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[Making way for pseudoscience?]


OCTOBER 27, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(10)

[In June 1993, the Royal British Medical Association decided that the subjects of paramedical medicine (naturopathy) would no longer be treated with disparaging disapproval, but would be taught in medical schools. This decision came as a surprise to most doctors, although chiropractic (osteopathy), herbal therapy (herbal medicine) and acupuncture have held their position in medicine for quite some time. ]



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[The surgical treatment of shoulder instability]


[The author briefly reviews the static and dynamic stabilizing system and the biomechanics of the shoulder and describes his principles and techniques of the surgical treatment of instability. A modified Bankart procedure is used for recurrent anterior dislocation. Bone blocks are implanted in cases of locked posterior dislocation. Different forms of cranial instability are described as well as partial and total superior glenoidal lesions. The author discusses surgical procedures used in the treatment of these instabilities. Cranial instability leads to impingement syndrome, which results in rotator cuff lesions. These lesions increase instability and the increased impingement leads to further rotator cuff damage. This vicious cycle can be interrupted by surgical intervention.]

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[Clinical application of specific antibodies in immunotherapy of transplantation]


[In organ and tissue transplantation practice as well as in the therapy of autoimmune, haematological, immunological and oncological diseases, the possibility for applying immunotherapy is occuring more frequently. The paper deals with all those reagents which are primarily of polyclonal or monoclonal immunglobuline origin and play a significant role in the various cell-bound immune reactions on the surface of lymphocytes. In addition to the anti-lymphocyte or/rather anti-thymocyte globuline as well as the Orthoclone (anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody) reagents well known in clinical practice, it also refers to other lymphocyte surface anti-marker monoclonal anti-bodies (anti CD4, -CD8; anti TCR, anti-LFA reagents) under clinical trial. The article reviews the possible uses of the group of immunotherapeutical reagents in the clinical practice of Kidney and bone marrow transplantation. The pharmacological mechanism, side effects, and prospects for a wider use of these reagents in the future are discussed.]

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[The origin of serum catalase in healthy subjects and in some diseases]

GÓTH László

[The activity of serum catalase is highly increased in acute pancreatitis, hemolytic disorders and in some liver diseases, but there is no data on its tissue origin. The serum catalase activity was determined by a spectrophotometric assay in healthy subjects (n = 4275) as well as in increased erythropoesis (n = 424), in hemolytic diseases (hemolytic anemia = 12, megaloblastic anemia = 28, Zieve syndrome = 8, hemorrhage = 38), in acute pancreatitis, (n = 111), in liver diseases (fatty liver = 21, alcoholic hepatitis = 42, acute yellow atrophy = 18, toxic hepatitis = 15), and in liver congestion due to cardiac circulatory failure (n = 28). These diseases yielded increased serum catalase activity. This enzyme has no tissue specific isoenzymes, therefore mathematical and statistical approaches were used. The correlation between serum hemoglobin and serum catalase was analysed. The catalase release was estimated from the time activity curves of serum catalase and compared to its tissue equivalent. In healthy subjects about 60 percent of serum catalase derived from the erythrocytes and the rest from other tissues. During enhanced erythropoesis and in hemolytic diseases, similarly to hemoglobin, its source was the erythrocyte pool. In acute pancreatitis also the erythrocytes might be responsible for the increased serum catalase level. in some liver diseases as well as in liver congestion due to cardiac circulatory failure the increase of serum catalase derived from the liver cells. The diagnostic analysis of serum catalase requires the consideration of its increase as well as its origin. ]

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[Prenatal follow up of a complex cardiac malformation complicated with complete AV block]

SZABÓ István, CSABAY László, NÉMET János, HAJDÚ Júlia, PAPP Zoltán

[In a congenital disorder of heart development where the complex cardiac malformation is pared with complete atrioventricular block heart rate is stabile between 50–60 beats/min. Transfer of atrial impulses through the AV node is fully blocked and the slow rhythmic heart beat is maintained by a ventricular pacemaker. In a case of such a complete cardiac malformation recognized in week 32 of gestation and the AV block complication caused stabile 57–58 beat/min bradycardia. 2-di mensional, pulsed and color Doppler ultrasonography was used to identify the disorder and to follow up the intrauterine condition of the fetus. Cardiotocography (CTG) could not generate appreciable results at such a low heart rate. During observation no centralization of fetal circulation causing intrauterine hypoxia was recorded. Updated knowledge on the pathogenesis and obs tetrical management of the fetal third degree AV block is also presented. In this case ultrasonography allowed clear-cut identification of the disorder and also ensured correct evaluation of the intrauterine status of the fetus when other diagnostic methods for evaluation were not applicable. ]

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[Eurpean Concerted Action on Thrombosis and Disabilities Angioma Pectoris Study]


[Patients with more than 50% stenosis in one or more coronary arteries had significantly higher fibrinogen levels (p<0.0001). Reduced fibrinolytic activity was also observed in patients with coronary artery stenosis, mainly due to higher levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI). Decreased fibrinolytic activity was strongly associated with diabetes, elevated triglyceride levels, smoking and impaired left ventricular systolic pump function. Cholesterol levels correlated mainly with protein C and plasminogen levels.]

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