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Murat J.B.,Grenoble University Hospital Center
Expert review of anti-infective therapy | Year: 2013

The Toxoplasma gondii parasite is a worldwide threat most particularly in fetal life and immunosuppression. In most clinical situations (except in some ocular cases), correct detection or identification of toxoplasmosis requires biological analysis. This article considers the laboratory tools that have been developed in this field since the discovery of the pathogen, with emphasis on the most recent tests and how they can or should be used in different clinical situations. The authors also discuss the requirements and pitfalls that one should be aware of when biologically investigating this intriguing parasitosis.

Sahin M.,Grenoble University Hospital Center
Canadian journal of anaesthesia = Journal canadien d'anesthésie | Year: 2012

Endotracheal tube introducers are often used in difficult tracheal intubations, but they are rarely deemed responsible for airway injuries. There have been only a few reports of severe complications, such as pharyngeal perforation, mainstem bronchus bleeding, perforation of the tracheal mucosa, and tracheal abrasion associated with hemopneumothorax. Using a computed tomography (CT) scan, we illustrate two cases of non-severe airway injuries related to endotracheal tube introducers. We present two cases of distal bronchial lacerations caused by introducers. The first occurrence was caused by a Muallem ET Tube Stylet (METTS) in a patient who underwent surgery for a total thyroidectomy and presented hemoptysis at suction after tracheal intubation. The second occurrence was caused by an Eschmann® Tracheal Tube Introducer (gum elastic bougie) in a patient whose trachea was intubated before a radiofrequency ablation of a single lung metastasis. There was evidence of blood on the tip of the bougie after withdrawal. In both cases, a CT scan showed a post-traumatic bronchial laceration with an acquired bronchial ectasia surrounded by ground-glass opacity due to alveolar hemorrhage. The patients had no other clinical complications, and bronchial lesions resolved spontaneously at control CT scan. These two cases show that airway damage related to endotracheal tube introducers may not be exceptional. It is not unusual to have some blood on an airway management device, and the rate and severity of these lesions are unknown. However, damage to the airway can be avoided by adapting preventive techniques during tracheal intubation.

An experience feedback committee (CREX, Comité de Retour d'EXpérience) is a method which contributes to the management of safety of care in a medical unit. Originally used for security systems of civil aviation, the method has been adapted to health care facilities and successfully implemented in radiotherapy units and in other specialties. We performed a brief review of the literature for studies reporting data on CREX established in hospitals. The review was performed using the main bibliographic databases and Google search results. The CREX is designed to analyse incidents reported by professionals. The method includes monthly meetings of a multi-professional committee that reviews the reported incidents, chooses a priority incident and designates a "pilot" responsible for investigating the incident. The investigation of the incident involves a systemic analysis method and a written synthesis presented at the next meeting of the committee. The committee agrees on actions for improvement that are suggested by the analysis and follows their implementation. Systems for the management of health care, including reporting systems, are organized into three levels: the medical unit, the hospital and the country as a triple loop learning process. The CREX is located in the base level, short loop of risk management and allows direct involvement of care professionals in patient safety. Safety of care has become a priority of health systems. In this context, the CREX can be a useful vehicle for the implementation of a safety culture in medical units. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

To evaluate the reproducibility of US and to compare its efficacy with that of MRI and conventional radiography (CR) for the detection of bone erosion in RA patients. A systematic literature search was performed in the Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases up to August 2009. Trials evaluating the reproducibility of US for bone erosion detection or comparing the number of erosions detected by the three imaging methods at patient and/or joint level were included. This last parameter was assessed using the odds ratio (OR) and 95% CI with the Mantel-Haenszel method (OR < 1 favours US). We explored the heterogeneity between the studies by subgroup analysis. Twenty-one studies including 913 patients were included in this meta-analysis. Intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility of US for erosion detection was good. US and MRI efficacies were comparable at both joint (OR = 1.19, P = 0.45; seven studies, 869 joints) and patient (OR = 1.76, P = 0.22; nine studies, 338 patients) levels. US detected significantly more erosion than CR at both joint (OR = 0.30, P < 0.00001; 4047 joints studied) and patient (OR = 0.31, P < 0.00001; 592 studied patients) levels. The number of patients to screen in order to detect an additional patient with an erosion in comparison with CR was 4, 95% CI (2.4, 5.9). US is more effective for erosion detection than CR and has a comparable efficacy to MRI with good reproducibility.

Bonaz B.L.,Grenoble University Hospital Center | Bernstein C.N.,University of Manitoba
Gastroenterology | Year: 2013

Psycho-neuro-endocrine-immune modulation through the brain-gut axis likely has a key role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The brain-gut axis involves interactions among the neural components, including (1) the autonomic nervous system, (2) the central nervous system, (3) the stress system (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), (4) the (gastrointestinal) corticotropin-releasing factor system, and (5) the intestinal response (including the intestinal barrier, the luminal microbiota, and the intestinal immune response). Animal models suggest that the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway through an anti-tumor necrosis factor effect of the efferent vagus nerve could be a therapeutic target in IBD through a pharmacologic, nutritional, or neurostimulation approach. In addition, the psychophysiological vulnerability of patients with IBD, secondary to the potential presence of any mood disorders, distress, increased perceived stress, or maladaptive coping strategies, underscores the psychological needs of patients with IBD. Clinicians need to address these issues with patients because there is emerging evidence that stress or other negative psychological attributes may have an effect on the disease course. Future research may include exploration of markers of brain-gut interactions, including serum/salivary cortisol (as a marker of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), heart rate variability (as a marker of the sympathovagal balance), or brain imaging studies. The widespread use and potential impact of complementary and alternative medicine and the positive response to placebo (in clinical trials) is further evidence that exploring other psycho-interventions may be important therapeutic adjuncts to the conventional therapeutic approach in IBD. © 2013 AGA Institute.

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