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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  • Editorials are typically not peer reviewed shorter communications from senior members of the Editorial Board or from invited renown scholars.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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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Zsuzsanna Kívés, Dóra Endrei, Diána Elmer, Tímea Csákvári, Luca Fanni Kajos, Imre Boncz, László Mangel, and Réka Mihály-Vajda

Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: Magyarországon a vastag- és a végbéldaganat mindkét nem esetében a harmadik leggyakoribb daganatos megbetegedés és a második leggyakoribb halálok. Célkitűzés: Elemzésünk célja volt a vastag- és végbéldaganat okozta éves epidemiológiai és egészségbiztosítási betegségteher meghatározása Magyarországon. Adatok és módszerek: Az adatok a Nemzeti Egészségbiztosítási Alapkezelő (NEAK) finanszírozási adatbázisából származnak, és a 2018. évet fedik le. A daganat típusait a Betegségek Nemzetközi Osztályozása (BNO, 10. revízió) szerinti C18-as, C19-es, C20-as, C21-es, D010–D014-es és D12-es kóddal azonosítottuk. Meghatároztuk az éves betegszámokat korcsoportos és nemek szerinti bontásban, a prevalenciát 100 000 lakosra, az éves egészségbiztosítási kiadásokat valamennyi ellátási formára és daganattípusra vonatkozóan. Eredmények: A vastag- és végbéldaganatok kezelésére a NEAK 21,7 milliárd Ft-ot (80,2 millió USD; 68,0 millió EUR) költött 2018-ban. A költségek 58,0%-át az aktívfekvőbeteg-szakellátás költségei teszik ki. Az összköltségek megoszlása szerint a legmagasabb költségek a férfiaknál (4,98 milliárd Ft) és a nőknél (3,25 milliárd Ft) is a 65–74 éves korcsoportban figyelhetők meg. A legnagyobb betegszámot a járóbeteg-szakellátás esetében találtuk: 88 134 fő, ezt a háziorvosi ellátás (55 324 fő) és a CT, MRI (28 426 fő) követte. A vastagbél rosszindulatú daganata esetében az egy betegre jutó aktívfekvőbeteg-kassza alapján az éves egészségbiztosítási kiadás 1,206 millió Ft (4463 USD/3782 EUR) volt a férfiak és 1,260 millió Ft (4661 USD/3950 EUR) a nők esetében. Következtetés: Hazánkban az aktívfekvőbeteg-szakellátás bizonyult a fő költségtényezőnek, mely magában foglalja az onkoterápiás gyógyszeres költségeket is. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(Suppl 1): 14–21.

Summary. Introduction: Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second most common cause of mortality in Hungary in both sexes. Objective: The aim of our study was to determine the annual epidemiological disease burden and health insurance cost of colorectal cancer in Hungary. Data and methods: Data were derived from the financial database of the National Health Insurance Fund Administration (NHIFA) of Hungary for the year 2018. Types of cancer were identified with the following codes of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision: C18, C19, C20, C21, D010–D014, D12. The data analysed included annual patient numbers according to age groups and sex, prevalence of care utilisation per 100 000 population, and annual health insurance costs for all types of care and all cancer types. Results: In 2018, NHIFA spent 21.7 billion HUF (80.2 million USD, 68.0 million EUR) on the treatment of colorectal cancer. 58.0% of the costs was spent on acute inpatient care. Regarding total costs, the highest costs were found in the 65–74 age group in both men (4.98 billion HUF) and women (3.25 billion HUF). The highest patient numbers were in outpatient care: 88 134 patients, general practice care (55 324 patients) and CT, MRI (28 426 patients). The annual health care treatment cost per patient was 1.206 million HUF (4463 USD/3782 EUR) in men and 1.260 million HUF (4661 USD/3950 EUR) in women. Conclusion: Acute inpatient care, including the costs of oncotherapeutic pharmaceuticals, was found to be the major cost driver in Hungary. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(Suppl 1): 14–21.

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Abstract

Background

Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the most ubiquitously expressed member of the family of connexins, constituting gap junctions and mediating cell communication, still its role in hearing loss has been little studied.

Methods

Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression pattern of Cx43. Spiral ganglia neurons (SGNs) and Corti co-culture were utilized to assay the re-innervation of hair cells by newborn SGNs. Gap19 was utilized to inhibit Cx43 hemichannels. Auditory brainstem responses (ABR) and endocochlear potential (E.P.) were measured to confirm the hearing loss.

Results

The expression of Cx43 in P14 mice was higher than in P0 and P28 (adult) mice, the earlier time point coinciding with the early inner ear development. Additionally, the growth and synapse generation of fibers were inhibited after Gap 19 treatment of the co-cultures of the Corti and SGNs from newborn mice. Furthermore, the inhibition of Cx43 could increase the ABR threshold and decrease E.P. level in postnatal mice, whereas such an effect was not observed in adult mice.

Conclusion

The function of Cx43 is critical during the early development of mouse cochlea but is dispensable in adult mice.

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Background and aim

There is only a limited number of major publications on the outcome of interventions for isolated popliteal artery stenosis. The purpose of this study was to report our results on mid-term patency and predictors of restenosis.

Patients and methods

This single-center retrospective study included 61 symptomatic patients (males, N = 33; median age, 65.1 years [IQR, 60.7–71.9 years]; Rutherford grade 4–6, N = 14) with at least two patent crural arteries, whose atherosclerotic stenoses/occlusions were treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) or stenting (using self-expanding bare-metal Astron Pulsar stents) between 2011 and 2018.

Results

Twenty-six patients had PTA, while 35 underwent stenting. The median follow-up was 29 months (IQR, 10–47 months). The primary patency rates were not significantly different (P = 0.629) between PTA and stenting groups. Restenosis developed in nine patients (34.6%) in the PTA group, and in 12 (34.3%) in the stenting group. Restenotic lesions required re-intervention in nine cases (100%) in the PTA group, and in eight (66.7%) in the stenting group. Restenosis developed significantly less frequently (P = 0.010) in patients with a popliteal/P1 stent; the primary patency rates were also significantly better (P = 0.018) in patients with a popliteal/P1 stent when compared to popliteal/P2 plus multi-segment stents. Cox regression analysis identified lesion location as a predictor of in-stent restenosis (HR, 2.5; 95% CI, 1.2–5.5; P = 0.019).

Conclusion

Stenting was not superior when compared to PTA (if selective stenting was not considered as loss of patency). Follow-up should be more thorough in patients undergoing popliteal/P2 or multi-segment stenting.

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Abstract

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue, including involvement of the lungs.

Pulmonary function test was performed in 32 asymptomatic adult Marfan patients using European Community for Coal and Steel (ECCS) and Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) reference values.

Using GLI equations for reference, significantly lower lung function values were noted for forced vital capacity (FVC) (87.0 ± 16.6% vs. 97.1 ± 16.9%; P < 0.01) and forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1) (79.6 ± 18.9% vs. 88.0 ± 19.1%; P < 0.01) predicted compared to ECCS. Obstructive ventilatory pattern was present in 25% of the cases when calculating with GLI lower limit of normal (LLN), and it was significantly more common in men as compared to women (n = 6, 50% vs. n = 2, 10%; P = 0.03).

GLI is more suitable to detect early ventilatory changes including airway obstruction in young patients with special anatomic features, and should be used as a standard way of evaluation in asymptomatic Marfan population.

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Abstract

Background

Immunosuppressive therapy has improved the outcome of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), but infectious morbidity and mortality remained high. Recognizing its risk factors seems crucial for prevention, aiming to increase survival of these patients.

Methods

We investigated the incidence and types of infections and assessed predictive factors in 132 patients with severe systemic AAV.

Results

Patients with lower than median incidence of total infections/patient-year during induction had lower baseline serum creatinine, dialysis requirement and Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), compared to those with higher than median incidence (P = 0.037; P = 0.024; P = 0.001; respectively). In subgroups with below and above than median number of severe infections/patient-year during induction, differences were found in baseline creatinine (P = 0.002) and dialysis requirement (P = 0.001); comparing the same cohorts during maintenance immunosuppression, baseline dialysis requirement, diabetes, CCI, and dose of cyclophosphamide (CYC) administered as induction therapy differed significantly (P = 0.019; P = 0.015; P = 0.001; P = 0.015, respectively). Severe infections were predicted by baseline serum creatinine (OR 1.002 [CI 1.001–1.003]) and pulmonary manifestation (OR 2.153 [CI 1.017–4.560]) during induction immunosuppression. In multivariable Cox regression model all-cause mortality was independently predicted by severe infection (HR 1.998 [CI 1.214–3.287]). Among the 168 positive cultures Gram-negative bacteria were responsible for blood stream infections in 33%, and respiratory tract infections in 72%.

Conclusions

Advanced renal failure, pulmonary involvement and high degree of comorbidities increase the risk of infection in AAV. Those who suffer infection during induction immunosuppression have worse long-term survival. Our findings indicate the need for high vigilance for infections and close follow-up of comorbidities when treating AAV.

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During behavioral states of immobility, sleep, and anesthesia, the hippocampus generates high-frequency oscillations called ripples. Ripples occur simultaneously with synchronous neuronal activity in the neocortex, known as slow waves, and contribute to memory consolidation. During these ripples, various neocortical regions exhibit modulations in spike rates and local field activity irrespective of whether they receive direct synaptic inputs from the hippocampus. However, little is known about the subthreshold dynamics of the membrane potentials of neocortical neurons during ripples. We patch-clamped layer 2/3 pyramidal cells in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a neocortical region that is involved in allocentric spatial representation of behavioral exploration and sequential series of relevant action potentials during ripples. We simultaneously monitored the membrane potentials of post hoc-identified PPC neurons and the local field potentials of the hippocampus in anesthetized mice. More than 50% of the recorded PPC neurons exhibited significant depolarizations and/or hyperpolarizations during ripples. Histological inspections of the recorded neurons revealed that the ripple-modulated PPC neurons were distributed in the PPC in a spatially non-biased fashion. These results suggest that hippocampal ripples are widely but selectively associated with the subthreshold dynamics of the membrane potentials of PPC neurons even though there is no monosynaptic connectivity between the hippocampus and the PPC.

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Physiology International
Authors: G. Molnár, V. A. Gyarmathy, J. Takács, S. Sándor, B. Kiss, J. Fazakas, and P. L. Kanizsai

Abstract

Objectives

Conditions that have similar initial presentations as sepsis may make early recognition of sepsis in an emergency room (ER) difficult. We investigated whether selected physiologic and metabolic parameters can be reliably used in the emergency department to differentiate sepsis from other disease states that mimic it, such as dehydration and stroke.

Methods

Loess regression on retrospective follow-up chart data of patients with sepsis-like symptoms (N = 664) aged 18+ in a large ER in Hungary was used to visualize/identify cutoff points for sepsis risk. A multivariate logistic regression model based on standard triage data was constructed with its corresponding receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and compared with another model constructed based on current sepsis guidelines.

Results

Age, bicarbonate, HR, lactate, pH, and body temperature had U, V, W, or reverse U-shaped associations with identifiable inflexion points, but the cutoff values we identified were slightly different from guideline cutoff values. In contrast to the guidelines, no inflexion points could be observed for the association of sepsis with SBP, DPB, MAP, and RR and therefore were treated as continuous variables. Compared to the guidelines-based model, the triage data-driven final model contained additional variables (age, pH, bicarbonate) and did not include lactate. The data-driven model identified about 85% of sepsis cases correctly, while the guidelines-based model identified only about 70% of sepsis cases correctly.

Conclusion

Our findings contribute to the growing body of evidence for the necessity of finding improved tools to identify sepsis at early time points, such as in the ER.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Benjámin Kövesi, Szabina Kulcsár, Mátyás Cserháti, Márta Erdélyi, Zsolt Ancsin, Erika Zándoki, Miklós Mézes, and Krisztián Balogh

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The purpose of the present study was to use oxidative stress markers for investigating the effect of zeolite (315 mg/kg of complete feed) in the case of aflatoxin B1 contamination (92 μg/kg complete feed). In a 21-day feeding trial with broiler chickens, oxidative stress parameters such as conjugated dienes, conjugated trienes, malondialdehyde, reduced glutathione content and glutathione peroxidase activity were not changed significantly by supplementation with this mycotoxin absorbent. The relative gene expression of transcription factors KEAP1 and NRF2 was not modified by the absorbent either. Still, the expression of GSS, GSR and GPX4 genes increased significantly due to the aluminosilicate supplementation. The results suggest that zeolite reduced lipid peroxidation in the blood plasma but not in the red blood cell haemolysate or the kidney. The relative expression of the genes encoding the glutathione redox system also changed as a result of zeolite supplementation, but these changes were not found at the protein level.

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Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: Az állcsonti cysták helytálló diagnosztikája a klinikai, radiológiai és patológiai leletek együttes értékelésével lehetséges. Korábbi munkánk során többször tapasztaltuk a klinikoradiopatológiai kommunikáció és korreláció hiányát, és ez olykor inadekvát diagnózisok felállításához vezetett. Célkitűzés: Célunk ezen kommunikációs probléma mértékének becslése és annak bemutatása, hogy ez a hiányosság hogyan befolyásolhatja a diagnosztikát. Módszer: Korábbi, más célú retrospektív elemzés újraértékelése történt a klinikai (radiológiai) adatközlés, a revízió kapcsán módosuló diagnózisok számszerűsítése céljából, valamint további 3 egyetemi patológiai intézet 10-10 anonimizált leletének vizsgálata az adatközlések vonatkozásában. Eredmények: 2 intézményben 85 odontogen cysta diagnózisakor csupán a betegek életkora, neme volt 100%-osan ismert. A lokalizációra vonatkozó adekvát információ 62%-ban, a méretre vonatkozó csupán 29%-ban fordult elő a szövettani kérőlapokon. Összességében a diagnózist segítő releváns információt csak 52%-ban adtak meg. Az utólagos klinikoradiopatológiai korrelációra törekvő revízió során 38/85 esetben (45%) módosult a végső diagnózis kisebb vagy nagyobb mértékben. A megküldött leletek alapján a klinikai/radiológiai adatok közlése <50% és 100% közöttinek becsülhető más intézetekben is. Az 5 intézmény közül csak az egyikben utalt specializációra az, hogy minden leletet egy patológus véleményezett, általában sok patológus (n = 25) valamelyike véleményezte a kevés tömlőt (n = 105). A diagnózis kommunikáció hiányán alapuló kisiklásának lehetőségét 5 példával illusztráljuk: cysta radicularisként leletezett paradentalis, lobos follicularis és lateralis periodontalis cysta, ductus nasopalatinus cysta és radicularis cysta differenciáldiagnosztikáját példázó tömlő, valamint botryoid odontogen cysta kerül bemutatásra. Következtetés: Az odontogen tömlők precíz diagnosztikája mind a klinikai, mind a patológiai oldalról javítást igényel, amelynek egyik része az ilyen irányú képzés lehet. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(12): 458–467.

Summary. Introduction: Proper diagnosis of jaw cysts requires the parallel evaluation of clinical, radiological and histopathological findings. Lack of clinico-radio-pathological correlation can lead to inconsistent diagnoses. Objective: To evaluate the rate of lacking clinico-pathological communication and demonstrate how this may influence diagnostics. Method: Data of a former retrospective analysis were re-evaluated to quantify the lack of clinical data communicated to pathologists and estimate the rate of final diagnoses requiring alteration after review of all available clinical data. 10 anonymized reports on odontogenic cysts from 3 university pathology departments each were analysed for the lack of relevant clinical information. Results: Only the age and gender of patients were documented in 100% for 85 jaw cysts diagnosed in 2 departments of pathology. Adequate information about cyst localization and size were communicated in 62% and 29%, respectively. Overall, information relevant to the diagnosis was given in 52% of the cases. Revision based on clinico-radio-pathological correlation led to alterations of the diagnosis in 38/85 cases (45%). Based on reports from other institutions, the communication of clinical data is estimated to be between <50% and 100%. 25 pathologists were involved in reporting 105 cysts. 5 cases illustrate how diagnosis may fail without good communication: a paradental, an inflamed dentigerous and a lateral periodontal cyst, each misdiagnosed as radicular cyst; a cyst raising the differential diagnosis of nasopalatine duct versus radicular cyst; a botryoid odontogenic cyst. Conclusion: Proper diagnosis of jaw cysts requires improvements from both pathological and clinical sides, and could probably be improved through education. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(12): 458–467.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: János Tomcsányi, Zoltán Nényei, and Emil Toldy-Schedel

Összefoglaló. Egy 78 éves férfi széles-QRS-tachycardiás esetét mutatjuk be. A betegnél a pitvar-kamrai disszociáció igazolta a ritmuszavar kamrai eredetét, amelyet a Valsalva-manőverrel több alkalommal is átmenetileg meg lehetett szüntetni. A szerzők ismertetik a manőver lehetséges patomechanizmusait, illetve felhívják a figyelmet arra, hogy a vagusmanőverre megszűnő reguláris tachycardia nem jelent feltétlenül supraventricularis eredetet. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(12): 468–470.

Summary. A 78-year-old man is presented with wide QRS tachycardia (WQRST). The ventricular origin of WQRST was confirmed by atrioventricular dissociation. The Valsalva maneuver terminated the tachycardia repeatedly. The authors discuss the possible mechanisms of Valsalva maneuver in the arrhythmia termination. This case highlights that Valsalva maneuver or carotid massage terminated tachycardia are not necessarily supraventricular tachycardia. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(12): 468–470.

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