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  1. Does the atrioventricular node conduct?

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    Meijler, F.L.; Fisch, C.

    1989-01-01

    It is difficult to be certain wh en the term "conduction" was first applied to the transfer of atrial activation to the ventricles .' In 1894, Engelmann used the word "Leitung", which can be translated as "connection" or as "conduction" .2 In 1906, Tawara described the atrioventricular node,

  2. The sinus venosus myocardium contributes to the atrioventricular canal: potential role during atrioventricular node development?

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    Kelder, Tim P; Vicente-Steijn, Rebecca; Harryvan, Tom J; Kosmidis, Georgios; Gittenberger-de Groot, Adriana C; Poelmann, Rob E; Schalij, Martin J; DeRuiter, Marco C; Jongbloed, Monique R M

    2015-06-01

    The presence of distinct electrophysiological pathways within the atrioventricular node (AVN) is a prerequisite for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia to occur. In this study, the different cell contributions that may account for the anatomical and functional heterogeneity of the AVN were investigated. To study the temporal development of the AVN, the expression pattern of ISL1, expressed in cardiac progenitor cells, was studied in sequential stages performing co-staining with myocardial markers (TNNI2 and NKX2-5) and HCN4 (cardiac conduction system marker). An ISL1+/TNNI2+/HCN4+ continuity between the myocardium of the sinus venosus and atrioventricular canal was identified in the region of the putative AVN, which showed a pacemaker-like phenotype based on single cell patch-clamp experiments. Furthermore, qPCR analysis showed that even during early development, different cell populations can be identified in the region of the putative AVN. Fate mapping was performed by in ovo vital dye microinjection. Embryos were harvested and analysed 24 and 48 hrs post-injection. These experiments showed incorporation of sinus venosus myocardium in the posterior region of the atrioventricular canal. The myocardium of the sinus venosus contributes to the atrioventricular canal. It is postulated that the myocardium of the sinus venosus contributes to nodal extensions or transitional cells of the AVN since these cells are located in the posterior region of the AVN. This finding may help to understand the origin of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  3. The Tbx2(+) Primary Myocardium of the Atrioventricular Canal Forms the Atrioventricular Node and the Base of the Left Ventricle

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    Aanhaanen, W.T.J.; Brons, J.F.; Domínguez, J.N.; Rana, M.S.; Norden, J.; Airik, R.; Wakker, V.; de Gier-de Vries, C.; Brown, N.A.; Kispert, A.; Moorman, A.F.M.; Christoffels, V.M.

    2009-01-01

    The primary myocardium of the embryonic heart, including the atrioventricular canal and outflow tract, is essential for septation and valve formation. In the chamber-forming heart, the expression of the T-box transcription factor Tbx2 is restricted to the primary myocardium. To gain insight into the

  4. An improved in vivo method for atrioventricular node ablation via thoracotomy

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    R.H. MacIver

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The atrioventricular (AV node is permanently damaged in approximately 3% of congenital heart surgery operations, requiring implantation of a permanent pacemaker. Improvements in pacemaker design and in alternative treatment modalities require an effective in vivo model of complete heart block (CHB before testing can be performed in humans. Such a model should enable accurate, reliable, and detectable induction of the surgical pathology. Through our laboratory’s efforts in developing a tissue engineering therapy for CHB, we describe here an improved in vivo model for inducing chronic AV block. The method employs a right thoracotomy in the adult rabbit, from which the right atrial appendage may be retracted to expose an access channel for the AV node. A novel injection device was designed, which both physically restricts needle depth and provides electrical information via electrocardiogram interface. This combination of features provides real-time guidance to the researcher for confirming contact with the AV node, and documents its ablation upon formalin injection. While all animals tested could be induced to acute AV block, those with ECG guidance were more likely to maintain chronic heart block >12 h. Our model enables the researcher to reproduce both CHB and the associated peripheral fibrosis that would be present in an open congenital heart surgery, and which would inevitably impact the design and utility of a tissue engineered AV node replacement.

  5. Three-dimensional computer model of the right atrium including the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodes predicts classical nodal behaviours.

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    Jue Li

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to develop a three-dimensional (3D anatomically-detailed model of the rabbit right atrium containing the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodes to study the electrophysiology of the nodes. A model was generated based on 3D images of a rabbit heart (atria and part of ventricles, obtained using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging. Segmentation was carried out semi-manually. A 3D right atrium array model (∼3.16 million elements, including eighteen objects, was constructed. For description of cellular electrophysiology, the Rogers-modified FitzHugh-Nagumo model was further modified to allow control of the major characteristics of the action potential with relatively low computational resource requirements. Model parameters were chosen to simulate the action potentials in the sinoatrial node, atrial muscle, inferior nodal extension and penetrating bundle. The block zone was simulated as passive tissue. The sinoatrial node, crista terminalis, main branch and roof bundle were considered as anisotropic. We have simulated normal and abnormal electrophysiology of the two nodes. In accordance with experimental findings: (i during sinus rhythm, conduction occurs down the interatrial septum and into the atrioventricular node via the fast pathway (conduction down the crista terminalis and into the atrioventricular node via the slow pathway is slower; (ii during atrial fibrillation, the sinoatrial node is protected from overdrive by its long refractory period; and (iii during atrial fibrillation, the atrioventricular node reduces the frequency of action potentials reaching the ventricles. The model is able to simulate ventricular echo beats. In summary, a 3D anatomical model of the right atrium containing the cardiac conduction system is able to simulate a wide range of classical nodal behaviours.

  6. Comparison of power- and temperature-guided radiofrequency modification of the atrioventricular node. Polaris Investigator Group.

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    Kavesh, N G; Gosnell, M R; Shorofsky, S R; Gold, M R

    1997-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the performance and clinical outcome of radiofrequency ablation of the substrate of atrioventricular (AV) nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) when guided by power output or temperature monitoring. Two sequential multicenter studies of power-controlled and open-loop, temperature-controlled radiofrequency ablation were analyzed in 171 patients undergoing AV node modification for the treatment of AVNRT. After successful ablation of AVNRT, complete elimination of slow AV node pathway function was accomplished more often with than without temperature monitoring (92% vs 69%, p = 0.005). Greater power was delivered to each patient with than without temperature monitoring (median 47 W, range 10 to 57, vs median 35 W, range 5 to 68, p = 0.001). Acute elimination of tachycardia (100% vs 96%), 3-month recurrence (6% vs 8%), procedural times (162 vs 170 minutes), fluoroscopy times (24.6 vs 29.5 minutes), complications (6% vs 3%), and catheter removals to check for coagulum (8% vs 6%) did not differ between patients treated with and without temperature monitoring, respectively. Power- and temperature-controlled radiofrequency techniques are highly successful with low complication rates for slow pathway ablation. Temperature monitoring may allow the safe delivery of more power, and the more complete elimination of slow AV node pathway function.

  7. His electrogram alternans (Zhang's phenomenon) and a new model of dual pathway atrioventricular node conduction.

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    Zhang, Youhua

    2016-01-01

    In contrast to the current textbook model and the current clinical index of dual pathway atrioventricular (AV) nodal conduction, here we summarize the discovery and validation of Zhang's phenomenon (originally His electrogram alternans) as a new index of dual pathway conduction. We also describe the new findings of transverse-versus-longitudinal electrical propagation within the AV node as the electrophysiological basis underlining this new index. Thus, a new index and a new model of dual pathway AV conduction are being developed. We have reviewed current literature and provided evidence supporting a new index and a new model of dual pathway AV conduction. Recent data revealed that during fast pathway conduction, electrical excitation in the AV node propagates in a superior to inferior direction across AV conduction axis and fiber orientation to reach first the superior His bundle fibers. However, this transverse conduction can fail easily within the superior nodal domain at fast rates. The failing of transverse propagation permits electrical excitation formed at the posterior/inferior nodal region to propagate longitudinally along fiber orientation in a posterior to anterior direction through the inferior nodal domain to reach the inferior His bundle (slow pathway conduction). This transverse-versus-longitudinal electrical propagation within the AV node results in a functional dissociation in the distal node and formation of dual inputs into the His bundle, providing the electrophysiological basis for the formation of Zhang's phenomenon (His electrogram alternans). Based on strong experimental data, a new index and a new model of dual pathway AV nodal conduction are emerging, although they are still awaiting clinical validation.

  8. A Simple Method to Differentiate Atrioventricular Node Reentrant Tachycardia from Orthodromic Reciprocating Tachycardia.

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    He, Quan; Lei, Sen; Jia, Feng-Peng; Gao, Ling-Yun; W X Zhu, Dennis

    2018-01-27

    Discrimination between atrioventricular node reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) and orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia (ORT) during an electrophysiological study is sometimes challenging. This study aimed to investigate if the difference in the local VA (ventricle-atrium) interval during ventricular entrainment pacing and during tachycardia (DVA, defined as the shortest local VA interval of coronary sinus [CS] during entrainment minus the shortest local VA interval of CS during tachycardia) was different in patients with AVNRT and patients with ORT.Diagnoses of AVNRT or ORT through a concealed accessory pathway (AP) were made according to conventional electrophysiological criteria and ablation results. Entrainment by right ventricular (RV) pacing was performed in each patient before ablation and patients with successful entrainment were included in the study. The DVA was compared between patients with AVNRT and patients with ORT. The DVA in patients with AVNRT was significantly longer than that in patients with ORT (120 ± 20 versus 5.7 ± 9; P DVA was more than 48 ms. In each patient with ORT using a left free wall accessory pathway (AP), right free wall AP, and septal AP, the DVA was less than 20 ms.DVA was found to be a rapid, useful test in distinguishing patients with AVNRT from those with ORT.

  9. Long-Term Outcome of Single-Chamber Atrial Pacing Compared with Dual-Chamber Pacing in Patients with Sinus-Node Dysfunction and Intact Atrioventricular Node Conduction

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    Kim, Won Ho; Joung, Boyoung; Shim, Jaemin; Park, Jong Sung; Hwang, Eui-Seock; Pak, Hui-Nam; Kim, Sungsoon; Lee, Moonhyoung

    2010-01-01

    Purpose The optimal pacing mode with either single chamber atrial pacemaker (AAI or AAIR) or dual chamber pacemaker (DDD or DDDR) is still not clear in sinus-node dysfunction (SND) and intact atrioventricular (AV) conduction. Materials and Methods Patients who were implanted with permanent pacemaker using AAI(R) (n = 73) or DDD(R) (n = 113) were compared. Results The baseline characteristics were comparable between the two groups, with a mean follow-up duration of 69 months. The incidence of ...

  10. Time-dependent change in fast pathway refractoriness after slow pathway ablation in atrioventricular node reentrant tachycardia. Mansfield Polaris Investigators.

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    Krahn, A D; Klein, G J; Yee, R

    1997-06-01

    To determine the time course of change in fast pathway refractoriness after slow pathway ablation. Antegrade fast pathway refractoriness has been observed to shorten in patients undergoing slow pathway ablation for atrioventricular (AV) node reentrant tachycardia. The time course and mechanism of this observation have not been explained. Twenty-eight patients with AV node reentrant tachycardia and dual AV node pathways undergoing slow pathway ablation had the fast pathway effective refractory period (ERP) assessed immediately before, and at 0, 15, 30 and 45 mins after slow pathway ablation (Group 1). Twenty-five additional patients with AV node reentry and dual pathways involved in a multicentre protocol evaluating the Mansfield Polaris LE catheter underwent assessment of fast pathway refractoriness before and after slow pathway ablation, and at a routine three-month follow-up electrophysiology study (Group 2). In Group 1, antegrade fast pathway ERP fell from 394 ms before ablation to 334 ms immediately after slow pathway ablation, increased to 348 ms within 15 mins and was 353 ms at 45 mins (ANOVA P < 0.001). Retrograde fast pathway ERP fell from 325 ms before ablation to 294 ms at 45 mins (P = 0.02). In Group 2, antegrade fast pathway ERP fell from 390 ms before ablation to 337 ms after ablation, and rose to 362 ms at three months (P = 0.01). Retrograde fast pathway ERP also fell from 347 ms to 319 ms after ablation (P = 0.01), and remained unchanged at three months. Slow pathway ablation results in an immediate and sustained change in antegrade and retrograde first pathway refractoriness. There are immediate reversible and long term nonreversible components to this phenomenon. The latter finding may be related to loss of electrotonic inhibition of the fast pathway by the slow pathway.

  11. In vivo recording of Zhang's phenomenon (His electrogram alternans): a novel index of atrioventricular node dual pathway conduction.

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    Zhang, Youhua

    2014-08-01

    Zhang's phenomenon (originally His electrogram alternans) is a new index of atrioventricular node dual pathway electrophysiology. This index has been described and validated in isolated hearts in vitro, but has not been recorded in vivo. This study explored the feasibility of in vivo recording of Zhang's phenomenon (His electrogram alternans) in six dogs with a custom-built bipolar electrode. The His electrogram recorded from superior His bundle domain (superior His electrogram) was high in amplitude at basic beats and long coupling intervals (i.e., fast pathway conduction) and low amplitude at short prematurities (i.e., slow pathway conduction). In contrast, His electrogram recorded from the inferior His bundle domain (inferior His electrogram) was always from low amplitude during fast pathway conduction to high amplitude during slow pathway conduction. The characteristic His electrogram alternans had been recorded in vivo in all six animals. This study provided the first data representing in vivo recording of Zhang's phenomenon (His electrogram alternans) in large animals. Clinical studies are needed before this novel index can be applied in patients.

  12. Pacemaker-based analysis of atrioventricular conduction and atrial tachyarrhythmias in patients with primary sinus node dysfunction.

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    Stockburger, Martin; Trautmann, Frederike; Nitardy, Aischa; Just-Teetzmann, Martin; Schade, Stefan; Celebi, Oezlem; Krebs, Alice; Dietz, Rainer

    2009-05-01

    Most patients with symptomatic sinus node disease (SND) receive DDDR pacemakers (PM) in order to cover SND and atrioventricular (AV) block from the outset. But the concern about adverse effects of right ventricular pacing (RVP) is increasing. So far, data on the incidence of AV block in SND are based on clinical events. The study undertakes to assess and appraise AV block and atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT) from memory and electrograms of a dual-chamber PM set to an AAIR-DDDR switch mode (AAISafeR). A dual-chamber PM incorporating the AAISafeR mode was implanted in 58 patients (70 +/- 10 years, 28 males) with SND, but without AV block >I. AV block and AT episodes were retrieved from the PM memory and validated from electrograms. AV block episodes were classified potentially relevant while comprising AV block III or AV block I/II during exercise. The patients experienced a median of 90 (interquartile range 7-1,084) commutations. Possibly relevant AV block occurred in 32 patients (55%). Validation revealed high-quality PM-based categorization. The RVP prevalence was 0% (0-16%). The median AT prevalence was 0.03 (0-26) min/day. RVP was the only multivariate predictor of AT (P = 0.001). Potentially relevant AV block occurs frequently in patients with SND. Nonetheless, the RVP prevalence is kept low through the AAISafeR mode. The protection of SND patients with demand-actuated ventricular pacing appears reasonable. The AT prevalence is low in SND patients treated by the AAISafeR mode. Even low RVP proportions appear to favor AT. Prospective evaluation is needed.

  13. Long-term outcome of single-chamber atrial pacing compared with dual-chamber pacing in patients with sinus-node dysfunction and intact atrioventricular node conduction.

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    Kim, Won Ho; Joung, Boyoung; Shim, Jaemin; Park, Jong Sung; Hwang, Eui-Seock; Pak, Hui-Nam; Kim, Sungsoon; Lee, Moonhyoung

    2010-11-01

    The optimal pacing mode with either single chamber atrial pacemaker (AAI or AAIR) or dual chamber pacemaker (DDD or DDDR) is still not clear in sinus-node dysfunction (SND) and intact atrioventricular (AV) conduction. Patients who were implanted with permanent pacemaker using AAI(R) (n = 73) or DDD(R) (n = 113) were compared. The baseline characteristics were comparable between the two groups, with a mean follow-up duration of 69 months. The incidence of death did not show statistical difference. However, the incidence of hospitalization for congestive heart failure (CHF) was significantly lower in the AAI(R) group (0%) than the DDD(R) group (8.8%, p = 0.03). Also, atrial fibrillation (AF) was found in 2.8% in the AAI(R) group, which was statistically different from 15.2% of patients in the DDD(R) group (p = 0.01). Four patients (5.5%) with AAI(R) developed AV block, and subsequently switched to DDD(R) pacing. The risk of AF was lower in the patients implanted with AAI(R) than those with DDD(R) [hazard ratio (HR), 0.84; 95% confidence interval, 0.72 to 0.97, p = 0.02]. In patients with SND and intact AV conduction, AAI(R) pacing can achieve a better clinical outcome in terms of occurrence of CHF and AF than DDD(R) pacing. These findings support AAI(R) pacing as the preferred pacing mode in patients with SND and intact AV conduction.

  14. Benefits of Permanent His Bundle Pacing Combined With Atrioventricular Node Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation Patients With Heart Failure With Both Preserved and Reduced Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction.

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    Huang, Weijian; Su, Lan; Wu, Shengjie; Xu, Lei; Xiao, Fangyi; Zhou, Xiaohong; Ellenbogen, Kenneth A

    2017-04-01

    Clinical benefits from His bundle pacing (HBP) in heart failure patients with preserved and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction are still inconclusive. This study evaluated clinical outcomes of permanent HBP in atrial fibrillation patients with narrow QRS who underwent atrioventricular node ablation for heart failure symptoms despite rate control by medication. The study enrolled 52 consecutive heart failure patients who underwent attempted atrioventricular node ablation and HBP for symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Echocardiographic left ventricular ejection fraction and left ventricular end-diastolic dimension, New York Heart Association classification and use of diuretics for heart failure were assessed during follow-up visits after permanent HBP. Of 52 patients, 42 patients (80.8%) received permanent HBP and atrioventricular node ablation with a median 20-month follow-up. There was no significant change between native and paced QRS duration (107.1±25.8 versus 105.3±23.9 milliseconds, P =0.07). Left ventricular end-diastolic dimension decreased from the baseline ( P heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients (N=20) than in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction patients (N=22). New York Heart Association classification improved from a baseline 2.9±0.6 to 1.4±0.4 after HBP in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients and from a baseline 2.7±0.6 to 1.4±0.5 after HBP in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction patients. After 1 year of HBP, the numbers of patients who used diuretics for heart failure decreased significantly ( P Heart Association classification and reduced diuretics use for heart failure management in atrial fibrillation patients with narrow QRS who suffered from heart failure with preserved or reduced ejection fraction. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  15. Integrity of the Ganglionated Plexi Is Essential to Parasympathetic Innervation of the Atrioventricular Node by the Right Vagus Nerve.

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    Xhaet, Olivier; DE Roy, Luc; Floria, Mariana; Deceuninck, Olivier; Blommaert, Dominique; Dormal, Fabien; Ballant, Elisabeth; LA Meir, Mark

    2017-04-01

    Radiofrequency isolation of pulmonary vein can be accompanied by transient sinus bradycardia or atrioventricular nodal (AVN) block, suggesting an influence on vagal cardiac innervation. However, the importance of the atrial fat pads in relation with the vagal innervation of AVN in humans remains largely unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of ganglionated plexi (GP) in the innervation of the AVN by the right vagus nerve. Direct epicardial high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of the GP (20 patients) and the right vagus nerve (10 patients) was performed before and after fat pad exclusion or destruction in 20 patients undergoing thoracoscopic epicardial ablation for the treatment of persistent AF. Asystole longer than 3 seconds or acute R-R prolongation over 25% was considered as a positive response to HFS. Prior to the ablation, positive responses to HFS were detected in 3 GPs in 7 patients (35%), 2 GPs in 5 patients (25%), and one GP in 8 patients (40%). After exclusion of the fat pads, all patients had a negative response to HFS. All the patients who exhibited a positive response to right vagus nerve stimulation (n = 10) demonstrated negative responses after the ablation. The integrity of the GP is essential for the right vagus nerve to exert physiological effects of on AVN in humans. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Atrioventricular Canal Defect

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    ... tract infections. Atrioventricular canal defect can cause recurrent bouts of lung infections. Heart failure. Untreated, atrioventricular canal ... Leaky heart valves Narrowing of the heart valves Abnormal heart rhythm Breathing difficulties associated with lung damage ...

  17. The ostium primum or partial atrioventricular septal defect

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    Radermecker, Marc; Fontaine, Raphael; Limet, Raymond

    2007-01-01

    Often assimilated to simple inter-atrial communication, the ostium primum, or partial atrio-ventricular septal defect, is an entity that is characterized by a different embryological mechanism and requires some specific surgical expertise. Basically, knowledge of the morphology of the common atrioventricular valve with 5 components, the topography of the A-V node and His bundle, and the ventricular consequences of the absence of atrio-ventricular septal structures must be taken into account. ...

  18. Transverse versus longitudinal electrical propagation within the atrioventricular node during dual pathway conduction: basis of dual pathway electrophysiology and His electrogram alternans (Zhang's phenomenon).

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    Zhang, Youhua

    2014-02-01

    We have discovered and validated that AV node dual pathway conduction results in a new phenomenon termed His electrogram alternans (HEA), which indicates dual inputs rather than a final common pathway from the AV node into the His bundle. However, the electrophysiological basis for AV node dual pathway conduction and HEA has not been clarified. This study was designed to elucidate the electrophysiological basis for dual pathway conduction and HEA. By using HEA as an index of dual pathway electrophysiology, action potentials from multiple locations in the superior and inferior AV nodal domains were obtained to monitor electrical propagation during dual pathway conduction in 8 isolated rabbit hearts. Fibers inside the AV node were generally aligned along the AV conduction axis. During fast pathway (FP) conduction, electrical excitation in the AV node was propagated in a superior to inferior direction across the major fiber orientation. In contrast, slow pathway (SP) conduction occurred when the superior-inferior propagation failed within the superior nodal domain, permitting electrical propagation to proceed in the inferior nodal domain along the fiber orientation in a posterior to anterior direction. In effect, FP activated first the superior distal node, while SP activated first the inferior distal node. This functional dissociation of superior-fast and inferior-slow domains in distal node produced dual inputs into the His bundle. Transverse versus longitudinal electrical propagation within the AV node produces functional dissociation in the distal node, resulting in superior-fast and inferior-slow inputs into the His bundle and HEA during dual pathway conduction. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Complete atrioventricular canal

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    Limongelli Giuseppe

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Complete atrioventricular canal (CAVC, also referred to as complete atrioventricular septal defect, is characterised by an ostium primum atrial septal defect, a common atrioventricular valve and a variable deficiency of the ventricular septum inflow. CAVC is an uncommon congenital heart disease, accounting for about 3% of cardiac malformations. Atrioventricular canal occurs in two out of every 10,000 live births. Both sexes are equally affected and a striking association with Down syndrome was found. Depending on the morphology of the superior leaflet of the common atrioventricular valve, 3 types of CAVC have been delineated (type A, B and C, according to Rastelli's classification. CAVC results in a significant interatrial and interventricular systemic-to-pulmonary shunt, thus inducing right ventricular pressure and volume overload and pulmonary hypertension. It becomes symptomatic in infancy due to congestive heart failure and failure to thrive. Diagnosis of CAVC might be suspected from electrocardiographic and chest X-ray findings. Echocardiography confirms it and gives anatomical details. Over time, pulmonary hypertension becomes irreversible, thus precluding the surgical therapy. This is the reason why cardiac catheterisation is not mandatory in infants (less than 6 months but is indicated in older patients if irreversible pulmonary hypertension is suspected. Medical treatment (digitalis, diuretics, vasodilators plays a role only as a bridge toward surgery, usually performed between the 3rd and 6th month of life.

  20. Safety and efficiency of ventricular pacing prevention with an AAI-DDD changeover mode in patients with sinus node disease or atrioventricular block: impact on battery longevity-a sub-study of the ANSWER trial.

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    Stockburger, Martin; Defaye, Pascal; Boveda, Serge; Stancak, Branislav; Lazarus, Arnaud; Sipötz, Johann; Nardi, Stefano; Rolando, Mara; Moreno, Javier

    2016-05-01

    This ANSWER (EvaluAtioN of the SafeR mode in patients With a dual chambER pacemaker indication) sub-study assesses safety and effectiveness of SafeR™ and the impact of ventricular pacing (VP) prevention on anticipated device longevity and replacement rate. Patients implanted for atrioventricular block (AVB, n = 310) or sinus node dysfunction (SND, n = 336) were randomly assigned to SafeR (n = 314) or DDD (n = 318) and followed for 36 months. Safety, median VP, estimated device longevity (mean difference, 95% confidence interval [CI]), and anticipated replacement rates were analysed by pacing mode and implant indication. No difference in mortality, syncope, or mode intolerance was observed between randomization groups regardless of the indication. Ventricular pacing on SafeR vs. DDD was 11.5 vs. 93.6% in the overall population (P < 0.001), 89.2 vs. 83.8% in permanent AVB (P = 0.944), 53.5 vs. 98.2% in intermittent AVB (P < 0.001), and 2.2 vs. 84.7% in SND (P < 0.001). Anticipated median device longevity increased on SafeR by 14 [Q1 10; Q3 17] months [10; 17] (P < 0.001) in the overall population, 9 months [-5; 22] (P = 0.193) in permanent AVB, 14 months [8; 19] (P < 0.001) in intermittent AVB, and 14 months [9; 19] (P < 0.001) in SND. In intermittent AVB and SND, prolonged estimated battery longevity translated into the prevention of one anticipated replacement in at least 23% of patients. SafeR was effective in reducing VP in intermittent AVB and in SND. No effect was observed in permanent AVB. No safety issue was observed. Ventricular pacing reduction by SafeR translated into relevant estimated prolongation of device longevity and anticipated reduction of required replacements. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  1. Ion channel transcript expression at the rabbit atrioventricular conduction axis.

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    Greener, Ian D; Tellez, James O; Dobrzynski, Halina; Yamamoto, Mitsuru; Graham, Gillian M; Billeter, Rudi; Boyett, Mark R

    2009-06-01

    Little is known about the distribution of gap junctions and ion channels in the atrioventricular node, even though the physiology and pathology of the atrioventricular node is ultimately dependent on them. The abundance of 30 transcripts for markers, gap junctions, ion channels, and Ca(2+)-handling proteins in different regions of the rabbit atrioventricular node (nodal extension and proximal and distal penetrating bundle of His as well as atrial and ventricular muscle) was measured using a novel quantitative polymerase chain reaction technique and in situ hybridization. The expression profile of the nodal extension (slow pathway into penetrating bundle) was similar to that of the sinoatrial node. For example, in the nodal extension, in contrast to the atrial muscle and as expected for a slowly conducting tissue with pacemaker activity, there was no or reduced expression of Cx43, Na(v)1.5, Ca(v)1.2, K(v)1.4, KChIP2, and RYR3 and high expression of Ca(v)1.3 and HCN4. The expression profile of the penetrating bundle was less specialized. In situ hybridization revealed a transitional zone with reduced expression of Cx43, Na(v)1.5, and KChIP2 that may form the fast pathway into the penetrating bundle. At the atrioventricular node, the expression of gap junctions and ion channels in the nodal extension (slow pathway) and a transitional zone (putative fast pathway) as well as the penetrating bundle (output pathway) is specialized and heterogeneous and roughly matches the electrophysiology of the different regions.

  2. Atrioventricular Dissociation after Electroconvulsive Therapy

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    Siegfried William Yu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT is increasingly used as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Cardiac effects are the principal cause of medical complications in these patients. We report a case of atrioventricular (AV dissociation that occurred after ECT that was treated with pacemaker implantation. The mechanisms contributing to the onset of AV dissociation in this patient, and the management and rationale for device therapy, in light of the most recent guidelines, are reviewed.

  3. Anatomy of the human atrioventricular junctions revisited

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    Anderson, R. H.; Ho, S. Y.; Becker, A. E.

    2000-01-01

    There have been suggestions made recently that our understanding of the atrioventricular junctions of the heart is less than adequate, with claims for several new findings concerning the arrangement of the ordinary working myocardium and the specialised pathways for atrioventricular conduction. In

  4. Morfologia da junção atrioventricular em Iguana iguana (Reptilia-Iguanidae

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    Sonia Regina Jurado

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The atrioventricular junctional area (AVJA, including atrioventricular (AV node and bundle was investigated in seven hearts of common or green iguana (Iguana iguana using the light microscopy. Adult animals, both sexes, were captured in the Pantanal, Brazil. All hearts were fixed in buffered formaldehyde 10% (pH 7.2 for 24 hours, embedded in paraplast according to routine methods, and serially cut at 5 µm thickness. In the Iguana iguana, the AVJA consists of a mass of the fibers intermingled with variable amount of connective tissue and blood vessels surrounded by adjacent myocardium and the attachment of the right atrioventricular valve in the fibrous skeleton. By light microscopy, conducting cells of the AV node and bundle can be distinguished from working cells by their much smaller size, paler staining reaction and the presence of a sheath of connective tissue. The AV node and bundle and its branches were found to constitute a continuous tract. Histochemically, we found elastic fibers between cells of the conduction, mainly in the AV node. The PAS method reveals absence of glycogen in specialized cells. The fibrous skeleton, mainly the right trigone, showed a well-developed chondroid tissue, made by hyaline like cartilage (binucleated condrocytes included in the big lacunas and extracellular matrix with fibrillar collagen. In conclusion, the nodal and Purkinje cells in heart iguana presented poorly morphological differentiation comparing mammals and birds, however the skeleton fibrous has a different cartilage kind.

  5. Atrioventricular Septal Defect with Common Atrioventricular Junction Guarded by a Common Valve Consisting of Left Atrioventricular Trifoliate Valve

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    Krasniqi, Xhevdet; Gashi, Masar; Berisha, Blerim; Pllana, Ejup; Bakalli, Aurora; Abazi, Flora; Koçinaj, Dardan

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    Introduction: Atrioventricular septal defect with common atrioventricular junction is a rare adult congenital cardiac syndrome. This occurrence with prolonged survival is exceptionally rare. Case report: We present the case of a patient who presented with this defect with common atrioventricular junction who survived to the age of 32. We describe a 32-year-old man with atrioventricular septal defect with common atrioventricular junction guarded by a common valve. His history, clinical course, and anatomic findings are discussed along with the factors which may have contributed to his longevity, which is unique in the medical literature. His management reflected the state of medical knowledge at the time when he presented, and although alternate approaches may have been utilized if the patient presented today. We discuss the findings, frequency, classifi cation, and management of congenital defects. Development of embryonic structure is altered by interaction between genetics and environmental factors toward a rare associated of congenital cardiac defects-complex congenital heart disease. Conclusion: This case demonstrates that patients with very complex congenital cardiac disease may survive to adulthood, presenting challenges in both medical and surgical treatment. PMID:24554809

  6. Atrioventricular septal defect with common atrioventricular junction guarded by a common valve consisting of left atrioventricular trifoliate valve.

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    Krasniqi, Xhevdet; Gashi, Masar; Berisha, Blerim; Pllana, Ejup; Bakalli, Aurora; Abazi, Flora; Koçinaj, Dardan

    2013-12-01

    Atrioventricular septal defect with common atrioventricular junction is a rare adult congenital cardiac syndrome. This occurrence with prolonged survival is exceptionally rare. We present the case of a patient who presented with this defect with common atrioventricular junction who survived to the age of 32. We describe a 32-year-old man with atrioventricular septal defect with common atrioventricular junction guarded by a common valve. His history, clinical course, and anatomic findings are discussed along with the factors which may have contributed to his longevity, which is unique in the medical literature. His management reflected the state of medical knowledge at the time when he presented, and although alternate approaches may have been utilized if the patient presented today. We discuss the findings, frequency, classifi cation, and management of congenital defects. Development of embryonic structure is altered by interaction between genetics and environmental factors toward a rare associated of congenital cardiac defects-complex congenital heart disease. This case demonstrates that patients with very complex congenital cardiac disease may survive to adulthood, presenting challenges in both medical and surgical treatment.

  7. Factors associated with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation within 30 days of repair of complete atrioventricular septal defect

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    Marcelo Felipe Kozak

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstractIntroduction:Left atrioventricular valve regurgitation is the most concerning residual lesion after surgical correction of atrioventricular septal defects.Objective:To determine factors associated with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation within 30 days of surgical repair of complete atrioventricular septal defect.Methods:We assessed the results of 53 consecutive patients 3 years-old and younger presenting with complete atrioventricular septal defect that were operated on at our practice between 2002 and 2010. The following variables were considered: age, weight, absence of Down syndrome, grade of preoperative atrioventricular valve regurgitation, abnormalities on the left atrioventricular valve and the use of annuloplasty. Median age was 6.7 months; median weight was 5.3 Kg; 86.8% had Down syndrome. At the time of preoperative evaluation, there were 26 cases with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation (49.1%. Abnormalities on the left atrioventricular valve were found in 11.3%; annuloplasty was performed in 34% of the patients.Results:At the time of postoperative evaluation, there were 21 cases with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation (39.6%. After performing a multivariate analysis, the only significant factor associated with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation was the absence of Down syndrome (P=0.03.Conclusion:Absence of Down syndrome was associated with moderate or severe postoperative left atrioventricular valve regurgitation after surgical repair of complete atrioventricular septal defect at our practice.

  8. [Reversible first-degree atrioventricular block due to hyperthyroidism].

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    Çelebi, Aksüyek Savaş; Amasyalı, Basri

    2017-04-01

    Hyperthyroidism often causes tachyarrhythmia. Reversible atrioventricular block caused by hyperthyroidism is rare occurrence. Presently described is a case of atrioventricular block due to hyperthyroidism and recovery after antithyroid treatment.

  9. Anatomical-embryological correlates in atrioventricular septal defect.

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    Recent embryological studies have supported the consideration that the ventricular septum is multifocal in origin. These data have also provided excellent correlation of the morphology of malformed hearts with their embryology. In particular, atrioventricular septal defect correlates accurately with these observations on ventricular septation. Many of the names given to atrioventricular septal defect (for example ostium primum, persistent atrioventricular canal, endocardial cushion defect) in...

  10. Factors associated with moderate or severe left atrioventricular valve regurgitation within 30 days of repair of incomplete atrioventricular septal defect

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    Marcelo Felipe Kozak

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available AbstractIntroduction:Left atrioventricular valve regurgitation is the most concerning residual lesion after surgical correction of atrioventricular septal defect.Objective:To determine factors associated with moderate or greater left atrioventricular valve regurgitation within 30 days of surgical repair of incomplete atrioventricular septal defect.Methods:We assessed the results of 51 consecutive patients 14 years-old and younger presenting with incomplete atrioventricular septal defect that were operated on at our practice between 2002 and 2010. The following variables were considered: age, weight, absence of Down syndrome, grade of preoperative left atrioventricular valve regurgitation, abnormalities on the left atrioventricular valve and the use of annuloplasty. The median age was 4.1 years; the median weight was 13.4 Kg; 37.2% had Down syndrome. At the time of preoperative evaluation, there were 23 cases with moderate or greater left atrioventricular valve regurgitation (45.1%. Abnormalities on the left atrioventricular valve were found in 17.6%; annuloplasty was performed in 21.6%.Results:At the time of postoperative evaluation, there were 12 cases with moderate or greater left atrioventricular valve regurgitation (23.5%. The variation between pre- and postoperative grades of left atrioventricular valve regurgitation of patients with atrioventricular valve malformation did not reach significance (P=0.26, unlike patients without such abnormalities (P=0.016. During univariate analysis, only absence of Down syndrome was statistically significant (P=0.02. However, after a multivariate analysis, none of the factors reached significance.Conclusion:None of the factors studied was determinant of a moderate or greater left atrioventricular valve regurgitation within the first 30 days of repair of incomplete atrioventricular septal defect in the sample. Patients without abnormalities on the left atrioventricular valve benefit more of the operation.

  11. Do All Children with Congenital Complete Atrioventricular Block Require Permanent Pacing ?

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    Christian Balmer

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available With an incidence of 1 in 20’000 live born infants1, congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB is a rare disease. The aetiology is not completely understood. However, CCAVB may be isolated or combined with congenital heart diseases in up to 53% of affected individuals2. Isolated CCAVB is in up to 98% of the children associated with positive autoimmune antibodies in the maternal serum (anti-Ro/SS-A and anti-LA/SS-B3,4. Interestingly, these antibodies are not specifically directed against the conduction system but also against normal myocardial cells and may cause myocarditis5,6. Affection of the conduction system can occur at different levels7. Histologically, the atrioventricular node tissue may be replaced by fibrous fatty tissue with variable involvement of the distal conduction system8.

  12. Atrial tachycardia mimicking atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia.

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    Eilbert, Wesley P; Patel, Neal

    2013-07-01

    The term supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is used to describe tachydysrhythmias that require atrial or atrioventricular nodal tissue for their initiation and maintenance. SVT can be used to describe atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia, atrioventricular reentry tachycardia, and atrial tachycardia (AT). AT is the least common of these SVT subtypes, accounting for only 10% of cases. Although the suggested initial management of each SVT subtype is different, they all can present with similar symptoms and electrocardiographic findings. Discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of AT as compared with other types of SVT. We report a 56-year-old woman with symptoms and electrocardiographic findings consistent with SVT. Although standard treatment with intravenous adenosine failed to convert the SVT, it revealed AT as the cause of the tachydysrhythmia. The AT was successfully terminated with beta-blockade and the patient eventually underwent successful radioablation of three separate AT foci. AT frequently mimics other more common forms of SVT. AT might be recognized only when standard treatment of SVT has failed. Identification of AT in this setting is crucial to allow for more definitive therapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. [Complete atrioventricular block during galantamine therapy].

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    Leentjens, A F G; Kragten, J A

    2006-03-11

    A 77-year-old man who for 5 months had been being treated with galantamine for early Alzheimer's disease, suddenly became unwell. He was bradycardic and his ECG showed a complete atrioventricular block. This was treated by implantation of a pacemaker. Treatment with galantamine was continued. A month later he had no cardiac symptoms and his dementia score on a cognitive scale had improved. Cholinesterase inhibitors may have adverse effects on the heart. Patients starting treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors should be screened for an increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias by investigating their potassium concentrations and running an ECG.

  14. Congenital Complete Atrioventricular Block : Clinical and Experimental Studies

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    Blank, A.C.

    2014-01-01

    Complete atrioventricular block (CAVB) is a cardiac conduction defect wherein the trans¬mission of the normal electrical impulse from the atria to the ventricle is interrupted due to structural or functional impairment of the atrioventricular (AV) conduction system. If CAVB is diagnosed in utero or

  15. Prognostic importance of complete atrioventricular block complicating acute myocardial infarction

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    Aplin, Mark; Engstrøm, Thomas; Vejlstrup, Niels G

    2003-01-01

    Third-degree atrioventricular block after acute myocardial infarction is considered to have prognostic importance. However, its importance in conjunction with thrombolytic therapy and its relation to left ventricular function remains uncertain. This report also outlines an important distinction...... between atrioventricular block in the setting of anterior and inferior wall acute myocardial infarction, with profound clinical and prognostic implications....

  16. O efeito da morfina na inibição vagal do coração: demonstração da dupla via do nodo atrioventricular - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v28i2.1102 The effect of morphine on vagal inhibition of the heart: demonstration of dual atrioventricular nodal pathways - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v28i2.1102

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    Full Text Available A estimulação elétrica do nervo vago diminui a freqüência cardíaca e aumenta o intervalo PQ no eletrocardiograma, podendo ativar a via anterógrada do nodo atrioventricular. Neste experimento é investigada a interação da morfina sobre o controle nervoso parassimpático cardíaco em relação à dupla condução do nodo atrioventricular. A estimulação do nervo vago induz uma significativa bradicardia e um bloqueio atrioventricular de terceiro grau, com a onda P aparecendo negativa na derivação II. Devido aos efeitos moduladores da anestesia sobre o coração, administração de injeções de morfina induz o aparecimento de onda P positiva através de uma ação inibitória sobre a reentrância do nodo atrioventricular. Tudo sugere a presença de duas vias atrioventriculares, anatômica e funcionalmente distintasThat electrical stimulation of the vagus decreased heart rate and increased the PQ interval in electrocardiogram, consistent with anterograde dual atriventricular conduction. The present experiments were investigating the interaction of the morphine with cardiac parasympathetic nervous control in dual atrioventricular node. Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve induced significant bradycardia and of third degree atrioventricular block and the P wave appearance was negative in leads II. Because background anesthesia modulates the heart, administered morphine injection the P waves appearance was positive through one inhibitory action on atrioventricular nodal reentry. All suggest the presence of two functionally and anatomically distinct atrioventricular pathways

  17. Fluorinated steroids do not improve outcome of isolated atrioventricular block

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    Van den Berg, N. W. E.; Slieker, M. G.; van Beynum, I. M.; Bilardo, C. M.; de Bruijn, D.; Clur, S. A.; Cornette, J. M. J.; Frohn-Mulder, I. M. E.; Haak, M. C.; van Loo-Maurus, K. E. H.; Manten, G. T. R.; Rackowitz, A. B. M. H.; Rammeloo, L. A. J.; Reimer, A.; Rijlaarsdam, M. E. B.; Freund, M. W.

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    Introduction: Congenital atrioventricular block (CAVB) is a rare disorder with a significant morbidity and mortality. Consensus regarding the prescription and efficacy of prenatal corticosteroids is lacking. This nationwide study was initiated to evaluate the effects of prenatal treatment with

  18. Swallow syncope caused by third-degree atrioventricular block

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    Roust Aaberg, Anne Marie; Eriksson, Anna Elin; Madsen, Per Lav

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of a patient with more than 30 years of repeated syncopes, always following food intake. The patient was diagnosed with a swallow-related third-degree atrioventricular block and successfully treated with an artificial pacemaker.......We report a case of a patient with more than 30 years of repeated syncopes, always following food intake. The patient was diagnosed with a swallow-related third-degree atrioventricular block and successfully treated with an artificial pacemaker....

  19. Assessment of atrioventricular conduction following cryoablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in children.

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    Kiplapinar, Neslihan; Ergul, Yakup; Akdeniz, Celal; Saygi, Murat; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Gul, Enes E; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2014-06-01

    Early-onset transient atrioventricular block (AVB) is a rare occurrence following cryoablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), despite lack of any AVB at the end of the procedure. The purpose of this prospective study was to assess AVB shortly after successful cryoablation of AVNRT in children. A 6-mm-tip cryocatheter was used in 39 procedures. An 8-mm-tip catheter was used in 11 procedures. Twelve-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) and 24-hour ambulatory ECGs were performed 24 hours prior to the procedure and immediately following the procedure. All procedures were done using the EnSite system (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA) without fluoroscopy. Although nine (18%) patients developed variable degrees of transient AVB during the procedure, all of them had normal atrioventricular (AV) conduction at the end of the procedure and did not require any intervention. Four of these patients had variable degrees of transient AVB following the procedure despite having normal AV conduction at the end of the procedure. One developed Mobitz type I AVB, which lasted for 11.5 hours, and the other three experienced 2:1 AVB, which lasted for 2, 8, and 24 hours, respectively. All patients had complete resolution of the AVB, which was also documented with the 24-hour ambulatory ECGs after the procedure. Early transient AVB can develop following AVNRT cryoablation even if AV conduction is normal at the end of the procedure. Despite the transient AVB in the initial 24 hours after the procedure in some cases, there is no evidence for ongoing AV nodal dysfunction. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Isorhythmic atrioventricular dissociation in Labrador Retrievers.

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    Perego, M; Ramera, L; Santilli, R A

    2012-01-01

    Isorhythmic atrioventricular dissociation (IAVD) is a rhythm disturbance in which atria and ventricles are driven by independent pacemakers at equal or nearly equal rates. To describe electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic features of IAVD in a group of 11 Labrador Retrievers and its possible correlation with focal junctional tachycardia (FJT). Between December 2004 and October 2010, medical records of 11 Labrador Retrievers with surface electrocardiographic findings compatible with IAVD were retrospectively analyzed. Twelve-lead surface electrocardiograms, thoracic radiographs, and echocardiographic findings of each dog and electrophysiologic mapping results of 3 dogs were retrospectively analyzed. In 10 of 11 dogs, the ECG pattern revealed the presence of IAVD with type I synchronization. In 5 of 10 dogs, IAVD with type I synchronization was interrupted by periods of junctional tachycardia with 1 : 1 ventriculo-atrial conduction. One of 11 dogs presented IAVD with type II synchronization. The ECG diagnosis of IAVD with type I and type II synchronization, and junctional rhythm with 1 : 1 ventriculo-atrial conduction was confirmed in 3 of 11 dogs with endocardial mapping in which the diagnosis of focal junctional tachycardia was made. IAVD with type I synchronization is more common than IAVD with type II synchronization in Labrador Retrievers, and a correlation between IAVD and FJT can be hypothesized. Copyright © 2012 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

  1. Brucella Infection Associated with Complete Atrioventricular Block.

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    Bilici, Meki; Demir, Fikri; Yılmazer, Murat Muhtar; Bozkurt, Fatma; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2016-09-01

    The clinical spectrum of Brucella infection is quite diverse and characterized by multi-system involvement. Patients present with myocarditis, endocarditis, or pericarditis. Infective endocarditis is the most common cardiovascular complication in patients with brucellosis. Although conduction abnormalities are seen in cases with endocarditis, they are reported very rarely in the setting of cardiac Brucella infection. An eight and a half-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic due to inadequate response to cotrimaxazole plus streptomycin treatment at the 15th day of admission. Although local hospital records on the patient showed a heart rate of 80 bpm, we determined a heart rate of 46 bpm. The electrocardiogram showed complete atrioventricular (AV) block. The average heart rate was determined as 48 bpm with 24-hour Holter electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. The echocardiographic examination showed normal-sized heart chambers and the absence of valvular involvement. An agglutination test for brucellosis was found to be positive with a titer of 1/320. High fever, arthralgia, and splenomegaly regressed following doxycycline plus rifampicin therapy, but there was no improvement in the AV block. A permanent pacemaker was implanted because of the detection of an average heart rate of 48 bpm. Because cardiac failure and rhythm abnormalities are reported in the course of Brucella infection and may be associated with significant outcomes, cases with brucellosis should be evaluated carefully in terms of cardiac involvement. This report aims to draw attention to complete AV block as an extremely rare complication of Brucella infection.

  2. Node security

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    A practical and fast-paced guide that will give you all the information you need to secure your Node applications.If you are a developer who wishes to secure your Node applications, whether you are already using Node Security in production, or are considering using it for your next project, then this book will enable you to ensure security of your applications. An understanding of JavaScript is a prerequisite, and some experience with Node is recommended, though not required.

  3. Mahaim Fiber Accelerated Automaticity and Clues to a Mahaim Fiber Being Morphologically an Ectopic or a Split AV Node

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    Shomu Bohora

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    Full Text Available Mahaim Fiber tachycardia characteristically causes a wide QRS tachycardia with left bundle branch morphology and left axis deviation, especially in young patients, having no structural heart disease. Mahaim fiber automaticity further cements the proposition of Mahaim fiber, due to its Atrioventricular (AV node like property, being called as an ectopic AV node.

  4. Node cookbook

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    In Node Cookbook Second Edition, each chapter focuses on a different aspect of working with Node. Following a Cookbook structure, the recipes are written in an easy-to-understand language. Readers will find it easier to grasp even the complex recipes which are backed by lots of illustrations, tips, and hints.If you have some knowledge of JavaScript and want to build fast, efficient, scalable client-server solutions, then Node Cookbook Second Edition is for you. Knowledge of Node will be an advantage but is not required. Experienced users of Node will be able to improve their skills.

  5. Morphological aspects of atrioventricular valves in the ostrich (Struthio camelus

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    Full Text Available Heart anatomy in the ostrich has been reported, but there are few information on the histological features of the atrioventricular valves. Hearts of young ostriches were fixed in 10% formaldehyde for 24 h and dissected to characterize their macroscopic anatomy. Samples of valves were harvested and stained with Mallory’s trichrome, Gomori’s trichrome, and Picro-Sirius red, for later analysis. The right atrioventricular valve consists of a muscle flap with two fixations. The left atrioventricular valve consists of two layers of endocardium with a layer of connective tissue between them. The free border of the tricuspid valve supports a varying number of chordae tendineae. One of the cusps is attached to the septum, while the other two cusps are attached to the opposite wall. The aortic valve, as well as the pulmonary trunk valve, consists of three cusps. The right atrioventricular valve showed up only as a muscle flap of myocardium coated with a thin layer of dense connective tissue, with two fixations. In the connective tissue, we find a predominance of type I collagen fibers and a lesser amount of type III, with a small presence of elastic fibers. The presence of Purkinje fibers were also usual in the valvular subendocardium, suggesting that they directly participate in the transmission of nervous stimulation to the muscle fibers within the valves. The left atrioventricular valve consisted of 3 cusps, a dorsal, a left, and a right.

  6. Dual atrioventricular nodal pathways physiology: a review of relevant anatomy, electrophysiology, and electrocardiographic manifestations.

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    Mani, Bhalaghuru Chokkalingam; Pavri, Behzad B

    2014-01-01

    More than half a century has passed since the concept of dual atrioventricular (AV) nodal pathways physiology was conceived. Dual AV nodal pathways have been shown to be responsible for many clinical arrhythmia syndromes, most notably AV nodal reentrant tachycardia. Although there has been a considerable amount of research on this topic, the subject of dual AV nodal pathways physiology remains heavily debated and discussed. Despite advances in understanding arrhythmia mechanisms and the widespread use of invasive electrophysiologic studies, there is still disagreement on the anatomy and physiology of the AV node that is the basis of discontinuous antegrade AV conduction. The purpose of this paper is to review the concept of dual AV nodal pathways physiology and its varied electrocardiographic manifestations.

  7. Dual Atrioventricular Nodal Pathways Physiology: A Review of Relevant Anatomy, Electrophysiology, and Electrocardiographic Manifestations

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    Bhalaghuru Chokkalingam Mani, MD

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    Full Text Available More than half a century has passed since the concept of dual atrioventricular (AV nodal pathways physiology was conceived. Dual AV nodal pathways have been shown to be responsible for many clinical arrhythmia syndromes, most notably AV nodal reentrant tachycardia. Although there has been a considerable amount of research on this topic, the subject of dual AV nodal pathways physiology remains heavily debated and discussed. Despite advances in understanding arrhythmia mechanisms and the widespread use of invasive electrophysiologic studies, there is still disagreement on the anatomy and physiology of the AV node that is the basis of discontinuous antegrade AV conduction. The purpose of this paper is to review the concept of dual AV nodal pathways physiology and its varied electrocardiographic manifestations.

  8. Pathology of complete atrioventricular block in chronic chagas' myocarditis

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    Full Text Available Sclero-atrophy, fibrosis, vascular ectasia, phlebosclerosis and mild non-specific chronic inflammatory changes were observed in variable location and proportion involving the atrioventricular conducting tissue of the heart in five human cases of chronic Chagas' myocarditis associated with complete atrioventricular block. One case presented complete destruction of the A-V conduction system. In three cases the lesions were disseminated all along the conducting tissue but did not cause anywhere a complete disruption in the continuity of the system. The distal portion of the bundle branches were the most damaged sector of the system, exceptfor the fasciculi of the posterior division of the left bundle branch which were relatively preserved. One case exhibited bilateral sclero-atrophy of the bundle branches as the main change; and another showed early and mild fibrocalcific damage of the penetrating portion of the His bundle. The A-V node appeared as the least involved part of the conducting system in the cases studied. Demonstration of the lesions in this series of cases seems important because: a it reveals that complete atrioventriculr block in chronic Chagas' disease results from disseminated lesions and not from focal disruptive change as has been commonly observed in cases of other etiologies; b it shows that chronic inflammation can produce at the end variable and widespread vascular, degenerative andfibrotic alterations within the conducting tissue of the heart, which may lead to its total destruction.O estudo do sistema de condução atrioventricular através cortes seriados completos em cinco casos humanos de miocardite crônica chagásica e bloqueio A-V total revelou a presença de lesões de esclero-atrofia, fibrose, ectasia vascular, fleboesclerose e inflamação crônica inespeclfica envolvendo o sistema de maneira disseminada, mas com distribuição e intensidade variáveis de caso para caso. Em um caso, todo o sistema, do nódulo A

  9. A Mobitz type II atrioventricular block in multicentric ischemic stroke ...

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    A Mobitz type II atrioventricular block in multicentric ischemic stroke. Utku Murat Kalafat, Canan Akman, Turker Karaboga, Tarik Ocak. Abstract. Cardiac and cerebrovascular illnesses are major causes of mortality and morbidity. Thromboembolisms, which are the result of cardiac arrhythmia, are important causes of ischemic ...

  10. A Mobitz type II atrioventricular block in multicentric ischemic stroke

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    Kalafat, Utku Murat; Akman, Canan; Karaboga, Turker; Ocak, Tarik

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    Cardiac and cerebrovascular illnesses are major causes of mortality and morbidity. Thromboembolisms, which are the result of cardiac arrhythmia, are important causes of ischemic stroke. In this study, we present a rare case of multicentric ischemic stroke induced by Mobitz type II atrioventricular block. PMID:28154620

  11. Atrioventricular conduction after alcohol septal ablation for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    Axelsson, Anna; Weibring, Kristina; Havndrup, Ole

    2014-01-01

    .1-9.4) after ASA. Patients with high-grade atrioventricular block at follow-up had longer PR intervals at baseline [205 ms (200-230)] than the rest of the cohort [180 ms (140-200), P = 0.004] and a higher incidence of acute complete heart block (63 vs. 15%; P = 0.007) during ASA. A PR interval of at least 200...... ms at baseline was associated with higher prevalence of high-grade atrioventricular block at follow-up (30 vs. 2%; P = 0.0013). The incidence of late-onset complete heart block was 1.5% per year after ASA. CONCLUSION: We found normalized atrioventricular conduction at long-term follow-up, suggesting...... recovery in 6 of 14 patients with a pacemaker implanted in relation to ASA. Permanent atrioventricular conduction abnormalities were associated with baseline PR intervals of at least 200 ms and acute persistent complete heart block during ASA....

  12. Age changes in the structure of human Atrioventricular annuli | El ...

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    Atrioventricular annuli are important in hemodynamic stability and support to tricuspid and mitral valves. Anatomical features of the annuli such as circumference, organization of connective tissue fibers, myocardium and cellularity may predispose to annular insufficiency and valvular incompetence. These pathologies ...

  13. Swallow syncope caused by third-degree atrioventricular block.

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    Aaberg, Anne Marie Roust; Eriksson, Anna Elin; Madsen, Per Lav; Dixen, Ulrik

    2015-10-27

    We report a case of a patient with more than 30 years of repeated syncopes, always following food intake. The patient was diagnosed with a swallow-related third-degree atrioventricular block and successfully treated with an artificial pacemaker. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  14. [Fetal atrioventricular septal defect associated with Patau and Edwards syndromes, as well as trisomy 22].

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    Cesko, I; Hajdú, J; Marton, T; Tóth-Pál, E; Papp, C; Papp, Z

    1998-05-03

    The atrioventricular septal defect is usually associated with trisomy 21 and it may be observed in the heterotaxia syndromes. Atrioventricular septal defect may be associated with 8p deletion. There are reported cases of familial atrioventricular septal defect. Atrioventicular septal defect is rarely associated with other chromosomal abnormalities. We are reporting three unusual cases of atrioventricular septal defect that were associated with trisomy 13, 18 and 22. This association may be due to effect of genetic loci on the 13, 18 and 22 chromosome which could play the role in the development and fusion of endocardial cushion and atrioventricular septal defect.

  15. The left atrioventricular valve in partial atrioventricular septal defect: management strategy and surgical outcome.

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    Al-Hay, Amira A A; Lincoln, Christopher R; Shore, Darryl F; Shinebourne, Elliot A

    2004-10-01

    To test the hypothesis that in patients with a partial atrioventricular septal defect (PAVSD) and a competent left atrioventricular valve (LAVV), sutures should be placed across the line of apposition of the superior and inferior bridging leaflets, septal commissure (SC), to prevent the development of regurgitation. Outcome of surgery and risk factors for the need for LAVV reoperation of patients with mild or no LAVV regurgitation (LAVVR) were evaluated. Controversy over management of the LAVV in PAVSD. One hundred and forty seven children with PAVSD underwent surgical repair at the Royal Brompton Hospital between January 1983 and December 1999. Of this group, 21 (16.7%) had LAVVR of sufficient severity to require surgical intervention and were therefore excluded from analysis. The median age and weight at repair of those with mild or no LAVVR was 4.1 years and 15.4 kg. One hundred and eight had normal chromosomes, 13 Down syndrome and five other syndromes. The interatrial communication was closed using a pericardial patch in 62.7% and with synthetic material in the remainder. Intraoperative testing of LAVV competence was undertaken using saline injection into the left ventricle. In 80.9%, sutures were placed across the line of apposition of the left sided superior and inferior bridging leaflets partially to close the SC (sometimes incorrectly named the mitral valve cleft). The overall hospital mortality was 3.2% (95% confidence interval (CI) 1, 8.4%), which did not differ statistically in the last 20 years. No specific risk factors for early death were identified. Eleven patients (8.7%, 95% CI 4.7, 15.4%) required reoperation, 10 for LAVV repair and 1 resection of subaortic stenosis. Univariate analysis of risk factors for LAVV reoperation were low weight, relatively small size LAVV, the presence of a small preoperative interventricular interchordal communication and duration of ventilation. Ten (9.8%) of 102 patients in whom SC was sutured required LAVV

  16. Morphological aspects of atrioventricular valves in the ostrich (Struthio camelus

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    Marcelo Abidu-Figueiredo

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7925.2013v26n4p203 Heart anatomy in the ostrich has been reported, but there are few information on the histological features of the atrioventricular valves. Hearts of young ostriches were fixed in 10% formaldehyde for 24 h and dissected to characterize their macroscopic anatomy. Samples of valves were harvested and stained with Mallory’s trichrome, Gomori’s trichrome, and Picro-Sirius red, for later analysis. The right atrioventricular valve consists of a muscle flap with two fixations. The left atrioventricular valve consists of two layers of endocardium with a layer of connective tissue between them. The free border of the tricuspid valve supports a varying number of chordae tendineae. One of the cusps is attached to the septum, while the other two cusps are attached to the opposite wall. The aortic valve, as well as the pulmonary trunk valve, consists of three cusps. The right atrioventricular valve showed up only as a muscle flap of myocardium coated with a thin layer of dense connective tissue, with two fixations. In the connective tissue, we find a predominance of type I collagen fibers and a lesser amount of type III, with a small presence of elastic fibers. The presence of Purkinje fibers were also usual in the valvular subendocardium, suggesting that they directly participate in the transmission of nervous stimulation to the muscle fibers within the valves. The left atrioventricular valve consisted of 3 cusps, a dorsal, a left, and a right.

  17. O nódulo atrioventricular e o feixe de his no homem

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    C. Magarinos Torres

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    Full Text Available A demonstração do nódulo atrioventricular e do feixe de His, no coração humano, não oferece dificuldade especial, uma vez que seja seguida a técnica consagrada. A negação da sua existência, feita há cêrca de 20 anos atraz, é atribuível à não observância dêsse cuidado. A documentação apresentada refere-se a um paciente do sexo feminino, de côr branca, com 36 anos de idade, não infectado pelo Schizotrypanum cruzi, cujo coração pesava 310 g, sendo considerado macro e microscòpicamente, normal. Destina-se ela a servir de têrmo de comparação para a que será publicada, oportunamente, sôbre a cardiopatia crônica na doença de Chagas. Confirmamos o que dizem muitos autores quando assinalam a ausência completa de células ganglionares e de nervos, no nódulo atrioventricular, no tronco comum do feixe His e em seus dois ramos, quando observados no homem. Contrasta isso, fortemente, com o que existe, nas mesmas estruturas, no coração dos ungulados. Verificamos, não raramente, continuidade entre fibras musculares do tecido específico, no ramo esquerdo do feixe de His e fibras musculares ventriculares, sendo o ramo esquerdo constituído, em certa proporção, por fibras com caracters intermediários entre fibras musculares ordinárias e fibras de Purkinje (fibras de transição. Algumas vêzes fibras com características das de Purkinie aparecem em grupos musculares do septo ventricular imediatamente adjacentes ao ramo esquerdo, dificultando a demarcação exata daquele ramo. Reproduzimos, textualmente, pontos de mior interêsse, na literatura consultada, quando receavamos que a tradução não pudesse traduzir o pensamento exato do autor ou pudesse dar tal impressão.No particular difficulty was met in the demonstration of the atrioventricular node and bundel of His in the human heart when standard methods such as that described by RÉNON and GÉRAUDEL (posteriorly referred as MAHAIM's method was followed. The figures

  18. Entrainment to distinguish orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia from atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia in children.

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    Kannankeril, Prince J; Bonney, William J; Dzurik, Matthew V; Fish, Frank A

    2010-04-01

    Studies in adults suggest that after entrainment from the right ventricle, a post-pacing interval (PPI) minus tachycardia cycle length (TCL), when corrected for atrioventricular node delay (cPPI-TCL), is useful to distinguish atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) from orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia (ORT), but this has not been evaluated in children. In 100 children undergoing catheter ablation, entrainment of ORT or AVNRT was performed from the right ventricular apex. The atrial-His (AH) interval was measured on the return cycle (post-AH) and during tachycardia just prior to pacing (pre-AH). The cPPI-TCL was calculated as (PPI-TCL) - (post-AH - pre-AH). In the first 50 children, the best cutoff was identified and then validated in the next 50 children. In the first 50 children, cPPI-TCL was longer in AVNRT compared with ORT (122 +/- 19 ms vs 63 +/- 23 ms, P cPPI-TCL exceeded 95 ms in all AVNRT patients, but was less than cPPI-TCL cPPI-TCL > 95 ms was 95% specific for AVNRT. There was even greater separation of cPPI-TCL values comparing AVNRT with ORT utilizing a septal accessory pathway. The cPPI-TCL is a useful technique to distinguish AVNRT from ORT in children. Our data suggest that in children a cPPI-TCL 95 ms is rarely observed in ORT. This technique is particularly useful to distinguish AVNRT from ORT utilizing a septal accessory pathway. (PACE 2010; 469-474).

  19. Marked First Degree Atrioventricular Block: an extremely prolonged PR interval associated with Atrioventricular Dissociation in a young Nigerian man with Pseudo-Pacemaker Syndrome: a case report.

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    Ogunlade, Oluwadare; Akintomide, Anthony O; Ajayi, Olufemi E; Eluwole, Omotayo A

    2014-11-04

    The diagnosis of Marked First Degree Atrioventricular Block is made with electrocardiogram when PR interval ≥0.30 s. A PR interval of up to 0.48 s had been reported in literature. Data is sparse on an extremely prolonged PR interval associated with Atrioventricular Dissociation and Pseudo-Pacemaker Syndrome. Electrocardiogram with this type of uncommon features poses diagnostic and management challenges in clinical practice. We report a case of a 22 year old Nigerian male from Igbo ethnic group who presented himself for medical screening with a history of exercise intolerance, occasional palpitation and fainting spells. He has no history of cough, orthopnoea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea nor body swelling. A physical examination revealed that the patient has a pulse rate of 64 beats per minute, blood pressure of 110/70 mmHg and soft heart sounds. Standard 12-lead electrocardiogram showed an uncommon Marked First Degree Atrioventricular Block with an extremely prolonged PR interval of 0.56 s. Long rhythm strips of the electrocardiogram showed extremely prolonged PR interval associated with Atrioventricular Dissociation and variable degrees of Atrioventricular Block (Mobitz type I and II). An extremely prolonged PR interval may occur in First Degree Atrioventricular Block and it may be associated with Atrioventricular Dissociation and Pseudo-Pacemaker Syndrome which may pose diagnostic and management challenges. This suggests that not all cases of First Degree Atrioventricular Block are benign and so should be sub-classified based on degree of PR interval prolongation and associated electrical abnormalities.

  20. Effects of enhanced parasympathetic tone on atrioventricular nodal conduction during atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia.

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    Belz, M K; Stambler, B S; Wood, M A; Pherson, C; Ellenbogen, K A

    1997-10-01

    The effects of various physiologic and pharmacologic stimuli on the anterograde slow pathway in patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia are well characterized. We sought to further characterize the nature of anterograde and retrograde conduction during tachycardia and to define the differential input of the parasympathetic nervous system to these pathways. A custom-made neck suction collar was placed to stimulate the carotid body baroreceptors during supraventricular tachycardia. Neck suction at -60 mm Hg was applied and changes in tachycardia cycle length, AH, and ventriculoatrial intervals were measured in 20 patients. These measurements were repeated after intravenous administration of 10 mg of edrophonium to enhance vagal tone. We observed a 15 +/- 6 ms increase in tachycardia cycle length from baseline (p <0.0001) and a 14 +/- 6 ms increase in AH interval (p <0.0001), but no change in the VA interval with neck suction alone. The tachycardia cycle length prolonged 26 +/- 55 ms (p <0.0001) with edrophonium and an additional 12 +/- 43 ms (p <0.001) with neck suction after edrophonium. There was no change in the VA interval before or after edrophonium during neck suction. There were 10 tachycardia terminations in 8 patients during anterograde slow pathway block during neck suction, with tachycardia cycle length prolongation and mean AH prolongation before termination of 45 +/- 37 ms (vs 15 +/- 7 ms increase in AH interval without tachycardia termination, p = 0.10). There were 12 tachycardia terminations in 4 patients with retrograde block during neck suction, only after edrophonium, without any preceding change in tachycardia cycle length during 11 episodes. We conclude that anterograde slow pathway demonstrates gradual conduction slowing with parasympathetic enhancement, whereas retrograde fast pathway responds with abrupt block.

  1. Complete Atrioventricular Block in an Adolescent With Rheumatic Fever

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    Yoo, Gyeong-Hee

    2009-01-01

    Rheumatic fever is an acute inflammatory sequela following a group A, ?-hemolytic streptococcal infection. Rheumatic fever is characterized by polyarthritis, carditis, chorea, subcutaneous nodules, and erythema marginatum as the major diagnostic criteria. Rarely, advanced heart block may also occur. A 13-year-old boy was admitted to the Pediatric Department for evaluation and management of complete atrioventricular block. The patient had exertional dyspnea for 1 month. Based on the findings o...

  2. Complete atrioventricular block in an adolescent with rheumatic Fever.

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    Yoo, Gyeong-Hee

    2009-03-01

    Rheumatic fever is an acute inflammatory sequela following a group A, beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection. Rheumatic fever is characterized by polyarthritis, carditis, chorea, subcutaneous nodules, and erythema marginatum as the major diagnostic criteria. Rarely, advanced heart block may also occur. A 13-year-old boy was admitted to the Pediatric Department for evaluation and management of complete atrioventricular block. The patient had exertional dyspnea for 1 month. Based on the findings of mitral regurgitation, fever, elevated acute phase reactants, and a high antistreptolysin O titer, the patient was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. A benzathine penicillin injection was administered, as well as salicylate therapy. On the 5(th) day of hospitalization, the electrocardiogram revealed a normal sinus rhythm with a 1(st) degree atrioventricular block. After discharge, the electrocardiogram normalized with the monthly penicillin injections. Herein we report a case of complete atrioventricular block associated with rheumatic fever. The heart block resolved without specific cardiac treatment, other than a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

  3. [Use of non-fluoroscopic mapping in recurrent atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in a patient with corrected transposition of the great arteries].

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    Aristizábal, Julián; Uribe, William; Duque, Mauricio; Marín, Jorge; Medina, Eduardo; Velásquez, Jorge; Femenía, Francisco; Baranchuk, Adrían

    2013-01-01

    The anatomy in congenital corrected transposition of the great arteries is complex and the conduction system may experience large degrees of variation. Invasive procedures should be done with the use of the highest possible technological sources to warrant success. We describe here, a patient with recurrent atrioventricular node reentry tachycardia where non-fluoroscopic navigation system helped in a complex ablation. Copyright © 2011 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  4. Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia ablation and inferior vena cava agenesis.

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    Galand, Vincent; Pavin, Dominique; Behar, Nathalie; Mabo, Philippe; Martins, Raphaël P

    2016-10-01

    Congenital anomalies of the inferior vena cava (IVC) are rare and very often diagnosed in asymptomatic patients during computed tomography performed for other purposes. These anomalies can have significant clinical implications, for example if electrophysiology procedures are needed. Diagnostic and ablation procedures are difficult since catheter manipulation and positioning are more complex. We present here a case of successful atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia ablation in a patient with unexpected IVC agenesis, using an azygos route. Copyright © 2016 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  5. Occult etiologies of complete atrioventricular block: Report of two cases

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    Neeta Bachani

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In patients presenting with complete atrioventricular (AV block, the common causes are degeneration of the conduction system, acute myocardial infarction, congenital and metabolic disorders (such as azotemia. However, at times, no cause can be ascribed and the label congenital or degenerative is applied depending on the patient's age and the QRS complex width. We present two cases of patients with complete AV block, who were subsequently found to have rare etiologies – sarcoidosis (with isolated feature of AV block and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

  6. Coronary sinus and atrioventricular groove avulsion after motor vehicle crash

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    Bradley M Dennis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous cardiac and pericardial rupture from blunt chest trauma is a highly lethal combination with rarely reported survival. We report of a case of young patient with a right atrioventricular groove injury, pericardial rupture and a unique description of a coronary sinus avulsion following blunt chest trauma. Rapid recognition of this injury is crucial to patient survival, but traditional diagnostic adjuncts such as ultrasound, echocardiography and computed tomography are often unhelpful. Successful repair of these injuries requires high suspicion of injury, early cardiac surgery involvement of and possible even placement of the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass.

  7. Echocardiographic effects of changing atrioventricular delay in cardiac resynchronization therapy based on displacement

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    Valeur, Nana; Fritz-Hansen, Thomas; Risum, Niels

    2010-01-01

    In studies showing benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), individual atrioventricular (AV) delays have been optimized using echocardiography. However, the method for AV delay optimization remains controversial.......In studies showing benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), individual atrioventricular (AV) delays have been optimized using echocardiography. However, the method for AV delay optimization remains controversial....

  8. Development of the myocardium of the atrioventricular canal and the vestibular spine in the human heart

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    Kim, J. S.; Virágh, S.; Moorman, A. F.; Anderson, R. H.; Lamers, W. H.

    2001-01-01

    To establish the morphogenetic mechanisms underlying formation and separation of the atrioventricular connections, we studied the remodeling of the myocardium of the atrioventricular canal and the extracardiac mesenchymal tissue of the vestibular spine in human embryonic hearts from 4.5 to 10 weeks

  9. Lymph node biopsy

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    Biopsy - lymph nodes; Open lymph node biopsy; Fine needle aspiration biopsy; Sentinel lymph node biopsy ... A lymph node biopsy is done in an operating room in a hospital. Or, it is done at an outpatient surgical center. The ...

  10. [Candida albicans endocarditis after treatment of complete atrioventricular canal].

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    El Alami, S; Handor, N; Moutaki Allah, Y; Bouchrik, M; El Mellouki, W; Boulahya, A; Lmimouni, B

    2013-09-01

    Infective endocarditis is rare in children, it is rarer after a surgical treatment of atrioventricular canal, and it is exceptional that Candida albicans is the etiologic agent. This is a serious infection found in congenital heart disease with or without surgery. It is potentially lethal, despite diagnostic and therapeutic advances. We report a case of infective endocarditis due to C. albicans after the treatment of a congenital systemic atrioventricular canal in a child with trisomy 21. The diagnosis was suspected on clinical manifestations and cardiac auscultation. Confirmation was provided by positive blood cultures and echocardiography. The large size of the vegetation in the patient was in favor of a fungal etiology, blood cultures allowed to identify the fungus. This observation illustrates a poorly understood disease, with very poor prognosis and which is a potential complication of heart surgery. The improved prognosis should be achieved by shortening the time to diagnosis and optimizing the therapeutic support. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Activitrax AAIR pacing for sinus node dysfunction after orthotopic heart transplantation: an initial report.

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    Loria, K; Salinger, M; McDonough, T; Frohlich, T; Arentzen, C

    1988-01-01

    Donor sinus node dysfunction is an uncommon event after orthotopic heart transplantation. In the past treatment of persistent symptomatic bradycardia in the setting of orthotopic heart transplantation has been accomplished by implantation of a single transvenous lead system with loss of atrioventricular synchrony and rate responsiveness or by implantation of a multiple transvenous lead system in which the multiple leads present a mechanical limitation to endomyocardial biopsy. To preserve atrioventricular synchrony, avoid the mechanical limitations of a ventricular lead at the time of routine biopsies, and maintain some degree of rate responsiveness during exercise, we elected to implant an activity-detecting pacing system with a single bipolar transvenous atrial lead in two of our orthotopic heart transplant recipients with persistent symptomatic donor sinus node dysfunction. This article details the techniques used and the results obtained in what we believe to be the first two implantations of this unique pacing system in orthotopic heart transplant recipients.

  12. Atrial enlargement in symptomatic heart block patients with preserved left ventricular function: possibly related to atrioventricular dyssynchrony.

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    Lin, Yu-Sheng; Guo, G Bih-Fang; Chen, Yung-Lung; Tsai, Tzu-Hsien; Pan, Kuo-Li; Liu, Wen-Hao; Chen, Mien-Cheng

    2011-05-05

    Right ventricular apical pacing may possibly induce atrial dilatation as a consequence of atrioventricular dyssynchrony. However, atrial enlargement associated with atrioventricular dyssynchrony due to atrioventricular block has never been studied. This case-control survey involved 90 patients with symptomatic atrioventricular block [29 patients with Mobitz type 2 atrioventricular block, 22 patients with high degree of atrioventricular block and 39 patients with complete atrioventricular block]. The control group comprised 54 age- and sex-matched patients with sick sinus syndrome and intact intrinsic atrioventricular conduction. The M-mode measurements were obtained before implant and the left and right atrial areas were measured by planimetry. The peri-implant right atrial area (17.4±3.7 vs. 15.3±3.4 cm2, p=0.002), left atrial area (24.9±4.2 vs. 21.0±3.7 cm2, pblock patients than in sick sinus syndrome patients. The two groups had similar left ventricular ejection fraction. The right atrial area (p=0.01) and left atrial area (p=0.006) remained significantly greater in atrioventricular block patients than in sick sinus syndrome patients after adjustments for age, gender, body surface area, left ventricular dimension and left ventricular ejection fraction in multiple logistic regression analysis. Atrial enlargement occurs in patients with symptomatic atrioventricular block. This phenomenon is possibly related to atrioventricular dyssynchrony. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of atrioventricular conduction on heart rate variability

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    Ahmad, Talha Jamal

    2011-08-01

    This paper discusses the effect of atrioventricular conduction time (AVCT) on the short-term Heart Rate Variability (HRV) by computing HRV parameters using intervals between the onsets of successive P waves (PP time series) for three groups: normal, arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death (SCD) patients. A very precise wavelet transform based ECG delineator was developed to detect PP, PR and RR time series. Mean PR variation in arrhythmia and SCD group was found to be significantly high as compared to the normal group. It was observed that when PR variations in arrhythmia and SCD cases crossed a certain threshold, RR variability no longer provided a very accurate estimate of HRV. In such cases, PP variability was able to provide a better assessment of HRV. © 2011 IEEE.

  14. Rapidly Progressive Atrioventricular Block in a Patient with Sarcoidosis

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    Nagham Saeed Jafar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac sarcoidosis is a major cause of death in patients with systemic sarcoidosis. Cardiac manifestations are seen in 2.3% of the patients. Atrioventricular (AV block is one of the common manifestations of cardiac sarcoidosis. Other presentations of cardiac involvement include congestive heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. The presence of AV block in young patients should raise the suspicion of sarcoidosis. AV block may be the only manifestation and patients may not have clinical evidence of pulmonary involvement. Here we describe a young male presented with exercise induced AV block rapidly progressing to complete heart block with recurrent syncope needing urgent pacemaker implantation. Factors that suggested an infiltrative process included his young age, rapidly progressive conduction abnormalities in the ECG in the absence of coronary disease, and previous history of cutaneous sarcoidosis.

  15. Reconfigureable network node

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    Vanderveen, Keith B [Tracy, CA; Talbot, Edward B [Livermore, CA; Mayer, Laurence E [Davis, CA

    2008-04-08

    Nodes in a network having a plurality of nodes establish communication links with other nodes using available transmission media, as the ability to establish such links becomes available and desirable. The nodes predict when existing communications links will fail, become overloaded or otherwise degrade network effectiveness and act to establish substitute or additional links before the node's ability to communicate with the other nodes on the network is adversely affected. A node stores network topology information and programmed link establishment rules and criteria. The node evaluates characteristics that predict existing links with other nodes becoming unavailable or degraded. The node then determines whether it can form a communication link with a substitute node, in order to maintain connectivity with the network. When changing its communication links, a node broadcasts that information to the network. Other nodes update their stored topology information and consider the updated topology when establishing new communications links for themselves.

  16. Down Syndrome with Complete Atrioventricular Septal Defect, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and Pulmonary Vein Stenosis.

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    Mahadevaiah, Guruprasad; Gupta, Manoj; Ashwath, Ravi

    2015-10-01

    The prevalence of congenital heart disease in infants with Down syndrome is 40%, compared with 0.3% in children who have normal chromosomes. Atrioventricular and ventricular septal defects are often associated with chromosomal aberrations, such as in trisomy 21, whereas hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is chiefly thought to be secondary to specific gene mutations. We found only one reported case of congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and atrioventricular septal defect in an infant with Down syndrome. Here, we report atrioventricular septal defect, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary vein stenosis in a neonate with Down syndrome-an apparently unique combination. In addition, we discuss the relevant medical literature.

  17. Permanent pacemaker implantation for late atrioventricular block in patients receiving catheter ablation for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia.

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    Liao, Jo-Nan; Hu, Yu-Feng; Wu, Tsu-Juey; Fong, Ann-Ning; Lin, Wei-Shiang; Lin, Yenn-Jiang; Chang, Shih-Lin; Lo, Li-Wei; Tuan, Ta-Chuan; Chang, Hung-Yu; Li, Cheng-Hung; Chao, Tze-Fan; Chung, Fa-Po; Hanafy, Dicky Armein; Lin, Wen-Yu; Huang, Jin-Long; Huang, Chin-Chou; Leu, Hsin-Bang; Lee, Pi-Chang; Chiang, Chern-En; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2013-02-15

    The present study investigated the incidence and predictors of permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation for late atrioventricular block (AVB) in patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) who received ablation. The data from 3,442 patients with AVNRT who received ablation were analyzed. Those who developed late AVB (>1 month after ablation) and received a PPM were identified. The incidence of PPM implantation in 1,148 matched patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and in the whole population of Taiwan were compared. Of the patients with AVNRT receiving ablation (mean follow-up duration 128.3 ± 62.5 months), 15 (0.4%) received PPM implantation for late AVB (mean interval after catheter ablation 95.4 ± 55.0 months). Only age (odds ratio 1.05, p = 0.02) and transient AVB (odds ratio 8.55, p = 0.01) during the procedure were independently associated with PPM implantation for late AVB. The patients with AVNRT had a greater incidence of PPM implantation due to late AVB compared to the matched patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The annual incidence of PPM implantation for AVB was also greater in the patients with AVNRT than in the general population. In conclusion, the incidence of PPM implantation for late AVB in patients with AVNRT who received catheter ablation was low but still greater than that in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and the general population in Taiwan. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Genome-Wide Association Study of Down Syndrome-Associated Atrioventricular Septal Defects

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    Ramachandran, Dhanya; Zeng, Zhen; Locke, Adam E; Mulle, Jennifer G; Bean, Lora J H; Rosser, Tracie C; Dooley, Kenneth J; Cua, Clifford L; Capone, George T; Reeves, Roger H; Maslen, Cheryl L; Cutler, David J; Feingold, Eleanor; Sherman, Stephanie L; Zwick, Michael E

    2015-01-01

    .... We performed a genome-wide association study using logistic regression analysis on 452 individuals with Down syndrome, consisting of 210 cases with complete atrioventricular septal defects and 242...

  19. Congenital complete atrioventricular block associated with QT prolongation: Description of a patient with an unusual outcome.

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    Mendoza, Alberto; Belda, Silvia; Salguero, Rafael; Granados, Miguel Angel

    2010-08-01

    The association of a complete atrioventricular block with long QT syndrome is relatively common and carries a high risk of torsades de pointes (TdP) and sudden death. It is probably due to a downregulation of potassium channel currents (I (Ks) and I (Kr)) that impairs ventricular repolarization, prolongs the QT interval and increases susceptibility to TdP, so it must be considered a channelopathy. This report describes a 6 year-old boy, with a complete atrioventricular block diagnosed at 5 months of age, who at the age of 1 year started having episodes of TdP associated with a prolonged QT interval. He was treated successfully with propranolol and with a pacemaker implant. At age 3 the complete atrioventricular block reversed spontaneously to a first degree atrioventricular block.

  20. Valproic Acid as a Cause of Transient Atrio-Ventricular Conduction Block Episodes.

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    Davutoglu, Vedat; Neyal, Munife; Altunbas, Gokhan

    2017-01-01

    Herein we share, to our knowledge for the first time, a a case of valproic acid use complicated by symptomatic atrio-ventricular conduction block episodes on Holter monitoring. Symptomatic atrio-ventricular block episodes should be considered as an unusual side effect of valproic acid despite normal blood therapeutic level. Before consideration of pacemaker implantation in such cases, valproic acid usage should be investigated, and dose reduction should be attempted.

  1. Contribution of copy-number variation to Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects.

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    Ramachandran, Dhanya; Mulle, Jennifer G; Locke, Adam E; Bean, Lora J H; Rosser, Tracie C; Bose, Promita; Dooley, Kenneth J; Cua, Clifford L; Capone, George T; Reeves, Roger H; Maslen, Cheryl L; Cutler, David J; Sherman, Stephanie L; Zwick, Michael E

    2015-07-01

    The goal of this study was to identify the contribution of large copy-number variants to Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects, the risk for which in the trisomic population is 2,000-fold more as compared with that of the general disomic population. Genome-wide copy-number variant analysis was performed on 452 individuals with Down syndrome (210 cases with complete atrioventricular septal defects; 242 controls with structurally normal hearts) using Affymetrix SNP 6.0 arrays, making this the largest heart study conducted to date on a trisomic background. Large, common copy-number variants with substantial effect sizes (OR > 2.0) do not account for the increased risk observed in Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects. By contrast, cases had a greater burden of large, rare deletions (P Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects, whereas large, common copy-number variants do not appear to increase the risk of Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects. The genetic architecture of atrioventricular septal defects is complex and multifactorial in nature.

  2. Transitory complete atrioventricular block associated to ingestion of Nerium oleander.

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    Nishioka, S de A; Resende, E S

    1995-01-01

    Self-medication with plants can lead to severe poisoning. Oleander (Nerium oleander) is an ornamental plant whose toxicity to man is due to a mixture of nondigitalis cardiac glycosides. The clinical manifestations of oleander poisoning combine cardiac and gastrointestinal symptoms, and are similar to those of a digitalis overdose. Following the ingestion of tea made of the leaves of oleander, a 33-year-old woman developed dizziness, vomiting and abdominal cramps as main symptoms, and complete atrioventricular block that reverted within 24 hours. She remained with bradycardia, dizziness and diarrhea for about 6 days. On admission she had a serum potassium of 6.7 mEq/L and a serum creatinine of 2.3 mg%, that progressively returned to normal levels. Clinicians must include oleander poisoning in the differential diagnosis of bradyarrhythmias, particularly in children and young people without known cardiovascular disease, in areas where this plant either is used as a herbal medicine or is known as poisonous.

  3. Cilia gene mutations cause atrioventricular septal defects by multiple mechanisms.

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    Burnicka-Turek, Ozanna; Steimle, Jeffrey D; Huang, Wenhui; Felker, Lindsay; Kamp, Anna; Kweon, Junghun; Peterson, Michael; Reeves, Roger H; Maslen, Cheryl L; Gruber, Peter J; Yang, Xinan H; Shendure, Jay; Moskowitz, Ivan P

    2016-07-15

    Atrioventricular septal defects (AVSDs) are a common severe form of congenital heart disease (CHD). In this study we identified deleterious non-synonymous mutations in two cilia genes, Dnah11 and Mks1, in independent N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-induced mouse mutant lines with heritable recessive AVSDs by whole-exome sequencing. Cilia are required for left/right body axis determination and second heart field (SHF) Hedgehog (Hh) signaling, and we find that cilia mutations affect these requirements differentially. Dnah11avc4 did not disrupt SHF Hh signaling and caused AVSDs only concurrently with heterotaxy, a left/right axis abnormality. In contrast, Mks1avc6 disrupted SHF Hh signaling and caused AVSDs without heterotaxy. We performed unbiased whole-genome SHF transcriptional profiling and found that cilia motility genes were not expressed in the SHF whereas cilia structural and signaling genes were highly expressed. SHF cilia gene expression predicted the phenotypic concordance between AVSDs and heterotaxy in mice and humans with cilia gene mutations. A two-step model of cilia action accurately predicted the AVSD/heterotaxyu phenotypic expression pattern caused by cilia gene mutations. We speculate that cilia gene mutations contribute to both syndromic and non-syndromic AVSDs in humans and provide a model that predicts the phenotypic consequences of specific cilia gene mutations. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Congenital complete atrioventricular block in the early pediatric population

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    Riccardo Cappato

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB is a rare potentially lethal disease with an estimated incidence of 1 every 15.000 to 20.000 live born infants. In structurally normal hearts two kinds of congenital heart block can be identified: one usually diagnosed in utero associated with the circulating maternal anti-SS-A/Ro and anti-SS-B/La antibodies, the other kind is detected later in the neonatal period or during the infancy or childhood and present no clear relation with maternal antibodies. Nowadays, the diagnosis can be made in utero as early as between week 16 and 28 of gestation by foetal echocardiography. The mortality in isolated CCAVB is estimated between 8 and 16% and between 4 and 8% in children and adults. The mortality and morbidity of patients diagnosed outside the neonatal period is significantly lower than those with a in utero diagnosis. Risk factors for worse outcome in CCAVB are the foetal diagnosis, the presence of hydrops fetalis, delivery at

  5. Canonical Wnt Signaling Regulates Atrioventricular Junction Programming and Electrophysiological Properties

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    Gillers, Benjamin S; Chiplunkar, Aditi; Aly, Haytham; Valenta, Tomas; Basler, Konrad; Christoffels, Vincent M.; Efimov, Igor R; Boukens, Bastiaan J; Rentschler, Stacey

    2014-01-01

    Rationale Proper patterning of the atrioventricular canal (AVC) is essential for delay of electrical impulses between atria and ventricles, and defects in AVC maturation can result in congenital heart disease. Objective To determine the role of canonical Wnt signaling in the myocardium during AVC development. Methods and Results We utilized a novel allele of β-catenin that preserves β-catenin’s cell adhesive functions but disrupts canonical Wnt signaling, allowing us to probe the effects of Wnt loss of function independently. We show that loss of canonical Wnt signaling in the myocardium results in tricuspid atresia with hypoplastic right ventricle associated with loss of AVC myocardium. In contrast, ectopic activation of Wnt signaling was sufficient to induce formation of ectopic AV junction-like tissue as assessed by morphology, gene expression, and electrophysiologic criteria. Aberrant AVC development can lead to ventricular preexcitation, a characteristic feature of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. We demonstrate that postnatal activation of Notch signaling downregulates canonical Wnt targets within the AV junction. Stabilization of β-catenin protein levels can rescue Notch-mediated ventricular preexcitation and dysregulated ion channel gene expression. Conclusions Our data demonstrate that myocardial canonical Wnt signaling is an important regulator of AVC maturation and electrical programming upstream of Tbx3. Our data further suggests that ventricular preexcitation may require both morphologic patterning defects, as well as myocardial lineage reprogramming, to allow robust conduction across accessory pathway tissue. PMID:25599332

  6. Fetal tachyarrhythmia with 1:1 atrioventricular conduction. Adenosine infusion in the umbilical vein as a diagnostic test

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    Tiago L. L. Leiria

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available This is the report of a case of fetal tachyarrhythmia with 1:1 atrioventricular conduction detected by pre-natal echocardiography in a fetus at 25-weeks gestation. Adenosine infusion via cordocentesis was performed as a diagnostic test to differentiate between atrioventricular nodal reentrant supraventricular tachyarrhythmia and atrial flutter. After infusion, transient 2:1 atrioventricular dissociation was obtained and the diagnosis of atrial flutter was made. Transplacental therapy with digoxin and amiodarone was then successfully used.

  7. 59. Early and late results of routine leaflet augmentation for complete atrio-ventricular septal defect repair

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    A. Arifi; Najm, H; Khan, A.; Ahmad, M; Khan, M A; M. Elanany

    2016-01-01

    Complete AVSD (CAVSD) is characterized by the presence of a common atrio-ventricular (AV) orifice, an inter-atrial communication, and a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Results of surgical correction of atrio-ventricular septal defects (AVSDs) have improved over the last decades; however, the need for reoperation for left atrio-ventricular valve regurgitation, after primary AVSD repair remains a major concern. The aim of our study is to assess the outcome of the routine leaflet augmentation t...

  8. Complete atrioventricular block in acute coronary syndrome: prevalence, characterisation and implication on outcome.

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    Aguiar Rosa, Silvia; Timóteo, Ana Teresa; Ferreira, Lurdes; Carvalho, Ramiro; Oliveira, Mario; Cunha, Pedro; Viveiros Monteiro, André; Portugal, Guilherme; Almeida Morais, Luis; Daniel, Pedro; Cruz Ferreira, Rui

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    The aim was to characterise acute coronary syndrome patients with complete atrioventricular block and to assess the effect on outcome. Patients admitted with acute coronary syndrome were divided according to the presence of complete atrioventricular block: group 1, with complete atrioventricular block; group 2, without complete atrioventricular block. Clinical, electrocardiographic and echocardiographic characteristics and prognosis during one year follow-up were compared between the groups. Among 4799 acute coronary syndrome patients admitted during the study period, 91 (1.9%) presented with complete atrioventricular block. At presentation, group 1 patients presented with lower systolic blood pressure, higher Killip class and incidence of syncope. In group 1, 86.8% presented with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), and inferior STEMI was verified in 79.1% of patients in group 1 compared with 21.9% in group 2 ( Pcoronary intervention ( P<0.001). During hospitalisation group 1 had worse outcomes, with a higher incidence of cardiogenic shock (33.0% vs. 4.5%; P<0.001), ventricular arrhythmias (17.6% vs. 3.6%; P<0.001) and the need for invasive mechanical ventilation (25.3% vs. 5.1%; P<0.001). After a propensity score analysis, in a multivariate regression model, complete atrioventricular block was an independent predictor of hospital mortality (odds ratio 3.671; P=0.045). There was no significant difference in mortality at one-year follow-up between the study groups. Complete atrioventricular block conferred a worse outcome during hospitalisation, including a higher incidence of cardiogenic shock, ventricular arrhythmias and death.

  9. Genome-Wide Association Study of Down Syndrome-Associated Atrioventricular Septal Defects.

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    Ramachandran, Dhanya; Zeng, Zhen; Locke, Adam E; Mulle, Jennifer G; Bean, Lora J H; Rosser, Tracie C; Dooley, Kenneth J; Cua, Clifford L; Capone, George T; Reeves, Roger H; Maslen, Cheryl L; Cutler, David J; Feingold, Eleanor; Sherman, Stephanie L; Zwick, Michael E

    2015-07-20

    The goal of this study was to identify the contribution of common genetic variants to Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defect, a severe heart abnormality. Compared with the euploid population, infants with Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, have a 2000-fold increased risk of presenting with atrioventricular septal defects. The cause of this increased risk remains elusive. Here we present data from the largest heart study conducted to date on a trisomic background by using a carefully characterized collection of individuals from extreme ends of the phenotypic spectrum. We performed a genome-wide association study using logistic regression analysis on 452 individuals with Down syndrome, consisting of 210 cases with complete atrioventricular septal defects and 242 controls with structurally normal hearts. No individual variant achieved genome-wide significance. We identified four disomic regions (1p36.3, 5p15.31, 8q22.3, and 17q22) and two trisomic regions on chromosome 21 (around PDXK and KCNJ6 genes) that merit further investigation in large replication studies. Our data show that a few common genetic variants of large effect size (odds ratio >2.0) do not account for the elevated risk of Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects. Instead, multiple variants of low-to-moderate effect sizes may contribute to this elevated risk, highlighting the complex genetic architecture of atrioventricular septal defects even in the highly susceptible Down syndrome population. Copyright © 2015 Ramachandran et al.

  10. Node Resource Tape

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    This video shows footage from the construction of the International Space Station's Node 1 at Marshall Space Flight Center. The Expedition 1 crew, William Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko, and Sergei Krikalev, inspects the Node.

  11. Multiple node remote messaging

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    Blumrich, Matthias A. (Ridgefield, CT); Chen, Dong (Croton on Hudson, NY); Gara, Alan G. (Mount Kisco, NY); Giampapa, Mark E. (Irvington, NY); Heidelberger, Philip (Cortlandt Manor, NY); Ohmacht, Martin (Yorktown Heights, NY); Salapura, Valentina (Chappaqua, NY); Steinmacher-Burow, Burkhard (Esslingen, DE); Vranas, Pavlos (Danville, CA)

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    A method for passing remote messages in a parallel computer system formed as a network of interconnected compute nodes includes that a first compute node (A) sends a single remote message to a remote second compute node (B) in order to control the remote second compute node (B) to send at least one remote message. The method includes various steps including controlling a DMA engine at first compute node (A) to prepare the single remote message to include a first message descriptor and at least one remote message descriptor for controlling the remote second compute node (B) to send at least one remote message, including putting the first message descriptor into an injection FIFO at the first compute node (A) and sending the single remote message and the at least one remote message descriptor to the second compute node (B).

  12. Modular sensor network node

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    Davis, Jesse Harper Zehring [Berkeley, CA; Stark, Jr., Douglas Paul; Kershaw, Christopher Patrick [Hayward, CA; Kyker, Ronald Dean [Livermore, CA

    2008-06-10

    A distributed wireless sensor network node is disclosed. The wireless sensor network node includes a plurality of sensor modules coupled to a system bus and configured to sense a parameter. The parameter may be an object, an event or any other parameter. The node collects data representative of the parameter. The node also includes a communication module coupled to the system bus and configured to allow the node to communicate with other nodes. The node also includes a processing module coupled to the system bus and adapted to receive the data from the sensor module and operable to analyze the data. The node also includes a power module connected to the system bus and operable to generate a regulated voltage.

  13. Related Drupal Nodes Block

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    Van der Vegt, Wim

    2010-01-01

    Related Drupal Nodes Block This module exposes a block that uses Latent Semantic Analysis (Lsa) internally to suggest three nodes that are relevant to the node a user is viewing. This module performs three tasks. 1) It periodically indexes a Drupal site and generates a Lsa Term Document Matrix.

  14. Myocardial infarction, symptomatic third degree atrioventricular block and pulmonary embolism caused by thalidomide: a case report.

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    Zhang, Shengyu; Yang, Jing; Jin, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Shuyang

    2015-12-18

    Thalidomide has been reported to cause numerous thromboembolic events. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are more common. It can also cause bradycardia and even total atrioventricular block. Rarely, it causes coronary artery spasm and even myocardial infarction. But almost simultaneous onset of myocardial infarction, third degree atrioventricular block and pulmonary embolism in one patient has not been reported so far. A 53-year old man presented because of chest pain, nausea and then syncope for several minutes. Previous medical history included neurodermitis for which thalidomide was given and hypercholesterolemia with simvastatin taking. The patient didn't exhibit any other established risk factors for coronary artery disease. Electrocardiography showed sinus rhythm with third degree atrioventricular block and complete right bundle branch block, and precordial leads ST segment elevation. The diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome was suspected, but further coronary angiography demonstrated no flow-limiting lesions in coronary arteries, and temporary pacemaker was implanted. After admission, low SpO2 and elevated D-dimer level was mentioned. Further computed tomography pulmonary angiography revealed pulmonary embolism. Thalidomide was thought to be the cause of hypercoagulability and coronary spasm, so it was ceased immediately. Therapeutic low molecule weight heparin was initiated and then switched to warfarin with appropriate INR, and nifedipine was described for coronary spasm. The patient's symptoms completely relived and SpO2 recovered, and atrioventricular block had disappeared during hospitalization with pacemaker removed. This is the very first case in which myocardial infarction, third degree atrioventricular block and pulmonary embolism almost simultaneously developed. We should be ware that anti-thrombotic prophylaxis, which needs further investigation for optimal drug and dosage, may be beneficial in thalidomide therapy. And it is also

  15. [Atrioventricular defect with 2 valves associated with absence of the pericardium. Report of a case].

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    Miranda-Chávez, Irma; Muñoz-Castellanos, Luis; Kimura-Hayama, Erick; Vidal-Rojo, Paola; Figueroa-Solano, Javier; de Micheli Serra, Alfredo; Buendía-Hernández, Alfonso

    2013-01-01

    We present a case of a patient with a cardiac malformation that represents a form of embryo-anatomical transition of an atrioventricular septal defect between a 2 valves form to a common valve form. This entity was associated with pericardium absence. Throughout several studies we have precisely established a diagnostic sequence by determining the adequate contribution of each method and we have been able to clear out the proper nomenclature of the atrioventricular cushion defect. Copyright © 2012 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  16. Exome sequencing identifies rare variants in multiple genes in atrioventricular septal defect

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    D'Alessandro, Lisa C. A.; Al Turki, Saeed; Manickaraj, Ashok Kumar; Manase, Dorin; Mulder, Barbara J. M.; Bergin, Lynn; Rosenberg, Herschel C.; Mondal, Tapas; Gordon, Elaine; Lougheed, Jane; Smythe, John; Devriendt, Koen; Bhattacharya, Shoumo; Watkins, Hugh; Bentham, Jamie; Bowdin, Sarah; Hurles, Matthew E.; Mital, Seema

    2016-01-01

    The genetic etiology of atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) is unknown in 40% cases. Conventional sequencing and arrays have identified the etiology in only a minority of nonsyndromic individuals with AVSD. Whole-exome sequencing was performed in 81 unrelated probands with AVSD to identify

  17. Increased sarcolemmal Na+/H+ exchange activity in hypertrophied myocytes from dogs with chronic atrioventricular block

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    van Borren, Marcel M. G. J.; Vos, Marc A.; Houtman, Marien J. C.; Antoons, Gudrun; Ravesloot, Jan H.

    2013-01-01

    Dogs with compensated biventricular hypertrophy due to chronic atrioventricular block (cAVB), are more susceptible to develop drug-induced Torsade-de-Pointes arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. It has been suggested that the increased Na+ influx in hypertrophied cAVB ventricular myocytes

  18. Atrioventricular muscular dystrophy in a 5-month-old English springer spaniel.

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    Lai, Serene R

    2009-12-01

    Primary persistent atrial standstill due to atrioventricular muscle dystrophy is a rare familial disease in dogs. The diagnosis of this disorder in a 5-month-old English springer spaniel is the earliest in dogs that have been presented at the Ontario Veterinary College.

  19. Longitudinal echocardiographic follow-up in children with congenital complete atrioventricular block

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    Beaufort-Krol, Gertie C. M.; Leeuwen, Miek J. M. Schasfoort-Van; Stienstra, Ymkje; Bink-Boelkens, Margreet Th. E.

    2007-01-01

    Background: Due to a low heart rate (HR) in children with congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB), a larger stroke volume of the left ventricle (LV) may be expected. If so, end-diastolic (LVEDD) and end-systolic (LVESD) diameters may be enlarged and even dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) may

  20. Evolution and scaling of atrioventricular conduction time in mammals. [Pt. 2

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    Meijler, F.L.; Strackee, J.

    2006-01-01

    Changes of the PR interval (atrioventricular delay) in relation to changes of heart size in mammalian species (scaling) confront us with a perplexing lack of understanding of an essential funetion of the heart. The PR interval controls the duration of late diastolic blood flow from the atria to the

  1. Development of the cardiac conduction system in atrioventricular septal defect in human trisomy 21

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    Blom, Nico A.; Ottenkamp, Jaap; Deruiter, Marco C.; Wenink, Arnold C. G.; Gittenberger-de Groot, Adriana C.

    2005-01-01

    In patients with atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), the occurrence of nonsurgical AV block has been reported. We have looked for an explanation in the development of the AV conduction system. Human embryos with AVSD and trisomy 21 and normal embryos were examined (age 5-16 wk gestation).

  2. Atrioventricular septal defect : advanced imaging from early development to long-term follow-up

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    Calkoen, Emmeline E.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to review the current knowledge on atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) (Part 1), to study the pathogenesis of AVSD (Part 2) and finally to analyze cardiac outcome long-term after AVSD correction (Part 3). Studies are performed with novel imaging techniques. In part 2 it

  3. Complete paroxysmal atrioventricular block in a 2-year-old girl

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    Holst, Line Marie; Dixen, Ulrik; Jeppesen, Dorthe L

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of atypical syncope in a 2-year-old, otherwise healthy girl. The patient presented with three episodes of syncope without any precipitating factors and no family history of sudden unexpected death. Holter monitoring revealed 24 events of complete atrioventricular block lasting u...

  4. Live and Dead Nodes

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    Jørgensen, Sune Lehman; Jackson, A. D.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, we explore the consequences of a distinction between `live' and `dead' network nodes; `live' nodes are able to acquire new links whereas `dead' nodes are static. We develop an analytically soluble growing network model incorporating this distinction and show that it can provide...... a quantitative description of the empirical network composed of citations and references (in- and out-links) between papers (nodes) in the SPIRES database of scientific papers in high energy physics. We also demonstrate that the death mechanism alone can result in power law degree distributions for the resulting...... network....

  5. Lymph node culture

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    ... get infected and you may need to take antibiotics) Nerve injury if the biopsy is done on a lymph node close to nerves (the numbness usually goes away in a few months) Alternative Names Culture - lymph node Images Lymphatic system Lymph ...

  6. Deploying Node.js

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    2015-01-01

    If you are an intermediate or advanced developer deploying your Node.js applications, then this book is for you. If you have already built a Node application or module and want to take your knowledge to the next level, this book will help you find your way.

  7. Origem das artérias dos nós sinoatrial e atrioventricular em população do sul da Índia: um estudo angiográfico Origen de las arterias de los nódulos sinusal y atrioventricular en población del Sur de la India: un estudio angiográfico Origin of the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodal arteries in South Indians: an angiographic study

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    Lakshmi Ramanathan

    2009-05-01

    the arterial dominance. RESULTS: The SA (sinoatrial node was supplied by the right coronary artery (RCA in 53% of the cases, by the circumflex (Cx branch of left coronary artery (LCA in 42.66%, and by both coronary arteries in 4.33% of cases. The AV (atrioventricular node was also more often supplied by the RCA (72.33% of cases than by the Cx branch of the LCA (27.66%, and surprisingly in none of the cases was this node supplied by both coronary arteries. CONCLUSION: The results of the present study may help cardiac surgeons, particularly in surgeries related to certain valvular disorders, due to the proximity of the nodal branches to the valve complex.

  8. Congestive Heart Failure Leads to Prolongation of the PR Interval and Atrioventricular Junction Enlargement and Ion Channel Remodelling in the Rabbit

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    Nikolaidou, Theodora; Cai, Xue J.; Stephenson, Robert S.; Yanni, Joseph; Lowe, Tristan; Atkinson, Andrew J.; Jones, Caroline B.; Sardar, Rida; Corno, Antonio F.; Dobrzynski, Halina; Withers, Philip J.; Jarvis, Jonathan C.; Hart, George; Boyett, Mark R.

    2015-01-01

    Heart failure is a major killer worldwide. Atrioventricular conduction block is common in heart failure; it is associated with worse outcomes and can lead to syncope and bradycardic death. We examine the effect of heart failure on anatomical and ion channel remodelling in the rabbit atrioventricular junction (AVJ). Heart failure was induced in New Zealand rabbits by disruption of the aortic valve and banding of the abdominal aorta resulting in volume and pressure overload. Laser micro-dissection and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) were employed to investigate the effects of heart failure on ion channel remodelling in four regions of the rabbit AVJ and in septal tissues. Investigation of the AVJ anatomy was performed using micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). Heart failure animals developed first degree heart block. Heart failure caused ventricular myocardial volume increase with a 35% elongation of the AVJ. There was downregulation of HCN1 and Cx43 mRNA transcripts across all regions and downregulation of Cav1.3 in the transitional tissue. Cx40 mRNA was significantly downregulated in the atrial septum and AVJ tissues but not in the ventricular septum. mRNA abundance for ANP, CLCN2 and Navβ1 was increased with heart failure; Nav1.1 was increased in the inferior nodal extension/compact node area. Heart failure in the rabbit leads to prolongation of the PR interval and this is accompanied by downregulation of HCN1, Cav1.3, Cx40 and Cx43 mRNAs and anatomical enlargement of the entire heart and AVJ. PMID:26509807

  9. Anatomia da valva atrioventricular esquerda: I. As cúspides Anatomy of the left atrio-ventricular valve: I. The cusps

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    Antônio B. Prado Fortuna

    1988-12-01

    Full Text Available Os resultados de um estudo anatômico da valva atrioventricular esquerda, realizado em 30 corações aparentemente normais, conservados em formalina, são comparados aos dados da literatura, tendo por objetivo adequar a nomenclatura e os conceitos anatômicos clássicos aos atuais, baseados na ultra-sonografia e na prática cirúrgica corrente. O presente artigo tratará apenas das cúspides, sendo que os demais elementos anatômicos dessa valva atrioventricular esquerda fazem parte de uma "unidade aortoventricular", onde distinguimos a cúspide anterior, em continuidade com o trígono intervalvar e o anel aórtico, e um grupo de cúspides posteriores, em relação com a parede posterior do ventrículo esquerdo. A cúspide anterior está separada do grupo de cúspides posteriores, tanto no polo valvar superior como no inferior, por uma estrutura anatômica bem definida: a "lâmina juncional", superior e inferior, respectivamente. As cúspides do grupo posterior são designadas pela ordem numeral ordinal, a partir da lâmina juncional superior. Esta nomenclatura tem por objetivo destacar a cúspide como unidade funcional da valva e facilitar as referências ecocardiográficas e cirúrgicas, particularmente nos casos em que mais de 3 cúspides posteriores são encontradas.A review of the left atrio-ventricular valve anatomy is compared to a clinical oriented morphological study on 30 normal adult heart, preserved in formalin. The results will be presented in five separated sections: I. The cusps; II. The comissures; III. The chordae tendinae; IV. The papilary muscles; V. The valvar annulus. The present publication will deal with the cusps. The terms "left atrio-ventricular valve" and "cusps" are to be prefered to the more descriptive and traditional "mitral valve" and "leaflets". The anterior cusp, in continuity with the aortic annulus, and a group of posterior cusps, attached to the posterior left wall, are described. An ordinal numerical

  10. Effects of beta-blockade on atrial and atrioventricular nodal refractoriness, and atrial fibrillatory rate during atrial fibrillation in pigs

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    van den Berg, MP; van de Ven, LLM; Witting, W; Crijns, JGM; Haaksma, J; Bel, KJ; de Langen, CDJ; Lie, KI

    1997-01-01

    Despite their widespread use in atrial fibrillation, the effects of beta-adrenoceptor blockers on atrial and atrioventricular (AV) nodal refractoriness, and atrial fibrillatory rate during atrial fibrillation have been incompletely characterised. In particular, it is unknown whether additional

  11. Prevalence of cardiac dyssynchrony and correlation with atrio-ventricular block and QRS width in dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Anzouan-Kacou, J B; Ncho-Mottoh, M P; Konin, C

    2012-01-01

    Cardiac dyssynchrony causes disorganised cardiac contraction, delayed wall contraction and reduced pumping efficiency. We aimed to assess the prevalence of different types of dyssynchrony in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and to establish the correlation between atrio-ventricular blo...

  12. [Acute atrio-ventricular block in sickle cell anemia].

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    Gacon, P-H; Jourdain, P; Heba, N; Amara, W

    2014-11-01

    Even though sickle cell disease has a high prevalence amongst the black race and despite its well known potential of micro infarction, there have been only a few reports regarding the acute myocardial damage during vaso-occlusive crisis. The risk of atrio ventricular block during these crises has never been described in a large survey. Ten patients (six men and four women, mean age 39 years old) were hospitalized for an acute atrio ventricular block. The patients were all African or Caribbean natives. Three patients were found with a heterozygous phenotype for hemoglobin S (sickle trait) and seven were found with a homozygous phenotype. The most common symptoms were asthenia (10 cases), shortness of breath (8 cases) and acute coronary syndrome (1 case) (syncope was not reported). Four patients had a second degree atrio ventricular block and six patients had third degree block. The treatment involved bed rest, intravenous hydration, and pain relief with opiates. All the cases of atrio ventricular block were only transitory and none of the patients underwent a pacemaker implantation. This report is the largest survey regarding transitory acute atrio ventricular block in patients with sickle cell disease. A local ischemic event affecting the AV node and Hiss bundle area can explain the conduction abnormalities. Sickle cell disease must be ruled out in black patients with an AV block. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. Atrioventricular block in coronary artery bypass surgery: perioperative predictors and impact on mortality

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    Ricardo Medeiros Piantá

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available AbstractIntroduction:Disturbances of the cardiac conduction system are frequent in the postoperative period of coronary artery bypass surgery. They are mostly reversible and associated with some injury of the conduction tissue, caused by the ischemic heart disease itself or by perioperative factors.Objective:Primary: investigate the association between perioperative factors and the emergence of atrioventricular block in the postoperative period of coronary artery bypass surgery. Secondary: determine the need for temporary pacing and of a permanent pacemaker in the postoperative period of coronary artery bypass surgery and the impact on hospital stay and hospital mortality.Methods:Analysis of a retrospective cohort of patients submitted to coronary artery bypass surgery from the database of the Postoperative Heart Surgery Unit of the Sao Lucas Hospital of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, using the logistic regression method.Results:In the period from January 1996 to December 2012, 3532 coronary artery bypass surgery were carried out. Two hundred and eighty-eight (8.15% of the total sample patients had atrioventricular block during the postoperative period of coronary artery bypass surgery, requiring temporary pacing. Eight of those who had atrioventricular block progressed to implantation of a permanent pacemaker (0.23% of the total sample. Multivariate analysis revealed a significant association of atrioventricular block with age above 60 years (OR=2.34; CI 95% 1.75-3.12; P<0.0001, female gender (OR=1.37; CI 95% 1.06-1.77; P=0.015, chronic kidney disease (OR=2.05; CI 95% 1.49-2.81; P<0.0001, atrial fibrillation (OR=2.06; CI 95% 1.16-3.66; P=0.014, functional class III and IV of the New York Heart Association (OR=1.43; CI 95% 1.03-1.98; P=0.031, perioperative acute myocardial infarction (OR=1.70; CI 95% 1.26-2.29; P<0.0001 and with the use of the intra-aortic balloon in the postoperative period of coronary artery bypass

  14. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Coexistent Idiopathic Left Ventricular Tachycardia and Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia

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    Ken-Pen Weng

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available A healthy 15-year-old male patient presented with a 6-month history of recurrent attacks of palpitations. On multiple emergency room visits, a sustained wide QRS complex tachycardia with a right bundle branch block and northwest axis deviation was documented. The tachycardia was not terminated by intravenous adenosine, but was suppressed with intravenous verapamil. There was no evidence of structural heart disease, myocarditis, long QT syndrome, or electrolyte imbalance after a series of standard examinations. Idiopathic left ventricular tachycardia (ILVT was suspected. Electrophysiologic studies revealed 2 inducible tachycardias, which were shown to represent atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT and ILVT. Transformation from AVNRT to ILVT occurred spontaneously following atrial pacing. Successful ablation of ILVT and the slow atrioventricular nodal pathway resulted in cure of the double tachycardia.

  15. Novel insights on effect of atrioventricular programming of biventricular pacemaker in heart failure – a case series

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    Rafique Asim M

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Echocardiography plays an integral role in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure including measurement of left heart pressure as well as mechanical dyssynchrony. Methods In this report we describe novel therapeutic uses of echo pulsed wave Doppler in atrioventricular pacemaker optimization in patients who had either not derived significant symptomatic benefit post biventricular pacemaker implantation or deteriorated after deriving initial benefit. In these patients atrioventricular optimization showed novel findings and improved cardiac output and symptoms. Results In 3 patients with Cheyne Stokes pattern of respiration echo Doppler showed worsening of mitral regurgitation during hyperpneac phase in one patient, marked E and A fusion in another patient and exaggerated ventricular interdependence in a third patient thus highlighting mechanisms of adverse effects of Cheyne Stokes respiration in patients with heart failure. All 3 patients required a very short atrioventricular delay programming for best cardiac output. In one patient with recurrent congestive heart failure post cardiac resynchronization, mitral inflow pulse wave Doppler showed no A wave until a sensed atrioventricular delay of 190 ms was reached and showed progressive improvement in mitral inflow pattern until an atrioventricular delay of 290 ms. In 2 patients atrioventricular delay as short as 50 ms was required to allow E and A separation and prevent diastolic mitral regurgitation. All patients developed marked improvement in congestive heart failure symptoms post echo-guided biv pacemaker optimization. Conclusion These findings highlight the value of echo-guided pacemaker optimization in symptomatic patients post cardiac resynchronization treatment.

  16. Dual Atrioventricular Nodal Pathways Physiology: A Review of Relevant Anatomy, Electrophysiology, and Electrocardiographic Manifestations

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    Mani, Bhalaghuru Chokkalingam; Pavri, Behzad B.

    2014-01-01

    More than half a century has passed since the concept of dual atrioventricular (AV) nodal pathways physiology was conceived. Dual AV nodal pathways have been shown to be responsible for many clinical arrhythmia syndromes, most notably AV nodal reentrant tachycardia. Although there has been a considerable amount of research on this topic, the subject of dual AV nodal pathways physiology remains heavily debated and discussed. Despite advances in understanding arrhythmia mechanisms and the wides...

  17. A case of advanced second-degree atrioventricular block in a ferret secondary to lymphoma

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    Menicagli, F.; Lanza, A; F. Sbrocca; Baldi, A.; Spugnini, E.P.

    2016-01-01

    A female ferret was referred as an emergency for severe respiratory distress symptoms. At presentation, the patient was listlessness, dyspnoeic, and hyper-responsive. The clinical examination evidenced dyspnea with cyanosis, altered cardiac rhythm, and hepatomegaly. Electrocardiography showed an advanced second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block. The liver aspirate was diagnostic for lymphoma. The patient did not respond to supportive therapy and rapidly died. Post-mortem exams confirmed the ...

  18. Late recovery of surgically-induced atrioventricular block in patients with congenital heart disease.

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    Bruckheimer, Elchanan; Berul, Charles I; Kopf, Gary S; Hill, Sharon L; Warner, Kenneth A; Kleinman, Charles S; Rosenfeld, Lynda E; Nehgme, Rodrigo A

    2002-06-01

    To assess the incidence and establish possible predictors of late recovery of post-surgical heart block, treated with pacemaker implantation, in patients with congenital heart defects. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force has recommended pacemaker implantation for advanced second or third degree atrioventricular block which persists for 7 to 14 days after surgery. The incidence of late recovery of post-surgical heart block following pacemaker implantation has not been reported. Records of 44 patients with post-surgical heart block who underwent pacemaker implantation at our institutions since 1976 were reviewed for demographic, anatomic, surgical and surface electrocardiographic data to assess the incidence of, and factors associated with, recovery of atrioventricular conduction on long-term follow-up. 32% (14) of patients recovered atrioventricular conduction at a median follow-up of 5.5 years while 68% (30) remained pacemaker dependent. The groups were similar in age and weight at surgery and period of follow-up p = 0.5). Types of defect and surgical repair were not significantly different (p > 0.1). There was a similar number of patients with second degree-type II block in both groups (p = 0.15). The groups did not differ in timing of pacemaker implantation (14 days p = 0.18). Late recovery of atrioventricular conduction following pacemaker implantation for postsurgical heart block is common. However, clinical predictors, with reference to current recommendations, could not be identified. Prospective electrophysiologic evaluations may be warranted to establish guidelines for long term pacemaker dependency and criteria for pacing.

  19. The comparative relationships between locations of the papillary muscles and electrophysiologic QRS axis in patients with atrioventricular septal defect and common as opposed to separate orifices in the valve guarding the common atrioventricular junction.

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    Low, Liying; Idriss, Salim F; Anderson, Robert H; Maynard, Charles; Wagner, Galen; Hakacova, Nina

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    Knowledge regarding factors that influence deviation of the QRS axis is important when seeking to differentiate between physiological and pathological changes. We hypothesised that, in contrast to those patients with an atrioventricular septal defect and common atrioventricular junction permitting only atrial shunting, those associated with ventricular shunting would show no relationship between the positions of the papillary muscles and the degree of the leftward deviation of the QRS axis. We compared the positions of endocardial origin of the papillary muscles, and the frontal plane QRS axis, in patients with atrioventricular septal defects and common atrioventricular junction permitting exclusively atrial as opposed to atrial and ventricular shunting. We analysed 18 patients with atrial and ventricular shunting and 23 patients with exclusively atrial shunting. The correlation coefficient between the ratio of distances of the papillary muscles from the mid-septum and the amount of leftward deviation in the frontal plane QRS axis was 0.1 (p=0.4) in those with ventricular shunting and 0.26 (p=0.01) in those with exclusively atrial shunting. In contrast to patients with the so-called primum form of atrioventricular septal defect, in whom the locations of the papillary muscles correlate with the degree of QRS axis, such relationships are lacking in patients with defects permitting both atrial and ventricular shunting. It may be, therefore, that the presence of ventricular shunting and/or their younger age causes pressure overload, which negates the leftward QRS forces caused by the abnormally positioned papillary muscles.

  20. SEM, TEM, and IHC Analysis of the Sinus Node and Its Implications for the Cardiac Conduction System

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    D. Mandrioli

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available More than 100 years after the discovery of the sinus node (SN by Keith and Flack, the function and structure of the SN have not been completely established yet. The anatomic architecture of the SN has often been described as devoid of an organized structure; the origin of the sinus impulse is still a matter of debate, and a definite description of the long postulated internodal specialized tract conducting the impulse from the SN to the atrioventricular node (AVN is still missing. In our previously published study, we proposed a morphologically ordered structure for the SN. As a confirmation of what was presented then, we have added the results of additional observations regarding the structural particularities of the SN. We investigated the morphology of the sinus node in the human hearts of healthy individuals using histochemical, immunohistochemical, optical, and electron microscopy (SEM, TEM. Our results confirmed that the SN presents a previously unseen highly organized architecture.

  1. Anterograde conduction to the His bundle during right ventricular overdrive pacing distinguishes septal pathway atrioventricular reentry from atypical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia.

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    Nagashima, Koichi; Kumar, Saurabh; Stevenson, William G; Epstein, Laurence M; John, Roy M; Tedrow, Usha B; Koplan, Bruce A; Michaud, Gregory F

    2015-04-01

    Distinguishing orthodromic atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (ORT) using a retrograde septal accessory pathway (AP) from atypical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) may be challenging. Specifically, excluding the presence and participation of an AP may require multiple diagnostic maneuvers. The purpose of this study was to assess the relative value of commonly used right ventricular (RV) pacing maneuvers, including identification of anterograde His-bundle activation with entrainment, to differentiate ORT using a retrograde septal AP from atypical AVNRT. From March 2009 to June 2014, 56 patients (28 female; age 43.9 ± 17.4 years) who underwent electrophysiologic study and ablation for supraventricular tachycardia (26 ORT using septal AP and 30 atypical AVNRT) that exhibited a concentric atrial activation pattern and a septal ventriculoatrial interval >70 ms were analyzed. Overdrive pacing maneuvers or ventricular extrastimuli failed on at least 1 occasion to correctly identify a septal AP. Overall, 16 ORT patients and 26 AVNRT patients had successful RV entrainment, and 12 (75%) ORT patients showed anterograde His capture (11 patients) and/or anterograde septal ventricular capture (3 patients). None of the patients with atypical AVNRT showed anterograde conduction to the His bundle with entrainment. RV pacing maneuvers are useful to exclude an AP in patients with AVNRT having concentric atrial activation sequence and a septal ventriculoatrial interval >70 ms; however, none are consistently diagnostic. When observed in this patient population, anterograde His-bundle or septal ventricular capture during RV entrainment was diagnostic for ORT using a septal AP. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Primary biventricular repair of atrioventricular septal defects: an analysis of reoperations.

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    Vohra, Hunaid A; Chia, Alicia X F; Yuen, Ho Ming; Vettukattil, Joseph J; Veldtman, Gruschen; Gnanapragasam, James; Roman, Kevin; Salmon, Anthony P; Haw, Marcus P

    2010-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the factors affecting reoperation after primary biventricular atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) repair. Between April 1997 and April 2007, 93 consecutive patients underwent surgery for biventricular correction of AVSD with a median age of 5.8 months (range, 9 days to 68.9 years). Fifty-three patients had complete AVSD, 6 patients had an intermediate type, and 29 patients had partial AVSD; 4 patients had a complete AVSD with associated tetralogy of Fallot, and 1 patient had a complete AVSD with double-outlet right ventricle. There was no in-hospital mortality. There were 2 late deaths (2.2%). Forty-three reoperations were performed in 23 patients (24.7%), of which 18 were for repair of significant left atrioventricular valve regurgitation and 8 were mitral valve replacements. Seven patients (7.5%) required insertion of a permanent pacemaker. The overall 5-year freedom from reoperation after AVSD repair was 73.6% +/- 4.8%. In the multivariate analysis for complete AVSDs, Down syndrome (p = 0.01) and the presence of right ventricular dominance (p = 0.03) were independent predictors of reoperation. At last follow-up, 76 patients (83.5%) were in New York Heart Association class I, and 68 patients (74.7%) were not taking any heart failure medications. Echocardiographic examination showed absent to mild left atrioventricular valve regurgitation in 76.5%; moderate, in 19.8%; and severe, in 3.7% of patients. Down syndrome and right ventricular dominance are independent predictors of reoperation after complete AVSD repair. Biventricular repair of isolated AVSD with a small left ventricle can be successfully accomplished with no mortality. 2010 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Masquerading bundle branch block as a presenting manifestation of complete atrioventricular block that caused syncope.

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    Jiao, Zhenyu; Tian, Ying; Yang, Xinchun; Liu, Xingpeng

    2017-10-01

    A 59-year-old male patient was admitted with the main complaints of stuffiness and shortness of breath. An ECG from precordial leads on admission showed masquerading bundle branch block. Syncope frequently occurred after admission. During syncope episodes, ECG telemetry showed that the syncope was caused by intermittent complete atrioventricular block, with the longest RR interval lasting for 4.36 s. At the gap of syncope, ECG showed complete right bundle branch block accompanied by alternation of left anterior fascicular block and left posterior fascicular block. The patient was implanted with a dual-chamber permanent pacemaker. Follow-up of 9 months showed no reoccurrence of syncope.

  4. Robot-Assisted Partial Atrioventricular Canal Defect Repair and Cryo-Maze Procedure.

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    Mandal, Kaushik; Srivastava, Aseem R; Nifong, L Wiley; Chitwood, W Randolph

    2016-02-01

    Atrial septal defect is one of the most common congenital heart anomalies in adults. Patients with partial atrioventricular canal defects, previously known as ostium primum atrial septal defect, usually present at an early age, and only a few reach adulthood without surgical correction. Herein, we describe a young woman who presented with an ostium primum defect and severe symptomatic mitral and tricuspid regurgitation with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. A complex repair was successfully done through a left atrial approach using robot-assistance. Copyright © 2016 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Case of Wenckebach-type atrioventricular block caused by administration of indigo carmine.

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    Takeyama, Kazuhide; Sakamoto, Reinii; Yoshikawa, Masanobu; Suzuki, Toshiyasu

    2014-03-20

    We report a case of first-degree atrioventricular (A-V) block progressing to second-degree (Wenckebach-type) A-V block after administration of indigo carmine in a patient undergoing hysterectomy under general anesthesia. We believe that the onset of Wenckebach-type A-V block may have been induced by one or more of three factors: 1) preoperative first-degree A-V block, 2) the anesthetics used (propofol and remifentanil), and 3) administration of indigo carmine.

  6. Involved Node Radiation Therapy

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    Maraldo, Maja V; Aznar, Marianne C; Vogelius, Ivan R

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: The involved node radiation therapy (INRT) strategy was introduced for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) to reduce the risk of late effects. With INRT, only the originally involved lymph nodes are irradiated. We present treatment outcome in a retrospective analysis using this strategy...... to 36 Gy). Patients attended regular follow-up visits until 5 years after therapy. RESULTS: The 4-year freedom from disease progression was 96.4% (95% confidence interval: 92.4%-100.4%), median follow-up of 50 months (range: 4-71 months). Three relapses occurred: 2 within the previous radiation field......, and 1 in a previously uninvolved region. The 4-year overall survival was 94% (95% confidence interval: 88.8%-99.1%), median follow-up of 58 months (range: 4-91 months). Early radiation therapy toxicity was limited to grade 1 (23.4%) and grade 2 (13.8%). During follow-up, 8 patients died, none from HL, 7...

  7. Node seniority ranking

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    Fioriti, Vincenzo

    2014-01-01

    Recent advances in graph theory suggest that is possible to identify the oldest nodes of a network using only the graph topology. Here we report on applications to heterogeneous real world networks. To this end, and in order to gain new insights, we propose the theoretical framework of the Estrada communicability. We apply it to two technological networks (an underground, the diffusion of a software worm in a LAN) and to a third network representing a cholera outbreak. In spite of errors introduced in the adjacency matrix of their graphs, the identification of the oldest nodes is feasible, within a small margin of error, and extremely simple. Utilizations include the search of the initial disease-spreader (patient zero problem), rumors in social networks, malware in computer networks, triggering events in blackouts, oldest urban sites recognition.

  8. Node web development

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    Herron, David

    2013-01-01

    Presented in a simple, step-by-step format, this book is an introduction to web development with Node.This book is for anybody looking for an alternative to the ""P"" languages (Perl, PHP, Python), or anyone looking for a new paradigm of server-side application development.The reader should have at least a rudimentary understanding of JavaScript and web application development.

  9. Atypical Chordae Tendineae of the Canine (Canis familiaris) Right Atrioventricular Valve.

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    Cope, L A

    2016-12-01

    The canine right atrioventricular valve cusps are anchored to papillary muscles by chordae tendineae. During ventricular systole, these tendineae keep the cusps from being pushed into the atrium. While this is the general description for chordae tendineae, several researchers have briefly documented chordae tendineae in animal and human hearts that do not attach to papillary muscles. In the 39 canine hearts examined, atypical chordae tendineae were observed in two hearts. In both dogs, a single stranded chordae tendineae extended from the free edge of the parietal cusp of the right atrioventricular valve to the ventricular free wall. While the discovery of these atypical tendineae provides additional information on canine cardiac anatomy, their presence may also be clinically significant. A review of the veterinary and biomedical literature showed entanglement in normal chordae tendineae can be a complication during cardiac catheterization or pacemaker lead placement. Given this issue with normal chordae tendineae, it seems logical to propose that these atypical tendineae could also cause catheter or pacemaker lead entanglement and therefore warrant further study and documentation. © 2016 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  10. Atrio-ventricular block requiring pacemaker in patients with late onset Pompe disease.

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    Sacconi, Sabrina; Wahbi, Karim; Theodore, Guillaume; Garcia, Jérémy; Salviati, Leonardo; Bouhour, Françoise; Vial, Christophe; Duboc, Denis; Laforêt, Pascal; Desnuelle, Claude

    2014-07-01

    Enzyme replacement therapy consistently improves cardiac function in infantile and juvenile onset patients with Pompe disease and cardiomyopathy, but is apparently not effective in preventing rhythm disorders, an emerging cardiac phenotype in long term survivors. In patients with late onset Pompe disease cardiomyopathy is an exceptional finding while heart rhythm disorders seem to be more frequent. We retrospectively identified, among a cohort of 131 French late onset Pompe disease patients, four patients with severe atrio-ventricular blocks requiring pacemaker implantation. These patients had no other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases or cardiomyopathy. In one patient the atrioventricular block was discovered while still asymptomatic. Cardiac conduction defects are relatively rare in late onset Pompe disease and may occur even in absence of cardiac symptoms or EKG abnormalities. However because of the possible life-threatening complications associated with these conduction defects, cardiac follow-up in patients with late onset Pompe disease should include periodical Holter-EKG monitoring. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. [The coexistence of a para hisian accessory pathway and a complete atrioventricular block in a 32 years old patient].

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    Petipe Kappe, C; Halimi, F; Leclercq, J-F

    2015-02-01

    The present case report describes a 32-year-old patient with complete atrioventricular block coexisting with a permanent ventricular preexcitation. The patient ended up with pacemaker implantation without requiring ablation of accessory pathway. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Alk3 mediated Bmp signaling controls the contribution of epicardially derived cells to the tissues of the atrioventricular junction

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    Lockhart, Marie M.; Boukens, Bastiaan J. D.; Phelps, Aimee L.; Brown, Christina-Lin M.; Toomer, Katelynn A.; Burns, Tara A.; Mukherjee, Rupak D.; Norris, Russell A.; Trusk, Thomas C.; van den Hoff, Maurice J. B.; Wessels, Andy

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies using mouse models for cell fate tracing of epicardial derived cells (EPDCs) have demonstrated that at the atrioventricular (AV) junction EPDCs contribute to the mesenchyme of the AV sulcus, the annulus fibrosus, and the parietal leaflets of the AV valves. There is little insight,

  13. Marcus Gerbezius (1658–1718 and his first description of a complete atrioventricular block

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    Zvonka Zupanič Slavec

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    Full Text Available Background: Marcus Gerbezius, a distinguished Slovenian physician and scientist from the turn of the 17th to the 18th Century, published in the year 1717 an article in the annual journal of the German Academy of Natural Scientists in Halle, in which he described a patient with a clinical presentation of extreme bradycardia due to a complete atrioventricular block. Methods: methodology of history of medicine, analysis of archival materials, documents, and various publications.Results: Presentation of the life and work of Marcus Gerbezius, emphasizing the significance of his pioneering discovery of what is known today as Adams-Stokes Syndrome.Conclusion: The article by Gerbezius was published almost 50 years before Morgagni’s, and about 150 years before Adams’ or Stokes’ articles on the same subject; therefore the name of Gerbezius should be included in the eponym name of the disorder “Syndrome Gerbezius-Morgagni-Adams-Stokes” – Syndrome GMAS.

  14. Transient complete atrioventricular block following transvenous electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in a horse.

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    van Loon, G; De Clercq, D; Tavernier, R; Amory, H; Deprez, P

    2005-07-01

    Transvenous electrical cardioversion was attempted in a horse with drug refractory atrial fibrillation. A temporary pacing catheter and two defibrillation catheters were inserted transvenously into the right ventricular apex, the right atrium and the pulmonary artery, respectively. Under general anaesthesia 100, 200, 300 and 360 J monophasic shocks were delivered between both defibrillation catheters but sinus rhythm could not be restored. Immediately after the 200, 300 and 360 J shock, transient third-degree atrioventricular block occurred for a period of, respectively, 15, 40 and 55 s. These periods of profound bradycardia were corrected by temporary right ventricular pacing until spontaneous conduction resumed. It is concluded that temporary right ventricular pacing should be available during electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in horses.

  15. A case of advanced second-degree atrioventricular block in a ferret secondary to lymphoma

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    F. Menicagli

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A female ferret was referred as an emergency for severe respiratory distress symptoms. At presentation, the patient was listlessness, dyspnoeic, and hyper-responsive. The clinical examination evidenced dyspnea with cyanosis, altered cardiac rhythm, and hepatomegaly. Electrocardiography showed an advanced second-degree atrioventricular (AV block. The liver aspirate was diagnostic for lymphoma. The patient did not respond to supportive therapy and rapidly died. Post-mortem exams confirmed the presence of lymphoma with hepatic involvement. Moreover, a pericardial lymphocytic infiltration and a widespread myocardial nodular localization of lymphoma were evidenced as well. This condition was probably the cause of the cardiac arrhythmia. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the first report of cardiac lymphoma causing heart block in ferrets.

  16. A case of advanced second-degree atrioventricular block in a ferret secondary to lymphoma.

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    Menicagli, F; Lanza, A; Sbrocca, F; Baldi, A; Spugnini, E P

    2016-01-01

    A female ferret was referred as an emergency for severe respiratory distress symptoms. At presentation, the patient was listlessness, dyspnoeic, and hyper-responsive. The clinical examination evidenced dyspnea with cyanosis, altered cardiac rhythm, and hepatomegaly. Electrocardiography showed an advanced second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block. The liver aspirate was diagnostic for lymphoma. The patient did not respond to supportive therapy and rapidly died. Post-mortem exams confirmed the presence of lymphoma with hepatic involvement. Moreover, a pericardial lymphocytic infiltration and a widespread myocardial nodular localization of lymphoma were evidenced as well. This condition was probably the cause of the cardiac arrhythmia. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the first report of cardiac lymphoma causing heart block in ferrets.

  17. Reversible complete atrioventricular block after percutaneous ASD device closure in a child <15 kg.

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    Rohit, Manoj Kumar; Puri, Kriti; Vadivelu, Ramalingam

    2014-01-01

    Transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) in small children less than 15 kg may be associated with increased complications. Complete atrioventricular heart block (CHB) is a rare complication of ASD device closure in such a setting. We report the case of a 2-year-old girl, less than 15 kg, who underwent device closure of ASD with Amplatzer Septal Occluder and subsequently developed CHB 12 h after the procedure which resolved completely with steroid treatment on fifth day. Case report of a similar kind is rarely reported in the literature. Despite adequate postero-inferior margin CHB may still occur in small children as in our case. Copyright © 2014 Cardiological Society of India. All rights reserved.

  18. Near miss sudden cardiac death on a young patient with repaired atrioventricular septal defect.

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    Papadopoulou, Sofia A; Dimopoulos, Konstantinos; Gatzoulis, Michael A

    2008-11-28

    Patients with congenital heart disease often face the prospect of long-term haemodynamic or arrhythmic complications for which lifelong follow-up in specialist adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) centres is required. We describe the case of a 25-year-old man with repaired atrioventricular septal defect who was referred to our centre after a ventricular fibrillation arrest. Serial echocardiograms in previous years had shown progressive severe left ventricular outflow obstruction, but the patient had not been operated on as he was deemed asymptomatic and reluctant to consider surgery. Management and criteria for further intervention in ACHD patients often differ from those of patients with acquired heart disease and reliance on symptoms alone is not good practice and may prove catastrophic.

  19. TAQUICARDIA POR REENTRADA DEL NODO AURÍCULO-VENTRICULAR / Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia

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    Jéssica Mirella Mercedes

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumen La taquicardia por reentrada del nodo aurículo–ventricular representa una parte significativa de las taquiarritmias que los médicos asisten en los servicios de urgencias. Constituye la taquicardia paroxística más frecuente, y es característico que se presente sobre todo en mujeres entre la cuarta y la quinta década de la vida. El diagnóstico puede hacerse con alta fiabilidad mediante el electrocardiograma de superficie y algunos casos complejos o dudosos, mediante los estudios electrofisiológicos. Su tratamiento debe ser dirigido hacia la curación definitiva mediante la técnica de ablación endocavitaria, pero de acuerdo a su disponibilidad o las preferencias del paciente se puede indicar tratamiento farmacológico. En este artículo se resumen las técnicas diagnósticas, los tipos de taquicardia por reentrada intranodal y los principales aspectos del tratamiento. / Abstract Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia represents a significant part of tachyarrhythmias seen by attending physicians in emergency departments. It is the most common paroxysmal tachycardia, and it occurs primarily in women between their fourth and fifth decades of life. Diagnosis can be made with high reliability by surface electrocardiogram and complex or borderline cases by electrophysiological studies. Its treatment should be aimed towards definitive healing by endocardial ablation technique, but depending on availability or patient preferences drug treatment may be indicated. This article summarizes the diagnostic techniques, types of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia and major aspects of treatment.

  20. Long-term outcomes following cryoablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in children.

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    Karacan, Mehmet; Çelik, Nida; Akdeniz, Celal; Tuzcu, Volkan

    2018-01-09

    Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is a common tachyarrhythmia substrate in children, which is successfully treated by catheter ablation using radiofrequency or cryothermal energy. In recent years, cryoablation (Cryo) using electroanatomical system guidance is more commonly preferred for use in children in order to decrease the risk of an atrioventricular block. However, there are concerns regarding the long-term efficacy of Cryo in treating AVNRT. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and long-term efficacy of Cryo for AVNRT in children. A total of 275 consecutive children above four years of age diagnosed with AVNRT were included in our study. The EnSite system (St. Jude Medical, Inc., St. Paul, MN, USA) was used to reduce or eliminate fluoroscopy. The study included 275 patients (148 females, age: 11.9 ± 3.6 years) undergoing catheter ablation for AVNRT from July 2012 to September 2016. Acute success was obtained in all (100%) patients with a mean procedure time of 140 ± 44 mins. Fluoroscopy was used in only 12 (4.4%) patients. During a follow-up time of 25.6 ± 13.5 months (median: 23 months), AVNRT recurred in 12 of 279 (4.4%) of the patients. Age, sex, number of Cryo lesions, and catheter tip size (6-mm vs. 8-mm) were not predictive for recurrence. In nine patients, a repeat ablation was successfully performed with cryoenergy. Cryo for AVNRT is a safe and effective procedure with excellent long-term outcomes. The use of electroanatomical systems during ablation significantly decreases exposure to fluoroscopy without compromising success. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  1. Compression in wearable sensor nodes: impacts of node topology.

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    Imtiaz, Syed Anas; Casson, Alexander J; Rodriguez-Villegas, Esther

    2014-04-01

    Wearable sensor nodes monitoring the human body must operate autonomously for very long periods of time. Online and low-power data compression embedded within the sensor node is therefore essential to minimize data storage/transmission overheads. This paper presents a low-power MSP430 compressive sensing implementation for providing such compression, focusing particularly on the impact of the sensor node architecture on the compression performance. Compression power performance is compared for four different sensor nodes incorporating different strategies for wireless transmission/on-sensor-node local storage of data. The results demonstrate that the compressive sensing used must be designed differently depending on the underlying node topology, and that the compression strategy should not be guided only by signal processing considerations. We also provide a practical overview of state-of-the-art sensor node topologies. Wireless transmission of data is often preferred as it offers increased flexibility during use, but in general at the cost of increased power consumption. We demonstrate that wireless sensor nodes can highly benefit from the use of compressive sensing and now can achieve power consumptions comparable to, or better than, the use of local memory.

  2. His-Bundle Pacing for Identifying Optimal Ablation Sites in Patients Undergoing Atrioventricular Junction Ablation: Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick.

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    Kulkarni, Nitin; Moore, Curtiss; Pandey, Ambarish; Castillo, Demetrio; Ayers, Colby; Joglar, Jose; Wu, Richard

    2017-03-01

    Atrioventricular (AV) junction (AVJ) ablation is conventionally performed by localizing the His-bundle electrogram (HBE). Identification of HBE in the presence of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be difficult, and can make this simple procedure challenging. In this study, we describe our experience with an alternative approach to localize optimal ablation sites using His-bundle pacing (HBP). Between 1/1/2014 and 12/31/2015, we performed 13 AVJ ablations using the standard electrogram-guided approach and 11 ablations using HBP. All cases utilized a long femoral guiding sheath and an 8-mm-tip electrode radiofrequency (RF) energy ablation catheter. Pacing was performed at high output (10 mA at 2 ms) to initially achieve right bundle branch capture. The catheter was withdrawn until a narrow QRS morphology and increased stim-to-QRS time were observed. HBP was confirmed when paced and native QRS were identical in morphology. RF energy was applied at the site of HBP capture until AV block was observed. Baseline characteristics of patients in each arm were not significantly different. Compared with the standard approach, HBP was associated with trends toward lower RF applications (3 vs. 2, P = 0.16) and shorter mean RF time (208 seconds vs. 128 seconds, P = 0.19). HBP is an effective technique to identify optimal ablation sites during AVJ ablation and may shorten procedure time. HBP can be used to identify the AV node during AF without recording the His potential. Future studies with larger sample size are needed to better characterize the utility of this technique. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Disturbed Intracardiac Flow Organization After Atrioventricular Septal Defect Correction as Assessed With 4D Flow Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Quantitative Particle Tracing

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    Calkoen, Emmeline E.; de Koning, Patrick J. H.; Blom, Nico A.; Kroft, Lucia J. M.; de Roos, Albert; Wolterbeek, Ron; Roest, Arno A. W.; Westenberg, Jos J. M.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Four-dimensional (3 spatial directions and time) velocity-encoded flow magnetic resonance imaging with quantitative particle tracing analysis allows assessment of left ventricular (LV) blood flow organization. Corrected atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) patients have an abnormal left

  4. NRC/UBC Node

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    Ellis-Perry, B. [Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Yogendran, Y. [NRC Inst. for Fuel Cell Innovation, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

    2004-07-01

    'Full text:' In the search for cleaner, more sustainable energy sources, many of the most promising breakthroughs have been in hydrogen technology. However, this promise will remain unfulfilled without public interest and enthusiasm, and without the infrastructure to support the technology. In order to get there, we have to test, perfect, and demonstrate technology that is safe and affordable, and we must do so in practical, familiar settings. Ideally, such settings should be easily accessible to the engineers, planners, and architects of tomorrow while providing a showcase for hydrogen technology that will attract the general public. This place is the NRC/UBC Hydrogen Node. The UBC campus in Point Grey is home to leading edge, internationally recognized researchers in a range of disciplines, both within the University and at the NRC Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation. On average, 40,000 students, faculty, and staff use the campus every day; UBC graduates go on to leadership positions in communities around the globe. Its spectacular setting makes UBC a popular destination for thousands of visitors from around the world. In 2006 UBC will host the World Urban Forum, and in 2010 it will be one of the sites for the Vancouver-Whistler Olympic Games. UBC and its South Campus neighbourhoods are developing as a model sustainable community, offering an excellent opportunity to develop and showcase hydrogen infrastructure and technology in a real-life, attractive setting that will be seen by thousands of people around the world. UBC's facilities, location, and Trek 2010 commitment to excellence in learning, research, and sustainability make it an ideal location for such a project. The H2 Village at UBC will be an integrated hydrogen demonstration project, linked to the hydrogen highway. This project is bringing together leading companies, researchers, and government agencies committed to making the refinement and early adoption of safe hydrogen technology a

  5. Selective slow pathway ablation does not alter enhancement of vagal tone on sinus and atrioventricular nodal function.

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    Olsovsky, M R; Belz, M K; Stambler, B S; Gilligan, D M; Wood, M A; Ellenbogen, K A

    1996-12-01

    We studied the effects of edrophonium on sinus cycle length, atrioventricular (AV) nodal fast pathway refractoriness, and AV nodal Wenckebach cycle length in 21 patients with AV nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) who received edrophonium, and 8 patients who received phenylephrine before and after selective slow pathway ablation. Changes in sinus cycle length, fast pathway conduction, and refractoriness were not altered by radiofrequency ablation of the slow pathway, suggesting that parasympathetic denervation does not occur after slow pathway ablation of AVNRT.

  6. Early Correction of Common Atrioventricular Septal Defects: A Single-Center 20-Year Experience.

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    Vida, Vladimiro L; Tessari, Chiara; Castaldi, Biagio; Padalino, Massimo A; Milanesi, Ornella; Gregori, Dario; Stellin, Giovanni

    2016-12-01

    Over the past 20 years our policy has been to electively repair common atrioventricular canal defects (CAVCD) in patients between 8 and 12 weeks of age. We sought to evaluate the results of our past 20-year experience. From January 1992 to April 2014, 159 consecutive patients underwent CAVCD repair (133 patients had complete CAVCD and 26 patients had a transitional form of CAVCD). Surgical repair was accomplished with a double-patch (n = 137 [86%]) or a modified single patch (n = 22 [14%]) technique. Median age at operation was 96 days (interquartile range [IQR], 73-128 days); 90 patients were younger than 3 months of age. There were 3 operative (1.9%) and 12 late (7.7%) deaths. Median follow-up time after repair was 8.2 years (IQR, 3.6-15 years). Twenty patients (13%) required reoperation-16 (10%) for left atrioventricular valve (LAVV) regurgitation. Reoperation on the LAVV was more frequent in patients with a dysplastic LAVV preoperatively (p = 0.01; odds ratio [OR], 4.2; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.33-13.5) and in patients who underwent closure for an absent/incomplete cleft at the time of repair (p = 0.01; OR, 5.4; 95% CI, 1.4-21). Late LAVV performance (regurgitation greater than or equal to moderate or the need for reoperation), including late deaths and patients who underwent reoperation, was significantly worse in patients older than 3 months at repair (10 of 83 patients [12%] versus 20 of 73 patients [27%]; hazard ratio [HR], 2.71; 95% CI, 1.19-6.19) and in patients with LAVV dysplasia (19 of 68 patients [28%] versus 11 of 88 patients [12%]; HR, 3; 95% CI, 1.53-8.51). Individualized early repair of CAVCD is safe and beneficial, with good early and long-term results. Copyright © 2016 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. The surgical anatomy of double-outlet right ventricle with concordant atrioventricular connection and noncommitted ventricular septal defect.

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    Stellin, G; Ho, S Y; Anderson, R H; Zuberbuhler, J R; Siewers, R D

    1991-12-01

    In describing hearts with double-outlet right ventricle, we have had problems with how best to use the term noncommitted as applied to the ventricular septal defect. We reviewed, therefore, 63 hearts with double-outlet right ventricle in the setting of usual atrial arrangement and a concordant atrioventricular connection. From these, 18 hearts with potentially noncommitted defects were identified and studied in detail. The defect was unequivocally remote from the ventricular outflow tracts in 16 of these hearts, being perimembranous with excavation to open into the inlet of the right ventricle in 12, two of these also having straddling of an atrioventricular valve. One heart had a muscular defect situated in the inlet part of the muscular septum, whereas the defect was the ventricular component of an atrioventricular septal defect in the other three. In the remaining two hearts the defect was anatomically juxtaposed to a subarterial outlet. The pathway to the outflow tract, however, was obstructed by leaflets of a straddling valve. Our study shows, therefore, the need to distinguish between anatomic "commitment" of the defect from the problems in terms of commitment that may confront the surgeon in the operating room. Not only does the distance between the interventricular communication and one of the subarterial outflow tract need to be assessed (the anatomic commitment), but also the presence and nature of any intervening extraneous tissues (the surgical commitment) requires assessment.

  8. Smart Home Wireless Sensor Nodes

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    Lynggaard, Per

    Smart homes are further development of intelligent buildings and home automation, where context awareness and autonomous behaviour are added. They are based on a combination of the Internet and emerging technologies like wireless sensor nodes. These wireless sensor nodes are challenging because....... This paper introduces an approach that considerably lowers the wireless sensor node power consumption and the amount of transmitted sensor events. It uses smart objects that include artificial intelligence to efficiently process the sensor event on location and thereby saves the costly wireless...

  9. Occurrence of atrioventricular block during supraventricular tachycardia: What is its possible mechanism?

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    Ho-Shun Cheng

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A female patient was admitted to our hospital for catheter ablation arising from paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT. In the laboratory, PSVT (the earliest retrograde atrial activation at the coronary sinus ostium with intermittent atrioventricular (AV block could be induced repeatedly. The tachycardia could be terminated during ventricular pacing without retrograde conduction to the atria. Therefore, orthodromic AV reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT and atrial tachycardia (AT could be ruled out and AV nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT was subsequently considered. Initial attempts using slow or intermediate AV nodal ablation failed to cure the tachycardia. We considered the possibility of orthodromic AV reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT with AV block occurring during the tachycardia. The tachycardia was successfully terminated during the ablation of the right posteroseptal pathway at the coronary sinus ostium. We hypothesized about the possible explanation that might help to clarify the phenomenon of AV block during SVT in order to provide some guidance to other clinicians confronted with similar patient challenges in the future.

  10. Atrioventricular valve abnormalities in infancy: two-dimensional echocardiographic and angiocardiographic comparison.

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    Gutgesell, H P; Cheatham, J; Latson, L A; Nihill, M R; Mullins, C E

    1983-09-01

    The results of two-dimensional echocardiography and biplane angiocardiography from 47 infants with congenital atrioventricular (AV) valve abnormalities were compared. Eleven patients had atresia of the right AV valve, 10 had atresia of the left AV valve, 4 had hypoplasia of the right AV valve and 5 had hypoplasia of the left AV valve. Twelve patients had endocardial cushion defect, three had single ventricle and two had straddling of the left AV valve. There was agreement between the two techniques as to the number of AV valves present in each patient. The echocardiographic estimate of valve anular diameter was below normal in seven of the eight patients thought to have a hypoplastic anulus by angiocardiography. In 10 of the 12 patients with endocardial cushion defect, there was agreement between the two techniques as to the presence or absence of atrial and ventricular septal defect. The chordal attachments of straddling valves were better visualized by echocardiography; flow patterns and effective orifice size were better demonstrated by angiocardiography. The subcostal four chamber echocardiographic views and cranially angulated oblique angiocardiographic views were comparable and provided the best images for determination of the size and number of AV valves and their relation to the atrial and ventricular septa.

  11. Comparison of DDD versus VVIR pacing modes in elderly patients with atrioventricular block.

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    Kılıçaslan, Barış; Vatansever Ağca, Fahriye; Kılıçaslan, Esin Evren; Kınay, Ozan; Tigen, Kürşat; Cakır, Cayan; Nazlı, Cem; Ergene, Oktay

    2012-06-01

    Dual-chamber pacing is believed to have an advantage over single-chamber ventricular pacing. The aim of this study was to determine whether elderly patients who have implanted pacemakers for complete atrioventricular block gain significant benefits from dual-chamber (DDD) pacemakers compared with single chamber ventricular (VVIR) pacemakers. This study was designed as a randomized, two-period crossover study-each pacing mode was maintained for 1 month. Thirty patients (16 men, mean age 68.87 ± 6.89 years) with implanted DDD pacemakers were submitted to a standard protocol, which included an interview, pacemaker syndrome assessment, health related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaires assessed by an SF-36 test, 6-minute walk test (6MWT), and transthoracic echocardiographic examinations. All of these parameters were obtained on both DDD and VVIR mode pacing. Paired data were compared. HRQoL scores were similar, and 6MWT results did not differ between the two groups. VVIR pacing elicited significant enlargement of the left atrium and impaired left ventricular diastolic functions as compared with DDD pacing. Two patients reported subclinical pacemaker syndrome, but this was not statistically significant. Our study revealed that in active elderly patients with complete heart block, DDD pacing and VVIR pacing yielded similar improvements in QoL and exercise performance. However, after a short follow-up period, we noted that VVIR pacing caused significant left atrial enlargement and impaired left ventricular diastolic functions.

  12. Adrenergic and cholinergic innervation of the atrioventricular valves in chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger).

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    Kuchinka, Jacek; Chrzanowska, Monika; Kuder, Tadeusz

    2017-05-29

    The arrangement of autonomous fibres was studied in the cardiac atrioventricular valves of small chinchillas. The dissected valves were stained entirely using the modified histochemical acetylcholine esterase technique (AChE) and the SPG-De la Torre method. Double immunocytochemical staining was also used for the expression of vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) and dopamine β hydroxylase (DBH). The study showed the presence of both cholinergic and adrenergic fibres, forming a kind of network on all cusps of both valves. The adrenergic network is always more strongly represented than the cholinergic network. The cholinergic nerve network of the "parietal" part formed mainly the parallel arrangement. As we move towards the free parts of the cusps, the arrangement becomes netted and radiant. Theadrenergic fibres formed only the netted arrangement, which was the most dense in the peripheral (parietal) part of the cusps. Some of the fibres in the vicinity of tendinous cords extended as far as the papillary muscles. Double immunocytochemical tests confirmed the presence and distribution of positive DBH and VAChT fibres. Some fibres (especially within the tendinous cords) show VAChT and DBH colocalization.

  13. Determinants of early dilated cardiomyopathy in neonates with congenital complete atrioventricular block.

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    Silvetti, Massimo Stefano; Drago, Fabrizio; Ravà, Lucilla

    2010-09-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can occur in infants with congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB) treated by permanent pacemaker (PM), even without other congenital heart defects. The objective is to find the risk factors of this complication. Retrospective analysis of a single-centre experience. Since 1992, 25 patients, aged 25 (1-355) days [median (range)], with normal ejection fraction (EF), underwent PM implantation (13 DDD, 12 VVIR) with an RV-pacing site. Follow-up was 4 (0.3-16) years. DCM occurred after 4 (3-23) months in eight patients (32%). Univariate analysis identified the following risk factors: younger age at implantation [5 (1-85) days vs. 90 (1-355) P = 0.007], a broad QRS (50 vs. 18% P = 0.03), prolonged QTc at implantation (63 vs. 0%, P = 0.001), and greater duration of heart rate >160 bpm during the first month after implantation (18 vs. 2%, P = 0.03). By multivariate analysis prolonged QTc was the only significant risk factor for DCM (hazard ratio: 23, P mode to allow predominant narrow QRS junctional rhythm (one patient each). Neonates with CCAVB without other congenital heart defects and prolonged QTc are at high risk for DCM possibly due to electromechanical dyssynchrony induced by high-rate RV pacing. In patients in whom RV pacing was discontinued, EF became normal.

  14. Transient sick sinus syndrome with complete atrioventricular block associated with ergonovine intake: A case report.

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    Wang, Hui-Ting; Liu, Wen-Hao; Chen, Yung-Lung

    2017-11-01

    More mature or older women are more likely to undergo in vitro fertilization and embryo implant. These women have a greater chance of receiving ergonovine therapy because of a suspected abortion. We present this case report to call attention to a latent lethal adverse effect in everyday obstetric practice using ergonovine. It requires more attention and close monitoring PATIENT CONCERNS:: We presented the case of a 38-year-old female patient with general weakness and mild chest tightness after ergonovine use. She was diagnosed as transient sick sinus syndrome and complete atrioventricular block with junctional escape rhythm after diagnostic work up. Conservative treatment with discontinuation of ergonovine and bed rest. Her sinus rhythm returned to normal the day after ergonovine was discontinued. The patient remained symptom-free since recovery of her sinus rhythm. Ergonovine may cause symptomatic and lethal bradyarrhythmia. Withdrawal of the causative medication and adequate supportive care can lead to a favorable outcome in these patients. More related cases should be reported. Further evaluation for treatment and prognosis are necessary.

  15. Transient proarrhythmic state following atrioventricular junction radiofrequency ablation: pathophysiologic mechanisms and recommendations for management.

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    Nowinski, Karolina; Gadler, Fredrik; Jensen-Urstad, Mats; Bergfeldt, Lennart

    2002-11-01

    The induction of complete heart block by radiofrequency ablation of the atrioventricular junction combined with pacemaker implantation has become an established therapy for rate control in patients with atrial fibrillation who are unresponsive to drugs. Reports of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death after ablation have, however, raised concerns about safety. Ventricular arrhythmias are usually polymorphic and related to a phase of electrical instability due to an initial prolongation and then slow adaptation of repolarization caused by the change in heart rate and activation sequence. Structural heart disease, and other factors that predispose for the acquired long QT syndrome, seem to add to the risk. Ventricular activation and repolarization stabilize during the first week after the procedure. Routine pacing at 80 beats per minute during this phase is recommended, as well as in hospital monitoring for at least 48 hours. Patients with high-risk features for arrhythmias, such as congestive heart failure or impaired left ventricular function, may require pacing at higher rates. Adjustment of the pacing rate-although rarely below 70 beats per minute-is usually undertaken after a week in most patients, preferably after an electrocardiographic evaluation for repolarization abnormalities at the lower rate.

  16. Contribution of Copy Number Variation to Down Syndrome-associated Atrioventricular Septal Defects

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    Ramachandran, Dhanya; Mulle, Jennifer G.; Locke, Adam E.; Bean, Lora J.H.; Rosser, Tracie C.; Bose, Promita; Dooley, Kenneth J.; Cua, Clifford L.; Capone, George T.; Reeves, Roger H.; Maslen, Cheryl L.; Cutler, David J.; Sherman, Stephanie L.; Zwick, Michael E.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The goal of this study was to identify the contribution of large copy number variants (CNV) to Down syndrome (DS) associated atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD), whose risk in the trisomic population is 2000-fold more compared to general disomic population. Methods Genome-wide CNV analysis was performed on 452 individuals with DS (210 cases with complete AVSD; 242 controls with structurally normal hearts) using Affymetrix SNP 6.0 arrays, making this the largest heart study conducted to date on a trisomic background. Results Large common CNVs with substantial effect sizes (OR>2.0) do not account for the increased risk observed in DS-associated AVSD. In contrast, cases had a greater burden of large rare deletions (p<0.01) and intersected more genes (p<0.007) when compared to controls. We also observed a suggestive enrichment of deletions intersecting ciliome genes in cases compared to controls. Conclusion Our data provide strong evidence that large rare deletions increase the risk of DS-associated AVSD, while large common CNVs do not appear to increase the risk of DS-associated AVSD. The genetic architecture of AVSD is complex and multifactorial in nature. PMID:25341113

  17. Use-dependent properties of flecainide acetate in accessory atrioventricular pathways.

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    Goldberger, J; Helmy, I; Katzung, B; Scheinman, M

    1994-01-01

    Flecainide acetate has been shown to have use-dependent properties. The use-dependent properties of flecainide were evaluated in 20 patients (13 men and 7 women, mean age 32 +/- 11 years) with accessory atrioventricular connections. Twenty to 30 stimulus drive trains were introduced in either the atrium or ventricle at progressively faster rates. The range of cycle lengths over which anterograde and retrograde conduction block occurred in the accessory pathway was assessed in the drug-free state and after oral loading with flecainide acetate. The block cycle length index was defined as the shortest cycle length during which 1:1 conduction was maintained in the accessory pathway minus the longest cycle length during which block in the accessory pathway occurred on the second paced beat. In the drug-free state, the (mean +/- SD) anterograde and retrograde block cycle length indexes were 20 +/- 12 and 20 +/- 9 ms, respectively. After flecainide therapy, the anterograde and retrograde block cycle length indexes increased to 80 +/- 33 and 65 +/- 29 ms, respectively (p = 0.002 compared with the drug-free state). The block cycle length index did not correlate with serum flecainide levels, but did correlate with other electrophysiologic markers of drug effect on accessory pathway conduction. The change in the block cycle length index demonstrates that flecainide has a progressive effect on accessory pathway conduction at more rapid rates, consistent with its in vitro use-dependent properties. This index is an excellent marker of drug efficacy.

  18. A Rare Association of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy with High-Degree Atrioventricular Block

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    Eder Hans Cativo

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    Full Text Available Here we present a case of a patient who got trapped in an elevator; on initial evaluation patient was found with bradycardia; on further evaluation electrocardiogram (EKG showed new onset 2nd-degree Mobitz type 2 AV block. On admission patient developed ischemic changes on EKG and troponin elevation. Transthoracic echocardiogram showed reduced ejection fraction as well as apical inferior, anterior, lateral, and septal hypokinesia. Coronary angiography showed nonobstructive coronary artery disease and ventriculogram demonstrated anterolateral and apical hypokinesia suggesting takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM. Atrioventricular block (AV is rarely seen as initial presentation of TCM and has a prevalence of about 2.9%. AV block during early presentation of TCM poses a therapeutic dilemma with regard to the timing and the need to place a temporary or permanent pacemaker. The decision to place a permanent pacemaker may be on a case-by-case basis and more research is needed on formulating standardized recommendations in patients with TCM and conduction tissue abnormalities.

  19. Sentinel European Node Trial (SENT)

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    Schilling, C.; Stoeckli, S. J.; Haerle, S. K.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Optimum management of the N0 neck is unresolved in oral cancer. Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) can reliably detect microscopic lymph node metastasis. The object of this study was to establish whether the technique was both reliable in staging the N0 neck and a safe oncological procedure...... in patients with early-stage oral squamous cell carcinoma. Methods: An European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer-approved prospective, observational study commenced in 2005. Fourteen European centres recruited 415 patients with radiologically staged T1-T2N0 squamous cell carcinoma. SNB...... was undertaken with an average of 3.2 nodes removed per patient. Patients were excluded if the sentinel node (SN) could not be identified. A positive SN led to a neck dissection within 3 weeks. Analysis was performed at 3-year follow-up. Results: An SN was found in 99.5% of cases. Positive SNs were found in 23...

  20. Immunolymphoscintigraphy for Metastatic Sentinel Nodes

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    Chakera, A.H.; Nielsen, B.S.; Madsen, J.

    2011-01-01

    Aim. To develop a method and obtain proof-of-principle for immunolymphoscintigraphy for identification of metastatic sentinel nodes. Methods. We selected one of four tumour-specific antibodies against human breast cancer and investigated (1), in immune- deficient (nude) mice with xenograft human...... in healthy rabbits. Results and Conclusion. Our paper suggests the theoretical possibility of a model of dual isotope immuno-lymphoscintigraphy for noninvasive, preoperative, malignant sentinel node imaging....

  1. Functional Capacity of Patients with Pacemaker Due to Isolated Congenital Atrioventricular Block

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    Roberto Márcio de Oliveira Júnior

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Isolated congenital atrioventricular block (CAVB is a rare condition with multiple clinical outcomes. Ventricular remodeling can occur in approximately 10% of the patients after pacemaker (PM implantation. Objectives: To assess the functional capacity of children and young adults with isolated CAVB and chronic pacing of the right ventricle (RV and evaluate its correlation with predictors of ventricular remodeling. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a cohort of patients with isolated CAVB and RV pacing for over a year. The subjects underwent clinical and echocardiographic evaluation. Functional capacity was assessed using the six-minute walk test. Chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, and Pearson correlation coefficient were used, considering a significance level of 5%. Results: A total of 61 individuals were evaluated between March 2010 and December 2013, of which 67.2% were women, aged between 7 and 41 years, who were using PMs for 13.5 ± 6.3 years. The percentage of ventricular pacing was 97.9 ± 4.1%, and the duration of the paced QRS complex was 153.7 ± 19.1 ms. Majority of the subjects (95.1% were asymptomatic and did not use any medication. The mean distance walked was 546.9 ± 76.2 meters and was strongly correlated with the predicted distance (r = 0.907, p = 0.001 but not with risk factors for ventricular remodeling. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2014; [online].ahead print, PP.0-0 Conclusions: The functional capacity of isolated CAVB patients with chronic RV pacing was satisfactory but did not correlate with risk factors for ventricular remodeling.

  2. Tachycardia induction with ventricular extrastimuli differentiates atypical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia from orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia.

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    Obeyesekere, Manoj; Gula, Lorne J; Modi, Simon; Leong-Sit, Peter; Angaran, Paul; Mechulan, Alexis; Skanes, Allan C; Krahn, Andrew D; Yee, Raymond; Klein, George J

    2012-03-01

    Differentiating atypical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) from septal orthodromic reentrant tachycardia (ORT(Septal)) is challenging in nonsustained tachycardia. When sustained, the postpacing interval minus tachycardia cycle length following entrainment (PPI(Entrainment) - TCL) and stimulation to atrial interval minus ventriculoatrial interval (Stim-A(Entrainment) - VA) are utilized. We hypothesized that the first tachycardia cycle after tachycardia induction with right ventricular apical extrastimulation would yield comparable information to entrainment, precluding the need for sustained tachycardia. Twenty-four patients with AVNRT (age 47 ± 18 years), 19 with ORT(Septal) (age 42 ± 17 years), and 15 with ORT over a left lateral accessory pathway (ORT(Left)) (age 41 ± 16 years) were included. The ventricular extrastimulus to atrial depolarization at tachycardia initiation (Stim-A(Initiation)) and tachycardia VA interval were measured to establish the Stim-A(Initiation) minus VA interval (Stim-A(Initiation) - VA). The ventricular extrastimulus to the subsequent right ventricular apical depolarization (postpacing interval at initiation, PPI(Initiation)) was utilized to obtain the PPI(Initiation) minus TCL (PPI(Initiation) - TCL). The AH interval associated with the PPI(Initiation) minus the AH in tachycardia was utilized to establish a corrected PPI(Initiation) minus TCL (cPPI(Initiation) - TCL). The intervals after tachycardia initiation were longer for AVNRT than for ORT: mean PPI(Initiation) - TCL (193 ± 44 vs 91 ± 73; P cPPI(Initiation) - TCL (174 ± 44 ms vs 88 ± 50 ms; P cPPI(Initiation) minus TCL against PPI(Entrainment) minus TCL was 0.71. cPPI(Initiation) minus TCL cPPI(Initiation) - TCL < 115 ms excludes AVNRT. Copyright © 2012 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Determination of the optimal atrioventricular interval in sick sinus syndrome during DDD pacing.

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    Kato, Masaya; Dote, Keigo; Sasaki, Shota; Goto, Kenji; Takemoto, Hiroaki; Habara, Seiji; Hasegawa, Daiji; Matsuda, Osamu

    2005-09-01

    Although the AAI pacing mode has been shown to be electromechanically superior to the DDD pacing mode in sick sinus syndrome (SSS), there is evidence suggesting that during AAI pacing the presence of natural ventricular activation pattern is not enough for hemodynamic benefit to occur. Myocardial performance index (MPI) is a simply measurable Doppler-derived index of combined systolic and diastolic myocardial performance. The aim of this study was to investigate whether AAI pacing mode is electromechanically superior to the DDD mode in patients with SSS by using Doppler-derived MPI. Thirty-nine SSS patients with dual-chamber pacing devices were evaluated by using Doppler echocardiography in AAI mode and DDD mode. The optimal atrioventricular (AV) interval in DDD mode was determined and atrial stimulus-R interval was measured in AAI mode. The ratio of the atrial stimulus-R interval to the optimal AV interval was defined as relative AV interval (rAVI) and the ratio of MPI in AAI mode to that in DDD mode was defined as relative MPI (rMPI). The rMPI was significantly correlated with atrial stimulus-R interval and rAVI (r = 0.57, P = 0.0002, and r = 0.67, P 1 based on the receiver operator curves. Even though the intrinsic AV conduction is moderately prolonged, some SSS patients with dual-chamber pacing devices benefit from the ventricular pacing with optimal AV interval. MPI is useful to determine the optimal pacing mode in acute experiment.

  4. Exercise capacity in children with isolated congenital complete atrioventricular block: does pacing make a difference?

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    Blank, A Christian; Hakim, Sara; Strengers, Jan L; Tanke, Ronald B; van Veen, Toon A; Vos, Marc A; Takken, Tim

    2012-04-01

    The management of patients with isolated congenital complete atrioventricular block (CCAVB) has changed during the last decades. The current policy is to pace the majority of patients based on a variety of criteria, among which is limited exercise capacity. Data regarding exercise capacity in this population stems from previous publications reporting small case series of unpaced patients. Therefore, we have investigated the exercise capacity of a group of contemporary children with CCAVB. Sixteen children (mean age 11.5 ± 4; seven boys, nine girls) with CCAVB were tested. In 13 patients, a median number of three pacemakers were implanted, whereas in three patients no pacemaker was given. All patients had an echocardiogram and completed a cardiopulmonary cycle exercise test. Exercise parameters were determined and compared with reference values obtained from healthy Dutch peers. The peak oxygen uptake/body mass was reduced to 34.4 ± 9.5 ml kg(-1) min(-1) (79 ± 24% of predicted) and the ventilatory threshold was reduced to 52 ± 17% of peak oxygen uptake (78 ± 21% of predicted), whereas the peak work load/body mass was 2.8 ± 0.6 W/kg (91 ± 24% of predicted), which was similar to controls. Importantly, 25% of the paced patients showed upper rate restriction by the pacemaker. In conclusion, children with CCAVB show a reduced peak oxygen uptake and ventilatory threshold, whereas they show normal peak work rates. This indicates that they generate more energy during exercise from anaerobic energy sources. Paced children with CCAVB do not perform better than unpaced children.

  5. Atrioventricular canal defect and associated genetic disorders: new insights into polydactyly syndromes

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    M. Cristina Digilio

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Atrioventricular canal defect (AVCD is a common congenital heart defect (CHD, representing 7.4% of all cardiac malformations, considered secondary to an extracellular matrix anomaly. The AVCD is associated with extracardiac defects in about 75% of the cases. In this review we analyzed different syndromic AVCDs, in particular those associated with polydactyly disorders, which show remarkable genotype-phenotype correlations. Chromo - some imbalances more frequently associated with AVCD include Down syndrome, deletion 8p23 and deletion 3p25, while mendelian disorders include Noonan syndrome and related RASopathies, several polydactyly syndromes, CHARGE and 3C (cranio-cerebello-cardiac syndrome. The complete form of AVCD is prevalent in patients with chromosomal imbalances. Additional cardiac defects are found in patients affected by chromosomal imbalances different from Down syndrome. Left-sided obstructive lesions are prevalently found in patients with RASopathies. Patients with deletion 8p23 often display AVCD with tetralogy of Fallot or with pulmonary valve stenosis. Tetralogy of Fallot is the only additional cardiac defect found in patients with Down syndrome and AVCD. On the other hand, the association of AVCD and tetralogy of Fallot is also quite characteristic of CHARGE and 3C syndromes. Heterotaxia defects, including common atrium and anomalous pulmonary venous return, occur in patients with AVCD associated with polydactyly syndromes (Ellis-van Creveld, short rib polydactyly, oral-facial-digital, Bardet-Biedl, and Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndromes. The initial clinical evidence of anatomic similarities between AVCD and heterotaxia in polydactyly syndromes was corroborated and explained by experimental studies in transgenic mice. These investigations have suggested the involvement of the Sonic Hedgehog pathway in syndromes with postaxial polydactyly and heterotaxia, and ciliary dysfunction was detected as pathomechanism for these disorders

  6. Serotonin Potentiates Transforming Growth Factor-beta3 Induced Biomechanical Remodeling in Avian Embryonic Atrioventricular Valves

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    Buskohl, Philip R.; Sun, Michelle L.; Thompson, Robert P.; Butcher, Jonathan T.

    2012-01-01

    Embryonic heart valve primordia (cushions) maintain unidirectional blood flow during development despite an increasingly demanding mechanical environment. Recent studies demonstrate that atrioventricular (AV) cushions stiffen over gestation, but the molecular mechanisms of this process are unknown. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) and serotonin (5-HT) signaling modulate tissue biomechanics of postnatal valves, but less is known of their role in the biomechanical remodeling of embryonic valves. In this study, we demonstrate that exogenous TGFβ3 increases AV cushion biomechanical stiffness and residual stress, but paradoxically reduces matrix compaction. We then show that TGFβ3 induces contractile gene expression (RhoA, aSMA) and extracellular matrix expression (col1α2) in cushion mesenchyme, while simultaneously stimulating a two-fold increase in proliferation. Local compaction increased due to an elevated contractile phenotype, but global compaction appeared reduced due to proliferation and ECM synthesis. Blockade of TGFβ type I receptors via SB431542 inhibited the TGFβ3 effects. We next showed that exogenous 5-HT does not influence cushion stiffness by itself, but synergistically increases cushion stiffness with TGFβ3 co-treatment. 5-HT increased TGFβ3 gene expression and also potentiated TGFβ3 induced gene expression in a dose-dependent manner. Blockade of the 5HT2b receptor, but not 5-HT2a receptor or serotonin transporter (SERT), resulted in complete cessation of TGFβ3 induced mechanical strengthening. Finally, systemic 5-HT administration in ovo induced cushion remodeling related defects, including thinned/atretic AV valves, ventricular septal defects, and outflow rotation defects. Elevated 5-HT in ovo resulted in elevated remodeling gene expression and increased TGFβ signaling activity, supporting our ex-vivo findings. Collectively, these results highlight TGFβ/5-HT signaling as a potent mechanism for control of biomechanical remodeling of

  7. Serotonin potentiates transforming growth factor-beta3 induced biomechanical remodeling in avian embryonic atrioventricular valves.

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    Philip R Buskohl

    Full Text Available Embryonic heart valve primordia (cushions maintain unidirectional blood flow during development despite an increasingly demanding mechanical environment. Recent studies demonstrate that atrioventricular (AV cushions stiffen over gestation, but the molecular mechanisms of this process are unknown. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ and serotonin (5-HT signaling modulate tissue biomechanics of postnatal valves, but less is known of their role in the biomechanical remodeling of embryonic valves. In this study, we demonstrate that exogenous TGFβ3 increases AV cushion biomechanical stiffness and residual stress, but paradoxically reduces matrix compaction. We then show that TGFβ3 induces contractile gene expression (RhoA, aSMA and extracellular matrix expression (col1α2 in cushion mesenchyme, while simultaneously stimulating a two-fold increase in proliferation. Local compaction increased due to an elevated contractile phenotype, but global compaction appeared reduced due to proliferation and ECM synthesis. Blockade of TGFβ type I receptors via SB431542 inhibited the TGFβ3 effects. We next showed that exogenous 5-HT does not influence cushion stiffness by itself, but synergistically increases cushion stiffness with TGFβ3 co-treatment. 5-HT increased TGFβ3 gene expression and also potentiated TGFβ3 induced gene expression in a dose-dependent manner. Blockade of the 5HT2b receptor, but not 5-HT2a receptor or serotonin transporter (SERT, resulted in complete cessation of TGFβ3 induced mechanical strengthening. Finally, systemic 5-HT administration in ovo induced cushion remodeling related defects, including thinned/atretic AV valves, ventricular septal defects, and outflow rotation defects. Elevated 5-HT in ovo resulted in elevated remodeling gene expression and increased TGFβ signaling activity, supporting our ex-vivo findings. Collectively, these results highlight TGFβ/5-HT signaling as a potent mechanism for control of biomechanical

  8. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer

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    lymph node metastases.1 Regional nodal status can be accu- rately predicted by identification and examination of the sen- tinel lymph node (SLN). If the SLN shows no evidence of tumour it is over 90% certain that the remaining regional lymph nodes are negative.2. The use of sentinel lymph node direction (SLND) in early.

  9. Sentinel node detection in cervical cancer

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    Verheijen, R. H.; Pijpers, R.; van Diest, P. J.; Burger, C. W.; Buist, M. R.; Kenemans, P.

    2000-01-01

    For superficial tumors such as melanoma, breast, and vulvar cancer, sentinel node detection prevents unnecessary extensive lymph node dissections. Sentinel node detection has not yet proved feasible in tumors, such as cervical cancer, that drain to deep pelvic lymph nodes. We injected technetium-99m

  10. Differential ventricular entrainment: a maneuver to differentiate AV node reentrant tachycardia from orthodromic reciprocating tachycardia.

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    Segal, Oliver R; Gula, Lorne J; Skanes, Allan C; Krahn, Andrew D; Yee, Raymond; Klein, George J

    2009-04-01

    Distinguishing atrioventricular node reentry (AVNRT) from orthodromic reentrant tachycardia (ORT) utilizing an accessory pathway (AP) can sometimes be challenging. A pacing maneuver that reliably distinguishes between the two would be of value. This study sought to assess the utility of differential entrainment for the diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia. Consecutive patients underwent prospective electrophysiological study of regular paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Overdrive pacing with entrainment of tachycardia from each of the right ventricular apex and right ventricular base was performed. The post-pacing interval (PPI), PPI minus the tachycardia cycle length and corrected for AV node decrement (cPPI-TCL), and the ventriculoatrial (VA) interval (last RV pacing stimulus to last entrained high right atrial signal) were calculated at each site. Entrainment at both RV sites was achieved in 35 patients, 16 with typical AVNRT, 1 with atypical AVNRT, and 18 with ORT (13 left free wall, 3 right free wall, and 2 septal APs). The cPPI-TCL and VA intervals were significantly longer from base than apex in AVNRT (cPPI-TCL 61 ms longer, VA 38 ms longer, both P cPPI-TCL >30 ms or VA interval >20 ms identified patients with AVNRT with a positive predictive value, negative predictive value, sensitivity, and specificity of 100%. Differential ventricular entrainment is a useful tool for diagnosing between AVNRT and ORT. A differential cPPI-TCL >30 ms or VA interval of >20 ms reliably predicts AVNRT.

  11. Reversible Atrioventricular Block and Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia in Coxsackievirus B3-Induced Fetal–Neonatal Myocarditis without Left Ventricular Dysfunction

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    Hironori Takahashi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of fetal–neonatal acute myocarditis caused by coxsackievirus B3 infection in a term neonate. The condition manifested as high-grade atrioventricular (A-V block prenatally. After delivery, various arrhythmias such as high-grade A-V block, ventricular tachycardia, and junctional ectopic tachycardia appeared, and we had difficulty managing these arrhythmias. This is the first report describing a case of acute myocarditis due to coxsackievirus infection presenting with fetal A-V block. This case is also unique in that it is extremely rare that various arrhythmias occur serially in one patient without left ventricular dysfunction.

  12. Transient complete atrioventricular block with Morgagni—Adams—Stokes attacks in a child after aortic valve replacement

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening arrhythmias after surgical correction of congenital heart diseases is one the urgent problems in pediatrlc cardiology. The paper describes the clinical picture, diagnosis, and therapy in a patent with transient complete atrioventricular block after open heart surgery. A protracted Morgagni—Adams—Stokes attack is one of the causes of sudden cardiac death. The occurrence of even single syncopes in patients after surgery for congenital heart disease requires that the arrhythmogenic nature of the attack should be ruled out for the timely and adequate therapy including the implantation of antiarrhythmic devices.

  13. 59. Early and late results of routine leaflet augmentation for complete atrio-ventricular septal defect repair

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    A. Arifi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Complete AVSD (CAVSD is characterized by the presence of a common atrio-ventricular (AV orifice, an inter-atrial communication, and a ventricular septal defect (VSD. Results of surgical correction of atrio-ventricular septal defects (AVSDs have improved over the last decades; however, the need for reoperation for left atrio-ventricular valve regurgitation, after primary AVSD repair remains a major concern. The aim of our study is to assess the outcome of the routine leaflet augmentation technique in CAVSD repair. A retrospective database and chart review analysis of all patients who underwent AV canal repair at king Abdul-Aziz Cardiac Center during period from 1999 to September 2014 was conducted. Demographic data, associated anomalies, operative data, ICU and hospital course were reviewed. Early outcomes were reviewed for postoperative complications (Chylothorax, complete AV block, Arrhythmias, early mortality and late outcomes were reviewed for Left AV valve regurgitation requiring for re-intervention and late mortality. Two hundred and sixty patients underwent leaflet augmentation technique to repair complete AVSD, between January 1999 and September 2014. The mean age was (131.5 months, and mean weight (6.06 kg. A variety of concomitant procedures were performed at the time of repair of the CAVSD, including a total of 49 patients (18.8% who underwent PDA ligation. Repair of TV (Right AV valve was performed in 11 patients (4.2%, 9 patients (3.46% required RVOTO resection, in 5 patients (1.92%, PA plasty was done and 2 patients (0.76% required ECMO after CAVSD repair. Regarding reoperations, a total of 17 patients (of 260 required reoperation after initial CAVSD repair. The most common indication for reoperation was left AV valve regurgitation in 16 patients (6% in the follow up period up to 15 years. One patient (0.38% required diaphragmatic plication. The overall mortality was 3 patients (1.1%. Leaflet augmentation for the repair of the

  14. Intraoperative Sentinel Lymph Node Evaluation

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    Shaw, Richard; Christensen, Anders; Java, Kapil

    2016-01-01

    -ready" intraoperative diagnostic test (one step nucleic acid amplification-OSNA, sysmex). METHODS: Two cohorts were assembled: cohort 1, OSCC with stage and site that closely match cases suitable for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB); cohort 2, HNSCC with sufficient fresh tumour tissue available for the OSNA assay (>50......BACKGROUND: Intraoperative analysis of sentinel lymph nodes would enhance the care of early-stage oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We determined the frequency and extent of cytokeratin 19 (CK19) expression in OSCC primary tumours and surrounding tissues to explore the feasibility of a "clinic...

  15. Allocating resources between network nodes for providing a network node function

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    Strijkers, R.J.; Meulenhoff, P.J.

    2014-01-01

    The invention provides a method wherein a first network node advertises available resources that a second network node may use to offload network node functions transparently to the first network node. Examples of the first network node are a client device (e.g. PC, notebook, tablet, smart phone), a

  16. Normalisation of left ventricular systolic function after change from VVI pacing to biventricular pacing in a child with congenital complete atrioventricular block, long-QT syndrome, and congenital muscular dystrophy

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    Ellesøe, Sabrina G; Reimers, Jesper I; Andersen, Henrik

    2013-01-01

    Development of dilated cardiomyopathy in patients with congenital complete atrioventricular block with or without pacemaker is well described. We report a case of dilated cardiomyopathy in a child with congenital complete atrioventricular block, long-QT syndrome, and VVI pacemaker. Temporary pacing...

  17. Node.js by example

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    2015-01-01

    If you are a JavaScript developer with no experience with Node.js or server-side web development, this book is for you. It will lead you through creating a fairly complex social network. You will learn how to work with a database and create real-time communication channels.

  18. Elective ilioingunial lymph node irradiation

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    Henderson, R.H.; Parsons, J.T.; Morgan, L.; Million, R.R.

    1984-06-01

    Most radiologists accept that modest doses of irradiation (4500-5000 rad/4 1/2-5 weeks) can control subclinical regional lymph node metastases from squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and adenocarcinomas of the breast. There have been few reports concerning elective irradiation of the ilioinguinal region. Between October 1964 and March 1980, 91 patients whose primary cancers placed the ilioinguinal lymph nodes at risk received elective irradiation at the University of Florida. Included are patients with cancers of the vulva, penis, urethra, anus and lower anal canal, and cervix or vaginal cancers that involved the distal one-third of the vagina. In 81 patients, both inguinal areas were clinically negative; in 10 patients, one inguinal area was positive and the other negative by clinical examination. The single significant complication was a bilateral femoral neck fracture. The inguinal areas of four patients developed mild to moderate fibrosis. One patient with moderate fibrosis had bilateral mild leg edema that was questionably related to irradiation. Complications were dose-related. The advantages and dis-advantages of elective ilioinguinal node irradiation versus elective inguinal lymph node dissection or no elective treatment are discussed.

  19. Critical nodes in signalling pathways

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    Taniguchi, Cullen M; Emanuelli, Brice; Kahn, C Ronald

    2006-01-01

    Physiologically important cell-signalling networks are complex, and contain several points of regulation, signal divergence and crosstalk with other signalling cascades. Here, we use the concept of 'critical nodes' to define the important junctions in these pathways and illustrate their unique role...... using insulin signalling as a model system....

  20. Successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia in a patient with dextrocardia due to unilateral pulmonary agenesis: a case report

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    Full Text Available Tolga Aksu, Tumer Erdem Guler, Ebru Golcuk, Ismail Erden, Kazim Serhan Ozcan Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli Derince Education and Research Hospital, Derince, Kocaeli, Turkey Abstract: Radiofrequency catheter ablation of the slow pathway is considered to be the treatment of choice for patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. We report a 34-year-old female with mirror image dextrocardia due to unilateral pulmonary agenesis who underwent successful slow pathway ablation for typical atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. Using contrast injection, cardiac anatomy was identified in a short time and successfully ablated. Keywords: dextrocardia, AVNRT, ablation, pulmonary agenesis

  1. Two pedigrees of autosomal dominant atrioventricular canal defect (AVCD): Exclusion from the critical region on 8p

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    Amati, F.; Mari, A.; Mingarelli, R. [Universita Tor Vergata, Rome (Italy)] [and others

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    Atrioventricular canal defects (AVCD) constitute the predominant congenital heart defect in Down`s syndrome. For this reason, a candidate gene involved in atrioventricular canal development was previously searched and excluded in dominant pedigrees of AVCD, using linkage analysis of polymorphisms from chromosome 21. Because of the striking association between 8p deletion and AVCD, a search for an AVCD gene was carried out in two pedigrees of individuals with autosomal dominant AVCD using a set of DNA markers of the 8pter{r_arrow}q12 region. These two families include affected individuals and subjects who have transmitted the defect but are not clinically affected. Two-point lod scores were significantly negative for all markers at penetrance levels of 90% and 50%. Multipoint analysis excluded the region covered by the markers LPL-D8S262 and 30 cM to either side of this area. This result corroborates heterogeneity of this heart defect and indicates that the genetic basis of familial AVCD is different from AVCD associated to either trisomy 21 or 8p deletion. 25 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. Surgical treatment of partial atrioventricular septal defect: functional analysis of the mitral valve in the postoperative period

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To study mitral valve function in the postoperative period after correction of the partial form of atrioventricular septal defect. METHODS: Fifty patients underwent surgical correction of the partial form of atrioventricular septal defect. Their mean age was 11.8 years and 62% of the patients were males. Preoperative echocardiography showed moderate and severe mitral insufficiency in 44% of the patients. The mitral valve cleft was sutured in 45 (90% patients (group II - GII. Echocardiographies were performed in the early postoperative period, and 6 and 12 months after hospital discharge. RESULTS: The patients who had some type of arrhythmia in the postoperative period had ostium primum atrial septal defect of a larger size (2.74 x 2.08 cm. All 5 patients in group I (GI, who did not undergo closure of the cleft, had a competent mitral valve or mild mitral insufficiency in the preoperative period. One of these patients began to have moderate mitral insufficiency in the postoperative period. On the other hand, in GII, 88.8% and 82.2% of the patients had competent mitral valve or mild mitral insufficiency in the early and late postoperative periods, respectively. CONCLUSION: The mitral valve cleft was repaired in 90% of cases. Echocardiography revealed competent mitral valve or mild mitral insufficiency in 88.8% and 82.2% of GII patients in the early and late postoperative periods, respectively.

  3. The effect of different atrioventricular delays on left atrium and left atrial appendage function in patients with DDD pacemaker.

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    Kanadaşı, Mehmet; Caylı, Murat; Sahin, Durmuş Yıldıray; Sen, Ömer; Koç, Mevlüt; Usal, Ayhan; Batur, Mustafa Kemal; Demirtaş, Mustafa

    2011-07-01

    Although it has been known that optimization of atrioventricular delay (AVD) has favorable effect on the left ventricular functions in patients with DDD pacemaker, the effect of different AVDs on left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) functions has not been exactly evaluated. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of different AVDs on LA and LAA functions in DDD pacemaker implanted patients with atrioventricular block. Forty-eight patients with DDD pacemaker were enrolled into the study. Patients were divided into two groups according to the echocardiographic diastolic function: Group I (normal diastolic function) and Group II (diastolic dysfunction). LAA emptying velocity on pulsed wave Doppler and LAA late systolic wave velocity by using tissue Doppler were recorded. Patients were paced for five successive continuous pacing periods of 10 minutes duration using five selective AVDs (80-250 ms). Significant effect on LA and LAA functions has not been observed by the setting of AVD in Group I. However, when the AVD was gradually shortened form 150 ms to 80 ms, LA and LAA functions gradually decreased in Group II patients. When AVD increased to 200 ms, LA and LAA functions were improved. Further increase in AVD resulted in decreased LA and LAA functions. Setting of AVD has not significant effect on the LA and LAA functions in patients with normal diastolic function, but moderate prolongation of AVD in physiological limits improved LA and LAA functions in DDD pacemaker implanted patients with diastolic dysfunction. © 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Outcomes and Prognostic Factors for Adult Patients With Congenital Heart Disease Undergoing Primary or Reoperative Systemic Atrioventricular Valve Surgery.

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    Stephens, Elizabeth H; Han, Jiho; Ginns, Jonathan; Rosenbaum, Marlon; Chai, Paul; Bacha, Emile; Kalfa, David

    2017-05-01

    Adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) undergoing systemic atrioventricular valve (SAVV) surgery are a complex, understudied population. We assessed midterm outcomes and prognostic factors in ACHD undergoing SAVV surgery. We performed retrospective evaluation of ACHD undergoing SAVV surgery from January 2005 to February 2016: 14 (33%) patients with congenital mitral valve stenosis/regurgitation, 15 (35%) with atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), and 14 (33%) with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) with systemic tricuspid valve regurgitation. Adverse events were defined as mortality, reoperation on SAVV, and late more-than-moderate (> moderate) SAVV regurgitation. Statistical analysis was performed using Fisher's exact test and one-way analysis of variance as well as univariate and multivariate risk factor analysis. Fifteen (35%) patients had preoperative systemic ventricular dysfunction, including 13 patients with ccTGA (93%, P moderate SAVV regurgitation, and SAVV reoperation rates were 5% (n = 2), 2% (n = 1), 9% (n = 3), and 7% (n = 3), respectively. On multivariate analysis, predischarge SAVV regurgitation grade was the only significant predictor of adverse events (odds ratio = 8.2, 95% confidence interval: 1.1-63.8, P = .045). Overall outcomes in this challenging population are good. The single factor associated with adverse events was predischarge SAVV regurgitation grade.

  5. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy With Significant Coronary Stenosis and Atrioventricular Conduction Block: A Rare Case Report With 3 Year Follow-Up.

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    Saadatifar, Hakimeh; Khoshhal Dehdar, Fahimeh; Saadatifar, Samira; Moshkani Farahani, Maryam

    2016-02-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCMP) is a rare acute cardiomyopathy characterized by acute chest pain syndrome, similar to myocardial infarction, except that no significant stenosis is observed on coronary angiography in patients with this condition; these findings aid the diagnosis of TCMP. We discuss an unusual case of TCMP in a 45-year-old woman with complete heart block and significant coronary artery stenosis. Maximal exercise test and perfusion scan after 1 month from the acute event did not show any ischemia; therefore, revascularization was not recommended. Her follow-up with normal echocardiographic data 3 years after the first event showed no recurrence. The present case and a few previous cases have showed that severe coronary artery disease may be occur in patients with TCMP and that TCMP may be associated with a high-degree atrioventricular block. The association between atrioventricular conduction block and TCMP as well as significant coronary stenosis is rarely reported; therefore, coronary angiography should be performed in all patients with clinical TCMP and the previous definition should be reconsidered. The occurrence of arrhythmia and later recovery is expected in these patients (due to a catecholamine surge).

  6. Secure message authentication system for node to node network

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    Sindhu, R.; Vanitha, M. M.; Norman, J.

    2017-10-01

    The Message verification remains some of the best actual methods for prevent the illegal and dis honored communication after presence progressed to WSNs (Wireless Sensor Networks). Intend for this purpose, several message verification systems must stand established, created on both symmetric key cryptography otherwise public key cryptosystems. Best of them will have some limits for great computational then statement above in count of deficiency of climb ability then flexibility in node settlement occurrence. In a polynomial based system was newly presented for these problems. Though, this system then situations delay will must the dimness of integral limitation firm in the point of polynomial: once the amount of message transferred remains the greater than the limitation then the opponent will completely improve the polynomial approaches. This paper suggests using ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography). Though using the node verification the technique in this paper permits some nodes to transfer a limitless amount of messages lacking misery in the limit problem. This system will have the message cause secrecy. Equally theoretic study then model effects show our planned system will be effective than the polynomial based method in positions of calculation then statement above in privacy points though message basis privacy.

  7. Axillary Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer

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    ... nodes . The axillary nodes are the first place breast cancer is likely to spread. During breast surgery, some ... if cancer cells are present. This helps determine breast cancer stage and guide treatment. So, it is more ...

  8. Underwater Sensor Nodes and Networks

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    Jaime Lloret

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    Full Text Available Sensor technology has matured enough to be used in any type of environment. The appearance of new physical sensors has increased the range of environmental parameters for gathering data. Because of the huge amount of unexploited resources in the ocean environment, there is a need of new research in the field of sensors and sensor networks. This special issue is focused on collecting recent advances on underwater sensors and underwater sensor networks in order to measure, monitor, surveillance of and control of underwater environments. On the one hand, from the sensor node perspective, we will see works related with the deployment of physical sensors, development of sensor nodes and transceivers for sensor nodes, sensor measurement analysis and several issues such as layer 1 and 2 protocols for underwater communication and sensor localization and positioning systems. On the other hand, from the sensor network perspective, we will see several architectures and protocols for underwater environments and analysis concerning sensor network measurements. Both sides will provide us a complete view of last scientific advances in this research field.

  9. Underwater sensor nodes and networks.

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    Lloret, Jaime

    2013-09-05

    Sensor technology has matured enough to be used in any type of environment. The appearance of new physical sensors has increased the range of environmental parameters for gathering data. Because of the huge amount of unexploited resources in the ocean environment, there is a need of new research in the field of sensors and sensor networks. This special issue is focused on collecting recent advances on underwater sensors and underwater sensor networks in order to measure, monitor, surveillance of and control of underwater environments. On the one hand, from the sensor node perspective, we will see works related with the deployment of physical sensors, development of sensor nodes and transceivers for sensor nodes, sensor measurement analysis and several issues such as layer 1 and 2 protocols for underwater communication and sensor localization and positioning systems. On the other hand, from the sensor network perspective, we will see several architectures and protocols for underwater environments and analysis concerning sensor network measurements. Both sides will provide us a complete view of last scientific advances in this research field.

  10. Factors predicting non-sentinel lymph node involvement in sentinel node positive breast carcinoma.

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    Durak, Merih Güray; Akansu, Bülent; Akin, Mehmet Mustafa; Sevınç, Ali Ibrahim; Koçdor, Mehmet Ali; Saydam, Serdar; Harmancioğlu, Omer; Ellıdokuz, Hülya; Bekış, Recep; Canda, Tülay

    2011-01-01

    In routine practice, axillary lymph node dissection is performed in early invasive breast cancer patients with positive sentinel node biopsy. However, sentinel node is the only involved axillary node in 40-70% of patients, and determining factors that predict axillary non-sentinel node involvement will therefore prevent unnecessary axillary lymph node dissection and decrease morbidity. In this study, 119 invasive breast cancer patients with sentinel node metastasis who underwent axillary lymph node dissection between 1998-2009 at our institution were studied. Primary tumor characteristics and features of the metastatic tumors in sentinel nodes, such as microanatomic location, size of metastasis, and the ratio of metastatic tumor area to the total sentinel node area were evaluated. Student's t-test and multivariate logistic regression were used for statistical analysis. The mean age of the patients was 50.7 years (28-80). Forty-three patients (36%) had invasive ductal and 25 patients (21%) had invasive lobular carcinoma. Most of the patients had either pT1 (44%) or pT2 (54%) tumors. Fifty-four patients (45%) had no further positive nodes in the axilla. The metastatic deposits in the sentinel node were subcapsular in 16 patients (13%). The percent area of sentinel node occupied by tumor (p < 0.001), number of sentinel nodes (p=0.041), and microanatomic location of metastatic tumor (p=0.002) were significantly associated with non-sentinel node metastasis in univariate analysis. The percent area of sentinel node occupied by tumor (p < 0.001) and number of sentinel nodes (p=0.033) remained significantly associated with non-sentinel node involvement in multivariate analysis. In patients with invasive breast cancer and positive sentinel node, area percent of sentinel node occupied by tumor, and the number of sentinel nodes removed are independently predictive of non-sentinel node involvement.

  11. Safety and feasibility of single-catheter ablation using remote magnetic navigation for treatment of slow-fast atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia compared to conventional ablation strategies

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    F. Akca (Ferdi); B. Schwagten (Bruno); D.A.M.J. Theuns (Dominic); M. Takens (Marieke); P. Musters (Paul); T. Szili-Torok (Tamas)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractObjective Ablation of atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is a highly effective procedure both with radiofrequency (RF) and cryoenergy (CE). Conventionally, it requires several diagnostic catheters and hospital admission. This study assessed the safety and efficacy of a

  12. T.Node, industrial version of supernode

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    Flieller, Sylvain

    1989-12-01

    The Esprit I P1085 "SuperNode" project developed a modular reconfigurable archtecture, based on transputers. This highly parallel machine is now marketed by Telmat Informatique under the name T.Node. This paper presents the P1085 project, the architecture of SuperNode, its industrial implementation and its software enviroment.

  13. SENTINEL LYMPH NODES IN ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

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    A. I. Berishvili; O. V. Li; T. M. Kochoyan; N. V. Levkina; R. A. Kerimov; S. B. Polikarpova

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    Endometrial cancer (EC) typically is treated surgically. Because of the adjuvant treatment implications, complete surgical staging including lymphadenectomy is recommended for high-risk ECs. Sentinel lymph node mapping has the potential to provide information about lymph node metastasis while avoiding potential complications of extended lymph node dissection.

  14. The hidden sentinel node in breast cancer

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    Tanis, P. J.; van Sandick, J. W.; Nieweg, O. E.; Valdés Olmos, R. A.; Rutgers, E. J. T.; Hoefnagel, C. A.; Kroon, B. B. R.

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyse the occurrence of non-visualisation during preoperative lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node identification in breast cancer. Preoperative lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 495 clinically node-negative breast cancer patients (501 sentinel node procedures)

  15. Análise dos fatores de risco na correção cirúrgica do defeito septal atrioventricular de forma total Risk factors analysis in the surgical repair of complete atrioventricular septal defect

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    Eduardo Keller Saadi

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    Full Text Available Pacientes com defeito septal atrioventricular de forma total (DSAVT freqüentemente apresentam insuficiência cardíaca intratável e hipertensão arterial pulmonar nos primeiros meses de vida, e apenas uma minoria sobrevive sem tratamento cirúrgico precoce. Por essa razão, indica-se a correção definitiva para alterar favoravelmente a história natural da doença. Entretanto, vários fatores são responsáveis pela alta mortalidade cirúrgica. O presente trabalho estuda a experiência na correção cirúrgica do DSAVT com o objetivo de identificar alguns fatores de risco estatisticamente significativos para a ocorrência de morte operatória. Analisaram-se, retrospectivamente, 52 pacientes submetidos, entre janeiro de 1974 e dezembro de 1990, a cirurgia definitiva para correção de DSAVT no Royal Brompton and National Heart and Lung Institute, sendo estudadas as seguintes variáveis: idade, peso, sexo, ano da operação, presença de síndrome de Down, grau de regurgitação da valva AV, bandagem prévia do tronco pulmonar, presença de anomalias associadas, pressão sistólica pulmonar, duplo orifício mitral, classificação do defeito segundo Rastelli, emprego de parada circulatória e técnica de correção (1 x 2 retalhos. Todos os fatores foram avaliados isoladamente, mediante a análise univariada. Para determinar quais os fatores que, independentemente da ação de outros, contribuíram significativamente para maior mortalidade cirúrgica, foi utilizada a análise multivariada com regressão logística. A análise multivariada demonstrou que o baixo peso na época da operação e a técnica de correção com um retalho aumentam significativamente a mortalidade cirúrgica.Patients with complete atrioventricular septal defects (CAVSD frequently present with severe heart failure which cannot be controllable medically and pulmonary hypertension in infancy. Just a small number survives without early surgical treatment. For this reason

  16. OFFLOADING OF A WIRELESS NODE AUTHENTICATION WITH CORE NETWORK

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    An example technique may include controlling receiving, by a second node from a first node in a wireless network, a request to offload authentication of the first node with the core network to the second node, controlling receiving, by the second node from the first node, data to be forwarded...... to the core network, performing, by the second node based on the request, an authentication with the core network on behalf of the first node while the first node is not connected with the second node, and controlling forwarding the received data from the second node to the core network while the first node...

  17. Untraceable Mobile Node Authentication in WSN

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    Kyusuk Han

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Mobility of sensor node in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN brings security issues such as re-authentication and tracing the node movement. However, current security researches on WSN are insufficient to support such environments since their designs only considered the static environments. In this paper, we propose the efficient node authentication and key exchange protocol that reduces the overhead in node re-authentication and also provides untraceability of mobile nodes. Compared with previous protocols, our protocol has only a third of communication and computational overhead. We expect our protocol to be the efficient solution that increases the lifetime of sensor network.

  18. Nonadiabatic eigenfunctions can have conical nodes

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    Foster, Peter W.; Peters, William K.; Jonas, David M.

    2017-09-01

    It has been argued the total vibrational probability amplitude for a molecular nonadiabatic eigenfunction should not have nodes unless required by symmetry. For a model with two nonadiabatically coupled electronic states, exact factorization of nonadiabatic eigenfunctions into a total vibrational probability amplitude and a normalized electronic factor reveals zero-dimensional nodes in nonadiabatic eigenfunctions over a two-dimensional vibrational space. These conical nodes have the shape of a right elliptical cone with the node at the vertex. Low dimensionality nodes are likely when the number of nonadiabatically coupled electronic states is less than or equal to the dimensionality of the vibrational space.

  19. Pregabalin-induced first degree atrioventricular block in a young patient treated for pain from extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

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    Schiavo, Alessandra; Stagnaro, Francesca M; Salzano, Andrea; Marra, Alberto M; Bobbio, Emanuele; Valente, Pietro; Grassi, Simona; Miniero, Martina; Arcopinto, Michele; Matarazzo, Margherita; Napoli, Raffaele; Cittadini, Antonio

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    Pregabalin, widely used in the treatment of several pain disorders, is usually well tolerated. Uncommonly, the drug may induce cardiac side effects, rarely prolongation of the PR interval. The latter has never been described in patients with healthy heart or normal renal function. We characterize a unique case of a young man with extrapulmonary tuberculosis and no detectable or known cardiac or kidney diseases, treated with pregabalin to control the severe pain due to the involvement of the spinal cord by the tuberculosis, showing an atrioventricular (AV) block due to pregabalin administration. The reported case emphasizes the need of monitoring PR interval during treatment with pregabalin, even in patients without background of cardiac or renal diseases.

  20. Targeted Delivery of Immunomodulators to Lymph Nodes

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    Jamil Azzi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Active-targeted delivery to lymph nodes represents a major advance toward more effective treatment of immune-mediated disease. The MECA79 antibody recognizes peripheral node addressin molecules expressed by high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. By mimicking lymphocyte trafficking to the lymph nodes, we have engineered MECA79-coated microparticles containing an immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus. Following intravenous administration, MECA79-bearing particles showed marked accumulation in the draining lymph nodes of transplanted animals. Using an allograft heart transplant model, we show that targeted lymph node delivery of microparticles containing tacrolimus can prolong heart allograft survival with negligible changes in tacrolimus serum level. Using MECA79 conjugation, we have demonstrated targeted delivery of tacrolimus to the lymph nodes following systemic administration, with the capacity for immune modulation in vivo.

  1. Targeted Delivery of Immunomodulators to Lymph Nodes.

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    Azzi, Jamil; Yin, Qian; Uehara, Mayuko; Ohori, Shunsuke; Tang, Li; Cai, Kaimin; Ichimura, Takaharu; McGrath, Martina; Maarouf, Omar; Kefaloyianni, Eirini; Loughhead, Scott; Petr, Jarolim; Sun, Qidi; Kwon, Mincheol; Tullius, Stefan; von Andrian, Ulrich H; Cheng, Jianjun; Abdi, Reza

    2016-05-10

    Active-targeted delivery to lymph nodes represents a major advance toward more effective treatment of immune-mediated disease. The MECA79 antibody recognizes peripheral node addressin molecules expressed by high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. By mimicking lymphocyte trafficking to the lymph nodes, we have engineered MECA79-coated microparticles containing an immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus. Following intravenous administration, MECA79-bearing particles showed marked accumulation in the draining lymph nodes of transplanted animals. Using an allograft heart transplant model, we show that targeted lymph node delivery of microparticles containing tacrolimus can prolong heart allograft survival with negligible changes in tacrolimus serum level. Using MECA79 conjugation, we have demonstrated targeted delivery of tacrolimus to the lymph nodes following systemic administration, with the capacity for immune modulation in vivo. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Lymph Node Yield in Primary Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection for Nonseminoma Germ Cell Tumors.

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    Nayan, Madhur; Jewett, Michael A S; Sweet, Joan; Anson-Cartwright, Lynn; Bedard, Philippe L; Moore, Malcolm; Chung, Peter; Warde, Padraig; Hamilton, Robert J

    2015-08-01

    The number of lymph nodes removed at surgery for various malignancies has diagnostic and prognostic value. However, there are limited data on the significance of the number of nodes removed at retroperitoneal lymph node dissection performed for testicular nonseminoma germ cell tumors. From 1979 to 2012 primary open retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was performed by a single experienced surgeon for clinical stage I/II testicular nonseminoma germ cell tumor in 157 patients. Node count was available in 111 cases (71%). Factors associated with total node count and nodes with viable cancer were assessed by linear regression. The association between node count and time to relapse was assessed by multivariate Cox proportional hazards models controlled for adjuvant chemotherapy. The median total lymph node count was 28 (IQR 19-38). Patient age, cancer laterality, body mass index, clinical stage, time from orchiectomy to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, pathologist and lymph node dissection year were not associated with total lymph node count. A viable germ cell tumor was found in 70 patients (63%). Total node yield was not associated with nodal cancer metastasis. After lymph node dissection 17 patients (16%) received adjuvant chemotherapy. At a median 57-month followup 18 cases (17%) relapsed after primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Increasing total node count was associated with a decreased risk of relapse on univariate and multivariate analysis (HR 0.96, 95% CI 0.92-0.99, p = 0.03 and HR 0.94, 95% CI 0.89-0.99, p = 0.017, respectively). No analyzed clinical or pathological variable was associated with the node yield of primary retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. However, there may be a relationship between the total node yield at retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and the risk of relapse. Copyright © 2015 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Altered left ventricular vortex ring formation by 4-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging after repair of atrioventricular septal defects.

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    Calkoen, Emmeline E; Elbaz, Mohammed S M; Westenberg, Jos J M; Kroft, Lucia J M; Hazekamp, Mark G; Roest, Arno A W; van der Geest, Rob J

    2015-11-01

    During normal left ventricular (LV) filling, a vortex ring structure is formed distal to the left atrioventricular valve (LAVV). Vortex structures contribute to efficient flow organization. We aimed to investigate whether LAVV abnormality in patients with a corrected atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) has an impact on vortex ring formation. Whole-heart 4D flow MRI was performed in 32 patients (age: 26 ± 12 years), and 30 healthy subjects (age: 25 ± 14 years). Vortex ring cores were detected at peak early (E-peak) and peak late filling (A-peak). When present, the 3-dimensional position and orientation of the vortex ring was defined, and the circularity index was calculated. Through-plane flow over the LAVV, and the vortex formation time (VFT), were quantified to analyze the relationship of vortex flow with the inflow jet. Absence of a vortex ring during E-peak (healthy subjects 0%, vs patients 19%; P = .015), and A-peak (healthy subjects 10% vs patients 44%; P = .008) was more frequent in patients. In 4 patients, this was accompanied by a high VFT (5.1-7.8 vs 2.4 ± 0.6 in healthy subjects), and in another 2 patients with abnormal valve anatomy. In patients compared with controls, the vortex cores had a more-anterior and apical position, closer to the ventricular wall, with a more-elliptical shape and oblique orientation. The shape of the vortex core closely resembled the valve shape, and its orientation was related to the LV inflow direction. This study quantitatively shows the influence of abnormal LAVV and LV inflow on 3D vortex ring formation during LV inflow in patients with corrected AVSD, compared with healthy subjects. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  4. Long-term outcome in patients receiving permanent pacemaker implantation for atrioventricular block: Comparison of VDD and DDD pacing.

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    Liao, Jo-Nan; Chao, Tze-Fan; Tuan, Ta-Chuan; Kong, Chi-Woon; Chen, Shih-Ann

    2016-08-01

    A permanent pacemaker (PPM) with dual chamber pacing (DDD) offers atrioventricular synchronization for patients with atrioventricular block (AVB). Single lead atrial synchronous ventricular pacing mode (VDD) is an alternative, but there are concerns about its efficacy and risk of atrial undersensing. Whether VDD can be a good alternative in patients with AVB remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to compare the long-term risk of mortality of VDD with DDD pacing.A total of 207 patients undergoing PPM implantations for AVB with VDD mode were enrolled from 2000 to 2013. Another 828 age- and sex-matched patients undergoing DDD implantations during the same period of time were selected as the control group in a 1 to 4 ratio. The study endpoint was mortality.A total of 1035 patients (64.3% male) were followed up for 46.5 ± 43.2 months. The mean ages were 75.0 years for VDD, and 74.9 years for DDD. The Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed no significant difference in long-term survival between the VDD and DDD groups (log-rank P = 0.313). After adjustment for baseline characteristics, the VDD and DDD groups had a similar long-term prognosis with an adjusted hazard ratio of 0.875 (P = 0.445). Further analyses for the risk of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular deaths also showed no significant differences between the 2 groups.The long-term prognosis of VDD mode is comparable to that of DDD mode. Single lead VDD can be considered as an alternative choice in patients with AVB without sinus nodal dysfunction.

  5. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia: Success Rates and Complications during 14 Years of Experience

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    Mansour Moghaddam

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA has been introduced as the treatment of choice for supraventricular tachycardia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the success rate as well as procedural and in-hospital complications of RFCA for the treatment of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT.Methods: Between March 1995 and February 2009, 544 patients (75.9% female, age: 48.89 ± 13.19 years underwent 548 RFCAs for AVNRT in two large university hospitals. Echocardiography was performed for all the patients before and after the procedure. Electrocardiograms were recorded on digital multichannel systems (EP-Med or Bard EP system. Anticoagulation was initiated during the procedure.Results: From the 548 patients, 36 had associated arrhythmias, atrial flutter (4%, atrial fibrillation (0.7%, concurrent atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter (0.7%, and concealed atrioventricular pathway (0.4%. The overall success rate was 99.6%. There were 21 (3.9% transient III-degree AV blocks (up to a few seconds and 4 (0.7% prolonged II- or III-degree AV blocks, 2 (0.25% of which required permanent pacemaker insertion, 3(0.5% deep vein thrombosis, and one (0.2% arteriovenous fistula following the procedure. No difference was observed in the echocardiography parameters before and after the ablation.Conclusion: RFCA had a high success rate. The complication rate was generally low and in the above-mentioned centers it was similar to those in other large centers worldwide. Echocardiography showed no difference before and after the ablation. The results from this study showed that the risk of permanent II or III-degree AV block in patients undergoing RFCA was low and deep vein thrombosis was the second important complication. There was no risk of life-threatening complications.

  6. Embryonic Ethanol Exposure Dysregulates BMP and Notch Signaling, Leading to Persistent Atrio-Ventricular Valve Defects in Zebrafish.

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    Swapnalee Sarmah

    Full Text Available Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD, birth defects associated with ethanol exposure in utero, includes a wide spectrum of congenital heart defects (CHDs, the most prevalent of which are septal and conotruncal defects. Zebrafish FASD model was used to dissect the mechanisms underlying FASD-associated CHDs. Embryonic ethanol exposure (3-24 hours post fertilization led to defects in atrio-ventricular (AV valvulogenesis beginning around 37 hpf, a morphogenetic event that arises long after ethanol withdrawal. Valve leaflets of the control embryos comprised two layers of cells confined at the compact atrio-ventricular canal (AVC. Ethanol treated embryos had extended AVC and valve forming cells were found either as rows of cells spanning the AVC or as unorganized clusters near the AV boundary. Ethanol exposure reduced valve precursors at the AVC, but some ventricular cells in ethanol treated embryos exhibited few characteristics of valve precursors. Late staged larvae and juvenile fish exposed to ethanol during embryonic development had faulty AV valves. Examination of AVC morphogenesis regulatory networks revealed that early ethanol exposure disrupted the Bmp signaling gradient in the heart during valve formation. Bmp signaling was prominent at the AVC in controls, but ethanol-exposed embryos displayed active Bmp signaling throughout the ventricle. Ethanol exposure also led to mislocalization of Notch signaling cells in endocardium during AV valve formation. Normally, highly active Notch signaling cells were organized at the AVC. In ethanol-exposed embryos, highly active Notch signaling cells were dispersed throughout the ventricle. At later stages, ethanol-exposed embryos exhibited reduced Wnt/β-catenin activity at the AVC. We conclude that early embryonic ethanol exposure alters Bmp, Notch and other signaling activities during AVC differentiation leading to faulty valve morphogenesis and valve defects persist in juvenile fish.

  7. Sentinel node biopsy during thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy for advanced esophageal cancer

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    Boone, Judith; Hobbelink, Monique G G|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304816469; Schipper, Marguerite E I; Vleggaar, Frank P|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/204506174; Borel Rinkes, Inne H M|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/10221350X; de Haas, Robbert J; Ruurda, Jelle P|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/257561021; van Hillegersberg, Richard|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/110706242

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Omitting extensive lymph node dissection could reduce esophagectomy morbidity in patients without lymph node metastases. Sentinel node biopsy may identify abdominal or thoracic lymph node metastases, thereby differentiating treatment. Feasibility of this approach was investigated in

  8. Localizing and placement of network node functions in a network

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    Strijkers, R.J.; Meulenhoff, P.J.

    2014-01-01

    The invention enables placement and use of a network node function in a second network node instead of using the network node function in a first network node. The network node function is e.g. a server function or a router function. The second network node is typically located in or close to the

  9. [Cervical lymph node tuberculosis: diagnosis and treatment].

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    Zaatar, R; Biet, A; Smail, A; Strunski, V; Page, C

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the advantages of surgery for diagnosis and treatment of cervical lymph node tuberculosis. This was a retrospective study from 1st January 1998 to 31st December 2007 including 30 patients with cervical lymph node tuberculosis. The population included 60% autochthones with a mean age of 47.1 years and a female predominance (73.33%). The lymph nodes were most often supraclavicular, unilateral, firm, and a mean 3 cm at its largest span. Lymph nodes were excised for diagnosis in 22 patients, which demonstrated specific granulomatous and giant cell lesions with caseous necrosis in 21 patients out of 22. Five abscessed adenopathies required surgical drainage, and three cases required repeated lymph node cleaning after well-conducted medical treatment. Surgery retains an important place in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical lymph node tuberculosis.

  10. Lymph-node Involvement in Tuberculoid Leprosy

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    R V Koranne

    1979-01-01

    Full Text Available Twenty two untreated cases, of proved tuberculoid leprosy and five healthy persons in the control group were studied histopathologically for involvement of the lymph nodes. 54 % (12 cases in the study group showed positive evidence of lymph node involvement. Ten patients (45.45% showed the presence of granuloma in the lymph nodes. Eight (36.36% had acid fast bacilli in the lymph nodes: six (75% of them had granulomas as well and in two cases (25% bacilli were present without granulomatous foci. There was no evidence of tuberculosis. In the control group none showed any pathology in the lymph nodes. In two cases, the leprous granuloma and bacilli were seen in lymph nodes which were outside lymphatic drainage area of the cutaneous lesions. 36.84% of these cases also showed evidence of leprous pathology in the liver.

  11. The retrograde P-wave theory: explaining ST segment depression in supraventricular tachycardia by retrograde AV node conduction.

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    Rivera, Santiago; De La Paz Ricapito, Maria; Conde, Diego; Verdu, Mariano Badra; Roux, Jean François; Paredes, Félix Ayala

    2014-09-01

    Pseudo ischemic ST segment changes during supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are not yet fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether venticulo-atrial (VA) conduction during SVT may be a possible mechanism for ST depression (STd) in SVT. Patients undergoing SVT ablation (2010-2012) were analyzed (n = 72).Typical atrioventricular node reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) and atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia (AVRT) were included. Those with STd were compared to those without STd. VA interval length, tachycardia cycle length (TCL), and retrograde P-wave activation during SVT were assessed. Retrograde P waves arriving simultaneously with the ST segment (PWST) during SVT were considered, whenever an atrial electrogram (measured from the high right atrium) was "on time" with the ST segment. Patients with STd during SVT presented longer VA intervals than those without STd (VA 100 ± 37 ms vs VA 69 ± 22 ms; P = 0.006). No differences in TCL were observed (TCL 333 ± 35 ms vs TCL 360 ± 22 ms; P = 0.1). PWST was observed in 38.5% of patients with AVNRT and STd versus 0% in those without STd. The TCL was similar in both groups (355 ± 25 ms vs 334 ± 18 ms; P = 0.1). In patients with AVRT and STd, PWST was present in 81% of cases versus 0% in those without STd. The TCL was also similar (330 ± 29 ms vs 346 ± 17 ms; P = 0.1). STd during SVT is observed at long VA intervals when the retrograde P wave matches the ST segment, without dependence on the TCL. This suggests that STd is not necessarily rate dependent but a result of a fusion between the ST segment and the P wave. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Efeitos da mudança de modo de estimulação ventricular para atrioventricular sobre a qualidade de vida em pacientes com cardiopatia chagásica e bloqueio atrioventricular na troca eletiva do gerador de pulsos Health-related quality of life in patients with Chagas' cardiomiopathy and complete atrioventricular block at elective pulse generator replacement: effects of pacing mode upgraded from VVI to DDD

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    Luiz Antonio Castilho Teno

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da mudança de modo de estimulação ventricular para atrioventricular sobre a qualidade de vida em pacientes com cardiopatia chagásica e bloqueio atrioventricular, na troca eletiva do gerador de pulsos. MÉTODO: No período de 8 de setembro de 2001 a 18 de março de 2004, no Instituto do Coração da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo e no Hospital de Beneficência Portuguesa de Ribeirão Preto, foram estudados comparativamente sob estimulação ventricular e atrioventricular 27 pacientes com cardiopatia chagásica e bloqueio atrioventricular, com indicação de troca eletiva do gerador de pulsos. Os pacientes foram analisados na inclusão do estudo e alternadamente no modo ventricular e atrioventricular em duas fases com duração de 90 dias, considerando-se o comportamento clínico, avaliado pela qualidade de vida. A análise estatística foi realizada na condição basal, modo VVI e modo DDD, utilizando-se o teste de variância para medidas repetidas, considerando-se nível de significância de 0,05. RESULTADOS: Não foram detectadas diferenças de comportamento na qualidade de vida, avaliada pela capacidade funcional pelo estado geral e pela vitalidade, entre os dois modos de estimulação cardíaca estudados. Ocorreram três casos de complicações relacionadas à mudança de modo de estimulação: dois casos de taquiarritmias atriais conduzidas pelo marcapasso e um caso de deslocamento de eletrodo atrial. CONCLUSÕES: A análise comparativa da estimulação ventricular com a atrioventricular, na troca eletiva do gerador, demonstrou que não houve diferença de comportamento clínico sobre a qualidade de vida.OBJECTIVE: Health-related quality of life in patients with Chagas' cardiomyopathy and complete atrioventricular block at elective pulse generator replacement: effects of pacing mode upgraded from VVI to DDD. METHOD: From September 8, 2001 to March 18, 2004, at the Instituto do Cora

  13. Functional Testing of Wireless Sensor Node Designs

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    Virk, Kashif M.; Madsen, Jan

    2007-01-01

    test approach can enable their conformance to design and deployment specifications. We discuss off-line, hierarchical, functional testing of complete wireless sensor nodes containing configurable logic through a combination of FPGA-based board test and Software-Based Self-Test (SBST) techniques....... The proposed functional test methodology has been applied to a COTS-based sensor node development platform and can be applied, in general, for testing all types of wireless sensor node designs....

  14. The complex network reliability and influential nodes

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    Li, Kai; He, Yongfeng

    2017-08-01

    In order to study the complex network node important degree and reliability, considering semi-local centrality, betweenness centrality and PageRank algorithm, through the simulation method to gradually remove nodes and recalculate the importance in the random network, small world network and scale-free network. Study the relationship between the largest connected component and node removed proportion, the research results show that betweenness centrality and PageRank algorithm based on the global information network are more effective for evaluating the importance of nodes, and the reliability of the network is related to the network topology.

  15. Node for Front-End Developers

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    2012-01-01

    If you know how to use JavaScript in the browser, you already have the skills you need to put JavaScript to work on back-end servers with Node. This hands-on book shows you how to use this popular JavaScript platform to create simple server applications, communicate with the client, build dynamic pages, work with data, and tackle other tasks. Although Node has a complete library of developer-contributed modules to automate server-side development, this book will show you how to program with Node on your own, so you truly understand the platform. Discover firsthand how well Node works as a we

  16. [Advantages and controversies regarding physiologic electrostimulation of the heart in sinus node disease].

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    Swiatecka, G; Wilczek, R; Lewicka, E; Lubiński, A; Kubica, J; Orzelski, J; Głowacki, J; Fiutowski, T; Wajda, Z

    1995-09-01

    Pacing mode in sinus node disease (SND) is one of controversies in cardiac pacing. We evaluated atrial pacing mode (AAI) in SND patients (pts). Between 1985 and 1994 AAI pacemaker was inserted in 179 pts due to symptomatic SND of varied etiology. The majority of pts (91.6%) were free from syncopal episodes after AAI implantation, in 15 pts (8.4%) syncopes were occasionally observed due to disturbances in pacemaker function, AVB III degrees, vaso-vagal syndrome, orthostatic hypotonia or atherosclerotic insufficiency of the cerebral circulation. In 49 (51%) out of 96 pts with brady-tachy syndrome (BTS), episodes of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia were not observed after AAI insertion and in the majority of the remaining pts the frequency of the episodes decreased significantly. Chronic atrial fibrillation developed in 5 (5.2%) pts. In some of the pts the symptoms related to chronic heart failure decreased or disappeared. A reoperation was performed in 44 (24%) pts due to electrode dislocation or fracture, atrio-ventricular conduction disturbances, an increase in pacing threshold or due to local infections. During the follow-up period 13 (7.3%) pts died of reasons unrelated to cardiac pacing therapy. In the majority of SND pts AAI pacing mode prevents from syncopal episodes caused by sinus node disfunction. It decreases the symptoms of heart failure in SND pts and stabilizes the sinus rhythm in the majority of BTS pts. Complications accompanying AAI do not post a major threat for the pts and can be easily resolved. They should by no means discourage from AAI implantation in SND.

  17. An extremely rare clinical entity: congenitally corrected transposition with situs ınversus and single coronary artery presented with complete atrioventricular block in a young man.

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    Cirakoglu, Omer Faruk; Bayraktar, Ali; Sayin, Muhammet Rasit

    2018-02-12

    Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries is a rare form of CHD. Situs inversus is a much less common variant of a congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries. In rare cases, transposition events may be accompanied by various cardiac anomalies. However, situs inversus patients with congenitally corrected transposition, single coronary artery anomaly, and atrioventricular block together have not been reported previously. This combination of abnormalities is presented as a first in the literature.

  18. Acquired Left Atrial-to-Right Ventricular Shunt with Mitral Valve Incompetence: A Rare Sequela after Repair of Atrioventricular Septal Defect

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    Mohapatra, Srikant; Minhas, Harpreet Singh; Virmani, Sanjula; Mishra, Bana Bihari; Mukherjee, Kaushik; Banerjee, Amit

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    Acquired left ventricular-to-right atrial communication is encountered periodically. This condition is chiefly attributable to surgical mishaps, trauma, endocarditis, or endomyocardial biopsy. In a few instances, a Gerbode-like defect develops after the repair of an atrioventricular septal defect. Our search of the worldwide medical literature revealed just 1 report of a “mirror” occurrence of a Gerbode-like defect: a shunt between the left atrium and the right ventricle.

  19. Occurrence of primarily noninducible atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia after radiofrequency delivery in the slow pathway region during empirical slow pathway modulation.

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    Wegner, Felix Konrad; Bögeholz, Nils; Leitz, Patrick; Frommeyer, Gerrit; Dechering, Dirk Georg; Kochhäuser, Simon; Lange, Philipp Sebastian; Köbe, Julia; Wasmer, Kristina; Mönnig, Gerold; Eckardt, Lars; Pott, Christian

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    The first-line therapy for atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) is catheter-based slow pathway modulation. If AVNRT is not inducible during an electrophysiological study, an empirical slow pathway modulation (ESPM) may be considered in patients with dual atrioventricular nodal physiology and/or a typical electrocardiogram (ECG). We screened 149 symptomatic patients who underwent ESPM in our department between 1993 and 2013. All patients fulfilled the following criteria: (1) either dual atrioventricular nodal (AVN) physiology with up to 2 AVN echo beats or characteristic ECG documentation or both, (2) noninducibility of AVNRT by programmed stimulation, and (3) completion of a telephone questionnaire for long-term follow-up. Out of this population we retrospectively investigated 13 patients who were primarily noninducible but in whom an AVNRT occurred during or after radiofrequency (RF) delivery. When AVNRT occurred, the procedure lost its empirical character, and RF delivery was continued until the procedural endpoint of noninducibility of AVNRT. This endpoint was reached in all but one patient (92%). After a follow-up of 73 ± 15 months, this patient was the only one who reported no benefit from the procedure. Out of 149 initially noninducible patients, a considerable number (9%) exhibited AVNRT during or after RF delivery. These patients crossed over from empirical to controlled slow pathway modulation resulting in a good clinical outcome. Our observations should encourage electrophysiologists to repeat programmed stimulation even after initial empirical RF delivery to retest for inducibility. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Does sentinel lymph node biopsy have a role in node- positive head ...

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    lymph nodes (SLNs) detected on lymphoscintigraphy were marked on the skin using a radioactive tracer. In the operating theatre and after induction of general anaesthesia, 1 - 2 ml of methylene blue dye was injected into the mucosa and submucosa surrounding. Does sentinel lymph node biopsy have a role in node-.

  1. Non-sentinel lymph node metastases associated with isolated breast cancer cells in the sentinel node.

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    Deurzen, C.H. van; Boer, M. de; Monninkhof, E.M.; Bult, P.; Wall, E. van der; Tjan-Heijnen, V.C.; Diest, P.J. van

    2008-01-01

    There are many reports on the frequency of non-sentinel lymph node involvement when isolated tumor cells are found in the sentinel node, but results and recommendations for the use of an axillary lymph node dissection differ among studies. This systematic review was conducted to give an overview of

  2. Role of dynamic sentinel node biopsy in carcinoma penis with or without palpable nodes

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    N Kathiresan

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: DSLNB is a useful and reliable technique to identify the involved node(s in patients diagnosed as having carcinoma penis with clinical N0 status (with or without palpable nodes. It helps to avoid the morbidity associated with a staging inguinal dissection in these patients.

  3. Localized Lymph Node Light Chain Amyloidosis

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    Binod Dhakal

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    Full Text Available Immunoglobulin-derived light chain amyloidosis can occasionally be associated with localized disease. We present a patient with localized lymph node light chain amyloidosis without an underlying monoclonal protein or lymphoproliferative disorder and review the literature of lymph node amyloidosis discussing work-up and risk factors for systemic progression.

  4. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral cancer

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Sørensen, Jens Ahm; Grupe, Peter

    2005-01-01

    AND METHODS: Forty patients (17 F and 23 M, aged 32-90) with 24 T1 and 16 T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. Planar lymphoscintigraphy, emission and transmission tomography were performed. Detection and excision of the sentinel nodes were guided by a gamma probe. The sentinel nodes were step...

  5. Axillary recurrence after sentinel lymph node biopsy

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    van der Vegt, B; Doting, MHE; Jager, PL; Wesseling, J; de Vries, J

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) without further axillary dissection in patients with sentinel node-negative breast carcinoma appears to be a safe procedure to ensure locoregional control. During a median follow-up of 35 months the false-negative rate was 1% in our study population of 185 patients.

  6. A node architecture for disaster relief networking

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    Hoeksema, F.W.; Heskamp, M.; Schiphorst, Roelof; Slump, Cornelis H.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we present node architecture for a personal node in a cognitive ad-hoc disaster relief network. This architecture is motivated from the network system requirements, especially single-hop distance and jamming-resilience requirements. It is shown that the power consumption of current-day

  7. Contrast enhanced ultrasound of sentinel lymph nodes

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    Full Text Available Sentinel lymph nodes are the first lymph nodes in the region that receive lymphatic drainage from a primary tumor. The detection or exclusion of sentinel lymph node micrometastases is critical in the staging of cancer, especially breast cancer and melanoma because it directly affects patient’s prognosis and surgical management. Currently, intraoperative sentinel lymph node biopsies using blue dye and radioisotopes are the method of choice for the detection of sentinel lymph node with high identification rate. In contrast, conventional ultrasound is not capable of detecting sentinel lymph nodes in most cases. Contrast enhanced ultrasound with contrast specific imaging modes has been used for the evaluation and diagnostic work-up of peripherally located suspected lymphadenopathy. The method allows for real-time analysis of all vascular phases and the visualization of intranodal focal “avascular” areas that represent necrosis or deposits of neoplastic cells. In recent years, a number of animal and human studies showed that contrast enhanced ultrasound can be also used for the detection of sentinel lymph node, and may become a potential application in clinical routine. Several contrast agents have been used in those studies, including albumin solution, hydroxyethylated starch, SonoVue®, Sonazoid® and Definity®. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the use of ultrasound techniques in detection and evaluation of sentinel lymph node.

  8. Sentinel lymph node identification with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Pouw, Joost Jacob

    2016-01-01

    Most solid malignancies have a tendency to spread through the lymphatic system to locoregional lymph nodes. Presence of metastasis is an important prognostic factor, and is used to determine the optimal treatment of the patient. The sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) receive direct lymphatic drainage from

  9. Locating influential nodes in complex networks

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    Malliaros, Fragkiskos D.; Rossi, Maria-Evgenia G.; Vazirgiannis, Michalis

    2016-01-01

    Understanding and controlling spreading processes in networks is an important topic with many diverse applications, including information dissemination, disease propagation and viral marketing. It is of crucial importance to identify which entities act as influential spreaders that can propagate information to a large portion of the network, in order to ensure efficient information diffusion, optimize available resources or even control the spreading. In this work, we capitalize on the properties of the K-truss decomposition, a triangle-based extension of the core decomposition of graphs, to locate individual influential nodes. Our analysis on real networks indicates that the nodes belonging to the maximal K-truss subgraph show better spreading behavior compared to previously used importance criteria, including node degree and k-core index, leading to faster and wider epidemic spreading. We further show that nodes belonging to such dense subgraphs, dominate the small set of nodes that achieve the optimal spreading in the network.

  10. Anesthetic management of a child with complete atrioventricular septal defect and single ventricle posted for noncardiac surgery

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    Mir, Aabid Hussain; Ali, Zulfiqar; Dar, Bashir Ahmad; Naqash, Imtiaz A.; Bashir, Samreena

    2016-01-01

    Congenital heart defects are associated with various physiological disturbances. They pose anesthetic challenges for both cardiac and noncardiac surgeries. Atrioventricular septal defects are due to a developmental failure in the separation of atria and the ventricles into separate chambers and failure in the separation of mitral and tricuspid valves. We present a case of a child (1½ years), weighing 10 kg, diagnosed as congenital hydrocephalus who was planned for ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Child was having an oxygen saturation of 76% on room air. Anesthesia was induced with morphine and propofol. After tracheal intubation, saturation improved to 93%. Anesthesia was maintained with a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide along with isoflurane. Measures were taken to maintain normovolemia and avoid hypotension, hypoxia, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmias and acidosis. The patient remained hemodynamically stable, maintaining arterial blood gasses within normal limits. The overall intraoperative course remained uneventful. At the end of the procedure, patient was reversed with neostigmine 60 mcg/kg and glycopyrrolate 10 mcg/kg. Extubation was done after the child was alert and opening eyes and was shifted to intensive care on oxygen inhalation for further monitoring. PMID:27746571

  11. High Degree Atrioventricular Block Complicating Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Incidence, Predictors and Outcomes.

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    Shacham, Yacov; Leshem-Rubinow, Eran; Steinvil, Arie; Keren, Gad; Roth, Arie; Arbel, Yaron

    2015-05-01

    In the era of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI), information on the incidence and prognostic significance of high degree atrioventricular block (AVB) in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients is limited. To assess the incidence, time of onset, predictors and prognostic significance of high degree AVB in a large cohort of consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI. We retrospectively studied 1244 consecutive STEMI patients undergoing PPCI. Patient records were reviewed for the presence of high degree AVB, its time of occurrence and relation to in-hospital complications, as well as long-term mortality over a 5 year period. High degree AVB was present in 33 patients (3.0%), in 25 (76%) of whom the conduction disorder occurred prior to PPCI. Twelve patients (36%) required temporary pacing, all prior to or during coronary intervention, and all AVB resolved spontaneously before hospital discharge. AVB was associated with a significantly higher 30 day (15% vs. 2.0%, P = 0.001) and long-term mortality rate (30% vs. 6.0%, P < 0.001). Time of AVB had no effect on mortality. In a multivariate regression model, AVB emerged as an independent predictor for long-term mortality (hazard ratio 2.8, 95% confidence interval 1.20-6.44, P = 0.001). High degree AVB remains a significant prognostic marker in STEMI patients in the PPCI era, albeit transient.

  12. Follow-up of a modified catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction in patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias.

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    Hsia, C P; Chen, S A; Tsang, W P; Wang, D C; Ting, C T; Wang, S P; Kong, C W; Chiang, B N; Chang, M S

    1992-11-01

    In order to reduce cumulative energy, minimize barotrauma and infranodal injury, a modified catheter ablation technique was performed on seventeen patients. These patients had drug refractory atrial tachyarrhythmias (AT) consisting of thirteen with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAf), three with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) with PAf, and one having SSS with rapid left atrial tachycardia. This technique, using the femoral approach, consisted of delivering a direct-current (DC) shock using a dual electrode configuration, to the ablation site adjacent the atrioventricular (AV) junction just before the disappearance of His deflection on the His bundle electrogram. After delivering 1-4 DV shock (mean 2.8) (cumulative energy 556 +/- 260 joules), 9 pts had first degree AV block (1st AVB) and 8 pts had complete AV block (CAVB). Only two pts had a right bundle branch block after ablation. During the clinical follow-up (15.4 +/- 2.7 months), sixteen pts were asymptomatic and were free of antiarrhythmic drugs. One pt was asymptomatic with quinidine which was ineffective before ablation. Pacemaker implantation was performed in 10 pts as a back-up for symptomatic SSS and CAVB. The results show this modified technique is relatively safe and effective.

  13. VATS-guided epicardial pacemaker implantation. Hand-sutured fixation of atrioventricular leads in an experimental setting.

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    Furrer, M; Fuhrer, J; Altermatt, H J; Ris, H; Mettler, D; Althaus, U; Carrel, T

    1997-12-01

    In neonates and infants epicardial stimulation may be preferred to endocardial stimulation because of growth-associated lead problems and the risk of vascular complications associated with transvenous electrodes. This study analyzes the feasibility of atrioventricular implantation of a new epicardial lead using the video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) technique in an animal model. Bipolar steroid-eluting epicardial leads were implanted in seven young white pigs. In five animals bipolar atrial and ventricular pacing leads (n = 10) were inserted and fixed by the VATS technique, while two animals served as controls and underwent implantation through anterolateral thoracotomy. Surgical feasibility, pacing, and sensing thresholds of the leads as well as hemodynamic parameters during pacing were studied. Histological changes beneath the electrodes were evaluated 1 week after the implantation. All animals survived the pacemaker lead implantation. One animal which underwent thoracotomy died because of irreversible ventricular fibrillation induced by rapid ventricular pacing. One animal in the VATS group exhibited intraoperative herniation of the heart through the pericardial window. All animals with left-sided VATS implantations demonstrated good individual pacing and sensing threshold values. The mean cardiac output was 1.6 times higher during AAI-mode pacing as compared to VVI-mode pacing at a heart rate of 140/min. One animal died postoperatively due to respiratory failure. No displacements of the pacemaker leads were observed in the survivors. While VATS-guided implantation of epicardial, atrial, and ventricular leads is feasible, technical improvements of the system are mandatory for safe clinical application.

  14. Amiodarone-Induced Third Degree Atrioventricular Block and Extreme QT Prolongation Generating Torsade Des Pointes in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Sequeira, Orlando Robert; Aquino, Nelson Javier; Gómez, Nancy Beatriz; García, Laura Beatriz; Cáceres, Cristina; Lovera, Oscar A; Centurión, Osmar Antonio

    2016-01-01

    Amiodarone is still the most potent antiarrhythmic drug in the prevention of life threatening ventricular arrhythmias and demonstrates a very low incidence of torsade de pointes. An unusual case of an 81-year-old woman who developed serious abnormalities of the conduction system of the heart and torsade des pointes during intravenous infusion of amiodarone for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is described. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case showing an association of intravenous amiodarone-induced third degree atrioventricular block and extreme QT interval prolongation generating torsade des pointes in a patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation who required an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Currently, amiodarone is still one of the few remaining treatment options for the medical therapeutic management of serious ventricular arrhythmias and to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation without increasing mortality or sudden cardiac death rates in heart failure patients like our elderly present patient. Nevertheless, we have to keep in mind that intravenous amiodarone may generate serious abnormalities of the conduction system of the heart and lethal ventricular arrhythmias in certain patients.

  15. Incidence and predictors of late atrioventricular conduction recovery among patients requiring permanent pacemaker for complete heart block after cardiac surgery.

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    Kiehl, Erich L; Makki, Tarek; Matar, Ralph M; Johnston, Douglas R; Rickard, John W; Tarakji, Khaldoun G; Kanj, Mohamed; Wazni, Oussama M; Saliba, Walid I; Varma, Niraj; Wilkoff, Bruce L; Cantillon, Daniel J

    2017-12-01

    New-onset complete heart block (CHB) commonly complicates cardiac surgery, for which some patients require a permanent pacemaker (PPM). Little is known regarding late atrioventricular (AV) conduction recovery. The purpose of this study was to characterize the incidence and predictors of late AV conduction recovery among patients requiring PPM after cardiac surgery. Consecutive patients receiving PPM for CHB after cardiac surgery at a high-volume U.S. center from 2000 to 2014 were evaluated. The primary outcome was late AV conduction recovery, defined as a reduction in ventricular pacing requirement to conduction recovery was 12% (n = 37), for whom the median ventricular pacing requirement decreased from 96% at implant to conduction abnormalities were present, including no recovery among patients with preoperative PR >200 ms and QRS >120 ms (n = 42). Multivariable analysis identified only female sex and transient AV conduction postoperatively as independent predictors of recovery (odds ratio 3.5; P conduction recovery is not uncommon after cardiac surgery, occurring in 1 of 8 patients within 6 months postoperatively. Preoperative AV conduction abnormalities were associated with decreased recovery, whereas female sex and transient postoperative AV conduction were associated with increased recovery. Copyright © 2017 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Reversibility of High-Grade Atrioventricular Block with Revascularization in Coronary Artery Disease without Infarction: A Literature Review

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    Full Text Available Complete atrioventricular (AV block is known to be reversible in some cases of acute inferior wall myocardial infarction (MI. The reversibility of high-grade AV block in non-MI coronary artery disease (CAD, however, is rarely described in the literature. Herein we perform a literature review to assess what is known about the reversibility of high-grade AV block after right coronary artery revascularization in CAD patients who present without an acute MI. To illustrate this phenomenon we describe a case of 2 : 1 AV block associated with unstable angina, in which revascularization resulted in immediate and durable restoration of 1 : 1 AV conduction, thereby obviating the need for permanent pacemaker implantation. The literature review suggests two possible explanations: a vagally mediated response or a mechanism dependent on conduction system ischemia. Due to the limited understanding of AV block reversibility following revascularization in non-acute MI presentations, it remains difficult to reliably predict which patients presenting with high-grade AV block in the absence of MI may have the potential to avoid permanent pacemaker implantation via coronary revascularization. We thus offer this review as a potential starting point for the approach to such patients.

  17. Isolated perifacial lymph node metastasis in oral squamous cell carcinoma with clinically node-negative neck.

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    Agarwal, Sangeet Kumar; Arora, Sowrabh Kumar; Kumar, Gopal; Sarin, Deepak

    2016-10-01

    The incidence of occult perifacial nodal disease in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma is not well reported. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of isolated perifacial lymph node metastasis in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma with a clinically node-negative neck. The study will shed light on current controversies and will provide valuable clinical and pathological information in the practice of routine comprehensive removal of these lymph node pads in selective neck dissection in the node-negative neck. Prospective analysis. This study was started in August 2011 when intraoperatively we routinely separated the lymph node levels from the main specimen for evaluation of the metastatic rate to different lymph node levels in 231 patients of oral squamous cell cancer with a clinically node-negative neck. The current study demonstrated that 19 (8.22%) out of 231 patients showed ipsilateral isolated perifacial lymph node involvement. The incidence of isolated perifacial nodes did not differ significantly between the oral tongue (7.14%) and buccal mucosa (7.75%). Incidence was statistically significant in cases with lower age group (oral squamous cell carcinoma with a clinically node-negative neck. The incidence of isolated perifacial involvement is high in cases of buccal mucosal and tongue cancers. A meticulous dissection of the perifacial nodes seems prudent when treating the neck in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. 4 Laryngoscope, 126:2252-2256, 2016. © 2016 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.

  18. Axillary lymph node management in breast cancer with positive sentinel lymph node biopsy.

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    Voutsadakis, Ioannis A; Spadafora, Silvana

    2015-02-10

    The surgical treatment of localized breast cancer has become progressively less aggressive over the years. The management of the axillary lymph nodes has been modified by the introduction of sentinel lymph node biopsy. Axillary dissection can be avoided in patients with sentinel lymph node negative biopsies. Based on randomized trials data, it has been proposed that no lymph node dissection should be carried out even in certain patients with sentinel lymph node positive biopsies. This commentary discusses the basis of such recommendations and cautions against a general omission of lymph node dissection in breast cancer patients with positive sentinel lymph node biopsies. Instead, an individualized approach based on axillary tumor burden and biology of the cancer should be considered.

  19. phylo-node: A molecular phylogenetic toolkit using Node.js.

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    Full Text Available Node.js is an open-source and cross-platform environment that provides a JavaScript codebase for back-end server-side applications. JavaScript has been used to develop very fast and user-friendly front-end tools for bioinformatic and phylogenetic analyses. However, no such toolkits are available using Node.js to conduct comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis.To address this problem, I have developed, phylo-node, which was developed using Node.js and provides a stable and scalable toolkit that allows the user to perform diverse molecular and phylogenetic tasks. phylo-node can execute the analysis and process the resulting outputs from a suite of software options that provides tools for read processing and genome alignment, sequence retrieval, multiple sequence alignment, primer design, evolutionary modeling, and phylogeny reconstruction. Furthermore, phylo-node enables the user to deploy server dependent applications, and also provides simple integration and interoperation with other Node modules and languages using Node inheritance patterns, and a customized piping module to support the production of diverse pipelines.phylo-node is open-source and freely available to all users without sign-up or login requirements. All source code and user guidelines are openly available at the GitHub repository: https://github.com/dohalloran/phylo-node.

  20. phylo-node: A molecular phylogenetic toolkit using Node.js.

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    O'Halloran, Damien M

    2017-01-01

    Node.js is an open-source and cross-platform environment that provides a JavaScript codebase for back-end server-side applications. JavaScript has been used to develop very fast and user-friendly front-end tools for bioinformatic and phylogenetic analyses. However, no such toolkits are available using Node.js to conduct comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis. To address this problem, I have developed, phylo-node, which was developed using Node.js and provides a stable and scalable toolkit that allows the user to perform diverse molecular and phylogenetic tasks. phylo-node can execute the analysis and process the resulting outputs from a suite of software options that provides tools for read processing and genome alignment, sequence retrieval, multiple sequence alignment, primer design, evolutionary modeling, and phylogeny reconstruction. Furthermore, phylo-node enables the user to deploy server dependent applications, and also provides simple integration and interoperation with other Node modules and languages using Node inheritance patterns, and a customized piping module to support the production of diverse pipelines. phylo-node is open-source and freely available to all users without sign-up or login requirements. All source code and user guidelines are openly available at the GitHub repository: https://github.com/dohalloran/phylo-node.

  1. WHOI MVCO 12m Node ADCP SOS

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Wave observations from the 12m node ADCP in the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) in the northwest Atlantic in coastal waters of North America. Extensive,...

  2. ARC Code TI: NodeMon

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NodeMon is a resource utilization monitor tailored to the Altix architecture, but is applicable to any Linux system or cluster. It allows distributed resource...

  3. Axillary node metastasis from primary ovarian carcinoma

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    Trupti S Patel

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    Full Text Available Metastasization and distinction from mammary carcinoma is of great clinical importance because of different treatment modalities. Here, we discuss a case of stage IIIC ovarian serous carcinoma, presenting with bilateral axillary nodes metastasis after 25 months interval of its initial presentation. Increased serum CA-125 level caused clinical suspicion. Computed tomography scan of abdomen and pelvis showed no residual disease or any abdominal lymphadenopathy. Mammography of both breast were normal. Bilateral axillary nodes were noted. Guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC and biopsy of ovarian carcinoma to axillary node is a rare event. Its recogn done. Cytomorphology revealed poorly differentiated carcinoma, compatible to that of primary ovarian tumor. Thus, metastatic carcinoma to axillary node from ovary was confirmed. This case illustrates a rare metastatic presentation of ovarian carcinoma and unequivocal role of FNAC to provide rapid diagnosis and preferred to be first line diagnostic procedure.

  4. Benign lymph node inclusions mimicking metastatic carcinoma.

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    Fisher, C. J.; Hill, S.; Millis, R. R.

    1994-01-01

    AIMS--To draw attention to non-neoplastic inclusions in axillary lymph nodes removed from women with primary breast cancer which may be mistaken for metastases. METHODS--Five examples of non-malignant inclusions were detected in axillary lymph nodes removed from women with mammary carcinoma. Immunohistochemical staining for CAM 5.2 and S100 markers, as well as morphological assessment were performed. RESULTS--Three of the five cases comprised naevus cells and two heterotopic epithelial elemen...

  5. Dynamically reassigning a connected node to a block of compute nodes for re-launching a failed job

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    Budnik, Thomas A [Rochester, MN; Knudson, Brant L [Rochester, MN; Megerian, Mark G [Rochester, MN; Miller, Samuel J [Rochester, MN; Stockdell, William M [Byron, MN

    2012-03-20

    Methods, systems, and products for dynamically reassigning a connected node to a block of compute nodes for re-launching a failed job that include: identifying that a job failed to execute on the block of compute nodes because connectivity failed between a compute node assigned as at least one of the connected nodes for the block of compute nodes and its supporting I/O node; and re-launching the job, including selecting an alternative connected node that is actively coupled for data communications with an active I/O node; and assigning the alternative connected node as the connected node for the block of compute nodes running the re-launched job.

  6. Complete atrioventricular block after percutaneous device closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defect: A single-center experience on 1046 cases.

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    Bai, Yuan; Xu, Xu-Dong; Li, Chang-Yong; Zhu, Jia-Qi; Wu, Hong; Chen, Shao-Ping; Chen, Feng; You, Xiao-Hua; Zhao, Xian-Xian; Qin, Yong-Wen

    2015-10-01

    Complete atrioventricular block (cAVB) has been deemed a rare complication after transcatheter closure for ventricular septal defect (VSD). However, this serious event appears to be underrecognized and is worth being investigated further. To determine the incidence and predisposing factors of cAVB associated with closure of VSD using a modified double-disk occluder (MDO). From December 21, 2001 to December 31, 2014, 1046 patients with perimembranous ventricular septal defect underwent percutaneous closure using the MDO. Electrocardiography was evaluated before the procedure, within 1 week after the procedure, and then at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and every year thereafter. Other baseline and procedural parameters were also evaluated and a comparison between patients requiring pacemakers and those not suffering from cAVB was done. cAVB occurred in 17 patients (1.63%) after the procedure. Of the 17 patients, 8 underwent permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation. The cAVB occurred within 30 days after the procedure in 14 patients and after 1 year in 3 patients. In comparison patients aged ≤18 years, patients aged >18 years were more prone to cAVB (P = .025). Logistic regression revealed no significant parameter to predict later requirement for PPM. The incidence of cAVB after transcatheter closure of VSD was acceptable, as part of the cAVB population recovered after administration of corticosteroid and application of a temporary pacemaker. Late cAVB (>1 year) appears to make it more difficult to restore normal conduction block. Because of the recurrence of cAVB, life-long follow-up with periodic electrocardiography examination may be mandatory. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  7. De Novo and Rare Variants at Multiple Loci Support the Oligogenic Origins of Atrioventricular Septal Heart Defects.

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    James R Priest

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Congenital heart disease (CHD has a complex genetic etiology, and recent studies suggest that high penetrance de novo mutations may account for only a small fraction of disease. In a multi-institutional cohort surveyed by exome sequencing, combining analysis of 987 individuals (discovery cohort of 59 affected trios and 59 control trios, and a replication cohort of 100 affected singletons and 533 unaffected singletons we observe variation at novel and known loci related to a specific cardiac malformation the atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD. In a primary analysis, by combining developmental coexpression networks with inheritance modeling, we identify a de novo mutation in the DNA binding domain of NR1D2 (p.R175W. We show that p.R175W changes the transcriptional activity of Nr1d2 using an in vitro transactivation model in HUVEC cells. Finally, we demonstrate previously unrecognized cardiovascular malformations in the Nr1d2tm1-Dgen knockout mouse. In secondary analyses we map genetic variation to protein-interaction networks suggesting a role for two collagen genes in AVSD, which we corroborate by burden testing in a second replication cohort of 100 AVSDs and 533 controls (p = 8.37e-08. Finally, we apply a rare-disease inheritance model to identify variation in genes previously associated with CHD (ZFPM2, NSD1, NOTCH1, VCAN, and MYH6, cardiac malformations in mouse models (ADAM17, CHRD, IFT140, PTPRJ, RYR1 and ATE1, and hypomorphic alleles of genes causing syndromic CHD (EHMT1, SRCAP, BBS2, NOTCH2, and KMT2D in 14 of 59 trios, greatly exceeding variation in control trios without CHD (p = 9.60e-06. In total, 32% of trios carried at least one putatively disease-associated variant across 19 loci,suggesting that inherited and de novo variation across a heterogeneous group of loci may contribute to disease risk.

  8. His or para-His pacing preserves left ventricular function in atrioventricular block: a double-blind, randomized, crossover study.

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    Kronborg, Mads B; Mortensen, Peter T; Poulsen, Steen H; Gerdes, Jens C; Jensen, Henrik K; Nielsen, Jens C

    2014-08-01

    To compare left ventricular function after a long-term His or para-His pacing (HP) and right ventricular septal pacing (RVSP) in patients with atrioventricular block (AVB). We included consecutive patients with AVB, a narrow QRS 0.40, in a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, crossover design. All patients were treated with 12 months HP and 12 months RVSP. A total of 38 patients [mean age, 67 ± 10 years; 30 (79%) men] were included. The primary endpoint was LVEF, which was significantly lower after a 12 months RVSP (0.50 ± 0.11) than after 12 months of HP (0.55 ± 0.10), P = 0.005. We measured the difference in time-to-peak systolic velocity between opposite basal segments in the apical views by using tissue Doppler imaging. In the four-chamber view, the difference was 58 (±7) ms after RVSP and 49 (±7) ms after HP, P = 0.27; in the two-chamber view, the difference was 45 (±5) ms after RVSP and 31 ±(4) ms after HP, P = 0.02, and in the apical long-axis view, the difference was 63 (±6) after RVSP and 44 (±7) after HP, P = 0.03. There was no difference in New York Heart Association class, 6-min hall walk test, quality-of-life assessments, or device-related complications. The mean threshold was significantly higher in HP leads than in RVSP leads. His or para-His pacing preserves LVEF and mechanical synchrony as compared with RVSP after 12 months pacing in patients with AVB, narrow QRS, and LVEF > 0.40. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Role of dynamic sentinel node biopsy in carcinoma penis with or without palpable nodes.

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    Kathiresan, N; Raja, Anand; Ramachandran, Krishna Kumar; Sundersingh, Shirley

    2016-01-01

    We aimed to evaluate the role of dynamic sentinel node biopsy (DSLNB) in patients diagnosed with carcinoma penis and clinically N0 disease using superficial inguinal dissection as the standard staging modality. Twenty consecutive men (40 groins) with carcinoma penis having clinically N0 status were enrolled in the study. Patients underwent DSLNB if fine needle aspiration cytology from the groin nodes was negative, followed by injection of radiocolloid and blue dye. The sentinel lymph node(s) were harvested. The inguinal incision was then extended and a modified superficial inguinal dissection was performed and all nodes were labeled separately and sent for frozen section. A completion deep inguinal with pelvic dissection was performed if any of the nodes were reported positive for malignancy. The median age of the patients was 52.5 years. Ten patients were smokers. Phimosis was present in five patients. Lesions were present over the glans penis and shaft in 18 and two patients, respectively. Wide local excision, partial penectomy and total penectomy were performed in one, 15 and four patients, respectively. Clinically palpable nodes were found in 19 groins. Median follow-up was 26 months. Nodes were positive in 10 groins. DSLNB missed the sentinel node in one groin. The accuracy and false-negative rate of DSLNB was 97.5% and 10%, respectively. DSLNB is a useful and reliable technique to identify the involved node(s) in patients diagnosed as having carcinoma penis with clinical N0 status (with or without palpable nodes). It helps to avoid the morbidity associated with a staging inguinal dissection in these patients.

  10. Pattern of Colon Cancer Lymph Node Metastases in Patients Undergoing Central Mesocolic Lymph Node Excision

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    Bertelsen, Claus A; Kirkegaard-Klitbo, Anders; Nielsen, Mingyuan

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Extended mesocolic lymph node dissection in colon cancer surgery seems to improve oncological outcome. A possible reason might be related to metastases in the central mesocolic lymph nodes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the pattern of mesocolic lymph node...... not considered appropriate. The risk of central mesocolic lymph node metastases for right-sided cancers varies between 1% and 22%. In sigmoid cancer, the risk is reported in ≤12% of the patients and is associated with advanced T stage. LIMITATIONS: The retrospective design and heterogeneity, in terms...

  11. In vivo and ex vivo sentinel node mapping does not identify the same lymph nodes in colon cancer.

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    Andersen, Helene Schou; Bennedsen, Astrid Louise Bjørn; Burgdorf, Stefan Kobbelgaard; Eriksen, Jens Ravn; Eiholm, Susanne; Toxværd, Anders; Riis, Lene Buhl; Rosenberg, Jacob; Gögenur, Ismail

    2017-07-01

    Identification of lymph nodes and pathological analysis is crucial for the correct staging of colon cancer. Lymph nodes that drain directly from the tumor area are called "sentinel nodes" and are believed to be the first place for metastasis. The purpose of this study was to perform sentinel node mapping in vivo with indocyanine green and ex vivo with methylene blue in order to evaluate if the sentinel lymph nodes can be identified by both techniques. Patients with colon cancer UICC stage I-III were included from two institutions in Denmark from February 2015 to January 2016. In vivo sentinel node mapping with indocyanine green during laparoscopy and ex vivo sentinel node mapping with methylene blue were performed in all patients. Twenty-nine patients were included. The in vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 19 cases, and ex vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 13 cases. In seven cases, no sentinel nodes were identified. A total of 51 sentinel nodes were identified, only one of these where identified by both techniques (2.0%). In vivo sentinel node mapping identified 32 sentinel nodes, while 20 sentinel nodes were identified by ex vivo sentinel node mapping. Lymph node metastases were found in 10 patients, and only two had metastases in a sentinel node. Placing a deposit in relation to the tumor by indocyanine green in vivo or of methylene blue ex vivo could only identify sentinel lymph nodes in a small group of patients.

  12. Predictors of hospitalization for heart failure and of all-cause mortality after atrioventricular nodal ablation and right ventricular pacing for atrial fibrillation

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    Björkenheim, Anna; Brandes, Axel; Andersson, Tommy

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: Atrioventricular junction ablation (AVJA) is a highly effective treatment in patients with therapy refractory atrial fibrillation (AF) but renders the patient pacemaker dependent. We aimed to analyse the long-term incidence of hospitalization for heart failure (HF) and all-cause mortality...... hypertension and previous HF were independent predictors of death. CONCLUSION: The long-term hospitalization rate for HF and all-cause mortality was low, which implies that long-term ventricular pacing was not harmful in this patient population, including patients with unsuccessful repeated PVI....

  13. Risk markers of late high-degree atrioventricular block in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after an acute myocardial infarction: a CARISMA substudy

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    Gang, Uffe Jakob Ortved; Jøns, Christian; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch

    2011-01-01

    . An ILR was implanted for continuous arrhythmia surveillance. Risk stratification testing was performed at inclusion and 6 weeks after AMI. The tests included echocardiography, electrocardiogram (ECG), 24 h Holter monitoring, and an invasive electrophysiological study. High-degree atrioventricular block...... was documented in 28 (10%) patients during a median follow-up of 2.0 (0.4-2.0) years. Heart rate variability (HRV) measures and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia occurring at the week 6 Holter monitoring were highly predictive of HAVB. Power law slope

  14. Cardiac output response to changes of the atrioventricular delay in different body positions and during exercise in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy

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    Ståhlberg, Marcus; Damgaard, Morten; Norsk, Peter

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: The aim of this study was to study the haemodynamic effect of atrioventricular delay (AVD) modifications within a narrow range in different body positions and during exercise in patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS: The previously optimized AVD was shortened...... and prolonged by 40 ms in 27 CRT patients and 9 controls without heart failure. Cardiac output (CO) was measured by inert gas rebreathing (Innocor) as the average over different body positions (left-lateral, supine, sitting, standing, and exercise). In eight CRT patients with an implantable haemodynamic monitor.......61, Pnarrow range is larger in CRT patients than in normal...

  15. Modified Senning Procedure for Correction of Atrioventricular Discordance With Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, Atrial Situs Inversus, Dextrocardia, and Bilateral Superior Venae Cavae.

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    Sebastian, Vinod A; Guleserian, Kristine J; Juraszek, Amy; Kane, Colin; Hamzeh, Rabih; Forbess, Joseph M

    2015-10-01

    The Senning and Mustard baffles remain important techniques for the treatment of congenitally corrected transposition (cc-TGA), isolated ventricular inversion, and D-transposition of the great arteries with delayed presentation. We describe the treatment of an 8-month old infant with atrioventricular discordance, ventriculoarterial concordance, and dextrocardia with atrial situs inversus. A modified Senning procedure was performed through the "left-sided" atrium. Modifications of the Senning and Mustard baffles remain important tools in the treatment of rare conditions like isolated ventricular inversion. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Prognostic significance of number of nodes removed in patients with node-negative early cervical cancer.

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    Mao, Siyue; Dong, Jun; Li, Sheng; Wang, Yiqi; Wu, Peihong

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether the number of removed lymph nodes was associated with survival of patients with node-negative early cervical cancer and to analyze the prognostic significance of clinical and pathologic features in these patients. Patients with FIGO stage IA-IIB cervical cancer who underwent radical hysterectomy with lymphadenectomy without receiving preoperative therapy were reviewed retrospectively. Patients were all proved to have lymph-node-negative disease and classified into five groups based on the number of nodes removed. The Kaplan-Meier method and Cox's proportional hazards regression model were used in prognostic analysis. The final dataset included 359 patients: 45 (12.5%) patients had ≤10 nodes removed, 93 (25.9%) had 11-15, 98 (27.3%) had 16-20, 64 (17.8%) had 21-25, and 59 (16.4%) had >25 nodes removed. There was no association between the number of nodes removed and survival of patients with node-negative early cervical cancer (χ 2  = 6.19, P = 0.185). Similarly, subgroup analyses for FIGO stage IB1-IIB also showed that the number of lymph nodes was not significantly related to survival in each stage. Multivariate analyses showed that histology and depth of invasion were independent prognostic factors for survival in these patients. If a standardized lymphadenectomy is performed, the number of lymph nodes removed is not an independent prognostic factor for patients with node-negative early cervical cancer. Our study suggests that there is inconclusive evidence to support survival benefit of complete lymphadenectomy among these patients. © 2016 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  17. Detecting controlling nodes of boolean regulatory networks.

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    Schober, Steffen; Kracht, David; Heckel, Reinhard; Bossert, Martin

    2011-10-11

    Boolean models of regulatory networks are assumed to be tolerant to perturbations. That qualitatively implies that each function can only depend on a few nodes. Biologically motivated constraints further show that functions found in Boolean regulatory networks belong to certain classes of functions, for example, the unate functions. It turns out that these classes have specific properties in the Fourier domain. That motivates us to study the problem of detecting controlling nodes in classes of Boolean networks using spectral techniques. We consider networks with unbalanced functions and functions of an average sensitivity less than 23k, where k is the number of controlling variables for a function. Further, we consider the class of 1-low networks which include unate networks, linear threshold networks, and networks with nested canalyzing functions. We show that the application of spectral learning algorithms leads to both better time and sample complexity for the detection of controlling nodes compared with algorithms based on exhaustive search. For a particular algorithm, we state analytical upper bounds on the number of samples needed to find the controlling nodes of the Boolean functions. Further, improved algorithms for detecting controlling nodes in large-scale unate networks are given and numerically studied.

  18. Lymph node dissection in atypical endometrial hyperplasia.

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    Taşkın, Salih; Kan, Özgür; Dai, Ömer; Taşkın, Elif A; Koyuncu, Kazibe; Alkılıç, Ayşegül; Güngör, Mete; Ortaç, Fırat

    2017-09-01

    The rate of concomitant endometrial carcinoma in patients with atypical endometrial hyperplasia is high. We aimed to investigate the role of lymphadenectomy in deciding adjuvant treatment in patients with concomitant atypical endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial carcinoma. Women with atypical endometrial hyperplasia were enrolled in this retrospective study. Lymph node dissection was performed in only some patients who gave informed consent if their surgeon elected to do so, or if the intraoperative findings necessitated. The final histopathologic evaluations of surgical specimens were compared with endometrial biopsy results. Eighty eligible patients were evaluated. Seventy-two (90%) patients had complex hyperplasia with atypia, and 8 (10%) patients had simple hyperplasia with atypia. Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were performed to all patients; 37 also underwent lymph node dissection. Lymph node dissection was extended to the paraaortic region in 9 of 37 patients. The concomitant endometrial carcinoma rate was 50%. Two patients had lymph node metastasis. Among 40 cases of carcinoma, 17 had deep myometrial invasion and/or cervical or ovarian involvement or grade 2 tumors with superficial myometrial invasion on hysterectomy specimens; 27.5% of all carcinomas were stage Ib or higher. The concomitant endometrial carcinoma rate was high in patients with atypical endometrial hyperplasia. Nearly half of these patients had risk factors for extrauterine spread. Lymph node dissection might be helpful to decide adjuvant treatment.

  19. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in prostate cancer; Die Waechterlymphknoten-(Sentinel-Lymph-Node-) Diagnostik beim Prostatakarzinom

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    Holl, Gabriele [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany); Weckermann, D.; Dorn, R.; Sciuk, J. [Urologische Klinik, Klinikum Augsburg (Germany)

    2010-09-15

    Since the latest revision of the guidelines on prostate cancer of the European Society of Urology sentinel lymph node biopsy is an acknowledged means of lymph node staging. We present our data on results in respect of sensitivity and false negative rate as well as on PSA free survival after SLNB. (orig.)

  20. The value of peripheral nodes in controlling multilayer networks

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    Zhang, Yan; Schweitzer, Frank

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the controllability of a two-layer network, where driver nodes can be chosen only from one layer. Each layer contains a scale-free network with directed links. The dynamics of nodes depends on the incoming links from other nodes (reputation dynamics). We find that the controllable part of the network is larger when choosing peripherial nodes to connect the two layers. The control is as efficient for peripherial nodes as driver nodes as it is for more central nodes. If we assume a cost to utilize nodes which is proportional to their degree, utilizing peripherial nodes to connect the two layers or to act as driver nodes is not only the most cost-efficient solution, it is also the one that gives us the best performance in controlling the two-layer network.

  1. Echo pattern of lymph nodes in colorectal cancer

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    Rafaelsen, Søren Rafael; Kronborg, Ole; Fenger, Claus

    1992-01-01

    in vivo. The pathologist examined each node without knowledge of the sonographic finding. Malignant nodes were larger than benign nodes. Of 21 nodes less than 5 mm in diameter, 20 were benign. Round nodes were malignant more often (45/78) than ovoid nodes (6/61). A homogeneous echo pattern was associated......Surgical specimens from 75 patients with colorectal cancer were examined within 15 min of removal with a 7.5 MHz linear-array transducer. The echo pattern of 139 lymph nodes was analysed to evaluate previous criteria of malignancy and to establish other possible criteria, which could be tested...... with malignancy in 39 of 82 nodes in contrast to 12 of 57 with a heterogeneous pattern. Thirty-one nodes were ovoid as well as heterogeneous and all of these were benign. A hyperechoic centre was found in 14 nodes of which two were malignant. The highest predictive value for malignancy (59%) was obtained...

  2. Effects of energy delivery via a His bundle catheter during closed chest ablation of the atrioventricular conduction system.

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    Trantham, J L; Gallagher, J J; German, L D; Broughton, A; Guarnieri, T; Kasell, J

    1983-11-01

    In this paper we summarize our experience and report the characteristics of energy delivery in 23 patients who have undergone closed chest ablation of the normal atrioventricular (AV) conduction system for the treatment of refractory supraventricular arrhythmias. The induction of AV block was achieved by the synchronous delivery of electrical energy with a damped sinusoidal waveform utilizing a standard direct current defibrillator and a standard tripolar His bundle catheter. The procedure was well tolerated, though one patient experienced ventricular fibrillation, which was uneventfully converted with external paddles. Complete AV block was achieved in 20 of 23 patients and all were rendered arrhythmia free, though two still required antiarrhythmic drugs. A stable escape rhythm was seen in all patients with a cycle length of 1,294 +/- 243 ms. Creatine phosphokinase-MB was positive at low levels in 19 of 23 patients and cleared within 24 h. 99mTc pyrophosphate scans were faintly positive in only 2 of 22 patients. Left ventricular wall motion and ejection fractions were unchanged in 19 of 19 patients, two-dimensional echocardiography with microcavitation technique was unchanged in 12 of 12 patients, and a slight increase in pulmonary artery wedge pressure was seen in only 1 of 11 patients. Current, voltage, and their product (power) waveforms were recorded in 12 patients (12 recordings at a defibrillator setting of 200 J and 5 recordings at a defibrillator setting of 300 J) and revealed a complex voltage-current relationship due to changes occurring at the catheter electrode-tissue interface. At 200 J the peak values were 42.2 +/- 3.3 A, 2.16 +/- 0.11 kV, and 87.9 +/- 4.7 kW, while at 300 J the peak values were 58.2 +/- 2.8 A, 2.40 +/- 0.10 kV, and 134.4 +/- 6.7 kW, respectively. No instance of catheter disruption was seen, though "pitting" of the distal electrode (through which current passed) occurred in all but one catheter.

  3. Echocardiographic estimation of acute haemodynamic response during optimization of multisite pace-maker using different pacing modalities and atrioventricular delays

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    Šalinger-Martinović Sonja

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT improves ventricular dyssynchrony and is associated with an improvement in symptoms, quality of life and prognosis in patients with severe heart failure and intraventricular conduction delay. Different pacing modalities produce variable activation patterns and may be a cause of different haemodynamic changes. The aim of our study was to investigate acute haemodynamic changes with different CRT configurations during optimization procedure. Methods. This study included 30 patients with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction and left bundle branch block with wide QRS (EF 24.33 ± 3.7%, QRS 159 ± 17.3 ms, New York Heart Association III/IV 25/5 with implanted CRT device. The whole group of patients had severe mitral regurgitation in order to measure dP/dt. After implantation and before discharge all the patients underwent optimization procedure guided by Doppler echocardiography. Left and right ventricular pre-ejection intervals (LVPEI and RVPEI, interventricular mechanical delay (IVD and the maximal rate of ventricular pressure rise during early systole (max dP/dt were measured during left and biventricular pacing with three different atrioventricular (AV delays. Results. After CRT device optimization, optimal AV delay and CRT mode were defined. Left ventricular pre-ejection intervals changed from 170.5 ± 24.6 to 145.9 ± 9.5 (p < 0.001, RVPEI from 102.4 ± 15.9 to 119.8 ± 10.9 (p < 0.001, IVD from 68.1 ± 18.3 to 26.5 ± 8.2 (p < 0.001 and dP/dt from 524.2 ± 67 to 678.2 ± 88.5 (p < 0.01. Conclusion. In patients receiving CRT echocardiographic assessment of the acute haemodynamic response to CRT is a useful tool in optimization procedure. The variability of Doppler parameters with different CRT modalities emphasizes the necessity of individualized approach in optimization procedure.

  4. Node-based analysis of species distributions

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    Borregaard, Michael Krabbe; Rahbek, Carsten; Fjeldså, Jon

    2014-01-01

    of intuitively interpretable patterns that are consistent with current biogeographical knowledge.Importantly, the results are statistically tractable, opening many possibilities for their use in analyses of evolutionary, historical and spatial patterns of species diversity. The method is implemented...... overrepresentation score (SOS) and the geographic node divergence (GND) score, which together combine ecological and evolutionary patterns into a single framework and avoids many of the problems that characterize community phylogenetic methods in current use.This approach goes through each node in the phylogeny...... with case studies on two groups with well-described biogeographical histories: a local-scale community data set of hummingbirds in the North Andes, and a large-scale data set of the distribution of all species of New World flycatchers. The node-based analysis of these two groups generates a set...

  5. Measure of Node Similarity in Multilayer Networks

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    Møllgaard, Anders; Zettler, Ingo; Dammeyer, Jesper

    2016-01-01

    university.Our analysis is based on data obtained using smartphones equipped with customdata collection software, complemented by questionnaire-based data. The networkof social contacts is represented as a weighted multilayer network constructedfrom different channels of telecommunication as well as data......The weight of links in a network is often related to the similarity of thenodes. Here, we introduce a simple tunable measure for analysing the similarityof nodes across different link weights. In particular, we use the measure toanalyze homophily in a group of 659 freshman students at a large...... might bepresent in one layer of the multilayer network and simultaneously be absent inthe other layers. For a variable such as gender, our measure reveals atransition from similarity between nodes connected with links of relatively lowweight to dis-similarity for the nodes connected by the strongest...

  6. [Radiotherapy in node-positive prostate cancer].

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    Bottke, D; Bartkowiak, D; Bolenz, C; Wiegel, T

    2016-03-01

    There are numerous randomized trials to guide the management of patients with localized (and metastatic) prostate cancer, but only a few (mostly retrospective) studies have specifically addressed node-positive patients. Therefore, there is uncertainty regarding optimal treatment in this situation. Current guidelines recommend long-term androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) alone or radiotherapy plus long-term ADT as treatment options. This overview summarizes the existing literature on the use of radiotherapy for node-positive prostate cancer as definitive treatment and as adjuvant or salvage therapy after radical prostatectomy. In this context, we also discuss several PET tracers in the imaging evaluation of patients with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy. As for definitive treatment, retrospective studies suggest that ADT plus radiotherapy improves overall survival compared with ADT alone. These studies also consistently demonstrated that many patients with node-positive prostate cancer can achieve long-term survival - and are likely curable - with aggressive therapy. The beneficial impact of adjuvant radiotherapy on survival in patients with pN1 prostate cancer seems to be highly influenced by tumor characteristics. Men with ≤ 2 positive lymph nodes in the presence of intermediate- to high-grade disease, or positive margins, and those with 3 or 4 positive lymph nodes are the ideal candidates for adjuvant radiotherapy (plus long-term ADT) after surgery. There is a need for randomized trials to further examine the potential role of radiotherapy as either definitive or adjuvant treatment, for patients with node-positive prostate cancer.

  7. Effect of the missing nodes in a bidirectional network

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    Gemao, Beverly; Lai, Pik-Yin

    2017-08-01

    Complex networks have attracted studies from various fields of science due to their relevance in many real systems. As not all nodes are measured in real-systems, this paper explores the effect of the missing nodes on the observed nodes of a bidirectional network with Gaussian noises. Here, it is shown that the collective effect of the missing nodes on the observed nodes may be viewed as a colored noise with exponentially decaying time correlations.

  8. Assessment of a new scoring system for predicting non-sentinel node positivity in sentinel node-positive melanoma patients

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    Wevers, K. P.; Murali, R.; Bastiaannet, E.; Scolyer, R. A.; Suurmeijer, A. J.; Thompson, J. F.; Hoekstra, H. J.

    Background: When completion lymph node dissection (CLND) is performed in sentinel node (SN)-positive melanoma patients, a positive non-sentinel node (NSN) is found in approximately 20% of them. Recently, Murali et al. proposed a new scoring system (non-sentinel node risk score, N-SNORE) to predict

  9. [Adams-Stokes attack due to complete atrioventricular block in a patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia during remission induction therapy using all-trans retinoic acid].

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    Yamauchi, Takahiro; Arai, Hajime; Taga, Masahiro; Amaya, Naoki; Lee, Jong-Dae; Ueda, Takanori

    2005-03-01

    We describe a case of Adams-Stokes syncope due to complete atrioventricular block which occurred in a leukemic patient receiving all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Remission induction therapy was performed for a 46-year-old Japanese man with acute promyelocytic leukemia using ATRA (45 mg/m2), enocitabine (170 mg/m2, 5 days), and mitoxantrone (4 mg/m2, 3 days). On the 25th day of chemotherapy, syncope suddenly occurred. Electrocardiography revealed a complete atrioventricular block, and a temporary pacemaker was inserted on the following day. The block was persistent and the cardiac rhythm was dependent on the pacemaker. ATRA was discontinued on the 29th day because the arrhythmia was believed to be an adverse reaction to the ATRA regimen. The normal sinus rhythm was restored 15 days thereafter, and the patient eventually reached remission. He subsequently received 4 courses of consolidation therapy without any cardiovascular complications. Although ATRA sometimes induces arrhythmias, to the best of our knowledge this is the first report in the literature of such a critical ATRA-related arrhythmia.

  10. Agenesia de cava superior associada a bloqueio atrioventricular de 3º grau Agenesis of the right superior vena cava associated with total heart block

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    Gustavo J. Ventura Couto

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available A persistência de veia cava superior esquerda com ausência da veia cava superior é uma anomalia rara, principalmente quando associada a bloqueio atrioventricular de 3º grau. Relatamos o caso de uma paciente, na qual durante implante de marca-passo definitivo, para a correção de bloqueio atrioventricular total, foi detectada presença de veia cava superior esquerda com suspeição de ausência de veia cava superior, o que levou ao emprego de técnica diferenciada para fixação do eletrodo ventricular. Para confirmação da provável agenesia, foram realizados diversos exames complementares de imagem, demonstrando-se a dificuldade no diagnóstico da síndrome aqui descrita.The superior left vena cava with the absent superior vena cava is a rare abnormality, especially when associated with total heart block. We report a case of a patient in which the presence of superior left vena cava and the absence of the superior vena cava was detected during the implantation of a pacemaker for the correction of a total heart block, which led us to use a different technique for the fixation of the ventricular electrode. To confirm the supposed absence, several image exams were made showing the difficulty on the diagnosis of the described syndrome.

  11. Is right ventricular mid-septal pacing superior to apical pacing in patients with high degree atrio-ventricular block and moderately depressed left ventricular function?

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    Chen, Kang; Mao, Ye; Liu, Shao-hua; Wu, Qiong; Luo, Qing-zhi; Pan, Wen-qi; Jin, Qi; Zhang, Ning; Ling, Tian-you; Chen, Ying; Gu, Gang; Shen, Wei-feng; Wu, Li-qun

    2014-06-01

    We are aimed to investigate whether right ventricular mid-septal pacing (RVMSP) is superior to conventional right ventricular apical pacing (RVAP) in improving clinical functional capacity and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) for patients with high-degree atrio-ventricular block and moderately depressed left ventricle (LV) function. Ninety-two patients with high-degree atrio-ventricular block and moderately reduced LVEF (ranging from 35% to 50%) were randomly allocated to RVMSP (n=45) and RVAP (n=47). New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class, echocardiographic LVEF, and distance during a 6-min walk test (6MWT) were determined at 18 months after pacemaker implantation. Serum levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit. Compared with baseline, NYHA functional class remained unchanged at 18 months, distance during 6MWT (485 m vs. 517 m) and LVEF (36.7% vs. 41.8%) were increased, but BNP levels were reduced (2352 pg/ml vs. 710 pg/ml) in the RVMSP group compared with those in the RVAP group, especially in patients with LVEF 35%-40% (for all comparisons, Pblock and moderately depressed LV function whose LVEF levels ranged from 35% to 40%.

  12. Complex phenotype linked to a mutation in exon 11 of the lamin A/C gene: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, atrioventricular block, severe dyslipidemia and diabetes.

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    Francisco, Ana Rita G; Santos Gonçalves, Inês; Veiga, Fátima; Mendes Pedro, Mónica; Pinto, Fausto J; Brito, Dulce

    2017-09-01

    The lamin A/C (LMNA) gene encodes lamins A and C, which have an important role in nuclear cohesion and chromatin organization. Mutations in this gene usually lead to the so-called laminopathies, the primary cardiac manifestations of which are dilated cardiomyopathy and intracardiac conduction defects. Some mutations, associated with lipodystrophy but not cardiomyopathy, have been linked to metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes and severe dyslipidemia. Herein we describe a new phenotype associated with a mutation in exon 11 of the LMNA gene: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, atrioventricular block, severe dyslipidemia and diabetes. A 64-year-old woman with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a point mutation in exon 11 of the LMNA gene (c.1718C>T, Ser573Leu) presented with severe symptomatic ventricular hypertrophy and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. She underwent septal alcohol ablation, followed by Morrow myectomy. The patient was also diagnosed with severe dyslipidemia, diabetes and obesity, and fulfilled diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome. No other characteristics of LMNA mutation-related phenotypes were identified. The development of type III atrioventricular block with no apparent cause, and mildly depressed systolic function, prompted referral for cardiac resynchronization therapy. In conclusion, the association between LMNA mutations and different phenotypes is complex and not fully understood, and can present with a broad spectrum of severity. Copyright © 2017 Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  13. Long-term follow-up after catheter ablation for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia: a comparison of cryothermal and radiofrequency energy in a large series of patients.

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    Schwagten, Bruno; Knops, Paul; Janse, Petter; Kimman, Geert; Van Belle, Yves; Szili-Torok, Tamas; Jordaens, Luc

    2011-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is highly successful but carries a risk for inadvertent atrioventricular block. Cryoablation (cryo) has the potential to assess the safety of a site before the energy is applied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of cryothermal ablation in a large series of patients and compare it to RF. All consecutive routinely performed AVNRT ablations from our centre between 1999 and 2007 were retrospectively analysed. In total, 274 patients were elegible: 150 cryoablations and 124 RF. Overall procedural success was 96% (262/274), and equal in both groups, but nine patients were crossed to another arm. Mean fluoroscopy time was longer in the group treated with RF (27 ± 22 min vs. cryo 19 ± 15 min; p = 0.002). Mean procedure time was not different (RF 138 ± 71 min vs. cryo 146 ± 60 min). A permanent pacemaker was necessary in two RF patients. The questionnaire revealed a high incidence of late arrhythmia related symptoms (48%), similar in both groups, with improved perceived quality of life. The number of redo procedures for AVNRT over 4.3 ± 2.5-years follow-up was not statistically different (11% after cryo and 5% after RF). Our data confirm that cryo and RF ablation with 4-mm tip catheters for AVNRT are equally effective, even after long-term follow-up.

  14. [Radial diagnosis MRT and MSCT in assessing the outcomes of surgical correction for complicated congenital heart defects: discordant atrioventricular connections with double outlet right ventricle].

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    Mershina, E A; Frolova, Iu V; Seliavko, Iu A; Sinitsyn, V E

    2012-01-01

    Discordant atrioventricular connection with double outlet right ventricle is a rare complicated congenital heart defect (CHD) requiring accurate diagnosis and appropriate correction. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and multiple spiral computed tomography (MSCT) were used to assess long-term outcomes of the «classical» repair of the double outlet right ventricle in a patient presenting with discordant atrioventricular connection. Using a modified segmental approach provided all necessary anatomical evidence concerning the condition of the heart, major vessels, and an extracardiac pulmonary valve-containing conduit. MSCT made it possible to evaluate the degree of calcinosis and stenosis of the conduit and to visualize the coronary arteries. MRI was employed to assess the pressure gradient at the level of stenosis of the conduit, the relationship between the pulmonary and systemic circulation, transvalvular regurgitation, and ventricular contractility. Comprehensive use of present-day tomographic methods of imaging made it possible to obtain complete anatomical and functional information about the condition of the heart, vessels, extracardiac vascular transplant, as well as to reveal complications and determine the indications for a repeat operative intervention.

  15. Towards Interactive, Incremental Programming of ROS Nodes

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    Adam, Marian Sorin; Schultz, Ulrik Pagh

    Writing software for controlling robots is a complex task, usually demanding command of many programming languages and requiring significant experimentation. We believe that a bottom-up development process that complements traditional component- and MDSD-based approaches can facilitate...... experimentation. We propose the use of an internal DSL providing both a tool to interactively create ROS nodes and a behaviour-replacement mechanism to interactively reshape existing ROS nodes by wrapping the external interfaces (the publish/subscribe topics), dynamically controlled using the Python command line...

  16. Refining Nodes and Edges of State Machines

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    Hallerstede, Stefan; Snook, Colin

    2011-01-01

    State machines are hierarchical automata that are widely used to structure complex behavioural specifications. We develop two notions of refinement of state machines, node refinement and edge refinement. We compare the two notions by means of examples and argue that, by adopting simple convention...... refinement theory and UML-B state machine refinement influences the style of node refinement. Hence we propose a method with direct proof of state machine refinement avoiding the detour via Event-B that is needed by UML-B....

  17. Simultaneous dual pathology in lymph node

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available [Abstract] Tubercuous lymphadenitis and Non Hodgkins’ Lymphoma are common in India. As both diseases can occur in elderly persons there is a definite chance of co-existence of both diseases; but that coexistence has not been reported. Here we present a unique case in an elderly woman who had synchronous double pathology of tuberculosis (TB and Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma (DLBCL of the lymph nodes.     Key words:- lymph nodes, tuberculosis (TB, Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma (DLBCL.

  18. Optimal Placement of Wavelength Converting Nodes

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    Belotti, Pietro; Stidsen, Thomas K.

    2001-01-01

    The all optical network using WDM and optical nodes (OXC's) seems to be a possibility in a near future. The consensus to day seems to be that optical wavelength conversions is un-realistic for several decades, hence wavelength blocking will happen in the all optical networks. A possible solution...... to this problem could be to include digital nodes (DXC's) in the network at the right places. In this article we present a linear programming model which optimizes the placement of these more expensive DXC's in the network....

  19. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in cutaneous melanoma.

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    Ribero, Simone; Sportoletti Baduel, Eugenio; Osella-Abate, Simona; Dika, Emi; Quaglino, Pietro; Picciotto, Franco; Macripò, Giuseppe; Bataille, Veronique

    2017-08-01

    The management of melanoma is constantly evolving. New therapies and surgical advances have changed the landscape over the last years. Since being introduced by Dr Donald Morton, the role of sentinel lymph node has been debated. In many melanoma centers, sentinel node biopsy is not a standard of care for melanoma above 1 mm in thickness. The results of the MSLT-II Trial are not available for a while and in the meantime, this procedure is offered as a prognostic indicator as it has been shown to be very useful for assessing risk of relapse. The biology of lymph node spread in melanoma is a complex field and there are many factors which influence it such as age, melanoma body site, thickness but other factors such as regression, ulceration and gender need further evaluation. In this review, we address the clinical value of sentinel lymph node biopsy and how its indication has changed over the years especially recently with the setup of many adjuvant trials which are offered to stage 3 melanomas.

  20. Dynamics of excitable nodes on random graphs

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    ogy and dynamics of excitable nodes on Erd˝os–Rényi (ER) [16] random graphs. Our focus is on rhythmic dynamics, namely periodic solutions, in this representative model. Since the network topology plays an important role, the question of how different growth rules. DOI: 10.1007/s12043-011-0180-6; ePublication: 31 ...

  1. Measure of Node Similarity in Multilayer Networks.

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    Anders Mollgaard

    Full Text Available The weight of links in a network is often related to the similarity of the nodes. Here, we introduce a simple tunable measure for analysing the similarity of nodes across different link weights. In particular, we use the measure to analyze homophily in a group of 659 freshman students at a large university. Our analysis is based on data obtained using smartphones equipped with custom data collection software, complemented by questionnaire-based data. The network of social contacts is represented as a weighted multilayer network constructed from different channels of telecommunication as well as data on face-to-face contacts. We find that even strongly connected individuals are not more similar with respect to basic personality traits than randomly chosen pairs of individuals. In contrast, several socio-demographics variables have a significant degree of similarity. We further observe that similarity might be present in one layer of the multilayer network and simultaneously be absent in the other layers. For a variable such as gender, our measure reveals a transition from similarity between nodes connected with links of relatively low weight to dis-similarity for the nodes connected by the strongest links. We finally analyze the overlap between layers in the network for different levels of acquaintanceships.

  2. International Lunar Network (ILN) Anchor Nodes

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    Cohen, Barbara A.

    2009-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the United States' contribution to the International Lunar Network (ILN) project, the Anchor Nodes project. The ILN is an initiative of 9 national space agencies to establish a set of robotic geophysical monitoring stations on the surface of the Moon. The project is aimed at furthering the understanding of the lunar composition, and interior structure.

  3. Sentinel node biopsy in penile cancer

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    Jakobsen, J. K.; Krarup, K. P.; Sommer, P.

    2015-01-01

    at the four university centres where the procedure was performed. Thus, the study covers all SNB procedures performed in Denmark in the 11-year period 2000-2010. Included patients were newly diagnosed and had either non-palpable lymph nodes (cN0) in one or both groins or had a palpable mass in the groin, from...

  4. Network Design with Node Degree Balance Constraints

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    Pedersen, Michael Berliner; Crainic, Teodor Gabriel

    This presentation discusses an extension to the network design model where there in addition to the flow conservation constraints also are constraints that require design conservation. This means that the number of arcs entering and leaving a node must be the same. As will be shown the model has...

  5. Research sheds light on lymph node mystery.

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    1996-01-01

    Researchers explain why so much HIV is found in the lymph nodes. The follicular dendritic cells act like flypaper to HIV and other pathogens. Once attracted, HIV is able to ambush critical immune cells, even in the presence of a vast excess of neutralizing antibodies. In the absence of follicular dendritic cells, similar quantities of neutralizing antibodies block HIV infectivity.

  6. Functional morphology of the mammalian sinuatrial node

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    Opthof, T.; de Jonge, B.; Jongsma, H. J.; Bouman, L. N.

    1987-01-01

    The primary pacemaker area is located at the site with lowest percentage of myofilaments and the highest rate of diastolic depolarization in rabbit, guinea-pig, cat and pig. All investigated sinuatrial nodes contained large amounts, 45% or more, of collagen. There was, however, substantially more

  7. Penile lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node identification

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    Valdés Olmos, R. A.; Tanis, P. J.; Hoefnagel, C. A.; Jansen, L.; Nieweg, O. E.; Meinhardt, W.; Horenblas, S.

    2001-01-01

    Lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node (SN) identification has been extensively validated in breast cancer and melanoma. The aim of this study was to evaluate the findings of lymphoscintigraphy for SN identification in carcinoma of the penis. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 74 consecutive patients

  8. Planetary Data System Spaceborne Thermal Data Sub-Node of the Geosciences Node

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    Christensen, Philip R.

    1997-01-01

    The objectives of this proposal were: (1) to assemble the existing spacecraft thermal-infrared data and to place these data into a uniform format as specified by the PDS; (2) to develop a standardized software package, user interface, and catalog database to support the access and analysis of existing and planned thermal infrared datasets in order to provide wide community access to these data; (3) to support the distribution of Thermal SubNode data to users as requested; (4) to incorporate future spacecraft thermal observations into the Thermal SubNode; and (5) to sponsor workshops on the applications of Thermal SubNode data.

  9. Penile lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node identification

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    Valdes Olmos, R.A.; Hoefnagel, C.A. [Netherlands Cancer Inst., Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Tanis, P.J.; Jansen, L.; Nieweg, O.E. [Netherlands Cancer Inst., Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Surgery; Meinhardt, W.; Horenblas, S. [Netherlands Cancer Inst., Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Urology

    2001-05-01

    Lymphoscintigraphy for sentinel node (SN) identification has been extensively validated in breast cancer and melanoma. The aim of this study was to evaluate the findings of lymphoscintigraphy for SN identification in carcinoma of the penis. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 74 consecutive patients (mean age 62.2 years, range 28-87 years) with clinically lymph node-negative squamous cell carcinoma of the penis (stage T2 or greater). Following local anaesthesia by xy-locaine 10% spray, technetium-99m nanocolloid (mean dose 64.8 MBq, range 40-131 MBq) in a volume of 0.3-0.4 ml was injected intradermally around the tumour. Shortly after injection, a 20-min dynamic study was performed with a dual-head gamma camera; subsequently, static anterior and lateral images were obtained at 30 min and 2 h using simultaneous cobalt-57 flood source transmission scanning. {sup 57}Co-assisted skin marking defined SN location for gamma probe/blue dye-guided biopsy, which was performed the next day. The SN visualization rate was 97% (72/74). Lymphatic drainage was bilateral in 81% of the cases (58/72), exclusively to the left groin in 13% (9/72) and only to the right groin in 6%. Bilateral lymph node drainage was synchronous in 38% (22/58) and asynchronous in 62% (in 18 patients the initial route was the left groin, and in the other 18, the right groin). Visualization before 30 min occurred in 66 patients (93%), in 64 of them (88%) already during the dynamic study. A total of 173 SNs were visualized (85 in the right groin, 88 in the left groin). Pitfalls were caused by inguinal skin contamination during injection (four patients) and intracavernous administration (one patient). At surgery, a total of 161 SNs were identified and removed. Sixteen patients (22%) had a tumour-positive SN and underwent standard regional lymph node dissection subsequently. During follow-up (median 28 months, range 3-74 months), two patients with a negative SN developed lymph node metastases in the mapped

  10. IDIS Small Bodies and Dust Node

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    de Sanctis, M. C.; Capria, M. T.; Carraro, F.; Fonte, S.; Giacomini, L.; Turrini, D.

    2009-04-01

    The EuroPlaNet information service provides access to lists of researchers, laboratories and data archives relevant to many aspects of planetary and space physics. Information can be accessed through EuroPlaNet website or, for advanced searches, via web-services available at the different thematic nodes. The goal of IDIS is to provide easy-to-use access to resources like people, laboratories, modeling activities and data archives related to planetary sciences. The development of IDIS is an international effort started under the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme and which will expand its capabilities during the 7th Framework Programme, as part of the Capacities Specific Programme/Research Infrastructures. IDIS is complemented by a set of other EuroPlaNet web-services maintained under the responsibility of separate institutions. Each activity maintains its own web-portal with cross-links pointing to the other elements of EuroPlaNet. General access is provided via the EuroPlaNet Homepage. IDIS is not a repository of original data but rather supports the access to various data sources. The final goal of IDIS is to provide Virtual Observatory tools for the access to data from laboratory measurements and ground- and spaced-based observations to modeling results, allowing the combination of as divergent data sources as feasible. IDIS is built around four scientific nodes located in different European countries. Each node deals with a subset of the disciplines related to planetary sciences and, working in cooperation with international experts in these fields, provides a wealth of information to the international planetary science community. The EuroPlaNet IDIS thematic node "Small Bodies and Dust Node" is hosted by the Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario and is established in close cooperation with the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale. Both these institutes are part of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF). The IDIS Small Bodies and Dust

  11. Mining Important Nodes in Directed Weighted Complex Networks

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    Yunyun Yang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In complex networks, mining important nodes has been a matter of concern by scholars. In recent years, scholars have focused on mining important nodes in undirected unweighted complex networks. But most of the methods are not applicable to directed weighted complex networks. Therefore, this paper proposes a Two-Way-PageRank method based on PageRank for further discussion of mining important nodes in directed weighted complex networks. We have mainly considered the frequency of contact between nodes and the length of time of contact between nodes. We have considered the source of the nodes (in-degree and the whereabouts of the nodes (out-degree simultaneously. We have given node important performance indicators. Through numerical examples, we analyze the impact of variation of some parameters on node important performance indicators. Finally, the paper has verified the accuracy and validity of the method through empirical network data.

  12. [Sentinel node biopsy in melanoma: some critical questions].

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    Nieweg, O E; Eggermont, A M M; Kroon, B B R

    2002-09-21

    Elective lymph node dissection is selectively performed in patients with clinically localised melanoma. Randomised studies suggest that survival is improved only in a few subgroups of patients, whereas all patients are exposed to the substantial risk of operative morbidity. Sentinel node biopsy enables the early detection of lymph node metastases from melanoma with less morbidity. The technique has been standardised. The sentinel node can be identified in almost 100% of the patients. The tumour status of the node is the most important prognostic factor in patients with clinically localised melanoma. This information is essential for studies of adjuvant systemic treatment. Regrettably, there is confusion about the definition of a sentinel node. In addition, the sensitivity of the sentinel node approach is unclear. Furthermore, it is uncertain whether early lymph node dissection improves regional control and survival. Sentinel node biopsy is not yet the standard of care.

  13. Clinical significance of late high-degree atrioventricular block in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after an acute myocardial infarction--a Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) substudy

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    Gang, Uffe Jakob Ortved; Jøns, Christian; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch

    2011-01-01

    High-degree atrioventricular block (HAVB) is a frequent complication in the acute stages of a myocardial infarction associated with an increased rate of mortality. However, the incidence and clinical significance of HAVB in late convalescent phases of an AMI is largely unknown. The aim of this st...

  14. Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js

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    2015-01-01

    Beginning Amazon Web Services with Node.js teaches any novice Node.js developer to configure, deploy, and maintain scalable small to large scale Node.js applications in Amazon Web Services. Hosting a Node.js application in a production environment usually means turning to PaaS hosting, but this approach brings problems. Deploying Node.js directly to AWS solves the problems you encounter in these situations, enabling you to cut out the middle man. You will begin with a basic RESTful web service in Node.js, using the popular Express.js framework, pre-built and ready to run in your local env

  15. The Sentinel Lymph Node as a Disease Prognosticator in Node Negative Breast Cancer

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    Lange, Julie

    1999-01-01

    .... The sentinel nodes were processed both in the standard fashion and were saved for specialized studies including microsectioning and telomerase studies to be carried out in a delayed fashion by protocol requirement...

  16. Utilities:Other:Fence Nodes, Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona (Utilities.gdb:Other:Fence_Node)

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This feature class contains points representing the nodes from the original "fence" coverage, which was converted to a line feature class. The "fence" feature class...

  17. In vivo and ex vivo sentinel node mapping does not identify the same lymph nodes in colon cancer

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    Andersen, Helene Schou; Bennedsen, Astrid Louise Bjørn; Burgdorf, Stefan Kobbelgaard

    2017-01-01

    sentinel node mapping in vivo with indocyanine green and ex vivo with methylene blue in order to evaluate if the sentinel lymph nodes can be identified by both techniques. METHODS: Patients with colon cancer UICC stage I-III were included from two institutions in Denmark from February 2015 to January 2016....... In vivo sentinel node mapping with indocyanine green during laparoscopy and ex vivo sentinel node mapping with methylene blue were performed in all patients. RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients were included. The in vivo sentinel node mapping was successful in 19 cases, and ex vivo sentinel node mapping...... mapping. Lymph node metastases were found in 10 patients, and only two had metastases in a sentinel node. CONCLUSION: Placing a deposit in relation to the tumor by indocyanine green in vivo or of methylene blue ex vivo could only identify sentinel lymph nodes in a small group of patients....

  18. Sentinel Node Ratio as a Predictor of Non-sentinel Lymph Node Involvement

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    Reza Parsaei

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB has replaced axillary lymph node dissection (ALND in early breast cancer patients as the first line surgical approach to axillary nodes. Further dissection is performed only when SLN is involved by tumor cells. However, in a significant proportion of patients, non-sentinel nodes are still not involved and axillary dissection has no additional therapeutic benefits. Selective axillary clearance has been considered to prevent unnecessary dissection. The purpose of this study was to define predictors of non-sentinel lymph node involvement in patients with positive SLNB.Methods: Patients with early stage breast cancer and positive SLNB who underwent ALNDin a referral hospital in Tehran, Iran between2010 and 2012 were recruited into the study. Relations between different clinico-pathological characteristics and involvement of non-sentinel nodes were investigated.Results: From 139 patients who had positive SLNB and underwent ALND, only in 71 cases (51% positive non-sentinel lymph nodes (NSLNs were detected. In univariate analysis, there was no association between tumor size, lymphovascular invasion, ER, PR and HER-2 expression and NSLN metastasis. In contrast, presence of more than one SLN (P = 0.016 and a sentinel node ratio (SNR more than 0.5 showed a significant association (P< 0.001. Only the latter remained as the significant predictor of NSLN involvement in mutltivariate analysis (P < 0.001, OR = 3.706.Conclusions: Based on our results, patients with a SNR more than 0.5 were more commonly diagnosed with NSLN metastasis. Thus, it is recommended that surgeons think twice before skipping ALND in this subgroup of patients.

  19. Analysis of Onset Mechanisms of a Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptor Modulator Fingolimod-Induced Atrioventricular Conduction Block and QT-Interval Prolongation

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    Yagi, Yukihiro [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Pharmaceutical Research Center, Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., 760 Morooka-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222–8567 (Japan); Nakamura, Yuji [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Kitahara, Ken [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 6-11-1 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8541 (Japan); Harada, Takuma [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Kato, Kazuhiko; Ninomiya, Tomohisa [Pharmaceutical Research Center, Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., 760 Morooka-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222–8567 (Japan); Cao, Xin [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Ohara, Hiroshi [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 6-11-1 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8541 (Japan); Izumi-Nakaseko, Hiroko [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); Suzuki, Kokichi [Pharmaceutical Research Center, Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd., 760 Morooka-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 222–8567 (Japan); Ando, Kentaro [Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, 5-21-16 Omori-nishi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143–8540 (Japan); and others

    2014-11-15

    Fingolimod, a sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) receptor subtype 1, 3, 4 and 5 modulator, has been used for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, but atrioventricular conduction block and/or QT-interval prolongation have been reported in some patients after the first dose. In this study, we directly compared the electropharmacological profiles of fingolimod with those of siponimod, a modulator of sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor subtype 1 and 5, using in vivo guinea-pig model and in vitro human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) assay to better understand the onset mechanisms of the clinically observed adverse events. Fingolimod (0.01 and 0.1 mg/kg) or siponimod (0.001 and 0.01 mg/kg) was intravenously infused over 10 min to the halothane-anaesthetized guinea pigs (n = 4), whereas the effects of fingolimod (1 μmol/L) and siponimod (1 μmol/L) on hERG current were examined (n = 3). The high doses of fingolimod and siponimod induced atrioventricular conduction block, whereas the low dose of siponimod prolonged PR interval, which was not observed by that of fingolimod. The high dose of fingolimod prolonged QT interval, which was not observed by either dose of siponimod. Meanwhile, fingolimod significantly inhibited hERG current, which was not observed by siponimod. These results suggest that S1P receptor subtype 1 in the heart could be one of the candidates for fingolimod- and siponimod-induced atrioventricular conduction block since S1P receptor subtype 5 is localized at the brain, and that direct I{sub Kr} inhibition may play a key role in fingolimod-induced QT-interval prolongation. - Highlights: • Fingolimod and siponimod are S1P{sub 1,3,4,5} and S1P{sub 1,5} receptor modulators, respectively. • Fingolimod and siponimod induced AV block in the halothane-anesthetized guinea pigs. • S1P{sub 1} in the hearts may be the target of fingolimod- and siponimod-induced AV block. • Fingolimod directly inhibited hERG current, which was not

  20. Scheduling applications for execution on a plurality of compute nodes of a parallel computer to manage temperature of the nodes during execution

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    Archer, Charles J; Blocksome, Michael A; Peters, Amanda E; Ratterman, Joseph D; Smith, Brian E

    2012-10-16

    Methods, apparatus, and products are disclosed for scheduling applications for execution on a plurality of compute nodes of a parallel computer to manage temperature of the plurality of compute nodes during execution that include: identifying one or more applications for execution on the plurality of compute nodes; creating a plurality of physically discontiguous node partitions in dependence upon temperature characteristics for the compute nodes and a physical topology for the compute nodes, each discontiguous node partition specifying a collection of physically adjacent compute nodes; and assigning, for each application, that application to one or more of the discontiguous node partitions for execution on the compute nodes specified by the assigned discontiguous node partitions.

  1. Study on Selfish Node Incentive Mechanism with a Forward Game Node in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed Al-Jaoufi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In a wireless sensor network, some nodes may act selfishly and noncooperatively, such as not forwarding packets, in response to their own limited resources. If most of the nodes in a network exhibit this selfish behavior, the entire network will be paralyzed, and it will not be able to provide normal service. This paper considers implementing the idea of evolutionary game theory into the nodes of wireless sensor networks to effectively improve the reliability and stability of the networks. We present a new model for the selfish node incentive mechanism with a forward game node for wireless sensor networks, and we discuss applications of the replicator dynamics mechanism to analyze evolutionary trends of trust relationships among nodes. We analyzed our approach theoretically and conducted simulations based on the idea of evolutionary game theory. The results of the simulation indicated that a wireless sensor network that uses the incentive mechanism can forward packets well while resisting any slight variations. Thus, the stability and reliability of wireless sensor networks are improved. We conducted numerical experiments, and the results verified our conclusions based on the theoretical analysis.

  2. Lymph node metastases: CT and MRI

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    Brekel, Michiel van den W.M. E-mail: mwm.vandenbrekel@azvu.nl

    2000-03-01

    Imaging is playing a major role in the assessment of cervical lymphadenopathy. In head and neck malignancies, imaging can be helpful for staging, and sometimes in differentiating different types of metastases, such as squamous cell carcinomas, non-hodgkins disease and thyroid carcinomas. This article on imaging of cervical lymph node metastases will describe both radiological and clinical aspects. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) are widely used for primary tumor and nodal imaging. However, very seldom these modalities have clinical consequences for the management of the neck, such as a wait-and-see policy if no nodes are depicted. This is caused by the limited accuracy of both modalities caused by the fallibility of radiologic criteria for metastases. Ultrasound (US) is hampered by similar morphologic criteria, and only US-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) can offer additional cytologic criteria which are more reliable.

  3. Lymph node imaging: multidetector CT (MDCT)

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    Silverman, Paul M

    2005-01-01

    Advances in cross-sectional imaging, including conventional and helical (spiral) CT and multidetector (MDCT) and MR imaging, now allow detailed evaluation of the anatomy and pathology of the neck and thoracic inlet. The major structures are identified by their appearance and that of contrasting fatty tissue planes surrounding the soft tissues. These structures include the larynx, trachea, thyroid, and parathyroid glands as well as the vessels, lymph node chains, nerves, and supporting muscles. A thorough understanding of the normal cross-sectional anatomy is fundamental to properly interpret pathologic processes. Pathologic processes include both solid and cystic masses. Most solid masses are enlarged lymph nodes. In contrast, cystic masses are of variable pathology, and their characteristic appearances and locations with respect to normal neck anatomy allow a confident diagnosis to be made from a brief differential diagnostic spectrum. PMID:16361138

  4. Node-Dependence-Based Dynamic Incentive Algorithm in Opportunistic Networks

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    Ruiyun Yu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Opportunistic networks lack end-to-end paths between source nodes and destination nodes, so the communications are mainly carried out by the “store-carry-forward” strategy. Selfish behaviors of rejecting packet relay requests will severely worsen the network performance. Incentive is an efficient way to reduce selfish behaviors and hence improves the reliability and robustness of the networks. In this paper, we propose the node-dependence-based dynamic gaming incentive (NDI algorithm, which exploits the dynamic repeated gaming to motivate nodes relaying packets for other nodes. The NDI algorithm presents a mechanism of tolerating selfish behaviors of nodes. Reward and punishment methods are also designed based on the node dependence degree. Simulation results show that the NDI algorithm is effective in increasing the delivery ratio and decreasing average latency when there are a lot of selfish nodes in the opportunistic networks.

  5. Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma?

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    ... The findings may help clear up decades of debate regarding how best to employ lymph node removals, ... node removal surgery is still the standard, despite debate as to whether it's of significant benefit. To ...

  6. Artificial neural networks with an infinite number of nodes

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    Blekas, K.; Lagaris, I. E.

    2017-10-01

    A new class of Artificial Neural Networks is described incorporating a node density function and functional weights. This network containing an infinite number of nodes, excels in generalizing and possesses a superior extrapolation capability.

  7. Silicosis in Lymph Nodes: The Canary in the Miner?

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    Cox-Ganser, Jean M.; Burchfiel, Cecil M.; Fekedulegn, Desta; Andrew, Michael E.; Ducatman, Barbara S.

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To investigate evidence that lymph node silicosis can precede parenchymal silicosis. Methods The study population was comprised of 264 deceased male uranium miners for whom two or more of four pathologists agreed on the presence or absence of silicosis in lymph nodes and lung parenchyma. We had work-histories and silica exposure estimates. Results 20% of the miners had lymph node silicosis only, 4% had parenchymal silicosis only, and 39% had both. Silica exposure was lower for miners with lymph node silicosis only than for those with both lymph node and parenchymal silicosis. Lymph node silicosis was associated with parenchymal silicosis after adjustment for silica exposure. Conclusions Our results are consistent with silicosis potentially occurring in lymph nodes before the parenchyma. Lymph node damage could impair silica clearance and increase the risk for parenchymal silicosis. PMID:19209037

  8. Analysis of complex network performance and heuristic node removal strategies

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    Jahanpour, Ehsan; Chen, Xin

    2013-12-01

    Removing important nodes from complex networks is a great challenge in fighting against criminal organizations and preventing disease outbreaks. Six network performance metrics, including four new metrics, are applied to quantify networks' diffusion speed, diffusion scale, homogeneity, and diameter. In order to efficiently identify nodes whose removal maximally destroys a network, i.e., minimizes network performance, ten structured heuristic node removal strategies are designed using different node centrality metrics including degree, betweenness, reciprocal closeness, complement-derived closeness, and eigenvector centrality. These strategies are applied to remove nodes from the September 11, 2001 hijackers' network, and their performance are compared to that of a random strategy, which removes randomly selected nodes, and the locally optimal solution (LOS), which removes nodes to minimize network performance at each step. The computational complexity of the 11 strategies and LOS is also analyzed. Results show that the node removal strategies using degree and betweenness centralities are more efficient than other strategies.

  9. Popliteal lymph node metastasis of tibial osteoblastic osteosarcoma

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    Yalın Dirik

    2014-01-01

    CONCLUSION: Lymph node metastasis of osteosarcoma is a rare entity and metastatic patterns could not be clearly explained. On the other hand, the effects of lymph node metastasis on prognosis are also not clearly defined and further studies are needed.

  10. [Chronic meningitis associated with lymph node sarcoidosis].

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    Thielemans, P; Jann, E

    1989-01-01

    A 59-year-old woman with maturity-onset diabetes presented with symmetrical transient polyarthralgia and acido-cetosis. Bilateral hilar adenopathy and erythematous rash on lower limbs were demonstrated. While low-grade chronic meningeal irritation supervened, lymph node biopsy showed typical sarcoidosis. Administration of corticosteroids resulted in reduction of cerebrospinal fluid albumin content and of lymphocytosis in bronchoalveolar lavage. In this patient, sarcoidosis was therefore associated with Löfgren's syndrome and meningitis.

  11. Eigenvector centrality of nodes in multiplex networks

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    Solá Conde, Luis; Romance del Río, Miguel; Criado, R.; Flores Álvarez, Julio; García del Amo, Alejandro; Boccaletti, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    We extend the concept of eigenvector centrality to multiplex networks, and introduce several alternative parameters that quantify the importance of nodes in a multi-layered networked system, including the definition of vectorial-type centralities. In addition, we rigorously show that, under reasonable conditions, such centrality measures exist and are unique. Computer experiments and simulations demonstrate that the proposed measures provide substantially different results when applied to the...

  12. Lymph Node Mapping in the Mouse

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    Harrell, Maria I; Iritani, Brian M.; Ruddell, Alanna

    2007-01-01

    Accurate identification of lymph nodes in the mouse is critical for studies of tumor metastasis, and of regional immune responses following immunization. However, these small lymphatic organs are often difficult to identify in mice using standard dissection techniques, so that larger rats have been used to characterize rodent lymphatic drainage. We developed techniques injecting dye into the mouse footpad or tail, to label the lymphatic drainage of the hind leg and flank, pelvic viscera, pros...

  13. Vulnerability of critical infrastructures : identifying critical nodes.

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    Cox, Roger Gary; Robinson, David Gerald

    2004-06-01

    The objective of this research was the development of tools and techniques for the identification of critical nodes within critical infrastructures. These are nodes that, if disrupted through natural events or terrorist action, would cause the most widespread, immediate damage. This research focuses on one particular element of the national infrastructure: the bulk power system. Through the identification of critical elements and the quantification of the consequences of their failure, site-specific vulnerability analyses can be focused at those locations where additional security measures could be effectively implemented. In particular, with appropriate sizing and placement within the grid, distributed generation in the form of regional power parks may reduce or even prevent the impact of widespread network power outages. Even without additional security measures, increased awareness of sensitive power grid locations can provide a basis for more effective national, state and local emergency planning. A number of methods for identifying critical nodes were investigated: small-world (or network theory), polyhedral dynamics, and an artificial intelligence-based search method - particle swarm optimization. PSO was found to be the only viable approach and was applied to a variety of industry accepted test networks to validate the ability of the approach to identify sets of critical nodes. The approach was coded in a software package called Buzzard and integrated with a traditional power flow code. A number of industry accepted test networks were employed to validate the approach. The techniques (and software) are not unique to power grid network, but could be applied to a variety of complex, interacting infrastructures.

  14. Effective Management of Atrioventricular Interval for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation That Developed After DDDR Pacemaker Implantation in a Sick Sinus Syndrome Patient.

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    Tasaki, Hirofumi; Ashizawa, Naoto; Nagao, Shoichi; Fukushima, Kiyoyasu; Furukawa, Ryuji; Fukae, Satoki; Maemura, Koji

    2015-01-01

    A 68-year-old man with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) was referred to our department for pacemaker implantation. After implantation of a pacemaker with rate-responsive dual chamber (DDDR) mode and minimized ventricular pacing (MVP) functions, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) repeatedly developed. Pacemaker memory showed that the intrinsic atrioventricular (AV) (atrial pacing-ventricular sensing [Ap-Vs]) interval was paradoxically prolonged during rate-responsive atrial single-chamber (AAIR) mode rapid pacing because of MVP. Accordingly, to eliminate the paradoxical prolongation of the AV interval during rapid atrial pacing, we changed MVP to medium AV hysteresis and conducted DDDR mode pacing with rate-dependent AV delay. PAF then sharply decreased without antiarrhythmic drugs.

  15. The prognostic value of the number of lymph nodes removed in patients with node-negative colorectal cancer.

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    Duraker, Nüvit; Civelek Çaynak, Zeynep; Hot, Semih

    2014-12-01

    To investigate the prognostic significance of the number of lymph nodes removed in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with no metastatic lymph node. The clinicopathological data of 461 CRC patients was analyzed. In order to compare the survival of patients who had fewer lymph nodes removed versus the survival of patients who had 1-3 metastatic lymph node(s), a separate group of 74 N1 disease patients were also included in the study. All patient data were collected prospectively. Kaplan-Meier method was used for calculation and plotting of the survival curves of the patient groups, and log-rank test was used for the comparison of the survival curves. Cancer-specific survival (CSS) rates of patients who had 1-7 lymph node(s) and 8-11 lymph nodes removed were significantly worse than those who had 12 or more lymph nodes removed (p = 0.006 and p = 0.037, respectively), while CSS was not significantly different between those who had 1-7 versus 8-11 lymph node(s) removed (p = 0.647); this grouping had independent prognostic significance in Cox analysis (p = 0.006). CSS of patients with N1 disease was not significantly different from those who had 1-7 and 8-11 lymph node(s) removed (p = 0.312 and p = 0.165, respectively), while it was significantly worse than CSS of patients who had 12 or more lymph nodes removed (p = 0.001). In colorectal cancer patients whose removed lymph nodes are non-metastatic, removal of at least 12 lymph nodes will determine the lymph node status reliably. Copyright © 2014 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Sarcoidal Granuloma in Cervical Lymph Nodes

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    Hsin-Chien Chen

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a multiorgan granulomatous disease, the most common head and neck manifestation of which is cervical lymphadenopathy. Only the presentation of sarcoidal granuloma in cervical lymph nodes without typical manifestations of systemic sarcoidosis poses a diagnostic difficulty. We describe the case of a 39-year-old male who had a 2-month history of a progressively increasing mass with soreness in his right neck. The biopsy from the neck mass demonstrated non-caseating epithelioid cell granuloma of the lymph nodes. The differential diagnoses of mycobacterial or fungal infections were excluded. Thoracic evaluations, including chest X-ray and high-resolution computed tomography, revealed no abnormal findings. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids resulted in improved clinical symptoms. No recurrence of the neck mass or other signs of systemic sarcoidosis were noted during 1.5 years of follow-up. Although our patient's definitive diagnosis could not be determined, the case highlights 2 important issues: sarcoidal granuloma in lymph nodes may be a precursor of sarcoidosis, even in the absence of pulmonary or other systemic involvement; and regular follow-up is recommended in such cases.

  17. Energy Constraint Node Cache Based Routing Protocol For Adhoc Network

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    Dhiraj Nitnaware; Ajay Verma

    2010-01-01

    Mobile Adhoc Networks (MANETs) is a wireless infrastructureless network, where nodes are free to move independently in any direction. The nodes have limited battery power; hence we require energy efficient routing protocols to optimize network performance. This paper aims to develop a new routing algorithm based on the energy status of the node cache. We have named this algorithm as ECNC_AODV (Energy Constraint Node Cache) based routing protocol which is derived from the AODV protocol. The al...

  18. Left ventricular apical akinetic aneurysmatic area associated with permanent right ventricular apical pacing for advanced atrioventricular block: clinical characteristics and long-term outcome.

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    Yiu, Kai-Hang; Siu, Chung-Wah; Zhang, Xue-Hua; Wang, Mei; Lee, Kathy L F; Lau, Chu-Pak; Tse, Hung-Fat

    2011-04-01

    Right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing can induce left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and dysfunction. In this article, we describe the prevalence, clinical characteristics, and outcome in a subset of patients with unrecognized LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area associated with permanent RVA pacing as potential causes of heart failure (HF) and/or ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT). We retrospectively studied 220 patients with permanent RVA pacing and no pre-existing structural heart disease in our follow-up clinic for high-degree atrioventricular block. Patients who presented with new-onset HF, chest pain, or VT following RVA pacing were evaluated by echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization. RVA pacing-induced LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area was diagnosed in the absence of significant coronary artery disease by left ventriculogram. After a mean 8.8 ± 6.3 years, eight patients (3.6%) had LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area. Of those with LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area, four patients presented with or died of VT. There was no evidence of LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area on echocardiogram or left ventriculogram in the remaining 212 patients. The four patients with LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area and HF underwent cardiac resynchronization therapy: in all cases LV ejection fraction improved (from 33 ± 6 to 47 ± 10%, P = 0.03), and LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area resolved in two. Permanent RVA pacing for high-degree atrioventricular block is associated with LV apical akinetic aneurysmatic area. This condition was associated with a high incidence of VT and cardiovascular complication, but was possibly reversible with cardiac resynchronization therapy.

  19. Sentinel Node Mapping for Breast Cancer: Current Situation

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    Sergi Vidal-Sicart

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Axillary node status is a major prognostic factor in early-stage disease. Traditional staging needs levels I and II axillary lymph node dissection. Axillary involvement is found in 10%–30% of patients with T1 (<2 cm tumours. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is a minimal invasive method of checking the potential nodal involvement. It is based on the assumption of an orderly progression of lymph node invasion by metastatic cells from tumour site. Thus, when sentinel node is free of metastases the remaining nodes are free, too (with a false negative rate lesser than 5%. Moreover, Randomized trials demonstrated a marked reduction of complications associated with the sentinel lymph node biopsy when compared with axillary lymph node dissection. Currently, the sentinel node biopsy procedure is recognized as the standard treatment for stages I and II. In these stages, this approach has a positive node rate similar to those observed after lymphadenectomy, a significant decrease in morbidity and similar nodal relapse rates at 5 years. In this review, the indications and contraindications of the sentinel node biopsy are summarized and the methodological aspects discussed. Finally, the new technologic and histologic developments allow to develop a more accurate and refinate technique that can achieve virtually the identification of 100% of sentinel nodes and reduce the false negative rate.

  20. Histopathological of lymph node biopsies in Lagos, South West ...

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    Lymph nodes are discrete ovoid lymphoid structures that are widely distributed throughout the body. Lymph node enlargement is a common clinical problem, and biopsies are usually undertaken to determine the cause of nodal enlargement. The aim of this study is to elucidate the pattern of lymph node biopsies seen in ...

  1. Bottlenecks and stability in networks with contending nodes

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    Coenen, T.; Berg, J.L. van den; Boucherie, R.J.; Graaf, M. de; Hanbali, A.A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers a class of queueing network models where nodes have to contend with each other to serve their customers. In each time slot, a node with a non-empty queue either serves a customer or is blocked by a node in its vicinity. The focus of our study is on analyzing the throughput and

  2. Identifying node role in social network based on multiple indicators.

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    Shaobin Huang

    Full Text Available It is a classic topic of social network analysis to evaluate the importance of nodes and identify the node that takes on the role of core or bridge in a network. Because a single indicator is not sufficient to analyze multiple characteristics of a node, it is a natural solution to apply multiple indicators that should be selected carefully. An intuitive idea is to select some indicators with weak correlations to efficiently assess different characteristics of a node. However, this paper shows that it is much better to select the indicators with strong correlations. Because indicator correlation is based on the statistical analysis of a large number of nodes, the particularity of an important node will be outlined if its indicator relationship doesn't comply with the statistical correlation. Therefore, the paper selects the multiple indicators including degree, ego-betweenness centrality and eigenvector centrality to evaluate the importance and the role of a node. The importance of a node is equal to the normalized sum of its three indicators. A candidate for core or bridge is selected from the great degree nodes or the nodes with great ego-betweenness centrality respectively. Then, the role of a candidate is determined according to the difference between its indicators' relationship with the statistical correlation of the overall network. Based on 18 real networks and 3 kinds of model networks, the experimental results show that the proposed methods perform quite well in evaluating the importance of nodes and in identifying the node role.

  3. Sentinel node biopsy and large (≥3 cm) breast cancer.

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    Beumer, Jesse D; Gill, Grantley; Campbell, Ian; Wetzig, Neil; Ung, Owen; Farshid, Gelareh; Uren, Roger; Stockler, Martin; Gebski, Val

    2014-03-01

    Sentinel node biopsy is an accurate method for staging the axilla in early (small) breast cancers. However, data for the role of this technique for large breast cancers remain limited. From the Royal Adelaide Hospital Sentinel Node database and the SNAC trial database, 100 subjects were identified with clinically node negative, large (≥3 cm) primary breast cancer who had undergone sentinel node biopsy and immediate axillary clearance. The pathology results from the sentinel node and axillary specimens were analysed. Average tumour size was 3.91 cm (range 3-10 cm) and 65 of 100 cases had metastatic disease in the axillary nodes. A sentinel node was successfully identified in 93 out of 100 cases with an average of 1.75 sentinel nodes sampled. Sixty-two per cent (58 out of 93) were sentinel node positive and 43% (43 out of 100) had a positive non-sentinel node. The false negative rate following successful sentinel node identification was 4.9% (3 out of 61). Sentinel node biopsy was an accurate tool for staging the axilla with a false negative rate comparable to that seen in small tumours. However, given the increased incidence of metastases with larger cancers, further prospective investigation is warranted. © 2013 University of Adelaide. ANZ Journal of Surgery © 2013 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  4. Identifying Vulnerable Nodes of Complex Networks in Cascading Failures Induced by Node-Based Attacks

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    Shudong Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the research on network security, distinguishing the vulnerable components of networks is very important for protecting infrastructures systems. Here, we probe how to identify the vulnerable nodes of complex networks in cascading failures, which was ignored before. Concerned with random attack (RA and highest load attack (HL on nodes, we model cascading dynamics of complex networks. Then, we introduce four kinds of weighting methods to characterize the nodes of networks including Barabási-Albert scale-free networks (SF, Watts-Strogatz small-world networks (WS, Erdos-Renyi random networks (ER, and two real-world networks. The simulations show that, for SF networks under HL attack, the nodes with small value of the fourth kind of weight are the most vulnerable and the ones with small value of the third weight are also vulnerable. Also, the real-world autonomous system with power-law distribution verifies these findings. Moreover, for WS and ER networks under both RA and HL attack, when the nodes have low tolerant ability, the ones with small value of the fourth kind of weight are more vulnerable and also the ones with high degree are easier to break down. The results give us important theoretical basis for digging the potential safety loophole and making protection strategy.

  5. Mistakes in ultrasound diagnosis of superficial lymph nodes

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    Jakubowski, Wiesław

    2017-01-01

    The article discusses basic mistakes that can occur during ultrasound imaging of superficial lymph nodes. Ultrasound is the first imaging method used in the diseases of superficial organs and tissues, including lymph nodes. The causes of mistakes can be either dependent or independent of the performing physician. The first group of mistakes includes inappropriate interpretation of images of anatomical structures, while the latter group includes, among other things, similar ultrasound images of different pathologies. For instance, a lymph node, whether normal or abnormal, may be mimicked by anatomical structures, such as a partially visible, compressed vein. Lymph nodes in lymphomas may be indistinguishable from reactive lymph nodes, even when using Doppler option, as well as morphologically difficult to distinguish from metastases. Metastatic lymph nodes can mimic e.g. nodular, separated postoperative thyroid fragments, a lateral neck cyst, chemodectoma (carotid body tumor) or neuroma. The appearance of lymph nodes in granulomatous diseases, such as tuberculosis or sarcoidosis, can be very similar to that of typical metastatic lymph nodes or lymphomas. Anechoic or hypoechoic areas in a lymph node can represent necrosis or metastatic hemorrhages, but also suppuration in inflamed lymph nodes. Lymph nodes in lymphomas, metastatic and reactive lymph nodes can adopt the classical characteristics of a simple cyst. The overall ultrasound picture along with all criteria for the assessment of a lymph node should be taken into account during ultrasound imaging. It seems that the safest management is to refer patients diagnosed with lymph node abnormalities for ultrasound-guided targeted fine needle aspiration biopsy followed by a total lymph node resection for histopathological examination in the case of suspected lymphoma. PMID:28439430

  6. A Multi-hop Topology Control Based on Inter-node Range Measurement for Wireless Sensor Networks Node Localization

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    Ali Husein ALASIRY

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In centralized range-based localization techniques, sufficiency of inter-node range information received by the base station strongly affects node position estimation results. Successful data aggregation is influenced by link stability of each connection of routes, especially in a multi-hop topology model. In general, measuring the inter-node range is only performed for position determination purposes. This research introduces the use of inter-node range measurement information for link selection in a multi-hop route composition in order to increase the rate of data aggregation. Due to irregularity problems of wireless media, two areas of node communication have been considered. The regular communication area is the area in which other nodes are able to perform symmetrical communication to the node without failure. The irregular area is the area in which other nodes are seldom able to communicate. Due to its instability, some existing methods tried to avoid the irregular area completely. The proposed method, named Virtual Boundaries (VBs prioritizes these areas. The regular communication area’s nodes have high priority to be selected as link vertices; however, when there is no link candidate inside this area, nodes within the irregular area will be selected with respect to their range to the parent node. This technique resulted in a more robust multi-hop topology that can reduce isolated node numbers and increase the percentage of data collected by the base station accordingly.

  7. [Extrapelvic sentinel lymph nodes in cervical cancer: a review].

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    Ouldamer, L; Marret, H; Acker, O; Barillot, I; Body, G

    2012-05-01

    To determine the frequency of extrapelvic sentinel lymph node in patients with cervical cancer. We performed systematic searches (Medline, Pubmed; up to April 2010) to determine the route of lymphatic spread in cervical cancer and to review results on extrapelvic sentinel lymph nodes. According to our search, 2.51% of detected sentinel lymph nodes in patients with cervical cancer were extrapelvic: 2% in the inguinal chain and 98% in the lower paraaortic area. The unusual localizations of sentinel lymph nodes impose to the gynaecologic surgeons to be hardened in performing lymph node dissection in all the territories potentially affected. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. Node Heterogeneity for Energy Efficient Synchronization for Wireless Sensor Network

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    Dnyaneshwar, Mantri; Prasad, Neeli R.; Prasad, Ramjee

    2016-01-01

    is the introduction of heterogeneous nodes regarding energy, and the other is to synchronize the local clock of the node with the global clock of the network. In this context, the paper proposes Node Heterogeneity aware Energy Efficient Synchronization Algorithm (NHES). It works on the formation of cluster......-based spanning tree (SPT). In the initial stage of the algorithm, the nodes are grouped into the cluster and form the tree. The nodes in the cluster and cluster heads in the network are synchronized with the notion of the global time scale of the network. Also, clock skews may cause the errors and be one...

  9. Long range node-strut analysis of trabecular bone microarchitecture

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    Schmah, Tanya; Marwan, Norbert; Thomsen, Jesper Skovhus

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: We present a new morphometric measure of trabecular bone microarchitecture, called mean node strength (NdStr), which is part of a newly developed approach called long range node-strut analysis. Our general aim is to describe and quantify the apparent "latticelike" microarchitecture...... of the trabecular bone network. METHODS: Similar in some ways to the topological node-strut analysis introduced by Garrahan et al. [J. Microsc. 142, 341-349 (1986)], our method is distinguished by an emphasis on long-range trabecular connectivity. Thus, while the topological classification of a pixel (after...... method produces a continuous variable, node strength. The node strength is averaged over a region of interest to produce the mean node strength of the region. RESULTS: We have applied our long range node-strut analysis to a set of 26 high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (p...

  10. Energy Efficient Design for Body Sensor Nodes

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    Yanqing Zhang

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the hardware requirements and design constraints that derive from unique features of body sensor networks (BSNs. Based on the BSN requirements, we examine the tradeoff between custom hardware and commercial off the shelf (COTS designs for BSNs. The broad range of BSN applications includes situations where either custom chips or COTS design is optimal. For both types of nodes, we survey key techniques to improve energy efficiency in BSNs and identify general approaches to energy efficiency in this space.

  11. Eigenvector centrality of nodes in multiplex networks

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    Solá, Luis; Romance, Miguel; Criado, Regino; Flores, Julio; García del Amo, Alejandro; Boccaletti, Stefano

    2013-09-01

    We extend the concept of eigenvector centrality to multiplex networks, and introduce several alternative parameters that quantify the importance of nodes in a multi-layered networked system, including the definition of vectorial-type centralities. In addition, we rigorously show that, under reasonable conditions, such centrality measures exist and are unique. Computer experiments and simulations demonstrate that the proposed measures provide substantially different results when applied to the same multiplex structure, and highlight the non-trivial relationships between the different measures of centrality introduced.

  12. Measure of Node Similarity in Multilayer Networks

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    Møllgaard, Anders; Zettler, Ingo; Dammeyer, Jesper

    2016-01-01

    The weight of links in a network is often related to the similarity of thenodes. Here, we introduce a simple tunable measure for analysing the similarityof nodes across different link weights. In particular, we use the measure toanalyze homophily in a group of 659 freshman students at a large...... university.Our analysis is based on data obtained using smartphones equipped with customdata collection software, complemented by questionnaire-based data. The networkof social contacts is represented as a weighted multilayer network constructedfrom different channels of telecommunication as well as data...

  13. Lymph node retrieval rates in melanoma: a quality assessment parameter.

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    Berger-Richardson, D; Cordeiro, E; Ernjakovic, M; Easson, A M

    2017-08-01

    Regional lymph node dissection (rlnd) for melanoma with nodal metastasis is a specialized procedure that is associated with improved disease-specific survival in selected patients. Furthermore, there is evidence that a higher lymph node retrieval rate (lnrr) is associated with improved local control. Currently, no consensus has been reached on the definition of an adequate lnrr. A minimum lnrr has been proposed as a quality assessment parameter that has to be validated. We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network, Toronto, ON). The lnrrs for all patients who underwent rlnd for malignant cutaneous melanoma during 2000-2010 were recorded. Indications for rlnd were a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy or clinical lymphadenopathy (palpable or radiologically detected). Of the 207 identified rlnds, 146 (70.5%) were subsequent to a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy, and 61 (29.5%) were performed for clinical lymphadenopathy. The median lnrr was 24 nodes (range: 9-47 nodes; 10th percentile: 14 nodes) for axillary rlnd, 12 nodes (range: 5-30 nodes; 10th percentile: 8 nodes) for inguinal rlnd, and 16 nodes (range: 10-21 nodes; 10th percentile: 11 nodes) for ilioinguinal rlnd. The results were similar when comparing patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes and those with clinical lymphadenopathy, and the same surgical techniques were used in both groups. The lnrrs at our institution are similar to rates reported at other tertiary-care melanoma centres. A minimum acceptable lnrr can be considered a quality assessment parameter in the surgical management of melanoma with nodal metastasis.

  14. Impact on survival of the number of lymph nodes resected in patients with lymph node-negative gastric cancer.

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    Chu, Xiaoyuan; Yang, Zhong-Fa

    2015-06-01

    Patients with lymph node-negative gastric cancer show a better overall survival rate than those who have a pathological lymph node-positive gastric cancer. But a large number of patients still develop recurrence. We aimed to explore the significant prognostic factors of lymph node-negative gastric cancer and determine how many lymph nodes should be removed. A total of 3103 patients who underwent radical operation are identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Standard survival methods and restricted multivariable Cox regression models were applied. The overall survival rate was significantly higher with an increasing number of negative lymph node resected. Among the 843 patients who had the exact T stage, the overall survival rate was significantly better in T3-4 group with more than 15 lymph nodes resected (P patients (P = 0.44). A further 25 more lymph nodes resection did not show additional survival benefits. Multivariate analysis of patients demonstrated that age, depth of tumor invasion, and the number of lymph nodes resected were the significant and independent prognostic factors. A lymphadenectomy with more than 15 lymph nodes removal should be performed for T3-4 lymph node-negative gastric cancer. But the survival benefit of a lymphadenectomy with more than 25 lymph nodes removal is disputed. And the further treatment should refer to the prognostic indicators.

  15. Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Axillary Lymph Nodes: Are Changes to the Lymph Node “Soil” Localized or Systemic?

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    Heather L Blackburn

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Metastasis is a multistep process that is not well understood. Colonization of a secondary organ requires specific molecular alterations of the host microenvironment. To determine the temporal and spatial changes associated with metastatic dissemination to the axillary lymph nodes, gene expression profiles were compared between histologically normal lymph nodes from node-positive patients and tumor-free nodes from node-negative patients. Using a stringent false discovery rate correction (<0.05 for multiple hypothesis testing, we did not detect any differentially expressed genes between the lymph node groups. Thus, the presence of metastatic cells within the lymphatic system does not elicit widespread changes in gene expression through the axillary basin; rather, lymph nodes independently respond to disseminated tumor cells.

  16. Primary tuberculosis of cystic duct lymph node.

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    Ghazanfar, Aamir; Asghar, Afifa; Khan, Naqeeb Ullah; Hassan, Iram

    2017-06-16

    Tuberculosis (TC) is very common and significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Isolated cystic duct lymph node TC cases without involvement of gallbladder are exceedingly rare. It is difficult to diagnose preoperatively because of lack of characteristic signs and symptoms of TC. We report a man aged 45 years who presented with right upper abdominal pain since 1week. It was associated with nausea and postprandial fullness. There was no evidence of jaundice and lymphadenopathy. Abdominal examination showed moderate right upper quadrant tenderness with positive Murphy's sign and splenomegaly but no signs of peritonism. Abdomen ultrasound revealed sludge in gallbladder, dilated pancreatic duct, coarse exotexture of liver, splenomegaly and no lymphadenopathy. He underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy; histological report showed chronic caseating granulomatous lymphadenitis with Langhans type of giant cells in lymph node near cystic duct with chronic cholecystitis of gallbladder. Standard antituberculosis therapy was given for 12 months. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  17. Lymph Node Metastasis of Gastric Cancer

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Despite a decrease in incidence in recent decades, gastric cancer is still one of the most common causes of cancer death worldwide [1]. In areas without screening for gastric cancer, it is diagnosed late and has a high frequency of nodal involvement [1]. Even in early gastric cancer (EGC, the incidence of lymph node (LN metastasis exceeds 10%; it was reported to be 14.1% overall and was 4.8 to 23.6% depending on cancer depth [2]. It is important to evaluate LN status preoperatively for proper treatment strategy; however, sufficient results are not being obtained using various modalities. Surgery is the only effective intervention for cure or long-term survival. It is possible to cure local disease without distant metastasis by gastrectomy and LN dissection. However, there is no survival benefit from surgery for systemic disease with distant metastasis such as para-aortic lymph node metastasis [3]. Therefore, whether the disease is local or systemic is an important prognostic indicator for gastric cancer, and the debate continues over the importance of extended lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer. The concept of micro-metastasis has been described as a prognostic factor [4-9], and the biological mechanisms of LN metastasis are currently under study [10-12]. In this article, we review the status of LN metastasis including its molecular mechanisms and evaluate LN dissection for the treatment of gastric cancer.

  18. Social temperament and lymph node innervation.

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    Sloan, Erica K; Capitanio, John P; Tarara, Ross P; Cole, Steve W

    2008-07-01

    Socially inhibited individuals show increased vulnerability to viral infections, and this has been linked to increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). To determine whether structural alterations in SNS innervation of lymphoid tissue might contribute to these effects, we assayed the density of catecholaminergic nerve fibers in 13 lymph nodes from seven healthy adult rhesus macaques that showed stable individual differences in propensity to socially affiliate (Sociability). Tissues from Low Sociable animals showed a 2.8-fold greater density of catecholaminergic innervation relative to tissues from High Sociable animals, and this was associated with a 2.3-fold greater expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) mRNA, suggesting a molecular mechanism for observed differences. Low Sociable animals also showed alterations in lymph node expression of the immunoregulatory cytokine genes IFNG and IL4, and lower secondary IgG responses to tetanus vaccination. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that structural differences in lymphoid tissue innervation might potentially contribute to relationships between social temperament and immunobiology.

  19. Interactive Graph Layout of a Million Nodes

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    Peng Mi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Sensemaking of large graphs, specifically those with millions of nodes, is a crucial task in many fields. Automatic graph layout algorithms, augmented with real-time human-in-the-loop interaction, can potentially support sensemaking of large graphs. However, designing interactive algorithms to achieve this is challenging. In this paper, we tackle the scalability problem of interactive layout of large graphs, and contribute a new GPU-based force-directed layout algorithm that exploits graph topology. This algorithm can interactively layout graphs with millions of nodes, and support real-time interaction to explore alternative graph layouts. Users can directly manipulate the layout of vertices in a force-directed fashion. The complexity of traditional repulsive force computation is reduced by approximating calculations based on the hierarchical structure of multi-level clustered graphs. We evaluate the algorithm performance, and demonstrate human-in-the-loop layout in two sensemaking case studies. Moreover, we summarize lessons learned for designing interactive large graph layout algorithms on the GPU.

  20. Survival benefit of greater number of lymph nodes dissection for advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients following radical gastrectomy.

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    He, Hongyong; Shen, Zhenbin; Wang, Xuefei; Qin, Jing; Sun, Yihong; Qin, Xinyu

    2016-01-01

    A common clinicopathological factor except for T stage that could significantly influence the clinical outcome of advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients following radical gastrectomy was unknown. This study was designed to investigate the clinicopathological characteristics of these patients, and to evaluate the outcome indicators and improve the risk stratification. A total of 195 patients harboring advanced gastric adenocarcinoma with no lymph node and distant metastases and following radical gastrectomy were retrospectively analyzed from the prospectively collected database of Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University between 2006 and 2010. The 3-year and 5-year overall survival rates of this study population were 85.0 and 69.6%. Factors influencing the overall survival were the degree of tumor differentiation, the depth of invasion and the number of lymph nodes resected (LN, cutoff = 18). Lymph node was recognized as an independent prognostic factor for overall survival of advanced node-negative gastric cancer patients, and the prognosis of the patients with greater number of lymph nodes resected (LN ≥ 18) was significantly better than those with lymph node patients with T3/T4 stage could be significantly stratified by lymph node. Based on this condition, a new staging system named tumor-node-metastasis staging system for T3/T4 node-negative gastric cancer was constructed, which could have statistically different overall survival between subgroups. Lymph node was an independent prognostic factor of patients with advanced node-negative gastric cancer, and retrieval of more than 18 lymph nodes should be warranted. In addition, these patients with lesser number of lymph nodes resected might need aggressive postoperative treatment and closer follow-up. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  1. The Sentinel Lymph Node as a Disease Prognosticator in Node Negative Breast Cancer

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    2000-06-01

    ninety percent disease-free survival at five years. Study Procedure. Technetium - 99m Sulfur colloid is prepared by the radiopharmacy at Johns Hopkins...sulfur colloid was used as the tracer for the sentinel node procedure. Unfiltered technetium-99m sulfur colloid was prepared by the radiopharmacy

  2. Clinical outcomes after sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically node-negative breast cancer patients

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    Han, Hee Ji; Keun Ki Chang; Suh, Chang Ok; Kim, Yong Bae [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ju Ree [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Cheil General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Hee Rim [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    To evaluate non-sentinel lymph node (LN) status after sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) in patients with breast cancer and to identify the predictive factors for disease failure. From January 2006 to December 2007, axillary lymph node (ALN) dissection after SNB was performed for patients with primary invasive breast cancer who had no clinical evidence of LN metastasis. A total of 320 patients were treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiotherapy. The median age of patients was 48 years, and the median follow-up time was 72.8 months. Close resection margin (RM) was observed in 13 patients. The median number of dissected SNB was two, and that of total retrieved ALNs was 11. Sentinel node accuracy was 94.7%, and the overall false negative rate (FNR) was 5.3%. Eleven patients experienced treatment failure. Local recurrence, regional LN recurrence, and distant metastasis were identified in 0.9%, 1.9%, and 2.8% of these patients, respectively. Sentinel LN status were not associated with locoregional recurrence (p > 0.05). Close RM was the only significant factor for disease-free survival (DFS) in univariate and multivariate analysis. The 5-year overall survival, DFS, and locoregional DFS were 100%, 96.8%, and 98.1%, respectively. In this study, SNB was performed with high accuracy and low FNR and high locoregional control was achieved.

  3. Important prognostic significance of lymph node density in patients with node positive oral tongue cancer.

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    Lieng, Hester; Gebski, Val J; Morgan, Gary J; Veness, Michael J

    2016-09-01

    Lymph node density (LND) has been described as a prognostic factor for survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, particularly of the oral cavity. The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic significance of LND in patients with node positive oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC). Patients with pathological node positive OTSCC were identified in a retrospective review of prospectively collected data. The optimal cut-point for LND was determined using the minimum P-value method and the log-rank test. The impact of this LND cut-point on time to disease progression and overall survival was determined. In 72 patients with OTSCC, an LND of 14.3% was found to have the greatest separation using the log-rank test (P 14.3% (hazard ratio: 3.43; 95% confidence interval: 1.76-6.70; P 14.3% (hazard ratio: 3.28; 95% confidence interval: 1.61-6.68; P = 0.001). Patients with an LND >14.3% experienced a higher rate of regional recurrence. Our findings confirm the prognostic significance of LND in patients with node positive OTSCC, with a similar LND cut-point value to other published series. Improving regional control in these high-risk patients may improve outcome. © 2016 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

  4. The effect of colonoscopic tattooing on lymph node retrieval and sentinel lymph node mapping

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    Bartels, Sanne A. L.; van der Zaag, Edwin S.; Dekker, Evelien; Buskens, Christianne J.; Bemelman, Willem A.

    2012-01-01

    Background: In colorectal cancer (CRC), colonoscopic tattooing is performed to mark the tumor site before laparoscopic surgery. Objective: To determine whether colonoscopic tattooing can be used to refine staging accuracy by increasing the lymph node (LN) yield per specimen and to determine its

  5. Isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis in ultrasonography. A case report.

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    Ścieszka, Joanna; Urbańska-Krawiec, Dagmara; Kajor, Maciej; Stefański, Leszek

    2012-09-01

    We present a rare case of isolated axillary lymph node tuberculosis. A 66-year-old patient was admitted in order to perform the diagnostics of a painless tumor of the left armpit. Blood biochemistry tests and chest X-ray did not show any abnormalities. In the ultrasound examination a solid structure of the dimensions of 1.8×1 cm of irregular outline with adjacent hypoechogenic lymph nodes was visualized. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was based on histopathologic examination of the excised tumor. In the latter years an increase in extrapulmonary type of tuberculosis has been observed. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis may appear in practically each organ, nevertheless it affects pleura most often. Lymph node tuberculosis is the second, when it comes to the prevalence rate, type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. In the majority of cases of lymph node tuberculosis it affects superficial lymph nodes. In the ultrasound examination a packet of pathological, enlarged and hypoechogenic lymph nodes is stated. In 1/3 of cases the central part of the nodes is hyperechogenic which indicates its caseation necrosis. Lymph nodes have a tendency to be matted and they have blurred outline. We observed this type of lymph node image in the presented patient. This image may be a diagnostic hint. Nevertheless, in the differentiation diagnostics one should take many other disease entities into consideration, inter alia: sarcoidosis, lymphomas, fungal infections, neoplastic metastases; the latter ones have an image most similar to tuberculosis lymph nodes. Tuberculosis ought to be considered in differential diagnosis of atypical masses.

  6. Inguinal sentinel node dissection versus standard inguinal node dissection in patients with vulvar cancer: A comparison of the size of metastasis detected in inguinal lymph nodes.

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    Robison, Katina; Steinhoff, Margaret M; Granai, C O; Brard, Laurent; Gajewski, Walter; Moore, Richard G

    2006-04-01

    The emergence of sentinel lymph node (SLN) technology has provided the ability for an in depth pathologic evaluation for the detection of metastasis to lymph nodes through the use of ultra-staging. The SLN has been shown to be predictive of the metastatic status of its nodal basin. More recently, SLN dissections have been employed in the evaluation of the inguinal lymphatic basins in patients with vulvar malignancies. We hypothesize that the average size of metastasis detected in non-palpable inguinal lymph nodes is smaller when detected through the use of SLN dissection and ultra-staging versus complete inguinal node dissection (CND). This was an IRB approved retrospective study. The tumor registry database was searched to identify all patients diagnosed with a vulvar malignancy from 1990 to 2004. The records were reviewed to identify patients with inguinal lymph node metastasis. Only patients with non-palpable inguinal lymph nodes (metastasis 1 cm or less) were included in the analysis. All pathology slides were reviewed. The smallest metastatic foci of cells were measured from lymph nodes obtained through the traditional complete inguinal lymph node dissection (CND) and compared with the largest metastatic foci of cells detected in sentinel lymph node dissections. The mean size and standard deviation for each group was calculated and analyzed with a Mann-Whitney test. There were 336 inguinal node dissections performed in patients identified with a vulvar malignancy. SLN dissections were performed in 52 groins and CND in 284 groins. Fifty-eight patients were found to have metastatic disease to the inguinal lymph nodes. Thirty of these patients had no evidence of lymph node metastasis on clinical exam or at the time of their EUA. There were 7 groins with metastasis detected through an SLN and 23 groins through a CND. The mean size of the metastatic foci detected in the SLN group was 2.52 mm (SD 1.55) and in the CND group was 4.35 mm (SD 2.63). This was not

  7. Preoperative diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in thoracic esophageal cancer

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    Eguchi, Reiki; Yamada, Akiyoshi; Ueno, Keiko; Murata, Yoko [Tokyo Women`s Medical Coll. (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    From 1994 to 1995, to evaluate the utility of preoperative CT, EUS (endoscopic ultrasonography) and US in the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis in thoracic esophageal cancer, 94 patients with thoracic esophageal cancer who underwent esophagectomy were studied clinicopathologically. The sensitivity of EUS diagnosis of upper mediastinal lymph node metastasis (85%), left-sided paragastrin lymph node metastasis (73-77%), and especially lower paraesophageal lymph node metastasis (100%) were good. But due to their low-grade specificity in EUS diagnosis, their overall accuracy was not very good. On the other hand, the overall accuracy of the CT diagnosis of lymph node metastasis was fine. However, sensitivity, the most important clinical factor in the CT diagnosis of lymph node metastasis was considerably inferior to EUS. The assessment of the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis around the tracheal bifurcation and the pulmonary hilum and the left para-cardial lesion by CT or EUS was poor. It was concluded that lymph node metastasis of these area must be the pitfall in preoperative diagnosis. The average diameter of the lymph nodes and the proportion of cancerous tissue in the lymph nodes diagnosed as metastatic lymph nodes by CT was larger than that of the false negative lymph nodes. However, the lymph nodes diagnosed as true positives by EUS showed no such tendency. This must be the reason the sensitivity of the EUS diagnosis and specificity of the CT diagnosis were favorable, but the specificity of the EUS diagnosis and especially the sensitivity of the CT diagnosis were not as good. (author)

  8. Simultaneous conduction over the fast and slow pathways during induction of atrioventricular nodal reentrant arrhythmia with a rate of less than 100 bpm and infra-His block after radiofrequency ablation of the slow pathway.

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    Amasyalı, Basri; Köktürk, Bülent; Otomo, Kiyoshi; Köse, Sedat

    2011-04-01

    Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is the most common form of paroxysmal regular supraventricular tachycardia in adults. It is typically induced with an anterograde block over the fast pathway (FP) and conduction over the slow pathway (SP), with subsequent retrograde conduction over the FP. Rarely, a simultaneous conduction of a premature atrial complex occurs over the FP and SP to induce AVNRT and is called "one for two phenomenon". We present a 46-year-old woman with atrioventricular nodal rhythm with a rate of 95 beats per minute with distinct electrophysiological characteristics showing simultaneous conduction over the FP and SP during induction of tachycardia and an infra-His block after radiofrequency ablation of the SP.

  9. Bloqueo aurículo-ventricular familiar progresivo tipo I: descripción clínica de una familia Progressive familial atrio-ventricular block type I: clinical description of a family

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    Guillermo Mora

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una familia con bloqueo aurículo-ventricular, que compromete varias generaciones, con herencia mendeliana autosómica dominante, que afecta de manera progresiva el sistema de conducción cardiaco llevando a síncope y muerte súbita en edades tempranas. Esta entidad corresponde al bloqueo familiar cardiaco progresivo tipo I, descrito principalmente en Suráfrica. El tratamiento con marcapaso definitivo fue exitoso.We present the case of a family with atrio-ventricular block that involves several generations, with dominant autosomal mendelian inheritance that progressively affects the cardiac conduction system leading to syncope and sudden death in early life. This entity corresponds to progressive familial atrio-ventricular block type I, described mainly in South Africa . Treatment with permanent pacemaker therapy was successful.

  10. Sentinel European Node Trial (SENT): 3-year results of sentinel node biopsy in oral cancer.

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    Schilling, Clare; Stoeckli, Sandro J; Haerle, Stephan K; Broglie, Martina A; Huber, Gerhard F; Sorensen, Jens Ahm; Bakholdt, Vivi; Krogdahl, Annelise; von Buchwald, Christian; Bilde, Anders; Sebbesen, Lars R; Odell, Edward; Gurney, Benjamin; O'Doherty, Michael; de Bree, Remco; Bloemena, Elisabeth; Flach, Geke B; Villarreal, Pedro M; Fresno Forcelledo, Manuel Florentino; Junquera Gutiérrez, Luis Manuel; Amézaga, Julio Alvarez; Barbier, Luis; Santamaría-Zuazua, Joseba; Moreira, Augusto; Jacome, Manuel; Vigili, Maurizio Giovanni; Rahimi, Siavash; Tartaglione, Girolamo; Lawson, Georges; Nollevaux, Marie-Cecile; Grandi, Cesare; Donner, Davide; Bragantini, Emma; Dequanter, Didier; Lothaire, Philippe; Poli, Tito; Silini, Enrico M; Sesenna, Erinco; Dolivet, Giles; Mastronicola, Romina; Leroux, Agnes; Sassoon, Isabel; Sloan, Philip; McGurk, Mark

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    Optimum management of the N0 neck is unresolved in oral cancer. Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) can reliably detect microscopic lymph node metastasis. The object of this study was to establish whether the technique was both reliable in staging the N0 neck and a safe oncological procedure in patients with early-stage oral squamous cell carcinoma. An European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer-approved prospective, observational study commenced in 2005. Fourteen European centres recruited 415 patients with radiologically staged T1-T2N0 squamous cell carcinoma. SNB was undertaken with an average of 3.2 nodes removed per patient. Patients were excluded if the sentinel node (SN) could not be identified. A positive SN led to a neck dissection within 3 weeks. Analysis was performed at 3-year follow-up. An SN was found in 99.5% of cases. Positive SNs were found in 23% (94 in 415). A false-negative result occurred in 14% (15 in 109) of patients, of whom eight were subsequently rescued by salvage therapy. Recurrence after a positive SNB and subsequent neck dissection occurred in 22 patients, of which 16 (73%) were in the neck and just six patients were rescued. Only minor complications (3%) were reported following SNB. Disease-specific survival was 94%. The sensitivity of SNB was 86% and the negative predictive value 95%. These data show that SNB is a reliable and safe oncological technique for staging the clinically N0 neck in patients with T1 and T2 oral cancer. EORTC Protocol 24021: Sentinel Node Biopsy in the Management of Oral and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection as First-Line Treatment of Node-Positive Seminoma.

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    Hu, Brian; Shah, Swar; Shojaei, Sepehr; Daneshmand, Siamak

    2015-08-01

    The long-term morbidity associated with treating advanced seminoma can be significant. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) has established oncologic efficacy in treating germ cell tumors with minimal long-term toxicity. We describe our experience with RPLND as a front-line treatment of lymph node-positive seminoma. We reviewed our institutional review board-approved testicular cancer database to find the patients with pure seminoma and isolated retroperitoneal lymph node disease who had undergone primary RPLND. The clinical and pathologic variables were obtained. The follow-up data were used to determine recurrence and death. Four patients with a mean age of 37 years were identified. All patients had normal tumor markers and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy measuring 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, and 5.5 cm before RPLND. Of the 4 patients, 3 had had seminoma diagnosed at orchiectomy and 1 (with a 5.5-cm retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy and a burned out primary testicular mass) had had seminoma diagnosed at RPLND after 2 nondiagnostic retroperitoneal biopsies. All patients had undergone nerve-sparing, template, extraperitoneal RPLND and were discharged home after 3 days. An average of 3 positive lymph nodes were found. Of the 4 patients, 3 had pathologic stage IIA and 1 stage IIB disease, with no patient undergoing adjuvant therapy. At a mean follow-up period of 25 months, no patient had experienced disease recurrence, and none had died. All patients maintained antegrade ejaculation, and no long-term complications had developed. Our small series has demonstrated encouraging oncologic efficacy for RPLND as a primary treatment of retroperitoneal lymph node-positive seminoma. A multi-institutional phase II trial of RPLND for stage IIA seminoma is being developed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Paced QRS duration as a predictor for clinical heart failure events during right ventricular apical pacing in patients with idiopathic complete atrioventricular block: results from an observational cohort study (PREDICT-HF).

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    Chen, Shaojie; Yin, Yuehui; Lan, Xianbin; Liu, Zengzhang; Ling, Zhiyu; Su, Li; Kiuchi, Márcio Galindo; Li, Xiaoli; Zhong, Bin; Krucoff, Mitchell W

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive ability of paced QRS duration (pQRSd) for heart failure events among patients receiving right ventricular apical pacing (RVAP). A total of 194 patients with complete atrioventricular block receiving pacemaker treatment were enrolled and stratified to group 1, pQRSd block. pQRSd could be a useful predictor to identify patients who are at risk for heart failure events during RVAP.

  13. Clinical significance of late high-degree atrioventricular block in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after an acute myocardial infarction--a Cardiac Arrhythmias and Risk Stratification After Acute Myocardial Infarction (CARISMA) substudy

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    Gang, Uffe Jakob Ortved; Jøns, Christian; Jørgensen, Rikke Mørch

    2011-01-01

    High-degree atrioventricular block (HAVB) is a frequent complication in the acute stages of a myocardial infarction associated with an increased rate of mortality. However, the incidence and clinical significance of HAVB in late convalescent phases of an AMI is largely unknown. The aim of this st...... of this study was to assess the incidence and prognostic value of late HAVB documented by continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring in post-AMI patients with reduced left ventricular function....

  14. Nanoparticle Transport from Mouse Vagina to Adjacent Lymph Nodes

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    Ballou, Byron; Andreko, Susan K.; Osuna-Highley, Elvira; McRaven, Michael; Catalone, Tina; Bruchez, Marcel P.; Hope, Thomas J.; Labib, Mohamed E.

    2012-01-01

    To test the feasibility of localized intravaginal therapy directed to neighboring lymph nodes, the transport of quantum dots across the vaginal wall was investigated. Quantum dots instilled into the mouse vagina were transported across the vaginal mucosa into draining lymph nodes, but not into distant nodes. Most of the particles were transported to the lumbar nodes; far fewer were transported to the inguinal nodes. A low level of transport was evident at 4 hr after intravaginal instillation, and transport peaked at about 36 hr after instillation. Transport was greatly enhanced by prior vaginal instillation of Nonoxynol-9. Hundreds of micrograms of nanoparticles/kg tissue (ppb) were found in the lumbar lymph nodes at 36 hr post-instillation. Our results imply that targeted transport of microbicides or immunogens from the vagina to local lymph organs is feasible. They also offer an in vivo model for assessing the toxicity of compounds intended for intravaginal use. PMID:23284844

  15. Identification of hybrid node and link communities in complex networks.

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    He, Dongxiao; Jin, Di; Chen, Zheng; Zhang, Weixiong

    2015-03-02

    Identifying communities in complex networks is an effective means for analyzing complex systems, with applications in diverse areas such as social science, engineering, biology and medicine. Finding communities of nodes and finding communities of links are two popular schemes for network analysis. These schemes, however, have inherent drawbacks and are inadequate to capture complex organizational structures in real networks. We introduce a new scheme and an effective approach for identifying complex mixture structures of node and link communities, called hybrid node-link communities. A central piece of our approach is a probabilistic model that accommodates node, link and hybrid node-link communities. Our extensive experiments on various real-world networks, including a large protein-protein interaction network and a large network of semantically associated words, illustrated that the scheme for hybrid communities is superior in revealing network characteristics. Moreover, the new approach outperformed the existing methods for finding node or link communities separately.

  16. Compressed sensing based missing nodes prediction in temporal communication network

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    Cheng, Guangquan; Ma, Yang; Liu, Zhong; Xie, Fuli

    2018-02-01

    The reconstruction of complex network topology is of great theoretical and practical significance. Most research so far focuses on the prediction of missing links. There are many mature algorithms for link prediction which have achieved good results, but research on the prediction of missing nodes has just begun. In this paper, we propose an algorithm for missing node prediction in complex networks. We detect the position of missing nodes based on their neighbor nodes under the theory of compressed sensing, and extend the algorithm to the case of multiple missing nodes using spectral clustering. Experiments on real public network datasets and simulated datasets show that our algorithm can detect the locations of hidden nodes effectively with high precision.

  17. Node Heterogeneity for Energy Efficient Synchronization for Wireless Sensor Network

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    Dnyaneshwar, Mantri; Prasad, Neeli R.; Prasad, Ramjee

    2016-01-01

    is the introduction of heterogeneous nodes regarding energy, and the other is to synchronize the local clock of the node with the global clock of the network. In this context, the paper proposes Node Heterogeneity aware Energy Efficient Synchronization Algorithm (NHES). It works on the formation of cluster......-based spanning tree (SPT). In the initial stage of the algorithm, the nodes are grouped into the cluster and form the tree. The nodes in the cluster and cluster heads in the network are synchronized with the notion of the global time scale of the network. Also, clock skews may cause the errors and be one......The energy of the node in the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is scare and causes the variation in the lifetime of the network. Also, the throughput and delay of the network depend on how long the network sustains i.e. energy consumption. One way to increase the sustainability of network...

  18. Identification of hybrid node and link communities in complex networks

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    He, Dongxiao; Jin, Di; Chen, Zheng; Zhang, Weixiong

    2015-03-01

    Identifying communities in complex networks is an effective means for analyzing complex systems, with applications in diverse areas such as social science, engineering, biology and medicine. Finding communities of nodes and finding communities of links are two popular schemes for network analysis. These schemes, however, have inherent drawbacks and are inadequate to capture complex organizational structures in real networks. We introduce a new scheme and an effective approach for identifying complex mixture structures of node and link communities, called hybrid node-link communities. A central piece of our approach is a probabilistic model that accommodates node, link and hybrid node-link communities. Our extensive experiments on various real-world networks, including a large protein-protein interaction network and a large network of semantically associated words, illustrated that the scheme for hybrid communities is superior in revealing network characteristics. Moreover, the new approach outperformed the existing methods for finding node or link communities separately.

  19. Nodes Placement for reducing Energy Consumption in Multimedia Transmissions

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    Pace, Pasquale; Loscri, Valeria; Natalizio, Enrico; Razafindralambo, Tahiry

    2011-01-01

    International audience; Power consumption is an essential issue in wireless multimedia sensor networks (WMSNs) due to the elevated processing capabilities requested by the video acquisition hardware installed on the generic sensor node. Hence, node placement scheme in WMSNs greatly impacts the overall network lifetime. In this context, the paper first proposes a suitable hardware architecture to implement a feasible WMS node based on off-the-shelf technology, then it evaluates the energy cons...

  20. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer

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    Nieweg, O.E.; Jansen, L.; Rutgers, E.J.T.; Kroon, B.B.R. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Surgery; Valdes Olmos, R.A.; Hoefnagel, K.A. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Peterse, J.L. [Netherlands Cancer Inst./Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Pathology

    1999-04-01

    Lymphatic mapping with selective lymphadenectomy is an attractive approach in breast-cancer patients. It uses existing technology to exploit logical anatomic and physiological principles to identify occult regional lymph-node metastases. The lymphatic flow is visualized and the first (sentinel) lymph node on a direct drainage pathway from the primary tumour is identified. This is the node at greatest risk of harbouring metastatic deposits. Retrieving this node requires a concerted effort from the nuclear medicine physician, surgeon and pathologist. Lymphoscintigraphy can indicate the number of sentinel nodes and their location. The surgeon can use two techniques to find the node. A vital dye injected at the tumour site will stain the lymphatic duct as well as the sentinel node and allow their visual identification. Alternatively, a lymph-node-seeking radiopharmaceutical will also migrate from the tumour site to the sentinel node and will enable its retrieval with the use of a gamma detection probe. The pathologist has a number of techniques to identify tumour deposits in the lymph node. A review of the literature shows that the sentinel node can be found in more than 90% of the patients. With experience, the false-negative rate can be kept down to about 5%. This novel approach of lymphatic mapping with selective lymphadenectomy may lead to a substantial reduction in the need for axillary node dissection in patients with breast cancer without compromising survival and regional control, and without loss of prognostic and staging information. This development will translate into a great reduction in patient morbidity and medical expenses. (orig.) With 3 figs., 2 tabs., 39 refs.

  1. Analysis of some parameters for random nodes in priority trees

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    Alois Panholzer

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Priority trees are a certain data structure used for priority queue administration. Under the model that all permutations of the numbers $1, dots, n$ are equally likely to construct a priority tree of size $n$ we study the following parameters in size-$n$ trees: depth of a random node, number of right edges to a random node, and number of descendants of a random node. For all parameters studied we give limiting distribution results.

  2. Drop and Recovery of Sensor Nodes Using UAVs

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    Voldsund, Vegard

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this project is to make a system able of executing drop and recovery of sensor nodes at sea by the use of UAVs.The sensor node will be a lightweight packet that can contain different sensors depending on the mission. These sensor nodes will be dropped into the sea where they will float on the surface. Examples of use for the sensor nodes can be to log temperature, currents, salinity or water quality. Hence they can be very useful in for instance climate research or for detectingoi...

  3. Predictors for lymph nodes involvement in low risk endometrial cancer.

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    Kadan, Yfat; Calvino, Abdul Saied; Katz, Andrew; Katz, Steven; Moore, Richard G

    2017-05-01

    Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and BMI were examined as pre-operative predictors for lymph node metastases in patients with low-risk endometrial cancer. The study was a retrospective analysis of 534 endometrial cancer patients that underwent hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. Included subjects had a preoperative diagnosis of a grade 1 or 2 endometrioid carcinoma and no macroscopic extrauterine disease. We compared node-negative to node-positive patients to identify correlates of node-positive disease. The node-positive group presented with lower BMI than the node-negative group, 31.5 and 34.4, respectively (p = .03). The mean NLR was higher in the node-positive group 3.4 vs 2.9 (p = .08), showing a trend towards significance on univariate analysis. On multivariate analysis, lower BMI was found to be an independent predictor for nodal metastasis. Our data suggest that lower BMI is a risk factor for lymph nodes involvement in low-risk endometrial cancer. Impact statement Most endometrial cancer patients have low-risk disease with low risk for lymph nodes metastasis. In order to reduce the number of patients that will undergo unnecessary lymph node dissection, different types of preoperative predictors for lymph node involvement were studied. CA 125 and different imaging modalities were found as useful predictors for more advanced disease. Less studied predictors are the systemic inflammatory response markers and patient's BMI. This study suggests that lower BMI is a risk factor for lymph node involvement in low-risk endometrial cancer. The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio was close to significance as a predictor for lymph node involvement. In practice, physicians might favour comprehensive lymph node dissection when there is a doubt regarding the procedure but the patient is lean. The study's conclusion can be utilised for triaging patients to general gynaecologist vs gynaecologic oncologist. Further research should focus on combining predictors such as

  4. Maximizing Lifetime of Wireless Sensor Networks with Mobile Sink Nodes

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    Yourong Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to maximize network lifetime and balance energy consumption when sink nodes can move, maximizing lifetime of wireless sensor networks with mobile sink nodes (MLMS is researched. The movement path selection method of sink nodes is proposed. Modified subtractive clustering method, k-means method, and nearest neighbor interpolation method are used to obtain the movement paths. The lifetime optimization model is established under flow constraint, energy consumption constraint, link transmission constraint, and other constraints. The model is solved from the perspective of static and mobile data gathering of sink nodes. Subgradient method is used to solve the lifetime optimization model when one sink node stays at one anchor location. Geometric method is used to evaluate the amount of gathering data when sink nodes are moving. Finally, all sensor nodes transmit data according to the optimal data transmission scheme. Sink nodes gather the data along the shortest movement paths. Simulation results show that MLMS can prolong network lifetime, balance node energy consumption, and reduce data gathering latency under appropriate parameters. Under certain conditions, it outperforms Ratio_w, TPGF, RCC, and GRND.

  5. High-Frequency Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging of Cancerous Lymph Nodes

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    Mamou, Jonathan; Coron, Alain; Hata, Masaki; Machi, Junji; Yanagihara, Eugene; Laugier, Pascal; Feleppa, Ernest J.

    2009-07-01

    High-frequency ultrasound (HFU) offers a means of investigating biological tissue at the microscopic level. High-frequency, quantitative-ultrasound (QUS) methods were developed to characterize freshly-dissected lymph nodes of cancer patients. Three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound data were acquired from lymph nodes using a 25.6-MHz center-frequency transducer. Each node was inked prior to 3D histological fixation to recover orientation after sectioning. Backscattered echo signals were processed to yield two QUS estimates associated with tissue microstructure: scatterer size and acoustic concentration. The QUS estimates were computed following established methods using a Gaussian scattering model. Four lymph nodes from a patient with stage-3 colon cancer were evaluated as an illustrative case. QUS images were generated for this patient by expressing QUS estimates as color-encoded pixels and overlaying them on conventional gray-scale B-mode images. The single metastatic node had an average scatterer size that was significantly larger than the average scatterer size of the other nodes, and the statistics of both QUS estimates in the metastatic node showed greater variance than the statistics of the other nodes. Results indicate that the methods may provide a useful means of identifying small metastatic foci in dissected lymph nodes that might not be detectable using current standard pathology procedures.

  6. Experimental model in rat for sentinel node biopsy

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    Oliveira Filho Renato Santos de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Although sentinel node procedure has been used world wide, there are many aspects to be defined and better standardized. This study address if the experimental model in rats is appropriate for sentinel node biopsy. In this model, the lymph nodes are showed by lymphoscintigraphy, they are dyed by patent blue and identified by intraoperative gamma probe detection. It isn?t necessary to use magnification for the procedure. The model demonstrated that sentinel node biopsy in rats is feasible. So, besides allowing researches in this field, the model is useful for training and diffusing this technique.

  7. SpicyNodes: radial layout authoring for the general public.

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    Douma, Michael; Ligierko, Grzegorz; Ancuta, Ovidiu; Gritsai, Pavel; Liu, Sean

    2009-01-01

    Trees and graphs are relevant to many online tasks such as visualizing social networks, product catalogs, educational portals, digital libraries, the semantic web, concept maps and personalized information management. SpicyNodes is an information-visualization technology that builds upon existing research on radial tree layouts and graph structures. Users can browse a tree, clicking from node to node, as well as successively viewing a node, immediately related nodes and the path back to the "home" nodes. SpicyNodes' layout algorithms maintain balanced layouts using a hybrid mixture of a geometric layout (a succession of spanning radial trees) and force-directed layouts to minimize overlapping nodes, plus several other improvements over prior art. It provides XML-based API and GUI authoring tools. The goal of the SpicyNodes project is to implement familiar principles of radial maps and focus+context with an attractive and inviting look and feel in an open system that is accessible to virtually any Internet user.

  8. Clinical significance of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer

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    Deng, Jing-Yu; Liang, Han

    2014-01-01

    Gastric cancer, one of the most common malignancies in the world, frequently reveals lymph node, peritoneum, and liver metastases. Most of gastric cancer patients present with lymph node metastasis when they were initially diagnosed or underwent surgical resection, which results in poor prognosis. Both the depth of tumor invasion and lymph node involvement are considered as the most important prognostic predictors of gastric cancer. Although extended lymphadenectomy was not considered a survival benefit procedure and was reported to be associated with high mortality and morbidity in two randomized controlled European trials, it showed significant superiority in terms of lower locoregional recurrence and disease related deaths compared to limited lymphadenectomy in a 15-year follow-up study. Almost all clinical investigators have reached a consensus that the predictive efficiency of the number of metastatic lymph nodes is far better than the extent of lymph node metastasis for the prognosis of gastric cancer worldwide, but other nodal metastatic classifications of gastric cancer have been proposed as alternatives to the number of metastatic lymph nodes for improving the predictive efficiency for patient prognosis. It is still controversial over whether the ratio between metastatic and examined lymph nodes is superior to the number of metastatic lymph nodes in prognostic evaluation of gastric cancer. Besides, the negative lymph node count has been increasingly recognized to be an important factor significantly associated with prognosis of gastric cancer. PMID:24744586

  9. Chemical shift effect predicting lymph node status in rectal cancer using high-resolution MR imaging with node-for-node matched histopathological validation

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    Zhang, Hongmei; Zhang, Chongda; Ye, Feng; Liu, Yuan; Zhou, Chunwu [Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, ChaoYang District, Beijing (China); Zheng, Zhaoxu [Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Department of Colorectal Oncology, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, ChaoYang District, Beijing (China); Zou, Shuangmei [Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Department of Pathology, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, ChaoYang District, Beijing (China)

    2017-09-15

    To evaluate the value of the chemical shift effect (CSE) as well as other criteria for the prediction of lymph node status. Twenty-nine patients who underwent radical surgery of rectal cancers were studied with pre- and postoperative specimen MRI. Lymph nodes were harvested from transverse whole-mount specimens and compared with in vivo and ex vivo images to obtain a precise slice-for-section match. Preoperative MR characteristics including CSE, as well as other predictors, were evaluated by two readers independently between benign and metastatic nodes. A total of 255 benign and 35 metastatic nodes were obtained; 71.4% and 69.4% of benign nodes were detected with regular CSE for two readers, whereas 80.0% and 74.3% of metastatic nodes with absence of CSE. The CSE rendered areas under the ROC curve (AUC) of 0.879 and 0.845 for predicting nodal status for two readers. The criteria of nodal location, border, signal intensity and minimum distance to the rectal wall were also useful but with AUCs (0.629-0.743) lower than those of CSE. CSE is a reliable predictor for differentiating benign from metastatic nodes. Additional criteria should be taken into account when it is difficult to determine the nodal status by using only a single predictor. (orig.)

  10. Arm morbidity following sentinel lymph node biopsy or axillary lymph node dissection: a study from the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group

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    Husted, Madsen A.; Haugaard, K.; Soerensen, J.

    2008-01-01

    the impact on shoulder mobility of node positive patients having a secondary axillary dissection because of the findings of metastases postoperatively. AIM: We aimed to investigate the objective and subjective arm morbidity in node negative and node positive patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In a prospective...... groups of node negative patients. Highly significant difference was found comparing sensibility. Comparing the morbidity in node positive patients who had a one-step axillary dissection with patients having a two-step procedure (sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by delayed axillary dissection) revealed...... no difference in objective or subjective arm morbidity. CONCLUSION: Node negative patients operated with sentinel lymph node biopsy have less arm morbidity compared with node negative patients operated with axillary lymph node dissection. Node positive patients who had a secondary axillary lymph node dissection...

  11. The number of positive nodes and the ratio of positive to excised nodes are significant predictors of survival in women with micrometastatic node-positive breast cancer.

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    Truong, Pauline T; Vinh-Hung, Vincent; Cserni, Gabor; Woodward, Wendy A; Tai, Patricia; Vlastos, Georges

    2008-08-01

    To evaluate the prognostic impact of the number of positive nodes and the lymph node ratio (LNR) of positive to excised nodes on survival in women diagnosed with nodal micrometastatic breast cancer before the era of widespread sentinel lymph node biopsy. Subjects were 62,551 women identified by the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database, diagnosed with pT1-2pN0-1 breast cancer between 1988 and 1997. Kaplan-Meier breast cancer-specific survival (BCSS) and overall survival (OS) were compared between three cohorts: node-negative (pN0, n=57,980) nodal micrometastasis all 2mm but or= 4) and the LNR (0.25). Median follow-up was 7.3 yr. Ten-year BCSS and OS in pNmic breast cancer were significantly lower compared to pN0 disease (BCSS 82.3% versus 91.9%, p<0.001 and OS 68.1% versus 75.7%, p<0.001). BCSS and OS with pNmic disease progressively declined with increasing number of positive nodes and increasing LNR. OS with pNmic was similar to pNmac disease when matched by the number of positive nodes and by the LNR. Both pN-based and LNR-based classifications were significantly prognostic of BCSS and OS on Cox regression multivariate analysis. Nodal micrometastasis is associated with poorer survival compared to pN0 disease. Mortality hazards with nodal micrometastasis increased with increasing number of positive nodes and increasing LNR. The number of positive nodes and the LNR should be considered in risk estimates for patients with nodal micrometastatic breast cancer.

  12. Proposing prognostic thresholds for lymph node yield in clinically lymph node-negative and lymph node-positive cancers of the oral cavity.

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    Kuo, Phoebe; Mehra, Saral; Sosa, Julie A; Roman, Sanziana A; Husain, Zain A; Burtness, Barbara A; Tate, Janet P; Yarbrough, Wendell G; Judson, Benjamin L

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    Prognostic lymph node yield thresholds have been identified and incorporated into treatment guidelines for multiple cancer sites, but not for oral cancer. The objective of this study was to identify optimal thresholds in elective and therapeutic neck dissection for oral cavity cancers. Patients with oral cavity cancers in the National Cancer Database (NCDB) were stratified into clinically lymph node-negative (cN0) and clinically lymph node-positive (cN+) cohorts to reflect the differing surgical management for these diseases. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to assess the relation between lymph node yield and overall survival, adjusting for other prognostic factors. Thresholds derived from the NCDB were validated in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. In patients with cN0 cancers of the oral cavity from the NCDB, those who had cancers from SEER, with a mortality hazard ratio of 0.825 for ≥ 16 lymph nodes (95% confidence interval, 0.764-0.950; P = .004). In patients with cN + oral cavity cancers from the NCDB, groups with cancers from SEER, with a mortality hazard ratio of 0.791 (95% confidence interval, 0.692-0.903; P = .001). Academic centers, higher volume centers, and geographic location predicted higher lymph node yields. More extensive neck dissection (≥16 lymph nodes in cN0, ≥ 26 lymph nodes in cN+) was associated with better survival. Further evaluation of practice patterns in lymph node yield may represent an opportunity for improved quality of care. Cancer 2016;122:3624-31. © 2016 American Cancer Society. © 2016 American Cancer Society.

  13. Lack of physiological adaptation of the atrioventricular interval to heart rate in patients chronically paced in the AAIR mode.

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    Mabo, P; Pouillot, C; Kermarrec, A; Lelong, B; Lebreton, H; Daubert, C

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    Seventeen consecutive patients, aged 56 +/- 12, were chronically paced in the AAIR mode for a symptomatic sinus node disease with atrial chronotropic incompetence defined by a peak exercise heart rate (HR) less than 75% of the maximal predicted heart rate (MPHR) mean = 65 +/- 10%). Sensors used were activity sensing (n = 7), minute ventilation (n = 6), or respiratory rate (n = 4). Basic pacing rate was programmed at 71 +/- 5 beats/min and the maximal sensor rate at approximately 85% MPHR (143 +/- 10); other sensor parameters were programmed individually. Six months after implant, two standardized and symptom limited exercise tests were performed in random order, AAI and AAIR modes, respectively. AAIR pacing significantly improved peak exercise HR (139 +/- 14 vs 112 +/- 30 beats/min; P less than 0.01), maximal sustained workload (132 +/- 42 vs 110 +/- 38 watts; P less than 0.02), and total exercise duration (724 +/- 299 vs 594 +/- 245 sec; p less than 0.02) compared to the AAI mode. In all 17 patients, HR was continuously sensor driven in the AAIR mode, making it possible to precisely study the adaptation of the stimulus-R interval and of the stimulus-R:RR ratio during exercise. Six patients normally adapted with a progressive shortening. Six others did not adapt at all without any variation of interval. Five patients paradoxically increased their stimulus-R interval (286 +/- 10 msec at peak E vs 220 +/- 19 msec at rest) and their stimulus-R:RR ratio (67 +/- 20% vs 29 +/- 4%), producing P waves occurring immediately after, or even within the R wave of the preceding cycle; two patients complained of severe exercise related symptoms corresponding to the so-called "AAIR pacemaker syndrome." The principal factors involved in the nonadaptation of AV interval to HR were related to the patient (organic heart disease, with the particular problem of the denervated heart; the bradytachy syndrome; and the use of drugs, especially beta blockers and Class I antiarrhythmic drugs

  14. Beneficial and Adverse Effects of Electro-acupuncture Assessed in the Canine Chronic Atrio-ventricular Block Model Having Severe Hypertension and Chronic Heart Failure.

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    Cao, Xin; Lu, Shengfeng; Ohara, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Yuji; Izumi-Nakaseko, Hiroko; Ando, Kentaro; Zhu, Bingmei; Xu, Bin; Sugiyama, Atsushi

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    Regarding the effects of electro-acupuncture for severe hypertension, we assessed its acute cardiovascular consequences with 4 subjects of the chronic atrioventricular block dogs having severe hypertension and chronic heart failure. The electro-acupuncture consisting of 2 mA at 2 Hz frequency was carried out for 30 min at Renying (ST-9) and Taichong (LR-3) every other day. Seven sessions were performed within 2 weeks. In the 1st and 7th sessions, the animals were anesthetized with pentobarbital to analyze the effects of the electro-acupuncture on cardiovascular variables. No significant change was detected in any of the basal control values of the cardiohemodynamic or electrophysiological variables between the 1st and 7th sessions. During the 1st session, electo-acupuncture produced a peak increase in mean blood pressure by 8.7% at 35 min (p heart rate and systolic blood pressure (= double product) reflecting myocardial oxygen consumption, QRS width or QT interval during the electrical stimulation in the 1st or 7th session. The results suggest that electroacupuncture may not exert lethal adverse effect except the vasopressor response, but that it can decrease the treatment-induced sympathetic response including vasopressor reaction and tachycardia. Since electro-acupuncture may have some potential to induce hypertensive crisis at the beginning, clinicians have to pay attention on its use for patients with hypertension.

  15. In vivo analysis of torsadogenic potential of an antipsychotic drug paliperidone using the acute atrioventricular block rabbit as a proarrhythmia model

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    Mihoko Hagiwara

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We assessed electrophysiological effects of an atypical antipsychotic drug paliperidone in acute atrioventricular block rabbits. Intravenous administration of paliperidone at a clinically relevant dose (0.06 mg/kg hardly affected the QT interval or monophasic action potential (MAP duration, and the higher doses (0.6 and 6 mg/kg prolonged the QT interval and MAP duration. Meanwhile, premature ventricular contractions with R on T phenomenon were observed in 3 out of 6 animals at the middle dose, and torsades de pointes (TdP episodes were detected in 2 out of 6 animals at the high dose. Intravenous administration of its chemically related compound risperidone at a clinically relevant dose (0.03 mg/kg hardly affected the electrophysiological parameters, and the higher doses (0.3 and 3 mg/kg prolonged the QT interval and MAP duration. Meanwhile, the premature ventricular contractions with R on T were observed in 2 out of 6 animals at the middle dose, and TdP episodes were detected in 4 out of 6 animals at the high dose. These results suggest that paliperidone showed torsadogenic potential at supra-therapeutic doses, whose potency can be estimated to be equal or slightly subordinate in comparison with that of risperidone.

  16. Novel method of predicting the optimal atrioventricular delay in patients with complete AV block, normal left ventricular function and an implanted DDD pacemaker.

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    Miki, Yuko; Ishikawa, Toshiyuki; Matsushita, Kohei; Yamakawa, Youhei; Matsumoto, Katsumi; Sumita, Shinichi; Uchino, Kazuaki; Kimura, Kazuo; Umemura, Satoshi

    2009-04-01

    The optimal atrioventricular (AV) delay setting is important for achieving optimal AV synchrony in patients with an implanted DDD pacemaker. Using pulsed Doppler echocardiography is the most common method of predicting the optimal AV delay, but it is a complicated and time-consuming method. Therefore, an automatic optimizing function of the AV delay at different atrial rates is desirable for achieving a favorable hemodynamic state. This study aimed to predict the optimal AV delay using phonocardiography. The amplitude of the first heart sound (S1) recorded on the phonocardiogram was measured with different AV delays in 6 patents with complete AV block, normal left ventricular function and an implanted DDD pacemaker. The correlation between the amplitude of S1 and the length of the AV delay was a cubic curve (y=974.15x(3)-23.084x(2)-8.0074x+0.7495, R2=0.9511). The length of the AV delay at the inflection point of the curve showed a significant positive correlation with the optimal AV delay determined by pulsed Doppler echocardiography (R=0.9254, P<0.01). This study demonstrated a novel simple method of predicting the optimal AV delay using phono-cardiography.

  17. Paroxysmal atrioventricular block: Electrophysiological mechanism of phase 4 conduction block in the His-Purkinje system: A comparison with phase 3 block.

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    Shenasa, Mohammad; Josephson, Mark E; Wit, Andrew L

    2017-11-01

    Paroxysmal atrioventricular (A-V) block is relatively rare, and due to its transient nature, it is often under recognized. It is often triggered by atrial, junctional, or ventricular premature beats, and occurs in the presence of a diseased His-Purkinje system (HPS). Here, we present a 45-year-old white male who was admitted for observation due to recurrent syncope and near-syncope, who had paroxysmal A-V block. The likely cellular electrophysiological mechanisms(s) of paroxysmal A-V block and its differential diagnosis and management are discussed. Continuous electrocardiographic monitoring was done while the patient was in the cardiac unit. Multiple episodes of paroxysmal A-V block were documented in this case. All episodes were initiated and terminated with atrial/junctional premature beats. The patient underwent permanent pacemaker implantation and has remained asymptomatic since then. Paroxysmal A-V block is rare and often causes syncope or near-syncope. Permanent pacemaker implantation is indicated according to the current guidelines. Paroxysmal A-V block occurs in the setting of diseased HPS and is bradycardia-dependent. The detailed electrophysiological mechanisms, which involve phase 4 diastolic depolarization, and differential diagnosis are discussed. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Latrophilin-2 is a novel component of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition within the atrioventricular canal of the embryonic chicken heart.

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    Doyle, Sally E; Scholz, Matthew J; Greer, Kevin A; Hubbard, Antony D; Darnell, Diana K; Antin, Parker B; Klewer, Scott E; Runyan, Raymond B

    2006-12-01

    Endothelial cells in the atrioventricular canal of the heart undergo an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) to form heart valves. We surveyed an on-line database (http://www.geisha.arizona.edu/) for clones expressed during gastrulation to identify novel EMT components. One gene, latrophilin-2, was identified as expressed in the heart and appeared to be functional in EMT. This molecule was chosen for further examination. In situ localization showed it to be expressed in both the myocardium and endothelium. Several antisense DNA probes and an siRNA for latrophilin-2 produced a loss of EMT in collagen gel cultures. Latrophilin-2 is a putative G-protein-coupled receptor and we previously identified a pertussis toxin-sensitive G-protein signal transduction pathway. Microarray experiments were performed to examine whether these molecules were related. After treatment with antisense DNA against latrophilin-2, expression of 1,385 genes and ESTs was altered. This represented approximately 12.5% of the microarray elements. In contrast, pertussis toxin altered only 103 (0.9%) elements of the array. There appears to be little overlap between the two signal transduction pathways. Latrophilin-2 is thus a novel component of EMT and provides a new avenue for investigation of this cellular process. Copyright (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en tirotoxicosis aguda First degree atrio-ventricular block in acute thyrotoxicosis

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    Antonio R. Vilches

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available El cuadro clínico de la tirotoxicosis incluye síntomas cardiovasculares variados. La taquicardia sinusal es el trastorno electrocardiográfico más frecuente y los trastornos de conducción son extremadamente raros como modo de presentación. Comunicamos un caso de bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en una paciente con hipertiroidismo recién diagnosticado y que comenzó días antes de la consulta con un cuadro general inespecífico. Su evaluación ulterior demostró que se trataba de una tirotoxicosis aguda autoinmune, y su tratamiento con metimazol corrigió el trastorno totalmente. Se discuten los mecanismos fisiopatológicos involucrados y las implicancias clínicas desde el punto de vista del internista.Thyrotoxicosis may present with a variety of cardiovascular symptoms. Sinus tachycardia is the most frequently encountered electrocardiographic abnormality and conduction disturbances are extremely uncommon. We present a case of first degree atrio-ventricular block in a patient with newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism and discuss the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and the clinical implications from the internist’s standpoint.

  20. Comparison of mitral valve area by pressure half-time and proximal isovelocity surface area method in patients with mitral stenosis: effect of net atrioventricular compliance.

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    Salem Omar, Alaa Mabrouk; Tanaka, Hidekazu; AbdelDayem, Tarek Khairy; Sadek, Ayman S; Raslaan, Halah; Al-Sherbiny, Ashraf; Yamawaki, Kohei; Ryo, Keiko; Fukuda, Yuko; Norisada, Kazuko; Tatsumi, Kazuhiro; Onishi, Tetsuari; Matsumoto, Kensuke; Kawai, Hiroya; Hirata, Ken-ichi

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    The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that, unlike calculation of the mitral valve area (MVA) with the pressure half-time method (PHT), the proximal isovelocity surface area method (PISA) is not affected by changes in net atrioventricular compliance (C(n)). We studied 51 patients with mitral stenosis (MS) from two centres. MVA was assessed with the PISA (MVA(PISA)), PHT (MVA(PHT)), and planimetry (MVA(PLN), serving as the gold standard) method. C(n) was calculated with a previously validated equation using 2D echocardiography. MVA(PISA) closely correlated with MVA(PLN) (r = 0.96, P PISA), MVA(PLN), and C(n) (r = 0.1, P = 0.388). MVA calculated with both the PISA and PHT methods correlated well with MVA calculated with the planimetry method. However, the PISA rather than PHT is recommended for patients with MS and extreme C(n) values because PISA, unlike PHT, is not affected by changes in C(n).

  1. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy in papillary thyroid carcinoma in patients with no preoperative evidence of lymph node metastasis.

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    González, Óscar; Zafon, Carles; Caubet, Enric; García-Burillo, Amparo; Serres, Xavier; Fort, José Manuel; Mesa, Jordi; Castell, Joan; Roca, Isabel; Ramón Y Cajal, Santiago; Iglesias, Carmela

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    Lymphadenectomy is recommended during surgery for papillary thyroid carcinoma when there is evidence of cervical lymph node metastasis (therapeutic) or in high-risk patients (prophylactic) such as those with T3 and T4 tumors of the TNM classification. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy may improve preoperative diagnosis of nodal metastases. To analyze the results of selective sentinel lymph node biopsy in a group of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma and no evidence of nodal involvement before surgery. A retrospective, single-center study in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma and no clinical evidence of lymph node involvement who underwent surgery between 2011 and 2013. The sentinel node was identified by scintigraphy. When the sentinel node was positive, the affected compartment was removed, and when sentinel node was negative, central lymph node dissection was performed. Forty-three patients, 34 females, with a mean age of 52.3 (±17) years, were enrolled. Forty-six (27%) of the 170 SNs resected from 24 (55.8%) patients were positive for metastasis. In addition, 94 (15.6%) out of the 612 lymph nodes removed in the lymphadenectomies were positive for metastases. Twelve of the 30 (40%) low risk patients (cT1N0 and cT2N0) changed their stage to pN1, whereas 12 of 13 (92%) high risk patients (cT3N0 and cT4N0) changed to pN1 stage. Selective sentinel lymph node biopsy changes the stage of more than 50% of patients from cN0 to pN1. This confirms the need for lymph node resection in T3 and T4 tumors, but reveals the presence of lymph node metastases in 40% of T1-T2 tumors. Copyright © 2017 SEEN. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. Exact asymptotic expansion for the resistance between the center node and a node on the cobweb network boundary

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    R. Kenna

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available We analyze the resistance between two nodes in a cobweb network of resistors. Based on an exact expression, we derive the asymptotic expansions for the resistance between the center node and a node on the boundary of the M x N cobweb network with resistors r and s in the two spatial directions. All coefficients in this expansion are expressed through analytical functions.

  3. Node-to-node field calibration of wireless distributed air pollution sensor network.

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    Kizel, Fadi; Etzion, Yael; Shafran-Nathan, Rakefet; Levy, Ilan; Fishbain, Barak; Bartonova, Alena; Broday, David M

    2018-02-01

    Low-cost air quality sensors offer high-resolution spatiotemporal measurements that can be used for air resources management and exposure estimation. Yet, such sensors require frequent calibration to provide reliable data, since even after a laboratory calibration they might not report correct values when they are deployed in the field, due to interference with other pollutants, as a result of sensitivity to environmental conditions and due to sensor aging and drift. Field calibration has been suggested as a means for overcoming these limitations, with the common strategy involving periodical collocations of the sensors at an air quality monitoring station. However, the cost and complexity involved in relocating numerous sensor nodes back and forth, and the loss of data during the repeated calibration periods make this strategy inefficient. This work examines an alternative approach, a node-to-node (N2N) calibration, where only one sensor in each chain is directly calibrated against the reference measurements and the rest of the sensors are calibrated sequentially one against the other while they are deployed and collocated in pairs. The calibration can be performed multiple times as a routine procedure. This procedure minimizes the total number of sensor relocations, and enables calibration while simultaneously collecting data at the deployment sites. We studied N2N chain calibration and the propagation of the calibration error analytically, computationally and experimentally. The in-situ N2N calibration is shown to be generic and applicable for different pollutants, sensing technologies, sensor platforms, chain lengths, and sensor order within the chain. In particular, we show that chain calibration of three nodes, each calibrated for a week, propagate calibration errors that are similar to those found in direct field calibration. Hence, N2N calibration is shown to be suitable for calibration of distributed sensor networks. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All

  4. Gene expression profiling in lymph node-positive and lymph node-negative colorectal cancer.

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    Kwon, Hyuk-Chan; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Roh, Mee-Sook; Kim, Jae-Seok; Lee, Hyung-Sik; Choi, Hong-Jo; Jeong, Jin-Sook; Kim, Hyo-Jin; Hwang, Tae-Ho

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    To identify the genes involved in the carcinogenesis and progression of colorectal cancer, we analyzed the gene-expression profiles of colorectal cancer cells from 12 tumors with corresponding noncancerous colonic epithelia using a cDNA microarray representing 4,08 genes. We classified both samples and genes by using a two-way clustering analysis and identified genes that were differentially expressed in the cancerous and noncancerous tissues. Genes associated with lymph node metastasis were identified by means of the supervised learning technique. Differentially expressed genes (77 up-regulated and 45 down-regulated genes) were identified in more than 75 percent of the tumors. The functional categories of these genes belonged to signal transduction (19 percent), metabolism (17 percent), cell structure/motility (14 percent), cell cycle (13 percent), and gene protein expression (13 percent). The gene expression pattern of reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results from randomly selected genes shows a pattern similar to that of cDNA microarray. Moreover, the gene expression patterns observed were similar to those reported previously, suggesting rare racial differences. Sixty genes possibly associated with lymph node metastasis in colorectal cancer were selected on the basis of clinicopathological data obtained by performing signal-to-noise calculations. "Leave-one-out" cross-validation testing correctly classified 10 of 12 patients (83.3 percent) as having colorectal cancer with lymph node metastasis vs. those without metastasis. These results provide not only a new molecular basis for understanding the biologic properties of colorectal cancer, including lymph node metastasis, but also provide a resource for future development of therapeutic targets and diagnostic markers for colorectal cancer.

  5. Bloqueio atrioventricular no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca valvar: incidência, fatores de risco e evolução hospitalar Atrioventricular block in the postoperative period of heart valve surgery: incidence, risk factors and hospital evolution

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Distúrbios do sistema de condução cardíaco são complicações potenciais e conhecidas dos procedimentos de cirurgia cardíaca valvar. OBJETIVOS: Investigar a associação entre fatores peri-operatórios com bloqueio atrioventricular (BAV e a necessidade de estimulação cardíaca artificial temporária (ECAT e, se necessário, implante de marcapasso definitivo no pós-operatório de cirurgia cardíaca (POCC valvar. MÉTODOS: Coorte histórica de pacientes submetidos a cirurgia cardíaca valvar, sendo realizada análise de banco de dados por regressão logística. RESULTADOS: No período de janeiro de 1996 a dezembro de 2008, foram realizadas 1102 cirurgias cardíacas valvares: 718 (65,2% na valva aórtica e 407 (36,9% na valva mitral; destas, 190 (17,2% cirurgias de revascularização miocárdica associadas à cirurgia valvar e 23 (2,1% cirurgias valvares combinadas (aórtica+mitral. Cento e oitenta e sete (17% pacientes apresentaram quadro clínico e eletrocardiográfico de BAV durante o POCC valvar, necessitando de ECAT. Quatorze (7,5% pacientes evoluíram para implante de marcapasso definitivo (1,27% do total da amostra. A análise multivariada evidenciou associação significativa de BAV com cirurgia de valva mitral (OR=1,76; IC 95% 1,08-2,37; P=0,002, implante de prótese biológica (OR=1,59; IC 95% 1,02-3,91; P= 0,039, idade maior que 60 anos (OR = 1,99; IC 95% 1,35-2,85; PINTRODUCTION: Disturbances of the cardiac conduction system are potential complications after cardiac valve surgery. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to investigate the association between perioperative factors and atrio-ventricular block, the need for temporary cardiac artificial pacing and, if necessary, permanent pacemaker implantation after cardiac valve surgery. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the Cardiac Surgery Database - Hospital São Lucas/PUCRS. The data are collected prospectively and analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Between January

  6. Lymph node mapping with carbon nanoparticles and the risk factors of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer.

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    Wang, Hui; Chen, Man-Man; Zhu, Guang-Sheng; Ma, Mao-Guang; Du, Han-Song; Long, Yue-Ping

    2016-12-01

    The study aimed to examine the applicability of carbon nanoparticles as a tracer for lymph node mapping and the related factors of lymph node and No.8p subgroup metastasis in patients with gastric cancer. Clinical data of 50 patients with gastric cancer, who had not received treatment preoperatively and underwent gastrectomy in Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Wuhan Union Hospital, between October 2014 and August 2015, were retrospectively analyzed. These patients were found to have no distant metastasis preoperatively. Thirty-five out of 50 patients were subjected to lymphatic mapping technique using carbon nanoparticles as the tracer, and the rest 15 cases did not experience the lymphatic mapping and served as controls. The sensitivity, specificity, false positive rate and false negative rate were calculated according to the number of lymph nodes, and the staining and metastasis condition of lymph nodes. The diagnostic value of carbon nanoparticles on metastatic lymph nodes was evaluated. The relationship between the metastasis of lymph nodes or subgroup No.8p lymph nodes and clinicopathologic features was analyzed by χ(2)-test or Fisher's exact test. All patients underwent D2 surgery (lymph node dissection including all the group 1 and group 2 nodes) plus the dissection of the subgroup No.8p lymph nodes. It was found that the average number of harvested lymph nodes in lymphatic mapping technique group (45.7±14.5) was greater than that in control group (39.2±11.7), but the difference was not significantly different (P=0.138>0.05). The success rate, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and false negative rate was 97%, 57%, 28%, 62% and 72% respectively. The metastasis of lymph nodes was correlated to the depth of cancer invasion (T stage) (P=0.004nanoparticles failed to show good selectivity for metastatic lymph nodes; the result of lymphatic mapping does not achieve a satisfactory performance; the incidence of lymph node metastasis may increase

  7. [Anatomy and histology characteristics of lymph node in nude mice].

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    Sun, R; Gao, B; Guo, C B

    2017-10-18

    To compare the differences of anatomical and histological characteristics of lymph nodes between BALB/c nude mice and BALB/c mice. Firstly, twenty BALB/c nude mice and twenty BALB/c mice were dissected by using a surgical microscope. Secondly, the differences of T cells and B cells at the lymph node were compared by the expressions of CD 3 and CD 20 immunohistochemistry dyes. There were, on average, 23 nodes per mouse contained within the large lymph node assembly in the BALB/c nude mouse. The anatomical features of the lymph node distribution in the nude mice were mainly found in the neck with relatively higher density. There were two lymph nodes both in the submandible lymph nodes group and in the superficial cervical lymph nodes group (the constituent ratios were 95% and 90%, respectively) in the BALB/c nude mice, but there were four lymph nodes (the constituent ratios were 95% and 90%, respectively) in the BALB/c mice. There were significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. Mostly there were two lymph nodes of deep cervical lymph nodes both in the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice (the constituent ratios were 95% and 100%, respectively). There were no significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. We confirmed that the number of CD 3 -positive T lymphocytes in lymph nodes of the nude mice decreased greatly as compared with the BALB/c mice. Expressions of CD3 in T cells were 95% and 100% in the BALB/c nude mice and in the BALB/c mice, respectively. There were significant differences between the BALB/c nude mice and the BALB/c mice. Expressions of CD20 in B cells were 95% and 100% in the BALB/c nude mice and in the BALB/c mice, respectively. There was no significant difference between the BALB/c nude mice and BALB/c mice. The anatomical pictures of lymph node distribution in the nude mouse will be benefit to those who are interested. The anatomical features of the lymph node local higher density in neck of

  8. Near-Minimal Node Control of Networked Evolutionary Games

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    Riehl, James Robert; Cao, Ming

    2014-01-01

    We investigate a problem related to the controllability of networked evolutionary games, first presenting an algorithm that computes a near-minimal set of nodes to drive all nodes in a tree network to a desired strategy, and then briefly discussing an algorithm that works for arbitrary networks

  9. Does obesity impact lymph node retrieval in colon cancer surgery?

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    Linebarger, Jared H; Mathiason, Michelle A; Kallies, Kara J; Shapiro, Stephen B

    2010-10-01

    Evaluation of lymph nodes is important for the optimal treatment of colon adenocarcinoma. Few studies have assessed whether lymph node harvest is compromised by obesity. We hypothesized that lymph node retrieval in colon cancer resection would be reduced in obese patients. Patients undergoing resection for colon adenocarcinoma diagnosed from 2000 to 2007 were reviewed retrospectively and stratified by body mass index (BMI). Lymph node harvest was evaluated. A total of 401 patients were included. Their mean age was 72.8 years, and 44% were men. Their mean BMI was 28.2 kg/m(2). Mean lymph node recovery among BMI groups was as follows: BMI less than 18.5 was 20.6; BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 was 25.1; BMI of 25 to 29.9 was 23.1; BMI of 30 to 34.9 was 22.4; BMI of 35 to 39.9 was 19.0; and BMI of 40 or greater was 21.1 nodes (P = .321). Surgical time increased with increasing BMI (P = .005). Adequacy of node harvest differed by stage (P = .007), left-sided versus right-sided resections (P = .001), and pathology technician (P = .001). Lymph node retrieval was not affected by BMI. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Most frequent location of the sentinel lymph nodes

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    Chiao Lo

    2014-07-01

    Conclusion: The area between these four landmarks is the most frequent location of the sentinel lymph node identified using the radioisotope method. We suggest that this area should be carefully evaluated preoperatively by ultrasound for appropriate surgical planning. A skin incision in this area is also recommended when sentinel lymph node dissection is guided by blue dye.

  11. Sentinel lymph nodes in cancer of the oral cavity

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Sørensen, Jens Ahm; Krogdahl, Annelise

    2005-01-01

    with T1/T2 cN0 oral cancer were re-classified histologically to find possible ITC and to describe technical pitfalls. RESULTS: Primarily we found metastatic spread in 12 of 108 sentinel lymph nodes: five macrometastasis and seven micrometastasis. After re-classification, we found seven lymph nodes...

  12. Radiation protection for the sentinel node procedure in breast cancer

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    de Kanter, AY; Arends, PPAM; Eggermont, AMM; Wiggers, T

    Aims: The purpose of our study was to determine the radiation dose for those who are involved in the sentinel node procedure in breast cancer patients and testing of a theoretical model. Methods: We studied 12 consecutive breast cancer patients undergoing breast surgery, and a sentinel node

  13. First Node of Ranvier Facilitates High-Frequency Burst Encoding

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    Kole, Maarten H. P.

    2011-01-01

    In central neurons the first node of Ranvier is located at the first axonal branchpoint, similar to 100 mu m from the axon initial segment where synaptic inputs are integrated and converted into action potentials (APs). Whether the first node contributes to this signal transformation is not well

  14. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and melanoma

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    Doting, Meintje Hylkje Edwina

    2007-01-01

    Summary and conclusions In the introduction, a short overview of the development of the sentinel lymph node biopsy concept is presented. In addition to melanoma and breast cancer, the usefulness of sentinel lymph node biopsy as a surgical assessment method for squamous cell carcinoma of penis and

  15. Mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis in an adult: a case report

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    Alireza Emami Naeini; Abdolali Foroozmehr; Abbas Tabatabae

    2006-01-01

    Mediastinal lymph node enlargement is an uncommon feature of intrathoracic tuberculosis in adults, whereas it is the rule in primary tuberculosis in children. Herein, we report a 56–year-old female with three-year history of non-productive cough, which was diagnosed as mediastinal lymph node tuberculosis.

  16. Enhanced multi-attribute trust protocol for malicious node detection ...

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    This paper proposes a trust-based intrusion detection that uses multi-attribute trust metrics to improve detection accuracy. It uses an enhanced distributive trust calculation algorithm that involves monitoring neighbouring nodes and trust calculation using the trust metrics message success rate (MSR), elapsed time at node ...

  17. Belief-node Condensation for Online POMDP Algorithms

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available with non-zero probability they contain. Computation time of updating a belief-state is exponential in the number of states contained by the belief. Belief-update occurs for each node in a search tree. It would thus pay to reduce the size of the nodes while...

  18. Molecular pathway for the localized formation of the sinoatrial node

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    Mommersteeg, Mathilda T. M.; Hoogaars, Willem M. H.; Prall, Owen W. J.; de Gier-de Vries, Corrie; Wiese, Cornelia; Clout, Danielle E. W.; Papaioannou, Virginia E.; Brown, Nigel A.; Harvey, Richard P.; Moorman, Antoon F. M.; Christoffels, Vincent M.

    2007-01-01

    The sinoatrial node, which resides at the junction of the right atrium and the superior caval vein, contains specialized myocardial cells that initiate the heart beat. Despite this fundamental role in heart function, the embryonic origin and mechanisms of localized formation of the sinoatrial node

  19. Factors affecting in vitro plant regeneration from cotyledonary node ...

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    Factors affecting in vitro plant regeneration from cotyledonary node explant of Senna sophera (L.) Roxb. – A highly medicinal legume. ... Keywords: Senna sophera, fabaceae, cotyledonary node, in vitro shoot regeneration, rooting, acclimatization. African Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 13(3), pp. 413-422, 15 January, 2014 ...

  20. A Gene Expression Classifier of Node-Positive Colorectal Cancer

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    Paul F. Meeh

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available We used digital long serial analysis of gene expression to discover gene expression differences between node-negative and node-positive colorectal tumors and developed a multigene classifier able to discriminate between these two tumor types. We prepared and sequenced long serial analysis of gene expression libraries from one node-negative and one node-positive colorectal tumor, sequenced to a depth of 26,060 unique tags, and identified 262 tags significantly differentially expressed between these two tumors (P < 2 x 10-6. We confirmed the tag-to-gene assignments and differential expression of 31 genes by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, 12 of which were elevated in the node-positive tumor. We analyzed the expression levels of these 12 upregulated genes in a validation panel of 23 additional tumors and developed an optimized seven-gene logistic regression classifier. The classifier discriminated between node-negative and node-positive tumors with 86% sensitivity and 80% specificity. Receiver operating characteristic analysis of the classifier revealed an area under the curve of 0.86. Experimental manipulation of the function of one classification gene, Fibronectin, caused profound effects on invasion and migration of colorectal cancer cells in vitro. These results suggest that the development of node-positive colorectal cancer occurs in part through elevated epithelial FN1 expression and suggest novel strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of advanced disease.

  1. Developmental features of porcine haemal nodes: a histological ...

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    The result demonstrated progressive changes in the structure of porcine haemal nodes. The capsule and trabeculae of piglet haemal nodes exhibited dense irregular connective tissues with reticular cells and smooth muscle cells. The cortex was more central while the medulla was peripheral with poorly defined boundaries ...

  2. ORIGINAL ARTICLES Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer ...

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    Jenny Edge, Athar Nizami, Judith Whittaker, Robert Mansel. Background. Sentinel lymph node biopsy ... Department of Surgery, Cardiff University, UK. Robert Mansel, MB BS, MRCS, LRCP, MS ..... Lucci A, Keleman P, Miller C, Chardkoft L, Wilson Li National practice patterns of sentinel lymph node dissection for breast ...

  3. Internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy: abandon or persist?

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    Full Text Available Peng-Fei Qiu, Yan-Bing Liu, Yong-Sheng Wang Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital and Institute, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Although the 2009 American Joint Committee on Cancer incorporated the internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy (IM-SLNB concept, there has been little change in surgical practice patterns due to the low visualization rate of internal mammary sentinel lymph nodes with the traditional injection technique. Meanwhile, as internal mammary lymph nodes (IMLN metastases are mostly found concomitantly with axillary lymph nodes (ALN metastases, previous IM-SLNB clinical trials fail to evaluate the status of IMLN in patients who are really in need (only in clinically ALN negative patients. Our modified injection technique (periareolar intraparenchymal, high volume, and ultrasonographic guidance significantly improved the visualization rate of internal mammary sentinel lymph nodes, making the routine IM-SLNB possible in daily practice. IM-SLNB could provide individual minimally invasive staging, prognosis, and decision-making for breast cancer patients, especially for patients with clinically positive ALN. Moreover, IMLN radiotherapy should be tailored and balanced between the potential benefit and toxicity, and IM-SLNB-guided IMLN radiotherapy could achieve this goal. In the era of effective adjuvant therapy, within the changing treatment approach – more systemic therapy, less loco-regional therapy – clinicians should deliberate the application of regional IMLN therapy. Keywords: breast cancer, internal mammary lymph node, axillary lymph node, sentinel lymph node biopsy 

  4. Building scalable apps with Redis and Node.js

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    If the phrase scalability sounds alien to you, then this is an ideal book for you. You will not need much Node.js experience as each framework is demonstrated in a way that requires no previous knowledge of the framework. You will be building scalable Node.js applications in no time! Knowledge of JavaScript is required.

  5. Node Importance Ranking of Complex Networks with Entropy Variation

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    Xinbo Ai

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The heterogeneous nature of a complex network determines the roles of each node in the network that are quite different. Mechanisms of complex networks such as spreading dynamics, cascading reactions, and network synchronization are highly affected by a tiny fraction of so-called important nodes. Node importance ranking is thus of great theoretical and practical significance. Network entropy is usually utilized to characterize the amount of information encoded in the network structure and to measure the structural complexity at the graph level. We find that entropy can also serve as a local level metric to quantify node importance. We propose an entropic metric, Entropy Variation, defining the node importance as the variation of network entropy before and after its removal, according to the assumption that the removal of a more important node is likely to cause more structural variation. Like other state-of-the-art methods for ranking node importance, the proposed entropic metric is also used to utilize structural information, but at the systematical level, not the local level. Empirical investigations on real life networks, the Snake Idioms Network, and several other well-known networks, demonstrate the superiority of the proposed entropic metric, notably outperforming other centrality metrics in identifying the top-k most important nodes.

  6. Is sodium current present in human sinoatrial node cells?

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    Verkerk, Arie O.; Wilders, Ronald; van Borren, Marcel M. G. J.; Tan, Hanno L.

    2009-01-01

    Pacemaker activity of the sinoatrial node has been studied extensively in various animal species, but is virtually unexplored in man. As such, it is unknown whether the fast sodium current (I-Na) plays a role in the pacemaker activity of the human sinoatrial node. Recently, we had the unique

  7. A level III sentinel lymph node in breast cancer

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    Ghesani Nasrin

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background For accurate nodal staging, all blue and radioactive lymph nodes should be sampled during the sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer. We report a case of anomalous drainage in which one of the sentinel lymph nodes was unexpectedly found in the level III axillary space. Case presentation A 40-year-old female underwent mastectomy for extensive high-grade ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS with micro-invasion. The index lesion was located in the right upper inner quadrant. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed on the morning of surgery. Two sentinel lymph nodes were identified. At operation, 5 mls of isosulfan blue dye was injected at the same site of the radio-colloid injection. The first sentinel lymph node was found at level I and was blue and radioactive. The second sentinel node was detected in an unexpected anomalous location at level III, medial to the pectoralis minor. Both sentinel nodes were negative. Conclusion Sentinel node staging can lead to unexpected patterns of lymphatic drainage. For accurate staging, it is important to survey all potential sites of nodal metastasis either with preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and/or rigorous examination of regional nodal basins with the intra-operative gamma probe.

  8. Differentiation of hyperplastic from metastatic lymph nodes using a lymph node specific MR contrast agent gadofluorine M

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    Cha, Joo Hee; Cheon, Jung Eun [Seoul Municipal Boramae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Woo Kyung [Seoul National University College of Medicine and the Institute of Radiation Medicine, SNUMRC, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

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    We wanted to evaluate the value of a lymph node specific MR contrast agent, Gadofluorine M, for the differentiation of hyperplastic and metastatic lymph nodes. This study included thirty-one rabbits. In ten rabbits, an injection of egg yolk or feces of rat into the calf muscles induced hyperplasia of the lymph node. In sixteen rabbits, metastasis of the lymph node was induced by implantation of VX2 tumor. Five rabbits were normal control models. We acquired the T1-, T2-weighted and SPGR coronal imaging before enhancement with 1.5 T MR. After injection of Gadofluorine M (5 {mu}mol/mL, total amount: 4 mL) interstitially into the interdigital skin fold of the hind limb, we acquired the SPGR coronal imaging at 15, 30, 60 and 90 minutes. We calculated the signal-to-noise ratios on the sequential images, and we recorded the number, size and location of the popliteal and iliac lymph nodes. Three readers assessed the state of the lymph nodes according to the pattern of enhancement: they were deemed hyperplastic nodes when totally enhanced and as metastatic nodes when there was no or partial enhancement. We also compared the imaging patterns with the histopathological results. Among the 26 hyperplasia- or metastasis-induced rabbits, two rabbits were excluded because of failure to be enhanced. Histopathologic evaluation of the 24 rabbits detected one hundred seventeen lymph nodes: forty-six lymph nodes in nine hyperplasia-induced rabbits and seventy-one (metastasis in twenty-eight) lymph nodes in fifteen metastasis-induced rabbits. Out of one hundred two lymph nodes that were larger than 5 mm in size, MR enabled us to detect one hundred one lymph nodes (99.1%). The means of sensitivity, specificity, and the positive and negative predictive values for the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis by three readers were 97.6% (82/84), 98.2% (215/219), and 95.3% (82/86), and 99.1% (215/217), respectively ({rho} < 0.05). Interstitial MR lymphography using Gadofluorine M showed excellent

  9. [Lymph node mapping and axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy in 243 invasive breast cancers with no palpable nodes. The south Lyon hospital center experience].

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    Bobin, J Y; Spirito, C; Isaac, S; Zinzindohoue, C; Joualee, A; Khaled, M; Perrin-Fayolle, O

    2000-11-01

    To evaluate the effect of intraoperative lymph node mapping and sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) on the axillary staging of patients with N0 breast carcinoma. Two techniques were used: blue dye alone (Evans Blue and Patent Blue) and combined technique (blue dye and isotope). The incidence of axillary node metastasis in axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and SLND was compared prospectively. Multiple sections of each SLN were examined by HPS staining and immunohistochemical techniques. Two sections of each non sentinel node in ALND specimens were examined by routine HPS staining. 243 patients underwent ALND after SLN biopsy. The SLN detection rate was 225/243 cases (92.59%): 89.94% with blue dye alone and 100% with the combined technique. The false-negative rate was less than 2%. SN biopsy is an accurate staging technique for N0 breast cancer. SLN biopsy with multiple sections and immunohistochemical staining of the SLN can identify significantly more patients with lymph node metastases than ALND with routine HPS staining.

  10. node.dating: dating ancestors in phylogenetic trees in R.

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    Jones, Bradley R; Poon, Art F Y

    2017-03-15

    Phylogenetic trees encode the evolutionary distances between species or populations. With sufficient information, these evolutionary distances can be rescaled over time to provide estimates of the dates of the most recent ancestors of the species. Here we present the R program node.dating, divergence-time analysis software, which uses a maximum-likelihood method to estimate the dates of the internal nodes of a phylogenetic tree. node.dating is available as a part of the R v3.30 package ape v4.0 (cran.r-project.org). node.dating is also available in the GitHub repository: https://github.com/brj1/node.dating , along with supplementary software and tests. brj1@sfu.ca. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  11. Resistance between two nodes of a ring network

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    Jiang, Zhuozhuo; Yan, Weigen

    2017-10-01

    The resistance between two nodes in some resistor networks has been studied extensively by mathematicians and physicists. Given m positive integers m1 ,m2 , ⋯ ,mn, let G[mi]1n be the resistor network with node set V =V1 ∪V2 ∪ ⋯ ∪Vn and with a unit resistor between arbitrary two nodes u ∈Vi , v ∈Vi+1 for i = 1 , 2 , ⋯ , n, where Vi ∩Vj = 0̸ if i ≠ j, and ∣Vi ∣ =mi ,Vn+1 =V1. Gervacio (2016) introduces a modified method to compute the resistance between two nodes. Based on this method, in this paper, we use the elimination and substitution principles in electrical circuit to obtain the resistance between arbitrary two nodes of G[mi]1n.

  12. GFT centrality: A new node importance measure for complex networks

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    Singh, Rahul; Chakraborty, Abhishek; Manoj, B. S.

    2017-12-01

    Identifying central nodes is very crucial to design efficient communication networks or to recognize key individuals of a social network. In this paper, we introduce Graph Fourier Transform Centrality (GFT-C), a metric that incorporates local as well as global characteristics of a node, to quantify the importance of a node in a complex network. GFT-C of a reference node in a network is estimated from the GFT coefficients derived from the importance signal of the reference node. Our study reveals the superiority of GFT-C over traditional centralities such as degree centrality, betweenness centrality, closeness centrality, eigenvector centrality, and Google PageRank centrality, in the context of various arbitrary and real-world networks with different degree-degree correlations.

  13. [Cervical lymph node tuberculosis in Libreville: epidemiology, diagnosis, and therapy].

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    Mouba, John Florent; Miloundja, Jérôme; Mimbila-Mayi, Mylène; Ndjenkam, Florent Tchouansi; N'zouba, Léon

    2011-01-01

    To analyse the epidemiological, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of cervical lymph node tuberculosis (TB) in Libreville. This retrospective descriptive multicentre study included all 140 patients with complete files who were treated for cervical lymph node TB from 2001 through 2006, regardless of whether TB was found at any other site. A slight predominance of men was observed. The infected lymph nodes were most often located at the posterior triangle of the neck. Histological proof was obtained for 81 patients. We recorded 94 cures, 4 cases of therapeutic failure, 34 patients lost to follow-up and 8 deaths. Cervical lymph node tuberculosis is a common ailment. Excisional lymph node biopsy has a twofold interest -therapeutic and diagnostic. It is based on histological examination, which must henceforth be systematic. Tuberculosis is a major HIV-related opportunistic infection and must be screened for or monitored at every HIV check-up.

  14. Enhancing the reliability of head nodes in underwater sensor networks.

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    Min, Hong; Cho, Yookun; Heo, Junyoung

    2012-01-01

    Underwater environments are quite different from terrestrial environments in terms of the communication media and operating conditions associated with those environments. In underwater sensor networks, the probability of node failure is high because sensor nodes are deployed in harsher environments than ground-based networks. The sensor nodes are surrounded by salt water and moved around by waves and currents. Many studies have focused on underwater communication environments in an effort to improve the data transmission throughput. In this paper, we present a checkpointing scheme for the head nodes to quickly recover from a head node failure. Experimental results show that the proposed scheme enhances the reliability of the networks and makes them more efficient in terms of energy consumption and the recovery latency compared to the previous scheme without checkpointing.

  15. Latency-Bounded Minimum Influential Node Selection in Social Networks

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    Zou, Feng; Zhang, Zhao; Wu, Weili

    As one of the essential problems in information diffusion process, how to select a set of influential nodes as the starting nodes has been studied by lots of researchers. All the existing solutions focus on how to maximize the influence of the initially selected “influential nodes”, paying no attention on how the influential nodes selection could maximize the speed of the diffusion. In this paper, we consider the problem of influential nodes selection regarding to the propagation speed in social network information diffusion. We define a discrete optimization problem, called Fast Information Propagation Problem. We show that this problem is NP-hard problem when the time requirement for information propagation is exactly 1-hop. We also propose a Latency-bounded Minimum Influential Node Selection Algorithm to solve the problem in this case.

  16. Ranking influential nodes in complex networks with structural holes

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    Hu, Ping; Mei, Ting

    2018-01-01

    Ranking influential nodes in complex networks is of great theoretical and practical significance to ensure the safe operations of networks. In view of the important role structural hole nodes usually play in information spreading in complex networks, we propose a novel ranking method of influential nodes using structural holes called E-Burt method, which can be applied to weighted networks. This method fully takes into account the total connectivity strengths of the node in its local scope, the number of the connecting edges and the distributions of the total connectivity strengths on its connecting edges. The simulation results on the susceptible-infectious-recovered (SIR) dynamics suggest that the proposed E-Burt method can rank influential nodes more effectively and accurately in complex networks.

  17. Promoting Creative Engagement with SpicyNodes

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    Douma, M.; Ligierko, G.; Angelov, I.

    2008-10-01

    The Information Age has posed new challenges to the presentation and communication of knowledge. In their attempts to handle the abundance of information in an effective way, people have come to rely on maps. Maps are a useful tool for visualization and the arrangement of concepts as they mark the current location in the context of their surroundings. This paper presents SpicyNodes, an improved method of organizing and visually presenting web-based information using radial tree maps. The project encourages creative thought on two levels. For those who create, it provides a platform for organizing and displaying information in a creative manner, and sharing those methods with others. For users, it allows the exploration of complex systems while gaining the perspective of a broader context. By presenting information in a natural and intuitive way, such radial maps can help people think in novel and creative ways. It may also aid and find application in the learning process of kids and students with learning disabilities.

  18. Critical Issues in Modelling Lymph Node Physiology

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    Dmitry Grebennikov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we discuss critical issues in modelling the structure and function of lymph nodes (LNs, with emphasis on how LN physiology is related to its multi-scale structural organization. In addition to macroscopic domains such as B-cell follicles and the T cell zone, there are vascular networks which play a key role in the delivery of information to the inner parts of the LN, i.e., the conduit and blood microvascular networks. We propose object-oriented computational algorithms to model the 3D geometry of the fibroblastic reticular cell (FRC network and the microvasculature. Assuming that a conduit cylinder is densely packed with collagen fibers, the computational flow study predicted that the diffusion should be a dominating process in mass transport than convective flow. The geometry models are used to analyze the lymph flow properties through the conduit network in unperturbed- and damaged states of the LN. The analysis predicts that elimination of up to 60%–90% of edges is required to stop the lymph flux. This result suggests a high degree of functional robustness of the network.

  19. LIGHT regulates inflamed draining lymph node hypertrophy

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    Zhu, Mingzhao; Yang, Yajun; Wang, Yugang; Wang, Zhongnan; Fu, Yang-Xin

    2011-01-01

    Lymph node (LN) hypertrophy, the increased cellularity of LNs, is the major indication of the initiation and expansion of the immune response against infection, vaccination, cancer or autoimmunity. The mechanisms underlying LN hypertrophy remain poorly defined. Here, we demonstrate that LIGHT (TNFSF14) is a novel factor essential for LN hypertrophy after CFA immunization. Mechanistically, LIGHT is required for the influx of lymphocytes into but not egress out of LNs. In addition, LIGHT is required for DC migration from the skin to draining LNs. Compared with WT mice, LIGHT−/− mice express lower levels of chemokines in skin and addressins in LN vascular endothelial cells after CFA immunization. We unexpectedly observed that LIGHT from radioresistant rather than radiosensitive cells, likely Langerhans cells, is required for LN hypertrophy. Importantly, antigen-specific T cell responses were impaired in DLN of LIGHT−/− mice, suggesting the importance of LIGHT regulation of LN hypertrophy in the generation of an adaptive immune response. Collectively, our data reveal a novel cellular and molecular mechanism for the regulation of LN hypertrophy and its potential impact on the generation of an optimal adaptive immune response. PMID:21572030

  20. Melanoma staging and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

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    Forsea, Ana-Maria

    2010-01-01

    Tumor staging of melanoma is a crucial step for estimating patient prognosis, deciding on therapy approach, and efficient collection, analysis, comparison and communication of scientific data across borders and research groups. Recently, the Melanoma Staging Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has proposed a revision of the widely used melanoma staging system, using an evidence-based approach, to reflect the improved understanding of this disease. Important adjustments were made related to the role of mitotic rate as a prognostic factor, definition of N category and classification of all microscopic nodal metastases, regardless of the extent of tumor burden, and specifically including micrometastases detected by immunohistochemistry as stage III. These revisions are to be implemented by early 2010 and are likely to be adopted and incorporated in international guidelines. Within the updated AJCC staging system, sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) remains a standard-of-care diagnostic procedure, widely accepted as an important prognostic tool. According to current recommendations, SLNB is routinely offered as a staging procedure in patients with tumors more than 1 mm in thickness. Beyond its prognostic value, the therapeutic benefit of this procedure in improving overall survival yet remains to be proven. This article reviews and discusses the new aspects and challenges of the current staging recommendations for melanoma.

  1. Generalization of FEM Using Node-Based Shape Functions

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    Kanok-Nukulchai W.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In standard FEM, the stiffness of an element is exclusively influenced by nodes associated with the element via its element-based shape functions. In this paper, the authors present a method that can be viewed as a generalization of FEM for which the influence of a node is not limited by a hat function around the node. Shape functions over an element can be interpolated over a predefined set of nodes around the element. These node-based shape functions employ Kriging Interpolations commonly found in geostatistical technique. In this study, a set of influencing nodes are covered by surrounding layers of elements defined as its domain of influence (DOI. Thus, the element stiffness is influenced by not only the element nodes, but also satellite nodes outside the element. In a special case with zero satellite nodes, the method is specialized to the conventional FEM. This method is referred to as Node-Based Kriging FEM or K-FEM. The K-FEM has been tested on 2D elastostatic, Reissner-Mindlin’s plate and shell problems. In all cases, exceptionally accurate displacement and stress fields can be achieved with relatively coarse meshes. In addition, the same set of Kringing shape functions can be used to interpolate the mesh geometry. This property is very useful for representing the curved geometry of shells. The distinctive advantage of the K-FEM is its inheritance of the computational procedure of FEM. Any existing FE code can be easily extended to K-FEM; thus, it has a higher chance to be accepted in practice.

  2. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in node-negative squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx.

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    Burns, P

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVES: Considerable controversy exists regarding the merits of elective neck dissection in patients with early stage oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. It is highly desirable to have a method of identifying those patients who would benefit from further treatment of the neck when they are clinically node-negative. The purpose of the present study was to examine the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in identifying occult neck disease in a cohort of patients with node-negative oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. DESIGN: We evaluated a total of 13 patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer who were clinically and radiologically node-negative. RESULTS: A sentinel lymph node was found in all 13 patients, revealing metastatic disease in five patients, four of whom had one or more positive sentinel lymph nodes. There was one false negative result, in which the sentinel lymph node was negative for tumour whereas histological examination of the neck dissection specimen showed occult disease. CONCLUSION: In view of these findings, we would recommend the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, in order to aid the differentiation of those patients whose necks are harbouring occult disease and who require further treatment.

  3. Nonadiabatic Eigenfunctions Can Have Amplitude, Signed Conical Nodes, or Signed Higher Order Nodes at a Conical Intersection with Circular Symmetry.

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    Foster, Peter W; Jonas, David M

    2017-10-05

    Numerically exact nonadiabatic eigenfunctions are computed for a two-dimensional conical intersection with circular symmetry, for which a pseudorotation quantum number is conserved and all eigenstates are doubly degenerate. In the calculations reported here, the conical intersection is submerged, with energy below the zero point level. The complete real-valued vibrational-electronic eigenfunctions are visualized using Hunter's exact factorization for the total vibrational amplitude factor and color for the electronic factor. The zero-point levels have nonzero amplitude at the conical intersection. Nodes in the degenerate nonadiabatic eigenfunctions are classified as accidental if they can be moved or removed by a change in degenerate basis and as essential if they cannot. An integer electronic index defines the order of the nodes for nonadiabatic eigenfunctions by simple closed counterclockwise line integrals. Higher eigenstates can have accidental conical nodes around the conical intersection and essential nodes of varying circular orders at the conical intersection. The signs of the essential nodes are all opposite the sign of the conical intersection and the signed node orders obey sum rules. Even for submerged conical intersections, the appearance of the exact eigenstates motivates use of signed, half-odd-integral, pseudorotation quantum numbers j. Essential nodes of absolute order (|j| - 1/2) are located on the conical intersection for |j| greater than or equal to 3/2. The eigenfunctions around essential first order nodes are right circular cones with their vertex at the conical intersection.

  4. Aggregating job exit statuses of a plurality of compute nodes executing a parallel application

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    Aho, Michael E.; Attinella, John E.; Gooding, Thomas M.; Mundy, Michael B.

    2015-07-21

    Aggregating job exit statuses of a plurality of compute nodes executing a parallel application, including: identifying a subset of compute nodes in the parallel computer to execute the parallel application; selecting one compute node in the subset of compute nodes in the parallel computer as a job leader compute node; initiating execution of the parallel application on the subset of compute nodes; receiving an exit status from each compute node in the subset of compute nodes, where the exit status for each compute node includes information describing execution of some portion of the parallel application by the compute node; aggregating each exit status from each compute node in the subset of compute nodes; and sending an aggregated exit status for the subset of compute nodes in the parallel computer.

  5. Distributing an executable job load file to compute nodes in a parallel computer

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    Gooding, Thomas M.

    2016-08-09

    Distributing an executable job load file to compute nodes in a parallel computer, the parallel computer comprising a plurality of compute nodes, including: determining, by a compute node in the parallel computer, whether the compute node is participating in a job; determining, by the compute node in the parallel computer, whether a descendant compute node is participating in the job; responsive to determining that the compute node is participating in the job or that the descendant compute node is participating in the job, communicating, by the compute node to a parent compute node, an identification of a data communications link over which the compute node receives data from the parent compute node; constructing a class route for the job, wherein the class route identifies all compute nodes participating in the job; and broadcasting the executable load file for the job along the class route for the job.

  6. Distributing an executable job load file to compute nodes in a parallel computer

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    Gooding, Thomas M.

    2016-09-13

    Distributing an executable job load file to compute nodes in a parallel computer, the parallel computer comprising a plurality of compute nodes, including: determining, by a compute node in the parallel computer, whether the compute node is participating in a job; determining, by the compute node in the parallel computer, whether a descendant compute node is participating in the job; responsive to determining that the compute node is participating in the job or that the descendant compute node is participating in the job, communicating, by the compute node to a parent compute node, an identification of a data communications link over which the compute node receives data from the parent compute node; constructing a class route for the job, wherein the class route identifies all compute nodes participating in the job; and broadcasting the executable load file for the job along the class route for the job.

  7. The history of sentinel node biopsy in head and neck cancer: From visualization of lymphatic vessels to sentinel nodes.

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    de Bree, Remco; Nieweg, Omgo E

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this report is to describe the history of sentinel node biopsy in head and neck cancer. Sentinel node biopsy is a minimally invasive technique to select patients for treatment of metastatic lymph nodes in the neck. Although this procedure has only recently been accepted for early oral cancer, the first studies on visualization of the cervical lymphatic vessels were reported in the 1960s. In the 1980s mapping of lymphatic drainage from specific head and neck sites was introduced. Sentinel node biopsy was further developed in the 1990s and after validation in this century the procedure is routinely performed in early oral cancer in several head and neck centers. New techniques may improve the accuracy of sentinel node biopsy further, particularly in difficult subsites like the floor of mouth. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Sentinel lymph node biopsy using indigo carmine blue dye and the validity of '10% rule' and '4 nodes rule'.

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    Nagao, Tomoya; Kinoshita, Takayuki; Hojo, Takashi; Kurihara, Hiroaki; Tsuda, Hitoshi

    2012-08-01

    This is the study which assessed sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) using indigo carmine blue dye and the validity of the '10% rule' and '4 nodes rule'. Patients (302) were performed SNB using the combined radioisotope (RI)/indigo carmine dye method. Excised SLNs were confirmed whether they were stained and numbered in order of RI count and the percentage of radioactivity as compared to the hottest node was calculated. The relationship between histological diagnosis, dyeing and RI count was assessed. All the patients were detected SLN. Positive nodes were identified in 84 (27.8%) patients and were identified up to the third degree of hottest. All the hottest positive nodes were stained by indigo carmine. From the results, removing the three most radioactive SLNs identified all cases of nodal metastasis without complications. These stopping rules were valid and useful under indigo carmine use too. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Contribuição da análise eletrofisiológica e anatômica do circuito atípico da taquicardia atrioventricular nodal Contribution of the electrophysiological and anatomical analysis of the atypical atrioventricular nodal tachycardia circuit

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    Maila Seifert Macedo Silva

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Analisar a condução retrógrada durante os episódios de ritmo juncional ectópico acelerado (JET e avaliar a existência da relação entre a presença de um bloqueio retrógrado e o risco de desenvolvimento de bloqueio atrioventricular (BAV durante os procedimentos de ablação por radiofreqüência de pacientes portadores de taquicardia atrioventricular nodal (TAVN. MÉTODOS: Foram 145 pacientes portadores de TAVN, de ambos os sexos, com 16 a 84 anos submetidos à ablação com cateter de radiofreqüência na região póstero-septal do átrio direito. Critérios avaliados: localização anatômica e comportamento eletrofisiológico da condução retrógrada durante TAVN (definindo a taquicardia como típica ou atípica e monitorização da condução retrógrada durante o JET para eventos de risco para BAV. RESULTADOS: Dos 145 pacientes estudados, 132 (91% preencheram critérios eletrofisiológicos e anatômicos da forma típica da TAVN e 13 (9%, da atípica. Durante a ablação, 5,3% do grupo das típicas e 30,8% das atípicas apresentaram eventos de risco para BAV. Complicações após ablação foram um episódio de BAV total e outro de BAV de primeiro grau nas típicas e um de BAV de primeiro grau nas atípicas. Os três episódios foram precedidos de eventos de risco que resultaram em uma injúria nodal após procedimento. CONCLUSÃO: Portadores de TAVN atípica apresentaram porcentualmente mais eventos preditores de risco para BAV do que os da típica (p = 0,021, sendo fundamental a observação criteriosa da condução retrógrada durante o JET, afim de se evitar permanente da condução nodal, como o BAVT, após o procedimento ablativo.OBJECTIVES: To analyze retrograde conduction during junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET episodes and investigate the existence of a relationship between the presence of a retrograde block and the risk of atrioventricular block (AVB development during radiofrequency ablation procedures in

  10. Resetting criteria during ventricular overdrive pacing successfully differentiate orthodromic reentrant tachycardia from atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia despite interobserver disagreement concerning QRS fusion.

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    Rosman, Jonathan Z; John, Roy M; Stevenson, William G; Epstein, Laurence M; Tedrow, Usha B; Koplan, Bruce A; Albert, Christine M; Michaud, Gregory F

    2011-01-01

    The beginning of ventricular overdrive pacing (VOP) during supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) accurately distinguishes orthodromic reentrant tachycardia (ORT) from atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) even when pacing terminates tachycardia. Tachycardia resetting most often occurs during this transition zone (TZ) of QRS fusion in ORT and after this TZ in AVNRT. The end of the TZ is marked by the first beat with a stable QRS morphology but is a subjective assessment. Disagreement concerning this beat may change tachycardia diagnosis. The purpose of this study was to assess interobserver agreement for identifying the TZ and whether disagreement affected diagnosis. Seventy-nine consecutive patients with inducible ORT and AVNRT were included. Resetting of tachycardia was evaluated by (1) atrial timing perturbation and (2) fixed stimulation-atrial activation timing (SA). Two blinded observers identified the end of the TZ and used the two resetting criteria to establish a diagnosis. Diagnostic results were compared with standard criteria for SVT diagnosis. The diagnosis was considered correct if both electrophysiologists' TZ assessment resulted in a correct diagnosis. Agreement on the TZ occurred in 80% (148/186) of VOP trains. In ORT patients, tachycardia resetting occurred during the TZ and correctly diagnosed ORT based on atrial timing perturbation and fixed SA in 91% and 98% of VOP trains, respectively. In AVNRT patients, tachycardia resetting occurred after the TZ and correctly diagnosed AVNRT based on atrial timing perturbation and fixed SA in 93% and 94% of VOP trains, respectively. Resetting criteria used during the VOP TZ accurately differentiate between ORT and AVNRT despite interobserver disagreement concerning identification of the TZ. Copyright © 2011 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Biventricular pacing preserves left ventricular performance in patients with high-grade atrio-ventricular block: a randomized comparison with DDD(R) pacing in 50 consecutive patients.

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    Albertsen, Andi E; Nielsen, Jens C; Poulsen, Steen H; Mortensen, Peter T; Pedersen, Anders K; Hansen, Peter S; Jensen, Henrik K; Egeblad, Henrik

    2008-03-01

    We aimed to investigate whether biventricular (BiV) pacing minimizes left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and preserves LV ejection fraction (LVEF) as compared with standard dual-chamber DDD(R) pacing in consecutive patients with high-grade atrio-ventricular (AV) block. Fifty patients were randomized to DDD(R) pacing or BiV pacing. LVEF was measured using three-dimensional echocardiography. Tissue-Doppler imaging was used to quantify LV dyssynchrony in terms of number of segments with delayed longitudinal contraction (DLC). LVEF was not different between groups after 12 months (P = 0.18). In the DDD(R) group LVEF decreased significantly from 59.7(57.4-61.4)% at baseline to 57.2(52.1-60.6)% at 12 months of follow-up (P = 0.03), whereas LVEF remained unchanged in the BiV group [58.9(47.1-61.7)% at baseline vs. 60.1(55.2-63.3)% after 12 months (P = 0.15)]. Dyssynchrony was more prominent in the DDD(R) group than in the BiV group at baseline (2.2 +/- 2.2 vs. 1.4 +/- 1.3 segments with DLC per patient, P = 0.10); and at 12 month follow-up (1.8 +/- 1.9 vs. 0.8 +/- 0.9 segments with DLC per patient, P = 0.02). NT-proBNP was unchanged in the DDD(R) group during follow-up (122 +/- 178 pmol/L vs. 91 +/- 166 pmol/L, NS) but decreased significantly in the BiV-group (from 198 +/- 505 pmol/L to 86 +/- 95 pmol/L after 12 months, P = 0.02). BiV pacing minimizes LV dyssynchrony, preserves LV function, and reduces NT-proBNP in contrast to DDD(R) pacing in patients with high-grade AV block.

  12. High-degree atrioventricular block in patients with preexisting bundle branch block or bundle branch block occurring during transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

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    Egger, Florian; Nürnberg, Michael; Rohla, Miklos; Weiss, Thomas W; Unger, Gerhard; Smetana, Peter; Geppert, Alexander; Gruber, Susanne C; Bambazek, Anton; Falkensammer, Jürgen; Waldenberger, Ferdinand R; Huber, Kurt; Freynhofer, Matthias K

    2014-12-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become the standard therapy for high-risk and non-operable patients with severe aortic stenosis. However, the procedure involves several adverse effects, such as rhythm and conduction disturbances. Patients with postprocedural left bundle branch block may have an increased mortality risk, whereas patients with preprocedural right bundle branch block display a higher rate of postinterventional bradyarrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to investigate the occurrence of high-degree atrioventricular block (AVB) in patients with preexisting bundle branch block (BBB) or BBB occurring during TAVI. In this prospective single-center study, 50 consecutive patients undergoing TAVI with the Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System were included. Of these patients, 17 with preexisting BBB or BBB occurring during TAVI received a primary prophylactic permanent DDD pacemaker, programmed to the SafeR-mode and featuring dual-channel event counters as well as stored intracardiac electrograms. Pacemaker readouts and intracardiac electrograms were analyzed for the occurrence of high-degree AVB. Ten of 17 patients (58.8%) with preexisting BBB or BBB occurring during TAVI developed episodes of high-degree AVB that were immediately terminated due to switch into DDD backup pacing. In 5 of the cases (29.4%), the first documented episode of high-degree AVB occurred after hospital discharge. Mean follow-up period was 578.1 ± 294.9 days. Development of high-degree AVB is a common complication in patients with preexisting BBB or BBB occurring during TAVI. Accordingly, intensified monitoring might be reasonable, especially in patients treated with the self-expandable Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System. Copyright © 2014 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of right ventricular pacing lead site on left ventricular function in patients with high-grade atrioventricular block: results of the Protect-Pace study.

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    Kaye, Gerald C; Linker, Nicholas J; Marwick, Thomas H; Pollock, Lucy; Graham, Laura; Pouliot, Erika; Poloniecki, Jan; Gammage, Michael

    2015-04-07

    Chronic right ventricle (RV) apical (RVA) pacing is standard treatment for an atrioventricular (AV) block but may be deleterious to left ventricle (LV) systolic function. Previous clinical studies of non-apical pacing have produced conflicting results. The aim of this randomized, prospective, international, multicentre trial was to compare change in LV ejection fraction (LVEF) between right ventricular apical and high septal (RVHS) pacing over a 2-year study period. We randomized 240 patients (age 74 ± 11 years, 67% male) with a high-grade AV block requiring >90% ventricular pacing and preserved baseline LVEF >50%, to receive pacing at the RVA (n = 120) or RVHS (n = 120). At 2 years, LVEF decreased in both the RVA (57 ± 9 to 55 ± 9%, P = 0.047) and the RVHS groups (56 ± 10 to 54 ± 10%, P = 0.0003). However, there was no significant difference in intra-patient change in LVEF between confirmed RVA (n = 85) and RVHS (n = 83) lead position (P = 0.43). There were no significant differences in heart failure hospitalization, mortality, the burden of atrial fibrillation, or plasma brain natriutetic peptide levels between the two groups. A significantly greater time was required to place the lead in the RVHS position (70 ± 25 vs. 56 ± 24 min, P < 0.0001) with longer fluoroscopy times (11 ± 7 vs. 5 ± 4 min, P < 0.0001). In patients with a high-grade AV block and preserved LV function requiring a high percentage of ventricular pacing, RVHS pacing does not provide a protective effect on left ventricular function over RVA pacing in the first 2 years. ClinicalTrials.gov number NCT00461734. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2014. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Extraction of SelectSecure leads compared to conventional pacing leads in patients with congenital heart disease and congenital atrioventricular block.

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    Shepherd, Emma; Stuart, Graham; Martin, Rob; Walsh, Mark A

    2015-06-01

    SelectSecure™ pacing leads (Medtronic Inc) are increasingly being used in pediatric patients and adults with structural congenital heart disease. The 4Fr lead is ideal for patients who may require lifelong pacing and can be advantageous for patients with complex anatomy. The purpose of this study was to compare the extraction of SelectSecure leads with conventional (stylette-driven) pacing leads in patients with structural congenital heart disease and congenital atrioventricular block. The data on lead extractions from pediatric and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients from August 2004 to July 2014 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Bristol Heart Institute were reviewed. Multivariable regression analysis was used to determine whether conventional pacing leads were associated with a more difficult extraction process. A total of 57 patients underwent pacemaker lead extractions (22 SelectSecure, 35 conventional). No deaths occurred. Mean age at the time of extraction was 17.6 ± 10.5 years, mean weight was 47 ± 18 kg, and mean lead age was 5.6 ± 2.6 years (range 1-11 years). Complex extraction (partial extraction/femoral extraction) was more common in patients with conventional pacing leads at univariate (P Lead age was also a significant predictor of complex extraction (P leads can be successfully extracted using techniques that are used for conventional pacing leads. They are less likely to be partially extracted and are less likely to require extraction using a femoral approach compared with conventional pacing leads. Copyright © 2015 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Comparison of 6-mm Versus 8-mm-Tip Cryoablation Catheter for the Treatment of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia in Children: A Prospective Study.

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    Tuzcu, Volkan; Gul, Enes Elvin; Karacan, Mehmet; Kamali, Hacer; Celik, Nida; Akdeniz, Celal

    2017-08-01

    Due to its safety profile, cryoablation (Cryo) for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is more commonly preferred over radiofrequency (RF) ablation in children in recent years. Recent studies demonstrated high long-term success rates comparable to radiofrequency ablation. The aim of this prospective study was to compare the efficacy and safety of an 8-mm-tip versus 6-mm-tip Cryo catheter in the treatment of AVNRT in children. A total of 125 consecutive patients over 10 years of age with AVNRT were included. EnSite system (St. JudeMedical, St Paul, MN, USA) was used to reduce or eliminate fluoroscopy. The acute procedural success was 100% in both groups. The prodecure duration for the 8-mm-tip group was shorter (151.6 ± 63.2 vs. 126.6 ± 36.7 min, p < 0.01, respectively). Fluoroscopy was used in only 7 patients. The mean follow-up duration was 14.6 ± 8.4 months (median 13.5 months, min. 3 months and max. 27 months). The recurrence rate for AVNRT was also comparable between the two groups (6-mm tip: 9.6 vs. 8-mm tip: 8%). Cryo of AVNRT is a safe and effective procedure with comparable acute and mid-term follow-up success rates using 6-mm and 8-mm-tip catheters in children. In addition, procedure duration is shorter with an 8-mm-tip Cryo catheter.

  16. Final report for the mobile node authentication LDRD project.

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    Michalski, John T.; Lanzone, Andrew J.

    2005-09-01

    In hostile ad hoc wireless communication environments, such as battlefield networks, end-node authentication is critical. In a wired infrastructure, this authentication service is typically facilitated by a centrally-located ''authentication certificate generator'' such as a Certificate Authority (CA) server. This centralized approach is ill-suited to meet the needs of mobile ad hoc networks, such as those required by military systems, because of the unpredictable connectivity and dynamic routing. There is a need for a secure and robust approach to mobile node authentication. Current mechanisms either assign a pre-shared key (shared by all participating parties) or require that each node retain a collection of individual keys that are used to communicate with other individual nodes. Both of these approaches have scalability issues and allow a single compromised node to jeopardize the entire mobile node community. In this report, we propose replacing the centralized CA with a distributed CA whose responsibilities are shared between a set of select network nodes. To that end, we develop a protocol that relies on threshold cryptography to perform the fundamental CA duties in a distributed fashion. The protocol is meticulously defined and is implemented it in a series of detailed models. Using these models, mobile wireless scenarios were created on a communication simulator to test the protocol in an operational environment and to gather statistics on its scalability and performance.

  17. Identifying key nodes in multilayer networks based on tensor decomposition

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    Wang, Dingjie; Wang, Haitao; Zou, Xiufen

    2017-06-01

    The identification of essential agents in multilayer networks characterized by different types of interactions is a crucial and challenging topic, one that is essential for understanding the topological structure and dynamic processes of multilayer networks. In this paper, we use the fourth-order tensor to represent multilayer networks and propose a novel method to identify essential nodes based on CANDECOMP/PARAFAC (CP) tensor decomposition, referred to as the EDCPTD centrality. This method is based on the perspective of multilayer networked structures, which integrate the information of edges among nodes and links between different layers to quantify the importance of nodes in multilayer networks. Three real-world multilayer biological networks are used to evaluate the performance of the EDCPTD centrality. The bar chart and ROC curves of these multilayer networks indicate that the proposed approach is a good alternative index to identify real important nodes. Meanwhile, by comparing the behavior of both the proposed method and the aggregated single-layer methods, we demonstrate that neglecting the multiple relationships between nodes may lead to incorrect identification of the most versatile nodes. Furthermore, the Gene Ontology functional annotation demonstrates that the identified top nodes based on the proposed approach play a significant role in many vital biological processes. Finally, we have implemented many centrality methods of multilayer networks (including our method and the published methods) and created a visual software based on the MATLAB GUI, called ENMNFinder, which can be used by other researchers.

  18. Exploring the evolution of node neighborhoods in Dynamic Networks

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    Orman, Günce Keziban; Labatut, Vincent; Naskali, Ahmet Teoman

    2017-09-01

    Dynamic Networks are a popular way of modeling and studying the behavior of evolving systems. However, their analysis constitutes a relatively recent subfield of Network Science, and the number of available tools is consequently much smaller than for static networks. In this work, we propose a method specifically designed to take advantage of the longitudinal nature of dynamic networks. It characterizes each individual node by studying the evolution of its direct neighborhood, based on the assumption that the way this neighborhood changes reflects the role and position of the node in the whole network. For this purpose, we define the concept of neighborhood event, which corresponds to the various transformations such groups of nodes can undergo, and describe an algorithm for detecting such events. We demonstrate the interest of our method on three real-world networks: DBLP, LastFM and Enron. We apply frequent pattern mining to extract meaningful information from temporal sequences of neighborhood events. This results in the identification of behavioral trends emerging in the whole network, as well as the individual characterization of specific nodes. We also perform a cluster analysis, which reveals that, in all three networks, one can distinguish two types of nodes exhibiting different behaviors: a very small group of active nodes, whose neighborhood undergo diverse and frequent events, and a very large group of stable nodes.

  19. Extended lymph node dissection in robotic radical prostatectomy: Current status

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    Sameer Chopra

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The role and extent of extended pelvic lymph node dissection (ePLND during radical prostatectomy (RP for prostate cancer patients remains unclear. Materials and Methods: A PubMed literature search was performed for studies reporting on treatment regimens and outcomes in patients with prostate cancer treated by RP and extended lymph node dissection between 1999 and 2013. Results: Studies have shown that RP can improve progression-free and overall survival in patients with lymph node-positive prostate cancer. While this finding requires further validation, it does allow urologists to question the former treatment paradigm of aborting surgery when lymph node invasion from prostate cancer occurred, especially in patients with limited lymph node tumor infiltration. Studies show that intermediate- and high-risk patients should undergo ePLND up to the common iliac arteries in order to improve nodal staging. Conclusions: Evidence from the literature suggests that RP with ePLND improves survival in lymph node-positive prostate cancer. While studies have shown promising results, further improvements and understanding of the surgical technique and post-operative treatment are required to improve treatment for prostate cancer patients with lymph node involvement.

  20. Node Attribute-enhanced Community Detection in Complex Networks.

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    Jia, Caiyan; Li, Yafang; Carson, Matthew B; Wang, Xiaoyang; Yu, Jian

    2017-05-25

    Community detection involves grouping the nodes of a network such that nodes in the same community are more densely connected to each other than to the rest of the network. Previous studies have focused mainly on identifying communities in networks using node connectivity. However, each node in a network may be associated with many attributes. Identifying communities in networks combining node attributes has become increasingly popular in recent years. Most existing methods operate on networks with attributes of binary, categorical, or numerical type only. In this study, we introduce kNN-enhance, a simple and flexible community detection approach that uses node attribute enhancement. This approach adds the k Nearest Neighbor (kNN) graph of node attributes to alleviate the sparsity and the noise effect of an original network, thereby strengthening the community structure in the network. We use two testing algorithms, kNN-nearest and kNN-Kmeans, to partition the newly generated, attribute-enhanced graph. Our analyses of synthetic and real world networks have shown that the proposed algorithms achieve better performance compared to existing state-of-the-art algorithms. Further, the algorithms are able to deal with networks containing different combinations of binary, categorical, or numerical attributes and could be easily extended to the analysis of massive networks.

  1. Non-visualization of sentinel lymph nodes in penile carcinoma

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    Kroon, Bin K.; Horenblas, Simon [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Urology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Valdes Olmos, Renato [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Nieweg, Omgo E. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Surgery, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyse the incidence and cause of non-visualization of sentinel lymph nodes on preoperative lymphoscintigrams for penile cancer and its implications for further management. Preoperative lymphoscintigraphy was performed after injection of {sup 99m}Tc-labelled nanocolloid in 123 clinically node-negative penile carcinoma patients. Anterior dynamic lymphoscintigraphy was performed during 20 min immediately after tracer injection. Subsequently, 5-min anterior and lateral static images were obtained 30 min and 2 h post injection. Lymphatic drainage to both groins was seen in 98 patients (79%), unilateral drainage in 23 patients (19%) and no drainage at all in two patients (2%). Thus, in 27 (11%) of 246 groins, no sentinel node was visualized. The amount of administered tracer dose was associated with non-visualization (p=0.01). Unilateral drainage was initially interpreted as a normal physiological phenomenon. After the occurrence of a tumour-positive node in a non-visualized groin, we explore non-visualized groins by blue dye mapping and intraoperative palpation. Sentinel nodes were retrieved in four out of eight such groins, of which one contained metastasis. In penile carcinoma patients, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy visualizes a sentinel node in 89% of groins. Visualization depends on the administered tracer dose. It is worthwhile to explore non-visualized groins. Sentinel nodes can be intraoperatively identified in more than half of these cases. (orig.)

  2. The status of ESG-BNU node in China

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    Zhang, B.; Wu, Q.; Wang, L.; Cheng, H.; Ji, D.; Feng, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is an operational system for serving climate data from multiple locations and sources.The ESG-BNU node, established in 2012, is one of the ESGF data nodes, and also the only idp/index node in China. Until now, ESG-BNU node has published 17 experiments of 10,595 GB dataset for CMIP5 and 4 experiments of 1174 GB dataset for GeoMIP generated by the Earth System Model of Beijing Normal University (BNU-ESM) It has provided over 43.0TB data with an average 700 KB/s download speed to scientists all over the world. Especially in China, data users can download the datasets more than 1MB/s. In BNU the speed can reach to over 10MB/s.(Fig.1) As an ESGF Portal node we try to make replicas of other model centers so that data users in China can get the datasets much faster . By analyzing the download information extracted from the thredds log files we found that over 95% data requests were from China, U.S. and Japan.(Fig.2) About 75% downloads came from historical, rcp45 and rcp85 experiments.(Fig.3) And over 79% downloads came from the monthly datasets. So making replicas for those datasets with most interested can meet the needs of most model users and will save over 50% disk space of the data nodes. In our plan, the data volume of the ESG-BNU node will reach to 200TB in the next year. As for the coming CMIP6, data volume may reach to over 3.5EB. Making replica of all experiments maybe too expensive and not necessary for many ESGF nodes. We hope such download statistical analysis can be helpful for ESGF data nodes to decide which experiments should be replicated or be replicated with priority.

  3. Protograph LDPC Codes with Node Degrees at Least 3

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    Divsalar, Dariush; Jones, Christopher

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we present protograph codes with a small number of degree-3 nodes and one high degree node. The iterative decoding threshold for proposed rate 1/2 codes are lower, by about 0.2 dB, than the best known irregular LDPC codes with degree at least 3. The main motivation is to gain linear minimum distance to achieve low error floor. Also to construct rate-compatible protograph-based LDPC codes for fixed block length that simultaneously achieves low iterative decoding threshold and linear minimum distance. We start with a rate 1/2 protograph LDPC code with degree-3 nodes and one high degree node. Higher rate codes are obtained by connecting check nodes with degree-2 non-transmitted nodes. This is equivalent to constraint combining in the protograph. The condition where all constraints are combined corresponds to the highest rate code. This constraint must be connected to nodes of degree at least three for the graph to have linear minimum distance. Thus having node degree at least 3 for rate 1/2 guarantees linear minimum distance property to be preserved for higher rates. Through examples we show that the iterative decoding threshold as low as 0.544 dB can be achieved for small protographs with node degrees at least three. A family of low- to high-rate codes with minimum distance linearly increasing in block size and with capacity-approaching performance thresholds is presented. FPGA simulation results for a few example codes show that the proposed codes perform as predicted.

  4. Histopathological Evaluation of Lymph Node Biopsies: A Hospital Based Study

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    Syeda Tasfia Siddika

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lymphadenopathy is a common manifestation of a large variety of disorders,both benign and malignant. It is essential to define the pattern of disorders presenting primarily as lymph node enlargement in a particular environment. Histopathological examination of the lymph node biopsies is a gold standard test in the distinction between reactive and malignant lymphoid proliferations as well as for detailed subtyping oflymphomas. We designed this study in our population for histopathological evaluation of lymph nodes that might be helpful for clinical management of these lesions. Objective: Histopathological evaluation of lymphadenopathy from excised specimen, in relation to ageand sex of the patients, and distribution of the lymph nodes. Materials and Methods: It was a retrospective cross sectional study conducted in the department of Pathology, Enam Medical College & Hospital, Savar, Dhaka during the period from January 2006 to December 2010. Lymph node biopsies of all patients of both sexes and all age groups were included.Metastatic lymph nodes associated with evidence of primaries elsewhere in the body were excluded from the study. Total 191 lymph node biopsies were selected for histopathological evaluation. Among these 90 (47.12% were from males and 101 (52.88% were from females with male to female ratio being 1:2.1. The age of the patients ranged from 2 to 85 years with a mean age of 35.73 ± 18 years. Results: Cervical lymph nodes were the most common (56% biopsied group. Of the 191 cases 59 cases (30.89% were reactive lymphadenitis, 64 cases (33.5% were tuberculosis, 2 cases (1.05% were non-caseous granuloma, 11 cases (5.76% were Hodgkin lymphoma, 22 cases (11.52% were non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 24 cases (12.57% were metastatic neoplasm and 9 cases (4.7% were other lesions. Conclusion: Tuberculosis was the most common cause of lymphadenopathy, followed by reactive lymphadenitis and the cervical group of lymph nodes was most

  5. Sentinel lymph nodes in cancer of the oral cavity

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    Thomsen, Jørn Bo; Christensen, Rikke Kølby; Sørensen, Jens Ahm

    2007-01-01

    when compared with (B) step-sectioning and immunostaining of the entire sentinel lymph node at 250 microM levels. METHODS: Forty patients with T1/T2 cN0 oral cancer were enrolled. Three patients were excluded. In one patient no sentinel lymph node was identified. The remaining two had unidentified......BACKGROUND: Extended histopathologic work-up has increased the detection of micrometastasis in sentinel lymph nodes in malignant melanoma and breast cancer. The aim of this study was to examine if (A) step-sectioning of the central 1000 microM at 250 microM levels with immunostaining were accurate...

  6. Glial membranes at the node of Ranvier prevent neurite outgrowth

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    Huang, Jeffrey K; Phillips, Greg R; Roth, Alejandro D

    2005-01-01

    Nodes of Ranvier are regularly placed, nonmyelinated axon segments along myelinated nerves. Here we show that nodal membranes isolated from the central nervous system (CNS) of mammals restricted neurite outgrowth of cultured neurons. Proteomic analysis of these membranes revealed several inhibitors...... of neurite outgrowth, including the oligodendrocyte myelin glycoprotein (OMgp). In rat spinal cord, OMgp was not localized to compact myelin, as previously thought, but to oligodendroglia-like cells, whose processes converge to form a ring that completely encircles the nodes. In OMgp-null mice, CNS nodes...

  7. Neuroendocrine tumor of the inguinal node: A very rare presentation

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    Niharika Bisht

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Neuroendocrine tumors are a broad family of tumors arising most commonly in the gastrointestinal tract and the bronchus pulmonary tree. The other common sounds are the parathyroid, pituitary and adrenal gland. Inguinal node as a primary presentation of a neuroendocrine tumor is an extremely rare presentation. We present the case of a 43-year-old-male who presented with the complaints of an inguinal node swelling without any other symptoms and on further evaluation was diagnosed to have a non-metastatic neuroendocrine tumor of the inguinal node. He was treated with a combination of chemotherapy and surgery and is presently awaiting completion chemotherapy.

  8. The role of lymph node sinus macrophages in host defense.

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    Kuka, Mirela; Iannacone, Matteo

    2014-06-01

    Strategically positioned along lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes act as filter stations preventing systemic pathogen dissemination; they are primary sites of innate immune responses and provide the staging grounds for the generation of adaptive immunity. Critical mediators of these lymph node functions are two phenotypically and functionally distinct subsets of macrophages: the subcapsular sinus macrophages and the medullary macrophages. This review focuses on the phenotype and function of these lymph node sinus-resident macrophages and summarizes methods for their proper identification and experimental manipulation. © 2014 New York Academy of Sciences.

  9. OPTIMASI KINERJA PROTOKOL AODV DENGAN STATIC INTERSECTION NODE

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    Johan Ericka Wahyu Prakasa

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available VANET adalah sebuah pengembangan teknologi yang memungkinkan komunikasi antar kendaraan meskipun tidak terdapat koneksi secara langsung antara kendaraan yang berkomunikasi. Untuk meningkatkan performa protokol routing, maka pada penelitian ini akan ditambahkan SIN (Static Intersection Node. Static Intersection Node adalah RSU (Road Side Unit yang diletakkan di persimpangan jalan (intersection. Fungsi dari Static Intersection Node pada penelitian ini adalah sebagai repeater untuk membantu mengirimkan paket data ke kendaraan lain yang berada disekitarnya sehingga dapat meningkatkan Packet Delivery Ratio serta meminimalkan Packet Loss dan End to End Delay.

  10. CT features of intrapulmonary lymph nodes confirmed by cytology.

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    Shaham, Dorith; Vazquez, Madeline; Bogot, Naama R; Henschke, Claudia I; Yankelevitz, David F

    2010-01-01

    We retrospectively assessed the computed tomography features of intrapulmonary lymph nodes confirmed by cytology in 18 patients. The median size of the lymph nodes was 5.8 mm (range=3.3-8.5 mm). All were below the carina, and only one nodule, which was associated with an interlobar fissure, was over 20 mm from the chest wall. The nodules were oval, round, triangular, or trapezoidal; had sharply defined borders; were solid and homogenous; and were without calcification. Six nodules (33.3%) had a discrete thin tag extending to the pleura. Intrapulmonary lymph nodes can reliably be confirmed by fine needle aspiration with cytological diagnosis.

  11. Metastasis in the subcarinal lymph node with unknown primary tumor

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    Eckardt, J.; Olsen, K. E.; Petersen, H.

    2011-01-01

    A 59-year-old man with previous anaplastic large cell T-cell lymphoma stage 3A was admitted with an isolated positron emission tomography(PET)-positive spot in a subcarinal lymph node. Diagnosis was achieved with endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration demonstrating a well-differen...... an inoperable metastasis in a subcarinal lymph node which infiltrated the trachea, esophagus and aorta. Such isolated squamous cell carcinoma in a subcarinal lymph node without a primary tumor despite invasive work-up has not been reported before....

  12. DETECTION OF OCCULT LYMPH NODE TUMOR CELLS IN NODE-NEGATIVE GASTRIC CANCER PATIENTS.

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    Pereira, Marina Alessandra; Ramos, Marcus Fernando Kodama Pertille; Dias, Andre Roncon; Yagi, Osmar Kenji; Faraj, Sheila Friedrich; Zilberstein, Bruno; Cecconello, Ivan; Mello, Evandro Sobroza de; Ribeiro, Ulysses

    2017-01-01

    The presence of lymph nodes metastasis is one of the most important prognostic indicators in gastric cancer. The micrometastases have been studied as prognostic factor in gastric cancer, which are related to decrease overall survival and increased risk of recurrence. However, their identification is limited by conventional methodology, since they can be overlooked after routine staining. To investigate the presence of occult tumor cells using cytokeratin (CK) AE1/AE3 immunostaining in gastric cancer patients histologically lymph node negative (pN0) by H&E. Forty patients (T1-T4N0) submitted to a potentially curative gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy were evaluated. The results for metastases, micrometastases and isolated tumor cells were also associated to clinicopathological characteristics and their impact on stage grouping. Tumor deposits within lymph nodes were defined according to the tumor-node-metastases guidelines (7th TNM). A total of 1439 lymph nodes were obtained (~36 per patient). Tumor cells were detected by immunohistochemistry in 24 lymph nodes from 12 patients (30%). Neoplasic cells were detected as a single or cluster tumor cells. Tumor (p=0.002), venous (p=0.016), lymphatic (p=0.006) and perineural invasions (p=0.04), as well as peritumoral lymphocytic response (p=0.012) were correlated to CK-positive immunostaining tumor cells in originally negative lymph nodes by H&E. The histologic stage of two patients was upstaged from stage IB to stage IIA. Four of the 28 CK-negative patients (14.3%) and three among 12 CK-positive patients (25%) had disease recurrence (p=0.65). The CK-immunostaining is an effective method for detecting occult tumor cells in lymph nodes and may be recommended to precisely determine tumor stage. It may be useful as supplement to H&E routine to provide better pathological staging. A presença de metástase em linfonodos é um dos indicadores prognósticos mais importantes no câncer gástrico. As micrometástases têm sido

  13. Residual lymph node disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy predicts an increased risk of lymphedema in node-positive breast cancer patients.

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    Specht, Michelle C; Miller, Cynthia L; Skolny, Melissa N; Jammallo, Lauren S; O'Toole, Jean; Horick, Nora; Isakoff, Steven J; Smith, Barbara L; Taghian, Alphonse G

    2013-09-01

    Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is recommended for patients with clinically node-positive breast cancer and carries a risk of lymphedema>30%. Patients with node-positive breast cancer may consider neoadjuvant chemotherapy, which can reduce node positivity. We sought to determine if neoadjuvant chemotherapy reduced the risk of lymphedema in patients undergoing ALND for node-positive breast cancer. The 229 patients who underwent unilateral ALND and chemotherapy were divided into two groups: 30% (68/229) had neoadjuvant and 70% (161/229) had adjuvant chemotherapy. Prospective arm volumes were measured via perometry preoperatively and at 3- to 7-month intervals after surgery. Lymphedema was defined as relative volume change (RVC)≥10%, >3 months from surgery. Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariate regression models were used to identify risk factors for lymphedema. Fifteen percent (10/68) of neoadjuvant patients compared with 23% (37/161) of adjuvant patients developed RVC≥10% (hazard ratio=0.76, p=0.39). For all patients, body mass index was significantly associated with lymphedema (p=0.0003). For neoadjuvant patients, residual lymph node disease after chemotherapy was associated with a ninefold greater risk of lymphedema compared to those without residual disease (p=0.038). Patients who underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy did not have a statistically significant reduction in risk of lymphedema. Among patients who receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy, residual lymph node disease predicted a greater risk of lymphedema. These patients should be closely monitored for lymphedema and possible early intervention for the condition.

  14. What is a sentinel node? Re-evaluating the 10% rule for sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma.

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    Kroon, Hidde M; Lowe, Lori; Wong, Sandra; Fullen, Doug; Su, Lyndon; Cimmino, Vincent; Chang, Alfred E; Johnson, Timothy; Sabel, Michael S

    2007-06-15

    Many surgeons use the "10% rule" to define whether a lymph node is a sentinel node (SLN) when staging malignant melanoma. However, this increases the number of SLN removed and the time and cost of the procedure. We examined the impact of raising this threshold on the accuracy of the procedure. We reviewed the records of 561 patients with melanoma (624 basins) who underwent SLN with technetium Tc99 labeled sulfur colloid using a definition of a SLN as 10% of that of the node with the highest counts per minute (CPM). Of the 624 basins, 154 (25%) were positive for metastases. An average of 1.9 nodes per basin were removed (range 1-6). Metastases were found in the hottest node in 137 cases (89% of positive basins, 97% of basins overall). Increasing the threshold above 10% decreased the number of nodes excised and the costs involved, but incrementally raised the number of false negative cases above baseline (a 4% increase for a "20% rule," 5% for a "30% rule," 6% for a "40% rule," and 7% for a "50% rule"). Taking only the hottest node would raise the false negative rate by 11%. Although using thresholds higher than 10% for the definition of a SLN will minimize the extent of surgery and decrease the costs associated with the procedure, it will compromise the accuracy of the procedure and is not recommended. Copyright 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  15. Measure the structure similarity of nodes in complex networks based on relative entropy

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    Zhang, Qi; Li, Meizhu; Deng, Yong

    2018-02-01

    Similarity of nodes is a basic structure quantification in complex networks. Lots of methods in research on complex networks are based on nodes' similarity such as node's classification, network's community structure detection, network's link prediction and so on. Therefore, how to measure nodes' similarity is an important problem in complex networks. In this paper, a new method is proposed to measure nodes' structure similarity based on relative entropy and each node's local structure. In the new method, each node's structure feature can be quantified as a special kind of information. The quantification of similarity between different pair of nodes can be replaced as the quantification of similarity in structural information. Then relative entropy is used to measure the difference between each pair of nodes' structural information. At last the value of relative entropy between each pair of nodes is used to measure nodes' structure similarity in complex networks. Comparing with existing methods the new method is more accuracy to measure nodes' structure similarity.

  16. File list: Pol.CDV.10.AllAg.Sinoatrial_Node [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  19. Error recovery to enable error-free message transfer between nodes of a computer network

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    Blumrich, Matthias A.; Coteus, Paul W.; Chen, Dong; Gara, Alan; Giampapa, Mark E.; Heidelberger, Philip; Hoenicke, Dirk; Takken, Todd; Steinmacher-Burow, Burkhard; Vranas, Pavlos M.

    2016-01-26

    An error-recovery method to enable error-free message transfer between nodes of a computer network. A first node of the network sends a packet to a second node of the network over a link between the nodes, and the first node keeps a copy of the packet on a sending end of the link until the first node receives acknowledgment from the second node that the packet was received without error. The second node tests the packet to determine if the packet is error free. If the packet is not error free, the second node sets a flag to mark the packet as corrupt. The second node returns acknowledgement to the first node specifying whether the packet was received with or without error. When the packet is received with error, the link is returned to a known state and the packet is sent again to the second node.

  20. Mirror node correlations tuning synchronization in multiplex networks

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    Kumar, Anil; Baptista, Murilo S.; Zaikin, Alexey; Jalan, Sarika

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    We show that the degree-degree correlations have a major impact on global synchronizability (GS) of multiplex networks, enabling the specification of synchronizability by only changing the degree-degree correlations of the mirror nodes while maintaining the connection architecture of the individual layer unaltered. If individual layers have nodes that are mildly correlated, the multiplex network is best synchronizable when the mirror degrees are strongly negatively correlated. If individual layers have nodes with strong degree-degree correlations, mild correlations among the degrees of mirror nodes are the best strategy for the optimization of GS. Global synchronization also depend on the density of connections, a phenomenon not observed in a single layer network. The results are crucial to understand, predict, and specify behavior of systems having multiple types of connections among the interacting units.

  1. Ultrasound elastography for evaluation of cervical lymph nodes

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    Young Jun Choi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasound (US elastography has been introduced as a noninvasive imaging technique for evaluating cervical lymph nodes. US elastography techniques include strain elastography and shear wave-based elastography. The application of this technique is based on the fact that stiff tissues tend to deform less and show less strain than compliant tissues when the same force is applied. In general, metastatic lymph nodes demonstrate higher stiffness than benign lymph nodes. Overall, preliminary studies suggest that US elastography may be useful in differentiating benign and malignant cervical lymph nodes, thereby informing decisions to perform a biopsy and facilitating follow-up. For US elastography to be accepted into clinical practice, however, its techniques, associated diagnostic criteria, and reliability need to be further refined.

  2. Assessment of lymph node tuberculosis in two provinces in Turkey.

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    Tatar, Dursun; Senol, Gunes; Alptekin, Serpil; Gunes, Ebru

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate lymph node tuberculosis (LNT) cases in two provinces in Turkey with different demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. A total of 109 LNT cases were reviewed retrospectively. The cases were analyzed and compared for symptoms, findings, age, vaccination status, and diagnostic procedures. Socioeconomic conditions were also assessed for the two provinces. A palpable cervical node was considered a significant predictor for all LNT. Mediastinal lymph node involvement was found to be common in cases of pulmonary manifestation of LNT. Female patients were predominantly from the Van Province, while older patients were found to be from Izmir Province. LNT should be suspected in lymphadenitis patients of all age-groups especially in young adolescents with cervical lymph node enlargements. In the presence of mediastinal lymphadenopathy, pulmonary tuberculosis should be investigated.

  3. Magnetic sensor nodes for enhanced situational awareness in urban settings

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    Trammell, Hoke; Shelby, Richard; Mathis, Kevin; Dalichaouch, Yacine; Kumar, Sankaran

    2005-05-01

    Military forces conducting urban operations are in need of non-line-of-sight sensor technologies for enhanced situational awareness. Disposable sensors ought to be able to detect and track targets through walls and within rooms in a building and relay that information in real-time to the soldier. We have recently developed magnetic sensor nodes aimed towards low cost, small size, low power consumption, and wireless communication. The current design uses a three-axis thin-film magnetoresistive sensor for low bandwidth B-field monitoring of magnetic targets such as vehicles and weapons carried by personnel. These sensor nodes are battery operated and use IEEE 802.15.4 communication link for control and data transmission. Power consumption during signal acquisition and communication is approximately 300 mW per channel. We will present and discuss node array performance, future node development and sensor fusion concepts.

  4. Active Sensing and Its Application to Sensor Node Reconfiguration

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    Sooyong Lee

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a perturbation/correlation-based active sensing method and its application to sensor node configuration for environment monitoring. Sensor networks are widely used as data measurement tools, especially in dangerous environments. For large scale environment monitoring, a large number of nodes is required. For optimal measurements, the placement of nodes is very important. Nonlinear spring force-based configuration is introduced. Perturbation/correlation-based estimation of the gradient is developed and it is much more robust because it does not require any differentiation. An algorithm for tuning the stiffness using the estimated gradient for node reconfiguration is presented. The performance of the proposed algorithm is discussed with simulation results.

  5. Accidental visualization of mesenteric lymph nodes by bipedal lymphography

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    Bastholt, L.; Pfeiffer, P.

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    A case is presented of mesenteric lymph nodes filling accidentally by bipedal lymphography. The radiographs were interpreted erroneously as pathologic; consequently the patient was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The correct diagnosis was made later by explorative laparotomy.

  6. Lymph node dissection for gastric cancer: a critical review

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    Batista, Thales Paulo; Martins, Mário Rino

    2012-01-01

    Gastric cancer is one of the most common neoplasms and an important cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Efforts to reduce its high mortality rates are currently focused on multidisciplinary management. However, surgery remains a cornerstone in the management of patients with resectable disease. There is still some controversy as to the extent of lymph node dissection for potentially curable stomach cancer. Surgeons in eastern countries favor more extensive lymph node dissection, whereas those in the West favor less extensive dissection. Thus, extent of lymph node dissection remains one of the most hotly discussed aspects of gastric surgery, particularly because most stomach cancers are now often comprehensively treated by adding some perioperative chemotherapy or chemo-radiation. We provide a critical review of lymph nodes dissection for gastric cancer with a particular focus on its benefits in a multimodal approach. PMID:25992202

  7. Experimental demonstration of EON node supporting reconfigurable optical superchannel multicasting

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    Zhu, Paikun; Li, Juhao; Chen, Yuanxiang; Chen, Xin; Wu, Zhongying; Ge, Dawei; Chen, Zhangyuan; He, Yongqi

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    Elastic optical networks (EON) based on optical superchannel enables higher spectral flexibility, in which the network nodes should provide multiple all-optical functionalities to manipulate bandwidth-variable data traffic...

  8. RSW Node Centered Coarse Grid w/ Split Walls Modified

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Dr. Chwalowski, We just generated a modified version of the coarse node centered grid with split walls. Here the red and green sections you highlighted in the email...

  9. ASH : Tackling node mobility in large-scale networks

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    Pruteanu, A.; Dulman, S.

    2012-01-01

    With the increased adoption of technologies likewireless sensor networks by real-world applications, dynamic network topologies are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Node mobility, however, introduces a range of problems (communication interference, path uncertainty, low quality of

  10. Pyoderma Gangrenosum and lymph nodes tuberculosis disease: unusual association

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    Ines Zaraa

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG is a rare neutrophilic dermatosis with unknown etiology. PG associated with infectious disease is very unsual. We report a singular case of PG with lymph nodes tuberculosis disease.

  11. Flexible wearable sensor nodes with solar energy harvesting.

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    Taiyang Wu; Arefin, Md Shamsul; Redoute, Jean-Michel; Yuce, Mehmet Rasit

    2017-07-01

    Wearable sensor nodes have gained a lot of attention during the past few years as they can monitor and record people's physical parameters in real time. Wearable sensor nodes can promote healthy lifestyles and prevent the occurrence of potential illness or injuries. This paper presents a flexible wearable sensor system powered by an efficient solar energy harvesting technique. It can measure the subject's heartbeats using a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor and perform activity monitoring using an accelerometer. The solar energy harvester adopts an output current based maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm, which controls the solar panel to operate within its high output power range. The power consumption of the flexible sensor nodes has been investigated under different operation conditions. Experimental results demonstrate that wearable sensor nodes can work for more than 12 hours when they are powered by the solar energy harvester for 3 hours in the bright sunlight.

  12. Endobronchial Ultrasound Elastography for Diagnosing Mediastinal and Hilar Lymph Nodes

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    Hai-Yan He

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pathophysiological processes, such as malignancy, can lead to the formation of stiffer tissue in lung cancers. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS elastography is a novel technique for measuring tissue stiffness during EBUS-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA. The current study was conducted to investigate the diagnostic value of EBUS elastography for mediastinal and hilar lymph node metastasis in lung cancers. Methods: From January 2014 to January 2015, 40 patients suspected of lung cancer were enrolled, and a total of 68 lymph nodes were evaluated by EBUS-TBNA. EBUS-guided elastography of lymph nodes was performed prior to EBUS-TBNA. Standard EBUS characteristics were also described. Pathological determination of malignant or benign lymph nodes was used as the gold standard for this study. If EBUS-TBNA did not result in a formal pathological diagnosis of malignancy, patients were referred for a surgical procedure. Comparisons of elastography and standard EBUS characteristics were made between benign and malignant lymph nodes. Results: Elastography grading scores and strain ratios showed significant differences between benign and malignant lymph nodes (P = 0.000. The elastography strain ratio was more sensitive and specific for determining malignant lymph nodes than elastography grading score or standard EBUS criteria. The receiver operating characteristic curve for the elastography strain ratio showed an area under the curve of 0.933. The best cut-off point of the strain ratio for differentiating malignant from benign lymph nodes was 32.07. The elastography strain ratio had a sensitivity of 88.1%, the specificity of 80.8%, positive predictive value of 88.1%, and negative predictive value of 80.8% for distinguishing malignant from benign nodes. The overall accuracy of elastography strain ratio was 85.3%. The strain ratio of malignant and benign lymph nodes positively correlated with the elastography grading score (r = 0

  13. Design Report for Isolated RS-485 Bus Node

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    1.2 Master Control Node The master control node was implemented with a USB to universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) bridge chip produced...indicate fragment manipulation via calls to public methods. The black arrows in the main activity indicate the fragments requesting action from the...Unplug the universal serial bus (USB) cable from the tablet. 2. Go to Android back stack via button on bottom right and swipe off STSLEDCntrl. 3

  14. Dynamic Evolution in Social Cooperation Networks with Node Failure

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    Yaofeng Zhang; Renbin Xiao

    2013-01-01

    Social cooperation networks are a kind of social networks in which individuals are linked through cooperation. Interference of economic crises, natural disasters and other emergencies may cause the node fails in social cooperation networks. To further study the influences of node failure on the total fitness degree and the cooperative ratio in social cooperation networks, the update rules of individual strategy and networks self-repair are constructed on the basis of the social cooperation ne...

  15. Epitrochlear lymph node metastases from invasive ductal breast cancer

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    Kumar Pavan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Metastasis to an epitrochlear lymph node from a primary invasive breast cancer has not been reported earlier. We report a case of epitrochlear lymph node metastasis that presented 10 years after the primary breast malignancy had been treated with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy. The patient was successfully treated and continues to remain asymptomatic more than 2 years after she presented with the metastasis.

  16. Power of Criminal Attractors: Modeling the Pull of Activity Nodes

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    Richard Frank; Vahid Dabbaghian; Andrew Reid; Suraj Singh; Jonathan Cinnamon; Patricia Brantingham

    2011-01-01

    The spatial distribution of crime has been a long-standing interest in the field of criminology. Research in this area has shown that activity nodes and travel paths are key components that help to define patterns of offending. Little research, however, has considered the influence of activity nodes on the spatial distribution of crimes in crime neutral areas - those where crimes are more haphazardly dispersed. Further, a review of the literature has revealed a lack of research in determining...

  17. Immunolymphoscintigraphy for metastatic sentinel nodes: test of a model

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    Chakera, A H; Nielsen, B S; Madsen, J

    2011-01-01

    Aim. To develop a method and obtain proof-of-principle for immunolymphoscintigraphy for identification of metastatic sentinel nodes. Methods. We selected one of four tumour-specific antibodies against human breast cancer and investigated (1), in immune-deficient (nude) mice with xenograft human...... in healthy rabbits. Results and Conclusion. Our paper suggests the theoretical possibility of a model of dual isotope immuno-lymphoscintigraphy for noninvasive, preoperative, malignant sentinel node imaging....

  18. Flexible Edge Nodes enabled by Hybrid Software Defined Optics & Networking

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    Vegas Olmos, Juan José; Mehmeri, Victor; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    This paper presents our vision on flexible edge nodes for future networks and our efforts to combine software defined optics and software defined networking to optimize the overall performance and user experience.......This paper presents our vision on flexible edge nodes for future networks and our efforts to combine software defined optics and software defined networking to optimize the overall performance and user experience....

  19. Spontaneous chylothorax revealing a mediastinal and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis.

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    Amar, Jihen Ben; Zaibi, Haifa; Dahri, Besma; Aouina, Hichem

    2017-04-01

    Chylothorax is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis. We report a case of spontaneous chylothorax due to tuberculosis. A 62-year-old woman was admitted with fever, chest pain and dyspnea. Chest and abdominal computed tomography revealed a fluid collection with necrotic mediastinal and abdominal lymph nodes. Biopsy of lymph nodes by mediastinoscopy. The patient was treated with anti-tuberculosis medication. He is clinically improved and his pleural effusion also completely resolved. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. A Structured Hardware/Software Architecture for Embedded Sensor Nodes

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    Merrett, Geoff V; Weddell, Alex S.; Harris, Nick R; Al-Hashimi, Bashir M; White, Neil M

    2008-01-01

    Owing to the limited requirement for sensor processing in early networked sensor nodes, embedded software was generally built around the communication stack. Modern sensor nodes have evolved to contain significant on-board functionality in addition to communications, including sensor processing, energy management, actuation and locationing. The embedded software for this functionality, however, is often implemented in the application layer of the communications stack, resulting in an unstruct...

  1. enhancedGraphics: a Cytoscape app for enhanced node graphics.

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    Morris, John H; Kuchinsky, Allan; Ferrin, Thomas E; Pico, Alexander R

    2014-01-01

    enhancedGraphics ( http://apps.cytoscape.org/apps/enhancedGraphics) is a Cytoscape app that implements a series of enhanced charts and graphics that may be added to Cytoscape nodes. It enables users and other app developers to create pie, line, bar, and circle plots that are driven by columns in the Cytoscape Node Table. Charts are drawn using vector graphics to allow full-resolution scaling.

  2. Information-based self-organization of sensor nodes of a sensor network

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    Ko, Teresa H [Castro Valley, CA; Berry, Nina M [Tracy, CA

    2011-09-20

    A sensor node detects a plurality of information-based events. The sensor node determines whether at least one other sensor node is an information neighbor of the sensor node based on at least a portion of the plurality of information-based events. The information neighbor has an overlapping field of view with the sensor node. The sensor node sends at least one communication to the at least one other sensor node that is an information neighbor of the sensor node in response to at least one information-based event of the plurality of information-based events.

  3. Apolipoprotein D expression in metastasic lymph nodes of breast cancer.

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    Lamelas, M L; Vázquez, J; Enguita, M I; Rodríguez, J C; González, L O; Merino, A M; Vizoso, F

    2000-01-01

    Apolipoprotein D is a glycoprotein of the human plasma whose functional role remains unclear. On the other hand, this protein is also produced by breast carcinomas and is positively associated with a favorable outcome of patients. However, none study has focused on metastasic lesions. To analyze apolipoprotein D expression in breast cancer patients and their synchronous metastasic axillary lymph nodes. We analyzed by immunohistochemical assay both, the tumoral expression of apolipoprotein D in primary tumors and in their synchronous metastasic axillary lymph nodes of 30 node-positive breast cancer patients. Of the primary tumors, 28 (93.3%) showed a positive immunostaining for apolipoprotein D, although there was wide variability immunostaining values. On the other hand, 16 (53.3%) patients showed a positive immunostaining for the protein in their tumoral lymph nodes. In addition, there was a significant positive relationship between the tumoral expression of apolipoprotein D in primary tumors and metastasic lymph nodes (P metastasic lymph nodes of breast carcinomas, but with a different pattern of immunostaining and less clinical significance than in primary tumors.

  4. Neural node network and model, and method of teaching same

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    Parlos, A.G.; Atiya, A.F.; Fernandez, B.; Tsai, W.K.; Chong, K.T.

    1995-12-26

    The present invention is a fully connected feed forward network that includes at least one hidden layer. The hidden layer includes nodes in which the output of the node is fed back to that node as an input with a unit delay produced by a delay device occurring in the feedback path (local feedback). Each node within each layer also receives a delayed output (crosstalk) produced by a delay unit from all the other nodes within the same layer. The node performs a transfer function operation based on the inputs from the previous layer and the delayed outputs. The network can be implemented as analog or digital or within a general purpose processor. Two teaching methods can be used: (1) back propagation of weight calculation that includes the local feedback and the crosstalk or (2) more preferably a feed forward gradient decent which immediately follows the output computations and which also includes the local feedback and the crosstalk. Subsequent to the gradient propagation, the weights can be normalized, thereby preventing convergence to a local optimum. Education of the network can be incremental both on and off-line. An educated network is suitable for modeling and controlling dynamic nonlinear systems and time series systems and predicting the outputs as well as hidden states and parameters. The educated network can also be further educated during on-line processing. 21 figs.

  5. Pathological axillary lymph nodes detected at mammographic screening

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    Lim, E. T.; O' Doherty, A.; Hill, A. D.; Quinn, C. M. E-mail: c.quinn@st-vincents.ie

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the significance of abnormal axillary lymph nodes detected at mammographic screening in the absence of a concomitant breast lesion. METHODS: Twenty-three thousand, seven hundred and seven women were screened at the Merrion Unit as part of the Irish National Breast Screening Programme ('BreastCheck') in the period June 2000 to July 2002. Nine women (0.4 per 1000 women screened) were found to have an abnormal axillary lymph node(s) in the absence of a mammographic breast lesion and were recalled for assessment. The radiological criteria for recall included: size greater than or equal to 15 mm, round or irregular shape, increased node density and absence of hilar lucency. Each woman underwent further mammographic views, ultrasound examination of axilla and breast, clinical examination and lymph node biopsy either by 14 G needle core biopsy (NCB) or open excision. RESULTS: The final pathological diagnoses in the nine patients were oestrogen receptor (OR) positive metastatic breast carcinoma (two patients), metastatic malignant melanoma (one patient), malignant lymphoma (two patients), caseating granulomatous lymphadenitis suggestive of tuberculosis (one patient), and other benign conditions (three patients). CONCLUSION: Abnormal axillary lymph nodes, in the absence of an accompanying breast lesion, are rarely identified on screening mammogram, but may harbour significant pathology and their presence on screening mammogram merits further investigation including biopsy.

  6. Prediction of nonsentinel lymph node metastasis in malignant melanoma.

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    Cadili, Ali; Smylie, Michael; Danyluk, John; Dabbs, Kelly

    2009-06-15

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is the standard at many institutions caring for melanoma patients. Patients with positive SLNB results are currently offered completion lymph node dissection (CLND) of the affected lymph node basin. This procedure entails considerable morbidity and is often applied to patients with shortened life expectancies. Because 80% of CLNDs yield no additional positive nodes and there is no proof that CLND leads to survival improvement, criteria are needed to limit this procedure to those most likely to harbor nonsentinel lymph node (SLN) metastases. A retrospective review of 349 cases of melanoma from January 1999 to April 2007 that underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy at a single institution was done. Statistical analysis was used to compare two subgroups of patients: a positive CLND group and a negative CLND group. These two groups were compared with regards to multiple variables related to patient demographics, primary tumor characteristics, and SLN tumor burden. Age and total size of SLN tumor deposit were the factors with the strongest correlation with CLND positivity. By applying a risk score model that uses the cutoff values of age 55 y and SLN tumor deposit of 5 mm, it is possible to predict CLND positivity in SLN-positive melanoma patients. The likelihood of CLND positivity in SLN-positive melanoma patients can be predicted from two criteria readily available: size of SLN tumor deposit and patient age.

  7. Node Augmentation Technique in Bayesian Network Evidence Analysis and Marshaling

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    Keselman, Dmitry [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tompkins, George H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Leishman, Deborah A [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    Given a Bayesian network, sensitivity analysis is an important activity. This paper begins by describing a network augmentation technique which can simplifY the analysis. Next, we present two techniques which allow the user to determination the probability distribution of a hypothesis node under conditions of uncertain evidence; i.e. the state of an evidence node or nodes is described by a user specified probability distribution. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of three criteria for ranking evidence nodes based on their influence on a hypothesis node. All of these techniques have been used in conjunction with a commercial software package. A Bayesian network based on a directed acyclic graph (DAG) G is a graphical representation of a system of random variables that satisfies the following Markov property: any node (random variable) is independent of its non-descendants given the state of all its parents (Neapolitan, 2004). For simplicities sake, we consider only discrete variables with a finite number of states, though most of the conclusions may be generalized.

  8. Mobility and Cooperation to Thwart Node Capture Attacks in MANETs

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    Mauro Conti

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The nature of mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs, often unattended, makes this type of networks subject to some unique security issues. In particular, one of the most vexing problem for MANETs security is the node capture attack: an adversary can capture a node from the network eventually acquiring all the cryptographic material stored in it. Further, the captured node can be reprogrammed by the adversary and redeployed in the network in order to perform malicious activities. In this paper, we address the node capture attack in MANETs. We start from the intuition that mobility, in conjunction with a reduced amount of local cooperation, helps computing effectively and with a limited resource usage network global security properties. Then, we develop this intuition and use it to design a mechanism to detect the node capture attack. We support our proposal with a wide set of experiments showing that mobile networks can leverage mobility to compute global security properties, like node capture detection, with a small overhead.

  9. Rapid identifying high-influence nodes in complex networks

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    Song, Bo; Jiang, Guo-Ping; Song, Yu-Rong; Xia, Ling-Ling

    2015-10-01

    A tiny fraction of influential individuals play a critical role in the dynamics on complex systems. Identifying the influential nodes in complex networks has theoretical and practical significance. Considering the uncertainties of network scale and topology, and the timeliness of dynamic behaviors in real networks, we propose a rapid identifying method (RIM) to find the fraction of high-influential nodes. Instead of ranking all nodes, our method only aims at ranking a small number of nodes in network. We set the high-influential nodes as initial spreaders, and evaluate the performance of RIM by the susceptible-infected-recovered (SIR) model. The simulations show that in different networks, RIM performs well on rapid identifying high-influential nodes, which is verified by typical ranking methods, such as degree, closeness, betweenness, and eigenvector centrality methods. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61374180 and 61373136), the Ministry of Education Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences Planning Fund Project, China (Grant No. 12YJAZH120), and the Six Projects Sponsoring Talent Summits of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. RLD201212).

  10. Hemosiderin: a new marker for sentinel lymph node identification.

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    Pinheiro, Luiz Gonzaga Porto; Oliveira Filho, Renato Santos de; Vasques, Paulo Henrique Diógenes; Filgueira, Pedro Henrique de Oliveira; Aragão, Douglas Henning Pinheiro; Barbosa, Pedro Macedo Esmeraldo; Beserra, Hugo Enrique Orsini; Cavalcante, Raissa Vasconcelos

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate and present our initial results of a new marker (hemosiderin) for mammary sentinel lymph node identification in an experimental model. Skins mapped like a lymphatic duct draining to the axilla in patients submitted to breast biopsy, in our mastology service, stimulated us to try it in an animal model (female dogs). Our theory was that some blood derivate (hemosiderin) was captured by macrophages and accessed the lymphatic ducts in direction to the axilla. Six female dogs of no defined race were studied. We injected 0,2 ml of technetium on both superior mammary glands. After ten minutes, a 2,5 ml solution of hemolized blood (hemosiderin) from the own animal was injected in the subareolar lymphatic plexus on the left superior mammary gland and 2,5 ml of patent blue concomitantly and equally on the contralateral gland. Ten minutes after, incisions on both axillae were made to search, through the lymphatic mapping and a gamma probe, the sentinel lymph nodes. Seven brown sentinel lymph nodes were identified and also radiomarked on the left axilla. Six blue sentinel lymph nodes were identified and also radiomarked on the right axilla. Preliminary studies of a potential new dye for sentinel lymph node identification are presented. It may be the change of the current use of the blue dyes and their severe side-effects on patients submitted to sentinel lymph node biopsies.

  11. Measures of node centrality in mobile social networks

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    Gao, Zhenxiang; Shi, Yan; Chen, Shanzhi

    2015-02-01

    Mobile social networks exploit human mobility and consequent device-to-device contact to opportunistically create data paths over time. While links in mobile social networks are time-varied and strongly impacted by human mobility, discovering influential nodes is one of the important issues for efficient information propagation in mobile social networks. Although traditional centrality definitions give metrics to identify the nodes with central positions in static binary networks, they cannot effectively identify the influential nodes for information propagation in mobile social networks. In this paper, we address the problems of discovering the influential nodes in mobile social networks. We first use the temporal evolution graph model which can more accurately capture the topology dynamics of the mobile social network over time. Based on the model, we explore human social relations and mobility patterns to redefine three common centrality metrics: degree centrality, closeness centrality and betweenness centrality. We then employ empirical traces to evaluate the benefits of the proposed centrality metrics, and discuss the predictability of nodes' global centrality ranking by nodes' local centrality ranking. Results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed centrality metrics.

  12. Esophageal Cancer: Associations With (pN+) Lymph Node Metastases.

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    Rice, Thomas W; Ishwaran, Hemant; Hofstetter, Wayne L; Schipper, Paul H; Kesler, Kenneth A; Law, Simon; Lerut, E M R; Denlinger, Chadrick E; Salo, Jarmo A; Scott, Walter J; Watson, Thomas J; Allen, Mark S; Chen, Long-Qi; Rusch, Valerie W; Cerfolio, Robert J; Luketich, James D; Duranceau, Andre; Darling, Gail E; Pera, Manuel; Apperson-Hansen, Carolyn; Blackstone, Eugene H

    2017-01-01

    To identify the associations of lymph node metastases (pN+), number of positive nodes, and pN subclassification with cancer, treatment, patient, geographic, and institutional variables, and to recommend extent of lymphadenectomy needed to accurately detect pN+ for esophageal cancer. Limited data and traditional analytic techniques have precluded identifying intricate associations of pN+ with other cancer, treatment, and patient characteristics. Data on 5806 esophagectomy patients from the Worldwide Esophageal Cancer Collaboration were analyzed by Random Forest machine learning techniques. pN+, number of positive nodes, and pN subclassification were associated with increasing depth of cancer invasion (pT), increasing cancer length, decreasing cancer differentiation (G), and more regional lymph nodes resected. Lymphadenectomy necessary to accurately detect pN+ is 60 for shorter, well-differentiated cancers (<2.5 cm) and 20 for longer, poorly differentiated ones. In esophageal cancer, pN+, increasing number of positive nodes, and increasing pN classification are associated with deeper invading, longer, and poorly differentiated cancers. Consequently, if the goal of lymphadenectomy is to accurately define pN+ status of such cancers, few nodes need to be removed. Conversely, superficial, shorter, and well-differentiated cancers require a more extensive lymphadenectomy to accurately define pN+ status.

  13. Active Learning for Node Classification in Assortative and Disassortative Networks

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    Moore, Cristopher; Zhu, Yaojia; Rouquier, Jean-Baptiste; Lane, Terran

    2011-01-01

    In many real-world networks, nodes have class labels, attributes, or variables that affect the network's topology. If the topology of the network is known but the labels of the nodes are hidden, we would like to select a small subset of nodes such that, if we knew their labels, we could accurately predict the labels of all the other nodes. We develop an active learning algorithm for this problem which uses information-theoretic techniques to choose which nodes to explore. We test our algorithm on networks from three different domains: a social network, a network of English words that appear adjacently in a novel, and a marine food web. Our algorithm makes no initial assumptions about how the groups connect, and performs well even when faced with quite general types of network structure. In particular, we do not assume that nodes of the same class are more likely to be connected to each other---only that they connect to the rest of the network in similar ways.

  14. Histological step sectioning of pelvic lymph nodes increases the number of identified lymph node metastases

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    Engvad, Birte; Poulsen, Mads H; Staun, Pia W

    2014-01-01

    Pathological examinations of lymph nodes (LN) in prostate cancer patients are handled differently at various institutions. The objective of this study is to provide means to improve the guidelines by examining the impact of step sectioning on LN status in patients with intermediate and high......-risk prostate cancer. Two hundred ten patients who awaited curative indented therapy were included. We first performed a standard pathological examination of the LN, followed by an extended pathological examination of the patients who were LN negative in the standard examination. The extended pathological...... indicate that an extended pathological examination of LN will improve the staging of intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer patients; however, we acknowledge that it is both costly and time consuming. We do not recommend the use of cytokeratin staining in routine staining because...

  15. Utilities:Other:Telephone Nodes at Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona (Utilities.gdb:Other:telephone_node)

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This feature class represent the nodes of the telephone lines at Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona. The utility pipelines were collected by a Trimble GeoXT GPS...

  16. Utilities:Water:Sewer Line Nodes at Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona (Utilities.gdb:Water:sewer_node)

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This feature class represents sewer line nodes at Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona. The data were collected using Trimble Global Positioning System (GPS) units...

  17. Methods and apparatus using commutative error detection values for fault isolation in multiple node computers

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    Almasi, Gheorghe [Ardsley, NY; Blumrich, Matthias Augustin [Ridgefield, CT; Chen, Dong [Croton-On-Hudson, NY; Coteus, Paul [Yorktown, NY; Gara, Alan [Mount Kisco, NY; Giampapa, Mark E [Irvington, NY; Heidelberger, Philip [Cortlandt Manor, NY; Hoenicke, Dirk I [Ossining, NY; Singh, Sarabjeet [Mississauga, CA; Steinmacher-Burow, Burkhard D [Wernau, DE; Takken, Todd [Brewster, NY; Vranas, Pavlos [Bedford Hills, NY

    2008-06-03

    Methods and apparatus perform fault isolation in multiple node computing systems using commutative error detection values for--example, checksums--to identify and to isolate faulty nodes. When information associated with a reproducible portion of a computer program is injected into a network by a node, a commutative error detection value is calculated. At intervals, node fault detection apparatus associated with the multiple node computer system retrieve commutative error detection values associated with the node and stores them in memory. When the computer program is executed again by the multiple node computer system, new commutative error detection values are created and stored in memory. The node fault detection apparatus identifies faulty nodes by comparing commutative error detection values associated with reproducible portions of the application program generated by a particular node from different runs of the application program. Differences in values indicate a possible faulty node.

  18. Incidence and risk factors of post-operative arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death after atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) correction: Up to 47years of follow-up.

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    Kharbanda, Rohit K; Blom, Nico A; Hazekamp, Mark G; Yildiz, Pinar; Mulder, Barbara J M; Wolterbeek, Ron; Weijerman, Michel E; Schalij, Martin J; Jongbloed, Monique R M; Roest, Arno A W

    2018-02-01

    Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) has an incidence of 4-5.3 per 10.000 live births and is associated with Down syndrome (DS). Data on arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD) after AVSD correction is scarce. To analyse the incidence of post-operative arrhythmias and SCD after AVSD correction and explore risk factors. This is a retrospective multicenter study including patients after biventricular AVSD correction. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to explore risk factors. A total of 415 patients were included with a mean follow-up duration of 9years (range; operative SVTs were documented in 33 patients (8%) and late post-operative SVTs in 15 patients (3.6%). Non-syndromic AVSD (p=0.022, HR=2.64; 95% CI=1.15-6.04) and cAVSD (p=0.005, HR=3.7; 95% CI=1.39-7.51) were independent risk factors for early post-operative SVTs and significant more late post-operative SVTs occurred in non-syndromic patients (p=0.016, HR=6.38; 95% CI=1.42-28.71) and in pAVSD (p=0.045, HR=3.703; 95% CI=1.03-13.32). Fifteen patients (3.6%) received a pacemaker. Non-syndromic AVSD (p=0.008, HR=15.82; 95% CI=2.04-122.47), pAVSD (p=0.017, HR=6.26; 95% CI=1.39-28.28) and re-operation (p=0.007, HR=4.911; 95% CI=1.54-15.64) were independent risk factors for postoperative pacemaker implantation. Late life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and SCD occurred in 0.5% and 1.7% respectively. There is good long-term survival after AVSD correction and incidence of SCD is low. Non-syndromic AVSD and cAVSD are independent risk factors for early post-operative SVTs. Non-syndromic AVSD patients have significant more early 3rd degree AVB and late post-operative SVTs. Non-syndromic patients with partial AVSD who have undergone reoperation have a significant higher risk of pacemaker implantation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Long-term follow-up of DDD and VDD pacing: a prospective non-randomized single-centre comparison of patients with symptomatic atrioventricular block.

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    Marchandise, Sébastien; Scavée, Christophe; le Polain de Waroux, Jean-Benoit; de Meester, Christophe; Vanoverschelde, Jean-Louis; Debbas, Nadia

    2012-04-01

    This prospective non-randomized single-centre registry compared clinical outcome, pacing parameters, and long-term survival in patients receiving VDD or DDD pacemaker (PMs) for symptomatic atrioventricular (AV) block. Single-lead VDD (n= 166) and DDD (n= 254) PMs were implanted in 420 successive patients with isolated AV block between January 2001 and December 2009. At the end of the follow-up period [median 25 (1-141) months], there was no difference in the incidence of atrial fibrillation [11.2% in the VDD group; 11.4% in the DDD group (P= 0.95)], myocardial infarction [31.1% in the VDD group; 25.2% in the DDD group (P= 0.20)], or dilated cardiomyopathy [9.9% in the VDD group; 8.9% in the DDD group (P= 0.74)]. At last follow-up, 65.9% of the VDD PMs and 89.3% of the DDD PMs were still programmed in their original mode with good atrial sensing. Due to permanent atrial fibrillation, 7.9% patients out of the VDD group had been switched to VVIR mode and 8.7% patients out of the DDD group to VVIR or DDIR mode. The P-wave amplitude was poor (sensed P-wave DDD PM (PDDD patients had been switched to VVIR pacing mode due to P-wave undersensing and AV dissociation (P= 0.003). Symptomatic atrial undersensing requiring upgrading was similar in both groups. The overall survival, adjusted for age, was not significantly different in the VDD and the DDD group (log rank: 0.26). Moreover, Cox survival analysis excluded the pacing mode as a significant predictor of mortality [hazard ratio (HR) = 0.79, confidence interval (CI) (0.46-1.35), P= 0.39]. Comparing VDD and DDD pacing, a significantly larger number of VDD-paced patients developed poor atrial signal detection without clinical impact. However, atrial under sensing did not influence the incidence of atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy, or mortality.

  20. Incidence and predictors of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation in patients older than 70 years with complete atrioventricular block and dual chamber pacemaker implantation.

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    Radeljic, Vjekoslav

    2012-01-31

    AIM: To evaluate predictors of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation in patients older than 70 years with complete atrioventricular (AV) block, normal left ventricular systolic function, and implanted dual chamber (DDD) pacemaker. METHODS: Hundred and eighty six patients with complete AV block were admitted over one year to the Sisters of Mercy University Hospital. The study recruited patients older than 70 years, with no history of atrial fibrillation, heart failure, or reduced left ventricular systolic function. All the patients were implanted with the same pacemaker. Out of 103 patients who were eligible for the study, 81 (78%) were evaluated. Among those 81 (78%) were evaluated. Eighty one (78%) patients were evaluated. Follow-up time ranged from 12 to 33 months (average +\\/-standard deviation 23 +\\/- 5 months). Primary end-point was asymptomatic atrial fibrillation occurrence recorded by the pacemaker. Atrial fibrillation occurrence was defined as atrial high rate episodes (AHRE) lasting >5 minutes. Binary logistic regression was used to identify the predictors of development of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation. Results. The 81 patients were stratified into two groups depending on the presence of AHRE lasting >5 minutes (group 1 had AHRE>5 minutes and group 2 AHRE<5 minutes). AHRE lasting >5 minutes were detected in 49 (60%) patients after 3 months and in 53 (65%) patients after 18 moths. After 3 months, only hypertension (odds ratio [OR], 17.63; P = 0.020) was identified as a predictor of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation. After 18 months, hypertension (OR, 14.0; P = 0.036), P wave duration >100 ms in 12 lead ECG (OR, 16.5; P = 0.001), and intracardial atrial electrogram signal amplitude >4 mV (OR, 4.27; P = 0.045) were identified as predictors of atrial fibrillation. CONCLUSION: In our study population, hypertension was the most robust and constant predictor of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation after 3 months, while P wave duration >100 ms in 12-lead ECG and