Lege Artis Medicinae

[Pathology Records from the Rákosi Era]

GARZULY Ferenc

DECEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(12)

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[THE EFFECT OF BALNEOTHERAPY AND HIDROTHERAPY IN LOCOMOTOR DISEASES - AN OLD THERAPY REBORN]

BENDER Tamás

[Hungary is respected as an “Empire of thermal water” and balneotherapy has been an important part of health tourism. Recently, an increasing number of articles have been published which investigate the effect of thermal water on patients suffering from locomotor diseases. Balneotherapy has a beneficial painkiller effect and improves the quality of life in several cases of inflammatory and degenerative disorders of joint and bone diseases. The physical effect in its mechanism plays much greater role than the chemical one. A great number of evidence can be found in the medical databases proving the positive effect of balneotherapy in musculoskeletal diseases. Balneotherapy stands as an important factor in the National Development Plan of Hungary but we should like to emphasise that without basic research there is no effective balneotherapy.]

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[Results of IDEAL study]

CZURIGA István

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[In the focus: locomotor diseases]

GÉHER Pál

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[PENILE VEIN THROMBOSIS AT YOUNG AGE]

KOVÁCS GÁBOR, GASZTONYI Beáta, BATTYÁNY István, NAGY Ágnes, BUZOGÁNY István, KASSAI Miklós, HUNYADY Béla, LOSONCZY Hajna

[INTRODUCTION - Mondor’s disease is an uncommon disorder occuring mostly in middleaged women and characterized by superficial thrombophlebitis classically involving the thoraco- epigastric veins. Rarely, cases have been reported in atypical sites (upper arms, abdomen, groin and penis). CASE REPORT - This is the first case being published in the Hungarian literature. The young male patient's complaints were caused by penile vein thrombosis which was demonstrated on physical examination and Doppler ultrasonography. Since hereditary thrombophilia and malignancy has been ruled out, we assume that local trauma and venous stasis caused by previous abdominal surgery have been the etiological factors of the disease. CONCLUSION - We give a review of the literature and would like to draw the attention to this rare type of thrombosis, its risk factors and the difficulties of the therapy.]

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[SEROTYPE AND ANTIBIOTIC SENSITIVITY DETERMINATION OF SELECTED ISOLATES OF INVASIVE STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE STRAINS]

PÁSZTOR Mónika

[INTRODUCTION - Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) is a very important pathogene of community acquired invasive infections. The aim the study was to collect data on the serotype distribution of invasive S. pneumoniae strains in Hungary and their resistance. In the light of the results it can be determined how effective the currently available polysaccharide vaccine is against the infections caused by invasive S. pneumoniae strains. MATERIALS AND METHODS - The seroprevalence and antibiotic sensitivity of 44 randomly selected isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from sterile sites of human body were analysed over a 4 year period (2000-2003). Samples were randomly analysed by the Quellung method. Detection of sensitivity of S. pneumoniae to penicillin and erythromycin were carried out by disc diffusions and E-test method in the microbiological laboratory of the St. Laszlo Hospital. RESULTS - The invasive isolates belong to 22 different serotypes. The prevalence of penicillin and erythromycin sensitivity was 79,5%, and 68% respectively. CONCLUSION - The 23 valent polysaccharide vaccine could provide coverage of 82% of invasive pneumococcal diseases caused by strains analysed in this study.]

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