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CME Article: Pain after Arteriovenous Access Creation

Objectives: Dialysis access creation is a common outpatient procedure that can be completed using general, regional, or local anesthetic techniques. There are few endorsed guidelines regarding opioid-based pain control following fistula creation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether utilization of regional anesthesia (RA) is associated with the...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7

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OPEN: Initial Institutional Experience with 18F-Fluciclovine PET-CT in Biochemical Recurrence of Prostate Cancer

Objectives: 18F-fluciclovine (fluciclovine) is an amino acid analog approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a radiotracer in positron emission tomography (PET) in men with biochemical recurrence of suspected prostate cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the initial institutional experience with 18F-fluciclovine in the...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7 Urologic Cancer1 Prostate Disorders1

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Novel Opiate-Free Anesthetic Technique for Major Urologic Procedures

Objectives: We postulated that an opiate-free (OF) general anesthesia (GA) technique could adequately control a patient’s pain without adversely affecting recovery. We compared patients undergoing major urologic procedures with and without opiate-based GA. Methods: A propensity-matched analysis was performed comparing hospital length of stay, postoperative nausea and vomiting, ileus occurrence,...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7

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Association of Renal Clearance with Cerebral White Matter Vascular Disease in Hospitalized Veterans With and Without Delirium

Objectives: To assess the relation between renal function and delirium and to assess and compare the relation between cerebral white matter lesion (WML) and renal function as estimated by three formulas for the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in older adult hospitalized veterans with and without delirium. Methods: Commonly used...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7 Vascular Disease1

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Intravascular Iodinated Contrast Is an Independent Cause of Acute Kidney Injury Following Coronary Angiography

Objectives: Recent studies have questioned whether intravascular iodinated contrast remains an independent cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). We sought to assess whether iodinated contrast administered during coronary angiography is an independent cause of AKI.Methods: We identified all of the patients who underwent coronary angiography between July 1, 2015 and...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7

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Noncarbapenems for the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections Caused by Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Bacteria

 Objectives: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae are resistant to many conventional therapies, including third-generation cephalosporins. Carbapenems are considered first-line agents for ESBL infections, but their use is associated with increased multidrug resistance and should be reserved when absolutely necessary. Because of the increased rates of...

Posted in: Urinary Tract Infections1

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CME Article: Imaging in Acute Pyelonephritis: Utilization, Findings, and Effect on Management

Objectives: To determine the frequency, timing, and types of imaging obtained in patients with a discharge diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis, and how often imaging findings affect therapy. Methods: This was a retrospective chart review of 1062 adults with a diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis discharged from an urban, safety-net hospital between...

Posted in: Nephrology and Urology7 Other Kidney Disorders1
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