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Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 21, 2020

[Atherosclerosis: an ancient process in a new interpretation]

REIBER István

[The progress of atherosclerosis starts in childhood and lasts until the body dies. Most cardiovascular diseases and deaths can be traced back to atherosclerotic vascular changes. The process is thousands of years old, but its complex pathophysiology becomes recognized and realised only nowadays. Based on the evidence available today, atherosclerosis is such a chronic inflammatory disease of large- and medium-sized arteries, which is characterized by lipoproteins and immune cells transformed through oxidative and other changes and subendothelial accumulation of extracellular matrix. Innate and adaptive immunity provide a complex regulating system of atherogenesis, which while directing specifically the pro-atherogenic inflammatory and atheroprotective anti-inflammatory processes intensify plaque progression or even stabilize them respectively. With our growing knowledge about the pathology of atherogenesis, we can further improve the identification of cardiovascular risk conditions and apply more personalized therapeutic strategies.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 01, 2000

[THE ROLE OF INFECTIOUS AGENTS IN THE ETIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS]

VÁLYI-NAGY István, PETŐ Mónika, CSÁSZÁR Albert, VIRÓK Dezső, BURIÁN Katalin, HELTAI Krisztina, GÖNCZÖL Éva

[The well-known risk factors of atherosclerosis (high level of serum cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking) can only be re cognized in about half of the patients. Athero sclerosis begins in childhood. In vivo and in vitro data suggest that certain pathogens, like the intracellular bacterium Chlamydia pneu moniae (member of the Chlamydia genus) and cytomegalovirus (member of the herpesvirus family) may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis. Both pathogens infect the pop- ulation in childhood. Infected patients are often symptom-free, sometimes Chlamydia pneumoniae may cause respiratory disease. Both Chlamydia pneumoniae and cytomega- lovirus can be detected in atherosclerotic plaques and patients with atherosclerosis carry pathogen-specific antibodies more frequently and in higher titers. Aortic lesions similar to human atherosclerotic plaques can be indu ced by infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae or cytomegalovirus in experimental animals. Antichlamydial treatment results in the regres sion of these lesions in the infected animals. In vitro infection of tissue culture cells of human arterial origin with Chlamydia pneumoniae or cytomegalovirus results in the induction of cel- lular changes characteristic to atherosclerosis. Strategies to prevent or treat atherosclerosis might be complemented by antimicrobial treatment if the infectious origin of the disease is further confirmed. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2019

[The atherosclerosis can not only be prevented, but also can be cured ]

MÁRK László

[The process of atherosclerosis nowadays plays an important role in the health care not just as a major cause of the most common cardiovascular diseases which lead to death, but also as a major factor in the loss of age-related elasticity in the blood vessels. Over the past two decades, large studies have shown that the treatment of high cholesterol levels can reduce the frequency of cardiovascular events and death and have confirmed the ability to reduce the already existing atherosclerotic plaque, which is almost unique in pharmacotherapy. Using lipid lowering therapy, if we do it properly, we can not only prevent vascular events, but can also cure atherosclerosis. Currently there are three drug groups (statins, ezetimibe and PCSK9- inhibitors), which have complete evidence that their use can reduce the number of cardiovascular events and plaque regression can be achieved. Despite many convincing clinical trials, lipid-lowering therapy is on the cardiovascular prevention palette in the just tolerated or forced applied category. In order to take advantage of its potentials at an appropriate level, as doctors, we have to approach to it by considering its importance. We should communicate to our patients that it’s about a life-long treatment, which not only can reduce the possibility of cardiovascular events, but also can slow down the aging process of the arteries. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 10, 2020

[Recommendations of the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) for dyslipidaemia. Focused on: primary prevention]

BAJNOK László

[In 2019 the European Atherosclerosis So­ciety (EAS) and European Society of Car­dio­logy (ESC) renewed their dyslipidae­mia guidelines. The new version is more progressive than the previous ones. Thus, in the low-risk, not severely hy­per­choles­te­ro­lae­mic population cholesterol-lowering medication is also suggested. Except this low-risk group, atherogenic target values, e.g. for LDL-cholesterol, were reduced by an entire category, in some cases to the lowest one. If these goals cannot be achieved with statin-monotherapy, combined treatment is recommended generally by the cholesterol inhibitor ezetimib, and in some very high-risk cases also by innovative cholesterol lowering so-called PCSK9 inhibitor. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2018

Can high uric acid levels be an independent risk factor for acute ischemic stroke due to large-artery atherosclerosis?

ACAR Türkan, ARAS Guzey Yesim, GÜL Sinem Sidika, ACAR Atılgan Bilgehan

Introduction - Uric acid is a molecule that is known to act as a natural antioxidant in acute oxidative stress conditions such as acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Although there are several studies on the prognostic value of serum uric acid (UA) level, especially the AIS, its importance in ischemic stroke is still controversial. Our aim in this study is to investigate whether the serum UA level is an indicative biomarker in the large-artery atherosclerosis in the AIS etiology. Material and method - Of the patients admitted to Sakarya University Training and Research Hospital Depart-ment of Neurology between January 2017 and November 2017, 91 hospitalized patients, who had AIS diagnosis and had their uric acid levels measured, were analyzed retrospectively. Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension (HT), smoking habit, obesity, gout, hyperlipidemia (HL) and renal failure were excluded from the study. Patients were classified as anterior system and posterior system infarct. Then, patients were divided into two groups, one with internal carotid artery (ICA) > 50% stenosis and the other with ICA < 50% stenosis according to carotid-vertebral artery doppler USG examination performed for etiology. Serum UA, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin and indirect bilirubin levels of both groups were statistically compared. Results - In the comparison of serum UA values of ICA>50% stenosis and ICA<50% stenosis group of AIS patients, a statistically significant difference was found between the UA levels (p<0.000), but there was no difference between total bilirubin, direct bilirubin and indirect bilirubin values (p>0.05). Conclusion - High uric acid levels can be considered an independent, indicative risk factor for large-artery disease in AIS.

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 01, 2000

[Antibacterial therapy: 2000 balance and perspectives]

GRABER Hedvig

[Following a brief history of antibacterial therapy and evaluating the achievements and damages occurred, authors focus on today's problems and the following statements are made: Principles of treatment are clearly defined, however the choice of antibiotics may vary in time and in regions according to the differences in bacterial resistance. Antibacterials of the last decade (III-IV. generation fluoroquinolones, streptogramins, oxazolidinones, new vancomycine analogues) are intended to be effective against multiresistant Gram-positive cocci. Beside bacterial resistance, the most difficult therapeutic problems are the infections in the immunocompromised patients. The role of infection in the pathogenesis of certain diseases, e.g. ventricular/duodenal ulcer and probably atherosclerosis, has only recently been discovered; here new prospects may open for antibacterials. Data of the antibiotic utilization in Hungary show radical changes in the last years. Conclusion: the immense power of antibiotics still has its limits: to conquer bacterial disease successfully the intelligent combination of antibiosis, asepsis and immunization are required. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2000

[Cardiovascular risk management ]

KARLÓCAI Kristóf, CZURIGA István

[Recent success in the management of cardio vascular disease does not render prevention unimportant, rather emphasizes its importance. The process of prevention begins with setting the priorities, followed by determination of the risk of the patient based on clinical data. Life style, laboratory results and signs of subclinical atherosclerosis have great impact on the combined multifactorial risk. Professional advice to lifestyle modification can significantly reduce the risk. Additionally, adequate treatment of hypertension, diabetes mellitus and cholesterol abnormalities serve as preventive procedures, as well as the necessary coronary intervention and revascularization. Longer life expectancy, as the result of prevention, has both social and financial benefit. This result can only be expected after the required investment. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 20, 1996

[Apolipoprotein E4 as a genetic risk factor in Alzheimer's Disease]

KÁLMÁN János, JANKA Zoltán

[Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a glycoprotein participating in the lipid transport and metabolism and in the neuronal regeneration processes. The gene of apo (APOE) is localized on the long arm of chromosome 19. The genetic polymorphism of APOE is manifested in three common alleles. The frequencies of these alleles, APOE2, APOE3, APOE4 are different in various human populations depending on their geographical origin. The APOE alleles have been considered to be responsible for the inter-individual variations of the serum cholesterol level. Besides its function in lipid transport, there are other relatively unknown but proven functions of apoE in the development of the nervous system and in peripheral nerve regeneration after injury. ApoE is considered as an important etiophathogenetic factor of atherosclerosis, familial hypercholesterolaemia and hyperlipoproteinaemia type III. The results of biochemical, molecular biological, population genetic and neuropathological examinations of the last three years have provided evidence that APOE4 alleles could be important risk factors of Alzheimer's dementia (AD). Recent findings regarding the relationship of apoE and AD are reviewed by the authors in connection with other aetiopathogenetic factors such as development of senile plaques, mutations of amyloid precursor protein gene, familial and sporadic forms of AD. These factors are discussed in relation to the therapeutic implications and dilemmas of genetic testing of APOE in AD.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 30, 2021

Fatal outcome of cervical myelopathy caused by fibrocartilaginous embolism. Rare cause of spinal vascular damage

FOLYOVICH András, HAVAS László, VADÁSZ Gizella, FEHÉR Ágnes, VADASDI Károly, SZABÓ Zsolt, TÓTH Kornélia, BÉRES-MOLNÁR Anna Katlin, TOLDI Gergely

Fibrocartilaginous embolism is a rare cause of ischemic myelopathy. Authors report a case of a 39-year-old woman with progressive tetraparesis and severe autonomic dysfunction. Despite of the detailed examinations, the definite diagnosis was verified by autopsy. The patient was admitted because of progressive pain and numbness of the upper extremities and tetraparesis. Hypotonic muscles of the lower extremities with mild tetraparesis were observed. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an intramedullary lesion at the level of the cervical V-VII vertebral. Patient’s tetraparesis worsened gradually to plegia with urinary retention. Expansive, rapidly progressing multiple decubiti developed, which were resistant to therapy. In spite of the complex therapy, the patient died. No internal disease was found to explain the death by autopsy. Multiple subacute infarctions of the cervical myelon (involving the lateral columns as well) in the territory of the anterior spinal artery were verified by neuropathological examination. The occluded vessels were filled by a material containing cartilaginous cells, while signs of atherosclerosis or thrombosis were not present. Cartilaginous embolism of spinal arteries was diagnosed.