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Alcohol withdrawal

One of the most dramatic causes of acute and transient sympathetic activation in hypertension seen in ordinary clinical practice is severe alcohol withdrawal. In the most severely affected patients, fivefold elevations of plasma norepinephrine are by no means rare. Such patients typically have tachycardia and sometimes arrhythmias in association with these dramatic blood pressure elevations. In some cases, sympathetic excitation is a first stage in what later becomes delirium tremens. When these patients are treated with GABA-ergic or related agents, such as benzodiazepines, the blood pressure often declines toward normal, though high doses of benzodiazepines may be required.

Social history SH Tabic

The same principles of nests and layers in the selection of the appropriate questions to ask apply. For example, if an elderly patient presents with dementia or a fractured hip, the sexual orientation will be irrelevant and illicit drug misuse (although not alcohol abuse) so unlikely that any inquiries may cause upset and antagonism. However, inquiries about with whom the patienl lives, whether there is additional help at home, and whether the house is on Lhe ground floor or at the top of a tenement building may be crucial.

Economic Growth and Modernization

In many populations undergoing rapid modernization and economic growth, high levels of obesity are associated with high rates of NIDDM, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and CVD as well as alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking. This has been de-scibed as the 'New World syndrome' and is responsible for the disproportionately high rates of mortality in developing nations and among the dis-advantaged ethnic minority groups in developed countries.

Noninflammatory conditions

Avascular necrosis of bone (also called osteonecrosis) is associated with monarticular pain and decreased range of motion in hips, knees, or shoulders resulting from ischemic necrosis of bone and the underlying bone marrow. While half of patients have no obvious cause, this condition is associated with steroid use, systemic lupus erythematosus (with or without a history of corticosteroid therapy), alcoholism, hemoglobinopathies, and Gaucher's disease.

Importance Of Prevention Of Coronary Heart Disease In Childhood

Children should be educated about health matters by example at home and in school. This means that parents can do a lot to guide and educate their children. If parents smoke, drink too much alcohol or have a bad diet, their children are likely to inherit these habits and thus have a higher risk of getting coronary heart disease at a needlessly young age.

Bromide Treatment In Epilepsy

Although my work, to date, with this simplified tcchnic has not been extensive (fifty cases), I feel justified in setting rough standards as to the safety limits of bromide content in the blood serum. I feel that it is not wise to exceed a limit of 125 mg. of sodium bromide per hundred cubic centimeters of serum for the average patient. It seems likely that the bromide tolerance of patients suffering from anemia, malnutrition, cardiorenal disease, and possibly also alcoholism and drug addiction, is lower, and therefore this arbitrary standard may be a little high in these particular cases. On the other hand, in some epileptic patients it is well known that certain factors tend to increase the frequency of convulsions (such as menstruation, unavoidable periods of overwork and excitements, or dietary alterations of salt balance), and under these circumstances it will probably be wise to allow this level of blood bromides to be exceeded. When the blood bromides increase beyond 150 mg....

Adverse Reactions

Acetaminophen causes few adverse reactions when used as directed on the label or recommended by the primary health care provider. Adverse reactions associated with the use of acetaminophen usually occur with chronic use or when the recommended dosage is exceeded. Adverse reactions to acetaminophen include skin eruptions, urticaria (hives), hemolytic anemia, pancytopenia (a reduction in all cellular components of the blood), hypoglycemia, jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin), hepatotoxicity (damage to the liver), and hepatic failure (seen in chronic alcoholics taking the drug). Acute acetaminophen poisoning or toxicity can occur after a single 10- to 15-g dose of acetaminophen. Dosages of 20 to 25 g may be fatal. With excessive dosages the liver cells necrose or die. Death can occur due to liver failure. The risk of liver failure increases in patients who are chronic alcoholics.

Contraindications Precautions And Interactions

Hepatotoxicity has occurred in chronic alcoholics after therapeutic dosages. The individual taking acetaminophen should avoid alcohol if taking more than an occasional dose of acetaminophen and avoid taking acetaminophen concurrently with the salicylates or the NSAIDs. Acetaminophen is classified as Pregnancy Category B and is used cautiously during pregnancy and lactation. If an analgesic is necessary, it appears safe for short-term use. The drug is used cautiously in patients with severe or recurrent pain or high or continued fever because this may indicate a serious illness that is untreated. If pain persists for more than 5 days or if redness or swelling is present, the primary health care provider should be consulted.

Burst And Compression Fractures

Lumbar Comminuted With Retropulsion

Osteoporotic compression fractures are seen in patients with a diminished bone mass, commonly found in the elderly (primary osteoporosis). Other common causes of generalized osteoporosis (secondary osteoporosis) include alcoholism, smoking, poor nutrition, drugs, and hormonal and congenital disorders. Pathologic compression fractures are fractures secondary to weakened bone due to neoplastic infiltration with primary or secondary malignancies. Most of these fractures are the manifestation of metastatic disease. MRI has proven helpful in the differentiation between benign and pathologic compression fractures. Chronic benign osteoporotic compression deformities are characterized by isointense marrow signal relative to marrow of normal vertebrae on all pulse sequences. Acute, subacute, and pathologic compression deformities show similar signal characteristics on MRI, with decreased T1 signal and increased T2 signal relative to normal bone marrow. Nonspecific findings have been

Communityacquired Pneumonia

Approximately 2-3 million cases of CAP occur each year in the United States with 25-30 of these requiring hospitalization (1). CAP is the sixth leading cause of death, accounting for approximately 45,000 deaths annually. The adjusted and unadjusted mortality rates have increased over the past few decades, owing in part to the increasing proportion of the population over the age of 65 and the fact that more of the population has other underlying medical conditions. The average mortality rate for CAP is 14 overall with the mortality rate among nonhospitalized patients being

Preoperative Evaluation

The preoperative evaluation determines the type of anesthetic procedure to be used as well as the need for any drug for pain relief after the treatment. Simple procedures rarely require the use of adjunctive agents, except in very anxious patients. Be aware that a medical history must be taken and a physical examination performed prior to the use of any medication (Snow 1982). Preexisting medical conditions such as hypertension and heart diseases may influence the use of anesthetics in combination with epineph-rine. A history of alcohol consumption, use of sedatives, and problems with anesthetics dur-

Hypoglycemia Associated With Insulin Therapy

Hypoglycemia can be the result of too much insulin, too little food (i.e., skipped or delayed meals and snacks), alcohol intake, or exercise. It can often be prevented by monitoring blood glucose levels, taking insulin and oral medications as prescribed, following a meal plan, limiting alcohol intake, and planning extra snacks if needed to cover the hypoglycemic effects of exercise. The symptoms of hypoglycemia include hunger, headache, irritability, confusion, lethargy, and, in severe cases, seizure or loss of consciousness. Patients treated with insulin or oral hypoglycemic medications should know how to recognize and promptly treat hypoglycemic reactions.


These drugs are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to the sedatives or hypnotics. The nurse should not administer these drugs to comatose patients, those with severe respiratory problems, those with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, or to pregnant or lactat-ing women. The barbiturates (eg, amobarbital, butabar-bital, secobarbital) are classified as Pregnancy Category D drugs. Most miscellaneous sedatives and hypnotics (eg, zolpidem, chloral hydrate, zaleplon) are Pregnancy Category C drugs. Some benzodiazepines (eg, estazolam, quazepam, temazepam, triazolam) are classified as Pregnancy Category X drugs and can cause damage to the developing fetus if administered during pregnancy.

Relationship Between Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Trowell and Burkitt's studies of epidemiological changes in modernizing societies showed that obesity is the first of the 'diseases of civilization' to emerge in the longitudinal picture (78). As such obesity is clearly the earliest target for intervention to halt a wide range of non-communicable diseases of modern and modernizing societies. Gracey has termed this defined cluster of diseases the New World syndrome (79), and has included within its sphere obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dys-lipidemia, and cardiovascular disease (also termed the metabolic syndrome X (80)) (with the addition of cigarette smoking and alcohol abuse).

Summary Drug Table Antianxiety Drugs

Anxiety disorders, short-term relief of anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal Anxiety disorders, short-term relief of anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal Anxiety disorders, short-term relief of anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal, anticonvulsant, preoperative muscle relaxant Anxiety disorders, short-term relief of anxiety Anxiety 5-25 mg PO 3 or 4 times d, 50-100 mg IM, IV, then 25-50 mg IM, IV 3 or 4 times d acute alcohol withdrawal up to 300 mg d PO in divided doses, 50-100 mg IM, IV may repeat in 2-4h 7.5-60 mg PO in divided doses (average dose, 7.5 mg PO TID)

Preadministration Assessment

In addition, if possible, the nurse obtains a history of any past drug or alcohol abuse. Individuals with a history of previous abuse are more likely to abuse other drugs, such as the antianxiety drugs. Some patients, such as those with mild anxiety or depression, do not necessarily require inpatient care. These patients are usually seen at periodic intervals in the primary health care provider's office or in a psychiatric outpatient setting. The preadministration assessments of the outpatient are the same as those for the hospitalized patient.

Critical Thinking Exercises

Brown comes to the mental health clinic for a follow-up visit. She is taking lithium to control a bipolar disorder. Ms. Brown tells you that she is concerned because her hands are always shaking and sometimes I walk like I have been drinking alcohol. Explain how you would explore this problem with Ms. Brown.

Changes in Acid Production May Help Protect Blood pH

This scenario is especially important when the endogenous production of these acids is high, as occurs during strenuous exercise or other conditions of circulatory inadequacy (lactic acidosis) or during ketosis as a result of uncontrolled diabetes, starvation, or alcoholism. These effects of pH on endogenous acid production result from changes in enzyme

Clinical presentation

Important predisposing factors of an acute gouty attack include diuretic use, recent surgery, alcohol abuse, chronic renal disease, rapid weight reduction, and infection. A positive family history of gout is helpful in supporting a diagnosis of primary gout. In patients taking cyclosporine, an especially rapidly progressing form of gout can develop, often with tophi.

Reducing blood pressure through lifestyle changes

Therapeutic lifestyle changes focusing on weight reduction, exercise, and healthy eating (restricted sodium intake, the dietary approaches to stop hypertension DASH eating plan, and moderate alcohol consumption) is the foundation of hypertension management in persons with metabolic syndrome (Table 3) (16). Individuals should also be counseled to stop smoking to reduce their overall CVD risk. A realistic weight loss target is 10 of initial weight over 6 mo. Losing 22 lbs (10 kg) reduces SSP by 5-20 mmHg in a large proportion of overweight individuals (16).

Operational Measures of Exposure

For example, we may be interested in total ethanol intake over a lifetime in relation to cardiovascular disease endpoints, such as angina or myocardial infarction. Obviously, we will not have installed an alcohol meter at birth or directly observed alcohol intake over a lifetime. We may instead have self-report of typical weekly ingestion of beer, wine, and liquor averaged over adulthood, or intake of those beverages for specific periods of life, and use that information to construct a quantitative estimate of lifetime exposure. There is an abundance of opportunities for this operational measure to deviate from the ideal exposure measure, including inaccurate recall and intentional deception. Also there may be error even if the self-report is perfect in that there is likely to be variability in alcohol consumption over time and variable alcohol content of beverages. The etiologic process may require consideration of the amount of alcohol consumed on each occasion or drinking at...

Acute and Chronic Complications

The major acute complications of diabetes occuring in children are hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Hypoglycemia is caused by too little food, delayed or missed meals and snacks, increased exercise, excessive insulin, or alcohol intake without food. Hyperglycemia is caused by increased food intake, inadequate insulin dose, or a decrease in usual exercise. Diabetic ketoacidosis results from an absolute lack of insulin and the build-up of ketoacids in the blood.

Hcv As A Hepatocarcinogen

Evidence for a causal role for HCV, a single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the Flaviviridae, in HCC is more recent but almost equally compelling. In common with HBV infection, the importance of chronic HCV infection as a risk factor for the tumor differs between developed and developing countries (74,75). In the former, whatever the incidence of HCC, HCV is a more important causal association of the tumor than is HBV, and in Japan, Italy, and Spain the virus accounts for as much as 80 of HCCs (74,75). For patients in these countries who have been referred to a hepatology clinic with chronic HCV infection, the annual risk of developing HCC ranges from 1.0 to 8.9 , with the risk being greater both in countries with higher incidences of the tumor and in patients with cirrhosis than in those with chronic hepatitis. Persistent HCV infection and alcohol abuse often (and chronic HBV infection and alcohol abuse less often) coexist as causal associations of HCC in developed countries...

Mechanisms Of Postcessation Weight Gain

Simultaneously examining the influence of all three energy balance variables would be helpful in understanding the relative contribution of each component. However, to date, only five prospective studies have examined the influence of smoking cessation on all three components of energy balance. Four of these studies utilized relatively short follow-up periods (14 to 60 days). Vander Weg et al. (73) examined changes in energy balance in 95 male and female smokers during 2 weeks of abstinence from smoking. Energy intake increased significantly following cessation (344 kcal day). There were no changes, however, in REE or physical activity. Stamford et al. (49) examined changes in body weight and energy balance in 13 women following 48 days of abstinence from smoking. There were no changes in either physical activity or REE. Energy intake, however, did increase by an average of 227 kilocalories day. Perkins et al. (41) investigated changes in energy balance in seven female smokers over a...

Environmental Factors Influencing The Hpa Axis

Traits of anxiety and depression have a predictive association with visceral obesity in both men and women (55,56). Furthermore, alcohol consumption and smoking are common among subjects with elevated WHR (51,52). In addition, we have recently identified a number of psychosocial and socioeconomic handicaps in this condition (51,52). The most prominent factors are divorce, solitude, poor economy and low education, unemployment, and problems at work when employed. Interestingly, socioeconomic inequality and low educational have

Occupational Effects on Testicular Function General Aspects

There have been numerous published studies that have retrospectively surveyed the occupations of men attending infertility clinics and or compared occupations of fertile and infertile groups. There is some consensus in showing, for example, that farmers agricultural workers or lorry drivers, painters, or welders may be overrepresented in infertile men (15,16), but overall, the findings of such studies are inconsistent and have failed to identify common occupational causes of male infertility. Occupation is only one of a range of factors that may cause male infertility, and, therefore, searching for such factors in patients at the infertility clinic may not be the most sensitive approach. However, alternative approaches, such as direct investigation of particular working groups, also have various problems (12). Low participation rates are common and may be biased toward those who have experienced, or suspect, a fertility problem (17). These make interpretation of any findings...

Treatment Of Sleep Apnoea And Snoring

Some studies have suggested that reduction of smoking and alcohol consumption will lead to reduced self-reported snoring and reverse mild sleep apnoea (89). Sleep deprivation may reduce upper airway tone and chemosensitivity and should be avoided. Drugs such as benzodiazepines or opiates should be avoided at bedtime, particularly in patients with severe OSA or OHS.

Restrict Inference to Disease Outcome That Can Be Ascertained Accurately

*Adjusted for age (continuous), energy intake (continuous), fat intake (continuous), body mass index (continuous), smoking status (never, current, former), alcohol status (non-drinker, former drinker, current drinkers consuming 1 drink week), nonsteroidal antiinflammatory use (yes, no), multivitamin use (yes, no), and hormone replacement therapy use (yes, no in women only). OR, odds ratio CI, confidence interval. Smith-Warner et al., 2002. *Adjusted for age (continuous), energy intake (continuous), fat intake (continuous), body mass index (continuous), smoking status (never, current, former), alcohol status (non-drinker, former drinker, current drinkers consuming 1 drink week), nonsteroidal antiinflammatory use (yes, no), multivitamin use (yes, no), and hormone replacement therapy use (yes, no in women only). OR, odds ratio CI, confidence interval. Smith-Warner et al., 2002.

Risks Of Death From Hypoglycaemia

The risk factors that are commonly cited as increasing the risk of death from hypoglycaemia are often anecdotal, and may owe more to the prejudices of individual clinicians than to scientific evidence. Those suggested are detailed in Box 12.1 and include alcohol abuse and or inebriation (Arky et al., 1968 Kalimo and Olsson, 1980 Critchley et al., 1984 MacCuish, 1993), psychiatric illness or personality disorder (Shenfield et al., 1980 Tunbridge, 1981), self-neglect (Tunbridge, 1981), resistance to education (Shenfield et al., 1980), hypopituitarism following pituitary ablation therapy for proliferative retinopathy (Nabarro et al., 1979 Shenfield et al., 1980), and patients who have diabetes secondary to pancreatic disease (MacCuish, 1993). Alcoholism and or inebriation Another study from Norway of patients under the age of 40, identified 240 deaths from all causes and 16 cases that fulfilled the criteria of 'dead in bed syndrome' (Thordarson and Sovik, 1995). This represented 6.7 of...

Vibrio metschnikovii

The first significant clinical isolate was described in 1981 (80). It was isolated from a positive blood culture of an 82-year-old woman who had peritonitis and an inflamed gall bladder. Since the patient did not have a history of recent travel or of having eaten shellfish or crabs, the source of the pathogen could not be identified. The pathogen was also isolated from a blood culture of a 70-year-old patient who had liver cirrhosis, renal insufficiency, and diabetes (81). The patient did not have a history of recent travel or of having consumed seafood and died 5 days after admission. Blood culture of an 82-year-old lady who had septicemia, respiratory problems, and infected leg lesions yielded V. metschnikovii (81). Swab samples of the leg lesion revealed mixed flora that included V. metschnikovii. Another case of mixed bacteremia in an 83-year-old female who developed high fever, chills, and malaise after being admitted to a hospital for a suspected heart attack was reported by...

Liver Transplants Treat Congenital Defects and Damage from Viral or Chemical Agents

The liver is a large organ that performs a number of functions related to clearance and detoxification of chemical and biological substances. Liver malfunction can be caused by damage to the organ from viral diseases such as hepatitis or by exposure to harmful chemicals, as in chronic alcoholism. Damage to the liver may correct itself and the damaged tissue can regenerate after the causative injurious agent is cleared. If the liver tissue does not regenerate, damage may be fatal. The majority of liver transplants are used as a therapy for congenital abnormalities of the liver. Because the liver is large and has a complicated circulation, re-implantation of the liver initially posed a technical problem. Techniques have been developed to overcome this major surgical challenge, and the recent one-year survival rate has risen to approximately 65 . In 2000, 4816 livers were transplanted in the United States. Increasingly, a liver from a single donor may be split and given to two recipients...

Altered States Of Consciousness External Influences

A casual alcoholic drink with friends at an evening party constitutes drug use but is unlikely to result in drug abuse. Repeated binge drinking that impairs health, jeopardizes others (for example, driving while intoxicated), or impairs normal functioning on the job would be classified as drug abuse. Interestingly, some forms of abuse may not be readily recognized Many people abuse the intake of caffeine, drinking coffee or soft drinks to the extent that failure to have the beverages causes various forms of impairment.

Review Activities

Fetal alcohol syndrome, produced by excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy, affects different aspects of embryonic development. Two brain regions known to be particularly damaged in this syndrome are the corpus callosum and the basal nuclei. Speculate on what effects damage to these areas may produce.

Correlation between osteoporosis age and sex for hip fractures

Two main kinds must be distinguished the primary and the secondary (accompanying other diseases) osteoporosis. The primary kind predominates in hip fractures of elderly patients. It can be subdivided into two types type I is the post-menopausal osteoporosis and type II the senile osteoporosis (Riggs and Melton, 1992 Demster and Lindsay, 1993). Different risk factors play an eminent role in the development of osteoporosis. They may aggravate an existing osteoporosis or they themselves may induce bone loss as in alcoholics, after a prolonged immobilization in a cast or in a fixateur externe (Lindsay, 1993 Szucs, 1995).

Mesolimbic Dopamine System

Twins separated at birth and reared in different environments, and other studies involving the use of rats, have implicated the gene that codes for one subtype of dopamine receptor (designated D2) in alcoholism. Other addictive drugs, including cocaine, morphine, and amphetamines, are also known to activate dopaminergic pathways.

Patterns of Substance Abuse Among Persons With Schizophrenia

Phrenia, and then prospectively interviewed and followed another sample of 115 first-episode patients representing 86 of consecutive admissions for admissions in the local area (Buhler et al. 2002). The investigators found that 62 of those with drug abuse and 51 with alcohol abuse began their habit before any signs of the illness were manifest, including prodromal nonpsychotic symptoms. Significantly, there was no correlation found between onset of abuse and onset of psychotic symptoms, although it was noted that the onset of abuse and the psychotic disorder occurred in the same month in 18.2 who abused alcohol and 34.6 who used drugs, implying that there may be a subset of schizophrenia patients whose development of psychotic symptoms were speeded or precipitated by substance use, particularly cannabis use. These data from the combined pools of first-episode patients are similar to those reported for the original group of 232 first-episode patients analyzed separately (Hambrecht and...

Measures Of Subclinical Atherosclerosis

Testosterone Levels

Men with bioavailable testosterone levels in the lowest tertile (7.5 nmol L). Additional adjustments for body mass (or central adiposity), blood pressure, total and HDL cholesterol levels, diabetes (or postload insulin), history of smoking, and alcohol intake did not appreciably alter these results. Men with total and bioavailable testosterone levels in the lowest tertile were also significantly more likely to experience progression of aortic atherosclerosis compared with men with higher testosterone levels (see Fig. 2). These findings raise the possibility that relatively low total, particularly bioavailable, testosterone may be related to the development or progression of atherosclerosis in men independent of established risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Additional longitudinal studies are needed to confirm the relationship between bioavailable testosterone levels and the development and progression of atherosclerosis in different vascular...

Environmental Factors

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Vulva

There is a well-documented association between maternal alcohol ingestion and congenital abnormalities, and these defects, together with mental retardation and growth deficiency, make up the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) (Fig. 7.2). Even moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may be detrimental to embryonic development. The central nervous system is particularly sensitive to alcohol, and alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) may result from exposure. The incidence of FAS and ARND together is 1 in 100 live births. Furthermore, alcohol is the leading cause of mental retardation.

Wernicke Korsakoff Syndrome Is Exacerbated by a Defect in Transketolase

An enzyme having an affinity for its coenzyme TPP that is one-tenth that of the normal enzyme. Although moderate deficiencies in the vitamin thiamine have little effect on individuals with an unmutated transketolase gene, in those with the altered gene, thiamine deficiency drops the level of TPP below that needed to saturate the enzyme. The lowering of transketolase activity slows the whole pentose phosphate pathway, and the result is the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome severe memory loss, mental confusion, and partial paralysis. The syndrome is more common among alcoholics than in the general population chronic alcohol consumption interferes with the intestinal absorption of some vitamins, including thiamine.

Other Lifestyle Dietary Factors Affecting the Adult Male

Cryptorchidism Human Males

The preceding section dealing with scrotal temperature obviously applies as much to sedentary lifestyles outside, as well as inside, of the workplace. Probably the most important other factors are dietary habits, particularly obesity and alcohol intake, smoking, stress, and recreational sporting drug use. Increased rates of smoking and alcohol intake are found in infertile couples (68). Moreover, it is accepted that the normal testis is poised on the brink of hypoxia because of its unusual anatomy (69), so, in theory, smoking is likely to compromise normal tes-ticular function because it lowers the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. However, evidence to support this prediction is equivocal at best. Although smoking may sometimes emerge from epidemiology studies as a risk factor for low sperm counts or altered sperm morphology, this is an inconsistent finding (70-72). Nevertheless, effects of male smoking on outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) have been reported (73), as have...

Inferences From Epidemiologic Evidence Alcohol And Spontaneous Abortion

Another illustration of the different levels of inference about epidemiologic evidence and the challenges at each level concerns the relation between maternal alcohol intake in early pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion, pregnancy loss prior to 20 weeks' gestation. The initial descriptive goal is to accurately measure alcohol consumption in a population of pregnant women, and then to monitor the incidence of spontaneous abortion. These measurement issues present a substantial challenge for both the exposure and the health endpoint. Generating accurate rates of pregnancy loss across groups with differing alcohol consumption (regardless of the desired application or interest) is fraught with potential error. Alcohol use is notoriously susceptible to erroneous measurement in the form of underreporting, irregular patterns of intake, potentially heterogeneous effects across beverage type, and variability in metabolism. Furthermore, there are no good biological markers of exposure...

Diagnosis of Cushings Syndrome

Cushing Algorithm

False-positive results are seen in stress conditions, such as acute illness, extreme obesity, alcoholism, and depression in high estrogen states and with medications that accelerate dexamethasone catabolism, such as primidon, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and rifampin. The clinical and biochemical presentation of mild hypercortisolism in CS is often indistinguishable from that seen in pseudo-Cushing states, such as depression or chronic active alcoholism (Table 1) (60). A hyperactive hyper-responsive hypothalamic CRH neuron is central to the hypercortisolism of pseudo-Cushing states in the context of a pituitary-adrenal axis that is otherwise appropriately, albeit not fully, restrained by negative cortisol feedback (61). In contrast, the hypercortisolism of CS, regardless of the classification, feeds back negatively and completely suppresses hypothalamic CRH secretion. These concepts form the basis for the tests employed in the differential diagnosis of mild hypercortisolism. Thus, most...

Abdominal distension bloating

The principal causes of abdominal distension arc far. flatus, faeces, fluid aiul fetus (Table 5.10). Increasing abdominal girlh is usually due to adiposity and should alert the clinician to the possibility of alcohol abuse. Its development in a patient who is otherwise becoming thinner suggests intra-abdominal disease. Excessive alcohol consumption

Effects of Inulin Type Fructans on Risk of Colon Cancer

Cancer is a generic term for malignant neoplasia, a large group of diseases arising in practically all tissues composed of potentially dividing cells. Initiation, promotion, progression, and metastasis are the key steps in cancer development and they are multifactorial. Especially, several factors of environmental and genetic origin have been identified that affect cancer incidence. The most important environmental contributors are believed to be the diet that may contribute to some 35 of all cancer deaths and lifestyle factors (smoking, reproductive behavior, and high alcohol consumption).218219 Overall, it has been hypothesized that changing either diet and or lifestyle could reduce the risk of approximately 75-80 of all cancers.

Age Race Gender Diet and Body Weight and Other Factors Affect Blood Pressure

In Western societies, arterial pressure is dependent on age. Systolic blood pressure rises throughout life, while diastolic blood pressure rises until the sixth decade of life after which it stays relatively constant. Blood pressure is higher among African Americans than Caucasian Americans. Blood pressure is higher among men than among women with functional ovaries. Dietary fat and salt, as well as obesity, are associated with higher blood pressures. Other factors that affect blood pressure are excessive alcohol intake, physical activity, psychosocial stress, potassium and calcium intake, and socioeconomic status.

Counterregulation During Hypoglycaemia

Cryer Counter Regulation

The potentially serious effects of hypoglycaemia on cerebral function mean that not only are stable blood glucose concentrations maintained under physiological conditions, but also if hypoglycaemia occurs, mechanisms have developed to combat it. In clinical practice, the principal causes of hypoglycaemia are iatrogenic (as side-effects of insulin and sulphony-lureas used to treat diabetes) and excessive alcohol consumption. Insulin secreting tumours (such as insulinoma) are rare. The mechanisms that correct hypoglycaemia are called coun-terregulation, because the hormones involved oppose the action of insulin and therefore are the counterregulatory hormones. The processes of counterregulation were identified in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, using either a bolus injection or continuous infusion of insulin to induce hypoglycaemia (Cryer, 1981 Gerich, 1988). The response to the bolus injection of 0.1 U kg insulin in a normal subject is shown in Figure 1.3. Blood glucose concentrations...

Patient Health Habits and Related Concerns

Brown et al. (1999) directly investigated lifestyle concerns in 102 patients with schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia ate a diet significantly higher in fat and lower in fiber (significant for males, trend for females) compared with the reference population. Roughly one-third of the patients with schizophrenia reported doing no exercise, and no patient reported doing strenuous exercise (comparison rates not provided). In their sample, female patients demonstrated a trend toward obesity (P 0.09). The rate of smoking was higher in patients with schizophrenia (68 vs. 28 in males, 57 vs. 25 in females) alcohol consumption was decreased in males and unexceptional in females. A study of 22 outpatients with schizophrenia conducted in 1992-1993 found similar results (Holmberg and Kane 1999) patients with schizophrenia were less likely to practice health-promoting behaviors than nonpsychiatric populations. In a study of smoking in Irish inpatients with schizophrenia (Masterson and...

Analysis of variance ANOVA

Two-way (or two-factor) ANOVA - simultaneously tests the hypothesis that the means of two variables ('factors') from two or more groups are equal (drawn from populations with the same mean), for example the difference between a control and an experimental variable, or whether there is a difference between alcohol consumption and liver disease in several different countries. It does not include more than one sampling per group. This test allows comments to be made about the interaction between factors as well as between groups.

Abnormal findings

'acute abdomen' has occurred in the conlext of pre-existing ill-health, in others underlying disease may be obscured by the acute complications. Corticosteroids, non-steroidal analgesics, alcohol abuse and previous surgery are examples of factors that may cause an 'acute abdomen' or modify the presentation.

Echo Speckled Appearance

Speckled Pattern Echocardiogram Amyloid

In cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the heart is typically greatly enlarged and systolic function is markedly depressed (see also Chap. 66).535 Four-chamber dilatation is a common but not uniform finding, as some patients may have relatively preserved RV size (this may confer an improved prognosis).536 Marked LV enlargement and generalized dysfunction can also be caused by severe ischemic heart disease, chronic alcohol abuse, various infectious myocarditides, anthracyclines and other cardiotoxic agents, nutritional deficiencies, and hereditary myopathies.537,538 Severe ischemic disease is often segmental and has been reported to spare the posterior wall frequently,539 while the LV dysfunction of DCM is usually global. The typical constellation of echocardiographic findings in DCM include an increased LV end-diastolic diameter and volume with decreased fractional shortening, thinning of the LV walls (Fig. 13-108), increased E point-septal separation, LA enlargement, and limited...

The General Examination

Malar Flush

The general inspection of patients has been discussed in Chapter 2. In particular, the hands (p. 46), the optic fundi (Ch. 7) and the face (Figf3.7) may provide important signs of cardiac disease. Features which are relevant to a cardiac diagnosis include whether or not the patient appears breathless, distressed or anxious or if there is evidence of alcohol abuse (Fig. 1.9) or tobacco consumption (Fig. 1.8),

Blood Lipids and Lipoproteins

The association of testosterone with HDL-C is statistically independent of several possible confounding factors, including age, obesity, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, use of medications, triglyceride levels, and glucose and insulin concentrations (14,87,139,140,143,144). The mechanisms by which testosterone may influence HDLC levels are unclear. One possibility is that testosterone increases the synthesis of apolipoprotein A-I (149), the major protein component of nascent HDL particles. There is also recent evidence that testosterone regulates expression of HDL receptors (135).

Leydig Cell Toxicology

Toxicants, such as ethanol, interfere with Leydig cell steroidogenesis by interfering with LH secretion, LH receptor binding, intracellular signal transduction pathways, and steroidogenic enzyme activities. Ethanol, for example, decreases LH secretion and reduces LH receptor binding and intracellular cyclic guanosine 5'-monophosphate (GMP) levels. Hence, chronic alcohol abuse causes declines in testosterone levels (138-140). Tumor formation and cell death are also observed after toxicant exposures. Carcinogenesis is considered to be a consequence of multiple insults to the genome. Necrosis and apoptosis have both been implicated in the process of toxicant-related Leydig cell death, with ethylene dimethanesulfonate exposure as the experimental paradigm (141).

Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolytic Proteins

Bonithon-Kopp et al. (156) examined the cross-sectional relationships between endogenous testosterone and hemostatic factors in 251 middle-aged men without ischemic heart disease who were not taking medications that influence sex steroid hormones or hemostatic function. There was no association between total testosterone and fibrinogen concentrations in multivariate analyses that controlled for body mass, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and other cardiovascular risk factors. On the other hand, lower levels of total testosterone were associated with higher concentrations of another key component of the blood coagulation system factor VII. In another report of 64 healthy men aged 18 to 45 yr, lower levels of free testosterone were associated with higher concentrations of fibrinogen and factor VII, independent of age, central obesity, fasting insulin and glucose, and other cardiovascular risk factors (157).

Apply Knowledge of Confounding Based on Other Studies

Ye et al. (2002) provide a quantitative illustration of the examination of confounding using evidence from previous studies. In a cohort study of alcohol abuse and the risk of developing pancreatic cancer in the Swedish Inpatient Register, information on smoking, a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer, was not available. The investigators applied indirect methods using the observed association found for alcohol use (relative risk of 1.4). By assuming a relative risk for current smoking and pancreatic cancer of 2.0, 80 prevalence of smoking among alcoholics and 30 in the general population of Sweden, a true relative risk of 1.0 for alcohol use would rise to 1.4 solely from confounding by smoking. That is, The observed excess risk in our alcoholics without complications may be almost totally attributable to the confounding effect of smoking. (Ye et al., 2002, p. 238). Although this may not be as persuasive as having measured smoking in their study and adjusting for it directly, the...

Are There Geographical Variations In Stress

The northern European character has been described as outwardly unemotional, private, and stoical. They are caricatured as willing to complain only about politically neutral, inoffensive topics like the weather. Being unable or reticent to release and share tensions, anxieties, and concerns may contribute to stress. The problem has been reported to be even worse in northern Scandinavians, who have to survive and accept cold, short, winter days where there may be no sunshine for several weeks, and where winter suicide rates and alcoholism are increased.

Gerontologic Alert

Acetaminophen may alter blood glucose test results, causing falsely lower blood glucose values. Use with the barbiturates, hydantoins, isoniazid, and rifampin may increase the toxic effects and possibly decrease the therapeutic effects of acetaminophen. The effects of the loop diuretics may be decreased when administered with acetaminophen. Hepatotoxicity has occurred in chronic alcoholics who are taking moderate doses of acetaminophen.

Nursing Diagnoses Checklist

If gastrointestinal upset occurs, the patient can take the drug with food. The nurse teaches the patient to minimize alcohol consumption because of the increased risk of hepatitis. To prevent pyridoxine (vitamin B6) deficiency, 6 to 50 mg pyridoxine daily may be prescribed.

Management Of Hypoglycaemia

By relatives or friends after minimal training. Paramedics can also use it at the patient's home or in an ambulance. The disadvantages are that it takes longer (approximately 10 minutes) than intravenous glucose to restore consciousness and does not work in patients who have deficient or absent hepatic glycogen stores (alcoholics or people with cachexia). Unfortunately, even where glucagon is available, relatives or friends may not use it. In one study (Muhlhauser et al., 1985b), 53 of 123 episodes of severe hypoglycaemia were treated by relatives or friends with glucagon, 30 by assisting physicians and 44 required hospital admission. When glucagon was available but not used, it was because those who knew how to use it were not present (20 cases) or were too anxious to do so (24 cases). In children with diabetes, Daneman et al. (1989) found that glucagon was used in only a third of households in which it was available - presumably because relatives were either too frightened or poorly...

Pathogenesis And Immunologic Aspects

Containment of the TB infection results in an asymptomatic and noninfectious state with a positive tuberculin skin test reaction (TB infection) the viable tubercle bacilli remain dormant indefinitely with intact host immune integrity. Factors that compromise host immunity, e.g., HIV infection, aging, illicit drug use, alcoholism, poor nutrition, and certain chronic diseases, may result in reactivation of latent TB infection (TB disease). The increased frequency of TB seen in aging may be explained in large part by the impairment of cell-mediated immunity, which results from senescence (demonstrated in murine models) as well as age-associated diseases (diabetes mellitus, malignancy), renal impairment, malnutrition, and immunosuppressive agents (13).

Pulmonary Function and Mechanics

Assessment of ventilatory control, usually measured by responses to chemical stimuli such as hy-percapnia and hypoxaemia, is complicated by the wide variation in normal responses. In most patients with simple obesity, ventilatory drive is normal. Reduced ventilatory responses to hypercapnia have been reported in patients with OSA (13). Patients with OHS often have blunted ventilatory responses to hypoxia and hypercapnia though typically there is a shift in CO2 responsiveness, characterized by a normal slope of the ventilatory response to CO2, albeit at a higher level of Paco2 (19). However, other findings have been mixed. The ability of patients with OHS to voluntarily hyperventilate their Paco2 to normal levels implies impaired control. Both2 familial factors and lifetime alcohol intake can influence ventilatory drive. When awake, the majority of patients with sleep apnoea have normal arterial carbon dioxide tensions. The original descriptions of OSA emphasized the minority of...

What specific information should be sought in the medical dental and social history of the patient

Implants are not recommended for elderly infirm persons who are unable to undergo prolonged surgical treatment, or numerous visits for the complex prosthetic rehabilitation, especially if their ability to sustain high levels of plaque control is compromised physically or mentally. Those whose cooperation and general well-being fluctuate should be advised against implant treatment. These patients include those with drug or alcohol dependence, uncontrolled depression and those with some specific psychiatric disorders (Figs 4.1, 4.2). Likewise, patients who would be compromised by elective surgery and infection should be counselled to avoid this treatment. These conditions include those having mitral stenosis, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes (Type 2) and blood dyscrasias, and individuals who are immunocompromised (Box 4.3). Fig. 4.1 Poor standards of oral hygiene indicate neglect of dental care by a patient suffering a relapse in general health associated with depression and...

Ideal Versus Operational Measures Of Exposure

The accuracy of an operational approach to exposure ascertainment is best defined in relation to the ideal measure, which would often if not always be impractical or unethical to obtain. If we are interested in alcohol intake, for example, we might wish to have an exact measure of the ounces of ethanol ingested over the individual's entire life. We may have a particular interest in when the exposure occurred, e.g., total ethanol ingested in the 10-year period prior to disease occurrence or total ethanol ingested from ages 30 to 39. Additional details of exposure might be important, for example, number of occasions at which five or more ounces of ethanol was ingested in a two-hour period. Establishing the benchmark of validity, preferably in specific, quantitative terms, is useful in evaluating how closely we are able to approximate that ideal, and conversely, in identifying sources and magnitude of distortion relative to that ideal measure. Epidemiologists often set modest, practical...

Is High Cholesterol And Other Risk Factors Often Due To Lifestyle

People with a high cholesterol level are often overweight because they eat too much fat and other unhealthy food, drink too much alcohol, and do little if any regular exercise. Because of all these factors, they often have or develop diabetes. Therefore, they have not only high cholesterol as a risk factor, but also, obesity, inactivity, and diabetes. If they also smoke, they are at particularly high risk.

What Are The Effects Of Stress On Lifestyle

Some people eat for comfort and eat high-fat and high-salt junk food for comfort and convenience, while others do not eat at all or drink alcohol and eat little food. Living a healthy life may mean having to make big and difficult changes, and stopping some of the things you enjoy some of these (for example smoking and drinking alcohol) you may believe are helping you to cope with stress. The things that will work, making you feel better, and reducing your stress and your risk of developing coronary heart disease are

Treatment of Hypertension

The first form of treatment that is usually attempted is modification of lifestyle. This modification includes cessation of smoking, moderation of alcohol intake, and weight reduction, if applicable. It can also include programmed exercise and a reduction in sodium intake. People with essential hypertension may have a potassium deficiency, and there is evidence that eating food that is rich in potassium may help to lower blood pressure. There is also evidence that supplementing the diet with Ca2+ may be of benefit, but this is more controversial.

Highrisk Groups for Weight Gain

A number of other groups have been identified as being at risk of weight gain and obesity for genetic, biological, lifestyle and other reasons. These include family history of obesity, smoking cessation, excessive alcohol intake, drug treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, certain disease states, changes in social circumstance, and recent successful weight loss. Major reductions in activity as a result of, for example, sports injury can also lead to substantial weight gain when there is not a compensatory decrease in habitual food intake.

Demographics of Substance Use in Patients With Schizophrenia

The proportion of schizophrenia patients suffering from a comorbid drug or alcohol use disorder varies tremendously in published studies, from as low as 10 to as high as 70 (Mueser et al. 1990). The observed range is partially due to variability in the diagnostic criteria employed for schizophrenia, sample demographic characteristics (e.g., male vs. female, urban vs. rural), the types of patient populations studied (e.g., inpatient vs. outpatient), and different criteria for defining drug and alcohol disorders (e.g., DSM-III-R diagnosis, positive urine toxicology screens, rating scales) (Mueser et al. 1990). Although structured clinical interviews have been found to produce the most reliable diagnoses, these are time consuming and expensive due to the need for trained personnel, and therefore are not often used in clinical studies (Mueser et al. 1995). Surveys conducted exclusively in inpatient settings tend to produce higher rates of substance use disorders, in part because persons...

Previous osteoporotic fracture

Ticular concern in attempting to corroborate well-accepted associations that are modest in magnitude. Failure to confirm an association between a history of heavy cigarette smoking and lung cancer would raise serious doubts about the validity of other measures of association with lung cancer identified in a case-control study, whereas many of the established risk factors for diseases such as breast cancer are so modest in magnitude that random error alone could well yield a spurious absence of measurable association. For example, although a positive association between alcohol intake and breast cancer is generally accepted (Longnecker, 1994), the magnitude is modest. Thus, studies that fail to find it, a non-trivial proportion of all studies (Singletary & Gapstur, 2001), are not by any means rendered invalid as a result. Like the other strategies, the examination of known and strongly suspected associations helps to direct the effort to scrutinize potential selection bias without...

Inconsistent Findings

Where strong interaction is present, the potential for substantial heterogeneity in study results is enhanced. For example, in studies examining the effect of alcohol intake on oral cancers, the prevalence of tobacco use in the population will markedly influence the effect of alcohol. Because of the strong interaction between alcohol and tobacco in the etiology of oral cancer, the effect of alcohol intake will be stronger where tobacco use is greatest. If there were complete interaction, in which alcohol was influential only in the presence of tobacco use, alcohol would have no effect in a tobacco-free population, and a very strong effect in a population consisting of all smokers. Even with less extreme interaction and less extreme differences in the prevalence of tobacco use, there will be some degree of inconsistency across studies in the observed effects of alcohol use on oral cancer. If we were aware of this interaction, of course, we would examine the effects of alcohol within...


It is often necessary lo ask whether the patient is teetotal or drinks alcohol, with the approximate weekly quantity in units. A past or current history of an alcohol problem should be noted. Comments like 'social drinker' are meaningless and should be clarified. Additional questioning may be indicated lo assess if the patient has developed an alcohol dependence syndrome, exhibiting withdrawal symptoms such as 'the shakes'. A


With regard to the BMI-mortality association among persons of other ethnic origins, the data are relatively sparse. In a sample of Micronesian Nauruans and Melanesian and Indian Fijians, obesity was not significantly associated with an elevated mortality rate (68). Among a sample of 8006 Japanese American men living in Hawaii who were followed for 22 years, a significant quadratic (J-shaped) relation was found between BMI and mortality independent of the effects of smoking and alcohol consumption (42). Similarly, among a cohort of over 2000 Japanese adults over age 40, there was a U-shaped relation between BMI and mortality rate with a nadir in the range of 23-25. However, among a cohort of 2546 East Indian and Melanesian Fijians followed for 11 years, the association of BMI to all-cause and CVD mortality was generally inconsistent (69). Despite the known associations between body weight and diabetes and other obesity-related diseases found among Mexican Americans, data have revealed...

Lifestyle Factors

The use of alcohol is another lifestyle factor contributing to cardiovascular risk (Marques-Vidal et al. 2001). (The use of alcohol in patients with schizophrenia is covered extensively in Chapter 9 of this volume.) Nonetheless, it is worthwhile to note here that whereas Bellnier found that 49 of his state hospital patients reported a history of alcohol abuse, Davidson's data indicated that patients with schizophrenia may be both more likely to abstain from alcohol than the general population (0R 2.0, 95 CI 1.52.5) and to drink excessively compared with the general population (0R 4.0, 95 CI 2.7-6.0) (Davidson et al. 2001).

Social history

The aetiological role of smoking in coronary and other vascular disease necessitates a detailed smoking history. Consumption of alcohol is also relevant. Although possibly 'cardioprotective' in moderation, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with atrial fibrillation, hypertension and cardiomyopathy (Fig. 1.9, p. II). Enquiry should also be made into caffeine consumption which, when excessive, can cause palpitation. Some recreational drugs can occasionally be associated with cardiac symptoms (e.g. cocaine and chcst pain).

Change of Lifestyle

Certain lifestyles that have become common in Western countries during the last few decades, such as the sharing of needles during the intravenous administration of addictive drugs and promiscuous male homosexuality, are associated with increased risks of infection with a variety of agents, notably hepatitis B and C viruses and HIV. Observations on the incidence of gonorrhea in developed countries suggest that fear of AIDS has increased the use of condoms and somewhat reduced the incidence of promiscuous male homosexual practices, but in general changes in lifestyle designed to reduce the incidence of disease are difficult to achieve, as is evident with cigarette smoking and alcoholism.

Occupational history

Recurrent pneumonia and pleurisy may be caused by bronchiectasis, bronchial tumour, aspiration ol oesophageal contents (achalasia of the cardla) or of pharyngeal secretions or vomit (bulbar palsy) and alcoholism. Immunological disorders such as hypogammaglobulinaemia and multiple myeloma should also be considered In patients with recurrent pneumonias

General Summary

This overview has attempted to summarize briefly the multitude of conditions in which central, visceral fat is accumulated in excess. In all these situations there seems to be a neuroendocrine background affecting the HPA as well as other central hormonal axes, often coupled to the autonomic nervous system. This parallel activation is characteristic of an arousal reaction of centres in the lower parts of the brain, constructed for adaptation to surrounding pressures in order to maintain homeo-stasis or allostasis. The widespread occurrence of elevated central body fat masses suggests by itself that vital, common pathways are activated. The associations between central fat and such diverse conditions as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, depression, anxiety, endocrine disturbances, personality aberrations, alcohol abuse, socioeconomic and psychosocial handicaps etc., suggest some kind of common pathogenetic denominator. It seems likely that this denominator...

The sexual history

Sexual dysfunction and sexually transmitted diseases are common they are not confined to young adults, or to promiscuous individuals. Although such topics are often avoided by patients because of embarrassment, it is particularly important to ask patients about sexual function and activity and if they have any of the disorders known to predispose to sexual dysfunction. These include diabetes mellitus, alcohol abuse, chronic renal failure, marital difficulty or psychological disorder. Similarly, when sexually transmitted diseases are suspected, e.g. IIIV. hepatitis or pelvic inflammatory disease, a careful sexual history should be undertaken. In females, dyspareunia (pain related to sexual intercourse) or failure to achieve an orgasm are common and are frequently caused by. or lead to. psychological difficulties. In males, loss of libido, premature ejaculation and inability to maintain an erection may also be primarily psychological. Questions should be asked objectively with tact and...


Although HCC often coexists with cirrhosis (5), the influence that the cirrhosis exerts on the diagnosis of the tumor differs between regions of high and low (or intermediate) incidence of HCC. In the latter (but also in Japan, a country with a high incidence), HCC commonly develops as a late complication of symptomatic cirrhosis resulting from chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection or alcohol abuse, or both (3,6). The patient has few, if any, symptoms attributable to the tumor. If, in addition, the tumor is small (as it often is in a cirrhotic liver in these regions) it is seldom obvious in the presence of advanced cirrhosis and is discovered only on hepatic imaging, during liver transplantation or other surgical intervention, or at necropsy. The onset of unexplained abdominal pain, weight loss, ascites, or liver enlargement in a patient known to have cirrhosis should alert the clinician to the possibility that HCC has supervened. In contrast, in ethnic Chinese and black African...


The majority of HCCs in all geographic regions arise in a cirrhotic liver. The morphologic features of HBV-induced cirrhosis differ from those of HCV-induced cirrhosis. In type B cirrhosis, the regenerative nodules are larger than those of type C cirrhosis, the fibrous septa are thin and regular, and active inflammation is infrequent. In type C cirrhosis the nodules are smaller, the fibrous septa are broad and irregular, and active inflammation is common. Cirrhosis resulting from alcohol abuse is typically micronodular, with features generally similar to those seen in type C cirrhosis but with additional specific findings such as pericellular fibrosis, giant mitochondria, and alcoholic hyaline.

Medical Management

Smoking cessation and alcohol intake reduction are important as well. When a stricture is present and symptomatic, dilation can be offered while medical therapy is undertaken. Simple bougien-age or pneumatic dilation relieves dysphagia in 20-30 of patients after the first dilation session. Slowly progressive dilation sessions usually provide safe reopening of the eso-phageal lumen. In order not to impose additional healing damage to the esophageal wall, a limit of 10-French size increase per session is considered appropriate. Esophageal perforation from these manipulations is seen in

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Alcohol intoxication is one of the most frequent causes of accidents presented. The problems related to this particular area include accuracy of testing, specimen taking, validity of the results, problems caused by delay in taking the specimens, and variations in the level of alcohol due to the time a blood sample was taken in relation to the time of the accident. The individual's history of alcoholism, serious disease of the liver or kidneys, and metabolic disease such as diabetes are all important in cases of alcohol use, since they have some influence on the metabolism of ethyl alcohol. In possible intoxication cases that involve a low alcohol measurement and a person's apparent inability to handle the task of driving, one must consider the possibility of drug use or of some combination of alcohol and medication. The frequency of this occurrence has led to routine alcohol and drug testing in both living and deceased persons.


Dupuytren's contracture is a process of painless thickening and contracture of proliferative longitudinal bands of the palmar aponeurosis, which lies between the skin and flexor tendons. The tendons are not primarily involved. Dupuytren's contracture occurs most commonly in male subjects (90 ), is often bilateral, and frequently is associated with diabetes, heavy alcohol consumption, seizure disorders, repetitive trauma, and a family history of the disease.


Conjunctival inflammation (conjunctivitis) is common and causes a red eye with the injection maximal towards the fornix (the fold between globe and lid). Other causes of a red eye are shown in the Disorders hox. Conjunctivitis is often accompanied by photophobia and excessive lacrimation. Infective causes arc associated with a sticky yellow discharge which glues the lashes together. Lymph follicles may be seen as sago-like lumps on the tarsal conjunctiva and are particularly characteristic of chlamydial conjunctivitis. Allergic inflammation is characterised by itch, a white discharge anil conjunctival oedema (dhemosis). Other causes of chemosis include alcoholism, chronic respiratory failure and superior vena cava obstruction.

Altered bowel habit

Bowel disease Is there blood, mucus or pus associated with the stool Does diarrhoea occur during the night, suggesting organic disease Is there a history of contact with diarrhoea or of travel abroad Does the sexual history provide a clue (gay bowel syndrome. HIV) Is there a history of alcohol abuse or relevant drug therapy Is there a past medical history of Gi surgery, Gl disease or Inflammatory bowel disease


It is important that the patient realize that gout is a chronic disease and that certain life-style modifications, such as maintenance of an ideal weight and moderation of alcohol intake, are important. A purine-restricted diet may be of benefit in some patients, but only small changes in serum uric acid can be attained. Other factors worth emphasizing are ingestion of at least 2 L of fluids daily to help prevent renal stones and avoidance of alcohol and low-dose aspirin, which aggravate hyperuricemia.


Nerve Damage Nmda

Clinical studies of amnesia (loss of memory) suggest that several different brain regions are involved in memory storage and retrieval. Amnesia has been found to result from damage to the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex, the hippocampus, the head of the caudate nucleus (in Huntington's disease), or the dorso-medial thalamus (in alcoholics suffering from Korsakoff's syndrome with thiamine deficiency). A number of researchers now believe that there are several different systems of information storage in the brain. One system relates to the simple learning of stimulus-response that even invertebrates can do to some degree. This, together with skill learning and different kinds of conditioning and habits, are retained in people with amnesia.


Enterohepatic System And Urobilinogen

Characteristic symptoms include anorexia with impairment of taste, nausea, vomiting and upper abdominal pain (often associated with hepatic tender ness). Common causes include viral hepatitis and chemical hepatitis, e.g. alcohol abuse and drug therapy. Obstructive jaundice. Typical symptoms include itching (pruritus), dark urine and pale stools. Obstruction of the biliary tract is usually extrahepatic in origin and caused by either gallstones or pancreatic carcinoma. The former is suggested by a history of fever, rigors, biliary colic or previous biliary surgery in the latter, chronic persistent back pain, aggravated by recumbency, and palpable enlargement of the gall bladder may occur. Intrahepatic obstruction is most often due to alcohol abuse, drug therapy and primary biliary cirrhosis (a disorder of middle-aged women often preceded by marked pruritus).

Potential Treatments

It is equally important to educate the patient and their family about the nature of the problem. Teaching the patient to avoid aggravating factors (such as extreme heat, dehydration, and alcohol consumption), as well as recognizing any prodromal symptoms and assuming a recumbent position at their onset, are extremely helpful measures.

Sleep Disturbances

Sleep apnea refers to failure to breathe for brief periods during sleep. It usually results from upper airway obstruction, as is seen in obesity, alcohol consumption, or weakened throat muscles, and is usually accompanied by loud snoring with brief periods of silence. Dental appliances that move the tongue and jaw forward may help to prevent sleep apnea. Other options are surgery to correct obstruction or positive air pressure delivered through a mask.

Who Is Eligible

Every person with type I diabetes should be a candidate for intensive insulin therapy unless there is a contraindication. Exclusions can be medical (history of severe hypoglycemia, too old or too young, illnesses in which hypoglycemia could be life-threatening such as severe coronary, cerebrovascular, or hepatic disease) or nonmedical (unwillingness or inability to follow the program, drug or alcohol abuse, etc.). However, it must be emphasized these factors do not de facto exclude a candidate. There are many elderly patients who do spectacularly well on multishot insulin programs, and many persons with debilitating hypogly-

Response to Stress

Generally speaking, psychosomatic disorders, i.e. the onset of a disease involving the target organ, in this respect colitis, is the most frequent response to a stressful event or situation, the others being pathological behaviours such as alcoholism or drug dependence, psychosis, anxiety, depression or, the most unlikely, a structured cognitive and sensitive response leading to recovery of bodily and mental health. The aim of the surgeon, aided by the psychologist and or psychiatrist, and, of course, by the gastroenterologist, is to make the patient well aware of his her brain-body global disorder and remove the target organ only when indicated while adequately treating and modifying the related PNEI pattern, if altered. Most IBD patients have alexithymia and do not dream during sleep, or at least they do not remember their dreams, thus showing that the unconscious emotions are not likely to be adequately felt, processed and cleared and therefore might perhaps trigger a pathological...

Hepatitis C

In many developed countries today hepatitis A, B, and C are about equally common. Acute hepatitis C is clinically similar lo hepatitis A and B, and the reader is referred back to Chapters 22 and 23 for descriptions. The major differences are as follows. The incubation period of hepatitis C, though ranging up to several months, averages 6-8 weeks. About 75 of infections are subclinical. Clinical infections are generally less severe than hepatitis B, having a shorter preicteric period, milder symptoms, absent or less marked jaundice, and somewhat lower serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, which often fluctuate widely. The case-fatality rate from fulminant hepatitis is 1 or less. However, HCV leads much more commonly lo chronic liver disease than does HBV. At least 50 of all patients with hepatitis C remain continuously or erratically viremic with moderate elevation of ALT levels for at least a year or two, and often much longer. Most of these are asymptomatic carriers or mild...

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