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Simona Roxana Georgescu, Alina Musetescu, Corina Daniela Ene, Cosmin Ene, Mădălina Mitran, Cristina Mitran, Mircea Tampa and Ilinca Nicolae

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Based on the latest medical research, it is supposed that lichen planus is an inflammatory disorder, associated with autoimmune diseases, hepatitis C infection, oxidative stress or antioxidant deficiency. The purpose of the present work is to determine a panel of serum antioxidants, possibly involved in the development/persistence of the disease. The determination of extracellular antioxidants (bilirubin, uric acid, albumin, iron, transferrin, ferritin, copper, ceruloplasmin, total antioxidant capacity) in patients with lichen planus during exacerbations have revealed a significant reduction in non-enzymatic antioxidant systems. Hepatitis C virus enhances the deficit of antioxidants in patients with lichen planus. Based on these findings, the authors consider that lichen planus is a complex disease of unidentified cause and its pathogenic mechanisms are still incompletely elucidated. It may be speculated that several interconnected mechanisms are involved in the onset and evolution of lichen planus.

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Hüseyin Avni Findikli, Ayşe Şahin Tutak and Hakan Aydin

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Introduction: Changes in thyroid hormone level can affect the cardiovascular system. The aim of this study was to show how the Tpeak -Tend (Tpe) interval, which is a new marker of ventricular arrythmia, is affected in patients who have become euthyroid following Levothyroxine treatment for hypothyroidism, as this has not been examined previously in literature. Materials and Methods: This, cross-sectional study included a total of 119 females aged 18-45 years, separated into 3 groups as hypothyroid, euthyroid and control groups. For evaluation of the QTc and Tpe intervals, examination on precordial V5 lead was made of all the ECGs taken routinely on presentation of the patients. Results: The Tpe and QTc intervals of the hypothyroid group were determined to be significantly prolonged compared to those of the euthyroid and control groups (p<0.001) and the values of the euthyroid and control groups were similar. A positive correlation was determined between TSH levels and Tpe and QTc intervals. Tpe interval AUC= 0.801,(%95 CI: 0,719 - 0,884) was higher than that of QTc AUC= 0.689, (%95 CI: 0,591 - 0,786) Conclussions: The Tpe duration was evaluated in respect of the risk of arrythmia in hypothyroid patients. In patients who had become euthyroid, the Tpe interval was found to be similar to that of healthy individuals and was more predictive than QTc. In the light of these findings it can be recommended that measurement of the Tpe interval should be preferred to QTc as a marker of the arrythmogenic effect in hypothyroid patients.

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Sara Machado, Rui Marques, Edite Nascimento, Ana Matos and Carla Henriques

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Introduction: Diabetes Control and Complications Trial has established the importance of glycemic control in reducing the progression of retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy in type 1 diabetics. There is little literature linking the frequency of glycemic monitoring with glycated hemoglobin A (HbA1c) in type 2 diabetics. The objectives were to assess the influence of glycemic self-monitoring on HbA1c in three groups of patients with type 2 diabetes (with insulin, with oral antidiabetics and with combination therapy). Methods: The glucometer capillary surveys of 117 patients were counted in the 30 days prior to the visit to the Integrated Diabetes Unit at Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. In the three groups considered, sociodemographic characteristics (age, gender, area of residence, household and schooling) were evaluated and compared. Results: There was no statistically significant association between HbA1c and the frequency of capillary glucose in any of the groups. In the evaluation of sociodemographic data, contrary to what was expected, the area of residence and schooling did not influence the value of HbA1c. Conclusion: These results question the role of glycemic monitoring in the metabolic control of type 2 diabetics, highlighting the need to implement therapeutic education programs so that these patients can adequately intervene in the therapeutic adjustment as a function of the information obtained by capillary glycemia.

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Cristiana Drăgănescu, Tudor Constantinescu, Oana Enache, Marina Speriatu, Raida Oneaţă, Alexandra Radu, Mihai Bojincă, Carina Mihai and Ana Maria Gheorghiu

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Introduction. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown origin, characterized by multisystemic involvement and a potentially severe evolution. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare complication of SLE, with low 5-year survival.

Case presentation. We are presenting the case of a female patient, aged 56 years old, diagnosed in 1992 with SLE with cutaneous manifestations (butterfly-shaped erythematous rash), joint manifestations (polyarthritis), serositis manifestations (massive pleuropericarditis), and immunological manifestations (positive anti-dsDNA antibodies, decreased C3), ignored therapeutically for a long time. In 2010 she complained of dyspnea on medium exertion and leg edemas, with marked increase of PAPs by echocardiography. She was diagnosed with severe PAH (confirmed by right heart catheterization) and in the “Marius Nasta” National Institute of Pneumology she started a treatment with an endothelin receptor antagonist (Bosentan) in combination with a prostacyclin receptor agonist (Selexipag). Since 2013 the patient is on oral anticoagulant treatment for permanent atrial fibrillation.

In 2015 she was referred back to out clinic as she complained of recurrent episodes of massive ascites with evacuatory paracenteses in amounts of about 6-9L per paracentesis. After excluding other causes, ascites was considered to be secondary to the SLE, and a treatment was initiated with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and pulse therapy with Methylprednisolone, on which the remission of the ascites was achieved during the following months. Currently, the SLE is well controlled without recurrence of ascites on treatment with HCQ and gradual decrease until stopping of cortisone doses, and the PAH is stable.

Conclusion. PAH is a rare complication of the SLE, with a complex pathophysiological immune mechanism, for which - together with the specific vasodilator treatment - the increase of immune suppression is recommended.

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Manta Andrei, Maștaleru Alexandra, Oancea Andra, Anghel Razvan Constantin, Roca Mihai, Leon-Constantin Maria Magdalena and Mitu Florin

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Obesity, a component of the metabolic syndrome, is a rising public health problem, continuously increasing in the European countries. The therapeutic success of the patient with metabolic syndrome requires a multidisciplinary approach to lifestyle changes, weight loss, continuous and dynamic dietary improvement, sedentary reduction, normalization of blood pressure, glycemia and lipid parameters. We performed a retrospective study that was conducted in the Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital in Iasi, with 4627 patients that were admitted in the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Clinic from January 2011 to December 2015 with the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome according to WHO definition (Group 1) or with other comorbidities (Group 2). In the first group were included 1064 patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. This group has predominantly smoking female patients. Also, in group 1 were diagnosed more patients with left ventricular hypertrophy and coronary heart disease compared to group 2. Most of the patients with inflammatory syndrome were included in the group without metabolic syndrome (group 2). The results of our study confirm that metabolic syndrome is a cluster of abnormalities whose evolution determines the development of coronary heart disease. All this would advocate for treating metabolic syndrome as the primary method of preventing cardiovascular disease.

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Mujgan Tek, Mehmet Serkan Çetin, Erdem Diker, Savaş Çelebi, Basri Amasyali and Berkten Berkalp

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BACKGROUND: Platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) has been demonstrated as an risk and prognostic marker in many of cardiovascular diseases. Relationship between PLR and severity of carotid stenosis has been shown. The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between PLR and all cause mortality in patients with carotid arterial disease. METODS: This retrospective study included 146 patients who had been performed selective carotid angiography. Carotid stenosis were graded by the North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET) criteria. Platelet to lymphocyte ratio was calculated as the ratio of plateletes to lymphocytes. The end point of the study was all-cause mortality. RESULTS: During median follow-up of 16 months (0-65 months) 15 (10.3%) patients suffered all-cause mortality. 50 patients(34.2%) underwent carotid endarterectomy and 69 patients (47.3%) had non-carotid cardiac surgery. 38 patients (26.02%) had cerebrovascular events (stroke/transient ischemic attack) at admission. NASCET grades were not different between survivors and non-survivors. Non-survivors had significantly lower hemoglobin (Hb) levels (12.7±1.6 g/dl vs. 13.7±1.7 g/dl , p= 0.031) and they were older than survivors (74.2±8.4 years vs. 68.6±8.5 years, p=0.029). Non-survivors had significantly higher PLR values compared with survivors (190.3±85.6 and 126.8±53.8, p=0.017). In multivariate analysis, only PLR predicted all-cause mortality in patients with carotid artery stenosis. CONCLUSİON: In our study, higher PLR was associated with increased all-cause mortality.

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Serghei Covantev

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Pancreas divisum (PD) is the most common developmental anatomic variant of pancreatic duct. The attention towards the PD has grown significantly since there are reports that this condition may cause acute relapsing pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and chronic abdominal pain syndrome. Furthermore, over the years, there have been multiple reports of PD associated with different types of tumors. There is evidence that PD can be associated with pancreatic tumors (up to 12.5% of cases). The golden standard for diagnosing PD is endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, but since it is an invasive procedure magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography with secretin is a good alternative. In case the patient is symptomatic, endoscopic or surgical treatment should be performed. This review describes the key points of the pathophysiology, diagnostic modalities, risks of pancreatitis and tumors, as well as treatment options of PD.

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Maria Mirabela Manea, Ana Maria Dobri, Dorin Dragoş, Gabriela Borsaru and Sorin Tuţă

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Acute promyelocytic leukemia often manifests with hemorrhagic diathesis, thrombotic events being much rarer. This is the case of a 59-year-old patient with thrombotic cerebro-vascular complications as the onset manifestation of acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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Khadija Sellami, Madiha Mseddi, Mouna Snoussi, Hela Gharbi, Faten Frikha, Rayda Ben Salah, Moez Jallouli, Sameh Marzouk, Abderrahmen Masmoudi, Zouhir Bahloul and Hamida Turki

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Introduction. The prognosis of dermatomyositis (DM)/ polymyositis (PM) in adults is partly related to their association with neoplasia. The aim of our study was to report the epidemiologic, clinical, paraclinical, therapeutic and evolutionary aspects of DM associated with malignancy in patients from Sfax, south eastern of Tunisia. Methods. A retrospective cohort study of patients with DM or PM admitted in Dermatology and Internal Medicine Departments of Hedi Chaker University Hospital of Sfax between 1996 and 2015. Cases of DM or PM associated with malignancy were retained. Results. Seventeen cases (13.5%) of DM or PM associated with malignancy were noted. Fourteen patients had DM and 3 patients had PM. The Sex ratio M / F was 0.3 and the mean age at diagnosis was 56.5 years. In DM patients, malignancy preceded the myositis in 64.2% of cases. In PM patients, only one patient was known to have breast cancer and the myositis revealed the cancer for 2 others. Treatment consisted of corticosteroids associated with methotrexate in 4 cases. Outcome was fatal in 5 cases (29.4%), due to the underlying cancer in 3 cases. Swallowing disorders related to DM/PM were responsible for death in 2 cases. Conclusion. There are no specific clinical or biological features in paraneoplastic DM. In our series, breast neoplasm represented the first cancer associated with DM. Cancers of nasopharynx, colon and urinary tract had the second position.

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Andrada-Loredana Popescu, Florentina Ioniţa-Radu, Mariana Jinga, Andrei-Ionuţ Gavrilă, Florin-Alexandru Săvulescu and Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevici

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The prevalence of obesity is rising, becoming a medical problem worldwide. Also GERD incidence is higher in obese patients compared with normal weight, with an increased risk of 2.5 of developing symptoms and erosive esophagitis. Different treatment modalities have been proposed to treat obese patients, but bariatric surgery due to its complex interactions via anatomic, physiologic and neurohormonal changes achieved the best long-term results, with sustained weight loss and decrease of complications and mortality caused by obesity. The bariatric surgical procedures can be restrictive: laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), or malabsorptive-restrictive such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). These surgical procedures may influence esophageal motility and lead to esophageal complications like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. From the literature we know that the RYGB can ameliorate GERD symptoms, and some bariatric procedures were finally converted to RYGB because of refractory reflux symptoms. For LAGB the results are good at the beginning, but some patients experienced new reflux symptoms in the follow-up period. Recently LSG has become more popular than other complex bariatric procedures, but some follow-up studies report a high risk of GERD after it. This article reviews the results published after LSG regarding gastroesophageal reflux and the mechanisms responsible for GERD in morbidly obese subjects.