Lege Artis Medicinae

[The End of the Story]

dr. MAKÓ János

FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2008;18(02)



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KALMÁR Katalin, HORVÁTH Örs Péter

[The incidence of colorectal cancer has dramatically increased in the past decades, rendering it the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in the Western world. Disease outcome can be improved both by early diagnosis, e.g., through the introduction and extension of screening programs, and by increased therapeutic efficiency. The latter is achieved by increasing the radicality of interventions in surgical oncology to total mesorectal excision, thereby significantly decreasing the frequency of local recurrence. High ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery aims to enhance the efficiency of lymphadenectomy. With the introduction of techniques that spare vegetative nerves, the quality of life will not be adversely affected by the increased radicality. Another direction of progress in colorectal surgery is the increased use of minimally invasive approaches, such as local excision by transanal endoscopic microsurgery or laparoscopic methods. Increased acceptance of a multimodality approach, i.e., combined application of surgical and oncological methods in the treatment of colorectal cancer, has been a great step forward recently. Beyond the long-applied adjuvant treatments, the pre-surgical use of neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy has become standard for locally advanced rectal cancers. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy also supplements the surgery of metastases with improving results and impressive long-term survivals. A very important prerequisite for tailored multimodality treatment is reliable staging, which is facilitated by the wider availability of endorectal ultrasound.]

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[“You Cannot Break your Word Given to the Patient” A Discussion with Ida Matkó MD]


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[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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[Cardiovascular risk assessment in chronic kidney disease, significance of left ventricular myocardial mass index]

SÁGI Balázs, KÉSŐI István, VAS Tibor, CSIKY Botond, NAGY Judit, KOVÁCS Tibor

[Introduction: Earlier studies have shown that cardiovascular (CV) mortality and morbidity in chronic kidney disease (CKD) often exceed their average population, and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent risk factor for CV disease. However, in CKD, the relationship between LVH, arterial stiffness (AS) and renal function has not yet been fully elucidated. Little data is available on their prognostic role. Aims of our study a) cross-sectional examination of the relationship between left ventricular mass index (LVMI), arterial vascular stiffness, and renal function, b) in our follow-up study, clarification of the LVMI, the prognostic role of AS in patients with CKD, IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Methods: In our cross-sectional study, 79 IgAN patients were examined in our clinic. The myocardial mass index (LVMI) was determined using an estimation formula after echocardiographic measurements. Arterial stiffness was measured using a photoplethizmography technique (PulseTrace) and characterized by the stiffness index (SI). The MDRD formula was used to estimate renal function (GFR) (eGFR, ml/min/1.73 m2). In the prognostic study the primary combined endpoint was total mortality, the most important CV events (stroke, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular interventions such as revascularization) and end stage renal disease. Secondary endpoints were CV and renal endpoints separately. Results: Of the 79 patients included in our cross-sectional study, 50 were men, with an average age of 46 ± 11 years. The mean value of LVMI was 106.66 ± 22.98 g/m2. Patients were divided into groups of 115 g/m2 for males considered to be abnormal and 95 g/m2 for women. LVMI is closely correlated with SI and inversely with eGFR (corr. coeff: 0.358; p <0.05 or -0.526; p <0.001). In case of LVH, SI was significantly higher in both sexes (p = 0.005 in males, p = 0.04 in females). In case of higher LVMI, renal function was significantly lower (p = 0.002 in males, p = 0.01 in females). Metabolic syndrome occurred in several cases in both sexes with LVH, but the difference was only significant in male patients (males 6 vs. 10, p = 0.008; females 2 vs. 4, p = 0.29). In our follow-up study, the presence of LVH in men significantly reduced survival in both primary and secondary endpoints, whereas in women there was no significant difference. Conclusion: In IgAN decreasing of renal function is closely related to left ventricular hypertrophy and vascular stiffness, as well as a close relationship was found between LVMI and AS. Reduced renal function is associated with an increase in LVMI and an increase in AS, which may result in a worse prognosis for both CV and renal outcomes. The underlying role of all these can be assumed to be a common vascular and myocardial pathological remodeling.]

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KÉKES Ede, KISS István

[The significant increase of the splanchnic ectopic fat, the disturbance of carbohidrate metabolism, atherogenic dyslipidemia and high blood pressure creates the syndrome so called deadly quartet. These components promote the early appearance of cardiovascular diseases (ischemic heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, etc.) as well as the enormous growth of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It was thought, that the ectopic fat is the only background of the syndrome and the insulin resistance with hyperinsulinemia as well as the disruption of associated endocrine regulatory balance system and elevated sympathetic drive explain jointly the clinical events. We now know that cytokines released by ectopic fat issue (CRP, TNF-α, IL-6 etc.) launch processes in our organism, which contribute to the development of vascular remodelling, endothelial dysfunction and in the end to that of atherothrombotic processes. The diagnostic criteria of the syndrome were changed continuously parallel growing theoretical knowledge till 2009, when on the Harmony Conference the important components of the syndrome were accepted, but some laboratory and other parameters do not enter into everyday praxis.]

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[Prognostic role of arterial stiffness in IgA nephropathy]

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[Background: Arterial stiffness has a prognostic role in chronic cardiovascular diseases. Pulse wave velocity (PWV) determined by the carotid-femoral pulse detection is accepted as a gold standard method. Further diagnostic procedures are in use to assess the arterial stiffness including the finger photoplethysmography. The prognostic role of this method is limited in chronic renal diseases. The goal of our investigation was to determine the prognostic significance of the stiffness index (SIDVP) measured by the photoplethysmographic method in IgA nephropathy. Patients and methods: One hundred and three histologically proved IgA nephropathy patients with chronic kidney disease stage 1-4 were investigated (67 male, 36 female, 45 ± 11 years) and followed for an average 65 (6-107) months. The stiffness index was determined by the volume alteration of the digital artery during the cardiac cycle (Pulse Trace system, Micro Medical, Gilingham, Kent, UK). The primary combined end point was total mortality, major cardiovascular events (stroke, myocardial infarction or cardiovascular procedure, for example revascularisation) plus achieving end stage renal disease. The secondary end points were cardiovascular and renal end points alone. Results: The patients with increased stiffness index (> 10 m/s) had significantly more combined primary end point events (10/60 vs. 19/43, P = 0.015). In case of the secondary end points the renal end points were significantly more frequent in patients with higher stiffness index. Stiffness index has also proved to be an independent predictor on survival from other cardiovascular risk factors (age, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lipid disturbances and decrease of renal function) using the Cox regression model in IgA nephropathy. Every 1 m/s increase in stiffness index resulted a 17% gain in the occurrence of the combined primary end point. Conclusions: Stiffness index determined by finger photoplethysmography is an eligible parameter to assess the prognosis in IgA nephropathy. Increased stiffness index in IgA nephropathy seems to be a good prognostic tool for identification of higher risk patients.]

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