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Among all scientific traditions alive, medical publishing has a good chance to be the oldest. The first fully peer reviewed academic journal, “Medical Essays and Observations” was launched in 1731 by the Royal Society in Edinburgh. Since then, hundreds of medical journals have been published worldwide. Medical publication in Hungary started in 1857 when the famous physician, Markusovszky founded “Orvosi Hetilap”, which has been published since then every week (with short breaks during the world wars). It is now a most prestigious piece in AKJournals’ portfolio, listed in Journal Citation Reports, with a remarkable impact factor.

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Purpose

The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of probiotic products in Hungary, to explore consumers' knowledge of probiotics, and to gain information about the main characteristics of current usage.

Materials and Methods

The research used a self-developed explorative questionnaire to obtain the necessary information. The data collected was further analysed with IBM SPSS 25.0 and Microsoft Office Excel.

Results

Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73.9%) have used probiotics in their life. Those who have already used these products, mostly heard about them from doctors (62.8%) and friends/relatives (40.5%), while among non-users the main sources of information were web pages (46.8%) and commercials (45.2%).

Conclusions

We found several differences between users and non-users in terms of probiotics awareness. Consequently, healthcare providers may play an important role in the process of careful product choice and proper usage.

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Extensively drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (XDR-Ab), has emerged as an important pathogen in several outbreaks. The aim of our study was to investigate the eventual genetic relatedness of XDR-Ab strains recovered from burn patients and environment sites in the largest Tunisian Burn Intensive Care Unit (BICU) and to characterize β-lactamase encoding genes in these strains. Between March 04th, 2019 and April 22nd, 2019 an outbreak of XDR-Ab was suspected. Environmental screening was done. All isolates were screened by simplex PCR for β-lactamase genes. Genetic relatedness was determined by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) of ApaI-digested total DNA. During the study period, 21 strains of A. baumannii were isolated in burn patients, mainly in blood culture (n = 7) and central vascular catheter (n = 6). All strains were susceptible to colistin but resistant to imipenem (n = 23), ciprofloxacin (n = 23), amikacin (n = 22), tigecyclin (n = 5) and rifampicin (n = 4). The bla OXA-51-like, bla OXA23, and bla ADC genes were present in all strains. These resistance determinants were associated with bla PER-1 in 10 strains. The ISAba1 was inserted upstream of bla OXA-23 in all isolates. PFGE revealed two major clusters A (n = 11) and B (n = 5). This is the first description in Tunisia of clonally related PER-1 producing XDR-Ab in burn patients with probable environmental origin.

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Purpose

Our aims were to evaluate the primary and clinical evisceration indications and to analyse orbital implant related complications.

Materials/methods

We included in our retrospective review all eviscerations between 2006 and 2016 at the Department of Ophthalmology of Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. Primary evisceration indications were classified into six groups: trauma, surgical diseases, infections or inflammations, systemic diseases, tumours and unclassifiable diseases. Clinical immediate evisceration indications were also classified into six groups: painful blind eye due to glaucoma, atrophia/phthisis bulbi, endophthalmitis, cosmetic reasons, acute trauma and expulsive bleeding.

Results

Evisceration was performed in 46 eyes of 46 patients (54.3% males, age 43.0 ± 18.6 years). The most common primary evisceration indications were trauma (37%), surgical diseases (34.8%), infection or inflammation (10.9%), systemic diseases (6.5%), tumours (8.7%) and unclassifiable diseases (2.2%). Painful blind eye due to glaucoma (34.8%) was the most common clinical indication for evisceration, followed by atrophia/phthisis bulbi (26.1%), endophthalmitis (17.4%), cosmetic reasons (13.0%), acute trauma (6.5%) and expulsive bleeding (2.2%). After evisceration, 91.3% of the patients received orbital implant and during 26.8±28.9 months follow-up implant related complications were found in 14.3% of the cases, including implant extrusion (4.8%), partial wound dehiscence (4.8%), implant exposure (2.4%) and orbital inflammation (2.4%).

Conclusion

Painful blind eye and atrophia/phthisis bulbi due to ocular trauma and surgical diseases represent the most common indications for ocular evisceration. If malignant intraocular tumours can be excluded, evisceration surgery combined with a silicon-based orbital implant is a safe and effective procedure.

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Abstract

Purpose

Our aims were to evaluate the primary and clinical evisceration indications and to analyse orbital implant related complications.

Materials/methods

We included in our retrospective review all eviscerations between 2006 and 2016 at the Department of Ophthalmology of Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. Primary evisceration indications were classified into six groups: trauma, surgical diseases, infections or inflammations, systemic diseases, tumours and unclassifiable diseases. Clinical immediate evisceration indications were also classified into six groups: painful blind eye due to glaucoma, atrophia/phthisis bulbi, endophthalmitis, cosmetic reasons, acute trauma and expulsive bleeding.

Results

Evisceration was performed in 46 eyes of 46 patients (54.3% males, age 43.0 ± 18.6 years). The most common primary evisceration indications were trauma (37%), surgical diseases (34.8%), infection or inflammation (10.9%), systemic diseases (6.5%), tumours (8.7%) and unclassifiable diseases (2.2%). Painful blind eye due to glaucoma (34.8%) was the most common clinical indication for evisceration, followed by atrophia/phthisis bulbi (26.1%), endophthalmitis (17.4%), cosmetic reasons (13.0%), acute trauma (6.5%) and expulsive bleeding (2.2%). After evisceration, 91.3% of the patients received orbital implant and during 26.8±28.9 months follow-up implant related complications were found in 14.3% of the cases, including implant extrusion (4.8%), partial wound dehiscence (4.8%), implant exposure (2.4%) and orbital inflammation (2.4%).

Conclusion

Painful blind eye and atrophia/phthisis bulbi due to ocular trauma and surgical diseases represent the most common indications for ocular evisceration. If malignant intraocular tumours can be excluded, evisceration surgery combined with a silicon-based orbital implant is a safe and effective procedure.

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Purpose

The purpose of the present cross-sectional study is to examine the degree of degenerative patho-anatomical changes in the thoracic vertebrae in asymptomatic adult patients.

Materials and Methods

A total of 150 adult patients were examined with computed tomography (CT) because of various health conditions (e.g., tumour risk). The images were revised with post-processing procedures to detect bony changes in the thoracic vertebrae. Three types of degenerations (osteophytes, arthrosis, and irregular endplates) were examined and graded using appropriate grading systems. Correlational investigations were carried out in relation to age, BMI, and degenerations. Moreover, to examine the value of the degenerations the frequencies of the grading categories were assessed in each segment.

Results

The total number of the patients included was 41, who had no trunk symptoms. We found no convincing correlations in terms of age, BMI, and degenerations, however, age and facet joint arthrosis showed a tentative association. The degree of the degenerations was the largest in the Th7-8, Th8-9, Th9-10 segments for osteophytes, in the Th4-5, Th5-6 for arthrosis, and in the Th8-9, Th9-10 for irregular endplates.

Conclusions

This study found that there are several progressive degenerative changes in the thoracic spine without any clinical symptoms. Accordingly, it can be advised that clinicians should avoid labelling the disorders and planning their treatment based on the results of diagnostic imaging only.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the present cross-sectional study is to examine the degree of degenerative patho-anatomical changes in the thoracic vertebrae in asymptomatic adult patients.

Materials and Methods

A total of 150 adult patients were examined with computed tomography (CT) because of various health conditions (e.g., tumour risk). The images were revised with post-processing procedures to detect bony changes in the thoracic vertebrae. Three types of degenerations (osteophytes, arthrosis, and irregular endplates) were examined and graded using appropriate grading systems. Correlational investigations were carried out in relation to age, BMI, and degenerations. Moreover, to examine the value of the degenerations the frequencies of the grading categories were assessed in each segment.

Results

The total number of the patients included was 41, who had no trunk symptoms. We found no convincing correlations in terms of age, BMI, and degenerations, however, age and facet joint arthrosis showed a tentative association. The degree of the degenerations was the largest in the Th7-8, Th8-9, Th9-10 segments for osteophytes, in the Th4-5, Th5-6 for arthrosis, and in the Th8-9, Th9-10 for irregular endplates.

Conclusions

This study found that there are several progressive degenerative changes in the thoracic spine without any clinical symptoms. Accordingly, it can be advised that clinicians should avoid labelling the disorders and planning their treatment based on the results of diagnostic imaging only.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Dániel Fabó, Zoltán Horváth, Péter Klivényi, and Anita Kamondi

Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: A COVID–19-járvány világszerte hónapokra átalakította a járóbeteg-ellátás működését is. Magyarországon a 2020. március 11-től 2020. június 17-ig fennálló egészségügyi veszélyhelyzeti rendelkezések szabták meg az új kereteket. Célkitűzés: Az első veszélyhelyzeti periódus második felében, 2020. április 22. és 2020. május 5. között mértük fel az epilepsziaellátásban részt vevő orvosok véleményét, hogy milyen mértékben változott a betegek ellátása, és hogyan élték meg a változásokat személyesen. Módszer: Internetes kérdőíves véleményfelmérés történt, a Magyar Epilepszia Liga 2020. április 16–17-re tervezett, de a COVID–19-járvány miatt elhalasztott XV. kongresszusára regisztrált neurológusok között. Kilenc egyszeres vagy többszörös feleletválasztós kérdés és ’szabad kommentár’ mezők álltak rendelkezésre. Eredmények: A megkeresett 116 neurológus közül 33-an válaszoltak (28%), összesen 30 kommentár került rögzítésre. 73%-uk szerint a változások komoly nehézséget okoztak, 15%-uk gondolta, hogy ennek súlyos következményei lesznek. Új betegek fogadása 53%-ban leállt, 25%-ban nagy nehézségekbe ütközött. A gondozott betegek problémáit 49%-ban a távvizit lehetőségeivel élve meg tudták oldani, de 24%-ban ez nem sikerült. A beteg távollétében lebonyolított vizitek 68%-a dokumentált telefonbeszélgetések formájában zajlott. Az orvosok kétharmada veszélyeztetve érezte magát, hogy elkapja a vírust, ebből 40% úgy érezte, nem kap elegendő védelmet, 6% (2 fő) kapta el a fertőzést. Következtetés: A COVID–19-járvány a leginkább az új szakvélemények kiadását érintette, de a gondozási feladatokat sem mindig lehetett megfelelően megoldani. A károkat jelentősen enyhítette az ellátószemélyzet rugalmassága. A telefonvizitek, szükség esetén, az epileptológiában pótolhatják a személyes orvos-beteg találkozásokat. A járvány visszatérésének veszélye miatt a távvizit-alkalmazások technikai fejlesztése és ezek dokumentálási kérdéseinek megoldása fontos. A járványidőszakban a személyzet védelmére nagy figyelmet kell fordítani a fertőződés elkerülése és az orvosok biztonságérzetének fokozása érdekében. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(46): 1939–1943.

Summary. Introduction: COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the operation of outpatient care worldwide for months. The new framework was set in Hungary by the health emergency regulations that existed from 11. 03. 2020 to 17. 06. 2020. Objective: In the second half of the emergency period, between 22. 04. 2020 and 05. 05. 2020, we surveyed the opinion of physicians involved in epilepsy care about the extent to which patient care had changed and how they experienced the changes in person. Method: An internet questionnaire survey was conducted among neurologists registered for the annual congress of the Hungarian Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy. Nine single- or multiple-choice questions and ‘free comment’ fields were available. Results: Of 116 neurologists contacted, 33 responded (28%), and a total of 30 comments were recorded. 73% said the changes caused a serious difficulty, 15% thought it would have serious consequences. Reception of new patients was stopped in 53%, and 25% encountered great difficulties. In 49%, the problems of the cared patients could be solved using remote visits, but 24% could not solve them properly. 68% of outpatient visits took the form of documented telephone conversations. Two-thirds of doctors feared catching the virus, 40% of whom felt they were not getting enough protection. 6% caught the infection. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has mostly affected the issuance of new expert opinions, but care tasks have not always been adequately addressed. The damage was significantly mitigated by the flexibility of the care staff. Telephone visits, if necessary, can replace personal doctor-patient encounters in epileptology. The technical development of remote visit applications and their documentation issues are important. During the pandemic period, great care must be taken to protect staff in order to avoid infection and increase the sense of safety of doctors. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(46): 1939–1943.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: György Fekete, Gábor Kovács, and Miklós Garami
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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Péter Kalinics, Imre Gerlinger, Péter Révész, Péter Bakó, Ildikó Végh, Márton Kovács, and Attila Fehér

Összefoglaló. Halláspanasszal számos beteg fordul orvoshoz. A rutinszerűen elvégzett súgottbeszéd-, hangvilla- és tisztahangküszöb-audiometriai vizsgálat alapján vezetéses, sensorineuralis, illetve a kettő együttes fennállása esetén kevert típusú halláscsökkenést különböztetünk meg. Vezetéses halláscsökkenés létrejöhet mind a külső, mind a közép- vagy a belső fül veleszületett vagy szerzett rendellenességei esetén. Amennyiben a stapediusreflex kiváltható, ugyanakkor a betegnél nincs jelen a külső fület, valamint a középfület érintő kórfolyamat, felmerül a harmadikablak-szindróma lehetősége. A kórkép okaként egy, a belső fül csontos tokján „harmadik ablakként” funkcionáló laesio van jelen, amely az ovális ablakon keresztül beérkező hangenergia egy részét elvezeti, mielőtt az a kerek ablakon át kivezetődik a középfülbe. A diagnózis felállítása gyakran nehéz feladat elé állítja a klinikust, melyhez a megfelelő audiológiai, illetve képalkotó vizsgálatok elvégzése elengedhetetlen. Tekintettel arra, hogy a panaszok megszüntetésére számos műtéti módszer került leírásra, közleményünkben átfogó képet adunk a kórkép etiológiájáról, diagnosztikájáról, terápiájáról, valamint bemutatjuk saját kezdeti tapasztalatainkat is 2 eset prezentálásával. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(46): 1944–1952.

Summary. Patients frequently present to the physician with hearing loss. Routine hearing tests include speech field (whisper test), tuning forks and pure tone threshold audiometry, which can identify the presence of sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss or a combination of both (mixed type). Conductive hearing loss can be a symptom of many different conditions. These include congenital or acquired malformations of the outer, middle and inner ear. If a conductive hearing loss with intact stapedial reflexes are recorded and in the absence of outer or middle ear pathology, then the third window syndrome should be considered. The cause is a bony defect on the otic capsule that acts as a ’third window’, dissipating the incoming sound energy. Without the appropriate audiological and imaging tests, the diagnosis of the condition is challenging in clinical setting. Several surgical techniques have been described to treat the condition. The authors give a comprehensive review of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of the disease presenting their initial experiences with 2 cases. Orv Hetil. 2020; 161(46): 1944–1952.

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