European Journal of Internal Medicine

August 2017

24 Articles

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The association between bouted and non-bouted physical activity on retinopathy prevalence

14 August 2017
Author(s): Emily Frith, Paul D. Loprinzi

We evaluated the specific differential association between non-bouted, lifestyle physical activities (vs. structured exercise; i.e., bouted physical activity) on retinopathy prevalence among a... more

Medication use in long-term survivors from the MONICA/KORA Myocardial Infarction Registry

18 August 2017
Author(s): Ute Amann, Inge Kirchberger, Margit Heier, Christian Thilo, Bernhard Kuch, Christa Meisinger

Prior studies reported high guideline adherence for secondary prevention medications (SPM) at hospital discharge in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Less is known about medication use... more

Pulse wave velocity differs between ulcerative colitis and chronic kidney disease

19 August 2017
Author(s): Luca Zanoli, Paolo Lentini, Pierre Boutouyrie, Pasquale Fatuzzo, Antonio Granata, Salvatore Corrao, Agostino Gaudio, Gaetano Inserra, Francesco Rapisarda, Stefania Rastelli, Stephane Laurent, Lorenzo S. Malatino, Pietro Castellino

We hypothesized that a reversal of the physiological stiffness gradient, previously reported in end-stage renal disease, begins in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and that chronic... more

Cancer immunotherapy-induced endocrinopathies: Clinical behavior and therapeutic approach

19 August 2017
Author(s): Pedro Iglesias

Cancer immunotherapy has proven to be effective in a wide variety of tumors. The use of immune checkpoint blocking monoclonal antibodies has become a standard treatment regimen in some of them as... more

Repetitive 18F-FDG-PET/CT in patients with large-vessel giant-cell arteritis and controlled disease

30 August 2017
Author(s): Hubert de Boysson, Nicolas Aide, Eric Liozon, Marc Lambert, Jean-Jacques Parienti, Jacques Monteil, Damien Huglo, Boris Bienvenu, Alain Manrique, Achille Aouba

18F-FDG PET/CT can detect large-vessel involvement in giant-cell arteritis (GCA) with a good sensitivity. In patients with clinically and biologically controlled disease, we aimed to assess how... more

Internal Medicine Flashcard

An unusual case of distal necrosis. Looking for the truth

29 August 2017
Author(s): Solís Marquínez Marta Nataya, Helguera Amezua Cristina, Trapiella Martínez Luis

A 47year-old man presented with a history of pain and necrosis on the distal phalange of the third finger on the right hand. He also presented subungual splinter haemorrhages and eritroviolaceous... more

Internal Medicine Flashcards

Acute respiratory failure with an unexpected etiology in an elderly patient

18 August 2017
Author(s): Shun Yamashita, Naoko E. Katsuki, Masaki Tago

An 80-year-old woman with no history of smoking developed a productive cough 8days prior to admission. Neither levofloxacin nor sulbactam/ampicillin, prescribed at the previous hospital, were... more

Letter to the Editor

Should we look for anti-RNA polymerase III antibodies in systemic sclerosis patients with anti-centromere or anti-topoisomerase I antibodies?

3 August 2017
Author(s): Audrey Benyamine, Daniel Bertin, Xavier Heim, Brigitte Granel, Nathalie Bardin

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterised by skin and internal organs fibrosis, vascular damage and positive antinuclear autoantibodies (ANAs). The classical antigenic... more

Sarcoidosis onset after breast cancer; a potential association

7 August 2017
Author(s): Michael D. Schweitzer, Oriana Salamo, Gregory Holt, Elio Donna, Mehdi Mirsaeidi

Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disease involving the lungs in over 90% of cases. The pathogenesis of sarcoidosis is believed to result from a cellular immune reaction from exposure to... more

Intermediate care units and their role in medical wards

8 August 2017
Author(s): Joana Azevedo Duarte, Renata Ribeiro, Luís Melo, Ana Furtado, Célia Henriques

Intermediate Medical Care Units (IMCU) warrant the treatment and monitoring of clinically unstable patients with organ dysfunction or at risk of organ failure and allow a decreased length of stay in... more

The diagnostic trial of iron replacement therapy even in normocytic anaemia

9 August 2017
Author(s): Oscar M.P. Jolobe

Among the diagnostic strategies for validating the provisional diagnosis of iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) [1] one parameter worth including is the response to a diagnostic trial of iron replacement... more

Caveats in the work-up of iron deficiency anaemia

9 August 2017
Author(s): Oscar M.P. Jolobe

Given the fact that “pathologies involving upper and lower GI (gastrointestinal) system should always be considered during the diagnostic process for IDA (iron deficiency anaemia)” [1],... more

Impact of drought on human health

11 August 2017
Author(s): Maurizio Bifulco, Roberta Ranieri

Over the last few summers in Europe, increasingly hot and dry, we are experiencing a new great problem, the drought, associated with mugginess and insufficient winter and spring rainfall that do not... more

Is penitentiary medicine a free medicine (French experience)? An open letter to the new general director of WHO

16 August 2017
Author(s): P. Charlier, F. Bou Abdallah

Is the prison an area of medical rights void? The WHO, on the occasion of the nomination of its new General Director, must take up this global, international issue.

History and outcome of febrile neutropenia related to non-chemotherapy drugs: A retrospective study of the Strasbourg's agranulocytosis cohorte

17 August 2017
Author(s): Emmanuel Andrès, Rachel Mourot-Cottet, Frédéric Maloisel, Thomas Vogel, Martine Tebacher, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg

Despite major advances in prevention and treatment, febrile neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count

Body mass index and all-cause mortality among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: Methodological issues

17 August 2017
Author(s): Saeid Safiri, Erfan Ayubi

We read the study conducted by Salinero-Fort and colleagues that was published in European Journal of Internal Medicine, enthusiastically and meticulously. The authors tried to examine the effect of... more

Peer (and brothers) review? Ethical challenges in author-proposed peer-reviewers

18 August 2017
Author(s): P. Charlier, E.D. Al-Chaer, F. Bou Abdallah, C. Massaad, C. Hervé

The EJIM has recently published a few articles/letters on peer review [1–4], which lead us to ask further methodological and ethical questions: mainly, is it legitimate for an author submitting an... more

Effect of pregnancy in women with a history of primary immune thrombocytopenia considered as cured

26 August 2017
Author(s): Thibault Comont, Guillaume Moulis, Olivier Parant, Hélène Derumeaux, Odile Beyne Rauzy

Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is the most common autoimmune cytopenia. This disease often occurs in young women [1]. Pregnancy is a well-known risk factor for developing newly diagnosed ITP as well... more

Narrative Review

Relationship between atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline in individuals aged 80 and older: A narrative review

9 August 2017
Author(s): Marco Proietti, Angela Recchia, Emma Riva, Ugo Lucca, Mauro Tettamanti, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Alessandro Nobili

Atrial fibrillation (AF) and dementia are largely prevalent and incident in progressively older subjects, suggesting a link between the two conditions. While in the general population there are... more

Basal insulin for the management of diabetic ketoacidosis

30 August 2017
Author(s): Leonid Barski, Evgenia Brandstaetter, Iftach Sagy, Alan Jotkowitz

Due to its pharmacokinetic properties, it has been suggested that long-acting insulin analogues may have a role in facilitating the transition from continuous intravenous insulin infusion to... more

Original Article

Association between red cell distribution width and thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation

4 August 2017
Author(s): Myung-Jin Cha, Hak Seung Lee, Hyue Mee Kim, Ji-Hyun Jung, Eue-Keun Choi, Seil Oh

We investigated whether an increase in the value of red cell distribution width (RDW) was associated with thromboembolic outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Lung ultrasound in internal medicine: A bedside help to increase accuracy in the diagnosis of dyspnea

6 August 2017
Author(s): Tiziano Perrone, Alessia Maggi, Carmelo Sgarlata, Ilaria Palumbo, Elisa Mossolani, Sara Ferrari, Ariel Melloul, Roberta Mussinelli, Michele Boldrini, Ambra Raimondi, Aderville Cabassi, Francesco Salinaro, Stefano Perlini

Dyspnea is one of the most frequent causes of admission in Internal Medicine wards, leading to a sizeable utilization of medical resources.

Inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting bronchodilator treatment mitigates STEMI clinical presentation in COPD patients

15 August 2017
Author(s): Marco Contoli, Gianluca Campo, Rita Pavasini, Irene Marchi, Alessia Pauletti, Cristina Balla, Antonio Spanevello, Roberto Ferrari, Alberto Papi

Patients with myocardial infarction and concomitant COPD are at increased risk of poor clinical outcomes, including death, as compared to patients without COPD.

Review Article

Current status of therapeutic and vaccine approaches against Zika virus

7 August 2017
Author(s): Braira Wahid, Amjad Ali, Shazia Rafique, Muhammad Idrees

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global threat because it is spreading at an alarming rate because of its wider range of transmission routes. The neuroteratogenic nature of ZIKV infection is posing serious... more