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Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 15, 2017

[What turns labour pain into suffering? The individual ways of coping]

RADOS Melinda, MÉSZÁROS Judit

[INTRODUCTION - Pain is not only a sensory experience, but includes emotional, motivational and cognitive dimensions, thus women’s perceptions of labour pain are largely influenced by individual attitudes. The distinction between pain and suffering sheds light on valuable information. Our aim was to study the relationship between women’s labour pain and their sense of suffering, and the effects of epidural analgesia on their judgements of pain, stress and satisfaction. SAMPLE AND METHOD - 342 women participated in our study. Their pain was assessed with the Numerical Rating Scale, sense of suffering with the shortened Perceived Stress Scale, which were followed by questions of epidural analgesia administration, its perceived effects and satisfaction. RESULTS - Women’s feelings of pain and sense of suffering show a strong positive correlation (R=0,283, p<0,001); but with the increase of these dimensions their satisfaction decreased (R=-0,162 and R= -0,444 respectively, p<0,001). The administration of epidural analgesia did not have a significant effect on their judgements of pain, stress and satisfaction. Perceived stress had the strongest determining influence on satisfaction (b=-0,534, p<0,001). CONCLUSIONS - According to our results on pain relief, we suggest the wider use of various non-pharmacological methods. Alleviation of maternal fear and suffering through non-judgemental, patient and supportive attitude of caregivers is of paramount importance.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 15, 2017

[Differential diagnosis of anemia and abdominal pain - case report of a lead poisoned family]

NÉMETH Aliz, LISKA Zsófia, TÖRÖK Eszter, NÁDAI Mária, SCHANDL László, KIS János Tibor

[The authors describe a patient’s case, who was hospitalized with stomach pain. During the study of the patient, a microscopic examination of the blood vessel helped the diagnosis. Basophil eruptions of red blood cells raised the suspicion of lead poisoning, which was confirmed by a high lead level in the serum. The source of the lead poisoning was a lead covered jug, in which the family stored a homemade syrups that is popular among Hungarians. At several members of the family, who had been consumed the syrup, we measured high non-symptomatic lead levels. The patient and his family were successfully treated with a chelating therapy. The au-thors summarize the symptoms of lead poisoning through a case report. Call the attention that excessive lead exposure in Hungary is rarely recognized, and the symptoms are often misleading.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Nerve conduction study and gastrocnemius H reflex response in rheumatoid arthritis

EMRE Ufuk, ORTANCIL Özgül, UNAL Aysun, KIRAN Sibel, SAPMAZ Perihan, ATASOY Tugrul

Objectives - We aimed to evaluate nerve conduction studies and gastrocnemius H reflex responses in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and compared to the healthy adult subjects. Materials and methods - Twenty-six RA patients and twenty-two healthy adult subjects were included in the study. The nerve conduction study (NCS) findings and bilateral gastrocnemius H reflex responses were evaluated in all the groups. Age, gender, subcutaneous nodules, joint deformities, laboratory parameters, duration of disease, anti-rheumatic drug and steroid usage were recorded. Activity of disease was assessed using a 28-joint disease activity score (DAS28).The functional status was measured using the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ), pain intensity measured using a visual analog scale (VAS). Results - The rate of electroneuromyographic (ENMG) abnormalities was 73% in RA patients. The most common diagnosis was carpal tunnel syndrome (61.4%). There were no significant correlations between ENMG findings and clinical and laboratory features evaluated. Right H reflex latencies were statistically longer in RA patients (p=0.03). According to calculated cut-off levels, there were more subjects with longer H reflex latencies in RA patients. Conclusions - In this study, entrapment neuropathies were found common as independent identity from duration and severity of disease in RA patients. For H reflex latencies, cut-off values were longer in RA patients. It may provide information about the early neuropathic involvement of long peripheral nerves in RA patients. But this findings are needed to be supported by larger population study.

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Effect of maternal migraine on children’s quality of sleep

GÜNGEN Dogan Belma, YILDIRIM Ahmet, ARAS Guzey Yesim, ARAS Atılgan Bilgehan, TEKESIN Aysel, AYAZ Burcu Ayse

Backround and aim - Sleep disorders are common problems associated with migraine. These sleep disorders are known to have a debilitating impact on daily lives of migraine patients. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of sleep disorders experienced by individuals suffering from migraine on their children as well as the presence of sleep disorders in their children. Materials and methods - This study included 96 mothers diagnosed with migraine and their 96 healthy children, and a control group formed of 74 healthy mothers and their children. Exclusion criteria were chronic systemic disease or central nervous system disease or a history of smoking/alcohol use for mothers, and chronic disease or regularly occurring headaches or recurrent abdominal pain for children. For maternal evaluation, the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Migraine Disability Assessment Scale (MIDAS), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Beck Depression Index (BDI) and Beck Anxiety Index (BAI) were used and for the assessment of the children’s quality of sleep, the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ) was used. The SPSS 21.0 program was employed for statistical analysis, with statistical significance set at p<0.05. Findings - The mean age of the group with migraine was 36.6±7.1 years, while that of the control group was 38.01±4.7. Mood and sleep disorders were more frequently observed in the participants with migraine (p<0.05). Sleep disorders were significantly low in children with migraineur mothers (p=0.02); and child sleep anxiety is significantly high in control group (p=0.048). Maternal BAI scores had a significant influence on their children’s quality of sleep. Discussion and conclusion - In our study, the presence of migraine-type headache in mothers was observed to have a positive effect on reducing sleep disorders in the children. Recurrent headaches of the migraineur mothers with or without sleep disorders and psychiatric comorbidities did not influence the quality of sleep in their children directly, but the sleep anxiety of the children may have had an impact on it.

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

A case of secondary SUNCT syndrome

GUL Gunay, KANDEMIR Melek, KARA Batuhan, SAKALLI Karagoz Nazan, EREN Sengul Fulya

SUNCT syndrome, a rare form of primary headaches, may be secondary to pituitary tumours. The secondary forms usually related with prolactinomas. The response of dopamin agonists could be variable. In this study, we reported a case of SUNCT syndrome secondary to prolactinoma. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging was performed for this patient because of the increase in pain severity and frequency. A hemorrhage was detected into the prolactinoma ipsilateral to the pain. The headache attacks were taken undercontrol and remission was ensured with cabergoline in a short time.

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Correlation of vitamin D levels with electrophysiological findings and pain in the patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

DEMIRYÜREK Enes Bekir, SENTÜRK Asli

Objective - This study aimed to assess the correlation between vitamin D deficiency and electrophysiological findings and pain level in patients with symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Patients and method - A total of 131 patients with symptoms of CTS, 70 with vitamin D deficiency and 61 without vitamin D deficiency, were included in the study. Using demographic data and findings from electrophysiological examinations, the patients were divided into two groups based on their vitamin D level (Group 1: <20 ng/ml; Group 2: ≥20 ng/ml). The Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire was used to assess their CTS- related pain level. Results - Although the rate of CTS in the patients with a low vitamin D level was found to be high, no statistically significant correlation was observed between low vitamin D level and the frequency and severity of CTS. Additionally, the pain and functional loss ratio induced by CTS was found to be higher in the group with a lower vitamin D level than in the group with normal levels. Conclusion - Low vitamin D levels may increase the severity of CTS symptoms. Treatment of vitamin D deficiency in patients with CTS can play a role in reducing pain and disability.

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2017

[Fulvestrant: long-term survival and quality of life in a patient with hormone receptor-positive advanced breast cancer]

PINTÉR Tamás

[INTRODUCTION - There are lot of evidence showing the efficacy of fulvestrant therapy in HER-2 negative, HR-positive advanced metastatic breast cancer. CASE REPORT - A 75-year-old female had a mastectomy, followed by series of adjuvant and radiotherapy about 30 years ago. Later cutan metastases were removed several times. The endocrine therapy had to be stopped because of intolerance. An ER, PR positive, HER-2 negative cutan metastasis was resected 7 years ago for the last time. During regular checkup, 5 years ago pulmonary nodule and bone metastases were found, - PET-CT disclosed multiple metastatic lymph nodes as well. We started fulvestrant and bisphosphonate therapy. Thereafter, as imaging revealed, the malignant disease has stabilized, the patient has a good performance status, her musculo-skeletal pain has a presumably degenerative origin. DISCUSSION - Reported case corroborates the potential efficacy of fulvestrant and ibandronate in hormone sensitive breast cancer with good prognostic markers, even in the case of metastases in soft tissue and bone. This case supports the data, that in patients with not progressive bone metastases the frequency of administration of parenteral bisphosphonates may be reduced to every 3 months. Advanced metastatic breast cancer may be converted to a chronic disease in properly selected cases, and it could mean long-term survival with a good quality of life.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

[Advantages of the bevel down puncture technique]

SOMOSI László, KISS Szilvia, LADÁNYI Erzsébet

[The arterio-venous fistula is also called the dialysis patient’s lifeline. The name lifeline stands for the essential connection between the body and the dialysis machine. Keeping it in good condition is very important, because fistulas play a keyrole in the successful dialysis treatment. Fistula care is indispensable both from the nurse and patient side. The dialysis team is responsible for the fistula puncture and care. We introduced the bevel down puncture technique in November of 2011 for better arterio-venous shunt care. Our dialysis nurses were trained on the correct position of the fistula needle. We emphasised the benefits and long-term effects. We use this technique for all patients, except for the first fistula puncture. The bevel down puncture technique reduces the patient’s fear of fistula puncture as it causes less pain. After removal of the needle, the bleeding time decreased from the approximate 6-7 minutes to less than 5 minutes and bleeding volume is also decreased. It also reduces the size of the scab and the aneurysm formation. In our dialysis unit we have had good experiences with the bevel down puncturing technique, as it kept our patients’ fistulas in good condition, this may prolong vascular accesses lifetime.]

Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 20, 2017

[Cilostazol is effective and safe option for the treatment of intermittent claudication. Results of the NOCLAUD study]

FARKAS Katalin, JÁRAI Zoltán, KOLOSSVÁRY Endre

[Intermittent claudication can seriously impair the patients’ quality of life. Cilostazol was registered in Hungary in 2014. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cilostazol in patients with intermittent claudication. 1405 patients were enrolled to the 6 months, multicenter, non-interventional trial. From the 1331 patients, who completed the study, the data of 674 patients were subjected to efficacy analysis. Pain free and maximal walking distance and the 6 minute walking test improved significantly at 3 months (78.65%, 65.23%, 56.09%; respectively, p<0.001), and a further increase was observed after 6 months treatment (129.74%, 107.2, 80.38% respectively, p<0.001). Adverse events occured in 7.26% of the patients. The most frequent adverse events were headache, diarrhea, dizziness, tachycardia or palpitation. 24 patients (1.7%) stopped cilostazol treatment because of side effects. 6 month cilostazol treatment significantly increased the walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication, without important safety problems.]

JUNE 20, 2017

Cilostazol is effective and safe option for the treatment of intermittent claudication. Results of the NOCLAUD study

FARKAS Katalin, JÁRAI Zoltán, KOLOSSVÁRY Endre

Intermittent claudication can seriously impair the patients’ quality of life. Cilostazol was registered in Hungary in 2014. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cilostazol in patients with intermittent claudication. 1405 patients were enrolled to the 6 months, multicenter, non-interventional trial. From the 1331 patients, who completed the study, the data of 674 patients were subjected to efficacy analysis. Pain free and maximal walking distance and the 6 minute walking test improved significantly at 3 months (78.65%, 65.23%, 56.09%; respectively, p<0.001), and a further increase was observed after 6 months treatment (129.74%, 107.2, 80.38% respectively, p<0.001). Adverse events occured in 7.26% of the patients. The most frequent adverse events were headache, diarrhea, dizziness, tachycardia or palpitation. 24 patients (1.7%) stopped cilostazol treatment because of side effects. 6 month cilostazol treatment significantly increased the walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication, without important safety problems.