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Microangiopathic Haemolytic Anaemia Diagnosis And Management In Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura And Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome: A Review, Adam P. Korneluk Jun 2021

Microangiopathic Haemolytic Anaemia Diagnosis And Management In Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura And Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome: A Review, Adam P. Korneluk

International Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences

Microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA) describes non-immune haemolysis by intravascular fragmentation of red blood cells, resulting from microvascular thrombosis characteristic of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). TMA-associated MAHAs include several diseases but are mostly associated with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). TTP is caused by a severe deficiency in ADAMTS13 proteinase, responsible for regulating coagulation, either due to presence of anti-ADAMTS13 (acquired iTTP; immune-mediated) or mutations in ADAMTS13 itself (congenital cTTP). HUS is caused by abnormal and uncontrolled complement activation, either by bacterial toxin activity (typical dHUS) or lack of normal regulatory proteins (atypical aHUS). This review focuses on TTP ...


Full Issue: The International Undergraduate Journal Of Health Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2021 Jun 2021

Full Issue: The International Undergraduate Journal Of Health Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 1, June 2021

International Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences

The full June 2021 issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) of the International Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences


Machine Learning Classification Of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Versus Healthy Controls Using Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion Mri, Vanessa I. Grass Jun 2021

Machine Learning Classification Of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Versus Healthy Controls Using Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion Mri, Vanessa I. Grass

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability worldwide, yet accurate in vivo detection of TBI neuropathology remains challenging due to complexities in the structural and functional changes observed post-injury as well as limitations in conventional neuroimaging modalities. Although advanced neuroimaging techniques such as arterial spin labeling (ASL) can noninvasively assess cerebral blood flow (CBF) changes observed post-injury, this technique is underutilized in TBI research partly due to the low signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) inherent in ASL imaging. The aim of the current study is to examine the use of machine learning, specifically a Support ...


Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma To Pancreas And Gastrointestinal Tract: A Clinicopathological Study Of 3 Cases And Review Of Literature, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Nasir Ud Din, Ramin Saadaat, Zubair Ahmad May 2021

Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma To Pancreas And Gastrointestinal Tract: A Clinicopathological Study Of 3 Cases And Review Of Literature, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Nasir Ud Din, Ramin Saadaat, Zubair Ahmad

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) metastasizes in approximately 20-30% cases. The most common sites for metastases are the lungs, bones, liver, and brain. Metastases of RCC in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) are very rare. Metastatic RCC has a poor prognosis. We herein present a case series of three patients with metastatic disease in the colon, duodenum, and pancreas following complete resection of RCC.
Methods: Hematoxylin and Eosin and immunohistochemical slides of 3 cases of RCC metastatic to GIT were reviewed. These cases were diagnosed between 2002 and 2019 at French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC), Kabul, Afghanistan, and ...


A Peculiar Presentation Of Cardiac Sarcoidosis As Third-Degree Atrioventricular Heart Block Complicated By Right Ventricle Perforation, Yash Suthar, Pooja Patel, Nikhita Kothari, Kristofer Hillegas May 2021

A Peculiar Presentation Of Cardiac Sarcoidosis As Third-Degree Atrioventricular Heart Block Complicated By Right Ventricle Perforation, Yash Suthar, Pooja Patel, Nikhita Kothari, Kristofer Hillegas

Stratford Campus Research Day

• Cardiac sarcoidosis is a rare, inflammatory multisystem disorder that manifests as noncaseating granulomas of multiple organs.

• The clinical presentation of sarcoidosis is variable and may be underrecognized by clinicians.

• Individuals may be asymptomatic during their lifetimes and may be incidentally diagnosed with the disease for the first-time during autopsy.

• Patients with cardiac involvement of sarcoidosis may initially present with complications including arrhythmias, heart block, bundle branch block, congestive heart failure, pericardial effusion, pulmonary hypertension, and/or sudden cardiac death.


Criterion Validity Of The Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method In A Criminal Justice Sample, Sarah M. Monaghan May 2021

Criterion Validity Of The Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method In A Criminal Justice Sample, Sarah M. Monaghan

Student Theses

The purpose of the current study was to determine the clinical utility of the Ohio State University Traumatic Brain Injury Identification Method (OSU-TBI-ID) in a criminal justice sample, by evaluating the criterion-related validity of this instrument. It was hypothesized that this tool could differentiate between incarcerated individuals with or without a history of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on measures evaluating important TBI-related sequalae. The sample consisted of 95 incarcerated men detained at a private correctional facility in a Mid-Atlantic state. Measures used in this study to evaluate executive functioning difficulties, psychiatric difficulties, substance use problems, institutional misconduct and recidivism were ...


Non-Selective Primary Human Tumor Cell Line Generation From Surgical Resections To Be Paired With Flash Frozen And Paraffin Embedded Tissue: Advancements In Democratizing Translational Research Materials To Rural Institutions, Jennifer Hawkins, Rebecca Russell, Logan M. Lawrence, Amrita Valluri, Jessica Wellman, Krista Denning Apr 2021

Non-Selective Primary Human Tumor Cell Line Generation From Surgical Resections To Be Paired With Flash Frozen And Paraffin Embedded Tissue: Advancements In Democratizing Translational Research Materials To Rural Institutions, Jennifer Hawkins, Rebecca Russell, Logan M. Lawrence, Amrita Valluri, Jessica Wellman, Krista Denning

Marshall Journal of Medicine

Translational cancer research relies on the availability of human patient tissue demonstrating the specific disease process under investigation. Biobanks of human tissue have historically been and remain to date the primary access point for cancer research samples. Biorepositories routinely supply researchers with varying sample types for use in biomedical studies; most commonly formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, or fresh snap-frozen tissue. In conjunction with preserved tissue samples, viable tumor cell lines derived from patient tissue have emerged to be a new gold standard in cancer research particularly in drug discovery and functional prognostic assays. Tissue banks providing these samples are ...


Mad Violence, White Victims, And Other Gun Violence Fictions: The Gap Between School Shootings And Systemic Gun Violence, Hayley C. Stefan Apr 2021

Mad Violence, White Victims, And Other Gun Violence Fictions: The Gap Between School Shootings And Systemic Gun Violence, Hayley C. Stefan

Research on Diversity in Youth Literature

No abstract provided.


Respiratory Pathogens In Patients With Acute Exacerbation Of Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis From A Developing Country, Shayan Shahid, Kausar Jabeen, Nousheen Iqbal, Joveria Farooqi, Muhammad Irfan Apr 2021

Respiratory Pathogens In Patients With Acute Exacerbation Of Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis From A Developing Country, Shayan Shahid, Kausar Jabeen, Nousheen Iqbal, Joveria Farooqi, Muhammad Irfan

Medical College Documents

Bronchiectasis unrelated to cystic fibrosis (non-CF bronchiectasis) has become a major respiratory disease in developing nations. The dilated mucus filled airways promote bacterial overgrowth followed by chronic infection, bronchial inflammation, lung injury and re-infection Accurate pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility allowing appropriate treatment, in turn, may break this vicious cycle. To study the spectrum and antimicrobial spectrum of pathogen yielded from respiratory specimens in adult patients with acute exacerbation of non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis. This cross-sectional study was performed at the pulmonology clinics of the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan from 2016-2019. Respiratory specimens were collected from adult patients with ...


The Many Faces Of Solitary Fibrous Tumor; Diversity Of Histological Features, Differential Diagnosis And Role Of Molecular Studies And Surrogate Markers In Avoiding Misdiagnosis And Predicting The Behavior, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Nasir Ud Din, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Yong-Koo Park Apr 2021

The Many Faces Of Solitary Fibrous Tumor; Diversity Of Histological Features, Differential Diagnosis And Role Of Molecular Studies And Surrogate Markers In Avoiding Misdiagnosis And Predicting The Behavior, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Nasir Ud Din, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Yong-Koo Park

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Solitary Fibrous Tumor (SFT) is a distinct soft tissue neoplasm associated with NAB2-STAT6 gene fusion. It can involve a number of anatomic sites and exhibits a wide spectrum of histological features.
Main body: Apart from diversity in morphological features seen even in conventional SFT, two histologic variants (fat-forming and giant cell-rich) are also recognized. In addition, a malignant form and dedifferentiation are well recognized. Owing to diverse histological features and involvement of diverse anatomic locations, SFT can mimic other soft tissue neoplasms of different lineages including schwannoma, spindle cell lipoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, liposarcoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), malignant peripheral ...


Intestinal Dysbiosis Disguised As A Rectal Fistula Treated With Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, Nicolina Scibelli, Pratishtha Singh, Kathleen Raynor Apr 2021

Intestinal Dysbiosis Disguised As A Rectal Fistula Treated With Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, Nicolina Scibelli, Pratishtha Singh, Kathleen Raynor

South Atlantic Division Research Day 2021

No abstract provided.


Post Covid-19 Tuberculosis: An Emerging Threat Of Pandemic, Aqusa Zahid, Nousheen Iqbal, Sarosh Moeen, Muhammad Irfan Mar 2021

Post Covid-19 Tuberculosis: An Emerging Threat Of Pandemic, Aqusa Zahid, Nousheen Iqbal, Sarosh Moeen, Muhammad Irfan

Section of Pulmonary & Critical Care

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) disease (COVID-19) pandemic has hit the world hard. Millions of people have died due to the infection and several have suffered with what are now known as post COVID-19 squeal. Among these squeals one is immunosuppression which leaves patients prone to severe opportunistic infection. We here report a case of young female who was infected by COVID-19 and later developed cavitary pneumonia which upon investigation turned out to be due to mycobacterium tuberculosis. Through this report we aim to highlight the importance of high index of suspicion for infection like Mycobacterium tuberculosis after ...


Gastric Antral Diverticula: A Rare Diverticula With A Unique Presentation, Pratishtha Singh, Kathleen Raynor, Chadley Froes Mar 2021

Gastric Antral Diverticula: A Rare Diverticula With A Unique Presentation, Pratishtha Singh, Kathleen Raynor, Chadley Froes

Gastroenterology

Gastric diverticula are the least common gastrointestinal diverticula. Patients can be diagnosed incidentally on EGD or present with variable symptoms such as abdominal fullness, anorexia, and perforation. Gastric diverticula can be acquired from malignancy, peptic ulcer disease, or prior surgery or be congenital. Treatment varies based on symptomatology ranging from conservative medical management with proton pump inhibitors to surgical treatment with open or laparoscopic resection. We present a case of a 73-year-old female with acquired gastric diverticulum presenting as a gastric outlet obstruction who was successfully treated with conservative medical therapy.


Measurement In Health: Advancing Assessment Of Delirium, Benjamin K.I. Helfand Mar 2021

Measurement In Health: Advancing Assessment Of Delirium, Benjamin K.I. Helfand

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Rationale: Delirium is a serious, morbid condition affecting 2.6 million older Americans annually. A major problem plaguing delirium research is difficulty in identification, given a plethora of existing tools. The lack of consensus on key features and approaches has stymied progress in delirium research. The goal of this project was to use advanced measurement methods to improve delirium’s identification.

Aims and Findings:

(1) Determine the 4 most commonly used and well-validated instruments for delirium identification. Through a rigorous systematic review, I identified the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), Delirium Observation Screening Scale (DOSS), Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98), and Memorial ...


Ovarian Seromucinous Tumors: Clinicopathological Features Of 10 Cases With A Detailed Review Of The Literature, Romana Idress, Nasir Ud Din, Sabeehuddin Siddique, Saira Fatima, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Zubair Ahmad Mar 2021

Ovarian Seromucinous Tumors: Clinicopathological Features Of 10 Cases With A Detailed Review Of The Literature, Romana Idress, Nasir Ud Din, Sabeehuddin Siddique, Saira Fatima, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Zubair Ahmad

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: The 2014 WHO Classification of ovarian neoplasms introduced a new entity of seromucinous tumors associated with endometriosis. These tumors encompassed a spectrum from benign to malignant and included seromucinous cystadenoma/ cystadenofibroma, seromucinous borderline tumor/atypical proliferative seromucinous tumor and seromucinous carcinoma. However, the 2020 WHO Classification of Female Genital Tumours removed seromucinous carcinomas as a distinct entity and recategorized them as Endometrioid carcinomas with mucinous differentiation. Here we describe clinico-morphologic features of seromucinous tumors recategorizing cases originally diagnosed as seromucinous carcinoma in light of 2020 WHO classification and present detailed review of literature.
Methods: Slides of seromucinous tumors were ...


Artificial Intelligence (Ai) In Medicine, Current Applications And Future Role With Special Emphasis On Its Potential And Promise In Pathology: Present And Future Impact, Obstacles Including Costs And Acceptance Among Pathologists, Practical And Philosophical Considerations. A Comprehensive Review, Zubair Ahmad, Shabina Rahim, Maha Zubair, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar Mar 2021

Artificial Intelligence (Ai) In Medicine, Current Applications And Future Role With Special Emphasis On Its Potential And Promise In Pathology: Present And Future Impact, Obstacles Including Costs And Acceptance Among Pathologists, Practical And Philosophical Considerations. A Comprehensive Review, Zubair Ahmad, Shabina Rahim, Maha Zubair, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: The role of Artificial intelligence (AI) which is defined as the ability of computers to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence is constantly expanding. Medicine was slow to embrace AI. However, the role of AI in medicine is rapidly expanding and promises to revolutionize patient care in the coming years. In addition, it has the ability to democratize high level medical care and make it accessible to all parts of the world.
Main text: Among specialties of medicine, some like radiology were relatively quick to adopt AI whereas others especially pathology (and surgical pathology in particular) are only ...


Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma: Clinicopathological Characteristics Of 8 Cases Of A Rare Vascular Tumor And Review Of Literature, Qurratulain Chundriger, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Arsalan Ahmed, Nasir Ud Din Mar 2021

Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma: Clinicopathological Characteristics Of 8 Cases Of A Rare Vascular Tumor And Review Of Literature, Qurratulain Chundriger, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Arsalan Ahmed, Nasir Ud Din

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma (KHE) is a rare vascular tumor of intermediate malignant potential which shows locally aggressive growth but only rarely metastasizes. It is mostly considered to be a tumor of pediatric population but its occurrence in the adults is not uncommon as once considered. Histologically, KHE can mimic other soft tissue neoplasms of different behaviors (e.g. Kaposi Sarcoma, hemangioma) and establishing the correct diagnosis is important for appropriate treatment. Herein, we describe the clinicopathological features of 8 cases of KHE which will be helpful in making their diagnosis.
Methods: We reviewed pathology reports, microscopy glass slides and obtained ...


Trends In The Magnitude Of Chronic Conditions In Patients Hospitalized With A First Acute Myocardial Infarction, Mayra Tisminetzky, Ruben Miozzo, Joel M. Gore, Jerry H. Gurwitz, Darleen M. Lessard, Jorge Yarzebski, Edgard A. Granillo, Hawa Ozien Abu, Robert J. Goldberg Mar 2021

Trends In The Magnitude Of Chronic Conditions In Patients Hospitalized With A First Acute Myocardial Infarction, Mayra Tisminetzky, Ruben Miozzo, Joel M. Gore, Jerry H. Gurwitz, Darleen M. Lessard, Jorge Yarzebski, Edgard A. Granillo, Hawa Ozien Abu, Robert J. Goldberg

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Background: Among adults with heart disease, there is a high prevalence of concomitant chronic medical conditions. We studied patients with a first acute myocardial infarction to describe: sample population characteristics; trends of the most prevalent pairs of chronic conditions; and differences in hospital management according to burden of these morbidities.

Methods and Results: Patients (n = 1,564) hospitalized with an incident AMI at the 3 major medical centers in central Massachusetts during 2005, 2011, and 2015 comprised the study population. Hospital medical records were reviewed to identify 11 more prevalent chronic conditions. The median age of this population was 68 ...


Female Genital Tuberculosis In Pakistan - A Retrospective Review Of 10-Year Laboratory Data And Analysis Of 32 Cases, Tazeen Fatima, Rumina Hasan, Faisal Malik, Imran Ahmed, Linda Alice Bartlett, Michael G. Gravett, Sadia Shakoor Mar 2021

Female Genital Tuberculosis In Pakistan - A Retrospective Review Of 10-Year Laboratory Data And Analysis Of 32 Cases, Tazeen Fatima, Rumina Hasan, Faisal Malik, Imran Ahmed, Linda Alice Bartlett, Michael G. Gravett, Sadia Shakoor

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Female genital tuberculosis (FGTB) is an underobserved clinical entity owing to diagnostic challenges stemming from difficulty of obtaining diagnostic specimens and paucibacillary nature of the disease. Yet, FGTB is a cause of infertility, pelvic pain, or menstrual irregularities in high-burden countries. To assess laboratory and microbiology diagnostic utilization for FGTB in Pakistan, we have collected data from 2007 to 2016 to inform the need for improved laboratory diagnostics. The objectives of this study were to determine the proportion of FGTB as culture-confirmed extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) and to describe the characteristics of women with culture-confirmed FGTB in a nationwide laboratory ...


Gliosarcoma In Patients Under 20 Years Of Age. A Clinicopathologic Study Of 11 Cases And Detailed Review Of The Literature, Nasir Ud Din, Hira Ishtiaq, Shabina Rahim, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Zubair Ahmad Feb 2021

Gliosarcoma In Patients Under 20 Years Of Age. A Clinicopathologic Study Of 11 Cases And Detailed Review Of The Literature, Nasir Ud Din, Hira Ishtiaq, Shabina Rahim, Jamshid Abdul Ghafar, Zubair Ahmad

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Gliosarcoma is a rare variant of IDH- wild type glioblastoma with both glial and mesenchymal differentiation. It accounts for approximately 2% of glioblastomas and has a poor prognosis similar to that of classic glioblastoma. It is seen mostly between 40 and 60 years of age with a mean age over 50 years. Pediatric gliosarcoma is even rarer than gliosarcoma in adults. We describe the clinicopathological features of gliosarcoma in patients under 20 years of age and determine whether there are significant differences from gliosarcoma in adults. We also present detailed review of published literature on pediatric gliosarcoma.
Methods: Slides ...


Retiform Hemangioendothelioma: A Case Series And Review Of The Literature, Qurratulain Chundriger, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Shabina Rahim, Jamshid Abdul-Ghafar, Nasir Ud Din Feb 2021

Retiform Hemangioendothelioma: A Case Series And Review Of The Literature, Qurratulain Chundriger, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Shabina Rahim, Jamshid Abdul-Ghafar, Nasir Ud Din

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Background: Retiform Hemangioendothelioma (RH) is an extremely rare vascular tumor of intermediate biological behavior, which is prone to local recurrence but rarely shows metastasis to distant sites. It may harbor areas resembling Dabska tumor in some cases and angiosarcoma, which in its well differentiated form may exhibit similar pathological appearance in some areas, making it problematic to rule out a possibility of a malignant diagnosis on a core biopsy. Therefore, complete surgical resection with negative margins is essential for accurate diagnosis and local control.
Results: In our series, two of the three Pakistani cases were in females, with an age ...


A Surrogate Frax Model For Pakistan, G Naureen, H Johansson, Romaina Iqbal, Lena Jafri, Aysha Habib Khan, Masood Umer, E Liu, L Vandenput, M Lorentzon, N C. Harvey, E V. Mccloskey, J A. Kanis Feb 2021

A Surrogate Frax Model For Pakistan, G Naureen, H Johansson, Romaina Iqbal, Lena Jafri, Aysha Habib Khan, Masood Umer, E Liu, L Vandenput, M Lorentzon, N C. Harvey, E V. Mccloskey, J A. Kanis

Community Health Sciences

A surrogate FRAX® model for Pakistan has been constructed using age-specific hip fracture rates for Indians living in Singapore and age-specific mortality rates from Pakistan.
Introduction: FRAX models are frequently requested for countries with little or no data on the incidence of hip fracture. In such circumstances, the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and International Osteoporosis Foundation have recommended the development of a surrogate FRAX model, based on country-specific mortality data but using fracture data from a country, usually within the region, where fracture rates are considered to be representative of the index country.
Objective: This paper describes the development ...


Eccrine Spiradenoma: A Rare Adnexal Tumour With Atypical Presentation: A Case Report, Adnan Salim, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Sana Zeeshan Feb 2021

Eccrine Spiradenoma: A Rare Adnexal Tumour With Atypical Presentation: A Case Report, Adnan Salim, Muhammad Usman Tariq, Sana Zeeshan

Section of Neurosurgery

First described in 1934, eccrine spiradenoma (ES) is a rare, benign adnexal tumour arising from eccrine sweat glands. It commonly presents as a slow-growing nodule on the upper trunk, and head and neck region, mostly in the age bracket of 15-35 years, with no gender preference. While no established guidelines exist for optimal management of malignant ES, some therapies have been studied. The diagnosis of this entity is extremely important as it can harbour a malignant component with disastrous outcomes which may be missed due to its strong resemblance to benign lesions, such as a papilloma. Here, we present the ...


40-Year-Old Female With Sudden Onset Dyspnea, Breanna M. Kebort, Aleta Hong, Laura J. Bontempo, Zachary D. W. Dezman Feb 2021

40-Year-Old Female With Sudden Onset Dyspnea, Breanna M. Kebort, Aleta Hong, Laura J. Bontempo, Zachary D. W. Dezman

Open Access Publications by UMMS Authors

A 40-year-old female presented to the emergency department (ED) after the acute onset of dyspnea. The patient was tachypneic with accessory muscle usage and diffuse wheezing on initial examination. Despite aggressive treatment, the patient deteriorated and was intubated. This case takes the reader through the differential diagnosis and systematic workup of a patient presenting to the ED with dyspnea and arrives at the unexpected cause for this patient's presentation.


Association Of Presenting Symptoms With Abnormal Laboratory Values For Vector-Borne Illness — Experience In An Urban Gastroenterology Practice, Michael D. Erdman, Niloofar Kossari, Jessica Ye, Kristen H. Reynolds, Emily Blodget, B. Robert Mozayeni, Farshid Sam Rahbar Jan 2021

Association Of Presenting Symptoms With Abnormal Laboratory Values For Vector-Borne Illness — Experience In An Urban Gastroenterology Practice, Michael D. Erdman, Niloofar Kossari, Jessica Ye, Kristen H. Reynolds, Emily Blodget, B. Robert Mozayeni, Farshid Sam Rahbar

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Background: In the clinical setting, it is not common practice to consider a vector bite, such as from a tick or flea, to be a contributing factor to chronic digestive symptoms. This article investigates associations we have observed among symptomatic patients and positive blood tests for vector-borne illness (VBI).

Methods: Patients who visited an urban gastroenterology clinic over a 3-year period were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 270 patients presenting with a constellation of digestive symptoms — and who had no apparent digestive pathology and reported no prior diagnosis or treatments for VBI — were analyzed. Before the initial visit, all patients ...


An Examination Of Loop Diuretic Use In The Setting Of Acute Kidney Injury, Steven Jacobsen Jan 2021

An Examination Of Loop Diuretic Use In The Setting Of Acute Kidney Injury, Steven Jacobsen

Creative Components

Acute kidney injury is defined as a sudden reduction in GFR and is commonly diagnosed in critically ill patients. A lack of consensus regarding diagnostic criteria has made studying acute kidney injury a difficult task, and no standard of care currently exists in the literature. Historically, loop diuretics have been used as a primary mode of treatment in an attempt to restore normal renal function; however, limited studies have shown that treatment with loop diuretics does not improve renal function and may even increase the risk of in-hospital mortality. The goal of this paper is to review essential renal physiology ...


Goblet Cell Carcinoma Of The Appendix: A Case Report On Goblet Cell Carcinoid, Sheliza Kabani, Aubtin Saedi, Austin Lehr, Lina O'Brien Dec 2020

Goblet Cell Carcinoma Of The Appendix: A Case Report On Goblet Cell Carcinoid, Sheliza Kabani, Aubtin Saedi, Austin Lehr, Lina O'Brien

HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine

Goblet cell carcinoid of the appendix is a rare neoplasm with histological features of both neuroendocrine and adenocarcinomas. The combination of its aggressive behavior, infrequent occurrence, and variable clinical presentation convolutes the management of this tumor. We report the case of a 75-year-old female presenting with acute appendicitis. A laparoscopic appendectomy was performed. The pathology report showed goblet cell carcinoid at the base of the appendix with involvement of the proximal surgical margins. At her postoperative visit, the patient’s pathology report and options for management were reviewed, and the patient agreed to proceed with a right hemicolectomy 8-10 weeks ...


Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma: A Synthesis On Updated Guidelines For The Primary Care Perspective, Seetha Venkateswaran, Nicholas D'Angelo Dec 2020

Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma: A Synthesis On Updated Guidelines For The Primary Care Perspective, Seetha Venkateswaran, Nicholas D'Angelo

HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine

Cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is a condition wherein malignant cells form in the melanocytic cells. CMM is a potentially lethal form of skin cancer, commonly found in sun-exposed areas of the body. There are multiple risk factors for disease development, such as genetic mutation and UV radiation among others. Diagnosis and staging is important in determining disease morbidity and mortality. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) have their respective guidelines and consensus on diagnosis, staging and treatment. It is imperative to delineate and educate primary care physicians on CMM, as they ...


Prospective, Multicenter Study Of P4hb (Phasix) Mesh For Hernia Repair In Cohort At Risk For Complications: 3-Year Follow-Up, John Scott Roth, John R. Romanelli, Raymond M. Dunn Dec 2020

Prospective, Multicenter Study Of P4hb (Phasix) Mesh For Hernia Repair In Cohort At Risk For Complications: 3-Year Follow-Up, John Scott Roth, John R. Romanelli, Raymond M. Dunn

Open Access Publications by UMMS Authors

Background: This study represents a prospective, multicenter, open-label study to assess the safety, performance, and outcomes of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB, Phasix) mesh for primary ventral, primary incisional, or multiply-recurrent hernia in subjects at risk for complications. This study reports 3-year clinical outcomes.

Materials and methods: P4HB mesh was implanted in 121 patients via retrorectus or onlay technique. Physical exam and/or quality of life surveys were completed at 1, 3, 6,12, 18, 24, and 36 months, with 5-year (60-month) follow-up ongoing.

Results: A total of n = 121 patients were implanted with P4HB mesh (n = 75 (62%) female) with a mean ...


Screening, Brief Intervention, And Referral To Treatment For Pain Management For Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments For Musculoskeletal Disorders: Sbirt-Pm Study Protocol, Steve Martino, Christina Lazar, John Sellinger, Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, Brenda Fenton, Paul G. Barnett, Brad R. Brummett, Diana M. Higgins, Paul Holtzheimer, Kristin M. Mattocks, Tu Ngo, Thomas E. Reznik, Alicia M. Semiatin, Todd Stapley, Marc I. Rosen Dec 2020

Screening, Brief Intervention, And Referral To Treatment For Pain Management For Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments For Musculoskeletal Disorders: Sbirt-Pm Study Protocol, Steve Martino, Christina Lazar, John Sellinger, Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, Brenda Fenton, Paul G. Barnett, Brad R. Brummett, Diana M. Higgins, Paul Holtzheimer, Kristin M. Mattocks, Tu Ngo, Thomas E. Reznik, Alicia M. Semiatin, Todd Stapley, Marc I. Rosen

COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors

BACKGROUND: Veterans with significant chronic pain from musculoskeletal disorders are at risk of substance misuse. Veterans whose condition is the result of military service may be eligible for a disability pension. Department of Veterans Affairs compensation examinations, which determine the degree of disability and whether it was connected to military service, represent an opportunity to engage Veterans in pain management and substance use treatments. A multisite randomized clinical trial is testing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Pain Management (SBIRT-PM) for Veterans seeking compensation for musculoskeletal disorders. This telephone-based intervention is delivered through ...