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Cross References Coma; Decerebrate rigidity Déjà Entendu A sensation of familiarity akin to déjà vu but referring to auditory rather than visual experiences. However, since the term has passed into the vernacular, not every patient complaining of ‘déjà vu’ has a pathological problem. Recurrent hallucinations or vivid dream-like imagery may also enter the differential diagnosis. A phenomenon of slight confusion in which all is not clear although it is familiar has sometimes been labelled ‘prèsque vu’. Epileptic déjà vu may last longer and be more frequent and may be associated with other features such as depersonalization and derealization, strong emotion such as fear, epigastric aura, or olfactory hallucinations. Epileptic déjà vu is a complex aura of focal onset epilepsy; speciﬁcally, it is indicative of temporal lobe onset of seizures and is said by some authors to be the only epileptic aura of reliable lateralizing signiﬁcance (right). Déjà vécu (‘already lived’) has been used to denote a broader experience than déjà vu but the clinical implications are similar. Déjà vu has also been reported to occur in several psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Cross References Aura; Hallucination; Jamais vu Delirium Delirium, also sometimes known as acute confusional state, acute organic reaction, acute brain syndrome, or toxic-metabolic encephalopathy, is a neurobehavioural syndrome of which the cardinal feature is a deﬁcit of attention, the ability to focus on speciﬁc stimuli. Diagnostic criteria also require a concurrent 102 Delirium D alteration in level of awareness, which may range from lethargy to hypervigilance, although delirium is not primarily a disorder of arousal or alertness (cf. Subtypes or variants are described, one characterized by hyperactivity (‘agitated’), the other by withdrawal and apathy (‘quiet’). The course of delirium is usually brief (seldom more than a few days, often only hours). On recovery the patient may have no recollection of events, although islands of recall may be preserved, corresponding with lucid intervals (a useful, if retrospective, diagnostic feature). Delirium is often contrasted with dementia, a ‘chronic brain syndrome’, in which attention is relatively preserved, the onset is insidious rather than acute, the course is stable over the day rather than ﬂuctuating, and which generally lasts months to years. However, it should be noted that in the elderly delirium is often superimposed on dementia, which is a predisposing factor for the development of delirium, perhaps reﬂecting impaired cerebral reserve. Risk factors for the development of delirium may be categorized as either predisposing or precipitating. It is suggested that optimal nursing of delirious patients should aim at environmental modulation to avoid both understimulation and overstimulation; a side room is probably best (if possible). However, if the patient poses a risk to him/herself, other patients, or staff which cannot be addressed by other means, regular low-dose oral haloperidol may be used, probably in preference to atypical neuroleptics, benzodiazepines (lorazepam), or cholinesterase inhibitors. Occurrence and outcome of delirium in medical in-patients: a systematic literature review. Cross References Agraphia; Attention; Coma; Delusion; Dementia; Hallucination; Illusion; Logorrhoea; Obtundation; Stupor; ‘Sundowning’ Delusion A delusion is a ﬁxed false belief, not amenable to reason. Capgras: the ‘delusion of doubles’, a familiar person or place is thought to be an impostor, or double; this resembles the reduplicative paramnesia described in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Delusions are not only a feature of primary psychiatric disease (psychoses such as schizophrenia; neuroses such as depression), but may also be encountered in neurological disease with secondary psychiatric features (‘organic psychiatry’). Cross References Delirium; Dementia; Hallucination; Illusion; Intermetamorphosis; Misidentiﬁcation syndromes; Reduplicative paramnesia Dementia Dementia is a syndrome characterized by loss of intellectual (cognitive) functions sufﬁcient to interfere with social and occupational functioning. Cognition encompasses multiple functions including language, memory, perception, praxis, attentional mechanisms, and executive function (planning, reasoning). These elements may be affected selectively or globally: older deﬁnitions of dementia requiring global cognitive decline have now been superseded. Amnesia may or may not, depending on the classiﬁcation system used, be a sine qua non for the diagnosis of dementia. Attentional mechanisms are largely preserved, certainly in comparison with delirium, a condition which precludes meaningful neuropsychological assessment because of profound attentional deﬁcits. Multiple neuropsychological tests are available to test different areas of cognition. Although more common in the elderly, dementia can also occur in the presenium and in children who may lose cognitive skills as a result of hereditary metabolic disorders. The heterogeneity of dementia is further exempliﬁed by the fact that it may be acute or insidious in onset, and its course may be progressive, stable, or, in some instances, reversible (‘dysmentia’). A distinction is drawn by some authors between cortical and subcortical dementia: in the former the pathology is predominantly cortical and neuropsychological ﬁndings are characterized by amnesia, agnosia, apraxia, and aphasia. Alzheimer’s disease); in the latter pathology is predominantly frontal–subcortical and neuropsychological deﬁcits include psychomotor retardation, attentional deﬁcits, with relative preservation of memory and language; movement disorders may also be apparent. However, not all authors subscribe to this distinction and considerable overlap may be observed clinically. Cognitive deﬁcits also occur in affective disorders such as depression, usually as a consequence of impaired attentional mechanisms. This syndrome is often labelled as ‘pseudodementia’ since it is potentially reversible with treatment of the underlying affective disorder. It may be difﬁcult to differentiate dementia originating from depressive or neurodegenerative disease, since depression may also -105 D Dementia be a feature of the latter. Impaired attentional mechanisms may account for the common complaint of not recalling conversations or instructions immediately after they happen (aprosexia). Behavioural abnormalities are common in dementias due to degenerative brain disease and may require treatment in their own right. Neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal lobar degenerations (frontotemporal dementia, encompassing Pick’s disease; semantic dementia; primary non-ﬂuent aphasia), dementia with Lewy bodies, Huntington’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, prion disease, Down’s syndrome, dementia pugilistica. Because of the possibility of progression, reversible causes are regularly sought though very rare. Speciﬁc treatments for dementia are few: cholinesterase inhibitors have been licensed for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease and may ﬁnd a role in other conditions, such as dementia with Lewy bodies and vascular dementia, for behavioural as well as mnestic features. Depersonalization is a very common symptom in the general population and may contribute to neurological presentations described as dizziness, numbness, and forgetfulness, with the broad differential diagnoses that such symptoms encompass. Such self-induced symptoms may occur in the context of meditation and self-suggestion. Cross References Derealization; Dissociation Derealization Derealization, a form of dissociation, is the experience of feeling that the world around is unreal. Cross References Alien hand, Alien limb; Intermanual conﬂict Diamond on Quadriceps Sign Diamond on quadriceps sign may be seen in patients with dysferlinopathies (limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B, Miyoshi myopathy): with the knees slightly bent so that the quadriceps are in moderate action, an asymmetric diamondshaped bulge may be seen, with wasting above and below, indicative of the selectivity of the dystrophic process in these conditions. Cross Reference Calf head sign Diaphoresis Diaphoresis is sweating, either physiological as in sympathetic activation. Diaphoresis may be seen in syncope, delirium tremens, or may be induced by certain drugs. Anticholinergics decrease diaphoresis but increase core temperature, resulting in a warm dry patient. Cross Reference Hyperhidrosis Diaphragm Weakness Diaphragm weakness is a feature of certain myopathies, such as acid maltase deﬁciency, and of cervical cord lesions (C3–C5) affecting phrenic nerve function. Forced vital capacity measured in the supine and sitting positions is often used to assess diaphragmatic function, a drop of 25% being taken as indicating diaphragmatic weakness. The spatial and temporal characteristics of the diplopia may help to ascertain its cause. Diplopia may be monocular, in which case ocular causes are most likely (although monocular diplopia may be cortical or functional in origin), or binocular, implying a divergence of the visual axes of the two eyes. With binocular diplopia, it is of great importance to ask the patient whether the images are separated horizontally, vertically, or obliquely (tilted), since this may indicate the extraocular muscle(s) most likely to be affected. Whether the two images are 108 Diplopia D separate or overlapping is important when trying to ascertain the direction of maximum diplopia. The effect of gaze direction on diplopia should always be sought, since images are most separated when looking in the direction of a paretic muscle. Conversely, diplopia resulting from the breakdown of a latent tendency for the visual axes to deviate (latent strabismus, squint) results in diplopia in all directions of gaze. Examination of the eye movements should include asking the patient to look at a target, such as a pen, in the various directions of gaze (versions) to ascertain where diplopia is maximum. Then, each eye may be alternately covered to try to demonstrate which of the two images is the false one, namely that from the non-ﬁxing eye. Manifest squints (heterotropia) are obvious but seldom a cause of diplopia if long-standing. Latent squints may be detected using the cover–uncover test, when the shift in ﬁxation of the eyes indicates an imbalance in the visual axes; this may account for diplopia if the normal compensation breaks down. Transient diplopia (minutes to hours) suggests the possibility of myasthenia gravis. Divergence of the visual axes or ophthalmoplegia without diplopia suggests a long-standing problem, such as amblyopia or chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia. Cross References Motor neglect; Neglect Disc Swelling Swelling or oedema of the optic nerve head may be visualized by ophthalmoscopy. It produces haziness of the nerve ﬁbre layer obscuring the underlying vessels; there may also be haemorrhages and loss of spontaneous retinal venous pulsation. Disc swelling due to oedema must be distinguished from pseudopapilloedema, elevation of the optic disc not due to oedema, in which the nerve ﬁbre layer is clearly seen. The clinical history, visual acuity, and visual ﬁelds may help determine the cause of disc swelling. Unilateral: Optic neuritis Acute ischaemic optic neuropathy (arteritic, non-arteritic) Orbital compressive lesions. The disinhibited patient may be inappropriately jocular (witzelsucht), short-tempered (verbally abusive, physically aggressive), distractible (impaired attentional mechanisms), and show emotional lability. A Disinhibition Scale encompassing various domains (motor, intellectual, instinctive, affective, sensitive) has been described. Disinhibition is a feature of frontal lobe, particularly orbitofrontal, dysfunction. This may be due to neurodegenerative disorders (frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease), mass lesions, or be a feature of epileptic seizures. Cross References Attention; Emotionalism, Emotional lability; Frontal lobe syndromes; Witzelsucht Dissociated Sensory Loss Dissociated sensory loss refers to impairment of selected sensory modalities with preservation, or sparing, of others. For example, a focal central cord pathology such as syringomyelia will, in the early stages, selectively involve decussating ﬁbres of the spinothalamic pathway within the ventral commissure, thus impairing pain and temperature sensation (often in a suspended, ‘cape-like’, ‘bathing suit’, ‘vest-like’, or cuirasse distribution), whilst the dorsal columns are spared, leaving proprioception intact. Conversely, pathologies conﬁned, largely or exclusively, to the dorsal columns (classically tabes dorsalis and subacute combined degeneration of the cord from vitamin B12 deﬁciency, but probably most commonly seen with compressive cervical myelopathy) impair proprioception, sometimes sufﬁcient to produce pseudoathetosis or sensory ataxia, whilst pain and temperature sensation is preserved. A double dissociation of sensory modalities on opposite sides of the trunk is seen in the Brown–Séquard syndrome.
Clinical pharm acology is the application of pharm acodynam ics and pharm acokinetics to breast cancer 5 year pill cheap fertomid 50 mg amex patients w ith diseases and now has a significant pharm acogenetic com ponent menstrual 24 order generic fertomid from india. Clinical pharm acologists study how drugs w ork womens health 33511 discount fertomid 50mg free shipping, how they interact w ith the genom e and w ith other drugs breast cancer order fertomid master card, how their effects can alter the disease process menstrual onset order genuine fertomid, and how disease can alter their effects. Clinical trial design, the prevention of m edication errors, and the optim ization of rational prescribing have becom e critical com ponents of the w ork of clinical pharm acologists. Chem otherapy is the area of pharm acology that deals w ith drugs used for the treatm ent of m icrobial infections and m alignancies. Pharm acologists w ork to develop chem otherapeutic drugs that w ill selectively inhibit the grow th of, or kill, the infectious agent or cancer cell w ithout seriously im pairing the norm al functions of the host. System s and integrated pharm acology is the study of com plex system s and w hole anim al m odel approaches to best predict the efficacy and usefulness of new treatm ent m odalities in hum an experim ents. Results obtained at the m olecular, cellular, or organ system levels are studied for their relevance to hum an disease through translation into research in w hole anim al system s. Veterinary pharm acology concerns the use of drugs for diseases and health problem s unique to anim als. Often confused w ith pharm acology, pharm acy is a separate discipline in the health sciences. It is the profession responsible for the preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of m edication, and provides services to achieve optim al therapeutic outcom es. The term Apharm acology com es from the Greek w ords pharm akon, m eaning a drug or the term pharm acology com es from m edicine and logos, m eaning the truth the Greek words pharm akon, m eaning about or a rational discussion. As people tried plant, anim al, and m ineral m aterials for possible use as foods, they noted both the toxic and the therapeutic actions of som e of these m aterials. Past civilizations contributed to our present know ledge of drugs and drug preparations. Ancient Chinese w ritings and Egyptian m edical papyri represent the earliest com pilations of pharm acological know ledge. They included rough classifications of diseases to be treated, and recom m ended prescriptions for such diseases. W hile other civilizations m ade their ow n discoveries of the m edicinal value of som e plants, progress in drug discovery and therapeutics w as m inim al until after the dark ages. The introduction of m any drugs from the New W orld in the 17th century stim ulated experim entation on crude preparations. These experim ents w ere conducted chiefly to get som e ideas about the possible toxic dosage for such drugs as tobacco, nux vom ica, ipecac, cinchona bark, and coca leaves. The birth of experim ental pharm acology is generally associated w ith the w ork of the French physiologist, Francois M agendie, in the early 19th century. M agendie’s research on strychnine-containing plants clearly established the site of action of these substances as being the spinal cord, and provided evidence for the view that drugs and poisons m ust be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the site of action before producing their effects. The w ork of M agendie and his pupil, Claude Bernard, on curareinduced m uscle relaxation and carbon m onoxide poisoning helped to establish som e of the techniques and principles of the science of pharm acology. It w as in the Germ an-speaking universities during the second half of the 19th century that pharm acology really began to em erge as a w ell-defined discipline. This process began w ith the appointm ent of Rudolf Buchheim to teach m aterial m edica at the University of Dorpat in Estonia. Long taught in m edical schools, m aterial m edica w as concerned largely w ith questions about the origins, constituents, preparation and traditional therapeutic uses of drugs. Buchheim, how ever, called for an independent experim ental science of pharm acology, involving the study of the physiological action of drugs. He established the first institute of pharm acology at the University of Dorpat in 1847. Am ong the students w ho received research training in Buchheim ’s laboratory w as Osw ald Schm iedeberg. In 1872, Schm iedeberg becam e professor pharm acology at Strasbourg, and over a num ber of years som e 120 students from all over the w orld w orked in his pharm acological institute. His students later occupied 40 academ ic chairs in pharm acology departm ents throughout the w orld. In the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Ehrlich conceived the idea of specifically seeking special chem ical agents w ith w hich to treat infections selectively, and is thus considered the Father of Chem otherapy. The progress and contribution of 20th century pharm acology have been im m ense, w ith over tw enty pharm acologists having received Nobel prizes. Their contributions include discoveries of m any im portant drugs, neurotransm itters and second m essengers, as w ell as an understanding of a num ber of physiological and biochem ical processes. The field of pharm acology in general and the developm ent of highly effective new drugs in particular have burgeoned during the last half of the 20th century. This unprecedented progress has paralleled sim ilar progress in related disciplines upon w hich pharm acology builds: m olecular biology, biochem istry, physiology, pathology, anatom y, and the developm ent of new analytical and experim ental techniques and instrum ents. W hat points in biochem ical pathw ays are proactive approach to biological rate lim iting and thus potential sites at system s w hich drugs act to alter pathw ays? Com m ents from current students enrolled in graduate program s in pharm acology indicated that they pursue careers in pharm acology prim arily because of its biom edical interdisciplinary character and the range of possibilities for conducting interesting research. The uniqueness of pharm acology is that it takes a proactive approach to biological system s. As a result of its scientific diversity, pharm acology is appealing because it can prepare you for any field. If you have a question about anything, there is bound to be som eone w ho can answ er it. I think it’s the recognition that drugs are tools for us – for both better research and a better understanding of w hat m akes things go, plus the hope that som e of our understanding can be applied to hum an disease. The Tshortage of pharm acologists and the increasing need for their expertise indicate that graduates w ill find em ploym ent that allow s them to use their ow n special skills and pursue their areas of special interest. Pharm acologists w ho w ish to pursue joint the shortage of pharm acologists and teaching and research careers in academ ic the increasing need for their institutions can join university faculties in all expertise indicate that graduates will areas of the health sciences, including find em ploym ent that allows them to m edicine, pharm acology, dentistry, use their own special skills and osteopathy, veterinary m edicine, and pursue their areas of interest. Universities also offer research opportunities in virtually every pharm acology specialty. Governm ent institutions em ploy pharm acologists in research centers such as the National Institutes of Health, the Environm ental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Adm inistration, and the Centers for Disease Control. Governm ent laboratories engage in basic research to study the actions and effects of pharm acological agents. The applications of pharm acology to health and to agriculture have resulted in phenom enal grow th of the drug m anufacturing industry. M ultinational pharm aceutical corporations utilize large staffs of pharm acologists to develop products and to determ ine m olecular or biochem ical actions of various chem icals; toxicologists determ ine the safety of drugs w ith therapeutic potential. Private research foundations involved in addressing vital questions in health and disease also draw from the research expertise of pharm acologists. Such foundations offer exciting opportunities for pharm acologists in a variety of specialty fields. Som e pharm acologists hold adm inistrative positions in governm ent or private industry. W orking in this capacity, they m ay direct or oversee research program s or adm inister drug-related program s. Regardless of the setting, pharm acologists Regardless of the setting, often w ork as m em bers of m ultidisciplinary pharm acologists often work as research groups. Collaborating w ith m em bers of m ultidisciplinary scientists from m any backgrounds contriresearch groups. Preparing for a Career in Pharm acology College Years Since pharm acology is not offered in m ost undergraduate program s, students are advised to earn a bachelor of science degree in chem istry, one of the biological sciences, or in pharm acy Because success in science depends on the ability to com m unicate clearly and think system atically and creatively, courses in w riting, literature, and liberal arts are invaluable. Other undergraduate courses that help in preparing for pharm acology include physics, biology, m olecular biology, biochem istry, organic and physical chem istry, m athem atics (including differential and integral calculus), and statistics. If your college is am ong the increasing num ber of schools offering an undergraduate course in pharm acology, you should also take advantage of this special training opportunity. If you are interested in pursuing a career in biom edical science, get acquainted w ith professors w ho have active research program s and inquire about w orking as a laboratory assistant, either during the academ ic year or during the sum m er. Inform ation about sum m er job opportunities in a laboratory can be obtained by contacting student placem ent services, w ork-study program s, or student research program s. Also, the Am erican Society for Pharm acology and Experim ental Therapeutics has a sum m er fellow ship program for undergraduate research opportunities in pharm acology departm ents. Graduate Study To becom e a pharm acologist, a PhD degree or other doctoral degree is required. PhD program s in pharm acology are located in m edical schools, pharm acy schools, schools of veterinary m edicine, schools of osteopathy and graduate schools of biom edical sciences. If you w ould like to obtain a m edical degree as w ell, inquiries should be m ade about com bined M D/PhD program s. In addition to having course w ork prerequisites, each program requires that certain perform ance standards be m et both w ith regard to grade-point average and scores on the Graduate Record Exam ination. Assistantships and fellow ships including stipends and tuition fees are generally offered. Highly qualified students, including w om en and m inorities, are actively recruited. W hile program s vary substantially, the PhD curriculum typically includes both didactic courses and research-based studies. Courses in cellular and m olecular biology, biochem istry, physiology, neurosciences, statistics, and research design are designed to broaden and deepen scientific backgrounds. This m ay include basic pharm acology, m olecular pharm acology, chem otherapy and toxicology, as w ell as specific discipline and organ-system based courses such as cardiovascular pharm acology, renal pharm acology, and neuropharm acology. The m ajor portion of the graduate degree program is, how ever, devoted to laboratory research. The prim ary goal is to com plete an original and creative research study that yields new inform ation and w ithstands peer review. Because em phases in program s differ greatly, it is im portant to investigate several program s, keeping in m ind how they relate to your ow n areas of interest. Availability of training grants and stipends designated for graduate student support. Extent to w hich research efforts are independent or linked by interdisciplinary team approaches. Postdoctoral Research Before taking perm anent positions, m ost PhD graduates com plete tw o to four years of further research training. This provides the opportunity to w ork on a second highlevel research project w ith an established scientist, to expand research skills and experience, and to m ature as a scientist. The com bination of graduate and postdoctoral experiences enables the young investigator to contribute new perspectives on a unique area of research. Salaries and fellow ships for postdoctoral scientists reflect research experiences and expectations of the studies to be conducted. Achievem ents and New Frontiers esearch in pharm acology extends across a w ide frontier that includes developing new drugs, learning m ore about the properties of drugs already in use, Rinvestigating the effects of environm ental pollutants, using drugs as probes to discover new facts about the functions of cells and organ system s, and exploring how genetic variation im pacts drug disposition and efficacy. A m ajor contribution of pharm acology has been the advancem ent of know ledge about cellular receptors w ith w hich horm ones and chem ical agents interact. Through this research an understanding of the process of activation of cell surface receptors and the coupling of this response to intracellular events has been m ade possible. New drug developm ent has focused on steps in this process that are sensitive to m odulation. Identifying the structure of receptors w ill allow scientists to develop highly selective drugs w ith few er undesirable side effects.
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Injection site reaction is common, as is alopecia, for certain interferon preparaInterferon-2a (Roferon-A) is approved for the treattions. Interferons should contains the most frequently observed amino acid in be used with caution in persons who have myelosupeach position of the sequence and exhibits in vitro pression or who are taking myelosuppressive drugs. Interferons should be used during pregInterferon -1a (Avonex) and interferon -1b nancy only if the potential beneﬁt justiﬁes the potential (Betaseron) are used in the treatment of multiple sclerisk to the fetus. Interferon -1b (Actimmune) is used to prevent Interferons reduce the activity of hepatic cyand diminish the severity of infections associated with tochrome P450 enzymes and decrease the clearance of chronic granulomatous disease and for delaying the drugs such as theophylline. Adverse Effects, Contraindications, and Drug Interactions Ribavirin Flulike symptoms, including fever, chills, weakness, fatigue, myalgia, and arthralgia, are the most common Ribavirin is a synthetic guanosine analogue that posside effects of interferon therapy. Following absorption, host cell enzymes Interferons are associated with a diverse range of convert ribavirin to its monophosphate, diphosphate, common adverse effects. When given in combination with interferon, ribRibavirin resistance has not been documented in clinical avirin increases the incidence of many of its side effects, isolates. Absorption, Metabolism, and Excretion Ribavirin is mutagenic, teratogenic, and embryotoxic in animals at doses below the therapeutic level in humans. Ribavirin can be administered as an aerosol using a It is contraindicated in pregnant women and in the male small-particle aerosol generator. Women of childbearing by this route, the drug has only minimal systemic abpotential and male partners of these women must use sorption, with drug concentrations in respiratory tract two effective forms of contraception during ribavirin secretions approximately 100 times as high as those treatment and for 6 months post therapy. Oral absorption is rapid, and ﬁrst-pass women should not directly care for patients receiving metabolism is extensive; ribavirin’s oral bioavailability ribavirin. Steady-state levels are reached after cell anemia and other hemoglobinopathies because of 4 weeks. Similarly, persons with Ribavirin is reversibly phosphorylated by all nuclecoronary disease should not use ribavirin, because ated cells. It is also metabolized in the liver to a triazole anemia may cause deterioration of cardiac function. The plasma halfsevere renal impairment; no dosage adjustment is neclife of ribavirin is 9. In vitro, ribavirin inhibits the phosClinical Uses phorylation reactions that are required for activation of Ribavirin aerosol (Virazole) is indicated in the treatzidovudine and stavudine. Lamivudine Treatment is most effective if begun within 3 days of the Lamivudine is a synthetic cytidine analogue used in the onset of symptoms. Its actiAlthough ribavirin monotherapy is ineffective vation requires phosphorylation by cellular enzymes. Pulmonary function may decline if aerosol ribAbsorption, Metabolism, and Excretion avirin is used in adults with chronic obstructive lung disease or asthma. Deterioration of pulmonary and cardioLamivudine is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestivascular function has also been seen in severely ill nal tract and has an oral bioavailability of approxiinfants given this preparation. Health care changed by the kidney and has an elimination half-life workers exposed to aerosol ribavirin during its adminisof 5 to 7 hours. Resistance appears in up to onemonthly intramuscular injection prior to and during third of patients after 1 year of treatment. The half-life of palivizumab is approximately Adverse Effects, Contraindications, 20 days. The safety and efﬁcacy of lamivuease that required treatment in the previous 6 months. Dosage adjustment is required in weeks’ gestation) until the age of 6 to 12 months. It contains Serious adverse reactions caused by palivizumab are 95% human and 5% murine antibody sequences and rare. Mild erythema and pain may occur at the injection tends to have little immunogenicity in humans. Although no anaphylactoid reactions have been rePalivizumab is composed of the human framework reported to date, the possibility of this reaction exists begion of the IgG-1 -chain joined to the antigen-binding cause palivizumab is a protein. Caitlyn Doe is a 24-year-old woman in her third pected to produce a signiﬁcantly higher concentramonth of pregnancy. She has had severe pain, tion of active metabolite in cells infected with its swelling, and redness in both eyes for several days target virus? Doe’s physician diagnosed herpes sim(B) Foscarnet plex keratoconjunctivitis; the infection has spread (C) Oseltamivir deep into the surrounding tissues. Which of the following drugs should not be given in (A) Cidofovir combination with zidovudine because of an in(B) Docosanol creased risk of myelosuppression? Mitchell Jones, a 35-year-old man, began treatment (D) Famciclovir for hepatitis C with interferon-2b and ribavirin (E) Zanamivir (Rebetron) 4 weeks ago. Acyclovir is in pregnancy category B: animal (A) Inhibition of a viral enzyme that aids the studies have shown no evidence of harm to the fespread of virus through respiratory mucus and is retus, but no large, controlled studies of human outquired for the release of progeny virus comes have been performed. Docosanol is used for cold sores (C) Stimulation of the tyrosine kinase activity of and is not indicated for ophthalmic use. Interferons and ribavirin are both likely to cause for cellular enzymes required for viral replication anemia; the combination of these two agents in(E) Inhibition of the viral protease required for creases this possibility. Interferons do not stimulate protein processing prior to assembly of progeny lymphocyte proliferation. Oseltamivir inhibits neuraminidase, an enzyme that cleaves neuraminic acid from oligosaccharides. The conversion of penciclovir to its active form particles through neuraminic acid–rich respiratory requires initial monophosphorylation by viral secretions and is required for the release of progeny thymidine kinases, then conversion to its active virions. Thus, the mechanism of action of nucleoside analogue antiviconcentration of penciclovir triphosphate is particural drugs. Case Study Picking Up More Than Knowledge in College im Smith had severe herpes labialis while he was for 7 days. Smith went to the emergency health service prescribed penciclovir cream to department complaining of wheezing and an itchy decrease the severity and duration of his many cold rash over much of his body. Smith’s cold consistent with those of a mild anaphylactoid sores had mostly healed. The converted to penciclovir, with a bioavailability of drug was discontinued, Mr. Maximal plasma concentrations of penciclovir antihistamines, and the rash healed within a week. Smith developed an allergy to and moved to a new city following the breakup of a topical penciclovir when he was treated with this long-term relationship. This prior contact sensitization stress at work and has been getting little sleep. He to penciclovir allowed him to develop an visited his physician because painful eruptions anaphylactoid reaction following the conversion of developed on his chest the previous day. His doctor oral famciclovir to penciclovir by hepatic ﬁrst-pass diagnosed acute herpes zoster (shingles) and metabolism. Fusion of cytes and macrophages; these cells are present in all the viral and cellular membranes follows as the virus tissues and can live for many months. Instead, multidrug therapy is used to counteract the the ﬁrst several years of infection. In this system, drugs of infections that under normal conditions are not life working by different mechanisms produce a sequential threatening. Eventually the macrophages of the brain blockade of steps required for viral reproduction. It is available as a tidrug regimens, it has been estimated that viruses in single agent (Retrovir) or in ﬁxed combinations with 85% of infected people develop resistance to one or lamivudine (Combivir) or lamivudine and abacavir more of the antiretroviral agents. Zidovudine, in combination with one or more sary to produce drugs that either inhibit this resistance other antiretroviral agents, is approved for the treator ﬁnd compounds that produce no resistance. The most common adverse reactions to zidovudine Current therapies do not enhance the host defense sysare headache, nausea, vomiting, and anorexia. Fatigue, tem; this may account for their incomplete effectiveconfusion, insomnia, malaise, hepatitis, myopathy, and ness. Bone marrow toxicity occurs in increase the efﬁcacy of other drugs that inhibit viral up to 30% of patients taking zidovudine; anemia, neureplication. Ribavirin inhibits the phosphorylapolymerases and various cellular kinases, resulting in tion reactions that activate zidovudine, and zidovudine toxicity. Toxicity varies with the state of the immune syssimilarly inhibits the activation of stavudine; thus, the tem; early in the infection there is less toxicity, while late coadministration of zidovudine with ribavirin or stavuin the infection there is substantially more. The adverse effects with which stavudine is most frethe most common adverse effect produced by diquently associated are headache, diarrhea, skin rash, danosine is diarrhea. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, anorexia, myalgia, and anorexia, and dose-related peripheral neuropathy may weakness. Pancreatitis occurs rarely, as do hyperuricemia, ness, tingling, or pain in the hands or feet is also combone marrow suppression, retinal depigmentation, and mon with higher doses of the drug. Resistance to didanosine appears to reof hepatic enzymes may be seen in approximately 10 to sult from mutations different from those responsible for 15% of patients. Viral resistance Didanosine should be used with great caution in into stavudine may develop, and cross-resistance to zidividuals who have a history of pancreatitis. Didanosine should be used caurisk for hepatic disease and those who have had pantiously in patients with gout, peripheral neuropathy, and creatitis. Dosage adjustment is sine to counteract its degradation by gastric acid may required for patients with renal insufﬁciency. The use of zalcitabine with didanodanosine should not be given to pregnant women besine is not recommended because that combination carcause of the increased risk of metabolic acidosis. The comZidovudine inhibits the phosphorylation of stavudine; bination of didanosine with stavudine increases the risk thus, this combination should be avoided. Abacavir is not known pregnant women because of the increased risk of metato inhibit or induce cytochrome P450 isozymes. It is approved as part of a multidrug regtomatic children as part of a multidrug regimen. Combination products contain lamivudine Peripheral neuropathy occurs in up to 50% of pawith either zidovudine (Combivir) or zidovudine and tients taking zalcitabine. The use of low-dose lamivudine in tion, hepatotoxicity, rash, and pancreatitis may occur. Dosage adjustment is necessary for individuals common adverse effects include headache, malaise, fawith renal impairment. Cross-resistance to zalTenofovir citabine, didanosine, and abacavir can occur simultaneously. Dosage adjustment is necessary in patients with causes chain termination following its incorporation.
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You should ture regarding the skills of a particular neurotry new treatment methods if you suspect that 318 Some career advice to young neurosurgeons | 9 they might beat the old ones. Quesing various reports on new techniques with tion, argue and discuss your daily routines. Tolexcellent results, be critical and believe your erate di©erent people and innovative thinking, own ¨gures; after all it is you providing the but also stick to your old habits if proven good. When you go to visit neurosurgeons with exFurthermore, don‘t change your methods if you cellent or new skills, you may learn much more are performing well! When traveling, try to adopt all the stated in the following way: Would you feel good things, even the small details. You more active approach towards microsurgery, should travel throughout your career, as a resiintensive care, imaging, rehabilitation and dent, as a young neurosurgeon, and even later changes in mental attitude, we have made sigon as an already experienced specialist you ni¨cant progress as compared to the 1970‘s, are never too old. The annual about learning new things, but remember that number of operations per neurosurgeon has hard work and su©ering is also a part of the clearly increased. Analyze your own cases immediately after the surgery; why did it go so badly, why was it so smooth? You visit di©erent departments, both home and should not be desperate if you don‘t have the abroad. Lectures in congresses give only a simtop facilities, because it is the actual work that pli¨ed picture of the actual level of neurosurcounts the most. Unfortunately, Drake and Peerless, primitive from the present the true results are often worse than those preperspective, could still serve as a testimony of sented. When doing so you get surgical experience and techniques for the upa great chance to learn and to be criticized by coming generations. Make videos and photographs, analyze them, With the constant presence of these observdraw if you can, and discuss the cases with ers you will be forced to perform on a much other neurosurgeons, residents and students. Since 1997, I have been privileged to that you end up doing better and cleaner mihave a large number of excellent international crosurgery. Analyze your cases also in your fellows and visitors, who have taught me often mind in the evenings or even during the sleep319 9 | Some career advice to young neurosurgeons less nights. Perform mental exercises in how to improve your surgery, which moves to omit or to add. Share your experience with others, especially with younger people, and speak openly 9. Being open means Publish your results but don‘t publish everyhonest surgery, and the truth helps always also thing! Do not brag in advance about how (1561-1626) words, cited on the ¨rst page of simple a particular case will be ( …even my Dr. Drake‘s book Every man owes it as a debt mother could do it… ) as in this very same case to his profession to put on record whatever he you may end up having the most surprising and has done that might be of use to others. Drake stated in his book on vertebrobasilar explosion of knowledge we should be very critartery aneurysms: If only we could have back ical about what is published; only high quality again many of those who were lost or badly data with good analysis and proper message. Writing and publishing is hard keep all of our experience in our memory and work, it has to be practiced in the same way as databases, analyze it and use it well. In neurosurgery, everybody is generally busy with his or her clinical work, You should keep track of your own results. Before putting any ideas on the paper, letters, telephone calls, and hospital records one is forced to analyze the problem to the and add this follow-up data to your database. The other adit is only fair to your future patients if you vantage that comes from writing is that one know what the risks are of you performing a becomes also a much better and more critical particular operation. If there is somebody close reader, who is able to distinguish a good pubby who can do it better, let him or her operate lication from a poor one at a glance. Finding on the patient, and meanwhile enhance your the proper balance between writing and actual skills by observing, reading and practicing in a clinical work is one of the most di¬cult tasks laboratory. Discuss and analyze your cases with others, ask for advice to avoid future complications or disasters. Treat the atmosphere in the department should be all your sta© members, such as anesthesioloopen and supportive of good work, and the gists, neuroradiologists and nurses, well. Intheir names, be familiar with their strengths ternal education of young doctors and nurses is and weaknesses, and adjust your surgery to the a must; they will better understand the whole team you have available at that very moment. The sta© has the right to risks and bene¨ts of doing a particular proceknow what happened to patients who expedure at that time as opposed to doing it some rienced complications; otherwise rumors will other day with a better-quali¨ed team. Do it in your own personal way, not other surgical specialists, referring doctors, adin the ways some consultants or books on administrative people, politicians, the society, and ministration tell you to. You will estion of your hardworking colleagues; pay them tablish your reputation based on many factors, well if you can. Good reputasystem of Scandinavian medicine this is seldom tion is hard to build, it takes years and years possible. Many neurosurgeons are passionate of work, but it can be swept away in a short workers by nature, but being paid enough is instant if you drop your standards. But above all, try to be a role hand, with good reputation one can withstand model of a hard working professional who many di¬cult situations and complications as takes justi¨ed pride in his or her own work and long as the level of work is kept at the highest who is continuously trying to improve his or possible level. In order to avoid malpractice charges one of the key points is to be open and honest, and to carry out postoperative controls. I had to go to study elsewhere, so I applied to study medicine in Zürich, Switzerland. I national way, and I saw the value of detailed thought Maybe not famous but good. I still regularly study contain my self-con dence I do know all the book of Topograhical Anatomy by Professor aspects of the di§culties related with working Gian Töndury, even though it is more than 40 in a small country – but also its bene ts. During my studies, I worked for more than two I was born in 1947 in a very small village of years at the Brain Research Institute lead by Niemonen, a part of Kannus in Ostrobothnia, the hard-working Professor Kondrad Akert, Western part of Middle Finland. Not spent 5 years of his youth as a soldier in the only did I see the high level of basic research, Second World War, when Finland was attacked but even more importantly, I learned how to by the former Soviet Union. Furtherteacher and our family settled down in Ruovemore, I also learned some ‚broken‘ English in si, a small beautiful country village 250 kilomthis very international team. Eventually, I realized that basic research was I decided to become a medical doctor back in not for me, and so, after attending the lectures Ruovesi due to the in¹uence of Dr. Einar Filip of Professor Hugo Krayenbühl and Professor Palmén, a general practitioner (1886-1971), M. Gazi Yaşargil, I decided to become a neurowho treated alone all the 10,000 people living surgeon. I was doing also gymnastics, seven years in a foreign country, I became very and my heroes were Boris Shaklin from Soviet much homesick, so that I had to forget my plans Union and Yukio Endo from Japan. Later as a about joining Professor Yaşargil, and moved schoolboy, I went to work in a factory in a small back to Helsinki instead. This was providential, German city called Lünen, and I noted that I as two of my Scandinavian friends could not have very quick and skillful hands. During this manage the demanding training in Zürich clinstay, I also hitchhiked to Austria and Switzerics. At ond interest, cardiac surgery, necessitated ¨rst that time I had no idea how much in¹uence this training in general surgery, and this seemed town would eventually have on me. But one thing I adopted from After I graduated from high school in 1966, I cardiac surgery, a one-hand knot I learned from applied to the Medical Faculty in the Univerthe great cardiac surgeon Professor Åke Sensity of Helsinki but failed. I still use this knot when operturned out to be the best thing that could have ating under the microscope. Psychiatry, a third 323 10 | Life in neurosurgery: How I became me – Juha Hernesniemi Figure 10-1. So eventhese giants I have found also younger hetually, I started my neurosurgical training in roes, and I try very hard to learn and develop Helsinki in 1973 under Professor Henry Troupp. Rosemarie Frick, who runs an experiZürich University, were aware that something mental laboratory for practicing microsurgivery special was happening in neurosurgery, cal techniques in Zürich. Domestic colleagues the rapid development of microsurgery by Prowho have been most in¹uential on my present fessor M. As many neurosurgeons practice in many di©erent ways have been (in in the world, I have been a student of his for alphabetical order) Drs. I was then Neurosurgery is not di©erent from sports or allowed to establish the aneurysm database in arts, where only hard practice gives good reEastern Finland, on which many publications sults. One de¨nitely should devote time to factor for my later appointment as a full prothese studies already when training in neurofessor and chairman in Helsinki in 1997, even surgery. Thereafter, I worked for some earlier in 1980, I had left Helsinki for Kuopio months in Uppsala, Sweden, and then joined because I was not allowed to do enough surProfessor Matti Vapalahti in Kuopio, Finland. At that time my teacher and chairman I had the opportunity to operate on a large Professor Henry Troupp asked me,. In fact, we pioneered early aneurysm surgery in the In 1996, there were only 1632 neurosurgical Nordic Countries. In partment had traditionally to put up with minthe late 80‘s I noticed the lack of my own pubimal resources, and saving money was a virtue Figure 10-4. However, in three We are continuously evaluating our daily work years, after I became the chairman, the number and the fate of our patients. Our main goal is of operations and the budget had doubled (in to serve our society in the best possible way. People in the hospital adminisnurses, technicians and others) now consists of tration, and even in the department found it more than 200 people, the annual budget is 26 hard to believe. The justi¨cation of the quanmillion Euros, and the number of annual operatity and even the quality of treatment were tions is 3200. Consequently, I had to collect ¨gures on Since 1997, the number of publications has inthe activity at other neurosurgical departments creased steadily. Both our own sta© but also in Finland and the neighboring countries, esan increasing number of fellows and visitors pecially Sweden and Estonia. Finland, vestigation by the administration continued with a small population of 5. The long-term follow-up studies of days, we are well supported by our hospital Troupp and others since the Second World War administration and surrounding society as they have thereafter been continued with several clearly see the value of our high quality work. The Helsinki Aneurysm Database is going to be ¨nalized at the end of this year, with more than 9000 patients with cerebral aneurysms treated. On the I had no special administrative training to other hand I also would have liked to read more be a chairman.
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