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[Disorders of despair]


OCTOBER 20, 2010

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2010;20(10)



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[Why are the screening facilities in Hungary unexploited?]

DÖBRŐSSY Lajos, KOVÁCS Attila, DÖBRŐSSY Bence, BUDAI András, BONCZ Imre, MARGITAI Barnabás, KOÓS Tamás

[In Hungary, as a component of the National Public Health Programme, the “supply side” of the organised mass screening for early detection of some cancers has been established which would be capable of carrying out - in time periods set by the state-of-the-art - the regular screening of the population eligible by age. Unfortunately, the stated objectives of the programme have not fulfiled because the “demand side”, that is the compliance of the target population with the offered screening has remained far below the expectations. As a consequence, both the effectiveness and economic viability of the programme are damaged. The paper is to single out the possible causes: crudeness of concept of “organised screening”, the limited accessibility of sevices, anomalies of hralth care system, and, above all, some psychological side-effects of screening process.]

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[A new DPP-IV inhibitor: saxagliptin]

KIS János Tibor, MÉSZÁROS Gabriella

[Saxagliptin is a selective, potent inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase-IV (DPP-IV). By inhibiting DPP-IV, saxagliptin reduces the degradation of endogenous incretin hormones, resulting in increased glucose-dependent insulin and decreased glucagon secretion from the pancreas islets. Clinical trials of saxagliptin as monotherapy and as combination therapy with other oral antidiabetic medications including metformin, glibenclamide, glipizide, pioglitazone and rosiglitazone have demonstrated clinical benefits in different glycaemic endpoints. Due to its glucose- dependent mechanism of action, saxagliptin as monotherapy or in combination with metformin results in a very low risk for hypoglycemia. It has also been shown to be generally well-tolerated, with not having any relevant effect on weight. The authors summarize the most important saxagliptin trials.]

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[Concomitant occurrence of multiple myeloma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma]


[We report a case of a 50-year-old male patient, in whom the coexistence of multiple myeloma and diffuse large B cell lymphoma was confirmed. In December 2007, the patient was admitted to the department of internal medicine with fatigue resulting from mild anemia. A tumor of the left testis was discovered, and after semicastration diffuse large B cell lymphoma was diagnosed by histopathological analysis (clinical stage: II/EB). Examination of the bone marrow revealed a plasmocytic infiltrate of 60%, while 36.1 g/l IgG-kappa paraprotein was found in the peripheric blood, fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of multiple myeloma (Durie-Salmon stage: I). The patient received six cycles of rituximab- CHOP-21 chemotherapy for diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Following a transient improvement, the multiple myeloma showed progression, therefore we switched to VTD protocol (bortezomib, thalidomid, dexamethason). The patient underwent high dose chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Both hematologic diseases showed complete remission. Both tumour samples were tested for immunoglobulin heavy-chain rearrangement by polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequence analysis, according to which the possibility for clonal relationship between multiple myeloma and diffuse large B cell lymphoma could not be confirmed.]

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