European Journal of Internal Medicine
February 201827 Articles
A 60-year-old man presented to our department for investigation of pulmonary opacity detected by Chest Computed Tomography (CT) at medical checkup. He had no clinical symptoms. Chest CT revealed a... more
Predicting resistant etiology in hospitalized patients with blood cultures positive for Gram-negative bacilli
To develop a risk-scoring tool to predict multidrug-resistant (MDR) etiology in patients with bloodstream infections (BSI) caused by Gram-negative bacilli (GNB).
Despite adding Omalizumab to conventional therapy, several severe asthmatics still show poor disease control. We investigated the factors that may affect a reduced Omalizumab response in a large... more
The expansion of scientific publications makes more difficult the mining of relevant information necessary for a productive appraisal of authors' work, scientific interaction and exchange. Papers... more
I chose to convey to the readership a few words not only on the achievements of the European Journal of Internal Medicine and the strategies implemented by me and the other editors for the disposal... more
Letter to the Editor
“No physician, however conscientious or careful can tell what day or hour he may not be the object of some undeserved attack, malicious accusation, black mail or suit for damages…”‘Assaults upon... more
Comment on “Mild water restriction with or without urea for the longterm treatment of SIADH: Can urine osmolality help the choice?” by Decaux et al.
The Internal Medicine and Assessment of Gender Differences in Europe (IMAGINE): The new European Federation of Internal Medicine initiative on sex and gender medicine
The evidence that women and men are different is arguably as old as human life, yet basic research studies are performed exclusively in male animals and women are largely excluded from clinical... more
Impact of revascularization procedures on Doppler parameters in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis
Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS) represents 1% to 2% of all cases of secondary hypertension in the general population, rising up to 5.8%in patients ≥65 years old .
When faced with new, complex phenomena, humans frantically seek to predict their impact on the individual and society. The more complex the phenomenon, the more difficult it is to understand rapidly... more
Any hospital doctor will point out that length of stay (LOS) is a far better indicator of patient acuity than diagnosis. So why do hospital doctors continue to be harassed over supposed changes in... more
For the last 20 years multi-resistant strains have changed the paradigm of in-hospital antibiotic prescription, forcing physicians to prescribe more broad-spectrum antibiotics. This selective... more
High molecular mass forms have been reported for many serum enzymes measured in clinical laboratories. They are described as either type-1 (a normal enzyme complexed with an immunoglobulin by an... more
In their account of the prognostic implications of negative echocardiography in infective endocarditis (IE) the authors made the observation that “molecular imaging may have provided additional... more
There is a substantial growth in the use of medical cannabis in recent years and with the aging of the population, medical cannabis is increasingly used by the elderly. We aimed to assess the... more
Dementia patients have an increased risk of fall, and some of them might suffer from undiagnosed syncope. The present analysis aimed at identifying predictors of differential diagnosis between... more
Echocardiography plays an important role in infective endocarditis (IE) diagnosis according with the modified Duke criteria. We evaluated the implications of a positive echocardiography in the... more
Association of non-immediate drug hypersensitivity with drug exposure: A case control analysis of spontaneous reports from a Tunisian pharmacovigilance database
To assess delayed-type cutaneous reactions (DTCRs) related to drugs, using a case-control approach to qualify drug risks.
Impaired renal function is associated with adverse outcomes in patients with chest pain discharged from internal medicine wards
Assessment of chest pain is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions in internal medicine wards. However, little is known regarding predictors for poor prognosis in patients discharged... more
The incidence of pleural effusions (PEs) in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is not well established. We aimed to determine their prevalence, clinical characteristics and prognostic... more
This study aims to investigate the frequency and patterns of use of cerebral imaging in delirium and to describe pathological changes associated with delirium using computed tomography (CT) and... more
Newer glomerular filtration rate estimating equations for the full age spectrum based on serum creatinine and cystatin C in predicting mortality in patients with ischemic stroke
Renal dysfunction is associated with increased risk of mortality. The novel Full Age Spectrum (FAS) equations estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) based on serum creatinine (FAScrea) and... more
To describe and compare incidence, characteristics and outcomes of postoperative pneumonia among patients with or without COPD.
External validation of a decision tree early warning score using only laboratory data: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data
Early warning scores (EWS) have been developed to identify the degree of illness severity among acutely ill patients. One system, The Laboratory Decision Tree Early Warning Score (LDT-EWS) is wholly... more
A proposed Oxford classification-based clinicopathological nomogram for predicting short-term renal outcomes in IgA nephropathy after acute kidney injury
This study aimed to investigate the effect of acute kidney injury (AKI) on the progression of renal disease and to develop a clinico-pathological nomogram to predict the renal outcome of IgA... more
Geriatrician-performed comprehensive geriatric care in older adults referred to an outpatient community rehabilitation unit: A randomized controlled trial
Older adults make increasing demands on all sectors of the healthcare system. We investigated the effect of geriatrician-performed comprehensive geriatric care (CGC) in older adults referred to an... more
Clostridium difficile infection has emerged as a major health problem. Because it is a spore-forming microorganism, C. difficile is difficult to eradicate and recurrences of the infection are... more