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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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The primary function of medical articles is the validation of cutting-edge theoretical and clinical research, by providing reference and relevant forums. New drugs and medical practices can only enter the mainstream practise if their randomised trials had passed under the critical lens of prestigious peer reviewed journals. Technical reports help practitioners to improve their arsenal. Case reports confirm theories and provide tools for investigating or disclosing possible malpractice. Review articles serve educational purposes. Some more popular articles may play a role in educating the interested audience.

Types of medical articles

The papers published in medical journals can be classified in the following main categories

  • Research articles report about novel research results, of both theoretical and (direct or indirect) practical relevance.
  • Review articles survey specific topics by summarising and analysing all information available in the medical literature. Reviews are kind of combining results from different studies on the same topic. They can be useful for specialists in the field, may help them to prevent, diagnose, or treat a particular disease.
  • Case reports and case series reports about a concrete story of a concrete patient. They can be interesting because of their uniqueness, not matching any known diagnosis or describing unexpected symptoms. The report should describe each of the diagnosis, treatment, the patient’s response to it and the follow-up history. Case series are related reports about similarly treated patients.
  • Editorials are typically not peer reviewed shorter communications from senior members of the Editorial Board or from invited renown scholars. They discuss questions of relevance for the scientific community at the moment (say, about public health, or more generally, the health system).
  • Letters to the editor are articles of the interactive type, a form for readers to contact the medical journal. They can express comments, questions, or criticisms regarding some articles published in that journal. They provide a sophisticated forum for medical communities.

Medical Journals at AKJournals

AKJournals has 9 medical journals. Three of them are in Hungarian. The other six journals are in English and accept submissions from all over the world. Some of them are widely available Open Access journals. The covered topics include immunology, medical imaging, physiology, and veterinary and health care science. In these journals, you can find more than 11.000 medical articles altogether. A filter tool helps to single out the relevant titles. In addition to that, we highly recommend using the search box to find the most important topics only

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Background:

It has been observed that gluteal-femoral adipose tissue has a protective effect against risk factors for cardiovascular disease but has not yet been concluded how different evaluation methods of fat distribution affect the results.

Methods:

To test the hypothesis that B-mode ultrasound-measured subcutaneous adipose tissue distribution is associated with cardiovascular risk factors, 326 Japanese unmedicated postmenopausal women aged 50-70 years were analyzed. Subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness at 6 sites (anterior and posterior aspects of trunk, upper-arm, and thigh) and serum total (TC) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC) was measured, and a ratio of HDLC to TC (HDLC/TC) was calculated. We used Bayesian linear regression with 4 separate models with each model predicting HDLC/TC.

Results:

Our first model provided evidence for an inverse correlation (r = –0.23) between ultrasound measured body fat (6 site measurement) and HDLC/TC. The second model noted evidence for an inverse correlation between trunk fat and HDLC/TC and found evidence for the null with respect to the correlation between thigh fat and HDLC/TC. Therefore, we added thigh fat to the null model to produce Distribution Model 2. Within this model, we noted an inverse correlation (r = –0.353) between trunk fat and HDLC/TC. Our last model determined that within the trunk fatness, the abdominal area (anterior trunk) was a larger predictor than the subscapular site (posterior trunk).

Conclusion:

These results support the evidence that ultrasound-measured abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness is a non-invasive predictor for monitoring the risk for dyslipidemia in postmenopausal women.

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The present case report describes the clinical signs and case resolution of an intact 9-year-old male crossbreed dog with spontaneous constipation. The dog presented with abdominal pain, lack of appetite, tenesmus and without signs of defecation in the last 4 days. No important alterations were observed in the complete blood count and biochemistry. A substantial obstruction caused by a faecaloma and a prostate with increased size was observed on X-rays. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) was confirmed by ultrasonography (size: 48.29 cm3) and by testing the serum canine prostate-specific arginine esterase concentration (105.97 ng/mL). Colon impaction was resolved with rectal enemas within two days. BPH was treated with osaterone acetate. Ultrasonographic checks were performed after 60 and 180 days from the demission and a concrete constant reduction of prostatic volume and of the clinical signs was established. Faecaloma is an uncommon finding in male dogs, and it occurs especially as a consequence of BPH. Colon impaction in patients with BPH is usually subclinical, but it is important to underline how, in severe cases, perforation of the colon and faecal peritonitis can occur, leading to fatal conditions for the animal. In conclusion, prostatic enlargement should always be considered in male dogs suffering from colonic impaction.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Zoltán Szekanecz, Krisztina Bogos, Tamás Constantin, Béla Fülesdi, Veronika Müller, Éva Rákóczi, István Várkonyi, and István Vályi-Nagy

Összefoglaló. Az új típusú koronavírus-fertőzés (COVID–19) nagy terhet ró az egészségügyi ellátórendszerre és a társadalomra. A betegségnek három nagy szakasza van, melyek alapvetően meghatározzák a kezelést. Az I–IIA fázisban az antivirális, míg a IIB–III. fázisban a gyulladásgátló kezelés áll előtérben, melyhez intenzív terápiás, szupportív kezelés csatlakozik. A jelen ajánlás kizárólag a gyógyszeres kezelésre vonatkozik, és a rendelkezésre álló bizonyítékok alapján foglalja össze a terápiás lehetőségeket. Emellett egy javasolt kezelési algoritmust is tartalmaz. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 643–651.

Summary. The novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) places a heavy burden on the health care system and our society. There are three major stages in the disease that fundamentally determine treatment approaches. Phases I–IIA require primarily antiviral treatment. In phases IIB–III, anti-inflammatory treatment is needed accompanied by intensive and supportive care. This recommendation applies only to pharmacotherapy and summarizes the therapeutic options based on the available evidence. It also includes a proposed treatment algorithm. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 643–651.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Zsuzsanna Gurdán, József Szalma, and Pálma Benedek

Összefoglaló. Az achondroplasia kialakulásáért az FGFR3-gén mutációja tehető felelőssé, mely a porc növekedési lemezében található chondrocyták érésében okoz zavart. Az esetbemutatásban szereplő lánygyermeknél a születést követő első hónapban a klinikai, laboratóriumi és röntgenvizsgálatok alapján achondroplasia igazolódott. A klinikai tünetek közé tartoznak a rövid végtagok – különösen a proximalis szegmensben –, a macrocephalia, a hypotonia és a horkolás. Szembetűnő a középarc hypoplasiája. A középfül diszfunkciója tovább súlyosbítja a kórképet, sok esetben megfigyelhető a hallás nagyfokú csökkenése, illetve kezelés hiányában akár a hallás elvesztése. A közlemény részletesen bemutatja az obstruktív alvási apnoe szindróma diagnózisrendszerét és kezelési alternatíváit, hangsúlyozva az orthodontiai szempontokat. A fül-orr-gégészeti és a fogszabályozó terápiának köszönhetően, a diagnózistól számított harmadik évre, az alvási apnoe szindróma megszüntetésével a folyamatos pozitív nyomású lélegeztetést el lehetett hagyni. A horkolás és az alvási apnoe szindróma kezelése napjainkban egyre nagyobb hangsúlyt kap, melynek komplex kezelésében a fogszabályozás is jelentős lehet. A harmonikus együttműködés és teamkezelés betegünknél jelentős életminőség-javulást eredményezett. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 683–688.

Summary. Development of achondroplasia is due to the mutation of FGFR3 gene, which disrupts the maturation of chondrocytes found in the growth plate. The diagnosis of the girl in the present case study was established based on clinical symptoms, laboratory tests and X-ray imaging in the first month following childbirth. Clinical symptoms include shorter limbs especially in the proximal segments, macrocephaly, hypotonia and snoring. Hypoplasia of the midface is apparent. Dysfunction of the middle ear further worsens the condition, in many cases severe hearing loss and, without treatment, even deafness can be observed. The publication describes the diagnostic criteria and therapeutic options of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in detail, with an emphasis on the orthodontic aspects. A comprehensive combined three-year oto-laryngological and orthodontic treatment finally succeeded in controlling the sleep apnea syndrome and it was possible to discontinue the continuous positive airway pressure therapy by the end of the orthodontic therapy. Nowadays, even more alternative therapeutic approaches are available to treat snoring and sleep apnea syndromes, in which the role of orthodontics must not be neglected. Harmonic collaboration and team work treatment resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of life of our patient. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 683–688.

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Prion disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with a broad host range in humans and animals. It is caused by proteinase K-resistant prion protein (PrPres). In previous studies, a heterogeneous infection in Cervidae and Caprinae was reported. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been frequently reported as the only prion disease in Korea that occurs in livestock. Thus, there is a possibility of transmission of CWD to Korean native black goats. However, PrPres has not been investigated thus far in Korean native black goats. We found strong linkage disequilibrium between c.126G>A and c.414T>C (r 2 = 1) and between c.718C>T and c.126G>A (r 2 = 0.638). In addition, the haplotype GTGTAAAC (representing codons 42, 102, 127, 138, 143, 146, 218 and 240) showed the highest frequency with 45.1%. Among 41 Korean native black goats, 20 animals (48.78%) were homozygous for the susceptible haplotypes (histidine at codon 143, asparagine at codon 146 and arginine at codon 154). Interestingly, we did not detect PrPres bands in any of the tested animals, including the 20 animals carrying potential scrapie susceptible haplotypes.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Tamás Constantin, Noémi Andrási, Andrea Ponyi, Ádám Goschler, László Ablonczy, Judit Kincs, Monika Csóka, Bálint Egyed, Zsuzsanna Horváth, Krisztina Kalocsai, Rita Káposzta, Kinga Kardics, Viktória Kemény, Bernadett Mosdósi, Tamás Pék, Zsófia Szabó, Attila Tóth, Kálmán Tory, Andrea Tölgyesi, Beáta Ónozó, Hajnalka Vágó, Csaba Vilmányi, Weiser Peter, Zoltán Szekanecz, Gábor Kovács, and Attila Szabó

Összefoglaló. A SARS-CoV-2-fertőzés ritka gyermekkori szövődménye a sokszervi gyulladás, angol terminológiával paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS). Két vagy több szerv érintettségével járó, súlyos tünetekkel induló betegségről van szó, amelynek tünetei átfedést mutatnak a Kawasaki-betegséggel, a toxikus sokk szindrómával és a makrofágaktivációs szindrómával. A PIMS-betegek intenzív terápiás osztályon vagy intenzív terápiás háttérrel rendelkező intézményben kezelendők, ahol biztosítottak a kardiológiai ellátás feltételei is. A szükséges immunterápia a klinikai prezentációtól függ. A jelen közleményben a szerzők a releváns nemzetközi irodalom áttekintését követően ajánlást tesznek a PIMS diagnosztikai és terápiás algoritmusára. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 652–667.

Summary. Pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) is a rare complication of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children. PIMS is a severe condition, involving two or more organ systems. The symptoms overlap with Kawasaki disease, toxic shock syndrome and macrophage activation syndrome. PIMS patients should be treated in an intensive care unit or in an institution with an intensive care background, where cardiological care is also provided. The required specific immunotherapy depends on the clinical presentation. In this paper, after reviewing the relevant international literature, the authors make a recommendation for the diagnostic and therapeutic algorithm for PIMS. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 652–667.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Zsuzsanna Szilasi, Valéria Jósa, Zsombor Zrubka, Tünde Mezei, Keresztély Merkel, Frigyes Helfferich, and Zsolt Baranyai

Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: Régóta ismert, hogy a daganatokhoz társuló emelkedett vérlemezkeszám rosszabb túléléssel társul. Fej-nyak tumoros betegek esetében kevés információ áll rendelkezésünkre ezzel az összefüggéssel kapcsolatban. Célkitűzés: Vizsgálatunk célja a fej-nyak daganatos betegek prognózisa és a thrombocytosis közötti összefüggés tanulmányozása volt. Módszer: Különféle stádiumú és lokalizációjú, 312, fej-nyak tumoros beteg retrospektív adatait elemeztük. A műtét előtti vérlemezkeszámokat vizsgáltuk, a 300 G/l feletti értéket tekintettük emelkedett thrombocytaszámnak. A vérlemezkeszám és a túlélés közötti kapcsolatot Kaplan–Meier-módszerrel és multivariáns Cox-regresszióval elemeztük. Eredmények: Emelkedett thrombocytaszám mellett szignifikánsan rosszabb túlélést észleltünk (5 éves túlélés: p = 0,007, betegségmentes túlélés: p = 0,192). Ez az összefüggés még akkor is fennállt, amikor multivariáns analízissel nemre, korra, stádiumra, differenciáltsági fokra, lokalizációra, valamint fehér- és vörösvérsejtszámra korrigáltuk az elemzést (5 éves túlélés: p = 0,027). A különféle anatómiai lokalizációkban eltérő mértékben észleltünk 300 G/l feletti vérlemezkeszámot (algarat: 43,6%, sub- és supraglottis: 35,8%, szájüreg: 35,7%, hangszalag: 22,5%, szájgarat: 19%, multiplex: 50%), ez azonban nem befolyásolta szignifikánsan a túlélést (p = 0,603). Következtetés: A daganathoz társuló thrombocytosis összefüggésbe hozható a fej-nyak tumoros betegek rosszabb túlélésével. Az egyes lokalizációkban talált különböző vérlemezkeszámok nem befolyásolják eltérő mértékben a túlélést. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 676–682.

Summary. Introduction: The association between cancer-related thrombocytosis and worse survival has been described with a variety of solid neoplasms. However, only limited data are available on the prognostic significance of elevated platelet count in head and neck tumours. Objective: We aimed to investigate the correlation between the survival of patients with head and neck cancer and thrombocytosis. Method: We conducted an analysis of the data from 312 patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma of various stages and locations. Preoperative platelet counts were analysed; elevated platelet count was defined as 300 G/l or higher. The influence of platelet count on survival was calculated with the Kaplan–Meier method as well as with multivariate Cox regression. Results: In patients with excessive thrombocytosis, survival was significantly worse (overall survival: p = 0.007, disease-free survival: p = 0.192). This association remained significant even after adjusting the multivariate analysis for age, gender as well as tumour stage, grade, location, red and white blood cell count (overall survival: p = 0.027). The magnitude of thrombocytosis differed among tumours of different anatomical locations (hypopharynx: 43.6%, sub- and supraglottis: 35.8%, oral cavity: 35.7%, vocal cord: 22.5%, oropharynx: 19%, multiple: 50%), but this did not affect survival significantly (p = 0.603). Conclusion: Elevated platelet count may be related to a worse prognosis in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients. The impact of thrombocytosis does not vary with the anatomical location of the tumour. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 676–682.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Tábata Maués, Táya Figueiredo de Oliveira, Kênia Balbi El-Jaick, Agnes Marie Sá Figueiredo, Maria De Lourdes Gonçalves Ferreira, and Ana Maria Reis Ferreira

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TP53 and PGAM1 genes play a key role in glycolysis which is an essential metabolic pathway of cancer cells for obtaining energy. The purpose of this work was to evaluate PGAM1 and TP53 mRNA expressions in canine mammary carcinomas (CMC) and to correlate them with animal data and tumour histological features. None of the nine samples analysed revealed PGAM1 DNA sequence variations. PGAM1 and TP53 RNA expressions from 21 CMC were analysed using a one-step reverse transcription-PCR kit and its platform system. Most CMC samples had low levels of PGAM1 mRNA (71.5%) and normal expression of TP53 mRNA (95.2%). Our results suggest a different feature of the Warburg effect on canine mammary cancer cells compared to human cells.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Péter Bogner, Zoltán Chadaide, Gábor Lenzsér, István Kondákor, Gábor Tárkányi, Sándor Szukits, Eszter Juhász, Andor Sebestyén, József Janszky, András Büki, Tamás Dóczi, and László Szapáry

Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: A stroke kezelésének lehetőségei az utóbbi években jelentősen megváltoztak: a thrombolysis után bevezetésre került a mechanikus thrombectomia, és a terápiás időablak is jelentősen kitágult az utóbbi évek nagy multicentrikus tanulmányai alapján. Ezek a lehetőségek új igényeket fogalmaztak meg a képalkotó diagnosztikával szemben: az ischaemia okozta morfológiai elváltozások mellett az artériás és a kollaterális rendszer állapotát, valamint bizonyos esetekben az agy szöveti perfúzióját is szükséges meghatározni. Ezeket a komplex kiértékelési feladatokat ma már mesterségesintelligencia-algoritmusok támogathatják, melyek a kiértékelést pár perc alatt elvégezve segítenek a terápiás döntés kialakításában. Célkitűzés: A Dél- és a Nyugat-dunántúli régióban hat intézmény részvételével egy dedikált stroke teleradiológiai hálózat kialakítása. Módszer: A stroke-CT-kiértékelő szoftver és a képkommunikáció integrációja, a vizsgálati protokollok technikai paramétereinek egységesítése, a kiértékelési eredmények teleradiológiai megjelenítése valósult meg a hálózat kialakítása során. Eredmények: A hálózat egységesítette nemcsak a stroke-CT-protokollok beállításait, de beutalási és értékelési szempontjait is. A stroke-CT-kiértékelések és a mechanikus thrombectomiák száma is emelkedett az elmúlt egy évben. Következtetés: A dedikált teleradiológiai stroke-hálózat segítségével optimalizálni kívánjuk a régió stroke-ellátását: egyrészt lehetőleg ne maradjanak ellátatlanul a thrombectomiából valószínűleg profitáló betegek, másrészt ne terheljük az ellátórendszert olyan esetekkel, melyekről a teljes dokumentáció ismeretében derül ki, hogy nem javasolt a beavatkozás. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 668–675.

Summary. Introduction: The possibilities of cerebral stroke management have changed substantially during the last few years. Following a few multicentric studies, mechanical thrombectomy became an established method besides thrombolysis. In addition, the therapeutic window for both methods is much wider now than before. These changes described above demanded more information of CT morphological changes due to ischemia, but the condition and functionality of the arterial and collateral system, and occasionally tissue perfusion performance should also be characterized. Recently, evaluation of different computer tomographic (CT) measurements can be done using artificial intelligence based methods, which perform data analysis in a few minutes. Objective: To establish a dedicated stroke teleradiology network with artificial intelligence based image analysis in Western and Southern Transdanubia in Hungary that involves six partner institutes. Method: Integration of automated image analysis with teleradiology software was established, and the technical parameters of examination protocols were unified. Results of stroke CT image analysis became accessible through the teleradiology network. Results: The daily use of integrated central image analysis and image communication had a positive impact on referrals and therapeutic evaluation of stroke cases. The number of image processing and mechanical thrombectomy increased during the last year. Conclusion: With the help of the dedicated teleradiology stroke network, we want to optimize the stroke care in the region: on the one hand, patients who are likely to benefit from thrombectomy should not be left unattended, on the other, the health care system should not be burdened with cases, when intervention is not recommended having the complete clinical data accessed. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(17): 668–675.

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In sepsis cytokine-mediated inflammation, clotting cascade activation and glycocalyx shedding impair both function and structure of the microcirculation, compromising adequate tissue oxygenation/perfusion. Such mismatch results in “dysoxia”, an imbalance in mitochondrial respiration.

Microvessel injuries can be grouped into four types: cytotoxic oedema, micro-vessel heterogeneity, sluggish/absent flow, and focal anaemia. Recognition of such diversity in microcirculatory pathology, alongside with the implementation of novel biomarkers might reveal previously unobserved heterogeneity in adults diagnosed with sepsis. Early identification of distinct subtypes may help not only to better stratify disease severity but may also provide explanation to the often seen insufficient/absent response to resuscitative treatment. Experimental evidence suggests that impaired microcirculatory flow may correlate with organ dysfunction and mortality. Therefore, reliable/reproducible diagnostic tools, that provide real-time information about the dynamic state of the microcirculation, might be practice changers in managing the critically ill.

The sublingual mucosa and the nailfolds provide easy access to microcirculation via hand-held, point-of-care devices. Accessing these windows, clinicians may recognise, understand and potentially correct the underlying tissue oxygenation/perfusion mismatch. This new clinical information might facilitate an individualised approach vs protocolised care aiming to administer the right balance of intravenous fluids/vasopressors, time/dose auxiliary treatment modalities and, most importantly, might also guide determining the optimal duration of resuscitation to avoid/minimise harm and maximise benefits in sepsis management. However, before every-day clinical use of such point-of-care microcameras, validation studies are needed to establish not only feasibility but reliability and reproducibility as well.

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