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Farah R.,Ziv Medical Center | Farah R.,Bar - Ilan University | Khamisy-Farah R.,Western Galilee Hospital
Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis | Year: 2014

Objective: Infection with the bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori (HP) clearly results in chronic mucosal inflammation in the stomach and duodenum, which, in turn, might lead to abnormalities in gastroduodenal motility and sensitivity and is the most frequent cause of dyspepsia and peptic disease. Some studies have shown that there was a correlation between low-grade inflammation as C-reactive protein (CRP) and HP infection. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the presence of gastritis due to HP infection and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), a simple and reliable indicator of inflammation. Design: Fifty patients met the HP criteria and half of them have had severe symptoms and upper endoscopy showed atrophic gastritis, and fifty age- and sex-matched control subjects with gastritis without HP infection were included in this randomized controlled trial. Patients were diagnosed to have HP according to the use of urea breath testing (UBT) and multiple biopsies. NLR was calculated from complete blood count at the time of diagnosis and before initiating the treatment to all groups. Results: Patients with HP infection had significantly higher NLR compared to those without HP. Moreover, the patients with symptomatic HP and grade 4 gastritis had higher NLR than those asymptomatic with past history of peptic disease (P 0.007 and P 0.068, respectively). Although NLR increased as the severity of gastritis and HP symptoms increased (r = 0.564, P < 0.001), Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) Curve analysis was performed. The cut-off level for NLR with optimal sensitivity and specificity was calculated as 1.82 (area under curve [AUC] = 0.825 [0.753-0.884], P < 0.001). Conclusion: The present study indicated, for the first time, a significant correlation between HP infection and inflammation on the basis of NLR, a simple and reliable indicator of inflammation. Furthermore, there is an increase in NLR as the severity of gastritis with HP increases. This elevated ratio gets normalized with treatment. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Nseir W.,Holy Family Hospital | Nassar F.,Western Galilee Hospital | Assy N.,Liver Unit | Assy N.,Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2010

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common clinical condition which is associated with metabolic syndrome in 70% of cases. Inappropriate dietary fat intake, excessive intake of soft drinks, insulin resistance and increased oxidative stress combine to increase free fatty acid delivery to the liver, and increased hepatic triglyceride accumulation contributes to fatty liver. Regular soft drinks have high fructose corn syrup which contains basic sugar building blocks, fructose 55% and glucose 45%. Soft drinks are the leading source of added sugar worldwide, and have been linked to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. The consumption of soft drinks can increase the prevalence of NAFLD independently of metabolic syndrome. During regular soft drinks consumption, fat accumulates in the liver by the primary effect of fructose which increases lipogenesis, and in the case of diet soft drinks, by the additional contribution of aspartame sweetener and caramel colorant which are rich in advanced glycation end products that potentially increase insulin resistance and infam-mation. This review emphasizes some hard facts about soft drinks, reviews fructose metabolism, and explains how fructose contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and NAFLD. © 2010 Baishideng. All rights reserved.


Rao N.,Medical College of Wisconsin | Colby T.V.,Mayo Medical School | Falconieri G.,S Maria Della Misericordia General Hospital | Cohen H.,Western Galilee Hospital | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Surgical Pathology | Year: 2013

Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a ubiquitous neoplasm that arises most commonly from the pleura. SFT arising within lung parenchyma (intrapulmonary SFT) has been rarely reported and is therefore not well recognized. We present a clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical study of 24 cases of primary intrapulmonary SFT. Patients' ages ranged from 44 to 83 years (mean, 58 y). None of the patients had evidence or history of a similar tumor elsewhere. Tumor size ranged from 2.3 to 22 cm (mean, 8.5 cm). On the basis of the degree of cytologic atypia, cellularity, mitotic activity, and areas of necrosis, the lesions were divided into low-grade, intermediate-grade, and high-grade histology. Twenty-one tumors showed the conventional features of SFT of low-grade histology (<5 mitoses per 10 high-power fields), with alternating bands of rope-like collagen flanked by a bland-appearing spindle cell proliferation. Hemangiopericytic, angiofibromatous, and a neural-like plexiform growth pattern were also observed. Five of 21 cases showed an "adenofibromatous" appearance imparted by entrapped normal airspaces at the advancing edges of the lesion. One intermediate-grade tumor showed overall increased cellularity with plump, pleomorphic nuclei, 5 to 10 mitoses per 10 high-power fields, and focal areas of classic SFT. Two cases showed high-grade features at initial presentation, with areas resembling a pleomorphic high-grade sarcoma admixed with foci of conventional, low-grade SFT. Immunohistochemical staining analyses performed in 13 cases showed positivity of the tumor cells for CD34, bcl-2, and CD99 in the majority of cases tested. Clinical follow-up was available in 18 patients, with long-term follow-up (>5 y) in 6. Fourteen (14/18) patients were alive and well without evidence of disease 1 month to 14 years after initial diagnosis. Three patients died of their tumors after 4, 5, and 7 years; in 2 of them the initial tumor was of low-grade histology, but the recurrence/metastases showed a high-grade histology; the third fatal case showed a tumor with high-grade histology at initial diagnosis. One patient with intermediate-grade histology also had chest wall metastases at 5 years but was subsequently lost to follow-up. The results of our study indicate that although tumors with overtly malignant histologic features can be expected to behave as high-grade sarcomas, tumors with bland-appearing morphologic features at presentation may also follow an aggressive behavior. Adequate excision with close clinical follow-up, thus, appears to be the most prudent course of action for the management of primary intrapulmonary fibrous tumors. © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Bickel A.,Western Galilee Hospital | Gurevits M.,Western Galilee Hospital | Vamos R.,Western Galilee Hospital | Ivry S.,Western Galilee Hospital | Eitan A.,Western Galilee Hospital
Archives of Surgery | Year: 2011

Objective: To assess the influence of hyperoxygenation on surgical site infection by using the most homogeneous study population. Design: A randomized, prospective, controlled trial. Setting: Department of surgery in a government hospital. Patients: A total of 210 patients who underwent open surgery for acute appendicitis. In the study group, patients received 80% oxygen during anesthesia, followed by high-flow oxygen for 2 hours in the recovery room. The control group received 30% oxygen, as usual. Intervention: Open appendectomy via incision in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. Main Outcome Measures: Surgical site infection, mainly assessed by the ASEPSIS (additional treatment, serous discharge, erythema, purulent discharge, separation of deep tissues, isolation of bacteria, and stay in hospital prolonged <14 days) system score. Results: Surgical site infections were recorded in 6 of 107 patients (5.6%) in the study group vs 14 of 103 patients (13.6%) in the control group (P=.04). Significant differences in the ASEPSIS score were also found. The mean hospital stay was longer in the control group (2.92 days) compared with the study group (2.51 days) (P=.01). Conclusion: The use of supplemental oxygen is advantageous in operations for acute appendicitis by reducing surgical site infection rate and hospital stay. © 2011 American Medical Association. © 2011 American Medical Association.


Schejter E.,Womens Health Center | Bornstein J.,Western Galilee Hospital | Bornstein J.,Bar - Ilan University | Siegler E.,Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Vaccine | Year: 2013

The incidence rates for premalignant lesions in Jewish women in Israel are similar to those observed in Western countries, but the incidence of cervical cancer in Israel is low; this discrepancy is not yet clearly understood. Because of the low incidence of cervical cancer in Israel, it was decided to base cervical cancer prevention on opportunistic screening: every woman from the ages of 35-54 years can have a Pap test smear free of charge every 3 years. Over the last decade 12.2% of the women population had an annual Pap test. From 36 to 50% of women who attended the Clalit Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and the Maccabi HMO, the two largest HMOs in Israel, did so. There were also discrepancies between women of different socio-economic status (SES): <10% in the lowest SES level were screened compared to almost 55% in the higher level. HPV vaccination was opportunistic but it will be introduced to the school-based vaccine program at age of 13 years old as of September 2013. The Israel Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends continuing cytologic screening in vaccinated women as recommended for the general population. This article forms part of a regional report entitled ". Comprehensive Control of HPV Infections and Related Diseases in Israel" Vaccine Volume 31, Supplement 8, 2013. Updates of the progress in the field are presented in a separate monograph entitled ". Comprehensive Control of HPV Infections and Related Diseases" Vaccine Volume 30, Supplement 5, 2012. © 2013.


Rahamimov N.,Western Galilee Hospital | Mulla H.,Western Galilee Hospital | Shani A.,Western Galilee Hospital | Freiman S.,Western Galilee Hospital
European Spine Journal | Year: 2012

Background Internal fixation of unstable thoracolumbar spine fractures requires correction of the lacking anterior column support. This usually entails insertion of a vertebral body replacement strut through an anterior approach, or a long posterior construct spanning at least two vertebrae above and two vertebrae below the fracture. Posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation (SSPI)\-one vertebra above and below\-is suitable for approximately 40% of fractures, but not for all. Methods A total of 52 patients with unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures meeting our inclusion criteria were instrumented using a novel approach, combining percutaneous SSPI, pedicle screw augmentation with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and fractured vertebra kyphoplasty. We retrospectively reviewed patient and fracture data, operative results and 1 year radiographic follow-up postoperatively in 40 of the patients. We reviewed operative complications of all 52 patients. Results Most fractures were AO/Magerl type A3.1, A3.2 and A3.3. They were instrumented within 72 h and ambulated without additional external bracing. Operative time averaged 2 h and blood loss was less than 50 cc in most cases. Complications were mostly related to PMMA leakage. On average, 3.3° (0-13) of correction was lost after 3 months, but remained constant afterward. Conclusions Percutaneous augmented short-segment pedicle instrumentation of unstable thoracolumbar fractures can be done with short operative times, minimal blood loss and a low complication rate. The radiographical results at 1 year are equal to anterior stabilization and are better than other posterior-only techniques. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.


Hassan K.,Western Galilee Hospital
Renal failure | Year: 2011

Metamizole sodium, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, has been widely used in the last 100 years. Its efficacy as an analgesic and antipyretic is unquestionable. Only few cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) induced by metamizole sodium were reported in the medical literature. We report 11 adult patients with AKI that resulted from metamizole sodium ingestion. The data suggest a good prognosis in these cases of AKI. Renal biopsies, corticosteroids treatment, or renal replacement therapy seem to be not necessary. Hydration was sufficient to ensure spontaneous recovery.


Kinov P.,Sofia University | Tanchev P.P.,Sofia University | Ellis M.,Head Hematology Institute | Volpin G.,Western Galilee Hospital
International Orthopaedics | Year: 2014

The risk of venous thromboembolism following major orthopaedic procedures, such as joint arthroplasty and hip fracture surgery, are well recognised and represent one of the major challenges in orthopaedic practice, having in mind the increasing number of arthroplasties of the hip and knee done worldwide per year and their successful outcome. This potentially fatal complication remains a challenge in orthopaedic practice. The percentage of patients in whom antithrombotic prophylaxis has not been administrated or has been inadequate may reach 50 %. Until recently, anticoagulant prophylaxis with low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) has been a "gold standard". LMWHs are indirect inhibitors of the clotting factors Xa and thrombin and are administered by daily subcutaneous injection. Their efficacy has been proven in numerous clinical trials and the rate of complications with their use is relatively low. However these compounds are associated with a failure rate and are inconvenient to administer, requiring subcutaneous injection, leading to inadequate compliance. For these reasons postoperative thrombembolism continues to occur in up to 10 % of this patient population. Recently, novel oral anticoagulants have been introduced into practice for thromboprophylaxis after joint arthroplasy and hip fracture surgery. These drugs are direct thrombin inhibitors (dabigatran) or direct factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban). These oral drugs have the same efficacy as the LMWHs with the same or slightly more clinically significant haemorrhage as their main side effect. Their ease of administration and favourable clinical profile makes them an important addition to the therapeutic armamentarium available for venous thromboprophylaxis. In this paper we review the aetiology and pathogenesis of venous thromboembolism and present the various alternatives for its prevention after major orthopaedic surgical procedures with emphasis on the new oral drugs. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Tatti S.,University of Buenos Aires | Bornstein J.,Western Galilee Hospital | Prendiville W.,Mount Carmel Hospital
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America | Year: 2013

This article describes the current nomenclature of colposcopic findings in the lower genital tract as defined by the International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (IFCPC) and agreed at their Triennial General Meeting in July 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. It builds on previous nomenclature published by the IFCPC over the last two decades and introduces for the first time the concept of transformation zone excision types. Vulval and vaginal colposcopic terminology is described. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.


Tsur A.,Western Galilee Hospital | Segal Z.,Western Galilee Hospital
Israel Medical Association Journal | Year: 2010

Background: Falls are common events among hospital inpatients and constitute a major health problem in the rehabilitation setting. Many risk factors for falls have been identified for stroke patients, such as muscle weakness, medication side effects, hypoglycemia, hypotension, etc. Objectives: To assess the risk factors for falls among patients hospitalized for rehabilitation following acute stroke. Methods: In a retrospective study of 56 falls over a period of 5 years in 41 stroke patients hospitalized for rehabilitation we surveyed the nurses' safety risk assessment of the fall. Thirty patients fell once, 9 patients twice and 2 patients four times. The data were obtained from the medical and nursing records. Safety precautions were taken by the nurses for the entire group of patients. Results: Most of the falls occurred among male patients who had reduced muscular tone (70%), paralysis (54%) and/ or hypoesthesia in the involved side of the body. Patients who suffered from hemiplegia fell more often than those with hemiparesis (Wilcoxon rank sum test, P = 0.04, onesided). Forty-eight percent of the falls occurred during the first month after the last stroke, 70% during the morning or the afternoon, and 62% occurred close to the patient's bed. In 89% of falls the patients used hypoglycemic, antihypertensive, tranquilizing or neuroleptic drugs. Communication disorders (29%), hemianopia or blindness (21%) and visuospatial agnosia (18%) were incremental risk factors for falls. Fifty percent of the falls were caused by either an intrinsic or extrinsic mechanism. Conclusions: These data suggest that the group of stroke patients at risk for falls in a rehabilitation department can be identified by a variety of impairment and functional assessments. The information may be potentially useful for designing interventions directed at reducing fall frequency among stroke survivors.

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