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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.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2021

Evaluation of the effectiveness of transforaminal epidural steroid injection in far lateral lumbar disc herniations

EVRAN Sevket, KATAR Salim

Far lateral lumbar disc herniations (FLDH) consist approximately 0.7-12% of all lumbar disc herniations. Compared to the more common central and paramedian lumbar disc herniations, they cause more severe and persistent radicular pain due to direct compression of the nerve root and dorsal root ganglion. In patients who do not respond to conservative treatments such as medical treatment and physical therapy, and have not developed neurological deficits, it is difficult to decide on surgical treatment because of the nerve root damage and spinal instability risk due to disruption of facet joint integrity. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) on the improvement of both pain control and functional capacity in patients with FLDH. A total of 37 patients who had radicular pain caused by far lateral disc herniation which is visible in their lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, had no neurological deficit and did not respond to conservative treatment, were included the study. TFESI was applied to patients by preganglionic approach. Pre-treatment Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores of the patients were compared with the 3rd week, 3rd month and 6th month scores after the procedure. The mean initial VAS score was 8.63 ± 0.55, while it was 3.84 ± 1.66, 5.09 ± 0.85, 4.56 ± 1.66 at the 3rd week, 3rd month and 6th month controls, respectively. This decrease in the VAS score was found statistically significant (p = 0.001). ODI score with baseline mean value of 52.38 ± 6.84 was found to be 18.56 ± 4.95 at the 3rd week, 37.41 ± 14.1 at the 3rd month and 34.88 ± 14.33 at the 6th month. This downtrend of pa­tient’s ODI scores was found statistically significant (p = 0.001). This study has demonstrated that TFESI is an effective method for gaining increased functional capacity and pain control in the treatment of patients who are not suitable for surgical treatment with radicular complaints due to far lateral lumbar disc hernia.

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

[Physical Dimensions of Quality of Life on Dialysis and Renal Transplant Patients]

BABARCI Ágnes, BOROS Edit, BALOGH Zoltán

[End stage renal failure is a disease with a serious impact on the everyday life of patients. The aim of this study is to measure and compare the quality of life of patients on hemodialysis and following renal transplant in Szeged, based primarily on physical dimensions and to compare the results with similar national and international data. Throughout the research the authors used the Kidney Disease Qualitiy of Life Questionnary- Short Form-36, the Illness Intrusiveness Rating Scale, and their own questionnary. They involved 111 patients into their study from September 2018 to May 2019. The results show that among the dimensions regarding physical health the pain subscale in the renal transplant cohort reached the highest scores: 76±26 (average±SD) vs. 55±33 in the dialysis cohort. (p<0,001). The result of physical role functioning subscale was the lowest, reaching 69±25 points vs. 50±30 in the dialysis cohort. (p<0001). Analyzing the correlation of quality of life and illness intrusiveness, they found that the higher the quality of life result, the lower is the illness intrusiveness result (r=-0,478). Due to the results of the present study, it can be stated, that the quality of life in the dialysis cohort is lower in Szeged. These results may contribute to a holistic view of care of our patients. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

APRIL 30, 2020

[The Effectiveness of Pain Control in Cancer]

BÖGYÖS Dorina Viola, KIRÁLY Edit

[Introduction: Cancer diseases pose a serious public health issue nowadays, as they are among the leading causes of death. As today it is possible to live with this disease for a long time, the quality of life, which is greatly affected by pain, becomes a very important factor. Objective: The purpose of the research is to investigate and explore potential existing problems in the field of cancer pain relief in Hungary and to propose solutions to these problems. In our questionnaire survey, we asked patients suffering from tumors who were in pain and living their lives at home. The research was an anonymous cross-sectional study using descriptive and comparative statistical methods. The average age of respondents was 55 and most of them were women. Answers showed that primary tumors appear mostly in breasts (n=25) or the lungs (n=13). Metastasis developed by almost 30% of the patients. 42% of the respondents experienced severe pain (VAS ≥7 point), which they estimated to last for 1-2 (n=40) or rather 4-5 hours daily (n=30). Almost two third of the respondents were using products containing NSAID (n=64). The number of mild (n=18) versus strong painkiller (n=15) users were almost equal. There was a significant difference between groups of patients experiencing “mild-medium” (p=0,01) versus “mild-strong” pains (p=0,004) due to the usage of medication containing stronger opioids. From this revealed that individuals with greater pain used potent analgetics. More than half of the patients use some sort of sleep or relax aid as a supplement to their medication. Patients with metastasis (n=28) use strong (n=7) as well as mild analgesics (n=10) in greater numbers than those without metastasis. The results reveal that in Hungary, relatively few patients with cancer diseases use strong opioid-containing drugs despite of the fact that their pains are severe. Therefore, a nearly precise estimate of pain levels would be important. Fear of side effects is often unjustified and cannot limit the choice of appropriate therapy. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 21, 2020

[The metamizole]

DUMELE Andreea

[Metamizole in use for almost 100 years, is reviving in our days since it has proved its efficiency and gained popularity during the past years. By its special triple effect (analgesic, antipyretic and spasmolytic) it has a wide range of indications. Among the non-opioid analgesics it is one of the most powerful painkillers. Metamizole is a prodrug, since it transforms into active metabolites within the human body. Its action mechanism is complex, not completely understood so far. Contrasted to classic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, metamizole has low anti-inflammatory effect. Its severe, but very rare side effect – i.e. the agranulocytosis - hindered its administration for years and even today it is under intense discussions. Based on international studies, it proved to be a well tolerable, safe medication. Its side effect profile differs from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, thus in NSAID contraindications it provides an excellent alternative. Its good water solubility makes metamizole suitable for both oral and parenteral administration. For its efficiency and good safety profile, metamizole has been correctly reintroduced to the supply of over-the-counter painkillers in our country.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

[Second game, 37th move and Fourth game 78th move]

VOKÓ Zoltán

[What has Go to do with making clinical decisions? One of the greatest intellectual challenges of bedside medicine is making decisions under uncertainty. Besides the psychological traps of traditionally intuitive and heuristic medical decision making, lack of information, scarce resources and characteristics of doctor-patient relationship contribute equally to this uncertainty. Formal, mathematical model based analysis of decisions used widely in developing clinical guidelines and in health technology assessment provides a good tool in theoretical terms to avoid pitfalls of intuitive decision making. Nevertheless it can be hardly used in individual situations and most physicians dislike it as well. This method, however, has its own limitations, especially while tailoring individual decisions, under inclusion of potential lack of input data used for calculations, or its large imprecision, and the low capability of the current mathematical models to represent the full complexity and variability of processes in complex systems. Nevertheless, clinical decision support systems can be helpful in the individual decision making of physicians if they are well integrated in the health information systems, and do not break down the physicians’ autonomy of making decisions. Classical decision support systems are knowledge based and rely on system of rules and problem specific algorithms. They are utilized widely from health administration to image processing. The current information revolution created the so-called artificial intelligence by machine learning methods, i.e. machines can learn indeed. This new generation of artificial intelligence is not based on particular system of rules but on neuronal networks teaching themselves by huge databases and general learning algorithms. This type of artificial intelligence outperforms humans already in certain fields like chess, Go, or aerial combat. Its development is full of challenges and threats, while it presents a technological breakthrough, which cannot be stopped and will transform our world. Its development and application has already started also in the healthcare. Health professionals must participate in this development to steer it into the right direction. Lee Sedol, 18-times Go world champion retired three years after his historical defeat from AlphaGo artificial intelligence, be­cause “Even if I become the No. 1, there is an entity that cannot be defeated”. It is our great luck that we do not need to compete or defeat it, we must ensure instead that it would be safe and trustworthy, and in collaboration with humans this entity would make healthcare more effective and efficient. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

[Lung cancer – a review of thirty years. Thoughts about the past struggles, the present results and promises of the future]

OSTOROS Gyula

[In the past thirty years there was a huge development in the complex treatment of lung cancer. This development is due mostly to the last decade. Nihilism of lung cancer treatment is over and it is a reality that even patients in advanced stage turn out curable by appropriate therapy and their condition may be changed for a chronic disease while using anti-tumour therapy. Thirty years ago, the realistic life expectancy of six to eight months in advanced stage mounted nowadays significantly, and may surpass even five years in a number of cases. It required adequate diagnostic background, which provided the biomarker based treatment. In early stage surgical resection has a fundamental role, coupled with modern complex neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment, while new surgical techniques also contributed to the improvement of therapeutic results. The same is true for radiation therapy. The same complex strategy is prevailing also in pharmaceutical options, which are dominated by modalities of cytotoxic chemotherapies and targeted immunothe­rapies. Multidisciplinary teams play a significant role in strategic decisions of lung cancer treatment. The future ways are indicating repeated innovations of tar­geted therapies and extended indica­tions of immunotherapy in terms of precision medicine. However, we must keep in mind also the primary and secondary prevention with effective smoking cessation programs and low-dose chest CT scree­ning applied as usual soon in the risk groups. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

DECEMBER 30, 2019

[Perfusionist’s status in Hungary and the application of the low prime in coronary artery bypass]

DEÁK András, FUSZ Katalin, PRÉMUSZ Viktória, RAPOSA L. Bence, VÁRADYNÉ Horváth Ágnes, MADARÁSZ Ildikó, OLÁH András

[With the development of the equipments of extracorporeal circulation, international studies underline reducing the amount of filling fluid. Our retrospective study was conducted at the Heart Surgery Clinic of the University of Pécs between 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 with ECC cardiac operated patients. During the document analysis, data were collected from 157 patients between 50 and 70 years who underwent CAB surgery. They were classified into Low- (n=47) and Standard-prime (n=110) group. Medium negative correlation (r=-0.28; p<0.001) was found between prime/body surface area and haematocrit during last perfusion. As inflammatory parameter, the last measured CRP values were 36.00 mg/l (low) vs. 70.62 mg/l (standard). Our research justified the use of low-prime during ECC. The implementation of the method requires the scientific advancement of perfusionists, the preparation of national protocols and the improvement of the perfusionist’s training and legal background. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 21, 2020

[Teleconsultations in general practice during coronavirus epidemiological emergency]

PAPP Renáta, OBERFRANK Ferenc, BALOGH Sándor

[Modifications of operating the health care belong to the preventive measures of the COVID-19 epidemic. Their priority period was the time interval between March 21, and May 3, 2020. Teleconsultation played an emphasized and dedicated role among General Practitioners (GPs) and the range of health services available through telemedicine was published by the legislation. In the present study, we evaluated the experiences of GPs according to the mandatory family practice guidelines in this period using electronically administered questionnaires sent back by the GPs themselves. 83% of respondents considered that the number of patients consulted by teleconsultations increased significantly if contrasted to the pre-epidemic period. Of the tools used in teleconsultation, all respondents mentioned the telephone, 85.5% mentioned e-mail, while 40% also included social media applica­tions. Prescribing drugs to known chronic patients and documentation were most feasible without face-to-face ap­pointment. 96.5% of GPs responded that they are ready to use teleconsultation even after the epidemiological emergency. We conclude that the GPs met the requirements and responded quickly to the introduction of telemedicine in the epidemiological emergency, which reduced effectively personal contacts in the health care, and according to the feedbacks, “remote” cases got solved successfully. Additionally, telemedicine has also its place in the GP offices in terms of patient care and specialist consultations as well. The implementation of telemedicine is expected to provide opportunities for more rational patient care and management. The development of telemedicine protocols is necessary and actual to support patient safety and medical responsibility.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

[GLP-1 receptor agonists in the elderly]

WINKLER Gábor

[According to current guidelines of type 2 diabetes, treatment, glucagon-like pep­tide (GLP) -1 receptor agonists (RAs) are primary suggested drugs of the early antidiabetic medication, just after the first an­ti­­diabetic metformin. However, more and more arguments support their optional application in old age diabetes. These include multi-target strong glycemic ef­fects, low risk of hypoglycaemia, proven cardio- and nephroprotective nature of long- and ultra long-acting derivatives, multifaceted be­neficial pleiotropic effects, as well as the appearence of their fixed combinations with analogue basal insulins effective in weight loss and lowering the blood pressure. This study reviews specific aspects of blood sugar lowering treatment in the elderly and the potential benefits of choosing GLP-1 RAs in this age group. While presenting data of relevant literature and own experiences it is emphasized, that these preparations can be used safely in long term also in this age group.]