Lege Artis Medicinae

[A new medical field is born - The first world congress of immuno-genomics, Budapest]

PÓS Zoltán, WIENER Zoltán

DECEMBER 20, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(12)

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[LETHAL SEPTIC INFECTION IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS]

BÉLY Miklós, APÁTHY Ágnes

[INTRODUCTION - The lethal septic infection was studied in a randomized (non-selected) autopsy population of 234 in-patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The patients died at the National Institute of Rheumatology between 1970 and 1999. PATIENTS AND METHOD - The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of lethal septic infection with or without purulent arthritis in rheumatoid arthritis; the relationship between purulent arthritis and lethal septic infection; the clinically missed diagnosis of lethal septic infection and purulent arthritis; the influence of the main complications and associated diseases on lethal septic infection with and without purulent arthritis; the pathogens in lethal septic infection; and the clinico-laboratory parameters associated with lethal septic infection in rheumatoid arthritis. RESULTS - Lethal septic infection was found in 31 (13.24%) of 234 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Purulent arthritis complicated lethal septic infection in 15 (6.4%) of 31 patients. There was a significant association between lethal septic infection and purulent arthritis. Sepsis was detected clinically in 17 of 31 lethal cases and purulent arthritis was detected 9 of 15 septic infection complicated with suppurative articular processes. The coexistent complications (systemic vasculitis, AA amyloidosis), and associated diseases (tuberculosis with or without miliary dissemination, malignant tumors, diabetes mellitus) did not influence the prevalence of septic infection. The most frequent pathogenic agents were: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella species, Streptococcus species. The patients with septic infection had significantly lower levels of beta-globulin, and higher values of Waaler-Rose or latex fixation test in comparison to patients without septic infection or without complications. CONCLUSION - Lethal septic infection may exist in rheumatoid arthritis without the classical clinical symptoms of sepsis, and clinically latent suppurative processes may be found at autopsy. The missed clinical diagnosis of a fatal complication is explained by the weak immune response and atypical clinical symptoms of elderly patients mainly treated with steroids and immunosuppressive drugs.]

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[THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPRESSIVE MOOD OF PARENTS AND THE BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS OF THE CHILD]

HAJNAL Ágnes, SUSÁNSZKY Éva, SZÁNTÓ Zsuzsa, CSOBOTH Csilla

[INTRODUCTION - In this article we analyze the relationships between behavior problems of adolescents and depressed mood of their parents based on literature review and on our own questionnaire surveys. METHODS - We present the data from two surveys conducted among Hungarian adolescents. The first survey was conducted among 1604 young women students, aged of 15-19 years. The second survey included 502 high school students in Budapest. Both surveys were aimed at the lifestyle, health behavior, risk behavior, and emotional state, as well as the social-economic status and family background of the adolescents. Data of both surveys were analyzed using the SPSS 8.0 statistical program package. The association between the mood category of mothers and fathers and the risk factors and emotional state indicators of their children were tested with χ2 tests, as well as the indicators of students whose parents were not treated for depression. RESULTS - Data from both surveys suggest that there are close relationships between the negative mood states of the parents and the behavior problems of their children, especially between the mood of mothers and the behavioral and emotional state of daughters. CONCLUSIONS - Our research data call attention to the phenomenon that girls react explicitly and quite sensitively to the mood state of their mothers while the boys’ behavioral and emotional states are less responsive to their parents’ mood. On the other hand, boys react more intensively to the emotional instability of their fathers than to the instability of their mothers.]

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[THE PRACTICE AND PROBLEMS OF EVIDENCED BASED DRUG TREATMENT]

KERPEL-FRONIUS Sándor

[The organization, the budget and the practical delivery of modern healthcare are all based upon the sum of available evidences. However, in the individualized drug therapeutic decisions beside the external evidences the personal experience of the treating physician as well as the preferences and expectations of the patients must be represented with equal emphasis. Without the interaction of these three modern, patient oriented medicine is not conceivable. Evidenced based drug application is primarily based upon the results of prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trials. The individual experiences and the systematic observations represent the lowest level of the evidence hierarchy. The results of the clinical studies are expressed as the absolute difference of the results of the treated and control groups and as relative values relating the outcome of the experimental group to the control, respectively. In practice the easily interpretable term "number needed to treat" is widely used. It shows how many patients have to be treated relative to the control group in order to observe the expected therapeutic outcome in one case. The wealth of evidences cannot be efficiently used without systematization in the daily practice. Therefore, the data collected from the independent publications containing the primary evidences are subjected to a joint statistical evaluation. Thereafter, the results are combined in systematic reviews by independent experts following thorough weighting without prejudice. Then short summaries, more easily and rapidly digested by practicing physicians are made according to the same principle. They are restricted to the presentation of the problem, the tabulation of the summarized data and the conclusion. It is expected that in the future systems combining the electronically stored patient's data with external evidences making possible the patient oriented presentation of the sum and hierarchy of evidences will be extensively used.]

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[BOUVERET’S SYNDROME]

KESZTHELYI László, FÓGEL Kristóf, VADINSZKY Péter, SÁVOLT Ákos, PŐCZE Balázs, BALOGH István

[INTRODUCTION - Gallstone ileus is a rare disorder among elderly population. The gallstone coming through a bilioenteral fistula into the gastrointestinal tract is stuck into the duodenal lumen causing ileus in approximately 0,5% of all cases. The syndrome is named after Bouveret, the first describer. CASE REPORT - Author present the case of 72 year old female patient with known cholelithiasis. Investigations proved existing cholelithiasis causing the patient abdominal pain one year before admission but she gave no consent to surgical intervention. An emergency admission to our department occurred after four days of abdominal pain and vomiting. The clinical status of the patient and abdominal X-ray examination suggested stomach evacuation disturbance. Double contrast barium swallow test and gastroscopy proved bowel obstruction caused by a gallstone. During surgery gastrotomy and the removal of gallstone was carried out. There were no postoperative complications and the patient was discharged home. CONCLUSION - Cholelithiasis should be resolved at any chosen time well before complications may occur. The simultaneous appearance of stomach evacuation problems and cholelithiasis should draw attention to this rare disease.]

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[SEPSIS AS A NEW DISEASE - PROBLEMS IN HUNGARY]

LUDWIG Endre

[In our current understanding sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome to infections mediated by cytokines, an uncontrolled progression which may result in multiorgan failure and in the final stage septic shock. There are no pathognomic clinical signs or laboratory parameters in the early stage of sepsis and the diagnosis can be easily missed if the possibility is overlooked. One of the crucial points of therapy is early diagnosis: the mortality rate of severe sepsis is about 20% and that of septic shock is about 40-50%. The cornerstones of the therapy are the eradication of the focus of sepsis (surgical intervention and antimicrobial treatment), standard intensive care and the intervention in the pathophysiological process of sepsis. For successful treatment a multidisciplinary approach is required: only the early diagnosis and the teamwork of different specialists can decrease the mortality rate that is higher in Hungary than the international average.]

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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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[Background – Dizziness is one of the most frequent complaints when a patient is searching for medical care and resolution. This can be a problematic presentation in the emergency department, both from a diagnostic and a management standpoint. Purpose – The aim of our study is to clarify what happens to patients after leaving the emergency department. Methods – 879 patients were examined at the Semmel­weis University Emergency Department with vertigo and dizziness. We sent a questionnaire to these patients and we had 308 completed papers back (110 male, 198 female patients, mean age 61.8 ± 12.31 SD), which we further analyzed. Results – Based on the emergency department diagnosis we had the following results: central vestibular lesion (n = 71), dizziness or giddiness (n = 64) and BPPV (n = 51) were among the most frequent diagnosis. Clarification of the final post-examination diagnosis took several days (28.8%), and weeks (24.2%). It was also noticed that 24.02% of this population never received a proper diagnosis. Among the population only 80 patients (25.8%) got proper diagnosis of their complaints, which was supported by qualitative statistical analysis (Cohen Kappa test) result (κ = 0.560). Discussion – The correlation between our emergency department diagnosis and final diagnosis given to patients is low, a phenomenon that is also observable in other countries. Therefore, patient follow-up is an important issue, including the importance of neurotology and possibly neurological examination. Conclusion – Emergency diagnosis of vertigo is a great challenge, but despite of difficulties the targeted and quick case history and exact examination can evaluate the central or peripheral cause of the balance disorder. Therefore, to prevent declination of the quality of life the importance of further investigation is high.]

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[The Comprehensive Aphasia Test in Hungarian]

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[In this paper we present the Comprehensive Aphasia Test-Hungarian (CAT-H; Zakariás and Lukács, in preparation), an assessment tool newly adapted to Hungarian, currently under standardisation. The test is suitable for the assessment of an acquired language disorder, post-stroke aphasia. The aims of this paper are to present 1) the main characteristics of the test, its areas of application, and the process of the Hungarian adaptation and standardisation, 2) the first results from a sample of Hungarian people with aphasia and healthy controls. Ninety-nine people with aphasia, mostly with unilateral, left hemisphere stroke, and 19 neurologically intact control participants were administered the CAT-H. In addition, we developed a questionnaire assessing demographic and clinical information. The CAT-H consists of two parts, a Cognitive Screening Test and a Language Test. People with aphasia performed significantly worse than the control group in all language and almost all cognitive subtests of the CAT-H. Consistent with our expectations, the control group performed close to ceiling in all subtests, whereas people with aphasia exhibited great individual variability both in the language and the cognitive subtests. In addition, we found that age, time post-onset, and type of stroke were associated with cognitive and linguistic abilities measured by the CAT-H. Our results and our experiences clearly show that the CAT-H provides a comprehensive profile of a person’s impaired and intact language abilities and can be used to monitor language recovery as well as to screen for basic cognitive deficits in aphasia. We hope that the CAT-H will be a unique resource for rehabilitation professionals and aphasia researchers in aphasia assessment and diagnostics in Hungary. ]

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VASAS Lívia, GEGES József

[Three decades ago, LAM was launched with the goal of providing scientific information about medicine and its frontiers. From the very beginning, LAM has also concerned a special subject area while connecting medicine with the world of art. In the palette of medical articles, it remained a special feature to this day. The analysis of the history of LAM to date was performed using internationally accepted publication guidelines and scientific databases as a pledge of objectivity. We examined the practice of LAM if it meets the main criteria, the professional expectations of our days, when publishing contents of the traditional printed edition and its electronic version. We explored the visibility of articles in the largest bibliographic and scientific metric databases, and reviewed the LAM's place among the Hun­ga­rian professional journals. Our results show that in recent years LAM has gained international reputation des­pite publishing in Hungarian spoken by a few people. This is due to articles with foreign co-authors as well as references to LAM in articles written exclusively by foreign researchers. The journal is of course full readable in the Hungarian bibliographic databases, and its popularity is among the leading ones. The great virtue of the journal is the wide spectrum of the authors' affiliation, with which they cover almost completely the Hungarian health care institutional sys­tem. The special feature of its columns is enhanced by the publication of writings on art, which may increase Hungarian and foreign interest like that of medical articles.]