08 Jul 12

Addition of a H2 receptor antagonist to PPI improves acid control and decreases nocturnal acid breakthrough.

Posted in General at 11:29 by Laci

By I Mainie, R Tutuian, DO Castell

J Clin Gastroenterol 2008;42:676-679. 
The addition of a bedtime H2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) b.i.d. to inhibit nocturnal acid breakthrough (NAB) is controversial. H2RA tolerance has been documented suggesting limitations in its long-term effect.

To compare the intragastric pH and NAB occurring with twice daily PPI with or without the addition of a H2RA.

Multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH studies in 100 patients were reviewed. Fifty-eight patients (female 41; mean age, 54 y; range, 17 to 85) were studied on twice daily PPI. Forty-two patients (female 36; mean age, 53 y; range 20 to 85) were studied on a PPI b.i.d.+H2RA for at least 1 month at bedtime. The percentage time of intragastric pH<4 (upright, recumbent, and total) and NAB were compared between the groups.

In the patients with PPI b.i.d. 64% had NAB, compared with only 17% of patients on PPI b.i.d. and H2RA q.h.s. (P<0.001). The percent time intragastric pH<4 for patients on PPI b.i.d. was significantly higher (P<0.01) compared with patients on PPI b.i.d.+H2RA q.h.s. during upright (29.1+/-3.0 vs. 18.3+/-2.9), recumbent (33.5+/-3.4 vs. 12.5+/-3.1), and entire period (31.5+/-2.8 vs. 18.0+/-3.0).

The addition of a bedtime H2RA reduces the percentage time of the intragastric pH<4 and also NAB. H2RA should be considered as adjunct therapy in whom greater suppression of gastric acid control is considered desirable.

04 Jun 12

Hypertonic saline and acute wheezing in preschool children

Posted in General at 19:34 by Laci

By D Ater, H Shai, B Bar, N Fireman, D Tasher, I Dalal, A Ballin, A Mandelberg

Pediatrics 2012;doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3376

Most acute wheezing episodes in preschool children are associated with rhinovirus. Rhinovirus decreases extracellular adenosine triphosphate levels, leading to airway surface liquid dehydration. This, along with submucosal edema, mucus plaques, and inflammation, causes failure of mucus clearance. These preschool children do not respond well to available treatments, even oral steroids. This calls for pro–mucus clearance and prohydration treatments such as hypertonic saline in wheezing preschool children.

Randomized, controlled, double-blind study. Forty-one children (mean age 31.9 ± 17.4 months, range 1–6 years) presented with wheezing to the emergency department were randomized after 1 albuterol inhalation to receive either 4 mL of hypertonic saline 5% (HS) (n = 16) or 4 mL of normal saline (NS) (n = 25), both with 0.5 mL albuterol, twice every 20 minutes in the emergency department and 4 times a day thereafter if hospitalized. The primary outcome measured was length of stay (LOS) and the secondary outcomes were admission rate (AR) and clinical severity score.

The LOS was significantly shorter in the HS than in the NS group: median 2 days (range 0–6) versus 3 days (range 0–5) days (P = .027). The AR was significantly lower in the HS than the NS group: 62.2% versus 92%. Clinical severity score improved significantly in both groups but did not reach significance between them.

Using HS inhalations significantly shortens LOS and lowers AR in preschool children presenting with an acute wheezing episode to the emergency department.

26 Oct 11

Malignant disease within 5 years after surgery in relation to duration of Sevoflurane anaesthesia and time with Bispectral Index under 45

Posted in General at 0:49 by Laci

By M-L Lindholm, F Granath, L Eriksson and R Sandin

Anesth Analg 2011;113:778-783

Surgery, general anesthesia, and related events have been implicated to promote cancer proliferation. We investigated the incidence of cancer within 5 years after surgery in relation to duration of anesthesia (TANESTH) and also by time with bispectral index (BIS) under 45 (TBIS<45) serving as a proxy for more profound anesthesia exposure.

New malignant diagnoses after surgery under sevoflurane anesthesia were obtained in a prospective cohort of 2972 BIS-monitored patients without any clinically diagnosed malignant disease at the time of index surgery. The risk of cancer during follow-up in relation to TANESTH and TBIS<45 was assessed by Cox regression. The cancer incidence in this surgical population was compared with the incidence in a standardized general population by calculation of standard incidence ratio.

One hundred twenty-nine patients (4.3%) were assigned 136 new malignant diagnoses within 5 years after surgery. No relation between TANESTH or TBIS<45 and new malignant disease was found, nor were any significant relations obtained when other thresholds for BIS (i.e., <30, <40, and <50, respectively) were used in the calculations. The standard incidence ratio for new malignant disease was 1.37 (confidence interval, 1.15–1.62).

Neither duration of anesthesia nor increased cumulative time with profound sevoflurane anesthesia was associated with an increased risk for new malignant disease within 5 years after surgery in previously cancer-free patients.

12 Aug 10

Preadmission statin use and one-year mortality among patients in intensive care

Posted in General at 0:11 by Laci

By S Christensen, R Thomsen, M Johansen, L Pedersen, R Jensen, K Larsen, A Larsson, E Tønnesen, H Sørensen

Crit Care. 2010;14(2):R29

Statins reduce risk of cardiovascular events and have beneficial pleiotropic effects; both may reduce mortality in critically ill patients. We examined whether statin use was associated with risk of death in general intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

Cohort study of 12,483 critically ill patients > 45 yrs of age with a first-time admission to one of three highly specialized ICUs within the Aarhus University Hospital network, Denmark, between 2001 and 2007. Statin users were identified through population-based prescription databases. We computed cumulative mortality rates 0–30 days and 31–365 days after ICU admission and mortality rate ratios (MRRs), using Cox regression analysis controlling for potential confounding factors (demographics, use of other cardiovascular drugs, comorbidity, markers of social status, diagnosis, and surgery).

1882 (14.3%) ICU patients were current statin users. Statin users had a reduced risk of death within 30 days of ICU admission [users: 22.1% vs. non-users 25.0%; adjusted MRR = 0.76 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.69 to 0.86)]. Statin users also had a reduced risk of death within one year after admission to the ICU [users: 36.4% vs. non-users 39.9%; adjusted MRR = 0.79 (95% CI: 0.73 to 0.86)]. Reduced risk of death associated with current statin use remained robust in various subanalyses and in an analysis using propensity score matching. Former use of statins and current use of non-statin lipid-lowering drugs were not associated with reduced risk of death.

Preadmission statin use was associated with reduced risk of death following intensive care. The associations seen could be a pharmacological effect of statins, but unmeasured differences in characteristics of statin users and non-users cannot be entirely ruled out.

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