Lege Artis Medicinae

[Medicine or poison]

NÉMETH István

APRIL 27, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(04)

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[Laboratory control of the oral anticoagulant therapy]

VAJDA Zoltán, PÁL András, SIKOS Zita, SAS Géza

[There are two basic requirements in the treatment and prophylaxis of thromboembo lic diseases by chronic anticoagulation with coumarin (Syncumar). The first is the preven tion of a new thrombosis while the second is the avoidance of concomitant bleeding complications. For this reason it is necessary to achieve an appropriate anticoagulation level which can be characterised by labora tory measurement of the prothrombin level. In this paper, the theoretical and practical as pects of the laboratory control of Syncumar treatment are reviewed. The most serious problem is that the prothrombin level (Quick time) determinations utilising thromboplastin preparations from different sources give diffe rent values in the same patient plasma, which makes comparison of data from different laboratories impossible. The paper gives a brief overview of the definition and practical use of the International Sensitivity Index (ISI), characterising the different thromboplastin preparations, and the International Normali sed Ratio (INR) which can be calculated on the basis of the ISI. In spite of unquestionable improvements, the uncertainty about instrument-thromboplastin-ISI relationships reduces confidence in the INR system, especially when differences in INR values have clinical significance. Efforts need to be directed toward providing local, laboratory/instrument specific ISI values. ]

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[The clinical significance of amaurosis fugax]

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[The symptoms of amaurosis fugax (transient monocular loss of vision) indicate not only atherosclerotic disease of the ocular or extra cranial cerebral vessels, but also that of the systemic circulation. The prognostic significance of amaurosis fugax developing after the age of 50-55 years is similar to that of transient ischaemic attack of the brain: it could be a harbinger of atherosclerotic disease of the extra- and intracranial brain vessels as well as the coronary arteries. According to the mortality data, patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of amaurosis fugax will die due to heart disease, primarily myocardial infarct. Diagnostic evaluation should include not only ophthalmological, but also neurological and cardiovascular in vestigation to verify carotid and coronary atherosclerosis. Therapy of the whole disease and not just the symptoms will influence life expectancy in patients with amaurosis fugax. ]

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[Methylprednisolone pulse therapy in systemic lupus erythematosus]

GERGELY Péter

[The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy and safety of methylprednisolone pulse therapy. Thirty five patients with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus nephritis, severe hemolysis and antiphospholipid syndrome with central nervous system involvement, arterial occlusion and thombocytopenia) were treated by pulse methylprednisolone, followed by long-term corticosteroid (and cyclophosphamide) therapy. Thirty four patients achieved remission, after a mean of 4.7 weeks, which lasted on average for > 2.7 years. Six patients presented with an exacerbation after 1-2.5 years. Twenty eight patients are still in remission. No side effects were observed during pulse therapy. Methylprednisolone bolus therapy is safe and effective in severe systemic lupus erythematosus, including cases of lupus nephritis and severe central nervous system manifestations, but an appropriate choice of long-term therapy is essential.]

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[The value of immunoscintigraphy in patients with metastatic malignant melanoma]

PAPÓS Miklós, LÁNG Jenő, CSERNAY László, SZEKERES Lenke, KUBA Attila

[Immunoscintigraphy with 99MTc-labeled F(ab'),fragments of monoclonal antibody (reactive with a high molecular associated antigen) was performed in patients with malignant melanoma. 24 investigations on 23 patients were carried out. A total of 40 lesions in 23 patients were detected by chest radiography, ultrasound, CT, bone scintigraphy or histology. 24 of the 40 lesions (60%) were visualized by immunoscintigraphy. Following correction of the physiological liver background by digital subtraction, 3 liver metastases were localized. These results indicate that immunoscintigraphy with radiolabeled F(ab')2 fragments can provide clinically useful information. ]

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[Methodological letter from the Public Health and Epidemiology Technical College on vegetarian and similar diets in crèches and educational establishments]

[The nutritional status of vegetarians is strongly influenced by the type of diet they eat. While semi-vegetarian and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets can meet the nutrient needs of young children, provided they are carefully and professionally planned, strict vegetarian or macrobiotic diets may not meet the needs for some nutrients and may be deficient in both children and adults. ]

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[Hungarian professional periodicals started quite late in European context. Their publish­ing, editing and editorial philosophy were equally influenced by specific historical and political situations. Certain breaking points of history resulted in termina­tion of professional journals (War of In­de­pendence 1848-1849, First and Se­cond World Wars), however there were pe­riods, which instigated the progress of sciences and founding of new scientific journals. Both trends were apparent in years after the fall of former Hungarian regime in 1990. The structure of book and journal publishing has changed substantially, some publishers fell “victim” others started successfully as well. The latters include the then-established publishing house Literatura Medica and its own scientific journal, Lege Artis Me­di­cinae (according to its subtitle: New Hun­garian Medical Herald) issued first in 1990. Its appearance enhanced significantly the medical press market. Its scientific publications compete with articles of the well-established domestic medical journals however its philosophy set brand-new trends on the market. Concerning the medical community, it takes on its problems and provides a forum for them. These problems are emerging questions in health care, economy and prevention, in close interrelation with system of public health institutions, infrastructure and situation of those providing individual health services. In all of them, Lege Artis Medicinae follows consequently the ideas of traditional social medicine.]

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[Three decades ago, LAM was launched with the goal of providing scientific information about medicine and its frontiers. From the very beginning, LAM has also concerned a special subject area while connecting medicine with the world of art. In the palette of medical articles, it remained a special feature to this day. The analysis of the history of LAM to date was performed using internationally accepted publication guidelines and scientific databases as a pledge of objectivity. We examined the practice of LAM if it meets the main criteria, the professional expectations of our days, when publishing contents of the traditional printed edition and its electronic version. We explored the visibility of articles in the largest bibliographic and scientific metric databases, and reviewed the LAM's place among the Hun­ga­rian professional journals. Our results show that in recent years LAM has gained international reputation des­pite publishing in Hungarian spoken by a few people. This is due to articles with foreign co-authors as well as references to LAM in articles written exclusively by foreign researchers. The journal is of course full readable in the Hungarian bibliographic databases, and its popularity is among the leading ones. The great virtue of the journal is the wide spectrum of the authors' affiliation, with which they cover almost completely the Hungarian health care institutional sys­tem. The special feature of its columns is enhanced by the publication of writings on art, which may increase Hungarian and foreign interest like that of medical articles.]

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[What has Go to do with making clinical decisions? One of the greatest intellectual challenges of bedside medicine is making decisions under uncertainty. Besides the psychological traps of traditionally intuitive and heuristic medical decision making, lack of information, scarce resources and characteristics of doctor-patient relationship contribute equally to this uncertainty. Formal, mathematical model based analysis of decisions used widely in developing clinical guidelines and in health technology assessment provides a good tool in theoretical terms to avoid pitfalls of intuitive decision making. Nevertheless it can be hardly used in individual situations and most physicians dislike it as well. This method, however, has its own limitations, especially while tailoring individual decisions, under inclusion of potential lack of input data used for calculations, or its large imprecision, and the low capability of the current mathematical models to represent the full complexity and variability of processes in complex systems. Nevertheless, clinical decision support systems can be helpful in the individual decision making of physicians if they are well integrated in the health information systems, and do not break down the physicians’ autonomy of making decisions. Classical decision support systems are knowledge based and rely on system of rules and problem specific algorithms. They are utilized widely from health administration to image processing. The current information revolution created the so-called artificial intelligence by machine learning methods, i.e. machines can learn indeed. This new generation of artificial intelligence is not based on particular system of rules but on neuronal networks teaching themselves by huge databases and general learning algorithms. This type of artificial intelligence outperforms humans already in certain fields like chess, Go, or aerial combat. Its development is full of challenges and threats, while it presents a technological breakthrough, which cannot be stopped and will transform our world. Its development and application has already started also in the healthcare. Health professionals must participate in this development to steer it into the right direction. Lee Sedol, 18-times Go world champion retired three years after his historical defeat from AlphaGo artificial intelligence, be­cause “Even if I become the No. 1, there is an entity that cannot be defeated”. It is our great luck that we do not need to compete or defeat it, we must ensure instead that it would be safe and trustworthy, and in collaboration with humans this entity would make healthcare more effective and efficient. ]

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[In pregnancy complicated with diabetes, treatment of hyperglycaemia is of fundamental importance during delivery in order to improve the outcome parameters of both the mother and the neonate. This is particularly important in the case of mothers with type 1 diabetes and of all mothers who require insulin treatment during their pregnancy. The use of antenatal steroids for women at risk of pre-term birth further complicates the treatment of hyperglycaemia in the period immediately before delivery and requires the appropriate change of insulin therapy. The requirement of nil per os in the delivery period necessitates proper fluid, glucose and insulin treatment in the pre-delivery hours. After surgical delivery the patients may also need infusion treatment until the first meal. As there is no unified guideline for the peripartum management of diabetes, the author re­views the international literature on the internal medicine issues concerning the peripartum treatment of pregnant women with diabetes. This study reviews the characteristics of insulin treatment of women with various types of diabetes before, du­ring and di­rect­ly after delivery. It presents a dosing schedule for women who needed an antenatal steroid treatment in the period before delivery due to premature birth for the purpose of lung maturation. The study also addresses the application and programming of pe­ripartum blood glucose tests, continuous interstitial glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin pump treatment (CSII).]