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[In the focus: sleep disturbances]


JANUARY 21, 2006

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2006;16(01)



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[People get fat - fats die out]

NAGY Viktor

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[New clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer contain important advancements. It is necessary therefore that these novelties are widely known by health care professionals. With an existing X-ray screening network in Hungary, we have a unique chance to discover lung malignancies in an early stage in the population. Annual screening is recommended in risk groups over 40 years of age using a nation wide established digital screening network technology. In the therapy of small cell lung cancer there has been no major advance in the past ten years. However, by today, the number of small cell lung cancer patients represent only about 15% of all lung cancer cases. There have been advancements in other fields of the therapy of non small cell lung cancer. Third generation cytotoxic agents used in a platinum based chemotherapy protocol improved quality of life, response rate and survival time. Radiochemotherapy used in locally advanced stages also represented a step forward. In early stage of non small cell lung cancer it has been revealed that significantly improved survival time can be reached with adjuvant combined cytotoxic chemotherapy. Based on these results adjuvant chemotherapy became part of the therapeutic protocol. The use of molecular targeted chemotherapy in the clinical practice of non small cell lung cancer treatment is also a novelty. New therapeutic approaches are epidermal growth factor inhibitors, angiogenesis inhibitors, antivascular, signal transduction modifiers, apoptosis inducing, eicosanoid signal transduction modifiers and immunotherapeutic drugs. Placebo controlled trials have proved the effectiveness of the epidermal growth factor tyrosine kinase inhibitor erlotinib in the second and third line therapy of non small cell lung cancer and can be administered in the European Union in this indication. The improvement in the complex care of lung cancer patients in Hungary is characterized by the gradual increase in the prevalence data, meaning the gradual increase of the number of lung cancer patients still alive.]

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HARANGI Mariann, MÁTYUS János, NAGY Erzsébet, NAGY Emőke, PARAGH György, BALLA József, OLÁH V. Anna

[INTRODUCTION - Sulfhemoglobinemia (SHb) is an uncommon cause of cyanosis that is predominantly caused by drugs in adults. CLINICAL CASE - We report on an unusual case of sodium sulfate induced sulfhemoglobinemia in a 61-year-old woman after surgical polypectomy. Fractional hemoglobin derivates were assayed by spectrophotometry and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The sulfhemoglobinemia ratio was 8.6% in the first sample, and 3.77% a month later measured by spectrophotometry. In the hemolysate a new peak was identified as sulfhemoglobinemia by HPLC. It showed the presence of 9.37% sulfhemoglobinemia in the first sample and 4.88% a month later. After omitting the suspected toxic agent the cyanosis decreased significantly. CONCLUSIONS - The findings underline the importance of routine sulfhemoglobinemia analysis in cases of cyanosis of unknown origin.]

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