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Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2019

[Multiple ischemic stroke in Osler-Rendu-Weber disease]

SALAMON András, FARAGÓ Péter, NÉMETH Viola Luca, SZÉPFALUSI Noémi, HORVÁTH Emese, VASS Andrea, BERECZKY Zsuzsanna, TAJTI János, VÉCSEI László, KLIVÉNYI Péter, ZÁDORI Dénes

[Hereditary hemorrhagic teleangiectasia (HHT, Osler-Rendu-Weber disease) is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder caused by the mutation of several possible genes and characterized by malformations of the arteriovenous system in multiple organs. The clinical diagnosis is based on the Curaçao criteria ((1) spontaneous, recurrent epistaxis; (2) teleangiectasias in characteristic sites (lips, oral cavity, nose, fingers); (3) visceral lesions (gastrointestinal, pulmonary, cerebral, spinal); (4) affected first degree relative). The aim of this study is to present the first genetically confirmed Hungarian case of hereditary hemorrhagic teleangiectasia with multiple ischemic strokes. Our 70-year-old woman has been suffering from severe epistaxis since her childhood and presented gastrointestinal bleeding during her adulthood as well. The characteristic skin lesions developed in the 5th decade of life. She was admitted to our department with loss of consciousness and fluctuating speech and swallowing problems. MRI of the brain supplemented with angiography revealed multiple arteriovenous malformations and multiple subacute ischemic lesions. The EEG demonstrated slowing of electric activity in the left frontal lobe. The neuropsychological assessment showed deficits in anterograde memory and executive functions. The diagnostic work-up for other characteristic alterations identified an arteriovenous malformation in the left lung. The genetic analysis demonstrated a heterozygous mutation in the 7th exon of the ENG gene at position 834 resulting in a thymine duplication and an early stop codon by a frame shift. The present case is largely similar to those already described in literature and draws the attention to the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the care of HHT patients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2019

[Animal-assisted therapies for the treatment of elderly dementia ]


[The therapeutic value of the relationship between humans and animals should be considered in the cases of patients suffering from dementia with the onset in old age. This paper provides an overview of the animal assisted interventions in dementia. Reviews emphasize the positive effects of pet-keeping on mental and physical quality of life. However, it can also have adverse effects unless the pet is selected with caution. Regular animal assisted therapies within institutional framework provide a valuable potential programme for the patients in care. Articles published so far depict the physiological, social and psychological output variables of animal assisted therapies. The enhancement of social behavior is considered to be a specific factor of animal assisted therapies. Among the physiological symptoms the enhanced physical activity, the decrease of stress response and sympathic activation have been highlighted. Among the psychological functions reduction of state anxiety, mood lift and the reduction of negative emotions such as isolation and abandonment should be underlined. Acknowledging the available results, it seems that cognitive efficacy is less impacted directly by animal assisted therapies. However, promising results have been acquired in the alleviation of the behavioural and psychological symptoms related to dementia ]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Evaluation of symptom severity, functional status and anxiety levels in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome with different electrophysiological stages

SEVINC Gürses Eftal, TEKESIN Aysel, TUNC Abdulkadir

Objective - The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between electrophysiological stage, symptom severity, functional status and anxiety levels in patients with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Materials and methods - This study included 130 patients in the 25-79 age group who were classified as clinically and electrophysiologically idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome in our electromyography (EMG) laboratory. Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to assess pain during rest and activity. The Boston Carpal Tunnel Scale (BCTS) was used to evaluate symptom severity and functional status. Symptom Severity Scale (SSS) and Functional Capacity Scale (FCS) were assessed separately as a part of BCTS. Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) was used for anxiety assessment. Results - A total of 130 patients (25 males and 105 females) were enrolled to this prospective study. The mean age of the patients was 46.95 ± 10.57 years. When the electrophysiological stage was increased, it was found that SSS score and FCS score were increased (p <0.001). No significant correlation was detected between electrophysiological stage and VAS or BAI score. There was a positive correlation between VAS scores and SSS, FCS and BAI scores (p <0.001). Symptom severity and functional status were correlated with anxiety scores (p <0.001). SSS and FCS values of stage III and above patients were significantly higher than Stage I and II CTS patients (p <0.01). Conclusion - In conclusion, our study showed a significant correlation between symptom severity, functional status and anxiety in CTS patients. This can be interpreted as the mental deterioration of individuals with more severe symptoms. On the other hand, additional psychiatric support options should be recommended in cases of moderate findings but anxious symptoms. Electrophysiological findings shouldn’t be sufficient to measure the effect of the disease on the person.

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 20, 2018

[Gene modified T cells against cancer]


[Chimeric antigen receptor modified (CAR) T cells are hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of oncology. CAR T cells were first applied, with outstanding success, in the treatment of various leukaemias, yielding unprecedented antitumor activity and long periods of disease free survival. Following the success of CAR T cell therapy in leukaemias, solid tumors should now be targeted. These are more complex targets, therefore CAR T cell therapy needs to be further optimized for this purpose. Also, some unfortunate side effects, including the potentially deadly global inflammation called cytokine storm have to be minimized and possibly even eradicated. The next decade will be an exciting time to define whether this therapy which is yet exclusively used for cancer patients is also successful in the treatment of other diseases. In a recent study, T cells reengineered with CAR derived chimeric autoantibody receptors (CAAR) efficiently prevented disease progression in pre-clinical animal models simulating the serious autoimmune disorder, pemphigus vulgaris. Therapy was based on CAAR constructs which have the unique ability to selectively recognize and eliminate the B-cell clones secreting autoantibodies against a self-protein, thus playing a key role in disease pathogenesis and progression. In this review, we would like to give an overview about the history of the CAR T-cell concept, summarize briefly the currently running clinical trials, and discuss the challenges and future prospects of CAR T-cell therapy.]

Hypertension and nephrology

OCTOBER 20, 2018

[Hungarian Vasculitis Registry – results of the first five years]

HARIS Ágnes, TISLÉR András, ONDRIK Zoltán, FILE Ibolya, MÁTYUS János, ZSARGÓ Eszter, DEÁK György, AMBRUS Csaba

[Launching the Hungarian Vasculitis Registry aimed to collect information about prevalence and outcome of our patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis, and treatment protocols of the disease. The on-line data collection has been developing dynamically since its initiation five years ago, presently 278 patients’ files are available. Patients’ mean age is 58.2±14.5 years, 62% are women; their disease is associated with c-ANCA positivity in 51% and p-ANCA in 49%. At diagnosis GFR was 24.6±21.6 ml/min/1,73 m2, that time 29%, during the total follow up 39% of the registered subjects needed dialysis. Renal replacement therapy could be discontinued in 23% of them. In cases with focal histological changes, also with upper respiratory tract and skin involvement dialysis was significantly less frequently necessary, which underlines the importance of early diagnosis. In induction therapy steroid was administered for 94% of the patients, 85% of them got cyclophosphamide, 59% was treated by plasmapheresis, 11% got rituximab. Maintenance treat ment contained steroid in 80%, per os cyclophosphamide in 23%, parenteral cyclophosphamide in 22%, furthermore 40% of the patients got azathioprin, 8 subjects got mycophenolate and 6 got methotrexate. Median follow up was 30 months (IQR 6-78), during which period 20% of the patients died, 5% got kidney transplantation, and 5% were lost to follow up. Median survival was 14.8 years, five years survival was 85%, and ten years survival was 70%. Long term survival in patients with c-ANCA vasculitis seemed better comparing to p-ANCA vasculitis, but when correcting by age this difference disappeared. Predictors of death were age and dialysis dependent renal failure. Relapses developed in 27% of patients, 28% of them presented in the first year, 21% suffered it after five years of care. Collected data by the Hungarian Vasculitis Registry shows our society’s successful professional activity. Our results are comparable to the published data in the literature, yet there are several areas in our care where further improvements are warranted in order to increase our patient’s survival and quality of life.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

JUNE 30, 2018

[Survey of patient education among patients with hip arthroplasty]

BÉKÉS Brigitta, KIRÁLY Edit, BALOGH Zoltán

[Aim of the study: To analyse the training level of patients underwent hip replacement therapy in different periods of their health care. Methods: Traumatology and orthopaedic departments, ambulances and musculoskeletal rehabi-litations took part in the research. A self-made questionnaire was distributed among doctors and health professionals who cured these patients directly. The received data was analysed with the IBM SPSS Statistics 20. program. ANOVA test, 2-sample T-test and Chi-squared test were applied to analyse the coherences. P<0,05 was defined as the value of the significance limit. Results: 86 health care professionals participated in the survey. The overwhelming majority of them (45%) reported that unstructured, postoperative patient education was characteristic. Their education was dominated by communication techniques (n=68), while among the instrumental methods the use of information leaflets was dominated (n=13). Their activity was limited by the time lag and work overload (76%). Analysing the training levels, it was found that information about lifestyle changes and post-operative mobilization was significantly underused. Conclusion: Significant insufficiency were found in the education of the patients in terms of organization, and in the teaching methods and topics which were further aggravated by the mentioned hindering factors. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Anterior cerebral artery infarcts; two years follow-up study

LÜTFÜ Hanoglu, ELMIR Khanmammadov, SEMA Demirci, ÜMMÜHAN Altin, DURSUN Kirbaş, TAHA Hanoglu, BURAK Yulug

Objectives – Anterior cerebral infarct (ACA) infarcts are reported very rare that is due to the compensatory collateral circulation provided by the anterior communicating artery. There are very few studies reporting the long-term follow-up results of ACA infarcts regarding their aetiology, clinical features and prognosis. Most studies reported in the literature vary between several months to one year. Patients and methods – A total of 27 patients with ACA infarcts were registered (14 women and 13 men). The mean age of the patients was 68.5 (age range: 45–89 years). Results – Bilateral ACA infarcts were reported in four patients (14.8%), right ACA infarct in 11 (40%) patients and left ACA infarct in 12 patients (44%). During the initial examination 15 patients (55.5%) were found to have apathy, 13 patients (48%) had incontinence, nine patients (33.3%) had primitive reflexes, 11 patients (40.7%) had aphasia, while six patients (22.2%) were found to suffer from neglect. At the end of one-year follow-up, five patients (22.7%) were reported to have apathy, 6 patients (27.2%) had incontinence, one patient (4.5%) had primitive reflexes, while one patient (4.5%) was found to have permanent aphasia, and no patients was found to suffer from neglect. Conclusion – Here we present our clinical data regarding the aetiology, specific clinical characteristics (including the speech disorders) and prognosis of 27 patients with ACA infarcts during a relatively longer follow-up period (3 months – 30 months) in compared to previous literature. We show that there are differences in the etiological factors of ACA infarcts between the Asian and European communities. Regarding speech disorders which are frequently reported during ACA infarcts, our study results are in agreement with other studies suggesting that this clinical picture is more than a real aphasia and associated with general hypokinesia and reduction in psychomotor activity.

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Measurement and value of blood pressure variability in increasing the number of patients reaching target blood pressure goal in hypertension]

KÉKES Ede, JÁRAI Zoltán, PAKSY András, KISS István

[The authors evaluate the indexes and their usefulness of the short term (ABPM), medium and long term measurement of the blood pressure variability in the care phase of the hypertensive population in Hungary by using a one-year multicentre prospective observational study. The population was split into two parts: in the active group, telemedicine tools were used to maximize the patientphysician relationship and patient education, their own activity. In the non-active group, traditional care took place. Among these, 6725, 18-64 years and 1005, 65 + years of hypertensive patients were analysed. At the start of the study, ABPM was performed in 243 cases. 1407 diabetic hypertensive patients were compared to non-diabetic patients. They have analysed previous international and domestic experiences. In the present study, the reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure variability was successful and significant in the 18-64 age group during the whole patients’ care phase, but a larger systolic variability reduction in the active group was achieved. In the 65+s, the systolic variability reduction was found to be significant, but the variability indexes in the active group were also smaller. In the 65+s, the diastolic variability did not change significantly in either group. In diabetic hypertension, variability indices were only reduced to 12 months. It could be clearly demonstrated that a high-level physician patient relationship has a beneficial effect on blood pressure fluctuation in hypertensive patients.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

[Hungary’s anthropometric position based on national public health screening (2010-2017). Data and correlation analysis - Part I.]

KÉKES Ede, BARNA István, DAIKI Tenno, Dankovics Gergely, †KISS István

[The aim of the study is to present a Hungarian anthropometric profile on a full-scale basis (body mass, BMI, waist circumference, waist/hip ratio, percentage of body fat, abdominal fat mass) based on the data of the “Nationwide Comprehensive Health Screening Program in Hungary 2010-2020” collected over 8 years. In the analysis we processed 70,094 women and 67,549 men. We found, that in the Hungarian society, overweight and obesity was on the rise between 2010 and 2017, and beyond 2014 its rate was ever higher. Growth of body fat and abdominal fat is characteristic for both sexes, but abdominal obesity in relative terms of waist size, waist/hip ratio and percentage of body fat is significantly higher in morbid obese women. The fact is particularly worrying that these growth trends are already present in age groups of 18-26. These signs warn us definitely that we need to take a greater part in influencing the lifestyle, eating habits of individuals and in the promotion of physical activity.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

[Physical training in dialysis population]


[The impaired physical activity and the related increased cardiovascular risk is caracteristic in all stages of chronic kidney diseases. The regular physical activity has a beneficial effect on the metabolic risks associated with chronic kidney disease, dialysis and poor activity lifestyle, it also has favorable effect on the inflammatory state, poor physical performance, muscle loss and can improve the quality of life and life expectancy. Accordingly, the international and Hungarian guidelines suggest at least 150 minutes physical activity with moderate intensity per week - at least five days, 30 minutes each day. But there are no particular guidelines for dialysated patients. This article, without being exhaustive, in part using our own experiences, present suggestions for the physical activity of dialysated patients.]