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[The Effects of Blood Pressure Reduction on Intracranial and Extracranial Hemorrhages in Antithrombotic Therapy Patients: the PROGRESS Study]

VÁRALLYAY Zoltán

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Hypertension and nephrology - 2014;18(03-04)

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ROKONAY Réka, SZIKSZ Erna, LIPPAI Rita, PAP Domonkos, VERES-SZÉKELY Apor, REUSZ György, SZABÓ Attila, VANNAY Ádám

[Myofibroblasts are the main effector cells of tissue fibrosis in chronic kidney disease. These cells are the main source of collagen rich extracellular matrix in the fibrous tissue. Recent hypotheses suggest that pericytes are the major progenitors of myofibroblasts. Platelet derived growth factor, transforming growth factor β and Wingless/Int signaling pathways play important role in pericyte activation. There are experimental evidences that blocking this pathways inhibits tissue fibrosis, therefore they might be targets for the development of antifibrotic drugs in the future.]

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[Importance of Reynolds-score system on cardiovascular risk assessment]

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[The author summarizes knowledge about Reynolds risk assessment system based on data of references and own experiences. The first part of article is about how the results of study of pathogenesis of atherosclerosis were converted into new risk assessment systems. One result of this process is the Reynolds system wich is consisted of traditional riks factors, high sensitive C-reactive protein and the patients’ family medical history. He demonstrates essence of Reynolds system and process of it’s validity. The author deals with comparison of Reynolds system with other traditional risk assessment systems. The practical issues of application of Reynolds system are detailed in the conclusion of the article.]

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[The Spring Congress of the Hungarian Society of Hypertension Budapest, 17 May 2014]

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[Serum uric acid in primary hypertension: cause or consequence? - Data from SEPHAR II Survey]

DOROBANTU Maria, TAUTU Oana-Florentina, BUZAS Roxana, LIGHEZAN Daniel

[Objectives: To evaluate a possible link between serum uric acid (SUA) levels, arterial stiffness and atherogenic index of plasma on one hand and renal function on the other and to test the role of SUA in the assessment of total cardiovascular risk. Materials and methods: We studied serum uric acid levels (SUA) in 1975 subjects included in SEPHAR II survey. We measured arterial stiffness parameters, calculated atherogenic index of plasma and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) by MDRD and CKD-EPI formulae and assessed total cardiovascular risk according to current ESH-ESC risk stratification chart. Results: The highest SUA values were recorded in subjects with grade III HT and were correlated with increased arterial stiffness and with increased atherogenic index of plasma. The lowest eGRF values, assessed by both MDRD and CKD-EPI, were observed among subjects with hyperuricemia and a significant indirect correlation between SUA and eGFR was evidenced. A proportional correlation between SUA values and total CV risk was also obtained. Conclusions: The study supports SUA implication in the pathogenesis of elevated blood pressure and the role of uric acid as a cardiovascular risk factor, particularly for the development of hypertension and renal disease.]

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Although vertigo is one of the most common complaints, intracranial malignant tumors rarely cause sudden asymmetry between the tone of the vestibular peripheries masquerading as a peripheral-like disorder. Here we report a case of simultaneous temporal bone infiltrating macro-metastasis and disseminated multi-organ micro-metastases presenting as acute unilateral vestibular syndrome, due to the reawakening of a primary gastric signet ring cell carcinoma. Purpose – Our objective was to identify those pathophysiological steps that may explain the complex process of tumor reawakening, dissemination. The possible causes of vestibular asymmetry were also traced. A 56-year-old male patient’s interdisciplinary medical data had been retrospectively analyzed. Original clinical and pathological results have been collected and thoroughly reevaluated, then new histological staining and immunohistochemistry methods have been added to the diagnostic pool. During the autopsy the cerebrum and cerebellum was edematous. The apex of the left petrous bone was infiltrated and destructed by a tumor mass of 2x2 cm in size. Histological reexamination of the original gastric resection specimen slides revealed focal submucosal tumorous infiltration with a vascular invasion. By immunohistochemistry mainly single infiltrating tumor cells were observed with Cytokeratin 7 and Vimentin positivity and partial loss of E-cadherin staining. The subsequent histological examination of necropsy tissue specimens confirmed the disseminated, multi-organ microscopic tumorous invasion. Discussion – It has been recently reported that the expression of Vimentin and the loss of E-cadherin is significantly associated with advanced stage, lymph node metastasis, vascular and neural invasion and undifferentiated type with p<0.05 significance. As our patient was middle aged and had no immune-deficiency, the promoting factor of the reawakening of the primary GC malignant disease after a 9-year-long period of dormancy remained undiscovered. The organ-specific tropism explained by the “seed and soil” theory was unexpected, due to rare occurrence of gastric cancer to metastasize in the meninges given that only a minority of these cells would be capable of crossing the blood brain barrier. Patients with past malignancies and new onset of neurological symptoms should alert the physician to central nervous system involvement, and the appropriate, targeted diagnostic and therapeutic work-up should be established immediately. Targeted staining with specific antibodies is recommended. Recent studies on cell lines indicate that metformin strongly inhibits epithelial-mesenchymal transition of gastric cancer cells. Therefore, further studies need to be performed on cases positive for epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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[This consensus document is intended to provide guidance for the effective and efficient treatment of asymptomatic individuals with high uric acid levels and gout patients.]