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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  • Editorials are typically not peer reviewed shorter communications from senior members of the Editorial Board or from invited renown scholars.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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Személyre szabott, pozitív nyomású légzésterápia cystás fibrosisban

Personalised positive-pressure ventilation in cystic fibrosis

Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Fanni Keserű, Andrea Párniczky, Éva Gács, Gábor Katona, and Pálma Edina Benedek

Összefoglaló. A cystás fibrosis az egyik leggyakoribb veleszületett genetikai rendellenesség, előfordulása Magyarországon 1:4000. Az érintett szervekben a mirigyek által termelt nyák emelkedett viszkozitása krónikus gyulladáshoz vezet. A progressziót a pulmonalis folyamat határozza meg, súlyos esetben a tüdőtranszplantáció az egyetlen megoldás. A betegek instabil állapota és a hosszú várólista miatt a megfelelő előkészítés kihívásokkal teli, a műtét sokszor sikertelen. A szerzők egy eset segítségével ismertetik a személyre szabott, pozitív nyomású légzésterápia szerepét a transzplantációra való előkészítésben cystás fibrosisban. A 13 éves serdülőt csecsemőkorában történt jobb tüdőcsúcs-reszekciót, majd verejtékvizsgálatot és genetikai tipizálást követően 8 hónapos korától gondoztuk a Heim Pál Országos Gyermekgyógyászati Intézetben cystás fibrosissal. Fokozatosan romló klinikai állapota miatt 11 éves korától otthoni oxigénterápiát igényelt, 13 éves korára tüdőtranszplantáció vált szükségessé. A transzplantációig a légzési munka könnyítése érdekében noninvazív lélegeztetést kezdtünk, melyet a beteg nem tolerált. A rapidan romló általános állapot és légzésfunkció, az inhalatív és szisztémás kezelés ellenére is fennálló folyamatos oxigénigény és jelentős nehézlégzés javítása céljából személyre szabott, pozitív nyomású légzésterápia beállítása történt. Ennek eredményeként 4 vízcentiméteres nyomáson 1 liter/perc oxigén adása mellett a teljes alvásidő 100%-a 90% fölötti oxigénszaturációval telt. A kezelést a gyermek jól tűrte, éjszakái nyugodtabban teltek, általános állapota és légzésfunkciója javult, majd sikeres tüdőtranszplantáción esett át. A személyre szabott, pozitív nyomású légzésterápia javítja a cystás fibrosisban szenvedő gyermekek általános állapotát és légzésfunkcióját, ezáltal megkönnyíti a beteg tüdőtranszplantáció előtti felkészülését, és növeli a műtét sikerességének esélyét. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(19): 760–765.

Summary. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common hereditary genetic disorders, the appearance rate of which in the Hungarian population is 1:4000. The increased viscosity of mucus leads to chronic inflammation in the affected organs. The pulmonary manifestation defines the progression, in severe cases lung transplantation is needed. Unstable health condition can make the preparation for surgery difficult and unsuccessful. The role of personalised positive airway pressure therapy prior to lung transplantation in cystic fibrosis is presented through a case report. The 13-year-old child was treated at Heim Pál National Pediatric Institute from the age of 8 months with cystic fibrosis after pulmonary lobectomy, followed by sweat chlorid- and genetic testing. The significant impairment of his general condition required oxygen therapy from the age of 11 years and lung transplantation at the age of 13 years. Until lung transplantation, to relieve the respiratory distress, noninvasive ventilation was started, without success. Considering the rapid progression and persistent need for oxygen – despite inhalation and systemic treatment – personalised positive airway pressure therapy was indicated. At the pressure of 4 cmH2O and an oxygen flow rate of 1 l/min, oxygen saturation was higher than 90% during 100% of the total sleep time. Improvement was registered in both general condition and respiratory function, followed by a successful lung transplantation. In patients with cystic fibrosis, personalized positive airway pressure therapy improves respiratory function, general condition and elevates the success rate of lung transplantation. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(19): 760–765.

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Tapasztalataink a rekeszsérvek laparoszkópos sebészetével

Our experience with the laparoscopic surgery of hiatal hernias

Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Máté Csucska, Mittal Sumeet K., Balázs Kovács, Tamás Kremzer, Lilla Ozorai, Zoltán Lóderer, and Árpád Juhász

Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: A hiatus hernia egy anatómiai betegség; gyakoribb előfordulása idősebbeknél jelezheti, hogy a betegség idővel előrehalad, súlyosbodik. Elhanyagolt esetben szövődmények alakulhatnak ki, melyek növelhetik a perioperatív mortalitást. Célkitűzés: A laparoszkópos hiatusrekonstrukciók sebészetében szerzett műtéti tapasztalataink ismertetése mellett igyekeztünk statisztikailag alátámasztható korrelációt találni a rekeszizom-defektus anatómiai paraméterei, valamint a betegek életkora között. Módszer: Retrospektív tanulmányunk keretében elemeztük azon betegeinket, akik laparoszkópos hiatus hernia műtéten estek át egy 58 hónapos (2016. január–2020. október) vizsgálati periódus során. A rekeszi defektus méreteit endoszkópos vonalzóval a műtét közben megmértük, a hiatus oesophagei felszínét standard matematikai formula segítségével számoltuk ki. A sürgősséggel műtétre kerülő betegeink adatait külön elemeztük. Statisztikai analízis: A defektus mérete és a betegek életkora és magassága közötti korrelációt a Spearman-féle ró (ρ)-korreláció segítségével állapítottuk meg. A szignifikanciaszint p≤0,05 volt. Eredmények: Az elektív csoportban 142 operált páciensből 47 beteg mérési adatai feleltek meg a kritériumoknak. Az átlagéletkor 64,7 ± 12,7 év volt, 33 páciens volt nő (70,2%), az átlagos testtömegindex 28,8 ± 5,5 kg/m2 volt. A defektus haránt átmérője és felszíne szignifikáns pozitív korrelációt mutatott a betegek életkorával (p≤0,05). Akut indikációval 5 beteg került műtétre; a defektus méretét illetően hasonló eredményeket tapasztaltunk, mint az elektív csoportnál, 2 esetben azonban súlyos szövődmények alakultak ki. Következtetés: A betegség mögött húzódó anatómiai okok jobb megértése és a megfigyeléseink alapján módosított sebésztechnika reményeink szerint csökkentheti a hosszú távú kiújulások számát a jövőben. Az időben elvégzett elektív beavatkozás alacsonyabb mortalitással, kevesebb szövődménnyel és rövidebb hospitalizációval jár együtt. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(19): 754–759.

Summary. Introduction: Hiatal hernia is an anatomical disease, and the higher incidence for elderly patients suggests that it is progressing over time. Neglected cases can cause serious complications, raising perioperative mortality. Objective: We are presenting our experience in laparoscopic hiatal reconstructions. Our main goal is to find a statistical correlation between the anatomical parameters of the hiatal defect and the patients age. Method: Surgical data were reviewed retrospectively for patients who underwent laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair between January 2016 and October 2020. Dimensions of the hiatal defect were measured intraoperatively with an endoscopic ruler. The defect size was calculated using a standard formula. The acute surgeries were analyzed as a separate arm of the study. Statistical analysis: The correlation between the patients age and the size of the defect were calculated using Spearman’s rho (ρ) correlation. The level of significance was p≤0.05. Result: In the elective group, out of 142 patients 47 met the inclusion criteria. The mean age was 64.7 ± 12.7 years, 33 patients were women, and the mean BMI was 28.8 ± 5.5 kg/m2. Patient age showed significant positive correlation with the transverse dimension and the size of the hiatal defect. 5 patients underwent surgery due to acute indications. We found similarities in the size of the defects; at 2 patients we documented severe complications. Conclusions: A better understanding of the underlying anatomical disorders and the consecutively modified surgical technique will hopefully reduce the long-term recurrencies in the future. The elective surgery performed in the right time results in lower mortality, less complications and shorter hospitalization time. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(19): 754–759.

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Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Authors: Zohreh Riahi Rad, Zahra Riahi Rad, Hossein Goudarzi, Mehdi Goudarzi, Hesam Alizade, Fariba Naeimi Mazraeh, Javad Yasbolaghi Sharahi, Abdollah Ardebili, and Ali Hashemi

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Carbapenems are employed to treat infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria including Klebsiella pneumoniae. This research is aimed to perform phenotypic detection of β-lactamases and molecular characterization of NDM-1 positive K. pneumoniae isolates. Another objective is to investigate NDM-1 producing K. pneumoniae among children in Iran. From 2019 to 2020, altogether 60 K. pneumoniae isolates were acquired from various patients in certain Iranian hospitals. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed by disk diffusion and broth microdilution methods. In addition, mCIM and eCIM were used to confirm the production of carbapenemases and metallo-beta-lactamases (MBLs), respectively. Detection of resistance genes namely, bla NDM-1, bla IMP, bla VIM, bla KPC, bla OXA-48-like, bla CTX-M, bla SHV, bla TEM, and mcr-1 was performed by PCR and confirmed by DNA sequencing. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) was employed to determine the molecular typing of the strains. According to the findings, the highest rate of carbapenem resistance was detected against doripenem 83.3% (50). Moreover, 31.7% (19) were resistant to colistin. Further to the above, altogether 80% (48) were carbapenemase-producing isolates and among them 46.7% (28) of the isolates were MBL and 33.3% (20) isolates were serine β-lactamase producer. According to the PCR results, 14 isolates produced bla NDM-1. Remarkably, four bla NDM-1 positive isolates were detected in children. In addition, these isolates were clonally related as determined by MLST (ST147, ST15). Altogether ten bla NDM-1 positive isolates were ST147 and four bla NDM-1 positive isolates were ST15. Based on the results, the emergence of NDM-producing K. pneumoniae among children is worrying and hence, it is necessary to develop a comprehensive program to control antibiotic resistance in the country.

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We aimed to monitor the adverse effects (AE) and efficacy of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in health care workers (HCWs) exposed to a rabies patient. In this study 109 HCWs and eight household contacts were PEP candidates. Contact persons without infection control precautions were in Group I (high risk-82 cases). HCWs indirectly exposed to environmental surfaces were classified in Group II (low risk-35 cases). PEP schedule was rabies vaccine (RBV) + equine rabies immunoglobulin (eRIG) in Group I and only RBV in Group II. Local and systemic AE were observed in all cases. Efficacy of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) was determined by rabies development in a six month follow-up. 585 doses of RBV have been used in 117 cases and eRIG has been used in 82 cases. 32 Nurses (39%); 22 emergency medicine technicians (26.8%); 12 doctors (14%); six laboratory technicians (0.07%); six radiology technicians (0.07%); four cleaners (0.05%) were in Group I (82 cases), respectively. One doctor, laboratory technician, nurse and radiology technician (0.02%); two emergency medicine technicians (0.04%) and nine cleaners (25.7%) were in Group II (35 cases), respectively. Routes of transmission were blood in five (0.06%); saliva in 14 (17%); sweat in 50 (61%); CSF/serum in five (0.06%); sexual intercourse in one (0.01%); personal equipment in seven (0.09%) in Group I, respectively. Indirect contact was the only route in Group II. The most common local and systemic AE were seen in Group I; pain at injection side (19 cases) and fever (13 cases). Both of them showed statistically significant difference (P<0.05). Allergic rash has been seen at only one case. PEP failed in one case where the possible exposure way was sexual intercourse. PEP is the safest way to prevent rabies. Infection control precautions were still not enough applied. eRIGs are also safe and have rare AE.

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Infection of the urinary tract ranks as one of the most common infections affecting people worldwide and its treatment is made complicated by the rising incidence of antibiotic resistance. This study aimed to detect extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) genes and antibiotic resistance profile of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) recovered from patients attending a University Teaching hospital in Nigeria. Uropathogenic E. coli isolates were obtained from the culture collection of Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the University Teaching hospital for a period of four months (October 2019–January, 2020). Antibiotic susceptibility testing was done using the disc diffusion method while phenotypic ESBL production was detected using double disc synergy test (DDST). Detection of β-lactamase genes was done using Real-Time PCR. Forty-nine E. coli isolates were recovered from 120 urine samples, with 24 (49%) being ESBL positive. The resistance to antibiotics in the ESBL producers was: ciprofloxacin (100%), cefotaxime (100%), cefpodoxime (100%), tetracycline (95.7%), ceftazidime (56.7%), amoxicillin-clavulanate (50%), gentamicin (33.3%), and imipenem (0%). All the ESBL producers carried bla TEM, bla CTX-M-1 and bla CTX-M-9, 75% (18/24) carried bla SHV, while bla CTX-M-2, bla CTX-M-8 and bla CTX-M-25 groups were detected in 20.8% (5/24) of the isolates. There was co-occurrence of CTX-M, SHV and TEM β-lactamases in 79.2% (19/24) isolates, while five isolates (20.8%) co-harbored bla CTX-M and bla TEM. This study showed a high level of multidrug resistance and ESBL gene carriage in uropathogenic E. coli obtained in this study, suggesting a likely review of therapeutic options in the treatment of UTI to clamp down on the rising cases of antibiotic resistance.

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Imaging
Authors: Máté Magyar, Tibor Glasz, Tekla Kovács, András Bálint Deák, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, and Balázs Futácsi

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Gastroparesis, a form of gastrointestinal dysfunction and the increased risk for aspiration pneumonia are well known complications in patients with Parkinson’s disease. In our case report we demonstrate the case of an 83-year-old, bedridden male patient with Parkinson’s disease, who had a slowly progressing stomach dilation, gradually pushing the otherwise normal liver to a highly unusual craniodorsally rotated position.

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Imaging
Authors: Máté Magyar, Tibor Glasz, Tekla Kovács, András Bálint Deák, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, and Balázs Futácsi

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Gastroparesis, a form of gastrointestinal dysfunction and the increased risk for aspiration pneumonia are well known complications in patients with Parkinson’s disease. In our case report we demonstrate the case of an 83-year-old, bedridden male patient with Parkinson’s disease, who had a slowly progressing stomach dilation, gradually pushing the otherwise normal liver to a highly unusual craniodorsally rotated position.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Supissara Wongsuttawas, Pasakorn Brikshavana, Sumit Durongphongtorn, and Somporn Techangamsuwan

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Haemangioma (HA) and haemangiosarcoma (HSA) are among the most common splenic neoplasms in dogs. The survival time in splenic HSA is short, probably due to the lack of proper biological markers allowing early detection. We investigated the serum angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) concentrations in 9 healthy dogs and 40 dogs with abnormal splenic masses. The Ang-2 concentration differences were further compared in healthy dogs, dogs with splenitis, splenic HA and HSA. The results showed that the Ang-2 level in healthy dogs was significantly lower than in the splenitis and splenic HA cases. Moreover, the Ang-2 level was significantly higher in splenic HA than in splenic HSA. Conversely, no significant differences in Ang-2 level were recorded between healthy and splenic HSA dogs, and between splenitis and splenic neoplasms (HA and HSA). No significant correlations were observed between the Ang-2 level and (i) the clinical stage, (ii) histological growth pattern, and (iii) median survival time of splenic HSA dogs. In conclusion, serum Ang-2 concentration is a potentially useful biological marker for the discrimination of dogs with splenitis and splenic HA, as well as for the differentiation of splenic HA from its malignant form, HSA.

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Robinsoniella peoriensis is a gram-positive, spore-forming, anaerobic rod. In our study, we isolated R. peoriensis from an open fracture of the left distal tibia of a three-year-old male patient. Tissue anaerobic culture was positive for R. peoriensis. It was identified with both matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and confirmed via 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The patient responded to ampicillin-sulbactam and amikacin antibiotic therapy. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing should be performed to guide the choice of treatment. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of R. peoriensis osteomyelitis in a pediatric patient and first report from Turkey.

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Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: A csípőtáji törések jelentősen terhelik az egészségügyi ellátórendszereket. Magyarországon 13 000–15 000 beteg szenved évente csípőtáji törést, jelentős részük műtéten is átesik. A betegek túlélését vizsgálták a EuroHOPE és BRIDGE kutatások, amelyek a Nemzeti Egészségbiztosítási Alapkezelőnek a finanszírozási célból gyűjtött, esetszintű adataira támaszkodtak. Az ilyen jellegű adatok megbízhatóságát több kutatás vizsgálta eltérő eredményekkel, ezért a további vizsgálatok előtt szükségesnek tartottuk a csípőtáji törésekre vonatkozóan is ellenőrizni őket. Célkitűzés: Egy magyarországi kórház reprezentatívan kiválasztott eseteinek vizsgálatán keresztül annak megállapítása, hogy a finanszírozási adatbázis adatai megfelelnek-e a betegdokumentációban rögzített adatoknak. Módszer: Egy magyarországi kórházba 2015-ben csípőtáji töréssel felvett betegek kórlapjainak anonim, reprezentatív mintáját összevetettük a EuroHOPE és BRIDGE kutatások adatbázisával tíz különböző adatelemre vonatkozóan. Az adatbázisokat rekordszinten párosítottuk, az egyezést adatelemre és rekordra vonatkozóan néztük. Eredmények: A reprezentatív minta 259 esetet tartalmazott. Az adatbázisok összevetése során nem találtunk eltérést a beteg neme, életkora, ápolást indokló fődiagnózisa és az osztályról történő távozás dátuma esetén. Egy eltérést találtunk az osztályos felvétel dátumában, a műtét dátumában öt darabot. A beteg további sorsa esetén tíz eltérést találtunk. A műtéttípusok esetén is alacsony mértékű (2–4 eset) eltérést tapasztaltunk. Jelentős mértékű eltérést a társbetegségek és a szövődmények esetén találtunk. Következtetés: Eredményeink alapján további vizsgálatokhoz felhasználhatók az alfanumerikus kódokat, számokat vagy dátumokat tartalmazó mezők (például fődiagnózis, felvételi és távozási dátumok), a társbetegségekre és a szövődményekre vonatkozó adatok azonban nem alkalmazhatók mélyebb elemzések során. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(18): 712–719.

Summary. Introduction: Hip fractures pose a heavy burden on healthcare systems. In Hungary, 13 000–15 000 patients experience hip fractures, most of them undergo surgery. Their survival was examined by the EuroHOPE and BRIDGE studies, using patient level data from the National Health Insurance Fund. Data from healthcare financing reports have been examined worldwide, with contradicting results, so we considered it necessary to observe data validity for hip fractures before further analysis. Objective: The aim of our study was to observe a representative sample of patient records in a Hungarian hospital in order to validate the finance reports. Method: We matched a representative sample of hip fracture patient records in a Hungarian hospital with hip fractures in 2015 with the database of the EuroHOPE and BRIDGE studies. The databases were matched on record level, the analysis included ten data fields and was conducted for data fields and records. Results: The sample included 259 cases. No differences were observed in the patients’ gender, age and main diagnosis, or dates of discharge. One difference was observed in the dates of admission, and 5 in the dates of surgery. Minor differences were found in the types of surgery (2–4 cases), but the differences between the databases in comorbidities and complications were large. Conclusion: Based on our results, we can conclude that data fields containing alphanumeric codes, numbers or dates (e.g., main diagnosis, admission, discharge and surgery dates) can be used for further analysis, but comorbidity and complication data are not recommended for research purposes. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(18): 712–719.

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