Lege Artis Medicinae

[No lists!!! About the new rules for ordering medicines]

ANDRÁS László

FEBRUARY 26, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(02)

[We asked Zsuzsa Matejka, Head of the Health and Pharmaceuticals Department of the National Directorate General of Social Insurance, about the recent controversial ministerial decrees regulating the prescription of medicines, who initiated these decrees? ]

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[Testicular varicocele which is curable by surgical or transcatheteric methods is one of the most common causes of male infertility. In this study the success of the interventional radiological method was evaluated. Internal spermatic vein phlebographies were performed in the case of left sided varicocele. Before intervention the anamnesis, inspection, palpation, sonography, colour Doppler sonography and phlebography was evaluated and in a part of the cases spermiogramm too. Follow up examinations were performed at 3, 6 and 12 months after the sclerotherapy and the 1.5-4.5 years then later. The internal spermatic vein was succesfully occluded in 2/3 of the patients in the distal third, in 1/3 in the middle or in the upper third. Complications occurred in 10 cases as intima lesions without any consequencies and in 4 patients as scrotal thromboph lebitis. At the follow up examinations very good regression was demonstrated. Persistence or recurrence occured in 5.7% of cases. The spermiogramm usually got back to normal or showed an improvement and we registered 8 pregnancies from 23 formerly infertile marriages. The interventional radiological method is simpler, cheaper, requires shorter time and inpatient period, decreases sick-allowance, and the success rate reaches the level of the surgical method. The joint evaluation of the real time and the colour Doppler ultrasound is a very sensitive method in the interpretation of the results of the treatment. In our opinion sclerotherapy with Varicocid is the method of choice in the treatment of the varicocele. ]

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[Mapping is a new way to convey the information of the mathematical analysis of the EEG in an immediately understandable form. In this article, the history of EEG mapping is surveyed. Sixteen channel EEG mapping system was programmed on an IBM-AT personal computer which constructs absolute and relative power spectra topograms on the scalp. Hemispheric asymmetry and long term changes of absolute and relative power estimates were calculated by statistical methods (Wilcoxon and Student t-test). In comparison traditional reading of the EEG the mapping has the following advantages: 1. it uses exact procedures instead of qualitative estimation; 2. in can detect minimal cortical damages; 3. it has the ability to store data for later comparison: the power ratios in selected frequency ranges proved to be a reliable indicator of post-ischemic restitution of EEG; 4. it can evaluate of event related reactions of bioelectric signals in higher resolution. EEG topography provides early information regarding the severity of ischemic lesions in the acute stage of stroke before to the CT scan can visualize the tissue hypodensity. In cases of permanent epileptic waves, the mapping visualizes the local power maxima of dominant frequency ranges and detects the post-ic talimpairment of cortical fields of epileptic foci. Probability significance mapping has reinstated the diagnostic value of EEG by the applica tion of the neuroimaging techniques.]

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