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Primary percu- Arrhythmiasmayoccurintheischaemicepisode(usually taneous coronary intervention (i. It is of particular value in patients with contraindica- Investigations tions to thrombolysis. Management Full mobilisation should be achieved after about 3 days r Nitrates and calcium antagonists are useful as pro- and discharge at 5 days, if there are no complications. The patient Prognosis may return to work after 2–3 months, depending on the The prognosis in patients with angina without underly- typeofwork. Rheumatic fever Prognosis Definition 50% 30-day mortality; 25% die before reaching hospital. Recurrent inflammatory disease affecting the heart; it Of those who leave hospital alive, 15–25% die within the occurs following a streptococcal infection. Incidence 1in100,000 United Kingdom/United States population peryear; incidence has declined over the last 100 years. Variant/Prinzmetal’s angina Definition Age Angina of no obvious provocation not as a direct result First attack usually 5–15 years. Sex Aetiology/pathophysiology M = F Causedbyspasmofacoronaryarterymostoftenwithout atheroma or in association with a mild eccentric lesion. Common in Middle and Far East, South America and Central Africa, declining in the West. Clinical features Pain is usually more severe and more prolonged than Aetiology classical angina occurring at rest particularly in the early Cell-mediated autoimmune reaction following a pha- morning. Risk fac- centre over the trunk and limbs, which appear and tors forstreptococcalinfectionincludepovertyandover- disappear over a matter of hours. Non-specific symptoms include It appears that antistreptococcal antibodies crossre- malaise and loss of appetite. Macroscopy r Pericarditis: Nodules are seen within the pericardium Fibrinous vegetations form on the edges of the valve associated with an inflammatory pericardial effusion. Valve leaflets may fuse r Myocarditis:Nodulesdevelopwithinthemyocardium and scar, particularly affecting the mitral and aortic associated with inflammation. These may result in an acute disturbance thesecellsarereplacedbyhistiocytes,whichmaybemult- of valve function. Complications Clinical features More than 50% of patients with acute rheumatic cardi- There may be a history of pharyngitis in up to 50% of tis will develop chronic rheumatic valve disease 10–20 patients. The diagnosis is made on two or more major years later, particularly mitral and aortic stenosis. These manifestations or one major plus two or more minor may be complicated by atrial fibrillation, heart failure, manifestations (Duckett Jones criteria). A pericardial friction r Cultures of blood and tissues are sterile by the time rubmay be audible due to pericarditis. Management Pathophysiology r Patients with a clinical diagnosis of rheumatic fever Inacutemitralregurgitation,retrogradebloodflowfrom should be treated with benzylpenicillin regardless of the left ventricle into the left atrium causes the left atrial culture results. There is an increase in the pul- r Pain, fever and inflammation are treated with high- monary venous pressure and there may be pulmonary dose aspirin. This allows the r Patients may require treatment for heart failure (see increased volume of atrial blood to be compensated for page 63) and chorea may respond to haloperidol. The left ventricu- r Following recovery patients should receive prophy- lar stroke volume increases due to volume overload and lactic penicillin for at least 5 years after the last at- over time this results in left ventricular hypertrophy. In Although symptomatic improvement occurs with treat- most cases mitral regurgitation is chronic and is asymp- ment, therapy does not appear to prevent subsequent tomatic for many years. On examination the pulse is normal volume, but may be ir- Mitral regurgitation regular due to atrial fibrillation. On aus- Flow of blood from the left ventricle to the left atrium cultation the first heart sound is soft due to incomplete during systole through an incompetent mitral valve. There may be a prominent third heart sound due to the Aetiology sudden rush of blood back into the dilated left ventricle In developing countries rheumatic disease accounts for in early diastole. In developed countries other causes predomi- Complications nate: Patients develop left ventricular failure due to chronic r Prolapsing mitral valve. Atrial fibrillation is common due r Myocardial infarction may lead to papillary muscle to atrial dilation, with an increased risk of throm- dysfunction or rupture. Other complications include pulmonary r Any disease that causes dilation of the left ventricle, oedema and infective endocarditis. Congestive heart fail- ure may also cause mitral regurgitation due to down- Investigations ward displacement of the papillary muscle. This leads r The chest X-ray shows cardiomegaly due to left atrial to a failure of the valve cusps to meet and regurgita- and left ventricular enlargement. Valve calcification tion ranging in severity according to the degree of left may be seen in cases due to rheumatic fever. It is thought to be due to progressive stretching of the The clinical effect of the valve lesion is however best valve leaflets. The normal anatomy of the mitral valve prevents pro- lapse thus one or more anomalies must be present: ex- Management cessively large mitral valve leaflets, an enlarged mitral r Mild mitral regurgitation in the absence of symptoms annulus, abnormally long chordae or disordered pap- is managed conservatively, more severe disease with illary muscle contraction. During systole one of the evidence of progressive cardiac enlargement is treated valve leaflets (usually the posterior) balloons up into surgically. In some cases this causes retraction at the of choice, but valve replacement may be required for normal point of contact of the valve cusps and hence severely diseased valves. The condition does not often cause and chordal rupture may require emergency valve re- significant regurgitation. Mitral valve prolase Definition Complications Prolapsing mitral valve is a condition in which the valve Rupture of one of the chordae may occur leading to se- cusps prolapse into the left atrium during systole. A particular form of supraventricular tachycardia and complex ventricular prolapse may result from myxomatous degeneration of ectopy may occur. Echocardiography reveals prolapsing mitral valve in 5% r Echocardiography shows the mid-systolic bulging of of the normal population; however, not all are clinically significant, especially in the absence of any mitral in- the valve leaflets. There is an Definition opening snap after S2 caused by the stiff mitral valve, An abnormal narrowing of the mitral valve. If the Incidence patient is in sinus rhythm there is a pre-systolic increase Declining in the Western world due to the decline of in the volume of the murmur due to increased flow dur- rheumatic fever. Pulmonary hypertension may re- sult in pulmonary regurgitation with an early-diastolic Sex murmur (Graham–Steell murmur). The pathological process of rheumatic fever results in fibrous scarring and fusion of the valve cusps with cal- Investigations cium deposition. The valve becomes stiff, failing to open r Chest X-ray shows selective enlargement of the left fully. When the normal opening of 5 cm2 is reduced to1 atrium (bulge on the left heart border). The pressure within the within the mitral valve may be visible and there may left atrium rises and left atrial hypertrophy occurs. Signs of right ventricular hyper- falls with little increase possible on exertion. The condition is asymptomatic until the valve is nar- r Echocardiography is diagnostic showing the narrow- rowedbyaround 50%. Doppler studies can to pulmonary venous hypertension and the resultant assess the degree of stenosis and any concomitant mi- oedema, with dyspnoea, orthopnoea and paroxysmal tral regurgitation. A cough productive of r Cardiac catheterisation is used if Doppler is inconclu- frothy,blood-tingedsputummayoccur(frankhaemopt- sive and to assess for coronary artery disease if valve ysisisrare). On examination the patient may have mitral facies (bi- Management lateral, dusky cyanotic discoloration of the face). In se- The course of mitral stenosis is gradual with interven- vere mitral stenosis atrial fibrillation is very common. Associatedatrialfibrilla- The apex beat is tapping in nature due to a palpable first tion is treated with digoxin and anticoagulation. Prophylaxis against Chapter 2: Rheumatic fever and valve disease 45 infective endocarditis is required.

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The thick film is more myeloproliferative disorders sensitive for diagnosis and the thin film is used to dif- ferentiate the parasites and quantify the percentage of Myelodysplastic syndromes parasite infected cells. Supportive therapy includes red blood cell and platelet transfusions and the use of antibiotics for infections. Al- Incidence logeneic stem cell transplantation is potentially curative 20 per 100,000 per year over the age of 70 years. These conditions have some common features: r Refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia and r Extramedullary haemopoesis in the spleen and liver. Pathophysiology There may be transformation from one condition to an- The disorder arises from a single abnormal stem cell. Clinical features Patients with myelodysplastic syndrome typically present with symptoms of anaemia, thrombocytopenia Incidence (spontaneous bruising and petechiae or mucosal bleed- 1per 100,000 per year. Investigations Bone marrow aspirate examination shows normal or in- creased cellularity with megaloblastic cells and some- Sex times ring sideroblasts and abnormal myeloblasts. M>F Chapter 12: Myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative disorders 483 Aetiology/pathophysiology inwhominterferon-α hasfailedtocontrolthedisease. Almost all patients have the Philadelphia chromosome, a Cytogenetic remission is achieved in 70% of patients. Initiallythereisachronicindolentphase lasting3–5years,followedbyanacceleratedphaselasting Polycythaemia vera 6– to 18 months. Myeloid precursors and megakaryocytes may is often found from an incidental full blood count. Investigations Age r Full blood count and blood film reveal a high neu- Most commonly presents over the age of 50 years. There may also be an increase in other gran- Sex ulocytes (basophils and eosinophils), thrombocytosis M>F and anaemia. In the chronic phase blast cells account for <10% of peripheral white blood cells. Idiopathicdisorder,althoughgeneticandenvironmental r Bone marrow aspirate shows a hypercellular marrow factors have been suggested. Polycythemia results in increased Management blood viscosity increasing the risk of arterial or venous r Hydroxyurea can induce a haematologic remission thrombosis. Platelet function is often disrupted risking and decrease splenomegaly but does not treat the un- bleeding. Patients may complain r Imatinib, a competitive inhibitor of the Bcr-Abl ty- of pruritus especially after a hot bath or shower. Hy- rosine kinase, is recommended for Philadelphia- perviscosity may result in headache or blurred vision. Abnormalities in platelet function can lead to epis- taxis, bruising and mucosal bleeding (including pep- tic ulcer disease) although severe bleeding is unusual. Prevalence r Increased blood cell turnover can lead to hyper- 2per 1,000,000 population. Investigations Fullbloodcountshowsanincreasedredbloodcellcount, Sex haemoglobin and packed cell volume. Polycythaemia vera can be distinguished from other Aetiology causes of polycythaemia by an increase in white cell Increased risk following exposure to benzene or radi- count, platelets and a high neutrophil alkaline phos- ation. On examina- hydroxyurea has been considered safe for long-term tion there is massive splenomegaly. Symptoms and signs maintenance it is also associated with increased risk of marrow failure (anaemia, recurrent infections and of development of leukaemia in comparison with ve- bleeding) may be present. Chapter 12: Leukaemia and lymphoma 485 r Splenectomy may be required if the enlarged spleen Leukaemia and lymphoma is painful or to reduce transfusion requirements. Amyeloproliferative disorder characterised by increased platelets due to clonal proliferation of megakaryocytes Age in the bone marrow. Pathophysiology Platelets although increased in number have disrupted Sex function causing them to clump intravascularly lead- M = F ing to thrombosis, and to fail to aggregate causing bleeding. Risk factors include exposure to excessive ra- bleeding and cerebrovascular symptoms. Pathophysiology In acute leukaemias there is replacement of the normal Investigations bone marrow progenitor cells by blast cells, resulting in The blood film shows increased numbers of platelets and marrow failure. Bone marrow aspiration demonstrates from the lymphoid side of the haemopoetic system (see increased megakaryocytes. Patients with life-threatening haem- orrhagic or thrombotic events should be treated with Clinical features thrombocytopheresis in addition to hydroxyurea. An- Often there is an insidious onset of anorexia, malaise grelide is occasionally used. There is often a history of recurrent infections and/or easy bruising and mucosal Prognosis bleeding. Other presentations include lymph node en- Essential thrombocythaemia may eventually transform largement, bone and joint pain and symptoms of raised to myelofibrosis or acute leukaemia but the disease may intra cranial pressure. Phase 2 involves in- travenous chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide and cy- tosine) with oral 6-mercaptopurine. Lymphoid Stem Cell r Intensification: This involves intravenous metho- trexate and folinic acid, with intramuscular L- asparginase. Lymphoblast r Consolidation: This involves several cycles of chemotherapy at lower doses. Supportive treatment: Cytotoxic therapy and the leukaemia itself depresses normal bone marrow func- T Cell B Cell tion and causes a pancytopenia with resulting infection, anaemia and bleeding. Microscopy Prognosis The normal marrow is replaced by abnormal Prognosisisrelatedtoage,subtypeandinverselypropor- monotonous leukaemic cells of the lymphoid cell line. Over90%ofchildren The leukaemia is typed by cytochemical staining and respond to treatment, the rarer cases occurring in adults monoclonal antibodies to look for cell surface mark- carry a worse prognosis. Full Most common in the middle aged and elderly blood count shows a low haemoglobin, variable white count,lowplateletcount. Bonemarrowaspirationshows Sex increased cellularity with a high percentage of blast cells. On examination there Proerythroblast Myeloid Stem cell Megakaryoblast may be pallor, bruising, hepatosplenomegaly and lym- phadenopathy. Myeloblast Erythrocyte Platelet Microscopy Monoblast Promyelocyte Abnormal leukaemic cells of the myeloid cell line replace the normal marrow. Monocyte Myelocyte The leukaemia is typed by cytochemical staining and Granulocyte monoclonal antibodies to look for cell surface markers. Full blood count shows a low haemoglobin, variable white count, M2 Myelocytic leukaemia with differentiation low platelet count. Bone marrow aspiration shows in- M3 Acute promyelocytic leukaemia creased cellularity with a high percentage of the abnor- M4 Acute myelomonocytic leukaemia mal cells. Bone marrow cytogentic studies allow classi- M5 Acute monocytic leukaemia proliferation of mono- fication into prognostic groups (e. Supportive treatments in- particularly prone to disseminated intravascular co- clude red blood cell transfusions, platelet transfusions agulation due to the presence of procoagulants within and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Ninety-five 70% of those under 60 years will achieve remission with percent of patients with M3 are induced into remis- combination chemotherapy although the majority re- sion by treatment with high dose retinoic acid. Gum Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia hypertrophy and hepatosplenomegaly is common Definition within this subgroup. Clinical features Often there is an insidious onset of anorexia, malaise Incidence and lethargy due to anaemia. M > F Age Pathophysiology Bimodal distribution with a peak in young adults (15–34 Although there is a proliferation in B cells they have years) and older individuals (>55). On Aetiology examination there may be lymphadenopathy and hep- Infectious agents particularly Epstein Barr virus have atosplenomegaly. Involvement with intermittent chemotherapy such as chlorambucil of mediastinal lymph nodes may cause cough, shortness or fludarabine. B symptoms may be present (fever >38◦C, drenching night sweats, weight loss of Prognosis more than 10% within 6 months).

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Professionals involved more directly in the use of ionizing radiation should receive education and training in radiation protection at the start of their career, and the education process should continue throughout their professional life as the collective knowledge of the subject develops. It should include specific training on related radiation protection aspects as new equipment or techniques are introduced into a centre. A major test Adequate education and training of medical staff and practitioners is considered paramount and the major route to ensuring appropriate radiological protection in medicine. In pursuit of medical, dental, radiography and other health care degrees, education and training should be part of the curriculum and for specialists, such as radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists and medical physicists, as part of the curriculum of postgraduate degrees. The term ‘education’ usually refers to imparting knowledge and understanding on the topics of radiation health effects, radiation quantities and units, principles of radiological protection, radiological protection legislation, and the factors in practice that affect patient and staff doses. The term ‘training’ refers to providing instruction with regard to radiological protection for the justified application of the specific ionizing radiation modalities (e. Education and training are officially recognized with accreditation and certification. Accreditation and certification Organizations should be established to provide ‘accreditation’ that officially recognizes education and training on the radiological protection aspects of the use of diagnostic or interventional radiation procedures in medicine. Such organizations have to be approved by an authorizing or regulatory body, and required to meet standards that have been set by that body. A system of ‘certification’ shall be established for officially stating that an individual medical or clinical professional has successfully completed the education or training provided by an accredited organization for the diagnostic or interventional procedures to be practised by the individual, demonstrating competence in the subject matter in a manner required by the accrediting body. As the number of diagnostic and interventional medical procedures using ionizing radiations is rising steadily, and procedures resulting in higher patient and staff doses are being performed more frequently, the need for education and training of medical staff (including medical students) and other health care professionals in the principles of radiation protection will be a more compelling challenge for the future. Fostering information exchange Fostering information exchange is another key general challenge for improving radiological protection in medicine. Intergovernmental organizations, national regulatory bodies, medical professional associations, and medics and patients themselves should be part of a rich network of information exchange. This brochure underlines, on the one hand, the obvious benefits to health from medical uses of radiation, in X ray diagnostics, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy, and, on the other hand, the well established risks from high doses of radiation (radiotherapy, interventional radiology), particularly if improperly applied, and the possible deleterious effects from small radiation doses (such as those used in diagnostics). This brochure describes the dilemma of protection of patients in uncomplicated prose: appropriate use of large doses in radiotherapy prevents serious harm, but even low doses carry a risk that cannot be eliminated entirely. Diagnostic use of radiation, therefore, requires methodology that would secure high diagnostic gains while minimizing the possible harm. The text provides ample information on opportunities to minimize doses and, therefore, the risk from diagnostic uses of radiation, indicating that this objective may be reached by avoiding unnecessary (unjustified) examinations, and by optimizing the procedures applied both from the standpoint of diagnostic quality and in terms of reduction of excessive doses to patients. Optimization of patient protection in radiotherapy must depend on maintaining sufficiently high doses to irradiated tumours, securing a high cure rate, while protecting the healthy tissues to the largest extent possible. Problems related to special protection of the embryo and foetus in the 3 http://rpop. Strategy As described in the previous, vidi, chapter, the number of challenges still presented by radiological protection in medicine is enormous. In order to address these challenges and succeed in addressing them, a strategy is required. Altmaier, Federal Minister of Germany for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety at the Bonn conference [2]. It did not only consider the protection of patients and their comforters but also the related and, many times, interrelated occupational protection of the medical staff attending the patients and the protection of members of the public who are usually casually exposed from medical sources. Notwithstanding this, the Bonn conference could well follow the pattern marked by the Malaga conference. Heinen-Esser, again comes to the rescue with a relevant suggestion by declaring: “I would be delighted if we were to adopt a new action programme by the end of this week and meet the shared objective of this conference: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade. It seems that the general strategy should be the achievement of a renewed international Action Plan, this time covering all aspects of radiological protection in medicine. New standards It is to be noted that there is an important framework for such a strategy and for a new action plan. The new requirements comprehend ten specific mandatory ‘commandments’, namely: (1) The government shall ensure that relevant parties are authorized to assume their roles and responsibilities and that diagnostic reference levels, dose constraints, and criteria and guidelines for the release of patients are established. The world now seems to be ready for a serious systematic and orderly intergovernmental process for internationalizing the protection of patients and medical staff. The new Action Plan should be undertaken in co-sponsorship and cooperation with: — Specialized agencies of the United Nations family; — Relevant regional organizations; — National regulators; — Medical professional organizations; — Senior specialists in the practices of radiodiagnosis and radiotherapy, and in radiological protection; — The pertinent industry of manufacturers of medical equipment. 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