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Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 30, 2020

Autonomic nervous system may be affected after carpal tunnel syndrome surgery: A possible mechanism for persistence of symptoms after surgery

ONDER Burcu, KELES Yavuz Betul

After carpal tunnel surgery, some patients report complaints such as edema, pain, and numbness. Purpose – The aim of this study was to evaluate autonomic nervous system function in patients with a history of carpal tunnel surgery using sympathetic skin response (SSR). Thirty three patients (55 ±10 years old) with a history of unilateral operation for carpal tunnel syndrome were included in the study. The SSR test was performed for both hands. Both upper extremities median and ulnar nerve conduction results were recorded. A reduced amplitude (p=0.006) and delayed latency (p<0.0001) were detected in the SSR test on the operated side compared to contralateral side. There was no correlation between SSR and carpal tunnel syndrome severity. Although complex regional pain syndrome does not develop in patients after carpal tunnel surgery, some of the complaints may be caused by effects on the autonomic nervous system.

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2019

[Empirical examination of the persistence value among the students studying health-care at the beginning of student professionalization]

DINYÁNÉ Szabó Mariann, PUSZTAI Gabriella

[INTRODUCTION – Students in healthcare studies can help maintain the mental base and maintain their health if the lecturers know the degree of student persistence. When entering higher education, it is possible to measure the pre-university experience. Persistence determines the student's relationship to learning and can be a predictor of learning success. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS – A questionnaire study (N = 200) of the 1st year student (N = 200) of the Health Care Organization (BSc) of the University of Debrecen and Semmelweis University. For the continuous Persistence Variable a descriptive statistical method was used, an independent two-sample t-test was used for comparison between groups, and Hedges-g was used to express the effect size. We used the GLM (General Linear Model) model for fitting the persistence model. By means of factor analysis, we constructed factors from the significant predictor variables of the GLM model, which helped us assessing students' chances of learning. To quantify the strength of evidence against null hypothesis P < 0.05 (5% significance) was chosen as a standard level for concluding that there is evidence against the hypothesis tested. Statistical analysis was performed with IBM SPSS Statistics 24.0 (SPSS, Chicago, IL). RESULTS – The persistence factor loadings can be divided into three types: high, medium and low. High persistence rearranges student preferences, low interest persistence, minimal interest in academic engagement. In the case of middle-ranking people, the importance of volunteering (life-experience) and friendship is paramount. CONCLUSIONS – The results indicate that at the beginning of the student life there is a willingness, diligence, acceptance of academic values, interest or lack of interest in future success studies. During the stu­dies, these features can be monitored and the necessary interventions can be made in time.]

Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 10, 2019

[One-year persistence of fixed-dose combinations of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and calcium channel blocker in hypertensive patients]


[Introduction: The most recent European guidelines for the treatment of hypertension suggest the use of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system antagonists (RAAS inhibitors) and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) or diuretics fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) as the first therapeutic option. In antihypertensive therapy, the patient’s adherence is one of the most important factors in reducing unwanted cardiovascular events. Aim: Our aim was to assess the one-year persistence of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and CCB FDCs in hypertensive patients. Method: Authors have analysed the prescription database of the National Health Insurance Fund in Hungary on pharmacy claims between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Those patients were identified who filled prescriptions for FDCs of ACEI and CCBs prescribed for the first time for hypertensive patients and who had not re ceived similar drugs during the year before. Apparatus of survival analysis was used, where ‘survival’ was the time to abandon the medication. Results: 124,388 patients met the inclusion criteria. One-year persistence rate and hazard ratio (HR) of discontinua tion in patients with ramipril/amlodipine FDC was 54% (HR = 1.00, reference), perindopril/amlodipine 47% (HR = 1.30, p<0.0001), lisinopril/amlodipine 36% (HR = 1.79, p<0.0001), ramipril/felodipine 26% (HR = 2.28, p<0.0001) and trandolapril/verapamil 12% (HR = 4.13, p<0.0001). The average survival time of drug limited to 360 days was 270.2 days for ramipril/amlodipine FDC, 242.7 days for perindopril/amlodipine FDC, 211.2 days for lisinopril/amlodipine FDC, 186.3 days for ramipril/felodipine FDC and 125.7 days for trandolapril/verapamil FDC. Conclusions: The authors demonstrated that the one-year persistence of ACEI/CCB FDCs was significantly different in hypertensive patients. Ramipril/amlodipine FDC was more advantageous for patient adherence.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2018

[Modalities of the therapy of patients with high cardiovascular risk]


[International and Hungarian guidelines emphasize the need of the combinations in the therapy of hypertension. Single pill combinations (SPC) are preferred. The importance of the treatment reducing cardiovascular risk is underlined by the fact that in most hypertensive patients other cardiovascular risk factors, among them most frequently dyslipidemia is present. In addition to antihypertensive drugs these patients should be treated also with those decreasing plasma lipids. Adherence / persistence to therapy of patients is greatly improved by the use of single pill combinations. Today we also have SPCs decreasing both, blood pressure and plasma lipids. Among them there is the combination containing amlodipine and atorvastatin. Several international and Hungarian clinical studies have been conducted. Results of these investigations have been described in several publications. In this paper I summarise the most important results of some of these studies. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Significance of patient adherence in the treatment of hypertension]


[Hypertension is the one of most frequent chronic disease which a major but modifiable cardiovascular risk factor. In treating of hypertension after life style therapy, drug treatment has an essential role. Patient adherence plays a significant role achieving target blood pressure. One of most important cause of resistant hypertension is the non-adherence. Factors influencing adherence include the number of drugs, their daily dosage frequency, the properties of the drug groups used, age and gender too. According to international and domestic studies, the number of people leaving medication is very high. The disadvantage is clear because these patients lack of benefit from the protective effects of drugs.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Patient-practitioner cooperation - medication adherence and persistence in the CONADPER-HU study]


[Hypertension is a common popular disease, it basically determines the health status, morbidity, cardiovascular mortality, rehabilitation and quality of life of the population. Prevention, early detection, effective treatment of the disease, quality of care is an important part of the people’s health program. The success of the therapy, the attainment and long-term maintenance of the target blood pressure - in addition to many other factors - is determined by drug adherence and persistence, one of the crucial elements of which is the optimal cooperation of the physician and patient. The poor persistence causes most of the therapeutic failures. The main objective of the CONADPER-HU study was to optimize practitionerpatient cooperation (increased control, information delivery, home blood pressure measurement, telemedicinal equipements and software use), thus increasing the proportion of patients with target blood pressure and reducing the number of resistant hypertensive patients. The study proved that the complex care system is effective and has a positive impact on persistence. It has also been clarified that the first three months will decide on further sustained therapeutic success.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 02, 2018

[The present and future of hypertension-care in Hungary]


[Hypertension is a population disorder of a kind that basically affects the health status, morbidity, mortality, quality of life of the population. The decrease complications its prevalence is favorably influenced by the correct treatment -defined by guidelines-, effective care, reaching and its sustained maintenance of target blood pressure, successful patient-physician co-operation. The importance of cooperation between the patient- physician- assistants- pharmacist is emphasized by numerous international organizations. The general quality of the health care system, the extensive use of the unified information system and the modern tools of telemedicine are increasingly important. The degree of drug adherence is also extremely important. According to our own experience, 40% of patients did not take the prescribed drugs in the second to third months of therapy. The Home Blood Pressure Measurement, Blood Pressure Monitoring as well as the patient education and drug revenue check mediated by smartphones, increase adherence. Real progress would mean that, like the care of heart failure, hypertension outpatients clinic (within the university centers, and the hospital departments of the county) would provide the therapeutic controll and care of the hypertensive patients.]

Hypertension and nephrology

OCTOBER 20, 2017

[Therapy of isolated systolic hypertension III.]


[In the elderly and very elderly (˃80 yrs), a wealth of data from large clinical trials are available, showing the necessity of treatment mostly with drug combinations - fix-combinations are preferred for increasing the adherence/persistence to therapy. Using diuretics, ACE-inhibitors/ARBs with calcium antagonists, and in special cases diuretics and beta blockers are also suggested by recent European guidelines (ESH, HSH). The target is <140 mmHg, but in octogenarians <150 mmHg. Some studies are pressing for even lower SBP (to around 120 mm Hg), but it seems to be wise to balance advantages/disadvantages, so the optimal SBP may be around 130 mmHg.]

Clinical Oncology

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

[Gene modifi ed T cell therapy for patients with cancer]


[T cells genetically modifi ed to express chimeric antigen receptors can combine the antigen specifi city of monoclonal antibodies with the cytotoxic function, active biodistribution and long term persistence of T cells. The approach can induce 90% complete remission rate in patients with CD19+ lymphoid leukemias; however, the in patients with solid tumors the antitumor effi cacy of CAR T cells have not reached similar levels yet. The increased levels of interleukin-6 due to T cell activation play key roles in the majority of side effects and using anti-IL-6 monoclonal antibody, tocilizumab can effectively treat these complications. Novel gene modifi cation strategies and improvements in CAR T cell manufacturing, the approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way patients with cancer are treated in the not too distant future.]

Hypertension and nephrology

MAY 20, 2017

[Isolated systolic hypertension in children and young adults I.]


[Prevalence of the isolated increase in systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg with normal or low diastolic blood pressure ≤80 mmHg, is defined as isolated systolic hypertension. Its prevalence increases with age up to >90% in patients aged >90 years. Isolated systolic hypertension is also found in the young and the clinical significance of it is still debated. For the therapy, those drugs should be used which have a license for use in children: angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin AT-1 receptor antagonists, calcium channel blockers beta-blockers and diuretics and their combinations. The young adults with isolated systolic hypertension had a much higher risk of dying from coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, then the normotensive individuals, and should be treated to normalise their blood pressure. In the elderly and very elderly (>80 yrs), a wealth of data from large clinical trials are available, showing the necessity of treatment mostly with drug combinations - fix-combinations are preferred for increasing the adherence / persistence to therapy. Using diuretics, ACE-inhibitors / ARBs with calcium antagonists, and when needed diuretics and beta-blockers are suggested by recent European guidelines. The target is <140 mmHg, but in octogenarians <150 mmHg. Some studies are pressing for even lower SBP (to around 120 mm Hg), but it seems to be wise to balance advantages / disadvantages, so the optimal SBP may be around 130 mmHg.]