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  1. TROP-2 immunohistochemistry: a highly accurate method in the differential diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Bychkov, Andrey; Sampatanukul, Pichet; Shuangshoti, Shanop; Keelawat, Somboon

    2016-08-01

    We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic utility of the novel immunohistochemical marker TROP-2 on thyroid specimens (226 tumours and 207 controls). Whole slide immunohistochemistry was performed and scored by automated digital image analysis. Non-neoplastic thyroid, follicular adenomas, follicular carcinomas, and medullary carcinomas were negative for TROP-2 immunostaining. The majority of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) specimens (94/114, 82.5%) were positive for TROP-2; however, the pattern of staining differed significantly between the histopathological variants. All papillary microcarcinomas (mPTC), PTC classic variant (PTC cv), and tall cell variant (PTC tcv) were TROP-2 positive, with mainly diffuse staining. In contrast, less than half of the PTC follicular variant specimens were positive for TROP-2, with only focal immunoreactivity. TROP-2 could identify PTC cv with 98.1% sensitivity and 97.5% specificity. ROC curve analysis found that the presence of >10% of TROP-2 positive cells in a tumour supported a diagnosis of PTC. The study of intratumoural heterogeneity showed that low-volume cytological samples of PTC cv could be adequately assessed by TROP-2 immunostaining. The TROP-2 H-score (intensity multiplied by proportion) was significantly associated with PTC variant and capsular invasion in encapsulated PTC follicular variant (p<0.001). None of the baseline (age, gender) and clinical (tumour size, nodal disease, stage) parameters were correlated with TROP-2 expression. In conclusion, TROP-2 membranous staining is a very sensitive and specific marker for PTC cv, PTC tcv, and mPTC, with high overall specificity for PTC. PMID:27311870

  2. Collagen, type XI, alpha 1: an accurate marker for differential diagnosis of breast carcinoma invasiveness in core needle biopsies.

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    Freire, Javier; Domínguez-Hormaetxe, Saioa; Pereda, Saray; De Juan, Ana; Vega, Alfonso; Simón, Laureano; Gómez-Román, Javier

    2014-12-01

    Accurate diagnosis of invasive breast lesions, when analyzed by Core Needle Biopsy, may suppose a major challenge for the pathologist. Various markers of invasiveness such as laminin, S-100 protein, P63 or calponin have been described; however, none of them is completely reliable. The use of a specific marker of the infiltrating tumor microenvironment seems vital to support the diagnosis of invasive against in situ lesions. At this point, Collagen, type XI, alpha 1 (COL11A1), might be helpful since it has been described to be associated to cancer associated fibroblasts in other tumors such as lung, pancreas or colorectal. This paper aims to analyze the role of COL11A1 as a marker of invasiveness in breast tumor lesions. Two hundred and one breast Core Needle Biopsy samples were analyzed by immunohistochemistry against pro-COL11A1. The results show a significant difference (p < 0.0001) when comparing the expression in infiltrative tumors (93%) versus immunostaining of non-invasive lesions (4%). Forty cases of underestimated DCIS were also stained for COL11A1, presenting a sensitivity of 90% when compared with p63 and calponin which not tagged invasion. In conclusion, pro-COL11A1 expression is a promising marker of invasive breast lesions, and may be included in immunohistochemical panels aiming at identifying infiltration in problematic breast lesions.

  3. Differential diagnosis of hyponatraemia.

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    Thompson, Chris; Berl, Tomas; Tejedor, Alberto; Johannsson, Gudmundur

    2012-03-01

    The appropriate management of hyponatraemia is reliant on the accurate identification of the underlying cause of the hyponatraemia. In the light of evidence which has shown that the use of a clinical algorithm appears to improve accuracy in the differential diagnosis of hyponatraemia, the European Hyponatraemia Network considered the use of two algorithms. One was developed from a nephrologist's view of hyponatraemia, while the other reflected the approach of an endocrinologist. Both of these algorithms concurred on the importance of assessing effective blood volume status and the measurement of urine sodium concentration in the diagnostic process. To demonstrate the importance of accurate diagnosis to the correct treatment of hyponatraemia, special consideration was given to hyponatraemia in neurosurgical patients. The differentiation between the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH), acute adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) deficiency, fluid overload and cerebral salt-wasting syndrome was discussed. In patients with SIADH, fluid restriction has been the mainstay of treatment despite the absence of an evidence base for its use. An approach to using fluid restriction to raise serum tonicity in patients with SIADH and to identify patients who are likely to be recalcitrant to fluid restriction was also suggested.

  4. Differential diagnosis of hyponatraemia.

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    Thompson, Chris; Berl, Tomas; Tejedor, Alberto; Johannsson, Gudmundur

    2012-03-01

    The appropriate management of hyponatraemia is reliant on the accurate identification of the underlying cause of the hyponatraemia. In the light of evidence which has shown that the use of a clinical algorithm appears to improve accuracy in the differential diagnosis of hyponatraemia, the European Hyponatraemia Network considered the use of two algorithms. One was developed from a nephrologist's view of hyponatraemia, while the other reflected the approach of an endocrinologist. Both of these algorithms concurred on the importance of assessing effective blood volume status and the measurement of urine sodium concentration in the diagnostic process. To demonstrate the importance of accurate diagnosis to the correct treatment of hyponatraemia, special consideration was given to hyponatraemia in neurosurgical patients. The differentiation between the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH), acute adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) deficiency, fluid overload and cerebral salt-wasting syndrome was discussed. In patients with SIADH, fluid restriction has been the mainstay of treatment despite the absence of an evidence base for its use. An approach to using fluid restriction to raise serum tonicity in patients with SIADH and to identify patients who are likely to be recalcitrant to fluid restriction was also suggested. PMID:22469249

  5. [Cluster headache differential diagnosis].

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    Guégan-Massardier, Evelyne; Laubier, Cécile

    2015-11-01

    Cluster headache is characterized by disabling stereotyped headache. Early diagnosis allows appropriate treatment, unfortunately diagnostic errors are frequent. The main differential diagnoses are other primary or essential headaches. Migraine, more frequent and whose diagnosis is carried by excess, trigeminal neuralgia or other trigemino-autonomic cephalgia. Vascular or tumoral underlying condition can mimic cluster headache, neck and brain imaging is recommended, ideally MRI.

  6. [Differential diagnosis of hoarseness].

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    Voigt-Zimmermann, S; Lampe, K; Arens, C

    2014-04-01

    Hoarseness can be the leading symptom of dysphonia. In combination with impaired vocal performance and subjective voice-related discomfort, it can represent an individually different handicap for patients and lead to limited participation in social and professional life. Since the reasons for dysphonia may be not only functional but also organic with a potentially poor prognosis, hoarseness must be clarified using differential diagnosis. In addition to the knowledge of possible diseases, pathogenesis, and treatment options for dysphonia, the differential diagnostic approach requires profound knowledge of the various diagnostic methods, and of the interpretation of the results in particular. The etiology of dysphonia is very diverse and rarely monocausal. Therefore, a team-based and interdisciplinary differential diagnostic approach is recommended.

  7. [The differential diagnosis of tenosynovitis].

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    Brulhart, Laure; Gabay, Cem

    2011-03-16

    Etymologically a ténosynovites means inflammation of a tendon sheath. We recognize two separate presentations: exsudative and stenosing. The wide differential diagnosis includes infections, most of chronic inflammatory joint diseases, mainly connective tissue disorders, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, pathology related to mechanical stress as De Quervain's tenosynovitis or trigger finger and unusually tumor. Diabetes is a risk factor for most of them and is related to poor prognosis. Musculoskeletal ultrasound is useful for diagnosis and to guide procedure as fluid aspiration or steroid injection. PMID:21510342

  8. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of breast calcifications

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    Lanyi, M.

    1987-01-01

    This book is the result of more than 10 years' intensive research into the phenomena of breast calcifications. The author, himself a decisive figure in the development of mammography, demonstrates that a careful, detailed analysis of X-rays can lead to a high degree of diagnostic certainty. Indeed, Lanyi's descriptions make one ask why mammography, which originally awakened such high hopes, is given so little attention today. Contents: historical review; critical analysis of the literature; statement of problems and goals; instruments used in the evaluation of breast microcalcifications; remarks on the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and composition of breast calcifications; calcifications within the lobular and ductal system of the breast; calcifications in intra- and pericanalicular fibroadenomas; calcifications outside the lobular and ductal systems of the breast; differential diagnosis of microcalcifications; clinically occult, mammographically suspicious microcalcification cluster: Pre-, intra-, and postoperative measures; references, and index.

  9. [Differential diagnosis of acute arthritis].

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    Eviltis, Egidijus

    2003-01-01

    Acute arthritis can first present as a symptom of dangerous and rapidly progressing disease. It is quite easy to differentiate between arthritis and periarthritis. More problematical is correct early differential diagnosis of the acute arthritis. Determining whether one, several or many joints are affected can narrow the diagnostic possibilities. Arthrocentesis and synovial fluid testing provide much information and should be done at initial evaluation if possible. The presence or absence of fever, rash, family history of joint disease and exposure to infective organisms can further direct diagnostic studies and treatment. In general, to avoid masking clues, drug therapy should be delayed for mild symptoms until diagnosis is complete. This article is designed mostly for primary care physicians, residents and includes author's original data and review of recommended reading. PMID:12794379

  10. Chromatin States Accurately Classify Cell Differentiation Stages

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    Larson, Jessica L.; Yuan, Guo-Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Gene expression is controlled by the concerted interactions between transcription factors and chromatin regulators. While recent studies have identified global chromatin state changes across cell-types, it remains unclear to what extent these changes are co-regulated during cell-differentiation. Here we present a comprehensive computational analysis by assembling a large dataset containing genome-wide occupancy information of 5 histone modifications in 27 human cell lines (including 24 normal and 3 cancer cell lines) obtained from the public domain, followed by independent analysis at three different representations. We classified the differentiation stage of a cell-type based on its genome-wide pattern of chromatin states, and found that our method was able to identify normal cell lines with nearly 100% accuracy. We then applied our model to classify the cancer cell lines and found that each can be unequivocally classified as differentiated cells. The differences can be in part explained by the differential activities of three regulatory modules associated with embryonic stem cells. We also found that the “hotspot” genes, whose chromatin states change dynamically in accordance to the differentiation stage, are not randomly distributed across the genome but tend to be embedded in multi-gene chromatin domains, and that specialized gene clusters tend to be embedded in stably occupied domains. PMID:22363642

  11. Feedback about More Accurate versus Less Accurate Trials: Differential Effects on Self-Confidence and Activation

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    Badami, Rokhsareh; VaezMousavi, Mohammad; Wulf, Gabriele; Namazizadeh, Mahdi

    2012-01-01

    One purpose of the present study was to examine whether self-confidence or anxiety would be differentially affected by feedback from more accurate rather than less accurate trials. The second purpose was to determine whether arousal variations (activation) would predict performance. On Day 1, participants performed a golf putting task under one of…

  12. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

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    Goldenberg, Don L

    2009-12-01

    Fibromyalgia is a chronic functional illness that presents with widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as a constellation of symptoms including fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, sleep difficulties, stiffness, anxiety, and depressed mood. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia, similar to other functional disorders, requires that organic diseases are not causing the symptoms. Systemic and rheumatic diseases can be ruled out by a patient history, physical examination, and laboratory investigations. Because there are no specific laboratory tests for fibromyalgia, the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria have been used in clinical settings; however, they are not ideal for individual patient diagnosis. Clinicians should be aware of limitations inherent in using tender points in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The multiple symptoms of fibromyalgia often overlap with those of related disorders and may further complicate the diagnosis. One of the most challenging diagnostic dilemmas that clinicians face is distinguishing fibromyalgia from other central pain disorders (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine). Screening questions based on published criteria can be used as a first approach in diagnosing functional illnesses. Numerous studies report a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders in patients with fibromyalgia. Therefore, a careful history and evaluation should be taken for the presence of primary mood disturbances. To date, there is no "gold standard" for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Until a better clinical case definition of fibromyalgia exists, all diagnostic criteria should be interpreted with caution, considered rudimentary, and subject to modification.

  13. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: a consensus approach to differential diagnosis.

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    Bourgeois, Blaise F D; Douglass, Laurie M; Sankar, Raman

    2014-09-01

    Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe epileptic encephalopathy that shares many features and characteristics of other treatment-resistant childhood epilepsies. Accurate and early diagnosis is essential to both prognosis and overall patient management. However, accurate diagnosis of LGS can be clinically challenging. This article summarizes key characteristics of LGS and areas of overlap with other childhood epilepsies. Drawing upon input from a committee of established LGS experts convened in June 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, the authors highlight key diagnostic tests for making the differential diagnosis and propose a diagnostic scheme for people with suspected LGS.

  14. Feedback about more accurate versus less accurate trials: differential effects on self-confidence and activation.

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    Badami, Rokhsareh; VaezMousavi, Mohammad; Wulf, Gabriele; Namazizadeh, Mahdi

    2012-06-01

    One purpose of the present study was to examine whether self-confidence or anxiety would be differentially affected byfeedback from more accurate rather than less accurate trials. The second purpose was to determine whether arousal variations (activation) would predict performance. On day 1, participants performed a golf putting task under one of two conditions: one group received feedback on the most accurate trials, whereas another group received feedback on the least accurate trials. On day 2, participants completed an anxiety questionnaire and performed a retention test. Shin conductance level, as a measure of arousal, was determined. The results indicated that feedback about more accurate trials resulted in more effective learning as well as increased self-confidence. Also, activation was a predictor of performance. PMID:22808705

  15. Differential equation based method for accurate approximations in optimization

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    Pritchard, Jocelyn I.; Adelman, Howard M.

    1990-01-01

    A method to efficiently and accurately approximate the effect of design changes on structural response is described. The key to this method is to interpret sensitivity equations as differential equations that may be solved explicitly for closed form approximations, hence, the method is denoted the Differential Equation Based (DEB) method. Approximations were developed for vibration frequencies, mode shapes and static displacements. The DEB approximation method was applied to a cantilever beam and results compared with the commonly-used linear Taylor series approximations and exact solutions. The test calculations involved perturbing the height, width, cross-sectional area, tip mass, and bending inertia of the beam. The DEB method proved to be very accurate, and in most cases, was more accurate than the linear Taylor series approximation. The method is applicable to simultaneous perturbation of several design variables. Also, the approximations may be used to calculate other system response quantities. For example, the approximations for displacements are used to approximate bending stresses.

  16. [Differential diagnosis of status epilepticus].

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    Navarro, V; Fischer, C; Convers, P

    2009-04-01

    The diagnosis of status epilepticus can be retained, wrongly, in several circumstances. Nonepileptic pseudoseizures from a psychiatric origin and some movement disorders can mimic convulsive status epilepticus. Encephalopathy of various causes (post-anoxic, metabolic, toxic, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) can be wrongly taken for non-convulsive status epilepticus, mainly due to inadequate interpretation of the electroencephalogram (EEG). In these encephalopathies, the existence of (non-epileptic) myoclonus and the abolition of the EEG abnormalities with the use of a benzodiazepine (without correction of the clinical symptoms) are additional confounding factors, leading to false diagnosis. Nevertheless, in general, the diagnosis of status epilepticus can be confirmed or rejected base on a combined analysis of the clinical data and the EEG. PMID:19217635

  17. [Differential diagnosis of chronic diarrhoea].

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    Louis, E

    2014-01-01

    Chronic diarrhoea is a frequent clinical presentation in our population. It may correspond to many gastrointestinal or systemic pathologies. Most frequent causes are irritable bowel syndrome, functional intestinal disorders or lactose intolerance, but organic diseases have also to be searched. Focused patient questioning and some specific aspects of clinical examination play a key-role in diagnosis orientation and the use of complementary explorations. The present paper proposes a structured diagnostic procedure aiming at an optimal use of complementary explorations. PMID:24640309

  18. Differential equation based method for accurate approximations in optimization

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    Pritchard, Jocelyn I.; Adelman, Howard M.

    1990-01-01

    This paper describes a method to efficiently and accurately approximate the effect of design changes on structural response. The key to this new method is to interpret sensitivity equations as differential equations that may be solved explicitly for closed form approximations, hence, the method is denoted the Differential Equation Based (DEB) method. Approximations were developed for vibration frequencies, mode shapes and static displacements. The DEB approximation method was applied to a cantilever beam and results compared with the commonly-used linear Taylor series approximations and exact solutions. The test calculations involved perturbing the height, width, cross-sectional area, tip mass, and bending inertia of the beam. The DEB method proved to be very accurate, and in msot cases, was more accurate than the linear Taylor series approximation. The method is applicable to simultaneous perturbation of several design variables. Also, the approximations may be used to calculate other system response quantities. For example, the approximations for displacement are used to approximate bending stresses.

  19. [Differential diagnosis between dissociative disorders and schizophrenia].

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    Shibayama, Masatoshi

    2011-01-01

    The differential diagnosis of dissociative disorders includes many psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders (especially bipolar II disorder), depressive disorder (especially atypical depression), epilepsy, Asperger syndrome, and borderline personality disorder. The theme of this paper is the differential diagnosis between dissociative disorders and schizophrenia. Schneiderian first-rank symptoms in schizophrenia are common in dissociative disorders, especially in dissociative identity disorder (DID). Many DID patients have been misdiagnosed as schizophrenics and treated with neuroleptics. We compared and examined Schneiderian symptoms of schizophrenia and those of dissociative disorders from a structural viewpoint. In dissociative disorders, delusional perception and somatic passivity are not seen. "Lateness" and "Precedence of the Other" originated from the concept of "Pattern Reversal" (H. Yasunaga)" is characteristic of schizophrenia. It is important to check these basic structure of schizophrenia in subjective experiences in differential diagnosis between dissociative disorders and schizophrenia.

  20. Trichodystrophies: A hair-raising differential diagnosis.

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    Vij, Alok; Bergfeld, Wilma F

    2015-01-01

    The appearance of an individual's hair is said to be reflective of internal health. Patients with hair shaft disorders commonly present with fragile, lusterless, sparse hair in addition to psychosocial distress. Hair shaft disorders may be hereditary or acquired and may present in children or adults. Due to the varied presentations, the differential diagnosis for hair is broad and often confusing. The authors present a question-by-question guide to help clinicians arrive at the correct diagnosis.

  1. Quantifying the measurement of differential diagnosis.

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    Johnson, L A

    1995-01-01

    Differential diagnosis is central to the work and training of all health care professionals. To develop solid differential diagnosis and skills, students required practice diagnosing numerous and varied patients. In the absence of real patients, patient simulations are commonly used to provide this range of diagnostic experiences. This study examined the benefits of interactive patient simulations on the diagnostic approaches of beginning dental students (novices) and practicing dentists (experts). The study tested the hypothesis that novices tend to use trial-and-error, while experts tend to use pattern recognition during differential diagnosis. a second goal of the study explored objective and subjective measures of a differential diagnosis approach. Seventy-five subjects comprised two treatment groups: a novice group and an expert group. Each group completed ten patient simulations and a case study test measured the diagnostic approach. A three factor MANOVA (p>0.05) was followed by univariate ANOVA's. The result indicated differences between the diagnostic approaches of experts and novices and that the subjective Ratings and the objective Maximum Decisions and Average Variation variables were the best measures of a differential diagnostic approach. PMID:8591429

  2. Dentin hypersensitivity: differential diagnosis, tests, and etiology.

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    Trushkowsky, Richard D; Garcia-Godoy, Franklin

    2014-02-01

    Dentin hypersensitivity (DHS) is a painful condition that affects up to 57 percent of the adult population. It occurs as a result of exposure of dentin to the oral environment. Ensuring the correct diagnosis of this condition is based on history and examination. An oral screening for DHS should encompass such elements as patient history, clinical examination that includes radiographs, a variety of tests, identification of risk factors, and a differential diagnosis. An understanding of dentinal fluid and odontoblasts is also beneficial for diagnosis. PMID:24571559

  3. [Differential diagnosis of secondary arterial hypertension].

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    Ruilope, L M

    1990-01-01

    The adequate performance of the differential diagnosis will permit us to classify any increase in blood pressure as due to primary or secondary causes. The data obtained in the clinical history and physical examination as well as those obtained through the minimal laboratory tests to be performed are the clues to identify secondary causes of arterial hypertension.

  4. Differential Diagnosis of Stuttering for Forensic Purposes

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    Seery, Carol Hubbard

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: This case study demonstrates the application of an assessment protocol for differential diagnosis of psychogenic stuttering, neurogenic stuttering, developmental stuttering, and malingering. Method: A male in his late 30s, accused of armed robbery, was evaluated for stuttering at the request of his defense attorney. The speech assessment…

  5. Differential diagnosis of wide QRS tachycardias.

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    Lobban, J H; Schmidt, S B; Rhodes, L A; Jain, A C

    1994-06-01

    This article has reviewed the differential diagnosis of wide QRS tachycardia. We have found the stepwise approach suggested by Brugada to be very useful. Of the newer criteria that he proposes, the R to S interval of > 100 ms. appears to be a particularly helpful clue favoring the diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia. Hemodynamic stability, young age, 1:1 AV association, and the absence of structural heart disease do not exclude a diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia. Most wide QRS tachycardias in adults are ventricular, and when all else fails, one will be right more often than not in favoring this as the diagnosis over supraventricular tachycardia with aberrancy. The R to S interval is measured in the precordial (V) leads from the onset of the R wave to the deepest part of the S wave. A value > 100 ms. in any V lead strongly favors ventricular tachycardia. Example is from Case 1 (upper tracing is V1). PMID:8067039

  6. [Differential diagnosis of Graves' orbitopathy. Case report].

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    Erdei, Annamária; Steiber, Zita; Gazdag, Annamária; Bodor, Miklós; Berta, Eszter; Szász, Róbert; Szántó, Antónia; Ujhelyi, Bernadett; Barna, Sándor; Berényi, Ervin; Nagy, V Endre

    2016-02-21

    Graves' orbitopathy is the extrathyroidal manifestation of Graves' disease, which is the most common cause of exophthalmos. As eye symptoms usually coincide with the development of thyrotoxicosis, the diagnosis of the disease is rarely difficult. The aim of the authors was to summarize the differential diagnosis of Graves' orbitopathy based on literature review and presentation of their own four problematic cases on this topic. They conclude that symptoms similar to endocrine orbitopathy are present in other disorders. Endocrinologists need to be aware of these other conditions to avoid treatment failures.

  7. [Differential diagnosis of Graves' orbitopathy. Case report].

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    Erdei, Annamária; Steiber, Zita; Gazdag, Annamária; Bodor, Miklós; Berta, Eszter; Szász, Róbert; Szántó, Antónia; Ujhelyi, Bernadett; Barna, Sándor; Berényi, Ervin; Nagy, V Endre

    2016-02-21

    Graves' orbitopathy is the extrathyroidal manifestation of Graves' disease, which is the most common cause of exophthalmos. As eye symptoms usually coincide with the development of thyrotoxicosis, the diagnosis of the disease is rarely difficult. The aim of the authors was to summarize the differential diagnosis of Graves' orbitopathy based on literature review and presentation of their own four problematic cases on this topic. They conclude that symptoms similar to endocrine orbitopathy are present in other disorders. Endocrinologists need to be aware of these other conditions to avoid treatment failures. PMID:26876268

  8. Differential diagnosis of the palatal mass.

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    Houston, G D; Brown, F H

    1993-10-01

    It is well understood that the palatal mass can pose a difficult diagnostic dilemma for the clinician. The differential diagnosis of the palatal mass includes the palatal abscess, benign and malignant salivary gland neoplasms, the benign neural tumors, and the traumatic or irritation fibroma. The lesions have many characteristics in common and may appear clinically indistinguishable. Emphasis is placed on the importance of obtaining a thorough, comprehensive health and dental history and collecting relevant laboratory information. Ultimately, a biopsy of the palatal mass may be necessary to render a definitive diagnosis and determine the optimal treatment and management of the patient.

  9. Endoscopic Diagnosis and Differentiation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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    Lee, Ji Min; Lee, Kang-Moon

    2016-07-01

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have significantly increased in recent decades in Korea. Intestinal tuberculosis (ITB) and intestinal Behcet's disease (BD), which should be differentiated from Crohn's disease (CD), are more frequent in Korea than in the West. Thus, the accurate diagnosis of these inflammatory diseases is problematic in Korea and clinicians should fully understand their clinical and endoscopic characteristics. Ulcerative colitis mostly presents with rectal inflammation and continuous lesions, while CD presents with discontinuous inflammatory lesions and frequently involves the ileocecal area. Involvement of fewer than four segments, a patulous ileocecal valve, transverse ulcers, and scars or pseudopolyps are more frequently seen in ITB than in CD. A few ulcers with discrete margins are a typical endoscopic finding of intestinal BD. However, the differential diagnosis is difficult in many clinical situations because typical endoscopic findings are not always observed. Therefore, clinicians should also consider symptoms and laboratory, pathological, and radiological findings, in addition to endoscopic findings. PMID:27484813

  10. Endoscopic Diagnosis and Differentiation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Lee, Ji Min; Lee, Kang-Moon

    2016-01-01

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have significantly increased in recent decades in Korea. Intestinal tuberculosis (ITB) and intestinal Behcet’s disease (BD), which should be differentiated from Crohn’s disease (CD), are more frequent in Korea than in the West. Thus, the accurate diagnosis of these inflammatory diseases is problematic in Korea and clinicians should fully understand their clinical and endoscopic characteristics. Ulcerative colitis mostly presents with rectal inflammation and continuous lesions, while CD presents with discontinuous inflammatory lesions and frequently involves the ileocecal area. Involvement of fewer than four segments, a patulous ileocecal valve, transverse ulcers, and scars or pseudopolyps are more frequently seen in ITB than in CD. A few ulcers with discrete margins are a typical endoscopic finding of intestinal BD. However, the differential diagnosis is difficult in many clinical situations because typical endoscopic findings are not always observed. Therefore, clinicians should also consider symptoms and laboratory, pathological, and radiological findings, in addition to endoscopic findings. PMID:27484813

  11. Diagnosis, Phenomenology, Differential Diagnosis, and Comorbidity of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.

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    Kowatch, Robert A

    2016-01-01

    Diagnosing a pediatric patient with bipolar disorder can pose a challenge for clinicians. Children typically do not present with the full criteria for a mood episode and may have symptoms of other disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorders, and other mood disorders, which may complicate the diagnostic process. By diligently interviewing parents and children about behaviors, thoroughly reviewing family histories, and systematically ruling out other disorders, clinicians can provide an accurate diagnosis for their pediatric patients. PMID:27570927

  12. Diaper Dermatitis: Differential Diagnosis and Management

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    Kellen, Philippa E.

    1990-01-01

    Diaper dermatitis is one of the most common dermatoses occurring in infancy. It is an irritant dermatitis, in which a variety of factors act in concert to produce inflammation of the diapered skin. The differential diagnosis includes many common and some uncommon conditions. Successful treatment requires detailed instructions to caregivers regarding simple hygienic procedures and diapering practices. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2 PMID:21233927

  13. [Depressive pseudodementia. Differential diagnosis or meeting point?].

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    Richly, Pablo; Abdulhamid, Pablo; Bustin, Julián

    2012-01-01

    Depressive pseudodementia is a major depressive disorder in which the cognitive deficits secondary to the affective disorder is so significant that clinicians are obliged to consider dementia as a differential diagnosis. The relationship between depression and dementia is complex and intricate. Even after depressive pseudodementia has remitted, certain cognitive deficits may persist and the risk of developing dementia increases. The concept of depressive pseudodementia continues to be useful in clinical practice in spite of its limitations.

  14. [Differential echographic diagnosis of salivary gland tumors].

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    Bleier, R; Rochels, R

    1988-05-01

    76 patients with tumorous swellings of the salivary glands were examined by means of standardized A-scan and B-scan sonography. B-scan echography allowed a differentiation between benign and malignant tumours in all cases. Analysis of the various A-scan criteria (internal structure, reflectivity, borders, consistency and sound attenuation) provided a pathognomonic combination of these criteria for each lesion, enabling further histological diagnosis.

  15. [Isaacs' syndrome. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of neuromyotonia].

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    Fischer, D; Schröder, R

    2004-06-01

    Neuromyotonia is a clinical and electrophysiological syndrome of spontaneous muscle fiber activity due to hyperexcitability of peripheral nerve origin causing generalised, visible myokymia and muscular cramps. Electromyography shows abnormal doublet and triplet discharges of high intraburst frequency as well as myokymic and neuromyotonic discharges. Fasciculations and fibrillation potentials are common. Most commonly, neuromyotonia is an acquired immune-mediated disorder (Isaacs' syndrome) showing elevated antibody levels against presynaptic, voltage-gated, potassium channels. Some of these patients have additional autonomic (hyperhidrosis) and/or CNS symptoms similar to those from limbic encephalitis (referred to then as Morvan's syndrome). We report on a patient with Isaacs' syndrome and discuss the clinical and electrophysiological features, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis of diseases with peripheral nerve hyperexcitability. PMID:15257376

  16. Differential diagnosis of severe cutaneous drug eruptions.

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    Bachot, Nicolas; Roujeau, Jean-Claude

    2003-01-01

    Adverse cutaneous reactions to drugs are frequent, mostly secondary to antibacterials, however, serious adverse cutaneous reactions are infrequent. Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are a spectrum of the same disease. They are the more severe drug eruptions, with a mortality around 30% for TEN. The confusion between erythema multiforme major and SJS means that erythema multiforme major is the main differential diagnosis. Skin disorders involving desquamation, in particular after pustulosis, are also common differential diagnoses. Mechanical or autoimmune blistering are also potential misdiagnoses of TEN/SJS. Hypersensitivity Syndrome (HSS) or Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) is a severe cutaneous drug reaction with often a long duration of eruption and serious other organ involvement. Exfoliative dermatitis, whether caused by psoriasis, dermatitis or lymphoma, can be thought of as a differential diagnosis of DRESS/HSS. Angio-immunoblastic lymphadenopathy, viral eruption and vasculitis are other differential diagnoses of DRESS/HSS. Prompt recognition of a severe drug reaction and withdrawal of the culprit drug is often the most important therapeutic action. Alternatively, a delay in starting a specific treatment for a disease misdiagnosed as a drug eruption could be deleterious.

  17. Accurate Documentation of Malnutrition Diagnosis Reflects Increased Healthcare Resource Utilization.

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    Phillips, Wendy

    2015-10-01

    Nutrition support professionals often care for the sickest of hospitalized patients. An understanding of healthcare payment models can help the nutrition support professional know how documentation of nutrition status can ensure maximum resources are available to care for these patients. Medicare is the major funding source for many hospitals in the United States. Hospitals receive payments using the Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System, which classifies patients into Medical Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups (MS-DRGs) to determine payment amounts. Documentation of comorbidities and complications can increase the payment hospitals receive to offset increased resource utilization. This article explains how malnutrition documentation and coding can influence the case mix index, an indicator of level of acuity of patients treated at the hospital, and the payment the hospital receives to care for the patient.

  18. [Desmoplastic fibroma. Differential diagnosis of a periapical lesion from endodontic failure].

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    Zabalegui, B; Gil, J; Zabalegui, I

    1989-01-01

    Treatment of endodontically involved teeth requires accurate diagnosis of the clinical pulpal condition to determine the primary cause of pathosis. The case presented shows the differential diagnosis between a desmoplastic fibroma and a failure of a misdiagnosed endodontic treatment. The initial direction of treatment should had never been the endodontic therapy but local surgical curettage of the lesion.

  19. [Desmoplastic fibroma. Differential diagnosis of a periapical lesion from endodontic failure].

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    Zabalegui, B; Gil, J; Zabalegui, I

    1989-01-01

    Treatment of endodontically involved teeth requires accurate diagnosis of the clinical pulpal condition to determine the primary cause of pathosis. The case presented shows the differential diagnosis between a desmoplastic fibroma and a failure of a misdiagnosed endodontic treatment. The initial direction of treatment should had never been the endodontic therapy but local surgical curettage of the lesion. PMID:2638020

  20. Assessment and Differential Diagnosis of Comorbid Conditions in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Trammell, Beth; Wilczynski, Susan M.; Dale, Brittany; Mcintosh, David E.

    2013-01-01

    Successful treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is entirely contingent on an accurate diagnosis. Although many resources exist to help the clinician with differential diagnosis of children, particularly in early childhood, the resources available for evaluating adolescents and adults is far less prevalent. Clinicians often…

  1. [Several techniques proposed for the differential diagnosis of diabetic impotence].

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    Lavoisier, P

    1988-01-01

    The measurements of changes in penile circumference during nocturnal erection is commonly used to differentiate between organic and psychogenic impotence. Unfortunately, this measuring technique do not record variations in penile rigidity which may be insufficient to achieve coitus despite a normal circumference. We carried out a study with a penile cuff to measure penile rigidity. The validation of this penile cuff as a measurement device of penile rigidity permits us to determine the criteria of normality of penile rigidity and, subsequently, to differentiate more accurately between organic and psychogenic dysfunctions. Measurement of the bulbocavernous reflex (BCR) is widely used to diagnose underlying neurologic disorders in erectile dysfunctions. A prolonged BCR latency, more than 45 ms, or absence of a reflex response of the BC muscles during electrical stimulation of the glans penis, is considered like a sign of neurologic disease. We recorded the BCR in 90 subjects. Nineteen had abnormal BCR latencies. Furthermore, eight of these 19 subjects had normal nocturnal erections, thus confirming the diagnosis of psychogenic impotence. These results cast doubt on the validity of BCR measurements of the diagnosis of organic erectile dysfunction due to a neurologic disease. We recorded the BCR in 90 subjects. Nineteen had abnormal BCR latencies. Furthermore, eight of these 19 subjects had normal nocturnal erections, thus confirming the diagnosis of psychogenic impotence. These results cast doubt on the validity of BCR measurements for the diagnosis of organic erectile dysfunction due to a neurologic disease.

  2. [Differential diagnosis using artificial neuronal networks].

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    Shchetinin, V G; Komarov, V T

    1998-11-01

    In order to rule out the effects of subjective factors and decrease the number of diagnostic errors, artificial neuron nets are proposed. By means of these nets the subjective and half-empirical heuristics are replaced with rational diagnostic information based on quantitative and logic analysis. The proposed method was used for deriving the decisive regularities ensuring the differential diagnosis between infective endocarditis and active rheumatic fever, infective endocarditis and systemic lupus erythematosus, and systemic lupus erythematosus and active rheumatic fever. Reliability of diagnostic tables representing the decisive regularities in the usual form is confirmed by clinical data.

  3. Diaper dermatitis: clinical characteristics and differential diagnosis.

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    Coughlin, Carrie C; Eichenfield, Lawrence F; Frieden, Ilona J

    2014-11-01

    A diverse group of diseases can cause skin conditions in the diaper area including those which are directly caused by diapers or the diaper environment, some which are not directly due to, but are worsened by, the wearing of diapers, and those which are independent of the presence of the diaper or its resulting environment. Many of these conditions are limited to this area of the skin, but others extend to skin outside this area, and some are signs of systemic disease. We review many of the important causes of eruptions in the diaper area and emphasize key points in the differential diagnosis.

  4. Differential diagnosis of glomerular disease: a systematic and inclusive approach

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    Hebert, Lee A.; Parikh, Samir; Prosek, Jason; Nadasdy, Tibor; Rovin, Brad H.

    2013-01-01

    Background Glomerular disease is a complex and evolving topic. In evaluating a specific case it is not unusual for the clinician to ask: Am I missing something? Should I biopsy? When? Should I treat first, then biopsy? This work, which is both evidence based and experience based, is intended to address each of these concerns, and many other issues relevant to the differential diagnosis of glomerular disease. Summary The central approach is the use of diagnostic algorithms that are based on quantitative measures routinely obtained early in the course of the diagnostic evaluation. The algorithms are designed to be easy to navigate, systematic, and inclusive. Also provided is a detailed and prioritized list of recommended diagnostic testing, and the rationale for each test. Key message This work is intended to facilitate accurate diagnosis in the individual patient presenting with evidence of glomerular disease. PMID:24052039

  5. [Facial and eye pain - Neurological differential diagnosis].

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    Kastrup, O; Diener, H-C; Gaul, C

    2011-12-01

    Head and facial pain are common in neurological practice and the pain often arises in the orbit or is referred into the eye. This is due to the autonomic innervation of the eye and orbit. There are acute and chronic pain syndromes. This review gives an overview of the differential diagnosis and treatment. Idiopathic headache syndromes, such as migraine and cluster headache are the most frequent and are often debilitating conditions. Trigemino-autonomic cephalalgias (SUNCT and SUNA) have to be taken into account, as well as trigeminal neuralgia. Trigemino-autonomic headache after eye operations can be puzzling and often responds well to triptans. Every new facial pain not fitting these categories must be considered symptomatic and a thorough investigation is mandatory including magnetic resonance imaging. Infiltrative and neoplastic conditions frequently lead to orbital pain. As a differential diagnosis Tolosa-Hunt syndrome and Raeder syndrome are inflammatory conditions sometimes mimicking neoplasms. Infections, such as herpes zoster ophthalmicus are extremely painful and require rapid therapy. It is important to consider carotid artery dissection as a cause for acute eye and neck pain in conjunction with Horner's syndrome and bear in mind that vascular oculomotor palsy is often painful. All of the above named conditions should be diagnosed by a neurologist with special experience in pain syndromes and many require an interdisciplinary approach.

  6. The neuromuscular differential diagnosis of joint hypermobility.

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    Donkervoort, S; Bonnemann, C G; Loeys, B; Jungbluth, H; Voermans, N C

    2015-03-01

    Joint hypermobility is the defining feature of various inherited connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome and various types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and these will generally be the first conditions to be considered by geneticists and pediatricians in the differential diagnosis of a patient presenting with such findings. However, several congenital and adult-onset inherited myopathies also present with joint hypermobility in the context of often only mild-to-moderate muscle weakness and should, therefore, be included in the differential diagnosis of joint hypermobility. In fact, on the molecular level disorders within both groups represent different ends of the same spectrum of inherited extracellular matrix (ECM) disorders. In this review we will summarize the measures of joint hypermobility, illustrate molecular mechanisms these groups of disorders have in common, and subsequently discuss the clinical features of: 1) the most common connective tissue disorders with myopathic or other neuromuscular features: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome and Loeys-Dietz syndrome; 2) myopathy and connective tissue overlap disorders (muscle extracellular matrix (ECM) disorders), including collagen VI related dystrophies and FKBP14 related kyphoscoliotic type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; and 3) various (congenital) myopathies with prominent joint hypermobility including RYR1- and SEPN1-related myopathy. The aim of this review is to assist clinical geneticists and other clinicians with recognition of these disorders. PMID:25821091

  7. [Differential infratentorial brain tumor diagnosis in children].

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    Warmuth-Metz, M; Kühl, J; Rutkowski, S; Krauss, J; Solymosi, L

    2003-11-01

    With the exception of the first year of life, infratentorial brain tumors are more frequent in the first decade than tumors in the supratentorial compartment. In particular these are cerebellar low-grade astrocytomas, medulloblastomas, brainstem gliomas and ependymomas of the fourth ventricle. The morphology on MRI and CT and the mode of dissemination permit differential diagnosis in many cases. To allow correct stratification into different treatments in possibly disseminating malignant brain tumors, knowledge of the status of dissemination is essential, and therefore not only cranial but also spinal MRI is indispensable for staging. If the spinal MRI is performed in the immediate postoperative period, knowledge of the normal non-specific purely postoperative changes, often seen as enhancement in the subdural spinal spaces, is necessary in order to avoid misinterpretation as meningial seeding. The differential diagnosis of pediatric infratentorial brain tumors and the morphology of subdural enhancement are illustrated with typical images. The natural history of the most frequent tumors and its importance for treatment decisions is discussed in light of the literature.

  8. Differential diagnosis of 201 possible Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patients.

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    Van Everbroeck, Bart; Dobbeleir, Itte; De Waele, Michele; De Deyn, Peter; Martin, Jean-Jacques; Cras, Patrick

    2004-03-01

    Our objective was to describe the clinical signs of 'possible' Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and to investigate whether current diagnostic criteria can accurately differentiate between different forms of dementia. We studied clinical data of 'definite' CJD, Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and vascular dementia (VD) patients. Two subgroups were used: the first consisted of patients with clinical signs compatible with 'possible' CJD but in whom another final diagnosis was made and a second group with a typical evolution of the respective dementia. More focal neurological deficits were observed in AD, DLB or VD patients initially classified as 'possible' CJD than in typical patients. A typical electroencephalogram showing periodic sharp wave complexes was observed in 26 (50%) CJD and 6% of other dementia patients. The 14-3-3 protein was detected in all CJD and 8% of other dementia patients. In patients with rapidly progressive dementia and focal neurological signs, CJD should be considered. When faced with the triad: dementia, myoclonus, and initial memory problems AD should be considered if the disease duration is longer than 1 year. The diagnosis of DLB is suggested, if Parkinsonism or fluctuations are present, whereas a focal onset and compatible brain imaging can indicate VD. Findings suggestive of CJD on EEG, brain imaging, and CSF do not exclude other dementias but make them very unlikely. These observations cannot only assist in the differential diagnosis of CJD but also with the identification of AD, DLB or VD patients with atypical clinical history.

  9. [Differential diagnosis and management of balanitis].

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    Borelli, S; Lautenschlager, S

    2015-01-01

    Balanitis is a descriptive diagnosis for a heterogeneous group of infectious or inflammatory dermatoses which have to be differentiated from malignant conditions. Balanitis is caused not only by Candida spp. and bacterial infections, including anaerobic bacteria: viral infections, parasites and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) also have to be considered. Lichen planus, psoriasis and contact dermatitis can characteristically lead to inflammatory conditions of the glans penis. In addition to a complete skin examination, a thorough patient history with respect to topically applied products and sexual behavior is essential. Infections must be treated and the glans penis should be kept dry. It is important to ensure a balanced genital hygiene in patients. As a last resort therapeutic circumcision can be considered for most forms of chronic balanitis. PMID:25475625

  10. Diabetes insipidus: Differential diagnosis and management.

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    Robertson, Gary L

    2016-03-01

    Diabetes insipidus (DI) is a syndrome characterized by the excretion of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine. It can be caused by any of 4 fundamentally different defects that must be distinguished for safe and effective management. They are: (1) pituitary DI, due to inadequate production and secretion of antidiuretic hormone, arginine-vasopressin (AVP); (2) gestational DI due to degradation of AVP by an enzyme made in placenta; (3) primary polydipsia, due to suppression of AVP secretion by excessive fluid intake; and (4) nephrogenic DI due to renal insensitivity to the antidiuretic effect of AVP. This review describes several methods of differential diagnosis, indicates the advantages and disadvantages of each and presents a new approach that is simpler and less costly but just as reliable as the best of the older methods. The various treatments for the different types of DI and recent findings on the genetic basis of the familial forms of DI are also discussed with emphasis on their contributions to improved diagnosis and management.

  11. [Chronic cholecystitis and its clinical masks: diagnosis and differential diagnosis].

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    Tsimmerman, Ia S

    2006-01-01

    The author adduces modern data on the ethiology and pathogenesis of chronic cholecystitis and the stages of the development of biliary pathology (motorotonic disturbances of the gall bladder and the sphincter apparatus of the extrahepatic biliary tract - chronic acalculous cholecystitis - chronic calculous cholecystitis). He considers in detail the methods of diagnostics of chronic cholecystitis paying special attention to clinical (non-instrumental) methods. The author offers an original classification of physical symptoms of chronic cholecystitis, distinguishing three groups of symptoms according to their pathogenesis and clinical significance: segmentary reflectory symptoms ("exacerbation symptoms"); reflectory symptoms, localized in the right half of the body outside the segments of hepatobiliary system innervation ("severity symptoms"); irritative symptoms, observed during all the periods of chronic cholecystitis. The article contains a description of various clinical "masks" of chronic cholecystitis, which make the diagnosis more difficult: cardial, duodenal (gastrointestinal), rheumatic, solaralgic, allergic, pre-menstrual tension, and other masks, as well as a description of their differential diagnostic methods. PMID:16827271

  12. Differential diagnosis of Schnyder corneal dystrophy.

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    Weiss, Jayne S; Khemichian, Arbi J

    2011-01-01

    Schnyder corneal dystrophy (SCD) is a rare corneal dystrophy characterized by abnormally increased deposition of cholesterol and phospholipids in the cornea leading to progressive vision loss. SCD is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with high penetrance and has been mapped to the UBIAD1 gene on chromosome 1p36.3. Although 2/3 of SCD patients also have systemic hypercholesterolemia, the incidence of hypercholesterolemia is also increased in unaffected members of SCD pedigrees. Consequently, SCD is thought to result from a local metabolic defect in the cornea. The corneal findings in SCD are very predictable depending on the age of the individual, with initial central corneal haze and/or crystals, subsequent appearance of arcus lipoides in the third decade and formation of midperipheral haze in the late fourth decade. Because only 50% of affected patients have corneal crystals, the International Committee for Classification of Corneal Dystrophies recently changed the original name of this dystrophy from Schnyder crystalline corneal dystrophy to Schnyder corneal dystrophy. Diagnosis of affected individuals without crystalline deposits is often delayed and these individuals are frequently misdiagnosed. The differential diagnosis of the SCD patient includes other diseases with crystalline deposits such as cystinosis, tyrosinemia, Bietti crystalline dystrophy, hyperuricemia/gout, multiple myeloma, monoclonal gammopathy, infectious crystalline keratopathy, and Dieffenbachia keratitis. Depositions from drugs such as gold in chrysiasis, chlorpromazine, chloroquine, and clofazamine can also result in corneal deposits and are different from SCD. Diseases of systemic lipid metabolism that cause corneal opacification, such as lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase deficiency, fish eye disease and Tangier disease, should also be considered although these are autosomal recessive disorders. PMID:21540632

  13. Accurate Measurement of Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

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    1984-01-01

    Experience with high quality heat capacity measurement by differential scanning calorimetry is summarized and illustrated, pointing out three major causes of error: (1) incompatible thermal histories of the sample, reference and blank runs; (2) unstable initial and final isotherms; (3) incompatible differences between initial and final isotherm amplitudes for sample, reference and blank runs. Considering these problems, it is shown for the case of polyoxymethylene that accuracies in heat capacity of 0.1 percent may be possible.

  14. Differential diagnosis of apneas in preterm infants.

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    Paul, Karel; Melichar, Jan; Miletín, Jan; Dittrichová, Jaroslava

    2009-02-01

    Clinically relevant apneas, which are common in preterm infants, may adversely affect later neuropsychological condition in this group of patients. Pharmacotherapy to stimulate respiratory functions may be unsuccessful. Polygraphic recording may help in the differential diagnosis of these clinically relevant events. Twenty-nine preterm neonates born before 36 weeks of gestational age were examined using polygraphic recording (respiration--two channels, perioral electromyography, oxygen saturation, heart rate, electroencephalography, electrocardiography, electrooculography). The examination was ordered by the attending physician after an unsuccessful treatment of apnea by Aminophylline, and it should contribute to the clarification of the causes of these events. In the course of the polygraphic examinations, altogether 63 episodes were recorded during which the pulse oximeter alarm signal was set off. In 42 cases, the alarm signal was set off in events during which SaO(2) fell below 85%. In the remaining 21 cases, the alarm signal was set off in episodes during which early bradycardia below 90/min occurred. The onset of apnea was very often associated with the phasic increase of the perioral electromyography and with electroencephalography arousal reaction. Because of suspicion that these apneas may be triggered by episodes of gastroesophageal reflux, the interruption of the Aminophylline treatment and setting up an antireflux regimen were recommended. These therapeutic measures had a positive effect: The frequency of alarm signals decreased within 48 h by a statistically significant 50%. In cases where the pharmacotherapy of apnea by stimulation of respiratory functions is not successful, differential diagnostic analysis should be performed. Polygraphy may contribute to the clarification of the causes underlying clinically relevant apneas in a view of newly described polygraphic signs. It is feasible to suspect, based on these signs, that gastroesophageal reflux is

  15. ACE-I Angioedema: Accurate Clinical Diagnosis May Prevent Epinephrine-Induced Harm

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    Curtis, R. Mason; Felder, Sarah; Borici-Mazi, Rozita; Ball, Ian

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Upper airway angioedema is a life-threatening emergency department (ED) presentation with increasing incidence. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor induced angioedema (AAE) is a non-mast cell mediated etiology of angioedema. Accurate diagnosis by clinical examination can optimize patient management and reduce morbidity from inappropriate treatment with epinephrine. The aim of this study is to describe the incidence of angioedema subtypes and the management of AAE. We evaluate the appropriateness of treatments and highlight preventable iatrogenic morbidity. Methods We conducted a retrospective chart review of consecutive angioedema patients presenting to two tertiary care EDs between July 2007 and March 2012. Results Of 1,702 medical records screened, 527 were included. The cause of angioedema was identified in 48.8% (n=257) of cases. The most common identifiable etiology was AAE (33.1%, n=85), with a 60.0% male predominance. The most common AAE management strategies included diphenhydramine (63.5%, n=54), corticosteroids (50.6%, n=43) and ranitidine (31.8%, n=27). Epinephrine was administered in 21.2% (n=18) of AAE patients, five of whom received repeated doses. Four AAE patients required admission (4.7%) and one required endotracheal intubation. Epinephrine induced morbidity in two patients, causing myocardial ischemia or dysrhythmia shortly after administration. Conclusion AAE is the most common identifiable etiology of angioedema and can be accurately diagnosed by physical examination. It is easily confused with anaphylaxis and mismanaged with antihistamines, corticosteroids and epinephrine. There is little physiologic rationale for epinephrine use in AAE and much risk. Improved clinical differentiation of mast cell and non-mast cell mediated angioedema can optimize patient management. PMID:27330660

  16. Differential diagnosis of delayed awakening from general anesthesia: a review.

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    Frost, Elizabeth A M

    2014-10-01

    With the general use of fast acting anesthetic agents, patients usually awaken quickly in the post operative period. However, sometimes recovery is protracted and the list of possible causes in long. Accurate diagnosis is key to institution of appropriate therapy.

  17. Autism Diagnosis and Screening: Factors to Consider in Differential Diagnosis

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    Matson, Johnny L.; Beighley, Jennifer; Turygin, Nicole

    2012-01-01

    There has been an exponential growth in assessment methods to diagnose disorders on the autism spectrum. Many reasons for this trend exist and include advancing knowledge on how to make a diagnosis, the heterogeneity of the spectrum, the realization that different methods may be needed based on age and intellectual disability. Other factors…

  18. Problems in the Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Pain

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    Casey, Kenneth L.

    1990-01-01

    Differential diagnosis is the systematic consideration of the possible cause of signs and symptoms. It requires establishing an anatomic diagnosis, in which the site of pathology is identified, and then an etiiologic diagnosis of the causal pathologic agent. The differential diagnosis is based on a knowledge of the pathophysiology of 1) the presenting signs and symptoms, and 2) the natural history of various diseases and their causative agents. Consequently, the accuracy and reliability of the differential diagnosis is limited by a lack of knowledge about the pathophysiology of various diseases that produce chronic pain. Most painful conditions affecting ectodermally derived tissues are relatively easily localized; the major problems are in the diagnosis of central nervous system pain syndromes and in our knowledge about the pathophysiology of painful neurologic disorders. The anatomic diagnosis of painful diseases of mesodermal and endodermal tissues may be difficult because of the phenomena of referred pain and tenderness. The etiologic diagnosis is made difficult by our lack of knowledge about how various pathologic processes activate nociceptors in these tissues. Finally, the differential diagnosis of chronic pain requires information about the psychological characteristics of the patient and how emotional and higher cognitive functions influence the perception of pain. PMID:2085198

  19. Vascular anomalies: differential diagnosis and mimickers.

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    Garzon, Maria C; Weitz, Nicole; Powell, Julie

    2016-03-01

    Vascular anomalies are very common in children and encompass a wide spectrum of diseases. Many vascular anomalies can be mistaken for infantile hemangioma (IH). In addition, there is a variety of rare disorders including benign and malignant tumors that may mimic IH and other types of vascular anomalies. Understanding the clinical features, natural history, and typical clinical course of different types of vascular anomalies is essential in order to make the correct diagnosis and guide management. Radiologic imaging plays an important role in establishing the diagnosis; and when the diagnosis remains in doubt, a biopsy performed by a surgical specialist with expertise may prove to be lifesaving. PMID:27607326

  20. Advanced tests for early and accurate diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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    Zanusso, Gianluigi; Monaco, Salvatore; Pocchiari, Maurizio; Caughey, Byron

    2016-06-01

    Early and accurate diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a necessary to distinguish this untreatable disease from treatable rapidly progressive dementias, and to prevent iatrogenic transmission. Currently, definitive diagnosis of CJD requires detection of the abnormally folded, CJD-specific form of protease-resistant prion protein (PrP(CJD)) in brain tissue obtained postmortem or via biopsy; therefore, diagnosis of sporadic CJD in clinical practice is often challenging. Supporting investigations, including MRI, EEG and conventional analyses of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, are helpful in the diagnostic work-up, but do not allow definitive diagnosis. Recently, novel ultrasensitive seeding assays, based on the amplified detection of PrP(CJD), have improved the diagnostic process; for example, real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) is a sensitive method to detect prion-seeding activity in brain homogenate from humans with any subtype of sporadic CJD. RT-QuIC can also be used for in vivo diagnosis of CJD: its diagnostic sensitivity in detecting PrP(CJD) in CSF samples is 96%, and its specificity is 100%. Recently, we provided evidence that RT-QuIC of olfactory mucosa brushings is a 97% sensitive and 100% specific for sporadic CJD. These assays provide a basis for definitive antemortem diagnosis of prion diseases and, in doing so, improve prospects for reducing the risk of prion transmission. Moreover, they can be used to evaluate outcome measures in therapeutic trials for these as yet untreatable infections. PMID:27174240

  1. Gingival enlargements: Differential diagnosis and review of literature

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    Agrawal, Amit Arvind

    2015-01-01

    Gingival enlargement is one of the frequent features of gingival diseases. However due to their varied presentations, the diagnosis of these entities becomes challenging for the clinician. They can be categorized based on their etiopathogenesis, location, size, extent, etc. Based on the existing knowledge and clinical experience, a differential diagnosis can be formulated. Subsequently, after detailed investigation, clinician makes a final diagnosis or diagnosis of exclusion. A perfect diagnosis is critically important, since the management of these lesions and prevention of their recurrence is completely dependent on it. Furthermore, in some cases where gingival enlargement could be the primary sign of potentially lethal systemic diseases, a correct diagnosis of these enlargements could prove life saving for the patient or at least initiate early treatment and improve the quality of life. The purpose of this review article is to highlight significant findings of different types of gingival enlargement which would help clinician to differentiate between them. A detailed decision tree is also designed for the practitioners, which will help them arrive at a diagnosis in a systematic manner. There still could be some lesions which may present in an unusual manner and make the diagnosis challenging. By knowing the existence of common and rare presentations of gingival enlargement, one can keep a broad view when formulating a differential diagnosis of localized (isolated, discrete, regional) or generalized gingival enlargement. PMID:26380825

  2. Gingival enlargements: Differential diagnosis and review of literature.

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    Agrawal, Amit Arvind

    2015-09-16

    Gingival enlargement is one of the frequent features of gingival diseases. However due to their varied presentations, the diagnosis of these entities becomes challenging for the clinician. They can be categorized based on their etiopathogenesis, location, size, extent, etc. Based on the existing knowledge and clinical experience, a differential diagnosis can be formulated. Subsequently, after detailed investigation, clinician makes a final diagnosis or diagnosis of exclusion. A perfect diagnosis is critically important, since the management of these lesions and prevention of their recurrence is completely dependent on it. Furthermore, in some cases where gingival enlargement could be the primary sign of potentially lethal systemic diseases, a correct diagnosis of these enlargements could prove life saving for the patient or at least initiate early treatment and improve the quality of life. The purpose of this review article is to highlight significant findings of different types of gingival enlargement which would help clinician to differentiate between them. A detailed decision tree is also designed for the practitioners, which will help them arrive at a diagnosis in a systematic manner. There still could be some lesions which may present in an unusual manner and make the diagnosis challenging. By knowing the existence of common and rare presentations of gingival enlargement, one can keep a broad view when formulating a differential diagnosis of localized (isolated, discrete, regional) or generalized gingival enlargement.

  3. Odontoma-associated tooth impaction: accurate diagnosis with simple methods? Case report and literature review.

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    Troeltzsch, Matthias; Liedtke, Jan; Troeltzsch, Volker; Frankenberger, Roland; Steiner, Timm; Troeltzsch, Markus

    2012-10-01

    Odontomas account for the largest fraction of odontogenic tumors and are frequent causes of tooth impaction. A case of a 13-year-old female patient with an odontoma-associated impaction of a mandibular molar is presented with a review of the literature. Preoperative planning involved simple and convenient methods such as clinical examination and panoramic radiography, which led to a diagnosis of complex odontoma and warranted surgical removal. The clinical diagnosis was confirmed histologically. Multidisciplinary consultation may enable the clinician to find the accurate diagnosis and appropriate therapy based on the clinical and radiographic appearance. Modern radiologic methods such as cone-beam computed tomography or computed tomography should be applied only for special cases, to decrease radiation.

  4. Ascitic Fluid Analysis in the Differential Diagnosis of Ascites: Focus on Cirrhotic Ascites

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    Huang, Lin-Lin; Xia, Harry Hua-Xiang

    2014-01-01

    Ascites is the pathologic accumulation of fluid within the peritoneal cavity. Because many diseases can cause ascites, in particular cirrhosis, samples of ascitic fluid are commonly analyzed in order to develop a differential diagnosis. The concept of transudate versus exudate, as determined by total protein measurements, is outdated and the use of serum-ascites albumin gradient as an indicator of portal hypertension is more accurate. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and other tumor markers can be helpful in distinguishing between malignant and benign conditions. Glucose and adenosine deaminase levels may support a diagnosis of tuberculous disease, and amylase level may indicate a diagnosis of pancreatitis. Given the specificity and sensitivity of laboratory results, accurate diagnosis should be based on both laboratory data and clinical judgment. PMID:26357618

  5. The differential diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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    Leibson, Tom; Neuman, Gal; Chudley, Albert E; Koren, Gideon

    2014-01-01

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects an estimated 1% of all children born in North America. FASD is a chronic disorder impacting many systems of care. Only a minority of these children exhibit the pathognomonic facial features of Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) that include short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum and thin upper lip. Hence, in the majority of affected individuals FASD is a diagnosis of exclusion. The differential diagnosis of both the dysmorphological and neurobehavioral aspects of FASD is wide. This review aims to provide the pediatrician with information concerning the differential diagnosis of FASD and to discuss genetic testing that might be relevant to the assessment. PMID:24639410

  6. Plasmablastic Lymphoma: A Review of Clinicopathologic Features and Differential Diagnosis.

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    Harmon, Charles M; Smith, Lauren B

    2016-10-01

    Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is a challenging diagnosis given its rarity and lack of expression of markers that are usually used by pathologists in establishing hematopoietic lineage. However, knowledge of the characteristic clinical setting, sites of involvement, and morphologic features of plasmablastic lymphoma can aid in the correct diagnosis of a suspected large cell lymphoma that is negative for B-cell- and T-cell-specific antigens. Herein, we review the clinical and pathologic features of plasmablastic lymphoma with an emphasis on the differential diagnosis of hematolymphoid neoplasms with immunoblastic morphology and/or evidence of plasmacytic differentiation by immunophenotype. PMID:27684979

  7. Accurate diagnosis of axillary lymph node metastasis using contrast-enhanced ultrasonography with Sonazoid

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    MATSUZAWA, FUMIHIKO; EINAMA, TAKAHIRO; ABE, HIRONORI; SUZUKI, TAKASHI; HAMAGUCHI, JUN; KAGA, TERUMI; SATO, MAMI; OOMURA, MASAKO; TAKATA, YUMIKO; FUJIBE, AYAKO; TAKEDA, CHIE; TAMURA, ETSUYA; TAKETOMI, AKINOBU; KYUNO, KENICHI

    2015-01-01

    Axillary lymph node enlargement following sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is often difficult to accurately diagnose. In keeping with the characteristically tortuous and aberrant pattern of tumor neovasculature, metastatic lymph nodes exhibit peripheral and mixed vascularity, resulting in a microvasculature that is often difficult to visualize. Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) with Sonazoid, a new generation contrast agent for ultrasonography, allows for the visualization of lymph node microvessels and may enable a more accurate evaluation of lymph node metastasis. This is a case report of axillary lymph node enlargement following SLNB, in which CEUS with Sonazoid resulted in an accurate diagnosis. On the basis of our experience with this case, we have initiated a clinical trial to evaluate the detection of lymph node metastasis through the use of CEUS in breast cancer patients. PMID:25798257

  8. Fibromyalgia syndrome: presentation, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and vulnerability.

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    Russell, I Jon; Raphael, Karen G

    2008-03-01

    Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) presents with widespread soft tissue pain. Common comorbidities include severe insomnia, body stiffness, affective symptoms, irritable bowels, and urethral syndrome. A 1990 research classification depends on a history of widespread pain and prominent tenderness to palpation at 11 or more of 18 specific tender points. It is a criteria-based diagnosis rather than one by exclusion and can accompany other medical conditions. FMS occurs worldwide, and can present any age, but is most common in adult females. Although numerous studies and reviews contend that FMS may be caused by psychological stress such as sexual abuse, critical epidemiological review fails to support that concept. Existing data suggest that some individuals with FMS may have a dysregulated physiological stress response system that predates the onset of symptoms.

  9. [Differential diagnosis of chronic myeloic leucemia in infancy (author's transl)].

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    Binder, C; Pichler, E; Radaskiewicz, T; Scheibenreiter, S

    1976-01-01

    A 3 months old girl presented with significant enlargement of liver, spleen and lymphnodes, with moderate anemia, thrombopenia and leucocytosis. In the differential count there was a shift to the left and an increase of monocyte-like cells (35%). Differential diagnosis included leucemoid reaction, infectious mononucleosis, myelo-proliferative disorder with a missing C chromosome and chronic myeloid leucemia. Clinical symptoms, cytochemistry and caryotype of bone marrow cells suggested infantile chronic myeloic leucemia and normal ALP index and possibly normal HbF. Treatment with 6-mercaptopurine was followed by partial remission. The therapeutic consequences of exact differential diagnosis are discussed.

  10. Developing a semantic web model for medical differential diagnosis recommendation.

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    Mohammed, Osama; Benlamri, Rachid

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we describe a novel model for differential diagnosis designed to make recommendations by utilizing semantic web technologies. The model is a response to a number of requirements, ranging from incorporating essential clinical diagnostic semantics to the integration of data mining for the process of identifying candidate diseases that best explain a set of clinical features. We introduce two major components, which we find essential to the construction of an integral differential diagnosis recommendation model: the evidence-based recommender component and the proximity-based recommender component. Both approaches are driven by disease diagnosis ontologies designed specifically to enable the process of generating diagnostic recommendations. These ontologies are the disease symptom ontology and the patient ontology. The evidence-based diagnosis process develops dynamic rules based on standardized clinical pathways. The proximity-based component employs data mining to provide clinicians with diagnosis predictions, as well as generates new diagnosis rules from provided training datasets. This article describes the integration between these two components along with the developed diagnosis ontologies to form a novel medical differential diagnosis recommendation model. This article also provides test cases from the implementation of the overall model, which shows quite promising diagnostic recommendation results.

  11. Developing a semantic web model for medical differential diagnosis recommendation.

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    Mohammed, Osama; Benlamri, Rachid

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we describe a novel model for differential diagnosis designed to make recommendations by utilizing semantic web technologies. The model is a response to a number of requirements, ranging from incorporating essential clinical diagnostic semantics to the integration of data mining for the process of identifying candidate diseases that best explain a set of clinical features. We introduce two major components, which we find essential to the construction of an integral differential diagnosis recommendation model: the evidence-based recommender component and the proximity-based recommender component. Both approaches are driven by disease diagnosis ontologies designed specifically to enable the process of generating diagnostic recommendations. These ontologies are the disease symptom ontology and the patient ontology. The evidence-based diagnosis process develops dynamic rules based on standardized clinical pathways. The proximity-based component employs data mining to provide clinicians with diagnosis predictions, as well as generates new diagnosis rules from provided training datasets. This article describes the integration between these two components along with the developed diagnosis ontologies to form a novel medical differential diagnosis recommendation model. This article also provides test cases from the implementation of the overall model, which shows quite promising diagnostic recommendation results. PMID:25178271

  12. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis: importance of differential diagnosis

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    Mota, Patrícia Caetano; Sá, David; Mota, Margarida; Duarte, Raquel

    2011-01-01

    Patients with tuberculosis (TB) typically present with pulmonary TB, but extrapulmonary TB is also an important clinical problem. In particular, osteoarticular TB has a great morbidity and its diagnosis gold-standard includes culture and histopathology of the infected area. The present case study describes a 53-year-old female Portuguese farmer who had initial clinical and imaging features suggestive of tuberculous osteomyelitis. However, she denied any TB contacts and the tuberculin skin-test and interferon-γ release assay result were negative. Brucella melitensis was isolated from a tissue biopsy cultural examination, and treatment for brucellosis was started, yielding a favourable outcome. In similar circumstances, a precise diagnosis, that considers the epidemiological context, is crucially important for adequate treatment and reduction of morbidity. PMID:22679255

  13. [Borderline leprosy as a rare differential diagnosis].

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    Trawinski, Henning; Brüning, Jan-Hinnerk; Baum, Petra; Ziemer, Mirjana; Schubert, Stefan; Lübbert, Christoph

    2016-06-01

    History and clinical findings | A 42-year-old migrant from Brazil presented with persistent sensory disturbances, skin discolorations and local alopecia in the upper limbs. Decisive for the presentation in our Tropical Medicine Clinic were new occurrences of severe pain and redness and swelling in the area of the lesions that had already been assessed by a number of medical specialists without a clear diagnosis could be made. Investigations and diagnosis | The histological analysis of skin biopsies showed perivascular, perineural, periadnexial lymphocytic and granulomatous dermatitis. In a direct microbiological preparation individual acid fast bacilli could be detected (Ziehl-Neelsen stain). The electroneurographical examination demonstrated a sensitive peripheral-neurogenic damage with emphasis on the right median nerve and the left ulnar and radial nerves. Thermography revealed an increased heating or cooling threshold. The serological investigation by ELISA for IgM antibodies against the phenolic glycolipid (PGL-1) was positive (titer 1 : 1200). In summary, the diagnosis of borderline leprosy (infection with Mycobacterium leprae) with transition to multibacillary leprosy (according to WHO) and leprosy reaction type 1 was made. Treatment and course | We initiated an oral antimycobacterial therapy (multidrug therapy, MDT) with rifampin, clofazimine and dapsone for 12 months (WHO regimen for multibacillary leprosy). Leprosy reaction type 1 was treated with prednisolone and by increasing the dose of clofazimine. Analgesic therapy on demand was carried out with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen). MDT and successful management of leprosy reaction lead to a rapid improvement of symptoms. Conclusions | Leprosy is an infectious disease occurring only rarely in Germany (average incidence of 1-2 cases per year) that is diagnosed almost exclusively among migrants. Main symptoms comprise non-itchy, reddish, touch insensitive skin lesions or nerve deficits. The

  14. Systemic mastocytosis: clinical manifestations and differential diagnosis.

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    Butterfield, Joseph H

    2006-08-01

    Mast cells produce symptoms by local and remote effects of mediator release and by their presence in increased numbers in normal tissue and bone marrow, where they damage and impair normal organ function. Moreover, mast cells are long-lived and heterogeneous in their response to secretagogues and to inhibitors of mediator release. Clinicians sorting out the diagnosis of SM on the basis of presenting signs and symptoms continue to have their diagnostic skills challenged because of the rarity of this disorder, the fact that many symptoms of SM are present in more common disorders, and the multiple guises that SM may assume at the time of presentation.

  15. Primary leiomyoma of the liver: accurate preoperative diagnosis on liver biopsy

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    Sousa, Helena T; Portela, Francisco; Semedo, Luis; Furtado, Emanuel; Marinho, Carol; Cipriano, Maria A; Leitão, Maximino C

    2009-01-01

    Primary leiomyoma of the liver is an exceptionally rare tumour in non-immunocompromised patients. Preoperative diagnosis of the lesion is difficult as complete imaging of this type of lesion is scarcely defined and preoperative biopsy was not the practice in previously reported cases. We report a voluminous primary leiomyoma of the liver occurring in a healthy middle-aged woman where a preoperative diagnosis was accurately achieved on biopsy. Because of its size, surgery was undertaken for exclusion of malignancy. A 16-month uneventful follow-up has been completed. We discuss the advantage of a preoperative diagnosis and propose that an imaging-guided liver biopsy should be undertaken, provided malignancy features are absent. This could prevent liver surgery merely for diagnostic purposes. Finally, we report imaging features that have not been previously described, namely on magnetic resonance imaging, which may provide an insight about the nature of this particular lesion and, advantageously, contribute toward a non-invasive diagnosis. PMID:21686574

  16. [Differential diagnosis of abdominal cysts in children].

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    Józsa, Gergő; Mohay, Gabriella; Pintér, András; Vástyán, Attila

    2015-09-13

    19 children were diagnosed with abdominal cysts of different origin in the Surgical Unit of the Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of Pécs, Hungary between 2010 and 2013. The authors discuss the details of representative cases of a parovarial cyst, an intestinal duplication, and an omental cyst with emphasis on the clinical symptoms, diagnostic tools, and surgical interventions. The authors conclude that abdominal cysts often cause mild symptoms only, and they are discovered accidentally by ultrasound imaging performed for other reasons. In some cases, the cyst can cause severe complaints or even acute abdomen requiring emergency surgery. Laporoscopy may be a valuable method both in diagnosis and surgical therapy. Abdominal CT or MRI are not required in the majority of the patients.

  17. Differential diagnosis of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome

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    Fiocchi, Alessandro; Claps, Alessia; Dahdah, Lamia; Brindisi, Giulia; Dionisi-Vici, Carlo; Martelli, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Purpose of review To assess all the possible differential diagnosis of food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), both in acute and chronic presentation, reviewing the data reported in published studies. Recent findings There is an increase of reported cases of FPIES in recent years. As the disease presents with nonspecific symptoms, it can be misunderstood in many ways. The differential diagnosis includes, in acute presentations, the following: sepsis, other infectious diseases, acute gastrointestinal episodes, surgical emergencies, food allergies. In its chronic forms, FPIES may mimic malabsorption syndromes, metabolic disorders, primary immunodeficiencies, neurological conditions, coagulation defects, and other types of non-IgE-mediated food allergy. Summary A thorough clinical evaluation, including symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings, is necessary to lead the clinicians toward the diagnosis of FPIES. The major reason for delayed diagnosis appears to be the lack of knowledge of the disease. PMID:24739227

  18. Auto-immune encephalitis as differential diagnosis of infectious encephalitis

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    Armangue, Thaís; Leypoldt, Frank; Dalmau, Josep

    2014-01-01

    Purpose of review To describe the main types of autoimmune encephalitis with special emphasis on those associated with antibodies against neuronal cell surface or synaptic proteins, and the differential diagnosis with infectious encephalitis. Recent findings There is a continuous expansion of the number of cell surface or synaptic proteins that are targets of autoimmunity. The most recently identified include the mGluR5, DPPX, and the GABAAR. In these and previously known autoimmune encephalitis (NMDAR, AMPAR, GABABR, LGI1, CASPR2), the prodromal symptoms or types of presentations often suggest a viral encephalitis. We review here clues that help in the differential diagnosis with infectious encephalitis. Moreover, recent investigations indicate that viral encephalitis (e.g., herpes simplex) can trigger synaptic autoimmunity. In all these disorders immunotherapy is usually effective. Summary Autoimmune encephalitis comprises an expanding group of potentially treatable disorders that should be included in the differential diagnosis of any type of encephalitis. PMID:24792345

  19. Differential diagnosis of dry eye conditions.

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    Pflugfelder, S C

    1996-04-01

    The pre-ocular tear film is a complex biochemical structure produced by the lacrimal glands and epithelial cells on the ocular surface. Clinical syndromes of ocular irritation may result from deficiencies in one or more of these layers. At a recent dry eye workshop at the National Eye Institute, dry eye conditions were classified into those with adequate aqueous tear production and those with aqueous tear deficiency. The majority of patients with aqueous adequate dry eye suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction that results in lipid tear deficiency. Aqueous tear deficiency can be subclassified into non-Sjögren's syndrome and Sjögren's syndrome (SS) groups. Patients with non-Sjögren's aqueous tear deficiency have less-severe symptoms and ocular surface disease than those with SS. The etiology of non-Sjögren's aqueous tear deficiency has not been established, but it appears to be multifactorial. In SS, immune-mediated destruction of the lacrimal gland results in severe aqueous tear deficiency. Aqueous tear deficiencies lead to ocular surface disease, termed keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). KCS results from abnormal terminal differentiation of the ocular surface epithelia and is associated with marked reduction in mucin production by these cells. Clinical features helpful in differentiating the various dry eye syndromes are reviewed.

  20. MicroRNA-200 Family Profile: A Promising Ancillary Tool for Accurate Cancer Diagnosis.

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    Liu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jianhua; Xie, Botao; Li, Hao; Shen, Jihong; Chen, Jianheng

    2016-01-01

    Cancer is one of the most threatening diseases in the world and great interests have been paid to discover accurate and noninvasive methods for cancer diagnosis. The value of microRNA-200 (miRNA-200, miR-200) family has been revealed in many studies. However, the results from various studies were inconsistent, and thus a meta-analysis was designed and performed to assess the overall value of miRNA200 in cancer diagnosis. Relevant studies were searched electronically from the following databases: PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure. Keyword combined with "miR-200," "cancer," and "diagnosis" in any fields was used for searching relevant studies. Then, the pooled sensitivity, specificity, area under the curve (AUC), and partial AUC were calculated using the random-effects model. Heterogeneity among individual studies was also explored by subgroup analyses. A total of 28 studies from 18 articles with an overall sample size of 3676 subjects (2097 patients and 1579 controls) were included in this meta-analysis. The overall sensitivity and specificity with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) are 0.709 (95% CI: 0.657-0.755) and 0.667 (95% CI: 0.617-0.713), respectively. Additionally, AUC and partial AUC for the pooled data is 0.735 and 0.627, respectively. Subgroup analyses revealed that using miRNA-200 family for cancer diagnosis is more effective in white than in Asian ethnic groups. In addition, cancer diagnosis by miRNA using circulating specimen is more effective than that using noncirculating specimen. Finally, miRNA is more accurate in diagnosing endometrial cancer than other types of cancer, and some miRNA family members (miR-200b and miR-429) have superior diagnostic accuracy than other miR-200 family members. In conclusion, the profiling of miRNA-200 family is likely to be a valuable tool in cancer detection and diagnosis.

  1. [Retrovesicular hydatidosis in childhood. Possibilities of differential diagnosis].

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    Virseda, J A; Vera, J A; Ollé, J

    1981-01-01

    We present a case of retrovesical hydatid cyst in a boy coincident with a right kidney malrotation which complicated, in view of the negative results of the specific tests for hydatidosis, the possibilities of a differential diagnosis, and although the correct etiology was suspected before the operation, only the histopathological study of the specimen confirmed the initial suspicion. The differential diagnosis was posed with the retroperitoneal cystic tumours such as the teratoma and basically with the deep pelvic cysts in the male (mullerian cysts, seminal vesicle cysts and cysts of Wolff's duct).

  2. [Differential diagnosis "non-cardiac chest pain"].

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    Frieling, Thomas

    2015-07-01

    Non cardiac chest pain (NCCP) are recurrent angina pectoris like pain without evidence of coronary heart diesease in conventional diagnostic evaluation. The prevalence of NCCP is up to 70% and may be detected in this order at all levels of the medical health care system (general practitioner, emergency department, chest pain unit, coronary care). Reduction of quality of life in NCCP is comparable, partially even higher compared to cardiac chest pain. Reasons for psychological strain are symptom recurrence in app. 50%, nonspecific diagnosis with resulting uncertainty and insufficient integration of other medical disciplines in diagnostic work-up. Managing of patients with NCCP has to be interdisciplinary because non cardiac causes of chest pain may be found frequently. This are musculosceletal in app. 40%, gastrointestinal in app. 20%, psychiatric in app. 10% and pulmonary and mediastinal diseases in app. 5% of cases. Also gastroenterological expertise is required because here gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in app. 60%, hypercontractile esophageal motility disorders with nutcracker, jackhammer esophagus or distal esophageal spasmus or achalasia in app. 20% and other esophageal alterations (e. g. infectious esophageal inflammation, drug-induced ulcer, rings, webs, eosinophilic esophagits) in app. 30% of cases may be detected as cause of chest pain may. This implicates that regular interdisciplinary round wards and interdisciplinary management of chest pain units are mandatory. PMID:26230070

  3. Historical background, definitions and differential diagnosis.

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    Sampson, Hugh A

    2015-01-01

    Although awareness that food can cause adverse symptoms and even death in some individuals has been present since the times of Hippocrates, it was not until the seminal experiment of Prausnitz that the investigation of food allergy had a more scientific basis. In the first half of the 20th century, there were periodic reports in the medical literature describing various food allergic reactions. Until the studies of Charles May and colleagues in the mid- to late '70s, there was a great deal of skepticism in the medical world about the relevance of food allergy and how to diagnose it, since standard skin testing was known to correlate poorly with clinical symptoms. With the introduction of the double-blind, placebo-controlled oral food challenge by May, the study of food allergy has become evidence based, and tremendous strides have been made in the study of basic immunopathogenic mechanisms and natural history as well as in the diagnosis and management of food allergies. Today, various IgE- and non-IgE-mediated food allergic disorders have been well characterized, and efforts to reverse these allergies using various immunotherapeutic strategies are well under way. PMID:26022859

  4. The use of expert systems on the differential diagnosis of urinary incontinence.

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    Lopes, Maria Helena Baena de Moraes; Marin, Heimar de Fátima; Ortega, Neli Regina Siqueira

    2009-09-01

    The differential diagnosis of urinary incontinence classes is sometimes difficult to establish. As a rule, only the results of urodynamic testing allow an accurate diagnosis. However, this exam is not always feasible, because it requires special equipment, and also trained personnel to lead and interpret the exam. Some expert systems have been developed to assist health professionals in this field. Therefore, the aims of this paper are to present the definition of Artificial Intelligence; to explain what expert system and system for decision support are and its application in the field of health and to discuss some expert systems for differential diagnosis of urinary incontinence. It is concluded that expert systems may be useful not only for teaching purposes, but also as decision support in daily clinical practice. Despite this, for several reasons, health professionals usually hesitate to use the computer expert system to support their decision making process.

  5. Oral myofibromas: report of two cases and review of clinical and histopathologic differential diagnosis.

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    Azevedo, Rebeca de Souza; Pires, Fábio Ramôa; Della Coletta, Ricardo; de Almeida, Oslei Paes; Kowalski, Luiz Paulo; Lopes, Márcio Ajudarte

    2008-06-01

    Myofibroma is a benign mesenchymal neoplasm composed of myofibroblasts which has been described with different synonyms since the first report in 1951. It may show clinical and histologic features that may be misinterpreted as a malignancy. We describe 2 cases of oral myofibromas affecting infants; the first one showed a rapid growth with teeth displacement and ulceration; the second one presented a relatively slow growth with an indolent course. Differential diagnosis included benign and malignant mesenchymal neoplasms, salivary gland tumors, and reactive processes. Microscopic analysis of both lesions revealed a spindle cell tumor with immunoreactivity for vimentin, muscle-specific actin, and specific smooth muscle isoform alpha-actin, rendering the diagnoses of myofibroma. The patients were treated with surgical excision, and both are in follow-up without any signs of recurrence. Myofibroma presents a wide range of differential diagnosis, including benign and malignant neoplasms. Therefore, accurate diagnosis may avoid an unnecessary aggressive therapy.

  6. Lichen Planus-like Keratosis: Another Differential Diagnosis for Kaposi Sarcoma

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    Clavellina-Miller, Marcela; Moreno-Coutiño, Gabriela; Toussaint-Caire, Sonia; Reyes-Terán, Gustavo

    2015-01-01

    Epidemic Kaposi sarcoma is a common finding among HIV/AIDS patients that are not under antiretroviral treatment, and sometimes it is the first sign of the disease. However, it can be seen even in patients with undetectable viral load and high CD 4 cell count. Under these circumstances, the clinical presentation can be atypical in location or number. For this reason, the number of differential diagnosis is increased and biopsy of the suspicious lesions is essential for an accurate diagnosis and further apropiate treatment. PMID:26538737

  7. [Differential Diagnosis of ADHD from Personality Disorders].

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    Ushijima, Sadanobu

    2015-01-01

    The author discussed some points regarding the process of differentially diagnosing ADHD from antisocial personality disorder with antisocial behaviors, such as the use of amphetamines, theft, and violence, and borderline personality disorder with eating disorder, self-harming, overdose, and domestic violence. Firstly, the characteristics of ADHD are a lack of interest in criminal activity, cunning, cruelty, or coming from a broken home, which are frequently observed in cases of conduct disorder. The second point concerns the main anxieties and conflicts of those with ADHD and borderline personality disorder. ADHD patients usually do not have anxieties regarding sensitiveness in interpersonal relationships, which borderline patients are likely to have. The characteristic anxieties of ADHD patients usually involve self-reproach, self-deprecation, and self-hatred derived from various kinds of mistake associated with ADHD symptoms, such as a short attention span, restlessness, and impulsiveness. Finally, the author points out that we also have to be aware of the various kinds of identity problem, even in the case of patients with typical symptoms of ADHD.

  8. When to consider acute HIV infection in the differential diagnosis.

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    Grimes, Richard M; Hardwicke, Robin L; Grimes, Deanna E; DeGarmo, D Sean

    2016-01-16

    Patients presenting with fever, pharyngitis, and lymphadenopathy are likely to have mononucleosis; however, patients with acute HIV infection may present with similar symptoms. Acute HIV infection should be considered as a differential diagnosis if test results for mononucleosis are negative. This article describes when to order HIV testing and discusses the importance of early intervention for acute HIV infection. PMID:26678418

  9. The Differential Diagnosis of Functional Symptoms in Adolescence.

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    Silber, Thomas J.

    1982-01-01

    Functional complaints constitute the major reason why adolescents visit the physician's office. These complaints may coexist with organic illness of minor or major significance. Proposes a definition of functional disorders, sets forth a classification of the differential diagnosis of these disorders and suggests techniques for their management.…

  10. Autism and Rett Syndrome: Behavioural Investigations and Differential Diagnosis.

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    Olsson, Bo; Rett, Andreas

    1987-01-01

    Differential diagnosis of Rett syndrome and infantile autism among 63 female patients (22 months to 15 years) was investigated. Conclusions concerned: characteristics of some Rett subjects but no autistic subjects, characteristics of all Rett subjects but not all autistic subjects, and characteristics of most Rett subjects and some autistic…

  11. The canalicular adenoma: considerations on differential diagnosis and treatment.

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    Daley, T D

    1984-11-01

    The canalicular adenoma is an uncommon, benign salivary gland neoplasm that usually occurs in or near the upper lip of elderly patients. A histologic study of 49 tumors revealed that they are often multifocal, may infiltrate their capsule, and are occasionally unencapsulated. Based on these findings, the method of treatment, as well as a differential diagnosis of minor salivary gland lesions, is discussed.

  12. Differential diagnosis in patients with disorders of the patellofemoral joint.

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    Leb, R. B.; Fulkerson, J. P.

    1993-01-01

    Anterior knee complaints are difficult diagnostic problems. It cannot be overstated that the most important information available is to be found in the patient's history. Onset, quality, and quantity of symptoms must be assessed. This information is then synthesized to determine the specific functional disabilities resulting from the patient's anterior knee disorder. Once a history is obtained, a consistent, methodical physical examination can be performed to narrow the differential diagnosis. Radiographic evaluation is used to further hone the differential or to confirm the most likely diagnosis. Ultimately, a specific working diagnosis is selected and treatment is tailored to changing the underlying structural or biomechanical abnormalities that led to the patient's complaints. Images Figure 3 Figure 4 PMID:8209557

  13. The acute pediatric scrotum: presentation, differential diagnosis and management.

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    Vasdev, Nikhil; Chadwick, David; Thomas, David

    2012-09-01

    Both pediatric and adult urologists frequently evaluate pediatric patients with an acute scrotum. We present a detailed review on the acute pediatric scrotum highlighting the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis and management of this common clinical condition. It is important to highlight that a testicular torsion is the most important differential diagnosis and the main priority in each case is to diagnosis and treat a potential testicular torsion is of the essence. The aim of our extensive review is to update/review the appropriate evaluation and management of the acute scrotum and to guide the clinician in distinguishing testicular torsion from the other conditions that commonly mimic this surgical emergency. This review is useful for trainees in UK and Europe who plan to take the FRCS (Urol) examination. PMID:24917714

  14. Differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases using structural MRI data.

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    Koikkalainen, Juha; Rhodius-Meester, Hanneke; Tolonen, Antti; Barkhof, Frederik; Tijms, Betty; Lemstra, Afina W; Tong, Tong; Guerrero, Ricardo; Schuh, Andreas; Ledig, Christian; Rueckert, Daniel; Soininen, Hilkka; Remes, Anne M; Waldemar, Gunhild; Hasselbalch, Steen; Mecocci, Patrizia; van der Flier, Wiesje; Lötjönen, Jyrki

    2016-01-01

    Different neurodegenerative diseases can cause memory disorders and other cognitive impairments. The early detection and the stratification of patients according to the underlying disease are essential for an efficient approach to this healthcare challenge. This emphasizes the importance of differential diagnostics. Most studies compare patients and controls, or Alzheimer's disease with one other type of dementia. Such a bilateral comparison does not resemble clinical practice, where a clinician is faced with a number of different possible types of dementia. Here we studied which features in structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans could best distinguish four types of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies, and control subjects. We extracted an extensive set of features quantifying volumetric and morphometric characteristics from T1 images, and vascular characteristics from FLAIR images. Classification was performed using a multi-class classifier based on Disease State Index methodology. The classifier provided continuous probability indices for each disease to support clinical decision making. A dataset of 504 individuals was used for evaluation. The cross-validated classification accuracy was 70.6% and balanced accuracy was 69.1% for the five disease groups using only automatically determined MRI features. Vascular dementia patients could be detected with high sensitivity (96%) using features from FLAIR images. Controls (sensitivity 82%) and Alzheimer's disease patients (sensitivity 74%) could be accurately classified using T1-based features, whereas the most difficult group was the dementia with Lewy bodies (sensitivity 32%). These results were notable better than the classification accuracies obtained with visual MRI ratings (accuracy 44.6%, balanced accuracy 51.6%). Different quantification methods provided complementary information, and consequently, the best results were obtained by

  15. Differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases using structural MRI data

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    Koikkalainen, Juha; Rhodius-Meester, Hanneke; Tolonen, Antti; Barkhof, Frederik; Tijms, Betty; Lemstra, Afina W.; Tong, Tong; Guerrero, Ricardo; Schuh, Andreas; Ledig, Christian; Rueckert, Daniel; Soininen, Hilkka; Remes, Anne M.; Waldemar, Gunhild; Hasselbalch, Steen; Mecocci, Patrizia; van der Flier, Wiesje; Lötjönen, Jyrki

    2016-01-01

    Different neurodegenerative diseases can cause memory disorders and other cognitive impairments. The early detection and the stratification of patients according to the underlying disease are essential for an efficient approach to this healthcare challenge. This emphasizes the importance of differential diagnostics. Most studies compare patients and controls, or Alzheimer's disease with one other type of dementia. Such a bilateral comparison does not resemble clinical practice, where a clinician is faced with a number of different possible types of dementia. Here we studied which features in structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans could best distinguish four types of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies, and control subjects. We extracted an extensive set of features quantifying volumetric and morphometric characteristics from T1 images, and vascular characteristics from FLAIR images. Classification was performed using a multi-class classifier based on Disease State Index methodology. The classifier provided continuous probability indices for each disease to support clinical decision making. A dataset of 504 individuals was used for evaluation. The cross-validated classification accuracy was 70.6% and balanced accuracy was 69.1% for the five disease groups using only automatically determined MRI features. Vascular dementia patients could be detected with high sensitivity (96%) using features from FLAIR images. Controls (sensitivity 82%) and Alzheimer's disease patients (sensitivity 74%) could be accurately classified using T1-based features, whereas the most difficult group was the dementia with Lewy bodies (sensitivity 32%). These results were notable better than the classification accuracies obtained with visual MRI ratings (accuracy 44.6%, balanced accuracy 51.6%). Different quantification methods provided complementary information, and consequently, the best results were obtained by

  16. LEOPARD syndrome: clinical dilemmas in differential diagnosis of RASopathies

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    2014-01-01

    Background Diagnosis within RASopathies still represents a challenge. Nevertheless, many efforts have been made by clinicians to identify specific clinical features which might help in differentiating one disorder from another. Here, we describe a child initially diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis-Noonan syndrome. The follow-up of the proband, the clinical evaluation of his father together with a gene-by-gene testing approach led us to the proper diagnosis. Case presentation We report a 8-year-old male with multiple café-au-lait macules, several lentigines and dysmorphic features that suggest Noonan syndrome initially diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis-Noonan syndrome. However, after a few years of clinical and ophthalmological follow-up, the absence of typical features of Neurofibromatosis type 1 and the lack of NF1 mutation led us to reconsider the original diagnosis. A new examination of the patient and his similarly affected father, who was initially referred as healthy, led us to suspect LEOPARD syndrome, The diagnosis was then confirmed by the occurrence in both patients of a heterozygous mutation c.1403 C > T, p.(Thr468Met), of PTPN11. Subsequently, the proband was also found to have type-1 Arnold-Chiari malformation in association with syringomyelia. Conclusion Our experience suggests that differential clinical diagnosis among RASopathies remains ambiguous and raises doubts on the current diagnostic clinical criteria. In some cases, genetic tests represent the only conclusive proof for a correct diagnosis and, consequently, for establishing individual prognosis and providing adequate follow-up. Thus, molecular testing represents an essential tool in differential diagnosis of RASophaties. This view is further strengthened by the increasing accessibility of new sequencing techniques. Finally, to our knowledge, the described case represents the third report of the occurrence of Arnold Chiari malformation and the second description of syringomyelia with

  17. Barriers to accurate diagnosis and effective management of heart failure in primary care: qualitative study

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    Fuat, Ahmet; Hungin, A Pali S; Murphy, Jeremy James

    2003-01-01

    Objective To ascertain the beliefs, current practices, and decision making of general practitioners in the diagnosis and management of suspected heart failure in primary care, with a view to identifying barriers to good care. Design A qualitative approach using focus groups with 30 general practitioners from four primary care groups. The sampling strategy was stratified and purposive. The contents of interviews were transcribed and analysed according to the principles of “pragmatic variant” grounded theory. Setting North east England. Results Three categories of difficulties contribute to variations in medical practice and to the reasons why general practitioners experience difficulties in diagnosing and managing heart failure. The first is uncertainty about clinical practice, including lack of confidence in establishing an accurate diagnosis and worries about using angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, β blockers, and spironolactone in patients who are often elderly and frail, with comorbidity and polypharmacy. The second is a lack of awareness of relevant research evidence in what was perceived to be a complex and rapidly changing therapeutic field. Doubts about the applicability of research findings in primary care, and fear of information overload also emerged. The third category consists of influences of individual preference and local organisational factors. Medical training, negative clinical experiences, and outside agencies influenced the behaviour of general practitioners and professional culture. Local factors included the availability of diagnostic services, resources (such as accessible cardiologists), and interactions between professionals in primary or secondary care, and they seemed to shape the practice and decision making processes in primary care. Conclusions The national service framework for coronary heart disease stresses that the substandard care of patients with heart failure is unacceptable. This study identified barriers to be

  18. Simple, rapid and accurate molecular diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia by loop mediated amplification technology.

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    Spinelli, Orietta; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Rigo, Francesca; Zanghì, Pamela; D'Agostini, Elena; Amicarelli, Giulia; Colotta, Francesco; Divona, Mariadomenica; Ciardi, Claudia; Coco, Francesco Lo; Minnucci, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    The diagnostic work-up of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) includes the cytogenetic demonstration of the t(15;17) translocation and/or the PML-RARA chimeric transcript by RQ-PCR or RT-PCR. This latter assays provide suitable results in 3-6 hours. We describe here two new, rapid and specific assays that detect PML-RARA transcripts, based on the RT-QLAMP (Reverse Transcription-Quenching Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology in which RNA retrotranscription and cDNA amplification are carried out in a single tube with one enzyme at one temperature, in fluorescence and real time format. A single tube triplex assay detects bcr1 and bcr3 PML-RARA transcripts along with GUS housekeeping gene. A single tube duplex assay detects bcr2 and GUSB. In 73 APL cases, these assays detected in 16 minutes bcr1, bcr2 and bcr3 transcripts. All 81 non-APL samples were negative by RT-QLAMP for chimeric transcripts whereas GUSB was detectable. In 11 APL patients in which RT-PCR yielded equivocal breakpoint type results, RT-QLAMP assays unequivocally and accurately defined the breakpoint type (as confirmed by sequencing). Furthermore, RT-QLAMP could amplify two bcr2 transcripts with particularly extended PML exon 6 deletions not amplified by RQ-PCR. RT-QLAMP reproducible sensitivity is 10(-3) for bcr1 and bcr3 and 10(-)2 for bcr2 thus making this assay particularly attractive at diagnosis and leaving RQ-PCR for the molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease during the follow up. In conclusion, PML-RARA RT-QLAMP compared to RT-PCR or RQ-PCR is a valid improvement to perform rapid, simple and accurate molecular diagnosis of APL. PMID:25815362

  19. Simple, rapid and accurate molecular diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia by loop mediated amplification technology

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    Spinelli, Orietta; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Rigo, Francesca; Zanghì, Pamela; D'Agostini, Elena; Amicarelli, Giulia; Colotta, Francesco; Divona, Mariadomenica; Ciardi, Claudia; Coco, Francesco Lo; Minnucci, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    The diagnostic work-up of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) includes the cytogenetic demonstration of the t(15;17) translocation and/or the PML-RARA chimeric transcript by RQ-PCR or RT-PCR. This latter assays provide suitable results in 3-6 hours. We describe here two new, rapid and specific assays that detect PML-RARA transcripts, based on the RT-QLAMP (Reverse Transcription-Quenching Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology in which RNA retrotranscription and cDNA amplification are carried out in a single tube with one enzyme at one temperature, in fluorescence and real time format. A single tube triplex assay detects bcr1 and bcr3 PML-RARA transcripts along with GUS housekeeping gene. A single tube duplex assay detects bcr2 and GUSB. In 73 APL cases, these assays detected in 16 minutes bcr1, bcr2 and bcr3 transcripts. All 81 non-APL samples were negative by RT-QLAMP for chimeric transcripts whereas GUSB was detectable. In 11 APL patients in which RT-PCR yielded equivocal breakpoint type results, RT-QLAMP assays unequivocally and accurately defined the breakpoint type (as confirmed by sequencing). Furthermore, RT-QLAMP could amplify two bcr2 transcripts with particularly extended PML exon 6 deletions not amplified by RQ-PCR. RT-QLAMP reproducible sensitivity is 10−3 for bcr1 and bcr3 and 10−2 for bcr2 thus making this assay particularly attractive at diagnosis and leaving RQ-PCR for the molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease during the follow up. In conclusion, PML-RARA RT-QLAMP compared to RT-PCR or RQ-PCR is a valid improvement to perform rapid, simple and accurate molecular diagnosis of APL. PMID:25815362

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging differential diagnosis of brainstem lesions in children

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    Quattrocchi, Carlo Cosimo; Errante, Yuri; Rossi Espagnet, Maria Camilla; Galassi, Stefania; Della Sala, Sabino Walter; Bernardi, Bruno; Fariello, Giuseppe; Longo, Daniela

    2016-01-01

    Differential diagnosis of brainstem lesions, either isolated or in association with cerebellar and supra-tentorial lesions, can be challenging. Knowledge of the structural organization is crucial for the differential diagnosis and establishment of prognosis of pathologies with involvement of the brainstem. Familiarity with the location of the lesions in the brainstem is essential, especially in the pediatric population. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most sensitive and specific imaging technique for diagnosing disorders of the posterior fossa and, particularly, the brainstem. High magnetic static field MRI allows detailed visualization of the morphology, signal intensity and metabolic content of the brainstem nuclei, together with visualization of the normal development and myelination. In this pictorial essay we review the brainstem pathology in pediatric patients and consider the MR imaging patterns that may help the radiologist to differentiate among vascular, toxico-metabolic, infective-inflammatory, degenerative and neoplastic processes. Helpful MR tips can guide the differential diagnosis: These include the location and morphology of lesions, the brainstem vascularization territories, gray and white matter distribution and tissue selective vulnerability. PMID:26834941

  1. Celiac Disease and Cystic Fibrosis: Challenges to Differential Diagnosis.

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    Ramos, Alessandra Teixeira Pessoa; Figueirêdo, Manuella Machado; Aguiar, Ana Paula de B; Almeida, Carolina de Godoy; Mendes, Patrícia S A; Souza, Edna Lucia

    2016-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis and celiac disease were considered a single clinical entity for many years. Differentiation between the diseases occurred some time in the 1930s of the 20th Century. Both diseases may present the intestinal malabsorption syndrome and similar clinical manifestations that contribute to difficulties with clinical distinction. We describe a report of two patients with initial diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, who were subsequently diagnosed with celiac disease. These case reports emphasize the possibility of false positivity being shown in the sweat test in CD, which may result in delayed diagnosis and inadequate management of this disease. PMID:27552792

  2. Differential diagnosis of orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorder.

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    Kumar, Anil; Brennan, Michael T

    2013-07-01

    When a patient complains of orofacial pain, health care providers must make a correct diagnosis. Doing this can be difficult, since various signs and symptoms may not be specific for 1 particular problem or disorder. One initially should formulate a broad differential diagnosis that can be narrowed after analysis of the history and examination. In this article, orofacial pain is categorized as being caused by: intracranial pain, headaches, neuropathic pain, intraoral pain, temporomandibular disorder, cervical pain, pain related to anatomically associated structures, referred pain, or mental illness.

  3. [DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF TUMOROID-LIKE ABSCESS AND LUNG CANCER].

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    Churylin, R

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of work is development and clarification of roentgenology displays of tumoroidea variant of abscess of lungs for differential diagnostics him with the cancer of lungs. Practically in most cases abscess of lungs there is a necessity of leadthrough of differential diagnostics with in a number of nosology forms, including with the cavernous form of peripheral cancer of lungs. The features of flow of roentgenologic picture of tumoroidea variant are resulted, alike symptoms, differ ences and signs which allow to set a correct diagnosis, are resulted, the value of follow-up of roent genologic research and use of computed tomography is underlined.

  4. [Pneumoparotitis or pneumoparotid: a differential diagnosis to consider].

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    Moënne, Karla B; Cordero, Jaime T; Poli, Cecilia H

    2009-12-01

    Childhood parotid swelling has a number of differential diagnosis mostly of inflammatory origin. Pneumoparotitis is an uncommon cause of parotid inflammation. It is caused by an excessive increase of intraoral pressure and secondary passage of air into the Stensen or Stenon duct and its glandular branches. Diagnostic clues can usually be obtained by a directed anamnesis. Ultrasonography (US) and computed tomography are essential diagnostic tools for this condition that has a benign course with spontaneous resolution in most cases. We present four cases of pneumoparotitis diagnosed by US in children 5 to 13 years of age. One of the cases occurred after the child chewed gum and made bubbles for a prolonged time-period and the other three after inflating baloons, making bubbles inside a pool and after playing the flute. All cases resolved spontaneously after two days. We suggest to consider pneumoparotitis in the differential diagnosis of parotid swelling in children. PMID:20098792

  5. [Diagnostic criteria and differential diagnosis of neuromyelitis optica].

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    Nakashima, Ichiro

    2014-11-01

    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune central nervous system disease associated with anti-aquaporin 4 (AQP4) antibody. Although the current diagnostic criteria requires both optic neuritis and myelitis, many of the patients with anti-AQP4 antibody do not fulfil the criteria, so that they have a chance to be misdiagnosed as having multiple sclerosis (MS). To avoid the misdiagnosis, a sensitive method to detect anti-AQP4 antibody is required although widely used kits has lower sensitivity. Although MS is one of the most important differential diagnosis of NMO, diseases associated with anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody may mimic NMO clinical features and should be considered as differential diagnosis.

  6. [Differential diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder)].

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    Stübner, S; Völkl, G; Soyka, M

    1998-05-01

    Recently the concept of dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) has attracted increasing public and scientific interest. However, it is rarely diagnosed in the clinical setting. the reported case of a 47-year-old woman with a history of child abuse demonstrates the problems of differential diagnosis. A number of psychopathologic symptoms pointed to a multiple personality disorder, but in the follow-up psychotic symptoms such as delusions, possible hallucinations and bizarre behavior clearly emerged. The differential diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder includes paranoid schizophrenia, as in the case described, borderline personality disorder, hysteria, simulation and the false memory syndrome. Finally, social and cultural factors have to be considered.

  7. Computer aided differential diagnosis in emergency situations (CADDIES) system

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    NOEL,WILLIAM P.

    2000-03-01

    This report presents an idea for a portable computerized differential diagnosis tool that could be utilized by a health care provider during an emergency situation. This radio frequency, networked, menu driven system would analyze various patient assessment parameters and make recommendations regarding possible diagnoses/treatment options outside the scope of suspicion of the health care provider. This system would serve as a repository for initial epidemiological data and assist the health care provider with spotting emerging trends.

  8. [Anorexia nervosa as differential diagnosis in underweight patients].

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    Rapps, Nora; Skoda, Eva; Zipfel, Stephan

    2016-02-01

    Anorexia nervosa is a differential diagnosis in underweight patients, especially in young underweight women. Diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa are self-induced weight loss due to restrictive eating or purging behaviour, intense fear of gaining weight and disturbance in the way in which one`s shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight on self-evaluation and persistent lack of recognition of the seriousness of the current low body weight. Anorexia nervosa is associated with numerous medical complications.

  9. Imaging and differential diagnosis of suprarenal masses in the fetus.

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    Maki, Erik; Oh, Karen; Rogers, Sarah; Sohaey, Roya

    2014-05-01

    Prenatal sonography and magnetic resonance imaging of suprarenal fetal masses is presented, along with clinical information and follow-up. Imaging pearls and differential considerations for each diagnosis will be discussed. Fetal suprarenal mass diagnoses include neuroblastoma, extralobar pulmonary sequestration, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, partial multicystic dysplastic kidney, renal duplication, urinoma, gastric duplication cyst, and splenic cyst. Recognizing the range of malignant and benign suprarenal fetal masses that can present on prenatal imaging can help guide patient counseling and management.

  10. MANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Pituitary 'incidentaloma': neuroradiological assessment and differential diagnosis.

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    Vasilev, Vladimir; Rostomyan, Liliya; Daly, Adrian F; Potorac, Iulia; Zacharieva, Sabina; Bonneville, Jean-François; Beckers, Albert

    2016-10-01

    Pituitary incidentalomas are a by-product of modern imaging technology. The term 'incidentaloma' is neither a distinct diagnosis nor a pathological entity. Rather, it is a collective designation for different entities that are discovered fortuitously, requiring a working diagnosis based on the input of the radiologist, endocrinologist and often a neurosurgeon. In addition to pathological conditions affecting the pituitary gland, a thorough knowledge of the radiological characteristics of normal variants and technical artifacts is required to arrive at an accurate differential diagnosis. After careful radiological and hormonal evaluation, the vast majority of pituitary incidentalomas turn out to be non-functioning pituitary microadenomas and Rathke's cleft cysts (RCCs). Based on the low growth potential of non-functioning pituitary microadenomas and RCCs, periodic MRI surveillance is currently considered the optimal management strategy. Stricter follow-up is required for macroadenomas, as increases in size occur more frequently. PMID:27068689

  11. Spermatic granuloma presenting as an epididymal nodule: fine needle aspiration cytological findings and differential diagnosis.

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    Kumar, Vijay; Gupta, Nalini; Srinivasan, Radhika; Nijhawan, Raje; Rajwanshi, Arvind

    2004-10-01

    Spermatic granuloma is a granulomatous lesion that presents clinically as a nodular lesion in the region of epididymis. There are only few documented cases of spermatic granuloma in the literature. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) reveals mixed inflammatory cells comprising of plenty of macrophages along with lymphocytes and scattered polymorphs in a fluidy background containing many spermatozoa and sperm heads. Sperm heads are also noted within macrophages. Ill formed to well-formed granulomas were seen in all the cases. FNA has an important role in the differential diagnosis of epididymal nodule as it can rule out malignancy and other benign cytological diagnosis like tuberculosis, acute and chronic epididymo-orchitis. Distinction of spermatic granulomas from the more common tuberculous granulomatous infection is important from the cytopathologist's point of view. By providing an accurate and rapid diagnosis, FNA prevents aggressive and potentially inappropriate surgical procedures. PMID:16295378

  12. [Main symptom jaundice--differential diagnosis at the bedside].

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    Langeloh, Lars; Hinrichsen, Holger

    2007-01-15

    In jaundice, tissues are yellow in color because of an excessive deposition of bilirubin secondary to hyperbilirubinemia. Bilirubin is the physiological end-product of heme metabolism. Jaundice is one of the main symptoms of hepatobiliary disease. Besides that, it might occur in the setting of cardiac, hematologic or pancreatic disorders. The onset of jaundice varies from acute with severe impairment of general condition to chronic and not being noticed by the patient at all. In the first part of this review, the physiological and pathophysiological molecular mechanisms of heme and bile metabolism are described in detail on a scientific basis. The knowledge of the main principles of heme degradation, canalicular bile secretion and enterohepatic cycling of bile salts helps to understand, why clinicians differentiate between prehepatic (hemolytic), hepatocellular and obstructive jaundice. A detailed patient's history and a careful physical examination are essential for the clinical differential diagnosis of jaundice. In combination with routinely obtained lab results, it is often possible to find the right diagnosis already at the bedside. To demonstrate this, the second part of this review sets the focus on the analysis of three case reports from the clinical point of view. The differential diagnosis of jaundice is summarized in a table. PMID:17221351

  13. Differential diagnosis of tumour-associated hypoglycaemia in small animals.

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    Thompson, J C

    1994-04-01

    Abstract While there are a number of causes of hypoglycaemia in small animals, many of these may be ruled out on the basis of clinical signs, history, age and other laboratory results. Further tests for diagnosis include insulin measurements, the glucagon tolerance test and glucose administration tests. For the diagnosis of insulinomas (β cell tumours) in dogs, serum insulin and glucose concentrations may be measured at the same time and put into the amended insulin to glucose ratio (AIGR), which is reportedly the most accurate method of diagnosis. The ratio provides an indication of whether or not the serum concentration of insulin is appropriate for the concentration of glucose. The value of this ratio in cats is not known because there are so few reports of insulinomas in this species. In cats it may be better to simply compare insulin and glucose levels to see if they are appropriate. The occasional false-positive AIGR has been reported in dogs with other tumours and severe sepsis, but with these conditions the insulin is usually also low. Insulin to glucose and glucose to insulin ratios may also be calculated but are considered less useful than the AIGR. The glucagon tolerance test is considered less accurate than the AIGR but may be used instead of, or in addition to, the AIGR if results of the AIGR are equivocal. PMID:22133160

  14. Molecular diagnosis of hypophosphatasia and differential diagnosis by targeted Next Generation Sequencing.

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    Taillandier, Agnès; Domingues, Christelle; De Cazanove, Clémence; Porquet-Bordes, Valérie; Monnot, Sophie; Kiffer-Moreira, Tina; Rothenbuhler, Agnès; Guggenbuhl, Pascal; Cormier, Catherine; Baujat, Geneviève; Debiais, Françoise; Capri, Yline; Cohen-Solal, Martine; Parent, Philippe; Chiesa, Jean; Dieux, Anne; Petit, Florence; Roume, Joelle; Isnard, Monica; Cormier-Daire, Valérie; Linglart, Agnès; Millán, José Luis; Salles, Jean-Pierre; Muti, Christine; Simon-Bouy, Brigitte; Mornet, Etienne

    2015-11-01

    Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare inherited skeletal dysplasia due to loss of function mutations in the ALPL gene. The disease is subject to an extremely high clinical heterogeneity ranging from a perinatal lethal form to odontohypophosphatasia affecting only teeth. Up to now genetic diagnosis of HPP is performed by sequencing the ALPL gene by Sanger methodology. Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and campomelic dysplasia (CD) are the main differential diagnoses of severe HPP, so that in case of negative result for ALPL mutations, OI and CD genes had often to be analyzed, lengthening the time before diagnosis. We report here our 18-month experience in testing 46 patients for HPP and differential diagnosis by targeted NGS and show that this strategy is efficient and useful. We used an array including ALPL gene, genes of differential diagnosis COL1A1 and COL1A2 that represent 90% of OI cases, SOX9, responsible for CD, and 8 potentially modifier genes of HPP. Seventeen patients were found to carry a mutation in one of these genes. Among them, only 10 out of 15 cases referred for HPP carried a mutation in ALPL and 5 carried a mutation in COL1A1 or COL1A2. Interestingly, three of these patients were adults with fractures and/or low BMD. Our results indicate that HPP and OI may be easily misdiagnosed in the prenatal stage but also in adults with mild symptoms for these diseases. PMID:26432670

  15. HE4 in the differential diagnosis of ovarian masses.

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    Granato, Teresa; Porpora, Maria Grazia; Longo, Flavia; Angeloni, Antonio; Manganaro, Lucia; Anastasi, Emanuela

    2015-06-15

    Ovarian masses, a common finding among pre- and post-menopausal women, can be benign or malignant. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy among women living in industrialized countries. According to the current guidelines, measurement of CA125 tumor marker remains the gold standard in the management of ovarian cancer. Recently, HE4 has been proposed as emerging biomarker in the differential diagnosis of adnexal masses and in the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Discrimination of benign and malignant ovarian tumors is very important for correct patient referral to institutions specialized in care and management of ovarian cancer. Tumor markers CA125 and HE4 are currently incorporated into the "Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm" (ROMA) with menopausal status for discerning malignant from benign pelvic masses. The availability of a good biomarker such as HE4, closely associated with the differential and early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, could reduce medical costs related to more expensive diagnostic procedures. Finally, it is important to note that HE4 identifies platinum non-responders thus enabling a switch to second line chemotherapy and improved survival.

  16. Optical coherence tomography in differential diagnosis of skin pathology

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    Gladkova, Natalia D.; Petrova, Galina P.; Derpaluk, Elena; Nikulin, Nikolai K.; Snopova, Ludmila; Chumakov, Yuri; Feldchtein, Felix I.; Gelikonov, Valentin M.; Gelikonov, Grigory V.; Kuranov, Roman V.

    2000-05-01

    The capabilities of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for imaging in vivo of optical patterns of pathomorphological processes in the skin and use of their optical patterns in clinical practice for differential diagnosis of dermatoses are presented. Images of skin tissue 0.8 - 1.5 mm deep were acquired with a resolution of 5, 12 and 20 micrometer using three compact fiber OCT devices developed at the Institute of Applied Physics RAS. The acquisition time of images of skin regions 2 - 6 mm in length was 2 - 4 s. The OCT capabilities were analyzed based on the study of 50 patients with different dermatoses. OCT images were interpreted by comparing with parallel histology. It is shown that OCT can detect in vivo optical patterns of morphological alterations in such general papulous dermatoses as lichen ruber planus and psoriasis, a capability that can be used in differential diagnosis of these diseases. Most informative are OCT images obtained with a resolution of 5 micrometer. The results of our study demonstrate the practical importance of OCT imaging for diagnosis of different dermatoses. OCT is noninvasive and, therefore, makes it possible to perform frequent multifocal examination of skin without any adverse effects.

  17. Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps.

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    London, Nyall R; Reh, Douglas D

    2016-01-01

    Nasal polyps are semi-translucent mucosal outgrowths of the paranasal sinuses which typically arise in the setting of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Nasal polyps are also associated with asthma, aspirin sensitivity, cystic fibrosis and allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFS). The majority of nasal polyps are bilateral and characterized by tissue edema and eosinophil infiltration. Patients with nasal polyps often present with complaints including nasal obstruction, congestion, rhinorrhea or altered sense of smell. The differential diagnosis ranges from benign masses such as schneiderian papilloma, antrochoanal polyp, angiofibroma and encephalocele to malignant neoplasms such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), esthesioneuroblastoma, nasal lymphoma and rhabdomyosarcoma. These lesions may have a similar appearance as nasal polyps and particular attention to an alternative diagnosis for nasal polyps should be entertained if the mass is unilateral or congenital in nature. Workup for patients with a unilateral mass should include radiographic imaging, possible biopsy and careful follow-up when appropriate. Here, we review the disease etiology of nasal polyps and describe the approach to the patient with nasal polyps with emphasis on differential diagnosis and workup. PMID:27466841

  18. Vaginal angiomatosis: differential diagnosis of a rare case

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    Grauso, Flavio; Balbi, Giancarlo; D’Aponte, Maria Luisa; Ronchi, Andrea; Russo, Roberto; Falcone, Francesca; Messalli, Enrico Michelino

    2015-01-01

    Vaginal angiomatosis is regarded as part of a very rare entity of benign vascular tumors of the female genital tract. The incidence of these tumors is extremely low. The rarity of this disease and lack of distinctive features poses a problem of differential diagnosis. We present the case of a 51-year-old female with grade III uterine prolapse and a bleeding vaginal wall mass. Violaceous irregular soft tissue with hemorrhagic spots was observed in the lower third of the posterior vaginal wall. The patient underwent surgery for colpohysterectomy with vaginal wall mass excision. Surgical excision was curative, and no recurrences were observed after 12 months of follow-up. The aim of our study is to present a rare but representative case. This will hopefully increase the level of awareness regarding this condition so that physicans will keep it in mind during differential diagnosis of similar clinical cases. Furthermore, it highlights the important role of pathological examination for the definitive diagnosis of angiomatosis. PMID:26401116

  19. Psychiatric diagnosis and differential risks of offending following discharge.

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    Coid, Jeremy W; Yang, Min; Ullrich, Simone; Hickey, Nicole; Kahtan, Nadji; Freestone, Mark

    2015-01-01

    Psychiatric diagnosis is not considered a risk factor for offending following discharge. However, treatment interventions and aftercare are strongly influenced by clinical primary diagnosis. We compared differential risks of reoffending of patients falling into six primary diagnostic categories following discharge from Medium Secure Units in the UK: schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder; delusional disorder; mania/hypomania; depressive disorder; organic brain syndrome; personality disorder. We followed up 1344 patients, on average 6.2 years (SD=2.1) at risk, discharged from 7 of 14 Regional Medium Secure services in England and Wales. Outcomes were period prevalence, incidence, and cumulative probability of criminal conviction. Established demographic and criminal history predictors of reoffending were observed across different diagnostic categories. Risks of all offending were increased for personality disorder, violence/acquisitive offending for delusional disorder, sexual offending for mania/hypomania and violence/acquisitive offending for organic brain syndrome. Patterns of risk over time differed markedly between categories of mental disorder. Most patients with personality disorder who offended violently did so within 4 years of discharge. A subgroup with delusional disorder demonstrated increased risk of violent offending 5 years after discharge. Differential risks of reoffending are observed between different diagnostic groups. Clinical diagnosis should be included together with established risk measures in risk management following discharge. Close supervision of patients with personality disorder should begin immediately after discharge when risks of reoffending are greatest. For delusional disorder further investigation is needed into the marked increase in risk of violence after 5 years.

  20. The differential diagnosis and classification of eyelid retraction.

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    Bartley, G B

    1995-01-01

    PURPOSE: Classification schemes are useful in the formulation of differential diagnoses. Thoughtful commentary has been devoted to the classification of blepharoptosis, but the causes of eyelid retraction have received less attention in published reports. Although eyelid retraction most frequently is associated with Graves' ophthalmopathy, numerous other entities may cause the sign. This study was undertaken to provide a more comprehensive differential diagnosis and classification of eyelid retraction. METHODS: A series of patients with eyelid retraction was studied, and pertinent published reports were reviewed. RESULTS: Forty-four patients with different causes for eyelid retraction are described. Normal thyroid function and regulation were confirmed in all patients in whom Graves' ophthalmopathy could not be excluded by clinical, biochemical, or historical criteria. CONCLUSION: Based on a series of patients and reported cases, a differential diagnosis for eyelid retraction is proposed using a classification system comprising three categories (neurogenic, myogenic, and mechanistic). Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 A FIGURE 3 B FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7 A FIGURE 7 B FIGURE 7 C FIGURE 7 D FIGURE 7 E FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 FIGURE 10 A FIGURE 10 B FIGURE 10 C FIGURE 11 A FIGURE 11 B PMID:8719687

  1. RLS, PLM, and their differential diagnosis--a video guide.

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    Högl, Birgit; Zucconi, Marco; Provini, Federica

    2007-01-01

    This video guide has been designed as an introduction to the full spectrum of nocturnal presentations of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movements (PLM), and to their differential diagnoses. The DVD consists of four sections: In the first part, clinical presentations of RLS are covered (videos 1-3). In the second part, the variety of typical and less frequent presentations of PLM are demonstrated (videos 4-14). The third part shows the clinical presentation of augmentation (videos 15-19). The last section is dedicated to the differential diagnosis of RLS and PLM and demonstrates nocturnal manifestations of other motor disorders during sleep, which must be distinguished: Epilepsy, parasomnias, and other movement disorders (of sleep) (videos 20-33). After viewing this DVD, the reader should be able to: (1) appreciate the spectrum of voluntary and unvoluntary movements seen in patients with RLS during wakefulness; (2) recognize typical PLM during sleep in subjects with RLS, and appreciate the enormous variability of clinical presentations of PLM; (3) describe specific and distinct aspects of motor activity in augmentation in patients with RLS; and (4) be aware of the most important differential diagnosis of RLS/PLM from a video or nocturnal motor activity point of view, namely, nocturnal epilepsy, parasomnias, and others.

  2. Immunohistochemical patterns in the differential diagnosis of rhinopharyngeal granulocytic sarcoma

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    Cantone, Elena; Cavaliere, Michele; Di Lullo, Antonella Miriam; Guadagno, Elia; Iengo, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    Granulocytic sarcoma (GS) is a rare extramedullary manifestation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). GS may develop simultaneously to AML or as a relapse of leukemia, particularly following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Subperiosteal bone, lymph nodes and skin are commonly involved, whereas rhinopharyngeal involvement is less common, with only 14 cases reported in the literature. Due to its rarity, rhinopharyngeal GS may lead to diagnostic pitfalls, particularly when it is poorly differentiated or is without concomitant marrow involvement. Thus, immunohistochemical findings play a key role in diagnosis. The current report describes a case of a 53-year-old female suffering from rhinopharyngeal GS and with a history of AML treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, focusing on the importance of the immunohistochemical pattern to assess the right diagnosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that the immunophenotype is of utmost importance for the diagnosis of GS. The high expression of myeloperoxidase (MPO) is common in GS; however, ~30% of GSs do not contain MPO. Therefore, the presence of other markers is required to confirm the diagnosis of GS.

  3. Immunohistochemical patterns in the differential diagnosis of rhinopharyngeal granulocytic sarcoma

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    Cantone, Elena; Cavaliere, Michele; Di Lullo, Antonella Miriam; Guadagno, Elia; Iengo, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    Granulocytic sarcoma (GS) is a rare extramedullary manifestation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). GS may develop simultaneously to AML or as a relapse of leukemia, particularly following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Subperiosteal bone, lymph nodes and skin are commonly involved, whereas rhinopharyngeal involvement is less common, with only 14 cases reported in the literature. Due to its rarity, rhinopharyngeal GS may lead to diagnostic pitfalls, particularly when it is poorly differentiated or is without concomitant marrow involvement. Thus, immunohistochemical findings play a key role in diagnosis. The current report describes a case of a 53-year-old female suffering from rhinopharyngeal GS and with a history of AML treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, focusing on the importance of the immunohistochemical pattern to assess the right diagnosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that the immunophenotype is of utmost importance for the diagnosis of GS. The high expression of myeloperoxidase (MPO) is common in GS; however, ~30% of GSs do not contain MPO. Therefore, the presence of other markers is required to confirm the diagnosis of GS. PMID:27698857

  4. Differential diagnosis of dental fluorosis made by undergraduate dental students

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    Rigo, Lilian; Lodi, Leodinei; Garbin, Raíssa Rigo

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective To check knowledge of undergraduate dental students to make diagnosis of dental fluorosis with varying degrees of severity and choose its appropriate treatment. Methods Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire addressing knowledge of undergraduates based on ten images of mouths presenting enamel changes. Results Only three images were correctly diagnosed by most undergraduates; the major difficulty was in establishing dental fluorosis severity degree. Conclusion Despite much information about fluorosis conveyed during the Dentistry training, as defined in the course syllabus, a significant part of the students was not able to differentiate it from other lesions; they did not demonstrate expertise as to defining severity of fluorosis and indications for treatment, and could not make the correct diagnosis of enamel surface changes. PMID:26761552

  5. [Bronchogenic cyst as a rare differential diagnosis of retroperitoneal tumor].

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    Wirbel, R J; Uhlig, U; Kiffner, E M; Berger, K

    1993-12-01

    A retroperitoneal tumor originating from a bronchogenic cyst is an extreme rarity. We report the sixth case of a retroperitoneal bronchogenic cyst in an asymptomatic 38-year-old man who was initially admitted to hospital due to elective herniotomy of a right-sided inguinal hernia. Excluding symptomatic hernia by preoperative, routine-ultrasound we detected left-sided adrenal tumor mass. Computerized tomography and inconspicuous hormone-analysis completed preoperative evaluation. A tumor with 3 cm in diameter above the left adrenal gland, partly solid, partly cystic could be removed by laparotomy incision without complications. Final pathology confirmed diagnosis of a bronchogenic, dysontogenic cyst. Although rare, these cysts should be considered in differential-diagnosis of retroperitoneal tumors.

  6. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of hepatic graft versus host disease (GVHD)

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    Matsukuma, Karen E.; Wei, Dongguang; Sun, Kai; Ramsamooj, Rajendra

    2016-01-01

    Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a common complication following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) that typically manifests as injury to the skin, gastrointestinal mucosa, and liver. In some cases, hepatic GVHD may be histologically indistinguishable from other disorders such as infection and drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Additionally, clinical signs and symptoms are frequently confounded by the superimposed effects of pretransplant chemoradiotherapy, immunotherapy (IT) (targeted to the underlying malignancy), GVHD prophylaxis, and infection. Thus, careful attention to and correlation with clinical findings, laboratory values, and histologic features is essential for diagnosis. This review, aimed at the practicing pathologist, will discuss current clinical and histologic criteria for GVHD, the approach to diagnosis of hepatic GVHD, and features helpful for distinguishing it from other entities in the differential diagnosis. PMID:27034810

  7. Uveitis in the Aging Eye: Incidence, Patterns, and Differential Diagnosis

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    Abdulaal, Marwan R.; Abiad, Bachir H.; Hamam, Rola N.

    2015-01-01

    Uveitis is a vision threatening inflammation of the eye that carries considerable morbidity. It is responsible for 10% of legal blindness in the United States and up to 25% in the developing world. Uveitis in patients more than 60 years of age is less common. The aging body has a changing response of the immune system, which might reflect a different pattern of uveitis in the elderly population. In this paper we review the incidence and patterns of uveitis in the elderly as reported in the literature and discuss changes with time. We also delineate a thorough differential diagnosis of de novo uveitis in the elderly. PMID:26090218

  8. [Differential sonographic diagnosis. Pancreas (pseudo) cyst--choledochus cyst].

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    Brockmann, W P; Klapdor, R; Kremer, B

    1984-10-01

    The case of a woman patient with an extended prepapillary choledochal cyst and pancreaticobiliary reflux shows that it is necessary to consider the possibility of a choledochal cyst on detecting a cystic structure in the head of the pancreas (condition after acute pancreatitis); besides this, differential diagnosis will have to consider a pancreatic pseudocyst, hydrops of the gallbladder, a retroperitoneal cyst or even vascular aneurysm. If necessary, the physician should take suitable diagnostic measures before performing any percutaneous cyst drainage which he may have planned, since this may entail the risk of biliary peritonitis.

  9. [Differential diagnosis of essential adiposity and Cushings syndrome].

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    Kubel, M; Schwerdtner, U

    1975-04-01

    On account of the increasing number of patients with essential obesity the delimitation of the Cushing-syndrome is of actual importance. Two observations of hypercortisolism in hyperplasia of the adrenal glands are reported on and the differential-diagnostically important parameters are demonstrated. According to our opinion anamnesis and clinical findings give the possibility of making a diagnosis already on a large scale. Analyses of the hormones and special X-ray examinations only serve for the preoperative ascertainment and localisation of the endocrine defective function. With the help of literary data causes and possibilities of treatment of Cushing's syndrome are entered.

  10. Comparison of PCR, culturing and Pap smear microscopy for accurate diagnosis of genital Actinomyces.

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    Kaya, Dilek; Demirezen, Şayeste; Hasçelik, Gülşen; Gülmez Kivanç, Dolunay; Beksaç, Mehmet Sinan

    2013-05-01

    Members of the genus Actinomyces, Gram-positive, non-spore-forming anaerobic bacteria, are normal inhabitants of the mucosal surfaces of the oral, gastrointestinal and genital tracts. Identification of these bacteria using conventional methods is generally difficult because of their complex transport and growth requirements and their fastidious and slow-growing nature. However, in recent years, the advancement of molecular techniques has provided much improved identification and differentiation of closely related Actinomyces species. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of the PCR technique in the diagnosis of genital Actinomyces in comparison with culturing and Papanicolaou (Pap) smear microscopy. Multiple sampling was conducted from 200 women using smear microscopy, culturing and PCR. Cyto-brushes were smeared on glass slides and stained using the routine Pap technique. Culturing was performed from a sterile swab, and Actinomyces were determined using the BBL Crystal ANR ID kit. PCR was performed from a second swab, and the Actinomyces type was determined using type-specific primers designed in our laboratory. Only one vaginal fluid sample (0.5%) revealed Actinomyces-like organisms on Pap smear examination. Actinomyces were detected in nine samples (4.5%) using the BBL Crystal ANR ID kit. Using PCR, eight samples (4%) were found positive for Actinomyces. No specimens that gave positive results by Pap smear microscopy and culturing could be confirmed by PCR. Pap smear microscopy and culturing were both found to have zero sensitivity for Actinomyces. PCR appears to be a sensitive and reliable diagnostic method for the detection of Actinomyces, which are difficult to cultivate from genital samples. PCR can be used for diagnostic confirmation in cases diagnosed by conventional methods, to prevent false-positive results.

  11. Spinal Cord in Multiple Sclerosis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features and Differential Diagnosis.

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    Rovira, Alex; Auger, Cristina

    2016-10-01

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an idiopathic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system that affects not only the brain but also the spinal cord. In the diagnostic and monitoring process of MS, spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not performed as commonly as brain MRI, mainly because of certain technical difficulties and the increase in total acquisition time. Nonetheless, spinal cord MRI findings are important to establish a prompt accurate diagnosis of MS, impart prognostic information, and provide valuable data for monitoring the disease course in certain cases. In this article, we discuss the technical aspects of spinal cord MRI, the typical MRI features of the spinal cord in MS, the clinical indications for this examination, and the differential diagnosis with other disorders that may produce similar clinical or MRI findings. PMID:27616313

  12. [Differential diagnosis of visual aura in migraine and epilepsy].

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    Schulze-Bonhage, A

    2001-09-01

    Visual phenomena like lightnings, disturbed contours of objects, or skotoma, can be due to ophthalmological diseases, but can also occur as symptoms generated by the central nervous system ("aura") in migraine or epilepsy. A subsequent hemicrania is considered as a hallmark of migraine, but in many cases does not allow for a certain distinction from postictal headaches in patients with focal epilepsy. A detailed analysis of the aura does, however, provide sufficient information for classifying the disorder as an aura in migraine or as a simple partial epileptic seizure in most cases. The higher degree of differentiation of visual phenomena including colour, movement, and complex visual phenomena, is characteristic of the activation of neuronal circuits during an epileptic aura. The higher speed of transsynaptic propagation of epileptic discharges and postictal inactivation causes a more rapid time-course of the epileptic aura as compared to a migraine aura resulting from a depolarization spreading by diffusion. Clinically, the diagnosis of epilepsy is supported by additional positive motor phenomena or by a transition into a complex partial seizure, e. g. when epileptic activity spreads into a temporal lobe. Secondarily generalized seizures, however, may also occur in patients with migraine. Interictal and ictal EEG recordings can be important to prove an epileptic origin, but their sensitivity is low if ictal discharges remain limited to a small brain area. In rare cases, measurements of ictal cerebral perfusion can contribute to the differential diagnosis.

  13. Neural network approach for differential diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases

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    Asada, Naoki; Doi, Kunio; MacMahon, Heber; Montner, Steven M.; Giger, Maryellen L.; Abe, Chihiro; Wu, Chris Y.

    1990-07-01

    A neural network approach was applied for the differential diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases. The neural network was designed for distinguishing between 9 types of interstitial lung diseases based on 20 items of clinical and radiographic information. A database for training and testing the neural network was created with 10 hypothetical cases for each of the 9 diseases. The performance of the neural network was evaluated by ROC analysis. The optimal parameters for the current neural network were determined by selecting those yielding the highest ROC curves. In this case the neural network consisted of one hidden layer including 6 units and was trained with 200 learning iterations. When the decision performances of the neural network chest radiologists and senior radiology residents were compared the neural network indicated high performance comparable to that of chest radiologists and superior to that of senior radiology residents. Our preliminary results suggested strongly that the neural network approach had potential utility in the computer-aided differential diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases. 1_

  14. Laser-induced differential fluorescence for cancer diagnosis without biopsy

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    Vo-Dinh, T.; Panjehpour, M.; Overholt, B.F.; Buckley III, P.

    1997-01-01

    An optical diagnostic procedure based on laser-induced fluorescence was developed for direct {ital in vivo} cancer diagnosis without requiring biopsy. The methodology was applied in a clinical study involving over 100 patients in order to differentiate normal tissue from malignant tumors of the esophagus. Endogenous fluorescence of normal and malignant tissues was measured directly with the use of a fiber-optic probe inserted through an endoscope. The measurements were performed {ital in vivo} during routine endoscopy. Detection of the fluorescence signal from the tissue was performed with the use of laser excitation. This report describes the differential normalized fluorescence (DNF) procedure using the amplified spectral differences between the normalized fluorescence of malignant tissue and normal mucosa. The results of this DNF approach were compared with histopathology results of the biopsy samples and indicated excellent agreement in the classification of normal tissue and malignant tumors for the samples investigated. Data related to various grades of Barrett{close_quote}s esophagus are discussed. The DNF procedure could lead to the development of a rapid and cost-effective technique for cancer diagnosis. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  15. Clinical presentation of inappropriate sinus tachycardia and differential diagnosis.

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    Peyrol, Michael; Lévy, Samuel

    2016-06-01

    Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST) is a syndrome characterized by a sinus tachycardia not related to a medical condition, to a physiological response, or to medication or drugs and associated with symptoms, often invalidating and altering the quality of life of affected patients. It occurs predominantly in adolescents and young adults, and in the female sex. The diagnosis requires a complete work-up in order to exclude other causes of sinus tachycardia and one or several additional tests: 24-h ECG ambulatory recordings, echocardiogram, exercise testing, and autonomous nervous system assessment. It should be differentiated from the postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, with which it shares a number of symptoms, and other supraventricular tachycardias originating in the high right atrium. An electrophysiological study should be considered in selected cases in order to differentiate IST from other supraventricular tachycardias. The mechanism is still unclear, and possible etiologies may include intrinsic abnormality of the sinus node, autonomic dysfunction, hypersensitivity of the sinus node to catecholamines, blunted vagal system, or a combination of the above. The authors emphasize the wide spectrum of clinical presentations and the need to better define the IST and the criteria required to ascertain its diagnosis. PMID:26329720

  16. Race and Socioeconomic Status as Confounding Variables in the Accurate Diagnosis of Alcoholism.

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    Luepnitz, Roy R.; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Studied the incidence of bias related to race and socioeconomic status which could confound the diagnosis of alcoholism. Graduate psychology students made a diagnosis based on videotapes. Results indicated lower socioeconomic class individuals were more often diagnosed correctly for alcoholism, and Blacks were diagnosed alcoholic more often than…

  17. Laser Raman detection of platelet as a non-invasive approach for early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

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    Chen, P.; Tian, Q.; Baek, S. J.; Shang, X. L.; Park, A.; Liu, Z. C.; Yao, X. Q.; Wang, J. Z.; Wang, X. H.; Cheng, Y.; Peng, J.; Shen, A. G.; Hu, J. M.

    2011-07-01

    Early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a problem that puzzled many doctors. Reliable markers in easy-assembling samples are of considerable clinical diagnostic value. In this work, laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS) was developed a new method that potentially allows early and differential diagnosis of AD from the platelet sample. Raman spectra of platelets isolated from different ages of AD transgenic mice and non-transgenic controls were collected and analyzed. Multilayer perceptron networks (MLP) classification method was used to classify spectra and establish the diagnostic models. For differential diagnosis, spectra of platelets isolated from AD, Parkinson's disease (PD) and vascular dementia (VD) mice were also discriminated. Two notable spectral differences at 740 and 1654 cm-1 were revealed in the mean spectrum of platelets isolated from AD transgenic mice and the controls. MLP displayed a powerful ability in the classifying of early, advanced AD and the control group, and in differential diagnosis of PD and advanced AD, as well as VD and advanced AD. The results suggest that platelet detecting by LRS coupled with MLP analysis appears to be an easy and accurate method for early and differential diagnosis of AD. This technique could be rapidly promoted from laboratory to the hospital.

  18. Avian oncogenic virus differential diagnosis in chickens using oligonucleotide microarray.

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    Wang, Lih-Chiann; Huang, Dean; Pu, Chang-En; Wang, Ching-Ho

    2014-12-15

    Avian oncogenic viruses include the avian leukosis virus (ALV), reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) and Marek's disease virus (MDV). Multiple oncogenic viral infections are frequently seen, with even Marek's disease vaccines reported to be contaminated with ALV and REV. The gross lesions caused by avian oncogenic viruses often overlap, making differentiation diagnosis based on histopathology difficult. The objective of this study is to develop a rapid approach to simultaneously differentiate, subgroup and pathotype the avian oncogenic viruses. The oligonucleotide microarray was employed in this study. Particular DNA sequences were recognized using specific hybridization between the DNA target and probe on the microarray, followed with colorimetric development through enzyme reaction. With 10 designed probes, ALV-A, ALV-E, ALV-J, REV, MDV pathogenic and vaccine strains were clearly discriminated on the microarray with the naked eyes. The detection limit was 27 copy numbers, which was 10-100 times lower than multiplex PCR. Of 102 field samples screened using the oligonucleotide microarray, 32 samples were positive for ALV-E, 17 samples were positive for ALV-J, 6 samples were positive for REV, 4 samples were positive for MDV, 7 samples were positive for both ALV-A and ALV-E, 5 samples were positive for ALV-A, ALV-E and ALV-J, one sample was positive for both ALV-J and MDV, and 3 samples were positive for both REV and MDV. The oligonucleotide microarray, an easy-to-use, high-specificity, high-sensitivity and extendable assay, presents a potent technique for rapid differential diagnosis of avian oncogenic viruses and the detection of multiple avian oncogenic viral infections under field conditions.

  19. Small and cheap: accurate differential blood count with minimal sample volume by laser scanning cytometry (LSC)

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    Mittag, Anja; Lenz, Dominik; Smith, Paul J.; Pach, Susanne; Tarnok, Attila

    2005-04-01

    Aim: In patients, e.g. with congenital heart diseases, a differential blood count is needed for diagnosis. To this end by standard automatic analyzers 500 μl of blood is required from the patients. In case of newborns and infants this is a substantial volume, especially after operations associated with blood loss. Therefore, aim of this study was to develop a method to determine a differential blood picture with a substantially reduced specimen volume. Methods: To generate a differential blood picture 10 μl EDTA blood were mixed with 10 μl of a DRAQ5 solution (500μM, Biostatus) and 10 μl of an antibody mixture (CD45-FITC, CD14-PE, diluted with PBS). 20 μl of this cell suspension was filled into a Neubauer counting chamber. Due to the defined volume of the chamber it is possible to determine the cell count per volume. The trigger for leukocyte counting was set on DRAQ5 signal in order to be able to distinguish nucleated white blood cells from erythrocytes. Different leukocyte subsets could be distinguished due to the used fluorescence labeled antibodies. For erythrocyte counting cell suspension was diluted another 150 times. 20 μl of this dilution was analyzed in a microchamber by LSC with trigger set on forward scatter signal. Results: This method allows a substantial decrease of blood sample volume for generation of a differential blood picture (10 μl instead of 500μl). There was a high correlation between our method and the results of routine laboratory (r2=0.96, p<0.0001 n=40). For all parameters intra-assay variance was less than 7 %. Conclusions: In patients with low blood volume such as neonates and in critically ill infants every effort has to be taken to reduce the blood volume needed for diagnostics. With this method only 2% of standard sample volume is needed to generate a differential blood picture. Costs are below that of routine laboratory. We suggest this method to be established in paediatric cardiology for routine diagnostics and for

  20. Accurate cell counts in live mouse embryos using optical quadrature and differential interference contrast microscopy

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    Warger, William C., II; Newmark, Judith A.; Zhao, Bing; Warner, Carol M.; DiMarzio, Charles A.

    2006-02-01

    Present imaging techniques used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics are unable to produce accurate cell counts in developing embryos past the eight-cell stage. We have developed a method that has produced accurate cell counts in live mouse embryos ranging from 13-25 cells by combining Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) and Optical Quadrature Microscopy. Optical Quadrature Microscopy is an interferometric imaging modality that measures the amplitude and phase of the signal beam that travels through the embryo. The phase is transformed into an image of optical path length difference, which is used to determine the maximum optical path length deviation of a single cell. DIC microscopy gives distinct cell boundaries for cells within the focal plane when other cells do not lie in the path to the objective. Fitting an ellipse to the boundary of a single cell in the DIC image and combining it with the maximum optical path length deviation of a single cell creates an ellipsoidal model cell of optical path length deviation. Subtracting the model cell from the Optical Quadrature image will either show the optical path length deviation of the culture medium or reveal another cell underneath. Once all the boundaries are used in the DIC image, the subtracted Optical Quadrature image is analyzed to determine the cell boundaries of the remaining cells. The final cell count is produced when no more cells can be subtracted. We have produced exact cell counts on 5 samples, which have been validated by Epi-Fluorescence images of Hoechst stained nuclei.

  1. Differential diagnosis between adenoid cystic carcinoma and pleomorphic adenoma of the minor salivary glands of palate.

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    Cerulli, Giulio; Renzi, Giancarlo; Perugini, Maurizio; Becelli, Roberto

    2004-11-01

    Tumors arising from minor salivary glands of the palate may exhibit an overlap of clinical and biologic features that may produce diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas. Surgical treatment can be very different, depending on the dimensions and malignant or benign nature of the tumors, and therefore should be planned on the basis of an accurate differential diagnosis. A retrospective analysis in 24 patients with pleomorphic adenoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma of minor salivary glands of the palate was performed to investigate the accuracy of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) and biopsy with histology in the preoperative diagnosis. Preoperative diagnoses obtained with FNAC and biopsy were compared with findings of the definitive histopathologic examination performed on the resected mass. Correspondence between the preoperative diagnoses determined by FNACs and the definitive histopathologic results was observed in 22 of 24 cases, whereas a complete equivalence was found with regards to histology. In the analysis, FNAC was associated with 91.6% accuracy and an error rate of 8.4% in the diagnosis of pleomorphic adenoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma of the palate. From the results of the analysis, histologic examination is still the most accurate diagnostic tool in such tumors. FNAC can be considered in tumors of the head and neck regions that are difficult to reach by means of a common biopsy.

  2. Differential Diagnosis of CNS Angiostrongyliasis: A Short Review

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    Senthong, Vichai; Chindaprasirt, Jarin

    2013-01-01

    The diagnostic criterion for eosinophilic meningitis (EOM) is the identification of an absolute count of 10 eosinophils per ml or more than 10% of the total white blood cells in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the proper clinical context. The most common cause of EOM is Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection, termed meningitic angiostrongyliasis (MA). Neurognathostomiasis (NG) is the main parasitic disease in the differential diagnosis of meningitic angiostrongyliasis. This short review is based on articles published on Medline between 2000 and 2012 related to EOM. There are three main approaches that can be used to differentiate between MA and NG, involving clinical factors, history of larval exposure, and serological tests. MA patients presented with acute severe headache but without neurological deficit, combined with a history of eating uncooked snails or slugs. NG patients always presented with motor weakness, migratory swelling, radicular pain and had history of eating uncooked poultry or fish. Specific antigenic bands in immunoblot tests are helpful tools to differentiate the two diseases. Other causes of eosinophilic meningitis are neurocysticercosis, cerebral paragonimiasis, Toxoplasma canis, Baylisascaris, tuberculous meningitis, and cryptococcal meningitis. PMID:23901385

  3. Noninvasive differential diagnosis of dental periapical lesions in cone-beam CT scans

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    Okada, Kazunori; Rysavy, Steven; Flores, Arturo; Linguraru, Marius George

    2015-04-15

    Purpose: This paper proposes a novel application of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) to an everyday clinical dental challenge: the noninvasive differential diagnosis of periapical lesions between periapical cysts and granulomas. A histological biopsy is the most reliable method currently available for this differential diagnosis; however, this invasive procedure prevents the lesions from healing noninvasively despite a report that they may heal without surgical treatment. A CAD using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) offers an alternative noninvasive diagnostic tool which helps to avoid potentially unnecessary surgery and to investigate the unknown healing process and rate for the lesions. Methods: The proposed semiautomatic solution combines graph-based random walks segmentation with machine learning-based boosted classifiers and offers a robust clinical tool with minimal user interaction. As part of this CAD framework, the authors provide two novel technical contributions: (1) probabilistic extension of the random walks segmentation with likelihood ratio test and (2) LDA-AdaBoost: a new integration of weighted linear discriminant analysis to AdaBoost. Results: A dataset of 28 CBCT scans is used to validate the approach and compare it with other popular segmentation and classification methods. The results show the effectiveness of the proposed method with 94.1% correct classification rate and an improvement of the performance by comparison with the Simon’s state-of-the-art method by 17.6%. The authors also compare classification performances with two independent ground-truth sets from the histopathology and CBCT diagnoses provided by endodontic experts. Conclusions: Experimental results of the authors show that the proposed CAD system behaves in clearer agreement with the CBCT ground-truth than with histopathology, supporting the Simon’s conjecture that CBCT diagnosis can be as accurate as histopathology for differentiating the periapical lesions.

  4. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in the postpartum period: diagnosis, differential diagnosis and management.

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    Sharma, Verinder; Sommerdyk, Christina

    2015-07-01

    Childbirth can trigger or exacerbate a variety of psychiatric disorders but the extant literature has focused primarily on mood disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after childbirth can occur alone or in combination with other psychiatric disorders such as major depressive disorder. Due to the general lack of awareness of the relationship between childbirth and OCD among clinicians as well as patients, the disorder may be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder. This article describes the prevalence, clinical features, common psychiatric comorbidities, differential diagnosis and potential consequences of underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis. Using case vignettes strategies for its detection and clinical management are suggested. Finally, areas in need of further research are proposed.

  5. New Biochemical Parameters in the Differential Diagnosis of Ascitic Fluids

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    Angeleri, Anabela; Rocher, Adriana; Caracciolo, Beatriz; Pandolfo, Marcela; Palaoro, Luis; Perazzi, Beatriz

    2016-01-01

    Background In the cases of ascitis, it is essential to determine their origin using the parameters obtained by the cytological and biochemical examinations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of different biochemical markers and the number of cells in the differential diagnosis of ascitic fluid (AF). Methods One hundred ninety-one cases of AF were studied, who were admitted to the hospital from January 01, 2009 to December 31, 2014. One hundred fifty-two of them were included in the analysis, and the remaining 39 were excluded because they had more than one associated pathology, clotted or hemolyzed. Results The more frequent etiologies of AF were the cirrhosis (29%), the infections (22%) and the neoplasies (19%). Other pathologies reached 16%. Cutoff > 300 cells/mm3 detected the 78% of exudates. The AF/serum (S) of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (> 0.5), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (> 0.6), proteins (PT) (> 0.5), cholesterol (COL) (> 0.4), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (> 0.5) correctly detected 80%, 78%, 72%, 70% and 70% of the exudates, respectively. Conclusion We proposed the utilization of a new cutoff of cellular counting, major of 300/mm3, since it would allow improving the detection of exudate ascites, without including the transudate ascites. AST AF/serum ratio (AF/S) showed the major usefulness in the differentiation and characterization of AF; LDH, proteins, cholesterol and ALT might be also acceptable in the above mentioned differentiation. The serum-ascites albumin gradient (SAAG) turned out to be a good marker of portal hypertension associated with cirrhotic processes. Creatine kinase (CK), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), amylase (AMI), total bilirubin (TB), triglycerides (TG) and glucose (GLU) did not allow differentiating exudates from transudates.

  6. Late differentiation syndrome in acute promyelocytic leukemia: a challenging diagnosis.

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    Cabral, Renata; Caballero, Juan Carlos; Alonso, Sara; Dávila, Julio; Cabrero, Monica; Caballero, Dolores; Vázquez, Lourdes; Sánchez-Guijo, Fermin; López, Lucia; Cañizo, Maria C; Mateos, Maria V; González, Marcos

    2014-11-19

    Detailed knowledge about differentiation syndrome (DS) has remained limited. There are 2 large studies conducted by the Spanish workgroup PETHEMA (Programa Español de Tratamientos en Hematología; Spanish Program on Hematology Treatments) and the European group trial (LPA 96-99 and APL 93) in which the incidence, characteristics, prognostic factors and outcome of patients developing DS are evaluated. Both have described the median time of DS development between 10 and 12 days. The severity of the DS has been evaluated in the study conducted by PETHEMA, and severe DS usually occurs at the beginning of the treatment (median of 6 days), as compared with moderate DS (median of 15 days). We report here in two cases of late severe DS, with late diagnosis due to both time and form of presentation. We discuss the physiopathology, clinical presentation, prophylaxis and treatment of DS.

  7. Differential diagnosis of depression: relevance of positron emission tomography

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    Schwartz, J.M.; Baxter, L.R. Jr.; Mazziotta, J.C.; Gerner, R.H.; Phelps, M.E.

    1987-09-11

    The proper differential diagnosis of depression is important. A large body of research supports the division of depressive illness into bipolar and unipolar subtypes with respect to demographics, genetics, treatment response, and neurochemical mechanisms. Optimal treatment is different for unipolar and bipolar depressions. Treating a patient with bipolar depression as one would a unipolar patient may precipitate a serious manic episode or possibly even permanent rapid cycling disorder. The clinical distinction between these disorders, while sometimes difficult, can often be achieved through an increased diagnostic suspicion concerning a personal or family history of mania. Positron emission tomography and the FDG method, which allow in vivo study of the glucose metabolic rates for discrete cerebral structures, provide new evidence that bipolar and unipolar depression are two different disorders.

  8. Laser-induced differential normalized fluorescence method for cancer diagnosis

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    Vo-Dinh, Tuan; Panjehpour, Masoud; Overholt, Bergein F.

    1996-01-01

    An apparatus and method for cancer diagnosis are disclosed. The diagnostic method includes the steps of irradiating a tissue sample with monochromatic excitation light, producing a laser-induced fluorescence spectrum from emission radiation generated by interaction of the excitation light with the tissue sample, and dividing the intensity at each wavelength of the laser-induced fluorescence spectrum by the integrated area under the laser-induced fluorescence spectrum to produce a normalized spectrum. A mathematical difference between the normalized spectrum and an average value of a reference set of normalized spectra which correspond to normal tissues is calculated, which provides for amplifying small changes in weak signals from malignant tissues for improved analysis. The calculated differential normalized spectrum is correlated to a specific condition of a tissue sample.

  9. Laser-induced differential normalized fluorescence method for cancer diagnosis

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    Vo-Dinh, T.; Panjehpour, M.; Overholt, B.F.

    1996-12-03

    An apparatus and method for cancer diagnosis are disclosed. The diagnostic method includes the steps of irradiating a tissue sample with monochromatic excitation light, producing a laser-induced fluorescence spectrum from emission radiation generated by interaction of the excitation light with the tissue sample, and dividing the intensity at each wavelength of the laser-induced fluorescence spectrum by the integrated area under the laser-induced fluorescence spectrum to produce a normalized spectrum. A mathematical difference between the normalized spectrum and an average value of a reference set of normalized spectra which correspond to normal tissues is calculated, which provides for amplifying small changes in weak signals from malignant tissues for improved analysis. The calculated differential normalized spectrum is correlated to a specific condition of a tissue sample. 5 figs.

  10. Application of chromosome 16 markers in the differential diagnosis of neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis

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    Taschner, P.E.M.; Vos, N. de; Breuning, M.H.

    1995-06-05

    Accurate diagnosis of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL) is important for a correct prognosis of the disease and for genetic counseling. Up to now, no direct diagnostic test has been available for NCL. The clinical diagnosis is made on the basis of symptoms, neurophysiological, neuroradiological, and specific lipopigment pattern data. Recent advances in the genetics of NCL have enabled us to use polymorphic DNA markers linked to the CLN1 and CLN3 loci as a tool in the differential diagnosis of NCL. We have applied genetic analysis with polymorphic DNA markers flanking the CLN3 gene on chromosome 16 to two consanguineous families in which NCL occurs. In the first family, which is of Turkish extraction, two patients suffering from a protracted form of juvenile NCL previously had been diagnosed with juvenile NCL. Haplotypes from this family indicate that the patients and their healthy sibling are haplo-identical, suggesting that this protracted form of juvenile NCL is not linked to the CLN3 locus. In the second family, which is Moroccan origin, one patient suffers from the early juvenile variant of NCL (Lake-Cavanagh). In this family, the patient and one of the healthy siblings have identical haplotypes, excluding linkage of early juvenile NCL to the CLN3 locus on 16p12.1-11.2. Therefore, these cases from different populations demonstrate that haplotype analysis can be used as an additional method to exclude the diagnosis of juvenile NCL. 21 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  11. The value of electrocardiography for differential diagnosis in wide QRS complex tachycardia.

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    Sousa, Pedro A; Pereira, Salomé; Candeias, Rui; de Jesus, Ilídio

    2014-03-01

    Correct diagnosis in wide QRS complex tachycardia remains a challenge. Differential diagnosis between ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia has important therapeutic and prognostic implications, and although data from clinical history and physical examination may suggest a particular origin, it is the 12-lead surface electrocardiogram that usually enables this differentiation. Since 1978, various electrocardiographic criteria have been proposed for the differential diagnosis of wide complex tachycardias, particularly the presence of atrioventricular dissociation, and the axis, duration and morphology of QRS complexes. Despite the wide variety of criteria, diagnosis is still often difficult, and errors can have serious consequences. To reduce such errors, several differential diagnosis algorithms have been proposed since 1991. However, in a small percentage of wide QRS tachycardias the diagnosis remains uncertain and in these the wisest decision is to treat them as ventricular tachycardias. The authors' objective was to review the main electrocardiographic criteria and differential diagnosis algorithms of wide QRS tachycardia.

  12. The value of electrocardiography for differential diagnosis in wide QRS complex tachycardia.

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    Sousa, Pedro A; Pereira, Salomé; Candeias, Rui; de Jesus, Ilídio

    2014-03-01

    Correct diagnosis in wide QRS complex tachycardia remains a challenge. Differential diagnosis between ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia has important therapeutic and prognostic implications, and although data from clinical history and physical examination may suggest a particular origin, it is the 12-lead surface electrocardiogram that usually enables this differentiation. Since 1978, various electrocardiographic criteria have been proposed for the differential diagnosis of wide complex tachycardias, particularly the presence of atrioventricular dissociation, and the axis, duration and morphology of QRS complexes. Despite the wide variety of criteria, diagnosis is still often difficult, and errors can have serious consequences. To reduce such errors, several differential diagnosis algorithms have been proposed since 1991. However, in a small percentage of wide QRS tachycardias the diagnosis remains uncertain and in these the wisest decision is to treat them as ventricular tachycardias. The authors' objective was to review the main electrocardiographic criteria and differential diagnosis algorithms of wide QRS tachycardia. PMID:24656320

  13. [Adult ADHD versus borderline personality disorder: criteria for differential diagnosis].

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    Witt, O; Brücher, K; Biegel, G; Petermann, F; Schmidt, S

    2014-06-01

    The present study focuses on selected symptom criteria to distinguish between attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and borderline personality disorder (BPD). A sample of n = 158 subjects was examined, consisting of BPD patients (n = 37), ADHD patients (n = 58), comorbid BPD/ADHD patients (n = 19), a clinical group of patients fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of a depressive disorder (DEP; n = 22) and a non-clinical control group (KG; n = 22). Selected symptom criteria were investigated by using the German scales "Skala zur Erfassung der Impulsivität und emotionalen Dysregulation der Borderline-Persönlichkeitsstörung" (IES-27), "ADHS-Screening für Erwachsene" (ADHS-LE), "Fragebogen zu dissoziativen Symptomen" (FDS) and a scale for the assessment of paranoid and dichotomous thinking (PADI). Multivariate analyses of variance revealed that BPD patients differed significantly with respect to self-mutilating behaviour, suicidality, dissociation, paranoia and dichotomy from all other groups. The same effect was found for affect regulation. Furthermore BPD patients differed significantly from ADHD patients by a more severe impulsiveness (IES-27), but not through disturbed impulse control and disinhibition overall. Regarding mean differences between ADHD and BPD patients for attentional control, ADHD patients revealed higher scores which just missed significance. For hyperactivity no significant group differences were found which is assumed to be influenced by symptom overlap like restlessness and aversive tension. The findings suggest that BPD-specific criteria, a stronger affective dysregulation and a higher tendency for autoaggressive impulsive reactions are more selective for differential diagnosis than the core symptoms of adult ADHD. Only attentional control might be a useful criterion for differential diagnosis, which should be examined in future studies.

  14. [Tuberculous Otitis media - a rare differential diagnosis in Germany].

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    Teschner, M; Kramer, S; Donnerstag, F; Länger, F; Lenarz, Th; Schwab, B

    2008-07-01

    A 28-year-old female patient with a migrant background presented for surgery with a suspected cholesteatoma in the left ear. The patient reported having had an aural discharge for several months; otoscopic examination revealed a runny ear, and discrete granulation tissue was seen. Pure-tone audiometry showed conduction hearing loss of 30-40 dB across all frequencies in the left ear; high-resolution computed tomography of the temporal bone revealed that the mastoid and tympanic cavity were completely obscured. The intraoperative finding showed a caseous space-occupying mass that completely filled the tympanic cavity. The suspected diagnosis of tuberculosis was corroborated by pathohistological, microbiological and molecular biological tests. Tuberculostatic therapy was initiated at a different location. Although tuberculosis of the middle ear is a rare condition in Germany, it should nevertheless be considered when making a differential diagnosis, especially in high-risk patients where cholesteatoma is suspected on clinical and radiological evidence or in patients with a chronic middle ear process.

  15. Neuroimaging in pediatric leukemia and lymphoma: differential diagnosis.

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    Vázquez, Elida; Lucaya, Javier; Castellote, Amparo; Piqueras, Joaquim; Sainz, Pilar; Olivé, Teresa; Sánchez-Toledo, José; Ortega, Juan J

    2002-01-01

    Recent advances in therapy for pediatric hematologic neoplasms have greatly improved the prognosis but have resulted in an increased incidence of associated complications and toxic effects. The main neuroimaging features in pediatric patients with leukemia or lymphoma treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy were retrospectively reviewed. To simplify the approach and facilitate differential diagnosis, the neuroimaging features have been classified into three main categories: central nervous system manifestations of primary disease, side effects of therapeutic procedures (radiation therapy, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation), and complications due to immunosuppression, particularly infections. Manifestations of primary disease include cerebrovascular complications (hemorrhage, cerebral infarction) and central nervous system involvement (infiltration of the meninges, parenchyma, bone marrow, orbit, and spine). Effects of radiation therapy include white matter disease, mineralizing microangiopathy, parenchymal brain volume loss, radiation-induced cryptic vascular malformations, and second neoplasms. Effects of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation include hemorrhage, dural venous thrombosis, white matter disease, reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome, and anterior lumbosacral radiculopathy. Both the underlying malignancy and antineoplastic therapy can cause immunosuppression. Fungi are the most frequent causal microorganisms in immunosuppressed patients with infection. Familiarity with the imaging findings is essential for proper diagnosis of neurologic symptoms in pediatric patients with oncohematologic disease. PMID:12432112

  16. PET imaging in the differential diagnosis of vascular dementia.

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    Heiss, Wolf-Dieter; Zimmermann-Meinzingen, Sibilla

    2012-11-15

    Aging leads to a small loss of cortical neurons, but to a significant reduction of synapses, dendrites and myelinated fibers. These age-related changes may cause some cognitive impairment, brain atrophy and frontally accentuated diffuse decrease in metabolism. In pathological disorders leading to dementia, most frequently degenerative Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular disease or a combination of both, the changes are more severe, affect predominantly specific regions and result in significant loss of neurons. The differential diagnosis of these disorders is based on symptoms of cognitive and memory impairment and is supported by results of neuropsychological tests and of imaging. Whereas computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are able to detect morphologic lesions, these modalities cannot determine functional consequences of the underlying pathologies. Positron emission tomography allows imaging of the localized and/or diffuse metabolic disturbances responsible for cognitive impairment and dementia, and is effective in differentiating vascular from degenerative dementia, as Alzheimer's disease. It can also detect inflammatory changes and their interaction with amyloid depositions for the development of mixed dementias after stroke. Imaging of neurotransmitters and of synaptic function additionally yields insight into disease specific pathophysiology. Despite that the broad clinical application of PET is limited, this technology has a great impact on research in dementia. PMID:23043907

  17. Accurate Diagnosis of Severe Hypospadias Using 2D and 3D Ultrasounds

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    López Ramón y Cajal, Carlos; Marín Ortiz, Elena; Sarmiento Carrera, Nerea

    2016-01-01

    The hypospadias is the most common urogenital anomaly of male neonates but the prenatal diagnosis of this is often missed before birth. We present the prenatal diagnosis of a severe penoscrotal hypospadias using 2D and 3D ultrasounds. 3D sonography allowed us the best evaluation of the genitals and their anatomical relations. This ample detailed study allowed us to show the findings to the parents and the pediatric surgeon and to configure the best information about the prognosis and surgical treatment. PMID:27774326

  18. Overcoming difficulty in diagnosis and differential diagnosis of Crohn's disease: the potential role of serological and genetic tests.

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    Liu, Zhaoxiu; Shen, Bo

    2015-01-01

    Crohn's disease (CD) represents a heterogeneous group of chronic inflammatory disorders with various phenotypes. Establishing a definite diagnosis of CD should be based upon a combined assessment of clinical, endoscopic, radiological and pathological features. Although segmental disease distribution, transmural inflammation and non-caseating epithelioid granulomas have been considered as a 'hallmarks' for CD, clear diagnosis of CD in some patients has been challenging, due to overlapping endoscopic, radiographic and histologic features with other inflammatory bowel disease-like conditions. Laboratory markers (serological and genetic tests) may provide additional clues for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of CD. This review focuses on the application of the currently available serological and genomic markers and in diagnosis and differential diagnosis of CD.

  19. Accurate diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori. 13C-urea breath test.

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    Graham, D Y; Klein, P D

    2000-12-01

    The preferred schema for management of Helicobacter pylori infection is diagnosis, treatment, and confirmation of cure. The 13C-urea breath test is ideal for active H. pylori infection for those in whom endoscopy is not required (e.g., those in whom cancer is not suspected) because it offers the combination of simplicity, accuracy, reliability, and absence of exposure to radioactivity. New versions of the test also offer increasing simplicity and lower costs. PMID:11190073

  20. Accurate diagnosis of thyroid follicular lesions from nuclear morphology using supervised learning.

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    Ozolek, John A; Tosun, Akif Burak; Wang, Wei; Chen, Cheng; Kolouri, Soheil; Basu, Saurav; Huang, Hu; Rohde, Gustavo K

    2014-07-01

    Follicular lesions of the thyroid remain significant diagnostic challenges in surgical pathology and cytology. The diagnosis often requires considerable resources and ancillary tests including immunohistochemistry, molecular studies, and expert consultation. Visual analyses of nuclear morphological features, generally speaking, have not been helpful in distinguishing this group of lesions. Here we describe a method for distinguishing between follicular lesions of the thyroid based on nuclear morphology. The method utilizes an optimal transport-based linear embedding for segmented nuclei, together with an adaptation of existing classification methods. We show the method outputs assignments (classification results) which are near perfectly correlated with the clinical diagnosis of several lesion types' lesions utilizing a database of 94 patients in total. Experimental comparisons also show the new method can significantly outperform standard numerical feature-type methods in terms of agreement with the clinical diagnosis gold standard. In addition, the new method could potentially be used to derive insights into biologically meaningful nuclear morphology differences in these lesions. Our methods could be incorporated into a tool for pathologists to aid in distinguishing between follicular lesions of the thyroid. In addition, these results could potentially provide nuclear morphological correlates of biological behavior and reduce health care costs by decreasing histotechnician and pathologist time and obviating the need for ancillary testing.

  1. Accurate diagnosis of thyroid follicular lesions from nuclear morphology using supervised learning

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    Ozolek, John A.; Tosun, Akif Burak; Wang, Wei; Chen, Cheng; Kolouri, Soheil; Basu, Saurav; Huang, Hu; Rohde, Gustavo K.

    2014-01-01

    Follicular lesions of the thyroid remain significant diagnostic challenges in surgical pathology and cytology. The diagnosis often requires considerable resources and ancillary tests including immunohistochemistry, molecular studies, and expert consultation. Visual analyses of nuclear morphological features, generally speaking, have not been helpful in distinguishing this group of lesions. Here we describe a method for distinguishing between follicular lesions of the thyroid based on nuclear morphology. The method utilizes an optimal transport-based linear embedding for segmented nuclei, together with an adaptation of existing classification methods. We show the method outputs assignments (classification results) which are near perfectly correlated with the clinical diagnosis of several lesion types' lesions utilizing a database of 94 patients in total. Experimental comparisons also show the new method can significantly outperform standard numerical feature-type methods in terms of agreement with the clinical diagnosis gold standard. In addition, the new method could potentially be used to derive insights into biologically meaningful nuclear morphology differences in these lesions. Our methods could be incorporated into a tool for pathologists to aid in distinguishing between follicular lesions of the thyroid. In addition, these results could potentially provide nuclear morphological correlates of biological behavior and reduce health care costs by decreasing histotechnician and pathologist time and obviating the need for ancillary testing. PMID:24835183

  2. Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-infections: Differential Diagnosis.

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    Berghoff, Walter

    2012-01-01

    In Lyme disease concurrent infections frequently occur. The clinical and pathological impact of co-infections was first recognized in the 1990th, i.e. approximately ten years after the discovery of Lyme disease. Their pathological synergism can exacerbate Lyme disease or induce similar disease manifestations. Co-infecting agents can be transmitted together with Borrelia burgdorferi by tick bite resulting in multiple infections but a fraction of co-infections occur independently of tick bite. Clinically relevant co-infections are caused by Bartonella species, Yersinia enterocolitica, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. In contrast to the USA, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) and babesiosis are not of major importance in Europe. Infections caused by these pathogens in patients not infected by Borrelia burgdorferi can result in clinical symptoms similar to those occurring in Lyme disease. This applies particularly to infections caused by Bartonella henselae, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Chlamydia trachomatis primarily causes polyarthritis. Chlamydophila pneumoniae not only causes arthritis but also affects the nervous system and the heart, which renders the differential diagnosis difficult. The diagnosis is even more complex when co-infections occur in association with Lyme disease. Treatment recommendations are based on individual expert opinions. In antibiotic therapy, the use of third generation cephalosporins should only be considered in cases of Lyme disease. The same applies to carbapenems, which however are used occasionally in infections caused by Yersinia enterocolitica. For the remaining infections predominantly tetracyclines and macrolides are used. Quinolones are for alternative treatment, particularly gemifloxacin. For Bartonella henselae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae the combination with rifampicin is recommended. Erythromycin is the drug of choice for

  3. Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-infections: Differential Diagnosis.

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    Berghoff, Walter

    2012-01-01

    In Lyme disease concurrent infections frequently occur. The clinical and pathological impact of co-infections was first recognized in the 1990th, i.e. approximately ten years after the discovery of Lyme disease. Their pathological synergism can exacerbate Lyme disease or induce similar disease manifestations. Co-infecting agents can be transmitted together with Borrelia burgdorferi by tick bite resulting in multiple infections but a fraction of co-infections occur independently of tick bite. Clinically relevant co-infections are caused by Bartonella species, Yersinia enterocolitica, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. In contrast to the USA, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) and babesiosis are not of major importance in Europe. Infections caused by these pathogens in patients not infected by Borrelia burgdorferi can result in clinical symptoms similar to those occurring in Lyme disease. This applies particularly to infections caused by Bartonella henselae, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Chlamydia trachomatis primarily causes polyarthritis. Chlamydophila pneumoniae not only causes arthritis but also affects the nervous system and the heart, which renders the differential diagnosis difficult. The diagnosis is even more complex when co-infections occur in association with Lyme disease. Treatment recommendations are based on individual expert opinions. In antibiotic therapy, the use of third generation cephalosporins should only be considered in cases of Lyme disease. The same applies to carbapenems, which however are used occasionally in infections caused by Yersinia enterocolitica. For the remaining infections predominantly tetracyclines and macrolides are used. Quinolones are for alternative treatment, particularly gemifloxacin. For Bartonella henselae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae the combination with rifampicin is recommended. Erythromycin is the drug of choice for

  4. Restless legs syndrome: differential diagnosis and management with rotigotine

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    Merlino, Giovanni; Serafini, Anna; Robiony, Francesca; Valente, Mariarosaria; Gigli, Gian Luigi

    2009-01-01

    RLS is a common sleep disorder with distinctive clinical features. The prevalence of RLS in Caucasians and North Americans ranges from 5% to 10%. However, only some of these subjects (almost the 3% of the general population) report being affected by a frequent and severe form of the sleep disorder. RLS is diagnosed clinically by means of four internationally recognized criteria that summarize the main characteristics of the sleep disorder. Besides the essential criteria, supportive and associated features of RLS have been established by experts in order to help physicians treat patients with doubtful symptoms. Several clinical conditions may mimic this sleep disorder. In order to increase the sensibility and specificity of RLS diagnosis, doctors should perform a meticulous patient history and then an accurate physical and neurological examination. Dopamine agonists are recognized as the preferred first-line treatment for RLS. Rotigotine is a non-ergoline dopamine agonist with selectivity for D1, D2 and D3 receptors. The drug is administered via transdermal patches which release rotigotine for 24 hours. Four clinical trials demonstrated that this compound is able to improve RLS symptomatology with few and moderate adverse events. Head to head trials are required to compare the efficacy and tolerability of rotigotine with other dopamine agonists administered via oral intake. Rotigotine has been approved by the FDA and EMEA for Parkinson’s disease. For the treatment of moderate to severe idiopathic RLS, rotigotine has been recommended for approval by the EMEA and is under review by the FDA. PMID:19557102

  5. Differential diagnosis of regional cerebral hyperfixation of TC-99m HMPAO on SPECT imaging

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    Shirazi, P.; Konopka, L.; Crayton, J.W.

    1994-05-01

    Accurate diagnostic evaluation of patients with neurologic and neuropsychiatric disease is important because early treatment may halt disease progression and prevent impairment or disability. Cerebral hyperfixation of HMPAO has been ascribed to luxury perfusion following ischemic infarction. The present study sought to identify other conditions that also display radiotracer hyperfixation in order to develop a differential diagnosis of this finding on SPECT imaging. Two hundred fifty (n=250) successive cerebral SPECT images were reviewed for evidence of HMPAO hyperfixation. Hyperfixation was defined as enhanced focal perfusion surrounded by a zone of diminished or normal cerebral perfusion. All patients were scanned after intravenous injection of 25 mCi Tc-99m HMPAO. Volume-rendered and oblique images were obtained with a Trionix triple-head SPECT system using ultra high resolution fan beam collimators. Thirteen (13/250; 5%) of the patients exhibited regions of HMPAO hyperfixation. CT or MRI abnormalities were detected in 6/13 cases. Clinical diagnoses in these patients included intractable psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and narcotic dependence, major depression, acute closed-head trauma, hypothyroidism, as well as subacute ischemic infarction. A wide variety of conditions may be associated with cerebral hyperfixation of HMPAO. These conditions include neurologic and psychiatric diagnoses, and extend the consideration of hyperfixation beyond ischemic infarction. Consequently, a differential diagnosis of HMPAO hyperfixation may be broader than originally considered, and this may suggest a fundamental role for local cerebral hyperperfusion. Elucidation of the fundamental mechanism(s) for cerebral hyperperfusion requires further investigation.

  6. Application of a cell microarray chip system for accurate, highly sensitive, and rapid diagnosis for malaria in Uganda.

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    Yatsushiro, Shouki; Yamamoto, Takeki; Yamamura, Shohei; Abe, Kaori; Obana, Eriko; Nogami, Takahiro; Hayashi, Takuya; Sesei, Takashi; Oka, Hiroaki; Okello-Onen, Joseph; Odongo-Aginya, Emmanuel I; Alai, Mary Auma; Olia, Alex; Anywar, Dennis; Sakurai, Miki; Palacpac, Nirianne Mq; Mita, Toshihiro; Horii, Toshihiro; Baba, Yoshinobu; Kataoka, Masatoshi

    2016-01-01

    Accurate, sensitive, rapid, and easy operative diagnosis is necessary to prevent the spread of malaria. A cell microarray chip system including a push column for the recovery of erythrocytes and a fluorescence detector was employed for malaria diagnosis in Uganda. The chip with 20,944 microchambers (105 μm width and 50 μm depth) was made of polystyrene. For the analysis, 6 μl of whole blood was employed, and leukocytes were practically removed by filtration through SiO2-nano-fibers in a column. Regular formation of an erythrocyte monolayer in each microchamber was observed following dispersion of an erythrocyte suspension in a nuclear staining dye, SYTO 21, onto the chip surface and washing. About 500,000 erythrocytes were analyzed in a total of 4675 microchambers, and malaria parasite-infected erythrocytes could be detected in 5 min by using the fluorescence detector. The percentage of infected erythrocytes in each of 41 patients was determined. Accurate and quantitative detection of the parasites could be performed. A good correlation between examinations via optical microscopy and by our chip system was demonstrated over the parasitemia range of 0.0039-2.3438% by linear regression analysis (R(2) = 0.9945). Thus, we showed the potential of this chip system for the diagnosis of malaria. PMID:27445125

  7. Application of a cell microarray chip system for accurate, highly sensitive, and rapid diagnosis for malaria in Uganda

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    Yatsushiro, Shouki; Yamamoto, Takeki; Yamamura, Shohei; Abe, Kaori; Obana, Eriko; Nogami, Takahiro; Hayashi, Takuya; Sesei, Takashi; Oka, Hiroaki; Okello-Onen, Joseph; Odongo-Aginya, Emmanuel I.; Alai, Mary Auma; Olia, Alex; Anywar, Dennis; Sakurai, Miki; Palacpac, Nirianne MQ; Mita, Toshihiro; Horii, Toshihiro; Baba, Yoshinobu; Kataoka, Masatoshi

    2016-01-01

    Accurate, sensitive, rapid, and easy operative diagnosis is necessary to prevent the spread of malaria. A cell microarray chip system including a push column for the recovery of erythrocytes and a fluorescence detector was employed for malaria diagnosis in Uganda. The chip with 20,944 microchambers (105 μm width and 50 μm depth) was made of polystyrene. For the analysis, 6 μl of whole blood was employed, and leukocytes were practically removed by filtration through SiO2-nano-fibers in a column. Regular formation of an erythrocyte monolayer in each microchamber was observed following dispersion of an erythrocyte suspension in a nuclear staining dye, SYTO 21, onto the chip surface and washing. About 500,000 erythrocytes were analyzed in a total of 4675 microchambers, and malaria parasite-infected erythrocytes could be detected in 5 min by using the fluorescence detector. The percentage of infected erythrocytes in each of 41 patients was determined. Accurate and quantitative detection of the parasites could be performed. A good correlation between examinations via optical microscopy and by our chip system was demonstrated over the parasitemia range of 0.0039–2.3438% by linear regression analysis (R2 = 0.9945). Thus, we showed the potential of this chip system for the diagnosis of malaria. PMID:27445125

  8. Rapid, accurate, and comparative differentiation of clinically and industrially relevant microorganisms via multiple vibrational spectroscopic fingerprinting.

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    Muhamadali, Howbeer; Subaihi, Abdu; Mohammadtaheri, Mahsa; Xu, Yun; Ellis, David I; Ramanathan, Rajesh; Bansal, Vipul; Goodacre, Royston

    2016-08-15

    Despite the fact that various microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.) have been linked with infectious diseases, their crucial role towards sustaining life on Earth is undeniable. The huge biodiversity, combined with the wide range of biochemical capabilities of these organisms, have always been the driving force behind their large number of current, and, as of yet, undiscovered future applications. The presence of such diversity could be said to expedite the need for the development of rapid, accurate and sensitive techniques which allow for the detection, differentiation, identification and classification of such organisms. In this study, we employed Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), Raman, and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopies, as molecular whole-organism fingerprinting techniques, combined with multivariate statistical analysis approaches for the classification of a range of industrial, environmental or clinically relevant bacteria (P. aeruginosa, P. putida, E. coli, E. faecium, S. lividans, B. subtilis, B. cereus) and yeast (S. cerevisiae). Principal components-discriminant function analysis (PC-DFA) scores plots of the spectral data collected from all three techniques allowed for the clear differentiation of all the samples down to sub-species level. The partial least squares-discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) models generated using the SERS spectral data displayed lower accuracy (74.9%) when compared to those obtained from conventional Raman (97.8%) and FT-IR (96.2%) analyses. In addition, whilst background fluorescence was detected in Raman spectra for S. cerevisiae, this fluorescence was quenched when applying SERS to the same species, and conversely SERS appeared to introduce strong fluorescence when analysing P. putida. It is also worth noting that FT-IR analysis provided spectral data of high quality and reproducibility for the whole sample set, suggesting its applicability to a wider range of samples, and perhaps the

  9. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: guidance for recognition, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and referral.

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    Senturias, Yasmin; Asamoah, Alexander

    2014-04-01

    FASDs are the most common preventable cause of developmental and intellectual disabilities in the United States and yet can easily be overlooked in pediatric and adolescent practices. Early diagnosis, presence of developmental and educational services, and a nurturing home environment have been associated with decreased occurrence of secondary disabilities such as substance use and criminal involvement.23 Therefore, it is important for providers to know how to go about the identification, diagnostic, and evaluation process. Pediatric care clinicians should be knowledgeable about the diagnostic criteria for fetal alcohol syndrome and know common differentiating conditions. Furthermore, they should be able to recognize other disorders on the spectrum, and in doing so, they should facilitate appropriate referral, initial management, and coordination of care. PMID:24810411

  10. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in the postpartum period: diagnosis, differential diagnosis and management.

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    Sharma, Verinder; Sommerdyk, Christina

    2015-07-01

    Childbirth can trigger or exacerbate a variety of psychiatric disorders but the extant literature has focused primarily on mood disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after childbirth can occur alone or in combination with other psychiatric disorders such as major depressive disorder. Due to the general lack of awareness of the relationship between childbirth and OCD among clinicians as well as patients, the disorder may be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder. This article describes the prevalence, clinical features, common psychiatric comorbidities, differential diagnosis and potential consequences of underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis. Using case vignettes strategies for its detection and clinical management are suggested. Finally, areas in need of further research are proposed. PMID:26246310

  11. Venous malformation and haemangioma: differential diagnosis, diagnosis, natural history and consequences.

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    Lee, B B

    2013-03-01

    Venous malformation (VM) is the most common form of congenital vascular malformation (CVM). VM presents at birth as an inborn vascular defect and never disappears/regresses spontaneously through the rest of life; it will continue to grow slowly at a rate that is proportional to the growth rate of the body. Haemangioma is not a vascular malformation but one of the vascular tumours originating from the endothelial cells; it develops after birth mostly in the infantile/neonatal period with a distinctive growth cycle: a proliferation phase of early rapid growth followed by an involutional phase of slow regression. Although the vascular malformation and vascular tumour belong to the 'vascular anomaly' together, both conditions are fundamentally different not only in their anatomical, histological and pathophysiological findings but also in their clinical courses. Therefore, an appropriate differential diagnosis of the VM is mandated not only from other kinds of CVMs but also from 'genuine' haemangioma. Appropriate diagnosis and assessment of VMs can be made based on clinical presentation and a proper combination of basic non-invasive studies in general but the presence of a mixed lesion involving other types of CVM lesions and the type of VM lesion, extratruncular and truncular, will dictate the need for further work-up with additional non- to less-invasive study or angiography. Otherwise, angiography is usually reserved for therapeutic planning and treatment.

  12. The 1952 outbreak of encephalitis in California; differential diagnosis.

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    KOKERNOT, R H; SHINEFIELD, H R; LONGSHORE, W A

    1953-08-01

    Clinical data adequate for analysis were available in 386 laboratory-confirmed cases of arthropod-borne encephalitis - 38 St. Louis and 348 western equine. Consistently observed symptoms varied with the age of the patient. Symptoms that occurred in a high proportion of patients in each age group were:LESS THAN ONE YEAR OF AGE: Fever and convulsions. (None had the St. Louis disease.)ONE THROUGH FOUR YEARS: Fever, headache, vomiting, drowsiness, irritability, restlessness, nuchal rigidity, tremor, and sometimes convulsions. FIVE THROUGH FOURTEEN YEARS: Headache, fever, and drowsiness. Sometimes the disease progressed no further, but if it did, nausea, vomiting, muscular pain, photophobia and limitation of neck and back flexion often were noted; and sometimes convulsions and intention tremors. FIFTEEN YEARS AND OLDER: Drowsiness, lethargy, malaise, fever, stiffness at the back of the neck and, almost always, severe intractable occipital headache associated with nausea, disturbance of vision, photophobia and vertigo. The extreme difficulty of differential diagnosis on the basis of clinical observation was indicated by the wide range of diagnoses made in these cases before the invading organism was identified by laboratory studies.

  13. Prevalence, Clinical Presentation, and Differential Diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

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    Goldstein, Benjamin I.; Birmaher, Boris

    2016-01-01

    Background Over the past 20 years, the evidence regarding pediatric bipolar disorder (BP) has increased substantially. As a result, recent concerns have focused primarily on prevalence and differential diagnosis. Method Selective review of the literature. Results BP as defined by rigorously applying diagnostic criteria has been observed among children and especially adolescents in numerous countries. In contrast to increasing diagnoses in clinical settings, prevalence in epidemiologic studies has not recently changed. BP-spectrum conditions among youth are highly impairing and confer high risk for conversion to BP-I and BP-II. Compared to adults, youth with BP have more mixed symptoms, more changes in mood polarity, are more often symptomatic and seem to have worse prognosis. The course, clinical characteristics, and comorbidities of BP among children and adolescents are in many ways otherwise similar to those of adults with BP. Nonetheless, many youth with BP receive no treatment and most do not receive BP-specific treatment. Conclusion Despite increased evidence supporting the validity of pediatric BP, discrepancies between clinical and epidemiologic findings suggest that diagnostic misapplication may be common. Simultaneously, low rates of treatment of youth with BP suggest that withholding of BP diagnoses may also be common. Clinicians should apply diagnostic criteria rigorously in order to optimize diagnostic accuracy and ensure appropriate treatment. PMID:22652925

  14. Prevalence, distribution, and differential diagnosis of nasopalatine duct cysts

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    CECCHETTI, F.; OTTRIA, L.; BARTULI, F.; BRAMANTI, N. E.; ARCURI, C.

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY Introduction. Nasopalatine duct cysts (NPDCs) are the most common developmental epithelial non-odontogenic cysts of the maxillae. Their origin, however, is still a source of considerable debate. Aims. The aim of this investigation is to describe and discuss the etiology, differential diagnosis, clinic-pathological characteristics as well as to report the relative frequency and distribution of nasopalatine duct cysts in population (NPDCs) with a literature’s review on the topic. Methods The retrospective study was carried out using 36 clinical cases, with histopatological confirmation for NPDC, radiographs and oral photographs. Data included age and gender of the patient, radiographic findings, etiological factors, treatment, and prognosis of NPDC. Few surgical consideration are discussed. Results The study results report a clear male predilection with a 3:1 ratio. No statistically significant correlation was observed between the size of the lesion and patient’s gender. Lesions were usually asymptomatic. All cysts were located in the anterior maxillary midline region. Panoramic X-rays and computed tomography was used to identify the lesion. Surgical treatment was performed under local anesthesia including the dissection and removal of the cyst, adopting a usually palatine approach, with an enveloping flap from 1.4 to 2.4. Conclusions The etiology of NPDC is unclear and a male predilection was observed. Simple surgical resection is recommended, followed by clinical and radiological control to ensure correct resolution of the case. PMID:23285406

  15. Brain CT and MRI: differential diagnosis of imaging findings.

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    Masdeu, Joseph C; Gadhia, Rajan; Faridar, Alireza

    2016-01-01

    Following a traditional approach, in Chapters 5 and 14-29 in the previous volume, diverse brain diseases are listed and their imaging findings described in detail. In this chapter the approach is from the imaging finding to the disease: for instance, what list of diseases can give rise to a contrast-enhancing mass in the cerebellopontine angle? Imaging findings that are reviewed in succession include the location of the lesion, its multiplicity and symmetry, its volume, ranging from atrophy to mass effect, its homogeneity, its density, measurable by computed tomography (CT), its appearance on T1, T2, and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and, finally, its characteristics after the infusion of intravenous contrast. A differential diagnosis for each finding is provided. While the approach adopted in this chapter is unconventional, we hope that it will be most helpful to anyone reading images. Furthermore, it could serve as the basis to create or complete image databases to guide in the interpretation of brain CT and MRI. PMID:27430457

  16. Multiple benign symmetric lipomatosis -- a differential diagnosis of obesity.

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    Ardeleanu, V; Chicos, S; Georgescu, C; Tutunaru, D

    2013-01-01

    Benign symmetrical lipomatosis (BSL), or Madelung's disease, is a rare disease characterized by the progressive growth of diffuse, painless, non-enveloped symmetric lipomas. The etiology of this disease remains unknown, although it was associated in the medical literature with alcohol and nicotine abuse, metabolic disorders and a number of malignancies. It is assumed that there is a genetic predisposition for this affliction. The management in such cases is surgical removal of the lipomas, most times in several sessions, but this is often followed by relapse. However, surgical removal of the lipomas can provide satisfactory patient functionality and cosmetic results. The differential diagnosis is made with morbid obesity, Cushing syndrome, angiolipomatosis, encapsulated lipomas, neurofibromatosis, myxoid liposarcoma, lymphoma, salivary gland disease, Frolich and lipomatosis syndrome in patients infected with HIV. The current paper reports the case of a 55 year-old man, who presented with several large lipomatous masses, arranged symmetrically on the front and back of the trunk, and several smaller lipomas in the upper and lower limbs. Treatment consisted of resection of these lipomas in several sessions, without recurrence at one year after the last operation.

  17. Understanding the Prcess of Differential Diagnosis: Prerequisite to the Training of Medical and Veterinary Medical Practitioners.

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    Wagner, Roy M. K.

    The paper describes an auto-tutorial methodology for training veterinary medical practitioners to perform differential diagnoses. It describes in detail the three phases of differential diagnosis: sensory pick-up, a combination of cognition and memory; categorization, the process by which diagnosticians group symptoms and signs prior to diagnosis;…

  18. Differential diagnosis of Mendelian and mitochondrial disorders in patients with suspected multiple sclerosis

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    Katz Sand, Ilana B.; Honce, Justin M.; Lublin, Fred D.

    2015-01-01

    Several single gene disorders share clinical and radiologic characteristics with multiple sclerosis and have the potential to be overlooked in the differential diagnostic evaluation of both adult and paediatric patients with multiple sclerosis. This group includes lysosomal storage disorders, various mitochondrial diseases, other neurometabolic disorders, and several other miscellaneous disorders. Recognition of a single-gene disorder as causal for a patient’s ‘multiple sclerosis-like’ phenotype is critically important for accurate direction of patient management, and evokes broader genetic counselling implications for affected families. Here we review single gene disorders that have the potential to mimic multiple sclerosis, provide an overview of clinical and investigational characteristics of each disorder, and present guidelines for when clinicians should suspect an underlying heritable disorder that requires diagnostic confirmation in a patient with a definite or probable diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. PMID:25636970

  19. Differential diagnosis of Mendelian and mitochondrial disorders in patients with suspected multiple sclerosis.

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    Weisfeld-Adams, James D; Katz Sand, Ilana B; Honce, Justin M; Lublin, Fred D

    2015-03-01

    Several single gene disorders share clinical and radiologic characteristics with multiple sclerosis and have the potential to be overlooked in the differential diagnostic evaluation of both adult and paediatric patients with multiple sclerosis. This group includes lysosomal storage disorders, various mitochondrial diseases, other neurometabolic disorders, and several other miscellaneous disorders. Recognition of a single-gene disorder as causal for a patient's 'multiple sclerosis-like' phenotype is critically important for accurate direction of patient management, and evokes broader genetic counselling implications for affected families. Here we review single gene disorders that have the potential to mimic multiple sclerosis, provide an overview of clinical and investigational characteristics of each disorder, and present guidelines for when clinicians should suspect an underlying heritable disorder that requires diagnostic confirmation in a patient with a definite or probable diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

  20. Differential diagnosis of hyperkalemia: an update to a complex problem.

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    Eleftheriadis, T; Leivaditis, K; Antoniadi, G; Liakopoulos, V

    2012-10-01

    Hyperkalemia is a relative common and sometimes life threatening electorlyte disorder. Although its symptomatic treatment is relatively easy, since precise therapeutic algorithms are available, its differential diagnosis is more complicated. The present review aims to unfold the differential diagnosis of hypekalemia using a pathophysiological, albeit clinically useful, approach. The basic elements of potassium homeostasis are provided, the causes of hyperkalemia are categorized and analysed and finally the required for the diferrential diagnosis laboratory tests are mentioned.

  1. Differential diagnosis of hyperkalemia: an update to a complex problem

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    Eleftheriadis, T; Leivaditis, K; Antoniadi, G; Liakopoulos, V

    2012-01-01

    Hyperkalemia is a relative common and sometimes life threatening electorlyte disorder. Although its symptomatic treatment is relatively easy, since precise therapeutic algorithms are available, its differential diagnosis is more complicated. The present review aims to unfold the differential diagnosis of hypekalemia using a pathophysiological, albeit clinically useful, approach. The basic elements of potassium homeostasis are provided, the causes of hyperkalemia are categorized and analysed and finally the required for the diferrential diagnosis laboratory tests are mentioned. PMID:23935306

  2. Fiber diffraction of skin and nails provides an accurate diagnosis of malignancies.

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    James, Veronica J

    2009-07-01

    An early diagnosis of malignancies correlates directly with a better prognosis. Yet for many malignancies there are no readily available, noninvasive, cost-effective diagnostic tests with patients often presenting too late for effective treatment. This article describes for the first time the use of fiber diffraction patterns of skin or fingernails, using X-ray sources, as a biometric diagnostic method for detecting neoplastic disorders including but not limited to melanoma, breast, colon and prostate cancers. With suitable further development, an early low-cost, totally noninvasive yet reliable diagnostic test could be conducted on a regular basis in local radiology facilities, as a confirmatory test for other diagnostic procedures or as a mass screening test using suitable small angle X-ray beam-lines at synchrotrons.

  3. Fiber diffraction of skin and nails provides an accurate diagnosis of malignancies

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    James, Veronica J.

    2009-10-21

    An early diagnosis of malignancies correlates directly with a better prognosis. Yet for many malignancies there are no readily available, noninvasive, cost-effective diagnostic tests with patients often presenting too late for effective treatment. This article describes for the first time the use of fiber diffraction patterns of skin or fingernails, using X-ray sources, as a biometric diagnostic method for detecting neoplastic disorders including but not limited to melanoma, breast, colon and prostate cancers. With suitable further development, an early low-cost, totally noninvasive yet reliable diagnostic test could be conducted on a regular basis in local radiology facilities, as a confirmatory test for other diagnostic procedures or as a mass screening test using suitable small angle X-ray beam-lines at synchrotrons.

  4. Beyond Prostate Adenocarcinoma: Expanding the Differential Diagnosis in Prostate Pathologic Conditions.

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    Li, Yi; Mongan, John; Behr, Spencer C; Sud, Seema; Coakley, Fergus V; Simko, Jeffry; Westphalen, Antonio C

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the prostate gland have dramatically improved the ability to detect and stage adenocarcinoma of the prostate, one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men and one of the most frequently diagnosed pathologic conditions of the prostate gland. A wide variety of nonadenocarcinoma diseases can also be seen with MR imaging, ranging from benign to malignant diseases, as well as infectious and inflammatory manifestations. Many of these diseases have distinctive imaging features that allow differentiation from prostate acinar adenocarcinoma. Early recognition of these entities produces a more accurate differential diagnosis and may enable more expeditious clinical workup. Benign neoplasms of the prostate include plexiform neurofibroma and cystadenoma, both of which demonstrate distinctive imaging features. Stromal neoplasms of uncertain malignant potential are rare tumors of uncertain malignant potential that are often difficult to distinguish at imaging from more-malignant prostate sarcomas. Other malignant neoplasms of the prostate include urothelial carcinoma, primary prostatic carcinoid, carcinosarcoma, endometrioid or ductal adenocarcinoma, and mucinous adenocarcinoma. Prostatic infections can lead to abscesses of pyogenic, tuberculous, or fungal origins. Finally, miscellaneous idiopathic disorders of the prostate include amyloidosis, exophytic benign prostatic hyperplasia, and various congenital cysts. Considerable overlap can exist in the clinical history and imaging findings associated with these prostate pathologic conditions, and biopsy is often required for ultimate confirmation of the diagnosis. However, many diagnoses, including cystadenoma, mucinous adenocarcinoma, sarcoma, and abscesses, have distinct imaging features, which can enable the informed radiologist to identify the diagnosis and recommend appropriate clinical workup and management. (©)RSNA, 2016. PMID:27315446

  5. Iofetamine I 123 single photon emission computed tomography is accurate in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

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    Johnson, K.A.; Holman, B.L.; Rosen, T.J.; Nagel, J.S.; English, R.J.; Growdon, J.H. )

    1990-04-01

    To determine the diagnostic accuracy of iofetamine hydrochloride I 123 (IMP) with single photon emission computed tomography in Alzheimer's disease, we studied 58 patients with AD and 15 age-matched healthy control subjects. We used a qualitative method to assess regional IMP uptake in the entire brain and to rate image data sets as normal or abnormal without knowledge of subjects'clinical classification. The sensitivity and specificity of IMP with single photon emission computed tomography in AD were 88% and 87%, respectively. In 15 patients with mild cognitive deficits (Blessed Dementia Scale score, less than or equal to 10), sensitivity was 80%. With the use of a semiquantitative measure of regional cortical IMP uptake, the parietal lobes were the most functionally impaired in AD and the most strongly associated with the patients' Blessed Dementia Scale scores. These results indicated that IMP with single photon emission computed tomography may be a useful adjunct in the clinical diagnosis of AD in early, mild disease.

  6. [Differential diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis and community-acquired pneumonia].

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    Deĭkina, O N; Mishin, V Iu; Demikhova, O V

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to enhance the efficiency of differential diagnosis of pneumonia and pulmonary tuberculosis. A hundred and fifty-nine adult patients were examined. These included 78 patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and 81 with community-acquired p neumonia. The clinical features of infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis (n = 48) and mild community-acquired pneumonia (n = 51) were compared. The course of caseous pneumonia (n = 30) was compared with that of moderate and severe community-acquired pneumonia (n = 30). Significant differences in the manifestations of the intoxication and bronchopulmonary syndrome were not found in patients with community-acquired pneumonia and infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis. Physical studies showed that in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, moist rale (54.9%) and crepitation (11.8%) were prevalent, but in those with infiltrative tuberculosis rale was absent in 60.4% of cases and the pattern of respiration was unchanged in 79.2%. Chest X-ray studies indicated that in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, lower lobar inflammatory changes were predominant in 62.8% of cases whereas in those with infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis the process was mainly bilateral (43.8%) with the presence of destructive changes (83.3%) and bronchogenic dissemination (66.7%). In patients with caseous pneumonia, the intoxication syndrome was more significant than in those with severe community-acquired pneumonia. Chest X-ray studies demonstrated that in patients with caseous pneumonia, specific changes were bilateral with the involvement of 2 lobes or more, with destruction and bronchogenic dissemination while in those with community-acquired pneumonia, the pulmonary processes were predominantly bilateral (76.6%) at the lower lobar site (36.7%).

  7. [Differential diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis and community-acquired pneumonia].

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    Deĭkina, O N; Mishin, V Iu; Demikhova, O V

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to enhance the efficiency of differential diagnosis of pneumonia and pulmonary tuberculosis. A hundred and fifty-nine adult patients were examined. These included 78 patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and 81 with community-acquired p neumonia. The clinical features of infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis (n = 48) and mild community-acquired pneumonia (n = 51) were compared. The course of caseous pneumonia (n = 30) was compared with that of moderate and severe community-acquired pneumonia (n = 30). Significant differences in the manifestations of the intoxication and bronchopulmonary syndrome were not found in patients with community-acquired pneumonia and infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis. Physical studies showed that in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, moist rale (54.9%) and crepitation (11.8%) were prevalent, but in those with infiltrative tuberculosis rale was absent in 60.4% of cases and the pattern of respiration was unchanged in 79.2%. Chest X-ray studies indicated that in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, lower lobar inflammatory changes were predominant in 62.8% of cases whereas in those with infiltrative pulmonary tuberculosis the process was mainly bilateral (43.8%) with the presence of destructive changes (83.3%) and bronchogenic dissemination (66.7%). In patients with caseous pneumonia, the intoxication syndrome was more significant than in those with severe community-acquired pneumonia. Chest X-ray studies demonstrated that in patients with caseous pneumonia, specific changes were bilateral with the involvement of 2 lobes or more, with destruction and bronchogenic dissemination while in those with community-acquired pneumonia, the pulmonary processes were predominantly bilateral (76.6%) at the lower lobar site (36.7%). PMID:17338353

  8. Differential contribution of visual and auditory information to accurately predict the direction and rotational motion of a visual stimulus.

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    Park, Seoung Hoon; Kim, Seonjin; Kwon, MinHyuk; Christou, Evangelos A

    2016-03-01

    Vision and auditory information are critical for perception and to enhance the ability of an individual to respond accurately to a stimulus. However, it is unknown whether visual and auditory information contribute differentially to identify the direction and rotational motion of the stimulus. The purpose of this study was to determine the ability of an individual to accurately predict the direction and rotational motion of the stimulus based on visual and auditory information. In this study, we recruited 9 expert table-tennis players and used table-tennis service as our experimental model. Participants watched recorded services with different levels of visual and auditory information. The goal was to anticipate the direction of the service (left or right) and the rotational motion of service (topspin, sidespin, or cut). We recorded their responses and quantified the following outcomes: (i) directional accuracy and (ii) rotational motion accuracy. The response accuracy was the accurate predictions relative to the total number of trials. The ability of the participants to predict the direction of the service accurately increased with additional visual information but not with auditory information. In contrast, the ability of the participants to predict the rotational motion of the service accurately increased with the addition of auditory information to visual information but not with additional visual information alone. In conclusion, this finding demonstrates that visual information enhances the ability of an individual to accurately predict the direction of the stimulus, whereas additional auditory information enhances the ability of an individual to accurately predict the rotational motion of stimulus.

  9. Vibration sensor-based bearing fault diagnosis using ellipsoid-ARTMAP and differential evolution algorithms.

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    Liu, Chang; Wang, Guofeng; Xie, Qinglu; Zhang, Yanchao

    2014-06-16

    Effective fault classification of rolling element bearings provides an important basis for ensuring safe operation of rotating machinery. In this paper, a novel vibration sensor-based fault diagnosis method using an Ellipsoid-ARTMAP network (EAM) and a differential evolution (DE) algorithm is proposed. The original features are firstly extracted from vibration signals based on wavelet packet decomposition. Then, a minimum-redundancy maximum-relevancy algorithm is introduced to select the most prominent features so as to decrease feature dimensions. Finally, a DE-based EAM (DE-EAM) classifier is constructed to realize the fault diagnosis. The major characteristic of EAM is that the sample distribution of each category is realized by using a hyper-ellipsoid node and smoothing operation algorithm. Therefore, it can depict the decision boundary of disperse samples accurately and effectively avoid over-fitting phenomena. To optimize EAM network parameters, the DE algorithm is presented and two objectives, including both classification accuracy and nodes number, are simultaneously introduced as the fitness functions. Meanwhile, an exponential criterion is proposed to realize final selection of the optimal parameters. To prove the effectiveness of the proposed method, the vibration signals of four types of rolling element bearings under different loads were collected. Moreover, to improve the robustness of the classifier evaluation, a two-fold cross validation scheme is adopted and the order of feature samples is randomly arranged ten times within each fold. The results show that DE-EAM classifier can recognize the fault categories of the rolling element bearings reliably and accurately.

  10. Vibration Sensor-Based Bearing Fault Diagnosis Using Ellipsoid-ARTMAP and Differential Evolution Algorithms

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    Liu, Chang; Wang, Guofeng; Xie, Qinglu; Zhang, Yanchao

    2014-01-01

    Effective fault classification of rolling element bearings provides an important basis for ensuring safe operation of rotating machinery. In this paper, a novel vibration sensor-based fault diagnosis method using an Ellipsoid-ARTMAP network (EAM) and a differential evolution (DE) algorithm is proposed. The original features are firstly extracted from vibration signals based on wavelet packet decomposition. Then, a minimum-redundancy maximum-relevancy algorithm is introduced to select the most prominent features so as to decrease feature dimensions. Finally, a DE-based EAM (DE-EAM) classifier is constructed to realize the fault diagnosis. The major characteristic of EAM is that the sample distribution of each category is realized by using a hyper-ellipsoid node and smoothing operation algorithm. Therefore, it can depict the decision boundary of disperse samples accurately and effectively avoid over-fitting phenomena. To optimize EAM network parameters, the DE algorithm is presented and two objectives, including both classification accuracy and nodes number, are simultaneously introduced as the fitness functions. Meanwhile, an exponential criterion is proposed to realize final selection of the optimal parameters. To prove the effectiveness of the proposed method, the vibration signals of four types of rolling element bearings under different loads were collected. Moreover, to improve the robustness of the classifier evaluation, a two-fold cross validation scheme is adopted and the order of feature samples is randomly arranged ten times within each fold. The results show that DE-EAM classifier can recognize the fault categories of the rolling element bearings reliably and accurately. PMID:24936949

  11. [Differential diagnosis of multiple pulmonary coin lesions--pulmonary hyaline granuloma].

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    Banaschak, S; Müller, K M

    1996-02-01

    In addition to metastases, the differential diagnosis of pulmonary nodules also includes tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and silicosis. Rarer diseases such as amyloid tumors, rheumatic nodules, and plasma-cell granulomas can, depending on the clinical situation, be the cause of this finding. For the example of the clinical picture of pulmonary hyalinizing granuloma, the differential diagnosis of multiple pulmonary nodules is illustrated under consideration of the pathognomonic, morphologic observations. PMID:8868595

  12. Abnormal Spinal Cord Magnetic Resonance Signal: Approach to the Differential Diagnosis.

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    Morales, Humberto; Betts, Aaron

    2016-10-01

    T2-hyperintense signal abnormalities within the spinal cord on magnetic resonance imaging can evoke a broad differential diagnosis and can present a diagnostic dilemma. Here, we review and provide a succinct and relevant differential diagnosis based on imaging patterns and anatomical or physiopathologic correlation. Clues and imaging pearls are provided focusing on inflammatory, infectious, demyelinating, vascular, and metabolic involvement of the spinal cord. PMID:27616311

  13. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: Criteria for Differential Diagnosis from Lyell's Syndrome. Two Cases in Adult Patients

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    Napoli, B.; D'Arpa, N.; D'Amelio, L.; Chimenti, S.; Pileri, D.; Accardo-Palumbo, A.; Conte, F.

    2006-01-01

    Summary A review of the relative international literature of the last few years is followed by a description of two cases of staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome in adults. As in both cases the initial diagnosis was that of Lyell's syndrome, the main criteria for the differential diagnosis of the two pathologies are considered in order to permit specific and effective treatment. PMID:21991049

  14. Reconstructing accurate ToF-SIMS depth profiles for organic materials with differential sputter rates

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    Taylor, Adam J.; Graham, Daniel J.; Castner, David G.

    2015-01-01

    To properly process and reconstruct 3D ToF-SIMS data from systems such as multi-component polymers, drug delivery scaffolds, cells and tissues, it is important to understand the sputtering behavior of the sample. Modern cluster sources enable efficient and stable sputtering of many organics materials. However, not all materials sputter at the same rate and few studies have explored how different sputter rates may distort reconstructed depth profiles of multicomponent materials. In this study spun-cast bilayer polymer films of polystyrene and PMMA are used as model systems to optimize methods for the reconstruction of depth profiles in systems exhibiting different sputter rates between components. Transforming the bilayer depth profile from sputter time to depth using a single sputter rate fails to account for sputter rate variations during the profile. This leads to inaccurate apparent layer thicknesses and interfacial positions, as well as the appearance of continued sputtering into the substrate. Applying measured single component sputter rates to the bilayer films with a step change in sputter rate at the interfaces yields more accurate film thickness and interface positions. The transformation can be further improved by applying a linear sputter rate transition across the interface, thus modeling the sputter rate changes seen in polymer blends. This more closely reflects the expected sputtering behavior. This study highlights the need for both accurate evaluation of component sputter rates and the careful conversion of sputter time to depth, if accurate 3D reconstructions of complex multi-component organic and biological samples are to be achieved. The effects of errors in sputter rate determination are also explored. PMID:26185799

  15. Ensuring quality in the coding process: A key differentiator for the accurate interpretation of safety data

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    Nair, G. Jaya

    2013-01-01

    Medical coding and dictionaries for clinical trials have seen a wave of change over the past decade where emphasis on more standardized tools for coding and reporting clinical data has taken precedence. Coding personifies the backbone of clinical reporting as safety data reports primarily depend on the coded data. Hence, maintaining an optimum quality of coding is quintessential to the accurate analysis and interpretation of critical clinical data. The perception that medical coding is merely a process of assigning numeric/alphanumeric codes to clinical data needs to be revisited. The significance of quality coding and its impact on clinical reporting has been highlighted in this article. PMID:24010060

  16. Differential Diagnosis of Selective Mutism in Bilingual Children

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    Toppelberg, Claudio O.; Tabors, Patton; Coggins, Alissa; Lum, Kirk; Burger, Claudia

    2005-01-01

    Early diagnosis of selective mutism (SM) is an important concern. SM prevalence is higher than initially thought and at least three times higher in immigrant language minority children. Although the DSM-IV precludes diagnosing SM in immigrant children with limited language proficiency (as children acquiring a second language may normally undergo a…

  17. [Confusing clinical presentations and differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder].

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    Gorwood, P

    2004-01-01

    An early recognition of bipolar disorders may have an important impact on the prognosis of this disorder according to different mechanisms. Bipolar disorder is nevertheless not easy to detect, the diagnosis being correctly proposed after, in average more than a couple of Years and three different doctors assessments. A short delay before introducing the relevant treatment should help avoiding inappropriate treatments (prescribing, for example, neuroleptics for long periods, antidepressive drugs each time depressive symptoms occurs, absence of treatment despite mood disorders), with their associated negative impact such as mood-switching, rapid cycling or presence of chronic side-effects stigmates. Furthermore, non-treated mood disorders in bipolar disorder are longer, more stigmatizing and may be associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour and mortality. Lastly, compliance, an important factor regarding the long term prognosis of bipolar disorder, should be improved when there is a short delay between correct diagnosis and treatment and onset of the disorder. We therefore propose to review the literature for the different pitfalls involved in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Non-bipolar mood-disorders are frequently quoted as one of the alternative diagnosis. Hyperthymic temperament, side-effects of prescribed treatments and organic comorbid disorders may be involved. Bipolar disorders have a sex-ratio closer to 1 (men are thus more frequently of the bipolar type in mood-disorders), with earlier age at onset, and more frequent family history of suicidal attempts and bipolar disorder. Schizo-affective disorders are also a major concern regarding the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This is explained by flat affects sometimes close to anhedonia, presence of a schizoïd personality in bipolar disorder, persecutive hostility that can be considered to be related to irritability rather than a schizophrenic symptom. Rapid cycling, mixed episodes and short

  18. Differential diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive symptoms from delusions in schizophrenia: A phenomenological approach

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    Oulis, Panagiotis; Konstantakopoulos, George; Lykouras, Lefteris; Michalopoulou, Panayiota G

    2013-01-01

    Several studies suggest increased prevalence-rates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) and even of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in patients with schizophrenic disorders. Moreover, it has been recently proposed the existence of a distinct diagnostic sub-group of schizo-obsessive disorder. However, the further investigation of the OCS or OCD-schizophrenia diagnostic comorbidity presupposes the accurate clinical differential diagnosis of obsessions and compulsions from delusions and repetitive delusional behaviours, respectively. In turn, this could be facilitated by a careful comparative examination of the phenomenological features of typical obsessions/compulsions and delusions/repetitive delusional behaviours, respectively. This was precisely the primary aim of the present investigation. Our examination included seven features of obsessions/delusions (source of origin and sense of ownership of the thought, conviction, consistency with one’s belief-system, awareness of its inaccuracy, awareness of its symptomatic nature, resistance, and emotional impact) and five features of repetitive behaviours (aim of repetitive behaviours, awareness of their inappropriateness, awareness of their symptomatic nature, and their immediate effect on underlying thought, and their emotional impact). Several of these clinical features, if properly and empathically investigated, can help discriminate obsessions and compulsive rituals from delusions and delusional repetitive behaviours, respectively, in patients with schizophrenic disorders. We comment on the results of our examination as well as on those of another recent similar investigation. Moreover, we also address several still controversial issues, such as the nature of insight, the diagnostic status of poor insight in OCD, the conceptualization and differential diagnosis of compulsions from other categories of repetitive behaviours, as well as the diagnostic weight assigned to compulsions in contemporary psychiatric

  19. Observation-driven adaptive differential evolution and its application to accurate and smooth bronchoscope three-dimensional motion tracking.

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    Luo, Xiongbiao; Wan, Ying; He, Xiangjian; Mori, Kensaku

    2015-08-01

    This paper proposes an observation-driven adaptive differential evolution algorithm that fuses bronchoscopic video sequences, electromagnetic sensor measurements, and computed tomography images for accurate and smooth bronchoscope three-dimensional motion tracking. Currently an electromagnetic tracker with a position sensor fixed at the bronchoscope tip is commonly used to estimate bronchoscope movements. The large tracking error from directly using sensor measurements, which may be deteriorated heavily by patient respiratory motion and the magnetic field distortion of the tracker, limits clinical applications. How to effectively use sensor measurements for precise and stable bronchoscope electromagnetic tracking remains challenging. We here exploit an observation-driven adaptive differential evolution framework to address such a challenge and boost the tracking accuracy and smoothness. In our framework, two advantageous points are distinguished from other adaptive differential evolution methods: (1) the current observation including sensor measurements and bronchoscopic video images is used in the mutation equation and the fitness computation, respectively and (2) the mutation factor and the crossover rate are determined adaptively on the basis of the current image observation. The experimental results demonstrate that our framework provides much more accurate and smooth bronchoscope tracking than the state-of-the-art methods. Our approach reduces the tracking error from 3.96 to 2.89 mm, improves the tracking smoothness from 4.08 to 1.62 mm, and increases the visual quality from 0.707 to 0.741. PMID:25660001

  20. Validation of Standard and New Criteria for the Differential Diagnosis of Narrow QRS Tachycardia in Children and Adolescents

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    Deutsch, Karol; Stec, Sebastian; Kukla, Piotr; Morka, Aleksandra; Jastrzebski, Marek; Baszko, Artur; Pitak, Maciej; Sledz, Janusz; Fijorek, Kamil; Mazij, Mariusz; Ludwik, Bartosz; Gubaro, Marcin; Szydlowski, Leslaw

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To establish an appropriate treatment strategy and determine if ablation is indicated for patients with narrow QRS complex supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), analysis of a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is required, which can differentiate between the 2 most common mechanisms underlying SVT: atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) and orthodromic atrioventricular reentry tachycardia (OAVRT). Recently, new, highly accurate electrocardiographic criteria for the differential diagnosis of SVT in adults were proposed; however, those criteria have not yet been validated in a pediatric population. All ECGs were recorded during invasive electrophysiology study of pediatric patients (n = 212; age: 13.2 ± 3.5, range: 1–18; girls: 48%). We assessed the diagnostic value of the 2 new and 7 standard criteria for differentiating AVNRT from OAVRT in a pediatric population. Two of the standard criteria were found significantly more often in ECGs from the OAVRT group than from the AVNRT group (retrograde P waves [63% vs 11%, P < 0.001] and ST-segment depression in the II, III, aVF, V1–V6 leads [42% vs 27%; P < 0.05]), whereas 1 standard criterion was found significantly more often in ECGs from the AVNRT group than from the OAVRT group (pseudo r′ wave in V1 lead [39% vs 10%, P < 0.001]). The remaining 6 criteria did not reach statistical significance for differentiating SVT, and the accuracy of prediction did not exceed 70%. Based on these results, a multivariable decision rule to evaluate differential diagnosis of SVT was performed. These results indicate that both the standard and new electrocardiographic criteria for discriminating between AVNRT and OAVRT have lower diagnostic values in children and adolescents than in adults. A decision model based on 5 simple clinical and ECG parameters may predict a final diagnosis with better accuracy. PMID:26705217

  1. [Kala azar. Rare import and significant differential diagnosis].

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    Sudeck, H

    2006-08-01

    After traveling into regions endemic for leishmaniasis all patients presenting with generalized febrile symptoms, pancytopenia, hepatosplenomegaly and symptoms as well as laboratory parameters also seen in autoimmune diseases should be screened for leishmaniasis even after a longer time period. Doctors should bear in mind that especially immunosuppressed patients can present with atypical and abortive symptoms and that in this group of patients immune diagnosis is unreliable. A diagnosis of a lymphoma related only to the spleen should not be made and splenectomy must not be carried out before reliable exclusion of kala azar, using modern diagnostic tools like PCR. Patients should be referred to specialized centers e.g. institutes for tropical medicine and therapy must follow actual guidelines, such as the German guidelines published by the AWMF. PMID:16819655

  2. [Differential diagnosis from hyperglycemic ketoacidosis: pesticide poisoning. Clinical case].

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    Vélez, Paola; Paredes, Patricio; Fuenmayor, Frances

    2016-04-01

    Diabetic ketoacidosis in children causes serious morbidity and mortality, especially if it is not recognized on time in the initial diagnosis. However, there are other diseases that can appear to be a metabolic disorder of this kind and be ignored if it is not suspected. We present a clinical case with hyperglycemic ketoacidosis due to the contact with organophosphate; we had to use a continuous infusion of insulin to control the metabolic disorder without repercussions after the girl came home.

  3. Nonobstructive hydrocolpos due to vesicovaginal reflux: expanding the differential diagnosis.

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    Balani, Ankit; Alwala, Surendar; Kumar, D Anjani; Karnawat, Aruna; Marda, Sapna S; Zanke, Rajeshwari B

    2015-05-01

    We report the clinical details and imaging findings for a case of vesicovaginal reflux presenting as gross urocolpos in a 15-year-old female. Findings included a large fluid-filled vagina on full-bladder scan in the absence of any anatomical abnormality, which disappeared completely after micturition. It is important for radiologists to be aware of this entity as it is rarely encountered and leads to very confusing findings, which could result in an erroneous diagnosis. PMID:25724423

  4. The clinical recognition and differential diagnosis of Rett syndrome.

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    Trevathan, E; Naidu, S

    1988-01-01

    Rett syndrome (RS) is characterized by progressive loss of intellectual functioning and fine and gross motor skills as well as development of stereotypic hand movement abnormalities, occurring after 6 to 18 months of normal development. Rett syndrome has been previously reported only in girls, but the possibility of the syndrome existing in male children cannot be currently excluded. Although the syndrome is thought to be relatively common, it was only described in the English literature 5 years ago. There is currently no marker for the syndrome; diagnosis is based on clinical criteria. The newly developed diagnostic criteria for RS are reviewed, with special attention given to the historical aspects of the diagnosis in the prenatal, perinatal, neonatal, and early childhood periods. Rett syndrome is characterized by a predictable, orderly progression of signs and symptoms. Four stages of RS have been described; each stage has special characteristics and offers different diagnostic challenges for the neurologist. Infantile autism is the most common incorrect diagnosis made for children with RS. The simultaneous regression of both motor and language skills, as well as the stereotypic hand movements, hyperventilation, bruxism, and seizures in early childhood are all typical in RS and help distinguish RS from infantile autism.

  5. Differential Diagnosis of Severe Speech Disorders Using Speech Gestures

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    Bahr, Ruth Huntley

    2005-01-01

    The differentiation of childhood apraxia of speech from severe phonological disorder is a common clinical problem. This article reports on an attempt to describe speech errors in children with childhood apraxia of speech on the basis of gesture use and acoustic analyses of articulatory gestures. The focus was on the movement of articulators and…

  6. Differential Diagnosis of Children with Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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    Murray, Elizabeth; McCabe, Patricia; Heard, Robert; Ballard, Kirrie J.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The gold standard for diagnosing childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is expert judgment of perceptual features. The aim of this study was to identify a set of objective measures that differentiate CAS from other speech disorders. Method: Seventy-two children (4-12 years of age) diagnosed with suspected CAS by community speech-language…

  7. Vestibular papillomatosis: An important differential diagnosis of vulvar papillomas.

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    Ozkur, Ezgi; Falay, Tugba; Turgut Erdemir, Asli Vefa; Gurel, Mehmet Salih; Leblebici, Cem

    2016-01-01

    Most authors believe that vestibular papillomatosis (VP) is an anatomical variant of the vestibular mucosa. But VP is sometimes misdiagnosed as genital warts and this can lead to aggressive investigations, therapy, and anxiety in patients. We present a patient with VP. Dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) were performed to differentiate VP from other papilomatous diseases of the vulva. PMID:27136629

  8. [Differential diagnosis of squamous epithelial carcinoma of the salivary glands].

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    Seifert, G; Donath, K

    1998-05-01

    Primary squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the salivary glands are localized predominantly in the major salivary glands and must be distinguished from metastases of extraglandular SCC of the skin, especially the head and neck area. Squamous cell metaplasia in non-tumourous diseases of the salivary gland (e.g. necrotizing sialometaplasia) as well as in benign or malignant salivary gland tumours (e.g. metaplastic Warthin tumour) can simulate SCC. Other differential diagnostic problems are the structural variants of SCC which develop predominantly in the minor salivary glands, but not in the major salivary glands. Special types include the very rare adenoid SCC with pseudoglandular structures as the result of acantholysis, the biphasic adenosquamous carcinoma with differentiation as SCC and adenocarcinoma, the biphasic basaloid squamous carcinoma with a structure as SCC and solid basaloid carcinoma (analogous to the solid type of adenoid-cystic carcinoma) and the poorly differentiated mucoepidermoid carcinoma (grade III) with biphasic structure of undifferentiated epidermoid and intermediate cells as well as inclusion of small groups of mucous-producing goblet cells. The differential diagnostic criteria are analysed concerning prognosis and treatment.

  9. Scintigraphy for the diagnosis of testicular torsion and differential diagnosis of acute intrascrotal processes.

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    Romics, I; Wesseler, T; Bach, D

    1988-01-01

    Twenty-five patients suffering from acute painful testicular processes were subjected to scintigraphy. Testicular torsion in the early and delayed phases were diagnosed with 100% accuracy, but one out of 7 cases of epididymitis was wrongly recognized as negative. Interoperative diagnosis in two cases of hydatid torsion proved the foregoing scintigraphic finding to have been wrong. Nevertheless, scintigraphy was found to be reliable in testicular torsion diagnosis.

  10. A retroperitoneal bronchogenic cyst mimicking adrenal tumour in an adult: is differential diagnosis truly possible?

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    Onol, F F; Baytekin, F; Dikbas, O; Ergönenç, T; Tanidir, Y

    2009-02-01

    Bronchogenic cysts are developmental abnormalities of the primitive foregut resulting from aberrant budding from the ventral diverticulum. A retroperitoneal position for a bronchial cyst is extremely unusual and should be differentiated from other neoplastic lesions. Although histologically they can be differentiated from other lesions, bronchial cysts may show various pathological patterns of differentiation that may cause confusion in differentiating them from cystic teratomas. This is a case of a retroperitoneal bronchogenic cyst featuring uncommon histological findings, which raises the question whether these benign lesions can always be accurately differentiated from teratomatoid cystic neoplasms.

  11. Dynamic automated synovial imaging (DASI) for differential diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

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    Grisan, E.; Raffeiner, B.; Coran, A.; Rizzo, G.; Ciprian, L.; Stramare, R.

    2014-03-01

    Inflammatory rheumatic diseases are leading causes of disability and constitute a frequent medical disorder, leading to inability to work, high comorbidity and increased mortality. The gold-standard for diagnosing and differentiating arthritis is based on patient conditions and radiographic findings, as joint erosions or decalcification. However, early signs of arthritis are joint effusion, hypervascularization and synovial hypertrophy. In particular, vascularization has been shown to correlate with arthritis' destructive behavior, more than clinical assessment. Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) examination of the small joints is emerging as a sensitive tool for assessing vascularization and disease activity. The evaluation of perfusion pattern rely on subjective semiquantitative scales, that are able to capture the macroscopic degree of vascularization, but are unable to detect the subtler differences in kinetics perfusion parameters that might lead to a deeper understanding of disease progression and a better management of patients. We show that after a kinetic analysis of contrast agent appearance, providing the quantitative features characterizing the perfusion pattern of the joint, it is possible to accurately discriminate RA from PSA by building a random forest classifier on the computed features. We compare its accuracy with the assessment performed by expert radiologist blinded of the diagnosis.

  12. DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN Nocardia spp. AND Mycobacterium spp.: CRITICAL ASPECTS FOR BACTERIOLOGICAL DIAGNOSIS

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    Muricy, Edna Cleide Mendes; Lemes, Romilda Aparecida; Bombarda, Sidney; Ferrazoli, Lucilaine; Chimara, Erica

    2014-01-01

    New methodologies were developed for the identification of Nocardia but the initial diagnosis still requires a fast and accurate method, mainly due to the similarity to Mycobacterium, both clinical and bacteriologically. Growth on Löwenstein-Jensen (LJ) medium, presence of acid-fast bacilli through Ziehl-Neelsen staining, and colony morphology can be confusing aspects between Nocardia and Mycobacterium. This study describes the occurrence of Nocardia spp. in a mycobacterial-reference laboratory, observing the main difficulties in differentiating Nocardia spp. from Mycobacterium spp., and correlating isolates with nocardiosis cases. Laboratory records for the period between 2008 and 2012 were analyzed, and the isolates identified as Nocardia sp. or as non-acid-fast filamentous bacilli were selected. Epidemiological and bacteriological data were analyzed as well. Thirty-three isolates identified as Nocardia sp. and 22 as non-acid-fast bacilli were selected for this study, and represented 0.12% of isolates during the study period. The presumptive identification was based on macroscopic and microscopic morphology, resistance to lysozyme and restriction profiles using the PRA-hsp65 method. Nocardia spp. can grow on media for mycobacteria isolation (LJ and BBL MGIT™) and microscopy and colony morphology are very similar to some mycobacteria species. Seventeen patients (54.8%) were reported and treated for tuberculosis, but presented signs and symptoms of nocardiosis. It was concluded that the occurrence of Nocardia sp. during the study period was 0.12%. Isolates with characteristics of filamentous bacilli, forming aerial hyphae, with colonies that may be pigmented, rough and without the BstEII digestion pattern in PRA-hsp65 method are suggestive of Nocardia spp. For a mycobacterial routine laboratory, a flow for the presumptive identification of Nocardia is essential, allowing the use of more accurate techniques for the correct identification, proper treatment and

  13. Patient exposure in the basic science classroom enhances differential diagnosis formation and clinical decision-making.

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    Peacock, Justin G; Grande, Joseph P

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. The authors proposed that introducing real patients into a pathology classroom early in medical education would help integrate fundamental principles and disease pathology with clinical presentation and medical history. Methods. Three patients with different pathologies described their history and presentation without revealing their diagnosis. Students were required to submit a differential diagnosis in writing, and then were able to ask questions to arrive at the correct diagnosis. Students were surveyed on the efficacy of patient-based learning. Results. Average student scores on the differential diagnosis assignments significantly improved 32% during the course. From the survey, 72% of students felt that patient encounters should be included in the pathology course next year. Seventy-four percent felt that the differential diagnosis assignments helped them develop clinical decision-making skills. Seventy-three percent felt that the experience helped them know what questions to ask patients. Eighty-six percent felt that they obtained a better understanding of patients' social and emotional challenges. Discussion. Having students work through the process of differential diagnosis formulation when encountering a real patient and their clinical presentation improved clinical decision-making skills and integrated fundamental concepts with disease pathology during a basic science pathology course.

  14. Differential diagnosis of intrasellar tumors by computed tomography

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    Daniels, D.L.; Williams, A.L.; Thornton, R.S.; Meyer, G.A.; Cusick, J.F.; Haughton, V.M.

    1981-12-01

    The specificity of the computed tomography (CT) diagnosis of intrasellar adenoma has not been studied. We compared the CT findings in intrasellar meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, aneurysms, and metastases with those of pituitary adenomas. Calcification was a feature of intrasellar meningiomas, aneurysms, and craniopharyngiomas, but not a typical feature of adenomas. Low-density regions representing necrosis or cyst were found in most types of intrasellar tumors. Eccentricity, hyperostosis, and bone destruction were useful signs of aneurysm, meningioma, and metastasis, respectively. Since adenoma cannot always be distinghished from another intrasellar mass, angiography to demonstrate tumor angioarchitecture may be needed to characterize some neoplasms or to confirm an intrasellar aneurysm.

  15. A Rare Differential Diagnosis of a Solitary Anterior Neck Mass.

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    Saniasiaya, Jeyasakthy; Mohamad, Irfan

    2016-09-01

    Patients with anterior neck masses commonly present to otorhinolaryngology clinics, but there are limited differential diagnoses for such lesions. Common ones include thyroid nodule and thyroglossal duct cyst. In an elderly patient, a differentiated thyroid carcinoma should be suspected especially if it moves with swallowing. We encountered a typical presentation of a solitary thyroid nodule-like mass with the exception of pulsation in a 65-year-old female. Further investigation, using neck ultrasonography, revealed that it was a variant of right common carotid artery arising from the left common carotid artery. Knowledge of such variants is of great importance as ignorance of such a variation may lead to inadvertent surgical complications during procedures. PMID:27602195

  16. A Rare Differential Diagnosis of a Solitary Anterior Neck Mass

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    Saniasiaya, Jeyasakthy; Mohamad, Irfan

    2016-01-01

    Patients with anterior neck masses commonly present to otorhinolaryngology clinics, but there are limited differential diagnoses for such lesions. Common ones include thyroid nodule and thyroglossal duct cyst. In an elderly patient, a differentiated thyroid carcinoma should be suspected especially if it moves with swallowing. We encountered a typical presentation of a solitary thyroid nodule-like mass with the exception of pulsation in a 65-year-old female. Further investigation, using neck ultrasonography, revealed that it was a variant of right common carotid artery arising from the left common carotid artery. Knowledge of such variants is of great importance as ignorance of such a variation may lead to inadvertent surgical complications during procedures. Keywords Carotid Arteries. PMID:27602195

  17. A Rare Differential Diagnosis of a Solitary Anterior Neck Mass

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    Saniasiaya, Jeyasakthy; Mohamad, Irfan

    2016-01-01

    Patients with anterior neck masses commonly present to otorhinolaryngology clinics, but there are limited differential diagnoses for such lesions. Common ones include thyroid nodule and thyroglossal duct cyst. In an elderly patient, a differentiated thyroid carcinoma should be suspected especially if it moves with swallowing. We encountered a typical presentation of a solitary thyroid nodule-like mass with the exception of pulsation in a 65-year-old female. Further investigation, using neck ultrasonography, revealed that it was a variant of right common carotid artery arising from the left common carotid artery. Knowledge of such variants is of great importance as ignorance of such a variation may lead to inadvertent surgical complications during procedures. Keywords Carotid Arteries.

  18. Differential diagnosis of cerebral hemispheric pathology: multimodal approach.

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    Moritani, T; Smoker, W R K; Lee, H K; Sato, Y

    2011-06-01

    This article gives a comprehensive review and illustrations of the imaging features of various pathological conditions and clinical syndromes associated with cerebral hemispheric involvement. The various conditions are described and defined to provide a basis for the differential diagnostics. The hypotheses relating to the pathology of the various syndromes are discussed with special emphasis on excitotoxic mechanisms for explaining the subsequent cerebral hemiatrophy. PMID:21528369

  19. Bronchoalveolar lavage cell differential on microscope glass cover. A simple and accurate technique

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    Laviolette, M.; Carreau, M.; Coulombe, R.

    1988-08-01

    We describe a quick and easy technique to perform cell differentials on bronchoalveolar lavage: the microscope glass cover. Lavage fluids of 72 subjects were analyzed by 3 techniques: glass cover, filter, and cytocentrifuge preparations. Seventy-seven other lavages were analyzed by glass cover and cytocentrifuge preparations alone. Data for the 72 subjects studied by all 3 techniques showed that the cell counts on glass cover and filter preparations were similar, e.g., lymphocytes, 19.2% (range, 0.5 to 94%) and 20.9% (range, 3 to 95%), respectively (Spearman's correlation coefficient, 0.98). However, on cytocentrifuge preparations, lymphocyte counts were lower (8.3%; range, zero to 87%) and macrophage counts were higher (p less than 0.005). Comparison of glass cover and cytocentrifuge preparation mixtures with varying amounts (20 to 80%) of purified blood leukocytes labeled with 51Cr (greater than or equal to 72% lymphocytes) showed that a significant amount of radioactive cells was lost during the cytocentrifuge technique in contrast to the glass cover technique. Because neutrophils represented a low proportion of lavage cells, we also evaluated cell suspensions with known neutrophil contents (10 to 70%); we found no difference in neutrophil counts obtained with the 3 techniques. Lavage data analysis of 40 young nonsmoking volunteers showed that glass cover lymphocyte count was also higher than counts on cytocentrifuge preparations: 16.5% (range, 3 to 45%) and 8.2% (range, 2.5 to 35%), respectively. In this group, the distribution of glass cover lymphocyte percentages was normal (p = 0.21, chi 2 test), and the one-tailed 95% confidence interval was 18.6 to 34.7% (mean plus 1.65 standard deviation).

  20. Vertebral discitis after laparoscopic resection rectopexy: a rare differential diagnosis.

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    Probst, Pascal; Knoll, Sarah-Noemi; Breitenstein, Stefan; Karrer, Urs

    2014-01-01

    Vertebral discitis usually arises from haematogenous spread of pathogens to the discs and bones. Vertebral discitis can rarely occur as a complication after laparoscopic operations with fixating sutures on the promontory. We report the case of an 81-year-old woman who underwent a laparoscopic resection rectopexy because of rectal prolapse. Weeks after the operation, the patient developed lower back pain with radiation to both legs not responding to symptomatic therapy. Two months later, a magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine showed vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis. A fixation on the promontory may be sufficiently traumatic to the spine to pave the way for subsequent infection. A high index of suspicion should be raised in patients with persistent, severe back pain. Anamnesis, imageing and an adequate specimen from the affected area for microbiological analysis are crucial for timely diagnosis and appropriate management involving targeted and prolonged antimicrobial therapy.

  1. Vertebral discitis after laparoscopic resection rectopexy: a rare differential diagnosis

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    Probst, Pascal; Knoll, Sarah-Noemi; Breitenstein, Stefan; Karrer, Urs

    2014-01-01

    Vertebral discitis usually arises from haematogenous spread of pathogens to the discs and bones. Vertebral discitis can rarely occur as a complication after laparoscopic operations with fixating sutures on the promontory. We report the case of an 81-year-old woman who underwent a laparoscopic resection rectopexy because of rectal prolapse. Weeks after the operation, the patient developed lower back pain with radiation to both legs not responding to symptomatic therapy. Two months later, a magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine showed vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis. A fixation on the promontory may be sufficiently traumatic to the spine to pave the way for subsequent infection. A high index of suspicion should be raised in patients with persistent, severe back pain. Anamnesis, imageing and an adequate specimen from the affected area for microbiological analysis are crucial for timely diagnosis and appropriate management involving targeted and prolonged antimicrobial therapy. PMID:25084791

  2. Differential diagnosis of multiple vertebral compression: butterfly vertebrae

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    Ozaras, Nihal; Gumussu, Kevser; Demir, Saliha Eroglu; Rezvani, Aylin

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] A butterfly vertebra is a rare congenital anomaly resulting from a symmetric fusion defect. Only a few cases of butterfly vertebra have been described. This anomaly may be isolated or associated with Pfeiffer, Jarcho-Levins, Crouzon, or Alagille syndrome. [Subject and Methods] We herein describe a 38-year-old man who presented with neck and low back pain and was found to have butterfly vertebrae at the T9 and L3 levels. He also had Behçet’s disease and psoriasis. [Results] The patient’s symptoms improved with analgesics and physiotherapy. [Conclusion] To our knowledge, butterfly vertebrae at two levels have never been reported. Butterfly vertebrae may be confused with vertebral fractures in lateral radiographs, and awareness of this anomaly is important for a correct diagnosis. PMID:26696746

  3. Differential diagnosis of multiple vertebral compression: butterfly vertebrae.

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    Ozaras, Nihal; Gumussu, Kevser; Demir, Saliha Eroglu; Rezvani, Aylin

    2015-11-01

    [Purpose] A butterfly vertebra is a rare congenital anomaly resulting from a symmetric fusion defect. Only a few cases of butterfly vertebra have been described. This anomaly may be isolated or associated with Pfeiffer, Jarcho-Levins, Crouzon, or Alagille syndrome. [Subject and Methods] We herein describe a 38-year-old man who presented with neck and low back pain and was found to have butterfly vertebrae at the T9 and L3 levels. He also had Behçet's disease and psoriasis. [Results] The patient's symptoms improved with analgesics and physiotherapy. [Conclusion] To our knowledge, butterfly vertebrae at two levels have never been reported. Butterfly vertebrae may be confused with vertebral fractures in lateral radiographs, and awareness of this anomaly is important for a correct diagnosis. PMID:26696746

  4. Spontaneous fractures in the differential diagnosis of fractures in children.

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    Torwalt, Carla R; Balachandra, A Thambirajah; Youngson, Carol; de Nanassy, Joseph

    2002-11-01

    A four-year-old male with cerebral palsy and spasticity, as a result of a non-accidental head injury sustained when he was two years old, died of pneumonia. Postmortem full body X-rays revealed fractures of varying ages of the left humerus and both femora, tibiae, and fibulae. This led to a thorough investigation of the case by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Child abuse, accidents, metabolic bone disorders, other primary or secondary diseases of the bones, and pathological fractures were ruled out. The final diagnosis was spontaneous fractures secondary to osteopenia. The term spontaneous fractures is used to define fractures that occur without any known external cause, especially in cerebral palsy patients with spasticity.

  5. Hyperechoic breast lesions: anatomopathological correlation and differential sonographic diagnosis.

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    Medeiros, Marcelo Menezes; Graziano, Luciana; de Souza, Juliana Alves; Guatelli, Camila Souza; Poli, Miriam Rosalina B; Yoshitake, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    Hyperechoic lesions are not a frequent finding at breasts ultrasonography, and most of times are associated with benign pathologies that do not require further evaluation. However, some neoplasms such as invasive breast carcinomas and metastases may present with hyperechogenicity. Thus, the knowledge about differential diagnoses and identification of signs of lesion aggressiveness are of great relevance to avoid unnecessary procedures or underdiagnosis, and to support the correct clinical/surgical approach. On the basis of such concepts, the present essay describes and illustrates the main features of hyperechoic lesions at breast ultrasonography in different cases, with anatomopathological correlation.

  6. Hyperechoic breast lesions: anatomopathological correlation and differential sonographic diagnosis*

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    Medeiros, Marcelo Menezes; Graziano, Luciana; de Souza, Juliana Alves; Guatelli, Camila Souza; Poli, Miriam Rosalina B.; Yoshitake, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    Hyperechoic lesions are not a frequent finding at breasts ultrasonography, and most of times are associated with benign pathologies that do not require further evaluation. However, some neoplasms such as invasive breast carcinomas and metastases may present with hyperechogenicity. Thus, the knowledge about differential diagnoses and identification of signs of lesion aggressiveness are of great relevance to avoid unnecessary procedures or underdiagnosis, and to support the correct clinical/surgical approach. On the basis of such concepts, the present essay describes and illustrates the main features of hyperechoic lesions at breast ultrasonography in different cases, with anatomopathological correlation. PMID:26929460

  7. [Q fever : A rare differential diagnosis of granulomatous disease].

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    Hippe, S; Kellner, N; Seliger, G; Wiechmann, V; Grünewald, T

    2016-05-01

    Q fever is a worldwide distributed zoonotic disease with a mostly benign course, which regularly reoccurs in Germany. This report is about a patient with sporadic serologically proven Q fever, which also showed typical histopathological findings with nonspecific granulomatous hepatitis, usually seen in acute disease. The bone marrow biopsy revealed so-called doughnut granulomas, which are not pathognomonic but a typical finding in Q fever. This case report impressively underlines that the histomorphological findings can make a decisive contribution to the clarification by extended differential diagnostics, even though it plays a subordinate role in the routine diagnostics of disseminated Q fever. PMID:26919849

  8. A Case of Patch Stage of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Discussion of the Differential Diagnosis

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    Kak, Ipshita; Salama, Samih; Gohla, Gabriella; Naqvi, Asghar; Alowami, Salem

    2016-01-01

    A 55 year old HIV positive male had a skin lesion biopsy which showed atypical vascular proliferation within the superficial and deep dermis with mild atypia of lining endothelial cells. A sparse lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate surrounding the irregular vascular channels was noted. Immunohistochemistry highlighted the atypical blood vessels with the vascular markers CD31, CD34 and Factor VIII. The differential diagnosis included unusual vascular or lymphatic proliferations, stasis dermatitis, kaposiform hemangioendothelioma, progressive lymphangioma and angiosarcoma with focal Kaposi’s sarcoma features. Characteristic human herpes virus-8 positive staining helped support the diagnosis of patch stage of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Herein, we discuss the case findings, differential diagnosis and characteristic histological findings associated with the patch stage of Kaposi’s sarcoma which can be an elusive diagnosis. PMID:27134709

  9. Squamous Odontogenic Tumor: Literature Review Focusing on the Radiographic Features and Differential Diagnosis

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    Mardones, Nilson do Rosário; Gamba, Thiago de Oliveira; Flores, Isadora Luana; de Almeida, Solange Maria; Lopes, Sérgio Lúcio Pereira de Castro

    2015-01-01

    Since its first publication in 1975, the squamous odontogenic tumor remains the rarest odontogenic lesion, with around 50 cases in the English-language literature in which the microscopic characteristics are frequently very well demonstrated. However, articles which discuss the radiographic aspects are scarce, especially with emphasis on the differential diagnosis. The present treatise proposes an assessment of jaw lesions with the same radiographic characteristics of the squamous odontogenic tumor to clarify the main findings for dental clinicians during routine diagnosis. PMID:26140060

  10. A novel, integrated PET-guided MRS technique resulting in more accurate initial diagnosis of high-grade glioma.

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    Kim, Ellen S; Satter, Martin; Reed, Marilyn; Fadell, Ronald; Kardan, Arash

    2016-06-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and lethal malignant glioma in adults. Currently, the modality of choice for diagnosing brain tumor is high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast, which provides anatomic detail and localization. Studies have demonstrated, however, that MRI may have limited utility in delineating the full tumor extent precisely. Studies suggest that MR spectroscopy (MRS) can also be used to distinguish high-grade from low-grade gliomas. However, due to operator dependent variables and the heterogeneous nature of gliomas, the potential for error in diagnostic accuracy with MRS is a concern. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with (11)C-methionine (MET) and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) has been shown to add additional information with respect to tumor grade, extent, and prognosis based on the premise of biochemical changes preceding anatomic changes. Combined PET/MRS is a technique that integrates information from PET in guiding the location for the most accurate metabolic characterization of a lesion via MRS. We describe a case of glioblastoma multiforme in which MRS was initially non-diagnostic for malignancy, but when MRS was repeated with PET guidance, demonstrated elevated choline/N-acetylaspartate (Cho/NAA) ratio in the right parietal mass consistent with a high-grade malignancy. Stereotactic biopsy, followed by PET image-guided resection, confirmed the diagnosis of grade IV GBM. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of an integrated PET/MRS technique for the voxel placement of MRS. Our findings suggest that integrated PET/MRS may potentially improve diagnostic accuracy in high-grade gliomas.

  11. Differential diagnosis and therapeutic approach to periapical cysts in daily dental practice.

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    Gallego Romero, David; Torres Lagares, Daniel; GarcIa Calderón, Manuel; Romero Ruiz, Manuel María; Infante Cossio, Pedro; Gutiérrez Pérez, José Luis

    2002-01-01

    The diagnosis and therapeutic approach to periapical cysts is an extremely controversial concern for dentists. Furthermore, as this complaint represents the most frequent cystic lesion of the maxilla, together with the fact that its differential diagnosis with chronic apical periodontitis presents special difficulty, the question takes on even greater importance. The purpose of this article is to assess the validity of the various diagnostic techniques used to differentiate between both pathologies and make a critical analysis of the controversy surrounding the therapeutic approach to suspected periapical cysts through non-surgical and follow-up treatment, or surgical enucleation and histopathological analysis.

  12. Overactive bladder, differential diagnosis, and clinical utility of fesoterodine

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    Wyndaele, Jean-Jacques

    2012-01-01

    Overactive bladder is a symptom syndrome with urgency, frequency and, in many cases, nocturia. Urge incontinence is not present in all. There is no direct correlation with detrusor overactivity, an objective finding during urodynamic testing where involuntary contractions can be noticed. In the pathophysiology, much more attention has been given to the afferent/sensory arm of the micturition reflex in the last decade. Anatomical and infectious causes have to be diagnosed or ruled out. Diagnosis of overactive bladder is made mostly by history-taking, but other tests can be necessary in specific patients. Treatment consists of behavioral measures, a good explanation of the condition, training, and pelvic floor physiotherapy. Drugs are often used. Until recently, antimuscarinic drugs have been the mainstay of pharmacological therapy. Fesoterodine is a newer antimuscarinic agent which is more pharmacodynamically stable then tolterodine. Fesoterodine has been extensively researched using different dosages and compared with placebo and tolterodine, in different age groups, and under different conditions. Fesoterodine is superior to placebo and to tolterodine in the short term and long term. Its safety is very acceptable. PMID:23204858

  13. Non-celiac wheat sensitivity: differential diagnosis, triggers and implications.

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    Schuppan, Detlef; Pickert, Geethanjali; Ashfaq-Khan, Muhammad; Zevallos, Victor

    2015-06-01

    Non allergy-non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS) has become a common and often overrated diagnosis. Skepticism mainly relates to patients with prominent intestinal symptoms in the absence of general or intestinal signs of inflammation. There is consensus that the major wheat sensitivities, celiac disease and wheat allergy, have to be ruled out which may be difficult for wheat allergy. The non-inflammatory intolerances to carbohydrates, mainly lactose and FODMAPs (fermentable oligi-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols), which cause bloating or diarrhoea, can usually be excluded clinically or by simple tests. Recent studies and experimental data strongly indicate that NCWS exists in a substantial proportion of the population, that it is an innate immune reaction to wheat and that patients often present with extraintestinal symptoms, such as worsening of an underlying inflammatory disease in clear association with wheat consumption. Wheat amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) have been identified as the most likely triggers of NCWS. They are highly protease resistant and activate the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) complex in monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells of the intestinal mucosa. Non-gluten containing cereals or staples display no or little TLR4 stimulating activity. Wheat ATIs are a family of up to 17 similar proteins of molecular weights around 15 kD and represent 2-4% of the wheat protein. With oral ingestion they costimulate antigen presenting cells and promote T cell activation in celiac disease, but also in other immune-mediated diseases within and outside the GI tract.

  14. SAPHO syndrome in the differential diagnosis of metastasis.

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    Berenguer Francés, Miguel Ángel; Lafaurie Acevedo, Alejandro; Tormo Ferrero, Vicente; Cardenal Macia, Rafael; Andreu Martínez, Francisco José

    2016-01-01

    SAPHO syndrome was proposed in the late 80s in order to group different osteoarticular manifestations with specific radiological findings such as the hyperostosis of the front part of the chest wall. Prevalence, etiology and pathogenesis of the disease are unknown, while diagnosis is made both clinically and by the specific gammagraphic image of «bull horn» in the sternoclavicular joint. The following case of a 64-year-old woman diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the right breast pT1N0Mx is reported. When studying the extent of the disease, a gammagraphic image of diffuse blast injury in the sterna manubrium was evidenced, which allowed the suspicion of Paget's disease or metastatic injury. Study was completed with a chest CT in which manubrium sclerosis was evidenced, suggesting metástasis. Res ults of the studies pointed out SAPHO syndrome as the most likely diagnostic option. The low tumor stage of the patient prompted the idea of possible alternative diagnoses. A deeper knowledge of this clinical condition may be crucial to avoid mistakes when classifying a subject in more advanced tumor stages, and consequently, to prevent the use of more aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

  15. The lung in systemic vasculitis: radiological patterns and differential diagnosis.

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    Feragalli, Beatrice; Mantini, Cesare; Sperandeo, Marco; Galluzzo, Michele; Belcaro, Giovanni; Tartaro, Armando; Cotroneo, Antonio R

    2016-01-01

    The respiratory system may be involved in all systemic vasculitides, although with a variable frequency. The aim of our review is to describe radiographic and high-resolution CT (HRCT) findings of pulmonary vasculitides and to correlate radiological findings with pathological results. Lung disease is a common feature of antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody-associated small-vessel vasculitides, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's), eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss) and microscopic polyangiitis. Pulmonary involvement is less frequent in immune-complex-mediated small-vessel vasculitides, such as Behçet's disease and Goodpasture's syndrome. Pulmonary involvement associated to large-vessel (gigantocellular arteritis and Takayasu's disease) or medium-vessel (nodose polyarteritis and Kawasaki's disease) vasculitides is extremely rare. The present review describes the main clinical and radiological features of pulmonary vasculitides with major purpose to correlate HRCT findings (solitary or multiple nodules, cavitary lesions, micronodules with centrilobular or peribronchial distribution, airspace consolidations, "crazy paving", tracheobronchial involvement, interstitial disease) with pathological results paying particular attention to the description of acute life-threatening manifestations. A thorough medical history, careful clinical examination and the knowledge of radiological patterns are mandatory for a correct and early diagnosis. PMID:26876879

  16. SAPHO syndrome in the differential diagnosis of metastasis.

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    Berenguer Francés, Miguel Ángel; Lafaurie Acevedo, Alejandro; Tormo Ferrero, Vicente; Cardenal Macia, Rafael; Andreu Martínez, Francisco José

    2016-01-01

    SAPHO syndrome was proposed in the late 80s in order to group different osteoarticular manifestations with specific radiological findings such as the hyperostosis of the front part of the chest wall. Prevalence, etiology and pathogenesis of the disease are unknown, while diagnosis is made both clinically and by the specific gammagraphic image of «bull horn» in the sternoclavicular joint. The following case of a 64-year-old woman diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the right breast pT1N0Mx is reported. When studying the extent of the disease, a gammagraphic image of diffuse blast injury in the sterna manubrium was evidenced, which allowed the suspicion of Paget's disease or metastatic injury. Study was completed with a chest CT in which manubrium sclerosis was evidenced, suggesting metástasis. Res ults of the studies pointed out SAPHO syndrome as the most likely diagnostic option. The low tumor stage of the patient prompted the idea of possible alternative diagnoses. A deeper knowledge of this clinical condition may be crucial to avoid mistakes when classifying a subject in more advanced tumor stages, and consequently, to prevent the use of more aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. PMID:26617052

  17. [Tetanus: problems of differential diagnosis in the presence of contemporaneous administration of metoclopramide].

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    Gaspari, R; Mignani, V; Kovacs, A; Clemente, A; Visocchi, M; Proietti, R

    1996-12-01

    Here we report a clinical case concerning differential diagnosis between tetanus and metoclopramide intoxication. A 67 year old woman was admitted to our intensive care unit complaining of both trisma and four limbs hypertone soon after a massive metoclopramide bolus administration. The patient was affected by a chronicle renal insufficiency and a diagnosis of metoclopramide intoxication was made. The long lasting dystonic symptomatology together with respiratory insufficiency ruled out the hypothesis of drug overdose. The intensive care physicians would take into account that at least a 24 hours clinical observation is mandatory in order to perform a correct diagnosis. PMID:9102592

  18. [A survey of the current status of the differential diagnosis of amoebas in Mexico].

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    González-Ruiz, A

    1990-01-01

    The differential diagnostic criteria for the amebas parasitizing the human colon are described. The results of epidemiological studies carried out published in Mexico are discussed and the results of a survey performed in some hospitals in Mexico City on the current differential diagnosis of these parasites are reported. The findings showed that no carriers of E. hartmanni have been reported in the studies published in Mexico so far. However, no differentiation between E. histolytica and E. hartmanni is made in those hospitals according to the survey results. The possibility that in Mexico E. hartmanni is probably diagnosed as E. histolytica is discussed and as result the prevalence as asymptomatic intestinal amoebiasis is overestimated. The necessity of making the differential diagnosis between these parasites is emphasized. PMID:2089634

  19. [The application of sonography in the differential diagnosis of space-occupying renal lesions (author's transl)].

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    Frommhold, H; Doischwitz, D; Brühl, P

    1976-11-01

    Two dimensional ultrasound echography is a reliable method for demonstrating the topography of retroperitoneal space-occupoing lesions which causes little inconvenience to the patient. This is particularly the case in the upper abdomen, where the differentiation between renal, suprarenal, pancreatic and splenic lesions has been difficult. The criteria for the differential diagnosis of sonographic findings are described and discussed. Echography should be used before invasive methods, particularly angiography, are employed.

  20. Toward a Differential Diagnosis of Hidden Hearing Loss in Humans

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    Liberman, M. Charles; Epstein, Michael J.; Cleveland, Sandra S.; Wang, Haobing

    2016-01-01

    Recent work suggests that hair cells are not the most vulnerable elements in the inner ear; rather, it is the synapses between hair cells and cochlear nerve terminals that degenerate first in the aging or noise-exposed ear. This primary neural degeneration does not affect hearing thresholds, but likely contributes to problems understanding speech in difficult listening environments, and may be important in the generation of tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. To look for signs of cochlear synaptopathy in humans, we recruited college students and divided them into low-risk and high-risk groups based on self-report of noise exposure and use of hearing protection. Cochlear function was assessed by otoacoustic emissions and click-evoked electrocochleography; hearing was assessed by behavioral audiometry and word recognition with or without noise or time compression and reverberation. Both groups had normal thresholds at standard audiometric frequencies, however, the high-risk group showed significant threshold elevation at high frequencies (10–16 kHz), consistent with early stages of noise damage. Electrocochleography showed a significant difference in the ratio between the waveform peaks generated by hair cells (Summating Potential; SP) vs. cochlear neurons (Action Potential; AP), i.e. the SP/AP ratio, consistent with selective neural loss. The high-risk group also showed significantly poorer performance on word recognition in noise or with time compression and reverberation, and reported heightened reactions to sound consistent with hyperacusis. These results suggest that the SP/AP ratio may be useful in the diagnosis of “hidden hearing loss” and that, as suggested by animal models, the noise-induced loss of cochlear nerve synapses leads to deficits in hearing abilities in difficult listening situations, despite the presence of normal thresholds at standard audiometric frequencies. PMID:27618300

  1. Toward a Differential Diagnosis of Hidden Hearing Loss in Humans.

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    Liberman, M Charles; Epstein, Michael J; Cleveland, Sandra S; Wang, Haobing; Maison, Stéphane F

    2016-01-01

    Recent work suggests that hair cells are not the most vulnerable elements in the inner ear; rather, it is the synapses between hair cells and cochlear nerve terminals that degenerate first in the aging or noise-exposed ear. This primary neural degeneration does not affect hearing thresholds, but likely contributes to problems understanding speech in difficult listening environments, and may be important in the generation of tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. To look for signs of cochlear synaptopathy in humans, we recruited college students and divided them into low-risk and high-risk groups based on self-report of noise exposure and use of hearing protection. Cochlear function was assessed by otoacoustic emissions and click-evoked electrocochleography; hearing was assessed by behavioral audiometry and word recognition with or without noise or time compression and reverberation. Both groups had normal thresholds at standard audiometric frequencies, however, the high-risk group showed significant threshold elevation at high frequencies (10-16 kHz), consistent with early stages of noise damage. Electrocochleography showed a significant difference in the ratio between the waveform peaks generated by hair cells (Summating Potential; SP) vs. cochlear neurons (Action Potential; AP), i.e. the SP/AP ratio, consistent with selective neural loss. The high-risk group also showed significantly poorer performance on word recognition in noise or with time compression and reverberation, and reported heightened reactions to sound consistent with hyperacusis. These results suggest that the SP/AP ratio may be useful in the diagnosis of "hidden hearing loss" and that, as suggested by animal models, the noise-induced loss of cochlear nerve synapses leads to deficits in hearing abilities in difficult listening situations, despite the presence of normal thresholds at standard audiometric frequencies. PMID:27618300

  2. [Thrombocytosis versus thrombocythemia--differential diagnosis of elevated platelet count].

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    Thiele, J; Kvasnicka, H M

    2000-01-01

    Differentiation of an elevated, repeatedly determined platelet count (> or =500x10(9)/l) includes the discrimination between reactive causes generated by a variety of underlying conditions and a neoplastic myeloproliferative disorder (CMPD). In addition to clinical findings, the evolution of laboratory data during follow-up and histology of the bone marrow exerts a significant diagnostic impact. Characteristic features are not only expressed by hematopoiesis, but also by the myeloid stromal compartment. While the megakaryocyte-rich subtype of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and the 5q(-) syndrome (MDS) are dominated by abnormal micromegakaryocytes, in polycythemia vera (PV) this cell lineage reveals a pleomorphous appearance. In essential thrombocythemia (ET), a prevalence of giant megakaryocytes with deeply lobulated (staghorn-like) nuclei may be encountered. A clear-cut discrimination of ET from early (hypercellular) stages of idiopathic (primary) myelofibrosis (IMF) presenting with thrombocythemia becomes possible, provided the conspicuous atypical features of megakaryopoiesis characterizing the latter entity are taken into account. Moreover, CML displays a predominance of the granulocytic lineage whereas PV shows a panmyelosis or trilineage proliferation, involving erythropoiesis, in particular. In contrast, erythropoiesis is markedly reduced in CML and to a lesser degree also in IMF. In CMPDs extreme values of iron deposits may be found, ranging from a total lack (PV) to minor amounts (CML) and a normal staining reaction (ET). Similar results are exhibited regarding reticulin fibrosis, which is usually not present in ET, rarely observed in PV and detectable to a variable degree in CML and IMF.

  3. Orbital complications in children: differential diagnosis of a challenging disease.

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    Welkoborsky, Hans-J; Graß, Sylvia; Deichmüller, Cordula; Bertram, Oliver; Hinni, Michael L

    2015-05-01

    improve or worsening of clinical symptoms during 24 h of therapy, signs for subperiostal abscess in CT scan, and/or vision loss. Patients with infectous orbital complications had fever, elevated CRP and white blood cell counts. This symptom complex is key in making the correct diagnosis. Interestingly, 61 % of patients in this study demonstrated non-sinusitis related diseases leading to acute orbital swelling, which also required prompt recognition and appropriate therapy. PMID:25056021

  4. Differential diagnosis of BPOP arising in relation to patella

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    Pal, Jitendra Nath; Kar, Maitreyee; Hazra, Sunit; Basu, Anindya

    2015-01-01

    bizarre parosteal osteochondromatous proliferation’. There is no recurrence in five years of follow up. Conclusion: When exostosis like lesions arise from unusual site and at an unusual age group, other rare conditions need to be investigated. Though the final diagnosis of BPOP is obtained after careful histo-pathological examination, the clinico-radiological findings are also relevant. As literature search indicates, this is possibly second incidence where BPOP arised from sesamoid bone and first from patella. PMID:27299085

  5. Differential diagnosis in inflammatory bowel disease colitis: state of the art and future perspectives.

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    Tontini, Gian Eugenio; Vecchi, Maurizio; Pastorelli, Luca; Neurath, Markus F; Neumann, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Distinction between Crohn's disease of the colon-rectum and ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) type unclassified can be of pivotal importance for a tailored clinical management, as each entity often involves specific therapeutic strategies and prognosis. Nonetheless, no gold standard is available and the uncertainty of diagnosis may frequently lead to misclassification or repeated examinations. Hence, we have performed a literature search to address the problem of differential diagnosis in IBD colitis, revised current and emerging diagnostic tools and refined disease classification strategies. Nowadays, the differential diagnosis is an untangled issue, and the proper diagnosis cannot be reached in up to 10% of patients presenting with IBD colitis. This topic is receiving emerging attention, as medical therapies, surgical approaches and leading prognostic outcomes require more and more disease-specific strategies in IBD patients. The optimization of standard diagnostic approaches based on clinical features, biomarkers, radiology, endoscopy and histopathology appears to provide only marginal benefits. Conversely, emerging diagnostic techniques in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy, molecular pathology, genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics and proteomics have already shown promising results. Novel advanced endoscopic imaging techniques and biomarkers can shed new light for the differential diagnosis of IBD, better reflecting diverse disease behaviors based on specific pathogenic pathways. PMID:25574078

  6. Differential Diagnosis and Intervention of Proximal Median Nerve Entrapment: A Resident's Case Problem.

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    Bair, Marcus R; Gross, Michael T; Cooke, Jennifer R; Hill, Carla H

    2016-09-01

    Study Design Resident's case problem. Background Entrapment neuropathies represent a diagnostic challenge and require a comprehensive understanding of the nerve's path and the anatomical structures that may cause compression of the nerve. This resident's case problem details the evaluation and differential diagnosis process for median nerve entrapment resulting from forceful and repetitive pronation/supination motions. Diagnosis Median nerve compression syndromes include pronator syndrome, anterior interosseous nerve syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. A cluster of clinical special tests were performed to determine the anatomical site of median nerve entrapment. Based on the patient's history and clinical test results, a diagnosis of pronator syndrome was determined. Provocation testing specific to pronator syndrome assisted with further localizing the site of entrapment to the pronator teres muscle, which guided effective management strategies. Discussion This resident's case problem illustrates the importance of detailed anatomical knowledge and a differential diagnostic process when evaluating a patient with signs and symptoms of an entrapment neuropathy of the median nerve. Electrodiagnostic studies are useful in ruling out carpal tunnel and anterior interosseous nerve syndromes, but are often inconclusive in cases of pronator syndrome. Therefore, a diagnosis of pronator syndrome in this case problem was based on a detailed understanding of median nerve anatomy, potential sites of compression, and unique clinical features associated with this condition. Level of Evidence Differential diagnosis, level 4. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2016;46(9):800-808. Epub 5 Aug 2016. doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.6723. PMID:27494058

  7. Differential diagnosis in inflammatory bowel disease colitis: State of the art and future perspectives

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    Tontini, Gian Eugenio; Vecchi, Maurizio; Pastorelli, Luca; Neurath, Markus F; Neumann, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Distinction between Crohn’s disease of the colon-rectum and ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) type unclassified can be of pivotal importance for a tailored clinical management, as each entity often involves specific therapeutic strategies and prognosis. Nonetheless, no gold standard is available and the uncertainty of diagnosis may frequently lead to misclassification or repeated examinations. Hence, we have performed a literature search to address the problem of differential diagnosis in IBD colitis, revised current and emerging diagnostic tools and refined disease classification strategies. Nowadays, the differential diagnosis is an untangled issue, and the proper diagnosis cannot be reached in up to 10% of patients presenting with IBD colitis. This topic is receiving emerging attention, as medical therapies, surgical approaches and leading prognostic outcomes require more and more disease-specific strategies in IBD patients. The optimization of standard diagnostic approaches based on clinical features, biomarkers, radiology, endoscopy and histopathology appears to provide only marginal benefits. Conversely, emerging diagnostic techniques in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy, molecular pathology, genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics and proteomics have already shown promising results. Novel advanced endoscopic imaging techniques and biomarkers can shed new light for the differential diagnosis of IBD, better reflecting diverse disease behaviors based on specific pathogenic pathways. PMID:25574078

  8. [The morphology and differential diagnosis of neuroglial heterotopias and related tumors].

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    Shelekhova, K V; Sokolova, I A; Kazakov, D V; Michal, M

    2009-01-01

    The paper reviews the data available in the literature and a clinicomorphological analysis of 15 cases of neuroglial heteropias and related tumors retrieved from the joint databases of Sikl's Department of Pathology, Pilsen, Czech Republic, and the Department of Pathology, Petrov Oncology Institute, with emphasis on the histological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural features, as well as differential diagnosis.

  9. Novel tools for the diagnosis and differentiation of acute and chronic bovine besnoitiosis

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    Diagnosis of acute bovine besnoitiosis is a major diagnostic problem. We developed diagnostic tests to serologically diagnose and differentiate acute and chronic cases of bovine besnoitiosis using affinity purified antigens of Besnoitia besnoiti tachyzoites in immunoblots and in both, a conventional...

  10. Assessment of Differential Item Functioning under Cognitive Diagnosis Models: The DINA Model Example

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    Li, Xiaomin; Wang, Wen-Chung

    2015-01-01

    The assessment of differential item functioning (DIF) is routinely conducted to ensure test fairness and validity. Although many DIF assessment methods have been developed in the context of classical test theory and item response theory, they are not applicable for cognitive diagnosis models (CDMs), as the underlying latent attributes of CDMs are…

  11. Identification and Differential Diagnosis of Developmental Speech Problems in a Bilingual Child

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    Tzivinikou, Sotiria

    2005-01-01

    The present, multi-method (methodological triangulation), case study aimed to investigate whether it is possible to obtain a differential diagnosis between the speech problems derived from bilingualism, and the developmental speech problems of an Albanian eight-year-old boy who attended a public primary school in Greece. Although there existed…

  12. Subdiaphragmatic foregut cyst: case report, differential diagnosis, and review of the literature.

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    Galan, Kristin; Myers, Jonathan A; Deziel, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    Foregut-derived cysts are uncommon lesions, particularly when located below the diaphragm. When so encountered, they enter into the differential diagnosis of upper retroperitoneal masses. We report a case of such a lesion presenting as a pancreatic mass and review the current literature on this topic.

  13. Estimation of Fractal Dimension in Differential Diagnosis of Pigmented Skin Lesions

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    Aralica, Gorana; Milošević, Danko; Konjevoda, Paško; Seiwerth, Sven; Štambuk, Nikola

    Medical differential diagnosis is a method of identifying the presence of a particular entity (disease) within a set of multiple possible alternatives. The significant problem in dermatology and pathology is the differential diagnosis of malignant melanoma and other pigmented skin lesions, especially of dysplastic nevi. Malignant melanoma is the most malignant skin neoplasma, with increasing incidence in various parts of the world. It is hoped that the methods of quantitative pathology, i.e. morphometry, can help objectification of the diagnostic process, since early discovery of melanoma results in 10-year survival rate of 90%. The aim of the study was to use fractal dimension calculated from the perimeter-area relation of the cell nuclei as a tool for the differential diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions. We analyzed hemalaun-eosin stained pathohistological slides of pigmented skin lesions: intradermal naevi (n = 45), dysplastic naevi (n = 47), and malignant melanoma (n = 50). It was found that fractal dimension of malignant melanoma cell nuclei differs significantly from the intradermal and dysplastic naevi (p ≤ 0. 001, Steel-Dwass Multiple Comparison Test). Additionaly, ROC analysis confirmed the value of fractal dimension based evaluation. It is suggested that the estimation of fractal dimension from the perimeter-area relation of the cell nuclei may be a potentially useful morphometric parameter in the medical differential diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions.

  14. [Tularemia lymphadenitis. An emerging differential diagnosis of necrotizing granulomatous cervical lymphadenitis].

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    Strehl, J; Schoerner, C; Hartmann, A; Agaimy, A

    2014-03-01

    Tularemia is emerging as an important differential diagnosis of necrotizing granulomatous lymphadenitis, particularly in the head and neck region. The causal organism, Francisella tularensis is a Gram-negative coccoid bacterium. Tularemia usually presents with necrotizing granulomatous purulent lymphadenitis featuring multiple mostly small granulomas with geographic necrosis bordered by palisades of histiocytes. Diagnosis is mainly based on these characteristic but non-pathognomonic histological features in conjunction with negative tests for mycobacterial infections and serological confirmation of tularemia-specific antibodies or detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This article describes our experiences with five patients with tularemia lymphadenitis and gives an overview of the diverse histopathological features and the differential diagnosis of this uncommon but possibly underrecognized disease.

  15. The Potential of Gait Analysis to Contribute to Differential Diagnosis of Early Stage Dementia: Current Research and Future Directions

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    Morgan, Debra; Funk, Melanie; Crossley, Margaret; Basran, Jenny; Kirk, Andrew; Bello-Haas, Vanina Dal

    2007-01-01

    Early differential diagnosis of dementia is becoming increasingly important as new pharmacologic therapies are developed, as these treatments are not equally effective for all types of dementia. Early detection and differential diagnosis also facilitates informed family decision making and timely access to appropriate services. Information about…

  16. Borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder: Practical differential diagnosis.

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    Kernberg, Otto F; Yeomans, Frank E

    2013-01-01

    The challenge of accurate diagnosis remains at the heart of good psychiatric treatment. In the current state of psychiatry, a confluence of forces has increased this challenge for the clinician. These include practical pressures-such as limited time for diagnostic evaluation, the question of what is reimbursed by insurance, and the issue of directing patients to acute treatments-and also trends in nosology, such as the descriptive focus on signs and symptoms in the current official diagnostic system. The authors offer observations that we hope will help clinicians who have to make difficult diagnostic differentiations often under pressured circumstances. The paper is motivated both by the high frequency of diagnostic errors observed under such conditions and also by the belief that considering symptoms in the context of the patient's sense of self, quality of interpersonal relations, and level of functioning over time will help guide the diagnostic process.

  17. Cone beam computed tomography in the differential diagnosis of mental neuropathy (numb chin syndrome) in metastatic colon cancer.

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    Friedrich, Reinhard E; Heiland, Max; Assaf, Alexandre T; Riecke, Björn

    2013-04-01

    Neuropathy of the mental nerve, also referred to as numb chin syndrome (NCS), is a rare finding that demands for accurate differential diagnosis and therapy. This is a report of two patients with a history of colonic cancer, who experienced a progressive hypaesthesia of one side of the corner of the mouth, lower lip and chin, associated with intermittent phases of pain some weeks prior to admission to hospital. Orthopantomograms were insufficient to disclose the relationship between the osseous lesion and the nerve canal. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) clearly disclosed the widely spreading, in-growing tumour of the mandible and the affection of the canal's boundary. CBCT is recommended as the imaging modality of primary choice to disclose apparent osseous affections of the mandibular canal and foramina associated with NCS, in particular in the diagnostics of outpatients admitted to specialized clinics and in the dental office.

  18. Differential diagnosis between Crohn’s disease and intestinal tuberculosis using integrated parameters including clinical manifestations, T-SPOT, endoscopy and CT enterography

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    Zhang, Tianyu; Fan, Rong; Wang, Zhengting; Hu, Shurong; Zhang, Maochen; Lin, Yun; Tang, Yonghua; Zhong, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aim of the study was to evaluate clinical manifestations, T-SPOT, endoscopy and CT enterography to differentiate Crohn’s disease (CD) from intestinal tuberculosis (ITB). Methods: 128 in patients with suspected CD and ITB were prospectively enrolled in the study. Demographic, clinical, laboratory, endoscopic and CT enterographic data were collected. After treatment for 6 months, when a definite diagnosis was reached, the differential diagnostic value of each parameter was analyzed. Multivariable logistic regression was used to analyze further, parameters of statistical significance to establish a mathematical regression equation. Receiver operating characteristic curves were plotted. Results: Clinical parameters helpful in differentiating CD from ITB included diarrhea, night sweat and perianal disease. Endoscopic parameters were useful in differentiating CD from ITB including transverse ulcers, longitudinal ulcers, rodent-like ulcers and patulous ileocecal valve. CT enterographic parameters aided the identification of the two conditions. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of a mathematical regression model established for 6 parameters of clinical endoscopy and CT enterography were 97.8%, 96.8%, 97.6%, 98.9% and 93.7% respectively, whereas those for T-SPOT were 96.8%, 91.3%, 92.7%, 78.9% and 98.8% respectively. Conclusions: T-SPOT is useful to exclude a diagnosis of ITB. Differentiating CD from ITB is a difficult clinical problem that requires a consideration of clinical, T-SPOT, endoscopic and CT enterographic parameters for accurate diagnosis. PMID:26770348

  19. Thyroid spindle epithelial tumor with thymus-like differentiation (SETTLE): is cytopathological diagnosis possible?

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    Kloboves-Prevodnik, Veronika; Jazbec, Janez; Us-Krasovec, Marija; Lamovec, Janez

    2002-05-01

    Spindle epithelial tumor with thymus-like differentiation (SETTLE) is a rare tumor of the thyroid gland which occurs predominantly in children, adolescents, and young adults. It usually presents as a painless neck or thyroid mass and only exceptionally as a diffusely enlarged thyroid gland, without metastatic disease at diagnosis. We report on the case of 12-yr-old girl who had diffusely enlarged thyroid gland for about 1 yr and was initially treated for thyroiditis. Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) was performed 8 mo after the first admission. Cytological examination of smears showed unusual morphological features. FNAB smears were cellular, with dissociated cells, naked oval nuclei, aggregates, and groups. Three main cell types were observed: spindle, epithelioid, and epithelial. These cells were uniform, cytologically bland, with few mitotic figures. The distinction between these cells was not always unequivocal. In the background of the smears abundant red extracellular material in the form of fine, dust-like granules and irregular patches were present. It was also observed in some aggregates and groups of tumor cells. Spindle and epithelioid cells were immunocytochemically diffusely pan-cytokeratin-positive. In the differential diagnosis, medullary thyroid carcinoma and SETTLE were suggested. The final histological diagnosis was SETTLE. In cases of SETTLE presented as a diffuse thyromegaly the correct diagnosis may be delayed because clinically and ultrasonographically thyroiditis is suspected. To avoid such a delay, FNAB should be used preoperatively. It can provide specific cytological diagnosis based on morphological features and certain immunocytochemical characteristics of the tumor.

  20. Lung cancer differential diagnosis based on the computer assisted radiology: The state of the art

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    Sprindzuk, M.V.; Kovalev, V.A.; Snezhko, E.V.; Kharuzhyk, S.A.

    2010-01-01

    Summary The concepts of the modern computer-aided diagnosis (CAD), the methods of pulmonary nodules detection and facts derived from the available literature on the pulmonary nodule differential CAD topic are compiled in one source and described in some details. Several issues of the lung cancer epidemiology and an early diagnosis are discussed. The analysis of the performed research shows an evidence that various CAD systems can be successfully applied for chest radiographs, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET). These modalities can serve as a useful tool for a practicing medical professional facing the burden of a routine diagnostic job. PMID:22802764

  1. Lung cancer differential diagnosis based on the computer assisted radiology: The state of the art.

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    Sprindzuk, M V; Kovalev, V A; Snezhko, E V; Kharuzhyk, S A

    2010-01-01

    The concepts of the modern computer-aided diagnosis (CAD), the methods of pulmonary nodules detection and facts derived from the available literature on the pulmonary nodule differential CAD topic are compiled in one source and described in some details. Several issues of the lung cancer epidemiology and an early diagnosis are discussed. The analysis of the performed research shows an evidence that various CAD systems can be successfully applied for chest radiographs, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET). These modalities can serve as a useful tool for a practicing medical professional facing the burden of a routine diagnostic job. PMID:22802764

  2. [Cat Scratch Disease as a differential diagnosis in a patient with swelling in the groin].

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    Makki, Ahmad; Murra, May; Sommer, Thorbjørn

    2014-08-11

    at Scratch Disease is caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae and presents in patients exposed to a scratch/bite from cats. We present a case with a 12-year-old boy with an enlarged inguinal lymph node, initially suspected to be a femoral hernia by ultrasonography. Histologic examination of an inguinal lymph node showed necrosis and B. henselae infection. It is important with a thorough anamnesis including any history of animal bites/scratch and it should be kept in mind as a differential diagnosis in patients with swelling in the groin, despite the rare diagnosis of this disease.

  3. [The differential diagnosis of focal formations in the liver by using ultrasonography].

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    Orlova, L P; Vavilova, T I

    1994-01-01

    The results of hepatic ultrasonography were analyzed for 460 patients who had been treated surgically for cancer of the rectum. These were compared to histological evidence on the removed macropreparation and on intraoperative revision of the liver. Six types of the metastases were recognized to facilitate differential diagnosis of cancer with benign hepatic tumors, abscesses and focal fat dystrophy. Ultrasound semiotics of hemangioma, abscess, hepatic cyst is presented. Ultrasound accuracy in diagnosis of hepatic metastases reached 95%. It is shown that metastases of the same tumor type have different structure which may be related to the tumor histology and duration of the disease.

  4. Oncocytic variant of poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma: “Is diagnosis possible by fine-needle aspiration?”

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    Onenerk, Mine; Canberk, Sule; Gunes, Pembegul; Erkan, Murat; Kilicoglu, Gamze Z.

    2016-01-01

    Poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma (PDTC) is a very rare entity, and the diagnosis can be made on histopathology specimens. However, recognition of characteristic features of PDTC is significant on fine-needle aspirations (FNAs) to differentiate this entity from well-differentiated and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas. Here, we present an FNA case concordant with “oncocytic variant of PDTC” and discuss whether definitive diagnosis can be given on FNAs to assess the prognosis in clinically inoperable patients. PMID:27761148

  5. Analysis and accurate reconstruction of incomplete data in X-ray differential phase-contrast computed tomography.

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    Fu, Jian; Tan, Renbo; Chen, Liyuan

    2014-01-01

    X-ray differential phase-contrast computed tomography (DPC-CT) is a powerful physical and biochemical analysis tool. In practical applications, there are often challenges for DPC-CT due to insufficient data caused by few-view, bad or missing detector channels, or limited scanning angular range. They occur quite frequently because of experimental constraints from imaging hardware, scanning geometry, and the exposure dose delivered to living specimens. In this work, we analyze the influence of incomplete data on DPC-CT image reconstruction. Then, a reconstruction method is developed and investigated for incomplete data DPC-CT. It is based on an algebraic iteration reconstruction technique, which minimizes the image total variation and permits accurate tomographic imaging with less data. This work comprises a numerical study of the method and its experimental verification using a dataset measured at the W2 beamline of the storage ring DORIS III equipped with a Talbot-Lau interferometer. The numerical and experimental results demonstrate that the presented method can handle incomplete data. It will be of interest for a wide range of DPC-CT applications in medicine, biology, and nondestructive testing.

  6. Brain MR Contribution to the Differential Diagnosis of Parkinsonian Syndromes: An Update

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    De Blasi, Roberto; Grasso, Daniela; Savica, Rodolfo

    2016-01-01

    Brain magnetic resonance (MR) represents a useful and feasible tool for the differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Conventional MR may reveal secondary forms of parkinsonism and may show peculiar brain alterations of atypical parkinsonian syndromes. Furthermore, advanced MR techniques, such as morphometric-volumetric analyses, diffusion-weighted imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, tractography, proton MR spectroscopy, and iron-content sensitive imaging, have been used to obtain quantitative parameters useful to increase the diagnostic accuracy. Currently, many MR studies have provided both qualitative and quantitative findings, reflecting the underlying neuropathological pattern of the different degenerative parkinsonian syndromes. Although the variability in the methods and results across the studies limits the conclusion about which technique is the best, specific radiologic phenotypes may be identified. Qualitative/quantitative MR changes in the substantia nigra do not discriminate between different parkinsonisms. In the absence of extranigral abnormalities, the diagnosis of PD is more probable, whereas basal ganglia changes (mainly in the putamen) suggest the diagnosis of an atypical parkinsonian syndrome. In this context, changes in pons, middle cerebellar peduncles, and cerebellum suggest the diagnosis of MSA, in midbrain and superior cerebellar peduncles the diagnosis of PSP, and in whole cerebral hemispheres (mainly in frontoparietal cortex with asymmetric distribution) the diagnosis of Corticobasal Syndrome. PMID:27774334

  7. Histopathology of drug eruptions – general criteria, common patterns, and differential diagnosis

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    Weyers, Wolfgang; Metze, Dieter

    2011-01-01

    Drug eruptions are among the most common inflammatory diseases of the skin and also among those biopsied most often. Yet, the value of histopathologic examination of drug eruptions has often been disputed. One reason is that the spectrum of histopathologic changes in drug eruptions is broad. Nevertheless, each histopathologic pattern assumed by drug eruptions has a limited number of differential diagnoses, and numerous criteria and clues are available to distinguish drug eruptions from other diseases associated with those patterns. By recognition of common patterns, consideration of differential diagnoses, and attention to distinct clues, a histopathologic diagnosis of drug eruption can usually be made with confidence. PMID:24396718

  8. Common recessive limb girdle muscular dystrophies differential diagnosis: why and how?

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    Cotta, Ana; Carvalho, Elmano; da-Cunha-Júnior, Antonio Lopes; Paim, Júlia Filardi; Navarro, Monica M; Valicek, Jaquelin; Menezes, Miriam Melo; Nunes, Simone Vilela; Xavier Neto, Rafael; Takata, Reinaldo Issao; Vargas, Antonio Pedro

    2014-09-01

    Limb girdle muscular dystrophies are heterogeneous autosomal hereditary neuromuscular disorders. They produce dystrophic changes on muscle biopsy and they are associated with mutations in several genes involved in muscular structure and function. Detailed clinical, laboratorial, imaging, diagnostic flowchart, photographs, tables, and illustrated diagrams are presented for the differential diagnosis of common autosomal recessive limb girdle muscular dystrophy subtypes diagnosed nowadays at one reference center in Brazil. Preoperative image studies guide muscle biopsy site selection. Muscle involvement image pattern differs depending on the limb girdle muscular dystrophy subtype. Muscle involvement is conspicuous at the posterior thigh in calpainopathy and fukutin-related proteinopathy; anterior thigh in sarcoglycanopathy; whole thigh in dysferlinopathy, and telethoninopathy. The precise differential diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophies is important for genetic counseling, prognostic orientation, cardiac and respiratory management. Besides that, it may probably, in the future, provide specific genetic therapies for each subtype.

  9. A differential diagnosis of inherited endocrine tumors and their tumor counterparts

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    Toledo, Sergio P. A.; Lourenço, Delmar M.; Toledo, Rodrigo A.

    2013-01-01

    Inherited endocrine tumors have been increasingly recognized in clinical practice, although some difficulties still exist in differentiating these conditions from their sporadic endocrine tumor counterparts. Here, we list the 12 main topics that could add helpful information and clues for performing an early differential diagnosis to distinguish between these conditions. The early diagnosis of patients with inherited endocrine tumors may be performed either clinically or by mutation analysis in at-risk individuals. Early detection usually has a large impact in tumor management, allowing preventive clinical or surgical therapy in most cases. Advice for the clinical and surgical management of inherited endocrine tumors is also discussed. In addition, recent clinical and genetic advances for 17 different forms of inherited endocrine tumors are briefly reviewed. PMID:23917672

  10. Role of the Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio in the Differential Diagnosis of Exudative Pleural Effusion

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    Akturk, Ulku Aka; Ernam, Dilek; Akbay, Makbule Ozlem; Koçak, Nagihan Durmus; Ogur, Erhan; Irmak, Ilim

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Pleural effusion is a common diagnostic and clinical problem. The differential diagnosis of pleural effusion may be difficult and may require several procedures, including invasive ones. Certain studies have investigated biochemical parameters to facilitate the diagnosis of exudative pleural effusion; however, it remains a challenging problem in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate the potential role of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, which can be easily obtained by determining the cell count of the pleural fluid, in the differential diagnosis of exudative pleural effusion. METHODS: Records from patients who underwent thoracentesis and pleural fluid analysis between May 1, 2013, and March 1, 2015, were obtained from the electronic database of our hospital. The patients who met the inclusion criteria were divided into five groups according to their diagnosis: malignant pleural effusion, para-malignant pleural effusion, para-pneumonic effusion, tuberculosis-related effusion or other. The neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio value was calculated by dividing the absolute neutrophil count by the absolute lymphocyte count. The patient groups were compared according to the given parameter. RESULTS: A total of 465 patients who met the inclusion criteria among 1616 patients with exudative pleural effusion were included in the study. The mean neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio value was significantly lower in tuberculosis-related pleural effusion compared to malignant, para-pneumonic and para-malignant effusions (p=0.001, p=0.001, p=0.012, respectively). The areas under the curve for tuberculosis pleurisy compared to malignant, para-pneumonic and para-malignant effusions were 0.38, 0.36, and 0.37, respectively. Lower cut-off values had higher sensitivity but lower specificity for tuberculosis pleurisy, while higher cut-off values had higher specificity but lower sensitivity for this condition. CONCLUSION: The pleural fluid neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, which is an

  11. Clinical and Pathological Manifestations with Differential Diagnosis in Behçet's Disease

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    Kokturk, Aysin

    2012-01-01

    Behçet's disease is a multisystemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology which usually occurs as a trait of symptoms: aphthous stomatitis, genital ulcerations, and ocular disease. At the beginning of the disease the diagnosis is uncertain because of various clinical manifestations and a long period up to the full clinical picture manifestation. Since neither the laboratory data nor the histopathological signs are truly pathognomonic in Behçet's disease, the differential diagnosis depends on a careful evaluation of the medical history and meticulous physical examination to detect concomitant systemic manifestations. Sometimes, some laboratory test may help establish the diagnosis. Subspecialty referral to ophthalmology, rheumatology, neurology, and gastroenterology should be considered when indicated. PMID:22191082

  12. [Biphasic pulmonary blastoma with germ cell differentiation: a challenge in diagnosis and treatment].

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    Teixeira, Alexandra; Vieira, Claúdia; Sousa, Nuno; Begonha, Rosa; Afonso, Mariana; Amaro, Teresina; Maurício, Joaquina

    2011-12-01

    Serviço de Oncologia Médica. Instituto Português de Oncologia Francisco Gentil. Porto. Portugal. A 27-year-old man, smoker, presented with three months history of fever. A left pulmonary mass inseparable from the heart was identified and serum alpha-fetoprotein was 4160 ng/ml. The morphologic aspects and immunohistochemistry of the biopsy specimen, in conjunction with the clinical findings were compatible with a diagnosis of pulmonary blastoma with germ cell differentiation. The tumour was considered unresectable. The patient was submitted to two cycles of primary chemotherapy with bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin. Despite a reduction in serum alpha-fetoprotein, the tumor did not regress. Second line chemotherapy (with paclitaxel, ifosfamide and cisplatin) was instituted, but progressive disease was identified after 2 cycles. Six months after the diagnosis cerebral metastases were found and the patient died. This case illustrates a rare situation of difficult diagnosis and treatment.

  13. On the differential diagnosis of clear cell tumours of the head and neck.

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    Eversole, L R

    1993-07-01

    Clear cell tumours, both benign and malignant, derive from a diverse group of epithelial cell types including renal epithelium, keratinising epithelium, cutaneous adnexa, salivary glands, odontogenic epithelium, melanocytes and even mesenchymally derived cells of adipose and tendon sheath. In the head and neck, clear cell tumours represent a singular challenge to the pathologist since the classic morphological features of malignant neoplasia exemplified by cytological atypia are frequently absent in malignant clear cell variants, thereby excluding reliance on this histopathological hallmark for the establishment of a diagnosis. The differential diagnosis of both benign and malignant clear cell tumours must take into account patterns of growth as well as the phenotype of accompanying cell populations when attempting to arrive at a definitive histological diagnosis. In this review article, the histopathology of head and neck tumours that harbour significant clear cell populations will be compared and contrasted.

  14. Mucocele of the upper lip: case report of an uncommon presentation and its differential diagnosis.

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    Mustapha, Indra Z; Boucree, Stanley A

    2004-05-01

    This report describes a lesion of the upper lip that was definitively diagnosed by histologic examination as a mucocele or mucus retention phenomenon. The usual location of mucoceles is the lower lip. This case illustrates an uncommon presentation of mucocele with respect to symptoms, location and duration. The features of a variety of oral lesions are discussed and compared, to help clinicians in establishing an appropriate differential diagnosis. PMID:15132815

  15. Differential diagnosis of nongap metabolic acidosis: value of a systematic approach.

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    Kraut, Jeffrey A; Madias, Nicolaos E

    2012-04-01

    Nongap metabolic acidosis is a common form of both acute and chronic metabolic acidosis. Because derangements in renal acid-base regulation are a common cause of nongap metabolic acidosis, studies to evaluate renal acidification often serve as the mainstay of differential diagnosis. However, in many cases, information obtained from the history and physical examination, evaluation of the electrolyte pattern (to determine if a nongap acidosis alone or a combined nongap and high anion gap metabolic acidosis is present), and examination of the serum potassium concentration (to characterize the disorder as hyperkalemic or hypokalemic in nature) is sufficient to make a presumptive diagnosis without more sophisticated studies. If this information proves insufficient, indirect estimates or direct measurement of urinary NH(4)(+) concentration, measurement of urine pH, and assessment of urinary HCO(3)(-) excretion can help in establishing the diagnosis. This review summarizes current information concerning the pathophysiology of this electrolyte pattern and the value and limitations of all of the diagnostic studies available. It also provides a systematic and cost-effective approach to the differential diagnosis of nongap metabolic acidosis.

  16. CT Images of a Severe TMJ Osteoarthritis and Differential Diagnosis with Other Joint Disorders.

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    Ferrazzo, K L; Osório, L B; Ferrazzo, V A

    2013-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common arthritis which affects the human body and can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The diagnosis of TMJ OA is essentially based on clinical examination. However, laboratory tests and radiographic exams are also useful to exclude other diseases. The diagnosis of OA may be difficult because of other TMJ pathologies that can have similar clinical and radiographic aspects. The purpose of this study was to describe an unusual case of bilateral TMJ OA in an advanced stage and discuss its most common clinical, laboratory, and radiographic findings, focusing on their importance in the differential diagnosis with other TMJ diseases. Erosion, sclerosis, osteophytes, flattening, subchondral cysts, and a reduced joint space were some of the radiographic findings in TMJ OA. We concluded that, for the correct differential diagnosis of TMJ OA, it is necessary to unite medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and radiographic findings. Computed tomography is the test of choice for evaluating bone involvement and for diagnosing and establishing the degree of the disease. PMID:24381768

  17. CT Images of a Severe TMJ Osteoarthritis and Differential Diagnosis with Other Joint Disorders

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    Ferrazzo, K. L.; Osório, L. B.; Ferrazzo, V. A.

    2013-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common arthritis which affects the human body and can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The diagnosis of TMJ OA is essentially based on clinical examination. However, laboratory tests and radiographic exams are also useful to exclude other diseases. The diagnosis of OA may be difficult because of other TMJ pathologies that can have similar clinical and radiographic aspects. The purpose of this study was to describe an unusual case of bilateral TMJ OA in an advanced stage and discuss its most common clinical, laboratory, and radiographic findings, focusing on their importance in the differential diagnosis with other TMJ diseases. Erosion, sclerosis, osteophytes, flattening, subchondral cysts, and a reduced joint space were some of the radiographic findings in TMJ OA. We concluded that, for the correct differential diagnosis of TMJ OA, it is necessary to unite medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and radiographic findings. Computed tomography is the test of choice for evaluating bone involvement and for diagnosing and establishing the degree of the disease. PMID:24381768

  18. [Difficulties in the differential diagnosis of hyponatremia presenting with severe neuropsychiatric symptoms].

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    Steiner, Tamás; Oláh, Roland; Németh, Attila; Winkler, Gábor

    2013-08-01

    Hyponatremia is the most frequent eletrolyte imbalance in hospitalized geriatric patient. The accompanying signs and symptoms can run a wide range and, therefore, these patients are usually admitted to various departments, i.e. neurology and/or traumatology first. Directed laboratory investigations demonstrate severe hyponatremia. Differential diagnosis can be very difficult and complex in the clinical settings. Firstly, spurious forms of hyponatremia have to be excluded, then the underlying cause should elucidated based on the patients hydration status and serum osmolarity. Hyponatremia can be divided into hyper-, hypo- and normovolemic forms. Moreover, it can be further classified as hypo-, iso- and hyperosmolar hyponatremias. The differentiation between renal and extrarenal salt wasting forms is hinged on the urine sodium concentration. Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion is the most common cause of normovolemic, hypoosmolar forms (named also as Schwartz-Bartter syndrome). The authors aimed to shed light on the often insurmountable difficulties of the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and appropriate treatment of this very frequent electrolyte imbalance by presenting a clinical case report. Their purported aim reflects upon the wide array of ethiopathogenesis of hyponatremia: various endocrine, renal diseases, inappropriateness of antidiuretic hormone secretion as well as the role of different medications (e.g. diuretics). This fine-tuned and intricate physiology of sodium metabolism could fortuitously be overturned by these mechanisms. PMID:23895992

  19. Usefulness of contrast perfusion echocardiography for differential diagnosis of cardiac masses.

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    Tang, Qiao-Ying; Guo, Ling-Dan; Wang, Wen-Xuan; Zhou, Wei; Liu, Ya-Ni; Liu, Hong-Yun; Li, Li; Deng, You-Bin

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of contrast perfusion echocardiography in the differential diagnosis of different types of cardiac masses. Conventional echocardiography and contrast perfusion echocardiography were performed in 72 patients with cardiac masses. The degree of contrast enhancement of the mass and an adjacent section of myocardium after injection of contrast agent was determined by visual inspection and quantitative time-signal intensity curve analysis. The difference in maximal steady-state pixel intensity between the mass and the adjacent myocardium (ΔAmass-myocardium) was calculated. All masses had a pathologic diagnosis or resolved after anticoagulation. All 16 cardiac masses without enhancement on visual inspection were confirmed to be cardiac thrombi. Twenty-four masses with incomplete enhancement on visual inspection were recognized as benign tumors with validation methods. Of the 32 cardiac masses with complete enhancement, 30 were confirmed as malignant tumors and two as benign tumors with validation methods. The sensitivity and specificity of ΔAmass-myocardium in differentiating thrombi from tumors were 93% and 100%, respectively, and 100% and 97% in differentiating malignant tumors from benign tumors and thrombi. Both visual and quantitative assessment of degree of enhancement of cardiac masses in relation to the adjacent myocardium during contrast perfusion echocardiography had high diagnostic accuracy for differentiation of a thrombus from a tumor or a benign tumor from a malignant tumor. PMID:26087885

  20. Differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative dementias using metabolic phenotypes on F-18 FDG PET/CT.

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    Tripathi, Madhavi; Tripathi, Manjari; Damle, Nishikant; Kushwaha, Suman; Jaimini, Abhinav; D'Souza, Maria M; Sharma, Rajnish; Saw, Sanjiv; Mondal, Anupam

    2014-02-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) can be used as a downstream marker of neuronal injury, a hallmark of neurodegenerative dementias. Characteristic patterns of regional glucose metabolism have been used to classify the dementia subtypes, namely Alzheimer's dementia (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), diffuse Lewy body (DLBD) and vascular dementia (VD). We undertook this study to assess the utility of FDG-PET in the differential diagnosis of dementia subtypes. One hundred and twenty-five patients diagnosed with dementia were referred from cognitive disorders and memory clinics of speciality neurology centres for the FDG-PET study. Imaging-based diagnosis of dementia type was established in 101 patients by visual assessment of individual scans by a PET physician blinded to the clinical diagnosis. The results were compared with an 18-month follow-up clinical assessment made by the specialist neurologist. Concordance of visual evaluation of FDG-PET scans with clinical diagnosis of the dementia type was achieved in 90% of patients scanned. This concordance was 93.4% for AD, 88.8% for FTD, 66.6% for DLBD and 92.3% for the other dementia syndromes. FDG-PET performed after the initial work-up of dementias is useful for supporting the clinical diagnosis of dementia subtype. PMID:24571830

  1. The role of gasless laparoscopy in differential diagnosis of acute abdomen

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    Moga, MA; Arvatescu, CA; Pratilas, GC; Bigiu, NF; Dinas, K; Burtea, V

    2015-01-01

    Background: The diagnosis of acute abdomen in the emergency setting, still remains a challenging problem. In these cases timely diagnosis and management is of great importance, while the anesthetic risk is high. The combination of the risk of an open laparotomy and the relative high likelihood of negative findings when performed, creates the need for a better approach. The alternative actually exists since 1911 when Eruheim made the first gasless laparoscopy. The aim of this study is to put back into the spotlight, gasless laparoscopy in the differential diagnosis of acute abdomen and to underline the advantages of this simple, cheap and very useful technique, especially in patients that require prompt diagnosis and have relative or absolute contraindications to general anesthesia or pneumoperitoneum. Methods: This study included 49 patients that were managed with gasless laparoscopy for the diagnosis of acute abdomen, from 2011 to 2013. Two techniques were used: the mechanical lift of the anterior abdominal wall and the LapVision device. Results: From the 49 patients included in the study, 41 were diagnosed with gasless laparoscopy while in eight the results were uncertain or there wasn’t any pathology involved. With both techniques used, sample of the intraperitoneal fluid or biopsy could be obtained. Conclusion: The gasless technique for laparoscopy is an extremely useful mean of diagnosis in emergency conditions, or for patients with contraindications to undergo laparoscopy by pneumoperitoneum. Requiring only local or regional anesthesia, this technique could easily find application in diagnosis and treatment, while avoiding unnecessary laparotomies. Hippokratia 2015, 19 (1): 69-72. PMID:26435651

  2. Polyallelic structural variants can provide accurate, highly informative genetic markers focused on diagnosis and therapeutic targets: Accuracy vs. Precision.

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    Roses, A D

    2016-02-01

    Structural variants (SVs) include all insertions, deletions, and rearrangements in the genome, with several common types of nucleotide repeats including single sequence repeats, short tandem repeats, and insertion-deletion length variants. Polyallelic SVs provide highly informative markers for association studies with well-phenotyped cohorts. SVs can influence gene regulation by affecting epigenetics, transcription, splicing, and/or translation. Accurate assays of polyallelic SV loci are required to define the range and allele frequency of variable length alleles. PMID:26517180

  3. A decision tree – based method for the differential diagnosis of Aortic Stenosis from Mitral Regurgitation using heart sounds

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    Pavlopoulos, Sotiris A; Stasis, Antonis CH; Loukis, Euripides N

    2004-01-01

    Background New technologies like echocardiography, color Doppler, CT, and MRI provide more direct and accurate evidence of heart disease than heart auscultation. However, these modalities are costly, large in size and operationally complex and therefore are not suitable for use in rural areas, in homecare and generally in primary healthcare set-ups. Furthermore the majority of internal medicine and cardiology training programs underestimate the value of cardiac auscultation and junior clinicians are not adequately trained in this field. Therefore efficient decision support systems would be very useful for supporting clinicians to make better heart sound diagnosis. In this study a rule-based method, based on decision trees, has been developed for differential diagnosis between "clear" Aortic Stenosis (AS) and "clear" Mitral Regurgitation (MR) using heart sounds. Methods For the purposes of our experiment we used a collection of 84 heart sound signals including 41 heart sound signals with "clear" AS systolic murmur and 43 with "clear" MR systolic murmur. Signals were initially preprocessed to detect 1st and 2nd heart sounds. Next a total of 100 features were determined for every heart sound signal and relevance to the differentiation between AS and MR was estimated. The performance of fully expanded decision tree classifiers and Pruned decision tree classifiers were studied based on various training and test datasets. Similarly, pruned decision tree classifiers were used to examine their differentiation capabilities. In order to build a generalized decision support system for heart sound diagnosis, we have divided the problem into sub problems, dealing with either one morphological characteristic of the heart-sound waveform or with difficult to distinguish cases. Results Relevance analysis on the different heart sound features demonstrated that the most relevant features are the frequency features and the morphological features that describe S1, S2 and the systolic

  4. The emerging role of the molecular marker p27 in the differential diagnosis of adrenocortical tumors

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    Pereira, Sofia S; Morais, Tiago; Costa, Madalena M; Monteiro, Mariana P; Pignatelli, Duarte

    2013-01-01

    Malignant adrenocortical tumors (ACTs) are rare and highly aggressive; conversely, benign tumors are common and frequently found incidentally (the so-called incidentalomas). Currently, the use of molecular markers in the diagnosis of ACTs is still controversial. The aim of this study was to analyze the molecular profile of different ACTs with the purpose of identifying markers useful for differentiating between these tumors. The ACTs that were studied (n=31) included nonfunctioning adenomas (ACAn)/incidentalomas (n=13), functioning adenomas with Cushing's syndrome (ACAc) (n=7), and carcinomas (n=11); normal adrenal glands (n=12) were used as controls. For each sample, the percentage area stained for the markers StAR, IGF2, IGF1R, p53, MDM2, p21, p27, cyclin D1, Ki-67, β-catenin, and E-cadherin was quantified using a morphometric computerized tool. IGF2, p27, cyclin D1, and Ki-67 were the markers for which the percentage of stained area was significantly higher in carcinoma samples than in adenoma samples. Ki-67 and p27 were the markers that exhibited the highest discriminative power for differential diagnosis between carcinomas and all type of adenomas, while IGF2 and StAR were only found to be useful for differentiating between carcinomas and ACAn and between carcinomas and ACAc respectively. The usefulness of Ki-67 has been recognized before in the differential diagnosis of malignant tumors. The additional use of p27 as an elective marker to distinguish benign ACTs from malignant ACTs should be considered. PMID:23925558

  5. Cytokine and chemokine profiles in fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus: a potentially useful tool in differential diagnosis.

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    Wallace, Daniel J; Gavin, Igor M; Karpenko, Oleksly; Barkhordar, Farnaz; Gillis, Bruce S

    2015-06-01

    Making a correct diagnosis is pivotal in the practice of clinical rheumatology. Occasionally, the consultation fails to provide desired clarity in making labeling an individual as having fibromyalgia (FM), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A chemokine and cytokine multiplex assay was developed and tested with the goal of improving and achieving an accurate differential diagnosis. 160 patients with FM, 98 with RA and 100 with SLE fulfilling accepted criteria were recruited and compared to 119 controls. Supernatant cytokine concentrations for IL-6, IL-8, MIP-1 alpha and MIP-1 beta were determined using the Luminex multiplex immunoassay bead array technology after mitogenic stimulation of cultured peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Each patient's profile was scored using a logistical regression model to achieve statistically determined weighting for each chemokine and cytokine. Among the 477 patients evaluated, the mean scores for FM (1.7 ± 1.2; 1.52-1.89), controls (-3.56 ± 5.7; -4.59 to -2.54), RA (-0.68 ± 2.26; -1.12 to -0.23) and SLE (-1.45 ± 3.34, -2.1 to -0.79). Ninety-three percent with FM scored positive compared to only 11% of healthy controls, 69% RA or 71% SLE patients had negative scores. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive and negative predictive value for having FM compared to controls was 93, 89, 92 and 91%, respectively (p < 2.2 × 10(-16)). Evaluating cytokine and chemokine profiles in stimulated cells reveals patterns that are uniquely present in patients with FM. This assay can be a useful tool in assisting clinicians in differentiating systemic inflammatory autoimmune processes from FM and its related syndromes and healthy individuals. PMID:25377646

  6. [Differential diagnosis between Schizotypal Personality Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders: a case report].

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    Ünver, Buket; Öner, Özgür; Yurtbaşı, Pınar

    2015-01-01

    Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by social and interpersonal deficits marked by discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior. Inappropriate or constricted affect, reduced capacity for relationships, lack of close friends and reduced capacity for social life are the symptoms that overlap both schizotypal personality disorder and autism spectrum disorders. The making of differential diagnosis may be difficult since several symptoms are similar between these disorders. In this study, we discussed the differential diagnosis issues on the basis of an adolescent case. Odd appearance, magical thoughts, reference thoughts suggests Schizotypal Personality Disorder whereas lack of eye contact at 2 years old, a preference to be isolated and play alone and referral to a child psychiatrist at 4 years old suggest Autism Spectrum Disorders. Based on the results of psychological assessment, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised (WISC-R) profile is compatible with autistic children's profiles. Based on Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire, the patient's anxiety, lack of close friends, constricted affect symptoms which take place in the category of interpersonal schizotypy seems to overlap with lack of communication of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This case report indicates that, separation of autism and schizophrenia, a very important historical breakthrough in autism research, may be blurred in cases with less typical clinical pictures representing autistic and schizophrenic "spectrum" diagnosis.

  7. History of the infantile hepatic hemangioma: From imaging to generating a differential diagnosis

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    Gnarra, Maria; Behr, Gerald; Kitajewski, Alison; Wu, June K; Anupindi, Sudha A; Shawber, Carrie J; Zavras, Nick; Schizas, Dimitrios; Salakos, Chris; Economopoulos, Konstantinos P

    2016-01-01

    We aim to provide an up-to-date summary of infantile hepatic hemangioma (IHH) and its misnomers and to dialectically present the differential diagnosis of these rare entities of the liver. Eligible peer-reviewed articles on hepatic infantile hemangiomas, published between 2000 and 2015, were reviewed for this study. IHH is the most common hepatic vascular tumor in children. Once a liver mass is identified in an infant, the differential diagnosis ranges from vascular malformations to benign and malignant tumors including mesenchymal hamartoma, hepatoblastoma, metastatic neuroblastoma, so careful physical examination, imaging studies, and, if indicated, tumor markers and biopsy, are of pivotal importance to ascertain the correct diagnosis. Despite the benign nature of IHHs, some of these lesions may demand medical and/or surgical intervention, especially for multiple and diffuse IHH. Complications can include hepatomegaly, hypothyroidism and cardiac failure. Therefore, a close follow-up is required until complete involution of the lesions. We propose an algorithm to guide the physicians towards the proper management of hepatic lesions. PMID:27610342

  8. History of the infantile hepatic hemangioma: From imaging to generating a differential diagnosis

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    Gnarra, Maria; Behr, Gerald; Kitajewski, Alison; Wu, June K; Anupindi, Sudha A; Shawber, Carrie J; Zavras, Nick; Schizas, Dimitrios; Salakos, Chris; Economopoulos, Konstantinos P

    2016-01-01

    We aim to provide an up-to-date summary of infantile hepatic hemangioma (IHH) and its misnomers and to dialectically present the differential diagnosis of these rare entities of the liver. Eligible peer-reviewed articles on hepatic infantile hemangiomas, published between 2000 and 2015, were reviewed for this study. IHH is the most common hepatic vascular tumor in children. Once a liver mass is identified in an infant, the differential diagnosis ranges from vascular malformations to benign and malignant tumors including mesenchymal hamartoma, hepatoblastoma, metastatic neuroblastoma, so careful physical examination, imaging studies, and, if indicated, tumor markers and biopsy, are of pivotal importance to ascertain the correct diagnosis. Despite the benign nature of IHHs, some of these lesions may demand medical and/or surgical intervention, especially for multiple and diffuse IHH. Complications can include hepatomegaly, hypothyroidism and cardiac failure. Therefore, a close follow-up is required until complete involution of the lesions. We propose an algorithm to guide the physicians towards the proper management of hepatic lesions.

  9. History of the infantile hepatic hemangioma: From imaging to generating a differential diagnosis.

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    Gnarra, Maria; Behr, Gerald; Kitajewski, Alison; Wu, June K; Anupindi, Sudha A; Shawber, Carrie J; Zavras, Nick; Schizas, Dimitrios; Salakos, Chris; Economopoulos, Konstantinos P

    2016-08-01

    We aim to provide an up-to-date summary of infantile hepatic hemangioma (IHH) and its misnomers and to dialectically present the differential diagnosis of these rare entities of the liver. Eligible peer-reviewed articles on hepatic infantile hemangiomas, published between 2000 and 2015, were reviewed for this study. IHH is the most common hepatic vascular tumor in children. Once a liver mass is identified in an infant, the differential diagnosis ranges from vascular malformations to benign and malignant tumors including mesenchymal hamartoma, hepatoblastoma, metastatic neuroblastoma, so careful physical examination, imaging studies, and, if indicated, tumor markers and biopsy, are of pivotal importance to ascertain the correct diagnosis. Despite the benign nature of IHHs, some of these lesions may demand medical and/or surgical intervention, especially for multiple and diffuse IHH. Complications can include hepatomegaly, hypothyroidism and cardiac failure. Therefore, a close follow-up is required until complete involution of the lesions. We propose an algorithm to guide the physicians towards the proper management of hepatic lesions. PMID:27610342

  10. Computer-aided differential diagnosis in movement disorders using MRI morphometry

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    Duchesne, S.; Roland, Y.; Verin, M.; Barillot, C.

    2007-03-01

    Background: Reported error rates for initial clinical diagnosis in parkinsonian disorders can reach up to 35%. Reducing this initial error rate is an important research goal. The objective of this work is to evaluate the ability of an automated MR-based classification technique in the differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple systems atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Methods: A total of 172 subjects were included in this study: 152 healthy subjects, 10 probable PD patients and 10 age-matched patients with diagnostic of either probable MSA or PSP. T1-weighted (T1w) MR images were acquired and subsequently corrected, scaled, resampled and aligned within a common referential space. Tissue transformation and deformation features were then automatically extracted. Classification of patients was performed using forward, stepwise linear discriminant analysis within a multidimensional transformation/deformation feature space built from healthy subjects data. Leave-one-out classification was used to avoid over-determination. Findings: There were no age difference between groups. Highest accuracy (agreement with long-term clinical follow-up) of 85% was achieved using a single MR-based deformation feature. Interpretation: These preliminary results demonstrate that a classification approach based on quantitative parameters of 3D brainstem morphology extracted automatically from T1w MRI has the potential to perform differential diagnosis of PD versus MSA/PSP with high accuracy.

  11. Progressive midfacial bone erosion and necrosis: case report and differential diagnosis.

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    Bianchi, Francesca Antonella; Gerbino, Giovanni; Tosco, Paolo; Tanteri, Giulia; Gatti, Gaia; Ramieri, Guglielmo

    2014-12-01

    A 31-year-old woman presented with a large oro-nasal communication (ONC), loss of vomer and significant nasal cartilage and nose deformity. Physical examination of the patient revealed a typical midline destructive lesion (MDL) with nasal septum and hard/soft palate perforation with a friable granular surface and a large amount of necrotic tissues. Medical history was unremarkable and the patient denied previous local trauma, including surgical procedures or drug assumption. Pathological examination revealed the presence of necrosis and chronic inflammation. MDLs have numerous etiologies. Signs and symptoms of MDLs can be similar and an accurate diagnosis may be elusive. We hereby present detailed clinicopathological findings. PMID:25048049

  12. Morphometry in the differential diagnosis of granulosa-cell tumors of the ovary.

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    Sassen, R J; Baak, J P

    1986-09-01

    Although the diagnosis of granulosa-cell tumors of the ovary is usually consistent and reproducible, in some cases the differentiation from poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas can be difficult. To investigate our subjective impression of the similarity of nuclei in both types of tumors, seven granulosa-cell tumors and eight poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas were studied with morphometry, with a variety of nuclear parameters measured in 100 nuclei per case. The findings showed that, in general, granulosa-cell tumors have a slightly higher mean nuclear contour index (NCI), which is a measure of the nuclear indentation or grooving, and a somewhat lower mean nuclear area than do adenocarcinomas. There is considerable overlap, however, with the nuclear patterns of the two types of tumors forming a morphologic continuum. Multivariate analysis gave a better discrimination but did not entirely eliminate the overlap. The maximum NCI was the best single discriminator. While only one of the granulosa-cell tumors had a maximum NCI less than 5.11, none of the adenocarcinomas exceeded this value. The only granulosa-cell tumor with a maximum NCI below the threshold was in a case with a much less favorable clinical course. The results of this study indicate that objective morphometric nuclear criteria are useful in the diagnosis of granulosa-cell tumors and possibly have some prognostic value. PMID:3778617

  13. Fetal ovarian cysts: review of imaging spectrum, differential diagnosis, management, and outcome.

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    Trinh, Tony W; Kennedy, Anne M

    2015-01-01

    Fetal ovarian cysts are the most common abdominal cysts observed in the female fetus but may be mistaken for genitourinary cysts, gastrointestinal cysts, lymphangiomas, or fetus in fetu. Ultrasonography (US) is the imaging modality of choice for fetal assessment, and magnetic resonance imaging is a useful problem-solving tool when uncertainty remains after careful US evaluation. At US, a fetal ovarian cyst manifests as an anechoic thin-walled cyst superior and parasagittal to the bladder. A daughter cyst may occasionally be observed and is pathognomonic for a cyst of ovarian origin. Fetal ovarian cysts may be simple or complicated and unilateral or bilateral, and they may masquerade as a solid mass when hemorrhage or torsion occurs. Complicated cysts may exhibit multiple septations, fluid-fluid levels, or mobile internal echoes. It is important to differentiate a hemorrhagic ovarian cyst from solid abdominal neoplasms that may be seen in a fetus. Recognition of the pertinent imaging findings will help radiologists distinguish fetal ovarian cysts from other fetal intra-abdominal masses in the differential diagnosis. Malignant ovarian neoplasms are rare in the fetus and neonate and thus are not considered in the differential diagnosis. The current literature on the management and outcome of fetal ovarian cysts is reviewed, with imaging studies presented from the authors' practice. Most fetal ovarian cysts resolve spontaneously; if operative intervention is required, the goal should be ovarian preservation. PMID:25763743

  14. Assessing impact of differential symptom functioning on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis.

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    He, Qiwei; Glas, Cees A W; Veldkamp, Bernard P

    2014-06-01

    This article explores the generalizability of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to various subpopulations. Besides identifying the differential symptom functioning (also referred to as differential item functioning [DIF]) related to various background variables such as gender, marital status and educational level, this study emphasizes the importance of evaluating the impact of DIF on population inferences as made in health surveys and clinical trials, and on the diagnosis of individual patients. Using a sample from the National Comorbidity Study-Replication (NCS-R), four symptoms for gender, one symptom for marital status, and three symptoms for educational level were significantly flagged as DIF, but their impact on diagnosis was fairly small. We conclude that the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for PTSD do not produce substantially biased results in the investigated subpopulations, and there should be few reservations regarding their use. Further, although the impact of DIF (i.e. the influence of differential symptom functioning on diagnostic results) was found to be quite small in the current study, we recommend that diagnosticians always perform a DIF analysis of various subpopulations using the methodology presented here to ensure the diagnostic criteria is valid in their own studies.

  15. Transient Ischemic Attack Versus Seizure: Use of Complete Blood Count Parameters for Differential Diagnosis

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    Bayramoglu, Atif; Ihsanyüce; Lütfiözel; Tezel, Onur; Acar, Yahya Ayhan

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Seizures are an important group of diagnoses in the differential evaluation of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)because of their variable and temporary signs and symptoms. Physicians must frequently rule out TIA in asymptomatic patients with normal diagnostic neuroimaging. Aim The current study aimed to investigate the efficacy of Complete Blood Count (CBC) components in the differential diagnosis of TIA and seizures. Materials and Methods Our study was a retrospective case-control study. Patients admitted to the Emergency Department (ED) and hospitalized with an initial diagnosis of TIA or seizure at the neurology clinic of Erzurum Ataturk University Training Hospital between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2014, were recruited for the study. Patients with inaccessible or missing data were excluded. Results We identified 1,459 ED admissions that resulted in neurology clinic hospitalizations of patients with initial diagnoses of TIA (n=911) and seizure (n=420) over a 24-month time period. A total of 128 patients were excluded from the study. Conclusion We conclude that CBC may have a diagnostic value on TIA and seizure differentiation, but this is limited because of statistical and clinical incompatibility. Elevated White Blood Cells (WBC) values of seizure patients compared with TIA patients’ may help clinicians at the preliminary phase of diagnostic studies. We conclude that age is a remarkable and valuable demographic parameter in addition to physical examination, laboratory and imaging studies. PMID:27656486

  16. Histopathological Differential Diagnosis of Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis of the Scalp

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    Park, Ji-Hye; Park, Young Joon; Kim, Sue Kyoung; Kwon, Ji Eun; Kang, Hee Young; Lee, Eun-So; Choi, Jee Ho

    2016-01-01

    Background The differential diagnosis of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis can be difficult when both conditions are localized to the scalp without the involvement of other skin sites. Objective We aimed to evaluate the histopathological differences between psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp and identify favorable criteria for their differential diagnosis. Methods We evaluated 15 cases of psoriasis and 20 cases of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp that had been clinicopathologically diagnosed. Skin biopsy sections stained with H&E were examined. Additional immunohistochemistry was performed, including Ki-67, keratin 10, caspase-5, and GLUT-1. Results On histopathological examination, mounds of parakeratosis with neutrophils, spongiform micropustules of Kogoj, and clubbed and evenly elongated rete ridges were significantly more frequently observed in psoriasis. Follicular plugging, shoulder parakeratosis and prominent lymphocytic exocytosis were significantly more common in seborrheic dermatitis. Moreover, significantly higher mitotic figures were observed in psoriatic lesions than in seborrheic dermatitis. Immunohistochemistry did not show any difference between psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Conclusion Histopathological features favoring psoriasis include mounds of parakeratosis with neutrophils, spongiform micropustules of Kogoj, clubbed and evenly elongated rete ridges, and increased mitotic figures (≥6/high-powered field). Features indicating seborrheic dermatitis are follicular plugging, shoulder parakeratosis and prominent lymphocytic exocytosis. Immunohistochemistry was not helpful in differentiating psoriasis from seborrheic dermatitis. PMID:27489423

  17. Using the Disease State Fingerprint Tool for Differential Diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

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    Muñoz-Ruiz, Miguel Ángel; Hall, Anette; Mattila, Jussi; Koikkalainen, Juha; Herukka, Sanna-Kaisa; Husso, Minna; Hänninen, Tuomo; Vanninen, Ritva; Liu, Yawu; Hallikainen, Merja; Lötjönen, Jyrki; Remes, Anne M.; Alafuzoff, Irina; Soininen, Hilkka; Hartikainen, Päivi

    2016-01-01

    Background Disease State Index (DSI) and its visualization, Disease State Fingerprint (DSF), form a computer-assisted clinical decision making tool that combines patient data and compares them with cases with known outcomes. Aims To investigate the ability of the DSI to diagnose frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods The study cohort consisted of 38 patients with FTD, 57 with AD and 22 controls. Autopsy verification of FTD with TDP-43 positive pathology was available for 14 and AD pathology for 12 cases. We utilized data from neuropsychological tests, volumetric magnetic resonance imaging, single-photon emission tomography, cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers and the APOE genotype. The DSI classification results were calculated with a combination of leave-one-out cross-validation and bootstrapping. A DSF visualization of a FTD patient is presented as an example. Results The DSI distinguishes controls from FTD (area under the receiver-operator curve, AUC = 0.99) and AD (AUC = 1.00) very well and achieves a good differential diagnosis between AD and FTD (AUC = 0.89). In subsamples of autopsy-confirmed cases (AUC = 0.97) and clinically diagnosed cases (AUC = 0.94), differential diagnosis of AD and FTD performs very well. Conclusions DSI is a promising computer-assisted biomarker approach for aiding in the diagnostic process of dementing diseases. Here, DSI separates controls from dementia and differentiates between AD and FTD. PMID:27703465

  18. The value of magnetic resonance imaging in the differential diagnosis of parapharyngeal space tumours.

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    Leverstein, H; Castelijns, J A; Snow, G B

    1995-10-01

    Between 1987 and 1993 14 patients with a parapharyngeal space tumour were imaged by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The vagal body tumours, presenting in the poststyloid compartment, all showed flow voids with anterior and medial displacement of the internal carotid artery. None of the salivary gland tumours, all presenting in the prestyloid compartment with posterior displacement of the internal carotid artery, showed flow voids. MRI is superior compared with other modalities in evaluating the differential diagnosis, especially regarding vascular vs non-vascular tumours. It should encompass T1 SE images to assess the presence or absence of flow voids. In vascular tumours angiography must be used to assess feeding vessels, multiplicity, and sides involved. T1 GE images are useful as they allow superior identification of the internal carotid artery and its relation with the tumour accordingly. In addition to T1 SE images, T2 SE images may help in the evaluation of the differential diagnosis. In all non-vascular tumours aspiration cytology is required to differentiate between benign and malignant disease.

  19. [Mycosis fungoides or inflammatory dermatitis: differential diagnosis between early lymphoma and inflammation in skin biopsies].

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    Oschlies, I; Klapper, W

    2013-05-01

    Mycosis fungoides is a cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with protracted clinical course and progression in different stages with increasing aggressiveness. The clinical picture as well as the histopathology of mycosis fungoides within the early patch and plaque phase is difficult to delineate from some inflammatory skin diseases. Thus, the diagnosis of these early stages of the lymphoma is only possible when clinical, histopathological, and molecular features are integrated into the diagnosis, especially as none of the individual disease criteria is specific. Important clues towards the diagnosis of mycosis fungoides are cytologically abnormal epidermotropic CD4-positive T-cells causing only minor epidermal alterations, the formation of Pautrier-abscesses and basal alignment of the epidermotropic T-cells. The findings of an aberrant T-cell immunophenotype of the intraepidermal lymphoid component as well as the molecular proof of T-cell clonality are important further features. In the differential diagnosis between early stage mycosis fungoides and parapsoriasis, there remains nevertheless a diagnostic and maybe also a true biological grey zone. PMID:23549914

  20. Solitary fibrous tumor of the thyroid: cytopathologic findings and differential diagnosis.

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    Parwani, Anil V; Galindo, Rene; Steinberg, David M; Zeiger, Martha A; Westra, William H; Ali, Syed Z

    2003-04-01

    Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is an uncommon mesenchymal neoplasm that arises primarily from the pleura. Extrapleural occurrences are rare. To our knowledge, there is no published account of this entity in the thyroid in the cytopathology literature. We report the case of a 61-yr-old man who was evaluated at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for a slow-growing thyroid mass that was present for 2 yr despite thyroid hormone suppression. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) was within normal limits. The patient underwent ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA), which showed predominantly discohesive slender spindle-shaped cells and fragments of collagenized stromal tissue. After the FNA diagnosis of "thyroid neoplasm" was made, the patient underwent a near-total thyroidectomy, which revealed a SFT. Differential diagnosis of spindle cell lesions in thyroid is also presented.

  1. Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease: a rare but important differential diagnosis for lymphadenopathy

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    Srikantharajah, Mukunthan; Mahendra, Prem; Vydianath, Bindu; Lowe, Gillian C

    2014-01-01

    A 23-year-old man presented with a 6-week history of fevers, cervical lymphadenopathy and fatigue. A CT of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis showed left cervical lymphadenopathy, enlarged lymph nodes in the axilla and groin and hepatomegaly. A left cervical excisional lymph node biopsy was undertaken and the histopathological findings were consistent with Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease. He was treated with high-dose prednisolone for 1 week, which was then tapered. Generalised arthralgia and daily episodes of malaise were experienced for a subsequent 2 months following the cessation of corticosteroids. The condition lasted 4 months from the onset of symptoms. This case report highlights the importance of including Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease as a differential diagnosis for lymphadenopathy. Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease has commonly been mistaken for tuberculosis and lymphoma, and unnecessary exposure to agents used to treat these conditions can be avoided by prompt histological diagnosis. PMID:25199195

  2. Differential Diagnosis of a Periapical Radiolucent Lesion. A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Malek, Matthew; Cortes, Lina M; Sigurdsson, Asgeir; Rosenberg, Paul A

    2015-01-01

    This article demonstrates a methodological approach to diagnosing a periapical radiolucency that could not be diagnosed using only basic clinical and radiographic findings. The patient was a 59-year-old Hispanic female with a small tender mass on the lower gingiva associated with tooth #25. Radiographic appearance demonstrated a well-defined radiolucent lesion at the apices of the mandibular incisors. The patient had no significant medical history. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) showed bony expansion of the buccal plate. Differential diagnosis included non-endodontic unilocular radiolucent lesions in the anterior mandibular region. Biopsy findings were consistent with periapical cemento-osseous dysplasia (PCOD). In conclusion, clinical appearance of PCOD varies from non-expansile and asymptomatic to being expansile and sometimes symptomatic. In the latter cases, it may be necessary to use additional diagnostic tools to confirm the diagnosis. PMID:26521329

  3. Comparative proteomics of cerebrospinal fluid reveals a predictive model for differential diagnosis of pneumococcal, meningococcal, and enteroviral meningitis, and novel putative therapeutic targets

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    2015-01-01

    Background Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges in response to infection or chemical agents. While aseptic meningitis, most frequently caused by enteroviruses, is usually benign with a self-limiting course, bacterial meningitis remains associated with high morbidity and mortality rates, despite advances in antimicrobial therapy and intensive care. Fast and accurate differential diagnosis is crucial for assertive choice of the appropriate therapeutic approach for each form of meningitis. Methods We used 2D-PAGE and mass spectrometry to identify the cerebrospinal fluid proteome specifically related to the host response to pneumococcal, meningococcal, and enteroviral meningitis. The disease-specific proteome signatures were inspected by pathway analysis. Results Unique cerebrospinal fluid proteome signatures were found to the three aetiological forms of meningitis investigated, and a qualitative predictive model with four protein markers was developed for the differential diagnosis of these diseases. Nevertheless, pathway analysis of the disease-specific proteomes unveiled that Kallikrein-kinin system may play a crucial role in the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to brain damage in bacterial meningitis. Proteins taking part in this cellular process are proposed as putative targets to novel adjunctive therapies. Conclusions Comparative proteomics of cerebrospinal fluid disclosed candidate biomarkers, which were combined in a qualitative and sequential predictive model with potential to improve the differential diagnosis of pneumococcal, meningococcal and enteroviral meningitis. Moreover, we present the first evidence of the possible implication of Kallikrein-kinin system in the pathophysiology of bacterial meningitis. PMID:26040285

  4. A modified method for locating parapharyngeal space neoplasms on magnetic resonance images: implications for differential diagnosis

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    Liu, Xue-Wen; Wang, Ling; Li, Hui; Zhang, Rong; Geng, Zhi-Jun; Wang, De-Ling; Xie, Chuan-Miao

    2014-01-01

    The parapharyngeal space (PPS) is an inverted pyramid-shaped deep space in the head and neck region, and a variety of tumors, such as salivary gland tumors, neurogenic tumors, nasopharyngeal carcinomas with parapharyngeal invasion, and lymphomas, can be found in this space. The differential diagnosis of PPS tumors remains challenging for radiologists. This study aimed to develop and test a modified method for locating PPS tumors on magnetic resonance (MR) images to improve preoperative differential diagnosis. The new protocol divided the PPS into three compartments: a prestyloid compartment, the carotid sheath, and the areas outside the carotid sheath. PPS tumors were located in these compartments according to the displacements of the tensor veli palatini muscle and the styloid process, with or without blood vessel separations and medial pterygoid invasion. This protocol, as well as a more conventional protocol that is based on displacements of the internal carotid artery (ICA), was used to assess MR images captured from a series of 58 PPS tumors. The consequent distributions of PPS tumor locations determined by both methods were compared. Of all 58 tumors, our new method determined that 57 could be assigned to precise PPS compartments. Nearly all (13/14; 93%) tumors that were located in the pre-styloid compartment were salivary gland tumors. All 15 tumors within the carotid sheath were neurogenic tumors. The vast majority (18/20; 90%) of trans-spatial lesions were malignancies. However, according to the ICA-based method, 28 tumors were located in the pre-styloid compartment, and 24 were located in the post-styloid compartment, leaving 6 tumors that were difficult to locate. Lesions located in both the pre-styloid and the post-styloid compartments comprised various types of tumors. Compared with the conventional ICA-based method, our new method can help radiologists to narrow the differential diagnosis of PPS tumors to specific compartments. PMID:25104280

  5. [Morpheiform sarcoidosis as atypical manifestation of sarcoidosis. Review of the literature and differential diagnosis].

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    Castellanos-González, María; Picazo Talavera, María Remedios

    2016-09-16

    Sarcoidosis is an idiopathic multisystem granulomatous disease that commonly involves the skin in 25% of affected patients. Because lesions assume a vast array of morphologies, a classification dividing them into specific (with presence of typical granulomas in the biopsy) or nonspecific (not containing granulomas) has been proposed. In the first group the variant morpheaform is considered exceptional. We review the cases reported in the literature and describe the possible differential diagnosis. We highlight the importance of recognizing the very atypical presentation of sarcoidosis and its ability to mimic morpheaform or sclerosis diseases in our patients. PMID:27084558

  6. [Morpheiform sarcoidosis as atypical manifestation of sarcoidosis. Review of the literature and differential diagnosis].

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    Castellanos-González, María; Picazo Talavera, María Remedios

    2016-09-16

    Sarcoidosis is an idiopathic multisystem granulomatous disease that commonly involves the skin in 25% of affected patients. Because lesions assume a vast array of morphologies, a classification dividing them into specific (with presence of typical granulomas in the biopsy) or nonspecific (not containing granulomas) has been proposed. In the first group the variant morpheaform is considered exceptional. We review the cases reported in the literature and describe the possible differential diagnosis. We highlight the importance of recognizing the very atypical presentation of sarcoidosis and its ability to mimic morpheaform or sclerosis diseases in our patients.

  7. The class II malocclusion: differential diagnosis and clinical application of activators, extraoral traction, and fixed appliances.

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    Pfeiffer, J P; Grobéty, D

    1975-11-01

    The importance of an exact differential diagnosis of the Class II malocclusion and its indications for treatment with activators, extraoral forces, and fixed appliances has been shown. Four schematized malocclusions with their cephalometric characteristics and their individualized orthopedic therapeutics have been presented. Special attention has been given to the subsequent fixed mechanotherapy showing the limited need for fixed appliances. This approach is attractive, for it reduces considerably the stress imposed on the patient and the orthodontist, it bypasses the iatrogenic hazards entailed in extensive and prolonged mechanotherapy, and it consistently increases chances for long-term stability.

  8. [Pachydermoperiostosis (Touraine-Solente-Golé syndrome). Clinical and radiological differential diagnosis (author's transl)].

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    Lubach, D; Freyschmidt, J; Bolten, D

    1981-02-01

    This report describes a patient with pachydermoperiostosis (Touraine-Solente-Golé-syndrome). This disorder is characterized by clubbing of the terminal phalanges with watchglass-like nails, enlargement of hands and feet, pachydermia and periostotic skeletal changes. The signs of pachydermia are cutis verticis et frontis gyrata, ptosis and increased skin-thickness of the palms of the hand and soles of the feet. Frequently, a hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet can be found. The differential diagnosis of clinical symptoms and changes in the bones is discussed in detail. PMID:7222891

  9. Naked patients in the general hospital: differential diagnosis and management strategies.

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    Maytal, Guy; Smith, Felicia A; Stern, Theodore A

    2006-01-01

    Physicians and patients are frequently concerned, and, at times, distressed, by nakedness during clinical encounters. When nakedness appears, clinicians should attempt to establish the reason for it and determine whether it is appropriate for the situation. Establishing the etiology of nudity can facilitate care by hospital staff and help to modulate their countertransference reactions and behavior. The authors present and discuss three cases involving nudity at times other than during the physical examination, within the context of differential diagnosis and treatment alternatives. PMID:17116949

  10. Wound healing and treating wounds: Differential diagnosis and evaluation of chronic wounds.

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    Morton, Laurel M; Phillips, Tania J

    2016-04-01

    Wounds are an excellent example of how the field of dermatology represents a cross-section of many medical disciplines. For instance, wounds may be caused by trauma, vascular insufficiency, and underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and rheumatologic and inflammatory disease. This continuing medical education article provides an overview of wound healing and the pathophysiology of chronic wounds and reviews the broad differential diagnosis of chronic wounds. It also describes the initial steps necessary in evaluating a chronic wound and determining its underlying etiology.

  11. Recommendations for accurate CT diagnosis of suspected acute aortic syndrome (AAS)—on behalf of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (BSCI)/British Society of Cardiovascular CT (BSCCT)

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    Nicol, Edward; Morgan-Hughes, Gareth; Roobottom, Carl A; Roditi, Giles; Hamilton, Mark C K; Bull, Russell K; Pugliese, Franchesca; Williams, Michelle C; Stirrup, James; Padley, Simon; Taylor, Andrew; Davies, L Ceri; Bury, Roger; Harden, Stephen

    2016-01-01

    Accurate and timely assessment of suspected acute aortic syndrome is crucial in this life-threatening condition. Imaging with CT plays a central role in the diagnosis to allow expedited management. Diagnosis can be made using locally available expertise with optimized scanning parameters, making full use of recent advances in CT technology. Each imaging centre must optimize their protocols to allow accurate diagnosis, to optimize radiation dose and in particular to reduce the risk of false-positive diagnosis that may simulate disease. This document outlines the principles for the acquisition of motion-free imaging of the aorta in this context. PMID:26916280

  12. Brachyury: A Diagnostic Marker for the Differential Diagnosis of Chordoma and Hemangioblastoma versus Neoplastic Histological Mimickers

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    Ieni, Antonio; Branca, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    Brachyury is a transcription factor which is required for posterior mesoderm formation and differentiation as well as for notochord development during embryogenesis. Due to its expression in the neoplastic cells of chordoma, a malignant tumour deriving from notochordal remnants, but not in tumors showing a similar histology, brachyury has been proposed as a diagnostic marker of this neoplasia. Though commonly considered a hallmark of chordoma, the expression of brachyury has been also documented in the stromal cells of hemangioblastoma (HBL), a slow growing tumor which may involve the central nervous system (CNS) and, rarely, the kidney. Herein we review the role of brachyury immunohistochemical detection in the identification and differential diagnosis of chordoma and HBL towards histological mimickers and suggest that brachyury is added to the panel of immunohistochemical markers for the recognition of HBL in routinary practice, principally in unusual sites. PMID:24591762

  13. [Non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts: grounding of differential diagnosis].

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    Nitkowski, D; Petermann, F

    2010-01-01

    Three criteria for differential diagnosis of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts were validated by means of more recent empirical studies. Criteria concerning motives (functions), methods of self-injury (medical severity), lifetime frequency and lifetime number of episodes were investigated. Literature research showed only a few studies concentrated on a direct comparison of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts. Therefore, studies examing the relationship of suicide intent to the relevant features, are considered, too. Empirical results concerning motives (functions), methods (medical severity), lifetime frequency and number of episodes were compared to the three criteria. Except for lifetime frequency, studies support the criteria. However, in the case of motives, a more differentiated examination is needed to distinguish between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts. To optimize the assessment, guidelines should be slightly modified. Because of the phenomenological overlap of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts, a dimensional assessment can be helpful.

  14. Accurate diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome based upon objective test methods for characteristic symptoms

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    Twisk, Frank NM

    2015-01-01

    Although myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are considered to be synonymous, the definitional criteria for ME and CFS define two distinct, partially overlapping, clinical entities. ME, whether defined by the original criteria or by the recently proposed criteria, is not equivalent to CFS, let alone a severe variant of incapacitating chronic fatigue. Distinctive features of ME are: muscle weakness and easy muscle fatigability, cognitive impairment, circulatory deficits, a marked variability of the symptoms in presence and severity, but above all, post-exertional “malaise”: a (delayed) prolonged aggravation of symptoms after a minor exertion. In contrast, CFS is primarily defined by (unexplained) chronic fatigue, which should be accompanied by four out of a list of 8 symptoms, e.g., headaches. Due to the subjective nature of several symptoms of ME and CFS, researchers and clinicians have questioned the physiological origin of these symptoms and qualified ME and CFS as functional somatic syndromes. However, various characteristic symptoms, e.g., post-exertional “malaise” and muscle weakness, can be assessed objectively using well-accepted methods, e.g., cardiopulmonary exercise tests and cognitive tests. The objective measures acquired by these methods should be used to accurately diagnose patients, to evaluate the severity and impact of the illness objectively and to assess the positive and negative effects of proposed therapies impartially. PMID:26140274

  15. Imaging-based differential diagnosis between multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease.

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    Sako, Wataru; Abe, Takashi; Murakami, Nagahisa; Miyazaki, Yoshimichi; Izumi, Yuishin; Harada, Masafumi; Kaji, Ryuji

    2016-09-15

    There are many tools for differentiating between multiple system atrophy with predominant parkinsonian features (MSA-P) and Parkinson's disease (PD). These include middle cerebellar peduncle (MCP) width, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of the putamen and cerebellum, and (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy images. We aimed to directly compare the above-mentioned methods, and to determine the optimal tool for differential diagnosis. Eleven patients with MSA-P and 36 patients with PD were enrolled. Of these, 7 patients with MSA-P and 14 patients with PD were chosen as background-matched subjects. We measured MCP width, ADC value of the putamen and cerebellum, and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy images. Area under curve (AUC) of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) was assessed to compare the above-mentioned methods. MCP width and ADC value of the putamen may be helpful for differentiating between MSA-P and PD relative to other methods in background-matched patients (MCP, AUC=0.95; putamen ADC, AUC=0.88; cerebellar ADC, AUC=0.70; MIBG, AUC=0.78). Similar AUCs were seen in all patients with different backgrounds. Our findings suggested that MCP width and ADC value of the putamen could be superior to ADC value of the cerebellum and MIBG uptake for differentiating between MSA-P and PD. PMID:27538610

  16. False positive diagnosis on (131)iodine whole-body scintigraphy of differentiated thyroid cancers.

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    Triggiani, Vincenzo; Giagulli, Vito Angelo; Iovino, Michele; De Pergola, Giovanni; Licchelli, Brunella; Varraso, Antonio; Dicembrino, Franca; Valle, Guido; Guastamacchia, Edoardo

    2016-09-01

    (131)Iodine is used both to ablate any residual thyroid tissue or metastatic disease and to obtain whole-body diagnostic images after total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). Even though whole-body scan is highly accurate in showing thyroid residues as well as metastases of DTC, false positive results can be found, possibly leading to diagnostic errors and unnecessary treatments. This paper reviews the physiological and pathological processes involved as well as the strategy to recognize and rule out false positive radioiodine images.

  17. Meta-analysis of magnetic resonance imaging for the differential diagnosis of spinal degeneration.

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    Hou, Ying-Nuo; Ding, Wen-Yuan; Shen, Yong; Yang, Da-Long; Wang, Lin-Feng; Zhang, Peng

    2015-01-01

    To systematically evaluate the clinical significance of magnetic resonance imaging for the identification and diagnosis of spinal degenerative changes. We searched Cochrane Library, PubMed, EMbase, CNKI, WanFang Data, Medalink, VIP and CBM databases for clinical studies on the significance of magnetic resonance imaging for the differential diagnosis of spinal degeneration; retrieval time was from database building to October 2014. Two reviewers independently screened the literature, extracted data and evaluated methodological quality according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Meta-DiSc 1.4 software was used for meta-analysis. The study included six documents, 10 independent results and a total of 505 individuals. Meta-analysis showed that: In the present study, the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging in the differential diagnosis of cervical and lumbar degeneration was firstly analyzed and discussed using the Meta-Disc 1.4 software. SPE: χ(2) = 77.59, P = 0.000, I(2) = 88.4%; SEN: χ(2) = 167.25, P = 0.000, I(2) = 94.6%; DOR: Cochran-Q = 71.64, P = 0.000. Meta-analysis of random effect model showed that: SEN merge = 0.849 [95% CI (0.816,0.878)], SPE merge = 0.745 [95% CI (0.695, 0.792)], + LR = 2.735 [95% CI (1.600, -4.676)], - LR = 0.245 [95% CI (0.122, -0.493)], DOR merge = 21.158 [95% CI (5.234, -85.529)], SROC AUC = 0.8698; the results had good stability. Then the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging in the differential diagnosis of cervical degeneration was analyzed and the results showed that: SPE: χ(2) = 6.92, P = 0.075, I(2) = 56.6%; SEN: χ(2) = 81.73, P = 0.000, I(2) = 96.3%; DOR: Cochran-Q = 12.71, P = 0.005. Meta-analysis of random effect model showed that: SEN merge = 0.799 [95% CI (0.741, 0.850)], SPE merge = 0.769 [95% CI (0.683, -0.840)], + LR = 2.506 [95% CI (1.399, -4.489)], - LR = 0.363 [95% CI (0.149, -0.882)], DOR merge = 11.949 [95% CI (2.195, -65.036)], SROC AUC = 0.8210. The stability was good. Finally, analysis of six

  18. Pathologic diagnosis of achondrogenesis type 2 in a fragmented fetus: case report and evidence-based differential diagnostic approach in the early midtrimester.

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    Weisman, Paul S; Kashireddy, Papreddy V; Ernst, Linda M

    2014-01-01

    As a group, lethal genetic skeletal disorders (GSDs) usually result in death within the perinatal period. Because lethal GSDs are often ultrasonographically detectible by early midtrimester, dilation and evacuation (D&E) is the method of choice for elective termination of pregnancy in many institutions. However, because the diagnosis of the lethal GSDs relies heavily upon radiologic examination of fetal remains, reaching an accurate diagnosis in this setting can be challenging. We report an autopsy case of a fetus delivered by D&E at 15 4/7 weeks gestation with radiologic, histologic, and genetic findings compatible with achondrogenesis type 2 and discuss an evidence-based differential diagnostic approach to lethal GSDs terminated by early midtrimester D&E. PMID:24144387

  19. The narcissistic personality disorder and the differential diagnosis of antisocial behavior.

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    Kernberg, O F

    1989-09-01

    This article describes a dimension of antisocial behavior that links the narcissistic personality disorder with the antisocial personality disorder, with the syndrome of malignant narcissism as intermediate between the two. Starting with a critique of the DSM-III-R description of the antisocial personality disorder, the author reviews some salient contributions to the concept of the antisocial personality disorder derived from descriptive, sociologic, and psychoanalytic viewpoints. Cleckley's classic description forms the historical background for an updated description of the key characteristics of the antisocial personality disorder. What follows is a summary of the differential diagnosis of antisocial behavior as found in the antisocial personality disorder, the syndrome of malignant narcissism, the narcissistic personality disorders with antisocial behaviors, other severe personality disorders with antisocial features, neurotic personality disorders with antisocial features, symptomatic neuroses, and, finally, dissocial reactions. Prognostic and therapeutic considerations regarding the treatment of antisocial behavior are briefly summarized in the light of this differential diagnosis. A final section describes the psychodynamics of the syndrome of malignant narcissism and of the antisocial personality disorder.

  20. Trypanosoma cruzi ubiquitin as an antigen in the differential diagnosis of Chagas disease and leishmaniasis.

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    Telles, Senobia; Abate, Teresa; Slezynger, Thelma; Henriquez, Diana A

    2003-06-10

    In the present report we describe Trypanosoma cruzi ubiquitin as an antigen to be utilized in the differential diagnosis of Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. Initially, recombinant T. cruzi ubiquitin was evaluated against a panel of sera by phage dot immunoassay, showing a good performance against chagasic sera. However, the presence of a carboxy-terminal tail region encoding a ribosomal protein homologous to a related protein present in the genome of Leishmania sp. gave significant cross-reactivity with leishmanial sera. Therefore, ubiquitin was purified by a simple biochemical protocol and its immunoreactivity was studied by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Analysis of 104 sera indicates that the response to ubiquitin is very sensitive towards chronic chagasic sera (98%) and, more important, highly species-specific, presenting better performance compared to the use of the recombinant protein or the total epimastigote extracts when tested against a panel of leishmanial sera, where out of a total of 70 sera tested, only five sera from the mucocutaneous form of the disease reacted with T. cruzi ubiquitin. On the other hand, Leishmania ubiquitin was not recognized by chagasic sera, but was recognized by sera from different forms of leishmaniasis. These results make ubiquitin an excellent candidate to be used in the differential diagnosis of these two parasitic diseases. The molecular basis for this highly species-specific response is discussed.

  1. Right ventricular myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism differential diagnosis –a challenge for the clinician

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    Caloianu, GA; Serban, M; Dragomir, D

    2010-01-01

    It is frequently recognized in medical literature as well as in daily clinical practice that right ventricular myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism are two of the most challenging clinical pictures to differentiate in cardiology and the treatment, often chosen upon a mixture of clinical suspicion criteria subsequently confirmed by other diagnostic methods, can lead to therapeutic success. Differential diagnosis is often difficult due to similar clinical picture, unspecific electrocardiographic changes and unspecific biological markers. It is very important to know the risk factors and the associated comorbidities for these two clinical entities in order to be able to interpret them contextually. In most cases the diagnosis key is the clinical suspicion. Usually in evaluating these cases we are in the position of choosing more complex diagnostic procedures, most likely not available in Emergency Department. In conclusion it is expected from the clinician to use the available methods with a thorough approach to details but in the same time considering the whole clinical picture. PMID:20945815

  2. Immune-phenotypical markers for the differential diagnosis of melanocytic lesions

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    Botti, Gerardo; Marra, Laura; Anniciello, Annamaria; Scognamiglio, Giosuè; Gigantino, Vincenzo; Cantile, Monica

    2015-01-01

    For specific subsets of melanocytic proliferations, there are morphologic limitations in the histological diagnosis, especially for borderline melanocytic tumors. In particular, Spitzoid proliferations can be difficult to diagnose. For these reasons, in the last years, clinic research has focusedattention on discovery of new diagnostic markers. Published gene expression and proteomic profiling data indicate new candidate molecules involved in melanoma pathogenesis, and useful in differential diagnosis of difficult melanocytic lesions. Recently, the diagnostic power of galectin-3 was demonstrated in series of melanocytic lesions, with a strong increasing of expression in malignant lesions compared with benign lesions. Similarly, the accumulation of Collagen XVII antibody was detected in vertical melanoma fronts and associated with invasive phenotype. Moreover, overexpression of cyclin D1 and p21 was detected in Spitz nevi compared with non-spitzoid melanomas; Ki-67 appears highly expressed in deep areas of non-spitzoid melanomas. In this review,werealizedan overviewofthe main molecular markersthat canbe a usefultoolfor the differential diagnosisofbenign, borderlineand malignant melanocytic lesions, related to their biological behavior, useful also for predicting the evolutionof the disease. PMID:26617684

  3. Differential diagnosis for bilateral abnormalities of the basal ganglia and thalamus.

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    Hegde, Amogh N; Mohan, Suyash; Lath, Narayan; Lim, C C Tchoyoson

    2011-01-01

    The basal ganglia and thalamus are paired deep gray matter structures that may be involved by a wide variety of disease entities. The basal ganglia are highly metabolically active and are symmetrically affected in toxic poisoning, metabolic abnormalities, and neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation. Both the basal ganglia and thalamus may be affected by other systemic or metabolic disease, degenerative disease, and vascular conditions. Focal flavivirus infections, toxoplasmosis, and primary central nervous system lymphoma may also involve both deep gray matter structures. The thalamus is more typically affected alone by focal conditions than by systemic disease. Radiologists may detect bilateral abnormalities of the basal ganglia and thalamus in different acute and chronic clinical situations, and although magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is the modality of choice for evaluation, the correct diagnosis can be made only by taking all relevant clinical and laboratory information into account. The neuroimaging diagnosis is influenced not only by detection of specific MR imaging features such as restricted diffusion and the presence of hemorrhage, but also by detection of abnormalities involving other parts of the brain, especially the cerebral cortex, brainstem, and white matter. Judicious use of confirmatory neuroimaging investigations, especially diffusion-weighted imaging, MR angiography, MR venography, and MR spectroscopy during the same examination, may help improve characterization of these abnormalities and help narrow the differential diagnosis.

  4. Differential diagnosis of a gastric stromal tumor: case report and literature review.

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    Boşoteanu, Mădălina; Boşoteanu, C; Deacu, Mariana; Aşchie, Mariana

    2011-01-01

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumors account for 0.1-3% of all gastrointestinal neoplasms and are characterized by features that overlap with those of other mesenchymal tumors. We expose the case of a 58-year-old male patient who complained of abdominal pain, weakness and melena. Microscopic examination of surgically resected gastric tumor revealed a neoplastic proliferation composed of spindle cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm, elongated nuclei with rounded ends, palisadic disposition and intracytoplasmic perinuclear vacuoles, low cyto-nuclear polymorphism, mild atypia and mitotic activity of 3-5÷50 HPF. Some histopathological features requested differential diagnosis with schwannoma and tumors of myocytary origin, based on immunohistochemical techniques, which have established a final diagnosis of spindle cell gastric stromal tumor. We also reviewed the GIST-related literature and evaluated the possible methods of preoperative diagnosis of GISTs based on endoscopic biopsy. Proper classification of GISTs based on histopathological criteria and immunohistochemical techniques has a great prognostic and therapeutic utility. Future development of endoscopic biopsy methods will refine the management of gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

  5. Review of fine-needle aspiration cytology of salivary gland neoplasms, with emphasis on differential diagnosis.

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    Mukunyadzi, Perkins

    2002-12-01

    The widespread use of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of salivary gland lesions in many centers is testimony to its usefulness and acceptance as a diagnostic technique. Many pertinent questions concerning a mass arising in the salivary gland can be answered by evaluation of FNA cytologic material, and these include whether the mass is truly of salivary gland origin, whether the lesion is inflammatory or neoplastic, and if neoplastic, whether benign or malignant. On diagnosis of a neoplastic salivary gland lesion, the next important issue is to correctly classify the tumor, particularly if malignant. Specific cytologic diagnoses can be achieved in the majority of cases, thus enabling the clinician and patient to make appropriate informed decisions. The cytologic evaluation of salivary gland tumors, however, is limited by the wide range and heterogeneous nature of benign and malignant tumors arising in this area, many of which share similar or show overlapping cytologic features, making the diagnosis of rare tumors problematic. In this review, the cytologic features of the major salivary gland neoplasms, the differential diagnoses, and the salient points that, if examined carefully, help achieve a specific diagnosis are discussed.

  6. Whole-Exome Sequencing in the Differential Diagnosis of Primary Adrenal Insufficiency in Children

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    Chan, Li F.; Campbell, Daniel C.; Novoselova, Tatiana V.; Clark, Adrian J. L.; Metherell, Louise A.

    2015-01-01

    Adrenal insufficiency is a rare, but potentially fatal medical condition. In children, the cause is most commonly congenital and in recent years a growing number of causative gene mutations have been identified resulting in a myriad of syndromes that share adrenal insufficiency as one of the main characteristics. The evolution of adrenal insufficiency is dependent on the variant and the particular gene affected, meaning that rapid and accurate diagnosis is imperative for effective treatment of the patient. Common practice is for candidate genes to be sequenced individually, which is a time-consuming process and complicated by overlapping clinical phenotypes. However, with the availability, and increasing cost effectiveness of whole-exome sequencing, there is the potential for this to become a powerful diagnostic tool. Here, we report the results of whole-exome sequencing of 43 patients referred to us with a diagnosis of familial glucocorticoid deficiency (FGD) who were mutation negative for MC2R, MRAP, and STAR the most commonly mutated genes in FGD. WES provided a rapid genetic diagnosis in 17/43 sequenced patients, for the remaining 60% the gene defect may be within intronic/regulatory regions not covered by WES or may be in gene(s) representing novel etiologies. The diagnosis of isolated or familial glucocorticoid deficiency was only confirmed in 3 of the 17 patients, other genetic diagnoses were adrenal hypo- and hyperplasia, Triple A, and autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome type I, emphasizing both the difficulty of phenotypically distinguishing between disorders of PAI and the utility of WES as a tool to achieve this. PMID:26300845

  7. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF DEEP GLUTEAL PAIN IN A FEMALE RUNNER WITH PELVIC INVOLVEMENT: A CASE REPORT

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    Podschun, Laura; Kolber, Morey J.; Garcia, Ashley; Rothschild, Carey E.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Gluteal injuries, proximal hamstring injuries, and pelvic floor disorders have been reported in the literature among runners. Some suggest that hip, pelvis, and/or groin injuries occur in 3.3% to 11.5% of long distance runners. The purpose of this case report is to describe the differential diagnosis and treatment approach for a patient presenting with combined hip and pelvic pain. Case description: A 45-year-old female distance runner was referred to physical therapy for proximal hamstring pain that had been present for several months. This pain limited her ability to tolerate sitting and caused her to cease running. Examination of the patient's lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremity led to the initial differential diagnosis of hamstring syndrome and ischiogluteal bursitis. The patient's primary symptoms improved during the initial four visits, which focused on education, pain management, trunk stabilization and gluteus maximus strengthening, however pelvic pain persisted. Further examination led to a secondary diagnosis of pelvic floor hypertonic disorder. Interventions to address the pelvic floor led to resolution of symptoms and return to running. Outcomes: Pain level on the Visual Analog Scale decreased from 7/10 to 1/10 over the course of treatment. The patient was able to return to full sport activity and improved sitting tolerance to greater then two hours without significant discomfort. Discussion: This case suggests the interdependence of lumbopelvic and lower extremity kinematics in complaints of hamstring, posterior thigh and pelvic floor disorders. This case highlights the importance of a thorough examination as well as the need to consider a regional interdependence of the pelvic floor and lower quarter when treating individuals with proximal hamstring pain. Level of Evidence: Level 4 PMID:24175132

  8. Can optical diagnosis of small colon polyps be accurate? Comparing standard scope without narrow banding to high definition scope with narrow banding

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    Ashktorab, Hassan; Etaati, Firoozeh; Rezaeean, Farahnaz; Nouraie, Mehdi; Paydar, Mansour; Namin, Hassan Hassanzadeh; Sanderson, Andrew; Begum, Rehana; Alkhalloufi, Kawtar; Brim, Hassan; Laiyemo, Adeyinka O

    2016-01-01

    AIM: To study the accuracy of using high definition (HD) scope with narrow band imaging (NBI) vs standard white light colonoscope without NBI (ST), to predict the histology of the colon polyps, particularly those < 1 cm. METHODS: A total of 147 African Americans patients who were referred to Howard University Hospital for screening or, diagnostic or follow up colonoscopy, during a 12-mo period in 2012 were prospectively recruited. Some patients had multiple polyps and total number of polyps was 179. Their colonoscopies were performed by 3 experienced endoscopists who determined the size and stated whether the polyps being removed were hyperplastic or adenomatous polyps using standard colonoscopes or high definition colonoscopes with NBI. The histopathologic diagnosis was reported by pathologists as part of routine care. RESULTS: Of participants in the study, 55 (37%) were male and median (interquartile range) of age was 56 (19-80). Demographic, clinical characteristics, past medical history of patients, and the data obtained by two instruments were not significantly different and two methods detected similar number of polyps. In ST scope 89% of polyps were < 1 cm vs 87% in HD scope (P = 0.7). The ST scope had a positive predictive value (PPV) and positive likelihood ratio (PLR) of 86% and 4.0 for adenoma compared to 74% and 2.6 for HD scope. There was a trend of higher sensitivity for HD scope (68%) compare to ST scope (53%) with almost the same specificity. The ST scope had a PPV and PLR of 38% and 1.8 for hyperplastic polyp (HPP) compared to 42% and 2.2 for HD scope. The sensitivity and specificity of two instruments for HPP diagnosis were similar. CONCLUSION: Our results indicated that HD scope was more sensitive in diagnosis of adenoma than ST scope. Clinical diagnosis of HPP with either scope is less accurate compared to adenoma. Colonoscopy diagnosis is not yet fully matched with pathologic diagnosis of colon polyp. However with the advancement of both

  9. Can optical diagnosis of small colon polyps be accurate? Comparing standard scope without narrow banding to high definition scope with narrow banding

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    Ashktorab, Hassan; Etaati, Firoozeh; Rezaeean, Farahnaz; Nouraie, Mehdi; Paydar, Mansour; Namin, Hassan Hassanzadeh; Sanderson, Andrew; Begum, Rehana; Alkhalloufi, Kawtar; Brim, Hassan; Laiyemo, Adeyinka O

    2016-01-01

    AIM: To study the accuracy of using high definition (HD) scope with narrow band imaging (NBI) vs standard white light colonoscope without NBI (ST), to predict the histology of the colon polyps, particularly those < 1 cm. METHODS: A total of 147 African Americans patients who were referred to Howard University Hospital for screening or, diagnostic or follow up colonoscopy, during a 12-mo period in 2012 were prospectively recruited. Some patients had multiple polyps and total number of polyps was 179. Their colonoscopies were performed by 3 experienced endoscopists who determined the size and stated whether the polyps being removed were hyperplastic or adenomatous polyps using standard colonoscopes or high definition colonoscopes with NBI. The histopathologic diagnosis was reported by pathologists as part of routine care. RESULTS: Of participants in the study, 55 (37%) were male and median (interquartile range) of age was 56 (19-80). Demographic, clinical characteristics, past medical history of patients, and the data obtained by two instruments were not significantly different and two methods detected similar number of polyps. In ST scope 89% of polyps were < 1 cm vs 87% in HD scope (P = 0.7). The ST scope had a positive predictive value (PPV) and positive likelihood ratio (PLR) of 86% and 4.0 for adenoma compared to 74% and 2.6 for HD scope. There was a trend of higher sensitivity for HD scope (68%) compare to ST scope (53%) with almost the same specificity. The ST scope had a PPV and PLR of 38% and 1.8 for hyperplastic polyp (HPP) compared to 42% and 2.2 for HD scope. The sensitivity and specificity of two instruments for HPP diagnosis were similar. CONCLUSION: Our results indicated that HD scope was more sensitive in diagnosis of adenoma than ST scope. Clinical diagnosis of HPP with either scope is less accurate compared to adenoma. Colonoscopy diagnosis is not yet fully matched with pathologic diagnosis of colon polyp. However with the advancement of both

  10. Can simple tests performed in the primary care setting provide accurate and efficient diagnosis of benign prostatic hyperplasia? Rationale and design of the Diagnosis Improvement in Primary Care Trial.

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    Carballido, J; Fourcade, R; Pagliarulo, A; Cricelli, C; Brenes, F; Pedromingo-Marino, A; Castro, R

    2009-08-01

    Effective treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) improves lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and patient quality of life, and reduces the risk of complications arising from disease progression. However, treatment can only be initiated when men with BPH are identified by accurate diagnostic tests. Current evidence suggests that diagnostic procedures employed by primary care physicians vary widely across Europe. The expected increases in BPH prevalence accompanying the gradual aging of the population, coupled with greater use of medical therapy, mean that general practitioners (GPs) are likely to have an increasingly important role in managing the condition. The GP/primary care clinic is therefore an attractive target location for strategies designed to improve the accuracy of BPH diagnosis. The Diagnosis Improvement in Primary Care Trial (D-IMPACT) is a prospective, multicentre, epidemiological study that aims to identify the optimal subset of simple tests applied by GPs in the primary care setting to diagnose BPH in men who spontaneously report obstructive (voiding) and/or irritative (storage) LUTS. These tests comprise medical history, symptom assessment with the International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire, urinalysis, measurement of serum levels of prostate-specific antigen and subjective GP diagnosis after completing all tests including digital rectal examination. GP diagnoses and all other tests will be compared with gold-standard diagnoses provided by specialist urologists following completion of additional diagnostic tests. D-IMPACT will establish the diagnostic performance using a non-subjective and reproducible algorithm. An adjusted and multivariate analysis of the results of D-IMPACT will allow identification of the most efficient combination of tests that facilitate accurate BPH diagnosis in the primary care setting. In addition, D-IMPACT will estimate the prevalence of BPH in patients who present spontaneously to GPs with LUTS. PMID

  11. Modern techniques of magnetic resonance in the evaluation of primary central nervous system lymphoma: contributions to the diagnosis and differential diagnosis

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    da Rocha, Antonio José; Sobreira Guedes, Bruno Vasconcelos; da Silveira da Rocha, Talita Maira Bueno; Maia Junior, Antonio Carlos Martins; Chiattone, Carlos Sérgio

    2015-01-01

    In addition to findings from conventional magnetic resonance imaging, modern magnetic resonance imaging techniques have provided important information about tumor metabolism, in vivo metabolite formation, water molecule diffusion, microvascular density, and blood-brain barrier permeability, all of which have improved the in vivo diagnostic accuracy of this method in the evaluation of primary central nervous system lymphoma. These nonconventional magnetic resonance techniques are useful in the clinical practice because they enhance conventional magnetic resonance imaging by reinforcing the possibility of a diagnosis and by allowing the early detection of disease recurrence. This report is a review of the most relevant contributions of nonconventional magnetic resonance techniques to the imaging diagnosis of primary central nervous system lymphoma, the differential diagnosis of this disease, and the prognosis of patients. This paper aims to describe a wide range of presentations of primary central nervous system lymphoma, their appearance in imaging, and the differential diagnoses of this disease. PMID:26969774

  12. Differential diagnosis of Brucella abortus by real-time PCR based on a single-nucleotide polymorphisms.

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    Kim, Ji-Yeon; Kang, Sung-Il; Lee, Jin Ju; Lee, Kichan; Sung, So-Ra; Erdenebaataar, Janchivdorj; Vanaabaatar, Batbaatar; Jung, Suk Chan; Park, Yong Ho; Yoo, Han-Sang; Her, Moon

    2016-05-01

    To diagnose brucellosis effectively, many genus- and species-specific detection methods based on PCR have been developed. With conventional PCR assays, real-time PCR techniques have been developed as rapid diagnostic tools. Among them, real-time PCR using hybridization probe (hybprobe) has been recommended for bacteria with high DNA homology among species, with which it is possible to make an accurate diagnosis by means of an amplification curve and melting peak analysis. A hybprobe for B. abortus was designed from a specific single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on the fbaA gene. This probe only showed specific amplification of B. abortus from approximately the 14th cycle, given a melting peak at 69°C. The sensitivity of real-time PCR was revealed to be 20 fg/µl by 10-fold DNA dilution, and the detection limit was 4 CFU in clinical samples. This real-time PCR showed greater sensitivity than that of conventional PCR and previous real-time PCR based on Taqman probe. Therefore, this new real-time PCR assay could be helpful for differentiating B. abortus infection with rapidity and accuracy.

  13. Differential diagnosis of Brucella abortus by real-time PCR based on a single-nucleotide polymorphisms

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    KIM, Ji-Yeon; KANG, Sung-Il; LEE, Jin Ju; LEE, Kichan; SUNG, So-Ra; ERDENEBAATAAR, Janchivdorj; VANAABAATAR, Batbaatar; JUNG, Suk Chan; PARK, Yong Ho; YOO, Han-Sang; HER, Moon

    2015-01-01

    To diagnose brucellosis effectively, many genus- and species-specific detection methods based on PCR have been developed. With conventional PCR assays, real-time PCR techniques have been developed as rapid diagnostic tools. Among them, real-time PCR using hybridization probe (hybprobe) has been recommended for bacteria with high DNA homology among species, with which it is possible to make an accurate diagnosis by means of an amplification curve and melting peak analysis. A hybprobe for B. abortus was designed from a specific single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on the fbaA gene. This probe only showed specific amplification of B. abortus from approximately the 14th cycle, given a melting peak at 69°C. The sensitivity of real-time PCR was revealed to be 20 fg/µl by 10-fold DNA dilution, and the detection limit was 4 CFU in clinical samples. This real-time PCR showed greater sensitivity than that of conventional PCR and previous real-time PCR based on Taqman probe. Therefore, this new real-time PCR assay could be helpful for differentiating B. abortus infection with rapidity and accuracy. PMID:26666176

  14. A Novel IgM-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using recombinant Vag8 fusion protein for the accurate and early diagnosis of Bordetella pertussis infection.

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    Otsuka, Nao; Gotoh, Kensei; Nishimura, Naoko; Ozaki, Takao; Nakamura, Yukitsugu; Haga, Kiyohito; Yamazaki, Makoto; Gondaira, Fumio; Okada, Kenji; Miyaji, Yusuke; Toyoizumi-Ajisaka, Hiromi; Shibayama, Keigo; Arakawa, Yoshichika; Kamachi, Kazunari

    2016-05-01

    An ELISA that measures anti-PT IgG antibody has been used widely for the serodiagnosis of pertussis; however, the IgG-based ELISA is inadequate for patients during the acute phase of the disease because of the slow response of anti-PT IgG antibodies. To solve this problem, we developed a novel IgM-capture ELISA that measures serum anti-Bordetella pertussis Vag8 IgM levels for the accurate and early diagnosis of pertussis. First, we confirmed that Vag8 was highly expressed in all B. pertussis isolates tested (n = 30), but little or none in other Bordetella species, and that DTaP vaccines did not induce anti-Vag8 IgG antibodies in mice (i.e. the antibody level could be unaffected by the vaccination). To determine the immune response to Vag8 in B. pertussis infection, anti-Vag8 IgM levels were compared between 38 patients (acute phase of pertussis) and 29 healthy individuals using the anti-Vag8 IgM-capture ELISA. The results revealed that the anti-Vag8 IgM levels were significantly higher in the patients compared with the healthy individuals (P < 0.001). ROC analysis also showed that the anti-Vag8 IgM-capture ELISA has higher diagnostic accuracy (AUC, 0.92) than a commercial anti-PT IgG ELISA kit. Moreover, it was shown that anti-Vag8 IgM antibodies were induced earlier than anti-PT IgG antibodies on sequential patients' sera. These data indicate that our novel anti-Vag8 IgM-capture ELISA is a potentially useful tool for making the accurate and early diagnosis of B. pertussis infection.

  15. Intestinal Intraepithelial Lymphocyte Cytometric Pattern Is More Accurate than Subepithelial Deposits of Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase IgA for the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease in Lymphocytic Enteritis

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    García-Puig, Roger; Rosinach, Mercè; González, Clarisa; Alsina, Montserrat; Loras, Carme; Salas, Antonio; Viver, Josep M.; Esteve, Maria

    2014-01-01

    Background & Aims An increase in CD3+TCRγδ+ and a decrease in CD3− intraepithelial lymphocytes (IEL) is a characteristic flow cytometric pattern of celiac disease (CD) with atrophy. The aim was to evaluate the usefulness of both CD IEL cytometric pattern and anti-TG2 IgA subepithelial deposit analysis (CD IF pattern) for diagnosing lymphocytic enteritis due to CD. Methods Two-hundred and five patients (144 females) who underwent duodenal biopsy for clinical suspicion of CD and positive celiac genetics were prospectively included. Fifty had villous atrophy, 70 lymphocytic enteritis, and 85 normal histology. Eight patients with non-celiac atrophy and 15 with lymphocytic enteritis secondary to Helicobacter pylori acted as control group. Duodenal biopsies were obtained to assess both CD IEL flow cytometric (complete or incomplete) and IF patterns. Results Sensitivity of IF, and complete and incomplete cytometric patterns for CD diagnosis in patients with positive serology (Marsh 1+3) was 92%, 85 and 97% respectively, but only the complete cytometric pattern had 100% specificity. Twelve seropositive and 8 seronegative Marsh 1 patients had a CD diagnosis at inclusion or after gluten free-diet, respectively. CD cytometric pattern showed a better diagnostic performance than both IF pattern and serology for CD diagnosis in lymphocytic enteritis at baseline (95% vs 60% vs 60%, p = 0.039). Conclusions Analysis of the IEL flow cytometric pattern is a fast, accurate method for identifying CD in the initial diagnostic biopsy of patients presenting with lymphocytic enteritis, even in seronegative patients, and seems to be better than anti-TG2 intestinal deposits. PMID:25010214

  16. Laser Raman detection of platelets for early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease based on an adaptive Gaussian process classification algorithm

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    Luo, Yusheng; Du, Z. W.; Yang, Y. J.; Chen, P.; Tian, Q.; Shang, X. L.; Liu, Z. C.; Yao, X. Q.; Wang, J. Z.; Wang, X. H.; Cheng, Y.; Peng, J.; Shen, A. G.; Hu, J. M.

    2013-04-01

    Early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has puzzled many clinicians. In this work, laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS) was developed to diagnose AD from platelet samples from AD transgenic mice and non-transgenic controls of different ages. An adaptive Gaussian process (GP) classification algorithm was used to re-establish the classification models of early AD, advanced AD and the control group with just two features and the capacity for noise reduction. Compared with the previous multilayer perceptron network method, the GP showed much better classification performance with the same feature set. Besides, spectra of platelets isolated from AD and Parkinson’s disease (PD) mice were also discriminated. Spectral data from 4 month AD (n = 39) and 12 month AD (n = 104) platelets, as well as control data (n = 135), were collected. Prospective application of the algorithm to the data set resulted in a sensitivity of 80%, a specificity of about 100% and a Matthews correlation coefficient of 0.81. Samples from PD (n = 120) platelets were also collected for differentiation from 12 month AD. The results suggest that platelet LRS detection analysis with the GP appears to be an easier and more accurate method than current ones for early and differential diagnosis of AD.

  17. Facial baroparesis: a critical differential diagnosis for scuba diving accidents--case report.

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    Iakovlev, E V; Iakovlev, V V

    2014-01-01

    Facial nerve baroparesis is a rare and potentially under-reported complication of scuba diving. A diver, after surfacing from a shallow dive, developed isolated left-sided facial palsy accompanied by pain and decreased hearing in the left ear. No other signs or symptoms attributable to a scuba diving accident were detected. Forty minutes later, he heard a "pop" in the affected ear, after which all symptoms quickly resolved. Repeat neurological and ear examinations were normal. He showed no residual or new symptoms 24 hours later. The differential diagnosis of facial neurological deficit after diving includes decompression sickness, cerebral air embolism due to pulmonary barotrauma, facial nerve barotrauma and common conditions such as stroke and Bell's palsy. It is important to recognize the condition since recompression treatment can further damage the facial nerve.

  18. Clear cell myoepithelioma of palate with emphasis on clinical and histological differential diagnosis.

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    Nair, Bindu J; Vivek, Velayudhannair; Sivakumar, Trivandrum T; Joseph, Anna P; Varun, Babyamma Raghavanpillai; Mony, Vinod

    2014-03-27

    Myoepitheliomas account for less than 1% of all salivary gland tumors and mostly occur in the parotid gland and palate. A 58-year old male patient reported to the Outpatient Department of PMS College of Dental Science and Research (Kerala, India) with a slow growing painless swelling on the palate for 4 years. Pleomorphic adenoma, basal cell adenoma, myoepithelioma, cyst adenoma, lipoma, neurofibroma, neurilemmoma and leiomyoma were considered. Histopathology revealed a thinly encapsulated tumor composed mainly of sheets of clear cells mixed with cells having eosinophilic cytoplasm. Histopathological differential diagnosis included pleomorphic adenoma, oncocytoma, oncocytic hyperplasia, sebaceous adenoma, malignant salivary gland neoplasms and metastatic lesions from kidney and thyroid. Myoepitheliomas mostly occur in the parotid gland and palatal region and various histological types of myoepithelioma are described. Myoepitheliomas of the palate are rare with clear cell variant even rarer.

  19. [Chondromyxoid fibroma. Morphological variations, site, incidence, radiologic criteria and differential diagnosis].

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    Engels, C; Priemel, M; Möller, G; Werner, M; Delling, G

    1999-07-01

    Chondromyxoid fibroma is a rare benign bone tumor, accounting for less than 1% of all bone tumors. The peak age incidence is the second and third decade of life. Chondromyxoid fibrom occurs in the metaphyseal parts of the major tubular bones, predominantly of the lower extremity. Roentgenograms show, in most cases, a well-demarcated radiolucent lesion. The classic histological feature of a chondromyxoid fibroma is stellate or spindle-shaped cells arranged in lobules in a myxoid or chondroid background. Analysis of 40 chondromyxoid fibromas demonstrates the morphological variation of this tumor. Cases were examined for age distribution, localization, and radiological and histological features. In 85% we found the typical histomorphological pattern. Recurrence rate was 12.5%. In four cases the appearance was uncharacteristic and differentiation from other tumors such as chondroblastoma or chondrosarcoma was quite difficult. By adhering to strict histomorphological criteria, definite diagnosis of chondromyxoid fibroma can be made in most cases. PMID:10478364

  20. Fever and musculoskeletal symptoms in an adult: differential diagnosis and management.

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    Revaz, Sylvie; Dudler, Jean; Kai-Lik So, Alexander

    2006-08-01

    Fever in the context of a patient with musculoskeletal symptoms is a sign of systemic inflammation. Initial management should be targeted at the identification of the organ systems affected and the search for a precise diagnosis. The main challenge is to differentiate between an infectious aetiology from an immune-inflammatory cause. Patient history and physical examination are key elements in the diagnostic work-up in order to direct appropriate laboratory investigations, as well as radiological and biopsy procedures. Advances in microbiological techniques and molecular genetics have provided additional tools for the clinician. Unfortunately, there is no simple algorithm to direct the diagnostic work-up, which still largely depends on the recognition of patterns of clinical presentations and the corresponding laboratory abnormalities.

  1. Differential Diagnosis: Shape and Function, Fractal Tools in the Pathology Lab.

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    Bianciardi, Giorgio

    2015-10-01

    Fractal analysis is a useful objective tool in describing complexity of shapes and signals providing information for understanding pathological changes. We present fractal approaches and software used in our pathology laboratory to analyze shapes of tumors in tissues and cells, to evaluate the microvessel network complexity in hereditary diseases or the complexity of the surface of blood cells in atherosclerosis-linked condition, as well to analyze function in vasculopathic subjects by chaotic analysis of electrocardiographic signals, in order to perform differential diagnosis. The fractal parameters appear to converge towards distinct values in pathological conditions compared to healthy, approaching the characteristics values of a percolation process or the diffusion-limited aggregation process, respectively: a bifurcation that allows to support the diagnostic process of the pathologist in his daily work. These methods, presented here as a kind of a cookbook ready for the pathologist, are low cost and not time consuming. PMID:26375935

  2. Facial baroparesis: a critical differential diagnosis for scuba diving accidents--case report.

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    Iakovlev, E V; Iakovlev, V V

    2014-01-01

    Facial nerve baroparesis is a rare and potentially under-reported complication of scuba diving. A diver, after surfacing from a shallow dive, developed isolated left-sided facial palsy accompanied by pain and decreased hearing in the left ear. No other signs or symptoms attributable to a scuba diving accident were detected. Forty minutes later, he heard a "pop" in the affected ear, after which all symptoms quickly resolved. Repeat neurological and ear examinations were normal. He showed no residual or new symptoms 24 hours later. The differential diagnosis of facial neurological deficit after diving includes decompression sickness, cerebral air embolism due to pulmonary barotrauma, facial nerve barotrauma and common conditions such as stroke and Bell's palsy. It is important to recognize the condition since recompression treatment can further damage the facial nerve. PMID:25558550

  3. [Calcinosis of the carotid siphon--morphology, differential diagnosis and clinical relevance].

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    Eppinger, B; Schumacher, M

    1986-11-01

    In order to determine the clinical significance and hemodynamic relevance of carotid siphon calcification 241 patients were investigated by doppler sonography and skull x-ray. Comparing 139 patients with and 60 patients without siphon calcification, we examined the predictive value of carotid calcification regarding obstructive vessel disease as indicated by doppler sonography. Both groups were compared with 42 patients who all had doppler sonographic signs of severe carotid stenosis. No significant difference was found regarding the incidence of stenosis between the groups with and without siphon calcification (13% vs. 15%). Interpreting siphon calcification as a general sign of atherosclerosis seems therefore not justified. An over proportionally high rate (61.9%) of siphon calcification can only be expected by selected patients with severe obstructive vessels disease. Etiological factors are discussed and differential diagnosis of siphon calcification is demonstrated by cases.

  4. Do not overlook Weismann-Netter syndrome in differential diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias.

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    Caksen, H; Kurtoğlu, S

    2004-01-01

    Weismann-Netter syndrome (WNS), a rare condition, is characterized by an anterior curvature of the bones of the lower limbs, usually bilateral and symmetrical. It was first described in 1954 by Weismann-Netter and Stuhl. We report a 2-year-old girl with typical findings of WNS who was misdiagnosed as having rickets. Our purpose is to draw attention to the WNS in the differential diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias. We think that the true incidence of WNS is probably higher than previously reported; therefore, we would like to emphasize that WNS should be considered in patients who have bowed lower extremities and have been diagnosed as having syphilis or healed rickets.

  5. A java-based application for differential diagnosis of hematopoietic neoplasms using immunophenotyping by flow cytometry.

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    Nguyen, A N; Milam, J D; Johnson, K A; Banez, E I

    2000-07-01

    We describe the implementation of a Java-based application for differential diagnosis of hematopoietic neoplasms using immunophenotyping by flow cytometry. The current version of this Java applet includes the knowledge-base for 33 hematopoietic neoplasms and 43 diagnostic immunophenotyping markers. Java, a new object-oriented computing language, helps facilitate development of this applet, a platform-independent module that can be implemented on the World Wide Web. As the Web rapidly becomes more accessible to users around the world, Web-based software may eventually form the core of decision-support systems in clinical settings. Java-based applications, such as the one described in this paper, are expected to contribute significantly in this area.

  6. Psychiatric polypharmacy: a clinical approach based on etiology and differential diagnosis.

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    Freudenreich, Oliver; Kontos, Nicholas; Querques, John

    2012-01-01

    Polypharmacy is common clinical practice in the United States for many psychiatric conditions and for many reasons. In this article we encourage clinicians to use the familiar practice of differential diagnosis to systematically identify etiological factors contributing to polypharmacy. We offer a clinical approach based on (1) reviewing the four main factors responsible for polypharmacy (the disease, the patient, the physician, and society) and (2) answering two questions about optimizing medication regimens (What can I do without explicit permission from the patient or others? What can I do with permission from them?). We contend that all physicians share a professional responsibility for prescribing medications judiciously because unnecessary prescribing exposes patients to unwarranted risks and squanders valuable and scarce resources. Psychiatrists can ask themselves a Kantian question: would my way of prescribing lead to good, socially acceptable outcomes if followed by all physicians treating similar patients? PMID:22512741

  7. Cerebral hemiatrophy: a clinicopathological report of two cases with a contribution to pathogenesis and differential diagnosis.

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    Vosskämper, M; Schachenmayr, W

    1990-01-01

    "Cerebral hemiatrophy" describes a condition of different etiologies that is characterized by a marked asymmetry of cerebral hemispheres. Case reports of two different forms of cerebral hemiatrophy are presented. In the first case perinatal asphyxia led to severe white matter lesions with predominance on the left side and marked asymmetry of the pyramidal tracts. Symptoms were present immediately after birth ("primary cerebral hemiatrophy"). The second case displayed postictal cerebral hemiatrophy with a widespread loss of cortical neurons of the entire left hemisphere. The disease process started at the age of two years after a widely normal early development ("secondary cerebral hemiatrophy"). A modified classification of cerebral hemiatrophy is presented, and concepts of pathogenesis and differential diagnosis are discussed. PMID:2125535

  8. A rare differential diagnosis to occupational neck pain: bilateral stylohyoid syndrome.

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    Kirchhoff, Gertrud; Kirchhoff, Chlodwig; Buhmann, Sonja; Kanz, Karl-Georg; Lenz, Miriam; Vogel, Tobias; Kichhoff, Rainer Maria

    2006-06-26

    Chronic neck pain is widely prevalent and a common source of disability in the working-age population. Etiology of chronic neck pain includes neck sprain, mechanical or muscular neck pain, myofascial pain syndrome, postural neck pain as well as pain due to degenerative changes. We report the case of a 42 year old secretary, complaining about a longer history of neck pain and limited movement of the cervical spine. Surprisingly, the adequate radiologic examination revealed a bilateral ossification of the stylohyoid ligament complex. Her symptoms remained intractable from conservative treatment consisting of anti-inflammatory medication as well as physical therapy. Hence the patient was admitted to surgical resection of the ossified stylohyoid ligament complex. Afterwards she was free of any complaints and went back to work. Therefore, ossification of the stylohyoid ligament complex causing severe neck pain and movement disorder should be regarded as a rare differential diagnosis of occupational related neck pain.

  9. Differential diagnosis of breast cancer using quantitative, label-free and molecular vibrational imaging.

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    Yang, Yaliang; Li, Fuhai; Gao, Liang; Wang, Zhiyong; Thrall, Michael J; Shen, Steven S; Wong, Kelvin K; Wong, Stephen T C

    2011-08-01

    We present a label-free, chemically-selective, quantitative imaging strategy to identify breast cancer and differentiate its subtypes using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. Human normal breast tissue, benign proliferative, as well as in situ and invasive carcinomas, were imaged ex vivo. Simply by visualizing cellular and tissue features appearing on CARS images, cancerous lesions can be readily separated from normal tissue and benign proliferative lesion. To further distinguish cancer subtypes, quantitative disease-related features, describing the geometry and distribution of cancer cell nuclei, were extracted and applied to a computerized classification system. The results show that in situ carcinoma was successfully distinguished from invasive carcinoma, while invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and invasive lobular carcinoma were also distinguished from each other. Furthermore, 80% of intermediate-grade IDC and 85% of high-grade IDC were correctly distinguished from each other. The proposed quantitative CARS imaging method has the potential to enable rapid diagnosis of breast cancer.

  10. Differential Diagnosis: Shape and Function, Fractal Tools in the Pathology Lab.

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    Bianciardi, Giorgio

    2015-10-01

    Fractal analysis is a useful objective tool in describing complexity of shapes and signals providing information for understanding pathological changes. We present fractal approaches and software used in our pathology laboratory to analyze shapes of tumors in tissues and cells, to evaluate the microvessel network complexity in hereditary diseases or the complexity of the surface of blood cells in atherosclerosis-linked condition, as well to analyze function in vasculopathic subjects by chaotic analysis of electrocardiographic signals, in order to perform differential diagnosis. The fractal parameters appear to converge towards distinct values in pathological conditions compared to healthy, approaching the characteristics values of a percolation process or the diffusion-limited aggregation process, respectively: a bifurcation that allows to support the diagnostic process of the pathologist in his daily work. These methods, presented here as a kind of a cookbook ready for the pathologist, are low cost and not time consuming.

  11. Immunohistochemistry applied to the differential diagnosis between ductal and lobular carcinoma of the breast.

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    de Deus Moura, Rafael; Wludarski, Sheila C L; Carvalho, Filomena M; Bacchi, Carlos E

    2013-01-01

    The distinction between classic lobular and ductal carcinoma, both in situ and invasive, has important therapeutic and management implications. Most ductal and lobular carcinomas are distinguished readily on hematoxylin-eosin-stained sections because of distinct histomorphologic features. In cases with ambiguous morphologic features, however, categorization in one or another type can be a challenge. Several immunohistochemical markers, including epithelial cadherin, p120, β-catenin, and low-molecular-weight and high-molecular-weight cytokeratins among others, have been introduced to help better discriminate between lobular neoplasia and ductal carcinoma. In this critical review of the literature, we comment about the usefulness and the limitations of these markers to improve the accuracy in the differential diagnosis of breast pathology.

  12. Differential diagnosis of orf viruses by a single-step PCR.

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    Chan, Kun-Wei; Hsu, Wei-Li; Wang, Chi-Young; Yang, Cheng-Hsiung; Lin, Fong-Yuan; Chulakasian, Songkhla; Wong, Min-Liang

    2009-09-01

    The complete nucleotide sequence of the A32L gene (named after vaccinia virus, corresponding with open reading frame 108 of the orf virus and encoding an ATPase) of the orf virus was studied using samples of orf virus from infected goats, which were collected from six outbreaks in central Taiwan. DNA sequence analysis of the A32L genes of these and isolates from other countries showed sequence heterogeneity (base pair variation and deletion) in the 3'-terminal regions. This finding led to the development of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for the rapid differential diagnosis of orf virus infections, and the results demonstrated that this was an easy and reliable method for genotyping of orf viruses.

  13. [Magnetic-resonance tomography in differential diagnosis of brain lesions in demyelinating and systemic autoimmune diseases].

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    Totolian, N A

    2005-01-01

    An aim of the study was to establish MRT signs that may be useful for differential diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Three groups of patients have been examined: 300 patients with MS, 35 with demyelinating diseases (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, neuromyelitis optica--Devic's syndrome); 90 patients with systemic autoimmune diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, primary antiphospholipid syndrome, sclerodermatitis, Sjugren's syndrome, autoimmune thyroiditis, vasculitis and vasculopathy). Classification of MRT syndromes in MS and their frequency are presented: syndrome of chronic inflammatory demyelination (79%), syndrome of acute inflammatory demyelination (9%), syndrome of multifocal degenerative leucoencephalopathy (8%), syndrome of combined multifocal diffusive leucoencephalopathy (4%). The similarity and differences in MRT semiotics of the above diseases and MS are described.

  14. Oncocytic lipoadenoma of the parotid gland: cytological findings and differential diagnosis on fine-needle aspiration.

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    Ashraf, Mohammad Javad; Azarpira, Negar; Anbardar, Mohammad Hossein; Hashemi, Seyed Basir

    2015-01-01

    Oncocytic lipoadenoma is a rare benign neoplastic lesion of salivary gland. To the best of our knowledge, the detailed cytomorphological findings were described only in two cases. We are reporting a 56-year-old woman who presented with 1-year history of right parotid gland mass. Cytologic examination revealed tight clusters of bland looking oncocytic ductal cells with few aggregates of mature adipose tissue in a lipoid background and a benign oncocytic tumor of parotid gland was rendered. Histologically, a tumor with islands of oncocytic epithelial cells admixed with abundant mature adipose tissue was identified. Oncocytic lipoadenoma despite its rarity should be considered in the differential diagnosis of salivary gland fine-needle aspirations containing oncocytes especially those which are accompanied by mature adipose tissue and lipoid background.

  15. Differential diagnosis of behavioral variant of fronto-temporal dementia (bvFTD)

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    Pąchalska, Maria; Bidzan, Leszek; Łukowicz, Małgorzata; Bidzan, Mariola; Markiewicz, Katarzyna; Jastrzębowska, Grażyna; Talar, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background The aim of the paper is the differential diagnosis of various types of Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD), with the focus on its behavioural variant (bvFTD). Material/Method Material and Method. Screening was done in order to assess the depth of dementia with the short version of MMSE, while evaluation of various variants of FTD was performed with the use of such neuropsychological tests as Newcomb and Chicago Fluency Tests, Wechsler Memory Scale - III (WMS-III), Western Aphasia Battery (WAB-R), and the Boston Naming Test (BNT). Behaviour was evaluated with a Polish version of the Frontal Behavioral Inventory (FBInv). The inventory consists of 24 questions which enable an evaluation of social behaviour disorders. The study included 112 patients - 68 men and 46 women treated in the Reintegrative -Training Centre of the Foundation for Persons with Brain Dysfunctions in Kraków and in the Clinic for Developmental Psychiatry, Psychotic Disorders and Old Age Psychiatry, of the Medical University at Gdańsk, who were suffering from various types of dementia. Results It was found that FTD patients scored the highest, while the VAD patients scored somewhat lower in the FBInv. At the same time the scores obtained by PPA patients were higher in comparison to the control groups, but not as high as in the case of patients with FTD. In the process of the neurotherapy of FTD patients we found a reduction of the behavioral disturbances, despite the progression of the illness. Conclusions The results obtained in the present study confirmed the diagnostic value of FBInv in the differential diagnosis of various types of FTD and in the evaluation of neurotherapy efficacy. PMID:21629185

  16. Multimodal EEG-MRI in the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies

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    Colloby, Sean J.; Cromarty, Ruth A.; Peraza, Luis R.; Johnsen, Kristinn; Jóhannesson, Gísli; Bonanni, Laura; Onofrj, Marco; Barber, Robert; O'Brien, John T.; Taylor, John-Paul

    2016-01-01

    Differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) remains challenging; currently the best discriminator is striatal dopaminergic imaging. However this modality fails to identify 15–20% of DLB cases and thus other biomarkers may be useful. It is recognised electroencephalography (EEG) slowing and relative medial temporal lobe preservation are supportive features of DLB, although individually they lack diagnostic accuracy. Therefore, we investigated whether combined EEG and MRI indices could assist in the differential diagnosis of AD and DLB. Seventy two participants (21 Controls, 30 AD, 21 DLB) underwent resting EEG and 3 T MR imaging. Six EEG classifiers previously generated using support vector machine algorithms were applied to the present dataset. MRI index was derived from medial temporal atrophy (MTA) ratings. Logistic regression analysis identified EEG predictors of AD and DLB. A combined EEG-MRI model was then generated to examine whether there was an improvement in classification compared to individual modalities. For EEG, two classifiers predicted AD and DLB (model: χ2 = 22.1, df = 2, p < 0.001, Nagelkerke R2 = 0.47, classification = 77% (AD 87%, DLB 62%)). For MRI, MTA also predicted AD and DLB (model: χ2 = 6.5, df = 1, p = 0.01, Nagelkerke R2 = 0.16, classification = 67% (77% AD, 52% DLB). However, a combined EEG-MRI model showed greater prediction in AD and DLB (model: χ2 = 31.1, df = 3, p < 0.001, Nagelkerke R2 = 0.62, classification = 90% (93% AD, 86% DLB)). While suggestive and requiring validation, diagnostic performance could be improved by combining EEG and MRI, and may represent an alternative to dopaminergic imaging. PMID:27060340

  17. Differential diagnosis of gallbladder wall thickening: the usefulness of contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

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    Xu, Jun-Mei; Guo, Le-Hang; Xu, Hui-Xiong; Zheng, Shu-Guang; Liu, Lin-Na; Sun, Li-Ping; Lu, Ming-De; Wang, Wen-Ping; Hu, Bing; Yan, Kun; Hong, Ding; Tang, Shao-Shan; Qian, Lin-Xue; Luo, Bao-Ming

    2014-12-01

    he purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the differential diagnosis of gallbladder wall (GBW) thickening and determine the predictors of malignant GBW thickening. One hundred fifty-nine patients with GBW thickening, including 76 men and 83 women, from eight institutions were enrolled. CEUS was performed after injection of a sulfur hexafluoride microbubble-based ultrasound contrast agent. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to reveal independent predictor sassociated with malignant GBW thickening. The final diagnoses were 48 gallbladder carcinomas and 111 benign gallbladder diseases.Maximal thicknesses of the GBW in malignant and benign GB Wthickening were 17.3 ± 5.2 (6 – 30) mm and 8.6 ± 5.1 (4 – 26) mm respectively (p , 0.001). CEUS revealed significant differences in intralesional vessels, enhancement homogeneity, time to hypo-enhancement, inner layer discontinuity, outer layer discontinuity and adjacent liver involvement (all p-values , 0.05) between malignant and benign GBW thickening. Patient age . 46.5 y, focal GBW thickening, inner layer discontinuity and outer layer discontinuity were found to be associated with malignancy by multiple logistic regression analysis (all p-values , 0.05). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed Az values for patient age, focal GBW thickening, inner wall discontinuity and outer wall discontinuity of 0.709 (95%confidence interval [CI]: 0.627–0.790), 0.714 (95% CI: 0.630–0.798), 0.860 (95%CI: 0.791 – 0.928) and 0.858 (95% CI: 0.783 – 0.933), respectively. CEUS is useful in the differential diagnosis between malignant and benign GBW thickening. Focal GBW thickening, inner wall discontinuity and outer wall discontinuity observed on CEUS are diagnostic clues for malignant GBW thickening.

  18. Differential diagnosis of thyroid nodules with virtual touch tissue imaging of ARFI elastography

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    Li, Tao; Zhou, Pei; Ding, Mingyue; Mi, Yongwei; Li, Yiyong; Zhang, Ji

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of virtual touch tissue imaging (VTI) based on ARFI elastography technique for differentiating malignant from benign thyroid nodules. One hundred pathologically proven thyroid nodules (80 benign, 20 malignant) in 76 participants were recruited in this study. The likelihood of malignancy in the light of VTI features was scored into 6 levels by one experienced sonogist who was blinded to pathological results. In addition, the mean gray value within the thyroid nodule (mGVTN) derived from VTI image was calculated for quantitative analysis. Receiver-operating characteristic curve (ROC) analyses were performed to assess the diagnostic performance of VTI score and mGVTN. The frequency of malignant nodules (11/20) classified between VTI levels 4 to 6 was more than that of benign nodules (6/80) (p <0.001). The mGVTN of malignant nodules (45+/-23) was significantly lower than that of benign nodules (115+/-58) (p <0.001), where the range of mGVTN was from 0 to 255. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of VTI score were 55.0%, 92.5%, 85.0%, 64.7% and 89.2%, respectively. For mGVTN, those values were 70.0%, 90.0%, 86.0%, 63.6% and 92.3%, respectively. In conclusion, the VTI image seemed to be an effective tool in the differential diagnosis of thyroid nodules. The diagnosis performance of mGVTN was almost consistent with that of VTI score, which indicated that the mGVTN as a quantitative parameter might facilitate doctors diagnosing malignant thyroid nodules by VTI.

  19. Multimodal EEG-MRI in the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.

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    Colloby, Sean J; Cromarty, Ruth A; Peraza, Luis R; Johnsen, Kristinn; Jóhannesson, Gísli; Bonanni, Laura; Onofrj, Marco; Barber, Robert; O'Brien, John T; Taylor, John-Paul

    2016-07-01

    Differential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) remains challenging; currently the best discriminator is striatal dopaminergic imaging. However this modality fails to identify 15-20% of DLB cases and thus other biomarkers may be useful. It is recognised electroencephalography (EEG) slowing and relative medial temporal lobe preservation are supportive features of DLB, although individually they lack diagnostic accuracy. Therefore, we investigated whether combined EEG and MRI indices could assist in the differential diagnosis of AD and DLB. Seventy two participants (21 Controls, 30 AD, 21 DLB) underwent resting EEG and 3 T MR imaging. Six EEG classifiers previously generated using support vector machine algorithms were applied to the present dataset. MRI index was derived from medial temporal atrophy (MTA) ratings. Logistic regression analysis identified EEG predictors of AD and DLB. A combined EEG-MRI model was then generated to examine whether there was an improvement in classification compared to individual modalities. For EEG, two classifiers predicted AD and DLB (model: χ(2) = 22.1, df = 2, p < 0.001, Nagelkerke R(2) = 0.47, classification = 77% (AD 87%, DLB 62%)). For MRI, MTA also predicted AD and DLB (model: χ(2) = 6.5, df = 1, p = 0.01, Nagelkerke R(2) = 0.16, classification = 67% (77% AD, 52% DLB). However, a combined EEG-MRI model showed greater prediction in AD and DLB (model: χ(2) = 31.1, df = 3, p < 0.001, Nagelkerke R(2) = 0.62, classification = 90% (93% AD, 86% DLB)). While suggestive and requiring validation, diagnostic performance could be improved by combining EEG and MRI, and may represent an alternative to dopaminergic imaging. PMID:27060340

  20. Testicular tumors: what radiologists need to know--differential diagnosis, staging, and management.

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    Coursey Moreno, Courtney; Small, William C; Camacho, Juan C; Master, Viraj; Kokabi, Nima; Lewis, Melinda; Hartman, Matthew; Mittal, Pardeep K

    2015-01-01

    Cryptorchidism, family history, and infertility are risk factors for testicular cancer. Most testicular cancers occur in young men aged 18-35 years, and seminoma is the most common cell type. Testicular tumors are usually diagnosed at ultrasonography (US) and are staged at computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. At US, testicular tumors usually appear as a solid intratesticular mass. Because the differential diagnosis includes infarct and infection, correlation with patient history and symptoms is important. At staging CT or MR imaging, retroperitoneal lymph nodes are considered regional lymph nodes, and the greatest nodal diameter is used to distinguish among N1-N3 disease. The right testicular vein drains into the inferior vena cava, and the left testicular vein drains into the left renal vein. Because of venous and lymphatic drainage pathways, retroperitoneal lymph nodes are the initial landing station for testicular cancers. Enlarged lymph nodes in the supraclavicular region, chest, and pelvis are considered distant metastases. Testicular cancer is initially treated with orchiectomy. The patient may then undergo active surveillance, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or retroperitoneal lymph node resection, depending primarily on the clinical stage. Radiologists play an important role in initial diagnosis, staging, and imaging surveillance of testicular malignancies.

  1. Forefoot pain involving the metatarsal region: differential diagnosis with MR imaging.

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    Ashman, C J; Klecker, R J; Yu, J S

    2001-01-01

    Many disorders produce discomfort in the metatarsal region of the forefoot. These disorders include traumatic lesions of the soft tissues and bones (eg, turf toe, plantar plate disruption, sesamoiditis, stress fracture, stress response), Freiberg infraction, infection, arthritis, tendon disorders (eg, tendinosis, tenosynovitis, tendon rupture), nonneoplastic soft-tissue masses (eg, ganglia, bursitis, granuloma, Morton neuroma), and, less frequently, soft-tissue and bone neoplasms. Prior to the advent of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, many of these disorders were not diagnosed noninvasively, and radiologic involvement in the evaluation of affected patients was limited. However, MR imaging has proved useful in detecting the numerous soft-tissue and early bone and joint processes that occur in this portion of the foot but are not depicted or as well characterized with other imaging modalities. Frequently, MR imaging allows a specific diagnosis based on the location, signal intensity characteristics, and morphologic features of the abnormality. Consequently, MR imaging is increasingly being used to evaluate patients with forefoot complaints. Radiologists should be familiar with the differential diagnosis and MR imaging features of disorders that can produce discomfort in this region.

  2. Transthyretin as a potential biomarker for the differential diagnosis between lung cancer and lung infection

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    DING, HONGMEI; LIU, JIANHUA; XUE, RONG; ZHAO, PENG; QIN, YI; ZHENG, FANG; SUN, XUGUO

    2014-01-01

    Satisfactory biomarkers for screening and early diagnosis of lung cancer remain scarce and require further investigation. The aim of the present study was to examine the changes of the biochemical and protein composition in the serum and pleural effusion from lung cancer and lung infection (bacterial pneumonia) patients. A total of 92 patients with lung cancer, 38 with bacterial pneumonia and 42 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. The serum levels of cholesterol, apolipoprotein A and transthyretin (TTR) in the lung cancer patients were higher than that of the lung infection patients (P<0.05). The levels of TTR were higher, whereas the activity of adenosine deaminase (ADA) was lower in the pleural effusion from the lung cancer patients compared to the lung infection patients (P<0.05). Furthermore, the pleural effusion/serum TTR ratios in the lung cancer patients were higher, whereas the ratios of ADA were lower (P<0.05). By matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis, four major peaks corresponding to native TTR, Sul-TTR, Cys-TTR and Cysgly-TTR were observed in the serum of the lung cancer and lung infection patients. A significant increase was found in the proportion of Cysgly-TTR in the pleural effusion from the patients with lung cancer. The data indicated that a combination of pleural effusion/serum TTR ratios and modified TTR may be beneficial for the differential diagnosis between lung cancer and lung infection. PMID:25054025

  3. Clinical Applications of Hemolytic Markers in the Differential Diagnosis and Management of Hemolytic Anemia.

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    Barcellini, W; Fattizzo, B

    2015-01-01

    Several hemolytic markers are available to guide the differential diagnosis and to monitor treatment of hemolytic conditions. They include increased reticulocytes, an indicator of marrow compensatory response, elevated lactate dehydrogenase, a marker of intravascular hemolysis, reduced haptoglobin, and unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. The direct antiglobulin test is the cornerstone of autoimmune forms, and blood smear examination is fundamental in the diagnosis of congenital membrane defects and thrombotic microangiopathies. Marked increase of lactate dehydrogenase and hemosiderinuria are typical of intravascular hemolysis, as observed in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and hyperferritinemia is associated with chronic hemolysis. Prosthetic valve replacement and stenting are also associated with intravascular and chronic hemolysis. Compensatory reticulocytosis may be inadequate/absent in case of marrow involvement, iron/vitamin deficiency, infections, or autoimmune reaction against bone marrow-precursors. Reticulocytopenia occurs in 20-40% of autoimmune hemolytic anemia cases and is a poor prognostic factor. Increased reticulocytes, lactate dehydrogenase, and bilirubin, as well as reduced haptoglobin, are observed in conditions other than hemolysis that may confound the clinical picture. Hemoglobin defines the clinical severity of hemolysis, and thrombocytopenia suggests a possible thrombotic microangiopathy or Evans' syndrome. A comprehensive clinical and laboratory evaluation is advisable for a correct diagnostic and therapeutic workup of the different hemolytic conditions.

  4. Efficient Targeted Next Generation Sequencing-Based Workflow for Differential Diagnosis of Alport-Related Disorders.

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    Kovács, Gábor; Kalmár, Tibor; Endreffy, Emőke; Ondrik, Zoltán; Iványi, Béla; Rikker, Csaba; Haszon, Ibolya; Túri, Sándor; Sinkó, Mária; Bereczki, Csaba; Maróti, Zoltán

    2016-01-01

    Alport syndrome (AS) is an inherited type IV collagen nephropathies characterized by microscopic hematuria during early childhood, the development of proteinuria and progression to end-stage renal disease. Since choosing the right therapy, even before the onset of proteinuria, can delay the onset of end-stage renal failure and improve life expectancy, the earliest possible differential diagnosis is desired. Practically, this means the identification of mutation(s) in COL4A3-A4-A5 genes. We used an efficient, next generation sequencing based workflow for simultaneous analysis of all three COL4A genes in three individuals and fourteen families involved by AS or showing different level of Alport-related symptoms. We successfully identified mutations in all investigated cases, including 14 unpublished mutations in our Hungarian cohort. We present an easy to use unified clinical/diagnostic terminology and workflow not only for X-linked but for autosomal AS, but also for Alport-related diseases. In families where a diagnosis has been established by molecular genetic analysis, the renal biopsy may be rendered unnecessary. PMID:26934356

  5. Coefficient of Energy Balance: Effective Tool for Early Differential Diagnosis of CNS Diseases

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    Sobek, Ondřej; Hajduková, Lenka; Lánská, Věra; Nekola, Petr

    2013-01-01

    Urgent examination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) provides immediate important information about the character of central nervous system (CNS) impairment. Although this examination includes energy parameters such as glucose and lactate concentrations, it does not commonly use Coefficient of Energy Balance (CEB). In this study, we focused on CEB because it enables more exact assessment of actual energy state in the CSF compartment than glucose and lactate alone. CEB informs about the actual functioning condition of present cells, and it does not require any other analysis or costs. Using Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA, we examined a large CSF sample (n = 8183) and we compared CEB values among groups with different cytological syndromes. We found a statistically significant difference of CEB between the group with granulocyte pleocytosis and the control group. These results indicate a high degree of anaerobic metabolism caused by the oxidative burst of neutrophils. Similarly, we found a statistically significant difference of CEB between the control group and groups with tumorous oligocytosis plus pleocytosis and monocyte pleocytosis. This difference can be attributed to the oxidative burst of macrophages. Our findings suggest that CEB combined with CSF cytology has a great importance for diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and early therapy of CNS diseases. PMID:23865063

  6. Efficient Targeted Next Generation Sequencing-Based Workflow for Differential Diagnosis of Alport-Related Disorders

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    Endreffy, Emőke; Ondrik, Zoltán; Iványi, Béla; Rikker, Csaba; Haszon, Ibolya; Túri, Sándor; Sinkó, Mária; Bereczki, Csaba; Maróti, Zoltán

    2016-01-01

    Alport syndrome (AS) is an inherited type IV collagen nephropathies characterized by microscopic hematuria during early childhood, the development of proteinuria and progression to end-stage renal disease. Since choosing the right therapy, even before the onset of proteinuria, can delay the onset of end-stage renal failure and improve life expectancy, the earliest possible differential diagnosis is desired. Practically, this means the identification of mutation(s) in COL4A3-A4-A5 genes. We used an efficient, next generation sequencing based workflow for simultaneous analysis of all three COL4A genes in three individuals and fourteen families involved by AS or showing different level of Alport-related symptoms. We successfully identified mutations in all investigated cases, including 14 unpublished mutations in our Hungarian cohort. We present an easy to use unified clinical/diagnostic terminology and workflow not only for X-linked but for autosomal AS, but also for Alport-related diseases. In families where a diagnosis has been established by molecular genetic analysis, the renal biopsy may be rendered unnecessary. PMID:26934356

  7. Neurocysticercosis, familial cerebral cavernomas and intracranial calcifications: differential diagnosis for adequate management.

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    Gasparetto, Emerson Leandro; Alves-Leon, Soniza; Domingues, Flavio Sampaio; Frossard, João Thiago; Lopes, Selva Paraguassu; Souza, Jorge Marcondes de

    2016-06-01

    Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is an endemic disease and important public health problem in some areas of the World and epilepsy is the most common neurological manifestation. Multiple intracranial lesions, commonly calcified, are seen on cranial computed tomography (CT) in the chronic phase of the disease and considered one of the diagnostic criteria of the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the test that better depicts the different stages of the intracranial cysts but does not show clearly calcified lesions. Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM), also known as cerebral cavernomas, are frequent vascular malformations of the brain, better demonstrated by MRI and have also epilepsy as the main form of clinical presentation. When occurring in the familial form, cerebral cavernomas typically present with multiple lesions throughout the brain and, very often, with foci of calcifications in the lesions when submitted to the CT imaging. In the countries, and geographic areas, where NCC is established as an endemic health problem and neuroimaging screening is done by CT scan, it will be important to consider the differential diagnosis between the two diseases due to the differences in adequate management.

  8. Neurocysticercosis, familial cerebral cavernomas and intracranial calcifications: differential diagnosis for adequate management.

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    Gasparetto, Emerson Leandro; Alves-Leon, Soniza; Domingues, Flavio Sampaio; Frossard, João Thiago; Lopes, Selva Paraguassu; Souza, Jorge Marcondes de

    2016-06-01

    Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is an endemic disease and important public health problem in some areas of the World and epilepsy is the most common neurological manifestation. Multiple intracranial lesions, commonly calcified, are seen on cranial computed tomography (CT) in the chronic phase of the disease and considered one of the diagnostic criteria of the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the test that better depicts the different stages of the intracranial cysts but does not show clearly calcified lesions. Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM), also known as cerebral cavernomas, are frequent vascular malformations of the brain, better demonstrated by MRI and have also epilepsy as the main form of clinical presentation. When occurring in the familial form, cerebral cavernomas typically present with multiple lesions throughout the brain and, very often, with foci of calcifications in the lesions when submitted to the CT imaging. In the countries, and geographic areas, where NCC is established as an endemic health problem and neuroimaging screening is done by CT scan, it will be important to consider the differential diagnosis between the two diseases due to the differences in adequate management. PMID:27332076

  9. Wavelength-modulated differential photoacoustic radar imager (WM-DPARI): accurate monitoring of absolute hemoglobin oxygen saturation.

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    Choi, Sung Soo Sean; Lashkari, Bahman; Dovlo, Edem; Mandelis, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    Accurate monitoring of blood oxy-saturation level (SO2 ) in human breast tissues is clinically important for predicting and evaluating possible tumor growth at the site. In this work, four different non-invasive frequency-domain photoacoustic (PA) imaging modalities were compared for their absolute SO2 characterization capability using an in-vitro sheep blood circulation system. Among different PA modes, a new WM-DPAR imaging modality could estimate the SO2 with great accuracy when compared to a commercial blood gas analyzer. The developed WM-DPARI theory was further validated by constructing SO2 tomographic images of a blood-containing plastisol phantom.

  10. Wavelength-modulated differential photoacoustic radar imager (WM-DPARI): accurate monitoring of absolute hemoglobin oxygen saturation.

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    Choi, Sung Soo Sean; Lashkari, Bahman; Dovlo, Edem; Mandelis, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    Accurate monitoring of blood oxy-saturation level (SO2 ) in human breast tissues is clinically important for predicting and evaluating possible tumor growth at the site. In this work, four different non-invasive frequency-domain photoacoustic (PA) imaging modalities were compared for their absolute SO2 characterization capability using an in-vitro sheep blood circulation system. Among different PA modes, a new WM-DPAR imaging modality could estimate the SO2 with great accuracy when compared to a commercial blood gas analyzer. The developed WM-DPARI theory was further validated by constructing SO2 tomographic images of a blood-containing plastisol phantom. PMID:27446691

  11. Wavelength-modulated differential photoacoustic radar imager (WM-DPARI): accurate monitoring of absolute hemoglobin oxygen saturation

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    Choi, Sung Soo Sean; Lashkari, Bahman; Dovlo, Edem; Mandelis, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Accurate monitoring of blood oxy-saturation level (SO2) in human breast tissues is clinically important for predicting and evaluating possible tumor growth at the site. In this work, four different non-invasive frequency-domain photoacoustic (PA) imaging modalities were compared for their absolute SO2 characterization capability using an in-vitro sheep blood circulation system. Among different PA modes, a new WM-DPAR imaging modality could estimate the SO2 with great accuracy when compared to a commercial blood gas analyzer. The developed WM-DPARI theory was further validated by constructing SO2 tomographic images of a blood-containing plastisol phantom. PMID:27446691

  12. A case with oto-spondylo-mega-epiphyseal-dysplasia (OSMED): the clinical recognition and differential diagnosis.

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    Karaer, Kadri; Rosti, Rasim Ozgür; Torun, Deniz; Sanal, Hatice Tuba; Bahçe, Muhterem; Güran, Sefik

    2011-01-01

    The oto-spondylo-mega-epiphyseal-dysplasia (OSMED) phenotype is an autosomal recessive trait that is a skeletal dysplasia with the hallmark findings of limb shortening, multiple skeletal and radiological abnormalities, mid-face hypoplasia with a flat nasal bridge, small upturned nasal tip, and sensorineural hearing loss. A 3.5-year-old girl born to consanguineous Turkish parents had characteristic facial features at birth: mid-face hypoplasia, mild hypertelorism, upslanting palpebral fissures, prominent supraorbital ridges, depressed nasal bridge, small upturned nasal tip, long philtrum, and micrognathia. Radiological examination at three years of age revealed large flaring metaphyses and wide flat epiphyses. The humerus and femur showed the characteristic dumbbell shape. She had bilateral hearing loss with no ophthalmologic findings. There is continuing debate over the clinical overlap and differential diagnosis of OSMED syndrome. The patient was examined considering Weissenbacher-Zweymuller, Stickler type 3, Marshall syndrome, and Kniest dysplasia as possible differential diagnoses. We believe that the presented patient clinically manifested features of OSMED syndrome. We would like to point out that the management of OSMED calls for a coordinated multidisciplinary approach. PMID:21980822

  13. Differential diagnosis of human ascites: inhibitors of the contact system and total proteins.

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    Buø, L; Karlsrud, T S; Dyrhaug, G; Jacobsen, M B; Bell, H; Johansen, H T; Aasen, A O

    1993-09-01

    To assess their accuracies as markers for malignancy, we assayed alpha 2-macroglobulin, C1-inhibitor, alpha 1-protease inhibitor, and total proteins in ascites and plasma from patients with gastrointestinal cancer (n = 15) and non-malignant liver disease (n = 13), using functional and immunologic assays. For all inhibitors and total proteins determined in ascites, the values in the cancer group were significantly higher than the corresponding values in the group with non-malignant liver disease. The diagnostic accuracy for differentiating malignancy-related from non-malignant ascites was 93% for a alpha 1-protease inhibitor value > or = 50% of the pool plasma value and 90% for alpha 2-macroglobulin > or = 16%, C1-inhibitor > or = 40% (all functional assays), and total proteins > or = 20 g/l (biuret). In conclusion, functional assays for alpha 2-macroglobulin, C1-inhibitor, and alpha 1-protease inhibitor and determination of total proteins in ascites appeared to be very informative tests for the differential diagnosis of ascites. The test for alpha 1-protease inhibitor gave higher specificity (92% versus 77%) and likelihood ratio for a positive test (12 versus 4) compared with the other tests.

  14. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor and solid-pseudopapillary neoplasm: Key immunohistochemical profiles for differential diagnosis

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    Ohara, Yusuke; Oda, Tatsuya; Hashimoto, Shinji; Akashi, Yoshimasa; Miyamoto, Ryoichi; Enomoto, Tsuyoshi; Satomi, Kaishi; Morishita, Yukio; Ohkohchi, Nobuhiro

    2016-01-01

    AIM To reveal better diagnostic markers for differentiating neuroendocrine tumor (NET) from solid-pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN), focusing primarily on immunohistochemical analysis. METHODS We reviewed 30 pancreatic surgical specimens of NET (24 cases) and SPN (6 cases). We carried out comprehensive immunohistochemical profiling using 9 markers: Synaptophysin, chromogranin A, pan-cytokeratin, E-cadherin, progesterone receptor, vimentin, α-1-antitrypsin, CD10, and β-catenin. RESULTS E-cadherin staining in NETs, and nuclear labeling of β-catenin in SPNs were the most sensitive and specific markers. Dot-like staining of chromogranin A might indicate the possibility of SPNs rather than NETs. The other six markers were not useful because their expression overlapped widely between NETs and SPNs. Moreover, two cases that had been initially diagnosed as NETs on the basis of their morphological features, demonstrated SPN-like immunohistochemical profiles. Careful diagnosis is crucial as we actually found two confusing cases showing disagreement between the tumor morphology and immunohistochemical profiles. CONCLUSION E-cadherin, chromogranin A, and β-catenin were the most useful markers which should be employed for differentiating between NET and SPN.

  15. Perfusion MR Imaging: Clinical Utility for the Differential Diagnosis of Various Brain Tumors

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    Cho, Sung Ki; Na, Dong Gyu; Ryoo, Jae Wook; Roh, Hong Gee; Moon, Chan Hong; Kim, Jong Hyun

    2002-01-01

    Objective To determine the utility of perfusion MR imaging in the differential diagnosis of brain tumors. Materials and Methods Fifty-seven patients with pathologically proven brain tumors (21 high-grade gliomas, 8 low-grade gliomas, 8 lymphomas, 6 hemangioblastomas, 7 metastases, and 7 various other tumors) were included in this study. Relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) and time-to-peak (TTP) ratios were quantitatively analyzed and the rCBV grade of each tumor was also visually assessed on an rCBV map. Results The highest rCBV ratios were seen in hemangioblastomas, followed by high-grade gliomas, metastases, low-grade gliomas, and lymphomas. There was no significant difference in TTP ratios between each tumor group (p>0.05). At visual assessment, rCBV was high in 17 (81%) of 21 high-grade gliomas and in 4 (50%) of 8 low-grade gliomas. Hemangioblastomas showed the highest rCBV and lymphomas the lowest. Conclusion Perfusion MR imaging may be helpful in the differentiation of thevarious solid tumors found in the brain, and in assessing the grade of the various glial tumors occurring there. PMID:12271162

  16. [The amylase-creatinine clearance ratio in the differential diagnosis of pancreatitis and gastroduodenal ulcer with hyperamylasemia].

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    Pezzangora, V; Della Dora, R; Pagliarini, A; Dell'Olivo, I

    1978-04-01

    The Authors followed 29 patients, hospitaled with a diagnosis of pancreatitis. They all presented the same sympotomatology and a considerable increase of the serum amylase ad urinary amylase. The examination of the ratio between the clearance of amylasis and creatinine permitted to make a differential diagnosis for 8 cases (4rd group) that were nothing but peptic ulcera. Such a diagnosis was confirmed by the radiological contrastographic examination or by the intraoperative report. So if the ratio between the clearance of amylase and creatinine is normal we must think about a pathological situation were the iperamylasemia has a pathogenetic cause different from pancreatitis.

  17. Fuzzy cognitive map in differential diagnosis of alterations in urinary elimination: A nursing approach

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    de Moraes Lopes, Maria Helena Baena; Ortega, Neli Regina Siqueira; Silveira, Paulo Sérgio Panse; Massad, Eduardo; Higa, Rosângela; de Fátima Marin, Heimar

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To develop a decision support system to discriminate the diagnoses of alterations in urinary elimination, according to the nursing terminology of NANDA International (NANDA-I). Methods A fuzzy cognitive map (FCM) was structured considering six possible diagnoses: stress urinary incontinence, reflex urinary incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, functional urinary incontinence, total urinary incontinence and urinary retention; and 39 signals associated with them. The model was implemented in Microsoft Visual C++® Edition 2005 and applied in 195 real cases. Its performance was evaluated through the agreement test, comparing its results with the diagnoses determined by three experts (nurses). The sensitivity and specificity of the model were calculated considering the expert’s opinion as a gold standard. In order to compute the Kappa’s values we considered two situations, since more than one diagnosis was possible: the overestimation of the accordance in which the case was considered as concordant when at least one diagnoses was equal; and the underestimation of the accordance, in which the case was considered as discordant when at least one diagnosis was different. Results The overestimation of the accordance showed an excellent agreement (kappa = 0.92, p < 0.0001); and the underestimation provided a moderate agreement (kappa = 0.42, p < 0.0001). In general the FCM model showed high sensitivity and specificity, of 0.95 and 0.92, respectively, but provided a low specificity value in determining the diagnosis of urge urinary incontinence (0.43) and a low sensitivity value to total urinary incontinence (0.42). Conclusions The decision support system developed presented a good performance compared to other types of expert systems for differential diagnosis of alterations in urinary elimination. Since there are few similar studies in the literature, we are convinced of the importance of investing in this kind of modeling, both from the theoretical and from

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

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

    2014-10-01

    Whether the levels of procalcitonin (PCT) in the serum and synovial fluid are effective indicators for distinguishing septic arthritis (SA) from non-infectious arthritis remains controversial. The present study aimed to evaluate whether PCT levels in fresh serum or fresh joint fluid may be used in the differential diagnosis of SA from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and gouty arthritis (GA). From January 2012 to June 2013, 23 patients with knee SA, 21 patients with RA, 40 patients with OA and 11 patients with GA were enrolled in the current study. The levels of PCT were measured within 24 h after specimen collection at room temperature. An enzyme-linked fluorescence assay (ELFA) was used to detect the levels of PCT in the serum and synovial fluid. The correlations between the levels of PCT in the serum and synovial fluid and the arthritic patient groups were determined by the Nemenyi test. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve were calculated to evaluate the accuracy of the correlations. The levels of PCT in the serum and joint fluid of the patients in the SA group were higher compared with those of the other groups (P<0.01) and there were no significant differences among the RA, OA and GA groups in these levels. A PCT level of <0.5 μg/l in the serum and synovial fluid had high specificity in the differential diagnosis of SA from RA, OA and GA. Synovial fluid PCT revealed significantly greater sensitivity than serum PCT. The accuracy of the differential diagnosis of SA by the serum levels of PCT was significantly lower than that by the synovial fluid levels of PCT. The levels of PCT in the serum and synovial fluid may be used as alternative laboratory indicators to distinguish between SA and the non-infectious types of arthritis; however, the PCT levels in fresh synovial fluid are more sensitive and accurate indicators than PCT levels in fresh serum.

  19. [Diagnosis: synovial fluid analysis].

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    Gallo Vallejo, Francisco Javier; Giner Ruiz, Vicente

    2014-01-01

    Synovial fluid analysis in rheumatological diseases allows a more accurate diagnosis in some entities, mainly infectious and microcrystalline arthritis. Examination of synovial fluid in patients with osteoarthritis is useful if a differential diagnosis will be performed with other processes and to distinguish between inflammatory and non-inflammatory forms. Joint aspiration is a diagnostic and sometimes therapeutic procedure that is available to primary care physicians.

  20. Clinical value of diascopy and other non-invasive techniques on differential diagnosis algorithms of oral pigmentations: A systematic review

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    Pena-Cristóbal, Maite; Otero-Rey, Eva-María; Tomás, Inmaculada; Blanco-Carrión, Andrés

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To determine the diagnostic value of diascopy and other non-invasive clinical aids on recent differential diagnosis algorithms of oral mucosal pigmentations affecting subjects of any age. Material and Methods Data Sources: this systematic review was conducted by searching PubMed, Scopus, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source and the Cochrane Library (2000-2015); Study Selection: two reviewers independently selected all types of English articles describing differential diagnosis algorithms of oral pigmentations and checked the references of finally included papers; Data Extraction: one reviewer performed the data extraction and quality assessment based on previously defined fields while the other reviewer checked their validity. Results Data Synthesis: eight narrative reviews and one single case report met the inclusion criteria. Diascopy was used on six algorithms (66.67%) and X-ray was included once (11.11%; 44.44% with text mentions); these were considered helpful tools in the diagnosis of intravascular and exogenous pigmentations, respectively. Surface rubbing was described once in the text (11.11%). Conclusions Diascopy was the most applied method followed by X-ray and surface rubbing. The limited scope of these procedures only makes them useful when a positive result is obtained, turning biopsy into the most recommended technique when diagnosis cannot be established on clinical grounds alone. Key words:Algorithm, differential diagnosis, flow chart, oral mucosa, oral pigmentation, systematic review. PMID:27703615

  1. Perforation of an Occult Carcinoma of the Prostate as a Rare Differential Diagnosis of Subcutaneous Emphysema of the Leg.

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    Velickovic, Mirko; Hockertz, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We report a case of subcutaneous emphysema caused by perforation of the rectum due to a carcinoma of the prostate. Although rare, an abdominal cause must always be considered as a rare differential diagnosis of subcutaneous emphysema. As a matter of fact adequate diagnostic with rapid treatment is essential for the outcome. PMID:27597913

  2. Perforation of an Occult Carcinoma of the Prostate as a Rare Differential Diagnosis of Subcutaneous Emphysema of the Leg

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    Hockertz, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We report a case of subcutaneous emphysema caused by perforation of the rectum due to a carcinoma of the prostate. Although rare, an abdominal cause must always be considered as a rare differential diagnosis of subcutaneous emphysema. As a matter of fact adequate diagnostic with rapid treatment is essential for the outcome. PMID:27597913

  3. Differential diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules with dual-source spiral computed tomography

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    Shi, Zhitao; Wang, Yanhui; He, Xueqi

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to analyze the value of applying dual-source 64-layer spiral computed tomography (CT) in the differential diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs). Mediastinal windows from 45 cases were selected to study SPNs (maximum diameter, ≤3 cm), and the pathological nature of lesions was determined by clinical and pathological diagnosis. Conventional 64-layer spiral CT scanning, local enhancement and 3D recombination technologies were used to determine the occurrence rate, lesion diameter, degree of enhancement, lobular sign, spicule sign, pleural indentation sign, vessel convergence sign and bronchus sign. The final diagnoses indicated 34 cases of malignant SPNs (75.6%) and 11 benign cases (24.4%). When the nodule diameter in the malignant group was compared with that of the benign group, the difference was not statistically significant (P>0.05). Nodules in the malignant group showed inhomogeneous enhancement while nodules in the benign group showed homogeneous enhancement. The enhanced CT values in the malignant group were higher than those in the benign group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). The proportion of nodules with lobular sign in the malignant group was significantly higher than that in the benign group (P<0.05). The proportion of nodules with calcification, vessel convergence sign and bronchus sign in the malignant group were significantly higher than those in the benign group, and the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05). A comparison of vacuole sign, pleural indentation sign, spiculate protuberance and fat occurrence between the two groups yielded no statistically significant differences (P>0.05). The sensitivity of CT enhancement was 85.6%, specificity was 79.6%, positive predicated value was 92.3%, and the negative predicted value was 85.2%. In conclusion, SPNs diagnosed by CT enhancement manifested with enhancement degree, lobular sign, calcification, vessel convergence sign

  4. Differential Diagnosis of an Elderly Manic-Depressive Patient with Depersonalization and Other Symptoms

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    Ogata, Shigehiro; Itohiya, Yu; Sakamoto, Yuri; Sato, Yuki; Suyama, Yudai; Atsuta, Hidenori; Iwata, Ken

    2016-01-01

    The case study of an elderly man having persecutory delusions and bizarre complaints at the first psychiatric interview is reported. The patient complained: “I have no sense of time” and “I have no sense of money.” He refused nursing care. He had delusions centered on himself including that of his own death, which were difficult to diagnose but suggested the possibility of Cotard's syndrome. We assumed that the man was depressed and treated him for depression. However, as a result of this treatment he became temporarily manic but finally recovered completely. After his recovery, we learnt the patient's past history of hospitalization for psychiatric problems, and based on that history he was diagnosed as suffering from a bipolar I disorder. The lack of typical symptoms of depression and the remarkable depersonalization and derealization in this patient made it difficult to infer a depressive state. Nevertheless, being attentive to his strange feelings related to the flow of time would have helped us to make an accurate diagnosis earlier. PMID:27293942

  5. Differential Diagnosis of an Elderly Manic-Depressive Patient with Depersonalization and Other Symptoms.

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    Ogata, Shigehiro; Itohiya, Yu; Sakamoto, Yuri; Sato, Yuki; Suyama, Yudai; Atsuta, Hidenori; Iwata, Ken

    2016-01-01

    The case study of an elderly man having persecutory delusions and bizarre complaints at the first psychiatric interview is reported. The patient complained: "I have no sense of time" and "I have no sense of money." He refused nursing care. He had delusions centered on himself including that of his own death, which were difficult to diagnose but suggested the possibility of Cotard's syndrome. We assumed that the man was depressed and treated him for depression. However, as a result of this treatment he became temporarily manic but finally recovered completely. After his recovery, we learnt the patient's past history of hospitalization for psychiatric problems, and based on that history he was diagnosed as suffering from a bipolar I disorder. The lack of typical symptoms of depression and the remarkable depersonalization and derealization in this patient made it difficult to infer a depressive state. Nevertheless, being attentive to his strange feelings related to the flow of time would have helped us to make an accurate diagnosis earlier. PMID:27293942

  6. The differential diagnosis of epilepsy, pseudoseizures, dissociative identity disorder, and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified.

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    Bowman, E S; Coons, P M

    2000-01-01

    The authors review the co-occurrences of dissociative symptoms and disorders with epilepsy and pseudo-seizures and examine newer diagnostic instruments that assist in accurate diagnosis of persons with concomitant seizure behaviors and dissociative symptoms. They also review seizure behaviors and electroencephalographic findings in persons with dissociative identity disorder (DID) and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS) and dissociative symptoms in persons with epilepsy and with pseudoseizures. Dissociative symptoms in 15 patients with epilepsy and 15 with pseudo-seizures were examined using the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D). On the SCID-D, pseudo-seizure patients had significantly higher dissociative symptom scores than epileptic patients, but DES scores did not reliably distinguish epileptic and pseudo-seizure patients. Misdiagnosis of persons with seizures and dissociative symptoms can be avoided by careful adherence to DSM dissociative disorder criteria, the use of video-EEG monitoring, and systematic assessment of dissociative symptoms with the SCID-D.

  7. 499 Mastocytosis: Importance as Differential Diagnosis in Skin Diseases. Report of Two Cases

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    Gonzalez-Carsolio, Aida; Barreto-Sosa, Adriana; Burbano-Ceron, Andres-Leonardo; Velasco-Medina, Andrea Aida; Velázquez-Sámano, Guillermo

    2012-01-01

    is the organ most frequently affected. These patients previously received multiple treatments with no clinical improvement suggest inadecuate diagnosis. Histologically, compatible although no quantificate mast cells, but a mutation of c-kit was found. It is important to consider this disease in the differential diagnosis of pruritic skin disorders since an appropriate treatment with an improvement in quality of life also must be aware of the risk of anafylaxis and its potential triggers.

  8. Usefulness of Doppler waveform analysis in differential diagnosis of cervical lymphadenopathy.

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    Brnić, Zoran; Hebrang, Andrija

    2003-01-01

    We compared Doppler spectral parameters in acute inflammatory, reactive, lymphomatous, and metastatic lymph nodes, and evaluated pulsed Doppler sonography as a method for distinguishing between different causes of cervical lymphadenopathy. Spectral Doppler analysis with measurements of resistance index (RI), pulsatility index (PI), peak systolic velocity (PSV), and end-diastolic velocity (EDV) was performed in 197 patients with cervical lymphadenopathy. Results of Doppler analysis were compared with findings of cytology and histology or with clinical presentation and follow-up. Student's t-test was used to assess statistical significance of differences in Doppler parameters between groups of patients. Significant differences for RI and PI were shown between all groups of patients except between lymphomatous and reactive nodes. Specificity of 100% for metastatic nodal involvement was shown for cutoff values RI>0.80 and PI>1.80. A positive predictive value (PPV) of 100% for acute lymphadenitis was shown for cutoff values RI<0.50 and PI<0.60. An EDV>9 cm/s has 100% negative predictive value for nodal metastasis, and EDV<1 cm/s has 100% specificity and PPV for metastasis. Although there exist differences in RI, PI, PSV, and EDV between different nodal diseases, none of these parameters offer both good sensitivity and good specificity, and only extreme cutoff values may occasionally be helpful in differential diagnosis. Doppler spectral analysis is a valuable noninvasive adjunct which can help in differentiation between metastatic, lymphomatous, acute inflammatory, and reactive lymphadenopathy, but cannot obviate biopsy in the majority of cases. PMID:12541127

  9. Accuracy of osmophobia in the differential diagnosis between migraine and tension-type headache.

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    Silva-Néto, Raimundo Pereira; Peres, Mário Fernando Pietro; Valença, Marcelo Moraes

    2014-04-15

    Our objective was to determine the accuracy parameters of osmophobia in the differential diagnosis between migraine and tension-type headache. Migraine or tension-type headache patients, diagnosed according to the criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders-II, were interviewed about osmophobia during the crisis and in the period between episodes. We studied 200 migraine patients and 200 tension-type headache patients. During the crisis, osmophobia occurred in 86.0% (172/200) of patients with migraine and 6.0% (12/200) of those with tension-type headache. In migraine, osmophobia was associated with photophobia and phonophobia (57/172, 33.1%) or with nausea, photophobia and phonophobia (92/172, 53.5%) and presented high sensitivity (86.0%, 95% CI 80.2-90.3) and specificity (94.0%, 95% CI 89.5-96.7), with low percentages of false positives (6.5%, 95% CI 3.6-11.4) and negatives (13.0%, 95% CI 8.9-18.4). In the period between attacks, osmophobia was restricted to migraine patients (48/200, 24.0%). The areas under ROC curves were: 0.903 ± 0.017 to osmophobia during crisis; 0.784 ± 0.025 between crises; 0.807 ± 0.023 to photophobia/phonophobia, and 0.885 ± 0.017 to pain developed by odors. Osmophobia may be a specific marker to differentiate migraine from tension-type headache, which suggests its inclusion within the criteria to diagnose migraine.

  10. Two instruments based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) to measure accurate ammonia concentrations in the atmosphere

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    Volten, H.; Bergwerff, J. B.; Haaima, M.; Lolkema, D. E.; Berkhout, A. J. C.; van der Hoff, G. R.; Potma, C. J. M.; Wichink Kruit, R. J.; van Pul, W. A. J.; Swart, D. P. J.

    2011-08-01

    We present two Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) instruments built at RIVM, the RIVM DOAS and the miniDOAS. Both instruments provide virtually interference free measurements of NH3 concentrations in the atmosphere, since they measure over an open path, without suffering from inlet problems or interference problems by ammonium aerosols dissociating on tubes or filters. They measure concentrations up to at least 200 μg m-3, have a fast response, low maintenance demands, and a high up-time. The RIVM DOAS has a high accuracy of typically 0.15 μg m-3 for ammonia over 5-min averages and over a total light path of 100 m. The miniDOAS has been developed for application in measurement networks such as the Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network (LML). Compared to the RIVM DOAS it has a similar accuracy, but is significantly reduced in size, costs, and handling complexity. The RIVM DOAS and miniDOAS results showed excellent agreement (R2 = 0.996) during a field measurement campaign in Vredepeel, the Netherlands. This measurement site is located in an agricultural area and is characterized by highly variable, but on average high ammonia concentrations in the air. The RIVM-DOAS and miniDOAS results were compared to the results of the AMOR instrument, a continuous-flow wet denuder system, which is currently used in the LML. Averaged over longer time spans of typically a day the (mini)DOAS and AMOR results agree reasonably well, although an offset of the AMOR values compared to the (mini)DOAS results exists. On short time scales the (mini)DOAS shows a faster response and does not show the memory effects due to inlet tubing and transport of absorption fluids encountered by the AMOR. Due to its high accuracy, high uptime, low maintenance and its open path, the (mini)DOAS shows a good potential for flux measurements by using two (or more) systems in a gradient set-up and applying the aerodynamic gradient technique.

  11. Two instruments based on differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) to measure accurate ammonia concentrations in the atmosphere

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    Volten, H.; Bergwerff, J. B.; Haaima, M.; Lolkema, D. E.; Berkhout, A. J. C.; van der Hoff, G. R.; Potma, C. J. M.; Wichink Kruit, R. J.; van Pul, W. A. J.; Swart, D. P. J.

    2012-02-01

    We present two Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) instruments built at RIVM: the RIVM DOAS and the miniDOAS. Both instruments provide virtually interference-free measurements of NH3 concentrations in the atmosphere, since they measure over an open path, without suffering from inlet problems or interference problems by ammonium aerosols dissociating on tubes or filters. They measure concentrations up to at least 200 μg m-3, have a fast response, low maintenance demands, and a high up-time. The RIVM DOAS has a high accuracy of typically 0.15 μg m-3 for ammonia for 5-min averages and over a total light path of 100 m. The miniDOAS has been developed for application in measurement networks such as the Dutch National Air Quality Monitoring Network (LML). Compared to the RIVM DOAS it has a similar accuracy, but is significantly reduced in size, costs, and handling complexity. The RIVM DOAS and miniDOAS results showed excellent agreement (R2 = 0.996) during a field measurement campaign in Vredepeel, the Netherlands. This measurement site is located in an agricultural area and is characterized by highly variable, but on average high ammonia concentrations in the air. The RIVM-DOAS and miniDOAS results were compared to the results of the AMOR instrument, a continuous-flow wet denuder system, which is currently used in the LML. Averaged over longer time spans of typically a day, the (mini)DOAS and AMOR results agree reasonably well, although an offset of the AMOR values compared to the (mini)DOAS results exists. On short time scales, the (mini)DOAS shows a faster response and does not show the memory effects due to inlet tubing and transport of absorption fluids encountered by the AMOR. Due to its high accuracy, high uptime, low maintenance and its open path, the (mini)DOAS shows a good potential for flux measurements by using two (or more) systems in a gradient set-up and applying the aerodynamic gradient technique.

  12. Differential diagnosis of white matter lesions: Nonvascular causes-Part II.

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    Weidauer, S; Nichtweiss, M; Hattingen, E

    2014-06-01

    The knowledge of characteristic lesion patterns is important in daily practice imaging, as the radiologist increasingly is required to provide precise differential diagnosis despite unspecific clinical symptoms like cognitive impairment and missed elaborated neurological workup. This part II dealing with nonvascular white matter changes of proven cause and diagnostic significance aimed to assist the evaluation of diseases exhibiting lesions exclusively or predominantly located in the white matter. The etiologies commented on are classified as follows: (a) toxic-metabolic, (b) leukodystrophies and mitochondriopathies, (c) infectious, (d) neoplastic, and (e) immune mediated. The respective mode of lesion formation is characterized, and typical radiological findings are displayed. More or less symmetrical lesion patterns on the one hand as well as focal and multifocal ones on the other are to be analyzed with reference to clinical data and knowledge of predilection sites characterizing major disease categories. Complementing spinal cord imaging may be useful not only in acute and relapsing demyelinating diseases but in certain leukodystrophies as well. In neuromyelitis optica (NMO), the detection of a specific antibody and some recently published observations may lead to a new understanding of certain deep white matter lesions occasionally complicating systemic autoimmune disease.

  13. Focal adenomyosis (intramural endometriotic cyst) in a very young patient - differential diagnosis with uterine fibromatosis.

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    Manta, L; Suciu, N; Constantin, A; Toader, O; Popa, F

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Adenomyosis is a widespread disease usually affecting the late reproductive years of the women's life, which has a great impact on their fertility. The most common form is diffuse adenomyosis, while focal adenomyosis, a cystic variant, is very rare, particularly in patients younger than 30 years old. Materials and methods. We reported a rare case of a 20-year-old Caucasian woman with cystic adenomyosis who was admitted in our service with severe chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, and menorrhagia, who had received conservative surgical treatment to preserve fertility and improve her obstetrical prognosis. Results and Discussions. Although the necrobiosis of a uterine fibroid was suspected preoperatively, the extemporaneous histopathological exam revealed adenomyosis associated with fibroleiomyoma with hyaline dystrophy and multiple foci of endometriosis of cystic formation in the wall of a young woman without any risk factors. Conclusion. Although a rare lesion in young patients, cystic adenomyosis should be considered when chronic pelvic pain is exacerbated during menstruation and is associated with a uterine tumor. In young patients, the differential diagnosis should be made with uterine malformations (hematometra), necrobiosis of uterine fibroids, pelvic endometriosis. The surgical treatment should be conservative with the excision of the lesion, always taking into account fertility preservation in young patients. PMID:27453751

  14. Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome and Differential Diagnosis: A Molecular and Clinical Challenge.

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    Marangi, Giuseppe; Zollino, Marcella

    2015-09-01

    Pitt-Hopkins syndrome is an emerging neurodevelopmental disorder caused by haploinsufficiency of the TCF4 gene on chromosome 18q21. It is characterized by severe intellectual disability, seizures, microcephaly, constipation and a distinctive facial gestalt. Although the overlapping phenotype of microcephaly, epilepsy, absent speech and constipation represents a challenge for the differential diagnosis with Angelman syndrome, Rett syndrome and Mowat-Wilson syndrome, distinctive of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome are breathing abnormalities, that can occur as either hyperventilation episodes or apnea crises, and a typical facial dysmorphism, including bitemporal narrowing, squared forehead, deep-set eyes, peculiar nose conformation, with broad nasal bridge, down-turned nasal tip and flaring nostrils, typical shape of the mouth, with a tented and M shaped upper lip, and widely spaced teeth. The occurrence of these signs in variable association of uncoordinated movements, microcephaly of postnatal onset, eye abnormalities, constipation, epilepsy and subtle brain abnormalities is highly predictive of a TCF4 mutation, making it possible to plan a genetic test of choice among severe encephalopathies. Angelman syndrome represents the nosological condition closest to Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. PMID:27617128

  15. Differential diagnosis of breast cancer using quantitative, label-free and molecular vibrational imaging

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    Yang, Yaliang; Li, Fuhai; Gao, Liang; Wang, Zhiyong; Thrall, Michael J.; Shen, Steven S.; Wong, Kelvin K.; Wong, Stephen T. C.

    2011-01-01

    We present a label-free, chemically-selective, quantitative imaging strategy to identify breast cancer and differentiate its subtypes using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. Human normal breast tissue, benign proliferative, as well as in situ and invasive carcinomas, were imaged ex vivo. Simply by visualizing cellular and tissue features appearing on CARS images, cancerous lesions can be readily separated from normal tissue and benign proliferative lesion. To further distinguish cancer subtypes, quantitative disease-related features, describing the geometry and distribution of cancer cell nuclei, were extracted and applied to a computerized classification system. The results show that in situ carcinoma was successfully distinguished from invasive carcinoma, while invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and invasive lobular carcinoma were also distinguished from each other. Furthermore, 80% of intermediate-grade IDC and 85% of high-grade IDC were correctly distinguished from each other. The proposed quantitative CARS imaging method has the potential to enable rapid diagnosis of breast cancer. PMID:21833355

  16. [Clinical findings and differential diagnosis in ketosis and hypocalcemia in sheep].

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    Bickhardt, K; Henze, P; Ganter, M

    1998-11-01

    Clinical and laboratory examinations were carried out in a prospective study from 1978 to 1998 on 454 spontaneously diseased sheep of different breeds aged 2-8 years. Three groups of sheep were defined by plasma concentrations of 3-hydroxybutyrate (3-OHB) and calcium. 214 ewes suffered from ketosis (pregnancy toxaemia, 3-OHB > 1.6 mmol/l), 195 ewes and 5 rams suffered from hypocalcaemia (Ca < 2.0 mmol/l), and 40 ewes were sick with booth diseases simultaneously. Clinical findings differ only slightly in all three groups. In ketosis the time until the onset of clinical signs and the duration of the disease is somewhat longer, while locomotion disturbances are less severe than in hypocalcaemia and in the combination of both. In individual cases a differential diagnosis is not possible on the basis of clinical findings, and also acetonuria is not a reliable criterion. Therefore, a therapy is suggested to treat all three possible forms of disease: daily oral application of Na-propionate, Ca-lactate and K-chloride, and additional subcutanous injection of Ca-borogluconate, vitamin D3, alpha-Tocopherol and selenium at the beginning of the disease. Pathogenesis of both diseases are discussed, recommendations for feeding management are given.

  17. [Symptoms related to addiction: elements for the differential diagnosis with personality disorders].

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    Badii, Franco

    2013-01-01

    Some manifestations, observed in situations of addiction, are often interpreted as symptoms of a personality disorder. On the contrary, they may not be referable to personality structural aspects, but they hold rather a functional aspect, linked to the implications of the relationship between the individual and the object of addiction. In particular, the personal meaning given to addiction holds an important role as regards the intensity of this relationship. This recalls the necessity of a thorough examination for differential diagnosis. The awareness of intervening in behaviour modalities, due to the process of addiction and not to preexistent personality features, modifies the perspective of action. As a result, generic modalities of treatment, leading to confused therapeutic routes, would be overcome, presuming that acting on other aspects interferes in addiction phenomena. In that way, it would be possible to pick out specific routes to act from the therapeutic point of view on the focus of addiction. The recovery of the meaning the patient gives to it and a following elaboration can bring to the awareness of different emotional and behavioural options to face moments that can reestablish the individual emotional process at the basis of addiction. From an organizational point of view, it would be possible to reserve the articulated and complex interventions for cases of comorbidity to those who really require.

  18. The Disfluent Speech of Bilingual Spanish–English Children: Considerations for Differential Diagnosis of Stuttering

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    Bedore, Lisa M.; Ramos, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Purpose The primary purpose of this study was to describe the frequency and types of speech disfluencies that are produced by bilingual Spanish–English (SE) speaking children who do not stutter. The secondary purpose was to determine whether their disfluent speech is mediated by language dominance and/or language produced. Method Spanish and English narratives (a retell and a tell in each language) were elicited and analyzed relative to the frequency and types of speech disfluencies produced. These data were compared with the monolingual English-speaking guidelines for differential diagnosis of stuttering. Results The mean frequency of stuttering-like speech behaviors in the bilingual SE participants ranged from 3% to 22%, exceeding the monolingual English standard of 3 per 100 words. There was no significant frequency difference in stuttering-like or non-stuttering-like speech disfluency produced relative to the child's language dominance. There was a significant difference relative to the language the child was speaking; all children produced significantly more stuttering-like speech disfluencies in Spanish than in English. Conclusion Results demonstrate that the disfluent speech of bilingual SE children should be carefully considered relative to the complex nature of bilingualism. PMID:25215876

  19. Waldenström macroglobulinemia: a review of the entity and its differential diagnosis.

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    Shaheen, Saad P; Talwalkar, Sameer S; Lin, Pei; Medeiros, L Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    The definition of Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM), originally described in 1944, has been refined substantially over time. The current fourth edition of the World Health Organization of lymphoid neoplasms, in large part, adopted criteria proposed for WM at a consensus conference in 2002. WM is defined as lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma involving the bone marrow associated with a serum immunoglobulin (Ig) M paraprotein of any concentration. Morphologically, WM is composed of a variable mixture of lymphocytes, plasmacytoid lymphocytes, and plasma cells. Immunophenotypically, the neoplastic cells express monotypic IgM and light chain: B lymphocytes express pan-B-cell antigens and surface Ig are usually negative for CD5 and CD10; and plasma cells are typically positive for CD138, CD38, CD45, cytoplasmic Ig, and CD19 (in a substantial subset of cases). The putative cell of origin of WM is a postantigen selected memory B-cell that has undergone somatic hypermutation. The most common cytogenetic abnormality in WM is del(6q), usually in the region 6q23-24.3, present in 40% to 50% of cases. IGH gene translocations are rare and recurrent chromosomal translocations or gene aberrations have not been identified in WM. Here, we provide a historical perspective of WM, review clinical and pathologic aspects of the disease as it is currently defined, and discuss some practical issues in the differential diagnosis of WM that pathologists encounter in the signout of cases. PMID:22156831

  20. [Patterns of xanthogranulomatous reaction in salivary glands. Histomorphological spectrum and differential diagnosis].

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    Agaimy, A; Ihrler, S

    2014-03-01

    Xanthogranulomatous inflammation is an uncommon subtype of chronic inflammatory processes that has been mainly reported in the kidneys, gallbladder and other less common sites. Due to the presence of tumefactive mixed inflammatory infiltrates with variable involvement of surrounding soft tissues, this benign condition is often mistaken for a malignancy on clinical examination. In the salivary glands xanthogranulomatous inflammation is rare and mainly represents reactive changes secondary to a preexisting lesion, in particular infarcted Warthin tumors as well as ruptured ductal cysts and other sialectatic ductal changes. A special type of xanthogranulomatous salivary gland disease is represented by the rare primary (idiopathic) xanthogranulomatous sialadenitis without identifiable predisposing parenchymal or ductal lesions. The histological differential diagnosis is mainly based on the dominant histological pattern and encompasses among others inflammatory pseudotumors of various etiologies (e.g. inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor, IgG4-related disease and sarcoidosis), neoplastic and paraneoplastic xanthogranulomatosis, malignant lymphoma and carcinoma with secondary xanthogranulomatous reactions. Thus, identification of the underlying lesion is necessary for correct classification and to avoid overlooking more serious neoplastic or autoimmune diseases. PMID:24619526

  1. Evaluation of Transfusion Pyrexia: A Review of Differential Diagnosis and Management

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    Arewa, Oladimeji P.

    2012-01-01

    Background/purpose. Transfusion pyrexia (fever) is an important clinical sign/symptom occurring either as an isolated event or as part of a constellation of signs and symptoms in relation to blood transfusion. It is an important cause of morbidity and may be an important sign of life-threatening complications of blood transfusion. Pyrexia is often a reason for the discontinuation of a blood transfusion episode, and adequate evaluation remains a challenge for clinicians. The decision to stop a blood transfusion episode on account of fever is often a difficult one. This paper reviews the differential diagnosis of transfusion pyrexia (TP), the pathogenesis as well as current management measures. Study selection and data source. Literature sources include medical texts, journals, dissertations, and internet-based electronic materials Results and conclusion. Adequate evaluation of pyrexia accompanying blood transfusion remains a challenge for clinicians. An algorithm to assist the clinician in the evaluation of fever occurring in a blood transfusion recipient is developed and presented. Continuous medical education is necessary for clinicians towards improved patient care in transfusion medicine. PMID:23119174

  2. [Patterns of xanthogranulomatous reaction in salivary glands. Histomorphological spectrum and differential diagnosis].

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    Agaimy, A; Ihrler, S

    2014-03-01

    Xanthogranulomatous inflammation is an uncommon subtype of chronic inflammatory processes that has been mainly reported in the kidneys, gallbladder and other less common sites. Due to the presence of tumefactive mixed inflammatory infiltrates with variable involvement of surrounding soft tissues, this benign condition is often mistaken for a malignancy on clinical examination. In the salivary glands xanthogranulomatous inflammation is rare and mainly represents reactive changes secondary to a preexisting lesion, in particular infarcted Warthin tumors as well as ruptured ductal cysts and other sialectatic ductal changes. A special type of xanthogranulomatous salivary gland disease is represented by the rare primary (idiopathic) xanthogranulomatous sialadenitis without identifiable predisposing parenchymal or ductal lesions. The histological differential diagnosis is mainly based on the dominant histological pattern and encompasses among others inflammatory pseudotumors of various etiologies (e.g. inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor, IgG4-related disease and sarcoidosis), neoplastic and paraneoplastic xanthogranulomatosis, malignant lymphoma and carcinoma with secondary xanthogranulomatous reactions. Thus, identification of the underlying lesion is necessary for correct classification and to avoid overlooking more serious neoplastic or autoimmune diseases.

  3. [Suprarenal leiomyoma of the vena cava. A rare differential adrenal gland tumor diagnosis].

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    Friedrich, M G; Witte, A; Hautmann, S H; Saeger, W

    2002-11-01

    Leiomyomas are benign tumors that can arise in the smooth muscle and can appear practically everywhere; hence, they must be taken into consideration as a rare possibility in the differential diagnosis of numerous tumors. While leiomyomas of the peripheral vessels are a relatively common finding, they are rarely found in the central vessels. Only a few cases of leiomyomas in the vena cava are known. In contrast to malignant leiomyosarcomas, leiomyomas usually grow towards the lumen. We report on the rare case of a leiomyoma in the inferior vena cava that appeared in the image to be located in the adrenal gland. Therefore, transperitoneal extirpation of the site was undertaken. It was only during surgery that a tumor emanating from the vessel wall became apparent. Thus, after an initial laparoscopic approach it became necessary to change to open resection of the tumor with cavotomy and resection of the vessel wall. The histopathological work-up revealed a benign leiomyoma and further imaging diagnostics gave no indication for the presence of metastases.

  4. Modified Calgary score in differential diagnosis between cardiac syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome-associated syncope in children.

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    Yang, Jinyan; Zhu, Lulu; Chen, Stella; Li, Xueying; Zhang, Qingyou; Zhang, Fengwen; Chen, Li; Tang, Chaoshu; Du, Junbao; Jin, Hongfang

    2013-06-01

    The present study was designed to analyse the usefulness of a modified Calgary score system during differential diagnosis between cardiac syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome-associated syncope through a large sample sized clinical investigation. The study included 213 children, including 101 boys and 112 girls, with cardiac syncope or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome-associated syncope in the age group of 2-19 years (mean 11.8 ± 2.9 years). A modified Calgary score was created, which was analysed to predict differential diagnoses between cardiac syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome-associated syncope using a receiver operating characteristic curve. The median of modified Calgary scores for cardiac syncope was -5.0, which significantly differed from that of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (0.0; p < 0.01). The sensitivity and specificity of a differentiation score of less than -2.5 was 96.3% and 72.7%, respectively. Owing to the fact that the modified Calgary score was an integer, when less than -3.0 the diagnosis could be considered as cardiac syncope. The modified Calgary score could be used to make an initial differential diagnosis between cardiac syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome-associated syncope in the clinic.

  5. Dermatoscopic fi ndings as a complementary tool in the differential diagnosis of the etiological agent of tinea capitis*

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    Schechtman, Regina Casz; Silva, Nanashara Diane Valgas; Quaresma, Maria Victória; Bernardes Filho, Fred; Buçard, Alice Mota; Sodré, Celso Tavares

    2015-01-01

    Tinea capitis is a scalp infection caused by fungi. In Brazil, the main causative agents are Microsporum canis and the Trichophyton tonsurans. Etiological diagnosis is based on suggestive clinical findings and confirmation depends on the fungus growth in culture. However, it is not always possible to perform this test due to lack of availability. We reveal the dermoscopic findings that enable distinction between the main causative agents of Tinea capitis, M. canis and T. tonsurans. The association of clinical and dermatoscopic findings in suspected Tinea capitis cases may help with the differential diagnosis of the etiological agent, making feasible the precocious, specific treatment. PMID:26312662

  6. Dermatoscopic findings as a complementary tool in the differential diagnosis of the etiological agent of tinea capitis.

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    Schechtman, Regina Casz; Silva, Nanashara Diane Valgas; Quaresma, Maria Victória; Bernardes Filho, Fred; Buçard, Alice Mota; Sodré, Celso Tavares

    2015-01-01

    Tinea capitis is a scalp infection caused by fungi. In Brazil, the main causative agents are Microsporum canis and the Trichophyton tonsurans. Etiological diagnosis is based on suggestive clinical findings and confirmation depends on the fungus growth in culture. However, it is not always possible to perform this test due to lack of availability. We reveal the dermoscopic findings that enable distinction between the main causative agents of Tinea capitis, M. canis and T. tonsurans. The association of clinical and dermatoscopic findings in suspected Tinea capitis cases may help with the differential diagnosis of the etiological agent, making feasible the precocious, specific treatment.

  7. [Role of biomarkers in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory failure in the immediate postoperative period of lung transplantation].

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    Ruano, L; Sacanell, J; Roman, A; Rello, J

    2013-01-01

    Lung transplant recipients are at high risk of suffering many complications during the immediate postoperative period, such as primary graft dysfunction, acute graft rejection or infection. The most common symptom is the presence of acute respiratory failure, and the use of biomarkers could be useful for establishing an early diagnosis of these conditions. Different biomarkers have been studied, but none have proven to be the gold standard in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory failure. This paper offers a review of the different biomarkers that have been studied in this field.

  8. Granulomatous slack skin T-cell lymphoma: an important differential diagnosis with giant cell tumor of soft tissue.

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    Adriano, André Ricardo; Lima, Tiago Silveira; Battistella, Maxime; Bagot, Martine

    2015-01-01

    Granulomatous slack skin is an indolent T-cell lymphoma, considered to be a variant of mycosis fungoides. Clinically it is characterized by areas of redundant skin, wrinkled, inelastic, with variable erythema and infiltration besides a poikilodermic surface. A differential diagnosis unknown to most dermatologists is the giant cell tumor of soft tissue, which is an extremely rare low-grade sarcoma. The authors report a patient who had undergone extensive surgery because of a primary diagnosis of giant cell tumor of soft tissue, but which proved to be granulomatous slack skin after a second interventional procedure with confirmatory histopathology. PMID:26734874

  9. Granulomatous slack skin T-cell lymphoma: an important differential diagnosis with giant cell tumor of soft tissue*

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    Adriano, André Ricardo; Lima, Tiago Silveira; Battistella, Maxime; Bagot, Martine

    2015-01-01

    Granulomatous slack skin is an indolent T-cell lymphoma, considered to be a variant of mycosis fungoides. Clinically it is characterized by areas of redundant skin, wrinkled, inelastic, with variable erythema and infiltration besides a poikilodermic surface. A differential diagnosis unknown to most dermatologists is the giant cell tumor of soft tissue, which is an extremely rare low-grade sarcoma. The authors report a patient who had undergone extensive surgery because of a primary diagnosis of giant cell tumor of soft tissue, but which proved to be granulomatous slack skin after a second interventional procedure with confirmatory histopathology. PMID:26734874

  10. [Role of biomarkers in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory failure in the immediate postoperative period of lung transplantation].

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    Ruano, L; Sacanell, J; Roman, A; Rello, J

    2013-01-01

    Lung transplant recipients are at high risk of suffering many complications during the immediate postoperative period, such as primary graft dysfunction, acute graft rejection or infection. The most common symptom is the presence of acute respiratory failure, and the use of biomarkers could be useful for establishing an early diagnosis of these conditions. Different biomarkers have been studied, but none have proven to be the gold standard in the differential diagnosis of acute respiratory failure. This paper offers a review of the different biomarkers that have been studied in this field. PMID:23462428

  11. Individualized differential diagnosis of schizophrenia and mood disorders using neuroanatomical biomarkers.

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    Koutsouleris, Nikolaos; Meisenzahl, Eva M; Borgwardt, Stefan; Riecher-Rössler, Anita; Frodl, Thomas; Kambeitz, Joseph; Köhler, Yanis; Falkai, Peter; Möller, Hans-Jürgen; Reiser, Maximilian; Davatzikos, Christos

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging-based markers of schizophrenia have been repeatedly shown to separate patients from healthy controls at the single-subject level, but it remains unclear whether these markers reliably distinguish schizophrenia from mood disorders across the life span and generalize to new patients as well as to early stages of these illnesses. The current study used structural MRI-based multivariate pattern classification to (i) identify and cross-validate a differential diagnostic signature separating patients with first-episode and recurrent stages of schizophrenia (n = 158) from patients with major depression (n = 104); and (ii) quantify the impact of major clinical variables, including disease stage, age of disease onset and accelerated brain ageing on the signature's classification performance. This diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging signature was then evaluated in an independent patient cohort from two different centres to test its generalizability to individuals with bipolar disorder (n = 35), first-episode psychosis (n = 23) and clinically defined at-risk mental states for psychosis (n = 89). Neuroanatomical diagnosis was correct in 80% and 72% of patients with major depression and schizophrenia, respectively, and involved a pattern of prefronto-temporo-limbic volume reductions and premotor, somatosensory and subcortical increments in schizophrenia versus major depression. Diagnostic performance was not influenced by the presence of depressive symptoms in schizophrenia or psychotic symptoms in major depression, but earlier disease onset and accelerated brain ageing promoted misclassification in major depression due to an increased neuroanatomical schizophrenia likeness of these patients. Furthermore, disease stage significantly moderated neuroanatomical diagnosis as recurrently-ill patients had higher misclassification rates (major depression: 23%; schizophrenia: 29%) than first-episode patients (major depression: 15%; schizophrenia: 12

  12. Individualized differential diagnosis of schizophrenia and mood disorders using neuroanatomical biomarkers

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    Meisenzahl, Eva M.; Borgwardt, Stefan; Riecher-Rössler, Anita; Frodl, Thomas; Kambeitz, Joseph; Köhler, Yanis; Falkai, Peter; Möller, Hans-Jürgen; Reiser, Maximilian; Davatzikos, Christos

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging-based markers of schizophrenia have been repeatedly shown to separate patients from healthy controls at the single-subject level, but it remains unclear whether these markers reliably distinguish schizophrenia from mood disorders across the life span and generalize to new patients as well as to early stages of these illnesses. The current study used structural MRI-based multivariate pattern classification to (i) identify and cross-validate a differential diagnostic signature separating patients with first-episode and recurrent stages of schizophrenia (n = 158) from patients with major depression (n = 104); and (ii) quantify the impact of major clinical variables, including disease stage, age of disease onset and accelerated brain ageing on the signature’s classification performance. This diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging signature was then evaluated in an independent patient cohort from two different centres to test its generalizability to individuals with bipolar disorder (n = 35), first-episode psychosis (n = 23) and clinically defined at-risk mental states for psychosis (n = 89). Neuroanatomical diagnosis was correct in 80% and 72% of patients with major depression and schizophrenia, respectively, and involved a pattern of prefronto-temporo-limbic volume reductions and premotor, somatosensory and subcortical increments in schizophrenia versus major depression. Diagnostic performance was not influenced by the presence of depressive symptoms in schizophrenia or psychotic symptoms in major depression, but earlier disease onset and accelerated brain ageing promoted misclassification in major depression due to an increased neuroanatomical schizophrenia likeness of these patients. Furthermore, disease stage significantly moderated neuroanatomical diagnosis as recurrently-ill patients had higher misclassification rates (major depression: 23%; schizophrenia: 29%) than first-episode patients (major depression: 15%; schizophrenia: 12

  13. Individualized differential diagnosis of schizophrenia and mood disorders using neuroanatomical biomarkers.

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    Koutsouleris, Nikolaos; Meisenzahl, Eva M; Borgwardt, Stefan; Riecher-Rössler, Anita; Frodl, Thomas; Kambeitz, Joseph; Köhler, Yanis; Falkai, Peter; Möller, Hans-Jürgen; Reiser, Maximilian; Davatzikos, Christos

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging-based markers of schizophrenia have been repeatedly shown to separate patients from healthy controls at the single-subject level, but it remains unclear whether these markers reliably distinguish schizophrenia from mood disorders across the life span and generalize to new patients as well as to early stages of these illnesses. The current study used structural MRI-based multivariate pattern classification to (i) identify and cross-validate a differential diagnostic signature separating patients with first-episode and recurrent stages of schizophrenia (n = 158) from patients with major depression (n = 104); and (ii) quantify the impact of major clinical variables, including disease stage, age of disease onset and accelerated brain ageing on the signature's classification performance. This diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging signature was then evaluated in an independent patient cohort from two different centres to test its generalizability to individuals with bipolar disorder (n = 35), first-episode psychosis (n = 23) and clinically defined at-risk mental states for psychosis (n = 89). Neuroanatomical diagnosis was correct in 80% and 72% of patients with major depression and schizophrenia, respectively, and involved a pattern of prefronto-temporo-limbic volume reductions and premotor, somatosensory and subcortical increments in schizophrenia versus major depression. Diagnostic performance was not influenced by the presence of depressive symptoms in schizophrenia or psychotic symptoms in major depression, but earlier disease onset and accelerated brain ageing promoted misclassification in major depression due to an increased neuroanatomical schizophrenia likeness of these patients. Furthermore, disease stage significantly moderated neuroanatomical diagnosis as recurrently-ill patients had higher misclassification rates (major depression: 23%; schizophrenia: 29%) than first-episode patients (major depression: 15%; schizophrenia: 12

  14. The status of and future research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the need of accurate diagnosis, objective assessment, and acknowledging biological and clinical subgroups

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    Twisk, Frank N. M.

    2014-01-01

    Although Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are used interchangeably, the diagnostic criteria define two distinct clinical entities. Cognitive impairment, (muscle) weakness, circulatory disturbances, marked variability of symptoms, and, above all, post-exertional malaise: a long-lasting increase of symptoms after a minor exertion, are distinctive symptoms of ME. This latter phenomenon separates ME, a neuro-immune illness, from chronic fatigue (syndrome), other disorders and deconditioning. The introduction of the label, but more importantly the diagnostic criteria for CFS have generated much confusion, mostly because chronic fatigue is a subjective and ambiguous notion. CFS was redefined in 1994 into unexplained (persistent or relapsing) chronic fatigue, accompanied by at least four out of eight symptoms, e.g., headaches and unrefreshing sleep. Most of the research into ME and/or CFS in the last decades was based upon the multivalent CFS criteria, which define a heterogeneous patient group. Due to the fact that fatigue and other symptoms are non-discriminative, subjective experiences, research has been hampered. Various authors have questioned the physiological nature of the symptoms and qualified ME/CFS as somatization. However, various typical symptoms can be assessed objectively using standardized methods. Despite subjective and unclear criteria and measures, research has observed specific abnormalities in ME/CFS repetitively, e.g., immunological abnormalities, oxidative and nitrosative stress, neurological anomalies, circulatory deficits and mitochondrial dysfunction. However, to improve future research standards and patient care, it is crucial that patients with post-exertional malaise (ME) and patients without this odd phenomenon are acknowledged as separate clinical entities that the diagnosis of ME and CFS in research and clinical practice is based upon accurate criteria and an objective assessment of characteristic symptoms

  15. [Macroscopic findings of brains are helpful in differential diagnosis of neurological disorders].

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    Yoshida, Mari

    2013-01-01

    Neuropathological diagnosis is essential in neurological disorders. Neurological signs and neuroimaging play a major role in clinical diagnosis. Although neuroimaging indicates the location and size of lesions, which is useful to longitudinal evaluation of edema or atrophy, pathological diagnosis is absolutely necessary to qualitative diagnosis. The first step of pathological diagnosis starts to observe macroscopic findings of brains, which reveal the distribution of lesions specific to individual disorders. Since the macroscopic abnormal findings are based on the microscopic degenerative findings, it may be no exaggeration to say that macroscopic findings enable to make neuropathological diagnosis. Accuracy of macroscopic finding is corrected or revised with microscopic findings and finally compared with neuroimaging and clinical diagnosis. Therefore it is very important and useful to learn macroscopic findings of neurological disorders. PMID:24291833

  16. Prenatal diagnosis of treacher-collins syndrome using three-dimensional ultrasonography and differential diagnosis with other acrofacial dysostosis syndromes.

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    Pereira, Daniela Cardoso; Bussamra, Luiz Claudio Silva; Araujo Júnior, Edward; Drummond, Carolina Leite; Nardozza, Luciano Marcondes Machado; Moron, Antonio Fernandes; Aldrighi, José Mendes

    2013-01-01

    Treacher-Collins syndrome (TCS) is a rare dominant autosomal anomaly resulting from malformation or disruption of the development of the first and second branchial arches. It is characterized by micrognathia, malar hypoplasia, and malformations of the eyes and ears. The prenatal diagnosis using two-dimensional ultrasonography (2DUS) is characterized by identification of facial malformations together with polyhydramnios. Three-dimensional ultrasonography (3DUS) has the capacity to spatially display these facial malformations, thus making it easy for the parents to understand them. We present a case of TCS diagnosed in the 33rd week using 3DUS, with postnatal confirmation using cranial computed tomography and anatomopathological analysis.

  17. The role of sonoelastography in the differential diagnosis of neck nodules.

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    Rubaltelli, L; Stramare, R; Tregnaghi, A; Scagliori, E; Cecchelero, E; Mannucci, M; Gallinaro, E; Beltrame, V

    2009-09-01

    Sonoelastography is an imaging technique that provides information on tissue elasticity. Its use as a diagnostic procedure is based on the premise that pathological processes like cancer alter the physical characteristics of the involved tissue. Ultrasonographic studies of the neck can reveal the nonpalpable thyroid nodules, but the nature of these lesions generally has to be established on the basis of FNAB findings. In our hands, sonoelastography displayed a diagnostic accuracy of 86.2% in identifying thyroid nodule malignancy, with positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV) of 64% and 94.5%, respectively. In the study of cervical lymph nodes, the results were less impressive (sensitivity 75%, specificity 80%, accuracy 77%, PPV 80%, NPV 70%), but the information obtained with this technique can in our opinion be a useful adjunct to sonographic findings. Indeed, in 5 lymph nodes with sonographic features consistent with malignancy, sonoelastography revealed diffuse elasticity that was indicative of benign disease, which was confirmed by pathological studies. Other nodular lesions of the neck can also be evaluated with sonoelastography, including enlarged parotid glands, but the data in the literature are too limited to allow hypotheses on the role of this imaging modality in this field. Sonoelastography is rapid and simple to perform, and it appears to be a potentially useful tool for the differential diagnosis of neck nodules. This is particularly true of thyroid nodules. Our experience with these lesions indicates that diffuse elasticity is strongly correlated with benign disease. If this finding is confirmed in larger studies, sonoelastography might be used to identify thyroid nodules that do not require immediate biopsy.

  18. Differential Diagnosis of Meningeal SFT-HPC and Meningioma: Which Immunohistochemical Markers Should Be Used?

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    Macagno, Nicolas; Figarella-Branger, Dominique; Mokthari, Karima; Metellus, Philippe; Jouvet, Anne; Vasiljevic, Alexandre; Loundou, Anderson; Bouvier, Corinne

    2016-02-01

    Meningeal solitary fibrous tumors-hemangiopericytomas (SFT-HPC) and meningiomas can be difficult to distinguish on histologic examination. STAT6 immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a reliable diagnostic marker of SFT-HPCs. Recently, GRIA2 has also been reported to be a diagnostic marker of SFT-HPC, although no extensive data are available for meningeal SFT-HPCs yet. The aim of this study was to test their diagnostic performance in a large cohort of SFT-HPCs and meningiomas. IHC analyses for GRIA2 and STAT6 were performed on tissue microarrays containing 76 SFT-HPCs and 181 meningiomas. Results were compared with previous data with ALDH1 and CD34. Two different anti-STAT6 antibodies were tested: SC-20 polyclonal and YE361 monoclonal antibody. Ninety-six percent of meningeal SFT-HPCs but no meningioma displayed nuclear STAT6 positivity. With SC-20 antibody, concomitant cytoplasmic staining for STAT6 was observed in >50% of all cases, including meningiomas. However, using YE361 antibody, cytoplasmic staining was absent, and nuclear signal intensity was stronger leading to better interpretation of STAT6 IHC. GRIA2 was positive in 84% of SFT-HPCs and in 16% of meningiomas. STAT6 had excellent sensitivity (96%) and specificity (100%), ALDH1 and GRIA2 had same sensitivity (84%), but ALDH1 and CD34 had better specificity than GRIA2 (97% and 96% vs. 84%, respectively). For the differential diagnosis of SFT-HPCs versus meningiomas, the best diagnostic approach is to perform STAT6, followed by ALDH1 and CD34 in the case of uncommon STAT6-negative cases. Because of meningioma positivity, GRIA2 seems less useful in this indication. PMID:26448189

  19. Differential Diagnosis of Meningeal SFT-HPC and Meningioma: Which Immunohistochemical Markers Should Be Used?

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    Macagno, Nicolas; Figarella-Branger, Dominique; Mokthari, Karima; Metellus, Philippe; Jouvet, Anne; Vasiljevic, Alexandre; Loundou, Anderson; Bouvier, Corinne

    2016-02-01

    Meningeal solitary fibrous tumors-hemangiopericytomas (SFT-HPC) and meningiomas can be difficult to distinguish on histologic examination. STAT6 immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a reliable diagnostic marker of SFT-HPCs. Recently, GRIA2 has also been reported to be a diagnostic marker of SFT-HPC, although no extensive data are available for meningeal SFT-HPCs yet. The aim of this study was to test their diagnostic performance in a large cohort of SFT-HPCs and meningiomas. IHC analyses for GRIA2 and STAT6 were performed on tissue microarrays containing 76 SFT-HPCs and 181 meningiomas. Results were compared with previous data with ALDH1 and CD34. Two different anti-STAT6 antibodies were tested: SC-20 polyclonal and YE361 monoclonal antibody. Ninety-six percent of meningeal SFT-HPCs but no meningioma displayed nuclear STAT6 positivity. With SC-20 antibody, concomitant cytoplasmic staining for STAT6 was observed in >50% of all cases, including meningiomas. However, using YE361 antibody, cytoplasmic staining was absent, and nuclear signal intensity was stronger leading to better interpretation of STAT6 IHC. GRIA2 was positive in 84% of SFT-HPCs and in 16% of meningiomas. STAT6 had excellent sensitivity (96%) and specificity (100%), ALDH1 and GRIA2 had same sensitivity (84%), but ALDH1 and CD34 had better specificity than GRIA2 (97% and 96% vs. 84%, respectively). For the differential diagnosis of SFT-HPCs versus meningiomas, the best diagnostic approach is to perform STAT6, followed by ALDH1 and CD34 in the case of uncommon STAT6-negative cases. Because of meningioma positivity, GRIA2 seems less useful in this indication.

  20. Use of a stable copper isotope (65Cu) in the differential diagnosis of Wilson's disease.

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    Lyon, T D; Fell, G S; Gaffney, D; McGaw, B A; Russell, R I; Park, R H; Beattie, A D; Curry, G; Crofton, R J; Gunn, I

    1995-06-01

    1. 65Cu/63Cu stable-isotope ratios have been measured in blood serum after oral administration of the stable isotope 65Cu. The incorporation of the isotope into the plasma protein pool was followed at various times for up to 3 days. The resulting patterns of enrichment in healthy control subjects, in Wilson's disease patients and in heterozygotes for the Wilson's disease gene, were similar in appearance to those found by others using copper radioactive isotopes. After an initially high enrichment at 2 h after dosage, the Wilson's disease cases, in contrast to the control subjects, did not show a secondary rise in isotope enrichment of the plasma pool after 72 h, demonstrating a failure to incorporate copper into caeruloplasmin. The Wilson's disease heterozygotes had variable degrees of impairment of isotope incorporation, not always distinguished from those of control subjects. 2. The stability of the isotope also permits the copper tracer to be followed for a longer period. Ten healthy subjects were studied for over 40 days, allowing the biological half-time of an oral dose of copper to be determined (median 18.5 days, 95% confidence interval 14-26 days). Known heterozygotes for the Wilson's disease gene were found to have a significantly increased biological half-time for removal of copper from the plasma pool (median 43 days, 95% confidence interval 32-77 days). 3. The incorporation of 65 Cu in patients with diseases of the liver (other than Wilson's disease) was found to be similar to that in control subjects, aiding differential diagnosis.

  1. THE ROLE OF TILT-TABLE TEST IN DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF UNEXPLAINED SYNCOPE.

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    Jelavić, Marko Mornar; Babić, Zdravko; Hećimović, Hrvoje; Erceg, Vesna; Pintarić, Hrvoje

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this retrospective study (February 2012-September 2014) was to assess the role of head-up tilt-table test in patients with unexplained syncope. It was performed on 235 patients at Clinical Department of Cardiology, Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Center. Patients were classified according to test indications: group A (convulsive syncope, n = 30), group B (suspected vasovagal syncope, n = 180), and group C (paroxysmal vertigo, n = 25). The groups were analyzed and compared according to demographic data (age and gender), referral specialist (cardiologist, neurologist, and others), and test results (positive/negative) with specific response (cardioinhibitory, vasodepressor, or mixed). Groups A and B were referred most frequently by neurologists and cardiologists (p < 0.05). The test was positive in 34 (14.5%) of all evaluated patients (5 in group A and 29 in group B), of which 13 (38.2%) had cardioinhibitory, 11 (32.4%) mixed and 10 (29.4%) vasodepressor response. In the cardioinhibitory subgroup, three patients (23.1%, 2 males/1 female, mean age 28.5 years) with normal electroencephalography were on antiepileptics. During head-up tilt-table testing, they had bradycardia (heart rate 30.0 ± 5.0 beats/min) and prolonged asystole (13.7 ± 11.0 seconds) with development of typical convulsions. These three subjects got a permanent pacemaker (atrial/ventricular stimulation, heart rate control) and anticonvulsive therapy was slowly withdrawn with no syncope recurrence during 24-month follow up. In conclusion, head-up tilt-table test has an important role in the evaluation of patients with unexplained syncope and in differential diagnosis of vasovagal syncope. The indication for pacemaker implantation, strictly following the European Society of Cardiology guidelines, proved to be effective in preventing syncope relapses in patients with cardioinhibitory convulsive syncope.

  2. Scoring system for differential diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma and reactive mesothelial cells on cytology specimens.

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    Kimura, Noriko; Dota, Kimiko; Araya, Yoshikazu; Ishidate, Takuzo; Ishizaka, Masanori

    2009-12-01

    Cytology is the only useful tool in the detection of malignant mesothelioma (MM) at an early stage. No other methods, such as immunocytochemistry or electron microscopy, are available to distinguish MM from reactive mesothelial cells (RMC). Some objective analysis of cytology specimens is necessary. On the basis of our case review and cytological features described in previous articles, we developed a scoring system for malignant mesothelioma (SSMM) of effusion cytology to distinguish MM cells from RMC. Mesothelioma cells in effusions from 22 patients (20 pleural and 2 peritoneal mesotheliomas) were compared with RMC from 20 patients without obvious tumor cells and 50 effusions containing metastatic carcinoma cells. The SSMM is based on characteristic features of mesothelial and malignant cells. The total achievable score is 10 points: one point each is given for variety of cell size, cyanophilic cytoplasm with villosity/windows/bleb, sheet-like arrangement, mirror-ball-like cell clusters, nuclear atypia, and cannibalism, respectively. Further two points each are ascribed for acidophilic large nucleoli and multinucleated cells with more than eight nuclei. The total score for each of the 22 mesotheliomas was more than 5 points. On the other hand, all RMC and the 50 metastatic carcinoma cases scored less than 3 points, aside from two cases that were treated with OK432. No single characteristic feature was observed to be consistent within the 22 mesotheliomas analyzed. Ancillary use of immunocytochemistry, such as podoplanin (D2-40) and calretinin, supported the diagnostic accuracy of the SSMM. SSMM is useful for the differential diagnosis of MM. PMID:19572412

  3. Differential diagnosis of parotid gland tumours: which magnetic resonance findings should be taken in account?

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    Tartaglione, T; Botto, A; Sciandra, M; Gaudino, S; Danieli, L; Parrilla, C; Paludetti, G; Colosimo, C

    2015-10-01

    Our aim was to define typical magnetic resonance (MRI) findings in malignant and benign parotid tumours. This study is based on retrospective evaluation of pre-surgical MRI of 94 patients with parotid gland tumours. Histology results were available for all tumours. There were 69 cases of benign (73%) and 25 cases of malignant (27%) tumours, including 44 pleomorphic adenomas, 18 Warthin's tumours, 7 various benign tumours, 6 squamous cell carcinomas, 3 carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenomas, 2 mucoepidermoid carcinomas, 1 adenoid cystic carcinoma and 13 various malignant tumours. The following MRI parameters were evaluated: shape, site, size, margins, signal intensity (SI) on T1w and T2w images, contrast enhancement, signal of cystic content, presence or absence of a capsule, perineural spread, extraglandular growth pattern and cervical adenopathy. Statistical analysis was performed to identify the MRI findings most suggestive of malignancy, and to define the most typical MRI pattern of the most common histologies. Ill-defined margins (p < 0.001), adenopathies (p < 0.001) and infiltrative grown pattern (p < 0.001) were significantly predictive of malignancy. Typical findings of pleomorphic adenoma included hyperintensity on T2w images (p = 0.02), strong contrast enhancement (p < 0.001) and lobulated shape (p = 0.04). Typical findings of Warthin's tumour included hyperintense components on T1w images (p < 0.001), location in the parotid inferior process (p < 0.001) and mild or incomplete contrast enhancement (p = 0.01). SI on T1w and T2w images and contrast enhancement enables differential diagnosis between pleomorphic adenoma and Warthin's tumour. PMID:26824912

  4. Clinical Significance of Auditory Target P300 Subcomponents in Psychosis: Differential Diagnosis, Symptom Profiles, and Course

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    Perlman, Greg; Foti, Dan; Jackson, Felicia; Kotov, Roman; Constantino, Eduardo; Hajcak, Greg

    2015-01-01

    Background Reduced auditory target P300 amplitude is a leading biomarker for psychotic disorders, although its relevance for differential diagnosis and link to specific clinical features (symptom profiles, functional impairment, and course) is unclear. This study aims to clarify the clinical significance of auditory target P300 using concurrent and retrospective clinical data from a longitudinal cohort with psychosis. Methods 92 cases from an epidemiological study of first-admission psychosis were assessed using an auditory oddball paradigm at 15-year follow-up along with 44 never-psychotic adults. Subcomponents of auditory target P300 amplitude (i.e., a central positive P3a, a parietal positive P3b, and a frontal negative slow wave) were isolated using temporal-spatial principal components analysis. Results P3a amplitude was blunted across psychotic disorders relative to non-psychotic adults. P3b amplitude was reduced in schizophrenia specifically, including cases initially misclassified at baseline. The frontal negative slow wave did not distinguish among groups. P3b amplitude reduction was associated with several clinical features at the concurrent assessment, as well as previous time points, including recovery from psychosis even 5 years earlier and functioning even 15 years earlier. Conclusions Auditory target P300 amplitude yields both a schizophrenia-specific component (i.e., P3b) and a transdiagnostic psychosis component (i.e., P3a). The P3b component may also shed light on prognosis, real-world functioning, and course, as well as help to reduce misdiagnosis of psychotic disorders. Prospective studies are needed to test whether P3b tracks or predicts clinical status. PMID:25934167

  5. [The necessity of complex use of radiation and endoscopic techniques in the differential diagnosis of gastric ulcerations].

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    Gorshkov, A N; Meshkov, V M; Gracheva, N I; Biakhov, M Iu; Timchenko, I V; Meshkov, M V

    2002-01-01

    The results of examination of 156 patients were used to consider whether radiation and endoscopic techniques might be used in the differential diagnosis of gastric ulcerations. The necessity of their complex use is shown. Evidence is provided for that the understanding of intramural changes at the site of ulceration should underlie the interpretation of visual changes in the gastric mucosa. An algorithm has been developed for the rational and effective use of radiation and endoscopic techniques in the differential diagnosis of gastric ulcerations. The algorithm is shown to be highly effective in the correct interpretation of the pattern of an identified ulceration (98.4% specificity). Ultrasound and computed tomographic semiotics of benign and malignant gastric ulcerations is presented.

  6. Differential Diagnosis of Skin Ulcers in a Mycobacterium ulcerans Endemic Area: Data from a Prospective Study in Cameroon

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    Toutous Trellu, Laurence; Nkemenang, Patrick; Comte, Eric; Ehounou, Geneviève; Atangana, Paul; Rusch, Barbara; Njih Tabah, Earnest; Etard, Jean-François; Mueller, Yolanda K.

    2016-01-01

    Background Clinical diagnosis of Buruli ulcer (BU) due to Mycobacterium ulcerans can be challenging. We aimed to specify the differential diagnosis of skin lesions in a BU endemic area. Method We conducted a prospective diagnostic study in Akonolinga, Cameroon. Patients presenting with a skin ulcer suspect of BU were included. M. ulcerans was detected using swabs for Ziehl-Neelsen staining, PCR and culture. Skin punch biopsies were taken and reviewed by two histopathologists. Photographs of the lesions were taken and independently reviewed by two dermatologists. Final diagnosis was based on consensus, combining the results of laboratory tests and expert opinion. Results/ Discussion Between October 2011 and December 2013, 327 patients with ulcerative lesions were included. Median age was 37 years (0 to 87), 65% were males, and 19% HIV-positive. BU was considered the final diagnosis for 27% of the lesions, 85% of which had at least one positive laboratory test. Differential diagnoses were vascular lesions (22%), bacterial infections (21%), post-traumatic (8%), fistulated osteomyelitis (6%), neoplasia (5%), inflammatory lesions (3%), hemopathies and other systemic diseases (2%) and others (2%). The proportion of BU was similar between HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients (27.0% vs. 26.5%; p = 0.940). Half of children below 15 years of age were diagnosed with BU, compared to 26.8% and 13.9% among individuals 15 to 44 years of age and above, respectively (chi2 p<0.001). Children had more superficial bacterial infections (24.3%) and osteomyelitis (11.4%). Conclusion We described differential diagnosis of skin lesions in a BU endemic area, stratifying results by age and HIV-status. PMID:27074157

  7. [Differential diagnosis of reduced uptake images revealed by bone scan: about a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia].

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    Bahadi, Nisrine; Biyi, Abdelhamid; Oueriagli, Salah Nabih; Doudouh, Abderrahim

    2016-01-01

    If increased uptake during bone scan usually bring to light many bone pathologies, reduced uptakes are a rare occurrence and they require careful analysis to avoid erroneous interpretations. We report the case of a 17-year old admitted with diffuse bone pain, hypercalcemia and thrombopenia. Bone scan showed areas of low uptakes. Bone marrow tests allowed the diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This case report aims to discuss the main differential diagnoses based on such bone scan abnormalities. PMID:27642484

  8. [Differential diagnosis of chest pain: a case of acute aortic syndrome].

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    Córdoba-Soriano, J G; Hidalgo-Olivares, V; Cambronero-Cortinas, E; Fernández-Anguita, M

    2014-03-01

    Chest pain is one of the most frequent reasons for consulting in any healthcare setting, however its diagnosis remains a challenge for both Primary Care and Emergency Department physicians. We report a case of an Acute Aortic Syndrome which was diagnosed late after an insidious course of chest pain, repetitive syncope, and in which the delay in diagnosis and treatment could be fatal. We also describe the definition, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of this condition. PMID:24655911

  9. Importance of spontaneous nystagmus detection in the differential diagnosis of acute vertigo.

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    Pavlin-Premrl, Davor; Waterston, John; McGuigan, Sean; Infeld, Bernard; Sultana, Ron; O'Sullivan, Richard; Gerraty, Richard P

    2015-03-01

    Vertigo is a common cause of emergency department attendance. Detection of spontaneous nystagmus may be a useful sign in distinguishing vestibular neuritis from other vestibular diagnoses. We aimed to assess the contribution of spontaneous nystagmus in the diagnosis of acute vertigo. We enrolled consecutive consenting patients arriving at a single emergency department with acute vertigo. There was no declared protocol for the emergency department staff. A standardized history and examination was conducted by the investigators. Observation for spontaneous nystagmus, its response to visual fixation, and testing the vestibulo-ocular reflex with the horizontal head impulse test were the chief examination components. MRI was obtained within 24 hours. Clinical criteria and MRI were used to reach the final diagnosis. The investigators' physical findings and final neurological diagnosis were compared with the initial emergency department examination findings and the referral diagnosis. There were 28 patients, 15 with vestibular neuritis, six with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, one with stroke, suspected clinically, and three with migraine. In three the diagnosis remained uncertain. Spontaneous nystagmus was seen in all 15 patients with vestibular neuritis, fixation-suppressed in eight of 11 tested for this. The head impulse test was positive in 12 of 15 with vestibular neuritis. The emergency department referral diagnosis was correct in six of 23 patients. The ability to detect spontaneous nystagmus is useful in vestibular diagnosis, both in support of a diagnosis of vestibular neuritis and in avoiding false positive diagnoses of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

  10. Defining the Correctness of a Diagnosis: Differential Judgments and Expert Knowledge

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    Kanter, Steven L.; Brosenitsch, Teresa A.; Mahoney, John F.; Staszewski, James

    2010-01-01

    Approaches that use a simulated patient case to study and assess diagnostic reasoning usually use the correct diagnosis of the case as a measure of success and as an anchor for other measures. Commonly, the correctness of a diagnosis is determined by the judgment of one or more experts. In this study, the consistency of experts' judgments of the…

  11. The functional role of microRNA in acute lymphoblastic leukemia: relevance for diagnosis, differential diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy

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    Luan, Chengxin; Yang, Zixue; Chen, Baoan

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a new class of noncoding RNAs, which can hybridize to target messenger RNAs and regulate their expression posttranscriptionally, express differentially in distinct stages of lymphopoiesis and influence the direction of lymphoid precursor maturation. Hence, there is aberrant expression of miRNAs involved in malignant lymphopoiesis, and these aberrations can be used as signatures of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with different subtypes. In addition, changes in the expression of several miRNAs may have functional relevance with leukemogenesis or drug resistance. As a result, the reversal of the expression of these miRNAs may alleviate the disease to some extent and improve clinical outcomes. However, among the studies of miRNAs, there are still some problems that need to be solved to understand the function of miRNAs in ALL more thoroughly. PMID:26508875

  12. [Tuberculosis and tularemia as part of the differential diagnosis in cervical lymphadenitis].

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    Karagöz, Ergenekon; Ulçay, Asım; Hatipoğlu, Mustafa; Turhan, Vedat

    2014-10-01

    We have read with interest the recently published article entitled "Investigation of the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the lymph node aspirates of the suspected tularemia lymphadenitis cases" by Albayrak et al. published in Mikrobiyol Bul 2014; 48(1): 129-34. They concluded that tuberculous lymphadenitis (TCL) should be kept in mind in suspected tularemia cases and those patients should also be investigated simultaneously for the presence of TCL. With reference to data provided by the Ministry of Health in Turkey, the number of reported cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in comparison to previous years is currently on decline whereas a gradual increase in extra-pulmonary (specifically cervical TCL) cases has been observed. Besides, as one of the most common causes of cervical lymphadenitis, we are witnessing a marked increase in granulomatous infections which have been part of the evaluated cases of oropharyngeal tularemia in Turkey. In fact, differentiation of the two types of lymphadenitis can be confusing on the basis of clinical and histopathological findings. Thus, investigating the presence of M.tuberculosis in cervical lymph node aspirates of tularemia suspected cases is a vital contribution, specifically in a geographical region that is considered endemic for both diseases. We would therefore like to note the importance of this study and thank the authors for their comprehensive contribution. Contrary to what is noted in the study, cervical lymphadenitis due to acute tonsillopharyngitis unresponsive to penicillin and its derivatives, has been regarded as cervical TCL due to their histopathological appearance and have been treated unnecessarily with long-term antituberculous drugs. There are some publications from Turkey indicating the detection of Francisella tularensis antibodies and nucleic acids in the patients who were histologically diagnosed as TCL. In situations where the exact etiology of cervical lymphadenitis is not determined, treatment

  13. Cerebrospinal Fluid P-Tau181P: Biomarker for Improved Differential Dementia Diagnosis.

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    Struyfs, Hanne; Niemantsverdriet, Ellis; Goossens, Joery; Fransen, Erik; Martin, Jean-Jacques; De Deyn, Peter P; Engelborghs, Sebastiaan

    2015-01-01

    The goal of this study is to investigate the value of tau phosphorylated at threonine 181 (P-tau181P) in the Alzheimer's disease (AD) cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker panel for differential dementia diagnosis in autopsy confirmed AD and non-AD patients. The study population consisted of 140 autopsy confirmed AD and 77 autopsy confirmed non-AD dementia patients. CSF concentrations of amyloid-β peptide of 42 amino acids (Aβ1-42), total tau protein (T-tau), and P-tau181P were determined with single analyte ELISA-kits (INNOTEST(®), Fujirebio, Ghent, Belgium). Diagnostic accuracy was assessed through receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses to obtain area under the curve (AUC) values and to define optimal cutoff values to discriminate AD from pooled and individual non-AD groups. ROC curve analyses were only performed on biomarkers and ratios that differed significantly between the groups. Pairwise comparison of AUC values was performed by means of DeLong tests. The Aβ1-42/P-tau181P ratio (AUC = 0.770) performed significantly better than Aβ1-42 (AUC = 0.677, P = 0.004), T-tau (AUC = 0.592, P < 0.001), and Aβ1-42/T-tau (AUC = 0.678, P = 0.001), while P-tau181P (AUC = 0.720) performed significantly better than T-tau (AUC = 0.592, P < 0.001) to discriminate between AD and the pooled non-AD group. When comparing AD and the individual non-AD diagnoses, Aβ1-42/P-tau181P (AUC = 0.894) discriminated AD from frontotemporal dementia significantly better than Aβ1-42 (AUC = 0.776, P = 0.020) and T-tau (AUC = 0.746, P = 0.004), while P-tau181P/T-tau (AUC = 0.958) significantly improved the differentiation between AD and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease as compared to Aβ1-42 (AUC = 0.688, P = 0.004), T-tau (AUC = 0.874, P = 0.040), and Aβ1-42/P-tau181P (AUC = 0.760, P = 0.003). In conclusion, this study demonstrates P-tau181P is an essential component of the AD CSF biomarker

  14. Differential diagnosis of central nervous system involvement in a patient treated with acyclovir.

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    von Euler, Mia; Axelsson, Gudmundur; Helldén, Anders

    2013-08-01

    Acyclovir-induced neuropsychiatric symptoms (AINSs) may resemble several diseases of the central nervous system. Laboratory testing of acyclovir may be critical in supporting the diagnosis of AINSs when there is doubt. We present a case of suspected herpes encephalitis in which the diagnosis of AINSs was supported by therapeutic drug monitoring of plasma and cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of acyclovir and its main metabolite 9-carboxymethoxymethylguanine.

  15. Ureteritis Cystica: Important Consideration in the Differential Diagnosis of Acute Renal Colic

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    Padilla-Fernández, B.; Díaz-Alférez, FJ.; Herrero-Polo, M.; Martín-Izquierdo, M.; Silva-Abuín, JM.; Lorenzo-Gómez, MF.

    2012-01-01

    Ureteritis cystica is an uncommon cause of acute renal pain. The aetiology remains unclear and the diagnosis may be difficult to establish. We report the case of a 29 year old woman with a history of repeated urinary tract infections presenting with acute renal colic in the absence of lithiasis. We review the diagnostic tools available to make the diagnosis and the recent pertinent literature. PMID:22474406

  16. The Diagnostic and Differential Diagnosis Utility of Cerebrospinal Fluid α -Synuclein Levels in Parkinson's Disease: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Zhou, Bo; Wen, Min; Yu, Wen-Feng; Zhang, Chun-Lin; Jiao, Ling

    2015-01-01

    Several recent studies showed that α-syn might be a potential diagnostic biomarker for PD in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), but the results were inconsistent. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to investigate the diagnostic and differential diagnosis efficacy of CSF α-syn in PD. Studies which measured CSF α-syn or α-syn oligomers in patients with PD and met the inclusion criteria were included in the analysis. Results of the meta-analysis indicated that mean concentration of CSF α-syn was significantly lower in PD compared to controls and significantly higher in PD compared to multiple system atrophy (MSA). No significant difference in mean concentration of CSF α-syn was found between PD and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Mean concentration of CSF α-syn was slightly decreased in PD compared to progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Mean concentration of CSF α-syn oligomers was significantly higher in PD than control. These results support the findings that CSF α-syn may be a potential diagnostic and differential diagnosis biomarker in PD compared to control and MSA but not DLB. Furthermore, α-syn oligomer may represent a better biomarker for diagnosis of PD.

  17. Myeloid cell nuclear differentiation antigen is expressed in a subset of marginal zone lymphomas and is useful in the differential diagnosis with follicular lymphoma.

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    Metcalf, Ryan A; Monabati, Ahmad; Vyas, Monika; Roncador, Giovanna; Gualco, Gabriela; Bacchi, Carlos E; Younes, Sheren F; Natkunam, Yasodha; Freud, Aharon G

    2014-08-01

    The diagnosis of marginal zone lymphomas (MZL) is challenged by the lack of specific markers that distinguish them from other low-grade non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphomas. Myeloid cell nuclear differentiation antigen (MNDA) is a nuclear protein that labels myelomonocytic cells as well as B lymphocytes that localize to the marginal zone areas of splenic white pulp. We evaluated MNDA expression in a large series of B-cell lymphomas to assess the sensitivity and specificity of this antigen for the characterization of MZL. A total of 440 tissue sections containing extramedullary B-cell lymphomas and 216 bone marrow biopsies containing atypical or neoplastic lymphoid infiltrates were stained for MNDA by immunohistochemistry. Among the extramedullary lymphoma cases, approximately 67% of nodal MZL, 61% of extranodal MZL, and 24% of splenic MZL expressed MNDA. MNDA was also infrequently expressed in other B-cell neoplasms including mantle cell lymphoma (6%), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (13%), follicular lymphoma (FL) (4%), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (25%), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (3%). In contrast, MNDA was only expressed in 2.3% of all bone marrow biopsies involved by lymphoid infiltrates, including 2 cases of FL and one case of MZL. Collectively, these data support the inclusion of MNDA in the diagnostic evaluation of extramedullary B-cell lymphomas, particularly those in which the differential diagnosis is between low-grade FL and MZL.

  18. Relativistic regimes in which Compton scattering doubly differential cross sections obtained from impulse approximation are accurate due to cancelation of errors

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    Lajohn, L. A.; Pratt, R. H.

    2015-05-01

    There is no simple parameter that can be used to predict when impulse approximation (IA) can yield accurate Compton scattering doubly differential cross sections (DDCS) in relativistic regimes. When Z is low, a small value of the parameter /q (where is the average initial electron momentum and q is the momentum transfer) suffices. For small Z the photon electron kinematic contribution described in relativistic S-matrix (SM) theory reduces to an expression, Xrel, which is present in the relativistic impulse approximation (RIA) formula for Compton DDCS. When Z is high, the S-Matrix photon electron kinematics no longer reduces to Xrel, and this along with the error characterized by the magnitude of /q contribute to the RIA error Δ. We demonstrate and illustrate in the form of contour plots that there are regimes of incident photon energy ωi and scattering angle θ in which the two types of errors at least partially cancel. Our calculations show that when θ is about 65° for Uranium K-shell scattering, Δ is less than 1% over an ωi range of 300 to 900 keV.

  19. Is accurate self-monitoring necessary for people with acquired neurological problems to benefit from the use of differential reinforcement methods?

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    Knight, Caroline; Rutterford, Neil A; Alderman, Nick; Swan, Louise J

    2002-01-01

    Challenging behaviour exhibited by people with acquired neurological problems must be managed if their maximum rehabilitation potential is to be achieved. Differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) appears to be an effective method for this. The effectiveness of DRL in the presence of severe cognitive deficits, including disorders of attention and memory, is nevertheless surprising. Indeed, such difficulties may prevent individuals with brain injury benefiting from operant conditioning procedures because of impairment of the central executive component of working memory. Consequently, use of other behavioural techniques such as response cost and self-monitoring training (SMT) have been adopted, as it has been argued they circumvent neuropsychological constraints to learning by directing attention to aspects of behaviour not being monitored. DRL, however, may be more desirable as it involves minimal intrusion; is concerned with establishment of pro-social behaviour; and treatment gains can occur rapidly and be maintained for long periods following withdrawal. Whether DRL is dependent upon accurate self-monitoring is addressed through the study of three people participating in rehabilitation. This shows DRL can be effective, despite severe cognitive impairments, but SMT facilitates greater improvements in selective attention. How DRL may circumvent cognitive impairment is discussed.

  20. 'TB or not TB?' Problems of differential diagnosis of cutaneous mycobacteriosis and tuberculosis--A Case Study and interdisciplinary discussion.

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    Szmygin-Milanowska, Katarzyna; Grzywa-Celińska, Anna; Zwolska, Zofia; Krawczyk, Paweł; Guz, Leszek; Milanowski, Janusz

    2016-01-01

    The diagnosis of cutaneous tuberculosis poses a serious challenge due to many skin diseases of different etiology resembling the lesions caused by the TB (tuberculosis) bacillus, and difficulties in confirming the disease. The presented case concerns skin lesions in a hobby aquarist stung in the finger of the left hand by a fish. The resulting inflammatory infiltration was to be cutaneous tuberculosis or mycobacteriosis caused by MOTT (Mycobacterium other than tuberculosis). Laboratory, pathomorphologic, genetic and microbiologic tests of samples obtained from the patient, fish and water in the aquarium gave ambiguous results. A multidisciplinary discussion is presented on the difficulties in the differential diagnosis, problems with a clear interpretation of the results of various conducted tests, and possible ways of transmission of the infection, relevant to the described example.

  1. Spontaneous Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Right-Sided Heart Failure as a Differential Diagnosis for Hepatosis Dietetica in a Production Pig

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    Collins, Dalis E; Eaton, Kathryn A; Hoenerhoff, Mark J

    2015-01-01

    An experimentally naïve 37.7-kg Yorkshire-crossbred gilt died unexpectedly 2 d after arrival. Necropsy revealed severe dilated cardiomyopathy characterized grossly by markedly dilated ventricles and thinned ventricular walls and interventricular septum. Histologically there was multifocal myofiber attenuation and patchy loss of myofiber cross striations. The liver contained submassive to massive, diffuse hepatic centrilobular hemorrhage and degeneration. These lesions supported a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy with right heart failure and secondary hepatic degeneration due to marked acute passive congestion. To our knowledge, this case is the first report of spontaneous dilated cardiomyopathy in swine and represents a potential diagnostic challenge regarding the differentiation of the cardiac-associated liver lesion from hepatosis dietetica. The diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy and right-sided heart failure was supported by the character of the hepatic lesion, absence of typical gross or histologic lesions of mulberry heart disease, and normal selenium levels. PMID:26310462

  2. [Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome and cerebrovascular constriction syndrome in the differential diagnosis of post-partum headaches].

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    Ruiz López, N; Cano Hernández, B; Balbás Álvarez, S

    2016-02-01

    Postpartum headache can be due to many causes. In a patient with previous epidural analgesia, the headache can be attributed to post-dural puncture headache, even if the symptoms are not typical of this clinical entity. We report a case of a post-partum with accidental dural tap during the insertion of an epidural catheter for labour analgesia, and who referred to headaches in the third post-partum day. Initially, a post-dural puncture headache was suspected, but the subsequent onset of seizures and visual impairment meant that the diagnosis had to be reconsidered. In this case report, the clinical and pathophysiological features of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, as well as the differential diagnosis of post-partum headaches are described.

  3. The value of trichoscopy in the differential diagnosis of scalp lesions in pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus*

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    Sar-Pomian, Marta; Kurzeja, Marta; Rudnicka, Lidia; Olszewska, Malgorzata

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Trichoscopy is becoming increasingly popular in diagnosing hair and scalp diseases. Scalp involvement in pemphigus is common. The scalp may be the first or only site of clinical manifestation of the disease. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to analyze whether trichoscopy may be useful in aiding differential diagnosis of scalp lesions in patients with pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus. METHODS Trichoscopy was performed in 19 patients with scalp lesions in the course of pemphigus (9 patients with pemphigus vulgaris and 10 with pemphigus foliaceus). In all patients, the diagnosis of scalp pemphigus was confirmed by histopathology. The working magnification was 20-fold and 70-fold. RESULTS The most frequently observed trichoscopy features of pemphigus lesions were: extravasations (18/19; 94.7%) and yellow hemorrhagic crusts (11/19; 57.9%). Yellow dots with whitish halo were observed in 6/19 (31.6%) patients with pemphigus. White polygonal structures were observed in pemphigus foliaceus (6/10; 60%), but not in pemphigus vulgaris. Vascular abnormalities were more frequent in pemphigus vulgaris, when compared to pemphigus foliaceus, and were associated with a severe course of disease. Linear serpentine vessels were the most frequent vascular abnormality in patients with pemphigus vulgaris and pemphigus foliaceus (77.8% and 30%, respectively). CONCLUSION Trichoscopy may serve as a useful supplementary method in the differential diagnosis of pemphigus, especially in cases of desquamative or exudative lesions limited to the scalp. Extravasations, yellow hemorrhagic crusts, yellow dots with whitish halo, white polygonal structures and linear serpentine vessels are trichoscopy features which may suggest the diagnosis of pemphigus. PMID:25387515

  4. [Landau-Kleffner and autistic regression: the importance of differential diagnosis].

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    Ribeiro, Karla M N; Assumpção, Francisco B; Valente, Kelte D R

    2002-09-01

    Some neurological disorders may present psychiatric signs and symptoms, therefore the search for an etiological diagnosis is crucial. The aim of this study is to report the case of a patient with a neurological disorder, diagnosed during a psychiatric admission. A boy with normal neuropsychomotor development until the age of 3 years, started presenting epileptic seizures, followed by behavioral disorder and language deterioration. During neurologic follow-up, the patient was referred to the Psychiatry Department with a diagnosis of autism, in this case an autistic regression (AR). During his admission, diagnosis of Landau-Kleffner syndrome (LKS) was established on clinical and EEG grounds. LKS is characterized by acquired aphasia, epilepsy, EEG abnormalities and behavioral changes, including autistic traits. Language regression is observed LKS and AR. We stress the main differences between these two entities because misdiagnosis may postpone early intervention and consequent benefits, as observed in our case.

  5. A review of sleepwalking (somnambulism): the enigma of neurophysiology and polysomnography with differential diagnosis of complex partial seizures.

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    Hughes, John R

    2007-12-01

    The goal of this report is to review all aspects of sleepwalking (SW), also known as somnambulism. Various factors seem to initiate SW, especially drugs, stress, and sleep deprivation. As an etiology, heredity is important, but other conditions include thyrotoxicosis, stress, and herpes simplex encephalitis. Psychological characteristics of sleepwalkers often include aggression, anxiety, panic disorder, and hysteria. Polysomnographic characteristics emphasize abnormal deep sleep associated with arousal and slow wave sleep fragmentation. In the differential diagnosis, the EEG is important to properly identify a seizure disorder, rather than SW. Associated disorders are Tourette's syndrome, sleep-disordered breathing, and migraine. Various kinds of treatment are discussed, as are legal considerations, especially murder during sleepwalking.

  6. Primary intrathoracic gastric volvulus in the neonatal period: a differential diagnosis of esophageal atresia

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    El Azzouzi, Driss

    2014-01-01

    Intrathoracic gastric volvulus in the neonatal period is a rare surgical emergency. Delays in diagnosis and treatment are life-threatening due to progressive deterioration of the gastric walls. Presentation in this period can be confused with the possibility of esophageal atresia or esophageal web. The upper gastrointestinal tract contrast study is diagnostic in this disease. The authors report a case of acute intrathoracic gastric volvulus diagnosis by radiologic-contrast-study in 1-day-old girl that was confirmed at surgery. The physiopathology, classification and different presentations of this entity are briefly reviewed. PMID:25309661

  7. The expression of MDM2/CDK4 gene product in the differential diagnosis of well differentiated liposarcoma and large deep-seated lipoma

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    Pilotti, S; Torre, G Della; Mezzelani, A; Tamborini, E; Azzarelli, A; Sozzi, G; Pierotti, M A

    2000-01-01

    Ordinary lipomas are cytogenetically characterized by a variety of balanced rearrangements involving chromosome segment 12q13–15, whereas well differentiated liposarcomas (WDL) show supernumerary ring and giant marker chromosomes, known to contain amplified 12q sequences. The tight correlation between the presence of ring chromosomes and both amplification and overexpression of MDM2 and CDK4 genes suggests the exploration of the possibility that immunocytochemistry (ICC) might assist in the differential diagnosis of lipoma-like well differentiated liposarcomas (LL-WDL) and large deep-seated lipomas (LDSL). For this purpose, 21 cases of the former and 19 cases of the latter tumours were analysed by ICC and, according to the availability of material, by molecular and cytogenetic approaches. All lipomas displayed a null MDM2/CDK4 phenotype, whereas all LL-WDL showed MDM2/CDK4 or CDK4 phenotypes. Southern blot analysis performed on 16 suitable cases, complemented by fluorescence in situ hybridization and classical cytogenetic analysis in 11 cases, was consistent with, and further supported the immunophenotyping data. In conclusion, MDM2/CDK4 product-based immunophenotyping appears to represent a valuable method for the categorization of arguable LDSL. © 2000 Cancer Research Campaign PMID:10755400

  8. Congenital malaria in a neonate: case report with a comprehensive review on differential diagnosis, treatment and prevention in Indian perspective.

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    Rai, Preeti; Majumdar, Kaushik; Sharma, Sunita; Chauhan, Richa; Chandra, Jagdish

    2015-06-01

    Although malaria in pregnancy, lactation and congenital malaria can be a disease burden in the endemic zones of Africa and Indian sub-continent, it is still epidemiologically less investigated in India. As it may lead to considerable maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, awareness and timely intervention is necessary for desirable outcome and prevention of the condition. Very few reports of congenital malaria are available in the literature from an endemic country like India. Herein we describe a case of congenital malaria from north India in a 21-day neonate. Clinical presentation of this condition in the neonate may offer a considerable diagnostic challenge, and differentiation from vector borne malaria in infants may be important from the management point of view. Hence a review of the differential diagnosis, management and prevention of congenital malaria has been attempted in the Indian perspective. PMID:26064034

  9. The Bender-Gestalt Test in Differential Diagnosis of Adolescents with Learning Difficulties

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    Mordock, John B.; and others

    1968-01-01

    Attempt to assess efficiency of Haine and Koppitz scoring systems with Bender-Gestalt in ability to differentiate between brain-damaged and other young people in a residential treatment center did not prove useful. (Author/CJ)

  10. MRI accurately identifies early murine mammary cancers and reliably differentiates between in situ and invasive cancer: Correlation of MRI with histology

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    Mustafi, Devkumar; Zamora, Marta; Fan, Xiaobing; Markiewicz, Erica; Mueller, Jeffrey; Conzen, Suzanne D.; Karczmar, Gregory S.

    2015-01-01

    MRI methods that accurately identify various stages of mouse mammary cancer could provide new knowledge that directly impacts management of breast cancer in patients. This research evaluates whether MRI can accurately follow the progression from in situ to invasive cancer, by evaluating in vivo and ex vivo MRI, and compared to histology as the gold standard for diagnosing and staging cancer. Six C3(1)SV40Tag virgin female mice between the age of 12-16 weeks were studied. At this age, these mice develop in situ cancer that resembles human DCIS. Fast spin echo images of inguinal mammary glands were acquired at 9.4 Tesla. After in vivo MRI, mice were sacrificed; inguinal mammary glands were excised and fixed in formalin for ex vivo MRI. 3D volume-rendered in vivo and ex vivo MR images were then correlated with histology. High resolution ex vivo scans facilitated comparison of in vivo scans with histology. The sizes of mammary cancers classified as in situ based on histology ranged from 150 to 400 microns in largest diameter, and average signal intensity relative to muscle was 1.40±0.18 on T2-weighted images. Cancers classified as invasive based on histology were >400 microns in largest diameter, and average intensity relative to muscle on T2-weighted images was 2.34±0.26. Using a cutoff of 400 microns in largest diameter to distinguish between in situ and invasive cancers, T2-weighted signal intensity of at least 1.4 times that of muscle for in situ cancer, and at least 2.3 times that of muscle for invasive cancer, 96% of in situ and 100% of invasive cancers were correctly identified on in vivo MRI, using histology as the gold standard. Precise MRI-histology correlation demonstrates that MRI reliably detects early in situ cancer and differentiates in situ from invasive cancers in the SV40Tag mouse model of human breast cancer. PMID:26152557

  11. Differential diagnosis of lung carcinoma with three-dimensional quantitative molecular vibrational imaging

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    Gao, Liang; Hammoudi, Ahmad A.; Li, Fuhai; Thrall, Michael J.; Cagle, Philip T.; Chen, Yuanxin; Yang, Jian; Xia, Xiaofeng; Fan, Yubo; Massoud, Yehia; Wang, Zhiyong; Wong, Stephen T. C.

    2012-06-01

    The advent of molecularly targeted therapies requires effective identification of the various cell types of non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC). Currently, cell type diagnosis is performed using small biopsies or cytology specimens that are often insufficient for molecular testing after morphologic analysis. Thus, the ability to rapidly recognize different cancer cell types, with minimal tissue consumption, would accelerate diagnosis and preserve tissue samples for subsequent molecular testing in targeted therapy. We report a label-free molecular vibrational imaging framework enabling three-dimensional (3-D) image acquisition and quantitative analysis of cellular structures for identification of NSCLC cell types. This diagnostic imaging system employs superpixel-based 3-D nuclear segmentation for extracting such disease-related features as nuclear shape, volume, and cell-cell distance. These features are used to characterize cancer cell types using machine learning. Using fresh unstained tissue samples derived from cell lines grown in a mouse model, the platform showed greater than 97% accuracy for diagnosis of NSCLC cell types within a few minutes. As an adjunct to subsequent histology tests, our novel system would allow fast delineation of cancer cell types with minimum tissue consumption, potentially facilitating on-the-spot diagnosis, while preserving specimens for additional tests. Furthermore, 3-D measurements of cellular structure permit evaluation closer to the native state of cells, creating an alternative to traditional 2-D histology specimen evaluation, potentially increasing accuracy in diagnosing cell type of lung carcinomas.

  12. Differential Diagnosis of Dementia in the Field of Learning Disabilities: A Case Study

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    Bell, Dorothy M.; Turnbull, Allyson; Kidd, W. Bruce

    2009-01-01

    Assessment for a diagnosis of dementia is hard enough under the best possible conditions. There are possible alternative or concomitant diagnoses, such as depression, to consider. However, when the possible dementia concerns a gentleman with severe learning disabilities and with a severe communication disorder then this assessment becomes even…

  13. Current Status of Differential Diagnosis for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Matson, Johnny L.

    2007-01-01

    Early intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has proven to be a successful strategy for remediating many difficulties experienced by these children. As a result, accurate diagnoses of children with this range of disorders has become more critical. Additionally, while current training programs are for 3-4 year olds, in efforts to start…

  14. Application of Mycobacterium Leprae-specific cellular and serological tests for the differential diagnosis of leprosy from confounding dermatoses.

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    Freitas, Aline Araújo; Hungria, Emerith Mayra; Costa, Maurício Barcelos; Sousa, Ana Lúcia Osório Maroccolo; Castilho, Mirian Lane Oliveira; Gonçalves, Heitor Sá; Pontes, Maria Araci Andrade; Duthie, Malcolm S; Stefani, Mariane Martins Araújo

    2016-10-01

    Mycobacterium leprae-specific serological and cell-mediated-immunity/CMI test were evaluated for the differential diagnosis of multibacillary/MB, and paucibacillary/PB leprosy from other dermatoses. Whole-blood assay/WBA/IFNγ stimulated with LID-1 antigen and ELISA tests for IgG to LID-1 and IgM to PGL-I were performed. WBA/LID-1/IFNγ production was observed in 72% PB, 11% MB leprosy, 38% dermatoses, 40% healthy endemic controls/EC. The receiver operating curve/ROC for WBA/LID-1 in PB versus other dermatoses showed 72.5% sensitivity, 61.5% specificity and an area-under-the-curve/AUC=0.75; 74% positive predictive value/PPV, 59% negative predictive value/NPV. Anti PGL-I serology was positive in 67% MB, 8% PB leprosy, 6% of other dermatoses; its sensitivity for MB=66%, specificity=93%, AUC=0.89; PPV=91%, NPV=72%. Anti-LID-1 serology was positive in 87% MB, 7% PB leprosy, all other participants were seronegative; 87.5% sensitivity for MB, 100% specificity, AUC=0.97; PPV=100%, NPV=88%. In highly endemic areas anti-LID-1/PGL-I serology and WBA/LID-1-represent useful tools for the differential diagnosis of leprosy from other confounding dermatoses.

  15. Differential Diagnosis of Japanese Encephalitis Virus Infections with the Inbios JE Detect™ and DEN Detect™ MAC-ELISA Kits

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    Johnson, Barbara W.; Goodman, Christin H.; Jee, Youngmee; Featherstone, David A.

    2016-01-01

    Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of pediatric viral neurological disease in Asia. The JEV-specific IgM antibody-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum is the recommended method of laboratory diagnosis, but specificity of JEV MAC-ELISA can be low due to cross-reactivity. To increase the specificity of the commercially available JE Detect™ MAC-ELISA (JE Detect), a differential testing algorithm was developed in which samples tested by JE Detect with positive results were subsequently tested by the DEN Detect™ MAC-ELISA (DEN Detect) kit, and results of both tests were used to make the final interpretation. The testing algorithm was evaluated with a reference panel of serum and CSF samples submitted for confirmatory testing. In serum, the false Japanese encephalitis (JE) positive rate was reduced, but sequential testing in CSF resulted in reduced JE specificity, as true JEV+ CSF samples had positive results by both JE Detect and DEN Detect and were classified as JE− (dengue virus [DENV]+). Differential diagnosis of JE by sequential testing with JE Detect and DEN Detect increased specificity for JE in serum, but more data with CSF is needed to make a final determination on the usefulness of this testing algorithm for CSF. PMID:26856911

  16. Bilateral Idiopathic Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head: A Case Report With an Emphasis on Differential Diagnosis, Imaging, and Treatment

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    Battaglia, Patrick J.; Gliedt, Jordan; McDaniel, Courtney; Kettner, Norman

    2014-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this case report is to describe a patient with bilateral idiopathic osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), provide a discussion of differential diagnosis for anterior hip pain, imaging, and treatment recommendations for ONFH. Clinical features A 34-year-old man was initially treated by a chiropractic physician for low back pain. At the end of a three week trial of care, the patient’s low back pain resolved. However, he reported a new complaint of mild left anterior hip stiffness. After re-examination, a homecare exercise program was prescribed. The patient returned 1 month later with substantial left anterior hip pain and walked with a noticeable limp. Radiography of the left hip demonstrated advanced ONFH. Magnetic resonance imaging of both hips demonstrated the extent of involvement of the left hip while incidentally revealing ONFH on the right. Intervention and Outcome A total hip arthroplasty was performed on the left hip and the right hip is being monitored without intervention. Conclusion Osteonecrosis of the femoral head is a challenging clinical problem with non-specific and wide-ranging signs and symptoms requiring clinicians to engage a cautious and comprehensive differential diagnosis. Prompt recognition ensures that appropriate treatment can be initiated in a timely manner and optimal patient outcomes achieved. PMID:25225469

  17. Probabilistic differential diagnosis of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) using the time from immigration to illness onset among imported cases.

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    Ejima, Keisuke; Aihara, Kazuyuki; Nishiura, Hiroshi

    2014-04-01

    Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) has spread worldwide since 2012. As the clinical symptoms of MERS tend to be non-specific, the incubation period has been shown to complement differential diagnosis, especially to rule out influenza. However, because an infection event is seldom directly observable, the present study aims to construct a diagnostic model that predicts the probability of MERS diagnosis given the time from immigration to illness onset among imported cases which are suspected of MERS. Addressing censoring by considering the transmission dynamics in an exporting country, we demonstrate that the illness onset within 2 days from immigration is suggestive of influenza. Two exceptions to suspect MERS even for those with illness onset within 2 days since immigration are (i) when we observe substantial community transmissions of MERS and (ii) when the cases are at high risk of MERS (e.g. cases with close contact in hospital or household). It is vital to collect the information of the incubation period upon emergence of a novel infectious disease, and moreover, in our model, the fundamental transmission dynamics including the initial growth rate has to be explored to differentiate the disease diagnoses with non-specific symptoms.

  18. [The painful hip joint in the child: differential diagnosis and therapy of coxitis fugax, Perthes disease and septic coxitis].

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    Parsch, K

    1992-01-01

    The differential diagnosis of a painful hip joint in children is important. Transient synovitis is frequently seen in children from 3 to 7 years of age with a short history of limping. The joint effusion is visualized by ultrasound. Radiograms and laboratory data are negative. Therapy consists of short term bed rest supported by an oral antiphlogistic drug. Children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease complain about knee or hip pain in an early stage. X-ray documentation in the a.p and axial view are mandatory as well as ultrasound visualization of the accompanying effusion. Healing of the capital femural epiphysis is aided by weight relief and improved head containment. This may need from one to three years according to the age of the child and the amount of head involvement. More than half of the children's hips with Perthes disease surgical help to achieve a satisfactory result. Hip pain is overwhelming in cases of septic arthritis of the hip joint. This is the most important help to differentiate septic coxitis from transient synovitis or Perthes disease. Rapidly rising values of red cell sedimentation and c-reactive protein are important for early diagnosis. Septic effusions are visualized by ultrasound. X-ray changes are absent in the beginning and are seen only in delayed cases. Early arthrotomy with scrupulous rinsing of the joint, followed by parenteral antibiotic treatment, is the treatment of choice.

  19. Clinicopathologic study of endolymphatic sac tumor (ELST) and differential diagnosis of papillary tumors located at the cerebellopontine angle.

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    Du, Jiang; Wang, Junmei; Cui, Yun; Zhang, Cuiping; Li, Guilin; Fang, Jingyi; Yue, Shenglin; Xu, Li

    2015-10-01

    We investigated the clinicopathologic features and immunophenotypes of 10 cases of endolymphatic sac tumor (ELST) and compared them with other papillary tumors, including eight cases of choroid plexus papilloma (CPP), three cases of atypical choroid plexus papilloma (ACPP), two cases of papillary ependymoma (PE), three cases of papillary meningioma (PM) and two cases of metastatic carcinoma (MC) the at cerebellopontine angle (CPA). The age at onset of ELST ranged from 13 to 39 years. The male-to-female ratio was 1:1. The clinical presentations were primarily ear-related symptoms. The temporal bones showed extensive destruction. Histologically, the important characteristics for differential diagnosis with CPP, which is most similar to ELST, include the quantity of blood vessels, the nuclei location at apical surface of the papillary, clear cytoplasm cells sometimes with visible vacuoles, psammoma bodies and dura or bone invasion. Immunohistochemistry stains for AE1/AE3, cytokeratin CK)5/6, epithelial membrane antigen, CK8/18, S-100, and synaptophysin are helpful in diagnosis of ELST. In ELST, ultrastructure of uniform 2 μm vesicles in cytoplasm was seen, and gene analysis also showed missense mutation in exon 3. This study indicates that the above histological features combined with immunohistochemistry findings are important for making the correct diagnosis. Gene analysis should be used in patients without medical history to exclude von Hippel-Lindau disease. PMID:25944396

  20. Differential diagnosis of IgM MGUS and WM according to B-lymphoid infiltration by morphology and flow cytometry.

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    Ocio, Enrique M; del Carpio, Daniel; Caballero, Álvaro; Alonso, Jennifer; Paiva, Bruno; Pesoa, Roberto; Villaescusa, Teresa; López-Anglada, Lucía; Vidriales, Belén; García-Sanz, Ramón

    2011-02-01

    The distinction between IgM monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), asymptomatic Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM; aWM), and symptomatic WM (sWM) relies on two features: the presence of infiltration by lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma in the bone marrow (BM) biopsy and the existence of signs or symptoms attributable to the disease. Nevertheless, some patients lack a BM biopsy or it is not conclusive for diagnosis. In this study we have investigated 94 patients with IgM monoclonal gammopathies, in which a BM trephine biopsy and morphological and flow cytometry (FCM) evaluation of BM aspirate were available at diagnosis. We found a clear correlation between BM infiltration of B-lymphocytes assessed by morphology and by FCM with a Pearson correlation of 0.62 (P<.001). Moreover, in the absence of a BM trephine biopsy, the cut-off points that would help in the differential diagnosis between MGUS, aWM, and sWM would be 20% for morphology and 5% for FCM, both assessed in the BM aspirate. PMID:21454201

  1. [Clinical significance of natriuretic peptides in the differential diagnosis of dyspnea].

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    Špác, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Acute dyspnea is one of the most common emergency department symptoms. But early diagnosis and treatment could be e challenging because of multiple potential causes. The gold standard biomarkers in cardiac dyspnea are B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-B-type (natriuretic peptide NT-pro BNP), which play an important role in the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of acute decompensated heart failure. The purpose of this review is to analyze diagnostic potential of BNP and NT-pro BNP biomarkers use in patients with acute dyspnea. BNP and NT-proBNP are markers of cardiac stress but are not cardiac-specific. They have comparable clinical utility, and both help in excluding acute cardiac dyspnea but they cannot reliably discriminate systolic from diastolic HF.Key word: acute dyspnea - natriuretic peptide - heart failure. PMID:27627091

  2. [Differential diagnosis in patients with fever at the department for infectious diseases of a county hospital].

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    Almási, I; Ternák, G

    1992-01-19

    Between the 1st of January 1985 and the 31st of december 1989 101 patients were admitted for fever. Their data were analysed retrospectively. The patients were divided into three groups according to the diagnostic procedures. 32 patients belonged to the first group. The causes of their fever were diagnosed within 24 hours by simple clinical and laboratory means. The second group held 42 patients whose diagnosis were made within one week after detailed laboratory and clinical examinations. The third group (21 patients) fulfilled the criteria of FUO (Fever of Unknown Origin), and the authors analyse this group of patients. Most of the FUO group, 11 patients were diagnosed as infectious origin, 1 tumor, 4 autoimmune. In three cases the diagnosis remained unknown. Authors conclude that patients coming to hospital with fever should deserve more attention of specialist infectologists.

  3. [Hepatic amyloidosis as a rare differential diagnosis of progressive liver failure].

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    Bettinger, Dominik; Lutz, Lisa; Schultheiß, Michael; Werner, Martin; Thimme, Robert; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph

    2016-09-01

    Primary systemic amyloidosis is a rare disorder resulting in extracellular deposition of insoluble fibrils in different organs. Liver involvement has been reported. Since hepatic amyloidosis often presents clinically asymptomatic without specific laboratory or imaging hallmarks, diagnosis is challenging. However, cases of progressive hepatic failure due to liver amyloidosis have been reported. A 63 year old man presented with newly diagnosed ascites to our department. The patient reported occasional alcohol consumption. Viral hepatitis, genetic-metabolic causes as well as hepatic vascular disorders were excluded and ultrasound did not show any signs of liver cirrhosis or intraabdominal malignancy. Initially, alcoholic hepatitis was suspected. Due to the rapid deterioration of liver function, however, transjugular liver biopsy was performed showing light chain amyloidosis of kappa isotype. As diagnosis of hepatic amyloidosis is challenging, early liver biopsy is mandatory in patients with unexplained acute or chronic liver disease to exclude rare diseases with high mortality. PMID:27642740

  4. [Hepatic amyloidosis as a rare differential diagnosis of progressive liver failure].

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    Bettinger, Dominik; Lutz, Lisa; Schultheiß, Michael; Werner, Martin; Thimme, Robert; Neumann-Haefelin, Christoph

    2016-09-01

    Primary systemic amyloidosis is a rare disorder resulting in extracellular deposition of insoluble fibrils in different organs. Liver involvement has been reported. Since hepatic amyloidosis often presents clinically asymptomatic without specific laboratory or imaging hallmarks, diagnosis is challenging. However, cases of progressive hepatic failure due to liver amyloidosis have been reported. A 63 year old man presented with newly diagnosed ascites to our department. The patient reported occasional alcohol consumption. Viral hepatitis, genetic-metabolic causes as well as hepatic vascular disorders were excluded and ultrasound did not show any signs of liver cirrhosis or intraabdominal malignancy. Initially, alcoholic hepatitis was suspected. Due to the rapid deterioration of liver function, however, transjugular liver biopsy was performed showing light chain amyloidosis of kappa isotype. As diagnosis of hepatic amyloidosis is challenging, early liver biopsy is mandatory in patients with unexplained acute or chronic liver disease to exclude rare diseases with high mortality.

  5. Differential diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and related neuropathies.

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    Pareyson, D

    2004-06-01

    The diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and related neuropathies (e. g. Déjèrine-Sottas disease; hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies) appears to be easy. However, the incredible advances in molecular genetics have greatly complicated the classification of these disorders, and the proper diagnosis of the CMT subtype may be important for correct genetic counselling and prognosis. Moreover, these diseases may be confused with potentially treatable acquired and inherited neuropathies, such as dysimmune neuropathies, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, and Refsum's disease. A number of clinical, laboratory, electrophysiological, morphological and neuroradiological features that may help in the diagnostic process are reviewed in the present paper. DNA investigations are fundamental but need to be properly addressed. Currently, great interest is focused on the role of the immune system in hereditary neuropathies, and surprising findings are coming from research on animal models. PMID:15221625

  6. Was Queen Victoria depressed? 1. Natural history and differential diagnosis of presenting problem.

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    Powles, W E; Alexander, M G

    1987-02-01

    For some years we have speculated as to whether Queen Victoria suffered a definable psychiatric illness in her notorious and prolonged seclusion after the Prince Consort's death. We here summarize criteria for grief and depression from three authorities. Against these, we examine the natural history of the Queen's bereavement and restitution. We find that her suffering and her portrayal of the role of widow were related to her personal style and were culturally accepted. Her self-esteem, ego functions, and object relatedness were preserved. While some clinicians might favour a diagnosis of Dysthymic Disorder, we find the evidence strongly in favour of an intense, prolonged, normal human grief (Uncomplicated Bereavement of DSM III) coloured by a romantic and histrionic personal style. Intensity and duration do not, in this case, establish a diagnosis of depression.

  7. A monoclonal antibody-based ELISA for differential diagnosis of 2009 pandemic H1N1

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    The swine-origin 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus (pdmH1N1) is genetically related to North American swine H1 influenza viruses and unrelated to human seasonal H1 viruses. Currently, specific diagnosis of pdmH1N1 relies on RT-PCR. In order to develop an assay that does not rely in amplification of the viral...

  8. Laser Doppler flowmetry: an aid in differential diagnosis of apical radiolucencies.

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    Chandler, N P; Love, R M; Sundqvist, G

    1999-05-01

    The case of a patient having 2 teeth with associated apical radiolucencies that responded to conventional pulp tests is presented. A decision was made to reexamine the patient at intervals rather than perform root canal treatment. During a recall visit, use of an available laser Doppler flowmeter allowed detection of blood flow within the affected teeth. A diagnosis of periapical cemental dysplasia (cementoma) was made. PMID:10348523

  9. [Hematoma of the abdominal wall as differential diagnosis of cystic pelvic tumor].

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    Marroquin-Nisch, J; Grüneberger, A; Hewel, T

    1995-02-01

    In a woman patient aged 80 years under anticoagulation with dicumarol (Marcumar), abdominal pain suddenly occurred which was located on the right side as well as signs of acute bleeding. Preoperative sonography and computer scan showed a large, cystic tumour, most likely originating from the right ovary with infiltration of the abdominal wall. Intraoperative diagnosis was a large haematoma of the abdominal wall and the retroperitoneum penetrating into the free abdomen.

  10. First imported Plasmodium ovale malaria in Central America: case report of a Guatemalan soldier and a call to improve its accurate diagnosis.

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    Castellanos, María Eugenia; Díaz, Sheilee; Parsons, Emily; Peruski, Leonard F; Enríquez, Fabiola; Ramírez, Juan Luis; Padilla, Norma

    2015-01-01

    The Mesoamerican Ministers of Health have set 2020 as the target for malaria elimination to be achieved in the region. Imported malaria cases are a potential threat to countries attempting elimination or working to prevent resurgence. We report the first imported Plasmodium ovale infection with molecular confirmation in Central America, which occurred in a Guatemalan soldier that had been deployed in Africa. The obstacles for its diagnosis using the standard microscopy technique and the need to improve its detection are discussed.

  11. Immunohistochemical expression of SALL4 in hepatocellular carcinoma, a potential pitfall in the differential diagnosis of yolk sac tumors.

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    Gonzalez-Roibon, Nilda; Katz, Betina; Chaux, Alcides; Sharma, Rajni; Munari, Enrico; Faraj, Sheila F; Illei, Peter B; Torbenson, Michael; Netto, George J

    2013-07-01

    SALL4 is a transcription factor that serves as a marker of yolk sac tumor. Yolk sac tumor and hepatocellular carcinoma share histologic, serologic, and immunohistochemical features. Previous studies have shown lack of SALL4 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma, suggesting utility in this differential diagnosis. Sixty-nine samples of hepatocellular carcinoma were retrieved from surgical pathology archives and used to construct 9 tissue microarrays. A germ cell tumor tissue microarray containing 10 yolk sac tumors was used for comparison. Extent, intensity, and pattern of nuclear SALL4 expression were assessed in each spot. Mean percentage of expression was calculated for each tumor and used during analysis. Optimal discriminatory extent of expression cutoff was determined by receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. Other potential discriminatory markers including Hep Par1 were also evaluated. Forty-six percent (32/69) of hepatocellular carcinoma and all yolk sac tumors revealed at least focal expression of SALL4. A unique punctuate/clumped pattern of nuclear staining was present in 94% (30/32) of hepatocellular carcinoma, whereas all yolk sac tumors displayed a diffuse finely granular nuclear staining pattern. A 25% extent of SALL4 expression cutoff was found to be optimal for the distinction of yolk sac tumor from hepatocellular carcinoma yielding a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 92.8%, and a positive predictive value of 66.6% for yolk sac tumor diagnosis. The addition of Hep Par1 increased the specificity (99%) and positive predictive value (90%). This is the first report of SALL4 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma. Our finding should be taken into consideration in the differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma and yolk sac tumor. The unique punctuate/clumped pattern seen in hepatocellular carcinoma cases could be of further discriminatory value. PMID:23347651

  12. The clinical value of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI in differential diagnosis of malignant and benign ovarian lesions.

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    Li, Xian; Hu, Jun-Li; Zhu, Lai-Min; Sun, Xin-Hai; Sheng, Hua-Qiang; Zhai, Ning; Hu, Xi-Bin; Sun, Chu-Ran; Zhao, Bin

    2015-07-01

    Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is widely used in preoperative diagnosis of various tumors. We investigated the clinical value of DCE-MRI in differential diagnosis of malignant and benign ovarian lesions. The study involved 48 subjects with surgical pathology-confirmed ovarian tumors with solid components. Early dynamic phase enhancement performances of the ovarian lesions in patients were assessed, including the enhancement pattern, time-signal intensity curve (TIC), signal intensity rate at the initial 60 s (SI60), time to peak within 200 s (TTP200), and slope ratio. There were significant differences in enhancement patterns between benign and malignant ovarian tumors (P <  .05). A total of 30 malignant tumors (30/31) displayed type I TIC, 8 benign tumors (8/13) showed type III TIC, and significant differences were found in TIC type between malignant and benign ovarian lesions (P < 0.01). Benign ovarian tumors showed lower SI60 (%) and slope ratio, as well as significantly prolonged TTP20, compared to malignant ovarian tumors (all P < 0.01). The microvessel count (MVC) of malignant tumors was significantly higher than that of benign tumors (P < 0.05). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses revealed that DCE-MRI provided an optimal diagnostic performance with threshold values of SI60 at 83.40 %, TTP200 at 77.65 s, and slope ratio at 4.12. These findings revealed that DCE-MRI provides critical information required for differential diagnosis of malignant and benign ovarian lesions.

  13. Clinical efficacy of serum lipase subtype analysis for the differential diagnosis of pancreatic and non-pancreatic lipase elevation

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    Bang, Chang Seok; Kim, Jin Bong; Park, Sang Hyun; Baik, Gwang Ho; Su, Ki Tae; Yoon, Jai Hoon; Kim, Yeon Soo; Kim, Dong Joon

    2016-01-01

    Background/Aims: Non-pancreatic elevations of serum lipase have been reported, and differential diagnosis is necessary for clinical practice. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of serum lipase subtype analysis for the differential diagnosis of pancreatic and non-pancreatic lipase elevation. Methods: Patients who were referred for the serum lipase elevation were prospectively enrolled. Clinical findings and serum lipase subtypes were analyzed and compared by dividing the patients into pancreatitis and non-pancreatitis groups. Results: A total of 34 patients (12 pancreatitis vs. 22 non-pancreatitis cases) were enrolled. In univariate analysis, the fraction of pancreatic lipase (FPL) in the total amount of serum lipase subtypes was statistically higher in patients with pancreatitis ([median, 0.004; interquartile range [IQR], 0.003 to 0.011] vs. [median, 0.002; IQR, 0.001 to 0.004], p = 0.04). Based on receiver operating characteristic curve analysis for the prediction of acute pancreatitis, FPL was the most valuable predictor (area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve [AUROC], 0.72; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.54 to 0.86; sensitivity, 83.3%; specificity, 63.6%; positive predictive value, 55.6%; negative predictive value, 97.5%). In multivariate analysis, a cut-off value higher than 0.0027 for the FPL was associated with acute pancreatitis (odds ratio, 8.3; 95% CI, 1.3 to 51.7; p = 0.02). Conclusions: The results did not support that serum lipase subtype analysis could replace standard lipase measurement for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. However, the test demonstrated adequate sensitivity for use in triage or as an add-on test for serum lipase elevation. PMID:27243230

  14. Differential Perception of Life Crisis Events by Sex, Diagnosis and Ethnicity in Rural Mental Health Clients.

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    Swanda, Rex M.; Kahn, Marvin W.

    1986-01-01

    Describes study in which 146 rural mental health clinic clients reported moderate to extreme stress levels for all demographic and diagnostic groupings. Indicates younger patients had higher stress levels than older and significantly different stress events differentiated alcoholic, male, and Hispanic-American patients. Discusses implications for…

  15. The value of the mean peak systolic velocity of the superior thyroidal artery in the differential diagnosis of thyrotoxicosis

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    Kim, Tae Kyoon; Lee, Eun Ju

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to validate the superior thyroidal artery mean peak systolic velocity (STA-mPSV) as an alternative to other diagnostic parameters in the differentiation of the causes of thyrotoxicosis in Korean patients. Methods: This study was conducted with newly diagnosed and untreated thyrotoxic patients. Forty patients were diagnosed with Graves disease (GD) and 20 patients with destructive thyroiditis (DT). Another 60 healthy subjects without thyroid disease participated as the control group. Blood samples were taken to evaluate the thyroid function and thyroid autoantibodies (TRAb). Twenty-four hour radioactive iodine uptake (RAIU) scanning was performed to confirm GD or DT. The STA-mPSV was measured using color Doppler ultrasonography. Results: The STA-mPSV was significantly higher in the untreated GD group than in the DT group (GD, 78.96±29.04 cm/sec; DT, 29.97±14.67 cm/sec; control, 17.55±4.99 cm/sec; P<0.001). The area under the curve (AUC) of the STA-mPSV for the differential diagnosis of untreated GD and DT was 0.9506 (optimal cutoff value, 41.3 cm/sec; sensitivity, 95%, 38/40; specificity, 85%, 17/20) in the receiver operating characteristic analysis. The AUC values of the STA-mPSV, RAIU, and TRAb were 0.9506, 1, and 0.9988, respectively (P=0.159). Conclusion: In clinical practice, the STA-mPSV has a diagnostic value similar to that of the TRAb and 24-hour RAIU in the differential diagnosis of newly diagnosed Korean thyrotoxic patients. PMID:25971899

  16. Evaluation of the use of Congo red staining in the differential diagnosis of Candida vs. various other yeast-form fungal organisms.

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    Axelson, Glen K; Giorgadze, Tamar; Youngberg, George A

    2008-01-01

    The Congo red staining properties of Candida organisms in clinical tissue specimens have not, to the best of our knowledge, previously been reported. The objective of this study was to determine if the Congo red staining characteristics of Candida vs. Histoplasma, Pityrosporum and Blastomyces could provide useful diagnostic information. Archival tissue specimens that contained Histoplasma, Pityrosporum, Candida and Blastomyces were stained with Congo red. The results of the Congo red staining were compared with the diagnoses which were originally rendered on the tissue. Nine out of nine cases (100%) of Blastomyces were Gomori methenamine silver (GMS) positive and Congo red positive, seven out of seven cases (100%) of Histoplasma were GMS positive and Congo red negative, and eight out of eight cases (100%) that had Pityrosporum were GMS positive and Congo red positive; these results corroborate with previously described staining patterns for each respective organism. Nine out of nine cases (100%) that had Candida were GMS positive and Congo red negative. Differential Congo red staining of Candida organisms can provide a rapid and accurate method of diagnosis in tissue specimens vs. Blastomyces and Pityrosporum, but not vs. Histoplasma. PMID:18095991

  17. [Tropical sprue as a differential diagnosis to coeliac disease in a patient on immunosuppressive medication].

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    Hvattum, Stine Astrup; Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Ove B

    2014-01-01

    A Danish woman who was on immunosuppressive medication due to a previous liver transplantation travelled to Indonesia for three weeks. After returning she developed nonfebrile severe, watery diarrhoea, dehydration and malnutrition. A thorough examination revealed small intestine changes, which were compatible with coeliac disease. However, the HLA-type and the serology did not support this diagnosis. Treatment for tropical sprue was initiated, resulting in complete remission. Tropical sprue is suggested to be an infectious disease. It is usually seen in people with prolonged stay in tropical areas, but this patient's medication may have predisposed her.

  18. Elevated alpha-fetoprotein: differential diagnosis - hepatocellular carcinoma and other disorders.

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    Wong, Robert J; Ahmed, Aijaz; Gish, Robert G

    2015-05-01

    The incidence of cirrhosis-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is rising. Curative surgical options are available; outcomes are acceptable with early diagnosis. Lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive fraction of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-L3) and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) are HCC risk markers. A high or increasing serum biomarker level can be predictive of the eventual development of HCC, large tumor size, advanced stage, extrahepatic metastases, portal vein thrombosis, and postoperative HCC recurrence. Based on FDA guidelines for HCC risk assessment, clinicians can consider using either the combination of AFP-L3 with DCP, or the combination of AFP-L3 with AFP and DCP. PMID:25921665

  19. Best evidence topic report. Differential diagnosis of narrow complex tachycardias by increasing electrocardiograph speed.

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    Gaspar, Joao Luis; Body, Richard

    2005-10-01

    A shortcut review was carried out to establish whether increasing the paper speed during ECG recording could improve the accuracy of diagnosis of narrow complex tachycardias. Altogether 256 papers were found using the reported search, of which one presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date, and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated in table 2. It is concluded that increasing paper speed does indeed improve diagnostic accuracy.

  20. Craniometaphyseal dysplasia in a 14-month old: a case report and review of imaging differential diagnosis.

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    Singh, Sumit; Qin, Curtis; Medarametla, Srikanth; Hegde, Shilpa V

    2016-09-01

    We report a 14-month-old male with craniometaphyseal dysplasia (CMD). The patient presented with a history of diminishing vision and hearing loss. Cranial computed tomography scan showed diffuse calvarial and skull base hyperostosis with excessive bone narrowing the internal auditory canals and skull base foramina. A subsequent skeletal survey revealed other skeletal abnormalities, which led to the diagnosis of CMD. This was later confirmed by ANKH mutation. CMD is a rare genetic disorder that belongs to the group of craniotubular bone dysplasias. It is important to recognize this condition from other causes of craniotubular bone dysplasias to institute early treatment and explain prognosis. PMID:27594963

  1. [Chronic lupoid leishmaniasis. A rare differential diagnosis in Germany for erythematous infiltrative facial plaques].

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    Herrmann, A; Wohlrab, J; Sudeck, H; Burchard, G-D; Marsch, W C

    2007-03-01

    Lupoid leishmaniasis is a unique form of cutaneous leishmaniasis characterized by unusual clinical features and a chronic relapsing course. Clinically and histologically it is similar to lupus vulgaris, which is thus the most important differential diagnostic consideration. All patients with granulomatous facial lesions coming from endemic areas or with a positive travel history should be suspected of having leishmaniasis. We describe a 59-year-old woman with facial lupoid leishmaniasis. PMID:16670926

  2. [Differential diagnosis of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and retroperitoneal space from abdominal aortic aneurysms].

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    Tsakadze, L O

    1981-01-01

    Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is often erroneously identified as a gastrointestinal or retroperitoneal tumor of cyst. Out of 54 cases of this disease, 22 patients had undergone long-term examinations at various hospitals, oncological establishments included, while exploratory laparatomy had been carried out in 9 patients. The symptoms of aneurysm are described and compared with those of said tumors. Diagnostic procedures for identification of aneurysm and differentiation from gastrointestinal and retroperitoneal tumors and cysts are discussed.

  3. [Potentialities of MRI in the differential diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer and inflammatory changes].

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    Gamova, E V; Nudnov, N V

    2006-01-01

    The paper analyzes the authors' own data of chest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 62 patients with verified peripheral lung cancer and different inflammatory changes (round pneumonic focuses, abscesses, etc.). The MRI signs of peripheral lung cancer are systematized. The additional capacities of contrast enhancement are analyzed. The MRI semiotics of different inflammatory changes has been developed. The differential diagnostic criteria for recognizing peripheral lung cancer and inflammatory changes have been also elaborated.

  4. [Differential magnetic resonance diagnosis of central lung cancer and acute pneumonia].

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    Gamova, E V; Nudnov, N V

    2006-01-01

    The paper analyzes the authors' own data of chest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 86 patients with verified central lung cancer and acute pneumonia. The MRI signs of lung cancer are systematized in exo-, endo-, and peribronchial forms of growth. The additional capacities of contrast enhancement are analyzed. The MRI semiotics of acute pneumonia has been developed. The differential diagnostic criteria for recognizing central lung cancer and acute pneumonia have been also elaborated.

  5. Noninvasive Differential Diagnosis of Pulmonary Nodules Using the Standardized Uptake Value Index

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    Yanagawa, Naoki; Abiko, Masami; Sato, Toru

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: We previously showed that the standardized uptake value (SUV) index, which was defined as the ratio of the maximum SUV of the tumor to mean SUV of the liver, was a surrogate marker of lung cancer aggressiveness. In this study of patients with pulmonary nodules (PNs), we explored whether the SUV index could be used to differentiate small malignant from small benign PNs Methods: A total of 284 patients with solitary PNs ≤2 cm in size underwent positron emission tomography/computed tomography and surgery. The associations between pathological findings and clinical factors were evaluated. Results: The median SUV indices of lung cancer, metastatic PNs and benign nodules were 1.2, 1.5, and 0.6, respectively (P <0.01). A SUV index cut-off value of 1.2 was used to differentiate benign from malignant nodules. When patients were grouped according to SUV index cut-off values of <1.2 or ≥1.2, the following cases were false-negative: lung adenocarcinoma (P <0.01), kidney as primary site (P <0.01), and metastatic PNs with long disease-free survival (P = 0.02). Conclusions: As a noninvasive diagnostic marker, the SUV index was found to be useful for differentiating benign from malignant small PNs. PMID:25740450

  6. Informatics in radiology: radiology gamuts ontology: differential diagnosis for the Semantic Web.

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    Budovec, Joseph J; Lam, Cesar A; Kahn, Charles E

    2014-01-01

    The Semantic Web is an effort to add semantics, or "meaning," to empower automated searching and processing of Web-based information. The overarching goal of the Semantic Web is to enable users to more easily find, share, and combine information. Critical to this vision are knowledge models called ontologies, which define a set of concepts and formalize the relations between them. Ontologies have been developed to manage and exploit the large and rapidly growing volume of information in biomedical domains. In diagnostic radiology, lists of differential diagnoses of imaging observations, called gamuts, provide an important source of knowledge. The Radiology Gamuts Ontology (RGO) is a formal knowledge model of differential diagnoses in radiology that includes 1674 differential diagnoses, 19,017 terms, and 52,976 links between terms. Its knowledge is used to provide an interactive, freely available online reference of radiology gamuts ( www.gamuts.net ). A Web service allows its content to be discovered and consumed by other information systems. The RGO integrates radiologic knowledge with other biomedical ontologies as part of the Semantic Web. PMID:24428295

  7. Informatics in radiology: radiology gamuts ontology: differential diagnosis for the Semantic Web.

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    Budovec, Joseph J; Lam, Cesar A; Kahn, Charles E

    2014-01-01

    The Semantic Web is an effort to add semantics, or "meaning," to empower automated searching and processing of Web-based information. The overarching goal of the Semantic Web is to enable users to more easily find, share, and combine information. Critical to this vision are knowledge models called ontologies, which define a set of concepts and formalize the relations between them. Ontologies have been developed to manage and exploit the large and rapidly growing volume of information in biomedical domains. In diagnostic radiology, lists of differential diagnoses of imaging observations, called gamuts, provide an important source of knowledge. The Radiology Gamuts Ontology (RGO) is a formal knowledge model of differential diagnoses in radiology that includes 1674 differential diagnoses, 19,017 terms, and 52,976 links between terms. Its knowledge is used to provide an interactive, freely available online reference of radiology gamuts ( www.gamuts.net ). A Web service allows its content to be discovered and consumed by other information systems. The RGO integrates radiologic knowledge with other biomedical ontologies as part of the Semantic Web.

  8. Miller Fisher Syndrome: A Case Report Highlighting Heterogeneity of Clinical Features and Focused Differential Diagnosis.

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    Yepishin, Ilya V; Allison, Randall Z; Kaminskas, David A; Zagorski, Natalia M; Liow, Kore K

    2016-07-01

    Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) is a rare variant of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that has a geographically variable incidence. It is largely a clinical diagnosis based on the cardinal clinical features of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia, however, other neurological signs and symptoms may also be present. Serological confirmation with the anti-GQ1b antibody is available and allows for greater diagnostic certainty in the face of confounding symptoms. A self-limiting course is typical of MFS. The following case report is that of a patient who presented with generalized weakness, somatic pain, inability to walk, and diplopia following an upper respiratory illness. The patient exhibited the classic triad of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia characteristic of MFS, but also had less typical signs and symptoms making for a more challenging diagnostic workup. Our suspected diagnosis of MFS was serologically confirmed with positive anti-GQ1b antibody titer and the patient was successfully treated with Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG).

  9. A robust biomarker of differential correlations improves the diagnosis of cytologically indeterminate thyroid cancers.

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    Gomez-Rueda, Hugo; Palacios-Corona, Rebeca; Gutiérrez-Hermosillo, Hugo; Trevino, Victor

    2016-05-01

    The fine-needle aspiration of thyroid nodules and subsequent cytological analysis is unable to determine the diagnosis in 15 to 30% of thyroid cancer cases; patients with indeterminate cytological results undergo diagnostic surgery which is potentially unnecessary. Current gene expression biomarkers based on well-determined cytology are complex and their accuracy is inconsistent across public datasets. In the present study, we identified a robust biomarker using the differences in gene expression values specifically from cytologically indeterminate thyroid tumors and a powerful multivariate search tool coupled with a nearest centroid classifier. The biomarker is based on differences in the expression of the following genes: CCND1, CLDN16, CPE, LRP1B, MAGI3, MAPK6, MATN2, MPPED2, PFKFB2, PTPRE, PYGL, SEMA3D, SERGEF, SLC4A4 and TIMP1. This 15-gene biomarker exhibited superior accuracy independently of the cytology in six datasets, including The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) thyroid dataset. In addition, this biomarker exhibited differences in the correlation coefficients between benign and malignant samples that indicate its discriminatory power, and these 15 genes have been previously related to cancer in the literature. Thus, this 15-gene biomarker provides advantages in clinical practice for the effective diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

  10. Dual head HIPDM SPECT imaging in the differential diagnosis of dementia with MR and CT correlation

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    Wellman, H.N.; Gilmor, R.; Hendrie, H.; Mock, B.; Kapuscinski, A.; Appledorn, C.R.; Krepshaw, J.

    1985-05-01

    Dual head SPECT brain imaging was performed in 25 patients with a clinical diagnosis of dementia approximately one-half hour after a 5mCi dose of high purity (p,5n) I-123 HIPDM (N,N,N'-Trimethyl-N'-(2-hydroxy-3-methyl-5-iodobenzyl)- 1,3-propane diamine). Tomographic reconstruction used a 30th order, moderate cutoff (0.2) Butterworth filter found previously to optimize low noise and conspicuity. Most patients had CT and MR imaging and some patients were studied more than once. In approximately one-half of patients referred with a diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer's type, SPECT results were consistent with multiple infarct dementia (MID). MR studies in most of these patients with MID demonstrated multiple white matter defects correlating with multiple gray matter defects seen with SPECT and consistent with angiogenic disease of the Binswanger's type. While CT demonstrated cortical abnormalities in some patients, the findings were often nonspecific with enlarged ventricles and widened sulci.

  11. Miller Fisher Syndrome: A Case Report Highlighting Heterogeneity of Clinical Features and Focused Differential Diagnosis.

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    Yepishin, Ilya V; Allison, Randall Z; Kaminskas, David A; Zagorski, Natalia M; Liow, Kore K

    2016-07-01

    Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) is a rare variant of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that has a geographically variable incidence. It is largely a clinical diagnosis based on the cardinal clinical features of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia, however, other neurological signs and symptoms may also be present. Serological confirmation with the anti-GQ1b antibody is available and allows for greater diagnostic certainty in the face of confounding symptoms. A self-limiting course is typical of MFS. The following case report is that of a patient who presented with generalized weakness, somatic pain, inability to walk, and diplopia following an upper respiratory illness. The patient exhibited the classic triad of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia characteristic of MFS, but also had less typical signs and symptoms making for a more challenging diagnostic workup. Our suspected diagnosis of MFS was serologically confirmed with positive anti-GQ1b antibody titer and the patient was successfully treated with Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). PMID:27437164

  12. Miller Fisher Syndrome: A Case Report Highlighting Heterogeneity of Clinical Features and Focused Differential Diagnosis

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    Allison, Randall Z; Kaminskas, David A; Zagorski, Natalia M; Liow, Kore K

    2016-01-01

    Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) is a rare variant of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that has a geographically variable incidence. It is largely a clinical diagnosis based on the cardinal clinical features of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia, however, other neurological signs and symptoms may also be present. Serological confirmation with the anti-GQ1b antibody is available and allows for greater diagnostic certainty in the face of confounding symptoms. A self-limiting course is typical of MFS. The following case report is that of a patient who presented with generalized weakness, somatic pain, inability to walk, and diplopia following an upper respiratory illness. The patient exhibited the classic triad of ataxia, areflexia, and opthalmoplegia characteristic of MFS, but also had less typical signs and symptoms making for a more challenging diagnostic workup. Our suspected diagnosis of MFS was serologically confirmed with positive anti-GQ1b antibody titer and the patient was successfully treated with Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). PMID:27437164

  13. Postmortem CT is more accurate than clinical diagnosis for identifying the immediate cause of death in hospitalized patients: a prospective autopsy-based study.

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    Inai, Kunihiro; Noriki, Sakon; Kinoshita, Kazuyuki; Sakai, Toyohiko; Kimura, Hirohiko; Nishijima, Akihiko; Iwasaki, Hiromichi; Naiki, Hironobu

    2016-07-01

    Despite 75 to 90 % physician accuracy in determining the underlying cause of death, precision of determination of the immediate cause of death is approximately 40 %. In contrast, two thirds of immediate causes of death in hospitalized patients are correctly diagnosed by postmortem computed tomography (CT). Postmortem CT might provide an alternative approach to verifying the immediate cause of death. To evaluate the effectiveness of postmortem CT as an alternative method to determine the immediate cause of death in hospitalized patients, an autopsy-based prospective study was performed. Of 563 deaths from September 2011 to August 2013, 50 consecutive cadavers undergoing hospital autopsies with consent for additional postmortem CT at the University of Fukui were enrolled. The accuracy of determination of the immediate cause of death by postmortem CT was evaluated in these patients. Diagnostic discrepancy was also compared between radiologists and attending physicians. The immediate cause of death was correctly diagnosed in 37 of 50 subjects using postmortem CT (74 %), concerning 29 cases of respiratory failure, 4 of hemorrhage, 3 of liver failure and 1 of septic shock. Six cases of organ failure involving 13 patients were not identified as the cause of death by postmortem CT. Regarding the immediate cause of death, accuracy of clinical diagnosis was significantly lower than that of postmortem CT (46 vs 74 %, P < 0.01). Postmortem CT may be more useful than clinical diagnosis for identifying the immediate cause of death in hospitalized patients not undergoing autopsy. PMID:27085336

  14. Application of Sonoelastography in Differential Diagnosis of Benign and Malignant Thyroid Nodules

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    Esfahanian, Fatemeh; Aryan, Arvin; Ghajarzadeh, Mahsa; Yazdi, Meisam Hosein; Nobakht, Nasir; Burchi, Mehdi

    2016-01-01

    Background: Sonoelastography is a new ultrasound method which could be helpful to determine which thyroid nodule is malignant. We designed this study to evaluate the accuracy of sonoelastography in differentiating of benign and malignant thyroid nodules in Iranian patients. Methods: Forty thyroid nodules in forty consecutive patients who had been referred for sonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy were evaluated. Gray scale ultrasound and elastosonography by real-time, freehand technique applied for all patients. Elastography findings were classified into four groups. Nodules which were classified as patterns 1 or 2 in elastogram evaluation were classified as benign and probably malignant if elastogram scans were patterns 3 and 4 of elastogram scan. Results: Mean age ± standard deviation (SD) was 42.2 ± 12.6 years, and mean ± SD thyroid-stimulating hormone level was 1.4 ± 1.9 IU/ml. Thirty-five cases (87.5%) were female and 5 (12.5%) were male. Histological examination indicated 27 (67.5%) benign and 13 (32.5%) malignant nodules. The most elastogram score was 2 (50%) followed by score 3. The cut-off point of 2 considered as the best value to differentiate benign and malignant thyroid nodules with sensitivity and specificity of 61% and 78% (area under the curve = 0.76, 95% confidence interval: 0.6–0.92, P = 0.007). Conclusions: Sonoelastography could help to differentiate benign and malignant thyroid nodules. As our sample size was limited, larger studies are recommended. PMID:27076893

  15. Post-traumatic shoulder movement disorders: A challenging differential diagnosis between organic and functional

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    Pandey, Sanjay; Nahab, Fatta; Aldred, Jason; Nutt, John; Hallett, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Peripheral trauma may be a trigger for the development of various movement disorders though the pathophysiology remains controversial and some of these patients have a functional (psychogenic) disorder. We report 3 cases of shoulder movement disorders following trauma to the shoulder region. Physiology was done in all the patients to extend the physical examination. Two patients had history of recurrent shoulder dislocation and were diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. One patient had shoulder injury following repeated falls while performing as a cheerleader. In two patients there were some clinical features suggesting a functional etiology, but physiological studies in all three failed to produce objective evidence of a functional nature. Shoulder movement following trauma is uncommon. Diagnosis in such cases is challenging considering the complex pathophysiology. The movements can be associated with prolonged pain and handicap, and once established they appear resistant to treatment. PMID:25197686

  16. Post-traumatic shoulder movement disorders: A challenging differential diagnosis between organic and functional.

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    Pandey, Sanjay; Nahab, Fatta; Aldred, Jason; Nutt, John; Hallett, Mark

    2014-06-01

    Peripheral trauma may be a trigger for the development of various movement disorders though the pathophysiology remains controversial and some of these patients have a functional (psychogenic) disorder. We report 3 cases of shoulder movement disorders following trauma to the shoulder region. Physiology was done in all the patients to extend the physical examination. Two patients had history of recurrent shoulder dislocation and were diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. One patient had shoulder injury following repeated falls while performing as a cheerleader. In two patients there were some clinical features suggesting a functional etiology, but physiological studies in all three failed to produce objective evidence of a functional nature. Shoulder movement following trauma is uncommon. Diagnosis in such cases is challenging considering the complex pathophysiology. The movements can be associated with prolonged pain and handicap, and once established they appear resistant to treatment. PMID:25197686

  17. [Pelvic hydatid cyst: differential diagnosis with a bacterial abscess with cutaneous fistula].

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    de Lavaissiere, M; Voronca, C; Ranz, I; Pirame, M; Hounieu, H; Carreiro, M

    2012-10-01

    The genus Echinococcus is a worldwide tapeworm with a two host mammalian cycle. Among the six described species, Echinococcus granulosus (EG) and Echinococcus multilocularis are the most important in respect to their public health importance. Infected human, as an intermediate accidental host, presents single to several cysts, mainly located in the liver. We are describing the clinical, radiological and histological findings of a woman born in Morocco, recently arrived in France and presenting a pelvic hydatid cyst. The misknowledge of such a diagnosis conducted to initial surgery and thus a risk of further metastasised lesions. We are suggesting that any hypoechogenic pelvic lesion in a patient originated from a Mediterranean country should be considered as a pelvic localization of EG.

  18. Tic disorders in the differential diagnosis of chronic cough in children in relation to four cases

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    Karakaya, Işık; Şişmanlar, Şahika Gülen

    2015-01-01

    Chronic cough is a frequent reason for medical referrals in childhood. In patients who do not have signs or symptoms of an underlying respiratory system disease and who do not respond to experimental treatment, psychogenic cough should be considered. In this paper, four patients who were referred to our department with a prediagnosis of psychogenic cough, found to have tic disorder as a result of the assessments performed and improved with antipsychotic medication are presented. The differantial diagnosis of chronic cough in children should include tic disorders as well as psychogenic cough. Tic disorders can be diagnosed easily with detailed history and their response to medical treatment is rather satisfactory. Recognition of these disorders by pediatricians will minimize erroneous diagnoses and inappropriate therapies in children with a complaint of chronic cough. PMID:26568694

  19. Role of trypsin/creatinine clearance ratio in the differential diagnosis of chronic pancreatic disease.

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    Farini, R; Fabris, C; del Favero, G; Bonvicini, P; de' Best, T; Piccoli, A; Baccaglini, U; Plebani, M; Pedrazzoli, S; Kind, R; Ceriotti, G; Naccarato, R

    1981-08-01

    Trypsin/creatinine clearance ratio--a recently proposed screening test for pancreatic cancer--was assessed in 45 subjects (17 control subjects, 15 patients with pancreatic cancer, and 13 with chronic pancreatitis). A statistically significant increase of the ratio was detected not only in pancreatic cancer, but also in chronic calcifying pancreatitis. Thus, the previously reported clinical usefulness of the test in pancreatic cancer diagnosis was not substantiated by the present data. Although not fully investigated as yet, reasons for an abnormal ratio are probably independent of the neoplastic or inflammatory nature of the pancreatic disease. Science renal enzyme excretion (alpha-glucosidase, gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, leucine aminopeptidase) was not found to be invariably elevated when trypsin/creatinine clearance ratio was increased, tubular damage cannot be assumed as constituting the only reason for an altered clearance ratio.

  20. Lung scintigraphy in differential diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer and community-acquired pneumonia

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    Krivonogov, Nikolay G.; Efimova, Nataliya Y.; Zavadovsky, Konstantin W.; Lishmanov, Yuri B.

    2016-08-01

    Ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy was performed in 39 patients with verified diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and in 14 patients with peripheral lung cancer. Ventilation/perfusion ratio, apical-basal gradients of ventilation (U/L(V)) and lung perfusion (U/L(P)), and alveolar capillary permeability of radionuclide aerosol were determined based on scintigraphy data. The study demonstrated that main signs of CAP were increases in ventilation/perfusion ratio, perfusion and ventilation gradient on a side of the diseased lung, and two-side increase in alveolar capillary permeability rate for radionuclide aerosol. Unlike this, scintigraphic signs of peripheral lung cancer comprise an increase in ventilation/perfusion ratio over 1.0 on a side of the diseased lung with its simultaneous decrease on a contralateral side, normal values of perfusion and ventilation gradients of both lungs, and delayed alveolar capillary clearance in the diseased lung compared with the intact lung.