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PALKÓ András

SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(08-09)

[Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays more and more important role in the abdominal imaging diagnostics since fast measurement sequences have become available making it possible to avoid movement artifacts and resulting in better quality and more informative images of the abdominal parenchymal organs and most segments of the gastrointestinal tract. The greatest advantage of MRI is that it is able to create images of adequate geometric resolution and excellent tissue characterization capacity without the use of ionizing radiation and iodinated contrast media. Today MRI is applied mostly in those cases when previous data suggest that computed tomography will not be informative or the results of recent imaging examinations (x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography) do not provide sufficient diagnosis. Presumably MRI will be used with increasing frequency as the first or single best method of choice in the near future. Beased on these facts in abdominal diagnostics, MRI may be considered as a problem-solving modality which plays an outstanding role in the detection, differential diagnosis, staging and follow-up of many neoplastic and inflammatory lesions.]



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[Pathologist have recognized arterial calcification for over a century described also by Virchow in the 19th century. Vascular calcification, an active mechanism, involves a complex, regulated process of biomineralization resembling osteogenesis. Evidence indicates that proteins controlling bone mineralization are also involved in the regulation of vascular calcification. The atherosclerotic plaque calcification can be easily detected noninvasively with radiological methods currently available and it correlates with the amount of atherosclerotic plaque. Also, it serves as a surrogate measure for atherosclerosis, allowing preclinical detection of the disease. There are several examples for the relationship between hyperlipidaemia and increased loss of bone mass. It is not surprising that the base drugs for osteoporosis also have the characteristics for lowering vascular calcification and are antiatherogenous and antilipaemic drugs. The clinical importance ot these facts is that vascular calcification is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events. In the summary, the authors review the four histopathological types of arterial calcification and the molecules and proteins involved in these processes.]

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[INTRODUCTION - Gastroesophageal reflux is known to cause chronic cough and it is also implicated in worsening of asthma. We conducted a prospective study to examine the clinical significance of gastroesophageal reflux disease in asthmatic patients with chronic cough, to analyse the temporal relationship between reflux events and coughing and to assess the effect of esomeprazole treatment on respiratory symptoms and lung function in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS - 126 asthmatic patients with chronic dry cough were studied. Diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease was based on typical symptoms and the effectiveness of therapeutic test or on pH monitoring, while control group consisted of the patients without gastroesophageal reflux (negative pH results). The study group patients received the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole (40 mg/day for three months) and standard treatment for asthma was continued. During the study pulmonary function tests (forced expiratory volume in one second and peak expiratory flow) were evaluated four times and the reflux symptom scores as well, using a questionnaire. RESULTS - The results of pH monitoring showed that 64% of cough episodes were related to acid reflux and in 91% of reflux events preceded coughing. Esomeprazole treatment (40 mg/day for three months) not only diminished gastroesophageal reflux symptoms but also improved asthma outcome measures. Baseline pulmonary function values increased significantly together with a decrease in symptom scores and the use of rescue medication. In most patients included in the extended part of the study for another three months, the dose of inhaled steroids could be reduced with sustained therapy against gastroesophageal reflux. CONCLUSION - Our data shows that reflux events preceded coughing in most cases and that treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease caused an improvement in different outcome measures of asthma suggest that gastroesophageal reflux disease worsens asthma and its treatment is of clinical importance in the effective management of these patients.]

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TAHIN Balázs, TÓTH Csaba, KOVÁCS Attila, DOBOS András, DÖBRÖNTE Zoltán, NAGY Lajos, TARABÓ Zoltán, MÁRKUS Béla, GARZULY Ferenc

[INTRODUCTION - The efforts to eliminate the source of gastrointestinal bleeding are not always successful, especially in rare diseases. CASE REPORT - In three patients causes and sites of haemorrhages were detected only at autopsy. The first patient underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy as well as surgical exploration. The post-mortem examination showed multiple gastric Dieulafoy’s vascular lesion. The second patient was examined by repeated upper gastrointestinal panendoscopy, but the site of haemorrhage remained unknown. Two polyps were removed during colonoscopy. Unexpected haemorrhage caused sudden death. The aortobifemoral graft, which had been implanted two years earlier had destroyed the duodenal wall, a fistula developed and caused haemorrhage. The third patient had had a right hemicolectomy abroad because of angiodysplasia, but the bleeding episodes repeated. The cause was revealed at autopsy as angiodysplasia of the small bowel. CONCLUSION - Dieulafoy’s disease can sometimes be discovered only by repeated endoscopy but sudden death may precede diagnosis. In the presence of an aortic graft we have to keep in mind that this could be the cause of catastrophic bleeding. Therefore, the examinations should be performed immediately - endoscopy has to involve the distal part of the duodenum - and operation is urgent. Angiodysplasia of the small bowel is a rare site of angiodysplasia which requires special diagnostic procedures like capsule endoscopy. The multiplicity of the disease and the age of the patients made the diagnostic difficult.]

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