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  1. Peripheral degenerative joint diseases

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    Nilzio Antonio da Silva

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most commonrheumatic disorder mainly in a geriatric population. Manifestationsare pain, stiffness and functional loss in the affected joint.According to etiology it is classifi ed as primary (or idiopathicand secondary. Some risk factors for disease development aregenetics, race, age, sex, obesity, occupational activities andarticular biomechanics. Pathogenesis is the same for any cause orlocalization, being catabolic alterations, with synthesis, inhibitionand reparing intent of the cartilage matrix. Metalloproteinases andcytokines (IL-1,IL-6,TNF-? actions promote infl ammatory reactionand cartilage degradation. Pain, the most important symptom,does not correlate with radiologic fi ndings. Peripheral osteoarthritisoccurs predominantly in the knee, hip and hand. Diagnosis is basedon clinical features, laboratorial tests and radiological changes.Rheumatological associations’ guidelines for treatment includenon-pharmacologic (education, physiotherapy, assistive devices,and pharmacologic (analgesics, anti-infl ammatory drugs therapyand surgery. Arthroplasty seems to work better than medicines, butshould be used if other treatments have failed.

  2. Is running associated with degenerative joint disease?

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    Little information is available regarding the long-term effects, if any, of running on the musculoskeletal system. The authors compared the prevalence of degenerative joint disease among 17 male runners with 18 male nonrunners. Running subjects (53% marathoners) ran a mean of 44.8 km (28 miles)/wk for 12 years. Pain and swelling of hips, knees, ankles and feet and other musculoskeletal complaints among runners were comparable with those among nonrunners. Radiologic examinations (for osteophytes, cartilage thickness, and grade of degeneration) also were without notable differences among groups. They did not find an increased prevalence of osteoarthritis among the runners. Our observations suggest that long-duration, high-mileage running need to be associated with premature degenerative joint disease in the lower extremities

  3. Radiographic evaluation of degenerative joint disease in horses: interpretive principles

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    Degenerative joint disease in horses is characterized by the progressive deterioration of articular cartilage of synovial joints. The morbidity associated with degenerative joint disease, particularly the loss of function in pleasure and performance horses, costs horse owners millions of dollars each year. Although new drugs, such as polysulfated glycosaminoglycans and hyaluronic acid, are available for the treatment of patients with degenerative joint disease, the success of therapy depends on early diagnosis. Diagnostic imaging strategies, therefore, should focus on accurate and timely diagnosis of degenerative joint disease to provide prompt therapy. Early identification of degenerative joint disease is also beneficial because the use and/or training methods of affected patients may be altered, possibly limiting the progression of the disease. The pathogenesis of degenerative joint disease is complex and multifactorial. Current evidence suggests that initiating factors lead to a final common pathway-breakdown of articular cartilage. There are many diagnostic tests that aid practitioners in detecting degenerative joint disease; however, the most important imaging technique is radiography. During the early stages of the disease, radiographic changes may be slight; therefore, it is essential that practitioners have adequate equipment to obtain high-quality radiographs. Thinning of the joint space, osteophytosis, enthesopathy, changes in subchondral bone, and increased synovium and synovia provide radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease. By understanding the pathophysiology of the disease and how technical alterations affect the subtle radiographic changes, practitioners can more accurately diagnose degenerative joint disease during its early stages and institute proper therapy

  4. Chondroprotective drugs in degenerative joint diseases.

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    Verbruggen, G

    2006-02-01

    Catabolic cytokine and anabolic growth factor pathways control destruction and repair in osteoarthritis (OA). A unidirectional TNF-alpha/IL-1-driven cytokine cascade disturbs the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix of articular cartilage in OA. Although chondrocytes in OA cartilage overexpress anabolic insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and its specific receptor (IGFRI) autocrine TNF-alpha released by apoptotic articular cartilage cells sets off an auto/paracrine IL-1-driven cascade that overrules the growth factor activities that sustain repair in degenerative joint disease. Chondroprotection with reappearance of a joint space that had disappeared has been documented unmistakably in peripheral joints of patients suffering from spondyloarthropathy when treated with TNF-alpha-blocking agents that repressed the unidirectional TNF-alpha/IL-1-driven cytokine cascade. A series of connective tissue structure-modifying agents (CTSMAs) that directly affect IL-1 synthesis and release in vitro and down-modulate downstream IL-1 features, e.g. collagenase, proteoglycanase and matrix metalloproteinase activities, the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, the increased release of nitric oxide, and the secretion of prostaglandin E(2), IL-6 and IL-8, have been shown to possess disease-modifying OA drug (DMOAD) activities in experimental models of OA and in human subjects with finger joint and knee OA. Examples are corticosteroids, some sulphated polysaccharides, chemically modified tetracyclines, diacetylrhein/rhein, glucosamine and avocado/soybean unsaponifiables. PMID:16278282

  5. Role of interleukin-7 in degenerative and inflammatory joint diseases

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    van Roon, Joel AG; Lafeber, Floris PJG

    2008-01-01

    IL-7 is known foremost for its immunostimulatory capacities, including potent T cell-dependent catabolic effects on bone. In joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, IL-7, via immune activation, can induce joint destruction. Now it has been demonstrated that increased IL-7 levels are produced by human articular chondrocytes of older individuals and osteoarthritis patients. IL-7 stimulates production of proteases by IL-7 receptor-expressing chondrocytes and enhances cartila...

  6. Degenerative joint disease on MRI and physical activity: a clinical study of the knee joint in 320 patients

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    We examined 320 patients with MRI and arthroscopy after an acute trauma to evaluate MRI in diagnosis of degenerative joint disease of the knee in relation to sports activity and clinical data. Lesions of cartilage and menisci on MRI were registered by two radiologists in consensus without knowledge of arthroscopy. Arthroscopy demonstrated grade-1 to grade-4 lesions of cartilage on 729 of 1920 joint surfaces of 320 knees, and MRI diagnosed 14 % of grade-1, 32 % of grade-2, 94 % of grade-3, and 100 % of grade-4 lesions. Arthroscopy explored 1280 meniscal areas and showed degenerations in 10 %, tears in 11.4 %, and complex lesions in 9.2 %. Magnetic resonance imaging was in agreement with arthroscopy in 81 % showing more degenerations but less tears of menisci than arthroscopy. Using a global system for grading the total damage of the knee joint into none, mild, moderate, or severe changes, agreement between arthroscopy and MRI was found in 82 %. Magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopy showed coherently that degree of degenerative joint changes was significantly correlated to patient age or previous knee trauma. Patients over 40 years had moderate to severe changes on MRI in 45 % and patients under 30 years in only 22 %. Knee joints with a history of trauma without complete structural or functional reconstitution showed marked changes on MRI in 57 %, whereas stable joints without such alterations had degenerative changes in only 26 %. There was no correlation of degenerative disease to gender, weight, type, frequency, and intensity of sports activity. Therefore, MRI is an effective non-invasive imaging method for exact localization and quantification of chronic joint changes of cartilage and menisci that recommends MRI for monitoring in sports medicine. (orig.) (orig.)

  7. [Use of arthroscopic arthroplasty in the treatment of patients with degenerative diseases of the knee joint].

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    Malanin, D A; Pisarev, V B; Cherezov, L L; Shauki Mokhamad, A M

    1999-01-01

    An analysis of results of treatment of 38 patients with 40 degenerative injuries of the knee joint by arthroscopic arthroplasty shows clinical effectiveness of this method only in cases with light and medium degrees of gravity of the disease. The absence of clinical effects of the complex conservative treatment of patients with osteochondrosis and persistent painful syndrome, mechanical symptoms of disturbances in the joint, recurring synovitis can be considered as indications for arthroscopic operations. The probability of achievement of positive results of arthroscopic treatment is higher in patients with the I-III degrees of injuries of the cartilage and IV degree--with a full thickness defect of the articulation surface as big as 1 cm in diameter in one part of the knee joint and on one of the joining condyles. PMID:10533223

  8. Primary degenerative joint disease of the shoulder in a colony of Beagles

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    Shoulder joints of 149 Beagles over 8 years old at the time of death (mean age, 13.8 years +/- 3.21), were examined radiographically throughout their life-times for the frequency of degenerative joint disease (DJD). Clinical histories revealed no underlying cause for DJD. The shoulder joints of a subgroup of 18 dogs were examined at necropsy, and thin sections of the joints were evaluated radiographically and histologically. Serial clinical radiographic studies indicated that normal shoulder joint development during the first year of life was followed by the appearance of subchondral bone sclerosis and bony remodeling of normal joint contour, and by the formation of periarticular osteophytes and enthesiophytes. All changes were progressive with age and typical for DJD in dogs. Bilateral involvement was common. Evaluation of specimens obtained at necropsy revealed: articular cartilage change with roughening of the surface layer, degeneration and death of superficial chondrocytes, exposure of deeper layers of chondrocytes that had proliferated with fissuring of the damaged cartilage, total cartilage loss with polishing of the exposed subchondral bone, mixed patterns of subchondral bone sclerosis and osteoporosis, change in contour of the articular surfaces, and formation of periarticular osteophytes and enthesiophytes. Joint capsule thickening, synovitis, pannus formation, and synovial chondroma formation were observed. Because of the available clinical information, in addition to the typical changes of DJD, it was thought that the changes were primary. Instability appeared to play a role in the pathogenesis of the joint disease described; however, it was not clear whether the instability caused abnormal forces on healthy cartilage or whether the primary cartilage wear caused the instability

  9. Evaluation of risk factors for degenerative joint disease associated with hip dysplasia in dogs

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    Passive coxofemoral joint laxity of dogs, as quantitated by a distraction-stress radiographic method, may have important prognostic value in determining susceptibility to hip dysplasia. Data from 151 dogs, representing 13 breeds, were included in a logistic regression model to evaluate the contribution of factors such as age, breed, weight, sex, distraction index, and Norberg angle to the risk of developing degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the coxofemoral joint. Of the factors studied, the amount of passive hip laxity, as quantitated by the distraction index, was the most significant (P < 0.0001) determinant of the risk to develop DJD of the coxofemoral joint. In the longitudinal and cross-sectional components of the study, distraction index was a significant (P < 0.001) risk factor for DJD, irrespective of age at evaluation (4, 12, or 24 months). The strength of the hip laxity:DJD correlation increased with the age of dog. In contrast, the Norberg angle, a measure of hip laxity on the standard hip-extended radiograph, was not found to be a significant risk factor for DJD, either in the longitudinal or cross-sectional analyses. Breed-specific probability curves of DJD susceptibility indicated that German Shepherd Dogs had a significantly (P < 0.05) greater risk of developing DJD than did the pool of non-German Shepherd Dogs. The information derived from this statistical model will help to scientifically characterize the role of passive hip laxity as a component in the pathogenesis of DJD of the coxofemoral joint

  10. Degenerative joint disease in cattle and buffaloes in the Amazon region: a retrospective study

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    José Diomedes Barbosa

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study of the epidemiological and clinic-pathological aspects of cattle and buffaloes with degenerative joint disease (DJD was conducted in the state of Pará, Brazil. From 1999 to 2014, eleven cattle and 24 buffaloes were evaluated. All the treated animals with suspected DJD underwent a clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system. In seven cattle and eight buffaloes with clinical signs of the disease postmortem examination was performed. The common clinical signs observed in both species were chronic lameness, stiff gait, postural changes, audible crackles in the affected limb, prolonged recumbency, difficulty in getting up and progressive weight loss. The lesions observed at necropsy were: irregular articular surfaces, erosion of the articular cartilage and the underlying bone tissue, and proliferation of the periarticular bone tissue with formation of osteophytes. The most affected joints in cattle and buffaloes wereof the hind limb. In buffaloes, the main predisposing factor to the onset of DJD was phosphorus deficiency. In cattle, defects of the anatomical conformation of the hind limbs, chronic trauma due to the activities performed, such as semen collection, and advanced age possibly contributed to the emergence of the disease.

  11. Imaging of bone spavin. A radiographic and scintigraphic study of degenerative joint disease in the distal tarsus in Icelandic horses

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    Radiography and scintigraphy are commonly used for the diagnosis of skeletal disorders in horses. Icelandic Horses have a high prevalence of degenerative joint disease of the distal tarsus, generally known as bone spavin (BS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate and develop the use of radiography and scintigraphy for the detection of BS in Icelandic Horses

  12. Effect of Age on the Hemostatic Function in Patients with Degenerative Diseases of the Large Joints

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    Igor L. Shlykov, PhD¹, ScD¹

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Aging is associated with an increased hypercoagulable state. Degenerative diseases of the large joints are also accompanied by increased coagulation activity. We investigated the effect of age on the hemostatic function in patients with osteoarthritis. Material and Methods: The study included 192 patients with osteoarthritis admitted to the clinic for primary hip or knee arthroplasty. The patients were categorized into 5 age groups: the age group under 40 years, the 41–to-50 -year age group, the 51–to-60-year age group, the 61-to-70- year age group, and the age group over 70 years. The general blood clotting tests, platelet number, fibrinogen, antithrombin, protein C, TAT, D-dimer, vonWillebrand factor (vWF, PAI-1, ß-thromboglobulin were determined. Results: Among patients with osteoarthritis, the antithrombin III level significantly decreased by the age of 50; however, above the age of 60 there was a distinct decrease in platelet count, and over the age of 70 the activity of the extrinsic coagulation pathway and the plasminogen level dropped significantly. TAT and D-dimer levels were elevated in most of the patients. Conclusion: The decrease in platelet count coupled with the activity of the extrinsic coagulation pathway in elderly osteoarthritic patients may increase blood loss during total arthroplasty; also, the drop in the anticoagulant and fibrinolytic potential may play a negative role in strengthening the prothrombotic state during the postoperative period.

  13. Long-Term Follow-Up of the Cheilectomy for Degenerative Joint Disease of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint.

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    Nicolosi, Nicole; Hehemann, Chris; Connors, James; Boike, Allan

    2015-01-01

    Cheilectomy is the surgical resection of 20% to 30% of the dorsal metatarsal head and proximal phalanx. The present retrospective study evaluated the long-term efficacy of aggressive cheilectomy to address degenerative joint disease of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. To our knowledge, this is the second longest duration study to date to evaluate the long-term efficacy of the cheilectomy procedure, with a mean follow-up period of 7.14 years (range 39 weeks to 14.87 years). The mean patient age was 55.71 ± 9.51 years, and 37 (65%) of the patients were female. Age, sex, foot type, and preoperative radiographic parameters of hallux rigidus were also evaluated and correlated. The mean percentage of success with this operation was 87.69%. Of the 58 patients, 51 (87.93%) experienced no limitations in their daily activities. Only 2 patients (3.33%) subsequently required subsequent arthrodesis. The results of the present study suggest that cheilectomy offers long-term satisfaction for patients with hallux rigidus and is an acceptable alternative to the joint destructive procedure of first metatarsophalangeal arthrodesis. PMID:25981441

  14. Imaging of degenerative and posttraumatic disease in the shoulder joint with ultrasound

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    Zanetti, Marco E-mail: mzanetti@balgrist.unizh.ch; Hodler, Juerg

    2000-08-01

    This article reviews the examination technique of shoulder ultrasound, normal and abnormal ultrasound findings in acute (posttraumatic) and chronic (degenerative) lesions. Moreover, it reviews the effectiveness of ultrasound in relation to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Most authors report that full-thickness tears of the supraspinatus can reliably be diagnosed by ultrasound. However, the simple diagnosis of a full-thickness rotator cuff tear is no longer sufficient for surgical management. The precise localization and size of rotator cuff tears as well as the extent of muscle degeneration is important for surgical planning. For this aspect and for partial-thickness tears of the supraspinatus, for subscapularis lesions as well as for lesions of the long biceps tendons there is no consensus regarding the diagnostic value of ultrasound. To the present, ultrasound (contrary to MR imaging) has failed to demonstrate that it consistently influences the clinician's degree of confidence in the clinical diagnosis or the treatment plan. Therefore, some orthopedic surgeons prefer MR imaging to ultrasound in the evaluation of rotator cuff tears and other abnormalities of the glenohumeral joint. Moreover, MR imaging, especially when combined with arthrography, represents a one-step investigation, which not only allows for assessment of rotator cuff lesion but also of lesions of the labrum (Bankart lesions, SLAP lesions), the joint capsule and the biceps tendon. It also demonstrates muscle atrophy, which represents an important predictor of surgical outcome in rotator cuff repair.

  15. Regenerative Injection Therapy with Whole Bone Marrow Aspirate for Degenerative Joint Disease: A Case Series

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    Hauser, Ross A.; Orlofsky, Amos

    2013-01-01

    Regenerative therapeutic strategies for joint diseases usually employ either enriched concentrates of bone marrow-derived stem cells, chondrogenic preparations such as platelet-rich plasma, or irritant solutions such as hyperosmotic dextrose. In this case series, we describe our experience with a simple, cost-effective regenerative treatment using direct injection of unfractionated whole bone marrow (WBM) into osteoarthritic joints in combination with hyperosmotic dextrose. Seven patients wit...

  16. Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hialuronate in treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs. Clinical and radiological aspects

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    The aim of this study was the evaluation of the effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the knee joint of dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD). Fifteen mongrel dogs, weighing 18 to 25kg were used. DJD was induced by cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) arthroscopical transection. After three weeks, CCL was repaired by an intrarticular technique, which uses fascia lata. The dogs were then divided into three groups as follows: group I received no other treatment, but the CCL reconstitution, group II received 24mg/animal of chondroitin sulfate/IM every five days, totaling six injections, and group III received 20mg/animal of sodium hyaluronate /IV every five days, totaling three injections. All dogs were examined clinically and radiographically for 90 days after the repairment surgery. The clinical evaluation was performed by assessment of lameness, weight-bearing, limb muscle atrophy and range of motion. The results demonstrated that the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had lower degree of lameness in comparison with other groups. The radiographic evaluation showed marginal osteophytes and subchondral bone sclerosis. These changes were more severe in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate. The better clinical results observed in this group, compared with the others, was probably due to the greater action of the drug in the synovium, decreasing the pain and lameness. Radiographic findings correlated poorly with the clinical signs in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate

  17. Low back pain and degenerative disc disease

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    Jandri? Slavica

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Various clinical conditions can cause low back pain, and in most cases it is of a degenerative origin. Degenerative disc disease is a common condition which affects young to middle-aged men and women equally. Changes in the mechanical properties of the disc lead to degenerative arthritis in the intervertebral joints, osteophytes, and narrowing the intervertebral foramen or the spinal canal. Pathophysiology. Degenerative cascade, described by Kirkaldy-Willis, is the widely accepted pathophysiologic model describing the degenerative process as it affects the lumbar spine in 3 phases. Diagnosis. There are two forms of low back pain secondary to degenerative disc disease: a lumbalgia and b lumbar radiculopathy. Limitation of movement, problems with balance, pain, loss of reflexes in the extremities, muscle weakness, loss of sensation or other signs of neurological damage can be found on physical examination. For accurate diagnosis, it is often necessary to combine clinical examination and sophisticated technology. Treatment. Coservative treatment consists of rest, physical therapy, pharmacological therapy and injection therapy. Physical rehabilitation with active patient participation is a key approach to treatment of patients with discogenic pain. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and kinesitherapy are important for improving muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Disc surgery is performed if surgical intervention is required. .

  18. Degenerative Achilles tendon disease

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    As Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging and Ultrasound (US) allow the evaluation of soft-tissue structures not previously possible with other imaging techniques, a clinical study has been undertaken to determine the value of these 2 modalities in the detection of lesions in the Achilles tendon (AT), other than acute total rupture. Seven healthy subjects and 28 symptomatic patients with Achillodynia and/or signs of thickening of the AT were investigated with MR and US; all results were compared with the clinical features. Surgical findings were available in 14 patients. Patients were divided into 3 groups; those with tendon thickening, incomplete and complete ruptures. Thickening of the AT was easily detected with both methods. MR was superior in the detection of incomplete tendon rupture and in the evaluation of various stages of chronic degenerative changes. It is concluded that only if US remains unclear, an additional MR study should be performed and together with the clinical diagnosis indication for surgery can be made more efficient. (author). 24 refs.; 4 figs

  19. Degenerative Nerve Diseases

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    ... activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing, and heart function. Many of these diseases are genetic. Sometimes the cause is a medical condition such as alcoholism, a tumor, or a stroke. Other causes may ...

  20. Genetic and somatic radiation doses in radiotherapy of inflammatory and degenerative diseases of bones, joints and soft parts

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    Kirsch, M.; Keinert, K.; Schumann, E. (Medizinische Akademie, Erfurt (German Democratic Republic). Radiologische Klinik)

    1983-01-01

    Dose measurements were performed in several body regions of patients suffering from inflammatory degenerative diseases (humeral epicondylitis, humeroscapular periarthritis, gonarthrosis, axillary hidradenitis, rheumatoid arthritis, coxarthrosis, parotitis). The problem of the radiation induction of neoplasms is predominant concerning somatic as well as genetic risk, discussed by example of the most frequently occurring organ cancer. Compared to the rate of breast cancer in the highly developed industrial states (5,000 to 6,000 cancers/100,000 women) the 'radiation induction' calculated according to a mathematical model of ICRP 26 (1.25 cases of death for breast cancers/100,000 women following for example irradiation of epicondylitis) is behind several powers of ten and not demonstrable. The genetic radiation exposure is also low. Derived from the measurements it is wrong to give up reliable and approved indications of radiotherapy of non-malignant diseases because of unfounded radiophobia.

  1. [Dysexecutive syndromes and degenerative diseases].

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    Pillon, B; Czernecki, V; Dubois, B

    2004-04-01

    A dysexecutive syndrome is observed not only in frontotemporal lobar degeneration, but also in subcortical degenerative diseases, and even in Alzheimer's disease whose lesions predominate in temporoparietal associative areas. The association between a dysexecutive syndrome and various cerebral localisations may be explained by the fact that cognitive and behavioral organisation recruits anatomofunctional frontostriatal and frontoparietal circuits. Both animal experimentation and human clinical observation argue in favour of a functional continuity and complementarity among these loops. The prefrontal cortex would be particularly needed in new situations, to inhibit old programs of action not adapted to the present context and to elaborate new ones; the basal ganglia would be rather required by the repetition of the situation to progressively transform the new program in routine. If we refer to Shallice model, we can hypothesize that optimal executive functions require the preservation not only of the Supervisory Attentional System, mainly dependent on the prefrontal cortex, but also of the Contention Scheduling, recruiting the basal ganglia, and of the Schemas of Action, represented in parietal and premotor areas. Therefore, the neuropsychological assessment of patients with degenerative diseases contributes to the understanding of the anatomofunctional architecture of executive functions. PMID:15118550

  2. Joint diseases

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    The authors discuss how x-ray examination is essential in the diagnosis and evaluation of the arthritides. Most arthritides are first suspected by the clinician, and x-ray evaluation of these entities along with laboratory testing is important for confirmation of the clinical diagnosis and in staging of the disease process. Several arthritides are often diagnosed first by the podiatrist on x-ray evaluation, including pseudogout, ankylosing spondylitis, early rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and tuberculosis of bone. The joint responds to insult in only a limited number of ways that become apparent on x-ray. The soft tissues surrounding the joint, the articulating bones, and alignment of the joint space may all be involved by the arthritic process. On roentgenographic examination, the soft tissues must be examined for edema, masses, calcifications, and atrophy. The articulating bones must be examined for demineralization, erosions, osteophytes, periosteal reaction, cysts and sclerosis

  3. Neuro degenerative diseases: clinical concerns

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    Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are the main neuro-degenerative diseases (NDDs) seen clinically. They share some common clinical symptoms and neuro-pathological findings. The increase of life expectancy in the developed countries will inevitably contribute to enhance the prevalence of these diseases. Behavioral disorders, common in NDDs, will produce major care management challenges. Idiopathic Parkinson's disease corresponds to a histopathological diagnosis, based on the observation of a de-pigmentation and a neuronal loss in the substantia nigra, as well as on the presence of intra-neuronal inclusion bodies. AD is insidious with slowly progressive dementia in which the decline in memory constitutes the main complaint. The diagnosis of definite AD requires the presence of clinical criteria as well as the histopathological confirmation of brain lesions. The two main lesions are the presence of senile plaques and neuro-fibrillary tangles. Positron emission tomography (PET) explores cerebral metabolism and neurotransmitter kinetics in NDDs using principally [18F]-deoxyglucose and [18F]-dopa. Nigrostriatal dopaminergic function is altered in PD, as evidenced by the low uptake of [18F]-dopa in the posterior putamen as compared to anterior putamen and caudate nucleus. In contrast, [18F]-dopa uptake is equally depressed in all striatal structures in progressive supra-nuclear palsy. Regional glucose metabolism at rest is preserved in elderly once cerebral atrophy is taken into account. On the contrary, glucose metabolism is globally reduced in AD, with marked decrease in the parietal and temporal regions. PET has proved to be useful to study in vivo neurochemical processes in patients suffering from NDDs. The potential of this approach is still largely unexploited, and depends on new ligand production to establish early diagnosis and treatment follow-up. (author)

  4. Study of the lateral raise in foot wear for the management of medial compartment degenerative joint disease of knee

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    A wide spread disease, which may lead the patient to severe outcomes e.g. pain, loss of joint motion, inflexibility and even disability, is Knee osteoarthritis (OA). It is most common among adults of older age and should not be ignored at all. Literature does not show any clear pathogenesis for occurrence of Knee OA, but most of the indications point toward biomechanical stresses which may influence the articular cartilage and sub chondral bone. Objective: The Aim of this study is to become aware of the effects of physical therapy with and without laterally raised footwear in the management of medial knee osteoarthritis. Methodology: We have used experimental comparative study in 35 patients which were randomly selected from Department of Physiotherapy, Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman, Lahore. The study consisted of 2 groups, Group I (Experimental Group): In experimental group, patients were treated with laterally raised foot wear and physical therapy both. Group II (Control Group): Whereas in control group patients were treated by physical therapy alone. Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) scale was used to assess radiograph of the knee joints after an anteroposterior weight-bearing standing. The assessment of disease in patients was done by using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Index, Muscle flexibility, Muscle strengthening and Tolerance scales. Results: In group-I the mean age of patients observed was 59.52+-13.66 years and 65+-12.87 years in Group-II. In Group-I, 9 (52.9%) patients were males and 8 (47.1%) patients were females while in Group-II, 9 patients (50%) were male and 9 (50%) were female. In Group-I 2 (11.8%) patients used flat and open shoes, 6 (35.3%) used flat and close shoe, 3 (17.6%) patients used dress shoes and 2 (11.8%) used flat shoes. In Group-I, the frequency of patients wearing laterally raised foot wear in terms of duration was; 5 (29.4%) patients for 20 days, 4 (23.5%) for 24 days, 4 (23.5%) for 25 days, whilst 2 patients used it for 26 and 30 days respectively. Among 10 (58.8%) patients the use of lateral raised foot wear was intermittent wile in 7 (41.2%) patients the use of lateral raised foot wear was continuous. Overall Group-I presented better results compared to Group-II in this study. Conclusion: We have concluded in our study that the physical therapy with laterally raised footwear is a successful treatment in the management of medial knee OA. In laterally raised footwear the physical therapy is an effective method in terms of relief of pain in patient, improvement in function by stiffness reduction and. this treatment method is recommended for the management of medial knee OA. (author)

  5. Inherited Retinal Degenerative Disease Registry

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    2015-05-01

    Eye Diseases Hereditary; Retinal Disease; Achromatopsia; Bardet-Biedl Syndrome; Bassen-Kornzweig Syndrome; Batten Disease; Best Disease; Choroidal Dystrophy; Choroideremia; Cone Dystrophy; Cone-Rod Dystrophy; Congenital Stationary Night Blindness; Enhanced S-Cone Syndrome; Fundus Albipunctatus; Goldmann-Favre Syndrome; Gyrate Atrophy; Juvenile Macular Degeneration; Kearns-Sayre Syndrome; Leber Congenital Amaurosis; Refsum Syndrome; Retinitis Pigmentosa; Retinitis Punctata Albescens; Retinoschisis; Rod-Cone Dystrophy; Rod Dystrophy; Rod Monochromacy; Stargardt Disease; Usher Syndrome

  6. Diagnostic dilemma of degenerative joint disease, chronic avascular necrosis or metastasis in planar Tc-99m-methylene diphosphonate planar skeletal scintigraphy excluded by single positron emission computed tomography/computed tomography

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    We present a 71-year-old male patient subjected to skeletal scintigraphy for metastasis work up of prostate cancer. Whole body planar images revealed a solitary focal tracer uptake in left femoral head mimicking as solitary metastatic focus. Single positron emission computed tomography/computed tomography images localized this increased tracer uptake to the subchondral cysts with minimal sclerosis in left femur head with no decrease in size of femur head and was reported as (degenerative joint disease)

  7. Degenerative joint disease in cattle and buffaloes in the Amazon region: a retrospective study / Doença articular degenerativa em bovinos e búfalos na Amazônia: estudo retrospectivo

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    José Diomedes, Barbosa; Danillo Henrique S., Lima; Alessandra S., Belo-Reis; Cleyton P., Pinheiro; Melina G.S., Sousa; Jenevaldo B., Silva; Felipe M., Salvarani; Carlos Magno C., Oliveira.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo sobre os aspectos epidemiológicos e clínico-patológicos em bovinos e búfalos com doença articular degenerativa (DAD) no estado do Pará, Brasil. Durante os anos de 1999 a 2014 foram avaliados 11 bovinos e 24 bubalinos. Todos os animais atendidos com suspeita clín [...] ica de DAD foram submetidos a exame clínico do sistema locomotor. Foram necropsiados sete bovinos e oito bubalinos com sinais clínicos da enfermidade. Os sinais clínicos comuns observados em ambas as espécies foram claudicação crônica, andar rígido, alterações posturais, crepitações audíveis no membro acometido, decúbito prolongado, dificuldade para levantar, e emagrecimento progressivo. As lesões articulares evidenciadas na necropsia consistiram em irregularidade da superfície articular, presença de erosão na cartilagem articular e no tecido ósseo subjacente, proliferação de tecido ósseo periarticular com formação de osteófitos. Tanto nos bovinos como nos bubalinos as articulações mais acometidas foram as dos membros posteriores. Nos bubalinos, possivelmente o principal fator predisponente ao surgimento de DAD foi à deficiência de fósforo, ao contrário dos bovinos, nos quais os defeitos de conformação anatômica dos membros posteriores, traumas crônicos em virtude da atividade exercida, como a coleta de sêmen e a idade avançada, foram o que, possivelmente, contribuíram para surgimento da enfermidade. Abstract in english A retrospective study of the epidemiological and clinic-pathological aspects of cattle and buffaloes with degenerative joint disease (DJD) was conducted in the state of Pará, Brazil. From 1999 to 2014, eleven cattle and 24 buffaloes were evaluated. All the treated animals with suspected DJD underwen [...] t a clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system. In seven cattle and eight buffaloes with clinical signs of the disease postmortem examination was performed. The common clinical signs observed in both species were chronic lameness, stiff gait, postural changes, audible crackles in the affected limb, prolonged recumbency, difficulty in getting up and progressive weight loss. The lesions observed at necropsy were: irregular articular surfaces, erosion of the articular cartilage and the underlying bone tissue, and proliferation of the periarticular bone tissue with formation of osteophytes. The most affected joints in cattle and buffaloes wereof the hind limb. In buffaloes, the main predisposing factor to the onset of DJD was phosphorus deficiency. In cattle, defects of the anatomical conformation of the hind limbs, chronic trauma due to the activities performed, such as semen collection, and advanced age possibly contributed to the emergence of the disease.

  8. TU-C-12A-12: Differentiating Bone Lesions and Degenerative Joint Disease in NaF PET/CT Scans Using Machine Learning

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    Purpose: [F-18]NaF PET can be used to image bone metastases; however, tracer uptake in degenerative joint disease (DJD) often appears similar to metastases. This study aims to develop and compare different machine learning algorithms to automatically identify regions of [F-18]NaF scans that correspond to DJD. Methods: 10 metastatic prostate cancer patients received whole body [F-18]NaF PET/CT scans prior to treatment. Image segmentation resulted in 852 ROIs, 69 of which were identified by a nuclear medicine physician as DJD. For all ROIs, various PET and CT textural features were computed. ROIs were divided into training and testing sets used to train eight different machine learning classifiers. Classifiers were evaluated based on receiver operating characteristics area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (PPV). We also assessed the added value of including CT features in addition to PET features for training classifiers. Results: The training set consisted of 37 DJD ROIs with 475 non-DJD ROIs, and the testing set consisted of 32 DJD ROIs with 308 non-DJD ROIs. Of all classifiers, generalized linear models (GLM), decision forests (DF), and support vector machines (SVM) had the best performance. AUCs of GLM (0.929), DF (0.921), and SVM (0.889) were significantly higher than the other models (p<0.001). GLM and DF, overall, had the best sensitivity, specificity, and PPV, and gave a significantly better performance (p<0.01) than all other models. PET/CT GLM classifiers had higher AUC than just PET or just CT. GLMs built using PET/CT information had superior or comparable sensitivities, specificities and PPVs to just PET or just CT. Conclusion: Machine learning algorithms trained with PET/CT features were able to identify some cases of DJD. GLM outperformed the other classification algorithms. Using PET and CT information together was shown to be superior to using PET or CT features alone. Research supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation

  9. Stem cell treatment of degenerative eye disease

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    Ben Mead

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Stem cell therapies are being explored extensively as treatments for degenerative eye disease, either for replacing lost neurons, restoring neural circuits or, based on more recent evidence, as paracrine-mediated therapies in which stem cell-derived trophic factors protect compromised endogenous retinal neurons from death and induce the growth of new connections. Retinal progenitor phenotypes induced from embryonic stem cells/induced pluripotent stem cells (ESCs/iPSCs and endogenous retinal stem cells may replace lost photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelial (RPE cells and restore vision in the diseased eye, whereas treatment of injured retinal ganglion cells (RGCs has so far been reliant on mesenchymal stem cells (MSC. Here, we review the properties of non-retinal-derived adult stem cells, in particular neural stem cells (NSCs, MSC derived from bone marrow (BMSC, adipose tissues (ADSC and dental pulp (DPSC, together with ESC/iPSC and discuss and compare their potential advantages as therapies designed to provide trophic support, repair and replacement of retinal neurons, RPE and glia in degenerative retinal diseases. We conclude that ESCs/iPSCs have the potential to replace lost retinal cells, whereas MSC may be a useful source of paracrine factors that protect RGC and stimulate regeneration of their axons in the optic nerve in degenerate eye disease. NSC may have potential as both a source of replacement cells and also as mediators of paracrine treatment.

  10. Evaluación de los protocolos de aplicación de ácido hialurónico en procesos degenerativos óseos de la articulación temporomandibular: una revisión de la literatura / Application protocol of hyaluronic acid on temporomandibular joint degenerative diseases

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    L., Coronado; V., Iturriaga; T., Bornhardt; R., Fuentes.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Los trastornos temporomandibulares son un grupo heterogéneo de alteraciones funcionales que afectan al aparato masticatorio y reducen la calidad de vida de los pacientes. Dentro de estos trastornos encontramos las alteraciones del complejo cóndilo disco, los cuales son factores de riesgo para la gen [...] eración de patologías degenerativas articulares de la articulación temporomandibular (ATM). El tratamiento de los procesos degenerativos articulares es controversial ya que se han utilizado a través del tiempo variadas estrategias terapéuticas; desde la utilización de dispositivos ortopédicos mandibulares, pasando por terapias invasivas como la artrocentesis o irrigación y drenaje de los espacios articulares, hasta la infiltración de fármacos dentro del espacio articular. Tradicionalmente la infiltración intra articular de fármacos se ha efectuado con glucocorticoides debido a su efecto antiinflamatorio y analgésico; sin embargo, hace más de dos décadas ha surgido la utilización del ácido hialurónico, cuyo efecto antiinflamatorio y de viscosuplementación ha demostrado poseer gran utilidad terapéutica en procesos degenerativos a nivel articular. Clínicamente, sin embargo, este fármaco carece de un protocolo que forme el esquema terapéutico en cuanto a concentración, dosis, frecuencia y extensión del tratamiento en su uso en patologías degenerativas óseas de la ATM. Por lo tanto, surge la necesidad de revisar la evidencia existente al respecto en estudios experimentales realizados en humanos o animales. Se realizó una revisión de la evidencia disponible online, la que luego de un proceso de análisis y selección obtuvo 11 estudios en humanos y 4 en animales, los autores no encontraron pruebas científicas suficientes para establecer un protocolo de infiltración de ácido hialurónico en patologías degenerativas de la articulación temporomandibular. Abstract in english Temporomandibular disorders are a heterogeneous group of functional disorders affecting the masticatory system, reducing the quality of life of patients. Within these disorders find the disc condyle complex disorders, which are risk factors for the generation of degenerative joint diseases of the te [...] mporomandibular joint (TMJ). The treatment of joint degenerative processes is controversial, and have been used over time varied therapeutic strategies, since the use of mandibular orthopedic devices, through invasive therapies such as arthrocentesis or irrigation and drainage of the joint spaces; drugs to infiltration into the joint space. Traditionally the intra infiltration articular drug was performed with glucocorticoids due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, however more than two decades ago has emerged using the hyaluronic acid, the inflammatory and viscosupplementation effect has demonstrated great therapeutic usefulness in degenerative processes articular level. Clinically this drug however lacks a protocol that regulates the therapeutic regimen in strength, dosage, frequency and extent of treatment in use in bone degenerative diseases of the TMJ. Thus arises the need to review the existing evidence on this in experimental studies in humans or animals. A review of the evidence was made available online, which after a process of analysis and selection scored 11 studies in humans and 4 in animals, the authors found insufficient evidence to establish a protocol infiltration of hyaluronic acid in degenerative pathologies temporo mandibular joint.

  11. Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly: physiotherapeutic data

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    Lais Keylla Felipe

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the most frequent chronic diseases in the elderly population of a private clinic of Physiotherapy. Methods: We assessed medical records of clients who received treatment at a Physiotherapy clinic in the period 2005 to 2008, looking for chronic diseases as diagnosis and/or related to them. Of these, we selected those which contained birth date and/or aged sixty-five years or above. An instrument like a check list, developed by the researchers, identified: quantity, gender, medical diagnosis and comorbidities. For quantification of variables we applied simple percentage calculation. Results: In the study period, there were four hundred fifty-eight records, of which forty-nine corresponded to the survey’s inclusion criteria. The majority 59.2% (n=29 referred to the year 2008; 26.6% (n=13 being males and 73.4% (n=36 females. The most commonly found diagnosis comprised osteoarthritis 57.1% (n=28, fracture and/or history of fractures 24.4% (n=12 and other diagnosis 48.9% (n=24. Associated chronic diseases included diabetes mellitus 18.3% (n=9 and systemic hypertension 57.1% (n=23. Conclusion: Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly have received increasing attention from health professionals; osteoarthritis being the most common diagnosis in this study, followed by fracture and/or history of fractures. The comorbidities represented a greater negative impact in the quality of life of elderly.

  12. Chondroprotectant therapy in rats with degenerative joint disease experimentally transected cranial cruciateReprodução experimental da doença articular degenerativa, pelo método cirúrgico associado à terapia condroprotetora, em ratos

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    Marcos Marini Melo

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Osteoarthritis (OA is the most common joint disease in both humans and animals, and it results in movement restriction and pain at the affected area. This disorder affects more than 25% of people over 60 years of age, and it is considered universal for 70-year-old people. OA is estimated to affect over 20% of the canine population from the United States of America. The present study aimed to evaluate the treatment of rats that were surgically induced to OA using two different drug therapies, one with pentosan polysulfate, one with betamethasone, and one with chondroitin sulfate/ glucosamine. In order to produce joint disease, the cranial cruciate ligament was surgically transected. Animals were kept and treated for eight days after surgery and were assessed via both radiographies and tomographies taken before surgery and eight weeks later. All animals were euthanized having both macroscopic and microscopic analysis performed to evaluate the disorder progression and therapeutic action. Macroscopic analysis showed lesion in the knees subjected to OA induction. The untreated animals presented major lesions whereas the treated ones presented mild to moderate lesions. In conclusion, pentosan polysulfate is recommendable for the treatment of iatrogenic joint lesions in rats since the other treatments showed no significant difference. A osteoartrite (OA é a doença articular mais comum em humanos e animais, o que ocasiona restrição de movimentos e dor, na região acometida. Tal enfermidade afeta mais de 25% dos humanos acima de 60 anos e, aos 70 anos, ela é considerada universal. Estima-se que nos Estados Unidos da América, 20% ou mais da população canina é acometida pela OA. O presente estudo tem como finalidade avaliar a terapia medicamentosa (polisulfato de pentosano, betametasona e sulfato de condroitina/glucosamina, em um modelo experimental de OA cirurgicamente induzido, em ratos. A doença articular foi promovida pela transecção cirúrgica do ligamento cruzado cranial, sendo que, após o procedimento cirúrgico, os animais foram mantidos e tratados por oito semanas. Foi realizada avaliação radiográfica e tomográfica antes e oito semanas após a indução da osteoartrite. Todos os animais foram submetidos à eutanásia para análise macroscópica e microscópica, que foram realizadas para avaliar a progressão da enfermidade e a ação terapêutica. Na análise macroscópica foi observadas lesões nos joelhos submetidos à indução OA. Os animais não tratados apresentaram lesões graves enquanto que, os animais tratados apresentaram lesões leves a moderadas. Concluiu-se que o polissulfato de pentosano é eficiente no tratamento de lesões articulares iatrogênicas de ratos, uma vez que outros tratamentos não mostraram qualquer diferença significativa.

  13. Neuromuscular exercise as treatment of degenerative knee disease

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    Ageberg, Eva; Roos, Ewa M.

    2015-01-01

    Exercise is recommended as first-line treatment of degenerative knee disease. Our hypothesis is that neuromuscular exercise is feasible and at least as effective as tradionally used strength or aerobic training, but aims to more closely target the sensorimotor deficiencies and functional instability associated with the degenerative knee disease than traditionally used training methods.SUMMARY FOR TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGECurrent data suggests that the effect from neuromuscular exercise on pain and function is comparable to the effects seen from other forms of exercise.

  14. Stem cell-based therapeutic applications in retinal degenerative diseases

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    Huang, Yiming; Enzmann, Volker; Suzanne T. Ildstad

    2011-01-01

    Retinal degenerative diseases that target photoreceptors or the adjacent retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) affect millions of people worldwide. Retinal degeneration (RD) is found in many different forms of retinal diseases including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Effective treatment for retinal degeneration has been widely investigated. Gene-replacement therapy has been shown to improve visual function in inheri...

  15. Imaging fusion (SPECT/CT) in degenerative disease of spine

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    Full text: Objective: To determine the utility of Fusion Imaging SPECT/CT in degenerative pathology of the spine and to establish the impact of the use of fusion imaging in spinal pain due to degenerative changes of the spine. Materials and methods: 44 Patients (M=21, F=23) average age of 63 years and with degenerative pathology of spine were sent to Diagnosis Imaging department in FSFB. Bone scintigraphy (SPECT), CT of spine (cervical: 30%, Lumbar 70%) and fusion imaging were performed in all of them. Bone scintigraphy was carried out in a gamma camera Siemens Diacam double head attached to ESOFT computer. The images were acquired in matrix 128 x 128, 20 seg/imag, 64 images. CT of spine was performed same day or two days after in Helycoidal Siemens somatom emotion CT. The fusion was done in a Dicom workstation in sagital, axial and coronal reconstruction. The findings were evaluated by 2 Nuclear Medicine physicians and 2 radiologists of the staff of FSFB in an independent way. Results: Bone scan (SPECT) and CT of 44 patients were evaluated. CT showed facet joint osteoarthrities in 27 (61.3%) patients, uncovertebral joint arthrosis in 7 (15.9%), bulging disc in 9(20.4%), spinal nucleus lesion in 7(15.9%), osteophytes in 9 (20.4%), spinal foraminal stenosis in 7 (15.9%), spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis in 4 (9%). Bone scan showed facet joint osteoarthrities in 29 (65.9%), uncovertebral joint arthrosis in 4 (9%), osteophytes in 9 (20.4%) and normal 3 (6.8%). The imaging fusion showed coincidence findings (main lesion in CT with high uptake in scintigraphy) in 34 patients (77.2%) and no coincidence in 10 (22.8%). In 15 (34.09%) patients the fusion provided additional information. The analysis of the findings of CT and SPECT showed similar results in most of the cases and the fusion didn't provide additional information but it allowed to confirm the findings but when the findings didn't match where the CT showed several findings and SPECT only one area with high uptake which allowed us to address the treatment. In all cases, CT provided exact anatomical localization. Conclusion; Fusion imaging SPECT/CT in degenerative pathology of spine allows an integration of the anatomical detail with the functional information. It improves the diagnostic accuracy: Determining sites of greater metabolic activity in patients with multiple degenerative changes and improving the spatial localization in injuries detected by scintigraphy. Image fusion by SPECT/CT could have a clinical impact (34% of our series) in that the treatment was modified. (author)

  16. Immune mechanisms in inflammatory and degenerative eye disease.

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    Perez, Victor L; Caspi, Rachel R

    2015-06-01

    It has recently been recognized that pathology of age-associated degenerative eye diseases such as adult macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have strong immunological underpinnings. Attempts have been made to extrapolate to age-related degenerative disease insights from inflammatory processes associated with non-infectious uveitis, but these have not yet been sufficiently informative. Here we review recent findings on the immune processes underlying uveitis and those that have been shown to contribute to AMD, discussing in this context parallels and differences between overt inflammation and para-inflammation in the eye. We propose that mechanisms associated with ocular immune privilege, in combination with paucity of age-related antigen(s) within the target tissue, dampen what could otherwise be overt inflammation and result in the para-inflammation that characterizes age-associated neurodegenerative disease. PMID:25981967

  17. Vitiligo: A Possible Model of Degenerative Diseases

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    Bellei, Barbara; Pitisci, Angela; Ottaviani, Monica; Ludovici, Matteo; Cota, Carlo; Luzi, Fabiola; Dell'Anna, Maria Lucia; Picardo, Mauro

    2013-01-01

    Vitiligo is characterized by the progressive disappearance of pigment cells from skin and hair follicle. Several in vitro and in vivo studies show evidence of an altered redox status, suggesting that loss of cellular redox equilibrium might be the pathogenic mechanism in vitiligo. However, despite the numerous data supporting a pathogenic role of oxidative stress, there is still no consensus explanation underlying the oxidative stress-driven disappear of melanocytes from the epidermis. In this study, in vitro characterization of melanocytes cultures from non-lesional vitiligo skin revealed at the cellular level aberrant function of signal transduction pathways common with neurodegenerative diseases including modification of lipid metabolism, hyperactivation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB), constitutive p53-dependent stress signal transduction cascades, and enhanced sensibility to pro-apoptotic stimuli. Notably, these long-term effects of subcytotoxic oxidative stress are also biomarkers of pre-senescent cellular phenotype. Consistent with this, vitiligo cells showed a significant increase in p16 that did not correlate with the chronological age of the donor. Moreover, vitiligo melanocytes produced many biologically active proteins among the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SAPS), such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), matrix metallo proteinase-3 (MMP3), cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2), insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 and 7 (IGFBP3, IGFBP7). Together, these data argue for a complicated pathophysiologic puzzle underlying melanocytes degeneration resembling, from the biological point of view, neurodegenerative diseases. Our results suggest new possible targets for intervention that in combination with current therapies could correct melanocytes intrinsic defects. PMID:23555779

  18. ENFERMEDAD ARTICULAR DEGENERATIVA Y CAMBIOS ENTESIALES EN SEIS COLECCIONES ÓSEAS PREHISPÁNICAS DEL NOROCCIDENTE DE AMÉRICA DEL SUR / DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE AND ENTHESEAL CHANGES IN SIX PRE-COLUMBIAN SKELETAL COLLECTIONS FROM THE NORTHWEST OF SOUTH AMERICA

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    Claudia Mercedes, Rojas-Sepúlveda; Olivier, Dutour.

    Full Text Available La enfermedad articular degenerativa (EAD) y los cambios entesiales (CE) fueron estudiados en seis colecciones óseas prehispánicas del noroeste de América del Sur con el objetivo de aportar al debate sobre las relaciones entre estos indicadores y la actividad física, así como al conocimiento sobre l [...] as condiciones de vida de los pueblos prehispánicos de la región. Se estudiaron tres series del altiplano central de Colombia (Soacha, Marín y Tunja-UPTC), dos series de Panamá (Panamá Viejo y Sitio Sierra) y una colección de la costa central peruana (Ancón 1). El uso de una metodología estandarizada permitió la comparación directa de frecuencias y perfiles de EAD y de CE. Se observó una importante variedad de perfiles y de frecuencias en las diferentes colecciones óseas, pero también algunas tendencias similares en colecciones de ambientes semejantes. Se observó una falta de correspondencia entre los resultados de la EAD y de los CE que podría indicar que, a pesar de que tienen una etiología multifactorial, podrían ser respuestas a diferentes tipos de actividad: una actividad repetitiva podría relacionarse más con la EAD, mientras que una actividad que incluya cargas pesadas podría relacionarse más con los CE. Abstract in english Degenerative joint disease (DJD) and entheseal changes (EC) were studied in six Pre-Hispanic skeletal collections from the northwest of South America, in order to give insight both into their relationship with physical activity and into life conditions in this region during Pre-Columbian times. Thre [...] e series from the highlands of Colombia (Soacha, Marín and Tunja-UPTC), two series from Panama (Panamá Viejo and Sitio Sierra) and one from the Central Coast of Peru (Ancón 1) were analyzed for this study. The use of a standardized methodology allowed direct comparisons between the frequencies and the profiles of DJD and EC. An important variability in profiles and frequencies was observed between series. However, it was also possible to observe several similar trends in series from analogous environments. There is a mismatch between results from DJD and EC which may indicate that, despite having a multi-factorial aetiology, they may respond to different types of physical activity: repetitive activity would be more related to DJD, while activities involving heavy loads would be more connected with EC.

  19. Neuro degenerative diseases: clinical concerns; Les maladies neuro-degeneratives: problemes cliniques

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    Ibanez, V. [Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve (HUG), Unite de Neuroimagerie, Dept. de Psychiatrie (Switzerland)

    2005-04-15

    Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are the main neuro-degenerative diseases (NDDs) seen clinically. They share some common clinical symptoms and neuro-pathological findings. The increase of life expectancy in the developed countries will inevitably contribute to enhance the prevalence of these diseases. Behavioral disorders, common in NDDs, will produce major care management challenges. Idiopathic Parkinson's disease corresponds to a histopathological diagnosis, based on the observation of a de-pigmentation and a neuronal loss in the substantia nigra, as well as on the presence of intra-neuronal inclusion bodies. AD is insidious with slowly progressive dementia in which the decline in memory constitutes the main complaint. The diagnosis of definite AD requires the presence of clinical criteria as well as the histopathological confirmation of brain lesions. The two main lesions are the presence of senile plaques and neuro-fibrillary tangles. Positron emission tomography (PET) explores cerebral metabolism and neurotransmitter kinetics in NDDs using principally [{sup 18}F]-deoxyglucose and [{sup 18}F]-dopa. Nigrostriatal dopaminergic function is altered in PD, as evidenced by the low uptake of [{sup 18}F]-dopa in the posterior putamen as compared to anterior putamen and caudate nucleus. In contrast, [{sup 18}F]-dopa uptake is equally depressed in all striatal structures in progressive supra-nuclear palsy. Regional glucose metabolism at rest is preserved in elderly once cerebral atrophy is taken into account. On the contrary, glucose metabolism is globally reduced in AD, with marked decrease in the parietal and temporal regions. PET has proved to be useful to study in vivo neurochemical processes in patients suffering from NDDs. The potential of this approach is still largely unexploited, and depends on new ligand production to establish early diagnosis and treatment follow-up. (author)

  20. Sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa experimental em cães: aspectos clínicos e radiológicos Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hialuronate in treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs: clinical and radiological aspects

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    E.G. Melo

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se clínica e radiograficamente os efeitos do sulfato de condroitina e do hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da articulação femorotibiopatelar de cães com doença articular degenerativa (DAD induzida experimentalmente. Foram utilizados 15 cães, sem raça definida, de ambos os sexos, pesando entre 18 e 25 kg, submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial (LCCr para desestabilização articular e indução da DAD. Após três semanas de instabilidade articular, o LCCr foi substituído utilizando-se a técnica intra-articular com emprego da fáscia lata. Os animais foram divididos em três grupos de cinco. Nos do grupo I fez-se somente a substituição do LCCr. Os do grupo II receberam 24mg/animal de sulfato de condroitina, via IM, de cinco em cinco dias, totalizando seis aplicações. Os do grupo III foram tratados com hialuronato de sódio na dose de 20mg/animal, via IV, de cinco em cinco dias, num total de três aplicações. Os animais foram observados por 90 dias, e avaliados clinicamente quanto à claudicação, à capacidade de suportar peso no membro afetado, à mensuração da atrofia muscular e à amplitude de movimento articular. Ao final, foram encaminhados para novo exame radiográfico. Os resultados demonstraram que os animais que receberam hialuronato de sódio apresentaram menor grau de claudicação quando comparados com os demais. Ao exame radiográfico observaram-se osteofitose periarticular e esclerose óssea subcondral. Essas alterações foram evidenciadas de forma mais acentuada nos animais tratados com hialuronato de sódio. Clinicamente, pôde-se observar melhor resultado com o hialuronato de sódio do que nos demais grupos, possivelmente devido à sua maior ação na membrana sinovial, reduzindo a dor e o grau de claudicação. O exame radiográfico não foi compatível com a sintomatologia clínica nos cães tratados com hialuronato de sódio.The aim of this study was the evaluation of the effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the knee joint of dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD. Fifteen mongrel dogs, weighing 18 to 25kg were used. DJD was induced by cranial cruciate ligament (CCL arthroscopical transection. After three weeks, CCL was repaired by an intrarticular technique, which uses fascia lata. The dogs were then divided into three groups as follows: group I received no other treatment, but the CCL reconstitution, group II received 24mg/animal of chondroitin sulfate/IM every five days, totaling six injections, and group III received 20mg/animal of sodium hyaluronate /IV every five days, totaling three injections. All dogs were examined clinically and radiographically for 90 days after the repairment surgery. The clinical evaluation was performed by assessment of lameness, weight-bearing, limb muscle atrophy and range of motion. The results demonstrated that the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had lower degree of lameness in comparison with other groups. The radiographic evaluation showed marginal osteophytes and subchondral bone sclerosis. These changes were more severe in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate. The better clinical results observed in this group, compared with the others, was probably due to the greater action of the drug in the synovium, decreasing the pain and lameness. Radiographic findings correlated poorly with the clinical signs in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate.

  1. Sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa experimental em cães: aspectos clínicos e radiológicos / Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hialuronate in treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs: clinical and radiological aspects

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    E.G., Melo; C.M.F., Rezende; M.G., Gomes; P.M., Freitas; S.A., Arias S..

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se clínica e radiograficamente os efeitos do sulfato de condroitina e do hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da articulação femorotibiopatelar de cães com doença articular degenerativa (DAD) induzida experimentalmente. Foram utilizados 15 cães, sem raça definida, de ambos os sexos, pesando [...] entre 18 e 25 kg, submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial (LCCr) para desestabilização articular e indução da DAD. Após três semanas de instabilidade articular, o LCCr foi substituído utilizando-se a técnica intra-articular com emprego da fáscia lata. Os animais foram divididos em três grupos de cinco. Nos do grupo I fez-se somente a substituição do LCCr. Os do grupo II receberam 24mg/animal de sulfato de condroitina, via IM, de cinco em cinco dias, totalizando seis aplicações. Os do grupo III foram tratados com hialuronato de sódio na dose de 20mg/animal, via IV, de cinco em cinco dias, num total de três aplicações. Os animais foram observados por 90 dias, e avaliados clinicamente quanto à claudicação, à capacidade de suportar peso no membro afetado, à mensuração da atrofia muscular e à amplitude de movimento articular. Ao final, foram encaminhados para novo exame radiográfico. Os resultados demonstraram que os animais que receberam hialuronato de sódio apresentaram menor grau de claudicação quando comparados com os demais. Ao exame radiográfico observaram-se osteofitose periarticular e esclerose óssea subcondral. Essas alterações foram evidenciadas de forma mais acentuada nos animais tratados com hialuronato de sódio. Clinicamente, pôde-se observar melhor resultado com o hialuronato de sódio do que nos demais grupos, possivelmente devido à sua maior ação na membrana sinovial, reduzindo a dor e o grau de claudicação. O exame radiográfico não foi compatível com a sintomatologia clínica nos cães tratados com hialuronato de sódio. Abstract in english The aim of this study was the evaluation of the effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the knee joint of dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD). Fifteen mongrel dogs, weighing 18 to 25kg were used. DJD was induced by cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) arthro [...] scopical transection. After three weeks, CCL was repaired by an intrarticular technique, which uses fascia lata. The dogs were then divided into three groups as follows: group I received no other treatment, but the CCL reconstitution, group II received 24mg/animal of chondroitin sulfate/IM every five days, totaling six injections, and group III received 20mg/animal of sodium hyaluronate /IV every five days, totaling three injections. All dogs were examined clinically and radiographically for 90 days after the repairment surgery. The clinical evaluation was performed by assessment of lameness, weight-bearing, limb muscle atrophy and range of motion. The results demonstrated that the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had lower degree of lameness in comparison with other groups. The radiographic evaluation showed marginal osteophytes and subchondral bone sclerosis. These changes were more severe in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate. The better clinical results observed in this group, compared with the others, was probably due to the greater action of the drug in the synovium, decreasing the pain and lameness. Radiographic findings correlated poorly with the clinical signs in the group treated with sodium hyaluronate.

  2. Nuclear microscopy in medical research. Investigations into degenerative diseases

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    Makjanic, J.; Thong, P.; Watt, F. [National University of Singapore (Singapore). Dept. of Physics

    1997-03-01

    The high energy (1-4MeV) focused ion beam (nuclear microbeam) has found uses in many scientific disciplines through a wide variety of ion beam based techniques. Of the many techniques available, the powerful combination of Particle Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE), Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS), and Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy (STIM) is proving to be extremely useful, particularly in the characterisation and elemental analysis of thin specimens. In this paper we briefly review these ion beam techniques, as well as the hardware required for their application. Finally, we describe the application of the PIXE, RBS and STIM techniques in conjunction with a scanning focused 2MeV proton microbeam (nuclear microscopy). The examples chosen to illustrate the potential of nuclear microscopy are recent investigations into the degenerative diseases atherosclerosis (coronary heart disease), Parkinson`s disease and Alzheimer`s disease. (author)

  3. Radiotherapy of degenerative joint disorders. Indication, technique and clinical results

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    From 1984 to 1994, 85 patients with painful osteoarthritis were treated. The mean follow-up was 4 (1 to 10) years. Seventy-three patients (103 joints) were available for long-term analysis: 17 patients (27 joints) with omarthrosis, 19 (20 joints) with rhizarthrosis, 31 (49 joints) with osteoarthritis of the knee and 6 patients (7 joints) with osteoarthritis of the hip. All patients were intensively pretreated over long time. Mean symptom duration prior to radiotherapy was 4 (1 to 10) years. Orthovoltage or linac photons were applied using some technical modifications depending upon the joint. Two radiotherapy series (6 x 1 Gy, total dose: 12 Gy, 3 weekly fractions) were prescribed. The interval between the 2 series was 6 weeks. The subjective pain profil was assessed prior to and 6 months after radiotherapy and at last follow-up. Forty-six (63%) patients (64 joints) achieved a reduction of pain symptoms; 16 of those had a 'major pain relief' and 14 'complete pain relief'. Large joints - knee and hip - responded better (64% each) than the rhizarthrosis (53%). All pain categories and grades and their combined pain score were significantly reduced. The pain reduction was mostly pronounced for the symptom 'pain at rest'. The orthopedic score correlated well with the subjective response of the patients. The thumb score improved in 11 (57%) joints, the shoulder score of Constant and Murley in 16 (59%), the Japonese knee score of Sasaki et al. in 33 (67%), the hip score of Harris in 5 (71%) joints. Only 9 of 19 patients which were treated to avoid surgery, had to be operated, and 3 of those received a total arthroplasty of the hip or knee. In multivariate analysis for the endpoint 'complete' or 'major pain relief' only the criterion 'symptom duration ?2 years prior to radiotherapy' was an independent negative prognostic parameter. (orig./MG)

  4. Imaging of demyelinating and degenerative diseases of the brain

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    The emergence of cross-sectional brain imaging in the past decade has greatly expanded the role of imaging as a primary diagnostic modality for demyelinating and degenerative brain disorders. To remain an effective neurologic consultant, the radiologist must better understand the neuropathology and functional significance of these disorders. MR imaging has become the dominant imaging modality for multiple sclerosis and all demyelinating and dysmyelinating disorders. Detection is most sensitive with intermediate and T2-weighted spin-echo pulse sequences. Although increased signal intensity in the white matter is a sensitive but nonspecific finding, a knowledge of the patient's history and disease pathoanatomy greatly improves diagnostic specificity. Since an increasing proportion of the population is over 65 years of age, the distinction of normal versus pathologic aging becomes critical. The role of imaging in dementing illness is to distinguish primary degenerative dementia from normal aging changes, vascular medullary artery distribution disease, microangiopathic leukoencephalopathy, communicating hydrocephalus, and mass lesions. The role of MR imaging, including brain iron mapping, is analyzed in bradykinetic, choreiform, and dystonic disorders. The complications of chronic ethanol abuse, including vermian atrophy, central pontine myelinolysis, and Wernicke encephalopathy, are also reviewed

  5. Comparación de los efectos de dos técnicas de electroanalgesia en la enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana del equino / Comparison between the effects of two electroanalgesical technics in the tarsometatarsal degenerative joint disease

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    J.A., García Liñeiro; H, Scipioni; M.T., Argibay Quiroga; N., Petrone; G., Pidal; C., Roccatagliata; J., Spina; M., Vaccaro.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una experiencia para comparar los resultados analgésicos entre TENS (cuyas siglas derivan de la expresión en inglés: transcutaneus electrical neuromuscular stimulation) y el EMAR (estimulación mecánica por acción refleja) de efectividad comprobada en medicina equina, sobre un modelo clíni [...] co de 10 equinos afectados por enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana con un protocolo diagnóstico estandarizado. Sobre la misma población se hicieron los dos tratamientos con intervalos de 6 meses entre uno y otro comparándose luego los resultados. Las aplicaciones en cada tratamiento fueron diarias y el control clínico se realizó post-tratamientos cada dos días (5 controles totales) por los mismos tres profesionales para mantener el mismo esquema de evaluación, considerándose como parámetros: a- Trote en línea recta y en círculo, terreno blando y duro b­Flexión forzada c- Test del tarso (test de Churchill). Se realizó la prueba de Mc Nemar para comparar los grados de claudicación y respuestas a la flexión forzada, observados durante el 5to control, obtenidos luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, y no se encontraron diferencias significativas entre ambos tratamientos (p=0,2568). También, se comparó el resultado del Test del Tarso (Test de Churchill) luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, con la prueba de Mc Nemar, no encontrándose diferencias significativas entre ambos (p= 0,7055). Se determina que hay muy poca diferencia entre ambos tratamientos fisioterápicos, observándose una disminución importante a partir del control 2. De estos resultados podemos inferir que ambos métodos pueden utilizarse con éxito en forma indistinta, seleccionándolos de acuerdo con las ventajas y desventajas de su aplicación. Abstract in english A clinical model was designed in order to compare the analgesic effects of TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation) and RAME (reflex action mechanical electrostimulation), since both methods have been proven effective in equine medicine. The clinical model consisted of 10 horses wi [...] th a standardized diagnostic protocol of tarsometatarsial degenerative joint disease; these were subjected to both treatments with an interval of 6 months, then results were compared. Treatments were performed every day and the clinic evaluation every two days (five controls). The clinic parameters considered were: a- straight and circle trot, in hard and soft surface. b- Tarsus Flexion test c- Tarsus Test (Churchill test). McNemar's test was performed in order to compare lameness and forced flexion tests at 'control 5' stage, after applying TENS and RAME treatments; no significant differences were found between both treatments (p=0,2568). The Mc Nemar's test also used to compare tarsal flexion tests (Churchill's Test) after TENS and RAME treatments, showed no significant differences between Both (p=0,7055). It was therefore concluded that there is little difference between the two methods, while there is an important decrease as from 'control 2'. This situation lets us assume that both methods may be used indistinctly in an effective manner, choosing to use one or the other according to the advantages and disadvantages of its applications.

  6. Comparación de los efectos de dos técnicas de electroanalgesia en la enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana del equino Comparison between the effects of two electroanalgesical technics in the tarsometatarsal degenerative joint disease

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    J.A. García Liñeiro

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una experiencia para comparar los resultados analgésicos entre TENS (cuyas siglas derivan de la expresión en inglés: transcutaneus electrical neuromuscular stimulation y el EMAR (estimulación mecánica por acción refleja de efectividad comprobada en medicina equina, sobre un modelo clínico de 10 equinos afectados por enfermedad articular degenerativa tarsometatarsiana con un protocolo diagnóstico estandarizado. Sobre la misma población se hicieron los dos tratamientos con intervalos de 6 meses entre uno y otro comparándose luego los resultados. Las aplicaciones en cada tratamiento fueron diarias y el control clínico se realizó post-tratamientos cada dos días (5 controles totales por los mismos tres profesionales para mantener el mismo esquema de evaluación, considerándose como parámetros: a- Trote en línea recta y en círculo, terreno blando y duro b­Flexión forzada c- Test del tarso (test de Churchill. Se realizó la prueba de Mc Nemar para comparar los grados de claudicación y respuestas a la flexión forzada, observados durante el 5to control, obtenidos luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, y no se encontraron diferencias significativas entre ambos tratamientos (p=0,2568. También, se comparó el resultado del Test del Tarso (Test de Churchill luego de aplicar EMAR y TENS, con la prueba de Mc Nemar, no encontrándose diferencias significativas entre ambos (p= 0,7055. Se determina que hay muy poca diferencia entre ambos tratamientos fisioterápicos, observándose una disminución importante a partir del control 2. De estos resultados podemos inferir que ambos métodos pueden utilizarse con éxito en forma indistinta, seleccionándolos de acuerdo con las ventajas y desventajas de su aplicación.A clinical model was designed in order to compare the analgesic effects of TENS (transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation and RAME (reflex action mechanical electrostimulation, since both methods have been proven effective in equine medicine. The clinical model consisted of 10 horses with a standardized diagnostic protocol of tarsometatarsial degenerative joint disease; these were subjected to both treatments with an interval of 6 months, then results were compared. Treatments were performed every day and the clinic evaluation every two days (five controls. The clinic parameters considered were: a- straight and circle trot, in hard and soft surface. b- Tarsus Flexion test c- Tarsus Test (Churchill test. McNemar's test was performed in order to compare lameness and forced flexion tests at 'control 5' stage, after applying TENS and RAME treatments; no significant differences were found between both treatments (p=0,2568. The Mc Nemar's test also used to compare tarsal flexion tests (Churchill's Test after TENS and RAME treatments, showed no significant differences between Both (p=0,7055. It was therefore concluded that there is little difference between the two methods, while there is an important decrease as from 'control 2'. This situation lets us assume that both methods may be used indistinctly in an effective manner, choosing to use one or the other according to the advantages and disadvantages of its applications.

  7. Health assessment of environmental pollutants: proliferative and degenerative diseases

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    In order to achieve a balanced approach to risk assessment between carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic health effects one must examine the risk of disease or death in the general population exposed to a particular air pollutant that can be related quantitatively to intensity and duration of exposures (National Academy of Sciences, 1983). Such risk assessment should be based upon careful evaluation of scientific findings of dose-response relationships in the chronically exposed population. Quantitative assessment of environmentally produced disease in man has proven to be complex and demanding. A variety of factors play important roles in this task. As an example, there are induction-latency periods for chronic diseases, including cancer, which may range from five to twenty-five years. The diseases themselves, whether proliferative or degenerative, may follow several stages of progression. There is only sparse epidemiological data on serious health effects that may be due to environmental as compared to occupational exposures. Exposures to chemical or radiological air contaminants do not occur singly but to a multiplicity of agents, and disease processes are frequently markedly affected by the interaction of a variety of factors, particularly that of cigarette smoking. There is growing recognition of potentially sensitive subpopulations, including the elderly and the very young, but adequate techniques for assessing the magnitude of increased risks to these groups have not yet been developed

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging of canine degenerative lumbar spine diseases

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    Degenerative lumbar spine diseases, i.e., sacrolumbar stenosis, intervertebral disk degeneration and protrusion and spondylosis deformans of the canine lumbar spine were studied in eleven canine patients and three healthy controls using radiography and 0.02 T and 0.04 T low field magnetic resonance imaging. The T1 and T2 weighted images were obtained in sagittal and transverse planes. The loss of hydration of nucleus pulposus, taken as a sign of degeneration in the intervertebral disks, could be evaluated in both T1 and T2 weighted images. As a noninvasive method magnetic resonance imaging gave more exact information about the condition of intervertebral disks than did radiography. Sacrolumbar stenosis and compression of the spinal cord or cauda equina and surrounding tissue could be evaluated without contrast medium

  9. Potential of Bone Marrow Stromal Cells in Applications for Neuro-Degenerative, Neuro-Traumatic and Muscle Degenerative Diseases

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    Dezawa, Mari; Ishikawa, Hiroto; Hoshino, Mikio; Itokazu, Yutaka; NABESHIMA, YO-ICHI

    2005-01-01

    Cell transplantation is a promising strategy for the treatment of neurodegenerative and muscle degenerative diseases. Many kinds of cells, including embryonic stem cells and tissue stem cells, have been considered as candidates for transplantation therapy. Bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) have great potential as therapeutic agents since they are easy to isolate and can be expanded from patients without serious ethical or technical problems. We discovered a new method for the highly efficient ...

  10. The value of fat saturation sequences and contrast medium administration in MRI of degenerative disease of the posterior/perispinal elements of the lumbosacral spine

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    D' Aprile, P. [San Paolo Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Bari (Italy); U.O. Radiologia, Sezione di Neuroradiologia, Ospedale ' ' S. Paolo' ' , Via Caposcardicchio, Bari (Italy); Tarantino, A. [San Paolo Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Bari (Italy); Jinkins, J.R. [State University of New York, Department of Radiology, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Brindicci, D. [San Paolo Hospital, Department of Radiology, Bari (Italy)

    2007-02-15

    Degenerative-inflammatory lumbar spinal pathology is one of the most common reasons why individuals seek medical care, and low back pain is the main symptom among those most commonly associated with this pathologic condition. Pain is commonly attributed to degenerative disc disease, particularly herniated discs, but many different spinal and perispinal structures may undergo degenerative-inflammatory phenomena and produce pain: discs, bone, facet joints, ligaments and muscles. In particular, in patients with non-radicular low back pain, this syndrome may arise from changes of the posterior elements/perispinal tissues of the lumbar spine (i.e., the ''posterior vertebral compartment''). They include: facet joint pathology (e.g., osteoarthritis, joint effusion, synovitis and synovial cysts), spondylolysis, spinal/perispinal ligamentous degenerative-inflammatory changes and perispinal muscular changes. It is well known that magnetic resonance is the most sensitive imaging method for the evaluation of spinal degenerative pathology, even in the initial stages of the disease. T2-weighted sequences with fat saturation, and when indicated the use of contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images with fat saturation, permit the visualization of degenerative-inflammatory changes of the posterior elements of the lumbar spine that in most cases would have been overlooked with conventional non-fat suppressed imaging. (orig.)

  11. Degenerative knee joint lesions in mice after a single intra-articular collagenase injection. A new model of osteoarthritis.

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    van der Kraan, P M; Vitters, E L; van Beuningen, H M; van de Putte, L B; van den Berg, W B

    1990-01-01

    A single intra-articular injection with bacterial collagenase in the right knee joints of 10-week-old male C57bl10 mice led to osteoarthritic lesions within a few weeks in these joints. The collagenase-induced osteoarthritis was characterized by severe degenerative cartilage lesions on the medial side of the femorotibial joint associated with patellar dislocation to the medial side of the joint, sclerosis of subchondral bone below the cartilage erosions, osteophyte formation, and consequent d...

  12. Short term outcome of posterior dynamic stabilization system in degenerative lumbar diseases

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    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: Dynamic stabilization system treating lumbar degenerative disease showed clinical benefits with motion preservation of the operated segments, but does not have the significant advantage on motion preservation at adjacent segments, to avoid the degeneration of adjacent intervertebral disk.

  13. When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases

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    Wigram, Anthony Lewis

    2004-01-01

    When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases. In persons suffering from neurological degenerative diseases we often see the following symptoms: difficulties in remembering, concentrating, perceiving input, and controlling and timing movements. Normal every day conversation is building on abilities to remember facts or episodes, to sustain attention, to listen, and to time a response. Without these fundamental cognitive abilities it is difficult to commu...

  14. Motor Training in Degenerative Spinocerebellar Disease: Ataxia-Specific Improvements by Intensive Physiotherapy and Exergames

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    Matthis Synofzik; Winfried Ilg

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    The cerebellum is essentially involved in movement control and plays a critical role in motor learning. It has remained controversial whether patients with degenerative cerebellar disease benefit from high-intensity coordinative training. Moreover, it remains unclear by which training methods and mechanisms these patients might improve their motor performance. Here, we review evidence from different high-intensity training studies in patients with degenerative spinocerebellar disease. These s...

  15. Laser technologies in treatment of degenerative-dystrophic bone diseases in children

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    Abushkin, Ivan A.; Privalov, Valery A.; Lappa, Alexander V.; Noskov, Nikolay V.; Neizvestnykh, Elena A.; Kotlyarov, Alexander N.; Shekunova, Yulia G.

    2014-03-01

    Two low invasive laser technologies for treatment of degenerative-dystrophic bone diseases in children are presented. The first is the transcutaneous laser osteoperforation developed by us and initially applied for treatment of different inflammatory and traumatic diseases (osteomyelitides, osteal and osteoarticular panaritiums, delayed unions, false joints, and others). Now the technology was applied to treatment of aseptic osteonecrosis of different localizations in 134 children aged from 1 to 16 years, including 56 cases with necrosis of femoral head (Legg-Calve-Perthes disease), 42 with necrosis of 2nd metatarsal bone head (Kohler II disease), and 36 with necrosis of tibial tuberosity (Osgood-Schlatter disease). The second technology is the laser intracystic thermotherapy for treatment of bone cysts. The method was applied to 108 children aged from 3 to 16 years with aneurismal and solitary cysts of different localizations. In both technologies a 970 nm diode laser was used. The suggested technologies increase the efficiency of treatment, reduce its duration, can be performed on outpatient basis, which resulted in great economical effect.

  16. Induced pluripotent stem cells for retinal degenerative diseases: a new perspective on the challenges

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    Zi-Bing Jin; Satoshi Okamoto; Michiko Mandai; Masayo Takahashi

    2009-12-01

    Retinal degenerative diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, are the prodominant causes of human blindness in the world; however, these diseases are difficult to treat. Currently, knowledge on the mechanisms of these diseases is still very limited and no radical drugs are available. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are an innovative technology that turns somatic cells into embryonic stem (ES)-like cells with pluripotent potential via the exogenous expression of several key genes. It can be used as an unlimited source for cell differentiation or tissue engineering, either of which is a promising therapy for human degenerative diseases. Induced pluripotent cells are both an unlimited source for retinal regeneration and an expectant tool for pharmaprojects and developmental or disease modelling. In this review, we try to summarize the advancement of iPS-based technologies and the potential utility for retinal degenerative diseases. We also discuss the challenges of using this technology in the retinology field.

  17. Cerebral atrophic and degenerative changes following various cerebral diseases, (1)

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    Patients having cerebral atrophic and degenerative changes following hypoglycemia, cerebral contusion, or cerebral hypoxia including cerebrovascular disorders were reported. Description was made as to cerebral changes visualized on CT images and clinical courses of a patient who revived 10 minutes after heart stoppage during neurosurgery, a newborn with asphyxia, a patient with hypoglycemia, a patient who suffered from asphyxia by an accident 10 years before, a patient with carbon monoxide poisoning at an acute stage, a patient who had carbon monoxide poisoning 10 years before, a patient with diffuse cerebral ischemic changes, a patient with cerebral edema around metastatic tumor, a patient with respiration brain, a patient with neurological sequelae after cerebral contusion, a patient who had an operation to excise right parietal lobe artery malformation, and a patient who was shooted by a machine gun and had a lead in the brain for 34 years. (Tsunoda, M.)

  18. Motor training in degenerative spinocerebellar disease: ataxia-specific improvements by intensive physiotherapy and exergames.

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    Synofzik, Matthis; Ilg, Winfried

    2014-01-01

    The cerebellum is essentially involved in movement control and plays a critical role in motor learning. It has remained controversial whether patients with degenerative cerebellar disease benefit from high-intensity coordinative training. Moreover, it remains unclear by which training methods and mechanisms these patients might improve their motor performance. Here, we review evidence from different high-intensity training studies in patients with degenerative spinocerebellar disease. These studies demonstrate that high-intensity coordinative training might lead to a significant benefit in patients with degenerative ataxia. This training might be based either on physiotherapy or on whole-body controlled videogames ("exergames"). The benefit shown in these studies is equal to regaining one or more years of natural disease progression. In addition, first case studies indicate that even subjects with advanced neurodegeneration might benefit from such training programs. For both types of training, the observed clinical improvements are paralleled by recoveries in ataxia-specific dysfunctions (e.g., multijoint coordination and dynamic stability). Importantly, for both types of training, the retention of the effects seems to depend on the frequency and continuity of training. Based on these studies, we here present preliminary recommendations for clinical practice, and articulate open questions that might guide future studies on neurorehabilitation in degenerative spinocerebellar disease. PMID:24877117

  19. MRI in degenerative diseases of the cervical spine. MRT bei degenerativen Halswirbelsaeulenerkrankungen

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    Schubeus, P. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany)); Sander, B. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany)); Hosten, N. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany)); Mayer, H.M. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany)); Weber, U. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany)); Felix, R. (Strahlenklinik mit Poliklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Berlin (Germany))

    1994-01-01

    MRI has grown increasingly important in recent years in diagnosis of degenerative diseases of the cervical spine, due to improvements of method that have made it a valuable diagnostic tool. The following contribution gives a brief introduction to the pathophysiology of degenerative changes in the cervical vertebral column and to the indications for MRI, describing within the framework of imaging the present state of MR examination technique. The ranking of the various gradient echo sequences, of the 3D methods and of the administration of contrast media in cervical myelopathy and radiaculopathy is discussed. (orig.)

  20. Efficacy of a Human Amniotic Tissue-derived Allograft, NuCel, in Patients Undergoing Posteriolateral Lumbar Fusions for Degenerative Disc Disease

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    2015-10-08

    Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease; Spinal Stenosis; Spondylolisthesis; Spondylosis; Intervertebral Disk Displacement; Intervertebral Disk Degeneration; Spinal Diseases; Bone Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Spondylolysis

  1. Anatomical basics, variations, and degenerative changes of the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle

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    Prescher, Andreas E-mail: dkeyserlingk@post.klinikum.rwth-aachen.de

    2000-08-01

    This paper summarizes the anatomical basics of the shoulder, their variations, and precise definitions, including differential diagnoses. It also describes the characteristic degenerative changes caused by aging. A typical variation (7-15%) is the os acromiale, which forms the triangular epiphysis of the scapular spine. This abnormality must be differentiated from a fracture of the acromion or a pseudarthrosis. Because ossification of the acromion is complete after age 25, the os acromiale should be diagnosed only after this age. The shape of the acromion is a further important feature. In a recent anatomical study, the following frequencies of the Bigliani-types of the acromial shape were anatomically determined - type 1 (flat), 10.2% and type 2 (curved), 89.8%. Type 3 (hooked) was not observed, which indicates that this type is probably a misinterpretation of the so-called acromial spur. Minor dehiscences and perforations in the infraspinate or supraspinate fossa should not be confused with malignant osteolyses. The scapula has three ligaments of its own, (1) the coracoacromial ligament and its osseous fixations form an osteofibrous arch above the shoulder joint, which plays a part in impingement syndrome; (2) the superior transverse scapular ligament or its ossified correlate arches the scapular incisure and can cause a typical compression syndrome of the suprascapular nerve; (3) the inferior transverse scapular ligament is of no great clinical importance. Two intraarticular structures (glenoid labrum and tendon of the long bicipital head) must be mentioned. The glenoid labrum consists of dense connective tissue and surrounds the margin of the glenoid cavity. Two areas exhibit specialized conditions, cranial at the supraglenoid tubercle an intimate relationship exists to the tendon of the long bicipital head and in about 55% of cases, the labrum is stretched over the glenoid rim at the ventral side. At the area of the biceps-tendon-labrum complex, so-called SLAP-lesions may occur and at the glenoid rim, where the labrum is often not fixed to the bony margin, avulsions of the labrum may occur. This well-established anatomical condition must not be mistaken for a manifest Bankart-lesion. The glenohumeral ligaments, which are located in the ventral articular capsule, have a stabilizing function for the ventral part of the glenoid labrum. The glenohumeral ligaments lift the articular lip where it crosses the glenoid notch. This 'labrum-lift effect' supports the stabilizing features of the articular lip and the glenohumeral ligaments. The rotator cuff is composed of the tendons of the teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and subscapularis muscles. This cuff has a poorly vascularized area, due to mechanical conditions, about 1.5 cm from the major tubercle, which causes degenerative changes and eventually may lead to ruptures. Results of the impingement-syndrome and the osteoarthrotic changes of the shoulder and acromioclavicular joint are also presented and discussed. Finally, the coracoclavicular joint, which probably represents no congenital entity but appears due to a changed, lowered position of the shoulder girdle, is discussed. The paper also presents instructive figures of anatomical preparations that can be used to make more precise radiological and differential diagnoses. All preparations were done by the author and are part of a series of more than 300 preparations of the shoulder joint and girdle.

  2. Serum prolidase activity in patients with degenerative and rheumatic heart valve diseases

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    RABU?, Murat Bülent; DEM?RBA?, Recep; SEZEN, Yusuf; TA?AR, Mehmet; TA?KIN, Abdullah; AKSOY, Nurten; KIRAL?, Kaan; Yakut, Cevat

    2010-01-01

    It is known that renin-angiotensin system, inflammation, signaling pathways, and genetic predisposition play a major role in the pathogenesis of heart valve disease. Scarring and collagen deposition in the valves and destruction of myocytes may result from the combined effects of rheumatic and degenerative process in heart valve diseases. Prolidase plays an important role in collagen metabolism, matrix remodeling and cell growth. The aim of the study was to comparatively assess the serum prol...

  3. Sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa em cães: estudo histológico da cartilagem articular e membrana sinovial / Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs: histological features of articular cartilage and synovium

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    E.G., Melo; V.A., Nunes; C.M.F., Rezende; M.G., Gomes; C., Malm; V.A., Gheller.

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Quinze cães, sem raça definida, de ambos os sexos, de peso entre 18 e 25kg, foram submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial (LCCr) para indução da doença articular degenerativa (DAD). Após três semanas de instabilidade articular, o LCCr foi substituído pela fáscia lata segundo a [...] técnica de Schwalder (1989) e os animais foram distribuídos em três grupos de cinco. Os animais do grupo I, controle, não receberam tratamento medicamentoso; os do grupo II, 24mg/animal de sulfato de condroitina, por via IM, de cinco em cinco dias, totalizando seis aplicações; e os do grupo III foram tratados com hialuronato de sódio na dose de 20mg/animal, por via IV, de cinco em cinco dias num total de três administrações. Ao final de 90 dias, os animais foram eutanasiados e procedeu-se à colheita e ao processamento histológico da membrana sinovial e da cartilagem articular para avaliações morfológica e morfométrica. No grupo I foram observadas alterações degenerativas de DAD mais acentuadas que nos demais grupos, como redução do número de condrócitos, presença de pânus, fibrilações, fissuras, erosões e irregularidades na superfície articular. No grupo II observou-se elevação do número de condrócitos com aumento da atividade de síntese da matriz e redução das lesões na superfície da cartilagem. No grupo III houve aumento do número de condrócitos que eram, muitas vezes, morfologicamente inviáveis. Todos os grupos apresentaram proliferação da membrana sinovial e presença de infiltrado linfoplasmocitário na subíntima e na perivascular. Nos grupos I e III, a proliferação da membrana sinovial era exuberante com formação de pânus, presença de sinoviócitos achatados ou ausência de sinóvia com tecido de granulação. Os resultados sugerem que o sulfato de condroitina estimulou a cartilagem articular, diminuindo ou retardando as alterações da DAD e o hialuronato de sódio não interferiu no processo degenerativo da cartilagem articular. Não foi constatada ação favorável das drogas na membrana sinovial. Abstract in english Fifteen mongrel dogs, both genders, weighting from 18 to 25kg were used and Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) was induced through cranial cruciate ligament (CCrL) artroscopical section. After three weeks, CCrL was reconstructed by Schawalder's (1989) technique. Then, dogs were distributed in three gr [...] oups and the following protocols were used: group I, control, no other treatment but the CCrL reconstruction; group II received chondroitin sulfate 24mg per animal every five days, intramuscularly, in a total of six injections; and group III received sodium hyaluronate 20mg per animal every five days, intravenously, in a total of three injections. Clinical observation was done until 90 days after treatments. By that time, the articular cartilage and synovium were collected and their morphology was evaluated. In group I, the degenerative alterations of the DJD were the most intense. Thus, decrease of chondrocytes number, pannus, fibrillations, grooves, erosion, and irregular articular surface were observed on the cartilage. In group II, raise of chondrocytes number was observed, with increase of synthesis activity of matrix and decrease of lesions on the articular surface. There was an increase of chondrocytes in group III, but the cells were morphologically unviable. All the groups showed proliferation of the synovial membrane, with limpho-plasma cells infiltrated in subintim and perivascular. In groups I and III, the proliferation of synovium was abundant, with formation of pannus, flattened synoviocytes or synovium absent with granulation tissue. Those results suggest that the chondroitin sulfate stimulated the articular cartilage; decreasing or delaying the alterations of DJD, as well as, the sodium hyaluronate did not interfere on degenerative process in articular cartilage. No favorable action of these drugs in the synovial membrane was verified.

  4. Sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa em cães: estudo histológico da cartilagem articular e membrana sinovial Chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate in the treatment of the degenerative joint disease in dogs: histological features of articular cartilage and synovium

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    E.G. Melo

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Quinze cães, sem raça definida, de ambos os sexos, de peso entre 18 e 25kg, foram submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial (LCCr para indução da doença articular degenerativa (DAD. Após três semanas de instabilidade articular, o LCCr foi substituído pela fáscia lata segundo a técnica de Schwalder (1989 e os animais foram distribuídos em três grupos de cinco. Os animais do grupo I, controle, não receberam tratamento medicamentoso; os do grupo II, 24mg/animal de sulfato de condroitina, por via IM, de cinco em cinco dias, totalizando seis aplicações; e os do grupo III foram tratados com hialuronato de sódio na dose de 20mg/animal, por via IV, de cinco em cinco dias num total de três administrações. Ao final de 90 dias, os animais foram eutanasiados e procedeu-se à colheita e ao processamento histológico da membrana sinovial e da cartilagem articular para avaliações morfológica e morfométrica. No grupo I foram observadas alterações degenerativas de DAD mais acentuadas que nos demais grupos, como redução do número de condrócitos, presença de pânus, fibrilações, fissuras, erosões e irregularidades na superfície articular. No grupo II observou-se elevação do número de condrócitos com aumento da atividade de síntese da matriz e redução das lesões na superfície da cartilagem. No grupo III houve aumento do número de condrócitos que eram, muitas vezes, morfologicamente inviáveis. Todos os grupos apresentaram proliferação da membrana sinovial e presença de infiltrado linfoplasmocitário na subíntima e na perivascular. Nos grupos I e III, a proliferação da membrana sinovial era exuberante com formação de pânus, presença de sinoviócitos achatados ou ausência de sinóvia com tecido de granulação. Os resultados sugerem que o sulfato de condroitina estimulou a cartilagem articular, diminuindo ou retardando as alterações da DAD e o hialuronato de sódio não interferiu no processo degenerativo da cartilagem articular. Não foi constatada ação favorável das drogas na membrana sinovial.Fifteen mongrel dogs, both genders, weighting from 18 to 25kg were used and Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD was induced through cranial cruciate ligament (CCrL artroscopical section. After three weeks, CCrL was reconstructed by Schawalder's (1989 technique. Then, dogs were distributed in three groups and the following protocols were used: group I, control, no other treatment but the CCrL reconstruction; group II received chondroitin sulfate 24mg per animal every five days, intramuscularly, in a total of six injections; and group III received sodium hyaluronate 20mg per animal every five days, intravenously, in a total of three injections. Clinical observation was done until 90 days after treatments. By that time, the articular cartilage and synovium were collected and their morphology was evaluated. In group I, the degenerative alterations of the DJD were the most intense. Thus, decrease of chondrocytes number, pannus, fibrillations, grooves, erosion, and irregular articular surface were observed on the cartilage. In group II, raise of chondrocytes number was observed, with increase of synthesis activity of matrix and decrease of lesions on the articular surface. There was an increase of chondrocytes in group III, but the cells were morphologically unviable. All the groups showed proliferation of the synovial membrane, with limpho-plasma cells infiltrated in subintim and perivascular. In groups I and III, the proliferation of synovium was abundant, with formation of pannus, flattened synoviocytes or synovium absent with granulation tissue. Those results suggest that the chondroitin sulfate stimulated the articular cartilage; decreasing or delaying the alterations of DJD, as well as, the sodium hyaluronate did not interfere on degenerative process in articular cartilage. No favorable action of these drugs in the synovial membrane was verified.

  5. Lumbar spine degenerative disease : effect on bone mineral density measurements in the lumbar spine and femoral neck

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    Juhng, Seon Kwan [Wonkwang Univ. School of Medicine, Iksan (Korea, Republic of); Koplyay, Peter; Jeffrey Carr, J.; Lenchik, Leon [Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine, Winston-salem (United States)

    2001-04-01

    To determine the effect of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine on bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck. We reviewed radiographs and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scans of the lumbar spine and hip in 305 Caucasian women with suspected osteoporosis. One hundred and eight-six patient remained after excluding women less than 40 years of age (n=18) and those with hip osteoarthritis, scoliosis, lumbar spine fractures, lumbar spinal instrumentation, hip arthroplasty, metabolic bone disease other than osteoporosis, or medications known to influence bone metabolism (n=101). On the basis of lumbar spine radiographs, those with absent/mild degenerative disease were assigned to the control group and those with moderate/severe degenerative disease to the degenerative group. Spine radiographs were evaluated for degenerative disease by two radiologists working independently; discrepant evaluations were resolved by consensus. Lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density was compared between the two groups. Forty-five (24%) of 186 women were assigned to the degenerative group and 141 (76%) to the control group. IN the degenerative group, mean bone mineral density measured 1.075g/cm? in the spine and 0.788g/cm{sup 2} in the femoral neck, while for controls the corresponding figures were 0.989g/cm{sup 2} and 0.765g/cm{sup 2}. Adjusted for age, weight and height by means of analysis of variance, degenerative disease of the lumbar spine was a significant predictor of increased bone mineral density in the spine (p=0.0001) and femoral neck (p=0.0287). Our results indicate a positive relationship between degenerative disease of the lumbar spine and bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck, and suggest that degenerative disease in that region, which leads to an intrinsic increase in bone mineral density in the femoral neck, may be a good negative predictor of osteoporotic hip fractures.

  6. Restoration of synaptic function in sight for degenerative retinal disease.

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    Schubert, Timm; Wissinger, Bernd

    2015-07-01

    Synaptic disorganization is a prominent feature of many neurological diseases of the CNS, including Parkinson's disease, intellectual development disorders, and autism. Although synaptic plasticity is critical for learning and memory, it is unclear whether this innate property helps restore synaptic function in disease once the primary cause of disease is abrogated. An answer to this question may come from a recent investigation in X-linked retinoschisis, a currently untreatable retinopathy. In this issue of the JCI, Ou, Vijayasarathy, and colleagues showed progressive disorganization of key functional elements of the synapse between photoreceptors and ON-bipolar cells in a retinoschisin-deficient mouse model. Moreover, they demonstrated that adeno-associated virus-mediated (AAV-mediated) delivery of the retinoschisin gene restores structure and function to the photoreceptor to ON-bipolar cell synapse in mouse models, even in adults at advanced stages of the disease. The results of this study hold promise that AAV-based supplemental gene therapy will benefit patients with X-linked retinoschisis in a forthcoming clinical trial. PMID:26098210

  7. Avaliação radiológica e artroscópica e histologia da membrana sinovial do joelho de cães tratados com associação de sulfato de condroitina e hialuronato de sódio, após doença articular degenerativa induzida experimentalmente / Radiological, arthroscopical evaluation and synovial membrane histology of the knee of dogs treated with chondroitin sulphate- sodium hialuronate association after experimental degenerative joint disease

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    S.A., Arias S.; C.M.F., Rezende; E.G., Melo; V.A., Nunes; J.C., Correa.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar a associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina no tratamento da doença articular degenerativa (DAD) em cães. Dez cães sem raça definida foram submetidos à secção artroscópica do ligamento cruzado cranial visando o desenvolvimento da DAD. Após 21 d [...] ias, foi substituído cirurgicamente o ligamento cruzado cranial em todos os animais e iniciado o tratamento com associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina em cinco cães, sendo os remanescentes utilizados como grupo-controle. Avaliações artroscópica e radiológica do membro posterior esquerdo foram realizadas antes da secção do ligamento, no dia da sua substituição e 90 dias após a cirurgia. Histologicamente, o efeito da associação de hialuronato de sódio e sulfato de condroitina foi mais evidente na membrana sinovial, observando-se regeneração da camada íntima e diminuição da infiltração linfoplasmocitária na sub-íntima. Artroscópica e macroscopicamente não houve prevenção das lesões cartilaginosas decorrentes da DAD. Abstract in english The aim of this study was the assessment of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate association in the therapy of degenerative joint disease (DJD) in dogs. Ten mongrel dogs underwent arthroscopic section of cruciate cranial ligament aiming the development of DJD. Twenty one days after the procedure [...] , surgical substitution of cruciate cranial ligament was carried out in all animals. Then five animals were treated with the combination of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate. The other five dogs were used as controls. Arthroscopical and radiological evaluations of the left fore limb were carried out before arthroscopic section at the some day and 90 days after cruciate cranial ligament substitution. Histologically the effect of the association of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate was more evident in the synovial membrane that had regeneration of the intimal layer and reduced lympho-plasmocitic infiltrate in the sub-intimal layer. However, the treatment did not prevent DJD cartilage lesions evaluated by arthroscopy and radiology.

  8. Optopharmacological tools for restoring visual function in degenerative retinal diseases.

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    Tochitsky, Ivan; Kramer, Richard H

    2015-10-01

    Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are progressive retinal diseases that result from the death of rod and cone photoreceptors, ultimately leading to blindness. The only currently approved vision restoration treatment employs an implanted retinal 'chip' as a prosthetic device to electrically stimulate retinal neurons that survive after the photoreceptors are gone, thereby restoring light-driven neural signaling to the brain. Alternative strategies have been proposed, which would utilize optogenetic or optopharmacological tools to enable direct optical stimulation of surviving retinal neurons. Here, we review the latest studies evaluating the feasibility of these molecular tools as potential therapeutics for restoring visual function in human blinding disease. PMID:25706312

  9. Characterization of degenerative changes in the temporomandibular joint of the bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica).

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    Murphy, M K; Arzi, B; Vapniarsky-Arzi, N; Athanasiou, K A

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    The articulation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is composed of the temporal bone dorsally, the mandibular condyle ventrally and a fibrous articular disc. The TMJ disc plays an essential role in distributing load between the two articular surfaces. Degeneration of the disc in the presence of joint pathology has been shown in man; however, TMJ pathology has not been documented previously in tigers (Panthera tigris). The mandibular condyle and TMJ disc of a Bengal tiger (P. tigris tigris) and a Siberian tiger (P. tigris altaica) were evaluated grossly and the TMJ disc was characterized biochemically and mechanically. Characterization of the TMJ disc verified region- and direction-dependent biochemical and mechanical properties, reflective of the functional demands on the joint. Degenerative joint disease was observed in both cases and this was more severe in the Siberian tiger. Simultaneous evaluation of joint pathology, biochemical composition and mechanical properties of the TMJ disc revealed a loss in functional properties (tensile anisotropy) of the disc as joint pathology advanced from moderate to severe. TMJ degeneration may compromise the ability of the animal to eat and thrive and may be a factor contributing to the endangered status of these species. PMID:23809909

  10. Vitamin A Derivatives as Treatment Options for Retinal Degenerative Diseases

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    Tadao Maeda

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    Full Text Available The visual cycle is a sequential enzymatic reaction for vitamin A, all-trans-retinol, occurring in the outer layer of the human retina and is essential for the maintenance of vision. The central source of retinol is derived from dietary intake of both retinol and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. A series of enzymatic reactions, located in both the photoreceptor outer segment and the retinal pigment epithelium, transform retinol into the visual chromophore 11-cis-retinal, regenerating visual pigments. Retina specific proteins carry out the majority of the visual cycle, and any significant interruption in this sequence of reactions is capable of causing varying degrees of blindness. Among these important proteins are Lecithin:retinol acyltransferase (LRAT and retinal pigment epithelium-specific 65-kDa protein (RPE65 known to be responsible for esterification of retinol to all-trans-retinyl esters and isomerization of these esters to 11-cis-retinal, respectively. Deleterious mutations in these genes are identified in human retinal diseases that cause blindness, such as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA and retinitis pigmentosa (RP. Herein, we discuss the pathology of 11-cis-retinal deficiency caused by these mutations in both animal disease models and human patients. We also review novel therapeutic strategies employing artificial visual chromophore 9-cis-retinoids which have been employed in clinical trials involving LCA patients.

  11. Neurochemical imaging of Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative dementias

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    A wide variety of neurochemical and functional imaging approaches have been applied to the study of progressive dementias, particularly Alzheimer's disease (Ad) and related disorders. Despite considerable progress in the past decade, the cause((s) of most cases of Ad remain undetermined and preventive or protective therapies are lacking. Specifically-designed imaging procedures have permitted the testing of pathophysiological hypotheses of the etiology and progression of Ad, and have yielded important insights in several areas including the potential roles of cerebral cortical cholinergic lesions, cellular inflammation, and losses of cortical synapses. From the perspective of clinical diagnosis, PET glucose metabolism imaging with use of (18F)2-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is the most sensitive and specific imaging modality yet identified. The overall performance of PET FDG is favorable for routine clinical evaluation of suspected Ad, and will likely gain increasing utilization in the near future. Assessments of glucose metabolism and other, specific aspects of neurochemistry in Ad will provide direct measures of therapeutic drug actions and may permit distinction of symptomatic versus disease-modifying therapies as they are developed and introduced in clinical trials

  12. METHODS OF OSTEOSYNTHESIS OF ARTICULAR FRACTURES INFLUENCE OVER DEVELOPMENT OF DYSTROPHIC DEGENERATIVE JOINT CHANGES

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    Full Text Available The authors of article suggest the way of treatment limbs fracture of the using to spoke-shank device for external fixation. Such approach allows to reduce risk ofdevelopmentofcomplications anddystrophic degenerative jointchanges.

  13. Analysis of Cervical Sagittal Balance Parameters in MRIs of Patients with Disc-Degenerative Disease.

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    Wang, Zhao-Lin; Xiao, Jian-Lin; Mou, Jian-Hui; Qin, Ting-Zheng; Liu, Peng

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    BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore the correlations between the different parameters of the cervical sagittal balance in magnetic resonance images (MRI) and evaluate the criteria for their clinical application in disc-degenerative diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of the MRIs of 125 adult outpatients with disc-degenerative diseases of the cervical spine; the images were obtained between May and July 2014 at our institute. The control group comprised 50 volunteers whose MRIs were also obtained. The parameters measured in the MRIs were: neck tilt (NT), T1 slope (T1S), thoracic inlet angle (TIA), and Cobb's angle (C2-7). The correlation between the various parameters was analyzed using the Pearson correlation coefficient. RESULTS The outpatients group showed moderate correlation between TIA and T1S, a significant correlation between TIA and NT, a weak correlation between T1S and Cobb's angle, and a weakly negative correlation between T1S and NT. Further, the TIA showed no significant difference between the outpatient group and the control group, as per the sample t test. CONCLUSIONS Our findings indicate that TIA, T1S, and NT could be used as indices for the evaluation of cervical sagittal balance and that the TIA could be used as a reference to assess the cervical compensation. Restoration of the NT and T1S should be considered as a goal of surgical treatment during the preoperative planning in patients with disc-degenerative diseases. PMID:26486162

  14. Differentiation of malignant and degenerative benign bone disease using 99mTc-citrate scintigraphy

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    Objective: To differentiate malignant and degenerative benign bone disease using 99mTc- citrate scintigraphy. Methods: Thirty-nine patients (92 lesions) with confirmed malignant bone disease or degenerative benign bone disease were studied, for which the results of 99mTe-methylene diphosphonate(99mTc- MDP) scintigraphy were positive. 99mTc-citrate scintigraphy was performed within a time interval of 2-7 days after 99mTc-MDP scintigraphy. Visual analysis and semiquantitative analysis were applied. Each lesion was scored as malignant or benign, which was independently verified, using conventional techniques (histopathology, X-ray, CT, MRI and clinical follow up). Results: In visual analysis of 99mTc-citrate imaging, most malignant lesions (35/48, 72.92%) clearly showed high radioactivity accumulation, while most benign lesions (39/44, 88.64%) had not obviously visible uptake of 99mTc-citrate. In semiquantitative analysis of 99mTc- citrate image, malignant lesions demonstrated a higher lesion-to-background radioisotope uptake ratio (RUR) than that of benign degenerative lesions (1.47 ± 0.42 vs. 1.09 ± 0.38, t=2.887, P99mTc-MDP in the two groups is of the same (1.96 ± 0.25 vs. 1.87 ± 0.21, t=1.178, P>0.20). Conclusion: 99mTc- citrate scintigraphy is a promising method to differentiate malignant from benign degenerative lesions seen as areas of increased activity on 99mTc-MDP bone scintigraphy. (authors)

  15. CD133(+) Cells for the Treatment of Degenerative Diseases: Update and Perspectives.

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    Meregalli, Mirella; Farini, Andrea; Belicchi, Marzia; Torrente, Yvan

    2013-01-01

    Stem cells are used in cell therapy for degenerative disorders. The main advantage of stem cells is that they can replenish their numbers for long periods through cell division and produce a progeny that can differentiate into multiple cell lineages with specific functions. CD133 is a member of a novel family of cell surface glycoproteins. The expression of human CD133 (AC133 antigen) was originally described in the hematopoietic CD34(+) stem cells, but now it becomes more and more evident that CD133 is a marker of stem and progenitor cell populations originating from various tissues and organs. The main objective of this chapter is to describe the potential sources of CD133(+) stem cells that harbor the ability to engraft, proliferate, and differentiate into functional cells. The characterization of such CD133(+) stem cells unlocks new opportunities in the treatment of degenerative diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PMID:23161086

  16. Evidence Report: Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Other Degenerative Tissue Effects from Radiation Exposure

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    Patel, Zarana; Huff, Janice; Saha, Janapriya; Wang, Minli; Blattnig, Steve; Wu, Honglu; Cucinotta, Francis

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    Occupational radiation exposure from the space environment may result in non-cancer or non-CNS degenerative tissue diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and respiratory or digestive diseases. However, the magnitude of influence and mechanisms of action of radiation leading to these diseases are not well characterized. Radiation and synergistic effects of radiation cause DNA damage, persistent oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and accelerated tissue aging and degeneration, which may lead to acute or chronic disease of susceptible organ tissues. In particular, cardiovascular pathologies such as atherosclerosis are of major concern following gamma-ray exposure. This provides evidence for possible degenerative tissue effects following exposures to ionizing radiation in the form of the GCR or SPEs expected during long-duration spaceflight. However, the existence of low dose thresholds and dose-rate and radiation quality effects, as well as mechanisms and major risk pathways, are not well-characterized. Degenerative disease risks are difficult to assess because multiple factors, including radiation, are believed to play a role in the etiology of the diseases. As additional evidence is pointing to lower, space-relevant thresholds for these degenerative effects, particularly for cardiovascular disease, additional research with cell and animal studies is required to quantify the magnitude of this risk, understand mechanisms, and determine if additional protection strategies are required.The NASA PEL (Permissive Exposure Limit)s for cataract and cardiovascular risks are based on existing human epidemiology data. Although animal and clinical astronaut data show a significant increase in cataracts following exposure and a reassessment of atomic bomb (A-bomb) data suggests an increase in cardiovascular disease from radiation exposure, additional research is required to fully understand and quantify these adverse outcomes at lower doses (less than 0.5 gray (SI unit for ionizing radiation dosage, i.e. one joule of radiation energy per one kilogram of matter)) to facilitate risk prediction. This risk has considerable uncertainty associated with it, and no acceptable model for projecting degenerative tissue risk is currently available. In particular, risk factors such as obesity, alcohol, and tobacco use can act as confounding factors that contribute to the large uncertainties. The PELs could be violated under certain scenarios, including following a large SPE (solar proton event) or long-term GCR (galactic cosmic ray) exposure. Specifically, for a Mars mission, the accumulated dose is sufficiently high that epidemiology data and preliminary risk estimates suggest a significant risk for cardiovascular disease. Ongoing research in this area is intended to provide the evidence base for accurate risk quantification to determine criticality for extended duration missions. Data specific to the space radiation environment must be compiled to quantify the magnitude of this risk to decrease the uncertainty in current PELs and to determine if additional protection strategies are required. New research results could lead to estimates of cumulative radiation risk from CNS and degenerative tissue diseases that, when combined with the cancer risk, may have major negative impacts on mission design, costs, schedule, and crew selection. The current report amends an earlier report (Human Research Program Requirements Document, HRP-47052, Rev. C, dated Jan 2009) in order to provide an update of evidence since 2009.

  17. Effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate on chondrocytes and extracellular matrix of articular cartilage in dogs with degenerative joint disease Efeitos do sulfato de condroitina e do hialuronato de sódio nos condrócitos e na matriz extracelular na cartilagem articular de cães com doença articular degenerativa

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    Full Text Available Samples of articular cartilage of femur, tibia and patella of 15 dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD were microscopically analyzed. Animals were distributed into three groups (n=5: the control group received no medication; the second group was treated with chondroitin sulfate and the third received sodium hyaluronate. Samples were processed and stained with HE and toluidine blue for morphological evaluation. The metabolic and proliferative activity of the chondrocytes was evaluated by the measurement of nucleolar organizer regions (NORs after impregnation by silver nitrate. Significant differences were not observed (P>0.05 in the morphology among the groups, however, the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had a higher score suggesting a trend to a greater severity of the lesions. Significant differences were not observed (P>0.05 in the measurement of NORs, cells and NORs/cells among the groups. Although differences were not significant, sodium hyaluronate group showed higher NOR and cell counts which suggested an increase of the proliferation rate of chondrocytes. In addition, a higher NOR/cell ratio in the group treated with chondroitin sulfate suggested that this drug may have stimulated the metabolic activity of the chondrocytes, minimizing the lesions resulting from DJD.Foram utilizadas amostras de cartilagem articular do fêmur, tíbia e patela de 15 cães com doença articular degenerativa (DAD, induzida experimentalmente. Foram constituídos três grupos de cinco animais: grupo 1 - controle, não medicado; grupo 2 - tratado com sulfato de condroitina e grupo 3 - tratado com hialuronato de sódio. As amostras foram processadas e coradas pelas técnicas de HE e de azul de toluidina para avaliação das alterações morfológicas, e impregnadas pelo nitrato de prata para análise da atividade metabólica e/ou proliferativa dos condrócitos, por meio da visualização e quantificação de regiões organizadoras do nucléolo (NORs. Não foram notadas diferenças significativas (P0,05 na contagem de NORs, células e NORs/célula entre os grupos. As maiores contagens de NORs e de células no grupo tratado com hialuronato de sódio sugeriram aumento da taxa de proliferação dos condrócitos. A maior relação de NORs/célula obtida no grupo tratado com sulfato de condroitina sugere que essa droga estimula a atividade metabólica do condrócito, minimizando as lesões ocorridas durante a DAD.

  18. Effects of chondroitin sulfate and sodium hyaluronate on chondrocytes and extracellular matrix of articular cartilage in dogs with degenerative joint disease / Efeitos do sulfato de condroitina e do hialuronato de sódio nos condrócitos e na matriz extracelular na cartilagem articular de cães com doença articular degenerativa

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    G., Gonçalves; E.G., Melo; M.G., Gomes; V.A., Nunes; C.M.F., Rezende.

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram utilizadas amostras de cartilagem articular do fêmur, tíbia e patela de 15 cães com doença articular degenerativa (DAD), induzida experimentalmente. Foram constituídos três grupos de cinco animais: grupo 1 - controle, não medicado; grupo 2 - tratado com sulfato de condroitina e grupo 3 - trata [...] do com hialuronato de sódio. As amostras foram processadas e coradas pelas técnicas de HE e de azul de toluidina para avaliação das alterações morfológicas, e impregnadas pelo nitrato de prata para análise da atividade metabólica e/ou proliferativa dos condrócitos, por meio da visualização e quantificação de regiões organizadoras do nucléolo (NORs). Não foram notadas diferenças significativas (P0,05) na contagem de NORs, células e NORs/célula entre os grupos. As maiores contagens de NORs e de células no grupo tratado com hialuronato de sódio sugeriram aumento da taxa de proliferação dos condrócitos. A maior relação de NORs/célula obtida no grupo tratado com sulfato de condroitina sugere que essa droga estimula a atividade metabólica do condrócito, minimizando as lesões ocorridas durante a DAD. Abstract in english Samples of articular cartilage of femur, tibia and patella of 15 dogs with experimentally induced degenerative joint disease (DJD) were microscopically analyzed. Animals were distributed into three groups (n=5): the control group received no medication; the second group was treated with chondroitin [...] sulfate and the third received sodium hyaluronate. Samples were processed and stained with HE and toluidine blue for morphological evaluation. The metabolic and proliferative activity of the chondrocytes was evaluated by the measurement of nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) after impregnation by silver nitrate. Significant differences were not observed (P>0.05) in the morphology among the groups, however, the group treated with sodium hyaluronate had a higher score suggesting a trend to a greater severity of the lesions. Significant differences were not observed (P>0.05) in the measurement of NORs, cells and NORs/cells among the groups. Although differences were not significant, sodium hyaluronate group showed higher NOR and cell counts which suggested an increase of the proliferation rate of chondrocytes. In addition, a higher NOR/cell ratio in the group treated with chondroitin sulfate suggested that this drug may have stimulated the metabolic activity of the chondrocytes, minimizing the lesions resulting from DJD.

  19. Analysis of crucial molecules involved in herniated discs and degenerative disc disease

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    Zhigang Qu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Herniated discs and degenerative disc disease are major health problems worldwide. However, their pathogenesis remains obscure. This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms of these ailments and to identify underlying therapeutic targets. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using the GSE23130 microarray datasets downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, differentially co-expressed genes and links were identified using the differentially co-expressed gene and link method with a false discovery rate ,0.25 as a significant threshold. Subsequently, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the differential co-expression of these genes were investigated using Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis. In addition, the transcriptional regulatory relationship was also investigated. RESULTS: Through the analysis of the gene expression profiles of different specimens from patients with these diseases, 539 differentially co-expressed genes were identified for these ailments. The ten most significant signaling pathways involving the differentially co-expressed genes were identified by enrichment analysis. Among these pathways, apoptosis and extracellular matrix-receptor interaction pathways have been reported to be related to these diseases. A total of 62 pairs of regulatory relationships between transcription factors and their target genes were identified as critical for the pathogenesis of these diseases. CONCLUSION: The results of our study will help to identify the mechanisms responsible for herniated discs and degenerative disc disease and provides a theoretical basis for further therapeutic study.

  20. Analysis of crucial molecules involved in herniated discs and degenerative disc disease

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    Zhigang, Qu; Weiwei, Miao; Qi, Zhang; Zhenyu, Wang; Changfeng, Fu; Jinhua, Han; Yi, Liu.

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Herniated discs and degenerative disc disease are major health problems worldwide. However, their pathogenesis remains obscure. This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms of these ailments and to identify underlying therapeutic targets. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using the GSE23130 [...] microarray datasets downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, differentially co-expressed genes and links were identified using the differentially co-expressed gene and link method with a false discovery rate ,0.25 as a significant threshold. Subsequently, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the differential co-expression of these genes were investigated using Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis. In addition, the transcriptional regulatory relationship was also investigated. RESULTS: Through the analysis of the gene expression profiles of different specimens from patients with these diseases, 539 differentially co-expressed genes were identified for these ailments. The ten most significant signaling pathways involving the differentially co-expressed genes were identified by enrichment analysis. Among these pathways, apoptosis and extracellular matrix-receptor interaction pathways have been reported to be related to these diseases. A total of 62 pairs of regulatory relationships between transcription factors and their target genes were identified as critical for the pathogenesis of these diseases. CONCLUSION: The results of our study will help to identify the mechanisms responsible for herniated discs and degenerative disc disease and provides a theoretical basis for further therapeutic study.

  1. Degenerative periodontal-diseases and oral osteonecrosis: The role of gene-environment interactions

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    Baldi, D. [Department of Medical, Biophysical, and Dentistry Sciences and Technologies, University of Genoa (Italy); Izzotti, A. [Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, Via A. Pastore 1 (Italy); Bonica, P.; Pera, P. [Department of Medical, Biophysical, and Dentistry Sciences and Technologies, University of Genoa (Italy); Pulliero, A., E-mail: alessandra.pulliero@unige.it [Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, Via A. Pastore 1 (Italy)

    2009-07-10

    Chronic-degenerative dentistry diseases, including periodontal diseases and oral osteonecrosis, are widespread in human populations and represent a significant problem for public health. These diseases result from pathogenic mechanisms created by the interaction between environmental genotoxic risk-factors and genetic assets conferring individual susceptibility. Osteonecrosis occurs in subjects undergoing exposure to high doses of DNA-damaging agents for chemo- and radiotherapy of neoplastic diseases. In susceptible patients, ionizing radiation and biphosphonate-chemotherapy induce severe, progressive, and irreversible degeneration of facial bones, resulting in avascular necrosis of the jaw. This may also occur in patients receiving biphosphonate for osteoporosis therapy. Periodontal diseases include chronic, aggressive, and necrotizing periodontitis, often resulting in severe alteration of periodontal tissues and tooth loss. Cigarette smoking and chronic inflammation caused by specific bacteria are the main risk factors for periodontitis. Oxidative damage plays a fundamental pathogenic role, as established by detection of mitochondrial DNA damage in the gingival tissue of patients with periodontitis. Endogenous risk factors in dental diseases include polymorphisms for metabolic enzymes such as glutathione transferases M1 and T1, N-acetyl transferase 2, and CYP 1A1. Other genetic polymorphisms that confer susceptibility to dentistry diseases affect genes encoding metalloproteases (involved in periodontal tissue remodeling and degradation), cytokines (involved in inflammation), prothrombin, and DNA repair activities. These findings provide evidence that dentistry diseases are related to risk factors associated with environmental mutagenesis. This issue warrants future investigations aimed at improving oral health and preventing oral degenerative diseases using molecular and experimental approaches currently utilized in mutagenicity studies.

  2. Degenerative periodontal-diseases and oral osteonecrosis: The role of gene-environment interactions

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    Chronic-degenerative dentistry diseases, including periodontal diseases and oral osteonecrosis, are widespread in human populations and represent a significant problem for public health. These diseases result from pathogenic mechanisms created by the interaction between environmental genotoxic risk-factors and genetic assets conferring individual susceptibility. Osteonecrosis occurs in subjects undergoing exposure to high doses of DNA-damaging agents for chemo- and radiotherapy of neoplastic diseases. In susceptible patients, ionizing radiation and biphosphonate-chemotherapy induce severe, progressive, and irreversible degeneration of facial bones, resulting in avascular necrosis of the jaw. This may also occur in patients receiving biphosphonate for osteoporosis therapy. Periodontal diseases include chronic, aggressive, and necrotizing periodontitis, often resulting in severe alteration of periodontal tissues and tooth loss. Cigarette smoking and chronic inflammation caused by specific bacteria are the main risk factors for periodontitis. Oxidative damage plays a fundamental pathogenic role, as established by detection of mitochondrial DNA damage in the gingival tissue of patients with periodontitis. Endogenous risk factors in dental diseases include polymorphisms for metabolic enzymes such as glutathione transferases M1 and T1, N-acetyl transferase 2, and CYP 1A1. Other genetic polymorphisms that confer susceptibility to dentistry diseases affect genes encoding metalloproteases (involved in periodontal tissue remodeling and degradation), cytokines (involved in inflammation), prothrombin, and DNA repair activities. These findings provide evidence that dentistry diseases are related to risk factors associated with environmental mutagenesis. This issue warrants future investigations aimed at improving oral health and preventing oral degenerative diseases using molecular and experimental approaches currently utilized in mutagenicity studies.

  3. Analysis of postmarket complaints database for the iFuse SI Joint Fusion System®: a minimally invasive treatment for degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruption

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    Full Text Available Larry E Miller,1,2 W Carlton Reckling,3 Jon E Block21Miller Scientific Consulting Inc, Arden, NC, 2The Jon Block Group, San Francisco, CA, 3SI-BONE Inc, San Jose, CA, USABackground: The sacroiliac joint is a common but under-recognized source of low back and gluteal pain. Patients with degenerative sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint disruption resistant to nonsurgical treatments may undergo open surgery with sacroiliac joint arthrodesis, although outcomes are mixed and risks are significant. Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint arthrodesis was developed to minimize the risk of iatrogenic injury and to improve patient outcomes compared with open surgery.Methods: Between April 2009 and January 2013, 5319 patients were treated with the iFuse SI Joint Fusion System® for conditions including sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis. A database was prospectively developed to record all complaints reported to the manufacturer in patients treated with the iFuse device. Complaints were collected through spontaneous reporting mechanisms in support of ongoing mandatory postmarket surveillance efforts.Results: Complaints were reported in 204 (3.8% patients treated with the iFuse system. Pain was the most commonly reported clinical complaint (n = 119, 2.2%, with nerve impingement (n = 48, 0.9% and recurrent sacroiliac joint pain (n = 43, 0.8% most frequently cited. All other clinical complaints were rare (?0.2%. Ninety-six revision surgeries were performed in 94 (1.8% patients at a median follow-up of four (range 0–30 months. Revisions were typically performed in the early postoperative period for treatment of a symptomatic malpositioned implant (n = 46, 0.9% or to correct an improperly sized implant in an asymptomatic patient (n = 10, 0.2%. Revisions in the late postoperative period were performed to treat symptom recurrence (n = 34, 0.6% or for continued pain of undetermined etiology (n = 6, 0.1%.Conclusion: Analysis of a postmarket product complaints database demonstrates an overall low risk of complaints with the iFuse SI Joint Fusion System in patients with degenerative sacroiliitis or sacroiliac joint disruption.Keywords: arthrodesis, iFuse, lumbar, minimally invasive, sacroiliac

  4. Interspinous spacers in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal disease: our experience with DIAM and Aperius devices

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    Fabrizi, Antonio P.; Maina, Raffaella; Schiabello, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    Insertion of an interspinous devices has became a common procedure for the treatment of different clinical picture of degenerative spinal disease. We present our experience in 1,575 patients with the use of two different interspinous spacers: Device for Intervertebral Assisted Motion (DIAM) and Aperius PercLID system. From 2000 through 2008, 1,315 consecutive patients underwent DIAM implantation and 260 had an Aperius PercLID procedure. The main surgical indications included: degenerative dis...

  5. Prognosis of intervertebral disc loss from diagnosis of degenerative disc disease

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    Li, S.; Lin, A.; Tay, K.; Romano, W.; Osman, Said

    2015-03-01

    Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and is a major factor in limiting the quality of life of an individual usually as they enter older stages of life, the disc degeneration reduces the shock absorption available which in turn causes pain. Disc loss is one of the central processes in the pathogenesis of DDD. In this study, we investigated whether the image texture features quantified from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be appropriate markers for diagnosis of DDD and prognosis of inter-vertebral disc loss. The main objective is to use simple image based biomarkers to perform prognosis of spinal diseases using non-invasive procedures. Our results from 65 subjects proved the higher success rates of the combination marker compared to the individual markers and in the future, we will extend the study to other spine regions to allow prognosis and diagnosis of DDD for a wider region.

  6. Histochemical and magnetic resonance imaging study of degenerative diseases in human intervertebral discs

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    The aim of this study was to compare degenerative changes by means of histochemical study (with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase - NADPH-d) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of degenerated human intervertebral disc (IVD). We used surgical specimens from patients undergoing surgical treatment in the lumbar region and fresh cadaveric lumbar spines for histochemical study and MRI examination of patients with low back pain. The rate of IVD degeneration depends on age, weight, abnormal mechanical load, genetics, trauma, inflammation and others. All structures from IVD (nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus, cartilage end plate) and the vertebral body were assessed. The histochemical study showed an increase in the intensity of NADPH-d reaction in the cells, parallel to the increase in the degree of IVD degeneration. Degenerative diseases of IVD showed different MRI findings related to the decrease in the water content of IVD, protrusion, extrusion, stenosis of vertebral canal, osteochondrosis, osteophits of the vertebral body, ossification and hypertrophy of longitudinal ligaments, Modic I and II changes and compression of the dural sac. The correlation between the histochemical results and MRI findings depended basically on aging

  7. Surgical Management of Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis in Ankylosing Spondylitis

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    Revington, Peter J.; Felstead, Andrew M.

    2011-01-01

    Relatively few patients develop such severe degenerative temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease that they require total joint replacement. Current indications include those conditions involving condylar bone loss such as degenerative (osteoarthritis) or inflammatory joint disease (ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid, and psoriatic). Ankylosis of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) secondary to ankylosing spondylitis remains an under investigated entity. We aim to provide an overview of treatment ...

  8. Visuo-proprioceptive interactions in degenerative cervical spine diseases requiring surgery.

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    Freppel, S; Bisdorff, A; Colnat-Coulbois, S; Ceyte, H; Cian, C; Gauchard, G; Auque, J; Perrin, P

    2013-01-01

    Cervical proprioception plays a key role in postural control, but its specific contribution is controversial. Postural impairment was shown in whiplash injuries without demonstrating the sole involvement of the cervical spine. The consequences of degenerative cervical spine diseases are underreported in posture-related scientific literature in spite of their high prevalence. No report has focused on the two different mechanisms underlying cervicobrachial pain: herniated discs and spondylosis. This study aimed to evaluate postural control of two groups of patients with degenerative cervical spine diseases with or without optokinetic stimulation before and after surgical treatment. Seventeen patients with radiculopathy were recruited and divided into two groups according to the spondylotic or discal origin of the nerve compression. All patients and a control population of 31 healthy individuals underwent a static posturographic test with 12 recordings; the first four recordings with the head in 0° position: eyes closed, eyes open without optokinetic stimulation, with clockwise and counter clockwise optokinetic stimulations. These four sensorial situations were repeated with the head rotated 30° to the left and to the right. Patients repeated these 12 recordings 6weeks postoperatively. None of the patients reported vertigo or balance disorders before or after surgery. Prior to surgery, in the eyes closed condition, the herniated disc group was more stable than the spondylosis group. After surgery, the contribution of visual input to postural control in a dynamic visual environment was reduced in both cervical spine diseases whereas in a stable visual environment visual contribution was reduced only in the spondylosis group. The relative importance of visual and proprioceptive inputs to postural control varies according to the type of pathology and surgery tends to reduce visual contribution mostly in the spondylosis group. PMID:24120556

  9. Neurophysiological evaluation of patients with degenerative diseases of the cervical spine

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    Ili? Tihomir V.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacground/Aim. Diagnostic protocol for patients with degenerative diseases of the cervical spine demands, in parallel with neuroimaging methods, functional evaluation through neurophysiological methods (somatosensitive and motor evoked potentials and electromyoneurography aiming to evaluate possible subclinical affection of spinal medula resulting in neurological signs of long tract abnormalities. Considering diversities of clinical outcomes for these patients, complex diagnostic evaluation provides a prognosis of the disease progression. Methods. The study included 21 patients (48.24 ± 11.01 years of age with clinical presentation of cervical spondylarthropathy, without neuroradiological signs of myelopathy. For each patient, in addition to conventional neurophysiological tests (somatisensory evoked potentials - SSEP, motor evoked potentials - MEP, electromyoneurography - EMG, nerve conduction studies, we calculated central motor conduction time (CMCTF, as well the same parameter in relation to a different position of the head (maximal anteflexion and retroflexion, so-called dynamic tests. Results. Abnormalities of the peripheral motor neurone by conventional EMNeG was established in 2/3 of the patients, correponding to the findings of root condution time. Prolonged conventional CVMPF were found in 29% of the patients, comparing to 43% CVMPF abnormalities found with the dynamic tests. In addition, the SSEP findings were abnormal in 38% of the patients with degenerative diseases of the cervical spine. Conclusion. An extended neurophysiological protocol of testing corticospinal functions, including dynamic tests of central and periheral motor neurons are relevant for detection of subclinical forms of cervical spondylothic myelopathy, even at early stages. In addition to the conventional neurophysiological tests, we found usefull to include the dynamic motor tests and root conduction time measurement in diagnostic evaluation.

  10. MRI of degenerative bone marrow lesions in experimental osteoarthritis of canine knee joints

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    Objective. The objective of this study was to determine the value of MRI in the detection of degenerative bone marrow abnormalities in an animal osteoarthritis model. Design. In 10 dogs with experimentally induced unilateral osteoarthritis of the knee, MRI was performed using two-dimensional spin-echo (2D-SE) and three-dimensional gradient-echo (3D-GE) imaging. Contrast enhanced T1-weighted 2D-SE sequences were also obtained after injection of gadolinium-DTPA. The results were compared with the gross and histopathologic findings and with radiography. Results. Histopathologic specimens revealed 21 osteosclerotic lesions and 5 intraosseous cysts. On 2D-SE images, 24 of 26 lesions were detected, while 21 of 26 lesions were identified on 2D-GE sequences. Radiography, including conventional tomography, demonstrated 9 of 26 lesions. Regardless of the sequence weighting, all osteosclerotic lesions appeared hypointense on MRI. Signal loss in bone sclerosis resulted primarily from the reduction of intact fat marrow, the increased bone density being of secondary importance. Quantitative signal analysis allowed approximate estimation of the grade of sclerosis. On postcontrast images, sclerotic bone remained hypointense, although significant but non-specific enhancement relative to the normal fat marrow was observed. The extent of contrast enhancement did not correlate with the grade of osteosclerosis. All five cysts were readily diagnosed by MRI. Cysts displayed either central or marginal contrast enhancement within their cavities. Conclusions. MRI provides a sensitive method for the diagnosis of osteoarthritic bone abnormalities, allowing their differentiation from most non-degenerative subarticular lesions. (orig.). With 1 tab

  11. Predictive diagnostics and personalized medicine for the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases

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    Caruso Calogero

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    Full Text Available Abstract Progressive increase of mean age and life expectancy in both industrialized and emerging societies parallels an increment of chronic degenerative diseases (CDD such as cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune or neurodegenerative diseases among the elderly. CDD are of complex diagnosis, difficult to treat and absorbing an increasing proportion in the health care budgets worldwide. However, recent development in modern medicine especially in genetics, proteomics, and informatics is leading to the discovery of biomarkers associated with different CDD that can be used as indicator of disease’s risk in healthy subjects. Therefore, predictive medicine is merging and medical doctors may for the first time anticipate the deleterious effect of CDD and use markers to identify persons with high risk of developing a given CDD before the clinical manifestation of the diseases. This innovative approach may offer substantial advantages, since the promise of personalized medicine is to preserve individual health in people with high risk by starting early treatment or prevention protocols. The pathway is now open, however the road to an effective personalized medicine is still long, several (diagnostic predictive instruments for different CDD are under development, some ethical issues have to be solved. Operative proposals for the heath care systems are now needed to verify potential benefits of predictive medicine in the clinical practice. In fact, predictive diagnostics, personalized medicine and personalized therapy have the potential of changing classical approaches of modern medicine to CDD.

  12. When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2004-01-01

    When dialogue fails. Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases. In persons suffering from neurological degenerative diseases we often see the following symptoms: difficulties in remembering, concentrating, perceiving input, and controlling and timing movements. Normal every day conversation is building on abilities to remember facts or episodes, to sustain attention, to listen, and to time a response. Without these fundamental cognitive abilities it is difficult to communicate with others – unless the communication is adjusted to the person. Clients with a neurological degenerative disease like e.g. dementia are often socially isolated because of their failing abilities to communicate. Even if they live in a facility and are surrounded by care staff and peer residents, they might experience the environment as chaotic and the people as non-comprehensible. A missing meaningful interaction with others means that psychosocial needs are not met, and this leads to secondary symptoms of the neurological degeneration. Secondary symptoms might be expressed as repetitive behaviour, catastrophic reactions and situationally inappropriate behaviour. In a music therapeutical setting it is possible to adjust the communication in order to enter dialogue. The dialogue is the potential for sharing emotions and meeting psychosocial needs. The core of the music therapy is seen as the moments where interaction and dialogue occurs. But these moments are only “highlights” of the sessions, and before they can happen, the music therapist must build up a structure for the therapy that compensates for missing cognitive abilities of the client. This is illustrated by the following steps that integrate neuropsychological and psychodynamic theories: 1. Focus attention 2. Regulate arousal level 3. Dialogue 4. Conclusion 1. In order to compensate for missing short-term memory it is important to work deliberately with cuing. A specific song in the beginning of the music therapy session will e.g. signalise that the music therapy is to start. Using songs as cues activates cortical memory function, and work as memory traces in the brain. Using the same “hello-song” in the beginning of a session - session after session - gives stability. Stability is constancy and familiarity of cues over time (Roberts & Algase 1988), and even people with severe memory deficits are capable of creating new memory traces and of learning the meaning of new cues. The first step in music therapy is to focus attention, e.g. with stability and cues, and the next step is to regulate arousal level towards environmental attention. 2. Environmental attention depends on levels of arousal. There is a relation between medium arousal levels and the ability to understand ‘what is going on’. “You need to have just the right level of activation to perform optimally” (LeDoux 1998, p. 289). Stimulating and sedating effects of music or songs are obtained by musical parameters, such as tempo, rhythm, timbre, volume, pitch, phrasing, dynamic, and timing. By communicative parameters such as proximity, touch, movements, rhythmic rocking or “dancing”, the music therapist can apply his/her presence to stimulate or calm down the person. Altogether these techniques are inherent in our communicative musicality (Trevarthen 1999). 3. On some occasions the therapist needs many sessions in order to build up a structure and bring the person to a moderate arousal level, where the conditions for interacting and entering dialogue are at their optimum. When these conditions are created it is possible to meet psychosocial needs and decrease secondary symptoms of the degenerative disease. At this level the therapist might work with psychotherapeutic strategies such as validation, holding and facilitation (Kitwood 1997). 4. By marking and cuing the end of the session stability is established. A timeframe is given, and the client can trust that more sessions will follow in spite of the separation. Ending a music therapy session with a specific song might summarize and c

  13. Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly: physiotherapeutic data - doi:10.5020/18061230.2011.p221

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    Lais Keylla Felipe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess the most frequent chronic diseases in the elderly population of a private clinic of Physiotherapy. Methods: We assessed medical records of clients who received treatment at a Physiotherapy clinic in the period 2005 to 2008, looking for chronic diseases as diagnosis and/or related to them. Of these, we selected those which contained birth date and/or aged sixty-five years or above. An instrument like a check list, developed by the researchers, identified: quantity, gender, medical diagnosis and comorbidities. For quantification of variables we applied simple percentage calculation. Results: In the study period, there were four hundred fifty-eight records, of which forty-nine corresponded to the survey’s inclusion criteria. The majority 59.2% (n=29 referred to the year 2008; 26.6% (n=13 being males and 73.4% (n=36 females. The most commonly found diagnosis comprised osteoarthritis 57.1% (n=28, fracture and/or history of fractures 24.4% (n=12 and other diagnosis 48.9% (n=24. Associated chronic diseases included diabetes mellitus 18.3% (n=9 and systemic hypertension 57.1% (n=23. Conclusion: Chronic degenerative diseases in elderly have received increasing attention from health professionals; osteoarthritis being the most common diagnosis in this study, followed by fracture and/or history of fractures. The comorbidities represented a greater negative impact in the quality of life of elderly.

  14. Reprint of "Ethical issues with artificial nutrition of children with degenerative brain diseases".

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    Kohlschütter, Alfried; Riga, Carolina; Crespo, Dolores; Torres, José Manuel; Penchaszadeh, Victor; Schulz, Angela

    2015-10-01

    This report highlights viewpoints of the authors and comments from the auditory at a workshop, held during the 14th international Congress on neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) in Córdoba, Argentina, on ethical aspects of artificial nutrition in children with degenerative brain diseases. The discussion centers on what constitutes the best interest of a patient whose personality was immature before the onset of the disease, who has become demented during its course and is unable to communicate his/her own positions and desires. There is wide consensus that in a child with advanced disease who cannot be fed naturally, decisions to withhold nutrition or to institute or stop artificial nutrition, should only be made by parents (or their representatives) who are adequately prepared on an intellectual and emotional level. We try to show that such decisions are highly individual but can be made in a rationally and emotionally acceptable way after a careful and prolonged dialogue between families and professionals. A checklist summarizes important considerations. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: "Current Research on the Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (Batten Disease)". PMID:26071856

  15. Ethical issues with artificial nutrition of children with degenerative brain diseases.

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    Kohlschütter, Alfried; Riga, Carolina; Crespo, Dolores; Torres, José Manuel; Penchaszadeh, Victor; Schulz, Angela

    2015-07-01

    This report highlights viewpoints of the authors and comments from the auditory at a workshop, held during the 14th international Congress on neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) in Córdoba, Argentina, on ethical aspects of artificial nutrition in children with degenerative brain diseases. The discussion centers on what constitutes the best interest of a patient whose personality was immature before the onset of the disease, who has become demented during its course and is unable to communicate his/her own positions and desires. There is wide consensus that in a child with advanced disease who cannot be fed naturally, decisions to withhold nutrition or to institute or stop artificial nutrition, should only be made by parents (or their representatives) who are adequately prepared on an intellectual and emotional level. We try to show that such decisions are highly individual but can be made in a rationally and emotionally acceptable way after a careful and prolonged dialogue between families and professionals. A checklist summarizes important considerations. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: "Current Research on the Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (Batten Disease)". PMID:25795594

  16. Outcome of the L5-S1 Segment after Posterior Instrumented Spinal Surgery in Degenerative Lumbar Diseases

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    Jen-Chung Liao

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Posterior decompression, instrumentation, and posterolateral fusion are surgicalprocedures for the treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases. Solidfusion usually causes adjacent problems. This study investigated the clinicaloutcome and radiographic fate of the L5-S1 segment in patients who underwentposterior instrumented surgery for degenerative lumbar diseases.Methods: From January 1999 to December 2000, 181 patients (average age 59.4 years,range 45-79 years underwent posterior decompression, posterior instrumentation,and posterolateral fusion for degenerative lumbar diseases (includingdegenerative spondylolisthesis and degenerative lumbar scoliosis withspinal stenosis. Modified Brodsky’s criteria and the Oswestry disabilityindex were used to evaluate patients before surgery and at the final followup.Degenerative changes in the L5-S1 intervertebral disc were evaluatedwith the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA grading scale.Adjacent L5-S1 segmental instability was defined as the appearance ofretrolisthesis, anterolisthesis, or lateral listhesis in the static or dynamic radiographsat the final follow-up.Results: Only 1 of these 181 patients developed inferior adjacent instability, but therewere no symptoms related to this instability. The mean pre-operative L5-S1disc degenerative score was 1.73 ± 0.66 and at the last follow-up, 1.87 ±0.72 (p = 0.006. There was no symptomatic disc degeneration necessitatingfurther L5-S1 fusion during follow-up. One hundred fifty-six patients (86%exhibited satisfactory results (good or excellent. The mean Oswestry scorewas 21.8 ± 6.0 preoperatively, which improved to 9.6 ± 7.4 at the last follow-up (p = 0.001.Conclusions: The L5-S1 disc degenerated more after posterolateral lumbar floating fusion.However, there was no symptomatic inferior adjacent instability or symptomaticL5-S1 disc degeneration requiring further L5-S1 fusion at a mean 5.1years follow-up.

  17. Heparanase isoform expression and extracellular matrix remodeling in intervertebral disc degenerative disease

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    Luciano Miller Reis Rodrigues

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the molecules involved in extracellular matrix remodeling and to identify and quantify heparanase isoforms present in herniated and degenerative discs. INTRODUCTION: Heparanase is an endo-beta-glucuronidase that specifically acts upon the heparan sulfate chains of proteoglycans. However, heparanase expression in degenerative intervertebral discs has not yet been evaluated. Notably, previous studies demonstrated a correlation between changes in the heparan sulfate proteoglycan pattern and the degenerative process associated with intervertebral discs. METHODS: Twenty-nine samples of intervertebral degenerative discs, 23 samples of herniated discs and 12 samples of non-degenerative discs were analyzed. The expression of both heparanase isoforms (heparanase-1 and heparanase-2 was evaluated using immunohistochemistry and real-time RT-PCR analysis. RESULTS: Heparanase-1 and heparanase-2 expression levels were significantly higher in the herniated and degenerative discs in comparison to the control tissues, suggesting a possible role of these proteins in the intervertebral degenerative process. CONCLUSION: The overexpression of heparanase isoforms in the degenerative intervertebral discs and the herniated discs suggests a potential role of both proteins in the mediation of inflammatory processes and in extracellular matrix remodeling. The heparanase-2 isoform may be involved in normal metabolic processes, as evidenced by its higher expression in the control intervertebral discs relative to the expression of heparanase-1.

  18. Heparanase isoform expression and extracellular matrix remodeling in intervertebral disc degenerative disease

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    Luciano Miller Reis, Rodrigues; Thérèse Rachell, Theodoro; Leandro Luongo, Matos; Ana Maria, Mader; Carlo, Milani; Maria Aparecida da Silva, Pinhal.

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To determine the molecules involved in extracellular matrix remodeling and to identify and quantify heparanase isoforms present in herniated and degenerative discs. INTRODUCTION: Heparanase is an endo-beta-glucuronidase that specifically acts upon the heparan sulfate chains of proteoglyca [...] ns. However, heparanase expression in degenerative intervertebral discs has not yet been evaluated. Notably, previous studies demonstrated a correlation between changes in the heparan sulfate proteoglycan pattern and the degenerative process associated with intervertebral discs. METHODS: Twenty-nine samples of intervertebral degenerative discs, 23 samples of herniated discs and 12 samples of non-degenerative discs were analyzed. The expression of both heparanase isoforms (heparanase-1 and heparanase-2) was evaluated using immunohistochemistry and real-time RT-PCR analysis. RESULTS: Heparanase-1 and heparanase-2 expression levels were significantly higher in the herniated and degenerative discs in comparison to the control tissues, suggesting a possible role of these proteins in the intervertebral degenerative process. CONCLUSION: The overexpression of heparanase isoforms in the degenerative intervertebral discs and the herniated discs suggests a potential role of both proteins in the mediation of inflammatory processes and in extracellular matrix remodeling. The heparanase-2 isoform may be involved in normal metabolic processes, as evidenced by its higher expression in the control intervertebral discs relative to the expression of heparanase-1.

  19. Surgical management of cervical degenerative disease: the evidence related to indications, impact, and outcome.

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    Fehlings, Michael G; Arvin, Babak

    2009-08-01

    In this special edition of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, a series of systematic reviews sponsored by the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons is presented. This collection of comprehensive reviews summarizes the medical evidence related to the surgical management of cervical degenerative disc disease. Several of the key conclusions are discussed in this introduction to the issue: There is Class II evidence to suggest that the clinical condition remains stable when observed over a 3-year period in patients with mild-to-moderate cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) and age younger than 75 years. There is consistent Class III evidence that the duration of symptoms, and possibly advancing age, negatively affect outcome in patients with CSM. There is Class II evidence that somatosensory evoked potentials have prognostic value in patients with CSM. There is Class I evidence to show that electromyographic abnormalities (as well as the presence of radiculopathy) are predictive of the development of myelopathy in minimally symptomatic patients with cervical stenosis and spinal cord compression. The presence of a low signal on T1-weighted images, high signal on T2-weighted images, and the presence of cord atrophy on preoperative MR images are indicators of a poor outcome in CSM. There is Class III evidence to show that anterior or posterior surgical approaches that effectively decompress the cervical canal promote short-term improvements in outcome. However, there appears to be a risk of late kyphosis in patients who undergo laminectomy or anterior cervical discectomy alone compared with patients in whom decompression is combined with fusion. The use of BMP-2 is discouraged for anterior cervical spine surgery based on evidence suggesting that the risks outweigh any potential benefits. Finally, in patients with symptomatic cervical radiculopathy, arthroplasty achieves outcomes that are equivalent to anterior cervical decompression and fusion, although evidence for superiority is lacking. Further prospective longitudinal data are required to better define the role and timing of surgical intervention in CSM and to determine the appropriate use of cervical arthroplasty in the management of symptomatic cervical degenerative disc disease. PMID:19769487

  20. The Standardization of the Terminologies Used in the Reporting of Degenerative Disc Disease

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    Full Text Available Many different groups have expressed the need to standardize the terms and classifications used in the reporting of spine MRI, particularly in the lumbar spine."nSeveral studies have shown "moderate" (17-20% ob-server variations in MRI lumbar spine reporting. The main discrepancies occur when deciding what consti-tutes a bulging or herniated disc and this represents more than 50% of all inter-observer disagreement. A variety of different terms are used to describe disc pathology on the preference of the reporting individ-ual."nRecently, there is a universal consensus of terms and a nomenclature framework for degenerative disc dis-ease which using of them are encouraged by the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR."nIn this presentation, first some inter-observer varia-tions of MRI reporting in our center will be shown. "nThen a review of articles about standard MRI report-ing nomenclature with some relevant interesting cases from our MRI center will be presented.

  1. Differentiation of malignant and degenerative benign bone disease using Tc-99m Citrate and Tc-99m MDP scintigraphy

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    Full text: For the evaluation of bone metastases in patients (pts) with cancer, 99mTcMDP bone scintigraphy is an important tool, but some limitations exist. One of these is the differential diagnosis of malignant and degenerative benign bone disease. The aim of this study was to differentiate them using 99mTcCitrate and 99mTcMDP scintigraphy. Methods: 39 pts (92 lesions) with known malignant or degenerative benign bone disease were studied. 23 pts had malignant bone disease (48 lesions, group 1), the other 16 pts had degenerative benign bone disease (44 lesions, group2), for which the results of 99mTcMDP scintigraphy were positive. In both groups, 99mTcCitrate scintigraphy was performed within a time interval of 2-7 days after 99mTcMDP scintigraphy (555?740MBq. static, 3hr, planar or SPECT i m a g e s w h e n r e q u i r e d ) . The 99mTccitrate/99mTcMDP lesion-to-background radioisotope uptake ratio (RUR) was calculated for each lesion. Conventional techniques (histopathology, X-ray, CT, MRI and clinical follow up) were considered to be proof of the presence of bone metastases and degenerative benign bone disease. Results: Uptake of 99mTcMDP in the two groups is the same (1.96±0.25 vs. 1.87±0.21; t=1.178, P>0.20), while in 99mTcCitrate image, malignant lesions demonstrated a higher uptake of lesion activity than that of benign degenerative lesions (1.47±0.42 vs. 1.09±0.38; t=2.887, P<0.01). The mean 99mTccitrate/99mTcMDP RUR in the malignant group was significantly higher than the mean in the benign group (0.78±0.21 vs. 0.54±0.19; t=3.646, P<0.001). Conclusions: The preliminary results of the study confirm the usefulness and feasibility of 99mTcCitrate scintigraphy for differentiating malignant from benign degenerative lesions seen as areas of increased activity on 99mTcMDP bone scintigraphy. (author)

  2. Controversies about Interspinous Process Devices in the Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spine Diseases: Past, Present, and Future

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    Galarza, Marcelo

    2014-01-01

    A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD) have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases. PMID:24822224

  3. Controversies about interspinous process devices in the treatment of degenerative lumbar spine diseases: past, present, and future.

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    Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-01-01

    A large number of interspinous process devices (IPD) have been recently introduced to the lumbar spine market as an alternative to conventional decompressive surgery in managing symptomatic lumbar spinal pathology, especially in the older population. Despite the fact that they are composed of a wide range of different materials including titanium, polyetheretherketone, and elastomeric compounds, the aim of these devices is to unload spine, restoring foraminal height, and stabilize the spine by distracting the spinous processes. Although the initial reports represented the IPD as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive surgical alternative for relief of neurological symptoms in patients with low back degenerative diseases, recent studies have demonstrated less impressive clinical results and higher rate of failure than initially reported. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview on interspinous implants, their mechanisms of action, safety, cost, and effectiveness in the treatment of lumbar stenosis and degenerative disc diseases. PMID:24822224

  4. Yoga and disc degenerative disease in cervical and lumbar spine: an MR imaging-based case control study

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    Jeng, Chin-Ming; Cheng, Tzu-Chieh; Kung, Ching-Huei; Hsu, Hue-Chen

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the current study was to find out whether yoga practice was beneficial to the spine by comparing degenerative disc disease in the spines of long-time yoga practitioners and non-yoga practicing controls, using an objective measurement tool, magnetic resonance imaging. This matched case–control study comprised 18 yoga instructors with teaching experience of more than 10 years and 18 non-yoga practicing asymptomatic individuals randomly selected from a health checkup database. A...

  5. Does degenerative disease of the lumbar spine cause arachnoiditis? A magnetic resonance study and review of the literature.

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    Jackson, A; Isherwood, I

    1994-09-01

    The magnetic resonance appearances in 165 patients with symptoms suggestive of degenerative lumbar spine disease were reviewed. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between abnormalities of nerve root distribution and degenerative disease of the lumbar spine in the absence of other known risk factors for arachnoiditis. Central clumping of nerve roots was present in 16 patients (9.7%) and was associated with spinal stenosis at one of the affected levels in all (p adhesions which occurs in adhesive lumbar arachnoiditis. No abnormalities of nerve root distribution were seen in association with any indicator of degenerative disk disease in the absence of stenosis. We have been unable to demonstrate the previously reported relationship between lumbar disk degeneration and arachnoiditis and discuss this with a critical review of the literature. Abnormal central clumping of nerve roots as described in arachnoiditis may occur in association with spinal stenosis in the absence of other risk factors although the cause for this appearance remains unexplained. Arachnoiditis-like changes extending over more than one vertebral level are rare (7%) except in the presence of spinal stenosis at multiple levels (29%). Awareness of this appearance may avoid a possibly incorrect diagnosis of arachnoiditis in the presence of a treatable stenosis. PMID:7953223

  6. The Mircen project, neuro-degenerative disease: mechanisms, therapeutics and imaging research Unit URA Cea Cnrs 2210

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    During the post-genomic era, significant advances in our understanding of the molecular basis of disease have been made. The power of functional and molecular imaging in translating this knowledge into effective therapy is now being more and more recognized. Thus, molecular imaging plays a vital role in the early identification of disease-related molecular markers, in the development of molecular-targeted therapies, and in monitoring phenotypic response to therapy both in experimental animals and in human patients. In this context, MIRCen (acronym for Molecular Imaging Research Center ) provides a comprehensive resource available to empower basic, translational, and clinical research through the application of imaging and drug, cell, and gene based technologies. The MIR center will be dedicated to the development of pre-clinical trials for the treatment of various seriously debilitating diseases such as neuro-degenerative diseases, cardiac and hepatic disorders, and infectious diseases (AIDS). Despite the fact that many of these pathologies are still incurable, recent advances in drug, cell and gene therapy point to the feasibility of new therapeutic approaches. The long term goals of MIRCen are therefore to develop and validate: - pertinent animal models for neuro-degenerative, hepatic, cardiac and infectious diseases in rodents as well as non-human primates, - novel technologies for in vivo sensing and imaging of disease-related molecular events,- drug, gene and cell based palliative and or curative therapeutic strategies aiming at protecting and /or restoring damaged or lost functions. (author)

  7. Dementia neuro degenerative diseases and bio markers: a new strategy for an early diagnosis

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    the neuro degenerative dementia (particularly focal beginning forms) can be diagnosed earlier by analyzing the combination of the rate of phosphorylated tau protein, IITE score and perfusion in right anterior cingulate gyrus, the Broca area, and left angular gyrus. A prospective study is underway to validate this model. (N.C.)

  8. Plain-film diagnosis of joint disease

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    The authors describe a systematic approach to plain-film diagnosis of joint disease. The major radiologic criteria - soft-tissue swelling, joint-space narrowing, bone erosion, bone sclerosis and osteophytosis, and chondrocalcinosis - are considered first. Assessing the involvement of the minor criteria of joint disease - soft-tissue atrophy or calcification, malalignment, osteoporosis, abnormal growth, intra-articular bony ankylosis, bon fragmentation, periostitis, subperiosteal resorption or acro-osteolysis -narrows the probabilities to the more likely diagnoses. Further analysis includes the distribution of joint injury, whether mono- or polyarticular, symmetrical or asymmetrical. Added to clinical information, this approach leads to a specific or refined differential diagnosis. (47 refs., 11 figs.)

  9. Guideline update for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. Part 1: introduction and methodology.

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    Kaiser, Michael G; Eck, Jason C; Groff, Michael W; Watters, William C; Dailey, Andrew T; Resnick, Daniel K; Choudhri, Tanvir F; Sharan, Alok; Wang, Jeffrey C; Mummaneni, Praveen V; Dhall, Sanjay S; Ghogawala, Zoher

    2014-07-01

    Fusion procedures are an accepted and successful management strategy to alleviate pain and/or neurological symptoms associated with degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. In 2005, the first version of the "Guidelines for the performance of fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine" was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. In an effort to incorporate evidence obtained since the original publication of these guidelines, an expert panel of neurosurgical and orthopedic spine specialists was convened in 2009. Topics reviewed were essentially identical to the original publication. Selected manuscripts from the first iteration of these guidelines as well as relevant publications between 2005 through 2011 were reviewed. Several modifications to the methodology of guideline development were adopted for the current update. In contrast to the 2005 guidelines, a 5-tiered level of evidence strategy was employed, primarily allowing a distinction between lower levels of evidence. The qualitative descriptors (standards/guidelines/options) used in the 2005 recommendations were abandoned and replaced with grades to reflect the strength of medical evidence supporting the recommendation. Recommendations that conflicted with the original publication, if present, were highlighted at the beginning of each chapter. As with the original guideline publication, the intent of this update is to provide a foundation from which an appropriate treatment strategy can be formulated. PMID:24980578

  10. Clinical results of posterolateral fusion for degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. A follow-up study of more than 10 years

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    Kuroki, Hiroshi; Tajima, Naoya; Kubo, Shinichiro [Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes and the effects on unfused motion segments of posterolateral fusion. This study involved 35 cases (37 intervertebral levels) of posterolateral fusion performed to treat degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. There were 20 male and 15 female patients ranging in age from 30 to 67 years, with a mean age of 49 years. The postoperative period ranged from 10 years to 17 years and 8 months, with a mean period of 13 years. The clinical outcomes were evaluated using the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score for assessment of treatment for low back pain. The effects on unfused motion segments were investigated with radiographic and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Postoperative satisfactory improvement (mean recovery rate, 66.9%) reached a plateau at 1 year and was maintained at final follow-up. Radiographically, the union rate was 86.5%. There were few cases of induced instability of unfused motion segments. On MR imaging, increased signal intensity in both T{sub 1}- and T{sub 2}-weighted images was seen in the paravertebral muscles in 15 of 20 cases (75.0%). Posterolateral fusion is a useful technique for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spinal diseases. Clinical outcomes were stable throughout follow-up. Instability of unfused motion segments rarely occurred. (author)

  11. Development of PET tracers for neuro inflammation imaging in neuro degenerative diseases

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    Inflammatory processes such as micro-glial or endothelial activation are involved in many neuro-degenerative conditions. Neuro-inflammation imaging is considered an attractive tool for fundamental research, diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation in neuro-pathologies. First, an aptamer was selected against a recombinant fragment of the endothelial target VCAM-1, but proved unable to bind the target protein in native conformation, as expressed by a cell line. Second, five radioligands of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), a marker of micro-glial activation, were evaluated in vivo using PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a rat model of neuro-inflammation, and were compared to [11C]PK11195. Four radiotracers displayed a better contrast than [11C]PK11195. In a competitive field of research, this work demonstrates the efficiency of in vivo screening of radiotracers for fast selection of clinically relevant molecules. (author)

  12. Comparison of the costs of nonoperative care to minimally invasive surgery for sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis in a United States Medicare population: potential economic implications of a new minimally-invasive technology

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    Full Text Available Stacey J Ackerman1, David W Polly Jr2, Tyler Knight3, Karen Schneider4, Tim Holt5, John Cummings61Covance Market Access Services Inc, San Diego, CA, USA; 2University of Minnesota, Orthopaedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Covance Market Access Services Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA; 4Covance Market Access Services Inc, Sydney, NSW, Australia; 5Montgomery Spine Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, Montgomery, AL, USA; 6Community Health Network, Neurosurgery, Indianapolis, IN, USAIntroduction: The economic burden associated with the treatment of low back pain (LBP in the United States is significant. LBP caused by sacroiliac (SI joint disruption/degenerative sacroiliitis is most commonly treated with nonoperative care and/or open SI joint surgery. New and effective minimally invasive surgery (MIS options may offer potential cost savings to Medicare.Methods: An economic model was developed to compare the costs of MIS treatment to nonoperative care for the treatment of SI joint disruption in the hospital inpatient setting in the US Medicare population. Lifetime cost savings (2012 US dollars were estimated from the published literature and claims data. Costs included treatment, follow-up, diagnostic testing, and retail pharmacy pain medication. Costs of SI joint disruption patients managed with nonoperative care were estimated from the 2005–2010 Medicare 5% Standard Analytic Files using primary International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes 720.2, 724.6, 739.4, 846.9, or 847.3. MIS fusion hospitalization cost was based on Diagnosis Related Group (DRG payments of $46,700 (with major complications - DRG 459 and $27,800 (without major complications - DRG 460, weighted assuming 3.8% of patients have complications. MIS fusion professional fee was determined from the 2012 Medicare payment for Current Procedural Terminology code 27280, with an 82% fusion success rate and 1.8% revision rate. Outcomes were discounted by 3.0% per annum.Results: The extrapolated lifetime cost of treating Medicare patients with MIS fusion was $48,185/patient compared to $51,543/patient for nonoperative care, resulting in a $660 million savings to Medicare (196,452 beneficiaries at $3,358 in savings/patient. Including those with ICD-9-CM code 721.3 (lumbosacral spondylosis increased lifetime cost estimates (up to 478,764 beneficiaries at $8,692 in savings/patient.Conclusion: Treating Medicare beneficiaries with MIS fusion in the hospital inpatient setting could save Medicare $660 million over patients' lifetimes.Keywords: sacroiliac joint disruption, degenerative sacroiliitis, minimally invasive surgery, epidural injection, iFuse, cost

  13. Exploring Joint Disease Risk Prediction

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    Disease risk prediction has been a central topic of medical informatics. Although various risk prediction models have been studied in the literature, the vast majority were designed to be single-task, i.e. they only consider one target disease at a time. This becomes a limitation when in practice we are dealing with two or more diseases that are related to each other in terms of sharing common comorbidities, symptoms, risk factors, etc., because single-task prediction models are not equipped ...

  14. Varus deformity of the left lower extremity causing degenerative lesion of the posterior horn of the left medial meniscus in a patient with Paget’s disease of bone

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    Al Kaissi, Ali

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available [english] We report on a 42-year-old woman who presented with persistent pain in her left knee with no history of trauma. Sagittal T1-weighted MRI of the left knee showed discontinuity between the anterior and posterior horns of the left medial meniscus, causing effectively the development of degenerative lesion of the posterior horn. The latter was correlated to varus deformity of the left lower extremity associated with subsequent narrowing of the medial knee joint. The unusual craniofacial contour of the patient, the skeletal survey and the elevated serum alkaline phosphatase were compatible with the diagnosis of Paget’s disease of the bone. To alleviate the adverse effect of the mal-alignment of the left femur onto the left knee, corrective osteotomy of the left femoral diaphysis by means of fixators was performed. To the best of our knowledge this is the first clinical report describing the management and the pathological correlation of a unilateral varus deformity of the femoral shaft and degenerative lesions of the left knee in a patient with Paget’s disease of the bone.

  15. Ultrasonographic evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint: Correlation of findings with gross anatomy and MR arthrography in cadavers

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    Objective: To determine the accuracy of ultrasonography (US) in the evaluation of degenerative changes in the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). Methods and materials: Ten cadaveric specimens were obtained. US evaluation of cartilage degeneration and thickness was performed by two independent and blinded readers (R1 and R2). Gross anatomy and MR arthrography evaluated by two readers in consensus served as the reference standard. The joint surface not accessible to US was measured. Results: US interreader agreement was non-existent for cartilage thickness measurements and moderate for cartilage degeneration grading (weighted kappa = 0.41). Comparing US and MR imaging evaluation, there was no correlation between US R1 and MR imaging (Pearson correlation coefficient [PCC] = 0.352) and a moderate correlation between US R2 and MR imaging (PCC = 0.570) concerning cartilage thickness measurements. Concerning cartilage degeneration grading, there was a moderate to strong (R1 Spearman correlation coefficient [SCC] = 0.729)/R2 SCC = 0.767) correlation concerning cartilage degeneration grading. Comparing US and gross anatomic evaluation, there was no correlation for US R1 (PCC = 0.220) and a strong correlation for US R2 (PCC = 0.922) concerning cartilage thickness measurements, and a strong to moderate correlation (R1 SCC = 0.808/R2 SCC = 0.597) concerning cartilage degeneration grading. The mean sector of the articular surface of the ulna head not accessible to US was 13o. Conclusion: In conclusion the DRUJ is accessible to US except in the central 13o sector of the joint surface. US was approved to be sufficient in demonstrating advanced stages of cartilage degeneration. Thus, US of the DRUJ is recommended in patients suffering from ulnar-sided wrist pain.

  16. Cost effectiveness of PET and Spect in degenerative and neoplastic diseases of the brain

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    In Germany the performance of emission tomographic investigations of the brain is more expensive than that of X-ray computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the development of emission tomogrpahy has opened a new dimension of research on brain functions and the pathogenesis of brain diseases. Furthermore, the use of this technique in patients with neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors may yield a more accurate diagnosis than can be obtained by CT or MRI. In many instances this gain in diagnostic accuracy leads to a significant improvement of patient management. If effective therapy is available - as in the case of gliomas or akinetic-rigid syndromes - emission tomography may also prove to be cost-effective due to a reduction of the financial burden caused by inadequate therapy. (orig.)

  17. Repackaging FDA-approved drugs for degenerative diseases: promises and challenges.

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    Cummings, Jeffrey L; Zhong, Kate

    2014-03-01

    Repurposing refers to the therapeutic use of a drug or drug candidate for a disease other than that for which it was originally intended. Repurposing is attractive as a drug development strategy since much is known about approved agents including their drug-likeness and pharmacokinetic features, dosing, safety, tolerability, formulation and manufacturing. Time savings are also robust accounting for several years of the drug development cycle. Tissue and cell-based assays, epidemiologic information and human studies identify approved drugs that might be repurposed from use in Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. The total number of compounds available for repurposing that are brain-penetrant is relatively small. Intellectual property and patent protection issues for repurposed drugs are hurdles for this approach to drug development. Repurposing may contribute importantly to development of new therapies for neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:24502586

  18. Retinal Hereditary and Degenerative/Dystrophic Diseases (Non-Age-Related Macular Degeneration).

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    Battaglia Parodi, Maurizio; La Spina, Carlo; Corradetti, Giulia; Berchicci, Luigi; Petruzzi, Giuseppe; Bandello, Francesco

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    The definition of hereditary retinal diseases includes heterogeneous conditions leading to significant visual impairment. Great strides are being made in the management of many of these dystrophies, with many ongoing trials aiming to ascertain if a pharmacological therapy can reverse or at least stop the natural course of these disorders. In addition, good results have also been achieved in the treatment of typical complications of inherited dystrophies such as cystoid macular edema and choroidal neovascularization. PMID:26502105

  19. The yeast prions [PSI+] and [URE3] are molecular degenerative diseases

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    The yeast prions [URE3] and [PSI] are not found in wild strains, suggesting they are not an advantage. Prion-forming ability is not conserved, even within Saccharomyces, suggesting it is a disease. Prion domains have non-prion functions, explaining some conservation of sequence. However, in spite of the sequence being constrained in evolution by these non-prion functions, the prion domains vary more rapidly than the remainder of the molecule, and these changes produce a transmission barrier, ...

  20. Hybrid surgery versus anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for multilevel cervical degenerative disc diseases: a meta-analysis.

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    Tian, Peng; Fu, Xin; Li, Zhi-Jun; Sun, Xiao-Lei; Ma, Xin-Long

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this meta-analysis is to compare hybrid surgery (HS) and cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) for multilevel cervical degenerative disc diseases (DDD). Systematic searches of all published studies through March 2015 were identified from Cochrane Library, Medline, PubMed, Embase, ScienceDirect, CNKI, WANFANG DATA and CQVIP. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCTs involving HS and ACDF for multilevel DDD were included. All literature was searched and assessed by two independent reviewers according to the standard of Cochrane systematic review. Data of functional and radiological outcomes in two groups were pooled, which was then analyzed by RevMan 5.2 software. One RCT and four non-RCTs encompassing 160 patients met the inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis revealed significant differences in blood loss (p?=?0.005), postoperative C2-C7 ROM (p?=?0.002), ROM of superior adjacent segment (p?

  1. Assistive technology in occupational therapy practice with a child with degenerative disease of the central nervous system

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    Tácia Caroline de Lima Rodrigues

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to report the effects of the interventions, using the resource of assistive technology, carried out with a child with degenerative disease of the central nervous system at his home. This is a study case, which was conducted in seven meetings, addressing the child and his caregivers during a process of evaluation, preparation of assistive devices, family orientation, and evaluation of the family environment repercussion. The results showed that the child presents significant motor, cognitive, and psychosocial impairments, resulting in difficulties in performing activities of daily living, communication, and play. Adjustments were proposed to facilitate the child’s involvement and alleviate family difficulties on equipment and environments, such as wheelchair, bedroom, bathroom, orthosis, toys and communication. Finally, it was possible to note that the assistive technology resources were used according to the child’s needs and his own reality, and that the domiciliary visits contributed positively to the family’s life because they facilitated the child’s care, despite the limitations faced.

  2. METHOD OF PREVENTING DORSAL PAIN BY MEANS OF MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN THE SPINE’S DEGENERATIVE DISEASES OF DISCAL ORIGIN

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    Vasile Pâncotan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to emphasize the therapeutic value of mechanical vibrations. It is known that the Health Service, after studying their effect on the health of operators, incriminates the effect of vibrations and imposes a series of rules regarding the limitation of their pathogen effect on people’s health and also on the environment. In these cases the mechanical vibrations are considered to be noxae because of long-term exposure. From the studies on people exposed to vibrations also results that these have also benefic effects, depending on the control of their parameters: frequency, amplitude, time and the particular way of applying them on the human body.There are well known vibration-producing appliances on the market which are addressed to the muscle tonifiation or relaxation, in body-building or even in medical treatment as bronchial drainage, osteoporosis etc. The use of mechanical vibrations for the optimization of the intervertebral disc’s functions in the pathology of the degenerative diseases of the spine is a new idea and has become a wide research field on the different mobile areas of the spine. In order to do so we have tested the input of low and medium frequency mechanical vibrations for pain management in dorsal rheumatic affections as compared to the kinetic treatment in order to quantify the separate role of each form of treatment to find out their exact input.

  3. Joint spatial analysis of gastrointestinal infectious diseases.

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    Held, Leonhard; Graziano, Giusi; Frank, Christina; Rue, Håvard

    2006-10-01

    A major obstacle in the spatial analysis of infectious disease surveillance data is the problem of under-reporting. This article investigates the possibility of inferring reporting rates through joint statistical modelling of several infectious diseases with different aetiologies. Once variation in under-reporting can be estimated, geographic risk patterns for infections associated with specific food vehicles may be discerned. We adopt the shared component model, proposed by Knorr-Held and Best for two chronic diseases and further extended by (Held L, Natario I, Fenton S, Rue H, Becker N. Towards joint disease mapping. Statistical Methods in Medical Research 2005b; 14: 61-82) for more than two chronic diseases to the infectious disease setting. Our goal is to estimate a shared component, common to all diseases, which may be interpreted as representing the spatial variation in reporting rates. Additional components are introduced to describe the real spatial variation of the different diseases. Of course, this interpretation is only allowed under specific assumptions, in particular, the geographical variation in under-reporting should be similar for the diseases considered. In addition, it is vital that the data do not contain large local outbreaks, so adjustment based on a time series method recently proposed by (Held L, Höhle M, Hofmann M. A statistical framework for the analysis of multivariate infectious disease surveillance data. Statistical Modelling 2005a; 5: 187-99) is made at a preliminary stage. We will illustrate our approach through the analysis of gastrointestinal diseases notification data obtained from the German infectious disease surveillance system, administered by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. PMID:17089949

  4. Estrogen’s action on cognitive function, memory processes, neuro- degenerative diseases: A Review.

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    Robel Abay

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Estrogen has an effect on cognitive enhancing and neuroprotection and in the incidence progress and manifestations of most of central nervous system disorders, including neurodegenerative disease. Estrogen effects on cognition depend on the cognitive task and its dependent brain regions. In hippocampus estrogen induces increased numbers of synapses on multiple synaptic boutons between neurons not previously connected. There are fundamental differences between men and women in the underlying pathophysiology, incidence, manifestation, severity, and/or progression of CNS disorders such as PD, schizophrenia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism.

  5. Additive scales in degenerative disease - calculation of effect sizes and clinical judgment

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    Riepe Matthias W

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The therapeutic efficacy of an intervention is often assessed in clinical trials by scales measuring multiple diverse activities that are added to produce a cumulative global score. Medical communities and health care systems subsequently use these data to calculate pooled effect sizes to compare treatments. This is done because major doubt has been cast over the clinical relevance of statistically significant findings relying on p values with the potential to report chance findings. Hence in an aim to overcome this pooling the results of clinical studies into a meta-analyses with a statistical calculus has been assumed to be a more definitive way of deciding of efficacy. Methods We simulate the therapeutic effects as measured with additive scales in patient cohorts with different disease severity and assess the limitations of an effect size calculation of additive scales which are proven mathematically. Results We demonstrate that the major problem, which cannot be overcome by current numerical methods, is the complex nature and neurobiological foundation of clinical psychiatric endpoints in particular and additive scales in general. This is particularly relevant for endpoints used in dementia research. 'Cognition' is composed of functions such as memory, attention, orientation and many more. These individual functions decline in varied and non-linear ways. Here we demonstrate that with progressive diseases cumulative values from multidimensional scales are subject to distortion by the limitations of the additive scale. The non-linearity of the decline of function impedes the calculation of effect sizes based on cumulative values from these multidimensional scales. Conclusions Statistical analysis needs to be guided by boundaries of the biological condition. Alternatively, we suggest a different approach avoiding the error imposed by over-analysis of cumulative global scores from additive scales.

  6. Common pathways in health benefit properties of RSV in cardiovascular diseases, cancers and degenerative pathologies.

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    Aires, Virginie; Delmas, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Lots of epidemiological studies have put forward the beneficial effects of dietary polyphenols consumption in the prevention of diseases related to aging i.e vascular pathologies, neurodegeneration, cancers and associated inflammatory processes. Among polyphenols, resveratrol (trans-3,4',5- trihydroxystilbene, RSV), a naturally occurring stilbene widely distributed in foodstuffs such as grapes and wine, has been the most studied. Researches performed since the last decades in vitro, in animal models and in (pre)clinical studies have pointed out its pleiotropic health benefits by acting on multiple signaling pathways which go beyond its originally described direct antioxidant activity. However, its low bioavailability upon oral ingestion and lack of specificity may hamper the translation of the encouraging experimental data into human health benefits. Herein we provide an overview on the capacity of RSV to regulate oxidative stress-induced signaling and to modulate key components of signal transduction pathways which are commonly altered in cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and cancer pathologies. We also have attempted to provide a comprehensive outlook on RSV metabolism and biological activity of its main metabolites and discussed about the new strategies developed to circumvent its poor bioavailability and to improve its therapeutic efficacy, including synthesis of new derivatives and new formulations for its cell delivery. PMID:25601605

  7. Interspinous spacer decompression (X-STOP) for lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease: a multicenter study with a minimum 3-year follow-up.

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    Puzzilli, Fabrizio; Gazzeri, Roberto; Galarza, Marcelo; Neroni, Massimiliano; Panagiotopoulos, Konstantinos; Bolognini, Andrea; Callovini, Giorgio; Agrillo, Umberto; Alfieri, Alex

    2014-09-01

    Interspinous distraction devices provide an effective treatment for patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis and/or degenerative disk disease. The aim of this multicenter study was the prospective evaluation of patients treated for symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis with interspinous process decompression (IPD) implants compared with a population of patients managed with conservative treatment. 542 patients affected by symptomatic lumbar spine degenerative disease were enrolled in a controlled trial. 422 patients underwent surgical treatment consisting of X-STOP device implantation, whereas 120 control cases were managed conservatively. Both patient groups underwent follow-up evaluations at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months using the Zurich Claudication Questionnaire, the Visual Analog Scale score and spinal lumbar X-rays, CT scans and MR imaging. One-year follow-up evaluation revealed positive good results in the 83.5% of patients treated with IPD with respect to 50% of the nonoperative group cases. During the first three years, in 38 out of the 120 control cases, a posterior decompression and/or spinal fixation was performed because of unsatisfactory results of the conservative therapy. In 24 of 422 patients, the IPD device had to be removed, and a decompression and/or pedicle screw fixation was performed because of the worsening of neurological symptoms. Our results support the effectiveness of surgery in patients with stenosis. IPD may offer an effective and less invasive alternative to classical microsurgical posterior decompression in selected patients with spinal stenosis and lumbar degenerative disk diseases. PMID:25064150

  8. Management of sacroiliac joint disruption and degenerative sacroiliitis with nonoperative care is medical resource-intensive and costly in a United States commercial payer population

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    Ackerman SJ

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Stacey J Ackerman,1 David W Polly Jr,2 Tyler Knight,3 Tim Holt,4 John Cummings5 1Covance Market Access Services Inc, San Diego, CA, USA; 2University of Minnesota, Orthopaedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Covance Market Access Services Inc, Gaithersburg, MD, USA; 4Montgomery Spine Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, Montgomery, AL, USA; 5Community Health Network, Neurosurgery, Indianapolis, IN, USA Introduction: Low back pain is common and originates in the sacroiliac (SI joint in 15%–30% of cases. Traditional SI joint disruption/degenerative sacroiliitis treatments include nonoperative care or open SI joint fusion. To evaluate the usefulness of newly developed minimally-invasive technologies, the costs of traditional treatments must be better understood. We assessed the costs of nonoperative care for SI joint disruption to commercial payers in the United States (US. Methods: A retrospective study of claim-level medical resource use and associated costs used the MarketScan® Commercial Claims and Encounters as well as Medicare Supplemental Databases of Truven Healthcare. Patients with a primary ICD-9-CM diagnosis code for SI joint disruption (720.2, 724.6, 739.4, 846.9, or 847.3, an initial date of diagnosis from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007 (index date, and continuous enrollment for ?1 year before and 3 years after the index date were included. Claims attributable to SI joint disruption with a primary or secondary ICD-9-CM diagnosis code of 71x.xx, 72x.xx, 73x.xx, or 84x.xx were identified; the 3-year medical resource use-associated reimbursement and outpatient pain medication costs (measured in 2011 US dollars were tabulated across practice settings. A subgroup analysis was performed among patients with lumbar spinal fusion. Results: The mean 3-year direct, attributable medical costs were $16,196 (standard deviation [SD] $28,592 per privately-insured patient (N=78,533. Among patients with lumbar spinal fusion (N=434, attributable 3-year mean costs were $91,720 (SD $75,502 per patient compared to $15,776 (SD $27,542 per patient among patients without lumbar spinal fusion (N=78,099. Overall, inpatient hospitalizations (19.4%, hospital outpatient visits and procedures (14.0%, and outpatient pain medications (9.6% accounted for the largest proportion of costs. The estimated 3-year insurance payments attributable to SI joint disruption were $1.6 billion per 100,000 commercial payer beneficiaries. Conclusion: The economic burden of SI joint disruption among privately-insured patients in the US is substantial, highlighting the need for more cost-effective therapies. Keywords: cost, epidural injection, lumbar spinal fusion surgery

  9. Nuclear magnetic resonance in the evaluation of the disk luxation in the temporomandibular articulation conditioned for degenerative osseous changes

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    Purpose: The temporomandibular dysfunction is a common pathology. It appears with many symptoms as: joint pain, mechanic disturbance, and loss of mouth motion. The Magnetic Resonance Image is the chose method to study these alterations. The purposes of this paper are to demonstrate according to sex, the distribution of temporomandibular dysfunction and to determinant the relationships between the disc dislocation and the degenerative disease of the junction. Material and Method: 215 patients were evaluated between January 1999 and August 2004. An Elscint MRI 2 Tesla machine was used with Spin-echo (T1 and T2) Fat-sat sequences, in coronal, axial and sagittal planes. The follow alterations were evaluated: dislocation, degenerative disease of articular surface, osteochondritis, discal perforation, and retrodiscal lesions. Results: 175 of all showed pathologic alterations in IRM examination. The other 40 patients were excluded due to present a normal (MRI) study. The patients were 146 females and 29 men. The most common dislocation site was the anterior. Performance of the IRM was useful in all the cases to demonstrate degenerative changes in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). And was a very precise relationship between the dislocation and degenerative disease of the joint. Conclusion: the female patient is the most frequently affected by temporomandibular joint pathology. The IRM is the selection method to study the TMJ. The degenerative changes are responsible for joint dislocation without reduction. (author)

  10. Application of stable isotopic techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases like obesity and NIDDM in developing societies

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    Economic development in developing societies characterized by industrialization, urbanization and globalization has seen the emergence of an epidemic of diet and life-style related chronic degenerative diseases. A research project has been initiated under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, under its Co-ordinated Research Programme (CRP) to promote the use of stable isotopic techniques to document the extent of the problem and to understand the determinants of this epidemic. The principal objectives of this CRP involving countries both in the North and the South are to define the magnitude of the problem of obesity and non-insulin Dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) in developing countries, to identify the vulnerable groups at increased risk and to attempt to describe the metabolic and physiological mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. These comparative international studies of obesity and NIDDM are looking at the effects of childhood malnutrition (Brazil and socio-economic differentials (Mexico) on adult risk factors; the composition of the daily diet on obesity (Chile); levels of patterns of physical activity of older adults (China) as well as their influence on weight gain and obesity (Cuba, Nigeria); the impact of body composition and energy expenditure on the evolution frank diabetes from impaired glucose tolerance (Jamaica), and of body compositional changes and the role of inflammatory cytokines on impaired glucose tolerance (India). The last study conducted in New Zealand was aimed at comparing the energy expenditures of Maori (Pacific Island) with New Zealanders of European descent. The findings of the CRP of the MEA in this area carried out in several countries are presented in this article. (author)

  11. Ventilación mecánica prolongada por enfermedad neurológica degenerativa / Long-lasting mechanical ventilation due to degenerative neurological disease

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    Sandra Carmen, Acosta Isidor; Maydelin, Campos González; Juan Bruno, Ruiz Nápoles; Iliana, González Pratts; Dariel, Suñol Mulet.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Paciente masculino, de tez blanca y 67 años de edad, con antecedentes de hipertensión arterial y gastritis crónica, que ingresa en la sala de Medicina del Hospital Militar Holguín en agosto del 2011 con el diagnóstico de una gastritis crónica agudizada. Pero previo al ingreso comienza con cuadro de [...] debilidad distal del miembro inferior izquierdo y trastornos en la esfera afectiva. En sala hace cuadro de paro respiratorio y se traslada a la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, donde se mantiene bajo régimen de ventilación mecánica desde ese momento con imposibilidad para el destete. Ha presentado pocas infecciones respiratorias y la mayoría han evolucionado satisfactoriamente con antibiótico oral. Se le realizan estudios inmunológicos, imagenológicos y bioquímicos negativos, constatándose al examen físico del sistema neurológico hallazgos relacionados con una afección neuromuscular. Se realizó una revisión bibliográfica a la luz de los conocimientos actuales del tema, y se llegó a la conclusión que la ventilación prolongada en este paciente está en relación con una enfermedad neurológica degenerativa, en este caso una esclerosis lateral amiotrófica modificada. Abstract in english A sixty-seven years old male Caucasian patient with a history of blood hypertension and chronic gastritis was admitted to the medicine ward of the military hospital in Holguin in August 2011. The diagnosis was acute chronic gastritis. Prior to hospitalization, he presented with distal weakness in th [...] e left lower limb and affecting disorders. He suffered respiratory arrest at the hospital ward and was then transferred to the intensive care unit where he was kept mechanically ventilated. Few respiratory infections attacked him, so the majority have evolved satisfactorily thanks to oral antibiotic treatment. The immunological, imaging and biochemical studies yielded negative results. The physical examination of the neurological condition showed symptoms related to a neuromuscular condition. A literature review about this topic was made in which it was determined that the long-lasting mechanical ventilation is related in this case to degenerative neurological disease, in this case modified amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  12. Degenerative myelopathy in dogs

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    Nikolovski Goran; Atanaskova Elena

    2010-01-01

    One of the chronic progressive disorders of the spinal cord in dogs is the degenerative myelopathy (DM). The most predisposed age in dog is 5 to 14 years, while rarely noted in younger, there is no gender predisposition. This disorder most commonly appears in dogs of the German shepherd breed, but it can appear in other breeds too. The main changes about this disease are degeneration of the myelin, especially in the thoracic-lumbar segments of the spinal cord and the dorsal nerve roots. The p...

  13. Disk degenerative disease in childhood: Scheuermann's disease, Schmorl's nodes, and the limbus vertebra: MRI findings in 12 patients

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    Twelve pediatric patients were studied with MRI. All had various disk problems including Scheuermann's disease, Schmorl's nodes and limbus vertebrae. All patients shared loss of disk height, altered disk hydration and variable herniation of nuclear material. (orig.)

  14. Sacroiliac joint pain: burden of disease

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    Cher D; Polly D; Berven S

    2014-01-01

    Daniel Cher,1 David Polly,2 Sigurd Berven31SI-BONE, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA; 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USAObjectives: The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is an important and significant cause of low back pain. We sought to quantify the burden of disease attributable to the SIJ.Methods: The authors compared EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D) and Short Form (SF)-36-based ...

  15. Radiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint; Chronische Krankheitsbilder am Sprunggelenk

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    Rand, T. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Einrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie]|[Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria); Trattnig, S.; Breitenseher, M.; Imhof, H. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Einrichtung fuer Magnetresonanztomographie; Kreuzer, S. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Vienna (Austria); Wagesreither, S. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Klinik fuer Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde

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    The etiology of chronic diseases of the ankle joint comprises a wide spectrum including chronic inflammatory processes and chronic degenerative, tumorous and neuropathic processes, as well as some specific syndromes based on chronic changes of the ankle joint. Of the inflammatory processes, chronic juvenile arthritis (JVC) is the most common disease. However, also Reiter disease, psoriasis or chronic monoarthritid diseases such as gout, as well as granulomatous diseases (tuberculosis, sarcoidosis) and fungal infections, may affect the ankle joint in a chronic course. Chronic degenerative changes are usually secondary due to abnormal positioning of the joint constituents or repetitive trauma. Neuropathic changes, as frequently seen in the course of diabetes, present with massive osseous destruction and malposition of the articular constituents. Chronic osseous as well as cartilaginous and synovial changes are seen in hemoplici patients. Chronic traumatic changes are represented by pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), and chondromatosis, both with a predilection for the ankle joint. Due to the possibilities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diagnosis of chronic ankle changes includes chronic ligamentous, tendinous and soft tissue changes. With the use MRI, specific syndromes can be defined which particularly affect the ankle joint in a chronic way, such as the os trigonum syndrome, the anterolateral impingement syndrome and the sinus tarsi syndrome. Nevertheless, plain film radiographs are still the basic element of any investigation. MRI, however, can be potentially used as a second investigation, saving an unnecessary cascade of investigations with ultrasound and CT. The latter investigations are used only with very specific indications, for instance CT for subtle bone structures and sonography for a limited investigation of tendons or evaluation of fluid. Particularly due to the possibilities of MRI and the development of special gradient-echo imaging or high-resolution coils, the investigation of the ankle joint still offers a wide spectrum of innovation for the next years, which is particularly enforced by the increasing demand for specific diagnosis of chronic diseases in orthopedic medicine. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Aetiologie chronischer Krankheitsbilder am Sprunggelenk ist vielfaeltig. Chronisch entzuendliche Veraenderungen, wie sie im Rahmen einer chronisch juvenilen Arthritis, des M. Reiter, der Psoriasis oder chronischer Monoarthritiden, wie der chronischen Gicht zu beobachten sind, haben nicht selten ihre Manifestation am Sprunggelenk. Seltenere entzuendlich chronische Affektionen hingegen koennen jedoch auch bei enteropathischen Arthritiden, granulomatoesen Erkrankungen, wie der Tuberkulose oder Sarkoidose, beobachtet werden. Auch chronisch verlaufende Pilzaffektionen koennen zu atypischen Bildern fuehren. Chronisch degenerative Erkrankungen entstehen am Sprunggelenk fast ausschliesslich sekundaer. Praedisponierend sind hier angeborene oder erworbene Fehlhaltungen sowie chronische Veraenderungen auf Basis abgelaufener oder repetitiver Traumen. Der neuropathische Formenkreis stellt eine weitere Causa chronischer Veraenderungen dar, mit im fortgeschrittenem Stadium massiven Gelenks- und ossaeren Veraenderungen. Chronische Veraenderungen sind auch bei der Haemophilie im Rahmen des Blutergelenkes zu erwarten. Als chronisch tumoroese Veraenderungen koennen die pigmentierte villonodulaere Synovitis (PVNS) und die Gelenkschondromatose betrachtet werden, mit teils ossaeren und teils charakteristischen Kapsel und Weichteilveraenderungen. Die modernen Gelenkdiagnostik umfasst zudem auch chronische Veraenderungen an den Sehnen und Baendern. Besondere diagnostische Herausforderungen stellen letztendlich Syndrome dar, die klinisch zwar beobachtet, jedoch erst durch moderne Bildgebung in den letzten Jahren zunehmend spezifiert werden konnten. Diese umfassen zum Beispiel das `Os-trigonum-Syndrom`, das `anterolaterale Weichteilimpingement` und das `Sinus-tarsi-Syndrom`. Wie in der allgmeinen Gelenkdiagnostik ist auch wei

  16. The use of mesenchymal (skeletal) stem cells for treatment of degenerative diseases: current status and future perspectives

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    Abdallah, Basem; Kassem, Moustapha

    2009-01-01

    Human bone marrow derived-mesenchymal (skeletal) stem (MSC) cells are a group of non-hematopoietic stem cells residing in the perivascular niches in bone marrow. These cells have the capacity to differentiate mainly into mesoderm-type cells such as osteoblasts, chondrocytes and adipocytes and possibly but not proven to non-mesodermal cell types. Recently, there has been an increased interest in understanding the biology of MSC due to their potential use in cell-based therapy for multiple degener...

  17. Degenerative myelopathy in dogs

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    Nikolovski Goran

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available One of the chronic progressive disorders of the spinal cord in dogs is the degenerative myelopathy (DM. The most predisposed age in dog is 5 to 14 years, while rarely noted in younger, there is no gender predisposition. This disorder most commonly appears in dogs of the German shepherd breed, but it can appear in other breeds too. The main changes about this disease are degeneration of the myelin, especially in the thoracic-lumbar segments of the spinal cord and the dorsal nerve roots. The progression of the disease is slow and can last months to years. Undoubtedly, diagnosis is made by examinations of the CSF and establishing elevated level of protein segments.

  18. How Does Joint Remodeling Work?: New Insights in the Molecular Regulation of the Architecture of Joints

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    Remodeling of joints is a key feature of inflammatory and degenerative joint disease. Bone erosion, cartilage degeneration and growth of bony spurs termed osteophytes are key features of structural joint pathology in the course of arthritis, which lead to impairment of joint function. Understanding their molecular mechanisms is essential to tailor targeted therapeutic approaches to protect joint architecture from inflammatory and mechanical stress. This addendum summarizes the new insights in...

  19. STUDY ON THE LIMITS AND POSSIBILITIES OF THE HCP “DESOSPITALIZAR” IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASES IN THE REGIONAL HEALTH OF PARANOÁ.

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    Camila Reis Santana

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    Full Text Available This research project intends to evaluate the possibilities, challenges and impacts of health actions made by Home Care Program (PID, effected at the Regional Center for Home Care (NRAD, about the vacancy of hospital beds occupied by people from Paranoá's Regional. It is a descriptive study where was applied an validated instrument with title, Classification System for Patients: construction and validation of an instrument. (PERROCA. M.G.; GAIDZINSKI, R. R., et al, 1998. The data collection period was between January and March 2013 in Paranoá's NRAD. Were analyzed 29 patients with chronic degenerative diseases who are in home care. On scores of 29 patients admitted in this program, it was found that 13 patients require minimal care (44.82% and 13 patients, equally, require intermediate care (44.82%. So, it is concluded that the obtained data in this research indicates that the limits and possibilities of the Regional Center for Home Care Program (NRAD in "desospitalizar" (take out of the hospital patients with chronic degenerative diseases at Paranoá's Regional Health are favoring patients admitted with scores below the pre-established ones, according to criteria of the program through the scale used for intermediate care.

  20. Degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: best practice revolution

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    David H Adams; Rosenhek, Raphael; Falk, Volkmar

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    Degenerative mitral valve disease often leads to leaflet prolapse due to chordal elongation or rupture, and resulting in mitral valve regurgitation. Guideline referral for surgical intervention centres primarily on symptoms and ventricular dysfunction. The recommended treatment for degenerative mitral valve disease is mitral valve reconstruction, as opposed to valve replacement with a bioprosthetic or mechanical valve, because valve repair is associated with improved event free survival. Rece...

  1. Comparison of degree of postoperative muscle damage between MIS-TLIF- and PLIF treatment for single-level degenerative lumbar disease

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    Liang ZHOU

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective?To compare the postoperative muscle damage after either posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF or minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF with the aid of X-Tube system in patients with singlelevel degenerative lumbar spinal disease. Methods?The clinical data of 52 patients (males 28, females 24, aged 54.3±7.8 years with single-level degenerative lumbar spinal disease undergoing MIS-TLIF assisted by the X-Tube system from Oct 2010 to Sep 2011 was analyzed retrospectively. The operative time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative drainage volume, postoperative bedtime, and serum creatine kinase (CK level 1 day before surgery and 1, 3 and 5 days after surgery were recorded and compared with those of 38 patients (males 20, females 18, aged 51.6±8.6 years with the same disease undergoing conventional open PLIF during the corresponding period. The back pain visual analogue score (VAS, Oswestry disability index (ODI score and imaging examination were performed before operation, after operation and during follow-up duration for each patient. Results?There was no significant difference in the gender, age, clinical diagnosis, lesion location, preoperative CK level, VAS and ODI scores between the two groups (P>0.05. The operative time was longer in MIS-TLIF group than in PLIF group (P0.05. Radiological followup observation revealed good fusion 6 months after operation in all the patients. Conclusion?The X-Tube-assisted MIS-TLIF has several advantages over conventional open PLIF, such as less intraoperative blood loss, milder muscle damage, and lighter back pain. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2013.12.04

  2. Sacroiliac joint pain: burden of disease

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Daniel Cher,1 David Polly,2 Sigurd Berven31SI-BONE, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA; 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USAObjectives: The sacroiliac joint (SIJ is an important and significant cause of low back pain. We sought to quantify the burden of disease attributable to the SIJ.Methods: The authors compared EuroQol 5D (EQ-5D and Short Form (SF-36-based health state utility values derived from the preoperative evaluation of patients with chronic SIJ pain participating in two prospective clinical trials of minimally invasive SIJ fusion versus patients participating in a nationally representative USA cross-sectional survey (National Health Measurement Study [NHMS]. Comparative analyses controlled for age, sex, and oversampling in NHMS. A utility percentile for each SIJ subject was calculated using NHMS as a reference cohort. Finally, SIJ health state utilities were compared with utilities for common medical conditions that were published in a national utility registry.Results: SIJ patients (number [n]=198 had mean SF-6D and EQ-5D utility scores of 0.51 and 0.44, respectively. Values were significantly depressed (0.28 points for the SF-6D utility score and 0.43 points for EQ-5D; both P<0.0001 compared to NHMS controls. SIJ patients were in the lowest deciles for utility compared to the NHMS controls. The SIJ utility values were worse than those of many common, major medical conditions, and similar to those of other common preoperative orthopedic conditions.Conclusion: Patients with SIJ pain presenting for minimally invasive surgical care have marked impairment in quality of life that is worse than in many chronic health conditions, and this is similar to other orthopedic conditions that are commonly treated surgically. SIJ utility values are in the lowest two deciles when compared to control populations.Keywords: sacroiliac joint fusion, chronic lower back pain, quality of life, utility assessment, comparative assessments

  3. Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee

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    Thorlund, Jonas Bloch; Juhl, C B; Roos, E M; Lohmander, L S

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine benefits and harms of arthroscopic knee surgery involving partial meniscectomy, debridement, or both for middle aged or older patients with knee pain and degenerative knee disease. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pain and physical function. DATA SOURCES: Systematic searches for benefits and harms were carried out in Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) up to August 201...

  4. Novel information on the non-neuronal cholinergic system in orthopedics provides new possible treatment strategies for inflammatory and degenerative diseases

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    Sture Forsgren

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Anti-cholinergic agents are used in the treatment of several pathological conditions. Therapy regimens aimed at up-regulating cholinergic functions, such as treatment with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, are also currently prescribed. It is now known that not only is there a neuronal cholinergic system but also a non-neuronal cholinergic system in various parts of the body. Therefore, interference with the effects of acetylcholine (ACh brought about by the local production and release of ACh should also be considered. Locally produced ACh may have proliferative, angiogenic, wound-healing, and immunomodulatory functions. Interestingly, cholinergic stimulation may lead to anti-inflammatory effects. Within this review, new findings for the locomotor system of a more widespread non-neuronal cholinergic system than previously expected will be discussed in relation to possible new treatment strategies. The conditions discussed are painful and degenerative tendon disease (tendinopathy/tendinosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

  5. Degenerative intraspinal cyst of the cervical spine

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    Hidetoshi Nojiri

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available We describe two cases of degenerative intraspinal cyst of the cervical spine that caused a gradually progressive myelopathy. One case had a cyst that arose from the facet joint and the other case had a cyst that formed in the ligamentum flavum. The symptoms improved immediately after posterior decompression by cystectomy with laminoplasty.

  6. New aspects of radionuclide therapy of bone and joint diseases

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    Whereas in developing countries P-32 is widely used for radionuclide therapy of painful bone metastases, in Europe three radionuclides or radiopharmaceutical agents are available for pain palliation: Sr-89, Sm-153-EDTMP, and Re-186-HEDP. Radionuclide therapy for pain palliation is indicated for bone pain due to metastatic malignancy that has involved multiple skeletal sites and has evoked an osteoblastic response on bone scintigraphy. Response rates of about 70-80% in patients with breast or prostate cancer is reported in the literature, less in metastatic lesions of other primary malignancies. Sm-153-EDTMP may also be used for curative treatment of primary bone tumours or their metastases. Radiosynovectomy as therapeutic procedure or rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory joint diseases, persistent synovial perfusion, and other joint diseases is widely used. Using Y-90 for the knee joint, Re-186 for middle sized joints, and Er-169 for small joints an improvement of symptoms may be observed in about 70-80%. (author)

  7. Knee joint replacement - series (image)

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    The knee is a complex joint. It contains the distal end of the femur (the femoral condyles) and the ... The most common cause of knee damage that leads to knee replacement ... is a degenerative disease of the bones of the knee. It causes ...

  8. Treatment of Nongout Joint Deposition Diseases: An Update

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    Tristan Pascart; Pascal Richette; René-Marc Flipo

    2014-01-01

    This update develops the actual therapeutic options in the management of the joint involvement of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD), basic calcium phosphate (BCP) deposition disease, hemochromatosis (HH), ochronosis, oxalosis, and Wilson's disease. Conventional pharmaceutical treatment provides benefits for most diseases. Anti-interleukine-1 (IL-1) treatment could provide similar results in CPPD than in gout flares. There is only limited evidence about the efficacy of preventive...

  9. Treatment of nongout joint deposition diseases: an update.

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    Pascart, Tristan; Richette, Pascal; Flipo, René-Marc

    2014-01-01

    This update develops the actual therapeutic options in the management of the joint involvement of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD), basic calcium phosphate (BCP) deposition disease, hemochromatosis (HH), ochronosis, oxalosis, and Wilson's disease. Conventional pharmaceutical treatment provides benefits for most diseases. Anti-interleukine-1 (IL-1) treatment could provide similar results in CPPD than in gout flares. There is only limited evidence about the efficacy of preventive long-term colchicine intake, methotrexate, and hydroxychloroquine in chronic CPPD. Needle aspiration and lavage have satisfactory short and midterm results in BCP. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy has also proved its efficacy for high-doses regimes. Phlebotomy does not seem to have shown real efficacy on joint involvement in HH so far. Iron chelators' effects have not been assessed on joint involvement either, while IL-1 blockade may prove useful. NSAIDs have limited efficacy on joint involvement of oxalosis, while colchicine and steroids have not been assessed either. The use of nitisinone for ochronotic arthropathy is still much debated, but it could provide beneficial effects on joint involvement. The effects of copper chelators have not been assessed either in the joint involvement of Wilson's disease. NSAIDs should be avoided because of the liver affection they may worsen. PMID:24895535

  10. My Retina Tracker(™): An On-line International Registry for People Affected with Inherited Orphan Retinal Degenerative Diseases and their Genetic Relatives - A New Resource.

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    Fisher, Joan K; Bromley, Russell L; Mansfield, Brian C

    2016-01-01

    My Retina Tracker™ is a new on-line registry for people affected with inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases, and their unaffected, genetic relatives. Created and supported by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, it is an international resource designed to capture the disease from the perspective of the registry participant and their retinal health care providers. The registry operates under an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved protocol and allows sharing of de-identified data with participants, researchers and clinicians. All participants sign an informed consent that includes selecting which data they wish to share. There is no minimum age of participation. Guardians must sign on behalf of minors, and children between the ages of 12 to 17 also sign an informed assent. Participants may compare their disease to others in the registry using graphical interpretations of the aggregate registry data. Researchers and clinicians have two levels of access. The first provides an interface to interrogate all data fields registrants have agreed to share based on their answers in the IRB informed consent. The second provides a route to contact people in the registry who may be eligible for studies or trials, through the Foundation. PMID:26427418

  11. Calidad de vida relacionada con la salud en personas con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas / Quality of life related to health in persons with chronic degenerative diseases

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    Antonio, Castillo Guzmán; Carmen, Arocha Meriño; Nurys B, Armas Rojas; Ivette, Castillo Arocha; Michel Ernesto, Cueto Cañabate; Marys Leidis, Herrera Giró.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN. La calidad de vida relacionada con la salud es un indicador que incorpora la apreciación del individuo sobre su enfermedad. En la revisión bibliográfica se encontró que en Cuba no hay experiencia en el uso del WHOQOL _ BREF como instrumento de medición de esta, por lo que se pretende d [...] escribirlo en personas que presentan enfermedades crónicas degenerativas, para determinar si es aplicable en el contexto cubano. MÉTODOS. Estudio descriptivo de calidad de vida relacionada con la salud en 300 personas con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas que están entre las tres primeras causas de mortalidad en el país. Se aplicaron encuestas con el instrumento WHOQOL _ BREF. RESULTADOS. Fueron contestadas el 100 % de las encuestas. El porcentaje se desglosó como sigue: 51,3 de los enfermos consideraron su calidad de vida relacionada con la salud "ni pobre ni buena" y 33,3 como "buena". 48,6 se valoró "ni satisfecho ni insatisfecho" y 33,3 "satisfecho". La salud psicológica fue calificada "alta" en los tres tipos de enfermedades y el dominio que explora ambiente recibió la calificación de "regular." Las mujeres, en ambos grupos de edades, la consideraron "aceptable". Por tipo de enfermedad, las de 45 y más años, que padecían un tumor, tenían una "alta" calidad de vida relacionada con la salud. CONCLUSIONES. El WHOQOL _ BREF permitió medir correctamente la calidad de vida relacionada con la salud en personas con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas, lo que supone que es aplicable al contexto cubano. La salud psicológica resultó la mejor valorada en cualesquiera de las enfermedades estudiadas. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: The quality of life related to health is an indicator that incorporates the individual's appreciation of his illness. In the bibliographical review it was found that in Cuba there is no experience in the use of the WHOQOL_BREF as an instrument to measure it. That's why, it is intended [...] to describe it in persons with chronic degenerative illness to determine if it can be applied to the Cuban context. METHODS: A descriptive study of the quality of life connected with health was conducted in 300 individuals with chronic degenerative diseases that are among the first three causes of death in the country. Surveys were done with the WHOQOL_BREF instrument. RESULTS: 100% of the surveys were answered. 51.3% of the sick persons considered its quality of life in relation to health neither poor nor good and 33.3% considered it good. 48.6 % evaluated themselves as neither satisfied nor unsatisfied and 33.3 % as satisfied. The psychological health was rated as "high" in the three types of diseases, whereas the domain exploring environment was estimated as fair. Females, in both groups of ages, considered it "acceptable." According to the type of disease, those aged 45 and over suffering from a tumor had a high quality of life related to health. CONCLUSIONS: The WHOQOL_BREF allowed to measure correctly the quality of life related to health in people with chronic degenerative diseases, which makes us suppose that it is applicable to the Cuban context. The psychological health was the best assessed in any of the studied diseases

  12. El ejercicio físico y su prescripción en pacientes con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas Physical exercise and its prescription in patients with chronic degenerative diseases

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    Full Text Available Las enfermedades crónicas degenerativas constituyen una de las principales causas de muerte a nivel mundial, por lo que su crecimiento significativo ha puesto en alerta a varios países, los cuales están adoptando medidas para combatir los factores de riesgos, algunos de los cuales son modificables; siendo el ejercicio regular, un medio de prevención y rehabilitación de estas enfermedades. Esta revisión tiene por objetivo, analizar los parámetros necesarios a tomar en cuenta en la prescripción de un programa de ejercicios en pacientes con obesidad, hipertensión arterial, dislipidemia y diabetes mellitus tipo 2.Chronic degenerative diseases constitute one of the main causes of death at a global level, and their significant increase has alerted many countries, which are taking measures to reduce risk factors, some of which are modifiable; being the regular exercise a means of prevention and rehabilitation of these diseases. The objective of this revision is to analyze the necessary parameters to take into account for the prescription of an exercise program in patients with obesity, high blood pressure dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus type 2.

  13. Co-ordinated research project on application of nuclear techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases (obesity and non-insulin dependent diabetes) in ageing

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations. This first meeting was held in the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, with participation of contract and agreement holders, experts, observer, and in-house staff

  14. El ejercicio físico y su prescripción en pacientes con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas / Physical exercise and its prescription in patients with chronic degenerative diseases

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    Rossana, Gómez; Henrique, Monteiro; Marco Antonio, Cossio-Bolaños; Domingo, Fama-Cortez; Angelina, Zanesco.

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades crónicas degenerativas constituyen una de las principales causas de muerte a nivel mundial, por lo que su crecimiento significativo ha puesto en alerta a varios países, los cuales están adoptando medidas para combatir los factores de riesgos, algunos de los cuales son modificables; [...] siendo el ejercicio regular, un medio de prevención y rehabilitación de estas enfermedades. Esta revisión tiene por objetivo, analizar los parámetros necesarios a tomar en cuenta en la prescripción de un programa de ejercicios en pacientes con obesidad, hipertensión arterial, dislipidemia y diabetes mellitus tipo 2. Abstract in english Chronic degenerative diseases constitute one of the main causes of death at a global level, and their significant increase has alerted many countries, which are taking measures to reduce risk factors, some of which are modifiable; being the regular exercise a means of prevention and rehabilitation o [...] f these diseases. The objective of this revision is to analyze the necessary parameters to take into account for the prescription of an exercise program in patients with obesity, high blood pressure dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus type 2.

  15. El ejercicio físico y su prescripción en pacientes con enfermedades crónicas degenerativas / Physical exercise and its prescription in patients with chronic degenerative diseases

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    Rossana, Gómez; Henrique, Monteiro; Marco Antonio, Cossio-Bolaños; Domingo, Fama-Cortez; Angelina, Zanesco.

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades crónicas degenerativas constituyen una de las principales causas de muerte a nivel mundial, por lo que su crecimiento significativo ha puesto en alerta a varios países, los cuales están adoptando medidas para combatir los factores de riesgos, algunos de los cuales son modificables; [...] siendo el ejercicio regular, un medio de prevención y rehabilitación de estas enfermedades. Esta revisión tiene por objetivo, analizar los parámetros necesarios a tomar en cuenta en la prescripción de un programa de ejercicios en pacientes con obesidad, hipertensión arterial, dislipidemia y diabetes mellitus tipo 2. Abstract in english Chronic degenerative diseases constitute one of the main causes of death at a global level, and their significant increase has alerted many countries, which are taking measures to reduce risk factors, some of which are modifiable; being the regular exercise a means of prevention and rehabilitation o [...] f these diseases. The objective of this revision is to analyze the necessary parameters to take into account for the prescription of an exercise program in patients with obesity, high blood pressure dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus type 2.

  16. The Role of Electromyography in Temporomandibular Joint Diseases

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    Temporomandibular Joint Diseases (TMJD) is a term used for disorders involving temporomandibular joint, mastication muscles and structures related with them and for various clinical problems coexisting together. Anamnesis, physical examination, radiology, biochemistry and electromyography (EMG) helps in diagnosing and making the differential diagnosis for all these problems. Among these useful methods, EMG is especially effective in examining muscle and nerve functioning and in the differenti...

  17. [Ultrasonographic examination of the stifle joint in the dog. Part 2: Impaired wound healing and neoplastic, congenital, developmental, degenerative and traumatic disorders].

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    Nayseh, K; Kramer, M; Ondreka, N

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    Ultrasonography is a cost-effective, non-invasive technique, which can be performed in conscious dogs. It frequently contributes valuable and even crucial diagnostic information in patients with lameness attributed to the stifle joint. Within the first part of this article, technical requirements and limitations as well as the standardized scanning protocol and ultrasonographic anatomy of the stifle joint are described. Additionally, ultrasonographic features of common pathologies of the stifle joint, including cranial cruciate ligament rupture and meniscal pathologies, are discussed. The second part of the article focuses on the ultrasonographic approach to other, less common pathologies of the canine stifle joint, including impaired wound healing and congenital, neoplastic, developmental and traumatic disorders. PMID:25966794

  18. Characterization of Degenerative Changes in the Temporomandibular Joint of the Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

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    Murphy, M.K.; Arzi, B.; Vapniarsky-Arzi, N.; Athanasiou, K.A.

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    The articulation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is composed of the temporal bone dorsally, the mandibular condyle ventrally and a fibrous articular disc. The TMJ disc plays an essential role in distributing load between the two articular surfaces. Degeneration of the disc in the presence of joint pathology has been shown in man; however, TMJ pathology has not been documented previously in tigers (Panthera tigris). The mandibular condyle and TMJ disc of a Bengal tiger (P. tigris tigris) ...

  19. Studies on the pathogenesis of the degenerative lumbar canal stenosis by CT, 3

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    Computed tomography (CT) scans of lumbar canal stenosis (LCS, n = 20), osteoarthritis (OA, n = 65), disk herniation (n = 21), and lumbar pain (n = 23) were reviewed for the quanlitative evaluation of the vertebral canal and stenosis factors. Trefoil type on transverse sections of the bony vertebral canal was observed in 23 %, having no implications for pathologic significance at the L5 level. The degree of degeneration in soft tissues inside the vertebral canal varied according to diseases. This was most noticeable at the L4/L5 level in the LCS group. The morphological CT appearance of vertebral arch were divided into three types: I - the concave inner part, II - the linear inner part, and III - the convex inner part to the vertebral canal. In the group of LCS, the incidences of types II and III were high at the L5/S1 and at the L4/L5 levels, respectively. As for the angle of apophyseal joint, the incidence of sagittal joint was high at the L3/L4 and L4/L5 levels in the group of LCS. The incidence of degenerative changes was high in the groups of LCS and OA, suggesting some relationship between degenerative degree and both sagittal and asymmetric joints. This was noticeable at the L4/L5 level. Calcification surrounding the joint was seen in 13 %, reflecting the relationship to the degenerative changes. There was no relationship between degenerative changes and vacuum joint phenomenon observed in 18 %. As for the area less than 90 mm2 of the dural canal, there was no morphological change between the LCS and OA groups. In the symptomatic mechanism in the case of LCS, morphological dynamic and unstable factors may be involved. (Namekawa, K.) 67 refs

  20. Non-enzymatic glycation of ?-crystallin as an in vitro model for aging, diabetes and degenerative diseases.

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    Karumanchi, Devi Kalyan; Karunaratne, Nuwan; Lurio, Laurence; Dillon, James P; Gaillard, Elizabeth R

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    Alpha crystallin, a small heat-shock protein, has been studied extensively for its chaperone function. Alpha crystallin subunits are expressed in stress conditions and have been found to prevent apoptosis by inhibiting the activation of caspase pathway. Non-enzymatic glycation of protein leads to the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). These AGEs bind to receptors and lead to blocking the signaling pathways or cause protein precipitation as observed in aggregation-related diseases. Methylglyoxal (MGO) is one of the major glycating agents expressed in pathological conditions due to defective glycolysis pathway. MGO reacts rapidly with proteins, forms AGEs and finally leads to aggregation. The goal of this study was to understand the non-enzymatic glycation-induced structural damage in alpha crystallin using biophysical and spectroscopic characterization. This will help to develop better disease models for understanding the biochemical pathways and also in drug discovery. PMID:26215735

  1. Can combined use of low-level lasers and hyaluronic acid injections prolong the longevity of degenerative knee joints?

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available David Ip, Nga Yue FuAsia Medical Pain Centre, Grand Plaza, Mong Kok, Hong KongBackground: This study evaluated whether half-yearly hyaluronic acid injection together with low-level laser therapy in addition to standard conventional physical therapy can successfully postpone the need for joint replacement surgery in elderly patients with bilateral symptomatic tricompartmental knee arthritis.Methods: In this prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 70 consecutive unselected elderly patients with bilateral tricompartmental knee arthritis were assigned at random to either one of two conservative treatment protocols to either one of the painful knees. Protocol A consisted of conventional physical therapy plus a sham light source plus saline injection, and protocol B consisted of protocol A with addition of half-yearly hyaluronic acid injection as well as low-level laser treatment instead of using saline and a sham light source. Treatment failure was defined as breakthrough pain necessitating joint replacement.Results: Among the 140 painful knees treated with either protocol A or protocol B, only one of the 70 painful knees treated by protocol B required joint replacement, whereas 15 of the 70 painful knees treated by protocol A needed joint replacement surgery (P<0.05.Conclusion: We conclude that half-yearly hyaluronic acid injections together with low-level laser therapy should be incorporated into the standard conservative treatment protocol for symptomatic knee arthritis, because it may prolong the longevity of the knee joint without the need for joint replacement.Keywords: knee osteoarthritis, hyaluronic acid injection, low-level laser, outcome

  2. Artroplastia total cementada en enfermedad degenerativa de cadera: Su evaluación clínica / Arthroplastie totale cimentée dans la maladie dégénérative de hanche: Son évaluation clinique / Cemented total arthrosplasty in degenerative hip disease: Its clinical ev

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    Orlando Manuel, Pérez Rivera; Lourdes E., Palanco Domínguez.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, transversal y prospectivo con el objetivo de evaluar la evolución clínica de 12 pacientes operados por enfermedad degenerativa articular a los que se les realizó sustitución protésica total cementada primaria de cadera, en el período comprendido entre enero de 2004 [...] a diciembre de 2006. Se incluyeron pacientes en edades de 50 años y más. Para su evaluación se utilizó la puntuación de la Clínica de los Hermanos Mayo, creada en 1985, la cual otorga un máximo de 80 puntos. Como resultado se obtuvo que 10 pacientes fueron evaluados entre excelente y bien, para un 83,3 %, y el promedio de la evaluación por dicha escala fue de 68,5 puntos, con 6 caderas por encima de esta cifra, lo que constituyó el 50% de la muestra. Se demostró el bienestar social que recibieron los pacientes sometidos a este proceder quirúrgico en nuestro centro hospitalario. Abstract in english A descriptive, cross-sectional and prospective study was conducted in order to evaluate the clinical evolution of 12 patients operated on due to degenerative joint disease that underwent cemented primary total prosthetic replacement of the hip from January 2004 to December 2006. Patients 50 and over [...] were included. For their evaluation it was used the scoring system of Mayo Clinic created in 1985, which gives a maximum of 80 points. As a result 10 patients were evaluated as good or excellent, accounting for 83.3 %. The average evaluation according to this scale was 68.5 points, with 6 hips over this figure, which represented 50 % of the sample. The social well-being received by the patients that underwent this surgical procedure was proved.

  3. A Chaplain-led Spiritual Life Review Pilot Study for Patients with Brain Cancers and Other Degenerative Neurologic Diseases

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    Full Text Available Objective: This pilot study was designed to describe changes in spiritual well-being (SWB, spiritual coping, and quality of life (QOL in patients with brain cancer or other neurodegenerative diseases participating in a chaplain-led spiritual life review interview and development of a spiritual legacy document (SLD. Methods: Eligible participants were enrolled and completed baseline questionnaires. They were interviewed by a board-certified chaplain about spiritual influences, beliefs, practices, values, and spiritual struggles. An SLD was prepared for each participant, and one month follow-up questionnaires were completed. Two cases are summarized, and spiritual development themes are illustrated within a spiritual development framework. Results: A total of 27 patients completed baseline questionnaires and the interview; 24 completed the SLD, and 15 completed the follow-up questionnaire. Increases in SWB, religious coping, and QOL were detected. The majority maintained the highest (best scores of negative religious coping, demonstrating minimal spiritual struggle. Conclusions: Despite the challenges of brain cancers and other neurodegenerative diseases, participants demonstrated improvements in SWB, positive religious coping, and QOL. Patient comments indicate that benefit is related to the opportunity to reflect on and integrate spiritual experiences and to preserve them for others. Research with a larger, more diverse sample is needed, as well as clinical applications for those too vulnerable to participate in longitudinal follow-up.

  4. Radiotherapy of degenerative joint disorders. Indication, technique and clinical results; Radiotherapie bei schmerzhaften degenerativ-entzuendlichen Gelenkerkrankungen. Indikation, Technik und klinische Ergebnisse

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    Keilholz, L.; Sauer, R. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ. (Germany). Strahlentherapeutische Klinik und Poliklinik; Seegenschmiedt, M.H. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ. (Germany). Strahlentherapeutische Klinik und Poliklinik]|[Alfred-Krupp-Krankenhaus, Essen (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie

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    From 1984 to 1994, 85 patients with painful osteoarthritis were treated. The mean follow-up was 4 (1 to 10) years. Seventy-three patients (103 joints) were available for long-term analysis: 17 patients (27 joints) with omarthrosis, 19 (20 joints) with rhizarthrosis, 31 (49 joints) with osteoarthritis of the knee and 6 patients (7 joints) with osteoarthritis of the hip. All patients were intensively pretreated over long time. Mean symptom duration prior to radiotherapy was 4 (1 to 10) years. Orthovoltage or linac photons were applied using some technical modifications depending upon the joint. Two radiotherapy series (6 x 1 Gy, total dose: 12 Gy, 3 weekly fractions) were prescribed. The interval between the 2 series was 6 weeks. The subjective pain profil was assessed prior to and 6 months after radiotherapy and at last follow-up. Forty-six (63%) patients (64 joints) achieved a reduction of pain symptoms; 16 of those had a `major pain relief` and 14 `complete pain relief`. Large joints - knee and hip - responded better (64% each) than the rhizarthrosis (53%). All pain categories and grades and their combined pain score were significantly reduced. The pain reduction was mostly pronounced for the symptom `pain at rest`. The orthopedic score correlated well with the subjective response of the patients. The thumb score improved in 11 (57%) joints, the shoulder score of Constant and Murley in 16 (59%), the Japonese knee score of Sasaki et al. in 33 (67%), the hip score of Harris in 5 (71%) joints. Only 9 of 19 patients which were treated to avoid surgery, had to be operated, and 3 of those received a total arthroplasty of the hip or knee. In multivariate analysis for the endpoint `complete` or `major pain relief` only the criterion `symptom duration {>=}2 years prior to radiotherapy` was an independent negative prognostic parameter. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Von 1984 bis 1994 wurden 85 Patienten wegen schmerzhaft arthrotischer Gelenkerkrankungen bestrahlt. 73 Patienten (103 Gelenke) konnten langfristig untersucht werden, 17 Patienten mit Omarthrose (27 Gelenke), 19 mit Rhizarthrose (20 Gelenke), 31 mit Gonarthrose (49 Gelenke) und sechs Patienten mit Koxarthrose (sieben Gelenke). Die Patienten waren lange und intensiv vorbehandelt mit einer mittleren Symptomdauer von vier Jahren. Die Strahlentherapie erfolgte je nach Gelenk mit geringen technischen Unterschieden in zwei Serien (6 x 0,5 bzw. 1 Gy pro Serie in drei Fraktionen pro Woche). Die zweite Serie erfolgte sechs Wochen nach der ersten. Die mittlere Nachbeobachtungszeit betrug vier (ein bis zehn) Jahre. Vor Radiotherapie, sechs Monate danach und zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt wurde das Schmerzprofil beurteilt. 46 (63%) Patienten (64 Gelenke) sprachen auf die Therapie an; 16 dieser Patienten waren `wesentlich gebessert`, 14 `beschwerdefrei`, Knie und Schulter sprachen besser an (je 64%) als die Rhizarthrose (53%). Alle Schmerzkategorien und -grade und deren Summenscore waren ruecklaeufig. Der staerkste Rueckgang trat bei `Ruheschmerzen` ein. Alle orthopaedischen Scores korrelierten gut mit den subjektiven Angaben der Patienten. Der Daumenscore besserte sich bei elf Faellen (57%), der Schulter-Score nach Constant et al. bei 16 (59%), der Knie-Score nach Sasaki et al. bei 33 (67%), der Hueft-Score nach Harris bei fuenf (71%). 9/19 Faelle, die zur Vermeidung der Operation bestrahlt wurden, mussten operiert werden, drei davon mit Totalendoprothese. In multivariater Analyse fuer das Zielkriterium `komplette Beschwerdefreiheit` bzw. `wesentliche Besserung` der Beschwerden war die lange Symtomdauer einziger Parameter mit negativer prognostischer Bedeutung. (orig./MG)

  5. Enfermedad valvular degenerativa en perros: actualización en su diagnóstico, tratamiento y pronóstico Degeneração valvar doença Degenerative valve disease in dogs: update on diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

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    Leonardo Gómez-Duarte

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    Full Text Available La enfermedad valvular degenerativa es la principal anormalidad cardiovascular de los perros. La lesión en el aparato valvular consiste en una infiltración de mucopolisacaridos en la matriz extracelular de las aletas valvulares y las cuerdas tendinosas, lo que ocasiona una regurgitación de sangre hacia las aurículas. Esta disminución del gasto cardiaco activa mecanismos neurohormonales que originan una remodelación ventricular, causante de la aparición de signos clínicos y la muerte. Un grupo internacional de expertos en medicina interna ha propuesto nuevos lineamientos para su diagnóstico y adecuado tratamiento en cada nivel. Este artículo hace una revisión crítica sobre esta propuesta, contextualizándola en el entorno nacional y la experiencia del autor.A doença valvar degenerativa é a principal anormalidade cardiovascular dos cães. A lesão microscópica do aparelho de válvula consiste em acúmulo de mucopolissacarídeos ácidos e outras substâncias no interior dos folhetos e cordas tendíneas. Ela provoca uma insuficiência de sangue para a diminuição do débito cardíaco atrial. Isto resulta na ativação neuro-hormonais que podem levar ao remodelamento cardíaco adverso e insuficiência cardíaca congestiva. Um grupo mundial de especialistas em medicina interna propôs uma nova classificação para orientar o diagnóstico eo tratamento para cada nível. Este documento há uma revisão crítica no contexto nacional e da experiência do autor.Degenerative valve disease is the main cardiovascular abnormality in dogs. This injury consists of microscopic lesions of the valve, due to mucopolysaccharide infiltration in the extracellular matrix of the leaflets and chordae tendineae, causing regurgitation of blood into the atria. The resulting decrease in cardiac output activates neurohormonal mechanisms that cause adverse ventricular remodeling, often times accompanied of clinical signs and death. An international group of internal-medicine experts has proposed new guidelines for diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the disease. This paper consists of a critical review of that proposal, contextualizing it for the Colombian conditions, according to the experience of the author.

  6. CT-guided ozone/steroid therapy for the treatment of degenerative spinal disease - effect of age, gender, disc pathology and multi-segmental changes

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    Oxygen-ozone nucleolysis (ONL) is a new, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of discogenic low back pain with or without radicular symptoms. The aim of the present study was to determine associations between the morphology of the basic disease, patient-specific factors and the outcome of the treatment. Six hundred and twelve patients not responding to conservative therapy were divided into five groups (disc bulging, disc herniation, postoperative patients, osteochondrosis, others) and subjected to nucleolysis with ozone and to periradicular infiltration with steroids and local anaesthesia. The success of treatment was assessed by means of a visual analog pain scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A significant reduction in the VAS was registered after 2 and 6 months (from 8.6 to 5.4 and 6.0; p<0.001) in all patient groups; an excellent therapy response (VAS below 3.0) was achieved by about a third of the patients. A significant improvement in ODI was registered in all patients (46 to 31; p<0.001), most pronounced in the herniation group (25.5, p=0.015). Patients below 50 years had significantly better values in the VAS and ODI score 6 months after treatment. Final VAS and ODI scores for patients with a single diseased segment were 4.2 and 28.0, in two affected segments 6.5 and 32 and in three segments 6.7 and 38.5 (p<0.001 and p=0.051). ONL with periradicular steroid therapy might exert a functional and sustained analgesic effect in patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar spine not responding to conservative therapy and was most effective below 50 years with disc herniation in one segment. (orig.)

  7. CT-guided ozone/steroid therapy for the treatment of degenerative spinal disease - effect of age, gender, disc pathology and multi-segmental changes

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    Oder, Bernhard; Loewe, Maria; Reisegger, Michael; Thurnher, Siegfried A. [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Vienna (Austria); Lang, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Neurology, Vienna (Austria); Ilias, Wilfried [Hospital Brothers of St. John of God, Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Vienna (Austria)

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    Oxygen-ozone nucleolysis (ONL) is a new, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of discogenic low back pain with or without radicular symptoms. The aim of the present study was to determine associations between the morphology of the basic disease, patient-specific factors and the outcome of the treatment. Six hundred and twelve patients not responding to conservative therapy were divided into five groups (disc bulging, disc herniation, postoperative patients, osteochondrosis, others) and subjected to nucleolysis with ozone and to periradicular infiltration with steroids and local anaesthesia. The success of treatment was assessed by means of a visual analog pain scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). A significant reduction in the VAS was registered after 2 and 6 months (from 8.6 to 5.4 and 6.0; p<0.001) in all patient groups; an excellent therapy response (VAS below 3.0) was achieved by about a third of the patients. A significant improvement in ODI was registered in all patients (46 to 31; p<0.001), most pronounced in the herniation group (25.5, p=0.015). Patients below 50 years had significantly better values in the VAS and ODI score 6 months after treatment. Final VAS and ODI scores for patients with a single diseased segment were 4.2 and 28.0, in two affected segments 6.5 and 32 and in three segments 6.7 and 38.5 (p<0.001 and p=0.051). ONL with periradicular steroid therapy might exert a functional and sustained analgesic effect in patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar spine not responding to conservative therapy and was most effective below 50 years with disc herniation in one segment. (orig.)

  8. Co-ordinated research project on application of nuclear techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases (obesity and non-Insulin dependent diseases) in ageing. Report on the second research co-ordination meeting

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations

  9. Second research co-ordination meeting for the coordinated research project on 'Application of nuclear techniques in the prevention of degenerative diseases (obesity and non-insulin dependent diseases) in ageing'. Summary report

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    In the developed countries, research using nuclear methods has been substantially used to examine the physiological and biochemical mechanisms involved in obesity-related diseases. This Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) is intended to promote the use of these techniques in the developing world. The specific objectives of this CRP are: 1. To define the magnitude of the obesity/NIDDM problem in developing countries. 2. To identify vulnerable groups at high risk. 3. To describe the metabolic mechanisms involved. The purpose of this first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) was thus to develop a worldwide collaboration in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to investigate the aetiology of degenerative diseases in ageing. All countries participating in this CRP are going through the epidemiological transition with changes in lifestyles to approach those seen in the developed nations

  10. Degenerative disc disease as a cause of back pain in the thalassaemic population: a case-control study using MRI and plain radiographs

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    The aim of this study was to test our observation that back pain in thalassemic patients could be caused by premature and extensive lumbar degenerative disc disease, when compared to non-thalassemic patients with back pain. Sixteen thalassemic patients with their sex- and age-matched controls were recruited into the study, 12 with thalassemia major, and 4 with thalassemia intermedia. Both the thalassemia patients and control subjects suffered from back pain, which was subjective rather than measured/pain scored. All subjects underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine, and 11 of the cases and 8 controls had lumbar spine radiographs. Each lumbar disc was scored for radiographic appearances and MR features of disc degeneration and disc protrusion. Proportion values for these parameters and median scores were derived at each disc level, and were analyzed and compared. There was a statistically-significant difference between proportion values of cases and controls for the MR features (P value=0.01, n=16) and the radiographic features (P value=0.01, n=11 cases, n=8 controls) of disc degeneration. The median disc level scores for the thalassemic group were uniformly high across all lumbar discs, and at all levels except at L 4/5. The control group conversely demonstrated a predilection for disc degeneration at L4/5 level. The distribution of lumbar disc degeneration in thalassemic patients with back pain is more extensive, severe and multi-level in nature compared to matched controls, and disc degeneration should be considered as a significant cause of back pain in this population group. (orig.)

  11. Non-invasive investigation in patients with inflammatory joint disease

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    Elisabetta Dal Pont, Renata D’Incà, Antonino Caruso, Giacomo Carlo Sturniolo

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    Full Text Available Gut inflammation can occur in 30%-60% of patients with spondyloarthropathies. However, the presence of such gut inflammation is underestimated, only 27% of patients with histological evidence of gut inflammation have intestinal symptoms, but subclinical gut inflammation is documented in two-thirds of patients with inflammatory joint disease. There are common genetic and immunological mechanisms behind concomitant inflammation in the joints and intestinal tract. A number of blood tests, e.g. erythrocyte sedimentation rate, orosomucoid, C-reactive protein, and white cell and platelet counts, are probably the most commonly used laboratory markers of inflammatory disease, however, these tests are difficult to interpret in arthropathies associated with gut inflammation, since any increases in their blood levels might be attributable to either the joint disease or to gut inflammation. Consequently, it would be useful to have a marker capable of separately identifying gut inflammation. Fecal proteins, which are indirect markers of neutrophil migration in the gut wall, and intestinal permeability, seem to be ideal for monitoring intestinal inflammation: they are easy to measure non-invasively and are specific for intestinal disease in the absence of gastrointestinal infections. Alongside the traditional markers for characterizing intestinal inflammation, there are also antibodies, in all probability generated by the immune response to microbial antigens and auto-antigens, which have proved useful in establishing the diagnosis and assessing the severity of the condition, as well as the prognosis and the risk of complications. In short, non-invasive investigations on the gut in patients with rheumatic disease may be useful in clinical practice for a preliminary assessment of patients with suspected intestinal disease.

  12. Dementia neuro degenerative diseases and bio markers: a new strategy for an early diagnosis; Affections neurodegeneratives dementielles et biomarqueurs: une nouvelle strategie pour un diagnostic precoce

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    Mahieu, F.; Du Boisgueheneuc, F.; Andrieux, A.; Neau, J.P.; Gil, R.; Houeto, J.L. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de neurologie, 86 (France); Salmon, F. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de neurologie, 86 (France); Paccalin, M. [CHU de Poitiers, Service de medecine nucleaire, 86 (France); Lecron, J.C. [universite de Poitiers, EA 4331, laboratoire inflammation, tissus epitheliaux et cytokines, pole biologie sante, 86 (France); Ingrand, P. [CHU de Poitiers, unite de methodologie de la recherche clinique, centre d' investigation clinique P 802, 86 (France)

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    the neuro degenerative dementia (particularly focal beginning forms) can be diagnosed earlier by analyzing the combination of the rate of phosphorylated tau protein, IITE score and perfusion in right anterior cingulate gyrus, the Broca area, and left angular gyrus. A prospective study is underway to validate this model. (N.C.)

  13. Expression of CGRP in the temporomandibular joint

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    The presence and content of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is evaluated in the hyperplastic retrodiscal tissue of the temporomandibular joint in patients with joint degenerative disease by radioimmunoassay. Study population has included 8 female patients in pre-menopausic status, without to be pregnant, without to be lactating for a year and with diagnostic of joint degenerative disease (osteoarthrosis). Pain levels are registered with visual analog scale, where 0 is absence of pain and 16 acute pain. A bone degeneration is classified as mild, moderate and severe, according to findings of nuclear magnetic resonance. The 15 retrodiscal hyperplastic tissue samples are taken from patients undergoing to open surgery of temporomandibular joint. The specimens were placed in plastic blocks with freezing medium and are stored at -70 degrees celsius until neuropeptide extraction by radioimmunoassay with kit for CGRP. A directly proportional relationship is established between the degree of bone degeneration and neuropeptide expression and between the osteoarthrosis classification with analogue visual scale. Findings have shown definitive correlation between pain levels and expression of neuropeptide. CGRP is expressed in the retrodiscal tissue of temporomandibular joint in human with joint degenerative disease and is directly related with levels osteoarthrosis and pain

  14. Tissue engineering in the rheumatic diseases

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    Diseases such as degenerative or rheumatoid arthritis are accompanied by joint destruction. Clinically applied tissue engineering technologies like autologous chondrocyte implantation, matrix-assisted chondrocyte implantation, or in situ recruitment of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells target the treatment of traumatic defects or of early osteoarthritis. Inflammatory conditions in the joint hamper the application of tissue engineering during chronic joint diseases. Here, most likely, cartila...

  15. Sacro-iliac joint disease in drug abusers: The role of bone scintigraphy

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    Bone scintigrams demonstrated increased uptake in the sacroiliac joint in twenty drug addicts with low back pain and signs of localized sepsis. The localization of the disease was decisive for the orthopedist in the aspiration of the affected joint. (orig.)

  16. Scintigraphic diagnosis of inflammatory bone and joint diseases

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    Inflammatory bone and joint diseases often show multifocal spread, or cannot clinically be precisely localized, so that scintigraphy is still indicated in addition to MRT as a wholebody method. The highlysensitive but not always adequately specific multiphase bone scintigraphy is increasingly supplemented or even replaced to individual degrees by specific inflammation markers, especially leukocyte scintigraphy, either using labeled autologous leukocytes or by immunoscintigraphy with Tc-99m-antigranulocyte antibody fragments. In addressing the question of acute osteomyelitis in neonates or children, the 2-phase bone scintigraphy has to be taken as sufficient for time reasons, whereas in investigating septic or aseptic loosening of joint prostheses, bone marrow scintigraphy with Tc-99m-colloid (not nanocolloid) should be performed in addition to the 2-phase bone scintigraphy and leukocyte scintigraphy in order to avoid misinterpretations. SPECT is obligatory in the proof of inflammatory processes in the base of skull and viscerocranium and is to the strongly recommended in the spine and major joints. (orig.)

  17. Consensus Paper: Management of Degenerative Cerebellar Disorders

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    Ilg, W.; Bastian, A. J.; Boesch, S; Burciu, R. G.; Celnik, P; Claaßen, J.; Feil, K.; Kalla, R.; Miyai, I.; Nachbauer, W.; Schöls, L; Strupp, M; Synofzik, M; Teufel, J.; Timmann, D

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    Treatment of motor symptoms of degenerative cerebellar ataxia remains difficult. Yet there are recent developments that are likely to lead to significant improvements in the future. Most desirable would be a causative treatment of the underlying cerebellar disease. This is currently available only for a very small subset of cerebellar ataxias with known metabolic dysfunction. However, increasing knowledge of the pathophysiology of hereditary ataxia should lead to an increasing number of medic...

  18. Enfermedad valvular degenerativa canina: reporte de caso / Canine Degenerative Valve Disease: A Case Report / Doença valvular degenerativa canina: repórter de caso

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    Carmenza Janneth, Benavides Melo; Carlos Alberto, Chaves Velásquez; Juan Manuel, Astaíza Martínez; Alejandro, Moncayo Sarasty; Pedro, Vargas Pinto.

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    Full Text Available Em caninos, a doença valvular degenerativa ou endocardiose é a patologia cardiovascular com maior prevalência. Caracteriza-se por regurgitação do sangue até as aurículas, com diminuição do gasto cardíaco, o que leva a sobrecarga de volume com hipertrofia excêntrica e insuficiência cardíaca congestiv [...] a. Este relatório tem como objetivo descrever os achados clínicos e de necropsia de um canino, sugestivos de uma endocardiose valvular. O paciente ingressou por consulta externa na Clínica Veterinária Carlos Martínez Hoyos, da Universidade de Nariño (Pasto, Colômbia). Seu proprietário o reportou doente há dois meses, com signos de doença respiratória, perda de peso e decaimento. No exame clínico se encontraram membranas mucosas muito pálidas, dispneia inspiratória, estertores, desdobramento de S2, sopro de regurgitação mesos sistólico grau 4 e dilatação abdominal com signo de choque de onda positivo. Na necropsia se evidenciou abundante quantidade de material de aspecto aquoso translúcido em cavidade abdominal, torácica e pericárdica, coração severamente aumentado de tamanho, redondeado, com engrossamento de válvulas atrioventriculares, fígado com moderada diminuição de tamanho e evidência lobular, rins severamente diminuídos de tamanho e pálidos, com superfície irregular com presença de múltiplas áreas císticas em região corticomedular. Tomaram-se amostras destes tecidos e se fixaram em formol tamponado a 10%, para depois ser processadas para análise histopatológica no Laboratório de Patologia da Universidade de Nariño, através de técnica de hematoxilina e eosina de rotina. Desta maneira se diagnostica como doença valvular degenerativa. Abstract in spanish En caninos, la enfermedad valvular degenerativa o endocardiosis es la patología cardiovascular con mayor prevalencia. Se caracteriza por regurgitación de la sangre hacia las aurículas, con disminución del gasto cardiaco, lo que lleva a sobrecarga de volumen con hipertrofia excéntrica e insuficiencia [...] cardiaca congestiva. Este reporte tiene como objetivo describir los hallazgos clínicos y de necropsia de un canino, sugestivos de una endocardiosis valvular. El paciente ingresó por consulta externa a la Clínica Veterinaria Carlos Martínez Hoyos, de la Universidad de Nariño (Pasto, Colombia). Su propietario lo reportó enfermo desde hacía dos meses, con signos de enfermedad respiratoria, pérdida de peso y decaimiento. En el examen clínico se encontraron membranas mucosas muy pálidas, disnea inspiratoria, estertores, desdoblamiento de S2, soplo de regurgitación mesosistólico grado 4 y dilatación abdominal con signo de choque de onda positivo. En la necropsia se evidenció abundante cantidad de material de aspecto acuoso traslúcido en cavidad abdominal, torácica y pericárdica, corazón severamente aumentado de tamaño, redondeado, con engrosamiento de válvulas atrioventriculares, hígado con moderada disminución de tamaño y evidencia de lobulillación, riñones severamente disminuidos de tamaño y pálidos de superficie irregular con presencia de múltiples áreas quísticas en región corticomedular. Se tomaron muestras de estos tejidos y se fijaron en formol bufferado al 10%, para después ser procesadas para análisis histopatólogico en el Laboratorio de Patología de la Universidad de Nariño, mediante la técnica de hematoxilina y eosina de rutina. De esta manera se diagnostica como enfermedad valvular degenerativa. Abstract in english Degenerative valvular disease or endocardiosis is the most common cardiovascular pathology in dogs. It is characterized by regurgitation of blood into the atria with decreased cardiac output, leading to volume overload with eccentric hypertrophy and congestive heart failure. This report describes th [...] e clinical and autopsy findings of a dog, suggestive of valvular endocardiosis. The patient was admitted to the outpatient Veterinary Clinic "Carlos Martínez Hoyos" at the University of Nariño (Pasto, Colombia). His owner said th

  19. Classification, clinical findings and operative treatment of degenerative and posttraumatic shoulder disease What do we really need to know from an imaging report to establish a treatment strategy?

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    Successful patient care involves interdisciplinary Cupertino. Images allow an interpretation of a static dimension, but may not be sufficient to develop a surgical treatment strategy, since many shoulder problems have its origin in a dynamic pathology. This article outlines dynamic clinical tests of shoulder pathology, classifies various degenerative and posttraumatic shoulder problems and stresses key facts an imaging report should include in order to plan surgery. This article conveys basic knowledge of those tests and the dynamic background of shoulder pathology. Basic surgical treatment principles are summarised briefly

  20. Manifestações articulares nas viroses exantemáticas Joint complaints in exanthematic diseases

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    Full Text Available A freqüência de manifestações articulares foi avaliada em 251 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico e laboratorial (detecção de IgM por ensaio imunoenzimático de virose exantemática. As artropatias (artralgia e/ou artrite foram mais observadas nos casos de dengue (49% e de rubéola (38,2% do que naqueles com parvovirose humana (30% e sarampo (28,1%. Com exceção do sarampo, as artropatias predominaram nos adultos (315 anos de idade, sendo tal diferença estatisticamente significativa. A ocorrência maior de artropatias em adultos foi mais evidente nos pacientes com parvovirose (75%, rubéola (65% e dengue (57,7% do que naqueles com sarampo (31%. As queixas articulares também predominaram nos pacientes do sexo feminino para todas as viroses avaliadas. Os resultados encontrados demonstram o freqüente acometimento articular nas doenças estudadas, e indicam a necessidade de comprovação laboratorial para o diagnóstico diferencial entre elas.The frequency of arthropathy was evaluated in 251 patients with clinical and serological diagnosis (specific IgM detection by enzyme immunoassay of exanthematic disease. Arthropathy (arthralgia and/or arthritis was more frequent in dengue fever (49% and rubella (38.2% cases than in human parvovirus (30% and measles (28.1% cases. Except for measles cases, joint complaints prevailed in adults (315 years of age and this difference was significant. The higher frequency of arthropathy in adults was more evident in human parvovirus (75%, rubella (65% and dengue fever (57.7% cases than in measles cases (31%. Arthropathy was also more frequent in females for all rash diseases studied. The results of this study showed the high occurrence of joint complaints in the diseases described here and the importance of laboratory confirmation for their differential diagnosis.

  1. [Surgical treatment in degenerative scoliosis].

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    Tang, Xiangyu; Zhang, Yonggang

    2015-05-01

    Degenerative scoliosis is one of the important reasons of low back pain in middle-aged and elderly. The surgical treatment has been gradually paid more attention to in recent years. Pain and the quality of life are the key points of the surgical treatment. In addition to neurogenic compression,clinical symptoms and health-related quality of life are also closely related to the three-dimensional deformity of spine. Researchers try to employ different classifications of degenerative scoliosis to guide personalizedly surgical treatment. In the future,osteoporosis and complications may be the research highlights in the surgical treatment of degenerative scoliosis. PMID:26082257

  2. Development of PET tracers for neuro inflammation imaging in neuro degenerative diseases; Developpement de radiotraceurs de la neuroinflammation pour l'imagerie des pathologies neurodegeneratives

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    Chauveau, F

    2007-10-15

    Inflammatory processes such as micro-glial or endothelial activation are involved in many neuro-degenerative conditions. Neuro-inflammation imaging is considered an attractive tool for fundamental research, diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation in neuro-pathologies. First, an aptamer was selected against a recombinant fragment of the endothelial target VCAM-1, but proved unable to bind the target protein in native conformation, as expressed by a cell line. Second, five radioligands of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), a marker of micro-glial activation, were evaluated in vivo using PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging in a rat model of neuro-inflammation, and were compared to [11C]PK11195. Four radiotracers displayed a better contrast than [11C]PK11195. In a competitive field of research, this work demonstrates the efficiency of in vivo screening of radiotracers for fast selection of clinically relevant molecules. (author)

  3. Arthritis at the shoulder joint.

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    Sankaye, Prashant; Ostlere, Simon

    2015-07-01

    The shoulder is a complex joint with numerous structures contributing to mobility and stability. Shoulder pain is a common clinical complaint that may be due to a wide spectrum of disorders including rotator cuff disease, instability, and arthropathy. Primary osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint is uncommon because it is a non-weight-bearing joint. Significant osteoarthritis of the glenohumeral joint is unusual in the absence of trauma, and the detection of advanced degenerative changes in patients without a known history of trauma should alert the clinician to search for other disorders. This article reviews the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and key imaging findings of the common categories of the arthritis affecting the glenohumeral joint. PMID:26021591

  4. Single photon emission computed tomography in lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Analysis of single photon emission computed tomographic images and plain X-ray films of the lumbar vertebrae was performed in 15 patients with lumbar spondylosis and 15 patients with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. The facet joint and osteophyte images were observed in particular, and the slipping ratio of spondylolisthetic vertebrae was determined. The slipping ratio of degenerative spondylolisthesis ranged from 11.8 % to 22.3 %. Hot uptake of 99mTc-HMDP by both L4-5 facet joints was significantly greater in the patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis than in those with lumbar spondylosis. The hot uptake by the osteophytes in lumbar spondylosis was nearly uniform among the three inferior segments, L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S, but was localized to the spondylolisthetic vertebrae, L4-5, or L5-S, in the patients with spondylolisthesis. Half of the osteophytes with hot uptake were assigned to the 3rd degree of Nathan's grading. It was suggested that stress was localized to the slipping vertebrae and their facet joints in patients with lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis. (author)

  5. Carpal instabilities and secondary degenerative changes due to lesions of the radiocarpal ligament complex

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    This paper reports on trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition (CPDD), neurologic disease, and beta2-microglobulin-related amyloid deposits in patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis that can lead to distinct lesions of the radiocarpal ligament complex, causing rotational subluxation of the scaphoid and ulnar translocation of the carpus. The clinical and radiologic findings were analyzed in 35 patients, examined from 1985 to 1989. Degenerative changes in rotational subluxation of the scaphoid develop in three steps. First there is osteoarthritis at the styloid process, then the degeneration progresses into the central midcarpal joint, and finally it progresses to the ulnar midcarpal joint. Despite different etiologies of ligament failure, the radiologic features are very similar, because the mechanism of degeneration is identical in posttraumatic, inflammatory, neurogenic, CPDD, or beta2-microglobulin-related instability. However, there are some distinct radiologic differences in relation to the primary cause of the ligament defect

  6. Development of modulators against degenerative aging using radiation fusion technology

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    Jo, S. K.; Park, H. R.; Jang, B. S.; Roh, C. H.; Eom, H. S.; Choi, N. H.; Seol, M. A.; Kim, S. H.; Choi, H. M.; Park, M. K.; Shin, H. J.; Ryu, D. K.; Oh, W. J.; Kim, S. H; Yee, S. T.

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    1. Objectives Establishment of modelling of degenerative aging using radiation technology Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model 2. Project results Establishment of the modeling of degenerative aging using radiation technology - The systematic study on the comparison of radiation-induced degeneration and natural aging process in animals and cells confirmed the biological similarity between these two degeneration models - The effective biomarkers were selected for the modelling of degenerative aging using radiation (10 biomarkers for immune/hematopoiesis, 1 for oxidative stress, 6 for molecular signaling, 3 for lipid metabolism) - The optimal irradiation condition was established for the modelling of degerative aging (total 5Gy with fractionation by over 10 times, lapse of over 4 months) - The molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced degeneration were studied including chronic inflammation (lung), inflammation-related lipid metabolism disturbance, mitochondria biogenesis and dynamics - The radiation degenerative model was evaluated with previously known natural substances (resveratrol, EGCG, etc) Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model - After the screening of about 800 natural herb extracts, 5 effective substances were selected for aging modulation. - 3 candidate compositions were selected from 20 compositions made from effective substances by in vitro evaluation (WAH2, WAH6, WAH7) - 1 composition (WAH6) was selected as the best aging modulator by in vivo evaluation in radiation-induced aging models and degenerative disease models. 3. Expected benefits and plan of application The modelling of degenerative aging using radiation can facilitate the aging research by providing the useful cell/animal models for aging research A large economic benefits are expected by the commercialization of developed aging modulators (over 10 billion KW in 2015.

  7. Development of modulators against degenerative aging using radiation fusion technology

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    1. Objectives Establishment of modelling of degenerative aging using radiation technology Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model 2. Project results Establishment of the modeling of degenerative aging using radiation technology - The systematic study on the comparison of radiation-induced degeneration and natural aging process in animals and cells confirmed the biological similarity between these two degeneration models - The effective biomarkers were selected for the modelling of degenerative aging using radiation (10 biomarkers for immune/hematopoiesis, 1 for oxidative stress, 6 for molecular signaling, 3 for lipid metabolism) - The optimal irradiation condition was established for the modelling of degerative aging (total 5Gy with fractionation by over 10 times, lapse of over 4 months) - The molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced degeneration were studied including chronic inflammation (lung), inflammation-related lipid metabolism disturbance, mitochondria biogenesis and dynamics - The radiation degenerative model was evaluated with previously known natural substances (resveratrol, EGCG, etc) Development of aging modulators using radiation degenerative aging model - After the screening of about 800 natural herb extracts, 5 effective substances were selected for aging modulation. - 3 candidate compositions were selected from 20 compositions made from effective substances by in vitro evaluation (WAH2, WAH6, WAH7) - 1 composition (WAH6) was selected as the best aging modulator by in vivo evaluation in radiation-induced aging models and degenerative disease models. 3. Expected benefits and plan of application The modelling of degenerative aging using radiation can facilitate the aging research by providing the useful cell/animal models for aging research A large economic benefits are expected by the commercialization of developed aging modulators (over 10 billion KW in 2015

  8. Roentgenological semiotics of joint involvement in psoriasis

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    The paper is concerned with the results of an X-ray study of the osteoarticular system of 103 patients with arthropathic psoriasis. Four types of disease: psoriatic polyarthritis, psoriatic polyarthrosis, psoriatic arthropathy and a mixed or combined form (the combination of inflammatory and degenerative-dystrophic changes) - were defined on the basis of X-ray findings. Roentgenological semiotics of these forms of arthropathic psoriasis with the frequency of the involvement of some joints and elements of differential radiodiagnosis was proposed

  9. Joint mice migration into the deep digital flexor tendon sheath in dogs. Clinical cases and anatomical study

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    Post, C.; Guerrero, T; Olerth, S; Hässig, M; Voss, K; Montavon, P M

    2008-01-01

    This study describes the appearance of 'joint mice' in the sheath of the deep digital flexor muscle tendon (DDFT) due to osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions in the talocrural joint of 12 dogs. Surgical excision of all free fragments in the DDFT sheath was performed in five dogs, and their clinical progression was documented. The excision of free fragments from the DDFT sheath, but not arthro-tomy, proved clinically beneficial despite the presence of degenerative joint disease. The anatomi...

  10. Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease (pseudogout).

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    Matsumura, Y; Nomura, J; Nakanishi, K; Yanase, S; Kato, H; Tagawa, T

    2012-12-01

    This report describes a very rare case of synovial chondromatosis with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals (pseudogout) in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of a 46-year-old male patient. Synovial chondromatosis is a non-neoplastic disease characterized by metaplasia of the connective tissue leading to chondrogenesis in the synovial membrane. Pseudogout is an inflammatory disease of the joints caused by the deposition of CPPD, producing similar symptoms to those observed in gout but not hyperuricaemia. Both diseases commonly affect the knee, hip and elbow joints, but rarely affect the TMJ. PMID:23166363

  11. The degenerative and traumatized knee: Use of radioisotopes for diagnosis, evaluation and treatment

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    Full text: Bone SPECT is a highly valuable method of investigation for the assessment of the knee joint. Its speed and low cost probably make it a suitable screening procedure for most knee traumatic and degenerative diseases. Consequently, bone SPECT is inevitably seen as a competitive and complementary procedure to MRI. The technique of radiation synovectomy has been available for more than 40 years in the management of joint diseases. Recently, there has been renewed interest in radiation synovectomy, following the introduction of some new and efficient radiopharmaceuticals. We present here our experience with the diagnosis and treatment of the traumatized and degenerative knees in 358 patients, together with the review of the literature. A special emphasis will be placed on the following topics: 1. Correlative imaging of planar and SPECT scintigraphy with correlation to MRI. 2. Quantitative and prognostic parameters. 3. The value of the method in sports and military medicine. 4. The value of bone scintigraphy in choosing candidates and planning arthroscopic and radiation synovectomy. 5. The clinical efficacy of particulate versus colloid radiopharmaceutical for radiation synovectomy. 6. The response rate to a single injection versus routine repeated injections of the radiopharmaceutical. 7. The clinical importance of some different techniques of treatment in different clinics, including injected dose, injection procedure, safety precautions, etc. 8. Comparison of the efficacy of radiation synovectomy to intra-articular corticosteroid injection. 9. The use of different 90Y colloids (resin, citrate, cilicate and ferric hydroxide), comparing especially the extent of regional lymph node irritation as a result of joint leakage. 10. The clinical importance of co-injection of corticosteroids with the radiopharmaceutical, in either colloidal or particular radiopharmaceuticals. 11. The importance of combined procedures of saline irrigation with radiopharmaceutical and/or possible corticosteroid injection, for improving patients' outcome. 12. The value of post treatment full rest (hospitalization?) to prevent extra- articular leakage and optimal response. 13. Some financial and cost-effective considerations. (author)

  12. Rheumatoid arthritis affecting temporomandibular joint

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    Amandeep Sodhi

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    Full Text Available Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune inflammatory disorder that is characterized by joint inflammation, erosive properties and symmetric multiple joint involvement. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ is very rare to be affected in the early phase of the disease, thus posing diagnostic challenges for the dentist. Conventional radiographs fail to show the early lesions due to its limitations. More recently cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT has been found to diagnose the early degenerative changes of TMJ and hence aid in the diagnosis of the lesions more accurately. Our case highlights the involvement of TMJ in RA and the role of advanced imaging (CBCT in diagnosing the bony changes in the early phase of the disease.

  13. Correlation between degenerative myopia and diabetic retinopathy

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    Qing-Hua Hu

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    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the correlation between degenerative myopia and diabetic retinopathy(DR. METHODS: Totally 106 cases with diabetes B were divided into the degenerative myopia group(48 casesand the no degenerative myopia group(58 cases. Fundus examination and fluorescence fundus angiography(FFAwere performed on all cases. The occurrence and stage of DR were compared between the 2 groups. RESULTS: The occurrence of DR of the no degenerative myopia group(93.1%was much higher than that of the degenerative myopia group(70.8%. Only retinopathy of stage?or ? was observed in the degenerative myopia group without lesion in proliferating phase, while retinopathy of stage?to ? could be found in the no degenerative myopia group.CONCLUSION: Degenerative myopia can prevent DR from occurrence and may be a protective factor for DR.

  14. Patients with peripheral arterial disease exhibit reduced joint powers compared to velocity-matched controls

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    Wurdeman, Shane R.; Koutakis, Panagiotis; Myers, Sara A.; Johanning, Jason M; Pipinos, Iraklis I.; STERGIOU, NICHOLAS

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    Previous studies have shown major deficits in gait for individuals with peripheral arterial disease before and after the onset of pain. However, these studies did not have subjects ambulate at similar velocities and potential exists that the differences in joint powers may have been due to differences in walking velocity. The purpose of this study was to examine the joint moments and powers of peripheral arterial disease limbs for subjects walking at similar self-selected walking velocities a...

  15. Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease (pseudogout)

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    Matsumura, Y.; Nomura, J; Nakanishi, K; Yanase, S.; Kato, H.; T. Tagawa

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    This report describes a very rare case of synovial chondromatosis with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals (pseudogout) in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of a 46-year-old male patient. Synovial chondromatosis is a non-neoplastic disease characterized by metaplasia of the connective tissue leading to chondrogenesis in the synovial membrane. Pseudogout is an inflammatory disease of the joints caused by the deposition of CPPD, producing similar symptoms to those obse...

  16. Physical activity and health perception in inflammatory joint disease : A physiotherapy perspective

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    Brodin, Nina

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    Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are inflammatory joint diseases, both leading to disability and reduced health. Physical activity is a powerful health measure and physiotherapists have an important role in its initiation and implementation among patients with inflammatory joint disease. However, more knowledge is needed of the characteristics of those patients in most need of support and the efficiency of physical activity interventions. The aims...

  17. C-reactive protein in degenerative aortic valve stenosis

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    Full Text Available Abstract Degenerative aortic valve stenosis includes a range of disorder severity from mild leaflet thickening without valve obstruction, "aortic sclerosis", to severe calcified aortic stenosis. It is a slowly progressive active process of valve modification similar to atherosclerosis for cardiovascular risk factors, lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and calcification. Systemic signs of inflammation, as wall and serum C-reactive protein, similar to those found in atherosclerosis, are present in patients with degenerative aortic valve stenosis and may be expression of a common disease, useful in monitoring of stenosis progression.

  18. Chronic Joint Disease Caused by Persistent Chikungunya Virus Infection Is Controlled by the Adaptive Immune Response

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    Hawman, David W.; Stoermer, Kristina A.; Montgomery, Stephanie A.; Pal, Pankaj; Oko, Lauren; Diamond, Michael S.; Morrison, Thomas E.

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    Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a reemerging mosquito-borne pathogen that causes incapacitating disease in humans characterized by intense joint pain that can persist for weeks, months, or even years. Although there is some evidence of persistent CHIKV infection in humans suffering from chronic rheumatologic disease symptoms, little is known about chronic disease pathogenesis, and no specific therapies exist for acute or chronic CHIKV disease. To investigate mechanisms of chronic CHIKV-induced d...

  19. Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative: A one-year follow up study using tensor-based morphometry correlating degenerative rates, biomarkers and cognition

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    Leow, Alex D.; Yanovsky, Igor; Parikshak, Neelroop; Hua, Xue; Lee, Suh; Toga, Arthur W.; Jack, Clifford R.; Bernstein, Matt A.; Britson, Paula J.; Gunter, Jeffrey L; Ward, Chadwick P.; Borowski, Bret; Shaw, Leslie M; Trojanowski, John Q.; Fleisher, Adam S

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    Tensor-based morphometry can recover three-dimensional longitudinal brain changes over time by nonlinearly registering baseline to follow-up MRI scans of the same subject. Here, we compared the anatomical distribution of longitudinal brain structural changes, over 12 months, using a subset of the ADNI dataset consisting of 20 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), 40 healthy elderly controls, and 40 individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Each individual longitudinal change map (Ja...

  20. Adjacent segment disease in degenerative pathologies with posterior instrumentation / Enfermedad de segmento adyacente en patologías degenerativas con instrumentación posterior / Doença de segmento adjacente em patologias degenerativas com instrumentação posterior

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    Ana Guadalupe Ramírez, Olvera; Manuel Villarreal, Arroyo; Luis Mario Hinojosa, Martínez; Enrique Méndez, Pérez; Luis Romeo Ramos, Hinojosa.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estabelecer a incidência real da doença do segmento adjacente após fusão e identificação dos níveis e fatores predisponentes à patologia, assim como os resultados funcionais. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de série de casos, com nível de evidência IIB, em amostra de 179 pacientes com diagn [...] ósticos de estenose de canal lombar, espondilolistese e escoliose degenerativa, submetidos a cirurgia no período de 2005 a dezembro de 2013, com instrumentação posterior e fusão posterolateral, com acompanhamento de 2007 até maio de 2014, no qual se avaliaram a sintomatologia e os achados radiográficos para estabelecer o diagnóstico e tratamento. RESULTADOS: O estudo incluiu 179 pacientes com diagnóstico de estenose de canal lombar (n=116), espondilolistese ístmica e degenerativa (n=50) e escoliose degenerativa (n=13); durante o estudo foram identificados 20 casos de segmento de nível adjacente, sendo que 80% foram tratados cirurgicamente com extensão da instrumentação, enquanto 20% foram tratados de modo conservador com AINE e bloqueios terapêuticos. CONCLUSÃO: Verificou-se uma incidência de 11%, com média de 3,25 anos no diagnóstico e tratamento, maior prevalência do sexo feminino e diagnóstico de estenose de canal lombar à instrumentação posterior, com predomínio dos níveis L4-L5; 80% foram tratados com extensão da instrumentação. As complicações foram radiculopatia persistente, infecção da ferida cirúrgica e um óbito decorrente de causas não relacionadas com a patologia lombar. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Establecer la incidencia real de la enfermedad de segmento adyacente tras la fusión e identificación de los niveles y factores predisponentes a esta patología, así como los resultados funcionales. MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo de serie de casos, con nivel de evidencia IIB, [...] con una muestra de 179 pacientes con diagnósticos de canal lumbar estrecho, espondilolistesis y escoliosis degenerativa, intervenidos quirúrgicamente en el periodo de 2005 a diciembre del 2013, con instrumentación posterior y fusión posterolateral, bajo seguimiento desde 2007 hasta mayo de 2014 en el cual se evaluó la sintomatología y hallazgos radiográficos para establecer el diagnóstico y manejo. RESULTADOS: Se incluyeron en el estudio 179 pacientes con diagnóstico de canal lumbar estrecho (n=116), espondilolistesis ístmica y degenerativa (n=50), escoliosis degenerativa (n=13); durante el estudio se identificaron 20 casos de segmento de nivel adyacente, siendo que el 80% se trataron de manera quirúrgica con extensión de la instrumentación, mientras que el 20% se manejaron de modo conservador con AINE y bloqueos terapéuticos. CONCLUSIÓN: Se identificó una incidencia del 11%, con un promedio de 3.25 años en el diagnóstico y tratamiento, mayor prevalencia del sexo femenino y diagnóstico de canal lumbar estrecho en instrumentación posterior con predominio en los niveles L4-L5; el 80% se trataron con extensión de la instrumentación. Las complicaciones fueron radiculopatía persistente, infección de la herida quirúrgica y un fallecimiento debido a causas no relacionadas con la patología lumbar. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To establish the real incidence of adjacent segment disease after fusion, and to identify the levels and predisposing factors for the pathology, as well as the functional results. METHODS: a retrospective case series study with level of evidence IIB, in a sample of 179 patients diagnosed [...] with stenosis of the lumbar spine, spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis, submitted to surgery in the period 2005 to December 2013, with posterior instrumentation and posterolateral fusion, with follow-up from 2007 until May 2014, in which the symptomology and radiographic findings were evaluated, to establish the diagnosis and treatment. RESULTS: the study included 179 patients diagnosed with stenosis of the lumbar spine (n=116), isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis (n=50) and degenerative scoliosis (n=13);

  1. DEGRO guidelines for the radiotherapy of non-malignant disorders. Part II: Painful degenerative skeletal disorders

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    The purpose of this article is to summarize the updated DEGRO consensus S2e guideline recommendations for the treatment of benign painful degenerative skeletal disorders with low-dose radiotherapy. This overview reports on the role of low-dose radiotherapy in the treatment of enthesiopathies (shoulder syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and elbow syndrome) and painful arthrosis (knee, hip, hand, and finger joints). The most relevant aspects of the DEGRO S2e Consensus Guideline Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases 2014 regarding diagnostics, treatment decision, dose prescription as well as performance of radiotherapy and results are summarized. For all indications mentioned above, retrospective and some prospective analyses have shown remarkable effects in terms of pain relief. Nevertheless, the Level of Evidence (LoE) and the Grade of Recommendation (GR) vary: LoE 1b-4 and GR A-C. Low-dose radiotherapy for painful degenerative skeletal disorders is effective in the majority of the patients and therefore it may be a reasonable therapeutic alternative when simple and non-invasive methods have been used without persistent success. For all discussed entities, single fraction doses of 0.5-1.0 Gy and total doses of 3.0-6.0 Gy/series applied with 2-3 fractions per week are recommended. (orig.)

  2. Avaliação dos resultados clínicos após cirurgia descompressiva em cães com doença de disco intervertebral Evaluation of clinical results of decompressive surgery in dogs with degenerative disk disease

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    M.V.B. Arias

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os resultados clínicos após realização de cirurgia descompressiva em 45 cães com doença do disco intervertebral cervical ou toracolombar. Após a cirurgia, 35 cães (77,8% recuperaram-se totalmente, oito (17,8% parcialmente e dois (4,4% não apresentaram alteração do quadro inicial. Em oito cães com paraplegia e perda da sensibilidade dolorosa profunda houve completa melhora do quadro clínico, com recuperação total em 62,5% dos casos. Em quatro cães com tetraparesia, a cirurgia foi eficaz. A cirurgia descompressiva (slot cervical e hemilaminectomia toracolombar, com a retirada do material do disco do interior do canal vertebral, foi uma forma efetiva de gerar melhora do quadro funcional.Clinical results after decompressive surgery were evaluated in 45 dogs with cervical or thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease. After surgery, 35 dogs recovered totally, eight (17.8% partially, and two (4.4% did not present any change in clinical findings. Eight dogs with paraplegy and loss of deep pain perception showed improvement, with total recovering in 62.5% of cases. Surgery was effective in four dogs with tetraparesy. Decompressive surgery (cervical slot or hemilaminectomy, with removal of disk material from inside the vertebral canal, was an effective form to produce functional improvement in dogs with this disease.

  3. Bone morphogenetic protein signaling in joint homeostasis and disease

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    Lories, Rik; Luyten, Frank

    2005-01-01

    Despite advances in therapies that target inflammation and tissue destruction in chronic arthritis, stimulation of tissue repair and restoration of joint function, the ultimate goal of treatment, is far from achieved. We introduce a new paradigm that may help to improve our understanding and management of chronic arthritis. The presence or absence of tissue responses distinguishes destructive arthritis, steady-state arthritis and remodeling arthritis. Increasing evidence suggests that reactiv...

  4. Heart rate variability and arrhythmias evaluated with Holter in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease / Variabilidade da frequência cardíaca e arritmias detectadas pelo exame Holter em cães com degeneração valvar mitral

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    M.S., Oliveira; R.A.L., Muzzi; R.B., Araújo; L.A.L., Muzzi; D.F., Ferreira; E.F., Silva.

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    Full Text Available As cardiopatias cursam com alterações do controle autonômico do coração, resultando em taquicardia e consequente diminuição na variabilidade da frequência cardíaca (VFC). O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar se o desenvolvimento de insuficiência cardíaca secundária à degeneração valvar mitral (DVM) l [...] eva a alterações no controle autonômico do coração, as quais podem ser determinadas pela eletrocardiografia contínua (Holter). Cães foram distribuídos em grupos experimentais após avaliação clínica e ecocardiográfica da seguinte maneira: controle (saudáveis; n=6), DVM sem insuficiência cardíaca (n=8) e DVM com insuficiência cardíaca (n=13). Arritmias e VFC foram determinadas pelo Holter. Animais portadores de DVM, quando comparados ao controle, apresentaram diminuição significativa da potência total, a qual é representativa de toda a VFC. Somente cães doentes e com insuficiência cardíaca apresentaram incidência elevada de arritmias supraventriculares, frequência cardíaca aumentada, pequena quantidade de pausas superiores a 2,0s entre batimentos consecutivos, permanência por mais tempo em taquicardia do que em bradicardia, diminuído índice de alta frequência (indicativo de controle parassimpático) e elevado índice de baixa frequência (indicativo de controle simpático e parassimpático), quando comparados ao controle (p Abstract in english Cardiac diseases promote alterations in the autonomic control of the heart, leading to an increase in heart rate and, as a result, a decrease in heart rate variability (HRV).The aim of this study was to evaluate if the development of heart failure secondary to degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD [...] ) concurs with changes in autonomic modulation of heart rhythm which are assessed by long electrocardiography examination (Holter). Dogs were evaluated by clinical examination and echocardiography in order to be categorized into the following groups: Control (healthy; n=6), DMVD (disease without heart failure; n=8), and DMVD heart failure (disease with heart failure; n=13). Arrhythmias and frequency domain HRV were determined by Holter. Diseased animals, when compared to healthy, had significantly lower total power, which indicates overall HRV. DMVD heart failure dogs also showed other disturbances such as high incidence of supraventricular arrhythmias, high heart rate, little amount of pauses (2.0s long between consecutive heartbeats), longer time in tachycardia, shorter time in bradycardia, low high frequency (parasympathetic control), and high low frequency (sympathetic and parasympathetic control) when compared to control (p

  5. Influence of degenerative changes of intervertebral disc

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available ?Abstract?Objective: To investigate the material properties of normal and degenerated intervertebral discs (IVDs and examine the effect of degenerative changes on IVD pathology. Methods: A computer-based online search was under-taken to identify English articles about material properties of IVDs published from January 1950 to 2011 in PubMed database. The retrieved keywords included material properties, intervertebral disc and degeneration. Based on the principles of reliability, advancement and efficiency, the obtained data were primarily examined, and the original source was retrieved to read the full-text. Repetitive articles were excluded. The data of material properties of normal and degenerated IVDs were summarized and analyzed by meta-analysis. Results: The data of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, shear modulus, hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pres-sure of normal and degenerated IVDs were obtained. Com-pared with normal IVDs, the Young's modulus and shear modulus of annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus were higher in degenerated IVDs, the Poisson's ratio was lower while the hydraulic permeability and intradiscal pressure were higher. Besides, the degeneration-related alterations in IVDs had an influence both on itself and other spinal structures, leading to diseases such as bulging disc, discogenic pain and spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, the heavy mechanical loading and injury indicated important pathways to IVD degeneration. Conclusions: To a certain extent, the degenerative changes of IVD influence its material properties. And the degeneration-related alterations of composition can cause structural failure of IVDs, leading to injuries and diseases. Key words: Intervertebral disc; Mechanical phenomena; Degeneration; Elastic modulus; Permeability; Pathology

  6. Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee: systematic review and meta-analysis of benefits and harms

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    Thorlund, J B; Juhl, C B; Roos, E.M.; Lohmander, L. S.

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    Objective To determine benefits and harms of arthroscopic knee surgery involving partial meniscectomy, debridement, or both for middle aged or older patients with knee pain and degenerative knee disease.

  7. Asymmetric uptake of Tc-99m HDP on temporomandibular joints may predict prognosis of temporomandibular joint disease

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    There is no reliable predictor for therapeutic efficacy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the usefulness of Tc-99m HDP bone scan in the pre-therapeutic assessment of prognosis for TMJ disease. Between January 2005 and July 2007, 94 patients (M: F=18: 76; mean age, 33.4±14.0 y) with TMJ disease who underwent pre-therapeutic bone scan were enrolled. Planar bone scan images were obtained at right and left lateral skull areas 3 hours post Tc-99m HDP injection (dose=1295 MBq). TMJ uptake of Tc-99m HDP was quantitated using 13X13 pixel-square region-of-interest over TMJ and parietal skull area as background. TMJ uptake ratio was calculated as; (TMJ background) / background. Asymmetric indices for involved TMJ uptake (Alinvovle) were defined as; TMJ uptake ratio of involved/non-involved joint. Asymmetric indices for greater TMJ uptake regardless of disease involvement (AIgreater) were defined as; TMJ uptake ratio of greater/smaller TMJ uptake. Splint therapy was applied to all patients with mean duration of 7 months (range; 3-34 months). Therapeutic efficacy was dichotomised as improved or non-improved in consideration of mandibular movement, TMJ noise, pain, and tenderness. Seventy-six patients experienced improvement, whereas 18 patients non-improvement. There was no significant difference between improved versus non-improved patients regarding TMJ uptake ratio of involved joint (2.92±0.82 vs. 2.91±0.66), and AIinvovle (1.16±0.22 vs. 1.10±0.12) (p>0.05, t-test). However, AIgreater was significantly higher in improved patients than non-improved patients (1.20±0.19 vs. 1.13±0.09, p<0.05, t-test). Regardless of disease involvement of TMJ disease, asymmetricities of Tc-99m HDP uptake were more frequently found in improved group after splint therapy. Tc-99m HDP bone scan can predict the efficacy of splint therapy in TMJ disease

  8. Asymmetric uptake of Tc-99m HDP on temporomandibular joints may predict prognosis of temporomandibular joint disease

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    Lee, Sang Mi; Lee, Won Woo; Yun, PiI Young; Kim, Young Kyun; Kim, Sang Eun [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    There is no reliable predictor for therapeutic efficacy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the usefulness of Tc-99m HDP bone scan in the pre-therapeutic assessment of prognosis for TMJ disease. Between January 2005 and July 2007, 94 patients (M: F=18: 76; mean age, 33.4{+-}14.0 y) with TMJ disease who underwent pre-therapeutic bone scan were enrolled. Planar bone scan images were obtained at right and left lateral skull areas 3 hours post Tc-99m HDP injection (dose=1295 MBq). TMJ uptake of Tc-99m HDP was quantitated using 13X13 pixel-square region-of-interest over TMJ and parietal skull area as background. TMJ uptake ratio was calculated as; (TMJ background) / background. Asymmetric indices for involved TMJ uptake (Al{sub invovle}) were defined as; TMJ uptake ratio of involved/non-involved joint. Asymmetric indices for greater TMJ uptake regardless of disease involvement (AI{sub greater}) were defined as; TMJ uptake ratio of greater/smaller TMJ uptake. Splint therapy was applied to all patients with mean duration of 7 months (range; 3-34 months). Therapeutic efficacy was dichotomised as improved or non-improved in consideration of mandibular movement, TMJ noise, pain, and tenderness. Seventy-six patients experienced improvement, whereas 18 patients non-improvement. There was no significant difference between improved versus non-improved patients regarding TMJ uptake ratio of involved joint (2.92{+-}0.82 vs. 2.91{+-}0.66), and AI{sub invovle} (1.16{+-}0.22 vs. 1.10{+-}0.12) (p>0.05, t-test). However, AI{sub greater} was significantly higher in improved patients than non-improved patients (1.20{+-}0.19 vs. 1.13{+-}0.09, p<0.05, t-test). Regardless of disease involvement of TMJ disease, asymmetricities of Tc-99m HDP uptake were more frequently found in improved group after splint therapy. Tc-99m HDP bone scan can predict the efficacy of splint therapy in TMJ disease.

  9. Avaliação ocular multimodal em doenças heredodistróficas e degenerativas da retina / Multimodal fundus imaging in heredodystrophic and degenerative diseases of the retina

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    Daniela Cavalcanti, Ferrara; Daniela, Calucci; Juliana Lambert, Oréfice; Rogério Alves, Costa.

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    Full Text Available A tomografia de coerência óptica incorporou-se gradativamente ao contemporâneo arsenal diagnóstico em Oftalmologia, passando a exercer papel fundamental na investigação e condução de doenças oculares, particularmente na especialidade de Retina e Vítreo. A disponibilização comercial da nova geração d [...] e aparelhos, chamada de tomografia de coerência óptica "espectral", baseada em conceito físico distinto que permite a aquisição de imagens em alta velocidade, marcou o início de uma nova era desta tecnologia de investigação auxiliar. Adicionalmente, sua recente combinação com o oftalmoscópio de varredura a laser confocal (confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope) vem propiciando a aquisição de imagens tomográficas guiadas em tempo real pelos diferentes modos de imagem (autofluorescência de fundo, reflectância com luz "infravermelha" e angiografia com fluoresceína ou indocianina verde). A avaliação ocular multimodal (multimodal fundus imaging) permite a correlação real e minuciosa de achados da morfologia retiniana e do epitélio pigmentar com dados de estudos angiográficos e de autofluorescência ou reflectância, propiciando assim inferências valiosas sobre a fisiologia do tecido. Neste artigo, discutimos brevemente as possíveis implicações da avaliação ocular multimodal na prática da especialidade de Retina e Vítreo. Abstract in english Optical coherence tomography was progressively incorporated to the contemporary diagnostic arsenal in Ophthalmology, playing a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of eye diseases, particularly in the specialty of retina and vitreous. The commercial availability of the new generation of devi [...] ces, coined "spectral" optical coherence tomography, which is based in a distinct physical concept that permits high-speed image acquisition, launched a new era for this investigative ancillary tool. In addition, the recent combination of this new technology with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope has permitted the acquisition of tomographic images driven by different imaging modalities simultaneously (fundus autofluorescence, near-infrared reflectance, and fluorescein or indocyanine-green angiographies). Multimodal fundus imaging permits a reliable and detailed correlation between the morphological findings of the retina or retinal pigment epithelium and angiographic studies or fundus autofluorescence, leading to valuable insights about retina physiology. In this article, we briefly discuss possible practical implications of this new diagnostic modality for the retina specialist.

  10. Enfermedades crónico-degenerativas en profesionales de salud en Guadalajara (México) / Chronic-degenerative diseases in health professionals in Guadalajara (Mexico)

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    Raquel, González Baltazar; Silvia, León Cortés; Guadalupe, Aldrete Rodríguez; Mónica, Contreras Estrada; Gustavo, Hidalgo Santacruz; Liliana, Hidalgo González.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Medir la prevalencia de diabetes mellitus, hipertensión arterial y obesidad en médicos y enfermeras de una institución prestadora de servicios de salud en Guadalajara (México). Materiales y métodos: Estudio descriptivo, realizado en 322 médicos y enfermeras, seleccionados aleatoriamente, a [...] quienes se les interrogó acerca de la presencia de diabetes mellitus e hipertensión arterial, y en caso de no padecerlas se les aplicó un cuestionario de factores de riesgo, toma de glucosa venosa en ayunas a los sospechosos para diagnóstico de diabetes, toma de presión arterial en dos ocasiones para diagnóstico de hipertensión y se calculó su índice de masa corporal (IMC) para diagnóstico de sobrepeso y obesidad. Resultados: La prevalencia encontrada fue de 12.7 % para diabetes mellitus tipo II, 15 % para hipertensión arterial y 63 % para sobrepeso y obesidad de acuerdo con las Normas Oficiales Mexicanas: Sobrepeso, 21.7 % y Obesidad, 41.3 % (Obesidad 1,17.1 %, Obesidad II,21.1 %, y Obesidad III, 3.1 %). Conclusiones:Los médicos y enfermeras participantes en el estudio presentaron preva-lencias de diabetes y cualquier grado de obesidad mayores a las de la población general. Solamente en el caso de la hipertensión la prevalencia de la población de estudio fue menor que la media nacional para población adulta. La presencia de factores de riesgo para diabetes e hipertensión se asoció con significancia estadística a la presencia de ambas enfermedades. Es evidente que los profesionales de salud de este estudio no presentan mejores condiciones de salud que las de la población general. Abstract in english Objective: To measure the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and obesity in doctors and nurses in a health care provider institution in Guadalajara, (Mexico). Materials and methods: A descriptive study, conducted on 322 doctors and nurses, randomly selected, who were questioned about the [...] presence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension and in case of not suffering them, a questionnaire of risk factors was applied to them, making fasting venous glucose suspects for diagnosis of diabetes, blood pressure measurements on two occasions for diagnosis of hypertension and body mass index (BMI)was calculated for diagnosis of overweight and obesity. Results: The prevalence found was 12.7 % for type II diabetes mellitus, hypertension 15 %, and 63 % for overweight and obesity according to the Mexican Official Standards: Overweight 21.7 % and Obesity 41.3 % (Obesity 1,17.1 %, Obesity II, 21.1 %, and Obesity III, 3.1 %). Conclusions: Doctors and nurses participating in the study had prevalence of diabetes and obesity any degree greater than the general population. Only in the case of hypertension the prevalence of the study population was lower than the national average for adults. The presence of risk factors for diabetes and hypertension was associated with statistical significance to the presence of both diseases.It is clear that health professionals in this study do not show better health than the general population.

  11. MRI of cystic collection of the three joint

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    We present the main MR features of cystic lesions around the knee joint. Popliteal cysts are the most frequently seen. The usually result from extrusion of joint fluid into the gastrocnemio-semimembranosus bursa but they can have an atypical location or extension. They are most often due to a meniscal, ligamentous, degenerative or inflammatory joint disease responsible for a chronic joint effusion. Meniscal cysts are always associated with a horizontal tear. Medial meniscal cysts are larger and can extend far from the joint. Bursitis occur as a result of inflammation or infection of a bursa. Their location is stereotyped and they do not communicate with the knee joint. Ganglion cysts or ganglia are benign cystic lesions which can affect peri-articular tissues as well as subchondral bone or cruciate ligaments. MRI is now a simple and noninvasive way of obtaining etiologic diagnosis and guiding therapy. (authors)

  12. Vitiligo: A Possible Model of Degenerative Diseases

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    Bellei, Barbara; Pitisci, Angela; Ottaviani, Monica; Ludovici, Matteo; Cota, Carlo; Luzi, Fabiola; Dell'Anna, Maria Lucia; Picardo, Mauro

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    Vitiligo is characterized by the progressive disappearance of pigment cells from skin and hair follicle. Several in vitro and in vivo studies show evidence of an altered redox status, suggesting that loss of cellular redox equilibrium might be the pathogenic mechanism in vitiligo. However, despite the numerous data supporting a pathogenic role of oxidative stress, there is still no consensus explanation underlying the oxidative stress-driven disappear of melanocytes from the epidermis. In thi...

  13. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard Unonius

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzentas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados quanto a idade, origem, tipo de distrofia, história familiar e árvore genealógica, tipo de herança, outras anomalias sistêmicas e exames complementares. Foram classificados quanto ao diagnóstico e padrão de herança. RESULTADOS: Dos duzentos e quarenta e três pacientes registrados, as distrofias encontradas foram retinose pigmentária, doença de Stargardt, síndrome de Usher, amaurose congênita de Leber e coroideremia. Quanto à divisão por doença dos 93 pacientes argüidos, havia 62 pacientes com retinose pigmentária, 13 com doença de Stargardt, 13 com síndrome de Usher, três com amaurose congênita de Leber e dois com coroideremia. Dos pacientes com retinose pigmentária, o padrão de herança detectado foi autossômico dominante em quatro casos (7%, autossômico recessivo em vinte casos (32%, ligado ao cromossomo X recessivo em sete casos (11%, caso isolado em vinte e nove (47% e padrão indeterminado em dois (3%. Para a doença de Stargardt três indivíduos (23% seguiam o padrão de herança autossômico recessivo e dez (77% eram casos isolados. Dos treze pacientes com síndrome de Usher, oito (61,5% apresentavam herança autossômica recessiva, quatro (31% eram casos isolados e um (7,5% tinha o padrão de herança indeterminado. Os dois pacientes com coroideremia seguiam o padrão de herança ligado ao X recessivo. Para amaurose congênita de Leber, um paciente (33,5% tinha padrão autossômico recessivo de herança e dois (66,5% eram casos isolados. CONCLUSÃO: Destaca-se assim a importância desta classificação como a primeira referência nacional dos padrões de hereditariedade das distrofias retinianas do país. Este é o primeiro passo para se proceder em seguida a classificação genético-molecular baseada no seqüenciamento de cada gene responsável por cada um dos padrões de herança. A freqüência de cada tipo específico é semelhante à encontrada em outros trabalhos epidemiológicos de outros países.PURPOSE: To organize a regional data bank of all individuals that have retinal degenerative diseases, with the aim to classify each patient according to the type of distrophy and pattern of inheritance. METHODS: During the meeting of the São Paulo Retina Group on May 5th, 2001, two hundred and forty-three persons were registered, part of whom provided information concerning ocular, personal and family history and family tree. Ninety-three patients were asked about age, origin, type of dystrophy, family history and family tree information, type of inheritance, other systemic abnormalities and complementary examination. They were classified according to the diagnosis and pattern of inhe-ritance. RESULTS: The distrophies found in the registered two hundred and forty-three patients, were: retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis and choroideremia. Of the ninety-three patients examined on the same day, sixty-two had retinitis pigmentosa, thirteen had Stargardt disease, thirteen had Usher syndrome, three had Leber congenital amaurosis and two had choroideremia. The inheritance pattern of the patients with retinitis pigmentosa was autosomal dominant in 4 cases (7%, autosomal recessive in twenty cases (32%, X-linked recessive in 7 cases (11%. Twenty-nine cases were isolated (47% and two had an indeterminate pattern of inheritance (3%. Of the Stargardt disease patients, three (23% were autosomal recessive and ten (77% were isolated cases. Of the thirteen patients with Usher syndrome, eight (61.5% were autosomal recessive, four (31% were i

  14. Classificação diagnóstica dos portadores de doenças degenerativas de retina, integrantes dos grupos Retina São Paulo e Retina Vale do Paraíba / Diagnostic classification of retinal degenerative diseases São Paulo and Vale Retina groups

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    Nichard, Unonius; Michel Eid, Farah; Juliana M. Ferraz, Sallum.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO:Organizar um banco de dados regional de todos os indivíduos portadores de doenças degenerativas da retina, com o objetivo de classificar cada paciente de acordo com o tipo de distrofia e padrão de herança. MÉTODOS: Durante o encontro do Grupo Retina São Paulo no dia 5 de maio de 2001, duzen [...] tas e quarenta e três pessoas foram registradas, sendo que parte forneceu dados de antecedentes oculares, pessoais e familiares e árvore genealógica. Noventa e três pacientes foram questionados quanto a idade, origem, tipo de distrofia, história familiar e árvore genealógica, tipo de herança, outras anomalias sistêmicas e exames complementares. Foram classificados quanto ao diagnóstico e padrão de herança. RESULTADOS: Dos duzentos e quarenta e três pacientes registrados, as distrofias encontradas foram retinose pigmentária, doença de Stargardt, síndrome de Usher, amaurose congênita de Leber e coroideremia. Quanto à divisão por doença dos 93 pacientes argüidos, havia 62 pacientes com retinose pigmentária, 13 com doença de Stargardt, 13 com síndrome de Usher, três com amaurose congênita de Leber e dois com coroideremia. Dos pacientes com retinose pigmentária, o padrão de herança detectado foi autossômico dominante em quatro casos (7%), autossômico recessivo em vinte casos (32%), ligado ao cromossomo X recessivo em sete casos (11%), caso isolado em vinte e nove (47%) e padrão indeterminado em dois (3%). Para a doença de Stargardt três indivíduos (23%) seguiam o padrão de herança autossômico recessivo e dez (77%) eram casos isolados. Dos treze pacientes com síndrome de Usher, oito (61,5%) apresentavam herança autossômica recessiva, quatro (31%) eram casos isolados e um (7,5%) tinha o padrão de herança indeterminado. Os dois pacientes com coroideremia seguiam o padrão de herança ligado ao X recessivo. Para amaurose congênita de Leber, um paciente (33,5%) tinha padrão autossômico recessivo de herança e dois (66,5%) eram casos isolados. CONCLUSÃO: Destaca-se assim a importância desta classificação como a primeira referência nacional dos padrões de hereditariedade das distrofias retinianas do país. Este é o primeiro passo para se proceder em seguida a classificação genético-molecular baseada no seqüenciamento de cada gene responsável por cada um dos padrões de herança. A freqüência de cada tipo específico é semelhante à encontrada em outros trabalhos epidemiológicos de outros países. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To organize a regional data bank of all individuals that have retinal degenerative diseases, with the aim to classify each patient according to the type of distrophy and pattern of inheritance. METHODS: During the meeting of the São Paulo Retina Group on May 5th, 2001, two hundred and forty [...] -three persons were registered, part of whom provided information concerning ocular, personal and family history and family tree. Ninety-three patients were asked about age, origin, type of dystrophy, family history and family tree information, type of inheritance, other systemic abnormalities and complementary examination. They were classified according to the diagnosis and pattern of inhe-ritance. RESULTS: The distrophies found in the registered two hundred and forty-three patients, were: retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis and choroideremia. Of the ninety-three patients examined on the same day, sixty-two had retinitis pigmentosa, thirteen had Stargardt disease, thirteen had Usher syndrome, three had Leber congenital amaurosis and two had choroideremia. The inheritance pattern of the patients with retinitis pigmentosa was autosomal dominant in 4 cases (7%), autosomal recessive in twenty cases (32%), X-linked recessive in 7 cases (11%). Twenty-nine cases were isolated (47%) and two had an indeterminate pattern of inheritance (3%). Of the Stargardt disease patients, three (23%) were autosomal recessive and ten (77%) were isolated cases. Of the thirteen patients with Usher syndrome, e

  15. Joint and tendon involvement predict disease progression in systemic sclerosis : a EUSTAR prospective study

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    Avouac, Jérôme; Walker, Ulrich A

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine whether joint synovitis and tendon friction rubs (TFRs) can predict the progression of systemic sclerosis (SSc) over time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study that included 1301 patients with SSc from the EUSTAR database with disease duration ?3?years at inclusion and with a follow-up of at least 2?years. Presence or absence at clinical examination of synovitis and TFRs was extracted at baseline. Outcomes were skin, cardiovascular, renal and lung progression. Overall disease progression was defined according to the occurrence of at least one organ progression. RESULTS: Joint synovitis (HR: 1.26, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.59) and TFRs (HR: 1.32, 95% CI 1.03 to 1.70) were independently predictive of overall disease progression, as were also the diffuse cutaneous subset (HR: 1.30, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.61) and positive antitopoisomerase-I antibodies (HR: 1.25, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.53). Regarding skin progression, joint synovitis (HR: 1.67, 95% CI 1.06 to 2.64) and TFRs (HR: 1.69, 95% CI 1.02 to 2.77) were also independently predictive of worsening of the modified Rodnan skin score. For cardiovascular progression, joint synovitis was predictive of the occurrence of new digital ulcer(s) (HR: 1.45, 95% CI 1.08 to 1.96) and decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (HR: 2.20, 95% CI 1.06 to 4.57); TFRs were confirmed to be an independent predictor of scleroderma renal crisis (HR: 2.33, 95% CI 1.03 to 6.19). CONCLUSIONS: Joint synovitis and TFRs are independent predictive factors for disease progression in patients with early SSc. These easily detected clinical markers may be useful for the risk stratification of patients with SSc.

  16. Hemostatic effect of recombinant factor VIIa, NN1731 and recombinant factor VIII on needle-induced joint bleeding in hemophilia A mice

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    Øvlisen, K.; Kristensen, Annemarie Thuri; Valentino, L.A.; Hakobyan, N.; Ingerslevs, J.; Tranholm, M.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hemophilia A is the most common serious bleeding disorder, and the hallmark of this disease is joint bleeding episodes. These result in hemophilic synovitis, an inflammatory and proliferative condition of the joint, which progresses into a chronic degenerative arthritis, hemophilic arthropathy. METHODS: In this paper, we describe the effect of recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa), and an analogue NN1731 as well as rFVIII on needle-induced bleeding in hemophilia A mice. CONCLUSIONS: Here ...

  17. Comparative diagnostic imaging of the canine shoulder joint ultrasonography and radiography

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    Mayer, B

    2000-01-01

    radiographically. 6 of 17 supraspinatus insertion tendinopathies (35.3 %) and 4 of 5 bicipital tendon calcifications (80 %) were detected only with ultrasonography. Radiographic findings of bony proliferations in the intertuberal groove without signs of degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint are indicative of severe or chronic biciptal tendon disease. In many cases, the stage and severity of cartilaginous and subchondral bone lesions with osteochondritis dissecans can be determined ultrasonographically. Osteochondritis dissecans defects not seen on radiographs are occasionally visible with ultrasound, although a negative finding is not always accurate. Ultrasonography of shoulder joint disease has been applied in humans for some time. In this study, the use of radiography and ultrasonography as diagnostic imaging modalities to determine shoulder joint lesions is presented. The ultrasonographic anatomy and pathology of the shoulder joint are described. Comparative radiographic and ultrasonographic fi...

  18. Feedforward postural adjustments in a simple two-joint synergy in patients with Parkinson's disease.

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    Latash, M L; Aruin, A S; Neyman, I; Nicholas, J J; Shapiro, M B

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    Patients with Parkinson's disease, age-matched controls and young control subjects performed discrete elbow or wrist movements in a sagittal plane under the instruction to move one of the joints "as fast as possible." Relative stability of the other, postural joint was comparable in all 3 groups, while movement time was the highest in the patients and the lowest in young controls. Typically, EMG patterns in both muscle pairs acting at the joints demonstrated a commonly observed "tri-phasic" pattern. A cross-correlation analysis of the EMGs confirmed virtually simultaneous bursts in the wrist and elbow flexors and in the wrist and elbow extensors. In all 3 groups, there were no signs of anticipatory activation of postural muscles in about 90% of movements. We consider postural anticipation not a separate process, but a separate peripheral pattern of a single control process that may involve a number of joints and muscles. We conclude that the postural deficits in Parkinson's disease are not related to a basic deficit in the ability to generate feedforward postural adjustments but to other factors that may include the specificity of maintaining the vertical posture in the field of gravity. PMID:7537207

  19. Degenerative meniscus: Pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment options

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    Howell, Richard; Kumar, Neil S.; Patel, Nimit; Tom, James

    2014-01-01

    The symptomatic degenerative meniscus continues to be a source of discomfort for a significant number of patients. With vascular penetration of less than one-third of the adult meniscus, healing potential in the setting of chronic degeneration remains low. Continued hoop and shear stresses upon the degenerative meniscus results in gross failure, often in the form of complex tears in the posterior horn and midbody. Patient history and physical examination are critical to determine the true sou...

  20. Enculturation and the Degenerative Principle

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    Daniel Washburn

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The model of enculturation I propose operates with a claim that individuals are intrinsically idiosyncratic. Support for individual idiosyncrasy begins at the level of neurons and goes on to encompass inter-individual phenomena. I draw on cognitive and social theory to support my position. In particular I consider the work of neurologistGerald Edelman (2004 and his “theory of neuronal group selection” (TNGS and Sahlins(2000 and his theory of culture. The model of culture presented here is designed to account for the phenomenon of individual idiosyncrasy. For this reason, culture is necessarily presented as a process - and I am calling the process “enculturation.” The cognitive phenomena that allow language and signs to be shared between people are, within each individual, constantly changing via idiosyncratic neuronal firing patternsand via the incorporation of new experience and altered memory. The concept of memory is discussed in relation the model of enculturation. The Durkheimian position, that social scientists should focus on collective representations and avoid makingsocial claims based on the operation of individual minds (Durkheim, 1915:15-16;1952:213 is given consideration. Cognitive research is introduced to suggest links between experience and memory (such as Edelman’s concept of the “remembered present” and to establish the function of “the degenerative principle”. The work of Libet (2004 is utilized to suggest that conscious awarenesses are preceded byunconscious processes (i.e., processes outside reflective consciousness, and as such we are forced to conclude that unconscious processes initiate our conscious experiences. This raises questions of agency and free will. It is suggested that theprocess of cognitive association leads to novelty as a result of the instability of recurrent memory and the intrinsic idiosyncrasy of neurons. Enculturation then, can be seen as the activity of association as augmented by intrinsically idiosyncratic phenomena.Parallels are drawn between Bakhtin’s dialogic principle and the enculturation model.The concluding section suggests avenues for the future.

  1. Anaerobic prosthetic joint infection.

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    Shah, Neel B; Tande, Aaron J; Patel, Robin; Berbari, Elie F

    2015-12-01

    In an effort to improve mobility and alleviate pain from degenerative and connective tissue joint disease, an increasing number of individuals are undergoing prosthetic joint replacement in the United States. Joint replacement is a highly effective intervention, resulting in improved quality of life and increased independence [1]. By 2030, it is predicted that approximately 4 million total hip and knee arthroplasties will be performed yearly in the United States [2]. One of the major complications associated with this procedure is prosthetic joint infection (PJI), occurring at a rate of 1-2% [3-7]. In 2011, the Musculoskeletal Infectious Society created a unifying definition for prosthetic joint infection [8]. The following year, the Infectious Disease Society of America published practice guidelines that focused on the diagnosis and management of PJI. These guidelines focused on the management of commonly encountered organisms associated with PJI, including staphylococci, streptococci and select aerobic Gram-negative bacteria. However, with the exception of Propionibacterium acnes, management of other anaerobic organisms was not addressed in these guidelines [1]. Although making up approximately 3-6% of PJI [9,10], anaerobic microorganisms cause devastating complications, and similar to the more common organisms associated with PJI, these bacteria also result in significant morbidity, poor outcomes and increased health-care costs. Data on diagnosis and management of anaerobic PJI is mostly derived from case reports, along with a few cohort studies [3]. There is a paucity of published data outlining factors associated with risks, diagnosis and management of anaerobic PJI. We therefore reviewed available literature on anaerobic PJI by systematically searching the PubMed database, and collected data from secondary searches to determine information on pathogenesis, demographic data, clinical features, diagnosis and management. We focused our search on five commonly encountered anaerobic organisms associated with PJI. Since anaerobic PJI has also been linked to dental procedures, we also reviewed information on the use of dental procedures and prophylaxis, when available. PMID:26341272

  2. Ranking of MR in the diagnosis of diseases of the shoulder joint

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    In a prospective study 43 patients with shoulder pain were examined by sonography and MRI. The findings were controlled by plain radiography, arthrography, and CT arthrography. Joint effusions and humeral head defects were equally identified by MR and sonography. In the diagnosis of labrum lesions, rotator cuff lesions, subacromial spurs, and synovial inflammatory disease sonography was not as accurate as MR. A special MR scoring system improved the diagnosis of an impingement syndrome. (orig.)

  3. PYROPHOSPHATE ARTHROPATHY IS A RHEUMATOLOGICAL ICEBERG SYNDROME: TIME TO REASSESS ITS IMPORTANCE IN JOINT DISEASES

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    Viktoria Georgiyevna Barskova

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper provides the present views of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and classification of pyrophosphate arthropathy (PPA. It describes a morphological study of the structure of the knee joint after total prosthetics in a patient diagnosed as having osteoarthrosis. Reasons for low detection rates of the disease are considered. Difficulties in the laboratory and instrumental diagnosis of PPA are analyzed in detail.

  4. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD)/Pseudogout of the temporomandibular joint - FNA findings and microanalysis.

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    Naqvi Asghar H; Abraham Jerrold L; Kellman Robert M; Khurana Kamal K

    2008-01-01

    Abstract We report a case of a Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD) presenting as a mass in the parotid and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that simulated a parotid tumor. A 35 year-old man presented with pain in the left ear area. A CT Scan of the area showed a large, calcified mass surrounding the left condylar head, and extending into the infratemporal fossa. FNA of the mass showed birefringent crystals, most of which were rhomboid with occasional ones being needle shape...

  5. Inflammatory synovial fluid microenvironment drives primary human chondrocytes to actively take part in inflammatory joint diseases.

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    Röhner, Eric; Matziolis, Georg; Perka, Carsten; Füchtmeier, Bernd; Gaber, Timo; Burmester, Gerd-Rüdiger; Buttgereit, Frank; Hoff, Paula

    2012-06-01

    The role of human chondrocytes in the pathogenesis of cartilage degradation in rheumatic joint diseases has presently gained increasing interest. An active chondrocyte participation in local inflammation may play a role in the initiation and progression of inflammatory joint diseases and in a disruption of cartilage repair mechanisms resulting in cartilage degradation. In the present study, we hypothesized that inflammatory synovial fluid triggers human chondrocytes to actively take part in inflammatory processes in rheumatic joint diseases. Primary human chondrocytes were incubated in synovial fluids gained from patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis arthritis and reactive arthritis. The detection of vital cell numbers was determined by using Casy Cell Counter System. Apoptosis was measured by Annexin-V and 7AAD staining. Cytokine and chemokine secretion was determined by a multiplex suspension array. Detection of vital cells showed a highly significant decrease in chondrocyte numbers. Flow cytometry demonstrated a significant increase in apoptotic chondrocytes after the incubation. An active secretion of cytokines such as MCP-1 and MIF by chondrocytes was observed. The inflammatory synovial fluid microenvironment mediates apoptosis and cell death of chondrocytes. Moreover, in terms of cytokine secretion, it also induces an active participation of chondrocytes in ongoing inflammation. PMID:21979468

  6. WHO/IAEA joint research programme on trace elements in cardiovascular diseases

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    After several years of support by WHO and IAEA for the joint research programme on trace elements in cardiovascular diseases, a consultants' meeting was held (1) to examine the present status of the programme with a view to advising on actions necessary for its completion, and (2) to advise on the form, content and timing of a final report. The meeting was attended by the invited experts and other persons. The main work of this research programme is divided, as before, between two projects, (1) on Cd, Cr, Cu, Se, Zn and other elements in relation to ischaemic heart disease, and (2) on Cd, Se and Zn in relation to arterial hypertension

  7. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease presenting as a pseudotumor of the temporomandibular joint

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    Vargas, A.; Teruel, J.; Pont, J.; Velayos, A. [Department of Radiology, Hospital de Girona ``Dr. Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain); Trull, J. [Department of Oral Surgery, Hospital de Girona, Dr. ``Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain); Lopez, E. [Department of Pathology, Hospital de Girona, Dr. ``Josep Trueta``, Av. de Franca s/n, E-17 007 Girona (Spain)

    1997-12-01

    We report a case of a 66-year-old white woman with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease. The patient related a 2-month history of swelling with tenderness over the left pre-auricular region. A CT scan suggested a synovial chondromatosis. Surgical removal was done and histologic study showed CPPD crystals. This disease rarely involves the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis. To our knowledge, only 14 cases have been reported in the literature. (orig.) With 3 figs., 10 refs.

  8. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease presenting as a pseudotumor of the temporomandibular joint

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    We report a case of a 66-year-old white woman with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease. The patient related a 2-month history of swelling with tenderness over the left pre-auricular region. A CT scan suggested a synovial chondromatosis. Surgical removal was done and histologic study showed CPPD crystals. This disease rarely involves the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and is not usually considered in the differential diagnosis. To our knowledge, only 14 cases have been reported in the literature. (orig.)

  9. Diacerein: A New Disease Modulating Agent in Osteoarthritis

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    Medhi B; Singh PK; Prakash A; Sen R; Wadhwa S

    2007-01-01

    Diacerein is a new anti-inflammatory analgesics and antipyretic drug, developed specially for the treatmentof osteoarthritis which is one of the most prevalent degenerative joint disease. It is highly effective inrelieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis and may be able to modify the course of the disease condition.Diacerein acts by inhibiting the production of IL-1â by human monocytes. It is reported to be safe incomparison to NSAIDs with no documented upper gastrointestinal toxicity like gas...

  10. Patients with peripheral arterial disease exhibit reduced joint powers compared to velocity-matched controls.

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    Wurdeman, Shane R; Koutakis, Panagiotis; Myers, Sara A; Johanning, Jason M; Pipinos, Iraklis I; Stergiou, Nicholas

    2012-07-01

    Previous studies have shown major deficits in gait for individuals with peripheral arterial disease before and after the onset of pain. However, these studies did not have subjects ambulate at similar velocities and potential exists that the differences in joint powers may have been due to differences in walking velocity. The purpose of this study was to examine the joint moments and powers of peripheral arterial disease limbs for subjects walking at similar self-selected walking velocities as healthy controls prior to onset of any symptoms. Results revealed peripheral arterial disease patients have reduced peak hip power absorption in midstance (p=0.017), reduced peak knee power absorption in early and late stance (p=0.037 and p=0.020 respectively), and reduced peak ankle power generation in late stance (p=0.021). This study reveals that the gait of patients with peripheral arterial disease walking prior to the onset of any leg symptoms is characterized by failure of specific and identifiable muscle groups needed to perform normal walking and that these gait deficits are independent of reduced gait velocity. PMID:22677467

  11. Muscle diseases with prominent joint contractures: Main entities and diagnostic strategy.

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    Eymard, B; Ferreiro, A; Ben Yaou, R; Stojkovic, T

    2013-01-01

    Muscle diseases may have various clinical manifestations including muscle weakness, atrophy or hypertrophy and joint contractures. A spectrum of non-muscular manifestations (cardiac, respiratory, cutaneous, central and peripheral nervous system) may be associated. Few of these features are specific. Limb joint contractures or spine rigidity, when prevailing over muscle weakness in ambulant patients, are of high diagnostic value for diagnosis orientation. Within this context, among several disorders, four groups of diseases should systematically come to mind including the collagen VI-related myopathies, the Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophies, the SEPN1 and FHL1 related myopathies. More rarely other genetic or acquired myopathies may present with marked contractures. Diagnostic work-up should include a comprehensive assessment including family history, neurological, cardiologic and respiratory evaluations. Paraclinical investigations should minimally include muscle imaging and electromyography. Muscle and skin biopsies as well as protein and molecular analyses usually help to reach a precise diagnosis. We will first describe the main muscle and neuromuscular junction diseases where contractures are typically a prominent symptom of high diagnostic value for diagnosis orientation. In the following chapters, we will present clues for the diagnostic strategy and the main measures to be taken when, at the end of the diagnostic work-up, no definite muscular disease has been identified. PMID:24021317

  12. Chronic joint disease caused by persistent Chikungunya virus infection is controlled by the adaptive immune response.

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    Hawman, David W; Stoermer, Kristina A; Montgomery, Stephanie A; Pal, Pankaj; Oko, Lauren; Diamond, Michael S; Morrison, Thomas E

    2013-12-01

    Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a reemerging mosquito-borne pathogen that causes incapacitating disease in humans characterized by intense joint pain that can persist for weeks, months, or even years. Although there is some evidence of persistent CHIKV infection in humans suffering from chronic rheumatologic disease symptoms, little is known about chronic disease pathogenesis, and no specific therapies exist for acute or chronic CHIKV disease. To investigate mechanisms of chronic CHIKV-induced disease, we utilized a mouse model and defined the duration of CHIKV infection in tissues and the associated histopathological changes. Although CHIKV RNA was readily detectable in a variety of tissues very early after infection, CHIKV RNA persisted specifically in joint-associated tissues for at least 16 weeks. Inoculation of Rag1(-/-) mice, which lack T and B cells, resulted in higher viral levels in a variety of tissues, suggesting that adaptive immunity controls the tissue specificity and persistence of CHIKV infection. The presence of CHIKV RNA in tissues of wild-type and Rag1(-/-) mice was associated with histopathological evidence of synovitis, arthritis, and tendonitis; thus, CHIKV-induced persistent arthritis is not mediated primarily by adaptive immune responses. Finally, we show that prophylactic administration of CHIKV-specific monoclonal antibodies prevented the establishment of CHIKV persistence, whereas therapeutic administration had tissue-specific efficacy. These findings suggest that chronic musculoskeletal tissue pathology is caused by persistent CHIKV infection and controlled by adaptive immune responses. Our results have significant implications for the development of strategies to mitigate the disease burden associated with CHIKV infection in humans. PMID:24131709

  13. Validity of simplified disease activity index using CRP titer in comparison to disease activity score-28 joints in Iraqi patients with active Rheumatoid arthritis

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    Saad A. Hussain; Ibrahim A. Majeed; Faieq I. Gorial; Ehab M. Alchy

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Various factors are known to determine the disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The ?simplified disease activity? index (SDAI) is new tool of measurement of disease activity. The present study was designed to assess validity of SDAI using C-reactive protein (CRP) titer in comparison to ?disease activity score in 28 joints? (DAS28) in Iraqi patients with active RA. Methods: Sixty nine Iraqi RA patients were included in this study. All pati...

  14. Rheumatoid arthritis-celiac disease relationship: Joints get that gut feeling.

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    Lerner, Aaron; Matthias, Torsten

    2015-11-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and celiac disease (CD) belong to the autoimmune disease family. Despite being separate entities they share multiple aspects. Epidemiologically they share comparable incidence environmental influences, associated antibodies and a recent incidental surge. They differ in their HLA pre-dispositions and specific predictive and diagnostic biomarkers. At the clinical level, celiac disease exhibits extra-intestinal rheumatic manifestations and RA gastrointestinal ones. Small bowel pathology exists in rheumatic patients. A trend towards responsiveness to a gluten free diet has been observed, ameliorating celiac rheumatic manifestations, whereas dietary interventions for rheumatoid arthritis remain controversial. Pathophysiologically, both diseases are mediated by endogenous enzymes in the target organs. The infectious, dysbiotic and increased intestinal permeability theories, as drivers of the autoimmune cascade, apply to both diseases. Contrary to their specific HLA pre-disposition, the diseases share multiple non-HLA loci. Those genes are crucial for activation and regulation of adaptive and innate immunity. Recently, light was shed on the interaction between host genetics and microbiota composition in relation to CD and RA susceptibility, connecting bugs and us and autoimmunity. A better understanding of the above mentioned similarities in the gut-joint inter-relationship, may elucidate additional facets in the mosaic of autoimmunity, relating CD to RA. PMID:26190704

  15. Joint Effects of Smoking and Silicosis on Diseases to the Lungs

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    Tse, Lap Ah; Yu, Ignatius T. S.; Qiu, Hong; Leung, Chi Chiu

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    Smokers are subject to being more susceptible to the long-term effects of silica dust, whilst it remains unclear whether the joint effect of smoking and silicosis differs amongst diseases to the lungs; this study aims to address this knowledge gap. This was a historical cohort study comprised of 3202 silicotics in Hong Kong during 1981–2005 who were followed up till 31/12/2006. We estimated the standardized mortality ratio (SMR) in the smoking and never smoking silicotics using the mortality ...

  16. Rosai-Dorfman disease in a child with involvement of extra-nodal wrist joint

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    Rajjyoti Das

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rosai-Dorfman Disease (RDD is a benign condition primarily affecting the lymph nodes. The term sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy was first used. There may be extra-nodal presentation of RDD with or without constitutional symptoms. A 10-year-old boy presented with massive bilateral cervical lymphadenopathy which mimicked the diagnosis of lymphoma. We describe here a case of RDD in a child with extra-nodal bone involvement of the wrist joint, its diagnosis by histopathological examination supported by immunohistochemistry and consequent initial management. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(1.000: 357-360

  17. The role of leukocyte-stromal interactions in chronic inflammatory joint disease

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    Burman, Angela; Haworth, Oliver; Bradfield, Paul; Parsonage, Greg; Filer, Andrew; Thomas, Andrew M.C.; Amft, Nicole; Salmon, Mike; Buckley, Christopher D.

    2011-01-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating, chronic, persistent inflammatory disease that is characterised by painful and swollen joints. The aetiology of RA is unknown, however whereas past research has concentrated on the role of immune or inflammatory infiltrating cells in inflammation, it is becoming clear that stromal cells play a critical part in regulating the quality and duration of an inflammatory response. In this review we assess the role of fibroblasts within the inflamed synovium in modulating immune responses; in particular we examine the role of stromal cells in the switch from resolving to persistent inflammation as is found in the rheumatoid synovium. PMID:15681242

  18. Syndesmo-odontoid joint and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD)

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    27 patients with definite or probable CPPD have been investigated with systematic frontal and lateral tomograms of the cervicooccipital region. In 12 cases there were calcifications of the syndesmo-odontoid region. These calcifications are of two different types: linear calcifications (5 cases) and mottled calcifications (7 cases). The anatomic location of these calcifications is the transverse ligament or other structures of the syndesmo-odontoid joint. Although this type of calcifications has already been described in other rheumatic diseases, it must lead to search for CPPD in the usual locations. (orig.)

  19. Syndesmo-odontoid joint and calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD)

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    Dirheimer, Y.; Bensimon, C.; Chrostmann, D.; Wackenheim, C.

    1983-10-01

    Twenty-seven patients with definite or probable CPPD have been investigated with systematic frontal and lateral tomograms of the cervicooccipital region. In 12 cases there were calcifications of the syndesmo-odontoid region. These calcifications are of two different types: linear calcifications (5 cases) and mottled calcifications (7 cases). The anatomic location of these calcifications is the transverse ligament or other structures of the syndesmo-odontoid joint. Although this type of calcification has already been described in other rheumatic diseases, it must lead to search for CPPD in the usual locations.

  20. Associação entre tropismo facetário e doença degenerativa de disco lombar / Association between facet tropism and lumbar degenerative disc disease / Asociación entre tropismo facetario y enfermedad degenerativa del disco lumbar

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    Alexandre Barros, Costa; Thiago, Mattar; Paulo Roberto, Appolonio; Caio, Yoshino; Adriano Massayuki, Yonezaki; Luciano Miller Reis, Rodrigues.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Documentar a presença de degeneração de disco e tropismo facetário em pacientes portadores de dor lombar crônica e sua distribuição por sexo e faixa etária. Avaliar também a associação de tropismo facetário e degeneração discal lombar além de avaliar a orientação das facetas de acordo com [...] sexo e faixa etária. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de imagens de ressonância magnética obtidas em 288 pacientes (N = 288; 118 homens e 170 mulheres) com média de idade de 53,33 anos, portadores de dor lombar crônica. As imagens foram avaliadas por dois médicos assistentes especialistas em cirurgia da coluna para avaliar e quantificar a orientação das facetas, o tropismo facetário e o grau de degeneração discal dos níveis L3-L4, L4-L5 e L5-S1. Foi analisada a associação entre tropismo facetário e doença degenerativa discal, além de associação com sexo e idade. RESULTADOS: Observa-se que 85,8% dos discos apresentam classificação de Pfirrmann superior ou igual ao Tipo III. Com relação ao grau de degeneração discal, não houve diferença entre os sexos e aumentou com o aumento da faixa etária. Com relação ao grau de tropismo, não difere entre os níveis avaliados e o sexo, aumenta de acordo com a elevação da faixa etária. Houve aumento do grau do degeneração discal com o aumento do grau de tropismo facetário. CONCLUSÃO: A maioria dos discos intervertebrais analisados de pacientes com dor lombar crônica encontram-se degenerados e grau de degeneração aumenta com a idade. O grau de tropismo facetário aumenta com a idade e se relaciona com o grau de degeneração discal. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: documentar la presencia de degeneración de disco y tropismo facetario en pacientes con dolor crónico de en la columna lumbar y su distribución por sexo y edad. También evaluamos la asociación del tropismo facetario y la degeneración del disco lumbar, además de la orientación de las facetas [...] de acuerdo con sexo y edad. MÉTODOS: Estudio retrospectivo de imágenes de resonancia magnética obtenidas en 288 pacientes (N = 288; 118 hombres y 170 mujeres) con edad media de 53,33 años y dolor crónico en la región lumbar de columna. Las imágenes fueron evaluadas por dos médicos especialistas en cirugía de la columna vertebral para valorar y cuantificar la orientación de las facetas, el tropismo facetario y el grado de degeneración de disco en L3-L4, L4-L5 y L5-S1. Se analizó la asociación entre tropismo facetario y la enfermedad degenerativa del disco y la asociación con el sexo y la edad. RESULTADOS: Se observa que 85,8% de los discos tienen clasificación de Pfirrmann mayor o igual que Tipo III. En cuanto al grado de degeneración del disco, no fue diferente entre sexos y aumentó con la edad. En cuanto al grado de tropismo, no hay diferencia entre los niveles evaluados y el sexo y aumenta con la edad. Hubo un aumento en el grado de degeneración de disco con el aumento del grado del tropismo facetario. CONCLUSIÓN: La mayoría de los discos intervertebrales analizados en los pacientes con dolor lumbar crónico se degeneran y el grado de degeneración aumenta con la edad. El grado de tropismo facetario aumenta con la edad y se relaciona con el grado de degeneración del disco. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To document the presence of disc degeneration and facet tropism in patients with chronic low back pain and its distribution by sex and age. We also evaluated the association between facet tropism and lumbar disc degeneration and the orientation of the facets according to sex and age. METH [...] ODS: Retrospective study of MRIs obtained from 288 patients (N = 288, 118 men and 170 women) with mean age of 53.33 years, and chronic low back pain. The images were evaluated by two physicians specialized in surgery of the spine to assess and quantify the orientation of the facets, facet tropism and degree of disc degeneration at L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. We analyzed the association between facet tropism and degenerative disc disease, and associa

  1. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD/Pseudogout of the temporomandibular joint - FNA findings and microanalysis.

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    Naqvi Asghar

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD presenting as a mass in the parotid and temporomandibular joint (TMJ that simulated a parotid tumor. A 35 year-old man presented with pain in the left ear area. A CT Scan of the area showed a large, calcified mass surrounding the left condylar head, and extending into the infratemporal fossa. FNA of the mass showed birefringent crystals, most of which were rhomboid with occasional ones being needle shaped, embedded in an amorphous pink substance. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS of these crystals showed peaks corresponding to calcium and phosphorus. SEM/EDS is a rapid method of diagnosing calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD and an alternative to more commonly used method of special staining of cell block sections coupled with polarizing microscopy.

  2. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD/Pseudogout of the temporomandibular joint – FNA findings and microanalysis

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    Naqvi Asghar H

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report a case of a Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD presenting as a mass in the parotid and temporomandibular joint (TMJ that simulated a parotid tumor. A 35 year-old man presented with pain in the left ear area. A CT Scan of the area showed a large, calcified mass surrounding the left condylar head, and extending into the infratemporal fossa. FNA of the mass showed birefringent crystals, most of which were rhomboid with occasional ones being needle shaped, embedded in an amorphous pink substance. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS of these crystals showed peaks corresponding to calcium and phosphorus. SEM/EDS is a rapid method of diagnosing calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD and an alternative to more commonly used method of special staining of cell block sections coupled with polarizing microscopy.

  3. Resultados a largo plazo de la plástica mitral en enfermedad degenerativa: prolapso posterior versus anterior o bivalvar / Long-Term Outcomes of Mitral Valve Repair in Degenerative Valve Disease: Comparison Between Posterior and Anterior or Bileaflet Mitral Valve Prolapse

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    Juan M., Vrancic; Fernando F., Piccinini; Mariano, Camporrotondo; Juan C., Espinoza; Juan I., Camou; Florencia, Castro; Martín, Vivas; Javier, Ruiz; Guillermo, Gutiérrez; Daniel O., Navia.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Comparar la evolución clínica y ecocardiográfica de la plástica mitral secundaria a insuficiencia mitral degenerativa en pacientes con prolapso de la valva posterior versus prolapso anterior o bivalvar. Material y métodos: Entre abril de 1997 y julio de 2013 fueron intervenidos 255 pacient [...] es por insuficiencia mitral moderada/ grave degenerativa. De ellos, 175 tenían compromiso de la valva posterior exclusivamente (Grupo 1) y 80 de la valva anterior 0 bivalvar (Grupo 2). No hubo diferencias en edad ni predominio de sexo entre los grupos. El seguimiento clínico se completó en el 95% de los casos con un promedio de 5,6 ± 3,8 años y el ecocardiográfico en el 77% con un promedio de 4,8 ± 3,7 años. Resultados: El éxito del procedimiento se alcanzó en el 87% de los casos (33 conversiones intraoperatorias a reemplazo valvular) (Grupo 1: 98% vs. Grupo 2: 62,5%; p Abstract in english Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the clinical and echocardiographic outcome of mitral valve repair secondary to degenerative mitral valve regurgitation in patients with posterior versus anterior or bileaflet mitral valve prolapse. Methods: Between April 1997 and July 2013, 255 patients [...] underwent surgery for moderate to severe degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: 175 had posterior mitral valve prolapse (Group 1) and 80 had anterior or bileaflet mitral valve prolapse (Group 2). There were no differences in age or sex between the groups. Clinical follow-up was completed in 95% of the cases with a mean follow-up period of 5.6 ± 3.8 years and 77% completed echocardiographic follow-up with a mean of 4.8 ± 3.7 years. Results: The procedure was successful in 87% of cases (33 intraoperative conversions to mitral valve replacement) (Group 1: 98% vs. Group 2: 62.5%; p

  4. Joint disease mapping using six cancers in the Yorkshire region of England

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    Edwards Kimberley L

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives The aims of this study were to model jointly the incidence rates of six smoking related cancers in the Yorkshire region of England, to explore the patterns of spatial correlation amongst them, and to estimate the relative weight of smoking and other shared risk factors for the relevant disease sites, both before and after adjustment for socioeconomic background (SEB. Methods Data on the incidence of oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, lung, kidney, and bladder cancers between 1983 and 2003 were extracted from the Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry database for the 532 electoral wards in the Yorkshire region. Using postcode of residence, each case was assigned an area-based measure of SEB using the Townsend index. Standardised incidence ratios (SIRs were calculated for each cancer site and their correlations investigated. The joint analysis of the spatial variation in incidence used a Bayesian shared-component model. Three components were included to represent differences in smoking (for all six sites, bodyweight/obesity (for oesophagus, pancreas and kidney cancers and diet/alcohol consumption (for oesophagus and stomach cancers. Results The incidence of cancers of the oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, and bladder was relatively evenly distributed across the region. The incidence of stomach and lung cancers was more clustered around the urban areas in the south of the region, and these two cancers were significantly associated with higher levels of area deprivation. The incidence of lung cancer was most impacted by adjustment for SEB, with the rural/urban split becoming less apparent. The component representing smoking had a larger effect on cancer incidence in the eastern part of the region. The effects of the other two components were small and disappeared after adjustment for SEB. Conclusion This study demonstrates the feasibility of joint disease modelling using data from six cancer sites. Incidence estimates are more precise than those obtained without smoothing. This methodology may be an important tool to help authorities evaluate healthcare system performance and the impact of policies.

  5. Endogenous activation of adaptive immunity: tenascin-C drives interleukin-17 synthesis in murine arthritic joint disease.

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    Ruhmann, M; Piccinini, AM; Kong, PL; Midwood, KS

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by persistent synovial inflammation and progressive joint destruction, which are mediated by innate and adaptive immune responses. Cytokine blockade successfully treats some patient subsets; however, ?50% do not respond to this approach. Targeting of pathogenic T lymphocytes is emerging as an effective alternative/complementary therapeutic strategy, yet the factors that control T cell activation in joint disease are not well understood. Tenasci...

  6. MTADM: The new Joint Master Programme in Transboundary Animal Disease Management for Eastern Africa

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    Full text: New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) flagship Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Focus is on livestock for trade and export. Better policies, institutions, regulatory framework and technologies are sought for livestock production and management and delivery of veterinary services and disease control. The disease status of African countries places the pivotal constraints on trade possibilities. Animal health standards imposed by importing countries for international, regional or bi-lateral trade, and through the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement must be met. 12 of the 15 most important transboundary animal diseases persist in Africa. Disease control under SPS, entailing new standards, regulations and technologies, can and is not be covered by conventional veterinary training. This specialist area of its own has to be addressed in a specialised postgraduate course for young personnel already involved and responsible for public, private and hybrid animal disease control services. Ambitious visions of a new African livestock sector with changed focus on production, disease, trade, marketing, organisation, delivery and internationality are only realistic with newly trained animal disease control personnel. To target these issues at the academic level the Addis Ababa University / Ethiopia with universities of 3 regional partner countries (Kenya, Uganda, Sudan) and the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, successfully applied for a grant to establish a Joint Master Course in Transboundary Animal Disease Management (MTADM) for Africa. The 3-year project is funded under the EU - EDULINK Programme of the 9th European Development Funds (EDF) as from 2008 to 2010. Currently, preparatory work is ongoing on the final technical details of the MTADM Course. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of national veterinary services in Africa to control and manage trans-boundary and epidemic diseases more effectively in a regional concerted action so as to (a) contributing towards developing or expanding exports markets and trade for animals and animal products and, (b) improve in the longer run the livelihood of livestock keepers as well as consumers demands on quality and safety of animal products. The specific objectives are to build human resource capacity by producing an effective cadre of professionals in regional / trans-boundary animal disease control and management and to strengthen the regional network of the veterinary faculties of the participating African countries. This is to be achieved through: - the development of an innovative and state-of-the-art curriculum for the Joint MTAD Programme, - a first MTADM course executed at Addis Ababa University/Ethiopia, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and the African home country of the participant, - a second MTADM Course prepared and ready to be launched at a second Regional Partner University, and - a first group of at least 15 graduates being highly qualified and ready to take up meaningful employment in the animal disease control sectors. The MTADM Master Course is delivered as cross-border 'sandwich' programme, in modular form (EU system of ECTS credits; 120 ECTS total) with the Master Thesis carried out as a field study project under guidance of the partner universities in the African region. The MTADM Master Programme is directed towards young early-career professionals already involved in animal disease and sanitary control activities but who identified academic master-level training needs for innovative tools and methods in transboundary animal disease management to advance their career. The Course Announcement will be circulated early 2009 and applications are welcome before October 2009; qualified candidates may apply for scholarships provided by German, regional and international organisations. (author)

  7. Radiographic appearance of subchondral bone cysts in the distal phalangeal joints in horses

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    Subchondral bone cysts or cyst like lesions are an important hint in the radiographic diagnosis of degenerative joint disease. In this study we set artificial lesions of different size in the subchondral bone of different joint surfaces of horses, and we then tried to determine from which size on these lesions could be made visible on radiographs in different projections. It shows that the possibility of visualization of such lesions is frequently overestimated, cyst like lesions have to be quite large, before they can be seen on routine radiographs

  8. Development of Modulators Against Degenerative Aging Using Radiation Fusion Technology

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    In this study, we selected final 20 biomarkers for the degenerative aging to develop radiation aging modeling, and validated a few of selected markers to utilize them in the screening of aging modulators. To select the biomarkers of the degenerative aging, 4 categories of aging-related markers (immune/hematopoiesis, oxidative damage, signaling molecule, lipid metabolism) were comparatively analyzed in irradiated and normally aged biosystems (cell lines or mice). In result, most of the biomarkers showed similar changes by irradiation and normal aging. Regarding the immune/hematopoiesis, the decline of immune cell functions (lymphocyte, NK cell) and Th1/Th2 imbalance, and decreased antigen-presenting of dendritic cells were observed and 10 biomarkers were selected in this category. mtDNA deletion was selected for the oxidative damage marker, 6 biomarkers including p21 and p-FOXO3a for signaling molecule biomarkers, and 3 biomarkers including the adipose tissue weight were selected for lipid metabolism. In addition, the various radiation application conditions by single/factionated irradiation and the periods after the irradiation were investigated for the optimal induction of changes of biomarker, which revealed that total 5Gy of 10 or more fractionated irradiations and 4 months or greather period were observed to be optimal. To found the basis for the screening of natural aging modulators, some selected aging biomarkers were validated by their inhibition by well-known natural agents (EGCG, HemoHIM, etc) in aged cell or mouse model. Additionally, by evaluating the reductive efficacy of 5 natural agents on the degeneration of skin and reproductive organs induced by radiation and chemicals (cyclophosphamide, etc), we established the base for the screening of degenerative diseases by various factors

  9. Development of Modulators Against Degenerative Aging Using Radiation Fusion Technology

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    Jo, Sung Kee; Jung, U.; Park, H. R.

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    In this study, we selected final 20 biomarkers for the degenerative aging to develop radiation aging modeling, and validated a few of selected markers to utilize them in the screening of aging modulators. To select the biomarkers of the degenerative aging, 4 categories of aging-related markers (immune/hematopoiesis, oxidative damage, signaling molecule, lipid metabolism) were comparatively analyzed in irradiated and normally aged biosystems (cell lines or mice). In result, most of the biomarkers showed similar changes by irradiation and normal aging. Regarding the immune/hematopoiesis, the decline of immune cell functions (lymphocyte, NK cell) and Th1/Th2 imbalance, and decreased antigen-presenting of dendritic cells were observed and 10 biomarkers were selected in this category. mtDNA deletion was selected for the oxidative damage marker, 6 biomarkers including p21 and p-FOXO3a for signaling molecule biomarkers, and 3 biomarkers including the adipose tissue weight were selected for lipid metabolism. In addition, the various radiation application conditions by single/factionated irradiation and the periods after the irradiation were investigated for the optimal induction of changes of biomarker, which revealed that total 5Gy of 10 or more fractionated irradiations and 4 months or greather period were observed to be optimal. To found the basis for the screening of natural aging modulators, some selected aging biomarkers were validated by their inhibition by well-known natural agents (EGCG, HemoHIM, etc) in aged cell or mouse model. Additionally, by evaluating the reductive efficacy of 5 natural agents on the degeneration of skin and reproductive organs induced by radiation and chemicals (cyclophosphamide, etc), we established the base for the screening of degenerative diseases by various factors

  10. Genetic testing of canine degenerative myelopathy in the South African Boxer dog population

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    Zeiler, Gareth E.; Henriette van der Zwan; Oosthuizen, Marinda C

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    Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease process that is diagnosed late in life and mainly affects the pelvic limbs. Factors that make an ante-mortem definitive diagnosis of DM include: an insidious onset and clinical manifestation that mimics other disease processes of the pelvic limbs (hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, etc.) or there may even be concurrent disease processes, old-age onset and lack of reliable diagnostic methods. Until recen...

  11. Analgesic effects of intra-articular botulinum toxin Type B in a murine model of chronic degenerative knee arthritis pain

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    Stephanie Anderson

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Stephanie Anderson1,2, Hollis Krug1,2, Christopher Dorman1, Pari McGarraugh1, Sandra Frizelle1, Maren Mahowald1,21Rheumatology Section, Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 2Division of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAObjective: To evaluate the analgesic effectiveness of intra-articular botulinum toxin Type B (BoNT/B in a murine model of chronic degenerative arthritis pain.Methods and materials: Chronic arthritis was produced in adult C57Bl6 mice by intra-articular injection of Type IV collagenase into the left knee. Following induction of arthritis, the treatment group received intra-articular BoNT/B. Arthritic control groups were treated with intra-articular normal saline or sham injections. Pain behavior testing was performed prior to arthritis, after induction of arthritis, and following treatments. Pain behavior measures included analysis of gait impairment (spontaneous pain behavior and joint tenderness evaluation (evoked pain response. Strength was measured as ability to grasp and cling.Results: Visual gait analysis showed significant impairment of gait in arthritic mice that improved 43% after intra-articular BoNT/B, demonstrating a substantial articular analgesic effect. Joint tenderness, measured with evoked pain response scores, increased with arthritis induction and decreased 49.5% after intra-articular BoNT/B treatment. No improvement in visual gait scores or decrease in evoked pain response scores were found in the control groups receiving intra-articular normal saline or sham injections. Intra-articular BoNT/B was safe, and no systemic effects or limb weakness was noted.Conclusions: This study is the first report of intra-articular BoNT/B for analgesia in a murine model of arthritis pain. The results of this study validate prior work using intra-articular neurotoxins in murine models. Our findings show chronic degenerative arthritis pain can be quantitated in a murine model by measuring gait impairment using visual gait analysis scores (spontaneous pain behavior and joint tenderness scores (evoked pain responses. Reduction of joint pain seen in this study is consistent with our hypothesis of inhibition of release of pain mediators by intra-articular BoNT/B, supporting further investigation of this novel approach to treatment of arthritis pain with intra-articular neurotoxins.Keywords: intra-articular BoNT/B, osteoarthritis

  12. Instrumentação interespinhosa na doença degenerativa da coluna lombar: medição da altura do disco no segmento instrumentado Instrumentación interespinosa en la enfermedad degenerativa de la columna lumbar: medición de la altura del disco en el segmento instrumentado Interspinous instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease: disc height measurement on instrumented segment

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    José Alberto de Castro Guimarães Consciência

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: na última década, a instrumentação interespinhosa vem sendo mais frequentemente utilizada. Apesar dos inúmeros artigos publicados em revistas internacionais de reconhecido mérito científico, são escassas as referências à modificação da altura do disco no segmento tratado, secundária àquela instrumentação. OBJECTIVO: quantificar uma eventual modificação da altura discal decorrente da aplicação de instrumentação interespinhosa (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. MÉTODOS: o autor avalia um grupo de 20 pacientes com patologia degenerativa da coluna lombar e os seguintes critérios de inclusão: idade >40 e 6; Oswestry Disability Index (ODI >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCCIÓN: la instrumentación interespinosa tiene sido empleada con creciente frecuencia en la última década. Pero, apesar de las numerosas publicaciones científicas hechas en jornales científicos de reconocido mérito internacional, se han producido muy escasas referencias a una hipotética modificación de la altura discal dependiente de la técnica. OBJETIVO: cuantificar una eventual modificación de la altura discal inherente a la aplicación de instrumentación interespinosa. MÉTODOS: el autor hace una evaluación de un grupo de 20 pacientes con patología degenerativa de la columna lumbar, y diversos criterios de inclusión, a saber: edad >40 y 6; Oswestry Disability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale INTRODUCTION: the use of interspinous instrumentation has been increasing in the last decade. However, in spite of the numerous papers seen in relevant scientific publications, there are very few references to an eventual disc height variation in the instrumented segment. OBJECTIVE: to certify eventual changes in disk height after interspinous instrumentation (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©. METHODS: the author evaluated 20 patients with degenerative lumbar disease and the following criteria: age >40 and 6; Oswestry Inability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale <39; Modified Somatic Perception Questionnaire <15; degenerative bone disease grade 2 and 3 according to Benzel classification and degenerative disk disease grade 3 and 4 according to Pfirmann classification. Using a special formula and a computer image program (Adobe Photoshop 9.0 CS2, side radiograms of the lumbar spine in orthostatic position and with 70% amplification were obtained pre-surgery and two years after surgery. RESULTS: after applying the mentioned formula, the results showed an increased global disk height average 1.53 mm, with a standard deviation of 1.09 mm and p=0.0002. However, there was a large increase (0.45 mm in posterior disk height (p=0.0002 when compared with anterior measurement (p=0.001 pointing out a slight kyphosing effect related to the instrumentation. CONCLUSIONS: in Benzel grade 2 and 3 and Pfirmann grade 3 and 4 degenerative lumbar disease, the use of an interspinous system seemed to be able to increase disk height and to improve neural canal dimensions.

  13. Research on the Key Technology of Hinge Joint Diseases Treatment without Traffic Interruption for Plate Girder Bridge

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    Xun Jingchuan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The plate girder bridge accounts for a large proportion of bridge types for its advantages of simple structure and convenience in construction. However, during the service stage, it is easy to suffer the hinge joint diseases, which badly weaken the integral rigidity of superstructure and affect the operation safety of the bridge. This paper presents a treatment technology for hinge joint diseases without interrupting traffic, and the main operation steps and key points of the technology are summarized. Through an example of the reinforcement of a plate girder bridge, the deformation data before and after the reinforcement is measured and compared, which verifies the effectiveness of the method.

  14. Distribuição da gordura corporal em pacientes com e sem doenças crônicas: uso da relação cintura-quadril e do índice de gordura do braço Body fat distribution in patients with and without chronic-degenerative diseases: use of the waist to hip relationship and arm fat index

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    Anderson Marliere NAVARRO

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a distribuição de gordura corporal, visceral e não visceral, em pacientes internados, medida por meio da antropometria. Foram avaliados 157 pacientes internados, distribuídos em dois grupos: Grupo I (95 pacientes portadores de doenças crônicas e Grupo II (62 pacientes portadores de hepatopatias, pneumopatias, nefropatias, neoplasias, úlceras, gastrites, e doenças hematológicas, denominados PTodos. Em cada paciente, foram obtidas as seguintes medidas antropométricas: peso, altura, prega cutânea tricipital e circunferências (cintura e quadril. Os maiores valores dos parâmetros relação cintura/quadril e índice de gordura do braço foram encontrados no Grupo I e estes valores foram significativamente superiores quando comparados ao Grupo II. Os resultados demonstraram que, no grupo de pacientes estudados, houve uma distribuição de gordura corporal diferenciada entre pacientes Grupo I e Grupo II. Estas relações confirmam que os pacientes portadores de doenças crônicas (Grupo I apresentam valores de relação cintura/quadril e índice de gordura do braço que são discriminatórios em relação aos dos pacientes portadores de hepatopatias, pneumopatias, nefropatias, neoplasias, úlceras, gastrites e doenças hematológicas (Grupo II.The objective of this work was to evaluate the distribution of corporal, visceral and not visceral fat, in hospitalized patients, measured by means of the anthropometry. The study evaluated 157 hospitalized patients, distributed in two groups: Group I (95 patients with chronic-degenerative diseases and Group II (62 patients with liver, lung and kidney diseases, neoplasms, ulcers, gastritis, and hematologic diseases. The following anthropometric measurements were obtained from each patient: weight, height, triceps skinfold thickness and circumferences (waist and hip. The largest values of the parameters waist to hip relationship and arm fat index were found in the Group I and these values were significantly superior when compared to the Group II. The results demonstrated that, in the group of patients studied, there was a differentiated distribution of body fat between patients Group I and Group II. These relationships confirm that the patients with chronic-degenerative diseases (Group I present values of waist to hip relationship and arm fat index that are differentiating in relation to the patients with liver, lung and kidney diseases, neoplasms, ulcers, gastritis and hematologic diseases (Group II.

  15. Surgical Treatment of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

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    The rapid increase of elderly population has resulted in increased prevalence of adult scoliosis. Adult scoliosis is divided into adult idiopathic scoliosis and adult degenerative scoliosis. These two types of scoliosis vary in patient age, curve pattern and clinical symptoms, which necessitate different surgical indications and options. Back pain and deformity are major indications for surgery in adult idiopathic scoliosis, whereas radiating pain to the legs due to foraminal stenosis is what...

  16. Muscle and tendon injuries of the knee joint

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    Muscles and tendons contribute greatly to stabilization of the knee joint and are crucial elements for normal joint function. Therefore, injuries of those structures cause variable degrees of disability, depending on the severity of the lesion. Due to the characteristic structural changes and alterations of signal intensities, MR imaging allows accurate identification and staging of acute injuries of muscles and tendons, as well as assessment of chronic or degenerative disease. The knowledge of anatomy and normal function of muscles and tendons, together with a thorough understanding of the mechanism and usual combinations of their injuries (e.g., posterolateral structures) allows an exact evaluation of injury-induced functional impairments to the knee joint. A detailed and exact radiological report is of the greatest importance for the referring clinician and the patient to determine optimal therapeutic strategies. (orig.)

  17. Three-dimensional helical CT imaging of bone and joint diseases in the trunk and the hip joints. Pt. 1

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    To confirm the utility of CT scan images for orthopedic surgeons managing patients with complex disorders, we have produced and studied three-dimensional images from helical CT scans of 28 patients with various bone and joint disorders in the trunk and the hip joint. The CT scanner employed was a Toshiba X-force, and the 3D-CT images were constructed on an X-link50. The 3D images obtained could be observed from various projections. Congenital vertebral malformations, spondylosis, OPLL, osteonecrosis, fractures, and bone tumors were examined, and the 3D helical CT images brought useful information to bear on the spatial location and extent of the lesions. Therefore, 3D helical CT should become an indispensable tool for both preoperative examination and post-operative follow-up studies in orthopedic surgery. (author)

  18. DEGRO guidelines for the radiotherapy of non-malignant disorders. Part II: Painful degenerative skeletal disorders

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    Ott, Oliver J. [University Hospitals Erlangen, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Erlangen (Germany); Niewald, Marcus [Saarland University Medical School, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Weitmann, Hajo-Dirk [Fulda Hospital, Dept. of Radiooncology and Radiotherapy, Fulda (Germany); Jacob, Ingrid [Municipal Hospital Traunstein, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Traunstein (Germany); Adamietz, Irenaeus A. [Marien Hospital Herne/Ruhr University Bochum, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Herne (Germany); Schaefer, Ulrich [Lippe Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Lemgo (Germany); Keilholz, Ludwig [Bayreuth Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Bayreuth (Germany); Heyd, Reinhard [Center for Radiosurgery, Frankfurt a. M. (Germany); Muecke, Ralph [Marien Hospital Herne/Ruhr University Bochum, Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Herne (Germany); Lippe Hospital, Dept. of Radiotherapy, Lemgo (Germany); Collaboration: German Cooperative Group on Radiotherapy for Benign Diseases (GCG-BD)

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    The purpose of this article is to summarize the updated DEGRO consensus S2e guideline recommendations for the treatment of benign painful degenerative skeletal disorders with low-dose radiotherapy. This overview reports on the role of low-dose radiotherapy in the treatment of enthesiopathies (shoulder syndrome, trochanteric bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and elbow syndrome) and painful arthrosis (knee, hip, hand, and finger joints). The most relevant aspects of the DEGRO S2e Consensus Guideline Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases 2014 regarding diagnostics, treatment decision, dose prescription as well as performance of radiotherapy and results are summarized. For all indications mentioned above, retrospective and some prospective analyses have shown remarkable effects in terms of pain relief. Nevertheless, the Level of Evidence (LoE) and the Grade of Recommendation (GR) vary: LoE 1b-4 and GR A-C. Low-dose radiotherapy for painful degenerative skeletal disorders is effective in the majority of the patients and therefore it may be a reasonable therapeutic alternative when simple and non-invasive methods have been used without persistent success. For all discussed entities, single fraction doses of 0.5-1.0 Gy and total doses of 3.0-6.0 Gy/series applied with 2-3 fractions per week are recommended. (orig.) [German] Zusammenfassung der Empfehlungen der DEGRO-S2e-Leitlinie zur Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie von gutartigen schmerzhaften degenerativen Skeletterkrankungen. Die vorliegende Zusammenfassung berichtet ueber die Bedeutung der Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie in der Behandlung von Enthesiopathien (Schultersyndrom, Ellenbogensyndrom, Bursitis trochanterica, Fasciitis plantaris) und schmerzhaften Arthrosen (Knie-, Hueft, Hand- und Fingergelenksarthrosen). Die wichtigsten Aspekte der aktuellen DEGRO-S2e-Konsensus-Leitlinie Strahlentherapie gutartiger Erkrankungen bezueglich Diagnostik, Therapieentscheidungen, Dosisempfehlungen und Durchfuehrung einer Radiotherapie werden zusammengefasst. Fuer alle genannten Entitaeten wurde in zahlreichen retrospektiven und einigen prospektiven Untersuchungen ein bemerkenswerter Effekt der Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie im Sinne einer Schmerzlinderung beschrieben. Je nach Entitaet wurden Evidenzlevel (LoE) von 1b-4 festgestellt, sodass unterschiedliche Empfehlungsgrade (GR) von A-C fuer den Einsatz der Radiotherapie ausgesprochen wurden. Die Niedrigdosis-Radiotherapie von benignen schmerzhaften degenerativen Skeletterkrankungen ist bei der Mehrheit der Patienten effektiv im Sinne einer Schmerzlinderung und ist daher insbesondere fuer Patienten, bei denen andere konservative Verfahren ohne Einsatz ionisierender Strahlung zu keiner anhaltenden Verbesserung der Schmerzsymptomatik gefuehrt haben, eine gut begruendbare therapeutische Alternative. Empfohlen wird die Durchfuehrung der Bestrahlung mit Fraktionsdosen von 0,5-1,0 Gy bis zu Gesamtdosen von 3,0-6,0 Gy/Bestrahlungsserie sowie 2-3 Fraktionen pro Woche. (orig.)

  19. Lumbar degenerative spinal deformity: Surgical options of PLIF, TLIF and MI-TLIF

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is common in ageing populations. It causes disturbing back pain, radicular symptoms and lowers the quality of life. We will focus our discussion on the surgical options of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF and minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF for lumbar degenerative spinal deformities, which include symptomatic spondylolisthesis and degenerative scoliosis. Through a description of each procedure, we hope to illustrate the potential benefits of TLIF over PLIF. In a retrospective study of 53 ALIF/PLIF patients and 111 TLIF patients we found reduced risk of vessel and nerve injury in TLIF patients due to less exposure of these structures, shortened operative time and reduced intra-operative bleeding. These advantages could be translated to shortened hospital stay, faster recovery period and earlier return to work. The disadvantages of TLIF such as incomplete intervertebral disc and vertebral end-plate removal and potential occult injury to exiting nerve root when under experienced hands are rare. Hence TLIF remains the mainstay of treatment in degenerative deformities of the lumbar spine. However, TLIF being a unilateral transforaminal approach, is unable to decompress the opposite nerve root. This may require contralateral laminotomy, which is a fairly simple procedure.The use of minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLIF to treat degenerative lumbar spinal deformity is still in its early stages. Although the initial results appear promising, it remains a difficult operative procedure to master with a steep learning curve. In a recent study comparing 29 MI-TLIF patients and 29 open TLIF, MI-TLIF was associated with longer operative time, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, with no difference in SF-36 scores at six months and two years. Whether it can replace traditional TLIF as the surgery of choice for degenerative lumbar deformity remains unknown and more studies are required to validate the safety and efficiency.

  20. Value of the nuclear medical scan in the diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disease

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    A total of 125 patients with temporomandibular joint complaints underwent nuclear medical scans of their joints as part of their diagnostic work-ups. The scan results were compared with the radiographic and arthrogram findings of these patients. The results suggest that the nuclear medical scan is not a highly reliable diagnostic aid for the majority of temporomandibular joint patients

  1. Transarticular invasion of bone tumours across the sacroiliac joint

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pattern of tumour spread across the SI articulation, correlating with cadaveric anatomic observations, in order to better understand the local spread of tumour and to assist in the assessment of local staging. Twenty-four consecutive patients (14 male, 10 female; age range 22-89 years, mean 52 years) with primary bone tumours of the iliac bone or sacrum abutting the SI joint, in whom surgical resection of the SI joint was performed, were studied following institutional ethics approval. In all patients, preoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of the pelvis and SI joint were reviewed for imaging evidence of transarticular extension across the SI joint. Gross pathologic and histologic assessment of possible transarticular SI joint tumour extension was performed in all patients. Nine cadaveric pelvic specimens without pelvic neoplastic disease (4 male, 5 female; age range 20-84 years, mean 59 years, median 58 years) were anatomically dissected and the articular anatomy of the SI joint examined macroscopically. Twelve of the twenty-four patients demonstrated imaging and histological evidence of transarticular SI joint invasion. Eight tumours infiltrated only the interosseous ligamentous aspect of the SI joint. In the remaining four cases, extensive tumour infiltrated both the cartilaginous and ligamentous aspects of the joint. No case showed tumour involvement isolated to the cartilaginous aspect of the joint. Among the cadaveric specimens studied, degenerative changes were found involving the majority of cases (6/9), with cartilage thinning and fibrillation and antero-superior marginal osteophytes seen involving the cartilaginous portion of the SI joint articulation. Four of the nine specimens demonstrated central ossification bridging the iliac and sacral aspects of the ligamentous (interosseous) SI joint. (orig.)

  2. Transarticular invasion of bone tumours across the sacroiliac joint

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    Chhaya, S. [University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network, Toronto (Canada); University of Texas Health Science Centre, Department of Radiology, San Antonio, TX (United States); White, L.M. [University of Toronto, Department of Medical Imaging, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network, Toronto (Canada); Kandel, R. [University of Toronto, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (Canada); Wunder, J.S.; Ferguson, P. [Univeristy of Toronto, University Musculoskeletal Oncology Unit, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto (Canada); Agur, A. [University of Toronto, Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Toronto (Canada)

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the pattern of tumour spread across the SI articulation, correlating with cadaveric anatomic observations, in order to better understand the local spread of tumour and to assist in the assessment of local staging. Twenty-four consecutive patients (14 male, 10 female; age range 22-89 years, mean 52 years) with primary bone tumours of the iliac bone or sacrum abutting the SI joint, in whom surgical resection of the SI joint was performed, were studied following institutional ethics approval. In all patients, preoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of the pelvis and SI joint were reviewed for imaging evidence of transarticular extension across the SI joint. Gross pathologic and histologic assessment of possible transarticular SI joint tumour extension was performed in all patients. Nine cadaveric pelvic specimens without pelvic neoplastic disease (4 male, 5 female; age range 20-84 years, mean 59 years, median 58 years) were anatomically dissected and the articular anatomy of the SI joint examined macroscopically. Twelve of the twenty-four patients demonstrated imaging and histological evidence of transarticular SI joint invasion. Eight tumours infiltrated only the interosseous ligamentous aspect of the SI joint. In the remaining four cases, extensive tumour infiltrated both the cartilaginous and ligamentous aspects of the joint. No case showed tumour involvement isolated to the cartilaginous aspect of the joint. Among the cadaveric specimens studied, degenerative changes were found involving the majority of cases (6/9), with cartilage thinning and fibrillation and antero-superior marginal osteophytes seen involving the cartilaginous portion of the SI joint articulation. Four of the nine specimens demonstrated central ossification bridging the iliac and sacral aspects of the ligamentous (interosseous) SI joint. (orig.)

  3. A case of destructive calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition disease of the temporomandibular joint: a diagnostic challenge.

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    Meng, J; Guo, C; Luo, H; Chen, S; Ma, X

    2011-12-01

    The authors present the case of a 64-year-old woman with a destructive calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease of the temporomandibular joint. Progressive pain, swelling and a malocclusion were her chief complaints. A few granular calcified masses surrounding the left condylar head and extending to the infratemporal fossa and middle cranial base were presented in CT images. It occurred alone without other joints being affected. A provisional diagnosis of occupying lesion with invasion was made preoperatively, but histologically, the mass contained numerous deposits of rod-shaped or rhomboid crystals, which were positively birefringent under a polarising microscope, suggesting a CPPD deposition disease. The histopathological diagnosis was further supported by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment of this disease are discussed. PMID:21676588

  4. [Degenerative lesions of the peripheral retina].

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    Conart, J-B; Baron, D; Berrod, J-P

    2014-01-01

    Degenerative lesions of the peripheral retina are present from teenage years onwards and increase with age. These abnormabilities are frequent, some of them being benign while others predispose to retinal tears and detachment. In the latter case, the lesions are rhegmatogenous and may justify prophylactic treatment by laser photocoagulation. We distinguish congenital lesions of the peripheral retina and intraretinal, chorioretinal and vitreoretinal degenerations. The holes and tears observed in 2% of the population consist of round atrophic holes, "horseshoe" tears, oral dialyses and giant tears. PMID:24239217

  5. The global challenges and opportunities in the practice of rheumatology: White paper by the World Forum on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

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    Al Maini, Mustafa; Adelowo, Femi; Al Saleh, Jamal; Al Weshahi, Yousef; Burmester, Gerd-Rüdiger; Cutolo, Maurizio; Flood, Joseph; March, Lyn; McDonald-Blumer, Heather; Pile, Kevin; Pineda, Carlos; Thorne, Carter; Kvien, Tore K

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    Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) represent a multitude of degenerative, inflammatory and auto-immune conditions affecting millions of people worldwide. Persons with these diseases may potentially experience severe chronic pain, joint damage, increasing disability and even death. With an increasingly ageing population, the prevalence and burden of RMDs are predicted to increase, placing greater demands on the global practice of rheumatology and related healthcare budgets. Effectiv...

  6. Validity of simplified disease activity index using CRP titer in comparison to disease activity score-28 joints in Iraqi patients with active Rheumatoid arthritis

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    Full Text Available Objective: Various factors are known to determine the disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA. The ?simplified disease activity? index (SDAI is new tool of measurement of disease activity. The present study was designed to assess validity of SDAI using C-reactive protein (CRP titer in comparison to ?disease activity score in 28 joints? (DAS28 in Iraqi patients with active RA. Methods: Sixty nine Iraqi RA patients were included in this study. All patients were active and fulfilled the ACR (American College of Rheumatology classification criteria. Full history was taken and complete clinical examination was done for all patients. Patients' age, sex, number of swollen joints, visual analogue scale (VAS, and evaluators? global assessment (EGA were documented. Laboratory analysis included erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, CRP, SDAI and DAS28 were measured to assess disease activity. Results: The results revealed direct significant correlation between SDAI and DAS28 (r = 0.903, p < 0.001, and reported a good agreement between SDAI and DAS28 (? = 0.777, p < 0.001. SDAI was found as a valid measure for disease activity using CRP as a screening test compared to DAS28 (AUC = 0.983, p < 0.001. Conclusion: SDAI is a valid and sensitive measure for assessment of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity that is comparable with the DAS28 using semi quantitative method to estimate CRP. [J Exp Integr Med 2012; 2(3.000: 231-236

  7. Avaliação clínica e funcional no pré-operatório de doenças degenerativas da coluna vertebral Evaluación clínica y funcional en el preoperatorio de patologías degenerativas de columna Clinical and functional evaluation in preoperative period of degenerative disease spine surgery

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: a utilização de instrumentos de avaliação clínica e funcional nos pacientes com doenças da coluna vertebral pode determinar a evolução e predizer o desfecho pós-operatório. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever a metodologia de avaliação de doenças degenerativas espinhais e verificar os resultados. MÉTODOS: após a indicação de tratamento cirúrgico nos pacientes com doenças das colunas lombar e cervical, os mesmos foram informados dos objetivos do estudo e convidados a participar. Os questionários foram respondidos no consultório médico, onde possíveis dúvidas surgidas durante o preenchimento eram esclarecidas por uma pessoa treinada não envolvida com a cirurgia. Todos os instrumentos de avaliação usados eram autoaplicativos. Foram utilizados a escala numérica de dor, o Questionário de Qualidade de Vida SF-36, o Questionário de Evitação por Medos e Crenças (FABq, o Inventário de Depressão de Beck (BDI, a Escala de Depressão e Ansiedade Hospitalar (HAD, o Índice de Incapacidade Oswestry (ODI e o Índice de Disfunção Relacionado ao Pescoço (NDI. RESULTADOS: foram avaliados 220 pacientes com doenças da coluna lombar e 32 da cervical. A prevalência de depressão segundo o BDI foi de 28,0% e de 31,2% em pacientes com doença cirúrgica lombar e cervical, e a prevalência de ansiedade pelo HAD-A de 40,1% e 46,9%, respectivamente. A média do ODI foi de 46,5, e a do NDI, de 25,4. Quanto ao preenchimento dos questionários, a maioria dos pacientes, uma vez instruídos, não apresentou dificuldades em finalizá-los. O tempo médio de preenchimento de todos os instrumentos foi de 25 a 35 minutos. CONCLUSÕES: a utilização de instrumentos validados para avaliação dos pacientes com doenças degenerativas vertebrais é exequível e deve ser estimulada entre os cirurgiões que atuam no âmbito da coluna vertebral.OBJETIVO: la utilización de instrumentos de evaluación clínica y funcional de patologías vertebrales, además de determinar la evolución después del tratamiento, puede predecir el resultado postoperatorio. El objetivo de este estudio es describir la metodología de evaluación de patologías degenerativas de la columna y verificar los resultados. MÉTODOS: luego de la indicación del tratamiento quirúrgico, los pacientes son invitados a participar del estudio mediante firma de un término de consentimiento libre y claro. Los pacientes responden los cuestionarios en el consultorio médico y son auxiliados cuanto a dudas al completarlo por una persona no involucrada con la cirugía. Todos los instrumentos de evaluación utilizados son auto-aplicativos. Se utilizan: escala numérica del dolor (NRS, Cuestionario SF-36, Cuestionario de Evitación por Miedos y Creencias (FABq, Inventario de Depresión de Beck (BDI, Escala de Depresión y Ansiedad Hospitalaria (HAD, Índice de Discapacidad Oswestry (ODI, Índice de Disfunción Relacionado al Cuello (NDI. RESULTADOS: se evaluaron 220 pacientes con patologías de la columna lumbar y 32 de la cervical. La prevalencia de depresión según el BDI fue del 28,0 y 31,2% en pacientes con enfermedad quirúrgica lumbar y cervical, y la prevalencia de ansiedad por el HAD-A del 40,1 y 46,9%, respectivamente. El promedio de ODI fue de 46,5 y del NDI de 25,4. Cuanto a la viabilidad de completar los cuestionarios, se observo que la mayoría de los pacientes, una vez instruidos cuanto a la manera de completarlos, no presenta dificultades para hacerlo. El tiempo promedio para completar todos los instrumentos es de 25 a 35 minutos. CONCLUSIÓN: la utilización de instrumentos validados para evaluación de los pacientes con enfermedades degenerativas vertebrales es viable y debe ser estimulada entre los cirujanos de columna.OBJECTIVE: the use of clinical and functional evaluation instruments for vertebral pathologies, besides determining how the situation evolves after treatment, can predict the postoperative outcome. The objective of this study was to describe the methodology to evaluate spinal degenerative pathologies a

  8. Celecoxib: considerations regarding its potential disease-modifying properties in osteoarthritis

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    Zweers, Manon C; de Boer, Tineke N; van Roon, Joël; Bijlsma, Johannes WJ; Lafeber, Floris PJG; Mastbergen, Simon C.

    2011-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive loss of articular cartilage, subchondral bone sclerosis, osteophyte formation, and synovial inflammation, causing substantial physical disability, impaired quality of life, and significant health care utilization. Traditionally, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, have been used to treat pain and inflammation in OA. Besides its anti-inflammatory p...

  9. Genetics Home Reference: Alzheimer disease

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    ... PubMed Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Alzheimer disease On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed May 2013 What is Alzheimer disease? Alzheimer disease is a degenerative disease of the ...

  10. The relationship between the cerebral blood flow, oxygen consumption and glucose metabolism in primary degenerative dementia

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    The CBF, CMRO2 and CMRGlu were measured in patients with primary degenerative dementia including 5 patients with dementia of Alzheimer's type and 4 patients with Pick's disease, and then the correlation between the cerebral blood flow and energy metabolism was evaluated. The control subjects consisted of 5 age-matched normal volunteers. The CBF, CMRO2 and CMRGlu decreased in the bilateral frontal, temporal and parietal regions in the patients with Alzheimer's dementia, while they decreased in the bilateral frontal and temporal regions in the patients with Pick's disease. Both the CBF and CMRO2 were closely correlated with each other. However, the CMRGlu was more severely impaired than the CBF or CMRO2 in both pathological conditions. These results suggested that CMRGlu began to decrease before the reduction of the aerobic metabolism and thus measuring the CMRGlu is considered to be the most sensitive method for detecting abnormal regions in primary degenerative dementia. (author)

  11. Early and stable upregulation of collagen type II, collagen type I and YKL40 expression levels in cartilage during early experimental osteoarthritis occurs independent of joint location and histological grading

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    Lorenz, Helga; Wenz, Wolfram; Ivancic, Mate; Steck, Eric; Richter, Wiltrud

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    While morphologic and biochemical aspects of degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis [OA]) have been elucidated by numerous studies, the molecular mechanisms underlying the progressive loss of articular cartilage during OA development remain largely unknown. The main focus of the present study was to gain more insight into molecular changes during the very early stages of mechanically induced cartilage degeneration and to relate molecular alterations to histological changes at distinct loc...

  12. Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis as a systemic disorder characterized by proteoglycan accumulation

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    Yoon Jung; Khan Ahrar; Kim Byoungjae; Halper Jaroslava; Mueller PO

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    Abstract Background Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD) is a debilitating disorder thought to be limited to suspensory ligaments of Peruvian Pasos, Peruvian Paso crosses, Arabians, American Saddlebreds, American Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and some European breeds. It frequently leads to persistent, incurable lameness and need to euthanize affected horses. The pathogenesis remains unclear, though the disease appears to run in families. Treatment and prevention are empirical an...

  13. Degenerative dementia: nosological aspects and results of single photon emission computed tomography

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    Ten years ago, the diagnosis discussion of a dementia case for the old patient was limited to two pathologies: the Alzheimer illness and the Pick illness. During these last years, the frame of these primary degenerative dementia has fallen into pieces. The different diseases and the results got with single photon emission computed tomography are discussed. for example: fronto-temporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, progressive apraxia, visio-spatial dysfunction, dementia at Lewy's bodies, or cortico-basal degeneration. (N.C.)

  14. Plasma and liver copper values in horses with equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy.

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    Dill, S G; Hintz, H F; deLahunta, A; Waldron, C H

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    Equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM) is a common spinal cord disease in the horse. The etiology of EDM currently is unknown. In other species, there are similarities in the clinical signs and neuropathological changes observed in EDM and in copper deficiency. The objective of this study was to determine if horses affected with EDM had low levels of plasma or liver copper. Plasma copper values were determined in 25 EDM affected horses and 35 normal horses. Liver copper levels were det...

  15. Migrating lumbar facet joint cysts

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    The majority of lumbar facet joint cysts (LFJCs) are located in the spinal canal, on the medial aspect of the facet joint with characteristic diagnostic features. When they migrate away from the joint of origin, they cause diagnostic problems. In a 7-year period we examined by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging five unusual cases of facet joint cysts which migrated from the facet joint of origin. Three LFJCs were identified in the right S1 foramen, one in the right L5-S1 neural foramen and one in the left erector spinae and multifidus muscles between the levels of L2-L4 spinous process. Awareness that spinal lesions identified at MRI and CT could be due to migrating facet joint cyst requires a high level of suspicion. The identification of the appositional contact of the cyst and the facet joint needs to be actively sought in the presence of degenerative facet joints. (orig.)

  16. Environmental Radon Gas and Degenerative Conditions An Overview

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    Groves-Kirkby, C.J. [Medical Physics Department, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD (United Kingdom)]|[School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Denman, A.R. [Medical Physics Department, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD (United Kingdom); Woolridge, A.C. [School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom)]|[School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Phillips, P.S. [School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom); Phillips, C. [School of Health, University of Northampton, Northampton NN2 7AL (United Kingdom)

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    Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, has variable distribution in the environment as a decay product of uranium occurring in a wide range of rocks, soils and building materials. Although radon dissipates rapidly in outdoor air, it concentrates in the built environment, and inhalation of {sup 222}Rn and its progeny {sup 218}Po and {sup 214}Po is believed to provide the majority of the radioactive dose to the respiratory system. While the connection between radon and lung cancer has long been recognised and investigated, recent studies have highlighted potential links between radon and other conditions, among them Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases, and Paget Disease of Bone. A strong case exists for clarifying the relationship between radon and these other conditions, not least since radon remediation to reduce lung cancer may conceivably have additional benefits hitherto unrecognized. The present status of the postulated links between environmental radon gas and degenerative conditions is reviewed, and recommendations for further research into levering current anti-radon campaigns are made. (authors)

  17. Environmental Radon Gas and Degenerative Conditions An Overview

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    Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, has variable distribution in the environment as a decay product of uranium occurring in a wide range of rocks, soils and building materials. Although radon dissipates rapidly in outdoor air, it concentrates in the built environment, and inhalation of 222Rn and its progeny 218Po and 214Po is believed to provide the majority of the radioactive dose to the respiratory system. While the connection between radon and lung cancer has long been recognised and investigated, recent studies have highlighted potential links between radon and other conditions, among them Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer and Parkinson Diseases, and Paget Disease of Bone. A strong case exists for clarifying the relationship between radon and these other conditions, not least since radon remediation to reduce lung cancer may conceivably have additional benefits hitherto unrecognized. The present status of the postulated links between environmental radon gas and degenerative conditions is reviewed, and recommendations for further research into levering current anti-radon campaigns are made. (authors)

  18. Studies of computed tomography as a contribution to differential diagnosis between dementia due to cerebrovascular disease (multi-infract type) and due to primarily degenerative cerebral atrophy (Alzheimers type)

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    Studies of computed tomography were performed in 367 patients diagnosed as dementia clinically. The mean age was 70.1 years. By the clinicians 240 were classified as senile dementia of Alzheimer's type, 79 as multiinfarct dementia, and 48 were not determined definitely. In 3%, the CT studies did detect treatable causes like tumors, subdural hematomas and communicating hydrocephalus. In about 57% was found by CT a diffuse brain atrophy without focal tissue changes as to expect if occurring a cerebrovascular disease. In 25% there were focal changes of the brain tissue in CT to define as residuals of infarctions in addition to the signs of cerebral atrophy. The results of the CT studies were normal in 15% despite the evidence of dementia clinically. The analysis of the material did show that a cerebrovascular disease as a cause of dementia is suspected clinically in much more cases than CT studies are able to prove focal pathological changes of the brain tissue due to disorders of cerebral blood flow.

  19. Studies of computed tomography as a contribution to differential diagnosis between dementia due to cerebrovascular disease (multi-infract type) and due to primarily degenerative cerebral atrophy (Alzheimers type)

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    Studies of computed tomography were performed in 367 patients diagnosed as dementia clinically. The mean age was 70.1 years. By the clinicians 240 were classified as senile dementia of Alzheimer's type, 79 as multiinfarct dementia, and 48 were not determined definitely. In 3%, the CT studies did detect treatable causes like tumors, subdural hematomas and communicating hydrocephalus. In about 57% was found by CT a diffuse brain atrophy without focal tissue changes as to expect if occurring a cerebrovascular disease. In 25% there were focal changes of the brain tissue in CT to define as residuals of infarctions in addition to the signs of cerebral atrophy. The results of the CT studies were normal in 15% despite of the evidence of dementia clinically. The analysis of the material did show that a cerebrovascular disease as a cause of dementia is suspected clinically in much more cases than CT studies are able to prove focal pathological changes of the brain tissue due to disorders of cerebral blood flow really. (orig.)

  20. Validity and Agreement between the 28-Joint Disease Activity Score Based on C-Reactive Protein and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Nielung, Louise; Christensen, Robin; Danneskiold-Samsøe, Bente; Bliddal, Henning; Holm, Christian Cato; Ellegaard, Karen; Slott Jensen, Hanne; Bartels, Else Marie

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To validate the agreement between the 28-joint disease activity score based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) and the 28-joint disease activity score based on C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) in a group of Danish patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. Data from 109 Danish RA patients initiating biologic treatment were analysed at baseline and following one year of treatment. Participants were retrospectively enrolled from a previous cohort study and were considere...

  1. Validity and Agreement between the 28-Joint Disease Activity Score Based on C-Reactive Protein and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Nielung, Louise; Christensen, Robin; Danneskiold-Samsøe, Bente; Bliddal, Henning; Holm, Christian Cato; Ellegaard, Karen; Slott Jensen, Hanne; Bartels, Else Marie

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To validate the agreement between the 28-joint disease activity score based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) and the 28-joint disease activity score based on C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) in a group of Danish patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. Data from 109 Danish RA patients initiating biologic treatment were analysed at baseline and following one year of treatment. Participants were retrospectively enrolled from a previous cohort study and were consid...

  2. Reduced Joint Pain after Short-term Duodenal Administration of Seal Oil in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease:Comparison with Soy Oil

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    Bjørkkjær, Tormod; Brunborg, Linn Anne; Arslan, Gülen; Lind, Ragna Anne; Brun, Johan Gorgas; Valen, Merete; Klementsen, Beate; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

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    Background: Rheumatic joint pain is a common extraintestinal complication of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because the high ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids (FAs) of the Western diet might promote rheumatic disorders, we wanted to compare the effects of short-term duodenal administration of n-3 rich seal oil and n-6 rich soy oil, on IBD-related joint pain. Methods: Nineteen patients with IBD-related joint pain were included, 9 had Crohn’s disease and 10 had ulcerative colitis. Ten ml of se...

  3. Three-Dimensional Electron Microscopy Reconstruction of Degenerative Dopaminergic Neurons Surrounded by Activated Microglia in Substantia Nigra.

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    Nakadate, Kazuhiko; Tanaka-Nakadate, Sawako

    2015-12-01

    There is an urgent need to investigate the reason for the pathogenic mechanism of intractable central neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. It has been reported that the activation of microglial cells is involved in the pathology of these diseases. However, due to technical difficulties, the relationship between degenerative neurons and activated microglial cells remains unclear. Therefore, we tried the improved analysis technique to clarify the spatial relationship between these cell types. We were able to establish an analysis technique that consists of a three-dimensional reconstruction method using serial immunoelectron micrographs after having identified both degenerative neurons and activated microglial cells under optical microscope. Using this technique, we have relatively easily been able to clarify the spatial relationship between degenerative neurons and activated microglial cells. Furthermore, using this technique it is possible to determine the neuronal degeneration process in detail, because it is able to identify structures implicated in degeneration, such as accumulation of lipofuscin in degenerated neuronal somata and phagocytotic structures of microglial cells. In future, this technical approach may be applied to elucidate the relationship between degenerative neurons and activated glial cells in human diseases. PMID:26111207

  4. La obesidad en el niño, problema no percibido por los padres: Su relación con enfermedades crónicas y degenerativas en la edad adulta / Child obesity: A problem unnoticed by parents and its relation with chronic and degenerative diseases in adulthood

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    Enrique, Romero-Velarde; Edgar M, Vásquez-Garibay.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La obesidad en niños y adolescentes es un problema de salud pública alrededor del mundo, incluyendo a México. Reportes de la literatura nacional e internacional han coincidido en señalar que la obesidad puede ser un problema no reconocido por los padres de los niños que la presentan y por profesores [...] en centros escolares; incluso puede ser subestimado por el personal de salud que atiende a estos niños por otros problemas de salud. Es importante reconocer que la obesidad en niños y adolescentes no es un problema estético únicamente, sino que se asocia a la presencia de alteraciones físicas, metabólicas y psicosociales que afectan el estado de salud de los niños que la padecen. Resalta la importancia de la presencia y persistencia de alteraciones consideradas como factores de riesgo cardiovascular, en vista de que estas enfermedades ocupan los primeros lugares como causas de morbilidad y mortalidad en adultos de nuestro país. Algunos estudios han confirmado que la presencia de sobrepeso en la niñez y adolescencia se asocia a mayor morbilidad y mortalidad en el adulto, particularmente la que se relaciona a padecimientos cardiovasculares. Por tanto, es importante que se resalte la necesidad de la identificación oportuna del sobrepeso y obesidad en niños y adolescentes de nuestra población, con el propósito de incluir medidas oportunas de prevención de la aparición y progresión de los factores de riesgo señalados, que alteran el estado de salud de los niños que la padecen y los colocan en riesgo para el desarrollo temprano de enfermedades en la etapa del adulto. Abstract in english Obesity is becoming more prevalent in children and adolescents around the world, including Mexico. Different reports have shown the failure of parents to recognize the overweight status of their children; this problem could be present also in school teachers and health professionals attending obese [...] children for other health problems. Obesity in children can have adverse physical, metabolic and psychosocial consequences affecting the health status of affected children. It is important to identify the presence and persistence of cardiovascular risk factors, as these groups of disease are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adults in Mexico. Obese children have been frequently shown to grow into obese adults and have higher than expected morbidity and mortality in adult life, particularly due to cardiovascular diseases. It is important to identify timely the presence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in order to install opportune preventive measures to avoid the appearance and progression of cardiovascular risk factors.

  5. [Analysis of Musculoskeletal Systems and Their Diseases. Genomic medicine of bone and joint diseases : present and future].

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    Ikegawa, Shiro

    2015-08-01

    Susceptibility genes for various kinds of common diseases have been identified by the genome-wide association study (GWAS) and the outcome is changing the clinical medicine significantly. Musculoskeletal disease is no exception. In this paper, I review the current status and prospect of GWAS in musculoskeletal diseases in Japan by focusing on representative common musculoskeletal diseases : disc herniation, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spine. PMID:26224668

  6. Current knowledge and importance of dGEMRIC techniques in diagnosis of hip joint diseases

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    Zilkens, Christoph; Krauspe, Ruediger; Bittersohl, Bernd [University of Duesseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Duesseldorf (Germany); Tiderius, Carl Johann [Lund University Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lund (Sweden)

    2015-08-15

    Accurate assessment of early hip joint cartilage alterations may help optimize patient selection and follow-up of hip joint preservation surgery. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage (dGEMRIC) is sensitive to the glycosaminoglycan content in cartilage that is lost early in the development of osteoarthritis (OA). Hence, the dGEMRIC technique holds promise for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. However, because of the location of the hip joint deep within the body and due to the fairly thin cartilage layers that require high spatial resolution, the diagnosis of early hip joint cartilage alterations may be problematic. The purpose of this review is to outline the current status of dGEMRIC in the assessment of hip joint cartilage. A literature search was performed with PubMed, using the terms ''cartilage, osteoarthritis, hip joint, MRI, and dGEMRIC'', considering all levels of studies. This review revealed that dGEMRIC can be reliably used in the evaluation of early stage cartilage pathology in various hip joint disorders. Modifications in the technique, such as the operation of three-dimensional imaging and dGEMRIC after intra-articular contrast medium administration, have expanded the range of application. Notably, the studies differ considerably in patient selection and technical prerequisites. Furthermore, there is a need for multicenter prospective studies with the required technical conditions in place to establish outcome based dGEMRIC data to obtain, in conjunction with clinical data, reliable threshold values for normal and abnormal cartilage, and for hips that may benefit from conservative or surgical treatment. (orig.)

  7. Current knowledge and importance of dGEMRIC techniques in diagnosis of hip joint diseases

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    Accurate assessment of early hip joint cartilage alterations may help optimize patient selection and follow-up of hip joint preservation surgery. Delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage (dGEMRIC) is sensitive to the glycosaminoglycan content in cartilage that is lost early in the development of osteoarthritis (OA). Hence, the dGEMRIC technique holds promise for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. However, because of the location of the hip joint deep within the body and due to the fairly thin cartilage layers that require high spatial resolution, the diagnosis of early hip joint cartilage alterations may be problematic. The purpose of this review is to outline the current status of dGEMRIC in the assessment of hip joint cartilage. A literature search was performed with PubMed, using the terms ''cartilage, osteoarthritis, hip joint, MRI, and dGEMRIC'', considering all levels of studies. This review revealed that dGEMRIC can be reliably used in the evaluation of early stage cartilage pathology in various hip joint disorders. Modifications in the technique, such as the operation of three-dimensional imaging and dGEMRIC after intra-articular contrast medium administration, have expanded the range of application. Notably, the studies differ considerably in patient selection and technical prerequisites. Furthermore, there is a need for multicenter prospective studies with the required technical conditions in place to establish outcome based dGEMRIC data to obtain, in conjunction with clinical data, reliable threshold values for normal and abnormal cartilage, and for hips that may benefit from conservative or surgical treatment. (orig.)

  8. Degenerative dementia: nosological aspects and results of single photon emission computed tomography; Les demences degeneratives: aspects nosologiques et resultats de la tomographie d'emission monophotonique

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    Dubois, B.; Habert, M.O. [Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, 75 - Paris (France)

    1999-12-01

    Ten years ago, the diagnosis discussion of a dementia case for the old patient was limited to two pathologies: the Alzheimer illness and the Pick illness. During these last years, the frame of these primary degenerative dementia has fallen into pieces. The different diseases and the results got with single photon emission computed tomography are discussed. for example: fronto-temporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, progressive apraxia, visio-spatial dysfunction, dementia at Lewy's bodies, or cortico-basal degeneration. (N.C.)

  9. Serum amyloid A isoforms in serum and synovial fluid from spontaneously diseased dogs with joint diseases or other conditions

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    Kjelgaard-Hansen, Mads Jens; Christensen, Michelle B.; Lee, Marcel Huisung; Jensen, Asger Lundorff; Jacobsen, Stine

    2007-01-01

    Serum amyloid A (SAA) is a major acute phase protein in dogs. However, knowledge of qualitative properties of canine SAA and extent of its synthesis in extrahepatic tissues is limited. The aim of the study was to investigate expression of different SAA isoforms in serum and synovial fluid in samples obtained from dogs (n = 16) suffering from different inflammatory or non-inflammatory conditions, which were either related or unrelated to joints. Expression of SAA isoforms was visualized by denatu...

  10. High Spatial Resolution MRI of Cystic Adventitial Disease of the Iliofemoral Vein Communicating with the Hip Joint

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    Venous cystic adventitial disease (CAD) is an extremely rare entity, and so far less than 20 cases have been described in the literature. Herein, we describe the imaging findings of CAD of iliofemoral vein in a 51-year-old woman who presented with leg swelling with special emphasis on high spatial resolution MRI, which demonstrated communication of the cyst with the hip joint. To our knowledge, this is the first description of high spatial resolution MRI findings in venous CAD supporting a new theory about the pathogenesis of venous CAD

  11. Functional outcome of surgical management of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis

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    Rajendra Nath

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Operative treatment in patients of degenerative lumbar canal stenosis yields excellent results as observed on the basis of JOA scoring system. No patient got recurrence of symptoms of nerve compression.

  12. Instrumentação interespinhosa na doença degenerativa da coluna lombar: medição da altura do disco no segmento instrumentado / Interspinous instrumentation in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disease: disc height measurement on instrumented segment / Instrumentación interespinosa en la enfermedad degenerativa de la columna lumbar: medición de la altura del disco en el segmento instrumentado

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    José Alberto de Castro Guimarães, Consciência.

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: na última década, a instrumentação interespinhosa vem sendo mais frequentemente utilizada. Apesar dos inúmeros artigos publicados em revistas internacionais de reconhecido mérito científico, são escassas as referências à modificação da altura do disco no segmento tratado, secundária àque [...] la instrumentação. OBJECTIVO: quantificar uma eventual modificação da altura discal decorrente da aplicação de instrumentação interespinhosa (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©). MÉTODOS: o autor avalia um grupo de 20 pacientes com patologia degenerativa da coluna lombar e os seguintes critérios de inclusão: idade >40 e 6; Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale Abstract in spanish INTRODUCCIÓN: la instrumentación interespinosa tiene sido empleada con creciente frecuencia en la última década. Pero, apesar de las numerosas publicaciones científicas hechas en jornales científicos de reconocido mérito internacional, se han producido muy escasas referencias a una hipotética modifi [...] cación de la altura discal dependiente de la técnica. OBJETIVO: cuantificar una eventual modificación de la altura discal inherente a la aplicación de instrumentación interespinosa. MÉTODOS: el autor hace una evaluación de un grupo de 20 pacientes con patología degenerativa de la columna lumbar, y diversos criterios de inclusión, a saber: edad >40 y 6; Oswestry Disability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: the use of interspinous instrumentation has been increasing in the last decade. However, in spite of the numerous papers seen in relevant scientific publications, there are very few references to an eventual disc height variation in the instrumented segment. OBJECTIVE: to certify event [...] ual changes in disk height after interspinous instrumentation (DIAM - Cousin-Biotech - Medtronic Sofamor Danek Inc©). METHODS: the author evaluated 20 patients with degenerative lumbar disease and the following criteria: age >40 and 6; Oswestry Inability Index >30; Zung Depression Rating Scale

  13. Short fusion versus long fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis

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    Cho, Kyu-Jung; Suk, Se-Il; Park, Seung-Rim; Kim, Jin-Hyok; Kim, Sung-Soo; Lee, Tong-Joo; MD; Lee, Jeong-Joon; Lee, Jong-Min

    2008-01-01

    The extent of fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis has not yet been determined. The purpose of this study was to compare the results of short fusion versus long fusion for degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Fifty patients (mean age 65.5 ± 5.1 years) undergoing decompression and fusion with pedicle screw instrumentation were evaluated. Short fusion was defined as fusion within the deformity, not exceeding the end vertebra. Long fusion was defined as fusion extended above the upper end vertebra...

  14. The Classic: Radiography of the Trapeziometacarpal Joint. Degenerative Changes of This Joint

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    2013-01-01

    This classic article is a translation and reprint (Appendix 1. Supplemental material is available with the online version of CORR.) from the French of the original article by M. Robert, entitled La radiographie de l’articulation trapézo-métacarpienne. Les arthroses de cette jointure. The original article was published in Société de Radiologie Méd de France, Bulletins.1936;24:687-689. (Reproduced with kind permission of the SFR.)

  15. Advantages and limits of sup(99m)Tc pyrophosphate scintigraphy in the study of joint diseases

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    The results of sup(99m)Tc pyrophosphate bone scintigraphy are studied for a wide range of joint diseases. 215 scintigraphs are analysed, the results compared with those of authors who have used not only Tc phosphates but also other isotopes after comparison of their advantages and disadvantages, and possible applications suggested for each type of lesion. - The 99m Tc pyrophosphate scintigraphic examination is simple, harmless (a whole-skeleton examination delivers only 80 millirads to the narrow whereas a set of spine and pelvis X-rays delivers 325), reliable and highly sensitive, often anticipating data from radiographic examinations. - In the majority of developing joint diseases of whatever kind, apart from arthroses and certain osteolytic lesions unaccompanied by any healing reaction, a hyperfixation is observed. Generally speaking a scintigraph may be requested whenerver an evolutive bone lesion is suspected in the absence of clinical, radiological and biological evidence. The major disadvantage of the method is that, being highly sensitive, it lacks specificity and is hence unable alone to provide an etiological diagnosis

  16. Avaliação retrospectiva por meio do questionário SF-36 de pacientes submetidos à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento de doenças degenerativas lombares Evaluación retrospectiva empleando el cuestionario SF-36 en pacientes sometidos a estabilización dinámica pedicular para el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar Retrospective evaluation by means of SF-36 questionnaires of patients submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization for degenerative lumbar diseases treatment

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    Leonardo Fonseca Rodrigues

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a estabilização dinâmica pedicular tem sido utilizada desde os anos 1990 para o tratamento da doença lombar degenerativa como uma alternativa aos métodos de fusão. Devido às suas características de não-fusão, estes implantes tendem a reduzir a carga nos discos intervertebrais adjacentes e na coluna posterior, com o objetivo de não prejudicar a biomecânica da coluna, diminuindo assim a chance de degeneração do disco adjacente. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo retrospectivo foi avaliar, por meio do questionário SF-36, os resultados dos pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento da patologia degenerativa lombar. MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 31 pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular, de abril de 2004 a junho de 2008, por meio do questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: o SF-36 mostrou um índice de melhora na qualidade de vida desses pacientes durante o período de acompanhamento, variando de 33,15% no pré-operatório, para 75,99% no pós-operatório, correspondente a uma diferença de 129% no resultado final, que é significativo estatisticamente de acordo com o teste t de student (pINTRODUCCIÓN: la estabilización dinámica pedicular ha sido empleada desde los años 1990 en el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar y como una alternativa a los métodos de fusión. Debido a sus características de no requerir fusión, estos implantes tiendes a reducir la carga sobre los disco intervertebrales adyacentes y sobre la columna posterior, con el propósito de no afectar la biomecánica vertebral. Por lo tanto, disminuye la degeneración de discos adyacentes. OBJETIVO: esto estudio retrospectivo tiene la finalidad de evaluar los resultados obtenidos al emplear el cuestionario SF-36, en pacientes que han presentado estabilización dinámica pedicular durante el tratamiento de la patología degenerativa da columna lumbar. MÉTODOS: fueron evaluados 31 pacientes que presentaban estabilización dinámica pedicular desde abril de 2004 a junio de 2008, empleando el cuestionario de calidad de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: durante el período de seguimiento, el índice SF-36 mostró un mejoramiento en la calidad de vida de los pacientes, con un rango del 33.15% en el preoperatorio a 75.99% en el postoperatorio, mostrando una diferencia de 129%, lo cual es una diferencia significativa utilizando la estadística teste t de Student (pINTRODUCTION: pedicular dynamic stabilization has been used, since the 1990's, for treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases as an alternative to fusion methods. Due to its non-fusion features, these implants tend to reduce the load to the adjacent intervertebral discs and in the posterior column, aiming at not affecting the spine biomechanics, thus decreasing the chance of adjacent disc degeneration. OBJECTIVE: the purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the quality of life, by means of SF-36 questionnaires, of patients who underwent pedicular dynamic stabilization for treatment of degenerative lumbar pathology. METHODS: thirty-one patients who were submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization were evaluated, from April 2004 to June 2008, using the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. RESULTS: the SF-36 index showed an improvement in the quality of life of these patients during the follow-up period, ranging from 33.15% preoperatively to 75.99% in postoperatively, showing a difference of 129% in the result, which is statistically significant according to the Student's t test (p<0,0001. CONCLUSIONS: patients submitted to dynamic pedicular stabilization in our series showed an improvement in quality of life when comparing the pre and postoperative SF-36 questionnaires during the 29.5 months follow-up period.

  17. Avaliação retrospectiva por meio do questionário SF-36 de pacientes submetidos à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento de doenças degenerativas lombares / Retrospective evaluation by means of SF-36 questionnaires of patients submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization for degenerative lumbar diseases treatment / Evaluación retrospectiva empleando el cuestionario SF-36 en pacientes sometidos a estabilización dinámica pedicular para el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar

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    Leonardo Fonseca, Rodrigues; Paula, Voloch; Sérgio, Gurgel; Flavio, Cavallari.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: a estabilização dinâmica pedicular tem sido utilizada desde os anos 1990 para o tratamento da doença lombar degenerativa como uma alternativa aos métodos de fusão. Devido às suas características de não-fusão, estes implantes tendem a reduzir a carga nos discos intervertebrais adjacentes [...] e na coluna posterior, com o objetivo de não prejudicar a biomecânica da coluna, diminuindo assim a chance de degeneração do disco adjacente. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo retrospectivo foi avaliar, por meio do questionário SF-36, os resultados dos pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular para o tratamento da patologia degenerativa lombar. MÉTODOS: foram avaliados 31 pacientes que se submeteram à estabilização dinâmica pedicular, de abril de 2004 a junho de 2008, por meio do questionário de qualidade de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: o SF-36 mostrou um índice de melhora na qualidade de vida desses pacientes durante o período de acompanhamento, variando de 33,15% no pré-operatório, para 75,99% no pós-operatório, correspondente a uma diferença de 129% no resultado final, que é significativo estatisticamente de acordo com o teste t de student (p Abstract in spanish INTRODUCCIÓN: la estabilización dinámica pedicular ha sido empleada desde los años 1990 en el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa lumbar y como una alternativa a los métodos de fusión. Debido a sus características de no requerir fusión, estos implantes tiendes a reducir la carga sobre los disc [...] o intervertebrales adyacentes y sobre la columna posterior, con el propósito de no afectar la biomecánica vertebral. Por lo tanto, disminuye la degeneración de discos adyacentes. OBJETIVO: esto estudio retrospectivo tiene la finalidad de evaluar los resultados obtenidos al emplear el cuestionario SF-36, en pacientes que han presentado estabilización dinámica pedicular durante el tratamiento de la patología degenerativa da columna lumbar. MÉTODOS: fueron evaluados 31 pacientes que presentaban estabilización dinámica pedicular desde abril de 2004 a junio de 2008, empleando el cuestionario de calidad de vida SF-36. RESULTADOS: durante el período de seguimiento, el índice SF-36 mostró un mejoramiento en la calidad de vida de los pacientes, con un rango del 33.15% en el preoperatorio a 75.99% en el postoperatorio, mostrando una diferencia de 129%, lo cual es una diferencia significativa utilizando la estadística teste t de Student (p Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: pedicular dynamic stabilization has been used, since the 1990's, for treatment of degenerative lumbar diseases as an alternative to fusion methods. Due to its non-fusion features, these implants tend to reduce the load to the adjacent intervertebral discs and in the posterior column, a [...] iming at not affecting the spine biomechanics, thus decreasing the chance of adjacent disc degeneration. OBJECTIVE: the purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the quality of life, by means of SF-36 questionnaires, of patients who underwent pedicular dynamic stabilization for treatment of degenerative lumbar pathology. METHODS: thirty-one patients who were submitted to pedicular dynamic stabilization were evaluated, from April 2004 to June 2008, using the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. RESULTS: the SF-36 index showed an improvement in the quality of life of these patients during the follow-up period, ranging from 33.15% preoperatively to 75.99% in postoperatively, showing a difference of 129% in the result, which is statistically significant according to the Student's t test (p

  18. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is associated with low spinal bone density : a comparative study between spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Andersen, Thomas; Christensen, Finn B

    2013-01-01

    Spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis share many symptoms and the same treatment, but their causes remain unclear. Bone mineral density has been suggested to play a role. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in spinal bone density between spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis patients. 81 patients older than 60 years, who underwent DXA-scanning of their lumbar spine one year after a lumbar spinal fusion procedure, were included. Radiographs were assessed for disc height, vertebral wedging, and osteophytosis. Pain was assessed using the Low Back Pain Rating Scale pain index. T-score of the lumbar spine was significantly lower among degenerative spondylolisthesis patients compared with spinal stenosis patients (-1.52 versus -0.52, P = 0.04). Thirty-nine percent of degenerative spondylolisthesis patients were classified as osteoporotic and further 30% osteopenic compared to only 9% of spinal stenosis patients being osteoporotic and 30% osteopenic (P = 0.01). Pain levels tended to increase with poorer bone status (P = 0.06). Patients treated surgically for symptomatic degenerative spondylolisthesis have much lower bone mass than patients of similar age treated surgically for spinal stenosis. Low BMD might play a role in the development of the degenerative spondylolisthesis, further studies are needed to clarify this.

  19. Alternative Medicine and Molecular Mechanisms in Chronic Degenerative Diseases

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    Alma Lorena López Velazquez; María de la Luz Miranda Beltrán; Arturo Panduro; Luis Huacuja Ruiz

    2011-01-01

    Knowledge of healing plants worldwide properties it has been extensively studied by their biological activities. The increasing number of plant users for healthcare originated the Research Center in Complementary Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health (NIH) whose primary function is to be alert with a strictly scientific sense about de use of plants as main source of Complementary Alternative Medicine. It is currently about the synergy known that Is achieved on the hepatoprotectiv...

  20. Tumor-like diseases of the knee joint; Tumoraehnliche Erkrankungen im Kniegelenk

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    Freyschmidt, J. [Klinikum Bremen-Mitte, Beratungsstelle und Referenzzentrum fuer Osteoradiologie, Bremen (Germany)

    2012-11-15

    Radiological diagnostics of tumor-like lesions of the knee joint. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and X-ray imaging. Up to now there have been no studies regarding sensitivity and specificity of the various diagnostic tools (MRI, CT, X-ray) for the visualization of soft tissue tumors of the knee. The method of first choice for detecting soft tissue tumors and tumor-like lesions in the knee joint is MRI. (orig.) [German] Radiologische Diagnostik tumoraehnlicher Laesionen im Kniegelenk. Eingesetzte Verfahren sind die MRT, CT und Projektionsradiographie. Da es sich um Weichteiltumoren handelt, ist die MRT bei der Diagnostik dominierend. Sensitivitaet und Spezifitaet sind unserer Kenntnis nach bisher nicht untersucht worden. In manchen Faellen werden jedoch noch zusaetzliche Roentgen- oder CT-Bilder benoetigt. Bei Verdacht auf einen Tumor im Kniegelenk wird als erste Untersuchung eine MRT empfohlen. (orig.)

  1. Tenascin-C is an endogenous activator of Toll-like receptor 4 that is essential for maintaining inflammation in arthritic joint disease.

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    Midwood, K; Sacre, S; Piccinini, AM; Inglis, J.; Trebaul, A; Chan, E; Drexler, S; SOFAT, N; Kashiwagi, M; Orend, G.; Brennan, F; Foxwell, B

    2009-01-01

    Although there have been major advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with the advent of biological agents, the mechanisms that drive cytokine production and sustain disease chronicity remain unknown. Tenascin-C (encoded by Tnc) is an extracellular matrix glycoprotein specifically expressed at areas of inflammation and tissue damage in inflamed rheumatoid joints. Here we show that mice that do not express tenascin-C show rapid resolution of acute joint inflammation and are protecte...

  2. Dynamic activation of bone morphogenetic protein signaling in collagen-induced arthritis supports their role in joint homeostasis and disease

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    Daans, Melina; Lories, Rik JU; Luyten, Frank P

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease affecting peripheral joints and leading to loss of joint function. The severity and outcome of disease are dependent on the balance between inflammatory/destructive and homeostatic or repair pathways. Increasing evidence suggests a role for bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling in joint homeostasis and disease. Methods Activation of BMP signaling in collagen-induced arthritis as a model of rheumatoid arthritis was studied by immunohistochemistry and Western blot for phosphorylated SMAD1/5 at different time points. Expression of different BMP ligands and noggin, a BMP antagonist, was determined on synovium and cartilage extracts of arthritic knees, at different time points, with quantitative polymerase chain reaction. At the protein level, BMP2 and BMP7 were studied with immunohistochemistry. Finally, the effect of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF?) treatment on the expression of BMP2, BMP7, and growth and differentiation factor-5 (GDF5) in synovium and cartilage of arthritic knees was investigated. Results A time-dependent activation of the BMP signaling pathway in collagen-induced arthritis was demonstrated with a dynamic and characteristic expression pattern of different BMP subfamily members in synovium and cartilage of arthritic knees. As severity increases, the activation of BMP signaling becomes more prominent in the invasive pannus tissue. BMP2 is present in cartilage and the hyperplastic lining layer. BMP7 is found in the sublining zone and inflammatory infiltrate. Treatment with etanercept slowed down progression of disease, but no change in expression of GDF5, BMP2, and BMP7 in synovium was found; in the cartilage, however, blocking of TNF? increased the expression of BMP7. Conclusions BMP signaling is dynamically activated in collagen-induced arthritis and is partly TNF?-independent. TNF? blocking increased the expression of BMP7 in the articular cartilage, possibly enhancing anabolic mechanisms. Different types of source and target cells are recognized. These data further support a role for BMP signaling in arthritis. PMID:18816401

  3. Treatment choice for osteoarthritis of the knee joint according to semi-automatic MRI based assessment of disease severity

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    Objective assessment of disease severity of osteoarthritis of the knee joint (OA knee) is fundamental to establish adequate treatment system. Regrettably, there is no such a reliable system. Grading system based upon X-ray findings or measurement of joint space narrowing is widely used method for this purpose but they are still far from satisfaction. Our previous study elucidated that measuring irregularity of the contour of the femoral condyle on MRI (irregularity index) using newly developed software enabled us to assess disease severity of OA objectively. Advantages of this system are expressing severity by metric variable and semi-automatic character. In the present study, we examined relationship between treatment selection and irregularity index. Sixty-one medial type OA knees that received total knee arthroplasty (TKA), arthroscopic surgery (AS), and conservative treatment (CT) were involved. Their x-ray grading, irregularity index were recorded at the time of corresponding treatment. Irregularity index of each group were compared. As for AS group, pre- and post-operative knee score employing JOA score were also examined to study relationship between irregularity index and improvement of knee score. All the four parameters that represent irregularity of femoral condyle were significantly higher in TKA group than in AS group, whereas no significant difference was observed between AS group and CT group. Negative correlation was observed between irregularity index and improvement of knee score after arthroscopic surgery. Although treatment selection was determined by skillful knee surgeon in this series, irregularity index could indicate adequate timing of TKA. It also served as an indicator to predict outcome of arthroscopic surgery, and could be used as to show limitation of arthroscopic surgery. Our new system to assess disease severity of OA knee can serve as an index to determine treatment options. (author)

  4. Arthroscopical treatment of elbow joint disease / Tratamento artroscópico de doenças da articulação do cotovelo

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    C.M.F., Rezende; E.G., Melo; C., Malm; V.A., Gheller.

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    Full Text Available Artroscopia do cotovelo foi realizada em 30 cães de diferentes raças, bilateral em 20, totalizando 50 articulações. Foram encontradas diferentes lesões que variavam de fissuras na cartilagem (8) a fragmentação (42). Osteocondrose dissecante (OCD) do côndilo medial do úmero estava associada à fragmen [...] tação do processo coronoide (FCP) medial da ulna em quatro casos. Em todas articulações verificou-se sinovite em graus variados. Osteoartrose (OA) de diferentes intensidades foi observada em 44 articulações. O tratamento foi instituído na maioria dos casos, dois a quatro meses após a manifestação dos sinais clínicos. Recuperação clínica satisfatória ocorreu naqueles com mínima lesão articular, cujo diagnóstico e tratamento se fizeram dentro de quatro semanas após a manifestação clínica. O diagnóstico precoce e o tratamento artroscópico previne a osteoartrose e preserva a função locomotora. Abstract in english Elbow arthroscopy was performed in 30 dogs of different breeds. The procedure was performed bilaterally in 20 of these dogs, yielding a total of 50 joints. Different lesions were found, varying from cartilage fissures (8) to fragmentation (42) of medial coronoid process (FCP) of the ulna. Osteochond [...] ritis dissecans (OCD) of the humerus medial condyle was associated in four of them. All of these cases displayed varying degrees of synovitis. Osteoarthrosis (OA) in varying intensity was observed in 44 joints. The majority of cases were treated two to four months after the manifestation of clinical signs. Good clinical recovery occurred in dogs with minimal joint lesions, where these were diagnosed and treated within four weeks of the onset of clinical symptoms. Early diagnosis and arthroscopic treatment prevent osteoarthrosis and preserve locomotor function.

  5. Fusion of the distal intertarsal and tarsometatarsal joints in the horse using intra-articular sodium monoiodoacetate

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    Six normal horses received 3 intra-articular injections of sodium monoiodoacetate (MIA) in the distal intertarsal (DIT) and tarsometatarsal (TMT) joints of one hindlimb. Injections were at three week intervals, and post injection pain was controlled with routine administration of phenylbutazone for five days following each injection. All horses underwent a gradually increasing exercise programme consisting of walking and trotting beginning one week after the first injection and continuing for 24 weeks. All treated joints showed increasingly severe radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease with time. Clinical signs were mild or absent during exercise. All treated joints showed radiographic and histological evidence of fusion 24 weeks after the first injection. Amount of radiographic fusion ranged from 54.49 per cent to 88.64 per cent of the joint space. Histologically, the joint space that appeared radiographically fused was filled mainly with woven and lamellar bone. Fibrocartilage and fibrous tissue was seen frequently in the transition between fused and unfused areas. Articular cartilage in unfused areas was thin, fibrillated, hypocellular and histochemically showed diminished proteoglycan content. Existing joint space was filled with fibrin and necrotic, acellular chondroid matrix. We conclude that MIA will produce fusion of the DIT and TMT joints of normal horses in 24 weeks, and may offer a relatively easy, inexpensive and non-invasive treatment for distal tarsal osteoarthritis in the horse

  6. Host and parasite diversity jointly control disease risk in complex communities

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    Johnson, Pieter T. J.; Preston, Daniel L.; Hoverman, Jason T.; LaFonte, Bryan E.

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    Ongoing losses of biodiversity underscore the need to understand how species loss affects infectious diseases. Recognizing that most communities include multiple hosts and pathogens, we tested how variation in host and parasite diversity influenced disease risk. By combining field surveys and experiments involving amphibian hosts and trematode parasites, we show that realistic changes in host and parasite richness inhibit transmission of the deadliest parasite, Ribeiroia ondatrae. Increased h...

  7. Shared component models for detecting joint and selective clustering of two diseases

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    Knorr-Held, Leonhard; Best, N G

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    The study of spatial variations in disease rates is a common epidemiological approach used to describe geographical clustering of disease and to generate hypotheses about the possible `causes' which could explain apparent differences in risk. Recent statistical and computational developments have led to the use of realistically complex models to account for overdispersion and spatial correlation. However, these developments have focused almost exclusively on spatial modelling of a single dis...

  8. Temporomandibular Joint. Evaluation of imaging techniques.

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    Kuijl, Bart van der,

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    The most common temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder involves a combination of degenerative alterations (osteoarthrosis, OA) and articular disk displacement (internal derangement, ID). Deviations in position, form, and function of the TMJ articular disk play an important role in the clinical signs and symptoms. ... Zie: Summary

  9. Differential diagnosis of metastatic bone disease and benign bone disease on spine SPECT in patients with low back pain

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    One or more abnormal vertebrae detected on bone scintigraphy is a common finding in clinical practice, and it could pose a diagnostic dilemma especially in cancer patients, as either metastasis or benign disease may cause scintigraphic abnormality. The purpose of this study was to determine whether additional spine SPECT has a role in differentiating malignant from benign lesions in patients with back pain. We reviewed spine SPECT studies obtained over a three-year period in 108 patients. Among them, forty-five patients with abnormal SPECT and clinically followed records were evaluated (20 cancer patients were included). Uptake patterns were classified as follows: 1. Body: diffusely increased uptake, linear increased uptake of end plate, segmental increased uptake, and cold defect, 2 Posterior element; posterior to body (pedicle), posterior to intervertebral disc space (facet joint), and spinous process. Lesions were correlated with radiological findings and with final diagnosis. Sixty-nine bone lesions were detected on SPECT images, including 18 metastases, 28 degenerative diseases and 21 compression fractures. Cold defect (6) and segmental increased uptake (5) were dominant findings in metastasis: linear increased uptake (12), and facet joint uptake (15) were in degenerative change; and diffuse increased uptake (9), and linear increased uptake (9) were in compression fracture. Cold defect and segmental increased uptake of body were characteristic findings of metastasis, but care should be taken because compression fracture also shows segmental increased uptake in some cases. Degenerative disease was easily diagnosed because of the typical finding of linear increased uptake of end plate and facet joint. Therefore, additional bone SPECT after planar bone scan would be helpful for differentiating metastasis from benign condition in cancer patients

  10. Combined scintigraphic and radiographic diagnosis of bone and joint diseases. Including gamma correction interpretation. 4. rev. and enl. ed.

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    Bahk, Yong-Whee [Sung Ae General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

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    In this fourth edition of Combined Scintigraphic and Radiographic Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases, the text has been thoroughly amended, updated, and partially rearranged to reflect the latest advances. In addition to discussing the role of pinhole imaging in the range of disorders previously covered, the new edition pays detailed attention to the novel diagnostic use of gamma correction pinhole bone scan in a broad spectrum of skeletal disorders, including physical, traumatic, and sports injuries, infectious and non-infectious bone diseases, benign and malignant bone tumors, and soft tissue diseases. A large number of state of the art pinhole scans and corroborative CT, MRI, and/or ultrasound images are presented side by side. The book has been enlarged to encompass various new topics, including occult fractures; cervical sprain and whiplash trauma; bone marrow edema; microfractures of trabeculae; evident, gaping, and stress fractures; and differential diagnosis. This new edition will be essential reading for practitioners and researchers in not only nuclear medicine but also radiology, orthopedic surgery, and pathology.

  11. Sonography of the knee joint?

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    Razek, A.A.K.A.; Fouda, N.S.; Elmetwaley, N.; Elbogdady, E.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this article is to review the sonographic appearances of common disorders involving the knee joint. Ultrasound is a sensitive method for diagnosis of tendon injuries. Injured ligaments appear swollen with mixed echogenicity. Meniscal injuries and muscle tears can be easily diagnosed. Ultrasound shows synovial thickening and effusion in inflammatory arthropathy and erosions of the articular surface in degenerative arthritis. It can be used effectively in the detection of rheumatoid ...

  12. Dizziness and Heart Disease Risk

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    Full Text Available ... medlineplus/videos/news/Dizziness_092415.html Dizziness and Heart Disease Risk HealthDay News Video - September 25, 2015 ... degenerative brain disease such as Parkinson's. The death rate for those with orthostatic hypotension was 64 percent ...

  13. The prevalence of chondrocalcinosis (CC) of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint on chest radiographs and correlation with calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease.

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    Parperis, Konstantinos; Carrera, Guillermo; Baynes, Keith; Mautz, Alan; Dubois, Melissa; Cerniglia, Ross; Ryan, Lawrence M

    2013-09-01

    Digital imaging combined with picture archiving and communication system (PACS) access allows detailed image retrieval and magnification. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals preferentially deposit in fibrocartilages, the cartilage of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint being one such structure. We sought to determine if examination of the AC joints on magnified PACS imaging of chest films would be useful in identifying chondrocalcinosis (CC). Retrospective radiographic readings and chart reviews involving 1,920 patients aged 50 or more who had routine outpatient chest radiographs over a 4-month period were performed. Knee radiographs were available for comparison in 489 patients. Medical records were reviewed to abstract demographics, chest film reports, and diagnoses. AC joint CC was identified in 1.1 % (21/1,920) of consecutive chest films. Patients with AC joint CC were 75 years of age versus 65.4 in those without CC (p?CPPD crystal deposition disease than those without AC joint CC (14 versus 1 %, p?=?0.0017). The prevalence of AC joint CC increases with age and is associated with knee CC. A finding of AC joint CC should heighten suspicion of pseudogout or secondary osteoarthritis in appropriate clinical settings and, in a young patient, should alert the clinician to the possibility of an associated metabolic condition. PMID:23609408

  14. Alterações degenerativas em pacientes com disfunção crâniomandibular Degenerative alterations in patients with craniomandibular desorders

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    João Baptista Ilha filho

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    Full Text Available Os processos degenerativos da ATM foram estudados em 17 pacientes, 34 ATMs do Serviço de Cirurgia Bucomaxilofacial do Hospital Jaraguá-São Paulo/SP, todos com diagnóstico de disfunção crâniomandibular. Foi utilizado o exame radiográfico do tipo transcraniano para verificação das degenerações articulares. As ATMs de cada paciente foram examinadas por três diferentes profissionais com auxílio do exame radiográfico. O exame clínico procurou observar dados como raça, gênero, a queixa principal de cada paciente, presença de dor pré-auricular, dor muscular, estalo nas articulações, e limitação da abertura da boca. A dor pré-auricular, e os estalos foram as principais queixas dos pacientes. As alterações degenerativas ocorreram mais nas mulheres com faixa etária entre 20 a 29 anos. Ocorreram na seguinte ordem decrescente: facetamento, eburnação e osteófito. As alterações foram mais marcantes no côndilo do que na eminência articular, já os facetamentos estiveram relacionados com a queixa principal de dor pré-auricular. Foi observado estatisticamente uma correlação de 70% entre o facetamento e a ebunação.The degenerative alterations of TMJ were study in 17 patients, 34 TMJs in the service of Hospital Jaraguá São Paulo-SP all of these patients with signs and symptoms of craniomandibular disfunction. It was used TMJ transcranial radiographs to verificate the joints degeneratives. The TMJs of each patient were examined by three differents professionals with help of radiographic exams. The clinical examination search to observe aspects as race, Sex, age the main complet of each patient, presence of pre-auricular pain, the click and limitation of mouth overture. The pre-auricular pain, the clicks were the main complete of the patients. The degenerative alterations were most frequent in woman on age between 20-29, in this decreansing order: flattenig, sclerosis, osteophyte. The alterations were more frequent in the condyle than in the articular eminence. It was observed estatisticaly a correlation of 70% between flattening and eburnation.Degenerative alterations were more frequent in the condyle than in the articular eminence. The flattening of the articular surfaces was relantionship with the articular pain.

  15. The results of decompressive surgery and instrumented posterolateral fusion in refractory degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Full Text Available "nBackground: Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a common disease of the lumbar spine especially in older ones. The disease represents a challenge to the treating physician. At present, for those patients that deteriorate clinically, there are many proposed algorithms for the surgical treatment. This before and after study was undertaken to assess the surgical results of decompression and instrumented posterolateral fusion in these patients. "nMethods: The study population consisted of 23 patients who had undergone no prior surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis on the lumbar spine. These patients were treated by decompression, bilateral posterolateral fusion, and segmental (pedicle screw instrumentation with mean follow-up of 29 months (range, 13-73 months. Finally, The clinical results were evaluated for all patients by means of an Oswestry Disability Index (ODI version 2.1, the Henderson's functional capacity, and persistence of leg symptoms, low back pain or claudication. Mann-Whitney and Chi-Square tests were used to assess the average values and comparison, respectively. "nResults: Henderson's functional capacity at the last visit session was excellent in 14 (60.9%, good in 7 (30.4%, fair in 2 (8.7% cases. ODI decreased from 72.2% (50-88% preoperatively to 14.4% (0-54% at the latest follow-up visit. A history of leg pain or claudication was correlated significantly with the amount of decline in ODI score and Henderson's functional capacity (p<0.05. "nConclusion: In spite of limited number of our patients, decompressive surgery plus instrumented posterolateral fusion is a safe, reliable, and satisfactory procedure for treating degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. This procedure may be done when conservative treatment was failed and psychological problems can be ruled out.

  16. Experimental colitis does not increase the prevalence of ANKENT, a spontaneous joint disease in mice.

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    ?apková, Jana; Št?pánková, Renata; Hudcovic, Tomáš; Šinkora, Ji?í; ?eháková, Zuzana

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    Ro?. 49, ?. 6 (2004), s. 745-750. ISSN 0015-5632 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA310/00/1371; GA ?R(CZ) GA305/03/0287 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5052915 Keywords : ankylosing spondylitis * ankylosing enthesopathy * inflammatory bowel disease Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 1.034, year: 2004

  17. High-technology surgical methods in the comprehensive medical rehabilitation of patients with rheumatic diseases and joint pathology of the upper and lower extremities

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    Full Text Available A large clinical material (1693 patients with rheumatic diseases — RD, 2066 operations was used to develop a three-level medical rehabilitation system using differentiated, including high-technology surgical methods depending on the nosology, RD stage, localization of joint diseases of the upper and lower extremities during adequate drug therapy. A positive result persisting for 1 to 20 years was achieved in 60—92% of cases.

  18. Quantitative survey radiographic evaluation of the lumbosacral spine of normal dogs and dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis

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    Survey radiographic studies of the lumbosacral region for 93 normal dogs and for 26 dogs with confirmed degenerative lumbosacral stenosis were reviewed. Normal dogs were divided into 9 groups based on age and body weight. For normal dogs, increasing age and body weight were associated with a decreased ability to extend the lumbosacral joint and with increased incidence and severity of spondylosis. Transitional lumbosacral vertebrae and evidence of lumbosacral disc space collapse were very infrequent findings, and the pivot point for lumbosacral motion was consistently centered over the lumbosacral disc space. Relative to an age/weight matched sub-population of normal dogs, dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis had similar mean normalized lumbosacral vertebral canal height, larger mean neutral lumbosacral angle, decreased extension of the lumbosacral joint, increased flexion of the lumbosacral joint, reduced lumbosacral range of motion, increased lumbosacral dynamic malalignment, higher incidence and severity of spondylosis, higher incidence of transitional vertebrae, and higher incidence of lumbosacral disc space collapse. A logistic model based strictly on radiographic parameters was able to discriminate normal from affected dogs with an overall accuracy rate of 86%

  19. Transplantation of Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived 3D Retinal Sheets into Retinal Degenerative Mice

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    Full Text Available In this article, we show that mouse embryonic stem cell- or induced pluripotent stem cell-derived 3D retinal tissue developed a structured outer nuclear layer (ONL with complete inner and outer segments even in an advanced retinal degeneration model (rd1 that lacked ONL. We also observed host-graft synaptic connections by immunohistochemistry. This study provides a “proof of concept” for retinal sheet transplantation therapy for advanced retinal degenerative diseases.

  20. Transplantation of Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived 3D Retinal Sheets into Retinal Degenerative Mice

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    Assawachananont, Juthaporn; Mandai, Michiko; Okamoto, Satoshi; Yamada, Chikako; Eiraku, Mototsugu; Yonemura, Shigenobu; Sasai, Yoshiki; Takahashi, Masayo

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    In this article, we show that mouse embryonic stem cell- or induced pluripotent stem cell-derived 3D retinal tissue developed a structured outer nuclear layer (ONL) with complete inner and outer segments even in an advanced retinal degeneration model (rd1) that lacked ONL. We also observed host-graft synaptic connections by immunohistochemistry. This study provides a “proof of concept” for retinal sheet transplantation therapy for advanced retinal degenerative diseases.

  1. Birth cohorts in asthma and allergic diseases: Report of a NIAID, NHLBI, MeDALL joint workshop

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    Bousquet, J; Gern, JE; Martinez, FD; Anto, JM; Johnson, CC; Holt, PG; Lemanske, RF; Le Souef, PN; Tepper, R; von Mutius, ERM; Arshad, SH; Bacharier, LB; Becker, A; Belanger, K; Bergstrom, A; Bernstein, D; Cabana, MD; Carroll, KN; Castro, M; Cooper, PJ; Gillman, MW; Gold, DR; Henderson, J; Heinrich, J; S-J, Hong; Jackson, DJ; Keil, T; Kozyrskyj, AL; Lodrup-Carlsen, K; Miller, RL; Momas, I; Morgan, WJ; Noel, P; Ownby, DR; Pinart, M; Ryan, P; Schwaninger, JM; Sears, MR; Simpson, A; Smit, HA; Stern, D; Subbarao, P; Valenta, R; Wang, X; Weiss, ST; Wood, R; Wright, AL; Wright, RJ; Togias, A; Gergen, PJ

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    Population-based birth cohorts on asthma and allergies increasingly provide new insights into the development and natural history of the diseases. Over 130 birth cohorts focusing on asthma and allergy have been initiated in the last 30 years. A NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), NHLBI (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute), MeDALL (Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy, Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission) joint workshop was held in Bethesda, MD, USA September 11–12, 2012 with 3 objectives (1) documenting the knowledge that asthma/allergy birth cohorts have provided, (2) identifying the knowledge gaps and inconsistencies and (3) developing strategies for moving forward, including potential new study designs and the harmonization of existing asthma birth cohort data. The meeting was organized around the presentations of 5 distinct workgroups: (1) clinical phenotypes, (2) risk factors, (3) immune development of asthma and allergy, (4) pulmonary development and (5) harmonization of existing birth cohorts. This manuscript presents the workgroup reports and provides web links (AsthmaBirthCohorts.niaid.nih.gov or www.medall-fp7.eu) where the reader will find tables describing the characteristics of the birth cohorts included in this report, type of data collected at differing ages, and a selected bibliography provided by the participating birth cohorts. PMID:24636091

  2. Birth cohorts in asthma and allergic diseases: report of a NIAID/NHLBI/MeDALL joint workshop.

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    Bousquet, Jean; Gern, James E; Martinez, Fernando D; Anto, Josep M; Johnson, Christine C; Holt, Patrick G; Lemanske, Robert F; Le Souëf, Peter N; Tepper, Robert S; von Mutius, Erika R M; Arshad, S Hasan; Bacharier, Leonard B; Becker, Allan; Belanger, Kathleen; Bergström, Anna; Bernstein, David I; Cabana, Michael D; Carroll, Kecia N; Castro, Mario; Cooper, Philip J; Gillman, Matthew W; Gold, Diane R; Henderson, John; Heinrich, Joachim; Hong, Soo-Jong; Jackson, Daniel J; Keil, Thomas; Kozyrskyj, Anita L; Lødrup Carlsen, Karin C; Miller, Rachel L; Momas, Isabelle; Morgan, Wayne J; Noel, Patricia; Ownby, Dennis R; Pinart, Mariona; Ryan, Patrick H; Schwaninger, Julie M; Sears, Malcolm R; Simpson, Angela; Smit, Henriette A; Stern, Debra A; Subbarao, Padmaja; Valenta, Rudolf; Wang, Xiaobin; Weiss, Scott T; Wood, Robert; Wright, Anne L; Wright, Rosalind J; Togias, Alkis; Gergen, Peter J

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    Population-based birth cohorts on asthma and allergies increasingly provide new insights into the development and natural history of the diseases. More than 130 birth cohorts focusing on asthma and allergy have been initiated in the last 30 years. A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Mechanisms of the Development of Allergy (MeDALL; Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission) joint workshop was held in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 11-12, 2012, with 3 objectives: (1) documenting the knowledge that asthma/allergy birth cohorts have provided, (2) identifying the knowledge gaps and inconsistencies, and (3) developing strategies for moving forward, including potential new study designs and the harmonization of existing asthma birth cohort data. The meeting was organized around the presentations of 5 distinct workgroups: (1) clinical phenotypes, (2) risk factors, (3) immune development of asthma and allergy, (4) pulmonary development, and (5) harmonization of existing birth cohorts. This article presents the workgroup reports and provides Web links (AsthmaBirthCohorts.niaid.nih.gov or www.medall-fp7.eu), where the reader will find tables describing the characteristics of the birth cohorts included in this report, the type of data collected at differing ages, and a selected bibliography provided by the participating birth cohorts. PMID:24636091

  3. US-guided interventional joint procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases-When and how we do it?

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    Goncalves, B., E-mail: belarmino.goncalves@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra - HUC, Coimbra (Portugal); Ambrosio, C.; Serra, S. [Department of Rheumatology, Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra - HUC, Coimbra (Portugal); Alves, F.; Gil-Agostinho, A.; Caseiro-Alves, F. [Department of Radiology, Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra - HUC, Coimbra (Portugal)

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    Objective: To describe the main indications and the technical steps to perform ultrasound guided procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases. To access procedures accuracy, safety and effectiveness. Materials and methods: 27 patients with pain related to articular complications of rheumatic diseases and according to previous radiographic or US exam were submitted to several US-guided procedures. 42% of patients (n = 11) had rheumatoid arthritis, 11% (n = 3) spondyloarthropathies, 18% (n = 5) psoriatic arthritis, 15% (n = 4) undifferentiated arthritis, 3% (n = 1) Sjoegren syndrome and 11% (n = 3) had gout. Described procedures are synovial biopsies, intra-articular injections of corticosteroids, radiation synovectomy and synovial cysts drainage procedures. When a therapeutical procedure was made, patients were evaluated by 2 rheumatologists. Corticosteroids used were Prednisolone and Triamcinolone. Yttrium-90 was used for synovectomy. Results: In all cases success was achieved with correct needle placement inside the joint. After injection/aspiration symptoms successfully solved with all patients improving their health status. No complications were recorded during follow-up period. Conclusions: US-guidance is very reliable to afford a safety procedure always checking the injection, biopsy or aspiration. Guided-biopsy has high success rates obtaining several samples. Thus is also possible to use more powerful/long acting therapeutic drugs aggressive to extra-articular structures avoiding complications.

  4. US-guided interventional joint procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases-When and how we do it?

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    Objective: To describe the main indications and the technical steps to perform ultrasound guided procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases. To access procedures accuracy, safety and effectiveness. Materials and methods: 27 patients with pain related to articular complications of rheumatic diseases and according to previous radiographic or US exam were submitted to several US-guided procedures. 42% of patients (n = 11) had rheumatoid arthritis, 11% (n = 3) spondyloarthropathies, 18% (n = 5) psoriatic arthritis, 15% (n = 4) undifferentiated arthritis, 3% (n = 1) Sjoegren syndrome and 11% (n = 3) had gout. Described procedures are synovial biopsies, intra-articular injections of corticosteroids, radiation synovectomy and synovial cysts drainage procedures. When a therapeutical procedure was made, patients were evaluated by 2 rheumatologists. Corticosteroids used were Prednisolone and Triamcinolone. Yttrium-90 was used for synovectomy. Results: In all cases success was achieved with correct needle placement inside the joint. After injection/aspiration symptoms successfully solved with all patients improving their health status. No complications were recorded during follow-up period. Conclusions: US-guidance is very reliable to afford a safety procedure always checking the injection, biopsy or aspiration. Guided-biopsy has high success rates obtaining several samples. Thus is also possible to use more powerful/long acting therapeutic drugs aggressive to extra-articular structures avoiding complications.

  5. Regional cerebral blood flow in primary degenerative dementia

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    Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was examined, using SPECT by Xe-133 inhalation, in patients with primary degenerative dementia who were subgrouped according to predominant symptoms with respect to amnesia, apraxia, agnosia, aphasia, and personality changes. Also the effect of sex and age at dementia onset on the rCBF patterns was assessed. (author). 26 refs.; 1 fig.; 7 tabs

  6. Papel de la cirugía en la enfermedad degenerativa espinal: Análisis de revisiones sistemáticas sobre tratamientos quirúrgicos y conservadores desde el punto de vista de la medicina basada en la evidencia / Role of surgery in spinal degenerative disease: Analysis of systematic reviews on surgical and conservative treatments from an evidence-based approach

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    P.D., Delgado-López; A., Rodríguez-Salazar; J.M., Castilla-Díez; V., Martín-Velasco; O., Fernández-Arconada.

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Alrededor del 70-80% de la población presentará dolor de espalda incapacitante algún momento en su vida como consecuencia de la Enfermedad Degenerativa Espinal (EDE). Los costes globales que genera la enfermedad se estiman en torno al 1-2% del PIB anualmente. Desde el punto de vista de [...] la Medicina Basada en la Evidencia (MBE), se constata una llamativa discrepancia entre la enorme disponibilidad y creciente uso de técnicas quirúrgicas (en especial de fusión espinal) y la escasa evidencia científica que apoya su utilización. Material y métodos. Hemos revisado cuidadosamente todos los metaanálisis referentes a tratamientos de la EDE publicados hasta Diciembre de 2003 y hemos clasificado las recomendaciones terapéuticas en niveles de evidencia (fuerte, moderada, limitada o ausencia de evidencia), tanto para tratamientos quirúrgicos como conservadores, siguiendo las pautas de la MBE. Resultados. Identificamos 44 metaanálisis de interés (9 sobre cirugía lumbar, 3 sobre cirugía cervical y 32 sobre otros tratamientos). Desde el punto de vista quirúrgico, sólo alcanza nivel de evidencia fuerte la laminectomía precoz en síndrome de cola de caballo por extrusión discal; la superioridad de la discectomía simple o microdiscectomía frente a quimionucleolisis en prolapso discal y espondilosis; y la cirugía de fusión (en principio, no instrumentada) en espondilolistesis ístmica del adulto o degenerativa asociada a estenosis lumbar. En espondilosis cervical con radiculo y/o mielopatía cervical leve, la discectomía más fusión no supera a la discectomía simple y ésta es dudosamente superior a la historia natural de la enfermedad más allá de 24 meses. La utilización profiláctica de antibióticos en cirugía espinal es beneficiosa. No se demuestra beneficio de la cirugía en dolor discogénico. Ninguna terapia conservadora alcanza el nivel de evidencia fuerte. Los antidepresivos mejoran la percepción del dolor pero no la funcionalidad. Discusión. A pesar de que se ha doblado el porcentaje de cirugías de instrumentación lumbar en las últimas dos décadas y crece a un ritmo del 20% anual, no se ha demostrado de forma fehaciente una mejoría en los resultados clínicos ni siquiera en las tasas globales de artrodesis. Este llamativo incremento del uso de la cirugía en procesos diferentes a las deformidades espinales y espondilolistesis aisladas o acompañadas de estenosis del canal lumbar, quizá obedece a múltiples factores técnicos y clínico-epidemiológicos donde no podemos obviar la enorme trascendencia económica que subyace. Resulta crucial diferenciar qué subgrupos de pacientes con EDE se benefician claramente de la cirugía. Desde el punto de vista ético empieza a plantearse la necesidad de diseñar ensayos clínicos que incorporen placebos quirúrgicos, dada la escasa evidencia científica que apoya la cirugía espinal a día de hoy. La mayor parte de los tratamientos conservadores tienen una eficacia moderada o leve (casi siempre transitoria) y, probablemente, deban utilizarse en combinación. Conclusiones. La cirugía de la EDE se asienta sobre pilares inseguros habida cuenta de que la mayor parte de las técnicas que se indican no están avaladas por recomendaciones de primera clase en términos de MBE. Parece necesario consensuar, desde las organizaciones que estudian la columna degenerativa, guías de práctica clínica en lo referente al tratamiento integral y multidisciplinado de la EDE, a sabiendas que, hasta hoy, pocos tratamientos alteran de forma positiva y duradera la historia natural de la enfermedad. Abstract in english Introduction. The lifetime prevalence of invalidating back pain in general population caused by Spinal Degenerative Disease (SDD) is about 70-80%. Global costs related to this disease are enormous (1-2% gross domestic product). From an Evidence-based point of view, there is a striking discrepancy be [...] tween the use of many available surgical techniques (especially for spinal fusion) and the lack of scientific suppor

  7. Hemodynamic Alteration of the Cervical Venous Circulation in a Patient Suffering From Atlantoaxial Degenerative Osteoarthritis with Subluxation: A Case Report

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    Lee, Hyun; Jang, Yi Sheng; Lee, Sang Jin; Hwang, Byeong Wook [Busan Wooridul Spine Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Ho [Seoul Wooridul Hospital, Gimpio (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Won Gyu [Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-01-15

    A 52-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with severe occipitocervical pain. The radiographic examination revealed degenerative osteoarthritis and subluxation of the right atlantoaxial joint. Her pain was completely and immediately relieved after occipitocervical reduction and fusion. The marked dilatation of the extradural venous plexus around the vertebral artery and the enlarged deep cervical veins seen on the preoperative MR images had returned to normal dimensions on the postoperative MR images, and this explained the observed rapid pain relief. We report here on this case together with a review of the relevant literature.

  8. MRI based volumetric assessment of knee cartilage after ACL-reconstruction, correlated with qualitative morphologic changes in the joint and with clinical outcome. Is there evidence for early posttraumatic degeneration?; MRT-basierte Knorpelvolumetrie nach Kreuzbandersatzplastik in Korrelation mit qualitativen Gelenkveraenderungen und dem klinischen Outcome. Gibt es Hinweise auf fruehzeitige posttraumatische degenerative Veraenderungen?

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    Arnoldi, A.P.; Weckbach, S.; Horng, A.; Reiser, M. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Dept. of Clinical Radiology; Nussbickel, C. [Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). Dept. of Internal Medicine; Noebauer, I. [Medizinische Universitaet Wien (Austria). Klinik fuer Radiodiagnostik; Zysk, S. [Orthopaedie Zentrum Groebenzell (Germany). Center of Orthopaedics; Glaser, C. [NYU Medical Center, New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Radiology

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze potential quantitative and qualitative changes of the knee cartilage and joint indicative of early posttraumatic OA 4 years after ACL-reconstruction and to correlate the MRI-findings with the clinical outcome (CO). Materials and Methods: 1.5 T MRI-scans were performed on 9 patients post-op and 4 years later. Using a high-resolution T 1-w-fs-FLASH-3D-sequence cartilage volume (cVol) and thickness (mTh) were quantified. Using standard PD-w fs and T 1-w sequences qualitative changes of the joint structures were analyzed based on the WORMS-score. CO was rated by an orthopaedic surgeon using Lysholm-score, OAK-score, Tegner-activity-score (TAS), and Arthrometer KT-1000 testing. Results: Mean changes of cVol were -1.8 % (range: -5.9 %; + 0.7 %) and of mTh -0.8 % (range: -3.0 %; + 1.1 %). No significant change (95 %-CI) could be identified for any compartment. Three patients developed new peripatellar ostheophytes, acute trauma related changes mostly decreased. Mean outcome of Lysholm-score and OAK-score were 90 pts and 86 pts, mean TAS was 4.3 pts. Average maximum tibial translation reached 5.2 mm comparing to 6.7 mm on the healthy contralateral side. Conclusion: Despite a tendency towards decreased cVol and mTh 4 years after ACL-reconstruction qMRI revealed no significant cartilage loss. Newly developing osteophytes did not match with the observed good CO. This small pilot study motivates future quantitative and qualitative-structural MRI-based assessment of articular cartilage and other joint structures in order to improve diagnostic tools for the detection of early OA. (orig.)

  9. Correlation between Lumbar vertebral instability and severe degenerative spondylolisthesis

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    Golbakhsh M

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Severe spondylolisthesis is related to high degenerative changes in verte-bral spine. Degenerative spondylolisthesis often is seen with high-sacral slope. This study was conducted to investigate the relationship between high degenerative spondyl-olisthesis and sacral slope.Methods: A cross-sectional prospective study was done in patients with low back pain in Shafa Yahyaian and Sina University Hospitals in Tehran, in 18 months (April 2010- October 2011. Intermittent or continuous low back pain for three months and history of two disable low back pain attacks since one year ago were inclusion criteria. Pregnant patients were excluded. Lumbar vertebra displacement to vertebra body size ratio was calculated in dynamic mode. The ratio higher than 8% was considered as a lumbar instability. Rotation angle more than 11 ° was considered abnormal.Results: In this study, 52 patients (30 men, 22 women with 38.35±9.49 years old were enrolled. Mean body mass index was 23.01±4.59kg/m2. Thirty cases had abnormal verte-bral displacement. Angulation of the disc space more than 11 degrees was seen in 20 patients. No statistically significant difference in pelvic index between normal and abn-ormal lumbar vertebra displacement (P=0.443. The mean pelvic index in normal and abnormal angulation groups were 55.97° and 53.58°, respectively; the difference was not statistically significant (P=0.556.Conclusion: The results of the study showed disc degeneration had no association with sacral slope. High sacral slope can intensify spondylolisthesis but does not affect the incidence of degenerative spondylolisthesis. Additional research is required to find the other causes of degenerative spondylolisthesis.

  10. Simultaneous changes in gray matter volume and white matter fractional anisotropy in Alzheimer's disease revealed by multimodal CCA and joint ICA.

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    Ouyang, X; Chen, K; Yao, L; Hu, B; Wu, X; Ye, Q; Guo, X

    2015-08-20

    The prominent morphometric alterations of Alzheimer's disease (AD) occur both in gray matter and in white matter. Multimodal fusion can examine joint information by combining multiple neuroimaging datasets to identify the covariant morphometric alterations in AD in greater detail. In the current study, we conducted a multimodal canonical correlation analysis and joint independent component analysis to identify the covariance patterns of the gray and white matter by fusing structural magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging data of 39 AD patients (23 males and 16 females, mean age: 74.91±8.13years) and 41 normal controls (NCs) (20 males and 21 females, mean age: 73.97±6.34years) derived from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative database. The results revealed 25 joint independent components (ICs), of which three joint ICs exhibited strong links between the gray matter volume and the white matter fractional anisotropy (FA) and significant differences between the AD and NC group. The joint IC maps revealed that the simultaneous changes in the gray matter and FA values primarily involved the following areas: (1) the temporal lobe/hippocampus-cingulum, (2) the frontal/cingulate gyrus-corpus callosum, and (3) the temporal/occipital/parietal lobe-corpus callosum/corona radiata. Our findings suggest that gray matter atrophy is associated with reduced white matter fiber integrity in AD and possibly expand the understanding of the neuropathological mechanisms in AD. PMID:26116521

  11. Ultrasound colour Doppler measurements in a single joint as measure of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis--assessment of concurrent validity

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    Ellegaard, K.; Torp-Pedersen, S.; Terslev, L.; Danneskiold-Samsøe, Bente; Henriksen, M.; Bliddal, H.

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Colour Doppler ultrasound (CDU) displays blood flow in the tissues and is able to detect hyperaemia. Because hyperaemia is part of the inflammatory response, the amount of CDU activity in the inflamed synovium may be used to quantify the inflammatory activity in RA. It has never been investigated if the amount of CDU activity in a single joint can be used to quantify disease activity in RA. METHODS: A total of 109 patients with RA and affection of the wrist joint underwent a standardi...

  12. A randomized double blind comparison of short-term duodenally administrated whale and seal blubber oils in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and joint pain

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    Bjørkkjær, Tormod; Araujo, Pedro; Madland, Tor Magne; Berstad, Arnold; Frøyland, Livar

    2009-01-01

    Compared with soy oil, 10 days treatment with seal oil (SO), 10 mL×3 daily, self-administrated through a nasoduodenal feeding tube, relieves joint pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This randomized, controlled, double blind pilot trial compares SO and whale oil (WO) administered similarly by duodenal tube, for 10 days in 18 patients with IBD-related joint pain (n=9 per group). Other long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were prohibited 7-days prior to and during stud...

  13. Review of antihemophilic factor injection for the routine prophylaxis of bleeding episodes and risk of joint damage in severe hemophilia A

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    Hans-Christoph Rossbach

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    Full Text Available Hans-Christoph RossbachDivision of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, St. Joseph Children’s Hospital, Tampa, FL, USAAbstract: Individuals with severe factor VIII deficiency experience recurrent hemorrhages and develop progressive joint damage. Large retrospective, nonrandomized studies of patient cohorts followed over decades show that factor prophylaxis initiated at an early age before the onset of recurrent bleeding reduces the incidence of hemophilic arthropathy. Two recent prospective, multicenter, randomized trials conducted in Europe (the ESPRIT study and the USA (the Joint Outcome Study confirm the efficacy of prophylaxis in the prevention of hemarthroses and arthropathy. Regular prophylaxis initiated in early childhood enhances the quality of life for patients with severe hemophilia and reduces the risk of inhibitor development. The substantial costs of such preventative therapy may be offset by the reduced expenditures that the care of degenerative joint disease in adult hemophilia patients would otherwise require.Keywords: hemophilia, factor VIII, prophylaxis, arthropathy, bleeding

  14. Radiographic evaluation of the use of transverse traction device in vertebral arthrodesis for degenerative diseases / Evaluación radiográfica de la utilización del dispositivo de tracción transversal en la artrodesis vertebral para las enfermedades degenerativas / Avaliação radiográfica do uso do dispositivo de traço transversa nas artrodeses vertebrais de patologias degenerativas

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    Edgar Takao, Utino; João Paulo Machado, Bergamaschi; Luciano Antonio Nassar, Pellegrino; Ricardo Shigueaki Galhego, Umeta; Maria Fernanda Silber, Caffaro; Robert, Meves; Osmar, Avanzi.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizar análise radiográfica do uso do dispositivo de tração transversa (DTT) quanto a taxa de consolidação em pacientes submetidos à artrodese vertebral da coluna lombar em patologias degenerativas. MÉTODOS: Foram selecionadas radiografias nas incidências anteroposterior, perfil, oblí [...] quas e dinâmicas em flexão e extensão máxima de 23 pacientes submetidos à artrodese posterolateral da coluna lombar com seguimento pós-operatório mínimo de seis meses. As imagens foram avaliadas e classificadas pelo sistema de Linovitz, por dois cirurgiões de coluna. RESULTADOS: Avaliamos as radiografias de 23 pacientes no pós-operatório mínimo de 6 meses sendo que destes, 11 fizeram uso do DTT. Quanto à taxa de consolidação foram classificados como fusão sete pacientes (63,6%) no grupo que recebeu o DTT e seis pacientes (50%) naqueles em que o dispositivo não foi utilizado. Não observamos diferença estatística entre os grupos quanto à taxa de consolidação. CONCLUSÃO: A utilização do dispositivo de tração transversa neste estudo não apresentou diferença significativa quanto à taxa de consolidação na avaliação radiográfica. Ainda faltam na literatura estudos sobre a efetiva participação deste dispositivo na estabilidade dos sistemas de fixação pedicular. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Análisis del uso del dispositivo de tracción transversal (DTT) respecto a la tasa de consolidación en las enfermedades degenerativas de la columna vertebral en pacientes sometidos a la artrodesis, a partir del estudio de los resultados radiológicos. MÉTODOS: Se seleccionaron radiografía [...] s de la zona anteroposterior, oblicua y de perfil, así como, dinámicas de la flexión y extensión máxima, de 23 pacientes sometidos a la operación quirúrgica de artrodesis posterolateral de la columna lumbar, con un mínimo de seis meses después de la realización de la cirugía. Las imágenes fueron evaluadas y clasificadas mediante el sistema de Linovitz por dos cirujanos de columna. RESULTADOS: Evaluamos las radiografías de 23 pacientes después de la cirugía, mínimo de seis meses después y en 11 de los 23 pacientes anteriormente mencionados, se usó DTT. En cuanto a la tasa de consolidación, siete pacientes (63,6%) fueron clasificados como de fusión en el grupo con la DTT, así como seis pacientes (50%) del grupo en el que no se utilizó el tratamiento. Por lo tanto, no se observó diferencia estadística entre los grupos respecto a la tasa de consolidación en el análisis radiográfico. CONCLUSIONES: El uso del dispositivo de tracción transversal en este estudio no mostró diferencias significativas con respecto a la tasa de consolidación radiográfica. Además, no existen todavía estudios suficientes sobre la efectiva participación de este dispositivo en la estabilidad de los sistemas de fijación pedicular. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: Perform radiographic analysis of the use of Transverse Traction Device (DTT) with respect to fusion rate in patients submitted to vertebral arthrodesis for degenerative lumbar diseases. METHODS: We selected x-ray images on anteroposterior, lateral and oblique views and with maximum fle [...] xion and extension dynamics of 23 patients submitted to posterolateral arthrodesis of the lumbar spine with a minimum follow-up period of six months. The images were evaluated and classified by the Linovitz's system by two spine surgeons. RESULTS: We evaluated the radiographs of 23 patients after the minimum postoperative period of 6 months and of these, 11 have used DTT. With regard to the consolidation rate, seven patients (63.6%) in the group of DTT were classified as fusion as well as six patients (50%) who were not submitted to the treatment. There was no statistical difference between the groups regarding the consolidation rate. CONCLUSION: The use of transverse traction device in this study showed no significant difference in the rate of consolidation in radiographic evaluation. Studies on the effective participation of this devi

  15. A Heme Oxygenase-1 Transducer Model of Degenerative and Developmental Brain Disorders

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    Hyman M. Schipper

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 is a 32 kDa protein which catalyzes the breakdown of heme to free iron, carbon monoxide and biliverdin. The Hmox1 promoter contains numerous consensus sequences that render the gene exquisitely sensitive to induction by diverse pro-oxidant and inflammatory stimuli. In “stressed” astroglia, HO-1 hyperactivity promotes mitochondrial iron sequestration and macroautophagy and may thereby contribute to the pathological iron deposition and bioenergetic failure documented in Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease and certain neurodevelopmental conditions. Glial HO-1 expression may also impact neuroplasticity and cell survival by modulating brain sterol metabolism and the proteasomal degradation of neurotoxic proteins. The glial HO-1 response may represent a pivotal transducer of noxious environmental and endogenous stressors into patterns of neural damage and repair characteristic of many human degenerative and developmental CNS disorders.

  16. Messenger RNA delivery of a cartilage-anabolic transcription factor as a disease-modifying strategy for osteoarthritis treatment.

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    Aini, Hailati; Itaka, Keiji; Fujisawa, Ayano; Uchida, Hirokuni; Uchida, Satoshi; Fukushima, Shigeto; Kataoka, Kazunori; Saito, Taku; Chung, Ung-Il; Ohba, Shinsuke

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    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease and a major health problem in the elderly population. No disease-modifying osteoarthritis drug (DMOAD) has been made available for clinical use. Here we present a disease-modifying strategy for OA, focusing on messenger RNA (mRNA) delivery of a therapeutic transcription factor using polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polyamino acid block copolymer-based polyplex nanomicelles. When polyplex nanomicelles carrying the cartilage-anabolic, runt-related transcription factor (RUNX) 1?mRNA were injected into mouse OA knee joints, OA progression was significantly suppressed compared with the non-treatment control. Expressions of cartilage-anabolic markers and proliferation were augmented in articular chondrocytes of the RUNX1-injected knees. Thus, this study provides a proof of concept of the treatment of degenerative diseases such as OA by the in situ mRNA delivery of therapeutic transcription factors; the presented approach will directly connect basic findings on disease-protective or tissue-regenerating factors to disease treatment. PMID:26728350

  17. [Unilateral congenital cataract, iridic hypoplasia and macular degenerative lesions].

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    Nicu, C

    1989-01-01

    The present paper reports on the case of an 18-year-old man with congenital cataract and microphthalmos of the left eye, divergent strabismus and sursum vergens. Macular degenerative lesions were also present in the right eye, hypoplasia of the iris in both eyes and fixation nystagmus with equal jerks in both directions. The general physical examination showed congenital atrial septal defect. The morbid cardiac and ocular association plead for rubella embryopathy. PMID:2532774

  18. C-reactive protein in degenerative aortic valve stenosis

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    Mazzone AnnaMaria; Sanchez Pedro L

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    Abstract Degenerative aortic valve stenosis includes a range of disorder severity from mild leaflet thickening without valve obstruction, "aortic sclerosis", to severe calcified aortic stenosis. It is a slowly progressive active process of valve modification similar to atherosclerosis for cardiovascular risk factors, lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and calcification. Systemic signs of inflammation, as wall and serum C-reactive protein, similar to those found in atherosclerosis, ...

  19. Early clinical results with cortically based pedicle screw trajectory for fusion of the degenerative lumbar spine.

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    Glennie, R Andrew; Dea, Nicolas; Kwon, Brian K; Street, John T

    2015-06-01

    This study reviews the outcomes and revision rates of degenerative lumbar fusion surgery using cortical trajectory pedicle screws in lieu of traditional pedicle screw instrumentation. Pedicle screw fixation can be a challenge in patients with low bone mineral density. Wide posterior approaches to the lumbar spine exposing lateral to the facet joints and onto transverse processes causes an additional degree of muscular damage and blood loss not present with a simple laminectomy. A cortical bone trajectory pedicle screw has been proposed as an alternative to prevent screw pullout and decrease the morbidity associated with the wide posterior approach to the spine. We present a series of eight consecutive patients using a cortical bone trajectory instead of traditional pedicle screw fixation for degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine. A retrospective review of our institutional registry data identified eight patients who had cortical screws placed with the assistance of O-arm Stealth navigation (Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Memphis, TN, USA) from 2010-2013. We analyzed the need for revision, the maintenance of reduction and the incidence of screw pullout or breakage. Our review demonstrated that two of eight patients were revised at an average of 12months. The reasons for these revisions were pseudarthrosis and caudal adjacent segment failure. All patients who were revised had frank screw loosening. We present early clinical results of a new technique that has been shown to have a better fixation profile in laboratory testing. Our less than favorable early clinical results should be interpreted with caution and highlight important technical issues which should be considered. PMID:25769253

  20. Joint Association of Dietary Pattern and Physical Activity Level with Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Chinese Men: A Cross-Sectional Study

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    Wang, Dong; He, Yuna; Li, Yanping; Luan, Dechun; Zhai, Fengying; Yang, Xiaoguang; Ma, Guansheng

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    The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the joint associations of physical activity level (PAL) and dietary patterns in relation to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors among Chinese men. The study population consisted of 13 511 Chinese males aged 18-59 years from the 2002 China National Nutrition and Health Survey. Based on dietary data collected by a food frequency questionnaire, four dietary patterns were identified and labeled as "Green Water'' (high consumption ...

  1. Estimating a Multivariate Familial Correlation Using Joint Models for Canonical Correlations: Application to Memory Score Analysis from Familial Hispanic Alzheimer's Disease Study

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    Lee, Hye-Seung; Paik, Myunghee Cho; Lee, Joseph H

    2008-01-01

    Analysis of multiple traits can provide additional information beyond analysis of a single trait, allowing better understanding of the underlying genetic mechanism of a common disease. To accommodate multiple traits in familial correlation analysis adjusting for confounders, we develop a regression model for canonical correlation parameters and propose joint modeling along with mean and scale parameters. The proposed method is more powerful than the regression method modeling pairwise correla...

  2. Stem Cells for Temporomandibular Joint Repair and Regeneration.

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    Zhang, Shipin; Yap, Adrian U J; Toh, Wei Seong

    2015-10-01

    Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) represent a heterogeneous group of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), masticatory muscles and/or associated structures. They are a major cause of non-dental orofacial pain. As a group, they are often multi-factorial in nature and have no common etiology or biological explanations. TMD can be broadly divided into masticatory muscle and TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders are characterized by intra-articular positional and/or structural abnormalities. The most common type of TMJ disorders involves displacement of the TMJ articular disc that precedes progressive degenerative changes of the joint leading to osteoarthritis (OA). In the past decade, progress made in the development of stem cell-based therapies and tissue engineering have provided alternative methods to attenuate the disease symptoms and even replace the diseased tissue in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Resident mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been isolated from the synovia of TMJ, suggesting an important role in the repair and regeneration of TMJ. The seminal discovery of pluripotent stem cells including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have provided promising cell sources for drug discovery, transplantation as well as for tissue engineering of TMJ condylar cartilage and disc. This review discusses the most recent advances in development of stem cell-based treatments for TMJ disorders through innovative approaches of cell-based therapeutics, tissue engineering and drug discovery. PMID:26123357

  3. [Role of total systems' connective tissue disease in the development of posttraumatic changes in the temporomandibular joint].

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    Sulimov, A F; Savchenko, R K

    2004-01-01

    The aim of our work was to ascertain the relationship between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) complications of jaw fractures and displasia of connective tissue (DCT). The results of this investigation suggest, that DCT is an important factor of risk for joint disturbance such as arthritis and osteoarthrosis of TMJ. PMID:15021874

  4. The differential diagnosis of inflammatory joint disease in maternal-fetal microchimerism / Diagnóstico diferencial de doença inflamatória articular em microquimerismo materno-fetal

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    Seme Youssef, Reda; Marina Lobato, Martins.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho teve como objetivo fazer o diagnóstico diferencial de doença articular, em um caso de quimerismo genético de doadora multípara do Hemocentro Regional de Guarapuava-PR, com três gestações de fetos do sexo masculino, que apresentou dor articular previamente à última doação. Foi possível [...] identificar células fetais ainda presentes na sua circulação após 20 anos da última gestação. Os exames laboratoriais para proteínas de fase aguda demonstram possível término da imunotolerância às células fetais circulantes na doadora e, com isso, uma hipótese de doença de enxerto contra o hospedeiro foi elaborada para explicar a doença articular manifestada pela doadora. Abstract in english This study aimed at making the differential diagnosis of joint disease in a case of genetic chimerism in a female multiparous donor from the Regional Blood Bank of Guarapuava-PR (Hemocentro Regional de Guarapuava-PR), who had had three pregnancies of male fetuses. The patient showed joint pain prior [...] to the last donation. It was possible to identify fetal cells remaining in circulation 20 years after her last pregnancy. Laboratory tests for acute phase proteins revealed possible termination of immune tolerance to circulating fetal cells. Thus, a hypothesis of graft-versus-host disease was formulated to explain the joint disease manifested by the donor.

  5. Dizziness and Heart Disease Risk

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    Full Text Available ... be at risk of more serious conditions - including death, according to a new study published in the ... a degenerative brain disease such as Parkinson's. The death rate for those with orthostatic hypotension was 64 ...

  6. Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee : systematic review and meta-analysis of benefits and harms

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    Thorlund, Jonas Bloch; Juhl, C B

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine benefits and harms of arthroscopic knee surgery involving partial meniscectomy, debridement, or both for middle aged or older patients with knee pain and degenerative knee disease. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pain and physical function. DATA SOURCES: Systematic searches for benefits and harms were carried out in Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) up to August 2014. Only studies published in 2000 or later were included for harms. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Randomised controlled trials assessing benefit of arthroscopic surgery involving partial meniscectomy, debridement, or both for patients with or without radiographic signs of osteoarthritis were included. For harms, cohort studies, register based studies, and case series were also allowed. RESULTS: The search identified nine trials assessing the benefits of knee arthroscopic surgery in middle aged and older patients with knee pain and degenerative knee disease. The main analysis, combining the primary endpoints of the individual trials from three to 24 months postoperatively, showed a small difference in favour of interventions including arthroscopic surgery compared with control treatments for pain (effect size 0.14, 95% confidence interval 0.03 to 0.26). This difference corresponds to a benefit of 2.4 (95% confidence interval 0.4 to 4.3) mm on a 0-100 mm visual analogue scale. When analysed over time of follow-up, interventions including arthroscopy showed a small benefit of 3-5 mm for pain at three and six months but not later up to 24 months. No significant benefit on physical function was found (effect size 0.09, -0.05 to 0.24). Nine studies reporting on harms were identified. Harms included symptomatic deep venous thrombosis (4.13 (95% confidence interval 1.78 to 9.60) events per 1000 procedures), pulmonary embolism, infection, and death. CONCLUSIONS: The small inconsequential benefit seen from interventions that include arthroscopy for the degenerative knee is limited in time and absent at one to two years after surgery. Knee arthroscopy is associated with harms. Taken together, these findings do not support the practise of arthroscopic surgery for middle aged or older patients with knee pain with or without signs of osteoarthritis. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW REGISTRATION: PROSPERO CRD42014009145.

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging-determined synovial membrane volume as a marker of disease activity and a predictor of progressive joint destruction in the wrists of patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Østergaard, Mikkel; Hansen, M; Stoltenberg, M; Gideon, P; Klarlund, M; Jensen, K E; Lorenzen, I

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the synovial membrane volume, determined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as a marker of joint disease activity and a predictor of progressive joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Twenty-six patients with RA, randomized to receive disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy alone (11 patients) or DMARDs in combination with oral prednisolone (15 patients), were followed up for 1 year with contrast-enhanced MRI of the dominant wrist (months 0...

  8. Voxel-based analysis of cerebral glucose metabolism in AD and non-AD degenerative dementia using statistical parametric mapping

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    Objective: It is know that Alzheimer's disease (AD) and non-AD degenerative dementia have some clinical features in common. The aim of this study was to investigate the specific patterns of regional, cerebral glucose metabolism of AD and non-AD degenerative dementia patients, using a voxel-based 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET study. Methods: Twenty-three AD patients and 24 non-AD degenerative dementia patients including 9 Parkinson's disease with dementia(PDD), 7 frontal-temporal dementia (FTD), 8 dementia of Lewy bodies (DLB) patients, and 40 normal controls (NC)were included in the study. To evaluate the relative cerebral metabolic rate of glucose (rCMRglc), 18F-FDG PET imaging was performed in all subjects. Subsequently, statistical comparison of PET data with NC was performed using statistical parametric mapping (SPM). Results: The AD-associated FDG imaging pattern typically presented as focal cortical hypometabolism in bilateral parietotemporal association cortes and(or) frontal lobe and the posterior cingulate gyms. As compared with the comparative NC, FTD group demonstrated significant regional reductions in rCMRglc in bilateral frontal, parietal lobes, the cingulate gyri, insulae, left precuneus, and the subcortical structures (including right putamen, right medial dorsal nucleus and ventral anterior nucleus). The PDD group showed regional reductions in rCMRglc in bilateral frontal cortexes, parietotemporal association cortexes, and the subcortical structures (including left caudate, right putamen, the dorsomedial thalamus, lateral posterior nucleus, and pulvinar). By the voxel-by-voxel comparison between the DLB group and NC group, regional reductions in rCMRglc included bilateral occipital cortexes, precuneuses, frontal and parietal lobes, left anterior cingulate gyms, right superior temporal cortex, and the subcortical structures including putamen, caudate, lateral posterior nucleus, and pulvinar. Conclusions: The rCMRglc was found to be different between AD and non-AD degenerative dementia patients. Voxel-based analysis for evaluating 18F-FDG PET results of degenerative dementia would be likely to be valuable in further diagnosis and evaluation of dementia-related disorders. (authors)

  9. Plantar fasciitis: a degenerative process (fasciosis) without inflammation.

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    Lemont, Harvey; Ammirati, Krista M; Usen, Nsima

    2003-01-01

    The authors review histologic findings from 50 cases of heel spur surgery for chronic plantar fasciitis. Findings include myxoid degeneration with fragmentation and degeneration of the plantar fascia and bone marrow vascular ectasia. Histologic findings are presented to support the thesis that "plantar fasciitis" is a degenerative fasciosis without inflammation, not a fasciitis. These findings suggest that treatment regimens such as serial corticosteroid injections into the plantar fascia should be reevaluated in the absence of inflammation and in light of their potential to induce plantar fascial rupture. PMID:12756315

  10. Uncertainty in estimating probability of causation in a cross-sectional study: joint effects of radiation and hepatitis-C virus on chronic liver disease

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    Exposure to other risk factors is an important consideration in assessing the role played by radiation in producing disease. A cross-sectional study of atomic-bomb survivors suggested an interaction between whole-body radiation exposure and chronic hepatitis-C viral (HCV) infection in the etiology of chronic liver disease (chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis), but did not allow determination of the joint-effect mechanism. Different estimates of probability of causation (POC) conditional on HCV status resulted from additive and multiplicative models. We therefore estimated the risk for radiation conditional on HCV status using a more general, mixture model that does not require choosing between additivity or multiplicativity, or deciding whether there is interaction, in the face of the large uncertainty. The results support the conclusion that POC increases with radiation dose in persons without HCV infection, but are inconclusive regarding individuals with HCV infection, the lower confidence bound on estimated POC for radiation with HCV infection being zero over the entire dose range. Although the mixture model may not reflect the true joint-effect mechanism, it avoids restrictive model assumptions that cannot be validated using the available data yet have a profound influence on estimated POC. These considerations apply more generally, given that the additive and multiplicative models are often used in POC related work. We therefore consider that an empirical approach may be preferable to assuming a specific mechanistic model for estimating POC in epidemiological studies where the joint-effect mechanism is in doubt

  11. Ataxia heredo-degenerativa associada a hipoacusia / Heredo-degenerative ataxia associated with hypoacousia

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    José Antonio, Levy; Ehrenfried O., Wittig.

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    Full Text Available São estudados três irmãos, respectivamente com 16, 8 e 6 anos de idade, todos do sexo masculino, com ataxia heredo-degenerativa associada, em dois dêles, a hipoacusia. Nos antecedentes há referência a moléstia semelhante em um avô e um tio-avô. É discutido o diagnóstico diferencial com a moléstia de [...] Pièrre Marie, a doença de Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a síndrome de Refsum e a neurite intersticial hipertrófica, sendo acentuada a semelhança dos casos estudados com a moléstia de Friedreich. São feitos comentários à associação da doença de Friedreich com distúrbios da audição. Abstract in english The cases of three brothers, all males and aged 16, 8 and 6 years with heredo-degenerative ataxia associated, in two of them, with hypoacusia are reported. There are references of a similar disease in a grand-father and a great-uncle of the patients. The differential diagnosis with Pièrre Marie's di [...] sease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth's disease, Refsum's syndrome and hypertrophic interstitial neuritis is discussed, the similarity between the cases studied and Friedreich's disease being stressed. Comments are made on the association of Friedreich's disease with auditory disturbances.

  12. A Bamboo Joint-Like Appearance is a Characteristic Finding in the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract of Crohn's Disease Patients: A Case-Control Study.

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    Fujiya, Mikihiro; Sakatani, Aki; Dokoshi, Tatsuya; Tanaka, Kazuyuki; Ando, Katsuyoshi; Ueno, Nobuhiro; Gotoh, Takuma; Kashima, Shin; Tominaga, Motoya; Inaba, Yuhei; Ito, Takahiro; Moriichi, Kentaro; Tanabe, Hiroki; Ikuta, Katsuya; Ohtake, Takaaki; Yokota, Kinnichi; Watari, Jiro; Saitoh, Yusuke; Kohgo, Yutaka

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    The clinical importance of Crohn's disease (CD)-specific lesions in the upper gastrointestinal tract (upper GIT) has not been sufficiently established. The aim of this case-control study is to investigate the characteristic findings of CD in the upper GIT.In 2740 patients who underwent gastroduodenoscopy at Asahikawa Medical University between April 2011 and December 2012, 81 CD patients, 81 gender- and age-matched non-IBD patients, and 66 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients were investigated in the present study. (1) The diagnostic ability and odds ratio of each endoscopic finding (a bamboo joint-like appearance in the cardia, erosions, and/or ulcers in the antrum, notched signs, and erosions and/or ulcers in the duodenum) were compared between the CD and non-IBD patients or UC patients. (2) The interobserver agreement of the diagnosis based on the endoscopic findings was evaluated by 3 experienced and 3 less-experienced endoscopists.The incidence of detecting a bamboo joint-like appearance, notched signs, and erosions and/or ulcers in the duodenum was significantly higher in the CD patients than in the non-IBD and UC patients. In addition, the diagnostic ability and odds ratio of a bamboo joint-like appearance for CD were higher than those for the other findings. Kendall's coefficients of concordance in the group of experienced and less-experienced endoscopists were relatively high for a bamboo joint-like appearance (0.748 and 0.692, respectively).A cardiac bamboo joint-like appearance is a useful finding for identifying high-risk groups of CD patients using only gastroduodenoscopy. PMID:26376393

  13. Evolução dos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e do componente físico (PCS) do SF-36 durante o primeiro ano de pós-operatório de artrodese da coluna lombar em doenças degenerativas / Evolution of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of SF-36 during the first postoperative year of lumbar spine fusion in degenerative diseases / Evolución del cuestionario Oswestry 2.0 y del componente físico (PCS) del SF-36 durante el primer año de postoperatorio de fusión lumbar en enfermidades degenerativas

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    Alexandre Henrique Silveira, Bechara; Guilherme Rebechi, Zuiani; Marcelo Ítalo, Risso Neto; Paulo Tadeu Maia, Cavali; Ivan Guidolin, Veiga; Wagner, Pasqualini; Elcio, Landim.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a melhora clínica dos pacientes submetidos a descompressão e artrodese lombar póstero-lateral por doença degenerativa, avaliando a evolução dos escores do questionário Oswestry 2.0 e pelo componente físico (PCS) da escala SF-36. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo com 19 pacientes consecut [...] ivos com diagnóstico de doença degenerativa de disco (hérnia de disco, estenose lombar ou espondilolistese degenerativa) submetidos à descompressão e artrodese póstero-lateral. Todos os pacientes incluídos em nosso estudo responderam aos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e SF-36 em cinco momentos diferentes: no período pré-operatório e após 45, 90, 180 e 360 dias de cirurgia. RESULTADOS: Os escores dos questionários Oswestry 2.0 e do componente físico (PCS) do SF-36 dos 19 pacientes mostraram melhora significativa (p Abstract in spanish OBJETIVO: Evaluar la mejoría clínica de los pacientes sometidos a descompresión y artrodesis lumbar posterolateral para las enfermedades degenerativas, valoración de la evolución de las puntuaciones del cuestionario Oswestry 2.0 y el componente físico (PCS) de la escala SF-36. MÉTODOS: Evaluación de [...] 19 pacientes con enfermedad degenerativa del disco (hernia de disco, estenosis lumbar o espondilolistesis degenerativa) sometidos a descompresión y artrodesis posterolateral. Todos los pacientes incluidos en nuestro estudio respondieron al cuestionario de Oswestry 2.0 e al SF-36 en cinco ocasiones distintas: Período preoperatorio y 45, 90, 180 y 360 días después de la cirugía. RESULTADOS: Las puntuaciones del cuestionario Oswestry y el componente físico (PCS) de la SF-36 de los 19 pacientes mostraron una mejoría significativa (p Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: Assess the clinical improvement of patients undergoing decompression and posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative diseases, evaluating the evolution of the scores of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of the SF-36 scale. METHODS: Prospective study of 19 [...] patients with degenerative disc disease (disc herniation, lumbar stenosis or degenerative spondylolisthesis) that underwent decompression and posterolateral arthrodesis. All patients included in our study answered the questionnaire Oswestry 2.0 and the PCS of SF-36 at five different occasions: in the preoperative period and 45, 90, 180 and 360 days after surgery. RESULTS: The scores of Oswestry 2.0 questionnaire and the physical component (PCS) of the SF-36 of the patients showed significant improvement (p

  14. The relationship between pain and dynamic knee joint loading in knee osteoarthritis varies with radiographic disease severity. A cross sectional study

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    Henriksen, Marius; Aaboe, Jens

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: In a cross sectional study, we investigated the relationships between knee pain and mechanical loading across the knee, as indicated by the external knee adduction moment (KAM) during walking in patients with symptomatic knee OA who were distinguished by different radiographic disease severities. METHODS: Data from 137 symptomatic medial knee OA patients were used. Based on Kellgren/Lawrence (K/L) grading, the patients were divided into radiographically less severe (K/L?2, n=68) or severe (K/L>2, n=69) medial knee OA. Overall knee pain was rated on a 10cm visual analog scale, and peak KAM and KAM impulses were obtained from gait analyses. Mixed linear regression analyses were performed with KAM variables as the outcome, and pain and disease severity as independent variables, adjusting for age, gender, and walking speed. RESULTS: In adjusted analyses, less severe patients demonstrated negative relationships between pain intensities and dynamic loading. The severe patient group showed no relationshipbetween pain intensity and peak KAM, and a positive relationship between pain intensity and KAM impulse. CONCLUSION: In radiographically less severe knee OA, the negative relationships between pain intensity and dynamic knee joint loading indicate a natural reaction to pain, which will limit the stress on the joint. In contrast, either absent or positive relationships between pain and dynamic loading in severe OA may lead to overuse and accelerated disease progression. These findings may have a large potential interest for strategies of treatment in knee OA.

  15. Internal derangements of the temporomandibular joint: findings in the pediatric age group

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    Findings in 31 pediatric patients with pain and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are reported. The average age was 14 years and the average duration of symptoms was 21.4 months. Internal derangements were found in 29 patients (94%) and degenerative arthritis in 13 (42%). In 12 patients (39%), the problem could be traced to an injury to the jaw. Secondary condylar hypoplasia was associated with the meniscal abnormality in 3 patients (10%). Further awareness of internal derangements of the TMJ in the pediatric population should permit greater recognition of their etiology. It is important that threatment be initiated as soon as possible, not only to minimize the development of osseous disease in young adults but also to prevent facial growth deformities

  16. TNF Accelerates Death of Mandibular Condyle Chondrocytes in Rats with Biomechanical Stimulation-Induced Temporomandibular Joint Disease

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    Zhang, Hongyun; Zhang, Jing; Jing, Lei; Liao, Lifan; Wang, Meiqing

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    Objective To determine if temporomandibular joint chondrocyte apoptosis is induced in rats with dental biomechanical stimulation and what a role TNF takes. Methods Thirty-two rats were divided into 4 groups (n = 8/group) and exposed to incisor mal-occlusion induced by unilateral anterior crossbite biomechanical stimulation. Two groups were sampled at 2 or 4 weeks. The other two groups were treated with local injections of a TNF inhibitor or PBS into the temporomandibular joints area at 2 weeks and then sampled at 4 weeks. Twenty-four rats either served as unilateral anterior crossbite mock operation controls (n = 8/group) with sampling at 2 or 4 weeks or received a local injection of the TNF inhibitor at 2 weeks with sampling at 4 weeks. Chondrocytes were isolated from the temporomandibular joints of 6 additional rats and treated with TNF in vitro. Joint samples were assessed using Hematoxylin&eosin, Safranin O, TUNEL and immunohistochemistry staining, real-time PCR, fluorogenic activity assays and Western blot analyses. The isolated chondrocytes were also analyzed by flow cytometry. Results Unilateral anterior crossbite stimulation led to temporomandibular joint cartilage degradation, associated with an increase in TUNEL-positive chondrocytes number, caspase-9 expression levels, and the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria at 2 weeks without changes in TNF and caspase-8 levels until after 4 weeks. TNF stimulated apoptosis of the isolated chondrocytes and up-regulated caspase-8 expression, but did not change caspase-9 expression levels. Local injection of TNF inhibitor down-regulated caspase-8 expression and reduced TUNEL-positive cell number, but did not reverse cartilage thickness reduction, caspase-9 up-regulation or cytochrome c release. Conclusions Unilateral anterior crossbite stimulation induces mitochondrion-mediated apoptosis of articular chondrocytes. TNF accelerated the unilateral anterior crossbite induced chondrocytes apoptosis via death-receptor pathway. However, anti-TNF therapy does not prevent cartilage loss in this model of temporomandibular joint. PMID:26529096

  17. Temporomandibular joint disorders' impact on pain, function, and disability.

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    Chantaracherd, P; John, M T; Hodges, J S; Schiffman, E L

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the association between more advanced stages of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) intra-articular disorders ("TMJ intra-articular status"), representing a transition from normal joint structure to TMJ disc displacement with and without reduction (DDwR and DDwoR) to degenerative joint disease (DJD), and patient-reported outcomes of jaw pain, function, and disability ("TMD impact"). This cross-sectional study included 614 cases from the RDC/TMD Validation Project with at least one temporomandibular disorder (TMD) diagnosis. TMJ intra-articular status was determined by 3 blinded, calibrated radiologists using magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography as one of normal joint structure, DDwR, DDwoR, or DJD, representing the subject's most advanced TMJ diagnosis. TMD impact was conceptualized as a latent variable consisting of 1) pain intensity (Characteristic Pain Index from the Graded Chronic Pain Scale [GCPS]), 2) jaw function (Jaw Functional Limitation Scale), and 3) disability (Disability Points from GCPS). A structural equation model estimated the association of TMJ intra-articular status with the latent measure TMD impact as a correlation coefficient in all TMD cases (n = 614) and in cases with a TMD pain diagnosis (n = 500). The correlations between TMJ intra-articular status and TMD impact were 0.05 (95% confidence interval [CI], -0.04 to 0.13) for all TMD cases and 0.07 (95% CI, -0.04 to 0.17) for cases with a pain diagnosis, which are neither statistically significant nor clinically relevant. Conceptualizing worsening of TMJ intra-articular disorders as 4 stages and characterizing impact from TMD as a composite of jaw pain, function, and disability, this cross-sectional study found no clinically significant association. Models of TMJ intra-articular status other than ours (normal structure ? DDwR ? DDwoR ? DJD) should be explored. PMID:25572112

  18. Regional cerebral blood flow study with 123I-IMP in patients with degenerative dementia

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    Regional cerebral blood flow was evaluated by single-photon emission CT (SPECT) with 123I-N-isopropyl-p-iodoamphetamine (123I-IMP) in 11 patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type, three patients with progressive dementia and motor neuron disease, and eight healthy control subjects. Regional blood flow measurements in the bilateral frontal, parietal association, and temporal cortices were lower in the Alzheimer dementia patients than in controls. Flow deficits in the parietal association cortex were demonstrated in all patients with Alzheimer-type dementia; these deficits were correlated with the severity of disease. Lateral hemispheric asymmetry was seen in nine of 11 patients with Alzheimer-type dementia. In all three patients with progressive dementia and motor neuron disease, flow deficits were demonstrated in the bilateral frontal and temporal cortices, but no flow deficits were seen in the parietal association cortex. Brain SPECT with 123I-IMP may be useful in the differential diagnosis and evaluation of the severity of degenerative dementia

  19. The role of imaging in Paget's disease of the bone

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    The authors show the value of several images methods in the diagnosis of Paget's disease (PD) of the bone, emphasizing its common and uncommon aspects and complications. Eighty-nine cases belonging to Centro Radiologico de Brasilia teaching files were revised. Seventy-eight of these cases were studied by conventional X-rays, nine by computed tomography, two by magnetic resonance imaging and four b two or more of these methods. The radiographic findings most commonly observed were: advancing wedge of resorption, cortical thickening, coarsening of trabecular pattern along stress lines and enlargement of bone contours. The main complications were: pathological fracture, degenerative joint disease and malignant transformation. A non complicated PD of peripheral skeleton may be diagnosed solely by conventional radiography. Complicated cases in peripheral skeleton and axial manifestations should be, in addition, also evaluated by multiplanar image methods. (author)

  20. Diacerein: A New Disease Modulating Agent in Osteoarthritis

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    Medhi B

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Diacerein is a new anti-inflammatory analgesics and antipyretic drug, developed specially for the treatmentof osteoarthritis which is one of the most prevalent degenerative joint disease. It is highly effective inrelieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis and may be able to modify the course of the disease condition.Diacerein acts by inhibiting the production of IL-1â by human monocytes. It is reported to be safe incomparison to NSAIDs with no documented upper gastrointestinal toxicity like gastric or duodenal ulcer.The most common side effect observed in diacerein use is diarrhea. So, diacerein is emerging as a betterand safer alternative for the treatment of the osteoarthritis, which provides not only symptomatic treatmentbut also modifies the underlining pathological process. But further long term clinical trials are needed toprove its safety and efficacy.

  1. Intrinsic Patterns of Coupling between Correlation and Amplitude of Low-Frequency fMRI Fluctuations Are Disrupted in Degenerative Dementia Mainly due to Functional Disconnection

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    Mascali, Daniele; DiNuzzo, Mauro; Gili, Tommaso; Moraschi, Marta; Fratini, Michela; Maraviglia, Bruno; Serra, Laura; Bozzali, Marco; Giove, Federico

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    Low frequency fluctuations (LFFs) of the BOLD signal are a major discovery in the study of the resting brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Two fMRI-based measures, functional connectivity (FC), a measure of signal synchronicity, and the amplitude of LFFs (ALFF), a measure of signal periodicity, have been proved to be sensitive to changes induced by several neurological diseases, including degenerative dementia. In spite of the increasing use of these measures, whether and...

  2. Validity and Agreement between the 28-Joint Disease Activity Score Based on C-Reactive Protein and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Nielung, Louise; Christensen, Robin

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    Objective. To validate the agreement between the 28-joint disease activity score based on erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) and the 28-joint disease activity score based on C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) in a group of Danish patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. Data from 109 Danish RA patients initiating biologic treatment were analysed at baseline and following one year of treatment. Participants were retrospectively enrolled from a previous cohort study and were considered eligible for this project if CRP and ESR were measured at baseline and at the follow-up visit. To assess the extent of agreement between the two DAS28 definitions, the "European League Against Rheumatism" (EULAR) response criteria based on each definition were calculated with cross-classification. Weighted Kappa (?) coefficients were calculated, and Bland-Altman plots were used to illustrate degree of agreement between DAS28 definitions. Results. The 75 eligible patients were classified as EULAR good, moderate, and nonresponders with good agreement (61/75; 81%) between DAS28-CRP and DAS28-ESR (? = 0.75 (95% CI: 0.63 to 0.88)). Conclusions. According to our findings, DAS28-CRP and DAS28-ESR are interchangeable when assessing RA patients and the two versions of DAS28 are comparable between studies.

  3. Anti-lubricin monoclonal antibodies created using lubricin-knockout mice immunodetect lubricin in several species and in patients with healthy and diseased joints.

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    Ai, Minrong; Cui, Yajun; Sy, Man-Sun; Lee, David M; Zhang, Ling Xiu; Larson, Katherine M; Kurek, Kyle C; Jay, Gregory D; Warman, Matthew L

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    Lubricin, encoded by the gene PRG4, is the principal lubricant in articulating joints. We immunized mice genetically deficient for lubricin (Prg4-/-) with purified human lubricin, and generated several mAbs. We determined each mAb's binding epitope, sensitivity, and specificity using biologic samples and recombinant lubricin sub-domains, and we also developed a competition ELISA assay to measure lubricin in synovial fluid and blood. We found the mAbs all recognized epitopes containing O-linked oligosaccharides conjugated to the peptide motif KEPAPTTT. By western blot, the mAbs detected lubricin in 1 ?l of synovial fluid from several animal species, including human. The mAbs were specific for lubricin since they did not cross-react with other synovial fluid constituents from patients with camptodactyly-arthropathy-coxa vara-pericarditis syndrome (CACP), who genetically lack this protein. The competition ELISA detected lubricin in blood samples from healthy individuals but not from patients with CACP, indicating blood can be used in a diagnostic test for patients suspected of having CACP. Lubricin epitopes in blood do not represent degradation fragments from synovial fluid. Therefore, although blood lubricin levels did not differentiate patients with inflammatory joint disease from healthy controls, epitope-specific anti-lubricin mAbs could be useful for monitoring disease activity in synovial fluid. PMID:25642942

  4. Surface replacement arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal and metacarpophalangeal joints: The current state

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    Singh, Harvinder; Dias, Joseph J.

    2011-01-01

    Surface replacement arthroplasty for proximal interphalangeal joint and metacarpophalangeal joints are becoming popular. Low profile, anatomically designed implants limit the amount of bone removed but need preservation of the collateral ligaments. Pyrocarbon and cobalt-chrome stemmed unconstrained implants on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene are the two commonly available bearing surfaces. The indications for small joint arthroplasty are degenerative, post-traumatic or rheumatoid art...

  5. Degenerative progressive hereditary mieloencefalopathy (Weaver Syndrome) in Gir calves / Mieloencefalopatia degenerativa progressiva hereditária (Síndrome da Oscilação) em bezerros Gir

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    Pedro Carlos Lucas de, Oliveira; Humberto Eustáquio, Coelho; Alessandra Aparecida de, Medeiros; Susana Elisa, Rieck; Juliana Meirelles de, Souza; Rodrigo Rodrigues, Alvarenga.

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    Full Text Available A mieloencefalopatia degenerativa progressiva hereditária é uma doença descrita em bovinos Pardo Suíço. Nesses animais, a doença ocorre em bezerros de seis meses a dois anos de idade, e os principais sinais clínicos são nervosos. Dois bezerros Gir foram atendidos no Hospital Veterinário de Uberaba, [...] ambos com dificuldades de equilíbrio motor. O exame clínico revelou estado mental alerta, consciência apropriada, tremores de cabeça, reflexos sensitivos normais, sensibilidade à dor profunda e superficial normal, déficit motor dos membros posteriores com intensa incoordenação. Os bezerros foram sacrificados. Baseado no quadro clínico e nos achados necroscópicos e histopatológicos, pode-se sugerir que a neuropatia que acometeu os dois animais descritos em muito se assemelha à mieloencefalopatia degenerativa progressiva hereditária, observada em bovinos da raça Pardo Suíço. Abstract in english Degenerative progressive hereditary mieloencefalopathy is a disease described in young Brown Swiss cattle. In these animals the disease occurs in calves between six months and two years old showing mainly neurological signs. Two Zebu Gir calves were examined at the Veterinary Hospital of Uberaba, bo [...] th with balance deficits. The neurological examination has shown that they were mentally alert, with appropriate conscience, head tremor, normal sensitive reflexes, normal sensitivity for superficial and deep pain, motor deficit of the pelvic limbs with severe ataxia. The calves were sacrificed. Based on the clinical case and necroscopic and histopathological findings, it could be suggested that the neuropathy, which affected both animals described above, is very similar to the degenerative progressive hereditary mieloencefalopathy observed in Brown Swiss calves.

  6. La miopía degenerativa desde una perspectiva social / Degenerative myopia seen from a social perspective

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    Suzel Ivón, Lapido Polanco; Waldemar, Baldoquín Rodríguez; Madelaine, López González.

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    Full Text Available La miopía degenerativa y sus consecuencias para la visión en individuos jóvenes es uno de los problemas de salud a los que se enfrenta el profesional de la oftalmología. Se redactó un ensayo en el que se valoraron los principios de la bioética como paradigmas para el oftalmólogo actual, aplicados a [...] la enfermedad. Se tuvo en cuenta la influencia de la sociedad y el desarrollo científico-técnico en los pacientes que presentan esta afección y repercusión de la miopía en la formación de la personalidad y en sus relaciones con la familia y la sociedad. Abstract in english Degenerative myopia and its consequences for the young individuals' vision is one of the health problems that the ophthalmologist faces. This paper assessed the principles of bioethics as paradigms for the current ophthalmologist and applied to the disease. The influence of the society and of the te [...] chnical scientific development over the patients having this disease was taken into account together with the impact of myopia on the formation of their personality and on their relationship with the family and the society.

  7. Enteropathic arthritis in the sacroiliac joint. Imaging and differential diagnosis

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    Mester, Adam R. E-mail: mester@radi.sote.hu; Mako, Erno K.; Karlinger, Kinga; Gyoerke, Tamas; Tarjan, Zsolt; Marton, Erika; Kiss, Katalin

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    Objectives: A new high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scoring system of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) involvement in enteropathic arthritis is introduced. Patients and methods: SIJ's of 100 patients were studied. A total of 25 patients presented with pain syndrome, 25 with suspicious seronegative spondylarthritis, 25 with inflammatory bowel diseases and 25 without joint or bowel diseases, as a control group. HRCT was carried out in all 100 patients. For comparison, a plain film radiography (PFR), conventional CT (slices of 10 mm) and bone scan were used. Results: Quantitative differences: In the pain syndrome group, there were no erosions identified neither intraarticular calcifications. Disc degeneration was seen in 12/25 cases. In 4/25 patients, vacuum phenomena appeared in the SIJ. In 3/25 patients, ventral capsular calcification occurred in the ventral sacroiliac ligament (anterior capsule complex). In the seronegative spondylarthritis group, 16/25 patients had positive findings, while PFR documented erosions only in 3/25 cases. In the bowel diseases group, erosions were detected in 17/25 cases with HRCT, while the plain film was positive only in three cases and in seven cases the findings were questionable. Intraarticular calcification with erosion was documented in three cases and in seven cases without erosion. The bone scan was positive in 7/25 of this cases, but in 5/7 there was mismatching with HRCT. Important new finding was the HRCT detected erosion which was not detected on BS but was obvious on Anti-Granulocyte-Antibody scintigraphy. In the control group, only degenerative changes were seen in 4/25 cases and no erosions. Conclusion: HRCT is: (1) the reliable imaging of definitive (often 'cold stage') sacroileitis; (2) gives optimal detection of erosion; and (3) appears to be the only method in the documentation of calcifications in the posterior ligamental portion of the SIJ.

  8. Scintigraphic evaluation of the sacroiliac joints in anklylosing spondylitis

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    The sedimentation of sup(99m)Tc-phosphate complexes into the sacroiliac joints was investigated in 94 patients with loin pains and suspected of ankylosing spondylitis (SpA) and a control group of 96 healthy patients. The investigation yields the following results: 1. the visual evaluation of the scintigrams does not allow a reliable diagnosis and should be replaced by a semi-quantitative technique, 2. the index ISC/sacrum does remarkably depend on age, 3rd even in young patients the scintigraphic examination appears to be useful to alidate the clinical suspicion of sacroilictis which is in contradiction to literature, 4th with increasing SpA the scintigraphic detectability of changes in the ISG decreases. 5th the floriditily of the ISG process determines the scintigraphic detectability of the process of the disease, 6th the scintigraphic finding is unspecific. Inflammatory states of the disease of different genesis and degenerative processes in the ISG equally yield pathological index values. (orig./MG)

  9. Poor results of drilling in early stages of juxta-articular osteonecrosis in 12 joints affected by Gaucher disease

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    Lebel, Ehud; Phillips, Mici; Elstein, Deborah; Zimran, Ari; Itzchaki, Menachem

    2009-01-01

    Background and purpose Gaucher disease is heterogeneous. One of the most devastating complications is bone involvement, ranging from mild osteopenia to osteonecrosis, but no markers have been discovered to predict onset and/or progression. We describe our experience in a large referral center using drilling for juxta-articular osteonecrosis in young patients with Gaucher disease.

  10. Genetic testing of canine degenerative myelopathy in the South African Boxer dog population

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    Gareth E. Zeiler

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM is a progressive disease process that is diagnosed late in life and mainly affects the pelvic limbs. Factors that make an ante-mortem definitive diagnosis of DM include: an insidious onset and clinical manifestation that mimics other disease processes of the pelvic limbs (hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, etc. or there may even be concurrent disease processes, old-age onset and lack of reliable diagnostic methods. Until recently, South African dog owners had to submit samples to laboratories overseas for genetic testing in order to confirm an affected dog (homozygous A/A and to aid in the ante-mortem diagnosis of DM. Only affected dogs have been confirmed to manifest the clinical signs of DM. This study aimed to verify whether genetic testing by a local genetic laboratory was possible in order to detect a missense mutation of the superoxide dismutase gene (SOD1 that is implicated in causing the clinical signs of DM. The study also aimed to detect and map the inheritance of this disease process in a local Boxer dog population where the pedigree of the sampled population was known. Venous blood collected from Boxer dogs using a simple random sampling technique. The samples were genotyped for the SOD1:c.118G>A polymorphism. Carrier and affected Boxer dogs were detected. A pedigree that demonstrated the significance of inheriting a carrier or affected state in the population was mapped. The present study concludes that genotyping of the missense mutation in Boxer dogs is possible in South Africa. There are carrier and affected Boxer dogs in the local population, making DM a plausible diagnosis in aged dogs presenting with pelvic limb pathology.

  11. Significance of radionucleid examination of joints in diagnosis of subclinical arthritis background

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    Background. A large group of inflammation arthritis is represented by seronegative spondyloarthropathies (SpA), including several nosologies: psoriatic arthritis Bechterev's disease, Reiter's disease, etc. One of the most common SpA forms is Reactive arthritis (ReA). Inflammation process in joints is the most characteristic symptom, which determines severeness, course and prognosis of the disease. One of the most sensitive methods of examination of joints is radionucleid (RN) examination. Increased RNV accumulation in the joints is not a specific feature .for a concrete disease, and growth of its accumulation corresponds to the exudative component of inflammation process which reveals the early stage of joint inflammation (subclinical arthritis). Objectives: To find out how often subclinical inflammation processes (subclinical sinovitis) are observed in patients with minimal systemic activity of ReA. To detect in which joints subclinical sinovitis localizes most commonly. To evaluate significance of radionucleid examinations in diagnosis of subclinical arthritis. Material and methods. RN examination of joints was performed in 41 patient with ReA in I stage of activity and in 35 patients with ReA in II stage of activity, when the causative agent of infection - Chlamydia trachomatis - is localized in the urogenital tract. ReA was diagnosed according to diagnostic criteria of French Rheumatologists Association. For clinical description of joints index was used, characterized by pain intensity during joint palpation, and expressed by gradation degree from 0-3. In 76 patients with ReA I activity degree (ReA I) and ReA II activity degree (ReA II) radionucleid examination was done with marked 99Tc and analysis of the obtained joint scintigrams for SI area. In the control group, 90 joint scintigrams were analyzed for patients with degenerative joint diseases without palpation pain in the examined joints, determining Tc index (Tc ind) in separate joints and summary Tc ind. As different were considered the results, which differ from each other by not less than 20%. To detect early sinovitis in knee and ankle joints Tc ind for each joint was determined in ReA I and ReA II. Results. Calculation of early sinovitis was done in 3 stages: in the 1st stage, joint index and frequency as an early sign of clinical inflammation was determined in each joint area in the examined patient group (ReA I and ReA). In the IInd stage, in each joint Tc ind was determined and the results were compared to the indices of the control group. If Tc ind in the joint was (20% than in the control group then, corresponding to data in literature, it was concluded that in this joint objectively there is an inflammation process. In the examined patient group (ReA and ReA), with RN examination frequency of inflammation was determined either. As index of subclinical inflammation, difference between frequency of increased Tc index (objective sinovitis) and joints index (clinical sinovitis) was used (third stage). When frequency of increased Tc index joints was frequency of joints index, it was considered that in these joints subclinical arthritis is not present. Discussion and conclusions. In. the ReA patient group (ReA II), where subclinical sinovitis occurs more rarely, it is easier to diagnose it. Manual examination is sufficient for diagnosis. In ReA I both peripheral subclinical arthritis and symmetric sacroiliitis occur more frequently than in ReA II. Subclinical arthritis was most frequently found in the right ankle joint (59%) and left sacroiliac joint (32%). Therefore, examination of these joints requires especial attention and care, when examining patients with ReA, who complain about pain in the joints. Summary Tc ind, on the contrary, is higher in patients with ReA.II, which suggests increase in inflammation component (sinovitis) in the peripheral joints and activisation of systemic inflammation process (CRO and ESR increase as well). Summary. Tc ind in SI joints is increased in both ReA I and ReA II and in both cases asymmetric sacroiliitis can be detect

  12. Radiography and macroscopy of stifle joint after extra-articular stabilization employing Fascia lata, braided polyester and polyamida to correct cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs

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    The cranial cruciate ligament rupture is one of the main orthopaedic diseases which affect dogs. Many surgical techniques have been described and they aim to relief the pain, restore stifle biomechanical stability and prevent the progression of osteoarthritis. Fascia lata, braided polyester and polyamida were used in lateral fabellar suture to stifle stabilization after induced cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs that were submitted to radiographic and macroscopic evaluation of joint. In this study 18 dogs weighting more than 15kg were used (middleweight - 19.67kg), distributed in three groups corresponding to each technique, evaluated during 30 and 60 days. In the radiographic exam, the dogs had evidence of moderate to severe joint effusion, capsular distension and, in most cases, lacking of degenerative articular disease features. At the macroscopic exam of the stifle joint thickening of the joint capsule and periarticular soft tissues, erosion of the femoral condyles cartilage in all groups and loosening of the suture were observed in dogs submitted to extra-articular stabilization techniques employing braided polyester and polyamida

  13. Oleocanthal, a Phenolic Derived from Virgin Olive Oil: A Review of the Beneficial Effects on Inflammatory Disease

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Virgin olive oil (VOO is credited as being one of many healthful components of the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean populations experience reduced incidence of chronic inflammatory disease states and VOO is readily consumed as part of an everyday dietary pattern. A phenolic compound contained in VOO, named oleocanthal, shares unique perceptual and anti-inflammatory characteristics with Ibuprofen. Over recent years oleocanthal has become a compound of interest in the search for naturally occurring compounds with pharmacological qualities. Subsequent to its discovery and identification, oleocanthal has been reported to exhibit various modes of action in reducing inflammatory related disease, including joint-degenerative disease, neuro-degenerative disease and specific cancers. Therefore, it is postulated that long term consumption of VOO containing oleocanthal may contribute to the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean dietary pattern. The following paper summarizes the current literature on oleocanthal, in terms of its sensory and pharmacological properties, and also discusses the beneficial, health promoting activities of oleocanthal, in the context of the molecular mechanisms within various models of disease.

  14. US-guided interventional joint procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases--when and how we do it?

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    Gonçalves, B.; Ambrósio, C.; S. Serra; F. Alves; Gil-Agostinho, A; Caseiro-Alves, F.

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To describe the main indications and the technical steps to perform ultrasound guided procedures in patients with rheumatic diseases. To access procedures accuracy, safety and effectiveness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 27 patients with pain related to articular complications of rheumatic diseases and according to previous radiographic or US exam were submitted to several US-guided procedures. 42% of patients (n=11) had rheumatoid arthritis, 11% (n=3) spondyloarthropathies, 18% (n=5)...

  15. Proceedings of Joint International Symposium on the role of noninvasive imaging modalities in clinical decision making of coronary artery disease

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    This report contains ten papers on the use of noninvasive imaging in clinical diagnosis and decision making. Topics include a cost analysis of magnetic resonance imaging in medical technology, diagnostic uses of MRI in chronic coronary artery disease, clinical applications of cine computed tomography, the use of PET as a clinical tool, and the use of echocardiography in coronary artery disease. Individual papers are processed separately for the data base

  16. [Epidemiology of bone and joint disease - the present and future - . Risk and prevention/treatment of fractures associated with lifestyle-related diseases].

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    Yamauchi, Mika

    2014-05-01

    The risk of osteoporotic fracture is greater in patients with lifestyle-related diseases such as poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus and stage G3 chronic kidney disease (CKD). The Japanese 2011 Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis covered osteoporosis secondary to lifestyle-related diseases as a typical example of secondary osteoporosis, but specific treatment methods for osteoporosis secondary to lifestyle-related diseases have yet to be established. Therefore, treatment currently follows the clinical guidelines for primary osteoporosis. However, reduced bone quality is common in osteoporosis secondary to lifestyle-related diseases and therapeutic intervention should be considered even in patients without bone fracture if bone density is less than 80% that of the young adult mean. It is generally considered that the effectiveness and safety of bisphosphonate and selective estrogen receptor modulators for patients with osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes mellitus or stage G3 CKD are equivalent to those for patients without such lifestyle-related diseases. PMID:24769685

  17. Degenerative changes of the cranial cruciate ligament harvested from dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture.

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    Ichinohe, Tom; Kanno, Nobuo; Harada, Yasuji; Yogo, Takuya; Tagawa, Masahiro; Soeta, Satoshi; Amasaki, Hajime; Hara, Yasushi

    2015-07-01

    Degenerative cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is characterized histologically by degenerating extracellular matrix (ECM) and chondroid metaplasia. Here, we describe the progression of chondroid metaplasia and the changes in the expression of ECM components in canine CCL rupture (CCLR). CCLs from 26 stifle joints with CCLR (CCLR group) and normal CCLs from 12 young beagles (control group) were examined histologically and immunohistochemically for expression of type I (COLI), type II (COLII), type III collagen (COLIII) and Sry-type HMG box 9 (SOX9). Cell density and morphology of CCLs were quantified using hematoxylin-eosin staining. The percentage of round cells was higher in the CCLR group than in controls. COLI-positive areas were seen extensively in the connecting fibers, but weakly represented in the cytoplasm of normal CCLs. In the CCLR group, there were fewer COLI-positive areas, but many COLI-positive cells. The percentages of COLII-, COLIII- and SOX9-positive cells were higher in the CCLR group than in controls. The number of spindle cells with perinuclear halo was high in the CCLR group, and most of these cells were SOX9-positive. Deposition of COLI, the main ECM component of ligaments, decreased with increased COLIII expression in degenerated CCL tissue, which shows that the deposition of the ECM is changed in CCLR. On the contrary, expression of SOX9 increased, which may contribute to the synthesis of cartilage matrix. The expression of COLII and SOX9 in ligamentocytes showed that these cells tend to differentiate into chondrocytes. PMID:25716871

  18. Multidirectional pseudodynamic studies of the bilateral temporomandibular joint diseases with 0.2-Tesla MR imaging unit

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    Sagittal and coronal images of the bilateral temporomandibular joint (TMJ) simultaneously have been obtained to evaluate displacement of the meniscus in nine patients with TMJ clicking using a 0.2-Tesla permanent magnetic unit. The obtained images were displayed in closed loop cine fashion and recorded on videotapes. Anterior displacement of meniscus was seen on sagittal images in 5 of 9 paients. In the other four patients, no anterior displacement was observed, but in three of them, medial and lateral displacement on coronal images were shown in the closed position. Even using the 0.2-Tesla unit, simultaneous pseudodynamic display of the bilateral TMJ in sagittal and coronal planes was useful for evaluating internal derangement of the TMJ. This technique not only saves time but provides accurate evaluation of meniscal position and motion. (H.O.)

  19. Accumulation and aggregate formation of mutant superoxide dismutase 1 in canine degenerative myelopathy.

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    Nakamae, S; Kobatake, Y; Suzuki, R; Tsukui, T; Kato, S; Yamato, O; Sakai, H; Urushitani, M; Maeda, S; Kamishina, H

    2015-09-10

    Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is an adult-onset progressive neurodegenerative disorder that has recently been linked to mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene. We generated a polyclonal antibody against canine SOD1 to further characterize the mutant SOD1 protein and its involvement in DM pathogenesis. This antibody (SYN3554) was highly specific to canine SOD1 and had the ability to reveal distinct cytoplasmic aggregates in cultured cells expressing canine mutant SOD1 and also in the spinal neurons of symptomatic homozygotes. A similar staining pattern was observed in asymptomatic homozygotes. SOD1 aggregates were not detected in the spinal neurons of heterozygotes; the accumulation of SOD1 was also detected in the reactive astrocytes of homozygotes and heterozygotes to a similar extent. Our results support the hypothesis that the cytoplasmic accumulation and aggregate formation of the mutant SOD1 protein, especially in astrocytes, are closely associated with the pathogenesis of DM. Therefore, this disease is regarded as a spontaneous large-animal model of SOD1-mediated amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in humans. PMID:26162235

  20. {sup 18}F-FDG PET in neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis

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    Ribeiro, M.Jo. [CEA, DSV, DRM, Serv Hosp Frederic Joliot, F-91406 Orsay (France); Idbaih, A.; Hoang-Xuan, K. [UPMC, Grp Hosp Pitie Salpetriere, ServNeurol Mazarin, AP-HP, Paris (France); Thomas, C. [CHU Nantes, Unite Hematol et Oncol Pediat, F-44035 Nantes 01 (France); Remy, P. [CEA, Serv Hosp Frederic Joliot, CNRS, URA 2210, F-91406 Orsay (France); Remy, P. [CHU Henri Mondor, Fac Med Paris 12, Dept Neurosci, AP-HP, F-94010 Creteil (France)

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    Introduction: The so called 'neuro-degenerative Langerhans cell histiocytosis' (ND-LCH) is a rare and severe complication of LCH presenting as a progressive cerebellar ataxia associated with pyramidal tract signs, and cognitive impairment. MRI is the gold standard to investigate CNS lesions of ND-LCH but little is known about functional changes observed in this disease. Objectives: To search for CNS metabolic changes in NDLCH. Methods: Seven patients suffering from ND-LCH were investigated by {sup 18}F-FDG PET in this prospective study and compared with 21 healthy controls. Results: ND-LCH patients demonstrated recurrent abnormalities including bilateral hypo-metabolism in the cerebellum, the basal ganglia (caudate nuclei), frontal cortex and, bilateral, a relatively increased metabolism in the amygdalae (p {<=} 0.001). Functional changes in these anatomical regions may be detected in the absence of any apparent lesion on MRI. Conclusions: ND-LCH demonstrates a recurrent {sup 18}F-FDG PET metabolic signature. Our results suggest that {sup 18}F-FDG PET might be a useful tool for an early diagnosis of ND-LCH before neuro-radiologic abnormalities appear. (authors)

  1. Detection of degenerative change in lateral projection cervical spine x-ray images

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    Jebri, Beyrem; Phillips, Michael; Knapp, Karen; Appelboam, Andy; Reuben, Adam; Slabaugh, Greg

    2015-03-01

    Degenerative changes to the cervical spine can be accompanied by neck pain, which can result from narrowing of the intervertebral disc space and growth of osteophytes. In a lateral x-ray image of the cervical spine, degenerative changes are characterized by vertebral bodies that have indistinct boundaries and limited spacing between vertebrae. In this paper, we present a machine learning approach to detect and localize degenerative changes in lateral x-ray images of the cervical spine. Starting from a user-supplied set of points in the center of each vertebral body, we fit a central spline, from which a region of interest is extracted and image features are computed. A Random Forest classifier labels regions as degenerative change or normal. Leave-one-out cross-validation studies performed on a dataset of 103 patients demonstrates performance of above 95% accuracy.

  2. The treatment of Parkinson's disease with dopamine agonists

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    Frank, Wilhelm; Konta, Brigitte

    2008-01-01

    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic degenerative organic disease with unknown causes. A disappearance of cells with melanin in the substantia nigra is considered as biological artefact of the disease, which causes a degenerative loss of neurons in the corpus striatum of mesencephalon. This structure produces also the transmitter substance dopamine. Due to this disappearance of cells dopamine is not produced in a sufficient quantity which is needed for movement of the body. The questions of this ...

  3. LIFE QUALITY IN CASES WITH CHRONICAL DEGENERATIVE ILLNESS OF LOCOMOTIVE SYSTEM REGARDING SEX, AGE AND OVERWEIGHT

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    Munevera Be?arevi?; Duška Be?irovi?; Sead ?ebi?; Suad Sivi?

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    Disturbances of muscle and skeleton system are related to pain, functional damages and inability to work. Measure of life quality offers a sequence of data on illness influence on everyday functioning. The aim of this paper is evaluation of life quality in cases with degenerative illnesses of locomotive system and influence of sex, age, weist and BMI on life quality. Epidemiologic research was conducted on 71 tested subjects with diagnosis of chronical degenerative reumatical illness. Test...

  4. Defining the inherent stability of degenerative spondylolisthesis: a systematic review.

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    Simmonds, Andrea M; Rampersaud, Y Raja; Dvorak, Marcel F; Dea, Nicolas; Melnyk, Angela D; Fisher, Charles G

    2015-08-01

    OBJECT A range of surgical options exists for the treatment of degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis (DLS). The chosen technique inherently depends on the stability of the DLS. Despite a substantial body of literature dedicated to the outcome analysis of numerous DLS procedures, no consensus has been reached on defining or classifying the disorder with respect to stability or the role that instability should play in a treatment algorithm. The purpose of this study was to define grades of stability and to develop a guide for deciding on the optimal approach in surgically managing patients with DLS. METHODS The authors conducted a qualitative systematic review of clinical or biomechanical analyses evaluating the stability of and surgical outcomes for DLS for the period from 1990 to 2013. Research focused on nondegenerative forms of spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis without associated DLS was excluded. The primary extracted results were clinical and radiographic parameters indicative of DLS instability. RESULTS The following preoperative parameters are predictors of stability in DLS: restabilization signs (disc height loss, osteophyte formation, vertebral endplate sclerosis, and ligament ossification), no disc angle change or less than 3 mm of translation on dynamic radiographs, and the absence of low-back pain. The validity and magnitude of each parameter's contribution can only be determined through appropriately powered prospective evaluation in the future. Identifying these parameters has allowed for the creation of a preliminary DLS instability classification (DSIC) scheme based on the preoperative assessment of DLS stability. CONCLUSIONS Spinal stability is an important factor to consider in the evaluation and treatment of patients with DLS. Qualitative assessment of the best available evidence revealed clinical and radiographic parameters for the creation of the DSIC, a decision aid to help surgeons develop a method of preoperative evaluation to better stratify DLS treatment options. PMID:25978079

  5. Hashimoto's Disease

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    ... the joints throughout the body Addison’s disease — a disease that affects the adrenal glands, which make hormones that help your body respond to stress and regulate your blood pressure and water and ...

  6. Radiographic evaluation of elbow joints before and after surgery in dogs with possible fragmented medial coronoid process

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    To determine the usefulness of 5 radiographic projections of the elbow joint for identification of fragmented coronoid process (FCP) and associated secondary degenerative changes in dogs. Longitudinal clinical study. 19 dogs suspected of having FCP (7 dogs, 1 elbow joint; 12 dogs, both elbow joints). 5 radiographic projections were obtained before and after surgery for all elbow joints on which exploratory arthrotomy was performed because of suspected FCP. Radiographs obtained before surgery were compared with radiographs obtained after surgery and radiographs taken of the excised fragments. Each projection was evalated for its utility in definitively identifying FCP and 7 specific degenerative changes. Interevaluator agreement, use of each radiographic projection for definitively identifying a feature, and ability of the 4 evaluators to definitively identify a feature were analyzed. The craniolateral-caudomedial oblique (Cr15L-CdMO) projection had a significantly higher sensitivity for definitively identifying FCP, compared with the other 4 projections. Interevaluator and kappa agreement for the 5 projections did not differ significantly among the 7 degenerative changes evaluated. The radiographic projection with the highest sensitivity and specificity for detection of a particular degenerative change varied by feature. Of the 5 radiographic projections evaluated, the Cr15L-CdMO projection provided the highest sensitivity and was the best projection to use for definitively identifying FCP. The craniocaudal, Cr15L-CdMO, and mediolateral projections most reliably allowed for identification of secondary degenerative changes

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  8. Avaliação do tratamento da discopatia degenerativa cervical pela artrodese via anterior utilizando placas associadas a cages ou cages em peek isoladamente / Evaluation of cervical degenerative disc disease treatment by anterior arthrodesis using plates associated with cages or cages in peek alone / Evaluación del tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa del disco cervical por la artrodesis anterior utilizando placas asociadas con jaulas o jaulas en peec, aisladamente

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    André Rafael, Hübner; Marcelo Ribeiro, Mendes; Jean Carlo Frigotto, Queruz; Jean Marcel, Dambrós; Álvaro Diego Heredia, Suárez; Leandro de Freitas, Spinelli.

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar comparativamente o tratamento da discopatia degenerativa cervical por discectomia e artrodese cervical via anterior utilizando placas associadas a cages ou cages em PEEK isoladamente. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo comparativo entre dois grupos de pacientes operado [...] s pela técnica de discectomia e artrodese cervical via anterior. Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 70 pacientes, 35 operados com o método de fixação com placas associadas a cages - denominado Grupo I - e 35 com o cage em PEEK isoladamente - Grupo II. Realizou-se anamnese, exame físico, escores de dor (escala visual e analógica da dor) e função (critérios de Odom's, SF-36, Indice de incapacidade do pescoço) o pré e pós-operatório e exames de imagem. RESULTADOS: Houve predominância de pacientes do sexo feminino em ambos os grupos, com média de idade de 55 anos no Grupo I e 47 no Grupo II. Ambos os grupos apresentaram distribuição semelhante quanto ao número de níveis operados, assim como nas complicações encontradas e escores de dor, cervicalgia e SF36 no pré e pós-operatório. Houve 97.1% de fusão com 94.3% de bons resultados no Grupo I e 100% de fusão, com 97 % de bons resultados no Grupo II. CONCLUSÕES: O estudo comparativo da utilização de placas com cages e cages em PEEK isoladamente apresentou resultados semelhantes e satisfatórios para os grupos estudados, não se constatando superioridade ou inferioridade de um método com relação ao outro. Abstract in spanish OBJETIVOS: Evaluar comparativamente el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa del disco cervical por discectomía y artrodesis cervical vía anterior, utilizando placas asociadas con el uso de jaulas o estas en PEEK [Poliéster-Éter-Éter-Cetona], aisladamente. MÉTODOS: fue realizado un estudio retro [...] spectivo comparativo de dos grupos de pacientes tratados con la técnica de discectomía y artrodesis cervical vía anterior. Se seleccionaron al azar 70 pacientes, 35 operados por el método de fijación con placas asociadas a jaulas - Grupo I - y 35 con las jaulas en PEEK, aisladamente - Grupo II. Se recolectarondatos de historial clínico, examen físico, puntuaciones de dolor (escala visual y analógica del dolor-EVA) y función (criterios de Odom, SF-36, Índice de Discapacidad Cervical) del pre y posoperatorio y exámenes de imagen. RESULTADOS: Se encontró un predominio de pacientes de sexo femenino en ambos grupos, con una edad promediode 55 años en el Grupo I y de 47 en el Grupo II. Ambos grupos mostraron una distribución similar en el número de niveles operados, así como de las complicaciones encontradas y de las puntuaciones de dolor, índice de discapacidad cervical y SF36 para el pre y posoperatorio. Hubo 97,1% para la fusión y 94,3% de buenos resultados en el Grupo I y el 100% de fusión, con 97% de buenos resultados en el Grupo II. CONCLUSIONES: El estudio comparativo de la utilización de placas con jaulas y estas en PEEK, aisladamente, presentó resultados similares y satisfactorios para los grupos estudiados, sin mostrar superioridad o inferioridad de un método sobre otro. Abstract in english OBJECTIVES: To comparatively evaluate the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease by anterior approach using plates associated or cages and PEEK device alone. METHODS: A retrospective study comparing two groups of patients treated by anterior arthrodesis was performed. Seventy patients were [...] randomly selected, 35 operated using plates associated with cages - Group I - and 35 with cages in PEEK alone - Group II. Medical history was obtained as well as physical examination, pain scores (pain visual analogue score) and function scores (Odom's criteria, SF-36, Neck Disability Index) and the pre and postoperative imaging studies. RESULTS: There was a predominance of female patients in both groups, with a mean age of 55 years in Group I and 47 in Group II. Both groups showed a similar distribution of the number of levels operated, as well as the complications and pain scores, SF36

  9. Avaliação do tratamento da discopatia degenerativa cervical pela artrodese via anterior utilizando placas associadas a cages ou cages em peek isoladamente Evaluación del tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa del disco cervical por la artrodesis anterior utilizando placas asociadas con jaulas o jaulas en peec, aisladamente Evaluation of cervical degenerative disc disease treatment by anterior arthrodesis using plates associated with cages or cages in peek alone

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    André Rafael Hübner

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar comparativamente o tratamento da discopatia degenerativa cervical por discectomia e artrodese cervical via anterior utilizando placas associadas a cages ou cages em PEEK isoladamente. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo retrospectivo comparativo entre dois grupos de pacientes operados pela técnica de discectomia e artrodese cervical via anterior. Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 70 pacientes, 35 operados com o método de fixação com placas associadas a cages - denominado Grupo I - e 35 com o cage em PEEK isoladamente - Grupo II. Realizou-se anamnese, exame físico, escores de dor (escala visual e analógica da dor e função (critérios de Odom's, SF-36, Indice de incapacidade do pescoço o pré e pós-operatório e exames de imagem. RESULTADOS: Houve predominância de pacientes do sexo feminino em ambos os grupos, com média de idade de 55 anos no Grupo I e 47 no Grupo II. Ambos os grupos apresentaram distribuição semelhante quanto ao número de níveis operados, assim como nas complicações encontradas e escores de dor, cervicalgia e SF36 no pré e pós-operatório. Houve 97.1% de fusão com 94.3% de bons resultados no Grupo I e 100% de fusão, com 97 % de bons resultados no Grupo II. CONCLUSÕES: O estudo comparativo da utilização de placas com cages e cages em PEEK isoladamente apresentou resultados semelhantes e satisfatórios para os grupos estudados, não se constatando superioridade ou inferioridade de um método com relação ao outro.OBJETIVOS: Evaluar comparativamente el tratamiento de la enfermedad degenerativa del disco cervical por discectomía y artrodesis cervical vía anterior, utilizando placas asociadas con el uso de jaulas o estas en PEEK [Poliéster-Éter-Éter-Cetona], aisladamente. MÉTODOS: fue realizado un estudio retrospectivo comparativo de dos grupos de pacientes tratados con la técnica de discectomía y artrodesis cervical vía anterior. Se seleccionaron al azar 70 pacientes, 35 operados por el método de fijación con placas asociadas a jaulas - Grupo I - y 35 con las jaulas en PEEK, aisladamente - Grupo II. Se recolectarondatos de historial clínico, examen físico, puntuaciones de dolor (escala visual y analógica del dolor-EVA y función (criterios de Odom, SF-36, Índice de Discapacidad Cervical del pre y posoperatorio y exámenes de imagen. RESULTADOS: Se encontró un predominio de pacientes de sexo femenino en ambos grupos, con una edad promediode 55 años en el Grupo I y de 47 en el Grupo II. Ambos grupos mostraron una distribución similar en el número de niveles operados, así como de las complicaciones encontradas y de las puntuaciones de dolor, índice de discapacidad cervical y SF36 para el pre y posoperatorio. Hubo 97,1% para la fusión y 94,3% de buenos resultados en el Grupo I y el 100% de fusión, con 97% de buenos resultados en el Grupo II. CONCLUSIONES: El estudio comparativo de la utilización de placas con jaulas y estas en PEEK, aisladamente, presentó resultados similares y satisfactorios para los grupos estudiados, sin mostrar superioridad o inferioridad de un método sobre otro.OBJECTIVES: To comparatively evaluate the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease by anterior approach using plates associated or cages and PEEK device alone. METHODS: A retrospective study comparing two groups of patients treated by anterior arthrodesis was performed. Seventy patients were randomly selected, 35 operated using plates associated with cages - Group I - and 35 with cages in PEEK alone - Group II. Medical history was obtained as well as physical examination, pain scores (pain visual analogue score and function scores (Odom's criteria, SF-36, Neck Disability Index and the pre and postoperative imaging studies. RESULTS: There was a predominance of female patients in both groups, with a mean age of 55 years in Group I and 47 in Group II. Both groups showed a similar distribution of the number of levels operated, as well as the complications and pain scores, SF36 and neck disability index pre- and postoperatively. There was a fusi

  10. Gender differences in knee joint cartilage thickness, volume and articular surface areas: assessment with quantitative three-dimensional MR imaging

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    Objective: To compare the cartilage thickness, volume, and articular surface areas of the knee joint between young healthy, non-athletic female and male individuals. Subjects and design. MR imaging was performed in 18 healthy subjects without local or systemic joints disease (9 female, age 22.3±2.4 years, and 9 male, age 22.2.±1.9 years), using a fat-suppressed FLASH 3D pulse sequence (TR=41 ms, TE=11 ms, FA=30 ) with sagittal orientation and a spatial resolution of 2x0.31x0.31 mm3. After three-dimensional reconstruction and triangulation of the knee joint cartilage plates, the cartilage thickness (mean and maximal), volume, and size of the articular surface area were quantified, independent of the original section orientation. Results and conclusions: Women displayed smaller cartilage volumes than men, the percentage difference ranging from 19.9% in the patella, to 46.6% in the medial tibia. The gender differences of the cartilage thickness were smaller, ranging from 2.0% in the femoral trochlea to 13.3% in the medial tibia for the mean thickness, and from 4.3% in the medial femoral condyle to 18.3% in the medial tibia for the maximal cartilage thickness. The differences between the cartilage surface areas were similar to those of the volumes, with values ranging from 21.0% in the femur to 33.4% in the lateral tibia. Gender differences could be reduced for cartilage volume and surface area when normalized to body weight and body weight x body height. The study demonstrates significant gender differences in cartilage volume and surface area of men and women, which need to be taken into account when retrospectively estimating articular cartilage loss in patients with symptoms of degenerative joint disease. Differences in cartilage volume are primarily due to differences in joint surface areas (epiphyseal bone size), not to differences in cartilage thickness. (orig.)

  11. Serum amyloid A protein in amyloidosis, rheumatic, and neoplastic diseases

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    Serum levels of amyloid protein A (SAA) have been shown to be elevated in different types of amyloidosis and in rheumatic diseases by radioimmunoassay using 125 iodine labeled AA and anti-AA. SAA levels were elevated in both primary and secondary amyloidosis, but there were highly significant differences between these levels. In heredofamilial amyloid, SAA levels were within normal limits. While the mean SAA level was elevated in persons over 70 years, the fact that some persons in this age group had normal levels suggested that marked elevation after age 70 may be due to occult inflammatory or neoplastic disease. High SAA levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis correlated, in most cases, with physician evaluation of disease activity and Westergren ESR. SAA levels in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus were lower than those in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and most patients with degenerative joint disease had normal levels. Very high levels of SAA were found in patients with neoplastic diseases. Patients with carcinoma of the lung and bowel had much higher levels than patients with carcinoma of the breast. Determination of SAA levels may be of value in evaluating different forms of systemic amyloidosis, assessing the activity of rheumatic disease, and screening for occult inflammatory or neoplastic disease

  12. Dual-Energy Computed Tomography Demonstrating Destructive Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease of the Distal Radioulnar Joint Mimicking Tophaceous Gout.

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    Ward, Ian M; Scott, Joshua N; Mansfield, Liem T; Battafarano, Daniel F

    2015-09-01

    Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition (CPPD) disease is a common etiology of crystalline arthropathy; however, it can manifest in multiple patterns such as acute calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) crystal arthritis, osteoarthritis with CPPD, and chronic CPP crystal inflammatory arthritis. Tumoral or tophaceous-like CPPD is a rare manifestation that is occasionally mistaken for gouty tophus or a soft tissue malignancy. Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) is a new imaging modality currently utilized in assessing monosodium urate crystal deposition; however, its value in CPPD is uncertain. We describe a case using DECT to diagnose tumoral CPPD mimicking tophaceous gout versus recurrence of a previous synovial sarcoma. The imaging findings on DECT prevented unnecessary surgery to assess for possible malignancy, allowing for the prompt diagnosis of tumoral CPPD. Further studies should be performed to determine the role of DECT in assessing for crystalline deposition disease other than gout. PMID:26267716

  13. Morfología ósea de la articulación temporomandibular en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson / Bone morphology of the temporomandibular joint in patients with Parkinson’s disease

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    Ricardo, Flores-Mas.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Investigar las alteraciones morfológicas de la articulación temporomandibular en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson, determinando la relación cóndilo-fosa, la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos y las simetrías dimensionales y posicionales entre los cóndilos derecho e izquierdo. Materi [...] al y métodos: 20 sujetos de 45 a 80 años de edad con tiempo de enfermedad de Parkinson de 6 a 9 años. Se realizó una tomografía computarizada de las articulaciones temporomandibulares a los pacientes seleccionados. Las imágenes obtenidas a partir de cortes axiales fueron evaluadas para observar posibles asimetrías en el tamaño y la posición de los procesos condilares. Así mismo, se utilizaron cortes sagitales para evaluar la profundidad de la fosa mandibular, la relación cóndilo-fosa y la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos en pacientes con enfermedad de Parkinson. Resultados: No se encontraron asimetrías significativas en las articulaciontes temporomandibulares tanto para el lado derecho como izquierdo. Estos hallazgos difieren con los resultados de otros estudios en pacientes sin enfermedad de Parkinson. Conclusión: Luego del análisis de las mediciones, se concluye que no existieron diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre los lados derecho e izquierdo. El 90% de los pacientes evaluados no poseían centro geométrico, evidenciando una diferencia de 2,45 mm entre el lado derecho e izquierdo. La evaluación de la posición concéntrica de los cóndilos en su fosa mandibular mostró posicionamiento no concéntrico para los 2 lados. Abstract in english Objective: To investigate the morphological alterations of temporomandibular joint in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Determining condyle-fossa relationship, concentric position of the condyles and the dimensional and positional symmetries between the right and left condyles. Methods: 20 subjects [...] 45-80 years of age with Parkinson’s Disease time of 6-9 years. Where performed CT scan of the temporomandibular joints. The images obtained from axial views evaluated possible asymmetries in the size and position between the condylar process. Likewise, sagittal sections were used to assess the depth of the mandibular fossa, the condyle-fossa relationship, and concentric position of the condyles in patients with the Parkinson’s disease. It was decided to use the Student t test for independent samples and the test of Mann-Whitney U. All tests were worked at a significance level of 5%. Results: No significant asymmetries were found in the temporomandibular joints for both the right and left side of this sample. The findings differ from the results of other studies in patients without Parkinson’s disease. Conclusion: Of all the evaluated measurements, no statistically significant differences between the right and left sides was found. 90% have no geometric center, showing a difference of 2.45 mm between the right and left side. Evaluation of the concentric position of the condyles in their mandibular fossa showed no concentric positioning for the 2 sides.

  14. The active form of MMP-3 is a marker of synovial inflammation and cartilage turnover in inflammatory joint diseases

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    Sun, Shu; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine; Karsdal, Morten A; Siebuhr, Anne Sofie; Zheng, Qinlong; Maksymowych, Walter P; Christiansen, Thorbjørn G; Henriksen, Kim

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) plays an important role in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Measurement of active MMP-3 in clinical samples could provide information about progression of rheumatoid diseases, and potentially response to treatment. Hence, we aimed to develop a sensitive assay specifically measuring the active form of MMP-3 (act-MMP-3) both in ex vivo models and in human sera. METHODS: A monoclonal antibody against the first...

  15. Coracoclavicular joint

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    The coracoclvicular joint, a rear abnormality which may be the cause of pain in the shoulder and limitation of motion of the shoulder joint, is discussed. A case of coracoclvicular joint with shoulder pain was observed in 65 yrs old Korean male

  16. Estimating genetic effect sizes under joint disease-endophenotype models in presence of gene-environment interactions

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    Bureau, Alexandre; Croteau, Jordie; Couture, Christian; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Bouchard, Claude; Pérusse, Louis

    2015-01-01

    Effects of genetic variants on the risk of complex diseases estimated from association studies are typically small. Nonetheless, variants may have important effects in presence of specific levels of environmental exposures, and when a trait related to the disease (endophenotype) is either normal or impaired. We propose polytomous and transition models to represent the relationship between disease, endophenotype, genotype and environmental exposure in family studies. Model coefficients were estimated using generalized estimating equations and were used to derive gene-environment interaction effects and genotype effects at specific levels of exposure. In a simulation study, estimates of the effect of a genetic variant were substantially higher when both an endophenotype and an environmental exposure modifying the variant effect were taken into account, particularly under transition models, compared to the alternative of ignoring the endophenotype. Illustration of the proposed modeling with the metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, physical activity and polymorphisms in the NOX3 gene in the Quebec Family Study revealed that the positive association of the A allele of rs1375713 with the metabolic syndrome at high levels of physical activity was only detectable in subjects without abdominal obesity, illustrating the importance of taking into account the abdominal obesity endophenotype in this analysis. PMID:26284107

  17. Progressive cerebellar degenerative changes in the severe mental retardation syndrome caused by duplication of MECP2 and adjacent loci on Xq28.

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    Reardon, William

    2010-08-01

    Localised duplications, involving the MECP2 locus, at Xq28 have been associated with a syndrome comprising X-linked mental retardation, hypotonia and recurrent infections in males. We now present neuroradiological evidence that progressive cerebellar degenerative changes may also be a consistent feature of this syndrome, emerging in the second decade of life. We report seven affected males, from three different families who, in addition to the previously described clinical findings, have a reduction in the volume of the white matter and mild dilatation of the lateral ventricles. Three of the older patients show a consistent cerebellar degenerative phenotype. Furthermore, we describe the first female affected with the disorder. The female was mildly affected and shows X-inactivation in the ratio of 70:30, demonstrating that X-inactivation cannot be exclusively relied upon to spare the female carriers from symptoms. In conclusion, there is a radiological phenotype associated with Xq28 duplication which clearly demonstrates progressive degenerative cerebellar disease as part of the syndrome.

  18. Original paperProtective effect on visual functions of long-term use of trimetazidine in treatment of primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia

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    Micha? S. Nowak

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The purpose of the study was to evaluate selected visual parameters in the group of patients undergoing long-term treatment with trimetazidine as an adjuvant therapy for primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia.Material and methods: Thirty patients, including 20 patients with advanced primary open angle glaucoma (40 eyes and 10 patients with severe degenerative myopia (20 eyes, were treated with trimetazidine 20 mg twice a day. We excluded from the study patients with: systemic hypertension and/or diabetes, cataract, history of chronic and recurrent severe inflammatory eye disease and smokers. Patients with primary open angle glaucoma were taking various ocular hypotensive drops topically. Ophthalmic examination has been performed before administration of trimetazidine and then every month. Visual acuity, contrast sensitivity test (Pelli-Robson test, glare test, color vision (Farnsworth-Munsell test and visual field were recorded. Follow-up period was 6 months. For statistical analysis paired Student’s t- test (p<0.05 was used.Results: The contrast sensitivity and visual acuity improved in all patients and the results were statistically significant. Glare tests, colour vision and visual fields did not reveal any statistically significant changes.Conclusions: The results of the study demonstrate that long term use of trimetazidine improved contrast sensitivity and visual acuity. The drug was well tolerated and might be considered as the adjunctive therapy in patients with primary open angle glaucoma and degenerative myopia.

  19. Demanda por doenças crônico-degenerativas entre adultos matriculados em uma unidade básica de saúde em São Carlos - SP Ocurrencias de males crónico-degenerativos entre adultos inscritos en una unidad básica de salud en São Carlos-SP Demand for chronic-degenerative diseases among adults attended in a basic health unit at the city of São Carlos-SP

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    Adriana Barbieri Feliciano

    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available O estudo teve por objetivo traçar o perfil da clientela maior de 12 anos de idade de uma UBS, segundo variáveis sócio-demográficas como sexo, faixa etária, cor, estado civil e procedência e caracterizar o perfil de morbidade segundo os capítulos da CID (X-Revisão e grupos diagnósticos específicos destacando-se o grupo das doenças crônico-degenerativas, com vistas à sua caracterização no contexto da transição demográfico-epidemiológica. O delineamento foi do tipo transversal, sendo a população base constituída pela clientela matriculada na UBS até 31 de agosto de 1996. Foram excluídos os indivíduos em situação de abandono, os que foram transferidos para outras unidades e aqueles que foram a óbito. A população efetivamente estudada foi composta por 1013 indivíduos. Os dados foram processados no software FOXPRO vs 2.0 e as análises foram efetuadas no EPIINFO vs 6.04. Constatou-se que a população estudada foi basicamente constituída por mulheres (87.1%. Com relação à idade 69.6% estavam entre 12 e 40 anos, 95.6% eram da cor branca, 57.2% eram casados e 97% procedentes da zona urbana. Quando os diagnósticos foram classificados segundo os capítulos da CID destacaram-se as doenças do aparelho geniturinário (35.5%, aparelho respiratório (11.5% e sinais e sintomas (9,9%. A classificação segundo os grupos específicos de causas apontou magnitude semelhante entre as doenças infecto-parasitárias (24.8% e as doenças crônico-degenerativas (24.5%. No grupo de doenças crônico-degenerativas 50% dos capítulos da CID foram compostos pelo conjunto: causas circulatórias, endócrinas e mentais-comportamentais. Observou-se que o perfil de morbidade da UBS parece enquadrar-se no modelo polarizado de transição onde as doenças crônico-degenerativas coexistem com as infecto-parasitárias. O modelo tradicional de atendimento da Unidade que enfoca a saúde materno-infantil parece não adequar-se ao envelhecimento populacional progressivo ao priorizar uma clientela que embora ainda jovem já denota a necessidade de que sejam desenvolvidas ações coletivas voltadas para a prevenção primária e secundária das doenças crônico-degenerativas.El estudio tuvo como objetivo trazar el perfil de los pacientes de más de 12 años de edad de una UBS, (Unidad Básica de Salud de acuerdo con las variables sócio-demográficas como: sexo, edad, raza, estado civil y procedencia, y caracterizar el perfil de dolencias según los capítulos del CID (X ¾ Revisión y grupos diagnósticos específicos destacándose el grupo de los males crónico-degenerativos, con la intención de caracterizarlos en el contexto de la Transición demográfico-epidemiológico. El alineamiento fue del tipo transversal, siendo que la población base fue constituida por los pacientes inscritos en la UBS hasta el 31 de agosto de 1996. Fueron excluidos los individuos abandonados, los transferidos para otras unidades y aquellos que han muerto. La población efectivamente estudiada fue compuesta de 1013 individuos. Los datos fueron procesados no software FOXPRO vs 2.0 y los análisis fueron efectuados en el EPIINFO vs 6.04. Fue constatada que la población estudiada era constituida básicamente por mujeres (87.1%. En relación a edad 69.6% estaban entre 12 y 40 años, 95.6% eran blancos, 57.2% eran casados y 97% provenientes del perímetro urbano. Cuando los diagnósticos fueron clasificados según los capítulos del CID se destacaron los males del aparato genital-urinário (35.5%, aparato respiratorio (11.5% y síntomas y pré-avisos (9.9%. La clasificación según los grupos específicos de causas mostró magnitud semejante entre los males infecto-parasitários (24.8% y los males crónico-degenerativos (24.5%. En el grupo de males crónico-degenerativos 50% de los capítulos del CID fueron compuestos por el conjunto de: causas circulatorias, endocrinas y mentales-comportamentales. Fue observado que el perfil de dolencias de la UBS parece ubicarse en modelo polarizado de transición donde los males crónico-degene

  20. Cartilage disease diagnosis by conventional and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Xie, Tuqiang; Guo, Shuguang; Rao, Bing; Chen, Zhongping; Peavy, George M.

    2005-04-01

    In this paper, the conventional and polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) were used to image bovine articular cartilage and diagnose degenerative joint disease. The results showed that these 2D cross-sectional OCT images that can cover an area of 6×2.8mm2 (limited by scope size) with a traverse resolution of 12 ?m and an axial resolution of 10 ?m could assess the microstructure of articular cartilage and differentiate the abnormalities in structure. The results were confirmed by their histology. Compared to conventional OCT, PS-OCT could provide depth-resolved strokes parameter images, which reflect tissue birefringence. Both conventional and PS-OCT have high efficiency and sensitivity of osteoarthritis and cartilage injury and disease diagnosis.

  1. Time to face the challenge of multimorbidity. A European perspective from the joint action on chronic diseases and promoting healthy ageing across the life cycle (JA-CHRODIS).

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    Onder, Graziano; Palmer, Katie; Navickas, Rokas; Jurevi?ien?, Elena; Mammarella, Federica; Strandzheva, Mirela; Mannucci, Piermannuccio; Pecorelli, Sergio; Marengoni, Alessandra

    2015-04-01

    Research on multimorbidity has rapidly increased in the last decade, but evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to improve outcomes in patients with multimorbidity is limited. The European Commission is co-funding a large collaborative project named Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (JA-CHRODIS) in the context of the 2nd EU Health Programme 2008-2013. The present manuscript summarizes first results of the JA-CHRODIS, focuses on the identification of a population with multimorbidity who has a high or very high care demand. Identification of characteristics of multimorbid patients associated with a high rate of resource consumption and negative health outcomes is necessary to define a target population who can benefit from interventions. Indeed, multimorbidity alone cannot explain the complexity of care needs and further, stratification of the general population based on care needs is necessary for allocating resources and developing personalized, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care plans. Based on analyses of large databases from European countries a profile of the most care-demanding patients with multimorbidity is defined. Several factors associated with adverse health outcomes and resource consumption among patients with multimorbidity were identified in these analyses, including disease patterns, physical function, mental health, and socioeconomic status. These results underline that a global assessment is needed to identify patients with multimorbidity who are at risk of negative health outcomes and that a comprehensive approach, targeting not only diseases, but also social, cognitive, and functional problems should be adopted for these patients. PMID:25797840

  2. Uso de biomarcadores para el diagnóstico de enfermedad articular en el caballo / Use of biomarkers for the diagnosis of joint disease in horses

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    H, Chávez; O, Araya; H, Folch; G, Morán.

    Full Text Available La claudicación asociada a la enfermedad articular (EA) en el equino atleta es una importante causa de pérdida económica. El programa de entrenamiento intenso provoca sobrecargas biomecánicas en las articulaciones sinoviales con la activación de metaloproteinasas, lo cual ha sido relacionado con la [...] patogénesis de la EA en el caballo, caracterizada por la degradación de la matriz extracelular del cartílago articular. Este fenómeno ocurre tempranamente en la EA provocando la liberación de componentes estructurales del cartílago al espacio articular. Así, varias moléculas componentes normales del tejido articular o subproductos del metabolismo modifican sus concentraciones en el tejido articular y líquido sinovial, por lo cual es factible medirlos y usarlos como biomarcadores moleculares de EA. Un ejemplo de esto es la evaluación en el líquido sinovial de los niveles de agrecán y de colágeno tipo II, moléculas que son producidas en elevada cantidad en esta patología. Este procedimiento ha permitido mejorar el entendimiento y el diagnóstico precoz de la EA en equinos. La presente revisión pretende dar una visión actualizada de los principales biomarcadores moleculares posibles de usar en EA equina, sus orígenes en el tejido articular y el uso en el estudio de la EA del caballo. Abstract in english Lameness associated to joint disease (JD) in athlete equines is an important cause of economic losses. Intensive training produces biomechanical overload of the synovial joints with a consequent activation of metalloproteinases, which have been associated to the pathogenesis of equine JD. This disea [...] se is characterized by the degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the articular cartilage causing the release of structural components of the cartilage matrix to the joint space and producing changes in the synovial fluid concentration of these ECM components, termed biomarkers. The changes in the concentration of some of these proteins in the synovial fluid might be used to evaluate both the onset and progression of equine JD. The measurement of the levels of aggrecan and collagen type II in the synovial fluid using specific monoclonal antibodies is an example of this approach. This review presents an update on biomarkers used for equine JD.

  3. Anaesthetic management for a patient with Dejerine-Sottas disease and asthma.

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    Huang, J; Soliman, I

    2001-03-01

    Dejerine-Sottas disease is a very uncommon degenerative disease of the peripheral nervous system. The details of perioperative anaesthetic management are discussed including the use of epidural anaesthesia, with supplemental intravenous anaesthesia and an LMA. PMID:11240883

  4. The natural history and clinical syndromes of degenerative cervical spondylosis.

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    Kelly, John C

    2012-01-01

    Cervical spondylosis is a broad term which describes the age related chronic disc degeneration, which can also affect the cervical vertebrae, the facet and other joints and their associated soft tissue supports. Evidence of spondylitic change is frequently found in many asymptomatic adults. Radiculopathy is a result of intervertebral foramina narrowing. Narrowing of the spinal canal can result in spinal cord compression, ultimately resulting in cervical spondylosis myelopathy. This review article examines the current literature in relation to the cervical spondylosis and describes the three clinical syndromes of axial neck pain, cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy.

  5. Vacuum phenomenon in osteoarthritis of the atlanto-odontoid joint: CT findings

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    Out of 620 consecutive examinations of the atlanto-odontoid joint in patients referred for computed tomography (CT) of the brain or paranasal sinuses, gas collection within the atlanto-odontoid joint was observed in 12 (1.9%). Degenerative abnormalities at the atlanto-odontoid joint were significantly more frequent in patients with a gas-induced vacuum phenomenon than in an age-matched control group. The CT findings and association of the vacuum phenomenon with osteoarthritis of the atlanto-odontoid joint are discussed. (orig.)

  6. Stabilization of the sacroiliac joint.

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    Shaffrey, Christopher I; Smith, Justin S

    2013-07-01

    Lower back pain and pain involving the area of the posterior iliac spine are extremely common. Degeneration of the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is one potential cause for lower back pain and pain radiating into the groin or buttocks. Degenerative changes to the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints are common. A recent study evaluating SIJ abnormalities in a primary low back pain population demonstrated 31.7% of patients demonstrated SI joint abnormalities. (4) As is the case for the evaluation and management of isolated lower back pain, the evaluation, management, and role for surgical intervention in SIJ pain is very controversial. Many patients have degenerative changes of the disc, facet joints, and SIJs. A recent systematic review performed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of tests available to clinicians to identify the disc, facet joint, or SIJ as the source of low back pain concluded that tests do exist that change the probability of the disc or SIJ (but not the facet joint) as the source of low back pain. (3) It was also concluded that the usefulness of these tests in clinical practice, particularly for guiding treatment selection, remains unclear. (3) Although there is general agreement that SIJ pathological changes are a potential cause of pain, there is far less agreement about the optimal management of these conditions. A variety of conditions can cause SIJ dysfunction including degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, trauma, prior lumbosacral fusion, hip arthritis, limb length inequality, infections, and neoplasia. (8) There is increasing evidence that image intensifier-guided single periarticular injection can correctly localize pain to the SIJ but the optimal management strategy remains controversial. Recent publications have compared surgical versus injection treatments and fusion versus denervation procedures. (1 , 8) A systematic review found improvement regardless of the treatment, with most studies reporting over 40% improvement in pain as measured by VAS or NRS scores. (8) It cautioned that one of the studies reported 17.6% of patients experiencing mild/no pain compared with 82.4% experiencing marked/severe pain at 39 months after SIJ fusion procedures. (6 , 8) This systematic review also noted that despite improvements in reported pain, less than half of patients who had work status reported as returning to work. (8) Because of the functional and socioeconomic consequences of chronic lower back pain, numerous surgical treatments to improve this condition have been attempted by spinal surgeons through the years. Arthrodesis of the SIJ is a surgical procedure with a long history dating to the beginnings of spinal surgery. (7) Poor results, high complication rates and the need for additional surgical procedures have generally diminished the enthusiasm for this procedure until recently. (6) A variety of "minimally invasive" procedures have been recently introduced that have rekindled enthusiasm for the surgical management of SIJ pathology. The technique demonstrated in the "Stabilization of the SIJ with SI-Bone" is one of these new techniques. There has been a recent publication detailing the very short term clinical outcomes with this technique that reported encouraging results. (5) In this series of 50 patients, quality of life questionnaires were available for 49 patients preoperatively, 41 patients at 3 months, 40 at 6 months and only 27 at 12 months, complicating the ability to accurately assess true outcomes. Although the focus of this video by Geisler is on the surgical technique, there should have been more information provided on the expected surgical outcomes and potential complications of SIJ fusion. (2) The video only gives minimal information on how to appropriately select patients with potential SIJ pathology for surgical intervention. There are insufficient recommendations on the clinical and radiographic follow-up needed for this procedure. A concern with this implant is whether the porous plasma spray coating on the implant actually results in bone growth across the SIJ

  7. Primary Progressive Aphasia With Motor Neuron Disease: A Case Report

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    Primary progressive aphasia is a sub-group of frontotemporal dementia and a degenerative, rarely observed disease that only causes progressive deterioration in language functions for two years. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease, clinically characterized with upper and lower motor neuron findings, accompanied by distinctive degeneration in upper and lower motor neurons of the spinal cord. Frontotemporal dementia together with ALS is a case stated i...

  8. Designing and testing scene enhancement algorithms for patients with retina degenerative disorders

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    Downes Susan M

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Retina degenerative disorders represent the primary cause of blindness in UK and in the developed world. In particular, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD and Retina Pigmentosa (RP diseases are of interest to this study. We have therefore created new image processing algorithms for enhancing the visual scenes for them. Methods In this paper we present three novel image enhancement techniques aimed at enhancing the remaining visual information for patients suffering from retina dystrophies. Currently, the only effective way to test novel technology for visual enhancement is to undergo testing on large numbers of patients. To test our techniques, we have therefore built a retinal image processing model and compared the results to data from patient testing. In particular we focus on the ability of our image processing techniques to achieve improved face detection and enhanced edge perception. Results Results from our model are compared to actual data obtained from testing the performance of these algorithms on 27 patients with an average visual acuity of 0.63 and an average contrast sensitivity of 1.22. Results show that Tinted Reduced Outlined Nature (TRON and Edge Overlaying algorithms are most beneficial for dynamic scenes such as motion detection. Image Cartoonization was most beneficial for spatial feature detection such as face detection. Patient's stated that they would most like to see Cartoonized images for use in daily life. Conclusions Results obtained from our retinal model and from patients show that there is potential for these image processing techniques to improve visual function amongst the visually impaired community. In addition our methodology using face detection and efficiency of perceived edges in determining potential benefit derived from different image enhancement algorithms could also prove to be useful in quantitatively assessing algorithms in future studies.

  9. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar spinal degenerative pathologies by means of combined conservative biochemical treatments.

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    Alexandre, A; Corò, L; Paradiso, R; Dall'aglio, R; Alexandre, A M; Fraschini, F; Spaggiari, P G

    2011-01-01

    Research in spine surgery has proposed new soft and less invasive techniques. These are the results of our experience with oxygen-ozone therapy, which we could experiment within the Italian National Health System over 3 years. A total of 1,920 patients were admitted on the basis of unselected enrolment because of lumbosciatic pain. Patients were divided into three groups: (A) Patients with degenerative disc disease and arthropathy: 509 (26.5%), (B) Patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS): 1,027 (53.489%), and (C) Patients with pure herniated lumbar disc: 384 (20%). The rationale of the treatment for all these different pathologies we have taken into consideration is the biochemical mechanism by which they can engender pain and dysfunction. Treatment for group A: paravertebral injection and phleboclysis (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) +endoscopic neurolysis. Treatment for group B: paravertebral injection and phleboclysis (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) + endoscopic neurolysis with intradiscal procedure (named percutaneous peridurodiscolysis). Treatment for group C: paravertebral injection (two cycles of 6 sessions, one each 3 days) + percutaneous discolysis.The perceived quality of result for this minimally invasive procedure makes oxygen-ozone therapy an interesting weapon in the hands of doctors. Furthermore, if the technique loses its clinical effectiveness, it can be repeated without harm for the patient, and costs for the health organization are notably very low, above all if compared to surgical procedures.We underline the need that this treatment should be performed in protected structures, in operative rooms, under anesthesiologic control, and in the hands of specialists. PMID:21107949

  10. ["Progressive acalculia": a variety of focal degenerative atrophy affecting number processing].

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    Verstichel, P; Masson, C

    2003-04-01

    A 72-year-old man experienced increasing difficulties in calculating and processing numbers. He made many syntactic errors when he read and wrote numbers, both in arabic and number-word forms. Transcoding between arabic numerals and number-words was severely impaired. His calculation abilities were grossly impaired. He could not perform even simple multiplications, but additions and subtractions were preserved. He was unable to recite multiplication tables or the alphabet. In contrast, numerosity judgment, magnitude comparisons,and semantic evaluation of numbers were intact. The patient's deficit could be summarized as an Impairment in all tasks involving numbers in a verbal format, corresponding to the so-called "verbal anarithmetia'." It was noteworthy that verification of operations, including multiplications, was accurately performed. For example, the patient could not solve a multiplication like 8 x 9, but could estimate that 9 x 2=1 1 was closer to the exact result than 9 X 2=17, or could state that 8 x 2=16 was exact even though, at the same time, he expressed verbally the terms of the corresponding addition "eight plus two is ten." Other cognitive deficits were detected by neuropsychological tests which demonstrated mainly anomic aphasia, dysorthographic agraphia without alexia, impairment of short term and episodic memory, digital agnosia. However, the patient could not be considered to have demon-eti due to preserved self-sufficiency, except for tasks requiring calculation abilities. During the two years of follow-up, the impairment in processing numbers and calculation remained predominant over other deficits. Cerebral MRI showed an atrophy of the left temporal and parietal lobes, and SPECT study showed a reduction of regional cerebral blood flow of the left hemisphere. This original clinical presentation of a cerebral degenerative disease could be described as "primary progressive acalculia" whatever the underlying primary pathological process. PMID:12773870

  11. Immune responses to viable and degenerative metacestodes of Taenia solium in naturally infected swine.

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    Singh, Aloukick K; Prasad, Kashi N; Prasad, Amit; Tripathi, Mukesh; Gupta, Rakesh K; Husain, Nuzhat

    2013-12-01

    Neurocysticercosis, caused by the larvae of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium, is the most common helminth infection of the CNS in humans worldwide. There is no existing animal model of neurocysticercosis that resembles human infection. To overcome this limitation, swine (the natural intermediate host of the parasite) may be a suitable model. The immune response associated with different stages of the parasite larva (metacestode) has not yet been explored. Therefore, we investigated the immune response to various stages of the metacestode (cyst) in the brain and muscles of naturally infected swine. Swine with neurocysticercosis (n = 10) and healthy controls (n = 10), as confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging, were included in this study. The animals were sacrificed, and the tissues containing viable or degenerative metacestods in the brain and infected muscles were collected and subjected to reverse transcriptase-PCR and ELISA to determine the expression of different cytokines (IFN-?, TNF-?, IL-1?, IL-2, IL-4 IL-6, IL-8 and IL-10). Higher expression of IL-10 was found to be associated with viable cysts. Degenerating cysts displayed significantly increased levels of IFN-?, TNF-?, IL-1?, IL-2, IL-6 and IL-8, whereas calcified cysts had elevated levels of IL-4, IL-10, TNF-? and IL-6. The present study indicated a strong regulatory (IL-10) and Th1 cytokine response in viable and degenerating cysts, respectively, whereas calcified cysts had a mixed anti-inflammatory (IL-4), regulatory (IL-10) and pro-inflammatory (TNF-? and IL-6) response. Thus, Th1 and Th2 immune response operate in the vicinity of metacestodes and the type of immune response may be responsible for disease severity. PMID:24184156

  12. Female gender and acne disease are jointly and independently associated with the risk of major depression and suicide: a national population-based study.

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    Yang, Yi-Chien; Tu, Hung-Pin; Hong, Chien-Hui; Chang, Wei-Chao; Fu, Hung-Chun; Ho, Ji-Chen; Chang, Wei-Pin; Chuang, Hung-Yi; Lee, Chih-Hung

    2014-01-01

    Acne is a common disease in adolescence with female preponderance. It could cause poor self-esteem and social phobia. Previous studies based on questionnaires from several thousands of adolescents showed that acne is associated with major depression and suicide. However, the gender- and age-specific risk of depression and suicide in patients with acne remain largely unknown. Using a database from the National Health Insurance, which included 98% of the population of Taiwan in 2006, we identified patients of acne, major depression, and suicide based on ICD-9-CM codes. Totally 47111 patients with acne were identified (16568 males and 30543 females) from 1 million subjects. The youths of 7-12 years had the highest prevalence of acne (14.39%). Major depression was more common in those with acne (0.77%) than controls (0.56% , P depression in women without acne (OR = 1.85, 95% CI 1.75-1.96). The risk is additive in women with acne (OR = 2.78, 95% CI 2.43-3.17). Similar additive risk of suicide was noticed in women with acne. In conclusion, acne and gender, independently and jointly, are associated with major depression and suicide. Special medical support should be warranted in females with acne for the risk of major depression and suicide. PMID:24678508

  13. Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis as a systemic disorder characterized by proteoglycan accumulation

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    Yoon Jung

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD is a debilitating disorder thought to be limited to suspensory ligaments of Peruvian Pasos, Peruvian Paso crosses, Arabians, American Saddlebreds, American Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and some European breeds. It frequently leads to persistent, incurable lameness and need to euthanize affected horses. The pathogenesis remains unclear, though the disease appears to run in families. Treatment and prevention are empirical and supportive, and not effective in halting the progression of the disease. Presently, the presumptive diagnosis of DSLD is obtained from patient signalment and history, clinical examination, and ultrasonographic examination of clinically affected horses, and is confirmed at post mortem examination. Presently, there are no reliable methods of diagnosing DSLD in asymptomatic horses. The goal of this study was to characterize and define the disorder in terms of tissue involvement at the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Results We examined tissues and organs from 28 affected horses (22 Peruvian Pasos, 6 horses of other breeds and from 8 control horses. Histopathological examination revealed the presence of excessive amounts of proteoglycans in the following tissues removed from DSLD-affected horses: suspensory ligaments, superficial and deep digital flexor tendons, patellar and nuchal ligaments, cardiovascular system, and sclerae. Electron microscopy demonstrated changes in diameters of collagen fibrils in the tendon, and in smooth muscle cells of the media of the aorta compatible with increased cell permeability in DSLD-affected cells. Separation of tendon extracts by gel chromatography revealed the presence of additional proteoglycan(s in extracts from affected, but not control extracts. Conclusion This study demonstrates for the first time that DSLD, a disease process previously thought to be limited to the suspensory ligaments of the distal limbs of affected horses, is in fact a systemic disorder involving tissues and organs with significant connective tissue component. Abnormal accumulation of proteoglycans between collagen and elastic fibers rather than specific collagen fibril abnormalities is the most prominent histological feature of DSLD. Because of this observation and because of the involvement of many other tendons and ligaments beside the suspensory ligament, and of non-ligamentous tissue we, therefore, propose that equine systemic proteoglycan accumulation or ESPA rather than DSLD is a more appropriate name for this condition.

  14. Test-retest reliability of the disease activity score 28 CRP (DAS28-CRP), the simplified disease activity index (SDAI) and the clinical disease activity index (CDAI) in rheumatoid arthritis when based on patient self-assessment of tender and swollen joints

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    Heegaard, Cecilie; Dreyer, Lene

    2013-01-01

    Composite disease activity scores are frequently used in daily practice as tools for treatment decisions in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If reliable, patient-reported disease activity may be time saving in the busy clinic. The objective was to examine the test-retest reliability of the Disease Activity Score 28 CRP (DAS28-CRP) with four variables (4v) and three variables (3v), the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) and the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) when based on patient self-assessment of tender and swollen joints and to examine the agreement between these scores and physician-derived scores. Thirty out-clinic RA patients with stable disease were included. A joint count was performed two times 1 week apart by the patient and by an experienced physician. Test-retest reliability was expressed as the least significant difference (LSD), as the LSD in percent of the mean score (%LSD) and as intra-individual coefficients of variation (CVi). Mean scores based on physician vs. patient joint counts (visit 1) were: DAS28-CRP(4v) 3.5 ± 1.0 vs. 3.6 ± 1.1 (not significant (NS)), DAS28-CRP(3v) 3.4 ± 0.9 vs. 3.5 ± 0.9 (NS), SDAI 14.2 ± 9.4 vs.14.1 ± 9.4 (NS) and CDAI 13.4 ± 9.3 vs. 13.3 ± 9.4 (NS). The LSDs (%LSD) for duplicate assessments of patient-derived scores (visit 2 vs. 1) were: DAS28-CRP(4v) 0.8 (23.2), DAS28-CRP(3v) 0.9 (25.2), SDAI 8.3 (59.9) and CDAI 8.4 (63.8). Similar LSDs were found for differences between duplicate assessments of physician-derived scores and for differences between physician and patient-derived scores. CVis for SDAI and CDAI were significantly higher than for DAS28-CRP(4v) and DAS28-CRP(3v) (p < 0.005). Patient- and physician-derived scores agreed closely on group level. On the individual level, the LSDs between patient- and physician-derived scores were considerable but corresponded to both patient and physician intra-observer LSDs. Thus, scores based on patient-performed joint counts may be an alternative to traditional physician-derived scores in patients with stable disease.

  15. The temporomandibular joint

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    Whilst the temporomandibular joint is in many ways unique, it is subject to all the diseases and disorders found in joints in other parts of the human skeleton. By far the most common disorder is injury, followed by arthropathy, acute and chronic dislocations, ankylosis, and in rare instances, neoplasms. The diagnosis and management of the temporomandibular joint are the primary responsibility of the oral surgeon. Nevertheless, this anatomical region is an area in which the cooperation of medical and dental disciplines may be required for the satisfactory conclusion of treatment. The more so when the disease process involves either associated psychosomatic illness or malignancy. The mainstay of the diagnosis is a careful radiological examination of the joint. There exists a delicate relationship between the dentition, the muscles of mastication, and the temporomandibular articulation, which is controlled by arthrokinetic reflex activity of the branches of the 5th cranial nerve. Imbalance between one or more of the components of this integrated system frequently leads to disturbances in function. Pain-dysfunction disorders constitute the larger part of temporomandibular joint disturbances generally encountered

  16. The active form of MMP-3 is a marker of synovial inflammation and cartilage turnover in inflammatory joint diseases

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    Sun, Shu; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) plays an important role in the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Measurement of active MMP-3 in clinical samples could provide information about progression of rheumatoid diseases, and potentially response to treatment. Hence, we aimed to develop a sensitive assay specifically measuring the active form of MMP-3 (act-MMP-3) both in ex vivo models and in human sera. METHODS: A monoclonal antibody against the first 6 amino acids of act-MMP-3 was developed, and the specificity was carefully tested by comparing total and active MMP-3. A technically robust act-MMP-3 ELISA was produced. For biological validation, human synovial membrane and human cartilage explant (HEX) culture models were measured and compared by ELISA and immunoblots. For clinical relevance, the serum levels of act-MMP-3 in AS and RA patients before and after anti-TNF-? treatment were evaluated. RESULTS: A highly specific and technically robust ELISA detecting act-MMP-3 in serum was developed. The lower limit of detection was 33.7 pg/mL. The dilution and spiking recovery of human serum was within 100 ± 20%. The average intra- and inter-assay variations were 3.1% and 13.5% respectively.High levels of act-MMP-3 expression were observed in human synovial membrane culture and oncostatin M and TNF-? stimulated human cartilage. In a cross-sectional study of both AS and RA patients, serum act-MMP-3 level was correlated with C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). In addition, in patients receiving anti-TNF-? treatment, the serum level of act-MMP-3 was significantly reduced compared to baseline level reflecting the anti-inflammatory effects of the treatment. CONCLUSION: We have successfully developed an assay measuring act-MMP-3 in human serum showing correlation to inflammatory markers. Further studies are required to clarify, whether act-MMP-3 can serve as a predictive marker for outcome in chronic rheumatoid disorders.

  17. Temporomandibular Joint, Closed

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    ... Gallery > Oral Health > The Temporomandibular Joint, Closed The Temporomandibular Joint, Closed Main Content Title: The Temporomandibular Joint, Closed Description: The temporomandibular joint connects the ...

  18. Precocious Degenerative Arthropathy And Bluish Patches On Ears : Ochronosis And Alkaptonuria

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    Mahajan Vikram K

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Alkaptonuria is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder of phenylalanin/tyrosine metabolism due to congenital deficiency of the enzyme homogentisic acid oxidase. The diagnosis is clinical and the triad of homogentisic aciduria, ochronosis and precocious degenerative arthritis is characteristic. Its diagnosis in infancy and early therapeutic intervention help delaying its complications. These patients may remain undiagnosed until the darkening of urine soaked diapers is noticed or the early degenerative arthropathy develops. This paper describes two cases of alkaptonuria presenting late in life; one of them had associated hyperthyroidism.

  19. Quantification of degenerative arthropathies; Radiologische Quantifizierung von Gelenkveraenderungen. Ein methodischer Ueberblick

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    Peloschek, P.L.; Sailer, J. [Universitaet Wien (Austria). Univ.-Klinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Abt. fuer Angiographie und Interventionelle Radiologie; Kainberger, F.; Imhof, H. [Universitaet Wien (Austria). Univ.-Klinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Abt. fuer Osteologie/MR-Einrichtung; Boegl, K. [Universitaet Wien (Austria). Inst. fuer Medizinische Computerwissenschaften

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    Osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis lead to chronical progessive destruction of diseased joints. As aggressive new treatments need to be evaluated, plenty of (semi-)quantitative methods for the radiological joint evaluation had been developed. They lack sufficient reproducibility due to their low objectivity. Modern approaches of computerassisted radiological quantification should increase the reproducibility and efficiency of radiological scoring. Automatically calculated, computerassisted measurements of joint space, cartilage- and synovial volume, periarticular assessment of bone mineral density and quantitative analysis of the subchondral plate will have major impact on the radiological routine of the future. (orig.) [German] Arthrose und rheumatoide Arthritis fuehren zu einer chronisch-progredienten Zerstoerung der erkrankten Gelenke. Um die Wirksamkeit der individuellen Therapie oder neuer aggressiver Behandlungsmethoden zu ueberpruefen, wurde eine Vielzahl radiologischer (Semi-)Quantifizierungsmethoden entwickelt, die aufgrund subjektiver Wahrnehmungs- und Interpretationsunterschiede schwer reproduzierbar sind. Neue Technologien der computerassistierten Bildanalyse tragen zur Objektivierung quantitativer Untersuchungen bei. In diesem Beitrag soll eine systematische Uebersicht ueber aktuelle Moeglichkeiten der (computerassistierten) Quantifizierung destruktiver Gelenkerkrankungen geboten werden. Computerassistierte Vermessungen des Gelenkspaltes, Knorpel- und Synoviavolumetrie, periartikulaere Knochendichtemessungen und quantitative Analysen des subchondralen Knochens sind teilweise erst unter experimentellen Voraussetzungen moeglich, werden aber ansatzweise schon unter klinischen Bedingungen eingesetzt. Computerassistiert und automatisch berechnete, quantitative radiologische Parameter koennten zukuenftig im klinischen Alltag Einfluss auf Diagnose, Staging und somit Therapiekontrolle von Gelenkerkrankungen nehmen. (orig.)

  20. Clinical evaluation of enalapril maleate and furosemide usage in dogs with degenerative myxomatous mitral valve, CHF functional class Ib

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    Rodrigo P. Franco

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Degenerative myxomatous mitral valve (DMMV is a heart disease of high incidence in small animal clinical medicine, affecting mainly older dogs and small breeds. Thus, a scientific investigation was performed in order to evaluate the clinical use of the medicines furosemide and enalapril maleate in dogs with this disease in CHF functional class Ib before and after the treatment was established. For this purpose 16 dogs with the given valve disease were used, separated into two groups: the first received furosemide (n=8 and the second received enalapril maleate (n=8 throughout 56 days. The dogs were evaluated in four stages (T0, T14, T28 and T56 day in relation to clinical signs, hematological, biochemical and serum assessment, which included serum angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE and aldosterone, as well as radiography, electrocardiography, Doppler-echocardiography and blood pressure. The results regarding the clinical, hematological and serum chemistry evaluations revealed no significant changes in both groups, but significant reductions in the values of ACE and aldosterone in the group receiving enalapril maleate were verified. The radiographic examination revealed reductions of VHS values and variable Pms wave of the electrocardiogram in both groups, but no changes in blood pressure values were identified. The echocardiogram showed a significant decrease of the variables LVDd/s in the studied groups and the FS% in animals that received only enalapril. Therefore, analysis of results showed that monotherapy based on enalapril maleate showed better efficiency of symptoms control in patients with CHF functional class Ib.

  1. Complex motion tomography of the sacroiliac joint

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    To find a better method for diagnosing sacroiliac (SI) joint disease, an anatomical approach was combined with conventional roentgenology, complex motion tomography and computed tomography. Complex motion tomography is suggested as the method of choice in the investigation of the SI-joint. Because of its complex (sinusoidal) form, the dorsal portion of the joint has to be tomographed in frontal projection and the middle and ventral portions in oblique projection. In 56 patients, referred for probable ankylosing spondylitis, 72 SI joints were investigated. Based on plain radiography six and on frontal tomography five SI joints were diagnosed as normal. However, based on oblique tomography 31 joints were diagnosed as normal. (orig.)

  2. Chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Public policies and social network analysis of the hospitals services and oyhers health and social organizations to support joint action for children with diabetes

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    Asensio, Maria; Silva, Carlos; Silva, Mafalda; Costa, Raquel; FIALHO, Joaquim; Saragoça, José

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we would like to present a focus for comprehensive action on diabetes in Portugal. Based on an applied approach of social network, we would like to discuss and analyze the dynamics of formal networks between hospitals services and others health and social organizations to support joint actions for reducing causes and consequences of health inequalities in children with chronic disease, and to develop core strategies and standards in health promotion and the quality of care for ...

  3. Whole-body MRI assessment of disease activity and structural damage in rheumatoid arthritis : first step towards an MRI joint count

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    Axelsen, Mette BjØrndal; Eshed, Iris

    2014-01-01

    Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of whole-body MRI (WBMRI) to visualize inflammation [synovitis, bone marrow oedema (BME) and enthesitis] and structural damage in patients with RA.Methods. The 3T WBMR images were acquired in a head-to-toe scan in 20 patients with RA and at least one swollen or tender joint. Short Tau Inversion Recovery and pre- and post-contrast T1-weighted images were evaluated for readability and the presence/absence of inflammation (synovitis, BME and enthesitis) and structural damage (erosions and fat infiltrations) in 76 peripheral joints, 30 entheseal sites and in the spine.Results. The readability was >70% for all individual joints, except for the most peripheral joints of the hands and feet. Synovitis was most frequent in the wrist, first tarsometatarsal, first CMC joints and glenohumeral joints (67-61%); BME in the wrist, CMC, acromioclavicular and glenohumeral joints (45-35%) and erosions in the wrist, MTP and CMC joints (19-16%). Enthesitis at ?1 sitewas registered in 16 patients. BME was frequently seen in the cervical (20%) but not the thoracic and lumbar spine, while fat infiltrations and erosions were rare. The intrareader agreement was high (85-100%) for all pathologies. The agreement between WBMRI and clinical findings was low.Conclusion. Peripheral and axial inflammation and structural damage at joints and entheses was frequently identified by WBMRI, and more frequently than by clinical examination. WBMRI is a promising tool for evaluation of the total inflammatory load of inflammation (an MRI joint count) and structural damage in RA patients.

  4. Variations in radiographic appearance of articular cartilage of knee joints in persons of 35 to 65 years of age

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    Himani Pulivarthi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressive degenerative disease characterized by gradual loss of articular cartilage. Osteoarthritis is not a normal process of ageing processes. Age related changes are distinct from osteoarthritic changes but when coupled with certain precipitating factors like obesity, muscle weakness and neurological dysfunction may play an important role in the causation of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurrence appears to increase with patient's age in a non-linear fashion. The prevalence of disease increases dramatically after the age of 50 years, likely because of age related alterations in collagen and proteoglycan synthesis coupled with diminished nutrient supply to the cartilage. Methods: In this paper presenting the naked eye assessment of radiographic appearance of articular cartilage of knee joints of 100 persons (both men and women of 35 to 65 years of age with symptoms like pain and stiffness of the joint. Results: Parameters like changes in the joint space width, the presence or absence of osteophytes and subchondral sclerosis and cysts were noted. The correlation between the patient's age, sex, symptoms and radiological appearance were observed. Conclusion: Osteoarthritis has a higher prevalence and more often generalized in women than in men. Before the age of 50 years, the incidence of osteoarthritis is low and men have a slightly higher prevalence than women, but after the age of 50 years, the disease becomes more frequent and women have a much higher prevalence with a female to male ration of about 12:1. The reason for this is sex difference in cartilage volume. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(1.000: 22-26

  5. Pain and mobility improvement and MDA plasma levels in degenerative osteoarthritis, low back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis after infrared A-irradiation

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    Infrared (IR)-A irradiation can be useful in back and musculoskeletal pain therapy. In this study joint and vertebral column pain and mobility were measured during two weeks of IR-A irradiation treatment of patients suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis of hip and knee, low back pain, or rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, before and after IR-A treatment MDA serum levels were measured to check if MDA variations accompany changes in pain intensity and mobility. Two-hundred and seven patients were divided into verum groups getting IR-irradiation, placebo groups getting visible, but not IR irradiation, and groups getting no irradiation. In osteoarthritis significant pain reduction according to Visual Analogue Scale and mobility improvements occurred in the verum group. Even though beneficial mean value changes occurred in the placebo group, the improvements in the placebo and No Irradiation groups were without statistical significance. In low back pain, pain and mobility improvements (by 35 - 40 %) in the verum group were found, too. A delayed (2nd week) mobility improvement in rheumatoid arthritis was seen. However, pain relief was seen immediately. In patients suffering from low back pain or rheumatoid arthritis, the pain and mobility improvements were accompanied by significant changes of MDA serum levels. However, MDA appears not a sensitive bio factor for changes of the pain intensity in degenerative osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, unaffected or lowered MDA levels during intensive IR-A therapy argue against previous reports on free radical formation upon infrared. In conclusion, rapid beneficial effects of IR-A towards musculoskeletal pain and joint mobility loss were demonstrated. (authors)

  6. Teaching Early Braille Literacy Skills within a Stimulus Equivalence Paradigm to Children with Degenerative Visual Impairments

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    Toussaint, Karen A.; Tiger, Jeffrey H.

    2010-01-01

    Despite the need for braille literacy, there has been little attempt to systematically evaluate braille-instruction programs. The current study evaluated an instructive procedure for teaching early braille-reading skills with 4 school-aged children with degenerative visual impairments. Following a series of pretests, braille instruction involved…

  7. Intraosseouss degenerative cyst of the axis approached via transcervical extrapharyngeal avenue

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    Gustavo Rassier Isolan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Intraosseous degenerative cysts (IDC of the cervical spine are rare. IDC within C2 have been reported in three articles only. We report a patient with neck pain due to a IDC within C2. We discuss the differential diagnosis of these lesions and the surgical approaches to reach this complex anatomical region.

  8. Comparison between two pedicle screw augmentation instrumentations in adult degenerative scoliosis with osteoporosis

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    Xie Yang; Fu Qiang; Chen Zi-qiang; Shi Zhi-cai; Zhu Xiao-dong; Wang Chuan-feng; Li Ming

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background The operative treatment of adult degenerative scoliosis combined with osteoporosis increase following the epidemiological development. Studies have confirmed that screws in osteoporotic spines have significant lower-screw strength with more frequent screw movements within the vertebra than normal spines. Screws augmented with Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or with autogenous bone can offer more powerful corrective force and significant advantages. Methods A retrospective an...

  9. [Tactics of surgical treatment of degenerative-dystrophic lesions of the lumbosacral spine in case of HIP-SPINE-syndrome].

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    Kavalerski?, G M; Korkunov, A L; Lychagin, A V; Sereda, A P; Cherepanov, V G

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is definition of surgical treatment tactics of multilevel degenerative-dystrophic lesions of the lumbosacral spine in case of HIP-SPINE-syndrome. It was presented the experience of surgical treatment of multilevel degenerative-dystrophic lesions of the lumbosacral spine in 52 patients aged from 48 to 81 years. Lumbar stenosis prevailed in 38 (73.1%) cases. There was degenerative spondylolisthesis in 9 (17.3%) cases, and degenerative scoliosis was detected in 5 (9.6%) patients. Different types of decompressive-stabilizing interventions according to direction of compression and the presence of degenerative instability were performed in all patients. Evaluation of surgical treatment was done by using of visual analog scale and questionnaire Oswestry Disability Index. It was revealed significant improvement of life quality by reducing of pain and increasing of daily activity. Maximal time of observation was 36 months. PMID:24874225

  10. Dizziness and Heart Disease Risk

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    Full Text Available ... hypotension and about a third developed a degenerative brain disease such as Parkinson's. The death rate for those with orthostatic hypotension was 64 percent compared to 29 percent for the delayed form and 9 percent for the control group. One of the study authors says these ...

  11. Joint purpose?

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    Pristed Nielsen, Helene

    2013-01-01

    Starting from Crenshaw´s point that antiracism often fails to interrogate patriarchy and that feminism often reproduces racist practices (1991: 1252), this paper asks: What are the theoretical reasons for believing that feminism and anti-racism can be regarded as fighting for the joint purpose of anti-discrimination in Europe today? And what empirical evidence may be found for such a joint approach? The paper discusses how the contemporary EU context differs from the American context which promp...

  12. Cerebrospinal fluid metabolic profiles in multiple sclerosis and degenerative dementias obtained by high resolution proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    We have analyzed the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 19 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), 12 patients with degenerative dementia and 17 control patients using in vitro high resolution proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) at 400 MHz. The CSF metabolic profile is slightly modified in MS patients (increased lactate and fructose concentrations, decreased creatinine and phenylalanine concentrations) and is not correlated with the intensity of the intrathecal inflammation. Proton MRS of CSF does not differentiate relapsing-remitting MS and primary progressive MS. We have not detected any specific abnormal resonance in native or lyophilized CSF. The CSF metabolic profile of demented patients is much more altered (increased concentration of lactate, pyruvate, alanine, lysine, valine, leucine-isoleucine, tyrosine, glutamine) and is in agreement with a brain oxidative metabolism impairment as already described in Alzheimer's disease. Unassigned abnormal but non specific or constant resonances have been detected on MR spectra of demented patients. CSF inositol concentration is also increased in the CSF of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In vitro high resolution proton MRS of the CSF constitutes a new and original way to explore CSF for the differential and/or early diagnosis of dementias, as a complement to in vivo proton cerebral MRS. (authors). 22 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  13. Lyme disease (image)

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    Lyme disease is an acute inflammatory disease characterized by skin changes, joint inflammation and symptoms similar to ... that is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi . Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a ...

  14. Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

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    ... pathology in former [amateur] athletes exposed to contact sports was surprising," Dickson said. "It is pathology that had gone previously unrecognized." The researchers also identified two genetic markers that may affect the risk of developing CTE. " ...

  15. Cervical spine degenerative diseases: An evaluation of clinical and imaging features in surgical decisions

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    In clinically severe cervical spondylosis, imaging plays a vital role in surgical decisions. A prime factor is acquired canal stenosis with cord compression. To validate this concept, the clinical and imaging features of 20 patients with spondylitic myelopathy and 24 with radiculopathy were retrospectively reviewed. All had computed tomographic myelography (CTM) as part of their clinical work-up. The patients' clinical severity was graded as mild, moderate and severe; the age, length of illness and a history of eventual surgery or otherwise were recorded. At the level of maximum compression the following parameters were obtained from the axial CTM images: surface area and ratio of the anteroposterior to the transverse diameter of the cord; subarachnoid space and vertebral canal areas. Data were statistically analysed. A significant association exists between surgery and increasing severity of symptoms (P=0.04), and advancing age (P=0.01). These associations hold true for myelopathy and radiculopathy. A strong association is present between surgery and the surface area of the cord (P=0.01), being applicable to myelopathy only. The other parameters show no association with surgical decisions. It is concluded that with myelopathy a narrow cord area at the level of maximum compression, and moderate-severe functional impairment are indicators for surgical intervention. (authors)

  16. Cervical spine degenerative diseases: An evaluation of clinical and imaging features in surgical decisions

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    Soo, M.; Tran-Dinh, H.D.; Quach, T.; Downey, J.; Pohlmann, S. [Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW (Australia). Department of Radiology; Dorsch, N.W.C. [Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW (Australia). Department of Neurosurgery

    1997-11-01

    In clinically severe cervical spondylosis, imaging plays a vital role in surgical decisions. A prime factor is acquired canal stenosis with cord compression. To validate this concept, the clinical and imaging features of 20 patients with spondylitic myelopathy and 24 with radiculopathy were retrospectively reviewed. All had computed tomographic myelography (CTM) as part of their clinical work-up. The patients` clinical severity was graded as mild, moderate and severe; the age, length of illness and a history of eventual surgery or otherwise were recorded. At the level of maximum compression the following parameters were obtained from the axial CTM images: surface area and ratio of the anteroposterior to the transverse diameter of the cord; subarachnoid space and vertebral canal areas. Data were statistically analysed. A significant association exists between surgery and increasing severity of symptoms (P=0.04), and advancing age (P=0.01). These associations hold true for myelopathy and radiculopathy. A strong association is present between surgery and the surface area of the cord (P=0.01), being applicable to myelopathy only. The other parameters show no association with surgical decisions. It is concluded that with myelopathy a narrow cord area at the level of maximum compression, and moderate-severe functional impairment are indicators for surgical intervention. (authors). 22 refs., 3 tabs., 3 figs.

  17. RPE65 gene: multiplex PCR and mutation screening in patients from India with retinal degenerative diseases

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    Biju Joseph; Anuradha Srinivasan; Nagasamy Soumittra; Authiappan Vidhya; Nitin Shridhara Shetty; Satagopan Uthra; Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel

    2002-04-01

    We used multiplex PCR followed by sequencing to screen for mutations in the 14 exons of the RPE65 gene in early-childhood-onset autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP) and Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA) patients. The RPE65 protein is believed to play an important role in the metabolism of vitamin A in the visual cycle and mutations identified in the gene could have implications for vitamin A-based therapeutic intervention. We were able to identify a homozygous mutation (AAT ? AAG) in exon 9 in an arRP patient and a heterozygous missense transversion (AAT ? AAG) also in exon 9 of an LCA patient. We also identified a polymorphism in exon 10 (GAG ? GAA) in an arRP as well as an LCA patient. Mutation screening would be greatly facilitated by multiplex PCR which could cut down costs, labour and time involved. The nucleotide changes observed in this study could be de novo. Though a larger study has been undertaken, from the preliminary results it appears that in India the RPE65 gene seems to be less involved in causation of LCA.

  18. When Dialogue Fails : Music therapy with elderly with neurological degenerative diseases

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    Ridder, Hanne Mette Ochsner

    2004-01-01

    In a PhD-research from Aalborg University I have used a mixed method case study design, where I integrated quantitative heart beat measurements and a qualitative hermeneutic analysis on responses given by participants in music therapy. In this paper I am not going to present the research. I will use the opportunity to present one single element from the work. This will be a focus on a clinical strategy for building up music therapy sessions with persons who are gradually losing cognitive abilities and suffer from severe neurodegeneration. I shall present four levels or steps in the clinical setting, where different strategies are used in order to compensate for missing memory function and missing abilities to communicate. In addition to being part of the doctoral thesis (Ridder 2003), these ideas are based on clinical music therapy work at a geronto-psychiatric unit since 1995. http://www.musictherapyworld.net/modules/mmmagazine/index.html

  19. Degenerative processes in bioprosthetic mitral valves in juvenile pigs

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    Pedersen Torben B

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Glutaraldehyde-treated bioprosthetic heart valves are commonly used for replacement of diseased heart valves. However, calcification and wear limit their durability, and the development of new and improved bioprosthetic valve designs is needed and must be evaluated in a reliable animal model. We studied glutaraldehyde-treated valves 6 months after implantation to evaluate bioprosthetic valve complications in the mitral position in juvenile pigs. Materials The study material comprised eight, 5-month old, 60-kg pigs. All pigs received a size 27, glutaraldehyde-treated, stented, Carpentier-Edwards S.A.V. mitral valve prosthesis. After six months, echocardiography was performed, and the valves explanted for gross examination, high resolution X-ray, and histological evaluation. Results Five pigs survived the follow-up period. Preexplant echocardiography revealed a median peak and mean velocity of 1.61 m/s (range: 1.17-2.00 and 1.20 (SD = ±0.25, respectively, and a median peak and mean pressure difference of 10.42 mmHg (range: 5.83-16.55 and 6.51 mmHg (SD = ±2.57, respectively. Gross examination showed minor thrombotic depositions at two commissures in two valves and at all three commissures in three valves. High resolution X-ray imaging revealed different degrees of calcification in all explanted valves, primarily in the commissural and belly areas. In all valves, histological evaluation demonstrated various degrees of fibrous sheath formation, limited immunological infiltration, and no overgrowth of host endothelium. Conclusions Bioprosthetic glutaraldehyde-treated mitral valves can be implanted into the mitral position in pigs and function after 6 months. Echocardiographic data, calcification, and histological examinations were comparable to results obtained in sheep models and human demonstrating the suitability of the porcine model.

  20. Time-dependent degenerative transformations in the lipidome of chalazia.

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    Wojtowicz, Jadwiga C; Butovich, Igor A; McMahon, Anne; Hogan, Robert N; Itani, Kamel M; Mancini, Ronald; Molai, Mike; Linsenbardt, Emily

    2014-10-01

    The aim of this prospective study was to conduct histopathologic and lipidomic analyses of chalazia, in order to evaluate time-dependent changes in the lesion. Samples of surgically excised chalazia were collected over a period of 12 months from 10 patients (mean age 41 years; range, 23-58) with clinically diagnosed chalazia, who underwent scheduled surgery. The ages of chalazia varied from 2 to 28 weeks. To confirm the clinical diagnoses, the morphology of collected tissue samples was evaluated histologically after hematoxylin and eosin staining. The lipids from individual chalazia were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and compared with authentic lipid standards and with the lipids of meibum collected from normal controls. We observed gradual, lesion age-dependent transformation of the lipidome of chalazia from an almost normal meibum-like composition to a very different kind of lipidome. A rapid initial increase in the free cholesterol content was followed by a gradual replacement of extremely long chain meibomian-type lipids with a mixture of shorter-chain cholesteryl esters of the C14-C18 family, triacylglycerols, ceramides, phospholipids and sphingomyelins. In addition, a rapid disappearance of wax esters and cholesteryl esters of (1-O)-acyl-omega-hydroxy fatty acids from the lipidome of aging chalazia was observed. Our results are indicative of dramatic, time-dependent changes in the lesion that may involve cholesterol as a trigger and/or a marker of subsequent degeneration of the meibomian lipidome. We hypothesize that early inhibition of these transformations may be useful in reversing the course of the disease. PMID:25150086

  1. DISEASES

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    Pletscher-Frankild, Sune; Pallejà, Albert; Tsafou, Kalliopi; Binder, Janos X; Jensen, Lars Juhl

    2015-01-01

    Text mining is a flexible technology that can be applied to numerous different tasks in biology and medicine. We present a system for extracting disease-gene associations from biomedical abstracts. The system consists of a highly efficient dictionary-based tagger for named entity recognition of human genes and diseases, which we combine with a scoring scheme that takes into account co-occurrences both within and between sentences. We show that this approach is able to extract half of all manuall...

  2. Therapies intended for joint regeneration in the horse / Terapias con potencial regenerativo articular en el caballo

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    JA, Sandoval; C, López; JU, Carmona.

    Full Text Available Las cojeras constituyen la principal causa de consulta en clínica equina y la osteoartritis (OA) representa cerca del 60 % de los casos. Durante la última década se han presentado avances significativos en nuestro entendimiento de la fisiopatología de la OA. Sin embargo, se ha avanzado muy poco en e [...] l desarrollo de tratamientos efectivos que no solo alivien el dolor y la inflamación asociados al problema, sino que también limiten los cambios degenerativos o incluso promuevan la regeneración de los tejidos articulares afectados por esta enfermedad crónica inflamatoria. Por otra parte, estos tratamientos deberían ser libres de efectos adversos como trastornos gastrointestinales, daño renal e inmunosupresión. El actual conocimiento de proteínas y células comprometidas en la biología de las enfermedades musculo-esqueléticas, como la OA, han permitido el desarrollo de nuevos enfoques terapéuticos desde el punto de vista experimental y clínico. El objetivo de esta revisión es presentar estado del arte de la terapia regenerativa articular en el caballo. Abstract in english Lameness is the main cause of consultation in the current equine clinic, and osteoarthritis (OA) represents about 60% of cases. During the last decade, there have been significant advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of OA. However, there has been little progress in the development o [...] f effective treatments that not only relieve pain and inflammation associated with the problem, but also limit degenerative changes, or even promote regeneration in joint tissues affected by this chronic and inflammatory disease. These treatments should be free of side effects such as gastrointestinal disorders, kidney damage and immunosuppression. Current knowledge about the proteins and cells involved in the biology of musculoskeletal diseases, such as OA, has allowed the development of new therapeutic approaches from an experimental and clinical viewpoint. The aim of this review is to present the state of the art for regenerative therapy of joints in the horse.

  3. Comparative effectiveness of open versus minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion

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    Ledonio CGT

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Charles GT Ledonio,1 David W Polly Jr,1 Marc F Swiontkowski,1 John T Cummings Jr2 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 2Community Neurosurgical Care, Indianapolis, IN, USA Background: The mainstay of sacroiliac joint disruption/degenerative sacroiliitis therapy has been nonoperative management. This nonoperative management often includes a regimen of physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, therapeutic injections, and possibly radiofrequency ablation at the discretion of the treating physician. When these clinical treatments fail, sacroiliac joint fusion has been recommended as the standard treatment. Open and minimally invasive (MIS surgical techniques are typical procedures. This study aims to compare the perioperative measures and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI outcomes associated with each of these techniques. Methods: A comparative retrospective chart review of patients with sacroiliac joint fusion and a minimum of 1 year of follow-up was performed. Perioperative measures and ODI scores were compared using the Fisher's exact test and two nonparametric tests, ie, the Mann–Whitney U test and the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. The results are presented as percent or median with range, as appropriate. Results: Forty-nine patients from two institutions underwent sacroiliac joint fusion between 2006 and 2012. Ten patients were excluded because of incomplete data, leaving 39 evaluable patients, of whom 22 underwent open and 17 underwent MIS sacroiliac joint fusion. The MIS group was significantly older (median age 66 [39–82] years than the open group (median age 51 [34–74] years. Surgical time and hospital stay were significantly shorter in the MIS group than in the open group. Preoperative ODI was significantly greater in the open group (median 64 [44–78] than in the MIS group (median 53 [14–84]. Postoperative improvement in ODI was statistically significant within and between groups, with MIS resulting in greater improvement. Conclusion: The open and MIS sacroiliac joint fusion techniques resulted in statistically and clinically significant improvement for patients with degenerative sacroiliitis refractory to nonoperative management. However, the number of patients reaching the minimal clinically important difference and those showing overall improvement were greater in the MIS group. Keywords: sacroiliac joint, arthrodesis, sacroiliac joint disruption, degenerative sacroiliitis

  4. A mitochondrial bioenergetic etiology of disease

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    Wallace, Douglas C

    2013-01-01

    The classical Mendelian genetic perspective has failed to adequately explain the biology and genetics of common metabolic and degenerative diseases. This is because these diseases are primarily systemic bioenergetic diseases, and the most important energy genes are located in the cytoplasmic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Therefore, to understand these “complex” diseases, we must investigate their bioenergetic pathophysiology and consider the genetics of the thousands of copies of maternally inhe...

  5. The aging process in the sacroiliac joint. Helical computed tomography analysis

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    Shibata, Yasuaki; Shirai, Yasumasa; Miyamoto, Masabumi [Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the frequency of degenerative changes in the sacroiliac joint by age, sex, laterality, body mass index, and childbearing experience, based on computed tomography (CT) images obtained from the lower back of symptom-free subjects in different age groups. These data were used to trace the development of the sacroiliac joint until the occurrence of osteoarthritis with aging. CT transverse and coronal images were examined for the presence of the following degenerative signs: joint space narrowing, sclerosis, osteophytes, cysts, and erosion. The results indicated that joint degeneration begins in the 20s and tends to progress with age. Each form of degeneration was markedly more frequent in the 40s or older, and some type of degeneration was observed in the joints of all subjects aged 50 years or older. In terms of the localization of the joint degeneration, sclerosis was common on the upper and middle anterior of the articular surface of the ilium, osteophytes were common on the anterior surface of the sacrum. Degeneration had progressed further in women than in men in every age group, and tended to progress faster in parous than in nulliparous women, It was presumed that the birth of the first child, rather than subsequent births had the greatest effect on the sacroiliac joint. (author)

  6. Challenges and opportunities in drug and biomarker development for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: findings and recommendations from an American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases-U.S. Food and Drug Administration Joint Workshop.

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    Sanyal, Arun J; Friedman, Scott L; McCullough, Arthur J; Dimick-Santos, Lara

    2015-04-01

    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease (CLD) in North America. It is a growing contributor to the burden of CDL requiring liver transplantation. Cirrhosis is also associated with an increased risk of hepatocellular cancer, which may occur even in the absence of cirrhosis in subjects with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the histological form of NAFLD associated with increased liver-related mortality. The diagnosis of NASH currently requires a liver biopsy. There are also no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved therapies for NASH. Therefore, there is a need to develop better diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients with NASH, targeting both those with early-stage disease as well as those with advanced liver fibrosis. There are unique challenges in the design of studies for these target populations. The long relatively asymptomatic time interval in the progression of NAFLD and NASH to cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure, along with gaps in knowledge regarding disease modifiers, combine to present significant challenges in trial design. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop methods to identify the populations at particular risk of disease progression and validate endpoints that reflect meaningful changes in health status in this population. This article summarizes the discussion at a joint workshop held September 5 and 6, 2013 in Silver Spring, Maryland, sponsored by the FDA and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases to develop guidance on diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for NASH. PMID:25557690

  7. Novel nano-composite multi-layered biomaterial for the treatment of multifocal degenerative cartilage lesions

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    Kon, Elizaveta; Delcogliano, M.; Filardo, G.; Altadonna, G.; Marcacci, M

    2009-01-01

    We report on a 46-year-old athletic patient, previously treated with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, with large degenerative chondral lesions of the medial femoral condyle, trochlea and patella, which was successfully treated with a closing-wedge high tibial osteotomy and the implant of a newly developed biomimetic nanostructured osteochondral bioactive scaffold. After 1 year of follow-up the patient was pain-free, had full knee range of motion, and had returned to his pre-operatio...

  8. Is there a degenerative process going on in the brain of people with schizophrenia?

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    BjornRund

    2009-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a biological and behavioural disorder which manifests itself in neurocognitive dysfunctions. The question of whether these key characteristics of the disorder are due to schizophrenia being a degenerative disorder has been discussed for more than 100 years. Neuropsychological data indicate that neurocognitive functions are relatively stable over time after illness onset. Several studies show that there is a decline in neurocognitive functioning prior to and in connection with...

  9. TEACHING EARLY BRAILLE LITERACY SKILLS WITHIN A STIMULUS EQUIVALENCE PARADIGM TO CHILDREN WITH DEGENERATIVE VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

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    Toussaint, Karen A.; Tiger, Jeffrey H.

    2010-01-01

    Despite the need for braille literacy, there has been little attempt to systematically evaluate braille-instruction programs. The current study evaluated an instructive procedure for teaching early braille-reading skills with 4 school-aged children with degenerative visual impairments. Following a series of pretests, braille instruction involved providing a sample braille letter and teaching the selection of the corresponding printed letter from a comparison array. Concomitant with increases ...

  10. A 12-Week Exercise Therapy Program in Middle-Aged Patients With Degenerative Meniscus Tears

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    Stensrud, Silje; Roos, Ewa M.; Risberg, May Arna

    2012-01-01

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 STUDY DESIGN: Case Series. BACKGROUND: Exercise is a viable treatment alternative to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy in patients with degenerative meniscus tears. No study has reported in detail type of exercises, progression, tolerance, and potential benefit from an exercise therapy program in these patients who have not had surgery. This study describes a progressive exercise therapy program aiming at improving neuromu...

  11. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    LIU Jian-rong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD is a degenerative central nervous system (CNS disease caused by infection of prion protein (PrP, with clinical features including short course, rapid development and 100% mortality. This article aims to discuss the pathogenesis, histopathological features, clinical manifestations, electroencephalogram (EEG findings, imaging data and treatment progress of this disease based on literature review. Cerebrospinal fluid 14-3-3 protein detection, EEG and MRI are three important methods to make an early diagnosis on patients with suspected CJD, such as elderly patients with rapidly progressive dementia (RPD and young patients with mental symptoms involving multiple systems (MS.

  12. Redefining cerebellar ataxia in degenerative ataxias: lessons from recent research on cerebellar systems.

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    Tada, Masayoshi; Nishizawa, Masatoyo; Onodera, Osamu

    2015-08-01

    Recent advances in our understanding of neurophysiological functions in the cerebellar system have revealed that each region involved in degenerative ataxias contributes differently. To regulate voluntary movements, the cerebellum forms internal models within its neural circuits that mimic the behaviour of the sensorimotor system and objects in the external environment. The cerebellum forms two different internal models: forward and inverse. The forward model is formed by efference copy signals conveyed by the corticopontocerebellar system, and it derives the estimated consequences for action. The inverse model describes sequences of motor commands to accomplish an aim. During motor learning, we improve internal models by comparing the estimated consequence of an action from the forward model with the actual consequence of the action produced by the inverse model. The functions of the cerebellum encompass the formation, storage and selection of internal models. Considering the neurophysiological properties of the cerebellar system, we have classified degenerative ataxias into four types depending on which system is involved: Purkinje cells, the corticopontocerebellar system, the spinocerebellar system and the cerebellar deep nuclei. With regard to their respective contributions to the internal models, we speculate that loss of Purkinje cells leads to malformation of the internal models, whereas disturbance of the afferent system, corticopontocerebellar system or spinocerebellar system leads to mis-selection of the proper internal model. An understanding of the pathophysiological properties of ataxias in each degenerative ataxia enables the development of new methods to evaluate ataxias. PMID:25637456

  13. Intervertebral disc degenerative changes after intradiscal injection of TNF-? in a porcine model

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    Kang, Ran; Li, Haisheng

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate whether exogenous tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) will initiate a degenerative process in intervertebral disc in vivo. METHODS: Exogenous TNF-? in dosages of 50 and 100 ng in 50 ?L Dulbecco's Modified Essential Medium (DMEM) was injected into porcine lumbar discs; a third disc was injected only with 50 ?L DMEM as a control. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) yielding T1- and T2-weighted images, T2-mapping, and post-contrast T1 images was performed and histology was studied as well. RESULTS: After 3 months, a significant decrease in T2 value calculated from T2-mapping MRI was observed in the annulus and nucleus of both groups injected with TNF-? along with a slight decrease in disc height and nucleus volumes in comparison to the control discs. No obvious visual differences among the groups were observed in the normal T1- and T2-weighted MRI images. Post-contrast T1 MRI showed increased annulus enhancement in both TNF-?-injected groups compared to the control discs, while no enhancement difference was observed in the nucleus. Histological analysis showed degenerative changes with annulus fissure, cell cluster, nucleus matrix loss, vascularization and interleukin-1? expression in the outer annulus of both TNF-?-injected discs, while no degenerative changes were observed in the control discs. CONCLUSIONS: Intradiscal injection of exogenous TNF-? caused early stage disc degeneration in a porcine model. It may thus support the hypothesis of exogenic TNF-? being an important early pathogenetic factor in disc degeneration.

  14. Differentiation of malignant and degenerative bone lesions using dexamethasone interventional 3- and 24-hour bone scintigraphy

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    Seventy-seven adult patients with suspected skeletal metastases were divided into two groups. In group A (n=30), following intravenous administration of 20 mCi (740 MBq) of technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (99mTc-MDP), 3- and 24-h scintigraphy of bone lesions was performed. The 24/3 h lesion to bone background radiouptake ratio (RUR) was calculated for each lesion. In group B (n=47), the same procedure was followed with dexamethasone intervention (10 mg in 24 h) following the 3-h acquisition. In group A, after determination of the critical point, malignant and degenerative bone lesions could be separated with a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 0.76, 0.72 and 0.73, respectively. The mean RUR of the malignant lesions was 1.20± 0.23, and that of the benign lesions, 0.95± 0.15. In group B cases, significantly increased sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 0.87, 0.94 and 0.92, respectively, were found (P<0.001). The mean RUR of the malignant lesions was 1.48± 0.34, and that of degenerative lesions, 0.88± 0.19. Dexamethasone interventional bone scintigraphy seems to be a new cost-effective method for differentiating malignant from degenerative bone lesions using the RUR. (orig.)

  15. Novel ANKH amino terminus mutation (Pro5Ser) associated with early-onset calcium pyrophosphate disease with associated phosphaturia.

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    Gruber, Barry L; Couto, Ana Rita; Armas, Jácome Bruges; Brown, Matthew A; Finzel, Kathleen; Terkeltaub, Robert A

    2012-06-01

    This report describes a 32-year-old woman presenting since childhood with progressive calcium pyrophosphate disease (CPPD), characterized by severe arthropathy and chondrocalcinosis involving multiple peripheral joints and intervertebral disks. Because ANKH mutations have been previously described in familial CPPD, the proband's DNA was assessed at this locus by direct sequencing of promoter and coding regions and revealed 3 sequence variants in ANKH. Sequences of exon 1 revealed a novel isolated nonsynonymous mutation (c.13 C>T), altering amino acid in codon 5 from proline to serine (CCG>TCG). Sequencing of parental DNA revealed an identical mutation in the proband's father but not the mother. Subsequent clinical evaluation demonstrated extensive chondrocalcinosis and degenerative arthropathy in the proband's father. In summary, we report a novel mutation, not previously described, in ANKH exon 1, wherein serine replaces proline, in a case of early-onset severe CPPD associated with metabolic abnormalities, with similar findings in the proband's father. PMID:22647861

  16. Joint Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for Multiple Binary Characters

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    Xu, Chenwu; Li, Zhikang; Xu, Shizhong

    2005-01-01

    Joint mapping for multiple quantitative traits has shed new light on genetic mapping by pinpointing pleiotropic effects and close linkage. Joint mapping also can improve statistical power of QTL detection. However, such a joint mapping procedure has not been available for discrete traits. Most disease resistance traits are measured as one or more discrete characters. These discrete characters are often correlated. Joint mapping for multiple binary disease traits may provide an opportunity to ...

  17. Cocoa, chocolate and cardiovascular disease

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    Galleano, Monica; Oteiza, Patricia I.; CESAR G FRAGA

    2009-01-01

    A significant body of evidence demonstrates that diets rich in fruit and vegetables promote health, and attenuate, or delay, the onset of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, certain cancers, and several other age-related degenerative disorders. The concept that moderate chocolate consumption could be part of a healthy diet has gained acceptance in the last years based on the health benefits ascribed to selected cocoa components. Specifically, cocoa as a plant a...

  18. Knee function and knee muscle strength in middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears eligible for arthroscopic partial meniscectomy

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    Stensrud, Silje; Risberg, May Arna; Roos, Ewa M.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Functional limitations exist postmeniscectomy, but preoperative data are scarce. PURPOSE: To examine knee function, knee muscle strength and performance in middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears, eligible for arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eighty-two participants with MRI verified degenerative meniscal tear (35% women, mean age 49 years) answered the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and were tested fo...

  19. Lumbosacral Fixation Using the Diagonal S2 Screw for Long Fusion in Degenerative Lumbar Deformity: Technical Note Involving 13 Cases

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    Park, Ye-Soo; Kim, Hong-Sik; BAEK, SEUNG-WOOK; Lee, Sang-Hyun

    2013-01-01

    Placing instrumentation into the ilium has been shown to increase the biomechanical stability and the fusion rates, but it has some disadvantages. The diagonal S2 screw technique is an attractive surgical procedure for degenerative lumbar deformity. Between 2008 and 2010, we carried out long fusion across the lumbosacral junction in 13 patients with a degenerative lumbar deformity using the diagonal S2 screws. In 12 of these 13 patients, the lumbosacral fusion was graded as solid fusion with ...

  20. Painful glenohumeral joint instability in athletes

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    Instability of the glenohumeral joints is a common cause of chronic shoulder pain and disability in athletes using repetitive arm movements in elevation and external rotation. A series of 29 athletes with persistent shoulder discomfort for transient subluxation was evaluated with plain radiography and tomography in right axillary projection. The purpose was to detect abnormalities in the osseous glenoid rim. Twenty-six patients (89.6% of all cases studied) had various degrees of skeletal damage, including 18 fractures (69.2%) of the anterior rim, 2 (7.6%) of the posterior rim, and 6 cases (23.07%) of local degenerative changes; 3 cases were negative for skeletal damages. The results of this study demontrate conventional radiography to be useful in the diagnostic assessment of shoulder pain in athletes, where similar problems must be promptly detected and not ignored

  1. Temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis: cone beam computed tomography findings, clinical features, and correlations.

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    Cömert Kiliç, S; Kiliç, N; Sümbüllü, M A

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of and associations between clinical signs and symptoms and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) findings of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis (TMJ-OA). Seventy-six patients (total 117 TMJ) with osteoarthritis were included in this study. Clinical signs and symptoms and CBCT findings were reviewed retrospectively. A considerable decrease in mandibular motions and mastication efficiency, and considerable increase in joint sounds and general pain complaints were observed. The most frequent condylar bony changes were erosion (110 joints, 94.0%), followed by flattening (108 joints, 92.3%), osteophytes (93 joints, 79.5%), hypoplasia (22 joints, 18.8%), sclerosis (14 joints, 12.0%), and subchondral cyst (four joints, 3.4%). Flattening of the articular eminence and pneumatization were each observed in five joints. Forty-one patients had bilateral degeneration and 35 had unilateral degeneration. Hypermobility was detected in 47 degenerative joints. Masticatory efficiency was negatively correlated with both condylar flattening and sclerosis, and general pain complaints was positively correlated with condylar flattening. Condylar erosion, flattening, osteophytes, pain, joint sounds, reduced jaw movements, and worsened mastication were common findings in TMJ-OA in the present study. Poor correlations were found between osseous changes and clinical signs and symptoms of TMJ-OA. CBCT is a powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of TMJ-OA. PMID:26194774

  2. Intrinsic patterns of coupling between correlation and amplitude of low-frequency fMRI fluctuations are disrupted in degenerative dementia mainly due to functional disconnection.

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    Mascali, Daniele; DiNuzzo, Mauro; Gili, Tommaso; Moraschi, Marta; Fratini, Michela; Maraviglia, Bruno; Serra, Laura; Bozzali, Marco; Giove, Federico

    2015-01-01

    Low frequency fluctuations (LFFs) of the BOLD signal are a major discovery in the study of the resting brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Two fMRI-based measures, functional connectivity (FC), a measure of signal synchronicity, and the amplitude of LFFs (ALFF), a measure of signal periodicity, have been proved to be sensitive to changes induced by several neurological diseases, including degenerative dementia. In spite of the increasing use of these measures, whether and how they are related to each other remains to be elucidated. In this work we used voxel-wise FC and ALFF computed in different frequency bands (slow-5: 0.01-0.027 Hz; slow-4: 0.027-0.073 Hz; and full-band: 0.01-0.073 Hz), in order to assess their relationship in healthy elderly as well as the relevant changes induced by Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We found that in healthy elderly subjects FC and ALFF are positively correlated in anterior and posterior cingulate cortex (full-band, slow-4 and slow-5), temporal cortex (full-band and slow-5), and in a set of subcortical regions (full-band and slow-4). These correlation patterns between FC and ALFF were absent in either AD or MCI patients. Notably, the loss of correlation between FC and ALFF in the AD group was primarily due to changes in FC rather than in ALFF. Our results indicate that degenerative dementia is characterized by a loss of global connection rather than by a decrease of fluctuation amplitude. PMID:25844531