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Jethava A.,Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Connecticut medicine | Year: 2013

Pulmonary blastoma is a rare malignant tumor, histologically resembling the fetal lung. Since its first description in 1945, only about 200 cases have been reported worldwide. This tumor predominantly affects children, but has also been reported in adults with a peak incidence in the fourth decade of life. Pulmonary blastoma has a variable clinical course that cannot be determined by its histological appearance. We report a 51-year-old patient with a large biphasic pulmonary blastoma who was treated with surgical excision. The patient remains disease-free eleven months postoperatively. As relapse rates are high in patients with large biphasic (type 2) tumors, the patient is being monitored closely. Although a rare occurrence after the age of 20, pulmonary blastoma should remain in the differential diagnosis of a lung mass in an adult.


Jethava A.,Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Connecticut medicine | Year: 2012

Health-care professionals must be aware of the mandatory vitamin supplementation in patients status post bariatric surgery. A recent increase in the number of gastric bypass surgeries in US has been associated with a proportional increase in Wernicke encephalopathy reports. Subtle or atypical neurologic features are not uncommon. Our report is of a female patient with acute Wernicke encephalopathy accompanied by sensorineural hearing loss six weeks after bariatric surgery. The patient had only a partial recovery of her neurologic symptoms eightweeks after vigorous therapy for this condition. Symptomatic thiamine (vitamin B1) and vitamin B12 deficiencies are particularly concerning effects of bariatric procedures, as neurologic and cognitive deficits may be long lasting or even permanent despite aggressive replacement therapy.


Shibli-Rahhal A.,University of Iowa | Paturi B.,Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing | Paturi B.,Joslin Diabetes Center
Osteoporosis International | Year: 2014

Although 25 hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels are inversely related, less than half of the patients with a low vitamin D level have an elevated PTH, and, in most of these patients, the PTH does not immediately normalize with correction of the vitamin D. Introduction: Despite the inverse relationship between 25OHD and PTH, patients with vitamin D deficiency seen in clinical practice do not always have an elevated PTH, and, in those with secondary hyperparathyroidism, the PTH does not always normalize with correction of vitamin D deficiency. We examined variations in PTH concentrations in patients with low 25OHD and studied changes in the PTH concentration with restoration of vitamin D sufficiency. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients with a 25OHD∈<∈30 ng/mL and a concomitant PTH measurement seen at the Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic at a tertiary care center between July 1, 2007 and May 31, 2011. Patients with conditions associated with alterations in PTH were excluded. Results: The study population consisted of 104 patients. The mean age was 55.5 years, and 83 % were female. The 25OHD and PTH were negatively correlated, but only 30 % of patients with a 25OHD∈<∈30 ng/mL and 40 % of those with a 25OHD∈<∈20 ng/mL had an elevated PTH. As the 25OHD increased to 30 ng/mL or higher, the PTH decreased significantly in the group of patients who had an elevated PTH at baseline, but only 44 % reached a normal PTH. Of patients with a normal PTH at baseline, 59 % experienced a drop in their PTH while the PTH remained unchanged or increased in 41 %. Conclusions: PTH has a limited role in defining vitamin D status in individual patients and in guiding vitamin D therapy in clinical practice. © 2014 International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation.


Canalis E.,Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Nature Reviews Endocrinology | Year: 2013

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by bone loss, which results in architectural deterioration of the skeleton, compromised bone strength and an increased risk of fragility fractures. Most current therapies for osteoporosis stabilize the skeleton by inhibiting bone resorption (antiresorptive agents), but the development of anabolic therapies that can increase bone formation and bone mass is of great interest. Wnt signalling induces differentiation of bone-forming cells (osteoblasts) and suppresses the development of bone-resorbing cells (osteoclasts). The Wnt pathway is controlled by antagonists that interact either directly with Wnt proteins or with Wnt co-receptors. The importance of Wnt signalling in bone formation is indicated by skeletal disorders such as sclerosteosis and van Buchem syndrome, which are caused by mutations in the gene encoding the Wnt antagonist sclerostin (SOST). Experiments in mice have shown that downregulation or neutralization of Wnt antagonists enhances bone formation. Phase II clinical trials show that 1-year treatment with antisclerostin antibodies increases bone formation, decreases bone resorption and leads to a substantial increase in BMD. Consequently, Wnt signalling can be targeted by the neutralization of its extracellular antagonists to obtain a skeletal anabolic response. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Atienza J.A.S.,University of Connecticut | Dasanu C.A.,Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Current Medical Research and Opinion | Year: 2012

Background: Increased incidence of a second primary aero-digestive malignancy after an index head and neck cancer (HNC) is well-documented. Furthermore, a clear set of surveillance strategies for second primary aero-digestive cancers in these patients exists. Methods: The goal of this article is to review the published literature on risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs) (including aero-digestive malignancies) after a treated index HNC as well as its associated predictors, prognosis and surveillance. Most relevant publications were identified through searching the PubMed database for articles published up to July 2012; epidemiologic evidence was synthesized and thoroughly analyzed. Findings: Data from randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, population-based and cohort group studies, prior reviews, and case reports indicate an increased incidence of various SPMs after occurrence of a HNC. These cancers are not limited to upper aero-digestive sites. Common risk factors including environmental, genetic and immune factors may explain the increased incidence of second cancers in this patient population. In addition, site of the index HNC may predict the site of a future SPM. Conclusions: As a general rule, oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers are associated more with head and neck region SPM, while laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers-with that of the lung. As these cancers confer dismal prognosis and shorter survival in patients with HNCs, several literature sources recommend close surveillance for and an aggressive therapy of SPM. Notwithstanding, their optimal management and follow-up schedule remains to be established. © 2013 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

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