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[Nobel prize for the genetic modification of stem cells]


DECEMBER 20, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(12)



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CSERNI Gábor, BORI Rita, OLÁH Csaba, HAUSINGER Péter, TUSA Magdolna, MARKÓ László, SVÉBIS Mihály

[INTRODUCTION - Synchronous colorectal cancers are not uncommon, therefore, total colonoscopy is indicated even in cases of distally located large bowel carcinomas. CASE REPORT - An 84-year-old man had emergency surgery because of bowel obstruction and a node-negative carcinoma of the sigmoid colon was removed according to Hartmann. Before the reconstruction of bowel continuity, colonoscopy revealed a relatively small polypoid tumour in the right colon, unsuitable for colonoscopic polypectomy. Two localization clips were then inserted at the site of the endoscopic biopsy that later resulted in the diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. At the time of the reconstruction surgery, an appendectomy was also performed and, though the clips were not found, the polypoid tumour was removed through appendectomic orifice. The polyp thus removed, however, proved to be an adenoma. A repeated colonoscopy and biopsy confirmed both the localization clips and the malignant nature of the remaining right-sided lesion, which was finally removed with right hemicolectomy. CONCLUSION - Anatomic localization of rightsided colon cancers by colonoscopy is often imprecise. The correct identification of a malignant tumour may be compromised by a nearby benign lesion. If a lesion was labelled by some means, the localization sign should be identified both intraoperatively and during the gross pathologic work-up, asking for external help (e.g., radiology in case of a metal clip) if necessary.]

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GADÓ Klára

[Myelodysplastic syndrome is a heterogeneous group of acquired clonal disorders of the haematopoietic stem cell characterized by ineffective haematopoiesis, peripheral cytopenia, and a high risk of progression to acute leukaemia. It is a common malignant disease with an increased incidence in the elderly population. Classification is based on a 1999 WHO recommendation, in which morphological features as well as clinical and cytogenetic characteristics are taken into account. Combined with the International Prognostic Scoring System (1997), it is suitable to predict prognosis and response to therapy. Clinical features include symptoms caused by anaemia, infections, and bleeding. Diagnosis is based on peripheral cytopenia and dysplastic morphology, as well as normal or increased cellularity in the bone marrow, with more than 10% of dysplastic cells. The verification of cytogenetic abnormalities is important both for confirming the diagnosis and predicting the prognosis. When designing the treatment strategy, it is essential to take the risk of leukaemia into account. On the other hand, the general state of the patient and the presence of accompanying diseases should also be considered. The goal of the treatment is to increase cell count and to decrease transfusion requirement, eventually to improve quality of life. Supportive therapy is an essential part of the management. In addition, growth factors, immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory agents, low-dose chemotherapy may be applied. Today, cure can only be achieved by allogenic stem cell transplantation. Recent findings in the epigenetic intracellular regulation allowed the definition of new therapeutic targets to develop drugs such as inhibitors of DNA methyltransferase and histone deacetylase.]

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[Increased knowledge on the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes has considerably transformed the principles and practice of treatment. Insulin resistance and beta-cell dysfunction, the two main components of the pathogenesis both play a role in the conversion of normal glucose metabolism, through impaired glucose tolerance, into type 2 diabetes. Decreased insulin sensitivity, with or without beta-cell dysfunction, is present in the vast majority cases, therefore, its treatment is essential. Physical activity is known to improve insulin sensitivity. The primary action of the recommended first-line pharmacological agent metformin is the inhibition of hepatic glucose production but it also moderately stimulates muscle glucose uptake. Glitazones are insulin sensitizers that increase glucose uptake in muscle and adipose tissue and moderately decrease hepatic glucose production. Some evidence suggests that α-glucosidase inhibitors and also certain insulin secretagogues can improve the effect of insulin. Early detection of the pathologic state and an efficient treatment to improve both insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function are essential in order to slow the progression and prevent the development of complications in type 2 diabetes.]

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