Lege Artis Medicinae

[Were the Middle Ages an Age of Darkness? ]

GAÁL Csaba

APRIL 20, 2012

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2012;22(04)

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GÖRÖG Dénes, VÉGSŐ Gyula, DOROS Attila, GERLEI Zsuzsa, FEHÉRVÁRI Imre, NEMES Balázs, KÓBORI László

[INTRODUCTION - Hepatocellular carcinoma is an internationally accepted indication for liver transplantation in selected cases. The aim of this study was to present treatment results of patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma and put on the waiting list between 1995 and 2010. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Sixty patients were put on the waiting list, 23 of who died or became unfit for operation while waiting for transplantation. Liver transplantation was performed in 37 patients. Pathological examination revealed no tumour in 3 of the explanted livers, whereas incidentalomas were detected in 4 livers that were explanted because of cirrhosis. Thus, in total 38 patients were examined. RESULTS - Four patients died within 3 months of surgery because of arterial circulatory problems or graft dysfunction and 14 patients died thereafter, including seven whose tumour recurred. There was no recurrence of tumours in the early state among the 25 patients meeting the Milan criteria, and the overall 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates with an average follow-up period of 39 months were similar to those after transplantation because of viral cirrhosis: 72%, 72% and 67% vs. 78%, 71% and 67%, respectively. Survival rates after tumours beyond the Milan criteria were significantly lower (69%, 38%, 23%). CONCLUSION - Early-state (T1,T2) hepatocellular carcinoma that has developed following cirrhosis and is unsuitable for resection can be efficiently treated with liver transplantation, but our results do not support the use of transplantation for the treatment of tumours that do not fit the Milan criteria.]

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TAKÁCS Róbert

[INTRODUCTION - Observational studies have verified that even in routine diabetes care, up to 1.3% reduction in HbA1c can be achieved with the initiation of a long-acting basal insulin analogue. We can get the same results in our patients using an insulin titration algorithm and close diabetological control. CASE REPORT - Metformin therapy of a 68-year old, moderately obese woman with type 2 diabetes was complemented by a long-acting basal insulin analogue (insulin glargine). Before initiation of insulin therapy, the patient received thorough dietetic and diabetic education by a qualified dietician and a diabetes nurse. The starting dose of insulin was 10 U, and then the patient was asked to increase the dose by 2 U every 3rd day depending on the mean of self-monitored fasting plasma glucose values in the previous 2 days. With the aid of a titration algorithm, optimal carbohydrate metabolism has been verified by laboratory parameters assessed 3 months later. CONCLUSION - Insulin self-titration based on appropriate patient education and close professional control makes a relatively simple therapeutic system the optimal decision in terms of a rapid and chronic normalisation of glucose control in a large patient group.]

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ROHÁNSZKY Magda, NÓTÁR Ilona, SZABÓNÉ Kármán Judit, KONKOLY THEGE Barna

[INTRODUCTION - In this qualitative pilot study, our goal was to investigate the illness representation of gipsy cancer patients and to examine their attitudes toward medical treatment. SAMPLE AND METHODS - Deep interviews were made with 20 persons (60% female; Mage=39.2±15.1 years). The included participants approximately represented the group composition of the Hungarian Roma population. RESULTS - For most of our respondents, cancer is a frightening disease meaning some kind of punishment and the end of life. The potential causes of the disease usually remain completely incomprehensible. The participants proved to be very under-informed in relation to their treatment - even when compared to the low level of information among Hungarian cancer patients in general. In the face of the supporting presence of family members, our respondents often stated that there was nobody to share their deeper emotional problems with. About half of the patients reported on impolite and inefficient treatment attributed to prejudice against their Gipsy identity. However, deeper analyses revealed, that in most of these cases, mistreatment was a consequence of the general shortcomings of the health care system (e.g. lack of time) - being labelled as discrimination by our respondents. Almost every participant sees his/her only role in recovery merely in the participation in medical treatment - not attributing enough significance to life style changes and even less to alternative / complementary medicine. CONCLUSION - Special training to improve communication skills with gipsy patients is needed - especially for general practitioners. We also suggest preparing handouts to Roma cancer patients that provide easy-to-understand information on the medical treatments and health behaviours that serve the coping with cancer and their prevention.]

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