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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.

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Zeynep Yildiz, Abdulkadir Koçer, Şahin Avşar and Göksel Cinier

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Background and purpose. Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) is a reliable marker to diagnose acute myocardial infarction, but the pathophysiological explanation for the increase in cTnI levels in patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS) remains unknown. To overcome this question, we aimed to compare serum cTnI levels in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) concomitant with and without stroke. By doing like this, we thought that we could demonstrate the effect of stroke on TrpI level. Methods. Serum cTnI levels of 41 patients having ACS with acute IS during hospitalization were compared with 97 control patients having only ACS. Cranial CT was performed to evaluate the lesions. The severity of IS was evaluated objectively by national institutes of health stroke scale. Results. cTnI levels were found to be similar in both groups. Presence of diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease and previous myocardial infarction were more frequent in patients with acute IS. The cTnI levels in the patients with the cranial lesion in the anterior circulation was higher (p = 0.039). Presence of acute IS, cTnI level higher than 20 ng/mL and left ventricular ejection fraction < 40% were found to be independent risk factors for mortality (p < 0.05). Conclusions. We found that abnormal troponin levels were more likely to be due to cardiac causes than cerebral ones in this first study evaluating the cTnI levels in patients with ACS concomitant with acute IS. The severity of IS, lesion location in the anterior circulation and higher troponin levels were associated with mortality.

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Lucian Liviu Pop, Iulia Antonia Mureşan and Dan Lucian Dumitraşcu

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The irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder referred to gastroenterologists. One of the most common manifestations of IBS is bloating. Abdominal bloating is defined as subjective sensation of abdominal distension associated with girth increment. Therefore, it is described in the Rome IV criteria as bloating/abdominal distension. Bloating symptoms are reported by 10-30% of the general population and it was rated as the most bothersome symptom by 60% of IBS patients; the lack of specificity of this complaint prevented bloating to be included between the diagnostic criteria for IBS. Indeed, bloating may be reported also in healthy people or in other functional conditions. This paper looks to the evolutions of the concepts on bloating according to the Rome working groups from the beginning until now and it represents a comprehensive review on the prevalence and pathogenesis of bloating.

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Tatiana Ashcheulova, Nina Gerasimchuk, Olga Kovalyova and Oleksii Honchar

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Introduction. Obesity is becoming one of the leading risk factors of coronary heart disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease. Despite the presence of a large number of antihypertensive agents and scientific substantiation of antihypertensive treatment principles it would be wrong to assume that the problem is completely solved. Development of endothelial dysfunction is one of the key pathogenic mechanisms in hypertension. This process is proven to have contributed by immune inflammation activation which is mediated by pro-inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress. Aims. To investigate the additional benefits of the combined antihypertensive therapy with lacidipine and candesartan on the basis of studying their antioxidant properties, impact on endothelial function and pro-inflammatory cytokines activity in hypertensive patients with overweight and obesity. Methods. A combination of a calcium channel blocker and angiotensin receptor blocker (lacidipine 2 mg, 4 mg, and candesartan 4mg, 8mg, 16mg) was prescribed to 30 patients with essential hypertension of grades 1-3, 30 to 65 years old (mean age - 54.7 ± 5.8 years), who previously have not been receiving regular antihypertensive therapy. Results. During the course of combined antihypertensive therapy with lacidipine and candesartan, a significant reduction in i-NOS activity, TNF-α to its type I soluble receptor ratio (TNF- α/sTNF-αRI), and oxidative stress marker - 8-iso-PgF2α has been observed. Activity of e-NOS, levels of SOD and catalase, in contrast, have increased by the end of observation period. Conclusion. The improvement of endothelial function due to lower level of oxidative stress and a significant decrease of immune activation has been observed in hypertensive patients with overweight and obesity under the influence of combined antihypertensive therapy with lacidipine and candesartan.

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Natally Horvat, Serena Monti, Brunna Clemente Oliveira, Camila Carlos Tavares Rocha, Romina Grazia Giancipoli and Lorenzo Mannelli

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Background

Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer mortality. Chronic liver disease caused by viral infection, alcohol abuse, or other factors can lead to cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the most important clinical risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whereby the normal hepatic architecture is replaced by fibrous septa and a spectrum of nodules ranging from benign regenerative nodules to HCC, each one of them with different imaging features.

Conclusions

Furthermore, advanced techniques including the quantification of hepatic and intralesional fat and iron, magnetic resonance elastography, radiomics, radiogenomics, and positron emission tomography (PET)-MRI are highly promising for the extraction of new imaging biomarkers that reflect the tumor microenvironment and, in the future, may add decision-making value in the management of patients with HCC.

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Gabrijela Brzan Simenc, Jana Ambrozic, Katja Prokselj, Natasa Tul, Marta Cvijic, Tomislav Mirkovic, Helmut Karl Lackner and Miha Lucovnik

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Background

There are no data on usefulness of optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) as a marker of patient’s fluid status in preeclampsia. The objective was to examine potential correlation between ONSD and lung ultrasound estimates of extravascular lung water in severe preeclampsia.

Patients and methods

Thirty patients with severe preeclampsia were included. Optic and lung ultrasound were performed within 24 hours from delivery. ONSD was measured 3 mm behind the globe. Lung ultrasound Echo Comet Score (ECS) was obtained summing B-lines (“comet tails”) in parasternal intercostal spaces bilaterally. Pearson’s correlation analysis was used to assess the relationship between ONSD and ECS (p < 0.05 significant).

Results

Median ONSD was 5.7 mm (range 3.8–7.5 mm). Median ECS value was 19 (range 0-24). Statistically significant correlation was found between ONSD and ECS (r2 = 0.464; p < 0.001).

Conclusions

Significant correlation between ONSD and ECS suggests optic ultrasound could be used for assessing fluid status and guiding peripartum fluid therapy in patients with severe preeclampsia.