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Albrecht E.,University of Cape Town | Richards J.C.,Royal Perth Hospital | Pollock T.,Sheikh Khalifa Medical City | Myers L.,University of Cape Town
British Journal of Ophthalmology | Year: 2011

Aim: To evaluate the use of intravitreal dexamethasone as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of presumed bacterial endophthalmitis. Design: Prospective, double masked, randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial. Methods: Patients with 'post cataract surgery', 'bleb-related' and 'other' endophthalmitis were grouped and randomised to receive intravitreal ceftazidime (2.225 mg/0.1 ml), vancomycin (1 mg/0.1 ml), and either dexamethasone (0.4 mg/0.1) or placebo. All underwent vitreous and aqueous sampling for microbiological analysis. Injections were repeated after 48 h if necessary. The primary outcome measure was Snellen visual acuity on presentation, within the first 14 days post injection, and at 2-4 months. Results: 62 patients completed the protocol from 2001 to 2005. Thirty patients received intravitreal dexamethasone and 32 received intravitreal placebo. There was no statistically significant difference in the visual outcomes of either group with a mean 2.79 Snellen lines improvement of the intravitreal dexamethasone group versus 1.8 lines in the placebo group. Subgroup analysis suggested a clinical trend to better visual acuity in the post cataract steroid subgroup with mean 4.1 lines improvement versus 2.7 in the placebo group (p=0.33). No adverse events attributable to the dexamethasone were reported. Conclusions: Intravitreal dexamethasone appears safe and may be of benefit in post cataract surgery bacterial endophthalmitis.


Waness A.,Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation : an official publication of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Saudi Arabia | Year: 2012

Even though rare, tuberculous peritonitis (TBP) in patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) is a perilous condition. Physicians worry about continuing treatment of their patients, whether to continue this modality of dialysis or switch to hemodialysis. A retrospective cohort study of 89 patients undergoing CAPD over a 12-year period was carried out for any episode of peritonitis with the objectives to find out the incidence of TBP in these patients, evaluation of patients' 3-year survival, possibility of retention of Tenckhoff catheter, and modality of dialysis post-infection. One hundred and three episodes of peritonitis occurred in our patients. Most of them were bacterial and occasionally fungal. We identified four cases of TBP, with one patient having concurrent bacterial infection in the peritoneal fluid. The clinical presentation was insidious with cloudy fluid in all cases. The diagnosis was established by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique in one case, by positive peritoneal fluid culture for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in two cases, and clinically in the fourth one that responded well to anti-tuberculous therapy. All four patients survived their mycobacterial infection. Removal of catheter was necessary in all four patients and all were converted to hemodialysis. Three patients remained on hemodialysis thereafter, and one patient had to be re-implanted with a new catheter and was restarted on CAPD. TBP in patients undergoing CAPD in Jeddah remains a real concern, especially with the evidence of high prevalence of tuberculosis and with the emergence of drug-resistant tuberculosis. We recommend early initiation of anti-tuberculous therapy and removal of the Tenckhoff catheter for better survival. Most of these patients probably will require conversion to hemodialysis, but in a selected few CAPD can be restarted.


Lee P.,Singapore General Hospital | Kupeli E.,Mesa Hospital | Mehta A.C.,Sheikh Khalifa Medical City | Mehta A.C.,Cleveland Clinic
Clinics in Chest Medicine | Year: 2010

Stents are used for palliation of symptoms of central airway obstruction caused by either malignant or benign conditions. Stents may be applied for maintaining airway patency after dilatation of postinflammatory and infectious strictures, for airway dehiscence after lung transplantation, and for the management of tracheobronchomalacia. Fistulas between trachea or bronchi and the esophagus and dehiscence of pneumonectomy stump can be protected with covered stents. Choice of stent depends on careful patient selection, characteristics of airway stenosis, physician's expertise, and availability of equipment. Placement of tube stents requires rigid bronchoscopy and dilatation of strictures beforehand, whereas metal stents can be applied using a flexible bronchoscope. Advantages and disadvantages of commonly used airway stents are discussed. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Khalil A.B.,Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists | Year: 2010

To describe a case of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid with fibromatosislike stroma, emphasize the need for a diligent search for papillary thyroid cancer in the presence of a fibroproliferative lesion, highlight the peculiar hormonal response of the stromal component, and review the pertinent literature. We present the clinical, laboratory, radiologic, and pathologic findings in a patient with papillary carcinoma of the thyroid with fibromatosislike stroma and review the related published material. A 29-year-old woman presented to our surgical department because of a large mediastinal mass. She underwent surgical removal of the mass by means of a median sternotomy and neck extension. Pathology examination revealed macroscopically tan scarlike tissue, which by histologic study consisted of a dominant fibroproliferative lesion overshadowing a minor component of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Further neck exploration with total thyroidectomy revealed multifocal papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Postoperatively, the patient received radioiodine treatment. A local and aggressive recurrent tumor was observed during a subsequent pregnancy; the lesion was not amenable to complete resection but fascinatingly responded to antiestrogen therapy (orally administered tamoxifen). The presence of a fibroproliferative lesion could be misleading. A diligent search should be made for a papillary thyroid carcinoma component within fibromatosislike stroma. The mode of manifestation of the tumor and its response to hormonal manipulation are distinctive features of this case.


Rajah J.,Sheikh Khalifa Medical City | Thandrayen K.,University of Witwatersrand | Pettifor J.M.,University of Witwatersrand
European Journal of Pediatrics | Year: 2011

Abstract Rickets remains a common problem among infants and children in many countries worldwide. Although the classical presentation associated with bone abnormalities is well known, paediatricians need to be aware of atypical presentations, especially in the first 6 months of life. Furthermore, although vitamin D deficiency rickets remains the commonest form of rickets in most countries, health care providers need to be aware of other possible causes and their typical clinical and biochemical presentations. This article discusses these and highlights the characteristic features of various forms of rickets and possible pitfalls clinicians should be aware of when confronted with a patient with suspected rickets. In conclusion, the recent advances made in understanding the underlying pathogeneses of the various forms of rickets has helped to delineate the diagnostic tests that assist in the diagnosis and management of the disease in children. © Springer-Verlag 2011.

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