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Cohen N.D.,Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute | Hong E.S.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Van Drie C.,University of Amsterdam | Balkau B.,Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute | And 3 more authors.
Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics | Year: 2013

Background: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) and intensive multiple daily insulin injections (iMDI) program are treatment options in patients with type 1 diabetes not achieving optimal glycemic control. The long-term effects of CSII in patients with type 1 diabetes in comparison with those educated for iMDI are poorly documented. Research Design and Methods: Medical records for patients commenced on CSII or undertaking an iMDI program between 2000 and 2011 were extracted. Change in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), hypoglycemia, and weight were analyzed. Prior to CSII or iMDI commencement, all patients were on basal bolus analog insulin. Data from blood glucose meter downloads before and 6 months after CSII and iMDI were also analyzed. Results: One hundred twenty-six CSII and 121 iMDI patients were studied, with mean (±SD) follow-up of 39±26 and 48±26 months, respectively. For CSII, HbA1c was significantly lower than baseline at every time period up to 36 months. Peak HbA1c reduction was 0.64% at 6 months, following which the HbA1c change declined. For iMDI, HbA1c was significantly reduced only at 6 months, by 0.15%. Glucose meter data were available for 119 patients. CSII-treated patients had a significant decrease in mean glucose and glucose SD with no change hypoglycemia at 6 months compared with baseline; no differences were observed for iMDI-treated patients. Conclusions: CSII in type 1 diabetes is associated with improved glycemic control with no increase in hypoglycemia. HbA1c improvement declined over time, suggesting a need for re-education after CSII commencement. The iMDI program did not have significant glycemic benefits. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Yoo Y.W.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Cha S.-W.,Soonchunhyang University | Lee W.C.,Soonchunhyang University | Kim S.H.,Eulji University | And 2 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2013

AIM: To compare the outcomes between doubleguidewire technique (DGT) and transpancreatic precut sphincterotomy (TPS) in patients with difficult biliary cannulation. METHODS: This was a prospective, randomized study conducted in single tertiary referral hospital in Korea. Between January 2005 and September 2010. A total of 71 patients, who bile duct cannulation was not possible possible and selective pancreatic duct cannulation was achieved, were randomized into DGT (n = 34) and TPS (n = 37) groups. DGT or TPS was done for selective biliary cannulation. We measured the technical success rates of biliary cannulation, median cannulation time, and procedure related complications. RESULTS: The distribution of patients after randomization was balanced, and both groups were comparable in baseline characteristics, except the higher percentage of endoscopic nasobiliary drainage in the DGT group (55.9% vs 13.5%, P < 0.001). Successful cannulation rate and mean cannulation times in DGT and TPS groups were 91.2% vs 91.9% and 14.1 ± 13.2 min vs 15.4 ± 17.9 min, P = 0.732, respectively. There was no significant difference between the two groups. The overall incidence of post- endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) pancreatitis was 38.2% vs 10.8%, P < 0.011 in the DGT group and the TPS group; post-procedure pancreatitis was significantly higher in the DGT group. But the overall incidence of post-ERCP hyperamylasemia was no significant difference between the two groups; DGT group vs TPS group: 14.7% vs 16.2%, P < 1.0. CONCLUSION: When free bile duct cannulation was difficult and selective pancreatic duct cannulation was achieved, DGT and TPS facilitated biliary cannulation and showed similar success rates. However, post-procedure pancreatitis was significantly higher in the DGT group. © 2013 Baishideng. All rights reserved.

Lee Y.S.,Chung - Ang University | Lee J.Y.,Chung - Ang University | Lee J.Y.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Choi T.Y.,Catholic University of Daegu | Choi J.T.,Uijeongbu Healings Hospital
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences | Year: 2013

Aim The problems of youth social withdrawal (or hikikomori) became a hot-button social issue in Japan in the 1990s. Unfortunately, current nosology in the DSM-IV may not adequately capture the concept of socially withdrawn youth (SWY) or hikikomori. This study aimed to investigate core SWY issues, evaluate SWY's psychopathologies, and approach them therapeutically through a home visitation program. Methods Participants were 65 youth referred by community mental health centers and psychiatric clinics around Seoul and Kyongki-Do province. Among them, only 41 participants (31 male, 10 female, mean age 15 ± 3.6 years) fit our SWY criteria. In addition, 248 middle and high school students in Seoul were recruited as a baseline control group. Caseworkers interviewed the SWY participants and their parents in their homes, using our structured interview manual and a number of psychiatric scales. Caseworkers also approached the participants therapeutically. Results Participants' Depression Inventory, Trait Anxiety Inventory, Social Anxiety Scale, and Internet Addiction Scale scores were significantly higher than those of baseline controls. Participants' mean number of psychotherapeutic sessions was 2.8, and the mean number of parental interview sessions was 3.4. After the therapeutic sessions, Global Assessment Functioning scores and social activities had improved somewhat in 68.3% of participants. Conclusion These findings suggest that SWY is a complex phenomenon, so an individual psychopathologic process is very important for treatment. The most difficult problem in SWY treatment was therapeutic access. Hence, the home visit approach with a structured manual may be a good gateway for solving this problem. © 2013 The Authors. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences © 2013 Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology.

PubMed | Cheongju St Marys Hospital, University of Ulsan and Dongguk University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2016

Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL)-positive sequence type (ST)8-MRSA-SCCmec IVa (USA300) is the epidemic strain of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in North America. USA300 is extremely rare in South Korea, and PVL-negative ST72 SCCmec type IVc is the predominant CA-MRSA clone. In a multicentre, prospective cohort study of S. aureus bacteraemia, we identified PVL-positive ST8-MRSA isolates by performing multilocus sequence typing and PCR for PVL. We analyzed the clinical characteristics of patients with PVL-positive ST8-MRSA bacteraemia, and performed SCCmec, spa, and agr typing, PCR for arginine catabolic mobile element (ACME), virulence gene profiling, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Among a total of 818 MRSA isolates, we identified ten isolates of PVL-positive ST8-MRSA (USA300) (3 from Hospital D, 4 from Hospital G, and 3 from Hospital A), all of which involved exclusively healthcare-associated (5 isolates) and hospital-acquired bacteraemia (5 isolates). This strain accounted for 8~10% of the hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia in Hospitals D and G. Bacteraemia of unknown origin was the most common type of infection followed by pneumonia. All the isolates were SCCmec type IVa, spa type t008, and agr group I. Eight of the isolates harboured ACME. In a PFGE analysis, four isolates were identical to the USA300 control strain, five differed by a single band, and the remaining one differed by two bands. All the isolates were pulsed-field type USA300. This is the first report of healthcare-associated and hospital-acquired bacteraemia caused by USA300 in South Korea. USA300 seems to be an emerging hospital clone in this country.

PubMed | Cheongju St Marys Hospital, Cheju Halla General Hospital, Busan Medical Center and Seoul National University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus | Year: 2016

Belching may result from transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation; therefore, it has been proposed that belching may be a manifestation of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This study was conducted to investigate the frequency of belching during esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and its association with GERD. A retrospective review was performed on prospectively collected clinical and endoscopic data from 404 subjects who underwent EGD without sedation from December 2012 to May 2013 in a training hospital in Korea. All detectable belching events during endoscopy were counted. Frequency and severity of belching events were compared between the group with and without GERD using an ordinal logistic regression model. There were 145 GERD patients (26 erosive reflux disease and 119 nonerosive reflux disease [NERD]). In the multivariable analysis, GERD was significantly associated with a higher frequency of belching events (odds ratio = 6.59, P < 0.001). Central obesity, female, and younger age were also risk factors for frequent belching during EGD. Subgroup analyses were performed in subjects without erosive reflux disease (n = 378) and NERD (n = 293). NERD was also a predictive factor for frequent belching during EGD (odds ratio = 6.61, P < 0.001), and the frequency of belching was significantly correlated with GERD severity according to the Los Angeles classification (P < 0.05). Frequent belching during EGD was associated with GERD, including NERD. Future research should focus on its adjuvant role in the diagnosis of GERD/NERD and the necessity for applying differentiated endoscopy strategies for GERD patients, leading to less discomfort during EGD in patients at risk for intolerability.

Lee T.H.,Dong - A University | Han J.-H.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Kim H.J.,Dankook University | Park S.M.,Chungbuk National University | And 2 more authors.
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy | Year: 2011

Background: Temporary biliary stenting is both technically easy and feasible, and choleretic agents such as ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and a terpene preparation may promote a reduction in stone size. However, there are few comparative data on the effectiveness of choleretic agents available. Objective: To investigate the efficacy of multiple double-pigtail stents with or without UDCA and terpene on difficult common bile duct (CBD) stones. Design: A prospective, multicenter study. Setting: Four tertiary-care referral centers. Patients: This study involved 51 patients. Intervention: In total, 51 elderly patients with comorbidities who had difficult CBD stones refractory to conventional methods were randomized to receive either multiple 7F double-pigtail stents (group A) or stents in combination with UDCA and terpene (group B) for a period of 6 months. Main Outcome Measurements: Stone size reduction, successful duct clearance, and complications. Results: Complete endoscopic duct clearance was achieved in 14 patients (73.7%) in group A and 19 patients (86.4%) in group B (P = .826). The mean size of CBD stones (transverse/longitudinal diameter, mean ± SD) was 19.12 ± 4.48 mm/20.47 ± 3.86 mm in group A and 21.30 ± 7.08 mm/22.58 ± 7.61 mm in group B. Stone size decreased significantly to 12.04 ± 3.26 mm/13.31 ± 5.12 mm and 13.67 ± 5.40 mm/14.04 ± 6.12 mm, respectively (P < .01). However, there was no statistical difference in stone size reduction between the two groups (P = .685, P = .289). No serious complications related to the stent or endoscopic procedures were observed, except for cholangitis (n = 1, group A) and distal stent migration (n = 2, group B). Limitations: Small number of patients in East Asia. Conclusion: Temporary multiple double-pigtail biliary stenting was a safe and feasible method of treating difficult and large CBD stones in elderly patients and contributed to a reduction in stone size and successful duct clearance. However, the addition of choleretic agents did not result in a statistical difference in stone size or rate of successful duct clearance. © 2011 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Lee S.-R.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Yoo S.-H.,Catholic University of Korea | Kim H.-S.,Catholic University of Korea | Lee S.-H.,Dankook University | Seo M.,Dankook University
Korean Journal of Parasitology | Year: 2013

Reptiles, unlike mammals, have been considered to be unsuitable hosts of Trichinella spp., though larvae have been detected in their muscles and human outbreaks related to their consumption have, in fact, occurred. Herein we report 2 Korean cases of trichinosis, possibly transmitted via consumption of reptile meat. Both patients suffered from myalgia, headache, and facial edema. Laboratory examinations revealed leukocytosis with eosinophilia (54% and 39%, respectively) and elevated creatinine phosphokinase. ELISA was performed under the suspicion of trichinosis, showing positivity at the 29th and 60th day post-infection. Since they had consumed raw soft-shelled turtle meat, turtle was strongly suggested to be an infection source of trichinosis in Korea next to the wild boar and badger. © 2013, Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.

Kim M.-S.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Morales W.,Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Hani A.A.,Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Kim S.,Cedars Sinai Medical Center | And 4 more authors.
Digestive Diseases and Sciences | Year: 2013

Aim: Rifaximin is a non-absorbed antibiotic relative of rifampicin. The location of effect and staphylococcal resistance are two recent potential concerns with rifaximin. In this study we evaluate the location of effect of rifaximin as well as the development of staphylococcal rifampicin resistance. Methods: Rats were divided into three groups. Group 1 gavaged for 10 days with PBS, group 2 gavaged with rifaximin for 10 days, and group 3 gavaged with rifaximin for 10 days and housed for 30 days. In each group, stool was collected daily for quantitative culture of Staphylococcus spp. and coliforms. After euthanasia luminal bacterial counts were determined at multiple gut locations by qPCR. Rifampicin susceptibility was tested on Staphylococcus pre and post rifaximin. Results: At baseline, rats had a median of 2.90 × 10 6 cfu/ml Staphylococcus spp. in stool. After 10 days of rifaximin, this dropped to 1.20 × 105 cfu/ml (P < 0.01). With coliform counts, rats had a median of 1.86 × 104 cfu/ml at baseline which dropped to 2.2 × 103 cfu/ml (P < 0.01) after rifaximin. After cessation of rifaximin, coliform counts recovered within 3 days. When examining the total bacterial counts by qPCR, rifaximin reduced small bowel bacterial levels, but not colon. This reduction was sustained for 30 days. No colonies of Staphylococcus became resistant and only one colony was intermediate. The mean inhibitory concentration for rifampicin was not different before and after rifaximin. Conclusion: Staphylococcal spp. fail to demonstrate resistance to rifampicin after rifaximin. The transient reductions in stool coliform counts recover while rifaximin appears to produce durable reductions in duodenal bacteria. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Lee S.H.,Kyung Hee University | Koh J.S.,Kyung Hee University | Lee C.Y.,Kyung Hee University | Kwon G.Y.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Ryu C.W.,Kyung Hee University
Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery | Year: 2011

Penetration of the optic apparatus by an anterior communicating artery (ACoA) aneurysm is unique. A 43-year-old woman with a history of visual disturbance due to a previous aneurismal rupture underwent surgical neck clipping for a recurred ACoA aneurysm, which had previously been treated using detachable coils. The operation confirmed that the recurred aneurysm and the packed coils had penetrated the chiasm and the right optic nerve (ON), which was distorted and thinned. The aneurismal neck was clipped and the coils were left in place because damage to the optic apparatus by penetration is usually irreversible. As the patient was semicomatous at the former admission due to subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), she became aware of the visual disturbance 2 weeks after ictus when she had improved enough to communicate. The visual disturbance was found to have gradually improved at her 1-year follow-up. The absence of visual symptoms before the SAH and gradual visual improvement after coiling, even after recurrence due to coil compaction, were considered more compatible with a chronic compensated compressive, penetrating lesion of the ON. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Joo Y.-H.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Lee J.-W.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Kwon K.-Y.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Rhee J.-J.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital | Lee H.-K.,Cheongju St Marys Hospital
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society | Year: 2010

Objective: This study assessed the efficacy of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with cage alone compared with ACDF with plate instrumentation for radiologic and clinical outcomes in two-level cervical degenerative disease. Methods: Patients with cervical degenerative disc disease from September 2004 to December 2009 were assessed retrospectively. A total of 42 patients received all ACDF at two-level cervical lesion. Twenty-two patients who underwent ACDF with cage alone were compared with 20 patients who underwent ACDF with plate fixation in consideration of radiologic and clinical outcomes. Clinical outcomes were assessed using Robinson's criteria and posterior neck pain, arm pain described by a 10 point-visual analog scale. Fusion rate, subsidence, kyphotic angle, instrument failure and the degenerative changes in adjacent segments were examined during each follow-up examination. Results: VAS was checked during each follow-up and Robinson's criteria were compared in both groups. Both groups showed no significant difference. Fusion rates were 90.9% (20/22) in ACDF with the cage alone group, 95% (19/20) in ACDF with the plate fixation group (p = 0.966). Subsidence rates of ACDF with cage alone were 31.81% (7/22) and ACDF with plate fixation were 30% (6/20) (p = 0.928). Local and regional kyphotic angle difference showed no significant difference. At the final follow-up, adjacent level disease developed in 4.54% (1/22) of ACDF with cage alone and 10% (2/20) of ACDF with plate fixation (p = 0.654). Conclusion: In two-level ACDF, ACDF with cage alone would be comparable with ACDF with plate fixation with regard to clinical outcome and radiologic result with no significant difference. We suggest that the routine use of plate and screw in 2-level surgery may not be beneficial. ©2010 The Korean Neurosurgical Society.

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