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Julian E.,Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery | Julian E.,Broward Health Medical Center | Mammino J.,Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Cutis | Year: 2016

In the sport of fishing, barbed fishhooks often are used for their effectiveness in maintaining the fish on the hook once it is caught. However, if a fishhook is implanted in the skin of a fisherman or fisherwoman, a barb can pose problems in removing the fishhook without exacerbating internal injury, a common fear among outpatient physicians. We describe the case of a patient who presented to the dermatology clinic with a barbed fishhook injury and discuss several simple methods for barbed fishhook removal that can be easily utilized in the outpatient setting. Because failing to treat the patient may lead to further discomfort and increased risk for complications, practitioners should be familiar with the removal methods described here, as they are not time consuming and do not require complex equipment. Furthermore, these techniques may be useful for removal of other foreign bodies embedded in cutaneous tissue (eg, splinters). © 2016 Cutis.

Cahn P.,Fundacion Huesped | Pozniak A.L.,Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Mingrone H.,Fundacion IDEAA | Brites C.,Federal University of Bahia | And 15 more authors.
The Lancet | Year: 2013

Background Dolutegravir (GSK1349572), a once-daily HIV integrase inhibitor, has shown potent antiviral response and a favourable safety profile. We evaluated safety, efficacy, and emergent resistance in antiretroviral- experienced, integrase-inhibitor-naive adults with HIV-1 with at least two-class drug resistance. Methods ING111762 (SAILING) is a 48 week, phase 3, randomised, double-blind, active-controlled, non-inferiority study that began in October, 2010. Eligible patients had two consecutive plasma HIV-1 RNA assessments of 400 copies per mL or higher (unless >1000 copies per mL at screening), resistance to two or more classes of antiretroviral drugs, and had one to two fully active drugs for background therapy. Participants were randomly assigned (1:1) to once-daily dolutegravir 50 mg or twice-daily raltegravir 400 mg, with investigator-selected background therapy. Matching placebo was given, and study sites were masked to treatment assignment. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with plasma HIV-1 RNA less than 50 copies per mL at week 48, evaluated in all participants randomly assigned to treatment groups who received at least one dose of study drug, excluding participants at one site with violations of good clinical practice. Non-inferiority was prespecified with a 12% margin; if non-inferiority was established, then superiority would be tested per a prespecified sequential testing procedure. A key prespecified secondary endpoint was the proportion of patients with treatment-emergent integrase-inhibitor resistance. The trial is registered at, NCT01231516. Findings Analysis included 715 patients (354 dolutegravir; 361 raltegravir). At week 48, 251 (71%) patients on dolutegravir had HIV-1 RNA less than 50 copies per mL versus 230 (64%) patients on raltegravir (adjusted difference 7·4%, 95% CI 0·7 to 14·2); superiority of dolutegravir versus raltegravir was then concluded (p=0·03). Significantly fewer patients had virological failure with treatment-emergent integrase-inhibitor resistance on dolutegravir (four vs 17 patients; adjusted difference -3·7%, 95% CI -6·1 to -1·2; p=0·003). Adverse event frequencies were similar across groups; the most commonly reported events for dolutegravir versus raltegravir were diarrhoea (71 [20%] vs 64 [18%] patients), upper respiratory tract infection (38 [11%] vs 29 [8%]), and headache (33 [9%] vs 31 [9%]). Safety events leading to discontinuation were infrequent in both groups (nine [3%] dolutegravir, 14 [4%] raltegravir). Interpretation Once-daily dolutegravir, in combination with up to two other antiretroviral drugs, is well tolerated with greater virological effect compared with twice-daily raltegravir in this treatment-experienced patient group. Funding ViiV Healthcare. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Andersen B.L.,Ohio State University | DeRubeis R.J.,University of Pennsylvania | Berman B.S.,Broward Health Medical Center | Gruman J.,Center for Advancing Health | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Oncology | Year: 2014

Purpose: A Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline on Screening, Assessment, and Care of Psychosocial Distress (Depression, Anxiety) in Adults With Cancer was identified for adaptation. Methods: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has a policy and set of procedures for adapting clinical practice guidelines developed by other organizations. The guideline was reviewed for developmental rigor and content applicability. Results On the basis of content review of the pan-Canadian guideline, the ASCO panel agreed that, in general, the recommendations were clear, thorough, based on the most relevant scientific evidence, and presented options that will be acceptable to patients. However, for some topics addressed in the pan-Canadian guideline, the ASCO panel formulated a set of adapted recommendations based on local context and practice beliefs of the ad hoc panel members. It is recommended that all patients with cancer be evaluated for symptoms of depression and anxiety at periodic times across the trajectory of care. Assessment should be performed using validated, published measures and procedures. Depending on levels of symptoms and supplementary information, differing treatment pathways are recommended. Failure to identify and treat anxiety and depression increases the risk for poor quality of life and potential disease-related morbidity and mortality. This guideline adaptation is part of a larger survivorship guideline series. Conclusion: Although clinicians may not be able to prevent some of the chronic or late medical effects of cancer, they have a vital role in mitigating the negative emotional and behavioral sequelae. Recognizing and treating effectively those who manifest symptoms of anxiety or depression will reduce the human cost of cancer. © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Baer II W.H.,MercyHealth ClinXus LLC | Maini A.,Broward Health Medical Center | Jacobs I.,Pfizer
Pharmaceuticals | Year: 2014

Biologics such as rituximab are an important component of oncology treatment strategies, although access to such therapies is challenging in countries with limited resources. This study examined access to rituximab and identified potential barriers to its use in the United States, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, and Brazil. The study also examined whether availability of a biosimilar to rituximab would improve access to, and use of, rituximab. Overall, 450 hematologists and oncologists completed a survey examining their use of rituximab in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Less than 40% of physicians considered rituximab as easy to access from a cost perspective. Furthermore, many physicians chose not to treat, were unable to treat, or had to modify treatment with rituximab despite guidelines recommending its use in NHL and CLL patients. Insurance coverage, reimbursement, and cost to patient were commonly reported as barriers to the use of rituximab. Across all markets, over half of physicians reported that they would increase use of rituximab if a biosimilar was available. We conclude that rituximab use would increase across all therapy types and markets if a biosimilar was available, although a biosimilar would have the greatest impact in Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Tippets D.M.,Cleveland Clinic | Zaryanov A.V.,Broward Health Medical Center | Vincent Burke W.,Broward Health Medical Center | Patel P.D.,Cleveland Clinic | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Arthroplasty | Year: 2014

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a complication following total hip arthroplasty (THA) with traditional approaches. The direct anterior approach (DAA) has become a popular approach for THA; however, no study has evaluated HO formation following DAA THA. We examined the incidence of HO in a consecutive series of THA using the DAA in two separate hospitals. Standard preoperative radiographs were examined to determine the type of degenerative arthritis, and follow-up radiographs of at least 6months after surgery were evaluated for the presence and classification of HO. The overall incidence of HO after DAA THA in this study was 98/236, or 41.5%, which falls within the reported range from recent studies involving more traditional approaches to the hip. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Startzman A.,Broward Health Medical Center | Collins D.,Nova Southeastern University | Carreira D.,Broward Health Medical Center
Physician and Sportsmedicine | Year: 2016

Objectives: Benign synovial diseases of the hip including Synovial Chondromatosis (SC) and Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis (PVNS) are devastating diseases. Initially, patients present with hip pain unrelieved by conservative measures. The diagnosis of PVNS and SC are often delayed, leading to progression of joint damage. The purpose of this review is to present the latest on the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of SC and PVNS of the hip. Methods: An extensive systematic search of MEDLINE and PUBMED Databases was performed. Data parameters were set from 2005 to present day with set inclusion criteria. Systematic reviews were excluded. Results: 427 abstracts were identified, with 12 articles meeting all inclusion criteria. Eight studies focused on SC, and 5 on PVNS. 233 patients with SC of the hip and 98 patients with PVNS of the hip were identified, a total of 331 patients. Discussion: Benign Synovial disorders of the hip are rare. In patients with chronic hip pain secondary to benign synovial disorders, early diagnosis and surgical intervention demonstrate good outcomes, and patients may benefit due to prevention of morbidity from further joint destruction. There is no clear consensus between higher successes through open versus arthroscopic surgical debridement. In the final phase of benign synovial disorders of the hip, THA of different types based on the patient’s age should be considered. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Hsu A.R.,Rush University Medical Center | Gross C.E.,Rush University Medical Center | Lee S.,Rush University Medical Center | Carreira D.S.,Broward Health Medical Center
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Year: 2014

Advances in foot and ankle arthroscopy have allowed surgeons to diagnose and treat a broadening array of disorders that were previously limited to open procedures. Arthroscopy of the posterior ankle, subtalar joint, and first metatarsophalangeal joint and tendoscopy can be used to address common foot and ankle ailments, with the potential benefits of decreased pain, fast recovery, and low complication rates. Posterior ankle and subtalar arthroscopy can be used to manage impingement, arthrofibrosis, synovitis, arthritis, fractures, and osteochondral defects. First metatarsophalangeal joint arthroscopy can address osteophytes, chronic synovitis, osteochondral defects, and degenerative joint disease. Tendoscopy is a minimally invasive alternative for evaluation and débridement of the Achilles, posterior tibial, flexor hallucis longus, and peroneal tendons.

Rivera N.T.,Broward Health Medical Center | Bray N.,Broward Health Medical Center | Wang H.,Broward Health Medical Center | Zelnick K.,Broward Health Medical Center | And 2 more authors.
Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease | Year: 2014

Infection of implanted cardiac devices has a low rate of occurrence. Fungal infections of such devices represent an atypical phenomenon, associated with high mortality. Both medical and surgical therapies are recommended for a successful outcome.A 60-year-old woman with past medical history of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement, sarcoidosis and diabetes presented with fevers and atypical pleuritic chest pain. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed a highly mobile 2.09 cm by 4.49 cm mass associated with the ICD wire. Blood cultures were positive for Candida albicans. The patient underwent sternotomy for removal. The vegetation was 4 cm by 2 cm by 2 cm in size, attached to the right ventricle without interference with the tricuspid valve. The patient was treated with micafungin for 2 weeks and then fluconazole for 6 weeks.In this case report, we describe the rare infection of an ICD lead with C. albicans, in the form of a fungal ball. This is the 18th reported case of Candida device-related endocarditis and the first reported in a woman. Prior case reports have occurred primarily in pacemaker rather than ICD leads. The vegetation size is also one of the largest that has been reported, measuring 4 cm at its greatest length.As Candida device-related endocarditis is so rare, and as fatality occurs in half of cases, clinical management can only be derived from sporadic case reports. Therefore, the course of this patient's disease care will be a useful adjunct to the current literature for determining treatment and prognosis in similar cases. © The Author(s), 2014.

Walker R.,Broward Health Medical Center | Kunkle W.A.,Broward Health Medical Center | Carreira D.S.,Broward Health Medical Center
Clinics in Sports Medicine | Year: 2015

Osteochondral defects, impingement, and instability of the ankle are common injuries in athletes. In this article, we review these diagnoses and their treatment options, with a focus on arthroscopic approaches. The treatment options continue to evolve, supported by innovation and outcome studies. In this article, we describe the advantages and disadvantages of both open and arthroscopic treatments using published evidence. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

Katz H.,Broward Health Medical Center | Rose C.,Broward Health Medical Center | Rivera N.T.,Broward Health Medical Center | Bray N.,Broward Health Medical Center
BMJ Case Reports | Year: 2015

Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), a rare type of non- Hodgkin's lymphoma, is an AIDS-defining illness and always associated with human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8). Classic presentations involve the pleural, pericardial or peritoneal cavities. Infrequently, extracavitary solid tumours develop. Treatment of PEL requires chemotherapy and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). We report a case of a 46-year-old man, who presented with right-sided chest pain, dyspnoea and night sweats. Evaluation revealed decreased breath sounds and dullness to percussion on the right side of the chest. Imaging demonstrated a 6.1 cm×6.3 cm right paracardial mass and right-sided pleural effusion. Pleural fluid was HHV-8 positive. The patient was diagnosed with PEL with extracavitary involvement and treated with chemotherapy and concurrent HAART. This case is the first reported case of extracavitary paracardial involvement and adds new insight to the accepted treatment for PEL with extracavitary lesions.

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