Lege Artis Medicinae

[The End of the Story]

MAKÓ János

FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2008;18(02)

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[STATE-OF-THE ART COMPLEX TREATMENT OF THYROID CANCERS]

LUKÁCS Géza

[Thyroid cancers derived from follicular epithelial cells are histologically classified as papillary, follicular and anaplastic. Cancers that originate from parafollicular, or C-cells, are termed medullary carcinomas. Their annual incidence is fairly low; 3 to 7 cases per 100 000 people. After the Chernobyl disaster, however, thyroid cancers have received much attention. They often occur at young age, and frequently and early give metastases. They typically grow slowly and have a good prognosis even in the metastatic stage. The main prognostic factors include age, tumour size and extent, the completeness of surgical removal, distant metastases and tumour grade. Based on these parameters, they are classified into high-risk and low-risk groups. There are no prospective randomized studies available on the optimal treatment of thyroid cancers. Their biological aggressiveness differs according to geographic location, which explaines why the management of thyroid carcinomas has not been standardized internationally. Contrary to America and Australia, in Europe there are several endemic goitre regions, and background radiation is higher. It is generally accepted that here the standard therapy of choice is total thyreoidectomy with adequate lymph node dissection followed by postoperative radioiodine ablation. It is a reasonable demand to minimize the higher morbidity associated with radical surgery (e.g., recurrent nerve palsy, postoperative hypoparathyroidism) below 1%. It is recommended that such operations are performed by experienced thyroid surgeons in centres with multidisciplinary endocrine teams.]

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[Management of bleeding from oesophageal and gastric varices]

JÓZSA Andrea, SZÉKELY Iván, SIMON János, MÁHR Árpád, HORVÁTH László, HORVÁTH Andrea, FEJES Roland, SZÉKELY András, SZABÓ Tamás, MADÁCSY László

[INTRODUCTION – Variceal haemorrhage from the oesophageal or gastric wall is a major cause of death in patients with chronic liver disease. Over the past two decades many new treatment modalities have been introduced in the management of variceal bleeding, such as emergency endoscopy, band ligation and postintervention observation of the bleeding patients in subintensive care units. This study presents the results of state-of-the-art therapy applied in our department, comparing them to published data. PATIENTS AND METHODS – Clinical records of patients with variceal haemorrhage admitted to our department between January 1st 2001 and December 31st 2004 were reviewed. Six-week mortality, incidence of recurrent bleeding, transfusion requirement and length of hospital stay were the main parameters analysed. RESULTS – A total of 228 admissions (191 patients) due to variceal bleeding were recorded in the study period. Cirrhosis was of alcoholic origin in 92% of patients. Upper endoscopy was performed in 94% of patients within 4 hours and endoscopic therapy was also applied in all but 7 patients. Octreotide was administered in 4 patients, and portosystemic shunt was performed in 1 patient. Primary endoscopic haemostasis was achieved in 85% of cases, while rebleeding rate was 31%. The mean length of total hospital stay was 10.6 days, including an average of 2.6 days in subintensive care units. The mean transfusion requirement was 3.75 units of packed red cells. Six-week mortality rate was 14.9%. CONCLUSION – In comparison to international data, the six-week mortality rate among our patients was substantially lower than that in earlier reports, and nearly equals with recent leading results.]

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[LEIOMYOSARCOMA OF THE INFERIOR VENA CAVA: CASE REPORT]

PINCZÉS István, KOVÁCS Attila, KARDOS Magdolna, GARA Ákos, GYŐRY Gabriella, SZALAY Ferenc, SPEER Gábor

[INTRODUCTION - Primary neoplasm of the great blood vessels is rarely reported. The tumour most commonly presents in the inferior vena cava. In general, the prognosis is very poor, since intimal sarcomas metastasise early, and mural sarcomas grow silently and remain hidden for a long time. Also, because this type of tumour is so uncommon, it is often not considered for diagnosis. CASE REPORT - We report on the case of a 77- year-old woman with progressive symmetric oedema of the lower limbs. The investigations revealed a tumour thrombus that obliterated the inferior vena cava in its entire length. No surgery was possible because of the advanced stage of the disease. Later, Budd-Chiari syndrome developed and the patient died of progressive hepatic failure. The tumour was initially thought to be that of extravascular origin breaking into the vein. However, autopsy revealed a primary tumour of vascular origin, which histologically proved to be a leiomyosarcoma. CONCLUSION - Today, the recognition of the insidiously growing vascular mural sarcomas is assisted by an entire diagnostic arsenal. It is important, however, that the possibility of this rare disease is considered in time to permit surgical removal, the only treatment that can prolong survival. The authors would like to contribute to this by presenting this rare clinical case.]

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