rss_2.0Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Romanian Journal of Internal Medicinehttps://sciendo.com/journal/RJIMhttps://www.sciendo.comRomanian Journal of Internal Medicine Feedhttps://sciendo-parsed.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/6473669b4e662f30ba53cb9e/cover-image.jpghttps://sciendo.com/journal/RJIM140216Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Colitis, a Rising Issue in Targeted Cancer Therapy Era: A Literature Reviewhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0015<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Research advances in the oncology treatment field have led to the widespread use of immunotherapy. The usage of immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) has improved the survival of cancer patients with metastases. This has also led to the rapidly expanding indications for ICI use. However, ICI usage may lead to toxicity, which may be immune-related, in different organ-specific targets. The immune-related adverse events (irAEs) of ICI may lead to increased morbidity, decreased quality of life, and early termination of ICI. The clinical manifestations of irAEs in the gastrointestinal system are variable, ranging from self-limited to life-threatening or fatal events. In this review article, we would like to focus on discussing ICI-induced colitis, which is one of the most common ICI irAEs in the gastrointestinal tract.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00152024-04-09T00:00:00.000+00:00Systemic Immune-Inflammation Index as a Potential Biomarker for Predicting Acute Pulmonary Embolism: A Systematic Reviewhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0016<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Background</title> <p>Acute pulmonary embolism (APE) is a life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate. The pathophysiology involves various complex processes. The systemic immune-inflammatory index (SII) is a well-known biomarker that reflects the intricate balance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory immune components. In this systematic review, we aim to determine the significance of SII as a potential biomarker for APE.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Method</title> <p>We utilized PubMed, ProQuest, EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar to search for articles. We assessed bias risk using the Newcastle Ottawa Scale (NOS). The outcomes we examined included in-hospital and long-term mortality, the severity of APE, and the sensitivity and specificity of the SII in predicting APE.</p> </sec> <sec> <title style='display:none'>Results:</title> <p>Four studies, involving 2,038 patients, were included for analysis. These studies discuss the use of SII in predicting APE severity, APE mortality, high-risk APE, and the occurrence of APE. SII demonstrates significant results in predicting each of these variables. Furthermore, each study establishes different SII cut-off values. Specifically, a cut-off of 1161 predicts massive APE events with a sensitivity of 91% and a specificity of 90%. A cut-off of &gt;1235.35 differentiates high-risk APE with a sensitivity of 87.32% and a specificity of 68.85%. A cut-off of &gt;1111x10<sup>9</sup> predicts overall mortality with a sensitivity of 72% and a specificity of 51%. Finally, a cut-off at 1839.91 predicts APE events with a sensitivity of 75.8% and a specificity of 61.9%.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p>The SII can be employed as a potential new biomarker to predict outcomes in APE patients, particularly the occurrence, severity, and mortality of APE.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00162024-04-09T00:00:00.000+00:00In memoriam: Professor Radu Voiosuhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0014ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00142024-04-03T00:00:00.000+00:00Inflammatory biomarker-based clinical practice in patients with pneumonia: A systematic review of randomized controlled trialshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0013<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p><italic>Objectives:</italic> Biomarker-based clinical practice is currently gaining ground and increasingly affects decision making. A variety of biomarkers have been studied through the years and some of them have already an established role in modern medicine, such as procalcitonin (PCT) which has been proposed to reduce antibiotic exposure. We purposed to systematically review all biomarkers examined for guiding the clinical practice in patients with pneumonia.</p> <p>Methods: A systematic review on PubMed was performed on April 2023 by two independent researchers using the PRISMA guidelines. Randomized trials which enrolled patients with pneumonia and compared biomarker-guided strategies to standard of care were included.</p> <p>Results: 1242 studies were recorded, from whom 16 were eligible for this study. 14 studies investigated PCT as a biomarker. From these, 8 studies reported on community acquired pneumonia (CAP), 2 on ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), 1 on aspiration pneumonia, 1 on hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) and 2 on exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ECOPD). There was 1 study, referred to VAP, that investigated interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) and 1 study that reported the role of C-reactive protein (CRP) in ECOPD. In a total of 4751 patients in 15 studies, the biomarker-based approach did not lead to increased mortality [OR: 0.998 (95%CI: 0.74-1.34, p value: 0.991). I2:19%]. Among different types of pneumonia and time-points of assessment, biomarker-guided practice appeared to improve antibiotic-related outcomes, such as rate of antibiotic prescription, duration of antibiotic therapy and rate of antibiotic exposure, while 5 studies reported a possible decrease in antibiotic-related adverse effects. Biomarker-guided practice did not seem to lead in an increase in other adverse outcomes such as need for hospitalization and duration of hospitalization. However, the included studies have high risk of bias mainly due to improper blinding of participants/personnel and outcome assessors.</p> <p>Conclusion: Biomarker-guided clinical practice improves provided healthcare, in terms of reduced antibiotic consumption with no inferiority to mortality, relapses and exacerbations in patients with different types of pneumonia. Thus, such approaches should be further evaluated to achieve personalized medicine.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00132024-03-27T00:00:00.000+00:00Comparison of metabolic risk factors, lipid indices, healthy eating index, and physical activity among premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal womenhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0012<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Introduction</title> <p> In this study, we aimed to compare metabolic risk factors, lipid indices, healthy eating index, and physical activity among premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p> In this cross-sectional study, a total of 4,732 women participating in the Hoveyzeh Cohort Study were placed into three groups of premenopausal (n=736), menopausal (n=396), and postmenopausal (n=917) women, according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria .</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p> The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 43.3%, 55.6%, and 62.8% in premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women, respectively. After menopause, the prevalence of hypertension (50.2%), dyslipidemia (61.2%), diabetes (37.7%), and abdominal obesity according to the Iranian guidelines (75.9%) was higher than before menopause. Based on the results, cardiovascular disease had the highest prevalence after menopause (23%). The weight-adjusted waist index (WWI) had the highest odds ratio (OR) among indices, with values of 2.94 and 1.93 in menopausal and postmenopausal women, respectively (P&lt;0.001). According to the Healthy Eating Index-2015 (HEI-2015), the total consumption of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and protein was higher in premenopausal women than in postmenopausal women, and the consumption of foods containing sugar was higher in menopausal women than in premenopausal women. The results showed that the level of physical activity was the highest and the lowest in premenopausal and postmenopausal women, respectively (P&lt;0.001).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p> Menopause leads to an increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome. The Atherogenic Index of Plasma (AIP), Triglyceride Glucose (TyG) index, WWI, and physical activity index increased in postmenopausal women compared to premenopausal women. The TyG index, WWI, and HEI-2015 did not show significant differences between the groups, based on the multiple regression analysis.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00122024-03-27T00:00:00.000+00:00Association of combined −344T/C and K173R polymorphisms in aldosterone synthase gene with type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Moroccan population.https://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0011<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p><bold>Background</bold>: Aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) is crucial for aldosterone production, and variations in its gene may influence type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) development. This study explores the link between two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the CYP11B2 gene - −344T/C and K173R and T2DM in the Moroccan population .</p> <p><bold>Methods</bold>: The research involved 86 individuals with T2DM and 75 control subjects. Genotyping for the −344T/C and K173R SNPs was performed using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) analysis .</p> <p><bold>Result</bold>: Results indicated significant differences in the genotype and allelic distribution of the CYP11B2 K173R polymorphism between T2DM patients and control subjects, with P-values of 0.02 and 0.04, respectively. The −344T/C polymorphism showed no significant genomic level differences, but its allelic variations were statistically significant (P=0.01), indicating a notable association between the C allele and T2DM. Furthermore, the K173R polymorphism was found to significantly increase T2DM risk, with a 2.34-fold higher risk in individuals carrying the KR genotype. The study also examined the combined effect of these SNPs. The dominant model analysis (TT vs. TC+CC and KK vs. KR+RR) showed significant differences between T2DM patients and controls for both SNPs. Additionally, a haplotype-based analysis revealed that the C-R haplotype was associated with an increased risk of T2DM.</p> <p><bold>Conclusion</bold>: Our study suggests a significant association between the CYP11B2-K173R polymorphism and T2DM in the Moroccan population. Conversely, while the CYP11B2 -344T/C polymorphism exhibits a significant difference in allelic distribution, no significant difference is observed at the genomic level.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00112024-03-13T00:00:00.000+00:00A Tagging Polymorphism in Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated () Gene Is Associated with Sepsis Status in Childrenhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0008<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Introduction</title> <p>Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death in patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs). The development of sepsis is significantly influenced by genetic predisposition. In this study, we highlight a potential association between a variant of the fat mass and obesity-associated (<italic>FTO</italic>) gene and risk of sepsis in children and adolescents.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p>We investigated a first-intron tagging <italic>FTO</italic> polymorphism (rs17817449) by comparing a severe condition (SC) group, comprising 598 paediatric patients (ages 0–19 years) admitted to an ICU with fever, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis, severe sepsis, septic shock, or multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), with a control group consisting of 616 healthy young adults.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p>We observed a lower prevalence (<italic>p</italic> &lt; 0.01; OR = 0.59, 95% CI = 0.39–0.87) of the <italic>FTO</italic> TT genotype in febrile and SIRS patients compared to patients with severe illness. There was a borderline trend towards a lower prevalence of the <italic>FTO</italic> TT genotype in the control group compared to the SC group (<italic>p</italic> &lt; 0.09, OR = 0.81, 95% CI = 0.62–1.06).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusions</title> <p>Our findings suggest that rs17817449, a common <italic>FTO</italic> polymorphism, may be a predictor of sepsis in paediatric patients, and that higher body weight is protective against this clinical complication.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00082024-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Accidental Hypothermia in the Largest Emergency Hospital in North-Eastern Romaniahttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0010<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Introduction</title> <p>Accidental hypothermia (AH) presents a significant mortality risk, even in individuals with good health. Early recognition of the parameters associated with negative prognosis could save more lives.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p>This was a pilot, retrospective observational study, conducted in the largest Emergency Hospital in North Eastern Romania, which included all patients with AH (defined as body temperature below 35°C), hospitalized and treated in our hospital between 2019 and 2022.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p>A total of 104 patients with AH were included in our study, 90 of whom had data collected and statistically analyzed. The clinical, biological, and therapeutic parameters associated with negative outcomes were represented by a reduced GCS score (p=0.024), diminished systolic and diastolic blood pressure (p=0.007 respectively, 0.013), decreased bicarbonate (p=0.043) and hemoglobin levels (p=0.002), the presence of coagulation disorders (p=0.007), as well as the need for administration of inotropic or vasopressor medications (p=0.04).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p>In this pilot, retrospective, observational study, the negative outcomes observed in patients with AH hospitalized in the largest Emergency Hospital in North-Eastern Romania were associated with several clinical, biochemical, and therapeutic factors, which are easy to identify in clinical practice. Recognizing the significance of these associated factors empowers healthcare practitioners to intervene at an early stage to save more lives.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00102024-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Outcomes of polymyalgia rheumatica in real-world practice: a longitudinal cohort studyhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0009<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p><bold>Background</bold>: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory condition closely linked with giant cell arteritis, which is a large vessel vasculitis. To provide real-world evidence on PMR outcomes and their determinants, we conducted a longitudinal study focusing on symptom relief and acute phase reactant normalization.</p> <p><bold>Methods</bold>: We followed patients with PMR who were registered in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Vasculitis Registry (TUOMS-VR) until February 2023. We measured sustained remission (primary outcome) and secondary outcomes including glucocorticoids (GCs)-free remission, medication-free remission, relapse rate and disease-induced damage.</p> <p><bold>Results</bold>: We identified eighty-one patients with PMR and followed them for a median time of 57 months. In a median duration of 3 weeks, 98.8% of patients achieved symptom control, with 86.4% achieving sustained remission in a median duration of 9 weeks. Sustained remission was more common in non-smokers and adherent to therapy patients. Relapse occurred in 22.1% of patients, primarily due to non-adherence. Medication-free remission was observed in 30.9% of patients, especially among females and those with an initial prednisolone dose &gt; 15 mg/d. Damage occurred in 42.0% of patients.</p> <p><bold>Conclusion</bold>: Although sustained remission in PMR is not an unattainable goal in daily practice and most patients are in remission at the last visit, two-thirds of patients require long-term treatment.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00092024-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Evaluation of the Prevalence and Laboratory Test Results of Overt Thyrotoxicosis Caseshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0007<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Background </title> <p>The frequency of thyrotoxicosis may vary between countries and some laboratory test results may be used in etiology research. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of thyrotoxicosis diagnoses and laboratory test results.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p>3246 patients with overt thyrotoxicosis were included in this study. Laboratory test results, epicrisis, thyroid ultrasonography, thyroid scintigraphy, and radioactive iodine uptake test reports of the patients were examined in the study.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p>Thyrotoxicosis was found due to levothyroxine overdose in 58.1% of the patients. When this group was excluded, 36.1% of the patients were diagnosed with toxic multinodular goiter most frequently. TRab levels were 8.5 times higher in Graves’ disease than in other diagnostic groups. Anti-TPO levels were found to be the highest in the Graves’ disease and Hashitoxicosis groups compared to other diagnostic groups (p&lt;0.001). Anti-Tg levels were found to be highest in Graves’ disease, Postpartum thyroiditis, and Hashitoxicosis patients (p&lt;0.001). The free triiodothyronine / free thyroxine ratio was significantly higher, a cut-off value of &gt;2.94 provided a sensitivity of 66% and specificity of 64% in diagnosing Graves’ disease.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p>The causes of thyrotoxicosis show some differences between countries. Patients using levothyroxine should be informed about drug use and dose titration. The free triiodothyronine / free thyroxine ratio can be used in addition to other tests during diagnosis.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00072024-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00The Effects of Synbiotics on the Liver Steatosis, Inflammation, and Gut Microbiome of Metabolic Dysfunction-associated Liver Disease Patients-Randomized trialhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0004<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Introduction: Metabolic Dysfunction-associated Liver Disease (MASLD) represents a spectrum of conditions from simple fat accumulation to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. The possible role of the intestinal microbiome on MASLD development has been in focus. Our study aimed to examine the effects of synbiotics on the liver steatosis, inflammation, and stool microbiome.</p> <p>Methods: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted involving 84 MASLD patients, defined by an elastometric attenuation coefficient (ATT) greater than 0.63 dB/cm/MHz with an alanine aminotransferase level above 40 U/L for men and 35 U/L for women. The patients were divided into an intervention group treated with a synbiotic with 64x10<sup>9</sup> CFU of <italic>Lactobacillus</italic> and <italic>Bifidobacterium</italic> and 6.4g of inulin and a control group treated with a placebo.</p> <p>Results: Using synbiotics for 12 weeks significantly decreased liver steatosis (ΔATT -0.006±0.023 vs -0.016±0.021 dB/cm/MHz, p=0.046). The group of patients treated with synbiotics showed a significant decrease in the level of high-sensitive C-reactive protein (Δhs-CRP 0 vs -0.7 mg/L, p≤0.001). Synbiotics enriched the microbiome of patients in the intervention group with the genera <italic>Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Faecalibacterium</italic>, and <italic>Streptococcus</italic>, by 81%, 55%, 51%, and 40%, respectively, with a reduction of <italic>Ruminococcus</italic> and <italic>Enterobacterium</italic> by 35% and 40%. Synbiotic treatment significantly shortened the gut transition time (ΔGTT -5h vs. -10h, p=0.031).</p> <p>Conclusion: Synbiotics could be an effective and safe option that could have place in MASLD treatment.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00042024-02-07T00:00:00.000+00:00The importance of the enzyme Gamma-glutamyltransferase in the pathogenic cluster in type2 diabetic patienthttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0006<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p><bold>Introduction</bold>. Gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) is a liver enzyme involved in inflammation and oxidative stress. It is already known that MCP-1 (Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1) and TNF-α (tumour necrosis factor) as inflammatory markers, ICAM-1 (Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1) as an endothelial dysfunctional marker, and glutathione, as an antioxidant, have abnormal levels in type 2 diabetic patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the specific biological picture of type 2 diabetic patients that also associate higher GGT activity.</p> <p><bold>Methods</bold>. Eighty-five type 2 diabetes, aged 40–70 years with a duration of diabetes less than 6 years without infections, epilepsy, chronic liver or cardiac diseases, without alcohol consumption (&gt;20 g/day) were divided in two subgroups, those with normal and those with high abnormal GGT.</p> <p><bold>Results</bold>. The diabetic patients with high GGT (n=31) had dysglycaemia, dyslipidemia, higher inflammatory markers (CRP, TNF-α, MCP-1) and endothelial dysfunction (high leptin and sICAM). sICAM, serum MCP-1 and TNF-α levels had significant correlations with GGT activity (r= 0.38, r=0.30 and 0.26 respectively, p&lt;0.05).</p> <p><bold>Conclusion</bold>. This study underlines that in non-alcoholic diabetic patients, with a duration of the metabolic disease less than 6 years, sICAM, serum MCP-1 and TNF-α might play an important role in dysmetabolism, and higher level for GGT represents the „red flag” for this condition.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00062024-02-20T00:00:00.000+00:00Hydroxychloroquine Induced Cardiotoxicity: A Case Serieshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0005<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) induced cardiotoxicity is a rare diagnosis and is often associated with chronic use of the medication. It has been shown that chronic HCQ use is associated with a drug-induced cardiomyopathy mainly driven by acquired lysosomal storage defects leading to hypertrophy and conduction abnormalities. As the only proven treatment is the discontinuation of the offending agent, prompt recognition is required to avoid further exposure to the drug and potential progression of disease. History, physical examination and advanced imaging modalities are useful diagnostic tools, but more invasive testing with an endomyocardial biopsy is required for definitive diagnosis. We present a descriptive case series of ten patients that were diagnosed with biopsy proven HCQ cardiotoxicity.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00052024-02-20T00:00:00.000+00:00Clinical phenotypes of patients with acute stroke: a secondary analysishttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0003<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Introduction</title> <p> Stroke is a leading cause of mortality worldwide and a major cause of disability having a high burden on patients, society, and caregiving systems. This study was conducted to investigate the presence of clusters of in-hospital patients with acute stroke based on demographic and clinical data. Cluster analysis reveals patterns in patient characteristics without requiring knowledge of a predefined patient category or assumptions about likely groupings within the data.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p> We performed a secondary analysis of open-access anonymized data from patients with acute stroke admitted to a hospital between December 2019 to June 2021. In total, 216 patients (78; 36.1% men) were included in the analytical dataset with a mean (SD) age of 60.3 (14.4). Many demographic and clinical features were included in the analysis and the Barthel Index on discharge was used for comparing the functional recovery of the identified clusters.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p> Hierarchical clustering based on the principal components identified two clusters of 109 and 107 patients. The clusters were different in the Barthel Index scores on discharge with the mean (SD) of 39.3 (29.3) versus 62.6 (29.4); <italic>t</italic> (213.87) = −5.818, <italic>P</italic> &lt;0.001, Cohen’s d (95%CI) = −0.80 (−1.07, −0.52). A logistic model showed that age, systolic blood pressure, pulse rate, D-dimer blood level, low-density lipoprotein, hemoglobin, creatinine concentration, the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale value, and the Barthel Index scores on admission were significant predictors of cluster profiles (all <italic>P</italic> ≤0.029).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p> There are two clusters in hospitalized patients with acute stroke with significantly different functional recovery. This allows prognostic grouping of hospitalized acute stroke patients for prioritization of care or resource allocation. The clusters can be recognized using easily measured demographic and clinical features.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00032024-01-31T00:00:00.000+00:00Hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid disorders in rheumatoıd arthritis: relationship wıth disease activityhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0002<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p><bold><italic>Background and aims:</italic></bold> Thyroid function abnormalities and thyroid autoantibodies have previously been described in rheumatoid arthirits (RA) with limited data. In some studies, a relationship was found between thyroid autoantibodies and RA disease activity. However, there are not strong studies in the literature indicating the relationship between thyroid diseases and RA. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of hypothyroidism and to investigate the relationship between thyroid hormone levels, autoantibodies and disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).</p> <p><bold><italic>Methods</italic></bold>: 1017 patients with the diagnosis of RA were recruited. This observational study was conducted between January 2014 and July 2015. Demographic variables were recorded. Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-cyclic citrulli-nated peptide antibody (anti-CCP), Rheumatoid Factor (RF), C reactive protein (CRP), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), anti-microsomal antibody (anti-TPO )and anti-thyroglobulin antibody (anti-TG) were determined. Visual analog score and Disease Activiy Score 28 (DAS-28) ESR and DAS-28 CRP were recorded. The relationship between thyroid hormone levels and thyroid antibodies and disease activity parameters were determined.</p> <p><bold><italic>Results:</italic></bold> 98 (%9,7) patients had hypothyroidism and 61 (%6) patients had hyperthyroidism. 210 (20,7%) patients with RA was positive for TPOAb and 165(16,3%) for anti-TG. Positive correlation was detected between anti-TPO positivity and anti-CCP levels (p:0.005, r:0,274). In anti-TG antibody positive patients, there was a significant positive correlation of thyroid hormone levels with CRP and DAS 28-CRP (p:0.01, r:0,120; p:0.01, r:0,169).</p> <p><bold><italic>Conclusion:</italic></bold> Thyroid autoantibodies were found to be positive in 16-21% of patients with RA. Though hypothyroidism is not very frequent in RA patients, autoimmune thyroid disease is quite common, which may be related to disease activity.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00022024-01-27T00:00:00.000+00:00Model of disease severity in alcoholic hepatitis and novel prognostic insightshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-0001<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Introduction</title> <p> Harmful alcohol consumption is one of the leading risk factors for global disease burden and injury condition, causing death and disability early in life, with over 3 million deaths worldwide every year. Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is a clinical syndrome characterized by hepatic failure with recent onset of jaundice, consequence of a heavy chronic alcohol drinking. The disease severity ranges from mild to severe cases, with high short-term mortality. Individual variety regarding disease outcome and therapeutic response complicates the prognosis stratification. Thus, novel parameters and continuously sought for a better disease outcome assessment.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Aims and objectives</title> <p> To highlight new parameters that accurately assess 30-day mortality (short-term) in patients with AH and to develop a new severity score that uses readily available parameters accessible to any clinician.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Materials and methods</title> <p> This is a prospective study on patients diagnosed with AH between 2022-2023. We identified 70 patients with AH who met the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) criteria for diagnosis after exclusion of patients with severe comorbidities that could influence disease outcome. Clinical and paraclinical parameters were assessed at least on admission and day 7. Mortality at 30-day was considered the endpoint. The database was composed using Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Corporation) and the data was analyzed using SPSS Statistics version 26 (IBM Corporation).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p> A total of 70 patients were included in the study with a mortality at 30-days of 22.9% (n=16). The independent variables associated with increased short-term mortality identified using the univariate analysis were: fever, infection, esophageal varices, prothrombin time PT, INR, total bilirubin, CRP, LDH and CHI (creatinine height index). Using multivariate regression we determined a novel prognostic score, with criterion for retaining variable being p&lt;0.05. Total bilirubin day 7, CRP, PT, fever and CHI resulted after the analysis and were included into a new mortality score. Our Prognostic Model Score obtained an area under the ROC of 0.950 (95% CI: 0.890-0.980, p&lt;0.001), with a cut-off value of 13.75 (Sn=87.5%, Sp=91%). Regarding the consecrated prognostic scores, MDF and Lille score obtained good AUROCs=0.839 and 0.881, respectively (p&lt;0.000), with cut-off values comparable with literature (MDF=34.35 vs 32) and (Lille=0.475 vs 0.450). The discriminatory power for ABIC (p=0.58), GAHS (p=0.16), MELD-Na (p=0.61) was not significant.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p> We obtained a new prognostic score for the assessment of 30-day mortality in AH that includes markers of inflammation (CRP, fever) and markers of sarcopenia (CHI) along parameters of hepatic disfunction (total bilirubin and PT). Amongst consecrated prognostic models, MDF and Lille scores were representative for our study, while ABIC, GAHS and MELD-Na did not attain statistical significance. Our score is unique by the addition of CRP and this could prove to be a useful tool in AH severity stratification.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2024-00012024-01-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Association between peri-transplant acid-base parameters and graft dysfunction types in kidney transplantationhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-0037<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Perioperative acid-base disturbance could be informative regarding the possible slow graft function (SGF) or delayed graft function (DGF) development. There is a lack of data regarding the relationship between perioperative acid-base parameters and graft dysfunction in kidney transplant (KT) recipients. We aim to determine the incidence of graft dysfunction types and the association between them and acid-base parameters.</p> <p>We performed a prospective, cohort study on 54 adults, KT recipients, between 1<sup>st</sup> of January 2019 and 31<sup>st</sup> of December 2019. Graft function was defined and classified in three categories: immediate graft function (IGF) (serum creatinine &lt; 3 mg/dL at day 5 after KT), SGF (serum creatinine ≥ 3mg/dL at day 5 or ≥ 2.5mg dL at day 7 after KT) and DGF (the need for at least one dialysis treatment in the first week after kidney transplantation). Among the 54 KT recipients, the incidence of SGF and DGF was 13% and 11.1%, respectively. SGF was significantly associated with lower intraoperative pH (7.26± 0.05 vs 7.35± 0.06, p= 0.004), preoperative and intraoperative base excess (BE) [−7.0 (−10.0 ߝ −6.0) vs −3.4 (−7.8 ߝ − 2.1) mmol/L, p= 0.04 and −10.3 (−11.0 ߝ −9.1) vs −4.0 (−6.3 ߝ − 3.0) mmol/L, p= 0.002, respectively] and serum bicarbonate (HCO3<sup>−</sup>) (16.0± 2.7 vs 19.3± 3.4 mmol/L, p= 0.01 and 14.1± 1.9 vs 18.8± 3.2 mmol/L, p= 0.002 respectively), compared to IGF. DGF was significantly associated with lower intraoperative values of pH (7.27± 0.05 vs 7.35± 0.06, p= 0.003), BE [−7.1 (−10.9 ߝ −6.1) vs −4.0 (−6.3 ߝ − 3.0) mmol/L, p= 0.02] and HCO3<sup>−</sup> (15.9± 2.4 vs 18.8± 3.2 mmol/L, p=0.02) compared to IGF. No differences were observed between SGF and DGF patients in any of the perioperative acid-base parameters.</p> <p>In conclusion we found that kidney graft dysfunction types are associated with perioperative acid-base parameters and perioperative metabolic acidosis could provide important information to predict SGF or DGF occurrence.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-00372023-12-28T00:00:00.000+00:00Comparison of Outcomes of Different Modalities of Renal Replacement Therapy in Patients of Acute Kidney Injury: A Single Centre Prospective Observational Studyhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-0033<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Background</title> <p>Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is one of the most important causes of in-hospital mortality. The global burden of AKI continues to rise without a marked reduction in mortality. As such, the use of renal replacement therapy (RRT) forms an integral part of AKI management, especially in critically ill patients. There has been much debate over the preferred modality of RRT between continuous, intermittent and intermediate modes. While there is abundant data from Europe and North America, data from tropical countries especially the Indian subcontinent is sparse. Our study aims to provide an Indian perspective on the dialytic management of tropical AKI in a tertiary care hospital setup.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods </title> <p>90 patients of AKI, 30 each undergoing Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), Intermittent Hemodialysis (IHD) and SLED (Sustained Low-Efficiency Dialysis) were included in this prospective cohort study. At the end of 28 days of hospital stay, discharge or death, outcome measures were ascertained which included mortality, duration of hospital stay, recovery of renal function and requirement of RRT after discharge. In addition median of the net change of renal parameters was also computed across the three groups. Lastly, Kaplan Meier analysis was performed to assess the probability of survival with the use of each modality of RRT.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p>There was no significant difference in the primary outcome of mortality between the three cohorts (p=0.27). However, CRRT was associated with greater renal recovery (p= 0.015) than IHD or SLED. On the other hand, SLED and IHD were associated with a greater net reduction in blood urea (p=0.004) and serum creatinine (p=0.053).</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion </title> <p>CRRT, IHD and SLED are all complementary to each other and are viable options in the treatment of AKI patients.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-00332023-12-28T00:00:00.000+00:00Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines for Average-Risk and High-Risk Individuals: A Systematic Reviewhttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-0038<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <sec><title style='display:none'>Aims</title> <p>This review aims to summarize the different colorectal cancer guidelines for average-risk and high-risk individuals from various countries.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Methods</title> <p>A comprehensive literature search regarding guidelines, consensus recommendations, or position statements about colorectal cancer screening published within the last 10 years (1<sup>st</sup> January 2012 to 27<sup>th</sup> August 2022), was performed at EBSCOhost, JSTOR, PubMed, ProQuest, SAGE, and ScienceDirect.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Results</title> <p>A total of 18 guidelines were included in this review. Most guidelines recommended screening between 45 and 75 years for average-risk individuals. Recommendations regarding colorectal cancer screening in high-risk individuals were more varied and depended on the risk factor. For high-risk individuals with a positive family history of colorectal cancer or advanced colorectal polyp, screening should begin at age 40. Some frequently suggested screening modalities in order of frequency are colonoscopy, FIT, and CTC. Furthermore, several screening intervals were suggested, including colonoscopy every 10 years for average-risk and every 5-10 years for high-risk individuals, FIT annually in average-risk and every 1-2 years in high-risk individuals, and CTC every five years for all individuals.</p> </sec> <sec><title style='display:none'>Conclusion</title> <p>All individuals with average-risk should undergo colorectal cancer screening between 45 and 75. Meanwhile, individuals with higher risks, such as those with a positive family history, should begin screening at age 40. Several recommended screening modalities were suggested, including colonoscopy every 10 years in average-risk and every 5-10 years in high-risk, FIT annually in average-risk and every 1-2 years in high-risk, and CTC every five years.</p> </sec> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-00382023-12-28T00:00:00.000+00:00Factor XI and coagulation. Factor XI inhibitors - antithrombotic perspectiveshttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-0034<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Factor XI is a zymogen with an important role in the coagulation cascade. It is activated by FXII, thrombin and or it can be autoactivated. It has a prothrombotic effect after being activated by thrombin, but also through its antifibrinolytic action, stabilizing the formed clot.</p> <p>Hereditary deficiency of FXI causes haemophilia C - a disease manifested by an usually provoked, small to moderate mucosal bleeding. People with severe FXI deficiency have a low risk of thrombotic events. Conversely, increased FXI values have been found to be associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolism and ischemic stroke.</p> <p>Lowering serum FXI levels has become a treatment target for the prevention of thrombotic events. New pharmacological agents - FXI inhibitors - have been investigated in phase II clinical trials, with promising results in terms of efficacy and safety in the prevention of thrombotic events. FXI inhibitors are emerging as new anticoagulant agents with broad indication prospects beyond direct oral anticoagulants and vitamin K antagonists.</p> </abstract>ARTICLEtruehttps://sciendo.com/article/10.2478/rjim-2023-00342023-12-28T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1