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Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

[Vascular biomarkers ]

BENCZÚR Béla

[While risk scores are invaluable tools for adapted preventive strategies, a significant gap exists between predicted and actual event rates. Additional tools to further refine the risk stratification of patients at an individual level are biomarkers. A surrogate endpoint is a biomarker that is intended as a substitute for and being realized earlier than a clinical hard endpoint. In order to be suitable as a surrogate endpoint of cardiovascular events, a biomarker should meet several well-defined criteria. It has been proposed that a plenty of potential vascular biomarkers would have a role in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention. Most of the biomarkers examined fit within the concept of early vascular aging. The only biomarkers that fulfill most of the criteria and, therefore, are close to being considered a clinical surrogate endpoint are carotid ultrasonography, ankle-brachial index and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 30, 2018

[Relationship between patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke in a retrospective hospital-based study]

BÖJTI Péter Pál, BARTHA Noémi Eszter, MAY Zsolt, BERECZKI Dániel, FÜLÖP Szilvia, SZAKÁCS ZOLTÁN, SZILÁGYI Géza

[Objective - After routine workup, 23-25% of ischemic strokes etiology remains unknown, i.e. cryptogenic. However, according to international results pathogenic patent foramen ovale (PFO) reveals in 25% of these cases. Aim of our retrospective study to prove the substantial etiological role of PFO-related stroke (PFO-RS) in cryptogenic strokes (CS), and to identify age related differences in stroke etiology. Methods - All new ischemic strokes of 2014-2015 were classified by ASCOD (Atherosclerosis, Small-vessel disease, Cardiac pathology, Other, Dissection) phenotyping. CS was defined when the etiology was unknown. With the help of special ultrasound techniques and RoPE (Risk of Paradoxical Embolism) score the portion of PFO-RS were determined in the examined CS population. Moreover, etiological distribution and differences between age groups (<40, 40-60, >60 years) were described. Results - During the examined period, 8.12% of 985 new ischemic strokes were categorized as CS. 41.38% of examined CS were found to be PFO-related. PFO-RS were considerably more frequent in the younger age groups than in the older age groups. The probability of appearance of PFO-RS were significantly higher in younger age than in case of age independency. Our results verify the substantial etiological role of PFO-RS in CS, and confirm the essential role of contrast enhanced functional transcranial Doppler in the routine diagnostic workup. Age related differences in stroke etiology were found to be statistically significant (p=0.000, df=14), in which small-vessel disease, cardiac pathology, dissection, other pathologies, CS and PFO-RS were contributed significantly. Based on our results, till in young age rare etiologies are typical, while in older age classical etiologies are mainly characteristic.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

[The importance and techniques of fluid status assessment in patients with heart and kidney disease]

LEDÓ Nóra, HORVÁTH Viktor József, TISLÉR András

[Managing the fluid balance in patients with chronic heart and kidney disease is critical, it exceptionally affects the success of the therapy. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize and treat the fluid overload or depletion as soon as possible. Plenty of methods are available to assess fluid status, which can help us to find the right diagnosis, plan and follow the therapy of the patients. The aim of our review article is to present the current techniques of estimating fluid status. Beside the widely used methods (e.g. physical examination, laboratory testing) we describe other techniques which are less common in the Hungarian clinical practice but easy to use, such as chest sonography and bioimpedance spectroscopy. To choose the right approach for assessing fluid status, we have to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the methods in consideration of the patient’s individual needs.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 25, 2013

[The significance of high-resolution ultrasonography in the diagnosis of peripheral nerve disorders]

SCHEIDL Erika, JOSEF Böhm, FARBAKY Zsófia, DEBRECZENI Róbert, BERECZKI Dániel, ARÁNYI Zsuzsanna

[High resolution ultrasonography is an emerging technique for the investigation of peripheral nerves and is increasingly used worldwide in the diagnosis of peripheral nerve disorders, however, until now it is not widespread in Hungary. According to the literature this method is especially useful in entrapment neuropathies, traumatic peripheral nerve injuries, tumors of the peripheral nerves and sonographically guided interventions. Ultrasonography allows precise morphological analysis and quantitative measurements of the nerves providing useful complementary information to electrodiagnostic data. In entrapment neuropathies ultrasound shows nerve swelling mainly proximal to the sites of compression and a focal change of echotexture. On longitudinal scan, an abrupt caliber change and spindle-like swelling of the compressed nerve segment can be seen. Evaluation of the anatomical background and visualisation of the postoperative and posttraumatic changes provide useful information for planning of the therapy. Ultrasound may be of significant help in localizing the pathological nerve segment when it is at an electrophysiologically inaccessible site or when substantial secondary axonal loss precludes precise electrophysiological localization and it might even show pathological changes when nerve conduction studies are normal. Contrary to electrophysiological investigation ultrasonography might discover neurotmesis in the akute phase of traumatic nerve injuries indicating the necessity of surgical intervention. We provide a summary of the main indications and further application areas of this method.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 30, 2012

[Stroke prevention - A population screening day in district XII of Budapest]

FOLYOVICH András, BAKOS Mária, KÁNTOR Zita, HERTELENDY Anna, HORVÁTH Eszter, ZSIGA Katalin, LAKATOS Henriette, VADASDI Károly

[Along with advances in the treatment of acute stroke, new efforts have been made to enhance efficiency of the prevention of cerebrovascular diseases. Population screening is a way to contact high-risk patients, and there is an increasing international and national experience with the procedure. However, efforts are associated with high costs, so an efficient method, complying with local features, should be selected from the various methods. A stroke prevention day was organized in Szent János Hospital, localized in district XII, and data were analyzed. Taking advantage of the potentials of a large hospital, a comprehensive risk assessment - within the capacity of health care workers - was performed. Program and contact information of the screening day was published in the local newspaper of the district. Data of 48 residents of the district were analyzed. In addition to neurologists, a radiologist, a cardiologist and an ophtalmologist, as well as health care workers were involved in the project. A data sheet was filled in for all participants, including known risk factors, BMI, blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. All participants had duplex sonography of the cervical vessels, cardiac evaluation and ophtalmic examination. Data were analyzed anonymously, and - if participants approved - postcode and educational level were also recorded. Among the 48 individuals screened, 35 were female and 13 were male. Average age was 62.86 (±8.57) years, and participants were typically of higher educational level. 5 individuals had no known risk factors, most of them had 2-3 risk factors, and multiple risk factors were not uncommon. Individuals with six and seven risk factors were also found. 20 of 27 patients with known hypertension had target blood pressure levels. By duplex sonography, 36 individuals had mild, 4 had significant atherosclerosis. There was no significant carotid stenosis or occlusion. Based on ophtalmic evaluation, 26 patients had signs of vascular disease (mainly hypertensive fundus changes). Cardiac evaluation detected 14 patients with cardiovascular risk. The high standard of primary care in the district was reflected by the fact that all the 6 highrisk individuals were already taken care of by general practitioners (GP-s). One of the leading conclusions from the evaluation of the data is that local press, family ties and local communities play a major role in recruiting people for a screening day. In order to increase efficiency and cost-efficacy of the program, GP-s should also be involved in the planning process, because efficiency may be increased by pre-selecting high-risk individuals.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2011

[A8344G mutation of the mitochondrial DNA with typical mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke like episodes syndrome]

VASTAGH Ildikó, GÁL Anikó, REMÉNYI Viktória, SEMJÉN Judit, LUKÁCS Tímea

[We report an unusual case of juvenile ischaemic stroke syndrome associated with the A8344G mutation in tRNALys gene of mitochondrial DNA. The clinical phenotype of patient was typical for MELAS (mitochondrial ecephalomyopathy with lactate acidosis and stroke like episodes). The MELAS has been related to mutation A3243G in most cases, but some other mitochondrial DNA mutations were described in the background of this syndrome as well. A 22-years-old man and his family were investigated. Throughout clinical investigation as well as Doppler sonography, neuroradiological, and immunserological examinations were performed. Molecular studies included the analysis of the Leiden, prothrombin G20210A and the most common mitochondrial DNA mutations. The DNA analysis of the proband revealed a heteroplasmic A8344G substitution in the T-loop of the tRNALys gene. The mutation could not been detected in her mother blood. We can conclude that A8344G mutation of the mitochondrial DNA resulted in juvenile ischemic stroke, which is associated only rarely to this genetic alteration. In young age onset of a stroke-like episode with undetermined etiology the mtDNA alterations always have to be excluded.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 22, 2009

[High resolution sonography for the examination of peripheral nerves in vascular neuropathy]

JOSEF Böhm

[High-frequency sonography is a new method for the imaging of the peripheral nerves. In vasculitic neuropathy, pain or axonopathy can often prevent the lesion to be localized during electrophysiological examinations. There are only few informations in the literature about the ability of the sonography for localizing lesions in vasculitic neuropathy. High-frequency sonography helped in our two cases of mononeuritis multiplex and two cases of distal-symmetric polyneuropathy to put the diagnosis of a vasculitic neuropathy and was able to detect focal morphologic lesions which could not be identified electrophysiologically due to the axonopathy.]

Hungarian Radiology

DECEMBER 15, 2008

[High resolution sonography for the examination of peripheral nerves]

JOSEF Böhm

[High-frequency sonography is an important method for the imaging of the peripheral nerves, even though it is rarely used. For the examination of superficially located nerves, currently available transducers with frequencies between 12-17 MHz offer a better axial resolution than even MRI. Sonography is superior to MRI especially for the examination of nerves of the upper extremity. Main indications for the sonography of the nerves are entrapment syndromes, traumatic injuries of the nerves, tumors, polyneuropathies and sonographically-guided interventions. The sensitivity of sonography and electrophysiology in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are comparable. The combination of ultrasonography with electrophysiological studies increases the diagnostic yield in carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes. Sonography provides information for planning of peripheral nerve surgery and is helpful in evaluating postoperative complications. In selected cases, sonography can detect nerve lesions that require operative therapy earlier than electrophysiology. With technical enhancements, highfrequency ultrasonography is gaining increasing importance in the routine diagnostics of peripheral nerves lesions.]

Hungarian Radiology

OCTOBER 20, 2007

[Prenatal detection of campomelic dysplasia by sonography]

NAGY Gábor, VRECZENÁR László

[INTRODUCTION - The campomelic dysplasia is a disorder characterized by short and bowed lower limbs resulting in dwarfism. CASE REPORT - In the case of a 21-year-old primipara woman the second screening ultrasonography raised the suspicion of short and bowed lower limbs of the fetus, at the 19th week of the pregnancy. Repeated examinations proved the presence of short and bowed femurs and tibias and abnormal echogenecity of the bones. The upper limbs were almost normal in length. During the 19th week of pregnancy, after a genetic analysis in agreement of the parents the pregnancy was interrupted without any complication. Photography and Xray of the fetus confirmed the diagnosis. CONCLUSION - Fetal ultrasonography should include exact size measurement and observation of the shape of the long bones, making possible the early detection of limb anomalies. The anomaly being proven by positive genetic analysis the pregnancy can be interrupted at the parents' request.]

Hungarian Radiology

OCTOBER 20, 2009

[Omental infarction diagnosed with ultrasonography]

VÁRKONYI Ildikó, VÖRÖS Péter, SZÉKELY Eszter

[INTRODUCTION - Omental infarction is a rare entity, mimicking symptoms of acute appendicitis. Although omental infarction has typical morphology, both on sonography and CT, it is rarely diagnosed preoperatively. CASE REPORT - A 4-years-old girl presenting with right lower quadrant abdominal pain underwent abdominal sonography, which revealed normal appendix and a superficial hyperechoic solid mass at the site of the pain. The patient underwent laparotomy which confirmed the presumed diagnosis of partial omental necrosis. The necrotic tissue was resected, the appendix was normal. After uneventful postoperative course the child became symptom -free and was discharged. CONCLUSION - The sonomorphology of omental infarction is typical. The suspicion of this entity should be considered as a differential diagnosis of appendicitis, especially if normal appendix can be visualized.]