Severe Symptoms, but a Truly Treatable Disease
BY NOURA MAHDI; DARRON LEWIS; JEREMY OSBORNE; &AHMED RAZIUDDIN, MDA 73-year-old man was brought to the emergency department from his nursing home for rectal bleeding and anemia. The patient mentioned he had had episodes of bright red rectal bleeding and constipation for a few months. A colonoscopy had been done prior to the visit, which revealed a large intestine tumor and biopsy confirming adenocarcinoma. He was awaiting an appointment with his surgeon.The patient reported bloody rectal leakage, and a CBC done at the nursing home showed a hemoglobin level of 7.2. He also complained of dyspnea but denied any other symptoms. He was alert and oriented to person, place, and time with no abnormal findings on physical exam aside from gross blood during the rectal examination. His past medical history was significant only for hyperlipidemia treated with simvastatin.His vitals were taken twice in the ED, and he had mild tachycardia that improved before admission. (See Figure 1.) The most important findings from his blood work was a RBC count of 2.11 m/ul and a hemoglobin of 5.5 g/dL. A transfusion of two units of packed red blood cells was ordered, which he received on the floor.Figure 1. The patient's vital signs at ED and hospital admission.The patient's labs were drawn again the next day, and his hemoglobin improved to 8.0 g/dL post-transfusion. A blood culture showed growth of Escherichia coli, revealing the patient's septic status apart from his rectal bleeding. He ...
Authors: Jothimani D, Daniel H, Danielraj S, Ramachandran H, Rela M PMID: 32738853 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Authors: Khan MY, Pandit S, Jayagopal PB, Oomman A, Chockalingam KC, Ramakrishnan A, Mane A, Mehta S, Shah S Abstract Background: Real-world data on the effectiveness of antihypertensive drugs (AHDs) in India is limited. The present study aims to provide updated evidence regarding the effectiveness of olmesartan as monotherapy or in combination with other AHDs in Indian patients with essential hypertension. Methods: Electronic medical record data of adult patients who were diagnosed with essential hypertension (≥140/90 mmHg) and were prescribed olmesartan as mono- or add-on therapy were retrospectively analy...
Authors: Singh S, Lohakare AC Abstract Objective: Leptin levels are increased in obesity and have been found to be strongly associated with obesity, increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and morbidity. While, carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is measured to predict atherosclerosis in early phase. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the leptin levels and CIMT in overweight and obese individuals. Methods: This cross-sectional study involving 95 subjects, was performed over a period of 1 year in the Department of Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow. Anthropometric measurements...
Conclusion: The venom of P. bundokalbo spider, an endemic tarantula species in the Philippines, contains components that were able to induce either apoptosis or necrosis in A549 cells.
Publication date: Available online 2 August 2020Source: Antiviral ResearchAuthor(s): Darci R. Smith, Connie S. Schmaljohn, Catherine Badger, Kristen Ostrowski, Xiankun Zeng, Sheila D. Grimes, Jonathan O. Rayner
CONCLUSION: The video laryngoscope occupies a prominent position in cases in which access to the airway is difficult. In the present case it was useful. It can be used as first choice or as a rescue technique. The video laryngoscope is an appropriate alternative and should be available for facing the ever-challenging difficult airway patient. PMID: 32736863 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Publication date: Available online 2 August 2020Source: International Journal of Africa Nursing SciencesAuthor(s): Beatrice A.A. Bekui, Lydia Aziato, Lillian Akorfa Ohene, Magdalena S. Richter
Conclusions: Cough is the most frequent presenting complaint in general practice. Infections are the most frequent causes of acute cough regardless of the chest X-ray findings. PMID: 32736491 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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