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  1. Fluoroscopically Guided Balloon Dilation for Postintubation Tracheal Stenosis

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    Lee, Woong Hee; Kim, Jin Hyoung, E-mail: m1fenew@daum.net; Park, Jung-Hun [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    Purpose: Little was known about the safety and long-term efficacy of fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation for postintubation tracheal stenosis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and long-term efficacy of fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation in patients with postintubation tracheal stenosis. Methods: From February 2000 to November 2010, 14 patients underwent fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation for postintubation tracheal stenosis. Technical success, clinical success, and complications were evaluated. Patients were followed up for recurrent symptoms. Results: In all patients, fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation was technically and clinically successful with no major complications. Following the initial procedure, six patients (43 %) remained asymptomatic during a follow-up period. Obstructive symptoms recurred in eight patients (57 %) within 6 months (mean, 1.7 months), who were treated with repeat balloon dilation (n = 4) and other therapies. Of the four patients who underwent repeat balloon dilation, three became asymptomatic. One patient became asymptomatic after a third balloon dilation. On long-term (mean, 74 months) follow-up, 71 % of patients experienced relief of symptoms following fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation. Conclusions: Fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation may be safe, is easy to perform, and resulted in effective treatment in patients with postintubation tracheal stenosis.

  2. Balloon-dilatation of esophageal strictures in children

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    Johnsen, A.; Ingemann Jensen, L.; Mauritzen, K.

    1986-07-01

    Dilatation of benign esophageal strictures by means of a balloon-catheter is a well-established procedure in adults. This method is also useful in children. The technique is described and the results of treatment in 10 children are reported. In all our patients the stricture developed after an operation for esophageal atresia with an end-to-end anastomosis. Dilatation with a balloon-catheter seems to have the same or an even better effect than the traditional dilatation with bougies. Complications following balloon-dilatations have been few and negligible in this series and dilatations can be performed using sedation instead of general anaesthesia. Therefore, this method is recommended.

  3. Restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis

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    Ying-Sheng Cheng; Ming-Hua Li; Ren-Jie Yang; Hui-Zhen Zhang; Zai-Xian Ding; Qi-Xin Zhuang; Zhi-Ming Jiang; Ke-Zhong Shang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To elucidate the mechanism of restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.METHODS: A total of 49 rats with esophageal stenosis were induced in 70 rats using 5 ml of 50 % sodium hydroxide solution and the double-balloon method, and an esophageal restenosis (RS) model was developed by esophageal stenosis using dilation of a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheter. These 49 rats were divided into two groups: rats with benign esophageal stricture caused by chemical burn only (control group, n=21) and rats with their esophageal stricture treated with balloon catheter dilation (experimental group, n=28). Imaging analysis and immunohistochemistry were used for both quantitative and qualitative analyses of esophageal stenosis and RS formation in the rats, respectively.RESULTS: Cross-sectional areas and perimeters of the esophageal mucosa layer, muscle layer, and the entire esophageal layers increased significantly in the experimental group compared with the control group. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) was expressed on the 5th day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month. Fibronectin (FN)was expressed on the 1st day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month.CONCLUSION: Expression of PCNA and FN plays an important role in RS after balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.

  4. Balloon dilatation of the esophageal stricture in infants and children

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    Choo, Sung Wook; Kim, In One; Kim, Woo Sun; Yeon, Kyung Mo; Kim, Woo Ki; Park, Kwi Won; Han, Man Chung [Seoul Natioal University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Gi Jae [Inje University Paik Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yu, Pil Mun [Dankuk University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1992-09-15

    Balloon dilatation has been applied in treating of various pathologic narrowing of the hollow viscus. It is now accepted as a very effective modality especially in treating esophageal stenosis obviating surgical procedure. We performed 128 balloon dilatations in 29 patients with the number of dilatations in each patient ranging from once to 12 times. The age distribution of the patients was from 3 weeks to 6 years, with the median age of 3 months. Twenty nine patients consisted of 25 postoperative esophageal strictures (21 esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula, 1 congenital esophageal stenosis, 2 tracheobronchial remnant, and 1 congenital esophageal stenosis with esophageal atresia), 2 achalasia, 1 congenital esophageal stenosis, and 1 corrosive esophagitis. We had successful dilatation in 22 patients, who showed subsequent relief of symptoms and improvement in the diameter of stenotic segment. In 14 patients, esophageal perforation occurred during the procedure, one requiring emergency thoracotomy and the other three conservative management. Seven patients had no improvement in stenotic sites after several balloon dilatations. Failed cases were congenital stenosis, achalasia, corrosive esophagitis and four postoperative strictures. We believe that balloon dilatation is the procedure of choice in the treatment of postoperative esophageal stricture in infants and children and is a safe method as the perforation which can complicate the procedure could be managed conservatively.

  5. Intragastric balloon for morbid obesity causing chronic gastric dilatation

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    We describe the radiographic findings observed in a morbidly obese and diabetic patient with an intragastric air-filled balloon introduced as a therapeutic measure to reduce food intake. The balloon was associated with chronic gastric dilatation and had to be removed 3 months after insertion. However, together with diet and behavioural therapy, it proved effective in reducing body weight and ameliorating glycaemic control. Although rarely used, intragastric balloons for the treatment of morbid obesity are still encountered in radiological practice. Radiologists must be able to recognize them and to understand their complications. (orig.)

  6. Intragastric balloon for morbid obesity causing chronic gastric dilatation

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    Pretolesi, F.; Derchi, L.E. [Dept. of Radiology, University of Genoa (Italy); Redaelli, G.; Papagni, L. [IRCCS, Ist. Auxologico Italiano, Milan (Italy)

    2001-04-01

    We describe the radiographic findings observed in a morbidly obese and diabetic patient with an intragastric air-filled balloon introduced as a therapeutic measure to reduce food intake. The balloon was associated with chronic gastric dilatation and had to be removed 3 months after insertion. However, together with diet and behavioural therapy, it proved effective in reducing body weight and ameliorating glycaemic control. Although rarely used, intragastric balloons for the treatment of morbid obesity are still encountered in radiological practice. Radiologists must be able to recognize them and to understand their complications. (orig.)

  7. Treatment of urethral strictures with balloon dilation: A forgotten tale

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    Konstantinos Stamatiou

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Urethral stricture is a common condition that can lead to serious complications such as urinary infections and renal insufficiency secondary to urinary retention. Treatment options include catheterization and dilation, urethroplasty and endoscopic internal urethrotomy as well. Although treatment option depends on the type, length and aetiology of stricture, the choice can be influenced to varying degrees by the simplicity of the method, the preferences of the patient the available accoutrements and the patient health condition. Both urethroplasty and endoscopic internal urethrotomy require anaesthesia and thus are not suitable for many elder and unfit for surgical treatment patients. On the other hand, dilations are easy to perform in every day clinical practice however they have been associated with iatrogenic urethral trauma. In contrast, balloon dilation under vision dilates by radial application of forces against the stricture, avoiding the potentially shearing forces associated with sequential rigid dilation. Since it reduces the possibility of an iatrogenic urethral trauma and the subsequent spongiofibrosis may lead into improved therapeutic outcomes. In this report we describe a technique for the treatment of urethral strictures with balloon dilation in elder and unfit for surgical treatment patients.

  8. Balloon dilation versus Amplatz dilation during ultrasound-guided percutaneous nephrolithotomy for staghorn stones

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    Ren Minghua; Zhang Cheng; Fu Weijun; Fu Yiming; Ma Li; Zhao Weiming; Xu Wanhai

    2014-01-01

    Background Amplatz dilation and balloon dilation are different methods in creating the accesses during percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL).The aim of this study was to review the surgical experiences of managing staghorn calculi by Amplatz dilation and balloon dilation for 3 years.Methods We retrospectively analyzed clinical data from 125 patients (129 kidneys)with staghorn kidney stones who underwent PCNL from January 2010 to December 2012,of whom 60 patients underwent Amplatz dilation (AD group) and 65 underwent balloon dilation (BD group) during PCNL.Results The AD and BD groups were similar in age,male-female ratio,stone burden,stone type,hydronephrosis,and proportion of patients who had undergone extracorporeal lithotripsy.However,these two groups showed significant differences in terms of duration of percutaneous access (15.1±3.6) minutes vs.(10.0±3.3) minutes,one-attempt success rate of dilation via a single access 88.9% (72/81) vs.97.8% (91/93),hemoglobin drop after surgery (3.5±0.9) g/dl vs.(1.7±0.9) g/dl,number of cases requiring intraoperative and postoperative blood transfusion 27.9% (n=17) vs.13.2% (n=9),changes of central venous pressure before and after surgery (2.3±1.2) cmH2O vs.(1.2±0.7) cmH2O,number of patients who experienced postoperative fever >37.5℃ 21 (34.4%) vs.13 (19.1%) (all P <0.05).No injury of adjacent organs,including pleura,liver,spleen,or bowel,was noted in patients.Conclusions During ultrasound-guided PCNL for staghorn stones,balloon dilation and Amplatz dilation are all effective and safe.Compared with Amplatz dilation,balloon dilation is a better choice,as it has a higher access creation success rate,shorter access creation time less blood loss,and lower proportions of circulatory overload and postoperative fever.

  9. Membranous duodenal stenosis: Initial experience with balloon dilatation in four children

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    Introduction: We present a novel approach to the treatment of membranous duodenal stenosis (MDS). To our knowledge this is the first paper to describe balloon dilatation for this entity. Material and methods: Four children, 2 boys and 2 girls, aged between 8 and 28 days, underwent duodenal balloon dilatation. Balloon dilatation was performed under general anaesthesia using standard angiography balloons per os. Balloon diameters ranged from 6 to 14 mm. Results: All balloon dilatations were successful. None of the procedures showed procedural or post-procedural complications. None of the patients subsequently required surgical intervention. To date all children are doing well. Discussion: The initial experience with balloon dilation of MDS showed a 100% success rate, without procedural or post-procedural complications. The results obtained in this small group of patients suggest that the use of balloon dilatation in cases of MDS may be a safe technique that can be readily performed by an experienced interventional radiologist

  10. [Expansion dilatation balloons for cervical ripening in obstetric practice].

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    Ducarme, G; Grange, J; Vital, M

    2016-02-01

    During recent decades, mechanical devices have been substituted by pharmacological methods. Their place in the therapeutic arsenal remains important with a renewed obstetrical interest for these devices. Due to a lack of data they are still not recommended as first-line. This review thus attempted to examine the use of expansion dilatation balloons (Foley catheter and double-balloons) to analyze their effectiveness in case of native uterus and previous cesarean section. Twenty-seven clinical trials had compared balloons catheter and prostaglandins in patients without a history of uterine scar. The risk of cesarean section did not differ. Mechanical methods seemed to be more effective in achieving delivery within 24hours, with fewer episodes of excessive uterine contractions, but they necessitated more oxytocin during labor. Ten clinical trials analyzed dilatation balloons in patients with previous cesarean section. More than 70% women had favorable cervical ripening (Bishop score>6), and vaginal delivery was reported between 35 and 70% of patients. The risk of uterine rupture was low between 0.64 and 0.72%, with neither increased risk of severe neonatal and maternal morbidity nor increased risk of infectious morbidity. Mechanical methods are effective and safe for third trimester cervical ripening, mainly in women with previous cesarean section. Potential advantages may include wide availability and reduction of some of the side effects. PMID:26774842

  11. Balloon dilatation of post-surgical ano-rectal strictures in two infants

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    Wilder, W.M.; Melhem, R.E.

    1989-08-01

    Balloon dilatation of ano-rectal strictures offers an alternative to surgical repair of such lesions. This procedure has been described in higher colonic strictures secondary to necrotizing enterocolitis in infants but not in post-surgical ano-rectal strictures. Two cases of successful balloon dilatation are reported. Anal sphincter injury resulting in fecal incontinence, as previously reported, did not occur. (orig.).

  12. Clinical study of percutaneous transhepatic balloon dilation: a novel procedure for common bileduct stone

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    李玉亮

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous transhepatic balloon dilation for the removal of common bile duct stone.Methods Sixty-eight cases with common bile duct stone treated with percutaneous transhepatic balloon dilation in our department from July2008 to April 20l1 were analyzed retrospectively.Record CA19-9,total bilirubin,

  13. Balloon catheter dilatation of esophageal strictures in children and an infant

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    Yeon, Kyung Mo; Choe, Yeon Hyeon; Kim, In One [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1986-10-15

    Severe postoperative strictures in two children and an infant and mild postoperative stricture in a child were treated with balloon catheter. A child with post-fundoplication stricture showed symptomatic improvement. Anastomotic strictures after esophageal atresia repair in an infant and a child were successfully dilated with improved luminal diameter and symptoms. In a child with mild postoperative stricture, balloon dilatation was performed to prevent stricture of the anastomotic site. Radiological esophageal dilatation using balloon catheters is a safe effective method for dilating symptomatic esophageal strictures which obviates surgery and allows subsequent standard bougienage.

  14. Per anal balloon dilatation of a post-necrotizing enterocolitis stricture of the sigmoid colon

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    Renfrew, D.L.; Smith, W.L.; Pringle, K.C.

    1986-05-01

    Per anal balloon dilatation of a sigmoid colon stricture caused by necrotizing enterocolitis allowed identification of a more proximal lesion which would otherwise have gone radiographically undetected. Repeated dilatations at two weeks and four weeks following the initial dilatation of the stricture resulted in relief of the stricture and obviated the need for surgical treatment of this lesion.

  15. Long-Term Outcomes of Balloon Dilation for Acquired Subglottic Stenosis in Children

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    Aliye Filiz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. Balloon dilation laryngoplasty has been suggested as an alternative treatment to open surgical treatment of acquired subglottic stenosis in children. We describe long-term outcomes of balloon dilation for acquired subglottic stenosis in children. Methods. The medical charts of children who had balloon dilation for subglottic stenosis secondary to intubation were reviewed. Data included demographics, relevant history and physical examination, diagnostic workup, and management. Outcomes of balloon dilation were assessed based on improvement in preoperative symptoms, grading of stenosis, complications, and need for additional procedures. Results. Three children (2 male, 1 female, age range: 14 weeks–1 year underwent balloon dilation for acquired subglottic stenosis. Patients presented with stridor and increased work of breathing. Duration of intubation ranged from 2 days to 3 weeks. Patients became symptomatic 5 days to 6 weeks after extubation. Grade of subglottic stenosis was II in 2 patients and III in one. Subglottic stenosis patients had 2-3 dilations within 2–10 weeks. All patients were asymptomatic during 14–21-month follow-up. Conclusions. Serial balloon dilation was safe and successful method to manage acquired subglottic stenosis in this group of children. No recurrence was noted in a follow-up more than a year after resolution of symptoms.

  16. Long-term outcomes of balloon dilation for acquired subglottic stenosis in children.

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    Filiz, Aliye; Ulualp, Seckin O

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. Balloon dilation laryngoplasty has been suggested as an alternative treatment to open surgical treatment of acquired subglottic stenosis in children. We describe long-term outcomes of balloon dilation for acquired subglottic stenosis in children. Methods. The medical charts of children who had balloon dilation for subglottic stenosis secondary to intubation were reviewed. Data included demographics, relevant history and physical examination, diagnostic workup, and management. Outcomes of balloon dilation were assessed based on improvement in preoperative symptoms, grading of stenosis, complications, and need for additional procedures. Results. Three children (2 male, 1 female, age range: 14 weeks-1 year) underwent balloon dilation for acquired subglottic stenosis. Patients presented with stridor and increased work of breathing. Duration of intubation ranged from 2 days to 3 weeks. Patients became symptomatic 5 days to 6 weeks after extubation. Grade of subglottic stenosis was II in 2 patients and III in one. Subglottic stenosis patients had 2-3 dilations within 2-10 weeks. All patients were asymptomatic during 14-21-month follow-up. Conclusions. Serial balloon dilation was safe and successful method to manage acquired subglottic stenosis in this group of children. No recurrence was noted in a follow-up more than a year after resolution of symptoms.

  17. Balloon Dilatation of Pediatric Subglottic Laryngeal Stenosis during the Artificial Apneic Pause: Experience in 5 Children

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    J. Lisý

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Balloon dilatation is a method of choice for treatment of laryngeal stenosis in children. The aim of procedure in apneic pause is to avoid new insertion of tracheostomy cannula. Patients and Methods. The authors performed balloon dilatation of subglottic laryngeal strictures (SGS in 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys without tracheotomy. Two of them with traumatic and inflammatory SGS had a tracheal cannula removed in the past. The other 3 children with postintubation SGS had never had a tracheostomy before. The need for tracheostomy due to worsening stridor was imminent for all of them. Results. The total of seven laryngeal dilatations by balloon esophagoplasty catheter in apneic pause was performed in the 5 children. The procedure averted the need for tracheostomy placement in 4 of them (80%. Failure of dilatation in girl with traumatic stenosis and concomitant severe obstructive lung disease led to repeated tracheostomy. Conclusion. Balloon dilatation of laryngeal stricture could be done in the absence of tracheostomy in apneic pause. Dilatation averted threatening tracheostomy in all except one case. Early complication after the procedure seems to be a negative prognostic factor for the outcome of balloon dilatation.

  18. Evaluation of interventional angioplasty by using thrombolysis and balloon dilatation in treating pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To evaluate the interventional angioplasty by using thrombolysis and balloon dilatation in the treatment of pulmonary embolism. Methods: Eight patients with pulmonary embolism were treated with interventional management including fragmentation of the thrombus, thrombolysis with urokinase flush infusion, balloon dilatation and continuing low-dose infusion for 24 hours. Anticoagulation with heparin was given simultaneously. Results: The pulmonary artery was completely recanalized in three patients, and partially recanalized in five patients. The blood oxygen saturation reached 100% in 3 cases and was over 93% in 5 cases. Conclusion: Interventional angioplasty by means of thrombolysis or balloon dilatation is an effective therapy for pulmonary embolism in reopening the embolized pulmonary artery, bringing the pulmonary hemodynamics to normal condition and correcting the hypoxemia. (authors)

  19. Is endoscopic papillary balloon dilatation really a risk factor for post-ERCP pancreatitis?

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    Fujisawa, Toshio; Kagawa, Koichi; Hisatomi, Kantaro; Kubota, Kensuke; Nakajima, Atsushi; Matsuhashi, Nobuyuki

    2016-01-01

    Endoscopic papillary balloon dilatation (EPBD) is useful for decreasing early complications of endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP), including bleeding, biliary infection, and perforation, but it is generally avoided in Western countries because of a relatively high reported incidence of post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP). However, as the efficacy of endoscopic papillary large-balloon dilatation (EPLBD) becomes widely recognized, EPBD is attracting attention. Here we investigate whether EPBD is truly a risk factor for PEP, and seek safer and more effective EPBD procedures by reviewing past studies. We reviewed thirteen randomised control trials comparing EPBD and endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) and ten studies comparing direct EPLBD and EST. Three randomized controlled trials of EPBD showed significantly higher incidence of PEP than EST, but no study of EPLBD did. Careful analysis of these studies suggested that longer and higher-pressure inflation of balloons might decrease PEP incidence. The paradoxical result that EPBD with small-calibre balloons increases PEP incidence while EPLBD does not may be due to insufficient papillary dilatation in the former. Insufficient dilatation could cause the high incidence of PEP through the use of mechanical lithotripsy and stress on the papilla at the time of stone removal. Sufficient dilation of the papilla may be useful in preventing PEP.

  20. Treatment of hepatic venous stenosis by transfemoral venous balloon dilation following living donor liver transplantation: a case report

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    Weiwei Jiang; Yangsui Liu; Lianbao Kong

    2009-01-01

    Hepatic venous stenosis may be a cause of graft failure in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Balloon dilation and metallic frame approaches have been used successfully to treat hepatic venous stenosis. Here, we report the effect of transfemoral venous balloon dilation for treating a child with hepatic venous stenosis after LDLT.

  1. Balloon catheter dilation technology combined with a fibrolaryngoscope to treat a maxillary sinus cyst.

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    Xiao, Jianxin; Chen, Junming; Wang, Yuejian

    2016-02-01

    A prospective randomized controlled study was conducted to investigate the effect of balloon catheter dilation technology combined with a fibrolaryngoscope in the treatment of a maxillary sinus cyst. The clinical data of 14 cases (19 maxillary sinuses) with balloon catheter dilation technology combined with a fibrolaryngoscope to remove sinus cysts (balloon group) and 16 cases (23 maxillary sinuses) with conventional nasal endoscopic sinus surgery to remove sinus cysts (conventional group) were analyzed. All cases have completed the preoperative and postoperative SNOT-20, nasal endoscopy and coronal sinus CT scan. Lund-Kennedy endoscopic and Lund-Mackay CT scan staging scores were recorded. All patients were followed up for 24 weeks after the operation. The SNOT-20 scores, Lund-Kennedy endoscopic and Lund-Mackay CT scan staging scores were lower in the balloon group than that in the control group. Balloon catheter dilation technology combined with a fibrolaryngoscope can effectively preserve the function and structures of the nasal cavity and sinus, making it a good choice in the treatment of a retention cyst of the maxillary sinus.

  2. Ureteropelvic junction obstruction and ureteral strictures treated by simple high-pressure balloon dilation

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    Osther, P J; Geertsen, U; Nielsen, H V

    1998-01-01

    congenital UPJO, previous stones, sequelae of endoscopic and open surgery, radiotherapy, and urinary tract reconstruction. A retrograde ureteroscopic approach was used. Evaluation included clinical and radiographic examinations and renal scintigraphy with diuretic wash-out. The procedure was repeated in 21...... in strictures secondary to reconstructive and ureteroscopic surgery, with a success rate of 91%. In congenital UPJO, the results were less encouraging: in patients with a symptom debut after the age of 18 years, balloon dilation was successful in 57% of cases; in patients with symptom debut before...... the age of 18 years, success was achieved in only 25% of cases. There were no major complications. It was concluded that simple high-pressure balloon dilation is a safe and reasonably effective technique for the management of most ureteral strictures and congenital UPJO with symptom debut in adult...

  3. Balloon catheter dilatation for mitral stenosis and severe pulmonary hypertension

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    Objective: To determine the safety and efficacy of percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (PBMV) for patients with mitral stenosis and severe pulmonary hypertension, and to assess the changes in pulmonary systolic pressure during follow-up. Methods: Forty-two patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis and severe pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary systolic pressure > 75 mmHg) underwent PBMV using standard Inoue technique, and the changes in clinical functional status and echo Doppler pulmonary systolic pressure during follow-up were assessed. Results: PBMV was successful in 39 patients. Immediately after the procedure, mitral valve area increased from (0.83 +- 0.12) cm2 to (1.75 +- 0.11) cm2, pulmonary systolic pressure decreased from (85 +- 7) mmHg to (61 +- 13) mmHg (all P < 0.001). Severe mitral regurgitation occurred in 3 patients, one of whom underwent mitral valve replacement. During follow-up (average 6 months), in 39 patients with successful PBMV, the clinical functional status was improved and pulmonary systolic pressure was further decreased despite unchanged mitral valve area. Conclusions: PBMV was safe and effective for patients with mitral stenosis and severe pulmonary hypertension. Clinical functional status was improved and pulmonary systolic pressure was continuously decreased during the short-term follow-up

  4. Completely obstructed colorectal anastomosis: A new non-electrosurgical endoscopic approach before balloon dilatation

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    Gabriele; Curcio; Marco; Spada; Fabrizio; di; Francesco; Ilaria; Tarantino; Luca; Barresi; Gaetano; Burgio; Mario; Traina

    2010-01-01

    Benign stricture is a relatively common complication of colorectal anastomosis after low anterior resection. On occasion, the anastomosis may close completely. A variety of endoscopic techniques have been described, but there is a lack of data from controlled prospective trials as to the optimal approach. Through-the-scope balloon dilatation is well known and easy to perform. Some case reports describe different endoscopic approaches, including endoscopic electrocision with a papillotomy knife or hook knife...

  5. The Accordion Sign in the Transplant Ureter: Ramifications During Balloon Dilation of Strictures

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    Kriegshauser, J. Scott, E-mail: skriegshauser@mayo.edu; Naidu, Sailen G. [Mayo Clinic Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States); Chang, Yu-Hui H. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Biostatistics (United States); Huettl, Eric A. [Mayo Clinic Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States)

    2015-04-15

    PurposeThis study was designed to demonstrate the accordion sign within the transplant ureter and evaluate its ramifications during balloon dilation of strictures.MethodsA retrospective electronic chart and imaging review included demographic characteristics, procedure reports, and complications of 28 renal transplant patients having ureteral strictures treated with percutaneous balloon dilation reported in our transplant nephrology database during an 8-year period. The accordion sign was deemed present or absent on the basis of an imaging review and was defined as present when a tortuous ureter became kinked and irregular when foreshortened after placement of a wire or a catheter. Procedure-related urine leaks were categorized as occurring at the stricture if within 2 cm; otherwise, they were considered away from the stricture.ResultsThe accordion sign was associated with a significantly greater occurrence of leaks away from the stricture (P = 0.001) but not at the stricture (P = 0.34).ConclusionsThe accordion sign is an important consideration when performing balloon dilation procedures on transplant ureteral strictures, given the increased risk of leak away from the stricture. Its presence should prompt additional care during wire and catheter manipulations.

  6. Balloon dilatation and thrombus extraction for the treatment of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis

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    Shao-Feng Shui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of balloon dilatation and thrombus extraction for the treatment of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST. Materials and Methods: Twenty-six cases of digital subtraction angiography-confirmed CVST were treated with balloon dilatation and thrombus extraction. Active treatment of primary disease was carried out after cerebral venous sinus recanalization, and the subsequent anticoagulant therapy lasted for 6 months. Results: Recanalization of the cerebral venous sinus was achieved in all 26 patients, and no endovascular treatment-related complications occurred during or after the procedure. At discharge, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS of the patients had improved from an average of 12.3 points to 15 points, and clinical symptoms were improved in 100% of the patients. Follow-up times ranged from 12-62 months (mean follow-up time of 42.3 months and no thrombus re-formation or new neurological deficits occurred during that time. Conclusion: Based on our small study population, balloon dilatation and thrombus extraction appears to be a safe and effective treatment for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. However, further research is needed to confirm this.

  7. Percutaneous balloon dilatation of stenotic calyceal diverticular infundibula in patients with recurrent urinary tract infections.

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    Keeling, Aoife N

    2012-02-01

    AIM: Renal calyceal diverticula are usually detected as incidental findings on intravenous pyelograms (IVPs) and rarely manifest any clinical signs or symptoms. However, they can interfere with patient\\'s quality of life in a number of instances causing pain, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), abscess, systemic sepsis and calculus formation. The purpose of this study was to review the clinical indications, procedure technique and clinical outcome in all patients referred to Interventional Radiology for the percutaneous management of renal calyceal diverticula. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients treated with percutaneous balloon dilatation of calyceal diverticular infundibula in the Interventional Radiology Department over a 10-year period was performed. Data collected included clinical details, laboratory indices, IVP and CT findings, procedure details and clinical outcome. RESULTS: A total of three patients were treated over the course of the study period. All patients were young females who presented as a result of recurrent urinary tract infections. The calyceal diverticula were diagnosed incidentally on routine IVPs, with CT eloquently confirming the plain film findings in two cases. Technical procedure success was achieved in all cases, avoiding surgical intervention. Clinical follow-up revealed no further UTIs following dilatation. CONCLUSION: Fluoroscopic guided percutaneous balloon dilatation of renal calyceal diverticular infundibula following direct diverticular puncture is a safe and well tolerated method to reduce UTI and potentially avoid future stone formation.

  8. Percutaneous balloon dilatation of stenotic calyceal diverticular infundibula in patients with recurrent urinary tract infections

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    Keeling, Aoife N. [Department of Academic Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Wang, Tim T. [Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Surgical Epidemiology and Quality Unit, Imperial College London, St. Mary' s Hospital, London W2 1NY (United Kingdom); Lee, Michael J., E-mail: mlee@rcsi.ie [Department of Academic Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 (Ireland)

    2011-02-15

    Aim: Renal calyceal diverticula are usually detected as incidental findings on intravenous pyelograms (IVPs) and rarely manifest any clinical signs or symptoms. However, they can interfere with patient's quality of life in a number of instances causing pain, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), abscess, systemic sepsis and calculus formation. The purpose of this study was to review the clinical indications, procedure technique and clinical outcome in all patients referred to Interventional Radiology for the percutaneous management of renal calyceal diverticula. Materials and methods: A retrospective review of all patients treated with percutaneous balloon dilatation of calyceal diverticular infundibula in the Interventional Radiology Department over a 10-year period was performed. Data collected included clinical details, laboratory indices, IVP and CT findings, procedure details and clinical outcome. Results: A total of three patients were treated over the course of the study period. All patients were young females who presented as a result of recurrent urinary tract infections. The calyceal diverticula were diagnosed incidentally on routine IVPs, with CT eloquently confirming the plain film findings in two cases. Technical procedure success was achieved in all cases, avoiding surgical intervention. Clinical follow-up revealed no further UTIs following dilatation. Conclusion: Fluoroscopic guided percutaneous balloon dilatation of renal calyceal diverticular infundibula following direct diverticular puncture is a safe and well tolerated method to reduce UTI and potentially avoid future stone formation.

  9. Treatment of post-operative and peptic esophageal strictures after esophageal atresia repair: A program including dilatation with balloon catheters

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    Hoffer, F.A.; Fellows, K.E.; Winter, H.S.; Folkman, J.

    1987-10-01

    Nine patients, 6 weeks to 17 years of age with esophageal atresia (EA), developed esophageal strictures and were treated with 26 balloon catheter dilatations over a period of 3 years; 6 are now asymptomatic. Five of the 9 patients had suspected reflux esophagitis, confirmed in 3 by biopsy and treated medically prior to dilatation. Seven of the 9 patients had a primary anastomosis, 1 a gastric tube, and 1 a colonic interposition. Most dilatations in the group of 7 were performed with balloon (B) greater than or equal to the diameter of the distal esophagus (E) (B/E greater than or equal to 1). The 3 residually symptomatic patients inlcude an infant dilated conservatively (B/E < 1) to facilitate later bougienage, 1 patient with a recurrent stricture after stopping medical therapy band home bougienage, and 1 infant who had a persistent anastomotic stricture, suspected by untreated reflux esophagitis, and a perforation during the second balloon dilatation. Balloon catheter esophageal dilatation, as an alternative to bougienage, is usually a safe and effective procedure when reflux esophagitis is diagnosed and treated prior to dilatation.

  10. Metallic stent placement in hemodialysis graft patients after insufficient balloon dilation

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    Liang, Huei-Lung; Pan, Huay-Ben; Lin, Yih-Huie; Chen, Chiung-Yu; Lai, Pin-Hong; Yang, Chien-Fang [Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung (China); Chung, Hsiao-Min; Wu, Tung-Ho; Chou, Kang-Ju [National Yangming University, Taipei (China)

    2006-06-15

    We wanted to report our experience of metallic stent placement after insufficient balloon dilation in graft hemodialysis patients. Twenty-three patients (13 loop grafts in the forearm and 10 straight grafts in the upper arm) underwent metallic stent placement due to insufficient flow after urokinase thrombolysis and balloon dilation. The indications for metallic stent deployment included 1) recoil and/or kinked venous stenosis in 21 patents (venous anastomosis: 17 patients, peripheral outflow vein: four patients); and 2) major vascular rupture in two patients. Metallic stents 8-10mm in diameter and 40-80 mm in length were used. Of them, eight stents were deployed across the elbow crease. Access patency was determined by clinical follow-up and the overall rates were calculated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. No procedure-related complications (stent fracture or central migration) were encountered except for a delayed Wallstent shortening/migration at the venous anastomosis, which resulted in early access failure. The overall primary and secondary patency rates ({+-}standard error) of all the vascular accesses in our 23 patients at 3, 6, 12 and 24 months were 69%{+-}9 and 88%{+-}6,41% {+-}10 and 88%{+-}6, 30%{+-}10 and 77%{+-}10, and 12%{+-}8 and 61%{+-}13, respectively. For the forearm and upper-arm grafts, the primary and secondary patency rates were 51%{+-}16 and 86%{+-}13 vs 45%{+-}15 and 73%{+-}13 at 6 months, and 25%{+-}15 and 71%{+-}17 vs 23%{+-}17 and 73%{+-}13 at 12 months ({rho} = .436 and .224), respectively. Metallic stent placement is a safe and effective means for treating peripheral venous lesions in dialysis graft patients after insufficient balloon dilation. No statistically difference in the patency rates between the forearm and upper-arm patient groups was seen.

  11. Conservative treatment of transmural perforation with mediastinal leakage after balloon dilation: a case report

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    Kwak, Hyo Sung; Han, Young Min; Chung, Gyung Ho [Chonbuk National University Medical School, Chonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-08-15

    A 43-years-old man was admitted complaining of swallowing difficulties. The esophagography revealed severe stenosis at the esophagogastric anastomotic site. Esophagography after balloon dilatation showed a transmural perforation with mediastinal leakage. The patient was treated conservatively for one week at which time the esophagography showed no further leakage at the anastomotic site and the good passage of barium. A 2-year follow-up chest computed tomography (CT) showed good patency of the esophageal lumen and the marked resorption of barium in the mediastinum.

  12. Balloon dilatation biopsy of the biliary stricture through the percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage tract: Feasibility and diagnostic accuracy

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    Hong, Ji Hoon; Ryeom, Hun Kyu; Jang, Yun Jin; Kim, Gab Chul; Cho, Seung Hyun; Song, Jung Hup [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    To evaluate the feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of the balloon dilatation biopsy for the biliary stricture through the percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) tract. The study included 35 patients who underwent balloon dilatation biopsy for the biliary stricture through the PTBD tract. Balloon dilatation was done with a balloon catheter of 10-mm or 12-mm diameter. Soft tissue adherent to the retrieved balloon catheter and soft tissue components separated by gauze filtration of evacuated bile were sampled for histopathologic examination. The results were compared with the final diagnosis which was made by clinical and imaging follow-up for mean 989 days (n = 34) and surgery with histopathologic examination (n = 1). Procedure-related complications and diagnostic accuracy were assessed. Tissues suitable for histopathologic examination were obtained in 31 out of 35 patients (88.6%). In 3 patients, self-limiting hemobilia was noted. No major complication was noted. The sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic accuracy, positive and negative predictive values for diagnosis of malignant stricture were 70.0%, 100%, 90.3%, 100%, and 87.5%, respectively. Balloon dilatation biopsy of the biliary stricture through the PTBD tract is a feasible and accurate diagnostic method. It can be a safe alternative to the endoscopic retrograde cholangiography biopsy or forceps biopsy through the PTBD tract.

  13. Voice prosthesis insertion after endoscopic balloon-catheter dilatation in case of a stenotic hypopharyngo-oesophageal junction.

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    Móricz, Péter; Gerlinger, Imre; Solt, Jeno; Somogyvári, Krisztina; Pytel, József

    2007-12-01

    Stenosis of the hypopharyngo-oesophageal junction can be a rare complication of laryngectomy and/or partial pharyngectomy and makes the insertion of voice prosthesis extremely difficult. This study describes the authors' experiences gained by endoscopic balloon-catheter dilatation of hypopharyngo-oesophageal stenoses prior to implantation of voice prostheses in four cases. In two patients a single balloon-catheter dilatation resulted in wide enough pharyngo-oesophageal lumen on the long run. The average prosthesis wearing-times were 6.8 months in case 1 and 4.6 months in case 2, corresponding to the published literature data. In case 3, repeated dilatation of the pharyngo-oesophageal transition had proved to be unsuccessful despite taking every effort with the endoscopic balloon-catheter method. Having excised the stenotic segment, reconstruction with pectoralis major myocutaneous flap (PMMF) was indicated. Eighteen months later, a repeated restenosis was observed and a free jejunal flap needed to be performed as a final solution. In case 4, the insertion was carried out into a previously dilated jejunal free flap, which became gradually ischemic and stenotic since the major head-and neck procedure was carried out that resulted in prosthesis rejection after just 1 week. The authors emphasize that correct indication of pedicled and free flaps in head and neck reconstruction is a prerequisite from the aspect of prevention of pharyngo-oesophageal strictures. Endoscopic balloon-catheter dilatation is a safe and established method for dilatating hypopharyngo-oesophageal stenoses of different origin. The procedure provides maximum patient benefit with minimal trauma and morbidity; moreover, facilitates insertion of voice prostheses. However, a single balloon-catheter dilatation cannot always result in wide enough oesophageal lumen on the long run (case 3). Insertion of a voice prosthesis into a previously dilated ischemic jejunal segment is challenging and avoidable due

  14. The balloon dilatation and large profile catheter maintenance method for the management of the bile duct stricture following liver transplantation

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    Choo, Sung Wook; Shin, Sung Wook; Do, Young Soo; Park, Kwang Bo; Sung, Yon Mi; Choo, In Wook [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Liu, Wei Chiang [Sungae General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-03-15

    We wanted to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of the percutaneous balloon dilatation and large profile catheter maintenance method for the management of patients with anastomotic biliary strictures following liver transplant. From May 1999 to June 2003, 12 patients with symptomatic benign biliary stricture complicated by liver transplantation were treated with the percutaneous balloon dilatation and large profile catheter maintenance method (1-6 months). The patients were eight males and four females, and their ages ranged from 20 to 62 years (mean age: 44 years). Ten patients underwent living donor liver transplantation and two underwent cadaveric liver transplantation. Postoperative biliary strictures occurred from two to 21 months (mean age: 18 months) after liver transplantation. The initial technical success rate was 92%. Patency of the bile duct was preserved for eight to 40 months (mean period: 19 months) in 10 of 12 (84%) patients. When reviewing two patients (17%), secondary balloon dilatations were needed for treating the delayed recurrence of biliary stricture. In one patients, no recurrent stenosis was seen during the further 10 months follow-up after secondary balloon dilatation. Another patient did not response to secondary balloon dilatation, and he was treated by surgery. Eleven of 12 patients (92%) showed good biliary patency for 8-40 months (mean period: 19 months) of follow-up. The percutaneous balloon dilatation and large profile catheter maintenance method is an effective therapeutic alterative for the treatment of most biliary strictures that complicate liver transplantation. It has a high success rate and it should be considered before surgery.

  15. Transhepatic Balloon Dilatation of Early Biliary Strictures in Pediatric Liver Transplantation: Successful Initial and Mid-Term Outcome

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    Purpose: To evaluate the initial and mid-term outcomes of transhepatic balloon dilatation for the treatment of early biliary strictures in lateral left-segment liver transplants in young children.Methods: Between April 1997 and May 2001, seven children aged 9 months to 6 years with nine benign strictures in left-segment liver grafts were treated percutaneously. Sessions of two or three dilations were performed three or four times at average intervals of 10-20 days. In each session, the biliary stenoses were gradually dilated using balloons of 3-7 mm. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 54 months (mean 27 months, median 12 months). Clinical success was defined as resolution of the stenosis, normalization of liver enzymes and lack of clinical symptoms. Results: Technical success was achieved in all nine strictures. Hemobilia occurred in one patient and was successfully treated. On follow-up, all patients had complete clinical recovery with normalization of liver function and imaging of patent bile ducts. Conclusion: Balloon dilatation is an effective and relatively safe method for the treatment of early biliary strictures in left-segment liver transplantation in young children. We recommend this approach as the initial treatment for early strictures. Metal stents or surgery should be reserved for patients with late appearance of strictures or failure of balloon dilatation

  16. Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (HLES: Prevalence,symptoms genesis and effect of pneumatic balloon dilatation

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    Gad El-Hak Nabil

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Summary and background data: The Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter (HLES is an unusual primary motor disorder of the esophagus. The significance of this motility disorder is still questionable. Objective: The objectives were: (a identification of the prevalence of HLES in these patients, (b identification of the common presenting symptoms of HLES, (c study of the correlation of the symptoms with LESP and (d study of the effectiveness of pneumatic balloon dilation in cases that fail to respond to medical treatment. Methods: A retrospective study that includes four thousand one hundred and seventy patients, who were subjected to esophageal manometry in the period from January 1994 to December 2003, among whom sixty-six patients with HLES (LESP> 40 mmHg were found. In addition to manometry, upper endoscopy was done to forty-nine patients, upper GI barium studies to thirtyeight patients and esophageal pH- metry to sixteen patients. Results: showed that most of our patients were females (45 females and 21 males, with a mean age of 36.6 ±±14 years. Patients with dysphagia (57.5% had the highest LESP (52.1 ±±21, mmHg while patients with chest pain (47% had the highest distal esophageal contraction amplitude (153.9 ±± 93.2 mmHg. Endoscopy showed varying degrees of esophagitis in 17 patients (34%. Barium studies showed corkscrew esophagus in seven patients (18.4% and dilated esophagus in nine patients (23.7%. LESP was highest in patients with dilated esophagus (57.5 ±± 33.4 mmHg. All our patients were subjected to medical treatment, of which twelve patients underwent pneumatic dilation with successfully reduced LESP and symptoms relief in 91% of patients. Conclusions: It was concluded that the prevalence of HLES is around 1.6, in which dysphagia and chest pain are the usual presenting symptom, and that pneumatic balloon dilatation is very effective when properly applied. It will probably occupy the same position it has in

  17. Simple balloon dilation for drug-eluting in-stent restenosis: An optical coherent tomography analysis

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    Arikawa, Ryo [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Yamaguchi, Hiroshi, E-mail: hyamaguchi@tsm.bbiq.jp [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Takaoka, Junichiro; Miyamura, Akihiro; Atsuchi, Nobuhiko; Ninomiya, Toshiko; Atsuchi, Yoshihiko [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Ohishi, Mitsuru [Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Hypertension, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Japan); Terashima, Mitsuyasu [Department of Cardiology, Toyohashi Heart Center, Toyohashi (Japan); Kaneda, Hideaki [Okinaka Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Tokyo (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    Background: Although drug-eluting stent (DES) has significantly reduced restenosis, the treatment of DES-in-stent restenosis (ISR) remains a challenge with high restenosis rate. Methods: We examined whether morphologic appearance of restenosis tissue by optical coherent tomography (OCT) had an impact on outcomes after balloon angioplasty for DES-ISR. The morphologic appearance of restenosis tissue was qualitatively assessed for tissue structures such as homogeneous, layered, and heterogeneous patterns. Results: Using OCT, 50 patients with DES-ISR were divided into 2 groups: 25 lesions with homogeneous or layered patterns (homo/layered group) and 25 lesions with heterogeneous patterns (hetero group). Acute gain was larger in the hetero group (1.33 ± 0.41 mm vs. 1.06 ± 0.32 mm in the homo/layered group, P = 0.03). On intravascular ultrasound analysis, post-procedural percent neointimal area was smaller in the hetero group (27.4 ± 9.2% vs. 34.0 ± 11.2% in the homo/layered group, P = 0.05). Angiographic follow-up was performed in 37 lesions (74%). Follow-up minimal lumen diameter was larger in the hetero group (1.75 ± 0.89 mm vs. 1.01 ± 0.81 mm in the homo/layered group, P = 0.04). Target lesion revascularization rates tended to be lower in the hetero group (20% vs. 43% in the homo/layered group, P = 0.12). Conclusions: Balloon angioplasty was more effective for DES-ISR with heterogeneous tissue appearance than DES-ISR with homogeneous/layered tissue appearance. OCT assessment of DES-ISR morphology may be a useful adjunct in determining clinical strategies. Simple balloon dilatation is a possible treatment strategy for DES-ISR lesions with a heterogeneous appearance on OCT images.

  18. The Effect of Balloon Dilation at the Vallecular Using Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study on Patient Who Has a Dysphagia

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    Kim, Yong Kyun; Kim, Min Tae; Kim, Seong Kyun

    2013-01-01

    Authors have previously experienced the effect of balloon dilation at the vallecular by utilizing the video-fluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) and the urethral catheter to physically stretch and spread in the direction of the posterior inferior towards the patients who have claimed for dysphagia symptoms due to epiglottic dysfunction. A 72-year-old male patient has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and have been treated with an ileocolostomy after the intubation. After the removal of trache...

  19. [Balloon dilatation of the cartilaginous portion of the Eustachian tube in the children presenting with relapsing exudative otitis media].

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    Burova, O V; Bogomil'sky, M R; Polunin, M M; Soldatsky, Yu L

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness and the safety of balloon dilatation of the cartilaginous portion of the Eustachian tube in the children presenting with relapsing exudative otitis media. A total of 15 children (22 ears) at the age from 3 to 16 years suffering from relapsing exudative otitis media over 18 months in duration were available for the examination. Neither conservative nor surgical treatment produced any stable beneficial effect in these patients. Acoustic impedancometry yielded type B tympanograms. All the children were treated with the use of balloon dilatation of the cartilaginous portion of the Eustachian tube under endotracheal anesthesia. The follow-up examination carried out within 6--8 weeks after the treatment revealed the complete recovery of the function of the middle ear (type A tympanograms) in 11 (73.3%) children. Partial restoration of this function (as evidenced by type C tympanogram) was documented in 4 children. These patients underwent the second course of conservative therapy that resulted in the complete restoration of the function of the middle ear. It is concluded that balloon dilatation of the cartilaginous portion of the Eustachian tube in the children presenting with relapsing exudative otitis media provides the efficient and safe approach to the management of this condition. Being a minimally invasive method, it has good prospects for the practical application and is worth further investigation.

  20. Lumen narrowing after percutaneous transluminal coronary balloon angioplasty follows a near gaussian distribution: a quantitative angiographic study in 1,445 successfully dilated lesions

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); J.G.P. Tijssen (Jan); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); J.W. Deckers (Jaap)

    1992-01-01

    textabstractTo determine whether significant angiographic narrowing and restenosis after successful coronary balloon angioplasty is a specific disease entity occurring in a subset of dilated lesions or whether it is the tail end of a gaussian distributed phenomenon, 1,445 successfully dilated lesion

  1. Endoscopic balloon dilatation of postsurgical intestinal strictures in Crohn's disease: case report and review of the literature.

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    Ljubicić, Neven; Bisćanin, Alen; Nikić, Ines; Budimir, Ivan; Nikolić, Marko; Pavić, Tajana

    2013-09-01

    Strictures are one of the most common complications of Crohn's disease. If symptomatic and resistant to medical anti-inflammatory therapy, and especially in cases of acute obstruction, surgical correction may be unavoidable. Although surgical treatment is dramatically effective in curing Crohn's disease strictures, a high rate of postsurgical restenosis has been recognized, ultimately requiring additional surgery. To avoid the risks and costs entailed by repeated surgical resection, endoscopic balloon dilatation (EBD) has been proposed as a conservative treatment option for intestinal strictures in Crohn's disease, in which the stricture is pneumatically dilated with through-the-scope balloons of different diameters. The main clinical indication for EBD is the appearance of obstructive symptoms associated with the stricture, especially if they are postoperative and shorter than 4 centimeters. Usually more than one dilatation session is required for every stricture. EBD is applied infrequently, possibly due to the perceived risk of perforation and early stricture recurrence, but studies have demonstrated that EBD has a high success rate, a low chance of complications, excellent symptomatic response, as well as good short-term and long-term outcomes, proving that it is a relatively simple and successful technique that provides long-term effective palliation of the symptoms with minimal risk in patients with simple strictures, and offers a reasonable alternative to surgery. PMID:24558771

  2. Successful balloon dilatation of both orifices in a case of double-orifice mitral valve with severe rheumatic stenosis.

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    Nath, Ranjit Kumar; Soni, Dheeraj Kumar

    2016-08-01

    A 24-year-old female patient presented to us with progressive dyspnea on exertion for last three year. She was not a known case of rheumatic heart disease. Her physical examination showed regular pulse and her blood pressure was 100/76 mm Hg. Cardiac palpation showed grade 3 parasternal heave and auscultation revelled an accentuated first heart sound, loud P2 and mid-diastolic long rumbling murmur at apex and pansystolic murmur of tricuspid regurgitation at lower left sterna border. Chest X-ray showed evidence of grade 3 pulmonary venous congestion. Transthoracic and transesophageal two-dimensional echocardiography revealed a double-orifice mitral valve of complete bridge type at the leaflet level. Both orifice sizes were unequal, with the anterolateral orifice being smaller than its counterpart. There was moderate subvalvular fusion and both commisures were fused. Color doppler examination showed two separate mitral diastolic flows with mean gradients of 22 mm and 20 mm of Hg, respectively. There was no mitral regurgitation and no left atrial or appendage clot was seen by transesophageal echocardiography. Transseptal puncture was done by the modified fluoroscopic method. Posteromedial orifice was crossed with a 24 mm Inoue balloon and dilated using the stepwise dilation technique. Anterolateral orifice was not crossed by Inuoe balloon after multiple attempts. A TYSHAK (NuMAD Canada Inc.) balloon (16 × 40mm) was taken over the wire and inflated successfully across the anterolateral orifice with the help of transthoracic echocardiography guidance. Mean gradient become 9 and 8 mm across the medial and lateral orifice. Patient was discharged in stable condition after two day. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26389694

  3. Balloon dilatation in children for oesophageal strictures other than those due to primary repair of oesophageal atresia, interposition or restrictive fundoplication

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    Fasulakis, Stephen [Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne (Australia); Andronikou, Savvas [Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne (Australia); Department of Paediatric Radiology, Red Cross Children' s Hospital, Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town (South Africa)

    2003-10-01

    Balloon dilatation of the oesophagus in children has been performed predominantly for treating strictures, which are the result of primary repair of oesophageal atresia, interposition surgery or restrictive Nissen's fundoplication. Reports of the use of this technique for alternative causes of stricture are few. To report our experience and success with balloon dilatation of strictures due to caustic ingestion, achalasia, oesophagitis, congenital stenosis, and epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and to make comparisons with our treatment of patients with primary repair of oesophageal atresia (OA), as well as with reports in the English language literature. Retrospective review of fluoroscopically guided balloon oesophageal dilatation procedures in 19 patients over a 5-year period, and comparison of those performed for OA repair complications with those due to other diseases. The average radiation dose, per procedure, was calculated by a medical physicist. Ten patients had strictures as a result of primary repair of OA. Three patients had stricture as a result of EB, two from achalasia, two from caustic injury, one due to an oesophageal web and one from reflux oesophagitis. Our results show that the technique can also be curative for the last group and that it may be used intermittently to alleviate symptoms in ongoing diseases. We have not experienced any complications and have also calculated that, even with prolonged use of multiple procedures, the radiation exposure is comparable to other radiological techniques. Patients with alternative causes for oesophageal stricture may be treated to resolution within 2 years using balloon dilatation. Ongoing diseases such as EB require ongoing dilatation, but balloon dilatation of strictures has been successful in alleviating swallowing difficulty. Patients with stricture from OA repair sometimes need ongoing dilatation. Radiation exposure for multiple procedures, over an extended period, is comparable to that from a single

  4. Palliative balloon dilation of pulmonic stenosis in a dog with tetralogy of Fallot.

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    Weder, C; Ames, M; Kellihan, H; Bright, J; Orton, C

    2016-09-01

    A 6-month-old Beagle with tetralogy of Fallot underwent balloon valvuloplasty of the pulmonary valve. Balloon valvuloplasty was successful and resulted in palliation of clinical signs and an improved quality of life for approximately 9 months. After 9 months, the dog became symptomatic and a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure was successfully performed. Based on this report, balloon valvuloplasty in dogs with tetralogy of Fallot appears to be a feasible technique that may result in improvement of clinical signs. In addition, it may allow for the delay of the more invasive surgical palliation and provide time for weight gain and development of the pulmonary vascular bed for greater ease of surgical shunt creation. PMID:27025569

  5. Effects of structural injure in the bile bacterial contamination after balloon transduodenal sphincteroplasty (papillary dilation in dogs

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate, in dogs, the biliary sphincter subjected to dilation by hydrostatic balloon by the point of view of structural alterations of the papilla and the biochemestry and bacterial contamination of the bile. METHODS: Twenty dogs were submitted to laparotomy, duodenotomy, and enlargement of the major duodenal papilla- GA(n=10 - with balloon of 8mm inflated with pressure of 0,5atm, during 2 minutes or to the sham procedure - GB(n=10. Blood samples collected on times t(0day, t(7days and t(28days were subjected to dosages of alkaline phosphatase (ALP and gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT for cholestasis evaluation. The collected material from the gall bladder at the same times were registered and numbered to be submitted to culture in BHI, blood agar (rich, non-selective element and Mac Conkey (selective element for Gram-negative bacillus. On the 28th day three fragments of the papilla were tranversally cut by the choledoc axis 3mm from the duodenal papilla and the cuts, stained with hematoxylin-eosin and Masson's tricome, were evaluated according to their inflammatory reaction. RESULTS: The GGT and ALP averages on the three periods in the groups A and B did not show significant differences, not being characterizes the cholestasis. The bacterian contamination was significantly higher in GA (2,19 than in GB (1,96; the contamination was lower in the initial time compared with 7 and 28 days (t0dilation or its simple manipulation leads to the bacterial contamination of the gall bladder, not associated with cholestasis. The morphologic lesions are more intense in the late phase, not associated with an eventual papilla esthenosis.

  6. Case report: respiratory inductance plethysmography as a monitor of ventilation during laser ablation and balloon dilatation of subglottic tracheal stenosis.

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    Atkins, Joshua H; Mirza, Natasha; Mandel, Jeff E

    2009-01-01

    We describe a 61-year-old female who underwent KTP laser ablation and CRE balloon dilatation of symptomatic idiopathic subglottic stenosis (50% obstruction). The procedure was conducted, using our standard approach for such cases, under total intravenous general anesthesia with subglottic high-frequency jet ventilation (HFJV) via Lindholm laryngoscope. The patient was enrolled in an ongoing investigational protocol in which respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP; Ambulatory Monitoring Inc., Ardsley, N.Y., USA) bands were used to monitor ventilation in addition to pulse oximetry and visual inspection. HFJV instituted with an Acutronic Monsoon jet ventilator (Acutronic Medical, Hirzel, Switzerland) resulted in a rapid increase in RIP signal amplitude consistent with breath stacking and inadequate expiratory flow around the tight stenosis. High pressure alarms sounded and automatic cessation of jet ventilation ensued. After successful tracheal dilation under intermittent apnea, subsequent jet ventilation produced only modest RIP amplitude changes. RIP may be an important safety monitor during jet ventilation for patients with obstructive tracheal lesions to lessen the risk of both barotrauma and hypoventilation. RIP remains under active study by our group for this purpose.

  7. Antegrade deligation of iatrogenic distal ureteric obstruction utilising a high pressure balloon dilatation technique.

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    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic trauma is the leading cause of ureteric injury with an incidence in abdominal and pelvic surgery varying between 0.4 and 2.5%. CASE: We report a case of ureteric obstruction caused by a haemostatic clip. There was associated rupture of the ureter proximal to the clip with intra-peritoneal leakage of urine. The patient was unfit for surgery and was managed by a novel procedure of endoluminal balloon deligation. CONCLUSION: Ureteric injuries are rare but potentially serious complications. They require prompt diagnosis and management depends on the patients\\' clinical condition, extent of injury and interval from injury to diagnosis. We have successfully demonstrated a new technique to treat ureteric obstruction caused by a haemostatic clip with associated ureteral rupture in a patient unfit for surgery.

  8. Occlusion of the abdominal aorta by balloon dilation catheter assisting surgical excision of a sacrum chordoma: case report.

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    Ozgiray, Erkin; Cağli, Sedat; Zileli, Mehmet; Cinar, Celal; Oran, Ismail

    2009-07-01

    Chordoma is known to be the most common primary tumor of the sacrum. Its surgery is challenging from many aspects. A large amount of bleeding is one of the biggest issues. A 52-year-old woman was admitted to our clinic with a huge mass at sacrum. The mass was diagnosed as chordoma after a needle biopsy. Prior to the surgery, a balloon dilation catheter (BDC) was placed in the distal abdominal aorta via the femoral artery. Just after the skin incision, the BDC was inflated with contrast medium and total occlusion of the aorta was achieved. At the end of the operation we observed that total hemorrhage had decreased dramatically. No complications were recorded except hypertension during the occlusion of the aorta which was expected. The patient was discharged after two weeks of hospitalization post-operatively without any neurological deficit. Our report is the second in the neurosurgical literature to our knowledge. Although this result is preliminary and needs to be replicated and expanded upon, our first experience with this method is effective for decreasing the amount of bleeding. We believe that our method prevents hemo-dynamical problems caused by massive bleeding and complications secondary to massive transfusion. PMID:19621292

  9. Percutaneous Balloon Dilatation and Catheter Maintenance Method in the Patients with Biliary Strictures after Living Donor Liver Transplantation

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of the percutaneous balloon dilatation and catheter maintenance (BDCM) method for postoperative biliary strictures following living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Eighteen patients (14 duct-to-duct anastomosis and 4 hepaticojejunostomy) with post-LDLT biliary stricture were treated by the percutaneous BDCM method. A good response was defined as residual stricture over 3.5 mm after repetitive BDCM and refractory response as residual stricture below 3.5 mm. If they demonstrated good results on follow-up studies after catheter withdrawal, all the patients quit the therapy. We evaluated the technical and clinical success rates, major complication rate, mean total procedure time and mean follow-up duration. The percutaneous BDCM method was technically successful without major complication. Nine patients improved biliary stricture (good response, mean 5.5 mm), and the other 9 patients showed residual stricture with the diameter below 3.5 mm (refractory response, mean 2.5 mm). However, all the patients were improved clinically without significant complication. The total procedure time was 1-15 months (mean 7.3 months) and follow-up duration was 6-54 months (mean 24 months). The percutaneous BDCM method for post-LDLT biliary strictures was an effective therapy even in the patients showing a refractory response. It seemed that total procedure time could be reduced if the response was determined earlier.

  10. Balloon dilatation for an esophageal stricture by long-term use of a nasogastric tube: a case report.

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    Yoon, Yong-Soon; Kim, Jong Yun; Lee, Kwang Jae; Yu, Ki Pi; Lee, Mi Sook

    2014-08-01

    In the present report, we describe a case of long-term follow-up esophageal stricture occurring in a patient with nasogastric tube use. A 63-year-old man who had experienced dislocation of the 6th and 7th cervical vertebrae as the result of an external injury received treatment at another hospital and was admitted to the rehabilitation department of our hospital. After he exhibited normal swallowing in a videofluoroscopic swallowing test, the nasogastric tube was removed and oral feeding with a dysphagia diet was initiated. However, during oral feeding, the patient complained of swallowing difficulties in his lower throat. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy was performed to examine the lesions below the pharynx and a 2-mm stricture was observed. A balloon dilatation was performed for a total of 9 times to extend the stricture. After the procedure, the patient was able to easily swallow a normal diet through the esophagus and the vomiting symptoms disappeared. An esophagography showed that the diameter of the esophageal stricture was 11 mm.

  11. Percutaneous Balloon Dilatation and Catheter Maintenance Method in the Patients with Biliary Strictures after Living Donor Liver Transplantation

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    Park, Dae Hong; Byun, Sung Su; Kim, Jeong Ho; Kim, Keon Kuk; Hwang, Hee Young; Kim, Hyung Sik; Choi, Hye Young; Park, Jae Hyung [Dept. of Gachon University School of Medicine, Gil Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-04-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of the percutaneous balloon dilatation and catheter maintenance (BDCM) method for postoperative biliary strictures following living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Eighteen patients (14 duct-to-duct anastomosis and 4 hepaticojejunostomy) with post-LDLT biliary stricture were treated by the percutaneous BDCM method. A good response was defined as residual stricture over 3.5 mm after repetitive BDCM and refractory response as residual stricture below 3.5 mm. If they demonstrated good results on follow-up studies after catheter withdrawal, all the patients quit the therapy. We evaluated the technical and clinical success rates, major complication rate, mean total procedure time and mean follow-up duration. The percutaneous BDCM method was technically successful without major complication. Nine patients improved biliary stricture (good response, mean 5.5 mm), and the other 9 patients showed residual stricture with the diameter below 3.5 mm (refractory response, mean 2.5 mm). However, all the patients were improved clinically without significant complication. The total procedure time was 1-15 months (mean 7.3 months) and follow-up duration was 6-54 months (mean 24 months). The percutaneous BDCM method for post-LDLT biliary strictures was an effective therapy even in the patients showing a refractory response. It seemed that total procedure time could be reduced if the response was determined earlier.

  12. Effect of Final Kissing Balloon Dilatation after One-stent Technique at Left-main Bifurcation: A Single Center Data

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    Zhan Gao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Whether final kissing balloon (FKB dilatation after one-stent implantation at left-main (LM bifurcation site remains unclear. Therefore, this large sample and long-term follow-up study comparatively assessed the impact of FKB in patients with unprotected LM disease treated with one-stent strategy. Methods: Total 1528 consecutive patients underwent LM percutaneous coronary intervention in one center from January 2004 to December 2010 were enrolled; among them, 790 patients treated with one drug-eluting stent crossover LM to left anterior descending (LAD with FKB (n = 230 or no FKB (n = 560 were comparatively analyzed. Primary outcome was the rate of major adverse cardiovascular events, defined as a composite of death, myocardial infarction (MI and target vessel revascularization (TVR. Results: Overall, The prevalence of true bifurcation lesions, which included Medina classification (1,1,1, (1,0,1, or (0,1,1, was similar between-groups (non-FKB: 37.0% vs. FKB: 39.6%, P = 0.49. At mean 4 years follow-up, rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (non-FKB: 10.0% vs. FKB: 7.8%, P = 0.33, death, MI and TVR were not significantly different between-groups. In multivariate propensity-matched regression analysis, FKB was not an independent predictor of adverse outcomes. Conclusions: For patients treated with one-stent crossover LM to LAD, clinical outcomes appear similar between FKB and non-FKB strategy.

  13. Effect of Final Kissing Balloon Dilatation after One-stent Technique at Left-main Bifurcation: A Single Center Data

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    Zhan Gao; Bo Xu; Yue-Jin Yang; Shu-Bin Qiao; Yong-Jian Wu; Tao Chen; Liang Xu

    2015-01-01

    Background:Whether final kissing balloon (FKB) dilatation after one-stent implantation at left-main (LM) bifurcation site remains unclear.Therefore,this large sample and long-term follow-up study comparatively assessed the impact of FKB in patients with unprotected LM disease treated with one-stent strategy.Methods:Total 1528 consecutive patients underwent LM percutaneous coronary intervention in one center from January 2004 to December 2010 were enrolled; among them,790 patients treated with one drug-eluting stent crossover LM to left anterior descending (LAD) with FKB (n =230) or no FKB (n =560) were comparatively analyzed.Primary outcome was the rate of major adverse cardiovascular events,defined as a composite of death,myocardial infarction (MI) and target vessel revascularization (TVR).Results:Overall,The prevalence of true bifurcation lesions,which included Medina classification (1,1,1),(1,0,1),or (0,1,1),was similar between-groups (non-FKB:37.0% vs.FKB:39.6%,P =0.49).At mean 4 years follow-up,rates of major adverse cardiovascular events (non-FKB:10.0% vs.FKB:7.8%,P =0.33),death,MI and TVR were not significantly different between-groups.In multivariate propensity-matched regression analysis,FKB was not an independent predictor of adverse outcomes.Conclusions:For patients treated with one-stent crossover LM to LAD,clinical outcomes appear similar between FKB and non-FKB strategy.

  14. Clinical study of COOK double balloon dilation for cervical ripening%COOK 双球囊促宫颈成熟的临床研究

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    黄娟; 王思义; 陈颖; 陈红

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate effect and safety of COOK double balloon dilation for cervical ripening . Methods Retrospective selecting 160 pregnant women in Chengdu Women’ s and Children’ s Central Hospital from January 2013 to October 2013 who had medical indications of inducing labor and Bishop ≤5.80 cases who volunteered to use the COOK double balloon dilation were divided into the observation group ,then the other 80 cases who volunteered to use the oxytocin were divided into the control group .Effect and safety of the two methods using in cervical ripening were compared .Results The Bishop of cases in the study group using the COOK double balloon dilation for 12 hours were significantly higher than that in the control group ( P0.05).Conclusion COOK double balloon dilation for cervical ripening using in the labor induction is safe and effective .%目的:探讨COOK双球囊促宫颈成熟有效性及安全性。方法选择成都市妇女儿童中心医院2013年1~10月有医学引产指征,宫颈Bishop评分≤5分的孕妇160例,同等条件下自愿选择COOK双球囊引产的80例为观察组,选择缩宫素引产的80例为对照组。回顾性分析两组引产方式促宫颈成熟效果及安全性。结果观察组放置球囊12 h后宫颈评分、阴道分娩率高于对照组( P<0.05);剖宫产率低于对照组(P<0.05);两组产后出血量、新生儿窒息发生率、新生儿评分比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论COOK双球囊促宫颈成熟用于引产安全有效,值得临床推广。

  15. Outcomes of Percutaneous Management of Anastomotic Ureteral Strictures in Renal Transplantation: Chronic Nephroureteral Stent Placement with and without Balloon Dilatation

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    Uflacker, A., E-mail: andreuflacker@gmail.com; Sheeran, D., E-mail: dsheeran9@gmail.com; Khaja, M., E-mail: mkhaja@mac.com [University of Virginia/Interventional Radiology (United States); Patrie, J., E-mail: jp4h@virginia.edu [UVA Health System/Radiology (United States); Elias, G., E-mail: gae2y@virginia.edu [VCU Medical Center/Radiology (United States); Saad, W., E-mail: wspikes@yahoo.com [University of Michigan Health System (United States)

    2015-06-15

    PurposeThis study was designed o evaluate outcomes of percutaneous management of anastomotic ureteral strictures in renal transplants using nephroureteral stents with or without balloon dilatation.MethodsA retrospective audit of 1,029 consecutive renal transplants was performed. Anastomotic ureteral strictures were divided into two groups: nephroureteral stent only (NUS) and NUS+PTA (nephroureteral stent plus percutaneous transluminal angioplasty), with each cohort subdivided into early versus late presentation (obstructive uropathy occurring <90 day or >90 days from transplant, respectively). Overall and 6-month technical success were defined as removal of NUS any time with <30 % residual stenosis (any time lapse less or more than 6 months) and at >6 months, respectively. Patency was evaluated from NUS removal to last follow-up for both groups and compared.ResultsSixty-seven transplant patients with 70 ureteric anastomotic strictures (6.8 %, n = 70/1,029) underwent 72 percutaneous treatments. 34 % were late (>90 days, n = 24/70), and 66 % were early (<90 days, n = 46/70). Overall technical success was 82 % (n = 59/72) and 6-month success was 58 % (n = 42/72). Major and minor complications were 2.8 % (n = 2/72), and 12.5 % (n = 9/72). NUS+PTA did not improve graft survival (p = 0.354) or patency (p = 0.9) compared with NUS alone. There was no difference in graft survival between treated and nontreated groups (p = 0.74).ConclusionsThere is no advantage to PTA in addition to placement of NUS, although PTA did not negatively impact graft survival or long-term patency and both interventions were safe and effective. Neither the late or early groups benefited from PTA in addition to NUS. Earlier obstructions showed greater improvement in serum creatinine than later obstructions.

  16. Management of subglottic stenosis in children with endoscopic balloon dilation%内镜下球囊扩张治疗儿童声门下狭窄

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    崔鹏程; 罗家胜; 赵大庆; 郭志华; 马瑞娜

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨内镜下球囊扩张技术治疗声门下狭窄的有效性.方法 回顾性分析2013年10月至2015年4月用该方法治疗的9例儿童声门下狭窄患者临床资料.男8例,女1例.年龄7个月至7岁,平均年龄2.5岁.狭窄程度按Myer-Cotton法分类:Ⅱ°7例,Ⅲ°2例.病因为气管插管辅助呼吸后引起者8例,切割伤1例.结果 患者行球囊扩张手术1~3次,平均1.8次.成功拔管6例(66.7%),其中一次扩张治疗即拔管者4例(44.4%).2例患者术后出现气胸.结论 对于程度较轻的声门下狭窄,内镜下球囊扩张是一种相对安全有效和微创的手术方法.%Objective To evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic balloon dilation for subglottic stenosis.Methods The clinical outcomes of 9 pediatric patients treated with balloon dilation were retrospectively analyzed.There were 8 male and Ⅰ female.Their age ranged from 7 months to 7 years (mean 2.5 years).The degree of stenosis was classified according to Myer-Cotton classification as follows:grade Ⅱ (n =7) and grade Ⅲ (n =2).The causes of the stenosis were postintubation lesions (n =8) and laryngeal penetrating trauma (n =1).Results The patients had undergone 1 to 3 dilations with an average of 1.8 procedures per patient.Six (66.7%) patients were decannulated.Among them,4 (44.4%) were decannulated after one dilation procedure.Pneumothoraces occurred in 2 children postoperatively.Conclusion Endoscopic balloon dilation is an effective,relatively safe and minimally invasive surgical method for patients with low-grade subglottic stenosis.

  17. Efficacy and safety of endoscopic papillary balloon dilation for the removal of bile duct stones: Data from a “real-life” multicenter study on Dilation-Assisted Stone Extraction

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    Di Mitri, Roberto; Mocciaro, Filippo; Pallio, Socrate; Pecoraro, Giulia Maria; Tortora, Andrea; Zulli, Claudio; Attardo, Simona; Maurano, Attilio

    2016-01-01

    AIM To report data on Dilation-Assisted Stone Extraction (DASE) use in clinical practice and its efficacy and safety trough three Italian referral centers for biliopancreatic diseases treatment. METHODS From January 2011 to December 2015 we collected data on 120 patients treated with DASE. Technical success was obtained when the endoscopist was able to place the balloon trough the papilla inflating the balloon until the final diameter for an adequate time (at least 30 s). Clinical success was obtained after complete stone removal (no remaining stones were visible at the cholangiogram). RESULTS Forty-nine male (40.8%) and 71 female (59%) were enrolled. The mean age was 67.8 years ± 15.7. The mean common bile duct (CBD) dilation was 19.2 mm ± 3.9 and the mean size of stones 15.8 ± 2.9. DASE was applied as first approach in 38% (62% after initial failure of stones extraction). Technical and clinical success was of 91% and 87% respectively. In those in which DASE failed alternative treatment were adopted. After DASE 18% of patients experienced a complication (bleeding 9%, pancreatitis 8%, perforation 0.8%). At univariable analysis, elective endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (P = 0.031), DASE as first approach (P = 0.032), and cannulation of major papilla followed by guidewire insertion (P = 0.004) were related to low risk of complications. Pre-cut was related to an increased risk of complications (P = 0.01). CONCLUSION DASE allowed a higher first-session success rate and can be consider a valid alternative to endoscopic sphincterotomy not only for bigger CBD stones. PMID:27803771

  18. The Efficacy and Safety of Endoscopic Balloon Dilation Combined with Stenting in Patients with Biliary Anastomotic Strictures After Orthotopic Liver Transplantation.

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    Peng, Chunyan; Ma, Chao; Xu, Guifang; Shen, Shanshan; Lv, Ying; Zou, Xiaoping

    2015-06-01

    Endoscopic balloon dilation combined with stenting has been increasingly used in managing biliary anastomotic strictures (BAS) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). However, data on the efficacy and safety vary among different studies. To obtain reliable estimates for the efficacy and safety of this endoscopic combination therapy in post-OLT BAS. A systematic search was conducted in the literature published until June 2012. The outcomes of individual study were transformed into comparable data using the Freeman-Tukey double arcsine transformation method. Fixed-effect or random-effect models were built to simulate the outcomes. Subgroup analysis and meta-regression were used to explore the sources of clinical heterogeneity. Clinical resolution and recurrence were defined as the primary outcomes and complications and mortality as secondary outcomes. Nineteen studies (15 retrospective, 4 prospective; 17 full-texts, 2 abstracts) were included, with a total of 745 patients. Fully covered self-expandable metal stent was only reported in one study, achieving a resolution rate of 92.3 %, recurrence rate of 8.3 %, and complication rate of 7.7 %. For 18 studies using plastic stents, the pooled resolution rate was 86 % (95 % CI 80-91 %; I (2) = 74.7 %). Abstracts, study design, and the delay from OLT to BAS diagnosis were contributing factors for heterogeneity in resolution. The pooled recurrence rate was 9 % (95 % CI 5-13 %; I (2) = 59.6 %). Longer stenting duration predicted less recurrence (OR = 0.95, p = 0.002). The pooled complication rate was 14 % (95 % CI 8-21 %, I (2) = 71.2 %). No procedure-related mortality was reported. Endoscopic balloon dilation combined with stenting is a relatively effective and safe modality in post-OLT BAS. PMID:25552252

  19. 胃镜直视下球囊扩张术治疗小儿食管狭窄%Balloon dilation with gastroscope for esophageal stricture in children

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    耿岚岚; 龚四堂; 黄海; 何婉儿; 区文玑; 潘瑞芳; 霍笑和; 陈宝心

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨胃镜直视下球囊扩张治疗小儿食管狭窄的安全性和有效性.方法 12例食管狭窄患儿,其中食管闭锁术后吻合口狭窄7例、先天性食管狭窄3例、腐蚀性炎性狭窄2例,年龄5~59个月,在静脉复合麻醉和气管插管下,通过胃镜直视用控制辐射状扩张(CRE)三级扩张球囊行食管狭窄扩张.观察术后腹痛、黑便、呕吐的发生,同时随访术后3~12个月恢复饮食种类,狭窄口大小、营养情况.结果 12例共进行22次扩张,19次成功,3次术后出现并发症,扩张成功率为86%.12例中,3例扩张失败,9例扩张成功、症状改善,有效率为75%.扩张前狭窄口直径2~8 nun,3~12个月后复查胃镜和随访,狭窄口直径9~13mm,8例可进食固体食物、营养状况改善.结论 CRE三级食管球囊行食管狭窄扩张治疗,操作简单、效果确切,食道闭锁术后吻合口狭窄的扩张效果较好.%Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of balloon dilation (BD) with gastrescope in treatment of esophageal stricture in children.Methods BD was performed in 12 children aged 5-59 months,average age 26 months,course of disease was 2-26 months,with esophageal stricture,7 cases with anastomotic strictures secondary to surgical repair of esophageal atresia,3 with congenital esophageal stenosis,2 with corrosive esophageal strictures.All procedures were performed under tracheal intubation and intravenous anesthesia using the 3rd grade controlled radial expansion (CRE) esophagus-balloon with gastroscope.Firstly the balloon was inserted into the esophagus through mouth,then put in the gastroscope.Under the direct guidance of gastroscope the balloon was positioned across the stricture,then the balloon was rifled with saline to get needed pressure and maintained for 3 minutes.The procedure was repeated 3 times at an interval of 3 minutes.The abdominal pain,melena and vomiting were observed,as well as the diet taken thereafter,the size of the

  20. COOK宫颈扩张球囊在引产中的应用分析%Use of COOK cervical dilatation balloon in the induction labor

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    钟晶; 贾金平; 肖永红; 胡健蓉; 杨若雅

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the clinical outcomes and safety of COOK cervical dilation balloon in promoting cervical ripening for induction labor in full-term pregnancies. Methods: A retrospective analysis of clinical data was conducted for 300 cases of full-term pregnancy indicated for induction labor at Huadu District Maternal and Children′s Hospital between September 2011 and October 2014. According to the methods of cervical ripening, the subjects were divided into study group ( COOK cervical dilatation balloon, n=173) and control group ( dinoprostone suppository, n=127) . The cervical ripening, outcomes of induction labor, neonatal outcome and induction process were compared between the both groups. Results: Compared with baseline, the two groups had increased Bishop scores after balloon placement or medication (P0. 05 ) . The study group showed greater use of oxytocin, higher rates of induction success and vaginal delivery, but lower rates of postpartum hemorrhage and cesarean section than the control group ( P0.05) . Conclusion:COOK cervical dilation balloon is clinically favorable in promoting cervical ripening for induction labor in full-term pregnancy, and is safe and effective without increased maternal and fetal complications.%目的::探讨COOK宫颈扩张球囊在足月妊娠促宫颈成熟引产中的临床效果及安全性。方法:回顾性分析2011年9月至2014年10月广州市花都区妇幼保健院收治的300例足月妊娠有引产指征孕妇的临床资料,根据促宫颈成熟方式的不同分为研究组( COOK宫颈扩张球囊,173例)和对照组(地诺前列酮栓,127例),比较两组促宫颈成熟情况、引产结局、新生儿结局及引产过程差异。结果:置入或用药后两组Bishop评分均较治疗前提高(P0.05)。研究组缩宫素使用率、引产成功率、阴道分娩率高于对照组,产后出血量、剖宫产率低于对照组( P0.05)。结论:COOK宫颈扩张球囊在足月妊娠促宫颈成

  1. Dilatação por cateter-balão (dacrioplastia para tratamento das obstruções congênitas do ducto lacrimonasal Balloon-catheter dilatation (dacrioplasty for congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction treatment

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar o resultado da técnica, inédita no Brasil, de dilatação do ducto lacrimonasal usando cateter-balão para tratamento da obstrução congênita do ducto lacrimonasal. MÉTODOS: Foram tratadas crianças com idade entre dois e cinco anos, com obstrução congênita de vias lacrimais usando o cateter-balão (Lacricath® para dilatação das vias lacrimais. O cateter foi introduzido pelo ponto lacrimal superior, sob anestesia geral. RESULTADOS: Entre os 27 olhos tratados, 23 apresentaram desaparecimento dos sinais e sintomas de lacrimejamento (taxa de sucesso de 85,2%. Todos os procedimentos foram realizados sem intercorrências e o seguimento pós-operatório mínimo foi de um ano. CONCLUSÃO: A dilatação com balão mostrou-se segura e eficiente como primeiro procedimento para os casos de obstrução congênita das vias lacrimais em crianças com mais de dois anos.Purpose: To verify the results of balloon-catheter dilatation for the treatment of congenital lacrimal duct obstruction. To the best of author's knowledge this procedure has not been previously used in Brazil and deserves scientific studies. METHODS: Children between 2 and 5 years old, with congenital lacrimal duct obstruction, were treated with balloon-catheter dilatation (Lacricath®. Catheter was introduced by the superior lacrimal punctum, under general anesthesia. RESULTS: Twenty-seven eyes were treated and 23 presented total improvement of epiphora signs and symptoms (85.2% success rate. During a one year follow-up, all the procedures had good outcomes, without complications and all the children had 1 year of follow-up. CONCLUSION: Balloon-catheter dilatation is an efficient and safe procedure and might be used for congenital lacrimal duct obstruction treatment in children older than 2 years.

  2. Cook宫颈扩张球囊引产成功率与宫颈长度的研究%Study of Cook Cervical Dilation Balloon for Induced Labor Rate and Cervical Length

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    孙霞; 李莹; 孙红

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the Cook cervical dilation balloon(view)use in late pregnancy induced labor methods for pregnancy termination in comparative effectiveness. Method:100 patients with late pregnancy primigravida in our hospital from August 2010 to August 2012 were selected,they were before 42 weeks of pregnancy without labor,or late pregnancy due to the mother or fetus,through artificial induction method for termination of pregnancy,cervical score 2-6 points,voluntary choice used Cook cervical dilation balloon. Then 50 cases were randomly selected with cervical length of less than 1 cm for the group A,50 cases of cervical length greater than 1 cm for the group B. The maternal labor conditions,labor pain conditions of two groups were comparison.Result:The sac while cervical dilation to 1-2 cm,2-3 cm,labor time,the first stage of latency and active phase of the two groups were compared,the differences were statistically significant(P0.05). Changhai pain rating scale was selected as the standard,difference of the pain between the two groups had statistical significance(P0.05);以长海痛尺为标准,两组产妇疼痛情况比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。球囊引产成功率与引产术宫颈管长度呈负相关(r=-0.36, P<0.001),与取囊时宫颈扩张情况呈正相关(r=0.52,P<0.001)。结论:Cook宫颈扩张球囊的置入可缩短产程,减轻产妇的产痛,尤其对宫颈长度小于1 cm的产妇效果更好。

  3. Analysis of the Efficacy and Safety of COOK Cervical Dilation Balloon Combined with Oxytocin in Labor Induction%COOK宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素引产的效果及安全性分析

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    荆永萍; 陶莹; 骆婕

    2014-01-01

    目的:比较分析COOK宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素引产及单纯使用催产素引产的临床效果及安全性。方法将2013年2月_2014年1月在该院引产分娩的单胎足月的初产妇共123例,分为观察组﹙球囊联合催产素﹚及对照组﹙单用催产素﹚,比较两组剖宫产率﹑第一产程时间﹑产后出血﹑胎儿窘迫﹑羊水污染﹑产后盆腔感染等情况。结果两组比较,观察组剖宫产率较低为21.05%,对照组为43.94%,P<0.05,观察组第一产程时间较短,时间为﹙4.23±2.28﹚h,小于对照组﹙5.38±1.97﹚h,P<0.05,差异有统计学意义;产后出血率观察组﹙2.2%﹚较对照组﹙16.2%﹚稍低,羊水污染率观察组﹙31.1%﹚较对照组﹙10.8%﹚稍多,P<0.05,差异有统计学意义,而胎儿窘迫及产后盆腔感染两者差异无统计学意义。结论 COOK宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素引产具有较好的临床效果及安全性,值得在临床推广应用。%Objective To compare and analyze the clinical efficacy and safety between COOK cervical dilation balloon combined with oxytocin and oxytocin alone for labor induction. Methods A total of 123 primiparas with full-term single birth underwent labor induction and delivery in our hospital from February 2013 to January 2014 were divided into the observation group (COOK cervical dilation balloon combined with oxytocin) and the control group (single oxytocin). The rate of cesarean section, duration of the first stage of labor, postpartum hemorrhage, fetal distress, amniotic fluid contamination and postpartum pelvic infection were compared between the two groups. Results The rate of cesarean section of the observation group was 21.05%, lower than 43.94% of the con_trol group, P<0.05; the duration of the first stage of labor of the observation group was 4.23±2.28h, shorter than 5.38±1.97h of the control group, the difference was statistically significant, P<0.05;the rate of postpartum hemorrhage of the observation

  4. A control study of COOK double balloon dilation and oxytocin for cervical ripening and induction of labor%COOK双球囊与缩宫素促宫颈成熟并引产的对照研究

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    范翠芳; 张正娥; 明蕾; 陈建华

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨COOK双球囊促宫颈成熟并引产的有效性和安全性.方法 采用回顾性对照研究方法,对收集的符合引产指征、单胎、头位孕足月的320例孕产妇进行分析.160例采用COOK球囊引产为研究组,160例采用小剂量缩宫素引产为对照组,对2组促宫颈成熟并引产的效果、分娩方式、妊娠结局及并发症进行比较分析.结果 320例引产指征中主要是过期妊娠、羊水过少、妊娠期高血压疾病等,研究组宫颈成熟率为100.00%,显著高于对照组79.38%(P0.05).研究组产钳助产4例,对照组2例,无显著差异.2组引产过程中发生并发症各3例(1.88%),差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).研究组2例发生脐带脱垂,1例宫腔感染,对照组2例发生子宫过度刺激,1例胎盘早剥.结论 COOK双球囊促宫颈成熟并引产效果明显优于缩宫素,并未增加母婴的并发症.%Objective The purpose of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of COOK double balloon dilation and ox ytocin for preinduction cervical ripening and labor induction. Methods A total of 320 patients with indications of labor,a singleton fetus in cephalic presentation,over 37 weeks gestation were recruited and analyzed by retrospective control analysis method. 160 ca ses received low dose of oxytocin by an intravenous infusion as control group,while another 160 cases adopt COOK double balloon dilation for 12 h followed by an intravenous oxytocin infusion as study group. Then the maternal adverse reactions,mode of delivery and delivery outcome of the two groups were compared respectively. Results Maternal indications for induction of labor included postterm pregnancy,oligohydramnios,hypertensive disorders,et al. Compare the study group and the control group,there are signif icant difference in the Bishop s score(100% and 79. 38% respectively,P<0. 05) ,the vaginal delivery rates(81. 25% and 65% re spectively,P<0. 05)and the caesarean delivery rates(18. 75% and 35

  5. To Observe the Effect of Induction of Iabour at Term in the COOK Cervical Dilation Balloon%COOK宫颈扩张球囊在足月引产中的效果探讨

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    赵舜枝

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨COOK 宫颈扩张球囊在足月妊娠引产过程中促进宫颈成熟的有效性及安全性。方法选择2014年3~11月在该院产科住院待产,有引产指征的初产妇120例,将入选孕妇随机分为3组,实验组为COOK 宫颈扩张球囊促宫颈成熟组,对照组1为复方氯化钠500 mL+缩宫素1 U促宫颈成熟组,对照组2为复方氯化钠500 mL+缩宫素2.5 U促宫颈成熟组。比较3组产妇的宫颈成熟情况、分娩方式及胎儿窘迫发生率。结果实验组与对照组1、对照组2在促宫颈成熟,提高阴道分娩率、降低剖宫产率及减少胎儿窘迫发生率方面差异有统计学意义(均P0.05)。结论 COOK 宫颈扩张球囊能有效促宫颈成熟,有效提高阴道分娩率,降低剖宫产率,是一种安全、有效的引产方式,值得临床推广。%Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of promoting cervical mature COOK cervical dilation balloon in the process of labor induction of full-term pregnancy.Methods Patient labor in our hospital in 2014 March-November of selection, a syndrome of 120 cases of primipara who labor refers to pregnant women, were selected and randomly divided into 3 groups, the experimental group is COOK Balloon dilatation of Cervix cervical ripening group, control group 1 for the compound sodium chloride 500mL+oxytocin 1 U cervical ripening group, control group 2 compound sodium chloride 500 mL+oxytocin 2.5 U cervical ripening group. Three groups of maternal cervical ripening, the mode of delivery and the incidence of fetal distress.Results The experimental group and the control group 1, control group 2 in cervical ripening, increase the rate of vaginal delivery, reduce the rate of cesarean section and reduce the incidence of fetal distress were statistically significant (P0.05). Conclusion:COOK Balloon dilatation of Cervix can be effective in promoting cervical ripening, effectively improve the vaginal delivery rate, reduce the

  6. Intimal Hyperplasia in Balloon Dilated Coronary Arteries is Reduced by Local Delivery of the NO Donor, SIN-1 Via a cGMP-Dependent Pathway

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    Arner Anders

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To elucidate the mechanism by which local delivery of 3-morpholino-sydnonimine (SIN-1 affects intimal hyperplasia after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA. Methods Porcine coronary arteries were treated with PTCA and immediately afterwards locally treated for 5 minutes, with a selective cytosolic guanylate cyclase inhibitor, 1 H-(1,2,4oxadiazole(4,3-alphaquinoxaline-1-one (ODQ + SIN-1 or only SIN-1 using a drug delivery-balloon. Arteries were angiographically depicted, morphologically evaluated and analyzed after one and eight weeks for actin, myosin and intermediate filaments (IF and nitric oxide synthase (NOS contents. Results Luminal diameter after PCI in arteries treated with SIN-1 alone and corrected for age-growth was significantly larger as compared to ODQ + SIN-1 or to controls (p Conclusions After PTCA local delivery of high concentrations of the NO donor SIN-1 for 5 minutes inhibited injury induced neointimal hyperplasia. This favorable effect was abolished by inhibition of guanylyl cyclase indicating mediation of a cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP-dependent pathway. The momentary events at the time of injury play crucial role in the ensuring development of intimal hyperplasia.

  7. Outpatient experience with oesophageal endoscopic dilation.

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    Jani, P G; Mburugu, P G

    1998-07-01

    Between March 1990 and August 1997, outpatient endoscopic balloon dilation was performed for oesophageal strictures which developed secondary to malignancies, peptic strictures, post surgical narrowing, achalasia cardia, corrosive ingestion and other causes. A total of 169 dilations were performed in the 92 cases with an average of 1.8 dilation/case (Range 1 to 8). Dilation was possible in all 92 cases without the need for fluoroscopic monitoring. Twenty three (13.6%) of the dilations were performed using pneumatic balloon while in 146(86.4%) cases wire guided metal olives were used. There were nine minor complications which were treated with medication on an outpatient basis and four major complications which required inpatient care. Three of these had perforation of the oesophagus and one died. One other patient developed aspiration pneumonia and subsequently died.

  8. Increased Production of Sonic Hedgehog by Ballooned Hepatocytes

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    Rangwala, Fatima; Cynthia D Guy; Lu, Jiuyi; SUZUKI, Ayako; Burchette, James L.; Abdelmalek, Manal F; Chen, Wei; Diehl, Anna Mae

    2011-01-01

    Ballooned hepatocytes distinguish nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) from steatosis. Such cells contain dilated endoplasmic reticulum and ubiquitin aggregates, characteristics of endoplasmic reticulum stress. Hepatocyte ballooning increases risk for fibrosis in NASH, suggesting ballooned hepatocytes release pro-fibrogenic factors. Hedgehog ligands function as pro-fibrogenic factors in liver diseases, but mechanisms for Hedgehog ligand production remain poorly understood. We evaluated the hyp...

  9. Treatment of anastomotic stricture after biliary-intestinal anastomosis with percuta-neous transhepatic cholangial drainage and balloon dilatation%经皮经肝球囊扩张治疗胆肠吻合术后吻合口狭窄

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    贾宝雷; 梁峰; 李虎城

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨经皮经肝胆管穿刺引流术( PTCD)联合球囊扩张术治疗胆肠吻合术后吻合口狭窄的可行性及疗效。方法回顾性分析军事医学科学院附属医院普外科2009年3月至2011年12月采用PTCD联合球囊扩张术治疗胆肠吻合术后吻合口狭窄23例的疗效,评估胆道通畅程度、黄疸指数及肝功能。结果本组行PTCD联合球囊扩张术23例,19例治疗效果明显,1例植入金属支架。术后胆肠吻合口狭窄、黄疸指数及肝功能均明显改善,无严重并发症发生。结论 PTCD联合球囊扩张术治疗胆肠吻合术后吻合口狭窄疗效好,并发症发生率低,是较为安全可行的微创治疗措施。%Objective To evaluate the effect and feasibility of balloon dilatation for treatment of anastomotic stricture after biliary-intestinal anastomosis with percutaneous transhepatic cholangial drainage( PTCD) .Methods A total of 23 pa-tients with anastomotic stricture after biliary-intestinal anastomosis who had undergone PTCD+balloon dilatation were ana-lyzed retrospectively between Mar 2009 to Dec 2011.The patency of bile duct, jaundice index and liver function were recor-ded.Results PTCD+balloon dilatation was completed successfully in all cases, and a metallic stent was implanted in one case.Anastomotic stricture, postoperative jaundice index and liver function were improved significantly after operation.No serious complications occurred.Conclusion PTCD+balloon dilatation has good curative effect on anastomotic stricture. The complication rate is low.It is a safe, feasible and effective minimally invasive treatment.

  10. Efficacy of endoscopic balloon dilatation in treating anastomotic strictures after congenital esophageal atresia repair%球囊扩张治疗先天性食管闭锁修复术后吻合口狭窄疗效分析

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    梁翠萍; 耿岚岚; 杨敏; 陈佩瑜; 龚四堂

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety and efficacy of endoscopic balloon dilatation in children with anastomotic strictures after a repair of congenital esophageal atresia.Methods From June 2006 to June 2013,59 children underwent balloon dilatation for anastomotic stricture after a repair of congenital esophageal atresia.Indication for dilatation was dysphagia of varying degree.The evaluation indices included age,anastomotic size and location,number of dilatations,response to dilatation and complications.Based on dysphagia assessment 6 months after the last dilatation,the efficacy was classified as better effect,effect and no effect.Results A total of 141 dilatations were performed with an average of 2.4±1.9 sessions.The age of the first dilatation was 15.1±14.2 months.follow-up time was 6-92 months.The outcomes were better effect (n=46,78.0%),effect (n=9,15.2%)and no effect (n=4,6.8%).There were no procedure-related mortalities. Conclusions Endoscopic balloon dilatation may be accomplished safely and effectively as a first-line therapy for anastomotic strictures after a repair of congenital esophageal atresia.%目的:评价胃镜直视下球囊扩张治疗先天性食管闭锁修复术后吻合口狭窄的安全性及疗效。方法回顾性分析2006年6月至2013年6月期间我院收治的59例先天性食管闭锁修复术后吻合口狭窄患儿临床资料,治疗的指征为不同程度的吞咽困难,观察指标包括吞咽困难改善情况、狭窄口大小、部位、扩张次数及合并症。根据末次治疗后6个月吞咽困难分级评估治疗效果,分为治疗显效、有效及无效。结果59例患儿共进行141次扩张,平均(2.4±1.9)次,平均初次扩张年龄(15.1±14.2)个月。随访时间6~92个月。疗效评价为显效46例(78.0%),有效9例(15.2%),无效4例(6.8%)。未发生扩张相关死亡事件。结论胃镜直视下球囊扩张是治疗先天性食管闭锁修复术后吻合口狭窄的首选的有效治疗方法,安全性高。

  11. 相同容量的宫颈扩张单腔球囊与COOK宫颈扩张双腔在足月妊娠引产中的临床疗效比较%Comparison of the Clinical Efficacy of Same Volume of Cervical Dilatation With Single Lumen Balloon and COOK in the Induction of Labor in Term Pregnancy

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    王玉妹

    2016-01-01

    Objective Cervical dilation of the same capacity of the single cavity balloon and COOK cervical dilation effect of double cavity used in full-term pregnancy induced labor. Methods From 1 January 2014 to 31 January 2016, the pregnant women in early pregnancy in our hospital were treated as the research object. Research group:80 cases with cervical dilation balloon single cavity induced labor. Control group:80 cases of the COOK cervical dilation double cavity balloon induced labor. To observe the therapeutic effects induced labor two groups. Results Compared with the control group, the cervical mature and efficient of research group improved significantly, action time significantly shortened, the loss rate increased significantly, labor time significantly shortened, the first labor, significantly prolong the incubation period, the rate of umbilical cord prolapse, postpartum hemorrhage complication rate increased signiifcantly, the difference was statistically signiifcant (P<0.05). Conclusion The two device, each has advantages and disadvantagesis. In clinical work, we should according to the speciifc circumstances, choose the appropriate way more.%目的:探讨相同容量的宫颈扩张单腔球囊与COOK宫颈扩张双腔应用于足月妊娠引产中的效果。方法选择2014年1月1日~2016年1月31日本院收治的孕足月初引产产妇作为研究对象。研究组:80例采用宫颈扩张单腔球囊引产;对照组:80例采用COOK宫颈扩张双腔球囊引产。观察两组受试者引产效果。结果与对照组相比,研究组促宫颈成熟有效率显著提高,作用时间明显缩短,脱落率明显增加,临产时间明显缩短,第一产程、潜伏期明显延长,脐带脱垂率、产后出血等并发症率明显升高,差异具有统计学意义,P<0.05。结论相同容量的单双腔球囊在足月妊娠引产中各有利弊,临床工作应具体情况具体分析,以提高产科质量。

  12. Dilatations Revisited

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    1996-01-01

    Dilatation, i.e. scale, symmetry in the presence of the dilaton in Minkowski space is derived from diffeomorphism symmetry in curved spacetime, incorporating the volume-preserving diffeomorphisms. The conditions for scale invariance are derived and their relation to conformal invariance is examined. In the presence of the dilaton scale invariance automatically guarantees conformal invariance due to diffeomorphism symmetry. Low energy scale-invariant phenomenological Lagrangians are derived in terms of dilaton-dressed fields, which are identified as the fields satisfying the usual scaling properties. The notion of spontaneous scale symmetry breaking is defined in the presence of the dilaton. In this context, possible phenomenological implications are advocated and by computing the dilaton mass the idea of PCDC (partially conserved dilatation current) is further explored.

  13. Pneumatic dilatation for childhood achalasia.

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    Babu, R; Grier, D; Cusick, E; Spicer, R D

    2001-09-01

    Treatment of achalasia by pneumatic balloon dilatation (PBD) is well established in adults. Due to limited experience and the rarity of the condition in children, there are relatively few reports in the paediatric literature. Although PBD has been reported as a primary method of treatment, there are no reports of secondary PBD for childhood achalasia. Between 1995 and 1999, five patients underwent treatment for achalasia (age: 9-14 years, M:F = 4:1). The presenting symptoms were dysphagia (5). vomiting episodes (2), aspiration (1), food-bolus obstruction (1), and failure to thrive (1). In all patients a barium swallow and manometry were used to confirm the diagnosis. Three underwent primary PBD. Two who had previously undergone surgical myotomy underwent secondary PBD for recurrence of symptoms. Dilatation was performed using a 35-mm balloon with the child under general anaesthesia. Technical success was defined as demonstration of a waist under screening at lower pressures followed by abolition of the waist at higher pressures. In addition to reviewing our results, a systematic review of the literature was performed (Medline, Cochrane Library, Pubmed, Embase). Three patients (primary dilatation) showed excellent improvement after a single dilatation. In two cases (secondary dilatation) three and five attempts were required. No complications were encountered. The mean follow-up period was 2 years (1-3.5 years) and four patients remained asymptomatic, an overall success rate of 80%. The literature review revealed similar good results in most of the recent reports. Thus, PBD as a primary treatment for childhood achalasia has a success rate of 70%-90% with minimal side effects, short hospital stay, and good patient acceptability over an operation. We have also established the usefulness of this method as a secondary treatment when symptoms recur after surgery.

  14. Effect of COOK cervical dilation balloon and dinoprostone suppositories applied for labor induction in gestational diabetes mellitus%宫颈扩张球囊与欣普贝生用于妊娠期糖尿病引产的效果

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    饶芸; 张新清; 胡璇

    2015-01-01

    目的:比较宫颈扩张球囊及地诺前列酮栓(欣普贝生)用于妊娠期糖尿病(GDM)引产的有效性和安全性。方法150例足月GDM初产妇采用随机数字表法分成治疗组与对照组,各75例,治疗组患者进行COOK宫颈扩张球囊促宫颈成熟治疗,对照组患者进行阴道后穹窿放置欣普贝生促宫颈成熟治疗。对两种方法的促宫颈成熟效果、临产时间、分娩方式、血糖变化及不良反应进行分析比较。结果治疗组促宫颈成熟的效果及阴道分娩率与对照组相近(P>0.05),不良反应低于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P0.05). Its adverse reaction was lower than the control group, and the difference had statistical significance (P<0.05). Conclusion COOK cervical dilation balloon and Propess both can promote cervical ripening in full-term primipara with GDM. COOK cervical dilation balloon has few adverse reactions, and it is worthy of promotion.

  15. Dilating Eye Drops

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  16. 大直径球囊扩张治疗80例贲门失弛缓症的中远期疗效评价分析%Large-diameter balloon dilation for the treatment of achalasia of cardia: an analysis of mid-to-long term efficacy in 80 cases

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    宋锦文; 印建国; 杨艳; 刘晓红; 王志宏

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨并总结大直径(40 mm)球囊扩张治疗贲门失弛缓症的方法及中远期疗效.方法 80例患者病程3 ~ 23年.Mellow-Pinkas吞咽困难分级(0 ~ 4级)为:Ⅰ级6例,Ⅱ级60例,Ⅲ级14例;均经钡餐透视(12例行胃镜检查)证实.在2%利多卡因咽部喷雾麻醉下,以球囊间歇(间隔3 ~ 5 min)、逐渐扩张贲门狭窄部至球囊最大径40 mm,重复2 ~ 3次.术后常规预防出血和感染,2 ~ 3 h即可进食较凉流质饮食、3 d内进半流质饮食并逐渐过度为正常进食.术后随访问2 ~ 10年.结果 操作成功率100%,其中1次操作治疗成功96.3%(77/80),2次扩张(3例先经小球囊预扩)成功3.7%(3/80).术后破裂行手术修补1例(1.2%).术后随访平均6.27年,其中大于10年4例,6 ~ 10年44例,3 ~ 5年21例,2年11例,吞咽困难缓解率100%,其中能正常进食90%(72/80),正常进食时偶有轻度梗噎感10.0%(8/80).轻度食管反流占15.0%(12/80).结论 从患者接受程度、疗效及并发症等综合评价,大直径球囊扩张术是目前治疗贲门失弛缓症的最佳方法.具有操作简单、创伤小、费用低且中远期疗效较好的优点,可作为成年人贲门失弛缓症的首选治疗方法.%Objective To discuss the technical points of large diameter (40 mm ) balloon dilation in treating achalasia of cardia, and to assess its mid-to-long term efficacy. Methods A total of 80 patients of achalasia of cardia with a disease course of 3 - 23 years were enrolled in this study. According to Mellow-Pinkas standard of the dysphagia grading (from 0 to IV), the patients were classified into grade I(n= 6). Grade Ⅱ(n = 60) and grade Ⅲ(n = 14). The diagnosis was confirmed by barium meal examination in all patients. Under spraying anesthesia of pharyr.geal portion with 2% lidocaine. The intensified guide wire was inserted, into the stomach through mouth, under fluoroscopy guidance. Ihe ooste-n s balloon v 4-0 mm in diameter / was pushed along Uie

  17. Clinical Analysis of Cook Cervical Dilation Balloon for Cervical Ripening and Labor Induction in Full-term Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus%COOK宫颈球囊在GDM患者中促宫颈成熟及引产效果的临床分析

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    李燕

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To compare the effectiveness of Cook cervical dilation balloon for cervical ripening and labor induction in full-term Pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus(GDM).Method:60 patients with GDM were divided into treatment group and control group by random number table.The treatment group with 30 cases were received COOK cervical dilation balloon for promoting cervical ripening treatment,and the control group with 30 cases received oxytocin for promoting cervical ripening treatment and induced abortion.Then cervical Bishop score,blood glucose changes ,induced abortion results and adverse reaction were observed in the two groups.Result:There were significant differences in Cervical Bishop score,successful cases of induced abortion,time from medicine to in labor and the first stage of labor in the two groups(P0.05).Conclusion:Cook cervical dilation balloon is much better than oxytocin for cervical ripening and labor induction without increasing any complications in full-term Pregnant women with GDM.%目的:比较COOK宫颈球囊和催产素用于足月妊娠期糖尿病孕妇促宫颈成熟及引产的临床效果。方法:选取60例符合引产指征的妊娠期糖尿病产妇按照随机数字表法分为试验组和对照组,每组30例,分别采用COOK宫颈扩张球囊和催产素促宫颈成熟及引产,比较两组产妇促宫颈成熟效果、分娩情况、血糖水平、产后出血情况及新生儿状况。结果:试验组产妇用药后宫颈评分、引产成功率均显著高于对照组,诱发临产时间、第一产程显著低于对照组产妇,两组比较差异均有统计学意义(P0.05)。结论:COOK宫颈球囊在妊娠期糖尿病孕妇中促宫颈成熟及引产效果显著优于直接催产素引产,提高患者阴道分娩信心,降低剖宫产率,且不影响患者血糖,不增加母儿并发症。

  18. 腹腔镜胃底折叠与食管扩张术治疗儿童胃食管反流病致消化性食管狭窄%Laparoscopic Fundoplication Plus Balloon Dilation for Esophageal Peptic Stricture Caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children

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    胡志伟; 汪忠镐; 纪涛; 吴继敏

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨儿童胃食管反流病(gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD)致消化性食管狭窄(peptic esophage-al stricture, PES)的临床特点及诊治经验。方法回顾分析1例儿童食管裂孔疝、GERD 致 PES 的诊治经过。结果患儿7岁,表现为吞咽困难、胸骨后疼痛4年,伴发作性憋气3个月。胃镜和上消化道造影诊断:GERD,反流性食管炎(LA-D 级),PES,食管裂孔疝。行食管裂孔疝修补术并腹腔镜下胃底折叠术及内镜下食管扩张术治疗,随访1.5年所有症状明显缓解。结论 PES 是 GERD 引起的严重并发症,通常合并有严重的病理性酸反流、食管炎、胆汁反流、食管裂孔疝和明显的食管动力障碍。抗反流手术加食管扩张治疗可有效控制 GERD,改善 PES 引起的吞咽困难。%Objective To discuss the clinical characteristics of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in diagnosis and treatment of peptic esophageal stricture (PES) in children. Methods The diagnosis and treatment of a child patient with PES caused by hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux was analyzed and the literature was reviewed. Results A 7-year-old boy suffered from dysphagia and retrosternal pain for 4 years, and accompanying respiratory distress for 3 months. GERD, esophagitis (LA-D), hiatal hernia, PES was diagnosed after gastroscopy and barium study. The symptoms were then successfully treated by laparoscopic fundoplication followed by esophagus balloon dilation. Conclusion PES is a severe complication of GERD. PES is commonly complicated with severe pathological acid reflux, esophagitis, bile reflux, hiatal hernia and evident esophageal motility disorder. The typical presentation of PES is dysphagia. Anti-reflux surgery in addition to esophagus balloon dilation is effective in controlling GERD, and improving dysphagia caused by PES.

  19. 20例支架外侧球囊扩张挽救冠状动脉分支疗效和安全性观察%Clinical efficacy and safety of the balloon dilation outside the main branch stent to reopen the occlusion of side branch in bifurcation lesions

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    李成祥; 王琼; 高好考; 王海昌

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of the balloon dilation outside the main branch (MB) stent to reserve the occlusion of side branch (SB) in bifurcation lesions. Methods There were totally 20 bifurcation lesions in 20cases. The SB guide wire was jailed before deployment of the MB stent. MB stenting can cause plaque shift, spasm, protrusion of the stent struts into the SB, and/or SB ostial conformational changes including total occlusion. A new guide wire could not rewire through the stent struts and find the ostium of SB, so we use small-diameter balloon through the SB gailed wire to find the ostium and the small balloon was dilated at low pressure. Finally a new guide wire recrossed the SB and completed the exchange guide wire, finished by the kissing balloon. The incidence of the branch compromise, follow-up results were observed. Results No SB dissection was recorded. CK-MB levels were increased in 1 case. No acute myocardial infarction occurred. During 12 - 18 moths follow-up, there was no major adverse cardiac event ( MACE) due to stent thrombosis. Conclusions Small-diameter balloon outside the stent was passed through the jailed wire into the side branch. The modified approach facilitated the rewiring in SB. The modified strategy of small-diameter balloon opening outside of the stent can significantly save the loss of side branch, prevent the stenosis of branch openings, shorten the time of exchange guide wire and kissing balloon, and improve the safety of operation.%目的 评价主支支架外侧球囊扩张技术,便于导丝重新进入已闭塞的分支,进而挽救分支血管的安全性及疗效.方法 20例冠心病患者共20个真性分叉病变,分叉病变中位于左主干/前降支3例(占15%),前降支/第一对角支9例(占45%),回旋支/钝缘支3例(占15%),右冠状动脉/后降支或后侧支5例(占25%).所有分叉病变分支预留挤压(jailed)导丝,主支病变置入支

  20. 人工植骨结合二次球囊扩张在椎体后凸成形术中骨水泥外渗中的临床应用%Clinical application of artificial bone graft combined with the two balloon dilation in prevention of cement extravasation in percutaneous kyphoplasty

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    陶学顺; 余润泽; 张长春; 沈政; 曹参

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical efficacy of cement extravasation prevention by artificial bone graft combined with the two balloon dilation for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.Methods Clinical data of 60 cases with osteoporotic thoracolumbar vertebral compression fracture treated by the unilateral pedicle puncture percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) were retrospectively analyzed,including 15 cases(T11 3 cases,T12 3 cases,L1 5 cases,L2 2 cases,L4 1 case,L5 1 case) of contrast agent extravasation found in operation.The artificial bone was pressed into powder and tuned into a thick paste ; the thick paste was injected into the vertebral body by the injector.After the second balloon dilatation,bone cement like toothpaste was injected into the vertebral body slowly in X-ray fluoroscopy.Postoperative bone cement extravasation and kyphosis Cobb angle as well as visual analogue scale (VAS) score improvement were observed.According to the degree of pain reliesing evaluate the clinical curative effect.Results All 15 patients were completed the operation.The third day after the operation,the review X-ray showed a good recovery of vertebral height of each disease,the vertebral bone cement filling was good,evenly distributed,without intervertebral,paraspinal or spinal bone cement extravasation.The average Cobb angle of kyphosis was corrected 10.1 ° ± 2.4°,and the average VAS score was reduced by 6.2 ± 0.2.Compared with preoperation,the differences were statistically significant (tCobb =16.299,tvAs =120.062,all P values < 0.01).Fifteen cases were followed up for 4 weeks to 24 weeks,with an average of 19 weeks.The fourth week of the postoperative,X-ray showed that no significant vertebral height of each disease was missing,no new adjacent vertebral fracture was found.The efficacy was evaluated the fourth week after surgery,the symptoms of pain was disappeared or obviously improved,and the patients could walk normally.Among them,2 cases were

  1. Endoscope-guided pneumatic dilation for treatment of esophageal achalasia

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    Seng-Kee; Chuah; Tsung-Hui; Hu; Chi-Sin; Changchien

    2010-01-01

    Pneumatic dilation(PD) is considered to be the first line nonsurgical therapy for achalasia.The principle of the procedure is to weaken the lower esophageal sphincter by tearing its muscle fibers by generating radial force.The endoscope-guided procedure is done without fluoroscopic control.Clinicians usually use a lowcompliance balloon such as Rigiflex dilator to perform endoscope-guided PD for the treatment of esophageal achalasia.It has the advantage of determining mucosal injury during the dilation proce...

  2. Local drug-delivery balloon for proliferative occlusive in-stent restenosis after drug-eluting stent

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    Gianluca Rigatelli; Paolo Cardaioli; Fabio Dell'Avvocata; Massimo Giordan

    2011-01-01

    Drug-coated balloon has been developed as an alternative to drug-eluting stents for in-stent restenosis but the performance of drug infusion balloon in such setting has not been previously described. We present a case of particularly aggressive in-stent restenosis after drug eluting stent implantation treated with a new kind of drug infusion balloon developed in order to overcome the impossibility to inflate regular drug-coated balloon for several dilatation.

  3. Efficacy analysis of endoscopic sphincterotomy plus endoscopic papillary balloon dilation for remove of common bile duct stons%内镜下乳头小切开联合球囊扩张治疗胆总管结石临床疗效分析

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    闫方博; 张健康

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the effectiveness and safety of endoscopic sphincterotomy(EST)plus endoscopic pap-illary balloon dilation (EPBD) for the removal of common bile duct stones. Methods One hundred patients who re-ceived endoscopic retrograde pancreatic angiography(ERCP)in the first hospital of shanxi medical university from June 2012 to March 2014 were randomly divided into EST group and ESBD group. ESBD group in advance nipples small in-cision after balloon expansion; EST group used normal operation. The successful rate of stone clear-ance,operation time,the rate of mechanical lithotripsy and related complications were observed.Results After one time,all stones were removed one time from 46 cases(92%) assigned EST and 48 cases(96%) assigned EPBD(P>0.05); Mechanical lithotripsy was used to fragment stones 8 cases(16%) in EST group and 2 cases(4%) in ESBD group(P0.05); Average operation time,respectively (45.3±13.0) min and (30.5±9.2) min(P0.05);使用机械碎石分别有8例(16%)和2例(4%),差异有统计学意义(P0.05);两组平均操作时间分别为(45.3±13.0)min和(30.5±9.2)min,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论内镜下乳头括<肌小切开联合球囊扩张术取石成功率及术后并发症发生率与常规括<肌切开术相当,但平均操作时间及使用机械碎石的机率与EST相比较低,是治疗胆总管结石安全、有效的方法。

  4. Clinical effect of cervical dilatation balloon and oxytocin in treatment of late pregnancy induced labor%子宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素在妊娠晚期引产中的效果观察

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    余雪青; 谭国玉

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical effect of cervical dilatation balloon and oxytocin in the treatment of late pregnancy induced labor .Methods Chose 2014.05—2015.05 period in the department of gynecology and obstetrics in our hospital receiving treatment of 126 cases of pregnancy pregnant women , divided by randomized double blind method and the control group of 63 cases of pregnant women treated with oxytocin;research group of 63 cases of pregnant women with uterine neck extension balls were combined with oxytocin , observed and compared two groups of induction effect .Results The score of Bishop in the study group was significantly higher than that in the control group after 12 hours of labor , the difference was statistically significant P<0.05.The total effective rate of the study group of pregnant women was 98.42% (62/63) was significantly higher than that of the control group (50/63), the difference was statistically significant between P=0.001. Conclusions The cervical dilatation balloon and oxytocin can promote cervical ripening , and it is a simple , effective and safe method for inducing labor , which can be further popularized and applied in clinic .%目的:研究分析子宫颈扩张球囊与催产素联合用于妊娠晚期引产的效果。方法选择2014年5月至2015年5月期间在我院产科接收诊治的126例妊娠晚期孕妇,利用随机数字双盲法进行平均分组,对照组63例孕妇单纯应用催产素;研究组63例孕妇应用子宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素,观察对比两组的引产效果。结果研究组孕妇在引产12小时后的Bishop评分显著高于对照组,差异P=0.0001有统计学意义。研究组孕妇引产的总有效率约为98.42%(62/63)显著高于对照组的79.37%(50/63),差异P=0.001有统计学意义。结论子宫颈扩张球囊联合催产素的促宫颈成熟效果较好,是一种安全、有效、简单的引产方法,可进一步在临床中推广、应用。

  5. Cephalic arch stenosis in autogenous brachiocephalic hemodialysis fistulas: results of cutting balloon angioplasty

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    Heerwagen, Søren Thorup; Lönn, Lars; Schroeder, Torben V;

    2010-01-01

    Cephalic arch stenosis is a known cause of hemodialysis access failure in patients with brachiocephalic fistulas (BCFs). Outcomes of endovascular treatment are affected by resistance of the stenosis to balloon dilation, a high vein rupture rate and the development of early restenosis. The purpose...... of this retrospective study was to report outcomes after cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) of cephalic arch stenosis....

  6. 低频电刺激配合导尿管球囊扩张技术治疗放射性脑神经损伤致吞咽障碍%Low frequency electric stimulation and balloon dilatation therapy for treating dysphagia in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients after radiation therapy

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    周惠嫦; 张盘德; 杨冠英

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of low frequency electric stimulation and urethral catheter balloon dilatation therapy on dysphagia in nasopharyngeal carcinoma(NPC)patients after radiation therapy. Methods Eighteen dysphagic NPC patients who had received radiation therapy were studied.They included 15 males and 3 females with a mean age of 49.5 years.Thirteen were being fed with a nasogastric tube and 5 with a gastmstomy tube.Low frequency electric stimulation was applied to the swallowing muscles and urethral catheter balloon dilatation therapy was used for the crieopharygeus muscle.Before and after treatment the effects were evaluated with a videofluoroscopic study of swallowing.Results Most swallowing function improved after treatment.After treatment the pharyngeal transit time of paste iodine and fluid iodine(diatriazoate)through the mouth and hypopharynx showed significant improvement.Displacement of the hyoid bone was significantly greater after treatment.Before treatment the incidence of pyriform sinus stasis and aspiration were 100%:after treatment these were 44.4%and 16.6% respectively.Videofluoroscopy showed that 7 cases had been cured(38.9%),9 cases had improved(50.0%)and 2 cases showed no effect(11.1%).In 15 cases the nasogastric or gastrostomy tube could be removed. Conclusion Low frequency electric stimulation and urethral catheter balloon dilatation can improve swallowing in NPC patients with dysphagia after radiation therapy.This treatment was easy to administer,safe and reliable.%目的 探讨低频电刺激配合导尿管球囊扩张技术治疗放射性脑神经损伤所致吞咽障碍的疗效.方法 选择18例鼻咽癌后放射性脑神经损伤所致的吞咽障碍患者,其中男15例,女3例;平均年龄49.5岁;放射治疗结束到出现严重吞咽困难需鼻饲的时间为4.5年;留置胃管13例,胃造瘘5例.应用低频电刺激吞咽肌,刺激肌肉包括下颌舌骨肌、二腹肌、甲状舌骨肌、舌骨舌肌、腭垂肌、上

  7. Comparison of the effect of cervical dilatation balloon and prostaglandin preparations on promoting cervical mature induced labor%宫颈扩张球囊与前列腺素类制剂促宫颈成熟引产效果比较

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    廖聪

    2016-01-01

    目的:对比COOK宫颈扩张球囊与阴道用前列腺素类制剂(地诺前列酮栓)用于孕足月宫颈条件不成熟产妇促宫颈成熟及引产的临床效果和安全性。方法:选取2014年8月—2015年8月收治的191例有引产指征的患者为研究对象,随机并根据产妇意愿调整分为C O O K宫颈球囊促宫颈成熟引产组(实验组)100例和地诺前列酮栓促宫颈成熟引产组(对照组)91例,比较2组促宫颈成熟效果及24h内阴道分娩率,诱发临产时间,产后出血以及新生儿状况。结果:实验组宫颈评分、促宫颈成熟有效率、顺产率及24h内阴道分娩率显著高于对照组,诱发临产时间显著低于对照组,差异均有统计学意义(P0.05)。结论:COOK宫颈球囊促宫颈成熟及引产效果优于前列腺素类制剂,可提高孕足月宫颈条件不成熟的产妇的顺产率,且不增加产妇及新生儿风险。%Objective: To compare the clinical efifcacy and safety of cervical dilatation balloon and vaginal prostaglandin preparations (dinoprostone suppository) for cervical conditions are not ripe for full-term pregnancy maternal cervical ripening and induction.Methods: 191 patients with indications for induction of labor in patients admitted from August 2014 to August 2014 were selected for the study, and according to maternal willingness were randomly divided into cervical COOK cervical ripening balloon group (experimental group) 100 cases and cervical ripening induction group (control group) 91 cases, two groups were compared for cervical ripening effect and vaginal delivery rate within 24 h, induced labor time, postpartum hemorrhage and newborn health.Results: The cervical score, cervical ripening rate, natural birth rate and vaginal delivery rate within 24h of experimental group were all significantly higher than those in control group, induced labor time was signiifcantly lower than that of control group, and the differences

  8. Effect analysis of cervix dilatation with double balloon, prostaglandin E2 suppository and for cervical ripening and labor induction in full-term pregnancy%宫颈扩张双球囊、前列腺素E2栓剂用于促宫颈成熟及足月妊娠引产的效果分析

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    罗雪芹; 廖宇媛; 朱圣玉; 吴海兰

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨宫颈扩张双球囊(COOK球囊)、前列腺素E2栓剂用于促宫颈成熟及足月妊娠引产的有效性和安全性。方法采取回顾对照研究方法,选取2013年3月~2014年3月在本院住院有引产指征的初产妇共240例,随机分为A组(COOK球囊组)80例、B组(前列腺素E2栓剂组)80例、C组(缩宫素组)80例。观察3组产妇的用药后促宫颈成熟及引产效果、用药后至临产时间、阴道分娩率、产后出血量、新生儿1 min Apgar评分及母婴并发症情况。结果 A组的引产总有效率为100.00%,B组为91.25%,C组为46.25%,3组的引产总有效率比较,差异有统计学意义(P0.05)。 A、B组的用药后至临产时间明显短于C组,阴道分娩率明显高于C组,差异有统计学意义(P0.05)。结论 COOK球囊促宫颈成熟及引产效果与前列腺素制剂相当,且明显优于缩宫素,是一种更安全、有效、简单的促宫颈成熟及引产的方法,值得临床推广应用。%Objective To explore the effectiveness and safety of cervix dilatation with double balloon (COOK balloon) and prostaglandin E2 suppository for cervical ripening and labor induction in full-term pregnancy. Methods By the method of retrospective control study,240 primiparae meeting the indications of induced labor who were admitted into our hospital from March 2013 to March 2014 were selected and evenly divided into three groups:the group A (the COOK balloon group),the group B (the prostaglandin E2 suppository group),and the group C (the oxytocin group) in ran-dom.Effect of cervical ripening and labor induction,time from medication to give birth,rate of vaginal parturition,post-partum amount of bleeding,neonatal Apgar score of 1 min and complications in maternal and child were observed in the three groups. Results The total effective rate of labor induction in the group A was 100.00%,the group B was 91.25%, and the group C was 46.25%,and there was a statistical

  9. 导尿管球囊扩张术不同介入时机对脑卒中后环咽肌失弛缓症疗效的影响%Effects of the timing of catheter balloon dilation therapy on cricopharyngeal achalasia after stroke

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    袁春兰; 彭化生

    2013-01-01

    .05).结论 早期介入导尿管球囊扩张术可有效改善脑卒中后环咽肌失弛缓症患者的吞咽功能,提高其生活质量.%Objective To investigate the effect of different intervention times on the efficacy of catheter balloon dilatation therapy for cricopharyngea] achalasia after stroke.Methods Forty-eight cases diagnosed as cricopharyngeal achalasia were divided into 4 groups,groups A,B,C,and D according to the time of intervention from the onset (i.e.0.5,0.5-1,1-3,and 3-6 months),with 12 cases in each group.A 14# urethral catheter was inserted into the esophagus and water was injected into the balloon to make it turgid.The catheter was then pulled upwards through the stricture in the esophagus to dilatate the cricopharygeal muscle.The patients also received low frequency electrical stimulation combined with dysphagia rehabilitation behavioral therapy once daily.The treatment end point was either when the patient resumed an oral diet or after 6 weeks of treatment.The effects of the treatment were evaluated in terms of the number of times the dilatation therapy was administered,the pharyngeal transit duration,swallowing function and fluoroscopic examination before and after treatment.Results Groups A,B and C required significantly fewer treatment sessions than group D.Groups A and B required significantly fewer sessions than group C,but the difference between groups A and B was not statistically significant.After treatment,there were 11 patients can eat water,liquid,paste and solid food both in groups A and B.But the number of patients who can eat the4 traits of food was 9,9,10,9 in group C and 6,6,7,5 in group D respectively.Swallowing function in groups A,B and C was adjudged,on average,significantly better than in group D.Compared with group C,swallowing function in groups A and B was also significantly improved,but the difference between groups A and B was not statistically significant.The pharyngeal transit duration in all 4 groups was shorter

  10. Efficacy and safety of cervical dilatation balloon and Dinoprostone for promoting cervical ripening and induc-tion of labor%宫颈扩张球囊与地诺前列酮栓在促宫颈成熟与引产中的疗效及安全性比较

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    柳伟伟; 韩文莹; 梁琛; 安小巧

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨宫颈扩张球囊与地诺前列酮栓在促宫颈成熟与引产中的疗效及安全性。方法选择行引产的80例孕产妇,按入院顺序随机平均分为两组各40例,研究组及对照组产妇分别使用 COOK 球囊及地诺前列酮栓促宫颈成熟并引产,比较两组患者治疗前后宫颈 Bishop 评分、促宫颈成熟率、产妇分娩情况及新生儿结局等。结果研究组产妇治疗后宫颈 Bishop 评分为(8.96±0.15)分,明显高于对照组的(6.02±0.34)分(t =3.75,P <0.05);研究组产妇促宫颈成熟并引产总有效率为97.5%,明显高于对照组的67.5%(χ2=5.31,P <0.05);研究组自引产至规律性宫缩时间为(6.2±1.4)h,明显短于对照组的(11.5±2.1)h (t =13.28,P <0.05),研究组阴道分娩率及剖宫产率分别为85.0%及15.0%,与对照组的62.5%及37.5%比较差异有统计学意义(χ2=3.88、6.49,均 P <0.05);两组产妇及新生儿结局比较差异均无统计学意义(t =0.17、0.43、0.31、0.82,均 P >0.05)。结论宫颈扩张球囊促宫颈成熟并引产成功率较高,安全可靠,值得推广应用。%Objective To investigate the efficacy and safety of cervical dilatation balloon and Dinoprostone for promoting cervical ripening and induction of labor.Methods 80 maternal who were taken induction of labor were randomly divided into two groups,40 patients in each group,according to the order of admission,the study group and the control group used COOK balloon and Dinoprostone for promoting cervical ripening and induction of labor respec-tively,Bishop score before and after treatment,cervical ripening rate of maternal and neonatal outcomes were compared between the two groups of maternal.Results The study group′s Bishop score was (8.96 ±0.15)points,which was significantly higher than (6.02 ±0.34)points of the control

  11. A comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); P.P.T. de Jaegere (Peter); F. Kiemeneij (Ferdinand); C.M. Miguel (Carlos); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); G.R. Heyndrickx (Guy); H.U. Emanuelsson (Hakan); J. Marco (Jean); V.M.G. Legrand (Victor); P.H. Materne (Phillipe); J.A. Belardi (Jorge); U. Sigwart (Ulrich); A. Colombo (Antonio); J-J. Goy (Jean-Jacques); P.A. van den Heuvel (Paul); J. Delcan; M-A.M. Morel (Marie-Angèle)

    1994-01-01

    textabstractBalloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical outcomes as c

  12. A comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); P.P.T. de Jaegere (Peter); F. Kiemeneij (Ferdinand); C.M. Miguel (Carlos); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); G.R. Heyndrickx (Guy); H.U. Emanuelsson (Hakan); J. Marco (Jean); V.M.G. Legrand (Victor); P.H. Materne (Phillipe); J.A. Belardi (Jorge); U. Sigwart (Ulrich); A. Colombo (Antonio); J-J. Goy (Jean-Jacques); P. van den Heuvel; J. Delcan; M-A.M. Morel (Marie-Angèle)

    1994-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND. Balloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical o

  13. Análise estrutural da laringofaringe e suas implicações na miotomia do cricofaríngeo, na injeção de toxina botulínica e na dilatação por balão Laryngopharyngeal structural analysis and its morphofunctional correlation with cricopharyngeal myotomy, botulinum toxin injection and balloon dilation

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    2003-06-01

    positivamente para a melhoria do fluxo faringoesofágico por diminuição da resistência local. A eficiência deste procedimento será dependente da existência de alguma força de ejeção e elevação hiolaríngea. O fascículo transverso do músculo cricofaríngeo é fitado, de pequena espessura, para ser infiltrado por via transcutânea com a toxina botulínica. Talvez por via endoscópica, à semelhança das miotomias, o indicado seria desnervar somente o fascículo transverso do músculo cricofaríngeo. Neste contexto dose, diluição e pontos de infiltração assumem importante papel no uso terapêutico desta neurotoxina em nível do cricofaríngeo. A dilatação por balão pneumático da transição faringoesofágica não parece ser procedimento adequado para região que não apresente estenose fibrótica a ser rompida. Em razão das características anatômicas da transição faringoesofágica, a pressão média de repouso, como registrada pelo método manométrico, não avalia adequadamente a ineficiência ou efetividade da miotomia, da desnervação ou do resultado da dilatação por balão pneumático.BACKGROUND: The cricopharyngeal muscle is of the skeletal type and, in this way, unable to sustain continuous contraction for long periods. Despite of this it has been considered as the responsible by the high pressure area, registered by manometry into the pharyngoesophageal transition. For this reason, it has been the object of therapeutics that promote the rupture of its integrity. AIMS: To give the anatomical bases to define the limits of participation of the cricopharyngeal muscle in the pharyngoesophageal transition function. To consider a morphological and functional alternative to explain the high pressure area on pharyngoesophageal transition and the implications of the myotomy, use of the botulinum toxin and balloon dilatation on pharyngoesophageal transition function. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Study of the laryngopharyngeal region in their morphologic

  14. 宫颈扩张球囊联合缩宫素及间苯三酚在足月妊娠引产中的应用效果%Application effect of cervical dilation balloon combined with oxytocin,and phloroglucinol in induced labour in full-term pregnancy

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    陈茵; 刘柯伶; 梁丽金; 付清梅

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析宫颈扩张球囊联合缩宫素及间苯三酚在足月妊娠引产中的应用效果。方法选取本院妇产科2012年1月~2014年11月接收的136例符合引产指征的的足月妊娠初产妇,根据其意愿将其分为对照组(n=74)和观察组(n=62)。对照组患者于宫颈评分后给予0.5%缩宫素,潜伏期给予间苯三酚;观察组在对照组基础上放置Cook双球囊。比较两组产妇干预前后的宫颈 Bishop评分;干预12 h后,比较两组产妇的促宫颈成熟效果;比较两组产妇的引产效果、分娩方式及妊娠结局;比较两组产妇的产程情况。结果干预前,两组的宫颈 Bishop评分比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),干预后,观察组显著高于对照组(P0.05).After intervention,the score in observation group was much higher than that in control group (P<0.05).Cervical ripening effect in observation group was much better than that in control group (P<0.05).The proportion of patients be-ing going to give birth with wtthin 12 hours and patients preferred for vaginal delivery was greatly higher than those in control group (P<0.05).Incidence rate of pregnancy outcome like postpartum urinary retention,postpartum hemorrhage, fetal distress,neonatal asphyxia,etc.were significantly lower than those in control group (P<0.05).Except the second stage of labor, stages of labor in observation group were shorter than those in the control group (P<0.05). Conclusion Cervi-cal dilatation balloon combined with oxytocin and phloroglucinol can increase cervical Bishop score,improve the suc-cess rate of vaginal delivery,and reduce the incidence rate of adverse pregnancy outcome.

  15. Incidence of dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Abelmann, Walter H.

    1985-01-01

    Full reliable data on the incidence and prevalence of dilated cardiomyopathy are not available. In the United States, at least 0.7% of cardiac deaths are attributable to cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy probably contributes the great majority of these cases. The mortality rate for cardiomyopathy in males is twice that of females, and for blacks it is 2.4 times that of whites. Cardiomyopathy was diagnosed in 0.67% of patients discharged from hospitals in 1979 with diagnoses of disease of...

  16. Thrombus aspiration catheter is a Dottering balloon.

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    Sheshagiri Rao, D; Barik, Ramachandra; Prasad, Akula Siva

    2016-01-01

    Coronary angiogram in a young man with history of STEMI with delayed presentation revealed subtotal occlusion of left anterior descending artery (LAD) with large thrombotic filling defect distal to the critical lesion. PCI was preferred without delay because of ongoing chest pain. Several runs of thrombus aspiration failed to detect any visible thrombus. However, the immediate angiogram after thrombus aspiration showed complete distal embolization of the thrombus which could have been achieved by Dottering or balloon dilatation. In contrary to the general perception, does thrombus aspiration push more thrombus than it can aspirate? PMID:27543477

  17. The Role of Transtympanic Dilatation of the Eustachian Tube During Chronic Ear Surgery.

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    Tarabichi, Muaaz; Kapadia, Mustafa

    2016-10-01

    Endoscopic technique allows visualization of the protympanic segment of the eustachian tube in patients undergoing chronic ear surgery. Balloon dilatation of the area can be undertaken with clear widening of the obstructed areas. This article discusses the authors' approach and experience with transtympanic dilatation of the eustachian tube. It includes case selection, technique, immediate postprocedure evaluation, and results, with multiple case presentations and videos. PMID:27565385

  18. GHOST balloons around Antarctica

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    Stearns, Charles R.

    1988-01-01

    The GHOST balloon position as a function of time data shows that the atmospheric circulation around the Antarctic Continent at the 100 mb and 200 mb levels is complex. The GHOST balloons supposedly follow the horizontal trajectory of the air at the balloon level. The position of GHOST balloon 98Q for a three month period in 1968 is shown. The balloon moved to within 2 deg of the South Pole on 1 October 1968 and then by 9 December 1968 was 35 deg from the South Pole and close to its position on 1 September 1968. The balloon generally moved from west to east but on two occasions moved in the opposite direction for a few days. The latitude of GHOST balloons 98Q and 149Z which was at 200 mb is given. Both balloons tended to get closer to the South Pole in September and October. Other GHOST balloons at the same pressure and time period may not indicate similar behavior.

  19. Weather Balloon Ascent Rate

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    Denny, Mark

    2016-05-01

    The physics of a weather balloon is analyzed. The surprising aspect of the motion of these balloons is that they ascend to great altitudes (typically 35 km) at a more or less constant rate. Such behavior is not surprising near the ground—say for a helium-filled party balloon rising from street level to the top of the Empire State building—but it is unexpected for a balloon that rises to altitudes where the air is rarefied. We show from elementary physical laws why the ascent rate is approximately constant.

  20. Clefting in pumpkin balloons

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    Baginski, F.; Schur, W.

    NASA's effort to develop a large payload, high altitude, long duration balloon, the Ultra Long Duration Balloon, focuses on a pumpkin shape super-pressure design. It has been observed that a pumpkin balloon may be unable to pressurize into the desired cyclically symmetric equilibrium configuration, settling into a distorted, undesired stable state instead. Hoop stress considerations in the pumpkin design leads to choosing the lowest possible bulge radius, while robust deployment is favored by a large bulge radius. Some qualitative understanding of design aspects on undesired equilibria in pumpkin balloons has been obtained via small-scale balloon testing. Poorly deploying balloons have clefts, but most gores away from the cleft deploy uniformly. In this paper, we present models for pumpkin balloons with clefts. Long term success of the pumpkin balloon for NASA requires a thorough understanding of the phenomenon of multiple stable equilibria and means for quantitative assessment of measures that prevent their occurrence. This paper attempts to determine numerical thresholds of design parameters that distinguish between properly deploying designs and improperly deploying designs by analytically investigating designs in the vicinity of criticality. Design elements which may trigger the onset undesired equilibria and remedial measures that ensure deployment are discussed.

  1. Bursting water balloons

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    Lund, Hugh M

    2011-01-01

    The impact and rupture of water-filled balloons upon a flat, rigid surface is studied experimentally, for which three distinct stages of the flow are observed. Due to the impact, waves are formed on the balloon's surface for which the restoring force is tension in the latex. Immediately following rupture of the membrane, a shear instability created by the retraction of the balloon is observed. At later times, a larger-scale growth of the interfacial amplitude is observed, that may be regarded as a manifestation of a phenomenon known as the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability. This flow is closely related to the classical understanding of the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability for when there exists a density difference between the fluids inside and outside the balloon. Further, it is shown experimentally that this growth of the interface may also occur when there is no density difference across the balloon, a situation that does not arise for the standard Richtmyer-Meshkov instability.

  2. Balloon Design Software

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    Farley, Rodger

    2007-01-01

    PlanetaryBalloon Version 5.0 is a software package for the design of meridionally lobed planetary balloons. It operates in a Windows environment, and programming was done in Visual Basic 6. By including the effects of circular lobes with load tapes, skin mass, hoop and meridional stress, and elasticity in the structural elements, a more accurate balloon shape of practical construction can be determined as well as the room-temperature cut pattern for the gore shapes. The computer algorithm is formulated for sizing meridionally lobed balloons for any generalized atmosphere or planet. This also covers zero-pressure, over-pressure, and super-pressure balloons. Low circumferential loads with meridionally reinforced load tapes will produce shapes close to what are known as the "natural shape." The software allows for the design of constant angle, constant radius, or constant hoop stress balloons. It uses the desired payload capacity for given atmospheric conditions and determines the required volume, allowing users to design exactly to their requirements. The formulations are generalized to use any lift gas (or mixture of gases), any atmosphere, or any planet as described by the local acceleration of gravity. PlanetaryBalloon software has a comprehensive user manual that covers features ranging from, but not limited to, buoyancy and super-pressure, convenient design equations, shape formulation, and orthotropic stress/strain.

  3. Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

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    ... For Patients About ACOG Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Home For Patients Search FAQs Dilation and Curettage ( ... February 2016 PDF Format Dilation and Curettage (D&C) Special Procedures What is dilation and curettage (D& ...

  4. Long-term results of graded pneumatic dilatation under endoscopic guidance in patients with primary esophageal achalasia

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    Ahmet Dobrucali; Yusuf Erzin; Murat Tuncer; Ahmet Dirican

    2004-01-01

    AIM: Achalasia is the best known primary motor disorder of the esophagus in which the lower esophageal sphincter(LES) has abnormally high resting pressure and incomplete relaxation with swallowing. Pneumatic dilatation remains the first choice of treatment. The aims of this study were to determine the long term clinical outcome of treating achalasia initially with pneumatic dilatation and usefulness of pneumatic dilatation technique under endoscopic observation without fluoroscopy.METHODS: A total of 65 dilatations were performed in 43patients with achalasia [23 males and 20 females, the mean age was 43 years (range, 19-73)]. All patients underwent an initial dilatation by inflating a 30 mm balloon to 15 psi under endoscopic control. The need for subsequent dilatation was based on symptom assessment. A 3.5 cm balloon was used for repeat procedures.RESULTS: The 30 mm balloon achieved a satisfactory result in 24 patients (54%) and the 35 mm ballon in 78% of the remainder (14/18). Esophageal perforation as a short-term complication was observed in one patient (2.3%). The only late complication encountered was gastroesophageal reflux in 2 (4%) patients with a good response to dilatation. The mean follow-up period was 2.4 years (6 mo - 5 years). Of the patients studied, 38 (88%) were relieved of their symptoms after only one or two sessions. Five patients were referred for surgery(one for esophageal perforation and four for persistent or recurrent symptoms). Among the patients whose follow up information was available, the percentage of patients in remission was 79% (19/24) at 1 year and54% (7/13) at 5 years.CONCLUSION: Performing balloon dilatation under endoscopic observation as an outpatient procedure is simple, safe and efficacious for treating patients with achalasia and referral of surgical myotomy should be considered for patients who do not respond to medical therapy or individuals that do not desire pneumatic dilatations.

  5. The Descending Helium Balloon

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    Helseth, Lars Egil

    2014-01-01

    I describe a simple and fascinating experiment wherein helium leaks out of a rubber balloon, thereby causing it to descend. An estimate of the volumetric leakage rate is made by measuring its rate of descent.

  6. Balloon dacryocystoplasty study in the management of adult epiphora.

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    Fenton, S

    2012-02-03

    PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of dacryocystoplasty with balloon dilation in the treatment of acquired obstruction of the nasolacrimal system in adults. METHODS: Balloon dacryocystoplasty was performed in 52 eyes of 42 patients under general anaesthetic. A Teflon-coated guidewire was introduced through the canaliculus and manipulated through the nasolacrimal system and out of the nasal aperture. A 4 mm wide 3 cm coronary angioplasty balloon catheter was threaded over the guidewire in a retrograde fashion and dilated at the site of obstruction. RESULTS: There was complete obstruction in 30% of cases and partial obstruction in 70%. The most common site of obstruction was the nasolacrimal duct. The procedure was technically successful in 94% of cases. The overall re-obstruction rate was 29% within 1 year of the procedure. There was an anatomical failure rate of 17% for partial obstruction and 69% for complete obstruction within 1 year. CONCLUSIONS: Balloon dacryocystoplasty has a high recurrence rate. There may be a limited role for this procedure in partial obstructions. Further refinements of the procedure are necessary before it can be offered as a comparable alternative to a standard surgical dacryocystorhinostomy.

  7. Treatment of benign ureteral stricture by double J stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty

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    YU Hua-liang; YE Lin-yang; LIN Mao-hu; YANG Yu; MIAO Rui; HU Xiao-juan

    2011-01-01

    Background Balloon dilatation angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgery for treating benign ureteral stricture. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of placing double J (D-J) stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty in treating benign ureteral stricture.Methods A total of 42 patients (48 cases) with benign ureteral stricture (42 had benign ureteral stricture) were investigated by inserting dual D-J stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty. The control group contained 50 patients (57 cases) employing the conventional balloon angioplasty with a single D-J stent inserted for comparison.Results The overall effective rate of the treated and control groups was 87.8% (36/41) and 62.7% (32/51), respectively (P <0.05).Conclusion This new approach produces a better curative effect than the conventional balloon angioplasty with a single D-J stent insertion in treating benign ureteral stricture.

  8. [Dilation of stenoses of the oral part of the esophagus in the Kelly-Paterson syndrome (Plummer-Vinson)].

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    Bohutová, J; Pokorný, M; Sram, F

    1990-01-01

    The dilatation of oesophagus oral portion in the Kelly-Paterson (Plummer Vinson) syndrome was made in two female patients at the age of 58 and 81 years. For the extreme stenosis (2 and 3 mm) of the lumen the dilatation was first performed by the Grüntzig Catheter and after extension above 5 mm special oesophageal catheters with a balloon of 15 mm diameter (Cook) were used. The dilatation proved successful in both patients. The dilatation in the K.-P. syndrome must be performed with care beginning with catheters of small diameter and narrow end with a step-wise slow filling of the balloon. A good anesthesia of upper respiratory pathways and swallowing passages is required.

  9. Percutaneous Placement of Metallic Stents in Malignant Biliary Obstruction: One-Stage or Two-Stage Procedure? Pre-Dilate or Not?

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    The aim of this paper was to evaluate the necessity of percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage and balloon dilation procedures performed before stent insertion. One hundred and twenty-six patients with unresectable malignant biliary obstruction underwent palliative therapy by means of percutaneous transhepatic placement of 183 metallic biliary endoprotheses. Forty-four (35%) patients underwent metallic stent insertion in a one-stage procedure and 82(65%) had undergone percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage before stent insertion. Balloon dilation of the stenosis before stent placement (pre-dilation) was performed in 53 (42%) of 126 patients. The rate of the 30-day mortality was 11%, with no procedure-related deaths. The total rate of early complications was 29%, and 84% of these complications were due to percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage and pre-dilation procedures. Percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage and pre-dilation had no clinical or statistically significant effect on the patients' survival and stent patency rate. Percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage and balloon dilation increased the cost of stent placement 18% and 19%, respectively. Palliation of malignant biliary obstruction with percutaneous transhepatic stent insertion should be done directly, in the simplest way, without performing percutaneous transhepatic catheter drainage and balloon dilation before stent placement. It is more useful, safe, and cost-effective

  10. Framings and dilations

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    Larson, David R.; Szafraniec, Franciszek Hugon

    2013-01-01

    The notion of framings, recently emerging in P. G. Casazza, D. Han, and D. R. Larson, Frames for Banach spaces, in {\\em The functional and harmonic analysis of wavelets and frames} (San Antonio, TX, 1999), {\\em Contemp. Math}. {\\bf 247} (1999), 149-182 as generalization of the reconstraction formula generated by pairs of dual frames, is in this note extended substantially. This calls on refining the basic dilation results which still being in the flavor of {\\em th\\'eor\\`eme principal} of B. S...

  11. Long-term results of pneumatic dilation for achalasia: A 15 years' experience

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    Panagiotis Katsinelos; Jannis Kountouras; George Paroutoglou; Athanasios Beltsis; Christos Zavos; Basilios Papaziogas; Kostas Mlimidis

    2005-01-01

    AIM: Although most patients with achalasia respond to pneumatic dilation, one-third experienced recurrence, and prolonged follow-up studies on parameters associated with various outcomes are scanty. In this retrospective study, we reported a 15-years' experience with pneumatic dilation treatment in patients with primary achalasia, and determined whether previously described predictors of outcome remain significant after endoscopic dilation.METHODS: Between September 1989 and September 2004, 39 consecutive patients with primary symptomatic achalasia (diagnosed by clinical presentation, esophagoscopy,barium esophagogram, and manometry) who received balloon dilation were followed up at regular intervals in person or by phone interview. Remission was assessed by a structured interview and a previous symptoms score.The median dysphagia-free duration was calculated by Kaplan-Meier analysis.RESULTS: Symptoms were dysphagia (n = 39, 100%),regurgitation (n =23, 58.7%), chest pain (n = 4, 10.2%),and weight loss (n = 26, 66.6%). A total of 74 dilations were performed in 39 patients; 13 patients (28%) underwent a single dilation, 17 patients (48.7%) required a second procedure within a median of 26.7 mo (range 5-97 mo), and 9 patients (23.3%) underwent a third procedure within a median of 47.8 mo (range 37-120 mo). Post-dilation lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure, assessed in 35 patients, has decreased from a baseline of 35.8±10.4-10.0±7.1 mmHg after the procedure. The median follow-up period was 9.3 years (range 0.5-15 years). The dysphagiafree duration by Kaplan-Meier analysis was 78%, 61%and 58.3% after 5, 10 and 15 years respectively.CONCLUSION: Balloon dilation is a safe and effective treatment for primary achalasia. Post-dilation LES pressure estimation may be useful in assessing response.

  12. Bootstrapping Time Dilation Decoherence

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    Gooding, Cisco; Unruh, William G.

    2015-10-01

    We present a general relativistic model of a spherical shell of matter with a perfect fluid on its surface coupled to an internal oscillator, which generalizes a model recently introduced by the authors to construct a self-gravitating interferometer (Gooding and Unruh in Phys Rev D 90:044071, 2014). The internal oscillator evolution is defined with respect to the local proper time of the shell, allowing the oscillator to serve as a local clock that ticks differently depending on the shell's position and momentum. A Hamiltonian reduction is performed on the system, and an approximate quantum description is given to the reduced phase space. If we focus only on the external dynamics, we must trace out the clock degree of freedom, and this results in a form of intrinsic decoherence that shares some features with a proposed "universal" decoherence mechanism attributed to gravitational time dilation (Pikovski et al in Nat Phys, 2015). We note that the proposed decoherence remains present in the (gravity-free) limit of flat spacetime, emphasizing that the effect can be attributed entirely to proper time differences, and thus is not necessarily related to gravity. Whereas the effect described in (Pikovski et al in Nat Phys, 2015) vanishes in the absence of an external gravitational field, our approach bootstraps the gravitational contribution to the time dilation decoherence by including self-interaction, yielding a fundamentally gravitational intrinsic decoherence effect.

  13. Brain Abscess after Esophageal Dilatation

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    Gaïni, S; Grand, M; Michelsen, J

    2007-01-01

    Brain abscess formation is a serious disease often seen as a complication to other diseases and to procedures. A rare predisposing condition is dilatation therapy of esophageal strictures. A case of brain abscess formation after esophageal dilatations is presented. A 59-year-old woman was admitted...... with malaise, progressive lethargy, fever, aphasia and hemiparesis. Six days before she had been treated with esophageal dilatation for a stricture caused by accidental ingestion of caustic soda. The brain abscess was treated with surgery and antibiotics. She recovered completely. This clinical case...... illustrates the possible association between therapeutic esophageal dilatation and the risk of brain abscess formation....

  14. Cephalic arch stenosis in autogenous brachiocephalic hemodialysis fistulas: results of cutting balloon angioplasty

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    Heerwagen, Søren Thorup; Lönn, Lars; Schroeder, Torben V;

    2010-01-01

    Cephalic arch stenosis is a known cause of hemodialysis access failure in patients with brachiocephalic fistulas (BCFs). Outcomes of endovascular treatment are affected by resistance of the stenosis to balloon dilation, a high vein rupture rate and the development of early restenosis. The purpose...

  15. Universal stratospheric balloon gradiometer

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    Tsvetkov, Yury; Filippov, Sergey; Brekhov, Oleg; Nikolaev, Nikolay

    The study of the interior structure of the Earth and laws of its evolution is one of the most difficult problems of natural science. Among the geophysical fields the anomaly magnetic field is one of the most informational in questions of the Earth’s crust structure. Many important parameters of an environment are expedient for measuring at lower altitudes, than satellite ones. So, one of the alternatives is stratospheric balloon survey. The balloon flight altitudes cover the range from 20 to 50 km. At such altitudes there are steady zone air flows due to which the balloon flight trajectories can be of any direction, including round-the-world (round-the-pole). For investigation of Earth's magnetic field one of the examples of such sounding system have been designed, developed and maintained at IZMIRAN and MAI during already about 25 years. This system consists of three instrumental containers uniformly placed along a vertical 6 km line. Up today this set has been used only for geomagnetic purposes. So we describe this system on example of the measuring of the geomagnetic field gradient. System allows measuring a module and vertical gradient of the geomagnetic field along the whole flight trajectory and so one’s name is - stratospheric balloon magnetic gradiometer (SMBG). The GPS-receivers, located in each instrumental container, fix the flight coordinates to within several tens meters. Process of SBMG deployment, feature of the exit of rope from the magazine at the moment of balloon launching has been studied. Used magazine is cellular type. The hodograph of the measuring base of SBMG and the technique of correction of the deviations of the measuring base from the vertical line (introduction of the amendments for the deviation) during the flight have been investigated. It is shown that estimation of the normal level of values of the vertical gradient of the geomagnetic field is determined by the accuracy of determining the length of the measuring base SBMG

  16. Mars Solar Balloon Lander Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Mars Solar Balloon Lander (MSBL) is a novel concept which utilizes the capability of solar-heated hot air balloons to perform soft landings of scientific...

  17. Venus Altitude Cycling Balloon Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ISTAR Group ( IG) and team mate Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) propose a Venus altitude cycling balloon (Venus ACB), an innovative superpressure balloon...

  18. JACEE long duration balloon flights

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    JACEE balloon-borne emulsion chamber detectors are used to observe the spectra and interactions of cosmic ray protons and nuclei in the energy range 1-100A TeV. Experience with long duration mid-latitude balloon flights and characteristics of the detector system that make it ideal for planned Antarctic balloon flights are discussed. 5 refs., 2 figs

  19. FAST WATERSHED-BASED DILATION

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    Jakub Smołka

    2014-01-01

    A watershed-based region growing image segmentation algorithm requires a fast watershed-based dilation implementation for effective operation. This paper presents a new way for watershed image representation and uses this representation for effective implementation of dilation. Methods for improving the algorithm speed are discussed. Presented solutions may also be used for solving other problems where fast set summation is required.

  20. Application of Mitomycin C after dilation of an anastomotic stricture in a newborn with necrotizing enterocolitis

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    Jonathan Green

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC is a common life-threatening condition in premature infants. Bacterial translocation, localized inflammation and subsequent perforation often require surgery for source control and definitive treatment. Small and large intestinal strictures may result from either creation of a surgical anastomosis or the disease process itself. Current methods to treat strictures include, balloon dilation and surgical resection with or without anastomosis. We report the diagnosis and surgical management of a premature infant treated for NEC, who developed an anastomotic stricture and was successfully treated with topical Mitomycin C after balloon stricturoplasty.

  1. Intravascular ultrasound imaging following balloon angioplasty.

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    Tobis, J M; Mahon, D J; Moriuchi, M; Honye, J; McRae, M

    1991-01-01

    Despite its long history and reliability, contrast angiography has several inherent limitations. Because it is a two-dimensional projection image of the lumen contour, the wall thickness cannot be measured and the plaque itself is not visualized. This results in an underestimation of the amount of atherosclerotic disease by angiography. An assessment of atherosclerosis could be improved by an imaging modality: (1) that has an inherent larger magnification than angiography and (2) that directly visualizes the plaque. Intravascular ultrasound fulfils these criteria. This presentation will provide evidence that intravascular ultrasound may prove complimentary or even superior to angiography as an imaging modality. Intravascular ultrasound demonstrates excellent representations of lumen and plaque morphology of in vitro specimens compared with histology. There is very close intraobserver and interobserver variability of measurements made from intravascular ultrasound images. Phantom studies of stenoses in a tube model demonstrate that angiography can misrepresent the severity of stenosis when the lumen contour is irregular and not a typical ellipse, whereas intravascular ultrasound reproduces the cross-sectional morphology more accurately since it images the artery from within. In vitro studies of the atherosclerotic plaque tissue characteristics compare closely with the echo representation of fibrosis, calcification, and lipid material. In addition, in vitro studies of balloon angioplasty demonstrate that intravascular ultrasound accurately represents the changes in the structure of artery segments following balloon dilatation. PMID:1833473

  2. Bootstrapping Time Dilation Decoherence

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    Gooding, Cisco

    2015-01-01

    We present a general relativistic model of a spherical shell of matter with a perfect fluid on its surface coupled to an internal oscillator, which generalizes a model recently introduced by the authors to construct a self-gravitating interferometer [1]. The internal oscillator evolution is defined with respect to the local proper time of the shell, allowing the oscillator to serve as a local clock that ticks differently depending on the shell's position and momentum. A Hamiltonian reduction is performed on the system, and an approximate quantum description is given to the reduced phase space. If we focus only on the external dynamics, we must trace out the clock degree of freedom, and this results in a form of intrinsic decoherence that shares some features with a proposed "universal" decoherence mechanism attributed to gravitational time dilation [2]. We show that the proposed decoherence remains present in the (gravity-free) limit of flat spacetime, indicating that the effect can be attributed entirely to ...

  3. Vessel dilatation in coronary angiograms

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    Amongst 166 patients with aneurysms, ectasia or megaloarteries shown on coronary angiograms, 86.1% had dilated vessels as part of generalised coronary sclerosis (usually in patients with three-vessel disease). In 9%, dilatation was of iatrogenic origin and in 4.8% it was idiopathic. One patient had Marfan's syndrome. Amongst 9 000 patients, there were eight with megalo-arteries without stenosis; six of these had atypical angina and three suffered an infarct. Patients with definite dilatation of the coronary artery and stagnation of contrast flow required treatment. (orig.)

  4. Vessel dilatation in coronary angiograms

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    Hinterauer, L.; Goebel, N.

    1983-11-01

    Amongst 166 patients with aneurysms, ectasia or megaloarteries shown on coronary angiograms, 86.1% had dilated vessels as part of generalised coronary sclerosis (usually in patients with three-vessel disease). In 9%, dilatation was of iatrogenic origin and in 4.8% it was idiopathic. One patient had Marfan's syndrome. Amongst 9 000 patients, there were eight with megalo-arteries without stenosis; six of these had atypical angina and three suffered an infarct. Patients with definite dilatation of the coronary artery and stagnation of contrast flow required treatment.

  5. A comparison among four tract dilation methods of percutaneous nephrolithotomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Dehong, Cao; Liangren, Liu; Huawei, Liu; Qiang, Wei

    2013-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Amplatz dilation (AD), metal telescopic dilation (MTD), balloon dilation (BD), and one-shot dilation (OSD) methods for tract dilation during percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). Relevant eligible studies were identified using three electronic databases (Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane CENTRAL). Database acquisition and quality evaluation were independently performed by two reviewers. Efficacy (stone-free rate, surgical duration, and tract dilatation fluoroscopy time) and safety (transfusion rate and hemoglobin decrease) were evaluated using Review Manager 5.2. Four randomized controlled trials and eight clinical controlled trials involving 6,820 patients met the inclusion criteria. The pooled result from a meta-analysis showed statistically significant differences in tract dilatation fluoroscopy time and hemoglobin decrease between the OSD and MTD groups, which showed comparable stone-free and transfusion rates. Significant differences in transfusion rate were found between the BD and MTD groups. Among patients without previous open renal surgery, those who underwent BD exhibited a lower blood transfusion rate and a shorter surgical duration compared with those who underwent AD. The OSD technique is safer and more efficient than the MTD technique for tract dilation during PCNL, particularly in patients with previous open renal surgery, resulting in a shorter tract dilatation fluoroscopy time and a lesser decrease in hemoglobin. The efficacy and safety of BD are better than AD in patients without previous open renal surgery. The OSD technique should be considered for most patients who undergo PCNL therapy.

  6. Dilatancy in Slow Granular Flows

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    Kabla, Alexandre J.; Senden, Tim J.

    2009-06-01

    When walking on wet sand, each footstep leaves behind a temporarily dry impression. This counterintuitive observation is the most common illustration of the Reynolds principle of dilatancy: that is, a granular packing tends to expand as it is deformed, therefore increasing the amount of porous space. Although widely called upon in areas such as soil mechanics and geotechnics, a deeper understanding of this principle is constrained by the lack of analytical tools to study this behavior. Using x-ray radiography, we track a broad variety of granular flow profiles and quantify their intrinsic dilatancy behavior. These measurements frame Reynolds dilatancy as a kinematic process. Closer inspection demonstrates, however, the practical importance of flow induced compaction which competes with dilatancy, leading more complex flow properties than expected.

  7. Multisensory signalling enhances pupil dilation

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    Silvia Rigato; Gerulf Rieger; Vincenzo Romei

    2016-01-01

    Detecting and integrating information across the senses is an advantageous mechanism to efficiently respond to the environment. In this study, a simple auditory-visual detection task was employed to test whether pupil dilation, generally associated with successful target detection, could be used as a reliable measure for studying multisensory integration processing in humans. We recorded reaction times and pupil dilation in response to a series of visual and auditory stimuli, which were prese...

  8. Post-earthquake dilatancy recovery

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    Scholz, C. H.

    1974-01-01

    Geodetic measurements of the 1964 Niigata, Japan earthquake and of three other examples are briefly examined. They show exponentially decaying subsidence for a year after the quakes. The observations confirm the dilatancy-fluid diffusion model of earthquake precursors and clarify the extent and properties of the dilatant zone. An analysis using one-dimensional consolidation theory is included which agrees well with this interpretation.

  9. A Case of a Senile Systemic Amyloidosis Patient Presenting With Angina Pectoris and Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Kang, Gu Hyun; Ryu, Dong Ryeol; Song, Pil Sang; Song, Young Bin; Hahn, Joo-Yong; Choi, Seung-Hyuck; Gwon, Hyeon-Cheol

    2011-01-01

    A 77-year-old man visited our hospital complaining of aggravated exertional chest pain. He was diagnosed with syndrome X 7 years ago and underwent medical treatment in a regional hospital. Coronary angiography and echocardiography did not show any significant abnormalities. On the seventh in-hospital day, cardiogenic shock developed and echocardiography showed a dilated left ventricular (LV) cavity and severe LV systolic dysfunction. We thus inserted an intra-aortic balloon pump for hemodynam...

  10. Cleft formation in pumpkin balloons

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    Baginski, Frank E.; Brakke, Kenneth A.; Schur, Willi W.

    NASA’s development of a large payload, high altitude, long duration balloon, the Ultra Long Duration Balloon, centers on a pumpkin shape super-pressure design. Under certain circumstances, it has been observed that a pumpkin balloon may be unable to pressurize into the desired cyclically symmetric equilibrium configuration, settling into a distorted, undesired state instead. Success of the pumpkin balloon for NASA requires a thorough understanding of the phenomenon of multiple stable equilibria and developing of means for the quantitative assessment of design measures that prevent the occurrence of undesired equilibrium. In this paper, we will use the concept of stability to classify cyclically symmetric equilibrium states at full inflation and pressurization. Our mathematical model for a strained equilibrium balloon, when applied to a shape that mimics the Phase IV-A balloon of Flight 517, predicts instability at float. Launched in Spring 2003, this pumpkin balloon failed to deploy properly. Observations on pumpkin shape type super-pressure balloons that date back to the 1980s suggest that within a narrowly defined design class of pumpkin shape super-pressure balloons where individual designs are fully described by the number of gores ng and by a single measure of the bulging gore shape, the designs tend to become more vulnerable with the growing number of gores and with the diminishing size of the bulge radius rB Weight efficiency considerations favor a small bulge radius, while robust deployment into the desired cyclically symmetrical configuration becomes more likely with an increased bulge radius. In an effort to quantify this dependency, we will explore the stability of a family of balloon shapes parametrized by (ng, rB) which includes a design that is very similar, but not identical, to the balloon of Flight 517. In addition, we carry out a number of simulations that demonstrate other aspects related to multiple equilibria of pumpkin balloons.

  11. Breakthrough in Mars balloon technology

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    Kerzhanovich, V. V.; Cutts, J. A.; Cooper, H. W.; Hall, J. L.; McDonald, B. A.; Pauken, M. T.; White, C. V.; Yavrouian, A. H.; Castano, A.; Cathey, H. M.; Fairbrother, D. A.; Smith, I. S.; Shreves, C. M.; Lachenmeier, T.; Rainwater, E.; Smith, M.

    2004-01-01

    Two prototypes of Mars superpressure balloons were flight tested for aerial deployment and inflation in the Earth's stratosphere in June, 2002. One was an 11.3 m diameter by 6.8 m high pumpkin balloon constructed from polyethylene film and Zylon (PBO) tendons, the second was a 10 m diameter spherical balloon constructed from 12 μm thick Mylar film. Aerial deployment and inflation occurred under parachute descent at 34 km altitude, mimicing the dynamic pressure environment expected during an actual Mars balloon mission. Two on-board video cameras were used on each flight to provide real-time upward and downward views of the flight train. Atmospheric pressure and temperature were also recorded. Both prototypes successfully deployed from their storage container during parachute descent at approximately 40 m/s. The pumpkin balloon also successfully inflated with a 440 g charge of helium gas injected over a 1.5-min period. Since the helium inflation system was deliberately retained after inflation in this test, the pumpkin balloon continued to fall to the ocean where it was recovered for post-flight analysis. The less robust spherical balloon achieved only a partial (~70%) inflation before a structural failure occurred in the balloon film resulting in the loss of the vehicle. This structural failure was diagnosed to result from the vigorous oscillatory motion of the partially inflated balloon, possibly compounded by contact between the balloon film and an instrumentation box above it on the flight train. These two flights together represent significant progress in the development of Mars superpressure balloon technology and pave the way for future flight tests that will include post-deployment flight of the prototype balloons at a stable altitude.

  12. Titan Balloon Convection Model Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This innovative research effort is directed at determining, quantitatively, the convective heat transfer coefficients applicable to a Montgolfiere balloon operating...

  13. Buddy balloon for TAVI.

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    Balkin, Jonathan; Silberman, Shuli; Almagor, Yaron

    2013-11-15

    Percutaneous transfemoral aortic valve replacement is a new rapidly evolving technique that has made significant progress in recent years. The technology is however limitted and in some cases has resulted in failure to deliver the prosthetic valve. We describe a new technique using a buddy balloon, from the contralateral femoral artery, to assist in crossing the native aortic valve in those cases where extreme calcification and or tortuosity have caused the delivery system to hang up on the aortic wall. The technique is easily applied and facilitates the success of the procedure in cases which may otherwise have to be converted to open surgical aortic valve replacement.

  14. A Methane Balloon Inflation Chamber

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    Czerwinski, Curtis J.; Cordes, Tanya J.; Franek, Joe

    2005-01-01

    The various equipments, procedure and hazards in constructing the device for inflating a methane balloon using a standard methane outlet in a laboratory are described. This device is fast, safe, inexpensive, and easy to use as compared to a hydrogen gas cylinder for inflating balloons.

  15. Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project

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    Colman Des Jardins, Angela; Berk Knighton, W.; Larimer, Randal; Mayer-Gawlik, Shane; Fowler, Jennifer; Harmon, Christina; Koehler, Christopher; Guzik, Gregory; Flaten, James; Nolby, Caitlin; Granger, Douglas; Stewart, Michael

    2016-05-01

    The purpose of the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project is to make the most of the 2017 rare eclipse event in four main areas: public engagement, workforce development, partnership development, and science. The Project is focused on two efforts, both student-led: online live video of the eclipse from the edge of space and the study of the atmospheric response to the eclipse. These efforts, however, involving more than 60 teams across the US, are challenging in many ways. Therefore, the Project is leveraging the NASA Space Grant and NOAA atmospheric science communities to make it a success. The first and primary topic of this poster is the NASA Space Grant supported online live video effort. College and high school students on 48 teams from 31 states will conduct high altitude balloon flights from 15-20 locations across the 8/21/2017 total eclipse path, sending live video and images from near space to a national website. Video and images of a total solar eclipse from near space are fascinating and rare. It’s never been done live and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent. In addition to the live video to the web, these teams are engaged in several other science experiments as secondary payloads. We also briefly highlight the eclipse atmospheric science effort, where about a dozen teams will launch over one hundred radiosondes from across the 2017 path, recording an unprecedented atmospheric data sample. Collected data will include temperature, density, wind, humidity, and ozone measurements.

  16. Influence of inflation pressure and balloon size on the development of intimal hyperplasia after balloon angioplasty. A study in the atherosclerotic rabbit.

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    Sarembock, I J; LaVeau, P J; Sigal, S L; Timms, I; Sussman, J; Haudenschild, C; Ezekowitz, M D

    1989-10-01

    degree of intimal hyperplasia by morphometric analysis in all groups, being most marked in group 2 (oversized balloon and high inflation pressure, 1.7 +/- 0.9 vs. 0.5 +/- 0.2 mm for controls, p less than 0.001). We reached two conclusions. First, all protocols resulted in a significant increase in luminal diameter immediately after angioplasty with the highest success rate in vessels subjected to high pressure dilatation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

  17. Technical feasibility of the implantation of a monorail stent system into the renal arteries without pre-dilatation; Technische Machbarkeit der Implantation eines Monorail-Stent-Systems in die Nierenarterien ohne vorherige Dilatation

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    Neumann, C.; Dorffner, R. [Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Brueder, Eisenstadt, Oesterreich (Austria); Gschwendtner, M. [Krankenhaus der Elisabethinen, Linz, Oesterreich (Austria); Karnel, F. [Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Wien, Oesterreich (Austria); Mair, J. [Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern, Linz, Oesterreich (Austria); Dorffner, G. [Inst. fuer Medizinische Kybernetik und Artificial Intelligence, Medizinische Univ. Wien, Oesterreich (Austria)

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: to evaluate the technical feasibility of the implantation of the monorail RX Herculink trademark system into the renal arteries without pre-dilatation. Materials and methods: forty-two patients (mean age 71 years) from four centers with a total of 44 renal artery stenoses underwent implantation of the RX Herculink trademark stent. The mean grade of the stenosis was 83.8%, the mean length 7.5 mm. The stenoses were ostial in 38 cases and in immediate proximity to the ostium in 6 cases. The mean follow-up-period was 57 weeks (24 - 176 weeks). Results: in 42 cases, the implantation was successful without pre-dilatation. In 2 cases, pre-dilatation was carried out. In none of the cases, detachment of the stent from the balloon was observed. In one stenosis with a length of 17 mm, implantation of two stents was performed. In 9 cases, post-dilatation with a larger balloon or higher balloon pressure was necessary. Residual stenoses exceeding 30% were not observed. Two patients developed local bleeding at the puncture site. During the follow-up, restenoses were observed in 5 stents after 26 to 126 weeks, which necessitated a second intervention in 3 cases (PTA in 2 cases, re-stenting in 1 case). The primary patency rate after 6 and 12 months was 0.92 {+-} 0.056 according to Kaplan-Meier, the secondary patency rate after 6 and 12 months was 1.0 {+-} 0.0. Conclusion: implantation of the RX Herculink trademark stent system into the renal arteries without pre-dilatation is technically feasible and safe. Even without pre-dilatation, the stent-system can be advanced through the stenosis without detachment. The complication rate is low. Our clinical results are comparable to previous studies. (orig.)

  18. Pulmonary valve regurgitation following balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonary valve stenosis: Single center experience

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    Asim Yousuf Al Balushi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary valve regurgitation following balloon valvuloplasty for moderate to severe pulmonary valve stenosis is a known late outcome of this procedure. Objective: The aim of the study was to characterise the status of pulmonary regurgitation on follow up after pulmonary valve balloon dilatation (PVBD, and to study the determinant of the severity of PR. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 50 consecutive patients, aged 2 days to 18 years, with isolated pulmonary valve stenosis, who had undergone PVBD in 2004-2009 and were assessed with follow-up Doppler echocardiography. The impact of balloon to annulus ratio, age, and valve anatomy on the late development of moderate and severe pulmonary valve regurgitation following balloon valvuloplasty was analysed. Results: Six patients (12% had no pulmonary valve regurgitation; 32 (64% had mild, 9 (18% had moderate, and 3 (6% had severe pulmonary valve regurgitation at a mean follow-up of 4 years. Balloon to annulus ratio, age, and valve anatomy were not statistically significant predictors for moderate and severe pulmonary valve regurgitation. Conclusions: The majority of patients in our population had mild pulmonary valve regurgitation. Moderate to severe pulmonary valve regurgitation was well tolerated at midterm follow-up. Age, balloon to annulus ratio, and valve anatomy were not statistically significant predictors for the late development of moderate and severe valve regurgitation. Large and longer follow-up studies are needed to address this question.

  19. Diagnostic and therapeutic direct peroral cholangioscopy using an intraductal anchoring balloon

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    Mansour A Parsi; Tyler Stevens; John J Vargo

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To report our experience using a recently introduced anchoring balloon for diagnostic and therapeutic direct peroral cholangioscopy (DPOC).METHODS:Consecutive patients referred for diagnostic or therapeutic peroral cholangioscopy were evaluated in a prospective cohort study.The patients underwent DPOC using an intraductal anchoring balloon,which was recently introduced to allow consistent access to the biliary tree with an ultraslim upper endoscope.The device was later voluntarily withdrawn from the market by the manufacturer.RESULTS:Fourteen patients underwent DPOC using the anchoring balloon.Biliary access with an ultraslim upper endoscope was accomplished in all 14 patients.In 12 (86%) patients,ductal access required sphincteroplasty with a 10-mm dilating balloon.Intraductal placement of the ultraslim upper endoscope allowed satisfactory visualization of the biliary mucosa to the level of the confluence of the right and left hepatic ducts in 13 of 14 patients (93%).Therapeutic interventions by DPOC were successfully completed in all five attempted cases (intraductal biopsy in one and DPOC guided laser lithotripsy in four).Adverse events occurred in a patient on immunosuppressive therapy who developed an intrahepatic biloma at the site of the anchoring balloon.This required hospitalization and antibiotics.Repeat endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography 8 wk after the index procedure showed resolution of the biloma.CONCLUSION:Use of this anchoring balloon allowed consistent access to the biliary tree for performance of diagnostic and therapeutic DPOC distal to the biliary bifurcation.

  20. Stone extraction balloon-guided repeat self-expanding metal stent placement

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    Hyung; Hun; Kim; Jeong; Seop; Moon; Soo; Hyung; Ryu; Jung; Hwan; Lee; You; Sun; Kim

    2010-01-01

    Self-expanding metal stent (SEMS) placement offers safe and effective palliation in patients with upper gastrointestinal obstruction due to a malignancy. Well described complications of SEMS placement include tumor growth, obstruction, and stent migration. SEMS occlusions are treated by SEMS redeployment, argon plasma coagulation application, balloon dilation, and surgical bypass. At our center, we usually place the second SEMS into the first SEMS if there is complete occlusion by the tumor. We discovered a...

  1. Symptomatic severe tricuspid insufficiency as a late complication of pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty.

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    Rohn, V; Slais, M; Vondráček, V

    2010-01-01

    The authors describe an unusual case of a young adult patient with symptomatic tricuspid valve insufficiency as a late consequence of pulmonary valve balloon dilatation in childhood. Patient was successfully treated by tricuspid valve repair with neo-chordae implantation and a ring plasty. Two years after the operation the patient, an active sportsman, is asymptomatic with trace tricuspid regurgitation on the echo examination. PMID:20946724

  2. Balloon laryngoplasty for subglottic stenosis caused by orotracheal intubation at a tertiary care pediatric hospital.

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    Avelino, Melissa Gomes Ameloti; Fernandes, Edson Junior de Melo

    2014-01-01

    Introduction In recent years, there has been a reduction in mortality rates in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) due to the impact of modern technological advances in the perinatal field. As a consequence, prolonged orotracheal intubation is used more frequently, and there has been an increase in acquired subglottic stenosis (SGS) in children. Subglottic stenosis is a narrowing of the endolarynx and one of the most common causes of stridor and respiratory distress in children. The laryngoplasty balloon has proven effective in dealing with stenosis both as primary and secondary treatments, after open surgery, with the added advantage of being less invasive and not requiring external access. Materials and Methods This study involved children from pediatric intensive care units or NICUs suffering from respiratory distress and who presented an endoscopic diagnosis of Myer and Cotton grade I to III SGS. These patients underwent balloon laryngoplasty with different numbers of interventions depending on the response in each individual case. Results All the patients responded satisfactorily to the balloon laryngoplasty. None required tracheostomy after treatment and all remained asymptomatic even after 6-month follow-up. One patient required just 1 dilation, 4 required 2, 3 underwent the procedure 3 times, and another had 5 dilations. Conclusion The experience presented here is that of balloon laryngoplasty post-orotracheal intubation SGS with very satisfactory results at a tertiary care pediatric hospital. Although the number of patients is limited, our incidence corroborates other studies that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of balloon dilatation in the treatment of SGS.

  3. Balloon Laryngoplasty for Subglottic Stenosis Caused by Orotracheal Intubation at a Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital

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    Avelino, Melissa Gomes Ameloti

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction In recent years, there has been a reduction in mortality rates in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs due to the impact of modern technological advances in the perinatal field. As a consequence, prolonged orotracheal intubation is used more frequently, and there has been an increase in acquired subglottic stenosis (SGS in children. Subglottic stenosis is a narrowing of the endolarynx and one of the most common causes of stridor and respiratory distress in children. The laryngoplasty balloon has proven effective in dealing with stenosis both as primary and secondary treatments, after open surgery, with the added advantage of being less invasive and not requiring external access. Materials and Methods This study involved children from pediatric intensive care units or NICUs suffering from respiratory distress and who presented an endoscopic diagnosis of Myer and Cotton grade I to III SGS. These patients underwent balloon laryngoplasty with different numbers of interventions depending on the response in each individual case. Results All the patients responded satisfactorily to the balloon laryngoplasty. None required tracheostomy after treatment and all remained asymptomatic even after 6-month follow-up. One patient required just 1 dilation, 4 required 2, 3 underwent the procedure 3 times, and another had 5 dilations. Conclusion The experience presented here is that of balloon laryngoplasty post–orotracheal intubation SGS with very satisfactory results at a tertiary care pediatric hospital. Although the number of patients is limited, our incidence corroborates other studies that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of balloon dilatation in the treatment of SGS.

  4. Diagnosis of mucin-producing tumor of the pancreas by balloon-catheter endoscopic retrograde pancreatography--compression study.

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    Maeshiro, K; Nakayama, Y; Yasunami, Y; Furuta, K; Ikeda, S

    1998-01-01

    The procedure of choice for the treatment of mucin-producing pancreatic tumor (MPPT) remains controversial, since it includes not only malignant but also benign lesions. The purpose of the present study was to characterize 53 consecutive cases of MPPT and to elucidate the characteristics of benign or malignant MPPT according to the findings of an improved method of endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERP), namely balloon-catheter ERP-compression study (balloon ERP-CS), as well as endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), in comparison with a histological examination. There were 37 male and 16 female cases with a median age of 63+/-11 (mean+/-SD). The balloon ERP-CS was performed in all cases, and the obtained pancreatograms were classified into two types: Main Duct type and Branch Duct type. The latter was further divided into subtypes A and B. The Branch Duct A type showed only cystic dilatation of the branch duct. If the main pancreatic duct downstream to a cyst showed more than a 5 mm dilatation, this was classified as a Branch Duct B type. Seventeen out of 19 Main duct types (89%) were histologically diagnosed as neoplasms including 13 lesions of cancer and 4 of adenoma. All the Branch Duct A type cases were diagnosed as hyperplasias. 23 Branch Duct B type cases contained 7 cancers, 8 adenomas, and 8 hyperplasias. In the Main Duct type, benign or malignant, the diagnostic ability of balloon ERP-CS was calculated as sensitivity 100%, specificity 40%, and accuracy 84%; in the Branch Duct type, sensitivity 73%, specificity 86%, and accuracy 82%. On EUS, it was found that the size of the tumor in the cyst, with respect to the maximum diameter as well as height, correlated well with the grade of malignancy. All tumors (n=35) greater than 20 mm in diameter were found to be cancerous. These findings indicate that the MPPT is highly suggestive of neoplasms when the dilatation of the main pancreatic duct is detected by balloon ERP-CS and when, in a case without dilatation of

  5. Oversampling of wavelet frames for real dilations

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    Bownik, Marcin; Lemvig, Jakob

    2012-01-01

    We generalize the Second Oversampling Theorem for wavelet frames and dual wavelet frames from the setting of integer dilations to real dilations. We also study the relationship between dilation matrix oversampling of semi-orthogonal Parseval wavelet frames and the additional shift invariance gain...

  6. US Air Force Balloon Observations

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Worksheets containing pilot balloon data computed from releases at Air Force stations in the western United States. Elevation and azimuth angles are used to compute...

  7. Superpressure Tow Balloon for Extending Durations and Modifying Trajectories of High Altitude Balloon Systems Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation involves the concept of using a Superpressure Tow Balloon (STB) with existing NASA high altitude balloon designs to form a tandem balloon...

  8. Multisensory signalling enhances pupil dilation.

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    Rigato, Silvia; Rieger, Gerulf; Romei, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    Detecting and integrating information across the senses is an advantageous mechanism to efficiently respond to the environment. In this study, a simple auditory-visual detection task was employed to test whether pupil dilation, generally associated with successful target detection, could be used as a reliable measure for studying multisensory integration processing in humans. We recorded reaction times and pupil dilation in response to a series of visual and auditory stimuli, which were presented either alone or in combination. The results indicated faster reaction times and larger pupil diameter to the presentation of combined auditory and visual stimuli than the same stimuli when presented in isolation. Moreover, the responses to the multisensory condition exceeded the linear summation of the responses obtained in each unimodal condition. Importantly, faster reaction times corresponded to larger pupil dilation, suggesting that also the latter can be a reliable measure of multisensory processes. This study will serve as a foundation for the investigation of auditory-visual integration in populations where simple reaction times cannot be collected, such as developmental and clinical populations. PMID:27189316

  9. Influence of calcium preconditioning and streptomycin on ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias in isolated rat hearts

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    2007-01-01

    Objective To investigate the mechanism of ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias by dilating isolated rat hearts. Methods Isolated rat hearts were perfused by Langerdorff method. After equilibration, 80 hearts were randomly divided into four groups as follows: (1) control group (n=20), (2) Ca2+ preconditioning (CPC) group (n=20), (3) streptomycin group (n=20), and (4) CPC + streptomycin group (n=20). A latex balloon which can be filled with fluid was anchored in the left ventricle through the left atrium and mitral valve. Epicardial ECG of the left ventricle, left ventricular pressure, coronary flow and heart rate were recorded before and during ventricular dilation by injecting fluid into the latex balloon. The rate and duration of ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias were recorded. Results Under the same increase in ventricular end-diastolic pressure made by inflation of the balloon, the rate of arrhythmias was 100% and duration of arrhythmias was 2.56±0.46 s in the control group. Both the rates of premature ventricular beat (90 %) and ventricular tachycardia 70 % ) were high. Compared with the control group, the total rate (60 % ) of arrhythmias was lower, and duration (1.67±0.61 s ) of arrhythmias was shorter in the CPC group. Both the rates of premature ventricular beat (60%) and ventricular tachycardia (40%) were low comparatively. The rate of arrhythmias (45 %) was lower and duration ( 1.64±0.42 s)of arrhythmias was shorter, and the rates of premature ventricular beat (30 % ) or ventricular tachycardia (35 %) were lower in the streptomycin group than in the control one. The least ventricular dilation-induced arrhythmias occurred in the CPC + streptomycin group. The rate of arrhythmias (10%) was the lowest and duration (1.01±0.37s) of arrhythmias was the shortest; both the rates of premature ventricular beat (5%) and ventricular tachycardia (10%) were the lowest. Conclusions Ventricular dilation may induce arrhythmias in isolated rat hearts. Stretch

  10. BLOCKING SUN WITH ORBITING BALLOONS

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    Chul Park [Department of Aerospace Engineering, Kor ea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea)

    2008-09-30

    Sun's radiation power reaching Earth's surface can be reduced by letting large balloons circle the Earth in orbits at approximately 1000 km altitude. These balloons, made of plastic films 1 mm in thickness, of a diameter of approximately 46 km, will weigh about 10,000 tons each. A balloon will consist of one hundred of 100 ton pieces. They are transported to the orbit piece by piece, and are assembled there into the spherical shape. They are kept inflated with the vapor pressure of potassium and the electrostatic forces. The inclination angles of these balloons with respect to the solar ecliptic plane can be varied from zero to 90 degrees, although efficiency is highest with the zero degree inclination. If zero degree inclination is chosen, twenty-three of these will reduce the average sun's radiation by 0.01%. In the 1000 km orbits, which are stable and are populated only by space debris, these balloons will serve also to remove the debris.

  11. Sensor System for Super-Pressure Balloon Performance Modeling Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Long-duration balloon flights are an exciting new area of scientific ballooning, enabled by the development of large super-pressure balloons. As these balloons...

  12. Antarctic Analog for Dilational Bands on Europa

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    Hurford, T. A.; Brunt, K. M.

    2014-01-01

    Europa's surface shows signs of extension, which is revealed as lithospheric dilation expressed along ridges, dilational bands and ridged bands. Ridges, the most common tectonic feature on Europa, comprise a central crack flanked by two raised banks a few hundred meters high on each side. Together these three classes may represent a continuum of formation. In Tufts' Dilational Model ridge formation is dominated by daily tidal cycling of a crack, which can be superimposed with regional secular dilation. The two sources of dilation can combine to form the various band morphologies observed. New GPS data along a rift on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica is a suitable Earth analog to test the framework of Tufts' Dilational Model. As predicted by Tufts' Dilational Model, tensile failures in the Ross Ice Shelf exhibit secular dilation, upon which a tidal signal can be seen. From this analog we conclude that Tufts' Dilational Model for Europan ridges and bands may be credible and that the secular dilation is most likely from a regional source and not tidally driven.

  13. Parallel wire balloon angioplasty for undilatable venous stenosis in hemodialysis fistula

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    Shin, Tae Beom; You, Jin Jong; Cho, Jae Min [Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2007-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to assess the value of the parallel wire balloon angioplasty technique for treating dysfunctional hemdialysis fistula with rigid stenosis, and this type of lesion was resistant to conventional angioplasty. Between March 2002 and August 2003, we included 6 patients (mean age: 59, males: 2, females: 4) who were treated via parallel the wire balloon angioplasty technique and their hemodialysis fistula has stenoses that were resistant to conventional angioplasty. We performed conventional angioplasty in all patients, but we failed to achieve sufficient dilatation. In the cases of highly resistant stenosis, an additional 0.016 inch wire was inserted into the 7 F vascular sheath. During angioplasty, a 0.016 inch guide wire was inserted between the balloon and the stenosis and then it was pushed to and fro until the balloon indentation disappeared. After the procedure, we performed angiography to identify the residual stenosis and the procedure-related complications. The undilatable stenoses in 5 patients were successfully resolved without complications via the parallel wire angioplasty technique. In one patient, indentation of balloon was not resolved, but the residual stenosis was both minimal and hemodynamically insignificant. The parallel wire angioplasty technique seems to be a feasible and cost-effective method for treating a dysfunctional hemodialysis fistula with undilatable and rigid stenosis.

  14. Balloon Exoplanet Nulling Interferometer (BENI)

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    Lyon, Richard G.; Clampin, Mark; Woodruff, Robert A.; Vasudevan, Gopal; Ford, Holland; Petro, Larry; Herman, Jay; Rinehart, Stephen; Carpenter, Kenneth; Marzouk, Joe

    2009-01-01

    We evaluate the feasibility of using a balloon-borne nulling interferometer to detect and characterize exosolar planets and debris disks. The existing instrument consists of a 3-telescope Fizeau imaging interferometer with 3 fast steering mirrors and 3 delay lines operating at 800 Hz for closed-loop control of wavefront errors and fine pointing. A compact visible nulling interferometer is under development which when coupled to the imaging interferometer would in-principle allow deep suppression of starlight. We have conducted atmospheric simulations of the environment above 100,000 feet and believe balloons are a feasible path forward towards detection and characterization of a limited set of exoplanets and their debris disks. Herein we will discuss the BENI instrument, the balloon environment and the feasibility of such as mission.

  15. Structure variations of pumpkin balloon

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    Yajima, N.; Izutsu, N.; Honda, H.

    2004-01-01

    A lobed pumpkin balloon by 3-D gore design concept is recognized as a basic form for a super-pressure balloon. This paper deals with extensions of this design concept for other large pressurized membrane structures, such as a stratospheric airship and a balloon of which volume is controllable. The structural modifications are performed by means of additional ropes, belts or a strut. When the original pumpkin shape is modified by these systems, the superior characteristics of the 3-D gore design, incorporating large bulges with a small local radius and unidirectional film tension, should be maintained. Improved design methods which are adequate for the above subjects will be discussed in detail. Application for ground structures are also mentioned.

  16. [Monitoring cervical dilatation by impedance].

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    Salvat, J; Lassen, M; Sauze, C; Baud, S; Salvat, F

    1992-01-01

    Several different physics procedures have been tried to mechanize the recording of partograms. Can a measure of impedance of tissue Z using potential difference V, according to Ohm's law V = Z1, and 1 is a constant, be correlated with a measure of cervical dilatation using vaginal examination? This was our hypothesis. The tissue impedance meter was made to our design and applied according to a bipolar procedure. Our work was carried out on 28 patients. 10 patients were registered before labour started in order to test the apparatus and to record the impedance variations without labour taking place, and 18 patients were registered in labour to see whether there was any correlation. The level of impedance in the cervix without labour was 302.7 Ohms with a deviation of 8.2. Using student's t tests it was found that there was a significant correlation (p less than 0.001) in four measurements between the impedance measure and measures obtained by extrapolating the degrees of dilatation calculated from vaginal examination. This is a preliminary study in which we have defined the conditions that are necessary to confirm these first results and to further develop the method. PMID:1401774

  17. Ballonnen in zee = balloons as marine litter

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    Franeker, van J.A.

    2008-01-01

    Releasing balloons seems harmless. However, remains of balloons, especially valves and ribbons are becoming a common and persistent type of marine litter found on beaches. Following Dutch Queens day 2007, large numbers of Dutch balloons were found in Normandy, France. Animals may become entangled in

  18. Plummer-Vinson syndrome and dilation therapy: a report of two cases.

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    Demirci, Fikret; Savaş, M Cemil; Kepkep, Necip; Okan, Vahap; Yilmaz, Mehmet; Büyükberber, Mehmet; Gülşen, M Taner

    2005-12-01

    Plummer-Vinson syndrome is known as the association of postcricoid dysphagia, upper esophageal web, and iron deficiency anemia. Although correction of iron deficiency may result in resolution of dysphagia and sometimes disappearance of the webs, dilation therapy is usually necessary to remove webs and relieve dysphagia. We report two cases of Plummer-Vinson syndrome. Both patients presented with significant and longstanding dysphagia, sideropenia, glossitis and koilonychia. Our two patients had occasional choking and aspiration episodes at eating and endoscope did not pass through at the level of the upper esophagus. Patients' esophagograms revealed the presence of webs in part of the post-cricoid region. Both patients were treated with esophageal bougienage or balloon dilation, and iron supplementation. The patients were examined periodically for two years after the initial treatment and found to be in good general condition.

  19. Simulating clefts in pumpkin balloons

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    Baginski, Frank; Brakke, Kenneth

    2010-02-01

    The geometry of a large axisymmetric balloon with positive differential pressure, such as a sphere, leads to very high film stresses. These stresses can be significantly reduced by using a tendon re-enforced lobed pumpkin-like shape. A number of schemes have been proposed to achieve a cyclically symmetric pumpkin shape, including the constant bulge angle (CBA) design, the constant bulge radius (CBR) design, CBA/CBR hybrids, and NASA’s recent constant stress (CS) design. Utilizing a hybrid CBA/CBR pumpkin design, Flight 555-NT in June 2006 formed an S-cleft and was unable to fully deploy. In order to better understand the S-cleft phenomenon, a series of inflation tests involving four 27-m diameter 200-gore pumpkin balloons were conducted in 2007. One of the test vehicles was a 1/3-scale mockup of the Flight 555-NT balloon. Using an inflation procedure intended to mimic ascent, the 1/3-scale mockup developed an S-cleft feature strikingly similar to the one observed in Flight 555-NT. Our analysis of the 1/3-scale mockup found it to be unstable. We compute asymmetric equilibrium configurations of this balloon, including shapes with an S-cleft feature.

  20. Global electrodynamics from superpressure balloons

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    Holzworth, R. H.; Hu, H.

    1995-01-01

    Electric field and conductivity measurements in the stratosphere between November 1992 and March 1993 have been made using superpressure balloons in the southern hemisphere. Over 400 payload-days of data have been made during a record setting experiment called ELBBO (Extended Life Balloon Borne Observatories). This experiment resulted in 4 flights aloft simultaneously for over 2 months including one flight which lasted over 4 months. Electrodynamical coupling between the atmosphere and ionosphere is studied using the measured electric fields, and a simple empirical model of the stratospheric conductivity. Altitude profiles of conductivity have been obtained from several superpressure balloon flights using the large end-of-flight altitude swings on the last few days of each flight (as the balloon begins to loose superpressure). Coupling between the fields and atmospheric inertial waves has been observed. Effects and dynamics of the global circuit suggest that standard models are missing significant phenomena. Large scale ionospheric convection activity has been studied from the polar cap to the middle latitudes. Cusp latitude fields have been continuously measured for many days in a row.

  1. Stability of the pumpkin balloon

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    Baginski, Frank

    A large axisymmetric balloon with positive differential pressure, e.g., a sphere, leads to high film stresses. These can be significantly reduced by using a lobed pumpkin-like shape re-enforced with tendons. A number of schemes have been proposed to achieve a cyclically symmetric pumpkin-shape at full inflation, including the constant bulge angle (CBA) design and the constant bulge radius (CBR) design. The authors and others have carried out stability studies of CBA and CBR designs and found instabilities under various conditions. While stability seems to be a good indicator of deployment problems for large balloons under normal ascent conditions, one cannot conclude that a stable design will deploy reliably. Nevertheless, stability analysis allows one to quantify certain deployment characteristics. Ongoing research by NASA's Balloon Program Office utilizes a new design approach developed by Rodger Farley, NASA/GSFC, that takes into account film and tendon strain. We refer to such a balloon as a constant stress (CS) pumpkin design. In June 2006, the Flight 555-NT balloon (based on a hybrid CBR/CBA design) developed an S-cleft and did not deploy. In order to understand the S-cleft phenomena and study a number of aspects related to the CS-design, a series of inflation tests were conducted at TCOM, Elizabeth City, NC in 2007. The test vehicles were 27 meter diameter pumpkins distinguished by their respective equatorial bulge angles (BA). For example, BA98 indicates an equatorial bulge angle of 98° . BA90, BA55, and BA00 are similarly defined. BA98 was essentially a one-third scale version of of the Flight 555 balloon (i.e., 12 micron film instead of 38.1 micron, mini-tendons, etc.). BA90 and BA55 were Farley CS-designs. BA00 was derived from the BA55 design so that a flat chord spanned adjacent tendons. In this paper, we will carry out stability studies of BA98, BA90, BA55, and BA00. We discuss the deployment problem of pumpkin balloons in light of 2007 inflation

  2. On turbulence in dilatant dispersions

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    Baumert, Helmut Z.; Wessling, Bernhard

    2016-07-01

    This paper presents a new theory on the behaviour of shear-thickening (dilatant) fluids under turbulent conditions. The structure of a dilatant colloidal fluid in turbulent motion may be characterized by (at least) four characteristic length scales: (i) the ‘statistically largest’ turbulent scale, {λ }0, labeling the begin of the inertial part of the wavenumber spectrum; (ii) the energy-containing scale, { L }; (iii) Kolmogorov’s micro-scale, {λ }{ K }, related with the size of the smallest vortices existing for a given kinematic viscosity and forcing; (iv) the inner (‘colloidal’) micro-scale, {λ }i, typically representing a major stable material property of the colloidal fluid. In particular, for small ratios r={λ }i/{λ }{ K }∼ { O }(1), various interactions between colloidal structures and smallest turbulent eddies can be expected. In the present paper we discuss particularly that for ρ ={λ }0/{λ }{ K }\\to { O }(1) turbulence (in the narrow, inertial sense) is strangled and chaotic but less mixing fluid motions remain. We start from a new stochastic, micro-mechanical turbulence theory without empirical parameters valid for inviscid fluids as seen in publications by Baumert in 2013 and 2015. It predicts e.g. von Karman’s constant correctly as 1/\\sqrt{2 π }=0.399. In its generalized version for non-zero viscosity and shear-thickening behavior presented in this contribution, it predicts two solution branches for the steady state: The first characterizes a family of states with swift (inertial) turbulent mixing and small {λ }{ K }, potentially approaching {λ }i. The second branch characterizes a state family with ρ \\to { O }(1) and thus strangled turbulence, ρ ≈ { O }(1). Stability properties and a potential dynamic commuting between the two solution branches had to be left for future research.

  3. Intravascular ultrasound imaging of peripheral arteries as an adjunct to balloon angioplasty and atherectomy.

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    Korogi, Y; Hirai, T; Takahashi, M

    1996-01-01

    This article reviews many of the applications of intravascular ultrasound (US) imaging for peripheral arterial diseases. In vitro studies demonstrate an excellent correlation between ultrasound measurements of lumen and plaque cross-sectional area compared with histologic sections. In vivo clinical studies reveal the enhanced diagnostic capabilities of this technology compared with angiography. Intravascular US imaging can provide valuable information on the degree, eccentricity, and histologic type of stenosis before intervention, and on the morphological changes in the arterial wall and the extent of excision after intervention. Intravascular US may also serve as a superior index for gauging the diameter of balloon, stent, laser probe, and/or atherectomy catheter appropriate for a proposed intervention. Significant new insights into the mechanisms of balloon angioplasty and atherectomy have been established by intravascular US findings. Intravascular US imaging has been shown to be a more accurate method than angiography for determining the cross-sectional area of the arterial lumen, and for assessing severity of stenosis. Quantitative assessment of the luminal cross-sectional area after the balloon dilatation should be more accurate than angiography as intimal tears or dissections produced by the dilatation may not be accurately evaluated with angiography. At the present time, intravascular US is still a controversial imaging technique. Outcome studies are currently being organized to assess the clinical value and cost effectiveness of intravascular ultrasound in the context of these interventional procedures. PMID:8653738

  4. The Application of Dual-wire Balloon in The Treatment of Coronary Bifurcation Lesions

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    2007-01-01

    Objectives To assess the efficiency and safety of dual-wire balloon angioplasty side branch combined stenting the main branch in the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions. Methods This study included thirty-six patients with 41 coronary bifurcation lesions. Selective dual-wire balloon angioplasty was performed in side branch and/or in main branch, and implantation of stents was performed in main branch only. Clinical outcome and major adverse cardiac events were observed inhospital and follow-up. Results Success rate of side branch dilatation before main branch stenting was 100%; main branch direct stenting performed in 4 cases; success main branch dilatation performed in the other 37 cases; kissing technique was performed successfully in 5 cases, which side branch was jailed after main branch stenting with TIMI grade 0-2 flow. No Q-wave myocardial infarction, acute revascularization and death occurred during in-hospital.Clinical follow-up was available in all patients. No Q-wave myocardial infarction, revascularization and death occurred, angina pectoris recurred in three patients,released by strengthen drug treatment. Conclusions Dual-wire balloon angioplasty side branch combined stenting the main branch is simple, safe and effective for the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions.

  5. Balloon sinuplasty: a new concept in the endoscopic nasal surgery

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    Nogueira Júnior, João Flávio

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Sinus diseases affect millions of people annually. Clinical treatment is effective in most patients, but in case of failure of this therapy the functional endoscopic surgery is currently the treatment choice for surgical treatment. The objective of the functional endoscopic surgery is to increase the aeration and drainage of the involved paranasal sinuses, which allows for the adequate functioning of the nasal mucosa mucociliary clearance. However, this method still has some limitations, mainly because it removes the nasal mucosa and bone tissue, and it may lead to physiologic alterations of the nasosinusal mucosa and cicatricial fibrosis. Many of these patients could be benefited from less invasive methods, with larger nasal mucosa preservation. Since 2006, an even less invasive procedure was remarked in our specialty: the balloon dilatation of the paranasal sinus ostia. Objective: The objective of this article is to define the concept of sinuplasty, its action mechanism, and present the necessary material for the procedures performance; to describe the techniques with the equipment in a nasosinusal endoscopic surgery simulator model and review the current literature about the indications, complications, results, and follow-up of patients submitted to this procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is safe and appears to be effective in the improvement of the quality of life of patients not responsive to conventional clinical therapy. New applications and indications for this equipment should be described and researched.

  6. Finite Element Modeling of Balloon Angioplasty by Considering Overstretch of Remnant Non-diseased Tissues in Lesions

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    Gasser, T. Christian; Holzapfel, Gerhard A.

    2007-06-01

    The paper deals with the modeling of balloon angioplasty by considering the balloon-induced overstretch of remnant non-diseased tissues in atherosclerotic arteries. A stenotic artery is modeled as a heterogenous structure composed of adventitia, media and a model plaque, and residual stresses are considered. The constitutive models are able to capture the anisotropic elastic tissue response in addition to the inelastic phenomena associated with tissue stretches beyond the physiological domain. The inelastic model describes the experimentally-observed changes of the wall during balloon inflation, i.e. non-recoverable deformation, and tissue weakening. The contact of the artery with a balloon catheter is simulated by a point-to-surface strategy. The states of deformations and stresses within the artery before, during and after balloon inflation are computed, compared and discussed. The 3D stress states at physiological loading conditions before and after balloon inflation differ significantly, and even compressive normal stresses may occur in the media after dilation.

  7. Radionuclide evaluation of renal artery dilatation

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    Born, M.L.; Gerlock, A.J. Jr.; Goncharenko, V.; Hollifield, J.W.; MacDonell, R.C. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Radionuclide studies were used in three patients to evaluate renal perfusion and function within 24 hours following transluminal dilatation. In one patient, technetium-99 m pertechnetate showed good renal perfusion one and 12 hours after a post-dilatation arteriogram had shown a renal artery intimal defect. Improved clearance of iodine-131 ortho-iodohippurate from the blood demonstrated an increase in renal function 18 hours following dilatation of a stenosis at a renal allograft anastomosis in the second patient, while technetium-99 m-labeled DTPA showed an improved total glomerular filtration rate 24 hours after dilatation of a saphenous vein bypass graft in the third patient. It was concluded that renal radionuclide studies are of benefit in evaluating patients in the immediate post-dilatation period.

  8. Percutaneous balloon dilatation of stenotic calyceal diverticular infundibula in patients with recurrent urinary tract infections.

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    Keeling, Aoife N

    2011-02-01

    Renal calyceal diverticula are usually detected as incidental findings on intravenous pyelograms (IVPs) and rarely manifest any clinical signs or symptoms. However, they can interfere with patient\\'s quality of life in a number of instances causing pain, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), abscess, systemic sepsis and calculus formation. The purpose of this study was to review the clinical indications, procedure technique and clinical outcome in all patients referred to Interventional Radiology for the percutaneous management of renal calyceal diverticula.

  9. Balloon Dilatation: A Helpful Technique for Removal of a Stuck Dialysis Line

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    We describe a useful technique for the removal of an irretrievable/stuck long-term intravenous catheter. The alternative would have meant removing it surgically or snaring it in a case of extremely difficult venous access. The process we used was effective in this particular case.

  10. ENDOSCOPIC BALLOON DILATATION OF ACQUIRED AIRWAY STENOSIS IN NEWBORN-INFANTS - A PROMISING TREATMENT

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    ELKERBOUT, SC; VANLINGEN, RA; GERRITSEN, J; ROORDA, RJ

    1993-01-01

    Acquired stenosis of the trachea or bronchus in newborn infants is a possible complication of perinatal intubation and mechanical ventilation. Although the exact pathophysiology is unknown, stenosis formation seems to be initiated by pressure necrosis. Prematurity is thought to be an important risk

  11. Promising results after balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube for obstructive dysfunction

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    Wanscher, Jens H; Svane-Knudsen, Viggo

    2014-01-01

    dysfunction and VAS questionnaires. Some patients (e.g. patients with atelectatic ear drums) were not helped by the treatment. Among the first 40 treatments, 10% were observed to have acute otitis media post-operatively. DISCUSSION: The majority of the patients experienced a positive effect of the treatment...

  12. Genetics Home Reference: dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia syndrome

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    ... dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia syndrome dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia syndrome Enable Javascript to view the expand/collapse ... Open All Close All Description Dilated cardiomyopathy with ataxia (DCMA) syndrome is an inherited condition characterized by ...

  13. Longitudinal stent elongation during retraction of entrapped jailed guidewire in a side branch with balloon catheter support: a case report

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    Taniguchi, Norimasa; Mizuguchi, Yukio; Takahashi, Akihiko, E-mail: a-takahashi@wine.ocn.ne.jp

    2015-01-15

    A 72-year-old man underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention for a subtotal occlusion in the mid-portion of the left anterior descending artery involving a large diagonal branch. After successful stenting with a 3.0/24 mm bare metal stent, during which, the diagonal branch was protected with a coronary guidewire, conventional retrieval of the jailed guide wire was impossible. Subsequently, several attempts at a strong retraction of the wire with the support of a balloon catheter enabled retrieval of the trapped wire. Optical coherence tomography performed after post-dilatation, revealed that the stent was elongated to the left main coronary artery, and the structure of the strut had become coarse in the proximal portion. The stent was believed to have become entangled with the balloon catheter when the guidewire was being pulled. This case suggests that retrieving the jailed guidewire with a balloon catheter carries a potential risk of entrapment in the deformed stent.

  14. Interventional treatment of common congenital heart diseases: the common view of Chinese medical experts. Part Four: Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonary and aortic valve stenosis

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    Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty has become the treatment of first choice for pulmonary valve stenosis. Congenital aortic valve stenosis can also be relieved by percutaneous balloon dilatation. Percutaneous valvuloplasty is indicated for patients with isolated pulmonary valve stenosis when the transvalvular peak systolic pressure gradient is over 40 mmHg and for patients with aortic valve stenosis when the pressure gradient exceeds 60 mmHg. A careful selection of patients, standardized procedure, individualized selection of the balloon type, size and length, and careful avoidance of any damage to chorda tendineae and to surrounding tissue are keys to achieving a successful procedure. Balloon valvuloplasty should be selectively performed in new-born and in infant since complications of the procedure are inversely related to age. (authors)

  15. Scientific ballooning in India: recent developments

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    Joshi, M. N.; Damle, S. V.

    The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NBF) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has been conducting regular balloon flights for various experiments in the areas of Space Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences. A continuous improvement in all aspects of Scientific Ballooning through a sustained R and D programme ensures uptodate services and a better handle on the design specifications for the balloon. Recent developments in balloon grade films, continuous improvements in design specifications, balloon manufacturing methods, flight operational procedures and improved balloon flight capabilities have resulted in a greatly improved flight performance in the last five years. A launch capability upgradation programme in terms of new launch spool and new launch vehicle has been initiated to be able to safely launch balloons with gross lifts upto 3500 kg, balloon volumes upto 450,000 m^3 and payloads upto 1400 kg. A series of steps have been initiated to improve long duration flight capabilities. In this paper, we present details on some of these aspects of Scientific Ballooning in India.

  16. A Mars 2011 Balloon Mission Trade Study

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    Smith, I.; Lew, T.; Perry, W.

    Mars Scouts are competitively selected PI-led missions to further Mars exploration in ways that satisfy NASA s overall objectives but are not currently in the planned line of missions The current 2006 Announcement of Opportunity AO for Mars Scouts has just closed The goal of this SwRI study was to develop a new balloon mission concept to where it could be credibly proposed for the AO The balloon system was defined in the study as consisting of two parts the balloon flight system BFS and the balloon deployment inflation system DIS The BFS includes the balloon envelope accessory hardware and gondola The balloon includes the envelope seams end fittings load core inflation tube diffusers payload tether shock attenuator and separation hardware The DIS includes the balloon container deployment hardware sequencer tankage gas and control hardware Trade studies were performed to better define the mission design space These studies included 1 effect of varied atmospheric thermal loads 2 effect of varying latitudes 3 effect of payload mass for varying altitudes 4 effect of radiative material properties on balloon size mass 5 effect of material areal densities on balloon size mass and 6 effect of inflation gas on system masses Results of the balloon trade study for the Mars 2011 mission opportunity will be presented

  17. Viscoelastic behaviour of pumpkin balloons

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    Gerngross, T.; Xu, Y.; Pellegrino, S.

    2008-11-01

    The lobes of the NASA ULDB pumpkin-shaped super-pressure balloons are made of a thin polymeric film that shows considerable time-dependent behaviour. A nonlinear viscoelastic model based on experimental measurements has been recently established for this film. This paper presents a simulation of the viscoelastic behaviour of ULDB balloons with the finite element software ABAQUS. First, the standard viscoelastic modelling capabilities available in ABAQUS are examined, but are found of limited accuracy even for the case of simple uniaxial creep tests on ULDB films. Then, a nonlinear viscoelastic constitutive model is implemented by means of a user-defined subroutine. This approach is verified by means of biaxial creep experiments on pressurized cylinders and is found to be accurate provided that the film anisotropy is also included in the model. A preliminary set of predictions for a single lobe of a ULDB is presented at the end of the paper. It indicates that time-dependent effects in a balloon structure can lead to significant stress redistribution and large increases in the transverse strains in the lobes.

  18. Decay law and time dilatation

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    Giacosa, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    We study the decay law for a moving unstable particle. The usual time-dilatation formula states that the decay width for an unstable state moving with a momentum $p$ and mass $M$ is $\\tilde{\\Gamma}_{p}=\\Gamma M/\\sqrt{p^{2}+M^{2}}$ with $\\Gamma$ being the decay width in the rest frame. In agreement with previous studies, we show that in the context of QM as well as QFT this equation is \\textit{not} correct provided that the quantum measurement is performed in a reference frame in which the unstable particle has momentum $p$ (note, a momentum eigenstate is \\textit{not} a velocity eigenstate in QM). We then give, to our knowledge for the first time, an analytic expression of an improved formula and we show that the deviation from $\\tilde{\\Gamma}_{p}$ has a maximum for $p/M=\\sqrt{2/3},$ but is typically \\textit{very} small. Then, the result can be easily generalized to a momentum wave packet. As a next step, we show that care is needed when one makes a boost of an unstable state with zero momentum/velocity: namel...

  19. Clinical significance of main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography: Single and double duct dilation

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    Mark D Edge; Maarouf Hoteit; Amil P Patel; Xiaoping Wang; Deborah A Baumgarten; Qiang Cai

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To study the patients with main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography (CT) and thereby to provide the predictive criteria to identify patients at high risk of significant diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, and to avoid unnecessary work up for patients at low risk of such diseases.METHODS: Patients with dilation of the main pancreatic duct on CT at Emory University Hospital in 2002 were identified by computer search. Clinical course and ultimate diagnosis were obtained in all the identified patients by abstraction of their computer database records.RESULTS: Seventy-seven patients were identified in this study. Chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer were the most common causes of the main pancreatic duct dilation on CT. Although the majority of patients with isolated dilation of the main pancreatic duct (single duct dilation) had chronic pancreatitis, one-third of patients with single duct dilation but without chronic pancreatitis had pancreatic malignancies, whereas most of patients with concomitant biliary duct dilation (double duct dilation) had pancreatic cancer.CONCLUSION: Patients with pancreatic double duct dilation need extensive work up and careful follow up since a majority of these patients are ultimately diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Patients with single duct dilation, especially such patients without any evidence of chronic pancreatitis, also need careful follow-up since the possibility of pancreatic malignancy, including adenocarcinoma and intraductal papillary mucinous tumors, is still high.

  20. Long-term results of Troidl's technique of endoscopic pneumatic dilatation for achalasia of the esophagus. A prospective clinical trial.

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    Eypasch, E; Troidl, H; Sommer, H; Vestweber, K H

    1987-01-01

    In a prospective clinical trial, 26 consecutive patients underwent endoscopic pneumatic dilatation over a 10-year period. Dilatation was achieved by means of a balloon attached to a normal gastrointestinal fiberscope. With the endoscope in an inverse position, the device was placed in the cardia and the dilatation process was monitored macroscopically. Before dilatation, patients suffered from dysphagia (92%), reduced speed of swallowing (100%), symptom aggravation under stress (73%), weight loss (50%), aspiration, pain, regurgitation, and vomiting. After dilatation and long-term follow-up (mean of 5 years), symptoms could be markedly reduced, especially the speed of eating and symptom aggravation under stress. Excellent and good results (Visick scale) were achieved in 76%. Fair results were achieved in 20%. To date, perforation and other complications have not occurred. Mortality was zero. Our series was an uncontrolled trial, so the results are hardly comparable to other studies. Furthermore, the small number of patients in our study represents a weak point with regard to complications. We conclude that the main advantages of the procedure are its simplicity and practicability. The simple procedure may be the method of choice in elderly patients. Of course, no final decision can be made until a well-designed controlled trial has been carried out.

  1. Hyperspectral Polarimeter for Monitoring Balloon Strain Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA's latest generation of superpressure, ultra long duration balloons (ULDB) extend the flight time for stratospheric experiments to levels previously...

  2. An Erupted Dilated Odontoma: A Rare Presentation.

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    Sharma, Gaurav; Nagra, Amritpreet; Singh, Gurkeerat; Nagpal, Archna; Soin, Atul; Bhardwaj, Vishal

    2016-01-01

    A dilated odontoma is an extremely rare developmental anomaly represented as a dilatation of the crown and root as a consequence of a deep, enamel-lined invagination and is considered a severe variant of dens invaginatus. An oval shape of the tooth lacking morphological characteristics of a crown or root implies that the invagination happened in the initial stages of morphodifferentiation. Spontaneous eruption of an odontoma is a rare occurrence and the occurrence of a dilated odontoma in a supernumerary tooth is even rarer with only a few case reports documented in the English literature. We present an extremely rare case of erupted dilated odontoma occurring in the supernumerary tooth in anterior maxillary region in an 18-year-old male, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first ever case reported in English literature.

  3. An Erupted Dilated Odontoma: A Rare Presentation

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    Gaurav Sharma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A dilated odontoma is an extremely rare developmental anomaly represented as a dilatation of the crown and root as a consequence of a deep, enamel-lined invagination and is considered a severe variant of dens invaginatus. An oval shape of the tooth lacking morphological characteristics of a crown or root implies that the invagination happened in the initial stages of morphodifferentiation. Spontaneous eruption of an odontoma is a rare occurrence and the occurrence of a dilated odontoma in a supernumerary tooth is even rarer with only a few case reports documented in the English literature. We present an extremely rare case of erupted dilated odontoma occurring in the supernumerary tooth in anterior maxillary region in an 18-year-old male, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first ever case reported in English literature.

  4. An Erupted Dilated Odontoma: A Rare Presentation

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    Sharma, Gaurav; Nagra, Amritpreet; Singh, Gurkeerat; Nagpal, Archna; Soin, Atul; Bhardwaj, Vishal

    2016-01-01

    A dilated odontoma is an extremely rare developmental anomaly represented as a dilatation of the crown and root as a consequence of a deep, enamel-lined invagination and is considered a severe variant of dens invaginatus. An oval shape of the tooth lacking morphological characteristics of a crown or root implies that the invagination happened in the initial stages of morphodifferentiation. Spontaneous eruption of an odontoma is a rare occurrence and the occurrence of a dilated odontoma in a supernumerary tooth is even rarer with only a few case reports documented in the English literature. We present an extremely rare case of erupted dilated odontoma occurring in the supernumerary tooth in anterior maxillary region in an 18-year-old male, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first ever case reported in English literature. PMID:26989523

  5. Scientific Ballooning Activities and Recent Developments in Technology and Instrumentation of the TIFR Balloon Facility, Hyderabad

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    Buduru, Suneel Kumar

    2016-07-01

    The Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-BF) is a unique center of expertise working throughout the year to design, fabricate and launch scientific balloons mainly for space astronomy, atmospheric science and engineering experiments. Recently TIFR-BF extended its support to new user scientists for conducting balloon launches for biological and middle atmospheric sciences. For the first time two balloon launches conducted for sending live lab rats to upper stratosphere and provided launch support for different balloon campaigns such as Tropical Tropopause Dynamics (TTD) to study water vapour content in upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric regions over Hyderabad and the other balloon campaign to study the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (BATAL) during the Indian summer monsoon season. BATAL is the first campaign to conduct balloon launches during active (South-West) monsoon season using zero pressure balloons of different volumes. TIFR-BF also provided zero pressure and sounding balloon support to various research institutes and organizations in India and for several international space projects. In this paper, we present details on our increased capability of balloon fabrication for carrying heavier payloads, development of high strength balloon load tapes and recent developments of flight control and safety systems. A summary of the various flights conducted in two years will be presented along with the future ballooning plans.

  6. [The dilatation of auditive tube (Bougirage tubaire) by dilators in XIX century].

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    Kierzek, Andrzej

    2006-01-01

    The treatment of auditiory tube chronic catarrh in XIX century by pharmagological drugs, by special apparatuses of surprising technical sophistication, by electrisation and faradisation is discussed first of all. The dilatation of auditory tube by dilators was the diagnostical and therapeutical methods, especially preferenced by Victor Urbantschitsch, Hermann Schwartze, Jean P. Bonnafonte, Albert Calmettes and Bronisław Taczanowski, Teodor Heiman and Samuel Meyerson. The dilators were building of celluloid, whale-bone, silver and were absorbed by argentum nitrate, vaseline. The technique, difficulties and effects of dilatation are described in more detail. The complications of this operation is presented finally. PMID:17131853

  7. DILATE: a 2-d structural program for the dilation response of hexagonal ducts

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    Chan, D.P.

    1980-02-01

    An analytical method is introduced for determining the dilation of hexagonal ducts in fast reactors. The method, which is valid for temperatures where creep is linearly dependent on stress, was implemented in a fast-running computer called DILATE. A bench-mark program is presented, which shows the results of the DILATE program in close agreement with the results of the finite element program MARC-CDC. User instructions for the DILATE program are described in detail and a listing of the program is included.

  8. DILATE: a 2-d structural program for the dilation response of hexagonal ducts

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    An analytical method is introduced for determining the dilation of hexagonal ducts in fast reactors. The method, which is valid for temperatures where creep is linearly dependent on stress, was implemented in a fast-running computer called DILATE. A bench-mark program is presented, which shows the results of the DILATE program in close agreement with the results of the finite element program MARC-CDC. User instructions for the DILATE program are described in detail and a listing of the program is included

  9. Controlled transient respiratory arrest along with rapid right ventricular pacing for improving balloon stability during balloon valvuloplasty in pediatric patients with congenital aortic stenosis - A retrospective case series analysis

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    Gupta Sampa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid right ventricular pacing is safe, effective, and established method to provide balloon stability during balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV. Controlled transient respiratory arrest at this point of time may further reduce left ventricular stroke volume, providing an additional benefit to maintain balloon stability. Two groups were studied. Among the 10 patients, five had rapid pacing alone (Group A, while the other five were provided with cessation of positive pressure breathing as well (Group B. The outcomes of BAV in the two groups of patients were studied. One patient in Group A had failed balloon dilatation even after the fourth attempt, while in Group B there were no failures. The peak systolic gradient reduction was higher in Group B (70.05% in comparison to 52.16% of group A. In Group A, five subjects developed aortic regurgitation (grade 2 in four and grade 3 in one, while no grade 3 aortic regurgitation developed in any patient in Group B. Controlled transient respiratory arrest along with rapid ventricular pacing may be effective in maintaining balloon stability and improve the outcome of BAV.

  10. Controlled transient respiratory arrest along with rapid right ventricular pacing for improving balloon stability during balloon valvuloplasty in pediatric patients with congenital aortic stenosis--a retrospective case series analysis.

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    Gupta, Sampa Dutta; Das, Soumi; Ghose, Tapas; Sarkar, Achyut; Goswami, Anupam; Kundu, Sudeshna

    2010-01-01

    Rapid right ventricular pacing is safe, effective, and established method to provide balloon stability during balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV). Controlled transient respiratory arrest at this point of time may further reduce left ventricular stroke volume, providing an additional benefit to maintain balloon stability. Two groups were studied. Among the 10 patients, five had rapid pacing alone (Group A), while the other five were provided with cessation of positive pressure breathing as well (Group B). The outcomes of BAV in the two groups of patients were studied. One patient in Group A had failed balloon dilatation even after the fourth attempt, while in Group B there were no failures. The peak systolic gradient reduction was higher in Group B (70.05% in comparison to 52.16% of group A). In Group A, five subjects developed aortic regurgitation (grade 2 in four and grade 3 in one, while no grade 3 aortic regurgitation developed in any patient in Group B). Controlled transient respiratory arrest along with rapid ventricular pacing may be effective in maintaining balloon stability and improve the outcome of BAV. PMID:20826965

  11. Related factors of dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Guangyong Huang; Hang Gao; Xiangang Meng; Zhonghua Yan; Xiangquan Kong; Lexin Wang

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the etiology and relative factors of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Chinese patients. Methods A case-control study was conducted to compare 233 patients with DCM in high-incidence areas (case group) and 150 patients with stable angina pectoris (control group). Life styles and history of diseases information was collected by questionaire; human anti-myocardial antibody IgG (AMA- IgG), human Coxsackie B virus IgG (CBV- IgG) and human adenovirus antibody IgG (ADV- lgG) were measured with ELISA. General chemical and toxicological indicators in drink water from high and low prevalence areas and serum trace elements also were compared. Results 1 ) Compared with the control group, the case group had more farmers (P < 0.01), with low average incomes (P < 0.01), higher alcohol consumption (P < 0.01) and higher incidence of the history of myocarditis (P < 0.01 ). 2) AMA-IgG, CBV-IgG and ADV-IgG levels were low and the positive rates ofAMA-IgG, CBV-IgG and ADV-IgG of patients with DCM were respectively 7.78%, 6.67% and 6.67%, no statistical significance comparing with those in the control group. 3) The content of iron (1.36±2.18 vs 0.39±0.67 mg/L, P<0.05) and manganese (0.384±0.35 vs 0.15±0.14, P<0.01 ) in drinking water of high-incidence areas was significantly higher than that in low-incidence areas. 4) The content of serum iron (69.14±57.8 vs 20.04±17.5 μ mol/L, P<0.01 ) and copper (25.74±4.2 vs 19.7±4.5 μmol/L, P<0.01) in the case group evidently exceeded the normal range and obviously higher than that in the control group. Conclusions 1) The incidence of some DCM is related with low incomes, high alcohol consumption and myocarditis. 2) These data do not support that DCM is related with persistent virus infection and autoimmunization; 3) Iron and manganese contents exceeding standards in drinking water and the high content of serum iron and copper is comparatively related with the incidence of DCM.

  12. Treatment of Achalasia by Pneumatic Dilatation & Esophagomyotomy

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    M. H. Emami

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Esophagomyotomy and pneumatic dilatation are routine treatments of achalasia. The aim of this study is determine treat-ment effects of these methods."nPatients and Methods: This historical cohort study was done in Esfahan city in 2006. Sixty-six patients with achalasia that treated with pneumatic dilatation (n=46 and esophagomyotomy (n=20 were studied. The data of age, clinical recovery, complications, and satisfaction were collected. Data were analyzed with T-test and x2 and p<0.05 was different significantly."nResults: Clinical recovery was 70% with esophagomyotomy vs 80.5% with pneumatic dilatation (p>0.05. Mean of satisfaction was 8.5±2.37 in esophagomyotomy group Vs 7.68±2.49 in pneumatic dilatation group (P>0.05. Complications were not different significantly in two groups. Radiologic recovery was 66/6% in esophagomyotomy group vs 23.5% in dilatation group (P<0.5."nConclusion: Clinical recovery complications and sat-isfaction in two groups were not different significantly. This study shows need for long-term follow up in two groups.

  13. Evaluation of radiation exposure dose at double-balloon endoscopy for the patients with small bowel disease

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    Nagura, Asuka; Nakamura, Masanao; Watanabe, Osamu; Yamamura, Takeshi; Funasaka, Kohei; Ohno, Eizaburo; Miyahara, Ryoji; Kawashima, Hiroki; Koyama, Shuji; Hinami, Tomoki; Goto, Hidemi; Hirooka, Yoshiki

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) is useful for the diagnosis and treatment of small bowel diseases. Although fluoroscopy is used to confirm the position of endoscope at DBE, the endoscopist does not have the knowledge with regard to the radiation exposure dose. In this study, we evaluated the absorbed dose during DBE in patients with suspected or established small bowel diseases. This was a retrospective study in which the estimated fluoroscopic radiation absorbed doses loaded on the small bowel and skin were determined according to the data of the referential X-ray experiment with a human body phantom. The subjects were 415 DBEs preformed in total. The mean small bowel absorbed doses on antegrade and retrograde DBEs were 42.2 and 53.8 mGy, respectively, showing that the organ dose applied in retrograde DBE was significantly higher (P<0.0001). The mean skin absorbed doses of them were 79.2 and 101.0 mGy, respectively, showing that the dose was also significantly higher on retrograde DBE (P<0.0001). Of 27 cases who were applied endoscopic balloon dilation, the mean fluoroscopy time was 16.0 minutes, and mean small bowel and skin absorbed doses were 121.9 and 228.9 mGy, respectively. In conclusion, endoscopist should be careful for reducing the organ exposure dose at DBE, particularly for the lower abdominal region. Abbreviations: Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE), endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD), endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), double-balloon endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (DBERCP), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) PMID:27578908

  14. Universal decoherence due to gravitational time dilation

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    Pikovski, Igor; Costa, Fabio; Brukner, Caslav

    2013-01-01

    Phenomena inherent to quantum theory on curved space-time, such as Hawking radiation, are typically assumed to be only relevant at extreme physical conditions: at high energies and in strong gravitational fields. Here we consider low-energy quantum mechanics in the presence of weak gravitational time dilation and show that the latter leads to universal decoherence of quantum superpositions. Time dilation induces a universal coupling between internal degrees-of-freedom and the centre-of-mass of a composite particle and we show that the resulting entanglement causes the particle's position to decohere. We derive the decoherence timescale and show that the weak time dilation on Earth is already sufficient to decohere micro-scale objects. No coupling to an external environment is necessary, thus even completely isolated composite systems will decohere on curved space-time. In contrast to gravitational collapse models, no modification of quantum theory is assumed. General relativity therefore can account for the e...

  15. Reevaluation of the balloon in gastrointestinal manometry.

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    Wilkes, P R; Hoskin, R W; Semlacher, E A; MacCannell, K L; Tyberg, J V

    1994-09-01

    Although the flow-through catheter (FTC) system has been useful and satisfactorily accurate for gastrointestinal manometry, we hypothesized that a cylindrical, liquid-filled balloon would also accurately reflect stress imposed by a sphincter. Latex balloons were fitted over the side ports of a closed-end catheter. The responses of the balloon and FTC system were compared in a cylindrical chamber commonly identified as a Starling resistor. Independent, constant-pressure sources were used to control both the inwardly directed "contact pressure" of the Starling resistor (Ps) and the intraluminal fluid pressure (P(lum)). The balloon transducers responded linearly and accurately (slope = 1) to changes in both Ps and P(lum) within the test range (0-200 mmHg, 0-26.7 kPa). When either P(lum) or Ps was held constant and the other changed, the balloon transducers always accurately measured the higher of the two pressures. Although the performance of the FTC system was improved after the Starling resistor was lubricated, the FTC system sometimes responded inaccurately to changes in Ps. The ability of the balloon transducers to measure the contractions of the lower esophageal sphincter and of the esophagus was demonstrated. We conclude that the balloon transducer can measure sphincter pressure accurately and suggest that, in certain circumstances, it might be advantageous relative to the FTC system. PMID:7842396

  16. Cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis

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    Kawanishi, Masahiro; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Yokoyama, Kunio; Yamada, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    The ventriculus terminalis (VT) is a virtual cavity of the conus medullaris that appears during embryonic life. We presented a case with the cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis (CDVT) in a symptomatic patient. A 66-year-old female suffered from disturbance while walking evolving for the past 2 years. An MR image revealed a cystic dilatation of ventriculus terminalis. The patient experienced marked improvement of lower extremity strength by a fenestration of cyst and cyst-subarachnoid shunt. Treatment for asymptomatic patients seems to be the best conducted conservatively, whereas patients with focal neurological deficits seem to be best handled surgically.

  17. Airborne Internet Providing Tethered Balloon System

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    Suvriti Dhawan1

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we shall introduce a new system for providing wireless network communication over a specified area using ’lighter than air’ balloons. This technology will replace the existing fiber optic network system. This will be done by using a tethered balloon along with the payload (containing a receiver, a transmitter and a radio communication device.This payload will be suspended from the ground at an altitude (depending on the area of coverage required. Users under this area will be able to access this system directly for internet connectivity. This system can be used over large areas like universities, companies and societies to provide internet facility to their users through Wi-Fi or over an area where the user is specified (commercial purposes. Currently Google is working on similar idea called the ’Google Loon’ in which they use high altitude balloons which float at an altitude twice as high as air planes and the weather. They recently tested this system over New-Zealand by providing internet to their pilot testers on ground. Their balloons not being stationary, move with directional winds and have to be replaced one after the other to maintain consistency. This can be a huge problem over the areas where upper atmospheric winds are not in favorable direction. We can resolve this problem by using our stationary tethered balloon system which can communicate with the loon balloons to provide internet facility over a desired area. Moreover when our balloon will communicate with the loon balloon it will increase the coverage area as the loon balloon has to communicate to a point which is above the ground. Our system will not only replace the existing fiber optic system but it will also be selfsustaining i.e. It will generate its own power using solar panels.

  18. Understanding the dilation and dilation relaxation behavior of graphite-based lithium-ion cells

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    Bauer, Marius; Wachtler, Mario; Stöwe, Hendrik; Persson, Jon V.; Danzer, Michael A.

    2016-06-01

    The dilation of lithium-ion cells is sensitive towards swelling phenomena caused by both graphite staging processes and lithium plating on graphite anodes. In this work, the dilation behavior of graphite/NMC pouch cells is studied with a focus on relaxation phenomena occurring after current pulses. In order to prevent misleading interpretations due to thermal effects, thermal expansion is quantified and a method for the thermal compensation of dilation data is developed. Dilation data are recorded for quasi-equilibrium cycling as well as for current pulses at high rates. In the quasi-equilibrium case, the staging behavior is characterized based on dilation and voltage data. By comparison with a graphite half-cell measurement, the major effects in full cell dilation are confirmed to be anode related. In the high rate case, the dilation responses to the actual pulse and the subsequent relaxation phases are recorded systematically. Positive and negative relaxation phenomena are observed depending on the SOC. They are ascribed to both graphite staging and lithium plating processes. A model is presented explaining the unexpected relaxation effects by a temporary coexistence of three or more staging compounds during high rate lithiation and delithiation. Our data thereby confirm the shrinking annuli model introduced by Heβ and Novák.

  19. Accurate Determination of the Volume of an Irregular Helium Balloon

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    Blumenthal, Jack; Bradvica, Rafaela; Karl, Katherine

    2013-01-01

    In a recent paper, Zable described an experiment with a near-spherical balloon filled with impure helium. Measuring the temperature and the pressure inside and outside the balloon, the lift of the balloon, and the mass of the balloon materials, he described how to use the ideal gas laws and Archimedes' principal to compute the average molecular…

  20. Investigating Diffusion and Entropy with Carbon Dioxide-Filled Balloons

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    Jadrich, James; Bruxvoort, Crystal

    2010-01-01

    Fill an ordinary latex balloon with helium gas and you know what to expect. Over the next day or two the volume will decrease noticeably as helium escapes from the balloon. So what happens when a latex balloon is filled with carbon dioxide gas? Surprisingly, carbon dioxide balloons deflate at rates as much as an order of magnitude faster than…

  1. Looners: Inside the world of balloon fetishism

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    McIntyre, Karen E

    2011-01-01

    In the spring of 1997, Shaun had just broken up with a boyfriend, and his roommate had moved out. Living alone for the first time and relieved of the fear that someone might walk in the door, he was finally able to indulge his fantasy. The young man sat on his couch and started blowing up balloons. Shaun had loved playing with balloons since he was a child. When he hit puberty, he felt his first orgasm rubbing against a balloon. It was then that his relationship with the object took ...

  2. Cutting Balloon angioplasty for cardiac transplant vasculopathy.

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    Takano, Y.; Currier, JW; Yeatman, LA; Kobashigawa, JA; Rogers, AD; Cianfichi, LJ; Fishbein, MC; Tobis, JM

    2002-01-01

    We performed Cutting Balloon angioplasty on 20 lesions in 11 heart transplant recipients 7.5 +/- 3.8 years after transplantation. The mean percentage of diameter stenosis decreased from 88.3% +/- 13.8% to 19.6% +/- 13.7% after Cutting Balloon angioplasty without complication. Seven patients underwent follow-up angiography at 4.9 +/- 1.7 months in a total of 12 lesions, and all lesions showed restenosis with a mean diameter stenosis of 84.4% +/- 19.2%. Cutting Balloon angioplasty can be used t...

  3. The balloon and the airship technological heritage

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    Mayer, N. J.

    1981-01-01

    The balloon and the airship are discussed with emphasis on the identification of commonalities and distinctions. The aerostat technology behind the shape and structure of the vehicles is reviewed, including a discussion of structural weight, internal pressure, buckling, and the development of a stable tethered balloon system. Proper materials for the envelope are considered, taking elongation and stress into account, and flight operation and future developments are reviewed. Airships and tethered balloons which are designed to carry high operating pressure with low gas loss characteristics are found to share similar problems in low speed flight operations, while possessing interchangeable technologies.

  4. Stratospheric electric field measurements with transmediterranean balloons

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    de La Morena, B. A.; Alberca, L. F.; Curto, J. J.; Holzworth, R. H.

    1993-01-01

    The horizontal component of the stratospheric electric field was measured using a balloon in the ODISEA Campaign of Transmediterranean Balloon Program. The balloon flew between Trapani (Sicily) and El Arenosillo (Huelva, Spain) along the 39 deg N parallel at a height between 34 and 24 km. The high values found for the field on fair-weather and its quasi-turbulent variation, both in amplitude and direction, are difficult to explain with the classical electric field source. A new source, first described by Holzworth (1989), is considered as possibly causing them.

  5. Pupil dilation betrays the timing of decisions

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    Wolfgang Einhauser

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The notion of mind-reading by carefully observing another individual's physiological responses has recently become commonplace in popular culture, particularly in the context of brain imaging. The question remains, however, whether outwardly accessible physiological signals indeed betray a decision before a person voluntarily reports it. In one experiment we asked observers to push a button at any time during a 10-second period (“immediate overt response”. In a series of three additional experiments observers were asked to select one number from five sequentially presented digits but concealed their decision until the trial’s end (“covert choice”. In these experiments observers either had to choose the digit themselves under conditions of reward and no reward, or were instructed which digit to select via an external cue provided at the time of the digit presentation. In all cases pupil dilation alone predicted the choice (timing of button response or chosen digit, respectively. Consideration of the average pupil-dilation responses, across all experiments, showed that this prediction of timing was distinct from a general arousal or reward-anticipation response. Furthermore, the pupil dilation appeared to reflect the post-decisional consolidation of the selected outcome rather than the pre-decisional cognitive appraisal component of the decision. Given the tight link between pupil dilation and norepinephrine levels during constant illumination, our results have implications beyond the tantalizing mind-reading speculations. These findings suggest that similar noradrenergic mechanisms may underlie the consolidation of both overt and covert decisions.

  6. Surface dilatational viscosity of Langmuir monolayers

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    Lopez, Juan; Vogel, Michael; Hirsa, Amir

    2003-11-01

    With increased interest in microfluidic systems, interfacial phenomena is receiving more attention. As the length scales of fluid problems decrease, the surface to volume ratio increases and the coupling between interfacial flow and bulk flow becomes increasingly dominated by effects due to intrinsic surface viscosities (shear and dilatational), in comparison to elastic effects (due to surface tension gradients). The surface shear viscosity is well-characterized, as cm-scale laboratory experiments are able to isolate its effects from other interfacial processes (e.g., in the deep-channel viscometer). The same is not true for the dilatational viscosity, because it acts in the direction of surface tension gradients. Their relative strength scale with the capillary number, and for cm-scale laboratory flows, surface tension effects tend to dominate. In microfluidic scale flows, the scaling favors viscosity. We have devised an experimental apparatus which is capable of isolating and enhancing the effects of dilatational viscosity at the cm scales by driving the interface harmonically in time, while keeping the interface flat. In this talk, we shall present both the theory for how this works as well as experimental measurements of surface velocity from which we deduce the dilatational viscosity of several monolayers on the air-water interface over a substantial range of surface concentrations. Anomalous behavior over some range of concentration, which superficially indicates negative viscosity, maybe explained in terms of compositional effects due to large spatial and temporal variations in concentration and corresponding viscosity.

  7. Aerated bunker discharge of fine dilating powders

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    Ouwerkerk, C.E.D.; Molenaar, H.J.; Frank, M.J.W.

    1992-01-01

    The discharge rate of coarse powders (mean particle size 500 ¿m) from bunkers without aeration can be described by both empirical relations and theoretical models. In the case of small particles the discharge rate is largely overestimated. As the powder dilates during flow a negative pressure gradie

  8. Pupils dilate for vocal or familiar music.

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    Weiss, Michael W; Trehub, Sandra E; Schellenberg, E Glenn; Habashi, Peter

    2016-08-01

    Previous research reveals that vocal melodies are remembered better than instrumental renditions. Here we explored the possibility that the voice, as a highly salient stimulus, elicits greater arousal than nonvocal stimuli, resulting in greater pupil dilation for vocal than for instrumental melodies. We also explored the possibility that pupil dilation indexes memory for melodies. We tracked pupil dilation during a single exposure to 24 unfamiliar folk melodies (half sung to la la, half piano) and during a subsequent recognition test in which the previously heard melodies were intermixed with 24 novel melodies (half sung, half piano) from the same corpus. Pupil dilation was greater for vocal melodies than for piano melodies in the exposure phase and in the test phase. It was also greater for previously heard melodies than for novel melodies. Our findings provide the first evidence that pupillometry can be used to measure recognition of stimuli that unfold over several seconds. They also provide the first evidence of enhanced arousal to vocal melodies during encoding and retrieval, thereby supporting the more general notion of the voice as a privileged signal. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:27123682

  9. Recent Developments in Balloon Support Instrumentation at TIFR Balloon Facility, Hyderabad.

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    Vasudevan, Rajagopalan

    2012-07-01

    The Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research has been conducting stratospheric balloon flights regularly for various experiments in Space Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences. A continuous improvement in Balloon flight Support instrumentation by the Control Instrumentation Group to keep in space with the growing complexities of the scientific payloads have contributed to the total success of balloon flights conducted recently. Recent improvements in display of Balloon position during balloon flight by showing on real time the balloon GPS position against Google TM maps is of immense help in selecting the right spot for payload landing and safe recovery . For further speeding up the payload recovery process, a new GPS-GSM payload system has been developed which gives SMS of the payload position information to the recovery team on their cell phones. On parallel footing, a new GPS- VHF system has been developed using GPS and Radio Modems for Balloon Tracking and also for obtaining the payload impact point. On the Telecommand side, a single board Telecommand/ Timer weighing less than 2 Kg has been specially developed for use in the mesosphere balloon test flight. The interference on the existing Short Range Telemetry System has been eliminated by introducing a Band Pass Filter and LNA in the Receiving system of the modules, thereby enhancing its reliability. In this paper , we present the details of the above mentioned developments.

  10. Shielded Mars Balloon Launcher (SMBL) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Aurora Flight Sciences, along with its partner Vertigo Industries, proposes a novel approach to deployment of balloon-based payloads into the Martian atmosphere....

  11. Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Phase I SBIR project will investigate a new, low-cost approach to atomic magnetometry that is suited for operation from UAVs and research balloons. Atomic...

  12. Deployment Instabilities of Lobed-Pumpkin Balloon

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    Nakashino, Kyoichi

    A lobed-pumpkin balloon, currently being developed in ISAS/JAXA as well as in NASA, is a promising vehicle for long duration scientific observations in the stratosphere. Recent ground and flight experiments, however, have revealed that the balloon has deployment instabilities under certain conditions. In order to overcome the instability problems, a next generation SPB called 'tawara' type balloon has been proposed, in which an additional cylindrical part is appended to the standard lobed-pumpkin balloon. The present study investigates the deployment stability of tawara type SPB in comparison to that of standard lobed-pumpkin SPB through eigenvalue analysis on the basis of finite element methods. Our numerical results show that tawara type SPB enjoys excellent deployment performance over the standard lobed-pumpkin SPBs.

  13. Attitude determination for balloon-borne experiments

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    Gandilo, N N; Amiri, M; Angile, F E; Benton, S J; Bock, J J; Bond, J R; Bryan, S A; Chiang, H C; Contaldi, C R; Crill, B P; Devlin, M J; Dober, B; Dore, O P; Farhang, M; Filippini, J P; Fissel, L M; Fraisse, A A; Fukui, Y; Galitzki, N; Gambrel, A E; Golwala, S; Gudmundsson, J E; Halpern, M; Hasselfield, M; Hilton, G C; Holmes, W A; Hristov, V V; Irwin, K D; Jones, W C; Kermish, Z D; Klein, J; Korotkov, A L; Kuo, C L; MacTavish, C J; Mason, P V; Matthews, T G; Megerian, K G; Moncelsi, L; Morford, T A; Mroczkowski, T K; Nagy, J M; Netterfield, C B; Novak, G; Nutter, D; O'Brient, R; Pascale, E; Poidevin, F; Rahlin, A S; Reintsema, C D; Ruhl, J E; Runyan, M C; Savini, G; Scott, D; Shariff, J A; Soler, J D; Thomas, N E; Trangsrud, A; Truch, M D; Tucker, C E; Tucker, G S; Tucker, R S; Turner, A D; Ward-Thompson, D; Weber, A C; Wiebe, D V; Young, E Y

    2014-01-01

    An attitude determination system for balloon-borne experiments is presented. The system provides pointing information in azimuth and elevation for instruments flying on stratospheric balloons over Antarctica. In-flight attitude is given by the real-time combination of readings from star cameras, a magnetometer, sun sensors, GPS, gyroscopes, tilt sensors and an elevation encoder. Post-flight attitude reconstruction is determined from star camera solutions, interpolated by the gyroscopes using an extended Kalman Filter. The multi-sensor system was employed by the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol), an experiment that measures polarized thermal emission from interstellar dust clouds. A similar system was designed for the upcoming flight of SPIDER, a Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiment. The pointing requirements for these experiments are discussed, as well as the challenges in designing attitude reconstruction systems for high altitude balloon flights. ...

  14. Retrieving Balloon Data in Flight Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration —   NASA has plans to fly stratospheric ULDBs for missions of 100 days or more in the next few years. As these balloons circumnavigate the globe multiple...

  15. Power Systems Design for Long Duration Ballooning

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    Stilwell, Bryan; Chuzel, Alain

    2016-01-01

    The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility has been designing and building high-altitude balloon power systems for over 26 years. With that experience, we have found certain types of PV panels, batteries, and charge controllers that are reliable in stratospheric environments. The ultimate goal is to ensure that power systems will provide power reliably throughout the duration of an LDB flight. The purpose of this presentation is to provide some general guidelines and best practices for power system design.

  16. Test ventilation with smoke, bubbles, and balloons

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    Pickering, P.L.; Cucchiara, A.L.; McAtee, J.L.; Gonzales, M.

    1987-01-01

    The behavior of smoke, bubbles, and helium-filled balloons was videotaped to demonstrate the mixing of air in the plutonium chemistry laboratories, a plutonium facility. The air-distribution patterns, as indicated by each method, were compared. Helium-filled balloons proved more useful than bubbles or smoke in the visualization of airflow patterns. The replay of various segments of the videotape proved useful in evaluating the different techniques and in identifying airflow trends responsible for air mixing. 6 refs.

  17. New stent delivery balloon: a technical note.

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    di Mario, C; Reimers, B; Reinhardt, R; Ferraro, M; Moussa, I; Colombo, A

    1997-12-01

    This study reports the first clinical application of a new noncompliant balloon composed of a middle polyurethane layer sandwiched between an inner layer of polyethylene terephtalate and an outer membrane that provides for consistent even expansion. With this balloon design, the very low compliance and high pressure resistance of polyethylene terephthalate are associated with the high elasticity of polyurethane, preventing balloon damage from stent crimping and expansion and allowing a firm embedding of the stent struts. Palmaz-Schatz stent implantation was successful in 33/35 stents (94%), and the two stents that could not be advanced up to the lesion were successfully withdrawn. High pressure expansion of the stent was obtained during deployment with no balloon ruptures at inflation pressures equal or lower than 16 atmospheres (atm). Accurate positioning of the stent was facilitated by the two markers at the balloon ends and by the optimal visualization after contrast injection, even with 6 Fr guiding catheters. This new delivery system maintains the advantages of hand-crimped stents on noncompliant balloons, reducing the risk of stent loss. PMID:9408637

  18. Universal decoherence due to gravitational time dilation

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    Pikovski, Igor; Zych, Magdalena; Costa, Fabio; Brukner, Caslav

    2016-05-01

    The absence of quantum behavior on macroscopic scales is usually attributed to decoherence -- the suppression of quantum superpositions due to interaction with an environment. Here we show that time dilation provides a universal decoherence mechanism for any complex system. The effect takes place even for isolated particles that do not interact with any external environment and causes decoherence of position and momentum of the center of mass of the system. While time dilation is very weak on earth, it is already sufficient to decohere gram-scale objects and complex molecules. The results show that novel phenomena arise at the interplay between quantum theory and general relativity even in the low energy limit. Possible experimental verifications of the effect are briefly discussed.

  19. The French Balloon Program 2013 - 2017

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    Dubourg, Vincent; Vargas, André; Raizonville, Philippe

    2016-07-01

    With over 50 years' experience in the field, the French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) goes on supporting - as designer and operator - a significant scientific ballooning program. In particular so because balloons still give a unique and valuable access to near space science. From 2008 to 2013, an important renovation effort was achieved, beginning by Zero Pressure Balloons (ZPB) systems, to comply with more stringent Safety constraints and to the growing reliability and performance requirements from scientific missions. The paper will give an overview of the CNES new capabilities and services for operational balloon activities, and their availability status. The scientific launch campaigns of the past two years will be presented. A focus will be made on the results of the Stratoscience 2015 flight campaign from Timmins, Ontario, using the NOSYCA command and control system for ZPB, qualified in flight in 2013. In particular, the PILOT telescope successfully flew during the 2015 campaign, key figures about the flight and mission will be given. An outlook of the new stratospheric long duration flight systems currently in process of developement at CNES will be given, as well as the presentation of the Stratéole 2 project, dedicated to the survey of the low stratosphere and upper troposphere in equatorial regions, with a fleet of small suprer pressure balloons (SPB). As far as tropospheric balloons are concerned, the Aeroclipper initiative will be presented, aiming at qualifying a quasi-tethered balloon, pushed by the winds close to the sea surface, for the study of cyclones. The scientific launch campaigns and the main payloads in the study for the near future will also be presented.

  20. Dilation volumes of sets of bounded perimeter

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    Kiderlen, Markus; Rataj, Jan

    This paper analyzes the first order behavior (that is, the right sided derivative) of the volume of the dilation A ⊕ tQ as t converges to zero. Here A and Q are subsets of n-dimensional Euclidean space, A has bounded perimeter and Q is compact. If Q consists of two points only, x and x+u, say, this...

  1. Nursing care in gastric dilatation in dogs

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    A. Valente; Rego, A.; R. NASCIMENTO; Oliveira, J; Vala, Helena; Mesquita, JR.; Nóbrega, C.

    2013-01-01

    Gastric Dilatation is a potentially fatal gastrointestinal pathology caused by aerophagy. It is mainly caused by rapid consumption of food, excitation or exercising near the time of feeding, which promotes the entrance of air into the stomach (Robbins et al, 2011). With this work we aim to emphasize the care given by veterinary nurses in this pathology. FCT e CI&DETS (Pest – OE/CEU/UI4016/2011)

  2. The Mutations Associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Ruti Parvari; Aviva Levitas

    2012-01-01

    Cardiomyopathy is an important cause of heart failure and a major indication for heart transplantation in children and adults. This paper describes the state of the genetic knowledge of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The identification of the causing mutation is important since presymptomatic interventions of DCM have proven value in preventing morbidity and mortality. Additionally, as in general in genetic studies, the identification of the mutated genes has a direct clinical impact for the f...

  3. Stability of wavelet frames with matrix dilations

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    Christensen, Ole; Sun, Wenchang

    2006-01-01

    Under certain assumptions we show that a wavelet frame {Tau(A(j), b(j,k))psi} (j,k is an element of Z) := {vertical bar detA(j)vertical bar(-1/2) psi(A(j)(-1)(x - b(j,k)))} (j,k is an element of Z) in L-2(R-d) remains a frame when the dilation matrices A(j) and the translation parameters b...

  4. Formation and interpretation of dilatant echelon cracks.

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    Pollard, D.D.; Segall, P.; Delaney, P.T.

    1982-01-01

    The relative displacements of the walls of many veins, joints, and dikes demonstrate that these structures are dilatant cracks. We infer that dilatant cracks propagate in a principal stress plane, normal to the maximum tensile or least compressive stress. Arrays of echelon crack segments appear to emerge from the peripheries of some dilatant cracks. Breakdown of a parent crack into an echelon array may be initiated by a spatial or temporal rotation of the remote principal stresses about an axis parallel to the crack propagation direction. Near the parent-crack tip, a rotation of the local principal stresses is induced in the same sense, but not necessarily through the same angle. Incipient echelon cracks form at the parent-crack tip normal to the local maximum tensile stress. Further longitudinal growth along surfaces that twist about axes parallel to the propagation direction realigns each echelon crack into a remote principal stress plane. The walls of these twisted cracks may be idealized as helicoidal surfaces. An array of helicoidal cracks sweeps out less surface area than one parent crack twisting through the same angle. Thus, many echelon cracks grow from a single parent because the work done in creating the array, as measured by its surface area decreases as the number of cracks increases. -from Authors

  5. Dilational surface rheology of polymer solutions

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    Noskov, B. A.; Bykov, A. G.

    2015-06-01

    The review concerns main achievements in dilational rheology of polymer adsorption films at the gas/liquid interfaces reported in the last fifteen years. The theoretical foundations of methods of surface rheology and the key results obtained in studies of solutions of amphiphilic nonionic polymers, polyelectrolytes, proteins and their complexes with low-molecular-mass surfactants are discussed. Interest in the surface dilational rheology is mainly caused by a small number of available experimental methods for investigation of the surface of liquids, by the fact that traditional methods of measurement of the surface tension that are widely used in studies of solutions of low-molecular-mass surfactants provide little information when applied to polymer solutions owing to very slow establishment of equilibrium as well as by weak dependence of the surface tension on the polymer concentration. Progress in the surface rheology is driven by the recent studies of the stability of foams and emulsions that demonstrated a key role of the dilational surface rheological properties in the dynamics of liquid-phase disperse systems. The bibliography includes 191 references.

  6. Ballooning mode instability at the plasmapause

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    Lakhina, G. S.; Mond, M.; Hameiri, E.

    1990-01-01

    The ballooning mode instability, which can excite hydromagnetic waves at the plasmapause, is studied in the presence of azimuthal plasma flows induced during geomagnetically disturbed periods. A general sufficient criterion for the ballooning mode stability is derived, for a change in the potential energy greater than or equal to 0, which involves the integration over an entire field line. A local stability analysis at the equatorial plasmapause region shows that the ballooning modes could be spontaneously generated via instability under at least two conditions: one is similar to the usual interchange condition, and the second to the quasi-interchange modes. Both of these local instability conditions can be derived from the general stability criterion. Finally an exact solution for the equilibrium state with flow is derived analytically, and the change in the potential energy is computed numerically. It is found that, in the cases studied, the flow does not spontaneously excite the ballooning modes; it only further stabilizes (or destabilizes) the ballooning spectrum if originally the system is stable (or unstable). The analysis would be useful for the interpretation of some of the low-frequency modes observed at the ground and near the equatorial plasmapause.

  7. Near ultraviolet spectrograph for balloon platform

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    Sreejith, A. G.; Safonova, Margarita; Murthy, Jayant

    2015-06-01

    Small and compact scientific payloads may be easily designed constructed and own on high altitude balloons. Despite the fact that large orbital observatories provide accurate observations and statistical studies of remote and/or faint space sources, small telescopes on board balloons or rockets are still attractive because of their low cost and rapid response time. We describe here a near ultraviolet (NUV) spectrograph designed to be own on a high{altitude balloon platform. Our basic optical design is a modified Czerny-Turner system using off the shelf optics. We compare different methods of aberration corrections in such a system. We intend the system to be portable and scalable to different telescopes. The use of reflecting optics reduces the transmission loss in UV. We plan on using an image intensified CMOS sensor operating in photon counting mode as the detector of choice.

  8. There is a Text in 'The Balloon'

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    Elias, Camelia

    2009-01-01

    From the Introduction: Camelia Elias' "There is a Text in 'The Balloon': Donald Barthelme's Allegorical Flights" provides its reader with a much-need and useful distinction between fantasy and the fantastic: "whereas fantasy in critical discourse can be aligned with allegory, in which a supernatu......From the Introduction: Camelia Elias' "There is a Text in 'The Balloon': Donald Barthelme's Allegorical Flights" provides its reader with a much-need and useful distinction between fantasy and the fantastic: "whereas fantasy in critical discourse can be aligned with allegory, in which...... York in Donald Barthelme's short story  "The Balloon" from 1968 is discussed in the light of the chapter's epistemological understanding of fantasy....

  9. High altitude balloon experiments at IIA

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    Nayak, Akshata; Sreejith, A. G.; Safonova, Margarita; Murthy, Jayant

    Recent advances in balloon experiments as well as in electronics have made it possible to fly scientific payloads at costs accessible to university departments. We have begun a program of high altitude ballooning at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru. The primary purpose of this activity is to test low-cost ultraviolet (UV) payloads for eventual space flight, but we will also try scientific exploration of the phenomena occurring in the upper atmosphere, including sprites and meteorite impacts. We present the results of the initial experiments carried out at the CREST campus of IIA, Hosakote, and describe our plans for the future.

  10. Cutting balloon angioplasty for intrastent restenosis treatment

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    João Orávio de Freitas Jr

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available We describe here two patients with angiographic diagnosis of intrastent restenosis and regional myocardial ischemia. One stent restenosis was located in a native coronary artery and the other in a vein graft. Both were treated with cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA, inflated at low pressures. Angiographic success was obtained and both patients were discharged in the day after the procedure. Cutting balloon angioplasty using low inflation pressures achieved important luminal gains, in these two cases of intrastent restenosis. Further studies are necessary before the effectiveness of this procedure can be precisely defined.

  11. Particle Astrophysics in NASA's Long Duration Balloon Program

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    Gorham, Peter W

    2013-01-01

    A century after Viktor Hess' discovery of cosmic rays, balloon flights still play a central role in the investigation of cosmic rays over nearly their entire spectrum. We report on the current status of NASA balloon program for particle astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the very successful Antarctic long-duration balloon program, and new developments in the progress toward ultra-long duration balloons.

  12. Particle Astrophysics in NASA's Long Duration Balloon Program

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    A century after Viktor Hess' discovery of cosmic rays, balloon flights still play a central role in the investigation of cosmic rays over nearly their entire spectrum. We report on the current status of NASA balloon program for particle astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the very successful Antarctic long-duration balloon program, and new developments in the progress toward ultra-long duration balloons

  13. 21 CFR 884.5050 - Metreurynter-balloon abortion system.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Metreurynter-balloon abortion system. 884.5050... Devices § 884.5050 Metreurynter-balloon abortion system. (a) Identification. A metreurynter-balloon abortion system is a device used to induce abortion. The device is inserted into the uterine...

  14. Auditory Risk of Exploding Hydrogen-Oxygen Balloons

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    Gee, Kent L.; Vernon, Julia A.; Macedone, Jeffrey H.

    2010-01-01

    Although hydrogen-oxygen balloon explosions are popular demonstrations, the acoustic impulse created poses a hearing damage risk if the peak level exceeds 140 dB at the listener's ear. The results of acoustical measurements of hydrogen-oxygen balloons of varying volume and oxygen content are described. It is shown that hydrogen balloons may be…

  15. Single-balloon versus double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.

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    Wang, Heng; Sun, Zhenzhong; Wang, Zhiwen; Jiang, Weimin

    2015-04-01

    Twenty-eight patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) were treated with single-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group A), and 40 patients were treated with double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group B). Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score, vertebral height, and kyphotic angle (KA) were evaluated pre-operatively, post-operatively (3 days after surgery) and at final follow-up. Operative time, X-ray exposure frequency and costs were recorded. The mean operative time and X-ray exposure frequency in Group A were greater than in Group B (pkyphoplasty is a safe and cost-effective surgical method for the treatment of OVCF. It can achieve pain relief comparable with double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty. However, double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty is more efficacious in terms of the restoration of vertebral height and reduction of KA, and the operative time and X-ray exposure frequency are lower.

  16. DILATANCY BEHAVIOR IN CONSTANT STRAIN RATE CONSOLIDATION TEST

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    Berty Sompie

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Subjected to remolded young clay, this paper shows that a lot of time dependent behavior in the standard consolidation (SC and constant strain rate consolidation (CSRC tests is represented systematically by a simple assumption concerning the time dependency of dilatancy. In the SC test, at the first stage of each loading step little dilatancy takes place and dilatancy begins to occur several minutes after step loading. In CSRC test, some time period after the stress state has entered the normally consolidated region, dilatancy tends to occur rapidly with the increase in stress ratio. Since most of dilatancy has taken place at the earlier stage of consolidation, little dilatancy occurs at the latter stage of CSRC process. This tendency makes the specimen stiffer with the passage of time, and makes the vertical pressure and pore pressure increase substantially at the last stage of CSRC process. Consideration to such behavior may be effective to correctly interpret the result of CSRC test.

  17. Clinical significance of main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography: Single and double duct dilation

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    Edge, Mark D; Hoteit, Maarouf; Patel, Amil P; Wang, Xiaoping; Baumgarten, Deborah A.; Cai, Qiang

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To study the patients with main pancreatic duct dilation on computed tomography (CT) and thereby to provide the predictive criteria to identify patients at high risk of significant diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, and to avoid unnecessary work up for patients at low risk of such diseases.

  18. Survey of balloon design problems and prospects for large super-pressure balloons in the next century

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    Yajima, Nobuyuki

    About a half century has passed since modern scientific ballooning started in the 1950's. All this while, size and payload capabilities of zero-pressure balloons have improved rapidly. On the other hand, a super-pressure balloon which can take the place of a conventional large zero-pressure balloon has not yet become operational. To investigate this problem, previous research on balloon design is surveyed. It is concluded that quite important design problems have been left unsolved. Problems occur when a load tape assembly is introduced to the natural shape balloon system. The author proposed a new balloon design concept, named 3-D gore design, at the last COSPAR held in Nagoya in 1998. This theory improves the conventional natural shape design concept for the balloon reinforced by load tapes. This new design concept enables enhancing the strength of a balloon dramatically. In addition, the strength does not depend on balloon size. This theory will accelerate the development of large super-pressure balloons which will play a leading role in scientific ballooning in the 21st century.

  19. Attitude determination for balloon-borne experiments

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    Gandilo, N. N.; Ade, P. A. R.; Amiri, M.; Angilè, F. E.; Benton, S. J.; Bock, J. J.; Bond, J. R.; Bryan, S. A.; Chiang, H. C.; Contaldi, C. R.; Crill, B. P.; Devlin, M. J.; Dober, B.; Doré, O. P.; Farhang, M.; Filippini, J. P.; Fissel, L. M.; Fraisse, A. A.; Fukui, Y.; Galitzki, N.; Gambrel, A. E.; Golwala, S.; Gudmundsson, J. E.; Halpern, M.; Hasselfield, M.; Hilton, G. C.; Holmes, W. A.; Hristov, V. V.; Irwin, K. D.; Jones, W. C.; Kermish, Z. D.; Klein, J.; Korotkov, A. L.; Kuo, C. L.; MacTavish, C. J.; Mason, P. V.; Matthews, T. G.; Megerian, K. G.; Moncelsi, L.; Morford, T. A.; Mroczkowski, T. K.; Nagy, J. M.; Netterfield, C. B.; Novak, G.; Nutter, D.; O'Brient, R.; Pascale, E.; Poidevin, F.; Rahlin, A. S.; Reintsema, C. D.; Ruhl, J. E.; Runyan, M. C.; Savini, G.; Scott, D.; Shariff, J. A.; Soler, J. D.; Thomas, N. E.; Trangsrud, A.; Truch, M. D.; Tucker, C. E.; Tucker, G. S.; Tucker, R. S.; Turner, A. D.; Ward-Thompson, D.; Weber, A. C.; Wiebe, D. V.; Young, E. Y.

    2014-07-01

    An attitude determination system for balloon-borne experiments is presented. The system provides pointing information in azimuth and elevation for instruments flying on stratospheric balloons over Antarctica. In-flight attitude is given by the real-time combination of readings from star cameras, a magnetometer, sun sensors, GPS, gyroscopes, tilt sensors and an elevation encoder. Post-flight attitude reconstruction is determined from star camera solutions, interpolated by the gyroscopes using an extended Kalman Filter. The multi-sensor system was employed by the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol), an experiment that measures polarized thermal emission from interstellar dust clouds. A similar system was designed for the upcoming flight of Spider, a Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiment. The pointing requirements for these experiments are discussed, as well as the challenges in designing attitude reconstruction systems for high altitude balloon flights. In the 2010 and 2012 BLASTPol flights from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the system demonstrated an accuracy of < 5' rms in-flight, and < 5" rms post-flight.

  20. Treatment of tuberculous bronchostenosis: balloon bronchoplasty

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the balloon bronchoplasty in the treatment of the tuberculous bronchostenosis. Balloon bronchoplasty was performed in thirteen patients with stenosis of the left main bronchus (two with combined left upper and lower lobar bronchostenosis) using a inflatable balloon catheter under a fluoroscopic guide. We analysed the changes in the severity of dyspnea and wheezing, serial FEV1/FVC as a parameter of the airflow obstruction, and bronchial diameter and lung volume on chest radiographs. The extent of pulmonary tuberculosis was correlated with the improvement of FEV1/ FVC. There was an improvement of dyspnea in 69% (9/13), decrease of wheezing in 69% (9/13), significant increase of FEV1/FVC in 18% (2/11). The increase of the bronchial diameter and lung volume were seen in 84% (11/13) and 53% (7/13), respectively. The significant increase of FEV1/FVC was seen in 28% (2/7) of the patients with lung involvement of tuberculous less than one third of left upper lobe, whereas there was no increase in those of more than one third. The was no complication except transient leukocytosis, fever and blood-tinged sputum. In conclusion, balloon bronchoplasty is effective in the treatment of medically intractable tuberculous bronchostenosis, and can be considered as an initial method of treatment

  1. An unusual triad: Bilateral dilated odontoma, hypodontia and peg laterals

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    Alphy Alphonsa Sebastian; Auswaf Ahsan; Ahkin John George; John Aby

    2013-01-01

    The dilated odontoma is an infrequent developmental alteration that appears in any area of the dental arches and can affect deciduous, permanent and supernumerary tooth. Dens invaginatus is a developmental anomaly resulting from invagination of a portion of crown forming within the enamel organ during odontogenesis. The most extreme form of dens invaginatus is known as dilated odontoma. The aim of this case report is to present a rare case of bilateral dilated odontoma affecting a microdon...

  2. Gastric Necrosis due to Acute Massive Gastric Dilatation

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    Ibrahim Aydin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Gastric necrosis due to acute massive gastric dilatation is relatively rare. Vascular reasons, herniation, volvulus, acute gastric dilatation, anorexia, and bulimia nervosa play a role in the etiology of the disease. Early diagnosis and treatment are highly important as the associated morbidity and mortality rates are high. In this case report, we present a case of gastric necrosis due to acute gastric dilatation accompanied with the relevant literature.

  3. Measurements of gondola motion on a stratospheric balloon flight

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    Safonova, Margarita; Sreejith, A G; Sarpotdar, Mayuresh; Ambily, S; Prakash, Ajin; Mathew, Joice; Murthy, Jayant; Anand, Devarajan; Kapardhi, B V N; Kumar, B Suneel; Kulkarni, P M

    2016-01-01

    Balloon experiments are an economically feasible method of conducting observations in astronomy that are not possible from the ground. The astronomical payload may include a telescope, a detector, and a pointing/stabilization system. Determining the attitude of the payload is of primary importance in such applications, to accurately point the detector/telescope to the desired direction. This is especially important in generally unstable lightweight balloon flights. However, the conditions at float altitudes, which can be reached by zero pressure balloons, could be more stable, enabling accurate pointings. We have used the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), placed on a stratospheric zero pressure balloon, to observe 3-axis motion of a balloon payload over a fight time of 4.5 hours, from launch to the float altitude of 31.2 km. The balloon was launched under nominal atmospheric conditions on May 8th 2016, from a Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Balloon Facility, Hyderabad.

  4. Critical appraisal of paclitaxel balloon angioplasty for femoral–popliteal arterial disease

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    Herten, Monika; Torsello, Giovanni B; Schönefeld, Eva; Stahlhoff, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Peripheral arterial disease, particularly critical limb ischemia, is an area with urgent need for optimized therapies because, to date, vascular interventions often have limited life spans. In spite of initial encouraging technical success after femoropopliteal percutaneous transluminal angioplasty or stenting, postprocedural restenosis remains the major problem. The challenging idea behind the drug-coated balloon (DCB) concept is the biological modification of the injury response after balloon dilatation. Antiproliferative drugs administered via DCBs or drug-eluting stents are able to suppress neointimal hyperplasia, the main cause of restenosis. This article reviews the results of DCB treatments of femoropopliteal and infrapopliteal lesions in comparison to standard angioplasty with uncoated balloons. A systematic literature search was performed in 1) medical journals (ie, MEDLINE), 2) international registers for clinical studies (ie, www.clinicaltrials.gov), and 3) abstracts of scientific sessions. Several controlled randomized trials with follow-up periods of up to 5 years demonstrated the efficacy of paclitaxel –DCB technology. However, calcified lesions seem to affect the efficacy of DCB. Combinations of preconditioning methods with DCBs showed promising results. Although the mechanical abrasion of calcium via atherectomy or laser ablation showed favorable periprocedural results, the long-term impact on restenosis and clinical outcome has to be demonstrated. Major advantages of the DCBs are the rapid delivery of drug at uniform concentrations with a single dose, their efficacy in areas wherein stents have been contraindicated until now (ie, bifurcation, ostial lesions), and in leaving no stent scaffold behind. Reinterventions are easier to perform because DCBs leave no metal behind. Various combinations of DCBs with other treatment modalities may prove to be viable options in future. The follow-up results of clinical studies will evaluate the long

  5. Randomized Comparison of Final Kissing Balloon Dilatation Versus No Final Kissing Balloon Dilatation in Patients With Coronary Bifurcation Lesions Treated With Main Vessel Stenting. Five Year Clinical Outcome in The Nordic-Baltic Bifurcation Study III

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    Niemelä, Matti; Holm, Niels R; Kervinen, Kari;

    2015-01-01

    , or stent thrombosis within 6 months. The 6-month major adverse cardiac event rates were 2.1% and 2.5% (P=1.00) in the FKBD and no-FKBD groups, respectively. Procedure and fluoroscopy times were longer and more contrast media was needed in the FKBD group than in the no-FKBD group. Three hundred twenty...... angiographic side branch (re)stenosis, especially in patients with true bifurcation lesions. The simple no-FKBD procedures resulted in reduced use of contrast media and shorter procedure and fluoroscopy times. Long-term data on stent thrombosis are needed. Clinical Trial Registration- URL: http...

  6. Randomized comparison of final kissing balloon dilatation versus no final kissing balloon dilatation in patients with coronary bifurcation lesions treated with main vessel stenting: the Nordic-Baltic Bifurcation Study III

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    Niemelä, Matti; Kervinen, Kari; Erglis, Andrejs;

    2011-01-01

    , or stent thrombosis within 6 months. The 6-month major adverse cardiac event rates were 2.1% and 2.5% (P=1.00) in the FKBD and no-FKBD groups, respectively. Procedure and fluoroscopy times were longer and more contrast media was needed in the FKBD group than in the no-FKBD group. Three hundred twenty...... angiographic side branch (re)stenosis, especially in patients with true bifurcation lesions. The simple no-FKBD procedures resulted in reduced use of contrast media and shorter procedure and fluoroscopy times. Long-term data on stent thrombosis are needed....

  7. Stenosis in laparoscopic gastric bypass: management by endoscopic dilation without fluoroscopic guidance Estenosis tras derivación gástrica laparoscópica: tratamiento mediante dilataciones endoscópicas sin control radiológico

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    Jesús Espinel

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: gastric bypass is the surgical procedure that is carried out most frequently in the treatment of morbid obesity. Stenosis of the gastro-jejunal anastomosis is a relatively frequent complication that requires endoscopic management. However, the optimal dilation technique is yet to be determined. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of dilation with a hydrostatic balloon (CRE without radioscopic guidance in morbidly obese patients treated by laparoscopic bypass. Material and methods: retrospective review of the data elicited from 525 patients treated against morbid obesity with laparoscopic gastric bypass from January, 2006 to November, 2010. Results: a total of 22/525 patients (4.1% developed stenosis of the anastomosis [20 women (91%, 2 men (9%]. In four patients (18.2%, there was an associated anastomotic ulcer, and in one case, there was a history of bleeding of an ulcer treated with sclerosis one month earlier. The diagnosis of stenosis was done in most patients during the first 90 days after the bypass. All cases were resolved by means of endoscopic dilation without radioscopic guidance, 15 cases (68.1% required a single session, 6 cases (27.2% two sessions, and 1 case (4.5% required four sessions. This last case had an associated anastomotic ulcer. The diameter of the balloons ranged from 12 to 20 mm, generally using diameters of 12-15 mm in the first session, and increasing them in the following sessions according to the previous result. One patient treated with a 20 mm balloon presented with a small tear, without showing any evidence of leak of contrast medium in the radioscopic guidance, and was thus managed conservatively. In the follow-up, no re-stenoses were detected. Conclusions: in our experience, stenosis of the anastomosis in the laparoscopic gastric bypass is an infrequent complication. When it happens, dilation with a hydrostatic balloon is an effective and safe treatment. Radioscopic

  8. Supersymmetric Dilatations in the Presence of Dilaton

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    La, H S

    1997-01-01

    The supersymmetric generalization of dilatations in the presence of the dilaton is defined. This is done by defining the supersymmetric dilaton geometry which is motivated by the supersymmetric volume preserving diffeomorphisms. The resulting model is classical superconformal field theory with an additional dilaton-axion supermultiplet coupled to the supersymmetric gauge theory, where the dilaton-axion couplings are nonrenormalizable. The possibility of spontaneous scale symmetry breaking is investigated in this context. There are three different types of vacua with broken scale symmetry depending on the details of the dilaton sector: unbroken supersymmetry, spontaneously broken supersymmetry and softly broken supersymmetry. If the scale symmetry is broken in the bosonic vacuum, then the Poincaré supersymmetry must be broken at the same time. If the scale symmetry is broken in the fermionic vacuum but the bosonic vacuum remains invariant, then the Poincaré supersymmetry can be preserved as long as the R-sym...

  9. [How to manage a pyelocalyceal dilatation?].

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    Vamadevan, Sanjeev; Klein, Jacques; Iselin, Christophe E

    2015-12-01

    Due to its length and its small diameter, the ureter is exposed to a high obstructive risk which may be ascribed to extremely variable pathologies. Because of a remarkably active peristalsis, the clinical consequence is acute if the obstacle suddenly settles. The radiological sign of appeal is the pyelocalyceal dilatation, which is widely listed in the Western medical system, in consideration of the abundance of the practiced imaging. From the acute situation to the fortuitous discovery, its understanding must be further investigated because of the immediate symptomatic potential impact such as renal colic, which can be associated with sepsis, as well as possible long-term sequelae on renal function. This article aims to help the primary care physician to initiate its diagnosis and treatment. PMID:26785528

  10. Dilatant hardening of fluid-saturated sandstone

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    Makhnenko, Roman Y.; Labuz, Joseph F.

    2015-02-01

    The presence of pore fluid in rock affects both the elastic and inelastic deformation processes, yet laboratory testing is typically performed on dry material even though in situ the rock is often saturated. Techniques were developed for testing fluid-saturated porous rock under the limiting conditions of drained, undrained, and unjacketed response. Confined compression experiments, both conventional triaxial and plane strain, were performed on water-saturated Berea sandstone to investigate poroelastic and inelastic behavior. Measured drained response was used to calibrate an elasto-plastic constitutive model that predicts undrained inelastic deformation. The experimental data show good agreement with the model: dilatant hardening in undrained triaxial and plane strain compression tests under constant mean stress was predicted and observed.

  11. Molecular genetics of dilated cardiomyopathy in the Dobermann dog

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    Stabej, Polona

    2005-01-01

    Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the myocardium associated with dilatation and impaired contraction of the ventricles. It primarily affects large and giant breed dogs with Dobermanns being one of the most frequently affected. The high prevalence of DCM in specific breeds suggests

  12. Psoriasis and dilated cardiomyopathy: coincidence or associated diseases?

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    Eliakim-Raz, Noa; Shuvy, Mony; Lotan, Chaim; Planer, David

    2008-01-01

    Psoriasis is a common immune-mediated disease which affects 1-3% of the population. The etiology of psoriasis is unknown. Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is probably the end result of a variety of toxic, metabolic or infectious agents. During a computerized search for cardiomyopathy among all patients hospitalized with psoriasis in the Hadassah University Hospital since 1980 we found an increased prevalence of cardiomyopathy, and specifically dilated cardiomyopathy. We present 4 patients who suffer from both conditions. In accordance with previous data, an association between preexisting psoriasis and dilated cardiomyopathy is suggested. We suggest that the genetic risk factors of dilated cardiomyopathy are shared by psoriasis, and more specifically psoriatic arthritis. Alternatively, the immune reaction that is triggered in dilated cardiomyopathy leading to the progression of the disease might be enhanced in patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Chronic inflammation and persistent secretion of proinflammatory cytokines may be considered a potential pathway, triggering the initiation and progression of dilated cardiomyopathy in psoriatic patients. Further investigation of the genetic and immune risk factors involved in dilated cardiomyopathy and in psoriasis may lead to a better understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy.

  13. Dilated aortic root and severe aortic regurgitation causing dilated cardiomyopathy in classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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    Zainal, Abir; Hamad, Mahmoud Nidal; Naqvi, Syed Yaseen

    2016-01-01

    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of heritable disorders characterised by vast clinical heterogeneity ranging from the classic constellation of symptoms including skin hyperextensibility, joint hypermobility and skin fragility to the exceedingly critical consequences of arterial rupture and visceral perforation. We describe the case of a 65-year-old male with a history of classic EDS who reported of dyspnoea on exertion, orthopnoea, fatigue and palpitations. He was found to have dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 35%, aortic root dilation and severe aortic valve regurgitation. The authors intend to draw attention to the rare cardiac manifestations of this condition and the therapeutic challenges involved in managing such patients. PMID:27413024

  14. Balloon Dilatation for an Esophageal Stricture by Long-Term Use of a Nasogastric Tube: A Case Report

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    Yoon, Yong-Soon; Kim, Jong Yun; Lee, Kwang Jae; Yu, Ki Pi; Lee, Mi Sook

    2014-01-01

    In the present report, we describe a case of long-term follow-up esophageal stricture occurring in a patient with nasogastric tube use. A 63-year-old man who had experienced dislocation of the 6th and 7th cervical vertebrae as the result of an external injury received treatment at another hospital and was admitted to the rehabilitation department of our hospital. After he exhibited normal swallowing in a videofluoroscopic swallowing test, the nasogastric tube was removed and oral feeding with...

  15. Cylindrical dilatation of the choledochus: a special type of congenital bile duct dilatation.

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    Todani, T; Watanabe, Y; Fujii, T; Toki, A; Uemura, S; Koike, Y

    1985-11-01

    Cylindrical dilatation of the choledochus develops in 20% of patients with congenital bile duct dilatation and usually has acute-angled unions of the pancreatobiliary ductal system. Symptoms generally develop in patients over 1 year of age. The patients frequently complain of abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever as in those with acute pancreatitis. Ultrasonography and infusion cholangiography are the most useful tools in making a correct diagnosis. A high amylase level in the bile caused by the refluxing of pancreatic juice through anomalous ductal unions is commonly observed. This is responsible for biliary perforation in infancy and possibly carcinoma arising in the bile duct. The amylase concentration in the serum at the time of epigastric pain often is high, which leads to the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. However, evidence of pancreatic inflammation is seldom noted. Accordingly, amylase in the bile may enter the circulating blood through the denuded epithelium or sinusoids of the liver. Excision of the whole extrahepatic duct along with hepaticoenterostomy would be essential for the treatment of cylindrical dilatation of the bile duct, especially when an anomalous ductal union is present.

  16. Balloon-borne gamma-ray polarimetry

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    Pearce, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The physical processes postulated to explain the high-energy emission mechanisms of compact astrophysical sources often yield polarised soft gamma rays (X-rays). PoGOLite is a balloon-borne polarimeter operating in the 25-80 keV energy band. The polarisation of incident photons is reconstructed using Compton scattering and photoelectric absorption in an array of phoswich detector cells comprising plastic and BGO scintillators, surrounded by a BGO side anticoincidence shield. The polarimeter is aligned to observation targets using a custom attitude control system. The maiden balloon flight is scheduled for summer 2011 from the Esrange Space Centre with the Crab and Cygnus X-1 as the primary observational targets.

  17. Initial Experience with Balloon-Occluded Trans-catheter Arterial Chemoembolization (B-TACE) for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Maruyama, Mitsunari, E-mail: mitunari@med-shimane.u.ac.jp; Yoshizako, Takeshi, E-mail: yosizako@med.shimane-u.ac.jp; Nakamura, Tomonori, E-mail: t-naka@med.shimane-u.ac.jp; Nakamura, Megumi, E-mail: megumi@med.shimane-u.ac.jp; Yoshida, Rika, E-mail: yoshidar@med.shimane-u.ac.jp; Kitagaki, Hajime, E-mail: kitagaki@med.shimane-u.ac.jp [Shimane University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology (Japan)

    2016-03-15

    PurposeThis study was performed to evaluate the accumulation of lipiodol emulsion (LE) and adverse events during our initial experience of balloon-occluded trans-catheter arterial chemoembolization (B-TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared with conventional TACE (C-TACE).MethodsB-TACE group (50 cases) was compared with C-TACE group (50 cases). The ratio of the LE concentration in the tumor to that in the surrounding embolized liver parenchyma (LE ratio) was calculated after each treatment. Adverse events were evaluated according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Effects (CTCAE) version 4.0.ResultsThe LE ratio at the level of subsegmental showed a statistically significant difference between the groups (t test: P < 0.05). Only elevation of alanine aminotransferase was more frequent in the B-TACE group, showing a statistically significant difference (Mann–Whitney test: P < 0.05). While B-TACE caused severe adverse events (liver abscess and infarction) in patients with bile duct dilatation, there was no statistically significant difference in incidence between the groups. Multivariate logistic regression analysis suggested that the significant risk factor for liver abscess/infarction was bile duct dilatation (P < 0.05).ConclusionThe LE ratio at the level of subsegmental showed a statistically significant difference between the groups (t test: P < 0.05). B-TACE caused severe adverse events (liver abscess and infarction) in patients with bile duct dilatation.

  18. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series

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    We describe two cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in young healthy adults with no underlying structural lung disease. The onset of pneumothorax was following physical activity including playing musical instruments and blowing of balloons. There is sparse data evaluating the pathophysiology of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in relation to increased mouth pressures. These cases highlight the possible physical effect of valsalva manoeuvre on transpulmonary pressures, and the potential risk of ...

  19. Coronary artery dissection by an oversized balloon.

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    Yafi, Wael; Jacquemin, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as a treatment of coronary artery disease can be a simple, rapid procedure with a clear benefit for the patient, but it could also become a complex procedure with fatal consequences. These complications depend on the lesion itself, material used and also on operating staff. In this case we report a coronary artery dissection of the circumflex (CX) artery caused by inflation of an oversized balloon. We discuss here the management and evolution of this complication. PMID:25479753

  20. Double balloon enteroscopy examinations in general anesthesia

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    Laszlo; Zubek; Lena; Szabo; Peter; Laszlo; Lakatos; Janos; Papp; Janos; Gal; Gabor; Elo

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To demonstrate that the double balloon enteroscopy(DBE) can be safely performed in general anesthesia with intubation.METHODS:We performed a retrospective examination between August 2005 and November 2008 amongpatients receiving intubation narcosis due to DBE examination.The patients were grouped based on sex,age and physical status.Anesthesia records includedduration of anesthesia,quantity of medication usedand anesthesia-related complications.We determinedthe frequency of complications in the differen...

  1. Numerical Modelling Of Pumpkin Balloon Instability

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    Wakefield, D.

    Tensys have been involved in the numerical formfinding and load analysis of architectural stressed membrane structures for 15 years. They have recently broadened this range of activities into the `lighter than air' field with significant involvement in aerostat and heavy-lift hybrid airship design. Since early 2004 they have been investigating pumpkin balloon instability on behalf of the NASA ULDB programme. These studies are undertaken using inTENS, an in-house finite element program suite based upon the Dynamic Relaxation solution method and developed especially for the non-linear analysis and patterning of membrane structures. The paper describes the current state of an investigation that started with a numerical simulation of the lobed cylinder problem first studied by Calladine. The influence of material properties and local geometric deformation on stability is demonstrated. A number of models of complete pumpkin balloons have then been established, including a 64-gore balloon with geometry based upon Julian Nott's Endeavour. This latter clefted dramatically upon initial inflation, a phenomenon that has been reproduced in the numerical model. Ongoing investigations include the introduction of membrane contact modelling into inTENS and correlation studies with the series of large-scale ULDB models currently in preparation.

  2. Lightweight Reusable Solar Array For Balloons

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    Aaron, K.; Tensor, P.; Nock, K.; Wyszkowski, C.

    We will discuss a new lightweight reusable solar array system, dubbed HighPower, which is being developed for the Ultra-Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) program using NASA/SBIR funding, but which is also applicable to other balloon systems. The system uses a vertically deployed stack of panels suspended from their corners by cables. The stack act likes a two-dimensional Venetian blind. By raising and lowering opposite corners, the array of parallel panels can be pointed over most of the upper hemisphere. This allows the panels to remain normal to the sun despite the slow rotation of the gondola and without requiring rotation of the system (no slip rings) or heavy cantilevered rotation joints. The system is sized to generate 2000 W using six 2m x 2m panels. The modularity of the system allows panels to be added or removed to tailored the power to the needs of the mission. Prior to cut -down of the balloon, the panels can be retracted and stowed compactly in the lower part of the gondola. This will protect the array during landing, allowing the array to be reused on subsequent flights.

  3. Balloon pulmonary valvotomy as interim palliation for symptomatic young infants with tetralogy of Fallot

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    Remadevi K

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To describe the case selection, technique and immediate and short-term results of balloon pulmonary valvotomy (BPV in young infants with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF. Background: Symptomatic young infants with TOF can either undergo corrective surgery or Blalock-Taussig (BT shunt. Corrective surgery in early infancy is associated with significant morbidity and is not a realistic option in many centers. BT shunt carries the risk of branch pulmonary artery distortion and shunt occlusion. Methods : Infants less than three months with a significant valvar pulmonary stenosis (with or without associated infundibular and annular component and oxygen saturation ≤ 80% were offered BPV. The right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT was crossed with 4F Judkin′s right coronary catheter and the valve was crossed with 0.014" coronary guide wire. Serial balloon dilatations were done with over the wire coronary balloons (3-4 mm and Mini Tyshak balloons up to a balloon annulus ratio of 2:1, depending upon the improvement in saturation and formation of annular waist. Results : Seventeen infants less than three months of age with tetralogy of Fallot (median age: 33 days, range: 10-90 days, weight: 3.47 ± 0.87 kg, pulmonary annulus Z score: -5.59 ± 1.04 including eight neonates underwent palliative BPV between May 2004 and March 2007. The mean balloon annulus ratio was 1.4 ± 0.28 and fluoroscopy time was 26.18 ± 20.2 minutes. The mean oxygen saturation increased significantly from 73 ± 7% to 90 ± 3.68% following BPV (p = 0.0001. The only major complication was RVOT perforation and pericardial tamponade in one infant. The mean follow-up period was 23 ± 12 months. Two babies developed significant desaturation requiring surgery in the six months following BPV. There was a significant increase in pulmonary annulus. The z score for the pulmonary annulus improved from -5.59 ±1.04 before BPV to - 4.31 ± 1.9 at the time of last follow-up (p = 0.018. The

  4. Double-balloon endoscopy in the diagnosis and management of GI tract diseases: Methodology, indications, safety, and clinical impact

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    Kazuya Akahoshi; Masaru Kubokawa; Masahiro Matsumoto; Shingo Endo; Yasuaki Motomura; Jiro Ouchi; Mitsuhide Kimura; Atsuhiko Murata; Michiaki Murayama

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To prospectively evaluate the indications, methodology, safety, and clinical impact of double-balloon endoscopy.METHODS: A total of 60 patients with suspected or documented small- or large-bowel diseases were investigated by double balloon endoscopy. A total of 103 procedures were performed (42 from the oral route, 60 from the anal route, and 1 from the stoma route). The main outcome measurements were the time of insertion and the entire examination, complications, diagnostic yields,and the ability to successfully perform treatment.RESULTS: Observation of the entire small intestine was possible in 10 (40%) of 25 patients with total enteroscopy. The median insertion time was 122 min (range,74-199 min). Observation of the entire colon was possibie in 13 (93%) of 14 patients after failure of total colonoscopy using a conventional colonoscope. Small-intestine abnormalities were found in 20 (43%) of 46 patients with indications of suspected or documented small bowel diseases, obscure GI tract bleeding, or a history of ileus.Endoscopic procedures including tattooing (n = 33), bite biopsy (n = 17), radiographic examination (n = 7), EUS (n = 5), hemostasis (n = 1), polypectomy (n = 5), balloon dilatation (n = 1), endoscopic mucosal resection (n = 1)and lithotripsy (n = 1) were all successfully performed.No relevant technical problems or severe complications were encountered.CONCLUSION: Double balloon endoscopy is a feasible technique that allows adequate small and large bowel examination and potentially various endoscopic procedures of small-intestinal lesions. Tt is safe, useful, and also provides a high clinical impact.

  5. Quantification of left ventricular dilatation in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

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    Gonzalez, Mauren B. Azambuja, E-mail: medicinanuclear@hsvp.com.b, E-mail: mauren.gonzalez@gmail.co [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Clinica Medica. Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Medicina e Ciencias da Saude; Azambuja, Roberto Alves [Hospital Sao Vicente de Paulo, Passo Fundo, RS (Brazil); Bodanese, Luiz Carlos [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Hospital Sao Lucas. Serv. de Cardiologia

    2011-05-15

    Background: the rate of transient dilatation can be determined by exercise testing or pharmacological stress test. It is unknown whether the type of stress has an impact on average transient dilatation index values. Objective: to compare average transient dilation index values in 99mTc-sestamibi scintigraphy in patients undergoing treadmill stress test, versus dipyridamole stress test. The secondary purpose was to evaluate the impact on the average index value by demographic characteristics, risk factors for coronary artery disease and severity of ischemia. Methods: the cross-sectional study included 200 patients between 40 and 70 years old, with or without risk factors for ischemic heart disease, with or without a previous diagnosis of ischemic heart disease. The separation between groups was sequential. The software 4D-MSPECT calculated the transient dilatation index and provided a scoring system for perfusion analysis. Results: the average transient dilation index value of the group undergoing exercise stress test was 1.06 ({+-}0.23). For the group undergoing the dipyridamole stress test, it was 1.10 ({+-}0.22); (p = 0.200). There was no association between the type of stress and the average transient dilatation index values. An association was found between the average index values and age only for those patients from the exercise test group (p = 0.009). Conclusion: the results of our study demonstrate that the transient dilation index does not differ when patients undergo exercise stress test on a treadmill or pharmacological stress by dipyridamole. (author)

  6. Acoustical characterization of exploding hydrogen-oxygen balloons.

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    Vernon, Julia A; Gee, Kent L; Macedone, Jeffrey H

    2012-03-01

    Exploding hydrogen-oxygen balloons are popular chemistry demonstrations. Although initial research experimentally quantified potential hearing risk via analysis of peak levels [K. L. Gee et al., J. Chem. Educ. 87, 1039-1044 (2010)], further waveform and spectral analyses have been conducted to more fully characterize these impulsive noise sources. While hydrogen-only balloons produce inconsistent reactions and relatively low, variable levels, stoichiometrically mixed hydrogen-oxygen balloons produce consistent high-amplitude noise waveforms. Preliminary consideration is also given to the potential use of these exploding balloons in architectural acoustics applications. PMID:22423815

  7. A micromechanical study of dilatancy of granular materials

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    Kruyt, N. P.; Rothenburg, L.

    2016-10-01

    In micromechanics of granular materials, relationships are investigated between micro-scale characteristics of particles and contacts and macro-scale, continuum characteristics. Dilatancy is an important property of granular materials, defined as volume changes (dilative or compressive) induced by shear deformation. To obtain detailed information at the micro-scale, two-dimensional Discrete Element Method simulations of isobaric tests with disk-shaped particles have been performed. The required information includes the fabric tensor which characterizes statistical properties of the contact network. The dependence of the dilatancy rate on the shear strength and the fabric tensor has been investigated, based on the results of the simulations employing a dense and a loose initial system. The dilatancy rate depends in a complex, non-unique way on the shear strength, while the dependence on the fabric tensor is more amenable to analytical description. Two micromechanical mechanisms of dilatancy have been identified: (i) dilatancy due to deformation of loops that are determined by the interparticle contact network and (ii) dilatancy due to topological changes in the interparticle contact network that correspond to the creation or disruption of contacts. For the first mechanism the anisotropy in the contact network is the primary parameter, while for the second mechanism the average number of contacts per particle is the primary parameter. A fabric-based micromechanical relation for the dilatancy rate has been formulated that describes these identified mechanisms. Parameters present in this relation are determined by fitting this relation to the results of the Discrete Element Method simulations, using combined data for the dense and the loose initial system. Employing these fitted coefficients, good agreement is obtained between the results of the simulations and the predictions of the micromechanical dilatancy relation.

  8. Stress dilatancy analysis of shallow tunnels subjected to unsymmetrical pressure

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    杨小礼; 王金明

    2008-01-01

    Numerical simulation using finite differential code was conducted for the single line railway and four-lane road shallow tunnels subjected to unsymmetrical pressure. The mechanical behavior of weak rock mass was studied considering the influences of stress dilatancy on the failure mechanisms, and the results of numerical simulation were compared with the analytical solutions in specifications. The results show that the dilatancy angle has great influences on the surrounding rock displacement and the shape of failure face for the shallow tunnels. When the dilatancy angle equals zero, the failure face of the surrounding rock forms and extends to the ground surface. With the dilatancy angle increasing, the loose region decreases gradually, and failure surface discontinues. When the dilatancy angle equals the friction angle, the loose region is only distributed in a small range around the crown and sidewalls. On the side of smaller buried depth, the difference of break angle between numerical simulation and the code is less than 10% for single line railway tunnels with the dilatancy angle of zero. However, for the four-lane road tunnels, the difference reaches 20.8%. On the side of larger buried depth, the break angles are smaller than those by the code, the difference reaches 16.8% for single line railway tunnels, and 13.8% for four-lane road tunnels. With the dilatancy angle increasing, especially the dilatancy angle approximating to internal friction angle, it is on safe side to calculate the break angle using the analytical solution method of specifications. Therefore, the influence of stress dilatancy should be considered while determining the failure mechanisms of shallow tunnels subjected to unsymmetrical pressure in weak rocks.

  9. The Mutations Associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Ruti Parvari

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiomyopathy is an important cause of heart failure and a major indication for heart transplantation in children and adults. This paper describes the state of the genetic knowledge of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM. The identification of the causing mutation is important since presymptomatic interventions of DCM have proven value in preventing morbidity and mortality. Additionally, as in general in genetic studies, the identification of the mutated genes has a direct clinical impact for the families and population involved. Identifying causative mutations immediately amplifies the possibilities for disease prevention through carrier screening and prenatal testing. This often lifts a burden of social isolation from affected families, since healthy family members can be assured of having healthy children. Identification of the mutated genes holds the potential to lead to the understanding of disease etiology, pathophysiology, and therefore potential therapy. This paper presents the genetic variations, or disease-causing mutations, contributing to the pathogenesis of hereditary DCM, and tries to relate these to the functions of the mutated genes.

  10. Spatial Markov Semigroups Admit Hudson-Parthasarathy Dilations

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    Skeide, Michael

    2008-01-01

    For many Markov semigroups dilations in the sense of Hudson and Parthasarathy, that is a dilation which is a cocycle perturbation of a noise, have been constructed with the help of quantum stochastic calculi. In these notes we show that every Markov semigroup on the algebra of all bounded operators on a separable Hilbert space that is spatial in the sense of Arveson, admits a Hudson-Parthasarathy dilation. In a sense, the opposite is also true. The proof is based on general results on the the...

  11. Advances of MRCP in diagnosis of pancreatic duct dilatation

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    Pancreatic duct dilatation is a common sign of pancreaticobiliary diseases and may be seen in pancreatic carcinoma, carcinoma of duodenal papilla, distal common bile duct carcinoma, ampullary carcinoma, intraductal papillary mucinous tumor, pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocyst, sphincter of oddi dysfunction, pancreatic trauma, pancreas divisum, annular pancreas, pancreatic tuberculosis, abdominal aorta aneurysm, etc. It is possible to make a correct diagnosis and differential diagnosis by analyzing features of shape, extent, and location of dilated pancreatic duct. This article reviews the advances of MRCP in etiological diagnosis of dilatation of the pancreatic duct. (authors)

  12. Effect of stent inflation pressure and post-dilatation on the outcome of coronary artery intervention. A report of more than 90,000 stent implantations.

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    Ole Fröbert

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI stent inflation pressure correlates to angiographic lumen improvement and stent expansion but the relation to outcome is not clarified. Using comprehensive registry data our aim was to evaluate how stent inflation pressure influences restenosis, stent thrombosis and death following PCI. METHODS: We evaluated all consecutive coronary stent implantations in Sweden during 46 months from 2008 using data from the Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry (SCAAR. We used logistic regression and Cox proportional hazard modeling to estimate risk of outcomes with different balloon pressures. RESULTS: In total, 93 697 stents were eligible for analysis and divided into five different pressure interval groups: ≤15 atm, 16-17 atm, 18-19 atm, 20-21 atm and ≥22 atm. The risks of stent thrombosis and restenosis were significantly higher in the ≤15 atm, 18-19 atm and ≥22 atm groups (but not in the 16-17 atm group compared to the 20-21 atm group. There were no differences in mortality. Post-dilatation was associated with a higher restenosis risk ratio (RR of 1.22 (95% confidence interval (CI 1.14-1.32, P<0.001 but stent thrombosis did not differ statistically between procedures with or without post-dilatation. The risk of death was lower following post-dilatation (RR 0.81 (CI 0.71-0.93 P = 0.003 and the difference compared to no post-dilatation was seen immediately after PCI. CONCLUSION: Our retrospective study of stent inflation pressure identified a possible biological pattern--the risks of stent thrombosis and of restenosis appeared to be higher with low and very high pressures. Post-dilatation might increase restenosis risk.

  13. AUTOPERFUSION BALLOON CATHETER FOR COMPLICATED CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY - A PROSPECTIVE-STUDY WITH RETROSPECTIVE CONTROLS

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    DEMUINCK, ED; VANDIJK, RB; DENHEIJER, P; MEEDER, JG; LIE, KI

    1992-01-01

    Prolonged angioplasty balloon inflation with an autoperfusion balloon for failed conventional coronary angioplasty, was compared with emergency surgery for this condition. Restenosis was assessed 6 weeks after successful intervention with the autoperfusion balloon. Forty consecutive patients with pe

  14. Stratospheric composition from balloon based measurements

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    Mencaraglia, F.; Carli, B. [Ist. per le Ricerche sulle Onde Elettromagnetiche, Firenze (Italy); Bonetti, A.; Ciarpallini, P. [Univ. di Firenze (Italy); Carlotti, M.; Lepri, G. [Univ. di Bologna (Italy); Alboni, F.; Cortesi, U.; Ridolfi, M. [Fondazione per la Metereologia Applicata, Firenze (Italy)

    1995-12-31

    Measurements of the composition of the earth`s atmosphere is of fundamental importance for the study of atmospheric chemistry and for developing models that can predict the evolution of the atmosphere itself. Here, the chemical composition of the lower stratosphere has been measured using a polarizing interferometer operating in the far infrared and submillimetric spectral region. The instrument was flown three times (in 1992, 1993 and 1994) from the NSBF balloon base (Fort Sumner, New Mexico) in coincidence with overpasses of the UARS satellite, for a total of about 50 hours of measurements. In this paper the authors report some of the results obtained from the data analysis made up to now.

  15. Guidelines and Suggestions for Balloon Gondola Design

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    Franco, Hugo

    2016-01-01

    The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility is responsible for ensuring that science payloads meet the appropriate design requirements. The ultimate goal is to ensure that payloads stay within the allowable launch limits as well as survive the termination event. The purpose of this presentation is to provide some general guidelines for Gondola Design. These include rules and reasons on why CSBF has a certain preference and location for certain components within the gondola as well as other suggestions. Additionally, some recommendations are given on how to avoid common pitfalls.

  16. General theory of kinetic ballooning modes

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    The ballooning mode formalism, previously developed for the ideal MHD problem, is applied here to the kinetic problem in tokamaks. The general two-dimensional equation governing drift and trapped-electron eigenmodes reduces to a one-dimensional integral equation along the lines of force with the radial structure determined by a WKB procedure. Comparisons made between the present one-dimensional code and a previous two-dimensional code embodying identical physical assumptions indicate reasonable agreement. This correspondence holds both for the structure along the field line and for the radial structure in the special case of closely spaced turning points

  17. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series

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    Shiferaw Dejene

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe two cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in young healthy adults with no underlying structural lung disease. The onset of pneumothorax was following physical activity including playing musical instruments and blowing of balloons. There is sparse data evaluating the pathophysiology of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in relation to increased mouth pressures. These cases highlight the possible physical effect of valsalva manoeuvre on transpulmonary pressures, and the potential risk of developing pneumothorax in otherwise healthy individuals. This aspect of pneumothorax development is worthy of further exploration, to better elucidate the mechanism and enhance our understanding of this common respiratory presentation.

  18. Ballooning Spiders: The Case for Electrostatic Flight

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    Gorham, Peter W

    2013-01-01

    We consider general aspects of the physics underlying the flight of Gossamer spiders, also known as ballooning spiders. We show that existing observations and the physics of spider silk in the presence of the Earth's static atmospheric electric field indicate a potentially important role for electrostatic forces in the flight of Gossamer spiders. A compelling example is analyzed in detail, motivated by the observed "unaccountable rapidity" in the launching of such spiders from H.M.S. Beagle, recorded by Charles Darwin during his famous voyage.

  19. Double-balloon endoscopy: Who needs it?

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    Hendel, J.W.; Vilmann, P.; Jensen, T.

    2008-01-01

    Objective. Double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) made the small bowel accessible to inspection and therapy in its entirety. However, DBE is a time-consuming procedure that requires a highly skilled endoscopist, several nurses and - more often than not - anesthesiological support. This makes the selection...... of patients for DBE a pivotal point. The mainstay of this screening examination of the small bowel is capsule endoscopy (CE). The aim of this study was to describe the results of this screening procedure and the subsequent DBE in patients with suspected mid-gastrointestinal bleeding (MGIB). Material...

  20. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series.

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    Dejene, Shiferaw; Ahmed, Fahim; Jack, Kastelik; Anthony, Arnorld

    2013-07-01

    We describe two cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in young healthy adults with no underlying structural lung disease. The onset of pneumothorax was following physical activity including playing musical instruments and blowing of balloons. There is sparse data evaluating the pathophysiology of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in relation to increased mouth pressures. These cases highlight the possible physical effect of valsalva manoeuvre on transpulmonary pressures, and the potential risk of developing pneumothorax in otherwise healthy individuals. This aspect of pneumothorax development is worthy of further exploration, to better elucidate the mechanism and enhance our understanding of this common respiratory presentation. PMID:23922614

  1. An unusual triad: Bilateral dilated odontoma, hypodontia and peg laterals.

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    Sebastian, Alphy Alphonsa; Ahsan, Auswaf; George, Ahkin John; Aby, John

    2013-09-01

    The dilated odontoma is an infrequent developmental alteration that appears in any area of the dental arches and can affect deciduous, permanent and supernumerary tooth. Dens invaginatus is a developmental anomaly resulting from invagination of a portion of crown forming within the enamel organ during odontogenesis. The most extreme form of dens invaginatus is known as dilated odontoma. The aim of this case report is to present a rare case of bilateral dilated odontoma affecting a microdontic permanent lateral incisor in a 30 year old female patient with hypodontia and peglateral teeth with its clinical, radiological and histological features, which has yet been not reported. Bilateral presence of dilated odontoma is not a common occurrence, although a single tooth involvement in each case has been reported in the literature. PMID:24348628

  2. An unusual triad: Bilateral dilated odontoma, hypodontia and peg laterals.

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    Sebastian, Alphy Alphonsa; Ahsan, Auswaf; George, Ahkin John; Aby, John

    2013-09-01

    The dilated odontoma is an infrequent developmental alteration that appears in any area of the dental arches and can affect deciduous, permanent and supernumerary tooth. Dens invaginatus is a developmental anomaly resulting from invagination of a portion of crown forming within the enamel organ during odontogenesis. The most extreme form of dens invaginatus is known as dilated odontoma. The aim of this case report is to present a rare case of bilateral dilated odontoma affecting a microdontic permanent lateral incisor in a 30 year old female patient with hypodontia and peglateral teeth with its clinical, radiological and histological features, which has yet been not reported. Bilateral presence of dilated odontoma is not a common occurrence, although a single tooth involvement in each case has been reported in the literature.

  3. Genetics Home Reference: DMD-associated dilated cardiomyopathy

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    ... on PubMed Cohen N, Muntoni F. Multiple pathogenetic mechanisms in X linked dilated cardiomyopathy. Heart. 2004 Aug; ... with a qualified healthcare professional . About Genetics Home Reference Site Map Contact Us Selection Criteria for Links ...

  4. Fluid dynamics of aortic root dilation in Marfan syndrome

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    Querzoli, Giorgio; Espa, Stefania; Costantini, Martina; Sorgini, Francesca

    2014-01-01

    Aortic root dilation and propensity to dissection are typical manifestations of the Marfan Syndrome (MS), a genetic defect leading to the degeneration of the elastic fibres. Dilation affects the structure of the flow and, in turn, altered flow may play a role in vessel dilation, generation of aneurysms, and dissection. The aim of the present work is the investigation in-vitro of the fluid dynamic modifications occurring as a consequence of the morphological changes typically induced in the aortic root by MS. A mock-loop reproducing the left ventricle outflow tract and the aortic root was used to measure time resolved velocity maps on a longitudinal symmetry plane of the aortic root. Two dilated model aortas, designed to resemble morphological characteristics typically observed in MS patients, have been compared to a reference, healthy geometry. The aortic model was designed to quantitatively reproduce the change of aortic distensibility caused by MS. Results demonstrate that vorticity released from the valve ...

  5. Flight Qualification of the NASA's Super Pressure Balloon

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    Cathey, Henry; Said, Magdi; Fairbrother, Debora

    Designs of new balloons to support space science require a number of actual flights under various flight conditions to qualify them to as standard balloon flight offerings to the science community. Development of the new Super Pressure Balloon for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Balloon Program Office has entailed employing new design, analysis, and production techniques to advance the state of the art. Some of these advances have been evolutionary steps and some have been revolutionary steps requiring a maturing understanding of the materials, designs, and manufacturing approaches. The NASA Super Pressure Balloon development end goal is to produce a flight vehicle that is qualified to carry a ton of science instrumentation, at an altitude greater than 33 km while maintaining a near constant pressure altitude for extended periods of up to 100 days, and at any latitude on the globe. The NASA’s Balloon Program Office has pursued this development in a carefully executed incremental approach by gradually increasing payload carrying capability and increasing balloon volume to reach these end goal. A very successful test flight of a ~200,700 m3 balloon was launch in late 2008 from Antarctica. This balloon flew for over 54 days at a constant altitude and circled the Antarctic continent almost three times. A larger balloon was flown from Antarctica in early 2011. This ~422,400 m3 flew at a constant altitude for 22 days making one circuit around Antarctica. Although the performance was nominal, the flight was terminated via command to recover high valued assets from the payload. The balloon designed to reach the program goals is a ~532,200 m3 pumpkin shaped Super Pressure Balloon. A test flight of this balloon was launched from the Swedish Space Corporation’s Esrange Balloon Launch Facilities near Kiruna, Sweden on 14 August, 2012. This flight was another success for this development program. Valuable information was gained from this short test

  6. Computed tomography and the dilated pancreatic duct: An ominous sign

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    Palmer Gold, R.; Seaman, W.B.

    1981-01-15

    The main pancreatic duct has been visualized with both ultrasound and computed tomography. A normal pancreatic duct has been reported using CT, and controversy persists over whether a normal duct can be routinely imaged with ultrasound. The dilated pancreatic duct has always been associated with disease - usually pancreatitis or a proximal obstructing pancreatic carcinoma. In the patient with no clinical history or laboratory data suggesting pancreatitis, a dilated pancreatic duct implies a proximal tumor.

  7. An unusual triad: Bilateral dilated odontoma, hypodontia and peg laterals

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    Alphy Alphonsa Sebastian

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this case report is to present a rare case of bilateral dilated odontoma affecting a microdontic permanent lateral incisor in a 30 year old female patient with hypodontia and peglateral teeth with its clinical, radiological and histological features, which has yet been not reported. Bilateral presence of dilated odontoma is not a common occurrence, although a single tooth involvement in each case has been reported in the literature.

  8. Uncertainty, learning, and the “Problem” of dilation

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    Bradley, Seamus; Steele, Katie Siobhan

    2013-01-01

    Imprecise probabilism—which holds that rational belief/credence is permissibly represented by a set of probability functions—apparently suffers from a problem known as dilation. We explore whether this problem can be avoided or mitigated by one of the following strategies: (a) modifying the rule by which the credal state is updated, (b) restricting the domain of reasonable credal states to those that preclude dilation.

  9. Reversible transient apical ballooning syndrome with coronary lesions

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    Yunshan Cao; Min Zhang; Xiang Li; Ping Xie; Lynn Cronin

    2009-01-01

    Transient apical ballooning syndrome(Tako-Tsubo syndrome or ampulla cardiomyopathy) occurs predominantly in women over 60 years of age with a history of recent physical or psychological stress. We present a case of a male patient with reversible transient apical ballooning syndrome with significant coronary lesions and other ECG changes that did not explain the clinical symptoms.

  10. 21 CFR 870.1350 - Catheter balloon repair kit.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Catheter balloon repair kit. 870.1350 Section 870... repair kit. (a) Identification. A catheter balloon repair kit is a device used to repair or replace the... effect the repair or replacement. (b) Classification. Class III (premarket approval). (c) Date PMA...

  11. Recent developments in the scientific ballooning in India

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    Manchanda, R.; Sreenivasan, S.; Subbarao, J.; Kumar, P.

    RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SCIENTIFIC BALLOONING IN INDIA R. K. Manchanda1, S. Sreenivasan2, J. V. Subbarao2, P. R. Kumar2 1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Colaba, Mumbai-400 005, India. 2. TIFR Balloon Facility, PO Box 5, ECIL Post Office, Hyderabad-500 762, India ravi@tifr.res.in/FAX: +91-22-2152110 National Balloon facility operated by TIFR in Hyderabad, India is the only one of its kind in the world, which combines both, the in-house balloon production and a complete flight support for scientific ballooning. In the past few years we executed a major programme of upgradation of different components of balloon production, telemetry and telecommand hardware and various support facilities. This paper focuses on our increased capability of balloon production of large sizes up to 780,000 m3 using Antrix film, development of high strength balloon load tapes with the breaking strength of 182 kg, and the recent introduction of S-band telemetry and a commandable timer cut-off unit in the flight hardware. A summary of the various flights conducted in recent years and the results of the test flight conducted to qualify new sub systems will be presented.

  12. EUSO-Balloon: The first flight

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    Scotti, Valentina; Osteria, Giuseppe

    2016-07-01

    EUSO-Balloon is a pathfinder mission for JEM-EUSO, the near-UV telescope proposed to be installed on board the International Space Station (ISS). The main objective of this pathfinder mission is to perform a full scale end-to-end test of all the key technologies of JEM-EUSO detectors and to measure the UV background. The JEM-EUSO instrument consists of UV telescope designed to focus the signal of the UV tracks generated by Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays propagating in Earth's atmosphere, onto a finely pixelized UV camera. The EUSO-Balloon instrument, smaller than the one designed for the ISS, was launched on August 2014 from Timmins (Ontario, Canada). The flight lasted about five hours and the instrument reached a float altitude of about 40 km. From this altitude the telescope registered, at a rate of 400 000 frames/s, the nightglow background on forests, lakes and clouds, as well as city lights and artificial air showers tracks generated by means of a laser installed on an helicopter flying inside its field of view. In this contribution we will describe the instrument and its performance during the first flight.

  13. Spectrum of the ballooning Schroedinger equation

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    The ballooning Schroedinger equation (BSE) is a model equation for investigating global modes that can, when approximated by a Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) ansatz, be described by a ballooning formalism locally to a field line. This second order differential equation with coefficients periodic in the independent variable θk is assumed to apply even in cases where simple WKB quantization conditions break down, thus providing an alternative to semiclassical quantization. Also, it provides a test bed for developing more advanced WKB methods: e.g. the apparent discontinuity between quantization formulae for open-quotes trappedclose quotes and open-quotes passingclose quotes modes, whose ray paths have different topologies, is removed by extending the WKB method to include the phenomena of tunnelling and reflection. The BSE is applied to instabilities with shear in the real part of the local frequency, so that the dispersion relation is inherently complex. As the frequency shear is increased, it is found that trapped modes go over to passing modes, reducing the maximum growth rate by averaging over θk

  14. Balloon concepts for scientific investigation of Mars and Jupiter

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    Ash, R. L.

    1979-01-01

    Opportunities for scientific investigation of the atmospheric planets using buoyant balloons have been explored. Mars and Jupiter were considered in this study because design requirements at those planets bracket nominally the requirements at Venus, and plans are already underway for a joint Russian-French balloon system at Venus. Viking data has provided quantitative information for definition of specific balloon systems at Mars. Free flying balloons appear capable of providing valuable scientific support for more sophisticated Martian surface probes, but tethered and powered aerostats are not attractive. The Jovian environment is so extreme, hot atmosphere balloons may be the only scientific platforms capable of extended operations there. However, the estimated system mass and thermal energy required are very large.

  15. An overview of instrumentation capabilities for Scientific ballooning in India

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    Devarajan, Anand; Reddy Vizapur, Anmi; Rao Tanneeru, Venkateswara; Bangaru, Kapardhi; Trivedi, Dharmesh; Rodi, Ashish; Ojha, Devendra; Koli, Santosh

    2016-07-01

    The Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-BF) in India, launches scientific balloons for research in the field of astronomy, astrobiology and atmospheric sciences. TIFR-BF not only has the capability to design, fabricate and launch zero-pressure balloons, but also provide operational and engineering support for launching them. The Control Instrumentation Group (CIG) at the balloon facility handles all electronics related to telemetry, telecommand, tracking, real-time data display, data storage, air-safety and payload recovery. In the recent past, it has designed and developed customized electronics and payload orientation mechanism to meet specific experimental objectives. Small, inexpensive and rugged industrial grade radio data modems were successfully deployed in balloon flights for low bit rate data and image telemetry. This paper will provide an overview and in-flight performance of some of the recent developments in instrumentation and electronics systems. Our plans for future upgradations will also be discussed.

  16. A Rare and Serious Unforeseen Complication of Cutting Balloon Angioplasty

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA is one of the adept ways of treating “in-stent restenosis.” Various complications related to cutting balloon angioplasty have been reported including arterial rupture, delayed perforation and fracture of microsurgical blades. Here we report a very unusual and inadvertent extraction of a stent previously deployed in the ramus intermedius coronary branch by a cutting balloon catheter. This required repeat stenting of the same site for an underlying dissection. Even though stent extraction is a rare complication it can be serious due to dissection, perforation, and closure of the artery. Physicians performing coronary artery interventions would need to be aware of this rare and serious complication especially if any difficulty is encountered while withdrawing the cutting balloon. Therefore, after removal, cutting balloon should be examined thoroughly for possible stent dislodgment or extraction when used for “in-stent restenosis.”

  17. The ballooning of fuel cladding tubes: theory and experiment

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    Under some conditions, fuel clad ballooning can result in considerable strain before rupture. If ballooning were to occur during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA), the resulting substantial blockage of the sub-channel would restrict emergency core cooling. However, circumferential temperature gradients that would occur during a LOCA may significantly limit the average strain at failure. Understandably, the factors that control ballooning and rupture of fuel clad are required for the analysis of a LOCA. Considerable international effort has been spent on studying the deformation of Zircaloy fuel cladding under conditions that would occur during a LOCA. This effort has established a reasonable understanding of the factors that control the ballooning, failure time, and average failure strain of fuel cladding. In this paper, both the experimental and theoretical studies of the fuel clad ballooning are reviewed. (author)

  18. A New Paradigm in Space Based Experiments Using Rubber Balloons

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    Chakrabarti, Sandip K; Palit, Sourav; Chakraborty, Subhankar; Mondal, Sushanta; Bhattacharyya, Arnab; Middya, Susanta; Chakrabarti, Sonali

    2013-01-01

    Indian Centre for Space Physics is engaged in long duration balloon borne experiments with typical payloads less than ~ 3kg. Low cost rubber balloons are used. In a double balloon system, the booster balloon lifts the orbiter balloon to its cruising altitude where data is taken for a long time. Here we present results of muon detections and recent solar activities, including the light curves and flare spectra in the 20-100keV range. We not only show that we have successfully obtained several flares and there spectra at different altitudes, we also found that the high energy X-ray flux of strong flares at altitudes of 10-13 km (the flight altitude of commercial planes) could be more than the contribution due to cosmic rays.

  19. THE KISSING BALLOON TECHNIQUE WITH 2 OVER-THE-WIRE BALLOON CATHETERS THROUGH A SINGLE 8-FRENCH GUIDING CATHETER

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    DENHEIJER, P; BERNINK, PJLM; VANDIJK, RB; TWISK, SPM; LIE, KI

    1991-01-01

    Some of the newer over-the-wire coronary angioplasty catheters have shaft sizes of 3.0 French (F) or less. The inner diameter of modern 8-F guiding catheters is large enough to accommodate two of such balloon catheters. We report a kissing balloon procedure with two over-the-wire catheters through a

  20. Microgravity combustion experiment using high altitude balloon.

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    Kan, Yuji

    In JAXA, microgravity experiment system using a high altitude balloon was developed , for good microgravity environment and short turn-around time. In this publication, I give an account of themicrogravity experiment system and a combustion experiment to utilize the system. The balloon operated vehicle (BOV) as a microgravity experiment system was developed from 2004 to 2009. Features of the BOV are (1) BOV has double capsule structure. Outside-capsule and inside-capsule are kept the non-contact state by 3-axis drag-free control. (2) The payload is spherical shape and itsdiameter is about 300 mm. (3) Keep 10-4 G level microgravity environment for about 30 seconds However, BOV’s payload was small, and could not mount large experiment module. In this study, inherits the results of past, we established a new experimental system called “iBOV” in order toaccommodate larger payload. Features of the iBOV are (1) Drag-free control use for only vertical direction. (2) The payload is a cylindrical shape and its size is about 300 mm in diameter and 700 mm in height. (3) Keep 10-3-10-4 G level microgravity environment for about 30 seconds We have "Observation experiment of flame propagation behavior of the droplets column" as experiment using iBOV. This experiment is a theme that was selected first for technical demonstration of iBOV. We are conducting the flame propagation mechanism elucidation study of fuel droplets array was placed at regular intervals. We conducted a microgravity experiments using TEXUS rocket ESA and drop tower. For this microgravity combustion experiment using high altitude balloon, we use the Engineering Model (EM) for TEXUS rocket experiment. The EM (This payload) consists of combustion vessel, droplets supporter, droplets generator, fuel syringe, igniter, digital camera, high-speed camera. And, This payload was improved from the EM as follows. (1) Add a control unit. (2) Add inside batteries for control unit and heater of combustion

  1. Microcontroller uses in Long-Duration Ballooning

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    Jones, Joseph

    This paper discusses how microcontrollers are being utilized to fulfill the demands of long duration ballooning (LDB) and the advantages of doing so. The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) offers the service of launching high altitude balloons (120k ft) which provide an over the horizon telemetry system and platform for scientific research payloads to collect data. CSBF has utilized microcontrollers to address multiple tasks and functions which were previously performed by more complex systems. A microcontroller system has been recently developed and programmed in house to replace our previous backup navigation system which is used on all LDB flights. A similar microcontroller system was developed to be independently launched in Antarctica before the actual scientific payload. This system's function is to transmit its GPS position and a small housekeeping packet so that we can confirm the upper level float winds are as predicted from satellite derived models. Microcontrollers have also been used to create test equipment to functionally check out the flight hardware used in our telemetry systems. One test system which was developed can be used to quickly determine if our communication link we are providing for the science payloads is functioning properly. Another system was developed to provide us with the ability to easily determine the status of one of our over the horizon communication links through a closed loop system. This test system has given us the capability to provide more field support to science groups than we were able to in years past. The trend of utilizing microcontrollers has taken place for a number of reasons. By using microcontrollers to fill these needs, it has given us the ability to quickly design and implement systems which meet flight critical needs, as well as perform many of the everyday tasks in LDB. This route has also allowed us to reduce the amount of time required for personnel to perform a number of the tasks required

  2. National Report France: The French Balloon Programme 2013-2016

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    Dubourg, V.; Vassaux, D.; Vargas, A.; Cocquerez, P.; Louvel, S.; Douchin, F.; Saccocio, M.; Mirc, F.

    2015-09-01

    With over 50 years' experience in the field, the French Centre National dEtudes Spatiales (CNES) goes on supporting a significant scientific ballooning program. In particular so because balloons still give a unique access to near space science. Over the past 6 years, most of the systems, beginning by the Zero Pressure Balloons, had to be renewed to comply with more stringent Safety constraints and to growing performance and reliability requirements from the scientific missions. This paper will give an overview of the CNES new capabilities and services for operational balloon activities, and their availability status. The scientific launch campaigns of the past two years will be presented. A focus will be made on the results of the Stratoscience 2014 flight campaign from Timmins, Ontario, using the NOSYCA command and control system for zero pressure balloons, qualified in 2013. The ChArMEx campaign (Chemistry-AeRosol Mediterranean Experiment) performed in 2013 from the Baleares islands and from the south of France, with Boundary Layer Pressurized Balloons will also be presented as well as the LOAC-VOLTAIRE experiment, carried out from Aire-sur-l'Adour (France), through the flights of 20 instrumented light expandable balloons. An outlook of the new stratospheric long duration flight systems currently studied at CNES will be given. The scientific launch campaigns and the main payloads in the study for the near future will also be presented.

  3. Graph-Based Path-Planning for Titan Balloons

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    Blackmore, Lars James; Fathpour, Nanaz; Elfes, Alberto

    2010-01-01

    A document describes a graph-based path-planning algorithm for balloons with vertical control authority and little or no horizontal control authority. The balloons are designed to explore celestial bodies with atmospheres, such as Titan, a moon of Saturn. The algorithm discussed enables the balloon to achieve horizontal motion using the local horizontal winds. The approach is novel because it enables the balloons to use arbitrary wind field models. This is in contrast to prior approaches that used highly simplified wind field models, such as linear, or binary, winds. This new approach works by discretizing the space in which the balloon operates, and representing the possible states of the balloon as a graph whose arcs represent the time taken to move from one node to another. The approach works with arbitrary wind fields, by looking up the wind strength and direction at every node in the graph from an arbitrary wind model. Having generated the graph, search techniques such as Dijkstra s algorithm are then used to find the set of vertical actuation commands that takes the balloon from the start to the goal in minimum time. In addition, the set of reachable locations on the moon or planet can be determined.

  4. Shearing of a confined granular layer: tangential stress and dilatancy.

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    Coste, C

    2004-11-01

    We study the behavior of a confined granular layer under shearing, in an annular cell, at low velocity. We give evidence that the response of the granular layer under shearing is described by characteristic length scales. The tangential stress reaches its steady state on the same length scale as the dilatancy. Stop-and-go experiments performed at several driving velocities show a logarithmic increase of the static friction coefficient with waiting time, followed by rejuvenation on a characteristic length of the order of the magnitude of a Hertz contact between adjacent grains. The dilatancy does not evolve during the stop, neither during the elastic reloading when the driving is resumed. There is a small variation when sliding sets anew, which corresponds to the rejuvenation of the layer, and this variation is independent of the waiting time. We argue that aging is due to the behavior of individual contacts between grains, not global evolution of the piling. Under an instantaneous increase of the velocity, the tangential stress reaches a new steady state, exhibiting velocity strengthening behavior. An increase of dilatancy is also observed. It is much larger than fluctuations in the steady state, variations in a stop and-go-experiment, but much less than for shearing of freshly poured grains. The dilatancy variation during a velocity jump is not due to structural rearrangements of the piling. The evolutions of tangential stress and dilatancy are logarithmic in the ratio of upper and lower velocities. PMID:15600598

  5. Ballooning of CANDU pressure tubes. Model assessment

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    The transient creep equations used to analyze the possible ballooning and failure of Zr-2.5% Nb pressure tubes during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) were developed and verified using as-received Zr-2.5% Nb pressure tube material. But in a CANDU reactor, the pressure tubes absorb deuterium and are exposed to a continuous neutron fluence. Consequently, a literature survey was done to determine how irradiation damage and deuterium might affect the creep rate and ductility of Zr-2.5% Nb pressure tubes in the temperature range from 600 to 800 degrees C. It was found that irradiation damage, dissolved deuterium and deuteride blisters could possibly affect the creep rate and ductility of ZR-2.5% Nb pressure tubes in this temperature range, but deuteride platelets are expected to have little effect. Further tests are required to determine the effect of irradiation damage and deuterium on the creep rate and ductility of pressure tubes

  6. The Norwegian Sounding Rocket and Balloon Program

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    Skatteboe, Rolf

    2001-08-01

    The status and recent developments of the Norwegian Sounding Rocket and Balloon Program are presented with focus on national activities and recent achievements. The main part of the Norwegian program is sounding rocket launches conducted by Andøya Rocket Range from the launch facilities on Andøya and at Svalbard. For the majority of the programs, the scientific goal is investigation of processes in the middle and upper atmosphere. The in situ measurements are supplemented by a large number of ground-based support instruments located at the ALOMAR Observatory. The ongoing and planned projects are described and the highlights of the latest completed projects are given. The scientific program for the period 2001-2003 will be reviewed. Several new programs have been started to improve the services available to the international science comunity. The Hotel Payload project and MiniDusty are important examples that will be introduced in the paper. Available space related infrastructure is summarized.

  7. Intragastric balloon: ethics, medical need and cosmetics.

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    Kotzampassi, Katerina; Shrewsbury, Anne D

    2008-01-01

    The development of the intragastic balloon as a safe, noninvasive, alternative method to weight reduction raises all the ethical questions routinely faced by practitioners of other forms of cosmetic surgery. In the case of the morbidly, severely or merely obese, the surgeon is faced with a medical decision in a situation defined by medical parameters. The case of the overweight or normal may, however, create an ethical dilemma in which the doctor is forced to make decisions of a nonmedical nature, for which his training has not prepared him, and relating essentially to his personal attitudes and moral beliefs, culture and the recognition that 'if I don't, somebody else--possibly less competent--will'.

  8. Validation of IASI ozone profiles, using balloon sounding data

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    Delcloo, Andy; Hurtmans, Daniel; Coheur, Pierre-François; Clerbaux, Cathy

    2011-01-01

    Here we present a validation study of IASI vertical ozone profiles. This has been done using balloon ozone sonde data, which have a vertical resolution of about 100 m and measures ozone from the surface up to an altitude of about 30 km. IASI vertical ozone profiles are given as partial ozone columns [in DU per layer] between varying pressure levels. To validate the satellite derived ozone layers with the balloon ozone sounding data we integrate the ozone measured by the balloon ozone sounding...

  9. Results of the first EUSO-Balloon flight

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    Miyamoto, H.; Bertaina, M.; JEM-EUSO Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    EUSO-Balloon, a balloon-borne diffractive fluorescence telescope, was launched by the French Space Agency ONES from the Timmins base in Ontario (Canada) on August 25th in 2014. After reaching the floating altitude of about 38 km, EUSO-Balloon imaged the UV background for more than 5 hours before descending to ground using the key technologies of JEM-EUSO. A detailed and precise measurement of the UV background in different atmospheric and ground conditions was achieved. The instrument proved the capability of detecting Extensive Air Showers (EAS) by observing laser tracks with similar characteristics. This contribution will summarise the first results obtained concerning all the topics described above.

  10. An investigation of electrostatically deposited radionuclides on latex balloons

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    Price, T.; Caly, A., E-mail: Terry.Price@gmail.com [Univ. of Ontario Inst. of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario (Canada)

    2012-07-01

    Use of Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) education material for a community science education event to promote science awareness, science culture and literacy (Science Rendezvous 2011) lead to investigation of observed phenomena. Experiments are done on balloons that are electrostatically charged then left to collect particulate. Alpha spectroscopy was performed to identify alpha emitting radioisotopes present on the balloons. The time dependent behaviour of the activity was investigated. Additionally, the Alpha activity of the balloon was compared to Beta activity. The grounds for further investigations are proposed. (author)

  11. Local Administration of NF-κ B Decoy Oligonucleotides to Prevent Restenosis after Balloon Angioplasty: An Experimental Study in New Zealand White Rabbits

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    Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy of NF-κ B oligonucleotides (ODN) administered by local administration with the channeled balloon catheter to prevent restenosis after balloon angioplasty in restenotic iliac arteries of New Zealand white rabbits. Materials and Methods. In vitro, 8000 rabbit vascular smooth muscle cells (rVSMC) where transfected with a liposomal carrier (TfX50) with 100 ng of decoy and scrambled ODN. Inhibition of proliferation was measured using a MTT assay after 24 hours in comparison to control. In vivo, 22 male New Zealand White rabbits were fed a 1% cholesterol diet and received denudation of both common iliac arteries with a 3 mm balloon catheter to induce an arterial stenosis. Four weeks after stenosis induction, local application of NF-κ B in two different concentrations (1 μg: n = 14; 10 μg: n = 8) was performed randomly on one common iliac artery. Scrambled oligonucleotides without specific binding capacities were injected into the contralateral side. The channeled balloon catheter allows simultaneous balloon dilation (8 atm) of the stenosis and local application of a drug solution (2 atm). Four weeks after local drug delivery the animals were killed and the vessels were excised and computerized morphometric measurements were performed. Results. NF-κ B decoy ODN but not scrambled ODN inhibited proliferation of rVSMC in vitro. Following local ODN application in the animals, no acute vascular complications were seen. NF-κ B ODN resulted in a statistically non significant reduction of neointimal area compared to the control group. The neointimal area was 0.97 mm2 using 1 μg NF-κ B ODN compared to 0.98 mm2 in the control group. The higher dose resulted in a neointimal area of 0.97 mm2 compared to 1.07mm2 at the control side. Conclusions. Local drug delivery of NF-κ B ODN using the 'channeled balloon' catheter could not reduce neointimal hyperplasia in stenostic rabbit iliac arteries. Application modalities have to be improved to

  12. H∞ /H2 model reduction through dilated linear matrix inequalities

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    Adegas, Fabiano Daher; Stoustrup, Jakob

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents sufficient dilated linear matrix inequalities (LMI) conditions to the $H_{infty}$ and $H_{2}$ model reduction problem. A special structure of the auxiliary (slack) variables allows the original model of order $n$ to be reduced to an order $r=n/s$ where $n,r,s in field......{N}$. Arbitrary order of the reduced model can be enforced by including states in the original system with negligible input-to-output system norms. The use of dilated LMI conditions facilitates model reduction of parameter-dependent systems. When a reduced model determined by the sufficient LMI conditions does...... not satisfactorily approximates the original system, an iterative algorithm based on dilated LMIs is proposed to significantly improve the approximation bound. The effectiveness of the method is accessed by numerical experiments. The method is also applied to the $H_2$ order reduction of a flexible wind turbine...

  13. Patient with Eating Disorder, Carnitine Deficiency and Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

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    Fotino, A Domnica; Sherma, A

    2015-01-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy is characterized by a dilated and poorly functioning left ventricle and can result from several different etiologies including ischemic, infectious, metabolic, toxins, autoimmune processes or nutritional deficiencies. Carnitine deficiency-induced cardiomyopathy (CDIM) is an uncommon cause of dilated cardiomyopathy that can go untreated if not considered. Here, we describe a 30-year-old woman with an eating disorder and recent percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy (PEG) tube placement for weight loss admitted to the hospital for possible PEG tube infection. Carnitine level was found to be low. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) revealed ejection fraction 15%. Her hospital course was complicated by sepsis from a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). She was discharged on a beta-blocker and carnitine supplementation. One month later her cardiac function had normalized. Carnitine deficiency-induced myopathy is an unusual cause of cardiomyopathy and should be considered in adults with decreased oral intake or malabsorption who present with cardiomyopathy. PMID:27159507

  14. Volume dilatation in a polycarbonate blend at varying strain rates

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    Hiermaier, S.; Huberth, F.

    2012-05-01

    Impact loaded polymers show a variety of strain-rate dependent mechanical properties in their elastic, plastic and failure behaviour. In contrast to purely crystalline materials, the volume of polymeric materials can significantly change under irreversible deformations. In this paper, uni-axial tensile tests were performed in order to measure the dilatation in the Polycarbonate-Acrylnitril-Butadien-Styrol (PC-ABS) Bayblend T65. The accumulation of dilatation was measured at deformation speeds of 0.1 and 500 [ mm/ s]. Instrumented with a pair of two high-speed cameras, volume segments in the samples were observed. The change in volume was quantified as relation between the deformed and initial volumes of the segments. It was observed that the measured dilatations are of great significance for the constitutive models. This is specifically demonstrated through comparisons of stress-strain relations derived from the two camera-perspectives with isochoric relations based on single-surface observations of the same experiments.

  15. Shared Genetic Predisposition in Peripartum and Dilated Cardiomyopathies.

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    Ware, James S; Li, Jian; Mazaika, Erica; Yasso, Christopher M; DeSouza, Tiffany; Cappola, Thomas P; Tsai, Emily J; Hilfiker-Kleiner, Denise; Kamiya, Chizuko A; Mazzarotto, Francesco; Cook, Stuart A; Halder, Indrani; Prasad, Sanjay K; Pisarcik, Jessica; Hanley-Yanez, Karen; Alharethi, Rami; Damp, Julie; Hsich, Eileen; Elkayam, Uri; Sheppard, Richard; Kealey, Angela; Alexis, Jeffrey; Ramani, Gautam; Safirstein, Jordan; Boehmer, John; Pauly, Daniel F; Wittstein, Ilan S; Thohan, Vinay; Zucker, Mark J; Liu, Peter; Gorcsan, John; McNamara, Dennis M; Seidman, Christine E; Seidman, Jonathan G; Arany, Zoltan

    2016-01-21

    Background Peripartum cardiomyopathy shares some clinical features with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a disorder caused by mutations in more than 40 genes, including TTN, which encodes the sarcomere protein titin. Methods In 172 women with peripartum cardiomyopathy, we sequenced 43 genes with variants that have been associated with dilated cardiomyopathy. We compared the prevalence of different variant types (nonsense, frameshift, and splicing) in these women with the prevalence of such variants in persons with dilated cardiomyopathy and with population controls. Results We identified 26 distinct, rare truncating variants in eight genes among women with peripartum cardiomyopathy. The prevalence of truncating variants (26 in 172 [15%]) was significantly higher than that in a reference population of 60,706 persons (4.7%, P=1.3×10(-7)) but was similar to that in a cohort of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (55 of 332 patients [17%], P=0.81). Two thirds of identified truncating variants were in TTN, as seen in 10% of the patients and in 1.4% of the reference population (P=2.7×10(-10)); almost all TTN variants were located in the titin A-band. Seven of the TTN truncating variants were previously reported in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. In a clinically well-characterized cohort of 83 women with peripartum cardiomyopathy, the presence of TTN truncating variants was significantly correlated with a lower ejection fraction at 1-year follow-up (P=0.005). Conclusions The distribution of truncating variants in a large series of women with peripartum cardiomyopathy was remarkably similar to that found in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. TTN truncating variants were the most prevalent genetic predisposition in each disorder.

  16. Utility of birefringence changes due to collagen thermal denaturation rate process analysis: vessel wall temperature estimation for new short term heating balloon angioplasty

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    Kaneko, Kenji; Shimazaki, Natsumi; Gotoh, Maya; Nakatani, Eriko; Arai, Tsunenori

    2007-02-01

    Our photo thermal reaction heating architecture balloon realizes less than 10 s short term heating that can soften vessel wall collagen without damaging surrounding tissue thermally. New thermal balloon angioplasty, photo-thermo dynamic balloon angioplasty (PTDBA) has experimentally shown sufficient opening with 2 atm low pressure dilation and prevention of chronic phase restenosis and acute phase thrombus in vivo. Even though PTDBA has high therapeutic potential, the most efficient heating condition is still under study, because relationship of treatment and thermal dose to vessel wall is not clarified yet. To study and set the most efficient heating condition, we have been working on establishment of temperature history estimation method from our previous experimental results. Heating target of PTDBA, collagen, thermally denatures following rate process. Denaturation is able to be quantified with measured collagen birefringence value. To express the denaturation with equation of rate process, the following ex vivo experiments were performed. Porcine extracted carotid artery was soaked in two different temperature saline baths to enforce constant temperature heating. Higher temperature bath was set to 40 to 80 degree Celsius and soaking duration was 5 to 40 s. Samples were observed by a polarizing microscope and a scanning electron microscope. The birefringence was measured by polarizing microscopic system using Brace-Koehler compensator 1/30 wavelength. The measured birefringence showed temperature dependency and quite fit with the rate process equation. We think vessel wall temperature is able to be estimated using the birefringence changes due to thermal denaturation.

  17. Affine and quasi-affine frames for rational dilations

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    Bownik, Marcin; Lemvig, Jakob

    2011-01-01

    , the corresponding family of quasi-affine systems are frames with uniform frame bounds. We also prove a similar equivalence result between pairs of dual affine frames and dual quasi-affine frames. Finally, we uncover some fundamental differences between the integer and rational settings by exhibiting an example......In this paper we extend the investigation of quasi-affine systems, which were originally introduced by Ron and Shen [J. Funct. Anal. 148 (1997), 408-447] for integer, expansive dilations, to the class of rational, expansive dilations. We show that an affine system is a frame if, and only if...

  18. A Rare Occurance with Epidermolysis Bullosa Disease: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    Derya Cimen

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Epidermolysis bullosa is a congenital and herediter vesiculobullous disease. Dystrophic form of this disease is characterized by severe malnutrition, failure to thrive, adhesions at fingers, joint contractures related with the formation of scar tissues, carcinoma of the skin, anemia, hipoalbuminemia, wound enfections and sepsis. Rarely, mortal dilated cardiomyopathy may occur in patients. In this report we present a 13 year-old pediatric patient with dilated cardiomyopathy, clinically diagnosed with Epidermolysis bullosa as well as a review of recent related literature.

  19. CLIMB: cosmic light isotopes and muons with balloons

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    Pearce, M. E-mail: pearce@particle.kth.se; Adriani, O.; Boezio, M.; Bonvicini, V.; Carlson, P.; Mocchiutti, E.; Papini, P.; Straulino, S.; Vacchi, A.; Vannuccini, E.; Zampa, G.; Zampa, N

    2004-06-01

    A new balloon-borne experiment is proposed which will measure high-energy light isotopes at the top of the Earth's atmosphere and cosmic ray muons at fixed altitudes within the Earth's atmosphere.

  20. Design Evolution and Methodology for Pumpkin Super-Pressure Balloons

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    Farley, Rodger

    The NASA Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) program has had many technical development issues discovered and solved along its road to success as a new vehicle. It has the promise of being a sub-satellite, a means to launch up to 2700 kg to 33.5 km altitude for 100 days from a comfortable mid-latitude launch point. Current high-lift long duration ballooning is accomplished out of Antarctica with zero-pressure balloons, which cannot cope with the rigors of diurnal cycles. The ULDB design is still evolving, the product of intense analytical effort, scaled testing, improved manufacturing, and engineering intuition. The past technical problems, in particular the s-cleft deformation, their solutions, future challenges, and the methodology of pumpkin balloon design will generally be described.

  1. Current status of intragastric balloon for obesity treatment

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    Kim, Seung Han; Chun, Hoon Jai; Choi, Hyuk Soon; Kim, Eun Sun; Keum, Bora; Jeen, Yoon Tae

    2016-01-01

    Endoscopic bariatric therapy may be a useful alternative to pharmacological treatment for obesity, and it provides greater efficacy with lower risks than do conventional surgical procedures. Among the various endoscopic treatments for obesity, the intragastric balloon is associated with significant efficacy in body weight reduction and relief of comorbid disease symptoms. Anatomically, this treatment is based on gastric space-occupying effects that increase the feeling of satiety and may also affect gut neuroendocrine signaling. The simplicity of the intragastric balloon procedure may account for its widespread role in obesity treatment and its applicability to various degrees of obesity. However, advances in device properties and procedural techniques are still needed in order to improve its safety and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, verification of the physiological outcomes of intragastric balloon treatment and the clinical predictive factors for treatment responses should be considered. In this article, we discuss the types, efficacy, safety, and future directions of intragastric balloon treatment. PMID:27350727

  2. 10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Besides serving as a launch vehicle, the carrier balloon provides a stable mount for the enclosed telescope. Looking up, the LBR will serve as a telescope. Looking...

  3. Proposed techniques for launching instrumented balloons into tornadoes

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    Grant, F. C.

    1971-01-01

    A method is proposed to introduce instrumented balloons into tornadoes by means of the radial pressure gradient, which supplies a buoyancy force driving to the center. Presented are analytical expressions, verified by computer calculations, which show the possibility of introducing instrumented balloons into tornadoes at or below the cloud base. The times required to reach the center are small enough that a large fraction of tornadoes are suitable for the technique. An experimental procedure is outlined in which a research airplane puts an instrumented, self-inflating balloon on the track ahead of the tornado. The uninflated balloon waits until the tornado closes to, typically, 750 meters; then it quickly inflates and spirals up and into the core, taking roughly 3 minutes. Since the drive to the center is automatically produced by the radial pressure gradient, a proper launch radius is the only guidance requirement.

  4. Low Cost Variable Conductance Heat Pipe for Balloon Payload Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — While continuously increasing in complexity, the payloads of terrestrial high altitude balloons need a thermal management system to reject their waste heat and to...

  5. Isothermal pumping analysis for high-altitude tethered balloons

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    Kuo, Kirsty A.; Hunt, Hugh E.M.

    2015-01-01

    High-altitude tethered balloons have potential applications in communications, surveillance, meteorological observations and climate engineering. To maintain balloon buoyancy, power fuel cells and perturb atmospheric conditions, fluids could be pumped from ground level to altitude using the tether as a hose. This paper examines the pumping requirements of such a delivery system. Cases considered include delivery of hydrogen, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and powders as fluid-based slurries. Isothermal...

  6. Small Research Balloons in a Physics Course for Education Majors

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    Bruhweiler, F. C.; Verner, E.; Long, T.; Montanaro, E.

    2013-12-01

    At The Catholic Univ. of America, we teach an experimental physics course entitled Physics 240: The Sun-Earth Connection, which is designed for the undergraduate education major. The emphasis is on providing hands-on experience and giving the students an exciting experience in physics. As part of this course, in the Spring 2013 semester, we instituted a project to plan, build, launch, and retrieve a small (~1.3 kg) research balloon payload. The payload flown was a small GPS unit that sent its position to an Internet site, a small wide-angle high-resolution video camera, and an analog refrigerator thermometer placed in the field of view of the camera. All data were stored on the camera sim-card. Students faced the problems of flying a small research balloon in the congested, densely populated Northeast Corridor of the US. They used computer simulators available on the Web to predict the balloon path and flight duration given velocities for the Jet Stream and ground winds, as well as payload mass and amount of helium in the balloon. The first flight was extremely successful. The balloon was launched 140 km NW of Washington DC near Hagerstown, MD and touched down 10 miles (16 km) NW of York, PA, within 1.6 km of what was predicted. The balloon reached 73,000 ft (22,000 m) and the thermometer indicated temperatures as low as -70 degrees Fahrenheit (-57 C) during the flight. Further balloon flights are planned in conjunction with this course. Additional exercises and experiments will be developed centered around these flights. Besides learning that science can be exciting, students also learn that science is not always easily predictable, and that these balloon flights give an understanding of many of problems that go into real scientific space missions. This project is supported in part by an educational supplement to NASA grant NNX10AC56G

  7. The Hubble party balloon and the expanding universe

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    Zendri, G.; Rosi, T.; Oss, S.

    2016-09-01

    We show that the metaphor of the inflated balloon used to describe expanding space-time according to the Hubble law can be transformed into a simple laboratory experiment. We obtain, in terms of measured recession speeds and distances of ink dots drawn on a party balloon, easy renditions of various cosmological models, such as the static one and the Einstein-De Sitter universe.

  8. Changes in Right Ventricular Dysfunction After Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty in Patients With Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension.

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    Tsugu, Toshimitsu; Murata, Mitsushige; Kawakami, Takashi; Minakata, Yugo; Kanazawa, Hideaki; Kataoka, Masaharu; Endoh, Jin; Tsuruta, Hikaru; Itabashi, Yuji; Maekawa, Yuichiro; Abe, Takayuki; Fukuda, Keiichi

    2016-10-01

    The aim was to investigate the effect of balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) on right ventricular (RV) function in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Twenty-six patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension were enrolled and were divided into 2 groups, group H with high (>30 mm Hg) mean pulmonary arterial pressure and group L with low (25 to 30 mm Hg) mean pulmonary arterial pressure. RV function was assessed using 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography as well as 3-dimensional echocardiography, and RV dyssynchrony was assessed by the RV strain curves. Exercise capacity was evaluated by the 6-minute walk distance. RV dilatation was significantly reduced after BPA. In group H, RV ejection fraction, RV free wall longitudinal strain and RV dyssynchrony were all impaired before BPA and were ameliorated after BPA. In group L, RV ejection fraction as well as RV dyssynchrony were impaired without the reduction of RV free wall longitudinal strain and were improved after BPA, indicating that RV dysfunction may be attributable to the RV dyssynchrony in group L. Furthermore, RV dyssynchrony at baseline was the only parameter that was correlated with improvement in the 6-minute walk distance after BPA. RV dyssynchrony may affect RV function and could be the useful parameter for clinical outcome after BPA. PMID:27530827

  9. Development of a tiny tandem balloon system for atmospheric observation

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    Saito, Yoshitaka; Yamada, Kazuhiko; Fujiwara, Masatomo

    2016-07-01

    A tandem balloon system with a combination of a zero-pressure balloon on top and a super-pressure balloon on the bottom has a unique trajectory characteristic, with different flight altitudes between day and night and thus with ascending and descending motions at dawn and dusk, respectively. This characteristic provides a unique opportunity to explore the atmosphere, e.g., the upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric region with cross-tropopause measurements twice a day. We started development of a tiny tandem balloon system using a 10 m^{3} super-pressure balloon and a 100 m^{3} zero-pressure balloon, with a capability of carrying 3 kg of payload. One of the scientific targets is to measure water vapor, cloud particles, and temperature around the tropical tropopause which is the entry point of the stratospheric and mesospheric meridional circulation. For the data transfer, the iridium satellite communication module, SBD9603 is used. In this paper, the current status of the development will be reported.

  10. Monitoring of gadolinium-BOPTA uptake into the vessel wall during magnetic resonance (MR)-guided angioplasty of the peripheral arteries with a paclitaxel/gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon. An experimental study at 3 Tesla

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    Neizel, M.; Kelm, M. [University Hospital Duesseldorf (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology; Ruebben, A.; Weiss, N. [Aachen Resonance, Aachen (Germany); Guenther, R.W. [University Hospital Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Krombach, G.A. [University Hospital Giessen (Germany). Dept. of Radiology

    2014-04-15

    Purpose: The success of paclitaxel distribution within the vessel wall during paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty to prevent restenosis cannot be monitored under X-ray guidance. The aim of this pilot study was to demonstrate the feasibility of monitoring Gadolinium-BOPTA delivery within the vessel wall during magnetic resonance (MR)-guided paclitaxel/Gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon angioplasty of the peripheral arteries. Materials and methods: 6 pigs (47 ± 2 kg) were investigated. All experiments were performed using a 3 Tesla MR scanner. MR-guided bilaterial angioplasty of the iliac arteries was performed using a paclitaxel/MR contrast agent-coated balloon catheter. The feasibility of monitoring the delivery of Gadolinium-BOPTA to the vessel was assessed in 4 animals. In two additional animals, bilateral stenosis was surgically induced in the iliac arteries. Delivery of paclitaxel to the vessel wall was monitored using a 3 D T1-weighted gradient echo (GE) sequence for delineation of the vessel wall. Normalized signal intensity (SI) of the vessel wall was measured before and repeatedly after the intervention for 45 min. in all animals. Results: Paclitaxel/gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon angioplasty was successfully accomplished in all iliac arteries (n = 12). In animals with stenosis MR-angiography demonstrated successful dilatation (n = 4). The normalized SI of the vessel wall on T1-weighted GE images significantly increased after the intervention in all animals with and without stenosis for more than 45 min. (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Monitoring of Gadolinium-BOPTA into the vessel wall during MR-guided coated balloon angioplasty is feasible. This is a first step towards providing a tool for the online control of homogenous drug delivery after paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty. (orig.)

  11. Construction of Multivariate Tight Framelet Packets Associated with Dilation Matrix

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    Firdous A Shah; Abdullah

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we present a method for constructing multivariate tight framelet packets associated with an arbitrary dilation matrix using unitary extension principles.We also prove how to construct various tight frames for L2(Rd) by replac-ing some mother framelets.

  12. Atlas of the clinical genetics of human dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Haas, Jan; Frese, Karen S; Peil, Barbara;

    2015-01-01

    AIM: Numerous genes are known to cause dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, until now technological limitations have hindered elucidation of the contribution of all clinically relevant disease genes to DCM phenotypes in larger cohorts. We now utilized next-generation sequencing to overcome thes...

  13. Heritability of flow-mediated dilation : a twin study

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    Zhao, J.; Cheema, F. A.; Reddy, U.; Bremner, J. D.; Su, S.; Goldberg, J.; Snieder, H.; Vaccarino, V.

    2007-01-01

    Background: Endothelial dysfunction assessed by brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) is a marker for early atherosclerotic vascular disease and future cardiovascular events.Objective: To estimate the heritability of brachial artery FMD using a twin design.Methods: We estimated the heritabili

  14. Thallium scintigraphy for the prognosis of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Yabe, Toshikazu; Furuno, Takashi; Kitaoka, Hiroaki; Matsumura, Yoshihisa; Yamasaki, Naohito; Doi, Yoshinori [Kochi Medical School, Nankoku (Japan)

    2002-11-01

    This study evaluated the significance of perfusion defects demonstrated by thallium-201 and age in the prognosis of patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Seventy-four dilated cardiomyopathy patients underwent thallium scintigraphy as well as clinical and hemodynamic examination. Abnormal perfusion defects were present in 23 of 38 patients aged <60 years (61%) and in 26 of 36 elderly patients aged {>=}60 years (72%; NS). Univariate analysis showed that such perfusion defects were a significant predictor of cardiac death only in patients aged <60 years (p=0.015). Stepwise discriminant analysis also revealed that perfusion defects were a significant predictor in patients aged <60 years (Wilks' lambda 0.499, chi-square test 20.2, p=0.003). Perfusion defects were not more important than the history of syncope or stroke in elderly dilated cardiomyopathy patients. Twenty-one patients died of disease-related causes during 58{+-}43 months. The five-year survival rate was better in patients aged <60 years without than in those with perfusion defects (100% vs 58.4%, respectively), but not affected in patients aged {>=}60 years (66.7% vs 62.2%). Thallium scintigraphy is valuable for the prognosis of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy aged <60 years who are usually candidates for heart transplantation. Absence of thallium perfusion defects may indicate good long-term prognosis. (author)

  15. Novel Borna Virus in Psittacine Birds with Proventricular Dilatation Disease

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    Honkavuori, Kirsi S.; Shivaprasad, H. L.; Williams, Brent L.; Quan, Phenix-Lan; Hornig, Mady; Street, Craig; Palacios, Gustavo; Hutchison, Stephen K.; Franca, Monique; Egholm, Michael; Briese, Thomas; Lipkin, W. Ian

    2008-01-01

    Pyrosequencing of cDNA from brains of parrots with proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), an unexplained fatal inflammatory central, autonomic, and peripheral nervous system disease, showed 2 strains of a novel Borna virus. Real-time PCR confirmed virus presence in brain, proventriculus, and adrenal gland of 3 birds with PDD but not in 4 unaffected birds.

  16. Multilobed cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis (CDVT).

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    Bellocchi, Silvio; Vidale, Simone; Casiraghi, Paolo; Arnaboldi, Marco; Taborelli, Angelo

    2013-01-01

    The cystic dilation of ventriculus terminalis (CDVT) is a rare anatomical variant in adulthood. In this report we describe a new case of an adult with multilobed CDVT, causing low-back pain and subjective disturbances in walking. A myelotomy with fenestration of the cyst was performed with a good clinical and radiological outcome.

  17. Multilobed cystic dilation of the ventriculus terminalis (CDVT)

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    Bellocchi, Silvio; Vidale, Simone; Casiraghi, Paolo; Arnaboldi, Marco; Taborelli, Angelo

    2013-01-01

    The cystic dilation of ventriculus terminalis (CDVT) is a rare anatomical variant in adulthood. In this report we describe a new case of an adult with multilobed CDVT, causing low-back pain and subjective disturbances in walking. A myelotomy with fenestration of the cyst was performed with a good clinical and radiological outcome.

  18. Pupil dilation dynamics track attention to high-level information.

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    Olivia E Kang

    Full Text Available It has long been thought that the eyes index the inner workings of the mind. Consistent with this intuition, empirical research has demonstrated that pupils dilate as a consequence of attentional effort. Recently, Smallwood et al. (2011 demonstrated that pupil dilations not only provide an index of overall attentional effort, but are time-locked to stimulus changes during attention (but not during mind-wandering. This finding suggests that pupil dilations afford a dynamic readout of conscious information processing. However, because stimulus onsets in their study involved shifts in luminance as well as information, they could not determine whether this coupling of stimulus and pupillary dynamics reflected attention to low-level (luminance or high-level (information changes. Here, we replicated the methodology and findings of Smallwood et al. (2011 while controlling for luminance changes. When presented with isoluminant digit sequences, participants' pupillary dilations were synchronized with stimulus onsets when attending, but not when mind-wandering. This replicates Smallwood et al. (2011 and clarifies their finding by demonstrating that stimulus-pupil coupling reflects online cognitive processing beyond sensory gain.

  19. Linkage of familial dilated cardiomyopathy to chromosome 9

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    Krajinovic, M.; Vatta, M.; Milasin, J. [Univ. of Trieste (Italy)] [and others

    1995-10-01

    Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disease of unknown etiology, characterized by impaired myocardial contractility and ventricular dilatation. The disorder is an important cause of morbidity and mortality and represents the chief indication for heart transplantation. Familial transmission is often recognized (familial dilated cardiomyopathy, or FDC), mostly with autosomal dominant inheritance. In order to understand the molecular genetic basis of the disease, a large six-generation kindred with autosomal dominant FDC was studied for linkage analysis. A genome-wide search was undertaken after a large series of candidate genes were excluded and was then extended to two other families with autosomal dominant pattern of transmission and identical clinical features. Coinheritance of the disease gene was excluded for >95% of the genome, after 251 polymorphic markers were analyzed. Linkage was found for chromosome 9q13-q22, with a maximum multipoint lod score of 4.2. There was no evidence of heterogeneity. The FDC locus was placed in the interval between loci D9S153 and D9S152. Several candidate genes for causing dilated cardiomyopathy map in this region. 33 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Importance of early diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary maljunction without biliary dilatation

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    Kensuke Takuma; Terumi Kamisawa; Taku Tabata; Seiichi Hara; Sawako Kuruma; Yoshihiko Inaba; Masanao Kurata

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To clarify the strategy for early diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary maljunction (PBM) without biliary dilatation and to pathologically examine gallbladder before cancer develops.METHODS:The anatomy of the union of the pancreatic and bile ducts was assessed by using endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).Patients with a long common channel in which communication between the pancreatic and bile ducts was maintained even during sphincter contraction were diagnosed as having PBM.Of these,patients in which the maximal diameter of the bile duct was less than 10 mm were diagnosed with PBM without biliary dilatation.The process of diagnosing 54 patients with PBM without biliary dilatation was retrospectively investigated.Histopathological analysis of resected gallbladder specimens from 8 patients with PBM without biliary dilatation or cancer was conducted.RESULTS:Thirty-six PBM patients without biliary dilatation were diagnosed with gallbladder cancer after showing clinical symptoms such as abdominal or back pain (n =16) or jaundice (n =12).Radical surgery for gallbladder cancer was only possible in 11 patients (31%)and only 4 patients (11%) survived for 5 years.Eight patients were suspected as having PBM without biliary dilatation from the finding of gallbladder wall thickening on ultrasound and the diagnosis was confirmed by ERCP and/or magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP).The median age of these 8 patients was younger by a decade than PBM patients with gallbladder cancer.All 8 patients underwent prophylactic cholecystectomy and bile duct cancer has not occurred.Wall thickness and mucosal height of the 8 resected gallbladders were significantly greater than controls,and hyperplastic changes,hypertrophic muscular layer,subserosal fibrosis,and adenomyomatosis were detected in 7 (88%),5 (63%),7 (88%) and 5 (63%) patients,respectively.Ki-67 labeling index was high and K-ras mutation was detected in 3 of 6 patients

  1. Burn Injury Arise From Flying Balloon Toys

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    Yalcin Kulahci

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Many of peoples are faced minor or major burn injuries in their life. Even the most widespread burn cause is flame injuries, too different burn cause pointed out in literature like Acetylen burns. The cases which imply in literature, mostly causes from explosion of high pressure acetylene tube, metal oxygene patch flame or carbide lamp using from cave explorers. An interesting acetylene burn cause in Turkey was publised by the authors. This cases was to come into being from flying toy balloons flame. 80 person was injured from flying toy ballons flame in a meeting in 2002. Although this potential risks of acetylene, helium have not any of some risk. But helium was provided from other countries and have more price. The injuries which caused from acetylene burns like 1st -2nd degree burns. Consequently that was known helium is more avaliable for using in toy sector, and never cause burn injuries like this. [TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(4: 291-296

  2. Burn Injury Arise From Flying Balloon Toys

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    Yalcin Kulahci

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Many of peoples are faced minor or major burn injuries in their life. Even the most widespread burn cause is flame injuries, too different burn cause pointed out in literature like Acetylen burns. The cases which imply in literature, mostly causes from explosion of high pressure acetylene tube, metal oxygene patch flame or carbide lamp using from cave explorers. An interesting acetylene burn cause in Turkey was publised by the authors. This cases was to come into being from flying toy balloons flame. 80 person was injured from flying toy ballons flame in a meeting in 2002. Although this potential risks of acetylene, helium have not any of some risk. But helium was provided from other countries and have more price. The injuries which caused from acetylene burns like 1st -2nd degree burns. Consequently that was known helium is more avaliable for using in toy sector, and never cause burn injuries like this. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2007; 6(4.000: 291-296

  3. Alpha particle effects on MHD ballooning

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    During the period, as the first step towards the goal of detail understanding of the effects of alpha particle on MHD Ballooning Modes, a new numerical approach to investigate the stability of low-frequency fluctuations in high temperature tokamaks was developed by solving the gyrokinetic equations for the ion and electron directly as an initial value problem. The advantage of this approach is the inclusion of many important kinetic features of the problem without approximations and computationally more economical than particle-pushing simulation. The ion-temperature-gradient-mode was investigated to benchmark this new simulation technique. Previous results in literature were recovered. Both the adiabatic electron model and the full drift-kinetic electron model are studied. Numerical result shows that the full drift-kinetic electron model is more unstable. The development of subcycling technique to handle the fast electron bounce time is particularly significant to apply this new approach to the alpha particle problem since alpha particle bounce frequency is also significantly higher than the mode frequency. This new numerical technique will be the basis of future study of the microstability in high temperature tokamaks with alpha particles (or any energetic species). 15 refs., 13 figs

  4. Unitary dilation models of Turing machines in quantum mechanics

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    A goal of quantum-mechanical models of the computation process is the description of operators that model changes in the information-bearing degrees of freedom. Iteration of the operators should correspond to steps in the computation, and the final state of halting computations should be stable under iteration. The problem is that operators constructed directly from the process description do not have these properties. In general these operators annihilate the halted state. If information-erasing steps are present, there are additional problems. These problems are illustrated in this paper by consideration of operators for two simple one-step processes and two simple Turing machines. In general the operators are not unitary and, if erasing steps are present, they are not even contraction operators. Various methods of extension or dilation to unitary operators are discussed. Here unitary power dilations are considered as a solution to these problems. It is seen that these dilations automatically provide a good solution to the initial- and final-state problems. For processes with erasing steps, recording steps must be included prior to the dilation, but only for the steps that erase information. Hamiltonians for these processes are also discussed. It is noted that H, described by exp(-iHΔ)=UT, where UT is a unitary step operator for the process and Δ a time interval, has complexity problems. These problems and those noted above are avoided here by the use of the Feynman approach to constructing Hamiltonians directly from the unitary power dilations of the model operators. It is seen that the Hamiltonians so constructed have some interesting properties

  5. Optical coherence tomography monitoring of angioplasty balloon inflation in a deployment tester

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    Azarnoush, Hamed; Vergnole, Sébastien; Bourezak, Rafik; Boulet, Benoit; Lamouche, Guy

    2010-08-01

    We present an innovative integration of an intravascular optical coherence tomography probe into a computerized balloon deployment system to monitor the balloon inflation process. The high-resolution intraluminal imaging of the balloon provides a detailed assessment of the balloon quality and, consequently, a technique to improve the balloon manufacturing process. A custom-built swept-source optical coherence tomography system is used for real-time imaging. A semicompliant balloon with a nominal diameter of 4 mm is fabricated for the experiments. Imaging results correspond to balloon deployment in air and inside an artery phantom. A characterization of the balloon diameter, wall thickness, compliance, and elastic modulus is provided, based on image segmentation. Using the images obtained from the probe pullback, a three-dimensional visualization of the inflated balloon is presented.

  6. Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy without fiber optic bronchoscopy-Evaluation of 80 intensive care units cases

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    J.A. Calvache (Jose Andrés); R.A. Molina García (Rodrigo); A.L. Trochez (Adolfo); J. Benitez (Javier); L.A. Flga (Lucía Arroyo)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground: The development of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy techniques (PDT) has facilitated the procedure in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Objective: To describe the early intra and post-operative complications in ICU patients requiring percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy usi

  7. Oxygenation and Exercise Performance-Enhancing Effects Attributed to the Breathe-Right Nasal Dilator

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    Trocchio, Marc; Fisher, Jean; Wimer, Jeffrey W.; Parkman, Anna W.

    1995-01-01

    Recently, many professional football players have elected to wear spring-loaded nasal dilators during competition. Many athletes believe that wearing the “Breathe-Right” nasal dilator will increase nasal gas conduction and oxygenation to their body, subsequently improving their performance. The purpose of this experiment was to investigate the advantages of wearing a nasal dilator while performing aerobic and anaerobic exercise, as opposed to not wearing a nasal dilator. It was hypothesized t...

  8. Development of a super-pressure balloon with a diamond-shaped net --- result of a ground inflation test of a 2,000 cubic-meter balloon ---

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    Saito, Yoshitaka; Nakashino, Kyoichi; Akita, Daisuke; Matsushima, Kiyoho; Shimadu, Shigeyuki; Goto, Ken; Hashimoto, Hiroyuki; Matsuo, Takuma

    2016-07-01

    A light super-pressure balloon has been developed using a method to cover a balloon with a diamond-shaped net of high-tensile fibers. The goal is to fly a payload of 900 kg to the altitude of 37 km with a 300,000 m^{3} balloon. Beginning from a demonstration test of the net-balloon with a 10 m^{3} balloon in 2010, we have been polished the net-balloon through ground inflation tests and flight tests, including a flight test of a 3,000 m ^{3} balloon in the tandem balloon configuration with a 15,000 m^{3} zero-pressure balloon in 2012, and a flight test of a 10 m^{3} balloon in the tandem balloon configuration with a 2 kg rubber balloon in 2013, as reported in the last COSPAR. In 2014, we developed a 5,000 m^{3} balloon and performed a ground inflation test to find that the balloon burst from a lip panel for termination with a differential pressure of 425 Pa. It was due to a stress concentration at the edge of a thick tape attached along the termination mechanism. In 2015, we modified the balloon by adding tapes on the lip panel to avoid the stress concentration, and also shorten the net length to leave some margin of the film and performed a ground inflation test again to find the balloon showed asymmetrical deployment and burst from the edge of the net with a differential pressure of 348 Pa. We consider it is due to the margin of the film along the circumferential direction, and proposed a gore shape which circumference length is kept as determined by the pumpkin shape of the balloon but setting meridian length longer than that. We developed a 10 m^{3} balloon with the gore design to find that the balloon deployed symmetrically and showed the burst pressure of 10,000 Pa. In 2016, we are going to develop a 2,000 m^{3} balloon with the gore design and perform its ground inflation test. In this paper, we are going to report its result with the sequence of the development.

  9. Determination of membrane tension during balloon distension of intestine.

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    Gregersen, H; Kassab, G S; Fung, Y C

    2004-09-01

    During the last decades, it has become increasingly common to make balloons distension in visceral organs in vivo. In particular this is true for studies of gastrointestinal motor function and biomechanics. Balloon distension is often used for assessment of small intestinal compliance and tension based on Laplace's law for cylindrical pressure pipes. This commonly used law is valid only when the balloon-distended intestine is cylindrical. Experimentally, it is seen that the diameter of the balloon-distended intestine is not a constant, but variable in the axial direction. Hence, it is necessary to improve Laplace's law for intestinal investigation. In this paper we develop the framework for determination of the tension distribution in circumferential and longitudinal direction during balloon distension. When the radii of curvature are measured from a photograph of the intestinal profile, then the membrane stress resultants can be computed everywhere in the intestine in contact with the balloon from the equations of equilibrium. The experimental data were obtained from small intestinal segments from five pigs and three guinea pigs. Papaverine was injected before the animals were sacrificed to relax the intestinal smooth muscle. The segments were immersed in a bath with calcium-free Krebs solution with dextran and EGTA. A balloon was distended in the lumen with pressures up to 15 cmH2O in the pigs and 10 cmH2O in the guinea pigs and radii were measured along the z-axis. The tension in circumferential direction had its maximum approximately 25% away from the middle of the balloon. The circumferential tension was 2-3 times higher than the longitudinal tension. In conclusion when we know the shape of the intestine, we can compute the circumferential and longitudinal components of tension. The large variation in tensions along the z axis must be considered when performing balloon distension studies in the gastrointestinal tract for studying physiological and

  10. Complexity Analysis of Balloon Drawing for Rooted Trees

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    Lin, Chun-Cheng; Poon, Sheung-Hung; Fan, Jia-Hao

    2010-01-01

    In a balloon drawing of a tree, all the children under the same parent are placed on the circumference of the circle centered at their parent, and the radius of the circle centered at each node along any path from the root reflects the number of descendants associated with the node. Among various styles of tree drawings reported in the literature, the balloon drawing enjoys a desirable feature of displaying tree structures in a rather balanced fashion. For each internal node in a balloon drawing, the ray from the node to each of its children divides the wedge accommodating the subtree rooted at the child into two sub-wedges. Depending on whether the two sub-wedge angles are required to be identical or not, a balloon drawing can further be divided into two types: even sub-wedge and uneven sub-wedge types. In the most general case, for any internal node in the tree there are two dimensions of freedom that affect the quality of a balloon drawing: (1) altering the order in which the children of the node appear in...

  11. Time-dependent strains and stresses in a pumpkin balloon

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    Gerngross, T.; Xu, Y.; Pellegrino, S.

    This paper presents a study of pumpkin-shaped superpressure balloons consisting of gores made from a thin polymeric film attached to high stiffness meridional tendons This type of design is being used for the NASA ULDB balloons The gore film shows considerable time-dependent stress relaxation whereas the behaviour of the tendons is essentially time-independent Upon inflation and pressurization the instantaneous i e linear-elastic strain and stress distributions in the film show significantly higher values in the meridional direction However over time and due to the biaxial visco-elastic stress relaxation of the the gore material the em hoop strains increase and the em meridional stresses decrease whereas the em remaining strain and stress components remain substantially unchanged These results are important for a correct assessment of the structural integrity of a pumpkin balloon in a long-duration mission both in terms of the material performance and the overall stability of the shape of the balloon An experimental investigation of the time dependence of the biaxial strain distribution in the film of a 4 m diameter 48 gore pumpkin balloon is presented The inflated shape of selected gores has been measured using photogrammetry and the time variation in strain components at some particular points of these gores has been measured under constant pressure and temperature The results show good correlation with a numerical study using the ABAQUS finite-element package that includes a widely used model of

  12. Aerial Deployment and Inflation System for Mars Helium Balloons

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    Lachenmeler, Tim; Fairbrother, Debora; Shreves, Chris; Hall, Jeffery, L.; Kerzhanovich, Viktor V.; Pauken, Michael T.; Walsh, Gerald J.; White, Christopher V.

    2009-01-01

    A method is examined for safely deploying and inflating helium balloons for missions at Mars. The key for making it possible to deploy balloons that are light enough to be buoyant in the thin, Martian atmosphere is to mitigate the transient forces on the balloon that might tear it. A fully inflated Mars balloon has a diameter of 10 m, so it must be folded up for the trip to Mars, unfolded upon arrival, and then inflated with helium gas in the atmosphere. Safe entry into the Martian atmosphere requires the use of an aeroshell vehicle, which protects against severe heating and pressure loads associated with the hypersonic entry flight. Drag decelerates the aeroshell to supersonic speeds, then two parachutes deploy to slow the vehicle down to the needed safe speed of 25 to 35 m/s for balloon deployment. The parachute system descent dynamic pressure must be approximately 5 Pa or lower at an altitude of 4 km or more above the surface.

  13. Ballooning osteolysis in 71 failed total ankle arthroplasties.

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    Singh, Gurpal; Reichard, Theresa; Hameister, Rita; Awiszus, Friedemann; Schenk, Katja; Feuerstein, Bernd; Roessner, Albert; Lohmann, Christoph

    2016-08-01

    Background and purpose - Aseptic loosening is a major cause of failure in total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). In contrast to other total joint replacements, large periarticular cysts (ballooning osteolysis) have frequently been observed in this context. We investigated periprosthetic tissue responses in failed TAA, and performed an element analysis of retrieved tissues in failed TAA. Patients and methods - The study cohort consisted of 71 patients undergoing revision surgery for failed TAA, all with hydroxyapatite-coated implants. In addition, 5 patients undergoing primary TAA served as a control group. Radiologically, patients were classified into those with ballooning osteolysis and those without, according to defined criteria. Histomorphometric, immunohistochemical, and elemental analysis of tissues was performed. Von Kossa staining and digital microscopy was performed on all tissue samples. Results - Patients without ballooning osteolysis showed a generally higher expression of lymphocytes, and CD3+, CD11c+, CD20+, and CD68+ cells in a perivascular distribution, compared to diffuse expression. The odds of having ballooning osteolysis was 300 times higher in patients with calcium content >0.5 mg/g in periprosthetic tissue than in patients with calcium content ≤0.5 mg/g (p < 0.001). Interpretation - There have been very few studies investigating the pathomechanisms of failed TAA and the cause-effect nature of ballooning osteolysis in this context. Our data suggest that the hydroxyapatite coating of the implant may be a contributory factor.

  14. Development of Ultra-Thin Polyethylene Balloons for High Altitude Research upto Mesosphere

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    Kumar, B. Suneel; Nagendra, N.; Ojha, D. K.; Peter, G. Stalin; Vasudevan, R.; Anand, D.; Kulkarni, P. M.; Reddy, V. Anmi; Rao, T. V.; Sreenivasan, S.

    Ever since its inception four decades back, Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad has been functioning with the needs of its user scientists at its focus. During the early nineties, when the X-ray astronomy group at TIFR expressed the need for balloons capable of carrying the X-ray telescopes to altitudes up to 42 km, the balloon group initiated research and development work on indigenous balloon grade films in various thickness not only for the main experiment but also in parallel, took up the development of thin films in thickness range 5 to 6 μm for fabrication of sounding balloons required for probing the stratosphere up to 42 km as the regular 2000-gram rubber balloon ascents could not reach altitudes higher than 38 km. By the year 1999, total indigenization of sounding balloon manufacture was accomplished. The work on balloon grade ultra-thin polyethylene film in thickness range 2.8 to 3.8 μm for fabrication of balloons capable of penetrating mesosphere to meet the needs of user scientists working in the area of atmospheric dynamics commenced in 2011. Pursuant to the successful trials with 61,000-m3 balloon made of 3.8-μm Antrix film reaching stratopause (48 km) for the first time in the history of balloon facility in the year 2012, fine tuning of launch parameters like percentage free lift was carried out to take the same volume balloons to higher mesospheric altitudes. Three successful flights with a total suspended load of 10 kg using 61,000-m3 balloons were carried out in the month of January 2014 and all the three balloons crossed into the mesosphere reaching altitudes of over 51 km. All the balloons flown so far are closed system with no escape ducts. Balloon fabrication, development of launch hardware, flight control instruments and launch technique for these mesospheric balloon flights are discussed in this paper.

  15. Peripartum cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy: different at heart.

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    Bollen, Ilse A E; Van Deel, Elza D; Kuster, Diederik W D; Van Der Velden, Jolanda

    2014-01-01

    Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a severe cardiac disease occurring in the last month of pregnancy or in the first 5 months after delivery and shows many similar clinical characteristics as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) such as ventricle dilation and systolic dysfunction. While PPCM was believed to be DCM triggered by pregnancy, more and more studies show important differences between these diseases. While it is likely they share part of their pathogenesis such as increased oxidative stress and an impaired microvasculature, discrepancies seen in disease progression and outcome indicate there must be differences in pathogenesis as well. In this review, we compared studies in DCM and PPCM to search for overlapping and deviating disease etiology, pathogenesis and outcome in order to understand why these cardiomyopathies share similar clinical features but have different underlying pathologies. PMID:25642195

  16. Reversible dilatancy in entangled single-wire materials.

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    Rodney, David; Gadot, Benjamin; Martinez, Oriol Riu; du Roscoat, Sabine Rolland; Orgéas, Laurent

    2016-01-01

    Designing structures that dilate rapidly in both tension and compression would benefit devices such as smart filters, actuators or fasteners. This property however requires an unusual Poisson ratio, or Poisson function at finite strains, which has to vary with applied strain and exceed the familiar bounds: less than 0 in tension and above 1/2 in compression. Here, by combining mechanical tests and discrete element simulations, we show that a simple three-dimensional architected material, made of a self-entangled single long coiled wire, behaves in between discrete and continuum media, with a large and reversible dilatancy in both tension and compression. This unusual behaviour arises from an interplay between the elongation of the coiled wire and rearrangements due to steric effects, which, unlike in traditional discrete media, are hysteretically reversible when the architecture is made of an elastic fibre.

  17. Time Dilation of BATSE $\\gamma$-ray Bursts

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    Lee, T T; Lee, Theodore T.; Petrosian, Vahe

    1996-01-01

    We perform several nonparametric correlation tests on the BATSE 3B data to search for evidence of cosmological time dilation. These tests account for the effects of data truncation due to threshold effects in both limiting brightness and limiting duration, enabling us to utilize a larger number of bursts than in previous analyses. We find little significant evidence for correlation between various measures of peak intensity and duration, but the tests cannot conclusively rule out time dilation factors of 2 or less without more data. There is stronger evidence for a positive correlation between fluence and duration, which if confirmed would rule out simple no-evolution cosmological models unless there is a strong intrinsic correlation between the total radiant energy and the duration of bursts.

  18. X-Linked Dilated Cardiomyopathy: A Cardiospecific Phenotype of Dystrophinopathy

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    Akinori Nakamura

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available X-linked dilated cardiomyopathy (XLDCM is a distinct phenotype of dystrophinopathy characterized by preferential cardiac involvement without any overt skeletal myopathy. XLDCM is caused by mutations of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD gene and results in lethal heart failure in individuals between 10 and 20 years. Patients with Becker muscular dystrophy, an allelic disorder, have a milder phenotype of skeletal muscle involvement compared to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD and sometimes present with dilated cardiomyopathy. The precise relationship between mutations in the DMD gene and cardiomyopathy remain unclear. However, some hypothetical mechanisms are being considered to be associated with the presence of some several dystrophin isoforms, certain reported mutations, and an unknown dystrophin-related pathophysiological mechanism. Recent therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the severe dystrophinopathy phenotype, appears promising, but the presence of XLDCM highlights the importance of focusing on cardiomyopathy while elucidating the pathomechanism and developing treatment.

  19. Aerodynamic Heating in Hypersonic Boundary Layers:\\ Role of Dilatational Waves

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    Zhu, Yiding; Wu, Jiezhi; Chen, Shiyi; Lee, Cunbiao; Gad-el-Hak, Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    The evolution of multi-mode instabilities in a hypersonic boundary layer and their effects on aerodynamic heating are investigated. Experiments are conducted in a Mach 6 wind tunnel using Rayleigh-scattering flow visualization, fast-response pressure sensors, fluorescent temperature-sensitive paint (TSP), and particle image velocimetry (PIV). Calculations are also performed based on both parabolized stability equations (PSE) and direct numerical simulations (DNS). It is found that second-mode dilatational waves, accompanied by high-frequency alternating fluid compression and expansion, produce intense aerodynamic heating in a small region that rapidly heats the fluid passing through it. As a result, the surface temperature rapidly increases and results in an overshoot over the nominal transitional value. When the dilatation waves decay downstream, the surface temperature decreases gradually until transition is completed. A theoretical analysis is provided to interpret the temperature distribution affected by ...

  20. Dilation of nanonatennas induced by an electromagnetic source

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    Dominique Barchiesi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The illumination of plasmonic mesostructures produces high confinement of light in their vicinity. This confinement of light can be enhanced in the gap between the two metallic nanorods of a nanonantenna, in particular for the design of biosensors. The nanometric gap can be reduced if the elevation of temperature of the nanonantenna is sufficient, and therefore the fine tuning of the sensor requires the description of the photo-thermal induced dilation. The multiphysics problem associated to such photo-thermal and mechanical effects is modeled through a Finite Element Method (FEM. The problem consists in computing the electromagnetic field, the temperature and the induced dilation surface. This contribution consists in discussing the numerical efficiencies of a sequential, and a coupled approaches, especially in terms of adaptive meshing of the space of computation. The relationship between the field enhancement and the reduction of the gap is studied. Finally the validity of the 2D multiphysic model is discussed.

  1. MR enterography in the evaluation of small bowel dilation

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    Cronin, C.G. [Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Galway (Ireland)], E-mail: carmelcronin2000@hotmail.com; Lohan, D.G.; Browne, A.M.; Alhajeri, A.N.; Roche, C.; Murphy, J.M. [Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Galway (Ireland)

    2009-10-15

    Magnetic reasonance (MR) enterography enables high contrast resolution depiction of the location and cause of bowel obstruction through a combination of predictable luminal distension and multiplanar imaging capabilities. Furthermore, because the patient is not exposed to ionizing radiation, sequential 'dynamic' MR imaging can be performed repeatedly over time further facilitating depiction of the site and/or the cause of obstruction. With increasing availability of MR imaging and standardization of the oral contrast medium regimens, it is likely that this technique will assume an ever-increasing role in the evaluation of small bowel dilation in the coming years. We illustrate the utility of MR enterography in the evaluation of small bowel dilation, whether it be mechanical, functional (e.g., ileus), or related to infiltrative mural disease.

  2. Peripartum cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy: different at heart

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    Ilse Anne Elise Bollen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM is a severe cardiac disease occurring in the last month of pregnancy or in the first 5 months after delivery and shows many similar clinical characteristics as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM such as ventricle dilation and systolic dysfunction. While PPCM was believed to be DCM triggered by pregnancy, more and more studies show important differences between these diseases. While it is likely they share part of their pathogenesis such as increased oxidative stress and an impaired microvasculature, discrepancies seen in disease progression and outcome indicate there must be differences in pathogenesis as well. In this review, we compared studies in DCM and PPCM to search for overlapping and deviating disease etiology, pathogenesis and outcome in order to understand why these cardiomyopathies share similar clinical features but have different underlying pathologies.

  3. Open Universe Modeling: Information Layer and Time Dilation

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    Alagoz, Baris Baykant

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we suppose that the universe has an information processing layer, which coveys the informational contents accompanying the physical events. In this manner, universe is considered to be composed of several associative layers such that one rises on the other layer. Preliminary, we present a method for the analytical treatment of the amount of information processed by universe itself, and then we try to show its correspondence with theories developed for the time dilation and grav...

  4. Diurnal variation of flow-mediated dilatation in healthy humans

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    Kim, Yong Cheol; Yun, Kyeong Ho; Woo, Sun Ho; Jeong, Young Hoon; Lim, Jae Hong; Hwang, Kyo Bum; Jeong, Jin Woo; Lee, Mi Rim; Lee, Jeong Mi; Rhee, Sang Jae; Kim, Nam-Ho; Oh, Seok Kyu; Jeong, Jin-Won

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The measurement of flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) via ultrasound has been established as a reliable non-invasive measurement of endothelial function. However, the guidelines mention nothing regarding diurnal variation of FMD. Thus, we investigated the FMD in healthy people and diurnal variation of FMD. Methods Twenty-five apparently healthy persons participated in this study. All participants had no history of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, or diabetes and used any medica...

  5. Ophthalmoplegic Migraine and Infundibular Dilatation of a Cerebral Artery

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    Vieira, JP; Castro, J.; Gomes, LB; Jacinto, S; Dias, AI

    2008-01-01

    Ophthalmoplegic migraine (OM) is a childhood disorder of uncertain etiology manifesting recurrent unilateral headache associated with a transitory oculomotor (usually IIIrd nerve) palsy. Recent publications emphasize the finding on MRI of contrast enhancement in the IIIrd nerve suggesting that OM may be a recurrent inflammatory neuropathy. We report the case of a 7-year-old boy with typical symptoms of this disorder. Angio MR and Angio CT revealed the presence of an infundibular dilatation of...

  6. X-Linked Dilated Cardiomyopathy: A Cardiospecific Phenotype of Dystrophinopathy

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    Akinori Nakamura

    2015-01-01

    X-linked dilated cardiomyopathy (XLDCM) is a distinct phenotype of dystrophinopathy characterized by preferential cardiac involvement without any overt skeletal myopathy. XLDCM is caused by mutations of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene and results in lethal heart failure in individuals between 10 and 20 years. Patients with Becker muscular dystrophy, an allelic disorder, have a milder phenotype of skeletal muscle involvement compared to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and sometime...

  7. Euclidean Configuration Space Renormalization, Residues and Dilation Anomaly

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    Nikolov, Nikolay M; Todorov, Ivan

    2013-01-01

    Configuration (x-)space renormalization of Euclidean Feynman amplitudes in a massless quantum field theory is reduced to the study of local extensions of associate homogeneous distributions. Primitively divergent graphs are renormalized, in particular, by subtracting the residue of an analytically regularized expression. Examples are given of computing residues that involve zeta values. The renormalized Green functions are again associate homogeneous distributions of the same degree that transform under indecomposable representations of the dilation group.

  8. Motor unit number in a small facial muscle, dilator naris.

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    Patel-Khurana, Nilam; Fregosi, Ralph F

    2015-10-01

    A loss of functioning motor units underlies many neuromuscular disorders. The facial nerve innervates the muscles of facial expression, including nasal muscles, which also play an important role in the regulation of airflow resistance. It is difficult to accurately assess motor unit number in the facial muscles, because the muscles are difficult to activate in isolation. Here, we apply the manual McComas method to estimate the number of motor units in a nasal dilator muscle. EMG of the dilator naris was recorded during graded stimulation of the zygomatic branch of the facial nerve in 26 subjects (12 males and 14 females), aged 20-41 years. Each subject was studied twice, on separate days, to estimate method reproducibility. As a check on our use of the McComas method, we also estimated motor unit number in the first dorsal interosseus muscle (FDI) of six subjects, as the muscle is also small and has been studied with the McComas method. Reproducibility was evaluated with a rigorous statistical approach, the Bland-Altman procedure. We estimate that dilator naris is composed of 75 ± 15.6 (SD) motor units, compared to 144 ± 35.5 in FDI. The coefficient of variation for test-retest reproducibility of dilator naris motor unit estimates was 29.6 %, similar to separate-day reproducibility reported for other muscles. Recording and stimulation were done with surface electrodes, and the recordings were of high quality and reproducible. This simple technique could be applied clinically to track motor neuron loss and to monitor facial nerve integrity.

  9. Inherent Shear-Dilatation Coexistence in Metallic Glass

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    JIANG Min-Qiang; JIANG Si-Yue; DAI Lan-Hong

    2009-01-01

    Shear deformation can induce normal stress or hydrostatic stress in metallic glasses [Nature Mater. 2 (2003) 449, Intermetallics 14 (2006) 1033]. We perform the bulk deformation of three-dimensional Cu46Zr54 metallic glass (MG) and Cu single crystal model systems using molecular dynamics simulation. The results indicate that hydrostatic stress can incur shear stress in MG, but not in crystal. The resultant pronounced asymmetry between tension and compression originates from this inherent shear-dilatation coexistence in MG.

  10. Dilated odontoma: A report of two cases from a radiological perspective.

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    Jayachandran, S; Kayal, L; Sharma, Aatman; Priyanka, Khobre

    2016-01-01

    Dilated odontoma is the most extreme form of dens invaginatus. The lesion appears as a roughly spherical mass that does not resemble a tooth but in a way appears tooth - like on radiographs due to somewhat similar radiodensity. The lesion is mostly spherical in appearance and hence the term "dilated." Occasionally, we come across cases of simultaneous pathologies. Here, we report two cases of a dilated odontoma one of which is associated with dentigerous cyst and in other case dilated odontoma pushing the maxillary sinus superiorly. Histologically, the mass was composed of dentinal tubules. These morphological and histological features are compatible with those of a dilated odontoma.

  11. Dilated odontoma: A report of two cases from a radiological perspective

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    S Jayachandran

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Dilated odontoma is the most extreme form of dens invaginatus. The lesion appears as a roughly spherical mass that does not resemble a tooth but in a way appears tooth - like on radiographs due to somewhat similar radiodensity. The lesion is mostly spherical in appearance and hence the term “dilated.” Occasionally, we come across cases of simultaneous pathologies. Here, we report two cases of a dilated odontoma one of which is associated with dentigerous cyst and in other case dilated odontoma pushing the maxillary sinus superiorly. Histologically, the mass was composed of dentinal tubules. These morphological and histological features are compatible with those of a dilated odontoma.

  12. Corrosion Behavior of Platinum-Enhanced Radiopaque Stainless Steel (PERSS®) for Dilation-Baloon Expandable Coronary Stents

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    Covino, Jr., Bernard S.; Craig, Charles H.; Cramer, Stephen D.; Bullard, Sophie J.; Ziomek-Moroz, Margaret; Jablonski, Paul D.; Turner, Paul C.; Radisch, Jr., Herbert R.; Gokcen, Nev A.; Friend, Clifford M.; Edwards, Michael R.

    2002-05-01

    Dilation-balloon expandable coronary stents are commonly made of implant grade stainless steels conforming to ASTM F138/F139, e.g., Biodur? 316LS (UNS S31673). Typical of such stents is the Boston Scientific/Interventional Technologies? (BS/IVT) LP-StentTM. In 2000, BS/IVT determined that the addition of 5 to 6 wt % platinum to Biodur 316LS produced a stainless steel with enhanced radiopacity to make their stents more visible radiographically and thus more effective clinically. A goal of the program was to ensure platinum additions would not adversely affect the corrosion resistance of Biodur 316LS. The corrosion resistance of 5-6 wt % PERSS? alloys and Biodur 316LS was determined using electrochemical tests for general, pitting, crevice and intergranular corrosion. Experimental methods included ASTM A262E, F746, F2129, and potentiodynamic polarization. The 6 wt % PERSS? alloy (IVT 78) had a resistance to pitting, crevice and intergranular corrosion that was similar to the Biodur 316LS base material. IVT 78 was a single-phase austenitic alloy with no evidence of inclusions or precipitates. It was more resistant to pitting corrosion than 5 wt % PERSS? alloys. Performance of the PERSS? alloys was not a function of alloy oxygen content in the range 0.01 to 0.03 wt %.

  13. [Right ventricular dysplasia and dilated cardiomyopathy observed by radionuclide images].

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    Takamura, I; Ando, J; Miyamoto, A; Kobayashi, T; Sakamoto, S; Yasuda, H

    1985-12-01

    Four cases of right ventricular dysplasia (RVD) and 28 cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) were studied. RVD was characterized clinically by syncope, sustained recurrent ventricular tachycardia with left bundle branch block patterns on the surface electrocardiogram, and right heart failure. Furthermore, moderate to severe dilatation of the right ventricle and depressed right ventricular function were apparent on radionuclide angiography. However, left ventricular dilatation and depressed left ventricular function were documented in DCM. Right ventricular volume was proportional to left ventricular volume in DCM, however, right ventricular volume was disproportionately greater in RVD. On the T1-201 perfusion image, left ventricular perfusion defects were delineated in 10 of 26 patients with DCM, and in one of four RVD patients. During two to eight year follow-up periods, six patients died suddenly five of whom had left ventricular perfusion defects. However, in 19 patients without left ventricular perfusion defects, only one sudden death was observed. A connecting link between sudden death and left ventricular perfusion defect is suggested. PMID:3841888

  14. Massively dilated right atrium masquerading as a mediastinal tumor

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    Thomas Schroeter

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Severe tricuspid valve insufficiency causes right atrial dilatation, venous congestion, and reduced atrial contractility, and may eventually lead to right heart failure. We report a case of a patient with severe tricuspid valve insufficiency, right heart failure, and a massively dilated right atrium. The enormously dilated atrium compressed the right lung, resulting in a radiographic appearance of a mediastinal tumor. Tricuspid valve repair and reduction of the right atrium was performed. Follow up examination revealed improvement of liver function, reduced peripheral edema and improved New York Heart Association (NYHA class. The reduction of the atrial size and repair of the tricuspid valve resulted in a restoration of the conduit and reservoir function of the right atrium. Given the chronicity of the disease process and the long-standing atrial fibrillation, there is no impact of this operation on right atrial contraction. In combination with the reconstruction of the tricuspid valve, the reduction atrioplasty will reduce the risk of thrombembolic events and preserve the right ventricular function.

  15. High-n ballooning modes in highly elongated tokamaks

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    An analytic study of stability against high-n ballooning modes is highly elongated axisymmetric plasmas is presented and compared with computational results. - From the equation for the marginal pressure gradient, it is found that local shear has an important effect on the stability of elongated plasmas, and that stability deteriorates through high elongation since the stabilizing effects of field line bending and local shear are reduced. The net contribution of the local shear to stability decreases with elongation for strong ballooning modes (eigenfunctions strongly localized near the outer edge of the toroidal flux surfaces) but increases for interchange modes (eigenfunctions more uniform along the flux surfaces). - The computational study of high-n ballooning modes in a highly elongated plasma reveals that lowering the aspect ratio and broadening the pressure profile enhance the marginal beta for βsub(p) less than unity but severely reduce the marginal beta for βsub(p) larger than unity. (author)

  16. Extrusion process optimization for toughness in balloon films

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    Cantor, K. M.; Harrison, I. R.

    1993-01-01

    An experimental optimization process for blown film extrusion is described and examined in terms of the effects of the technique on the toughness of balloon films. The optimization technique by Cantor (1990) is employed which involves the identification of key process variables including screw speed, nip speed, bubble diameter, and frost-line height for analysis to optimize the merit function. The procedure is employed in the extrusion of a low-density polyethylene polymer, and the resulting optimized materials are toughness- and puncture-tested. Balloon toughness is optimized in the analytical relationship, and the process parameters are modified to attain optimal toughness. The film produced is shown to have an average toughness of 24.5 MPa which is a good value for this key property of balloon materials for high-altitude flights.

  17. Tokamak resistive magnetohydrodynamic ballooning instability in the negative shear regime

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    Shi Bing-Ren; Lin Jian-Long; Li Ji-Quan

    2007-01-01

    Improved confinement of tokamak plasma with central negative shear is checked against the resistive ballooning mode. In the negative shear regime, the plasma is always unstable for purely growing resistive ballooning mode. For a simplest tokamak equilibrium model, the s-α model, characteristics of this kind of instability are fully clarified by numerically solving the high n resistive magnetohydrodynamic ballooning eigen-equation. Dependences of the growth rate on the resistivity, the absolute shear value, the pressure gradient are scanned in detail. It is found that the growth rate is a monotonically increasing function of a while it is not sensitive to the changes of the shear s, the initial phase θ0 and the resistivity parameter εR.

  18. Ideal MHD Ballooning modes, shear flow and the stable continuum

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    Taylor, J B

    2012-01-01

    There is a well established theory of Ballooning modes in a toroidal plasma. The cornerstone of this is a local eigenvalue lambda on each magnetic surface - which also depends on the ballooning phase angle k. In stationary plasmas lambda(k) is required only near its maximum, but in rotating plasmas its average over k is required. Unfortunately in many case lambda(k) does not exist for some range of k, because the spectrum there contains only a stable continuum. This limits the application of the theory, and raises the important question of whether this "stable interval" gives rise to significant damping. This question is re-examined using a new, simplified, model - which leads to the conclusion that there is no appreciable damping at small shear flow. In particular, therefore, a small shear flow should not affect Ballooning mode stability boundaries.

  19. Ideal ballooning modes, shear flow and the stable continuum

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    Taylor, J. B.

    2012-11-01

    There is a well-established theory of ballooning modes in a toroidal plasma. The cornerstone of this is a local eigenvalue λ on each magnetic surface—which also depends on the ballooning phase angle k. In stationary plasmas, λ(k) is required only near its maximum, but in rotating plasmas its average over k is required. Unfortunately in many cases λ(k) does not exist for some range of k, because the spectrum there contains only a stable continuum. This limits the application of the theory, and raises the important question of whether this ‘stable interval’ gives rise to significant damping. This question is re-examined using a new, simplified, model—which leads to the conclusion that there is no appreciable damping at small shear flow. In particular, therefore, a small shear flow should not affect ballooning mode stability boundaries.

  20. Drug-Coated Balloons for Infrainguinal Peripheral Artery Disease.

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    Sethi, Sanjum S; Lee, Michael S

    2016-07-01

    Revascularization of infrainguinal peripheral artery disease has traditionally been accomplished via percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. However, long-term results have been hampered by high rates of restenosis. Along with the advent of stents, paclitaxel-coated balloons are an emerging therapeutic option for the invasive management of infrainguinal peripheral artery disease. Paclitaxel has been successful in inhibiting neointimal hyperplasia, the main mechanism for in-stent restenosis. Technological advances have facilitated the development of paclitaxel-coated balloons, which show promise in early trials for femoropopliteal stenosis relative to uncoated balloons. For infrapopliteal stenoses, the data remain scant and conflicted. Therefore, large-scale randomized clinical trials with long-term follow-up evaluating safety and effectiveness between various strategies need to be performed to determine the optimal invasive management strategy for infrainguinal peripheral artery disease. PMID:27342205

  1. Dynamic electromechanical instability of a dielectric elastomer balloon

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    Chen, Feifei; Zhu, Jian; Wang, Michael Yu

    2015-11-01

    Electromechanical instability, a significant phenomenon in dielectric elastomers, has been well studied in the literature. However, most previous work was based on the assumption that dielectric elastomers undergo quasi-static deformation. This letter investigates the dynamic electromechanical instability of a dielectric elastomer balloon which renders four types of oscillation subject to a parametric combination of DC and AC voltages. The simulated oscillations show that dynamic electromechanical instability occurs within quite a large range of excitation frequency, in the form of snap-through or snap-back, when the DC and AC voltages reach critical values. The balloon is at its most susceptible to dynamic electromechanical instability when the superharmonic, harmonic or subharmonic resonance is excited. Taking all excitation parameters into account, this letter analyzes the global critical condition which triggers the dynamic electromechanical instability of the balloon.

  2. To sail the skies of Mars - Scientific ballooning on the red planet

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    Gaidos, Eric J.; Burke, James D.

    1988-01-01

    Balloons represent a novel approach to exploring the surface of Mars. One promising aerostat system incorporates a solar-powered balloon as a means of generating diurnally varying lift and so can 'hop' across the surface, obtaining detailed information at a large number of sites. Two important areas of research and testing are underway on solar balloon technology and balloon payload design. The solar balloon concept has been demonstrated on earth, but more work is needed on a 'flyable' version for Mars. Particular attention must be paid to radiation heat transfer and aerodynamic effects. A special 'snake' payload concept has been demonstrated that allows for balloon system traverses of the surface and provides a usable instrument platform. A balloon system of this type could obtain unique surface imaging and physical and chemical data. The flight of the balloon also provides in situ atmospheric boundary-layer and circulation measurements.

  3. Balloon vetebroplasty with calcium phosphate cement augmentation for direct restoration of traumatic thoracolumbar vertebral fractures

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    Verlaan, JJ; van Helden, WH; Oner, FC; Verbout, AJ; Dhert, WJA

    2002-01-01

    Study Design. A human cadaveric model was used to evaluate balloon vertebroplasty in traumatic vertebral fractures. Objectives. To assess the feasibility and safety of balloon vertebroplasty followed by calcium phosphate cement augmentation to prevent recurrent kyphosis. Summary of Background Data.

  4. Near Space Lab-Rat Experimentation using Stratospheric Balloon

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    Buduru, Suneel Kumar; Reddy Vizapur, Anmi; Rao Tanneeru, Venkateswara; Trivedi, Dharmesh; Devarajan, Anand; Pandit Manikrao Kulkarni, MR..; Ojha, Devendra; Korra, Sakram; Neerudu, Nagendra; Seng, Lim; Godi, Stalin Peter

    2016-07-01

    First ever balloon borne lab-rat experiment up to near space stratospheric altitude levels carried out at TIFR Balloon Facility, Hydeabad using zero pressure balloons for the purpose of validating the life support system. A series of two balloon experiments conducted under joint collaboration with IN.Genius, Singapore in the year 2015. In these experiments, three lab-rats sent to stratosphere in a pressurized capsule designed to reach an altitude of 30 km by keeping constant pressure, temperature and maintained at a precise rate of oxygen supply inside the capsule. The first experiment conducted on 1 ^{st} February, 2015 with a total suspended weight of 225 kg. During the balloon ascent stage at 18 km altitude, sensors inside the capsule reported drastic drop in internal pressure while oxygen and temperatures maintained at correct levels resulted in premature fligt termination at 20.1 km. All the three lab-rats recovered without life due to the collapse of their lungs caused by the depressurization inside the capsule. The second experiment conducted on 14th March, 2015 using a newly developed capsule with rectification of depressurization fault by using improved sealing gaskets and hermitically sealed connectors for sending lab-rats again to stratosphere comprising a total suspended load of 122.3 kg. The balloon flight was terminated after reaching 29.5 km in 110 minutes and succesfully recovered all the three lab-rats alive. This paper focuses on lessons learnt of the development of the life support system as an integral pressurized vessel, flight control instrumentation, flight simulation tests using thermo-vaccum chamber with pre-flight operations.

  5. Balloon-Borne Infrasound Detection of Energetic Bolide Events

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    Young, Eliot F.; Ballard, Courtney; Klein, Viliam; Bowman, Daniel; Boslough, Mark

    2016-10-01

    Infrasound is usually defined as sound waves below 20 Hz, the nominal limit of human hearing. Infrasound waves propagate over vast distances through the Earth's atmosphere: the CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization) has 48 installed infrasound-sensing stations around the world to detect nuclear detonations and other disturbances. In February 2013, several CTBTO infrasound stations detected infrasound signals from a large bolide that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Some stations recorded signals that had circumnavigated the Earth, over a day after the original event. The goal of this project is to improve upon the sensitivity of the CTBTO network by putting microphones on small, long-duration super-pressure balloons, with the overarching goal of studying the small end of the NEO population by using the Earth's atmosphere as a witness plate.A balloon-borne infrasound sensor is expected to have two advantages over ground-based stations: a lack of wind noise and a concentration of infrasound energy in the "stratospheric duct" between roughly 5 - 50 km altitude. To test these advantages, we have built a small balloon payload with five calibrated microphones. We plan to fly this payload on a NASA high-altitude balloon from Ft Sumner, NM in August 2016. We have arranged for three large explosions to take place in Socorro, NM while the balloon is aloft to assess the sensitivity of balloon-borne vs. ground-based infrasound sensors. We will report on the results from this test flight and the prospects for detecting/characterizing small bolides in the stratosphere.

  6. BETTII: The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry

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    Rinehart, Stephen

    2011-01-01

    Astronomical studies at infrared wavelengths have dramatically improved our understanding the universe. The relatively low angular resolution of these missions, however, is insufficient to resolve the physical scale on which mid-to far-infrared emission arises. We will build the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII),8oeight-meter Michelson interferometer to fly on a high-altitude balloon. BETTII's spectral-spatial capability, provided by an instrument using double-Fourier techniques, will address key questions about the nature of disks io young star clusters and active galactic nuclei and the envelopes of evolved stars. BETTII will also lay the technological groundwork for future space interferometers.

  7. The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII)

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    Rinehart, Stephen

    2012-01-01

    The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) is an 8-meter baseline far-infrared interferometer to fly on a high altitude balloon. BETTII uses a double-Fourier Michelson interferometer to simultaneously obtain spatial and spectral information on science targets; the long baseline provides subarcsecond angular resolution, a capability unmatched by other far-infrared facilities. Here, we present key aspects of the overall design of the mission and provide an overview of the current status of the project. We also discuss briefly the implications of this experiment for future space-based far-infrared interferometers.

  8. Emerging Stent and Balloon Technologies in the Femoropopliteal Arteries

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    Georgios Pastromas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Endovascular procedures for the management of the superficial femoral (SFA and popliteal artery disease are increasingly common. Over the past decade, several stent technologies have been established which may offer new options for improved clinical outcomes. This paper reviews the current evidence for SFA and popliteal artery angioplasty and stenting, with a focus on randomized trials and registries of nitinol self-expanding stents, drug-eluting stents, dug-coated balloons, and covered stent-grafts. We also highlight the limitations of the currently available data and the future routes in peripheral arterial disease (PAD stent and balloon technology.

  9. Cosmic ray abundance measurements with the CAKE balloon experiment

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    Cecchini, S; Giacomelli, G; Manzoor, S; Medinaceli, E; Patrizii, L; Togo, V

    2005-01-01

    We present the results from the CAKE (Cosmic Abundance below Knee Energy) balloon experiment which uses nuclear track detectors. The final experiment goal is the determination of the charge spectrum of CR nuclei with Z $>$ 30 in the primary cosmic radiation. The detector, which has a geometric acceptance of $\\sim$ 1.7 m$^2$sr, was exposed in a trans-mediterranean stratospheric balloon flight. Calibrations of the detectors used (CR39 and Lexan), scanning strategies and algorithms for tracking particles in an automatic mode are presented. The present status of the results is discussed

  10. Testing in a stratospheric balloon of a semiconductor detector altimeter

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    An altimeter containing a semiconductor detector has been operated on flight. We have used a stratospheric balloon launched from AIRE-SUR-ADOUR with the C.N.E.S. collaboration. During this assay two apparatus have been used. The first allowed to follow the balloon during its ascension and descent, the second to follow its evolution at its maximum altitude. Informations transmitted by radio and recorded on Magnetophon, have been studied after the flight. Results are identical with these given by the barometer used by the C.N.E.S. in this essay. (authors)

  11. Balloon-Borne System Would Aim Instrument Toward Sun

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    Polites, M. E.

    1992-01-01

    Proposed system including digital control computer, control sensors, and control actuators aims telescope or other balloon-borne instrument toward Sun. Pointing system and instrument flown on gondola, suspended from balloon. System includes reaction wheel, which applies azimuthal control torques to gondola, and torque motor to apply low-frequency azimuthal torques between gondola and cable. Three single-axis rate gyroscopes measure yaw, pitch, and roll. Inclinometer measures roll angle. Two-axis Sun sensor measures deviation, in yaw and pitch, of attitude of instrument from line to apparent center of Sun. System provides initial coarse pointing, then maintains fine pointing.

  12. Polymer blends for LDB applications. [Long Duration Ballooning

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    Lichkus, Andrew M.; Harrison, Ian R.

    1991-01-01

    A series of LCP/PE blends have been studied to determine the potential of such systems to produce a high modulus balloon film material which retains the balloon fabrication and low temperature flight advantages of the current PE films. Blown films of blends of 5 and 15 percent LCP in PE have been produced which show a 28 percent enhancement in modulus over the neat PE matrix. These results are substantially lower than anticipated and are explained in terms of the LCP reinforcement aspect ratio and fibril diameter.

  13. Long-term follow-up after embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations with detachable silicone balloons

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    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2007-01-01

    ) with pulmonary angiography. Fifty-four percent of the balloons were deflated at latest radiographic chest film follow-up, but at pulmonary angiographic follow-up all embolized malformations were without flow irrespective of whether or not the balloons were visible. Detachable silicone balloons are not...

  14. Three dimensional intravascular ultrasonic assessment of the local mechanism of restenosis after balloon angioplasty

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    M.A. Costa (Marco); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); K. Kozuma (Ken); A.L. Gaster; M. Sabaté (Manel); I.P. Kay (Ian Patrick); J.M.R. Ligthart (Jürgen); P. Thayssen; M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); D.P. Foley (David); W.J. van der Giessen (Wim)

    2001-01-01

    textabstractOBJECTIVE: To assess the mechanism of restenosis after balloon angioplasty. DESIGN: Prospective study. PATIENTS: 13 patients treated with balloon angioplasty. INTERVENTIONS: 111 coronary subsegments (2 mm each) were analysed after balloon angioplasty and at a six month follow up using th

  15. Transhepatic catheter-directed thrombolysis for portal vein thrombosis after partial splenic embolization in combination with balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration of splenorenal shunt

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    Motoki Nakai; Morio Sato; Shinya Sahara; Nobuyuki Kawai; Masashi Kimura; Yoshimasa Maeda; Yumiko Ibata; Katsuhiko Higashi

    2006-01-01

    A 66-year-old woman underwent partial splenic embolization (PSE) for hypersplenism with idiopathic portal hypertension (IPH). One week later, contrastenhanced CT revealed extensive portal vein thrombosis (PVT) and dilated portosystemic shunts. The PVT was not dissolved by the intravenous administration of urokinase.The right portal vein was canulated via the percutaneous transhepatic route under ultrasonic guidance and a 4Fr. straight catheter was advanced into the portal vein through the thrombus. Transhepatic catheter-directed thrombolysis was performed to dissolve the PVT and a splenorenal shunt was concurrently occluded to increase portal blood flow, using balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) technique. Subsequent contrast-enhanced CT showed good patency of the portal vein and thrombosed splenorenal shunt.Transhepatic catheter-directed thrombolysis combined with BRTO is feasible and effective for PVT with portosystemic shunts.

  16. [Intra-graft balloon pumping--a clinical case report].

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    Nagata, M; Tashiro, T; Tanaka, K; Haruta, Y; Todo, K

    1991-12-01

    A 29-year-old female underwent tube graft replacement of distal aortic arch and descending aorta for dissecting aneurysm. After 42 minutes of aortic cross-clamping the patient was initially weaned satisfactorily from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac arrest necessitated reestablishment of CPB. Electro-cardiography showed inferior myocardial infarction. To wean CPB intraaortic balloon pumping (IABP) was mandatory. But because of dissecting aortic aneurysm IABP in conventional method was contra-indicated. Intra graft balloon pumping (IGBP) was initiated while the patient was on full CPB. A low-porosity woven Dacron tube graft (22 mm) was anastomosed end-to-side to ascending aorta. A balloon was inserted into the tube graft to establish IGBP. This IGBP provided effective circulatory assist. The patient was weaned from CPB 1 hours after reestablishment of IGBP. Postoperative course was stable. The patient was returned to the operating room for removal of the balloon 3 days postoperatively. We reported the case for whom IGBP was effective. IGBP was effective circulatory support for the patient when conventional use of IABP was contra-indicated. PMID:1774515

  17. Complications of flow-directed balloon-tipped catheters.

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    Smart, F W; Husserl, F E

    1990-01-01

    Acute or short-term complications following the use of flow-directed balloon-tipped catheters are well recognized. Long-term sequelae are rarely reported. We report herein an early complication of pulmonary arterial rupture with infarction followed by the delayed development of a pulmonary arterial aneurysm.

  18. Balloon atrial septostomy under echocardiographic guide: case series

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    SM Meraji

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Balloon atrial septostomy is an emergent procedure in pediatric cardiology. Nowadays, most patients in need of the procedure have acceptable outcomes after surgical repair. Thus, it is important to perform this procedure as safe as possible. By performing early arterial switch operation and prostaglandin infusion, the rate of balloon atrial septostomy has markedly decreased. However, not all centers performing early arterial switch repairs have abandoned atrial septostomy, even in patients who respond favorably to prostaglandin infusion.Case presentation: In total, eight 1- to 15-day old term neonates admitted in Shahid Rajaee Heart Center in Tehran, Iran from October 2009 to February 2011, with congenital heart diseases were scheduled for balloon atrial septostomy. In six cases the procedure was done exclusively under echocardiographic guidance and in two cases with the help of fluoroscopy. Success was defined as the creation of an atrial septal defect with a diameter equal to or more than 5 mm and ample mobility of its margins.Results: Male sex was predominant (87% and the mean age of the neonates was six days. The diagnosis in all cases was simple transposition of great arteries. The procedure was successful in all patients with any cardiovascular complication.Conclusion: Balloon atrial septostomy is an emergent procedure that can be done safely and effectively under echocardiographic guidance. According to the feasibility of this technique it could be performed fast, safe and effective at bedside, avoiding patient transportation to hemodynamic laboratory or referral center.

  19. Scientific Ballooning Technologies Workshop STO-2 Thermal Design and Analysis

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    Ferguson, Doug

    2016-01-01

    The heritage thermal model for the full STO-2 (Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory II), vehicle has been updated to model the CSBF (Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility) SIP-14 (Scientific Instrument Package) in detail. Analysis of this model has been performed for the Antarctica FY2017 launch season. Model temperature predictions are compared to previous results from STO-2 review documents.

  20. Investigating obscure gastrointestinal bleeding : capsule endoscopy or double balloon enteroscopy?

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    Westerhof, J.; Weersma, R. K.; Koornstra, J. J.

    2009-01-01

    The possibility to visualise the small bowel has dramatically improved with the introduction of capsule endoscopy (CE) and double balloon enteroscopy (DBE). CE and DBE have become standard practice in investigating suspected diseases of the small bowel. An important reason to perform small bowel inv

  1. Hot Air Balloon: An Unusual Cause of Multicasualty Trauma Incident.

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    Persoz, Marc-Olivier; Dami, Fabrice; Ciavatta, Ettore; Vallotton, Laurent; Albrecht, Roland; Carron, Pierre-Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    Hot air balloon incidents are few and far between compared with the total number of flights. Nevertheless, hot air balloon incidents may produce severe trauma involving several patients and are linked to significant mortality. The prehospital management of injured patients starts after having secured potential surrounding dangers, such as fire or explosion. In the context of a rescue by helicopter, close attention must be paid to potential obstacles, like trees or electrical wires, and the risk of aspiration of the balloon envelope into the rotor. Patients involved in such incidents are often split up in a closed perimeter around the crash point. The severity of the trauma depends essentially on the height of the fall. The most frequent traumatic lesions involve fractures of the lower limbs, the spine, and the pelvis as well as severe burns caused by the balloon fire. Because of the number of patients present, an initial triage is usually required at the site. The use of rescue helicopters can be helpful. They can perform aerial reconnaissance, provide on-site high-level resources, enable access to the patients even in hostile environments, and quickly transport them to trauma center hospitals. PMID:27255882

  2. Latex micro-balloon pumping in centrifugal microfluidic platforms.

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    Aeinehvand, Mohammad Mahdi; Ibrahim, Fatimah; Harun, Sulaiman Wadi; Al-Faqheri, Wisam; Thio, Tzer Hwai Gilbert; Kazemzadeh, Amin; Madou, Marc

    2014-03-01

    Centrifugal microfluidic platforms have emerged as point-of-care diagnostic tools. However, the unidirectional nature of the centrifugal force limits the available space for multi-step processes on a single microfluidic disc. To overcome this limitation, a passive pneumatic pumping method actuated at high rotational speeds has been previously proposed to pump liquid against the centrifugal force. In this paper, a novel micro-balloon pumping method that relies on elastic energy stored in a latex membrane is introduced. It operates at low rotational speeds and pumps a larger volume of liquid towards the centre of the disc. Two different micro-balloon pumping mechanisms have been designed to study the pump performance at a range of rotational frequencies from 0 to 1500 rpm. The behaviour of the micro-balloon pump on the centrifugal microfluidic platforms has been theoretically analysed and compared with the experimental data. The experimental data show that the developed pumping method dramatically decreases the required rotational speed to pump liquid compared to the previously developed pneumatic pumping methods. It also shows that within a range of rotational speed, a desirable volume of liquid can be stored and pumped by adjusting the size of the micro-balloon.

  3. Meshed-Pumpkin Super-Pressure Balloon Design

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    Jones, Jack; Yavrouian, Andre

    2003-01-01

    An improved, lightweight design has been proposed for super-pressure balloons used to carry scientific instruments at high altitudes in the atmosphere of Earth for times as long as 100 days. [A super-pressure balloon is one in which the pressure of the buoyant gas (typically, helium) is kept somewhat above ambient pressure in order to maintain approximately constant density and thereby regulate the altitude.] The proposed design, called "meshed pumpkin," incorporates the basic concept of the pumpkin design, which is so named because of its appearance. The pumpkin design entails less weight than does a spherical design, and the meshed-pumpkin design would reduce weight further. The basic idea of the meshed-pumpkin design is to reinforce the membrane of a pumpkin balloon by attaching a strong, lightweight fabric mesh to its outer surface. The reinforcement would make it possible to reduce the membrane mass to one-third or less of that of the basic pumpkin design while retaining sufficient strength to enable the balloon to remain at approximately constant altitude for months.

  4. Stability of infernal and ballooning modes in advanced tokamak scenarios

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    Holties, H. A.; Huysmans, G. T. A.; Goedbloed, J. P.; Kerner, W.; Parail, V.V.; Soldner, F. X.

    1996-01-01

    A numerical parameter study has been performed in order to find MHD stable operating regimes for advanced tokamak experiments In this study we have concentrated on internal modes. Ballooning stability and stability with respect to infernal modes are considered. The calculations confirm that pressure

  5. Balloon-assisted coiling through a 5-French system

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    We present a catheter technique that utilizes a 5F system for the purpose of balloon-assisted coiling in the setting of intracranial aneurysms. A standard 5F short sheath is placed in the common femoral artery, and a 5F diagnostic catheter is placed through the sheath and used for selective vessel angiography. When endovascular intervention is pursued, the diagnostic catheter is placed in the appropriate vessel and systemic heparinization is ensured. Over an exchange length wire, the 5F vertebral catheter and 5F short sheath are exchanged for a 5F Shuttle (Cook) sheath. We then routinely place a 10, 14 or 18 microcatheter over an appropriately gauged microguidewire into the aneurysm. As needed, balloon catheters are then placed across the neck of the aneurysm for remodeling purposes. During the course of the procedure, control angiography is performed through the Shuttle sheath. Following the placement of coils, the microcatheter and balloon catheter are removed and a final biplane image is obtained via the 5F Shuttle sheath. This technique has been employed in 15 patients who required balloon-assisted coiling of an intracranial aneurysm. There were no technical difficulties or arterial access site complications from the procedures. Catheter mobility and torque were not affected, nor was the quality of our imaging. We conclude that this small-diameter system provides ample ''room'' for catheter placement and interventional treatment while reducing the known risks of postprocedural complications. Angiographic images remain excellent and are comparable to those obtained by larger catheters. (orig.)

  6. Using Hydrogen Balloons to Display Metal Ion Spectra

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    Maynard, James H.

    2008-01-01

    We have optimized a procedure for igniting hydrogen-filled balloons containing metal salts to obtain the brightest possible flash while minimizing the quantity of airborne combustion products. We report air quality measurements in a lecture hall immediately after the demonstration. While we recommend that this demonstration be done outdoors or in…

  7. Double-balloon-enteroscopy-based endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in post-surgical patients

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    Martin Raithel; Harald Dormann; Andreas Naegel; Frank Boxberger; Eckhart G Hahn; Markus F Neurath; Juergen Maiss

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) in post-surgical patients to perform endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and interventions. METHODS: In 37 post-surgical patients, a stepwise approach was performed to reach normal papilla or enteral anastomoses of the biliary tract/pancreas. When conventional endoscopy failed, DBE-based ERCP was performed and standard parameters for DBE, ERCP and interventions were recorded.RESULTS: Push-enteroscopy (overall, 16 procedures) reached enteral anastomoses only in six out of 37 post-surgical patients (16.2%). DBE achieved a high rate of luminal access to the biliary tract in 23 of the remaining 31 patients (74.1%) and to the pancreatic duct (three patients). Among all DBE-based ERCPs (86 procedures), 21/23 patients (91.3%) were successfully treated. Interventions included ostium incision or papillotomy in 6/23 (26%) and 7/23 patients (30.4%),respectively. Biliary endoprosthesis insertion and regular exchange was achieved in 17/23 (73.9%) and 7/23 patients (30.4%), respectively. Furthermore, bile duct stone extraction as well as ostium and papillary dilation were performed in 5/23 (21.7%) and 3/23 patients (13.0%), respectively. Complications during DBE-based procedures were bleeding (1.1%), perforation (2.3%) and pancreatitis (2.3%), and minor complications occurred in up to 19.1%.CONCLUSION: The appropriate use of DBE yields a high rate of luminal access to papilla or enteral anastomoses in more than two-thirds of post-surgical patients, allowing important successful endoscopic therapeutic interventions.

  8. Lightweight Liquid Helium Dewar for High-Altitude Balloon Payloads

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    Kogut, Alan; James, Bryan; Fixsen, Dale

    2013-01-01

    Astrophysical observations at millimeter wavelengths require large (2-to-5- meter diameter) telescopes carried to altitudes above 35 km by scientific research balloons. The scientific performance is greatly enhanced if the telescope is cooled to temperatures below 10 K with no emissive windows between the telescope and the sky. Standard liquid helium bucket dewars can contain a suitable telescope for telescope diameter less than two meters. However, the mass of a dewar large enough to hold a 3-to-5-meter diameter telescope would exceed the balloon lift capacity. The solution is to separate the functions of cryogen storage and in-flight thermal isolation, utilizing the unique physical conditions at balloon altitudes. Conventional dewars are launched cold: the vacuum walls necessary for thermal isolation must also withstand the pressure gradient at sea level and are correspondingly thick and heavy. The pressure at 40 km is less than 0.3% of sea level: a dewar designed for use only at 40 km can use ultra thin walls to achieve significant reductions in mass. This innovation concerns new construction and operational techniques to produce a lightweight liquid helium bucket dewar. The dewar is intended for use on high-altitude balloon payloads. The mass is low enough to allow a large (3-to-5-meter) diameter dewar to fly at altitudes above 35 km on conventional scientific research balloons without exceeding the lift capability of the balloon. The lightweight dewar has thin (250- micron) stainless steel walls. The walls are too thin to support the pressure gradient at sea level: the dewar launches warm with the vacuum space vented continuously during ascent to eliminate any pressure gradient across the walls. A commercial 500-liter storage dewar maintains a reservoir of liquid helium within a minimal (hence low mass) volume. Once a 40-km altitude is reached, the valve venting the vacuum space of the bucket dewar is closed to seal the vacuum space. A vacuum pump then

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of dilated cardiomyopathy; MRT bei dilatativen Kardiomyopathien

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    D' Anastasi, M. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Greif, M. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Muenchen (Germany); Reiser, M.F.; Theisen, D. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Deutsches Zentrum fuer Herzkreislaufforschung (DZHK), Muenchen (Germany)

    2013-01-15

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common type of cardiomyopathy with a prevalence of 1 out of 2,500 in adults. Due to mild clinical symptoms in the early phase of the disease, the true prevalence is probably even much higher. Patients present with variable clinical symptoms ranging from mild systolic impairment of left ventricular function to congestive heart failure. Even sudden cardiac death may be the first clinical symptom of DCM. The severity of the disease is defined by the degree of impairment of global left ventricular function. Arrhythmias, such as ventricular or supraventricular tachycardia, atrioventricular (AV) block, ventricular extrasystole and atrial fibrillation are common cardiac manifestations of DCM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an important role in the exact quantification of functional impairment of both ventricles and in the evaluation of regional wall motion abnormalities. With its excellent ability for the assessment of myocardial structure, it is becoming increasingly more important for risk stratification and therapy guidance. (orig.) [German] Die dilatative Kardiomyopathie (DCM) ist die haeufigste Form der Kardiomyopathie mit einer Praevalenz von 1/2500 Erwachsenen. Aufgrund der zunaechst milden klinischen Symptomatik ist jedoch von einer relativ hohen Dunkelziffer auszugehen. Die klinische Praesentation ist variabel, die Schwere der Erkrankung wird vom Ausmass der systolischen Funktionseinschraenkung bestimmt. Herzrhythmusstoerungen, wie ventrikulaere oder supraventrikulaere Tachykardien, AV-Blockierungen, ventrikulaere Extrasystolen und Vorhofflimmern sind moegliche klinische Manifestationen. Bei manchen Patienten ist der ploetzliche Herztod die erste klinische Manifestation der Erkrankung. Die kardiale MRT spielt eine bedeutende Rolle fuer die Beurteilung des Ausmasses der ventrikulaeren Dilatation, Dysfunktion und fuer die Beurteilung regionaler Wandbewegungsstoerungen. Darueber hinaus kann sie zur Anwendung kommen

  10. HLA-DQA1 Polymorphism in Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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    刘巍; 李为民; 孙宁玲; 闫征; 何培英

    2003-01-01

    To determine whether the possession of certain HLA-DQA1 alleles was associated with the risk of developing idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) and to substantiate the role of an autoimmunologic pathogenesis in IDC. Type the alleles of HLA-DQA1 by polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) technique in 38 patients of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (7 women and 31 men), aged from 17 to 56 years old with diagnosis being according to World Health Organization criteria (IDC group), in 50 patients of end-stage heart failure of known etiology (18 women and 32men), with ages ranging from 34 to 72( HF group), and in the control group consisting of presumably 100 healthy subjects(39 women and 61 men) from the health survey, aged from 30 to 59 years old. The frequency of HLA-DQA1 * 0501 in the DCM patients was significantly elevated than that in the HF and the control group. Molecular analysis of the DQA1 gene polymorphism performed in the three subgroups shows an increased frequency of DQA1 * 0501 among patients with less EF.The HF group carries a high frequency of HLA-DQA1 * 0301. An increased frequency of DQA1 * 0201 and DQA1 * 0103 was found in the control group. HLA-DQA1 * 0501 is an associated gene of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and the possession of DQA1 * 0301 may be indicative of the known etiologic heart failure, suggesting that the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of IDC and otherwise heart failure are different. Immunologic abnormalities may be a major contributor to the susceptibility of developing of IDC.

  11. Stroke and dilated cardiomyopathy associated with celiac disease

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    Murat; Dogan; Erdal; Peker; Eren; Cagan; Sinan; Akbayram; Mehmet; Acikgoz; Huseyin; Caksen; Abdurrahman; Uner; Yasar; Cesur

    2010-01-01

    Celiac disease(CD) is manifested by a variety of clinical signs and symptoms that may begin either in childhood or adult life.Neurological symptoms without signs of malabsorption have been observed for a long time in CD.In this report,an 8-year-old girl with CD presented with rarely seen dilated cardiomyopathy and stroke.The girl was admitted with left side weakness.Her medical history indicated abdominal distention,chronic diarrhea,failure to thrive,and geophagia.On physical examination,short stature,pale ...

  12. Dilated cardiomyopathy in an American cocker spaniel with taurine deficiency.

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    Gavaghan, B J; Kittleson, M D

    1997-12-01

    An American Cocker Spaniel with low plasma taurine concentration (taurine. Improvement in all echocardiographic indices were noted over a 22 week follow-up, most notably an increase in left ventricular shortening fraction to 20%, a decrease of E-point septal separation from 14 mm to 7 mm and marked left ventricular remodelling. This degree of improvement in myocardial function may represent a direct link between dilated cardiomyopathy in the American Cocker Spaniel and plasma taurine deficiency. Alternatively, this response may reflect a breed-related cardiomyopathy with a natural history and therapeutic response not commonly seen in the more common large breed cardiomyopathy presentations.

  13. Dilated cardiomyopathy as part of familial dystrophia myotonica

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    Gadgaard, Tenna; Eiskjær, Hans; Jensen, Peter Kjestrup Axel;

    2014-01-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a condition characterized by non-ischaemic heart failure and is often hereditary. We present a family in which the proband had DCM in isolation while several relatives presented with myotonia, hypotonia, poly-hydramnion during pregnancy or a mental handicap....... The disease presentation and subsequent genetic investigations were consistent with a diagnosis of dystrophia myotonica. This case presentation illustrate that DCM may be part of a systemic condition and that familial investigations may have important implications for correct diagnosis, treatment...... and counseling....

  14. Minimum-Energy Bivariate Wavelet Frame with Arbitrary Dilation Matrix

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    Fengjuan Zhu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to characterize the bivariate signals, minimum-energy bivariate wavelet frames with arbitrary dilation matrix are studied, which are based on superiority of the minimum-energy frame and the significant properties of bivariate wavelet. Firstly, the concept of minimum-energy bivariate wavelet frame is defined, and its equivalent characterizations and a necessary condition are presented. Secondly, based on polyphase form of symbol functions of scaling function and wavelet function, two sufficient conditions and an explicit constructed method are given. Finally, the decomposition algorithm, reconstruction algorithm, and numerical examples are designed.

  15. A Family History of Dilated Cardiomyopathy Induced by Viral Myocarditis

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    Thomas Cognet

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Myocarditis can lead to acute heart failure, cardiogenic shock, or sudden death and later, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM with chronic heart failure. We report the cases of two DCM induced by acute and past myocarditis in the same family and expressed by its two main complications within few weeks: an hemodynamic presentation as a fulminant myocarditis rapidly leading to cardiac tranplantation and a rythmologic presentation as an electrical storm leading to catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia. These cases ask the question of the family predisposition to viral myocarditis leading to DCM.

  16. Migraine pain associated with middle cerebral artery dilatation

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    Friberg, L; Olesen, J; Iversen, Helle Klingenberg;

    1991-01-01

    -attack day and on the unaffected side during the attack. However, during the attack the MCA velocity on the headache side was significantly lower than that on the non-headache side (45 vs 61 cm/s:mean difference 16.3 [95% confidence interval 10.3-22.3]; p = 0.02). The MCA velocity on the headache side...... returned to normal after treatment with sumatriptan and recovery. Since rCBF in the MCA supply territory was unaffected, the lower velocity can be explained only by dilatation of the MCA. The mean MCA diameter increase was estimated to be 20%. Thus, headache was associated with intracranial large arterial...

  17. Biliary sphincterotomy dilation for the extraction of difficult common bile duct stones Dilatación de la esfinterotomía biliar para la extracción de coledocolitiasis difíciles

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    J. García-Cano

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Background and aim: endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP with biliary sphincterotomy (BS is the usual method for extracting common bile duct stones. However, following BS and by means of extraction balloons and Dormia baskets a complete bile duct clearance cannot be achieved in all cases. We present a study on the impact that hydrostatic balloon dilation of a previous BS (BSD may have in the extraction rate of choledocholithiasis. Patients and methods: a prospective study which included 91 consecutive patients diagnosed with choledocholithiasis who underwent ERCP. For stone removal, extraction balloons and Dormia baskets were used, and when necessary BSD was employed. Results: complete bile duct clearance was achieved in 86/91 (94.5% patients. BSD was used in 30 (33% cases. In these cases, extraction was complete in 29/30 (97%; 23 (76% patients in the BSD group had anatomic difficulties or bleeding disorders. The most frequently used hydrostatic balloon diameter was 15 mm (60%. There were 7 (7.6% complications: two self-limited hemorrhage episodes in the BSD group and one episode of cholangitis, one of pancreatitis, and three of bleeding in the group in which BSD was not used. Conclusions: BSD is a very valuable tool for extracting common bile duct stones. In our experience, there has been an increase in the extraction rate from 73% (Rev Esp Enferm Dig 2002; 94: 340-50 to 94.5% (p = 0.0001, OR 0.1, CI 0.05-0.45, with no increase in complications.

  18. Effect of starch particles on foam stability and dilational viscoelasticity of aqueous-foam

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    Yongqiang Zhang; Zhidong Chang; Wenli Luo; Shaonan Gu; Wenjun Li; Jianbo An

    2015-01-01

    Surface dilational rheological behavior and foam stability of starch/surfactant mixed solutions were studied at differ-ent starch concentrations and constant surfactant concentration. The results show that dilational viscoelasticity modulus, dilational elasticity modulus and dilational viscosity modulus increase with the concentration of starch particles. Foam stability increases with dilational viscoelasticity. Foam strength also increases with starch concentra-tion. Starch particles play a positive effect on foam stability and dilational viscoelasticity and the effect becomes more significant as drainage proceeds. Film pictures indicate that the film with 20%(by mass) starch particles is thicker than that without starch. Starch particles gather in Plateau border and resist drainage, making the foam more stable. © 2014 The Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China, and Chemical Industry Press. Al rights reserved.

  19. Pupil dilation during recognition memory: Isolating unexpected recognition from judgment uncertainty.

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    Mill, Ravi D; O'Connor, Akira R; Dobbins, Ian G

    2016-09-01

    Optimally discriminating familiar from novel stimuli demands a decision-making process informed by prior expectations. Here we demonstrate that pupillary dilation (PD) responses during recognition memory decisions are modulated by expectations, and more specifically, that pupil dilation increases for unexpected compared to expected recognition. Furthermore, multi-level modeling demonstrated that the time course of the dilation during each individual trial contains separable early and late dilation components, with the early amplitude capturing unexpected recognition, and the later trailing slope reflecting general judgment uncertainty or effort. This is the first demonstration that the early dilation response during recognition is dependent upon observer expectations and that separate recognition expectation and judgment uncertainty components are present in the dilation time course of every trial. The findings provide novel insights into adaptive memory-linked orienting mechanisms as well as the general cognitive underpinnings of the pupillary index of autonomic nervous system activity. PMID:27253862

  20. The Dilatation Operator of N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory and Integrability

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    2004-01-01

    The dilatation generator measures the scaling dimensions of local operators in a conformal field theory. In this thesis we consider the example of maximally supersymmetric gauge theory in four dimensions and develop and extend techniques to derive, investigate and apply the dilatation operator. We construct the dilatation operator by purely algebraic means: Relying on the symmetry algebra and structural properties of Feynman diagrams we are able to bypass involved, higher-loop field theory co...

  1. Finite-temperature corrections in the dilated chiral quark model

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    We calculate the finite-temperature corrections in the dilated chiral quark model using the effective potential formalism. Assuming that the dilaton limit is applicable at some short length scale, we interpret the results to represent the behavior of hadrons in dense and hot matter. We obtain the scaling law, fπ(T)/fπ = mQ(T)/mQ ≅ mσ(T)/mσwhile we argue, using PCAC, that pion mass does not scale within the temperature range involved in our Lagrangian. It is found that the hadron masses and the pion decay constant drop faster with temperature in the dilated chiral quark model than in the conventional linear sigma model that does not take into account the QCD scale anomaly. We attribute the difference in scaling in heat bath to the effect of baryonic medium on thermal properties of the hadrons. Our finding would imply that the AGS experiments (dense and hot matter) and the RHIC experiments (hot and dilute matter) will ''see'' different hadron properties in the hadronization exit phase

  2. Protein adsorption and interfacial rheology interfering in dilatational experiment

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    Rühs, P. A.; Scheuble, N.; Windhab, E. J.; Fischer, P.

    2013-05-01

    The static and dilatational response of β-lactoglobulin fibrils and native β-lactoglobulin (monomers) at water-air and water-oil interfaces (pH 2) was measured using the pendant drop method. The resulting adsorption behavior and viscoelasticity is dependent of concentration and adsorption time. The interfacial pressure of the β-lactoglobulin fibrils obtained in static measurements was 16-18 mN/m (against air) and 7 mN/m (against oil) for all concentrations. With higher concentrations, faster adsorption kinetics and slightly higher interfacial and surface pressure is achieved but did not lead to higher viscoelastic moduli. The transient saturation of the interface is similar for both the fibril solution and the monomers, however the fibril solution forms a strong viscoelastic network. To evaluate the superimposed adsorption behavior and rheological properties, the formed interfacial layer was subjected to dilatational experiments, which were performed by oscillating the surface area of the drop in sinusoidal and sawtooth (diagonal) deformation manner. The sinusoidal oscillations (time depended area deformation rate) result in a complex interfacial tension behavior against air and oil interfaces and show remarkable differences during compression and expansion as emphasized by Lissajous figures. For diagonal (constant area deformation rate) experiments, a slight bending of the interfacial tension response was observed at low frequencies emphasizing the influence of protein adsorption during rheological measurements.

  3. Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy for ICU patients with severe brain injury

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    Guo Dongyuan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To sum up our experience in percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT in ICU patient with severe brain injury. Methods: Between November 2011 and April 2014, PDTs were performed on 32 severe brain injury patients in ICU by a team of physicians and intensivists. The success rate, effi cacy, safety, and complications including stomal infection and bleeding, paratracheal insertion, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, tracheal laceration, as well as clinically significant tracheal stenosis were carefully monitored and recorded respectively. Results: The operations took 4-15 minutes (mean 9.1 minutes±4.2 minutes. Totally 4 cases suffered from complications in the operations: 3 cases of stomal bleeding, and 1 case of intratracheal bloody secretion, but none required intervention. Paratracheal insertion, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, tracheal laceration, or clinically signifi cant tracheal stenosis were not found in PDT patients. There was no procedure-related death occurring during or after PDT. Conclusion: Our study demonstrats that PDT is a safe, highly effective, and minimally invasive procedure. The appropriate sedation and airway management perioperatively help to reduce complication rates. PDT should be performed or supervised by a team of physicians with extensive experience in this procedure, and also an intensivist with experience in diffi cult airway management. Key words: Brain injuries; Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy; ICU

  4. Antenatal renal pelvic dilatation; the long-term outlook

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    Duncan, K.A. [Royal Aberdeen Children' s Hospital and Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Foresterhill, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: k.duncan@nhs.net

    2007-02-15

    Aim: The purpose of this study was twofold: first to provide data for more accurate counselling of parents with regard to prognosis, and second, to ensure that by following a policy of selective micturating cystourethography (MCUG), significant pathology is not missed, in particular vesicoureteric reflux (VUR). (MCUG is only undertaken if the renal pelvic diameter (RPD) is {>=} 10 mm or if there is calyceal or ureteric dilatation.) Material and methods: Data were collected prospectively over a 6-year period. Pre and postnatal imaging findings were collected for all infants in whom a RPD of {>=} 5 mm was identified at any gestational age. The imaging records of all patients were reviewed in 2005 for evidence of pathology detected after re-presentation with symptoms. The age range at review varied from 2-8 years. Results: Complete data were available in 527 infants. The risk of significant pathology was related to the degree of antenatal renal pelvic dilatation varying from 6% for a RPD of 5 mm at 20 weeks gestation to 38% at 10mm. At 28-33 weeks gestation the risk varied from 5% at 5 mm to 15% at 10 mm. Subsequent imaging record review revealed only one patient with grade II VUR in the study population not picked up by our selective MCUG policy. Conclusion: The present study provides prognostic information that can be given to parents both antenatally and postnatally, and reassurance that a selective MCUG policy is appropriate.

  5. 扩张型心肌病%Dilated cardiomyopathy

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    张健

    2012-01-01

    The term "dilated cardiomyopathy" ( DCM) has been referred to as a spectrum of heterogeneous myocardial disorders that are characterized of ventricular dilatation and suppressed myocardial contractility despite absence of abnormal loading conditions or factors contributing to reduced contractility as a result of ischemia. In addition to diverse treatment outcomes and prognoses, the challenges in making diagnosis and differential diagnosis could have arisen from various etiologies and similar clinical manifestations. These critiques were herein reviewed in a briefly manner.%扩张型心肌病是一组心肌的异质性生疾病,其特点是在没有异常负荷状态或没有导致心肌收缩力下降的缺血因素存在的前提下,表现为心室扩大和心肌收缩力下降.扩张型心肌病病因复杂多样,临床表现近似,诊断和鉴别诊断困难,治疗效果差异较大,预后有别.

  6. Plummer-Vinson syndrome successfully treated by endoscopic dilatation.

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    Enomoto, Masaru; Kohmoto, Madoka; Arafa, Usama Ahmed; Shiba, Masatsugu; Watanabe, Toshio; Tominaga, Kazunari; Fujiwara, Yasuhiro; Saeki, Yoshihiko; Higuchi, Kazuhide; Nishiguchi, Shuhei; Shiomi, Susumu; Osugi, Haruji; Kinoshita, Hiroaki; Arakawa, Tetsuo

    2007-12-01

    Plummer-Vinson (Paterson-Brown-Kelly) syndrome is uncommon nowadays. Although iron repletion improves its symptoms, endoscopic dilatation of associated esophageal webs is sometimes required. The case is described of a 69-year-old woman with Plummer-Vinson syndrome who was successfully treated by endoscopic bougienage. The patient had a longstanding history of anemia and slowly progressive dysphagia of solid food. Laboratory data on admission showed iron deficiency anemia (red blood cell count 402 x 10(4)/microL, hemoglobin 6.8 g/dL, serum iron 8 microg/dL, and serum ferritin 2.4 ng/mL). Radiographic esophagography revealed two circumferential webs at the level of the cervical esophagus. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed a severe upper esophageal stricture caused by a smooth mucosal diaphragm. The patient was prescribed 40 mg of intravenous iron supplements daily for 30 days; her anemia improved but the dysphagia did not. Endoscopic bougienage was performed with the use of Celestin dilators of serially increasing diameters. The webs were easily disrupted without complications. The patient's dysphagia resolved shortly after the treatment and did not recur. This experience indicates that endoscopic bougienage is safe, effective, and relatively easy to perform in patients with severe esophageal stenosis.

  7. External nasal dilators: definition, background, and current uses

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    Dinardi RR

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Ricardo Reis Dinardi, Cláudia Ribeiro de Andrade, Cássio da Cunha Ibiapina Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology Unit, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Abstract: Our goal was to revise the literature about external nasal dilators (ENDs as to their definition, history, and current uses. We reviewed journals in the PubMed and MEDLINE databases. The current uses hereby presented and discussed are physical exercise, nasal congestion and sleep, snoring, pregnancy, cancer, and healthy individuals. Numerous studies have shown that ENDs increase the cross-sectional area of the nasal valve, reducing nasal resistance and transnasal inspiratory pressure and stabilizing the lateral nasal vestibule, avoiding its collapse during final inspiration. These effects also facilitate breathing and are beneficial to patients with nasal obstruction. Furthermore, END use is simple, noninvasive, painless, affordable, and bears minimum risk to the user. Most studies have limited sample size and are mainly focused on physical exercise. In conclusion, ENDs seem useful, so further studies involving potential effects on the performance of physical tests and improvements in sleep quality are necessary, especially in children and teenagers. Keywords: external nasal dilator, nasal valve, nasal congestion, nasal resistance

  8. The computational power of time dilation in special relativity

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    Biamonte, Jacob

    2014-03-01

    The Lorentzian length of a timelike curve connecting both endpoints of a classical computation is a function of the path taken through Minkowski spacetime. The associated runtime difference is due to time-dilation: the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that another's physically identical ideal clock has ticked at a different rate than their own clock. Using ideas appearing in the framework of computational complexity theory, time-dilation is quantified as an algorithmic resource by relating relativistic energy to an nth order polynomial time reduction at the completion of an observer's journey. These results enable a comparison between the optimal quadratic Grover speedup from quantum computing and an n=2 speedup using classical computers and relativistic effects. The goal is not to propose a practical model of computation, but to probe the ultimate limits physics places on computation. Parts of this talk are based on [J.Phys.Conf.Ser. 229:012020 (2010), arXiv:0907.1579]. Support is acknowledged from the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) and the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation.

  9. Using High Resolution Balloon Photography to Provide Topographic Data

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    Russell, K.; Bauer, T.

    2009-12-01

    For site-scale projects, the Bureau of Reclamation has used low altitude balloon photogrammetry to obtain high-resolution photographs and detailed topographic information. These data are collected in a fraction of the time and effort it would take to obtain a similar level of detail using traditional methods. This is accomplished at a significantly reduced cost compared to flying LiDAR or aerial photography, which can be prohibitively expensive for small or medium scale projects. Low altitude balloon photogrammetry is a process where overlapping photographs and ground survey control points are input into a photogrammetry software program (AdamTechnology 3DM Analyst Mine Mapping Suite) to produce orthophotographs and digital terrain model (DTM) elevation points. To acquire the photos a digital camera is attached to an 8-foot diameter helium balloon. The balloon is tethered and flown above the location of interest. The camera is controlled remotely while a live image is transmitted to a receiver on the ground. Ground survey control is established by using GPS equipment to survey ground targets placed within the area to be photographed. There are limitations to the process. Data collection is very weather dependent; too much wind causes the balloon to be unstable. Site conditions also determine the feasibility: power lines, trees, and steep embankments can cause difficulties maneuvering the balloon. Although some of the photographs show the underwater portion of the channel; there is little agreement between GPS points and the processed DTM elevations in the channel. The balloon has been used to survey large woody debris (LWD) structures and channel morphology in the Middle Fork John Day River (central Oregon) and monitoring debris after the removal of Chiloquin Dam (Sprague River, southern Oregon). Seventeen LWD structures were installed on the Middle Fork John Day River near John Day, OR in 2007 and 2008 to provide aquatic habitat. Balloon photos were obtained in

  10. Mechanism of aortic root dilation and cardiovascular function in tetralogy of Fallot.

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    Seki, Mitsuru; Kuwata, Seiko; Kurishima, Clara; Nakagawa, Ryo; Inuzuka, Ryo; Sugimoto, Masaya; Saiki, Hirofumi; Iwamoto, Yoichi; Ishido, Hirotaka; Masutani, Satoshi; Senzaki, Hideaki

    2016-05-01

    The aortic root dilation in tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a long-term clinical problem, because a severely dilated aorta can lead to aortic regurgitation, dissection, or rupture, which can be fatal, necessitating surgical intervention. The details of the mechanism of aortic root dilation, however, are unclear. We have shown that aortic stiffness is increased in patients with repaired TOF, and may mirror the histological abnormality of elastic fiber disruption and matrix expansion. This aortic stiffness is related closely to the aortic dilation, indicating that aortic stiffness may be a predictor of outcome of aortic dilation. Furthermore, the aortic volume overload is a very important determinant of aortic diameter in TOF patients before corrective surgery. In addition, a chromosomal abnormality and the transforming growth factor-β signaling pathway, a major contributor to aortic dilation in Marfan syndrome, also affect this mechanism. In this way, aortic dilation in TOF patients is suggested to be a multifactorial disorder. The aim of this review was therefore to clarify the mechanism of aortic dilation in TOF, focusing on recent research findings. Studies linking histopathology, mechanical properties, molecular/cellular physiology, and clinical manifestations of aortic dilation facilitate appropriate treatment intervention and improvement of long-term prognosis of TOF. PMID:26809655

  11. Safety and outcome using endoscopic dilatation for benign esophageal stricture without fluoroscopy

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    Nawal; Kabbaj; Mouna; Salihoun; Zakia; Chaoui; Mohamed; Acharki; Nama; Amrani

    2011-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the use of Savary-Gilliard marked dilators in tight esophageal strictures without fluoros-copy. METHODS:Seventy-two patients with signif icant dysphagia from benign strictures due to a variety of causes were dilated endoscopically. Patients with achalasia, malignant lesions or external compression were excluded. The procedure consisted of two parts. First, a guide wire was placed through video endoscopy and then dilatation was performed without fluoroscopy. In general, "the rule of three" was followed. Effective treatment was defi ned as the ability of patients, with or without repeated dilatations, to maintain a solid or semisolid diet for more than12mo. RESULTS: Six hundred and sixty two dilatations in a total of72patients were carried out. The success rate for placement of a guide wire was100%and for dilatation97%,without use of fluoroscopy, after6mo to4years of follow-up.The number of sessions per patient was between1and7,with an average of2sessions.The ability of patients, after 1 or more sessions of dilatation, to maintain a solid or semisolid diet for more than 12mo was obtained in70patients(95.8%).For very tight esophageal strictures, all patients improved clinically without complications after the endoscopic procedure without fluoroscopy, but we noted3failures. CONCLUSION:Dilatation using Savary-Gilliard dilators without fluoroscopy is safe and effective in the treatment of very tight esophageal strictures if performed with care.

  12. A pedunculated polyp-shaped small-bowel lymphangioma causing gastrointestinal bleeding and treated by double-balloon enteroscopy

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    Akihiko Kida; Koichiro Matsuda; Satoshi Hirai; Akiyoshi Shimatani; Yousuke Horita; Katsushi Hiramatsu; Mitsuru Matsuda

    2012-01-01

    We report a rare case of a small-bowel lymphangioma causing massive gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding that we successfully diagnosed and treated using double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE).An 81-year-old woman suffering from repeated GI bleeding of unknown origin underwent a capsule endoscopy at a previous hospital.She was suspected of having bleeding from the jejunum,and was referred to our department for diagnosis and treatment.An oral DBE revealed a 20 mmx 10 mm,regularly surfaced,white to yellowish,elongated,pedunculated jejunal polyp with small erosions at 10 cm distal to the ligament of Treiz.Since no other source of bleeding was identified by endoscopy in the deep jejunum,an endoscopic polypectomy (EP) was performed for this lesion.A subsequent histopathological examination of the resected polyp showed clusters of lymphatic vessels with marked cystic dilatation in the submucosa and the deep layer of the lamina propria mucosae.These characteristics are consistent with the typical features of small-bowel lymphangioma with erosions.Although clipping hemostasis was performed during EP,re-bleeding occurred.Finally,a complete hemostasis was achieved by performing an additional argon plasma coagulation.

  13. Terapia celular na cardiomiopatia dilatada Cell therapy in dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Helena Furtado Martino

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Homem de 41 anos em insuficiência cardíaca sistólica, CF III NYHA, estágio clínico C, por cardiomiopatia dilatada, foi submetido ao transplante autólogo da fração mononuclear da medula óssea, via sistema arterial coronariano, através de cateterismo cardíaco. Dois meses após o procedimento, houve diminuição do BNP plasmático, diminuição da área cardíaca ao estudo radiológico do tórax e à ressonância nuclear magnética. O ecocardiograma demonstrou diminuição do fluxo regurgitante secundário a dilatação do anel mitral. Na ergoespirometria houve melhor desempenho, com aumento do consumo máximo de oxigênio, sendo possível redução da terapêutica medicamentosa. A ausência de eventos adversos caracterizados por: instabilidade clínica/hemodinâmica, alteração enzimática ou eletrocardiográfica apontam para segurança e exeqüibilidade deste procedimento realizado e descrito com pioneirismo na cardiomiopatia dilatada.A forty-one-year-old male with systolic heart failure, FC-III NYHA, clinical stage C due to dilated cardiomyopathy was submitted to an autologous transplant of the mononuclear fraction of bone marrow via coronary artery system through heart catheterism. Two months after the procedure, there was a decrease in plasma BNP and cardiac area reduction at the thorax X-ray and nuclear magnetic resonance. The echocardiogram showed decrease of the secondary regurgitation and mitral ring dilatation. There was a better performance at the ergospirometry, with increase of the maximum oxygen consumption and consequent reduction in drug therapy. The absence of adverse events characterized by clinical/hemodynamic instability, enzymatic alteration or electrocardiogram demonstrate the safety and feasibility of this procedure carried out and described with pioneering spirit in dilated cardiomyopathy.

  14. Designing the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry

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    Rinehart, Stephen

    2011-01-01

    While infrared astronomy has revolutionized our understanding of galaxies, stars, and planets, further progress on major questions is stymied by the inescapable fact that the spatial resolution of single-aperture telescopes degrades at long wavelengths. The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) is an 8-meter boom interferometer to operate in the FIR (30-90 micron) on a high altitude balloon. The long baseline will provide unprecedented angular resolution (approx. 5") in this band. In order for BETTII to be successful, the gondola must be designed carefully to provide a high level of stability with optics designed to send a collimated beam into the cryogenic instrument. We present results from the first 5 months of design effort for BETTII. Over this short period of time, we have made significant progress and are on track to complete the design of BETTII during this year.

  15. Stabilization of ballooning modes with sheared toroidal rotation

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    A new code demonstrates the stabilization of MHD ballooning modes by sheared toroidal rotation. A shifted-circle model is used to elucidate the physics, and numerically reconstructed equilibria are used to analyze DIII-D discharges. In the ballooning representation, the modes shift periodically along the field line to the next point of unfavorable curvature. The shift frequency (dΩ/dq, where Ω is the angular toroidal velocity and q is the safety factor) is proportional to the rotation shear and inversely proportional to the magnetic shear. Stability improves with increasing shift frequency and, in the shifted circle model, direct stable access to the second stability regime occurs when this frequency is a fraction of the Alfven frequency, ωA = VA/qR. Shear stabilization is also demonstrated for an equilibrium reconstruction of a DIII-D VH-mode. (author). 9 refs, 3 figs

  16. Developing International Standards for Meteorological Balloon to Facilitate Industrial Progress

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    Deng Yizhi

    2011-01-01

    Meteorological balloon is made of natural rubber latex with a special process.On natural conditions,it carries the air sounding instrument into the high air to detect the meteorological elements in the air.As a means of delivery used in the aerological sounding,it is widely used in the meteorological,sailing,aeronautical,aerospace and other fields,and plays an extremely important role in the weather report,disaster prevention,disaster relief,guaranteeing ships and aircrafts to leave ports safely,and scientific research in relevant spaces,etc.Especially,the role of meteorological balloons is not ignorable in the forecast of extremely adverse weather frequently occurring around the world in recent years.

  17. [Adherence and fidelity in patients treated with intragastric balloon].

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    Mazure, R A; Cancer, E; Martínez Olmos, M A; De Castro, M L; Abilés, V; Abilés, J; Bretón, I; Álvarez, V; Peláez, N; Culebras, J M

    2014-01-01

    A correct treatment of obesity needs a program of habits modification regardless of the selected technique, especially if it is minimally invasive as the intragastric balloon (BIG). The adherence of the obese patients with regard to recommended drugs measures to medium- and long-term is less than 50%. Given that the results obtained using the technique of gastric balloon must be seen influenced by adherence to the modification of habits program and its fulfillment, we reviewed series published in attention to the program proposed with the BIG. The series published to date provide few details about the used Therapeutic Programs as well as the adherence of patients to them, and even less concerning the Monitoring Plan and the loyalty of the patient can be seen. We conclude the convenience to agree on a follow-up strategy, at least the 6 months during which the BIG remain in the stomach. PMID:24483961

  18. Electrodynamics of the stratosphere using 5000 cu m superpressure balloons

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    Holzworth, R. H.

    1983-01-01

    The Electrodynamics of the Middle Atmosphere research project encompasses the design of a microprocessor-controlled payload and the launch of up to eight small superpressure balloons in the 1982-1984 period. The primary payload instrument will measure the vector electric field from dc to 10 kHz, and the payloads will include instruments measuring local ionization, electrical conductivity, magnetic field, and temperature and pressure fluctuations. In addition, optical lightning will be recorded. The simultaneous measurement of these stratospheric parameters by several balloons, for periods extending over several solar rotations, will allow the study of electrical coupling between atmosphere and magnetosphere, of global current systems, and of global response to solar flares and magnetospheric storms.

  19. NEW APPROACHES: A hot air balloon from dustbin liners

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    Weaver, Nicholas

    1998-07-01

    This article describes how a simple hot air balloon, inflated by a hair dryer, can be made out of household bin liners and Sellotape. It can be used at sixth-form level as an application of the ideal gas equation, = constant, and is rather more exciting than heated pistons. It gives a taste of a simple engineering design process, although the students do have to be reasonably adept at geometry and algebra.

  20. Intraaortic Balloon Pump Counterpulsation and Cerebral Autoregulation: an observational study

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    Boots Rob; Barnett Adrian G; Timms Daniel; Dunster Kimble; Geng Shureng; Bellapart Judith; Fraser John F

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background The use of Intra-aortic counterpulsation is a well established supportive therapy for patients in cardiac failure or after cardiac surgery. Blood pressure variations induced by counterpulsation are transmitted to the cerebral arteries, challenging cerebral autoregulatory mechanisms in order to maintain a stable cerebral blood flow. This study aims to assess the effects on cerebral autoregulation and variability of cerebral blood flow due to intra-aortic balloon pump and in...

  1. Double-balloon enteroscopy in detecting small intestinal bleeding

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    ZHI Fa-chao; PAN De-shou; ZHOU Dian-yuan; XIAO Bing; JIANG Bo; WAN Tian-mo; GUO Yu; ZHOU Dan; WANG Li-hui; CHEN Jin-feng; XIE Lu

    2005-01-01

    @@ Digestive tract hemorrhage is a common disease of the digestive system, but about 0.4%-5% intestinal bleeding can not be detected with gastroscope or colonscope.1 Since the intestine is long, tortuous, far away from both ends of the digestive tract and unfixed in position, clinical diagnosis of the bleeding is relatively difficult. Yamamoto and Sugano2 reported the clinical application of double-balloon enteroscope at American DDW in 2003.

  2. Effect of Externally Driven Magnetic Islands on Resistive Ballooning Turbulence

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    NISHIMURA, Seiya; Yagi, Masatoshi

    2011-01-01

    Turbulent transport in the edge region of tokamak plasmas is simulated using a reduced set of magnetohydrodynamic equations. Repetitive and intermittent transport bursts driven by resistive ballooning turbulence with external heating are observed. The effect of a resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) on turbulent heat transport is examined, where the electromagnetic response of the plasma to the RMP is solved consistently. The penetration of the RMP excites a magnetic island chain and damps th...

  3. Balloon Kyphoplasty: An Effective Treatment for Kummell Disease?

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    Kim, Pius

    2016-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of balloon kyphoplasty for treating Kummel disease accompanying severe osteoporosis. Methods Twelve patients with single-level Kummell disease accompanied by severe osteoporosis were enrolled in this investigation. After postural reduction for 1 or 2 days, balloon kyphoplasty was performed on the collapsed vertebrae. Clinical results, radiological parameters, and related complications were assessed at 7 days, 1 month and 6 months after the procedure. Results Prior to kyphoplasty, the mean pain score (according to the visual analogue scale) was 8.0. Seven days after the procedure, this score improved to 2.5. Despite the significant improvement compared to preoperative value, the score increased to 4.0 at 6 months after the procedure. The mean preoperative vertebral height loss was 55.4%. Kyphoplasty reduced this loss to 31.6%, but it increased to 38.7% at 6 months after the procedure. The kyphotic angle improved significantly from 22.4°±4.9° (before the procedure) to 10.1°±3.8° after surgery, However, the improved angle was not maintained 6 months after the procedure. The mean correction loss for the kyphotic deformity was 7.2° at 6 months after the procedure. Three out of 12 patients sustained adjacent fractures after balloon kyphoplasty within 6 months. Conclusion Although balloon kyphoplasty for treating Kummell disease is known to provide stabilization and pain relief, it may be associated with the development of adjacent fractures and aggravated kyphosis. PMID:27799987

  4. Latex Micro-balloon Pumping in Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms

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    Aeinehvand, Mohammad Mahdi; Ibrahim, Fatimah; Al-Faqheri, Wisam; Thio, Tzer Hwai Gilbert; Kazemzadeh, Amin; Wadi harun, Sulaiman; Madou, Marc

    2014-01-01

    Centrifugal microfluidic platforms have emerged as point-of-care diagnostic tools. However, the unidirectional nature of the centrifugal force limits the available space for multi-stepped processes on a single microfluidics disc. To overcome this limitation, a passive pneumatic pumping method actuated at high rotational speeds has been previously proposed to pump liquid against the centrifugal force. In this paper, a novel micro-balloon pumping method that relies on elastic energy stored in a...

  5. The Rocket Balloon (Rocketball): Applications to Science, Technology, and Education

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    Esper, Jaime

    2009-01-01

    Originally envisioned to study upper atmospheric phenomena, the Rocket Balloon system (or Rocketball for short) has utility in a range of applications, including sprite detection and in-situ measurements, near-space measurements and calibration correlation with orbital assets, hurricane observation and characterization, technology testing and validation, ground observation, and education. A salient feature includes the need to reach space and near-space within a critical time-frame and in adverse local meteorological conditions. It can also provide for the execution of technology validation and operational demonstrations at a fraction of the cost of a space flight. In particular, planetary entry probe proof-of-concepts can be examined. A typical Rocketball operational scenario consists of a sounding rocket launch and subsequent deployment of a balloon above a desired location. An obvious advantage of this combination is the additional mission 'hang-time' rendered by the balloon once the sounding rocket flight is completed. The system leverages current and emergent technologies at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and other organizations.

  6. A Sensitivity Analysis of fMRI Balloon Model

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    Zayane, Chadia

    2015-04-22

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows the mapping of the brain activation through measurements of the Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent (BOLD) contrast. The characterization of the pathway from the input stimulus to the output BOLD signal requires the selection of an adequate hemodynamic model and the satisfaction of some specific conditions while conducting the experiment and calibrating the model. This paper, focuses on the identifiability of the Balloon hemodynamic model. By identifiability, we mean the ability to estimate accurately the model parameters given the input and the output measurement. Previous studies of the Balloon model have somehow added knowledge either by choosing prior distributions for the parameters, freezing some of them, or looking for the solution as a projection on a natural basis of some vector space. In these studies, the identification was generally assessed using event-related paradigms. This paper justifies the reasons behind the need of adding knowledge, choosing certain paradigms, and completing the few existing identifiability studies through a global sensitivity analysis of the Balloon model in the case of blocked design experiment.

  7. The balloon-borne electron telescope with scintillating fibers (BETS)

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    Torii, S; Tateyama, N; Yoshida, K; Ouchi, Y; Yamagami, T; Saitô, Y; Murakami, H; Kobayashi, T; Komori, Y; Kasahara, K; Yuda, T; Nishimura, J

    2000-01-01

    we describe a new detector system developed for high-altitude balloon flights to observe the cosmic-ray electrons above 10 GeV. The balloon borne electron telescope with Scintillating (BETS) fibers instrument is an imaging calorimeter which is capable of selecting electrons against the large background of protons. The calorimeter is composed of a sandwich of scintillating optical-fiber belts and lead plates with a combination of three plastic scintillators for the shower trigger. The total thickness of lead is 40 mm (~7.1 r.l.) and the number of fiber belts is nine. In each belt, alternating layers are oriented in orthogonal (x and y) directions. Two sets of an intensified CCD camera are adopted for read-out of the scintillating fibers in the x and y direction, respectively. The accelerator beam tests were carried out to study the performance of detector for electrons in 1996 and for protons in 1997 at CERN-SPS. The instrument was successfully flown aboard high-altitude balloon in 1997 and 1998. It is demonst...

  8. Precision Attitude Control for the BETTII Balloon-Borne Interferometer

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    Benford, Dominic J.; Fixsen, Dale J.; Rinehart. Stephen

    2012-01-01

    The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) is an 8-meter baseline far-infrared interferometer to fly on a high altitude balloon. Operating at wavelengths of 30-90 microns, BETTII will obtain spatial and spectral information on science targets at angular resolutions down to less than half an arcsecond, a capability unmatched by other far-infrared facilities. This requires attitude control at a level ofless than a tenth of an arcsecond, a great challenge for a lightweight balloon-borne system. We have designed a precision attitude determination system to provide gondola attitude knowledge at a level of 2 milliarcseconds at rates up to 100Hz, with accurate absolute attitude determination at the half arcsecond level at rates of up to 10Hz. A mUlti-stage control system involving rigid body motion and tip-tilt-piston correction provides precision pointing stability to the level required for the far-infrared instrument to perform its spatial/spectral interferometry in an open-loop control. We present key aspects of the design of the attitude determination and control and its development status.

  9. Inverted Meckel's diverticulum preoperatively diagnosed using double-balloon enteroscopy.

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    Takagaki, Kosuke; Osawa, Satoshi; Ito, Tatsuhiro; Iwaizumi, Moriya; Hamaya, Yasushi; Tsukui, Hiroe; Furuta, Takahisa; Wada, Hidetoshi; Baba, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Ken

    2016-05-01

    An inverted Meckel's diverticulum is a rare gastrointestinal congenital anomaly that is difficult to diagnose prior to surgery and presents with anemia, abdominal pain, or intussusception. Here, we report the case of 57-year-old men with an inverted Meckel's diverticulum, who was preoperatively diagnosed using double-balloon enteroscopy. He had repeatedly experienced epigastric pain for 2 mo. Ultrasonography and computed tomography showed intestinal wall thickening in the pelvis. Double-balloon enteroscopy via the anal route was performed for further examination, which demonstrated an approximately 8-cm, sausage-shaped, submucosal tumor located approximately 80 cm proximal to the ileocecal valve. A small depressed erosion was observed at the tip of this lesion. Forceps biopsy revealed heterotopic gastric mucosa. Thus, the patient was diagnosed with an inverted Meckel's diverticulum, and single-incision laparoscopic surgery was performed. This case suggests that an inverted Meckel's diverticulum should be considered as a differential diagnosis for a submucosal tumor in the ileum. Balloon-assisted enteroscopy with forceps biopsy facilitate a precise diagnosis of this condition. PMID:27158212

  10. A Low Cost Weather Balloon Borne Solar Cell Calibration Payload

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    Snyder, David B.; Wolford, David S.

    2012-01-01

    Calibration of standard sets of solar cell sub-cells is an important step to laboratory verification of on-orbit performance of new solar cell technologies. This paper, looks at the potential capabilities of a lightweight weather balloon payload for solar cell calibration. A 1500 gr latex weather balloon can lift a 2.7 kg payload to over 100,000 ft altitude, above 99% of the atmosphere. Data taken between atmospheric pressures of about 30 to 15 mbar may be extrapolated via the Langley Plot method to 0 mbar, i.e. AMO. This extrapolation, in principle, can have better than 0.1 % error. The launch costs of such a payload arc significantly less than the much larger, higher altitude balloons, or the manned flight facility. The low cost enables a risk tolerant approach to payload development. Demonstration of 1% standard deviation flight-to-flight variation is the goal of this project. This paper describes the initial concept of solar cell calibration payload, and reports initial test flight results. .

  11. Balloon Cell Urethral Melanoma: Differential Diagnosis and Management

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    M. McComiskey

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Primary malignant melanoma of the urethra is a rare tumour (0.2% of all melanomas that most commonly affects the meatus and distal urethra and is three times more common in women than men. Case. A 76-year-old lady presented with vaginal pain and discharge. On examination, a 4 cm mass was noted in the vagina and biopsy confirmed melanoma of a balloon type. Preoperative CT showed no distant metastases and an MRI scan of the pelvis demonstrated no associated lymphadenopathy. She underwent anterior exenterative surgery and vaginectomy also. Histology confirmed a urethral nodular malignant melanoma. Discussion. First-line treatment of melanoma is often surgical. Adjuvant treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy has also been reported. Even with aggressive management, malignant melanoma of the urogenital tract generally has a poor prognosis. Recurrence rates are high and the mean period between diagnosis and recurrence is 12.5 months. A 5-year survival rate of less than 20% has been reported in balloon cell melanomas along with nearly 20% developing local recurrence. Conclusion. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first report of balloon cell melanoma arising in the urethra. The presentation and surgical management has been described and a literature review provided.

  12. Cardiovascular genetics: technological advancements and applicability for dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Kummeling, G J M; Baas, A F; Harakalova, M; van der Smagt, J J; Asselbergs, F W

    2015-07-01

    Genetics plays an important role in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases, and is increasingly being integrated into clinical practice. Since 2008, both capacity and cost-efficiency of mutation screening of DNA have been increased magnificently due to the technological advancement obtained by next-generation sequencing. Hence, the discovery rate of genetic defects in cardiovascular genetics has grown rapidly and the financial threshold for gene diagnostics has been lowered, making large-scale DNA sequencing broadly accessible. In this review, the genetic variants, mutations and inheritance models are briefly introduced, after which an overview is provided of current clinical and technological applications in gene diagnostics and research for cardiovascular disease and in particular, dilated cardiomyopathy. Finally, a reflection on the future perspectives in cardiogenetics is given.

  13. Kidney infarction in Friedreich's ataxia with dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Evangelopoulos, Dimitrios Stergios; Pirvu, Tatiana Nataly; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis; Kohl, Sandro

    2012-09-30

    A 37-year-old man with advanced Friedreich's ataxia was referred to our emergency department with acute exacerbated abdominal pain of unclear aetiology. Laboratory tests showed slightly increased inflammatory parameters, elevated troponin and B-type natriuretic peptide, as well as minimal proteinuria. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a pre-existing dilated cardiomyopathy. Abdominal sonography showed no pathological alterations. Owing to persistent pain under analgesia, a contrast-enhanced CT-abdomen was performed, which revealed a non-homogeneous perfusion deficit of the right kidney, although neither abdominal vascular alteration, cardiac thrombus, deep vein thrombosis nor a patent foramen ovale could be detected. Taking all clinical and radiological results into consideration, the current incident was diagnosed as a thromboembolic kidney infarction. As a consequence, lifelong oral anticoagulation was initiated.

  14. Pathomorphological Changes of the Myocardium in Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM

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    Janus Izabela

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted on ventricular and atrial wall preparations from 11 dogs with clinically diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy. After fixation, the specimens were stained with haematoxylin and eosin and Masson-Goldner trichrome technique. Parenchymal changes (fibrosis and fatty infiltration, vascular changes (congestion and coronary vessel wall hypertrophy, degenerative changes (loss of striation, changes in cardiomycyte and nuclei structure, and presence of inflammatory infiltrates (mononuclear and polynuclear were estimated. Complex histological changes in both ventricular and atrial muscles were shown. It was not determined whether the processes occurring in the myocardium have a primary character, or are a consequence of developing heart failure. Such issues will be put under further and more detailed examination.

  15. Cockade breccia: Product of mineralisation along dilational faults

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    Frenzel, Max; Woodcock, Nigel H.

    2014-11-01

    Cockade breccias are fault fills in which individual clasts are completely surrounded by concentric layers of cement. They occur particularly in low-temperature near-surface hydrothermal veins. At least six mechanisms have been proposed for the formation of cockade breccia-like textures, but only two - repeated rotation-accretion, and partial metasomatic replacement of clast minerals - have been supported by detailed evidence. A typical example of cockade breccia from the Gower Peninsula (South Wales) shows clear evidence for the rotation-accretion mechanism: in particular, overgrown breakage points in cement layers - where cockades were previously touching each other - and rotated geopetal infills of haematitic sediment. Based on the available evidence, it is proposed that cockade textures result from low rates of cement growth compared to high rates of dilational fault slip. Seven criteria are given for the correct identification of cockade breccias.

  16. Time dilation in relativistic two-particle interactions

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    Shields, B T; Ware, M R; Su, Q; Stefanovich, E V; Grobe, R

    2013-01-01

    We study the orbits of two interacting particles described by a fully relativistic classical mechanical Hamiltonian. We use two sets of initial conditions. In the first set (dynamics 1) the system's center of mass is at rest. In the second set (dynamics 2) the center of mass evolves with velocity V. If dynamics 1 is observed from a reference frame moving with velocity -V, the principle of relativity requires that all observables must be identical to those of dynamics 2 seen from the lab frame. Our numerical simulations demonstrate that kinematic Lorentz space-time transformations fail to transform particle observables between the two frames. This is explained as a result of the inevitable interaction-dependence of the boost generator in the instant form of relativistic dynamics. In spite of general inaccuracies of Lorentz formulas, the orbital periods are correctly predicted by the Einstein's time dilation factor for all interaction strengths.

  17. Projection methods for the calculation of incompressible or dilatable flows

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    This thesis treats of time resolution methods for the Navier-Stokes equations. Based on the well-known projection method of Chorin and Temam, an original pressure correction method, named 'projection-penalty' is developed. Its specificity concerns the addition of a penalty term in the prediction step, which constrains the predicted velocity to fit with the mass balance. The precision improvements added by this method are demonstrated by some analysis results and by some numerical experiments of incompressible or dilatable flows. Finally, the potentialities offered by the use of the joint finite elements method in this type of fractionary step scheme is studied. Two applications are presented, one for local refinement purpose, the other for the resolution of a multi-physics problem. (J.S.)

  18. Factors of Transient Ischemic Dilation on Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

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    That transient ischemic dilation (TID) of the left ventricle on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is the marker of severe and extensive coronary artery disease (CAD). But other clinic factors influencing TID is less certain. The object of this study was to investigate that of the factors,as left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) and diabetes (DM). MPI 87 patients who undertaken coronary angiography and transthoracic echocardiography within 1 month of stress electrocardiography-gated MPI were retrospectively analyzed. TID was assessed quantitatively using a soft program.A ratio cutoff of ≥1.22 was to represent TID. Summed stress score and summed different score (ischemia score) were determined using 20-segment 5-point scoring system to quantify myocardial ischemia. LVH was defined as a left ventricular wall thickness of >11 mm on M-mode echocardiography. Severe CAD was defined as severe stenosis (≥90%) of either the left anterior descending artery or both the right coronary and lateral circumflex arteries. All of the 87 patients, 13 of them had TID, 9 of them TID had LVH, and 10 of the TID had severe CAD. A high percentage had DM (84%). Severe CAD,diabetes and LVH were independent predictors of TID, the effect of LVH on the incidence of TID was additive increasing the incidence from without LVH 10% to with LVH 55% (P<0.01). Likewise, with severe CAD, the incidence of TID rose from in patient without diabetes 4% to in those with diabetes 86% (P<0.01). Transient ischemic dilation of the left ventricle on Gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging is associated with the severe CAD, but this association is modified by LVH and DM. (authors)

  19. Dobutamine stress echocardiographyin distinguishing ischemic from nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Miloradović Vladimir

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography for detection of coronary artery disease in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Detection of regional wall motion abnormalities at rest does not reliably distinguish ischemic from nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Material and methods To distinguish between ischemic and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, we studied 50 patients with left ventricular dysfunction (20 ischemic and 30 nonischemic, detected by coronary angiography using dobutamine stress echocardiography. Echocardiographic images were obtained at baseline, low and paek dose of dobutamine. Rest and stress left ventricular wall motion scores were derived from analysis of regional wall motion. Results Dobutamine infusion was terminated after achievement of the target heart rate or maximal protocol dose in 16 (80% patients with ischemic heart disease and in 23 (73.3% patients with nonischemic heart disease. At rest, there were more normal segments (p<0.001 and a trend toward more akinetic segments (p, not significant per ischemic than per nonischemic DCM patients. However, either at rest or with low-dose dobutamine, individual data largely overlapped. At peak dose, in ischemic DCM, regional contraction worsened in many normal or dyssinergic regions at rest (in some cases after inprovement with low-dose dobutamine; in contrast, in nonischemic DCM, further mild impovement was observed in a variable number of left ventricular areas. Thus, with peak-dose dobutamine, more akinetic and less normal segments were present per ishemic than per nonischemic DCM patient (both, p<0.001. A value of six or more akinetic segments was 90% sensitive and 98% specific for ischemic DCM. Conclusions Our data show that analysis of regional contraction by dobutamine stress echocardiography can distinguish between.

  20. Association of acetazolamide infusion with headache and cranial artery dilation in healthy volunteers

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    Arngrim, Nanna; Schytz, Henrik Winther; Asghar, Mohammad Sohail;

    2014-01-01

    The carbonic anhydrase inhibitor acetazolamide causes extracellular acidosis and dilatation of cerebral arterioles. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that acetazolamide also may induce headache and dilatation of cranial arteries. In a randomized double-blind crossover study design, 12 young...

  1. Losartan reduces aortic dilatation rate in adults with Marfan syndrome: a randomized controlled trial

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    Groenink, M.; Hartog, A.W. den; Franken, R.; Radonic, T.; Waard, V. de; Timmermans, J.; Scholte, A.J.; Berg, M.P van den; Spijkerboer, A.M.; Marquering, H.A.; Zwinderman, A.H.; Mulder, B.J.

    2013-01-01

    AIM: Patients with Marfan syndrome have an increased risk of life-threatening aortic complications, mostly preceded by aortic dilatation. Treatment with losartan, an angiotensin-II receptor-1 blocker, may reduce aortic dilatation rate in Marfan patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this multicentre, ope

  2. Losartan reduces aortic dilatation rate in adults with Marfan syndrome : a randomized controlled trial

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    Groenink, Maarten; den Hartog, Alexander W.; Franken, Romy; Radonic, Teodora; de Waard, Vivian; Timmermans, Janneke; Scholte, Arthur J.; van den Berg, Maarten P.; Spijkerboer, Anje M.; Marquering, Henk A.; Zwinderman, Aeilko H.; Mulder, Barbara J. M.

    2013-01-01

    Aim Patients with Marfan syndrome have an increased risk of life-threatening aortic complications, mostly preceded by aortic dilatation. Treatment with losartan, an angiotensin-II receptor-1 blocker, may reduce aortic dilatation rate in Marfan patients. Methods and results In this multicentre, open-

  3. Early clinical outcome and complications related to balloon kyphoplasty

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    Martin Bergmann

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The treatment of painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures using transpedicular cement augmentation has grown significantly over the last two decades. The benefits of balloon kyphoplasty compared to conservative treatment remain controversial and are discussed in the literature. The complication rates of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are considered to be low. The focus of this study was the analysis of acute and clinically relevant complications related to this procedure. In our department, all patients treated between February 2002 and February 2011 with percutaneous cement augmentation (372 patients, 522 augmented vertebral bodies were prospectively recorded. Demographic data, comorbidities, fracture types, intraoperative data and all complications were documented. The pre- and postoperative pain-level and neurological status (Frankel-Score were evaluated. All patients underwent a standardized surgical procedure. Two hundred and ninety-seven patients were treated solely by balloon kyphoplasty; 216 females (72.7% and 81 males (27.3%. Average patient age was 76.21 years (±10.71, range 35-98 years. Average American Society Anestesiologists score was 3.02. According to the Orthopedic Trauma Association classification, there were 69 A 1.1 fractures, 177 A 1.2 fractures, 178 A 3.1.1 fractures and 3 A 3.1.3 fractures. Complications were divided into preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative events. There were 4 pre-operative complications: 3 patients experienced persistent pain after the procedure. In one case, the pedicles could not be visualized during the procedure and the surgery was terminated. One hundred and twenty-nine (40.06% of the patients showed intraoperative cement leaking outside the vertebras, one severe hypotension and tachycardia as reaction to the inflation of the balloons, and there was one cardiac arrest during surgery. Postoperative subcutaneous hematomas were observed in 3 cases, 13 patients developed a

  4. Asymptotics of minimal dilatation pseudo-Anosov mapping classes on rays in the gn-plane

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    Valdivia, Aaron David

    2010-01-01

    The problem of determining minimal dilatations of pseudo-Anosov mapping classes was introduced by Penner who proved that the logarithm of the minimal dilatations on closed surfaces behaved like the inverse of the Euler characteristic. These results have been expanded to asymptotic behavior of minimal dilatations of punctured spheres by Hironaka, Kin, and Tsai and genus 1 surfaces by Tsai. For fixed genus Tsai found that the logarithm of the minimal dilatations behaved differently and asked the question: what is the asymptotic behavior for other lines in the gn-plane? In this paper we show that the logarithim of the minimal dilatation behaves asymptotically like closed surfaces for each rational ray emanating from the origin in the gn-plane.

  5. The eyes have it: sex and sexual orientation differences in pupil dilation patterns.

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    Full Text Available Recent research suggests profound sex and sexual orientation differences in sexual response. These results, however, are based on measures of genital arousal, which have potential limitations such as volunteer bias and differential measures for the sexes. The present study introduces a measure less affected by these limitations. We assessed the pupil dilation of 325 men and women of various sexual orientations to male and female erotic stimuli. Results supported hypotheses. In general, self-reported sexual orientation corresponded with pupil dilation to men and women. Among men, substantial dilation to both sexes was most common in bisexual-identified men. In contrast, among women, substantial dilation to both sexes was most common in heterosexual-identified women. Possible reasons for these differences are discussed. Because the measure of pupil dilation is less invasive than previous measures of sexual response, it allows for studying diverse age and cultural populations, usually not included in sexuality research.

  6. Pupil Dilation in the Simon Task as a Marker of Conflict Processing

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    Henk eVan Steenbergen

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Cognitive demands in response conflict paradigms trigger negative affect and avoidance behavior. However, not all response conflict studies show increases in physiological indices of emotional arousal, such as pupil diameter. In contrast to earlier null-results, this study shows for the first time that small (about 0.02 mm conflict-related pupil dilation can be observed in a Simon task when stimuli do not introduce a light reflex. Results show that response-conflict in Simon trials induces both pupil dilation and reaction-time costs. Moreover, sequential analyses reveal that pupil dilation mirrors the conflict-adaptation pattern observed in reaction time. Although single-trial regression analyses indicated that pupil dilation is likely to reflect more than one process at the same time, in general our findings imply that pupil dilation can be used as an indirect marker of conflict processing.

  7. Dilatation of aortic grafts over time: what to expect and when to be concerned

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    Schroeder, Torben V; Eldrup, Nikolaj; Just, Sven;

    2009-01-01

    Dilatation of aortic prosthetic grafts is commonly reported, but most reports are anecdotal, with little objective data in the literature. We performed a prospective trial of 303 patients who underwent prosthetic graft repair for aortic aneurysm or occlusive disease, randomizing patients between ....... Interestingly, graft dilatation did not appear to be associated with an increased frequency of graft-related complications.......Dilatation of aortic prosthetic grafts is commonly reported, but most reports are anecdotal, with little objective data in the literature. We performed a prospective trial of 303 patients who underwent prosthetic graft repair for aortic aneurysm or occlusive disease, randomizing patients between...... insertion of a woven polyester or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) graft. Patients were followed with computed tomography and ultrasonography for up to 5 years in order to assess the frequency and magnitude of postoperative dilatation. Graft dilatation was documented in patients with polyester...

  8. Minimal Cuntz–Krieger Dilations and Representations of Cuntz–Krieger Algebras

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    B V Rajarama Bhat; Santanu Dey; Joachim Zacharias

    2006-05-01

    Given a contractive tuple of Hilbert space operators satisfying certain -relations we show that there exists a unique minimal dilation to generators of Cuntz–Krieger algebras or its extension by compact operators. This Cuntz–Krieger dilation can be obtained from the classical minimal isometric dilation as a certain maximal -relation piece. We define a maximal piece more generally for a finite set of polynomials in noncommuting variables. We classify all representations of Cuntz–Krieger algebras $\\mathcal{O}_A$ obtained from dilations of commuting tuples satisfying -relations. The universal properties of the minimal Cuntz–Krieger dilation and the WOT-closed algebra generated by it is studied in terms of invariant subspaces.

  9. Planetary Balloon-Based Science Platform Evaluation and Program Implementation

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    Dankanich, John W.; Kremic, Tibor; Hibbitts, Karl; Young, Eliot F.; Landis, Rob

    2016-01-01

    This report describes a study evaluating the potential for a balloon-based optical telescope as a planetary science asset to achieve decadal class science. The study considered potential science achievable and science traceability relative to the most recent planetary science decadal survey, potential platform features, and demonstration flights in the evaluation process. Science Potential and Benefits: This study confirms the cost the-benefit value for planetary science purposes. Forty-four (44) important questions of the decadal survey are at least partially addressable through balloon based capabilities. Planetary science through balloon observations can provide significant science through observations in the 300 nm to 5 m range and at longer wavelengths as well. Additionally, balloon missions have demonstrated the ability to progress from concept to observation to publication much faster than a space mission increasing the speed of science return. Planetary science from a balloon-borne platform is a relatively low-cost approach to new science measurements. This is particularly relevant within a cost-constrained planetary science budget. Repeated flights further reduce the cost of the per unit science data. Such flights offer observing time at a very competitive cost. Another advantage for planetary scientists is that a dedicated asset could provide significant new viewing opportunities not possible from the ground and allow unprecedented access to observations that cannot be realized with the time allocation pressures faced by current observing assets. In addition, flight systems that have a relatively short life cycle and where hardware is generally recovered, are excellent opportunities to train early career scientists, engineers, and project managers. The fact that balloon-borne payloads, unlike space missions, are generally recovered offers an excellent tool to test and mature instruments and other space craft systems. Desired Gondola Features: Potential

  10. Intestinal cholesterol embolism resulting from intra-aortic balloon pumping: a case report

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    Yamaguchi, Satoshi; Kakazu, Masanori; Osamu, Arasaki

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Intra-aortic balloon pumping is used in elective percutaneous coronary intervention for increasing coronary blood flow. However, intra-aortic balloon pumping may decrease visceral blood flow and cause mesenteric ischemia by visceral artery obstruction. Case presentation We report the case of a 79-year-old Asian man in whom elective percutaneous coronary intervention was performed with intra-aortic balloon pumping. He died from mesenteric ischemia 25 hours after the procedure. Mic...

  11. Metabolic syndrome is associated with left ventricular dilatation in primary hypertension.

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    Ratto, E; Viazzi, F; Verzola, D; Bonino, B; Gonnella, A; Parodi, E L; Bezante, G P; Leoncini, G; Pontremoli, R

    2016-03-01

    Metabolic syndrome (MS) has been shown to predict cardiovascular events in hypertension. Recently, a new four-group left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy classification based on both LV dilatation and concentricity was proposed. This classification has been shown to provide a more accurate prediction of cardiovascular events, suggesting that the presence of LV dilatation may add prognostic information. We investigated the relationship between MS and the new classification of LV geometry in patients with primary hypertension. A total of 372 untreated hypertensive patients were studied. Four different patterns of LV hypertrophy (eccentric nondilated, eccentric dilated, concentric nondilated and concentric dilated hypertrophy) were identified by echocardiography. A modified National Cholesterol Education Program definition for MS was used, with body mass index replacing waist circumference. The overall prevalence of MS and LV hypertrophy (LVH) was 29% and 61%, respectively. Patients with MS showed a higher prevalence of LVH (P=0.0281) and dilated LV geometries, namely eccentric dilated and concentric dilated hypertrophy (P=0.0075). Moreover, patients with MS showed higher LV end-diastolic volume (P=0.0005) and prevalence of increased LV end-diastolic volume (P=0.0068). The prevalence of LV chamber dilatation increased progressively with the number of components of MS (P=0.0191). Logistic regression analysis showed that the presence of MS entails a three times higher risk of having LV chamber dilatation even after adjusting for several potential confounding factors. MS is associated with LV dilatation in hypertension. These findings may, in part, explain the unfavourable prognosis observed in patients with MS.

  12. High-Altitude Ballooning Program at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics

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    Nayak, A; Safonova, M; Murthy, Jayant

    2013-01-01

    We have begun a program of high altitude ballooning at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Recent advances in balloons as well as in electronics have made possible scientific payloads at costs accessible to university departments. The primary purpose of this activity is to test low-cost ultraviolet (UV) payloads for eventual space flight, but to also explore phenomena occurring in the upper atmosphere, including sprites and meteorite impacts, using balloon-borne payloads. This paper discusses the results of three tethered balloon experiments carried out at the CREST campus of IIA, Hosakote and our plans for the future. We also describe the stages of payload development for these experiments.

  13. Development of ultra-thin polyethylene balloons for high altitude research upto mesosphere

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    Kumar, B Suneel; Ojha, D K; Peter, G Stalin; Vasudevan, R; Anand, D; Kulkarni, P M; Reddy, V Anmi; Rao, T V; Sreenivasan, S

    2014-01-01

    Ever since its inception four decades back, Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad has been functioning with the needs of its user scientists at its focus. During the early nineties, when the X-ray astronomy group at TIFR expressed the need for balloons capable of carrying the X-ray telescopes to altitudes up to 42 km, the balloon group initiated research and development work on indigenous balloon grade films in various thickness not only for the main experiment but also in parallel, took up the development of thin films in thickness range 5 to 6 microns for fabrication of sounding balloons required for probing the stratosphere up to 42 km as the regular 2000 grams rubber balloon ascents could not reach altitudes higher than 38 km. By the year 1999, total indigenisation of sounding balloon manufacture was accomplished. The work on balloon grade ultra-thin polyethylene film in thickness range 2.8 to 3.8 microns for fabrication of balloons capable of penetrating mesosphere ...

  14. Thromboembolic events associated with single balloon-, double balloon-, and stent-assisted coil embolization of asymptomatic unruptured cerebral aneurysms: evaluation with diffusion-weighted MR imaging

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    Takigawa, Tomoji; Suzuki, Kensuke; Sugiura, Yoshiki; Suzuki, Ryotaro; Takano, Issei; Shimizu, Nobuyuki; Tanaka, Yoshihiro; Hyodo, Akio [Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Koshigaya, Saitama (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    The introduction of the balloon remodeling and stent-assisted technique has revolutionized the approach to coil embolization for wide-neck aneurysms. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of thromboembolic events associated with single balloon-assisted, double balloon-assisted, and stent-assisted coil embolization for asymptomatic unruptured aneurysms. A retrospective review was undertaken by 119 patients undergoing coiling with an adjunctive technique for unruptured saccular aneurysms (64 single balloon, 12 double balloon, 43 stent assisted). All underwent diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) within 24 h after the procedure. DWI showed hyperintense lesions in 48 (40 %) patients, and ten (21 %) of these patients incurred neurological deterioration (permanent, two; transient, eight). Hyperintense lesions were detected significantly more often in procedures with the double balloon-assisted technique (7/12, 58 %) than with the single balloon-assisted technique (16/64, 25 %, p = 0.05). Occurrence of new lesions was significantly higher with the use of stent-assisted technique (25/43, 58 %) than with the single balloon-assisted technique (p = 0.001). Symptomatic ischemic rates were similar between the three groups. The increased number of microcatheters was significantly related to the DWI abnormalities (two microcatheters, 15/63 (23.8 %); three microcatheters, 20/41 (48.8 %) (p = 0.008); four microcatheters, 12/15 (80 %) (p = 0.001)). Thromboembolic events detected on DWI related to coil embolization for unruptured aneurysms are relatively common, especially in association with the double balloon-assisted and stent-assisted techniques. Furthermore, the number of microcatheters is highly correlated with DWI abnormalities. The high rate of thromboembolic events suggests the need for evaluation of platelet reactivity and the addition or change of antiplatelet agents. (orig.)

  15. Experimental investigation of undesired stable equilibria in pumpkin shape super-pressure balloon designs

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    The scientific community's desire for large capacity, constant altitude, long duration stratospheric platforms is not likely going to be met by un-reinforced spherical super-pressure balloons. More likely, the pneumatic envelope for the large-scale super-pressure balloon of the future will be a tendon reinforced structure in which the tendons perform the primary pressure load confining function and the skin serves as a gas barrier and transfers the local pressure load to the tendons. NASA's Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB), which is currently under development, is of that type. By separating the load carrying function of the tendons and the skin a number of advantages are gained. Perhaps most important is the fact that the required skin strength remains to first order independent of the balloon size. Only the size and number of tendons are dictated by the balloon size. By designing the balloon to be at least quasi statically determinate, the stress distributions are more certain, and stress raisers due to fabrication imperfections are more easily controlled and it becomes unnecessary to account for load path uncertainties by providing everywhere excessive strength and structural weight. Furthermore, it becomes possible to use for the envelope skin a visco-elastic film (polyethylene) that has proven performance in the stratospheric environment. The silhouette shape of this balloon type has prompted early researchers to name this design a "pumpkin" shape balloon. Later investigators accepted this terminology. The pumpkin shape balloon concept was adopted by NASA for its ULDB design at the end of 1998 when advantages of that design over a spherical shape design were convincingly demonstrated. Two stratospheric test flights of large-scale super-pressure balloons demonstrated the functioning of this balloon type. In the second successful flight the switch was made from an excessively strong and heavy skin, a holdover from the earlier concept of a spherical design, to

  16. Long-Duration Altitude-Controlled Balloons for Venus: A Feasibility Study Informed by Balloon Flights in Remote Environments on Earth

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    Voss, P. B.; Nott, J.; Cutts, J. A.; Hall, J. L.; Beauchamp, P. M.; Limaye, S. S.; Baines, K. H.; Hole, L. R.

    2013-12-01

    In situ exploration of the upper atmosphere of Venus, approximately 65-77 km altitude, could answer many important questions (Limaye 2013, Crisp 2013). This region contains a time-variable UV absorber of unknown composition that controls many aspects of the heat balance on Venus. Understanding the composition and dynamics of this unknown absorber is an important science goal; in situ optical and chemical measurements are needed. However, conventional approaches do not provide access to this altitude range, repeated traverses, and a mission lifetime of several months needed to effectively carry out the science. This paper examines concepts for altitude-controlled balloons not previously flown on planetary missions that could potentially provide the desired measurements. The concepts take advantage of the fact that at 60 km altitude, for example, the atmospheric density on Venus is about 40% of the sea-level density on earth and the temperature is a moderate 230 K. The solar flux is approximately double that on earth, creating some thermal challenges, but making photovoltaic power highly effective. Using a steady-state thermodynamic model and flight data from Earth, we evaluate the suitability of two types of altitude-controlled balloons for a potential mission on Venus. Such balloons could repeatedly measure profiles, avoid diurnal temperature extremes, and navigate using wind shear. The first balloon design uses air ballast (AB) whereby ambient air can be compressed into or released from a constant-volume balloon, causing it to descend or ascend accordingly. The second design uses lift-gas compression (LGC) to change the volume of a zero-pressure balloon, thereby changing its effective density and altitude. For an altitude range of 60-75 km on Venus, we find that the superpressure volume for a LGC balloon is about 5% of that needed for an AB balloon while the maximum pressurization is the same for both systems. The compressor work per km descent of the LGC balloon

  17. Pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy: molecular, structural, and population analyses in tropomodulin-overexpressing transgenic mice.

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    Sussman, M A; Welch, S; Gude, N; Khoury, P R; Daniels, S R; Kirkpatrick, D; Walsh, R A; Price, R L; Lim, H W; Molkentin, J D

    1999-12-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy is characterized by decreased contractile function and loss of myofibril organization. Previously unexplored structural and molecular events that precede and initiate dilation can now be studied in tropomodulin-overexpressing transgenic (TOT) mice exhibiting progressive dilated cardiomyopathy. Onset of dilation did not correspond to a change in transgene expression levels, which were more than threefold above normal at birth and remained elevated throughout postnatal life. Similarly, mitogen-activated protein kinase activation (p38, ERK1/ERK2, JNK1/JNK2) was not associated with dilation. In contrast, calcineurin was activated before dilation, presumably due to doubling of intracellular diastolic calcium levels in TOT cardiomyocytes. Amplitude of systolic calcium transients was greatly increased as well, demonstrating the novel and unique calcium handling profile of TOT cardiomyocytes. Loss of myofibril organization was not apparent by confocal microscopy until over 1 week after birth, although neonatal sarcomeric abnormalities were revealed by ultrastructural analysis. Rapid postnatal increases in heart:body weight ratio at 1.5 weeks were followed by two waves of mortality between 2 and 3 weeks after birth coincident with maturational stress. Ultimately, TOT pathogenesis is a compensatory response to altered sarcomeric structure driven by calcineurin activation within days after birth, making TOTs an excellent paradigm for studying the role of calcium overload in dilated cardiomyopathy. PMID:10595939

  18. Modeling plaque fissuring and dissection during balloon angioplasty intervention.

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    Gasser, T Christian; Holzapfel, Gerhard A

    2007-05-01

    Balloon angioplasty intervention is traumatic to arterial tissue. Fracture mechanisms such as plaque fissuring and/or dissection occur and constitute major contributions to the lumen enlargement. However, these types of mechanically-based traumatization of arterial tissue are also contributing factors to both acute procedural complications and chronic restenosis of the treatment site. We propose physical and finite element models, which are generally useable to trace fissuring and/or dissection in atherosclerotic plaques during balloon angioplasty interventions. The arterial wall is described as an anisotropic, heterogeneous, highly deformable, nearly incompressible body, whereas tissue failure is captured by a strong discontinuity kinematics and a novel cohesive zone model. The numerical implementation is based on the partition of unity finite element method and the interface element method. The later is used to link together meshes of the different tissue components. The balloon angioplasty-based failure mechanisms are numerically studied in 3D by means of an atherosclerotic-prone human external iliac artery, with a type V lesion. Image-based 3D geometry is generated and tissue-specific material properties are considered. Numerical results show that in a primary phase the plaque fissures at both shoulders of the fibrous cap and stops at the lamina elastica interna. In a secondary phase, local dissections between the intima and the media develop at the fibrous cap location with the smallest thickness. The predicted results indicate that plaque fissuring and dissection cause localized mechanical trauma, but prevent the main portion of the stenosis from high stress, and hence from continuous tissue damage.

  19. The readout electronic of EUSO-Balloon experiment

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    Ahmad, S.; Barrillon, P.; Blaksley, C.; Blin-Bondil, S.; Ebersoldt, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; de la Taille, C.; Dulucq, F.; Gorodetzky, P.; Miyamoto, H.; Moretto, C.; Prévôt, G.; Reina, J. A. R.

    2014-03-01

    The EUSO-Balloon experiment is a pathfinder for the satellite mission JEM-EUSO whose goal will be to observe Extensive Air Showers produced in the atmosphere by the passage can detect fluorescent UV photons released by the EAS thanks to Multi-anode photomultipliers (MAPMT) arranged in 6 × 6 matrices inside Photo Detector Modules (PDM). A set of lenses is used to focus the photons on the PDM which can be compared to a UV camera taking pictures every 2.5 μs period (GTU: Gate Time Unit). The experiment consists in launching a balloon, at an altitude of 40 km, equipped with complete PDM and Data Processing systems. This project, supported by CNES and constructed by the JEM-EUSO collaboration, is meant to prove that the technology of such an instrument is possible and that the performance is satisfying, raising the Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of JEM-EUSO. Moreover, complex trigger algorithms will be assessed and the main back ground (night glow plus star light) will be studied. A complex readout electronic chain has been designed for the EUSO-Balloon project. It contains two elements: the 9 EC units and the 6 EC-ASIC boards. The EC unit includes four 64-channel Multi-Anode Photomultipliers and a set of pcbs used to supply the 14 different high voltages needed by the MAPMTs and to read out the analog anode signals. These signals are transmitted to the EC-ASIC boards which contain 6 SPACIROC ASICs each. During the year 2012, prototypes of each board were produced and tested successfully, leading to the production of the flight model PCBs in 2013.

  20. Biogenic nonmethane hydrocarbon emissions estimated from tethered balloon observations

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    Davis, K. J.; Lenschow, D. H.; Zimmerman, P. R.

    1994-01-01

    A new technique for estimating surface fluxes of trace gases, the mixed-layer gradient technique, is used to calculate isoprene and terpene emissions from forests. The technique is applied to tethered balloon measurements made over the Amazon forest and a pine-oak forest in Alabama at altitudes up to 300 m. The observations were made during the dry season Amazon Boundary Layer Experiment (ABLE 2A) and the Rural Oxidants in the Southern Environment 1990 experiment (ROSE I). Results from large eddy simulations of scalar transport in the clear convective boundary layer are used to infer fluxes from the balloon profiles. Profiles from the Amazon give a mean daytime emission of 3630 +/- 1400 micrograms isoprene sq m/h, where the uncertainty represents the standard deviation of the mean of eight flux estimates. Twenty profiles from Alabama give emissions of 4470 +/- 3300 micrograms isoprene sq m/h, 1740 +/- 1060 micrograms alpha-pinene sq m/h, and 790 +/- 560 micrograms beta-pinene sq m/h, respectively. These results are in agreement with emissions derived from chemical budgets. The emissions may be overestimated because of uncertainty about how to incorporate the effects of the canopy on the mixed-layer gradients. The large variability in these emission estimates is probably due to the relatively short sampling times of the balloon profiles, though spatially heterogeneous emissions may also play a role. Fluxes derived using this technique are representative of an upwind footprint of several kilometers and are independent of hydrocarbon oxidation rate and mean advection.

  1. Fine tracking system for balloon-borne telescopes

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    Ricci, M.; Pedichini, F.; Lorenzetti, D.

    2011-01-01

    We present the results of a study along with a first prototype of a high precision system (? 1 arcsec) for pointing and tracking light (near-infrared) telescopes on board stratospheric balloons. Such a system is essentially composed by a star sensor and by a star tracker, able to recognize the field and to adequately track the telescope, respectively. We present the software aimed at processing the star sensor image and the predictive algorithm that allows the fine tracking of the source at a...

  2. Balloon-borne observations of mid-latitude hydrofluoric acid

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    Sen, B.; Toon, G. C.; Blavier, J.-F.; Szeto, J. T.; Fleming, E. L.; Jackman, C. H.

    1995-01-01

    Measurements of stratospheric hydrofluoric acid (HF) have been made by the JPL MkIV interferometer during high-altitude balloon flights. Infrared solar absorption spectra were acquired near 35 deg N at altitudes between local tropopause and 38 km. Volume mixing ratio profiles of HF derived from 4 flights (1990-93), in conjunction with simultaneously observed N2O profiles, indicate an average rate of HF increase of (5.5 +/- 0.3)% per year, in agreement with time-dependent, two-dimensional model simulations (6% per year) and ATMOS measurements.

  3. Pointing System for the Balloon-Borne Astronomical Payloads

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    Nirmal, K; Mathew, Joice; Sarpotdar, Mayuresh; Suresh, Ambily; Prakash, Ajin; Safonova, Margarita; Murthy, Jayant

    2016-01-01

    We describe the development and implementation of a light-weight, fully autonomous 2-axis pointing and stabilization system designed for balloon-borne astronomical payloads. The system is developed using off-the-shelf components such as Arduino Uno controller, HMC 5883L magnetometer, MPU-9150 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and iWave GPS receiver unit. It is a compact and rugged system which can also be used to take images/video in a moving vehicle, or in areal photography. The system performance is evaluated from the ground, as well as in conditions simulated to imitate the actual flight by using a tethered launch.

  4. The GRAD high-altitude balloon flight over Antarctica

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    The Gamma Ray Advanced Detector(GRAD) consists of a n-type germanium detector inside an active bismuth-germanate Compton and charged particle shield with additional active plastic shielding across the aperture. It will be flown on a high altitude balloon at 36 km altitude at a latitude of 78 degree S over Antarctica for observations of gamma radiation emitted by the radioactive decay of 56Co in the Supernova SN1987A, for assessment of the performance of bismuth-germanate scintillation material in the radiation environment of near space, for gathering information on the gamma-ray background over Antarctica, and for testing fault-tolerant software

  5. Application of double-balloon enteroscopy in jejunal diverticular bleeding

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    Tsung-Hsing; Chen; Cheng-Tang; Chiu; Chen-Ming; Hsu

    2010-01-01

    AIM:To evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic diagnosis and therapy for jejunal diverticular bleeding.METHODS:From January 2004 to September 2009,154 patients underwent double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) for obscure gastrointestinal bleeding.Ten consecutive patients with jejunal diverticula (5 males and 5 females) at the age of 68.7 ± 2.1 years (range 1995 years) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital,Academic Tertiary Referral Center,were enrolled in this study.RESULTS:Of the 10 patients,5 had melena,2 had hematochezi...

  6. Detachable balloon embolization of an aneurysmal gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula

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    Defreyne, Luc; De Schrijver, Ignace; Vanlangenhove, Peter; Kunnen, Marc [Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Ghent University Hospital (Belgium)

    2002-01-01

    Extrahepatic arteriovenous fistulas involving the gastroduodenal artery and the portal venous system are rare and almost always a late complication of gastric surgery. Secondary portal hypertension and mesenteric ischemia may provoke abdominal pain, upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, diarrhea, and weight loss. Until recently, surgical excision has been the therapy of choice with excellent results. The authors report a case of gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula with a rare large interpositioned aneurysm in a cardiopulmonary-compromised patient who was considered a non-surgical candidate. The gastroduodenal arterioportal fistula was occluded endovascularly by means of a detachable balloon. A survey of the literature of this rare type of arterioportal fistula is included. (orig.)

  7. A conduit dilation model of methane venting from lake sediments

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    Scandella, B.P.; Varadharajan, C.; Hemond, Harold F.; Ruppel, C.; Juanes, R.

    2011-01-01

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, but its effects on Earth's climate remain poorly constrained, in part due to uncertainties in global methane fluxes to the atmosphere. An important source of atmospheric methane is the methane generated in organic-rich sediments underlying surface water bodies, including lakes, wetlands, and the ocean. The fraction of the methane that reaches the atmosphere depends critically on the mode and spatiotemporal characteristics of free-gas venting from the underlying sediments. Here we propose that methane transport in lake sediments is controlled by dynamic conduits, which dilate and release gas as the falling hydrostatic pressure reduces the effective stress below the tensile strength of the sediments. We test our model against a four-month record of hydrostatic load and methane flux in Upper Mystic Lake, Mass., USA, and show that it captures the complex episodicity of methane ebullition. Our quantitative conceptualization opens the door to integrated modeling of methane transport to constrain global methane release from lakes and other shallow-water, organic-rich sediment systems, and to assess its climate feedbacks.

  8. Endoscopic ultrasound in common bile duct dilatation withnormal liver enzymes

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    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the description of isolated bile ductdilatation has been increasingly observed in subjectswith normal liver function tests and nonspecific abdominalsymptoms, probably due to the widespread useof high-resolution imaging techniques. However, thereis scant literature about the evolution of this conditionand the impact of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) in thediagnostic work up. When noninvasive imaging tests(transabdominal ultrasound, computed tomography ormagnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) fail toidentify the cause of dilatation and clinical or biochemicalalarm signs are absent, the probability of having biliarydisease is considered low. In this setting, using EUS,the presence of pathologic findings (choledocholithiasis,strictures, chronic pancreatitis, ampullary or pancreatictumors, cholangiocarcinoma), not always with a benigncourse, has been observed. The aim of this review hasbeen to evaluate the prevalence of disease among nonjaundicedpatients without signs of cytolysis and/orcholestasis and the assessment of EUS yield. Datapoint out to a promising role of EUS in the identificationof a potential biliary pathology. EUS is a low invasivetechnique, with high accuracy, that could play a doublecost-effective role identifying pathologic conditionswith dismal prognosis, in asymptomatic patients withnegative prior imaging tests, and excluding pathologicconditions and further follow-up in healthy subjects.

  9. [Studies on the genetic susceptibility to dilated cardiomyopathy].

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    Li, Y Y; Zhang, J N; Ma, W Z

    1993-01-01

    HLA-DQB1,-DRB1 genes of 27 Chinese patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), 7 high risk individuals in a DCM kindred and 17 normal control subjects were analysed with the use of restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP) with full length DQB1 and DRB1 cDNA probes according to the standard and nomenclature of the Xth International Histocompatibility Workshop. The resulting restriction patterns allowed genotyping of HLA-DR and HLA-DQw. D-DQw8 frequency increased significantly in patients with DCM as compared with that of the controls (P DQw4 also increased in patients although no statistical significance was shown when Chi-square value was corrected with Yate's correction, whereas D-DQw5 overrepresented in controls (P DQw8 and D-DQw4. These results support the hypothesis that HLA class II genes were associated with an increased risk for DCM, HLA-DQB rather than -DRB may confer genetic susceptibility to DCM. PMID:8104770

  10. Infant and adult pupil dilation in response to unexpected sounds.

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    Wetzel, Nicole; Buttelmann, David; Schieler, Andy; Widmann, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    Surprisingly occurring sounds outside the focus of attention can involuntarily capture attention. This study focuses on the impact of deviant sounds on the pupil size as a marker of auditory involuntary attention in infants. We presented an oddball paradigm including four types of deviant sounds within a sequence of repeated standard sounds to 14-month-old infants and to adults. Environmental and noise deviant sounds elicited a strong pupil dilation response (PDR) in both age groups. In contrast, moderate frequency deviants elicited a significant PDR in adults only. Moreover, a principal component analysis revealed two components underlying the PDR. Component scores differ, depending on deviant types, between age groups. Results indicate age effects of parasympathetic inhibition and sympathetic activation of the pupil size caused by deviant sounds with a high arousing potential. Results demonstrate that the PDR is a sensitive tool for the investigation of involuntary attention to sounds in preverbal children. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 58: 382-392, 2016. PMID:26507492

  11. Mathematical Modeling of Subthreshold Resonant Properties in Pyloric Dilator Neurons

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    Vazifehkhah Ghaffari, Babak; Kouhnavard, Mojgan; Aihara, Takeshi; Kitajima, Tatsuo

    2015-01-01

    Various types of neurons exhibit subthreshold resonance oscillation (preferred frequency response) to fluctuating sinusoidal input currents. This phenomenon is well known to influence the synaptic plasticity and frequency of neural network oscillation. This study evaluates the resonant properties of pacemaker pyloric dilator (PD) neurons in the central pattern generator network through mathematical modeling. From the pharmacological point of view, calcium currents cannot be blocked in PD neurons without removing the calcium-dependent potassium current. Thus, the effects of calcium (ICa) and calcium-dependent potassium (IKCa) currents on resonant properties remain unclear. By taking advantage of Hodgkin-Huxley-type model of neuron and its equivalent RLC circuit, we examine the effects of changing resting membrane potential and those ionic currents on the resonance. Results show that changing the resting membrane potential influences the amplitude and frequency of resonance so that the strength of resonance (Q-value) increases by both depolarization and hyperpolarization of the resting membrane potential. Moreover, hyperpolarization-activated inward current (Ih) and ICa (in association with IKCa) are dominant factors on resonant properties at hyperpolarized and depolarized potentials, respectively. Through mathematical analysis, results indicate that Ih and IKCa affect the resonant properties of PD neurons. However, ICa only has an amplifying effect on the resonance amplitude of these neurons. PMID:25960999

  12. Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy for ICU patients with severe brain injury

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    Ai Xiaoshun; Gou Dongyuan; Zhang Li; Chen Liying

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To sum up our experience in percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) in ICU patient with severe brain injury. Methods: Between November 2011 and April 2014, PDTs were performed on 32 severe brain injury patients in ICU by a team of physicians and intensivists. The success rate, efficacy, safety, and complications including stomal infection and bleeding, paratracheal insertion, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, tracheal laceration, as well as clinically significant tracheal stenosis were carefully monitored and recorded respectively. Results: The operations took 4-15 minutes (mean 9.1 minutes±4.2 minutes). Totally 4 cases suffered from complications in the operations: 3 cases of stomal bleeding, and 1 case of intratracheal bloody secretion, but none required intervention. Paratracheal insertion, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, tracheal laceration, or clinically significant tracheal stenosis were not found in PDT patients. There was no procedure-related death occurring during or after PDT. Conclusion: Our study demonstrats that PDT is a safe, highly effective, and minimally invasive procedure. The appropriate sedation and airway management perioperatively help to reduce complication rates. PDT should be performed or supervised by a team of physicians with extensive experience in this procedure, and also an intensivist with experience in difficult airway management.

  13. Fatal proventricular dilatation disease in captive native psittacines in Brazil.

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    Donatti, Rogério Venâncio; Resende, Maurício; Ferreira, Francisco Carlos Júnior; Marques, Marcus Vinícius Romero; Ecco, Roselene; Shivaprasad, H L; de Resende, José Sérgio; Martins, Nelson Rodrigo da Silva

    2014-03-01

    An outbreak of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), a fatal inflammatory disease of psittacines (Aves: Psittaciformes), is described in native Brazilian psittacines. Twenty captive psittacines that died of suspected PDD were necropsied and 10 were submitted to histopathology, reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR), and immunohistochemistry (IHC) for avian bornavirus (ABV). Examined species were one pileated parrot (Pionopsitta pileata), three vinaceous-breasted parrots (Amazona vinacea), two blue-winged macaws (Primolius maracana), one scarlet macaw (Ara macao), one chestnut-fronted macaw (Ara severa), one scaly-headed parrot (Pionus maximiliani), and one red-browed Amazon parrot (Amazona rhodocorytha). Gross examination and histopathology revealed typical PDD lesions in all birds. The presence of ABV was confirmed in four psittacines including one red-browed Amazon parrot, one blue-winged macaw, one scarlet macaw, and one chestnut-fronted macaw. In the red-browed Amazon parrot and in one blue-winged macaw, IHC demonstrated ABV antigens in the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells in various organs. This is the first description of PDD by ABV in Brazilian psittacines and indicates the necessity for adopting a strategic control plan for reducing its impact in native birds. PMID:24758135

  14. Oxidative Stress in Dilated Cardiomyopathy Caused by MYBPC3 Mutation

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    Thomas L. Lynch

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiomyopathies can result from mutations in genes encoding sarcomere proteins including MYBPC3, which encodes cardiac myosin binding protein-C (cMyBP-C. However, whether oxidative stress is augmented due to contractile dysfunction and cardiomyocyte damage in MYBPC3-mutated cardiomyopathies has not been elucidated. To determine whether oxidative stress markers were elevated in MYBPC3-mutated cardiomyopathies, a previously characterized 3-month-old mouse model of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM expressing a homozygous MYBPC3 mutation (cMyBP-C(t/t was used, compared to wild-type (WT mice. Echocardiography confirmed decreased percentage of fractional shortening in DCM versus WT hearts. Histopathological analysis indicated a significant increase in myocardial disarray and fibrosis while the second harmonic generation imaging revealed disorganized sarcomeric structure and myocyte damage in DCM hearts when compared to WT hearts. Intriguingly, DCM mouse heart homogenates had decreased glutathione (GSH/GSSG ratio and increased protein carbonyl and lipid malondialdehyde content compared to WT heart homogenates, consistent with elevated oxidative stress. Importantly, a similar result was observed in human cardiomyopathy heart homogenate samples. These results were further supported by reduced signals for mitochondrial semiquinone radicals and Fe-S clusters in DCM mouse hearts measured using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. In conclusion, we demonstrate elevated oxidative stress in MYPBC3-mutated DCM mice, which may exacerbate the development of heart failure.

  15. Deception in simplicity: hereditary phospholamban mutations in dilated cardiomyopathy.

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    Young, Howard S; Ceholski, Delaine K; Trieber, Catharine A

    2015-02-01

    The sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium pump (SERCA) and its regulator phospholamban are required for cardiovascular function. Phospholamban alters the apparent calcium affinity of SERCA in a process that is modulated by phosphorylation via the β-adrenergic pathway. This regulatory axis allows for the dynamic control of SR calcium stores and cardiac contractility. Herein we focus on hereditary mutants of phospholamban that are associated with heart failure, such as Arg(9)-Cys, Arg(9)-Leu, Arg(9)-His, and Arg(14)-deletion. Each mutant has a distinct effect on PLN function and SR calcium homeostasis. Arg(9)-Cys and Arg(9)-Leu do not inhibit SERCA, Arg(14)-deletion is a partial inhibitor, and Arg(9)-His is comparable to wild-type. While the mutants have distinct functional effects on SERCA, they have in common that they cannot be phosphorylated by protein kinase A (PKA). Arg(9) and Arg(14) are required for PKA recognition and phosphorylation of PLN. Thus, mutations at these positions eliminate β-adrenergic control and dynamic cardiac contractility. Hydrophobic mutations of Arg(9) cause more complex changes in function, including loss of PLN function and dominant negative interaction with SERCA in heterozygous individuals. In addition, aberrant interaction with PKA may prevent phosphorylation of wild-type PLN and sequester PKA from other local subcellular targets. Herein we consider what is known about each mutant and how the synergistic changes in SR calcium homeostasis lead to impaired cardiac contractility and dilated cardiomyopathy. PMID:25563649

  16. Molecular profiling of dilated cardiomyopathy that progresses to heart failure

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    Burke, Michael A.; Chang, Stephen; Wakimoto, Hiroko; Gorham, Joshua M.; Conner, David A.; Christodoulou, Danos C.; Parfenov, Michael G.; DePalma, Steve R.; Eminaga, Seda; Konno, Tetsuo; Seidman, Jonathan G.; Seidman, Christine E.

    2016-01-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is defined by progressive functional and structural changes. We performed RNA-seq at different stages of disease to define molecular signaling in the progression from pre-DCM hearts to DCM and overt heart failure (HF) using a genetic model of DCM (phospholamban missense mutation, PLNR9C/+). Pre-DCM hearts were phenotypically normal yet displayed proliferation of nonmyocytes (59% relative increase vs. WT, P = 8 × 10–4) and activation of proinflammatory signaling with notable cardiomyocyte-specific induction of a subset of profibrotic cytokines including TGFβ2 and TGFβ3. These changes progressed through DCM and HF, resulting in substantial fibrosis (17.6% of left ventricle [LV] vs. WT, P = 6 × 10–33). Cardiomyocytes displayed a marked shift in metabolic gene transcription: downregulation of aerobic respiration and subsequent upregulation of glucose utilization, changes coincident with attenuated expression of PPARα and PPARγ coactivators -1α (PGC1α) and -1β, and increased expression of the metabolic regulator T-box transcription factor 15 (Tbx15). Comparing DCM transcriptional profiles with those in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) revealed similar and distinct molecular mechanisms. Our data suggest that cardiomyocyte-specific cytokine expression, early fibroblast activation, and the shift in metabolic gene expression are hallmarks of cardiomyopathy progression. Notably, key components of these profibrotic and metabolic networks were disease specific and distinguish DCM from HCM. PMID:27239561

  17. The praxeology of the office dilatation and curettage.

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    Gregg, R H

    1981-05-15

    Studies establishing the validity, safety, acceptability, and cost-effectiveness of dilatation and curettage (D&C) performed in the office have been published for 60 years. Major obstacles to office D&Cs have been third-party payers, congressional action and governmental regulations, social mores, medicolegal practices, and specialization. Analysis of 310 offices D&Cs in a private gynecologic practice reveals a 300% reduction of patient short-term disability, 90% patient acceptability, 98% diagnostic accuracy, 450% improved physician time, approximately 450% cost reduction, and improved cost savings and income to patient and physician. The gynecologist has the substantial role in medical care decision-making. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that these very personal and individualized decisions must involve the patient as well. In order to maintain the most beneficial perspective and medical care decision-making, a hierarchy of values is presented: quality medical care, patient and physician satisfaction, economies of cost, and replicability. It is suggested that this praxeologic approach to the office D&C can be applied to other medical care decisions. PMID:7234913

  18. Inelastic compaction, dilation and hysteresis of sandstones under hydrostatic conditions

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    Shalev, Eyal; Lyakhovsky, Vladimir; Ougier-Simonin, Audrey; Hamiel, Yariv; Zhu, Wenlu

    2014-05-01

    Sandstones display non-linear and inelastic behaviour such as hysteresis when subjected to cyclic loading. We present three hydrostatic compaction experiments with multiple loading-unloading cycles on Berea and Darley Dale sandstones and explain their hysteretic behaviour using non-linear inelastic compaction and dilation. Each experiment included eight to nine loading-unloading cycles with increasing maximum pressure in each subsequent cycle. Different pressure-volumetric strain relations during loading and unloading were observed. During the first cycles, under relatively low pressures, not all of the volumetric strain is recovered at the end of each cycle whereas at the last cycles, under relatively high pressures, the strain is recovered and the pressure-volumetric strain hysteresis loops are closed. The observed pressure-volumetric strain relations are non-linear and the effective bulk modulus of the sandstones changes between cycles. Observations are modelled with two inelastic deformation processes: irreversible compaction caused by changes in grain packing and recoverable compaction associated with grain contact adhesion, frictional sliding on grains or frictional sliding on cracks. The irreversible compaction is suggested to reflect rearrangement of grains into a more compact mode as the maximum pressure increases. Our model describes the `inelastic compaction envelope' in which sandstone sample will follow during hydrostatic loading. Irreversible compaction occurs when pressure is greater than a threshold value defined by the `inelastic compaction envelope'.

  19. Epidemiology and genetics of dilated cardiomyopathy in the Indian context

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    Ushasree B

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM still remains to be a poorly understood and less analyzed group of cardiac-muscle disorders when compared to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM. Also, the vast clinical heterogeneity among the patients has rendered the small and isolated kindred studies less informative on the genetics and epidemiology of DCM. Aim of the study: The study aimed at understanding the epidemiology and genetics of DCMs in the Indian context. Materials and methods/ Statistical analysis: One hundred seven DCM patients and 105 healthy individuals were included in the study for epidemiological and genetic risk factor identification and to fit the possible mode of inheritance. Single′s ascertainment methodology for segregation analysis and Penrose frequency estimates were followed to evaluate for the role of specific epidemiological factors in the disease etiology. Chi-square analysis was carried out to interpret the results statistically. Results and Conclusion: Our study suggests that epidemiological factors like gender, age at onset and vegetarian diet in conjunction with sarcomere gene mutations may play a role in the disease expression. Similarly, segregation analysis for the possible mode of inheritance showed a deviation from the autosomal dominant mode of inheritance, strengthening the underlying genetic heterogeneity of DCM.

  20. The balloon system with stabilized platform and oriented submillimeter telescope: Design

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    Lapshin, V.; Leonov, V.; Levshuk, B.; Shekshnya, V.

    1994-02-01

    A large number of scientific ballooning programs in the interests both of fundamental sciences (astrophysics, solar physics, etc.) and applied research require fine spatial orientation in inertial space of scientific instruments installed on balloons. Among these, some of the actual programs are the investigations of astophysical objects in gamma- and X-ray, far-infrared/submillimeter regions, as are also high precision magnetometric measurements, the research of the Earth's atmosphere and related ecological problems. As an applied problem, the development of modern balloon-based communication systems is pointed out. A rather large amount of different balloon platforms is developed and used in modern practice of ballooning. The Academy of Sciences of Russia (ASR) provides the design of the balloon-borne oriented and stabilized platform from 1991 (Lebedev Physical Institute, ASR). We have designed and built the balloon platform, that is considered a universal device for future balloon research, where spatial orientation is required. At the first stage of this project, the design of the far-infared version of this platform was performed. The platform is equipped with an 1-meter Cassegrain type telescope (on scheme Nesmith). The primary mirror of spherical form (f/0.5) is made from special aluminum alloy: the construction of telescope is lightweight.