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[Effect of amlodipine on systolic blood pressure - Results of a metaanalysis]

VARGA Albert

APRIL 21, 2004

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[Preliminary concept of the bill on protecting personal genetic data, on genetic research, on genetic test, screening, and on the biobanks]


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[Stroke is a highly prevalent disorder worldwide; it is the third main cause of death and the leading cause of severe disability. Recent data showed that 72-86% of cerebrovascular disorders are of ischaemic type. Arterial hypertension is the most prevalent risk factor for both haemorrhagic and ischaemic stroke, it is present in approximately 70% of cases. All forms of hypertension, isolated systolic or diastolic and combined hypertension increase stroke risk about 3-4 times and the relationship with systolic blood pressure may even be stronger than with diastolic blood pressure. Hypertension is very common after acute stroke. In this phase the cerebral autoregulation is disturbed in the region of focal brain ischaemia or haemorrhage such that cerebral blood flow is directly dependent on systemic blood pressure. It is therefore essential to avoid systemic hypotension in acute stroke patients and the reduction of high blood pressure may lower cerebral blood flow in the ischemic penumbra. Evidence from clinical data shows that control of blood pressure leads to lower risk of first or reccurent stroke and patients have shown beneficial effects especially of ACE inhibitors and diuretics. In the PROGRESS study both hypertensive and non-hypertensive cerebrovascular patients benefited from antihypertensive therapy. Previous results suggests that there may be additional beneficial effects of the ACEinhibitor therapy not related to blood pressure lowering in the prevention of stroke.]

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[Dogmas and anecdotes]

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[On the basis of relevant international literature the author presents the indications, contraindications, risks and results of the lung volume reduction surgery applicable in cases of therapyresistant end-stage COPD. These interventions, which require strong interdisciplinary cooperation of a pneumonologist, a thoracic surgeon, an anaesthesiologist and a physiotherapeutist were introduced in 1995 as a result of Cooper's study. A multicentric prospective study analysed the efficiency of this new surgical procedure. The results were evaluated in 2003 and it is important to be emphasised that in short term (3-6 months) and medium term (2-4 years) an improvement of lung function and of the quality of life can be observed in those patients who have heterogeneous emphysema, mainly in the upper lobe. Also, in case of homogenous emphysema this surgical procedure can be effective but perioperative mortality is higher and a deterioration in the health-state can occur as soon as six month after the intervention. The follow-up analyses of COPD patients with alpha- 1 antitrypsin deficiency show similarly moderate results. In Szombathely, Hungary 67 such interventions were carried out on 55 patients between 1997 and 2002, with a 4.4 % mortality rate which corresponds the international standard. Our own experience also supports the fact that in short and medium term the FEV1, RV, paO2, paCO2 and the quality of life take a positive change, the continuous O2-demand of patients will cease to exist and they regain parts of the former activity. The LVRS bears remarkable cost due to the use of staplers and surgical materials as well as longer hospital stay with the need of intensive care unit. Today in Hungary the LVRS is a realistic alternative in case of severe COPD to lung transplantation. The cost of an LVRS is maximum 10% of a lung transplantation. Patients having undergone an LVRS as well as patients unacceptable for LVRS may be suitable for lung transplantation.]

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[Dendritic cells represent important components of the innate and adaptive immune responses. Human dendritic cells can be divided into two major subsets: myeloid and plasmacytoid (lymphoid) dendritic cells. The unique function of the dendritic cells is to capture antigens, present and to activate the antigenic peptides to the T lymphocytes. Dendritic cells go through a maturation process both in vitro and in vivo. By the use of pathogenrecognition- receptors the immature dendritic cells sense diverse pathogens or their various components, or cellular factors produced by the infected neighboring non-dendritic cells, and maturation signals are transduced for the dendritic cells. The heterogeneity of the pathogen-recognition-receptors and the microbial stimuli initiate a broad range of interactions between dendritic cells and infectious agents. Dendritic cells infected with certain viruses produce only a few infectious particles, but express and present viral antigens to T lymphocytes and immune response is initiated (influenza virus). Dendritic cells infected with certain pathogens not only initiate immune response but also disseminate the pathogen (human immunodeficiency virus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis). Some pathogens are killed in the dendritic cells, but the antigens are presented to the T cells, and immune responses are induced (Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci). Dendritic cells capture antigens produced by infected neighbouring cells and present them to T lymphocytes, thus immune response is initiated (human cyto-megalovirus, herpes simplex virus). Dendritic cells are responsible for virus-induced immunosupp-ression; dendritic cells infected with certain pathogens form syncytia with T cells, thereby contribute to the suppression of T cell functions directed against opportunistic infections (measles virus). Dendritic cells can present not only foreign antigens but also self-antigens and when immature dendritic cells become mature upon exposure to inflammatory processes or to pathogens capable of activating them they can induce autoimmunity.]

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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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