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CSERNI Gábor, BORI Rita, BOROSS Gábor, FRANK Emil, LÓRÁND Katalin, SERÉNYI Péter, LENGYEL Mária, KOVÁCS Károly, HALÁSZ Mátyás

JULY 20, 2006

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[INTRODUCTION - The mortality of lung cancer is high, but with early diagnosis the disease can often be cured. The differential diagnosis of pulmonary carcinoma is widely diverse. CASE REPORT - In a 53-year-old male patient, who had been successfully treated for pneumonia complicated with thoracic empyema, both a CT scan and bronchoscopy raised the suspicion of a malignant tumour. Brush cytology was inconclusive; it raised the possibility of malignancy but was not felt diagnostic of a malignant process, whereas biopsy revealed only inflammatory changes. After right lower lobectomy, actinomycosis was diagnosed by histology. This case is used in the paper as an opportunity to discuss the pseudotumorous presentation of thoracic actinomycosis. CONCLUSION - Pulmonary and thoracic actinomycosis is rare, but due to its ability to simulate tumours, it is an important disease to consider in the differential diagnosis of lung cancer.]



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[Over the past decade, the use of noninvasive ventilation in the setting of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has gained popularity, and is recommended by evidence-based guidelines. The evidence that it should be effective in chronic COPD is much weaker, and large, prospective, randomised, controlled studies that would also provide a guide for the selection of the best candidates, are still lacking. It has bee established, however, that home mechanical ventilation is certainly beneficial for a well-defined subgroup of patients. This includes the so called “blue bloater” patients (with hypercapnia and polyglobulia), other cases with increased hypercapnia, and patients with "overlapping" syndrome (COPD accompanied by sleep apnoe). Also, for patients with acute respiratory failure who refuse intratracheal intubation noninvasive mechanical ventilation remains the only choice. The past years have unequivocally proved the superiority of the positive pressure ventilation mode for either short term or long term use.]

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[Interdisciplinary forum of MOTESZ - Budapest, 23-25th March, 2006.]


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[Recent data suggest that the copper-containing semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase enzyme (SSAO) may play a role in vascular endothelial damage through conversion of certain endogenous monoamines, such as methylamine, into cytotoxic aldehydes, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. SSAO is present in various human tissues and in the serum. Elevated SSAO activities have been reported in patients with both types of diabetes mellitus. We have demonstrated that the activity of serum SSAO is significantly higher in type 2 diabetic patients with high-risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy compared to those without retinopathy. Our clinical results support the hypothesis that elevated SSAO activity may be involved in the pathogenesis of microvascular diabetic late complications, such as retinopathy. The enzymatic conversion of the endogenous monoamines (e.g. methylamine, aminoacetone) into toxic aldehydes and hydrogenperoxide may be one of the possible mechanisms of the development of microangiopathy. Also, the vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1) function of the molecule can cause leukostasis and leukocyte activation through increased leukocyte adhesion, resulting in worsening of the capillary circulation and hypoxia. Further prospective, larger studies are needed to elucidate the role of the possible association between serum SSAO activity and highrisk proliferative retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. The pharmacological manipulation of SSAO activity might be an interesting new concept for prevention and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.]

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KAZY Zoltán, PUHÓ Erzsébet, CZEIZEL Endre

[INTRODUCTION - The primary aim of the study was to investigate the possibility of a teratogenic effect of vaginal metronidazole treatment during pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS - Various congenital abnormalities and all (1-3) their matched controls were analysed in the population-based database of the Hungarian Case-Control Surveillance of Congenital Abnormalities between 1980 and 1996. The study group comprised 38 151 pregnant women who had newborns without any congenital abnormalities (control group) and 22 843 pregnant women who had newborns or fetuses with congenital abnormalities. Main outcome measures were analysed in 22 congenital abnormalities groups. The use of metronidazole during the second and third trimesters being common, the secondary objective of the study was to analyse the effect of vaginal metronidazole treatment (500 mg of Klion) on gestational age and birth weight in the control group without congenital abnormalities. RESULTS - The prevalence of vaginal metronidazole treatment during pregnancy was 1.7% in the case group (n=388) and 1.5% in the control group (n=570) (odds ratio (OR), 1.1, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.0-1.3). Comparisons of cases and their matched controls showed an association between vaginal metronidazole treatment during the second and third months of gestation and congenital hydrocephaly (adjusted OR with 95% CI, 10.7, 1.1-104.5), but this was only based on five cases. The analysis of metronidazole treatment reported by the physicians did not confirm this association. After metronidazole use the mean gestational age was slightly shorter (by 0.1 week) and the mean birth weight was also slightly lower (by 40g) in the treated group. CONCLUSION - This finding should only be regarded as an indication for a possible association between vaginal treatment with metronidazole during pregnancy and congenital hydrocephalus. The results showed that vaginal metronidazole treatment alone was not able to prevent a possible vaginal infection that is associated with preterm birth, and that the prevalence of low birth weight was higher among treated women. The protective effect of metronidazole on preterm birth and low birth weight was not confirmed.]

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