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  • Place of therapeutic patient education in chronic hepatitis C treated with direct-acting antivirals

    Objective: Today, with the availability of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), the value of therapeutic patient education (TPE) in chronic hepatitis C needs to be redefined, as these drugs have made treatment simple. The study presented here in sought to define what role TPE plays today in hepatitis C management along with what factors are associated with such programs being used. Methods: We included 786 patients mono-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) who underwent treatment with DAAs. 284 of whom benefited from a TPE program (36.1%). The characteristics of HCV and how it was treated were compared retrospectively between TPE+ and TPE- patients. The TPE program was overseen by a nurse. Results: The following factors were associated with TPE on multivariate analysis: migrant status (OR=3.63, 95%CI: 2.24-5.96, p

  • Digestive manifestations of SARS-COV2 infection in Togo

    Objective: to identify the main digestive manifestations related to SARS-CoV-2 in Togo and to determine their impact on the prognosis of the disease. Patients and method: This was a cross-sectional study with retrospective and prospective collection, with descriptive and analytical aims, conducted from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021 at the national center for the management of infectious diseases of Lome. Patients of both sexes and of any age, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by PCR on nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples and hospitalized at the national center for infectious disease management of Lome were included in this study. Digestive manifestations were divided into gastrointestinal manifestations and hepatobiliary manifestations. The threshold of significance of the tests was retained for a p value less than or equal to 0.05. Results: out of 876 patients hospitalized during the study period, 215 presented with digestive manifestations, corresponding to a prevalence of 24.54%. the predominance was male, with a male/female sex ratio of 1.74. the mean age was 46.07+/-16.14 [02 months – 82 years]. gastrointestinal manifestations were found in 11.98% of cases. abdominal pain was the most frequent digestive symptom (15.35%). hepatobiliary manifestations were represented by cytolysis syndrome (44.19%) and cholestasis syndrome (36.28%). digestive manifestations were associated with renal failure (p=0.03) and thrombocytosis (p


    Background: Acne vulgaris of infants is a well-recognized medical and cosmetic problem as it may cause severe scarring of the face. Hence medical treatment is essentially needed. Objective: To record all patients with infantile acne vulgaris and to do full demographic and clinical evaluation. Patients and methods:This is case series clinical descriptive study with interventional therapeutic trial that included all patients with infantile acne vulgaris that were seen during the period from Jan 2021 – September 2021 years. All demographic and clinical features were recorded. The clinical scoring of acne severity was done as follow:mild when the rash was mainly comedones,moderate mainly papules and pustules and severe mainly nodules and scarring. Any triggering factors were recorded including hormonal changes. Therapy was started by giving topical 2% clindamycin twice a day and oral trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole suspension one teaspoonful twice a day for 1-2 months. Results: This study included 28 patients with infantile acne, with 19(67.86%) males and 9(32.14%) females with male to female ratio;2.1. The age of patients ranged from 1-24 months, with a mean 14.6 ±6.1.The duration of rash was ranged from 4-8 weeks. The commonest sites affected were cheeks in 27(96.4%) cases, followed by forehead in 8 (28.6%), then chin in 6 (23.1%), and nose 6 (23.1%) of the cases. Scoring of severity of acne showed moderate in 13(46.4%), followed by mild in 9 (32.1%), and sever in 6 (21.4%). The response to treatment was complete clearance in 15(53.6%) and partial response in 13(46.4%) of the patients while no adverse effects were observed. Conclusions: Infantile acne is not uncommon disease among infants where medical therapy is essentially needed especially in severe cases as to prevent facial scarring. Early diagnosis and treatment with oral trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole suspension and topical 2% clindamycin lotion is an effective mode of therapy.

  • An investigation comparing primary and secondary substance cravings between mental health and substance use disorder program inpatients

    Background: Mental illness symptoms can trigger substance use cravings, which are strongly associated with relapse. Aim: Our study examines differences in substances craved among adults entering inpatient mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs in 2018. Method: Our sample includes 2,486 adults; 1,686 adults admitted to MH programs and 800 adults admitted to SUD programs. We conducted chi-square tests and Fisher’s exact tests to determine group differences, with a Bonferroni correction to adjust the alpha for multiple tests. Results: We found that patients programmed to SUD services more often reported alcohol (39.99 vs. 49.63%; x2 (1, N = 2,488) =20.56, p


    Background: The emergence of acne scars due to skin damage in the acne healing process and causes psychological effects. The management of acne scars can be done in several methods. Microneedling is a very simple, safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapeutic technique compared to other therapeutic modalities in acne scars. The resulting wound is micro-sized, and promotes the growth of growth factors and collagen production. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of using microneedling as an acne scar treatment option. A systematic review and meta-analysis were qualitatively and quantitatively conducted from RCTs, assessing the effectiveness of microneedling in reducing the severity of acne scars according to Goodman and Baron in the treatment of acne scars. Methods: Medline Pubmed, PMC, Scopus, Google Scholar, and JDC library, eligible search. Ten studies (n=514) were analyzed qualitatively with 2 studies (n=53 subjects) and quantitatively analyzed by 2 studies (n=90 subjects). Both analyzes were included in the meta-analysis. The mean age of the participants was 40.5 years. The application of microneedling intervention as monotherapy or a combination in patients with acne scarring was followed for at least 16 weeks, the results obtained were the mean reduction in the degree of acne scarring after microneedling. Result: The combination of microneedling treatment obtained a qualitative decrease in the degree of acne scars according to Goodman and Baron with a Z value (-4.299) and P=


    Objectives: To determine the ability of handgrip strength combined with body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) to estimate body fat percentage (BF%) in middle-aged and older Asian adults. Methods: Middle-aged and older Asian adults (n=459, males=197) were randomly divided into a validation and model development group (n=303) and cross-validation group (n=156). A whole-body scan using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry measured BF%. Bland-Altman plots, standard error of the estimates, total errors and mean absolute errors were used to compare prediction equations. Stepwise regression analysis was used to determine a new prediction equation for middle-aged and older Asian adults. Right and left handgrip strength, age, sex and BMI were included in the analysis. Results: A previously developed prediction equation that included handgrip strength poorly predicted BF% in our current sample with the mean difference being -6.0 ± 4.2%. Predicted BF% values were significantly lower than measured BF% values (22.7% vs. 28.7%, p

  • Amyand’s Hernia: A Challenging Diagnosis

    Background: Hernia repair surgery is a procedure frequently performed today, both in elective or outpatient settings as in an emergency context. Hernia is defined as a condition in which part of an organ or its fascia protruded through the wall of the cavity containing it. Quite often in the emergency department incarcerated hernias are found, and in most cases, the content of the hernia sac is the omentum or small intestine. In very rare instances, the appendix can be found inside the hernia sac. When the appendix is found in the hernia sac it is called an “Amyand Hernia”, regardless if it is inflamed or not, with the incidence of appendicitis in an inguinal hernia being 0.07-0.13%. Preoperative diagnosis of an Amyand hernia is a clinical and often a Radiological challenge, being in many cases misdiagnosed as an incarcerated inguinal hernia. Usually, the diagnosis of Amyand’s hernia is an incidental finding during surgical repair of an inguinal hernia. There is still no real consensus on the ideal surgical treatment approach for this pathology. Clinical Case: A 72-year-old man, with a known reducible right inguinal hernia awaiting surgical repair presented to the Emergency Department with acute abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and a painful right groin mass. He was diagnosed with an incarcerated right inguinal hernia and taken to the operating room for emergency surgery. An open approach was performed with a transverse right inguinal incision and the inflamed appendix was identified inside the inguinal sac. The patient was submitted to an appendectomy and subsequently, using the Bassini technique, had the incarcerated inguinal hernia corrected. Conclusion: Preoperative clinical and imaging diagnosis of amyand´s hernia is rare and difficult. More prospective studies should be carried out in order to standardize the treatment of this pathology. The diagnosis of Amyand´s hernia should be in…

  • Laparoscopic Ventral Rectopexy for the treatment for Solitary rectal ulcer- a good choice?

    Solitary rectal ulcer syndrome (SRUS) is an uncommon benign disease characterized by a combination of symptoms, clinical and histological findings, where men and women are affected equally, with a small predominance in women. Various treatment strategies have been advocated, ranging from conservative management to a variety of surgical procedures. Can laparoscopic ventral rectopexy be a good alternative for patients who do not respond to conservative treatment? Given the rarity of this pathology, we chose to present the case.


    The first report of patients with the SARS-CoV-2 was in Wuhan on December 2019. In few months the virus was disseminated around the world and has caused millions of deaths. A striking and recurrent finding was the more severe disease and increased numbers of fatal cases in old adults. Vaccines were developed in a record period of time and since then a massive program of vaccination has been installed in several countries. Nevertheless, the decrease in the levels of specific antibody after six months of the first dose in young adults and the reports of fatal cases in vaccinated older patients have suggested that a 3rd dose of vaccine is required. From the first report until now it has been clear that the immune system plays an important role in the disease development and patient outcome. Our group showed recently that healthy old individuals present changes in the immune system that have been reported as immunosenescence and inflammageing. Therefore, our aim was to correlate the findings obtained in healthy old adults with cases of COVID-19 from literature in order to identify possible common factors. The further understanding of how the changes occurring in the immune system during the ageing process can affect the response to SARS-CoV-2 virus could contribute for the development of vaccines or more specific therapies to the aged population.

  • Telomere Length in Cystic Fibrosis Patients – Are Patients with CF Ageing Too Quickly?

    Life expectancy for patients living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is increasing year on year and there is growing interest in the ageing process in CF. Telomeres are repetitive sequences of DNA that cap the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes and shorten with ongoing cell division, thus providing a marker of replicative history and biological ageing. We aimed to investigate whether telomere length as a function of age differs between patients with CF and healthy individuals and whether telomere length is associated with severity of the patient’s CF condition. Peripheral blood samples and demographic data were collected from 47 consenting patients (age 1 to 57 years) with CF attending their routine annual review appointment at the All Wales Adult CF Centre and Noah’s Ark Children’s’ Hospital in Cardiff, UK. Telomere length profiles were assessed from peripheral blood samples, using the high resolution single telomere length analysis technique (STELA) and compared to healthy control telomere length data. Patients with CF had significantly shorter telomere lengths than healthy individuals, when adjusting for age (p