of the fourth ventricle, which demonstrated membranous obstruction of the foramen of Magendie. Microsurgical perforation of the foramen of Magendie was performed, and a ventriculo-cisternal shunt was left in place. The two patients were cured, with a follow-up of 7 years in one case, and 5 years in the other case. Despite its rare occurrence, congenital imperforation or membranous obstruction of the foramen of Magendie must be considered as a possible etiology of chronic hydrocephalus in adult, especially in case of non proportioned enlargement of the fourth ventricle, associated to signs of increased intra-cranial pressure. According to us, the best surgical procedure consists in a microsurgical exploration of the foramen of Magendie associated to a ventriculo-cisternal shunting (from the fourth ventricle to the cisterna magna). Such a procedure can be considered as curative, and has more advantages than a simple ventriculo-peritoneal shunting. PMID:10567964

  11. Patient With Severe Hyponatremia Caused by Adrenal Insufficiency Due to Ectopic Posterior Pituitary Lobe and Miscommunication Between Hypothalamus and Pituitary: A Case Report.

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    Grammatiki, Maria; Rapti, Eleni; Mousiolis, Athanasios C; Yavropoulou, Maria; Karras, Spyridon; Tsona, Afroditi; Daniilidis, Michalis; Yovos, John; Kotsa, Kalliopi

    2016-03-01

    Hyponatremia may be one of the clinical manifestations of adrenal insufficiency (AI) and during the diagnostic workup of hyponatremic patients investigation of AI should be included.We report the case of an 82-year-old patient who was admitted to our hospital with clinical symptoms and laboratory findings of hyponatremia. Following the diagnostic algorithm of hyponatremia we reached the diagnosis of AI. Clinician's attention must focus on the underlying cause of AI which in this case was hidden in a miscommunication between hypothalamus and pituitary due to an ectopic posterior pituitary lobe and became apparent by a pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Treatment with oral hydrocortisone resulted in full clinical recovery and electrolyte balance, which was maintained after 7 months of follow-up.Secondary AI is related with hyponatremia through increased ADH secretion. Although a hyponatremic episode may be the first presentation of AI, clinical suspicion is of high importance in order to place the right diagnosis. Disruption of communication between hypothalamus and pituitary is a rare but considerable cause of AI. PMID:26962783

  12. Spinal cord compression due to primary intramedullary tuberculoma of the spinal cord presenting as paraplegia: A case report and literature review

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    Mishra, Sudhansu Sekhar; Das, Deepak; Das, Srikanta; Mohanta, Itibrata; Tripathy, Soubhagya Ranjan

    2015-01-01

    Background: Spinal cord compression can be due to various causes but spinal intramedullary tuberculoma is a rare cause. We report a case that had an intramedullary spinal cord tuberculomas in which the diagnosis was made histologically, without evidence of symptoms of systemic tuberculosis. This lesion, located in the thoracic region, mimicked as an intramedullary tumor radiologically. Case Description: The patient was a 25-year-old male who presented with a history of progressive paraparesis. Initial diagnosis was made as an intramedullary tumor by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The treatment of the patient involved is complete surgical excision of intramedullary lesion followed by appropriate antituberculous therapy. Postoperatively, his neurological symptoms were dramatically improved. With combination of both surgical and medical treatments, excellent clinical outcome was obtained. Conclusion: This case illustrates the risk of misdiagnosis and the importance of histological confirmation of a pathological lesion as spinal cord tuberculoma prior to surgical therapy, which should be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis of the intramedullary spinal cord tumors. PMID:25883834

  13. Rebound Of Previously Compressed O-Ring

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    Moore, Carleton J.

    1988-01-01

    Report presents theoretical and experimental analysis of relaxation characteristics of O-ring of vinylidene fluoride/hexafluoropropylene copolymer of same composition used in solid rocket boosters on Space Shuttle flight 51-L. Study covers range of temperatures from 10 to 120 degree F. Presents one-dimensional mathematical model of response provided for both elastic response and creep.

  14. Current Psychopathology in Previously Assaulted Older Adults

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    Acierno, Ron; Lawyer, Steven R.; Rheingold, Alyssa; Kilpatrick, Dean G.; Resnick, Heidi S.; Saunders, Benjamin E.

    2007-01-01

    Older adult women age 55+ years (N = 549) were interviewed as part of a population-based epidemiological research study of lifetime experiences with physical and sexual assault and current mental health problems. Although overall rates of psychopathology were low, producing very small cells for comparison, women who reported experiencing physical…

  15. Due Process and Higher Education: A Systemic Approach to Fair Decision Making. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Volume 27, Number 2.

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    Stevens, Ed

    Due process has become an important principle in higher education as a result of many new legal issues, including dismissals of students from campus, firings of staff members, faculty tenure and promotion, sexual harassment, discrimination, and substance abuse. This volume defines due process; explains when due process procedures are required;…

  16. Can previous learning alter future plasticity mechanisms?

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    Crestani, Ana Paula; Quillfeldt, Jorge Alberto

    2016-02-01

    The dynamic processes related to mnemonic plasticity have been extensively researched in the last decades. More recently, studies have attracted attention because they show an unusual plasticity mechanism that is independent of the receptor most usually related to first-time learning-that is, memory acquisition-the NMDA receptor. An interesting feature of this type of learning is that a previous experience may cause modifications in the plasticity mechanism of a subsequent learning, suggesting that prior experience in a very similar task triggers a memory acquisition process that does not depend on NMDARs. The intracellular molecular cascades necessary to assist the learning process seem to depend on the activation of hippocampal CP-AMPARs. Moreover, most of these studies were performed on hippocampus-dependent tasks, even though other brain areas, such as the basolateral amygdala, also display NMDAR-independent learning. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26795579

  17. Visual illusions associated with previous drug abuse.

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    Levi, L; Miller, N R

    1990-06-01

    We describe the visual illusions experienced by five patients with a history of previous use of hallucinogens, marijuana, or both. Symptoms included shimmering of images, illusory movement of images, visual perseveration of stationary objects, streaking of moving objects, and moving objects appearing as a consecutive series of stationary images. In all cases, the symptoms had persisted or recurred after periods of drug abstinence ranging from several months to several years. Despite thorough and repeated examinations and investigations, there was no evidence of neurologic ophthalmologic disease in these patients. When patients present with these and other visual illusions, a thorough drug history may afford the answer, provided that other recognized causes of these visual symptoms, such as migraine, epilepsy, and intracranial lesions have been excluded. PMID:2141849

  18. Books average previous decade of economic misery.

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    Bentley, R Alexander; Acerbi, Alberto; Ormerod, Paul; Lampos, Vasileios

    2014-01-01

    For the 20(th) century since the Depression, we find a strong correlation between a 'literary misery index' derived from English language books and a moving average of the previous decade of the annual U.S. economic misery index, which is the sum of inflation and unemployment rates. We find a peak in the goodness of fit at 11 years for the moving average. The fit between the two misery indices holds when using different techniques to measure the literary misery index, and this fit is significantly better than other possible correlations with different emotion indices. To check the robustness of the results, we also analysed books written in German language and obtained very similar correlations with the German economic misery index. The results suggest that millions of books published every year average the authors' shared economic experiences over the past decade. PMID:24416159

  19. Books Average Previous Decade of Economic Misery

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    Bentley, R. Alexander; Acerbi, Alberto; Ormerod, Paul; Lampos, Vasileios

    2014-01-01

    For the 20th century since the Depression, we find a strong correlation between a ‘literary misery index’ derived from English language books and a moving average of the previous decade of the annual U.S. economic misery index, which is the sum of inflation and unemployment rates. We find a peak in the goodness of fit at 11 years for the moving average. The fit between the two misery indices holds when using different techniques to measure the literary misery index, and this fit is significantly better than other possible correlations with different emotion indices. To check the robustness of the results, we also analysed books written in German language and obtained very similar correlations with the German economic misery index. The results suggest that millions of books published every year average the authors' shared economic experiences over the past decade. PMID:24416159

  20. The molecular basis of homocystinuria due to cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency in Italian families, and report of four novel mutations.

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    Sebastio, G; Sperandeo, M P; Panico, M; de Franchis, R; Kraus, J P; Andria, G

    1995-01-01

    Four new mutations in the cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) gene have been identified in Italian patients with homocystinuria. The first mutation is a G-to-A transition at base 374 in exon 3, causing an arginine-to-glutamic acid substitution at position 125 of the protein (R125Q). This mutation has been found in homozygosity in a patient partially responsive to pyridoxine treatment. The second mutation is a C-to-T transition at base 770 in exon 7, causing a threonine-to-methionine substitution at amino acid 257 of the protein (T257M). This mutation has been observed in homozygosity in a patient nonresponsive to the cofactor treatment. The third mutation, found in heterozygosity in a patient responsive to pyridoxine treatment, is an insertion of 68 bp in exon 8 at base 844, which introduces a premature termination codon. The fourth mutation is C-to-T transition in exon 2 at base 262, causing a proline-to-serine substitution at position 88 of the protein (P88S). This mutation is carried on a single allele in three affected sisters responsive to the cofactor treatment. In addition, six previously reported mutations (A114V, E131D, P145L, I278T, G307S, and A1224-2C) have been tested in 14 independent Italian families. Mutations A114V and I278T are carried by three and by seven independent alleles, respectively. The other four mutations--including G307S and A1224-2C, common among northern European patients--have not been detected. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:7762555

  1. Readmissions Among Children Previously Hospitalized With Pneumonia

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    Hall, Matthew; Gay, James C.; Blaschke, Anne J.; Williams, Derek J.; Parikh, Kavita; Hersh, Adam L.; Brogan, Thomas V.; Gerber, Jeffrey S.; Grijalva, Carlos G.; Shah, Samir S.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization and readmission in children. Understanding the patient characteristics associated with pneumonia readmissions is necessary to inform interventions to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and related costs. The objective of this study was to characterize readmission rates, and identify factors and costs associated with readmission among children previously hospitalized with pneumonia. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of children hospitalized with pneumonia at the 43 hospitals included in the Pediatric Health Information System between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2011. The primary outcome was all-cause readmission within 30 days after hospital discharge, and the secondary outcome was pneumonia-specific readmission. We used multivariable regression models to identify patient and hospital characteristics and costs associated with readmission. RESULTS: A total of 82?566 children were hospitalized with pneumonia (median age, 3 years; interquartile range 1–7). Thirty-day all-cause and pneumonia-specific readmission rates were 7.7% and 3.1%, respectively. Readmission rates were higher among children <1 year of age, as well as in patients with previous hospitalizations, longer index hospitalizations, and complicated pneumonia. Children with chronic medical conditions were more likely to experience all-cause (odds ratio 3.0; 95% confidence interval 2.8–3.2) and pneumonia-specific readmission (odds ratio 1.8; 95% confidence interval 1.7–2.0) compared with children without chronic medical conditions. The median cost of a readmission ($11?344) was higher than that of an index admission ($4495; P = .01). Readmissions occurred in 8% of pneumonia hospitalizations but accounted for 16.3% of total costs for all pneumonia hospitalizations. CONCLUSIONS: Readmissions are common after hospitalization for pneumonia, especially among young children and those with chronic medical conditions, and are associated with substantial costs. PMID:24958590

  2. Defendants previous history and mock sentencing.

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    Wear, D A; Pasewark, R A

    1984-05-01

    Six hundred forty-four undergraduates served as mock judges in sentencing male or female defendants convicted of homicide, child molestation, embezzlement, fraudulent issuance of checks, heroin possession, and consensual homosexuality. Defendants had a reported history of psychiatric hospitalization, imprisonment, or neither hospitalization nor incarceration. Results indicated: (1) those defendants with a mental health history were more likely to be accorded a disposition that involved mandatory health treatment; (2) dispositions of persons with a mental health history tended to be more restrictive than those of defendants with neither a mental health nor criminal history; and (3) sex of defendant of mock judge influenced sentencing disposition only in child molestation cases. PMID:6747006

  3. Sebacinales Everywhere: Previously Overlooked Ubiquitous Fungal Endophytes

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    Weiß, Michael; Sýkorová, Zuzana; Garnica, Sigisfredo; Riess, Kai; Martos, Florent; Krause, Cornelia; Oberwinkler, Franz; Bauer, Robert; Redecker, Dirk

    2011-01-01

    Inconspicuous basidiomycetes from the order Sebacinales are known to be involved in a puzzling variety of mutualistic plant-fungal symbioses (mycorrhizae), which presumably involve transport of mineral nutrients. Recently a few members of this fungal order not fitting this definition and commonly referred to as ‘endophytes’ have raised considerable interest by their ability to enhance plant growth and to increase resistance of their host plants against abiotic stress factors and fungal pathogens. Using DNA-based detection and electron microscopy, we show that Sebacinales are not only extremely versatile in their mycorrhizal associations, but are also almost universally present as symptomless endophytes. They occurred in field specimens of bryophytes, pteridophytes and all families of herbaceous angiosperms we investigated, including liverworts, wheat, maize, and the non-mycorrhizal model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. They were present in all habitats we studied on four continents. We even detected these fungi in herbarium specimens originating from pioneering field trips to North Africa in the 1830s/40s. No geographical or host patterns were detected. Our data suggest that the multitude of mycorrhizal interactions in Sebacinales may have arisen from an ancestral endophytic habit by specialization. Considering their proven beneficial influence on plant growth and their ubiquity, endophytic Sebacinales may be a previously unrecognized universal hidden force in plant ecosystems. PMID:21347229

  4. A case report of false negative Legionella test results in a chlorinated public hot water distribution system due to the lack of sodium thiosulfate in sampling bottles.

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    Wiedenmann, A; Langhammer, W; Botzenhart, K

    2001-12-01

    We examined samples from the showers and the central water distribution system of a public building with an indoor swimming pool. The pool was used for school and recreational activities and as a sports therapy facility for patients with coronary heart disease. The building's hot water system was contaminated with Legionella pneumophila. Due to the building's intricate piping system, several attempts to completely eliminate legionellae by thermal and chemical disinfection had failed, so an external sanitation company was charged with the installation of a continuous chlorination device in order to keep Legionella concentrations low. The laboratory which was contracted by the sanitation company to monitor bacteria levels after installation of the chlorination device used sampling bottles without sodium thiosulfate and repeatedly reported an absence of Legionella. However, up to 69,000 colony forming particles (CFP) of Legionella pneumophila (Lp) per litre and up to 171 CFP/ml of heterotrophic bacteria could be detected when parallel samples were collected in bottles containing sodium thiosulfate at standard concentrations. Laboratories, epidemiologists, public health officials and technical staff who may be in charge of delivering, preparing or using sterile sampling devices for the collection of environmental samples to be tested for legionellae should be aware that cultures can return false negative results if the sampling containers used to collect chlorinated drinking water or chlorinated pool water samples do not contain a neutralizing agent to instantly inactivate residual halogen biocides. False negative results may lead to a false sense of security regarding the safety of water systems or the success of disinfection measures, and may thus endanger public health or even hinder the epidemiological clarification of outbreaks. PMID:11833297

  5. Cardiac diphtheria in a previously immunized individual.

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    Munford, Loreli; Jones, Jennifer; Landrum, Lorena; O'Connell, John; Ayers, Eric

    2003-09-01

    A previously healthy 19-year-old Asian female without significant past medical history presented to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, fever, swollen neck, malaise, and myalgia for three to four days. The patient was initially seen at an outside hospital, evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat physician (ENT), and was found to have desquamative pharyngitis. The patient was transferred to our hospital after she continued to experience progressively worsening shortness of breath and went into acute respiratory distress. The patient was found to have laryngeal edema on exam with greenish-black, necrotic-looking tissue extending to the hypopharynx, nasopharynx, and oropharynx. A culture was taken. ENT was consulted for tracheostomy placement. The patient refused to have tracheostomy placed. She went into severe respiratory distress and required urgent tracheostomy. A cardiac consult was obtained. A 2D echocardiogram performed one day after admission revealed an ejection fraction (EF) of 10-20%, normal left ventricular cavity size, normal wall thickness, and severe global systolic dysfunction. There was mild to moderate mitral regurgitation and trace tricuspid regurgitation. The inferior vena cava was dilated and a 1 cm x 1.5 cm questionable mass or thrombus was seen. The patient's throat culture was positive for diphtheria. The CDC was contacted, and the patient was treated with antitoxin with prompt resolution of cardiac symptoms. A repeat echo done five days post-treatment showed improved EF of 65%, normal left ventricular thickness and function, with no clot visualized. She was treated with ceftriaxone and flagyl for ocular motor neuritis, otitis media, and strep. pneumonia with gradual improvement. These were all secondary to the diphtheria toxins, however, the patient continues to be followed as an outpatient by ENT for ongoing problems with swallowing, speech, and trach management. PMID:14527057

  6. Cardiac diphtheria in a previously immunized individual.

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    Munford, Loreli; Jones, Jennifer; Landrum, Lorena; O'Connell, John; Ayers, Eric

    2003-01-01

    A previously healthy 19-year-old Asian female without significant past medical history presented to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, fever, swollen neck, malaise, and myalgia for three to four days. The patient was initially seen at an outside hospital, evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat physician (ENT), and was found to have desquamative pharyngitis. The patient was transferred to our hospital after she continued to experience progressively worsening shortness of breath and went into acute respiratory distress. The patient was found to have laryngeal edema on exam with greenish-black, necrotic-looking tissue extending to the hypopharynx, nasopharynx, and oropharynx. A culture was taken. ENT was consulted for tracheostomy placement. The patient refused to have tracheostomy placed. She went into severe respiratory distress and required urgent tracheostomy. A cardiac consult was obtained. A 2D echocardiogram performed one day after admission revealed an ejection fraction (EF) of 10-20%, normal left ventricular cavity size, normal wall thickness, and severe global systolic dysfunction. There was mild to moderate mitral regurgitation and trace tricuspid regurgitation. The inferior vena cava was dilated and a 1 cm x 1.5 cm questionable mass or thrombus was seen. The patient's throat culture was positive for diphtheria. The CDC was contacted, and the patient was treated with antitoxin with prompt resolution of cardiac symptoms. A repeat echo done five days post-treatment showed improved EF of 65%, normal left ventricular thickness and function, with no clot visualized. She was treated with ceftriaxone and flagyl for ocular motor neuritis, otitis media, and strep. pneumonia with gradual improvement. These were all secondary to the diphtheria toxins, however, the patient continues to be followed as an outpatient by ENT for ongoing problems with swallowing, speech, and trach management. PMID:14527057

  7. Group B streptococcal meningitis in a previously healthy man.

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    Li, Lucy Qian; Cheema, Sanjay; Goel, Nupur

    2016-01-01

    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is an infrequent cause of meningitis in adults, usually affecting elderly patients and those with serious underlying disease. It is more commonly recognised as one of the leading aetiological agents of neonatal sepsis following maternally derived infection during pregnancy. We report a case of a previously healthy 26-year-old man who presented with fevers, confusion and headache. Lumbar puncture results were consistent with bacterial meningitis, and blood cultures grew GBS. To the best of our knowledge, our patient represents one of the few reported cases of GBS meningitis in a previously healthy young man. Interestingly, our patient had a significant family history of central nervous system infection including a son with herpes simplex virus encephalitis, a sister with meningococcal meningitis and a great-uncle with meningitis of unknown cause. We discuss genetic factors that may predispose certain people to develop meningitis with normally harmless microorganisms such as GBS. PMID:26759446

  8. The effect of previous traumatic injury on homicide risk.

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    Griffin, Russell L; Davis, Gregory G; Levitan, Emily B; MacLennan, Paul A; Redden, David T; McGwin, Gerald

    2014-07-01

    Research has reported that a strong risk factor for traumatic injury is having a previous injury (i.e., recidivism). To date, the only study examining the relationship between recidivism and homicide reported strong associations, but was limited by possible selection bias. The current matched case-control study utilized coroner's data from 2004 to 2008. Subjects were linked to trauma registry data to determine whether the person had a previous traumatic injury. Conditional logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) for the association between homicide and recidivism. Homicide risk was increased for those having a previous traumatic injury (OR 1.81, 95% CI 1.09-2.99) or a previous intentional injury (OR 2.53, 95% CI 1.24-5.17). These results suggest an association between homicide and injury recidivism, and that trauma centers may be an effective setting for screening individuals for secondary prevention efforts of homicide through violence prevention programs. PMID:24673555

  9. A previously unrecognized kanosamine biosynthesis pathway in Bacillus subtilis.

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    Vetter, Natasha D; Langill, David M; Anjum, Shazia; Boisvert-Martel, Julie; Jagdhane, Rajendra C; Omene, Egiroh; Zheng, Hongyan; van Straaten, Karin E; Asiamah, Isaac; Krol, Ed S; Sanders, David A R; Palmer, David R J

    2013-04-24

    The ntd operon in Bacillus subtilis is essential for biosynthesis of 3,3'-neotrehalosadiamine (NTD), an unusual nonreducing disaccharide reported to have antibiotic properties. It has been proposed that the three enzymes encoded within this operon, NtdA, NtdB, and NtdC, constitute a complete set of enzymes required for NTD synthesis, although their functions have never been demonstrated in vitro. We now report that these enzymes catalyze the biosynthesis of kanosamine from glucose-6-phosphate: NtdC is a glucose-6-phosphate 3-dehydrogenase, NtdA is a pyridoxal phosphate-dependent 3-oxo-glucose-6-phosphate:glutamate aminotransferase, and NtdB is a kanosamine-6-phosphate phosphatase. None of these enzymatic reactions have been reported before. This pathway represents an alternate route to the previously reported pathway from Amycolatopsis mediterranei which derives kanosamine from UDP-glucose. PMID:23586652

  10. Cutaneous protothecosis in a patient with previously undiagnosed HIV infection.

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    Fong, Kenneth; Tee, Shang-Ian; Ho, Madeline S L; Pan, Jiun Yit

    2015-08-01

    Protothecosis is an uncommon condition resulting from infection by achlorophyllous algae of the Prototheca species. Immunocompromised individuals are generally most susceptible to protothecal infection and tend to develop severe and disseminated disease. However, the association between protothecosis and HIV-induced immunosuppression is not clear, with only a handful of cases having been described to date. Here we report a case of cutaneous protothecosis in a Chinese man with previously undiagnosed HIV infection that responded well to oral itraconazole. PMID:24592936

  11. Combination of congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm in an infant with transposition of the great arteries: a previously unreported association.

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    Saygi, Murat; Ergul, Yakup; Guzeltas, Alper

    2015-10-01

    A 35-day-old boy weighing 4.5 kg was referred to our department from a general paediatric hospital due to low oxygen saturation. His transcutaneous oxygen saturation was 75%. Transthoracic echocardiography showed discordant ventriculo-arterial connections, a non-restrictive atrial septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus, in addition to a 23 mm×10-mm left atrial appendage aneurysm. As far as we know, this association has not been reported previously in the literature. PMID:26205429

  12. Ewing sarcoma superimposed on a previous osteochondroma in multiple osteochondromatosis.

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    Marrero Barrera, Pablo A; Marrero Ortiz, Pablo V

    2014-04-01

    It has been reported that patients with hereditary multiple exostoses (called multiple osteochondromatosis by the World Health Organization) are at increased risk for malignant transformation of osteochondromas to secondary chondrosarcomas. A review of the literature found 14 cases showing transformation of osteochondromas into osteosarcomas; however, Ewing sarcoma has never been reported superimposed on an osteochondroma. This article presents the case of a boy who underwent biopsy of a previously existent osteochondroma for which the pathology report showed cytologic and immunohistochemical properties consistent with Ewing sarcoma. A 13-year-old boy with hereditary multiple exostoses (multiple osteochondromatosis) presented to an orthopedic clinic because of waxing and waning pain superficial to a previous osteochondroma on the lateral aspect of the right leg, below the knee, of 1 month's duration. On examination, inflammation was noted over a bony mass associated with tenderness to palpation of the affected area. There was no evidence of penetrating injury or trauma, and the patient reported no constitutional symptoms, including fever. Radiographs showed marked osteolysis and signs of periosteal reaction. Magnetic resonance imaging showed evidence of cortical bone erosion and extension of the mass into soft tissue. Malignant transformation was suspected, and the patient underwent biopsy. The pathology findings were consistent with Ewing sarcoma. The highly uncommon presentation of this malignancy must serve as a red flag to other physicians who treat patients with hereditary multiple exostoses. Ewing sarcoma tends to be of higher grade and have a worse prognosis than other malignancies that are more commonly seen in these patients. PMID:24762849

  13. Pregnancy in a Previously Conjoined Thoracopagus Twin with a Crisscross Heart

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    Rimawi, Bassam H.; Krishna, Iris; Sahu, Anurag; Badell, Martina L.

    2015-01-01

    Background. Crisscross heart (CCH) is a complex, rare, congenital, rotational, cardiac abnormality that accounts for <0.1% of congenital heart defects (CHD). CCH is characterized by the crossing of the inflow streams of the two ventricles due to an abnormal twisting of the heart. A case of maternal CCH has not been previously reported. Case. We report a case of a primigravida with a CCH, who was separated at birth from her thoracopagus conjoined twin. Pregnancy was managed by congenital cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, anesthesiology, and obstetrics. She underwent a 39-week vaginal delivery without maternal or neonatal complication. Conclusion. A successful term pregnancy outcome was achieved in a patient with CCH using a multidisciplinary approach to address her cardiac condition. PMID:26273483

  14. Squamous cell carcinoma arising in previously burned or irradiated skin

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    Edwards, M.J.; Hirsch, R.M.; Broadwater, J.R.; Netscher, D.T.; Ames, F.C.

    1989-01-01

    Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arising in previously burned or irradiated skin was reviewed in 66 patients treated between 1944 and 1986. Healing of the initial injury was complicated in 70% of patients. Mean interval from initial injury to diagnosis of SCC was 37 years. The overwhelming majority of patients presented with a chronic intractable ulcer in previously injured skin. The regional relapse rate after surgical excision was very high, 58% of all patients. Predominant patterns of recurrence were in local skin and regional lymph nodes (93% of recurrences). Survival rates at 5, 10, and 20 years were 52%, 34%, and 23%, respectively. Five-year survival rates in previously burned and irradiated patients were not significantly different (53% and 50%, respectively). This review, one of the largest reported series, better defines SCC arising in previously burned or irradiated skin as a locally aggressive disease that is distinct from SCC arising in sunlight-damaged skin. An increased awareness of the significance of chronic ulceration in scar tissue may allow earlier diagnosis. Regional disease control and survival depend on surgical resection of all known disease and may require radical lymph node dissection or amputation.

  15. Pregnancy hemoperitoneum and placenta percreta in a patient with previous pelvic irradiation and ovarian failure

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    Pridjian, G.; Rich, N.E.; Montag, A.G. )

    1990-05-01

    Placenta percreta in a patient with previous pelvic irradiation has never been described. Reported is a case of placenta percreta with hemoperitoneum associated with a second-trimester incomplete abortion in a patient with previous pelvic irradiation and ovarian failure.

  16. Coexistence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Superior Vena Cava Syndromes Due to Substernal Goitre in a Patient With Respiratory Failure: A Case Report

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    Tunc, Mehtap; Sazak, Hilal; Karlilar, Bulent; Ulus, Fatma; Tastepe, Irfan

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Substernal goiter may rarely cause superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) owing to venous compression, and cause acute respiratory failure due to tracheal compression. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may rarely occur when there is a narrowing of upper airway by edema and vascular congestion resulting from SVCS. Case Presentation: We presented the clinical course and treatment of acute respiratory failure (ARF) developed in a patient with SVCS and OSAS due to substernal goiter. After treatment of ARF with invasive mechanical ventilation, weaning and total thyroidectomy were successfully performed through collar incision and median sternotomy without complications. Conclusions: Our case showed that if the respiratory failure occurred due to substernal goiter and SVCS, we would need to investigate the coexistence of OSAS and SVCS. PMID:26082848

  17. Progression of neuropsychiatric and cognitive features due to exons 2 to 5 deletion in the epsilon-sarcoglycan gene: a case report.

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    Multani, Namita; Moro, Elena; Lang, Anthony; Zurowski, Mateusz; Duff Canning, Sarah; Tartaglia, Maria Carmela

    2016-04-01

    Physical symptoms of myoclonus dystonia due to epsilon-sarcoglycan mutations are well documented; however, the progression of neuropsychiatric and cognitive symptoms remains unclear. We present a case of a 34-year-old woman with early childhood onset of myoclonic jerks, dystonic posture and developmental delay due to exons 2 to 5 deletion in the epsilon-sarcoglycan gene. Over time, she developed neuropsychiatric symptoms. She underwent bilateral deep brain stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus for her motor symptoms, which greatly improved but she exhibited slow deterioration of her neuropsychiatric and cognitive symptoms, particularly apathy, aggression and severe executive dysfunction. PMID:26652670

  18. Evaluation of energy-consumption savings due to setting standards for humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Topical report subtask 7. 1: consumers product minimum energy efficiency standards program

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    1980-07-07

    The potential energy savings due to the imposition of minimum energy efficiency standards for humidifiers and dehimidifiers are documented. This information on energy savings along with DOE benchmarks is tabulated. It is shown that for either humidifiers or dehumidifiers, standards will not result in aggregate savings of greater than 8.4 x 10/sup 8/ kWh per year, and thus the standards are not justified. Furthermore, the burden placed on the manufacturers and the increased cost to the consumer due to compliance will probably not be offset by the energy savings. Sources of information and the assumptions made in the energy saving predictions are documented. (MCW)

  19. Occupational asthma due to azodicarbonamide.

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    Kim, Cheol-Woo; Cho, Jae-Hwa; Leem, Jong-Han; Ryu, Jeong-Seon; Lee, Hong-Lyeol; Hong, Yun-Chul

    2004-04-30

    Azodicarbonamide is a low molecular weight foaming agent for plastics and rubbers. Azodicarbonamide can elicit acute and chronic health related problems due to its potential for pulmonary and cutaneous sensitization. Some cases of occupational asthma associated with exposure to azodicarbonamide have been reported, of which only a few cases were confirmed by specific inhalation challenges. Here, the first case of occupational asthma due to azodicarbonamide in Korea, in which the diagnosis was confirmed by specific inhalation challenge, is reported. PMID:15119006

  20. Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the nasopharynx after previous adenoid irradiation

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    Sofferman, R.A.; Heisse, J.W. Jr.

    1985-04-01

    In 1978, Pratt challenged the otolaryngology community to identify an incidence of malignancy in individuals who have previously received radium therapy to the nasopharyngeal lymphoid tissues. This case report is a direct response to that quest and presents a well documented adenoid cystic carcinoma evolving 23 years after radium applicator treatment to the fossa of Rosenmuller. Although a cause-and-effect relationship cannot be scientifically proven, the case history raises several important questions concerning the stimulating effects of radiation on the later onset of frank malignancy.

  1. 1979J2 - Discovery of a previously unknown Jovian satellite

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    Synnott, S. P.

    1980-01-01

    Detailed examination of imaging data of Jupiter taken by Voyager 1 reveals a previously unknown satellite 1979J2. Analysis of the image on the Jovian disk indicates that it is not an atmospheric feature or the shadow of any known satellite. The orbital period is calculated at 16 hours 11 minutes 21.25 seconds + or - 0.5 second and the semimajor axis is 3.1054 Jupiter radii. The observed profile is roughly circular with a diameter of 80 kilometers. An albedo of approximately 0.05 is reported, which is similar to Amalthea's. The geometry of the observational situation is illustrated.

  2. [Invasive disease due to Streptococcus pyogenes in a patient with A H1N1 influenza infection. Report of one case].

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    Guerrero S, Gonzalo; Marín S, Felipe

    2015-08-01

    Bacterial superinfection is a known complication among patients affected by viral respiratory tract infections. Streptococcus pyogenes, a major bacterial agent involved in acute tonsillopharyngitis, skin and soft tissue infections, was reported as a co-infecting microorganism during the 2009 A H1N1 influenza pandemic. We report a 65-year-old male patient who evolved with multifocal pneumonia and multiple organ failure with a fatal outcome. Influenza A H1N1 was detected by a polymerase chain reaction-based technique from a tracheal aspirate sample. S. pyogenes was identified by a rapid test from a nasopharyngeal sample and isolated afterwards from a positive blood culture. PMID:26436938

  3. Event Sequence Variability in Healthy Swallowing: Building on Previous Findings

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    Molfenter, Sonja M.; Leigh, Chelsea; Steele, Catriona M.

    2015-01-01

    This study builds on previous work by Kendall, Leonard and McKenzie, which investigated event sequence variability for 12 paired-events during swallowing by healthy volunteers. They identified four event pairs, which always occurred in a stereotyped order as well as a most-common occurring overall order of events during swallowing. In the current study, we investigate overall event sequencing and the same four paired-events in a sample of swallows by healthy, young (under 45 years old) volunteers. Data were collected during a 16-swallow lateral videofluoroscopy protocol, which included manipulations of bolus volume, barium density, bolus viscosity and swallow cueing. Our results agree with previous findings regarding the fact that variable event sequencing is found in healthy swallowing, and regarding the obligatory sequencing of two paired-events: movement of the arytenoids towards the base of the epiglottis begins prior to upper esophageal sphincter (UES) opening; and maximum hyo-laryngeal approximation occurs after UES opening. However, our data failed to replicate the previous finding of obligatory sequencing of maximum pharyngeal constriction after maximal UES distension and UES opening occurring before bolus arrival at the UES. The most-common observed overall event sequence reported by Kendall was observed in only 4/293 swallows in our dataset. Manipulations of bolus volume, bolus viscosity, barium concentration, swallow cueing and swallow repetitions could not completely account for differences observed between the two studies. PMID:24390702

  4. Nursing Workforce: Emerging Nurse Shortages Due to Multiple Factors. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives.

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    Heinrich, Janet

    Current evidence suggests emerging shortages of nurses available or willing to fill some vacant positions in hospitals, nursing homes, and home care. Total employment of registered nurses (RNs) per capita and the national unemployment rate for RNs have declined, and providers from around the country report growing difficulty recruiting and…

  5. CIRRPC Science Panel report No. 6: Use of probability of causation by the veterans administration in the adjudication of claims of injury due to exposure to ionizing radiation

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    1988-08-01

    The report was prepared in response to a request from the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Administration (VA) Coordination (CIRRPC) to provide guidelines to the VA with respect to the questions ``...for what levels of radiation exposure, if any, the radioepidemiological tables can be used credibly in the rule-making we are conducting pursuant to Public Law 98-542`` and ``...whether CIRRPC`s views in this regard vary with the type of cancer involved and whether use of the NIH tables for certain cancers may be more justifiable than for other cancers.`` The report prepared by the Science Subpanel on Radioepidemiological Tables and approved by the CIRRPC Science Panel answers these questions by listing those cancers both considered to be radiogenic in the NIH Report and to be applicable to veterans and by providing, for these cancers, radiation doses that allow the VA to exclude from further consideration those claims having ``no reasonable possibility`` (a VA stated criteria) of merit. The report provides important scientific information which can be used as part of the evidence for evaluating, along with other evidence, claims not eliminated by the screening procedure.

  6. Widely Used Pesticides with Previously Unknown Endocrine Activity Revealed as in Vitro Antiandrogens

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    Orton, Frances; Rosivatz, Erika; Scholze, Martin; Kortenkamp, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Background Evidence suggests that there is widespread decline in male reproductive health and that antiandrogenic pollutants may play a significant role. There is also a clear disparity between pesticide exposure and data on endocrine disruption, with most of the published literature focused on pesticides that are no longer registered for use in developed countries. Objective We used estimated human exposure data to select pesticides to test for antiandrogenic activity, focusing on highest use pesticides. Methods We used European databases to select 134 candidate pesticides based on highest exposure, followed by a filtering step according to known or predicted receptor-mediated antiandrogenic potency, based on a previously published quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) model. In total, 37 pesticides were tested for in vitro androgen receptor (AR) antagonism. Of these, 14 were previously reported to be AR antagonists (“active”), 4 were predicted AR antagonists using the QSAR, 6 were predicted to not be AR antagonists (“inactive”), and 13 had unknown activity, which were “out of domain” and therefore could not be classified with the QSAR (“unknown”). Results All 14 pesticides with previous evidence of AR antagonism were confirmed as antiandrogenic in our assay, and 9 previously untested pesticides were identified as antiandrogenic (dimethomorph, fenhexamid, quinoxyfen, cyprodinil, ?-cyhalothrin, pyrimethanil, fludioxonil, azinphos-methyl, pirimiphos-methyl). In addition, we classified 7 compounds as androgenic. Conclusions Due to estimated antiandrogenic potency, current use, estimated exposure, and lack of previous data, we strongly recommend that dimethomorph, fludioxonil, fenhexamid, imazalil, ortho-phenylphenol, and pirimiphos-methyl be tested for antiandrogenic effects in vivo. The lack of human biomonitoring data for environmentally relevant pesticides presents a barrier to current risk assessment of pesticides on humans. PMID:21310686

  7. [Successful treatment of multiple sinus thromboses and meningitis due to aspergilli and alpha-streptococci with preemptive antimycotic therapy: a case report].

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    Shinohara, Miho; Nagao, Masahiro; Matsubara, Shiro

    2010-09-01

    A 62-year-old immunocompetent woman presented with 11 days of headache, 2 days of right eye ache and 1 day of fever and lethargy. Neurological examination revealed nuchal stiffness, right proptosis, bilateral ptosis, and right abducens palsy. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination revealed elevated white cell count (164 /microl) and protein level (115 mg/dl). Cranial MRI showed sphenoid sinusitis, thromboses of the right superior ophthalmic vein, bilateral cavernous sinuses, left sphenoparietal sinus and left sigmoid sinus, and enhanced meninges. Purulent meningitis and multiple mycotic cerebral venous sinus thromboses were diagnosed. After empirical therapy with meropenem, fever persisted and CSF cell count further elevated (668/microl on day 3). Additional treatment with liposomal amphotericin B (L-AMB) and low-dose heparin from day 3 ameliorated her symptoms and lowered her CSF cell count. Laboratory test on admission later revealed elevated serum aspergillus antigen (index = 3.6) and positive blood culture for streptococcus viridans. L-AMB was replaced by voriconazole due to skin rash, and the latter was changed to itraconazole due to drug-induced hepatitis. She was discharged without complication and has been free of recurrence for 7 months. Aspergillus has a propensity to invade cerebral vessels and meninges, causing local thrombosis and meningitis with high mortality and morbidity. Direct penetration from adjacent sphenoid sinus can be a cause of cavernous sinus thrombosis, due to extreme thinness of the wall of sphenoid sinus. Cerebral venous sinuses lack valves, and this may facilitate the spread of mycotic thrombus to the other sinuses. Early preemptive treatment with antimycotic agents brought a favorable outcome to our patient. PMID:20960932

  8. Ground subsidence due to mining operations. October 1976-November 1989 (Citations from the COMPENDEX data base). Report for October 1976-November 1989

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    1990-01-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning ground subsidence associated with mining operations. Mine subsidence is discussed with reference to mathematical modeling, forecasting extent of cavitation, and rock mechanics and mechanisms of stress relaxation. Damage to above- and below-ground structures as well as agricultural areas, and mining techniques designed to prevent or reduce subsidence are included. Monitoring of subsidence and detection of cavitation for surface, underground, and ocean-floor mining areas are discussed and examples are analyzed. Subsidence due to aquifer water removal is referenced in a related published bibliography. (Contains 213 citations fully indexed and including a title list.)

  9. [Congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to lack of 17?-hydroxylase: a report of a new mutation in the gene CYP17A1].

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    Perales Martínez, J I; Pina Marqués, B; de Arriba Muñoz, A; Mayayo Dehesa, E; Labarta Aizpún, J I; Loidi Fernández, L

    2015-01-01

    P450c17 enzyme catalyses two different reactions: the 17?-hydroxylation of progesterone and pregnenolone, and segmenting the carbon 17-20 binding from the 17,20lyase producing adrenal androgens. This enzyme is coded by the CYP17A1 gene. The case is presented of a 14 year old patient with delayed pubertal development and a high blood pressure for height and age. 46,XX karyotype. Hormonal studies highlighted hypergonadotropic hypogonadism, adrenal insufficiency and mineralocorticoid excess. Subsequent genetic studies showed a homozygous mutation in the CYP17A1 gene (c.753+G>A), not previously described, which is responsible for the pathophysiology of 17?-hydroxylase deficiency. This entity is a rare form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The disease often goes unnoticed until adolescence or early adult life, and should be suspected in 46,XY individuals with ambiguous genitalia or 46,XX with delayed puberty associated with hypertension and/or hypokalaemia. PMID:24593890

  10. Case of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome due to azathioprine.

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    Ogawa, Ryo; Oikawa, Takanori; Shijo, Tomomi; Kanno, Shigenori; Shibuya, Satoshi; Mochizuki, Hiroshi

    2015-12-23

    This report describes a 15-year-old woman presenting posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) due to azathioprine. She was under treatment for ulcerative colitis. She was prescribed azathioprine seven days before admission. Four days after, she complained of headache. Then, she disturbed consciousness and showed generalized convulsive seizure on the day of admission. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed vasogenic edema in both hemispheres. She was discontinued azathioprine and treated by anticonvulsant. Her symptoms were recovered and the MRI findings were disappeared. We diagnosed as PRES due to azathioprine because of clinical course and MRI findings. Only one case of PRES due to azathioprine is reported previously. Our case is the first report that showed the changes and improvement of MRI findings along the clinical course. PMID:26511023

  11. Deepwater Gulf of Mexico more profitable than previously thought

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    Craig, M.J.K.; Hyde, S.T.

    1997-03-10

    Economic evaluations and recent experience show that the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is much more profitable than previously thought. Four factors contributing to the changed viewpoint are: First, deepwater reservoirs have proved to have excellent productive capacity, distribution, and continuity when compared to correlative-age shelf deltaic sands. Second, improved technologies and lower perceived risks have lowered the cost of floating production systems (FPSs). Third, projects now get on-line quicker. Fourth, a collection of other important factors are: Reduced geologic risk and associated high success rates for deepwater GOM wells due primarily to improved seismic imaging and processing tools (3D, AVO, etc.); absence of any political risk in the deepwater GOM (common overseas, and very significant in some international areas); and positive impact of deepwater federal royalty relief. This article uses hypothetical reserve distributions and price forecasts to illustrate indicative economics of deepwater prospects. Economics of Shell Oil Co.`s three deepwater projects are also discussed.

  12. Facial disfigurement due to osteitis fibrosa cystica or brown tumor from secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients on dialysis: A systematic review and an illustrative case report.

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    Baracaldo, Rafael M; Bao, Dashi; Iampornpipopchai, Pichet; Fogel, Joshua; Rubinstein, Sofia

    2015-10-01

    Osteitis fibrosa cystica (OFC) is the most frequent type of osseous change in renal osteodystrophy affecting the majority of dialysis patients. Brown tumors are a severe form of OFC. The involvement of the craniofacial skeleton causing facial disfigurement in patients on dialysis appears to be limited to case reports. After searching PubMed, we performed a systematic review of 127 cases with a severe form of OFC resulting in a facial disfigurement to understand possible determinants for this condition. We found that since the first published case in 1974, and after a peak in 1996, there appears to be an increase in published reported cases. Only 27.6% of these cases were published in nephrology journals. The most common region for reported cases was North America. Mean age of these patients was 31.2 years with a mean dialysis duration of 7 years. Almost 67% were women, and almost all were on hemodialysis. The disease tended to most commonly localize to the maxilla (73.2%) and mandible (57.5%). As part of the treatment, 59% of patients had a parathyroidectomy. More than one-third (35.4%) had symptomatic improvement at follow-up. Mean follow-up was 1.6 years. Clinicians should be aware of this clinical presentation of a severe form of OFC and/or brown tumors. Timely diagnosis and intervention may help to prevent or decrease destructive bone changes and reduce negative psychological consequences of facial disfigurement. PMID:25828738

  13. Venous Congestive Myelopathy due to Chronic Inferior Vena Cava Thrombosis Treated with Endovascular Stenting: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Carvalho, Diego Z.; Hughes, Joshua D.; Liebo, Greta B.; Bendel, Emily C.; Bjarnason, Haraldur; Klaas, James P.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Impaired inferior vena cava (IVC) outflow can lead to collateralization of blood to the valveless epidural venous plexus, causing epidural venous engorgement and venous congestion. Herein we describe a case of chronic IVC thrombosis presenting as venous congestive myelopathy treated with angioplasty and endovascular stenting. The pathophysiological mechanisms of cord injury are hypothesized, and IVC stenting application is evaluated. Methods Case report and review of the literature. Results IVC outflow obstruction has only rarely been associated with neurologic dysfunction, with reports of lumbosacral nerve root compression in the cases of IVC agenesis, compression, or occlusion. Although endovascular angioplasty with stenting is emerging as a leading treatment option for chronic IVC thrombosis, its use to treat neurologic complications is limited to one case report for intractable sciatica. Our case is the first description of IVC thrombosis presenting with venous congestive myelopathy, and treated successfully with IVC stenting. Conclusion Venous congestive myelopathy should be seen as a broader clinical condition, including not only typical dural arteriovenous fistulas, but also disorders of venous outflow. Therefore, identifying a rare, but potentially treatable, etiology is important to avoid permanent neurologic deficits. IVC stenting is proposed as a novel and effective treatment approach. PMID:25825633

  14. Total Splenectomy due to an Unexpected “Complication” after Successful Extended Laparoscopic Partial Decapsulation of a Giant Epidermoid Splenic Cyst: A Case Report

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    Pitiakoudis, Michail; Zezos, Petros; Oikonomou, Anastasia; Laftsidis, Prodromos; Kouklakis, Georgios; Simopoulos, Constantinos

    2011-01-01

    Splenic cysts are rare entities and are classified as true cysts or pseudocysts based on the presence of an epithelial lining. Congenital nonparasitic true cysts can be epidermoid, dermoid, or endodermoid, present at a young age, and are commonly located in the upper pole of the spleen. Surgical treatment is recommended for symptomatic, large (more than 5?cm), or complicated cysts. Depending on cyst number, location, relation to hilus, and the major splenic vessels, the surgical options include aspiration, marsupialization, cystectomy, partial cystectomy (decapsulation), and partial or complete splenectomy. Laparoscopic techniques have now become the standard approach for many conditions, including the splenic cysts, with emphasis on the spleen-preserving minimally invasive operations. We present the successful extended partial laparoscopic decapsulation of a giant epidermoid splenic cyst in a young female patient that, although asymptomatic, was unfortunately followed by complete splenectomy five days later due to a misinterpreted abdominal CT suggesting splenic postoperative ischemia. PMID:21687593

  15. A case report of an anorexia nervosa patient with end-stage renal disease due to pseudo Bartter's syndrome and Chinese herb nephropathy requiring maintenance hemodialysis.

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    Wada K; Shinoda T

    2008-10-01

    The extent of end stage renal disease (ESRD) has not been well documented in anorexia nervosa (AN). We herein describe a 47-year-old female with ESRD who required maintenance hemodialysis (HD) following a 27 year history of AN, and seven years of diuretic and purgative abuse. In spite of HD treatment, her serum inorganic phosphorus level remained elevated (10.2-15.8 mg/dL). Tissue degradation due to catabolism, insufficient dialysis treatment, and use of Chinese herbal medicine, including aristolochic acid, are speculated as the cause of her hyperphosphatemia. We also speculated that the causes of her renal dysfunction are as follows: chronic interstitial nephritis caused by pseudo Bartter's syndrome resulting from chronic abuse of diuretics and purgatives, and Chinese herb nephropathy.

  16. [Fatal surgical extraction of cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator leads in a context of endocarditis due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis. A case report and review of literature].

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    Verdier-Watts, F; Zouaghi, O; Berend, M; Wey, P-F; Farhat, F; Bonnefoy, E; Mioulet, D; Griffet, V

    2015-02-01

    A 82-year-old man equipped with a cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator for dilated cardiomyopathy with normal coronary arteries, in complete atrioventricular block, develops six months after a change of the generator-pocket a severe endocarditis due to a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis with a large lead vegetation. After 4 days of adapted antimicrobial therapy, a surgical device removal is realised with unfortunately a fatal end during extraction. This observation points out the severity of cardiovascular device infections in old and weak population, as well as the difficulty of treatment choices because of both infectious and rhythmic constraints. The lead extraction is a strong recommendation but the modality and timing of extraction are not consensual, especially in cardioverter defibrillator-dependent patients. Surgical removal remains an alternative to percutaneous lead extraction but with a higher operative risk. PMID:24836938

  17. Ectopic acromegaly due to a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma in the sphenoid sinus: a case report and review of the literature

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    2013-01-01

    Background In more than 98% of cases, acromegaly is due to a GH-secreting pituitary adenoma. The term “ectopic acromegaly” includes neuroendocrine tumors secreting GH releasing hormone (GHRH), usually located in the lungs, thymus and endocrine pancreas. Considerably less frequent are cases of ectopic acromegaly due to GH-secreting tumors located out of the pituitary fossa; except for one isolated case of a well-documented GH-secreting lymphoma, the majority of these lesions are located in the sphenoid sinus. Case presentation We present the case of a 45 year old woman with acromegaly whose MRI showed an empty sella without evidence of a pituitary adenoma but revealed a large mass within the sphenoid sinus. She underwent transsphenoidal surgery and the excised sphenoid sinus mass, proved to be a GH-secreting adenoma; the sellar floor was intact and no other lesions were found in the pituitary fossa. She required postoperative treatment with somatostatin analogs and cabergoline for clinical and biochemical control. Conclusions This case highlights the importance of carefully evaluating the structures surrounding the sellar area when a pituitary adenoma is not found with currently available imaging techniques. The finding of an intact sellar floor and duramater lead us to conclude that the patient’s tumor originated de novo from embryological pituitary remnants. Upon a careful review of the literature and a critical evaluation of our case we found neither clinical nor biochemical features that would distinguish an ectopic from the more common eutopically located somatotrophinoma. PMID:24119925

  18. Preparing a scientific report to the general assembly on 'exposures due to the nuclear accident following the Great East-Japan earthquake and tsunami'.

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    Weiss, Wolfgang

    2012-03-01

    At its 58th session in May 2011, the United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) decided to carry out, once sufficient information was available, a full assessment of the levels of exposure and radiation risks attributable to the Fukushima accident. It envisages a preliminary document for consideration at its 59th session in May of 2012 and a more complete report for the 60th session of the Committee in 2013. This paper summarises the aims and objectives of the project, the scope, the working arrangements as well as the relation of the work to other activities. PMID:22395001

  19. A patient with minimal change disease and acute focal tubulointerstitial nephritis due to traditional medicine: a case report and small literature review.

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    Lee, Keun-Hyeun; Jeong, Han-Sol; Rhee, Harin

    2014-01-01

    Gongjin-dan (GJD) is a traditional formula that is widely used in Korea and China, and it has been used from 1345 AD in China to improve the circulation between the kidneys and the heart and to prevent all diseases. However, its adverse effects have not yet been reported. We present a patient with minimal change disease and focal tubulointerstitial nephritis associated with GJD. A 72-year-old man visited the clinic for generalized edema 20 days after starting GJD. His serum albumin level was low and nephrotic-range proteinuria was detected. A kidney biopsy showed minimal change disease and acute tubulointerstitial nephritis. After stopping GJD, a spontaneous complete remission was achieved. We discuss the possible pathogenesis of GJD-induced minimal change disease and review the adverse effects of GJD's ingredients and traditional Chinese medicines that can induce proteinuria. We report a new adverse effect of GJD, which might induce increased IL-13 production and an allergic response, leading to minimal change disease and focal tubulointerstitial nephritis. PMID:25037506

  20. A previously unreported locality record for the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum)

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    Lovich, Jeff; Haxel, Gordon

    2011-01-01

    Although the Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) is widely distributed throughout the Sonoran and portions of the Mojave Deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, details of its distribution in California are imperfectly known, due to the apparent rarity of the species in that state. In their review of Gila Monster records for California, Lovich and Beaman (2007) documented only 26 credible sightings during a period of 153 years. In May 2009 another sighting in California was documented by Ruppert (2010a, b) who photographed a specimen in the Providence Mountains, an area known for previous Gila Monster sightings (Lovich and Beaman 2007). In this paper we report the 28th credible record of a Gila Monster in California.

  1. Recurrent arthralgias in a patient with previous Mayaro fever infection.

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    Taylor, Shawn F; Patel, Paresh R; Herold, Thomas J S

    2005-04-01

    Mayaro fever is an acute, self-limited, febrile, mosquito-borne viral disease manifested by fever, chills, headache, myalgias, and arthralgias. The virus belongs to the family Togaviridae and the genus Alphavirus. Five other mosquito-borne viruses have been described as causing a similar dengue-like illness. The virus was first isolated in 1954, and the first epidemics were described in 1955 in Brazil and Bolivia. Other cases have been reported in Suriname, Brazil, Peru, French Guiana, and Trinidad. Up to 10 to 15% of febrile illnesses in endemic areas have been attributed to Mayaro virus. The exact pathogenesis and pathophysiology among humans is unknown. Animal models have demonstrated necrosis of skeletal muscle, periosteum, perichondrial tissues, and evidence of meningitis and encephalitis. All previous cases of Mayaro fever describe a self-limited illness. No reports of recurrent symptoms exist in the literature. This report describes a case of recurrent arthralgias in a military service member presenting to the emergency department. PMID:15898531

  2. High-Grade Leiomyosarcoma Arising in a Previously Replanted Limb

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    Pan, Tiffany J.; Pantanowitz, Liron; Weiss, Kurt R.

    2015-01-01

    Sarcoma development has been associated with genetics, irradiation, viral infections, and immunodeficiency. Reports of sarcomas arising in the setting of prior trauma, as in burn scars or fracture sites, are rare. We report a case of a leiomyosarcoma arising in an arm that had previously been replanted at the level of the elbow joint following traumatic amputation when the patient was eight years old. He presented twenty-four years later with a 10.8?cm mass in the replanted arm located on the volar forearm. The tumor was completely resected and pathology examination showed a high-grade, subfascial spindle cell sarcoma diagnosed as a grade 3 leiomyosarcoma with stage pT2bNxMx. The patient underwent treatment with brachytherapy, reconstruction with a free flap, and subsequently chemotherapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of leiomyosarcoma developing in a replanted extremity. Development of leiomyosarcoma in this case could be related to revascularization, scar formation, or chronic injury after replantation. The patient remains healthy without signs of recurrence at three-year follow-up. PMID:26366310

  3. [Brain Abscess due to Infection with Dematiaceous Fungi Cladophialophora bantiana Associated with Hypogammaglobulinemia Following Gastrectomy:A Case Report].

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    Shimogawa, Takafumi; Sayama, Tetsuro; Haga, Sei; Akiyama, Tomoaki; Makihara, Kosuke; Morioka, Takato

    2016-01-01

    Dematiaceous fungi have melanin-like pigment in the cell wall and usually cause a variety of dermal infections in humans. Infections of the central nervous system(cerebral phaeohyphomycosis)are rare but serious, since they commonly occur in immunocompromized patients. A 76-year-old man was admitted with mild motor aphasia and underwent total excision of a mass in the left frontal lobe. With the postoperative diagnosis of brain abscess due to infection with dematiaceous fungi(C. bantiana)associated with hypogammaglobulinemia following gastrectomy, intravenous antifungal drugs including amphotericin B and fluconazole were administered. Regrowth of the abscess with intraventricular rupture was noted at about the 88th day after the initial surgery, and the patient underwent neuroendoscopic aspiration of the pus and placement of a ventricular drain. Following intraventricular administration of miconazole through ventricular drainage or an Ommaya reservoir, neuroradiological findings improved, but general and neurological conditions worsened. Further treatment was discontinued and the patient died 9 months after onset. The poor outcome in this patient is attributed to 1)intractability of dematiaceous fungi, 2)development of ventriculitis and the need for intraventricular administration of antifungal drugs, and 3)untreatable hypogammaglobulinemia following gastrectomy. PMID:26771098

  4. The first linezolid-resistant Enterococcus faecium in India: High level resistance in a patient with no previous antibiotic exposure

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    Kumar, Simit; Bandyoapdhyay, Maitreyi; Chatterjee, Mitali; Mukhopadhyay, Prabir; Poddar, Sumon; Banerjee, Parthajit

    2014-01-01

    Linezolid provides high rates of the clinical cure and microbiological success in complicated infections due to Enterococcus spp., including vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium. However, the emergence of resistance during linezolid treatment has been reported for clinical strains of Enterococcus, which is alarming given the fact that, this leaves the clinician with very few treatment options. We report the first case of linezolid resistant Enterococcus faecium from India, which was isolated from the blood culture of a hypoglycemic encephalopathy patient. There have been previous reports of linezolid resistant enterococci from different parts of the world, with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranging from 16 to 64 ?g/mL and most of them were associated with vancomycin resistance but the isolate reported over here had an MIC of 1024 ?g/mL and interestingly was sensitive to vancomycin. PMID:24678466

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

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

    2015-04-01

    Sporothrix brasiliensis is the main species of the S. schenckii complex implicated in the zoonotic epidemics of sporotrichosis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Epidemiological features have been already described, such as zoonotic transmission by cats and increased frequency of atypical clinical aspects. The involvement of the face by contact with cats is common in childhood; as a result, ophthalmic manifestations have increased. We report a case of acute dacryocystitis in a 9-year-old girl. A calmodulin-based molecular phylogeny was used to identify the agent as S. brasiliensis. This is a rare type of presentation, usually complicated with nasolacrimal duct occlusion. The patient was cured without sequelae after treatment with a low dose of saturated solution of potassium iodide and decompressive oculoplastic surgery. Therapeutic options and considerations of aetiological agents and serology are discussed. PMID:25155197

  6. Analysis of reservoir heterogeneities due to shallowing-upward cycles in carbonate rocks of the Pennsylvanian Wahoo Limestone of Northeastern Alaska. Annual report, September 1989--September 1990

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    Watts, K.F.

    1992-09-01

    This report presents the preliminary results of research accomplished by a team of specialists in carbonate petrology, biostratigraphy, and diagenesis during the 1989--1990 fiscal year. It includes a summary of some of the petrographic data which has been entered into a computerized database; a discussion of biostratigraphic data, particularly conodont biofacies analyses; an overview of diagenetic studies; and a section of the regional geological framework studies. The database is allowing us to test which parameters, such as ooids, can be used to recognize and understand the carbonate petrology of the shallowing-upward cycles. The cycles have been interpreted in terms of depositional environments and sea-level fluctuations and used to develop detailed facies models.

  7. Ischemic bowel due to embolization from an isolated mobile thrombus of the ascending aorta: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Hechtman, Jaclyn F; Lento, Patrick A; Scordi-bello, Irini

    2011-08-01

    Aortic thrombi are commonly present in atherosclerotic and aneurysmatic aortas. Thrombus formation in an aorta with or focal atherosclerosis in a patient without risk factors is rare. A 63-year-old woman with dementia and hypothyroidism presented with hypotension and respiratory distress. Work-up revealed leukocytosis, sinus tachycardia, and proximal small bowel obstruction. At emergent laparotomy, a superior mesenteric artery thomboembolus was identified with necrosis of surrounding bowel. The patient expired on hospital day five. Autopsy revealed a 1.4 cm thrombus overlying an isolated atherosclerotic plaque in the ascending aorta and infarctions of the spleen, liver, and right kidney as well as occlusive thromboembolism of the superior mesenteric artery. This case report illustrates lethal complications from an unsuspected aortic thrombus. Work-up for patients presenting with signs of peripheral embolization, or in this case, necrotic bowel, should include the aorta as a source of embolic thrombi. PMID:21416131

  8. Assessment of predictive models for the failure of titanium and ferrous alloys due to hydrogen effects. Report for the period of June 16 to September 15, 1981

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    Archbold, T.F.; Bower, R.B.; Polonis, D.H.

    1982-04-01

    The 1977 version of the Simpson-Puls-Dutton model appears to be the most amenable with respect to utilizing known or readily estimated quantities. The Pardee-Paton model requires extensive calculations involving estimated quantities. Recent observations by Koike and Suzuki on vanadium support the general assumption that crack growth in hydride forming metals is determined by the rate of hydride formation, and their hydrogen atmosphere-displacive transformation model is of potential interest in explaining hydrogen embrittlement in ferrous alloys as well as hydride formers. The discontinuous nature of cracking due to hydrogen embrittlement appears to depend very strongly on localized stress intensities, thereby pointing to the role of microstructure in influencing crack initiation, fracture mode and crack path. The initiation of hydrogen induced failures over relatively short periods of time can be characterized with fair reliability using measurements of the threshold stress intensity. The experimental conditions for determining K/sub Th/ and ..delta..K/sub Th/ are designed to ensure plane strain conditions in most cases. Plane strain test conditions may be viewed as a conservative basis for predicting delayed failure. The physical configuration of nuclear waste canisters may involve elastic/plastic conditions rather than a state of plane strain, especially with thin-walled vessels. Under these conditions, alternative predictive tests may be considered, including COD and R-curve methods. The double cantilever beam technique employed by Boyer and Spurr on titanium alloys offers advantages for examining hydrogen induced delayed failure over long periods of time. 88 references. (DLC)

  9. P09: Diagnosis of advanced thymic epithelial tumors in patients previously affected by thymic hyperplasia

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    Damiano, Vincenzo; Ottaviano, Margaret; Tucci, Irene; Matano, Elide; De Placido, Sabino; Palmieri, Giovannella

    2015-01-01

    Background Thymic hyperplasia is a rare differential diagnosis of anterior mediastinal lesions. Histological and radiological criteria are used to distinguish this benign condition from other malignant diseases; it is often associated with Myasthenia gravis. Here we report our monocentric experience of five patients, affected by advanced thymic epithelial tumors (TETs), with a previous diagnosis of thymic hyperplasia. Methods Four patients (two female and two male with a median age of 61 years, range, 52–71 years), who went to Rare Tumors Reference Centre of Naples from September 2013 to July 2015, had a previous history of thymic hyperplasia. All patients were affected by Myasthenia Gravis in the young age and for this reason they underwent to radical thymectomy in 1994 in our thoracic surgery department. The diagnosis was confirmed histologically. All of them, after 20 years, received the diagnosis of advanced TET, specifically one patient at stage of disease IVa sec, Masaoka-Koga and B2 histotype sec, WHO 2004, three patients at stage IVb and B3 histotype. They were candidated to first line platinum based chemotherapy, only one patient underwent to radical surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy. Results One patient died after 2 years from diagnosis because of septic shock, two patients have a stable disease and one patient is still on treatment. Conclusion s: Here we report this experience to underline the importance of a previous diagnosis of thymic hyperplasia. It may be considered as a risk factor for the development of a more aggressive and extended disease due to a possible carcinogenesis model. Further studies are needed.

  10. Do attitudes of families concerned influence features of children who claim to remember previous lives?

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    Pasricha, Satwant K.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Reported cases of nearly 2600 children (subjects) who claim to remember previous lives have been investigated in cultures with and without belief in reincarnation. The authenticity in most cases has been established. Aims: To study the influence of attitudes of parents of the subjects, families of the deceased person with whom they are identified and attention paid by others on the features of the cases. Settings and Design: The study is based on field investigations. Materials and Methods: Data is derived from analysis of a larger series of an ongoing project. Information on initial and subsequent attitudes of subjects? mothers was available for 292 and 136 cases, respectively; attitudes of 227 families of deceased person (previous personality) with whom he is identified, and the extent of attention received from outsiders for 252 cases. Observations and interviews with multiple firsthand informants on both sides of the case as well as some neutral informants supplemented by examination of objective data were the chief methods of investigation. Results: The initial attitude of mothers varied from encouragement (21%) to neutral or tolerance (51%) to discouragement (28%). However, it changed significantly from neutrality to taking measures to induce amnesia in their children for previous life memories due to various psychosocial pressures and prevalent beliefs. Families of the previous personalities, once convinced, showed complete acceptance in a majority of cases. Outside attention was received in 58% cases. Conclusions: The positive attitude of parents might facilitate expression of memories but subsequently attitudes of persons concerned do not seem to alter features of the cases. PMID:21431003

  11. Papular-purpuric gloves and socks syndrome due to parvovirus B19: a report of two simultaneous cases in cohabitant families.

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    Bello, S; Fanizzi, R; Bonali, C; Serafino, L; Terlizzi, N; Lapadula, G

    2013-01-01

    The so-called papular-purpuric gloves and socks syndrome (PPGSS) is a condition characterized by acute onset of intense erythema, edema and petechiae with a typical localization on the hands and feet, besides mucosal lesions of the oral cavity. The syndrome has a favorable and self-limited course, requiring only a symptomatic therapy. In the 50% of the cases described in literature (ninety cases in 22 years), is documented an acute infection caused by parvovirus B19 and in only two cases the onset of PPGSS is reported among different members of the same family. The aim of the work is to describe two cases of PPGSS arisen during a short time period in two family members affected by an acute parvovirus B19 infection found by serum sampling. The peculiarity of the study was the infrequence of the syndrome and the rareness of the description of PPGSS in rheumatology. This syndrome is usually described in dermatology, but it is also interesting for the rheumatologist because it comes in differential diagnosis with various autoimmune diseases. PMID:23550259

  12. Oral Rehabilitation of Adult Edentulous Siblings Severely Lacking Alveolar Bone Due to Ectodermal Dysplasia: A Report of 2 Clinical Cases and a Literature Review.

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    Wu, Yiqun; Zhang, Chenping; Squarize, Cristiane H; Zou, Duohong

    2015-09-01

    The oral conditions of adult edentulous patients with ectodermal dysplasia (ED) often lead to decreased physical and psychological health, and the negative effects can become as extreme as social and psychological isolation. However, restoring oral function of adult edentulous patients with ED using zygomatic implants (ZIs) or conventional implants (CIs) remains challenging for dentists because of the severe atrophy of these patients' alveolar ridges. This report describes 2 cases of adult edentulous siblings with ED; they exhibited severe alveolar bone atrophy and were treated with ZIs and CIs as bases to augment the bone in their anterior jaws. For these patients, bone augmentation was completed with an autogenous fibular graft. Although there was mild evidence of bone graft resorption in the maxilla, the bone augmentation procedures were successful in the 2 patients. Effective osseointegration of the implants was obtained. After placement, the functional and esthetic results of the oral rehabilitation were acceptable. More importantly, restoration of the patients' oral function enhanced their self-confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, restoring oral function in adult patients with ED and edentulous jaws using ZIs and CIs as the bases for bone augmentation is an effective approach. PMID:25957874

  13. Cerebral proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy demonstrates reversibility of N-acetylaspartate/creatine in gray matter after delayed encephalopathy due to carbon monoxide intoxication: a case report

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction Predictive markers for long-term outcome in carbon monoxide-intoxicated patients with late encephalopathy are desired. Here we present the first data demonstrating a full reversibility pattern of specific brain substances measured by cerebral proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in a carbon monoxide-intoxicated victim. This may provide clinicians with important information when estimating patient outcome. Case presentation We report the case of a 40-year-old Caucasian woman with severe carbon monoxide poisoning who was treated with five repetitive sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a multiplace chamber (100 percent oxygen with a ventilator, 90 minutes exposure to 2.8 atmospheres absolute). Initially, our patient recovered completely after three days of hospitalization, but became encephalopathic after a lucid interval of four weeks. An examination of the brain with cerebral proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy showed a dramatically decrease in N-acetylaspartate to total creatine ratios and elevated lactate levels in the gray matter. Subsequently, our patient received six additional sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy with only minimal recovery. At six-month follow-up our patient showed significant improvement in cognition and neuromuscular coordination. Extraordinarily, the cerebral proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements at relapse compared to measurements at follow-up (217 days post insult) revealed full reversal of the severe abnormalities in mid-occipital gray matter and partial reversal in white matter. Conclusions The present case indicates that cerebral proton magnetic spectroscopy provides valuable information on brain metabolism in patients presenting with delayed encephalopathy after acute carbon monoxide intoxication. The full reversal of N-acetylaspartate to total creatine ratios in gray matter has, to our knowledge, never been described before and shows that severe, initial measurements may not predict poor long-term patient outcome. PMID:24947173

  14. Case report of familial Carney complex due to novel frameshift mutation c.597del C (p.Phe200LeufsX6) in PRKAR1A.

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    Sasaki, Akihiko; Horikawa, Yukio; Suwa, Tetsuya; Enya, Mayumi; Kawachi, Shin-ichi; Takeda, Jun

    2008-11-01

    Carney complex is an autosomal dominantly inherited disease characterized by skin pigmentation, myxoma, primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease (PPNAD), and acromegaly. However, only a few incidences of PPNAD combined with acromegaly are observed in patients. The type 1alpha regulatory subunit of cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PRKAR1A) has been identified in patients as a causative gene for Carney complex by a positional cloning approach. Here, we report a female patient diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome and a GH-producing pituitary adenoma without otherwise evident acromegaly that could be diagnosed only by specialized endocrinological tests. Based on family history of acromegaly (mother and sister) and the fact that the combination of both diseases is very rare, genetic diagnosis involving Carney complex was considered to be appropriate. The 10 exons and flanking regions of PRKAR1A were screened for mutations by direct DNA sequencing. The patient and her mother and sister were found to have the same, novel frameshift mutation resulting from a single base deletion in exon 6 coding cAMP-binding domain A, denoted c.597delC in PRKAR1A. This single base deletion generated an immature stop codon at the sixth codon (p.Phe200LeufsX6). Even family members with the same mutation can show distinct phenotypes, suggesting that Carney complex is a multifactorial disorder comprising various genetic and environmental factors. Genetic diagnosis makes it possible to prepare more effective therapeutic strategies for patients and gene carriers and to avoid unnecessary tests for non-carriers in the family of the patient. PMID:18760947

  15. Analysis of reservoir heterogeneities due to shallowing-upward cycles in carbonate rocks of the Pennsylvanian Wahoo Limestone of Northeastern Alaska. Annual report, October 1990--September 1991

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    Watts, K.

    1992-09-01

    The primary objective of this project is to develop an integrated database to characterize reservoir heterogeneities resulting from numerous small-scale shallowing-upward cycles (parasequences) comprising the carboniferous Pennsylvanian Wahoo Limestone. The Wahoo Limestone is the upper formation of an extensive carbonate platform sequence of the Carboniferous Lisburne Group which is widely exposed in the Brooks Range and is a widespread hydrocarbon reservoir unit in the subsurface of the North Slope of Alaska. A principal goal is to determine lateral and vertical variations in the complex mosaic of carbonate facies comprising the Wahoo Limestone. This report presents the preliminary results of research accomplished by a team of specialists in carbonate petrology, biostratigraphy, and diagenesis during the 1990--1991 fiscal year.It includes a summary of regional geological framework studies, a discussion conodont analyses, an overview of diagenetic studies, a brief description of progress in computerized database development, and appendices containing some of the new data on petrographic analyses, conodont analyses, and locality and sample information. Our correlation scheme, which uses cyclic stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and cement stratigraphy, will allow interpretation of the depositional history and paleogeographic evolution of the region. We have developed predictive facies models and will make paleogeographic maps to illustrate different stages in the history of the Wahoo carbonate ramp. Our detailed analyses of the Wahoo Limestone will provide a basis for interpreting correlative rocks in the adjacent subsurface of the coastal plain of ANWR, a potential hydrocarbon lease-sale area. In a broader sense, our work will provide an excellent generic example of carbonate shallowing-upward cycles which typify carbonate sediments.

  16. Evaluation of groundwater contamination due to leakage from a process waste storage pond and a plan for recovering the site. Final technical report

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    Glass, J.P.; Gidley, J.

    1983-02-01

    In 1975 an open holding pond with a nominal capacity of 1 million gallons was constructed at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC) to contain liquid process wastes generated by the research in coal gasification being conducted there. This report contains the results of a study to investigate the amount of groundwater contamination that may have occurred in the area and to draft a plan for the environmentally safe recovery of the site. The project consisted of 4 tasks: (1) Installation and operation of a groundwater system in the vicinity of the pond; (2) Analysis of groundwater quality and movement in the vicinity of the holding pond; (3) Mitigating groundwater contamination; and (4) Recovery of the lagoon area. The accomplishment of the above tasks was impaired in varying degrees by the unfortunate lack of success in arranging the installation of the groundwater monitoring system specified under Task 1. Since these wells were never constructed it became necessary to rely on a variety of secondary data sources, including the following: (1) Logs of old wells and exploratory borings on and near the METC property. (2) Data from the existing but unsatisfactory monitoring wells near the waste storage pond. (3) Analyses of groundwater samples collected in seepage pits along the banks of the gully lying to the west of the pond. (4) Water balance computations based on inflow and outflow measurements at the pond. (5) Observations and samples from a series of shallow auger holes bored by hand around the periphery of the pond. Ground water was analyzed for phenol, chromium, lead, cadmium, vanadium, chlorides, and chemical oxygen demand. 41 figures, 10 tables. (DMC)

  17. Global Distribution of Extreme Precipitation and High-Impact Landslides in 2010 Relative to Previous Years

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    Kirschbaum, Dalia; Adler, Robert; Adler, David; Peters-Lidard, Christa; Huffman, George

    2012-01-01

    It is well known that extreme or prolonged rainfall is the dominant trigger of landslides worldwide. While research has evaluated the spatiotemporal distribution of extreme rainfall and landslides at local or regional scales using in situ data, few studies have mapped rainfall-triggered landslide distribution globally due to the dearth of landslide data and consistent precipitation information. This study uses a newly developed Global Landslide Catalog (GLC) and a 13-year satellite-based precipitation record from TRMM data. For the first time, these two unique products provide the foundation to quantitatively evaluate the co-occurrence of precipitation and landslides globally. Evaluation of the GLC indicates that 2010 had a large number of high-impact landslide events relative to previous years. This study considers how variations in extreme and prolonged satellite-based rainfall are related to the distribution of landslides over the same time scales for three active landslide areas: Central America, the Himalayan Arc, and central-eastern China. Several test statistics confirm that TRMM rainfall generally scales with the observed increase in landslide reports and fatal events for 2010 and previous years over each region. These findings suggest that the co-occurrence of satellite precipitation and landslide reports may serve as a valuable indicator for characterizing the spatiotemporal distribution of landslide-prone areas in order to establish a global rainfall-triggered landslide climatology. This study characterizes the variability of satellite precipitation data and reported landslide activity at the globally scale in order to improve landslide cataloging, forecasting and quantify potential triggering sources at daily, monthly and yearly time scales.

  18. Bilateral orbital infarction and retinal detachment in a previously undiagnosed sickle cell hemoglobinopathy African child.

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    Helen, Onakpoya Oluwatoyin; Ajite, K O; Oyelami, O A; Asaleye, C M; Adeoye, A O

    2013-05-01

    Bone infarction involving the orbit in sickle cell disease is not common. Bilateral orbital infarction in a previously undiagnosed sickle cell hemoglobinopathy has not been previously reported. In this report, we present a case of an 11-year-old previously undiagnosed sickle cell disease Nigerian girl with severe acute bilateral orbital infarction and retinal detachment to highlight that hemoglobinopathy induced orbital infarction should be considered in African children with acute onset proptosis with or without previous history of sickle cell hemoglobinopathy. PMID:23901183

  19. Bilateral orbital infarction and retinal detachment in a previously undiagnosed sickle cell hemoglobinopathy African child

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    Helen, Onakpoya Oluwatoyin; Ajite, K. O.; Oyelami, O. A.; Asaleye, C. M.; Adeoye, A. O.

    2013-01-01

    Bone infarction involving the orbit in sickle cell disease is not common. Bilateral orbital infarction in a previously undiagnosed sickle cell hemoglobinopathy has not been previously reported. In this report, we present a case of an 11-year-old previously undiagnosed sickle cell disease Nigerian girl with severe acute bilateral orbital infarction and retinal detachment to highlight that hemoglobinopathy induced orbital infarction should be considered in African children with acute onset proptosis with or without previous history of sickle cell hemoglobinopathy. PMID:23901183

  20. Wildlife Loss Estimates and Summary of Previous Mitigation Related to Hydroelectric Projects in Montana, Volume Three, Hungry Horse Project.

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    Casey, Daniel

    1984-10-01

    This assessment addresses the impacts to the wildlife populations and wildlife habitats due to the Hungry Horse Dam project on the South Fork of the Flathead River and previous mitigation of theses losses. In order to develop and focus mitigation efforts, it was first necessary to estimate wildlife and wildlife hatitat losses attributable to the construction and operation of the project. The purpose of this report was to document the best available information concerning the degree of impacts to target wildlife species. Indirect benefits to wildlife species not listed will be identified during the development of alternative mitigation measures. Wildlife species incurring positive impacts attributable to the project were identified.