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  1. López-Muñoz F, Povedano-Montero FJ, Chee KY, Shen WW, Fernández-Martín P, García-Pacios J, et al.
    Malays J Med Sci, 2018 May;25(3):40-55.
    PMID: 30899186 DOI: 10.21315/mjms2018.25.3.5
    Objective: We carried out a bibliometric study on the scientific papers related to second-generation antipsychotic drugs (SGAs) in Malaysia.

    Methods: With the SCOPUS database, we selected those documents made in Malaysia whose title included descriptors related to SGAs. We applied bibliometric indicators of production and dispersion, as Price's law and Bradford's law, respectively. We also calculated the participation index of the different countries. The bibliometric data were also been correlated with some social and health data from Malaysia (total per capita expenditure on health and gross domestic expenditure on R&D).

    Results: We found 105 original documents published between 2004 and 2016. Our results fulfilled Price's law, with scientific production on SGAs showing exponential growth (r = 0.401, vs. r = 0.260 after linear adjustment). The drugs most studied are olanzapine (9 documents), clozapine (7), and risperidone (7). Division into Bradford zones yields a nucleus occupied by the Medical Journal of Malaysia, Singapore Medical Journal, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and Pharmacogenomics. Totally, 63 different journals were used, but only one in the top four journals had an impact factor being greater than 3.

    Conclusion: The publications on SGAs in Malaysia have undergone exponential growth, without evidence a saturation point.

  2. Zolkefli Y
    Malays J Med Sci, 2018 May;25(3):135-139.
    PMID: 30899195 DOI: 10.21315/mjms2018.25.3.14
    Can a lie be justified if it saves a human life or a community, or if another great evil is avoided? The article proposes that health professionals need not always tell the truth, depending on situation; but, this does not refute the significance of telling the truth. It also elucidates the value of telling the truth, and the challenges for telling the whole truth. Two prominent theories of ethics, Deontological and Consequentialism are deliberated, together with the integration of examples to illustrate main areas of interest.
  3. Faisham WI, Mohammad P, Juhara H, Munirah NM, Shamsulkamaruljan H, Ziyadi GM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2011 Apr;18(2):74-7.
    PMID: 22135591
    We report a case of open fracture of the clavicle with subclavian artery and vein laceration and perforation of the parietal pleural below the first rib that caused massive haemothorax. Emergency thoracotomy and exploration followed by repair of both vessels were able to salvage the patient and the extremity.
  4. Kannan TP, Zilfalil BA
    Malays J Med Sci, 2009 Apr;16(2):4-9.
    PMID: 22589651 MyJurnal
    Fifty years have elapsed since the discovery of the number of human chromosomes in 1956. Newer techniques have been developed since then, ranging from the initial conventional banding techniques to the currently used molecular array comparative genomic hybridisation. With a combination of these conventional and molecular techniques, cytogenetics has become an indispensable tool for the diagnosis of various genetic disorders, paving the way for possible treatment and management. This paper traces the history and evolution of cytogenetics leading up to the current state of technology.
  5. Asha'ari ZA, Suhaimi Y, Fadzil A, Zihni M
    Malays J Med Sci, 2012 Oct;19(4):84-7.
    PMID: 23613654 MyJurnal
    Acquired subglottic cyst in infancy is almost always associated with episodes of early life intubation. Most cases typically presented late, usually days to months after extubation. We report a case of a subglottic cyst with different presentation than the norm. This case highlights that subglottic cyst can present acutely, and rapidly enlarging soon after the airway extubation. As the management of a large subglottic cyst can be challenging, a close observation for early diagnosis and intervention are recommended post extubation in the high-risk cases, such as in the premature infant.
  6. Muthanna A, Salim HS, Hamat RA, Shamsuddin NH, Zakariah SZ
    Malays J Med Sci, 2018 Nov;25(6):6-21.
    PMID: 30914875 MyJurnal DOI: 10.21315/mjms2018.25.6.2
    This review highlights the clinical scoring tools used for the management of acute pharyngotonsillitis in primary care clinics. It will include the prevalence of group A pharyngotonsillitis among children and adults worldwide and the selective tests employed for diagnosing group A streptococcal pharyngotonsillitis. Pharyngotonsillitis is one of the common reasons for visits to primary care clinics worldwide, and physicians tend to prescribe antibiotics according to the clinical symptoms, which leads to overprescribing antibiotics. This in turn may lead to serious health impacts and severe reactions and may promote antibiotic resistance. These significantly add on to the health care costs. The available information from health organisations and previous studies has indicated the need to manage the diagnosis of pharyngotonsillitis to improve prescribing habits in primary care clinics.
  7. Pei Lin L, Zakaria NS
    Malays J Med Sci, 2013 Jan;20(1):60-8.
    PMID: 23785256 MyJurnal
    Accurate medical information is essential among health care professionals to aid dissemination of information to the public. This study aimed to determine the level of knowledge about breast cancer and to identify related factors among undergraduate health sciences students in a public university in Terengganu, Malaysia.
  8. Biswal BM, Ruzman N, Ahmad NM, Zakaria A
    Malays J Med Sci, 2000 Jan;7(1):54-9.
    PMID: 22844216 MyJurnal
    Short course hypo-fractionated radiotherapy is a standard regime for the palliation of stage IV head and neck cancers. However few patients respond favorably and require further radiotherapy in curative intent. We have used split-course radiotherapy technique to find out this conversion rate from palliative to curative intent. This was a prospective study conducted from November 1998 to October 1999; twenty-six (26) patients with stage IV head & neck cancers were treated with a hypofractionated regime of radiotherapy. A tumor dose of 30 Gy in 10 fractions [time dose fraction (TDF) 62] over 2 weeks was delivered using a 6 MV linear accelerator. A conventional 2 field or 3 field technique was used. Patients were assessed for the regression of tumor on fifth day, tenth day of radiotherapy and 4 weeks after the completion of radiotherapy. Patients showing complete response and good partial response were allowed to receive further radiotherapy of 30 Gy in 15 fractions [TDF 49]. There were 21 males and 5 females in the study with a median age of 44 years (range 19-77 years). All patients completed the initial regime. Complete responses were observed among 14 patients (54%); partial response in 6 patients (23%), and no response was seen among 6 patients (23%). Sixteen patients (61%) were suitable for radical radiotherapy after phase-I course of the above schedule. Seventeen patients (65%) showed an improvement in the general well being with a better quality of life. One year actuarial survival was (76%), with a median survival time of 12 months. Split-course technique is a useful radiotherapy treatment in stage IV head and neck cancers to distinguish between the subset of patients who would require curative treatment and who would not.
  9. Zainuddin ZF
    Malays J Med Sci, 2004 Jul;11(2):1-2.
    PMID: 22973120
  10. Tengku Baharudin N, Jaafar H, Zainuddin Z
    Malays J Med Sci, 2012 Jan;19(1):36-42.
    PMID: 22977373 MyJurnal
    The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 10398 polymorphism is hypothesised to alter a mitochondrial subunit of the electron transfer chain and is associated with several neurodegenerative disorders and cancers.
  11. Hassan WMNW, Nayan AM, Hassan AA, Zaini RHM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2017 Dec;24(6):21-28.
    PMID: 29379383 DOI: 10.21315/mjms2017.24.6.3
    Background: Abdominal hysterectomy (AH) is painful. The aim of this study was to compare intrathecal morphine (ITM) and epidural bupivacaine (EB) for their analgaesia effectiveness after this surgery.

    Methods: Thirty-two patients undergoing elective AH were randomised into Group ITM (ITM 0.2 mg + 2.5 mL 0.5% bupivacaine) (n = 16) and Group EB (0.25% bupivacaine bolus + continuous infusion of 0.1% bupivacaine-fentanyl 2 μg/mL) (n = 16).The procedure was performed before induction, and all patients subsequently received standard general anaesthesia. Both groups were provided patient-controlled analgaesia morphine (PCAM) as a backup. Visual analogue scale (VAS) scores, total morphine consumption, hospital stay duration, early mobilisation time and first PCAM demand time were recorded.

    Results: The median VAS score was lower for ITM than for EB after the 1st hour [1.0 (IqR 1.0) versus 3.0 (IqR 3.0), P < 0.001], 8th hour [1.0 (IqR 1.0) versus 2.0 (IqR 1.0), P = 0.018] and 16th hour [1.0 (IqR1.0) versus (1.0 (IqR 1.0), P = 0.006]. The mean VAS score at the 4th hour was also lower for ITM [1.8 (SD 1.2) versus 2.9 (SD 1.4), P = 0.027]. Total morphine consumption [11.3 (SD 6.6) versus 16.5 (SD 4.8) mg, P = 0.016] and early mobilisation time [2.1 (SD 0.3) versus 2.6 (SD 0.9) days, P = 0.025] were also less for ITM. No significant differences were noted for other assessments.

    Conclusions: The VAS score was better for ITM than for EB at earlier hours after surgery. However, in terms of acceptable analgaesia (VAS ≤ 3), both techniques were comparable over 24 hours.

  12. Shukeri WFWM, Hassan MH, Hassan WMNW, Zaini RHM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2018 Sep;25(5):158-159.
    PMID: 30914872 DOI: 10.21315/mjms2018.25.5.15
    Anastomotic leak after bariatric surgery is a rare complication with a recent prevalence ranging from 0.8% to 1.5%. The complication nevertheless can result in morbidity and even mortality. The purpose of this paper is to present a patient who suffered from an anastomotic leak presenting 2 days after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in our intensive care unit. Review of the current literature regarding this complication from critical care perspective is also attempted.
  13. Palaniandy K, Haspani MSM, Zain NRM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2017 May;24(3):33-43.
    PMID: 28814931 MyJurnal DOI: 10.21315/mjms2017.24.3.5
    BACKGROUND: Meningioma is the commonest primary intracranial tumour in adults. Excision is curative for low grade meningioma, whereas high-grade meningioma requires adjuvant therapy following surgery. Several studies have examined the association between peritumoural brain Edema - a common feature in meningioma - and histological grading with mixed results. The present study attempted to elucidate this association and if peritumoural brain Edema affects the intra-operative judgement of surgeons on the completeness of resection.

    METHODS: An observational study was conducted among those who underwent surgery for meningioma. Eighteen subjects were recruited each for low- and high-grades, respectively. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prior to surgery was employed for interpreting the Edema index and MRI after surgery was used to determine residual tumour.

    RESULTS: Median age was 50 years, male to female ratio was 1:3.5, 69.4% had peritumoural brain Edema and 75% had reported gross resection. Among the reported gross total resection cases, 40.7% had residual tumour. Analysis showed statistically significant association between peritumoural brain Edema (P = 0.027) and tumour volume (P = 0.001) with high-grade meningioma, however multivariate analysis did not present any association. No association was noted between judgement of tumour resection by surgeons and peritumoural brain Edema.

    CONCLUSION: Odds ratio for peritumoural brain Edema remained high and the tumour volume exhibited marginal P-value marginal significance for prediction of high grade meningioma. These two factors may still contribute to the tumour grade and should be included in further studies on the prognosis of meningioma.

  14. Mohamed AL, Zain MM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2004 Jul;11(2):65-8.
    PMID: 22973129 MyJurnal
    Rheumatic mitral stenosis is prevalent in this part of the world and it gives rise to wide array of manifestations. However, hoarseness of voice secondary to recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis (Ortner's syndrome) is an uncommon manifestation. This case illustrates an uncommon presentation in a common disease. A 29-year-old lady presented with a 2-year history of hoarseness of voice. Physical examination revealed a mid-diastolic murmur and left vocal cord paralysis. Echocardiography confirmed mitral stenosis with pulmonary hypertension. She underwent percutaneous mitral balloon valvotomy in 1991 with return of normal speech after a few months. The recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis is mainly due to the compression by an enlarged pulmonary artery as initially thought. This complication is rarely seen nowadays due to greater awareness of the disease and earlier intervention. With the advent of percutaneous transvenous mitral valvotomy in the nineties, effective non-surgical intervention is plausible.
  15. Arifin WN, Zahiruddin WM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2017 Oct;24(5):101-105.
    PMID: 29386977 MyJurnal DOI: 10.21315/mjms2017.24.5.11
    Animal research plays an important role in the pre-clinical phase of clinical trials. In animal studies, the power analysis approach to sample size calculation is recommended. Whenever it is not possible to assume the standard deviation and the effect size, an alternative to the power analysis approach is the 'resource equation' approach, which sets the acceptable range of the error degrees of freedom (DF) in an analysis of variance (ANOVA). The aim of this article is to guide researchers in calculating the minimum and maximum numbers of animals required in animal research by reformulating the error DF formulas.
  16. Inn FX, Imran FH, Ali MF, Ih R, Z Z
    Malays J Med Sci, 2012 Oct;19(4):81-3.
    PMID: 23613653 MyJurnal
    Throughout history, a proportion of men appear to correlate penis size and dimensions directly with physical fitness and sexual prowess. Foreign materials, such as paraffin oil, paraffin balm, mineral oils, and silicone, have been used to promise an improvement in penile shaft contour and dimensions. These materials are injected directly into the penis; inducing granuloma formation to achieve increased penis length and girth. However, the result is a severely disfigured and swollen penis, which cannot achieve erection. Local complications of penile lipogranuloma include infection, ulceration, local migration, and cavernosal invasion; leading to functional impairment. Meanwhile, systemic complications include foreign body embolization, organ infarct, and death. Penile lipogranuloma is best treated surgically. Granulomatous skin needs to be completely excised; wound closure with a scrotal skin flap, Cecil's inlay operation and split thickness skin graft commonly used options. Our case series has shown that penile lipogranuloma, induced by subcutaneous foreign body injections into the penile shaft, and its subsequent adverse outcomes to patients and their partners.
  17. Jaafar MS, Hamid O, Khor CS, Yuvaraj RM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2002 Jan;9(1):28-33.
    PMID: 22969315 MyJurnal
    The relationship between left ventricular mass (LVM) and the mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) was investigated, using M-Mode echocardiography. MAP was higher in hypertensive patients (p<0.05, n=9) compared to that of controlled subjects. The results showed that LVM index for hypertensive patients was significantly higher (p<0.05, n=9) than that for the normal group. LVM index correlates fairly (r=0.6) with MAP for hypertensive patients. The results also show that the increase of intraventricular septal wall thickness (IVST) was due to hypertension. The LVM (r =0.9) and IVST (r=0.75) of the normal subjects were linearly dependent on the body surface area (BSA). The hypertensive group revealed a non-linear relationship to the BSA.
  18. Yudin ZM, Yaacob LH, Hassan NB, Ismail SB, Draman N, Yusoff SSM
    Malays J Med Sci, 2017 May;24(3):44-50.
    PMID: 28814932 MyJurnal DOI: 10.21315/mjms2016.24.3.6
    BACKGROUND: Statins are a class of potent drugs that can be used to reduce cholesterol, especially low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). However, their effectiveness is limited if adherence to treatment is poor. The objectives of the study are to estimate the proportion of diabetic patient who has achieved LDL-C goal and to determine the association of LDL-C achievement with socio demographic factors and statin therapy adherence.

    METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study involving 234 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and dyslipidaemia attending an outpatient clinic in a hospital in Kelantan. Interviews and self-administered questionnaires were used to determine their sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. Adherence to therapy was assessed using the Medication Compliance Questionnaire (MCQ). The associations between the achievement of LDL targets and sociodemographic/clinical factors, including adherence, were analysed with simple logistic regression.

    RESULTS: About 37.6% of patients achieved their LDL-C target. The percentage of patients who adhered to statin use was 98.3%, and 20.5% of these patients reported full adherence. There was no significant association between achievement of LDL-C targets with adherence or any other sociodemographic factors, such as age, gender and educational or economic status (all P-value < 0.05).

    CONCLUSION: Despite a high level of adherence, the majority of patients failed to achieve LDL-C targets. More concerted efforts are needed to improve this.

    Study site: primary
    care clinic in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia,
  19. Hassan AB, Begum T, Reza MF, Yusoff N
    Malays J Med Sci, 2016 Nov;23(6):70-82.
    PMID: 28090181 MyJurnal DOI: 10.21315/mjms2016.23.6.8
    Previous studies have revealed that self-related tasks (items) receive more attention than non-self-related, and that they elicit event-related potential (ERP) components with larger amplitudes. Since personality has been reported as one of the biological correlates influencing these components, as well as our behavioural differences, it is important to examine how it affects our self-consciousness in relation to tasks of varied relevance and the neurological basis.
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