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  1. Early phacoemulsification in patients with acute primary angle closure

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    Moghimi, Sasan; Hashemian, Hesam; Chen, Rebecca; Johari, Mohammadkarim; Mohammadi, Massood; Lin, Shan C.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare long term efficacy of phacoemulsification in the early management of acute primary angle closure (APAC) after aborting an acute attack and performing laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI). Methods In this nonrandomized comparative prospective study, we included 35 subjects presenting with APAC who had responded to medical treatment and LPI with intraocular pressure (IOP) less than 25 mmHg. Twenty patients with visually significant cataract with visual acuity of 21 mmHg with or w...

  2. 急性原发性闭角型青光眼%Acute Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma(Abstract)

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    2001-01-01

    Acute primary closed angle glaucoma is fast becoming one of the most important causes of blindness in the 21 st Century. World bhnding statistics show that there are 60 million people suffering from glaucoma. Of these,approximately 6 million are blind and 1.5 million (25%) are due to acute closed angle glaucoma. With the aging population, the number of patients blind from glaucoma will continue to increase.Attacks from acute primary closed angle glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness to the affected eye.Blindness can be effectively prevented in acute primary closed angle glaucoma because the severity of symptoms will draw the attention of the patient who will then seek for medical care. Therefore, it is essential to educate the public,doctors and healthcare workers about the danger and symptoms of acute glaucoma. With early diagnosis and treatment to the affected eye and laser iridotomy to the fellow eye-bilateral blindness from acute glaucoma can be prevented.This paper highlights important clinical advances in the management of acute primary closed angle glaucoma and also poses several questions for discussion.(1) What evidence is there to suggest that bilateral blindness from acute primary closed angle glaucom is preventable?(2) In what way is Ultrasonic Biomicroscopy (UBM) useful in clinical research in glaucoma?(3) Will UBM be important in clinical diagnosis in primary closed angle glaucoma?(4) What is the scientific basis of treatment in acute primary closed angle glaucoma?(5) What are the essential procedures to preserve vision in chronic primary closed angle glaucoma?(6) What are the reasons for blindness after laser iridotomy?(7) What is the mechanism of laser iridoplasty?(8) What are the reasons why laser iridoplasty should be combined with laser iridotomy?(9) Why there is an intraocular pressure increase in 50% of eyes within 3 months after laser iridoplasty?(10) Can UBM explain the changes in the angle after lens removal in primary closed angle

  3. Mechanism and Etiology of Primary Chronic Angle Closure Glaucoma

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    1994-01-01

    The ocular anatomic features, pupil-blocking force, status of angle synechiae closure and positivity of provocative tests were compared between the primary chronic angle closure glaucoma (PCACG) and primary a-cute angle closure glaucoma (PAACG) by using ultrasonic biometry, computerized anterior ocular segment image processing technique, gonioscopy and provocative tests. The studies showed that the anterior chamber depth of PAACG was shallower than that of PCACG; the pupil-blocking force of PAACG was st...

  4. An Indian perspective on primary angle closure and glaucoma

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    Sihota Ramanjit

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To provide a synopsis of primary angle closure disease in India, and Indian studies on the same. Results: Primary angle closure glaucoma forms almost half of all adult primary glaucomas seen in a hospital setting in India. Anatomically, corneal diameters and anterior chamber depths were least in acute and chronic PACG eyes as compared to subacute eyes and controls. Besides relative pupillary block, a Valsalva maneuver during activities of daily living may be responsible for intermittent angle closure and raised IOP in predisposed eyes. Iridotomy alone, controlled the intraocular pressure in 66.7% of subacute eyes and 12.9% of the acute. Medical therapy was additionally required for 35.5% of the acute eyes, 12.1% of the subacute and 30.0% of the chronic cases. There was a greater mean and peak IOP reduction, achieved with 0.005% latanoprost once daily, 8.2 ± 2.0 mm Hg, compared with 0.5% timolol twice daily, 6.1 ± 1.7 mm Hg2. A progression of PACS to PAC was seen in 22%, PAC to PAC OHT in 38.7% and PAC OHT to PACG in 30.7% over 5 years. Conclusions: Primary angle closure disease is common in India, and can be managed well with iridotomy, followed by an appropriate control of IOP.

  5. Citalopram associated with acute angle-closure glaucoma: case report

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    Hassan Sabit; Thirumalai Srinivasa; Croos Robert; Davis Jane

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a rare complication in patients receiving anti-depressant treatment. In the following case, we report the development of acute angle closure glaucoma in a patient who overdosed on Citalopram, an antidepressant, and discuss the possible etiological mechanisms for the condition. Case presentation We report a 54 year old, Caucasian lady, with depression and alcohol dependence syndrome, who developed acute angle-closure glaucoma after an overdos...

  6. Acute angle closure glaucoma following ileostomy surgery

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    Mariana Meirelles Lopes

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Angle-closure glaucoma can be induced by drugs that may cause pupillary dilatation. We report a case of a patient that developed bilateral angle closure glaucoma after an ileostomy surgery because of systemic atropine injection. This case report highlights the importance of a fast ophthalmologic evaluation in diseases with ocular involvement in order to make accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatments.

  7. Bilateral acute angle-closure glaucoma after dexfenfluramine treatment.

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    Denis, P; Charpentier, D; Berros, P; Touameur, S

    1995-01-01

    We report the case of a patient with narrow angles who had an attack of bilateral acute angle-closure glaucoma precipitated by dexfenfluramine, a serotoninergic drug developed for appetite suppression. Although the exact mechanism remains uncertain, the pupillary block observed in our case may be the result of the serotoninergic or indirect parasympatholytic properties of the drug on the iris sphincter muscle. Serotonergic psychoactive drugs should be prescribed cautiously in patients with known narrow angles and should be monitored by an ophthalmologist.

  8. Citalopram associated with acute angle-closure glaucoma: case report

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    Hassan Sabit

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a rare complication in patients receiving anti-depressant treatment. In the following case, we report the development of acute angle closure glaucoma in a patient who overdosed on Citalopram, an antidepressant, and discuss the possible etiological mechanisms for the condition. Case presentation We report a 54 year old, Caucasian lady, with depression and alcohol dependence syndrome, who developed acute angle-closure glaucoma after an overdose of Citalopram, along with alcohol. She was treated with medications and had bilateral Yag laser iridotomies to correct the glaucoma and has made complete recovery. In this case, the underlying cause for glaucoma appears to be related to the ingestion of Citalopram. Conclusion The patho-physiological basis for acute angle closure glaucoma in relation to antidepressant medications remains unclear. The authors suggest Citalopram may have a direct action on the Iris or Ciliary body muscle through serotonergic or anti-cholinergic mechanisms or both. This case highlights the importance of the awareness of the underlying risks, which may predispose an individual to develop acute angle-closure glaucoma, and reminds the clinicians the significance of history taking and examination of the eye before and after starting anti-depressants. This area needs to be further researched.

  9. Primary Chronic Angle-closure Glaucoma in Chinese——A Clinical Exploration of Its Pathogenesis And Natural Course

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    1994-01-01

    Fourty-three cases (86 eyes) of primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma were randomly selected. An additional 44 cases (77 eyes) of primary acute angle-closure glaucoma and 30 normal subjects (34 eyes) were also randomly enrolled as control groups for comparison in the clinical study. Ultrasonic biometric measurements of the anterior chamber depth, lens thickness and axial length of the eyeball were performed. Using an potic microgauge attached to the slit-lamp, the entrance of anterior chamber angle was...

  10. Longitudinal Changes of Angle Configuration in Primary Angle-Closure Suspects

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    Jiang, Yuzhen; Chang, Dolly S.; Zhu, Haogang; Khawaja, Anthony P.; Aung, Tin; Huang, Shengsong; Chen, Qianyun; Munoz, Beatriz; Grossi, Carlota M.

    2015-01-01

    Objective To determine longitudinal changes in angle configuration in the eyes of primary angle-closure suspects (PACS) treated by laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) and in untreated fellow eyes. Design Longitudinal cohort study. Participants Primary angle-closure suspects aged 50 to 70 years were enrolled in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Methods Each participant was treated by LPI in 1 randomly selected eye, with the fellow eye serving as a control. Angle width was assessed in a masked fashion using gonioscopy and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) before and at 2 weeks, 6 months, and 18 months after LPI. Main Outcome Measures Angle width in degrees was calculated from Shaffer grades assessed under static gonioscopy. Angle configuration was also evaluated using angle opening distance (AOD250, AOD500, AOD750), trabecular-iris space area (TISA500, TISA750), and angle recess area (ARA) measured in AS-OCT images. Results No significant difference was found in baseline measures of angle configuration between treated and untreated eyes. At 2 weeks after LPI, the drainage angle on gonioscopy widened from a mean of 13.5° at baseline to a mean of 25.7° in treated eyes, which was also confirmed by significant increases in all AS-OCT angle width measures (P<0.001 for all variables). Between 2 weeks and 18 months after LPI, a significant decrease in angle width was observed over time in treated eyes (P<0.001 for all variables), although the change over the first 5.5 months was not statistically significant for angle width measured under gonioscopy (P = 0.18), AOD250 (P = 0.167) and ARA (P = 0.83). In untreated eyes, angle width consistently decreased across all follow-up visits after LPI, with a more rapid longitudinal decrease compared with treated eyes (P values for all variables ≤0.003). The annual rate of change in angle width was equivalent to 1.2°/year (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.8–1.6) in treated eyes and 1.6°/year (95% CI, 1

  11. Primary hyperparathyroidism presenting as acute gallstone pancreatitis

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    HE Jian-hong; ZHANG Quan-bao; LI Yu-min; ZHU You-quan; LI Xun; SHI Bin

    2010-01-01

    @@ Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a generalized disorder of calcium metabolism resulting from an abnormally high level of serum calcium and an increased level of parathormone (PTH).1,2 Traditionally, symptomatic PHPT patients present with a variety of disorders including fatigue, amyotrophy, memory impairment, emotional instability, hallucination, irritation, loss of consciousness, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, constipation, acute pancreatitis, refractory peptic ulcer, osteopenia, hypertension, etc.3-5 Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an uncommon presentation of PHPT.6-8 We report a typical case of primary hyperparathyroidism with hypercalcemic crisis presenting as acute gallstone pancreatitis.

  12. The causes and preventive measures of misdiagnosis on primary acute angle closure glaucoma%原发性急性闭角型青光眼误诊原因及对策

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    唐秀武

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the causes and preventive measures for misdiagnosed primary acute angle closure glaucoma(PAACG).Methods In this retrospective analyses,the causes of 38 cases of misdiagnosed PAACG were analyzed who first visited other departments and were diagnosed as other diseases.The preventive measures of misdiagnosis were concluded.Results Of 38 cases,misdiagnoses included hypertensive encephalopathy in 13 cases,lacunar infarction in 11 cases,migraine in 5 cases,nerveous headache in 7 cases and gastrointestinal diseases in 2 cases.All cases were transferred to ophthalmology department after consultation and underwent antiglaucoma surgeries.After treatment,the patients' visual acuities were at non-light perception in 4 eyes,light perception in 3 eyes,counting fingers in 7 eyes,O.05 ~0.08 in 8 eyes,0.1 ~ 0.2 in 11 eyes and 0.3 ~ 0.5 in 5 eyes.The longer misdiagnoses lasted,the severer visual impairment became.Conclusion PAACG without systemic symptoms and first visit other department except ophthalmology department will easily to be misdiagnosed.To avoid misdiagnosis,it is glaucoma specialist' s responsibility to promote PAACG education for doctors and patients.%目的 探讨原发性急性闭角型青光眼误诊原因及防止误诊的对策.方法 回顾性研究,对首诊于其他科室的原发性急性闭角型青光眼误诊为其他疾病的38例(38眼)原因进行分析,研究防止类似情况发生的对策.结果 38眼中误诊为高血压脑病13例,腔隙性脑梗死11例,偏头痛5例,神经性头痛7例,胃肠疾病2例.经眼科会诊确诊后转眼科,行抗青光眼手术治疗.治疗后视力:无光感4眼,光感3眼,数指者7眼,0.05~0.08者8眼,0.1~0.2者11眼,0.3 ~0.5者5眼.误诊时间越长,视力受损害严重.结论 首诊于其他科室的急性闭角型青光眼患者,而且合并有全身症状的,容易误诊.青光眼医师有责任为各科医师及患者普及原发性急性闭角型青光眼知识,以减少误诊.

  13. Bilateral Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Induced By Escitalopram

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    Dilbade Yıldız Ekinci

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Escitalopram is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor(SSRI class. In this manuscript, we report the case of a female patient who developed bilateral acute angle-closure glaucoma induced by escitalopram. A 46-year-old female patient was admitted to our ophthalmology clinic with complaints of severe pain around the both eyes, headache, nausea, and vomiting for two days. In her past medical history, she was using escitalopram for depression for two years. Visual acuity was at hand movement level in both eyes. Anterior segment examination showed bilateral diffuse conjunctival hyperemia, corneal edema, shallow anterior chamber, and fixed dilated pupils. Intraocular pressure was 47 mmHg in the right and 68 mmHg in the left eye. The diagnosis was acute angle-closure glaucoma, and the escitalopram medication was discontinued. She was treated with topical and systemic antiglaucomatous medication. After the cornea become clear, bilateral peripheral laser iridotomy was done. In the following year, she did not begin escitalopram medication again and no other acute angle-closure attack was seen. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2014; 44:396-9

  14. Primary coronary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Grech, E. D.; Ramsdale, D. R.

    1996-01-01

    It is well established that recanalisation of the infarct-related artery is of great benefit in the early hours after acute myocardial infarction. This can be achieved by the use of thrombolytic agents and/or by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). This article reviews data on the role of primary PTCA and summarises current opinion on its use.

  15. Análise morfométrica comparativa entre olhos com glaucoma agudo primário e olhos contralaterais Comparative morphometric assessment between eyes with acute primary angle-closure glaucoma and contralateral eyes

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    Rafael Vidal Mérula

    2008-06-01

    üência os seios camerulares fechados quando comparados com os OCLs. Os olhos com GAP apresentaram: K médio de 45,21 ± 1,96 D, ECC média de 534,46 ± 34,15 mm, PCCA média de 2,43 ± 0,28 mm; AXL médio de 21,68 ± 0,96 mm, CR média de 4,85 ± 0,32 mm, e a relação CR/AXL de 2,24 ± 0,16. Os OCLs apresentaram: K médio de 44,92 ± 1,86 D, ECC média de 533,18 ± 31,41 mm, PCCA média de 2,51 ± 0,29 mm; AXL médio de 21,82 ± 0,92 mm, CR média de 4,85 ± 0,36 mm, e a relação CR/AXL de 2,23 ± 0,18. Houve diferença estatisticamente significativa apenas na comparação de K e PCCA, entre os olhos que tiveram GAP e os OCLs. CONCLUSÕES: A incidência de GAP foi de 20,8/1000, sendo mais freqüente em mulheres, leucodérmicas, com história familiar negativa para glaucoma e média de idade de 59,6 anos. Os olhos com GAP apresentaram, de modo estatisticamente significativo, pior acuidade visual, menor equivalente esférico hipermetrópico, maior escavação do disco óptico, maior K médio e menor PCCA que os OCLs.PURPOSE: To establish the profile of patients with acute primary angle-closure glaucoma (APACG and to assess comparatively clinical and morphometric parameters between eyes with APACG and contralateral eyes (CLEs. METHODS: Prospective study including patients attended from September 2005 to March 2007. Inclusion criteria: diagnosis of APACG. Exclusion criteria: presence of cataract (except for "glaukomflecken" that may cause low visual acuity or myopization, secondary glaucoma, previous APAGC or surgical procedure in the (CLE, no possibility to control the acute crisis of glaucoma clinically, plateau iris. The following were evaluated: incidence of APACG, age, gender, race, family history of glaucoma, corrected visual acuity (CVA and uncorrected visual acuity (UVA, spherical equivalent (SE, cup/disc ratio (C/D, gonioscopy, keratometry (K, central corneal thickness (CCT, and echobiometric data [anterior central chamber depth (ACCD, axial length (AL, lens

  16. Vascular risk factors in primary open angle glaucoma

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    Belzunce, A. (Arnaldo); M. Casellas

    2004-01-01

    To determine whether cardiovascular risk factors distribution differ between primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and control subjects. To assess the strength of this association in POAG. To analyze the most frequent pathology in this group of patients for a better selection of medical treatment. METHODS: Observational cross-sectional study in patients with a diagnosis of POAG. Fifty glaucoma patients were selected with consecutive sampling between t...

  17. Phaco-endocycloplasty: A novel technique for management of ring iridociliary cyst presenting as acute angle closure

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    Vanita Pathak-Ray

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Iridociliary cysts of pigment epithelium are rare, ring cysts being rarer still, and usually benign in their clinical course. Presented here is a case of ring iridociliary cyst that resulted in secondary synechial angle closure with an acutely elevated intraocular pressure, refractory to medical treatment. Primary endocycloplasty and cataract extraction with implant were used successfully to manage the case.

  18. Association of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9 Variants with Primary Angle Closure and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma.

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    Xueli Chen

    Full Text Available Shorter axial length observed in patients with primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG might be due to altered matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9 activity resulting in ECM remodeling during eye growth and development. This study aimed to evaluate common variants in MMP9 for association with PACG. Six tag SNPs of MMP9 were genotyped in a Chinese sample of 1,030 cases, including 572 PACG and 458 primary angle closure (PAC, and 499 controls. None of 6 SNPs were significantly associated with overall PAC/PACG (P > 0.07 or with PAC/PACG subgroups (Pc > 0.18. Meta-analysis of two non-Chinese studies revealed significant association between rs17576 and PACG (ORs = 0.56, P 0.47. The largest association study to date did not find significant association between MMP9 and PAC/PACG in Chinese; meta-analysis with other Chinese datasets did not produce significant association. In most instances combination with non-Chinese datasets was not possible except for one variant showing nominally significant association. More work is needed to define the role of MMP9 variants in PACG.

  19. Molecular complexity of primary open angle glaucoma: current concepts

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    Kunal Ray; Suddhasil Mookherjee

    2009-12-01

    Glaucoma is a group of heterogeneous optic neuropathies with complex genetic basis. Among the three principle subtypes of glaucoma, primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) occurs most frequently. Till date, 25 loci have been found to be linked to POAG. However, only three underlying genes (Myocilin, Optineurin and WDR36) have been identified. In addition, at least 30 other genes have been reported to be associated with POAG. Despite strong genetic influence in POAG pathogenesis, only a small part of the disease can be explained in terms of genetic aberration. Current concepts of glaucoma pathogenesis suggest it to be a neurodegenerative disorder which is triggered by different factors including mechanical stress due to intra-ocular pressure, reduced blood flow to retina, reperfusion injury, oxidative stress, glutamate excitotoxicity, and aberrant immune response. Here we present a mechanistic overview of potential pathways and crosstalk between them operating in POAG pathogenesis.

  20. Impaired Saccadic Eye Movement in Primary Open-angle Glaucoma

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    Lamirel, Cédric; Milea, Dan; Cochereau, Isabelle;

    2013-01-01

    scenes. METHODS:: The eye movements of 8 POAG patients and 4 healthy age-matched controls were recorded. Four of the patients had documented visual field scotoma, and 4 had no identifiable scotoma on visual field testing. The eye movements were monitored as the observers watched static and kinetic......PURPOSE:: Our study aimed at investigating the extent to which saccadic eye movements are disrupted in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). This approach followed upon the discovery of differences in the eye-movement behavior of POAG patients during the exploration of complex visual...... targets. The gain, latency, and velocity-peak latency of the saccades recorded were then analyzed. RESULTS:: In POAG patients, with abnormal visual fields, watching a static target, the saccades were delayed and their accuracy was reduced, compared with those of normal observers. In POAG patients...

  1. Primary open-angle glaucoma: everyone’s business

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    Hannah Faal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG is sometimes called the ‘thief of sight’. There is no pain or discomfort, and vision loss is so gradual that people often do not notice it.POAG cannot be cured: it requires ongoing treatment for the remainder of a patient’s life. Blindness from POAG also cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented if the disease is diagnosed early and treated. Effectively addressing POAG therefore requires the careful involvement of many different people, including health workers, the patient, non-clinical staff, and health planners.As eye care practitioners, we must do more than merely diagnose and treat people with POAG; we must gain the trust of patients and show them that we are there to help.

  2. Acute stent thrombosis after primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Clemmensen, Peter; Wiberg, Sebastian; Van't Hof, Arnoud;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine clinical, procedural, and treatment factors associated with acute stent thrombosis (AST) in the EUROMAX (European Ambulance Acute Coronary Syndrome Angiography) trial. BACKGROUND: Bivalirudin started during transport for primary percutaneous coronary int...

  3. Surgery for an "Acute Erection Angle," When Counseling Fails

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    Nugteren, Helena M.; Pascal, Astrid L.; Schultz, Willibrord C. M. Weijmar; van Driel, Mels F.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction. During erection, the penis increases in volume, rigidity, and angle. Textbooks of urology and sexology provide only very limited information about erection angle dysfunction. In some men, this angle is too tight toward their belly, causing problems with intercourse. Aim. We reported tw

  4. Current primary open-angle glaucoma treatments and future directions

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    Beidoe G

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Gabriel Beidoe, Shaker A MousaPharmaceutical Research Institute at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Rensselaer, NY, USAAbstract: Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG is a leading cause of blindness with no known cure. Management of the disease focuses on lowering intraocular pressure (IOP with current classes of drugs like prostaglandin analogs, beta-blockers, alpha-agonists, and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. These treatments have not helped all patients. Some patients continue to experience deterioration in the optic nerve even though their IOPs are within the normal range. New views have surfaced about other pathophysiological processes (such as oxidative stress, vascular dysfunction, and retinal cell apoptosis being involved in POAG progression, and adjunctive treatments with drugs like memantine, bis(7-tacrine, nimodipine, and mirtogenol are advocated. This review examines the current and proposed treatments for POAG. Some of the proposed drugs (bis(7-tacrine, nimodipine, vitamin E, and others have shown good promise, mostly as monotherapy in various clinical trials. It is recommended that both the current and proposed drugs be put through further robust trials in concurrent administration and evaluated.Keywords: bis(7-tacrine, betaxolol, memantine, mirtogenol, POAG, timolol, travoprost

  5. Epidemiological Properties of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in Nigeria

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    Lawan Abdu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG is progressive chronic optic neuropathy in adults in which intraocular pressure (IOP and other currently unknown factors contribute to damage. POAG is the second commonest cause of avoidable blindness in Nigeria. Pattern of Presentation. POAG is characterized by late presentation. Absence of pain which is a driving force for seeking medical help, inadequacy of trained eye care personnel, paucity of facilities, misdistribution of resources, lack of awareness, poor education, and poverty may all contribute to this. Medical and surgical treatment options available are challenging and tasking. Screening for Glaucoma. Screening is the presumptive identification of unrecognized disease (POAG by applying test(s which can be applied rapidly. Such test(s should be of high reliability, validity, yield, acceptable, and cost effective. The test should ideally be sensitive, specific, and efficient. It is difficult to select a suitable test that meets these criteria. Intraocular pressure (IOP appears to be the easiest option. But, high IOP is not diagnostic nor does normal value exclude the disease. Health education is a possible strategy in early case detection and management. Treatment of POAG. Glaucoma treatment can either be medical or surgical (this includes laser. Considering unavailability, potency, cost, and long-term effects of medication, surgery (trabeculectomy could be a better option. Laser trabeculoplasty is available in a few centers. Viscocanalostomy is not routinely performed. Patient education is vital to success as management is for life. Conclusion. POAG remains a cause of avoidable blindness in Nigeria. There is need for long-term strategy to identify patients early and institute prompt management. Improvement in training of eye care personnel and provision of up to date equipment is essential in achieving this goal.

  6. Do we really need to panic in all acute vision loss in ICU? Acute angle-closure glaucoma.

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    Akal, Ali; Kucuk, Ahmet; Yalcin, Funda; Yalcin, Saban

    2014-08-01

    Acute angle closure glaucoma is a sight-threatening situation characterized by a sudden and marked rise in intraocular pressure (IOP) due to obstruction of aqueous humour outflow. Many local (ocular drops, nasal and nebulized agents) and systemic drugs (e.g. atropine, adrenaline, ephedrine, some psychoactive and antiepileptic drugs) that are widely used in intensive care units have the potential to precipitate such an acute attack. In this case report, we describe progressive visual loss due to acute angle-closure glaucoma (AACG) in a 59 year old female patient followed in the ICU due to a massive pulmonary embolism. PMID:25252529

  7. Acute angle-closure glaucoma following botulinum toxin injection for blepharospasm.

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    Corridan, P.; Nightingale, S; Mashoudi, N.; Williams, A C

    1990-01-01

    Botulinum toxin inhibits acetylcholine release and therefore could cause mydriasis. We report a case of acute angle-closure glaucoma which occurred shortly after a series of injections of botulinum toxin round the eyelids for blepharospasm.

  8. Argon laser iridoplasty : A primary mode of therapy in primary angle closure glaucoma

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    Agarwal H

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available Argon laser iridoplasty was performed in 40 eyes of 33 patients of primary angle closure glaucoma. There were 12 male and 21 female patients. The mean ages of the male and female patients were 51 years and 48.4 years respectively. Forty eyes were divided into two groups. Group I consisted of ten eyes of subacute angle closure glaucoma and group II included thirty eyes of chronic angle closure glaucoma. Argon laser iridoplasty was performed with Coherent 9000 model using laser settings of spot size 200 micron, duration 0.2 second and power 0.7 watt. A total of 80 spots were applied over 360 degree circumference. The intraocular pressure control (below 22 mm Hg was achieved after iridoplasty in all the eyes (100% in group I, where as in group II the intraocular pressure was controlled in 70% eyes. The follow up period varied from 3 months to one year with a mean of eight months. The success rate with iridoplasty was directly related to the extent of peripheral anterior synechiae, optic disc cupping and presence of visual field changes.

  9. Acute necrotizing pancreatitis as fi rst manifestation of primary hyperparathyroidism

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    Jeroen; I; Lenz; Jimmy; M; Jacobs; Bart; Op; de; Beeck; Ivan; A; Huyghe; Paul; A; Pelckmans; Tom; G; Moreels

    2010-01-01

    We report the case of a female patient with severe acute necrotizing pancreatitis associated with hypercalcemia as first manifestation of primary hyperparathyroidism caused by a benign parathyroid adenoma.Initially the acute pancreatitis was treated conservatively.The patient subsequently underwent surgical resection of the parathyroid adenoma and surgical clearance of a large infected pancreatic pseudocyst.Although the association of parathyroid adenoma-induced hypercalcemia and acute pancreatitis is a kno...

  10. A CLINICAL STUDY OF PRIMARY ANGLE CLOSURE GLAUCOMA AND ITS MANAGEMENT WITH Nd.YAG LASER IRIDOTOMY

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    Rajashree

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Sixty million people are affected with glaucoma worldwide and more than 20 million have PACG. Of these, more than 5 million with PACG are blind, which is twice more than POAG. Early detection and timely treatment with Nd.YAG laser iridotomy and associated complications determine visual outcome. OBJECTIVES To study efficacy of Nd.YAG laser iridotomy in controlling intraocular pressure in primary angle closure glaucoma patients. To study role of prophylactic Nd.YAG laser iridotomy in the fellow eyes of primary angle closure glaucoma patients. To study anatomical changes in the angle of anterior chamber following peripheral iridotomy and complications of Nd.YAG laser iridotomy. METHODS A prospective study of 100 cases of primary angle closure glaucoma was conducted in Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital (Attached to M.R. Medical College, Kalaburagi. A detailed ophthalmic examination was performed. IOP was measured by Goldmann applanation tonometry. Gonioscopy was done by Goldmann 3 mirror lens. Nd.YAG laser was performed on all affected eyes and 82 fellow eyes of 100 patients and followed up for six months. RESULTS Among the patients included in the study 73 (73% patients were females and 27 (27% were males. In our study most of the patients were 40 to 60 years of age group. Our study included 57 (57% with PAC, 28 (28% with PACG and 15 (15% PACS. There was improvement of 2 Shaffer’s grades in 65%, 1 Shaffer’s grades in 25% of patients. In my study 53 (92.2% of 57 PAC (Acute and sub-acute patients had improved with stable visual acuities and good control of IOP at followup visits; 20 (71.4% of 28 PACG (Chronic patients had good control of IOP at followup visits with improvement of stable visual acuities. All the PACS eyes and the fellow eyes with prophylactic laser iridotomy were with good IOP control and visual acuities; 6 (3.4% eyes out of 172 eyes which underwent iridotomies were found closed at follow-up visits with shallow

  11. Acute Ankle Sprains in Primary Care

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    R.M. van Rijn (Rogier)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractOf all injuries of the musculoskeletal system, 25% are acute lateral ankle sprains.1 In the USA and the UK there are about 23,000 and 5000 ankle sprains, respectively, each day. In the Netherlands approximately 600,000 people sustain an ankle injury each year, of those 120,000 occur duri

  12. 原发性闭角型青光眼单侧急性发作对侧眼激光虹膜周边切除术后随访研究%Follow-up of laser peripheral iridotomy in fellow eyes with unilateral acute attack of primary angle closure glaucoma

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    张海涛; 杨华; 徐英英

    2011-01-01

    Background Laser peripheral iridotomy(LPI) is used as the primary therapy for the eyes at risk of angle closure.But there are still 28% eyes with primary angle closure suspect occur angle closure within 2 years after LPI.It is necessary to explore the associated factors of the efficacy of LPI.Objective The aim of this study was to explore the changes of intraocular pressure(IOP) and anterior chamber angle in the fellow eyes of patients with unilateral acute attack of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) and analyze the relevant factors influencing the successful rate of LPI.Methods Eighty-seven fellow eyes received LPI from 87 patients with unilateral acute attack of PACG were included in this study and retrospectively analyzed.The IOP and gonioscopy were performed before and 1 week,3,6,9,12 months after LPI.Successful signs of LPI were defined as an IOP 6-21mmHg without any anti-glaucoma medication,none of glaucomatous neuropathy and the coincident visual field loss,and no need of additional glaucomatous medication or surgery.This study was approved by Ethic Committee of the First Hospital of Xinxiang Medical College,and written informed consent was obtained from each patient.Results Seventy-nine eyes of 79 cases finished the medical visit throughout the follow-up duration with the age 61.4±0.4 years and 33(41.8%) males and 46(58.2%) females.The mean IOP was lowed in various time points after LPI in comparison with before operation with the general difference among different time visiting groups(F=4.056,P<0.01).Shaffer grade was increased in superior,temporal and nasal quadrants and significant differences were found between 1 week group,3 months group or 6 months group and before operation group (P<0.05).LPI lessened the range of appositional angle closure (AAC) in postoperative 1 week group and 3 months group compared with pre-operative group (P<0.05),but no statistically significant reduce was seen in range of AAC from 6 months through 12 months after

  13. 前房穿刺术联合激光周边虹膜切除术治疗急性原发性闭角型青光眼%Clinical effect of anterior chamber paracentesis combined with laser peripheral iridotomy on acute primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    李松峰; 常海敏

    2013-01-01

    目的 评价前房穿刺术联合激光周边虹膜切除术(laser peripheral iridotomy,LPI)治疗急性原发性闭角型青光眼(primary angle-closure glaucoma,PACG)的效果.方法 回顾性分析北京同仁医院2007年11月至2009年5月就诊的急性PACG患者16例(16眼),就诊时眼压≥50 mmHg(1 kPa =7.5 mmHg),均及时行前房穿刺术,并于术后12h内行LPI.用压平眼压计测量并记录前房穿刺术前、术后30 min、2h,LPI术前、术后24 h、7d、1个月、6个月和1 a的眼压,同时记录患者术后角膜水肿及瞳孔情况.结果 16例PACG患者随诊1 a,前房穿刺术后眼压由术前(63.13±7.94) mmHg降至术后30 min(15.47±7.67)mmHg,LPI术前眼压为(15.56±6.93) mmHg,LPI术后24 h眼压为(18.81±7.24) mmHg,其中14例患者术后1 a眼压为(12.79±1.72) mmHg,另2例患者因高眼压控制不良再行小梁切除术.LPI术后患者角膜水肿明显减轻,LPI术前瞳孔明显缩小,为(1.94±1.09)mm,有利于LPI的进行.结论 作为一种可行治疗方法,前房穿刺术联合LPI可安全有效地降低急性PACG患者眼压.%Objective To evaluate the clinical effects of anterior chamber paracentesis combined with laser peripheral iridotomy(LPI) on acute primary angle-closure glaucoma(PACG).Methods A total of 16 cases (16 eyes) with acute PACG and intraocular pressure(IOP) ≥50 mmHg(1 kPa =7.5 mmHg) in Beijing Tongren Hospital from November,2007 to May,2009 were retrospectively analyzed.They were all treated by anterior chamber paracentesis immediately and then LPI was performed on them within 12 hours after operation.The IOP was measured by applanation tonometry before paracentesis and 30 minutes and 2 hours after paracentesis,and before LPI and 24 hours,7 days,1 month,0.5 year,1 year after LPI.Results All patiens were followed up for 1 year.The IOP reduced from (63.13 ± 7.94) mmHg before paracentesis to (15.47 ± 7.67) mmHg 30 minutes after paracentesis,and then to (15.56 ± 6.93) mmHg before LPI and(18.81

  14. Effects of Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in Subgroups of Primary Angle Closure Based on Iris Insertion

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    Sung-Cheol Yun; Ji Wook Hong; Kyung Rim Sung; Jin Young Lee

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate the effect of laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) in subgroups of primary angle closure based on iris insertion configuration. Methods. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) images were obtained before and two weeks after LPI. Qualitative classification of angle closure eyes according to iris insertion (basal insertion group (BG) and nonbasal insertion group (NBG)) was performed. Anterior chamber depth (ACD), lens vault (LV), iris curvature, iris area, ir...

  15. Topiramate-induced bilateral acute angle closure glaucoma and myopic shift

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    Rajnish Raj

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Topiramate (TPM shows idiosyncratic adverse reaction of peripheral ciliochoroidal effusion leading to acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG, which should be diagnosed and managed at the earliest to prevent irreversible visual loss. We report, a case of TPM-induced bilateral AACG and myopic shift, which was reversed by omitting TPM and administering antiglaucoma medications. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2014; 3(3.000: 562-565

  16. Automated Morphometry of the Visual Pathway in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

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    Hernowo, Aditya T.; Boucard, Christine C.; Jansonius, Nomdo M.; Hooymans, Johanna M. M.; Cornelissen, Frans W.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE. To establish whether primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is associated with a change in volume of the visual pathway structures between the eyes and the visual cortex. METHODS. To answer this question, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used in combination with automated segmentation and v

  17. Variants in the ASB10 Gene Are Associated with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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    Micheal, S.; Ayub, H.; Islam, F.; Siddiqui, S.N.; Khan, W.A.; Akhtar, F.; Qamar, R.; Khan, M.I.; Hollander, A.I. den

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Recently nonsynonymous coding variants in the ankyrin repeats and suppressor of cytokine signaling box-containing protein 10 (ASB10) gene were found to be associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) in cohorts from Oregon and Germany, but this finding was not confirmed in an indep

  18. Evaluation of Optineurin as a candidate gene in Indian patients with primary open angle glaucoma.

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    Mukhopadhyay, A.; Komatireddy, S.; Acharya, M.; Bhattacharjee, A.; Mandal, A.K.; Thakur, S.K.D.; Chandrasekhar, G.; Banerjee, A.; Thomas, R.; Chakrabarti, S.; Ray, K.

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    PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of the optineurin gene (OPTN) in Indian primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients from different parts of the country. METHODS: Two hundred patients with POAG and 200 ethnically matched normal controls were recruited from various parts of India for the study. The enti

  19. 三维眼前节分析系统与超声生物显微镜测量急性原发性闭角型青光眼前房深度的一致性分析%The anterior chamber depth measurement of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma with Sirius triaxial anterior system and ultrasound biomicroscopy

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    江媛; 陈伟; 陈增辉; 张伟刚

    2013-01-01

    目的 研究Sirius三维眼前节分析系统与超声生物显微镜(UBM)测量急性原发性闭角型青光眼(APACG)中央前房深度(CACD)及周边前房深度(PACD)的一致性.方法 前瞻性对照研究.分别采用Sirius三维眼前节分析系统和UBM测量40例(40眼)APACG患者的CACD和PACD,采用配对样本f检验及Pearson直线相关进行统计学分析,并应用Bland-Altman分析评价2种仪器测量结果的一致性.结果 Sirius三维眼前节分析系统和UBM测得的CACD值分别为(1.87±0.30) mm和(1.98±0.30)mm,PACD值为(0.61±0.21)mm和(0.56±0.21)mm,2种仪器测得CACD值及PACD值差异均有统计学意义(t=-6.533、2.432,P<0.05).2种仪器测得到CACD、PACD值均呈正相关(r=0.944、0.796,P<0.05).Sirius三维眼前节分析系统和UBM测得的CACD值、PACD值差值分别为(-0.10±0.l0)mm和(0.05±0.14)mm,95%一致性界限分别为(-0.30,0.09)mm和(-0.22,0.32)mm.结论 Sirius三维眼前节分析系统和UBM在测量APACG患眼的CACD及PACD时有较好的一致性,可相互替代使用.%Objective To explore the difference and agreement in the measurement of central anterior chamber depth (CACD) and peripheral anterior chamber depth (PACD) in the acute primary angle-closure glaucoma (APACG) between Sirius triaxial anterior system and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM).Methods Prospective control study.Forty eyes of 40 APACG patients were selected,respectively,using Sirius triaxial anterior system and UBM measuring CACD and PACD.Paired samples t-test and Pearson linear correlation for statistical analysis,and application of Bland-Altman analysis to evaluate the two methods of measurement consistency.Results The CACD values measured by Sirius triaxial anterior system and UBM were (1.87±0.30)mm and (1.98±0.30)mm,PACD values were (0.61±0.21)mm and (0.56±0.21)mm,respectively,indicating a significant difference (t=-6.533,2.432,P<0.05); and a significant linear correlation between them (r=0.944,0.796,P<0.05).Sirius

  20. Aspirin as Primary Prevention of Acute Coronary Heart Disease Events

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    Glasser, Stephen P.; Hovater, Martha; Brown, Todd M.; Howard, George; Safford, Monika M.

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    Background/Objective Aspirin for primary prophylaxis is controversial. This study evaluated associations between prophylactic aspirin use and incident acute coronary heart disease (CHD) events. Methods and Results The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study was accessed for aspirin use examining black and white hazards for incident CHD, for men and women, each adjusting incrementally for sampling, sociodemographics, and CHD risk factors. Stratified models exami...

  1. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty as Primary Treatment for Open-Angle Glaucoma.

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    Kadasi, Laith M; Wagdi, Safa; Miller, Kimberly V

    2016-01-01

    Open-angle glaucoma is a silent, chronic disorder which results in progressive and permanent vision loss. Designing the optimal treatment regimen can be particularly challenging in the management of high-risk patients with frequent loss to follow-up or a longstanding history of medication noncompliance. In this article we aim to review fundamental techniques in glaucoma diagnosis and treatment with emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of selective laser trabeculoplasty, a technique in modern therapy which may mold the future of primary treatment in open angle glaucoma management. [Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2016-06.asp, free with no login]. PMID:27247968

  2. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu-induced bilateral acute angle closure glaucoma and transient myopia

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    Ji Woong Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 27-year-old woman developed bilateral acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG and transient myopia after taking oseltamivir for four days. On the fourth day, she received systemic and topical intraocular pressure (IOP-lowering agents, and IOP decreased in both eyes. However, her visual acuity was unchanged. A myopic shift of -5.25 D OD and -5.0 D OS was estimated to have occurred in the acute phase. A-scan ultrasonography and Pentacam showed markedly shallow anterior chambers and increased lens thickness. Ultrasound biomicroscopy revealed an annular ciliochoroidal effusion with forward displacement of the lens-iris diaphragm. Ciliochoroidal effusion and transient myopia were resolved after discontinuation of oseltamivir.

  3. Unilateral Optic Neuropathy and Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma following Snake Envenomation

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    Osman Okan Olcaysu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We aimed to describe a unique case in which a patient developed unilateral optic neuritis and angle-closure glaucoma as a result of snake envenomation. Case Report. Approximately 18 hours after envenomation, a 67-year-old female patient described visual impairment and severe pain in her left eye (LE. The patient’s best corrected visual acuity was 10/10 in the RE and hand motion in the LE. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging showed signs of neuropathy in the left optic nerve. In the LE, corneal haziness, closure of the iridocorneal angle, and mild mydriasis were observed and pupillary light reflex was absent. Intraocular pressure was 25 mmHg and 57 mmHg in the RE and LE, respectively. The patient was diagnosed with acute angle-closure glaucoma in the LE. Optic neuropathy was treated with intravenous pulse methylprednisolone. Left intraocular pressure was within normal range starting on the fourth day. One month after the incident, there was no sign of optic neuropathy; relative afferent pupillary defect and optic nerve swelling disappeared. Conclusions. Patients with severe headache and visual loss after snake envenomation must be carefully examined for possible optic neuropathy and angle-closure glaucoma. Early diagnosis and treatment of these cases are necessary to prevent permanent damage to optic nerves.

  4. The effect of lens parameters on the development of the primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    Zhaohui Feng; Naixue Sun; Aiyi Zhou; Donggang Han; Yun Long; Zhao Wang; Xiaohua Wang

    2007-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the role the lens dimensions played on the pathogenesis of primary angle-closure glaucoma.Methods:38 eyes of 20 patients with primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) and 35 eyes of 22 normal individuals without ocular abnormalities were examined. The anatomical parameters of the lens and other structures of the anterior segment were calculated using B ultrasound, computer image processing and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). The parameters were compared between the patients and normal subjects. Correlation analysis was used to determine the relationship between the radii of curvature of the anterior lens surface (RCALS) and the other parameters of the anterior segment. Results:Compared with the normal eyes, the eyes of PACG had thicker lens, steeper curvature of anterior lens surface, decreased depth of the anterior chamber, narrower chamber angle, and more anterior position of the ciliary bodies and lens. All these differences were significant(P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). In the PACG group, the RCALS had significantly negative correlation with the central and peripheral lens thickness (P < 0.01 and P < 0.05 respectively), and had positive correlation with relative lens position, anterior chamber depth (ACD), angle-open distance at 500 um(AOD500), trabecular iris angle(TIA) and trabecular ciliary processes distance(TCPD, P < 0.05 or P < 0.01 ). Conclusion:The occurrence of PACG is relevant to the abnormal anatomical structures of the anterior segment. Among all factors, the lens parameters play an important role in the pathogenesis. Increased lens thickness, relative more anterior position of lens, especially steepened curvature of anterior lens surface are predisposing factors of the pathologic phenomenon in PACG including pupillary blockage, shallow anterior chamber, secondary closure of chamber angle and elevation of intraocular pressure.

  5. [Iris examination in transformed light in primary open-angle glaucoma].

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    Vodovozov, A M; Rybnikov, A A

    1991-01-01

    The iris was examined in transformed light by iridochromoscopy, iridochromophotography, biomicroscopy in polarized light, transillumination in red light, and fluorescent iridoangiography in 83 eyes of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and 117 eyes of normal reference subjects. The examinations have shown the prevalence of trophic and vascular shifts in the iris of all glaucoma patients as against the reference patients (R 0.05). The major iris changes revealed in primary open-angle glaucoma were stromal atrophy with the predominant involvement of the pupil segment, destruction of the pupil pigmented border, exogenic pigmentation of the pupil and ciliary segments, thickening of the anterior border layer, pseudoexfoliation of the pupil edge, defects of the posterior pigmented lamina disseminated in the pupil segment, hypoperfusion of the iris vessels combined with their impaired permeability and micro-neovascularization in the iris edge and ciliary agea. PMID:2035203

  6. Ultrasonic Evaluation of the Lens Thickness to Axial Length Factor in Primary Closure Angle Glaucoma

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    Ultrasonic biometry was done in 232 normal eyes and 138 eyes with primary angle closure glaucoma (ACG), using Ultrascan Digital B System IV (10 MHz). The ratio between the lens thickness and the axial length (lens thickness to axial length factor, LAF) was evaluated as a biometric index for assessing the eye with primary ACG in Chinese. LAF of 2.00 was found to be ideal point of demarcation between ACG and normal eyes (i.e., lens thickness equals to 1/5 of axial length). It appears that LAF is helpful i...

  7. Risk Factors for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma in Western Turkey

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    Güliz Fatma Yavaş; Tuncay Küsbeci; Mustafa Şanlı; Dilek Toprak; Sıtkı Samet Ermiş; Ümit Übeyt İnan; Faruk Öztürk

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    Pur po se: To evaluate the prevalence of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in subjects aged over 40 years in Western Turkey and to quantify its association with several systemic risk factors. Ma te ri al and Met hod: The research was conducted in Afyonkarahisar, a middle Anatolian city, between November 2005 and February 2006. A total of 1533 subjects aged 40 years or more were included in the study. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atherosclerotic cardiac disease, obesity, smoki...

  8. Laser Peripheral Iridotomy with Iridoplasty in Primary Angle Closure Suspect: Anterior Chamber Analysis by Pentacam

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    Lee, Jong Rak; Choi, Jin Young; Kim, Yeon-Deok; Choi, Jaewan

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To compare conventional laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) and LPI combined with laser peripheral iridoplasty in eyes with primary angle closure suspect (PACS) by assessment of anterior chamber dimensional changes using a Pentacam. Methods Forty-eight eyes of 24 subjects with bilateral PACS were recruited consecutively. Each eye was randomly allocated to treatment with conventional LPI, argon LPI only, or LPI plus iridoplasty, which consisted of simultaneous argon LPI and peripheral iri...

  9. The ocular hypotensive effect of saffron extract in primary open angle glaucoma: a pilot study

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    Jabbarpoor Bonyadi, Mohammad Hossein; yazdani, Shahin; Saadat, Saeed

    2014-01-01

    Background The progressive nature of glaucoma and its growing incidence make its therapy an important target for research. The role of oxidative damage in the pathogenesis of glaucoma makes antioxidants such as saffron extract an attractive target for potential clinical use. Herein, we evaluate the effect of aqueous saffron extract on intraocular pressure (IOP) in eyes with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods Thirty-four eyes of 34 clinically stable POAG patients receiving treatment w...

  10. Topiramate-associated acute, bilateral, angle-closure glaucoma: case report

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    Lucas Barasnevicius Quagliato

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a topiramate induced acute bilateral angle-closure glaucoma. This rare adverse effect is an idiosyncratic reaction characterized by uveal effusion and lens forward displacement, leading to increased intraocular pressure and vision loss. We describe a 55 year-old white woman with migraine, spasmodic torticollis and essential tremor, who developed bilateral acute angle-closure glaucoma, one week after starting topiramate 25 mg/day. She was seen at the Ophthalmology Emergency Department of the Fundação João Penido Burnier (Campinas, SP, Brazil with a 4 hours history of blurry vision, ocular pain and bright flashes vision. Slit lamp examination revealed moderate conjunctival injection and corneal edema, and shallow anterior chambers. Intraocular pressure was 48 mmHg in both eyes. Fundoscopic examination findings were normal. She was treated with timolol, brimonidine, dorzolamide, pilocarpine, prednisone acetate eye drops and acetazolamide. One hour after those measures, as the intraocular pressure was 30 mmHg, she received a manitol intravenous injection and the intraocular pressure normalized. After 24 hours an iridotomy with Yag laser was performed. Topiramate was discontinued and she was totally recovered after one week.

  11. The clinical effect of Ex-Press glaucoma drainage device implantation combined with phacoemulsification for primary acute angle-closure glaucoma with cataract and persistent ocular hypertension%持续高眼压下白内障青光眼联合手术中青光眼引流器的应用

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    刘杰

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨Ex-Press青光眼引流器植入联合晶状体超声乳化吸出术治疗合并白内障的急性闭角型青光眼持续高眼压患者的临床效果和安全性.方法 回顾性分析26例(30只眼)行Ex-Press青光眼引流器植入联合超声乳化手术治疗的合并白内障的急性闭角型青光眼持续性高眼压患者术前及术后各时间段的视力、眼压及并发症发生情况.结果 所有患者均随访至1年,完全成功率为76.67%(23只眼),部分成功率23.33%(7只眼),总成功率100.00%.术前平均眼压为(32.19±9.12) mmHg(1 mmHg=0.133kPa).术后1周,1、2、3、6及12个月的平均眼压分别为(10.30±5.07) mmHg、(10.28±4.93) mmHg、(10.87±4.22) mmHg、(11.32±6.11) mmHg、(12.12 ±6.07)mmHg、(13.05±5.26)mmHg,手术后眼压均较术前低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).术后1周视力较术前提高,差异有统计学意义(Z=-4.19,P=0.000).30只眼中2只眼出现少量前房积血,分别于术后4~7d吸收;4只眼出现一过性低眼压,8~10 d后眼压>6 mmHg;1只眼出现渗出性脉络膜脱离,于术后14 d复位.所有患者均未出现其他并发症.结论 Ex-Press青光眼引流器植入联合晶状体超声乳化吸出术是治疗合并白内障的急性闭角型青光眼持续性高眼压的一种安全而有效的方法.%Objective To investigate the clinical effects and safety of Ex-Press glaucoma drainage device implantation combined with phacoemulsification (E-P P) for primary acute angle-closure glaucoma (PAACG) with cataract and persistent ocular hypertension.Methods The data of 30 eyes of 26 patients of PAACG with cataract and persistent ocular hypertension were retrospectively analyzed, who received E-P P surgery.The visual acuity,intraocular pressure (IOP) and complications were observed.Results All patients were followed up for 1 year.The complete success rate was 76.67% (23 eyes), the partial success rate was 23.33% (7 eyes), and the total success rate was 100

  12. Dilemmas in primary care: antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media.

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    True, B L; Helling, D K

    1986-09-01

    Antibiotic treatment of acute otitis media (AOM) accounts for a significant number of all antibiotic prescriptions each year. In the primary care setting, initial antibiotic selection is rarely based on direct evidence, such as cultures of middle ear fluid. Initial antibiotic therapy by the primary care practitioner involves the evaluation and application of information related to prevalence of infecting organisms; in vitro antibiotic spectrum and penetration into middle ear fluid; initial cure rate, relapse and recurrence rates; and antibiotic cost, safety, and convenience. The influence of these factors on the initial antibiotic choice for AOM is reviewed. Several therapeutic dilemmas confronting the prescriber are discussed and a rational approach to initial antibiotic therapy is presented.

  13. Acute hemodynamic response to vasodilators in primary pulmonary hypertension.

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    Kulkarni H

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute hemodynamic effects of high flow oxygen (O2 inhalation, sublingual isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN, intravenous aminophylline (AMN and sublingual nifedipine (NIF were studied in 32 patients with primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH. In 30 out of 32 patients the basal ratio of pulmonary to systemic vascular resistance (Rp/Rs was > 0.5 (mean = 0.77 +/- 0.20. Oxygen caused significant decrease in the mean resistance ratio to 0.68 +/- 0.20 (p = 0.005. ISDN, AMN and NIF caused increase in the resistance ratio to 0.79 +/- 0.26; 0.78 +/- 0.26; and 0.80 +/- 0.23 respectively. O2, ISDN, AMN and NIF caused a fall of Rp/Rs in 21 (65.6%, 10 (31.2%, 10(31.2% and 9(28.1% patients respectively. Thus, of the four drugs tested high flow O2 inhalation resulted in fall of Rp/Rs in two thirds of patients whereas ISDN, AMN and NIF caused a mean rise in Rp/Rs. One third of patients did respond acutely to the latter three drugs. Acute hemodynamic studies are useful before prescribing vasodilators in patients with PPH since more of the commonly used drugs like ISDN, AMN, NIF could have detrimental hemodynamic responses in some patients. However, great caution should be exercised before performing hemodynamic study as the procedure has definite mortality and morbidity.

  14. Effects of Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in Subgroups of Primary Angle Closure Based on Iris Insertion

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    Sung-Cheol Yun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To investigate the effect of laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI in subgroups of primary angle closure based on iris insertion configuration. Methods. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT images were obtained before and two weeks after LPI. Qualitative classification of angle closure eyes according to iris insertion (basal insertion group (BG and nonbasal insertion group (NBG was performed. Anterior chamber depth (ACD, lens vault (LV, iris curvature, iris area, iris thickness (IT750, and angle opening distance (AOD750 750 microns from scleral spur were calculated. Uni- and multivariate regression analysis was carried out to evaluate factors associated with AOD750 before and after LPI. Results. Ninety-two eyes of 92 subjects were categorized as NBG (39 eyes or BG (53 eyes. The mean change after LPI was not significantly different between two groups in all parameters. In both groups, AOD750 was affected by ACD (p<0.001, p=0.044 before LPI. AOD750 was affected by LV (p=0.012 in NBG, but by ACD (p<0.001 and IT750 (p=0.039 in BG after LPI. Conclusions. The outcomes of LPI are not significantly different between angle closure subgroups with different iris insertions. However, factors affecting AOD750 show differences between two subgroups after LPI.

  15. The Clinical Outcomes of Three Surgical Managements on Primary Angle-closure Glaucoma

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    Xiulan; Zhang; Leilei; Teng; Ang; Li; Shaolin; Du; Yunyun; Zhu; Jian; Ge

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the efficacy of trabeculectomy, phacotrabeculectomy and phacoemulsification in the management of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG).Methods: A prospective observational study was performed in 88 chronic PACG patients (97 eyes) who were divided into three groups following defined indications to receive different surgical interventions. The indications and clinical outcomes were evaluated. The mean follow-up was (17.7±4.9) months.Results: Success rate in trabeculectomy, phacotrabeculectomy and phacoemulsification group was 81.08%, 78.57‰ and 81.25‰, respectively. The anterior chamber depth was deeper and the angle was wider postoperatively vs. preoperatively both in phacotrabeculectomy and phacoemulsification group. No obvious changes were seen in trabeculectomy group. The coefficient of outflow facility of aqueous humor (C values)significantly increased in three groups postoperatively (P<0.01 ). No severe intraoperative complications were found and the incidence of postoperative complications was low. Five eyes sustained hypotony 3± 1.87 months in trabeculectomy group and 1 eye happened malignant glaucoma in phacotrabeculectomy group. The visual acuity in patients with phacotrabeculectomy plus intraocular lens implantation and those only with phacoemulsification plus intraocular lens implantation were improved 78.57% and 93.74%, respectively. No significant improvement was found in trabeculectomy group (x2 = 47.10, P<0.001).Conclusion: Three surgical interventions were beneficial to manage PACG and with co-existing cataract. The indication choosing was suggested according to visual acuity,angle closure circumference, cataract, medication requirements and optic nerve damage.Phacotrabeculectomy was recommended for angle closed ≥180° circumference while phacoemulsification for angle closed < 180°.

  16. Comparison between visual field defect in pigmentary glaucoma and primary open-angle glaucoma.

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    Nilforushan, Naveed; Yadgari, Maryam; Jazayeri, Anisalsadat

    2016-10-01

    To compare visual field defect patterns between pigmentary glaucoma and primary open-angle glaucoma. Retrospective, comparative study. Patients with diagnosis of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and pigmentary glaucoma (PG) in mild to moderate stages were enrolled in this study. Each of the 52 point locations in total and pattern deviation plot (excluding 2 points adjacent to blind spot) of 24-2 Humphrey visual field as well as six predetermined sectors were compared using SPSS software version 20. Comparisons between 2 groups were performed with the Student t test for continuous variables and the Chi-square test for categorical variables. Thirty-eight eyes of 24 patients with a mean age of 66.26 ± 11 years (range 48-81 years) in the POAG group and 36 eyes of 22 patients with a mean age of 50.52 ± 11 years (range 36-69 years) in the PG group were studied. (P = 0.00). More deviation was detected in points 1, 3, 4, and 32 in total deviation (P = 0.03, P = 0.015, P = 0.018, P = 0.023) and in points 3, 4, and 32 in pattern deviation (P = 0.015, P = 0.049, P = 0.030) in the POAG group, which are the temporal parts of the field. It seems that the temporal area of the visual field in primary open-angle glaucoma is more susceptible to damage in comparison with pigmentary glaucoma.

  17. Body composition and phase angle in Russian children in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Tseytlin, G. Ja; Khomyakova, I. A.; Nikolaev, D. V.; Konovalova, M. V.; Vashura, A. Yu; Tretyak, A. V.; Godina, E. Z.; Rudnev, S. G.

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    Elevated degree of body fatness and changes in other body composition parameters are known to be common effects of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. In order to study peculiarities of somatic growth and development in ALL survivors, we describe the results of BIA body composition analysis of 112 boys and 108 girls aged 5-18 years in remission from ALL (remission time range 1-13 years) compared to data from the same number of age- and sex-matched healthy controls (n=220). Detrimental effect on height in ALL boys was observed, whereas girls experienced additional weight gain compared to healthy subjects. In ALL patients, resistance, body fat, and percent body fat were significantly increased. The reactance, phase angle, absolute and relative values of skeletal muscle and body cell mass were significantly decreased. Principal component analysis revealed an early prevalence of adiposity traits in the somatic growth and development of ALL girls compared to healthy controls.

  18. Genome-wide association study identifies five new susceptibility loci for primary angle closure glaucoma

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    Khor, CC; Do, T.; Jia, H; Nakano, M; George, R.; Abu-Amero, K; Duvesh, R; Chen, LJ; Z. Li; Nongpiur, ME; Perera, SA; Qiao, C.; Wong, H-T; Sakai, H.; de Melo, MB

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    Primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) is a major cause of blindness worldwide. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) followed by replication in a combined total of 10,503 PACG cases and 29,567 controls drawn from 24 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. We observed significant evidence of disease association at five new genetic loci upon meta-analysis of all patient collections. These loci are at EPDR1 rs3816415 (odds ratio (OR) = 1.24, P = ...

  19. A New Acute Attack of Angle Closure Glaucoma Animal Model with Healon 5

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    Silvania Y. F. Lau

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG is an ocular emergency and sight -threatening disease in which the intraocular ocular pressure (IOP rises suddenly due to blockage of aqueous humor outflow. It can cause permanent loss in visual acuity and visual field. In animal study, the well-established model to study AACG is by fluid infusion and by adjusting the bottle level, a high IOP can be induced in a few seconds. However, there is no blockage of aqueous outflow and the pressure rise is unrealistically fast. To mimic human AACG, we suggest to use Healon 5, an ophthalmic viscosurgical device, which is injected intracamerally to block the aqueous outflow. The IOP is allowed to build up naturally. We found that, with this technique, the IOP elevated at a rate of 0.57 mmHg/min before it hit 40 mmHg, which is considered as AACG in human. The maximum IOP registered was above 70 mmHg. Thinning of retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL and neural cells lost were seen. Visual function evaluated by ERG showed reduction in a-wave, b-wave, photopic negative response (PhNR and oscillatory potentials (OPs activities. In conclusion, Healon 5 is effective in inducing acute transient rise in IOP which mimics human AACG.

  20. Depth resolution, angle dependence, and the sputtering yield of Irganox 1010 by coronene primary ions.

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    Seah, Martin P; Spencer, Steve J; Shard, Alex G

    2013-10-01

    A study is reported of the depth resolution and angle dependence of sputtering yields using the reference organic material, Irganox 1010, for a new coronene(+) depth profiling ion source at 8 and 16 keV beam energies. This source provides excellent depth profiles as shown by 8.5 nm marker layers of Irganox 3114. Damage occurs but may be ignored for angles of incidence above 70° from the surface normal, as shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the C 1s peak structure. Above 70°, XPS profiles of excellent depth resolution are obtained. The depth resolution, after removal of the thickness of the delta layers, shows a basic contribution of 5.7 nm together with a contribution of 0.043 times the depth sputtered. This is lower than generally reported for cluster sources. The coronene(+) source is thus found to be a useful and practical source for depth profiling organic materials. The angle dependencies of both the undamaged and damaged materials are described by a simple equation. The sputtering yields for the undamaged material are described by a universal equation and are consistent with those obtained for C60(+) sputtering. Comparison with the sputtering yields using an argon gas cluster ion source shows great similarities, but the yields for both the coronene(+) and C60(+) primary ion sources are slightly lower.

  1. [The effect of crystalline lens extraction on intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma].

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    Macarie, S; Macarie, Daniela

    2013-01-01

    This issue presents the results of a study on patients with cataract and primary open angle glaucoma who suffered lens extraction for cataract. We analise the effects of the lens extraction on the level of intraocular pressure at this patients.

  2. Short-term effects of relaxation music on patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Thomas Bertelmann, Ilse Strempel Department of Ophthalmology, Philipps-University Marburg, Baldingerstraβe, Marburg, Germany Purpose: To evaluate whether additive relaxation music (RM has an adjuvant short-term effect on physiological and psychological parameters in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.Methods: Prospective, randomized clinical trial. Patients in the therapy group (TG received a 30-minute RM via headphones, whereas members of the control group (CG did not. Best corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, visual field testing, short- and long-term mental states, and blood levels of different stress hormones were analyzed and compared.Results: A total of 25 (61%/16 (39% patients were assigned to the TG/CG. Best corrected visual acuity, daily intraocular pressure, and short-term mental state (KAB development were significantly better in the TG in comparison to controls. Visual field testing, long-term mental well-being (profile of mood states, and adrenalin, cortisol, and endothelin-I blood levels did not differ significantly between both groups.Conclusion: Additive RM applied on a daily basis can positively impact various physiological and psychological parameters in the short term. Keywords: primary open angle glaucoma, POAG, music therapy, intraocular pressure, IOP, mental health

  3. Anti-neurotrophic effects from autoantibodies in adult diabetes having primary open angle glaucoma or dementia

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    Mark B Zimering

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To test for anti-endothelial and anti-neurotrophic effects from autoantibodies in subsets of diabetes having open- angle glaucoma, dementia or control subjects.Methods: Protein-A eluates from plasma of 20 diabetic subjects having glaucoma or suspects and 34 age-matched controls were tested for effects on neurite outgrowth in rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells or endothelial cell survival. The mechanism of the diabetic glaucoma autoantibodies' neurite inhibitory effect was investigated in coincubations with the selective Rho kinase inhibitor Y27632 or the sulfated proteoglycan synthesis inhibitor sodium chlorate. Stored protein-A eluates from certain diabetic glaucoma or dementia subjects which contained long-lasting, highly stable cell inhibitory substances were characterized using mass spectrometry and amino acid sequencing.Results: Diabetic primary open angle glaucoma or suspects (n=20 or diabetic dementia (n=3 autoantibodies caused significantly greater mean inhibition of neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells (p < .0001 compared to autoantibodies in control diabetic (n=24 or nondiabetic (n=10 subjects without glaucoma (p < .01. Neurite inhibition by the diabetic glaucoma autoantibodies was completely abolished by 10 µM concentrations of Y27632 (n=4. It was substantially reduced by 30 mM concentrations of sodium chlorate (n=4. Peak, long-lasting activity survived storage x 5 years at 0-4 deg C and was associated with a restricted subtype of Ig kappa light chain. Diabetic glaucoma or dementia autoantibodies (n=5 caused contraction and process retraction in quiescent cerebral cortical astrocytes effects which were blocked by 5 µM concentrations of Y27632. Conclusion: These data suggest that autoantibodies in adult diabetes having primary open angle glaucoma (glaucoma suspects and/or dementia inhibit neurite outgrowth and promote a reactive astrocyte morphology by a mechanism which may involve activation of the RhoA/p160 ROCK signaling pathway.

  4. Analysis of MYOC gene mutation in a Chinese glaucoma family with primary open-angle glaucoma and primary congenital glaucoma

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    ZHUO Ye-hong; WANG Mei; WEI Yan-tao; HUANG Ya-lin; GE Jian

    2006-01-01

    Background Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) are subtypes of glaucoma. Myocillin is the first gene identified to be involved in POAG. Recently, myocillin mutation has been found in PCG In this context, we reported a special glaucoma pedigree, which was composed of both PCG and POAG patients, and analyzed the mutation of myocillin in this pedigree.Methods The family was composed of the parents, a son and a daughter. All members of the family underwent the complete ophthalmologic examinations. All coding exons 1-3 and flanking introns of myocilin gene were screened for sequence alterations by polymerase chain reaction and direct DNA sequencing.Results The son was the proband, who was diagnosed as PCG in both eyes. The father was diagnosed as POAG in the right eye, the left eye was still normal. Both the sister and the mother of the proband had normal intraocular pressure without glaucomatous optic disc changes. The mutations in intron 2 of myocilin gene were detected in the family. While the proband and the father were homozygous, the mother and the sister were heterozygous for the mutation.Conclusions Homozygous mutation in intron 2 of myocilin gene is involved in both POAG and PCG. It is suggested that the pathogenesis might be overlapping in POAG and PCG.

  5. The Analysis of Pedigree GZ (Guangzhou) . 1with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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    Yehong Zhuo; Jian Ge; Mci Wang; Haiquan Liu; Minkai Lin

    2000-01-01

    Purpose: To analyze the hereditary modality of primary open-angle glaucoma in China.Methods: The genetic form of Pedigree GZ. 1 was analyzed using Mandalian hereditary rules.Results: Pedigree GZ. 1 had following characteristics: 1) The pedigree had four generations, and there existed POAG patients in each generation; 2) Each patient had a parent with POAG. If the parents didn't suffer from the disease, their children would not. 3) The incidence of POAG in the relatives of the patients was 1/2. In addition,The age of onset, intraocular pressure, fundus and prognosis was different from each other in the patients.Conclusions: 1 ) Pedigree GZ. 1 is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. 2) There exists individual differences of clinical manifestations in POAG patients. Eye Science 2000; 16: 53~ 55.

  6. The Analysis of Pedigree GZ(Guangzhou).1 with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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    YehongZhuo; MeiWang; 等

    2002-01-01

    Purpose:To analyze the hereditary modality of primary open-angle glaucoma in China.Methods:The genetic form of Pedigree GZ.1 was analyzed using Mandalian hereditary rules.Results:Pedigree GZ.1 had following characteristics:1)The pedigree had four gene-rations,and there existed POAG patients in each generation;2) Each patient had a parent with POAG.If the parents didn't suffer from the disease,their children would not.3)The incidence of POAG in the relatives of the patients was 1/2 .In addition,The age of onset,intraocular pressure,fundus and prognosis was different from each other in the patients.Conclusions:1)Pedigree GZ.1 is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.2) There exists individual differences of clinical manifestations in POAG patients.Eye Science 2000;16:53-55.

  7. Mapping a gene for adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma to chromosome 3q

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    Wirtz, M.K.; Samples, J.R.; Kramer, P.L. [Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland, OR (United States)] [and others

    1997-02-01

    Glaucoma is the third-leading cause of blindness in the world, affecting >13.5 million people. Adult-on-set primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the most common form of glaucoma in the United States. We present a family in which adult-onset POAG is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Twelve affected family members were identified from 44 at-risk individuals. The disease-causing gene was mapped to chromosome 3q21-24, with analysis of recombinant haplotypes suggesting a total inclusion region of 11.1 cM between markers D3S3637 and D3S1744. This is the first report of mapping of an adult-onset POAG gene to chromosome 3q, gene symbol GLC1C. 57 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  8. Risk Factors for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma in Western Turkey

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    Güliz Fatma Yavaş

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Pur po se: To evaluate the prevalence of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG in subjects aged over 40 years in Western Turkey and to quantify its association with several systemic risk factors. Ma te ri al and Met hod: The research was conducted in Afyonkarahisar, a middle Anatolian city, between November 2005 and February 2006. A total of 1533 subjects aged 40 years or more were included in the study. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atherosclerotic cardiac disease, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and dietary habitus (meat, chicken, and fish consumption were asked. Level of blood glucose, serum total cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, very-low-density lipoprotein, Vitamin B12, and thyroid-stimulating-hormone were determined. Ophthalmic examination was performed, and intraocular pressure was measured by tonopen. Subjects with an IOP of 21 mmHg or more and/or with a cupping/disc ratio of 0.3 or more were told to come to the clinic for visual field analysis and gonioscopy. Subjects with a typical glaucomatous visual field defect and an open angle were recorded as POAG. Risk factors for POAG were determined by chi-square test. Re sults: Prevalence of POAG was found to be 2% (30 subjects and the only associated risk factor was age (p=0.05. Dietary habitus was also not associated with glaucoma (p>0.05. Dis cus si on: This study provides a population-based data about the prevalence and risk factors of POAG in Turkey. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 87-90

  9. [Magnetotherapy designed to affect cervical sympathetic ganglia for the treatment of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma].

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    Veselova, E V; Kamenskikh, T G; Raĭgorodkiĭ, Iu M; Kolbenev, I O; Myshkina, E S

    2010-01-01

    The traveling magnetic field was used to treat primary open-angle glaucoma. The field was applied to the projection of cervical sympathetic ganglia of the patients. Hemodynamic parameters of posterior short ciliary arteries and central retinal artery were analysed along with visual evoked potentials, visual field limits, and visual acuity. It was shown that magnetotherapy with the use of an AMO-ATOS apparatus produces better clinical results in patients with stage I and II primary open-angle glaucoma compared with medicamentous therapy (intake of trental tablets). PMID:21328900

  10. Differential protein expression in tears of patients with primary open angle and pseudoexfoliative glaucoma.

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    Pieragostino, Damiana; Bucci, Sonia; Agnifili, Luca; Fasanella, Vincenzo; D'Aguanno, Simona; Mastropasqua, Alessandra; Ciancaglini, Marco; Mastropasqua, Leonardo; Di Ilio, Carmine; Sacchetta, Paolo; Urbani, Andrea; Del Boccio, Piero

    2012-04-01

    Primary open angle (POAG) and pseudoexfoliative glaucoma (PXG) are the most common primary and secondary forms of glaucoma, respectively. Even though the patho-physiology, aqueous humor composition, risk factors, clinical features, therapy and drug induced ocular surface changes in POAG and PXG have been widely studied, to date information concerning tear protein characterization is lacking. Tears are a source of nourishment for ocular surface tissues and a vehicle to remove local waste products, metabolized drugs and inflammatory mediators produced in several ophthalmic diseases. In glaucoma, the proteomic definition of tears may provide insights concerning patho-physiology of the disease and ocular surface modifications induced by topical therapy. Our study aimed at characterizing protein patterns in tears of patients with medically controlled POAG and PXG. A comparative tears proteomic analysis by label-free LC-MS(E) highlighted differences in the expression of several proteins in the two glaucoma sub-types and control subjects, highlighting inflammation pathways expressed in both diseases. Results were independently reconfirmed by SDS-PAGE and linear MALDI-TOF MS, validating altered levels of Lysozyme C, Lipocalin-1, Protein S100, Immunoglobulins and Prolactin Inducible Protein. Moreover, we found a differential pattern of phosphorylated Cystatin-S that distinguishes the two pathologies. The most relevant results suggest that in both pathologies there may be active inflammation pathways related to the disease and/or induced by therapy. We show, for the first time, tear protein patterns expressed under controlled intraocular pressure conditions in POAG and PXG subjects. These findings could help in the understanding of molecular machinery underlying these ophthalmologic diseases, resulting in early diagnosis and more specific therapy.

  11. Consensus of primary care in acute pancreatitis in Japan

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    Makoto Otsuki; Tetsuhide Ito; Kazuo Inui; Tooru Shimosegawa; Shigeki Tanaka; Keisho Kataoka; Hiromitsu Saisho; Kazuichi Okazaki; Yosikazu Kuroda; Norio Sawabu; Yoshifumi Takeyama; Masahiko Hirota; Shinju Arata; Masaru Koizumi; Shigeyuki Kawa; Terumi Kamisawa; Kazunori Takeda; Toshihiko Mayumi; Motoji Kitagawa

    2006-01-01

    The incidence of acute pancreatitis in Japan is increasing and ranges from 187 to 347 cases per million populations. Case fatality was 0.2% for mild to moderate, and 9.0% for severe acute pancreatitis in Japan in 2003. Experts in pancreatitis in Japan made this document focusing on the practical aspects in the early management of patients with acute pancreatitis.The correct diagnosis of acute pancreatitis and severity stratification should be made in all patients using the criteria for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis and the multifactor scoring system proposed by the Research Committee of Intractable Diseases of the Pancreas as early as possible. All patients diagnosed with acute pancreatitis should be managed in the hospital.Monitoring of blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate,body temperature, hourly urinary volume, and blood oxygen saturation level is essential in the management of such patients. Early vigorous intravenous hydration is of foremost importance to stabilize circulatory dynamics. Adequate pain relief with opiates is also important. In severe acute pancreatitis, prophylactic intravenous administration of antibiotics at an early stage is recommended. Administration of protease inhibitors should be initiated as soon as thediagnosis of acute pancreatitis is confirmed. A combination of enteral feeding with parenteral nutrition from early stage is recommended if there are no clear signs and symptoms of ileus and gastrointestinal bleeding. Patients with severe acute pancreatitis should be transferred to ICU as early as possible to perform special measures such as continuous regional arterial infusion of protease inhibitors and antibiotics, and continuous hemodiafiltration. The Japanese Government covers medical care expense for severe acute pancreatitis as one of the projects of Research on Measures for Intractable Diseases.

  12. Anterior chamber depth and primary angle-closure glaucoma. II. A genetic study.

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    Alsbirk, P H

    1975-06-01

    The genetics of primary angle-closure glaucome (a.c.g.) was studied: a) through the prevalence in sibs and children of a.c.g. probands, and b) through the family distribution of the closely correlated axial anterior chamber depth (ACD). The material emerged from an epidemiologic study in Greeland Eskimos. a) Compared with the general population, the observed prevalence of a.c.g. was increased in sibs of a.c.g. probands and the estimated, future prevalence was found to be the same in sibs and children. Age influence prevented a proper Mendelian analysis, but no simple monogenic inheritance seems probable. b) The biometric study showed a relatively shallow chamber in sibs, children, nephews, nieces and grandchildren of a.c.g. probands. Regression analyses revealed a corresponding pattern, also in control families of probands with shallow chambers and in general population families. A heritability of 70% was found, indicating that about two thirds of the age and sex independent variation in ACD seems to be genetic. PMID:1174403

  13. Extracting Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma from Electronic Medical Records for Genetic Association Studies.

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    Nicole A Restrepo

    Full Text Available Electronic medical records (EMRs are being widely implemented for use in genetic and genomic studies. As a phenotypic rich resource, EMRs provide researchers with the opportunity to identify disease cohorts and perform genotype-phenotype association studies. The Epidemiologic Architecture for Genes Linked to Environment (EAGLE study, as part of the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE I study, has genotyped more than 15,000 individuals of diverse genetic ancestry in BioVU, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's biorepository linked to a de-identified version of the EMR (EAGLE BioVU. Here we develop and deploy an algorithm utilizing data mining techniques to identify primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG in African Americans from EAGLE BioVU for genetic association studies. The algorithm described here was designed using a combination of diagnostic codes, current procedural terminology billing codes, and free text searches to identify POAG status in situations where gold-standard digital photography cannot be accessed. The case algorithm identified 267 potential POAG subjects but underperformed after manual review with a positive predictive value of 51.6% and an accuracy of 76.3%. The control algorithm identified controls with a negative predictive value of 98.3%. Although the case algorithm requires more downstream manual review for use in large-scale studies, it provides a basis by which to extract a specific clinical subtype of glaucoma from EMRs in the absence of digital photographs.

  14. Common genetic determinants of intraocular pressure and primary open-angle glaucoma.

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    van Koolwijk, Leonieke M E; Ramdas, Wishal D; Ikram, M Kamran; Jansonius, Nomdo M; Pasutto, Francesca; Hysi, Pirro G; Macgregor, Stuart; Janssen, Sarah F; Hewitt, Alex W; Viswanathan, Ananth C; ten Brink, Jacoline B; Hosseini, S Mohsen; Amin, Najaf; Despriet, Dominiek D G; Willemse-Assink, Jacqueline J M; Kramer, Rogier; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Struchalin, Maksim; Aulchenko, Yurii S; Weisschuh, Nicole; Zenkel, Matthias; Mardin, Christian Y; Gramer, Eugen; Welge-Lüssen, Ulrich; Montgomery, Grant W; Carbonaro, Francis; Young, Terri L; Bellenguez, Céline; McGuffin, Peter; Foster, Paul J; Topouzis, Fotis; Mitchell, Paul; Wang, Jie Jin; Wong, Tien Y; Czudowska, Monika A; Hofman, Albert; Uitterlinden, Andre G; Wolfs, Roger C W; de Jong, Paulus T V M; Oostra, Ben A; Paterson, Andrew D; Mackey, David A; Bergen, Arthur A B; Reis, André; Hammond, Christopher J; Vingerling, Johannes R; Lemij, Hans G; Klaver, Caroline C W; van Duijn, Cornelia M

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    Intraocular pressure (IOP) is a highly heritable risk factor for primary open-angle glaucoma and is the only target for current glaucoma therapy. The genetic factors which determine IOP are largely unknown. We performed a genome-wide association study for IOP in 11,972 participants from 4 independent population-based studies in The Netherlands. We replicated our findings in 7,482 participants from 4 additional cohorts from the UK, Australia, Canada, and the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium 2/Blue Mountains Eye Study. IOP was significantly associated with rs11656696, located in GAS7 at 17p13.1 (p=1.4×10(-8)), and with rs7555523, located in TMCO1 at 1q24.1 (p=1.6×10(-8)). In a meta-analysis of 4 case-control studies (total N = 1,432 glaucoma cases), both variants also showed evidence for association with glaucoma (p=2.4×10(-2) for rs11656696 and p=9.1×10(-4) for rs7555523). GAS7 and TMCO1 are highly expressed in the ciliary body and trabecular meshwork as well as in the lamina cribrosa, optic nerve, and retina. Both genes functionally interact with known glaucoma disease genes. These data suggest that we have identified two clinically relevant genes involved in IOP regulation.

  15. Common genetic determinants of intraocular pressure and primary open-angle glaucoma.

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    Leonieke M E van Koolwijk

    Full Text Available Intraocular pressure (IOP is a highly heritable risk factor for primary open-angle glaucoma and is the only target for current glaucoma therapy. The genetic factors which determine IOP are largely unknown. We performed a genome-wide association study for IOP in 11,972 participants from 4 independent population-based studies in The Netherlands. We replicated our findings in 7,482 participants from 4 additional cohorts from the UK, Australia, Canada, and the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium 2/Blue Mountains Eye Study. IOP was significantly associated with rs11656696, located in GAS7 at 17p13.1 (p=1.4×10(-8, and with rs7555523, located in TMCO1 at 1q24.1 (p=1.6×10(-8. In a meta-analysis of 4 case-control studies (total N = 1,432 glaucoma cases, both variants also showed evidence for association with glaucoma (p=2.4×10(-2 for rs11656696 and p=9.1×10(-4 for rs7555523. GAS7 and TMCO1 are highly expressed in the ciliary body and trabecular meshwork as well as in the lamina cribrosa, optic nerve, and retina. Both genes functionally interact with known glaucoma disease genes. These data suggest that we have identified two clinically relevant genes involved in IOP regulation.

  16. Drug use in primary open angle glaucoma: A prospective study at a tertiary care teaching hospital

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    Arvind Kumar Yadav

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    Full Text Available Objective: To study drug use pattern in patients of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG and to analyze the cost of different anti-glaucoma medications. Materials and Methods: This prospective study was carried in the glaucoma clinic of a tertiary care teaching hospital over a period of 9 months. The data collected for patients with POAG included the patient′s demographic details and the drugs prescribed. Data were analyzed for drug use pattern and cost drugs used. Results: In a total 180 prescriptions (297 drugs analyzed, most drugs (83.83% were prescribed by topical route as eye drops. β blockers (93.88% were found to be the most frequently prescribed for POAG. Timolol (82.22% was the most frequently prescribed drug and timolol with acetazolamide (17.22% was the most commonly prescribed drug combination. Fixed dose combinations constituted 26.66% of prescriptions. β blockers were found to be cheaper than other anti-glaucoma drugs while prostaglandins analogs were the costliest. Instructions about the route, frequency and duration of treatment were present in all prescriptions. However, instructions regarding instillation of eye drops were missing in all prescriptions.

  17. Genetic and environmental risk factors for primary open-angle glaucoma

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    范宝剑; 梁旭辉; 汪宁; 林顺潮; 刘瑶; 谭霭仙; 彭智培

    2004-01-01

    Background Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is characterized by optic nerve damage and consists of a group of genetically heterogeneous disorders. This study was to investigate the associations of genetic and environmental factors with POAG in a hospital-based Chinese population.Methods Thirty-two adult onset POAG patients and 96 age-sex matched control subjects were studied by multivariable logistic regression analysis for the relationships between POAG and its risk factors including family history, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and polymorphisms of the myocilin and the optineurin genes.Results Univariate analysis showed that POAG was related to family history, cardiovascular disease, alcohol consumption and a myocilin sequence alteration (T353I) (P<0.04). Multivariable logistic regression analysis confirmed that POAG was significantly associated with family history (OR=20.2), hypertension (OR=3.58), cigarette smoking (OR=10.8), alcohol consumption (OR=0.028) and T353I (OR=6.03, all P<0.05).Conclusions Family history, hypertension, cigarette smoking and T353I in the myocilin gene are risk factors for POAG. Alcohol consumption, however, has a protective effect.

  18. Genome-wide association study identifies five new susceptibility loci for primary angle closure glaucoma.

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    Khor, Chiea Chuen; Do, Tan; Jia, Hongyan; Nakano, Masakazu; George, Ronnie; Abu-Amero, Khaled; Duvesh, Roopam; Chen, Li Jia; Li, Zheng; Nongpiur, Monisha E; Perera, Shamira A; Qiao, Chunyan; Wong, Hon-Tym; Sakai, Hiroshi; Barbosa de Melo, Mônica; Lee, Mei-Chin; Chan, Anita S; Azhany, Yaakub; Dao, Thi Lam Huong; Ikeda, Yoko; Perez-Grossmann, Rodolfo A; Zarnowski, Tomasz; Day, Alexander C; Jonas, Jost B; Tam, Pancy O S; Tran, Tuan Anh; Ayub, Humaira; Akhtar, Farah; Micheal, Shazia; Chew, Paul T K; Aljasim, Leyla A; Dada, Tanuj; Luu, Tam Thi; Awadalla, Mona S; Kitnarong, Naris; Wanichwecharungruang, Boonsong; Aung, Yee Yee; Mohamed-Noor, Jelinar; Vijayan, Saravanan; Sarangapani, Sripriya; Husain, Rahat; Jap, Aliza; Baskaran, Mani; Goh, David; Su, Daniel H; Wang, Huaizhou; Yong, Vernon K; Yip, Leonard W; Trinh, Tuyet Bach; Makornwattana, Manchima; Nguyen, Thanh Thu; Leuenberger, Edgar U; Park, Ki-Ho; Wiyogo, Widya Artini; Kumar, Rajesh S; Tello, Celso; Kurimoto, Yasuo; Thapa, Suman S; Pathanapitoon, Kessara; Salmon, John F; Sohn, Yong Ho; Fea, Antonio; Ozaki, Mineo; Lai, Jimmy S M; Tantisevi, Visanee; Khaing, Chaw Chaw; Mizoguchi, Takanori; Nakano, Satoko; Kim, Chan-Yun; Tang, Guangxian; Fan, Sujie; Wu, Renyi; Meng, Hailin; Nguyen, Thi Thuy Giang; Tran, Tien Dat; Ueno, Morio; Martinez, Jose Maria; Ramli, Norlina; Aung, Yin Mon; Reyes, Rigo Daniel; Vernon, Stephen A; Fang, Seng Kheong; Xie, Zhicheng; Chen, Xiao Yin; Foo, Jia Nee; Sim, Kar Seng; Wong, Tina T; Quek, Desmond T; Venkatesh, Rengaraj; Kavitha, Srinivasan; Krishnadas, Subbiah R; Soumittra, Nagaswamy; Shantha, Balekudaru; Lim, Boon-Ang; Ogle, Jeanne; de Vasconcellos, José P C; Costa, Vital P; Abe, Ricardo Y; de Souza, Bruno B; Sng, Chelvin C; Aquino, Maria C; Kosior-Jarecka, Ewa; Fong, Guillermo Barreto; Tamanaja, Vania Castro; Fujita, Ricardo; Jiang, Yuzhen; Waseem, Naushin; Low, Sancy; Pham, Huan Nguyen; Al-Shahwan, Sami; Craven, E Randy; Khan, Muhammad Imran; Dada, Rrima; Mohanty, Kuldeep; Faiq, Muneeb A; Hewitt, Alex W; Burdon, Kathryn P; Gan, Eng Hui; Prutthipongsit, Anuwat; Patthanathamrongkasem, Thipnapa; Catacutan, Mary Ann T; Felarca, Irene R; Liao, Chona S; Rusmayani, Emma; Istiantoro, Vira Wardhana; Consolandi, Giulia; Pignata, Giulia; Lavia, Carlo; Rojanapongpun, Prin; Mangkornkanokpong, Lerprat; Chansangpetch, Sunee; Chan, Jonathan C H; Choy, Bonnie N K; Shum, Jennifer W H; Than, Hlaing May; Oo, Khin Thida; Han, Aye Thi; Yong, Victor H; Ng, Xiao-Yu; Goh, Shuang Ru; Chong, Yaan Fun; Hibberd, Martin L; Seielstad, Mark; Png, Eileen; Dunstan, Sarah J; Chau, Nguyen Van Vinh; Bei, Jinxin; Zeng, Yi Xin; Karkey, Abhilasha; Basnyat, Buddha; Pasutto, Francesca; Paoli, Daniela; Frezzotti, Paolo; Wang, Jie Jin; Mitchell, Paul; Fingert, John H; Allingham, R Rand; Hauser, Michael A; Lim, Soon Thye; Chew, Soo Hong; Ebstein, Richard P; Sakuntabhai, Anavaj; Park, Kyu Hyung; Ahn, Jeeyun; Boland, Greet; Snippe, Harm; Stead, Richard; Quino, Raquel; Zaw, Su Nyunt; Lukasik, Urszula; Shetty, Rohit; Zahari, Mimiwati; Bae, Hyoung Won; Oo, Nay Lin; Kubota, Toshiaki; Manassakorn, Anita; Ho, Wing Lau; Dallorto, Laura; Hwang, Young Hoon; Kiire, Christine A; Kuroda, Masako; Djamal, Zeiras Eka; Peregrino, Jovell Ian M; Ghosh, Arkasubhra; Jeoung, Jin Wook; Hoan, Tung S; Srisamran, Nuttamon; Sandragasu, Thayanithi; Set, Saw Htoo; Doan, Vi Huyen; Bhattacharya, Shomi S; Ho, Ching-Lin; Tan, Donald T; Sihota, Ramanjit; Loon, Seng-Chee; Mori, Kazuhiko; Kinoshita, Shigeru; Hollander, Anneke I den; Qamar, Raheel; Wang, Ya-Xing; Teo, Yik Y; Tai, E-Shyong; Hartleben-Matkin, Curt; Lozano-Giral, David; Saw, Seang Mei; Cheng, Ching-Yu; Zenteno, Juan C; Pang, Chi Pui; Bui, Huong T T; Hee, Owen; Craig, Jamie E; Edward, Deepak P; Yonahara, Michiko; Neto, Jamil Miguel; Guevara-Fujita, Maria L; Xu, Liang; Ritch, Robert; Liza-Sharmini, Ahmad Tajudin; Wong, Tien Y; Al-Obeidan, Saleh; Do, Nhu Hon; Sundaresan, Periasamy; Tham, Clement C; Foster, Paul J; Vijaya, Lingam; Tashiro, Kei; Vithana, Eranga N; Wang, Ningli; Aung, Tin

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    Primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) is a major cause of blindness worldwide. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) followed by replication in a combined total of 10,503 PACG cases and 29,567 controls drawn from 24 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. We observed significant evidence of disease association at five new genetic loci upon meta-analysis of all patient collections. These loci are at EPDR1 rs3816415 (odds ratio (OR) = 1.24, P = 5.94 × 10(-15)), CHAT rs1258267 (OR = 1.22, P = 2.85 × 10(-16)), GLIS3 rs736893 (OR = 1.18, P = 1.43 × 10(-14)), FERMT2 rs7494379 (OR = 1.14, P = 3.43 × 10(-11)), and DPM2-FAM102A rs3739821 (OR = 1.15, P = 8.32 × 10(-12)). We also confirmed significant association at three previously described loci (P < 5 × 10(-8) for each sentinel SNP at PLEKHA7, COL11A1, and PCMTD1-ST18), providing new insights into the biology of PACG. PMID:27064256

  19. Clinical Features Of Acute Febrile Thrombocytopaenia Among Patients Attending Primary Care Clinics

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    Fah, Tong Seng; MMed, Noorazah Abdul Aziz; Liew, Chin Gek; Omar, Khairani

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    Introduction: Identifying clinical features that differentiate acute febrile thrombocytopaenia from acute febrile illness without thrombocytopaenia can help primary care physician to decide whether to order a full blood count (FBC). This is important because thrombocytopaenia in viral fever may signify more serious underlying aetiology like dengue infection.

  20. Association of primary open-angle glaucoma with mitochondrial variants and haplogroups common in African Americans

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    Gudiseva, Harini V.; Trachtman, Benjamin; Bowman, Anita S.; Sagaser, Anna; Sankar, Prithvi; Miller-Ellis, Eydie; Lehman, Amanda; Addis, Victoria; O'Brien, Joan M.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To estimate the population frequencies of all common mitochondrial variants and ancestral haplogroups among 1,999 subjects recruited for the Primary Open-Angle African American Glaucoma Genetics (POAAGG) Study, including 1,217 primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) cases and 782 controls, and to identify ancestral subpopulations and mitochondrial mutations as potential risk factors for POAG susceptibility. Methods Subject classification by characteristic glaucomatous optic nerve findings and corresponding visual field defects, as defined by enrolling glaucoma specialists, stereo disc photography, phlebotomy, extraction of total DNA from peripheral blood or saliva, DNA quantification and normalization, PCR amplification of whole mitochondrial genomes, Ion Torrent deep semiconductor DNA sequencing on DNA pools (“Pool-seq”), Sanger sequencing of 3,479 individual mitochondrial DNAs, and bioinformatic analysis. Results The distribution of common African haplogroups within the POAAGG study population was broadly similar to prior surveys of African Americans. However, the POAG case population was found to be enriched in L1c2 haplogroups, which are defined in part by missense mutations m.6150G>A (Val83Ile, odds ratio [OR] 1.8, p=0.01), m.6253C>T (Met117Thr, rs200165736, OR 1.6, p=0.04), and m.6480G>A (Val193Ile, rs199476128, OR 4.6, p=0.04) in the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (MT-CO1) gene and by a variant, m.2220A>G (OR 2.0, p=0.01), in MT-RNR2, which encodes the mitochondrial ribosomal 16s RNA gene. L2 haplogroups were predicted to be overrepresented in the POAG case population by Pool-seq, and the difference was confirmed to be significant with Sanger sequencing, that targeted the L2-associated variants m.2416T>C (rs28358580, OR 1.2, p=0.02) and m.2332C>T (OR 1.2, p=.02) in MT-RNR2. Another variant within MT-RNR2, m.3010G>A (rs3928306), previously implicated in sensitivity to the optic neuropathy-associated antibiotic linezolid, and arising on D4 and J1

  1. Axial Myopia Is Associated with Visual Field Prognosis of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma.

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    Chen Qiu

    Full Text Available To identify whether myopia was associated with the visual field (VF progression of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG.A total of 270 eyes of 270 POAG followed up for more than 3 years with ≥9 reliable VFs by Octopus perimetry were retrospectively reviewed. Myopia was divided into: mild myopia (-2.99 diopter [D], 0, moderate myopia (-5.99, 3.00 D, marked myopia (-9.00, -6.00 D and non-myopia (0 D or more. An annual change in the mean defect (MD slope >0.22 dB/y and 0.30 dB/y was defined as fast progression, respectively. Logistic regression was performed to determine prognostic factors for VF progression.For the cutoff threshold at 0.22 dB/y, logistic regression showed that vertical cup-to-disk ratio (VCDR; p = 0.004 and the extent of myopia (p = 0.002 were statistically significant. When logistic regression was repeated after excluding the extent of myopia, axial length (AL; p = 0.008, odds ratio [OR] = 0.796 reached significance, as did VCDR (p = 0.001. Compared to eyes with AL≤23 mm, the OR values were 0.334 (p = 0.059, 0.309 (p = 0.044, 0.266 (p = 0.019, 0.260 (p = 0.018, respectively, for 23 26 mm. The significance of vertical cup-to-disk ratio of (p = 0.004 and the extent of myopia (p = 0.008 did not change for the cutoff threshold at 0.30dB/y.VCDR and myopia were associated with VF prognosis of POAG. Axial myopia may be a protective factor against VF progression.

  2. Comparison of combined phacotrabeculectomy with trabeculectomy only in the treatment of primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    WANG Mei; GE Jian; FANG Min; BAI Yu-jing; ZHANG Wei-zhong; LIN Ming-kai; LIU Bing-qian; HAO Yuan-tao; LING Yun-lan; ZHUO Ye-hong

    2012-01-01

    Background Trabeculectomy has become a mainstream treatment in intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction for primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG); combined trabeculectomy and cataract surgery was reported to reduce lOP and simultaneously improve vision for patients with PACG and coexisting cataract.This study was specialized to compare the efficacy and safety of combined phacotrabeculectomy with that of trabeculectomy only in the treatment of PACG with coexisting cataract.Methods This is a comparative case series study.Thirty-one patients (31 eyes) with PACG and coexisting cataract were enrolled.Of these,17 underwent phacotrabeculectomy and 14 underwent trabeculectomy alone.lOP,filtering blebs,and complications were compared at the final follow-up.Complete success was defined as a final lOP less than 21 mmHg without lOP-lowering medication.Results After 10 months of postoperative follow-up,the phacotrabeculectomy and trabeculectomy groups showed no significant differences regarding IOP reduction ((20.59±7.94) vs.(24.85±14.39) mmHg,P=0.614),complete success rate (88% vs.71%,P=0.370),formation rate of functioning blebs (65% (11/17) vs.93% (13/14),P=0.094),and complications (41% (7/17) vs.57% (8/14),P=0.380).lOP-lowering medication was not required for most of the patients in both groups.Additional surgery interventions,including anterior chamber reformation and phacoemulsification,were needed in the trabeculectomy group,whereas no surgery was needed postoperatively in the phacotrabeculectomy group.Conclusion Phacotrabeculectomy and trabeculectomy treatments exhibit similar IOP reduction,successful rates,and complications when it comes to treating PACG patients with coexisting cataract,although additional surgery intervention may be needed for a few cases with cataract and complications after trabeculectomy.

  3. Evaluation of Factors Influencing the Outcomes of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty in Primary Open-Angle Glaucom

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    Necip Kara

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Pur po se: To determine demographic and clinical factors that affect the outcomes of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG. Ma te ri al and Met hod: In this retrospective study, we analyzed the medical records of 54 eyes of 39 patients who underwent SLT treatment for POAG. Effects of demographic characteristics including age, sex, treated eyes, and family history of glaucoma on SLT success were investigated. Effects of clinical features including baseline intraocular pressure (IOP, baseline number of antiglaucomatous medications, baseline cup to disc ratio (c/d, trabecular meshwork (TM pigmentation, central corneal thickness, and number of laser spots on SLT success were also evaluated. Success was defined as a ≥ 20% reduction in IOP without additional medications, laser, or glaucoma surgery. Re sults: Overall, 1-year after SLT, the mean IOP reduction was 4.7±3.2 mmHg and the mean success rate was 59.3±6%. Among the all investigated factors, only baseline IOP was a significant predictor for the efficacy of SLT in POAG (p<0.001, r=570. The SLT success was 45±10% in patients with a baseline IOP values less than 21 mmHg and 72±8% in patients with a baseline IOP of 21 mmHg or higher (p=0.036. Other factors were not significantly associated with SLT treatment efficacy. Dis cus si on: SLT success is significantly predicted by baseline IOP value. However, age, sex, family history of glaucoma, treated eye, baseline number of medications, c/d, degree of TM pigmentation, CCT, and number of laser spots are not associated with SLT efficacy. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2011; 41: 304-8

  4. Evaluation of Ex-PRESS implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    Liu, Bing; Guo, Da-Dong; Du, Xiu-Juan; Cong, Chen-Yang; Ma, Xiao-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Abstract To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Ex-PRESS (R50) implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) patients with cataract. Twenty-four eyes of 24 patients with unregulated PACG underwent combined cataract and glaucoma surgery. After phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation, the Ex-PRESS (R-50) was inserted into the anterior chamber under a scleral flap. The intraocular pressure (IOP), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), number of medications, and complications were recorded preoperatively as well as postoperatively on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. The mean follow-up was 16.4 ± 2.5 months (range 14–21 months) and the mean age of the patients was 64.7 ± 6.8 years (range 56–78 years). The mean IOP was 20.4 ± 5.4 mm Hg preoperatively and decreased to 10.2 ± 2.8, 13.1 ± 2.7, 14.9 ± 4.1, 14.3 ± 3.9, and 14.0 ± 3.6 mm Hg on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery (all P implantation combined with phacoemulsification cataract extraction is safe and effective for reducing IOP and antiglaucoma medications in PACG patients with cataract. PMID:27603352

  5. The efficacy of viscocanalostomy for uncontrollable primary open-angle glaucoma in a developing country

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    Khodadad Moradian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of viscocanalostomy in the management of medically uncontrollable primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG in a developing country. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective, non-randomized case series of 14 consecutive eyes with medically uncontrollable POAG, all subjected to viscocanalostomy. The main outcome measure was success rate based on the intraocular pressure (IOP level achieved post-operatively. The procedure was considered a complete success if IOP was less than 21 mmHg without any anti-glaucoma medication. Qualified success was defined as IOP of less than 21 mmHg with anti-glaucoma medication. All patients had a regular follow-up of at least 12 months. Results: IOP was reduced from a mean baseline value of 27.9 ± 7.3 mmHg (range: 21-40 mmHg to a mean final value of 16.0 ± 2.7 mmHg (range: 13-22 mmHg, which was statistically highly significant (P < 0.005. The mean number of pre-operative anti-glaucoma medications was 3.0 ± 0.4 (range: 2-4, which was reduced significantly (P < 0.0001 to 0.3 ± 0.6 (range: 0-2 at the last follow-up visit. One year post-operatively, complete success was achieved in 71% and qualified success was observed in 21.4% of patients, summing up to an overall success rate of 92.4%. There were no major complications in any of the patients. Conclusion: Viscocanalostomy could be performed effectively and safely for control of POAG in developing countries.

  6. Evaluation of Ex-PRESS implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma.

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    Liu, Bing; Guo, Da-Dong; Du, Xiu-Juan; Cong, Chen-Yang; Ma, Xiao-Hua

    2016-09-01

    To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Ex-PRESS (R50) implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) patients with cataract.Twenty-four eyes of 24 patients with unregulated PACG underwent combined cataract and glaucoma surgery. After phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation, the Ex-PRESS (R-50) was inserted into the anterior chamber under a scleral flap. The intraocular pressure (IOP), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), number of medications, and complications were recorded preoperatively as well as postoperatively on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months.The mean follow-up was 16.4 ± 2.5 months (range 14-21 months) and the mean age of the patients was 64.7 ± 6.8 years (range 56-78 years). The mean IOP was 20.4 ± 5.4 mm Hg preoperatively and decreased to 10.2 ± 2.8, 13.1 ± 2.7, 14.9 ± 4.1, 14.3 ± 3.9, and 14.0 ± 3.6 mm Hg on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery (all P < 0.005). At 12 months, the mean BCVA was 0.62 ± 0.33 and the number of medications was 0.3 ± 0.6. Most of complications were resolved spontaneously and conservatively.The Ex-PRESS implantation combined with phacoemulsification cataract extraction is safe and effective for reducing IOP and antiglaucoma medications in PACG patients with cataract. PMID:27603352

  7. Evaluation of Ex-PRESS implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    Liu, Bing; Guo, Da-Dong; Du, Xiu-Juan; Cong, Chen-Yang; Ma, Xiao-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Abstract To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Ex-PRESS (R50) implantation combined with phacoemulsification in primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) patients with cataract. Twenty-four eyes of 24 patients with unregulated PACG underwent combined cataract and glaucoma surgery. After phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation, the Ex-PRESS (R-50) was inserted into the anterior chamber under a scleral flap. The intraocular pressure (IOP), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), number of medications, and complications were recorded preoperatively as well as postoperatively on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. The mean follow-up was 16.4 ± 2.5 months (range 14–21 months) and the mean age of the patients was 64.7 ± 6.8 years (range 56–78 years). The mean IOP was 20.4 ± 5.4 mm Hg preoperatively and decreased to 10.2 ± 2.8, 13.1 ± 2.7, 14.9 ± 4.1, 14.3 ± 3.9, and 14.0 ± 3.6 mm Hg on day 7 and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery (all P < 0.005). At 12 months, the mean BCVA was 0.62 ± 0.33 and the number of medications was 0.3 ± 0.6. Most of complications were resolved spontaneously and conservatively. The Ex-PRESS implantation combined with phacoemulsification cataract extraction is safe and effective for reducing IOP and antiglaucoma medications in PACG patients with cataract. PMID:27603352

  8. Discovery and functional annotation of SIX6 variants in primary open-angle glaucoma.

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    Megan Ulmer Carnes

    Full Text Available Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG is the most common subtype and is a complex trait with multigenic inheritance. Genome-wide association studies have previously identified a significant association between POAG and the SIX6 locus (rs10483727, odds ratio (OR = 1.32, p = 3.87×10(-11. SIX6 plays a role in ocular development and has been associated with the morphology of the optic nerve. We sequenced the SIX6 coding and regulatory regions in 262 POAG cases and 256 controls and identified six nonsynonymous coding variants, including five rare and one common variant, Asn141His (rs33912345, which was associated significantly with POAG (OR = 1.27, p = 4.2×10(-10 in the NEIGHBOR/GLAUGEN datasets. These variants were tested in an in vivo Danio rerio (zebrafish complementation assay to evaluate ocular metrics such as eye size and optic nerve structure. Five variants, found primarily in POAG cases, were hypomorphic or null, while the sixth variant, found only in controls, was benign. One variant in the SIX6 enhancer increased expression of SIX6 and disrupted its regulation. Finally, to our knowledge for the first time, we have identified a clinical feature in POAG patients that appears to be dependent upon SIX6 genotype: patients who are homozygous for the SIX6 risk allele (His141 have a statistically thinner retinal nerve fiber layer than patients homozygous for the SIX6 non-risk allele (Asn141. Our results, in combination with previous SIX6 work, lead us to hypothesize that SIX6 risk variants disrupt the development of the neural retina, leading to a reduced number of retinal ganglion cells, thereby increasing the risk of glaucoma-associated vision loss.

  9. Acute Improvement of Vertical Jump Performance After Isometric Squats Depends on Knee Angle and Vertical Jumping Ability.

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    Tsoukos, Athanasios; Bogdanis, Gregory C; Terzis, Gerasimos; Veligekas, Panagiotis

    2016-08-01

    Tsoukos, A, Bogdanis, GC, Terzis, G, and Veligekas, P. Acute improvement of vertical jump performance after isometric squats depends on knee angle and vertical jumping ability. J Strength Cond Res 30(8): 2250-2257, 2016-This study examined the acute effects of maximum isometric squats at 2 different knee angles (90 or 140°) on countermovement jump (CMJ) performance in power athletes. Fourteen national-level male track and field power athletes completed 3 main trials (2 experimental and 1 control) in a randomized and counterbalanced order 1 week apart. Countermovement jump performance was evaluated using a force-plate before and 15 seconds, 3, 6, 9, and 12 minutes after 3 sets of 3 seconds maximum isometric contractions with 1-minute rest in between, from a squat position with knee angle set at 90 or 140°. Countermovement jump performance was improved compared with baseline only in the 140° condition by 3.8 ± 1.2% on the 12th minute of recovery (p = 0.027), whereas there was no change in CMJ height in the 90° condition. In the control condition, there was a decrease in CMJ performance over time, reaching -3.6 ± 1.2% (p = 0.049) after 12 minutes of recovery. To determine the possible effects of baseline jump performance on subsequent CMJ performance, subjects were divided into 2 groups ("high jumpers" and "low jumpers"). The baseline CMJ values of "high jumpers" and "low jumpers" differed significantly (CMJ: 45.1 ± 2.2 vs. 37.1 ± 3.9 cm, respectively, p = 0.001). Countermovement jump was increased only in the "high jumpers" group by 5.4 ± 1.4% (p = 0.001) and 7.4 ± 1.2% (p = 0.001) at the knee angles of 90 and 140°, respectively. This improvement was larger at the 140° angle (p = 0.049). Knee angle during isometric squats and vertical jumping ability are important determinants of the acute CMJ performance increase observed after a conditioning activity.

  10. Acute Improvement of Vertical Jump Performance After Isometric Squats Depends on Knee Angle and Vertical Jumping Ability.

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    Tsoukos, Athanasios; Bogdanis, Gregory C; Terzis, Gerasimos; Veligekas, Panagiotis

    2016-08-01

    Tsoukos, A, Bogdanis, GC, Terzis, G, and Veligekas, P. Acute improvement of vertical jump performance after isometric squats depends on knee angle and vertical jumping ability. J Strength Cond Res 30(8): 2250-2257, 2016-This study examined the acute effects of maximum isometric squats at 2 different knee angles (90 or 140°) on countermovement jump (CMJ) performance in power athletes. Fourteen national-level male track and field power athletes completed 3 main trials (2 experimental and 1 control) in a randomized and counterbalanced order 1 week apart. Countermovement jump performance was evaluated using a force-plate before and 15 seconds, 3, 6, 9, and 12 minutes after 3 sets of 3 seconds maximum isometric contractions with 1-minute rest in between, from a squat position with knee angle set at 90 or 140°. Countermovement jump performance was improved compared with baseline only in the 140° condition by 3.8 ± 1.2% on the 12th minute of recovery (p = 0.027), whereas there was no change in CMJ height in the 90° condition. In the control condition, there was a decrease in CMJ performance over time, reaching -3.6 ± 1.2% (p = 0.049) after 12 minutes of recovery. To determine the possible effects of baseline jump performance on subsequent CMJ performance, subjects were divided into 2 groups ("high jumpers" and "low jumpers"). The baseline CMJ values of "high jumpers" and "low jumpers" differed significantly (CMJ: 45.1 ± 2.2 vs. 37.1 ± 3.9 cm, respectively, p = 0.001). Countermovement jump was increased only in the "high jumpers" group by 5.4 ± 1.4% (p = 0.001) and 7.4 ± 1.2% (p = 0.001) at the knee angles of 90 and 140°, respectively. This improvement was larger at the 140° angle (p = 0.049). Knee angle during isometric squats and vertical jumping ability are important determinants of the acute CMJ performance increase observed after a conditioning activity. PMID:26808841

  11. Ascertainment of acute liver injury in two European primary care databases

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    Ruigómez, A.; Brauer, R.; Rodríguez, L. A García; Huerta, C.; Requena, G.; Gil, M.; de Abajo, Francisco; Downey, G.; Bate, A.; Tepie, M. Feudjo; de Groot, M.C.H.; Schlienger, R.; Reynolds, R.; Klungel, O.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to ascertain acute liver injury (ALI) in primary care databases using different computer algorithms. The aim of this investigation was to study and compare the incidence of ALI in different primary care databases and using different definitions of ALI. Methods T

  12. Diagnostic capability of Fourier-Domain optical coherence tomography in early primary open angle glaucoma

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    FANG Yuan; PAN Ying-zi; LI Mei; QIAO Rong-hua; CAI Yu

    2010-01-01

    Background Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high resolution noncontact imaging modality which can quantitatively detect the optic disc and retinal structure.This study was designed to evaluate the diagnostic capability of parameters of the optic disc, retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, and ganglion cell complex (GCC) using a new technology called Fourier-domain OCT (FD-OCT) for early primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients.Methods Two groups of patients, early perimetric damage POAG and normal subjects were included in this observational cross-sectional study.All patients underwent FD-OCT and visual field examination in addition to full ophthalmic examinations.Receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC) were studied for all parameters.The sensitivity and specificity for distinguishing between normal and early glaucomatous eyes, the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AROC) and positive, negative likelihood ratios were evaluated for all the single parameters and selected combined parameters using arbitrary cutoffs.Results Thirty-four eyes of 34 early POAG patients and 42 eyes of 42 normal subjects were analyzed.Cup/disc (C/D)vertical ratio presented the best sensitivity and positive likelihood ratio for selected specificities (95% and 85%) which were 79.4% and 88.2%, 33.4 and 7.4, respectively.Among all single parameters, the C/D vertical ratio demonstrated the highest AROC which was at 0.930.The average thickness of circumpapillary RNFL on 3.45 mm showed the highest AROC among all of the peripapillary RNFL parameters.The sensitivity at selected specificity and AROC of GCC were not as high as C/D vertical ratio and RNFL AT on 3.45 mm.When the C/D vertical ratio, RNFL AT on 3.45 mm, and rim area were combined using a logistical diagnostic model, the AROC was raised to 0.949 but not significantly different from the top single parameter, C/D vertical ratio.Conclusions The key parameters obtained by FD-OCT were able to show the

  13. Variants in the ASB10 Gene Are Associated with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.

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    Shazia Micheal

    Full Text Available Recently nonsynonymous coding variants in the ankyrin repeats and suppressor of cytokine signaling box-containing protein 10 (ASB10 gene were found to be associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG in cohorts from Oregon and Germany, but this finding was not confirmed in an independent cohort from Iowa. The aim of the current study was to assess the role of ASB10 gene variants in Pakistani glaucoma patients.Sanger sequencing of the coding exons and splice junctions of the ASB10 gene was performed in 30 probands of multiplex POAG families, 208 sporadic POAG patients and 151 healthy controls from Pakistan. Genotypic associations of individual variants with POAG were analyzed with the Fisher's exact or Chi-square test.In total 24 variants were identified in POAG probands and sporadic patients, including 11 novel variants and 13 known variants. 13 of the variants were nonsynonymous, 6 were synonymous, and 5 were intronic. Three nonsynonymous variants (p.Arg49Cys, p.Arg237Gly, p.Arg453Cys identified in the probands were not segregating in the respective families. This is not surprising since glaucoma is a multifactorial disease, and multiple factors are likely to be involved in the disease manifestation in these families. However a nonsynonymous variant, p.Arg453Cys (rs3800791, was found in 6 sporadic POAG patients but not in controls, suggesting that it infers increased risk for the disease. In addition, one synonymous variant was found to be associated with sporadic POAG: p.Ala290Ala and the association of the variant with POAG remained significant after correction for multiple testing (uncorrected p-value 0.002, corrected p-value 0.047. The cumulative burden of rare, nonsynonymous variants was significantly higher in sporadic POAG patients compared to control individuals (p-value 0.000006.Variants in ASB10 were found to be significantly associated with sporadic POAG in the Pakistani population. This supports previous findings that sequence

  14. Comparison of ocular response analyzer parameters in primary open angle glaucoma and exfoliative glaucoma patients

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    Emrullah Beyazyildiz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: We sought to identify differences in the following measures of the ocular response analyser (ORA between primary open angle glaucoma (POAG and exfoliative glaucoma (EXG patients: Corneal hysteresis (CH, corneal resistance factor (CRF, corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOPcc and Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure (IOPg. We also sought to relate these ORA measures with central corneal thickness (CCT. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on a total of 162 individuals (46 EXG patients, 66 POAG patients and 50 healthy subjects without any ocular and systemic disease. ORA measurements were performed, and a minimum of three readings were obtained from each test subject. Groups were compared according to their ORA parameters. Results: The mean CH levels of the EXG, POAG and healthy subjects were 7.6 ± 2.1, 9.1 ± 1.9 and 9.6 ± 1.7 mmHg, respectively. CH was significantly lower in the EXG patients compared to the other groups (P < 0.001.The mean CRF levels of the EXG, POAG and healthy subjects were 9.0 ± 2.0, 10.1 ± 1.7 and 9.8 ± 1.8mmHg, respectively. CRF levels in the eyes of the EXG patients were significantly lower compared to those of either the POAG patients (P = 0.005 or the healthy subjects (P = 0.03, but there was no significant difference in CRF levels between the POAG patients and the healthy subjects (P = 0.59. There was a significant positive correlation between CH and CCT in the EXG patients and healthy subjects (P < 0.001, but this correlation was not present in the POAG patients (P = 0.70. Conclusions: In this study, CH and CRF were found to be significantly reduced in the eyes of EXG patients compared to both the POAG patients and healthy subjects. Reduced CH in EXG patients might result in decreased support of peripapillary scleral structure and increased damage to the optic nerve during IOP increase.

  15. Aqueous humor level of sCD44 in patients with degenerative myopia and primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Akdogan Muberra

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The transmembrane glycoprotein CD44 is a major hyaluronan cell surface receptor widely distributed in eye tissues and fluids. The shed ectodomain of CD44 is termed soluble CD44 and is toxic to human retinal ganglion cells in cell culture. The purpose of this study was to investigate the concentration of sCD44 in the aqueous humor (AH of normal subjects, patients with primary open-angle glaucoma, and patients with degenerative myopia but without glaucoma, to determine if the molecule might serve as a protein marker of glaucoma. Findings In this case-control study, AH samples were collected from controls (n = 16, patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (n = 11, and patients with degenerative myopia (n = 11 who underwent phacoemulsification surgery to treat mature or immature cataracts. The sCD44 concentration in AH was measured using a commercial ELISA kit. In normal AH samples the sCD44 concentration was 5.40 ± 1.21 ng/mL, whereas in degenerative myopia patients the sCD44 concentration was 5.76 ± 1.15 ng/mL. There was thus no statistically significant difference between these two groups (p > 0.05. The aqueous sCD44 concentration in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (12.2 ± 10.1 ng/mL was higher than that of the control group (p Conclusion sCD44 may be a protein marker of primary open-angle glaucoma.

  16. Effect of primary iris and ciliary body cyst on anterior chamber angle in patients with shallow anterior chamber

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    Bing-hong WANG; Yu-feng YAO

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the prevalence of primary iris and/or ciliary body cysts in eyes with shallow anterior chamber and their effect on the narrowing of the anterior chamber angle.Methods:Among the general physical check-up population,subjects with shallow anterior chambers,as judged by van Herick technique,were recruited for further investigation.Ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM) was used to detect and measure the cysts located in the iris and/or ciliary body,the anterior chamber depth (ACD),the angle opening distance at 500 μm (AOD500),and the trabecular-iris angle (TIA).A-scan ultrasonography was used to measure the ocular biometry,including lens thickness,axial length,lens/axial length factor (LAF),and relative lens position (RLP).The effect of the cyst on narrowing the corresponding anterior chamber angle and the entire angle was evaluated by the UBM images,ocular biometry,and gonioscopic grading.The eye with unilateral cyst was compared with the eye without the cyst for further analysis.Results:Among the 727 subjects with shallow anterior chamber,primary iris and ciliary body cysts were detected in 250 (34.4%) patients; among them 96 (38.4%) patients showed unilateral single cyst,21 (8.4%) patients had unilateral double cysts,and 42 (16.8%) patients manifested unilateral multiple and multi-quadrants cysts.Plateau iris configuration was found in 140 of 361 (38.8%) eyes with cysts.The mean size of total cysts was (0.6547±0.2319) mm.In evaluation of the effect of the cyst size and location on narrowing the corresponding angle to their position,the proportion of the cysts causing corresponding angle narrowing or closure among the cysts larger than 0.8 mm (113/121,93.4%) was found to be significantly higher than that of the cysts smaller than 0.8 mm (373/801,46.6%),and a significant higher proportion was also found in the cysts located at iridociliary sulcus (354/437,81.0%) than in that at the pars plicata (131/484,27.1%).In evaluating the effect

  17. Comparison between primary angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy on erectile dysfunction after acute ST elevation myocardial infarction

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    Ramazan Akdemir; Ekrem Yeter; (O)zlem Karakurt; Salih Orcan; Nihat Karakoyunlu; Mustafa Mucahit Balci; Levent Sa(g)nak; Hamit Ersoy; Mehmet Bulent Vatan; Harun Kilic

    2012-01-01

    Acute ST elevation myocarclial infarction has high mortality and morbidity rates.The majority of patients with this condition face erectile dysfunction in addition to other health problems,In this study,we aimed to investigate the effects of two different reperfusion strategies,primary angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy,on the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.Of the 71 patients matching the selection criteria,45 were treated with primary coronary angioplasty with stenting,and 26 were treated with thrombolytic agents.Erectile function was evaluated using the International Index of Erectile Function in the hospital to characterize each patient's sexual function before the acute myocardial infarction and 6 months after the event.The time required to restore blood flow to the artery affected by the infarct was found to be associated with the occurrence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.The increase in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction was 44.4% in the angioplasty group and 76.9% in the thrombolytic therapy group (P=0.008).In conclusion,this study has shown that reducing the time of reperfusion decreases the erectile dysfunction prevalence,and primary angioplasty is superior to thrombolytic therapy for decreasing the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.

  18. Primary and Secondary Prevention of Acute Coronary Syndromes: The Role of the Statins.

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    Diamantis, Evangelos; Troupis, Theodoros; Mazarakis, Antonios; Kyriakos, Giorgos; Troupis, Georgios; Skandalakis, Panagiotis

    2014-01-01

    Poor prognosis is strongly associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and, even though a number of treatment strategies are available, the incidence of subsequent serious complications after an acute event is still high. Statins are hypolipidemic factors and recent studies have demonstrated that they have a protective role during the process of atherogenesis and that they reduce mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases. This review tries to reveal the function of the statins as a component of the primary and secondary action of acute coronary syndrome and to describe the lifestyle changes that have the same effect as the use of statins.

  19. Mechanisms of angle closure in primary angle closure%原发性前房角关闭的发病机制

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    江兵; 叶雷; 田祥; 张英; 潘乐

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the mechanisms of angle closure through observing changes of anterior segment morphology after laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) in eyes with primary angle closure (PAC).Methods A prospective intervention observational case series.Forty-eight eyes with PAC,which were examined by ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) in darkness,were divided into three groups:The group A,simple pupillary block group; the group B,multi-mechanism group,the group C (0),simple pure non-pupillary block group.Ultrasound biomicroscopy examination was carried out before and 2 weeks after LPI treatment was preformed on PAC.UBM parameters included AOD,TIA,IT1,TCPD,ILA,ILCD,SS-IR.Results 1.Composition of the PAC was:simple pupillary block group (9 eyes,18.75%); multiple mechanism group (39 eyes,81.25%); simple pure non-pupillary block group (0 eye,0%).In multiple mechanism group (39 eyes,81.25%),there were 14.6% (7 eyes) in pupillary blocking coexisting a anterior positioned ciliary body; 12.5% (6 eyes) in pupillary blocking coexisting a thicker iris; 54.2% (26 eyes) in pupillary blocking coexisting a thicker iris and a anterior positioned ciliary body.2.The rate of angle open after LPI was 100% (9/9) in simple pupillary block group,and 41.0% (16/39) in multiple mechanism group (P =0.001).3.The preoperative peripheral iris thickness of group B (0.4029±0.0466mm) was thicker than that of group A (0.3248±0.0520mm) (P <0.05).Angle opening degree after LPI in group A were significantly increased (AOD500,TIA) compared with group B (P <0.05).There were no significant differences in iris bombe degree (ILCD,ILA) between group A and group B after LPI (P >0.05).After LPI,SS-IR in angle closure points were significantly shorter than in angle opening points (P <0.05).Conclusions The mechanism of primary angle closure is main multiple mechanism.Both a thicker iris and an anterior positioned ciliary body played a key role in the pathogenesis of angle closure after

  20. The History of Primary Angioplasty and Stenting for Acute Myocardial Infarction.

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    Smilowitz, Nathaniel R; Feit, Frederick

    2016-01-01

    The evolution of the management of acute myocardial infarction (MI) has been one of the crowning achievements of modern medicine. At the turn of the twentieth century, MI was an often-fatal condition. Prolonged bed rest served as the principal treatment modality. Over the past century, insights into the pathophysiology of MI revolutionized approaches to management, with the sequential use of surgical coronary artery revascularization, thrombolytic therapy, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with primary coronary angioplasty, and placement of intracoronary stents. The benefits of prompt revascularization inspired systems of care to provide rapid access to PCI. This review provides a historical context for our current approach to primary PCI for acute MI.

  1. Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of Unknown Primary in the Bilateral Cerebellopontine Angles: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Zhang, Dao-Bao; Zheng, Nian-Dong

    2015-01-01

    Metastatic adenocarcinoma in bilateral cerebellopontine angles (CPA) is rare. We report a case and review the current literature in order to enhance recognition of metastatic adenocarcinoma in the cerebellopontine angle. A 44-year-old man was referred to the hospital with rightsided diminished hearing for 7 weeks, left-sided facial palsy for 2 weeks, and left-sided sensorineural hearing loss for 1 week. On Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) two tumors in bilateral CPAs were detected. The left-sided tumor was resected and histopathological examination revealed an adenocarcinoma. Many investigations could not find the primary tumor. One should be careful with middle-aged or elderly patients with sudden progressive deficits in the VIII th or VII th cranial nerves, particularly in bilateral CPA. PMID:26617145

  2. Comparison of primary coronary percutaneous coronary intervention between Diabetic Men and Women with acute myocardial infarction

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    Liu, Heng-Liang; Liu, Yang; Hao, Zhen-Xuan; Geng, Guo-Ying; Zhang, Zhi-Fang; Jing, Song-Bin; Ba, Ning; Guo, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Objective: This study aimed to explore the short-term efficacy and safety of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in female diabetic patients complicated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods: A total of 169 diabetic patients with AMI who underwent primary PCI were selected and divided into group A (52 females) and group B (117 males). The clinical data, characteristics of coronary artery lesions, lengths of hospital stay, and incidences of complications were then compar...

  3. Association Between Baseline Iris Thickness and Prophylactic Laser Peripheral Iridotomy Outcomes in Primary Angle Closure Suspects

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    Lee, Roland Y.; Kasuga, Toshimitsu; Cui, Qi N.; Porco, Travis C.; Huang, Guofu; He, Mingguang; Lin, Shan C.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the association between baseline measurements of iris thickness at three positions and change in anterior segment biometric parameters after prophylactic laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI). Design Prospective clinical cohort study. Participants Fifty-two eyes of 52 nonglaucomatous subjects with anatomically narrow angles. Methods Anterior segment optical coherence tomography images captured before and after LPI were analyzed using customized software, the Zhongshan Angle Assessment Program. Differences in preoperative and postoperative measurements for anterior segment biometric parameters were compared by paired Student’s t-tests. Multivariate linear regression models, adjusted for age, sex, ethnicity, and preoperative pupil diameter, were used to examine the association between the baseline measurements of iris thickness at three positions and the change in anterior segment biometric parameters after LPI. Main Outcome Measures Baseline iris thickness measured at 750μm (IT750) and 2000μm (IT2000) from the scleral spur and maximal iris thickness (ITM). Changes in iris curvature (ICURV) and trabecular–iris space area at 500μm (TISA500) and 750μm (TISA750) from the scleral spur after LPI. Results ICURV significantly decreased, while TISA500 and TISA750 significantly increased following LPI (all PTISA500 and TISA750 (both PTISA500 and TISA750 after LPI. This suggests that eyes with thinner irides undergoing LPI were more likely to exhibit greater magnitude of change in terms of flattening of the iris convexity (i.e., ICURV) and widening of the anterior chamber angle (i.e., TISA500 and TISA750). PMID:24534754

  4. Acute ulcerative proctocolitis associated with primary cytomegalovirus infection.

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    Diepersloot, R J; Kroes, A C; Visser, W; Jiwa, N M; Rothbarth, P H

    1990-08-01

    The case is reported of a 39-year-old pregnant woman who presented with fever, abdominal complaints, and diarrhea. Laboratory investigation revealed mononucleosis in the peripheral blood. All microbiological studies were negative, with the exception of finding cytomegalovirus (CMV). Seroconversion was documented; the virus was cultured from urine and subsequently was demonstrated to be present in the inflamed mucosa of the rectum and distal sigmoid, which was found at sigmoidoscopy. This woman was delivered of a neonate with congenital CMV infection but without apparent malformations. The patient experienced recurrences of the bowel disease, in the first of which CMV could still be cultured from a biopsy specimen. In the follow-up period, an otherwise aspecific chronic inflammatory bowel disease remained present. No immunological abnormalities were found, and antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus were negative. This case demonstrates that inflammatory bowel disease can develop as a result of primary infection with CMV. PMID:2166491

  5. A clinical trial comparing primary coronary angioplasty with tissue plasminogen activator for acute myocardial infarction

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    M.L. Simoons (Maarten); S.G. Ellis (Stephen)

    1997-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND: Among physicians who treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, there is controversy about the magnitude of the clinical benefit of primary (i.e., immediate) coronary angioplasty as compared with thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: As part of the Global Use of Strategies to

  6. System of primary collimators of SR beam at the small-angle station for KSRS

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    Ariskin, N I; Korneev, V N; Sergienko, P M; Shishkov, V I; Sheromov, M A; Stankevich, V G; Vazina, A A

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    The wide program of development of methods and experimental techniques for usage at the Kurchatov Synchrotron Radiation Source (KSRS) is implemented by us. The report illustrates a part of this program directed at creating the small-angle station DICSI-6 on the beam line 'Siberia-2'. It is intended for X-ray diffraction research of structures and structural changes of a wide range of objects in various areas of science and technology--molecular and cell biology, organic chemistry, solid-state physics, etc. Some technical information about the elaborated system of devices for station DICSI-6 intended for forming an X-ray synchrotron beam and method for adjustment of the system are considered.

  7. Prevalence and risk factors of primary open-angle glaucoma in a city of Eastern China: a population-based study in Pudong New District, Shanghai

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    He, Jiangnan; Zou, Haidong; Lee, Richard K.; Tong, Xiaowei; Tang, Wenli; Zhang, Yi; Zhao, Rong; Ge, Ling

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    Background The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of primary open-angle glaucoma among the urban population of Pudong New District, Shanghai. Methods Three residents’ committees were randomly selected from Pudong New District, and residents aged 50 and older were screened for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) from March to April 2011. In remote screening, the tests on visual acuity, refraction, intraocular pressure (IOP), and the photographs of ant...

  8. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention ameliorates complete atrioventricular block complicating acute inferior myocardial infarction

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    Lee SN

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Su Nam Lee, You-Mi Hwang, Gee-Hee Kim, Ji-Hoon Kim, Ki-Dong Yoo, Chul-Min Kim, Keon-Woong MoonDepartment of Internal Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, South KoreaObjective: Complete atrioventricular block (CAVB in acute inferior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI is associated with poor clinical outcomes after noninvasive treatment. This study was designed to determine the effect of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI in patients with CAVB complicating acute inferior STEMI, at a single center.Methods: We enrolled 138 consecutive patients diagnosed with STEMI involving the inferior wall; of these, 27 patients had CAVB. All patients received primary PCI. The clinical characteristics, procedural data, and clinical outcomes were compared in patients with versus without CAVB. Results: Baseline clinical characteristics were similar between patients with and without CAVB. Patients with CAVB were more likely to present with cardiogenic shock, and CAVB was caused primarily by right coronary artery occlusion. Door-to-balloon time was similar between those two groups. After primary PCI, CAVB was reversed in all patients. The peak creatinine phosphokinase level, left ventricular ejection fraction and in-hospital mortality rate were similar between the two groups. After a median follow up of 318 days, major adverse cardiac events did not differ between the groups (8.1% in patients without CAVB; 11.1% in patients with CAVB (P=0.702.Conclusion: We conclude that primary PCI can ameliorate CAVB-complicated acute inferior STEMI, with an acceptable rate of major adverse cardiac events, and suggest that primary PCI should be the preferred reperfusion therapy in patients with CAVB complicating acute inferior myocardial infarction. Keywords: major adverse cardiac events, PCI-capable hospital

  9. Impact of Timing of Eptifibatide Administration on Preprocedural Infarct-Related Artery Patency in Acute STEMI Patients Undergoing Primary PCI

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    Dharma, Surya; Firdaus, Isman; Danny, Siska Suridanda; Juzar, Dafsah A.; Wardeh, Alexander J.; Jukema, J Wouter; van der Laarse, Arnoud

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    The appropriate timing of eptifibatide initiation for acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. This study aimed to analyze the impact of timing of eptifibatide administration on infarct-related artery (IRA) patency in STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI. Acute STEMI patients who underwent primary PCI (n = 324) were enrolled in this retrospective study; 164 patients received eptifibatide bol...

  10. The reduction of intraocular pressure after instillation of travoprost compared with timolol in chronic primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    Edi S. Affandi

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to compare the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP after instillation of Travoprost compared with timolol in chronic primary angle-closure glaucoma. A prospective randomized, crossover study was conducted from April 2005 to July 2005 at Department of Ophthalmology, National Central General Hospital (RSCM Jakarta on subjects with chronic primary angle-closure glaucoma. Subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups: those taking Travoprost once daily and those taking timolol twice daily. Two weeks after treatment with the first drug, the second drug was substituted. Intraocular pressure was recorded before therapy, at day 1, day 7, and day 14. There was a wash out period of three weeks prior to initial treatment and after the cross over. Sixteen subjects (32 eyes met the inclusion criteria and were included in this study. The mean baseline IOP in the Travoprost group was 25.38 ± 3.01 mmHg, while in the timolol group it was 25.88 ± 2.55 mmHg (p=0.354. At day 7, the IOP were consecutively 16.75 + 1.92 mmHg and 21.25 + 3.09 mmHg (p=0.001 and at day 14 IOP were 13.94 + 2.02 mmHg and 19.25 + 2.18 mmHg (p=000. This showed that Travoprost decreased the IOP faster and greater than timolol. The mean baseline IOP was 25.38 ± 3.01 mmHg was decreased to 11.44 ± 1.90 mmHg with Travoprost. In the timolol group, the mean baseline IOP of 25.88 ± 2.55 mmHg was decreased to 6.63 ± 2.25 mmHg. Statistically, Travoprost significantly reduced the IOP faster and greater than timolol (p<0.05. Travoprost eye drops reduced the IOP faster and greater than timolol. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:242-5Keywords: chronic primary angle closure glaucoma, intraocular pressure, Travoprost, timolol.

  11. High Bolus Tirofiban vs Abciximab in Acute STEMI Patients Undergoing Primary PCI – The Tamip Study

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    Balghith, Mohammed A.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been shown to be an effective therapy for patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). Glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa receptor blockers reduce thrombotic complications in patients undergoing PCI. Most available data relate to Reopro, which has been registered for this indication. GP IIb/IIIa reduce unfavorable outcome in U/A and non ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. Only few studies focused on high dose Aggrast...

  12. Evaluating and Managing Acute Low Back Pain in the Primary Care Setting

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    Atlas, Steven J; Deyo, Richard A

    2001-01-01

    Acute low back pain is a common reason for patient calls or visits to a primary care clinician. Despite a large differential diagnosis, the precise etiology is rarely identified, although musculoligamentous processes are usually suspected. For most patients, back symptoms are nonspecific, meaning that there is no evidence for radicular symptoms or underlying systemic disease. Because episodes of acute, nonspecific low back pain are usually self-limited, many patients treat themselves without contacting their primary care clinician. When patients do call or schedule a visit, evaluation and management by primary care clinicians is appropriate. The history and physical examination usually provide clues to the rare but potentially serious causes of low back pain, as well as to identify patients at risk for prolonged recovery. Diagnostic testing, including plain x-rays, is often unnecessary during the initial evaluation. For patients with acute, nonspecific low back pain, the primary emphasis of treatment should be conservative care, time, reassurance, and education. Current recommendations focus on activity as tolerated (though not active exercise while pain is severe) and minimal if any bed rest. Referral for physical treatments is most appropriate for patients whose symptoms are not improving over 2 to 4 weeks. Specialty referral should be considered for patients with a progressive neurologic deficit, failure of conservative therapy, or an uncertain or serious diagnosis. The prognosis for most patients is good, although recurrence is common. Thus, educating patients about the natural history of acute low back pain and how to prevent future episodes can help ensure reasonable expectations. PMID:11251764

  13. Acute Low Back Pain and Primary Care: How to Define Recovery and Chronification?

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    Mehling, Wolf E.; Gopisetty, Viranjini; Acree, Michael; Pressman, Alice; Carey, Tim; Goldberg, Harley; Hecht, Frederick; Avins, Andrew L

    2011-01-01

    Study Design Prospective cohort study Objective to establish outcome measures for recovery and chronic pain for studies with patients that present with recent-onset acute low back pain in primary care Summary of Background Data Among back pain researchers, no consensus exists about outcome definitions or how to identify primary-care patients as not-recovered from an episode of low back pain. Cut points for outcome scales have mostly been arbitrarily chosen. Theoretical models for establishing minimal important change (MIC) values in studies of patients with low back pain have been proposed and need to be applied to real data. Methods In a sample of 521 patients which presented with acute low back pain (<4 weeks) in primary care clinics and were followed for 6 months, scores for pain and disability were compared with ratings on a global perceived effect scale. Using multiple potential “gold standards” as anchors (reference standards), the receiver operating characteristics method was used to determine optimal cut points for different ways of defining non-recovery from acute low back pain. Results MIC values and upper limits for pain and disability scores as well as minimal important percent changes are presented for five different definitions of recovery. A previously suggested 30% change from baseline scores does not accurately discriminate between recovered and not recovered patients in patients presenting with acute low back pain in primary care. Conclusions Outcome definitions that combine ratings from perceived recovery scales with pain and disability measures provide the highest accuracy in discriminating recovered from non-recovered patients. PMID:21311400

  14. The Association between Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Blood Pressure: Two Aspects of Hypertension and Hypotension

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    Hye Jin Chung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Although the mechanism of the development of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG is not fully understood, elevated intraocular pressure (IOP is considered the most important risk factor. Several vascular factors have also been identified as risk factors and can lead to hypoperfusion of the optic nerve head and thus may play an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of POAG. The results of the present study suggest that both high and low blood pressure (BP are associated with an increased risk of POAG based on a comprehensive literature review. Elevated BP is associated with elevated IOP, leading to increased risk of glaucoma, but excessive BP lowering in glaucoma patients may cause a drop in ocular perfusion pressure (OPP and subsequent ischemic injury. The relationship between IOP, OPP, and BP suggests that the relationship between BP and glaucoma progression is U-shaped.

  15. Association of Common Variants in eNOS Gene with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Xiang, Yang; Dong, Yi; Li, Xuan; Tang, Xin

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To clarify the association of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) polymorphisms and primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Methods. After a systematic literature search in the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and ISI Web of Science databases, all relevant studies evaluating the association between the polymorphisms (rs2070744 and rs1799983) of eNOS gene and POAG were screened and included. The pooled odds ratios (ORs) and the 95% confidence interval (CI) of each single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in five genetic models were estimated using fixed-effect model if I (2) polymorphisms and POAG in female group, but not in male group. Conclusions. TT genotype and/or T-allele in rs2070744, as well as GG genotype and/or G-allele in rs1799983, was associated with decreased risk for POAG overall and in female group. PMID:27242919

  16. Comment on “Short-term effects of relaxation music on patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma”

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    Kaya A

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abdullah Kaya,1 Yakup Aksoy,2 Mehmet Koray Sevinç,3 Oktay Diner41Department of Ophthalmology, Anittepe Military Dispansery, Ankara, Turkey; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Girne Military Hospital, Girne, Cyprus; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Beytepe Military Hospital, Ankara, 4Department of Ophthalmology, Erzurum Military Hospital, Erzurum, TurkeyWe read the current study “Short-term effects of relaxation music on patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma” by Bertelmann and Strempel, with great interest. The authors investigated if relaxation music had a positive effect on glaucoma.We congratulate the authors for this innovative study and want to make some contributions that may widen the impression area of this study.  View original article by Bertelmann and Strempel.

  17. ABCC5, a gene that influences the anterior chamber depth, is associated with primary angle closure glaucoma.

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    Monisha E Nongpiur

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Anterior chamber depth (ACD is a key anatomical risk factor for primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS on ACD to discover novel genes for PACG on a total of 5,308 population-based individuals of Asian descent. Genome-wide significant association was observed at a sequence variant within ABCC5 (rs1401999; per-allele effect size =  -0.045 mm, P = 8.17 × 10(-9. This locus was associated with an increase in risk of PACG in a separate case-control study of 4,276 PACG cases and 18,801 controls (per-allele OR = 1.13 [95% CI: 1.06-1.22], P = 0.00046. The association was strengthened when a sub-group of controls with open angles were included in the analysis (per-allele OR = 1.30, P = 7.45 × 10(-9; 3,458 cases vs. 3,831 controls. Our findings suggest that the increase in PACG risk could in part be mediated by genetic sequence variants influencing anterior chamber dimensions.

  18. A simulation study of some observable parameters of Cherenkov photons in EASs of different primaries incident at various angles

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    Das, G S; Goswami, U D

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    We have studied the lateral density, arrival time and angular distributions of Cherenkov photons in Extensive Air Showers (EASs) initiated by $\\gamma$-ray, proton and iron primaries incident with different energies and at different zenith angles. This study is the extension of our earlier work \\cite{Hazarika} to cover almost the whole energy range of ground based $\\gamma$-ray astronomy and to cover a wide range of zenith angles ($\\le 40^\\circ$), as well as the extension to study the angular distribution patterns of Cherenkov photons in EASs. This type of study is important for distinguishing the $\\gamma$-ray initiated showers from the hadronic showers in the ground based $\\gamma$-ray astronomy, where Atmospheric Cherenkov Technique (ACT) is used. Importantly, such study gives an insight on the nature of $\\gamma$-ray and hadronic showers in general. In this work, we used the CORSIKA 6.990 simulation package for the generation of EASs. Similar to the case of Ref.\\cite{Hazarika}, this study also revealed that, t...

  19. [Angle class I malocclusion in primary dentition and findings in permanent dentition--a follow-up study].

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    Legovic, M; Legovic, A; Skrinjaric, T; Sasso, A; Mady, B

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    The aim of the study was to examine stability and changes in Angle Class I malocclusion from deciduous to permanent dentition in 168 subjects. All the subjects had Class I malocclusion in deciduous dentition, and were examined by the same orthodontist on two occasions during deciduous and permanent dentition. None of the subjects had received orthodontic therapy in the meantime. The results showed considerable changes from primary to permanent dentition. Crowding in primary dentition was retained in permanent dentition in 45.2% cases. In 16.2% cases it changed into normocclusion and 38.6% subjects developed other types of malocclusion. Open bite was retained in permanent dentition in 17.8% cases and in 17.8% subjects transformed into normocclusion. 64.4% subjects developed other types of malocclusion. Cross bite was retained in permanent dentition in 21.4% cases and in 28.6% subjects changed to normocclusion. Other types of malocclusion in permanent dentition developed in 50% subjects. In 30.8% of cases finding of premature loss of deciduous teeth was accompanied by extraction of some permanent teeth. Normocclusion was retained in 19.2% cases while 50% of children developed some type of malocclusion. Crowding, which was retained in permanent dentition in 45.2% cases, showed the highest degree of stability. Children with this type of anomaly in primary dentition displayed the highest frequency of total malocclusions (83.3% subjects). Out of all anomalies in primary dentition, cross bite most frequently switched to normal occlusion in permanent dentition (in 28.6% cases).

  20. A randomized trail comparing primary percutaneous coronary intervention with a strategy of short-acting thrombolysis and immediate planned primary percutaneous coronary intervention in acute myocardial infarction

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    傅向华

    2003-01-01

    A randomized trail comparing primary percutaneous coronary intervention with a strategy of short-acting thrombolysis and immediate planned primary percutaneous coronary intervention in acute myocardial infarction!050000$河北医科大学第二医院河北医科大学心脏介入中心@傅向华

  1. 闭角型青光眼的筛查方法%Screening for primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    孔祥斌; 何明光

    2012-01-01

    简单、快速、高效、非接触、易操作及能够量化前房角结构是闭角型青光眼筛查追求的主要目标.手电筒斜照法、眼球生物学测量法、van Herick检查法、前房角镜检查、超声生物显微镜、眼前段相干光断层扫描、前房角扫描分析仪、Scheimpflug 照相技术均有各自的优缺点,临床医生可根据自身情况1,选择适合自己的方法,同时也可联合两种或两种以上的方法,提高筛查的敏感性和特异性.(眼科,2012,21:7-10)%The ideal screening methods for primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACC) should be simple, quick, noninvasive and easy-to-perform that aims to quantify the anterior chamber angle. Some methods have been proposed, such as the oblique flashlight test, A-scan ultrasound, van Herick test, gonioscopy, ultrasound biomicroscopy, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, scanning peripheral anterior chamber depth analyzer and Scheimpflug photography although each of them has their advantages and disadvantages. In clinical practice, one may choose a method most appropriate or consider combining two or more methods in order to improve the sensitivity and specificity of screening. (Ophlhalmol CHN, 2012, 21: 7-10)

  2. Some points of the X-ray pattern of acute viral primary pneumonia caused by acute respiratory disease viruses

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    An analysis is made of the results of the X-ray studies as well as of the virological and serological tests in 225 out-patients consulted in the first days of their complaints. A predominance of the viral (70.2%) over the viral-bacterial primary pneumonia is established. The acute viral primary pneumonia are caused mostly by single influenza viruses and more rarely - by single respiratory viruses; in the cases of combined influenza viruses influenza-influenza viruses prevail over the influenza-respiratory ones. The morphological changes in pneumonia due to isolated single influenza viruses involve mostly the interstitium and are projected on X-ray as patchy and stripped densities. The inflamatory changes in pneumonia caused by combined influenza viruses affect both ihe interstitium and the broncho-alveolar substrate of the lungs; they are manifested in two roentgenologic forms: creeping (migrating) and fusing (confluent). In viral-bacterial pneumonia the changes affect mostly the lobe. The right lung and the lower parts of the both lungs are affected in most cases. 5 figs., 21 refs

  3. Acute liver failure due to primary amyloidosis in a nephrotic syndrome: a swiftly progressive course.

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    Cardoso, Brigite Aguiar; Leal, Rita; Sá, Helena; Campos, Mário

    2016-01-01

    AL amyloidosis is a clonal plasma cell proliferative disorder characterised by extracellular tissue deposits of insoluble fibrils derived from κ or λ immunoglobulin light chains. The most common organs affected by AL amyloidosis are the kidney, presenting with nephrotic syndrome and/or progressive renal dysfunction, and the heart, with restrictive cardiomyopathy. Hepatic deposition of fibrils occurs in half the cases but the liver is rarely the predominantly affected organ. The most common presentation of hepatic amyloidosis is hepatomegaly with elevated alkaline phosphatase. Acute liver failure with cholestasis and jaundice is a rare complication, with a prevalence of approximately 5%, and is usually associated with a worse prognosis. We report a case of a 39-year-old man admitted to our nephrology department with an unusual presentation of primary amyloidosis with nephrotic syndrome and acute liver failure, complicated by obstructive cholestasis resulting in death 2 months after diagnosis. PMID:26965175

  4. Acute adrenal failure as the presenting feature of primary antiphospholipid syndrome in a child

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    Improda Nicola

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS is characterized by recurrent arterial and venous thrombosis and detection of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs. This syndrome may be associated with connective tissue disorders, or with malignancies, but it may also appear in isolated form (primary APS. We report on a pediatric patient presenting with acute adrenal failure as the first manifestation of primary APS. Case report A previously healthy 11-year-old boy developed fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed nodular lesions in the adrenal glands. He was referred to our Department and a diagnosis of APS and acute adrenal failure was considered, based on positive aPLs (IgG and IgM, elevated ACTH levels and low cortisol levels. Other features were anemia, thrombocytopenia, elevated inflammatory parameters, hypergammaglobulinemia, prolonged partial thromboplastin time, positive antinuclear, anticardiolipin, anti-platelet antibodies, with negative double-stranded DNA antibodies. Lupus anticoagulant and Coomb’s tests were positive. MRI revealed a bilateral adrenal hemorrhage. A treatment with intravenous metylprednisolone, followed by oral prednisone and anticoagulant, was started, resulting in a progressive improvement. After 2 months he also showed hyponatremia and elevated renine levels, indicating a mineralcocorticoid deficiency, requiring fludrocortisones therapy. Conclusion The development of acute adrenal failure from bilateral adrenal haemorrhage in the context of APS is a rare but life-threatening event that should be promptly recognized and treated. Moreover, this case emphasizes the importance of the assessment of aPLs in patients with acute adrenal failure in the context of an autoreaction.

  5. Bimatoprost/timolol fixed combination (BTFC) in patients with primary open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension in Greece

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    Rotsos, Tryfon G.; Kliafa, Vasso G.; Asher, Kevin J.; Papaconstantinou, Dimitrios

    2016-01-01

    AIM To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the fixed combination of bimatoprost 0.03% and timolol 0.5% (BTFC) in patients in Greece with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) or ocular hypertension (OHT) whose previous therapy provided insufficient lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP). METHODS A multicenter, prospective, open-label, non-interventional, observational study of the use of BTFC in clinical practice was conducted at 41 sites in Greece. The primary endpoint was the reduction in IOP from baseline at study end, approximately 12wk after initiation of BTFC therapy. RESULTS A total of 785 eligible patients were enrolled in the study and 97.6% completed the study. The mean±SD IOP reduction from baseline at 12wk after initiation of BTFC was 6.3±2.8 mm Hg (n=764; P<0.001). In patients (n=680) who replaced their previous IOP-lowering monotherapy (a single drug, or a fixed combination of 2 drugs in a single ophthalmic drop) with once-daily BTFC, the mean±SD IOP reduction from baseline at 12wk was 6.2±2.8 mm Hg (P<0.001). IOP was reduced from baseline in 99.2% of patients, and 58.0% of patients reached or exceeded their target IOP. Substantial mean IOP reductions were observed regardless of the previous therapy. BTFC was well tolerated, with 96.0% of patients who completed the study rating the tolerability of BTFC as “good” or “very good.” Adverse events were reported in 8.3% of patients; only 0.6% of patients discontinued the study due to adverse events. CONCLUSION In clinical practice in Greece, BTFC is well tolerated and effectively lower the IOP in patients with POAG or OHT who requires additional IOP lowering on their previous therapy. PMID:26949613

  6. 选择性激光小梁成形术治疗原发性青光眼%Selective laser trabeculoplasty on primary open-angle glaucoma and primary angle-closure glaucoma with previous iridotomy

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    邹燕红; 李静贞

    2006-01-01

    目的评价选择性激光小梁成形术治疗原发性开角型青光眼(primary open-angle glaucome,POAG)及原发性闭角型青光眼(prionary angle-closure glaucome,PACG)虹膜周切术后残余青光眼的疗效和安全性.方法前瞻性、非随机性选择局部用药眼压不能控制的原发性开角型青光眼患者(13例16眼),或已行周边虹膜切除或激光虹膜打孔术,房角大部开放而眼压高的原发性闭角型青光眼患者(22例32眼).应用选择性激光小梁成形术治疗.观察患者术后6个月眼压的变化.结果两组患者的眼压在激光治疗后均有显著下降:POAG组由术前的(25.3±3.9)mmHg降低至术后6个月的(18.0±4.2)mmHg;PACG组由术前的(23.9±3.0)mmHg,降低至术后6个月的(18.8±3.8)mmHg(1 kPa=7.5mmHg).术后暂时的眼压升高为最常见的并发症.结论选择性激光小梁成形术不仅可用于原发性开角型青光眼的治疗,也可以作为治疗残余闲角型青光眼的一种安全有效的方法.

  7. Primary pneumocystis infection in infants hospitalized with acute respiratory tract infection

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    Larsen, Hans Henrik; von Linstow, Marie-Louise; Lundgren, Bettina;

    2007-01-01

    Acquisition of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection early in life has been confirmed by serologic studies. However, no evidence of clinical illness correlated with the primary infection has been found in immunocompetent children. We analyzed 458 nasopharyngeal aspirates from 422 patients hospitalized...... with 431 episodes of acute respiratory tract infection (RTI) by using a real-time PCR assay. In 68 episodes in 67 infants, P. jirovecii was identified. The odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of a positive signal compared with the first quartile of age (7-49 days) was 47.4 (11.0-203), 8.7 (1...

  8. Decreased keratocyte density and central corneal thickness in primary open-angle glaucoma patients undergoing treatment with topical prostaglandin analogues

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    Sibel Kocabeyoglu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate whether prostaglandin (PG analogue use is associated with alterations in keratocyte density and central corneal thickness (CCT in subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG. Materials and Methods: Thirty-five POAG patients treated with PG analogues for >2 years and 35 control subjects without glaucoma were included in this cross-sectional study. All subjects were underwent CCT measurements using ultrasound pachymetry. Keratocyte densities of each stromal layer were determined by in vivo confocal microscopy. Student′s t-test and Chi-square test were used for statistical evaluations. Correlations between keratocyte densities and CCT were analyzed using Pearson′s correlation analysis. Results: Keratocyte densities in each stromal layer were significantly lower in glaucoma patients receiving PG analogues as compared to those of controls (P < 0.001. The mean CCT was also lower in glaucoma patients (515.2 ± 18.8 μ than control subjects (549.6 ± 21.1 μ, P < 0.001. A positive correlation between keratocyte densities in each stromal layer and CCT was observed in POAG patients. Conclusions: Long-term administration of topical PG analogues may adversely influence keratocyte densities and CCT. Further prospective studies are required clarify the relationship between PG analogues and their effects on the cornea.

  9. Macular Pigment Optical Density in Chinese Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Using the One-Wavelength Reflectometry Method.

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    Ji, Yuying; Zuo, Chengguo; Lin, Mingkai; Zhang, Xiongze; Li, Miaoling; Mi, Lan; Liu, Bing; Wen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To investigate macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and its relationship with retinal thickness in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients using the one-wavelength reflectometry method. Methods. A total of 30 eyes from 30 POAG patients (18 males and 12 females, mean age 47.27 ± 16.93) and 52 eyes from 52 controls (27 males and 25 females, mean age 49.54 ± 19.15) were included in this prospective, observational, case-control study. MPOD was measured in a 7-degree area using one-wavelength reflectometry method. Two parameters, max and mean optical density (OD), were used for analyses. Spectral-domain-optical coherence tomography was used to measure retinal thickness, including central retinal thickness (CRT), the macular ganglion cell complex (GCC), and the circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL). Results. Both maxOD and meanOD were significantly reduced in POAG patients compared with normal subjects (P < 0.001). GCC, CRT, and RNFL thicknesses were also significantly reduced in POAG patients (P < 0.001). GCC thickness had a positive relationship with MPOD. Conclusions. MPOD within the 7-degree area was significantly lower in Chinese POAG patients than in control subjects, and GCC thickness was significantly and positively associated with MPOD. Whether the observed lower MPOD in POAG contributes to the disease process or is secondary to pathological changes caused by the disease (such as loss of ganglion cells) warrants further and longitudinal study. PMID:27144013

  10. Goldmann applanation tonometry compared with corneal-compensated intraocular pressure in the evaluation of primary open-angle Glaucoma

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    Ehrlich Joshua R

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To better understand the role of corneal properties and intraocular pressure (IOP in the evaluation of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG; and to determine the feasibility of identifying glaucomatous optic neuropathy (GON using IOP corrected and uncorrected for corneal biomechanics. Methods Records from 1,875 eyes of consecutively evaluated new patients were reviewed. Eyes were excluded if central corneal thickness (CCT or Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA measurements were unavailable. Presence or absence of GON was determined based on morphology of the optic disc, rim and retinal nerve fiber layer at the time of clinical examination, fundus photography and Heidelberg Retinal Tomography. Goldmann-applanation tonometry (GAT in the untreated state was recorded and Goldmann-correlated (IOPg and corneal-compensated IOP (IOPcc were obtained using the ORA. Glaucomatous eyes were classified as normal or high-tension (NTG, HTG using the conventional cutoff of 21 mm Hg. One eligible eye was randomly selected from each patient for inclusion. Results A total of 357 normal, 155 HTG and 102 NTG eyes were included. Among NTG eyes, IOPcc was greater than GAT (19.8 and 14.4 mm Hg; p  Conclusions IOPcc may account for measurement error induced by corneal biomechanics. Compared to GAT, IOPcc may be a superior test in the evaluation of glaucoma but is unlikely to represent an effective diagnostic test.

  11. A genome-wide association study for primary open angle glaucoma and macular degeneration reveals novel Loci.

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    Todd E Scheetz

    Full Text Available Glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD are the two leading causes of visual loss in the United States. We utilized a novel study design to perform a genome-wide association for both primary open angle glaucoma (POAG and AMD. This study design utilized a two-stage process for hypothesis generation and validation, in which each disease cohort was utilized as a control for the other. A total of 400 POAG patients and 400 AMD patients were ascertained and genotyped at 500,000 loci. This study identified a novel association of complement component 7 (C7 to POAG. Additionally, an association of central corneal thickness, a known risk factor for POAG, was found to be associated with ribophorin II (RPN2. Linked monogenic loci for POAG and AMD were also evaluated for evidence of association, none of which were found to be significantly associated. However, several yielded putative associations requiring validation. Our data suggest that POAG is more genetically complex than AMD, with no common risk alleles of large effect.

  12. Association of Common Variants in eNOS Gene with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma: A Meta-Analysis

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    Yang Xiang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To clarify the association of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS polymorphisms and primary open angle glaucoma (POAG. Methods. After a systematic literature search in the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and ISI Web of Science databases, all relevant studies evaluating the association between the polymorphisms (rs2070744 and rs1799983 of eNOS gene and POAG were screened and included. The pooled odds ratios (ORs and the 95% confidence interval (CI of each single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP in five genetic models were estimated using fixed-effect model if I2<50% in the test for heterogeneity; otherwise the random-effects model was used. Results. Thirty-one records were obtained, with five being suitable for meta-analysis. The overall results showed that both TT genotype in rs2070744 and GG genotype in rs1799983 are associated with decreased risk of POAG susceptibility. Stratified analysis based on ethnicity showed that the association of rs2070744 with POAG remained only in Caucasians. Results of subgroup analysis by sex indicated association between both polymorphisms and POAG in female group, but not in male group. Conclusions. TT genotype and/or T-allele in rs2070744, as well as GG genotype and/or G-allele in rs1799983, was associated with decreased risk for POAG overall and in female group.

  13. Anterior chamber depth and lens thickness in primary angle-closure glaucoma : A case-control study

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    Saxena Sandeep

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Anterior chamber depth and lens thickness have been considered as important biometric determinants in primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG. In a tertiary care centre-based case-control study, 70 patients and equal number of controls were investigated to analyse the strength of association and predictability of anterior chamber depth (ACD and lens thickness (LT in the disease. Mean (+/- S.D. ACD and LT in the cases and the controls were found to be 2.28 +/- 0.19, 2.87 +/- 0.10; 4.57 +/- 0.34 and 4.13 +/- 0.19 mm respectively. Two sample t test demonstrated statistically significant difference in the ACD and LT between the cases and the controls (Difference being -0.59, 0.44; 95% confidence interval of the difference: -0.64, -0.53 and 0.34, 0.53 respectively, P < 0.01. Logistic regression analysis demonstrated statistically significant protective effect of ACD over PACG (P < 0.01. The odds ratio corresponding to an increase of 0.01 mm in ACD and LT were computed as 0.83 and 1.11 respectively

  14. Diode laser trans - scleral cyclo - ablation as a primary surgical treatment for primary open - angle glaucoma after maximum tolerated medical therapy

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    The incidence rate and prevalence of glaucoma in Pakistan is similar to that of other dark - colored population countries. Primary trabeculectomy is still a preferred surgical approach. Diode laser is widely accepted as the therapy of choice in severe glaucoma cases. The purpose of this study was to deter-mine the role of Diode Laser Transscleral Cyclo-ablation as a primary surgical treatment option in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma after maximum tolerated medical therapy. This quasi - experimental study was con-ducted at Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust Free Eye Care and Cancer Hospital, Lahore. Sixty patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria were selected from the Glaucoma unit for this study. 25 - 30 burns of Diode Laser were applied to 270 degrees avoiding 3 and 9 O clock positions, 1.5 mm posterior to the limbus. Laser was set at duration of 1 second and power between 1000 and 1500 mw. Patients were followed up for a period of one year. Results: Out of a total of 60 eyes with mean age 52.73 +- 7.40 years, 36 (60%) were male and 24 (40%) were female. The mean pre-operative Intra Ocular Pressure IOP was 41.0 +- 7.0 mmHg (The pre-operative IOP ranged from 28 mmHg to 60 mmHg). The mean post-operative IOP was 18.97 mmHg on day one, 16.75 mmHg at 1 week, 15.68 mmHg at 1 month, 15.00 mmHg at 6 months and by the end of a year it was about 14.15 mmHg (The post-operative IOP ranged from 6 mmHg to 52 mmHg). There was a significant drop of more than 50% of post-operative IOP as compared to pre-operative IOP. Conclusion: Diode Laser Transscleral Cycloablation is a practical, rapid, well - tolerated procedure that provides a significant lowering of intraocular pressure with few complications and can considered as alternative treatment in POAG if medical therapy fails. (author)

  15. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia as second primary tumor in a patient with retinoblastoma.

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    Ganguly, Anasua; Kaliki, Swathi; Mohammad, Faraz Ali; Mishra, Dilip K; Vanajakshi, S; Reddy, Vijay Anand

    2016-01-01

    Second primary tumor (SPT) is defined as a second tumor that presents either simultaneously or after the diagnosis of an index tumor. Second primary malignancies are the leading cause of death in patients with heritable retinoblastoma (RB). Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), as SPT in RB patients, is extremely rare. To the best of our knowledge, only five cases of ALL as SPT in patients with RB has been documented in the literature. Herein, we report a case of a 6-year-old girl with bilateral RB, who developed ALL during the course of treatment of RB. This case highlights the importance of reviewing blood investigations regularly to diagnose leukemia as SPT in RB and also the necessity for proper counseling and lifelong follow-up in these patients. PMID:27433042

  16. Long-term primary patency prognostic factors after endovascular therapy for acute lower limb ischemia

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    Objective: To assess prognostic factors regarding long-term primary patency for patients who underwent intra-arterial thrombolysis and/or adjuvant endovascular techniques due to acute lower limb ischemia. Methods: Consecutive patients with ALI of the lower extremities treated via interventional methods between January 2005 and June 2010 were identified and reviewed (exclude patient suffered from aortic dissection involved artery of lower extremity or trauma). Analyze the potential variables with univariable analysis and only factors associated with long-term primary patency with a P value less than 0.1 in univariable analysis were introduced into the Cox regression mode. Total long-term primary patency and grouped primary patency were assessed using Kaplan-Meier estimation. Results: The analyzed dataset included 107 limbs treated in 101 patients presenting with ALI (class Ⅰ 15, class Ⅱ A 36, class Ⅱ B to Ⅲ 56, according to Rutherford classification). Eight nine limbs were enrolled in follow-up.The mean followup was 34 months (range: 1 to 53 months). Primary patency at 12, 24 and 36 months was 87%, 68% and 55%, respectively. Multivariable analyses identified patients presenting with diabetes mellitus (P=0.00), PAOD (P<0.02) and thrombolysis time (P<0.02) were associated with primary patency. Compare the patency rate of patients with different thrombolysis time, the results showed that the patency rate of the patients thrombolysis time less than 4 d was higher than those more than 4 c. Conclusions: Interventional therapy remains an effective treatment option for patients presenting with lower extremity ALI. Diabetes mellitus and PAOD negatively affect the rates of limb primary patency. Thrombolysis should be limited to <4 days. (authors)

  17. Network Centrality of Resting-State fMRI in Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma Before and After Surgery.

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    Fengqin Cai

    Full Text Available Using voxel-wise degree centrality (DC, as measured by resting-state fMRI, we aimed to study alterations in the brain functional networks in patients with primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG and to reveal the plastic trajectories of surgery.A total of 23 preoperative PACG patients (49.48 ± 14.37 years old were recruited to undergo a resting-state fMRI scan, and 9 of them were rescanned 3 months after surgery. All PACG patients underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including intraocular pressure (IOP, retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL thickness, vertical cup to disc ratio (V C/D, and average cup to disc ratio (A C/D. Another 23 gender- and age-matched healthy controls (48.18 ± 9.40 years old underwent scanning once for comparison. The group difference in DC was calculated in each voxel, and the correlations between the DC value and each of the clinical variables were analyzed in the PACG patients.Preoperative PACG (pre-PACG patients showed significantly decreased DC in the bilateral visual cortices but increased DC in the left anterior cingulate cortex (ACC and caudate (p < 0.05, corrected compared with the controls. Statistical analysis showed a significantly negative correlation between DC in the bilateral visual cortices and the IOP score and between DC in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC and both the A C/D and V C/D scores in the pre-PACG patients. Three months after surgery, these postoperative PACG (post-PACG patients showed a significantly increased DC in both the bilateral visual cortices and the left precentral gyrus compared with the pre-PACG patients.Our results suggest that PACG may contribute to decreased functional centrality in the visual system and to increased degree centrality in cognition-emotional processing regions. Alterations in visual areas seem to parallel the cup to disc ratio, but not the duration of angle closure. The changes of functional centrality in PACG patients after operation may reveal the

  18. PRIMARY PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION AND CHANGING TRENDS IN ACUTE STEMI MORTALITY

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    Dilu VP

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Thrombolysis and Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI are the standard treatment options for coronary reperfusion in acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI. We conducted the study to assess the influence of PPCI on the short and intermediate term mortality in acute STEMI, and to identify the high risk subsets that may benefit from PPCI in our population. Methods: Consecutive acute ST elevation myocardial infarction patients admitted to Department of Cardiology, Medical College, Kottayam from November 2008 to March 2010 were allocated to thrombolysis or PPCI as per the standard indications and affordability. Primary endpoint analyzed was in-hospital mortality at 5 days. Secondary endpoints were mortality, angina, re-infarction and Left ventricular dysfunction at 1 month. Statistical analysis was done using chi-square analysis and student ttest. Results:962 consecutive cases of acute STEMI eligible for either PPCI or thrombolysis were included in the study. 135 patients (14% underwent PPCI and 827 (86% were subjected to thrombolysis. 6.7% of the females patients underwent PPCI compared to 15.9% of the males (p=0.001. Mortality in PPCI group was 5.2% compared to 11.2% in thrombolysed group (p=0.032. Inferior wall with Right Ventricular MI had higher mortality than Anterior Wall MI (AWMI (p=0.012. In the thrombolysed group those who presented within 6 hours of onset of pain had lower mortality (8% compared to those who presented >6 hours (14.42% (p=0.003. There was no difference in mortality in PPCI group in the above subsets (p=0.583. Mortality at 1 month was 1.4% in thrombolysed group while there was no mortality in PPCI group (p=0.163. Left ventricular dysfunction was present in 26.8% patients in thrombolysed group compared to 8.8% in PPCI group (p=<0.001. Conclusion: Mortality in acute ST elevation myocardial infarction is higher in thrombolysed group than PPCI group. PPCI significantly reduces mortality in all

  19. Efficacy of recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator thrombolysis and primary coronary stenting after acute myocardial infarction

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    陈步星; 王伟民; 赵红; 胡大一; 徐成斌; 赵明中; 卢明瑜; 刘健; 吴淳

    2003-01-01

    Objective To compare the efficacy of low dose recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) thrombolysis with primary coronary stenting after acute myocardial infarction.Methods Of 261 patients with first acute myocardial infarction, 131 were given low dose rt-PA intravenous thrombolysis, and 130 primary coronary stenting.Results The age, time from onset of chest pain to hospital presentation and infarct location between these two groups were comparable. The patency rate of the infarct-related artery (IRA) in patients in the thrombolysis group was significantly lower than that of patients in the primary stenting group (P0.05).Conclusion Comparing with low dose rt-PA thrombolytic therapy after acute myocardial infarction, primary coronary stenting has a higher patency rate of the IRA, better cardiac function and shorter hospitalization time.

  20. The Role of Emergency Medical Services in Geriatrics: Bridging the Gap between Primary and Acute Care.

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    Goldstein, Judah; McVey, Jennifer; Ackroyd-Stolarz, Stacy

    2016-01-01

    Caring for older adults is a major function of emergency medical services (EMS). Traditional EMS systems were designed to treat single acute conditions; this approach contrasts with best practices for the care of frail older adults. Care might be improved by the early identification of those who are frail and at highest risk for adverse outcomes. Paramedics are well positioned to play an important role via a more thorough evaluation of frailty (or vulnerability). These findings may inform both pre-hospital and subsequent emergency department (ED) based decisions. Innovative programs involving EMS, the ED, and primary care could reduce the workload on EDs while improving patient access to care, and ultimately patient outcomes. Some frail older adults will benefit from the resources and specialized knowledge provided by the ED, while others may be better helped in alternative ways, usually in coordination with primary care. Discerning between these groups is a challenge worthy of further inquiry. In either case, care should be timely, with a focus on identifying emergent or acute care needs, frailty evaluation, mobility assessments, identifying appropriate goals for treatment, promoting functional independence, and striving to have the patient return to their usual place of residence if this can be done safely. Paramedics are uniquely positioned to play a larger role in the care of our aging population. Improving paramedic education as it pertains to geriatrics is a critical next step. PMID:26282932

  1. Acute effects of anterior thigh foam rolling on hip angle, knee angle, and rectus femoris length in the modified Thomas test.

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    Vigotsky, Andrew D; Lehman, Gregory J; Contreras, Bret; Beardsley, Chris; Chung, Bryan; Feser, Erin H

    2015-01-01

    Background. Foam rolling has been shown to acutely increase range of motion (ROM) during knee flexion and hip flexion with the experimenter applying an external force, yet no study to date has measured hip extensibility as a result of foam rolling with controlled knee flexion and hip extension moments. The purpose of this study was to investigate the acute effects of foam rolling on hip extension, knee flexion, and rectus femoris length during the modified Thomas test. Methods. Twenty-three healthy participants (male = 7; female = 16; age = 22 ± 3.3 years; height = 170 ± 9.18 cm; mass = 67.7 ± 14.9 kg) performed two, one-minute bouts of foam rolling applied to the anterior thigh. Hip extension and knee flexion were measured via motion capture before and after the foam rolling intervention, from which rectus femoris length was calculated. Results. Although the increase in hip extension (change = +1.86° (+0.11, +3.61); z(22) = 2.08; p = 0.0372; Pearson's r = 0.43 (0.02, 0.72)) was not due to chance alone, it cannot be said that the observed changes in knee flexion (change = -1.39° (-5.53, +2.75); t(22) = -0.70; p = 0.4933; Cohen's d = - 0.15 (-0.58, 0.29)) or rectus femoris length (change = -0.005 (-0.013, +0.003); t(22) = -1.30; p = 0.2070; Cohen's d = - 0.27 (-0.70, 0.16)) were not due to chance alone. Conclusions. Although a small change in hip extension was observed, no changes in knee flexion or rectus femoris length were observed. From these data, it appears unlikely that foam rolling applied to the anterior thigh will improve passive hip extension and knee flexion ROM, especially if performed in combination with a dynamic stretching protocol.

  2. A polymorphism at codon 31 of gene p21 is not associated with primary open angle glaucoma in Caucasians

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    Keers Sharon M

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG is considered to be a neurodegenerative optic neuropathy, in which cell death occurs by apoptosis. p21, is an important protective component of the apoptotic pathway, regulating cellular arrest in the presence of DNA damage. An unstable or altered p21 protein could modify the cellular response to genomic injury and abolish the effect of p21. A previous study on a Chinese cohort suggested that the p21 codon 31 polymorphism may alter the state of apoptosis in glaucomatous optic neuropathy, failing to protect the ganglion cells. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a p21 codon 31 polymorphism is associated with POAG on a Caucasian cohort. Methods 140 POAG patients and a control group of 73 healthy individuals were included in the study. All the subjects were of Caucasian origin. Genomic DNA was amplified by polymerase chain reaction, followed by enzymatic restriction fragment length polymorphism technique (PCR-RFLP. Patients and controls were genotyped for a single nucleotide polymorphism (C/A transversion in the third base of codon 31 of p21, which leads to a serine (Ser/arginine (Arg substitution. Results The distribution of the genotypes in the POAG patients showed 128 (91.4% Ser homozygotes, 10 (7.1% Ser/Arg heterozygotes and 2 (1.5% Arg homozygotes. In the control cohort, there were 61 (83.6% Ser homozygotes and 12 (16.4% Ser/Arg heterozygotes. No Arg homozygotes were present amongst the control group. Both the allelic and genotypic frequencies of the Ser or Arg residues at codon 31 were not significantly different between POAG patients and controls (Fisher's exact test, P = 0.20 for alleles and P = 0.0561 for genotypes. Conclusion This study suggests that the p21 codon 31 polymorphism does not contribute to the risk of POAG in the Caucasian population.

  3. The role of base excision repair in the development of primary open angle glaucoma in the Polish population.

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    Cuchra, Magda; Markiewicz, Lukasz; Mucha, Bartosz; Pytel, Dariusz; Szymanek, Katarzyna; Szemraj, Janusz; Szaflik, Jerzy; Szaflik, Jacek P; Majsterek, Ireneusz

    2015-08-01

    Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in developing countries. Previous data have shown that progressive loss of human TM cells may be connected with chronic exposure to oxidative stress. This hypothesis may suggest a role of the base excision repair (BER) pathway of oxidative DNA damage in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients. The aim of our study was to evaluate an association of BER gene polymorphism with a risk of POAG. Moreover, an association of clinical parameters was examined including cup disk ratio (c/d), rim area (RA) and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) with glaucoma progression according to BER gene polymorphisms. Our research included 412 patients with POAG and 454 healthy controls. Gene polymorphisms were analyzed by PCR-RFLP. Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT) clinical parameters were also analyzed. The 399 Arg/Gln genotype of the XRCC1 gene (OR 1.38; 95% CI 1.02-1.89 p = 0.03) was associated with an increased risk of POAG occurrence. It was indicated that the 399 Gln/Gln XRCC1 genotype might increase the risk of POAG progression according to the c/d ratio (OR 1.67; 95% CI 1.07-2.61 P = 0.02) clinical parameter. Moreover, the association of VF factor with 148 Asp/Glu of APE1 genotype distribution and POAG progression (OR 2.25; 95% CI 1.30-3.89) was also found. Additionally, the analysis of the 324 Gln/His MUTYH polymorphism gene distribution in the patient group according to RNFL factor showed that it might decrease the progression of POAG (OR 0.47; 95% CI 0.30-0.82 P = 0.005). We suggest that the 399 Arg/Gln polymorphism of the XRCC1 gene may serve as a predictive risk factor of POAG.

  4. Optic Disc Perfusion in Primary Open Angle and Normal Tension Glaucoma Eyes Using Optical Coherence Tomography-Based Microangiography

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    Wen, Joanne C.; Zhang, Qinqin; Xin, Chen; Gupta, Divakar; Mudumbai, Raghu C.; Johnstone, Murray A.; Wang, Ruikang K.; Chen, Philip P.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To investigate optic disc perfusion differences in normal, primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and normal tension glaucoma (NTG) eyes using optical microangiography (OMAG) based optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography technique. Design Cross-sectional, observational study. Subjects Twenty-eight normal, 30 POAG, and 31 NTG subjects. Methods One eye from each subject was scanned with a 68 kHz Cirrus HD-OCT 5,000-based OMAG prototype system centered at the optic nerve head (ONH) (Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, Dublin, CA). Microvascular images were generated from the OMAG dataset by detecting the differences in OCT signal between consecutive B-scans. The pre-laminar layer (preLC) was isolated by a semi-automatic segmentation program. Main Outcome Measures Optic disc perfusion, quantified as flux, vessel area density, and normalized flux (flux normalized by the vessel area) within the ONH. Results Glaucomatous eyes had significantly lower optic disc perfusion in preLC in all three perfusion metrics (p<0.0001) compared to normal eyes. The visual field (VF) mean deviation (MD) and pattern standard deviation (PSD) were similar between the POAG and NTG groups, and no differences in optic disc perfusion were observed between POAG and NTG. Univariate analysis revealed significant correlation between optic disc perfusion and VF MD, VF PSD, and rim area in both POAG and NTG groups (p≤0.0288). However, normalized optic disc perfusion was correlated with some structural measures (retinal nerve fiber layer thickness and ONH cup/disc ratio) only in POAG eyes. Conclusions Optic disc perfusion detected with OMAG was significantly reduced in POAG and NTG groups compared to normal controls, but no difference was seen between POAG and NTG groups with similar levels of VF damage. Disc perfusion was significantly correlated with VF MD, VF PSD, and rim area in glaucomatous eyes. Vascular changes at the optic disc as measured using OMAG may provide useful information for

  5. Optic Disc Perfusion in Primary Open Angle and Normal Tension Glaucoma Eyes Using Optical Coherence Tomography-Based Microangiography.

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    Karine D Bojikian

    Full Text Available To investigate optic disc perfusion differences in normal, primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG, and normal tension glaucoma (NTG eyes using optical microangiography (OMAG based optical coherence tomography (OCT angiography technique.Cross-sectional, observational study.Twenty-eight normal, 30 POAG, and 31 NTG subjects.One eye from each subject was scanned with a 68 kHz Cirrus HD-OCT 5,000-based OMAG prototype system centered at the optic nerve head (ONH (Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, Dublin, CA. Microvascular images were generated from the OMAG dataset by detecting the differences in OCT signal between consecutive B-scans. The pre-laminar layer (preLC was isolated by a semi-automatic segmentation program.Optic disc perfusion, quantified as flux, vessel area density, and normalized flux (flux normalized by the vessel area within the ONH.Glaucomatous eyes had significantly lower optic disc perfusion in preLC in all three perfusion metrics (p<0.0001 compared to normal eyes. The visual field (VF mean deviation (MD and pattern standard deviation (PSD were similar between the POAG and NTG groups, and no differences in optic disc perfusion were observed between POAG and NTG. Univariate analysis revealed significant correlation between optic disc perfusion and VF MD, VF PSD, and rim area in both POAG and NTG groups (p≤0.0288. However, normalized optic disc perfusion was correlated with some structural measures (retinal nerve fiber layer thickness and ONH cup/disc ratio only in POAG eyes.Optic disc perfusion detected with OMAG was significantly reduced in POAG and NTG groups compared to normal controls, but no difference was seen between POAG and NTG groups with similar levels of VF damage. Disc perfusion was significantly correlated with VF MD, VF PSD, and rim area in glaucomatous eyes. Vascular changes at the optic disc as measured using OMAG may provide useful information for diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma.

  6. Clinical relevance of the glucocorticoid receptor gene polymorphisms in glucocorticoid-induced ocular hypertension and primary open angle glaucoma

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    Xiu-Qing; Wang; Zhao-Xia; Duan; Xiang-Ge; He; Xi-Yuan; Zhou

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To avoid the side effects of ocular hypertension of glucocorticoid(GC) usage in eye, we must identify susceptible individuals, which exists in about one-third of all population. Further, the majority of all primary open angle glaucoma(POAG) patients show this phenotype.Glucocorticoid receptor(GR) regulates C responsiveness in trabecular meshwork(TM) cells. In this study, single nucleotide polymorphism(SNP) genotyping was used to determine whether there are differences in the Bcl I(rs41423247) and N363S(rs6195) polymorphisms of the GR gene in healthy and POAG patients, and glucocorticoid-induced ocular hypertension(GIOH)populations.METHODS: Three hundred and twenty-seven unrelated Chinese adults, including 111 normal controls, 117 GIOH subjects and 99 POAG patients, were recruited. DNA samples were prepared and the Bcl I and N363 S polymorphisms were screened using real-time polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism(RFLP) analysis. Frequencies of the Bcl I and N363 S polymorphisms were determined and compared using Fisher’s exact test and the Chi-squared test.RESULTS: Only the Bcl I polymorphism was identified in the Chinese Han population. The frequency of the G allele was 21.6 % in normal controls, 18.3% in GIOH patients, and 13.64% in the POAG patients. There was no significant difference in polymorphism or allele frequency in the 3 groups. Furthermore, no N363 S polymorphism was found in the study subjects.CONCLUSION: The Bcl I polymorphisms in GR gene had no association with GIOH and POAG patients, and N363 S polymorphism might not exist in the Chinese Han population. Therefore, the Bcl I polymorphism might not be responsible for the development of GC-induced ocular hypertension or POAG.

  7. Correlation between peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness and fundus autofluorescence in primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Reznicek L

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Lukas Reznicek,* Florian Seidensticker,* Thomas Mann, Irene Hübert, Alexandra Buerger, Christos Haritoglou, Aljoscha S Neubauer, Anselm Kampik, Christoph Hirneiss, Marcus Kernt Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany *These authors contributed equally to this work Purpose: To investigate the relationship between retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL thickness and retinal pigment epithelium alterations in patients with advanced glaucomatous visual field defects. Methods: A consecutive, prospective series of 82 study eyes with primary open-angle glaucoma and advanced glaucomatous visual field defects were included in this study. All study participants underwent a full ophthalmic examination followed by visual field testing with standard automated perimetry as well as spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT for peripapillary RNFL thickness and Optos wide-field fundus autofluorescence (FAF images. A pattern grid with corresponding locations between functional visual field sectors and structural peripapillary RNFL thickness was aligned to the FAF images at corresponding location. Mean FAF intensity (range: 0 = black and 255 = white of each evaluated sector (superotemporal, temporal, inferotemporal, inferonasal, nasal, superonasal was correlated with the corresponding peripapillary RNFL thickness obtained with SD-OCT. Results: Correlation analyses between sectoral RNFL thickness and standardized FAF intensity in the corresponding topographic retina segments revealed partly significant correlations with correlation coefficients ranging between 0.004 and 0.376 and were statistically significant in the temporal inferior central field (r = 0.324, P = 0.036 and the nasal field (r = 0.376, P = 0.014. Conclusion: Retinal pigment epithelium abnormalities correlate with corresponding peripapillary RNFL damage, especially in the temporal inferior sector of patients with advanced glaucomatous visual field defects. A

  8. Measurement of Systemic Mitochondrial Function in Advanced Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

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    Van Bergen, Nicole J; Crowston, Jonathan G; Craig, Jamie E; Burdon, Kathryn P; Kearns, Lisa S; Sharma, Shiwani; Hewitt, Alex W; Mackey, David A; Trounce, Ian A

    2015-01-01

    Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) is a common neurodegenerative disease characterized by the selective and gradual loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Aging and increased intraocular pressure (IOP) are glaucoma risk factors; nevertheless patients deteriorate at all levels of IOP, implying other causative factors. Recent evidence presents mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) complex-I impairments in POAG. Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) patients suffer specific and rapid loss of RGCs, predominantly in young adult males, due to complex-I mutations in the mitochondrial genome. This study directly compares the degree of OXPHOS impairment in POAG and LHON patients, testing the hypothesis that the milder clinical disease in POAG is due to a milder complex-I impairment. To assess overall mitochondrial capacity, cells can be forced to produce ATP primarily from mitochondrial OXPHOS by switching the media carbon source to galactose. Under these conditions POAG lymphoblasts grew 1.47 times slower than controls, whilst LHON lymphoblasts demonstrated a greater degree of growth impairment (2.35 times slower). Complex-I enzyme specific activity was reduced by 18% in POAG lymphoblasts and by 29% in LHON lymphoblasts. We also assessed complex-I ATP synthesis, which was 19% decreased in POAG patients and 17% decreased in LHON patients. This study demonstrates both POAG and LHON lymphoblasts have impaired complex-I, and in the majority of aspects the functional defects in POAG were milder than LHON, which could reflect the milder disease development of POAG. This new evidence places POAG in the spectrum of mitochondrial optic neuropathies and raises the possibility for new therapeutic targets aimed at improving mitochondrial function.

  9. Measurement of Systemic Mitochondrial Function in Advanced Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

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    Van Bergen, Nicole J; Crowston, Jonathan G.; Craig, Jamie E.; Burdon, Kathryn P.; Kearns, Lisa S.; Sharma, Shiwani; Hewitt, Alex W.; Mackey, David A.; Trounce, Ian A.

    2015-01-01

    Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) is a common neurodegenerative disease characterized by the selective and gradual loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Aging and increased intraocular pressure (IOP) are glaucoma risk factors; nevertheless patients deteriorate at all levels of IOP, implying other causative factors. Recent evidence presents mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) complex-I impairments in POAG. Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) patients suffer specific and rapid loss of RGCs, predominantly in young adult males, due to complex-I mutations in the mitochondrial genome. This study directly compares the degree of OXPHOS impairment in POAG and LHON patients, testing the hypothesis that the milder clinical disease in POAG is due to a milder complex-I impairment. To assess overall mitochondrial capacity, cells can be forced to produce ATP primarily from mitochondrial OXPHOS by switching the media carbon source to galactose. Under these conditions POAG lymphoblasts grew 1.47 times slower than controls, whilst LHON lymphoblasts demonstrated a greater degree of growth impairment (2.35 times slower). Complex-I enzyme specific activity was reduced by 18% in POAG lymphoblasts and by 29% in LHON lymphoblasts. We also assessed complex-I ATP synthesis, which was 19% decreased in POAG patients and 17% decreased in LHON patients. This study demonstrates both POAG and LHON lymphoblasts have impaired complex-I, and in the majority of aspects the functional defects in POAG were milder than LHON, which could reflect the milder disease development of POAG. This new evidence places POAG in the spectrum of mitochondrial optic neuropathies and raises the possibility for new therapeutic targets aimed at improving mitochondrial function. PMID:26496696

  10. Measurement of Systemic Mitochondrial Function in Advanced Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

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    Nicole J Van Bergen

    Full Text Available Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG is a common neurodegenerative disease characterized by the selective and gradual loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs. Aging and increased intraocular pressure (IOP are glaucoma risk factors; nevertheless patients deteriorate at all levels of IOP, implying other causative factors. Recent evidence presents mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS complex-I impairments in POAG. Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON patients suffer specific and rapid loss of RGCs, predominantly in young adult males, due to complex-I mutations in the mitochondrial genome. This study directly compares the degree of OXPHOS impairment in POAG and LHON patients, testing the hypothesis that the milder clinical disease in POAG is due to a milder complex-I impairment. To assess overall mitochondrial capacity, cells can be forced to produce ATP primarily from mitochondrial OXPHOS by switching the media carbon source to galactose. Under these conditions POAG lymphoblasts grew 1.47 times slower than controls, whilst LHON lymphoblasts demonstrated a greater degree of growth impairment (2.35 times slower. Complex-I enzyme specific activity was reduced by 18% in POAG lymphoblasts and by 29% in LHON lymphoblasts. We also assessed complex-I ATP synthesis, which was 19% decreased in POAG patients and 17% decreased in LHON patients. This study demonstrates both POAG and LHON lymphoblasts have impaired complex-I, and in the majority of aspects the functional defects in POAG were milder than LHON, which could reflect the milder disease development of POAG. This new evidence places POAG in the spectrum of mitochondrial optic neuropathies and raises the possibility for new therapeutic targets aimed at improving mitochondrial function.

  11. Clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1%-brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

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    Sharma, Sourabh; Trikha, Sameer; Perera, Shamira A; Aung, Tin

    2015-01-01

    The main first-line treatment strategy for glaucoma is to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) by topical ocular hypotensive medications, but many patients require multiple medications for adequate IOP control. Fixed-combination therapies provide several benefits, including simplified treatment regimens, theoretical improved treatment adherence, elimination of the potential for washout of the first drug by the second, and the reduction in ocular exposure to preservatives. β-Adrenoceptor antagonists (particularly 0.5% timolol) are the most commonly used agents in combination with other classes of drugs as fixed-combination eyedrops, but they are contraindicated in many patients, owing to local allergy or systemic side effects. A fixed-combination preparation without a β-blocker is therefore warranted. This paper reviews the clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1% and brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination (BBFC) for use in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. We searched PubMed and the ClinicalTrials.gov registry, and identified three randomized controlled trials comparing BBFC vs its constituents (brimonidine vs brinzolamide), and one comparing BBFC with unfixed brimonidine and brinzolamide. All of the studies demonstrated mean diurnal IOP to be statistically significantly lower in the BBFC group compared with constituent groups and noninferior to that with the concomitant group using two separate bottles. The safety profile of BBFC was consistent with that of its individual components, the most common ocular adverse events being ocular hyperemia, visual disturbances, and ocular allergic reactions. Common systemic adverse effects included altered taste sensation, oral dryness, fatigue, somnolence, and decreased alertness. BBFC seems to be a promising new fixed combination for use in glaucoma patients. However, long-term effects of BBFC on IOP, treatment adherence, and safety need to be determined. PMID:26648686

  12. GALC deletions increase the risk of primary open-angle glaucoma: the role of Mendelian variants in complex disease.

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    Yutao Liu

    Full Text Available DNA copy number variants (CNVs have been reported in many human diseases including autism and schizophrenia. Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG is a complex adult-onset disorder characterized by progressive optic neuropathy and vision loss. Previous studies have identified rare CNVs in POAG; however, their low frequencies prevented formal association testing. We present here the association between POAG risk and a heterozygous deletion in the galactosylceramidase gene (GALC. This CNV was initially identified in a dataset containing 71 Caucasian POAG cases and 478 ethnically matched controls obtained from dbGAP (study accession phs000126.v1.p1. (p = 0.017, fisher's exact test. It was validated with array comparative genomic hybridization (arrayCGH and realtime PCR, and replicated in an independent POAG dataset containing 959 cases and 1852 controls (p = 0.021, OR (odds ratio = 3.5, 95% CI -1.1-12.0. Evidence for association was strengthened when the discovery and replication datasets were combined (p = 0.002; OR = 5.0, 95% CI 1.6-16.4. Several deletions with different endpoints were identified by array CGH of POAG patients. Homozygous deletions that eliminate GALC enzymatic activity cause Krabbe disease, a recessive Mendelian disorder of childhood displaying bilateral optic neuropathy and vision loss. Our findings suggest that heterozygous deletions that reduce GALC activity are a novel mechanism increasing risk of POAG. This is the first report of a statistically-significant association of a CNV with POAG risk, contributing to a growing body of evidence that CNVs play an important role in complex, inherited disorders. Our findings suggest an attractive biomarker and potential therapeutic target for patients with this form of POAG.

  13. Nursing research of patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma at acute exacerbation%急性闭角型青光眼患者急性发作期的护理研究

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    王燕

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    ABSTRACT:Objective to analyze the acute phase of the nursing intervention in patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma. Methods to choose in September 2011 - February 2014 in our hospital to receive a total of 35 patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma, the corresponding nursing measures, the nursing effect was analyzed. Results 35 patients after clinical care, an average of 30 minutes symptoms began to ease, 3 days later to intraocular pressure value to glaucoma surgery. Conclusion in patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma acute phase to take corresponding nursing intervention, can relieve patients' pain, reduce the blindness rate obviously, has clinical value.%目的:分析研究急性闭角型青光眼患者急性发作期的护理干预效果。方法选取2011年9月至2014年2月在我院接收的急性闭角型青光眼患者一共有35例,对其采取相对应的护理措施,对其护理效果给予分析。结果35例患者经过临床护理以后,平均30分钟症状开始缓解,3天以后降至到青光眼手术眼压值。结论在急性闭角型青光眼患者急性发作期采取针对性护理干预,可以使病人痛苦减轻,使其致盲率明显降低,具有临床推广价值。

  14. Effect of phenylhexyl isothiocyanate on aberrant histone H3 methylation in primary human acute leukemia

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have previously studied the histone acetylation in primary human leukemia cells. However, histone H3 methylation in these cells has not been characterized. Methods This study examined the methylation status at histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4 and histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9 in primary acute leukemia cells obtained from patients and compared with those in the non-leukemia and healthy cells. We further characterized the effect of phenylhexyl isothiocyanate (PHI, Trichostatin A (TSA, and 5-aza-2’-deoxycytidine (5-Aza on the cells. Results We found that methylation of histone H3K4 was virtually undetectable, while methylation at H3K9 was significantly higher in primary human leukemia cells. The histone H3K9 hypermethylation and histone H3K4 hypomethylation were observed in both myeloid and lymphoid leukemia cells. PHI was found to be able to normalize the methylation level in the primary leukemia cells. We further showed that PHI was able to enhance the methyltransferase activity of H3K4 and decrease the activity of H3K9 methyltransferase. 5-Aza had similar effect on H3K4, but minimal effect on H3K9, whereas TSA had no effect on H3K4 and H3K9 methyltransferases. Conclusions This study revealed opposite methylation level of H3K4 and H3K9 in primary human leukemia cells and demonstrated for the first time that PHI has different effects on the methyltransferases for H3K4 and H3K9.

  15. Age- and Gender-related Disparities in Primary Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Acute ST-segment elevation Myocardial Infarction.

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    Thomas Pilgrim; Dik Heg; Kali Tal; Paul Erne; Dragana Radovanovic; Stephan Windecker; Peter Jüni

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Previous analyses reported age- and gender-related differences in the provision of cardiac care. The objective of the study was to compare circadian disparities in the delivery of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) according to the patient's age and gender. METHODS We investigated patients included into the Acute Myocardial Infarction in Switzerland (AMIS) registry presenting to one of 11 centers in Switzerland providing primar...

  16. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction in a pediatric patient with giant coronary aneurysm due to Kawasaki disease.

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    Mongiovì, Maurizio; Alaimo, Annalisa; Vernuccio, Federica; Pieri, Daniele

    2014-01-01

    We report a case of acute myocardial infarction in an 8-year-old boy with a history of Kawasaki disease and giant coronary aneurysms in the right and left coronary arteries. We performed coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention 4 hours after the onset of symptoms. This case suggests that primary percutaneous coronary intervention might be safe and effective in the long-term treatment of acute myocardial infarction due to coronary sequelae of Kawasaki.

  17. Acute acalculous cholecystitis in a Lebanese girl with primary Epstein-Barr viral infection.

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    Majdalani, Marianne; Milad, Nadine; Sahli, Zeyad; Rizk, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) constitutes 5-10% of all cases of cholecystitis in adults, and is even less common in children. The recent literature has described an association between primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and AAC, however, it still remains an uncommon presentation of the infection. Most authors advise that the management of AAC in patients with primary EBV infection should be supportive, since the use of antibiotics does not seem to alter the severity or prognosis of the illness. Furthermore, surgical intervention has not been described as necessary or indicated in the management of uncomplicated AAC associated with EBV infection. We report a case of a 16-year-old Lebanese girl with AAC associated with primary EBV infection. She presented to the emergency department, with high-grade fever, fatigue, vomiting and abdominal pain. Liver enzymes were elevated with a cholestatic pattern, and imaging confirmed the diagnosis of AAC. She was admitted to the regular floor, and initial management was conservative. Owing to persistence of fever, antibiotics were initiated on day 3 of admission. She had a smooth clinical course and was discharged home after a total of 9 days, with no complications. PMID:27090538

  18. The role of base excision repair in the development of primary open angle glaucoma in the Polish population

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    Cuchra, Magda; Markiewicz, Lukasz; Mucha, Bartosz [Department of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medical University of Lodz (Poland); Pytel, Dariusz [The Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, Department of Cancer Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425 (United States); Szymanek, Katarzyna [Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Warsaw, SPKSO Hospital, Warsaw (Poland); Szemraj, Janusz [Department of Medical Biochemistry, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz (Poland); Szaflik, Jerzy; Szaflik, Jacek P. [Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Warsaw, SPKSO Hospital, Warsaw (Poland); Majsterek, Ireneusz, E-mail: ireneusz.majsterek@umed.lodz.pl [Department of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medical University of Lodz (Poland)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • We suggested the association of XRCC1 gene with the increase risk of POAG development. • We indicated the association of clinical factor and XRCC1, MUTYH, ADPRT and APE1 genes with POAG progression. • We postulated the increase level of oxidative DNA damage in group of patients with POAG in relation to healthy controls. • We suggested the slightly decrease ability to repair of oxidative DNA damage. • This is the first data that showed the role of BER mechanism in POAG pathogenesis. - Abstract: Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in developing countries. Previous data have shown that progressive loss of human TM cells may be connected with chronic exposure to oxidative stress. This hypothesis may suggest a role of the base excision repair (BER) pathway of oxidative DNA damage in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients. The aim of our study was to evaluate an association of BER gene polymorphism with a risk of POAG. Moreover, an association of clinical parameters was examined including cup disk ratio (c/d), rim area (RA) and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) with glaucoma progression according to BER gene polymorphisms. Our research included 412 patients with POAG and 454 healthy controls. Gene polymorphisms were analyzed by PCR-RFLP. Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT) clinical parameters were also analyzed. The 399Arg/Gln genotype of the XRCC1 gene (OR 1.38; 95% CI 1.02–1.89 p = 0.03) was associated with an increased risk of POAG occurrence. It was indicated that the 399Gln/Gln XRCC1 genotype might increase the risk of POAG progression according to the c/d ratio (OR 1.67; 95% CI 1.07–2.61 P = 0.02) clinical parameter. Moreover, the association of VF factor with 148Asp/Glu of APE1 genotype distribution and POAG progression (OR 2.25; 95% CI 1.30–3.89) was also found. Additionally, the analysis of the 324Gln/His MUTYH polymorphism gene distribution in the patient group according to RNFL factor showed that it might

  19. Effect of high myopia on 24-hour intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma

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    YANG Ying-xin; WANG Ning-li; WU Lie; ZHEN Yi; WANG Tao; REN Cai-xia; PENG Xiao-xia; HAO Jie; XIA Yan-ting

    2012-01-01

    Background As intraocular pressure (lOP) and lOP fluctuation are known risk factors for glaucoma,it is important to understand the effects of high myopia on these ocular parameters.The aim of this study was to investigate if primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients with high myopia exhibit higher lOP and greater lOP fluctuations at resting conditions over 24 hours.@@Methods We designed a prospective control clinical study.Eighty-two eyes of 82 high-tension Chinese POAG patients only on prostaglandin analogue locally were divided into 3 groups according to various myopic grades (<-6.0 D,n=27 and between -0.76 and -5.99 D,n=33) or without myopia (-0.75 to 0.75 D,n=22).Single time lOP at 10 am,mean corrected 24-hour lOP,mean corrected night lOP,24-hour lOP fluctuation and lOPs of 10 am,2 pm,6 pm,10 pm,2 am,6 am and 8 am were measured.@@Results The lOP was higher in POAG patients with high myopia over those POAG alone in three ways:the elevated lOP value was 0.65 mmHg measured in single time lOP at 10 am,0.84 mmHg in mean corrected 24-hour lOP,0.97 mmHg in mean corrected night lOP.The 24-hour lOP fluctuation was lower in the two myopia groups than in non-myopia group.Further,using repeated measurement analysis of variance,there was no statistical significance among groups regarding the lOPs at the seven time points (P=0.77) and there was no interaction between groups and time points (P=0.71),but the difference of lOPs at the seven time points in same group was statistically significant (P=0.01).@@Conclusion High-tension POAG patients with high myopia,even on pharmacological glaucoma therapy,still have higher lOp,but 24-hour lOP fluctuation at resting conditions was lower in these patients.

  20. Comparison of the Efficacy of Latanoprost, Bimatoprost, and Travoprost in Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension

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    Nur Çolak

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The aim of this prospective study was to compare the efficacy of latanoprost, bimatoprost, and travoprost in lowering intraocular pressure (IOP and in preventing or delaying visual field loss in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG and ocular hypertension (OH. Materials and Methods: The study included 124 eyes of 73 patients who were diagnosed in our clinic as having POAG or OH. All of the patients had IOP values of 22-34 mmHg, an early diagnosis of POAG or OH, without any previous treatment. The patients were randomly divided into 3 Groups: Group 1; 42 eyes treated with latanoprost (0.005%, Group 2; 40 eyes treated with bimatoprost (0.03%, and Group 3; 42 eyes treated with travoprost (0.004%. The visual field has been evaluated via the Humprey visual field evaluation of statistical program Statpac mean deviation (MD and pattern standard deviation (PSD. The IOP, MD, and PSD values have been measured initially and at the end of the first year of treatment. Results: In comparison to the baseline, the mean changes of IOP values after one year of treatment were 6.99, 6.79 and 5.87 mmHg for the 3 Groups, respectively. The decrease in the IOP was statistically significant for each of the treatment groups (p0.05. Comparison of the MD and PSD values revealed no significant differences among the treatment groups both initially and at the end of the first year (p>0.05. The mean changes in MD and PSD values at the end of the first year were similar among the treatment groups (p>0.05. Conclusion: In patients with POAG and OH, treatment with latanoprost, bimatoprost, and travoprost decrease the IOP effectively. After a one-year treatment, no significant difference has been found between the efficacy of the 3 drugs in lowering IOP and in preventing or delaying visual field loss. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2014; 44: 170-4

  1. Efficacy of Monotherapy with Either Bimatoprost or Travoprost in Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Resistant to Latanoprost Therapy

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    Yusuf Koçluk

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Pur po se: This prospective study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of monotherapy with either bimatoprost or travoprost in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG resistant to latanoprost therapy. Patients and Methods: Forty patients with POAG who received therapy with topical latanoprost at Gaziantep University Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology between March 2009 and March 2010 were chosen to participate in this study. The decision to stop latanoprost therapy in these patients was made either due to the fact that they were resistant to therapy or due to the necessity to further decrease the intraocular pressure (IOP; 20 subjects were chosen to receive monotherapy with bimatoprost and 20 were chosen to receive monotherapy with travoprost. The patients were observed for 6 months with follow-up visits at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. Results: For the group of patients receiving therapy with bimatoprost, the average decrease in IOP was measured to be 2.05 mmHg at 1 week, 2.25 mmHg at 1 month, 1.90 mmHg at 3 months and 2.40 mmHg at 6 months. For the group of patients receiving therapy with travoprost, the average decrease in IOP was measured to be 1.47 mmHg at 1 week, 1.75 mmHg at 1 month, 1.42 mmHg at 3 months and 1.27 mmHg at 6 months. At the end of 6 months, there were no significant changes observed in the mean deviation and central corneal thickness in both therapy groups. Conjunctival hyperemia and ocular irritation were the most common side effects observed in both groups, with the bimatoprost therapy group showing higher values than the travoprost group. Discussion: For patients resistant to latanoprost therapy, prior to any adjuvant therapy, monotherapy with either bimatoprost, which is a prostamide, or travoprost, a prostaglandin analogue, has been shown to be effective at lowering IOP. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2011; 41: 295-8

  2. Primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in the acute infarction of the right ventricle

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    Gligić Branko

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Predilection site for the acute myocardial infarction of the right ventricle, (AMI-RV is the upper third of the right coronary artery and for this reason such an infarction is followed by numerous complications, primarily by conduction disorders and very often by sudden and rapid cardiogenic shock development. Methods. Primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PPTCA was performed on three patients in whom the acute infarction of the right ventricular was diagnosed and who had been hospitalized six hours after the beginning of chest pain. In all three patients intracoronary stent was implanted. On the admission patients had been in the threatening cardiogenic shock, with the prominent chest pain and with the elevation of ST-segment in V4R>2 mV. In the course of intervention patients were administered low-molecular intracoronary heparin with direct platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (abciximab, according to the established procedure applied in such cases. Results. The complete dilatation of the infarcted artery was established with the signs of reperfusion and the further clinical course was completely normal, there was no heart failure and patients had no subjective difficulties. Conclusion. Invasive approach in the treatment of AMI-RV is justifiable, and possibly the therapy of choice of these patients, providing well trained and equipped team is available.

  3. Gender difference in patients with acute myocardial infarction treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention in drug-eluting stent era

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    GE Jun-bo

    2010-01-01

    @@ Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been the standard of care for patients with acuteST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) within 12 hours of symptom onset in modern era.~(1,2) The advances and applications of robust anti-platelet and anti-coagulation medicines further improve the outcome of STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI,~3 and drug-eluting stent (DES) has also been proven to be effective and safe when applying in primary PCI.~4 Historical data indicated that women undergoing PCI exerted worse outcomes than male patients, and the gender differences in outcome after PCI are still topical and of interest, especially the outcome after primary PCI.

  4. Primary and secondary genetic responses after folic acid-induced acute renal injury in the mouse.

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    Calvet, J P; Chadwick, L J

    1994-12-01

    Folic acid-induced acute renal injury results in dramatic changes in gene expression. Among the genes affected by folic acid treatment are the primary response genes, c-fos and c-myc, which are thought to function to initiate cell cycle events. In this report, changes in the expression of three other genes in response to folic acid injury have been investigated: ornithine decarboxylase, epidermal growth factor (EGF), and sulfated glycoprotein-2 (SGP-2). Renal injury was found to cause a rapid decrease in EGF mRNA, which remained absent for several days after the initial injury, gradually returning to normal levels over an approximately 3-wk regeneration and recovery period. Ornithine decarboxylase mRNA showed a similar decrease. In contrast, folic acid caused a rapid increase in SGP-2 mRNA, which peaked several days after treatment, decreasing to normal levels over the 3-wk period. The mRNAs for the primary response genes were superinduced in the injured kidneys in the presence of the protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide. In contrast, the changes in EGF and SGP-2 mRNA levels were blocked by cycloheximide, indicating that these responses required new protein synthesis during the first few hours after folic acid injury. The opposite but parallel responses in the expression of the EGF and SGP-2 genes suggest that their regulation is coupled to the initial injury-induced dedifferentiation and subsequent return to the fully differentiated state.

  5. Do non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes associate with primary open-angle glaucoma? Insights from a case–control study in Nepal

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    Krettek, Alexandra; Shakya-Vaidya, Suraj; Aryal, Umesh Raj; Upadhyay, Madan

    2013-01-01

    Background: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes are rapidly emerging public health problems worldwide, and they associate with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). POAG is the most common cause of irreversible blindness. The most effective ways to prevent glaucoma blindness involve identifying high-risk populations and conducting routine screening for early case detection. This study investigated whether POAG associates with hypertension and diabetes in a Nepales...

  6. Cost-Minimisation Study of Dorzolamide versus Brinzolamide in the Treatment of Ocular Hypertension and Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: In Four European Countries

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    Jeanfrancois Rouland; Claude Lepen; Carlos Gouveiapinto; Patrizia Berto; Gilles Berdeaux

    2003-01-01

    Objective: Cost is an issue when prescribing two drugs with equivalent efficacy. We compared the direct medical costs of topical brinzolamide 1% (twice a day or three times daily) with topical dorzolamide 2% (twice a day or three times daily) in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain in patients with ocular hypertension or primary open-angle glaucoma. Design and setting: Three double-blind, controlled, randomised trials (with a study duration of 3 months) compared the response rate of brinzolamide...

  7. Effects of brinzolamide vs timolol as an adjunctive medication to latanoprost on circadian intraocular pressure control in primary open-angle glaucoma Japanese patients

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    Ishikawa, Makoto

    2009-01-01

    Makoto Ishikawa1,2, Takeshi Yoshitomi11Department of Ophthalmology, Akita University Faculty of Medicine, Akita, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Ogachi Central Hospital, Akita, JapanPurpose: To study the effect of the concomitant use of brinzolamide and latanoprost on the 24-hour variation in intraocular pressure (IOP) in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients first treated with timolol and latanoprost.Methods: We studied 30 eyes from 30 POAG patients previously treated with latanop...

  8. Infection biomarkers in primary care patients with acute respiratory tract infections–comparison of Procalcitonin and C-reactive protein

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    Meili, Marc; Kutz, Alexander; Briel, Matthias; Christ-Crain, Mirjam; Bucher, Heiner C.; Mueller, Beat; Schuetz, Philipp

    2016-01-01

    Background There is a lack of studies comparing the utility of C-reactive protein (CRP) with Procalcitonin (PCT) for the management of patients with acute respiratory tract infections (ARI) in primary care. Our aim was to study the correlation between these markers and to compare their predictive accuracy in regard to clinical outcome prediction. Methods This is a secondary analysis using clinical and biomarker data of 458 primary care patients with pneumonic and non-pneumonic ARI. We used co...

  9. Primary Injuries and Secondary Organ Failures in Trauma Patients with Acute Kidney Injury Treated with Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

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    Sigrid Beitland; Ingrid Os; Kjetil Sunde

    2014-01-01

    Background. Acute kidney injury (AKI) treated with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is a severe complication in trauma patients. The aim of the study was to assess primary traumatic injuries and secondary organ failures in severe posttraumatic AKI. Methods. Retrospective review of adult trauma patients admitted to the trauma centre at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål. Injury severity score (ISS) was used to assess the severity of primary injuries, and sequential organ failure asses...

  10. Outcomes of after-hours versus regular working hours primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction

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    Graham, Michelle M; Ghali, William A.; Southern, Danielle A.; Traboulsi, Mouhieddin; Knudtson, Merril L.; ,

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    Background Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a proven therapy for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. However, outcomes associated with primary PCI may differ depending on time of day. Methods and results Using the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease, a clinical data-collection initiative capturing all cardiac catheterisation patients in Alberta, Canada, the authors described and compared crude and risk-adjusted survival...

  11. Comparative analysis of the results of various physical therapy techniques in the treatment of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma with chronic cerebral ischemia

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    2012-06-01

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    Aim of the study: to evaluate the effectiveness of the techniques of dynamic simultaneous transcranial magnetic therapy and resonance, and electrical stimulation, transcranial magnetic therapy and dynamic laser stimulation, magnetic simpatokorrektsii in the treatment of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma with chronic cerebral ischemia. Techniques. We observed 184 patients diagnosed with primary open-angle glaucoma who received different physical therapy techniques. Results. Patients treated with transcranial magnetic therapy and electrical stimulation or laser stimulation, in addition to improving visual function and improve the bioelectrical activity of the visual cortex, more pronounced than in other groups also observed the activation of the intraocular blood fow. Application of magnetic simpatokorrektsii allows for improvement of basic functional, electrophysiological and hemodynamic performance by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and reduce the vasopressor effect. Conclusion. Transcranial magnetic therapy in combination with electrical stimulation or laser stimulation is effective in the treatment of patients with POAG. In patients with primary open-angle glaucoma with chronic cerebral ischemia technique of magnetic sim-patokorrektsii compared with traditional methods of vasoactive therapy is more effective, which is manifested not only increase the visual functions, but also a decrease in cognitive impairment.

  12. Diagnostic accuracy of the parameters from ganglion cell complex map, evaluated with SD-OCT in primary open-angle glaucoma

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    B. Anguelov

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of ganglion cell complex (GCC parameters, obtained with optical coherence tomography (OCT and to determine their accuracy and ability to differentiate healthy from primary open-angle glaucoma patients. Patients and methods. 84 eyes of primary open-angle glaucoma patients and 40 eyes of healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. All of them underwent complete eye examination, including standard automated perimetry (HFA II and OCT (RTVue-100. Avg. GCC (average GCC, Sup. GCC (superior GCC, Inf. GCC (inferior GCC, GLV (globаl loss volume, FLV (focal loss volume and RNFL (retinal nerve fiber layer — ONH map were measured. ROC curveswere created and sensitivity and specificity were calculated for each of these parameters.Results.The highest sensitivity and specificity was found for GLV and the lowest for Sup. GCC. Area under the ROC curves (AUC for GLV was found to be the largest and the smallest for Sup. GCC.Conclusion. Parameters from GCC map have high sensitivity and specificity. Their diagnostic capability is similar, even slightly better than the one of RNFL. GLV has the highest diagnostic accuracy for primary open-angle glaucoma detection in this study.

  13. Violation of the vascular platelet hemostasis as a risk factor of primary open-angle glaucoma progression

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    N. I. Kurysheva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: to study the vascular platelet hemostasis parameters in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG.Patients and methods: ophthalmic examination, plasma level of spontaneous and induced platelet aggregation and von Willebrand factor (vWF were performed in 67 patients with high pressure glaucoma (HPG, 41 patients had normal tension glaucoma (NTG and 38 were in control group. Period of study was 36 months. The statistical analysis included standard methods of variation statistics. The threshold P value for statistical significance was 0.05.Results: platelet aggregation was increased in glaucoma (adrenalin-induced aggregation in HPG was 63,34 %±20,42 %, р = 0,043, in NTG 62,35 %±11,53 %, р = 0,047, in comparison with control group — 49,71 %±15,96 %; ristocetin-induced aggregation in HPG was 79,45 %±28,63 %, р = 0,015, in NTG 68,98 %±12,42 %, р = 0,022, and in control group 53,56 %±8,80 % accordingly; the mean level of vWF was increased in HPG (113,25 %±24,31 %, р = 0,009 and NTG (106,85 %±21,02 %, р = 0,012 in comparisonwith control group (93,86 %±17,13 %. Patients with normal level of vWF did not have a progression of glaucoma optical neuropathy. Patients with normalized level of vWF under treatment had significant improvement of MD in 6 months (from –4,916±5,121 to –4,103±4,658, р = 0,037 and were stable in the further follow up period. Patients with increased level of vWF had deterioration of MD in 36 months (from –4,616dB±8,426 dB to –5,974dB±8,852 dB, р = 0,042, increase of cup / disk ratio (from 0,59±0,21 to 0,66±0,24, р = 0,041 and thinning of average RNFL according to HRT and OCT (from 0,21±0,09 μm to 0,17±0,08 μm, р = 0,04; from 74,37±15,34 μm to 69,44±15,12 μm, р = 0,04.Conclusion. The obtained results indicate the importance of the vascular platelet hemostasis in POAG pathogenesis and the perspectives of its correction in glaucoma treatment.

  14. Prognostic value of right ventricular function in patients after acute myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    M.L. Antoni (Louisa); R.W.C. Scherptong (Roderick); J.Z. Atary (Jael); H. Boersma (Eric); E.R. Holman (Eduard); E.E. van der Wall (Ernst); M.J. Schalij (Martin Jan); J.J. Bax (Jeroen)

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    textabstractBackground-Data on the association between right ventricular (RV) function and adverse events after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are scarce. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the relation between RV function and adverse events in patients treated with primary percutan

  15. A comparative study on transradial vs transfemoral artery access for primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    2003-01-01

    A comparative study on transradial vs transfemoral artery access for primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute myocardial infarction!050000$河北医科大学第二医院河北医科大学心脏介入中心@傅向华

  16. Compton backscattered and primary x-rays from solar flares: angle dependent Green's function correction for photospheric albedo

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    Kontar, E.P.; MacKinnon, A.L.; Schwartz, R. A.; Brown, J. C.

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    The observed hard X-ray (HXR) flux spectrum I(ε) from solar flares is a combination of primary bremsstrahlung photons Ip(ε) with a spectrally modified component from photospheric Compton backscatter of downward primary emission. The latter can be significant, distorting or hiding the true features of the primary spectrum which are key diagnostics for acceleration and propagation of high energy electrons and of their energy budget. For the first time in solar physics, we use a Green'...

  17. RNAi mediated acute depletion of Retinoblastoma protein (pRb promotes aneuploidy in human primary cells via micronuclei formation

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    Iovino Flora

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Changes in chromosome number or structure as well as supernumerary centrosomes and multipolar mitoses are commonly observed in human tumors. Thus, centrosome amplification and mitotic checkpoint dysfunctions are believed possible causes of chromosomal instability. The Retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (RB participates in the regulation of synchrony between DNA synthesis and centrosome duplication and it is involved in transcription regulation of some mitotic genes. Primary human fibroblasts were transfected transiently with short interfering RNA (siRNA specific for human pRb to investigate the effects of pRb acute loss on chromosomal stability. Results Acutely pRb-depleted fibroblasts showed altered expression of genes necessary for cell cycle progression, centrosome homeostasis, kinetochore and mitotic checkpoint proteins. Despite altered expression of genes involved in the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC the checkpoint seemed to function properly in pRb-depleted fibroblasts. In particular AURORA-A and PLK1 overexpression suggested that these two genes might have a role in the observed genomic instability. However, when they were post-transcriptionally silenced in pRb-depleted fibroblasts we did not observe reduction in the number of aneuploid cells. This finding suggests that overexpression of these two genes did not contribute to genomic instability triggered by RB acute loss although it affected cell proliferation. Acutely pRb-depleted human fibroblasts showed the presence of micronuclei containing whole chromosomes besides the presence of supernumerary centrosomes and aneuploidy. Conclusion Here we show for the first time that RB acute loss triggers centrosome amplification and aneuploidy in human primary fibroblasts. Altogether, our results suggest that pRb-depleted primary human fibroblasts possess an intact spindle checkpoint and that micronuclei, likely caused by mis-attached kinetochores that in turn trigger

  18. High bolus tirofiban vs abciximab in acute STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI - The tamip study

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    Mohammed A Balghith

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI has been shown to be an effective therapy for patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI. Glycoprotein (GP IIb/IIIa receptor blockers reduce thrombotic complications in patients undergoing PCI. Most available data relate to Reopro, which has been registered for this indication. GP IIb/IIIa reduce unfavorable outcome in U/A and non ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI patients. Only few studies focused on high dose Aggrastat for STEMI patients in the emergency department (ED before PCI. The aim is to increase the patency during the time awaiting coronary angioplasty in patients with acute MI. Objectives: To study the effect of upfront high bolus dose (HDR of tirofiban on the extent of residual ST segment deviation 1 hour after primary PCI and the incidence of TIMI 3 flow of the infarct-related artery (IRA. Materials and Methods: A randomized, open label, single center study in the ED. A total of 90 patients with acute ST-elevation MI, diagnosed clinically by ECG criteria (ST segment elevation of >2 mm in two adjacent ECG leads, and with an expectation that a patient will undergo primary PCI. Patients were aged 21-85 years and all received heparin 5000 u, aspirin 160 mg, and Plavix 600 mg. Patients were divided in two groups (group I: triofiban high bolus vs group II: Reopro with 45 patients in each group. In group I, high bolus triofiban 25 mcg/kg over 3 min was started in the ED with maintenance infusion of 0.15 mcg/ kg/min continued for 12 hours and transferred to cath lab for PCI. Patients in group II were transferred to cath lab, where a standard dose of Reopro was given with a bolus of 0.25 mcg/kg and maintenance infusion of 0.125 mcg/kg/min over 12 hours. Results: ST segment resolution and TIMI flow were evaluated in both groups before and after PCI. Thirty-five patients (78% enrolled in group I and 29 patients (64% in group II had resolution of ST segment (P-value 0

  19. Microbiology of primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction: simple epiphora, acute dacryocystitis, and chronic dacryocystitis

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    Full Text Available Kanograt Pornpanich,1 Panitee Luemsamran,1 Amornrut Leelaporn,2 Jiraporn Santisuk,3 Nattaporn Tesavibul,1 Buntitar Lertsuwanroj,1 Sumalee Vangveeravong1 1Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Microbiology, 3Eye Surgery Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the microbiology of primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction (PANDO and its antimicrobial susceptibilities.Methods: Ninety-three patients (100 eyes diagnosed with PANDO, categorized as acute, chronic dacryocystitis, or simple epiphora, were prospectively enrolled. Lacrimal sac contents were cultured for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and fungi. Cultured organisms were identified, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed for aerobic bacteria. Results: Seventy-nine of the 100 samples were culture positive. One hundred twenty-seven organisms were isolated, and 29 different species were identified. Most microorganisms were Gram-positive bacteria (45 samples or 57.0% of all positive culture samples, whereas Gram-negative bacteria, anaerobic bacteria, and fungi were found in 39 (49.4%, 24 (30.4%, and four samples (5.1%, respectively. The most frequently isolated group was coagulase-negative staphylococci (27.8%, followed by nonspore-forming Gram-positive rods (anaerobe (17.7% and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (15.2%. Of the 100 samples, five, 45, and 50 samples were obtained from patients with acute dacryocystitis, chronic dacryocystitis, and simple epiphora, respectively. Subgroup analysis showed that Gram-negative organisms were isolated more frequently from the chronic dacryocystitis subgroup than from the simple epiphora subgroup (P=0.012. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing demonstrated that ciprofloxacin was the most effective drug against all Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. Conclusion: Patients with PANDO, with or without clinical signs of lacrimal infection, were

  20. Compton backscattered and primary X-rays from solar flares: angle dependent Green's function correction for photospheric albedo

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    Kontar, E P; Schwartz, R A; Brown, J C; Kontar, Eduard P.; Kinnon, Alec L. Mac; Schwartz, Richard A.; Brown, John C.

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    The observed hard X-ray (HXR) flux spectrum $I(\\epsilon)$ from solar flares is a combination of primary bremsstrahlung photons $I_P(\\epsilon)$ with a spectrally modified component from photospheric Compton backscatter of downward primary emission. The latter can be significant, distorting or hiding the true features of the primary spectrum which are key diagnostics for acceleration and propagation of high energy electrons and of their energy budget. For the first time in solar physics, we use a Green's function approach to the backscatter spectral deconvolution problem, constructing a Green's matrix including photoelectric absorption. This approach allows spectrum-independent extraction of the primary spectrum for several HXR flares observed by the {\\it Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager} (RHESSI). We show that the observed and primary spectra differ very substantially for flares with hard spectra close to the disk centre. We show in particular that the energy dependent photon spectral index $\\gamm...

  1. Reliable classifier to differentiate primary and secondary acute dengue infection based on IgG ELISA.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Dengue virus infection causes a wide spectrum of illness, ranging from sub-clinical to severe disease. Severe dengue is associated with sequential viral infections. A strict definition of primary versus secondary dengue infections requires a combination of several tests performed at different stages of the disease, which is not practical. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a simple method to classify dengue infections as primary or secondary based on the levels of dengue-specific IgG. A group of 109 dengue infection patients were classified as having primary or secondary dengue infection on the basis of a strict combination of results from assays of antigen-specific IgM and IgG, isolation of virus and detection of the viral genome by PCR tests performed on multiple samples, collected from each patient over a period of 30 days. The dengue-specific IgG levels of all samples from 59 of the patients were analyzed by linear discriminant analysis (LDA, and one- and two-dimensional classifiers were designed. The one-dimensional classifier was estimated by bolstered resubstitution error estimation to have 75.1% sensitivity and 92.5% specificity. The two-dimensional classifier was designed by taking also into consideration the number of days after the onset of symptoms, with an estimated sensitivity and specificity of 91.64% and 92.46%. The performance of the two-dimensional classifier was validated using an independent test set of standard samples from the remaining 50 patients. The classifications of the independent set of samples determined by the two-dimensional classifiers were further validated by comparing with two other dengue classification methods: hemagglutination inhibition (HI assay and an in-house anti-dengue IgG-capture ELISA method. The decisions made with the two-dimensional classifier were in 100% accordance with the HI assay and 96% with the in-house ELISA. CONCLUSIONS: Once acute dengue infection has been determined, a 2-D

  2. Evaluation of the efficacy of laser peripheral iridoplasty in reversing the darkroom provocative test result in Chinese patients with primary angle closure status post laser iridotomy

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    Ping; Huang; Ling-Ling; Wu

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the efficacy and safety of krypton laser peripheral iridoplasty(LPIP) for Chinese patients with primary angle closure(PAC) or primary angle-closure glaucoma(PACG) status post laser iridotomy in reversing the positive results of the dark room provocative test(DRPT).METHODS: This study was prospective, noncomparative,interventional case series. Thirty-three patients(thirty-eight eyes) with PAC or PACG status post patent laser iridotomy and maintained normal intraocular pressure(IOP) but with positive DRPT results were enrolled. All the subjects were treated with krypton LPIP. DRPT was repeated after krypton LPIP. Results of DRPT were recorded. The visual acuity, IOP and gonioscopy were analyzed before and after krypton LPIP. A minimum time limit for follow-up was 6mo.RESULTS: Thirty-three patients(thirty-eight eyes)were followed for 17.7 ±8.37mo(range 7-41mo) after LPIP. Positive results of DRPT decreased from 38 eyes to9 eyes(23.7%) after LPIP. Peripheral anterior synechiae of angle in 34 of 38 eyes(89.5%) remained unchanged at dynamic gonioscopy throughout the follow-up period after LPIP.CONCLUSION: LPIP decreased positive rates of the DRPT significantly. The mechanism may be that LPIP minimized contact between the peripheral iris and trabecular meshwork, which is a key factor for developing peripheral anterior synechiae.

  3. Endovascular Therapy as a Primary Revascularization Modality in Acute Mesenteric Ischemia

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    Kärkkäinen, Jussi M., E-mail: jkarkkai@gmail.com [Kuopio University Hospital, Heart Center (Finland); Lehtimäki, Tiina T., E-mail: tiina.lehtimaki@kuh.fi; Saari, Petri, E-mail: petri.saari@kuh.fi [Kuopio University Hospital, Department of Clinical Radiology (Finland); Hartikainen, Juha, E-mail: juha.hartikainen@kuh.fi [Kuopio University Hospital, Heart Center (Finland); Rantanen, Tuomo, E-mail: tuomo.rantanen@kuh.fi; Paajanen, Hannu, E-mail: hannu.paajanen@kuh.fi [Kuopio University Hospital, Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery (Finland); Manninen, Hannu, E-mail: hannu.manninen@kuh.fi [Kuopio University Hospital, Department of Clinical Radiology (Finland)

    2015-10-15

    PurposeTo evaluate endovascular therapy (EVT) as the primary revascularization method for acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI).MethodsA retrospective review was performed on all consecutive patients treated for AMI during a 5-year period (January 2009 to December 2013). EVT was attempted in all patients referred for emergent revascularization. Surgical revascularization was performed selectively after failure of EVT. Patient characteristics, clinical presentation, and outcomes were studied. Failures and complications of EVT were recorded.ResultsFifty patients, aged 79 ± 9 years (mean ± SD), out of 66 consecutive patients with AMI secondary to embolic or thrombotic obstruction of the superior mesenteric artery were referred for revascularization. The etiology of AMI was embolism in 18 (36 %) and thrombosis in 32 (64 %) patients. EVT was technically successful in 44 (88 %) patients. Mortality after successful or failed EVT was 32 %. The rates of emergency laparotomy, bowel resection, and EVT-related complication were 40, 34, and 10 %, respectively. Three out of six patients with failure of EVT were treated with surgical bypass. EVT failure did not significantly affect survival.ConclusionsEVT is feasible in most cases of AMI, with favorable patient outcome and acceptable complication rate.

  4. Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome Presenting as Acute Interstitial Pneumonitis/Hamman-Rich Syndrome

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    Abidullah Khan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A previously well, 45-year-old Pakistani lady was admitted to the medical unit on-call of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH Peshawar with a 5-day history of fever, productive cough with copious mucoid sputum, dyspnea, and pleuritic chest pain. She also complained of dry eyes, mouth, and vagina. Her chest X-ray showed diffuse alveolar shadowing and arterial gas analysis confirmed type 1 respiratory failure. Over the next few days, she deteriorated rapidly making an urgent transfer to the medical intensive care unit (MICU necessary, where she was mechanically ventilated. An HRCT followed by bronchoscopic biopsies made a diagnosis of acute interstitial pneumonitis (AIP, formerly known as Hamman-Rich syndrome. She also turned out to be positive for both anti-SS-A/Ro and anti-SS-B/La antibodies along with a positive Schirmer’s test and lower lip biopsy. She received intravenous steroids and supportive care. The patient had a complete recovery after approximately three weeks’ stay in the hospital with lung function returning back to normal. This is most probably the first ever case of primary Sjogren syndrome (pSjS presenting as AIP, recovering completely in less than a month time.

  5. Acute promyelocytic leukemia after whole brain irradiation of primary brain lymphomainan HIV-infected patient

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    Boban A

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The occurrence of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL in HIV-infected patients has been reported in only five cases. Due to a very small number of reported HIV/APL patients who have been treated with different therapies with the variable outcome, the prognosis of APL in the setting of the HIV-infection is unclear. Here, we report a case of an HIV-patient who developed APL and upon treatment entered a complete remission. A 25-years old male patient was diagnosed with HIV-infection in 1996, but remained untreated. In 2004, the patient was diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma. We treated the patient with antiretroviral therapy and whole-brain irradiation, resulting in complete remission of the lymphoma. In 2006, prompted by a sudden neutropenia, we carried out a set of diagnostic procedures, revealing APL. Induction therapy consisted of standard treatment with all-trans-retinoic-acid (ATRA and idarubicin. Subsequent cytological and molecular analysis of bone marrow demonstrated complete hematological and molecular remission. Due to the poor general condition, consolidation treatment with ATRA was given in March and April 2007. The last follow-up 14 months later, showed sustained molecular APL remission. In conclusion, we demonstrated that a complete molecular APL remission in an HIV-patient was achieved by using reduced-intensity treatment.

  6. Endovascular Therapy as a Primary Revascularization Modality in Acute Mesenteric Ischemia

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    PurposeTo evaluate endovascular therapy (EVT) as the primary revascularization method for acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI).MethodsA retrospective review was performed on all consecutive patients treated for AMI during a 5-year period (January 2009 to December 2013). EVT was attempted in all patients referred for emergent revascularization. Surgical revascularization was performed selectively after failure of EVT. Patient characteristics, clinical presentation, and outcomes were studied. Failures and complications of EVT were recorded.ResultsFifty patients, aged 79 ± 9 years (mean ± SD), out of 66 consecutive patients with AMI secondary to embolic or thrombotic obstruction of the superior mesenteric artery were referred for revascularization. The etiology of AMI was embolism in 18 (36 %) and thrombosis in 32 (64 %) patients. EVT was technically successful in 44 (88 %) patients. Mortality after successful or failed EVT was 32 %. The rates of emergency laparotomy, bowel resection, and EVT-related complication were 40, 34, and 10 %, respectively. Three out of six patients with failure of EVT were treated with surgical bypass. EVT failure did not significantly affect survival.ConclusionsEVT is feasible in most cases of AMI, with favorable patient outcome and acceptable complication rate

  7. Changes in the retrobulbar arterial circulation after decrease of the elevated intraocular pressure in men and women with primary open angle glaucoma

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    Marjanović Ivan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. An altered perfusion of the optic nerve head has been proposed as a pathogenic factor of glaucoma. Objective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes of the hemodynamic parameters in the retrobulbar arterial circulation after decrease of the elevated intraocular pressure (IOP in women and men with primary open angle glaucoma. Methods. The study included 60 patients (33 males and 27 females older than 50 years, with diagnosed and treated primary open angle glaucoma (77 eyes of 39 patients had increased IOP, >25 mm Hg. They were examined at the Clinic of Eye Diseases (complete ophthalmologic exam and Clinic of Neurology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, from December 2009 to December 2010. Imaging of hemodynamic parameters of three retrobulbar arterial vessels: ophthalmic, central retinal and posterior ciliary arteries with color Doppler was performed. Results. Among women, hemodynamic arterial parameter of the peak-systolic velocity was increased in the central retinal artery and decreased in the ophthalmic artery and posterior ciliary arteries; end- diastolic velocity was increased in all three retrobulbar vascular levels; Pourcelot resistivity index was increased, but pulsatility index was decreased in all three vessels. Among men, peak-systolic velocity, end-diastolic velocity and pulsatility index were decreased in all three vessels; resistivity index was increased in the ophthalmic artery, but decreased in the central retinal artery and posterior ciliary arteries. There was a significant change of the ophthalmic artery pulsatility index in women, and the end-diastolic velocity of the ophthalmic artery in men. Conclusion. There was a difference of the retrobulbar arterial circulation between women and men with primary open angle glaucoma after decrease of the elevated intraocular pressure. The role of vascular factors in the supply of the optic disc neuroretinal rim is important.

  8. A Case of Acute Budd-Chiari Syndrome Complicating Primary Antiphospholipid Syndrome Presenting as Acute Abdomen and Responding to Tight Anticoagulant Therapy

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    Koyama, Yasushi; Suzuki, Yasuo

    2016-01-01

    A 34-year-old woman with primary antiphospholipid syndrome was admitted to the Gastroenterology Department of our hospital with fever, acute abdomen, watery diarrhea, and extremely high levels of inflammatory parameters. She had a history of left lower limb deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and was taking warfarin potassium. Acute gastroenteritis was suspected and an antibiotic was administered, but symptoms progressed. Abdominal ultrasonography showed occlusion of the left hepatic vein and the middle hepatic vein and her D-dimer level was high. Accordingly, Budd-Chiari syndrome was diagnosed and high-dose intravenous infusion of heparin was initiated. Her abdominal symptoms improved and the levels of inflammatory parameters and D-dimer decreased rapidly. It is known that antiphospholipid syndrome can be complicated by Budd-Chiari syndrome that usually occurs as subacute or chronic onset, but acute onset is rare. It is difficult to diagnose acute Budd-Chiari syndrome complicating antiphospholipid syndrome and this complication generally has a poor outcome. However, the present case can get early diagnosis and successful treatment with tight anticoagulant therapy. PMID:27672472

  9. The influence of venous blood flow on the retinal ganglion cell complex in patients with primary open angle glaucoma

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    N. I. Kurysheva

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To study the influence of venous blood flow on the ganglion cell complex (GCC in patients with preperimetric and perimetric open angle glaucoma.Methods: 74 patients were included in the research. 59 eyes and 62 eyes were diagnosed with preperimetric and perimetric open angle glaucoma respectively. The mean age was 56.5±10.5 years. 22 (12 female and 10 male healthy individuals constituted the control group. The ganglion cell complex and retinal nerve fibre layer were evaluated with the help of optical coherence tomography (RTVue-100 OCT, Optovue, Inc., Fremont, CA. Ocular blood flow was measured by Color Doppler Imaging (multifunctional VOLUSON 730 ProSystem. The statistical analysis included correlation between GCC and RNFL thickness in both glaucoma groups.Results: The results showed a statistically significant reduction of venous blood flow velocity in both glaucoma groups compared to the control group. No difference in venous blood flow parameters between two glaucoma groups was found, except resistance index, which was higher in perimetric group in comparison to preperimetric group. A correlation was also obtained between venous blood flow parameters and GCC and RNFL thickness in both glaucoma groups.Conclusion: Early GCC damage in glaucoma might occur due to venous blood flow reduction. This fact may be of great value in understanding glaucoma pathogenesis and search for novel treatment options.

  10. Five-year extension of a clinical trial comparing the EX-PRESS glaucoma filtration device and trabeculectomy in primary open-angle glaucoma

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    de Jong L; Lafuma A; Aguadé A-S; Berdeaux G

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    Leo de Jong1, Antoine Lafuma2, Anne-Sophie Aguadé2, Gilles Berdeaux3,41Academic Medical Centre, Ophthalmology Department, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2Cemka-Eval, Bourg la Reine, Paris, France, 3Alcon France, Rueil-Malmaison, Paris, France, 4Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, FranceBackground: This study compared the efficacy of the EX-PRESS® glaucoma filtration device and trabeculectomy in primary open-angle glaucoma up to five years after surger...

  11. Compton backscattered and primary X-rays from solar flares: angle dependent Green's function correction for photospheric albedo

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    Kontar, E. P.; MacKinnon, A. L.; Schwartz, R. A.; Brown, J. C.

    2006-02-01

    The observed hard X-ray (HXR) flux spectrum I(ɛ) from solar flares is a combination of primary bremsstrahlung photons I_P(ɛ) with a spectrally modified component from photospheric Compton backscatter of downward primary emission. The latter can be significant, distorting or hiding the true features of the primary spectrum which are key diagnostics for acceleration and propagation of high energy electrons and of their energy budget. For the first time in solar physics, we use a Green's function approach to the backscatter spectral deconvolution problem, constructing a Green's matrix including photoelectric absorption. This approach allows spectrum-independent extraction of the primary spectrum for several HXR flares observed by the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI). We show that the observed and primary spectra differ very substantially for flares with hard spectra close to the disk centre. We show in particular that the energy dependent photon spectral index γ (ɛ)=-d log I/d log ɛ is very different for I_P(ɛ) and for I(ɛ) and that inferred mean source electron spectra F(E) differ greatly. Even for a forward fitting of a parametric F(E) to the data, a clear low-energy cutoff required to fit I(ɛ) essentially disappears when the fit is to I_P(ɛ) - i.e. when albedo correction is included. The self-consistent correction for backscattered photons is thus shown to be crucial in determining the energy spectra of flare accelerated electrons, and hence their total number and energy.

  12. Validation of the Recording of Acute Exacerbations of COPD in UK Primary Care Electronic Healthcare Records.

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    Kieran J Rothnie

    Full Text Available Acute Exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD identified from electronic healthcare records (EHR are important for research, public health and to inform healthcare utilisation and service provision. However, there is no standardised method of identifying AECOPD in UK EHR. We aimed to validate the recording of AECOPD in UK EHR.We randomly selected 1385 patients with COPD from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. We selected dates of possible AECOPD based on 15 different algorithms between January 2004 and August 2013. Questionnaires were sent to GPs asking for confirmation of their patients' AECOPD on the dates identified and for any additional relevant information. Responses were reviewed independently by two respiratory physicians. Positive predictive value (PPV and sensitivity were calculated.The response rate was 71.3%. AECOPD diagnostic codes, lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI codes, and prescriptions of antibiotics and oral corticosteroids (OCS together for 5-14 days had a high PPV (>75% for identifying AECOPD. Symptom-based algorithms and prescription of antibiotics or OCS alone had lower PPVs (60-75%. A combined strategy of antibiotic and OCS prescriptions for 5-14 days, or LRTI or AECOPD code resulted in a PPV of 85.5% (95% CI, 82.7-88.3% and a sensitivity of 62.9% (55.4-70.4%.Using a combination of diagnostic and therapy codes, the validity of AECOPD identified from EHR can be high. These strategies are useful for understanding health-care utilisation for AECOPD, informing service provision and for researchers. These results highlight the need for common coding strategies to be adopted in primary care to allow easy and accurate identification of events.

  13. Comparison of mortality benefit of immediate thrombolytic therapy versus delayed primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kent, David M; Ruthazer, Robin; Griffith, John L; Beshansky, Joni R; Grines, Cindy L; Aversano, Thomas; Concannon, Thomas W; Zalenski, Robert J; Selker, Harry P

    2007-05-15

    Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) yields superior mortality outcomes compared with thrombolysis in ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) but takes longer to administer. Previous meta-regressions have estimated that a procedure-related delay of 60 minutes would nullify the benefits of PPCI on mortality. Using a combined database from randomized clinical trials and registries (n = 2,781) and an independently developed model of mortality risk in STEMI, we developed logistic regression models predicting 30-day mortality for PPCI and thrombolysis by examining the influence of baseline risk on the treatment effect of PPCI and on the hazard of treatment delay. We used these models to solve mathematically for "time interval to mortality equivalence," defined as the PPCI-related delay that would nullify its expected mortality benefit over thrombolysis, and to explore the influence of baseline risk on this value. As baseline risk increases, the relative benefit of PPCI compared with thrombolytic therapy significantly increases (p = 0.002); patients with STEMI at relatively low risk of mortality accrue little or no incremental mortality benefit from PPCI, but high-risk patients benefit greatly. However, as baseline risk increases, the hazard associated with longer treatment-related delay also increases (p = 0.007). These 2 effects are compensatory and yield a roughly uniform time interval to mortality equivalence of approximately 100 minutes in patients who have at least a moderate degree of mortality risk (> approximately 4%). In conclusion, the mortality benefits of PPCI and the hazard of PPCI-related delay depend on baseline risk. Previous meta-regressions appear to have underestimated the PPCI-related delay that would nullify the incremental benefits of PPCI. PMID:17493465

  14. Effects of primary PCI and facilitated PCI on myocardial viability and ventricular systolic synchrony in acute myocardial infarction patients

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    谷新顺; 傅向华; 马宁

    2003-01-01

    Effects of primary PCI and facilitated PCI on myocardial viability and ventricular systolic synchrony in acute myocardial infarction patients!石家庄050000$河北医科大学第二医院@谷新顺 !石家庄050000$河北医科大学第二医院@傅向华 !石家庄050000$河北医科大学第二医院@马宁

  15. Primary appendiceal lymphoma presenting as suspected perforated acute appendicitis: clinical, sonography and CT findings with pathologic correlation

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    Guo, Jingjing; Wu, Gang; Chen, Xiaojun; Li, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    The gastrointestinal tract is the most common site for extranodal involvement by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, primary appendiceal lymphomas presenting as perforated acute appendicitis are very rare: they occur in only 0.015% of all gastrointestinal lymphoma cases. The management of this condition is still controversial, and a multimodality approach (e.g., surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy) is the optimal treatment. In these cases, appendiceal non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas typically m...

  16. Cross-Reactivity and Expansion of Dengue-Specific T cells During Acute Primary and Secondary Infections in Humans

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    Friberg, Heather; Bashyam, Hema; Toyosaki-Maeda, Tomoko; Potts, James A.; Greenough, Thomas; Kalayanarooj, Siripen; Gibbons, Robert V.; Nisalak, Ananda; Srikiatkhachorn, Anon; Green, Sharone; Stephens, Henry A.F.; Alan L Rothman; Mathew, Anuja

    2011-01-01

    Serotype-cross-reactive memory T cells responding to secondary dengue virus (DENV) infection are thought to contribute to disease. However, epitope-specific T cell responses have not been thoroughly compared between subjects with primary versus secondary DENV infection. We studied CD8+ T cells specific for the HLA-A*1101-restricted NS3133 epitope in a cohort of A11+ DENV-infected patients throughout acute illness and convalescence. We compared the expansion, serotype-cross-reactivity, and act...

  17. The SYNTAX score predicts early mortality risk in the elderly with acute coronary syndrome having primary PCI.

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    Scherff F.; Vassalli G.; Sürder D.; Mantovani A; Corbacelli C.; Pasotti E.; Klersy C.; Auricchio A.; Moccetti T.; Pedrazzini G.B.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The SYNTAX score (SXscore), an angiographic score reflecting coronary lesion complexity, predicts clinical outcomes in patients with left main or multivessel disease, and in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary PCI. The clinical SXscore (CSS) integrates the SXscore and clinical variables (age, ejection fraction, serum creatinine) into a single score. We analyzed these scores in elderly patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing pr...

  18. Epidemiological characterization of primary open-angle glaucoma Caracterización epidemiológica del glaucoma primario de ángulo abierto

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    Armando Rafael Milanés Armengol

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: The primary open-angle glaucoma is a problem for public health all over the world. It is a silent and slowly progressive disease leading to blindness. In most patients this can be prevented if the risk factors leading to the disease are detected in time. Objective: To describe some epidemiological factors of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma. Methods: Clinical, epidemiological, prospective and longitudinal study in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma who attended the glaucoma consultation of the Provincial General University Hospital "Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima" of Cienfuegos, from January to February 2009. The following variables were analyzed: age, sex, family and personal medical history, toxic habits and time of diagnosis of the disease. Results: There was prevalence of primary open-angle glaucoma (87, 5% mostly in females (53, 6% and patients over 61 years old as well as in white skinned patients (52 and 62% respectively. Hypertension was the leading entity referred to as pathological personal and family antecedent (62 and 42% respectively. Glaucoma and myopia predominated as previous eye history. The most frequent toxic habits were the consumption of more than 2 cups of coffee a day (53% and smoking (32%. The largest amount of patients had more than 5 years evolution of the disease. Conclusions: Primary open-angle glaucoma occurred mainly in female patients and those with a historyFundamento: el glaucoma primario de ángulo abierto constituye un problema de salud pública a nivel mundial, es una enfermedad silente y lentamente progresiva que conduce a la ceguera; en la mayoría de los enfermos esto puede prevenirse si son detectados tempranamente los factores de riesgo que pueden llevar a esta enfermedad. Objetivo: describir algunos factores epidemiológicos de pacientes portadores de glaucoma

  19. Non-compliance with Drug Therapy in Patients with Primary Open-angle Glaucoma No cumplimiento del tratamiento farmacológico en pacientes con glaucoma primario de ángulo abierto

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    Ariana Fernández García; Idalia Triana Casado; Rosa Maria Lam Díaz; Rosendo Villar Valdés

    2012-01-01

    Background: Early treatment and patient’s compliance with this treatment are the most effective ways of preventing glaucoma related blindness. Objectives: To identify the behavior of patients` compliance or non compliance with the treatment in cases of primary open-angle glaucoma. Methods: A descriptive and cross sectional study was conducted including 106 patients with confirmed primary open-angle...

  20. Acute normovolemic hemodilution is not beneficial in patients undergoing primary elective valve surgery

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    Virmani Sanjula

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH as a sole method of reducing allogenic blood requirement in patients undergoing primary elective valve surgery. One hundred eighty eight patients undergoing primary elective valve surgery were prospectively randomized into two groups: Group I (n=100 acted as control and in Group II (n=88 autologous blood was removed (10% of estimated blood volume in patients with hemoglobin (Hb > 12g% and 7% when the Hb was < 12g% in the pre-cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB period for subsequent re-transfusion after protamine administration. The autologous blood withdrawn was replaced simultaneously with an equal volume of hydroxyl-ethyl starch solution. Banked blood was transfused in both the groups when Hb was ≤6g % on CPB and ≤8g% after CPB. Platelets were transfused when the count fell to < 100´10 9 /L and fresh frozen plasma (FFP was transfused whenever there was diffuse bleeding with laboratory evidence of coagulopathy. The two groups were comparable as regards demographic data, type of surgical procedures performed, duration of CPB and ischemia, duration of elective ventilation and re-exploration for excessive bleeding. The autologous blood withdrawn in patients with Hb≥12g% was 288.3±69.4 mL and 244.4±41.3 mL with Hb < 12g% (P=NS. The Hb concentration (g % was comparable pre-operatively (Group I= 12.1±1.6, Group II= 12.4±1.4, on postoperative day 1 (Group I =10.3±1.1, Group II= 10.6±1.2 and day 7 (Group I = 10.9±1.5, Group II=10.4±1.5. However, the lowest Hb recorded on CPB was significantly lower in Group II (Group I =7.7±1.2, Group II=6.7±0.9, P < 0.05. There was no difference in the chest tube drainage (Group I =747.2±276.5 mL, Group II=527.6±399.5 mL, blood transfusion (Group I=1.1±1.0 units vs. Group II=1.3±1.0 units intra-operatively and Group I=1.7±1.2 units vs. Group II=1.7±1.4 units post-operatively and FFP transfusion (Group I

  1. Delineation of QRS offset by instantaneous changes in ECG vector angle can improve detection of acute inferior myocardial infarctions.

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    Starc, Vito; Schlegel, Todd T

    2016-01-01

    We developed an automated new method for determining QRS offset, based on angular velocity (AV) changes around the QRS loop, and compared the method's performance to that of manual and more established automated methods for determining QRS offset in both healthy subjects and patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Specifically, using Frank leads reconstructed from standard 12-lead ECGs, we determined AV in the direction of change raised to the 4th power, d(t). We found that the d(t)-determined AV transition (ΔAV) nearly coincided with manually determined QRS offset in healthy subjects, and in 27 patients with anterior AMI. However, in 31 patients with inferior AMI, ΔAV typically preceded that of QRS offset determined by the established automated methods, and by more than 10ms in 32% of cases. While this "ΔAV precedence" coincided with diagnostic ST elevation in only a minority of patients with recent inferior AMI, the use of ΔAV precedence as a complement to traditional determination of ST elevation increased the sensitivity for detecting inferior AMIs from 23 to 42%. PMID:26979381

  2. Acute and subacute stent thrombosis after primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction : incidence, predictors and clinical outcome

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    Hesstermans, A. A. C. M.; van Werkum, J. W.; Zwart, B.; van der Heyden, J. A.; Kelder, J. C.; Breet, N. J.; van't Hof, A. W. J.; Koolen, J. J.; Brueren, B. R. G.; Zijlstra, F.; ten Berg, J. M.; Dambrink, Jan Hendrik Everwijn

    2010-01-01

    Background: Early coronary stent thrombosis occurs most frequent after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Objectives: To identify the specific predictors of, respectively, acute and subacute stent thrombosis in patients after prim

  3. Elemental diet as primary treatment of acute Crohn's disease: a controlled trial.

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    O'Moráin, C; Segal, A. W.; Levi, A J

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    Acute exacerbations of Crohn's disease are usually treated with prednisolone or potentially more toxic immunosuppressive drugs or by surgery. In pilot studies replacing the normal diet by a protein free elemental diet also induced remission. A controlled trial was therefore conducted in which 21 patients acutely ill with exacerbations of Crohn's disease were randomised to receive either prednisolone 0.75 mg/kg/day or an elemental diet (Vivonex) for four weeks. Assessment at four and 12 weeks ...

  4. Efficacy comparison of combined intracoronary administration of high-dose adenosine and tirofiban versus intracoronary tirofiban during primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare the efficacy of intracoronary administration of combined high-dose adenosine and tirofiban versus intracoronary tirofiban during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction.Methods Consecutive 258 patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) underwent primary PCI,treated with thrombus aspiration and then intracoronary tirofiban,and were randomly divided into adenosine group (n=130) and con-

  5. Acute partial Budd-Chiari syndrome and portal vein thrombosis in cytomegalovirus primary infection: a case report

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    Morard Isabelle

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Splanchnic vein thrombosis may complicate inherited thrombotic disorders. Acute cytomegalovirus infection is a rare cause of acquired venous thrombosis in the portal or mesenteric territory, but has never been described extending into a main hepatic vein. Case presentation A 36-year-old immunocompetent woman presented with acute primary cytomegalovirus infection in association with extensive thrombosis in the portal and splenic vein. In addition, a fresh thrombus was evident in the right hepatic vein. A thorough evaluation for a hypercoagulable state was negative. The clinical course, biological evolution, radiological and histological findings were consistent with cytomegalovirus hepatitis complicated by a partial acute Budd-Chiari syndrome and portal thrombosis. Therapeutic anticoagulation was associated with a slow clinical improvement and partial vascular recanalization. Conclusion We described in details a new association between cytomegalovirus infection and acute venous thrombosis both in the portal vein and in the right hepatic vein, realizing a partial Budd-Chiari syndrome. One should be aware that this rare thrombotic event may be complicated by partial venous outflow block.

  6. Age- and Gender-related Disparities in Primary Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Acute ST-segment elevation Myocardial Infarction.

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    Thomas Pilgrim

    Full Text Available Previous analyses reported age- and gender-related differences in the provision of cardiac care. The objective of the study was to compare circadian disparities in the delivery of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI for acute myocardial infarction (AMI according to the patient's age and gender.We investigated patients included into the Acute Myocardial Infarction in Switzerland (AMIS registry presenting to one of 11 centers in Switzerland providing primary PCI around the clock, and stratified patients according to gender and age.A total of 4723 patients presented with AMI between 2005 and 2010; 1319 (28% were women and 2172 (54% were ≥65 years of age. More than 90% of patients 90 minutes was found in elderly males (adj HR 1.66 (95% CI 1.40-1.95, p<0.001 and females (adj HR 1.57 (95% CI 1.27-1.93, p<0.001, as well as in females <65 years (adj HR 1.47 (95% CI 1.13-1.91, p = 0.004 as compared to males <65 years of age, with significant differences in circadian patterns during on- and off-duty hours.In a cohort of patients with AMI in Switzerland, we observed discrimination of elderly patients and females in the circadian provision of primary PCI.

  7. Apolipoprotein E gene ε4ε4 is associated with elevated risk of primary open angle glaucoma in Asians: a meta-analysis

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    2014-01-01

    Background Epidemiological studies have evaluated the association between Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene ε2/ε3/ε4 polymorphism and glaucoma susceptibility. However, the published data are still inconclusive. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of APOE gene ε2/ε3/ε4 polymorphism on glaucoma risk by using meta-analysis. Methods A comprehensive literature search of PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, Elsevier Science Direct and CNKI databases was conducted to identify relevant articles, with the last report up to January 5, 2014. Pooled odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to assess the strength of association by using the fixed or random effect model. Results Fifteen separate studies including 2,700 cases and 2,365 controls were included in the meta-analysis. We did not detect a significant association between APOE gene ε2/ε3/ε4 polymorphism and glaucoma in overall population (P > 0.0083). In Asians, we detected an association of the ε4ε4 genotype with elevated risk for glaucoma (OR = 5.22, 95% CI = 1.85-14.68, P = 0.002), mainly for primary open angle glaucoma (OR = 4.98, 95% CI = 1.75-14.20, P = 0.003). Conclusions The meta-analysis suggests that APOE gene ε4ε4 may be associated with elevated risk for primary open angle glaucoma in Asians. However, more epidemiologic studies based on larger sample size, case–control design and stratified by ethnicity as well as types of glaucoma are suggested to further clarify the relationship between APOE gene ε2/ε3/ε4 polymorphism and genetic predisposition to glaucoma. PMID:24885013

  8. Preliminary results following the use of a fixed combination of timolol–brimonidine in patients with ocular hypertension and primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Dimitris Papaconstantinou

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Dimitris Papaconstantinou1, Ilias Georgalas2, Nikolaos Kourtis1, Christos Pitsas1, Efthimios Karmiris1, Chrysanthi Koutsandrea1, Ioannis Ladas1, Gerasimos Georgopoulos11Department of Ophthalmology, “G Gennimatas” Hospital of Athens, University of Athens, Athens, Greece; 2Department of Ophthalmology, “G Gennimatas” Hospital of Athens, NHS, Athens, Greece Purpose: The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate the efficacy in intraocular pressure (IOP control and the tolerance of a topically administered fixed combination of timolol–brimonidine in 50 patients with ocular hypertension and primary open-angle glaucoma.Methods: After determining a baseline IOP, the fixed combination timolol–brimonidine was used twice daily for two months, while IOP, ophthalmic signs, and/or symptoms were monitored.Results: The mean IOP value was decreased from 23.09 mm Hg (±1.98 SD to 17.46 mm Hg (±1.47 SD during the 1st month (paired Student’s t test = 9.88 και p < 0.001, and to 17.51 mm Hg (±1.43 SD in the 2nd month. Between the 1st and 2nd month, no statistical difference was observed (paired Student’s t test = 0.02 και p < 0.1. In 8% of the patients during the 1st month and 10% of patients in the 2nd month, some ophthalmic signs were observed, while only mild ophthalmic symptoms were reported in 6% and 8% of the patients, respectively.Conclusions: In conclusion, the fixed combination of timolol–brimonidine has a satisfactory IOP-lowering effect without any serious side effects due to the topical use. Keywords: fixed combination 0.2% brimonidine–0.5% timolol, ocular hypertension, primary open-angle glaucoma

  9. Fixed combination of bimatoprost and timolol in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension with inadequate IOP adjustment

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    Gerrett Brief

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Gerrett Brief1, Tobias Lammich2, Edgar Nagel3, Sabine Pfennigsdorf4, Christoph W Spraul5, Selwyn Ho61Facharzt für Augenheilkunde, Dortmund, Germany; 2Neubrandenburg, Germany; 3Augenarztpraxis Rudolstadt, Germany; 4Polch, Germany; 5Geiselhart, Ulm, Germany; 6Allergan Europe, Marlow, UKObjective: To assess the efficacy and tolerability of a fixed combination of bimatoprost and timolol (BTFC in a large patient sample in a clinical setting.Methods: In this multicenter, observational, noncontrolled, open-label study, patients (n = 1862 with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension were treated with BTFC. Assessments were made at baseline, six weeks, and three months.Results: Prior to starting BTFC, 92.3% of patients were taking other ocular hypotensive medications. In the overall group at three months, mean intraocular pressure was reduced from baseline (21.7 ± 4.5 mmHg and 21.8 ± 4.9 mmHg for the right and left eye, respectively to 16.1 ± 3.0 mmHg for each eye (P < 0.0001. The majority of patients (92% reported no adverse events. The most commonly reported adverse events (in >1% of patients were eye irritation, and ocular and conjunctival hyperemia. Adherence to treatment was generally better than (35.4% or the same as (57.5% with prior therapy. BTFC tolerability was rated as excellent or good by 92.3% of physicians and 85.8% of patients.Conclusions: In a large group of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, treatment with BTFC was associated with consistent reductions in IOP, improved adherence to treatment, and good tolerability.Keywords: bimatoprost, timolol, intraocular pressure, fixed combination, glaucoma

  10. Preservative-free bimatoprost 0.03% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension in clinical practice

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    Pillunat, Lutz E; Eschstruth, Peter; Häsemeyer, Stefan; Thelen, Ulrich; Foja, Christian; Leaback, Richard; Pfennigsdorf, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Background Intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering medications for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension commonly contain preservatives that can cause ocular surface damage in many patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of, and compliance to, preservative-free (PF) bimatoprost 0.03% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (IOP ≥18 mmHg) in a clinical practice setting. Methods This open-label study observed patients who were switched to PF bimatoprost 0.03% for medical reasons. IOP was measured at baseline and ~12 weeks later at the final visit, and the change in IOP was calculated. Tolerability and continuation of therapy were assessed at two follow-up visits. Results A total of 1,830 patients were included in the study, and complete IOP data were available for 1,543 patients. Mean IOP was reduced by 23% from 21.64 mmHg to 16.59 mmHg (Pbimatoprost 0.03% to be as expected or better than expected. Adverse events (AEs) were experienced by 5.7% of patients, and there were no serious AEs reported. The most common AEs were eye irritation (1.7%) and hyperemia (1.4%). Physician-reported treatment compliance was reported as better than (48.7%) or equal to (43.6%) prior treatment in most patients. Most patients (82%) were expected to continue PF bimatoprost 0.03% after the end of the study. Conclusion This observational study showed that, in clinical practice, switching to PF bimatoprost 0.03% was associated with a significant IOP reduction from baseline. There was a low AE rate. PF bimatoprost 0.03% may, therefore, be an effective treatment option for patients who are intolerant of preservatives or have an inadequate response to prior IOP-lowering treatments. PMID:27672307

  11. The efficacy of NHIS-listed anti-glaucoma drugs in the manage-ment of primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Koffuor, G. A.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Ghana is the most affected country in Africa as far as glaucoma is concerned. This study therefore aims at determining the efficacy of the National Health Insurance Scheme listed anti-glaucoma drugs in the management of primary open-angle glaucoma in Ghana. This retrospective survey was carried out at the Golden Jubilee Eye Centre of St Michael’s Catholic Hospital, Pramso in the Bosomtwi Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana from January 2008 to De-cember 2010. By random and purposive sampling, 141 patient folders (35.25% of total folders stud-ied were selected and data on drugs and intra-ocular pressure measurements for eight consecutive visits to the centre were recorded and analyzed appropriately. The outcome of primary open-angle glaucoma in the study was not gender sensitive but increased with age (majority 70 – 79 years. While Timolol, in monotherapy, reduced but not significantly (p > 0.05 the initial mean intra-ocular pressure measurements, Latanoprost reduced the initial mean intra-ocular pressure very significantly (p ≤ 0.001. Combination therapies involving Latanoprost and listed anti-glaucoma drugs reduced intra-ocular pressure significantly than combination therapies involving NHIS-listed drugs only (p ≤ 0.01. Though the National Health Insurance Scheme listed anti-glaucoma drug show intra-ocular pressure reduction in mono- and combination therapies, reduction by Lat-anoprost and combination of Latanoprost with the NHIS-listed drugs is very much significant. An addition of Latanoprost to the National Health Insurance Scheme list of anti-glaucoma medica-tions would therefore be very beneficial to glaucoma patients in Ghana.

  12. Primary sensory and motor cortex function in response to acute muscle pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Burns, E; Chipchase, L S; Schabrun, S M

    2016-09-01

    Acute muscle pain has both motor and sensory consequences, yet the effect of muscle pain on the primary sensory (S1) and motor (M1) cortices has yet to be systematically evaluated. Here we aimed to determine the strength of the evidence for (1) altered activation of S1/M1 during and after pain, (2) the temporal profile of any change in activation and (3) the relationship between S1/M1 activity and the symptoms of pain. In September 2015, five electronic databases were systematically searched for neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies investigating the effect of acute experimental muscle pain on S1/M1 in healthy volunteers. Demographic data, methodological characteristics and primary outcomes for each study were extracted for critical appraisal. Meta-analyses were performed where appropriate. Twenty-five studies satisfied the inclusion criteria. There was consistent evidence from fMRI for increased S1 activation in the contralateral hemisphere during pain, but insufficient evidence to determine the effect at M1. Meta-analyses of TMS and EEG data revealed moderate to strong evidence of reduced S1 and corticomotor excitability during and following the resolution of muscle pain. A comprehensive understanding of the temporal profile of altered activity in S1/M1, and the relationship to symptoms of pain, is hampered by differences in methodological design, pain modality and pain severity between studies. Overall, the findings of this review indicate reduced S1 and corticomotor activity during and after resolution of acute muscle pain, mechanisms that could plausibly underpin altered sensorimotor function in pain. WHAT DOES THIS REVIEW ADD?: We provide the first systematic evaluation of the primary sensory (S1) and motor (M1) cortex response to acute experimental muscle pain in healthy volunteers. We present evidence from a range of methodologies to provide a comprehensive understanding of the effect of pain on S1/M1. Through meta-analyses we evaluate the strength

  13. Elemental diet as primary treatment of acute Crohn's disease: a controlled trial.

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    O'Moráin, C; Segal, A W; Levi, A J

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    Acute exacerbations of Crohn's disease are usually treated with prednisolone or potentially more toxic immunosuppressive drugs or by surgery. In pilot studies replacing the normal diet by a protein free elemental diet also induced remission. A controlled trial was therefore conducted in which 21 patients acutely ill with exacerbations of Crohn's disease were randomised to receive either prednisolone 0.75 mg/kg/day or an elemental diet (Vivonex) for four weeks. Assessment at four and 12 weeks showed that the patients treated with the elemental diet had improved as much as and by some criteria more than the steroid treated group. Elemental diet is a safe and effective treatment for acute Crohn's disease. PMID:6428577

  14. The association between clinical integration of care and transfer of veterans with acute coronary syndromes from primary care VHA hospitals

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    Every Nathan R

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Few studies report on the effect of organizational factors facilitating transfer between primary and tertiary care hospitals either within an integrated health care system or outside it. In this paper, we report on the relationship between degree of clinical integration of cardiology services and transfer rates of acute coronary syndrome (ACS patients from primary to tertiary hospitals within and outside the Veterans Health Administration (VHA system. Methods Prospective cohort study. Transfer rates were obtained for all patients with ACS diagnoses admitted to 12 primary VHA hospitals between 1998 and 1999. Binary variables measuring clinical integration were constructed for each primary VHA hospital reflecting: presence of on-site VHA cardiologist; referral coordinator at the associated tertiary VHA hospital; and/or referral coordinator at the primary VHA hospital. We assessed the association between the integration variables and overall transfer from primary to tertiary hospitals, using random effects logistic regression, controlling for clustering at two levels and adjusting for patient characteristics. Results Three of twelve hospitals had a VHA cardiologist on site, six had a referral coordinator at the tertiary VHA hospital, and four had a referral coordinator at the primary hospital. Presence of a VHA staff cardiologist on site and a referral coordinator at the tertiary VHA hospital decreased the likelihood of any transfer (OR 0.45, 95% CI 0.27–0.77, and 0.46, p = 0.002, CI 0.27–0.78. Conversely, having a referral coordinator at the primary VHA hospital increased the likelihood of transfer (OR 6.28, CI 2.92–13.48. Conclusions Elements of clinical integration are associated with transfer, an important process in the care of ACS patients. In promoting optimal patient care, clinical integration factors should be considered in addition to patient characteristics.

  15. Pro-apoptotic activity of α-bisabolol in preclinical models of primary human acute leukemia cells

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    Fato Romana

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We previously demonstrated that the plant-derived agent α-bisabolol enters cells via lipid rafts, binds to the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family protein BID, and may induce apoptosis. Here we studied the activity of α-bisabolol in acute leukemia cells. Methods We tested ex vivo blasts from 42 acute leukemias (14 Philadelphia-negative and 14 Philadelphia-positive B acute lymphoid leukemias, Ph-/Ph+B-ALL; 14 acute myeloid leukemias, AML for their sensitivity to α-bisabolol in 24-hour dose-response assays. Concentrations and time were chosen based on CD34+, CD33+my and normal peripheral blood cell sensitivity to increasing α-bisabolol concentrations for up to 120 hours. Results A clustering analysis of the sensitivity over 24 hours identified three clusters. Cluster 1 (14 ± 5 μM α-bisabolol IC50 included mainly Ph-B-ALL cells. AML cells were split into cluster 2 and 3 (45 ± 7 and 65 ± 5 μM IC50. Ph+B-ALL cells were scattered, but mainly grouped into cluster 2. All leukemias, including 3 imatinib-resistant cases, were eventually responsive, but a subset of B-ALL cells was fairly sensitive to low α-bisabolol concentrations. α-bisabolol acted as a pro-apoptotic agent via a direct damage to mitochondrial integrity, which was responsible for the decrease in NADH-supported state 3 respiration and the disruption of the mitochondrial membrane potential. Conclusion Our study provides the first evidence that α-bisabolol is a pro-apoptotic agent for primary human acute leukemia cells.

  16. Solid-state 13C NMR study of banana liquid crystals - 3: Alkyl-tail-group packing environments of an acute-angle bent-core molecule in the hexagonal columnar and cubic phases

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    Kurosu, Hiromichi; Endo, Yumi; Kimura, Saori; Hashimoto, Tomoko; Harada, Motoi; Lee, Eun-Woo; Sone, Masato; Watanabe, Junji; Kang, Sungmin

    2016-02-01

    Solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were performed on the hexagonal columnar and cubic phases of an acute-angle banana-shaped molecule, N(1,7)-S30. In the hexagonal columnar phase, three peaks appear at the NMR chemical shifts assigned to the internal methylene carbons of alkyl tails, indicating that the two alkyl tails have different packing structures, and one of the tails has two different conformations within a single molecule. Combined cross-polarization/magic-angle spinning and pulse saturation transfer/magic-angle spinning measurements show that one of the alkyl chains is located inside and the other is located outside the columnar structure. In the cubic phase, pulse saturation transfer/magic-angle spinning measurement shows that only one peak appears at the NMR chemical shifts assigned to the internal methylene carbons of alkyl tails, indicating that both of the alkyl chains are located outside the cubic structure.

  17. Familial sudden death is an important risk factor for primary ventricular fibrillation: a case-control study in acute myocardial infarction patients.

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    Dekker, L.R.; Bezzina, C.R.; Henriques, J.P.; Tanck, M.W.; Koch, K.T.; Alings, M.W.; Arnold, A.E.R.; Boer, M.J. de; Gorgels, A.P.; Michels, H.R.; Verkerk, A.; Verheugt, F.W.A.; Zijlstra, F.; Wilde, A.A.M.

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Primary ventricular fibrillation (VF) accounts for the majority of deaths during the acute phase of myocardial infarction. Identification of patients at risk for primary VF remains very poor. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a case-control study in patients with a first ST-elevation myo

  18. Familial sudden death is an important risk factor for primary ventricular fibrillation : A case-control study in acute myocardial infarction patients

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    Dekker, Lukas R. C.; Bezzina, Connie R.; Henriques, Jose P. S.; Tanck, Michael W.; Koch, Karel T.; Alings, Marco W.; Arnold, Alfred E. R.; de Boer, Menko-Jan; Gorgels, Anton P. M.; Michels, H. Rolf; Verkerk, Agnes; Verheugt, Freek W. A.; Zijlstra, Felix; Wilde, Arthur A. M.

    2006-01-01

    Background - Primary ventricular fibrillation (VF) accounts for the majority of deaths during the acute phase of myocardial infarction. Identification of patients at risk for primary VF remains very poor. Methods and Results - We performed a case-control study in patients with a first ST-elevation m

  19. Homeopathic and conventional treatment for acute respiratory and ear complaints: A comparative study on outcome in the primary care setting

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    Fischer Michael

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of homeopathy compared to conventional treatment in acute respiratory and ear complaints in a primary care setting. Methods The study was designed as an international, multi-centre, comparative cohort study of non-randomised design. Patients, presenting themselves with at least one chief complaint: acute (≤ 7 days runny nose, sore throat, ear pain, sinus pain or cough, were recruited at 57 primary care practices in Austria (8, Germany (8, the Netherlands (7, Russia (6, Spain (6, Ukraine (4, United Kingdom (10 and the USA (8 and given either homeopathic or conventional treatment. Therapy outcome was measured by using the response rate, defined as the proportion of patients experiencing 'complete recovery' or 'major improvement' in each treatment group. The primary outcome criterion was the response rate after 14 days of therapy. Results Data of 1,577 patients were evaluated in the full analysis set of which 857 received homeopathic (H and 720 conventional (C treatment. The majority of patients in both groups reported their outcome after 14 days of treatment as complete recovery or major improvement (H: 86.9%; C: 86.0%; p = 0.0003 for non-inferiority testing. In the per-protocol set (H: 576 and C: 540 patients similar results were obtained (H: 87.7%; C: 86.9%; p = 0.0019. Further subgroup analysis of the full analysis set showed no differences of response rates after 14 days in children (H: 88.5%; C: 84.5% and adults (H: 85.6%; C: 86.6%. The unadjusted odds ratio (OR of the primary outcome criterion was 1.40 (0.89–2.22 in children and 0.92 (0.63–1.34 in adults. Adjustments for demographic differences at baseline did not significantly alter the OR. The response rates after 7 and 28 days also showed no significant differences between both treatment groups. However, onset of improvement within the first 7 days after treatment was significantly faster upon homeopathic

  20. Isolated granulocytic sarcoma of the pancreas: A tricky diagnostic for primary pancreatic extramedullary acute myeloid leukemia

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    Messager Mathieu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report two clinical cases of primary granulocytic sarcoma of the pancreas that were diagnosed on the surgical specimen. Atypical clinical and morphological presentations may have lead to pretherapeutic biopsies of the pancreatic mass in order to indicate primary chemotherapy. Literature review of this rare clinical presentation may help physicians to anticipate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

  1. Efficacy of amoxycillin versus amoxycillin/clavulanate in acute exacerbations of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease in primary care

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    Carl Llor

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Carl Llor1, Silvia Hernández1, Anna Ribas2, Carmen Álvarez3, Josep Maria Cots4, Carolina Bayona5, Isabel González6, Marc Miravitlles7, BRAMOX Study Group 1Primary Care Centre Jaume I, Tarragona, Spain; 2Primary Care Centre Santa Eugènia de Berga, Spain; 3Primary Care Centre Manlleu, Spain; 4Primary Care Centre La Marina, Barcelona, Spain; 5Primary Care Centre Valls, Spain; 6Primary Care Centre Maragall, Barcelona, Spain; 7Pneumology Department. Institut Clínic del Tòrax (IDIBAPS, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES, SpainBackground: Amoxycillin/clavulanate is considered first-line treatment for ambulatory exacerbations of COPD. However, narrow-spectrum antibiotics may be as useful for mild to moderate patients.Objective: To compare the clinical efficacy of amoxycillin versus amoxicyllin/clavulanate in exacerbations of COPD in primary care.Methods: A randomized, double-blind, noninferiority clinical trial was carried out in eight primary care centers in Catalonia, Spain. Spirometrically-diagnosed patients older than 40 years with COPD, without criteria of hospitalization and Anthonisen’s types I or II exacerbations were included. The main outcome was clinical cure at the end of treatment (EOT visit on day 10.Results: A total of 137 patients were enrolled in the study (68 assigned to amoxycillin and 69 to amoxycillin/clavulanate. The mean forced expiratory flow in one second was 61.6% and the mean age was 71.4 years. At EOT, 92.8% of patients in the amoxycillin/clavulanate and 90.9% in the amoxycillin group were considered clinically cured, a statistically non-significant difference. Adverse effects were observed in 11 subjects, 3 in the amoxycillin group and 8 in the amoxycillin/clavulanate group, 2 of whom required a change in treatment.Conclusions: Amoxycillin was at least as effective clinically and as safe as amoxycilin/clavulanate in the treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD in mild to

  2. A Smartphone Client-Server Teleradiology System for Primary Diagnosis of Acute Stroke

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    Mitchell, J. Ross; Sharma, Pranshu; Modi, Jayesh; Simpson, Mark; Thomas, Monroe; Michael D Hill; Goyal, Mayank

    2011-01-01

    Background Recent advances in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke have made rapid acquisition, visualization, and interpretation of images a key factor for positive patient outcomes. We have developed a new teleradiology system based on a client-server architecture that enables rapid access to interactive advanced 2-D and 3-D visualization on a current generation smartphone device (Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, or an Android phone) without requiring patient image data to be stored on the dev...

  3. Effectiveness of Primary Anti-Aspergillus Prophylaxis during Remission Induction Chemotherapy of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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    Gomes, Marisa Z. R.; Jiang, Ying; Mulanovich, Victor E.; Lewis, Russell E.; Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.

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    Although antifungal prophylaxis is frequently administered to patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) during remission-induction chemotherapy (RIC), its impact on reducing invasive fungal infections (IFIs) outside clinical trials is rarely reported. We performed a retrospective observational study to identify risk factors for development of IFIs (definite or probable, using revised European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer [EORTC] criteria) and all-cause mortality in a coh...

  4. Appraisal of the Prognosis in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    马晓娟; 殷惠军; 陈可冀

    2009-01-01

    Acute myocardial infarction(AMI) is still the leading factor causing crippling and death in cardiovascular disease.Percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) can significantly reduce inpatient mortality and incidence of complication.But owing to the existence of restenosis,in-stent thrombosis,etc.,recurrent post-PCI cardiovascular events and high repeatability of hospitalization,as well as its crippling rate and mortality, remain a serious threat to the society and the patients' family.Therefore,the apprais...

  5. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention in elderly patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction

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    SHEN Wei-feng

    2006-01-01

    @@ The elderly constitute a rapidly growing segment of our population and cardiovascular disease becomes more prevalent with increasing age,accounting for majority of their morbidity and mortality.1,2 ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) is the result of an abrupt cessation of blood supply caused by coronary occlusion, its process involving atherosclerotic plaque rupture or erosion,platelet aggregation and thrombus formation.

  6. 原发性闭角型青光眼易感性与GSTM1和GSTT1基因多态性的关系%Relationship of susceptibility of primary angle-closure glaucoma with glutathione S-transferase T1 and M1 polymorphisms

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    罗丽丹

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究原发性闭角型青光眼易感性与谷胱甘肽硫转移酶T1( GSTT1)与谷胱甘肽硫转移酶M1( GSTM1)的关系。  方法:将300例原发性闭角型青光眼患者作为观察对象,同时随机选择300例健康志愿者的血液标本作为对照,并将观察组患者分为慢性、急性两亚组,采用PCR技术检测GSTM1和GSTT1基因多态性。  结果:GSTT1缺失基因型在观察组中的分布频率为54.3%,在对照组的分布频率为54.0%,两组差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.053, P>0.05);观察组中慢性组GSTT1缺失基因型分布频率为54.9%,急性组GSTT1缺失基因型分布频率为48.6%,急性组与对照组相比,差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.064,P>0.05),慢性组与对照组差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.037,P>0.05);观察组GSTM1缺失基因型分布频率为59.0%,对照组为55.7%,两组差别无统计学意义(χ2=0.013, P>0.05);GSTM1缺失基因型在观察组急性和慢性两亚组的分布频率分别为62.3%和58.1%,慢性组与对照组差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.047,P>0.05),急性组与对照组差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.005,P>0.05)。  结论:原发性闭角型青光眼易感性与GSTM1和GSTT1基因多态性间不存在明显相关性。%•AlM:To investigate the relationship of susceptibility of primary angle- closure glaucoma with glutathione S-transferase T1 ( GSTT1 ) and M1 ( GSTM1 ) polymorphisms. • METHODS: Totally, 300 cases were collected from primary angle-closure glaucoma patients and 300 health volunteers were served as control group. The observation group were divided into chronic and acute primary angle-closure glaucoma groups, then multiplex PCR technology was used to detect the genetic polymorphisms of GSTM1 and GSTT1. •RESULTS:The distribution frequencies of GSTT1-null genotype were 54. 3%, while it was 54. 0% in the control group, statistically no significance between control group and observation group (χ2 = 0. 053, P > 0. 05 ) ; The frequency GSTT

  7. Efficacy and safety of prostaglandin analogues in patients with predominantly primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension: a meta-analysis

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    Oghenowede Eyawo

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Oghenowede Eyawo1, Jean Nachega2,3, Pierre Lefebvre4, David Meyer5, Beth Rachlis6, Chia-Wen Lee7, Steven Kelly7, Edward Mills81Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada; 2Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; 3Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA; 4Department of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom; 5Department of Ophthalmology, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; 6Department of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; 7Outcome Research and Evidence Based Medicine, Pfizer Ltd UK. Tadworth, UK; 8Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, CanadaBackground: First-line therapy for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension generally involves prostaglandin analogue therapy. The relative efficacy of differing prostaglandin therapy is disputed.Methods: A meta-analysis was conducted of head-to-head randomized trials of prostaglandin therapies. We included randomized trials assessing head-to-head evaluations of prostaglandin analogues travoprost, latanoprost and bimatoprost in patients with predominantly primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Findings were interpreted in light of equivalence margins.Results: Our search identified 16 eligible trials, of which 15 were included in the meta-analysis. Trials were, in general, poorly reported. We pooled 9 trials assessing IOP-lowering effects of travoprost vs latanoprost (total n = 1098, weighted mean difference [WMD], –0.24 mmHg, 95% CI, –0.87 to 0.38, P = 0.45, I2 = 56%, 95% CI, 0 to 0.77, heterogeneity P = 0.01. Eight trials assessed travoprost vs bimatoprost (total n = 714, WMD, 0.88 mmHg, 95% CI, 0.13 to 1.63, P = 0.02, I2 = 56%, 95% CI, 0% to 78%, heterogeneity P = 0.02. And 8 trials assessed latanoprost vs bimatoprost (total n = 943, WMD, 0.73 mmHg, 95% CI, 0.10 to 1

  8. Clinical outcomes of patients with major bleeding after primary coronary intervention for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients complicated with major bleeding after primary coronary intervention (PCI) for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods: During the period of January 2004-January 2008, primary PCI was performed in 412 consecutive patients with acute STEMI at Shanghai Ruijin Hospital. The clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including death, reoccurrence of myocardial infarction and target vessel revascularization, in patients with major bleeding were compared with that in patients without major bleeding. Results: Compared to patients without bleeding, the patients with bleeding were older (70.0 ± 8.9 years vs 64.9 ± 12.7 years, P=0.04), mainly the females (51.9% vs 23.1%, P=0.001) and treated more often with glycoprotein (GP) IIb / IIIa receptor inhibitor (88.9% vs 69.4%, P=0.03) or intra-aortic balloon pump (7.4% vs 1.3%, P=0.02). In-hospital and one-year MACE rate in the patients with bleeding was 18.5% and 37.0% respectively,which were significantly higher than that in the patients without bleeding (5.7% and 14.3%, with P=0.008 and P=0.002, respectively). Multivariate analysis indicated that patient aged over 70 years, feminine gender and use of GP IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor were independent predictors for the occurrence of major bleeding. The occurrence of major bleeding after primary PCI was significantly correlated with MACE occurred within one year after the procedure (OR 2.79, 95% CI: 2.21-5.90, P<0.001). Conclusion: In patients with acute STEMI, the occurrence of major bleeding after primary PCI is closely linked to the increased MACE rate within one year after the treatment.Feminine gender, aged patient and use of GPIIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor are independent predictors to increase the danger of major bleeding. (authors)

  9. Visual functional changes during acute elevation of intraocular pressure

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    Tian-De SHOU

    2006-01-01

    Glaucoma is closely related to elevation of intraocular pressure (IOP). Many studies have done on the effect of chronic elevation of IOP on the retina and optic nerve, but less attention was paid to the effect of acute elevated IOP. Here we briefly review experimental studies on functional changes of the visual system from the retina to the visual cortex under acute elevated IOP condition, which is similar to that of acute primary angle-closure glaucoma.

  10. Preservative-free bimatoprost 0.03% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension in clinical practice

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    Pillunat LE

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Lutz E Pillunat,1 Peter Eschstruth,2 Stefan Häsemeyer,3 Ulrich Thelen,4 Christian Foja,5 Richard Leaback,6 Stefan Pfennigsdorf7 1Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, 2Ophthalmology Practice, Kiel, 3Eye Center Kraichgau, Wiesloch, 4Department of Ophthalmology, University of Münster, Münster, 5Ophthalmology Practice, Leipzig, Germany; 6Allergan Holdings Ltd., Marlow, UK; 7Ophthalmology Practice, Polch, Germany Background: Intraocular pressure (IOP-lowering medications for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension commonly contain preservatives that can cause ocular surface damage in many patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of, and compliance to, preservative-free (PF bimatoprost 0.03% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (IOP ≥18 mmHg in a clinical practice setting. Methods: This open-label study observed patients who were switched to PF bimatoprost 0.03% for medical reasons. IOP was measured at baseline and ~12 weeks later at the final visit, and the change in IOP was calculated. Tolerability and continuation of therapy were assessed at two follow-up visits. Results: A total of 1,830 patients were included in the study, and complete IOP data were available for 1,543 patients. Mean IOP was reduced by 23% from 21.64 mmHg to 16.59 mmHg (P<0.0001. In subgroup analyses, the mean IOP was significantly reduced compared with baseline, regardless of prior therapy, including those previously treated with PF monotherapy. A total of 85.7% of physicians reported the IOP-lowering efficacy of PF bimatoprost 0.03% to be as expected or better than expected. Adverse events (AEs were experienced by 5.7% of patients, and there were no serious AEs reported. The most common AEs were eye irritation (1.7% and hyperemia (1.4%. Physician-reported treatment compliance was reported as better than (48.7% or equal to (43.6% prior treatment in

  11. A randomized control trial to evaluate the effect of adjuvant selective laser trabeculoplasty versus medication alone in primary open-angle glaucoma: preliminary results

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    Lee JWY

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Jacky WY Lee,1,2 Catherine WS Chan,2 Mandy OM Wong,3 Jonathan CH Chan,3 Qing Li,2 Jimmy SM Lai2 1The Department of Ophthalmology, Caritas Medical Centre, 2The Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Hong Kong, 3The Department of Ophthalmology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong Background: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of adjuvant selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT versus medication alone on intraocular pressure (IOP control, medication use, and quality of life in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.Methods: This prospective, randomized control study recruited 41 consecutive primary open-angle glaucoma subjects with medically-controlled IOP ≤21 mmHg. The SLT group (n=22 received a single 360-degree SLT treatment. The medication-only group (n=19 continued with their usual treatment regimen. In both groups, medication was titrated to maintain a target IOP defined as a 25% reduction from baseline IOP without medication, or <18 mmHg, whichever was lower. Outcomes, which were measured at baseline and at 6 months, included the Glaucoma Quality of Life-15 (GQL-15 and Comparison of Ophthalmic Medications for Tolerability (COMTOL survey scores, IOP, and the number of antiglaucoma medicines. Results: The baseline IOP was 15.8±2.7 mmHg and 14.5±2.5 mmHg in the SLT and medication-only groups, respectively (P=0.04. Both groups had a comparable number of baseline medication (P=0.2, GQL-15 (P=0.3 and COMTOL scores (P=0.7. At 6 months, the SLT group had a lower IOP (P=0.03 and required fewer medications compared with both baseline (P<0.0001 and with the medication-only group (P=0.02. There was no statistically significant difference in the 6-month GQL-15 or COMTOL score as compared to baseline (P≥0.4 or between the two treatment groups (P≥0.2.Conclusion: A single session of adjuvant SLT provided further reductions in IOP and medication without substantial changes in quality of life or medication tolerability at 6

  12. Ocular Biometry in Angle Closure

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    Mohammad Reza Razeghinejad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare ocular biometric parameters in primary angle closure suspects (PACS, primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG and acute primary angle closure (APAC. Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 113 patients including 33 cases of PACS, 45 patients with PACG and 35 subjects with APAC. Central corneal thickness (CCT, axial length (AL, anterior chamber depth (ACD and lens thickness (LT were measured with an ultrasonic biometer. Lens-axial length factor (LAF, relative lens position, corrected ACD (CACD and corrected lens position were calculated. The parameters were measured bilaterally but only data from the right eyes were compared. In the APAC group, biometric parameters were also compared between affected and unaffected fellow eyes. Logistic regression analysis was performed to identify risk factors. Results: No statistically significant difference was observed in biometric parameters between PACS and PACG eyes, or between affected and fellow eyes in the APAC group (P>0.05 for all comparisons. However, eyes with APAC had thicker cornea (P=0.001, thicker lens (P<0.0001, shallower ACD (P=0.009, shallower CACD (P=0.003 and larger LAF (P<0.0001. Based on ROC curve analysis, lower ACD, and larger LT, LAF and CCT values were associated with APAC. In the APAC group, LAF (P<0.0001 and CCT (P=0.001 were significant risk factors. Conclusion: This study revealed no significant difference in biometric characteristics in eyes with PACS and PACG. However, larger LAF and CCT were predictive of APAC.

  13. Combination therapy reduces the incidence of no-reflow after primary per-cutaneous coronary intervention in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction

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    Zhou, Shan-shan; Tian, Feng; Chen, Yun-Dai; Jing WANG; Sun, Zhi-Jun; guo, Jun; Jin, Qin-Hua

    2015-01-01

    Background No-reflow is associated with an adverse outcome and higher mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is considered a dynamic process characterized by multiple pathogenetic components. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a combination therapy for the prevention of no-reflow in patient with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) undergoing primary PCI. Methods A tot...

  14. No-Reflow Phenomenon in Patients with ST-Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction, Treated with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Study of Predictive Factors

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    Seyed Hashem Danesh Sani; Ali Eshraghi; Bahram Shahri; Mohamad Vejdanparast

    2014-01-01

      Introduction: No-reflow phenomenon in coronary vessels, manifested in some patients with reperfused acute myocardial infarction (MI), is associated with poor clinical and functional outcomes. Therefore, evaluation of predisposing risk factors can be helpful in risk assessment and identification of patients at higher risk. Herein, we aimed to study the predictive factors for the development of no-reflow phenomenon in patients with ST-elevation acute MI (STEMI), following primary percutaneous...

  15. Serum Iron Concentration, but Not Hemoglobin, Correlates with TIMI Risk Score and 6-Month Left Ventricular Performance after Primary Angioplasty for Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Ching-Hui Huang; Chia-Chu Chang; Chen-Ling Kuo; Ching-Shan Huang; Tzai-Wen Chiu; Chih-Sheng Lin; Chin-San Liu

    2014-01-01

    Objective Anemia is associated with high mortality and poor prognosis after acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Increased red cell distribution width (RDW) is a strong independent predictor for adverse outcomes in ACS. The common underlying mechanism for anemia and increased RDW value is iron deficiency. It is not clear whether serum iron deficiency without anemia affects left ventricular (LV) performance after primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We investigated the prognost...

  16. High-Grade Acute Organ Toxicity as a Positive Prognostic Factor in Primary Radiochemotherapy for Anal Carcinoma

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    Purpose: To test for a possible correlation between high-grade acute organ toxicity during primary radiochemotherapy and treatment outcome for patients with anal carcinoma. Methods and Materials: From 1991 to 2009, 72 patients with anal carcinoma were treated at our department (10 patients had stage I, 28 patients had stage II, 11 patients had stage IIIA, and 13 patients had stage IIIB cancer [Union Internationale Contre le Cancer criteria]). All patients received normofractionated (1.8 Gy/day, five times/week) whole-pelvis irradiation including iliac and inguinal lymph nodes with a cumulative dose of 50.4 Gy. Concomitant chemotherapy regimen consisted of two cycles of 5-fluorouracil (1,000 mg/m2total body surface area (TBSA)/day as continuous intravenous infusion on days 1-4 and 29-32) and mitomycin C (10 mg/m2/TBSA, intravenously on days 1 and 29). Toxicity during treatment was monitored weekly, and any incidence of Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC) grade of ≥3 for skin reaction, cystitis, proctitis, or enteritis was assessed as high-grade acute organ toxicity for later analysis. Results: We found significant correlation between high-grade acute organ toxicity and overall survival, locoregional control, and stoma-free survival, which was independent in multivariate analysis from other possible prognostic factors: patients with a CTC acute organ toxicity grade of ≥3 had a 5-year overall survival rate of 97% compared to 30% in patients without (p < 0.01, multivariate analysis; 97% vs. 48%, p = 0.03 for locoregional control, and 95% vs. 59%, p = 0.05 for stoma-free survival). Conclusions: Our data indicate that normal tissue and tumor tissue may behave similarly with respect to treatment response, since high-grade acute organ toxicity during radiochemotherapy showed itself to be an independent prognostic marker in our patient population. This hypothesis should be further analyzed by using biomolecular and clinical levels in future clinical trials.

  17. Mapping of the disease locus and identification of ADAMTS10 as a candidate gene in a canine model of primary open angle glaucoma.

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    John Kuchtey

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, with elevated intraocular pressure as an important risk factor. Increased resistance to outflow of aqueous humor through the trabecular meshwork causes elevated intraocular pressure, but the specific mechanisms are unknown. In this study, we used genome-wide SNP arrays to map the disease gene in a colony of Beagle dogs with inherited POAG to within a single 4 Mb locus on canine chromosome 20. The Beagle POAG locus is syntenic to a previously mapped human quantitative trait locus for intraocular pressure on human chromosome 19. Sequence capture and next-generation sequencing of the entire canine POAG locus revealed a total of 2,692 SNPs segregating with disease. Of the disease-segregating SNPs, 54 were within exons, 8 of which result in amino acid substitutions. The strongest candidate variant causes a glycine to arginine substitution in a highly conserved region of the metalloproteinase ADAMTS10. Western blotting revealed ADAMTS10 protein is preferentially expressed in the trabecular meshwork, supporting an effect of the variant specific to aqueous humor outflow. The Gly661Arg variant in ADAMTS10 found in the POAG Beagles suggests that altered processing of extracellular matrix and/or defects in microfibril structure or function may be involved in raising intraocular pressure, offering specific biochemical targets for future research and treatment strategies.

  18. Apolipoprotein E–Promoter Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms Affect the Phenotype of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Demonstrate Interaction with the Myocilin Gene

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    Copin, Bruno; Brézin, Antoine P.; Valtot, Françoise; Dascotte, Jean-Claude; Béchetoille, Alain; Garchon, Henri-Jean

    2002-01-01

    Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is an optic neuropathy that has a high worldwide prevalence and that shows strong evidence of complex inheritance. The myocilin (MYOC) gene is the only one that has thus far been shown to have mutations in patients with POAG. Apolipoprotein E (APOE) plays an essential role in lipid metabolism, and the APOE gene has been involved in neuronal degeneration that occurs in Alzheimer disease (AD). Here, we report that two APOE-promoter single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) previously associated with AD also modify the POAG phenotype. APOE(−219G) is associated with increased optic nerve damage, as reflected by increased cup:disk ratio and visual field alteration. In addition, APOE(−491T), interacting at a highly significant level with an SNP in the MYOC promoter, MYOC(−1000G), is associated with increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and with limited effectiveness of IOP-lowering treatments in patients with POAG. Together, these findings establish APOE as a potent modifier for POAG, which could explain the linkage to chromosome 19q previously observed by use of a genome scan for this condition and an increased frequency of glaucoma in patients with AD. The findings also shed new light on potential mechanisms of optic nerve damage and of IOP regulation in POAG. PMID:11992263

  19. Association of glutathione S-transferase polymorphisms (GSTM1 and GSTT1) with primary open-angle glaucoma: an evidence-based meta-analysis.

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    Huang, Wenbin; Wang, Wei; Zhou, Minwen; Chen, Shida; Zhang, Xiulan

    2013-09-10

    Studies investigating the associations between glutathione S-transferase (GST) genetic polymorphisms and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) have reported controversial results. Therefore, a meta-analysis was performed to clarify the effects of GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphisms on POAG risk. Published literatures from PubMed, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science and CBM databases were retrieved. All studies evaluating the association between GSTM1/GSTT1 polymorphisms and POAG were included. Pooled odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated using fixed- or random-effects model. Eleven studies on GSTM1 (1339 cases and 1412 controls) and seven studies on GSTT1 (958 cases, 1003 controls) were included. Overall analysis showed that the association between GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotype and POAG risk is not statistically significant. Subgroup analyses showed that the null genotype of GSTM1 increased the risk of POAG in Asians. In GSTM1-GSTT1 interaction analysis, individuals with dual null genotype were associated with a significantly increased risk of POAG when compared with the dual present genotype. In conclusion, the present meta-analysis suggested that GSTM1 null genotypes are associated with increased POAG risk in Asian populations but not in Caucasian and mixed populations. Dual null genotype of GSTM1/GSTT1 is associated with increased risk of POAG. Given the limited sample size, the finding on GST polymorphisms needs further investigation.

  20. A Novel Genome-Wide Association Study Approach Using Genotyping by Exome Sequencing Leads to the Identification of a Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Associated Inversion Disrupting ADAMTS17.

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    Oliver P Forman

    Full Text Available Closed breeding populations in the dog in conjunction with advances in gene mapping and sequencing techniques facilitate mapping of autosomal recessive diseases and identification of novel disease-causing variants, often using unorthodox experimental designs. In our investigation we demonstrate successful mapping of the locus for primary open angle glaucoma in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed with 12 cases and 12 controls, using a novel genotyping by exome sequencing approach. The resulting genome-wide association signal was followed up by genome sequencing of an individual case, leading to the identification of an inversion with a breakpoint disrupting the ADAMTS17 gene. Genotyping of additional controls and expression analysis provide strong evidence that the inversion is disease causing. Evidence of cryptic splicing resulting in novel exon transcription as a consequence of the inversion in ADAMTS17 is identified through RNAseq experiments. This investigation demonstrates how a novel genotyping by exome sequencing approach can be used to map an autosomal recessive disorder in the dog, with the use of genome sequencing to facilitate identification of a disease-associated variant.

  1. Impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on patient with acute myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Pei-Hsun Sung

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study reported the incidence and prognostic outcome of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. Methods: Between January 2002 and May 2011, totally 1554 consecutive patients who experienced STEMI undergoing primary PCI were enrolled into the study. Results: Of the 1554 patients, 124 (9.7% with diagnosis of COPD and 1430 (90.3% without COPD were categorized into group 1 and group 2. Although no difference in in-hospital mortality was noted between the two groups (p = 0.726. However, the hospitalization duration was notably longer (p = 0.003, the incidences of recurrent MI and re-hospitalization for congestive heart failure were significantly higher in group 1 than in group 2 (all p < 0.02. Although Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated that the incidence of freedom from one-year major adverse clinical outcome (MACO (defined as recurrent MI, re-admission for congestive heart failure was significantly lower in group 1 than group 2 (p = 0.012, multivariate Cox regression analysis showed COPD was not an independent predictor of MACO-free time after adjusting traditional risk factors. Conclusion: COPD was not an independent predictor of short-term and medium-term MACO in patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI.

  2. Successful treatment of post-exertion acute myocardial infarction by primary angioplasty and stenting in a patient with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.

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    Musuraca, Gerardo; Imperadore, Ferdinando; Terraneo, Clotilde; De Girolamo, Piergiuseppe; Cemin, Claudio; Bonmassari, Roberto; Vergara, Giuseppe

    2004-01-01

    Antiphospholipid syndrome is a disorder characterized by arterial and venous thromboses, thrombocytopaenia and stroke. Acute myocardial infarction is rarely associated with this syndrome. The treatment of these patients is a clinical challenge. This report is about a patient with antiphospholipid syndrome presenting with an acute myocardial infarction after an exercise test. The infarct-related coronary artery was successfully revascularized by primary angioplasty and stenting without any major bleeding complications. We think that the physical exertion could have favoured acute coronary thrombosis in this particular setting.

  3. Multicenter, prospective, open-label, observational study of bimatoprost 0.01% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

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    Laube T

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Stefan Pfennigsdorf,1 Osman Ramez,2 Gerrit von Kistowski,3 Birgit Mäder,4 Peter Eschstruth,5 Michael Froböse,6 Ulrich Thelen,7 Christoph Spraul,8 Dietmar Schnober,9 Hazel Cooper,10 Thomas Laube111Polch Ophthalmology Practice, Polch, 2Buxtehude Ophthalmology Practice, Buxtehude, 3Nürnberg Ophthalmology Practice, Nürnberg, 4Weißwasser Ophthalmology Practice, Weißwasser, 5Ophthalmology Practice, Kiel, 6Ophthalmology Practice, Bielefeld, 7Group Practice, Münster, 8Group Practice, Ulm, 9Ophthalmology Practice, Werdohl, Germany; 10Allergan, Marlow, UK, 11Group Practice, Düsseldorf, GermanyBackground: Bimatoprost 0.01% was developed for improved tolerability over bimatoprost 0.03%, while maintaining efficacy in lowering intraocular pressure (IOP. This multicenter, prospective, open-label, observational study was designed to investigate the efficacy and tolerability of bimatoprost 0.01% in routine clinical practice.Methods: Data were collected from 10,337 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension attending 1334 centers in Germany. The primary efficacy outcome was mean change in IOP in each eye from baseline to 10–14 weeks after initiation of bimatoprost 0.01%. Target IOP, prior therapies, additional treatments, and adverse events were also assessed. All treatment decisions were at the physicians’ discretion.Results: Bimatoprost 0.01% significantly lowered mean IOP from baseline by –4.1 mmHg (P < 0.0001 in all patients after a mean of 10.45 weeks. In patients without previous treatment, bimatoprost 0.01% reduced mean IOP from baseline by –6.5 mmHg (P < 0.0001. Bimatoprost 0.01% also significantly reduced IOP in patients previously treated with monotherapy of β-blockers, prostaglandin analogs, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors or bimatoprost 0.03%. No adverse events were reported by 93.9% of patients during treatment with bimatoprost 0.01%; the most commonly reported adverse events were eye irritation (2.0%, ocular

  4. Acupuncture as a primary and independent treatment in the acute phases of sudden sensorineural hearing loss

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    Jin, Yuanyuan; Lu, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) is an otological emergency defined as a rapid hearing loss, seriously affects patient's social life. To data, no study has reported the treatment by acupuncture alone in the acute phase. In this report, Acupuncture and Moxibustion therapy of excitation-focus transfer is outlined. The patient was a 26-year-old young woman who had an SSHL coupled with ear fullness. The patient had no past medical history, but she had undergone variable emotions and had a history of excessive noise exposure. The patient refused to receive any medicine especially steroids and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She just only received acupuncture treatment. Her symptoms and outcome measurements were improved every week and completely recovered after the last week. Even though the article presents a single case and is based on self-reports, there are very clear trends on how patients with SSHL responded to acupuncture treatments. PMID:27368045

  5. A Fatal Case of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia-Methotrexate Related or Primary Autoimmune Disease Related: A Rare Case Report.

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    Agarwal, Saurabh; Kaeley, Nidhi; Gupta, Priyanka; Gupta, Vibha; Bhatia, Rohan

    2016-03-01

    Methotrexate is being used for many years in the treatment of chronic medical disorders e.g. rheumatoid arthritis since 1951. It has been associated with various systemic toxicities and complications including bone marrow suppression and lymphomas. The development of leukaemia in a patient of chronic rheumatoid arthritis is either related with the primary disease or due to the drugs which are used in the treatment like cyclophosphamide. In our present case, a 70-year-old female who was a known case of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and was on methotrexate once a week orally for the past 20 years presented with complaints of loss of appetite, loss of weight and anaemia since 2 months. After thorough examination and investigation, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML-M4) with bilateral chest consolidation. PMID:27134915

  6. Problems of poststreptococcal diseases primary prophylaxis - lessons of a multicenter study management practice of patients with acute tonsillitis

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    S. N. Kozlov

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate the actual practice of diagnostics and treatment of patients with acute tonsillitis in order to assess the quality of primary prophylaxis of poststreptococcal diseases in different regions of Russia. Material and methods. The medical charts of 1333 adult outpts with acute tonsillitis in seven cities were analyzed. The data on each pts such as demographics, case history, bacteriological examinations results, prescribed medications, adverse events and outcomes of therapy were documented in case record forms. Data management was carried out using software. Results. Microbiological identifications of group A-streptococcus (GAS were performed only in 0,3% of analyzed cases, so diagnosis of tonsillitis was based commonly on clinical data. Systemic antimicrobial drugs were prescribed to 95,3% of pts, among them to 91,5% as monotherapy and to 3,8% as combined therapy. Ampicillin was the most often initial antimicrobial (45,0%, other relatively frequently prescribed drugs were erythomycin (19,1%, ciprofloxacin (7,0%, doxycycline (5,6%, amoxycillin (5,2%, midecamycin (4,4%, ampicillin/oxacillin (3,2%. Two courses of antimicrobials were used in 8,5% of pts. The average duration of antibacterial therapy was 7,4 ± 3,4 days. The adverse events were noted in 0,9% of analyzed cases. Conclusion. The main problems of primary prophylaxis of poststreptococcal diseases were: (1 the diagnosis of tonsillitis without microbiological GAS identification, (2 prescribing antimicrobials without consideration of appropriate recommendation and (3 the lack of pathogen eradication control.

  7. Coronary collateral circulation:Effects on outcomes of acute anterior myocardial infarction after primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Bin Wang; Ya-Ling Han; Yi Li; Quan-Min Jing; Shou-Li Wang; Ying-Yan Ma; Geng Wang; Bo Luan; Xiao-Zeng Wang

    2011-01-01

    Background To investigate the effects of collateral coronary circulation on the outcome of the patients with anterior myocardial infarction (NII) with left anterior desending artery occlusion abruptly.Methods Data of 189 patients with acute anterior MI who had a primacy percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the fast 12 h from the onset of symptoms between January 2004 and December 2008 were retrospective analyzed.Left anterior descending arteries (LAD) of all patients were occluded.LADs were reopened with primary PCL According to the collateral circulation,all patients were classified to two groups:no collateral group (n=111),patients without angiographic collateral filling of LAD or side branches (collateral index 0) and collateral group (n=78),and patients with angiographic collateral filling of LAD or side branches (collateral index 1,2 or 3).At one year's follow-up,the occurrence of death,reinfarction,stent thrombosis (ST),target vessel revascularization and readmission because of heart failure were observed.Results At one year,the mortality was lower in patients with collateral circulation compared with those without collateral circulation (1% vs.8%,P=0.049),whereas there were no differences in the occurrence of reinfarction,ST,target vessel revascularization and readmission because of heart failure.The occurrence of composite of endpoint was lower in patients with collateral circulation compared with those without collateral circulation (12% vs.26%; P=0.014).Conclusions Pre-exist collateral circulation may prefigure the satisfactory prognosis to the patients with acute anterior MI after primary PCI in the fast 12 h of MI onset.

  8. Prognostic factors for short-term improvement in acute and persistent musculoskeletal pain consulters in primary care

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    Bolton Jennifer E

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Given the costs associated with the management of musculoskeletal pain in primary care, predicting the course of these conditions remains a research priority. Much of the research into prognostic indicators however considers musculoskeletal conditions in terms of single pain sites whereas in reality, many patients present with pain in more than one site. The aim of this study was to identify prognostic factors for early improvement in primary care consulters with acute and persistent musculoskeletal conditions across a range of pain sites. Methods Consecutive patients with a new episode of musculoskeletal pain completed self-report questionnaires at baseline, and then again at the 4/5th treatment visit, and if they were still consulting, at the 10th visit. The outcome was defined as patient self-report improvement sufficient to make a meaningful difference. Independent predictors of outcome were identified using multivariate regression analyses. Results Acute (th visit. Several variables at baseline were associated with improvement at the 4/5th visit, but the predictive models were weak and unable to discriminate between patients who were improved and those who were not. In contrast, it was possible to elicit a predictive model for improvement later on at the 10th visit, but only in patients with persistent pain. Being employed, reporting a decline in work fear-avoidance behaviour at the 4/5th visit, and being better by the 4/5th visit, were all independently associated with improvement. This model accounted for 34.3% (p Conclusions We were unable to identify baseline characteristics that predicted early outcome in musculoskeletal pain patients. However, early self-reported improvement and decline in work fear-avoidance behaviour as predictors of later improvement highlighted the importance of speedy recovery in persistent musculoskeletal pain consulters. Our findings reinforce the elusive nature of baseline predictors, and

  9. Disturbed spontaneous brain activity pattern in patients with primary angle-closure glaucoma using amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation: a fMRI study

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    Huang X

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Xin Huang,1,* Yu-Lin Zhong,1,* Xian-Jun Zeng,2 Fuqing Zhou,2 Xin-Hua Liu,1 Pei-Hong Hu,1 Chong-Gang Pei,1 Yi Shao,1 Xi-Jian Dai21Department of Ophthalmology, 2Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nangchang, Jiangxi, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workObjective: The aim of this study is to use amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF as a method to explore the local features of spontaneous brain activity in patients with primary angle -closure glaucoma (PACG and ALFFs relationship with the behavioral performances.Methods: A total of twenty one patients with PACG (eight males and 13 females, and twenty one healthy subjects (nine males and twelve females closely matched in age, sex, and education, each underwent a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan. The ALFF method was used to assess the local features of spontaneous brain activity. The correlation analysis was used to explore the relationships between the observed mean ALFF signal values of the different areas in PACG patients and the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL. Results: Compared with the healthy subjects, patients with PACG had significant lower ALFF areas in the left precentral gyrus, bilateral middle frontal gyrus, bilateral superior frontal gyrus, right precuneus, and right angular gyrus, and higher areas in the right precentral gyrus. In the PACG group, there were significant negative correlations between the mean ALFF signal value of the right middle frontal gyrus and the left mean RNFL thickness (r=-0.487, P=0.033, and between the mean ALFF signal value of the left middle frontal gyrus and the right mean RNFL thickness (r=-0.504, P=0.020. Conclusion: PACG mainly involved in the dysfunction in the frontal lobe, which may reflect the underlying pathologic mechanism of PACG.Keywords: angle-closure glaucoma, amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation, functional

  10. Depression and Anxiety after Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated by Primary PCI

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    Aims The main objective of the study was to find out prevalence of depression and anxiety symptoms in the population of patients with AMI with ST-segment elevation (STEMI), treated with primary PCI (pPCI). Secondary target indicators included the incidence of sleep disorders and loss of interest in sex. Methods and results The project enrolled 79 consecutive patients with the first AMI, aged

  11. Outcomes after primary coronary intervention with drug eluting stent implantation in diabetic patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction

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    ZHANG Qi; HU Jian; YANG Zhen-kun; ZHENG Ai-fang; ZHANG Xian; SHEN Wei-feng; SHEN Jie; ZHANG Rui-yan; QIU Jian-ping; LU Ji-de; ZHANG Yu; CHEN Yue-hua; ZHANG Jun-feng; ZHANG Jian-sheng

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    Background Drug-eluting stent (DES) has been used widely for the treatment of patients with acute coronary syndrome with or without diabetes mellitus during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but its long-term safety and efficacy in diabetic patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remain uncertain. This study aimed to investigate the clinical outcomes after primary coronary intervention with DES implantation for diabetic patients with acute STEMI, compared with non-diabetic counterparts.Methods From December 2004 to March 2006, 56 consecutive diabetic patients (diabetic group) and 170 non-diabetic patients (non-diabetic group) with acute STEMI who underwent primary PCI with DES implantation in 3 hospitals were enrolled. Baseline clinical, angiographic, and procedural characteristics, as well as occurrence of major adverse cardiac event (MACE) including cardiac death, non-fatal recurrent myocardial infarction (re-MI) and target vessel revascularization (TVR) during hospitalization and one-year clinical follow-up were compared between the two groups.Results Patients in diabetic group were more hyperlipidemic (69.6% and 51.8%, P=0.03) and had longer time delay from symptom onset to admission ((364±219) minutes and (309±223) minutes,P=0.02) than those in non-diabetic group.The culprit vessel distribution, reference vessel diameter, and baseline TIMI flow grade were similar between the two groups, but multi-vessel disease was more common in diabetic than in non-diabetic group (82.1% and 51.2%, P<0.001).Despite similar TIMI flow grades between the two groups after stenting, the occurrence of TIMI myocardial perfusion grade (TMPG)≥2 was lower in diabetic group (75.0% vs 88.8% in non-diabetic groups, P=0.02). The MACE rate was similar during hospitalization between the two groups (5.4% vs 3.5%, P=0.72), but it was significantly higher in diabetic group (16.1%) during one-year follow-up, as compared with non-diabetic group (6.5%, P=0

  12. Two Independent Mutations in ADAMTS17 Are Associated with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in the Basset Hound and Basset Fauve de Bretagne Breeds of Dog

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    Oliver, James A. C.; Forman, Oliver P.; Pettitt, Louise; Mellersh, Cathryn S.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Mutations in ADAMTS10 (CFA20) have previously been associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) in the Beagle and Norwegian Elkhound. The closely related gene, ADAMTS17, has also been associated with several different ocular phenotypes in multiple breeds of dog, including primary lens luxation and POAG. We investigated ADAMTS17 as a candidate gene for POAG in the Basset Hound and Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog breeds. Methods We performed ADAMTS17 exon resequencing in three Basset Hounds and three Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs with POAG. Identified variants were genotyped in additional sample cohorts of both breeds and dogs of other breeds to confirm their association with disease. Results All affected Basset Hounds were homozygous for a 19 bp deletion in exon 2 that alters the reading frame and is predicted to lead to a truncated protein. Fifty clinically unaffected Basset Hounds were genotyped for this mutation and all were either heterozygous or homozygous for the wild type allele. Genotyping of 223 Basset Hounds recruited for a different study revealed a mutation frequency of 0.081 and predicted frequency of affected dogs in the population to be 0.007. Based on the entire genotyping dataset the association statistic for the POAG-associated deletion was p = 1.26 x 10−10. All affected Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs were homozygous for a missense mutation in exon 11 causing a glycine to serine amino acid substitution (G519S) in the disintegrin-like domain of ADAMTS17 which is predicted to alter protein function. Unaffected Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs were either heterozygous for the mutation (5/24) or homozygous for the wild type allele (19/24). Based on the entire genotyping dataset the association statistic for the POAG-associated deletion was p = 2.80 x 10−7. Genotyping of 85 dogs of unrelated breeds and 90 dogs of related breeds for this variant was negative. Conclusion This report documents strong associations between two independent ADAMTS17

  13. Early diagnosis and research of high myopia with primary open angle glaucoma%高度近视合并原发性开角型青光眼的早期诊断与研究

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    郭艳; 邝国平

    2014-01-01

    高度近视( high myopia , HM )是原发性开角型青光眼( primary open angle glaucoma ,POAG)的高危人群。临床上我们发现原发性开角型青光眼与高度近视有着密切关联,所以认识高度近视合并原发性开角型青光眼时的临床特点,重视高度近视合并原发性开角型青光眼的早期诊断,避免漏诊或降低误诊率,有利于提高临床医师对该病的警惕性和早期诊断的水平。本文就高度近视合并原发性开角型的临床特征、早期诊断注意要点的研究进展等进行综述。%People with high myopia are high risk populations to have primary open angle glaucoma.Clinically, we found that patients with primary open angle glaucoma and high myopia is closely related.So to understand the clinical features of high myopia with primary open angle glaucoma and the importance of early diagnosis, to avoiding missed diagnosis or lower misdiagnosed rate, can help to improve the vigilance and level of early diagnosis of the clinicians.In this paper, high myopia with clinical features of primary open angle glaucoma, and the research progress on the main points of early diagnosis were reviewed.

  14. Do non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes associate with primary open-angle glaucoma? Insights from a case–control study in Nepal

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    Alexandra Krettek

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs such as hypertension and diabetes are rapidly emerging public health problems worldwide, and they associate with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG. POAG is the most common cause of irreversible blindness. The most effective ways to prevent glaucoma blindness involve identifying high-risk populations and conducting routine screening for early case detection. This study investigated whether POAG associates with hypertension and diabetes in a Nepalese population. Methods: To explore the history of systemic illness, our hospital-based case–control study used non-random consecutive sampling in the general eye clinics in three hospitals across Nepal to enroll patients newly diagnosed with POAG and controls without POAG. The study protocol included history taking, ocular examination, and interviews with 173 POAG cases and 510 controls. Data analysis comprised descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics computed the percentage, mean, and standard deviation (SD; inferential statistics used McNemar's test to measure associations between diseases. Results: POAG affected males more frequently than females. The odds of members of the Gurung ethnic group having POAG were 2.05 times higher than for other ethnic groups. Hypertension and diabetes were strongly associated with POAG. The overall odds of POAG increased 2.72-fold among hypertensive and 3.50-fold among diabetic patients. Conclusion: POAG associates significantly with hypertension and diabetes in Nepal. Thus, periodic glaucoma screening for hypertension and diabetes patients in addition to opportunistic screening at eye clinics may aid in detecting more POAG cases at an early stage and hence in reducing avoidable blindness.

  15. A birth order effect study on primary-angle closure glaucoma%原发性闭角型青光眼的出生顺序分析

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    严新凤; 郭文毅; 孟炜; 江峰; 孙兴怀

    2006-01-01

    目的分析原发性闭角型青光眼(primary angle closure glaucoma,PACG)患者的出生顺序效应,探讨环境因素及遗传因素与PACG的关系.方法应用Greenwood-Yule和Haldane-Smith的出生顺序方法,对来自复旦大学附属眼耳鼻喉科医院的200例PACG患者以及18例同胞患者进行出生顺序研究.结果Greenwood法分析结果显示,出生顺序为1~3的子代中PACG患者实际分布大于期望分布,而出生较晚的子代中则实际分布小于期望分布,提示PACG多发生于出生较早的子代.Haldane法结果显示,∑6A实际值为3 310,∑6A期望值为3 610,两者相差两个标准差(S=121.91)以上,且有统计学差异,进一步提示PACG同出生顺序有关,且出生顺序越早越容易发生PACG.结论PACG的发生与出生顺序有关,好发于出生顺序较早的个体.

  16. Comparison of the diagnostic ability of Moorfield′s regression analysis and glaucoma probability score using Heidelberg retinal tomograph III in eyes with primary open angle glaucoma

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    Jindal Shveta

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the diagnostic performance of the Heidelberg retinal tomograph (HRT glaucoma probability score (GPS with that of Moorfield′s regression analysis (MRA. Materials and Methods: The study included 50 eyes of normal subjects and 50 eyes of subjects with early-to-moderate primary open angle glaucoma. Images were obtained by using HRT version 3.0. Results: The agreement coefficient (weighted k for the overall MRA and GPS classification was 0.216 (95% CI: 0.119 - 0.315. The sensitivity and specificity were evaluated using the most specific (borderline results included as test negatives and least specific criteria (borderline results included as test positives. The MRA sensitivity and specificity were 30.61 and 98% (most specific and 57.14 and 98% (least specific. The GPS sensitivity and specificity were 81.63 and 73.47% (most specific and 95.92 and 34.69% (least specific. The MRA gave a higher positive likelihood ratio (28.57 vs. 3.08 and the GPS gave a higher negative likelihood ratio (0.25 vs. 0.44.The sensitivity increased with increasing disc size for both MRA and GPS. Conclusions: There was a poor agreement between the overall MRA and GPS classifications. GPS tended to have higher sensitivities, lower specificities, and lower likelihood ratios than the MRA. The disc size should be taken into consideration when interpreting the results of HRT, as both the GPS and MRA showed decreased sensitivity for smaller discs and the GPS showed decreased specificity for larger discs.

  17. Clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1%–brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension

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    Sharma, Sourabh; Trikha, Sameer; Perera, Shamira A; Aung, Tin

    2015-01-01

    The main first-line treatment strategy for glaucoma is to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) by topical ocular hypotensive medications, but many patients require multiple medications for adequate IOP control. Fixed-combination therapies provide several benefits, including simplified treatment regimens, theoretical improved treatment adherence, elimination of the potential for washout of the first drug by the second, and the reduction in ocular exposure to preservatives. β-Adrenoceptor antagonists (particularly 0.5% timolol) are the most commonly used agents in combination with other classes of drugs as fixed-combination eyedrops, but they are contraindicated in many patients, owing to local allergy or systemic side effects. A fixed-combination preparation without a β-blocker is therefore warranted. This paper reviews the clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1% and brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination (BBFC) for use in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. We searched PubMed and the ClinicalTrials.gov registry, and identified three randomized controlled trials comparing BBFC vs its constituents (brimonidine vs brinzolamide), and one comparing BBFC with unfixed brimonidine and brinzolamide. All of the studies demonstrated mean diurnal IOP to be statistically significantly lower in the BBFC group compared with constituent groups and noninferior to that with the concomitant group using two separate bottles. The safety profile of BBFC was consistent with that of its individual components, the most common ocular adverse events being ocular hyperemia, visual disturbances, and ocular allergic reactions. Common systemic adverse effects included altered taste sensation, oral dryness, fatigue, somnolence, and decreased alertness. BBFC seems to be a promising new fixed combination for use in glaucoma patients. However, long-term effects of BBFC on IOP, treatment adherence, and safety need to be determined. PMID:26648686

  18. Effects of brinzolamide vs timolol as an adjunctive medication to latanoprost on circadian intraocular pressure control in primary open-angle glaucoma Japanese patients

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    Makoto Ishikawa

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Makoto Ishikawa1,2, Takeshi Yoshitomi11Department of Ophthalmology, Akita University Faculty of Medicine, Akita, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Ogachi Central Hospital, Akita, JapanPurpose: To study the effect of the concomitant use of brinzolamide and latanoprost on the 24-hour variation in intraocular pressure (IOP in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG patients first treated with timolol and latanoprost.Methods: We studied 30 eyes from 30 POAG patients previously treated with latanoprost monotherapy. After a washout of four weeks in both eyes, all patients were treated with 0.5% timolol and latanoprost. Three months after the initiation of treatment with timolol and latanoprost, the 24-hour IOP variation was measured. Thereafter, all patients were treated with concomitant 1% brinzolamide and latanoprost. Three months after changing the therapeutic regimen, the 24-hour IOP variation was measured a second time. Latanoprost was administered once a day, and timolol and brinzolamide were twice a day. IOP was measured with a noncontact tomometer.Results: On treatment with brinzolamide and latanoprost, a significant decrease in IOP compared to timolol and latanoprost was observed at all time points except at 3 PM and 6 PM. As a group, the patients had a significantly lower diurnal mean IOP and nocturnal mean IOP during treatment with brinzolamide and latanoprost than with timolol and latanoprost.Conclusions: Treatment of POAG with a combination of brinzolamide and latanoprost demonstrated improved hypotensive effects compared with timolol and latanoprost during a 24-hour period.Keywords: circadian intraocular pressure, adverse effects, timolol, brinzolamide

  19. Right Ventricular Function After Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated With Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (from the Glycometabolic Intervention as Adjunct toPrimary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction III Trial)

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    Gorter, Thomas M; Lexis, Chris P H; Hummel, Yoran M; Lipsic, Erik; Nijveldt, Robin; Willems, Tineke P; van der Horst, Iwan C C; van der Harst, Pim; van Melle, Joost P; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J

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    Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a powerful risk marker after acute myocardial infarction (MI). Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has markedly reduced myocardial damage of the left ventricle, but reliable data on RV damage using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are scarce

  20. Short-term effect of latanoprost and timolol eye drops on tear fluid and the ocular surface in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension

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    Thygesen, John; Aaen, Kim; Theodorsen, F.;

    2000-01-01

    ophthalmology, open-angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension, glaucoma therapy, latanoprost, timolol, Rose-Bengal test, break-up time, Schirmer-1-test, conjunctival impression cytology......ophthalmology, open-angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension, glaucoma therapy, latanoprost, timolol, Rose-Bengal test, break-up time, Schirmer-1-test, conjunctival impression cytology...

  1. Acute Gastroenteritis and Campylobacteriosis in Swiss Primary Care: The Viewpoint of General Practitioners

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    Bless, Philipp J.; Muela Ribera, Joan; Schmutz, Claudia; Zeller, Andreas; Mäusezahl, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Acute gastroenteritis (AG) is frequently caused by infectious intestinal diseases (IID) including food- and waterborne pathogens of public health importance. Among these pathogens, Campylobacter spp. plays a major role. Many European countries monitor selected IIDs within disease surveillance systems. In Switzerland, the information on IIDs is restricted to limited surveillance data, while no data is available for AG. We conducted a qualitative study among Swiss general practitioners (GPs) to investigate the case management of AG and campylobacteriosis patients, the associated disease burden and the determinants leading to registration in the National Notification System for Infectious Diseases (NNSID). Interviews were conducted with a semi-structured questionnaire and underwent inductive content analysis based on Grounded Theory. The questionnaire was repeatedly adapted to capture emerging themes until the point of theoretical saturation. GPs perceived AG and campylobacteriosis of little relevance to their daily work and public health in general. According to GP self-estimates each consults about two cases of AG per week and diagnoses a median of five campylobacteriosis cases per year. A large proportion of AG cases receives telephone consultations only and gets medical advice from the practice nurse. Antibiotic therapy is considered useful and stool diagnostics are performed for about a fifth of consulting AG patients. Stool diagnostics (“test”) and antibiotic therapy (“treat”) are interrelated and follow four strategies: “Wait & See”, “Treat & See”, “Treat & Test”, and “Test & See”. AG case management is diverse and includes different triage steps. A small proportion of AG patients have stool diagnostics performed and only positive tested patients are reported to the NNSID. As a result severe cases and cases with a history of travel abroad are overrepresented in the NNSID. The use of multiplex PCR panels in routine diagnostics likely

  2. Acute Gastroenteritis and Campylobacteriosis in Swiss Primary Care: The Viewpoint of General Practitioners.

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    Bless, Philipp J; Muela Ribera, Joan; Schmutz, Claudia; Zeller, Andreas; Mäusezahl, Daniel

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    Acute gastroenteritis (AG) is frequently caused by infectious intestinal diseases (IID) including food- and waterborne pathogens of public health importance. Among these pathogens, Campylobacter spp. plays a major role. Many European countries monitor selected IIDs within disease surveillance systems. In Switzerland, the information on IIDs is restricted to limited surveillance data, while no data is available for AG. We conducted a qualitative study among Swiss general practitioners (GPs) to investigate the case management of AG and campylobacteriosis patients, the associated disease burden and the determinants leading to registration in the National Notification System for Infectious Diseases (NNSID). Interviews were conducted with a semi-structured questionnaire and underwent inductive content analysis based on Grounded Theory. The questionnaire was repeatedly adapted to capture emerging themes until the point of theoretical saturation. GPs perceived AG and campylobacteriosis of little relevance to their daily work and public health in general. According to GP self-estimates each consults about two cases of AG per week and diagnoses a median of five campylobacteriosis cases per year. A large proportion of AG cases receives telephone consultations only and gets medical advice from the practice nurse. Antibiotic therapy is considered useful and stool diagnostics are performed for about a fifth of consulting AG patients. Stool diagnostics ("test") and antibiotic therapy ("treat") are interrelated and follow four strategies: "Wait & See", "Treat & See", "Treat & Test", and "Test & See". AG case management is diverse and includes different triage steps. A small proportion of AG patients have stool diagnostics performed and only positive tested patients are reported to the NNSID. As a result severe cases and cases with a history of travel abroad are overrepresented in the NNSID. The use of multiplex PCR panels in routine diagnostics likely leads to improved case

  3. [Bone marrow autotransplantation in patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia in primary remission].

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    Richard, C; Iriondo, A; Baro, J; Conde, E; Hermosa, V; Alsar, M J; Gómez Casares, M T; Muruzabal, M J; Pérez Encinas, M; Zubizarreta, A

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    Fifteen bone marrow autotransplants (BMAT) in patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML) were performed after the first remission. The mean age was 37 years (range 12 to 60 years). According to the morphological classification FAB, 8 patients had monocytic leukemia (M4, M5) and 7 myeloid leukemia (M1, M2, M3). The mean interval elapsed between the date of complete remission and the BMAT was 3.9 months (range 1 to 5-9 months). In 8 patients this interval was longer than 6 months and in 7 cases it was shorter than 6 months. After achievement of the complete remission all patients underwent certain cycles of intensification before the BMAT. Eight patients received only a cycle whereas 7 patients received more than one cycle (between 2 and 4). The conditioning protocol consisted of cyclophosphamide (CP) (60 mg/kg x 2) and total body radiotherapy (TBR) (10 Gy) in 9 patients; CP and busulfan in five; and CP, cytarabine at high doses and melphalan in one case. Marrow extraction was performed after completion of chemotherapy of intensification. In 5 cases the bone marrow was depleted of leukemic cells by previous in vitro treatment with ASTA-Z. There are at present 8 alive patients. The survival free of illness was 51.8%. Seven patients died: 3 cases because relapse of the leukemia, 3 due to attachment failure of the transplantation, and one patient suffered a viral myocarditis. The survival free of illness was significantly longer in those patients transplanted after 6 months of the complete remission.

  4. Implications of myocardial reperfusion on survival in women versus men with acute myocardial infarction undergoing primary coronary intervention.

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    Meller, Stephanie M; Lansky, Alexandra J; Costa, Ricardo A; Soffler, Morgan; Costantini, Costantino O; Brodie, Bruce R; Cox, David A; Stuckey, Thomas D; Fahy, Martin; Grines, Cindy L; Stone, Gregg W

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    We evaluated the effects of myocardial perfusion after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) on gender-based mortality rates. Research has demonstrated a gender-specific response of cardiomyocytes to ischemia and a potential increase in myocardial salvage in women compared with men. Myocardial blush grade (MBG), an angiographic surrogate of myocardial perfusion, is an independent predictor of early and late survival after AMI. Whether the incidence and prognosis of myocardial perfusion differs according to gender among patients with AMI undergoing PCI is unknown. MBG and short- and long-term mortality were evaluated in 1,301 patients (male = 935; female = 366) with AMI randomized to primary angioplasty ± abciximab versus stent ± abciximab. Following PCI, >96% of patients achieved final Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 3 flow, of which MBG 2/3 was present in 58.3% of women versus 51.1% of men (p = 0.02). Worse MBG was an independent predictor of mortality in women at 30 days (7.4% for MBG 0/1 vs 2.4% for MBG 2/3, p = 0.04) and at 1-year (11.0% for MBG 0/1 vs 3.4% for MBG 2/3, p = 0.01); however, MBG was not associated with differences in mortality for men. In conclusion, impaired myocardial perfusion following PCI for AMI, indicated by worse MBG, is an independent predictor of early and late mortality in women but not in men. These findings imply an enhanced survival benefit from restoring myocardial perfusion for women compared with men during primary angioplasty and may have clinical implications for interventional strategies in women.

  5. [Acute head injuries in primary health care--internet survey conducted with general practitioners].

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    Luoto, Teemu M; Artsola, Minna; Helminen, Mika; Liimatainen, Suvi; Kosunen, Elise; Ohman, Juha

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    Patients with head injury constitute a large population treated in primary health care. It is essential to recognize patients with traumatic brain injury among this notable population to determine the need for more specific evaluation. General practitioners (n=331) in Pirkanmaa hospital district in Finland received an email link to answer the survey. The response rate was 54.1% (n=179). Mean survey score was 20.5 points (max. 25). Only acquaintance with the national traumatic brain injury practice guidelines was associated with greater survey scores. The general practitioners' level of knowledge in managing head injuries was good. Deficiencies were found in the questions dealt with post-traumatic amnesia and the definition of traumatic brain injury. PMID:23786110

  6. The Role of Endoscopic Ultrasound in Primary Pancreatic Lymphoma Presented with Acute Pancreatitis: A Case Report

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    Seyed Hassan Abedi

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    Full Text Available Context Primary pancreatic lymphoma (PPL is rare but manageable malignant tumor of the pancreas which may be confused with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Case report We report a 38 year-old smoker man with IVDA and history of B (inactive carrier, C (Ia genotype hepatitis and negative for HIV admitted to our hospital because of nausea, vomiting, epigastric and RUQ pain as a result of long period of alcohol consumption. Due to high amount of amylase (480 U/L and lipase (326 U/L Pancreatitis was diagnosed. Four days after admission CT was done that showed enhancement a large tumor of the head of the pancreas. Endoscopic ultrasound (EU revealed diffusely enlarged of pancreas. There was a mixed echoic mass lesion 37-50 mm at the head of pancreas (R/O walled off necrosis with adhesion to portal vein and SMV. On the other hand the CBD was 9 mm. Abdominal MRI and MRCP for patient was done. The intra-hepatic bile ducts, main hepatic ducts, CHD and CBD were mildly dilated and displaced to the right side by a large lobulated mass (160×112×130 mm of pancreatic head with low signal intensity on T1W images and high intensity on T2W images. We did EUS-FNA and there was a mixed echoic lesion (38-40mm adhered to head of pancreas with invasion to portal vein, SMA and SMV. The diagnosis of pancreatic lymphoma was established by immunohistochemical study and the assessment of the neoplastic cells revealed B cell lymphoma phenotypes. Conclusion Herein we present an interesting 38 year- old man with pancreas head tumor. Primary pancreatic lymphoma is almost never suspected clinically. It is usually diagnosed by imaging and histological methods.

  7. The Semiotic and Conceptual Genesis of Angle

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    Tanguay, Denis; Venant, Fabienne

    2016-01-01

    In the present study, we try to understand how students at the end of primary school conceive of angle: Is an angle a magnitude for them or a geometric figure, and how do they manage to coordinate the two aspects in their understanding of the concepts of angle and of angle measurement? With the aim of better grasping the way "angle" is…

  8. Clinical, epidemiological and virological features of dengue virus infections in vietnamese patients presenting to primary care facilities with acute undifferentiated fever

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    K.T.D. Thai; H.L. Phuong; T.T.T. Nga; P.T. Giao; L.Q. Hung; N.V. Nam; T.Q. Binh; C. Simmons; J. Farrar; T.T. Hien; H.R. van Doorn; M.D. de Jong; P.J. de Vries

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    Objectives: To explore clinical and virological characteristics and describe the epidemiology of dengue in patients who presented with acute undifferentiated fever (AUF) at primary health centers (PHC) in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted from 200

  9. The primary experimental study of self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy device for acute massive pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To evaluate efficacy, feasibility and safety of the self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy divice in animal model for thrombus removal. Methods: Seven dogs were selected, with acute massive pulmonary embolism animal models created by injecting thrombi into the pulmonary arterial trunk via percutaneous femoral vein approach. After half an hours the catheter sheath was inserted into the occluded pulmonary artery through right femoral vein in 5 dogs, left femoral vein in 1 dog and right internal jugular vein in another one. The procedure began to remove the thrombi with simultaneous recording the thrombectomy time and the blood volume drainage. Blood gass was tested before and after embolization together with those of thrombi removement, continuously monitored pulmonary arterial pressure and intermittently performed angiography. The mean time form vascular recanalization to euthanasia was 2 hours, and then the lung specimens were resected for histological examination. Results: One animal died of pulmonary arterial penetration during thrombi removal, but others were all alive by the end of the test. Mean time of removing thrombi was 2.4 minutes with mean volume blood drainage of 84 ml. Angiograms showed the approximately complete patency of the pulmonary arterial trunk after reopening of occlusion but still with remnont thrombi within distal branches and arterial pressure with blood gas returned to normal level. Pathology revealed the recanalization of pulmonary arterial trunk but with thromi still staying in the distal branches, and effusion around the arteries. Conclusions: The self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy device is effective, feasible and comparatively safe in the treatment of acute massive pulmonary embolism in this primary test. (authors)

  10. Primary ovarian leiomyoma associated with endometriotic cyst presenting with symptoms of acute appendicitis: a case report

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    Puljiz Zvonimir

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ovarian leiomyoma is a rare benign tumor that accounts for 0.5 to 1% of all benign ovarian tumors. It probably arises from smooth muscle cells in the ovarian hilar blood vessels but there are other possible origins including cells in the ovarian ligament, smooth muscle cells or multipotential cells in the ovarian stroma, undifferentiated germ cells, or cortical smooth muscle metaplasia. Additionally, smooth muscle metaplasia of endometriotic stroma, smooth muscle present in mature cystic teratomas, and smooth muscle in the walls of mucinous cystic tumor may explain their occurrence in the ovary in some cases. Case presentation A 31-year-old woman was admitted to our surgical emergency service with a one-day history of appendicitis-like symptoms. Upon laparotomy, there was a solid, oval left-sided ovarian tumor located behind the uterus. The tumor was sent to the pathology department. A diagnosis of primary ovarian leiomyoma associated with an endometriotic cyst was established. Conclusion The origin of ovarian leiomyoma is still unresolved. In our case, the tumor probably arose from smooth muscle cells derived from myofibroblasts that originate from metaplastic ovarian stromal cells present in the rim of the endometriotic cyst. Despite its rarity, ovarian leiomyoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ovarian spindle cell tumors. Appropriate diagnosis may require additional immunohistochemical analysis in some cases.

  11. Comparative study between trabeculectomy with photodynamic therapy (BCECF-AM and trabeculectomy with antimetabolite (MMC in the treatment of primary open angle glaucoma

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    Saeed AM

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Ahmed M SaeedOphthalmology Department, Benha University, Benha, EgyptBackground: Various methods have been investigated to avoid postoperative scarring of the filtering bleb in modern glaucoma surgery. Most deal with the application of antimetabolic drugs such as mitomycin C (MMC. 2’,7’-bis-(2-carboxyethyl-5-(and-6-carboxyfluorescein, acetoxymethyl ester (BCECF-AM is a locally acting intracellular photosensitizer which could control and decrease postoperative fibrosis at the trabeculectomy site.Purpose: To compare the effect of photodynamic therapy in combination with trabeculectomy to the effect of MMC combined with the same procedure in controlling postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP in patients with medically uncontrolled primary open angle glaucoma (1ry OAG.Methods: A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 76 eyes of 76 patients divided into three groups undergoing trabeculectomy, trabeculectomy with BCECF-AM (group A, trabeculectomy with MMC (group B, and trabeculectomy only as a control group (group C. Patients were reviewed postoperatively for clinical evaluation and photo documentation of the blebs with a fundus camera and ultrasonic biomicroscopy (UBM. The desirable effect of the adjunctive material was evaluated according to the clinical efficacy, tolerability, and safety by comparison with the control group.Setting: Benha University Hospital, Benha, Egypt.Results: After a mean follow-up of 24 months, all procedures succeeded in lowering IOP. The cumulative probability of complete success at the 24 month follow-up was 91% for group B, compared to 82% and 81.5% for group A and group C, respectively. The percentage of complete success was highest for group B, second highest for group A, and lowest for group C over the follow-up period; however, these differences were not statistically significant (P > 0.05. Regarding the bleb morphology and UBM reflectivity, the differences were not statistically significant (P > 0

  12. The Prognosis of Acute Low Back Pain in Primary Care in the U.S. A 2-Year Prospective Cohort Study

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    Mehling, Wolf E.; Gopisetty, Viranjini; Bartmess-LeVasseur, Elizabeth; Acree, Mike; Pressman, Alice; Goldberg, Harley; Hecht, Frederick M; Carey, Tim; Avins, Andrew L

    2011-01-01

    Study Design Prospective cohort study Objective to assess the prognosis of patients presenting with acute low back pain (LBP) in a primary care setting in the U.S. Summary of Background Data Practice guidelines for acute LBP based on return-to-work outcomes underestimate the development of chronic pain in the primary care setting. Due to differences in inclusion criteria, chronic pain definitions and national health systems, prognostic cohort studies have reported a wide range of results limiting interpretation and generalization. Current data from carefully designed prognostic studies of acute LBP are lacking for the U.S. primary care system. Methods Members of a large health service organization were enrolled after seeking medical care for acute LBP, with or without sciatica, of up to 30 days duration, with no prior episode in the past 12 months and no history of spine surgery. We conducted phone interviews at baseline, six months and two years. Based on receiver operating characteristic analyses, a combination of global perceived recovery with pain intensity was used as primary outcome for chronic pain. Recurrence and multiple secondary outcomes were assessed to allow for comparison with other studies. Results 605 patients had an average pain intensity of 5.6 (numeric rating scale 0–10) and disability of 15.8 (Roland Morris scale 0–24). Eight percent had declared sick leave between pain onset and baseline interview. 13% of 521 patients (86% follow-up) suffered from chronic pain at six months and 19% of 443 patients at 2 years. At six months, 54% had experienced at least one LBP recurrence, and 47% in the subsequent 18 months. Conclusion The prognosis of strictly-defined acute LBP, with or without sciatica, is less favorable than commonly stated in practice guidelines based on failure to return to work. Broad initiatives to develop new means for the primary and secondary prevention of recurrent and chronic LBP are urgently needed. PMID:22504516

  13. Safety and feasibility of transradial approach for primary percutaneous coronary intervention in elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    YAN Zhen-xian; ZHOU Yu-jie; ZHAO Ying-xin; LIU Yu-yang; SHI Dong-mei; GUO Yong-he; CHENG Wan-jun

    2008-01-01

    Background Transradial coronary intervention has been widely used because of its effects in lowering the incidence of complications in vascular access site and improving patient satisfaction compared to the femoral approach. This study aimed to investigate the safety and feasibility of transradial approach for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).Methods A total of 103 consecutive elderly patients (age≥65 years) who were diagnosed as having AMI were indicated for PCI. Among them, 57 patients received primary PCI via the transradial approach (transradial intervention, TRI group),and 46 underwent primary PCI via the transfemoral approach (transfemoral intervention, TFI group). The success rate of puncture, puncture time, cannulation time, reperfusion time, the total time for PCI, the success rate of PCI, the use rates of temporary pacemaker and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), and the total length of hospital stay of the patients in the two groups were compared. After the procedure, vascular access site complications and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in the two groups in one month were observed.Results The success rates of puncture (98.2% vs 100.0%) and PCI (96.5% vs 95.7%) for the patients in the TRI and TFI groups were not statistically significant (P>0.05). The puncture time ((2.4±1.1) vs (2.0±0.9) minutes), cannulation time ((2.7±0.5) vs (2.6±0.5) minutes), reperfusion time ((16.2±4.5) vs (15.4±3.6) minutes), total time of the procedure ((44.1±6.8) vs (41.2±5.7) minutes), use rates of temporary pacemaker (1.8% vs 2.2%) and IABP (0 vs 2.2%) in the two groups were not statistically significant (P>0.05), but the hospital stay of the TFI group was longer than that of the TRI group ((10.1±4.6) VS (7.2±2.6) days, P0.05).Conclusion The transradial approach for primary PCI is safe and feasible for elderly patients with AMI.

  14. Comparison of timolol 0.5% + brimonidine 0.2% + dorzolamide 2% versus timolol 0.5% + brimonidine 0.2% in a Mexican population with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

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    Baiza-Durán LM

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Leopoldo Martín Baiza-Durán, Juan Francisco Llamas-Moreno, Clotilde Ayala-BarajasClinical Research Department, Laboratorios Sophia, SA de CV Guadalajara, Jalisco, MéxicoBackground: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of two fixed combinations, ie, timolol 0.5% + brimonidine 0.2% + dorzolamide 2% (TBD versus timolol 0.5% + brimonidine 0.2% (TB in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.Methods: We performed a 3-month, randomized, double-blind study in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension and an intraocular pressure of 21–30 mmHg. Patients were randomly assigned to receive one drop of TBD or TB twice a day. The primary efficacy endpoint was change in intraocular pressure after 3 months of treatment. Safety measures were assessed by the presence of adverse events.Results: Mean baseline intraocular pressure was similar at 8 am and 4 pm in the treatment groups (TBD 22.3 ± 0.9 mmHg, TB 22.4 ± 1.8 mmHg, P = 0.558; TBD 19.02 ± 1.3, TB 19.08 ± 1.2, P = 0.536, respectively. At the end of the study, the mean intraocular pressure was significantly lower in the TBD group at both 8 am (16.19 ± 2.0 mmHg versus 18.35 ± 1.4 mmHg, P = 0.000 and 4 pm (14.74 ± 2.4 mmHg versus 16.77 ± 1.4 mmHg, P = 0.000.Conclusion: Fixed-combination TBD was more effective than fixed-combination TB for reducing IOP in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.Keywords: primary open-angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension, intraocular pressure, fixed combination

  15. Clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1%–brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination for primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension

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    Sharma S

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Sourabh Sharma,1 Sameer Trikha,1 Shamira A Perera,1 Tin Aung1,2 1Glaucoma Department, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore Abstract: The main first-line treatment strategy for glaucoma is to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP by topical ocular hypotensive medications, but many patients require multiple medications for adequate IOP control. Fixed-combination therapies provide several benefits, including simplified treatment regimens, theoretical improved treatment adherence, elimination of the potential for washout of the first drug by the second, and the reduction in ocular exposure to preservatives. β-Adrenoceptor antagonists (particularly 0.5% timolol are the most commonly used agents in combination with other classes of drugs as fixed-combination eyedrops, but they are contraindicated in many patients, owing to local allergy or systemic side effects. A fixed-combination preparation without a β-blocker is therefore warranted. This paper reviews the clinical effectiveness of brinzolamide 1% and brimonidine 0.2% fixed combination (BBFC for use in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. We searched PubMed and the ClinicalTrials.gov registry, and identified three randomized controlled trials comparing BBFC vs its constituents (brimonidine vs brinzolamide, and one comparing BBFC with unfixed brimonidine and brinzolamide. All of the studies demonstrated mean diurnal IOP to be statistically significantly lower in the BBFC group compared with constituent groups and noninferior to that with the concomitant group using two separate bottles. The safety profile of BBFC was consistent with that of its individual components, the most common ocular adverse events being ocular hyperemia, visual disturbances, and ocular allergic reactions. Common systemic adverse effects included altered taste

  16. Comparison of the efficacy and safety of fixed combination travoprost/timolol and dorzolamide/timolol in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension

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    Babić Nikola

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Combining two medications in one bottle may improve compliance by reducing the time required to administer drops and the frequency of the total number of medication bottles. Objective. To compare the efficacy of reduced intraocular pressure (IOP and safety of fixed combination travoprost 0.004%/timolol 0.5% vs. fixed combination dorzolamide 2%/timolol 0.5% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Methods. Prospective randomized clinical study included 60 patients divided into 2 groups. Follow-up was done at day 14 and 45 and month 3. IOP measurements were taken at each follow-up examination at 8 am, 10 am and 4 pm. Results. Both fixed combinations reduced IOP significantly compared to initial values at all follow-ups (p<0.001. Mean pooled IOP at all visits and time points was slightly lower in the travoprost/timolol group compared with the dorzolamide/timolol group (16.13 mmHg vs. 16.15 mmHg. Mean IOP reduction from baseline ranged from -7.46 mmHg to -9.92 mmHg in the travoprost/timolol group and from -6.93 mmHg to -8.93 mmHg for the dorzolamide/timolol group. Mean (±standard error of the mean reduction in diurnal IOP from baseline to 3rd month was 8.96±2.79 in the travoprost/timolol group versus 8.07±2.91 in patients receiving dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination (p=0.196. The most frequent treatment-related adverse events were conjunctival hyperemia in the travoprost/timolol group, and dry eye and foreign body sensation in the dorzolamide/timolol group. Conclusion. Travoprost/timolol fixed combination was slightly more effective than dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination in reducing mean diurnal IOP. Travoprost/timolol group resulted in an IOP reduction for up to 1.07 mmHg higher than dorzolamide/timolol group. Both fixed combinations were well tolerated and safe.

  17. An observational study of bimatoprost 0.01% in treatment-naïve patients with primary open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension: the CLEAR trial

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    Nixon DR

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Donald R Nixon,1 Susan Simonyi,2 Meetu Bhogal,2 Christopher S Sigouin,3 Andrew C Crichton,4 Marino Discepola,5 Cindy ML Hutnik,6 David B Yan71Private Practice, Barrie, ON, 2Allergan Inc, Markham, ON, 3CLINWest Research, Burlington, ON, 4University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, 5McGill University, Montreal, QC, 6London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, 7University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CanadaBackground: This study was designed to evaluate the occurrence and severity of ocular hyperemia in subjects with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP due to primary open angle glaucoma (POAG or ocular hypertension (OHT following treatment with bimatoprost 0.01% in a real-world clinical setting.Methods: This was an open-label, observational study conducted at 67 centers in Canada. Subjects with elevated IOP due to POAG or OHT instilled bimatoprost 0.01% topically as monotherapy once daily. Ocular hyperemia was graded by the investigator at baseline and weeks 6 and 12 using a photographic five-point grading scale. Change in IOP from baseline was also evaluated at these time points. This analysis includes only the subgroup of 522 subjects who were naïve to IOP-lowering medication prior to the study.Results: After 12 weeks of treatment with bimatoprost 0.01%, hyperemia was graded as none-to-mild (grades 0, +0.5, or +1 for 93.3% of subjects and as moderate-to-severe (grades +2 or +3 for 6.7%. At weeks 6 and 12, most subjects (93.2% and 93.5% had no change in hyperemia grade from baseline. IOP was reduced by 7.4 mmHg (29.8% at week 6 and 7.7 mmHg (30.9% at week 12 from baseline.Conclusion: This real-world, observational study found that bimatoprost 0.01% instilled once daily reduced IOP by a mean of 30% from baseline without moderate or severe ocular hyperemia in 93% of treatment-naïve subjects with POAG or OHT.Keywords: glaucoma, intraocular pressure, hyperemia, bimatoprost

  18. Fixed combination of latanoprost and timolol vs the individual components for primary open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Yi; Xing; Fa-Gang; Jiang; Teng; Li

    2014-01-01

    AIM:To assess the effects of the fixed combination of0.005% latanoprost and 0.5% timolol(FCLT) vs their individual components for primary open angle glaucoma(POAG) and ocular hypertension(OHT).· METHODS:After searched PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library and SCI, all randomized controlled clinical trials(RCTs) and cross-over studies were included. The control groups were the monotherapy or the concomitant therapy of latanoprost and timolol. The outcomes were visual field defect, optic atrophy, mean intraocular pressure(IOP) and IOP fluctuation. The analysis was carried out in RevMan version 5.1 software.RESULTS:Thepost-interventionmeanIOPofFCLTwas significantly lower compared to timolol [mean difference(MD)-2.92, 95%CI-3.28 to-2.55, P <0.00001] and latanoprost(MD-1.11, 95%CI-1.51 to-0.72, P <0.00001). The postintervention IOP fluctuation was also significantly lower compared to timolol(MD-0.88, 95%CI-1.23 to-0.53, P <0. 00001) and latanoprost( MD- 0. 63, 95 % CI- 1. 04to-0.22, P =0.002). The mean IOP was higher in FCLT morning dose group than the one in unfixed combination of 0.005% latanoprost and 0.5% timolol(UFCLT)(MD1.10, 95% CI 0.81 to 1.39, P <0.00001). Otherwise, there was no difference between FCLT evening dose group and UFCLT(MD 0.34, 95% CI-0.01 to 0.69, P =0.06).There was no statistical difference for the incidence ofvisual field defect and optic atrophy between FCLT and the monotherapy of components.CONCLUSION:A better IOP lowering effect has been demonstrated for FCLT compared to the monotherapy of components. The IOP lowering effect was worse for FCLT morning dose and almost same for FCLT evening dose compared to the UFCLT. We need more long-term high quality RCTs to demonstrate the outcomes of visual field defect and optic atrophy.visual field defect and optic atrophy between FCLT and the monotherapy of components.CONCLUSION:A better IOP lowering effect has been demonstrated for FCLT compared to the monotherapy of components. The IOP lowering effect

  19. A characteristic optic disc appearance associated with myopia in subjects with Graves' ophthalmopathy and in subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sei Yamazaki,1 Rishu Inoue,2 Toshikazu Tsuboi,3 Ai Kozaki,2 Toshu Inoue,2 Toyoko Inoue,2 Yoichi Inoue21Yamazaki Eye Clinic, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 2Olympia Eye Hospital, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 3Tsuboi Eye Clinic, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, JapanPurpose: To determine if qualitatively defining the appearance of optic disc change was a valid characteristic of myopia in subjects with Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO or primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG.Methods: We defined typical tilt appearance as the simultaneous presence of the following: an elliptical optic disc, a crescent, unequal sharpness of the cupping margin (horizontally, and nasally displaced vessels in the optic cup. Ninety-two eyes from 92 subjects each with GO or with POAG and no severe complications were included in the study after matching for spherical refractive errors. Using our definition of tilt appearance, two independent observers subjectively judged optic disc photographs. One observer repeated judgments in 70 randomly selected eyes and judgment reproducibility was assessed using kappa statistics. Tilt ratio was used as a quantitative parameter.Results: The numbers of eyes judged as having a typical tilt appearance in the GO group and in the POAG group were 25 (27.2% and 39 (42.4%, respectively, by one observer (P = 0.0297, and 12 (13% and 44 (47.8%, respectively, by another observer (P < 0.0001. Intra- and interobserver reproducibility of tilt judgment were very good (kappa = 0.93 and good (kappa = 0.65, respectively. Tilt ratio did not significantly differ between the two groups. Analytical results including background factors were essentially the same for the two observers: multivariate logistic regression for one observer's judgment showed that the presence of the typical tilt appearance was associated with belonging to the glaucoma group (odds ratio [OR], 6.25; P = 0.0054, tilt ratio (OR per 0.01, 0.77; P < 0.0001, and spherical refractive error (OR per diopter, 0.80; P < 0

  20. Retinal nerve fiber layer in primary open-angle glaucoma with high myopia determined by optical coherence tomography and scanning laser polarimetry

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    WANG Xiao-en; WANG Xiao-yu; GU Yang-shun; HUANG Zhu

    2013-01-01

    Background Fundus changes associated with high myopia (HM) may mask those associated with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG).This study aim to determine the characteristics of RNFL thickness changes in patients with both POAG and HM and compare these to changes in patients with only HM.The diagnostic capabilities of both OCT and GDxVCC in this subset of patients are also evaluated.Methods Twenty-two eyes with POAG and HM (spherical equivalent (SE) between-6.0 and-12.0 D) were evaluated,and 22 eyes with HM were used for comparison.Characteristic retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness profiles in patients with POAG and HM were examined using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and scanning laser polarimetry with variable corneal compensation (GDxVCC),and the diagnostic capabilities of these imaging modalities were compared.RNFL parameters evaluated included superior average (Savg-GDx),inferior average (lavg-GDx),temporal-superior-nasal-inferior-temporal (TSNIT) average,and nerve fiber indicator (NFI) on GDxVCC and superior average (Savg-OCT),inferior average (lavg-OCT),nasal average (Navg-OCT),temporal average (Tavg-OCT),and average thickness (AvgThick-OCT) on OCT (fast RNFL scan).Visual field testing was performed and defects were evaluated using mean defect (MD) and pattern standard deviation (PSD).Results The RNFL parameters (P <0.05) significantly different between groups included Savg-GDx,lavg-GDx,TSNIT average,NFI,Savg-OCT,lavg-OCT,Tavg-OCT,and AvgThick-OCT.Significant correlations existed between TSNIT average and AvgThick-OCT (r=0.778),TSNIT average and MD (r=0.749),AvgThick-OCT and MD (r=0.647),TSNIT average and PSD (r=-0.756),and AvgThick-OCT and PSD (r=-0.784).The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) values of TSNIT average,Savg-GDx,lavg-GDx,NFI,Savg-OCT,lavg-OCT,Navg-OCT,Tavg-OCT,and AvgThick-OCT were 0.947,0.962,0.973,0.994,0.909,0.917,0.511,0.906,and 0.913,respectively.The NFI AUROC was the highest value.Conclusions RNFL

  1. 急性闭角型青光眼合并糖尿病患者的围手术期护理%Perioperative Nursing for Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

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    赵淼; 于红雨; 温春娟

    2016-01-01

    临床上,急性闭角型青光眼属于房角关闭,因房水排出手足,导致眼压急剧升高,出现许多病理变化的眼病,临床表现为恶心、头痛、眼痛等症状,属于眼科急症。若得不到有效治疗、处理,可导致失明。目前,随着人们生活条件逐渐提高,糖尿病病发率逐年提升,并发急性闭角型青光眼病例也逐渐增加,因高血糖症状,创口愈合延迟,增加了术后感染率和手术危险性。针对急性闭角型青光眼伴随糖尿病,必须加强围术期护理。%Clinical acute angle-closure glaucoma is closed, corner because of aqueous humor from brothers, lead to a dramatic increase in intraocular pressure, appear many pathological changes of eye disease, clinical symptoms such as nausea, headache, eye pain symptom, belongs to the ophthalmic emergency. If can not get effective treatment, the processing, can lead to blindness. At present, as people living conditions gradually improve, diabetes disease rate increase year by year, and acute angle-closure glaucoma cases also gradually increased, the symptoms of hyperglycemia and wound healing delay, increased risk of postoperative infection and surgery[1]. For acute angle-closure glaucoma associated with diabetes, it is necessary to strengthen perioperative nursing care.

  2. Why are angles misperceived?

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    Nundy, Surajit; Lotto, Beau; Coppola, David; Shimpi, Amita; Purves, Dale

    2000-01-01

    Although it has long been apparent that observers tend to overestimate the magnitude of acute angles and underestimate obtuse ones, there is no consensus about why such distortions are seen. Geometrical modeling combined with psychophysical testing of human subjects indicates that these misperceptions are the result of an empirical strategy that resolves the inherent ambiguity of angular stimuli by generating percepts of the past significance of the stimulus rather than the geometry of its re...

  3. Transient widespread cortical and splenial lesions in acute encephalitis/encephalopathy associated with primary Epstein–Barr virus infection

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    Shuo Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Infection with Epstein–Barr virus (EBV is very common and usually occurs in childhood or early adulthood. Encephalitis/encephalopathy is an uncommon but serious neurological complication of EBV. A case of EBV-associated encephalitis/encephalopathy with involvement of reversible widespread cortical and splenial lesions is presented herein. An 8-year-old Chinese girl who presented with fever and headache, followed by seizures and drowsiness, was admitted to the hospital. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed high signal intensities on diffusion-weighted imaging in widespread cortical and splenial lesions. The clinical and laboratory examination results together with the unusual radiology findings suggested acute encephalitis/encephalopathy due to primary EBV infection. After methylprednisolone pulse therapy together with ganciclovir, the patient made a full recovery without any brain lesions. The hallmark clinical–radiological features of this patient included severe encephalitis/encephalopathy at onset, the prompt and complete recovery, and rapidly reversible widespread involvement of the cortex and splenium. Patients with EBV encephalitis/encephalopathy who have multiple lesions, even with the widespread involvement of cortex and splenium of the corpus callosum, may have a favorable outcome with complete disappearance of all brain lesions.

  4. D-dimer testing for safe exclusion and risk stratification in patients with acute pulmonary embolism in primary care

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    Zhou Yin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Safe exclusion and risk stratification are currently recommended for the initial management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE. The aim of this study was to assess the safe exclusion and risk stratification value of D-dimer (DD for APE when tested at the beginning of admission. Materials and Methods: All consecutive Chinese APE patients and controls were recruited from January 2010 to December 2012. All measurements of serum indexes were made in duplicate and blinded to the patients′ status. All the 40 patients with the first episode of APE were confirmed by multi-detector computed tomographic pulmonary angiography. The plasma prothrombin time (PT, activated partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, fibrinogen, and DD levels were measured within 24 h of admission. We used the Mann-Whitney U-test to determine the differences between groups and drew receiver operator characteristic curve to evaluate the indexes′ value in the APE screening. Results: The PT and DD in the APE group were significantly higher than those in the disease control group (P 1820 μg/L as cut-off value, the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value was 82.5%, 75.2%, 56.9%, and 91.6%, respectively. Conclusion: The patients with APE showed significant higher DD levels compared with disease controls, suggesting a negative qualitative DD test result can safely and efficiently exclude APE in primary care.

  5. Diagnostic Accuracy of Adenosine Stress Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Following Acute ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Post Primary Angioplasty

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    Wong Dennis TL

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adenosine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR has been proven an effective tool in detection of reversible ischemia. Limited evidence is available regarding its accuracy in the setting of acute coronary syndromes, particularly in evaluating the significance of non-culprit vessel ischaemia. Adenosine stress CMR and recent advances in semi-quantitative image analysis may prove effective in this area. We sought to determine the diagnostic accuracy of semi-quantitative versus visual assessment of adenosine stress CMR in detecting ischemia in non-culprit territory vessels early after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI. Methods Patients were prospectively enrolled in a CMR imaging protocol with rest and adenosine stress perfusion, viability and cardiac functional assessment 3 days after successful primary-PCI for STEMI. Three short axis slices each divided into 6 segments on first pass adenosine perfusion were visually and semi-quantitatively analysed. Diagnostic accuracy of both methods was compared with non-culprit territory vessels utilising quantitative coronary angiography (QCA with significant stenosis defined as ≥70%. Results Fifty patients (age 59 ± 12 years admitted with STEMI were evaluated. All subjects tolerated the adenosine stress CMR imaging protocol with no significant complications. The cohort consisted of 41% anterior and 59% non anterior infarctions. There were a total of 100 non-culprit territory vessels, identified on QCA. The diagnostic accuracy of semi-quantitative analysis was 96% with sensitivity of 99%, specificity of 67%, positive predictive value (PPV of 97% and negative predictive value (NPV of 86%. Visual analysis had a diagnostic accuracy of 93% with sensitivity of 96%, specificity of 50%, PPV of 97% and NPV of 43%. Conclusion Adenosine stress CMR allows accurate detection of non-culprit territory stenosis in patients

  6. Effectiveness and Feasibility of Transradial Approach for Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Li-jun GAN; Qing-xian LI; Rong LIU; Yu-xin ZHAO; Jian-jun QIU; Yu-hua LIAO

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of transradial approach for primary, emergency percutane-ous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods One hundred and ninety five patients with AMI undergone primary PCI were randomized into two groups using different catheter insertion pathways: 105 cases by transfemoral approach and 90 cases by transradial approach. We compared data of different op-erating approaches in terms of success rate of access, cannulation time, the time from local anesthesia to the first bal-loon inflation, the total procedure time, success rate of PCI, access site complications, total duration of hospitalization, and the clinical outcomes at six-month follow-up. Results The success rate of artery puncture, cannulation time, and the time from local anesthesia to the first balloon inflation in the transradial and transfemoral groups were 98. 9 % vs 100 % (P 0. 05), 3. 15 ± 1.56 minutes vs 2. 86 ± 0. 97 minutes (P 0. 05), and 18. 56 ± 4. 37 minutes vs 17.75 ± 3. 21 minutes (P 0. 05), respectively. Although the total procedure time was significantly shorter in the transfemoral group (27.89 ± 3.95 minutes) than in the transradial group (29. 75 + 4. 38 minutes) (P < 0. 05), the overall PCI suc-cess rate was similar between the two groups (96. 2 % vs 96. 7 %). Use of the transradial approach was associated with fewer access site complications (2. 2 % vs 11.4 %, P <0. 05) and a shorter length of hospital stay (10. 6 days vs 13.8 days, P < 0. 05). At six-month follow-up, the cumulative cardiac event-free survival rate was 86. 1% and 86. 4% (P 0. 05), respectively, in the transradial and transfemoral groups. Conclusions Transradial approach achieved similar effectiveness as transfemoral approach in emergency PCI. However, the use of the transradial approach decreased access complications and hospital stay. Primary PCI via transradial approach is safe, effective, and feasible in patients

  7. Efficacy and safety of combination therapy with latanoprost after a change in therapeutic regimen from timolol to brinzolamide in Japanese adult patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: open, non-randomized 12-week study

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    Ishikawa, Shusaku

    2008-01-01

    Shusaku Ishikawa1, Yoshimi Nakamura1, Yuko Nakamura1, Hiroshi Sakai1, Shoichi Sawaguchi1, Kazuo Terashima2, Makoto Kanno2, Hidetoshi Yamashita21Department of Ophthalmology, University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Medicine, Okinawa, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine, Yamagata, JapanPurpose: To compare the efficacy of brinzolamide in Japanese patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) or ocular hypertension (OH) after a change fro...

  8. In vitro radiosensitivity of primary human fibroblasts. Lack of correlation with acute radiation toxicity in patients with head and neck cancer

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    Background and purpose: There is a considerable hope among clinicians and radiobiologists to detect genetically radiosensitive patients prior to radiotherapy. A predictive assay would enable adjustment of the total irradiation dose to the individual at a constant risk of normal tissue complications. In this prospective study, the clonogenic survival assay for primary human fibroblasts to determine radiosensitivity in vitro was evaluated and then correlated with clinically observed acute radiation reactions. Materials and methods: One hundred twenty-five independent survival experiments with primary fibroblasts derived from 63 biopsies from 55 cancer and non-cancer patients were performed. Results: A wide variation of cell survival between biopsies was detected. Statistical analysis revealed a highly significantly larger interindividual than intraindividual variation of SF2 values. However, a considerable scatter of SF2 values in repeated experiments was observed in individual cases. Age, gender, disease status (cancer patient, non-cancer patient) and origin of fibroblasts (skin, periodontal tissue) were demonstrated not to be statistically significant confounding factors on the intrinsic radiosensitivity in vitro. In a prospective study, no correlation of the SF2 and acute reactions in 25 patients with head and neck cancer treated with a primary accelerated radiochemotherapy was detected. Conclusion: Our data show that the clonogenic assay is able to distinguish between intrinsic radiosensitivities of primary human fibroblasts if a statistical approach is used but does not predict acute radiation toxicity

  9. Nonurgent Use of the Emergency Department by Pediatric Patients: A Theory-Guided Approach for Primary and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

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    Ohns, Mary Jean; Oliver-McNeil, Sandra; Nantais-Smith, Leanne M; George, Nancy M

    2016-01-01

    Providing quality, cost-effective care to children and their families in the appropriate setting is the goal of nurse practitioners in primary and acute care. However, increased utilization of the emergency department (ED) for nonurgent care threatens cost-effective quality care, interrupts continuity of care, and contributes to ED overcrowding. To date, descriptive research has identified demographics of those using the ED for nonurgent care, the chief complaints of children seeking nonurgent care, the cost to the health care system of pediatric nonurgent care, and characteristics of associated primary care settings. Using Donabedian's Model of Quality of Healthcare and a Theory of Dependent Care by Taylor and colleagues, acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioners can incorporate interventions that will channel care to the appropriate setting and educate caregivers regarding common childhood illnesses and the value of continuity of care. By using a theoretical framework as a guide, this article will help both acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioners understand why parents seek nonurgent care for their children in the ED and actions they can take to ensure that care is provided in an optimal setting.

  10. Nonurgent Use of the Emergency Department by Pediatric Patients: A Theory-Guided Approach for Primary and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

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    Ohns, Mary Jean; Oliver-McNeil, Sandra; Nantais-Smith, Leanne M; George, Nancy M

    2016-01-01

    Providing quality, cost-effective care to children and their families in the appropriate setting is the goal of nurse practitioners in primary and acute care. However, increased utilization of the emergency department (ED) for nonurgent care threatens cost-effective quality care, interrupts continuity of care, and contributes to ED overcrowding. To date, descriptive research has identified demographics of those using the ED for nonurgent care, the chief complaints of children seeking nonurgent care, the cost to the health care system of pediatric nonurgent care, and characteristics of associated primary care settings. Using Donabedian's Model of Quality of Healthcare and a Theory of Dependent Care by Taylor and colleagues, acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioners can incorporate interventions that will channel care to the appropriate setting and educate caregivers regarding common childhood illnesses and the value of continuity of care. By using a theoretical framework as a guide, this article will help both acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioners understand why parents seek nonurgent care for their children in the ED and actions they can take to ensure that care is provided in an optimal setting. PMID:26489793

  11. A comparative study on safety and efficacy of travoprost and brimonidine/timolol fixed combination in patients of primary open angle glaucoma

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    Rekha Mehani

    2015-10-01

    Conclusions: The fixed combination brimonidine/timolol twice daily demonstrated superior mean IOP lowering efficacy compared to travoprost 0.004% in patients with open-angle glaucoma. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2015; 4(5.000: 976-980

  12. ST-segment analysis to predict infarct size and functional outcome in acute myocardial infarction treated with primary coronary intervention and adjunctive abciximab therapy.

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    R. Sciagrà; Parodi, G.; A. Migliorini; Valenti, R.; ANTONIUCCI D; Sotgia, B; Pupi, A

    2006-01-01

    ST-segment resolution is used to classify the response to reperfusion therapy in acute myocardial infarction, but the possibility to predict outcome in individual patients is unclear, particularly in the setting of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and abciximab therapy. We studied 213 patients who underwent successful revascularization with PCI. Maximal ST-segment elevation was measured before and 30 minutes after PCI. Patient outcome was defined on the basis of infarct size a...

  13. Clinical, epidemiological and virological features of dengue virus infections in vietnamese patients presenting to primary care facilities with acute undifferentiated fever

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    Thai, Khoa T. D.; Phuong, Hoang Lan; Thanh Nga, Tran Thi; Giao, Phan Trong; Hung, Le Quoc; Van Nam, Nguyen; Binh, Tran Quang; Simmons, Cameron; Farrar, Jeremy; Hien, Tran Thinh; van Doorn, H. Rogier; Menno D. de Jong; de Vries, Peter J.

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    Summary Objectives To explore clinical and virological characteristics and describe the epidemiology of dengue in patients who presented with acute undifferentiated fever (AUF) at primary health centers (PHC) in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Methods A prospective observational study was conducted from 2001 to 2006 to study the aetiology in AUF patients. Demographic and clinical information was obtained, and dengue polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and serology were performed on a random sele...

  14. Acute Myeloid Leukemia Evolving from JAK 2-Positive Primary Myelofibrosis and Concomitant CD5-Negative Mantle Cell Lymphoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Treaba, Diana O.; Salwa Khedr; Shamlal Mangray; Cynthia Jackson; Jorge J. Castillo; Winer, Eric S

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    Primary myelofibrosis (formerly known as chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis), has the lowest incidence amongst the chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms and is characterized by a rather short median survival and a risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) noted in a small subset of the cases, usually as a terminal event. As observed with other chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms, the bone marrow biopsy may harbor small lymphoid aggregates, often assumed reactive in nature. In our pap...

  15. Prognostic value of C-reactive protein levels within 6 hours after the onset of acute anterior myocardial infarction with primary PCI

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    刘君; 傅向华; 马宁

    2003-01-01

    Prognostic value of C-reactive protein levels within 6 hours after the onset of acute anterior myocardial infarction with primary PCI!050000$河北医科大学第二医院@刘君 !050000$河北医科大学第二医院@傅向华 !050000$河北医科大学第二医院@马宁

  16. Clopidogrel discontinuation after acute coronary syndromes: frequency, predictors and associations with death and myocardial infarction—a hospital registry-primary care linked cohort (MINAP–GPRD)

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    Boggon, Rachael; van Staa, Tjeerd P; Timmis, Adam; Hemingway, Harry; Ray, Kausik K; Begg, Alan; Emmas, Cathy; Fox, Keith A. A.

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    Aims Adherence to evidence-based treatments and its consequences after acute myocardial infarction (MI) are poorly defined. We examined the extent to which clopidogrel treatment initiated in hospital is continued in primary care; the factors predictive of clopidogrel discontinuation and the hazard of death or recurrent MI. Methods and results We linked the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project registry and the General Practice Research Database to examine adherence to clopidogrel in pri...

  17. Perfusion and kinetic variations of left ventricle after primary PCI for acute myocardial infarction: correlation between clinico-angiographic and scintigraphic parameters

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    E Varani; M Balducelli; Severi, S; A Patroncini; A Shoheib; Vecchi, G.; GR Lucchi; Aquilina, M.; C Corbelli; Casanova, R.; A Maresta

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    Background: The aim of the present study was to evaluate which of theclinico-angiographic parameters of acute ischemic extension and efficacy ofreperfusion in AMI treated with primary PCI are predictive of infarct size andone month left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).Patients and Method: Thirty-five patients with first AMI treated withprimary PCI underwent two rest 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPECT, 4-6 days and 30-40days after PCI. Clinical, electrocardiographic, angiographic and scintigraph...

  18. Factores de riesgo vascular en el glaucoma primario de ángulo abierto Vascular risk factors in primary open angle glaucoma

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    A. Belzunce

    2004-12-01

    enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC es el GRD más frecuente (6%. El factor de riesgo vascular más frecuente en ambos grupos es la hipertensión arterial (54 frente a un 40% seguido del accidente cerebrovascular (26 frente al 12% del grupo control. El tratamiento médico más utilizado en estos pacientes son los betabloqueantes solos (24,3% o en asociación (18,9% Conclusiones. El GPAA está asociado con la enfermedad cerebrovascular y las variaciones de la presión arterial (hiper/hipotensión. Las enfermedades del sistema respiratorio (neumonía y EPOC, circulatorio (insuficiencia cardiaca congestiva-ICC- y cardiopatía isquémica son la causa de morbilidad más prevalente en este grupo. El tratamiento médico del glaucoma más utilizado son los betabloqueantes que están contraindicados en pacientes con EPOC e ICC.Purpose. To determine whether cardiovascular risk factors distribution differ between primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG and control subjects. To assess the strength of this association in POAG. To analyze the most frequent patology in this group of patients for a better selection of medical treatment. Methods. Observational cross-sectional study in patients with a diagnosis of POAG. Fifty glaucoma patients were selected with consecutive sampling between those who had been admitted to an terciary hospital by any reason and compared with fifty admitted to the same hospital patients without POAG diagnosis in the same period of time. The variables age, sex, the reason for admission to hospital clasificated by diagnosis related group (DRG and diagnostic mayor criteria (DMC, treatment for glaucoma, stroke, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, ischaemic cardiopathy, Raynaud phenomenon, low blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia and tobacco were investigated. Results. An association was found between POAG and stroke (prevalence ratio=2.16;CI al 95%=1.01-2.20; p=0.074*, low blood pressure (prevalence ratio=5; CI=1.14-2.63; p=0.092* and high blood pressure

  19. High-grade acute organ toxicity as positive prognostic factor in primary radio(chemo)therapy for locally advanced, inoperable head and neck cancer

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    Purpose: to test for a possible correlation between high-grade acute organ toxicity during primary radio(chemo)therapy and treatment outcome in patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Patients and methods: from 05/1994 to 01/2009, 216 HNSCC patients were treated with radio(chemo)therapy in primary approach. They received normofractionated (2 Gy/fraction) irradiation including associated nodal drainage sites to a cumulative dose of 70 Gy. 151 patients received additional concomitant chemotherapy (111 patients 5-fluorouracil/mitomycin C, 40 patients cisplatin-based). Toxicity during treatment was monitored weekly according to the Common Toxicity Criteria (CTC), and any toxicity grade CTC ≥ 3 of mucositis, dysphagia or skin reaction was assessed as high-grade acute organ toxicity for later analysis. Results: a statistically significant coherency between high-grade acute organ toxicity and overall survival as well as locoregional control was found: patients with CTC ≥ 3 acute organ toxicity had a 5-year overall survival rate of 4% compared to 8% in patients without (p < 0.01). Thereby, multivariate analyses revealed that the correlation was independent of other possible prognostic factors or factors that may influence treatment toxicity, especially concomitant chemotherapy and radiotherapy technique or treatment-planning procedure. Conclusion: these data indicate that normal tissue and tumor tissue may behave similarly with respect to treatment response, as high-grade acute organ toxicity during radio(chemo)therapy showed to be an independent prognostic marker in the own patient population. However, the authors are aware of the fact that a multivariate analysis in a retrospective study generally has statistical limitations. Therefore, their hypothesis should be further analyzed on biomolecular and clinical levels and other tumor entities in prospective trials. (orig.)

  20. Combined surgery for acute angle-closure glaucoma surgery%联合手术治疗急性闭角型青光眼合并白内障

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    郝黎

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the efficacy of the phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation with trabeculectomy for acute angle-closure glaucoma with cataract.Methods 38 patients (50eyes) of acute angle-closure glaucoma with cataract had received phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation combined with trabeculectomy.The follow-up ranged from 6 to 12 months.Results Visual acuity was increased after operation.The postoperative best corrected visual acuity was ≤ 0.2 in 9 eyes (18.00%),> 0.2 in 41 eyes (82.00%).Postoperative intraocular pressure was controlled in normal range in 48 eyes (96.00%).Postoperative functional filtering bleb was obtained in 48 eyes (96.00%).No severe complication occurred.Conclusion The phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation combined with trabeculectomy is valuable for acute angle-closure glaucoma with cataract.%目的 观察联合手术治疗急性闭角型青光眼合并白内障的临床效果.方法 38例(50眼)急性闭角型青光眼合并白内障行超声乳化人工晶状体植人联合小梁切除术,随访6 ~12个月.结果 手术后视力均较术前有不同程度提高.术后最佳矫正视力≤0.2者9眼(18.00%),>0.2者41眼(82.00%).术后眼压控制在正常范围内者48眼(96.00%).术后功能性滤过泡为48眼(96.00%).无严重并发症发生.结论 联合手术治疗急性闭角型青光眼合并白内障是有效的.

  1. Heparin Versus Bivalirudin in Acute Myocardial Infarction: Unfractionated Heparin Monotherapy Elevated to Primary Treatment in Contemporary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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    Centurión, Osmar Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Bivalirudin, a direct thrombin inhibitor, was developed as an antithrombin agent for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) with the hypothesis that it would reduce bleeding complications without compromising the rate of ischemic events compared to heparin plus GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors. Although the cumulative evidence makes a strong argument for the use of bivalirudin rather than heparin plus systematic GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors for the great majority of patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) undergoing PCI, the benefit observed with bivalirudin was achieved because of the major bleeding complications with the use of heparin plus GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors. When bivalirudin was compared with unfractionated heparin alone there was no benefit in ischemic complications with a decrease in major bleeding. However, in a recent large randomized controlled trial comparing bivalirudin with unfractionated heparin alone in AMI patients undergoing primary PCI, bivalirudin did not reduce bleeding complications and was associated with higher rates of stent thrombosis, myocardial reinfarction, and repeat revascularization compared with heparin. Moreover, a very recent meta-analysis shed more insights on the utilization of bivalirudin versus heparin regimens during PCI. Findings from this meta-analysis suggest that routine use of bivalirudin offers little advantage over heparin among PCI patients. In a detailed analysis of some randomized trials and observational studies with bivalirudin in AMI patients done by myself and published almost five years ago in this journal, I rendered some reflections on the future widespread use of bivalirudin. "In the setting of PCI in AMI patients, and in the absence of GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors, bivalirudin did not offer any beneficial effect in the incidence of the composite end points when compared with heparin alone. For now, in real world practice, one would probably choose a well known cheaper drug that has already passed

  2. Burden of acute otitis media in primary care pediatrics in Italy: a secondary data analysis from the Pedianet database

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    Marchisio Paola

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The incidence of acute otitis media (AOM vary from country to country. Geographical variations together with differences in study designs, reporting and settings play a role. We assessed the incidence of AOM in Italian children seen by primary care paediatricians (PCPs, and described the methods used to diagnose the disease. Methods This secondary data analysis from the Pedianet database considered children aged 0 – 6 years between 01/2003 and 12/2007. The AOM episodes were identified and validated by means of patient diaries. Incidence rates/100 person-years (PY were calculated for total AOM and for single or recurrent AOM. Results The 92,373 children (52.1% males were followed up for a total of 227,361 PY: 23,039 (24.9% presented 38,241 episodes of AOM (94.6% single episodes and 5.4% recurrent episodes. The total incidence rate of AOM in the 5-year period was 16.8 episodes per 100 PY (95% CI: 16.7-16.9, including single AOM (15.9 episodes per 100 PY; 95% CI: 15.7-16.1 and recurrent AOM (0.9 episodes per 100 PY; 95% CI: 0.9-0.9. There was a slight and continuously negative trend decrease over time (annual percent change −4.6%; 95%CI: -5.3, -3.9%. The AOM incidence rate varied with age, peaking in children aged 3 to 4 years (22.2 episodes per 100 PY; 95% CI 21.8-22.7. The vast majority of the AOM episodes (36,842/38,241, 96.3% were diagnosed using a static otoscope; a pneumatic otoscope was used in only 3.7%. Conclusions Our data fill a gap in our knowledge of the incidence of AOM in Italy, and indicate that AOM represents a considerable burden for the Italian PCP system. Educational programmes concerning the diagnosis of AOM are needed, as are further studies to monitor the incidence in relation to the introduction of wider pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

  3. Systematic review and modelling of the investigation of acute and chronic chest pain presenting in primary care.

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    Mant, J; McManus, RJ; Oakes, RA; Delaney, BC; Barton, PM; Deeks, Jj; Hammersley, L; Davies, RC; Davies, MK; Hobbs, FD

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    OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the value of a range of methods - including clinical features, resting and exercise electrocardiography, and rapid access chest pain clinics (RACPCs) - used in the diagnosis and early management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), suspected acute myocardial infarction (MI), and exertional angina. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, the Cochrane Library and electronic abstracts of recent cardiological conferences. REVIEW METHODS: Searches identified studies that consi...

  4. Treatment Outcomes of Corticosteroid Injection and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy as Two Primary Therapeutic Methods for Acute Plantar Fasciitis: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial.

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    Mardani-Kivi, Mohsen; Karimi Mobarakeh, Mahmoud; Hassanzadeh, Zabihallah; Mirbolook, Ahmadreza; Asadi, Kamran; Ettehad, Hossein; Hashemi-Motlagh, Keyvan; Saheb-Ekhtiari, Khashayar; Fallah-Alipour, Keyvan

    2015-01-01

    The outcome of corticosteroid injection (CSI) and extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) as primary treatment of acute plantar fasciitis has been debated. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate and compare the therapeutic effects of CSI and ESWT in patients with acute (plantar fasciitis. Of the 116 eligible patients, 68 were randomized to 2 equal groups of 34 patients, each undergoing either ESWT or CSI. The ESWT method included 2000 impulses with energy of 0.15 mJ/mm(2) and a total energy flux density of 900 mJ/mm(2) for 3 consecutive sessions at 1-week intervals. In the CSI group, 40 mg of methyl prednisolone acetate plus 1 mL of lidocaine 2% was injected into the maximal tenderness point at the inframedial calcaneal tuberosity. The success and recurrence rates and pain intensity measured using the visual analog scale, were recorded and compared at the 3-month follow-up visit. The pain intensity had reduced significantly in all patients undergoing either technique. However, the value and trend of pain reduction in the CSI group was significantly greater than those in the ESWT group (p  .05). Both ESWT and CSI can be used as the primary and/or initial treatment option for treating patients with acute plantar fasciitis; however, the CSI technique had better therapeutic outcomes. PMID:26215551

  5. The impact of childhood acute rotavirus gastroenteritis on the parents’ quality of life: prospective observational study in European primary care medical practices

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rotavirus (RV is the commonest cause of acute gastroenteritis in infants and young children worldwide. A Quality of Life study was conducted in primary care in three European countries as part of a larger epidemiological study (SPRIK to investigate the impact of paediatric rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE on affected children and their parents. Methods A self-administered questionnaire was linguistically validated in Spanish, Italian and Polish. The questionnaire was included in an observational multicentre prospective study of 302 children aged Results Questionnaire responses showed that acute RVGE in a child adversely affects the parents’ daily life as well as the child. Parents of children with RVGE experience worry, distress and impact on their daily activities. RVGE of greater clinical severity (assessed by the Vesikari scale was associated with higher parental worries due to symptoms and greater changes in the child’s behaviour, and a trend to higher impact on parents’ daily activities and higher parental distress, together with a higher score on the symptom severity scale of the questionnaire. Conclusions Parents of a child with acute RVGE presenting to primary care experience worry, distress and disruptions to daily life as a result of the child’s illness. Prevention of this disease through prophylactic vaccination will improve the daily lives of parents and children.

  6. Efficacy and safety of combination therapy with latanoprost after a change in therapeutic regimen from timolol to brinzolamide in Japanese adult patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: open, non-randomized 12-week study

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    Ishikawa, Shusaku; Nakamura, Yoshimi; Nakamura, Yuko; Sakai, Hiroshi; Sawaguchi, Shoichi; Terashima, Kazuo; Kanno, Makoto; Yamashita, Hidetoshi

    2008-01-01

    Purpose To compare the efficacy of brinzolamide in Japanese patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) or ocular hypertension (OH) after a change from timolol in combination therapy with latanoprost. Methods A 12-week, prospective, open-label, comparative study was performed in 20 patients [11 males and 9 females, mean age of 64.5 ± 11.0 (SD)y] with POAG or OH treated with both latanoprost once daily and timolol 0.5% twice daily. During the study brinzolamide was substituted for timolol...

  7. A combined analysis of four observational studies evaluating the intraocular pressure-lowering ability and tolerability of bimatoprost 0.01% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

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    Stevens, Annemie; Iliev, Milko E; de Jong, Leo; Grobeiu, Ioana; Hommer, Anton

    2016-01-01

    Objective Combine and evaluate data from four clinical practice studies investigating the intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering ability, tolerability of and patient adherence to bimatoprost 0.01% therapy in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Methods Data were combined from four multicenter, prospective, observational studies. Patients (n=2,593) were recruited from 328 sites in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Assessments were at study entry (baseline) and after 10–14 weeks. Results Bimatoprost 0.01% lowered mean IOP by 5.0 mmHg from baseline to final visit (Pbimatoprost 0.01% monotherapy from previous monotherapy reduced mean IOP by a further 3.2±3.6 mmHg (17.2%, Pbimatoprost 0.01% from previous prostaglandin monotherapy reduced mean IOP by 2.9±3.5 mmHg (15.5%), including by 3.1±3.4 mmHg (15.8%) and 3.3±4.1 mmHg (16.9%) for previous latanoprost and travoprost treatment, respectively (all Pbimatoprost 0.01% lowered IOP effectively in treatment-naïve and previously treated ocular hypertension and primary open-angle glaucoma patients, and was associated with good tolerability and patient adherence over 12 weeks. PMID:27103783

  8. 急性闭角型青光眼治疗方法的循证评价%An evldence-based appraisal of interventions for acute angle closure glaucoma

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    孙霞; 梁远波; 李思珍; 乔春艳; 詹思延; 王宁利

    2008-01-01

    目的 从循证医学的角度对有关急性闭角型青光眼发作眼和对侧眼的治疗方法进行文献回顾和证据评价,并对今后的研究工作提出建议.方法 系统综述,检索MEDLINE、EMBASE、Cochrane组织(1966年至2006年12月)所有相关英文文献以及中国期刊全文数据库收录的中文核心刊物发表的相关文献(1979年至2006年12月),纳入文献包括随机对照临床研究(RCT)、非随机对照研究、前瞻性病例分析和病例数大于50例的回顾性病例分析,并对相关综述和入选文献的参考文献进行手工检索.入选文献按照治疗性医学文献证据级别的判定标准进行证据分级和评价.结果 共23篇英文文献和5篇中文文献入选.英文、中文文献中分别有5项和3项RCT,其余证据来自非随机临床对照研究和病例分析,涉及的治疗方法包括药物、激光和手术三大类.结论 目前已有较为有力证据的治疗方法:急性发作时即刻行激光周边虹膜成形术较传统的药物治疗方案降眼压作用起效快;急性发作缓解后行激光周边虹膜切开术(LPI)以及对侧眼的预防性LPI,具有解除瞳孔阻滞、控制眼压和预防急性发作再发或新发的效果;LPI和周边虹膜切除手术(SPI)治疗效果相当.白内障摘除术等治疗方法缺乏足够的高级别研究证据和远期随访结果证明其效果和安全性.%Objective To give an evidence-based appraisal to the interventions to treat acute angle closure glaucoma (AACG) in the affected or contralateral eye,and provide some suggestions to further clinical research.Methods Systematic review.Studies published in the English language were identified (1966 to December 2006) from MEDLINE,PubMed,EMBASE,and the Cochrane Collaborations,as well as studies published in the Chinese language from core journals of Chinese Periodical Fulltext Database (1979 to December 2006).Randomized clinical trials (RCTs),prospecfive controlled clinical

  9. Biomarkers as point-of-care tests to guide prescription of antibiotics in patients with acute respiratory infections in primary care

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    Aabenhus, Rune; Jensen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr; Jørgensen, Karsten Juhl;

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    of the observed heterogeneity.There was no difference between using a C-reactive protein point-of-care test and standard care in clinical recovery (defined as at least substantial improvement at day 7 and 28 or need for re-consultations day 28). However, we noted an increase in hospitalisations in the C......BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) are by far the most common reason for prescribing an antibiotic in primary care, even though the majority of ARIs are of viral or non-severe bacterial aetiology. Unnecessary antibiotic use will, in many cases, not be beneficial to the patients...... and renders patients at risk of future ineffective treatments, in turn increasing morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. One strategy aiming to reduce antibiotic use in primary care is the guidance of antibiotic treatment by use of a point-of-care biomarker. A point-of-care biomarker of infection...

  10. High plasma coenzyme Q10 concentration is correlated with good left ventricular performance after primary angioplasty in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Huang, Ching-Hui; Kuo, Chen-Ling; Huang, Ching-Shan; Tseng, Wan-Min; Lian, Ie Bin; Chang, Chia-Chu; Liu, Chin-San

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Exogenous administration of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been shown in experimental models to have a protective effect against ischemia–reperfusion injury. However, it is unclear whether follow-up plasma CoQ10 concentration is prognostic of left ventricular (LV) performance after primary balloon angioplasty in patients with acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We prospectively recruited 55 patients with STEMI who were treated with primary coronary balloon angioplasty. Plasma CoQ10 concentrations were measured before primary angioplasty (baseline) and 3 days, 7 days, and 1 month after STEMI using high-performance liquid chromatography. Echocardiography was performed at baseline and at 6-month follow-up. The control group comprised 54 healthy age- and sex-matched volunteers. Serial circulating CoQ10 concentrations significantly decreased with time in the STEMI group. The LV ejection fraction at 6-month follow-up positively correlated with the 1-month plasma CoQ10 tertile. Higher plasma CoQ10 concentrations at 1 month were associated with favorable LV remodeling and systolic function 6 months after STEMI. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that changes in CoQ10 concentrations at 1-month follow-up were predictive of LV systolic function 6 months after STEMI. Changes in CoQ10 concentrations correlated negatively with baseline oxidized low-density lipoprotein and fibrinogen concentrations and correlated positively with leukocyte mitochondrial copy number at baseline. Patients with STEMI who had higher plasma CoQ10 concentrations 1 month after primary angioplasty had better LV performance at 6-month follow-up. In addition, higher plasma CoQ10 concentration was associated with lower grade inflammatory and oxidative stress status. Therefore, plasma CoQ10 concentration may serve as a novel prognostic biomarker of LV systolic function after revascularization therapy for acute myocardial infarction. PMID:27495100

  11. Incremental predictive value of myocardial scintigraphy with {sup 123}I-BMIPP in patients with acute myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Nanasato, Mamoru; Hirayama, Haruo [Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital, Cardiovascular Center, Nagoya (Japan); Ando, Akitada; Isobe, Satoshi; Nonokawa, Makoto; Murohara, Toyoaki [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Nagoya (Japan); Kinoshita, Yoshimi; Nanbu, Ichiro [Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Yokota, Mitsuhiro [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Clinical Pathophysiology, Nagoya (Japan)

    2004-11-01

    It is unclear whether {sup 123}I-labelled {beta}-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid ({sup 123}I-BMIPP) myocardial scintigraphy adds further predictive value for future cardiac events compared with the variables obtained during cardiac catheterisation in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore investigated whether {sup 123}I-BMIPP imaging in patients with AMI treated by primary PCI was useful in predicting future cardiac events. One hundred and fifty-nine patients with AMI who were treated with primary PCI and underwent left ventriculography (LVG) on admission underwent {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy. Scintigrams were visually classified, and the total defect score (TDS) was calculated. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were defined as cardiac death including sudden death, congestive heart failure and recurrence of acute coronary syndrome. Patients were followed up for a mean of 34.5 months (12-63 months). Twenty-six patients had MACE. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that patients with the top 50% of {sup 123}I-BMIPP TDSs had a significantly higher rate of MACE (P=0.007). Patients with mismatch between {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP images also had significantly more MACE (P=0.02). In the prediction of MACE, the global chi-square value was 5.2 (P=0.001) based on LVEF (<45%) and the number of diseased vessels (two or three). Adding {sup 123}I-BMIPP TDS and the mismatch improved the global chi-square value ({chi}{sup 2}=7.2) Myocardial scintigraphy using {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP predicts future cardiac events in patients with AMI treated with primary PCI, and provides additional predictive value compared with the variables obtained with cardiac catheterisation alone. (orig.)

  12. Serum iron concentration, but not hemoglobin, correlates with TIMI risk score and 6-month left ventricular performance after primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Ching-Hui Huang

    Full Text Available Anemia is associated with high mortality and poor prognosis after acute coronary syndrome (ACS. Increased red cell distribution width (RDW is a strong independent predictor for adverse outcomes in ACS. The common underlying mechanism for anemia and increased RDW value is iron deficiency. It is not clear whether serum iron deficiency without anemia affects left ventricular (LV performance after primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (AMI. We investigated the prognostic value of serum iron concentration on LV ejection fraction (EF at 6 months and its relationship to thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI risk score in post MI patients.We recruited 55 patients who were scheduled to undergo primary coronary balloon angioplasty after AMI and 54 age- and sex-matched volunteers. Serum iron concentration and interleukin-6 levels were measured before primary angioplasty. LVEF was measured by echocardiography at baseline and after 6 months. TIMI risk score was calculated for risk stratification.Serum iron concentration was significantly lower in those in whom LVEF had not improved ≥ 10% from baseline (52.7 ± 24.1 versus 80.8 ± 50.8 µg/dl, P = 0.016 regardless of hemoglobin level, and was significantly lower in the AMI group than in the control group (62.5 ± 37.7 versus 103.0 ± 38.1 µg/dl, P<0.001. Trend analysis revealed that serum iron concentration decreased as TIMI risk score increased (P = 0.002. In addition, lower serum iron concentrations were associated with higher levels of inflammatory markers. Multiple linear regression showed that baseline serum iron concentration can predict LV systolic function 6 months after primary angioplasty for AMI even after adjusting for traditional prognostic factors.Hypoferremia is not only a marker of inflammation but also a potential prognostic factor for LV systolic function after revascularization therapy for AMI, and may be a novel biomarker for therapeutic intervention.

  13. Long-term outcomes of laser peripheral iridectomy for primary angle closure glaucoma%激光周边虹膜切除术治疗原发性闭角型青光眼的远期疗效观察

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    卞爱玲; 赵家良; 周崎; 张扬; 刘小力; 毛进

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the long-term efficacy and safety of laser peripheral iridectomy for primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG).Methods It was a retrospective case series study.Data were collected from those patients who received laser peripheral iridectomy (LPI) for acute or chronic PACG from April 1992 through October 2002 at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital.Ordy patients who were followed for at least 5 years were included in this study.The control of intraocular pressure (IOP),visual acuity and managements after LPI were analyzed.All of the studied eyes were re-classified into three categories according to the status of anterior chamber angle,optic nerve head and visual field before LPI:primary angle closure suspect (PACS),primary angle closure (PAC) and primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG).Satisfactory control of IOP was defined as the IOP was less than 21 mm Hg (1 mm Hg=0.133 kPa) without any medications after LPI.No satisfactory control of IOP was defined as the IOP was greater than 21 mm Hg after LPI,yet could be controlled below 21 mm Hg by anti-glaucoma medications.A failure in IOP control was defined as an acute attack of angle closure developed or filtering surgery was required to control IOP after LPI.Chi-square analysis was used for comparison of IOP control in different groups.Results One hundred and thirty one patients (251 eyes) with PACG were eligible for this study.The mean follow-up period was (9.2±3.7) years.Of the 251 eyes,18 eyes (7.2%) were identified as PACS,98 eyes (39.0%) PAC,129 eyes (51.4%) PACG,and 6 eyes (2.4%) could not be classified owing to the lack of the information on the optic nerve head and visual field before LPI.The rates of satisfactory control of IOP were 27.1% in all eyes,and 88.9% (16/18),38.8% (38/98) and 10.9% (14/129) in PACS,PAC and PACG eyes respectively.The rates of no satisfactory control of IOP were 59.8% in all eyes,and 5.6% (1/18),48.0% (47/98) and 75.2% (97/129) in PACS,PAC and PACG eyes

  14. Measurement of acute nonspecific low back pain perception in primary care physical therapy: reliability and validity of the brief illness perception questionnaire

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    Hallegraeff Joannes M

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The eight-item Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire is used as a screening instrument in physical therapy to assess mental defeat in patients with acute low back pain, besides patient perception might determine the course and risk for chronic low back pain. However, the psychometric properties of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire in common musculoskeletal disorders like acute low back pain have not been adequately studied. Patients’ perceptions vary across different populations and affect coping styles. Thus, our aim was to determine the internal consistency, test-retest reliability and validity of the Dutch language version of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire in acute non-specific low back pain patients in primary care physical therapy. Methods A non-experimental cross-sectional study with two measurements was performed. Eighty-four acute low back pain patients, in multidisciplinary health care center in Dutch primary care with a sample mean (SD age of 42 (12 years, participated in the study. Internal consistency (Cronbach’s α and test-retest procedures (Intraclass Correlation Coefficients and limits of agreement were evaluated at a one-week interval. The concurrent validity of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire was examined by using the Mental Health Component of the Short Form 36 Health Survey. Results The Cronbach’s α for internal consistency was 0.73 (95% CI, 0.67 – 0.83; and the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient test-retest reliability was acceptable: 0.72 (95% CI, 0.53 – 0.82, however, the limits of agreement were large. The Intraclass Correlation Coefficient measuring concurrent validity 0.65 (95% CI, 0.46 – 0.80. Conclusion The Dutch version of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire is an appropriate instrument for measuring patients’ perceptions in acute low back pain patients, showing acceptable internal consistency and reliability. Concurrent validity is adequate

  15. 原发性闭角型青光眼发病影响因素调查研究%Investigation on influential factors of primary angle-closure glaucoma

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    宋利宝; 向继洲

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨原发性闭角型青光眼患者发病影响因素,并为早期采取针对性的预防措施提供参考依据.方法 采用发病影响因素自编问卷收集2010年12月~2012年12月浙江嘉兴武警医院眼科收治的56例原发性闭角型青光眼患者和同期112例健康体检者的临床资料,采用描述性统计和二分类Logistic回归分析原发性闭角型青光眼患者发病影响因素.结果 多因素Logistic回归分析显示,高龄(OR=5.644,P=0.002)、高血压病(OR=12.947,P=0.000)、糖尿病(OR=12.869,P=0.000)、A型行为模式(OR=6.193,P=0.000)、血液黏稠度异常(OR=12.855,P=0.000)、睫状体与晶状体间的距离短(OR=7.124,P=0.000)、浅前房(OR=13.850,P=0.000)、角膜小(OR=8.352,P=0.000)、晶状体较厚(OR=4.391,P=0.000)、眼轴较短(OR=8.159,P=0.000)和虹膜与晶体接触距离增大(OR=5.523,P=0.001)是原发性闭角型青光眼患者发病的危险因素,而近距离看电视(OR=0.421,P=0.000)是原发性闭角型青光眼患者发病的保护因素.结论 原发性闭角型青光眼的发病受多种因素影响,应关注高危人群,采取针对性措施降低原发性闭角型青光眼的发病率,改善预后.%Objective To investigate the influential factors of primary angle-closure glaucoma,in order to provide basis for adopting corresponding prevention countermeasures.Methods The clinical data of 56 primary angle-closure glaucoma who were treated in the Ophthalmology Department of Jiaxing Armed Police Hospital from December 2010 to December 2012 and 112 healthy control were collected by the self-made general data questionnaire,then the influential factors of primary angle-closure glaucoma were analyzed by descriptive statistics and binary classification Logistic regression analysis.Results The multiple Logistic regression analysis showed that advanced age (OR =5.644,P =0.002),hypertension (OR =12.947,P =0.000),diabetes (OR =12.869,P =0.000),type A behavior pattern (OR =6.193,P =0

  16. Barriers and facilitators to the dissemination of DECISION+, a continuing medical education program for optimizing decisions about antibiotics for acute respiratory infections in primary care: A study protocol

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    Gagnon Marie-Pierre

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background In North America, acute respiratory infections are the main reason for doctors' visits in primary care. Family physicians and their patients overuse antibiotics for treating acute respiratory infections. In a pilot clustered randomized trial, we showed that DECISION+, a continuing medical education program in shared decision making, has the potential to reduce the overuse of antibiotics for treating acute respiratory infections. DECISION+ learning activities consisted of three interactive sessions of three hours each, reminders at the point of care, and feedback to doctors on their agreement with patients about comfort with the decision whether to use antibiotics. The objective of this study is to identify the barriers and facilitators to physicians' participation in DECISION+ with the goal of disseminating DECISION+ on a larger scale. Methods/design This descriptive study will use mixed methods and retrospective and prospective components. All analyses will be based on an adapted version of the Ottawa Model of Research Use. First, we will use qualitative methods to analyze the following retrospective data from the pilot study: the logbooks of eight research assistants, the transcriptions of 15 training sessions, and 27 participant evaluations of the DECISION+ training sessions. Second, we will collect prospective data in semi-structured focus groups composed of family physicians to identify barriers and facilitators to the dissemination of a future training program similar to DECISION+. All 39 family physicians exposed to DECISION+ during the pilot project will be eligible to participate. We will use a self-administered questionnaire based on Azjen's Theory of Planned Behaviour to assess participants' intention to take part in future training programs similar to DECISION+. Discussion Barriers and facilitators identified in this project will guide modifications to DECISION+, a continuing medical education program in shared

  17. Collaboration improves outcomes: cross county, joint acute and primary care, working party to select a super absorbent dressing.

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    Fenwick, Kim; Florence, Lorraine; Godar, Sue; Guy, Heidi; Tilbe, Helen

    2012-11-01

    This abstract highlights the work undertaken by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Tissue Viability Nurses Forum (BHTVNF) to select a super absorbent dressing for local formularies. A range of super absorbent dressings was selected to be included in the evaluation based on their accessibility via FP10 or NHS Supply chain. Dressings were evaluated in the hospital setting, community setting and leg ulcer clinics. Table top evaluations were also undertaken. Performance of dressings both clinically and via table top were considered along with costs. It was interesting to find out that hospital patients had different needs to community patients and as such three recommendations were made. The acute sector has added one super absorbent which is different from the community selected one. The community has also selected a lower performing super absorbent which the acute sector has not chosen.

  18. Prospective unmasked randomized evaluation of the iStent inject® versus two ocular hypotensive agents in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Fea, Antonio M; Belda, Jose I; Rękas, Marek; Jünemann, Anselm; Chang, Lydia; Pablo, Luis; Voskanyan, Lilit; Katz, L Jay

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to compare outcomes of subjects with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) not controlled on one medication who underwent either implantation of two iStent inject® trabecular micro-bypass devices or received medical therapy consisting of a fixed combination of latanoprost/timolol. Patients and methods Of 192 subjects who qualified for the study and were enrolled, 94 were randomized to surgery with implantation of two iStent inject® devices in the treated eye and 98 to receive medical therapy. Results At the month 12 visit, 94.7% of eyes (89/94) in the stent group reported an unmedicated intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction of ≥20% versus baseline unmedicated IOP, and 91.8% of eyes (88/98) in the medical therapy group reported an IOP reduction ≥20% versus baseline unmedicated IOP. A 17.5% between-group treatment difference in favor of the iStent inject group was statistically significant (P=0.02) at the ≥50% level of IOP reduction. An IOP ≤18 mmHg was reported in 92.6% of eyes (87/94) in the iStent inject group and 89.8% of eyes (88/98) in the medical therapy group. Mean (standard deviation) IOP decreases from screening of 8.1 (2.6) mmHg and 7.3 (2.2) mmHg were reported in the iStent inject and medical therapy groups, respectively. A high safety profile was also noted in this study in both the iStent inject and medical therapy groups, as measured by stable best corrected visual acuity, cup-to-disc ratio, and adverse events. Conclusion These data show that the use of iStent inject is at least as effective as two medications, with the clinical benefit of reducing medication burden and assuring continuous treatment with full compliance to implant therapy as well as having a highly favorable safety profile. PMID:24855336

  19. A task-based approach to defining the role of the nurse practitioner: the views of UK acute and primary sector nurses.

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    Hicks, C; Hennessy, D

    1999-03-01

    There exists within the United Kingdom considerable confusion relating to the definition and occupational boundaries of the nurse practitioner (NP). In consequence, the clinical practice and training of the NP remain unregulated, unstandardized and heavily dependent on local forces. Such a situation is regrettable, particularly in view of the potential value the nurse practitioner has for health care provision and also for influencing national policy decisions. It is conceivable that one reason for the current failure to reach agreement over the role definition of the nurse practitioner relates to the fact that their essential job functions depend upon the context in which the nurse practitioner operates, with primary-based practice differing from acute sector service delivery in sufficient critical ways as to make a generic, inclusive definition impossible. To investigate the veracity of this view, two cohorts of United Kingdom nurses were sampled, one of which worked within the acute sector (n = 49) and the other in the community (n = 420). These groups were surveyed using a unique training needs analysis instrument that had been developed along formal psychometric principles. Both groups perceived advanced clinical activities, including examination and diagnosis, and a range of research activities to be central to the role of the nurse practitioner. The primary sample, however, reported business and management activities as essential tasks, while the acute sector nurses regarded high levels of communication skills, autonomy and risk management to be more important. The implications of the similarities and differences between the two data sets are discussed with reference to different clinical domains. PMID:10210464

  20. Primary stenting of an anomalous left main coronary artery originating from the right sinus of Valsalva during acute myocardial infarction

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    Gökhan Çiçek; Servet Altay; Seçkin Satılmış; Zekeriya Nurkalem

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    Anomalous origin of left and right coronary arteries from a single coronary ostium in the right sinus of Valsalva is rare. Previously, few reports have described percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in this anomaly. We report a case of a 78-year-old female who had acute inferior myocardial infarction with a severe lesion in the anomalous left main coronary artery (LMCA) arising from a single ostium in the right sinus of Valsalva.Key words: Coronary artery anomaly, single coronary artery,...

  1. Preventive PCI versus culprit lesion stenting during primary PCI in acute STEMI: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Pandit, Anil; Aryal, Madan Raj; Aryal Pandit, Aashrayata; Hakim, Fayaz Ahmad; Giri, Smith; Mainali, Naba Raj; Sharma, Prashant; Lee, Howard R.; Fortuin, F. David; Mookadam, Farouk

    2014-01-01

    Aim The benefit of preventive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been shown in randomised trials. However, all the randomised trials are underpowered to detect benefit in cardiac death. We aim to systematically review evidence on the cardiac mortality benefit of preventive PCI in patients presenting with acute STEMI in randomised patient populations. Methods PubMed, Scopus, Cochrane and clinicaltrials.gov databases were searched for stud...

  2. Acute acalculous cholecystitis in a patient with primary Epstein-Barr virus infection: a case report and literature review

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    J. Agergaard

    2015-06-01

    In conclusion primary EBV infection should be considered in cases of AAC, especially in young women. In cases associated with EBV infection neither administration of antibiotics nor surgical drainage may be indicated.

  3. Effect of Abciximab on the Levels of Circulating Microparticles in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated by Primary Angioplasty

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    Cha, Jung-Joon; Kim, Jong-Youn; Choi, Eui-Young; Min, Pil-Ki; Cho, Minhee; Lee, Da-Lyung; Hong, Sung-Yu; Yoon, Young-Won; Lee, Byoung Kwon; Hong, Bum-Kee; Rim, Se-Joong; Kwon, Hyuck Moon

    2013-01-01

    Background and Objectives We investigated the effect of the additional use of abciximab during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on the level of procoagulant microparticles (MPs) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who had undergone primary PCI. Subjects and Methods In this study, we studied 86 patients with STEMI (72 men, age 58±13) who had undergone primary PCI. The decision to administer abciximab immediately prior to PCI was left to the discretion of...

  4. Prospective unmasked randomized evaluation of the iStent inject® versus two ocular hypotensive agents in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Fea AM

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Antonio M Fea,1 Jose I Belda,2 Marek Rękas,3 Anselm Jünemann,4 Lydia Chang,5 Luis Pablo,6 Lilit Voskanyan,7 L Jay Katz81Università degli Studi di Torino, Clinica Oculistica, Torino, Italy; 2Hospital Torrevieja Salud, UTE, Servicio de Oftalmologia, Alicante, Spain; 3Military Institute of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Warsaw, Poland; 4Universitätsaugenklinik, Erlangen, Germany; 5Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust and Moorfields Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom; 6Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet, Servicio Oftalmologico, Zaragoza, Spain; 7SV Malayan Ophthalmological Center, Yerevan, Armenia; 8Wills Eye Institute, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, USAPurpose: The purpose of this study was to compare outcomes of subjects with open-angle glaucoma (OAG not controlled on one medication who underwent either implantation of two iStent inject® trabecular micro-bypass devices or received medical therapy consisting of a fixed combination of latanoprost/timolol.Patients and methods: Of 192 subjects who qualified for the study and were enrolled, 94 were randomized to surgery with implantation of two iStent inject® devices in the treated eye and 98 to receive medical therapy.Results: At the month 12 visit, 94.7% of eyes (89/94 in the stent group reported an unmedicated intraocular pressure (IOP reduction of ≥20% versus baseline unmedicated IOP, and 91.8% of eyes (88/98 in the medical therapy group reported an IOP reduction ≥20% versus baseline unmedicated IOP. A 17.5% between-group treatment difference in favor of the iStent inject group was statistically significant (P=0.02 at the ≥50% level of IOP reduction. An IOP ≤18 mmHg was reported in 92.6% of eyes (87/94 in the iStent inject group and 89.8% of eyes (88/98 in the medical therapy group. Mean (standard deviation IOP decreases from screening of 8.1 (2.6 mmHg and 7.3 (2.2 mmHg were reported in the iStent inject and medical therapy groups, respectively. A high

  5. How to reduce avoidable admissions due to acute diabetes complications?: Interrelation between primary and specialized attention in a diabetes unit

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a serious health problem. In the year 2030 it will affect 366 million people around the world. Objective: Evaluate the effectiveness of a mixed intervention and reducing the amount and seriousness of acute complications in diabetics from our Health Area. Materials and method: Protocols of action as well as information documents were produced. Diabetes Unit coordinated educational activities in the different support levels of the Area VII of Murcia. Information talks were provided for the people in charge of the Diabetes Unit in every Care Center and Service of the Health Area. Personalized training was provided for patients treated in the differet Care levels. The study comprised three stages. Information leaflets were spread and talks offered to the patient regarding in house handling of hypo and hyper glycemia. Results: A reduction of 39% of the emergencies due to acute non complicated diabetes was achieved, as well as a reduction of 47.6% of hospital admissions. There was a reduction of 67.8% of the amount of total hospital stays for the group of patients under 35 years who were admitted into the hospital due to type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus that didn't show any complications (GRD295. Conclusions: There was a reduction of more than thirty percent in the emergencies due to acute decompensations in the disease and a significant reduction in the avoidable hospital stays in the young adult, thus improving the patients' life quality and reducing the social cost of the diabetic patient.

  6. Clinical, epidemiological and virological features of dengue virus infections in vietnamese patients presenting to primary care facilities with acute undifferentiated fever

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    Thai, Khoa T.D.; Phuong, Hoang Lan; Thanh Nga, Tran Thi; Giao, Phan Trong; Hung, Le Quoc; Van Nam, Nguyen; Binh, Tran Quang; Simmons, Cameron; Farrar, Jeremy; Hien, Tran Thinh; van Doorn, H. Rogier; de Jong, Menno D.; de Vries, Peter J.

    2010-01-01

    Summary Objectives To explore clinical and virological characteristics and describe the epidemiology of dengue in patients who presented with acute undifferentiated fever (AUF) at primary health centers (PHC) in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Methods A prospective observational study was conducted from 2001 to 2006 to study the aetiology in AUF patients. Demographic and clinical information was obtained, and dengue polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and serology were performed on a random selection of patients. Results Three hundred fifty-one serologically confirmed dengue patients including 68 primary and 283 secondary infections were included in this study. In 25% (86/351) dengue virus (DENV) was detected by RT-PCR among which 32 DENV-1, 16 DENV-2, 1 DENV-3 and 37 DENV-4 were identified. The predominant dengue serotype varied by year with seasonal fluctuation: DENV-4 in 2001–2002, DENV-1 and DENV-2 from 2003 to 2006. Primary dengue was more common in children. Higher viraemia levels (P = 0.010) were found in primary infections compared to secondary infections. DENV-1 infected patients had higher viraemia levels than DENV-2 (P = 0.003) and DENV-4 (P < 0.001) infected patients. Clinical symptoms were often seen in adults. Few differences in clinical symptoms were found between primary and secondary infection and no significant differences in clinical symptoms between the serotypes were observed. Conclusions Our data provide insight in the epidemiology, clinical profile and virological features of mild symptomatic dengue patients who presented to PHC with AUF in Vietnam. PMID:20080126

  7. Comparison of risk of acute kidney injury after primary percutaneous coronary interventions with the transradial approach versus the transfemoral approach (from the PRIPITENA urban registry).

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    Cortese, Bernardo; Sciahbasi, Alessandro; Sebik, Rodrigo; Rigattieri, Stefano; Alonzo, Alessandro; Silva-Orrego, Pedro; Belloni, Flavia; Seregni, Romano G; Giovannelli, Francesca; Tespili, Maurizio; Ricci, Roberto; Berni, Andrea

    2014-09-15

    The risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major issue after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), especially in the setting of ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Preliminary data from large retrospective registries seem to show a reduction of AKI when a transradial (TR) approach for PCI is adopted. Little is known about the relation between vascular access and AKI after emergent PCI. We here report the results of the Primary PCI from Tevere to Navigli (PRIPITENA), a retrospective database of primary PCI performed at high-volume centers in the urban areas of Rome and Milan. Primary end point of this study was the occurrence of AKI in the TR and transfemoral (TF) access site groups. Secondary end points were major adverse cardiovascular events, stent thrombosis, and Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction major and minor bleedings. The database included 1,330 patients, 836 treated with a TR and 494 with a TF approach. After a propensity-matched analysis performed to exclude possible confounders, we identified 450 matched patients (225 TR and 225 TF). The incidence of AKI in the 2 matched groups was lower in patients treated with TR primary PCI (8.4% vs 16.9%, p = 0.007). Major adverse cardiovascular events and stent thrombosis were not different among study groups, whereas major bleedings were more often seen in the TF group. At multivariate analysis, femoral access was an independent predictor of AKI (odds ratio 1.654, 95% confidence interval 1.084 to 2.524, p = 0.042). In conclusion, in this database of primary PCI, the risk of AKI was lower with a TR approach, and the TF approach was an independent predictor for the occurrence of this complication.

  8. Impact of admission creatinine level on clinical outcomes of patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stent implantation

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    ZHANG Qi; ZHANG Rui-yan; SHEN Jie; ZHANG Jian-sheng; HU Jian; YANG Zheng-kun; ZHANG Xian; ZHENG Ai-fang; SHEN Wei-feng

    2008-01-01

    Background Prognosis of patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and renal dysfunction (RD) who received primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been fully investigated in the drug-eluting stent (DES) era.This study aimed to evaluate the impact of admission serum creatinine level on short-term outcomes in patients with acute STEMI undergoing DES-based primary PCI.Methods Primary PCI with DES implantation was attempted in 619 consecutive STEMI patients within 12 hours of symptom onset.Among them,86 patients had a serum creatinine level >115 μmol/L on admission (RD group),and the remaining 533 patients had normal renal function (non-RD group).The primary endpoint was 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE,including death,non-fatal reinfarction,and target vessel revascularization),and the secondary endpoint was subacute stent thrombosis.Results Patients in the RD group were older than those in the non-RD group.There are more female patients in the RD group and they had a history of hypertension,myocardial infarction and revascularization.The occurrence rates of Killip class ≥2 (29.1% vs 18.6%,P=0.02) and multi-vessel (62.8% vs 44.5%,P=0.001) and triple vessel disease (32.6% vs 18.2%,P=0.002),in-hospital mortality (9.3% vs 3.8%,P=0.03),and MACE rate during hospitalization (17.4% vs 7.7%,P=0.006) were higher in the RD group than those in the non-RD group.At a 30-day clinical follow-up,the MACE-free survival rate was significantly reduced in the RD group (76.7% vs 89.9%,P=0.0003).Angiographic stent thrombosis occurred in 3 (3.5%) and 7 (1.3%) of patients in the RD group and non-RD group,respectively (P=0.15).Multivariate analysis revealed that the serum creatinine level≥115 μmol/L on admission was an independent predictor for MACE rate at a 30-day follow-up (Hazard ratio (HR) 3.31,95% CI 1.19-9.18,P<0.001).Conclusion Despite similar prevalence of stent thrombosis at a 30-day clinical follow-up,the short-term prognosis of

  9. Primary dengue haemorrhagic fever in patients from northeast of Brazil is associated with high levels of interferon-β during acute phase

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    Oliveira, Renato Antônio dos Santos; da Silva, Mayara Marques Carneiro; Calzavara-Silva, Carlos Eduardo; Silva, Ana Maria; Cordeiro, Marli Tenório; de Moura, Patrícia Muniz Mendes Freire; Baptista, Paulo Neves; Marques, Ernesto Torres de Azevedo; Gil, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales

    2016-01-01

    Dengue is an acute febrile disease caused by the mosquito-borne dengue virus (DENV) that according to clinical manifestations can be classified as asymptomatic, mild or severe dengue. Severe dengue cases have been associated with an unbalanced immune response characterised by an over secretion of inflammatory cytokines. In the present study we measured type I interferon (IFN-I) transcript and circulating levels in primary and secondary DENV infected patients. We observed that dengue fever (DF) and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) patients express IFN-I differently. While DF and DHF patients express interferon-α similarly (52,71 ± 7,40 and 49,05 ± 7,70, respectively), IFN- β were associated with primary DHF patients. On the other hand, secondary DHF patients were not able to secrete large amounts of IFN- β which in turn may have influenced the high-level of viraemia. Our results suggest that, in patients from our cohort, infection by DENV serotype 3 elicits an innate response characterised by higher levels of IFN- β in the DHF patients with primary infection, which could contribute to control infection evidenced by the low-level of viraemia in these patients. The present findings may contribute to shed light in the role of innate immune response in dengue pathogenesis. PMID:27223651

  10. Primary dengue haemorrhagic fever in patients from northeast of Brazil is associated with high levels of interferon-β during acute phase.

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    Oliveira, Renato Antônio Dos Santos; Silva, Mayara Marques Carneiro da; Calzavara-Silva, Carlos Eduardo; Silva, Ana Maria; Cordeiro, Marli Tenório; Moura, Patrícia Muniz Mendes Freire de; Baptista, Paulo Neves; Marques, Ernesto Torres de Azevedo; Gil, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales

    2016-05-24

    Dengue is an acute febrile disease caused by the mosquito-borne dengue virus (DENV) that according to clinical manifestations can be classified as asymptomatic, mild or severe dengue. Severe dengue cases have been associated with an unbalanced immune response characterised by an over secretion of inflammatory cytokines. In the present study we measured type I interferon (IFN-I) transcript and circulating levels in primary and secondary DENV infected patients. We observed that dengue fever (DF) and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) patients express IFN-I differently. While DF and DHF patients express interferon-α similarly (52,71 ± 7,40 and 49,05 ± 7,70, respectively), IFN- β were associated with primary DHF patients. On the other hand, secondary DHF patients were not able to secrete large amounts of IFN- β which in turn may have influenced the high-level of viraemia. Our results suggest that, in patients from our cohort, infection by DENV serotype 3 elicits an innate response characterised by higher levels of IFN- β in the DHF patients with primary infection, which could contribute to control infection evidenced by the low-level of viraemia in these patients. The present findings may contribute to shed light in the role of innate immune response in dengue pathogenesis. PMID:27223651

  11. Long-term outcome of primary angioplasty compared with fibrinolysis across age groups: a Danish Multicenter Randomized Study on Fibrinolytic Therapy Versus Acute Coronary Angioplasty in Acute Myocardial Infarction (DANAMI-2) substudy

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    Fosbøl, Emil Loldrup; Thune, Jens Jakob; Kelbaek, Henning;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Primary angioplasty in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction has been shown to be superior to fibrinolysis. Whether elderly patients have the same long-term benefit from angioplasty, compared with fibrinolysis, as younger patients is unknown. METHODS: The effect...... of angioplasty versus fibrinolysis was investigated in 1,572 patients from the DANAMI-2 study across age groups. End points were total mortality and a composite end point of death, reinfarction, or disabling stroke. Follow-up was 3 years. RESULTS: Increasing age was associated with mortality (adjusted hazard...... ratio [HR] 2.45 per 10 year increment, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.78-3.37, P angioplasty over fibrinolysis on the combined outcome was independent of age: patients aged

  12. 小儿急性原发性EB病毒感染临床分析%Children with acute primary EB infection, clinical analysis

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    刘文梅

    2016-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical symptoms of children with acute primary EB infection. Methods In our hospital from January 2013 to January 2016 were admitted to the pediatric acute primary EB virus infection were analyzed using the ELISA method examination, 110 cases were EBV-VCA-IgM positive. Results In 110 cases of infectious mononucleosis in 6 cases accounted for 5.5%, accounted for 40%of 44 cases of acute upper respiratory tract infection, lymphadenitis in 9 cases accounted for 8.2%, 25.5%in 28 cases of acute bronchitis or pneumonia, 4 cases of viral encephalitis were accounted for 3.6%, accounted for 5.5%of 6 cases of viral myocarditis, idiopathic platelet reduction purpura in 7 cases accounted for 6.4%, 5 cases of allergic purpura disease in 1 cases accounted for 4.5%, Kawasaki accounted for 0.9%. Conclusion Children with acute primary EB infection may lead to respiratory system, nervous system, circulatory system and other serious damage, timely treatment, can effectively control the disease.%目的:分析探讨小儿急性原发性E B病毒感染的临床症状。方法:我院于2013年1月至2016年1月共收治的小儿急性原发性EB病毒感染患儿进行分析,使用ELISA法检查,检测EBV-VCA-IgM,阳性110例。结果:110例患儿中,传染性单核细胞增多症6例占5.5%,急性上呼吸道感染44例占40.0%,淋巴结炎9例占8.2%,急性支气管炎或肺炎28例25.5%,病毒性脑炎4例占3.6%,病毒性心肌炎6例占5.5%,特发性血小板减少性紫癜7例占6.4%,过敏性紫癜5例占4.5%,川崎病1例占0.9%。结论:小儿急性原发性EB病毒感染会导致呼吸系统、神经系统、循环系统等的严重损伤,及时治疗,能有效控制病情。

  13. [Renal infarction and acute arterial obstruction of the lower extremity encountered after surgery for primary lung cancer].

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    Tamaki, Masafumi; Miura, Kazumasa; Norimura, Shoko; Kenzaki, Koichirou; Yosizawa, Kiyoshi

    2013-02-01

    The patient was 68-year-old who underwent left upper lobectomy and lymph node dissection. On the 4th postoperative day, he developed vomiting and lumbar pain. On 5th postoperative day, he complained of pain, sensory paralysis and cold sensation of the right lower extremity. Computed tomography(CT)examination revealed left renal infarction and acute arterial obstruction of the right common iliac artery. Emergency thrombectomy of the right lower extremity was performed. Postoperatively, he received anticoagulant therapy and was able to leave the hospital on the 20th postoperative day. Attention should be paid to the infarction of abdominal organs when developing abdominal symptoms after lung cancer surgery in elderly patients.

  14. Primary Cytomegalovirus-Related Eosinophilic Pneumonia in a Three-year-old Child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia: Case report and literature review

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    Mohammed Al Reesi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A diagnosis of eosinophilic pneumonia (EP is rare in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL. We report a case of EP in association with a primary cytomegalovirus (CMV infection in a three-yearold Omani child with ALL. The patient presented with fever while undergoing maintenance chemotherapy. He was admitted to the Child Health Department of Royal Hospital, in Muscat, Oman, in November 2011. He was initially thought to have sepsis but failed to respond to antibiotics. Chest computed tomography showed diffuse ground glass lung opacification. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL cytology was consistent with the diagnosis of EP. Polymerase chain reaction tests for CMV were performed on the BAL and blood samples and were both markedly elevated. The patient made a full recovery after treatment with prednisolone and ganciclovir. The association between CMV infection and EP as well as the management of this combination in immunocompromised patients has never been reported in the English literature.

  15. Comparison of Acute Toxicities in Two Primary Chemoradiation Regimens in the Treatment of Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Fan, Katherine Y.; Gogineni, Hrishikesh; Zaboli, David; Lake, Spencer; Zahurak, Marianna L.; Best, Simon R.; Levine, Marshall A.; Tang, Mei; Zinreich, Eva S.; Saunders, John R.; Califano, Joseph A.; Blanco, Ray G.; Pai, Sara I.; Messing, Barbara; Ha, Patrick K.

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    Purpose The optimal dosage and frequency of platinum-based chemoradiotherapy (CRT) regimen for treating advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma remains unresolved. This study aims to compare the toxicity and efficacy of weekly versus more dose-intensive cisplatin-based CRTs. Methods We reviewed 155 stage III/IV head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients with no evidence of distant metastasis treated with one of two CRT regimens from 2000 to 2010 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Twice-daily radiation was provided as a split course over a 45-day period. Regimen A consisted of concomitant cisplatin (30 mg/m2/1 h) weekly for 6 cycles; regimen B consisted of concomitant cisplatin (12 mg/m2/1 h) and 5-fluorouracil (600 mg/m2/20 h) on days 1 through 5 and days 29 through 33. Main outcome measures included acute toxicities (myelosuppression, neurotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, gastrointestinal dysfunction), unplanned hospitalizations, and disease control at 12 months. Results Patients on regimen A were much less likely to experience ototoxicity due to their treatment (0% vs. 9.8%, P = 0.04). They were more likely to experience thrombocytopenia acutely (46% vs. 26%, P = 0.02), but the toxicity was not limiting (grade 1–2). No significant differences exist in the incidence of other toxicities or unplanned hospitalizations. At 1 year, 97% of patients on A vs. 86% of patients on regimen B were free of disease (P = 0.11). Conclusions With concurrent radiotherapy, low-dose, single-agent, weekly cisplatin is less likely than higher-dose daily cisplatin plus 5-fluorouracil provided at the beginning and end of treatment to be associated with ototoxicity. The preliminary data suggest at least equivalent efficacy, but longer follow-up is required. PMID:22290566

  16. Safety and efficacy of thrombectomy in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for Acute ST elevation MI: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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    Grossman P Michael

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Clinical trials comparing thrombectomy devices with conventional percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI have produced conflicting results. The objective of our study was to systematically evaluate currently available data comparing thrombectomy followed by PCI with conventional PCI alone in patients with acute STEMI. Methods Seventeen randomized trials (n = 3,909 patients of thrombectomy versus PCI were included in this meta-analysis. We calculated the summary odds ratios for mortality, stroke, post procedural myocardial blush grade (MBG, thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI grade flow, and post procedural ST segment resolution (STR using random-effects and fixed-effects models. Results There was no difference in risk of 30-day mortality (44/1914 vs. 50/1907, OR 0.84, 95% CI 0.54-1.29, P = 0.42 among patients randomized to thrombectomy, compared with conventional PCI. Thrombectomy was associated with a significantly greater likelihood of TIMI 3 flow (1616/1826 vs. 1533/1806, OR 1.41, P = 0.007, MBG 3 (730/1526 vs. 486/1513, OR 2.42, P Conclusions Thrombectomy devices appear to improve markers of myocardial perfusion in patients undergoing primary PCI, with no difference in overall 30-day mortality but an increased likelihood of stroke. The clinical benefits of thrombectomy appear to be influenced by the device type with a trend towards survival benefit with MAT and worsening outcome with mechanical devices.

  17. Monitoring the changes in plasm C-reactive protein,fibrinogen and blood white cell in patients with primary hypertension combined with acute cerebral infarction

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    Yuanfei Deng; Juan Hang; Yane Chen

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Inflammatow reaction and the increased level of its accompanying active protein play an important role in the occurrence and development of cerebral infarction. C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and white blood cell, as the monitoring index of inflammatory reaction, are very important in the occurrence and development of acute cerebral infarction.OBJECTIVE: To make a comparison between patients with primary hypertension accompanied with acute cerebral infarction and with simple primary hypertension by observing the changes in plasma C-reactive protein and fibrinogen levels as well as white blood cell and differential counts and analyzing their significances.DESIGN : Controlled observation.SETTTNG: Ward Building for VIP, Shenzhen Hospital, Peking University.PARTICIPANTS: Totally 133 patients with primary hypertension were selected from Ward Building for VIP,Shenzhen Hospital, Peking University during September 2003 to September 2005. The diagnostic criteda were based on the hypertension diagnosis criteria formulated by the 7th World Health Organization-lnternational Society of Hypertension Guidelines (WHO-ISH) in 1998. The informed consents were obtained from all the participants. The involved patients were assigned into two groups: primary hypertension group, in which, there were 65 patients with primary hypertension ( degree 2), including 42 males and 23 females,with mean age of (61 ±14)years and mean blood pressure of (162.7±6.8)/(94.2±8.4) mm Hg(1 mm Hg =0.133 kPa), and primary hypertension combined with cerebral infarction group, in which, there were 68 patients with primary hypertension combined with cerebral infarction ( meeting the diagnostic criteria formulated in the 4th National Cerebrovascular Diseases Meeting in 1995 and diagnosed by skull CT or MRI to exclude the patients with lacunar infarction), including 42 males and 26 females, with mean age of (56±15)years and mean blood pressure of (176.4±9.2)/(96.3±9.7) mm Hg.METHODS: Plasm C

  18. Use and outcome of thrombus aspiration in patients with primary PCI for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction: results from the multinational Euro Heart Survey PCI Registry.

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    Weipert, Kay F; Bauer, Timm; Nef, Holger M; Möllmann, Helge; Hochadel, Matthias; Marco, Jean; Weidinger, Franz; Zeymer, Uwe; Gitt, Anselm K; Hamm, Christian W

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    The clinical benefit of thrombus aspiration (TA) in patients presenting with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is not well defined. Furthermore, there is a large variation in the use of TA in real-world registries. Between 2005 and 2008, a total of 7146 consecutive patients with acute STEMI undergoing primary PCI were prospectively enrolled into the PCI Registry of the Euro Heart Survey Programme. For the present analysis, patients treated additionally with TA (n = 897, 12.6 %) were compared with those without TA (n = 6249, 87.4 %). Patients with hemodynamic instability at initial presentation (15.1 vs. 11.0 %; p < 0.001) and resuscitation prior to PCI (10.4 vs. 7.4 %; p = 0.002) were more frequently treated with TA. TIMI flow grade 0/1 before PCI was more often found among those with TA (73.5 vs. 58.6 %; p < 0.001). After adjustment for confounding factors in the propensity score analysis, TA was not associated with improved in-hospital survival (risk difference -1.1 %, 95 % confidence interval -2.7 to 0.6 %). In this European real-world registry, the rate of TA use was low. Hemodynamically unstable patients were more likely to be treated with TA. Consistent with the results of the TASTE study and the TOTAL trial, TA was not associated with a significant reduction in short-term mortality.

  19. Effect of intravenous TRO40303 as an adjunct to primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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    Atar, Dan; Arheden, Håkan; Berdeaux, Alain;

    2015-01-01

    AIM: The MITOCARE study evaluated the efficacy and safety of TRO40303 for the reduction of reperfusion injury in patients undergoing revascularization for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: Patients presenting with STEMI within 6 h of the onset of pain randomly received TRO40303......-mass) or left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (46 vs. 48%), or in the mean 30-day echocardiographic LVEF (51.5 vs. 52.2%) between TRO40303 and placebo. A greater number of adjudicated safety events occurred in the TRO40303 group for unexplained reasons. CONCLUSION: This study in STEMI patients treated...... (n = 83) or placebo (n = 80) via i.v. bolus injection prior to balloon inflation during primary percutaneous coronary intervention in a double-blind manner. The primary endpoint was infarct size expressed as area under the curve (AUC) for creatine kinase (CK) and for troponin I (TnI) over 3 days...

  20. Relation of hyperglycemia to ST-segment resolution after primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction

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    CHI Hong-jie; ZHANG Da-peng; XU Yuan; YANG Zhong-su; WANG Le-feng; CUI Liang; YANG Xin-chun

    2007-01-01

    Background Hyperglycemia has been shown to be a powerful predictor of poor outcome after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarotion (STEMI). This study aimed to evaluate the effect of admission glucose on microvascular flow after successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with STEMI.Methods Successful primary PCI was performed in 267 patients with STEMI. The maximum ST elevation of single electrocardiogram (ECG) lead before and 60 minutes after PCI was measured, and patients were then divided into 3 groups according to the degree of ST-segment resolution (STR): absent (<30%), partial (30% to 70%) or complete(≥7o%).Results Of the 267 patients, 48 (18.0%) had absent STR, 137 (51.3%) experienced partial STR, and 82 (30.7%) had complete STR. The degree of STR decreased with increasing admission glucose levels (P=0.032), and patients with hyperglycemia (serum glucose level ≥11 mmol/L) were more likely to have absent STR (P=0.001). Moreover,hyperglycemia was an independent predictor of incomplete STR (odds ratio, 1.870; 95% confidence interval, 1.038 to 3.371, P=0.037).Conclusions Hyperglycemia on admission is associated with abnormal coronary microvascular reperfusion in patients with STEMI after successful primary PCI, which may contribute, at least in part, to the poor outcomes in these patients.

  1. Relation of Stature to Outcomes in Korean Patients Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (from the INTERSTELLAR Registry).

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    Moon, Jeonggeun; Suh, Jon; Oh, Pyung Chun; Lee, Kyounghoon; Park, Hyun Woo; Jang, Ho-Jun; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Park, Sang-Don; Kwon, Sung Woo; Kang, Woong Chol

    2016-07-15

    Although epidemiologic studies have shown the impact of height on occurrence and/or prognosis of cardiovascular diseases, the underlying mechanism is unclear. In addition, the relation in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unknown. We sought to assess the influence of height on outcomes of patients with acute STEMI undergoing primary PCI and to provide a pathophysiological explanation. All 1,490 patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI were analyzed. Major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) were defined as all-cause mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, and unplanned hospitalization for heart failure (HF). Patients were divided into (1) MACCE (+) versus MACCE (-) and (2) first- to third-tertile groups according to height. MACCE (+) group was shorter than MACCE (-) group (164 ± 8 vs 166 ± 8 cm, p = 0.012). Prognostic impact of short stature was significant in older (≥70 years) male patients even after adjusting for co-morbidities (hazard ratio 0.951, 95% confidence interval 0.912 to 0.991, p = 0.017). The first-tertile group showed the worst MACCE-free survival (p = 0.035), and most cases of MACCE were HF (n, 17 [3%] vs 6 [1%] vs 2 [0%], p = 0.004). On post-PCI echocardiography, left atrial volume and early diastolic mitral velocity to early diastolic mitral annulus velocity ratio showed an inverse relation with height (p <0.001 for all) despite similar left ventricular ejection fraction. In conclusion, short stature is associated with occurrence of HF after primary PCI for STEMI, and its influence is prominent in aged male patients presumably for its correlation with diastolic dysfunction.

  2. Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care testing for acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and thromboembolic events in primary care: a cluster-randomised controlled trial

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    Diemand Albert

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Evidence of the clinical benefit of 3-in-1 point-of-care testing (POCT for cardiac troponin T (cTnT, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP and D-dimer in cardiovascular risk stratification at primary care level for diagnosing acute coronary syndromes (ACS, heart failure (HF and thromboembolic events (TE is very limited. The aim of this study is to analyse the diagnostic accuracy of POCT in primary care. Methods Prospective multicentre controlled trial cluster-randomised to POCT-assisted diagnosis and conventional diagnosis (controls. Men and women presenting in 68 primary care practices in Zurich County (Switzerland with chest pain or symptoms of dyspnoea or TE were consecutively included after baseline consultation and working diagnosis. A follow-up visit including confirmed diagnosis was performed to determine the accuracy of the working diagnosis, and comparison of working diagnosis accuracy between the two groups. Results The 218 POCT patients and 151 conventional diagnosis controls were mostly similar in characteristics, symptoms and pre-existing diagnoses, but differed in working diagnosis frequencies. However, the follow-up visit showed no statistical intergroup difference in confirmed diagnosis frequencies. Working diagnoses overall were significantly more correct in the POCT group (75.7% vs 59.6%, p = 0.002, as were the working diagnoses of ACS/HF/TE (69.8% vs 45.2%, p = 0.002. All three biomarker tests showed good sensitivity and specificity. Conclusion POCT confers substantial benefit in primary care by correctly diagnosing significantly more patients. Trial registration DRKS: DRKS00000709

  3. Efficacy and safety of combination therapy with latanoprost after a change in therapeutic regimen from timolol to brinzolamide in Japanese adult patients with primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: open, non-randomized 12-week study

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Shusaku Ishikawa1, Yoshimi Nakamura1, Yuko Nakamura1, Hiroshi Sakai1, Shoichi Sawaguchi1, Kazuo Terashima2, Makoto Kanno2, Hidetoshi Yamashita21Department of Ophthalmology, University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Medicine, Okinawa, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine, Yamagata, JapanPurpose: To compare the efficacy of brinzolamide in Japanese patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG or ocular hypertension (OH after a change from timolol in combination therapy with latanoprost.Methods: A 12-week, prospective, open-label, comparative study was performed in 20 patients [11 males and 9 females, mean age of 64.5 ± 11.0 (SDy] with POAG or OH treated with both latanoprost once daily and timolol 0.5% twice daily. During the study brinzolamide was substituted for timolol. Intraocular pressure (IOP was measured at baseline, 4, 8, and 12 weeks. Blood pressure (BP, pulse rate (PR, and adverse events were also recorded.Results: IOPs at baseline, 4, 8, and 12 weeks were 18.6 ± 2.1 mmHg, 17.8 ± 2.6 mmHg, 17.4 ± 2.5 mmHg, and 17.3 ± 3.5 mmHg, respectively. IOP reduction at 4 and 8 weeks was statistically significant (p < 0.05. The PR was significantly increased at 12 weeks (p < 0.01, but BP was not significantly affected. Four ocular adverse events were noted, but all were mild and transient.Conclusions: Substituting brinzolamide 1% for timolol 0.5% in combination therapy with latanoprost 0.005% demonstrated significant IOP reduction with improvement in PR with POAG or OH. Combination therapy using latanoprost and brinzolamide may be recommended for better IOP control with fewer systemic adverse events.Keywords: open-angle glaucoma, brinzolamide/latanprost combination therapy, timolol/latanoprost combination therapy, intraocular pressure

  4. Reducing Door to- Balloon- Time for Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction In Primary Percutaneous Intervention: Transformation using Robust Performance Improvement.

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    Ellahham Md, Samer; Aljabbari, Samir; Harold Mananghaya, Tristan; J Raji, Salama; Al Zubaidi, Abdulmajeed

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading causes of death in the UAE. Prompt reperfusion access is essential for patients who have Myocardial Infarction (MI) with ST-segment elevation as they are at a relatively high risk of death.This risk may be reduced by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but only if it is performed in a timely manner. Guidelines recommend that the interval between arrival at the hospital and intracoronary balloon inflation (door-to-balloon (D2B) time) during primary PCI should be 90 minutes or less. The earlier therapy is initiated, the better the outcome. Our aim was to decrease the door-to-balloon time for patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who come through the emergency department (ED) in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City,a tertiary hospital in UAE, to meet the standard of less than 90 minutes. A multidisciplinary team was formed including interventional cardiologists, catheterization laboratory personnel, emergency department caregivers and quality staff. The project utilized the Lean Six Sigma Methodology which provided a powerful approach to quality improvement. The process minimized waste and variation, and a decreased median door-to-balloon time from 75.9 minutes to 60.1 minutes was noted. The percentage of patients who underwent PCI within 90 minutes increased from 73% to 96%. In conclusion, implementing the Lean Six Sigma methodology resulted in having processes that are leaner, more efficient and minimally variable. While recent publication failed to provide evidence of better outcome, the lessons learned were extrapolated to other primary percutaneous coronary intervention centers in our system.This would have marked impact on patient safety, quality of care and patient experience.

  5. Reducing Door to- Balloon- Time for Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction In Primary Percutaneous Intervention: Transformation using Robust Performance Improvement

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    Ellahham, MD, Samer; Aljabbari, Samir; Harold Mananghaya, Tristan; J. Raji, Salama; Al Zubaidi, Abdulmajeed

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading causes of death in the UAE. Prompt reperfusion access is essential for patients who have Myocardial Infarction (MI) with ST-segment elevation as they are at a relatively high risk of death.This risk may be reduced by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but only if it is performed in a timely manner. Guidelines recommend that the interval between arrival at the hospital and intracoronary balloon inflation (door-to-balloon (D2B) time) during primary PCI should be 90 minutes or less. The earlier therapy is initiated, the better the outcome. Our aim was to decrease the door-to-balloon time for patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who come through the emergency department (ED) in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City,a tertiary hospital in UAE, to meet the standard of less than 90 minutes. A multidisciplinary team was formed including interventional cardiologists, catheterization laboratory personnel, emergency department caregivers and quality staff. The project utilized the Lean Six Sigma Methodology which provided a powerful approach to quality improvement. The process minimized waste and variation, and a decreased median door-to-balloon time from 75.9 minutes to 60.1 minutes was noted. The percentage of patients who underwent PCI within 90 minutes increased from 73% to 96%. In conclusion, implementing the Lean Six Sigma methodology resulted in having processes that are leaner, more efficient and minimally variable. While recent publication failed to provide evidence of better outcome, the lessons learned were extrapolated to other primary percutaneous coronary intervention centers in our system.This would have marked impact on patient safety, quality of care and patient experience. PMID:26734321

  6. New Management of Angle-closure Glaucoma by Phacoemulsification with Foldable Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens Implantation

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    Jian Ge; Yan Guo; Yizhi Liu; Mingkai Lin; Yehong Zhuo; Bing Chen; Xiuqi Chen

    2000-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the management of angle-closure glaucoma by phacoemulsification with foldable posterior chamber intraocular lens (PC-IOL) implantation. Design: Retrospective, noncontrolled interventional case series.Participants: In 36 eyes with angle-closure glaucoma (ACG), there were 18 eyes with primary acute angle-closure glaucoma (PACG), 14 eyes with primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma (PCCG), 3 eyes with secondary acute angle-closure glaucoma (SACG) and 1 eye with secondary chronic angle-closure glaucoma (SCCG).Intervention: Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation.Main Outcome Measures: Postoperative visual acuity, IOP, axial anterior chamber depth.Results: After a mean postoperative follow-up time of 8.81 ± 7.45 months, intraocular pressure was reduced from a preoperative mean of 23.81 ± 17.84 mmHg to a postoperative mean of 12.54 ± 4. 73 mmHg ( P = 0. 001 ). Mean anterior chamber depth was 1.75 ± 0.48 mm preoperatively and 2.29 ± 0.38 mm postoperatively ( P = 0. 000).Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity in 36 eyes ranged from 0. 01 to 0. 7 (20/200 to 20/30) postoperatively, which was better than preoperative VA ranging from hand movement to 0.4 (20/50) ( P= 0. 000).Conclusion: Phacoemulsification with posterior chamber foldable intraocular lens implantation can be a good alternative in treating angle-closure glaucoma. Eye Science 2000; 16:22 ~ 28.

  7. Clinical observation and nursing intervention of primary open angle glaucoma medications%原发性开角型青光眼药物治疗的临床观察及护理干预

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    余长青

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究和分析原发性开角型青光眼患者进行药物治疗时的临床观察要点及有效的护理干预措施。方法:收集原发性开角型青光眼患者共85例(162只眼),随机分为观察组与对照组,各81只眼,对照组患者使用曲伏前列素进行治疗,观察组患者在此基础上接受噻吗洛尔、布林佐胺的联合治疗,并随机抽取两组共45名患者进行护理干预,将两组患者的临床效果进行观察和对比。结果:观察组患者治疗半年后的眼压达标率明显高于对照组,观察组患者治疗1年后的眼压达标率显著高于对照组患者,观察组患者实施护理干预半年和1年后的眼压达标率均明显高于对照组,(P均<0.05)。结论:在原发性开角型青光眼患者的治疗过程中,使用曲伏前列素、噻吗洛尔和布林佐胺的联合治疗,能够有效提高治疗的效果,而患者在接受了护理干预之后,药物治疗的效果得到了有效提高,值得推广应用。%Objective: To study clinical observation points and analysis of patients with primary open angle glaucoma eye drug treatment and effective nursing intervention measures. Methods: to collect the primary open angle glaucoma patients with a total of 85 cases(162 eyes), were randomly divided into observation group and control group, each 81 cases, patients in the control group were treated with travoprost, patients in the observation group received timolol, brinzolamide combined treatment, and nursing intervention randomly selected two groups of a total of 45 patients, the clinical effect of the two groups were observed and compared. Results: the observation group of patients with intraocular pressure after six months treatment compliance rate was significantly higher than the control group , patients in the observation group treatment compliance rate of intraocular pressure after 1 years was significantly higher than that in control group

  8. Intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain I in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI

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    Kercheva, M.; Ryabova, T.; Ryabov, V.; Karpov, R.

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2 dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI. The study included 24 patients, mean age 58.46±10.2. Echocardiography with 2D speckle tracking imaging was performed on the 1st (T1), 7th (T2), 14th days (T3) after STEMI («Vivid E9»). Analysis of echocardiographic images was performed offline at the different periods by the two independent observers (EchoPac) - experienced and inexperienced. In order to assess the agreement between standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, a correlation analysis (Pearson correlation, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient) and Bland-Altman analysis were undertaken. The 23 patients had urgent reperfusion therapy, 6 patients underwent primary PCI, 16 patients - PCI after successful fibrinolysis (68%). GLS and WMSI had the best intraobsever reproducibility. Dynamics of EDV LV, ESV LV, EF LV was without significant differences. Nevertheless, it was found positive dynamic of GLS: - 12.65±3.53 (T1), -13.61±3.81 (T2), -14.27±4.1 (T3), pmanagement of STEMI patients limits adverse postinfarction remodeling and preserves of global left ventricular contractility detected by the EF LV. However, GLS had the positive dynamics and improved to the 14th day.

  9. The novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor AKN-028 has significant antileukemic activity in cell lines and primary cultures of acute myeloid leukemia

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    Aberrantly expressed tyrosine kinases have emerged as promising targets for drug development in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We report that AKN-028, a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), is a potent FMS-like receptor tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) inhibitor (IC50=6 nℳ), causing dose-dependent inhibition of FLT3 autophosphorylation. Inhibition of KIT autophosphorylation was shown in a human megakaryoblastic leukemia cell line overexpressing KIT. In a panel of 17 cell lines, AKN-028 showed cytotoxic activity in all five AML cell lines included. AKN-028 triggered apoptosis in MV4-11 by activation of caspase 3. In primary AML samples (n=15), AKN-028 induced a clear dose-dependent cytotoxic response (mean IC50 1 μℳ). However, no correlation between antileukemic activity and FLT3 mutation status, or to the quantitative expression of FLT3, was observed. Combination studies showed synergistic activity when cytarabine or daunorubicin was added simultaneously or 24 h before AKN-028. In mice, AKN-028 demonstrated high oral bioavailability and antileukemic effect in primary AML and MV4-11 cells, with no major toxicity observed in the experiment. In conclusion, AKN-028 is a novel TKI with significant preclinical antileukemic activity in AML. Possible sequence-dependent synergy with standard AML drugs and good oral bioavailability has made it a candidate drug for clinical trials (ongoing)

  10. Atherosclerotic Renal Artery Stenosis Prevalence and Correlations in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: Data From Nonrandomized Single‐Center Study (REN‐ACS)—A Single Center, Prospective, Observational Study

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    Burlacu, Alexandru; SIRIOPOL, Dimitrie; VORONEANU, Luminita; Nistor, Ionut; Hogas, Simona; Nicolae, Ana; Nedelciuc, Igor; TINICA, Grigore; Covic, Adrian

    2015-01-01

    Background We are the first to evaluate the prevalence of renal artery stenosis (RAS) in consecutive patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) referred for primary percutaneous coronary intervention from a single tertiary center. As a novelty, we assessed hydration and metabolic status and measured arterial stiffness. We elaborated a predicting model for RAS in AMI. Methods and Results One hundred and eighty‐one patients with AMI underwent concomitantly primary percutaneous coronary int...

  11. A combined analysis of five observational studies evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of bimatoprost/timolol fixed combination in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

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    Full Text Available Stefan Pfennigsdorf,1 Leo de Jong,2 Stefan Makk,3 Yvette Fournichot,4 Alain Bron,5 Robert J Morgan-Warren,6 John Maltman6 1Ophthalmology Practice, Polch, Germany; 2Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 3Ophthalmology Practice, Graz, Austria; 4Ophthalmology Practice, Schlieren, Switzerland; 5Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, Dijon, France; 6Allergan Ltd, Marlow, UK Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a fixed combination of bimatoprost 0.03% and timolol (BTFC in a clinical setting, in a large sample of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension and insufficient intraocular pressure (IOP lowering on prior therapy. Methods: Patient data were combined (n = 5556 from five multicenter, observational, non-controlled, open-label studies throughout Europe. Patients were identified from 830 sites in Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. Assessments were made at baseline, 6 weeks (in Austrian, German and Swiss centers, and 12 weeks in all centers. Results: BTFC lowered mean IOP from baseline by 5.4 mmHg over the 12-week duration of the studies (P < 0.0001. At study entry, 92.9% of patients were receiving another ocular hypotensive medication. In patients with no previous treatment (n = 311, BTFC reduced IOP by -9.1 mmHg, corresponding to a reduction from baseline of 36.4% (P < 0.0001. In patients receiving prior therapy of a prostaglandin analog, a ß-blocker, or a fixed combination, BTFC reduced IOP by a further 24.5%, 25.9%, and 21.4%, respectively. The majority of patients (90.3% reported no adverse events. The most common adverse events were conjunctival hyperemia (3.2% and eye irritation (2.8%. BTFC was rated as "good" or "very good" by 92.5% of physicians and 88.0% of patients. Most patients (96.3% were equally or more compliant with BTFC than with their previous treatment. Conclusion: In routine clinical practice

  12. Aquaporin 9, a promising predictor for the cytocidal effects of arsenic trioxide in acute promyelocytic leukemia cell lines and primary blasts.

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    Iriyama, Noriyoshi; Yuan, Bo; Yoshino, Yuta; Hatta, Yoshihiro; Horikoshi, Akira; Aizawa, Shin; Takeuchi, Jin; Toyoda, Hiroo

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    A close correlation between the cytocidal effects of arsenic trioxide (ATO) and aquaporin-9 (AQP9) expression levels has been proposed, yet detailed studies are still needed to confirm this association. Thus, in the present study, the correlation between the expression levels of AQP9 and sensitivity to ATO was investigated using two acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) cell lines, NB4 and HT93A, as well as primary APL cells from newly diagnosed and relapsed APL patients. A substantially higher sensitivity to ATO-mediated induction of apoptosis was observed in the NB4 cells when compared to that in the HT93A cells. In addition, markedly higher expression levels of AQP9, as assessed using flow cytometry, along with more intracellular arsenic accumulation, were observed in the NB4 cells. More importantly, similar to APL cell lines, the trend of expression levels of AQP9 correlated closely with the differential sensitivity to ATO-mediated induction of apoptosis in primary APL cells. In contrast, no correlation was observed between ATO sensitivity associated with AQP9 expression levels and the expression profiles of cell surface markers as well as chromosomal alterations. These results provide direct evidence that the expression levels of AQP9, rather than other biomarkers such as cell surface markers and chromosomal alterations, correlate closely with the sensitivity to ATO in both APL cell lines and primary blasts. These findings suggest that the AQP9 expression status of APL patients is a predictive marker for the successful outcome of ATO treatment, since AQP9 plays a pivotal role in various arsenite-mediated biological effects on normal and cancer cells. Moreover, flow cytometry may be a new convenient and valuable tool for analyzing the AQP9 status of APL patients compared to current methods such as western blotting.

  13. Effectiveness of primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction from a 5-year single-center experience.

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    Tadel-Kocjancic, Spela; Zorman, Simona; Jazbec, Anja; Gorjup, Vojka; Zorman, Darko; Noc, Marko

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    Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is currently viewed as the preferred reperfusion strategy in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI). This method was introduced in our hospital in 2000. From January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2004, a total of 2,393 consecutive patients with STEMI were admitted (27% transferred from 9 non-PCI hospitals and 31 prehospital emergency units/outpatient clinics). Of these patients, 1,666 (70%) underwent urgent coronary angiography and primary PCI. Platelet glycoprotein llb/llla inhibitors were used in 40% and stent placement, in 78%. Postprocedural Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) 3 flow was documented in 86%. Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation was used in 6%; mechanical ventilation, in 8.6%; and inotropic drugs/vasopressors, in 15.8%. Mortality rates in patients with Killip's class I or II ranged from 1% to 4.9% without negative influence of ischemic time. In patients with Killip's class III or IV, mortality rates increased from 18% to 54% with increasing ischemic delay up to 6 hours (p = 0.06) and remained at around 40% afterward. Independent predictors of mortality were age (odds ratio [OR] 1.29, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01 to 1.64, p = 0.04), resuscitated cardiac arrest (OR 2.44, 95% CI 1.18 to 5.05, p = 0.02), and postprocedural TIMI flow (OR 0.31, 95% CI 0.16 to 0.59). Overall mortality rates of patients who underwent a primary PCI strategy from 2000 to 2004 were significantly lower than in the control group of 152 consecutive patients who underwent thrombolysis from 1995 to 1996 (6.2% vs 16.4%; p importance of shortening myocardial ischemic time, particularly in the presence of severe heart failure on admission. PMID:18178400

  14. Primary coronary angioplasty in 9,434 patients during acute myocardial infarction: predictors of major in- hospital adverse events from 1996 to 2000 in Brazil

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    Mattos Luiz Alberto

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To verify the results after the performance of primary coronary angioplasty in Brazil in the last 4 years. METHODS: During the first 24 hours of acute myocardial infarction onset, 9,434 (12.2% patients underwent primary PTCA. We analyzed the success and occurrence of major in-hospital events, comparing them over the 4-year period. RESULTS: Primary PTCA use increased compared with that of all percutaneous interventions (1996=10.6% vs. 2000=13.1%; p<0.001. Coronary stent implantation increased (1996=20% vs. 2000=71.9%; p<0.001. Success was greater (1998=89.5% vs. 1999=92.5%; p<0.001. Reinfarction decreased (1998=3.9% vs. 99=2.4% vs. 2000=1.5%; p<0.001 as did emergency bypass surgery (1996=0.5% vs. 2000=0.2%; p=0.01. In-hospital deaths remained unchanged (1996=5.7% vs. 2000=5.1%, p=0.53. Balloon PTCA was one of the independent predictors of a higher rate of unsuccessful procedures (odds ratio 12.01 [CI=95%] 1.58-22.94, and stent implantation of lower mortality rates (odds ratio 4.62 [CI=95%] 3.19-6.08. CONCLUSION: The success rate has become progressively higher with a significant reduction in reinfarction and urgent bypass surgery, but in-hospital death remains nearly unchanged. Coronary stenting was a predictor of a lower death rate, and balloon PTCA was associated with greater procedural failure.

  15. 海德堡视网膜断层扫描仪在开角型青光眼诊断中的价值%The evaluation signifcance of Heidelberg retina tomography in primary open angl glaucoma

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    李海燕; 张翠荣; 方秀荣; 万晓钢

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价海德堡视网膜断层扫描仪 (Heidelberg retina tomograph,HRT)在开角型青光眼(primary open angl glaucom,POAG)诊断中的应用价值.方法 对照组98例(98眼)和POAG组36例(36眼)分别行HRT检查,比较各组间视盘结构参数的差异,并用ROC曲线下面积分析不同参数的诊断灵敏度和特异度.结果 对照组与POAG组间杯盘面积比、视杯容积、盘沿容积、视杯形态测量指数及平均视网膜神经纤维层厚度差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).ROC曲线下面积分析特异度最高的为视杯形态测量指数,灵敏度最高的为平均视网膜神经纤维层厚度.结论 HRT检查对开角型青光眼的诊断有很大帮助.

  16. Size of the Optic Nerve Head and Its Relationship with the Thickness of the Macular Ganglion Cell Complex and Peripapillary Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer in Patients with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

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    Nobuko Enomoto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the relationships among the optic nerve head (ONH area, macular ganglion cell complex (mGCC thickness, circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (cpRNFL thickness, and visual field defects in patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG. Methods. This retrospective study included 90 eyes of 90 patients with POAG. The ONH area, rim area, mGCC thickness, and cpRNFL thickness were measured using optical coherence tomography. Mean deviation (MD was measured using standard automated perimetry. The relationships among clinical factors including age, refraction, the ONH area, the rim area, the mGCC thickness, the cpRNFL thickness, and MD were evaluated using correlation coefficients and multiple regression analyses. Results. The significant correlation of the ONH area with refraction (r=0.362, P<0.001, the mGCC thickness (r=0.225, P=0.033, and the cpRNFL thickness (r=0.253, P=0.016 was found. Multiple regression analysis showed that the ONH area, rim area, and MD were selected as significant contributing factors to explain the mGCC thickness and cpRNFL thickness. No factor was selected to explain MD. Conclusions. The ONH area, in other words, the disc size itself may affect the mGCC thickness and cpRNFL thickness in POAG patients.

  17. Positional and Curvature Difference of Lamina Cribrosa According to the Baseline Intraocular Pressure in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: A Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography (SS-OCT) Study

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    Kim, Yong Woo; Jeoung, Jin Wook; Girard, Michael J. A.; Mari, Jean Martial; Park, Ki Ho

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    Purpose To investigate the variation of lamina cribrosa (LC) structure based on the baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) in eyes with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and healthy individuals using swept-source optical coherence tomography. Methods A total of 108 eyes with POAG and 61 healthy eyes were recruited. Based on the baseline IOP, the POAG eyes were divided into higher-baseline IOP (HTG; baseline IOP > 21 mmHg, n = 38 eyes) and lower-baseline IOP (NTG; baseline IOP ≤ 21 mmHg, n = 70 eyes). The anterior laminar insertion depth (ALID), mean LC depth (mLCD), and the LC curvature index (mLCD–ALID) were measured, and compared among the three groups. The regional variation of LC structure was evaluated by vertical-horizontal ALID difference. Results The mLCD and LC curvature index were greatest in HTG eyes (520.3 ± 123.0 and 80.9 ± 30.7 μm), followed by NTG (463.2 ± 110.5 and 64.5 ± 30.7 μm) and healthy eyes (382.9 ± 107.6 and 47.6 ± 25.7 μm, all P optic play a role on glaucoma. PMID:27611970

  18. EFFECT OF SYSTEMIC ADMINISTRATION OF HMG Co A REDUCTASE INHIBITOR ATORVASTATIN ON CENTRAL RETINAL ARTERY FLOW DYNAMICS, INTRA OCULAR PRESSURE AND VISUAL FIELD CHANGES IN PRIMARY OPEN ANGLE GLAUCOMA AND NORMAL TENSION GLAUCOMA PATIENTS

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE To study the effect of systemic administration of HMG CoA reductase inhibitor Atorvastatin on Central Retinal Artery (CRA flow dynamics, Intraocular Pressure (IOP and Visual Field (VF changes in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG and Normal Tension Glaucoma (NTG patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS Prospective randomized placebo controlled double blind parallel group study consisting of 80 eyes of 40 patients suffering from POAG and NTG was conducted. After baseline clinical evaluation and Color Doppler Imaging (CDI of CRA subjects were randomized to receive 40mg/day of Atorvastatin (Tonact or matching Placebo for 3 months and followed at two weeks, one month and three months. Main outcome measures were Peak Systolic Velocity (PSV, End Diastolic Velocity (EDV, Resistive Index (RI, IOP and Mean Deviation (MD in VF. RESULTS Atorvastatin group showed decrease in IOP (P=0.0009 in right eye and P=0.0049 in left eye and in RI (P=0.0005 in right eye and P=0.0008 in left eye, while there was increase in RI in the placebo group (P=0.0006 in right eye and P=0.0007 in left eye after 3 months. No significant change in MD of VF was noticed in both groups. CONCLUSION Atorvastatin has favorable effect in POAG and NTG patients causing decrease in IOP and resistance of CRA with increase in CRA flow dynamics.

  19. Influence of lifestyle on primary open angle glaucoma patients%生活方式对原发性开角型青光眼患者的影响

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    潘英姿; 方圆

    2016-01-01

    原发性开角型青光眼(POAG)患者应遵守医生制定的治疗方案进行治疗,定期复查,并坚持目前普遍认同的健康生活方式如拒绝吸烟、适量运动、多吃水果蔬菜等.根据现有的研究结果,POAG患者应尽量避免可能升高眼压的活动如某些瑜伽动作、长时间吹奏管乐器、过量饮用咖啡等,以最大限度降低青光眼进展的风险,保护视神经.%Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) patients should comply with medical therapy and follow-up recommendations by doctors provided.Doctors also suggest POAG patients advocating for activities consistent with overall good health such as avoidance of smoking,moderate exercise and a diet high in fruits and vegetables.According to the existing research results,POAG patients should avoid some activities that could elevate intraocular pressure such as certain yoga positions,playing high wind instruments for long periods of time,and drinking large amounts of caffeinated coffee,to reduce the risk of glaucoma progression and protect optic nerve.

  20. Comparison of diagnostic capability of macular ganglion cell complex and retinal nerve fiber layer among primary open angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and normal population using Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography and determining their functional correlation in Indian population

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    Nabanita Barua

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Analysis of diagnostic ability of macular ganglionic cell complex and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL in glaucoma. Aim: To correlate functional and structural parameters and comparing predictive value of each of the structural parameters using Fourier-domain (FD optical coherence tomography (OCT among primary open angle glaucoma (POAG and ocular hypertension (OHT versus normal population. Setting and Design: Single centric, cross-sectional study done in 234 eyes. Materials and Methods: Patients were enrolled in three groups: POAG, ocular hypertensive and normal (40 patients in each group. After comprehensive ophthalmological examination, patients underwent standard automated perimetry and FD-OCT scan in optic nerve head and ganglion cell mode. The relationship was assessed by correlating ganglion cell complex (GCC parameters with mean deviation. Results were compared with RNFL parameters. Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed with SPSS, analysis of variance, t-test, Pearson′s coefficient, and receiver operating curve. Results: All parameters showed strong correlation with visual field (P 0.5 when compared with other parameters. None of the parameters showed significant diagnostic capability to detect OHT from normal population. In diagnosing early glaucoma from OHT and normal population, only inferior GCC had statistically significant AUC value (0.715. Conclusion: In this study, GCC and RNFL parameters showed equal predictive capability in perimetric versus normal group. In early stage, inferior GCC was the best parameter. In OHT population, single day cross-sectional imaging was not valuable.

  1. Effect of a simple information booklet on pain persistence after an acute episode of low back pain: a non-randomized trial in a primary care setting.

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    Emmanuel Coudeyre

    Full Text Available Mass-media campaigns have been known to modify the outcome of low back pain (LBP. We assessed the impact on outcome of standardized written information on LBP given to patients with acute LBP.A 3-month pragmatic, multicenter controlled trial with geographic stratification.Primary care practice in France.2752 patients with acute LBP.An advice book on LBP (the "back book".The main outcome measure was persistence of LBP three months after baseline evaluation.2337 (85% patients were assessed at follow-up and 12.4% of participants reported persistent LBP. The absolute risk reduction of reporting persistent back pain in the intervention group was 3.6% lower than in the control group (10.5% vs. 14.1%; 95% confidence interval [-6.3% ; -1.0%]; p value adjusted for cluster effect = 0.01. Patients in the intervention group were more satisfied than those in the control group with the information they received about physical activities, when to consult their physician, and how to prevent a new episode of LBP. However, the number of patients who had taken sick leave was similar, as was the mean sick-leave duration, in both arms, and, among patients with persistent pain at follow-up, the intervention and control groups did not differ in disability or fear-avoidance beliefs.The level of improvement of an information booklet is modest, but the cost and complexity of the intervention is minimal. Therefore, the implications and generalizability of this intervention are substantial.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00343057.

  2. Prasugrel vs clopidogrel in cardiogenic shock patients undergoing primary PCI for acute myocardial infarction. Results of the ISAR-SHOCK registry.

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    Orban, M; Mayer, K; Morath, T; Bernlochner, I; Hadamitzky, M; Braun, S; Schulz, S; Hoppmann, P; Hausleiter, J; Tiroch, K; Mehilli, J; Schunkert, H; Massberg, S; Laugwitz, K-L; Sibbing, D; Kastrati, A

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    There is limited clinical data comparing different P2Y12-receptor inhibitors in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) complicated by cardiogenic shock. The aim of the ISAR-SHOCK registry was to compare the clinical outcome of patients treated with clopidogrel vs prasugrel in this setting. Patients (n=145) with AMI complicated by cardiogenic shock and undergoing primary PCI in two centres (Deutsches Herzzentrum München and Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich) between January 2009 and May 2012 were included in this registry. The use of prasugrel for patients within this registry reflected co-morbidities and platelet function testing results during the acute AMI phase. Early outcome at 30-days was reported with regard to all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), stent thrombosis (ST) and bleeding events. With regard to antiplatelet treatment in the 145 cardiogenic shock patients, 50 patients were initially treated or immediately switched to prasugrel while 95 patients were treated with clopidogrel. All-cause mortality was lower in prasugrel- vs clopidogrel-treated patients (30 % vs 50.5%, HR: 0.51, 95% CI [0.29-0.92], p=0.025). No significant differences in prasugrel- vs clopidogrel-treated patients were observed for the occurrence of MI (p=0.233), ST (p=0.306) or TIMI major bleedings (p=0.571). Results of the ISAR-SHOCK registry suggest that the use of prasugrel in AMI patients complicated by cardiogenic shock might be associated with a lower mortality risk as compared to clopidogrel therapy without increasing the risk of bleeding. These findings, however, need confirmation from specifically designed randomised studies in this high-risk cohort of patients.

  3. The observation of anterior segment morphological changes in eyes with primary angle closure after LPI by using UBM%原发性前房角关闭行LPI后眼前节形态学的UBM观察

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    吴杨杨; 宋胜仿; 刘世纯; 李春华; 张永烨; 吕莎

    2014-01-01

    观察原发性前房角关闭(primary angle closure, PAC)行YAG激光周边虹膜切除术(laser peripheral iridotomy, LPI)后眼前节形态学的变化。方法:选择2012年3月至2013年3月在我院诊断为PAC并行LPI的患者28例(48眼)为研究对象,应用超声生物显微镜(ultrasound biomicroscopy, UBM),观察LPI术前及术后1天、1周、1个月及3个月各时间点颞上、正上、正下、颞侧、鼻侧共5个位点的房角开放距离(angle opening distance, AOD500)、小梁虹膜夹角(trabecu-lar-iris angle, TIA)、小梁睫状体距离(trabecular ciliary process distance, TCPD)、虹膜睫状体距离(iris ciliary process distance , ICPD)、虹膜晶体夹角(iris lens angle, ILA)、虹膜晶体接触距离(iris lens process distance, ILCD)、虹膜厚度1(iris thickness, ITl)、IT2、IT3以及中央前房深度(cental depth distance, ACD)的变化。结果:AOD500、TIA:术后较术前均增大(P<0.05);术后1周大于术后其余时间点(P>0.05)。TCPD:除个别位点较术前增加(P>0.05),其余时间点相应位点较术前增加(P<0.05);术后1周大于术后其余时间点(P>0.05)。ILA:术后较术前均减小(P<0.05);术后1天至术后3个月逐渐增大(P>0.05)。ILCD:术后较术前均增大(P<0.05),术后1天至术后3个月逐渐减小(P>0.05);IT1、IT2、IT3:术后较术前均减小(P<0.05);术后各时间点间比较(P>0.05)。ACD:术后较术前增加(P>0.05)。 LPI术前及术后各时间点平均ILA与平均ILCD的相关性显示二者呈高度负相关。结论:PAC患者行LPI术后周边前房明显加深,虹膜膨隆和瞳孔阻力减轻,但术后3个月内眼前节形态并不稳定,个别参考值有不同程度的回退,LPI术后有必要进行长期随访观察。%Objective To evaluate the changes in the anterior segment morphology by using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) after YAG laser

  4. 原发性前房角关闭激光周边虹膜切除术后前房角的改变%Evaluation of changes in anterior segment morphology of primary angle closure after laser peripheral iridotomy

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    张英; 田祥; 潘乐

    2012-01-01

    Objective To discover primary angle closure (PAC) in eyes of anatomic narrow angle (ANA),evaluate quantify changes of the PAC in anterior segment morphology after laser iridotomy using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and explore the therapy of primary angle closure.Methods Prospective interventive observational case series.Twenty-eight eyes of patients presented PAC in the Department of Ophthalmology at Zunyi Medical College Hospital.PAC was presented on iris contacting with trabecular meshwork temporally in one UBM image.The PAC eyes were examined again by UBM in the both same light conditions and items at two weeks after laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI).Results The rate of PAC was significantly decreased after LPI in the same condition,the rate of PAC was 96.43% before LPI in dark condition,and it was significantly dropped down to 32.14% after LPI (x2 =14.45,P <0.05).In light condition,it was cut down from 67.86% to 7.14% after LPI (x2 =15.06,P <0.05).The AOD500 and TIA were increased after LPI (P <0.001),it indicated that the angle of PAC was widened after LPI.The ILCD of PAC was also added after LPI,but the ILA was decreased after LPI (P <0.001).This phenomenon suggested that the pupillary block was relieved after care of LPI.The IT1 was thinner in laser site quadrant in dark condition after LPI which combined Nd-YAG and green laser (P <0.05).There were no significant changes of the ACD (P >0.05).The ICPD was reduced in dark after LPI (t =2.519,P =0.012).The pupillary block was relieved; it leaded to iris caving backward.But the TCPD was added in light after LPI (t =-2.967,P =0.003).It suggested that the ciliary body removed towards the back after LPI.Conclusions LPI produces a significant widening of the peripheral anterior chamber angle and reducing the power of pupillary block for major PAC eyes,which have not peripheral anterior synechia,but not deeping the central anterior chamber distance.LPI can prevent most PAC from developing to PACG

  5. Thorombolytic therapy with rescue percutaneous coronary intervention versus primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute myocardial infarction: a multicenter randomized clinical trial

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    GAO Run-lin; L(U) Shu-zheng; WEI Meng; ZENG Ding-yin; CHEN Ji-lin; QIN Xue-wen; XU Bo; DU Chang-hui; HAN Ya-ling; YANG Xin-chun; MAO Jie-ming; FANG Wei-yi; WANG Lei; SHEN Wei-feng; LI Zhan-quan; JIA Guo-liang

    2010-01-01

    Background Although thrombolytic therapy with rescue percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a common treatment strategy for ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), scant data are available on its efficacy relative to primary PCI, and comparison was therefore the aim of this study.Methods This multicenter, open-label, randomized, parallel trial was conducted in 12 hospitals on patients (age ≤70 years) with STEMI who presented within 12 hours of symptom onset (mean interval >3 hours). Patients were randomized to three groups: primary PCI group (n=101); recombinant staphylokinase (r-Sak) group (n=104); and recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) group (n=106). For all patients allocated to the thrombolytic therapy arm, coronary angiography was performed at 90 minutes after drug therapy to confirm infarct-related artery (IRA) patency; rescue PCI was performed in cases with TIMI flow grade ≤2. Bare-metal stent implantation was planned for all patients. Results After randomization it required an average of 113.4 minutes to start thrombolytic therapy (door-to-needle time)and 141.2 minutes to perform first balloon inflation in the IRA (door to balloon time).Rates of IRA patency (TIMI flow grade 2 or 3) and TIMI flow grade 3 were significantly lower in the thrombolysis group at 90 minutes after drug therapy than in the primary PCI group at the end of the procedure (70.5% vs. 98.0%, P <0.0001, and 53.0% vs. 85.9%, P <0.0001, respectively). Rescue PCI with stenting was performed in 117 patients (55.7%) in the thrombolytic therapy arm. Rates of patency and TIMI flow grade 3 were still significantly lower in the rescue PCI than in the primary PCI group (88.9% vs. 97.9%, P=0.0222, and 68.4% vs. 85.0%, P=0.0190, respectively). At 30 days post-therapy, mortality rate was significantly higher in the thrombolysis combined with rescue PCI group than in primary PCI group (7.1% vs. 0, P=0.0034). Rates of death/Ml and bleeding complications were

  6. Acute effects of irradiation on cognition: changes in attention on a computerized continuous performance test during radiotherapy in pediatric patients with localized primary brain tumors

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    Purpose: To assess sustained attention, impulsivity, and reaction time during radiotherapy (RT) for pediatric patients with localized primary brain tumors. Methods and Materials: Thirty-nine patients (median age 12.3 years, range 5.9-22.9) with primary brain tumors were evaluated prospectively using the computerized Conners' continuous performance test (CPT) before and during conformal RT (CRT). The data were modeled to assess the longitudinal changes in the CPT scores and the effects of clinical variables on these changes during the first 50 days after the initiation of CRT. Results: The CPT scores exhibited an increasing trend for errors of omission (inattentiveness), decreasing trend for errors of commission (impulsivity), and slower reaction times. However, none of the changes were statistically significant. The overall index, which is an algorithm-based weighted sum of the CPT scores, remained within the range of normal throughout treatment. Older patients (age >12 years) were more attentive (p<0.0005), less impulsive (p<0.07), and had faster reaction times (p<0.001) at baseline than the younger patients. The reaction time was significantly reduced during treatment for the older patients and lengthened significantly for the younger patients (p<0.04). Patients with a shunted hydrocephalus (p<0.02), seizure history (p<0.0006), and residual tumor (p<0.02) were significantly more impulsive. Nonshunted patients (p<0.0001), those with more extensive resection (p<0.0001), and patients with ependymoma (p<0.006) had slower initial reaction times. Conclusion: Children with brain tumors have problems with sustained attention and reaction time resulting from the tumor and therapeutic interventions before RT. The reaction time slowed during treatment for patients <12 years old. RT, as administered in the trial from which these data were derived, has limited acute effects on changes in the CPT scores measuring attention, impulsiveness, and reaction time

  7. Intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain I in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI

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    Kercheva, M.; Ryabova, T.; Ryabov, V.; Karpov, R.

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2 dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI. The study included 24 patients, mean age 58.46±10.2. Echocardiography with 2D speckle tracking imaging was performed on the 1st (T1), 7th (T2), 14th days (T3) after STEMI («Vivid E9»). Analysis of echocardiographic images was performed offline at the different periods by the two independent observers (EchoPac) - experienced and inexperienced. In order to assess the agreement between standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, a correlation analysis (Pearson correlation, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient) and Bland-Altman analysis were undertaken. The 23 patients had urgent reperfusion therapy, 6 patients underwent primary PCI, 16 patients - PCI after successful fibrinolysis (68%). GLS and WMSI had the best intraobsever reproducibility. Dynamics of EDV LV, ESV LV, EF LV was without significant differences. Nevertheless, it was found positive dynamic of GLS: - 12.65±3.53 (T1), -13.61±3.81 (T2), -14.27±4.1 (T3), p<0.05. GLS reduced 11.35% (p=0.0048) from T1 to T3. The best intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of 2 D speckle-tracking and standard echocardiography was revealed in GLS and WMSI. The modern management of STEMI patients limits adverse postinfarction remodeling and preserves of global left ventricular contractility detected by the EF LV. However, GLS had the positive dynamics and improved to the 14th day.

  8. Perception of perspective angles

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    Erkelens, C.J.

    2015-01-01

    We perceive perspective angles, that is, angles that have an orientation in depth, differently from what they are in physical space. Extreme examples are angles between rails of a railway line or between lane dividers of a long and straight road. In this study, subjects judged perspective angles bet

  9. Absence of gender disparity in short-term clinical outcomes in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing irolimus-eluting stent based primary coronary intervention: a report from Shanghai Acute Coronary Event (SACE) Registr

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    ZHANG Qi; LIAO Min-lei; HU Jian; SHEN Wei-feng; QIU Jian-ping; ZHANG Rui-yan; LI Yi-gang; HE Ben; JIN Hui-gen; ZHANG Jun-feng; WANG Xiao-long; JIANG Li

    2010-01-01

    Background Randomized, controlled trials have demonstrated the superiority of sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) implantation during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), as opposed to bare-metal stents, in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This study aimed to test the hypothesis that clinical benefits of SES treatment were independent of gender in this setting.Methods A total of 2042 patients with STEMI undergoing SES-based primary PCI were prospectively enrolled into Shanghai Acute Coronary Event (SACE) registry (1574 men and 468 women). Baseline demographics, angiographic and PCI features, and in-hospital and 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were analyzed as a function of gender. Results Compared with men, women were older and more frequently had hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia. Use of platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor (GPI, 65.5% vs. 62.2%, P=0.10) and procedural success rate (95.0% vs. 94.2%, P=0.52) were similar in both genders. In-hospital death and MACE occurred in 3.8% and 7.6%, and 4.5% and 8.1% in the male and female patients, respectively (all P >0.05). At 30-day follow-up, survival (94.3% vs. 93.8%, P=0.66) and MACE-free survival (90.2% vs. 89.3%, P=0.52) did not significantly differ between men and women. After adjustment for differences in patient demographics, angiographic and proceduralfeatures, there were no significant difference in either in-hospital (OR=0.77, 95%C/ of 0.48 to 1.22, P=0.30) or 30-day mortality (OR=1.28, 95%C/ of 0.73 to 2.23, P=0.38) between women and men.Conclusion Despite more advanced age and clustering of risk factors in women, female patients with STEMI treated by SES-based primary PCI had similar in-hospital and short-term clinical outcomes as their male counterparts.

  10. Renal insufficiency is an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality for patients with acute myocardial infarction receiving primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Jian-ping LI; Mohetaboer MOMIN; Yong HUO; Chun-yan WANG; Yan ZHANG; Yan-jun GONG; Zhao-ping LIU; Xin-gang WANG; Bo ZHENG

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the relationship between renal function and clinical outcomes among patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (ASTEMI),who were treated with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).Methods:420 patients hospitalized in Peking University First Hospital,diagnosed with ASTEMI treated with emergency (PCI) from January 2001 to June 2011 were enrolled in this study.Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was used as a measure of renal function.We compared the clinical parameters and outcomes between ASTEMI patients combined renal insufficiency and the patients with normal renal function.Results:There was a significant increase in the concentrations of fibrinogen and D-Dimer (P<0.05) and a much higher morbidity of diabetes mellitus in the group of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD; eGFR<60 ml/(min·1.73 m2)) (P<0.01).CKD (eGFR<60 ml/(min·1.73 m2)) was an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality for patients hospitalized with ASTEMI receiving PCI therapy rapidly (P=0.032,odds ratio (OR) 4.159,95% confidence interval (CI) 1.127-15.346).Conclusions:Renal insufficiency is an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality for patients hospitalized with ASTEMI treated with primary PCI.

  11. Impact of the Maturation of Human Primary Bone-Forming Cells on Their Behavior in Acute or Persistent Staphylococcus aureus Infection Models.

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    Josse, Jérôme; Guillaume, Christine; Bour, Camille; Lemaire, Flora; Mongaret, Céline; Draux, Florence; Velard, Frédéric; Gangloff, Sophie C

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most frequently involved pathogens in bacterial infections such as skin abscess, pneumonia, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and implant-associated infection. As for bone homeostasis, it is partly altered during infections by S. aureus by the induction of various responses from osteoblasts, which are the bone-forming cells responsible for extracellular matrix synthesis and its mineralization. Nevertheless, bone-forming cells are a heterogeneous population with different stages of maturation and the impact of the latter on their responses toward bacteria remains unclear. We describe the impact of S. aureus on two populations of human primary bone-forming cells (HPBCs) which have distinct maturation characteristics in both acute and persistent models of interaction. Cell maturation did not influence the internalization and survival of S. aureus inside bone-forming cells or the cell death related to the infection. By studying the expression of chemokines, cytokines, and osteoclastogenic regulators by HPBCs, we observed different profiles of chemokine expression according to the degree of cell maturation. However, there was no statistical difference in the amounts of proteins released by both populations in the presence of S. aureus compared to the non-infected counterparts. Our findings show that cell maturation does not impact the behavior of HPBCs infected with S. aureus and suggest that the role of bone-forming cells may not be pivotal for the inflammatory response in osteomyelitis. PMID:27446812

  12. Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae as primary causes of acute otitis media in colombian children: a prospective study

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    Castrejon Maria M

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute otitis media (AOM is one of the most frequently encountered bacterial infections in children aged Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae and non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi are historically identified as primary AOM causes. Nevertheless, recent data on bacterial pathogens causing AOM in Latin America are limited. This prospective study aimed to identify and characterize bacterial etiology and serotypes of AOM cases including antimicrobial susceptibility in Methods From February 2008 to January 2009, children ≥3 months and Results Of the 106 enrolled children, 99 were included in the analysis. Bacteria were cultured from 62/99 (63% of samples with S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, or S. pyogenes. The most commonly isolated bacteria were H. influenzae in 31/99 (31% and S. pneumoniae in 30/99 (30% of samples. The majority of H. influenzae episodes were NTHi (27/31; 87%. 19F was the most frequently isolated pneumococcal serotype (10/30; 33%. Of the 30 S. pneumoniae positive samples, 8/30 (27% were resistant to tetracycline, 5/30 (17% to erythromycin and 8/30 (27% had intermediate resistance to penicillin. All H. influenzae isolates tested were negative to beta-lactamase. Conclusions NTHi and S. pneumoniae are the leading causes of AOM in Colombian children. A pneumococcal conjugate vaccine that prevents both pathogens could be useful in maximizing protection against AOM.

  13. A combined analysis of four observational studies evaluating the intraocular pressure-lowering ability and tolerability of bimatoprost 0.01% in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Annemie Stevens,1 Milko E Iliev,2 Leo de Jong,3 Ioana Grobeiu,4 Anton Hommer5 1Department of Ophthalmology, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; 4Allergan Holdings Ltd, Marlow, UK; 5Private Office, Vienna, Austria Objective: Combine and evaluate data from four clinical practice studies investigating the intraocular pressure (IOP-lowering ability, tolerability of and patient adherence to bimatoprost 0.01% therapy in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Methods: Data were combined from four multicenter, prospective, observational studies. Patients (n=2,593 were recruited from 328 sites in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Assessments were at study entry (baseline and after 10–14 weeks. Results: Bimatoprost 0.01% lowered mean IOP by 5.0 mmHg from baseline to final visit (P<0.0001. Individual IOP goals were achieved in 75.5% of patients. Results were similar in right and left eyes; right-eye data are presented here for brevity. The greatest mean IOP reduction was 6.7±4.7 mmHg (28.8% reduction from baseline to final visit, P<0.0001 in treatment-naïve patients. Switching to bimatoprost 0.01% monotherapy from previous monotherapy reduced mean IOP by a further 3.2±3.6 mmHg (17.2%, P<0.0001. Switching to bimatoprost 0.01% from previous prostaglandin monotherapy reduced mean IOP by 2.9±3.5 mmHg (15.5%, including by 3.1±3.4 mmHg (15.8% and 3.3±4.1 mmHg (16.9% for previous latanoprost and travoprost treatment, respectively (all P<0.0001. IOP reduction in patients previously treated with a fixed combination was 2.7±4.0 mmHg (14.2%, P<0.0001. The most commonly reported adverse events were conjunctival hyperemia (5.2% and eye irritation (4.7%. Tolerability was rated as “very good” or “good” by 90.1% of patients. Adherence was rated by

  14. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty on Early Primary Open Angle Glaucoma : a Clinical Research%选择性激光小梁成形术治疗早期开角型青光眼的临床疗效观察

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    杨云东; 贾洪强; 杨立东; 徐深

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) angioplasty for the treatment of early primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) .Methods Eighty-one eyes with early POAG were included in this study, their intraocular pressure (IOP) was not controlled effectively simply by drugs, to observe the fluctuation of IOP within 12 months after SLT treatment.Results The mean preoperative IOP was (29.93 ±4.57) mmHg. At the 2 h,24 h,1 week,1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months of the follow-up period, the mean IOP was (24.01 ± 5.13 ), ( 19.86 ± 5.19), ( 17.57 ± 3.43 ), ( 14.21 ± 3.09), ( 13.64 ±2.95), ( 13.96 ± 3.18) and ( 14.10 ± 3.17 ) mmHg, respectively. Compared with the mean preoperative IOP, after seven times measurements the postoperative mean IOP was obviously dropped, with statistically significant differences, P < 0.01.Conclusions SLT could effectively and safely reduce the IOP of early POAG, with mild injury and repeatability, which is a safe and effective way to the treatment of glaucoma.%目的 评价选择性激光小梁成形术(selective laser trabeculoplasty angioplasty,SLT)治疗早期原发性开角型青光眼(primary openangle glaucom,POAG)的有效性和安全性.方法 选择局部单纯用药眼压控制效果不理想的早期POAG42例81只眼.观察SLT治疗后12个月的眼压变化.结果 术前、术后2,24 h,1周及1、3,6和12个月平均眼压分别为(29.93±4.57)、(24.01±5.13)、(19.86±5.19)、(17.57±3.43)、(14.21±3.09)、(13.64±2.95)、(13.96±3.18)和(14.10±3.17)mmHg.结论 SLT可以安全有效地降低POAG的眼压,具有损伤小和可重复的优点,可用于治疗早期开角型青光眼.

  15. Genetic association of SNPs near ATOH7, CARD10, CDKN2B, CDC7 and SIX1/SIX6 with the endophenotypes of primary open angle glaucoma in Indian population.

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    Ferdinamarie Sharmila Philomenadin

    Full Text Available Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG belonging to a group of optic neuropathies, result from interaction between genetic and environmental factors. Study of associations with quantitative traits (QTs is one of the successful strategies to understand the complex genetics of POAG. The current study attempts to explore the association of variations near/in genes like ATOH7, SIX1/SIX6 complex, CDKN2B, CARD10, and CDC7 with POAG and its QTs including vertical cup to disc ratio (VCDR, central corneal thickness (CCT, intra ocular pressure (IOP, and axial length (AL. Case-control study design was carried out in a sample size of 97 POAG cases and 371 controls from South India. Model-based (additive, recessive, dominant association of the genotypes and their interaction was carried out between cases and controls using chi-square, linear and logistic regression methods. Nominal significance (P<0.05 was observed for QTs like i VCDR with SNPs rs1900004 (ATOH7; rs1192415 (CDC7; rs10483727 (SIX1/SIX6, rs9607469 (CARD10; ii CCT with rs1192415; iii IOP with rs1900004 and iv AL with rs1900004 and rs1063192 (CDKN2B. We were able to replicate previously known interactions between ATOH7-SIX6 and SIX6-CDKN2B along with few novel interactions between ATOH7-CDC7 and SIX6 with genes including CARD10 and CDC7. In summary, our results suggest that a probable interaction among the candidate genes for QTs, play a major role in determining the individual's susceptibility to POAG.

  16. A comparison of the sensitivity of EQ-5D, SF-6D and TTO utility values to changes in vision and perceived visual function in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma

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    Bozzani Fiammetta Maria

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Economic viability of treatments for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG should be assessed objectively to prioritise health care interventions. This study aims to identify the methods for eliciting utility values (UVs most sensitive to differences in visual field and visual functioning in patients with POAG. As a secondary objective, the dimensions of generic health-related and vision-related quality of life most affected by progressive vision loss will be identified. Methods A total of 132 POAG patients were recruited. Three sets of utility values (EuroQoL EQ-5D, Short Form SF-6D, Time Trade Off and a measure of perceived visual functioning from the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (VFQ-25 were elicited during face-to-face interviews. The sensitivity of UVs to differences in the binocular visual field, visual acuity and visual functioning measures was analysed using non-parametric statistical methods. Results Median utilities were similar across Integrated Visual Field score quartiles for EQ-5D (P = 0.08 whereas SF-6D and Time-Trade-Off UVs significantly decreased (p = 0.01 and p = 0.001, respectively. The VFQ-25 score varied across Integrated Visual Field and binocular visual acuity groups and was associated with all three UVs (P ≤ 0.001; most of its vision-specific sub-scales were associated with the vision markers. The most affected dimension was driving. A relationship with vision markers was found for the physical component of SF-36 and not for any dimension of EQ-5D. Conclusions The Time-Trade-Off was more sensitive than EQ-5D and SF-6D to changes in vision and visual functioning associated with glaucoma progression but could not measure quality of life changes in the mildest disease stages.

  17. Correlation between optic disc parameters detected by OCT3 and visual field defect in primary open angle glaucoma%OCT3检测视盘参数与视野的相关性研究

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    成云翠; 段宣初

    2008-01-01

    目的:研究第三代光学相干断层扫描仪(stratus optical co-herence tomography 3000,OCT3)检测原发性开角型青光眼(primary open angle glaucom,POAG)视盘参数与视野平均缺损(mean defect,MD)的相关性,评估OCT3检测视盘参数在POAG早期诊断中的价值.方法:正常人43例(43眼)、48例原发性可疑型青光眼(SOAG)、55例(55眼)原发性开角型青光眼(POAG).采用OCULUS Easyflied视野计和OCT3分别进行视野和视盘形态检测.比较OCT3检测三组间视盘参数的差异,分析青光眼组视野检测的视野平均缺损(MD)与OCT3视盘参数的关系.结果:OCT3检测三组间的视盘参数均存在显著性差异(P<0.01).在原发性开角型青光眼组,RA与MD相关性最好(P<0.05).结论:OCT3能够检测到青光眼的早期视盘结构的改变,且与MD有基本一致的较好相关性.OCT3检测视盘参数可用于POAG的早期诊断.

  18. Risk of ischaemic heart disease and acute myocardial infarction in a Spanish population: observational prospective study in a primary-care setting

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    Cucalón José M

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ischaemic heart disease is a global priority of health-care policy, because of its social repercussions and its impact on the health-care system. Yet there is little information on coronary morbidity in Spain and on the effect of the principal risk factors on risk of coronary heart disease. The objective of this study is to describe the epidemiology of coronary disease (incidence, mortality and its association with cardiovascular risk factors using the information gathered by primary care practitioners on cardiovascular health of their population. Methods A prospective study was designed. Eight primary-care centres participated, each contributing to the constitution of the cohort with the entire population covered by the centre. A total of 6124 men and women aged over 25 years and free of cardiovascular disease agreed to participate and were thus enrolled and followed-up, with all fatal and non-fatal coronary disease episodes being registered during a 5-year period. Repeated measurements were collected on smoking, blood pressure, weight and height, serum total cholesterol, high-density and low-density lipoproteins and fasting glucose. Rates were calculated for acute myocardial infarction and ischaemic heart disease. Associations between cardiovascular risk factors and coronary disease-free survival were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses. Results Mean age at recruitment was 51.6 ± 15, with 24% of patients being over 65. At baseline, 74% of patients were overweight, serum cholesterol over 240 was present in 35% of patients, arterial hypertension in 37%, and basal glucose over 126 in 11%. Thirty-four percent of men and 13% of women were current smokers. During follow-up, 155 first episodes of coronary disease were detected, which yielded age-adjusted rates of 362 and 191 per 100,000 person-years in men and women respectively. Disease-free survival was associated with all risk factors in univariate

  19. Impact of different clinical pathways on outcomes of patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention: the RAPID-AMI study

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    ZHANG Qi; ZHANG Rui-yan; QIU Jian-ping; JIN Hui-gen; ZHANG Jun-feng; WANG Xiao-long; JIANG Li; LIAO Min-lei; HU Jian; DING Feng-hua; ZHANG Jian-sheng; SHEN Wei-feng

    2009-01-01

    Background Current guidelines support primary percutaneous coronary intervention (primary PCI) as the first treatment of choice (as opposed to thrombolytic therapy) for patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) especially when delivered within 12 hours of symptom onset. We aimed to evaluate the impact of different clinical pathways on reduction of reperfusion delay and subsequent improvement in outcomes in patients with STEMI.Methods From November 2005 to November 2007, 546 consecutive patients with definite STEMI, who upon arrival at the emergency room were triaged to undergo primary PCI, were included. Of them, 271 patients were brought directly to catheterization laboratory (rapid group), and 275 patients were admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU) or cardiac ward first, and then transferred to the catheterization laboratory (non-rapid group). Primary endpoint was door-to-balloon (D28) time, and secondary endpoints included infarct size assessed by peak CK-MB level and rates of major cardiac adverse events (MACE) including death, reinfarction, or target-vessel revascularization during hospitalization and at 30-day clinical follow-up.Results Baseline clinical characteristics, angiographic features and procedural success rates were comparable between the two groups, except that more patients received glycoprotein Ⅱb/Ⅲa receptor inhibitors before angiography (84.0% and 77.1, P=0.042) and had TIMI 3 flow in the culprit vessel at initial angiogram (17.1% and 9.2%, P=0.007) in the non-rapid group. The D2B time was shortened ((108±44) minutes and (138±31) minutes, P <0.0001), and number of patients with D2B time <90 minutes was greater (22.6% and 10.9%, P <0.0001) in the rapid group. The advantages associated with rapid intra-hospital transfer were enhanced if the patients presented to the hospital at regular hours. Peak CK-MB level was significantly reduced in the rapid group. In-hospital mortality (4.1% and 5.8%) and cumulative

  20. Heart-type Fatty acid-binding protein in Acute Myocardial infarction Evaluation (FAME: Background and design of a diagnostic study in primary care

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    Doevendans Pieter A

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Currently used biomarkers for cardiac ischemia are elevated in blood plasma after a delay of several hours and therefore unable to detect acute coronary syndrome (ACS in a very early stage. General practitioners (GPs, however, are often confronted with patients suspected of ACS within hours after onset of complaints. This ongoing study aims to evaluate the added diagnostic value beyond clinical assessment for a rapid bedside test for heart-type fatty-acid binding protein (H-FABP, a biomarker that is detectable as soon as one hour after onset of ischemia. Methods Participating GPs perform a blinded H-FABP rapid bedside test (Cardiodetect® in patients with symptoms suggestive of ACS such as chest pain or discomfort at rest. All patients, whether referred to hospital or not, undergo electrocardiography (ECG and venapunction for a plasma troponin test within 12–36 hours after onset of complaints. A final diagnosis will be established by an expert panel consisting of two cardiologists and one general practitioner (blinded to the H-FABP test result, using all available patient information, also including signs and symptoms. The added diagnostic value of the H-FABP test beyond history taking and physical examination will be determined with receiver operating characteristic curves derived from multivariate regression analysis. Conclusion Reasons for presenting the design of our study include the prevention of publication bias and unacknowledged alterations in the study aim, design or data-analysis. To our knowledge this study is the first to assess the diagnostic value of H-FABP outside a hospital-setting. Several previous hospital-based studies showed the potential value of H-FABP in diagnosing ACS. Up to now however it is unclear whether these results are equally promising when the test is used in primary care. The first results are expected in the end of 2008.

  1. Heart-type Fatty acid-binding protein in Acute Myocardial infarction Evaluation (FAME): Background and design of a diagnostic study in primary care

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    Bruins Slot, Madeleine HE; van der Heijden, Geert JMG; Rutten, Frans H; van der Spoel, Onno P; Mast, E Gijs; Bredero, Ad C; Doevendans, Pieter A; Glatz, Jan FC; Hoes, Arno W

    2008-01-01

    Background Currently used biomarkers for cardiac ischemia are elevated in blood plasma after a delay of several hours and therefore unable to detect acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in a very early stage. General practitioners (GPs), however, are often confronted with patients suspected of ACS within hours after onset of complaints. This ongoing study aims to evaluate the added diagnostic value beyond clinical assessment for a rapid bedside test for heart-type fatty-acid binding protein (H-FABP), a biomarker that is detectable as soon as one hour after onset of ischemia. Methods Participating GPs perform a blinded H-FABP rapid bedside test (Cardiodetect®) in patients with symptoms suggestive of ACS such as chest pain or discomfort at rest. All patients, whether referred to hospital or not, undergo electrocardiography (ECG) and venapunction for a plasma troponin test within 12–36 hours after onset of complaints. A final diagnosis will be established by an expert panel consisting of two cardiologists and one general practitioner (blinded to the H-FABP test result), using all available patient information, also including signs and symptoms. The added diagnostic value of the H-FABP test beyond history taking and physical examination will be determined with receiver operating characteristic curves derived from multivariate regression analysis. Conclusion Reasons for presenting the design of our study include the prevention of publication bias and unacknowledged alterations in the study aim, design or data-analysis. To our knowledge this study is the first to assess the diagnostic value of H-FABP outside a hospital-setting. Several previous hospital-based studies showed the potential value of H-FABP in diagnosing ACS. Up to now however it is unclear whether these results are equally promising when the test is used in primary care. The first results are expected in the end of 2008. PMID:18412949

  2. New Comprehensive Cytogenetic Scoring System for Primary Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and Oligoblastic Acute Myeloid Leukemia After MDS Derived From an International Database Merge

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    Schanz, Julie; Tüchler, Heinz; Solé, Francesc; Mallo, Mar; Luño, Elisa; Cervera, José; Granada, Isabel; Hildebrandt, Barbara; Slovak, Marilyn L.; Ohyashiki, Kazuma; Steidl, Christian; Fonatsch, Christa; Pfeilstöcker, Michael; Nösslinger, Thomas; Valent, Peter; Giagounidis, Aristoteles; Aul, Carlo; Lübbert, Michael; Stauder, Reinhard; Krieger, Otto; Garcia-Manero, Guillermo; Faderl, Stefan; Pierce, Sherry; Le Beau, Michelle M.; Bennett, John M.; Greenberg, Peter; Germing, Ulrich; Haase, Detlef

    2012-01-01

    Purpose The karyotype is a strong independent prognostic factor in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Since the implementation of the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) in 1997, knowledge concerning the prognostic impact of abnormalities has increased substantially. The present study proposes a new and comprehensive cytogenetic scoring system based on an international data collection of 2,902 patients. Patients and Methods Patients were included from the German-Austrian MDS Study Group (n = 1,193), the International MDS Risk Analysis Workshop (n = 816), the Spanish Hematological Cytogenetics Working Group (n = 849), and the International Working Group on MDS Cytogenetics (n = 44) databases. Patients with primary MDS and oligoblastic acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after MDS treated with supportive care only were evaluated for overall survival (OS) and AML evolution. Internal validation by bootstrap analysis and external validation in an independent patient cohort were performed to confirm the results. Results In total, 19 cytogenetic categories were defined, providing clear prognostic classification in 91% of all patients. The abnormalities were classified into five prognostic subgroups (P < .001): very good (median OS, 61 months; hazard ratio [HR], 0.5; n = 81); good (49 months; HR, 1.0 [reference category]; n = 1,809); intermediate (26 months; HR, 1.6; n = 529); poor (16 months; HR, 2.6; n = 148); and very poor (6 months; HR, 4.2; n = 187). The internal and external validations confirmed the results of the score. Conclusion In conclusion, these data should contribute to the ongoing efforts to update the IPSS by refining the cytogenetic risk categories. PMID:22331955

  3. Prevalence and prognostic implications of ST-segment deviations from ambulatory Holter monitoring after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with either fibrinolysis or primary percutaneous coronary intervention (a Danish Trial in Acute Myocardial Infarction-2 Substudy)

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    Idorn, Lars; Høfsten, Dan Eik; Wachtell, Kristian;

    2007-01-01

    Ambulatory Holter monitoring has been shown to be useful in stratifying cardiovascular risk after acute myocardial infarction. However, it remains unclear whether ST-segment deviations might predict clinical outcomes in a population treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI......) compared with thrombolysis. Holter monitoring was initiated at discharge from ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in 958 patients followed for 2,773 patient-years, randomized to immediate revascularization with either fibrinolysis (n=474) or PCI (n=484). The primary end point was all-cause mortality...

  4. A pharmacoeconomic analysis to determine the relative cost-effectiveness of bimatoprost 0.03% eye drops and brimonidine 0.2% eye drops in patients of primary open-angle glaucoma/ocular hypertension

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    Navreet Kaur Natt

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    Full Text Available Aims: The aim was to compare efficacy and cost-effectiveness of bimatoprost 0.03% and brimonidine 0.2% in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG/ocular hypertension (OHT. Settings and Design: Open, randomized, cross-over, comparative study. Materials and Methods: Forty patients of POAG or OHT with intraocular pressure (IOP <30 mm Hg were included in the study after a written informed consent. The patients were divided randomly into two groups of 20 patients each. Patients of group A were administered bimatoprost 0.03% eye drops once daily, and those of group B brimonidine 0.2% eye drops twice daily for a period of 4 weeks. After a washout period of 4 weeks, the patients were crossed over that is, group A was administered brimonidine 0.2% and group B bimatoprost 0.03%. Fall in IOP at 4 weeks was recorded. The daily cost of each drug was calculated by maximum retail price and the average number of drops per bottle. The cost-effectiveness was then calculated as the cost of drug/mm Hg fall in IOP. Statistics: Independent samples t-test was used to compare the efficacy of both drugs. Results: IOP lowering with bimatoprost (8.9 ± 1.598 mm Hg was significantly (P < 0.0001 higher than brimonidine (6.55 ± 1.26 mm Hg. The number of drops/ml were 33.43 ± 0.52 and 25.49 ± 0.26, respectively, for bimatoprost and brimonidine. Treatment with bimatoprost was costlier than brimonidine with daily costs/eye Rs. 4.02 ± 0.06 and 3.14 ± 0.03, yearly costs/eye Rs. 1467.46 ± 20.74 and 1147.75 ± 11.15, respectively. Bimatoprost was more cost-effective than brimonidine with the cost-effectiveness ratio (CER respectively Rs. 13.10 ± 2.61/mm Hg and Rs. 13.96 ± 2.86/mm Hg. Incremental CER Rs. 10.43/mm Hg implies lower costs/mm Hg extra IOP lowering by bimatoprost than Rs. 13.96 for brimonidine. Conclusion: In spite of being costlier, bimatoprost is more efficacious and cost-effective than brimonidine.

  5. Safety and efficacy of early administration of tirofiban in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention: a meta-analysis

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    Liu Yangchun; Su Qiang; Li Lang

    2014-01-01

    Background Tirofiban has been widely used as an adjunctive pharmacologic agent for revascularization in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention,and the outcomes appear attractive.However,the potential benefits from early administration of tirofiban in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) remain unclear.Methods We conducted a search in MEDLINE,EMBASE,and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials up to September 2012 without language restriction.A total of eight randomized trials (n=1 577 patients) comparing early (emergency department or ambulance) versus late (catheterization laboratory) administration of tiroflban in STEMI patients undergoing PPCI were included in this meta-analysis.Risk ratio (RR) was computed from individual studies and pooled with random-or fixed-effect models.Results There were no differences in post-procedural Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) flow grade 3 and Corrected TIMI Frame Count (RR=1.02,95% confidence interval (C/):0.99-1.05,P=0.18; weighted mean difference (WMD)=-0.93,95% CI:-5.37-3.52,P=0.68,respectively) between the two groups.Similarly,there were no significant differences in the incidence of 30-day mortality (RR=1.69,95% CI:0.69-4.13,P=0.25) and re-myocardial infarction (RR=0.71,95% CI:0.21-2.35,P=0.57) between early and late administration of tirofiban.As to the safety end points,no significant difference was observed in hospital minor bleeding (RR=1.08,95% CI:0.54-2.14,P=0.83) and hospital and 30-day major bleeding between the two groups (RR=0.98,95% CI:0.46-2.10,P=0.96; RR=1.32,95% CI:0.59-2.97,P=0.49,respectively).Conclusions Early administration of tiroflban in patients undergoing PPCI for STEMI was safe,but no beneficial effects on post-procedural angiographic or clinical outcomes could be identified as compared with late administration.Besides the negative finding,more high

  6. Poor Health-Related Quality of Life and Proactive Primary Control Strategy May Act as Risk Factors for Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Seo, Jihyeon; Lee, Yoonpyo; Kang, Seokhyung; Chun, Hyejin; Pyun, Wook Bum; Park, Seong-Hoon; Chung, Kyong-Mee; Chung, Ick-Mo

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives Increasing evidence supports that psychological factors may be related to development of coronary artery disease (CAD). Although psychological well-being, ill-being, and control strategy factors may play a significant role in CAD, rarely have these factors been simultaneously examined previously. We assessed comprehensive psychological factors in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Subjects and Methods A total of 85 ACS patients (56 unstable angina, 29 acute...

  7. Urban and rural implementation of pre-hospital diagnosis and direct referral for primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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    Sørensen, Jacob Thorsted; Terkelsen, Christian Juhl; Nørgaard, Bjarne Linde;

    2011-01-01

    Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the preferred treatment for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The distance to primary PCI centres and the inherent time delay in delivering primary PCI, however, limit widespread use of this treatment. This study aimed to evaluate the...

  8. Reading Angles in Maps

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    Izard, Véronique; O'Donnell, Evan; Spelke, Elizabeth S.

    2014-01-01

    Preschool children can navigate by simple geometric maps of the environment, but the nature of the geometric relations they use in map reading remains unclear. Here, children were tested specifically on their sensitivity to angle. Forty-eight children (age 47:15-53:30 months) were presented with fragments of geometric maps, in which angle sections…

  9. Thirty-four cases of acute pain of primary dysmenorrhea treated with acupuncture and moxibustion%针炙结合治原发性痛经急性疼痛34例

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    叶险峰; 庞智文; ZHANG Yong-mei

    2011-01-01

    The author has used acupuncture in combination with moxibustion to treat 34 cases of patients with acute pain of primary dysmenorrhea,and the report is as follows.CLINICAL DATA All of 34 patients were from acupuncture clinic of our hospital from September 2007 to February 2010,aged from 16 to 28 years with an average of 22.8 years;they all have got a history of dysmenorrhea with the duration from 2 months to 14 years and an average of 7.82 years.

  10. A case-control study of factors associated with primary angle-closure glaucoma%原发性闭角型青光眼相关因素的病例对照研究

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    庄勋; 朱蓉嵘; 管怀进; 黄春华; 施文平; 姜声扬

    2008-01-01

    Objective To understand the risk factors of primary angle-closure glaucoma. Methods One to one matched case-control study was conducted in this study. One hundred and ninety two PACG cases and 192 controls, matched by age and gender, were collected from Department of Ophthalmology, Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University. All of the participants were investigated for their demographic information,behavioral habits, disease history, glaucoma family history and received clinical ocular examinations. The difference between these two groups was analyzed. Results Several factors, including hypertension ( OR =2.004,P =0.009), glaucoma family history (OR = 6.726,P =0.003), presbyopia (OR =3.192,P =0.031 ), shallow anterior chamber ( OR = 12.804, P = 0. 000) and high cup-to-disc ratio ( OR = 9.401, P =0.007 ) were associated with PACG by multiply Logistic regression. The results did not support that smoking, drinking, myopia, diabetes mellitus and blood style were related to PACG. Conclusion Follow up the populations with glaucoma family history, shallow anterior chamber or high cup-to-disc ratio are the main procedures for the decrease of incidence of PACG.%目的 探讨原发性闭角型青光眼(PACG)的危险因素.方法 采用1:1配对病例对照研究设计.收集2004年2月至2005年6月在南通大学附属医院眼科诊治的192例原发性闭角型青光眼患者,以年龄、性别作为匹配条件,选择有其他眼部疾患的192例患者作为对照组,通过χ2检验比较PACG病例组与对照组在人群特征、生活行为习惯、既往病史、青光眼家族史及眼底、屈光、眼压、A超等方面的差异.结果 单因素分析提示,居住农村(OR=2.40,P=0.000)、高文化程度(OR=0.21,P=0.000)、高经济收入(OR=0.34,P=0.000)、高血压(OR=3.05,P=0.000)、青光眼阳性家族史(OR=5.59,P=0.001)、浅前房(OR=11.25,P:0.000)、大杯盘比(OR:8.81,P=0.000)、近视眼(OR=0.31,P=0.000)、近距离看电视(OR=0.47,P=0.001)是PACG

  11. 原发性开角型青光眼家系的MYOC基因突变研究%Analysis on the gene mutations of MYOC in primary open angle glaucoma pedigree

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    谢小兵; 周新; 田艳丽; 曲喜英; 匡多秀; 朱惠斌; 喻京生; 宁兴旺

    2009-01-01

    目的 对来自重庆地区的1个原发性开角型青光眼(POAG)家系进行MYOC基因突变筛查,研究POAG与MYOC基因突变的相关性,探讨MYOC基因突变在中国人POAG发病中的作用.方法 1个4代共39例的青光眼家系,8例为已确诊患者,健康对照者100名.用单链构象多态性分析(SSCP)、PCR.限制性片段长度多态性(RFLP)和基因测序的方法筛选MYOC基因的突变(包括G34C、C136T、G144T、G227A、C624G、G736A、C1009G、A1036G、C1081T、G1099A、G1138A、A1139C、T1430A、C1441A和C1442T等),同时对检测到的突变结果进行生物信息学分析.结果 在该家系中,发现1个G227A(Arg76Lys)突变,该突变存在2例已确诊的POAG患者和1例家系表型正常者中,健康对照者中未榆出.发现1个缺失突变(C1009del),该突变存在于家系中所有发病患者和1例4岁的子代亲属,健康对照者中未检出.未发现其他突变.由于C1009del突变是首次发现,据此我们申请了GenBank号,已发表的GenBank序列号为FJ237047,对应的蛋白序列号为ACI62293.结论 G227A(Arg76Lys)突变为已报道的多态性位点,与该家系青光眼的发病无相关性.移码突变C1009del突变与青光眼的发病密切相关,也可由此推测青光眼患者亲属的发病率较正常人高.%Objective To screen the mutations of MYOC gene in a Chinese primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) family from Cbengqing and investigate the relationship between the mutations in MYOC/TIGR gene and POAG.Methods In a large 4-generation glaucoma family, myocilin gene (MYOC) was screened in 39 family members, 8 of which were confirmed patients. Normal controls included 100 normal Chinese subjects.The known mutations of MYOC gene ( including G34C, C136T, G144T, G227A, C624G,G736A, C1009G, A1036G, C1081T, G1099A, G1138A, A1139C, T1430A, C1441A and C1442T) were detected by single strand conformation polymorphism(SSCP) , po]ymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR

  12. Measurement of acute nonspecific low back pain perception in primary care physical therapy: reliability and validity of the brief illness perception questionnaire

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    Hallegraeff, J.M.; Schans, Cees van der; Krijnen, W.P.; Greef, M.H. de

    2013-01-01

    The Dutch version of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire is an appropriate instrument for measuring patients' perceptions in acute low back pain patients, showing acceptable internal consistency and reliability. Concurrent validity is adequate, however, the instrument may be unsuitable for de

  13. Primary care based randomised, double blind trial of amoxicillin versus placebo for acute otitis media in children aged under 2 years

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    Damoiseaux, RAMJ; van Balen, FAM; Hoes, AW; Verheij, TJM; de Melker, RA

    2000-01-01

    Objective To determine the effect of antibiotic treatment for acute otitis media in children between 6 months and 2 years of age. Design Practice based, double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. Setting 53 general practices in the Netherlands. Subjects 240 children aged 6 months to 2 years

  14. Measurement of acute nonspecific low back pain perception in primary care physical therapy : reliability and validity of the brief illness perception questionnaire

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    Hallegraeff, Joannes M.; van der Schans, Cees P.; Krijnen, Wim P.; de Greef, Mathieu H. G.

    2013-01-01

    Background: The eight-item Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire is used as a screening instrument in physical therapy to assess mental defeat in patients with acute low back pain, besides patient perception might determine the course and risk for chronic low back pain. However, the psychometric pr

  15. Angles as probabilities

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    Feldman, David V

    2008-01-01

    We use a probabilistic interpretation of solid angles to generalize the well-known fact that the inner angles of a triangle sum to 180 degrees. For the 3-dimensional case, we show that the sum of the solid inner vertex angles of a tetrahedron T, divided by 2*pi, gives the probability that an orthogonal projection of T onto a random 2-plane is a triangle. More generally, it is shown that the sum of the (solid) inner vertex angles of an n-simplex S, normalized by the area of the unit (n-1)-hemisphere, gives the probability that an orthogonal projection of S onto a random hyperplane is an (n-1)-simplex. Applications to more general polytopes are treated briefly, as is the related Perles-Shephard proof of the classical Gram-Euler relations.

  16. Phase angle measurement techniques

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    Madge, R.; Fischer, D.

    1996-01-01

    Real-time measure of the power transfer across a transmission line was discussed. Phase angle measurement techniques, algorithms and applications relevant to power utilities were assessed. Phase-based applications compute the voltage angle difference between two stations, thereby allowing for power transfer calculations and power system control applications. A list of phase angle measurement applications was provided. It includes frequency measurement, state estimation, adaptive relaying, power system control, system restoration, real power flow monitoring and stability assessment, reactive power requirements monitoring, HVDC modulation, subsynchronous resonance, sequence of event recording, and loss reduction and fault location. The optimum timing requirement was determined for each application. Among the timing systems available today, the Global Positioning System (GPS), supported by powerful computers and other custom hardware, is the only tool that can provide the accuracy and coverage needed by today`s power system applications. Commercially available equipment for phase angle measurements was also reviewed. 30 refs., 32 tabs., 5 figs.

  17. Direct ambulance transport to catheterization laboratory reduces door-to-balloon time in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention: the DIRECT-STEMI study

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    QIU Jian-ping; ZHANG Qi; LU Ji-de; WANG Hai-rong; LIN Jie; GE Zhi-ru; ZHANG Rui-yan; SHEN Wei-feng

    2011-01-01

    Background Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been clearly identified as the first therapeutic option for patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The importance of reducing door-to-balloon (D2B) time has gained increased recognition. This study aimed to assess the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the strategy of direct ambulance transportation of patients with acute STEMI to catheterization lab to receive primary PCI.Methods The study population included 141 consecutive patients with chest pain and ST-segment elevation who were admitted to the catheterization laboratory directly by the ambulance and underwent primary PCI (DIRECT group).Another 145 patients with STEMI randomly selected from the PCI database, were served as control group (conventional group); they were transported to catheterization laboratory from emergency room (ER). The primary endpoint of D2B time,and secondary endpoint of in-hospital and 30-day major adverse cardiac events (MACE, including death, non-fatal reinfarction, and target vessel revascularization) were compared.Results Baseline and procedural characteristics between the two groups were comparable, except more patients in the DIRECT group presented TIMI 0-1 flow in culprit vessel at initial angiogram (80.1% and 73.8%, P=0.04). Comparing to conventional group, the primary endpoint of D2B time was reduced ((54±18) minutes and (112±55) minutes, P <0.0001)and the percentage of patients with D2B <90 minutes was increased in the DIRECT group (96.9% and 27.0%, P<0.0001).The success rate of primary PCI with stent implantation with final Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) 3 flow was significantly higher in the DIRECT group (93.8% and 85.2%, P=0.03). Although no significant difference was found at 30-day MACE free survival rate between the two groups (95.0% and 89.0%, P=0.06), a trend in improving survival status in the DIRECT group was demonstrated by Kaplan-Meier analysis

  18. 中国原发性开角型青光眼一家系MYOC基因的突变分析%Analysis of MYOC gene mutation in a primary open angle glaucoma family from China

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    王凤云; 李杨; 兰兰; 李博; 陆晓和

    2014-01-01

    Background Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is one of the frequent glaucomatous types,and genetic factor participates in pathogenesis and development of the disease.Recently,MYOC mutation was found to be associated with POAG.Objective This study was to describe the clinical and genetic findings in a POAG family from Luoyang,China.Methods This study protocol was approved by Ethic Committee of Affiliated First Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology.The study adhered to Declaration of Helsinki.A POAG family with 29 members of 5 generations was surveyed and followed-up for 5-year duration.The mode of inheritance was determined by the pedigree analysis.The periphery blood sample was collected form 12 families and 100 health controls for the extraction of genomic DNA under the informed consent.The third exon and its flanking introns of MYOC were amplified,and quantitative real time PCR products were sequenced,and the structure and function of mutated gene were examined by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis.The predicted effects of the detected variants on the secondary structure of MYOC protein were evaluated using Garnier-Osguthorpe-Robson (GOR) method,and homology analysis of protein was carried out by Blast software provided by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).Results This POAG family included 29 members of 5 generations,and the clinical data were not clear in 11 family members.Three individuals from 3 generations were determined POAG,another one was ocular hypertension,and 2 were carriers.Pedigree analysis appeared an autosomal dominant inheritance.In 12 subjects included 6 members genetically affected and 6 members with normal phenotype,the heterozygous mutation was found in the third exon of MYOC gene in 6 genetically affected members,which revealed a T→C transition at position 1021 (p.S341P),resulting in a switch of serine (Ser) to proline (Pro).It was a missense mutation abolished a CviKI-1 restriction site

  19. Predictors of treatment with antibiotics and systemic corticosteroids for acute exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care

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    Al-ani, Salwan Tariq; Spigt, Marcus; Laue, Johanna; Melbye, Hasse

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    Background: Antibiotic and oral corticosteroid prescribing rate in patients suffering from acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma in general practice are only sparsely described. Our aim was to identify predictors for such prescribing when results from CRP testing, spirometry, and pulse oximetry are available. Methods: Patients aged 40 years or more diagnosed with asthma, COPD or both, the previous five years from seven general practice offices in Norway...

  20. Co-culture of primary rat hepatocytes with rat liver epithelial cells enhances interleukin-6-induced acute-phase protein response

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    Peters, S.J.A.C.; Vanhaecke, T.; Papeleu, P.; Rogiers, V.; Haagsman, H.P.; Norren, van, K.

    2010-01-01

    Three different primary rat hepatocyte culture methods were compared for their ability to allow the secretion of fibrinogen and albumin under basal and IL-6-stimulated conditions. These culture methods comprised the co-culture of hepatocytes with rat liver epithelial cells (CC-RLEC), a collagen type I sandwich culture (SW) and a conventional primary hepatocyte monolayer culture (ML). Basal albumin secretion was most stable over time in SW. Fibrinogen secretion was induced by IL-6 in all cell ...

  1. Acute morphine induces matrix metalloproteinase-9 up-regulation in primary sensory neurons to mask opioid-induced analgesia in mice

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    Liu Yen-Chin

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite decades of intense research efforts, actions of acute opioids are not fully understood. Increasing evidence suggests that in addition to well-documented antinociceptive effects opioids also produce paradoxical hyperalgesic and excitatory effects on neurons. However, most studies focus on the pronociceptive actions of chronic opioid exposure. Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9 plays an important role in neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain development. We examined MMP-9 expression and localization in dorsal root ganglia (DRGs after acute morphine treatment and, furthermore, the role of MMP-9 in modulating acute morphine-induced analgesia and hyperalgesia in mice. Results Subcutaneous morphine induced a marked up-regulation of MMP-9 protein in DRGs but not spinal cords. Morphine also increased MMP-9 activity and mRNA expression in DRGs. MMP-9 up-regulation peaked at 2 h but returned to the baseline after 24 h. In DRG tissue sections, MMP-9 is expressed in small and medium-sized neurons that co-express mu opioid receptors (MOR. In DRG cultures, MOR agonists morphine, DAMGO, and remifentanil each increased MMP-9 expression in neurons, whereas the opioid receptor antagonist naloxone and the MOR-selective antagonist D-Phe-Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Arg-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH2 (CTAP suppressed morphine-induced MMP-9 expression. Notably, subcutaneous morphine-induced analgesia was enhanced and prolonged in Mmp9 knockout mice and also potentiated in wild-type mice receiving intrathecal injection of MMP-9 inhibitors. Consistently, intrathecal injection of specific siRNA targeting MMP-9 reduced MMP-9 expression in DRGs and enhanced and prolonged morphine analgesia. Subcutaneous morphine also produced heat hyperalgesia at 24 h, but this opioid-induced hyperalgesia was not enhanced after MMP-9 deletion or inhibition. Conclusions Transient MMP-9 up-regulation in DRG neurons can mask opioid analgesia, without modulating opioid-induced hyperalgesia

  2. The diagnosis of urinary tract infections in young children (DUTY: protocol for a diagnostic and prospective observational study to derive and validate a clinical algorithm for the diagnosis of UTI in children presenting to primary care with an acute illness

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    Downing Harriet

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Urinary tract infection (UTI is common in children, and may cause serious illness and recurrent symptoms. However, obtaining a urine sample from young children in primary care is challenging and not feasible for large numbers. Evidence regarding the predictive value of symptoms, signs and urinalysis for UTI in young children is urgently needed to help primary care clinicians better identify children who should be investigated for UTI. This paper describes the protocol for the Diagnosis of Urinary Tract infection in Young children (DUTY study. The overall study aim is to derive and validate a cost-effective clinical algorithm for the diagnosis of UTI in children presenting to primary care acutely unwell. Methods/design DUTY is a multicentre, diagnostic and prospective observational study aiming to recruit at least 7,000 children aged before their fifth birthday, being assessed in primary care for any acute, non-traumatic, illness of ≤ 28 days duration. Urine samples will be obtained from eligible consented children, and data collected on medical history and presenting symptoms and signs. Urine samples will be dipstick tested in general practice and sent for microbiological analysis. All children with culture positive urines and a random sample of children with urine culture results in other, non-positive categories will be followed up to record symptom duration and healthcare resource use. A diagnostic algorithm will be constructed and validated and an economic evaluation conducted. The primary outcome will be a validated diagnostic algorithm using a reference standard of a pure/predominant growth of at least >103, but usually >105 CFU/mL of one, but no more than two uropathogens. We will use logistic regression to identify the clinical predictors (i.e. demographic, medical history, presenting signs and symptoms and urine dipstick analysis results most strongly associated with a positive urine culture result. We will

  3. Worsening angle closure glaucoma and choroidal detachments subsequent to closure of a carotid cavernous fistula

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    Thinda Sumeer

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Carotid cavernous fistulas are abnormal communications between the cavernous sinus and the external or internal carotid arteries. Although rare, closure of carotid cavernous fistulas can lead to immediate ocular complications. To our knowledge, our case represents the first report of worsening angle closure glaucoma and choroidal detachments over an extended period of two months subsequent to closure of a carotid cavernous fistula. Case presentation A 70-year-old female with a history of primary angle closure glaucoma presented with 4 mm of proptosis, resistance to retropulsion, tortuous corkscrew blood vessels and an orbital bruit of the right eye. Diagnostic cerebral angiogram showed a small indirect Barrow type D right carotid cavernous fistula. Transarterial embolization was planned but repeat cerebral angiography prior to the procedure demonstrated spontaneous partial closure of the carotid cavernous fistula and the procedure was aborted. One month later, our patient was noted to have worsening vision and choroidal detachments of the right eye. She declined further testing and was thus started on self-administered manual carotid jugular compressions. One month later, she developed progressive worsening of her choroidal detachments and angle closure. She eventually opted for surgical intervention but repeat cerebral angiography showed significant thrombosis of the carotid cavernous fistula and no intervention was warranted. Examination two months later showed complete resolution of the choroidal detachments and open angles of both eyes. Conclusions Our patient demonstrated worsening angle closure glaucoma and choroidal detachments after spontaneous closure of her carotid cavernous fistula had been noted. Ocular complications, including acute angle closure, have been reported to occur immediately after closure of carotid cavernous fistulas, but not over months as in our patient. It is imperative that individuals who have

  4. The development and validation of a multidimensional sum-scaling questionnaire to measure patient-reported outcomes in acute respiratory tract infections in primary care: the Acute Respiratory Tract Infection Questionnaire: ARTIQ

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    Aabenhus, R.; Thorsen, H.; Siersma, V.;

    2013-01-01

    to test dimensionality, objectivity, and reliability of items. Test of known groups' validity was conducted by comparing participants with and without an ARTI. RESULTS: The final version of the ARTIQ consisted of 38 items covering five dimensions (Physical-upper, Physical-lower, Psychological, Sleep...... interviews and field testing among adults with an ARTI were conducted to ascertain a high degree of face and content validity of the questionnaire. Subsequently, a draft version of the Acute Respiratory Tract Infection Questionnaire (ARTIQ) was statistically validated by using the partial credit Rasch model...

  5. Angles in hyperbolic lattices

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    Södergren, Carl Anders; Risager, Morten S.

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that the angles in a lattice acting on hyperbolic n -space become equidistributed. In this paper we determine a formula for the pair correlation density for angles in such hyperbolic lattices. Using this formula we determine, among other things, the asymptotic behavior...... of the density function in both the small and large variable limits. This extends earlier results by Boca, Pasol, Popa and Zaharescu and Kelmer and Kontorovich in dimension 2 to general dimension n . Our proofs use the decay of matrix coefficients together with a number of careful estimates, and lead...

  6. Primary anaplastic astrocytoma of the brain after prophylactic cranial irradiation in a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Case report and review of the literature

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    Imtiaz Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 6½-year-old boy had developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was treated with systemic chemotherapy, intrathecal triple drug regimen and prophylactic cranial irradiation. After 10 years he developed anaplastic astrocytoma of the postero-superior cerebellum on the left side while leukemia was in remission. He was treated with surgical excision, followed by adjuvant three dimensional conformal radiotherapy and is on salvage chemotherapy with temozolamide. It is possible that the anaplastic astrocytoma may be a radiation induced malignancy.

  7. The day-to-day acute effect of wake therapy in patients with major depression using the HAM-D6 as primary outcome measure

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    Martiny, Klaus; Refsgaard, Else; Lund, Vibeke;

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports day-to-day data for from a one-week intervention phase, part of a 9-weeks randomised parallel study with patient having major depression (data from weekly visits have been reported). Wake therapy (sleep deprivation) has an established antidepressant effect with onset of action...... within hours. Deterioration on the following night's sleep is, however, common, and we used daily light therapy and sleep time stabilisation as a preventive measure. In particular, we evaluated the day-to-day acute effect of and tolerance to sleep deprivation and examined predictors of response....

  8. Transcranial magnetic stimulation probes the excitability of the primary motor cortex: A framework to account for the facilitating effects of acute whole-body exercise on motor processes

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    Karen Davranche

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The effects of exercise on decision-making performance have been studied using a wide variety of cognitive tasks and exercise interventions. Although the current literature supports a beneficial influence of acute exercise on cognitive performance, the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon have not yet been elucidated. We review studies that used single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS to probe the excitability of motor structures during whole-body exercise and present a framework to account for the facilitating effects of acute exercise on motor processes. Recent results suggest that, even in the absence of fatigue, the increase in corticospinal excitability classically reported during submaximal and exhausting exercises may be accompanied by a reduction in intracortical inhibition. We propose that reduced intracortical inhibition elicits an adaptive central mechanism that counteracts the progressive reduction in muscle responsiveness caused by peripheral fatigue. Such a reduction would render the motor cortex more sensitive to upstream influences, thus causing increased corticospinal excitability. Furthermore, reduction of intracortical inhibition may account for the more efficient descending drive and for the improvement of reaction time performance during exercise. The adaptive modulation in intracortical inhibition could be implemented through a general increase in reticular activation that would further account for enhanced sensory sensitivity.

  9. Effects of Latanoprost 0.005%/Timolol Maleate 0.5% and Dorzolamide 2%/Timolol Maleate 0.5% Fixed Combinations on 24-hour Intraocular Pressure in Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

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    Berna Yüce

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pur po se: To evaluate the effects of latanoprost/timolol maleate and dorzolamid/timolol maleate fixed combinations on-24 hours intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Ma te ri als and Met hod: Forty-eight eyes of 24 patients with open-angle glaucoma were enrolled in the study. They were randomized to receive fixed combinations of either latanoprost/timolol maleate (Group 1 - 24 eyes of 12 patients or dorzolamid/timolol maleate (Group 2 - 24 eyes of 12 patients. Patients who achieved intraocular pressure of ≤ 21 mmHg 3 weeks after combined therapy were hospitalized and intraocular pressure was monitored at hour 06:00, 10:00, 14:00, 18:00, 22:00 and 02:00 for 24 hours. Diurnal and nocturnal fluctuations were determined by measurements done between 06:00 and 18:00 hours and between 22:00 and 02:00, respectively. Mean intraocular pressure and fluctuations of intraocular pressure between the two groups were compared. Re sults: There was no difference between the groups in terms of age, sex, visual acuity and cup/disc ratio (p>0.05. Three weeks after combined therapy, all patients achieved target intraocular pressure of ≤ 21 mmHg. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups with regard to mean intraocular pressure over 24 hours (17.1±2.3 mmHg and 17.27±2.3 mmHg for Group 1 and Group 2, respectively; p>0.05. Diurnal fluctuations were 3.6 mmHg for Group 1 and 4.7 mmHg for Group 2; nocturnal fluctuations were 4.3 mmHg for Group 1 and 2.3 mmHg for Group 2. Diurnal fluctuations in Group 1 were lower than in Group 2, while nocturnal fluctuations were lower in Group 2 than in Group 1 (p<0.05. Dis cus si on: Both latanoprost/timolol maleate and dorzolamid/timolol maleate fixed combinations are effective for 24-hour intraocular pressure control. Latanoprost/timolol maleate fixed combination is superior to dorzolamid/timolol maleate in controlling diurnal fluctuations, while dorzolamid/timolol maleate is

  10. Acute Bronchitis

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    ... of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Most cases of acute bronchitis get better within several days. But your cough ... that cause colds and the flu often cause acute bronchitis. These viruses spread through the air when people ...

  11. Safety and Efficacy of Intracoronary Vasodilators in the Treatment of No-Reflow after Primary Percutaneous Intervention in Patients with Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Literature Review

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    Mostafa Dastani

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The investigation of no-reflow phenomenon after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI in patients with acute ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI has therapeutic implications. Several vasodilators were administered through intracoronary injection to treat this phenomenon. We aimed to elucidate the risk factors, predictors, and long-term effects of no-reflow phenomenon, and to compare the effects of various vasodilators on re-opening the obstructed vessels. Materials and Methods: All the reviewed articles were retrieved from MEDLINE and Science Direct (up to October 2014. All no-reflow cases were determined through Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction grading (TIMI system. Results: Four articles were included, two of which mainly focused on risk factors, predictors, and long-term prognosis of no-reflow phenomenon, and its association with patient mortality and morbidity. The other two articles evaluated therapeutic interventions and compared their efficacy in treating no-reflow. Conclusion: Development of no-reflow in patients with STEMI after primary PCI is associated with low myocardial salvage by primary PCI, large scintigraphic infarct size, deteriorated left ventricle ejection fraction at six months, and increased risk of first-year mortality. During primary PCI, intracoronary infusion of diltiazem and verapamil can reverse no-reflow more effectively than nitroglycerin.

  12. The quadriceps angle

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    Miles, James Edward; Frederiksen, Jane V.; Jensen, Bente Rona;

    2012-01-01

    : Pelvic limbs from red foxes (Vulpes vulpes). METHODS: Q angles were measured on hip dysplasia (HD) and whole limb (WL) view radiographs of each limb between the acetabular rim, mid-point (Q1: patellar center, Q2: femoral trochlea), and tibial tuberosity. Errors of 0.5-2.0 mm at measurement landmarks...

  13. Multiple Biomarkers at Admission Significantly Improve the Prediction of Mortality in Patients Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction

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    P. Damman; M.A.M. Beijk; W.J. Kuijt; N.J.W. Verouden; N. van Geloven; J.P.S. Henriques; J. Baan; M.M. Vis; M. Meuwissen; J.P. van Straalen; J. Fischer; K.T. Koch; J.J. Piek; J.G.P. Tijssen; R.J. de Winter

    2011-01-01

    We investigated whether multiple biomarkers improve prognostication in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Few data exist on the prognostic value of combined biomarkers. We used data from 1,034 STEMI patients undergoing p

  14. ST-Segment Resolution Prior to Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Is a Poor Indicator of Coronary Artery Patency in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    N.J. Verouden; J.D. Haeck; K.T. Koch; J.P. Henriques; J. Baan; R.J. van der Schaaf; M.M. Vis; R.J. Peters; A.A. Wilde; J.J. Piek; J.G. Tijssen; R.J. de Winter

    2010-01-01

    Background: The prognostic value of ST-segment resolution (STR) after initiation of reperfusion therapy has been established by various studies conducted in both the thrombolytic and mechanic reperfusion era. However, data regarding the value of STR immediately prior to primary percutaneous coronary

  15. Co-culture of primary rat hepatocytes with rat liver epithelial cells enhances interleukin-6-induced acute-phase protein response

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    Peters, S.J.A.C.; Vanhaecke, T.; Papeleu, P.; Rogiers, V.; Haagsman, H.P.; Norren, van K.

    2010-01-01

    Three different primary rat hepatocyte culture methods were compared for their ability to allow the secretion of fibrinogen and albumin under basal and IL-6- stimulated conditions. These culture methods comprised the co-culture of hepatocytes with rat liver epithelial cells (CCRLEC), a collagen type

  16. [Acute myocarditis].

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    Combes, Alain

    2013-05-01

    Myocarditis is defined as inflammation of the myocardium accompanied by myocellular necrosis. Acute myocarditis must be considered in patients who present with recent onset of cardiac failure or arrhythmia. Fulminant myocarditis is a distinct entity characterized by sudden onset of severe congestive heart failure or cardiogenic shock, usually following a flu-like illness, parvovirus B19, human herpesvirus 6, coxsackievirus and adenovirus being the most frequently viruses responsible for the disease. Treatment of myocarditis remains largely supportive, since immunosuppression has not been proven to be beneficial for acute lymphocytic myocarditis. Trials of antiviral therapies, or immunostimulants such as interferons, suggest a potential therapeutic role but require further investigation. Lastly, early recognition of patients rapidly progressing to refractory cardiac failure and their immediate transfer to a medical-surgical center experienced in mechanical circulatory support is warranted. In this setting, ECMO should be the first-line mechanical assistance. For highly unstable patients, a Mobile Cardiac Assistance Unit, that rapidly travels to primary care hospitals with a portable ECMO system and hooks it up before refractory multiorgan failure takes hold, is the preferred option. PMID:23789482

  17. Acute Traumatic Musculotendinous Avulsion of the Flexor Pollicis Longus Tendon Treated with Primary Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Transfer: A Novel Technique of Management

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    P. Kiran Sasi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Traumatic musculotendinous junction avulsions are rare injuries except in avulsion amputations. They pose a significant challenge to the treating surgeon. We present a 24-year-old male who sustained an open musculotendinous avulsion of the flexor pollicis longus tendon. He was treated with primary tendon transfer using the flexor digitorum superficialis of ring finger, in flexor zone 3. The functional result at 10 months following surgery was excellent.

  18. Strategies TO reduce time delays in patients with AcuTe coronary heart disease treated with primary PCI—the STOP WATCH study: a multistage action research project

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    Tödt, Tim; Thylén, Ingela; Alfredsson, Joakim; Swahn, Eva; Janzon, Magnus

    2013-01-01

    Objective To identify, evaluate and reduce system delay times in an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) network by targeted reorganisation of logistics and personal feedback to staff on time delays. Design Multistage action research project. Three study phases were used (exploration, tailored intervention and evaluation). Setting Single centre study, Sweden. Patients Consecutive patients (N=156) with prehospital STEMI onset treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)....

  19. In-hospital and six-month outcomes of elderly patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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    Noohi, Fereydoon; Hashemi, Isa; Sanati, Hamid Reza; Peighambari, Mohammad Mehdi; Kiavar, Majid; Maadani, Mohsen; Bassiri, Hossein Ali; Zahedmehr, Ali; Shakerian, Farshad; Firouzi, Ata; Kiani, Reza; Abdi, Seifollah

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Elderly patients constitute a rapidly growing proportion of the population, and hence the increasing rises in the number of patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is now established as the preferred reperfusion strategy in STEMI patients, has been inadequately investigated in this high-risk group. The aim of the present study was to investigate the in-hospital and 6-month outcomes of primary PCI in elderly patients (≥ 75 years) with STEMI. METHODS A total of 100 elderly patients with STEMI including those with cardiogenic shock were included. Primary PCI procedures were performed in a tertiary referral center between 2009 and 2014. In-hospital and 6-month outcomes of patients were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS The average age of the patients was 79.6 ± 3.8 years (range = 75-90 years) and 27.0% were women. Cardiovascular risk factors and prior events were common. Nearly, half of the patients had three-vessel disease and the left anterior descending artery (LAD) was the most common infarct-related artery. The presence of cardiogenic shock but not the other variables was associated with less anatomic and procedural success (P < 0.001). It was also the major independent predictors of 6-month mortality in the patients aged ≥ 75 years, [hazard ratio (HR) = 8.02; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.75-25.97, P < 0.001]. In-hospital mortality was 2.4% in the patients without and 83.0% in those with cardiogenic shock. CONCLUSION Primary PCI in aged patients could be associated with low complication rates and improved survival if performed in high-volume centers with experienced operators. Considering the very high rate of mortality in patients with cardiogenic shock, there should be measures to treat these patients before the onset of hemodynamic instability. PMID:27114734

  20. Amenorrhea - primary

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    Primary amenorrhea; No periods - primary; Absent periods - primary; Absent menses - primary; Absence of periods - primary ... with an average of around 12 years old. Primary amenorrhea typically occurs when a girl is older ...

  1. The lateral angle revisited

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    Morgan, Jeannie; Lynnerup, Niels; Hoppa, R.D.

    2013-01-01

    measurements taken from computed tomography (CT) scans. Previous reports have observed that the lateral angle size in females is significantly larger than in males. The method was applied to an independent series of 77 postmortem CT scans (42 males, 35 females) to validate its accuracy and reliability...... method appears to be of minimal practical use in forensic anthropology and archeology. © 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences....

  2. Ischemia detection from morphological QRS angle changes.

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    Romero, Daniel; Martínez, Juan Pablo; Laguna, Pablo; Pueyo, Esther

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, an ischemia detector is presented based on the analysis of QRS-derived angles. The detector has been developed by modeling ischemic effects on the QRS angles as a gradual change with a certain transition time and assuming a Laplacian additive modeling error contaminating the angle series. Both standard and non-standard leads were used for analysis. Non-standard leads were obtained by applying the PCA technique over specific lead subsets to represent different potential locations of the ischemic zone. The performance of the proposed detector was tested over a population of 79 patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention in one of the major coronary arteries (LAD (n  =  25), RCA (n  =  16) and LCX (n  =  38)). The best detection performance, obtained for standard ECG leads, was achieved in the LAD group with values of sensitivity and specificity of [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], followed by the RCA group with [Formula: see text], Sp  =  94.4 and the LCX group with [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], notably outperforming detection based on the ST series in all cases, with the same detector structure. The timing of the detected ischemic events ranged from 30 s up to 150 s (mean  =  66.8 s) following the start of occlusion. We conclude that changes in the QRS angles can be used to detect acute myocardial ischemia. PMID:27243441

  3. Building an international network for a primary care research program: reflections on challenges and solutions in the set-up and delivery of a prospective observational study of acute cough in 13 European countries

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    Veen Robert ER

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Implementing a primary care clinical research study in several countries can make it possible to recruit sufficient patients in a short period of time that allows important clinical questions to be answered. Large multi-country studies in primary care are unusual and are typically associated with challenges requiring innovative solutions. We conducted a multi-country study and through this paper, we share reflections on the challenges we faced and some of the solutions we developed with a special focus on the study set up, structure and development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs. Method GRACE-01 was a multi-European country, investigator-driven prospective observational study implemented by 14 Primary Care Networks (PCNs within 13 European Countries. General Practitioners (GPs recruited consecutive patients with an acute cough. GPs completed a case report form (CRF and the patient completed a daily symptom diary. After study completion, the coordinating team discussed the phases of the study and identified challenges and solutions that they considered might be interesting and helpful to researchers setting up a comparable study. Results The main challenges fell within three domains as follows: i selecting, setting up and maintaining PCNs; ii designing local context-appropriate data collection tools and efficient data management systems; and iii gaining commitment and trust from all involved and maintaining enthusiasm. The main solutions for each domain were: i appointing key individuals (National Network Facilitator and Coordinator with clearly defined tasks, involving PCNs early in the development of study materials and procedures. ii rigorous back translations of all study materials and the use of information systems to closely monitor each PCNs progress; iii providing strong central leadership with high level commitment to the value of the study, frequent multi-method communication, establishing a coherent ethos

  4. Poincare duality angles for Riemannian manifolds with boundary

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    Shonkwiler, Clayton

    2009-01-01

    On a compact Riemannian manifold with boundary, the absolute and relative cohomology groups appear as certain subspaces of harmonic forms. DeTurck and Gluck showed that these concrete realizations of the cohomology groups decompose into orthogonal subspaces corresponding to cohomology coming from the interior and boundary of the manifold. The principal angles between these interior subspaces are all acute and are called Poincare duality angles. This paper determines the Poincare duality angles of a collection of interesting manifolds with boundary derived from complex projective spaces and from Grassmannians, providing evidence that the Poincare duality angles measure, in some sense, how "close" a manifold is to being closed. This paper also elucidates a connection between the Poincare duality angles and the Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator for differential forms, which generalizes the classical Dirichlet-to-Neumann map arising in the problem of Electrical Impedance Tomography. Specifically, the Poincare duality...

  5. 后交叉韧带重建中股骨侧"锐角效应"的相关研究及骨道技术的评价%Correlative study of femur "acute angle" in reconstruction of posterior cruciate ligament with hamstring tendons and evaluation of bone tunnel technique

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    闫昌葆; 陈百成; 赵宝辉; 孙然; 刘虎; 李嘉

    2009-01-01

    [Objective]To explore the "acute angle" of femur,and evaluate the bone tunnel technique in posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. [Method] Using the porcine flexor digilorum tendon as graft, the author reconstructed posterior cruciate ligament. The bone tunnel was established wilh the angle of 80°,90°and 100°comparison the tunnel and intercondylar fossa of femur side wall,and press sensitive film was set between the edge of tunnel and graft. The pressure between was used to represent abrasion. The bigger the pressure was, the larger the abrasion was. The difference of pressure between bone tunnel technique group and the control group was compared. [ResultJThe pressure of angle 100°was lowest(3. 55 ±0. 21 MPa). And the pressure of burnishing group(3.29 ±0.19 MPa)was lower than that of the control group(3.55 ±0.21 MPa). [Conclusion]The bone tunnel technique can reduce the femoral; "acute angle" of femur in posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.%[目的]探讨后交叉韧带重建中股骨侧的"锐角效应"以及对骨道技术进行评价.[方法]应用猪的屈趾肌腱作为移植物重建后交叉韧带,分别建立与股骨髁间窝侧壁呈80°、90°、100°夹角的骨道,以及对骨道边缘进行打磨处理.在骨道边缘与移植物之间放置压敏片计算得压强值来表示磨损作用的大小,压强值越大表示磨损作用越大.通过比较应用骨道技术重建PCL组与对照组的压强值来说明这种减小"锐角效应"的方法是否可行.[结果]应用骨道技术重建后交叉韧带各组中移植物与股骨髁间窝侧壁夹角为100°时压强最小[(3.55±0.21)MPa],并且对骨道边缘进行打磨后压强值[(3.29±0.19)MPa]明显低于对照组[(3.55±0.21)MPa].[结论]应用骨道技术可以有效减小后交叉韧带重建中股骨侧的"锐角效应".

  6. The Polo-Like Kinase 1 (PLK1 inhibitor NMS-P937 is effective in a new model of disseminated primary CD56+ acute monoblastic leukaemia.

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    Alessia Casolaro

    Full Text Available CD56 is expressed in 15-20% of acute myeloid leukaemias (AML and is associated with extramedullary diffusion, multidrug resistance and poor prognosis. We describe the establishment and characterisation of a novel disseminated model of AML (AML-NS8, generated by injection into mice of leukaemic blasts freshly isolated from a patient with an aggressive CD56(+ monoblastic AML (M5a. The model reproduced typical manifestations of this leukaemia, including presence of extramedullary masses and central nervous system involvement, and the original phenotype, karyotype and genotype of leukaemic cells were retained in vivo. Recently Polo-Like Kinase 1 (PLK1 has emerged as a new candidate drug target in AML. We therefore tested our PLK1 inhibitor NMS-P937 in this model either in the engraftment or in the established disease settings. Both schedules showed good efficacy compared to standard therapies, with a significant increase in median survival time (MST expecially in the established disease setting (MST = 28, 36, 62 days for vehicle, cytarabine and NMS-P937, respectively. Importantly, we could also demonstrate that NMS-P937 induced specific biomarker modulation in extramedullary tissues. This new in vivo model of CD56(+ AML that recapitulates the human tumour lends support for the therapeutic use of PLK1 inhibitors in AML.

  7. The Polo-Like Kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor NMS-P937 is effective in a new model of disseminated primary CD56+ acute monoblastic leukaemia.

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    Casolaro, Alessia; Golay, Josee; Albanese, Clara; Ceruti, Roberta; Patton, Veronica; Cribioli, Sabrina; Pezzoni, Alice; Losa, Marco; Texido, Gemma; Giussani, Ursula; Marchesi, Francesco; Amboldi, Nadia; Valsasina, Barbara; Bungaro, Silvia; Cazzaniga, Gianni; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Introna, Martino; Pesenti, Enrico; Alzani, Rachele

    2013-01-01

    CD56 is expressed in 15-20% of acute myeloid leukaemias (AML) and is associated with extramedullary diffusion, multidrug resistance and poor prognosis. We describe the establishment and characterisation of a novel disseminated model of AML (AML-NS8), generated by injection into mice of leukaemic blasts freshly isolated from a patient with an aggressive CD56(+) monoblastic AML (M5a). The model reproduced typical manifestations of this leukaemia, including presence of extramedullary masses and central nervous system involvement, and the original phenotype, karyotype and genotype of leukaemic cells were retained in vivo. Recently Polo-Like Kinase 1 (PLK1) has emerged as a new candidate drug target in AML. We therefore tested our PLK1 inhibitor NMS-P937 in this model either in the engraftment or in the established disease settings. Both schedules showed good efficacy compared to standard therapies, with a significant increase in median survival time (MST) expecially in the established disease setting (MST = 28, 36, 62 days for vehicle, cytarabine and NMS-P937, respectively). Importantly, we could also demonstrate that NMS-P937 induced specific biomarker modulation in extramedullary tissues. This new in vivo model of CD56(+) AML that recapitulates the human tumour lends support for the therapeutic use of PLK1 inhibitors in AML.

  8. Adherence to clinical practice guidelines among three primary contact professions: a best evidence synthesis of the literature for the management of acute and subacute low back pain

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    Amorin-Woods, Lyndon G.; Beck, Randy W.; Parkin-Smith, Gregory F.; Lougheed, James; Bremner, Alexandra P.

    2014-01-01

    Aim: To determine adherence to clinical practice guidelines in the medical, physiotherapy and chiropractic professions for acute and subacute mechanical low back pain through best-evidence synthesis of the healthcare literature. Methods: A structured best-evidence synthesis of the relevant literature through a literature search of relevant databases for peer-reviewed papers on adherence to clinical practice guidelines from 1995 to 2013. Inclusion of papers was based on selection criteria and appraisal by two reviewers who independently applied a modified Downs & Black appraisal tool. The appraised papers were summarized in tabular form and analysed by the authors. Results: The literature search retrieved 23 potentially relevant papers that were evaluated for methodological quality, of which 11 studies met the inclusion criteria. The main finding was that no profession in the study consistently attained an overall high concordance rating. Of the three professions examined, 73% of chiropractors adhered to current clinical practice guidelines, followed by physiotherapists (62%) and then medical practitioners (52%). Conclusions: This review showed that quality papers in this area of research are very limited. Notwithstanding, chiropractors appear to adhere to clinical practice guidelines more so than physiotherapists and medical practitioners, although there is scope for improvement across all three professions. PMID:25202150

  9. The cytokine-mediated crosstalk between primary human acute myeloid cells and mesenchymal stem cells alters the local cytokine network and the global gene expression profile of the mesenchymal cells

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    Håkon Reikvam

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Interactions between acute myeloid leukemia (AML blasts and neighboring stromal cells are important for disease development and chemosensitivity. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in the cytokine-mediated crosstalk between mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs and AML cells are largely unknown. Leukemic cells derived from 18 unselected AML patients were cultured with bone marrow MSCs derived from healthy donors; the populations then being separated by a semipermeable membrane. Coculture had only minor effects on MSC proliferation. The unique cytokine network in cocultures was determined by high constitutive MSC release of certain cytokines (especially IL-6 and vascular endothelial growth factor and constitutive release of a wide range of soluble mediators by primary AML cells. However, the AML cell release varied considerably between patients, and these differences between patients were also reflected in the coculture levels even though supra-additive effects were seen for many mediators. These effects on the local cytokine network were dependent on a functional crosstalk between the two cell subsets. The crosstalk altered the global gene expression profile of the MSCs, especially expression of genes encoding proteins involved in downstream signaling from Toll like receptors, NFκB signaling and CCL/CXCL chemokine release. Thus, primary AML cells alter the functional phenotype of normal MSCs.

  10. Cerebellopontine angle Hodgkin's disease

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    Intracranial Hodgkin's disease is a rare site of involvement, and even more rare is its presentation as a cerebellopontine angle mass. It can be difficult to diagnose especially when recurrent tumors occur because both CT and lumbar puncture have been shown to have a relatively low yield. Gadolinium-enhanced MRI is more sensitive. It is concluded that while the imaging findings can be non-specific, the rapid response to therapy (steroids) may provide a clue to diagnosis. Copyright (1999) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  11. Critical angle laser refractometer

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    A simple laser refractometer based on the detection of the critical angle for liquids is presented. The calibrated refractometer presents up to 0.000 11 of uncertainty when the refractive index is in the range between 1.300 00 and 1.340 00. The experimental setup is easy to construct and the material needed is available at most optics laboratories. The calibration method is simple and can be used in other devices. The refractive index measurements in aqueous solutions of sodium chloride were carried out to test the device and a linear dependence between the refractive index and the salt concentration was found

  12. Expression of surface-associated 82kDa-proMMP-9 in primary acute leukemia blast cells inversely correlates with patients' risk.

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    Schmohl, Joerg; Santovito, Donato; Guenther, Thomas; Sutanto, Wishnu; Kroell, Tanja; Salih, Helmut; Pitsch, Thomas; Egea, Virginia; Weber, Christian; Schmetzer, Helga; Ries, Christian

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    With its ability to degrade extracellular matrix proteins and activate growth factors and cytokines, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 is an important regulator of cell function. Previously, we reported that myeloid leukemic cells express a unique 82kDa-proMMP-9 variant on their cell surface that is not affected by its natural inhibitor. In this study, we generated monoclonal antibodies that specifically recognize 82kDa-proMMP-9. Flow cytometry analysis using these antibodies revealed significant surface expression of 82kDa-proMMP-9 in monocytes, but minimal amounts in T and B cells isolated from peripheral blood of nine healthy donors and 22 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In all AML patients, blasts expressed 82kDa-proMMP-9 at levels of 4%-46%, with significantly higher levels in patients with a better risk defined according to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines (ρ = -0.748, p < 0.001) and favorable phenotype according to the French-American-British classification (p = 0.02) compared with patients with adverse prognoses. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis confirmed the diagnostic accuracy of 82kDa-proMMP-9 measurement in AML blasts (area under the curve: 0.893 [0.739-1.000], p = 0.019). It led us to define a cutoff value of 11.5% for identifying patients with lower NCCN risk (p = 0.005) and with a tendency toward a higher probability of response to anthracycline-based therapy (p = 0.109) and increased event-free survival (p = 0.24). Thus, 82kDa-proMMP-9 expression on blasts may represent a novel independent marker of prognosis in patients with AML. PMID:26845021

  13. Dynamics of adaptive and innate immunity in patients treated during primary human immunodeficiency virus infection: results from Maraviroc in HIV Acute Infection (MAIN) randomized clinical trial.

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    Ripa, M; Pogliaghi, M; Chiappetta, S; Galli, L; Pensieroso, S; Cavarelli, M; Scarlatti, G; De Biasi, S; Cossarizza, A; De Battista, D; Malnati, M; Lazzarin, A; Nozza, S; Tambussi, G

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    We evaluated the dynamics of innate and adaptive immunity in patients treated with combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) during primary human immunodeficiency virus infection (PHI), enrolled in a prospective randomized trial (MAIN, EUDRACT 2008-007004-29). After 48 weeks of cART, we documented a reduction in activated B cells and CD8(+) T cells. Natural killer cell and dendritic cell frequencies were measured and a decrease in CD16(+) CD56(dim) with a reciprocal rise in CD56(high) natural killer cells and an increase in myeloid and plasmacytoid dendritic cells were recorded. In conclusion, 48 weeks of cART during PHI showed significant benefits for both innate and adaptive immunity.

  14. Mild to Moderate Renal Impairment Is Associated With No-Reflow Phenomenon After Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Acute Myocardial Infarction.

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    Kurtul, Alparslan; Murat, Sani Namik; Yarlioglues, Mikail; Duran, Mustafa; Celik, Ibrahim Etem; Kilic, Alparslan

    2015-08-01

    We investigated whether admission estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) values are associated with no-reflow phenomenon in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). Patients (n = 673; 59 ± 13 years; 77.1% men) were stratified into 3 groups according to eGFR at admission: normal renal function (eGFR ≥ 90 mL/min/1.73 m2), mild renal impairment (eGFR 60-89 mL/min/1.73 m2), and moderate renal impairment (eGFR 30-59 mL/min/1.73 m2). No-reflow phenomenon was defined as thrombolysis in myocardial infarction flow grade renal function group to the moderate impaired renal function group (P infarct vessel (OR 0.186, P renal impairment at admission is independently associated with no-reflow phenomenon after pPCI.

  15. Field triage reduces treatment delay and improves long-term clinical outcome in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Pedersen, Sune H; Haahr-Pedersen, Sune Ammentorp; Galatius, Soren;

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the independent impact of field triage on treatment delay and long-term clinical outcome in a large contemporary, consecutive population of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). BACKGROUND......: Reduction of treatment delay is crucial for patients with STEMI. METHODS: From January 2005 to July 2008, 1,437 STEMI patients were treated with pPCI at a single high-volume invasive center. We present the 1-year outcome in this observational registry study. RESULTS: A total of 616 patients were admitted by...... to 100 min vs. 103 min, interquartile range 80 to 135 min; p<0.001). Door-to-balloon times of less than the recommended 90 min were achieved in 61% of field triage patients, but only in 36% of nonfield-triage patients (p<0.001). After adjustment for relevant baseline variables, patients admitted by...

  16. Pandemic H1N1 influenza A directly induces a robust and acute inflammatory gene signature in primary human bronchial epithelial cells downstream of membrane fusion

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    Paquette, Stéphane G. [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Banner, David [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Chi, Le Thi Bao [Department of Microbiology, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Thua Thien Hue (Viet Nam); Carlo Urbani Centre, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Thua Thien Hue (Viet Nam); Leon, Alberto J. [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong (China); Xu, Luoling; Ran, Longsi [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Huang, Stephen S.H. [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Farooqui, Amber [Division of Experimental Therapeutics, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); International Institute of Infection and Immunity, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, Guangdong (China); and others

    2014-01-05

    Pandemic H1N1 influenza A (H1N1pdm) elicits stronger pulmonary inflammation than previously circulating seasonal H1N1 influenza A (sH1N1), yet mechanisms of inflammatory activation in respiratory epithelial cells during H1N1pdm infection are unclear. We investigated host responses to H1N1pdm/sH1N1 infection and virus entry mechanisms in primary human bronchial epithelial cells in vitro. H1N1pdm infection rapidly initiated a robust inflammatory gene signature (3 h post-infection) not elicited by sH1N1 infection. Protein secretion inhibition had no effect on gene induction. Infection with membrane fusion deficient H1N1pdm failed to induce robust inflammatory gene expression which was rescued with restoration of fusion ability, suggesting H1N1pdm directly triggered the inflammatory signature downstream of membrane fusion. Investigation of intra-virion components revealed H1N1pdm viral RNA (vRNA) triggered a stronger inflammatory phenotype than sH1N1 vRNA. Thus, our study is first to report H1N1pdm induces greater inflammatory gene expression than sH1N1 in vitro due to direct virus–epithelial cell interaction. - Highlights: • We investigated H1N1pdm/sH1N1 infection in primary epithelial cells. • H1N1pdm directly initiated a robust inflammatory gene signature, sH1N1 did not. • H1N1pdm viral RNA triggered a stronger response than sH1N1. • H1N1pdm induces greater response due to direct virus–cell interaction. • These results have potential to impact vaccine and therapeutic development.

  17. EFFECT OF SWEEP ANGLE ON THE VORTICAL FLOW OVER DELTA WINGS AT AN ANGLE OF ATTACK OF 10°

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    JAMES BRETT

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available CFD simulations have been used to analyse the vortical flows over sharp edged delta wings with differing sweep angles under subsonic conditions at an angle of attack of 10°. RANS simulations were validated against experimental data for a 65° sweep wing, with a flat cross-section, and the steadiness of the flow field was assessed by comparing the results against unsteady URANS and DES simulations. To assess the effect of sweep angle on the flow field, a range of sweep angles from 65° to 43° were simulated. For moderate sweep wings the primary vortex was observed to detach from the leading edge, undergoing vortex breakdown, and a weaker, replacement, "shadow" vortex was formed. The shadow vortex was observed for sweep angles of 50° and less, and resulted in reduced lift production near the wing tips loss of the stronger primary vortex.

  18. Variable angle correlation spectroscopy

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    Lee, Y K [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1994-05-01

    In this dissertation, a novel nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, variable angle correlation spectroscopy (VACSY) is described and demonstrated with {sup 13}C nuclei in rapidly rotating samples. These experiments focus on one of the basic problems in solid state NMR: how to extract the wealth of information contained in the anisotropic component of the NMR signal while still maintaining spectral resolution. Analysis of the anisotropic spectral patterns from poly-crystalline systems reveal information concerning molecular structure and dynamics, yet in all but the simplest of systems, the overlap of spectral patterns from chemically distinct sites renders the spectral analysis difficult if not impossible. One solution to this problem is to perform multi-dimensional experiments where the high-resolution, isotropic spectrum in one dimension is correlated with the anisotropic spectral patterns in the other dimensions. The VACSY technique incorporates the angle between the spinner axis and the static magnetic field as an experimental parameter that may be incremented during the course of the experiment to help correlate the isotropic and anisotropic components of the spectrum. The two-dimensional version of the VACSY experiments is used to extract the chemical shift anisotropy tensor values from multi-site organic molecules, study molecular dynamics in the intermediate time regime, and to examine the ordering properties of partially oriented samples. The VACSY technique is then extended to three-dimensional experiments to study slow molecular reorientations in a multi-site polymer system.

  19. Pentacam对原发性闭角型青光眼激光周边虹膜切开术前后前房形态和参数的评估%The morphologic and quantitative evaluation of ocular anterior chamber parameters after laser peripheral iridotomy in primary angle-closure glaucoma eyes

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    刘晓丽; 刘丹岩; 张斌; 郭从容; 杜颖华; 段佳良

    2016-01-01

    in the quantitative evaluation of ocular anterior segment in primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG) eyes than slit lamp microscope and ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM).However,its accuracy in the earlier stage of PACG before and after YAG laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) is not fully elucidated.Objective This study was to assess the effect of YAG LPI in PACG patients with Pentacam.Methods A prospective self-controlled study was performed.Thirtyfive fellow eyes (pre-clinical stage of PACG) of acute PACG and 35 fellow eyes of chronic PACG were included in the Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University from July,2012 to December,2013.YAG LPI was performed on the eyes,and the parameters of ocular anterior segment including central anterior chamber depth (ACD),anterior chamber volume (ACV) and peripheral anterior chamber angle (ACA) were measured and compared by Pentacam before and 1 day,7 days,28 days after operation.This study was approved by the Ethic Committee of the Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University and informed consent was obtained from all subjects.Results In pre-clinical stage of PACG eyes,the postoperative ACD and ACV values were increased in comparison with preoperation,showing significant differences among various time points (ACD:F =6.783,P =0.004;ACV:F =19.090,P =0.000),and no significant difference was found in ACA among different time points (F =0.153,P =0.928).In the fellow eyes of chronic PACG,the postoperative ACD and ACV values were larger than those of preoperation,with significant differences among various time points (ACD:F =21.576,P =0.000;ACV:F =47.506,P =0.000),and no significant difference was found in ACA among different time points (F=0.581,P=0.629).The change values of ACD and ACV were (0.064±0.022) mm and (27.840±4.963) mm3 in the eyes of pre-clinical stage of PACG,and those in the fellow eyes of chronic PACG were (0.047-± 0.020) mm and (21.000 ± 3.278) mm3,showing significant differences between the two groups (ACD:t=2.783,P=0

  20. ERCP in acute pancreatitis

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    Jijo V Cherian; Joye Varghese Selvaraj; Rajesh Natrayan; Jayanthi Venkataraman

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The role of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the management of acute pancreatitis has evolved over years since its introduction in 1968. Its importance in diagnosing the etiology of pancreatitis has steadily declined with the advent of less invasive diagnostic tools. The therapeutic implications of ERCP in acute pancreatitis are many fold and are directed towards management of known etiological factors or its related complications. This article highlights the current status of ERCP in acute pancreatitis. DATA SOURCES:An English literature search using PubMed database was conducted on ERCP in acute pancreatitis, the etiologies and complications of pancreatitis amenable to endotherapy and other related subjects, which were reviewed. RESULTS: ERCP serves as a primary therapeutic modality for management of biliary pancreatitis in speciifc situations, pancreatitis due to microlithiasis, speciifc types of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, pancreas divisum, ascariasis and malignancy. In recurrent acute pancreatitis and smoldering pancreatitis it has a deifnite therapeutic utility. Complications of acute pancreatitis including pancreatic-duct disruptions or leaks, benign pancreatic-lfuid collections and pancreatic necrosis can be beneifcially dealt with. Intraductal ultrasound and pancreatoscopy during ERCP are useful in detecting pancreatic malignancy. CONCLUSIONS:The role of ERCP in acute pancreatitis is predominantly therapeutic and occasionally diagnostic. Its role in the management continues to evolve and advanced invasive procedures should be undertaken only in centers dedicated to pancreatic care.

  1. Can a surgeon drill accurately at a specified angle?

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    Brioschi, Valentina; Cook, Jodie; Arthurs, Gareth I

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To investigate whether a surgeon can drill accurately a specified angle and whether surgeon experience, task repetition, drill bit size and perceived difficulty influence drilling angle accuracy. Methods The sample population consisted of final-year students (n=25), non-specialist veterinarians (n=22) and board-certified orthopaedic surgeons (n=8). Each participant drilled a hole twice in a horizontal oak plank at 30°, 45°, 60°, 80°, 85° and 90° angles with either a 2.5  or a 3.5 mm drill bit. Participants then rated the perceived difficulty to drill each angle. The true angle of each hole was measured using a digital goniometer. Results Greater drilling accuracy was achieved at angles closer to 90°. An error of ≤±4° was achieved by 84.5 per cent of participants drilling a 90° angle compared with approximately 20 per cent of participants drilling a 30–45° angle. There was no effect of surgeon experience, task repetition or drill bit size on the mean error for intended versus achieved angle. Increased perception of difficulty was associated with the more acute angles and decreased accuracy, but not experience level. Clinical significance This study shows that surgeon ability to drill accurately (within ±4° error) is limited, particularly at angles ≤60°. In situations where drill angle is critical, use of computer-assisted navigation or custom-made drill guides may be preferable. PMID:27547423

  2. Acute Pancreatitis and Pregnancy

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    ... Acute Pancreatitis > Acute Pancreatitis and Pregnancy test Acute Pancreatitis and Pregnancy Timothy Gardner, MD Acute pancreatitis is ... of acute pancreatitis in pregnancy. Reasons for Acute Pancreatitis and Pregnancy While acute pancreatitis is responsible for ...

  3. Effect of Metformin Treatment on Lipoprotein Subfractions in Non-Diabetic Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Glycometabolic Intervention as Adjunct to Primary Coronary Intervention in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (GIPS-III Trial.

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    Ruben N Eppinga

    Full Text Available Metformin affects low density lipoprotein (LDL and high density (HDL subfractions in the context of impaired glucose tolerance, but its effects in the setting of acute myocardial infarction (MI are unknown. We determined whether metformin administration affects lipoprotein subfractions 4 months after ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI. Second, we assessed associations of lipoprotein subfractions with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF and infarct size 4 months after STEMI.371 participants without known diabetes participating in the GIPS-III trial, a placebo controlled, double-blind randomized trial studying the effect of metformin (500 mg bid during 4 months after primary percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI were included of whom 317 completed follow-up (clinicaltrial.gov Identifier: NCT01217307. Lipoprotein subfractions were measured using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy at presentation, 24 hours and 4 months after STEMI. (Apolipoprotein measures were obtained during acute STEMI and 4 months post-STEMI. LVEF and infarct size were measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.Metformin treatment slightly decreased LDL cholesterol levels (adjusted P = 0.01, whereas apoB remained unchanged. Large LDL particles and LDL size were also decreased after metformin treatment (adjusted P<0.001. After adjustment for covariates, increased small HDL particles at 24 hours after STEMI predicted higher LVEF (P = 0.005. In addition, increased medium-sized VLDL particles at the same time point predicted a smaller infarct size (P<0.001.LDL cholesterol and large LDL particles were decreased during 4 months treatment with metformin started early after MI. Higher small HDL and medium VLDL particle concentrations are associated with favorable LVEF and infarct size.

  4. Effect of Metformin Treatment on Lipoprotein Subfractions in Non-Diabetic Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Glycometabolic Intervention as Adjunct to Primary Coronary Intervention in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (GIPS-III) Trial

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    Eppinga, Ruben N.; Hartman, Minke H. T.; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J.; Lexis, Chris P. H.; Connelly, Margery A.; Lipsic, Erik; van der Horst, Iwan C. C.; van der Harst, Pim; Dullaart, Robin P. F.

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    Objective Metformin affects low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density (HDL) subfractions in the context of impaired glucose tolerance, but its effects in the setting of acute myocardial infarction (MI) are unknown. We determined whether metformin administration affects lipoprotein subfractions 4 months after ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI). Second, we assessed associations of lipoprotein subfractions with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and infarct size 4 months after STEMI. Methods 371 participants without known diabetes participating in the GIPS-III trial, a placebo controlled, double-blind randomized trial studying the effect of metformin (500 mg bid) during 4 months after primary percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI were included of whom 317 completed follow-up (clinicaltrial.gov Identifier: NCT01217307). Lipoprotein subfractions were measured using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy at presentation, 24 hours and 4 months after STEMI. (Apo)lipoprotein measures were obtained during acute STEMI and 4 months post-STEMI. LVEF and infarct size were measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Results Metformin treatment slightly decreased LDL cholesterol levels (adjusted P = 0.01), whereas apoB remained unchanged. Large LDL particles and LDL size were also decreased after metformin treatment (adjusted P<0.001). After adjustment for covariates, increased small HDL particles at 24 hours after STEMI predicted higher LVEF (P = 0.005). In addition, increased medium-sized VLDL particles at the same time point predicted a smaller infarct size (P<0.001). Conclusion LDL cholesterol and large LDL particles were decreased during 4 months treatment with metformin started early after MI. Higher small HDL and medium VLDL particle concentrations are associated with favorable LVEF and infarct size. PMID:26808474

  5. The day-to-day acute effect of wake therapy in patients with major depression using the HAM-D6 as primary outcome measure: results from a randomised controlled trial.

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    Klaus Martiny

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This paper reports day-to-day data for from a one-week intervention phase, part of a 9-weeks randomised parallel study with patient having major depression (data from weekly visits have been reported. Wake therapy (sleep deprivation has an established antidepressant effect with onset of action within hours. Deterioration on the following night's sleep is, however, common, and we used daily light therapy and sleep time stabilisation as a preventive measure. In particular, we evaluated the day-to-day acute effect of and tolerance to sleep deprivation and examined predictors of response. METHODS: Patients were assessed at psychiatric inpatient wards. In the wake group (n = 36, patients did three wake therapies in combination with light therapy each morning together with sleep time stabilisation. In the exercise group (n = 38, patients did daily exercise. Hamilton subscale scores were primary outcome (not blinded, secondary outcome was self-assessment data from the Preskorn scale and sleep. RESULTS: Patients in the wake therapy group had an immediate, large, stable, and statistically significant better antidepressant effect than patients in the exercise group with response rates at day5 of 75.0%/25.1% and remission rates of 58.6%/6.0%, respectively. The response and remission rates were diminished at day8 with response rates of 41.9%/10.1% and remission rates of 19.4%/4.7%, respectively. Patients and ward personnel found the method applicable with few side effects. Positive diurnal variation (mood better in the evening predicted a larger response to wake therapy. In the wake group napping on days after intervention predicted greater deterioration on day8. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention induced an acute antidepressant response without relapse between wake nights but with a diminishing effect after intervention. Development is still needed to secure maintenance of response. Avoiding napping in the days after wake therapy is

  6. Angle-deviation optical profilometer

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    Chen-Tai Tan; Yuan-Sheng Chan; Zhen-Chin Lin; Ming-Hung Chiu

    2011-01-01

    @@ We propose a new optical profilometer for three-dimensional (3D) surface profile measurement in real time.The deviation angle is based on geometrical optics and is proportional to the apex angle of a test plate.Measuring the reflectivity of a parallelogram prism allows detection of the deviation angle when the beam is incident at the nearby critical angle. The reflectivity is inversely proportional to the deviation angle and proportional to the apex angle and surface height. We use a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera at the image plane to capture the reflectivity profile and obtain the 3D surface profile directly.%We propose a new optical profilometer for three-dimensional (3D) surface profile measurement in real time.The deviation angle is based on geometrical optics and is proportional to the apex angle of a test plate.Measuring the refiectivity of a parallelogram prism allows detection of the deviation angle when the beam is incident at the nearby critical angle. The refiectivity is inversely proportional to the deviation angle and proportional to the apex angle and surface height. We use a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera at the image plane to capture the refiectivity profile and obtain the 3D surface profile directly.

  7. A percutaneous coronary intervention-thrombolytic predictive instrument to assist choosing between immediate thrombolytic therapy versus delayed primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Kent, David M; Ruthazer, Robin; Griffith, John L; Beshansky, Joni R; Concannon, Thomas W; Aversano, Thomas; Grines, Cindy L; Zalenski, Robert J; Selker, Harry P

    2008-03-15

    Based on the thrombolytic predictive instrument (TPI), we sought to create electrocardiographically based, real-time decision support to immediate identification of patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) likely to benefit from primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with thrombolysis. Using data from the Atlantic Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team (C-PORT) Trial, we tested a mathematical model predicting mortality in patients with STEMI if treated with PCI and if treated with thrombolytic therapy. We adapted the model for incorporation into computerized electrocardiograms as a PCI-TPI. For patients with STEMI in the C-PORT Trial, the model yielded unbiased mortality predictions: for those receiving thrombolysis, it predicted 6.3% mortality and actual mortality was 6.0% (95% confidence interval 3.0 to 10.6); for those receiving PCI, it predicted 4.5% mortality and actual mortality was 3.9% (95% confidence interval 1.4 to 8.2). Excellent discrimination was reflected by its receiver operating characteristic curve area of 0.86. According to the model, and validated by actual trial outcomes, 1/3 of subjects accounted for all the mortality benefit from PCI. In conclusion, for STEMI, the PCI-TPI accurately predicts mortality for treatment with PCI and with thrombolytic therapy. Incorporated into electrocardiogram, it may assist targeting PCI to those who benefit most and identifying patients before hospitalization for whom a receiving hospital should prepare for PCI. PMID:18328842

  8. 27. The impact of introduction of code-stemi program on clinical outcomes of acute st-elevation myocardial infarction (stemi patients undergoing primary pci: Single center study in Saudi Arabia

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    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of direct Emergency Department activation of the Catheterization Lab on door to balloon (D2B time and outcomes of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI patients in King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH. Establishing dedicated comprehensive STEMI programs aiming at reducing door to balloon time will impact favourably the outcomes of patients presenting with acute STEMI. This was a retrospective cohort study that involved 100 patients in KKUH who presented with acute STEMI and underwent primary percutaneous intervention (PPCI, between June 2010 and January 2015. The cohort was divided into two groups, the first group consisted of 50 patients who were treated before establishing the Code-STEMI protocol, whereas the second group were 50 patients who were treated according to the protocol, which was implemented in June 2013. Code-STEMI program is a comprehensive program that includes direct activation of the cath lab team using a single call system, data monitoring and feedback, and standardized order forms. The mean age in both groups was 54 ± 12 years and 86% (43 and 94% (47 of the patients in the two groups were males, respectively. 90% (90 of patients in both groups had one or more comorbidities.Code-STEMI group had a significantly lower D2BT with 70% of patients treated within the recommended 90 minutes (median = 76.5 min, IQR: 63–90 min compared to only 26% of pre code-STEMI patients (median = 107 min, IQR: 74–149 min In-hospital complications were lower in the Code-STEMI group; however, the only statistically significant reduction was in non-fatal re-infarction, (8% vs. 0%, p = 0.043. In addition, the number of patients with more than one in-hospital complications was also reduced by 20%.Implementation of direct ER-Catheterization lab activation protocol was associated with a significant reduction in D2B time, and an overall improvement of in-hospital outcomes.

  9. Bronchitis - acute

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    ... sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Acute bronchitis is swelling and inflammation in the main passages ... present only for a short time. Causes When acute bronchitis occurs, it almost always comes after having a ...

  10. Thrombus aspiration plus intra-infarct-related artery administration of tirofiban improves myocardial perfusion during primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction

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    YAN Hong-bing; ZHANG Xiao-jiang; LI Wen-zheng; LI Shi-ying; SONG Li; WANG Jian; WU Zheng; CHI Yun-peng; ZHENG Bin; ZHAO Han-jun; LI Qing-xiang

    2010-01-01

    Background We developed a new combined strategy of thrombus aspiration plus intra-infarct-related artery (IRA) bolus administration of tirofiban via the aspiration catheter in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This strategy can reduce the distal embolism and achieve highly localized concentrations of tirofiban, which can improve myocardial reperfusion without increasing the risk of bleeding. The aim of this study was to investigate whether this combined strategy is superior to thrombus aspiration alone in improving myocardial perfusion in patients with STEMI undergoing primary angioplasty.Results Baseline characteristics of the two groups were well-balanced. The TIMI 3 flow showed a better tendency in the intra-IRA group than in the aspiration alone group (97.22% vs. 87.04%, X~2=7.863, P=0.049). The peak of CK-MB (83.9 (68.9-310.5) U/L vs. 126.1 (74.7-356.7) U/L, P=0.034) and Tnl (42.7 (14.7-113.9) ng/ml vs. 72.5 (59.8-135.3) ng/ml, FMD.029) were lower in the intra-IRA group than in the aspiration alone group. LVEF in the hospital favored the intra-IRA group, (45.7±8.3)% to (42.9±12.1)%, t=1.98, P=0.049. There was a tendency towards a lower MACE at 9-month follow-up in the intra-IRA group although it did not reach statistical difference (Log-rank X~2=2.865, P=0.09). There was no statistical difference in any bleeding events between the two groups.Conclusions Thrombus aspiration plus intra-IRA bolus administration of tirofiban combined with angioplasty may be related with improved myocardium perfusion, saved more myocardium, and resulted in a better clinical prognosis.

  11. Study of the possible medical and medication explanatory factors of angiographic outcomes in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous intervention

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Myocardial blush grade (MBG, thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI and corrected TIMI frame count (cT F C are indices of successful angiographic reperfusion. This study sought to determine the predictors of angiographically successful reperfusion including demographic, clinical and angiographic factors in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of STEMI undergoing pPCI was designed. Eligible patients referring to a university heart center were enrolled in the study from March 2012 to December 2012. Successful epicardial reperfusion was defned as TIMI flow grade 3 or cTFC<= 28 frames and successful myocardial reperfusion as MBG 2 or 3. Results: The study population consisted of 100 patients, including 74 males and 26 females, with mean ± standard deviation age of 58.27 ± 11.60 years. Achieving open microvasculature (MBG 2/3 was positively associated with a history of nitrate intake (P = 0.03 and history of calcium channel blocker (CCB intake (P = 0.005. Hyperglycemia was inversely associated with achieving a final cTFC ≤ 28 frames (r = −0.32, P = 0.001. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that patients with a history of nitrate and CCB intake had a higher likelihood of successful PCI. In addition, patients with a higher blood glucose level on admission may have a reduced rate of reperfusion success. Future studies with a larger sample size are recommended to investigate the significant relationships observed in this study.

  12. Acute pancreatitis

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    Bo-Guang Fan; Åke Andrén-Sandberg

    2010-01-01

    Background : Acute pancreatitis continues to be a serious illness, and the patients with acute pancreatitis are at risk to develop different complications from ongoing pancreatic inflammation. Aims : The present review is to highlight the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis. Material & Methods : We reviewed the English-language literature (Medline) addressing pancreatitis. Results : Acute pancreatitis is frequently caused by gallstone disease or excess alcohol ingest...

  13. Acute pancreatitis

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    Bo-Guang Fan; Åke Andrén-Sandberg

    2010-01-01

    Background: Acute pancreatitis continues to be a serious illness, and the patients with acute pancreatitis are at risk to develop different complications from ongoing pancreatic inflammation. Aims: The present review is to highlight the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis. Material & Methods: We reviewed the English-language literature (Medline) addressing pancreatitis. Results: Acute pancreatitis is frequently caused by gallstone disease or excess alcohol ingestion....

  14. Effect of tirofiban plus clopidogrel and aspirin on primary percutaneous coronary intervention via transradial approach in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    FU Xiang-hua; GENG Wei; HAO Qing-qing; JIA Xin-wei; FAN Wei-ze; GU Xin-shun; WU Wei-li; HAO Guo-zhen; LI Shi-qiang; JIANG Yun-fa

    2008-01-01

    Background Aspirin and clopidogrel can improve myocardial reperfusion and alleviate myocardial injury during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).Whether the addition of intravenous tirofiban during this procedure produces further benefit has not been clarified in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction(STEMI)patients.We evaluated this on STEMI patients who underwent primary PCI(p-PCI)via transradial artery approach.Methods Consecutive patients were randomized into tirofiban group(n=72)or placebo group(n=78).Angiographic analysis included initial and final thrombolysis in myocardial infarction(TIMI)flow grade(TFG),corrected TIMI frame count(CTFC)and TIMI myocardial perfusion grade(TMPG)of the thrombotic vessel.Platelet aggregation rate(PAR),creatine phosphokinase(CPK),CPK isoenzyme MB(CPK-MB)and troponin I levels were measured and TIMI definitions were used to assess bleeding complications.Left ventricular performance parameters were investigated with equilibrium radionuclide ventrjculography.Major adverse cardiac events(MACE)were followed up for 6 months.Results The cases of TFG 0 and 1 before PCI,TFG 0 when first crossing of guide wire were less,and the cases of TFG 3 after PCI was more in tirofiban group than those in placebo group.The final CTFC was fewer and the incidence of no reflow phenomenon was lower,as well the percentage of final TFG 3 was higher in tirofiban group than those in placebo group (all P<0.05).Mean peak CPK-MB was significantly lower,while the left ventricular performance parameters 1 week after PCI were much more improved in tirofiban group than those in the placebo group.PAR was significantly decreased shortly after tirofiban infusion.The incidence of 6-month MACE in tirofiban group was obviously lower than that in the placebo group.No statistical difference was noted between the two groups with regard to bleeding complications.Conclusions Intravenous tirofiban infusion,in addition to aspirin and clopidogrel in STEMI patients with

  15. Use of {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi gated SPECT to assess the influence of anterograde flow before primary coronary angioplasty on tissue salvage and functional recovery in acute myocardial infarction

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    Leoncini, Mario; Bellandi, Francesco; Maioli, Mauro; Toso, Anna; Dabizzi, Roberto Piero [Misericordia e Dolce Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Prato (Italy); Sciagra, Roberto; Pupi, Alberto [University of Florence, Department of Clinical Physiopathology, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Florence (Italy); Sestini, Stelvio; Coppola, Angela; Mennuti, Alberto [Misericordia e Dolce Hospital, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Prato (Italy)

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    Preserved thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow before percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in acute myocardial infarction is related to improved outcome. Gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) allows the simultaneous assessment of left ventricular perfusion and function. We evaluated the initial risk area and subsequent evolution of perfusion and function according to TIMI flow before successful primary PCI. In 36 patients, treated with abciximab, primary PCI and stenting, {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi was injected before PCI and gated SPECT acquired thereafter. Gated SPECT was repeated 7 and 30 days later. Perfusion defect, wall motion score index, left ventricular ejection fraction and volumes were examined. Before PCI, 14 patients (group A) showed TIMI flow 2-3 and 22 (group B) TIMI flow 0-1, but no differences in clinical variables, initial risk area, wall motion score, ejection fraction or volumes. Perfusion defect was smaller in group A at 7 (9%{+-}11% vs 19%{+-}14%, p<0.02) and 30 days (7%{+-}7% vs 16%{+-}12%, p<0.02) and the salvage index was higher at 30 days (77%{+-}22% vs 55%{+-}28%, p<0.02). Wall motion score was lower in group A at 30 days (p<0.05). Ejection fraction significantly improved in both groups at 7 and 30 days. End-diastolic volume showed a trend towards a reduction in group A, whilst it was significantly increased in group B. Conversely, end-systolic volume was significantly decreased in group A but remained unchanged in group B. In the setting of optimal myocardial reperfusion for myocardial infarction, preserved TIMI flow before PCI does not limit the initial risk area but it does improve myocardial salvage and functional recovery. (orig.)

  16. Acute pulmonary embolism in helical computed tomography

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    Pulmonary embolism is a common condition in which diagnostic and therapeutic delays contribute to substantial morbidity and mortality. Clinical diagnosis is difficult because the signs and symptoms re unspecific, and a differential diagnosis is extensive, including pneumonia or bronchitis, asthma, myocardial infraction, pulmonary edema, anxiety, dissection of the aorta, pericardial tamponade, lung cancer, primary pulmonary hypertension, rib fracture, and pneumothorax. The purpose of the study was to present the use of CT in diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism. A group of 23 patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism underwent CT examination with a helical CT scanner (Somatom Emotion, Siemens) before and after administration of 150 ml of Ultravist. Pulmonary embolism was found in the CT examinations of 13 patients. In two of these it was a central filling defect. Amputation of the artery was found in one. Parietal filling defect in three patients formed an acute angle with the vessel walls. Saddle emboli appearing as filling defects in the contrast column that hung over vessel bifurcations was found in two patients. In five patients,emboli were found in small segmental arteries. CT provides information not only on the pulmonary arteries, but also on the lung parenchyma, hila, mediastinum, and the heart. Alternative findings may be identified by CT chest examination, stablishing alternative diagnoses, including pulmonary disorders (such as pneumonia or fibrosis), pleural abnormalities, and cardiovascular disease (such as aortic dissection or pericardial tamponade). Another advantage of the CT is its widespread availability.(author)

  17. Acute pancreatitis

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    Bo-Guang Fan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Acute pancreatitis continues to be a serious illness, and the patients with acute pancreatitis are at risk to develop different complications from ongoing pancreatic inflammation. Aims : The present review is to highlight the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis. Material & Methods : We reviewed the English-language literature (Medline addressing pancreatitis. Results : Acute pancreatitis is frequently caused by gallstone disease or excess alcohol ingestion. There are a number of important issues regarding clinical highlights in the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis, and treatment options for complications of acute pancreatitis including pancreatic pseudocysts. Conclusions : Multidisciplinary approach should be used for the management of the patient with acute pancreatitis.

  18. Acute pancreatitis

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    Bo-Guang Fan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute pancreatitis continues to be a serious illness, and the patients with acute pancreatitis are at risk to develop different complications from ongoing pancreatic inflammation. Aims: The present review is to highlight the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis. Material & Methods: We reviewed the English-language literature (Medline addressing pancreatitis. Results: Acute pancreatitis is frequently caused by gallstone disease or excess alcohol ingestion. There are a number of important issues regarding clinical highlights in the classification, treatment and prognosis of acute pancreatitis, and treatment options for complications of acute pancreatitis including pancreatic pseudocysts. Conclusions: Multidisciplinary approach should be used for the management of the patient with acute pancreatitis.

  19. Prognostic Impact of Combined Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury and Hypoxic Liver Injury in Patients with ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Results from INTERSTELLAR Registry.

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    Full Text Available Besides contrast-induced acute kidney injury(CI-AKI, adscititious vital organ damage such as hypoxic liver injury(HLI may affect the survival in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI. We sought to evaluate the prognostic impact of CI-AKI and HLI in STEMI patients who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI.A total of 668 consecutive patients (77.2% male, mean age 61.3±13.3 years from the INTERSTELLAR STEMI registry who underwent primary PCI were analyzed. CI-AKI was defined as an increase of ≥0.5 mg/dL in serum creatinine level or 25% relative increase, within 48h after the index procedure. HLI was defined as ≥2-fold increase in serum aspartate transaminase above the upper normal limit on admission. Patients were divided into four groups according to their CI-AKI and HLI states. Major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE defined as a composite of all-cause mortality, non-fatal MI, non-fatal stroke, ischemia-driven target lesion revascularization and target vessel revascularization were recorded.Over a mean follow-up period of 2.2±1.6 years, 94 MACCEs occurred with an event rate of 14.1%. The rates of MACCE and all-cause mortality were 9.7% and 5.2%, respectively, in the no organ damage group; 21.3% and 21.3% in CI-AKI group; 18.5% and 14.6% in HLI group; and 57.7% and 50.0% in combined CI-AKI and HLI group. Survival probability plots of composite MACCE and all-cause mortality revealed that the combined CI-AKI and HLI group was associated with the worst prognosis (p<0.0001 for both.Combined CI-AKI after index procedure and HLI on admission is associated with poor clinical outcomes in patients with STEMI who underwent primary PCI. (INTERSTELLAR ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT02800421..

  20. IMC-EB10, an anti-FLT3 monoclonal antibody, prolongs survival and reduces nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient engraftment of some acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell lines and primary leukemic samples.

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    Piloto, Obdulio; Nguyen, Bao; Huso, David; Kim, Kyu-Tae; Li, Yiwen; Witte, Larry; Hicklin, Daniel J; Brown, Patrick; Small, Donald

    2006-05-01

    The class III receptor tyrosine kinase FLT3 is expressed on the blasts of >90% of patients with B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemias (ALL). In addition, it is expressed at extremely high levels in ALL patients with mixed lineage leukemia rearrangements or hyperdiploidy and is sometimes mutated in these same patients. In this report, we investigate the effects of treating ALL cell lines and primary samples with human anti-FLT3 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) capable of preventing binding of FLT3 ligand. In vitro studies, examining the ability of two anti-FLT3 mAbs (IMC-EB10 and IMC-NC7) to affect FLT3 activation and downstream signaling in ALL cell lines and primary blasts, yielded variable results. FLT3 phosphorylation was consistently inhibited by IMC-NC7 treatment, but in some cell lines, IMC-EB10 actually stimulated FLT3 activation, possibly as a result of antibody-mediated receptor dimerization. Through antibody-dependent, cell-mediated cytotoxicity, such an antibody could still prove efficacious against leukemia cells in vivo. In fact, IMC-EB10 treatment significantly prolonged survival and/or reduced engraftment of several ALL cell lines and primary ALL samples in nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient (NOD/SCID) mice. This occurred even when IMC-EB10 treatment resulted in FLT3 activation in vitro. Moreover, fluorescence-activated cell sorting and PCR analysis of IMC-EB10-treated NOD/SCID mice surviving 150 days post-leukemic cell injection revealed that FLT3 immunotherapy reduced leukemic engraftment below the level of detection in these assays (IMC-EB10 treatment did not select for resistant cells, because cells surviving IMC-EB10 treatment remain sensitive to IMC-EB10 cytotoxicity upon retransplantation. In vivo studies involving either partial depletion or activation of natural killer (NK) cells show that most of the cytotoxic effect of IMC-EB10 is mediated through NK cells. Therefore, such an antibody, either naked or conjugated to radioactive

  1. Small angle neutron scattering

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    Full Text Available Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS is a technique that enables to probe the 3-D structure of materials on a typical size range lying from ∼ 1 nm up to ∼ a few 100 nm, the obtained information being statistically averaged on a sample whose volume is ∼ 1 cm3. This very rich technique enables to make a full structural characterization of a given object of nanometric dimensions (radius of gyration, shape, volume or mass, fractal dimension, specific area… through the determination of the form factor as well as the determination of the way objects are organized within in a continuous media, and therefore to describe interactions between them, through the determination of the structure factor. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the scattering intensity by using the isotopic substitution, sensitivity to magnetism, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons make it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter, biophysics, magnetic materials and metallurgy. In particular, the contrast variation methods allow to extract some informations that cannot be obtained by any other experimental techniques. This course is divided in two parts. The first one is devoted to the description of the principle of SANS: basics (formalism, coherent scattering/incoherent scattering, notion of elementary scatterer, form factor analysis (I(q→0, Guinier regime, intermediate regime, Porod regime, polydisperse system, structure factor analysis (2nd Virial coefficient, integral equations, characterization of aggregates, and contrast variation methods (how to create contrast in an homogeneous system, matching in ternary systems, extrapolation to zero concentration, Zero Averaged Contrast. It is illustrated by some representative examples. The second one describes the experimental aspects of SANS to guide user in its future experiments: description of SANS spectrometer, resolution of the spectrometer, optimization of

  2. OCT对急性闭角型青光眼治疗前后角结膜结构的改变%Clinical observation of OCT on detecting the structural change of cornea and conjunctiva in patients with acute angle closure glaucoma

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    赵黎; 李青松; 张兴儒

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    Abstract•AlM:To observe thickness and morphological changes of cornea and bulbar conjunctiva pre- and post acute angle closure glaucoma ( AACG ) therapy by optical coherence tomography ( OCT) .•METHODS: Twenty - five patients with AACG were recruited. lntraocular pressure ( lOP ) and morphological characteristic of cornea and conjunctiva were measured at their first visit, 1, 2 and 3d after they began the treatments.•RESULTS:The corneal epithelium thickness and corneal thickness of patients with acute attack of angle closure glaucoma were 72. 76±11. 95μm and 589. 40±66. 91μm; the conjunctival epithelial layer thickness was 58. 88±12. 87μm;the thickness of conjunctive stroma was 299. 76±94. 86μm;the conjunctival full thickness was 358. 64±102. 55μm. The corneal epithelium thickness and corneal thickness at the first day of the treatment were 69. 28±12. 65μm and 579. 04± 67. 88μm;the conjunctival epithelial layer thickness was 57. 04 ± 12. 05μm;the thickness of conjunctive stroma was 282. 44±91. 47μm;the conjunctival full thickness was 339. 48± 100. 28μm. the corneal epithelium thickness and corneal thickness at the second day of treatment were 66. 76 ± 11. 42μm and 563. 32 ± 63. 87μm;the conjunctival epithelial layer thickness was 54. 76 ± 11. 01μm;the thickness of conjunctive stroma was 267. 00 ± 98. 54μm;the conjunctival full thickness was 322. 16 ± 106. 12μm. the corneal epithelium thickness and corneal thickness of the third day treatment are 65. 16 ± 12. 25μm and 550. 36 ± 71. 48μm; the conjunctival epithelial layer thickness was measured 53. 36± 10. 29μm;the thickness of conjunctive stroma was 252. 76± 99. 32μm;the conjunctival full thickness was 306. 52 ± 107. 31μm. The difference of lOP, corneal epithelial thickness, corneal thickness, conjunctival epithelial layer thickness, conjunctival stroma thickness and conjunvtival full thickness had statistically significant(P<0. 05).•CONCLUSlON:The corneal and

  3. Primary nucleation of lithium carbonate

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    Yuzhu SUN; Xingfu SONG; Jin WANG; Yan LUO; Jianguo YU

    2009-01-01

    A set of laser apparatus was used to explore the induction period and the primary nucleation of lithium carbonate. Results show that the induction period increases with the decrease of supersaturation, temperature and stirring speed. Through the classical theory of primary nucleation, many important properties involved in primary nucleation under different conditions were obtained quantitatively, including the interfacial tension between solid and liquid, contact angle, critical nucleus size, critical nuleation free energy etc.

  4. Relationship of disc damage likelihood scale nomogram and optical coherence tomogram for primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma: report of 73 eyes%视盘分级法评估原发性慢性闭角型青光眼视神经损害与OCT视神经纤维检查的相关性

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    李海军; 谢琳; 贺翔鸽; 乐莉; 王原

    2011-01-01

    目的 用视盘损害分级(disc damage likelihood scale,DDLS)方法 评估原发性慢性闭角型青光眼(primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma,PCACG)视神经损害,探讨其与光学断层相干扫描仪(optical coherence tomography,OCT)检测视神经纤维厚度参数的相关性.方法 收集2009年10月至2010年8月我院眼科PCACG患者共38例(73眼),通过双面Volk 90D前置镜在裂隙灯下对视盘直径及其盘沿最窄处宽度测量,按DDLS分级标准进行分级;Stratus OCT 3000成像仪、RNFL3.4程序获取象限位、钟点位及自选参数的视网膜神经纤维(retina nerve fiber layer,RNFL)厚度.运用SPSS 15.0统计软件分析DDLS分级与OCT视盘周围3.4 mm处RNFL检测参数的相关性.结果 共38例(73眼)中大直径视盘17眼(占23.3%),中等直径视盘41眼(占56.2%),小直径视盘15眼(占20.6%);上方、下方、颞侧象限RNFL厚度均值与DDLS分级评分相关(r=-0.673,P=0.0001;r=-0.605,P=0.0001,r=-0.499,P=0.0014),鼻侧方象限RNFL厚度均值与DDLS分级评分不相关(r=-0.352,P=0.0602);11、7、6、10、12钟点位RNFL厚度与DDLS分级评分具有相关性(r=-0.673,P=0.0001; r=-0.605,P=0.0001; r=-0.531,P=0.0006;r=-0.525,P=0.0007;r=-0.520,P=0.0008),而3、2、8点位无统计学意义(r=-0.320,P=0.0501;r=-0.320,P=0.0510;r=-0.297,P=0.0702);DDLS分级评分与OCT检查自选参数Avg、Smax、Imax的RNFL厚度也呈中度相关(r=-0.582,P=0.0001;r=-0.504,P=0.0012;r=-0.478,P=0.0024).结论 DDLS分级方法 对PCACG视神经损害的评估与OCT视网膜神经纤维厚度主要检查参数检查具有相关性,DDLS分级方法 适用于PCACG视神经损害的评估.%Objective To evaluate relationships between the results of disc damage likelihood scale (DDLS) and the parameters of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma. Methods Thirty-eight primary chronic angle-closure glaucoma patients (73 eyes) who admited in our department from October 2009 to August 2010 were

  5. The CHICO (Children's Cough) Trial protocol: a feasibility randomised controlled trial investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a complex intervention to improve the management of children presenting to primary care with acute respiratory tract infection

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    Turnbull, Sophie L; Redmond, Niamh M; Lucas, Patricia; Cabral, Christie; Ingram, Jenny; Hollinghurst, Sandra; Hay, Alastair D; Peters, Tim J; Horwood, Jeremy; Little, Paul; Francis, Nick; Blair, Peter S

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    Introduction While most respiratory tract infections (RTIs) will resolve without treatment, many children will receive antibiotics and some will develop severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation. There have been calls for evidence to reduce uncertainty regarding the identification of children who will and will not benefit from antibiotics. The aim of this feasibility trial is to test recruitment and the acceptance of a complex behavioural intervention designed to reduce antibiotic prescribing, and to inform how best to conduct a larger trial. Methods and analysis The CHICO (Children's Cough) trial is a single-centre feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing a web-based, within-consultation, behavioural intervention with usual care for children presenting to general practitioner practices with RTI and acute cough. The trial aims to recruit at least 300 children between October 2014 and April 2015, in a single area in South West England. Following informed consent, demographic information will be recorded, and symptoms and signs measured. Parents/carers of recruited children will be followed up on a weekly basis to establish symptom duration, resource use and cost of the illness to the parent until the child's cough has resolved or up to 8 weeks, whichever occurs earlier. A review of medical notes, including clinical history, primary care reconsultations and hospitalisations will be undertaken 2 months after recruitment. The trial feasibility will be assessed by: determining acceptability of the intervention to clinicians and parent/carers; quantifying differential recruitment and follow-up; determining intervention fidelity; the success in gathering the data necessary to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis; and collecting data about antibiotic prescribing rates to inform the sample size needed for a fully powered RCT. Ethics and dissemination The study was approved by the North West—Haydock Research Ethics Committee, UK (reference

  6. Primary Syphilis

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    ... and rashes clinical tools newsletter | contact Share | Primary Syphilis Information for adults A A A This image ... ulcer with a red base, typical of primary syphilis. Overview Primary syphilis is a disease caused by ...

  7. Cluster headache or narrow angle glaucoma?

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    Prasad Palimar

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available A 47 year old man with episodes of attacks of pain, redness and mild blurring of vision was investigated for narrow angle glaucoma in view of shallow anterior chambers and a cupped optic disc. The history was reviewed following a spontaneous attack in hospital, which had features other than acute glaucoma. A diagnosis of cluster headache was made on the basis of tests. Cluster headache has been defined as unilateral intense pain, involving the eye and head on one side, usually associated with flushing, nasal congestion and lacrimation; the attacks recurring one or more times daily and lasting 20 - 120 minutes. Such attacks commonly continue for weeks or months and are separated by an asymptomatic period of months to years. This episodic nature, together with unilaterality and tendency to occur at night, closely mimics narrow angle glaucoma. Further, if patients have shallow anterior chambers and disc cupping, the differentiation becomes more difficult yet critical. Resource to provocative tests is often the only answer as the following case report demonstrates.

  8. Moment-angle complexes from simplicial posets

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    Lu, Zhi

    2009-01-01

    We extend the construction of moment-angle complexes to simplicial posets by associating a certain T^m-space Z_S to an arbitrary simplicial poset S on m vertices. Face rings Z[S] of simplicial posets generalise those of simplicial complexes, but have much more complicated algebraic structure. Our primary motivation is to study the face rings Z[S] by topological methods. The space Z_S has many important topological properties of the original moment-angle complex Z_K associated to a simplicial complex K. In particular, we prove that the integral cohomology algebra of Z_S is isomorphic to the Tor-algebra of the face ring Z[S]. This leads directly to a generalisation of Hochster's theorem, expressing the algebraic Betti numbers of the ring Z[S] in terms of the homology of full subposets in S. Finally, we estimate the total amount of homology of Z_S from below by proving the toral rank conjecture for the moment-angle complexes Z_S.

  9. Application of retinal nerve fiber layer thickness detected by HRT-Ⅱ and OCT3 in early diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma%HRT-Ⅱ和OCT3检测视网膜神经纤维层厚度在原发性开角型青光眼早期诊断中的应用

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    成云翠; 段宣初

    2007-01-01

    目的:探讨海德堡激光眼底扫描仪(HRT-Ⅱ)和光学相干断层扫描仪(OCT3)检测视网膜神经纤维层厚度(retinal nerve fiberlayer,RNFL)在青光眼早期诊断中的价值.方法:可疑开角型青光眼(suspected open angle glaucoma,SOAG)48例、原发性开角型青光眼(primary open angle glaucoma,POAG)55例与年龄相匹配的正常人43例.采用Oculus-Easyfield视野计flied视野计、HRT-Ⅱ和OCT3分别进行视野、视盘形态和视网膜神经纤维层厚度的检测.选用HRT-Ⅱ所测视盘参数中的平均mRNFL、截面面积RNFLA和OCT3所测的mRNFL做比较分析.测的平均视网膜神经纤维层厚度(RNFL)做分析比较.采用方差分析,对HRT-Ⅱ和OCT3检测3组间的参数进行两两比较;对HRT-Ⅱ视盘参数中的mRNFL,RNFLA和OCT3所测的mRNFL厚度及各自与视野平均缺损值(mean defect,MD)做相关分析.结果:HRT-Ⅱ视盘参数中的mRNFL,RNFLA及OCT3所测的mRNFL均存在显性差异(P<0.05);在POAG组,HRT-Ⅱ的mRNFL,RNFLA及OCT3所测的mRNFL显著性相关(P<0.05),且与视野平均缺损值(MD)有不同程度的相关.结论:HRT-Ⅱ和OCT3均能够区分青光眼的不同状态.HRT-Ⅱ所测mRNFL,RNFLA与OCT3所测的mRNFL有较好的相关性且均与视野平均缺损值相关.

  10. OCULAR BIOMETRY IN ANGLE CLOSURE GLAUCOMA AND SENILE CATARACT

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    WANG Yu-lan; SHENG Yao-hua; YE Xiang-yu

    2008-01-01

    Objective To compare ocular biometric values in angle closure glaucoma and cataract in senile population.Methods Ocular biometry was performed in eyes classified to have angle closure glaucoma (29 eyes) and senile cataract (31 eyes). Ocular biometry readings between two groups were compared and analyzed statistically. Intraocular pressure was also recorded before and after lens extraction.Results Anterior chamber depth was shallower in patients with angle closure glaucoma group [(1.79±0.56) mm] compared with senile cataract group [(2.69±0.40) mm] (P<0.01). Lens thickness was greater in angle closure glaucoma group [(5.30±0.61) mm] than that in senile cataract group [(3.84±0.61) mm] (P<0.01). Phacoemusification was performed in 5 patients with persistent acute attack of angle closure glaucoma. IOPs were controlled in all five cases after lens extraction.Conclusion Eyes with angle closure glaucoma seems to have significantly shallow anterior chamber and greater lens thickness compared to senile cataract eyes in the same age. Lens extraction might be effective in those cases with such anatomy features.

  11. Two Comments on Bond Angles

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    Glaister, P.

    1997-09-01

    Tetrahedral Bond Angle from Elementary Trigonometry The alternative approach of using the scalar (or dot) product of vectors enables the determination of the bond angle in a tetrahedral molecule in a simple way. There is, of course, an even more straightforward derivation suitable for students who are unfamiliar with vectors, or products thereof, but who do know some elementary trigonometry. The starting point is the figure showing triangle OAB. The point O is the center of a cube, and A and B are at opposite corners of a face of that cube in which fits a regular tetrahedron. The required bond angle alpha = AÔB; and using Pythagoras' theorem, AB = 2(square root 2) is the diagonal of a face of the cube. Hence from right-angled triangle OEB, tan(alpha/2) = (square root 2) and therefore alpha = 2tan-1(square root 2) is approx. 109° 28' (see Fig. 1).

  12. Acute pyelonephritis in ER

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    Giovanni Volpicelli

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Symptoms and signs of acute pyelonephritis sometimes are subtle and emergency physicians attending overcrowded and busy institutions could easily miss the right diagnosis. The presence of a renal damage is decisive in the therapeutic choice. Aims of our study are: 1 to assess prevalence of renal damage in patients presenting to our ED with symptoms and signs of primary urinary tract infection (UTI; 2 to evaluate the reliability of such symptoms and signs in predicting a renal damage; 3 to assess accuracy of the contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS in the ED diagnosis of renal damage due to acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis. We studied 54 patients with suspected UTI. Each patient underwent clinical examination, routine blood and urine sampling and conventional renal ultrasound (US. 23 patients had confirmation of acute primary UTI, and performed renal magnetic resonance (MR to rule out renal parenchymal involvement. In 16 patients (69,6% one or more parenchymal lesions were visualized at MR, and diagnosis of acute uncomplicated pyelonephritis was confirmed (group A. The other 7 patients had a diagnosis of UTI without renal involvement (group B. Some of 23 patients presented with few atypical symptoms. Lumbar pain was the most frequent symptom (n = 21, without a statistically significant difference between group A and B (P 0,958; p = 0,328. No other symptom or sign has demonstrated statistically valid in predicting the renal involvement. Renal US was positive in only 3 patients of group A (18,7%. During this first part of our study, CEUS was performed in a limited number of patients (n = 8, and in 7 examinations data were concordant with MR. In conclusion, analysis of our preliminary data confirms that a distinction between patients with different extension of the UTI is not possible through the simple clinical examination and routine tests. CEUS is very promising and its routine employment in the ED could simplify the diagnostic practice in

  13. Generation of reactive oxygen species in the anterior eye segment. Synergistic codrugs of N-acetylcarnosine lubricant eye drops and mitochondria-targeted antioxidant act as a powerful therapeutic platform for the treatment of cataracts and primary open-angle glaucoma.

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    Babizhayev, Mark A

    2016-12-01

    Senile cataract is a clouding of the lens in the aging eye leading to a decrease in vision. Symptoms may include faded colors, blurry vision, halos around light, trouble with bright lights, and trouble seeing at night. This may result in trouble driving, reading, or recognizing faces. Cataracts are the cause of half of blindness and 33% of visual impairment worldwide. Cataracts result from the deposition of aggregated proteins in the eye lens and lens fiber cells plasma membrane damage which causes clouding of the lens, light scattering, and obstruction of vision. ROS induced damage in the lens cell may consist of oxidation of proteins, DNA damage and/or lipid peroxidation, all of which have been implicated in cataractogenesis. The inner eye pressure (also called intraocular pressure or IOP) rises because the correct amount of fluid can't drain out of the eye. With primary open-angle glaucoma, the entrances to the drainage canals are clear and should be working correctly. The clogging problem occurs further inside the drainage canals, similar to a clogged pipe below the drain in a sink. The excessive oxidative damage is a major factor of the ocular diseases because the mitochondrial respiratory chain in mitochondria of the vital cells is a significant source of the damaging reactive oxygen species superoxide and hydrogen peroxide. However, despite the clinical importance of mitochondrial oxidative damage, antioxidants have been of limited therapeutic success. This may be because the antioxidants are not selectively taken up by mitochondria, but instead are dispersed throughout the body, ocular tissues and fluids' moieties. This work is an attempt to integrate how mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) are altered in the aging eye, along with those protective and repair therapeutic systems believed to regulate ROS levels in ocular tissues and how damage to these systems contributes to age-onset eye disease and cataract formation. Mitochondria

  14. Biomarkers and special features of oxidative stress in the anterior segment of the eye linked to lens cataract and the trabecular meshwork injury in primary open-angle glaucoma: challenges of dual combination therapy with N-acetylcarnosine lubricant eye drops and oral formulation of nonhydrolyzed carnosine.

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    Babizhayev, Mark A

    2012-02-01

    The implication of oxidative stress associated with increased oxidant production in mammalian and human cells characterized by the release of free radicals, resulting in cellular degeneration, is involved in many ocular diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, retinal light damage, primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and cataract. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness, accounting for 50% of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness, is considered as a progressive optic neuropathy often caused by elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) consequent to abnormally high resistance to aqueous humor (AH) drainage via the trabecular meshwork (TM) and Schlemm's canal. Morphological and biochemical analyses of the TM of patients with POAG revealed the loss of cells, increased accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins (ECM), changes in the cytoskeleton, cellular senescence, and the process of subclinical inflammation. The TM is the target tissue of glaucoma in the anterior chamber, and the development and progression of glaucoma are accompanied by the accumulation of oxidative damage in this tissue. The separate studies were conducted to comparatively evaluate the sensitivity to oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation (LPO) of anterior chamber tissues including TM. Accumulation of the primary, secondary, and end products of LPO (diene and triene conjugates, Schiff's bases) was noted in the studied extracts. Significant differences in the levels of all mentioned LPO products in comparison with the control were observed. The data may be considered as an evidence of LPO participation in the destruction of the trabecule and Schlemm's canal in POAG. Treatment of TM cells with oxidative stress induced POAG-typical changes such as ECM accumulation, cell death, disarrangement of the cytoskeleton, advanced senescence, and the release of inflammatory markers. By pretreatment with antioxidants, prostaglandin

  15. Acute dyspnea

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    Radiodiagnosis is applied to determine the causes of acute dyspnea. Acute dyspnea is shown to aggravate the course of pulmonary diseases (bronchial asthma, obstructive bronchitis, pulmonary edema, throboembolism of pulmonary arteries etc) and cardiovascular diseases (desiseas of myocardium). The main tasks of radiodiagnosis are to determine volume and state of the lungs, localization and type of pulmonary injuries, to verify heart disease and to reveal concomitant complications

  16. Invasive Mole Presenting as Acute Haemoperitoneum

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    Sunesh Kumar, N. Vimala, Suneeta Mittal

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of invasive hydatidiform mole presenting as an acute primary haemoperitoneum.The patient presented with acute abdominal pain and signs of haemoperitoneum. Emergencylaparotomy revealed a molar pregnancy perforating through the uterine fundus, resulting in massivehaemoperitoneum. The serum beta chorionic gonado-tropin (ß-hCG levels regressed spontaneouslyfollowing evacuation of the molar pregnancy.

  17. PRImary care Streptococcal Management (PRISM) study: identifying clinical variables associated with Lancefield group A β-haemolytic streptococci and Lancefield non-Group A streptococcal throat infections from two cohorts of patients presenting with an acute sore throat

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    Little, Paul; Moore, Michael; Hobbs, F D R; Mant, David; McNulty, Cliodna; Williamson, Ian; Cheng, Edith; Stuart, Beth; Kelly, Joanne; Barnett, Jane; Mullee, Mark

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    Objective: To assess the association between features of acute sore throat and the growth of streptococci from culturing a throat swab. Design: Diagnostic cohort. Setting: UK general practices. Participants: Patients aged 5 or over presenting with an acute sore throat. Patients were recruited for a second cohort (cohort 2, n=517) consecutively after the first (cohort 1, n=606) from similar practices. Main outcome: Predictors of the presence of Lancefield A/C/G streptococci...

  18. Predicting Functional Recovery after Acute Ankle Sprain

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    INTRODUCTION:Ankle sprains are among the most common acute musculoskeletal conditions presenting to primary care. Their clinical course is variable but there are limited recommendations on prognostic factors. Our primary aim was to identify clinical predictors of short and medium term functional recovery after ankle sprain.METHODS:A secondary analysis of data from adult participants (N = 85) with an acute ankle sprain, enrolled in a randomized controlled trial was undertaken. The predictive v...

  19. Angle resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy on graphite

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    Diebold, U.; Preisinger, A.; Schattschneider, P.; Varga, P.

    We report on angle resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in reflection mode with low primary energy on a graphite single crystal. Measurements with primary electron energy of 175 eV have been performed in off-Bragg-reflex geometry in two different directions within the (0001) surface plane of the graphite single crystal. In addition, EELS measurements in specular reflection mode with different primary energies and angles of incidence were done in order to distinguish between surface and bulk plasmon losses. The energy losses and the transferred momenta of the losses have been analyzed. The results are compared with the loss functions for bulk and surface excitations calculated from the dielectric function ɛ(ω, q) obtained from TEELS-data (EELS in transmission mode) [Springer Tracts Mod. Phys. 54 (1970) 77].

  20. Application of the blue-on-yellow perimetry with visual electrophysiological tests on the early diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma%蓝黄视野联合图形视觉电生理检查在原发性开角型青光眼早期诊断中应用

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    海鸥; 安洁

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical value of blue-on-yellow perimetry combined with visual electrophysiology on the early diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma. Methods Thirty-six(fifty-two eyes) suspected open angle glaucoma served as SOAG group,and thirty-two ( fifty-four eyes) normal subjects served as control group. B/Y P, P-ERG and P-VEP were examined in two groups. Results (1)The mean sensitivity of SOAG group and control group were(16. 39 ± 3. 26) dB and(21. 65 ± 2. 14) dB,there was a significant difference between two groups(t=3. 62,P<0. 01). The mean defect of SOAG group and control group were(4. 32 ± 2. 18) dB and(2. 85 ±1. 83) dB,there was a significant difference between two groups(t=2. 45,P<0. 05). (2)The amplitude and latency of N95 in SOAG group were(8. 16 ± 2. 53) μV and(96. 75 ± 11. 29) ms,and the amplitude and latency of N95 in control groupwere(9.82±2.25) μVand(91.43±9.63) ms.Therewasalsosignificantdifferenceinboththeamplitudeandlatency(t=4. 69,t=3. 15,P<0. 01). (3)The amplitude and latency of P100 in SOAG group were(8. 73 ± 2. 54) μV and(102. 36 ± 3. 29) ms, the amplitude and latency of P100 in control group were(10. 58 ± 2. 26) μV and(98. 28 ± 2. 75) ms. There was significant difference in the amplitude and latency(t=3. 48,2. 24,P<0. 05). Conclusion Blue-on-yellow perimetry combined with the electrophysiologi-cal tests can be used in the early diagnosis of primary open-angle glaucoma.%目的:探讨蓝黄视野和图形视觉电生理检查在原发性开角型青光眼早期诊断中的敏感性,为临床早期诊断提供依据。方法选择36例(52眼)可疑青光眼患者和32例(54眼)正常对照者进行蓝黄视野(B/YP)、图形视网膜点图(P-ERG)和图形视网膜诱发电位( P-VEP)检查。 B/YP采用Humphrey-750型全自动电脑视野计进行检查,P-ERG和P-VEP采用RE-TIscan和RETI-port视觉电生理检查系统进行检测。结果(1)可疑青光眼组中全视网膜光敏度均值为(16.39±3.26) d