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Professor Predrag Đurđević
PhD Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Esteemed colleagues, dear friends and associates,

It is my great honor and pleasure to present the last issue of the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber in year 2022. The year that is at its close was incredibly challenging and demanding. As before, we have stoically braved all that we had to face and overcome, proving the strength of our spirit and our profession and confirming, yet again, our humanity and expertise. In order to be even more successful and satisfied with our work, just like in every issue of the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber so far, in this issue, as well, we offer a host of high quality professional and research articles. In this issue, the Journal presents a multitude of current information, necessary in everyday professional work.

The COVID-19 infection continues to be a global health, social, and economic problem. Defining numerous biomarkers is an important step towards improving the treatment outcome in COVID-19 patients. The study by Sanja Aleksić et al. highlights the significance of determining the concentrations of homocysteine, an important molecule in the pathogenesis of numerous events in the circulation, as one of the potential predictors of treatment outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

In their study, Aleksandra Filipović et al. stress the significance of the impact of various determinants, such as demographic and anthropometric parameters, biological markers, risk factors, comorbidities, as well as the different therapeutic approaches, on the death outcome in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Bearing in mind the incidence of this disease, its socioepidemiological significance, and the mortality rate, this article offers very useful information that is important both for everyday work and clinical practice as well as for bringing about significant improvements in the successful treatment of acute coronary syndrome.

Dental medicine is a part of healthcare which provides dental care to the population. In her article, Aleksandra Vukadinović investigates the prospects of improving the organization and management of the current dental healthcare system and proposes and defines solutions that may serve as the basis for improving the functionality of the existing dental healthcare system.

Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass, consequently leading to increased risk of falls, trauma, invalidity, loss of the ability to work, and premature death. With the increase in life expectancy, sarcopenia has been recognized as a separate field in geriatric medicine. In their article, Katarina Stefanović et al. describe the clinical significance of this syndrome, as well as the new methods of treating sarcopenia.

The review article by Sandra Babić et al. offers an abundance of new and important information on placental abruption. Rapid diagnosis and appropriate medical intervention provide a better outcome, which, unfortunately, cannot always be achieved. The degree of bleeding accompanying placental abruption depends on whether the abruption is partial or complete. In case of complete placental abruption, unless emergency delivery by Cesarean section is performed immediately, the death of the fetus is the expected outcome, which is why an appropriate therapeutic approach is essential for improving the treatment of this condition.

The review article by Velimir Perić et al. stresses the significance of the risk stratification of changes in cardiac function, in the geriatric population, when carrying out major vascular surgery.

In their study, Danica Marković et al. present the significance of perioperative anaphylaxis caused by muscle relaxants. This is a relatively rare, albeit very serious complication, which accompanies anesthesia and may have severe medical consequences, including the fatal outcome. This may be a topic that the field of anesthesiology may pursue more vigorously in the future.

In presenting their study, Nikola Marić et al. emphasize the significance of neurosarcoidosis, as a commonly occurring extrapulmonary form of sarcoidosis, with a special emphasis on the treatment approaches applied thus far as well as potentially new therapeutic methods.

Jasmina Pavlović Stojanović et al. present the case of an oncological patient, in whom a complete absence of the celiac trunk was observed, during a routine radiological examination. This variation is usually asymptomatic and has no negative effect on the blood supply to the visceral organs, however, it should not be overlooked during various surgical, diagnostic, and endovascular procedures.

In their case report, Dragana Danilović et al. discuss the significance of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating a progressive infection of the foot in a patient suffering from diabetes mellitus. The authors state that the application of this therapeutic method makes it possible to successfully resolve severe infection in diabetic foot.

In presenting the case of a patient, Željko Todorović and Marko Anđelić emphasize the clinical significance of thrombotic microangiopathies, which sometimes accompany advanced malignant diseases, as well as the therapeutic approaches applied in clinical practice.

It is not easy to maintain quality over time. It is not always easy to maintain the highest level of expertise and professionalism. We hope that this issue of the Serbian Journal of the Medical Chamber will, yet again, prove worthy of your trust, while at the same time maintaining the responsibility of further promoting professional and scientific thought. It will be our great pleasure and honor to have you join us with your submissions in the future issues of our Journal.

Sincerely


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