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Hadithi M.,Maasstad Hospital | Pena A.S.,VU University Amsterdam
European Journal of Internal Medicine | Year: 2010

Coeliac disease is a common disorder. Due to the protean manifestations of the disease and the often mild but indolent course, the diagnosis is often missed. The method to diagnose this in principle reversible disease after the introduction of a gluten-free diet has attracted the attention of several scientific disciplines to find the simplest and most patient-friendly test. This has resulted in a noticeable impact on the clinical practice next to a general increased awareness of its existence, its pathogenesis, its course and recent evidence of increased mortality. Amendments made in the diagnostic criteria of coeliac disease over the last half century have simplified the diagnosis. However, the aspect most relevant to the specialist in internal medicine is related to its grave consequences when the disease fails to respond to a gluten-free diet. These refractory cases may culminate in severe complications with sombre endings and malignancy. Fortunately, current technology can offer the specialist in internal medicine more facilities to diagnose the cause of the complicated cases in order to attempt to intervene in the course of disease and hopefully save these patients. We review the available tools that now exist and their indications that can be practiced in a modern clinical setting for the diagnosis of the complicated forms of this disease. © 2010 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Source


Devillers A.C.A.,Maasstad Hospital | Oranje A.P.,Rotterdam University
Pediatric Dermatology | Year: 2012

Treatment of children with severe atopic dermatitis (AD) can be especially challenging because several possible intervention treatments have (relative) contraindications in childhood. In recent years, wet-wrap treatment (WWT) has been advocated as a relatively safe and efficacious intervention in children with severe or refractory AD. The goal of this article is to provide a practical guideline as a starting point for clinicians who are interested in using WWT in their own clinical practice. We will address several practical issues surrounding the use of WWT by describing our own experiences, supplemented with data from the literature. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source


Blankman P.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Hasan D.,Maasstad Hospital | Erik G.J.,University of Twente | Gommers D.,Erasmus University Rotterdam
Critical Care | Year: 2014

Introduction: This study compares different parameters derived from electrical impedance tomography (EIT) data to define 'best' positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) during a decremental PEEP trial in mechanically-ventilated patients. 'Best' PEEP is regarded as minimal lung collapse and overdistention in order to prevent ventilator-induced lung injury.Methods: A decremental PEEP trial (from 15 to 0 cm H2O PEEP in 4 steps) was performed in 12 post-cardiac surgery patients on the ICU. At each PEEP step, EIT measurements were performed and from this data the following were calculated: tidal impedance variation (TIV), regional compliance, ventilation surface area (VSA), center of ventilation (COV), regional ventilation delay (RVD index), global inhomogeneity (GI index), and intratidal gas distribution. From the latter parameter we developed the ITV index as a new homogeneity parameter. The EIT parameters were compared with dynamic compliance and the PaO2/FiO2 ratio.Results: Dynamic compliance and the PaO2/FiO2 ratio had the highest value at 10 and 15 cm H2O PEEP, respectively. TIV, regional compliance and VSA had a maximum value at 5 cm H2O PEEP for the non-dependent lung region and a maximal value at 15 cm H2O PEEP for the dependent lung region. GI index showed the lowest value at 10 cm H2O PEEP, whereas for COV and the RVD index this was at 15 cm H2O PEEP. The intratidal gas distribution showed an equal contribution of both lung regions at a specific PEEP level in each patient.Conclusion: In post-cardiac surgery patients, the ITV index was comparable with dynamic compliance to indicate 'best' PEEP. The ITV index can visualize the PEEP level at which ventilation of the non-dependent region is diminished, indicating overdistention. Additional studies should test whether application of this specific PEEP level leads to better outcome and also confirm these results in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. © 2014 Blankman et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source


Vermeulen J.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Gosselink M.P.,Maasstad Hospital | Busschbach J.J.V.,Erasmus University Rotterdam | Lange J.F.,Erasmus University Rotterdam
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery | Year: 2010

Introduction: The existing literature regarding acute perforated diverticulitis only reports about short-term outcome; long-term following outcomes have not been assessed before. The aim of this study was to assess long-term quality of life (QOL) after emergency surgery for perforated diverticulitis. Patients and Methods: Validated QOL questionnaires (EQ-VAS, EQ-5D index, QLQ-C30, and QLQ-CR38) were sent to all eligible patients who had undergone emergency surgery for perforated diverticulitis in five teaching hospitals between 1990 and 2005. Differences were compared between patients that had undergone Hartmann's procedure (HP) or resection with primary anastomosis (PA) and also compared to a sex- and age-matched sample of healthy subjects. Results: Of a total of 340 patients, only 150 patients (44%) were found still alive in July 2007 (median follow-up 71 months). The response rate was 87%. In patients with PA, QOL was similar to the general population, whereas QOL after HP was significantly lower. The presence of a stoma was found to be an independent factor related to worse QOL. The deterioration in QOL was mainly due to problems in physical function and body image. Conclusions: Survivors after perforated diverticulitis had a worse QOL than the general population, which was mainly due to the presence of an end colostomy. QOL may improve if these stomas are reversed or not be performed in the first place. © 2010 The Author(s). Source


Timmers P.J.,Maasstad Hospital
International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of lymph node sampling and taking of blind biopsies as part of the surgical staging procedure for early ovarian cancer on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients who received no adjuvant chemotherapy. In the EORTC ACTION Trial, 448 patients with early ovarian carcinoma were randomized between November 1990 and March 2000-224 patients to observation and 224 to adjuvant platin-based chemotherapy. Only patients allocated to observation were included for the current study. Analyses were performed in a subgroup of 75 optimally staged patients (group A), 46 patients in whom all staging steps were performed except para-aortic or pelvic lymph node sampling (group B), and 14 patients who fulfilled all staging criteria but in whom no blind peritoneal biopsies were taken (group C). The study group did not differ in stage distribution, cell type, or tumor grade. Significantly improved 5-year DFS (P = 0.03) and 5-year OS (P = 0.01) were found in group A (optimally staged) versus group B (no lymph node sampling). A significant difference was also shown in 5-year DFS (P = 0.02) and 5-year OS (P = 0.003) between group A and group C (no blind biopsies). Recurrences occurred in 11 (14.6%) of 75 patients in group A, 16 (34.8%) of 46 patients in group B, and 5 (35.7%) of 14 in group C. The 5-year DFS in group A was 79% versus 61% and 64% in groups B and C, respectively. The 5-year OS decreased from 89% in group A to 71% in group B and 65% in group C. In this study, statistically significant differences were found in patients in whom para-aortic and pelvic lymph node sampling and taking of blind peritoneal biopsies were undertaken compared with patients in whom these staging steps had been omitted. These findings support the relevance of lymph node sampling and the taking of blind peritoneal biopsies in the surgical staging of early ovarian cancer. Source

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