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[en] AIMS: Consultant radiologists appear to be at greater risk of burnout than consultants working in other specialties. The aim of this study was to examine sources of stress and satisfaction at work for radiologists and hospital consultants in other specialties in order to try to understand this difference. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A postal questionnaire survey of psychiatric morbidity (12-item General Health Questionnaire), burnout (Maslach Burnout Inventory) and sources of job stress and satisfaction (study-specific questionnaires) was carried out among a random sample of 882 hospital consultants working in radiology and three other specialties (surgery, gastroenterology and oncology). RESULTS: The most stressful aspect of work for radiologists was work overload. Inadequacies in current staffing and facilities and concerns about funding were also major sources of stress, as were impositions made on radiologists by other clinicians. The most important sources of satisfaction for radiologists were their relationships with patients and being perceived to do their job well by colleagues. Importantly, radiologists reported less satisfaction than the other specialists from many of the aspects of work measured. A greater proportion of radiologists than other specialists felt insufficiently trained in communication skills [80% (n = 168) vs 47% (n = 310);P < 0.001] and management skills [84% (n = 179) vs 76% (n = 506);P < 0.05]. CONCLUSION: These data highlight aspects of radiologists' work which need to be tackled in order to reduce their stress and increase their satisfaction, and thereby their risk of burnout. Graham, J. (2000)
[en] Pheochromocytomas are uncommon tumors arising from the adrenal gland, which have potential for aggressive local spread. The diagnosis is extremely challenging, particularly when classical endocrine signs are absent. This paper presents two canine cases of pheochromocytoma in the vertebral canal and illustrates the potential for detection of the tumor by abdominal ultrasonography
[en] Progesterone is an essential regulator of normal female reproductive function. Its effects are mediated by two nuclear progesterone receptor (PR) proteins, PRA and PRB, which are identical except for an additional 164 amino acids at the N-terminal end of PRB. Transcriptional analyses of the two receptor forms have assigned strikingly distinct functional signatures to the two PRs, despite their apparent physical similarity. The basis of these differences is yet to be fully understood. Furthermore, these differences are strongly influenced by the cell type and the promoter used. We review the mammalian transcriptional studies of PRA and PRB, and compare them with what is known about their expression and function in target tissues
[en] Popliteal venous aneurysm is a rare cause of recurrent pulmonary embolism, although the true incidence of aneurysm is probably underestimated. One-third of patients suffer further embolic events despite therapeutic anticoagulation. We report the case of a 59-year-old male who presented with recurrent PEs over a period of 12 years despite anticoagulation therapy. A thrombophilia screen and abdominal ultrasound were normal at that time. He reattended with recurrent pulmonary emboli, left calf swelling, and a mass in his left popliteal fossa causing limitation of knee movement. Venous duplex and MRI of his popliteal fossa demonstrated a thrombosed true popliteal venous aneurysm with popliteal and superficial femoral vein occlusion. In view of the mass effect we proceeded to surgical excision of his aneurysm after prophylactic placement of an IVC filter. The patient regained normal knee function with intensive inpatient physiotherapy. He has been recommenced on lifelong anticoagulant. The presentation, investigation, and management of the condition are briefly discussed. We suggest that a bilateral lower limb duplex is performed to exclude venous aneurysm in all patients presenting with pulmonary embolism in which an underlying source cannot otherwise be identified and no thrombophilic tendency is detected.
[en] The Amplatzer vascular plug (AVP) is derived from the Amplatzer device used in correction of cardiac septal defects. We present a large series of the use of the AVP in the endovascular management of aneurysms. Three patients with a combination of aortic and peripheral aneurysms underwent embolisation with the AVP. Plugs with 10-16 mm diameter were used and delivered using introducer/guiding sheaths. A total of 16 internal iliac arteries, 2 common iliac arteries (CIA), 4 subclavian (SCA) arteries, 1 superior mesenteric (SMA) and 1 popliteal artery were embolised. Successful occlusion with the AVP was achieved in 21 out of 24 vessels (87.5%), of which 18 (75%) occluded immediately and 3 (12.5%) were delayed occlusions. The three patients who are considered to have failed to occlude with the AVP required the use of additional embolic agents. At the end of the 17-month follow-up all 24 target vessels had occluded. Two patients developed persistent buttock claudication, and one had a left hemiparesis. The AVP is useful as an adjunctive device in the management of aneurysms. It has a particular role in embolisation of large-diameter vessels with a short implantation zone. The device is safe and easy to use. (orig.)
[en] Carotid stump syndrome is one of the recognised causes of recurrent ipsilateral cerebrovascular events after occlusion of the internal carotid artery. It is believed that microemboli arising from the stump of the occluded internal carotid artery or the ipsilateral external carotid artery can pass into the middle cerebral artery circulation as a result of patent external carotid–internal carotid anastomotic channels. Different pathophysiologic causes of this syndrome and endovascular options for treatment are discussed.
[en] Tarsal coalitions are relatively rare diagnoses affecting adolescent patients that typically present with progressive foot pain. Cubed-navicula r coalition, a type of tarsal coalition, is extremely rare with less than 10 reported cases to date. Most prevailing theories reported have described this specific type of coalition as asymptomatic except at specific moments of stress and exercise. The purpose in presenting this case is to demonstrate that cubed-navicula r coalition can be associated with chronic unremitting pain, as in our patient. We present a case of cubed-navicula r fibrocartilaginous coalition in an adolescent patient presenting with chronic foot pain. Furthermore, from an imaging standpoint, radiographic findings are often subtle and radiologists cannot rely on indirect signs such as talar beak in clinching the diagnosis of cubed-navicula r coalition. Instead, abnormal articulation between the cubed and navicula r must be sought
[en] A significant proportion of patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma eventually fail after initial responses to chemotherapy. Further treatment with chemotherapy consisting of either the same combination or second-line regimens has been ineffective in producing durable responses. Thus, between June 1983 and June 1987, thirty patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma who failed one or more chemotherapeutic regimens were treated with whole-abdominopelvic-cavity radiation therapy. Prior to the radiation the amount of residual disease after debulking was noted to be microscopic in 16 patients and macroscopic in 14 patients. Radiation was delivered with an open-field technique that extended from the domes of the diaphragm to the obturator foramina. Doses of 2500 cGy were planned to the whole abdomen, with a boost of another 2500 cGy to the pelvic and or paraaortic nodes when indicated. Higher doses were delivered to the areas of gross disease in the pelvis. Only 2 patients were unable to complete the planned therapy. Another 26% of the patients required interruption of the therapy secondary to hematologic toxicity but eventually completed the treatment. With an overall median follow-up of 14 months, 56% of the patients remain alive. Two-year actuarial survival and recurrence-free survival rates are 47 and 32%, respectively. The survival and recurrence-free survival rates for the group with microscopic residual disease--61 and 33%, respectively--are better than those for the patients with macroscopic residual disease--36 and 18%. The abdominopelvic cavity was the first site of failure in all but one of the 17 patients who have failed. In spite of the higher doses, pelvic failure alone or as a component occurred in 54% of the patients. Small bowel obstruction necessitating surgical intervention as a complication of therapy was seen in 13% of the patients
[en] We compared the use of manual compression and Angio-Seal and Starclose arterial closure devices to achieve hemostasis following common femoral artery (CFA) punctures in order to evaluate safety and efficacy. A prospective nonrandomized, single-center study was carried out on all patients undergoing CFA punctures over 1 year. Hemostasis was achieved using manual compression in 108 cases, Angio-Seal in 167 cases, and Starclose in 151 cases. Device-failure rates were low and not significantly different in the two groups (manual compression and closure devices; p = 0.8). There were significantly more Starclose (11.9%) patients compared to Angio-Seal (2.4%), with successful initial deployment subsequently requiring additional manual compression to achieve hemostasis (p < 0.0001). A significant number of very thin patients failed to achieve hemostasis (p = 0.014). Major complications were seen in 2.9% of Angio-Seal, 1.9% of Starclose, and 3.7% of manual compression patients, with no significant difference demonstrated; 4.7% of the major complications were seen in female patients compared to 1.3% in males (p = 0.0415). All three methods showed comparable safety and efficacy. Very thin patients are more likely to have failed hemostasis with the Starclose device, although this did not translate into an increased complication rate. There is a significant increased risk of major puncture-site complications in women with peripheral vascular disease