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JUNE 20, 2005

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[Digital cross-sectional imaging techniques, especially computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) play an important role in the diagnosis of pathologic conditions affecting the head and neck. MRI, because of its superb soft tissue contrast resolution and multiplanar imaging ability gives the most information regarding the origin and the extent of a laesion, intracranial extension, perineural-, as well as bone marrow involvement and play key role in the management of different diseases. Careful observation of the characteristic radiological features usually leads to correct diagnosis, however, some of the lesions are not typical, looking very similar and can be difficult to differentiate from each other. The purpose of the present article is to provide an overview of the most common pathologic conditions examined with MRI.]



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[Report on the Hungarian gastroenterological endoscopic activity from 2004]

NAGY György, JUHÁSZ László

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ACZÉL Klára, DEÁK György, FARKAS Róbert, MAJOROS Gábor

[INTRODUCTION - Nematode infection of the eye occur only sporadically in the continental area. The pathogenic parasite in these cases is usually a Dirofilaria species, mostly D. repens. CASE REPORT - A case of human subconjunctival dirofilariosis is reported, where acquisition from abroad or animal contact in the background of the infection were excluded. The surgical removal of the entire living worm resulted in the complete cure of the patient. CONCLUSION - Knowing the occurrence of Dirofilaria infection of dogs and the increasing spread of the vector mosquitoes during the summer (in towns, too), the increasing occurrence of human dirofilariosis affecting the eye and orbital area in 10-20% of the cases must be taken into account.]

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[Statins, specific inhibitors of the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl- coenzyme A (HMG-CoA), decrease significantly pathologically elevated cholesterol levels. The effectiveness and the side effects of the different analogs depend on their inhibitory potency, lipid solubility, active uptake into the liver cells and on the difference in their metabolism. The statins can be divided into three groups on the basis of their clinical effectiveness: the highly effective agents are rosuvastatin and atorvastatin; simvastatin exhibits an intermediate activity, while lovastatin, pravastatin and fluvastatin are the least active drugs. The main metabolic pathways of the statins are oxidation and glucoronidation and finally the spontaneous inactivation by lactone ring formation of the glucoronidated products. Gemfibrozil increases the plasma level of all statin analogs by inhibiting the activity of UGT1A1 and UGT1A3 isoenzymes of the UDPglucoronosyltransferase. Therefore, when a statinfibrate combination is needed, fenofibrate and bezafibrate are recommended, the metabolism of which are linked to other UGT isoenzymes. Similarly elevated plasma levels are produced by inhibiting the specific cytochrome isoforms participating in the oxidation of a particular statin. Severe side effects are rarely observed. The most frequent adverse reaction is the development of myopathy of various severity. Using various statins rhabdomyolysis occurred in 0.0-0.3 cases /100 000 statin prescriptions if the already withdrawn cerivastatin is not considered. The statin+gemfibrozil combination increases the number of rhabdomyolysis approximately tenfold. The long-term benefit of statin therapy far exceeds the risk of the treatment. For achieving very low lipid target values even the most effective statins must be used in high doses. Nevertheless, this goal cannot be reached in about 20% of the cases. High dose statin treatment should be administered with the gradual increase of the dose, tight control of the patients and by meticulously selecting the drugs given simultaneously. Further development can be expected from the application of agents with new mechanisms of action, such as the cholesterol uptake inhibitor ezetimibe.]

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