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Krupa L.Z.,James Paget University Hospital | Fellows I.W.,Norwich University
BMJ Case Reports | Year: 2014

The introduction of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the late 1980s optimised the medical treatment of acid-related disorders. They are potent medications and have a good safety profile. However, long-term therapy with PPIs may carry undesired side effects, one of which is hypomagnesaemia. This entity is likely to be under-reported. We present a clinical casewhich illustrates this important clinical problem. We present the case of a 73-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital with supraventricular tachycardia due to hypomagnesaemia while using lansoprazole, followed by the literature review on this subject. In our patient after the intravenous magnesium replenishment, her arrhythmia resolved. After stopping her PPI her serum magnesium remained within reference values without oral supplementation. We believe that more attention towards this underdiagnosed side effect is required. Serum magnesium concentration should be checked in patients on PPIs if they are unwell or present with arrythmia. Copyright 2014 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Source

Bothma P.A.,Foundation Medicine | Brodbeck A.E.,Foundation Medicine | Smith B.A.,James Paget University Hospital
Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine | Year: 2012

We present a case of cerebral venous gas embolism. Our patient made a complete neurological recovery after hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The principles of HBOT, compressing and eliminating air bubbles and decreasing ß-2 integrin function, thus improving microcirculation, can only be beneficial in a situation where neurological damage is likely. Retrograde cerebral venous gas embolism is a less well recognised variant of gas embolism than the arterial variant. Its existence as a different entity is better recognised in the forensic medicine and radiology literature than in other disciplines. There is evidence in the literature of patients dying from this complication and others seemingly experiencing very little effect. This case report highlights this condition, to encourage others to look out for it and report outcomes, and to serve as a reminder that peripheral lines may be a potential cause of gas embolism, although the portal of air entry in our case remains uncertain. Source

Notcutt W.G.,James Paget University Hospital
Neurotherapeutics | Year: 2015

The endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1988 but has received little attention for its potential therapeutic possibilities. That has started to change, and since 2000, a significant number of clinical trials of cannabinoids, principally for the control of spasticity in multiple sclerosis, have been undertaken. These studies have been difficult because of the nature of the disease and have involved patients for whom other therapies have failed or proved inadequate. This paper outlines the background to the use of cannabinoids available and discusses the principles of practice associated with their safe use. The focus has been on nabiximols, being the most studied and the only cannabinoid that has been both adequately researched for use in multiple sclerosis and granted a license by the regulators. However, what has emerged is that the effect for many patients can be much wider than just control of spasticity. Within and outside of neurology there seems to be an expanding range of possibilities for the therapeutic use of cannabinoids. © 2015, The American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, Inc. Source

Harrison C.L.,University of Strathclyde | Thomson A.I.,University of Strathclyde | Cutts S.,James Paget University Hospital | Rowe P.J.,University of Strathclyde | Riches P.E.,University of Strathclyde
Journal of Arthroplasty | Year: 2014

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is regarded as one of the most successful surgical procedures of modern times yet continues to be associated with a small but significant complication rate. Many early failures may be associated with poor component positioning with, in particular, acetabular component orientation dependent on the subjective judgement of the surgeon. In this paper, we compare the manufacturers' instructions on acetabular cup orientation with the literature-based recommended safety zones and surgical technique, by transforming them onto a single, clinically-relevant framework in which the different reference systems, safety guidelines and current instrumentation surgical techniques can be evaluated. The observed limited consensus between results reflects ongoing uncertainty regarding the optimum acetabular component positioning. As malpositioning of the acetabular cup increases the risk of revision surgery, any ambiguity over the correct position can have a causal effect. Our analysis highlights the need for a surgical reference system which can be used to describe the position of the acetabular cup intra-operatively. © 2014 The Authors. Source

Notcutt W.G.,James Paget University Hospital
Primary health care research & development | Year: 2013

To identify the areas of daily function most affected by the introduction of Sativex, a cannabis-based medicine, and the impact on caregivers and people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Cannabinoid medicines have recently become available on prescription in several parts of the world, principally for the treatment of spasticity in people with MS. Their efficacy and safety have been demonstrated in the setting of randomised controlled clinical trials. Results of such studies may not always reflect the wider effectiveness that a medicine shows when used in clinical practice. A short questionnaire survey consisting mostly of multiple-choice questions, along with some free-text questions aimed at the patient and primary caregiver (ie, partner, mother, nurse or outside carer). The questionnaire was developed in consultation with a patient representative organisation, field tested, ethics approval gained, then distributed to prescribers in the United Kingdom, with the request that they in turn forward it to any patients who had received repeat prescriptions for Sativex within the previous 16 weeks. Patients were seen in both a primary care (general practice) and a secondary care (hospital) setting. There was no control group in this study. Most patients had MS, and the primary reasons for using Sativex were spasticity and pain. The response rate was 57%, with 124 questionnaires returned. The majority of respondents and their caregivers reported improvements across a range of daily functional activities, alongside a reduction in the use of concomitant anti-spasticity medication and in the use of other healthcare resources. Source

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