The role of clinical and computer based decision in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis in the elderly was studied in connection with the Research Committee of the World Organization of Gastroenterology (OMGE) survey of acute abdominal pain. A total of 220 patients over the age of 65 years presenting with acute abdominal pain were included in the study at the Central Hospital of Savonlinna and at the University Hospital of Tampere. Twenty-two preoperative clinical history variables, 14 clinical signs and three tests were evaluated in a single variable and multivariate analysis to find the best combination of predictors of acute appendicitis in the aged. In order to sum up the contributions of independent diagnostic factors, a diagnostic score (DS) was built: DS = 2.81 x (rectal digital tenderness; 1 = yes, 0 = no) + 2.54 x (rigidity; 1 = yes, 0 = no) + 2.06 x (renal tenderness; 1 = no, 0 = yes) + 2.33 x (bowel sounds; 1 = normal, 2 = absent/abnormal) - 8.13. The sensitivity of preoperative clinical decision in detecting acute appendicitis in the aged was 0.79 with a specificity of 0.92, an efficiency of 0.90 and usefulness index (UI) of 0.56. At a cut-off level of -2.78 the DS reached a sensitivity of 0.84 in detecting acute appendicitis with a specificity of 0.87, an efficiency of 0.87 and UI of 0.68. When the patients with a DS value between -2.78 and -0.45 were considered as non-defined (n = 28, follow-up required before the decision to operate), the sensitivity of the computer-aided diagnosis in detecting acute appendicitis in the elderly was 0.77 with a specificity of 0.97, an efficiency of 0.96 and UI of 0.57. In the elderly patients where a leucocyte count was available (n = 157), location of pain, rectal digital tenderness and leucocyte count predicted significantly acute appendicitis. At a cut-off level of -2.62 the DS reached a sensitivity of 0.81 in detecting acute appendicitis with a specificity of 0.92, an efficiency of 0.91 and UI of 0.59. When the patients with a DS value between -2.62 and 0.06 were considered as nondefined (n = 12, follow-up required before the decision to operate), the sensitivity of the computer-aided diagnosis (leucocyte count available) in detecting acute appendicitis in the elderly improved to 0.86 with a specificity of 0.94, an efficiency of 0.93 and UI of 0.69. In our study the diagnostic scoring system for the elderly performed well considering the simple nature of its structure.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)
In this study, we examined the acute effects of submaximal resistance exercise on immunological and hormonal parameters in 7 resistance-trained and 10 non-resistance-trained males. The participants, who were aged 29.5 +/- 7.1 years (mean +/- s), performed submaximal resistance exercise at 75% of their one-repetition maximum. Blood samples were taken before, during, immediately after, and 30, 60 and 120 min after exercise and analysed for leukocyte subpopulations and stress hormones. Total leukocytes, neutrophils and monocytes increased during exercise, reaching their maximum 2 h after exercise. Lymphocytes increased during exercise, T-helper cells returned to resting values after exercise, and natural killer cells and T-suppressor cells decreased below resting values. The CD4/CD8 ratio decreased during exercise but increased during recovery. The resistance-trained participants tended to have lower T-helper cell counts before, during and immediately after exercise and a lower CD4/CD8 ratio during recovery than the non-resistance-trained participants. Plasma cortisol correlated positively with leukocytes during exercise (r = 0.572, P
Acute laryngotracheitis in the rat induced by Sendai virus: the influx of six different types of immunocompetent cells into the laryngeal mucosa differs strongly between the subglottic and the glottic compartment.
OBJECTIVES: Acute laryngotracheitis is a disease in which mainly the subglottic area is infected, whereas adjacent parts of the larynx, especially the narrow glottic fold, remain unaffected. The reason for the difference between these two directly adjacent regions is unknown. Therefore, in the present study the influx of dendritic cells, neutrophils, T and B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, and macrophages into the mucosa of different laryngeal compartments was investigated after Sendai virus infection in the rat. The aims were to study both the influx of immunocompetent cells and the adhesion of the pathogen and to correlate them to the different reactions of the laryngeal areas during pseudocroup. METHODS: Acute laryngotracheitis was induced by intranasal application of Sendai virus in brown Norway rats. This virus is exclusively pneumotropic in rodents and belongs to the parainfluenza virus type 1, the main pathogen of acute laryngotracheitis in children. The numbers of dendritic cells, neutrophils, T and B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, and macrophages were determined in the supraglottic, glottic, subglottic, and tracheal mucosa on days 2, 5, 7, and 14 after virus application. Furthermore, the nucleoprotein of the virus and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) Class II expression were detected immunohistologically on the laryngeal epithelium. RESULTS: All cell subsets entered the laryngeal mucosa during inflammation. The highest influx was detected among dendritic cells subglottically. This was accompanied by a strong virus adhesion and MHC Class II expression on the subglottic epithelium. In contrast, only a few immunocompetent cells entered the adjacent glottic mucosa, and on the glottic epithelium staining for virus nucleoprotein and MHC Class II expression was weak. CONCLUSIONS: The inflammatory response of the laryngeal mucosa shows great regional differences in this animal model during experimental viral infection. The response was characterized by a strong subglottic and a weak glottic reaction. A possible reason for this difference might be region-specific viral adhesion on the epithelium of the laryngeal areas, as well as differences in MHC Class II expression. Thus, these data agree with the clinical observation during acute laryngotracheitis and may explain why the subglottic part of the larynx is affected preferentially during pseudocroup. The molecular mechanisms mediating the different reactions await clarification.
BACKGROUND: Interest has recently been paid to adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, particularly because all reports so far published indicate that these patients have a better outcome when treated with pediatric rather than adult therapeutic protocols. There are different biological subtypes of acute lymphoblastic leukemia with distinct features and prognoses; the distribution of these subtypes is not well known among adolescents. We, therefore, studied acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 25 years in Finland. DESIGN AND METHODS: This population-based study included 225 consecutive patients aged 10-25 years diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia during 1990-2004. One hundred and twenty-eight patients (10-16 years) were treated with pediatric Nordic (NOPHO) protocols, and 97 patients (17-25 years) with Finnish Leukemia Group National protocols. We characterized the biological subtypes, clinical features and outcome of these patients. RESULTS: For the whole cohort, the remission rate was 96%, 5-year event-free survival 62% and overall survival 72%.The 5-year event-free survival was 67% for the pediatric treatment group and 60% for the adult treatment group (p=n.s.). Patients with inferior outcome were those with a white blood cell count >or= 100 x 10(9)/L, the Philadelphia chromosome and MLL. Good prognostic features were TEL-AML1, hyperdiploidy, and pediatric intermediate risk stratification. CONCLUSIONS: Unlike all previous studies, we found that the outcome of adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with pediatric or adult therapeutic protocols was comparable. The success of the adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia therapy emphasizes the benefit of central referral of patients to academic centers and adherence to research protocols.
To compare the characteristics of acute mastoiditis in children in different age groups in order to identify risk groups and risk factors for acute mastoiditis.
Records for all children aged 0-16 years treated for acute mastoiditis during 1993-2007 at 33 Ear, Nose and Throat departments in Sweden were reviewed retrospectively according to defined criteria for acute mastoiditis.
A total of 678 cases fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Acute mastoiditis was most common in children younger than two years of age and this group was characterized by less prior history of other diseases and ear diseases, fewer visits to health care centers and less antibiotic treatment before admission, shorter duration of symptoms before admission, hospitalization for fewer days and lower frequency of complications and mastoidectomies. These children also showed a higher incidence of clinical findings, increased inflammatory markers such as fever and heightened counts of C-reactive protein and white blood cells compared with older children. They also tested positive for significantly more samples of Streptococcus pneumoniae while the older children more often exhibited growth of Streptococcus pyogenes or Pseudomonas aeruginosa or no microbial growth.
The characteristics of pediatric acute mastoiditis differed significantly between age groups. Acute mastoiditis was most common in children younger than two years of age. They showed more rapid progress of symptoms and more distinct signs of acute mastoiditis. This is probably the reason why parents rapidly seek medical care for small children and hospital treatment thus starts earlier in the youngest children, which may in turn explain the excellent outcome. This study showed that younger children have neither more severe acute mastoiditis nor more complications than older ones. The differences between age groups suggest that there are distinctions in the pathophysiology behind the onset and course of acute mastoiditis in younger and older children.
Following allergen exposure, sensitized Brown-Norway rats develop airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and eosinophilic inflammation together with an increase in activated T cells (CD25+) in the airways. We tested the hypothesis that CD4+ T cells are involved directly in the acquisition of AHR. Spleen T cells from animals that were injected intraperitoneally on three consecutive days with ovalbumin/Al(OH)3, showed a dose-dependent proliferative response in vitro to ovalbumin, but not to bovine serum albumin, as measured by [3H]thymidine uptake. For total T-cell transfer, spleen cells obtained from donor rats 4 days after sensitization were depleted of adherent cells by a nylon wool column separation. CD4+ and CD8+ T cells were purified by immunomagnetic beads cell separation. Recipient naive rats were injected intravenously with 50 x 10(6) total T cells, 20 x 10(6) and 5 x 10(6) CD4+ cells, and 5 x 10(6) CD8+ cells, and were exposed to ovalbumin aerosol 24 hr afterwards. After a further 24 hr, airway responsiveness to acetylcholine (ACh) was measured and provocative concentration (PC) values PC100, PC200 and PC300) (the ACh concentration needed to achieve 100, 200 and 300% increase in lung resistance above baseline) were calculated. Airway responsiveness was significantly increased in recipients of sensitized total T cells compared with recipients of cells from saline-injected donor rats (P
Urinary tract infections in 339 children (77 boys and 262 girls) have been followed up. An excretory urography and a urethrocystography were done for all the children. The frequency of functional and anatomical abnormalities is given. The severity grade of UTI was determined according to the classification of Elo and Stenström. Almost all episodes of UTI among boys occurred during the first three years of life and were mostly severe. After the 3rd year of life the occurrence of UTI among the boys was sporadic. Among the girls the severe episodes dominates during the first three years of life, but after that the episodes tended to become milder in character becoming mostly asymptomatic. The peak of asymptomatic episodes among girls was at 10 years of age. After that age the number of episodes dropped abruptly. The classification used, based on the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and on white blood cell count (WBC), has shown to be useful and makes it possible to differentiate between renal (pyelonephritic) episodes and the lower tract episodes.
This study used a longitudinal design to examine age-related changes in a well-defined sample of Swedish people ranging from 86 to 92 years of age at baseline. The longitudinal design encompassed three measurement occasions with 1 year intermeasurement intervals. The results were analyzed by multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA), which is useful for comparing individuals over time. Healthy middle-aged subjects (39 years SD +/- 5.8) served as controls. The proliferative responses to Concanavalin A (Con A), a T-cell mitogen, indicated significant lower levels in responses of the old when the two groups were compared. The MANOVA revealed no significant change in mitogen responses over measurement occasions in the old sample as compared with the young. However, when cell types and lymphocyte subpopulations were examined, significant differences were found between the two age groups in many of these parameters and for some (lymphocyte percentages and numbers, CD3 numbers) the MANOVA indicated significant decreases over the measurement occasions in the very old. The results also consistently indicated significant intraindividual correlations in cell types, lymphocyte subpopulations, and mitogen responses over time.
Airway inflammatory responses to specific inhalation challenges (SICs) with low-molecular-weight (LMW) and high-molecular-weight (HMW) agents have not been studied thoroughly. We assessed the changes in airway inflammatory cells following SIC in sensitized workers, and looked at the influence of various factors on the pattern of inflammatory responses to SIC.
Induced sputum analysis was performed in workers sensitized to LMW (n = 41) or HMW agents (n = 41) after a control day and after a positive SIC. Cell counts were compared with lung function and various clinical parameters.
In the LMW group, eosinophils were increased following late asthmatic responses (median [interquartile range], 0.02 [0.04] × 10(6) cells/g vs 0.30 [0.80] × 10(6) cells/g and 1.0% [3.5] vs 8.9% [8.0], P