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[63th Congress of the American Diabetes Association]


AUGUST 20, 2003

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2003;13(06)



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[Current status of lung transplantation in Hungary in adults based on gudelines]

LANG György, VADÁSZ Pál, AGÓCS László, CSISZÉR Eszter, CZEBE Krisztina, KLEPETKO Walter

[During the last decade lung transplantation became an accepted treatment option for endstage lung disease of different origin. Technical problems of the early period have been solved completely during the course of time and the operation has found its place as a routine procedure. The shortage of donor lungs has stimulated the development of new operative techniques. Parallel to achievements in surgical treatment, significant progress in immunosuppressive therapy was obtained. Long-term survival following lung transplantation however remains limited by the onset of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. Since Vienna serves as a leading centre for lung transplantation in Middle-Europe, between 05/03/1996 and 17/01/2003 21 Hungarian patients underwent lung transplantation here. In close co-operation with the Vienna Lung Transplant Group, the Hungarian specialists prepare for introduction of lung transplantation in Hungary.]

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[On the transplantation of umbilical cord stem cells]


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[Motor vehicle accident with complete loss of consciousness due to vasovagal syncope]

VARGA Emma, WÓRUM Ferenc, SZABÓ Zoltán, VARGA Mihály, BARTA Kitti, LŐRINCZ István

[INTRODUCTION - Vasovagal syncope is one of the most common causes of complete or partial loss of consciousness, causing harm to drivers or innocent bystanders. CASE REPORT - In our case, we report the case of a 60-year-old man who was admitted to hospital after a serious motor vehicle accident due to loss of consciousness. The process and results of complete cardiologic and neurological assessment are presented. The case report illustrates the importance of recognition of patients with a high risk for incapacitating symptoms due to vasodepressor type vasovagal syncope as well as the use of head-up tilt-table test to determine the diagnosis and also to guide combined management. CONCLUSION - As transient loss of consciousness during driving may cause potentially fatal accident, it has to be taken into consideration during decision making when issuing driving license for patients with vasovagal syncope.]

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[The connection between gastroesophageal reflux disease and obstructive sleep apnoea]

DEMETER Pál, VÁRDI Visy Katalin

[Clinical knowledge on the gastroesophageal reflux disease has been increased with the subject of extragastrointestinal complications in the last decade. Because of cardiological, pulmonological, laryngeal and dental complications, an interdisciplinary approach is required. The non-cardiac chest pain, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic caugh, posterior laryngitis and acidic damage of dental enamel are the most important complications. Authors study a less common connection between the gastroesophageal reflux disease and obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleeping can be considered as a risk factor of the reflux event by itself, because of the decrease of primary peristalsis, producing of saliva, and acidic and volume clearance of oesophagus as well. During obstructive sleep apnoea negative intrathoracic pressure increases extremely, resulting in increased transdiaphragmatic gradient of pressure as well. In addition, the powerful movement of diaphragm twitches the lower oesophageal sphincter through the phrenoesophageal ligament. These two mechanism practically promotes the reflux event in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The new challenge for the gastroenterologists is to further research this new connection, to play more active role in the complex therapy, and to have a new diagnostic approach of serious gastroesophageal reflux disease.]

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SENGUL Yildizhan, KOCAK Müge, CORAKCI Zeynep, SENGUL Serdar Hakan, USTUN Ismet

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Interest in the hippocampal formation and its role in navigation and memory arose in the second part of the 20th century, at least in part due to the curious case of Henry G. Molaison, who underwent brain surgery for intractable epilepsy. The temporal association observed between the removal of his entorhinal cortex along with a significant part of hippocampus and the developing severe memory deficit inspired scientists to focus on these regions. The subsequent discovery of the so-called place cells in the hippocampus launched the description of many other functional cell types and neuronal networks throughout the Papez-circuit that has a key role in memory processes and spatial information coding (speed, head direction, border, grid, object-vector etc). Each of these cell types has its own unique characteristics, and together they form the so-called “Brain GPS”. The aim of this short survey is to highlight for practicing neurologists the types of cells and neuronal networks that represent the anatomical substrates and physiological correlates of pathological entities affecting the limbic system, especially in the temporal lobe. For that purpose, we survey early discoveries along with the most relevant neuroscience observations from the recent literature. By this brief survey, we highlight main cell types in the hippocampal formation, and describe their roles in spatial navigation and memory processes. In recent decades, an array of new and functionally unique neuron types has been recognized in the hippocampal formation, but likely more remain to be discovered. For a better understanding of the heterogeneous presentations of neurological disorders affecting this anatomical region, insights into the constantly evolving neuroscience behind may be helpful. The public health consequences of diseases that affect memory and spatial navigation are high, and grow as the population ages, prompting scientist to focus on further exploring this brain region.

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The effects of the level of spinal cord injury on life satisfaction and disability

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Introduction - Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may often lead to significant disability in affected individuals and reduce life satisfaction. Herein we aimed to investigate the effects of the level of injury on disability and life satisfaction as well as the relation between life satisfaction and disability. Methods - Patients with at least one-year history of SCI were included. Demographic-clinical data of patients were recorded. The Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique-Short Form (CHART-SF) was used for quantifying the degree of patients’ disability. Life satisfaction was assessed by the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS). Results - Of the 76 patients, 21 (27.6%) were tetraplegic and 55 (72.4%) were paraplegic. SWLS was found to be similar in tetraplegic vs. paraplegic patients (P=0.59), whereas CHART parameters such as physical independence, mobility, occupation, and total CHART value were significantly higher in paraplegic patients (P=0.04, P=0.04, P=0.001 and P=0.01, respectively). Social integration was found similarly high in both groups. There was a positive correlation between elapsed time after the injury and CHART physical independence, occupation and the level of economic sufficiency (P<0.01, P<0.01, P=0.01). Excluding the economic sufficiency (P=0.02), there was not any other association between the rest of CHART parameters and SWLS. Conclusions - According to our findings, although the level of injury seems to be influential on disability, it seems to have no significant effect on life satisfaction. Since the only thing that positively affects life satisfaction is economic sufficiency, more emphasis should be placed on regulations that increase the return to work in patients.

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[Affective temperaments (cyclothymic, hypertymic, depressive, anxious, irritable) are stable parts of personality and after adolescent only their minor changes are detectable. Their connections with psychopathology is well-described; depressive temperament plays role in major depression, cyclothymic temperament in bipolar II disorder, while hyperthymic temperament in bipolar I disorder. Moreover, scientific data of the last decade suggest, that affective temperaments are also associated with somatic diseases. Cyclothymic temperament is supposed to have the closest connection with hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension is higher parallel with the presence of dominant cyclothymic affective temperament and in this condition the frequency of cardiovascular complications in hypertensive patients was also described to be higher. In chronic hypertensive patients cyclothymic temperament score is positively associated with systolic blood pressure and in women with the earlier development of hypertension. The background of these associations is probably based on the more prevalent presence of common risk factors (smoking, obesity, alcoholism) with more pronounced cyclothymic temperament. The scientific importance of the research of the associations of personality traits including affective temperaments with somatic disorders can help in the identification of higher risk patient subgroups.]