Sample records for burr superficial keratectomy

  1. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy for proud nebulae in keratoconus. (United States)

    Moodaley, L; Liu, C; Woodward, E G; O'Brart, D; Muir, M K; Buckley, R


    Contact lens intolerance in keratoconus may be due to the formation of a proud nebula at or near the apex of the cone. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy was performed as an outpatients with proud nebulae as treatment patients with proud nebulae as treatment for their contact lens intolerance. The mean period of contact lens wear before the development of intolerance was 13.4 years (range 2 to 27 years). Following the development of intolerance, three patients abandoned contact lens wear in the affected eye while the remainder experienced a reduction in comfortable wearing time (mean = 3.75 hours; range: 0-14 hours). All patients had good potential Snellen visual acuity with a contact lens of 6/9 (nine eyes) and 6/12 (one eye). The proud nebulae were directly ablated with a 193 nm ArF excimer laser using a 1 mm diameter beam. Between 100-150 pulses were sufficient to ablate the raised area. Patients experienced no pain during the procedure and reported minimal discomfort postoperatively. In all cases flattening of the proud nebulae was achieved. Seven patients were able to resume regular contact lens wear (mean wearing time = 10.17 hours; range 8 to 16 hours). In three patients, resumption of contact lens wear was unsuccessful because of cone steepness. All patients achieved postoperative Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better with a contact lens. Four patients experienced a loss of one line in Snellen acuity. The mean follow up period was 8.3 months (range 2 to 17 months). Excimer laser superficial keratectomy is a useful technique for the treatment of contact lens intolerance caused by proud nebulae in patients with keratoconus. Penetrating keratoplasty is thus avoided.

  2. Superficial keratectomy for chronic corneal ulcers refractory to medical treatment in 36 cats. (United States)

    Jégou, Jean-Pierre; Tromeur, Florence


    To review the outcome of a case series in which superficial keratectomy was used as a treatment for chronic corneal ulceration. Retrospective study Thirty-six cats (41 eyes) with ulcerative keratitis. Forty-one superficial lamellar keratectomies were performed. Thirty-two and a half percent (32.5%) of the ulcers were resolved within 2 weeks and 85% within 4 weeks after surgery. Nonhealing surgical cases after 4 weeks (13% of the eyes) resolved with prolonged postoperative medical treatment. The mean time to healing was 22.1 days (range 7-74 days). At the end of the follow-up period (mean 8.9 months, range 1-36 months), 82.5% of eyes had regained very good to excellent corneal transparency. Nine cases relapsed (21.9% of the eyes) after surgery. Of those cases, the cornea of eight cats healed after undergoing medical treatment, and one underwent a second limited superficial lamellar keratectomy. Superficial keratectomy in cats is an effective treatment to resolve chronic ulcerative keratitis refractory to medical treatment. © 2014 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  3. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy. (United States)

    Ayres, Brandon D; Rapuano, Christopher J


    Anterior corneal pathology, such as corneal scars and corneal stromal dystrophies, can be visually devastating. Over the past decade, there was a shift in treatment of these conditions from corneal transplantation to phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) using the 193 nm excimer laser for visual restoration. We have reviewed the recent literature on techniques for performing and refining PTK and also on various pathologic conditions that can be treated with PTK. The primary indications for PTK include anterior corneal dystrophies, such as lattice, granular, and Reis-Bückler's dystrophy. PTK can produce significant visual improvement in these patients, and corneal transplantation or retransplantation can be delayed. Corneal degenerations, such as Salzmann's nodular degeneration, keratoconus nodules, and climatic droplet keratopathy, also can be successfully treated with PTK. Additionally, anterior corneal scars from such etiologies as trauma, corneal ulcers, and prior refractive surgery can have visual improvement with PTK. In summary, PTK is a powerful tool for the management of anterior corneal pathology. In a properly selected and well-counseled patient, PTK can significantly improve vision and quality of life.

  4. Suboccipital burr holes and craniectomies. (United States)

    Ribas, Guilherme C; Rhoton, Albert L; Cruz, Oswaldo R; Peace, David


    The goal of this study was to delimit the external cranial projection of the transverse and sigmoid sinuses, and to establish initial strategic systematized burr hole sites for lateral infratentorial suboccipital approaches based on external cranial landmarks particularly related to the lambdoid, occipitomastoid, and parietomastoid sutures. The external cranial projection of the transverse and sigmoid sinuses was studied through their external outlining obtained with the aid of multiple small perforations made from inside to outside along the inner margins of the sinuses of 50 paired temporoparietooccipital regions in 25 dried adult human skulls. The burr hole placement was studied by evaluating the supratentorial, over-the-sinuses, and infratentorial components of 1-cm-diameter openings made at strategic sites identified in the initial part of the study, which was performed in another 50 paired temporoparietooccipital regions. The asterion and the midpoint of the inion-asterion line were found to be particularly related to the inferior half of the transverse sinus; the transverse and sigmoid sinuses' transition occurs 1 cm anteriorly to the asterion across the parietomastoid suture, and the most superior part of the sigmoid sinus is located anteriorly to the occipitomastoid suture, with its posterior margin crossing this suture posteriorly to the most superior aspect of the mastoid process, which is located at the most superior level of the mastoid notch. Burr holes made at the midpoint of the inion-asterion line, at the asterion, 1 cm anterior to the asterion, just inferiorly to the parietomastoid suture, and over the occipitomastoid suture at the most superior level of the mastoid notch are appropriate to expose the inferior half of the transverse sinus at its midpoint, the inferior half of the transverse sinus at its most lateral aspect, the transverse and sigmoid sinuses' transition, and the posterior margin of the basal aspect of the sigmoid sinus

  5. Progress in the battle with the burr

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    Gillespie, L.K.


    Although US industry still spends more for removing burrs than it needs to, significant improvements in deburring are developing. Standards for burrs are now in reasonably common use at many companies. The mechanisms by which burrs form and by which one can predict their properties have been documented, and some deburring economics have been described. Advances in a number of processes have emerged within the past two years, and the entire subject of deburring has been receiving greater emphasis in most high-technology countries than before.

  6. Corneal ectasia after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Leccisotti, Antonio


    Corneal ectasia after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) has only been occasionally reported, and its incidence has not been assessed. In a retrospective, non-comparative case series, incidence of corneal ectasia was evaluated in a personal consecutive 6453-case series of myopic PRK with a minimum follow-up of 18 months. Features and prognosis were evaluated in all patients with ectasia after PRK (in both personal and referred cases). Ectasia was detected in three eyes of two patients (patients 1 and 2) 3 years and 1 year after PRK performed elsewhere. In addition, in the personal PRK series, two eyes of two patients (patients 3 and 4) developed corneal ectasia 5 months after surgery (incidence: 0.03%). Pre-operatively, forme fruste keratoconus was present in patients 1, 3 and 4; keratoconus in the fellow eye in patient 2; pachymetry corneal ectasia in predisposed eyes, even after low myopic ablations. Forme fruste keratoconus and keratoconus in the fellow eye were the main pre-operative findings. Prognosis varies according to severity.

  7. Percutaneous epidural drainage through a burr hole

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    Priscila M Falsarella


    Full Text Available Intracranial extradural collection may cause an increase in intracranial pressure, requiring rapid emergency treatment to reduce morbidity and mortality. We described an alternative CT-guided percutaneous access for extradural collection drainage. We report a case of a patient with previous craniectomy for meningioma ressection who presented to the Emergency Department with symptoms of intracranial hypertension. Brains CT showed a extradural collection with subfalcine herniation. After multidisciplinary discussion a CT-guided percutaneous drainage through previous burr hole was performed. The patient was discharged after 36 hours of admission, without further symptoms. We describe a safe and effective alternative percutaneous access for extradural collection drainage in patients with previous burr hole.

  8. [Glycosaminoglycans in subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy]. (United States)

    Nakayasu, K; Gotoh, T; Ishikawa, T; Kanai, A


    We evaluated histochemically the characteristics of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the corneal subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy on rabbit corneas. We also performed the same evaluations on the cornea after mechanical keratectomy. Twenty days after the operations, the area immediately subjacent to the epithelium showed strong staining with toluidine blue, alcian blue, and colloidal iron. However, after treatment with chondroitinase ABC or chondroitinase AC, alcian blue staining in this area decreased dramatically. Antilarge proteoglycan antibody also reacted strongly in this area. Histochemical and immunohistochemical examination of the cornea where mechanical keratectomy was done showed basically similar findings with the cornea of excimer laser keratectomy. These results suggest that large-molecula proteoglycans with chondroitine sulfate side chains become localized in the subepithelial area after two different kinds of keratectomies. We presume from histochemical and immunohistochemical observations that the subepithelial opacity observed after excimer laser keratectomy is not a special reaction to excimer laser but simply a corneal scar formed after stromal resection.

  9. Finite Element Modeling of Burr Formation in Metal Cutting


    Min, Sangkee; Dornfeld, David; Kim, J.; Shyu, B.


    In order to advance understanding of the burr formation process, a series of finite element models are introduced. First a finite element model of the burr formation of two-dimensional orthogonal cutting is introduced and validated with experimental observations. A detailed and thorough examination of the drilling burr forming process is undertaken. This information is then used in the construction of an analytical model and, leads to development of a three-dimensional finite element mode...

  10. Fluorometholone-induced cataract after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Gürelik, G; Akata, F; Hasanreisoglu, B


    The use of topical corticosteroids following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is widespread. The major complications of potent corticosteroids are glaucoma and cataract formation; in order to decrease these complications, 0.1% fluorometholone administration is usually preferred after PRK. We report here a case of lens opacification which was induced by 0.1% fluorometholone administration after PRK in a period of 4 months. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of 0.1% fluorometholone-induced cataract after PRK.

  11. Corneal aldehyde dehydrogenase and glutathione S-transferase activity after excimer laser keratectomy in guinea pigs. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Bilgihan, A; Hasanreisoğlu, B; Turkozkan, N


    The free radical balance of the eye may be changed by excimer laser keratectomy. Previous studies have demonstrated that excimer laser keratectomy increases the corneal temperature, decreases the superoxide dismutase activity of the aqueous, and induces lipid peroxidation in the superficial corneal stroma. Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) are known to play an important role in corneal metabolism, particularly in detoxification of aldehydes, which are generated from free radical reactions. In three groups of guinea pigs mechanical corneal de-epithelialisation was performed in group I, superficial corneal photoablation in group II, and deep corneal photoablation in group III, and the corneal ALDH and GST activities measured after 48 hours. The mean ALDH and GST activities of group I and II showed no differences compared with the controls (p > 0.05). The corneal ALDH activities were found to be significantly decreased (p < 0.05) and GST activities increased (p < 0.05) in group III. These results suggest that excimer laser treatment of high myopia may change the ALDH and GST activities, metabolism, and free radical balance of the cornea.

  12. Nitric oxide levels of aqueous humor after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Adiguzel, U; Bilgihan, K; Ozdek, S C; Sancak, B; Hasanreisoglu, B


    To measure the nitric oxide (NO) levels of aqueous humor in rabbits after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and to evaluate the alterations of NO levels according to the PRK surgery steps, ablation depth, and time. Fifty eyes of 25 New Zealand white rabbits were included in the study. One eye was later randomly excluded from the study in order to equalize the number of eyes in groups. Eyes were divided into seven groups, each comprising seven eyes: unwounded control (Group 1), epithelial scrape (Group 2; aqueous humor samples taken at the 4th hour), superficial PRK (Group 3; samples taken at the 4th hour), deep PRK (Group 4; samples taken at the 4th hour), epithelial scrape (Group 5; samples taken at the 24th hour), superficial PRK (Group 6; samples taken at the 24th hour), and deep PRK (Group 7; samples taken at the 24th hour). The corneal epithelium was mechanically removed in surgical groups. The authors performed superficial corneal ablation (59 microm) in Groups 3 and 6 and deep corneal ablation (99 microm) in Groups 4 and 7. Aqueous humor samples were taken at the 4th hour (Groups 2-4) or 24th hour (Groups 5-7) after corneal surgeries. NO measurements were performed indirectly by using the Griess reaction with a spectrophotometer. Aqueous humor NO levels 4 hours after corneal surgery were statistically significantly lower than the control group (p0.05). At the 24th hour, the deep PRK group had significantly lower NO levels than both the control group and Groups 5 and 6 (p0.05) but remained stable at lower levels in deep PRK groups (p<0.05). Corneal surgery caused low NO levels in aqueous humor 4 hours after surgery. However, 24 hours after surgery, NO levels normalized following epithelial scrape and superficial PRK and were stable at lower levels in the deep PRK group. Complications of deep PRK application are possibly induced by low NO existence in the aqueous humor.

  13. Photorefractive keratectomy in refractive accommodative esotropia. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Akata, F; Or, M; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was performed on a 19-year-old man with hyperopic astigmatism and refractive accommodative esotropia. The patient was orthophoric while wearing spectacles, but had an esotropia of 30 prism dioptres at near and distance vision without spectacles. The best corrected visual acuity of the right eye was 20/50 and of the left eye was 20/20. The excessive accommodative convergence of the patient was eliminated by correcting the hyperopic refractive error by performing PRK, and the patient became orthophoric after the treatment.

  14. Corneal iron ring after hyperopic photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Akata, F; Gürelik, G; Adigüzel, U; Akpinar, M; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    To report the incidence and course of corneal iron deposition after hyperopic photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Gazi University, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, Ankara, Turkey. Between January 1995 and December 1997, 62 eyes had PRK to correct hyperopia. Nine eyes developed corneal iron ring 5 to 8 months (mean 6.25 months +/- 1.3 [SD]) after PRK for hyperopia. The rings persisted during the mean follow-up of 19 +/- 11.09 months. The ring-shaped iron deposition after PRK for hyperopia must be differentiated from the Fleischer ring. Our results suggest that the slitlamp findings of peripheral corneal iron deposition in hyperopic PRK patients correlate with achieved correction.

  15. The effect of excimer laser keratectomy on corneal glutathione-related enzymes in rabbits. (United States)

    Bilgihan, Ayşe; Bilgihan, Kamil; Yis, Ozgür; Yis, Nilgün Safak; Hasanreisoglu, Berati


    Glutathione related enzymes are involved in the metabolism and detoxification of cytotoxic and carcinogenic compounds as well as reactive oxygen species. Excimer laser is a very useful tool for the treatment of refractive errors and removing superficial corneal opacities. Previous studies have shown that excimer laser may initiate free radical formation in the cornea. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of excimer laser keratectomy on corneal glutathione-related enzyme activities in rabbits. Animals were divided into five groups, and all groups were compared with the controls (group 1), after epithelial scraping (group 2), transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (group 3), traditional PRK (group 4) and deep traditional PRK (group 5). Corneal glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione S-transferase (GST) and glutathione reductase (GR) activities were measured after 24h. Corneal GPx and GR activities significantly decreased only in group 5 (p < 0.05) but GST activities significantly decreased in all groups when compared with the control group (p < 0.05). In conclusion, excimer laser inhibits the glutathione dependent defense system in the cornea, this effect becomes more prominent after high doses of excimer laser energy and antioxidants may be useful to reduce free radical mediated complications.

  16. Early Keratectomy in the Treatment of Moderate Fusarium Keratitis (United States)

    Lin, Hsin-Chiung; Lin, Ja-Liang; Lin-Tan, Dan-Tzu; Ma, Hui-Kang; Chen, Hung-Chi


    Purpose To evaluate the treatment outcomes and costs of early keratectomy in the management of moderate Fusarium keratitis. Methodology/Principal Findings Consecutive cases of culture proven Fusarium keratitis treated at our hospital between January 2004 to December 2010 were included in this retrospective study. There were 38 cases of moderate keratitis with infiltrates between 3 to 6 mm in diameter and depth of infiltration not exceeding the inner 1/3 of the cornea. After excluding 5 patients with incomplete follow-up data, 13 patients who received early keratectomy within 1 week of admission were compared with a group of 20 patients treated medically. The significance of the association between early keratectomy and visual acuity, progression to perforation, secondary glaucoma and cataract formation, adjuvant therapy, hospitalization days and cost were assessed. There were no differences between the keratectomy and medication groups in regards to age, sex, presence of systemic diseases, and hypopyon formation on presentation. The early keratectomy group had a shorter hospital stay than the medical therapy group. Disease duration was significantly lower in the early keratectomy group (median: 29.0 vs. 54.5 days, Pkeratitis may reduce length of hospital stay, hospital costs, and perforation rates. PMID:22936982

  17. Update on laser subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK). (United States)

    Yee, Richard W; Yee, Steven B


    This study reviews current concepts in laser subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), variations in LASEK techniques, the role of pharmacology in LASEK, and optimizing outcomes in LASEK. Recent studies continue to support the use of LASEK over that of LASIK in the correction of refractive error. In addition, the advent of pharmacological/biologic intervention, improved algorithms, and wavefront technology have expanded the armamentarium available to ophthalmologists in the maximization of LASEK outcomes. LASEK offers an excellent profile in terms of both final outcome (uncorrected visual acuity) and safety (best corrected visual acuity). Untoward effects of LASEK are readily prevented/treated with a variety of agents. Postoperative pain can be ameliorated using topical and oral analgesia. Infection can be most effectively addressed with the fourth generation of fluoroquinolones. Haze may be treated or prevented using numerous remedies namely autologous serum, steroids, ascorbic acid, mitomycin-c, and NSAIDS. Wavefront combined with LASEK rather than with LASIK may offer the best refractive outcome.

  18. Changes in stereopsis after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Hashemian, Hesam; Khodaparast, Mehdi; Anvari, Pasha


    To evaluate the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on the stereopsis of myopic and hyperopic patients. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran. Prospective case series. This study included patients having PRK to achieve emmetropia. The patients were divided into the following 3 groups: low myopia (-6.0 D), and hyperopia (<+4.0 D). Near stereoacuity was measured using the Randot test under photopic conditions (with corrective glasses) at 40 cm preoperatively (with corrective glasses) and 1, 3, and 12 months postoperatively. Repeated-measure analysis of variance was used to assess changes in stereopsis over time in the 3 groups. Each group comprised 60 patients. The mean preoperative stereoacuity was 121.16 seconds of arc (arcsec) ± 149.92 (SD), improving to 83.66 ± 75.84 arcsec 1 month postoperatively and 80.66 ± 64.31 arcsec at 3 months (both P < .001). It remained unchanged (83.33 ± 75.01 arcsec) at 12 months (P = .610). Patients with high myopia had the greatest improvement in stereopsis after PRK compared with low myopic and hyperopic patients (P < .001). The improvement in stereoacuity was significantly higher in the severe anisometropic group; the lowest improvement was in the group without anisometropia. Photorefractive keratectomy could result in an improvement in stereopsis. Patients with high myopia benefitted most from PRK in terms of improvement in stereopsis. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Corneal modeling for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy (United States)

    Della Vecchia, Michael A.; Lamkin-Kennard, Kathleen


    Procedurally, excimer photorefractive keratectomy is based on the refractive correction of composite spherical and cylindrical ophthalmic errors of the entire eye. These refractive errors are inputted for correction at the corneal plane and for the properly controlled duration and location of laser energy. Topography is usually taken to correspondingly monitor spherical and cylindrical corneorefractive errors. While a corneal topographer provides surface morphologic information, the keratorefractive photoablation is based on the patient's spherical and cylindrical spectacle correction. Topography is at present not directly part of the procedural deterministic parameters. Examination of how corneal curvature at each of the keratometric reference loci affect the shape of the resultant corneal photoablated surface may enhance the accuracy of the desired correction. The objective of this study was to develop a methodology to utilize corneal topography for construction of models depicting pre- and post-operative keratomorphology for analysis of photorefractive keratectomy. Multiple types of models were developed then recreated in optical design software for examination of focal lengths and other optical characteristics. The corneal models were developed using data extracted from the TMS I corneal modeling system (Computed Anatomy, New York, NY). The TMS I does not allow for manipulation of data or differentiation of pre- and post-operative surfaces within its platform, thus models needed to be created for analysis. The data were imported into Matlab where 3D models, surface meshes, and contour plots were created. The data used to generate the models were pre- and post-operative curvatures, heights from the corneal apes, and x-y positions at 6400 locations on the corneal surface. Outlying non-contributory points were eliminated through statistical operations. Pre- and post- operative models were analyzed to obtain the resultant changes in the corneal surfaces during PRK


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    from vaporised and/or ionised material. As a result, vaporised melt material is sprayed to the sides or upwards along the sides of a drilled hole. These squirts can either damage the surface around the processed area or result in an upward burr. The method according to the invention provides...... an additional local steam/plasma pressure causing the ejected material to change direction in such a manner that the surface of the material is not damaged or a stricking burr is not formed. The local steam/plasma pressure can, for instance, be provided by an intense secondary laser beam being emitted downwards...

  1. Comparative study between cortical bone graft versus bone dust for reconstruction of cranial burr holes


    Worm, Paulo Valdeci; Ferreira, Nelson Pires; Faria, Mário de Barros; Ferreira, Marcelo Paglioli; Kraemer, Jorge Luiz; Collares, Marcus Vinicius Martins


    Background: As a consequence of the progressive evolution of neurosurgical techniques, there has been increasing concern with the esthetic aspects of burr holes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare the use of cortical bone graft and bone dust for correcting cranial deformities caused by neurosurgical trephines. Methods: Twenty-three patients were enrolled for cranial burr hole reconstruction with a 1-year follow-up. A total of 108 burr holes were treated; 36 burr holes were ...

  2. Photorefractive keratectomy in eyes with congenital nystagmus. (United States)

    Siganos, D S; Evangelatou, K A; Papadaki, T G; Katsanevaki, V J; Dagos, A I; Pallikaris, I G


    We report 2 eyes of 2 patients with nystagmus and myopia who underwent photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) to correct myopia. A 32-year old male patient with a baseline spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/40 had PRK with an Aesculap Meditec MEL 60 excimer laser with a suction ring system for correction of a spherical equivalent of -8.25 diopters (D). A 19-year old male patient with baseline spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/50 had PRK with an Autonomous Technologies T-PRK flying spot and tracking excimer laser to correct a spherical equivalent of -5.00 D. Twenty-seven months after PRK, the operated eye of the 32-year old patient had an uncorrected visual acuity of 20/32 and a spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/25. Six months postoperatively, the operated eye of the 19-year old patient had uncorrected and spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/50. Patients with nystagmus are eligible for PRK to correct their refractive error with these two laser systems.

  3. Management of a Nonhealing, Superficial Corneal Ulcer in a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus). (United States)

    Waugh, Lynnette; Pucket, Jonathan; Cole, Gretchen A; D'Agostino, Jennifer


    A 26-year-old, female hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) was presented for ophthalmology consultation for a history of a chronic, nonhealing corneal ulcer of the right eye. On examination, a 5 × 4-mm axial, superficial corneal ulcer with loose epithelial edges was found. During multiple recheck examinations over 4 months, the ulcer was treated by debridement with a sterile cotton-tipped applicator, diamond burr debridement, diamond burr debridement with cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive, and grid keratotomy with cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive, all performed under anesthesia with eventual resolution of the corneal ulcer.

  4. Hole quality and burr reduction in drilling aluminium sheets

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    Pilny, Lukas; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Piska, Miroslav


    Optimization of the metal drilling process requires creation of minimum amount of burrs and uniform appearance of the drilled holes. In this paper, an experimental investigation was performed on 2 mm sheets of wrought aluminium alloy Al99.7Mg0.5Cu-H24, using 1.6 and 2 mm diameter drills. Cutting...

  5. Hole quality and burr reduction in drilling aluminium sheets

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    Pilny, Lukas; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Piska, Miroslav


    Optimization of the metal drilling process requires creation of minimum amount of burrs and uniform appearance of the drilled holes. In this paper, an experimental investigation was performed on 2 mm sheets of wrought aluminium alloy Al99.7Mg0.5Cu-H24, using 1.6 and 2 mm diameter drills. Cutting...

  6. Burr Hole Drainage for Complicated Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension Syndrome

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    Yu-Fang Liu


    Full Text Available Spontaneous intracranial hypotension is a potentially severe condition that is caused by continuous cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Clinically, most patients have a benign course and the condition remits after conservative management. We report two consecutive patients who presented with acute expansion of subdural collection and disturbed consciousness. Both patients recovered completely after undergoing burr hole drainage.

  7. 21 CFR 886.4070 - Powered corneal burr. (United States)


    ... to remove rust rings from the cornea of the eye. (b) Classification. Class I (general controls). When intended only for rust ring removal, the device is exempt from the premarket notification procedures in... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Powered corneal burr. 886.4070 Section 886.4070...

  8. Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for the Treatment of Clinically Presumed Fungal Keratitis

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    Liang-Mao Li


    Full Text Available This retrospective study was to evaluate treatment outcomes of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK for clinically presumed fungal keratitis. Forty-seven eyes of 47 consecutive patients underwent manual superficial debridement and PTK. All corneal lesions were located in the anterior stroma and were resistant to medication therapy for at least one week. Data were collected by a retrospective chart review with at least six months of follow-up data available. After PTK, infected corneal lesions were completely removed and the clinical symptoms resolved in 41 cases (87.2%. The mean ablation depth was 114.39±45.51 μm and diameter of ablation was 4.06±1.07 mm. The mean time for healing of the epithelial defect was 8.8±5.6 days. Thirty-four eyes (82.9% showed an improvement in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity of two or more lines. PTK complications included mild to moderate corneal haze, hyperopic shift, irregular astigmatism, and thinning cornea. Six eyes (12.8% still showed progressed infection, and conjunctival flap covering, amniotic membrane transplantation, or penetrating keratoplasty were given. PTK is a valuable therapeutic alternative for superficial infectious keratitis. It can effectively eradicate lesions, hasten reepithelialization, and restore and preserve useful visual function. However, the selection of surgery candidates should be conducted carefully.

  9. The effect of excimer laser keratectomy on corneal glutathione peroxidase activities and aqueous humor selenium levels in rabbits. (United States)

    Yis, Ozgür; Bilgihan, Ayşe; Bilgihan, Kamil; Yis, Nilgün Safak; Hasanreisoğlu, Berati


    The formation of free oxygen radicals has been demonstrated in the corneal tissue after 193 nm laser irradiation. Cornea has several defense mechanisms that protect against oxidative damage. One of them, glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalyzes the destruction of hydrogen peroxide and lipid hydroperoxide. Selenium is a trace element which is incorporated into the selenoenzyme GPx. In the present study, the effect of excimer laser keratectomy on corneal GPx activities and aqueous humor selenium concentrations in rabbits was evaluated. Animals were divided into five groups, and all groups were compared: controls (group 1), after epithelial scraping (group 2), transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy(PRK; group 3), superficial traditional PRK (50 microm; group 4) and deep traditional PRK (100 microm; group 5). Corneal GPx activities were measured by a modification of the coupled assay procedure. Aqueous humor selenium concentrations were determined using hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry. Corneal GPx activities were significantly lower only in group 5 ( P<0.05), and the selenium concentration in the aqueous humor did not change in any group. Deep corneal photoablation inhibits GPx enzyme activities in the cornea. Therefore, antioxidants may be useful in reducing free radical-mediated complications after excimer laser corneal photoablation.

  10. Histopathological features of equine superficial, nonhealing, corneal ulcers. (United States)

    Hempstead, Julie E; Clode, Alison B; Borst, Luke B; Gilger, Brian C


    To evaluate corneal changes associated with chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcers in horses via common histopathological stains. Retrospective study. Twenty-four horses diagnosed with chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulceration. The medical records of horses evaluated at North Carolina State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (NCSU-VTH) from 2005 to 2011, diagnosed with a chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcer and treated with superficial keratectomy (SK) were reviewed. Inclusion criteria were superficial corneal ulceration, no cellular infiltration via slit-lamp biomicroscopy, no microorganisms evident on corneal cytology, and acquisition of samples for aerobic bacterial and common fungal cultures. Corneal tissue samples were evaluated histopathologically for the presence or absence of a nonadherent epithelial 'lip', epithelial dysmaturity, intraepithelial inflammatory cells, an acellular hyaline zone in the anterior stroma, and stromal inflammatory cells, fibrosis and vascularization. In the majority of analyzed samples, epithelial cells adjacent to the ulcerated site showed nonadherence to the basement membrane and dysmaturity. Intraepithelial inflammatory cell infiltration was uncommon. Histopathological features of an anterior stromal hyaline zone, intrastromal inflammation, fibrosis and vascularization were variably present. The most consistent histopathological characteristics of equine chronic, nonhealing, superficial, corneal ulcers include epithelial nonadherence, epithelial dysmaturity and mild to moderate stromal inflammation; however, one set of histopathological characteristics does not definitively define this syndrome in horses. Additionally, the anterior stromal acellular hyaline zone commonly cited in canine spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCED) is not a consistent finding in equine corneas. © 2013 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  11. Study on Burr Formation at the Top Edge in Rectangular Groove Cutting


    Wen Jun Deng; Zi Chun Xie; Ping Lin; Tong Kui Xu


    Previous research on burr formation in machining operations has usually been limited to the study of the rollover burr in the cutting direction. In this paper, a 3D finite element model to simulate rectangular groove cutting operation has been developed using commercial finite element software, employing experimentally determined mechanical properties at elevated strain rates and temperatures. The plastic deformation behavior and three-dimensional burr formation during rectangular groove cutt...

  12. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies

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    Erdem Yuksel


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. Methods: The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD. Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA, best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Results: Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD of 18 patients (10 men and eight women were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18. The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43 and after recurrences (p>0.71. There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. Conclusion: PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  13. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies. (United States)

    Yuksel, Erdem; Cubuk, Mehmet Ozgur; Eroglu, Hulya Yazıcı; Bilgihan, Kamil


    To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC) for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD). Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA), best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD) of 18 patients (10 men and eight women) were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18). The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43) and after recurrences (p>0.71). There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  14. Study on Burr Formation at the Top Edge in Rectangular Groove Cutting

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    Wen Jun Deng


    Full Text Available Previous research on burr formation in machining operations has usually been limited to the study of the rollover burr in the cutting direction. In this paper, a 3D finite element model to simulate rectangular groove cutting operation has been developed using commercial finite element software, employing experimentally determined mechanical properties at elevated strain rates and temperatures. The plastic deformation behavior and three-dimensional burr formation during rectangular groove cutting is investigated. The simulated burr profile and cutting force prove that the developed model can capture the thermo-mechanical mechanisms in rectangular groove cutting and can simulate burr development with considerable accuracy. The study concentrates on the influence of cutting parameters on burr formation which are also conducted. The results show that the feed rate and rake angle are the cutting parameters which have a major influence on burr size in the groove cutting operation. And the effect of cutting velocity and minor clearance angle in the traditional range on burr size are quite limited.

  15. Researches regarding the reducing of burr size by optimising the cutting parameters on a CNC milling machine

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    Biriş Cristina


    Full Text Available This paper presents some experimental researches regarding burrs dimensions reduction that appear after the milling process together with an approach to reduce or eliminate the burrs resulted after this process. In order to reduce burrs dimensions, the milling process was executed with different cutting parameters and strategies then the results were evaluated.

  16. Photorefractive keratectomy for post-penetrating keratoplasty myopia and astigmatism. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Ozdek, S C; Akata, F; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    To determine the safety, effectiveness, and predictability of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia and astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty. Gazi University, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, Ankara, Turkey. Photorefractive keratectomy was performed in 16 eyes of 16 patients with postkeratoplasty myopia and astigmatism who were unable to wear glasses due to anisometropia and were contact lens intolerant. They were examined for uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), and corneal transplant integrity before and after surgery. The mean follow-up after PRK was 26.0 months +/- 15.7 (SD) (range 12 to 63 months). The mean preoperative spherical equivalent refraction of -4.47 +/- 1.39 diopters (D) was -3.39 +/- 1.84 D (P >.05) at the last postoperative visit and the mean preoperative cylinder of -5.62 +/- 2.88 D was -3.23 +/- 1.70 D (P <.05); refractive regression correlated with the amount of ablation performed. The BSCVA decreased in 3 eyes (18.8%), and the UCVA decreased in 2 (12.5%). Six eyes (37.5%) had grade 2 to 3 haze, which resolved spontaneously in 4 eyes within a relatively long time but caused a decrease in BSCVA in 2 (12.5%). Two of the eyes (12.5%) had a rejection episode after PRK and were successfully treated with topical steroids. Photorefractive keratectomy to correct postkeratoplasty myopia and astigmatism appears to be less effective and less predictable than PRK for naturally occurring myopia and astigmatism. Corneal haze and refractive regression are more prevalent, and patient satisfaction is not good.

  17. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of the Burr Orbital Motion in Rotational Atherectomy with Particle Image Velocimetry Validation. (United States)

    Zheng, Yihao; Liu, Yang; Pitre, John J; Bull, Joseph L; Gurm, Hitinder S; Shih, Albert J


    Rotational atherectomy (RA) uses a high-speed rotating burr introduced via a catheter through the artery to remove hardened atherosclerotic plaque. Current clinical RA technique lacks consensus on burr size and rotational speed. The rotating burr orbits inside the artery due to the fluid force of the blood. Different from a common RA technique of upsizing burrs for larger luminal gain, a small burr can orbit to treat a large lumen. A 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was developed to simulate the burr motion and study the fluid flow and force in RA. A particle image velocimetry experiment was conducted to measure and validate the flow field including the radial and axial velocities and a pair of counter-rotating vortices near the burr equator in CFD. The hydraulic force on the burr and the contact force between the burr and the arterial wall were estimated by CFD. The contact force can be reduced by using smaller burr and lower rotational speed. Utilizing the small burr orbital motion has the potential to be an improved RA technique.

  18. Formation of interlayer gap and control of interlayer burr in dry drilling of stacked aluminum alloy plates

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    Tian Wei


    Full Text Available In aircraft assembly, interlayer burr formation in dry drilling of stacked metal materials is a common problem. Traditional manual deburring operation seriously affects the assembly quality and assembly efficiency, is time-consuming and costly, and is not conducive to aircraft automatic assembly based on industrial robot. In this paper, the formation of drilling exit burr and the influence of interlayer gap on interlayer burr formation were studied, and the mechanism of interlayer gap formation in drilling stacked aluminum alloy plates was investigated, a simplified mathematical model of interlayer gap based on the theory of plates and shells and finite element method was established. The relationship between interlayer gap and interlayer burr, as well as the effect of feed rate and pressing force on interlayer burr height and interlayer gap was discussed. The result shows that theoretical interlayer gap has a positive correlation with interlayer burr height and preloading pressing force is an effective method to control interlayer burr formation.

  19. Superficial venous disease. (United States)

    Brown, Kellie R; Rossi, Peter J


    Superficial venous disease is a common clinical problem. The concerning disease states of the superficial venous system are venous reflux, varicose veins, and superficial venous thrombosis. Superficial venous reflux can be a significant contributor to chronic venous stasis wounds of the lower extremity, the treatment of which can be costly both in terms of overall health care expenditure and lost working days for affected patients. Although commonly thought of as a benign process, superficial venous thrombosis is associated with several underlying pathologic processes, including malignancy and deep venous thrombosis. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  20. Mathematical Model to estimate the wind power using four-parameter Burr distribution (United States)

    Liu, Sanming; Wang, Zhijie; Pan, Zhaoxu


    When the real probability of wind speed in the same position needs to be described, the four-parameter Burr distribution is more suitable than other distributions. This paper introduces its important properties and characteristics. Also, the application of the four-parameter Burr distribution in wind speed prediction is discussed, and the expression of probability distribution of output power of wind turbine is deduced.

  1. Recurrence relations for higher moments of order statistics from doubly truncated Burr distribution

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    Narinder Pushkarna


    Full Text Available In this paper, we have obtained recurrence relations for higher moments of order statistics from doubly truncated Burr distribution, which enable one to obtain all the single, double (product and higher moments of any order of all order statistics for any sample size from doubly truncated Burr distribution in a simple recursive manner, thus generalizing the earlier work done by Khan and Khan (1987 and also by Pushkarna, Saran and Tiwari (2012.

  2. Outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy in patients with atypical topography. (United States)

    Movahedan, Hossein; Namvar, Ehsan; Farvardin, Mohsen


    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is at risk of serious complications such as corneal ectasia, which can reduce corrected distance visual acuity. The rate of complications of PRK is higher in patients with atypical topography. To determine the outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy in patients with atypical topography. This cross-sectional study was done in 2015 in Shiraz in Iran. We included 85 eyes in this study. The samples were selected using a simple random sampling method. All patients were under evaluation for uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, manifest refraction, corneal topography, central corneal thickness using pentacam, slit-lamp microscopy, and detailed fondus evaluation. The postoperative examination was done 1-7 years after surgery. Data were analyzed using IBM SPSS 21.0 version. To analyze the data, descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation), chi-square, and independent samples t-test were used. We studied 85 eyes. Among the patients, 23 (27.1%) were male and 62 (72.9%) were female. Mean age of the participants was 28.25±5.55 years. Mean postoperative refraction was - 0.37±0.55 diopters. Keratoconus or corneal ectasia was not reported in any patient in this study. There was no statistically significant difference between SI index before and after operation (p=0.736). Mean preoperative refraction was -3.84 ± 1.46 diopters in males and -4.20±1.96 diopters in females; thus there was not statistically significant difference (p = 0.435). PRK is a safe and efficient photorefractive surgery and is associated with low complication rate in patients with atypical topography.

  3. Results of photorefractive keratectomy in keratoconus suspects at 4 years. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Ozdek, S C; Konuk, O; Akata, F; Hasanreisoglu, B


    We studied the long-term results of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in keratoconus suspects detected by videokeratography (TMS). Bilateral inferior corneal steepening was detected in 6 candidates for PRK presenting with moderate myopia or astigmatism. Mean follow-up was 44.5 +/- 4.4 months (range, 38 to 54 mo). Mean spherical equivalent refraction was -5.18 +/- 1.60 D (mean sphere, -4.73 D; mean cyclinder, -0.92 D) which was stable for at least the preceding year. The quantitative measurement of inferior corneal steepening (I-S value) was greater than +1.60 (mean, 1.83 +/- 0.11) in all eyes. An Aesculap Meditec Mel 60 excimer laser was used for the PRK procedures and mean follow-up was 44.5 months. Postoperative pachymetric measurements were also performed in 6 eyes. Postoperative uncorrected visual acuity was 20/20 in 8 eyes (66.6%) and 20/32 or better in all eyes with a mean postoperative spherical equivalent refraction of -0.70 +/- 0.74 D (mean sphere, -0.63 D; mean cyclinder, -0.39 D). Five eyes (41.6%) were within +/- 0.50 D spherical equivalent refraction. Inferior steepening was associated with thinning of the inferior cornea which was statistically significantly thinner than the superior thickness (Student's t-test, P < .05). There were no wound healing problems or any sign that the excimer laser adversely affected the cornea during follow-up. Photorefractive keratectomy seems to be a safe procedure for reducing or eliminating myopia or astigmatism in keratoconus suspect eyes-most probably forme fruste keratoconus-with a stable refraction, but this may be different in eyes with early keratoconus, known to be a progressive disease.

  4. Multiple limbal haemangiosarcomas in a border collie dog: management by lamellar keratectomy/sclerectomy and strontium-90 beta plesiotherapy. (United States)

    Donaldson, D; Sansom, J; Murphy, S; Scase, T


    An eight-year-old, neutered, male border collie dog was presented with a six-week history of left ocular discomfort and a raised, red mass at the lateral limbus. The right eye had been enucleated approximately 12 months previously following suspected trauma when the eye had become red and painful. The mass was excised using superficial keratectomy/sclerectomy and the surgery site was treated with strontium-90 beta radiation. Histopathological findings were consistent with a diagnosis of haemangiosarcoma. Immunohistochemical staining showed uniform expression of CD31 in neoplastic cells, confirming their endothelial origin. Two further treatments with strontium-90 beta radiation were applied to the surgical site at weekly intervals. Twenty-six weeks after surgery, a second, raised, red limbal mass became apparent at the medial limbus of the left eye. Surgical excision and adjuvant strontium-90 beta plesiotherapy were performed as described for the initial tumour. Routine histopathological analysis confirmed haemangiosarcoma at this site. Eighty-six weeks following the initial presentation, no recurrence of ocular haemangiosarcoma was evident.

  5. Outcome of burr hole surgery in the emergency room for severe acute subdural hematoma

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    Park, Young-Soo; Hironaka, Yasuhiro; Motoyama, Yasushi; Asai, Hideki; Watanabe, Tomoo; Nishio, Kenji; Nakase, Hiroyuki; Okuchi, Kazuo


    We have performed burr hole surgery in the emergency room for severe acute subdural hematoma from April 2007 in twenty five patients. All patients were deep comatose and showed cerebral herniation sign with bilateral pupillary abnormalities. Burr hole surgeries were performed as soon as possible after CT evaluation. Continually decomporresive craiectomies were followed if clinical improvements were achieved and mild baribiturate-moderate hypothermia combined (MB-MH) therapy was induced postoperatively in some cases. The mean average was 65.6 years (range 16-93). The causes of head injuries were traffic accident in 9, fall down in 13 and unknown in 3. The mean Glasgow coma scale (GCS) on admission was 4.4 (range 3-9). The mean time interval from arrival to burr hole surgery was 33.5 minutes (range 21-50 minutes). Decompressive craniectomy was indicated in 14 cases and MB-MH therapy was induced in 13 cases. The overall clinical outcome consisted of good recovery in 3, moderate disability in 2, severe disability in 3, persistent vegetative state in 3 and death in 14. Favorable results can be expected even in patients with serious acute subdural hematoma. Emergent burr hole surgery was effective to decrease intracranial pressure rapidly and to save time. So active burr hole surgery in the emergency room is strongly recommended to all cases of severe acute subdural hematoma. (author)

  6. Comparative study between cortical bone graft versus bone dust for reconstruction of cranial burr holes. (United States)

    Worm, Paulo V; Ferreira, Nelson P; Faria, Mario B; Ferreira, Marcelo P; Kraemer, Jorge L; Collares, Marcus V M


    As a consequence of the progressive evolution of neurosurgical techniques, there has been increasing concern with the esthetic aspects of burr holes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare the use of cortical bone graft and bone dust for correcting cranial deformities caused by neurosurgical trephines. Twenty-three patients were enrolled for cranial burr hole reconstruction with a 1-year follow-up. A total of 108 burr holes were treated; 36 burr holes were reconstructed with autogenous cortical bone discs (33.3%), and the remaining 72 with autogenous wet bone powder (66.6%). A trephine was specifically designed to produce this coin-shaped bone plug of 14 mm in diameter, which fit perfectly over the burr holes. The reconstructions were studied 12 months after the surgical procedure, using three-dimensional quantitative computed tomography. Additionally, general and plastic surgeons blinded for the study evaluated the cosmetic results of those areas, attributing scores from 0 to 10. The mean bone densities were 987.95 ± 186.83 Hounsfield units (HU) for bone fragment and 473.55 ± 220.34 HU for bone dust (P holes because of their lower degree of bone resorption and, consequently, better cosmetic results. The lack of donor site morbidity associated with procedural low cost qualifies the cortical autograft as the first choice for correcting cranial defects created by neurosurgical trephines.

  7. Photorefractive keratectomy for visual rehabilitation of anisometropia induced by retinal detachment surgery. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Ozdek, S C; Gürelik, G; Adigüzel, U; Onol, M; Hasanreisoglu, B


    To evaluate the efficacy of unilateral photorefractive keratectomy to correct anisometropia induced by retinal detachment surgery. Photorefractive keratectomy was performed in 10 eyes of 10 patients with anisometropia induced by previous retinal detachment surgery. The Aesculap Meditec MEL 60 excimer laser was used. Preoperative mean spherical equivalent refraction was -5.20 D. Mean postoperative spherical equivalent refraction was -0.25 D after a mean follow-up of 12.9 months. Mean preoperative spherical equivalent refraction difference between two eyes of 4.87 D was decreased to a mean 0.60 D postoperatively (t-test, P < .0001). All patients were free of anisometropic symptoms after laser surgery. Unilateral photorefractive keratectomy seems to be an effective method to correct anisometropia induced by conventional retinal detachment surgery, especially for patients with spectacle and contact lens intolerance.

  8. Microbiological study of disposable soft contact lenses after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Dantas, P E; Nishiwaki-Dantas, M C; Ojeda, V H; Holzchuh, N; Mimica, L J


    To evaluate the bacterial contamination of bandage disposable soft contact lenses used in patients following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and to correlate our findings with clinical data. Forty-six patients (81 eyes) underwent PRK. Immediately after each procedure, disposable soft contact lenses were positioned with sterile forceps. After 3 days, the lenses were removed in a sterile manner, placed in sterile Eppendorf pipettes containing 8 mL of enriched brain heart infusion broth, and analyzed for microbial contamination. Seven positive cultures were found: six gram positive cocci (7.4%) and one gram negative bacillus (1.2%). There was no clinical correlation with these findings. Isolated microorganisms were similar to those described in the literature as agents of bacterial keratitis and are components of the normal ocular flora. Klebsiela pneumoniae--considered an occasional or transient flora--was the exception. All isolated microorganisms but K. pneumoniae were sensitive to most of the antibiotics tested. Our findings suggest that the risk of infectious keratitis after PRK related to soft contact lens wear for 3 days seems to be low, which may be because lenses were not manipulated by the patient during the wearing period, and the postoperative antibiotic regimen was strictly followed by patients. However, care should be taken to instruct patients in proper lens care practices to reduce the risk of bacterial keratitis in contact lens wear following PRK.

  9. Histology and ultrastructure of picosecond laser intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy (ISPRK) (United States)

    Krueger, Ronald R.; Quantock, Andrew J.; Ito, Mitsutoshi; Assil, Kerry K.; Schanzlin, David J.


    Picosecond intrastromal ablation is currently under investigation as a new minimally invasive way of correcting refractive error. When the laser pulses are placed in an expanding spiral pattern along a lamellar plane, the technique is called intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy (ISPRK). We performed ISPRK on six human eye bank eyes. Thirty picosecond pulses at 1000 Hz and 20 - 25 (mu) J per pulse were separated by 15 microns. A total of 3 layers were placed in the anterior stroma separated by 15 microns. The eyes were then preserved and sectioned for light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Light and scanning electron microscopy reveals that picosecond intrastromal ablation using an ISPRK pattern demonstrates multiple, coalescing intrastromal cavities oriented parallel to the corneal surface. These cavities possess a smooth appearing inner wall. Using transmission electron microscopy, we noticed tissue loss surrounding some cavities with collagen fibril termination and thinning of collagen lamella. Other cavities we formed by separation of lamella with little evidence of tissue loss. A pseudomembrane lines the edge of some cavities. Although underlying tissue disruption was occasionally seen along the border of a cavity in no case was there any evidence of thermal damage or tissue necrosis. Ablation and loss of tissue in ISPRK results in nonthermal microscopic corneal thinning around some cavities whereas others demonstrate only lamellar separation. Alternative patterns and energy parameters should be investigated to bring this technology to its full potential in refractive surgery.

  10. Burr hole washout versus craniotomy for chronic subdural hematoma: patient outcome and cost analysis. (United States)

    Regan, Jacqueline M; Worley, Emmagene; Shelburne, Christopher; Pullarkat, Ranjit; Watson, Joseph C


    Chronic subdural hematomas (CSDH), which are frequently encountered in neurosurgical practice, are, in the majority of cases, ideally treated with surgical drainage. Despite this common practice, there is still controversy surrounding the best surgical procedure. With lack of clear evidence of a superior technique, surgeons are free to base the decision on other factors that are not related to patient care. A retrospective chart review of 119 patients requiring surgical drainage of CSDH was conducted at a large tertiary care center over a three-year period. Of the cases reviewed, 58 patients underwent craniotomy, while 61 patients underwent burr hole washout. The study focused on re-operation rates, mortality, and morbidity, as measured by Glasgow coma scores (GCS), discharge Rankin disability scores, and discharge disposition. Secondary endpoints included length of stay and cost of procedure. Burr hole washout was superior to craniotomy with respect to patient outcome, length of stay and recurrence rates. In both study groups, patients required additional surgical procedures (6.6% of burr hole patients and 24.1% of craniotomy patients) (P = 0.0156). Of the patients treated with craniotomy, 51.7% were discharged home, whereas 65.6% of the burr hole patients were discharged home. Patients who underwent burr hole washout spent a mean of 78.8 minutes in the operating suite while the patients undergoing craniotomy spent 129.4 minutes (P craniotomy group (P = 0.0465). Based on this retrospective study, burr hole washout is superior for both patients' clinical and financial outcome; however, prospective long-term multicenter clinical studies are required to verify these findings.

  11. Delayed healing of corneal epithelium after phototherapeutic keratectomy for lattice dystrophy. (United States)

    Das, Sujata; Langenbucher, Achim; Seitz, Berthold


    To evaluate the time period necessary for complete epithelial healing after phototherapeutic keratectomy (o-PTK) carried out for various superficial corneal opacities. A total of 197 eyes were divided into 9 groups: group 1, Cogan dystrophy including recurrences (n = 15); group 2, Reis Bucklers dystrophy including recurrences (n = 12); group 3, granular dystrophy including recurrences (n = 63); group 4, lattice dystrophy including recurrences (n = 19); group 5, macular dystrophy including recurrences (n = 10); group 6, herpetic scars (n = 5); group 7, corneal scars of nonherpetic origin (including scrofulous, traumatic, central keratoconus, post-pterygium surgery) (n = 31); group 8, Salzmann nodular degeneration (n = 22); and group 9, miscellaneous (such as bullous keratopathy, acute chemical burn, corneal degeneration) (n = 20). After o-PTK, patients were examined daily at the slit lamp using fluorescein and blue light. The time period necessary for complete healing of the epithelial defect was compared among these groups. Delayed healing was considered where the epithelium was not closed after 7 days. One hundred sixty-one eyes (95%) healed within 7 days. Overall, 63%, 80%, and 85% of epithelial defects were closed within 3, 4, and 5 days, respectively. Out of 9 eyes that had delayed healing, 6 eyes (67%) belonged to lattice dystrophy category. Mean time taken for healing in group 4 (8.6 +/- 8.4 days) was significantly longer than those in group 1 (3.0 +/- 1.5 days, P = 0.009), group 2 (3.7 +/- 3.1 days, P = 0.03), group 3 (3.1 +/- 1.5 days, P = 0.001), group 5 (2.7 +/- 0.8 days, P = 0.01), group 7 (3.6 +/- 2.4 days, P = 0.007), group 8 (3.3 +/- 1.3 days, P = 0.009), and group 9 (3.0 +/- 1.9 days, P = 0.011). Eyes with lattice corneal dystrophy suffered from delayed epithelial healing after o-PTK. In addition to adequate counseling, these patients should be followed up closely until complete closure of the epithelium to avoid ulceration, scarring, or even

  12. Ascorbic acid levels in human tears after photorefractive keratectomy, transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy, and laser in situ keratomileusis. (United States)

    Bilgihan, A; Bilgihan, K; Toklu, Y; Konuk, O; Yis, O; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    To investigate the level of ascorbic acid in human tear fluid after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), transepithelial PRK, and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Departments of Ophthalmology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. Twenty patients (7 women and 13 men) were included in this study. Traditional PRK with epithelial scraping by a blunt spatula followed by surface ablation (7 eyes), transepithelial PRK (7 eyes), or LASIK (6 eyes) was performed. Tears were collected preoperatively and 1 and 5 days postoperatively. Ascorbic acid levels were measured using 2-4 dinitrophenylhydrazine. Ascorbic acid levels in the tear fluid were decreased significantly 1 day after PRK, transepithelial PRK, and LASIK (P <.05). On the fifth day, the ascorbic acid levels were significantly lower than preoperatively in all groups. After PRK, transepithelial PRK, and LASIK, the ascorbic acid levels of the tear fluid decreased significantly. Because ascorbic acid is the major scavenger of superoxide radicals in tears, topical ascorbic acid therapy may help eliminate the harmful effect of free radicals from excimer laser surgery.

  13. Protruded superficial esophageal carcinoma

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    Yamada, Akiyoshi; Satoh, Yuichi; Sugiyama, Akinori


    Until the end of 1985, 113 cases of superficial esophageal carcinoma had been operated on. Classified by histology, almost all cases are squamous cell carcinoma and some cases are pseudocarcinoma, adenocarcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and so on. X-ray of the latter shows all cases except one are protruded type. Regarding the relation between X-ray findings and histology, semipeduncular tumorous type, generally speaking, belongs to pseudosarcoma. As to lymph node metastasis, there is no difference among superficial elevated, tumorous elevated and semi-peduncular tumorous types. Lymph node metastasis is less freqently seen in the cases with smooth surface. With regard to prognosis, there is no difference between early carcinoma without lymph node metastasis and superficial carcinoma with lymph node metastasis. Only two-year and more than 7-year survival rates of the one with smooth surface are superior to those of the one with irregular surface. (author)

  14. Effect of Mitomycin C on Myopic versus Astigmatic Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Ashwag A. Almosa


    Full Text Available Purpose. Long-term mitomycin C (MMC effects on photorefractive keratectomy (PRK were compared in simple myopic and astigmatic patients. Methods. In this observational cohort study, subjects were selected based on preoperative and postoperative data collected from medical records; they were divided into simple myopia with/without MMC and myopic astigmatism with/without MMC groups. Haze, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, subjective refraction, and K-reading were evaluated at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. Results. One hundred fifty-nine eyes of 80 subjects (34 women and 46 men; mean age, 26.81 ± 7.74 years; range, 18–53 years; spherical powers, −0.50 to −8.00 DS; and cylindrical powers, −0.25 to −5.00 DC were enrolled. One year postoperatively, the simple myopia with/without MMC groups showed no difference in UCVA (P=0.187, BCVA (P=0.163, or spherical equivalent (P=0.163 and a significant difference (P=0.0495 in K-reading; the haze formation difference was nonsignificant (P=0.056. Astigmatic groups with/without MMC showed a significant difference in K-reading (P<0.0001. MMC groups had less haze formation (P<0.0001. Conclusion. PRK with intraoperative MMC application showed excellent visual outcomes. MMC’s effect on astigmatic patients was significantly better with acceptable safety and minimal side effects.

  15. Topical vitamin E and hydrocortisone acetate treatment after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Ozdek, S; Ozoğul, C; Gurelik, G; Bilgihan, A; Hasanreisoğlu, B


    To investigate the effects of topical vitamin E and hydrocortisone acetate treatments on corneal healing response after -10.0 D photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) in rabbits. Thirty-three New Zealand white rabbits were divided into four groups and -10 D PRK was performed under in vivo conditions. Following PRK, group 1 (n = 9) received no topical treatment and served as control. Group 2 (n = 8) received 0.1% hydrocortisone acetate ointment twice a day, group 3 (n = 8) received 1% vitamin E ointment and group 4 (n = 8) received both 0.1% hydrocortisone acetate and 1% vitamin E twice a day for a month. At the end of the third month, corneal haze was graded and the corneal hydroxyproline levels were measured, as a crude indicator of new collagen synthesis. Finally corneal samples were examined by transmission electron microscopy. Non-homogeneously distributed strong haze was identified in group 1 which was greater than in the other groups; haze was least in groups 2 and 4. Corneal hydroxyproline levels were found to be significantly lower in groups 2, 3 and 4 compared with the control (Student's t-test, p < 0.05). Histopathologically, the most aggressive wound healing response was detected in group 1. The corneal wound healing response of group 2 was less than that of group 1 and equal to or more than that of group 4. Deep corneal photoablation induces an aggressive healing response, and topical hydrocortisone acetate reduces this corneal wound healing effectively. The inhibitory effect of topical vitamin E on corneal wound healing seems to be less than that of hydrocortisone acetate, but combined treatment with these two drugs may have an additive effect in controlling corneal wound healing after PRK.

  16. Fellow eye treatment in excimer photo refractive keratectomy

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To describe symmetry of response in fellow eyes of patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for myopia, analyse the risk factors leading to asymmetry in response and to determine if delayed treatment of the second eye increases safety and predictability of PRK. Methods: Retrospective review of case records of 133 patients who underwent bilateral myopic PRK and had a minimum follow up of 6 months in both eyes. Results: Postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, spherical equivalent (SE refraction within ±1D of emmetropia, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and corneal haze were not significantly different in fellow eyes of patients undergoing PRK for myopia. Of 87 eyes in group 1 (myopia <6D, 96.6% had uncorrected visual acuity ≥6/ 12, 89.7% were within ±1D of emmetropia, none lost ≥1 line BCVA, and none had haze ≥grade 3. Similar results for 98 eyes in group II (myopia 6 to 9.9D were 75.6%, 55.1%, 2.0% and 2.0% respectively. For 81 eyes in group III (myopia ≥ 10D the results were 42.7%, 33.3%, 8.6%, and 4.9% respectively. Among 84 patients with similar preoperative myopia in both eyes, 54 (64.3% patients had a postoperative SE difference ≤ ID in fellow eyes. Risk factors for asymmetric response among fellow eyes included increasing preoperative myopia (p<0.001 and dissimilar treatment technique in the two eyes (p=0.03. Corneal haze did not increase significantly after the third postoperative month. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that considerable symmetry of response exists in fellow eyes of patients undergoing myopic PRK. Early PRK in the fellow eye of patients with < 6 D myopia is safe and allows quick visual rehabilitation of the patient. In patients with myopia ≥6D, a 3-month interval before treating the second eye may improve the safety of the procedure.


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    Komang Mega Puspadisari


    Full Text Available Superficial cervical plexus block is one of the regional anesthesia in  neck were limited to thesuperficial fascia. Anesthesia is used to relieve pain caused either during or after the surgery iscompleted. This technique can be done by landmark or with ultrasound guiding. The midpointof posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoid was identified and the prosedure done on thatplace or on the level of cartilage cricoid.

  18. Common Superficial Bursitis. (United States)

    Khodaee, Morteza


    Superficial bursitis most often occurs in the olecranon and prepatellar bursae. Less common locations are the superficial infrapatellar and subcutaneous (superficial) calcaneal bursae. Chronic microtrauma (e.g., kneeling on the prepatellar bursa) is the most common cause of superficial bursitis. Other causes include acute trauma/hemorrhage, inflammatory disorders such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis, and infection (septic bursitis). Diagnosis is usually based on clinical presentation, with a particular focus on signs of septic bursitis. Ultrasonography can help distinguish bursitis from cellulitis. Blood testing (white blood cell count, inflammatory markers) and magnetic resonance imaging can help distinguish infectious from noninfectious causes. If infection is suspected, bursal aspiration should be performed and fluid examined using Gram stain, crystal analysis, glucose measurement, blood cell count, and culture. Management depends on the type of bursitis. Acute traumatic/hemorrhagic bursitis is treated conservatively with ice, elevation, rest, and analgesics; aspiration may shorten the duration of symptoms. Chronic microtraumatic bursitis should be treated conservatively, and the underlying cause addressed. Bursal aspiration of microtraumatic bursitis is generally not recommended because of the risk of iatrogenic septic bursitis. Although intrabursal corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to treat microtraumatic bursitis, high-quality evidence demonstrating any benefit is unavailable. Chronic inflammatory bursitis (e.g., gout, rheumatoid arthritis) is treated by addressing the underlying condition, and intrabursal corticosteroid injections are often used. For septic bursitis, antibiotics effective against Staphylococcus aureus are generally the initial treatment, with surgery reserved for bursitis not responsive to antibiotics or for recurrent cases. Outpatient antibiotics may be considered in those who are not acutely ill; patients who are acutely ill

  19. Prediction of Burr Size in Drilling Operation of Al 2014 Alloy Using Taguchi Design Method

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    Reddy Sreenivasulu


    Full Text Available This paper presents the influence of cutting parameters like cutting speed, feed rate, drill diameter, point angle and clearance angle on the burr size of Al 2014 alloy during drilling on CNC vertical machining center. A plan of experiments based on Taguchi method has been used to acquire the data. An orthogonal array, signal to noise (S/N ratio and analysis of variance (ANOVA are employed to investigate machining characteristics using HSS twist drill bits with variable tool geometry and maintain constant helix angle of 450 . Confirmation tests have been carried out to predict the optimal setting of process parameters to validate the proposed method and obtained the values 0.232 mm and 0.173 mm for burr height and thickness respectively

  20. Rotational atherectomy as endovascular haute couture: a road map of tools and techniques for the interventional management of burr entrapment. (United States)

    Dahdouh, Ziad; Abdel-Massih, Tony; Roule, Vincent; Sarkis, Antoine; Grollier, Gilles


    Rotational atherectomy (RA) is used as a debulking technique prior to stenting in some specialized cardiac centers for calcified coronary lesions amenable to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A specific possible complication, burr entrapment, is unusual but carries serious risks and may sometimes necessitate surgery as a rescue procedure. However, different modalities using a percutaneous approach were proposed as a bail-out. We aim to propose a framework for possible management for trapped RA burr. A literature review of the most relevant cases of entrapped burr during PCI was performed. Twelve cases were reported and different solutions were discussed. Surgery was needed in only 1 patient to retrieve the trapped burr, and in all the other cases, different percutaneous solutions were successful to retract the trapped device. These cases illustrate that burr entrapment during RA, albeit rare, may occur and may transform a relatively simple PCI to a procedure failure. Although prevention is better than treatment, the operators should be aware of such serious complication and they should keep in mind that various possible percutaneous solutions may be successful to retrieve the burr and to avoid surgery. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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    Nandigama Pratap Kumar


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Chronic SDH is one of the common neurosurgical conditions requiring surgical treatment. The incidence of chronic SDH is 1.7- 18 per 1,00,000 population. The incidence is higher in the elderly patients, i.e. 58 per 1,00,000. Various treatment modalities available for the treatment of chronic SDH indicate that there is no gold standard for the treatment of chronic SDH. Recurrence is the major problem following treatment and can be as high as 30%. Mini craniotomy is one of the surgical options that can offer better view of the subdural space and may allow us to efficiently clear the loculations and haematoma fluid and thereby decreasing the incidence of recurrences and the need for reoperations. Small craniotomies have not been studied well in the literature except for a few publications. In this study, we are comparing mini craniotomy and burr hole evacuation for the treatment of chronic SDH. MATERIALS AND METHODS All the patients with chronic subdural haematoma operated between August 2013 and January 2016. Patients with recurrent SDH on the same side and patients who underwent different procedures on either side (in case of bilateral haematomas were excluded from the study. The patients were operated by two senior surgeons with one surgeon doing burr hole evacuation and another doing mini craniotomy. Preoperative status and postoperative status was analysed. RESULTS All the patients were analysed both preoperatively and postoperatively. In both the groups, most of the patients shown improvement following surgery, but recurrences are more in burr hole group when compared to mini craniotomy. CONCLUSION Mini craniotomy allows better view of the subdural space and better evacuation of chronic subdural haematoma. Cure rate is higher with mini craniotomy compared to burr hole evacuation.

  2. Burr hole aspiration of brain abscess in children with cyanotic heart disease

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    Ashraf, M.; Ahmed, S; Hussain, M.


    To determine the efficacy of burr hole aspiration of brain abscess in children with cyanotic heart disease in terms of number of aspirations and residual abscess. Study Design: Experimental study. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Children's Hospital and The Institute of Child Health, Multan, from July 2010 to June 2014. Methodology: Pediatric patients of cyanotic heart disease with brain abscess were admitted. After taking history, clinical examination and necessary investigation, spiration of abscess through a burr hole was performed. Data was collected through pre-designed proforma. Analysis of results was performed and comparison was made through statistical package for social sciences (SPSS-20). Results: Total number of patients were 50 with 31 (62%) male and 19 (38%) female children. Patients' age ranged from 5-10 years with mean age of 7.44 +-1.11 years. Single abscess in supra tentorial was commonly found in 44 (88%) patients. Multiple abscesses were present in 4 (8%) patients. Cerebellum was involved in 2 (4%) patients. Abscess was completely aspirated in single attempt in 37 (74%) patients, two attempts in 9 (18%) patients, and three attempts in 4 (8%) patients. No bacterial growth on culture was reported in 32 (64%) patients. Culture was positive in 18 (36%) patients. Postoperative hematoma developed in 2 (4%) patients. No mortality was reported in early postoperative period. Conclusion: Aspiration of brain abscess in children with cyanotic heart disease through a burr hole is safe and successful. (author)

  3. Keratopathy and pachymetric changes after photorefractive keratectomy and vitrectomy with silicone oil injection

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    Buch, H; Vesti Nielsen, N


    We present a man who, after bilateral excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for high myopia in the right eye, had repeated retinal detachment surgery with lensectomy and injection of silicone oil. Visual acuity fluctuated in accordance with significant central corneal thickness diurnal...... variation. The case illustrates the possibility of PRK as a predisposing factor for keratopathy after retinal detachment surgery with silicone injection in an aphakic eye....

  4. Superficial Bladder Cancer Therapy

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    Emmanuel Schenkman


    Full Text Available Bladder cancer treatment remains a challenge despite significant improvements in preventing disease progression and improving survival. Intravesical therapy has been used in the management of superficial transitional cell carcinoma (TCC of the urinary bladder (i.e. Ta, T1, and carcinoma in situ with specific objectives which include treating existing or residual tumor, preventing recurrence of tumor, preventing disease progression, and prolonging survival. The initial clinical stage and grade remain the main determinant factors in survival regardless of the treatment. Prostatic urethral mucosal involvement with bladder cancer can be effectively treated with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG intravesical immunotherapy. Intravesical chemotherapy reduces short-term tumor recurrence by about 20%, and long-term recurrence by about 7%, but has not reduced progression or mortality. Presently, BCG immunotherapy remains the most effective treatment and prophylaxis for TCC (Ta, T1, CIS and reduces tumor recurrence, disease progression, and mortality. Interferons, Keyhole-limpet hemocyanin (KLH, bropirimine and Photofrin-Photodynamic Therapy (PDT are under investigation in the management of TCC and early results are encouraging. This review highlights and summarizes the recent advances in therapy for superficial TCC.

  5. Preserved xenogenic amniotic membrane as a patch on the repair of superficial corneal ulcers in rabbits

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    Kelly Cristine de Sousa Pontes


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of canine amniotic membrane, previously preserved in glycerin, used as a patch on the repair of experimentally-made superficial corneal ulcers and to compare corneal epithelization between the treated and non-treated groups. Xenogeneic amniotic membranes were collected aseptically and preserved in 99% glycerin at room temperature. Each animal was anesthetized and submitted to superficial corneal keratectomy of the left eye. The treated group received a fragment of canine amniotic membrane as a patch, while the control group had no treatment. The treated group showed blepharospasm, ocular discharge and conjunctival congestion. The membrane accelerated corneal repair in the beginning of the process, however, it delayed its conclusion (p<0.05. Treated eyes showed greater vessel formation and decreased corneal transparency (p<0.05. The stroma of the control group was thicker than that of the treated group (p<0.05. We suggest that amniotic membrane used in this manner can be applied as a therapy for superficial corneal ulcers in the beginning phases of the repair process.

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    superficial brachial artery terminiating as radial and superficial ulnar arteries: a case report. P V Prasad Rao, S C Chaudhary. Abstract. No Abstract. Central African Journal of Medicine Vol. 47 (3) 2001: pp. 78-80. Full Text: EMAIL FULL TEXT EMAIL FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT.

  7. Superficial fungal infections. (United States)

    Kelly, Brendan P


    Tinea capitis, tinea corporis, and pityriasis versicolor are common superficial fungal infections in the pediatric population. • Tinea capitis is the most common dermatophyte infection worldwide. In North America, the cause is almost exclusively T tonsurans. Diagnosis of tinea capitis usually can be made by clinical features alone, especially when occipital or postauricular lymphadenopathy is present. Skin scrapings prepared with potassium hydroxide for microscopic examination, or a cotton swab for fungal culture, usually are diagnostic. • Treatment of tinea capitis requires systemic antifungal therapy. Terbinafine and griseofulvin are both effective against T tonsurans and are FDA-approved for this indication in children. • Adjunctive topical therapy for the patient and household contacts decreases transmission of this infection. • Topical antifungal therapy usually is effective for tinea corporis and pityriasis versicolor. However, recurrences of pityriasis versicolor are common.

  8. Treatment of irrigation through burr hole with siphonage drainage for chronic subdural hematoma: a report of 139 cases

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    She-peng WEI


    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the effect of irrigation through burr hole with siphonage drainage on chronic subdural hematoma(CSDH.Methods The clinical data of 139 patients with CSDH(89 males and 50 females,aged from 48 to 87 with mean of 66.4 years hospitalized from Jan.2006 to Dec.2010 were retrospectively reviewed.All the patients were finally diagnosed by radiology,and divided into 3 groups according to the operative method,i.e.parietal burr hole irrigation with drainage group(group A,n=47,parietal burr hole irrigation and aspiration group(group B,n=41,and frontal burr hole irrigation with siphonage drainage group(group C,n=51.All the patients were treated with closed drainage for 2-6 days.The activity of daily living(ADL scores was measured before and 7 days after operation in all patients.The patients were followed-up for 12-36 months to observe the treatment results.Results No death occurred in the 3 groups during the follow-up period.The improvement of ADL was markedly better in group C than in group B(P 0.05.Conclusion The frontal burr hole irrigation with siphonage drainage has a definite treatment effect for CSDH with a low recurrence rate and less complications,and is appropriate to use in most of CSDH patients.

  9. Keratoconus and corneal stability after radial keratectomy in the fellow eye: case report

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    Jacqueline Martins Sousa


    Full Text Available Keratoconus has usually been described as bilateral but asymmetric disease. Corneal ectasia is one of the long-term complications of modern refractive surgery, especially those submitted to laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK. We describe a patient with keratoconus in the right eye that was submitted to radial keratectomy (RK in the left eye 19 years ago with no progression of the ectatic cornea and no complications related to the refractive surgery. Because unilateral keratoconus is rare, we believe that RK was performed on an already ectatic cornea (not clinically detected or with fruste keratoconus. However, neither corneal ectasia progressed, nor ectasia was induced by RK in the fellow eye.

  10. Corneal iron line associated with steep central islands after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Krueger, R R; Tersi, I; Seiler, T


    To report a new corneal iron deposit after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Two patients with symptomatic persistent steep central islands were noted to have a corneal iron ring at 6 months to 1 year after surgery. This is different from the central iron spot noted in most patients at 1 year. One patient had repeated PRK with improvement of his symptoms and resolution of the iron ring. A corneal iron ring after excimer laser PRK suggests the presence of a persistent steep central island of stromal origin. Since corneal iron deposition signifies chronicity, symptomatic patients should be retreated as resolution of the steep central island is not likely to occur.

  11. Effect of onion extract on corneal haze suppression after air assisted lamellar keratectomy (United States)

    KIM, Soohyun; PARK, Young Woo; LEE, Euiri; PARK, Sang Wan; PARK, Sungwon; NOH, Hyunwoo; KIM, Jong Whi; SEONG, Je Kyung; SEO, Kangmoon


    This study evaluated the effect of onion extract on corneal haze suppression after applying the air assisted lamellar keratectomy. The air assisted lamellar keratectomy was performed on 24 canine eyes. They were treated with an artificial tear (group C), prednisolone acetate (group P), onion extract (group O) and TGF-β1 (group T) three times per day from 7 to 28 days after the surgery. Corneal haze occurred on the all eyes and was observed beginning 7 days after the surgery. The haze was significantly decreased in groups P and O from day 14 compared with the group C using the clinical (group P; P=0.021, group O; P=0.037) and objective evaluation method (group P; P=0.021, group O; P=0.039). In contrast, it was significantly increased in group T from day 14 compared with group C based on the clinical (P=0.002) and objective evaluation method (P<0.001). Subsequently, these eyes were enucleated after euthanasia, and immunohistochemistry with α-SMA antibodies was done. The total green intensity for α-SMA was significantly more expressed in group T and significantly less expressed in groups P and O than in group C. Onion extract could have potential as a therapeutic in preventing corneal haze development by suppressing the differentiation of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts. PMID:26607134

  12. Effects of topical vitamin E on keratocyte apoptosis after traditional photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, K; Adiguzel, U; Sezer, C; Akyol, G; Hasanreisoglu, B


    To evaluate the keratocyte apoptosis and effects of topical vitamin E on keratocyte apoptosis after photorefractive surgery. Rabbits were divided into 7 groups, and all groups were compared with controls after epithelial scraping, epithelial scrape and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (traditional PRK), transepithelial PRK, production of a corneal flap with microkeratome and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). The effects of topical Vitamin E treatment were investigated in the traditional PRK group. The terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-digoxigenin nick-end labelling assay (to detect DNA fragmentation in situ) and light microscopy have been used to detect apoptosis in rabbit cornea. Transepithelial PRK induced minimal keratocyte apoptosis, less than in all other refractive surgical procedures. The greatest amount of keratocyte apoptosis was observed after traditional PRK (p = 0.001), therefore we tested the effects of topical vitamin E in this group. The number of apoptotic keratocytes significantly reduced after vitamin E therapy (p < 0.005). Keratocytes undergo apoptosis after refractive surgery in response to mechanical epithelial removal, preparing of corneal flap and excimer laser stromal photoablation. The topical application of vitamin E immediately after surgery can prevent keratocyte apoptosis, and this result suggests that free radicals may be partly responsible for keratocyte apoptosis after excimer laser keratectomy. Copyright 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

  13. A comparative study of irrigation versus no irrigation during burr hole craniostomy to treat chronic subdural hematoma. (United States)

    Wang, Qiang-Ping; Yuan, Ye; Guan, Jun-Wen; Jiang, Xiao-Bing


    Burr hole craniostomy is a widely used method for the evacuation of CSDH. However it is not clear whether the irrigation during operation improves the prognosis or gives rise to additional complications instead. This retrospective cohort study was conducted to determine this issue. Patients attending two medical centers in China who underwent burr hole drainage with irrigation (BHDI) or burr hole drainage without irrigation (BHD) for unilateral CSDH during January 2013 to December 2016 were included in this study. The patients' clinical information and follow-up data were retrospectively reviewed, and the radiologic findings were processed using the 3D Slicer software. The differences in outcomes were identified using t-test, chi-square test, or Fisher's exact test. A total of 151 patients comprising 63 patients in the BHD group and 88 patients in the BHDI group were included. Patients in the BHDI group had a higher volume of pneumocrania on the first postoperative day than that of patients in the BHD group (p  0.05). Irrigation had no improvement in the long-term curative effect on CSDH, but it increased the risk of short-term complication in terms of pneumocrania. Therefore, this study suggests that irrigation is not an obligatory procedure during burr hole drainage.


    We conducted batch tests on the nature and kinetics of removal of added nitrate in cotton burr compost, mulch compost, and sphagnum peat that may be potentially used in a permeable reactive barrier (PRB) for groundwater nitrate remediation. A rigorous steam autoclaving protocol (...

  15. Burr hole trepanation for chronic subdural hematomas: is surgical education safe? (United States)

    Maldaner, Nicolai; Sosnova, Marketa; Sarnthein, Johannes; Bozinov, Oliver; Regli, Luca; Stienen, Martin N


    There is a paucity of data concerning the safety and efficacy of surgical education for neurosurgical residents in the evacuation of chronic subdural hematomas (cSDH) by burr hole trepanation. This is a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data on consecutive patients receiving burr hole trepanation for uni- or bilateral cSDH. Patients operated by a supervised neurosurgery resident (teaching cases) were compared to patients operated by a board-certified faculty neurosurgeon (BCFN; non-teaching cases). The primary endpoint was surgical revision for any reason until the last follow-up. The secondary endpoint was occurrence of any complication until the last follow-up. Clinical status, type of complications, mortality, length of surgery (LOS), and hospitalization (LOH) were tertiary endpoints. A total of n = 253 cases were analyzed, of which n = 217 (85.8%) were teaching and n = 36 (14.2%) non-teaching cases. The study groups were balanced in terms of age, sex, surgical risk (ASA score), and preoperative status (Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS), modified Rankin Scale (mRS), National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)). The cohort was followed for a mean of 242 days (standard deviation 302). In multivariate analysis, teaching cases were as likely as non-teaching cases to require revision surgery (OR 0.65, 95% CI 0.27-1.59; p = 0.348) as well as to experience any complication until the last follow-up (OR 0.79, 95% CI 0.37-1.67; p = 0.532). Mean LOS was about 10 min longer in teaching cases (53.0 ± 26.1 min vs. 43.5 ± 17.8 min; p = 0.036), but LOH was similar. There were no group differences in clinical status, mortality and type of complication at discharge, and the last follow-up. Burr hole trepanation for cSDH can be safely performed by supervised neurosurgical residents enrolled in a structured training program, without increasing the risk for revision surgery, perioperative complications, or worse outcome.

  16. Comparison of the burr and chemically induced periodontal defects using different field-of-view sizes and voxel resolutions. (United States)

    Bagis, Nilsun; Eren, Hakan; Kolsuz, Mehmet Eray; Kurt, Mehmet Hakan; Avsever, Hakan; Orhan, Kaan


    This study assessed the use of different voxel resolutions in a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit for the detection of artificially induced periodontal bone defects created using burr, burr and chemicals, and only chemicals. Seven dry skulls were used in this study. In total, 65 dehiscence defects, 43 fenestration defects, and 76 control sites with no periodontal defects were examined. Images were obtained from a CBCT unit (3 D Accuitomo; J Morita Mfg. Corp., Kyoto, Japan), using 3 field-of-view (FOV) sizes (4 × 4 cm; 6 × 6 cm; and 8 × 8 cm) and 4 scan modes (standard, high-definition, high-fidelity, and low-dose). Overall, κ coefficients for interobserver agreement on burr-induced periodontal defects ranged from 0.336 to 0.795, with the lowest κ value (indicating a fair degree of agreement) obtained for images acquired in standard mode with a voxel size of 0.160 mm 3 . κ coefficients for the detection of periodontal defects were highest (indicating moderate to high degrees of interobserver agreement) for smaller voxel sizes and high-resolution images. Statistical comparison among groups (burr, burr + chemicals, and chemicals only) was performed using 1-way analysis of variance with post hoc tests. The CBCT scan mode may affect the diagnosis of periodontal defects. The technique used to create periodontal defects also affected diagnosis. For this kind of experiment, burr-induced or burr + chemical-induced defects should be used, rather than those induced solely using a chemical technique. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The Burr X Pareto Distribution: Properties, Applications and VaR Estimation

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    Mustafa Ç. Korkmaz


    Full Text Available In this paper, a new three-parameter Pareto distribution is introduced and studied. We discuss various mathematical and statistical properties of the new model. Some estimation methods of the model parameters are performed. Moreover, the peaks-over-threshold method is used to estimate Value-at-Risk (VaR by means of the proposed distribution. We compare the distribution with a few other models to show its versatility in modelling data with heavy tails. VaR estimation with the Burr X Pareto distribution is presented using time series data, and the new model could be considered as an alternative VaR model against the generalized Pareto model for financial institutions.

  18. Prognosis on follow-up CT of chronic subdural hematomas treated by burr hole evacuation

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    Higeta, Toshiaki; Yamada, Hiroshi; Itoh, Hakuji


    A consecutive series of 47 adult patients with chronic subdural hematoma was studied in respect to postoperative follow-up CT after burr hole evacuation. In 15 of our patients, the CT scan was normalized within 60 days. Six patients required reoperation because of reaccumulation or of poor re-expansion, and in 13 patients the follow-up CT showed a persisting subdural fluid collection even after 60 postoperative days. Further studying the correlation between the prognosis on follow-up CT and various factors, such as patient's age, preoperative neurological condition and CT findings or others, authors found that the elderly, especially older than 70 years, had a poor prognosis, and that the prognosis was correlated to the density and the thickness of hematoma on preoperative CT scan. (author)

  19. Treatment of nonhealing corneal ulcers in 60 horses with diamond burr debridement (2010-2013). (United States)

    Lassaline-Utter, Mary; Cutler, Tim J; Michau, Tammy M; Nunnery, Catherine M


    To review the signalment, clinical characteristics, and outcome of horses with nonhealing corneal ulcers treated with diamond burr debridement (DBD); and to evaluate the role of ulcer duration, size and location, and bandage contact lens (BCL) placement on healing. From January 2012-April 2013, 60 horses were diagnosed with ulcers classified as nonhealing based on the presence of raised epithelial margins and duration of at least 7 days. Retrospective record review. Average age of included horses was 14.68 years, SD 8.17 years. There were three times as many males (45) as females (15), (χ12 = 15, P = 0.001). Forty-eight horses (80%) had nonhealing ulcers uncomplicated by associated corneal disease. In the remaining horses, associated corneal disease included esinophilic keratitis (10%), calcific band keratopathy (5%), endothelial decompensation (1.67%), habronemiasis(1.67%), and lid suture abrasion (1.67%). Average corneal ulcer duration prior to diamond burr debridement (DBD) was 29.0 days (n = 56). Ulcers occurred most commonly in the axial cornea (41%). Fifty-five of 60 horses (92%) healed with DBD. Healing time, defined as time to epithelialization following DBD, averaged 15.5 days, SD 9.32 days, and was not correlated with patient age or ulcer duration, location, or size prior to or following DBD. Healing time was significantly longer for eyes in which a BCL had been placed (n = 28, 19.0 days) than for eyes without a BCL (n = 32, 12.9 days), F(1,58) = 5.543, P = 0.02. DBD was considered a failure for five horses (8%). DBD may be an effective treatment for nonhealing corneal ulcers in horses. © 2014 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  20. The Effect of Intraocular Pressure on the Outcome of Myopic Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Numerical Approach

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    Elena Lanchares


    Full Text Available Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK is a surgical procedure widely performed to correct myopia. In this work, the effect of the intraocular pressure (IOP on the refractive correction achieved by the PRK surgery was analyzed using a numerical model. Simulations of PRK surgery at 10, 15 and 21 mmHg of IOP were performed and the post-surgical diopters were estimated. For low and medium values of IOP (10 and 15 mmHg, the computed results were close to those used by clinicians based on experience and defined without considering the IOP, while an undercorrection was predicted for the highest value of IOP (21 mmHg. From these results, we suggest that IOP should be considered in the determination of the depth of ablation, in addition to other factors such as the level of myopia or the corneal central thickness.

  1. Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia: preliminary results at one year (United States)

    Thompson, Keith P.; Waring, George O., III; Steinert, Roger; Durrie, Daniel S.; Gordon, Michael; Brint, Stephen F.


    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is presently under investigation for the correction of myopia. Two companies in the United States, Summit Technology (Waltham, Mass.) and VisX, Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have developed excimer laser delivery systems and are participating in an FDA study to determine the safety and efficacy of PRK. This is a preliminary report on the refractive and visual results of 51 of 100 eyes treated between October 10, 1990 and March 7, 1991 by the Summit Technology UV200LA excimer laser under the FDA Phase IIB FDA protocol one year after surgery. More detailed information on eight patients treated at Emory University Eye Center (Emory Subgroup) is also reported.

  2. Impact of corneal cross-linking combined with photorefractive keratectomy on blurring strength

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    Full Text Available Georgios Labiris,1,2 Haris Sideroudi,2 Dimitris Angelonias,2 Kimonas Georgantzoglou,2 Vassilios P Kozobolis1,21Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, 2Eye Institute of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, GreecePurpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of corneal cross-linking combined with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK on blurring strength.Methods: A total of 63 patients with keratoconus were recruited for this study, and two study groups were formed according to the therapeutic intervention: corneal collagen cross-linking (CxL group (33 patients received corneal cross-linking according to the Dresden protocol, while the rest additionally received topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (tCxL. The impact of surgical procedure on blurring strength was assessed by power vector analysis. Potential association between blurring strength and vision-specific quality of life was assessed using the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ 25 instrument.Results: Blurring strength presented excellent correlation with NEI-VFQ scores both preoperatively and postoperatively (all P<0.01. Both groups demonstrated nonsignificant changes in best-corrected visual acuity; however, only the tCxL group had significant reduction in blurring strength (13.48+10.86 [preoperative], 4.26+7.99 [postoperative], P=0.042.Conclusion: Only the combined treatment (tCxL resulted in significant reduction in blurring strength. Moreover, the excellent correlation of blurring strength with NEI-VFQ scores indicates its reliability as an index of self-reported quality of life in keratoconus, since it seems to address the nonsignificant changes in best-corrected visual acuity following CxL treatments that are conceived as subjective improvement by the patient.Keywords: keratoconus, cornea crosslinking, blurring strength, tCxL

  3. The Incomplete Superficial Palmar Arch (United States)

    Gharravi, Anneh Mohammad; Azandeh, Saeed; Gholami, Mohammad Reza; Nejad, Daryoush Bijan


    Introduction: Superficial palmar arch (SPA) is dominant vascular structure in palm of hand. In present study we described a case of Ulnar / Radiopalmar pattern of incomplete SPA in an Iranian cadaver. When the SPA is complete, the superficial palmer branches of the radial artery contribute to the ulnar artery. In incomplete type of SPA, there was no anastomosis between the ulnar and radial arteries (UA, RA). Case Report: In the present case, the brachial artery divided into RA and UA at the cubital fossa. There was no anastomosis between radial and ulnar arteries (RA, UA) in the palm of the hand. UA gave three palmar digital arteries; proper palmar digital artery and two common palmar digital arteries. RA gave proper palmar digital artery and arteria princeps pollicis. Conclusion: Knowledge of anatomical variation of SPA is important for the hand surgical interventions and this is a very rare variation which can be easily tested clinically by Allen's test PMID:27298904

  4. Superficial radial neuropathy following venepuncture. (United States)

    Sheu, J J; Yuan, R Y


    A 42-year-old female suffered excruciating pain and paraesthesia on venepuncture of the cephalic vein in her left wrist. The left superficial radial nerve was injured. A flexed wrist during venepuncture renders the superficial radial nerve immobile and vulnerable to being punctured by the needle. To reduce the risk of nerve injury during venepuncture, the phlebotomist should choose a large and visible vein and insert the needle at a 5-15 degrees angle with the skin. The wrist should be selected only if the veins in the antecubital area are deemed unsuitable. The feeling of an electric shock along the distribution of the nerve, or rupture of the vein during venepuncture, should alert the phlebotomist to the possibility of nerve injury and the procedure should be stopped immediately.

  5. [Management of superficial vein thrombosis]. (United States)

    Frappé, Paul; Bertoletti, Laurent; Moulin, Nathalie; Décousus, Hervé


    Recent epidemiological studies have highlighted the potential severity of superficial vein thrombosis of the lower limbs (SVT). Diagnosis is based on clinical and Doppler ultrasonography evaluation, and define its therapeutic management. If SVT is associated with objectively confirmed deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, curative anticoagulation is indicated. If SVT is isolated and measured over 5 cm long, prophylactic dosage of fondaparinux may be provided for 45 days.

  6. The superficial brachial artery passing superficially to the pectoral ansa, the highest superficial brachial artery (Arteria brachialis superficialis suprema). (United States)

    Honma, Satoru; Kawai, Katsushi; Koizumi, Masahiro; Kodama, Kodo


    The human superficial brachial artery passes superficially to the median nerve and can be classified into three subtypes according to its topographical relationship to the pectoral ansa. When the superficial brachial artery passes superficially to the pectoral ansa, it is defined as the highest superficial artery. We found the highest superficial brachial arteries in both arms of a single cadaver. The right one coexisted with a normal axillary artery, and its identification was not difficult. The left one ran medially to the brachial plexus proximally and became superficial to the brachial plexus after branching off the artery, which gave the subscapular artery, then passed between the radial nerve and its accessory root from deep to superficial and ended as an inferior collateral ulnar artery. We also found a muscular axillary arch in each of the arms, both of which were innervated by the medialmost branch from the pectoral ansa. The right highest superficial brachial artery passed deep to the nerve to the muscular axillary arch. We conjectured that the left axillary artery is where the highest superficial brachial artery, as found on the right, coexists with the axillary artery in the case of Adachi's C-type brachial plexus (AxC). Then, the highest superficial brachial artery develops as a main stem, and the latter remains as a rudimentary AxC. Because the left axillary artery is caught on neither the pectoral ansa nor its branches, the left axillary artery can shift medially to the brachial plexus, and its true form is not obvious.

  7. Superficie


    Corna, Pablo María


    En la época posclásica del derecho romano se buscó, por parte del Estado y ciudadanos, utilizar ciertos terrenos que formaban parte de su patrimonio para arrendarlos por largo término —y a veces a perpetuidad— a personas que tenían el derecho de edificar o plantar mediante el pago de un precio llamado pensio o solárium. En el siglo II de nuestra era ya era utilizado para asentar tribus romanizadas en la frontera del imperio como para el cultivo de vid y los olivos que demoran varios años e...

  8. Influence of Postoperative Thrombosis Prophylaxis on the Recurrence of Chronic Subdural Hematoma After Burr-Hole Drainage. (United States)

    Licci, Maria; Kamenova, Maria; Guzman, Raphael; Mariani, Luigi; Soleman, Jehuda


    Chronic subdural hematoma is a commonly encountered disease in neurosurgic practice, whereas its increasing prevalence is compatible with the ageing population. Recommendations concerning postoperative thrombosis prophylaxis after burr-hole drainage of chronic subdural hematoma are lacking. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between recurrence of chronic subdural hematoma and postoperative application of thrombosis prophylaxis. Retrospective, consecutive sample of patients undergoing burr-hole drainage for chronic subdural hematoma over 3 years. Single, academic medical center. All patients undergoing surgical evacuation of a chronic subdural hematoma with burr-hole drainage. Exclusion: patients under the age of 18 years, who presented with an acute subdural hematoma and those who underwent a craniotomy. We compared patients receiving thrombosis prophylaxis treatment after burr-hole drainage of chronic subdural hematoma with those who were not treated. Primary outcome measure was reoperation of chronic subdural hematoma due to recurrence. Secondary outcome measures were thromboembolic and cardiovascular events, hematologic findings, morbidity, and mortality. In addition, a subanalysis comparing recurrence rate dependent on the application time of thrombosis prophylaxis ( 48 hr) was undertaken. Overall recurrence rate of chronic subdural hematoma was 12.7%. Out of the 234 analyzed patients, 135 (57.3%) received postoperative thrombosis prophylaxis (low-molecular-weight heparin) applied subcutaneously. Recurrence of chronic subdural hematoma occurred in the thrombosis prophylaxis group and control group in 12 patients (8.9%) and 17 patients (17.2%), respectively, showing no significant difference (odds ratio, 0.47 [95% CI, 0.21 - 1.04]). A subanalysis comparing recurrence rate of chronic subdural hematoma dependent on the application time of thrombosis prophylaxis ( 48 hr) showed no significant difference either (odds ratio, 2.80 [95% CI, 0

  9. Tono-Pen versus Goldmann tonometry after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Levy, Y; Zadok, D; Glovinsky, Y; Krakowski, D; Nemet, P


    To compare intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements by the Tono-Pen 2 tonometer and Goldmann applanation tonometer (GAT) in post-photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) patients. Refractive Surgery Center, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel. In 18 patients, IOP was measured by GAT and then by Tono-Pen 2 tonometer 2 to 18 months following PRK (mean 6.6 months +/- 5.1 [SD]). Photorefractive keratectomy had been performed in 1 eye of each patient; the fellow eyes served as controls. Corneal curvature and thickness were evaluated. Ten of the 18 patients were treated with topical steroids. In the post-PRK eyes, mean GAT IOP was 1.8 +/- 3.1 mm Hg lower than mean Tono-Pen IOP (P = .012); there was no significant IOP difference in the control (fellow) eyes. In steroid-treated post-PRK eyes, mean GAT IOP (12.2 mm Hg) was 2.2 +/- 1.3 mm Hg lower than mean Tono-Pen IOP (14.4 mm Hg) (P = .0007). Mean Tono-Pen IOP in steroid-treated post-PRK eyes was 4.3 +/- 3 mm Hg higher than in the fellow eyes (P = .0014); mean GAT IOP was only 2.3 +/- 3.5 mm Hg higher (P = .04). In post-PRK eyes without topical steroid treatment, mean GAT IOP was 2.0 +/- 1.18 mm Hg lower than in the fellow eyes (P = .001); there was no significant difference in Tono-Pen IOP. There was a negative correlation between the difference in IOP values (Tono-Pen minus GAT) and corneal curvature in post-PRK eyes (r = 0.76, P = .0108, n = 15). The Tono-Pen tonometer appeared to be less affected than the GAT by the relative flattening, thinning, and anterior stromal decreased rigidity of the central cornea that occur following PRK. Post-PRK steroid-induced IOP elevation may be masked by the artifactual decrease in GAT IOP.

  10. Photorefractive keratectomy in the management of postradial keratotomy hyperopia and astigmatism

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    Mohammad Ghoreishi


    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK in the management of postoperative hyperopia and astigmatism in patients with history of radial keratotomy (RK. Materials and Methods: This prospective nonrandomized noncomparative interventional case series enrolled consecutive eyes treated with PRK after RK. In cases, in which (1 wavefront (WF scan was undetectable during primary examinations; and/or, (2 WF data were not transferable to the excimer laser device, patients were treated with the tissue-saving (TS mode. Patients with detectable/transferable WF were assigned to WF-guided advanced personalized treatment (APT. Results: Thirty-two and 47 eyes were managed by APT and TS modes, respectively. Pooled analysis of both APT and TS groups showed improvement in uncorrected distant visual acuity and corrected distant visual acuity. The amount of sphere, cylinder, corneal cylinder, spherical equivalent, defocus equivalent, and total aberration showed improvement as well. Conclusion: PRK seems to bring favorable outcome and safety profile in the management of post-RK hyperopia and astigmatism. It is crucial for practitioners to warn their patients about the fact that they may still have progressive refractive instability regardless of their choice on the laser method of vision correction.

  11. Effect of preemptive topical diclofenac on postoperative pain relief after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Mohammadpour, Mehrdad; Jabbarvand, Mahmood; Nikdel, Mojgan; Adelpour, Mohsen; Karimi, Nasser


    To assess the prophylactic effect of preoperative application of topical diclofenac on postoperative pain control in patients having photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Randomized masked clinical trial. In this paired-eye study, patients having bilateral PRK received 1 drop of diclofenac 0.1% in 1 eye and 1 drop of placebo in the fellow eye 2 hours before PRK. Postoperatively, both arms of the trial (both eyes of each patient) received topical diclofenac every 6 hours for 2 days. One day and 2 days postoperatively, patients were asked to rate the perceived pain in each eye using an 11-point verbal numerical rating scale. A trained examiner noted the eye-specific responses. All 70 patients (140 eyes) completed the study and were included in the statistical analysis. Twenty-four hours after PRK, patients reported pain scores that were clinically and statistically significantly lower in the eyes pretreated with diclofenac than in the fellow eyes (0.97 versus 2.09) (P=.018). Pain scores at 2 days did not differ significantly (P=.877). Administration of a single drop of topical diclofenac 0.1% 2 hours before PRK seemed to increase the efficacy of postoperative pain management in a clinically and statistically significant manner. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Customized photorefractive keratectomy to correct high ametropia after penetrating keratoplasty: A pilot study. (United States)

    De Rosa, Giuseppe; Boccia, Rosa; Santamaria, Carmine; Fabbozzi, Lorenzo; De Rosa, Luigi; Lanza, Michele


    To evaluate preliminarily the safety and efficacy of customized photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) to correct ametropia and irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty (PK). This pilot study included five eyes of five patients with a mean spherical equivalent of -5.1±1.46D (range from -2.75 to -6.50D). In all cases, ametropia and irregular astigmatism was corrected with topography-guided customized PRK. Ocular examinations with topographic analysis were performed preoperatively as well as at 1, 3 and 6 months after surgery. All eyes gained postoperatively at least three Snellen lines of uncorrected visual acuity. Mean refractive spherical equivalent was 0.62±0.63D (range from -0.25 to -1.75D) at 6 months postoperatively. Our pilot study suggests that customized PRK can be a safe and effective method for treating ametropia and irregular astigmatisms after PK. Future studies with larger samples and longer follow-ups should be performed to confirm these results. Copyright © 2013 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  13. Topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy for irregular astigmatism after small incision lenticule extraction. (United States)

    Ivarsen, Anders; Hjortdal, Jesper Ø


    To report the outcome of topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) after complicated small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). Retrospective case series of 5 eyes with irregular topography and ghost images after complicated SMILE. All eyes received transepithelial topography-guided PRK. Two eyes were treated with 0.02% mitomycin C. Patients were examined after a minimum of 3 months with evaluation of uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuity, Pentacam tomography (Oculus Optikgeräte, Wetzlar, Germany), and whole-eye aberrometry. In 3 eyes, subjective symptoms were diminished and UDVA, CDVA, topography, and corneal wavefront aberrations were improved. The remaining 2 eyes developed significant haze with worsened topography and wavefront aberrations. One eye experienced a two-line reduction in CDVA. Eyes with haze development had not been treated with mitomycin C. Transepithelial topography-guided PRK may reduce visual symptoms after complicated SMILE if postoperative haze can be controlled. To reduce the risk of haze development, application of mitomycin C may be considered. Copyright 2014, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. OCT layered tomography of the cornea provides new insights on remodeling after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Chandapura, Rachana S; Shetty, Rohit; Shroff, Rushad; Shilpy, Neha; Francis, Mathew; Sinha Roy, Abhijit


    OCT (optical coherence tomography) of corneal layers was generated to analyze the remodeling of the epithelium and stroma after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Myopic PRK was performed in 15 patients. One eye underwent manual scraping of epithelium while the other was treated with Epi clear. Epi clear allowed a gentler removal of the epithelium compared to manual scraping. Scheimpflug (Pentacam, OCULUS Optikgerate Gmbh, Wetzlar, Germany) and OCT (RTVue, Optovue Inc., Fremont, California, USA) scans of the cornea were performed before and after PRK (3 months). The OCT scanner and Pentacam acquired 8 and 25 radial 2-D scans of the cornea, respectively. The results showed similar topographic changes on the anterior corneal surface between Scheimpflug and OCT imaging. The curvature of the underlying anterior surface of the stroma after PRK was similar to the anterior corneal surface (air-epithelium interface), when measured with OCT. Aberrometric changes were mostly similar between Scheimpflug and OCT. However, Scheimpflug imaging reported greater changes in spherical aberration and corneal higher order aberrations than OCT after PRK. This is the first study to quantify the curvatures of the stromal layers with OCT after PRK. New insights were gained, which could be useful for refinement of surgical ablation algorithms, refractive procedures and detection of ectasia. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Night firing range performance following photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. (United States)

    Bower, Kraig S; Burka, Jenna M; Subramanian, Prem S; Stutzman, Richard D; Mines, Michael J; Rabin, Jeff C


    To investigate the effect of laser refractive surgery on night weapons firing. Firing range performance was measured at baseline and postoperatively following photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis. Subjects fired the M-16A2 rifle with night vision goggles (NVG) at starlight, and with iron sight (simulated dusk). Scores, before and after surgery, were compared for both conditions. No subject was able to acquire the target using iron sight without correction before surgery. After surgery, the scores without correction (95.9 +/- 4.7) matched the preoperative scores with correction (94.3 +/- 4.0; p = 0.324). Uncorrected NVG scores after surgery (96.4 +/- 3.1) exceeded the corrected scores before surgery (91.4 +/- 10.2), but this trend was not statistically significant (p = 0.063). Night weapon firing with both the iron sight and the NVG sight improved after surgery. This study supports the operational benefits of refractive surgery in the military.

  16. Corneal collagen cross-linking for ectasia after LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy: long-term results. (United States)

    Richoz, Olivier; Mavrakanas, Nikolaos; Pajic, Bojan; Hafezi, Farhad


    To report the long-term results of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in ectasia after LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Retrospective, interventional cases series. Twenty-six eyes of 26 patients (18 male, 8 female) with postoperative ectasia after LASIK (23 eyes) and PRK (3 eyes) were included with a mean age of 35 ± 9 years at the time of treatment and a mean follow-up of 25 months (range, 12-62 months). All consecutive patients treated with CXL for progressive ectasia after LASIK or PRK at the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery, Zurich, Switzerland between 2004 and 2010 were included. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), maximum keratometry readings (K(max)), minimum radius of curvature (R(min)), and 6 corneal topography indices were assessed in this study. Mean CDVA before CXL was 0.5 logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution (logMAR) units, which improved to a mean of 0.3 logMAR units (PEctasia after LASIK and PRK was arrested by CXL with stabilization or improvement of CDVA and K(max) after a mean follow-up of 25 months. There were improvements in 4 topography indices, suggesting a more regular corneal surface. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Microbiologic study of soft contact lenses after laser subepithelial keratectomy for myopia. (United States)

    Hondur, Ahmet; Bilgihan, Kamil; Cirak, Meltem Yalinay; Dogan, Ozgur; Erdinc, Alper; Hasanreisoglu, Berati


    To evaluate the extent and agents of bacterial contamination of bandage disposable soft contact lenses after laser subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and to correlate the findings with clinical data. Disposable soft contact lenses were collected from 52 eyes of 26 consecutive patients treated with LASEK for myopia. The patients were treated with a fixed combination of tobramycin and diclofenac until epithelial closure. The lenses were removed on the fourth or fifth postoperative day with sterile forceps and immediately placed in sterile tubes containing culture media brain-heart infusion broth. The lenses were evaluated for microbial colonization. Of the 52 contact lenses analyzed, six (11.5%) had positive cultures. However, no clinical finding of infection was noted. Isolated microorganisms were coagulase-negative staphylococci (two lenses), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (two lenses), Acinetobacter species (one lens), and Aeromonas hydrophila (one lens). Except for one case, the microorganisms were sensitive to the administered antibiotic. The risk of infectious keratitis after LASEK seems to be low. Except for staphylococci, the isolated microorganisms have not been previously reported to colonize the ocular surface or cause keratitis after refractive surgery. These findings may suggest a changing trend of potentially infectious agents after surface ablation.

  18. Frozen cultured sheets of epidermal keratinocytes in reepithelialization and repair of the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Castro-Muñozledo, Federico; Ozorno-Zarate, Jorge; Naranjo-Tackman, Ramon; Kuri-Harcuch, Walid


    To determine whether frozen cultured sheets of human allogeneic epidermal keratinocytes (CEAK) improved wound repair after experimental corneal ablation by photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Hospital "Luis Sanchez Bulnes" de la Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en Mexico, I.A.P, and Department of Cell Biology, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico. Transepithelial PRK was performed in the right eye of male albino rabbits to obtain a 112 microm deep and 6.0 mm diameter ablation zone. In 17 eyes, the ablations were covered with frozen CEAK; in 11 eyes, the ablations were covered with a disposable contact lens without the cultured sheets; and in the control group (13 eyes), the ablations were not covered. Subepithelial fibrosis and reepithelialization of the ablated zone were evaluated in serial paraffin-embedded tissue sections from all wounds. Treatment with CEAK reduced fibroblast proliferation and the inflammatory response beneath the ablated zone and produced better organization of the newly formed epithelium by eliminating significant hyperplasia or discontinuities in the periodic acid Shiff-stained basement membrane. It also led to accelerated reepithelialization. The use of frozen CEAK as a biologically active wound dressing improved tissue repair at 1 month in corneas ablated by transepithelial PRK in the male albino rabbit model. Treatment with CEAK could improve the outcome of PRK in humans.

  19. Burr-Hole Drainage for Chronic Subdural Hematoma Under Low-Dose Acetylsalicylic Acid: A Comparative Risk Analysis Study. (United States)

    Kamenova, Maria; Nevzati, Edin; Lutz, Katharina; Dolp, Armando; Fandino, Javier; Mariani, Luigi; Soleman, Jehuda


    Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is one of the most common neurosurgical diseases typically affecting older people. Many of these patients have coronary artery disease and receive antiplatelet therapy, usually acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). Despite growing clinical relevance, there is still a lack of data focusing on the perioperative management of such patients. The aim of this study is to compare the perioperative and postoperative bleeding and cardiovascular complication rates of patients undergoing burr-hole drainage for cSDH with and without discontinuation of low-dose ASA. Of 963 consecutive patients undergoing burr-hole drainage for cSDH, 198 (20.5%) patients were receiving low-dose ASA treatment. In 26 patients (13.1%), ASA was not discontinued (ASA group; ASA discontinuation ≤7 days); in the remaining patients (n = 172; 86.9%), ASA was discontinued at least for 7 days (control group). The primary outcome measure was recurrent cSDH that required revision surgery owing to clinical symptoms, whereas secondary outcome measures were postoperative cardiovascular and thromboembolic events, other complications, operation and hospitalization time, morbidity, and mortality. No statistically significant difference was observed between the 2 groups regarding recurrence of cSDH (P = 1). Cardiovascular event rates, surgical morbidity, and mortality did not significantly differ between patients with and without discontinuation of low-dose ASA. Given the lack of guidelines regarding perioperative management with antiplatelet therapy, our findings elucidate one issue, showing comparable recurrence rates with and without discontinuation of low-dose ASA in patients undergoing burr-hole drainage for cSDH. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Management of superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Cosmi, B


    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is less well studied than deep vein thrombosis (DVT), because it has been considered to be a minor, self-limiting disease that is easily diagnosed on clinical grounds and that requires only symptomatic relief. The most frequently involved sites of the superficial vein system are the lower limbs, especially the saphenous veins, mostly in relation to varicosities. Lower-limb SVT shares the same risk factors as DVT; it can propagate into the deep veins, and have a complicated course with pulmonary embolism. Clinical diagnosis may not be accurate, and ultrasonography is currently indicated for both confirmation and evaluation of SVT extension. Treatment aims are symptom relief and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in relation to the thrombotic burden. SVT of the long saphenous vein within 3 cm of the saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) is considered to be equivalent to a DVT, and thus deserving of therapeutic anticoagulation. Less severe forms of lower-limb SVT not involving the SFJ have been included in randomized clinical trials of surgery, compression hosiery, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, unfractionated heparin, and low molecular weight heparins, with inconclusive results. The largest randomized clinical trial available, on 3004 patients with lower-limb SVT not involving the SFJ, showed that fondaparinux 2.5 mg once daily for 6 weeks is more effective than placebo in reducing the risk of the composite of death from any cause and symptomatic VTE (0.9% versus 5.9%). Further studies are needed to define the optimal management strategies for SVT of the lower limbs and other sites, such as the upper limbs. © 2015 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  1. Management of post laser in situ keratomileusis ectasia with simultaneous topography guided photorefractive keratectomy and collagen cross-linking. (United States)

    Kymionis, George D; Portaliou, Dimitra M; Diakonis, Vasilios F; Karavitaki, Alexandra E; Panagopoulou, Sophia I; Jankov Ii, Mirko R; Coskunseven, Efekan


    A thirty-nine year old man was referred to our institute due to progressive decreased visual acuity five years after bilateral Laser in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK). Topography revealed signs of post - LASIK ectasia. Patients' left eye was treated with simultaneous Topography Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) followed by Corneal Collagen Cross Linking (CXL). Twelve months after the combined procedure both uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) showed significant improvement while topographic findings revealed an improvement of the astigmatic pattern. All higher order aberrations showed a significant decrease twelve months postoperatively. Combined topography guided PRK and corneal cross linking could represent an alternative treatment for post - LASIK ectasia.

  2. Quantitative computed tomography and cranial burr holes: a model to evaluate the quality of cranial reconstruction in humans. (United States)

    Worm, Paulo Valdeci; Ferreira, Nelson Pires; Ferreira, Marcelo Paglioli; Kraemer, Jorge Luiz; Lenhardt, Rene; Alves, Ronnie Peterson Marcondes; Wunderlich, Ricardo Castilho; Collares, Marcus Vinicius Martins


    Current methods to evaluate the biologic development of bone grafts in human beings do not quantify results accurately. Cranial burr holes are standardized critical bone defects, and the differences between bone powder and bone grafts have been determined in numerous experimental studies. This study evaluated quantitative computed tomography (QCT) as a method to objectively measure cranial bone density after cranial reconstruction with autografts. In each of 8 patients, 2 of 4 surgical burr holes were reconstructed with autogenous wet bone powder collected during skull trephination, and the other 2 holes, with a circular cortical bone fragment removed from the inner table of the cranial bone flap. After 12 months, the reconstructed areas and a sample of normal bone were studied using three-dimensional QCT; bone density was measured in Hounsfield units (HU). Mean (SD) bone density was 1535.89 (141) HU for normal bone (P holes is an excellent model to accurately measure the quality of new bone in cranial reconstructions and also seems to be an appropriate choice of experimental model to clinically test any cranial bone or bone substitute reconstruction.

  3. Surface anatomy of the posterolateral cranium regarding the localization of the initial burr-hole for a retrosigmoid approach. (United States)

    Bozbuga, Mustafa; Boran, Burak O; Sahinoglu, Kayihan


    Knowing the location of the venous sinuses is essential for the localization of the initial burr-hole for a retrosigmoid approach, in order to avoid inadvertent entry into the venous sinuses and limitation of the size of the bony opening. In this anatomic study, external landmarks of the posterolateral cranium have been studied, in order to reveal the relationship with the venous sinuses. Eighty-four dried adult human skulls were studied and study of both sides yielded 168 sides. Morphometric measurements of the posterolateral cranium have been performed and relations of the external landmarks with the venous sinuses have been studied. The anatomic position of the asterion was variable. The superior nuchal line was roughly parallel and below the lower margin of the sulcus of transverse sinus in all specimens. The sigmoid sinus, between the superior and inferior bends, seemed to descend along an axis defined by the junction of the squamosal-parietomastoid suture and the mastoid tip, in a slightly oblique fashion. In conclusion, a burr-hole placed just below the superior nuchal line and posterior to the axis defined by the mastoid tip and the squamosal-parietomastoid suture junction is appropriate for both avoiding inadvertent entry into the sinus and limiting the size of the craniotomy.

  4. Risk factors of regression and undercorrection in photorefractive keratectomy:a case-control study

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    Seyed-Farzad Mohammadi


    Full Text Available AIM:To determine risk factors of regression and undercorrection following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK in myopia or myopic astigmatism.METHODS: A case-control study was designed in which eyes with an indication for re-treatment (RT were defined as cases; primary criteria for RT indication, as assessed at least 9mo postoperatively, included an uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA of 20/30 or worse and a stable refraction for more than 3mo. Additional considerations included optical quality symptoms and significant higher order aberrations (HOAs. Controls were chosen from the same cohort of operated eyes which had complete post-operative follow up data beyond 9mo and did not need RT. The cohort included patients who had undergone PRK by the Tissue-Saving (TS ablation profile of Technolas 217z100 excimer laser (Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY, USA. Mitomycin C had been used in all of the primary procedures.RESULTS:We had 70 case eyes and 158 control eyes, and they were comparable in terms of age, sex and follow-up time (P values:0.58, 1.00 and 0.89, respectively. Pre-operative spherical equivalent of more than -5.00 diopter (D, intended optical zone (OZ diameter of less than 6.00 mm and ocular fixation instability during laser ablation were associated with RT indications (all P values <0.001. These factors maintained their significance in the multiple logistic regression model with odd ratios of 6.12, 6.71 and 7.89, respectively.CONCLUSION:Higher refractive correction (>-5.00 D, smaller OZ (<6.00 mm and unstable fixation during laser ablation of PRK for myopia and myopic astigmatism were found to be strong predictors of undercorrection and regression.

  5. Post-photorefractive Keratectomy Pain and Corneal Sub-basal Nerve Density. (United States)

    Mohebbi, Masoumeh; Rafat-Nejad, Amin; Mohammadi, Seyed-Farzad; Asna-Ashari, Kosar; Kasiri, Maryam; Heidari-Keshel, Saeed; Askarizadeh, Farshad


    The perceived and reported pain of patients receiving photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) widely varies. We assessed the potential role of the subbasal nerve plexus density as a predictor of postoperative pain level. Consecutive patients scheduled to undergo PRK at the Refractive Surgery Clinic of Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran, were approached. Forty-nine myopic left eyes from 49 patients who consented to undergo scanning slit confocal microscopy assessments preoperatively were included. ImageJ (1.48v) was used to measure the captured subbasal nerve length. Postoperative pain intensity was assessed by the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) (score range: 0 for no pain to 10 for the maximum possible) on the next day of surgery. The mean age of the patients was 27.55 (range: 19-40) years. The median reported pain level was 5. Approximately 32.7% of the subjects reported a pain score of 6 or higher. Mean nerve density was 19.54 (range: 14.34-24.73) mm/mm 2 . Nerve density was not correlated with the reported intensity of pain ( P = 0.172). However, pain was correlated with the reported ocular discomfort, i.e., a pooled index of foreign body sensation, photophobia, burning sensation, and tearing ( P < 0.001), and also with the pooled index of ocular inflammatory signs (conjunctival injection and eyelid edema) ( P = 0.027). Crude density of corneal nerves may not be a good predictor of post-PRK pain while wearing bandage contact lenses. The predominant pain mechanism appears to be of an inflammatory nature (not nociceptive or neuropathic).

  6. Comparative evaluation of Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A bandage contact lenses after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Mukherjee, Achyut; Ioannides, Antonis; Aslanides, Ioannis


    To evaluate and compare Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A silicone hydrogel contact lenses used as a therapeutic bandage following transepithelial excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Patients undergoing transepithelial PRK for myopia were prospectively recruited. Included patients had a Comfilcon A silicone hydrogel lens inserted in one eye, with a Senofilcon A lens in the contralateral eye. Postoperative assessment of subjective pain, epithelial healing and visual recovery was at day 1, 3 and 7. Contact lens factors including centration, movement and deposits were assessed. 48 eyes of 24 patients were included in the study. Mean age was 31 years (SD 11) and mean refractive error -4.5 D (SD 1.8). Mean pain score at day 1 was significantly higher in the Comfilcon group at 4.6 (SD 2.7) vs. 1.5 (SD2.5) in the Senofilcon group (P<0.005). Mean time to healing was 3.17 days (SD 0.37) in the Comfilcon group, and 3.21 days (SD 0.4) in the Senofilcon group, with no difference in defect size. There was a pronounced central raphe in 1 eye in the Comfilcon group vs. 5 eyes in the Senofilcon group (P=0.19). Significantly more eyes demonstrated no lens movement in the Senofilcon group (18 vs. 4, P=0.0001). The variation in material characteristics and lens geometry of different silicone hydrogel lenses affects their clinical characteristics in therapeutic roles. Other factors than oxygen permeability may affect pain and epithelial healing, with superior pain relief from the less permeable Senofilcon lens in this study. Copyright © 2013 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  7. Two-step versus Single Application of Mitomycin-C in Photorefractive Keratectomy for High Myopia

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    Farhad Fazel


    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of two-step versus single application of mitomycin-C (MMC during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for high myopia. Methods: This randomized clinical trial included consecutive patients with high myopia (exceeding 7 D. Patients underwent PRK and were randomized to two methods of MMC 0.02% application as follows: in the single application group, MMC was applied for 45 seconds followed by irrigation; in the two-step group MMC was used identically followed by repeat application for another 15 seconds and corneal surface irrigation. Visual acuity, refractive error, pachymetry, topography, corneal haze and complications were compared between the two groups 18 months after surgery. Results: One hundred and forty patients (70 subjects in either study arm underwent PRK according to the study protocol. Mean spherical equivalent refractive error was significantly reduced from baseline to -1.16΁0.39 D in the single application group and to -1.07΁0.39 D in the two-step group. Sixteen (11.5% versus 8 (5.7% eyes lost one or more line(s of best corrected visual acuity in the single application group as compared to the two-step group (P=0.05. Corneal haze was observed in 18 (12.9% and 8 (5.7% eyes in the single application versus two-step group, respectively (P=0.04. Grade 3 corneal haze was not observed in the two-step group but occurred in five eyes (3.6% in the single application group (P=0.03. No eyes developed corneal ectasia during the follow-up period. Conclusion: Two-step intraoperative application of MMC 0.02% in highly myopic eyes undergoing PRK can reduce the frequency and severity of haze formation.

  8. Topical N-acetylcysteine reduces interleukin-1-alpha in tear fluid after laser subepithelial keratectomy. (United States)

    Urgancioglu, Berrak; Bilgihan, Kamil; Engin, Doruk; Cirak, Meltem Yalinay; Hondur, Ahmet; Hasanreisoglu, Berati


    To evaluate the effect of topical N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on interleukin 1-alpha (IL-1alpha) levels in tear fluid after myopic laser subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and its possible role in modulating corneal wound healing. Twenty-six eyes of 13 patients who underwent myopic LASEK were divided into 2 groups. Group 1 (n=10 eyes) was used as a control group. All patients received topical lomefloxacin and dexamethasone postoperatively. Additionally, patients in Group 2 received topical NAC for 1 month postoperatively. Tear fluid samples were collected with microcapillary tubes preoperatively, on the first and on the fifth postoperative day, and the release of IL-1alpha in tear fluid was calculated. Haze grading and confocal microscopic examination were performed at 1 and 3 months postoperatively. The mean IL-1-alpha release values were 0.285-/+0.159 pg/min in Group 1 and 0.235-/+0.142 pg/min in Group 2 preoperatively. In Group 1, the values were 0.243-/+0.155 pg/min on day 1 and 0.164-/+0.125 pg/min on day 5. In Group 2, the mean IL-1alpha release values were 0.220-/+0.200 pg/min on day 1 and 0.080-/+0.079 pg/min on day 5. The difference between the groups was significant only for day 5 (p0.05). NAC seems to have an additive effect to steroids in suppressing IL-1alpha levels in tear fluid and may be clinically advantageous in modulating corneal wound healing during the early postoperative period after LASEK.

  9. Intraocular lens power calculations for cataract surgery after phototherapeutic keratectomy in granular corneal dystrophy type 2. (United States)

    Jung, Se Hwan; Han, Kyung Eun; Sgrignoli, Bradford; Kim, Tae-Im; Lee, Hyung Keun; Kim, Eung Kweon


    To investigate the predictability of various intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation methods in granular corneal dystrophy type 2 (GCD2) with prior phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and to suggest the more predictable IOL power calculation method. Medical records of 20 eyes from 16 patients with GCD2, all having undergone cataract surgery after PTK, were retrospectively evaluated. Postoperative cataract refractive errors were compared with target diopters (D) using IOL power calculation methods as follows: 1) myopic and 2) hyperopic Haigis-L formula in IOLMaster (Carl Zeiss Meditec); 3) SRK/T formula using 4.5-mm zone Holladay equivalent keratometry readings (EKRs) (single-K Holladay EKRs method); 4) central keratometry power of true net power map in the Pentacam system (Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH); and 5) clinical history, Aramberri double-K, and double-K Holladay EKRs methods. Topographic status of corneal curvature after PTK was evaluated. Fourteen (70%) of 20 eyes showed central island formation after PTK. When central island was present, the mean absolute error (MAE) using the hyperopic Haigis-L formula was 0.25±0.15 D. When central island was not present, the myopic Haigis-L formula showed MAE of 0.33±0.16 D. When central island formation and IOLMaster keratometry underestimation were present, the hyperopic Haigis-L formula showed the least MAE of 0.26±0.08 D when switching the IOL-Master keratometry values equal to 4.5-mm zone Holladay EKRs. In planning for cataract surgery after PTK in GCD2, topographic analysis for central island formation is necessary. With or without central island formation, the hyperopic or myopic Haigis-L formula can be applied. When IOLMaster keratometry shows underestimation, the Haigis-L formula using 4.5-mm zone Holladay EKRs can be considered. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  10. Corneal Epithelial Remodeling and Its Effect on Corneal Asphericity after Transepithelial Photorefractive Keratectomy for Myopia

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    Jie Hou


    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the changes in epithelial thickness profile following transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK for myopia and to investigate the effect of epithelial remodeling on corneal asphericity. Methods. Forty-four patients (44 right eyes who underwent T-PRK were retrospectively evaluated. Epithelial thickness was measured using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography at different corneal zones (central, 2 mm; paracentral, 2–5 mm; and mid-peripheral, 5-6 mm preoperatively and at 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The correlation between the changes in corneal epithelial thickness (ΔCET and postoperative Q-value changes (ΔQ was analyzed 6 months postoperatively. Results. Epithelial thickness at 6 months showed a negative meniscus-like lenticular pattern with less central thickening, which increased progressively toward the mid-periphery (3.69±4.2, 5.19±3.8, and 6.23±3.9 μm at the center, paracenter, and mid-periphery, resp., P<0.01. A significant positive relationship was observed between epithelial thickening and ΔQ 6 months postoperatively (r=0.438, 0.580, and 0.504, resp., P<0.01. Conclusions. Significant epithelial thickening was observed after T-PRK and showed a lenticular change with more thickening mid-peripherally, resulting in increased oblateness postoperatively. Epithelial remodeling may modify the epithelial thickness profile after surface ablation refractive surgery for myopia.

  11. Comparison of Frey Syndrome Rates Following Superficial Parotidectomy and Partial Superficial Parotidectomy for Pleomorphic Adenoma. (United States)

    Ogreden, Sahin; Ruzgar, Sedat; Alimoglu, Yalcin; Eroglu, Sinan; Taskin, Umit; Oktay, Mehmet Faruk


    Comparison of Frey syndrome rates following superficial parotidectomy and partial superficial parotidectomy for pleomorphic adenoma. Fifty patients diagnosed with pleomorphic adenoma and received surgical treatment at the Otolaryngology Department of Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital between January 2009 and October 2015 were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were specifically queried for Frey syndrome symptoms. The syndrome was investigated with Minor starch iodine test. The patients who underwent superficial parotidectomy were compared to those who underwent partial superficial parotidectomy in terms of Frey syndrome development and recurrence. In the partial superficial parotidectomy group, Frey syndrome symptoms were edema and increased sweating and burning sensation on the face in 7 patients (21.9%, P = 0.735). In the superficial parotidectomy group, 5 patients exhibited edema (27.8%), 3 exhibited increased sweating (16.7%), and 5 exhibited burning sensation (27.8%). Minor test results were positive for 7 patients in the partial superficial parotidectomy group (21.8%) and 5 patients were positive (27.8%) in the superficial parotidectomy group. No recurrence was found in either group during the 5-year follow-up. No significant difference was found between 2 groups in terms of postoperative complications and recurrence. In terms of their effect on Frey syndrome development, there is no significant difference between partial superficial parotidectomy and superficial parotidectomy.

  12. The efficacy and safety of burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for chronic subdural hematoma and subdural hygroma in children under 2 years of age. (United States)

    Matsuo, Kazuya; Akutsu, Nobuyuki; Otsuka, Kunitoshi; Yamamoto, Kazuki; Kawamura, Atsufumi; Nagashima, Tatsuya


    Various treatment modalities have been used in the management of chronic subdural hematoma and subdural hygroma (CSDH/SDHy) in children. However, few studies have examined burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage in such cases. Here, we retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy in children under 2 years old. We also aimed to determine the predictors of CSDH/SDHy recurrence. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 25 children under 2 years old who underwent burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy at a pediatric teaching hospital over a 10-year period. We analyzed the relationship between CSDH/SDHy recurrence and factors such as abusive head trauma, laterality of CSDH/SDHy, and subdural fluid collection type (hematoma or hygroma). CSDH/SDHy recurred in 5 of the 25 patients (20 %), requiring a second operation at an average of 0.92 ± 1.12 months after the initial procedure. The mean follow-up period was 25.1 ± 28.6 months. There were no complications related to either operation. None of the assessed factors were statistically associated with recurrence. Burr-hole craniotomy without continuous drainage for CSDH/SDHy appears safe in children aged under 2 years and results in a relatively low recurrence rate. No predictors of CSDH/SDHy recurrence were identified. Advantages of this method include avoiding external subdural drainage-related complications. However, burr-hole drainage may be more effective for CSDH, which our data suggests is more likely to recur than SDHy, providing the procedure is performed with specific efforts to reduce complications.

  13. Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) versus laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for hyperopia correction. (United States)

    Settas, George; Settas, Clare; Minos, Evangelos; Yeung, Ian Yl


    Hyperopia, or hypermetropia (also known as long-sightedness or far-sightedness), is the condition where the unaccommodating eye brings parallel light to a focus behind the retina instead of on it. Hyperopia can be corrected with both non-surgical and surgical methods, among them photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser assisted In situ keratomileusis (LASIK). There is uncertainty as to whether hyperopic-PRK or hyperopic-LASIK is the better method. The objectives of this review were to determine whether PRK or LASIK leads to more reliable, stable and safe results when correcting a hyperopic refractive error. We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2012, Issue 2), MEDLINE (January 1950 to February 2012), EMBASE (January 1980 to February 2012), Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to February 2012), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (, ( and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) ( There were no date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. The electronic databases were last searched on 17 February 2012. When trials are included in the review we will search the reference lists of the studies included in the review for information about further trials. We will use the Science Citation Index to search for papers that cite any studies included in this review. We did not handsearch journals or conference proceedings specifically for this review. We planned to include only randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing PRK against LASIK for correction of hyperopia and then perform a sensitivity analysis of pre- and post-millennial trials since this is the mid-point in the history of both PRK and LASIK. We did not identify any studies that met the inclusion criteria for this review. As no studies met the

  14. Clinical study of two kinds of bandage contact lenses after laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy

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    Wan-Ting Zhang


    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the clinical safety and effectiveness of the two kind of bandage contact lenses: Senofilcon A(Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasysand Balafilcon A(Bausch& Lomb pure visionafter laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy(LASEK. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients(76 eyeswho had undergone the LASEK were divided into two groups. One group of patients wore Balafilcon A, the other group of patients fitted with Senofilcon A. The lenses were worn continuously for 7d. This was a seven-day experience and the patients scored for the symptom of the eyes(sore eyes, foreign body sensation and tearingon the third day and the seventh day. Both of the two groups of patients taken off the soft contact lens on the seventh day and let their vision and corneal staining checked.RESULTS: The symptoms of eye sore and tearing of the two groups patients were different. The patients who wore the Senofilcon A were better. The pain of eyes were also different at 3 and 7d after surgeries(Z=-4.146, P=0.000; Z=-2.814, P=0.005. The difference on tearing between the two groups at 3 and 7d after surgeries were significant(Z=-2.309, P=0.021; Z=-3.276, P=0.001. There was no difference on sensation of dryness between the two groups at 3 and 7d after surgeries(Z=-0.447, P=0.655; Z=-0.966, P=0.334. After the lenses were taken off, the visual acuity of patients wearing Senofilcon A was better(t=3.800, P=0.001; corneal staining showed limited spots in 1-2 quadrants with significant difference(Z=-2.384,P=0.017. CONCLUSION: The Senofilcon A(Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasysand Balafilcon A(Bausch& Lomb pure visionbandage contact lenses are safe and effective after LASEK, and the former is better than the latter in epithelial regeneration.

  15. Superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic cerebral infarction

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    Yu-wei CONG


    Full Text Available Background Cerebral superficial vein thrombosis was rare and often misdiagnosed or missed for its various etiological factors, and complicated and nonspecific clinical manifestations. This paper reported one case of superficial vein thrombosis in right fronto-parietal lobe with hemorrhagic infarction. The anatomy of superficial vein, pathophysiological points, diagnosis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis were reviewed to help to reduce missed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Methods and Results A 18-year-old male patient had suffered from progressive headache for 4 years and weakness of left limbs for 2 d. Head MRI showed circular space-occupying lesion in right fronto-parietal lobe. Magnetic resonance venography (MRV examination showed the front two-thirds of the superior sagittal sinus was not clear. The lesions were removed and decompressive craniectomy was conducted, showing the brain tissue was pale, partly yellow or dark red, and superficial venous engorgement. Histological observation showed pial superficial vein thrombosis and subpial encephalomalacia, and multifocal hemorrhage of cerebral cortex and local parenchymal hemorrhage. A large number of "grid cells" and vascular "cuff" phenomenan were visible in surrounding tissue, and the parenchymal blood vessel proliferation was obvious. Left hand activity of the patient was obviously limited after the operation. Conclusions Clinical diagnosis of superficial vein thrombosis with hemorrhagic infarction is difficult, and brain imaging and serological examination can provide certain help. Much attention should be paid to the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment to reduce misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis, and gather clinical experience. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1672-6731.2016.01.007

  16. Pseudoaneurysm of the anterior superficial temporal artery. (United States)

    Han, K; Borah, G L


    Pseudoaneurysm of the superficial temporal artery must be considered in the differential diagnosis of masses of the lateral forehead and temporal fossa. While the first reported case of a temporal artery aneurysm was reported by Thomas Bartholin in 1740, there is scant mention of this lesion in the plastic and maxillofacial surgical literature. Pseudoaneurysms can arise in the forehead and scalp as a result of blunt traumatic impingement of the superficial temporal artery against the calvarium. The anterior branch of the artery is most vulnerable, because in the lateral forehead it courses over the frontal osseous ridge in the galea aponeurotica formed by the fusion line of the deep and superficial temporalis muscle fascia. This dense fascial investment has a tethering effect in the gap between the temporalis and frontalis muscles and prevents the artery from displacing laterally in response to traumatic forces. A history of recent blunt trauma or surgery to the forehead, combined with a pulsatile bruit, should direct the physician to the diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm of the superficial temporal artery. Treatment is surgical resection of the involved segment without the need for reconstruction. This report includes a review of the literature and presents the first documented case of a bicycle helmet as the cause of a superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm.

  17. Short-term visual result after simultaneous photorefractive keratectomy and small-aperture cornea inlay implantation

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    Moshirfar M


    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar,1,2 Ryan T Wallace,3 David F Skanchy,4 Jordan D Desautels,5 Steven H Linn,1 Phillip C Hoopes Jr,1 Daniel S Durrie1,6 1Hoopes, Durrie, Rivera, Research Center, Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, 2Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 3Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 4McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, 5Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 6Durrie Vision, Overland Park, KS, USA Purpose: To report the short-term results of simultaneous photorefractive keratectomy (PRK and small-aperture cornea inlay implantation (KAMRA surgery in treating presbyopia. Methods: Simultaneous PRK and KAMRA inlay surgery was performed on 21 patients from July 2015 to March 2016. Follow-up exams were conducted at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Our patients were also divided preoperatively into three categories: myopic, hyperopic, and emmetropic. Over the 6-month period, the main outcome measures were uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA, changes in best-corrected distance visual acuity, and mean spherical equivalent refraction. Results: At 6-month follow-up, 83% (10/12 of patients had a monocular UNVA of 20/40 or better, and 75% had a binocular UNVA of 20/40 (J5 or better. At 6 months, the overall mean refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE was -0.60 D (±0.42 standard deviation [SD], range: -1.38 to -0.13 with a mean change of -0.43 D (±1.19 SD, range: -1.5 to 2.63 compared to preoperative data. Overall, 91% (10/11 of patients were within a ±0.5 D range of our target -0.75 D for KAMRA use. One-hundred percent (5/5 of the hyperopes, 50% (1/2 of emmetropes, and 100% (4/4 of myopes met the targeted range. At 6 months, the MRSE for the hyperopic subgroup (n=5 was 0.33 D (±0.20 SD, the MRSE for the emmetropic subgroup (n=2 was -1.19 D (±0.19 SD, and the MRSE for the myopic

  18. Trepanation or complete removal of the outer table of the calvarium for granulation induction: the Erbium:YAG laser as an alternative to the rose head burr. (United States)

    Valesky, Eva M; Vogl, Thomas; Kaufmann, Roland; Meissner, Markus


    Large scalp defects devoid of periosteum following tumor excisions are a surgical challenge. In this case, drilling the outer table of the calvarium with a rose head burr is a standard method to induce granulation tissue. We describe an alternative for trepanation or complete removal of the outer table of the calvarium. We demonstrate the use of an erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (erbium:YAG) laser for the induction of granulation tissue, compare this technique with the standard procedure and evaluate the benefits and limitations. The erbium:YAG laser is an excellent method for trepanation or complete removal of the outer table of the calvarium and induction of granulation tissue. Conclusion: The use of the laser for trepanation of the calvarium gives results comparable to those of the rose head burr for inducing granulation tissue but has its benefits. Therefore, this method should become a standard alternative to the known procedure.

  19. Optimization of Burr size, Surface Roughness and Circularity Deviation during Drilling of Al 6061 using Taguchi Design Method and Artificial Neural Network

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    Reddy Sreenivasulu


    Full Text Available This paper presents the influence of cutting parameters like cutting speed, feed rate, drill diameter, point angle and clearance angle on the burr size, surface roughness and circularity deviation of Al 6061 during drilling on CNC vertical machining center. A plan of experiments based on Taguchi technique has been used to acquire the data. An orthogonal array, signal to noise (S/N ratio and analysis of variance (ANOVA are employed to investigate machining characteristics of Al 6061 using HSS twist drill bits of variable tool geometry and maintain constant helix angle of 45 degrees. Confirmation tests have been carried out to predict the optimal setting of process parameters to validate the used approach, obtained the values of 0.2618mm, 0.1821mm, 3.7451µm, 0.0676mm for burr height, burr thickness, surface roughness and circularity deviation respectively. Finally, artificial neural network has been applied to compare the predicted values with the experimental values, good agreement was shown between the predictive model results and the experimental measurements. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE


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    Anjana Jayakumaran Nair


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND High origin and superficially placed ulnar artery is a rare anatomical variant that usually arises either in the axilla or arm and runs a superficial course in the forearm, enters the hand and participates in the formation of superficial palmar arch. During routine dissection of cadavers in our department, we observed a unilateral case of high origin and superficial ulnar artery in a human male cadaver. It originated from the brachial artery in the lower third of arm 4 cm above its bifurcation. From its origin, it passed downwards along the medial aspect of forearm, superficial to the flexors, entered hand superficial to the flexor retinaculum and formed superficial palmar arch. The knowledge of existence of a superficial ulnar artery is important during vascular and reconstructive surgery and also in evaluation of angiographic images. Superficial position makes it more vulnerable to trauma and more accessible to cannulation.

  1. Superficial melanomas of oral mucous membranes. (United States)

    Regezi, J A; Hayward, J R; Pickens, T N


    In accordance with microscopic and clinical criteria established for superficial melanomas of the skin (superficial spreading melanoma, lentigo maligna melanoma, acral-lentiginous melanoma), three oral lesions have been evaluated. The literature on oral melanomas has also been reviewed, with special attention given to those cases that had pre-existing melanosis. One patient with a diagnosis of superficial spreading melanoma eventually died of his untreated lesion 11 years after its first appearance. Two patients had lesions diagnosed as acral-lentiginous melanoma (a group which also includes volar and subungual melanomas) that exhibited aggressive, recurrent behavior. These lesions had microsocpic features similar to lentigo maligna melanoma but did not behave in a manner consistent with that diagnosis. Electron microscopic study of one acral-lentiginous melanoma demonstrated malenosomes and premelanosomes that were like those seen in normal melanocytes and nevus cells. The superficial or radial growth phase of many oral melanomas has apparently gone unrecognized. Melanosis has been reported to be a common feature of invasive oral melanomas but has not generally been related to the natural history of these lesions. Oral lesions with a prolonged intra-epithelial or radial growth phase would be expected to have a better prognosis than nodular melanomas, but meaningful survival data are not available because of the infrequency with which oral melanomas have been subclassified.

  2. Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system

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    The term superficial siderosis is used to describe the haemosiderin deposition on the surface of the brain, spinal cord, brainstem and cranial nerve leptomeninges following recurrent subarachnoid haemorrhage. The concern is the cytotoxic nature of the haemosiderin on the under- lying tissue causing slow but progressive ...

  3. Intravesical Gemcitabine for Treatment of Superficial Bladder ...

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    Objectives: Intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is the mainstay of treatment and prophylaxis in superficial bladder cancer (SBC) as it reduces tumor recurrence and disease progression. About one-third of patients do not respond to BCG. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of intravesical ...

  4. Integration of Rabbit Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Hydroxyapatite Burr Hole Button Device for Bone Interface Regeneration

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    Viswanathan Gayathri


    Full Text Available Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells, multipotent stem cells isolated from adipose tissue, present close resemblance to the natural in vivo milieu and microenvironment of bone tissue and hence widely used for in bone tissue engineering applications. The present study evaluates the compatibility of tissue engineered hydroxyapatite burr hole button device (HAP-BHB seeded with Rabbit Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSCs. Cytotoxicity, oxidative stress response, apoptotic behavior, attachment, and adherence of adipose MSC seeded on the device were evaluated by scanning electron and confocal microscopy. The results of the MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay indicated that powdered device material was noncytotoxic up to 0.5 g/mL on cultured cells. It was also observed that oxidative stress related reactive oxygen species production and apoptosis on cell seeded device were similar to those of control (cells alone except in 3-day period which showed increased reactive oxygen species generation. Further scanning electron and confocal microscopy indicated a uniform attachment of cells and viability up to 200 μm deep inside the device, respectively. Based on the results, it can be concluded that the in-house developed HAP-BHB device seeded with ADMSCs is nontoxic/safe compatible device for biomedical application and an attractive tissue engineered device for calvarial defect regeneration.

  5. [Superficial venous thrombosis. A state of art]. (United States)

    Sándor, Tamás


    For a long time superficial thrombophlebitis has been thought to be a rather benign condition. Recently, when duplex ultrasound technique is used for the diagnosis more and more often, the disease is proved to be more dangerous than anticipated. Thrombosis propagates to the deep veins in 6-44% and pulmonary embolism was observed on the patients in 1,5-33%. We can calculate venous thromboembolic complications on every fourth patient. Diagnosis is clinical, but duplex ultrasound examination is mandatory, for estimation of the thrombus extent, for exclusion of the deep venous thrombosis and for follow up. Both legs should be checked with ultrasound, because simultaneous deep venous thrombosis can develop on the contralateral limb. Two different forms can be distinguished: superficial venous thrombosis with, or without varicose veins. In cases of spontaneous, non varicous form, especially when the process is migrating or recurrent, a careful clinical examination is necessery for exclusion of malignant diseases and thrombophilia. The treatment options are summarised on the basis of recent international consensus statements. The American and German guidelines are similar. Compression and mobilisation are cornerstones of the therapy. For a short segment thrombosis non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs are effective. For longer segments low molecular-weight heparins are preferred. Information on the effect of the novel oral anticoagulants for the therapy is lacking but they may appear to be effective in the future for this indication. When thrombus is close to the sapheno-femoral or sapheno-popliteal junction crossectomy (high ligation), or low molecular-weight heparin in therapeutic doses are indicated. The term superficial thrombophlebitis should be discouraged, because inflammation and infection is not the primary pathology. It should be called correctly superficial venous thrombosis in order to avoid the unnecessary administration of antibiotics and the misconception

  6. Evaluation of Superficial and Dimensional Quality Features in Metallic Micro-Channels Manufactured by Micro-End-Milling

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    Claudio Giardini


    Full Text Available Miniaturization encourages the development of new manufacturing processes capable of fabricating features, like micro-channels, in order to use them for different applications, such as in fuel cells, heat exchangers, microfluidic devices and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS. Many studies have been conducted on heat and fluid transfer in micro-channels, and they appeared significantly deviated from conventional theory, due to measurement errors and fabrication methods. The present research, in order to deal with this opportunity, is focused on a set of experiments in the micro-milling of channels made of aluminum, titanium alloys and stainless steel, varying parameters, such as spindle speed, depth of cut per pass (ap, channel depth (d, feed per tooth (fz and coolant application. The experimental results were analyzed in terms of dimensional error, channel profile shape deviation from rectangular and surface quality (burr and roughness. The micro-milling process was capable of offering quality features required on the micro-channeled devices. Critical phenomena, like run-out, ploughing, minimum chip thickness and tool wear, were encountered as an explanation for the deviations in shape and for the surface quality of the micro-channels. The application of coolant and a low depth of cut per pass were significant to obtain better superficial quality features and a smaller dimensional error. In conclusion, the integration of superficial and geometrical features on the study of the quality of micro-channeled devices made of different metallic materials contributes to the understanding of the impact of calibrated cutting conditions in MEMS applications.

  7. Malignant transformation of superficial peritoneal endometriosis lesion. (United States)

    Marchand, Eva; Hequet, Delphine; Thoury, Anne; Barranger, Emmanuel


    A 63-year-old woman with no medical history underwent an abdominal surgery with hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy for a 10 cm peritoneal cyst with increased cancer antigene-125. A large suspicious tumour of the Douglas space, with contact to the uterus and the rectal wall was described. The rest of the exploration was normal, specially the rest of the peritoneum. Histopathology revealed a malignant transformation of a superficial peritoneal endometriosis. Secondary surgery was thus completed by laparoscopy with bilateral pelvic and para-aortic lymph node dissections, omentectomy and multiple peritoneal biopsies. All staging samples were free of cancer; therefore no complementary therapy was administered. After 18 months of follow-up, consisting of clinical examination and pelvis magnetic resonance imaging every 6 months, we did not observe any recurrence. Malignant transformation of superficial peritoneal endometriosis is a rare disease and surgical management seems to be the main treatment.

  8. Clinico Mycological Study of Superficial Mycoses

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    Rachana J. Magdum


    Full Text Available Background: Generally it is well established fact that geographical distribution of the fungi may change from time to time; hence this study was planned. Aim and Objectives: To analyze the prevalence of superficial mycoses, its clinical presentation and species identification of the fungal isolates responsible for the disease. Material and Methods: A total 125 clinically diagnosed cases of superficial mycoses visiting Dermatology and Venereology outpatient department of Bharati Hospital, Sangli, for a period of one year were included in the study. Specimens like skin scrapping, nail clipping, hair were collected and subjected to KOH mount and culture. Identification of species was done by macroscopic examination of culture, tease mount and other physiological tests including Urease test, Hair perforation tests and Germ tube test. Results: Superficial mycosis was more common in the age group of 21-30 years (28% and in males (60.8%. The infection was more common in students (29.6%. Tinea corporis (42.4% was the commonest clinical type followed by tinea cruris (22.4%. 61.6% cases were positive by direct microscopy and 60.8% cases showed culture positive. Out of 125 samples, dermatophytes were grown in 63 cases (82.89% followed by non dermatophytic moulds in 10 cases (13.16% and Candida albicans in 3 cases (3.95%. The most common isolate among dermtophytosis was T. rubrum (46.05% followed by T. mentagrophyte (25%. Conclusion: It was concluded that along with dermatophytes, non dermatophytic moulds are also important to cause of superficial mycoses

  9. Volumetric and superficial characterization of carbon activated

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    Carrera G, L.M.; Garcia S, I.; Jimenez B, J.; Solache R, M.; Lopez M, B.; Bulbulian G, S.; Olguin G, M.T.


    The activated carbon is the resultant material of the calcination process of natural carbonated materials as coconut shells or olive little bones. It is an excellent adsorbent of diluted substances, so much in colloidal form, as in particles form. Those substances are attracted and retained by the carbon surface. In this work is make the volumetric and superficial characterization of activated carbon treated thermically (300 Centigrade) in function of the grain size average. (Author)


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    A. Georgescu


    Full Text Available Premises: Sexual hormones may affect the general health condition of women, as early as puberty, continuing during pregnancy and also after menopause. Variations of the hormonal levels may cause different – either local or general – pathological modifications. Sexual hormones may also affect periodontal status, favourizing gingival inflammations and reducing periodontal resistance to the action of the bacterial plaque. Scope: Establishment of the correlations between the debut or the manifestation of menopause and the modifications produced in the superficial periodontium. Materials and method: Clinical and paraclinical investigations were performed on female patients with ages between 45 and 66 years, involving macroscopic, microscopic and radiological recording of the aspect of the superificial periodontium (gingiva. Results: Analysis of the histological sections evidenced atrophic and involutive modifications in the marginal superficial periodontium of female patients at menopause. Conclusions: Sexual hormones intervene in the histological equilibrium of the marginal superficial periodontium, influencing the periodontal health status, which explains the correlation between the subjective symptomatology specific to menopause and the histopatological aspect at epithelial level.

  11. What factors control superficial lava dome explosivity? (United States)

    Boudon, Georges; Balcone-Boissard, Hélène; Villemant, Benoît; Morgan, Daniel J.


    Dome-forming eruption is a frequent eruptive style and a major hazard on numerous volcanoes worldwide. Lava domes are built by slow extrusion of degassed, viscous magma and may be destroyed by gravitational collapse or explosion. The triggering of lava dome explosions is poorly understood: here we propose a new model of superficial lava-dome explosivity based upon a textural and geochemical study (vesicularity, microcrystallinity, cristobalite distribution, residual water contents, crystal transit times) of clasts produced by key eruptions. Superficial explosion of a growing lava dome may be promoted through porosity reduction caused by both vesicle flattening due to gas escape and syn-eruptive cristobalite precipitation. Both processes generate an impermeable and rigid carapace allowing overpressurisation of the inner parts of the lava dome by the rapid input of vesiculated magma batches. The relative thickness of the cristobalite-rich carapace is an inverse function of the external lava dome surface area. Explosive activity is thus more likely to occur at the onset of lava dome extrusion, in agreement with observations, as the likelihood of superficial lava dome explosions depends inversely on lava dome volume. This new result is of interest for the whole volcanological community and for risk management. PMID:26420069

  12. Central and peripheral pressure measurements with the Goldmann tonometer and Tono-Pen after photorefractive keratectomy for myopia. (United States)

    Schipper, I; Senn, P; Oyo-Szerenyi, K; Peter, R


    To compare the accuracy of Goldmann tonometry with that of the Tono-Pen(R) in measuring intraocular pressure (IOP) after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Eye Clinic, Cantonal Hospital, Lucerne, Switzerland.Thirty-five eyes (25 patients) had PRK for a mean myopia of -6.2 diopters +/- 2.6 (SD). Intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements were performed first with the Goldmann tonometer and then with the Tono-Pen in 2 corneal locations: centrally in the usual manner and temporally. For the temporal measurements, the patient was directed to gaze nasally as the tonometer was placed perpendicular to the temporal portion of the cornea and with the rim of the tonometer positioned just inside the limbus of the cornea. Subsequently, similar measurements were made with the Tono-Pen. Measurements were performed before and 1 and 3 months after PRK. Preoperative IOPs measured centrally and temporally were similar. After PRK, the central pressure readings with the Goldmann tonometer and the Tono-Pen were between 1.8 and 2.3 mm Hg lower than those measured temporally. The differences were statistically significant (P <.0001). Central corneal pressure readings obtained with either the Goldmann tonometer or the Tono-Pen after myopic PRK are inaccurate. Measurements over the temporal part of the cornea are likely more reliable.

  13. Effects of topical vitamin E on corneal superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase activities and polymorphonuclear leucocyte infiltration after photorefractive keratectomy. (United States)

    Bilgihan, Ayse; Bilgihan, Kamil; Yis, Ozgür; Sezer, Cem; Akyol, Gülen; Hasanreisoglu, Berati


    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) induces free radical formation and polymorphonuclear (PMN) cell infiltration in the cornea. Vitamin E is a free radical scavenger and protects the cells from reactive oxygen species. We investigated the effects of topical vitamin E on corneal PMN cell infiltration and corneal antioxidant enzyme activities after PRK. We studied four groups, each consisting of seven eyes. Group 1 were control eyes. In group 2 the corneal epithelium was removed by a blunt spatula (epithelial scrape). In group 3, corneal photoablation (59 micro m, 5 dioptres) was performed after epithelial removal (traditional PRK). In group 4 we tested the effects of topical Vitamin E after traditional PRK. Corneal tissues were removed and studied with enzymatic analysis (measurement of corneal superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities) and histologically. Stromal PMN leucocyte counts were significantly higher after mechanical epithelial removal and traditional PRK (p < 0.05). Corneal superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities decreased significantly after mechanical epithelial removal and traditional PRK (p < 0.05). In group 4, treated with vitamin E, corneal superoxide dismutase activity did not differ significantly from that in the medically non-treated groups, nor did corneal PMN cell infiltration after traditional PRK. The reduction of corneal glutathione peroxidase activity after PRK was reduced significantly after topical vitamin E treatment. Topical vitamin E treatment may be useful for reducing the harmful effects of reactive oxygen radical after epithelial scraping and PRK in that it increases corneal glutathione peroxidase activity.

  14. Acinetobacter and Staphylococcus aureus ulcerative keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis treated with antibiotics and phototherapeutic keratectomy. (United States)

    Lindbohm, Nina; Moilanen, Jukka A O; Vesaluoma, Minna H; Tervo, Timo M T


    To report a method of treatment for through-the-flap multibacterial ulcerative keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Bacterial ulcerative keratitis after LASIK was treated with topical and systemic antibiotics followed by flap lifting, cleaning, and phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). Follow-up examinations included in vivo confocal microscopy, corneal topography, and wavefront analysis. Rapid recovery of the ulcerative keratitis was observed after flap lifting and cleaning of the interface and PTK combined with topical and systemic antibiotics. Two years postoperatively, corneal topography showed a slight depression of the ulcer area and decentration of the photoablation. Wavefront analysis revealed an irregular scan with a pronounced coma-like aberration, which with a wavefront-guided custom test lens correction provided 20/16 visual acuity. Ulcerative bacterial keratitis is a possible sight-threatening complication of LASIK refractive surgery. Lifting and rinsing the flap combined with cleaning of the flap interface with PTK may be helpful in these conditions when regression of the ulcer does not occur with topical and oral antibiotic treatment.

  15. Effect of excimer laser (Arf, 193 nm) on aqueous humor during photorefractive keratectomy biophysical and biochemical study

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    Mahmoud, S.S.; Mahmoud, A.A.


    Ultraviolet light (193 nm) produced by an excimer laser has been used to produce precise tissue ablation with minimal thermal damage to adjacent tissue. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of excimer laser during photo refractive keratectomy (PRK) on aqueous humor constituents and also the effect of antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD)- applied topically- on these changes if exist. Five groups of schenchilla rabbits were involved in this study, where four groups underwent corneal stromal ablation using argon fluoride excimer laser (Ar F, 193 nm). Two of these four groups were treated with superoxide dismutase intra operatively. The fifth group was used as control one. The obtained results revealed depletion of aqueous humor ascorbate and glutathione contents. Aqueous humor refractive index, cholesterol, phospholipids, malondialdehyde (MDA) and total protein were measured. In conclusion, the excimer laser can induce changes in aqueous humor constituents during PRK. These changes lasted at least for 24 hours and as the time increased to 4 weeks, these changes became limited. The use of exogenous SOD seems to exert beneficial effect on aqueous humor refractive index and total protein

  16. The Antifibrosis Effects of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor δ on Rat Corneal Wound Healing after Excimer Laser Keratectomy

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    Yun Gu


    Full Text Available Corneal stromal fibrosis characterized by myofibroblasts and abnormal extracellular matrix (ECM is usually the result of inappropriate wound healing. The present study tested the hypothesis that the ligand activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR δ had antifibrosis effects in a rat model of corneal damage. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats underwent bilateral phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK. The eyes were randomized into four groups: PBS, GW501516 (a selective agonist of PPARδ, GSK3787 (a selective antagonist of PPARδ, or GW501516 combined with GSK3787. The agents were subconjunctivally administered twice a week until sacrifice. The cellular aspects of corneal wound healing were evaluated with in vivo confocal imaging and postmortem histology. A myofibroblast marker (α-smooth muscle actin and ECM production (fibronectin, collagen type III and collagen type I were examined by immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR. At the early stages of wound healing, GW501516 inhibited reepithelialization and promoted angiogenesis. During the remodeling phase of wound healing, GW501516 attenuated the activation and proliferation of keratocytes, which could be reversed by GSK3787. GW501516 decreased transdifferentiation from keratocytes into myofibroblasts, ECM synthesis, and corneal haze. These results demonstrate that GW501516 controls corneal fibrosis and suggest that PPARδ may potentially serve as a therapeutic target for treating corneal scars.

  17. Laser surface texturing of cast iron steel: dramatic edge burr reduction and high speed process optimisation for industrial production using DPSS picosecond lasers (United States)

    Bruneel, David; Kearsley, Andrew; Karnakis, Dimitris


    In this work we present picosecond DPSS laser surface texturing optimisation of automotive grade cast iron steel. This application attracts great interest, particularly in the automotive industry, to reduce friction between moving piston parts in car engines, in order to decrease fuel consumption. This is accomplished by partially covering with swallow microgrooves the inner surface of a piston liner and is currently a production process adopting much longer pulse (microsecond) DPSS lasers. Lubricated interface conditions of moving parts require from the laser process to produce a very strictly controlled surface topography around the laser formed grooves, whose edge burr height must be lower than 100 nm. To achieve such a strict tolerance, laser machining of cast iron steel was investigated using an infrared DPSS picosecond laser (10ps duration) with an output power of 16W and a repetition rate of 200 kHz. The ultrashort laser is believed to provide a much better thermal management of the etching process. All studies presented here were performed on flat samples in ambient air but the process is transferrable to cylindrical geometry engine liners. We will show that reducing significantly the edge burr below an acceptable limit for lubricated engine production is possible using such lasers and remarkably the process window lies at very high irradiated fluences much higher that the single pulse ablation threshold. This detailed experimental work highlights the close relationship between the optimised laser irradiation conditions as well as the process strategy with the final size of the undesirable edge burrs. The optimised process conditions are compatible with an industrial production process and show the potential for removing extra post)processing steps (honing, etc) of cylinder liners on the manufacturing line saving time and cost.

  18. Superficial tension: experimental model with simple materials

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    Tintori Ferreira, María Alejandra


    Full Text Available In this work appears a didactic offer based on an experimental activity using materials of very low cost, orientated to achieving that the student understand and interpret the phenomenon of superficial tension together with the importance of the modeling in sciences. It has as principal aim of education bring the student over to the mechanics of the static fluids and the intermolecular forces, combining scientific contents with questions near to the student what provides an additional motivation to the reflection of the scientific investigation.

  19. Temperature distributions in 136 superficial radiothermotherapies

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    Willich, N.; Duve, S.; Pfluger, T.; Bachmeier, K.


    Temperature distributions from 136 superficial radiothermotherapies in patients were analysed and three-dimensionally reconstructed. The calculation of mean values and standard deviations of the temperature measuring probes considering water bolus temperature, master probe temperature, site of the probes relatively to different applicator positions and site of the probes in the heated tissues yielded satisfactory temperature distributions for chest wall treatment in contrast to other regions of the body. Radiothermotherapy was statistically not superior to radiotherapy alone with respect to local tumor control. (authors)

  20. Membrana amniótica canina utilizada como bandagem em úlcera superficial de córnea de coelhos: aspectos clínicos Canine amniotic membrane used as a bandage on rabbit superficial corneal ulceration: clinical aspects

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    K.C.S. Pontes


    Full Text Available Realizou-se a ceratectomia superficial em 28 coelhos, distribuídos em dois grupos. No grupo tratado, composto por 14 animais, utilizou-se a membrana amniótica canina como bandagem, suturada com sua face epitelial voltada contra a superfície corneana. O grupo controle não recebeu tratamento. A avaliação clínica foi realizada 24 horas após a cirurgia, a cada dois dias durante uma semana e a cada quatro dias até 180 dias. Avaliaram-se os efeitos da membrana amniótica como bandagem, comparando-se o tempo de epitelização da córnea entre os grupos e verificando o período necessário para que a córnea apresentasse transparência completa. A opacidade corneana esteve presente em todos os animais durante o período observado. O tratamento instituído resultou clinicamente em neovascularização corneana, opacidade de córnea mais intensa no período inicial de reparação, retardou o processo de epitelização e causou mais dor e desconforto que nos animais do grupo-controle.Twenty-eight rabbits were submitted to superficial keratectomy. The treated group consisted of 14 animals received canine amniotic membrane as a bandage, sutured in a way that its epithelial surface was in contact with the corneal surface. The control group did not receive any treatment. The animals were submitted to clinical evaluations 24 hours after surgery, at each two-day interval during one week and at each four-day interval during 180 days. The amniotic membranes were evaluated as a bandage comparing the time needed for corneal epithelization in the treated and non-treated groups and determining the period necessary for the cornea to become completely transparent. The corneal opacity was present during the entire time of observation. The treated animals presented more opaque cornea in the early period of regeneration, with neovascularization and more pain and discomfort than the animals from control group, showing a delayed epithelization.

  1. Optimization of Drilling Parameters for Reducing the Burr Height in Machining the Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) Coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) Reinforced in Aluminum Alloy (A 356) Using Meta Modeling Approach (United States)

    Sangeetha, M.; Prakash, S.


    This paper explains the optimization of drilling parameters using meta modeling approach to reduce the burr height while machining Silicon Carbide Particle (SiCp) coated with Multi Wall Carbon Nano Tubes (MWCNT) and reinforced in aluminum alloy (A 356). The specimen is prepared by the combination of sonication and stir casting processes. The volume fraction of MWCNT used is 1.5% and the volume fraction of SiCp is 10%. The combination of input parameters for drilling the holes is designed using Taguchi experimental design technique. The input parameters chosen for drilling operations are spindle speed, feed rate and drill diameter. The ranges of input parameters are listed in Table 1. The tools used for drilling operation are made up of solid carbide drill bit. Meta model is a mathematical and statistical model whose second-order model can be fitted by factorial design. The optimization model can be improved significantly by the second-order model compared to the first-order model. Twenty-seven holes are drilled using vertical machining center in the prepared specimen (A 356/MWCNT coated SiCp). Desirability function shows the optimized values of input parameters to obtain minimum burr height. Meta modeling approach is used to design a model using input parameters and output response burr height. The residuals plot shows the predicted values are closer to the measured values. This plot explains that the Meta model is adequately used to predict the burr height. The optimized values of input parameters for obtaining minimum burr height are the combination of high speed, low feed and low drill diameter. The minimum value of burr height observed in this experiment is 0.002mm and it is obtained in the optimized combination of N3, f1 and d1.

  2. Validity of Tono-pachymetry for Measuring Corrected Intraocular Pressure in Non-surgical and Post-photorefractive Keratectomy Eyes. (United States)

    Hahn, In Kyun; Kim, Jae Yong; Kim, Myoung Joon; Tchah, Hungwon; Moon, Chan Hee


    To assess the validity of central corneal thickness (CCT) and corrected intraocular pressure (IOP) values obtained by tono-pachymetry in non-surgical and post-photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) eyes. For the study, 108 young healthy participants and 108 patients who had PRK were enrolled. Measurements were randomly performed by tono-pachymetry, ultrasonic (US) pachymetry, and Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT). CCT measurement by tono-pachymetry was compared to that of US pachymetry. The corrected IOP value obtained by tono-pachymetry was compared to that obtained by US pachymetry and GAT. The corrected IOP from US pachymetry and GAT was calculated using the identical compensation formula built into the tono-pachymetry. Bland-Altman plot and paired t -test were conducted to evaluate the between-method agreements. The mean CCT measurement using tono-pachymetry was significantly greater by 7.3 µm in non-surgical eyes ( p < 0.001) and 17.8 µm in post-PRK eyes ( p < 0.001) compared with US pachymetry. Differences were significant in both Bland-Altman plotand paired t -test. The mean difference of corrected IOP values obtained by tono-pachymetry and calculated from measurements by US pachymetry and GAT was 0.33 ± 0.87 mmHg in non-surgical eyes and 0.57 ± 1.08 mmHg in post-PRK eyes. The differences in the Bland-Altman plot were not significant. The CCT measurement determined using tono-pachymetrywas significantly thicker than that of US pachymetry. The difference in CCT was greater in post-PRK eyes than in non-surgical eyes. However, the corrected IOP value obtained by tono-pachymetry showed reasonable agreement with that calculated from US pachymetry and GAT measurements.

  3. Long-term outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy for low to high myopia: 13 to 19 years of follow-up. (United States)

    Vestergaard, Anders H; Hjortdal, Jesper Ø; Ivarsen, Anders; Work, Kresten; Grauslund, Jakob; Sjølie, Anne Katrin


    To evaluate long-term outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). A retrospective follow-up study of patients who received PRK at 5.0- to 6.5-mm optical zones, using the Summit broad beam excimer laser (Summit Technology, Inc., Waltham, MA) at Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark, between 1992 and 1998. One randomly selected eye of each patient was used in the statistical analyses. Re-treated eyes were excluded. One hundred sixty eyes were included. Mean follow-up time was 16 years (range: 13 to 19 years). Mean preoperative spherical equivalent was -4.84 ± 2.95 diopters (D) (range: -20.25 to -1.25 D). At last follow-up examination, achieved refraction was -1.00 ± 1.56 D (range: -10.75 to +1.00 D) from attempted refraction, and the change in mean refractive error from 6 months postoperatively was less than 1.00 D. Results from a subgroup of unilateral treated patients indicated that myopic progression was the main reason for the residual refractive error. For eyes with low myopia (n = 124), the proportion of eyes within ± 1.0 D of attempted refraction was 72%, and for eyes with high myopia (-6.00 D or more, n = 36) it was 47%. Forty-five percent had uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/20 or better at last follow-up examination. Three eyes (2%) lost two or more lines and 13 eyes (8%) gained two or more lines of corrected distance visual acuity. Fourteen percent had haze (grade 0.5 to 2). Eighty-one percent were satisfied with the surgery. PRK for low degrees of myopia seemed safe and effective up to 19 years after surgery with conventional broad beam laser ablation. Refractive predictability was significantly lower and the occurrence of haze was higher in eyes with high myopia. Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.

  4. [Neuropathology of superficial hemosiderosis and neuroferritinopathy]. (United States)

    Takao, Masaki


    Neuropathology of superficial hemosiderosis. Gross finding shows diffuse brownish discoloration at the surface of the cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord. Severe atrophy and necrosis is present in the cerebellum. Extensive deposits of hemosiderin that are well recognized with Berlin blue and ferritin immunohistochemistry are present at the surface and in the superficial parenchyma of the cerebrum, brainstem, cerebellum and spinal cord. Although the pathomechanism of this disease remains unresolved, continuous or recurrent subarachnoid hemorrhage may be important for developing diffuse hemosiderin deposition. Neuroferritinopathy. Intranuclear and intracytoplasmic bodies are seen in glia and subsets of neurons in the central nervous system as well as in extraneural tissue. They are stained by Perls' method for ferric iron. The bodies are immunopositive against antibodies raised against mutated and wild type of ferritin light polypeptide as well as ferritin heavy polypeptide. It is suggested that loss of normal function and gain of toxic function may be crucial for neurodegeneration of neuroferritinopathy. Both diseases could be helpful to understand and clarify the pathomechanism of neurodegeneration associated with iron metabolism.

  5. Superficial leiomyosarcoma: a clinicopathologic review and update. (United States)

    Fauth, Clarissa T; Bruecks, Andrea Kristin; Temple, Walley; Arlette, John P; DiFrancesco, Lisa Marie


    Superficial leiomyosarcomas (SLMSs) are rare soft tissue malignancies. A clinicopathologic review of 25 cases was undertaken. Twenty-five cases diagnosed between 1990 and 2007 were reviewed. Clinical information was obtained from patient charts. Histologic slides were reviewed, and immunohistochemical stains were performed. All patients presented with a nodule. Fourteen tumors were confined to the dermis and 11 involved subcutaneous tissue. Smooth muscle markers were positive in all cases. CD117 was consistently negative. Novel histological features included epidermal hyperplasia, sclerotic collagen bands and increasing tumor grade with the depth of the lesion. Poor outcome was associated with size > 2 cm, high grade and depth of the lesion. SLMSs are rare but important smooth muscle tumors of the skin. The clinical presentation may be non-specific. The histologic appearance is that of a smooth muscle lesion, but epidermal hyperplasia and thickened collagen bands are previously underrecognized features. Immunohistochemical stains are useful in confirming smooth muscle differentiation, but CD117 is of limited utility. SLMS can appear low grade or even benign on superficial biopsies, leading to undergrading or a delay in the correct diagnosis. Clinicians and pathologists alike should therefore be aware of these pitfalls and must approach these cases with caution.

  6. Does mitomycin C cause toxicity in the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy? A comparative wound-healing study in a refractive surgery animal model. (United States)

    Blanco-Mezquita, Tomas; Espandar, Ladan; Torres, Rodrigo; Alvarez-Barcia, Angel; Cantalapiedra-Rodriguez, Roberto; Martinez-Garcia, Carmen; Merayo-Lloves, Jesus


    In this study, we investigated the wound-healing process after photorefractive keratectomy with mitomycin C (MMC) in hen corneas. In addition, we evaluated the synergistic effect of ethanol and MMC. Forty-eight adult hens were divided into 3 groups: A: ethanol-assisted debridement plus MMC; B: mechanical debridement plus MMC; and C: mechanical debridement (MMC-untreated control). Photorefractive keratectomy was performed, and the animals were followed up for up to 60 days. Epithelial healing was measured with fluorescein. Apoptosis was evaluated by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end-labeling assay and proliferation was measured by BrdU incorporation. Both myofibroblast differentiation and collagen deposition were evaluated by immunofluorescence and histology. Epithelial wound closure was similar in all 3 groups (P > 0.05). Significant reduction in haze was observed in groups A and B compared with C (P 0.05). Furthermore, there was no difference in the number of apoptotic cells between groups. Proliferation was delayed in both groups A and B compared with C (P 0.05). Myofibroblasts, cellular density, and collagen deposition were lower in both groups A and B compared with C (P 0.05). Topical application of MMC in hen corneas reproduces the wound healing observed in humans by reducing haze, keratocyte proliferation, myofibroblast differentiation, and new collagen deposition. Synergistic cytotoxic effects of ethanol and MMC were not observed.

  7. Wavefront-Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy with the Use of a New Hartmann-Shack Aberrometer in Patients with Myopia and Compound Myopic Astigmatism

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    Steven C. Schallhorn


    Full Text Available Purpose. To assess refractive and visual outcomes and patient satisfaction of wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK in eyes with myopia and compound myopic astigmatism, with the ablation profile derived from a new Hartmann-Shack aberrometer. Methods. In this retrospective study, 662 eyes that underwent wavefront-guided PRK with a treatment profile derived from a new generation Hartmann-Shack aberrometer (iDesign aberrometer, Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Santa Ana, CA were analyzed. The preoperative manifest sphere ranged from −0.25 to −10.75 D, and preoperative manifest cylinder was between 0.00 and −5.25 D. Refractive and visual outcomes, vector analysis of the change in refractive cylinder, and patient satisfaction were evaluated. Results. At 3 months, 91.1% of eyes had manifest spherical equivalent within 0.50 D. The percentage of eyes achieving uncorrected distance visual acuity 20/20 or better was 89.4% monocularly and 96.5% binocularly. The mean correction ratio of refractive cylinder was 1.02 ± 0.43, and the mean error of angle was 0.00 ± 14.86° at 3 months postoperatively. Self-reported scores for optical side effects, such as starburst, glare, halo, ghosting, and double vision, were low. Conclusion. The use of a new Hartmann-Shack aberrometer for wavefront-guided photorefractive keratectomy resulted in high predictability, efficacy, and patient satisfaction.

  8. Social network extraction based on Web: 1. Related superficial methods (United States)

    Khairuddin Matyuso Nasution, Mahyuddin


    Often the nature of something affects methods to resolve the related issues about it. Likewise, methods to extract social networks from the Web, but involve the structured data types differently. This paper reveals several methods of social network extraction from the same sources that is Web: the basic superficial method, the underlying superficial method, the description superficial method, and the related superficial methods. In complexity we derive the inequalities between methods and so are their computations. In this case, we find that different results from the same tools make the difference from the more complex to the simpler: Extraction of social network by involving co-occurrence is more complex than using occurrences.

  9. Antibody conjugate radioimmunotherapy of superficial bladder cancer

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    Perkins, Alan; Hopper, Melanie; Murray, Andrea; Frier, Malcolm; Bishop, Mike


    The administration of antibody conjugates for cancer therapy is now proving to be of clinical value. We are currently undertaking a programme of clinical studies using the monoclonal antibody C 595 (gG3) which reacts with the MUC1 glycoprotein antigen that is aberrantly expressed in a high proportion of bladder tumours. Radio immuno conjugates of the C 595 antibody have been produced with high radiolabelling efficiency and immuno reactivity using Tc-99 m and In-111 for diagnostic imaging, and disease staging and the cytotoxic radionuclides Cu-67 and Re-188 for therapy of superficial bladder cancer. A Phase I/II therapeutic trail involving the intravesical administration of antibody directly into the bladder has now begun. (author)

  10. Superficial thrombophlebitis of the breast (Mondor's disease)

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    Becker, L.; McCurdy, L.I.; Taves, D.H.


    With breast imaging being increasingly the first investigation in the diagnosis of breast pathology, it is important for radiologists to be aware of the clinical and imaging characteristics of both malignant and benign breast lesions. Mondor's disease is a benign thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast, often extending to the chest wall, epigastrium or axilla, which has been demonstrated to have a rare association with underlying breast cancer. Mondor's disease was first described in 1869 but was named after the author of a series of 4 cases in 1939. Mondor's disease has only been reported once in the English-language imaging journals. We present a case of Mondor's disease with both the ultrasonographic and mammographic findings. (author)

  11. A current approach to superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Ellis, Martin H; Fajer, Simone


    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is an entity commonly encountered in practice. While the clinical diagnosis is reasonably straightforward, care must be taken to exclude concurrent thrombosis of the deep veins, and the possibility of the presence of occult systemic illness such as malignancy should be considered. Recent studies of the epidemiology of SVT demonstrate a high incidence of concurrent deep vein thrombosis emphasizing the need for surveying the deep veins using compression ultrasonography. Treatment decisions are may now be based upon the results of randomized clinical trials and should include a period of anticoagulation using fondaparinux or a low molecular weight heparin. The appropriate doses and duration of therapy are not fully established, and the cost-effectiveness of these drugs for the treatment of SVT needs further evaluation. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  12. Diagnosis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Bauersachs, R M


    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is a common disease, characterized by an inflammatory-thrombotic process in a superficial vein. Typical clinical findings are pain and a warm, tender, reddish cord along the vein. Until recently, no reliable epidemiological data were available. The incidence is estimated to be higher than that of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) (1/1000). SVT shares many risk factors with DVT, but affects twice as many women than men and frequently occurs in varicose veins. Clinically, SVT extension is commonly underestimated, and patients may have asymptomatic DVT. Therefore, ultrasound assessment and exclusion of DVT is essential. Risk factors for concomitant DVT are recent hospitalization, immobilization, autoimmune disorders, age > 75 years, prior VTE, cancer and SVT in non-varicose veins. Even though most patients with isolated SVT (without concomitant DVT or PE) are commonly treated with anticoagulation for a median of 15 days, about 8% experience symptomatic thromboembolic complications within three months. Risk factors for occurrence of complications are male gender, history of VTE, cancer, SVT in a non-varicose vein or SVT involving the sapheno-femoral junction (SFJ). As evidence supporting treatment of isolated SVT was sparse and of poor quality, the large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled CALISTO trial was initiated assessing the effect of fondaparinux on symptomatic outcomes in isolated SVT. This study showed that, compared with placebo, 2.5 mg fondaparinux given for 45 days reduced the risk of symptomatic thromboembolic complications by 85% without increasing bleeding. Based on CALISTO and other observational studies, evidence-based recommendations can be made for the majority of SVT patients. Further studies can now be performed in higher risk patients to address unresolved issues.

  13. Volumetric and superficial characterization of carbon activated; Caracterizacion volumetrica y superficial de carbon activado

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    Carrera G, L.M.; Garcia S, I.; Jimenez B, J.; Solache R, M.; Lopez M, B.; Bulbulian G, S.; Olguin G, M.T. [Departamento de Quimica, Gerencia de Ciencias Basicas, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    The activated carbon is the resultant material of the calcination process of natural carbonated materials as coconut shells or olive little bones. It is an excellent adsorbent of diluted substances, so much in colloidal form, as in particles form. Those substances are attracted and retained by the carbon surface. In this work is make the volumetric and superficial characterization of activated carbon treated thermically (300 Centigrade) in function of the grain size average. (Author)

  14. Superficial Temporal Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Report of Two ...

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    We report two bleeding superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysms managed in our centre. They presented with actively bleeding scalp swellings, one in the parietal region and the other in the temple. Diagnosis of superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm was made clinically in both cases. Xylocaine with Adrenaline ...

  15. 5-year follow-up of combined non-topography guided photorefractive keratectomy and corneal collagen cross linking for keratoconus

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    Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Amri


    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the visual outcomes of simultaneous non-topography guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK and corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL in eyes with keratoconus 5y after the procedure. METHODS: Prospective, interventional, non-randomized, and non-controlled case series design was used. Sixty eyes of 30 patients (16 males and 14 females; age: 21-41y with mild, non-progressive (stages 1-2 keratoconus were enrolled. Refraction, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA , flat and steep keratometry readings, and adverse events were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively. Data were collected preoperatively and postoperatively at 3mo, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5y follow-up visits after combined non-topography-guided PRK with CXL was performed. All patients had at least 5y of follow-up. RESULTS: All study parameters showed a statistically significant improvement at 5y over baseline values. The mean follow-up time was 68.20±4.71mo (range: 60-106mo. Patients showed a significant improvement in UDVA from 1.24±0.79 logMAR prior to combined non-TG-PRK+CXL to 0.06±0.15 logMAR postoperatively at the time of their last follow-up visit. CDVA significantly increased from 0.06±0.19 logMAR preoperatively to 0.03±0.12 logMAR postoperatively. A significant decrease in the mean spherical equivalent (SE refraction was observed from -2.28±1.8 to -0.79±0.93 diopters (D (P<0.05, and the manifest sphere decreased from -1.62±1.23 to -0.27±0.21 D (P=0.001. The manifest cylinder significantly decreased from -1.73±0.86 to -0.29±0.34 D postoperatively (P=0.001. The mean steep keratometry was 45.13±1.32 vs 47.28±2.12 D preoperatively (P<0.05, and the preoperative mean steepest keratometry (Kmax 48.6±3.1 was reduced significantly to 46.8±2.9 postoperatively (P<0.05. CONCLUSION: Combined non-TG-PRK with 15min CXL is an effective and safe option for correcting mild refractive error and improving visual acuity in

  16. Comparison of single-step reverse transepithelial all-surface laser ablation (ASLA to alcohol-assisted photorefractive keratectomy

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    Full Text Available Ioannis M Aslanides,1 Sara Padroni,1 Samuel Arba Mosquera,2 Antonis Ioannides,1 Achyut Mukherjee11Emmetropia Mediterranean Eye Institute, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; 2Schwind eye-tech-solutions GmbH, Kleinostheim, GermanyPurpose: To evaluate postoperative pain, corneal epithelial healing, development of corneal haze, refractive outcomes, and corneal aberrations in a novel one-step, modified transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK, termed All-surface laser ablation (ASLA, compared to conventional, alcohol-assisted PRK.Materials and methods: Sixty eyes of 30 myopic patients were prospectively recruited to a randomized fellow eye study. Patients underwent conventional alcohol-assisted PRK in one eye (control group and ASLA-modified transepithelial PRK in the other (30 eyes in each treatment arm. Primary endpoints were postoperative pain and haze scores at 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Secondary endpoints included visual acuity at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, corneal aberrations at 3, 6, and 12 months, and early and late onset haze. Refractive predictability, safety, and efficacy of the two methods were considered.Results: The average age of the cohort was 29 years (standard deviation [SD]: 9; range: 18–46, and the average spherical equivalent refractive error was -4.18 diopters (SD: 1.9. At 3 days after surgery, the average pain score was 64% lower in the ASLA group (P < 0.0005. At this point, 96% of ASLA eyes had no epithelial defect, whereas 43% in the alcohol-assisted group did not achieve complete epithelial healing, and required replacement of bandage contact lens. The haze level was consistently lower in the ASLA group at all time points from 1 to 6 months.Conclusion: This study shows that the ASLA technique may have a future role in refractive surgery, due to the fact that it offers faster epithelial healing, lower pain scores, and significantly less haze formation.Keywords: cornea, ASLA, PRK, alcohol

  17. Novel fixation method of a periprosthetic fracture of the acetabulum using burr holes through the retained cup for locking screw fixation

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    James A. Browne, MD


    Full Text Available The incidence of periprosthetic fractures of the acetabulum associated with a total hip arthroplasty is relatively low but may be increasing. Treatment options depend upon the stability of the prosthesis. In this case, we report an unusual fracture pattern where a large portion of posterior column remained osseointegrated to a displaced uncemented acetabular component and removal of the cup would have resulted in massive structural bone loss and potential pelvic discontinuity. A metal cutting burr was used to create additional screw holes in the cup to allow us to retain the original implant and also obtain fixation of the fracture. The patient had a good outcome at one year with a healed fracture, stable implant, and excellent function. To our knowledge, this technique has not been previously described and offers surgeons an approach to fix these challenging fractures.

  18. Superficial siderosis: Case report and literature review

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    Kresojević Nikola D.


    Full Text Available Introduction. Superficial siderosis (SS is caused by chronic subarachnoid bleeding and is characterized by free iron and hemosiderin deposition along the pial and subpial structures of central nervous system. SS leads to progressive and irreversible CNS damage. The most common causes of chronic subarachnoidal bleeding are tumors, head and spinal cord trauma, arteriovenous malformations and aneurysms. SS is characterized by clinical triad: sensorineural hearing loss, cerebellar ataxia and piramydal signs. Brain MR imaging is the investigation of choice for the diagnosis of SS. Typical findings include hypointensities seen on T2­weighted MR imaging around the brain, cerebellum, brain stem, spinal cord, VIII cranial nerve and atrophy of cerebellum and medulla. Case Outline. A 71-year­old female patient noticed hand tremor in the middle of the third decade of life, and later slowly progressive bilateral hearing loss. At the age of 64 she developed un­ steady gate, hand clumsiness and dysarthria, to became incapable of independent walking and standing five years later. Clinical course and brain MRI findings were typical for SS, but additional investigation did not reveal the couse of subarahnoidal bleeding. Conclusion. SS represents a rare and under­recognized condition that must be considered in all patients with cerebellar syndrome of unknown cause. Early diagnosis of SS in some cases with identified cause of chronic bleeding allowes therapeutic interventions that may prevent further progression of the disease. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 175090

  19. Microclimate and development of pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes. (United States)

    Yusuf, Saldy; Okuwa, Mayumi; Shigeta, Yoshie; Dai, Misako; Iuchi, Terumi; Rahman, Sulaiman; Usman, Awaluddin; Kasim, Sukmawati; Sugama, Junko; Nakatani, Toshio; Sanada, Hiromi


    This study aims to evaluate the microclimate and development of pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes. A prospective cohort study was conducted in an acute care ward in Indonesia. Risk factors for pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes were identified based on the Bergstrom Braden conceptual model. Microclimate data were collected every 3 days for 15 days while the development of pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes was observed every day. Pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes were developed in 20 of the 71 participants. Total mean difference in skin temperature was higher for patients with pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes (0·9 ± 0·6°C) compared with controls (0·6 ± 0·8°C) (P = 0·071). Binary logistic regression predictor values for pressure ulcers and superficial skin changes were 0·111 for type of sheet and 0·347 for Braden Scale results. In conclusion, difference in skin temperature seems to be a predictor for pressure ulcer development and superficial skin changes, while synthetic fibre sheets are able to maintain a beneficial microclimate. © 2013 The Authors. International Wound Journal © 2013 Inc and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Characterization of a porcine model of chronic superficial varicose veins. (United States)

    Jones, Gregory T; Grant, Mark W; Thomson, Ian A; Hill, B Geraldine; van Rij, André M


    Previous animal models of venous disease, while inducing venous hypertension and valvular insufficiency, do not produce superficial varicose veins. In this study, we aimed to develop and characterize a pig-based model of superficial varicose veins. Right femoral arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) were surgically fashioned in young adult pigs. Animals were examined at postoperative times up to 15 weeks to determine the development of varicose veins and measurement of both blood pressure and flow velocities within the superficial thigh veins. Histology and vascular corrosion casts were used to characterize the resulting structural venous alterations. Porcine pathophysiological features were compared with those of human primary superficial varicose veins. Gross superficial varicosities developed over the ipsilateral medial thigh region after an initial lag period of 1-2 weeks. Veins demonstrated retrograde filling with valvular incompetence, and a moderate, non-pulsatile, venous hypertension, which was altered by changes in posture and Valsalva. Venous blood flow velocities were elevated to 15-30 cm/s in varicose veins. Structurally, pig varicose veins were enlarged, tortuous, had valvular degeneration, and regions of focal medial atrophy with or without overlying intimal thickening. The superficial varicose veins, which developed within this model, have a pathophysiology that is consistent with that observed in humans. The porcine femoral AVF model is proposed as a suitable experimental model to evaluate the pathobiology of superficial venous disease. It may also be suitable for the evaluation of treatment interventions including drug therapy.

  1. Prevalence of superficial siderosis following singular, acute aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

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    Lummel, N.; Bochmann, K. [Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Department of Neuroradiology, Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Bernau, C. [Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, Munich (Germany); Thon, N. [Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Grosshadern, Munich (Germany); Linn, J. [Technical University, Department of Neuroradiology, Klinikum Dresden, Dresden (Germany)


    Superficial siderosis is presumably a consequence of recurrent bleeding into the subarachnoid space. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of superficial siderosis after singular, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in the long term. We retrospectively identified all patients who presented with a singular, acute, aneurysmal SAH at our institution between 2010 and 2013 and in whom a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including T2*-weighted imaging was available at least 4 months after the acute bleeding event. MRI scans were judged concerning the presence and distribution of superficial siderosis. Influence of clinical data, Fisher grade, localization, and cause of SAH as well as the impact of neurosurgical interventions on the occurrence of superficial siderosis was tested. Seventy-two patients with a total of 117 MRIs were included. Mean delay between SAH and the last available MRI was 47.4 months (range 4-129). SAH was Fisher grade 1 in 2 cases, 2 in 4 cases, 3 in 10 cases, and 4 in 56 cases. Superficial siderosis was detected in 39 patients (54.2 %). In all patients with more than one MRI scan, localization and distribution of superficial siderosis did not change over time. Older age (p = 0.02) and higher degree of SAH (p = 0.03) were significantly associated with the development of superficial siderosis. Superficial siderosis develops in approximately half of patients after singular, aneurysmal SAH and might be more common in patients with an older age and a greater amount of blood. However, additional factors must play a role in whether a patient is prone to develop superficial siderosis or not. (orig.)

  2. Revisión sobre modelado de superficies complejas

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    Juan D. Osorio


    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta una revisión de las técnicas más empleadas para la obtención de modelos computacionales de superficies complejas. Estas representaciones están siendo utilizadas en diversas áreas de la industria mediante procedimientos de ingeniería reversa. Las tres principales categorías son las superficies funcionales (implícitas, paramétricas y las superficies complejas simplicial (mallas triangulares. Se realiza un paralelo entre estos métodos y se exponen las ventajas y las desventajas de cada una de estas representaciones.

  3. Superficial vein thrombosis and deep vein thrombosis – a comparison


    Krasiński, Zbigniew; Aniukiewicz, Krzysztof; Krasińska, Aleksandra; Krasińska, Beata; Gabriel, Marcin


    Although superficial vein thrombosis is commonly considered a rather minor condition, a number of studies indicate that its consequences can be much more severe. Since the introduction of Doppler ultrasonography to common diagnosis of venous diseases, the approach to threats associated with superficial vein thrombosis has changed, mainly in the context of venous thromboembolism. Superficial thrombosis in varicose veins must be differentiated from that occurring in patients without...

  4. Hemipelvic irradiation for superficial bladder cancer

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    Tashiro, Kazuya; Machida, Toyohei; Ooishi, Yukihiko; Ueda, Masataka; Kido, Akira; Wada, Tetsuro; Yoshigoe, Fukuo; Yamashita, Takashi; Mochizuki, Sachio


    In 15 patients with superficial bladder cancer hemipelvic irradiation was performed for prevention of relapse of cancer and decrease in side effects with following results. All patients received TUR-Bt at our department during the six years period from 1978 to 1983. As to stages, one was classified as Ta, 11 as T 1 and 3 as T 2, and pathologic diagnosis was transitional epithelial carcinoma of grade 1 in 1 case, grade 2 in 8 cases and grade 3 in 6 cases. Irradiation was started from the 7 th to 14 th day after TUR-Bt. At first, hemipelvic anterior and posterior field including the field from the affected pelvis to 1 to 2 cm beyond the midline toward the contralateral side and from the aortic bifurcation to the prostatic urethra were irradiated at a dose of 45 Gy. Then, whole bladder field was given an additional rotation irradiation of 20 Gy. The mean observation period was 43 months (ranging from 12 to 79 months) and relapse of cancer was observed in 6 cases out of 15 cases (40%). The site of relapse was in the irradiated site in 2 cases, contralateral site in 3 cases and both side in 1 cases. However, in all of the relapsed cases no aggravation in differential degree or progression in stage was observed. As the side effects, radiation cystitis developed as a delayed damage in 1 case. Thus, although no efficacy for prevention of relapse which we had expected was not seen, this irradiation method effectively inhibited the progression of lesion and development of delayed damage. (author)

  5. Hemipelvic irradiation for superficial bladder cancer

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    Tashiro, Kazuya; Machida, Toyohei; Ooishi, Yukihiko; Ueda, Masataka; Kido, Akira; Wada, Tetsuro; Yoshigoe, Fukuo; Yamashita, Takashi; Mochizuki, Sachio


    In 15 patients with superficial bladder cancer hemipelvic irradiation was performed for prevention of relapse of cancer and decrease in side effects with following results. All patients received TUR-Bt at our department during the six years period from 1978 to 1983. As to stages, one was classified as Ta, 11 as T 1 and 3 as T 2, and pathologic diagnosis was transitional epithelial carcinoma of grade 1 in 1 case, grade 2 in 8 cases and grade 3 in 6 cases. Irradiation was started from the 7 th to 14 th day after TUR-Bt. At first, hemipelvic anterior and posterior field including the field from the affected pelvis to 1 to 2 cm beyond the midline toward the contralateral side and from the aortic bifurcation to the prostatic urethra were irradiated at a dose of 45 Gy. Then, whole bladder field was given an additional rotation irradiation of 20 Gy. The mean observation period was 43 months (ranging from 12 to 79 months) and relapse of cancer was observed in 6 cases out of 15 cases (40%). The site of relapse was in the irradiated site in 2 cases, contralateral site in 3 cases and both side in 1 cases. However, in all of the relapsed cases no aggravation in differential degree or progression in stage was observed. As the side effects, radiation cystitis developed as a delayed damage in 1 case. Thus, although no efficacy for prevention of relapse which we had expected was not seen, this irradiation method effectively inhibited the progression of lesion and development of delayed damage. (author).

  6. Trauma ocular ocupacional por corpo estranho superficial

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    Leal Fernando Antônio de Macedo


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a ocorrência de trauma ocular provocado por corpos estranhos superficiais durante a realização de atividades ocupacionais. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo de pacientes portadores de trauma ocular ocupacional atendidos no serviço de urgência do Hospital Getúlio Vargas (HGV / Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI, no período de outubro de 1997 a março de 1999. Os seguintes dados foram coletados: idade, sexo, profissão, olho afetado, atividade realizada durante o trauma, natureza do corpo estranho, localização do mesmo e doença ocorrida. RESULTADOS: Foram estudados 713 pacientes, sendo 686 (96,21% do sexo masculino e 27 (3,79% do sexo feminino. Os pacientes foram acometidos principalmente na terceira década de vida, correspondendo a um total de 312 pacientes (43,75%. Com relação à atividade desenvolvida durante o trauma, 158 pacientes (22,16% eram metalúrgicos, 153 (21,46% serralheiros e 126 (17,67% mecânicos. No tocante ao corpo estranho, 489 (68,58% eram ferro e 47 (6,59% outros metais. Referente a localização, 587 corpos estranhos (81,64% estavam localizados na córnea, 75 (10,43% na conjuntiva tarsal e 49 (6,81% na conjuntiva bulbar. Além dos corpos estranhos 361 (48,39% dos pacientes apresentaram abrasão córneo-conjuntival. CONCLUSÃO: O corpo estranho superficial é importante causa de trauma ocular ocupacional. A atividade desenvolvida principalmente por indivíduos do sexo masculino na metalurgia, serralheria e mecânica foi a principal causa do trauma, sendo o ferro e outros metais os mais freqüentes corpos estranhos encontrados.

  7. Antibody conjugate radioimmunotherapy of superficial bladder cancer

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    Full Text Available The administration of antibody conjugates for cancer therapy is now proving to be of clinical value. We are currently undertaking a programme of clinical studies using the monoclonal antibody C595 (IgG3 which reacts with the MUC1 glycoprotein antigen that is aberrantly expressed in a high proportion of bladder tumours. Radioimmunoconjugates of the C595 antibody have been produced with high radiolabelling efficiency and immunoreactivity using Tc-99m and In-111 for diagnostic imaging, and disease staging and the cytotoxic radionuclides Cu-67 and Re-188 for therapy of superficial bladder cancer. A Phase I/II therapeutic trail involving the intravesical administration of antibody directly into the bladder has now begun.A administração de anticorpos conjugados para o tratamento do câncer está agora provando ser de valor clínico. Nós estamos atualmente realizando um programa de estudos clínicos usando o anticorpo monoclonal C595 (IgG3 que reage com a glicoproteína MUC1 que está aberrantemente expressa numa alta proporção de tumores de bexiga. Tem sido produzidos radioimunoconjugados do anticorpo C595, com alta eficiência de radiomarcação e a imunoreatividade, usando-se o Tc-99m e In-111, para o diagnóstico por imagem e estagiamento de doenças. Tem sido produzidos, também, radionuclídeos citotóxicos (Cu-67 e Re-188 para o tratamento de cânceres superficiais de bexiga. A fase terapêutica I/II já se iniciou, envolvendo a administração intravesical do anticorpo diretamente na bexiga.

  8. Trauma ocupacional por corpo estranho corneano superficial Occupational trauma due to superficial corneal foreign body

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    Vanessa Miroski Gerente


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a epidemiologia do trauma ocular por corpo estranho superficial de córnea. MÉTODOS: Os pacientes atendidos no Pronto-Socorro da Universidade Federal de São Paulo entre abril e junho de 2005 que apresentaram corpo estranho superficial de córnea foram entrevistados. Foram avaliados: sexo, idade, profissão, registro legal do emprego, uso, disponibilidade e tipo de equipamentos de proteção utilizados e a fiscalização do seu uso. O conhecimento das complicações deste tipo de acidente também foi avaliado. Os resultados foram analisados com teste do qui quadrado ou teste de Fisher. RESULTADOS: Foram entrevistados 123 pacientes. Apenas 3 eram do sexo feminino e a idade média foi de 36 anos. A maioria destes traumas ocorreu no ambiente de trabalho (86,2% e 58,4% não possuíam registro legal do emprego. As profissões mais freqüentemente envolvidas foram serralheiro, pedreiro e metalúrgico. Em 79,8% dos locais de trabalho havia equipamentos de proteção e 85,3% dos pacientes eram orientados a usá-los. Em 52,4% dos locais sua utilização era fiscalizada, mas apenas 34,2% usavam no momento do trauma. A utilização foi mais freqüente (p=0,008 e fiscalização mais presente (p=0,0415 entre pacientes com registro legal de emprego. Questionados sobre os riscos, 68,9% dos pacientes tinham consciência das complicações graves deste tipo de acidente. CONCLUSÃO: A maioria dos pacientes tem conhecimento sobre a gravidade do trauma ocular e este tipo de lesão ocorre mesmo em locais com equipamentos de proteção disponíveis, alguns deles até durante o seu uso. Os dados sugerem que enfoque maior da prevenção deve ser na fiscalização e utilização de equipamentos adequados.PURPOSE: To evaluate the epidemiology of superficial corneal foreign body. METHODS: Patients who were seen at the Emergency Service of the Federal University of São Paulo, from April/05 to June/05, were screened and those with superficial corneal

  9. Superficial Epidermolytic Ichthyosis-Hypertrichosis as a Clue to Diagnosis. (United States)

    Gameiro, Ana; Cabral, Rita; Moreno, Ana; Tellechea, Oscar


    Superficial epidermolytic ichthyosis (SEI) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by a mutation in the keratin 2 gene and clinically characterized by mild hyperkeratosis, superficial blisters and shedding, referred to as the moulting phenomenon. We report a case of SEI in an 18-month-old girl presenting with marked hypertrichosis. Although not invariably present, we believe that hypertrichosis can be an important clue for diagnosis. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. A fibrin-related line of research and theoretical possibilities for the use of fibrin glue as a temporary basal membrane in non-perforated corneal ulcers and in photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)-operated corneas


    Bonatti,José Américo; Bechara,Samir Jacob; Dall'Col,Marcelo Wesley Lopes; Cresta,Fernando Betty; Carricondo,Pedro Carlos; Kara-José,Newton


    PURPOSE: To report a specific line of research developed at the University of São Paulo/Brazil on fibrin glue used for sealing corneal perforations and the perspectives of use on non-perforated corneal ulcers and photorefractive keratectomy-operated corneas. METHODS: To describe fibrin glue manufacture, development of a device to test the glued perforated corneal area resistance, subsequent experimental investigations of the use of the fibrin glue in corneal perforations, reporting its effica...

  11. Imaging of the most frequent superficial soft-tissue sarcomas

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    Morel, Melanie; Taieb, Sophie; Ceugnart, Luc [Centre Oscar Lambret, Department of Radiology, Lille (France); Penel, Nicolas [Centre Oscar Lambret, Department of Oncology, Lille (France); Mortier, Laurent [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, Department of Dermatology, Hopital Claude Huriez, Lille (France); Vanseymortier, Luc [Centre Oscar Lambret, Department of Surgery, Lille (France); Robin, Y.M. [Centre Oscar Lambret, Departement of Pathology, Lille (France); Gosset, Pierre [Groupement Hospitalier de l' Institut Catholique-Faculte Libre de Medecine de Lille, Department of Pathology, Hopital Saint-Philibert, Lomme (France); Cotten, Anne [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Centre Hopital Roger Salengro, Lille (France)


    Superficial soft-tissue sarcomas are malignant mesenchymal tumors located within the cutaneous and/or subcutaneous layers. Most superficial soft-tissue sarcomas are low-grade tumors; yet, the risk of local recurrence is high, and initial wide surgery is the main prognostic factor. Some of these superficial sarcomas may grow, following an infiltrative pattern, and their real extent may be underestimated clinically. Imaging techniques are useful to determine precisely the real margins of the tumor, especially in cases of clinically doubtful or recurrent or large superficial lesions. Imaging tools enable one to determine the relationship with the superficial fascia separating the subcutaneous layer from the underlying muscle. In our institution ultrasonographic examination is followed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging when the size of the lesion exceeds 3-5 cm. Imaging assessment is performed prior to biopsy, enabling optimal surgical management. Imaging features of the main superficial sarcomas are detailed in the following article, according to their major locations: those arising in the epidermis and/or dermis, which are most often diagnosed by dermatologists, and the subcutaneous sarcomas. (orig.)

  12. Use of the term "superficial femoral vein" in ultrasound. (United States)

    Thiagarajah, Ramya; Venkatanarasimha, Nanda; Freeman, Simon


    To determine the frequency of use of the term "superficial femoral vein" (SFV) in the radiologic reports from a sample of sonographic investigations for suspected deep vein thrombosis and to assess the potential for clinical error in their interpretation. Retrospective review of 425 consecutive reports from medical patients attending the Imaging Department over a 6-month period for the presence of the term "superficial femoral vein" and for the presence of thrombus. A questionnaire was sent to a sample of referring clinicians to assess their understanding of the anatomy of the deep venous system of the leg and indications for anticoagulant treatment. Of the 425 sonographic investigations reviewed, 90 (21.2%) used the term "superficial femoral vein," and 12 (13.3%) were positive for SFV thrombus. Among 87 clinicians, 74.7% believed the SFV to be part of the superficial venous system and that its thrombosis did not require anticoagulant treatment, although anticoagulation is now indicated in selected cases of superficial venous thrombosis. Seventy-five percent of clinicians do not recognize the SFV as being part of the deep venous system and that its thrombosis requires anticoagulant treatment. In this study, 13% of SFV examined were positive for thrombus, and four patients (4.4%) had an isolated SFV thrombus that could have been left untreated due to this misunderstanding. Use of the term "superficial femoral vein" is prone to misinterpretation by clinicians and potentially hazardous to patients. It should be replaced by "common femoral vein" and "femoral vein" in reports.

  13. Frequency of superficial and deep vein thrombosis in patients with variations of superficial veins of lower extremities. (United States)

    Lovic, Svetlana; Delic, Jasmin; Ljuca, Farid; Mujanovic, Emir; Custendil-Delic, Sunita; Zabic, Aida; Suljkanovic-Mahmutovic, Ahida


    Anatomical variations of veins often play a crucial role in formation of thrombotic changes in superficial and deep veins of lower extremities. THE AIM of this study was to determine the frequency of the dominant type of the lower extremity superficial veins, and to determine the eventual influence of such variations to the formation of superficial and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The sample used in this study consisted of 180 patients subjected to ascedent contrast phlebography of lower extremities. The total sample was divided into following groups: patients with and without variations of the lower extremity superficial veins. Dominant type of the superficial veins (without variation) consisted of 97 patients (53.89%), while the rest of 83 patients showed some kind of anatomical variation (46.11%). The most frequent variation was the duplicated form ofv. saphena magna in 53.85%, while this procentage in women was 57.89%. Most frequent variations of duplicated v. saphena magna were: simple duplicated form, closed loop form, branching form and combined form. Topographical variation of saphenopopliteal junction besides fossa poplitea in the group of men showed procentage of 53.85%, while in the group of women that value accounted 63.16%. The percentage of varicose veins was more frequent in men and women without variations, but deep vein DVT showed higher frequency in patients with anatomical variations of superficial veins of lower extremities.

  14. Biochemical composition of the superficial layer of articular cartilage. (United States)

    Crockett, R; Grubelnik, A; Roos, S; Dora, C; Born, W; Troxler, H


    To gain more information on the mechanism of lubrication in articular joints, the superficial layer of bovine articular cartilage was mechanically removed in a sheet of ice that formed on freezing the cartilage. Freeze-dried samples contained low concentrations of chondroitin sulphate and protein. Analysis of the protein by SDS PAGE showed that the composition of the sample was comparable to that of synovial fluid (SF). Attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy of the dried residue indicated that the sample contained mostly hyaluronan. Moreover, ATR-IR spectroscopy of the upper layer of the superficial layer, adsorbed onto silicon, showed the presence of phospholipids. A gel could be formed by mixing hyaluronan and phosphatidylcholine in water with mechanical properties similar to those of the superficial layer on cartilage. Much like the superficial layer of natural cartilage, the surface of this gel became hydrophobic on drying out. Thus, it is proposed that the superficial layer forms from hyaluronan and phospholipids, which associate by hydrophobic interactions between the alkyl chains of the phospholipids and the hydrophobic faces of the disaccharide units in hyaluronan. This layer is permeable to material from the SF and the cartilage, as shown by the presence of SF proteins and chondroitin sulphate. As the cartilage dries out after removal from the joint, the phospholipids migrate towards the surface of the superficial layer to reduce the surface tension. It is also proposed that the highly efficient lubrication in articular joints can, at least in part, be attributed to the ability of the superficial layer to adsorb and hold water on the cartilage surface, thus creating a highly viscous boundary protection. Copyright 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Major Superficial White Matter Abnormalities in Huntington's Disease (United States)

    Phillips, Owen R.; Joshi, Shantanu H.; Squitieri, Ferdinando; Sanchez-Castaneda, Cristina; Narr, Katherine; Shattuck, David W.; Caltagirone, Carlo; Sabatini, Umberto; Di Paola, Margherita


    Background: The late myelinating superficial white matter at the juncture of the cortical gray and white matter comprising the intracortical myelin and short-range association fibers has not received attention in Huntington's disease. It is an area of the brain that is late myelinating and is sensitive to both normal aging and neurodegenerative disease effects. Therefore, it may be sensitive to Huntington's disease processes. Methods: Structural MRI data from 25 Pre-symptomatic subjects, 24 Huntington's disease patients and 49 healthy controls was run through a cortical pattern-matching program. The surface corresponding to the white matter directly below the cortical gray matter was then extracted. Individual subject's Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) data was aligned to their structural MRI data. Diffusivity values along the white matter surface were then sampled at each vertex point. DTI measures with high spatial resolution across the superficial white matter surface were then analyzed with the General Linear Model to test for the effects of disease. Results: There was an overall increase in the axial and radial diffusivity across much of the superficial white matter (p superficial white matter even before symptoms are present in Huntington's disease. Since, the superficial white matter has a unique microstructure and function these abnormalities suggest it plays an important role in the disease. PMID:27242403

  16. Forces Required to Pull the Superficial Fascia in Facelifts. (United States)

    Byun, Jin Suk; Hwang, Kun; Lee, Sang Yun; Song, Jae Min; Kim, Hun


    The aims of this study were to characterize the histology of the sideburn and cheek area and to measure the force required to pull the superficial fascia (SF) of Asians in facelift procedures. The hemiface of a formalin-fixed Korean male adult cadaver (77 years old) was used to study the histology of the sideburn and cheek area. In 42 patients during facelift procedures, the force needed to pull the overlying skin at the midpoint between the sideburn and nasolabial fold 2 mm was measured using a tensiometer. In the cheek, the superficial fatty layer of the superficial fascia (SFS) was found to maintain its thickness throughout the region between the dermis and the membranous layer of the superficial fascia (MSF). The MSF was continuous with the superficial temporal fascia (STF). In the sideburn, the MSF and parotid fascia closely adhered to each other. The force required to move the overlying skin 2 mm when pulling the MSF (10.27 ± 3.64 N) was more than twice as great (217%) as the force required when pulling the SFS (4.73 ± 2.15 N; P tension than MSF to move the overlying skin. In the cheek area, less tension is needed to move the overlying skin than in the sideburn area.

  17. Patterns in the management of superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Karathanos, Christos; Spanos, Konstantinos; Lachanas, Vasileios; Athanasoulas, Athanasios; Giannoukas, Athanasios D


    Objective To highlight current practice patterns in management of superficial vein thrombosis. Methods An electronic survey was conducted using the mailing lists of the Mediterranean League of Angiology and Vascular Surgery and European Venous Forum regarding superficial vein thrombosis diagnosis, investigation, and treatment. Results The response rate was 41% (175/430) and the majority of the participants were vascular surgeons practicing in a hospital. More experienced physicians considered superficial vein thrombosis as a medical issue of moderate seriousness and performed duplex ultrasound for confirmation of diagnosis. Elastic stockings were recommended by 87% of the physicians, while 57% prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Eighty six percent advised anticoagulation, although a large disparity was shown regarding regime, dose, and duration. Thrombophilia test was regularly suggested by 19% of the physicians. Ligation of the saphenofemoral junction was the treatment of choice by those who suggested intervention in the acute phase of superficial vein thrombosis. Conclusions A great disparity exists in the management of superficial vein thrombosis. Current guidelines have not been adopted by physicians; more focused training is needed for those involved in the management of venous diseases.

  18. Investigation of the effect of tool edge geometry upon cutting variables, tool wear and burr formation using finite element simulation - A progress report

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    Sartkulvanich, Partchapol; Al-Zkeri, Ibrahim; Yen Yungchang; Altan, Taylan


    This paper summarizes some of the progress made on FEM simulations of metal cutting processes conducted at the Engineering Research Center (ERC/NSM). Presented research focuses on the performance of various cutting edge geometries (hone and chamfer edges) for different tool materials and specifically on: 1) the effect of round and chamfer edge geometries on the cutting variables in machining carbon steels and 2) the effect of the edge hone size upon the flank wear and burr formation behavior in face milling of A356-T6 aluminum alloy. In the second task, an innovative design of edge preparation with varying hone size around the tool nose is also explored using FEM.In order to model three-dimensional conventional turning and face milling with two-dimensional orthogonal cutting simulations, 2D simulation cross-sections consisting of the cutting speed direction and chip flow direction are selected at different locations along the tool nose radius. Then the geometries of the hone and chamfer edges and their associated tool angles as well as uncut chip thickness are determined on these planes and employed in cutting simulations. The chip flow direction on the tool rake face are obtained by examining the wear grooves on the experimental inserts or estimated by using Oxley's approximation theory of oblique cutting. Simulation results are compared with the available experimental results (e.g. cutting forces) both qualitatively and quantitatively

  19. [Superficial vascular anomalies of the face: apropos of six cases]. (United States)

    El Kohen, A; Benjelloun, A; El Quessar, A; El Hassani, M R; Benchekroun, L; Lazrak, A; Jazouli, M; Kzadri, N


    The classification of superficial vascular anomalies of the face recognizes two major categories: hemangiomas and vascular malformations. A multidisciplinary approach to these malformations is necessary. MRI of venous vascular malformations, pulsed Doppler and arteriography of arteriovenous malformations are key examinations in the exploration strategy for superficial vascular malformations. Hemangiomas always regress. Surgery is generally needed only for late sequelae although in some cases early surgery is beneficial. Percutaneous sclerotherapy and surgery are indicated for venous malformations in order to minimize or improve skin, muscle and bone distorsions. Arteriovenous malformations are the most dangerous vascular anomalies of the face. Superselective arterial embolization prepares the surgical excision of the nidus, complete resection is essential. We review 6 cases of superficial vascular malformations of the face treated surgically and discuss the diagnosis features and the treatment modalities of these vascular anomalies.

  20. Pigmented basal cell carcinoma mimicking a superficial spreading melanoma

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    Paula Hasbún Acuña


    Full Text Available Resumen El carcinoma basocelular es el cáncer de piel más frecuente, especialmente en personas de edad avanzada. El carcinoma basocelular pigmentado es una variante poco común que se ha descrito en la literatura como una lesión nodular hiperpigmentada. En raras ocasiones puede presentarse en forma de una extensa placa pigmentada, la cual puede ser clínicamente indistinguible del melanoma maligno de extensión superficial y de la enfermedad de Bowen. La dermatoscopía tiene una alta sensibilidad en el diagnóstico del carcinoma basocelular, cuando se utilizan los criterios de Menzies, aunque el diagnóstico final es histopatológico. El objetivo del presente trabajo es reportar y analizar el caso de una paciente con un extenso carcinoma basocelular superficial pigmentado, que simula un melanoma maligno de extensión superficial.

  1. Update on therapy for superficial mycoses: review article part I* (United States)

    Dias, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni; Quaresma-Santos, Maria Victória Pinto; Bernardes-Filho, Fred; Amorim, Adriana Gutstein da Fonseca; Schechtman, Regina Casz; Azulay, David Rubem


    Superficial fungal infections of the hair, skin and nails are a major cause of morbidity in the world. Choosing the right treatment is not always simple because of the possibility of drug interactions and side effects. The first part of the article discusses the main treatments for superficial mycoses - keratophytoses, dermatophytosis, candidiasis, with a practical approach to the most commonly-used topical and systemic drugs , referring also to their dosage and duration of use. Promising new, antifungal therapeutic alternatives are also highlighted, as well as available options on the Brazilian and world markets. PMID:24173183

  2. Evaporative Water Loss in Superficial to Full Thickness Burns. (United States)

    Busche, Marc Nicolai; Roettger, Anne; Herold, Christian; Vogt, Peter Maria; Rennekampff, Hans-Oliver


    Increased evaporative water loss (EWL) in burn patients leads to dehydration and hypothermia. Early clinical studies performed with outdated hygrometers suggested a 17 to 75 times increased EWL in burns with contradicting results for the different burn depths.Our study proposals were: (1) obtain reliable data of the EWL of all burn depths, (2) compare these results with findings from earlier studies, (3) evaluate the usefulness of the EWL in differentiating between superficial and deep partial thickness burns, (4) determine the effect of Biobrane on the EWL of superficial partial thickness burns in vivo, and (5) evaluate the effect of the sterile incision foil Opraflex on the EWL in split skin graft donor sites. We measured the EWL of all burn depths in 28 patients under stable and recorded conditions regarding room temperature and humidity with a modern digital evaporimeter (Tewameter TM 300). For the first time in vivo, we also determined the effect of Biobrane on the EWL of burns and evaluated the EWL in split skin graft donor sites covered with Opraflex. The EWL in all burn depths was significantly increased (P 0.05) in the EWL of superficial compared with deep partial thickness burns, whereas full thickness burns had a significantly lower EWL (P < 0.05) compared with superficial and deep partial thickness burns. Biobrane significantly reduced the EWL (P < 0.05) of superficial partial thickness burns. The EWL of Opraflex covered skin graft donor sites was significantly reduced compared with uncovered donor sites (P < 0.05). Our data suggest that the actual EWL in burns is approximately 3 times higher in full thickness burns and approximately 4 times higher in superficial and deep partial thickness burns compared with normal skin and therefore much lower than suggested previously.Because there was no significant difference in the EWL of superficial compared with deep partial thickness burns, the EWL cannot be used to differentiate between these burn depths

  3. Superficial hardened layer of cut surface by turning

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    Croitoru Sorin Mihai


    Full Text Available One of research methods in metal cutting process is to measure hardness in the contact zone between cutting tool and workpiece. The objective of the performed research was to determine thickness and hardness of the superficial layer of cut surface due to cutting process, both orthogonal and complex cutting. The most important finding was that thickness of the superficial hardened layer is very thin under considered conditions, less than 0.01 … 0.02 mm. This research should be continued.

  4. Pigmented basal cell carcinoma mimicking a superficial spreading melanoma. (United States)

    Hasbún Acuña, Paula; Cullen Aravena, Roberto; Maturana Donaire, César; Ares Mora, Raúl; Porras Kusmanic, Ninoska


    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, especially in elderly people. Pigmented basal cell carcinoma is a rare subtype and has been described in the literature as a nodular and hyperpigmented lesion; rarely, it can appear as an extensive pigmented plate, which may be clinically indistinguishable from superficial spreading melanoma and Bowen disease. Dermatoscopy has a high sensitivity in the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma. When Menzies criteria are used; however, the final diagnosis is made by histopathology. The objective of the present report is to analyze the case of a patient with pigmented basal cell carcinoma simulating a superficial spreading melanoma.

  5. Principios básicos del riego por superficie


    Faci González, José María; Playán Jubillar, Enrique; Playán Jubillar, Enrique


    El riego por superficie incluye una variedad de tipos de riego que tienen la característica comúnn de que el agua se aplica en la superficie del suelo y se distribuye en el campo por gravedad, de modo que el caudal de riego disminuye a lo largo del campo debido a la infiltración del terreno. El hecho de que la fuerza de la gravedad realice la distribución del agua hace que no sea necesario disponer de complejas estructuras de distribución de agua cubriendo la parcela a regar, como las tub...

  6. Effect of the combination of basic fibroblast growth factor and cysteine on corneal epithelial healing after photorefractive keratectomy in patients affected by myopia

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    Alessandro Meduri


    Full Text Available Background: This study sought to evaluate the effect of basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops and cysteine oral supplements on corneal healing in patients treated with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty patients treated bilaterally with PRK for myopia were enrolled at one of two eye centers (Clinica Santa Lucia, Bologna, Italy and Department of Ophthalmology, University of Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy and were treated at the former center. Sixty patients included in the study group (Group 1 were treated postoperatively with topical basic fibroblast growth factor plus oral L-cysteine supplements, whereas 60 subjects included in the control group (Group 2 received basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops. We recorded the rate of corneal re-epithelialization and patients were followed-up every 30 days for 6 months. Statistical analyses were performed on the collected data. Results: The eyes in Group 1 demonstrated complete re-epithelialization at Day 5, whereas the eyes in Group 2 achieved this status on Day 6. No side-effects were reported. Conclusions : Patients treated with basic fibroblast growth factor eye drops and L-cysteine oral supplements benefit from more rapid corneal re-epithelialization. In human eyes, this combination treatment appeared to be safe and effective in accelerating corneal surfacing after surgery. Financial Disclosure: No author has any financial or proprietary interest in any material or method used in this study. Trial Registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN73824458.

  7. Preliminary results of tracked photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK) for mild to moderate myopia with the autonomous technologies excimer laser at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (United States)

    Maguen, Ezra I.; Salz, James J.; Nesburn, Anthony B.


    Preliminary results of the correction of myopia up to -7.00 D by tracked photorefractive keratectomy (T-PRK) with a scanning and tracking excimer laser by Autonomous Technologies are discussed. 41 eyes participated (20 males). 28 eyes were evaluated one month postop. At epithelization day mean uncorrected vision was 20/45.3. At one month postop, 92.8 of eyes were 20/40 and 46.4% were 20/20. No eye was worse than 20/50. 75% of eyes were within +/- 0.5 D of emmetropia and 82% were within +/- 1.00 D of emmetropia. Eyes corrected for monovision were included. One eye lost 3 lines of best corrected vision, and had more than 1.00 D induced astigmatism due to a central corneal ulcer. Additional complications included symptomatic recurrent corneal erosions which were controlled with topical hypertonic saline. T-PRK appears to allow effective correction of low to moderate myopia. Further study will establish safety and efficacy of the procedure.

  8. Epithelial healing and visual outcomes of patients using omega-3 oral nutritional supplements before and after photorefractive keratectomy: a pilot study. (United States)

    Ong, Nikki Heidi; Purcell, Tracy L; Roch-Levecq, Anne-Catherine; Wang, Dorothy; Isidro, Marichelle A; Bottos, Katia M; Heichel, Christopher W; Schanzlin, David J


    To investigate the effect of omega-3 oral nutritional supplementation on corneal reepithelialization, visual acuity, and tear stability after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This is a prospective, randomized, single-blinded controlled therapeutic trial using omega-3 oral nutritional supplements (TheraTears Nutrition for Dry Eyes; Advanced Vision Research-Akorn, Ann Arbor, MI) conducted at our center. Eighteen healthy patients with refractive error between -1 and -8 diopters were recruited and had bilateral PRK. The treatment group (n = 9 subjects) received omega-3 2 weeks before surgery through 1 month after PRK. The control group (n = 9 subjects) was not given omega-3. Epithelial defects were photographed on postoperative days 0 to 5. Reepithelialization (area in square millimeters) was assessed by fluorescein staining until healing. Tear breakup time (TBUT) and uncorrected distance visual acuity were measured at 1 week, and 1 and 3 months postoperatively. Epithelial defect in the treatment group eyes healed faster compared with that of the controls (P = 0.04). The treatment group eyes healed at an average rate of 1.19% [SD = 0.002; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.04%-1.34%] per hour, versus 0.83% (SD = 0.0008; 95% CI, 0.77%-0.89%) for controls (Mann-Whitney rank-sum test, P oral nutritional supplements decreased the average time for epithelial healing, and improved TBUT and visual acuity recovery in PRK. These findings suggested that omega-3 oral nutritional supplementation may be a beneficial adjunct therapy for PRK patients.

  9. The Superficial White Matter in Alzheimer’s Disease (United States)

    Phillips, Owen; Joshi, Shantanu H.; Piras, Fabrizio; Orfei, Maria Donata; Iorio, Mariangela; Narr, Katherine L.; Shattuck, David W.; Caltagirone, Carlo; Spalletta, Gianfranco; Paola, Margherita Di


    White matter abnormalities have been shown in the large deep fibers of Alzheimer’s disease patients. However, the late myelinating superficial white matter comprised of intracortical myelin and short-range association fibers has not received much attention. In order to investigate this area, we extracted a surface corresponding to the superficial white matter beneath the cortex, and then applied a cortical pattern-matching approach which allowed us to register and subsequently sample diffusivity along thousands of points at the interface between the gray matter and white matter in 44 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (Age: 71.02±5.84, 16M/28F) and 47 healthy controls (Age 69.23±4.45, 19M/28F). In patients we found an overall increase in the axial and radial diffusivity across most of the superficial white matter (p superficial white matter has a unique microstructure and is critical for the integration of multimodal information and during brain maturation and aging. Here we show that there are major abnormalities in patients and the deterioration of these fibers relates to clinical symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease. PMID:26801955

  10. A review of the ultrastructural features of superficial candidiasis. (United States)

    Jayatilake, J A M S


    Commensal yeast Candida causes opportunistic infections ranging from superficial lesions to disseminated mycoses in compromised patients. Superficial candidiasis, the commonest form of candidal infections, primarily affects the mucosa and the skin where Candida lives as a commensal. Conversion of candidal commensalism into opportunism at the fungal-epithelial interface is still ill-defined. Nevertheless, fungal virulence mechanisms such as adhesion to epithelia, morphogenesis, production of secretory hydrolytic enzymes, and phenotypic switching are thought to contribute in the process of pathogenesis. On the other hand, host responses in terms of immunity and local epithelial responses are actively involved in resisting the fungal challenge at the advancing front of the infection. Ultrastructural investigations using electron microscopy along with immunohistochemistry, cytochemistry, etc. have helped better viewing of Candida-host interactions. Thus, studies on the ultrastructure of superficial candidiasis have revealed a number of fungal behaviors and associated host responses such as adhesion, morphogenesis (hyphae and appresoria formation), thigmotropism, production and distribution of extracellular enzymes, phagocytosis, and epithelial changes. The purpose of this review is to sum up most of the ultrastructural findings of Candida-host interactions and to delineate the important pathological processes underlying superficial candidiasis.

  11. Superficial skin infections and the use of topical and systemic ...

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    Superficial bacterial infections of the skin are very common. With the increasing burden of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), this is likely to worsen. Examples of such infections include impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, ecthyma, furuncles, carbuncles and subcutaneous abscesses. Common causative organisms are ...

  12. Long-Term Follow Up of Superficial Bladder Tumors | Shelbaia ...

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    Conclusion: The treatment of superficial TCC may be done by relatively minor endoscopic procedures, but the disease itself is a serious condition that merits close long-term follow-up. Key words: bladder tumors, transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), ND: YAG lasers, transurethral resection (TURT) Suivi à long terme des ...

  13. Gamma Activation Analysis in the Havana Bay superficial sediments

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    Lopez, N.; Gelen, A.; Diaz Riso, O.; Manso, M.V.; Simon, M.J.; Maslov, A.G.; Gustova, M.V.; Beltran, J.; Soto, J.


    A preliminary study of 26 elements of Havana Bay superficial sediments were made using Gamma Activation Analysis. Samples from five zones of Havana Bay were analyzed. The results show a close interrelation between the concentration levels of the studied elements and the contaminant sources

  14. Spectrum of cytological findings in patients with superficial ...

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    Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research. Journal Home ... Superficial lymphadenopathy ranked among the most common clinical findings encountered in medical practice. Fine needle ... In each procedure, an average of 2 to 3 passes is usually performed and aspirated materials smeared into 4 slides. Slides were ...

  15. Frey′s Syndrome as a Sequela of Superficial Parotidectomy

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    Rishi Kumar Bali


    The disorder is characterized by unilateral sweating and flushing of facial skin in the area of parotid gland occurring during meals. We present a case of a patient who developed symptoms of Frey Syndrome 4 months after undergoing superficial parotidectomy on left side.

  16. Secondary hematologic neoplasm after intravesical chemotherapy for superficial bladder carcinoma

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    Sonneveld, P.; Kurth, K. H.; Hagemeyer, A.; Abels, J.


    Two cases are reported of patients who developed a hematologic malignancy several years after intravesical chemotherapy of superficial bladder cancer with etoglucid, doxorubicin, and mitomycin C. In one patient, karyotypic abnormalities (-5, 7q-) typical of a therapy induced malignancy were

  17. Risk factors associated with acquiring superficial fungal infections in ...

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    sonal grooming and good nutrition than if the child was living with just one of the parents, grandparents or any other family member. Socio-economic status of parents has been one of the factors associated with presence of superficial fungal infections. Pupils with parents of low socio-economic status had been found to have ...

  18. A retrospective analysis of patients treated for superficial vein thrombosis

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    Wichers, I. M.; Haighton, M.; Büller, H. R.; Middeldorp, S.


    Introduction: The absolute risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) as well as extension and/or recurrence in superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the leg is considerable and underestimated. We retrospectively evaluated therapeutic management, thrombophilic risk factors and

  19. Major Superficial White Matter Abnormalities in Huntington's Disease. (United States)

    Phillips, Owen R; Joshi, Shantanu H; Squitieri, Ferdinando; Sanchez-Castaneda, Cristina; Narr, Katherine; Shattuck, David W; Caltagirone, Carlo; Sabatini, Umberto; Di Paola, Margherita


    The late myelinating superficial white matter at the juncture of the cortical gray and white matter comprising the intracortical myelin and short-range association fibers has not received attention in Huntington's disease. It is an area of the brain that is late myelinating and is sensitive to both normal aging and neurodegenerative disease effects. Therefore, it may be sensitive to Huntington's disease processes. Structural MRI data from 25 Pre-symptomatic subjects, 24 Huntington's disease patients and 49 healthy controls was run through a cortical pattern-matching program. The surface corresponding to the white matter directly below the cortical gray matter was then extracted. Individual subject's Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) data was aligned to their structural MRI data. Diffusivity values along the white matter surface were then sampled at each vertex point. DTI measures with high spatial resolution across the superficial white matter surface were then analyzed with the General Linear Model to test for the effects of disease. There was an overall increase in the axial and radial diffusivity across much of the superficial white matter (p Huntington's disease patients increased diffusivity covered essentially the whole brain (p disease burden (p Huntington's disease. Since, the superficial white matter has a unique microstructure and function these abnormalities suggest it plays an important role in the disease.

  20. Superficial mycoses among psychiatric patients in Mathari Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. (United States)

    Ogutu, M; Ng'ang'a, Z; Namasaka, M; Wambura, M


    To determine the prevalence of superficial mycoses among psychiatric patients. Randomised Prospective study Mathari Mental Hospital, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi Kenya. A study was conducted on prevalence of superficial fungal infections among psychiatric patients in Mathari Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya during the period of July to November 2009. 152 patients were assessed and samples collected from 25 patients with clinically suggestive symptoms of dermatomycosis revealed a 12.5% prevalence of superficial mycosis. There was no significant difference between males and females with superficial mycosis (P>0.05). Twenty percent of the patients who were on topical application had no viable organisms. Microsporum was the predominant species isolated while the skin was the site most commonly affected (64 %). Epidermophyton was the least prevalent. Terbinafin was the most effective antifungal while ketoconazole was the least effective. All patients admitted at Mathari hospital should be screened for fungal infection and treated. Terbinafin can be used as first line treatment of dermatomycosis after screening all psychiatric patients in Mathari Mental Hospital.

  1. Superficial parotidectomy versus retrograde partial superficial parotidectomy in treating benign salivary gland tumor (pleomorphic adenoma). (United States)

    Emodi, Omri; El-Naaj, Imad Abu; Gordin, Arye; Akrish, Sharon; Peled, Micha


    Of all benign salivary gland tumors of the parotid gland, pleomorphic adenoma (mixed tumor) is the most common. It accounts for 60% to 70% of all benign tumors of the parotid gland. This neoplasm arises in patients in the fourth to sixth decade of life, with a female predominance. The surgical excision of this lesion continues to be the subject of major debate. The goal is to avoid facial disability yet attain complete resection without perforation of the capsule/pseudocapsule. The purpose of our study is to compare 2 surgical techniques performed at the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Maxillofacial Departments, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, and determine which is preferable in treating this lesion. We reviewed 48 patients who underwent excision of pleomorphic adenoma of the parotid gland between 1996 and 2005 at Rambam Medical Center: 18 were treated surgically with the classical superficial parotidectomy (SP) technique, using an anterograde approach, and 30 were treated with retrograde partial superficial parotidectomy (PSP). We compared the 2 surgical techniques in terms of surgical time, histopathologic size of the lesion, amount of excised healthy parotid tissue, histologic margin, and the preservation of the capsule/pseudocapsule. We also made clinical records of temporary or definitive injury to the facial nerve, which branches of the facial nerve were temporarily or definitively injured, the occurrence of Frey syndrome, esthetic satisfaction, and the amount of recurrence or infection after surgery. Of the 48 patients, 19 (39.6%) were male and 29 (60.4%) were female, with a mean age (+/- SD) of 43.8 +/- 16.97 years (median, 50 years; range, 12-79 years). We found a significant difference (P = .029) in mean surgical time (+/- SD): 171 +/- 49.7 minutes (median, 165 minutes) when performing the classical SP and 145 +/- 42.7 minutes (median, 130 minutes) when performing the retrograde PSP. Much more healthy parotid tissue was taken out with the classical

  2. The Safety and Efficacy of Dexmedetomidine versus Sufentanil in Monitored Anesthesia Care during Burr-Hole Surgery for Chronic Subdural Hematoma: A Retrospective Clinical Trial

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    Wenming Wang


    Full Text Available Background: Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH is a very common clinical emergency encountered in neurosurgery. While both general anesthesia (GA and monitored anesthesia care (MAC can be used during CSDH surgery, MAC is the preferred choice among surgeons. Further, while dexmedetomidine (DEX is reportedly a safe and effective agent for many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, there have been no trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DEX vs. sufentanil in CSDH surgery. Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of DEX vs. sufentanil in MAC during burr-hole surgery for CSDH.Methods: In all, 215 fifteen patients underwent burr-hole surgery for CSDH with MAC and were divided into three groups: Group D1 (n=67, DEX infusion at 0.5 μg·kg–1 for 10 min, Group D2 (n=75, DEX infusion at 1 μg·kg–1 for 10 min, and Group S (n=73, sufentanil infusion 0.3 μg·kg–1 for 10 min. Ramsay sedation scale (RSS of all three groups was maintained at 3. Anesthesia onset time, total number of intraoperative patient movements, hemodynamics, total cumulative dose of DEX, time to first dose and amount of rescue midazolam or fentanyl, percentage of patients converted to alternative sedative or anesthetic therapy, postoperative recovery time, adverse events, and patient and surgeon satisfaction scores were recorded.Results: The anesthesia onset time was significantly less in group D2 (17.36±4.23 vs. 13.42±2.12 vs. 15.98±4.58 min, respectively, for D1, D2, S; P<0.001. More patients in groups D1 and S required rescue midazolam to achieve RSS=3 (74.63% vs. 42.67% vs. 71.23%, respectively, for D1, D2, S; P<0.001. However, the total dose of rescue midazolam was significantly higher in group D1 (2.8±0.3 vs. 1.9±0.3 vs. 2.0±0.4 mg, respectively, for D1, D2, S; P<0.001. The time to first dose of rescue midazolam was significantly longer in group D2 (17.32±4.47 vs. 23.56±5.36 vs. 16.55±4.91 min, respectively, for D1, D2, S; P<0.001. Significantly fewer

  3. Major Superficial White Matter Abnormalities in Huntington disease

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    Owen Robert Phillips


    Full Text Available BackgroundThe late myelinating superficial white matter at the juncture of the cortical gray and white matter comprising the intracortical myelin and short-range association fibers has not received attention in Huntington’s disease. It is an area of the brain that is late myelinating and is sensitive to both normal aging and neurodegenerative disease effects. Therefore, it may be sensitive to Huntington’s disease processes. MethodsStructural MRI data from 25 Pre-symptomatic subjects, 24 Huntington’s disease patients and 49 healthy controls was run through a cortical pattern-matching program. The surface corresponding to the white matter directly below the cortical gray matter was then extracted. Individual subject’s Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI data was aligned to their structural MRI data. Diffusivity values along the white matter surface were then sampled at each vertex point. DTI measures with high spatial resolution across the superficial white matter surface were then analyzed with the General Linear Model to test for the effects of disease. ResultsThere was an overall increase in the axial and radial diffusivity across much of the superficial white matter (p < 0.001 in Pre-symptomatic subjects compared to controls. In Huntington’s disease patients increased diffusivity covered essentially the whole brain (p < 0.001. Changes are correlated with genotype (CAG repeat number and disease burden (p < 0.001.ConclusionsThis study showed broad abnormalities in superficial white matter even before symptoms are present in Huntington’s disease. Since the superficial white matter has a unique microstructure and function these abnormalities suggest it plays an important role in the disease.

  4. Effects of superficial gas velocity on process dynamics in bioreactors (United States)

    Devi, T. T.; Kumar, B.


    Present work analyzes the flow hydrodynamics and mass transfer mechanisms in double Rushton and CD-6 impeller on wide range (0.0075-0.25 m/s) of superficial gas velocity ( v g) in a gas-liquid phase bioreactor by employing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique. The volume averaged velocity magnitude and dissipation rate are found higher with increasing superficial gas velocity. Higher relative power draw ( P g/ P 0) is predicted in CD-6 than the Rushton impeller but no significant difference in volume averaged mass transfer coefficient ( k L a) observed between these two types of impeller. The ratio of power draw with mass transfer coefficient has been found higher in CD-6 impeller (25-50 %) than the Rushton impeller.

  5. Rugosidad y textura de superficies: experimentos y simulaciones

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    Watson L. Vargas


    Full Text Available En este trabajo se aplican algunos elementos de la geometría fractal al estudio y caracterización de la rugosidad superficial. Los materiales bajo estudio consisten en agregados naturales, de amplia aplicación en la industria de la construcción. Se aplican tanto técnicas experimentales basadas en análisis de imágenes como modelos teóricos. En particular se explora el potencial de la lacunaridad –un método de análisis derivado de la geometría fractal, para describir patrones y dispersión espacial. Los resultados ilustran su aplicación en la caracterización de rugosidad superficial. Se discuten igualmente, limitaciones y ventajas de esta aproximación.

  6. [Compression syndrome of the superficial fibular nerve. Case report]. (United States)

    Piza-Katzer, H; Pilz, E


    The case of a female patient complaining of dysaesthesia and paraesthesia on the dorsum of her right foot and digits which failed to respond to conservative treatment is presented. 10 cm above the lateral malleolus, a muscle bulge of 2 cm was detected. Hoffmann-Tinel's sign was positive at this site. The diagnosis of nerve entrapment was confirmed by a conduction velocity block. Through an incision centered over the muscle bulge, the superficial fibular nerve was identified. It was found to be compressed by fascia. Fascial release and epineuriotomy resulted in complete recovery. Entrapment of the sensory superficial fibular nerve in the patient is thought to have been caused by prolonged work-related kneeling and squatting over many years.

  7. Superficial vein thrombosis: a current approach to management. (United States)

    Scott, Gemma; Mahdi, Ali Jassem; Alikhan, Raza


    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) was considered to be a benign and self-limiting condition. However, it is now appreciated that a significant proportion of those presenting with SVT will have concomitant deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, or are at significant risk of developing deep venous thromboembolism. Potential therapeutic options include topical preparations, compression therapy (stockings, bandages), medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or anticoagulants (therapeutic or prophylactic doses) and surgery, ligation or stripping, of superficial veins. The treatment of choice is therapeutic/intermediate dose low molecular weight heparin or prophylactic dose fondaparinux administered for 4-6 weeks. The cost-effectiveness of treatment is a concern and more targeted therapy is required. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  8. Endarterectomized superficial femoral artery as an arterial patch. (United States)

    Rollins, D L; Towne, J B; Bernhard, V M; Baum, P L


    Eighty-six patients underwent 90 profundaplasties for lower extremity ischemia using endarterectomized superficial femoral artery (ESFA) or vein as an arterial patch. Standard length profundaplasty was performed in 60 limbs and extended profundaplasty in 28. Seventy-two were performed for limb salvage and 18 for severe claudication. Fifty-four limbs underwent inflow reconstruction and profundaplasty, while 36 others had profundaplasty alone. Three-year cumulative patency rates were employed to compare the type of autogenous patch material to the profundaplasty length, operative indications, and procedures. In all groups, ESFA performed as well as vein. Endarterectomized superficial femoral artery patch angioplasty provides comparable long-term results to vein patch in patients undergoing profundaplasty, and demonstrates its durability as a vascular patch in situations where autogenous tissue is required or preferred while preserving the saphenous vein for later use.

  9. Comparison of postoperative higher-order aberrations and contrast sensitivity: tissue-saving versus conventional photorefractive keratectomy for low to moderate myopia. (United States)

    Hashemi, Hassan; Nazari, Rahman; Amoozadeh, Javad; Beheshtnejad, Amir Houshang; Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Mohammadpour, Mehrdad; Hashemian, Hesam


    To assess the efficacy, predictability, safety, contrast sensitivity, higher-order aberrations (HOAs), and patient satisfaction after tissue-saving photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and conventional PRK. Department of Ophthalmology, Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran Medical University, Tehran, Iran. Comparative case series. This prospective study evaluated eyes with low to moderate myopia that had PRK with a Technolas 217z excimer laser. Patients were randomly assigned to have surgery using a conventional algorithm (PlanoScan) or a tissue-saving algorithm (Zyoptix). Contrast sensitivity, HOAs, and patient satisfaction were analyzed preoperatively and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The conventional group comprised 42 eyes (21 patients) and the tissue-saving group, 62 eyes (31 patients). At 6 months, all eyes in both groups were within ±0.50 diopter of the attempted correction and had an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/25 or better. However, the tissue-saving group had a statistically significantly greater increase in the mean root mean square of total HOAs and more induced spherical aberration than the conventional group (P<.05). There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in mesopic or photopic contrast sensitivity. The level of satisfaction after surgery was the same in the 2 groups. Although the conventional and tissue-saving algorithms for PRK were both safe and effective in treating low to moderate myopia, tissue-saving PRK induced a greater increase in HOAs than conventional PRK; this may be because of the smaller blend zone of the tissue-saving algorithm. Contrast sensitivity and patient satisfaction were comparable between the 2 methods. Copyright © 2010 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Comparison of Lotrafilcon B and Balafilcon A silicone hydrogel bandage contact lenses in reducing pain and discomfort after photorefractive keratectomy: A contralateral eye study. (United States)

    Mohammadpour, Mehrdad; Amouzegar, Afsaneh; Hashemi, Hassan; Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Kordbacheh, Hamed; Rahimi, Firoozeh; Hashemian, Mohammad Naser


    To assess the effect of two silicone hydrogel contact lenses with high oxygen permeability in patients having photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Sixty patients (120 eyes) who had bilateral PRK were enrolled in this double blind clinical trial. Each patient was fitted with a Lotrafilcon B (Air Optix(®)AQUA, Ciba Vision, Duluth, GA, USA) lens in one eye and a Balafilcon A (PureVision™ Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY, USA) lens in the fellow eye. Patients' responses to a subjective questionnaire in terms of pain, foreign body sensation, photophobia, blurred vision and epiphora were evaluated on the first and third postoperative days. Mean pain score for Lotrafilcon B and Balafilcon A contact lenses was 4.43±3.18 vs. 5.45±3.37 on the first postoperative day and 3.43±3.23 vs. 3.88±3.01 on the third postoperative day. However, the difference was only significant in the first 24h after surgery (P=0.032). Foreign body sensation was clinically higher with Balafilcon A contact lens (5.0±3.47 vs. 4.08±3.34 on day 1 and 4.98±3.52 vs. 3.55±3.20 on day 3) and the difference was statistically significant on the first and the third postoperative days (P=0.042 and 0.002, respectively). There was no statistically significant difference between two contact lenses in terms of photophobia, epiphora and blurred vision (P>0.05). The Lotrafilcon B lens resulted in significantly less postoperative pain and discomfort after PRK, especially in the first 24h after PRK. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Two-Year Outcome of a Patient Treated With Phototherapeutic Keratectomy and Autologous SMILE Lenticule Transplantation for Flap-Related Complications Following LASIK. (United States)

    Zhao, Jing; Zhao, Feng; Huang, Jinrong; Xu, Haipeng; Chen, Yingjun; Zhou, Xingtao


    To describe a patient with flap complications after LASIK who was subsequently treated using phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and an autologous lenticule transplant obtained via small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). A 23-year-old man experienced free flap and partial flap loss in the left eye following LASIK, resulting in corneal stroma opacity 1 month later. The manifest refraction was -3.25 diopters sphere (DS)/-0.50 diopters cylinder (DC) × 100° in the right eye and +2.50 DS/-1.25 DC × 155° in the left eye. His left eye was treated with PTK and transplantation of an autologous lenticule obtained from his right eye using the SMILE procedure. At the 2-year follow-up visit, the uncorrected distance visual acuity of the left eye had improved from 20/100 to 20/22 and the corrected distance visual acuity had improved from 20/25 to 20/18. Central corneal thickness had increased from 464 to 499 µm. The mean keratometry value had decreased from 45.00 diopters (D) at the 1-month follow-up visit to 39.40 D at the 2-year follow-up visit. Optical coherence tomography examination revealed that the lenticule remained transparent and exhibited a visible demarcation line. The transplantation of an autologous lenticule obtained via SMILE combined with PTK improved uncorrected and corrected acuity in this patient with flap loss after LASIK. [J Refract Surg. 2018;34(4):281-285.]. Copyright 2018, SLACK Incorporated.

  12. Effects of superficial gas velocity and fluid property on the ...

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    In the present study, the influence of superficial gas velocity and fluid properties on gas holdup and liquid circulation velocity in a three-phase external loop airlift column using polystyrene (0.0036 m diameter and 1025.55 kg/m3 density) and nylon-6 (0.0035 m diameter and 1084.24 kg/m3 density) particles with aqueous ...

  13. Superficial epidermolytic ichthyosis: a report of two families. (United States)

    Cervantes, Tessa; Pham, Catherine; Browning, John C


    Superficial epidermolytic ichthyosis (SEI), previously known as ichthyosis bullosa of Siemens, is a rare genetic skin condition, characterized by blisters and hyperkeratosis. It can be easily confused with epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, known now as epidermolytic ichthyosis, and genetic testing can be helpful in differentiating between the two conditions. We describe two children with SEI confirmed by genetic testing, including one with a novel mutation. We also describe other affected family members with SEI. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Cervical Spinal Meningeal Melanocytoma Presenting as Intracranial Superficial Siderosis

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    Savitha Srirama Jayamma


    Full Text Available Meningeal melanocytoma is a rare pigmented tumor of the leptomeningeal melanocytes. This rare entity results in diagnostic difficulty in imaging unless clinical and histopathology correlation is performed. In this case report, we describe a case of meningeal melanocytoma of the cervical region presenting with superficial siderosis. Extensive neuroradiological examination is necessary to locate the source of the bleeding in such patients. Usually, the patient will be cured by the complete surgical excision of the lesion.

  15. Two Waves of Globalisation: Superficial Similarities, Fundamental Differences


    Richard E. Baldwin; Philippe Martin


    This paper looks at the two waves of globalisation (roughly 1820-1914 and 1960-present) focusing on key economic facts (trade investment, migration, and capital flows, Industrialisation/de-industrialisation convergence/divergence) beliefs and policymaking environments. The two waves are superficial similarities but are fundamentally different. Chief similarities include aggregate trade and capital flow ratios, and the importance of reductions in barriers to international transactions. The fun...

  16. Measurement of the angle of superficial tension by images (United States)

    Yanez M., Javier; Alonso R., Sergio


    When a liquid is deposited on a surface, this one form a certain angle with respect to the surface, where depending on its value, it will conclude that so hard it is his adhesion with the surface. By means of the analysis of images we looked for to measure this angle of superficial tension. In order to make this measurement, we propose a technique by means of projective transformations and one method of regression to estimation parameters to conic fitting.

  17. Superficial urinary bladder tumors treatment results: A 10-year experience

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    Stanković Jablan


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. The most common urinary bladder tumors are superficial tumors. Due to their tension to relapse and progress towards deeper layers after surgical therapy, an adequate therapy significantly contributed to the improvement of the results of urinary bladder tumors treatment. Staging and gradus of the tumor, presence of the carcinoma in situ (CIS or relapses significantly influenced the choice of the therapy. The aim of this study was to ascertain the effectiveness of the intravesicelly applied BCG (Bacille Colmette - Guerin vaccine or chemiotherapy in the prevention of the relapses and further progression of superficial urinary bladder tumors. Methods. All of the diagnosed superficial tumors of bladder were removed by transurethral resection (TUR. After receiving the patohistological finding they were subjected to adjuvant therapy, immune BCG vaccine or chemiotherapy (epirubicin, doxorubicin, mitomycin-C. The third group did not accept adjuvant therapy, but had regularly scheduled cystoscopic controls. The appearance of relapses, progression of stage and grades of the tumor, as well as possible unwanted effects of adjuvant therapy were registered. Results. The applied immunotherapy (BCG influenced decreased tumor relapses (7% and statistically important difference between patients who had taken adjuvant chemotherapy (relapses 18.4% and those without this therapy was acknowledged. Grades of tumor did not show statistically significant difference on tumor relapse. A significantly longer period of time in the appearance of tumor relapse after BCG (29.33 months, had significant importance comparing to chemio (9.44 months or non-taken adjuvant therapy (9.84 months. Very small number of unwanted effects suggested an obligatory undertaking adjuvant therapy after TUR of superficial tumors. Conclusion. A significant decrease of relapses as well as avoidance of further progression of urinary bladder tumors, has introduced adjuvant therapy in

  18. Usefulness of platysma muscle flap following superficial parotidectomy. (United States)

    Wang, W H; Zhu, J; Li, M; Xia, B; Xu, B


    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate a novel technique of a platysma muscle flap following superficial parotidectomy and to evaluate the impact of using this flap on Frey's syndrome and postoperative appearance. In this retrospective study, there were 55 patients who had had superficial parotid gland tumors removed, 28 patients were restored by the platysma muscle flap, and the remaining 27 patients were not restored by the technique. The area of the flap was measured using Image-Pro plus 6.0 software. The objective starch-iodine test was used to determine the incidence of Frey's syndrome. The postoperative aesthetic outcome of retromandibular contour was evaluated in all the patients. The score in platysma flap group was significantly higher than the scores in the conventionally treated group (P < 0.01). The area of the flap was 1668.7 ± 218.7 square millimeters. Of 28 patients restored by the flap, 2 developed mild Frey's syndrome, and in the remaining 27 patients 10 had Frey's syndrome. There was a statistically significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.007). The technique produced satisfactory aesthetic results with good facial contour. The platysma muscle flap, used as an interposing barrier between the overlying skin flap and the parotid bed following superficial parotidectomy, produced good results in the prevention of Frey's syndrome and resulted in good postoperative facial contour. Copyright © 2012 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Management of superficial vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis: status and expert opinion document. (United States)

    Cesarone, M R; Belcaro, G; Agus, G; Georgiev, M; Errichi, B M; Marinucci, R; Errichi, S; Filippini, A; Pellegrini, L; Ledda, A; Vinciguerra, G; Ricci, A; Cipollone, G; Lania, M; Gizzi, G; Ippolito, E; Bavera, P; Fano, F; Dugall, M; Adovasio, R; Gallione, L; Del Boccio, G; Cornelli, U; Steigerwalt, R; Acerbi, G; Cacchio, M; Di Renzo, A; Hosoi, M; Stuard, S; Corsi, M; Di Ciano, L; Simeone, E; Collevecchio, G; Grossi, M G; Di Giambattista, F; Carestia, F; Zukowski, A


    Superficial vein thrombosis is characterized by clotting of superficial veins (ie, following direct trauma) with minimal inflammatory components. Superficial thrombophlebitis is a minimally thrombotic process of superficial veins associated with inflammatory changes and/or infection. Treatments generally include analgesics, elastic compression, anti-inflammatory agents, exercise and ambulation, and, in some cases, local or systemic anticoagulants. It is better to avoid bed rest and reduced mobility. Topical analgesia with nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory creams applied locally to the superficial vein thrombosis/superficial thrombophlebitis area controls symptoms. Hirudoid cream (heparinoid) shortens the duration of signs/symptoms. Locally acting anticoagulants/antithrombotics (Viatromb, Lipohep, spray Na-heparin) have positive effects on pain and on the reduction in thrombus size. Intravenous catheters should be changed every 24 to 48 hours (depending on venous flow and clinical parameters) to prevent superficial vein thrombosis/superficial thrombophlebitis and removed in case of events. Low molecular weight heparin prophylaxis and nitroglycerin patches distal to peripheral lines may reduce the incidence of superficial vein thrombosis/superficial thrombophlebitis in patients with vein catheters. In case of superficial vein thrombosis/superficial thrombophlebitis, vein lines should be removed. In neoplastic diseases and hematological disorders, anticoagulants may be necessary. Exercise reduces pain and the possibility of deep vein thrombosis. Only in cases in which pain is very severe is bed rest necessary. Deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis should be established in patients with reduced mobility. Antibiotics usually do not have a place in superficial vein thrombosis/superficial thrombophlebitis unless there are documented infections. Prevention of superficial vein thrombosis should be considered on the basis of patient's history and clinical evaluation.

  20. Superficial venous disease and combined hormonal contraceptives: a systematic review. (United States)

    Tepper, Naomi K; Marchbanks, Polly A; Curtis, Kathryn M


    Superficial venous disease, which includes superficial venous thrombosis (SVT) and varicose veins, may be associated with a higher risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Use of combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) has been associated with an increased risk of VTE compared with nonuse. Little is known about whether use of CHCs by women with superficial venous disease may further elevate the risk of VTE. To investigate evidence regarding risk of VTE in women with SVT or varicose veins who use CHCs compared with non-CHC users. We searched the PubMed database for all English-language articles published from database inception through September 2014. We included primary research studies that examined women with SVT or varicose veins who used CHCs compared to women with these conditions who did not use CHCs. Outcomes of interest included VTE (among women with SVT or varicose veins) and SVT (for those with varicose veins). Two studies were identified that met inclusion criteria. One fair-quality case-control study reported an odds ratio (OR) for VTE of 43.0 (95% confidence interval [CI] 15.5-119.3) among women with SVT using oral contraceptives (OCs) compared with nonusers without SVT. The OR for VTE was also increased for women with SVT not using OCs (OR 5.1; 95% CI 2.8-9.5) and for women without SVT using OCs (OR 4.0; 95% CI 3.3-4.7), compared with nonusers without SVT. One fair-quality cohort study demonstrated that women with varicose veins had an increased rate of VTE with use of OCs (1.85 per 1000 women-years [WY]), compared with users without varicose veins (0.84 per 1000 WY), nonusers with varicose veins (0.31 per 1000 WY) and nonusers without varicose veins (0.19 per 1000 WY). This study also demonstrated that women with varicose veins had an increased rate of SVT with use of OCs (10.63 per 1000 WY), compared with nonusers with varicose veins (7.59 per 1000 WY), users without varicose veins (1.89 per 1000 WY) and nonusers without varicose veins (0.77 per 1000

  1. The Effects of Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Flap on the Development of Frey's Syndrome and Cosmetic Outcomes After Superficial Parotidectomy. (United States)

    Bayır, Ömer; Çelik, Elif Kaya; Saylam, Güleser; Tatar, Emel Çadallı; Saka, Cem; Dağlı, Muharrem; Özdek, Ali; Korkmaz, Mehmet Hakan


    To investigate the outcomes of superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) flap and classic techniques in superficial parotidectomy in terms of Frey's syndrome (FS) and cosmetic satisfaction. In this study, a retrospective chart review of patients that underwent superficial parotidectomy was performed. These patients were divided into two subgroups: group 1 included patients in which the SMAS flap was harvested and group 2 comprised the remaining patients on whom classic superficial parotidectomy was performed. All the patients were evaluated clinically and with Minor's starch-iodine test for FS. For the evaluation of the cosmetic results, the patient's satisfaction was queried according to the incision scar and surgical field skin retraction/facial symmetry. Both groups were compared in terms of complications and numbness of surgical area. Fifty-five patients (31 male and 24 female) with a mean age of 50.19 years were included in the study. Thirty-two patients were in group 1 and 23 in group 2. Thirteen patients (23.7%) described as having FS and six of them were in group 1, while seven were in group 2. Minor's starch-iodine test was positive in nine patients in group 1 (28.1%) and six patients in group 2 (26.1%) (p=1.000). With regard to cosmetic satisfaction, eight patients (25%) stated mild discomfort from the incision scar and two patients (6.3%) stated cosmetic dissatisfaction for facial asymmetry in group 1. In group 2 for the same factors the number of patients were 11 (47.8%) and 2 two (8.7%), respectively (p=0.027). There were no statistically significant differences in means of complication and numbness (p>0.05). According to our study results, there was no superiority between both the groups in terms of FS and incision scar satisfaction. We determined that there was a significant benefit of SMAS flap application in the prevention of volume loss and surgical area retraction.

  2. Superficial perineal leiomyosarcoma in an adolescent female and a review of the literature including vulvar leiomyosarcomas

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    Grove, A; Backman Nøhr, S


    Superficial perineal leiomyosarcomas are rare, with only three previously reported examples. We encountered a superficial (deep subcutaneous) perineal leiomyosarcoma in a 17-year-old female. At follow-up two years after a wide excision, there were no signs of recurrence. The tumour was well...... differentiated and showed immunoreactivity for alpha-smooth muscle actin and desmin. A review of the literature on superficial leiomyosarcomas indicates that superficial perineal leiomyosarcomas may be more aggressive than superficial leiomyosarcomas in general. As the presented tumour occurred in a female...

  3. Ingeniería de superficies y su impacto medioambiental

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    Agüero, A.


    Full Text Available Surface engineering addresses the modification of the microstructure and/or composition of the surface of components by mechanical, physical or chemical methods that may imply adding a material in order to change the surface properties of said component. One of its most important consequences is the significant increase of the useful life of a variety of components in a large number of industrial applications. Moreover, it contributes to energy savings by increasing efficiencies as it allows higher combustion temperatures, by allowing the use of lighter components and by significant friction reduction. In this paper, surface engineering is introduced, as well as its different modalities, examples of industrial applications and positive and negative environmental impacts.

    La ingeniería de superficies consiste en la modificación de la microestructura y/o la composición superficial de un componente mediante métodos mecánicos, físicos o químicos, que pueden implicar el aporte de otro material para cambiar las propiedades superficiales del mencionado componente. Una de sus consecuencias más importantes es que permite alargar significativamente, la vida útil de todo tipo de componentes empleados en un gran número de aplicaciones industriales. Por otra parte, contribuye al ahorro energético por permitir el aumento de las temperaturas de combustión consiguiendo una mayor eficiencia, por contribuir a la reducción de peso y por colaborar de forma significativa a disminuir la fricción entre componentes. En el presente trabajo se introduce la ingeniería de superficies, sus diferentes modalidades, algunos ejemplos de sus aplicaciones industriales y las interacciones, positivas y negativas, con el medio ambiente.

  4. Congenital absence of superficial posterior compartment calf muscles. (United States)

    Tibrewal, Saket; Alyas, Faisal; Vemulapalli, Krishna


    Although various congenital abnormalities have been described, congenital absence of calf musculature is extremely rare, with only one report on its complete absence. We are the first to describe a case of congenital absence of muscles of the superficial posterior compartment of the calf presenting in a toddler. The child presented with a history of a painless limp, however no significant difference was found in functional gait analysis. We suggest that such cases should be monitored and parents can be reassured that no immediate treatment is required.

  5. Superficial thrombophlebitis (Mondor′s Disease after breast augmentation surgery

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    Viana Giovanni Andre


    Full Text Available Although the aetiology of Mondor′s disease remains unclear, the most commonly cited cause is trauma of some sort. Although surgical trauma has frequently been quoted, reports that specifically implicate aesthetic breast surgery are unusual in the literature. In this article, the authors report a case of superficial thrombophlebitis of the anterolateral chest wall secondary to breast augmentation surgery in a woman, five months after the procedure. The authors performed an analysis of the disease′s main etiologic components and preponderant clinical aspects, and determined all appropriate therapeutic measures.

  6. Superficial Circumflex Iliac Artery Perforator Flap for Dorsalis Pedis Reconstruction


    Tashiro, Kensuke; Yamashita, Shuji


    Summary: Reconstruction of dorsalis pedis with soft tissue is challenging because it needs to preserve thin structure to ensure that the patient will be able to wear shoes. Here, we report the use of a thin superficial circumflex iliac artery perforator (SCIP) flap in dorsalis pedis reconstruction. A 67-year-old man presented with a third-degree burn, which exposed his extensor tendons. A thin SCIP flap from the left inguinal region measuring 15???4?cm was transferred to the dorsalis pedis re...

  7. High dose rate brachytherapy for superficial cancer of the esophagus

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    Maingon, Philippe; D'Hombres, Anne; Truc, Gilles; Barillot, Isabelle; Michiels, Christophe; Bedenne, Laurent; Horiot, Jean Claude


    Purpose: We analyzed our experience with external radiotherapy, combined modality treatment, or HDR brachytherapy alone to limited esophageal cancers. Methods and Materials: From 1991 to 1996, 25 patients with limited superficial esophagus carcinomas were treated by high dose rate brachytherapy. The mean age was 63 years (43-86 years). Five patients showed superficial local recurrence after external radiotherapy. Eleven patients without invasion of the basal membrane were staged as Tis. Fourteen patients with tumors involving the submucosa without spreading to the muscle were staged as T1. Treatment consisted of HDR brachytherapy alone in 13 patients, external radiotherapy and brachytherapy in 8 cases, and concomitant chemo- and radiotherapy in 4 cases. External beam radiation was administered to a total dose of 50 Gy using 2 Gy daily fractions in 5 weeks. In cases of HDR brachytherapy alone (13 patients), 6 applications were performed once a week. Results: The mean follow-up is 31 months (range 24-96 months). Twelve patients received 2 applications and 13 patients received 6 applications. Twelve patients experienced a failure (48%), 11/12 located in the esophagus, all of them in the treated volume. One patient presented an isolated distant metastasis. In the patients treated for superficial recurrence, 4/5 were locally controlled (80%) by brachytherapy alone. After brachytherapy alone, 8/13 patients were controlled (61%). The mean disease-free survival is 14 months (1-36 months). Overall survival is 76% at 1 year, 37% at 2 years, and 14% at 3 years. Overall survival for Tis patients is 24% vs. 20% for T1 (p 0.83). Overall survival for patients treated by HDR brachytherapy alone is 43%. One patient presented with a fistula with local failure after external radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Four stenosis were registered, two were diagnosed on barium swallowing without symptoms, and two required dilatations. Conclusion: High dose rate brachytherapy permits the treating

  8. A retrospective analysis of the postoperative use of loteprednol etabonate gel 0.5% following laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive keratectomy surgery

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    Full Text Available Clifford L Salinger,1 Michael Gordon,2 Mitchell A Jackson,3 Theodore Perl,4 Eric Donnenfeld5 1VIP Laser Eye Center, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 2Gordon Weiss Schanzlin Vision Institute, San Diego, CA, 3Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, IL, 4Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ, 5Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Garden City, NY, USA Background: While loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel 0.5% (LE gel is approved for treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation and pain, there have been no reported studies in patients undergoing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK.Methods: This was a retrospective chart review conducted at five refractive surgical centers in the USA. Data were collected from primary LASIK or PRK surgery cases in which LE gel was used postoperatively as the clinician’s routine standard of care and in which patients were followed-up for up to 6 months. Data extracted from charts included patient demographics, surgical details, LE gel dosing regimen, pre- and postsurgical refractive characteristics, intraocular pressure (IOP measurements, and visual acuity. Primary outcomes included postoperative IOP elevations, adverse events, and early discontinuations.Results: Data were collected on 189 LASIK eyes (96 patients and 209 PRK eyes (108 patients. Mean (standard deviation [SD] years of age at surgery was 36.0 (11.7 and 33.9 (11.3 in LASIK and PRK patients. LE gel was prescribed most often four times daily during the first postoperative week, regardless of procedure; the most common treatment duration was 7–14 days in LASIK and ≥30 days in PRK patients. No unusual corneal findings or healing abnormalities were reported. Mean postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/24 in LASIK and 20/30 in PRK eyes. Mild/trace corneal haze was reported in 20% of PRK patients; two PRK patients with moderate/severe corneal haze were switched to another corticosteroid. Mean postoperative

  9. Florentine Renaissance Resources. Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532, Ed. by D. Herlihy, R. Burr Litchfield, A. Molho, R. Barducci, 2000. Online Catasto of 1427, Ed. by D. Herlihy, C. Klapisch-Zuber, Vers. 1.2., Brown University, Providence, R.I.

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    Marco Bicchierai


    Full Text Available Florentine Renaissance Resources. - Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532, Edited by David Herlihy, R. Burr Litchfield, Anthony Molho and Roberto Barducci , 2000 - Online Catasto of 1427, Edited by David Herlihy, Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Version 1.2., Brown University, Providence, R.I. , 1996

  10. Bedside burr hole for intracranial pressure monitoring performed by pediatric intensivists in children with CNS infections in a resource-limited setting: 10-year experience at a single center. (United States)

    Singhi, Sunit; Kumar, Ramesh; Singhi, Pratibha; Jayashree, Muralidharan; Bansal, Arun


    Intracranial pressure monitoring can help in early identification of raised intracranial pressure and in setting more informed goals for treatment. We describe our 10-year experience of bedside burr holes performed by pediatric intensivists to establish intracranial pressure monitoring in children with CNS infections in a resource-limited setting and the technical difficulties and complications encountered. Descriptive study of prospectively recorded data. PICU of a tertiary care academic institute. Consecutive comatose patients with raised intracranial pressure who underwent intracranial pressure monitoring from 2004 to 2013. An intraparenchymal (1.2 mm) or an intraventricular transducer (3.4 mm) (Codman) was placed by a pediatric intensivist through a micro burr hole using a standard protocol. Technical difficulties during the procedure and complications were recorded. Over 10 years, 265 intracranial pressure catheters were placed in 259 patients, mainly for acute CNS infections (n = 242, 93.4%). Median age of patients was 4.8 years, youngest being 6 weeks; 21 patients (8.1%) were younger than 1 year. Intraparenchymal transducer was used in 252 patients (97.3%). Median (interquartile range) duration of intracranial pressure monitoring was 96 hours (72-144 hr). Complications were seen in 3.5% of patients (n = 9/259); the incidence was 0.28 per 1,000 hours of intracranial pressure monitoring. Procedure-related ventriculitis occurred in three of seven patients (42.8%) with intraventricular catheter, in contrast to none in patients with intraparenchymal transducer. Overall mortality was 32.8% (n = 85). On Cox-regression analysis, "blood component therapy" was an independent predictor of poor outcome defined as death or severe neurodisability (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.58; 95% CI, 1.16-2.16; p = 0.004). In a resource-limited setting, pediatric intensivists can safely and successfully perform burr holes at bedside for establishing intraparenchymal intracranial pressure

  11. Local superficial hyperthermia in combination with low-dose radiation therapy for palliation of superficially localized metastases

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    Owczarek, G.; Miszczyk, L.


    Full text: The aim of this study is to evaluate the response of superficially located metastases and local toxicity to microwave hyperthermia combined with radiation therapy. From May 2003 through December 2004 58 patients (33 male, 25 female; mean age 60 years) with lymph nodes or skin metastases were treated with microwave superficial hyperthermia combined with low-dose radiation therapy. Hyperthermia was administered twice weekly with high frequency applicator (∼900 Mhz) with water bolus. The temperature was set to 43 o C for 45 minutes. Radiotherapy was performed daily with dose 2 Gy or 4 Gy per fraction, to a total dose 20 Gy. There were 47 patients with carcinoma, 4 with sarcoma, 7 with melanoma. Treated regions were: head and neck (37 patients), chest wall 8, abdomen wall and groins 4, upper and lower limb 2 and 8 patients respectively. Primary tumor sites were: head and neck region (9 patients), lung 15, alimentary tract 8, breast 5, soft tissue 8, urogenital 4 and 9 patients with primary tumor site unknown. The toxicity was evaluated using 6 step scale: 0-no skin reaction, 1-faint red mark, 2-distinct red mark, 3-blisters, 4-brown mark, 5-necrosis. Presence of pain and its intensity were also analyzed. Diameter of tumor after the treatment was observed. Complete response was achieved in 5 patients (8.5 %), and partial response in 29 patients (50 %), no response was observed in 12 patients (20 %) and progression of tumor in 7 patients (12 %). No skin reaction was observed in 3 patients, faint red mark in 14 patients, distinct red mark in 28 patients, blisters in 8 patients, brown mark in 4 patients and necrosis in 1 patient. The pain occurred in 9 patients but it was no the cause of stopping treatment. Local superficial hyperthermia combined with low-dose radiation therapy is an effective method of treatment in a proportion of patients with superficial metastases. This combination of treatment modalities is well tolerated and is useful for palliation

  12. Mycological Considerations in the Topical Treatment of Superficial Fungal Infections. (United States)

    Rosen, Ted


    Trichophyton rubrum remains the most common pathogenic dermatophyte in the United States, Europe, and industrialized Asia, although other species are predminant elsewhere. Candida albicans is the most common pathogenic yeast, with other species occasionally encountered. Just a few of the 14 described species of Malassezia cause pityriasis versicolor worldwide. FDA approval does not always accurately reflect the potential utility of any given topical antifungal agent. Azole, hydroxypyridone, and allylamine agents are beneficial in the management of dermatophytosis; however, the allylamines may lead to faster symptom resolution and a higher degree of sustained response. Although in actual clinical use the allylamines have all shown some activity against superficial cutaneous candidiasis and pityriasis versicolor, the azole agents remain drugs of choice. Ciclopirox is an excellent broad-spectrum antifungal agent. Optimal topical therapy for superficial fungal infections cannot yet be reliably based upon in-vitro laboratory determination of sensitivity. Inherent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties possessed by some antifungal agents may be exploited for clinical purposes. Candida species may be azole-insensitive due to efflux pumps or an altered target enzyme. So-called "antifungal resistance" of dermatophyets is actually due to poor patient adherence (either in dosing or treatment duration), or to reinfection.

  13. Superficially located enlarged lymphoid follicles characterise nodular gastritis. (United States)

    Okamura, Takuma; Sakai, Yasuhiro; Hoshino, Hitomi; Iwaya, Yugo; Tanaka, Eiji; Kobayashi, Motohiro


    Nodular gastritis is a form of chronic Helicobacter pylori gastritis affecting the gastric antrum and characterised endoscopically by the presence of small nodular lesions resembling gooseflesh. It is generally accepted that hyperplasia of lymphoid follicles histologically characterises nodular gastritis; however, quantitative analysis in support of this hypothesis has not been reported. Our goal was to determine whether nodular gastritis is characterised by lymphoid follicle hyperplasia.The number, size, and location of lymphoid follicles in nodular gastritis were determined and those properties compared to samples of atrophic gastritis. The percentages of high endothelial venule (HEV)-like vessels were also evaluated.The number of lymphoid follicles was comparable between nodular and atrophic gastritis; however, follicle size in nodular gastritis was significantly greater than that seen in atrophic gastritis. Moreover, lymphoid follicles in nodular gastritis were positioned more superficially than were those in atrophic gastritis. The percentage of MECA-79 HEV-like vessels was greater in areas with gooseflesh-like lesions in nodular versus atrophic gastritis.Superficially located hyperplastic lymphoid follicles characterise nodular gastritis, and these follicles correspond to gooseflesh-like nodular lesions observed endoscopically. These observations suggest that MECA-79 HEV-like vessels could play at least a partial role in the pathogenesis of nodular gastritis.

  14. Aneurysms of the superficial venous system: classification and treatment

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    Ronald G. Bush


    Full Text Available Superficial venous aneurysms are rarely described and they may remain indolent or become the source for pulmonary emboli. A system of classification and treatment protocol according to size and location is proposed. Three hundred thirty patients were evaluated for symptomatic venous disease (C2-C6 over a 2-year period. A proposed designation for venous aneurysm is described. Patients fulfilling this criterion are described in reference to site of involvement, histologic findings, and method of treatment. Five percent of patients met the criteria for venous aneurysm. Nine aneurysms of the greater saphenous vein were identified. Three aneurysms were proximal to the subterminal valve and the rest were distal. Six aneurysms of the anterior accessory greater saphenous vein (AAGSV were identified. Three aneurysms of the AAGSV spontaneously thrombosed. Two patients presented with aneurysms of the small saphenous vein. Histology revealed thickened intima, smooth muscle and adventitia. Aneurysm designation relates to diameter of normal and contiguous vein. All superficial venous aneurysms in close proximity to the junction of the femoral or popliteal vein should be ligated. Classification of venous aneurysms should include the AAGSV, which may present with spontaneous thrombosis.

  15. Optical coherence tomography and polarimetry of superficial skin biopsies

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    Full Text Available The goal. Of this study was to develop and assess the efficacy of polarization probing of biotissues in vitro. The method is based on the determination of polarization parameters of scattered radiation. Materials and methods. The well-known superficial epidermis stripping method was applied using the Sulfacrylate self-sterile medical adhesive. Small portions of thin layers of the adhesive were applied to slide plates and then to different skin sites. The corneous layer in the normal condition and in case of skin diseases (psoriasis, lichen acuminatus, discoid lupus erythematosus, alopecia, itching and demodectic mange was examined based on the optical coherence tomography (OCT method using the 0CS1300SS device (Thorlabs Inc, USA. Results. The authors obtained pictures visualizing the structural organization of different layers of the epidermis using the superficial epidermis biopsy method in case of lichen acuminatus, hyperkeratosis, itching and other skin diseases. Conclusion. This method ensures non-invasive high-precision measurement of the structure of different layers of the epidermis, which may be useful both for research purposes and practical dermatology.

  16. Superficial corneal crosslinking during laser in situ keratomileusis. (United States)

    Seiler, Theo G; Fischinger, Isaak; Koller, Tobias; Derhartunian, Viktor; Seiler, Theo


    To determine the safety of superficial corneal crosslinking after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Institut für Refraktive und Ophthalmo-Chirurgie, Zurich, Switzerland. Prospective study. Eyes with an ectasia risk score of 2 or higher were treated with standard LASIK (90 μm flap) for myopia correction, after which a rapid corneal crosslinking was performed in the interface (riboflavin 0.5% for 2 minutes, 9 mW/cm(2) for 5 minutes) (Group 1). The follow-up was up to 1 year. The prevalence of complications was statistically compared with that in a group of eyes matched regarding age, sex, and attempted refractive correction that were treated with standard LASIK only (Group 2). One month postoperatively, 5 eyes in Group 1 lost 1 line of corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) compared with 1 eye in Group 2 (P rate of less than 5%. The refractive success was identical in both groups. Early postoperative complications such as erosions (16%), diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK) stage 1 (38%), and DLK stage 2 (5%) were statistically significantly more frequent after superficial corneal crosslinking, leading to a statistically significantly reduced uncorrected distance visual acuity at 1 month (P interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Myxoid stroma and delicate vasculature of a superficial angiomyxoma give rise to the red planet sign


    Green, Margaret; Logemann, Nichola; Sulit, Daryl J


    Superficial angiomyxomas are uncommon benign mesenchymal tumors. They often recur locally if partially removed. This case report demonstrates not only the characteristic pathological findings of a superficial angiomyxoma in a 33- year-old man, but also shows a unique dermatoscopic image, which in our estimation resembles a celestial red planet such as the blood moon seen during a lunar eclipse. We propose to call this the “red planet” sign for a superficial angiomyxoma on dermoscopic examinat...

  18. Myxoid stroma and delicate vasculature of a superficial angiomyxoma give rise to the red planet sign. (United States)

    Green, Margaret; Logemann, Nichola; Sulit, Daryl J


    Superficial angiomyxomas are uncommon benign mesenchymal tumors. They often recur locally if partially removed. This case report demonstrates not only the characteristic pathological findings of a superficial angiomyxoma in a 33- year-old man, but also shows a unique dermatoscopic image, which in our estimation resembles a celestial red planet such as the blood moon seen during a lunar eclipse. We propose to call this the "red planet" sign for a superficial angiomyxoma on dermoscopic examination.

  19. Two Crosslinking Technologies for Superficial Reticular Dermis Injection: A Comparative Ultrasound and Histologic Study


    Micheels, Patrick; Besse, Stéphanie; Sarazin, Didier


    Background: Few hyaluronic acid fillers have been developed for superficial injection. Objective: To compare the diffusion and integration properties of cohesive polydensified matrix and Vycross® technology hyaluronic acid fillers with lidocaine following injection into the superficial reticular dermis. Methods and materials: Two subjects received two injections each of cohesive polydensified matrix and Vycross® hyaluronic acid (0.2mL/site) in the superficial reticular dermis of the buttock u...

  20. "Plug" ósseo autógeno para orifícios de trepanação: nota técnica Autogenic bone plug to seal burr holes: technical note

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    Full Text Available Vários materiais são utilizados para ocluir os orifícios de trepanação em neurocirurgia, por motivos variados: para evitar fístula liquórica após trepanações, para auxiliar a fixação do "flap" ósseo e por motivos estéticos, na região frontal. Dentre estes materiais citamos os heterólogos (botões de silicone, miniplacas de metal, cera de osso, metilmetacrilato, gelfoam, cimento de polímero vegetal, cerâmica de hidroxiapatita, e os autólogos (pó de osso originado da trepanação, gordura, músculo, aponeurose. Os materiais heterólogos ou sintéticos podem provocar reação de corpo estranho com erosão da pele e exposição do material, tornando necessária sua retirada, em tempo variável no pós-operatório. Há cerca de três anos, o autor vem utilizando um botão ou "plug" ósseo autólogo, feito com surgicel e o pó de osso proveniente da trepanação, com bom resultado estético eliminando as desconfortáveis depressões cranianas pós-trepanação. Apresentamos a técnica de confecção deste prático `plug ósseo autólogo'. Nas neuroendoscopias, praticamente sanou-se o problema da fístula liquórica e reação de corpo estranho. Encorajamos a utilização deste botão ósseo autólogo em nosso meio, como método eficiente, econômico e biologicamente aceitável para ocluir orifícios cranianos de trepanação.Many neurosurgical procedures can be performed by a single burr hole: neuroendoscopy, microvascular decompression, stereotactic procedures, chronic subdural haematomas. It is technically difficult to suture and close the dura, located at the bottom of such holes, which can lately lead to CSF leakage. On the other hand, the surgical material used to seal the burr holes can be divided in heterogenic (metal screws, silicon plugs, gelfoam, bone wax, metilmetacrilate, hidroxiapatite, and autogenic (fat, aponeurosis, muscle, and bone dust from trephination. The heterogenic group always brings the possibility of

  1. Understanding the three-dimensional anatomy of the superficial lymphatics of the limbs. (United States)

    Tourani, Saam S; Taylor, G Ian; Ashton, Mark W


    There are minimal data in the current literature regarding the depth of the superficial lymphatic collectors of the limbs in relation to the various subcutaneous tissue layers. Injection, microdissection, radiographic, and histologic studies of the superficial lymphatics and the subcutaneous tissues of 32 limbs from 15 human cadavers were performed. Five layers were consistently identified in the integument of all the upper and lower limb specimens: (1) skin, (2) subcutaneous fat, (3) superficial fascia, (4) loose areolar tissue, and (5) deep fascia. Layer 2 was further divided into superficial (2a) and deep (2c) compartments by a thin, transparent, horizontal septum (layer 2b). The main superficial veins and the superficial nerves coursed in layer 4. The lymphatic collectors were found at layer 2c and layer 4. The use of consistent nomenclature to describe the subcutaneous tissue layers facilitates a greater understanding and discussion of the anatomy. In lymphovenous anastomosis for the treatment of lymphedema, indocyanine green lymphography is an unreliable method for identification of the superficial collectors of the thigh. The medial proximal leg, the dorsum of the wrist over the anatomical snuffbox, and the volar proximal forearm provide suitable areas for locating superficial collectors with nearby matching size veins. In vertical medial thigh lift, choosing a dissection plane superficial to the great saphenous vein is unlikely to preserve the collectors of the ventromedial bundle.

  2. Photoluminescence of acupoint 'Waiqiu' in human superficial fascia

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    Zhang Yuan; Yan Xiaohui; Liu Chenglin; Dang Ruishan; Zhang Xinyi


    The spectral characters of an acupuncture point named 'Waiqiu' in superficial fascia tissue have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy under the excitation of 457.9 nm. The PL around 'Waiqiu' acupuncture point consists of two sub-bands resulting from the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and phospholipids, and the porphyrins (including purine, isoxanthopterin and tryptophan), respectively. More emission due to FAD and phospholipids is found inside the acupuncture effect area of 'Waiqiu' than its marginal or outside acupuncture regions. The ratio of emission intensity of FAD and phospholipids to one of porphyrins gradually decreases along the direction away from the center of the acupuncture point. It implies that the component proportion changes between FAD, phospholipids and porphyrins around the 'Waiqiu' acupuncture point. We suggest that there might be a certain relationship between redox function of FAD and 'Waiqiu' acupuncture effect

  3. Transient superficial peroneal nerve palsy after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

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    Majed Alrowaili


    Full Text Available A 19-year-old male subject was diagnosed with medial meniscal, lateral meniscal and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL tear. The symptoms did not subside after 4 months of physical therapy, and he underwent arthroscopic partial medial and lateral meniscectomy and ACL reconstruction. Immediately after the patient woke up from general anesthesia, he started experience loss of sensation in the area of superficial peroneal nerve with inverted dorsiflexion of foot and ankle. Instantly, the bandage and knee brace was removed and a diagnosis of compartment syndrome was ruled out. After eight hours, post-operatively, the patient started receiving physiotherapy. He complained of numbness and tingling in the same area. After 24 h, post-operatively, the patient started to regain dorsiflexion and eversion gradually. Two days after the surgery, the patient exhibited complete recovery of neurological status.

  4. Superficial Granulomatous Pyoderma Gangrenosum of the Penis: A Case Report

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    Shyamala S. Gopi


    Full Text Available Classic type of pyoderma gangrenosum (PG is an uncommon ulceronecrotic cutaneous disease of uncertain aetiology characterised by broad zones of confluent ulceration with violaceous undermined margins. Some 50% of cases are associated with systemic diseases. The superficial granulomatous variant of pyoderma gangrenosum (SGPG of the external genitalia is extremely rare Patients with this condition develop single or multiple ulcerated skin lesions often with sinus tract formation. The majority of these lesions were found on the trunk and limbs. SGPG is less likely to be associated with underlying disease processes than classic PG. We present a 58 year-old with recalcitrant penile ulceration demonstrated to be SGPG on biopsy. Although rare and poorly recognised, the histological features are sufficiently typical to allow the correct diagnosis to be established.

  5. Pelvic floor tenderness in the etiology of superficial dyspareunia. (United States)

    Yong, Paul J; Mui, Justin; Allaire, Catherine; Williams, Christina


    To calculate the prevalence of pelvic floor tenderness in the population of women with pelvic pain and to determine its implications for symptoms of pelvic pain. We conducted a retrospective review of patients with pelvic pain at a tertiary referral centre. Pelvic floor tenderness was defined as levator ani tenderness on at least one side during single digit pelvic examination. The prevalence of pelvic floor tenderness in this cohort of women with pelvic pain was compared with the prevalence in a cohort of women without pain attending a gynaecology clinic. In the women with pelvic pain, multiple regression was performed to determine which variables were independently associated with pelvic floor tenderness. The prevalence of pelvic floor tenderness was 40% (75/189) in the cohort with pelvic pain, significantly greater than the prevalence of 13% (4/32) in the cohort without pain (OR 4.61; 95% CI 1.55 to 13.7, P = 0.005). On multiple logistic regression, superficial dyspareunia (OR 4.45; 95% CI 1.86 to 10.7, P = 0.001), abdominal wall pain (OR 4.04; 95% CI 1.44 to 11.3, P = 0.005), and bladder base tenderness (OR 4.65; 95% CI 1.87 to 11.6, P = 0.001) were independently associated with pelvic floor tenderness. Pelvic floor tenderness was similarly present in women with or without underlying endometriosis. Pelvic floor tenderness is common in women with pelvic pain, with or without endometriosis, and is a contributor to superficial dyspareunia. Pelvic floor tenderness was also associated with abdominal wall pain and bladder base tenderness, suggesting that nervous system sensitization is involved in the etiology of pelvic floor tenderness.

  6. [Recanalization of superficial femoral artery occlusions with Outback LTD catheter]. (United States)

    Zhang, Hong-peng; Guo, Wei; Liu, Xiao-ping; Yin, Tai; Jia, Xin; Wang, Li-jun; Xiong, Jiang; Ma, Xiao-hui


    To evaluate immediate- and median-term outcomes from subintimal recanalization of superficial femoral arteries (SFA) chronic total occlusions (CTO) with the Outback LTD catheter. From January 2010 to May 2011, 35 legs in 30 patients with CTO of the SFA and proximal popliteal artery were treated by Outback LTD catheter. There were 20 male and 10 female patients. The mean age of the patients was 68 years. Clinical presentation was severe intermittent claudication (Rutherford category 3, 10/35, 28.6%), rest pain (Rutherford category 4, 13/35, 37.1%), and minor ulceration (Rutherford category 5, 12/35, 34.3%). In all cases, the true lumen could not be entered by using standard antegrade catheter and guide wire techniques. Technical success, complications, procedure times, clinical outcomes and cumulative patency rates in follow-up were evaluated. Median lesion length was (210 ± 15) mm. Recanalization of the arterial occlusion was successful in 34 of 35 treated lesions (97.1%). None of the 30 patients showed any procedure-related complications during or after treatment. The mean follow-up was (7.2 ± 0.3) months. Cumulative primary patency rates after 3, 6, and 12 months were 90.9%, 84.8% and 50.6%. Three minor toe amputations and one major below-the-knee amputation were observed in patients with critical limb ischemia. The Outback LTD catheter is a safe and effective device to recanalize challenging superficial femoral arteries CTO. The technique could reduce radiation exposure time and raise the technique success rate.

  7. Evaluación de la reproducción inducida del blanquillo ( Sorubim cuspicaudus Littmann, Burr Nass, 2000 con ovaprim®.

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    Víctor Atencio G


    Full Text Available El blanquillo ( Sorubim suspicaudus Littmann, Burr &Nass, 2000 presenta características de importanciapara la acuicultura, destacándose la calidad de sucarne y el alto valor comercial. No se reproduce enconfinamiento, por lo que es necesario sureproducción inducida con sustancias hormonales.Responde bien a la inducción con extracto de pituitariade capa (EPC; sin embargo, no se ha evaluado suinducción con extracto de análogos deGonodotropine Releasing Hormone de salmón(sGnRH-a y domperidone en un vehículo inerte. Porlo tanto, entre mayo y noviembre/02, se evaluó eldesempeño reproductivo del blanquillo inducido condiferentes dosificaciones de Ovaprim®: 0.25 (T2,0.050 (T3 y 0.75 ml/kg de peso vivo (T4, aplicadoen una sola dosificación, por inyección en la basede la aleta pectoral. Además, un grupo fue inducidocon 8 mg EPC/kg de peso vivo (TI, en dos inyeccionesde 10 y7 90% de la dosis total, con intervalo de 6horas, por vía intramuscular. Se indujeron entre seisy nueve hembras por tratamiento con igual númerode machos. El desempeño reproductivo fue evaluadomediante el índice de ovulación (hembras ovuladas/hembras tratadas, tasa de fertilización medida a las4 horas pos-eclosión (HPF, tasa de eclosión medidaa las 10 HPF y la fecundidad tanto absoluta comorelativa. El Ovaprim® mostró ser efectivo para inducirla ovulación del blanquillo en las dosificacionesevaluadas (0.25 a 0.75 mL/kg, con respuestassimilares en el desempeño reproductivo a lasobtenidas en EPC. La ovulación con Ovaprim® seobtuvo entre las 12.8 y 14.0 horas con temperaturapromedio del agua de 27.3ºC. El índice de ovulaciónosciló entre 66.7% (T2 y 83.3% (T3; la tasa defertilización osciló entre 88.0% (T3 y 42.0% (T1; latasa de eclosión osciló entre 83.7% (T3 y 40.3%(T1;la fecundidad absoluta osciló entre 40370.6 (T1 y82992.5 ovocitos/hembra (T2; la fecundad relativa,expresada en gramos de ovocitos/kg de hembra,osciló entre 32.1 (T3 y 63.1(T2; el di

  8. Patterns of detection of superficial spreading and nodular-type melanoma: a multicenter Italian study. (United States)

    Carli, Paolo; De Giorgi, Vincenzo; Palli, Domenico; Maurichi, Andrea; Mulas, Patrizio; Orlandi, Catiuscia; Imberti, Gianlorenzo; Stanganelli, Ignazio; Soma, Pierfranco; Dioguardi, Domenico; Catricalá, Caterina; Betti, Roberto; Paoli, Simone; Bottoni, Ugo; Lo Scocco, Giovanni; Scalvenzi, Massimiliano; Giannotti, Benvenuto


    Nodular histotype represents the condition that is mostly associated with diagnosis of thick melanoma. The objectives were to evaluate variables associated with and pattern of detection of nodular melanomas and to investigate variables associated with early diagnosis in accordance with histotype (nodular vs. superficial spreading melanomas). From the original data set of 816 melanomas, all the invasive lesions classified as superficial spreading (n=500) and nodular (n=93) melanomas were considered for the study. A multivariate logistic analysis was performed. Results. Nodular melanomas did not significantly differ from superficial spreading melanomas regarding sex, anatomic site, number of whole-body nevi, and the presence of atypical nevi. As expected, nodular melanomas were represented by a higher percentage of thick (>2 mm) lesions compared to superficial spreading melanomas (64.5% vs. 9.6%, pnodular and superficial spreading melanomas, the former being more frequently self-detected (44.1% vs. 38.0%) or detected by the family doctor (34.4% vs. 11.4%). Female sex, high level of education, and detection made by a dermatologist had an independent, protective effect against late (>1 mm in thickness) diagnosis in superficial spreading melanomas. No protective variable associated with nodular melanomas was found. Patterns of detection for nodular melanomas significantly differ from those for superficial spreading melanomas. For superficial spreading, but not for nodular, melanomas, variables associated with protective effect against late diagnosis can be identified.

  9. Features of wound healing shown by fibroblasts obtained from the superficial and deep dermis. (United States)

    Kaminishi-Tanikawa, Akiko; Kurita, Masakazu; Okazaki, Mutsumi; Kawaguchi, Runa; Ihara, Aki; Niikura, Mamoru; Takushima, Akihiko; Harii, Kiyonori


    Dermal fibroblasts (DF) obtained from the superficial dermal layer and those from the deep dermal layer have different cellular functions. These differences are often associated with excessive scarring; they also influence early wound healing. We therefore investigated the differences between superficial and deep dermal fibroblasts with special emphasis on their contractile properties, and ability to produce connective tissue. We investigated their proliferation kinetics, ability to contract collagen lattices, and chronological mRNA expression of eight genes associated with wound healing. To estimate the changes in the differences between them during the early phase of wound healing, we investigated mRNA expression in bFGF supplemented medium because bFGF is a representative cytokine that is familiar to clinicians. Superficial DF proliferate faster than deep DF in culture, whereas deep DF are better at contracting collagen lattices than superficial ones. In realtime analysis of polymerase chain reaction, the expression of type I and III collagen, fibronectin, TGF β1 and β3, and connective tissue growth factor were higher in deep DF than in superficial DF, while the expression of TGF β2 was higher in superficial DF. After bFGF supplementation, the relative dominance of mRNA expression between superficial and deep DF remained constant except for the expression of collagenase. According to our analysis, deep DF are superior to superficial DF at promoting wound healing (particularly contraction and production of connective tissue). The intradermal distribution of DF is appropriate for efficient wound healing.

  10. Estudio del estado físico-mecánico de superficies tratadas por deformación plástica superficial. // Study of the mechanical and physical behavior of surfaces treated by superficial plastic deformation.

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    O. Boada Carrazana


    Full Text Available El presente trabajo aborda lo referente al estado del arte de la modelación y el comportamiento de las superficies tratadapor deformación plástica superficial (DPS. Se hace una breve descripción de la modelación elástica y plástica, de la teoríade la plasticidad y de las dislocaciones y se dan algunos resultados sobre la modelación del rodilado usando las técnicasde simulación y modelación, como el método de los elementos finitos, a partir del cual se obtienen los modelosmatemáticos para calcular las tensiones y deformaciones máximas.Palabras claves: deformación plástica superficial, rodilado, bruñido por rodillo, elementos finitos,modelación.____________________________________________________________________________Abstract.This paper deals with the state of the art of modelation and the behaviour of surfaces treated by superficial plasticdeformation. It is given a brief description of the elastic and plastic modelation, theory of plasticity and dislocations, andshowed some results about modelation of roller burnishing using simulation techniques like finite elements method toobtain the mathematics models in order to calculate the maximum stresses and strains.Key words: Superficial plastic deformation, roller burnishing, finite elements method, modelation.

  11. Cochlear implantation is a therapeutic option for superficial siderosis patients with sensorineural hearing loss. (United States)

    Omichi, R; Kariya, S; Maeda, Y; Nishizaki, K


    Superficial siderosis is a rare disease that results from chronic bleeding in the subarachnoid space. Haemosiderin deposits throughout the subpial layers of the brain and spinal cord lead to progressive sensorineural hearing loss, which is seen in 95 per cent of patients with superficial siderosis. The impact of cochlear implantation on the quality of life of superficial siderosis patients is under debate. A 38-year-old male with superficial siderosis presented with bilateral progressive sensorineural hearing loss. The patient underwent cochlear implantation and his quality of life was improved as evaluated by the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit inventory. The remarkable improvement in Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit scores shown in this study indicates that cochlear implantation leads to a better quality of life in superficial siderosis patients.

  12. [Clinical experience of penile augmentation with superficial fascia retrocession: a report of 60 cases]. (United States)

    Li, Xia; Wang, Hai-Tao; Yang, Jin-Cun; Huo, Ran; Zhang, Cheng; Hu, Nan


    To investigate the clinical effect of penile augmentation with superficial fascia retrocession. The first annular incision line was designed, reserving the inner plate 0.5 -0.8 cm. The second annular incision line was determined, according to the length of penile erection. The skin tissue between the double loops was stripped, reserving the superficial fascia and the superficial dorsal veins. Before the closure of two annual incision with no tension, the superficial fascia tissue was pushed proximally and fixed sectionally to augment penis. From Jun 2009 to Jun 2011, 60 patients with redundant prepuce or phimosis were treated with this method. During 3 to 12 months follow-up, the postoperative penile perimeter increased significantly. The glans were exposed and the prepuce looked smooth. The function of the penis maintained undamaged. The penile augmentation with superficial fascia retrocession can make full use of autologous tissue to augment penis, meanwhile, redundant prepuce can be resected. It is very practical for clinical application.

  13. 5-Aminolevulinic acid photodynamic therapy for superficial basal cell carcinoma

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    Want, David; Kennedy, James C.; Brundage, Michael; Rothwell, Deanna


    Treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma with topical 5-aminolevulinic acid photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) offers an alternative to plastic surgery and radiotherapy with potential for good cosmetic outcome and local control of disease. We report our clinical experience with this technique. Patients were treated prospectively on a study protocol enrolling a total of 118 patients (63 male, 55 female) with an average age of 65 years. Consecutive patients meeting eligibility criteria were invited to participate over a four year period. Median followup was 27 months (range 1 to 76 months). In the study group, 62 patients had single lesions and 56 had multiple lesions. Of the 56 patients with multiple lesions, 33 had 2-4 lesions, 11 had 5-9, and 11 had 10 or more. All patients were treated with 20% ALA dissolved in Glaxal Base applied to the tumors for three to four hours. Following removal of the cream, fluorescence intensity and distribution were assessed using a UV-A lamp, and the lesions were exposed to photoactivating light of wavelength greater than 600 nm for a light dose ranging from 100-150 J/cm2. Lesions were reassessed in followup, and scored as complete or partial responses. At subsequent patient assessments, lesions were scored as continued complete responses or recurrences. In the patients with single lesions, there was an initial complete response rate of 90.3%. Of the 56 patients with multiple lesions, 44 had all of their lesions respond completely, and there was an overall average response rate of 95.5%. Sixty three percent of males and 44% of females had all of their lesions respond completely. (p=0.033, Chi-squared test). There was no difference in response rate with respect to age, or site of lesion. The recurrence rates were 35% for patients with single lesions, and 10.5% for patients with multiple lesions. ALA-PDT would appear to be a promising alternative to conventional treatment for superficial basal cell carcinoma. Based on these results

  14. High-lateral-tension abdominoplasty with superficial fascial system suspension. (United States)

    Lockwood, T


    Modern abdominoplasty techniques were developed in the 1960s. The advent of liposuction has reduced the need for classic abdominoplasty and allowed more aesthetic sculpting of the entire trunk. However, the combination of significant truncal liposuction and classic abdominoplasty is not recommended due to the increased risk of complications. Although the surgical principles of classic abdominoplasty certainly have stood the test of time, they are based on two theoretical assumptions that may be proved to be inaccurate. The first assumption is that wide direct undermining to costal margins is essential for abdominal flap advancement. In fact, discontinuous undermining allows effective loosening of the abdominal flap while preserving vascular perforators. The second inaccurate assumption is that with aging and weight fluctuations (including pregnancy), abdominal skin relaxation occurs primarily in the vertical direction from the xiphoid to the pubis. This is true in the lower abdomen, but in most patients a strong superficial fascial system adherence to the linea alba in the epigastrium limits vertical descent. Epigastric laxity frequently results from a progressive horizontal loosening due to relaxation of the tissue along the lateral trunk. Experience with the lower-body lift procedure has shown that significant lateral truncal skin resection results in epigastric tightening. In these patients, the ideal abdominoplasty pattern would resect as much or more laterally than centrally, leading to more natural abdominal contours. Fifty patients who underwent high-lateral-tension abdominoplasty with and without significant truncal liposuction and other aesthetic procedures were followed for 4 to 16 months. The primary indication for surgery was moderate to severe laxity of abdominal skin and muscle with or without truncal fat deposits. Complication rates were equal to or less than those of historical controls and did not increase with significant adjunctive liposuction

  15. Internet: Más Allá de la superficie

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    Diego Andrés Tovar Cardozo


    Full Text Available El presente artículo expone un enfoque técnico de la Internet que da a conocer algunas características de su estructura, la cual muestra dos sectores distintos en donde se puede encontrar la información, es decir, esta se encuentra distribuida en niveles o capas de manera parcial o restringida, integrada o desagregada, todo ello dependiendo de lo que el usuario requiera realmente. La forma correcta para acceder a la información requerida está en saber a dónde ir a buscarla, la web profunda es información no visible para el usuario común que no tiene la habilidad de búsqueda, por lo cual se hace necesario verificar el tipo, la calidad y veracidad de la información a obtener antes de proceder a usar la información encontrada con los buscadores tradicionales. Acceder a Internet sin saber que existe una falsa cortina utilizada por la mayoría de los buscadores convencionales, es limitar las capacidades de navegar en un océano de información valiosa, en ello radica la importancia de conocer la web desde lo superficial (Surface Web a lo profundo (Deep Web.

  16. Temperatura superficial de materiais utilizados para cobertura individual de bezerreiros

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    Janice M. C. Barnabé


    Full Text Available Propôs-se, com este trabalho avaliar, por meio de imagens térmicas, a temperatura superficial das coberturas de abrigos individuais para bezerras na fase de aleitamento. O período experimental foi de janeiro a março de 2012, com duração de 56 dias, conduzido com 24 abrigos individuais para bezerras Girolando. Os tratamentos consistiram em três tipos de cobertura: palha de palmeira, telha de polímero reciclado e telha de cimento amianto. O delineamento experimental adotado foi o inteiramente casualizado efetuando-se a comparação entre as médias pelo teste de Tukey (P < 0,05. Os resultados mostraram diferença significativa entre os tratamentos estudados e as telhas recicladas apresentaram menores valores de temperatura média na superfície superior, em todos os horários analisados sendo o valor máximo encontrado da ordem de 36,9 ºC e o mínimo de 14,4 ºC. Os abrigos cobertos por palha e com telhas recicladas mostraram melhor desempenho térmico em relação à cobertura de fibrocimento, provavelmente indicando melhor condição de conforto térmico aos animais alojados.


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    Rogério Teixeira de Faria


    Full Text Available RESUMO Foi avaliado o desempenho de práticas de drenagem superficial e cobertura morta em uma área de várzea do norte do Paraná. Antes e após o cultivo do arroz, foram comparadas as taxas de drenagem em tratamentos com e sem drenos torpedo e determinadas a vazão e a obstrução dos condutos. Sob o cultivo do feijoeiro, foram avaliados os efeitos dos drenos torpedo e de "camas" na drenagem e de cobertura morta (palha de arroz na retenção de água do solo. Os resultados indicaram que os drenos torpedo foram mais eficientes se construídos com solo menos úmido, porém sua longevidade foi menor que um ano. Sob o feijoeiro, os drenos torpedo e cobertura morta mantiveram o lençol freático mais profundo e o solo com menor tensão de umidade, mas esses efeitos ocorreram abaixo da zona radicular (15 cm, resultando em baixa produtividade.

  18. The analysis of special superficial collimators in HDR equipment

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    Chierego, G.; Compri, C.; Meliado, G.; Rizzotti, A.


    The Brachytherapy HDR (Gammamed 12 i) available at our department, is provided with a variety of accessories (special collimators) that allow an Ir-192 source to be used for the external irradiation of superficial volumes. These collimators made of tungsten, cone shaped and of different sizes; the Ir-192 source is located on their top. The goal of this paper is to establish the isodose distributions for these applicators, as far as it is carried out for the external beams in teletherapy. To define the percentage depth dose a water phantom (Therados RFA 7) was used by means of diode detectors up 82 mm of depth. Each beam was scanned by a series of measurements by steps of 10 mm to define the x and y profiles. The percentage depth dose as compared with those obtained by small ionization chambers. The values, analyzed by the two different detectors (diode and ionization chamber) matched almost completely. Both the series of difference curves normalized at a depth of 2 cm, give the difference less than 1%

  19. Inmersiones condicionadas de grafos en superficies y seudosuperficies.

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    Fedriani Martel, E. M.


    Full Text Available En este trabajo se procede a recapitular resultados conocidos sobre el problema de caracterizar los grafos que admiten inmersiones en superficies y en seudosuperficies con todos los vértices en la misma cara y se da una caracterización original de los grafos con dicha propiedad en seudosuperficies que surgen de manera natural y que han sido tratadas en la literatura especializada. Se comienza desarrollando algunos conceptos necesarios para la exposición de los problemas que se tratan, pero se suponen conocidos otros básicos de la Teoría de Grafos. Los resultados relacionados llevan de forma consecuente al planteamiento de otros problemas cuyas resoluciones originales también se incluyen. En cuanto a los objetivos finales que se pretenden lograr con esta comunicación, se basan, sobre todo, en aprovechar los resultados obtenidos por la Teoría de Grafos para resolver problemas pertenecientes a otras áreas, como la Economía. Se termina exponiendo un motivo topológico por el que estos estudios sobre las inmersiones y las inmersiones peri-S se hallan próximas a la Economía.

  20. Superficial chemical peeling with salicylic acid in facial dermatoses

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    Bari, A.U.; Iqbal, Z.; Rahman, S.B.


    To determine the effectiveness of salicylic acid chemical peeling in common dermatological conditions affecting face in people with predominant Fitzpatrick skin type IV and V. A total of 167 patients of either gender, aged between 13 to 60 years, having some facial dermatoses (melasma, acne vulgaris, postinflammatory hyperpigmentations, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, post-inflammatory scars, actinic keratoses, and plane facial warts) were included. A series of eight weekly hospital based peeling sessions was conducted in all patients under standardized conditions with 30% salicylic acid. Clinical improvement in different disorders was evaluated by change in MASI score, decrease in the size of affected area and % reduction in lesions count. McNemar test was applied for data analysis. Majority of the patients showed moderate to excellent response. There was 35% to 63% improvement (p< 0.05) in all dermatoses. Significant side effects, as feared in Asian skins were not observed. Chemical peeling with salicylic acid is an effective and safe treatment modality in many superficial facial dermatoses. (author)

  1. Superficial effects during the activation of zirconium AB2 alloys

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    Zerbino, J; Visitin, A; Triaca, W


    The activation of zirconium nickel alloys with and without the addition of chromium and titanium is investigated through electrochemical and optical techniques.These alloys show high hydrogen absorption capacity and are extensively used in metal hydride batteries.Recent investigations in aqueous 1 M KOH indicate oxide layer growth and occlusion of hydrogen species in the alloys during the application of different cathodic potential programmes currently used in the activation process.In this research several techniques such as voltammetry, ellipsometry, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays EDAX, and scanning electron microscopy SEM are applied on the polished massive alloy Zr 1 -xTi x , x=0.36 y 0.43, and Zr 1 -xTi x CrNi, x=0.1,0.2 y 0.4.Data analysis shows that the stability, compactness and structure of the passive layers are strongly dependent on the applied potential programme.The alloy activation depends on the formation of deepen crevices that remain after a new polishing. Microscopic observation shows increase in the crevices thickness after the cathodic sweep potential cycling, which produces fragmentation of the grains and oxide growth during the activation process.This indicates metal breaking and intergranular dissolution that take place together with oxide and hydride formation.In some cases the resultant crevice thickness is one or two orders higher than that of the superficial oxide growth indicating intergranular localised corrosion

  2. The superficial venous system of the lower extremity: new nomenclature. (United States)

    Kachlik, D; Pechacek, V; Baca, V; Musil, V


    The phlebology in the area of lower limbs is the only medical field in which the terminological needs of clinicians were met. Ten years ago, the latest revision of the Latin anatomical nomenclature, Terminologia Anatomica (TA), was issued. But almost none of the chapters reflected the clinicians' need to be a relevant theoretical base for correct diagnostics and appropriate treatment. In 2001, during the 14th World Congress of the International Union of Phlebology, a consensus document (under the auspices of Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology and International Federation of Associations of Anatomists) was laid to expand the nomenclature of the lower extremity venous system. Some terms have been changed and several new have been added, corresponding to their clinical significance and anatomical positions. Sixteen new terms have been added in both Latin and English languages in the chapter concerning the superficial veins of the lower limb. This consensus document will be incorporated into the next version of the TA. The international anatomical nomenclature serves as a communication base for research, diagnostic, therapy and information exchange in phlebological sciences.

  3. Superficial fine needle aspiration by clinicians: a survey of utilization. (United States)

    Fitzpatrick, B T; Bibbo, M


    Quality assurance is as much concerned with cost, turnaround time, and use of resources as with test reliability and outcome. The cytopathologist needs to be aware of the knowledge base and expectations of clinicians who perform fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies of superficial lesions without technical assistance. To this end, a single correct answer multiple choice questionnaire was sent to 82 procedure-oriented clinical faculty members. Completed answer sheets from 35 faculty members were analyzed. The score for fee and turnaround time was 63.2 per cent and for knowledge of technique 70.6 per cent. The overall score for use of FNA was 64.7 per cent and for specimen handling was 45.6 per cent. Of those 65 per cent of participants who made comments, 30 per cent stressed importance of shorter turnaround time and 27 per cent emphasized the need for training in this area of endeavor. It is concluded that the quality of diagnosis can be improved by placing greater emphasis on training and education, the provision of written material, courses or tutorials in technique, written and verbal feedback regarding specimen adequacy, and by making more extensive use of electronic transmission of results.

  4. Seasonal variation in the superficial vein thrombosis frequency. (United States)

    Frappé, Paul; Bertoletti, Laurent; Presles, Emilie; Buchmuller-Cordier, Andréa; Merah, Adel; Le Hello, Claire; Peycelon, Déborah; Tardy, Bernard; Décousus, Hervé


    A seasonal variation of venous thromboembolic disease frequency is subject to discussion, and has been recently suggested for superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) in a small retrospective study. Our aim was to search for a seasonal variation of SVT frequency according to the data of larger studies. We analyzed the data of three French prospective multicenter studies with different designs which have included patients with SVT (STENOX, POST, and STEPH studies). Seasonal variation of SVT frequency was evaluated by comparing the observed seasonal frequency of SVT to a theoretical frequency of 25% for each season. The analysis included 1395 patients and 4.75 seasonal cycles. The difference to a theoretical frequency of 25% was statistically significant in one study (POST, p = 0.044). The higher risk difference was -6.1% (95% CI -11.7–−0.5) in summer in STENOX, +7.1% (95% CI +2.7-+11.5) in winter in POST and 4.2% (95% CI -5.2-+13.7) in spring in STEPH, corresponding to a relative risk of 0.80, 1.40 and 1.20, respectively. A seasonal variation was found in only one study which has the weakest methodology to warrant completeness. Variation pattern was

  5. Recurrence of superficial vein thrombosis in patients with varicose veins. (United States)

    Karathanos, Christos; Spanos, Konstantinos; Saleptsis, Vassileios; Tsezou, Aspasia; Kyriakou, Despina; Giannoukas, Athanasios D


    To investigate which factors other than history of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) are associated with recurrent spontaneous SVT episodes in patients with varicose veins (VVs). Patients with a history of spontaneous SVT and VVs were followed up for a mean period of 55 months. Demographics, comorbidities, and thrombophilia screening test were analyzed. Patients were grouped according to the clinical-etiology-anatomy-pathophysiology classification. A multiple logistic regression analysis with the forward likelihood ratio method was undertaken. Thirteen patients out of 97 had a recurrence SVT episode during the follow-up period. All those patients were identified to have a thrombophilia defect. Protein C and S, antithrombin, and plasminogen deficiencies were more frequently present in patients without recurrence. Gene mutations were present in 38% in the nonrecurrence group and 77% in the recurrence group. After logistic regression analysis, patients with dislipidemia and mutation in prothrombin G20210A (FII) had an increased risk for recurrence by 5.4-fold and 4.6-fold, respectively. No deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism occurred. Dislipidemia and gene mutations of F II are associated with SVT recurrence in patients with VVs. A selection of patients may benefit from anticoagulation in the short term and from VVs intervention in the long term. © The Author(s) 2015.

  6. Fine-needle aspiration cytology in children with superficial lymphadenopathy

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    F. De Corti


    Full Text Available Introduction: In pediatric population Fine-Needle Aspiration Citology (FNAC is slowly gaining acceptance in clinical management of Superficial Lymphadenopathy (SL. Our experience adds some data about the usefulness of this technique in diagnosing the cause of a SL and therefore guiding further treatment. Patients and Methods: 238 FNAC were performed in 217 patients with SL, observed at our Institution from 2002 to 2006. The neck was the most frequent localization. The results were available within few hours. In cases of granulomatous findings, the samples were processed for microbiological and PCR test, in order to identify Mycobacteria. Results: 174 were reactive lesions, 38 granulomatous lymphadenopathies, 24 malignant lesions, 2 specimens inadequate for diagnosis. Among the 174 reactive SL, 22 required an incisional biopsy after 1 month follow-up. Among the granulomatous lymphadenopathies, 13 children with Cat-Scratch Disease recovered, 25 with Mycobacteria infection underwent surgical excision. For 24 malignant lesions, the diagnosis was confirmed by further biopsy. Two false negative and no false positive were detected (sensitivity 92%, specificity 100%. No complications were encountered. Conclusions: In our experience FNAC, performed by experienced cytopathologist, has revealed to be a fast, safe, non invasive and inexpensive method to achieve diagnosis in persistent SL. The use of FNAC gave us the possibility to select patients for further investigation and/or surgical treatment. Incisional biopsy remains necessary to confirm the diagnosis in case of malignancy or doubtful lesions.

  7. Spinal meningeal melanocytoma and hydrocephalus and intracranial superficial siderosis

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    Das, A.; Ratnagopal, P.; Puvanendran, K.; Teo, J.G.C.


    Meningeal melanocytomas are uncommon tumours of the central nervous system; fewer than 50 cases have been reported in the English literature. We review the unique clinical presentation, radiological appearance and histological features of a rare case of meningeal melanocytoma. The patient was a 50-year-old man with a history of hypertension who presented with complaints of severe headache, nausea, vomiting and blurry vision for 2 days. Clinical examination revealed no hyperpigmentation marks and he had no history of regressed skin melanocytic lesions. Apart from mild terminal neck stiffness, his general medical examination was unremarkable. On funduscopic examination he had marked bilateral papilloedema and the blind spots were enlarged bilaterally. His neurological examination was otherwise unremarkable. A magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) of the brain showed hydrocephalus. On the precontrast T 2 -weighted images, there was hyperintensity of the meninges with little change after administration of gadolinium, which was suggestive of blood. On the T 2 -weighted sequences, there was evidence of hypo-i intensity on the surface of the pons and medulla, which was indicative of superficial siderosis

  8. First case of superficial infection due to Naganishia albida (formerly Cryptococcus albidus in Iran: A review of the literature

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    Sanaz Aghaei Gharehbolagh


    Conclusion: N. albida can be the causative agent of some superficial infections. This is the first report on the successful detection and treatment of a superficial skin infection due to N. albida by oral itraconazole.  

  9. The specificationof nano-structure superficial layers in some of the pathogen bacteria

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    Shilla Jalalpoor


    Full Text Available Background: The superficial layer is a part of the cellular envelop that is seen in bacteria and archaea. This superficial layer is a single layer structure composed of subordinate proteins or glycoproteins. The superficial layer is the outer most cellular structure that is in the exchange and reaction around environment with bacteria. This structure has very diversity in bacteria different types.Materials and Method: The related articles to superficial layer were extracted of these articles: Pubmed, Elsevier Science, and Yahoo, from 1995 to 2010 years. For this purpose keywords were searched including superficial layer, pathogenesis, pathogen bacteria,Results: There is consensus in the case of the superficial layer and about the existence of this superficial structure lead to increased pathogenesis in bacteria, in all of the research articles.Conclusion: S-layers in pathogen bacteria with bacteria protection against bacteriophages and phagocytosis, resistance against low pH, adhesion, stabilisation of the membrane and providing adhesion sites for exoproteins caused pathogenesis, infection resistant and antibiotic resistant in host.The result of this study shows the prevalence of considerable S-layer in pathogen bacteria and this matter identified the bacteria generator importance of this structure in the laboratory

  10. Superficial or cutaneous malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor--clinical experience at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. (United States)

    Feng, Chin-Jung; Ma, Hsu; Liao, Wen-Chieh


    Primary malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) with a cutaneous or subcutaneous origin represent a small subset of MPNSTs thought to be derived from cutaneous neurofibromas or small peripheral nerves. Few cases of superficial MPNSTs originating from the skin have been reported in the literature. From October 1999 to February 2014, 13 patients were diagnosed with superficial or cutaneous MPNSTs and received treatment at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Clinical data were collected via retrospective chart review. A retrospective study was performed to compare superficial and deep-seated lesions in terms of local recurrence, distal metastasis, and survival analysis. The relevant literature is also briefly reviewed. The most frequent initial symptoms were local swelling and pain. Ten tumors were found in the extremities, and 3 tumors were located on the trunk. All patients underwent surgery with curative intent. Four patients developed local recurrence, and 3 developed distant metastasis. Three of 13 patients died after a follow-up period of 11 to 180 months (mean, 53.4). Compared to deep-seated MPNSTs, superficial MPNSTs had a lower histopathological grading and better survival rate. Superficial MPNSTs are a rare variant of MPNST. The relatively frequent lack of associated neurofibromatosis and superficial location within the dermis and subcutis may result in this entity being overlooked. According to our clinical experience, superficial MPNSTs might have better prognosis, but similar recurrence and metastasis rates compared with deep-seated lesions. Hence, awareness of this entity should prompt its consideration in the differential diagnosis of cutaneous sarcomas.

  11. Superficial vein thrombosis and deep vein thrombosis – a comparison

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    Zbigniew Krasiński


    Full Text Available Although superficial vein thrombosis is commonly considered a rather minor condition, a number of studies indicate that its consequences can be much more severe. Since the introduction of Doppler ultrasonography to common diagnosis of venous diseases, the approach to threats associated with superficial vein thrombosis has changed, mainly in the context of venous thromboembolism. Superficial thrombosis in varicose veins must be differentiated from that occurring in patients without varicosities. In the former case, superficial vein thrombosis is usually caused by haemodynamic disorders (slower flow, while in the latter, it is caused by thrombophilia or inflammation, but it can also be a prodromal sign of cancer. Ultrasonography enables one to distinguish deep vein thrombosis caused by superficial vein thrombosis progression (by extension through perforator veins or the great/small saphenous vein ostium into the deep venous system from deep vein thrombosis occurring at a certain distance from the site of superficial vein thrombosis. The authors emphasise that due to the possibility of concomitant deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, our attitude to the diagnostic process, potential complications and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis should be changed.

  12. Comportamiento a fatiga del acero sae 4140 usando alta rugosidad superficial y ambiente corrosivo




    En este artículo se presenta el estudio del comportamiento a fatiga del acero SAE 4140 en condiciones diferentes: superficie pulida (acabado espejo), ambiente corrosivo (jugo de caña de azúcar), alta rugosidad superficial (superficie equivalente a la encontrada típicamente en los ejes de molino de caña) y una condición que involucra la combinación de las dos últimas. Las anteriores condiciones están presentes en los ejes de maza de molino de caña de azúcar durante el proceso de molienda. Se r...

  13. Unexpected diagnosis of superficial neurofibroma in a lesion with imaging features of a vascular malformation

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    O' Keefe, Patrick; Reid, Janet; Morrison, Stuart [Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Radiology, Cleveland, OH (United States); Vidimos, Allison [Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Dermatology, Cleveland, OH (United States); DiFiore, John [Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Cleveland, OH (United States)


    Plexiform neurofibroma is a pathognomonic, often disabling feature of neurofibromatosis type I. Although the target-like appearance of deep plexiform neurofibroma on T2-weighted MRI has been well-described, a second superficial form of plexiform neurofibroma has differing imaging features. We report a 15-year-old boy who presented with multiple cutaneous lesions exhibiting clinical and imaging characteristics of a venolymphatic malformation. These lesions were histologically proved to represent superficial plexiform neurofibromas. We wish to emphasize the unique MR findings of superficial plexiform neurofibromas; these findings are different from the imaging characteristics of the deep form and can be confused with a low-flow vascular malformation. (orig.)

  14. Analyses of superficial and depth doses in intraoral radiology

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    Silva Santos de Oliveira, C.; Morais, R.P. de; Nascimento Souza, D. do [Universidade Federal de Sergipe - CCET - Dept. de Fisica, Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil)


    In this work dosimetric analysis using thermoluminescence technique to study the beams characteristics of x-rays employed in dental radiology has been carried out. The obtained results with CaSO{sub 4}:Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) were compared to the doses obtained with parallel-plates ionization chamber. Dosimetric evaluations were also done using radiographic films of large dimensions. The x-rays equipments analyzed were installed in the radiological services of Odontology Department of Sergipe Federal University (U.F.S.). Depending on the anatomical region to be examined the proper exposure time was select, for a fix voltage of 70 kV. The results with TLD and ionization chamber have been determined to female and male individuals. The intraoral regions analysed were the peri apical of the incisors, molar and pre-molar teeth and the occlusive region. These regions were simulated using acrylic plates absorbers installed on the film packet holder. The evaluation of the depth doses in the intraoral tissue was obtained using different acrylic plate thickness. The air kerma values have been evaluated with the ionization chamber located in the dental cone exit of the x-rays equipments. The integrated areas of the thermoluminescent glow curves showed coherent values when compared to the ones obtained with the ionization chamber and both methods presented a linear dependence with the exposition time. The analyses with films have allowed the evaluation of the beam scattering in the simulator apparatus. The studies had proven that the analysis of superficial dose and in depth used in dental radiology can be carried with thermoluminescent dosimeters. (authors)

  15. Analyses of superficial and depth doses in intraoral radiology

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    Silva Santos de Oliveira, C.; Morais, R.P. de; Nascimento Souza, D. do


    In this work dosimetric analysis using thermoluminescence technique to study the beams characteristics of x-rays employed in dental radiology has been carried out. The obtained results with CaSO 4 :Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD) were compared to the doses obtained with parallel-plates ionization chamber. Dosimetric evaluations were also done using radiographic films of large dimensions. The x-rays equipments analyzed were installed in the radiological services of Odontology Department of Sergipe Federal University (U.F.S.). Depending on the anatomical region to be examined the proper exposure time was select, for a fix voltage of 70 kV. The results with TLD and ionization chamber have been determined to female and male individuals. The intraoral regions analysed were the peri apical of the incisors, molar and pre-molar teeth and the occlusive region. These regions were simulated using acrylic plates absorbers installed on the film packet holder. The evaluation of the depth doses in the intraoral tissue was obtained using different acrylic plate thickness. The air kerma values have been evaluated with the ionization chamber located in the dental cone exit of the x-rays equipments. The integrated areas of the thermoluminescent glow curves showed coherent values when compared to the ones obtained with the ionization chamber and both methods presented a linear dependence with the exposition time. The analyses with films have allowed the evaluation of the beam scattering in the simulator apparatus. The studies had proven that the analysis of superficial dose and in depth used in dental radiology can be carried with thermoluminescent dosimeters. (authors)

  16. Valoración de la superficie del dializador en la hemodiafiltración on-line. Elección objetiva de la superficie del dializador

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    Francisco Maduell


    Conclusión: El incremento del 40% y el 80% de la superficie conlleva un aumento del volumen convectivo de un 6 y un 16% respectivamente, aunque se evidenció una reducción en su máximo rendimiento, mostrando mínimas diferencias tanto en el volumen convectivo como en la capacidad depurativa cuando el CUF era superior a 45 ml/h/mmHg. Es recomendable optimizar el rendimiento de los dializadores a la mínima superficie posible adecuando la prescripción de tratamiento.

  17. Physiological Laterality of Superficial Cerebral Veins on Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging. (United States)

    Matsushima, Satoshi; Shimizu, Tetsuya; Gomi, Taku; Fukuda, Kunihiko

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether laterality of the superficial cerebral veins can be seen on susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) in patients with no intracranial lesions that affect venous visualization. We retrospectively evaluated 386 patients who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging including SWI in our institute. Patients with a lesion with the potential to affect venous visualization on SWI were excluded. Two neuroradiologists visually evaluated the findings and scored the visualization of the superficial cerebral veins. Of the 386 patients, 315 (81.6%) showed no obvious laterality on venous visualization, 64 (16.6%) showed left-side dominant laterality, and 7 (1.8%) showed right-side dominant laterality. Left-side dominant physiological laterality exists in the visualization of the superficial cerebral veins on SWI. Therefore, when recognizing left-side dominant laterality of the superficial cerebral veins on SWI, the radiologist must also consider the possibility of physiological laterality.

  18. Biomass torrefaction characteristics in inert and oxidative atmospheres at various superficial velocities. (United States)

    Chen, Wei-Hsin; Lu, Ke-Miao; Liu, Shih-Hsien; Tsai, Chi-Ming; Lee, Wen-Jhy; Lin, Ta-Chang


    The reaction characteristics of four biomass materials (i.e. oil palm fiber, coconut fiber, eucalyptus, and Cryptomeria japonica) with non-oxidative and oxidative torrefaction at various superficial velocities are investigated where nitrogen and air are used as carrier gases. Three torrefaction temperatures of 250, 300, and 350 °C are considered. At a given temperature, the solid yield of biomass is not affected by N2 superficial velocity, revealing that the thermal degradation is controlled by heat and mass transfer in biomass. Increasing air superficial velocity decreases the solid yield, especially in oil palm fiber and coconut fiber, implying that the torrefaction reaction of biomass is dominated by surface oxidation. There exists an upper limit of air superficial velocity in the decrement of solid yield, suggesting that beyond this limit the thermal degradation of biomass is no longer governed by surface oxidation, but rather is controlled by internal mass transport. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Effects of immobilization on thickness of superficial zone of articular cartilage of patella in rats

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    Khadija Iqbal


    Conclusion: Each segment of superficial zone behaves differentially on immobilization and remobilization. Perhaps a much longer duration of remobilization is required to reverse changes of immobilization in articular cartilage and plays a significant role in knee joint movements.

  20. Topographical anatomy of superficial veins, cutaneous nerves, and arteries at venipuncture sites in the cubital fossa. (United States)

    Mikuni, Yuko; Chiba, Shoji; Tonosaki, Yoshikazu


    We investigated correlations among the superficial veins, cutaneous nerves, arteries, and venous valves in 128 cadaveric arms in order to choose safe venipuncture sites in the cubital fossa. The running patterns of the superficial veins were classified into four types (I-IV) and two subtypes (a and b). In types I and II, the median cubital vein (MCV) was connected obliquely between the cephalic and basilic veins in an N-shape, while the median antebrachial vein (MAV) opened into the MCV in type I and into the basilic vein in type II. In type III, the MCV did not exist. In type IV, additional superficial veins above the cephalic and basilic veins were developed around the cubital fossa. In types Ib-IVb, the accessory cephalic vein was developed under the same conditions as seen in types Ia-IVa, respectively. The lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm descended deeply along the cephalic vein in 124 cases (97 %), while the medial cutaneous nerve of the forearm descended superficially along the basilic vein in 94 (73 %). A superficial brachial artery was found in 27 cases (21 %) and passed deeply under the ulnar side of the MCV. A median superficial antebrachial artery was found in 1 case (1 %), which passed deeply under the ulnar side of the MCV and ran along the MAV. Venous valves were found at 239 points in 28 cases with superficial veins, with a single valve seen at 79 points (33 %) and double valves at 160 points (67 %). At the time of intravenous injection, caution is needed regarding the locations of cutaneous nerves, brachial and superficial brachial arteries, and venous valves. The area ranging from the middle segment of the MCV to the confluence between the MCV and cephalic vein appears to be a relatively safe venipuncture site.

  1. The role of the superficial region in determining the dynamic properties of articular cartilage.




    PUBLISHED OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to elucidate the role of the superficial region of articular cartilage in determining the dynamic properties of the tissue. It is hypothesised that removal of the superficial region will influence both the flow dependent and independent properties of articular cartilage, leading to a reduction in the dynamic modulus of the tissue. METHODS: Osteochondral cores from the femoropatellar groove of three porcine knee joints were sub...

  2. A Novel Technique of Supra Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Hyaluronic Acid Injection for Lower Face Lifting


    Sahawatwong, Sinijchaya; Sirithanabadeekul, Punyaphat; Patanajareet, Vasiyapha; Wattanakrai, Penpun; Thanasarnaksorn, Wilai


    Background: Various methods attempting to correct sagging of the lower face focus mainly on manipulation of the superficial musculoaponeurotic System. Each technique has its own limitation. The authors propose a relatively simple, conservative method utilizing hyaluronic acid injection just above the superficial musculoaponeurotic System. Objective: To address a novel hyaluronic injection technique to lift the lower face. Methods: Details of the injection techniques are described. The Positio...

  3. Clinical inquiries. How does tissue adhesive compare with suturing for superficial lacerations? (United States)

    Aukerman, Douglas F; Sebastianelli, Wayne J; Nashelsky, Joan


    Tissue adhesives are effective and yield results comparable to those with conventional suturing of superficial, linear, and low-tension lacerations. The cosmetic outcome is similar; wound complications, such as infection and dehiscence, may be lower with tissue adhesives. Wound closure of superficial lacerations by tissue adhesives is quicker and less painful compared with conventional suturing (strength of recommendation: A, systematic reviews of randomized trials).

  4. Clinically silent deep vein thrombosis in patients with superficial thrombophlebitis and varicose veins at legs. (United States)

    Jerkic, Zoran; Karic, Alen; Karic, Amela


    Although superficial thrombophlebitis is a common disorder until recently it was considered as benign disorder. Also it is associated with varicose vein at legs and it was treated effectively with conservative methods, walking and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. Aims of our investigation were: determine frequency of clinically silent deep vein thrombosis at legs in patient with and without superficial thrombophlebitis, determine correlation between superficial thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis regardless of localization of superficial thrombophlebitis in superficial veins of legs and determine adequacy and safety vein phlebography in early diagnosis clinically silent deep vein thrombosis in patients with superficial thrombophlebitis. Using flebography in prospective study was evaluated incidence of clinically silent deep vein thrombosis in 92 patients with varicose veins at legs. By phlebograpy in patients with varicose veins at legs and superficial thrombophlebitis at legs and without clinical signs of DVT at legs of the 49 patients we detected DVT in 12 patients (24, 48%), in three male and nine female. We detected localization of DVT in ilijacofemoral junction in 4,08% patients, although localization of DVT in femoropopliteal region was observed in 6, 12% patients and localization in crural region was in 14.28% patients. Localization of DVT at legs was detected in iliac vein in 16.66% patients, in femoral vein in 25% patients, popliteal vein 8.33% patients, anterior tibial vein 16.66%, posterior tibial vein in 25% and crural veins 8.33% patients. Also we deduced significant difference between two group of patients (chi2 = 10, 76). Such result proves thesis that in most patients with superficial thrombophlebitis and varicose veins is possibility of developing of DVT.

  5. Vascular patterns of upper limb: an anatomical study with accent on superficial brachial artery (United States)

    Kachlik, David; Konarik, Marek; Baca, Vaclav


    The aim of the study was to evaluate the terminal segmentation of the axillary artery and to present four cases of anomalous branching of the axillary artery, the superficial brachial artery (arteria brachialis superficialis), which is defined as the brachial artery that runs superficially to the median nerve. Totally, 130 cadaveric upper arms embalmed by classical formaldehyde technique from collections of the Department of Anatomy, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, were macroscopically dissected with special focus on the branching arrangement of the axillary artery. The most distal part of the axillary artery (infrapectoral part) terminated in four cases as a bifurcation into two terminal branches: the superficial brachial artery and profunda brachii artery, denominated according to their relation to the median nerve. The profunda brachii artery primarily gave rise to the main branches of the infrapectoral part of the axillary artery. The superficial brachial artery descended to the cubital fossa where it assumed the usual course of the brachial artery in two cases and in the other two cases its branches (the radial and ulnar arteries) passed superficially to the flexors. The incidence of the superficial brachial artery in our study was 5% of cases. The reported incidence is a bit contradictory, from 0.12% to 25% of cases. The anatomical knowledge of the axillary region is of crucial importance for neurosurgeons and specialists using the radiodiagnostic techniques, particularly in cases involving traumatic injuries. The improved knowledge would allow more accurate diagnostic interpretations and surgical treatment. PMID:21342134

  6. Tension characteristics of the iliotibial tract and role of its superficial layer. (United States)

    Matsumoto, H; Seedhom, B


    Change in tension along the iliotibial tract by sectioning its superficial layer was analyzed using 5 fresh whole cadavers, and the role of the superficial layer was investigated. Tibial attachment of the iliotibial tract (Gerdy's tubercle) was detached and pulled gradually in a distal direction with respect to the femur. Tension along the iliotibial tract by the distal movement of Gerdy's tubercle (stretching the iliotibial tract) was measured first when the whole iliotibial tract was intact, and then when the superficial layer was sectioned at different levels. When the superficial layer was sectioned above the greater trochanter, no significant change in tension was observed from that observed when the whole iliotibial tract was intact. When the superficial layer was sectioned at the middle of the thigh, the tension at Gerdy's tubercle was significantly reduced. It was concluded that not only Kaplan's fibers, those attached to the distal end of the femur and Gerdy's tubercle, but also the superficial layer of the iliotibial tract had an important role in producing tension at Gerdy's tubercle.

  7. Superficial vein thrombosis in non-varicose veins of the lower limbs and thrombophilia. (United States)

    Lucchi, Gabriella; Bilancini, Salvino; Tucci, Sandro; Lucchi, Massimo


    Objectives Superficial vein thrombosis in non-varicose veins of the lower limbs is rather frequent and may be underestimated. This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of inherited or acquired thrombophilia in a sample of outpatients with the disease. Method An observational study was conducted on 73 consecutive superficial vein thrombosis patients tested for inherited or acquired thrombophilia. Results Sixty of 73 patients with superficial vein thrombosis completed the testing protocol, while 13 dropped out; 46 of 60 patients were found to have a thrombophilia (76.6%). The types detected were: factor V Leiden (31/60, i.e. 51.6%), prothrombin mutation (2/60, i.e. 3.3%), MTHFR mutation (23/60, i.e. 38.3%), antiphospholipid antibodies (5/60, i.e. 8.3%), protein C deficit (1/60, i.e. 1.6%), protein S deficit (1/60, i.e. 1.6%), and antithrombin deficit (0/60, i.e. 0%). Conclusions Among patients with superficial vein thrombosis in non-varicose veins, testing demonstrated a high prevalence of thrombophilia. The most common form proved to be factor V Leiden. As thrombophilia was found to be a major cause of superficial vein thrombosis in non-varicose veins, the authors recommend that patients with superficial vein thrombosis in non-varicose veins be investigated for thrombophilia.

  8. Interaction of mobile phones with superficial passive metallic implants

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    Virtanen, H; Huttunen, J; Toropainen, A; Lappalainen, R


    The dosimetry of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic (EM) fields of mobile phones is generally based on the specific absorption rate (SAR, W kg -1 ), which is the electromagnetic energy absorbed in the tissues per unit mass and time. In this study, numerical methods and modelling were used to estimate the effect of a passive, metallic (conducting) superficial implant on a mobile phone EM field and especially its absorption in tissues in the near field. Two basic implant models were studied: metallic pins and rings in the surface layers of the human body near the mobile phone. The aim was to find out 'the worst case scenario' with respect to energy absorption by varying different parameters such as implant location, orientation, size and adjacent tissues. Modelling and electromagnetic field calculations were carried out using commercial SEMCAD software based on the FDTD (finite difference time domain) method. The mobile phone was a 900 MHz or 1800 MHz generic phone with a quarter wave monopole antenna. A cylindrical tissue phantom models different curved sections of the human body such as limbs or a head. All the parameters studied (implant size, orientation, location, adjacent tissues and signal frequency) had a major effect on the SAR distribution and in certain cases high local EM fields arose near the implant. The SAR values increased most when the implant was on the skin and had a resonance length or diameter, i.e. about a third of the wavelength in tissues. The local peak SAR values increased even by a factor of 400-700 due to a pin or a ring. These highest values were reached in a limited volume close to the implant surface in almost all the studied cases. In contrast, without the implant the highest SAR values were generally reached on the skin surface. Mass averaged SAR 1g and SAR 10g values increased due to the implant even by a factor of 3 and 2, respectively. However, at typical power levels of mobile phones the enhancement is unlikely to be

  9. Molten salts as stripping media for radioactive superficial decontamination

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    De Oliveira Lainetti, Paulo Ernesto [Centro de Quimica e Meio Ambiente - CQMA, Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares IPEN-CNEN/SP, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242 C. Universitaria Sao Paulo - SP, CEP- 5508-000 (Brazil)


    developments in these fields were started. The mentioned steel structures, during the operations and after ten or twelve years after the facilities shut down, have presented severe corrosion. In the past, to protect them, several layers of paint were applied. Traditional decontamination methods were tried, such as acid pickling, alkaline washing and ultrasonic baths. Nevertheless, these methods have failed to reach effective decontamination. In this paper are described some aspects and problems in decommissioning of IPEN's nuclear fuel cycle facilities and is presented an innovative method for radioactive superficial decontamination of steel structures, with paint and corrosion products removal, using different molten salt compositions and temperatures as stripping media. (author)

  10. Radiotherapy for superficial esophageal cancer of poor risk patients

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    Kagami, Yoshikazu; Ikeda, Hiroshi; Murayama, Shigeyuki; Yamaguchi, Hajime; Tachimori, Yuji; Kato, Hoichi; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Tokuue, Kouichi; Sumi, Minako; Kawashima, Mitsuhiko; Imai, Atsushi; Nakayama, Shuji


    Purpose/Objective: The reported incidence of superficial esophageal cancer (SEC) has steadily increased in Japan as result of endoscopic examination has been become common. In Japan, treatment of SEC is endoscopical mucosal resection (EMR) for mucosal cancer or esophagectomy with 3 fields lymph nodes resection for submucosal cancer. Radiotherapy is little place for the management of SEC. Because of some reasons, we treated patients with SEC by radiotherapy alternative to surgery. Purpose of this report is to evaluate efficacy of radiotherapy for SEC. Methods and Materials: Between 1989 to 1996, eighteen patients with SEC were treated with radiotherapy at our hospital. Reasons of radiotherapy that was chosen as the primary methods of treatment were refusal of surgery in one patient, poor medical condition in 4 patients and double primary cancer in 13 patients (head and neck: 11, simultaneously: 11). No patients had indication of EMR. Diagnosis was made by endoscopy and radiography. Some patients were examined with endoscopic ultrasound. Two patients (11.1%) had tumor limited to the mucosa and 16 patients (88.9%) had tumor invaded the submucosa. Seven of these tumors (38.9%) were multicentric. All patients had squamous cell carcinoma. There were 17 male patients and one female patient. The age range was 49 years to 87 years with a median of 62 years. Stage of all patients was T1N0M0 according to UICC staging system. Ten patients underwent external radiotherapy (Ex) (50 Gy - 66 Gy) alone and 8 patients did both Ex and intracavitary radiotherapy (IC) (30-60 Gy of Ex with 5-15 Gy of IC). No patients received chemotherapy. Duration of follow-up was 6 months to 96 months with a median of 30 months. Results: The overall survival rate was 55.9% in 3-year and 14% in 5-year, and the cause-specific 5-year survival rate was 100%. Causes of death were malignant tumor other than esophageal cancer in 4 patients, intercurrent disease other than malignant tumor in 3 patients and no

  11. Terbinafine-loaded wound dressing for chronic superficial fungal infections

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    Paskiabi, Farnoush Asghari; Bonakdar, Shahin; Shokrgozar, Mohammad Ali; Imani, Mohammad; Jahanshiri, Zahra; Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Masoomeh; Razzaghi-Abyaneh, Mehdi


    In spite of developing new drugs and modern formulations, the treatments of chronic fungal infections are still challenging. Fibrous wound dressings are new suggestions for the treatment of chronic superficial infections. In the present study, we formulated an antifungal agent, terbinafine hydrochloride (TFH), which is a hydrophobic drug, in wound dressings prepared by electrospun polycaprolactone, polycaprolactone/gelatin (50:50 w/w) and gelatin. To obtain more water-stable meshes, the preparations were treated by glutaraldehyde and their properties were determined before and after treatment. The morphology of fibrous meshes was observed by scanning electron microscopy. Drug loading efficiency and release rate were measured by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and the release rate was monitored for 144 h. Antifungal tests were performed on Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans cultured on Muller-Hinton agar. The toxicity of the meshes was measured after 24 h and 14 days by MTT assay. Terbinafine loading of polycaprolactone/gelatin (50:50) was 100% and it released the highest amount of TFH too. In antifungal tests, all samples were able to hinderT. mentagrophytes and A. fumigatus but not C. albicans growth among them, polycaprolactone fibers made the largest inhibition zone. In MTT assay, none of prepared samples showed toxicity against L929 cells. Teken together, the prepared TFH-loaded PCL/gelatin electrospun meshes were able to release TFH slowly and in a steady state in time. With respect to no obvious cytotoxicity in MTT assay and stong antifungal activity toward T. mentagrophytesin vitro, these TFH-based meshes could be considered as potential candidates in clinical application as wound dressing for treatment of chronic dermatophytosis. - Highlights: • Terbinafine (TFH)-loaded PCL/gelatin electrospun fibers were successfully fabricated. • TFH-loaded PCL/gelatin electrospun fibers showed a slow drug release

  12. Evaluating optimal superficial limb perfusion at different angles using non-invasive micro-lightguide spectrophotometry. (United States)

    Darmanin, Geraldine; Jaggard, Matthew; Hettiaratchy, Shehan; Nanchahal, Jagdeep; Jain, Abhilash


    It is common practice to elevate the limbs postoperatively to reduce oedema and hence optimise perfusion and facilitate rehabilitation. However, elevation may be counterproductive as it reduces the mean perfusion pressure. There are no clear data on the optimal position of the limbs even in normal subjects. The optimal position of limbs was investigated in 25 healthy subjects using a non-invasive micro-lightguide spectrophotometry system "O2C", which indirectly measures skin and superficial tissue perfusion through blood flow, oxygen saturation and relative haemoglobin concentration. We found a reduction in skin and superficial tissue blood flow of 17% (p=0.0001) on arm elevation (180° shoulder flexion) as compared to heart level and an increase in skin and superficial tissue blood flow of 25% (p=0.02) on forearm elevation of 45°. Lower limb skin and superficial tissue blood flow decreased by 15% (p=0.004) on elevation to 47 cm and by 70% on dependency (p=0.0001) compared to heart level. However, on elevation of the lower limb there was also a 28% reduction in superficial venous pooling (p=0.0001) compared to heart level. In the normal limb, the position for optimal superficial perfusion of the upper limb is with the arm placed at heart level and forearm at 45°. In the lower limb the optimal position for superficial perfusion would be at heart level. However, some degree of elevation may be useful if there is an element of venous congestion. Copyright © 2013 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Superficial corneal foreign body: laboratory and epidemiologic aspects Corpo estranho corneal superficial: aspectos laboratoriais e epidemiológicos

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine by bacterioscopy and culture the microorganisms carried by corneal foreign body and their sensitivity to antibiotics by antibiotic sensitivity test. METHODS: A prospective study was carried out and information was collected on 101 patients who presented with corneal foreign body at the São Paulo Hospital Eye Emergency Service. Prior to any treatment, a sample of the ipsilateral inferior conjunctival fornix and the foreign body were collected and immersed in thioglycolate broth. Samples were sown on solid culture media including blood, chocolate and Sabouraud agar. Bacterioscopic examination using Gram and Giemsa staining and sensitivity test were performed. Positive foreign body culture results were compared to ipsilateral conjunctival fornix culture to exclude possible normal flora growth. RESULTS: Approximately 92% of patients were males with a mean age of 35 years and in 62.4% (95% confidence interval: 52.2 - 71.8% had the right eye was affected. Foreign body positive cultures were achieved in 32.7% (95% confidence interval: 23.7 - 42.7% of the cases. The microorganisms isolated from the foreign body culture were identified as: Streptococcus, alpha-hemolytic (n=4, Staphylococcus aureus (n=4, Staphylococcus, coagulase-negative (n=4, Corynebacterium xerosis (n=3, unidentified Gram-positive bacillus (n=2, Moraxella sp (n=1, Serratia sp (n=1, Acynetobacter sp (n=1. The microbial sensitivity test showed that 95% of the cases were sensitive to chloramphenicol and 90% were sensitive to ciprofloxacin, these being antibiotics used in our routine service. CONCLUSION: Superficial corneal foreign body acts as important contaminant vector and the great majority of isolated bacteria were sensitive to the antibiotic prophylaxis used in the treatment.OBJETIVOS: Identificar por meio de cultura e bacterioscopia os microrganismos veiculados por corpo estranho corneal e sua sensibilidade aos antibióticos em teste de antibiograma. M

  14. Galeal flap based on superficial temporal vessels for oral cavity and pharynx reconstruction: an anatomical study

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Despite the advances in microvascular free tissue transfer for intraoral reconstruction, this surgery is not recommended for all patients. In specific cases, the pedicled temporoparietal galeal flap may be an option for reconstructive procedures in the head and neck regions. The objective of this paper is to present the anatomical aspects of a galeal flap based on the superficial temporal vessels and to test its potential for reconstructing diverse sites of the oral cavity and pharynx. METHODS: We performed 40 dissections on 34 fresh adult cadavers. The flap vascular anatomy was studied by injecting latex into the superficial temporal vessels. A standardized square-shape flap measuring 10 x 10 cm², pedicled on the superficial temporal vessels, was raised. Oral cavity and oropharynx reconstruction simulations were performed after flap transposition into the mouth by passing it under the zygomatic arch. Hypopharyngeal reconstruction was tested by transposing the flap to the neck under the facial nerve. RESULTS: After latex injection, a rich vascular network over the temporoparietal galea was observed directly from the superficial temporal artery, and a well-vascularized flap based on this vessel was raised. In the reconstruction simulations, the flap was shown to be suitable for the coverage of hypothetical defects in most oral cavity and pharyngeal sites, mainly the retromolar trigone, tonsil area, and buccal mucosa. CONCLUSIONS: A galeal flap based on the superficial temporal vessels presents favorable anatomical characteristics for oral cavity and pharyngeal reconstruction.

  15. Topical Application of 0.5% Timolol Maleate Hydrogel for the Treatment of Superficial Infantile Hemangioma

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    Hai Wei Wu


    Full Text Available The therapeutic options for infantile hemangiomas (IHs have been greatly altered since the introduction of oral propranolol for successful treatments of IHs. Recently, there is an increase in the application of topical timolol maleate for treating superficial IHs. In the present study, we developed a new formulation of timolol maleate 0.5% hydrogel and treated 321 patients with superficial IHs to evaluate its efficacy and safety in the treatment of superficial IHs. This new timolol hydrogel was applied three times daily with a mean duration of 7.1 months. Response to treatment was assessed according to cosmetic improvement by using visual analog scale (VAS. The average VAS improvement after treatment was 76.4, with 126 patients (39.3% achieving excellent responses, 159 patients (49.5% achieving good responses, 33 patients (10.3% achieving fair responses, and three patients (0.9% achieving poor responses. Age at treatment initiation (P = 0.0349 and lesion thickness (P = 0.0147 were significantly associated with therapeutic efficacy. No severe side effects were observed in all patients. In conclusion, this new topical timolol maleate 0.5% hydrogel appears to be a proper candidate for treating superficial IHs, and our study provides supportive evidence and experience of topical timolol maleate in treating superficial IHs.

  16. Postablative reconstruction of vulvar defects with local fasciocutaneous flaps and superficial fascial system repair. (United States)

    Al-Benna, Sammy; Tzakas, Elias


    Postablative reconstruction of vulvar defects is a difficult challenge because of the functional, locational and cosmetic importance of this region. Local flaps carry a high incidence of delayed wound healing as local flaps may redistribute but not eliminate local wound tension. Repair of the superficial fascial system may avert local complications by minimising tension to the skin and increasing the initial biomechanical strength of wound. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical outcome of local fasciocutaneous flaps used for postablative reconstruction of vulvar defects in which the superficial fascial system was repaired. A retrospective analysis was conducted of patients with vulvar carcinoma in situ or vulvar carcinoma, who underwent ablation and immediate reconstruction with local fasciocutaneous flaps and superficial fascial system repair. Postoperative complications were recorded and clinical outcomes were evaluated. Twelve of the 13 flaps healed primarily. Complications included 2 superficial wound infections, both of which were treated successfully with antibiotic therapy. One flap was complicated by minor wound dehiscence, which healed with conservative treatment. Local fasciocutaneous flaps with superficial fascial system repair provide excellent design flexibility and can be designed and tailored to reconstruct postablative vulvar defects with good outcomes and minimal morbidity.

  17. Roles of the Fibrous Superficial Zone in the Mechanical Behavior of TMJ Condylar Cartilage. (United States)

    Ruggiero, Leonardo; Zimmerman, Brandon K; Park, Miri; Han, Lin; Wang, Liyun; Burris, David L; Lu, X Lucas


    In temporomandibular joints (TMJs), the cartilage on the condylar head displays a unique ultrastructure with a dense layer of type I collagen in the superficial zone, different from hyaline cartilage in other joints. This study aims to elucidate the roles of this fibrous zone in the mechanical behaviors, particularly lubrication, of TMJ under physiological loading regimes. Mechanical tests on porcine condylar cartilage demonstrated that the superficial and middle-deep zones exhibit tension-compression nonlinearity. The tensile and compressive moduli of the superficial zone are 30.73 ± 12.97 and 0.028 ± 0.016 MPa, respectively, while those for the middle-deep zone are 2.43 ± 1.75 and 0.14 ± 0.09 MPa. A nonlinear finite element model of condylar cartilage was built to simulate sliding of a spherical probe over the articular surface. The presence of the superficial zone significantly promoted interstitial fluid pressurization (IFP) inside the loaded cartilage and reduced the friction force on the surface, compared to the case without the superficial zone. Finite element simulations showed that IFP depends on sliding speed but not normal load, which matches the experimental results. This study revealed the presence of the fibrous zone can significantly reduce the deformation of condylar cartilage under compression and the friction force on its surface during sliding.

  18. Superficial dorsal penile vein thrombosis: a little-known complication of subinguinal varicocelectomy. (United States)

    Arango, Octavio; Lorente, José A; Nohales, Gloria; Rijo, Enrique; Bielsa, Oscar


    To describe the symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment of superficial thrombosis of the dorsal penile vein - the most common complication of subinguinal varicocelectomy - and analyse the possible mechanisms involved in the development of the condition. The clinical records of 326 patients who underwent varicocele repair during the last 10 years was reviewed. The technique used was subinguinal varicocelectomy with arterial preservation. A mini-Doppler probe was used during surgery for artery identification. We report on the postoperative complications of varicocelectomy, with special attention to superficial dorsal penile vein thrombosis, and provide a detailed description of the anatomy of the superficial venous system of the penis. Complications usually associated with varicocele surgery occurred in less than 1% of patients. However, the most common complication in our series was superficial dorsal penile vein thrombosis, which occurred in 2.1% of patients. The use of the mini-Doppler probe allowed us to identify and preserve the arteries in all 326 patients. Subinguinal varicocelectomy with intra-operative use of a mini-Doppler probe is a rapid and safe technique. The outcomes and complications are similar to those reported for subinguinal microscopic varicocelectomy. Superficial dorsal penile vein thrombosis is a benign self-limited condition whose association with subinguinal varicocelectomy has not been previously reported. © 2010 THE AUTHORS. JOURNAL COMPILATION © 2010 BJU INTERNATIONAL.

  19. Clinicopahological features of superficial basaloid squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. (United States)

    Oguma, J; Ozawa, S; Kazuno, A; Nitta, M; Ninomiya, Y; Tomita, S


    Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma (BSC) of the esophagus is classified as an epithelial malignant tumor and is a rare variant of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Most previous reports have suggested that advanced BSC has a poorer prognosis than typical SCC because of its high biological malignancy, but the biological activity of superficial BSC remains unclear. Twenty cases of superficial BSC, which underwent surgical resection in Tokai University Hospital between January 2004 and December 2013, were analyzed retrospectively. Among these cases, 19 cases with a T1 depth of invasion (BSC group) were compared with 180 cases of SCC that were resected during the same period and were pathologically diagnosed as T1 (SCC group). The frequency of lymph node metastasis in the T1 BSC group was significantly lower (2 patients, 11%) than that in the SCC group (84 patients, 47%) (P = 0.005). The frequency of lymphatic invasion in the BSC group was also lower (9 patients, 47%) than that in the SCC group (131 patients, 73%) (P = 0.021). The pathological type of the metastatic lymph node was BSC in all the superficial BSC cases with lymph node metastasis. This study demonstrated that lymph node metastasis was less likely to occur in cases with superficial BSC than in cases with superficial SCC. © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail:

  20. Physiotherapy with and without Superficial Dry Needling Affects Pain and Muscle Strength in Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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    Hamideh Miri Abyaneh


    Discussion: Physiotherapy with and without superficial dry needling were seen to reduce pain and increase muscle strength of patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome. However, performing physiotherapy with superficial dry needling had a more significant effect on reducing knee pain. Superficial needling can cause many physiological and neurophysiological effects. Through stimulation of pain control mechanisms, it can help in further reduction of pain.

  1. Investigation of Superficial Resistance of Different Purity Copper at Boiling Nitrogen Temperature Depending on Treatment of Current-Conducting Layer

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    Kutovoj, V.A.; Nikolaenko, A.A.; Stoev, P.I.


    Results of this scientific work show influence of annealing temperature and deformation degree of initial MOB copper and after electron beam refining on superficial resistance at temperature of boiling nitrogen. It is shown, that 30 % deformation and annealing in 873...923 K temperature range results in appreciable reduction of superficial resistance at the investigated samples of copper. The lowest values of superficial resistance after thermal and mechanical treatment were observed in the samples after electron beam refinement

  2. Neurothekeoma palpebrae in association with multiple superficial angiomyxomas: Tegumental Angiomyxoma- Neurothekeoma syndrome (TAN syndrome

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    Tan Aik Kah


    Full Text Available We report a case of 10-year-old Indian girl with history of multiple superficial angiomyxoma, presented with three months history of painless right upper lid swelling. There were no visual dysfunctions. Previously, the patient had multiple superficial angiomyxoma (left pinna, left upper cheek, left upper limb, chest, right axilla, hard palate and epidermal cyst (chin. The histopathological specimens were negative to S-100 protein antibody. Systemic review and family history was unremarkable. Excision biopsy and upper lid reconstruction were performed. Intraoperatively the tumor was multilobulated, firm, well encapsulated and did not invade the underlying tarsal plate. Histopathological features of the upperlid tumor were consistent with nerves sheath myxoma (neurothekeoma. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first reported case of neurothekeoma in association with multiple superficial angiomyxoma.

  3. Postoperative Massive Pulmonary Embolism Due to Superficial Vein Thrombosis of the Upper Limb. (United States)

    Cascella, Marco; Viscardi, Daniela; Bifulco, Francesca; Cuomo, Arturo


    It is well known that deep vein thrombosis of the upper extremities is linked to high morbidity/mortality, resulting in 12-20% of all documented pulmonary embolism; however, there are few data about thromboembolism originating from a vein and/or a branch of a superficial vein of the upper extremities. Pulmonary embolism secondary to upper limb superficial vein thrombosis (not combined with upper extremities deep vein thrombosis) is a very rare clinical manifestation with few cases reported in the literature. We report a rare case of thrombophlebitis in departure from a superficial branch of the cephalic vein of the right arm, complicated by cardiac arrest secondary to a massive pulmonary embolism in a patient who underwent major surgery for ovarian cancer. We discuss on the numerous thrombotic risk factors, triggering a cascade of reactions and resulting in a potential fatal clinical manifestation.

  4. Prevalence and causative agents of superficial mycoses in a textile factory in Adana, Turkey. (United States)

    Celik, E; Ilkit, M; Tanir, F


    This study was carried out in a textile factory settled in the city center of Adana, Turkey. The workers were evaluated for the presence of superficial mycoses and the interaction of their working environment or working condition. A total of 431 textile workers were included in the study, with a male to female ratio of 378 (87.7%) to 53 (12.3%) and an age range of 19-52 (mean: 33.7 +/- 6.8). Direct examination and/or culture revealed superficial mycoses in 73 (16.9%) workers, among them 56 (76.7%) were classified as dermatophytoses, 8 (11.0%) as Pityriasis versicolor while in nine (12.3%) of the cases, no causative agent could be determined. Trichophyton rubrum (57.1%) and T. mentagrophytes (42.9%) were the two species isolated on culture. This study emphasized that textile workers should be admitted as a risk group for superficial mycoses, especially tinea pedis.

  5. Castelli di carta. La piega per la costruzione di superfici articolate

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    Full Text Available L’antica arte del piegare la carta, l’Origami, sta vivendo un rinnovato interesse che coinvolge molti aspetti della ricerca.  Con il termine origami, si intende lo studio del modo di piegare il foglio di carta per imporgli una specifica forma.  La superficie tassellata per mezzo di specifiche pieghe, si propone come un nuovo soggetto di studio: la superficie piegata articolata. La forma congiunta al movimento, assume un particolare interesse nella contemporanea ricerca geometrica e architettonica. Il panorama contemporaneo, propone opere di architettura “responsiva”, capaci di modificare le proprie caratteristiche per adeguarsi a nuove condizioni. La superficie piegata articolata sembra particolarmente adatta a descrivere questo modo d’intendere l’architettura, reagendo a diverse volontà e di conseguenza modificando la propria conformazione attraverso un attento controllo progettuale della forma.

  6. Evaluation of anatomy and variations of superficial palmar arch and upper extremity arteries with CT angiography. (United States)

    Kaplanoglu, Hatice; Beton, Osman


    To evaluate the abnormalities and variations of the arterial system of upper extremities and superficial palmar arch with computed tomography angiography and to guide the clinician during this procedure. A total of 156 upper extremities of 78 cases were retrospectively analyzed using computed tomography angiography. The study was approved by the local ethics committee of the hospital. From the analysis of the computed tomography angiography images, the following information was recorded; the diameters and abnormalities of radial, ulnar and brachial arteries in both upper extremities, the presence of atherosclerotic changes or stenosis in these arteries, whether the superficial palmar arch was complete or incomplete, and arterial dominance. Also, the computed tomography angiography classification of superficial palmar arch distribution and anatomic configuration was performed. The mean baseline diameters of the radial, ulnar and brachial arteries of the cases were; 2.8 ± 0.6, 2.5 ± 0.7, and 4.7 ± 0.6 mm, respectively. A complete superficial palmar arch was observed in 69.2 % of the right hands and 70.5 % of the left hands. For the superficial palmar arches on the right side, the radial artery was dominant in two and the ulnar artery was dominant in 47 with the remaining showing codominance. On the left side, the radial artery was dominant in one hand, with the ulnar artery being dominant in 49 cases, and in 28 cases, there was codominance. In the superficial palmar arch classification, four of the arches (A-D) were defined as complete and the remaining three (E-G) as incomplete. The current study clarified different variations in palmar circulation and forearm arteries to aid the surgeon during trans-radial or trans-ulnar catheterization, hemodialysis, or coronary artery bypass grafting.

  7. Superficial siderosis: bleeding from the bone marrow after laminectomy for spinal tumor removal. (United States)

    Yokosuka, Junichi; Takai, Keisuke; Komori, Takashi; Taniguchi, Makoto


    Superficial siderosis of the CNS is a rare disease characterized by the deposition of hemosiderin in the subpial layers of the CNS as the result of chronic subarachnoid bleeding. The arrest of bleeding is important for preventing the progression of this disease; however, the exact source of bleeding remains unknown in most cases because of a lack of objective surgical data. The authors of this report have described a unique case of superficial siderosis following cervical laminectomy and autograft fusion for the removal of a spinal schwannoma; the bleeding source was verified by intraoperative and histopathological findings. The patient exhibited no obvious neurological deficits, such as hearing loss or cerebellar ataxia, when the superficial siderosis was diagnosed, although there were the social impairments associated with schizophrenia. During repair surgery, the bleeding source was revealed as the bone marrow vasculature of the remaining vertebral arch, and not the fragile vessels at the dural defect or the residual tumor. Chronic bleeding was stopped before the onset of irreversible neurological deficits in this case. Bone marrow exposed to the intrathecal space may represent a chronic bleeding source in patients with superficial siderosis following CNS surgery including laminectomy or craniotomy. The following recommendations have been proposed for superficial siderosis of the CNS from both a preventative and a therapeutic perspective: 1) During CNS surgery, neurosurgeons should make every effort to prevent exposing bone marrow to the intrathecal space to avoid the risk of chronic subarachnoid bleeding. 2) In the case of a large dural defect and pseudomeningocele following CNS surgery, bone marrow around the dural defect should be considered as the bleeding source of superficial siderosis, and such cases should undergo revision surgery before the progression of this disease.

  8. Ultrasound of musculoskeletal soft-tissue tumors superficial to the investing fascia. (United States)

    Hung, Esther Hiu Yee; Griffith, James Francis; Ng, Alex Wing Hung; Lee, Ryan Ka Lok; Lau, Domily Ting Yi; Leung, Jason Chi Shun


    The objective of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound in assessing musculoskeletal soft-tissue tumors superficial to the investing fascia. Seven hundred fourteen superficial soft-tissue tumors evaluated with ultrasound by two musculoskeletal radiologists were retrospectively reviewed. In all ultrasound reports, the reporting radiologists provided one, two, or three diagnoses depending on their perceived level of diagnostic certainty. Two hundred forty-seven tumors had subsequent histologic correlation, thus allowing the accuracy of the ultrasound diagnosis to be determined. Images of the lesions with a discordant ultrasound diagnosis and histologic diagnosis were reviewed, and the ultrasound features were further classified as concordant with the known histologic diagnosis, concordant with the known histologic diagnosis with atypical features present, or discordant with the known histologic diagnosis. Four hundred sixty-seven tumors without pathologic confirmation were followed up clinically. Overall the accuracy of ultrasound examination for assessing superficial soft-tissue masses was 79.0% when all differential diagnoses were considered and 77.0% when only the first differential diagnosis was considered. The sensitivity and specificity of the first ultrasound diagnosis were 95.2% and 94.3%, respectively, for lipoma; 73.0% and 97.7% for vascular malformation; 80.0% and 95.4% for epidermoid cyst; and 68.8% and 95.2% for nerve sheath tumor. Reduced observer awareness of specific tumor entities tended to contribute to underdiagnosis more than poor specificity of ultrasound findings. Most tumors (236/247, 96%) were benign. The sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound for identifying malignant superficial soft-tissue tumors was 94.1% and 99.7%, respectively. The diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound in the assessment of superficial musculoskeletal soft-tissue tumors is high and can be improved through increased radiologist awareness of less

  9. Treatment of primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma with superficial x-rays

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    Jepsen, Malene E; Gniadecki, Robert


    The optimal radiation schedule for primary cutaneous anaplastic lymphoma (PCALCL) has not been investigated. We report here satisfactory outcomes of low-dose (16-20 Gy, 3-5 fractions), superficial X-ray radiation (40-50 kV) in a series of 10 patients with PCALCL. Only 1 patient developed a local ...... relapse during the median observation time of 25 months; complete remission was recorded in the other patients. This observation indicates that superficial, low dose X-ray therapy may provide a cost-effective alternative to the traditional 35-45 Gy schedules....

  10. Texturización superficial de aleaciones metálicas mediante láser


    Ahuir Torres, Juan Ignacio


    Tesis Doctoral inédita leída en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada. Fecha de lectura: 05 de febrero de 2016 La texturización superficial es una poderosa herramienta para conseguir modificaciones topográficas e incluso microestructurales que redundan en una mejora del comportamiento del material en condiciones de servicio. Existen diferentes métodos de texturización superficial basados en métodos químicos, físicos o mecán...

  11. CASTonCAST: Superficies arquitectónicas complejas a partir de componentes prefabricados apilables

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    Lluis Enrique


    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el sistema CASTonCAST para el diseño y laproducción de superficies arquitectónicas complejas a partir de componentes prefabricados apilables. Este sistema está compuesto por dos partes complementarias: una innovadora técnica de fabricación de componentes prefabricados apilables y un nuevo método geométrico para el diseño de superficies complejas a partir de baldosas sólidas apilables. Este trabajo describe las dos partes del sistema mediante prototipos físicos y estudios geométricos.

  12. Bacterias en superficies contactadas durante las tomas radiográficas intraorales


    Lee, Guihan; Calderón-Ubaquí, Victor; Sacsaquispe-Contreras, Sonia


    Objetivo: Determinar la presencia de bacterias mediante el análisis microbiológico en las superficies contactadas por el operador durante la toma y procesado de radiografías intraorales en diferentes momentos del día en el Servicio de Radiología Oral de la UPCH. Materiales y métodos: Se realizó un muestreo en nueve superficies del servicio de radiología oral. Las muestras se tomaron en dos momentos por el mismo investigador; al inicio y al finalizar las actividades en el servicio, se realizó ...

  13. Intraoperative Evaluation of Reverse Bypass Using a Naturally Formed "Bonnet" Superficial Temporal Artery: Technical Note. (United States)

    Nagm, Alhusain; Horiuchi, Tetsuyoshi; Hasegawa, Takatoshi; Hongo, Kazuhiro


    In reverse bypass that used a naturally formed "bonnet" superficial temporal artery, intraoperative volume flow measurement quantifies flow augmentation after revascularization, confirms flow preservation, and identifies inadvertent vessel compromise. A 75-year-old man presented with transient ischemic attacks attributed to right internal carotid artery stenosis. He underwent successful reverse bypass via a naturally formed "bonnet" superficial temporal artery middle cerebral artery bypass. As the result of proper intraoperative volume flow evaluation, a successful reverse bypass was achieved. Modification of the intraoperative stroke risk and prediction of the long-term patency after reverse bypass can be achieved by meticulous intraoperative blood flow evaluation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Superficial Temporal Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Conservative Approach in a Critically Ill Patient

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    Grasso, Rosario Francesco; Quattrocchi, Carlo Cosimo; Crucitti, Pierfilippo; Carboni, Giampiero; Coppola, Roberto; Zobel, Bruno Beomonte


    A 71-year-old man affected by cardio- and cerebrovascular disease experienced an accidental fall and trauma to the fronto-temporal area of the head. A few weeks later a growing mass appeared on his scalp. A diagnosis of superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm was made following CT and color Doppler ultrasound. His clinical condition favoured a conservative approach by ultrasound-guided compression and subsequent surgical resection. A conservative approach should be considered the treatment of choice in critically ill patients affected by superficial temporal artery pseudoaneurysm

  15. Superficial spreading and nodular melanoma are distinct biological entities: a challenge to the linear progression model. (United States)

    Greenwald, Holly S; Friedman, Erica B; Osman, Iman


    The classification of melanoma subtypes into prognostically relevant and therapeutically insightful categories has been a challenge since the first description of melanoma in the 1800s. One limitation has been the assumption that the two most common histological subtypes of melanoma, superficial spreading and nodular, evolve according to a linear model of progression, as malignant melanocytes spread radially and then invade vertically. However, recent clinical, pathological, and molecular data indicate that these two histological subtypes might evolve as distinct entities. Here, we review the published data that support distinct molecular characterization of superficial spreading and nodular melanoma, the clinical significance of this distinction including prognostic relevance and the therapeutic implications.

  16. Superficial composition in binary solid solutions A(B): Drastic effect of pure element surface tensions (United States)

    Rolland, A.; Aufray, B.


    This paper deals with a comparative study of surface segragation of Pb and Ni respectively from Ag(Pb)(111) and Ag(Ni)(111) solid solutions. A high level of segregation of the solute is observed for both systems characterized by very low solute solubility. However, the superficial composition strongly depends on the relative surface tensions of the pure elements: the solute atoms are strictly on superficial sites when γ solute is smaller than γ solvent; in contrast uppermost layer consists purely of solvent when γ solute is greater than γ solvent. Two schematic distributions in close proximity to the surface are proposed in the last case.

  17. Caracterizacion dosimetrica del equipo de Terapia Superficial Therapax del Hospital Mexico

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    Bernui De Vivanco, Maria Giselle; Rojas Rivas, Jorge; Cardenas Retuerto, Augusto


    The Servicio de Radioterapia of the Hospital Mexico in San Jose, Costa Rica has a Superficial Therapy equipment Therapax model DXT 300. It describes the measurements for the dosimetric characterization of the configurations 100 kVp, 25 mA and filter of 2.4 mm of Al, and 250 kVp, 10 mA and filter of 2.5 mm of Cu, taking into account that the uncertainties in the measurements of the superficial therapy equipment are higher than in the rank of the megavoltage [es

  18. Superficial and deep blood vessel distribution in the frog telencephalon. Reference to morphological brain asymmetries. (United States)

    Kemali, M; Sada, E; Fiorino, L


    Nine frogs of the species "Rana esculenta" were heart perfused with Microfile Silicone Rubber. The frogs were examined both after dissection (cut with a razor blade) to study the superficial blood vessel pattern, and histologically (the Nissl staining method) to study the distribution of the deep blood capillaries. While the superficial blood vary in pattern, the deep capillaries are distributed symmetrically. This finding does not support a correlation between blood vessel pattern and morphological brain asymmetry, at least in the frog, and thus other explanations must be sought to explain brain asymmetry.

  19. Secondary superficial siderosis of the central nervous system in a patient presenting with sensorineural hearing loss

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    Lemmerling, M.; De Praeter, G.; Mollet, P.; Mortele, K.; Kunnen, M.; Mastenbroek, G.


    We present a 50-year-old man who was investigated for sensorineural hearing loss. On MRI of the brain superficial siderosis of the central nervous system was seen, while MRI of the spine revealed an ependymoma of the cauda equina. This case illustrates the importance of performing T2-weighted imaging of the brain and posterior fossa when sensorineural hearing loss is present. Spine imaging is mandatory when superficial siderosis of the brain is diagnosed without identification of a bleeding source in the brain. (orig.)

  20. A prodrug approach to the use of coumarins as potential therapeutics for superficial mycoses.

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    Derry K Mercer

    Full Text Available Superficial mycoses are fungal infections of the outer layers of the skin, hair and nails that affect 20-25% of the world's population, with increasing incidence. Treatment of superficial mycoses, predominantly caused by dermatophytes, is by topical and/or oral regimens. New therapeutic options with improved efficacy and/or safety profiles are desirable. There is renewed interest in natural product-based antimicrobials as alternatives to conventional treatments, including the treatment of superficial mycoses. We investigated the potential of coumarins as dermatophyte-specific antifungal agents and describe for the first time their potential utility as topical antifungals for superficial mycoses using a prodrug approach. Here we demonstrate that an inactive coumarin glycone, esculin, is hydrolysed to the antifungal coumarin aglycone, esculetin by dermatophytes. Esculin is hydrolysed to esculetin β-glucosidases. We demonstrate that β-glucosidases are produced by dermatophytes as well as members of the dermal microbiota, and that this activity is sufficient to hydrolyse esculin to esculetin with concomitant antifungal activity. A β-glucosidase inhibitor (conduritol B epoxide, inhibited antifungal activity by preventing esculin hydrolysis. Esculin demonstrates good aqueous solubility (<6 g/l and could be readily formulated and delivered topically as an inactive prodrug in a water-based gel or cream. This work demonstrates proof-of-principle for a therapeutic application of glycosylated coumarins as inactive prodrugs that could be converted to an active antifungal in situ. It is anticipated that this approach will be applicable to other coumarin glycones.

  1. Patient Perception of Imiquimod Treatment for Actinic Keratosis and Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma in 202 Patients

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    Waalboer-Spuij, Rick; Holterhues, Cynthia; van Hattem, Simone; Schuttelaar, Marie Louise A.; Gaastra, Menno T. W.; Kuijpers, Danielle I. M.; Hollestein, Loes M.; Nijsten, Tamar E. C.


    Objective: To document the impact on patient-reported outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of treatment with imiquimod cream in patients with actinic keratosis (AK) and superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC). Methods: This open-label, multicenter study included AK and sBCC patients


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    Full Text Available As estradas não pavimentadas são responsáveis pelo aumento do escoamento superficial e produção de sedimento em vertentes e bacias de drenagem. Os objetivos deste estudo foram: a mensurar o escoamento superficial e a produção de sedimento em estradas rurais não pavimentadas; b avaliar o tamanho de partículas transportadas pelo escoamento superficial. Foi utilizado um microaspersor e uma chuva constante (115,5 mm/h foi aplicada por trinta minutos em diferentes leitos de estradas. Conclui-se que a produção de sedimento foi alta nas estradas avaliadas 205,3 g/m2, assim como o escoamento superficial estável 72,2%. As características físicas dos trechos de estradas como: declividade, pavimento, idade da estrada e tráfego influência na disponibilidade de sedimento e no tamanho das partículas transportadas. A produção de sedimento no leito da estrada tendeu a exaustão durante a chuva.

  3. Removal of dissolved organic carbon in pilot wetlands of subsuperficial and superficial flows

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    Full Text Available Objective: to compare removal of dissolved organic carbon (d o c obtained with pilot wetlands of subsuperficial flow (p h s s and superficial flow (p h s, with Phragmites australis as treatment alternatives for domestic residual waters of small communities and rural areas. Methodology: an exploratory and experimental study was carried out adding 100,12 mg/L of dissolved organic carbon to synthetic water contaminated with Chlorpyrifos in order to feed the wetlands. A total amount of 20 samples were done, 16 of them in four experiments and the other ones in the intervals with no use of pesticides. Samples were taken on days 1, 4, 8, and 11 in the six wetlands, three of them subsuperficial, and three of them superficial. The main variable answer was dissolved organic carbon, measured in the organic carbon analyzer. Results: a high efficiency in the removal of d o c was obtained with the two types of wetlands: 92,3% with subsuperficial flow and 95,6% with superficial flow. Such a high removal was due to the interaction between plants, gravel and microorganisms. Conclusion: although in both types of wetlands the removal was high and similar, it is recommended to use those of subsuperficial flow because in the superficial ones algae and gelatinous bio-films are developed, which becomes favorable to the development of important epidemiologic vectors in terms of public health.

  4. The flexural stiffness of superficial neuromasts in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) lateral line

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    McHenry, Matthew J.; van Netten, Sietse M.


    Superficial neuromasts are structures that detect water flow on the surface of the body of fish and amphibians. As a component of the lateral line system, these receptors are distributed along the body, where they sense flow patterns that mediate a wide variety of behaviors. Their ability to detect

  5. The influence of superficial properties of ceramic-metal layers on acoustic emission

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    Full Text Available  The influence of idle time on operational properties of friction pairs with ceramic-metal superficial layers is investigated in this article. The application of AE information for the control and diagnostics of complex tribotechnical systems directly during their operation is offered.

  6. Role of urothelial cells in BCG immunotherapy for superficial bladder cancer

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    Bevers, R. F. M.; Kurth, K.-H.; Schamhart, D. H. J.


    Intravesical instillation of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is used for the treatment of superficial bladder cancer, both to reduce the recurrence rate of bladder tumour and to diminish the risk of progression. Since its first therapeutic application in 1976, major research efforts have been

  7. Thrombophlebitis of the penile superficial vein, penile mondor's disease: a case report

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    Park, Sang Hyun; Kim, Young Hwa; Kim, Doo Sang; Shin, Hyung Chul; Bae, Won Kyung; Kim, Il Young [Soonchunhyang University, Chunan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun Cheol [Kyung-Hee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Mondor's disease is commonly known as thrombophlebitis of the superficial vein in the breast, and this disease occurs rarely in the penis. Despite extensive information about the clinical presentation and course of this disease, imaging findings for this disease are limited. We report gray scale and power Doppler sonographic findings of penile Mondor's disease.

  8. Protocolo nacional de monitoreo de la calidad de los en cuerpos naturales de agua superficial


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    Estandariza la metodología para el desarrollo del monitoreo de la calidad de los recursos hídricos en los cuerpos naturales de agua superficial, asimismo pretende convertirse en un instrumento de gestión en el desarrollo del Plan Nacional de Vigilancia de la Calidad de Agua en el Perú.

  9. Improved superficial brain hemorrhage visualization in susceptibility weighted images by constrained minimum intensity projection (United States)

    Castro, Marcelo A.; Pham, Dzung L.; Butman, John


    Minimum intensity projection is a technique commonly used to display magnetic resonance susceptibility weighted images, allowing the observer to better visualize hemorrhages and vasculature. The technique displays the minimum intensity in a given projection within a thick slab, allowing different connectivity patterns to be easily revealed. Unfortunately, the low signal intensity of the skull within the thick slab can mask superficial tissues near the skull base and other regions. Because superficial microhemorrhages are a common feature of traumatic brain injury, this effect limits the ability to proper diagnose and follow up patients. In order to overcome this limitation, we developed a method to allow minimum intensity projection to properly display superficial tissues adjacent to the skull. Our approach is based on two brain masks, the largest of which includes extracerebral voxels. The analysis of the rind within both masks containing the actual brain boundary allows reclassification of those voxels initially missed in the smaller mask. Morphological operations are applied to guarantee accuracy and topological correctness, and the mean intensity within the mask is assigned to all outer voxels. This prevents bone from dominating superficial regions in the projection, enabling superior visualization of cortical hemorrhages and vessels.

  10. Automatic and Deliberate Affective Associations with Sexual Stimuli in Women with Superficial Dyspareunia

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    Brauer, Marieke; de Jong, Peter J.; Huijding, Jorg; Laan, Ellen; ter Kuile, Moniek M.

    Current views suggest that in women with superficial dyspareunia the prospect of penile-vaginal intercourse automatically activates fear-related associations. The automatic activation of negative associations is assumed to interfere with the development of sexual arousal. In turn, this may further

  11. Evaluation of superficial microhardness in dental enamel with different eruptive ages

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    Dafna Geller Palti


    Full Text Available This study evaluated the superficial microhardness of enamel in teeth at different posteruptive ages (before eruption in the oral cavity, 2-3 years after eruption, 4-10 years after eruption and more than 10 years after eruption. The study sample was composed of 134 specimens of human enamel. One fragment of each tooth was obtained from the flattest central portion of the crown to produce specimens with 3 x 3 mm. The enamel blocks were minimally flattened out and polished in order to obtain a flat surface parallel to the base, which is fundamental for microhardness testing. Microhardness was measured with a microhardness tester and a Knoop diamond indenter, under a static load of 25 g applied for 5 seconds. Comparison between the superficial microhardness obtained for the different groups was performed by analysis of Student's t test. The results demonstrated that superficial microhardness values have a tendency to increase over the years, with statistically significant difference only between unerupted enamel and that with more than 10 years after eruption. According to the present conditions and methodology, it was concluded that there were differences between the superficial micro-hardness of specimens at different eruptive ages, revealing an increasing mineralization. However, this difference was significant only between unerupted specimens and those with more than 10 years after eruption.

  12. The use of superficial heat for treatment of temporomandibular disorders: an integrative review. (United States)

    Furlan, Renata Maria Moreira Moraes; Giovanardi, Raquel Safar; Britto, Ana Teresa Brandão de Oliveira e; Oliveira e Britto, Denise Brandão de


    To perform an integrative review of scientific bibliographic production on the use of superficial heat treatment for temporomandibular disorders. Research strategy : Literature review was accomplished on PubMed, LiLACS, SciELO, Bireme, Web of Science, and BBO databases. The following descriptors were used: hot temperature, hyperthermia induced, heat transference, temporomandibular joint, temporomandibular joint disorders, temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, and their equivalents in Portuguese and Spanish. Articles that addressed the superficial heat for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders, published in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, between 1980 and 2013. The following data were collected: technique of applying superficial heat, duration of application, stimulated body area, temperature of the stimulus, frequency of application, and benefits. initially, 211 studies were found, but just 13 contemplated the proposed selection criteria. Data were tabulated and presented in chronological order. Several techniques for superficial heat application on treatment of temporomandibular disorders were found in the literature. The moist heat was the most widely used technique. Many studies suggested the application of heat for at least 20 minutes once a day. Most authors recommended the application of heat in facial and cervical regions. The heat treatment resulted in significant relief of pain, reduced muscle tension, improved function of the mandible, and increased mouth opening.

  13. How isometric are the medial patellofemoral, superficial medial collateral, and lateral collateral ligaments of the knee? (United States)

    Victor, Jan; Wong, Pius; Witvrouw, Eric; Sloten, Jos Vander; Bellemans, Johan


    Ligament isometry is a cornerstone in the description of normal knee function and thorough knowledge is mandatory for successful repair of torn ligaments. This study was undertaken to validate a novel experimental model for the study of ligament strains and to determine the length changes in the superficial medial collateral, lateral collateral, and medial patellofemoral ligaments. Descriptive laboratory study. Passive motions and loaded squats of 12 cadaveric specimens were performed while controlling ankle load and optically tracking the motion of the bones. Preexperiment and postexperiment computed axial tomography scans allow the transformation of rigid body motion to relative motion of relevant anatomic landmarks on the femur, tibia, and patella. The superficial medial collateral ligament is a near-isometric ligament with a strain of less than 2%. The ligament is a little more slack in midflexion (30 degrees to 50 degrees ) and in deep flexion, but length changes are not significant (P > .05). The lateral collateral ligament behaves near isometric (tension from the collateral ligaments (P superficial medial collateral ligament is a near-isometric ligament with no significant length changes. The medial patellofemoral ligament behaves differently in its cranial and caudal parts. In knees with chronic medial collateral ligament insufficiency, isometric repair of the superficial medial collateral ligament can be attempted. A medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction with a double fixation on the medial patellar border is supported. The cranial bundle should be tightened at full extension and the caudal bundle at 30 degrees of knee flexion.

  14. Superficial fascial system repair: an abdominoplasty technique to reduce local complications after caesarean delivery. (United States)

    Al-Benna, Sammy; Al-Ajam, Yazan; Tzakas, Elias


    Abdominal incision complications are a major source of morbidity after caesarean delivery. Repair of the superficial fascial system may avert local complications after caesarean delivery by minimising tension to the skin and increasing the initial biomechanical strength of wound which has the potential to decrease early wound dehiscence and as a by-product correct suprapubic bulging.

  15. Thrombophlebitis of the penile superficial vein, penile mondor's disease: a case report

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    Park, Sang Hyun; Kim, Young Hwa; Kim, Doo Sang; Shin, Hyung Chul; Bae, Won Kyung; Kim, Il Young; Kim, Hyun Cheol


    Mondor's disease is commonly known as thrombophlebitis of the superficial vein in the breast, and this disease occurs rarely in the penis. Despite extensive information about the clinical presentation and course of this disease, imaging findings for this disease are limited. We report gray scale and power Doppler sonographic findings of penile Mondor's disease

  16. Fondaparinux for the treatment of superficial-vein thrombosis in the legs

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    Decousus, Hervé; Prandoni, Paolo; Mismetti, Patrick; Bauersachs, Rupert M.; Boda, Zoltán; Brenner, Benjamin; Laporte, Silvy; Matyas, Lajos; Middeldorp, Saskia; Sokurenko, German; Leizorovicz, Alain; Décousus, H.; Leizorovicz, A.; Bauersachs, R.; Brenner, B.; Laporte, S.; Mismetti, P.; Prandoni, P.; Richard-Lordereau, I.; Boda, Z.; Matyas, L.; Sokurenko, G.; Schulman, S.; Cucherat, M.; Ford, I.; Monreal, M.; Becker, F.; Bost, V.; Girard, P.; Constans, J.; Gauthier, E.; Seymour, L.; Froloshki, B.; Stober, P.; Borthwick, L.; Jaques, D.; Trelfa, A.; Allende-Echevarrietta, P.; Kensit, S.; Kovacs, I.; Laursen, E.; Dramov, A.; Chlumsky, J.; Maasalu, K.; Quere, I.; Kiskinis, D.; Hoffman, R.; Piovella, F.; Krievins, D.; Oszkinis, G.; Stvrtinova, V.; Lozano Sanchez, F.; Mazzolai, L.; Myschalov, V.; Popovich, V.; Baluev, M.; Burov, Y.; Mikulskaya, E.; Chirkova, V.; Shvalb, P.; Kalinin, R.; Kachinskiy, A.; Apartsin, K.; Shulikovskaya, I.; Chizhova, E.; Subbotin, Y.; Shulgina, L.; Ignatenko, P.; Antropova, N.; Solomatin, A.; Nosko, V.; Zhukov, B.; Melnikov, M.; Zubareva, N.; Gusev, V.; Mineev, D.; Plechev, V.; Oleynik, B.; Khafizov, A.; Barbarash, O.; Lonchakova, I.; Berns, S.; Dubrovskiy, A.; Mikhaylov, D.; Mosin, S.; Chumakov, A.; Smirnov, G.; Krasavin, V.; Suplotova, L.; Ivanov, E.; Klushina, T.; Chernyatina, M.; Belikov, L.; Gladchenko, M.; Khmelniker, S.; Peshkov, A.; Shanigin, A.; Voskanyan, Y.; Golubov, E.; Shnukov, R.; Esipenko, V.; Neverko, I.; Ivanov, A.; Lenskaya, L.; Hvashevskiy, A.; Kotelnikov, M.; Apurin, S.; Zonova, E.; Nimaev, V.; Rogalev, K.; Butorin, S.; Sabelnikov, V.; Prokopets, A.; Nikiforov, Y.; Chernyakov, A.; Kon, E.; Guskova, A.; Katelnitskiy, I.; Belentsov, S.; Rodoman, G.; Ershova, O.; Soroka, V.; Mátyás, L.; Szentesi, S.; Simon, G.; Hajdu, L.; Varga, M.; Mogán, I.; Darabos, G.; Simó, G.; Ungár, D.; Bende, B.; Nyíri, B.; Rázsó, K.; Oláh, Zs; Halmos, F.; Gergely, M.; Somogyi, Z.; Kollár, L.; Menyhei, G.; Benkö, L.; Szentpéteri, I.; Simon, J.; Szegedi, J.; Murányi, A.; Frank, J.; Schoenen, B.; Grossgloss, T.; Mueller-Buehl, U.; Eggeling, T.; Eggeling, S.; Mietaschk, A.; von Bilderling, P.; Kurzbach, J.; Pfister, R.; Buechner, L.; Schoen, N.; Schoen, B.; Kaehler, W.; Schnieder, H.-G.; Enderle, J.; Muenter, K.-C.; Schulte-Huermann, D.; Ruetten, A.; Ante, D.; von Nettelbladt, E. Freiherr; Zollman, C.; Kamphausen, U.; Keilhau, D.-A.; Brado, B.; Pourhassan, S.; Boss, S.; Noppeney, T.; Betzl, G.; Herman, G.; Tsantilas, D.; Gudz, I.; Voloshyna, M.; Syerna, A.; Nikulnikov, P.; Danylets, A.; Guch, A.; Skupyy, O.; Tatarin, A.; Kravchenko, I.; Shtutin, O.; Rodin, Y.; Konovalova, K.; Sergeev, O.; Socolov, A.; Harbarlak, S.; Mylytsya, M.; Mylytsya, K.; Grigorjeva, M.; Shershneva, O.; Myshalov, V.; Chernyak, V.; Nykonenko, O.; Velygotskyy, M.; Bobrov, O.; Sofronkov, N.; Feshchenko, Y.; Kobza, I.; Rusyn, V.; Guenneguez, H.; Ouvry, P.; Di Maio, A.; Diamand, J.-M.; Quéré, I.; Brisot, D.; Martin, M.; Bressollette, L.; Louis, P.; Boveda, S.; Delsart, D.; Faisse, P.; Elias, A.; Aquilanti, S.; Gris, J.-C.; Jurus, C.; Quémeneur, T.; Leandri, C.; Saby, J.-C.; Lance, G.; Giannoukas, A.; Saleptsis, V.; Koutsias, S.; Saratzis, N.; Giannopoulos, A.; Katsamouris, A.; Kostas, T.; Tsetis, D.; Lazarides, M.; Filis, K.; Gerasimidis, T.; Papacharalambous, G.; Tsoupanos, S.; Gedins, M.; Kisis, K.; Zelobovskis, J.; Nokikovs, N.; Smolakova, V.; Zvirgzdins, V.; Ivanova, P.; Udris, I.; Bugán, V.; Komová, J.; Dzupina, A.; Horvát, P.; Bojdova, E.; Lasan, I.; Lasanová, Z.; Jascur, J.; Vacula, I.; Dostálová, K.; Andreozzi, G.; Camporese, G.; Verlato, F.; Davì, G.; Lessiani, G.; Pesavento, R.; Minotto, I.; Siragusa, S.; Parisi, R.; Imberti, D.; Prisco, D.; Lozano Vilardell, P.; Merino, O.; Acín García, F.; Cañibano, C.; Marinello Roura, J.; Alvarez Fernández, J.; Trujillo Santos, J.; Blanes Mompo, J.; Giménez Gaibar, A.; Izquierdo Lamoca, L.; Moreno Palomares, J.; Sánchez Gutiérrez, A.; Martínez Fernández, S.; Vaquero, C.; Muñoz Alvarez, D.; Cairols Castellote, M.; Grozdinski, L.; Gabriel, M.; Slowiński, M.; Dorobisz, A.; Milnerowicz, A.; Jawień, A.; Dereziński, T.; Strugala, C.; Jirka, V.; Skalicka, L.; Hirmerova, J.; Krcova, E.; Stanek, F.; Krivankova, M.; Kaha, E.; Aru, A.; Kamphuisen, P.; Gaastra, M.; Gerdes, V.; Damsté, H. Sinninghe; ten Cate, H.; Valentijn, R.; Jeanneret, C.; Banyai, M.; Hayoz, D.; Kalka, C.; Willenberg, T.; Lugassy, G.; Lishner, M.; Hussein, O.


    The efficacy and safety of anticoagulant treatment for patients with acute, symptomatic superficial-vein thrombosis in the legs, but without concomitant deep-vein thrombosis or symptomatic pulmonary embolism at presentation, have not been established. In a randomized, double-blind trial, we assigned

  17. Treatment of superficial vein thrombosis to prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a systematic review

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    Wichers, Iris M.; Di Nisio, Marcello; Büller, Harry R.; Middeldorp, Saskia


    The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCT) concerning the efficacy and safety of medical or surgical treatments of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) for the prevention of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). A

  18. Recent advances in high-throughput molecular marker identification for superficial and invasive bladder cancers

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    Andersen, Lars Dyrskjøt; Zieger, Karsten; Ørntoft, Torben Falck


    Bladder cancer is the fifth most common neoplasm in industrialized countries. Due to frequent recurrences of the superficial form of this disease, bladder cancer ranks as one of the most common cancers. Despite the description of a large number of tumor markers for bladder cancers, none have indi...

  19. Simulation of an Extrarenal Mass by a Superficial Simple Renal Cyst*

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    Dec 11, 1971 ... tapered spur or beak' where the cyst emerges through the kidney surface, but this useful sign cannot be expected with a very superficially placed mass and was absent in 5 of the 204 simple cysts examined with arteriography by. Folin: as well as in the present case. That the parenchymal defect can amount ...

  20. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the superficial femoral artery by retrograde catheterization via the popliteal artery

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    Tønnesen, K H; Sager, P; Karle, A


    We report the results of 50 angioplasty procedures via the popliteal artery. A 3-year follow-up including control of blood pressures at ankle and toe levels show results comparable to reports in the literature. This new approach for angioplasty of the superficial femoral artery and eventually of ...

  1. The analogy between dreams and the ancient art of memory is tempting but superficial. (United States)

    Axmacher, Nikolai; Fell, Juergen


    Although the analogy between dreams and ancient mnemotechniques is tempting because they share several phenomenological characteristics, this analogy is superficial at a closer look. Unlike mneomotechnically encoded material, rapid eye movement (REM) dreams are inherently difficult to remember, do not usually allow conscious subsequent retrieval of all interconnected elements, and have been found to support subsequent episodic memory in only rare cases.

  2. Entrapment of the Superficial Peroneal Nerve Following a Distal Fibula Fracture. (United States)

    Corey, Robert M; Salazar, Dane H


    Although peripheral nerve injury may result from fractures involving the long bones, bony entrapment of peripheral nerves is infrequently encountered. This report demonstrates a rare case of superficial peroneal nerve entrapment between 2 fracture ends of the distal fibula following a closed ankle fracture resulting from a supination-external rotation mechanism. Therapeutic, Level IV: Case report.

  3. Prevalence and Clinical Correlation of Superficial Fungal Foot Infection in Thai Naval Rating Cadets. (United States)

    Ongsri, Punyawee; Bunyaratavej, Sumanas; Leeyaphan, Charussri; Pattanaprichakul, Penvadee; Ongmahutmongkol, Pattachee; Komoltri, Chulaluk; Kulthanan, Kanokvalai


    Superficial fungal foot infection is one of the most important dermatological diseases currently affecting military personnel. Many Thai naval rating cadets are found to suffer from superficial fungal foot infections and their sequels. To investigate prevalence, potent risk factors, responding pathogens and clinical correlation of superficial fungal foot infection in Thai naval rating cadets training in Naval rating school, Sattahip, Thailand. This cross-sectional study was performed in August 2015. Validated structured questionnaire was used regarding information about behaviors and clinical symptoms. Quality of life was assessed by Dermatology Quality of Life Index (DLQI) questionnaire and clinical presentation demonstrated by Athlete's foot severity score (AFSS). Laboratory investigations including direct microscopic examination and fungal culture were performed and recorded. All of the participants were informed and asked for their consent. A total of 788 Thai naval rating cadets with a mean age of 19 yr were enrolled. There were 406 (51.5%) participants suspected of fungal skin infection from questionnaire screening. After clinical examination, 303 participants (38.5%) were found to have foot lesions (AFSS ≥1). Superficial fungal foot infection was diagnosed with microscopic examination and fungal culture in 57 participants, giving a point prevalence of 7.2%. Tinea pedis was diagnosed in 54 participants with the leading causative organism being Trichophyton mentagrophytes (52.8%). Other 3 participants were diagnosed as cutaneous candidiasis. Wearing combat shoes more than 8 h was found to be a predisposing factor (p = 0.029), taking a shower less than two times a day (p = 0.008), and wearing sandals during shower (p = 0.055) was found to be protective against infection. Most fungal feet infection cases noticed their feet abnormalities (p < 0.001) including scales (p < 0.001), vesicles (p = 0.003) and maceration at interdigital web spaces (p < 0.001). Mean

  4. Investigation of the behaviour of a LILW superficial repository under aircraft impact

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    Lo Frano, Rosa, E-mail:; Stefanini, Lorenzo


    Highlights: • Safety assessment of a LILW superficial repository. • Investigation of the consequences of an aircraft impact with fuel burning. • Experimental material properties. • Numerical simulation of aircraft impact with fuel burning accident by MSC.MARC{sup ©} code. • Demonstration that the overall integrity resulted is guaranteed. - Abstract: Safety and security are the two fundamental aspects to guarantee when designing a LILW superficial repository. Because of its safety concern, we have to prove, and build confidence in, the primary and secondary consequences of the crashing will be acceptable. These goals are obtained generally by means of safety assessment supported by calculations. This study is intended to investigate the performance of a superficial repository subjected to aircraft impact and fuel burning. To the purpose a superficial repository similar to that of El Cabril has been considered. Moreover to be confident the facility is safe and that the consequences of such a type of accident on the environment and humans are negligible, an appropriate safety assessment was carried out. The potential damage that aircraft impact could bring into the repository has been therefore analysed and discussed. To attain the intent load functions, calculated according to the Riera approach, and the maximum temperature reached by fuel during its combustion have been considered. FEM (thermo-mechanical) simulations have been done, by MSC{sup ©} Marc code, assuming damaging phenomena of concrete and material properties variation with the temperature. The obtained results showed that an empty superficial repository with a wall thickness, ranging from 0.7 to 1 m, is not sufficient to avoid penetration. Nevertheless even in presence of a reduced strength and of (cone) cracking and plugging, the overall integrity resulted guaranteed.

  5. IFN Alfa-2B and BCG Therapy Is An Effective Method In Superficial Bladder Carcinoma

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    Ahmet Ozdemir


    Full Text Available Aim: The initial therapy for superficial bladder carcinoma is the transurethral resection of the tumor. In spite of successful resections, there are 60-79% recurrence and 15% progression rates. Additional therapies are suggested for the treatment of superficial bladder carcinoma. We compared the efficacy of interferon alfa-2b monotherapy with interferon alfa-2b plus Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG combination therapy with urine interleukin (IL 2, 6 and 10 levels of patients with superficial bladder carcinoma. Material and Method: The patients who underwent TUR-BT for superficial bladder tumor (pathological staging Ta-T1 between 2004 and 2007 at our hospital included in this prospective study. Intravesical immunotherapy was administered once a week for 6 weeks and there after a month for 6 months, starting 4 weeks after TUR-BT. IL levels were measured. Results: IL-2, IL-6 and IL- 10 levels in urine samples were taken at 2nd and 4th hours of intravesical therapy. A statistically significant difference was observed between mean urine IL-2 levels of patients treated with IFN%u03B1-2b monotherapy and IFN%u03B1- 2b plus BCG combination both at 2nd and 4th hours. (p=0.05 In IFN%u03B1-2b plus BCG combination group, there was a statistical significant difference between stages regarding IL-2 and IL-6 levels (p=0.05. Among patients with G3 tumors, IL-2 levels were higher at 2 and 4 hours (p=0.05 but there was no significant difference in IL-6 and IL-10 levels in this group of patients regardless of intravesical therapy received (p=0.05. Discussion: IFN%u03B1-2b and BCG combination therapy is a reliable and effective therapy in the management of superficial bladder tumors.

  6. Stimulus point distribution in deep or superficial peroneal nerve for treatment of ankle spasticity. (United States)

    Kubota, Shinji; Tanabe, Shigeo; Sugawara, Kenichi; Muraoka, Yoshihiro; Itoh, Norihide; Kanada, Yoshikiyo


     To develop effective electrical stimulation treatment to reduce spasticity, we examined the optimal stimulus point of the common peroneal nerve.  The locations of selective stimulus points for the deep peroneal nerve or superficial peroneal nerve fiber were examined in 25 healthy subjects in both legs (50 legs) using the ratio of the tibialis anterior (TA) to the peroneus longus (PL) M-wave amplitude (TA/PL ratio). In addition, we measured reciprocal Ia inhibition in ten healthy subjects. The amount of inhibition was determined from short-latency suppression of the soleus (Sol) H-reflex by conditioning stimuli to the deep or superficial peroneal nerve. The paired t-test was used for statistical analysis.  The mean TA/PL ratio during deep peroneal nerve stimulation was significantly different from superficial peroneal nerve stimulation (p < 0.001). The mean stimulus point for the deep peroneal nerve was located 7 ± 5 mm distal and 3 ± 6 mm anterior from the distal edges of the head of fibula and was markedly different from the stimulus point for the superficial peroneal nerve (20 ± 7 mm distal and 12 ± 8 mm posterior). During deep peroneal nerve stimulation, the mean conditioned H-reflex was depressed to 83.8 ± 10.7% of the unconditioned value of the H-reflex. In contrast, during superficial peroneal nerve stimulation, the mean conditioned H-reflex increased to 105.3 ± 5.2%. These values were significantly different (p < 0.001).  In the present study, we revealed a stimulus area of the deep peroneal nerve. Also, we observed the inhibitory effects of stimulation upon the deep peroneal nerve at individual stimulus point. Our results appear to indicate that localized stimulation of the deep peroneal nerve is more useful for the reduction of ankle spasticity. © 2012 International Neuromodulation Society.

  7. Far-UVC light prevents MRSA infection of superficial wounds in vivo.

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    Brian Ponnaiya

    Full Text Available Prevention of superficial surgical wound infections from drug-resistant bacteria such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA currently present major health care challenges. The majority of surgical site infections (SSI are believed to be caused by airborne transmission of bacteria alighting onto the wound during surgical procedures. We have previously shown that far-ultraviolet C light in the wavelength range of 207-222 nm is significantly harmful to bacteria, but without damaging mammalian cells and tissues. It is important that the lamp be fitted with a filter to remove light emitted at wavelengths longer than 230 nm which are harmful.Using a hairless mouse model of infection of superficial wounds, here we tested the hypothesis that 222-nm light kills MRSA alighting onto a superficial skin incisions as efficiently as typical germicidal light (254 nm, but without inducing skin damage.To simulate the scenario wherein incisions are infected during surgical procedures as pathogens in the room alight on a wound, MRSA was spread on a defined area of the mouse dorsal skin; the infected skin was then exposed to UVC light (222 nm or 254 nm followed by a superficial incision within the defined area, which was immediately sutured. Two and seven days post procedure, bactericidal efficacy was measured as MRSA colony formation unit (CFU per gram of harvested skin whereas fixed samples were used to assess skin damage measured in terms of epidermal thickness and DNA photodamage.In the circumstance of superficial incisions infected with bacteria alighting onto the wound, 222-nm light showed the same bactericidal properties of 254-nm light but without the associated skin damage.Being safe for patient and hospital staff, our results suggested that far-UVC light (222 nm might be a convenient approach to prevent transmission of drug-resistant infectious agents in the clinical setting.

  8. Use of superficial peroneal nerve graft for treating peripheral nerve injuries

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    Samuel Ribak


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical results from treating chronic peripheral nerve injuries using the superficial peroneal nerve as a graft donor source. METHODS: This was a study on eleven patients with peripheral nerve injuries in the upper limbs that were treated with grafts from the sensitive branch of the superficial peroneal nerve. The mean time interval between the dates of the injury and surgery was 93 days. The ulnar nerve was injured in eight cases and the median nerve in six. There were three cases of injury to both nerves. In the surgery, a longitudinal incision was made on the anterolateral face of the ankle, thus viewing the superficial peroneal nerve, which was located anteriorly to the extensor digitorum longus muscle. Proximally, the deep fascia between the extensor digitorum longus and the peroneal longus muscles was dissected. Next, the motor branch of the short peroneal muscle (one of the branches of the superficial peroneal nerve was identified. The proximal limit of the sensitive branch was found at this point. RESULTS: The average space between the nerve stumps was 3.8 cm. The average length of the grafts was 16.44 cm. The number of segments used was two to four cables. In evaluating the recovery of sensitivity, 27.2% evolved to S2+, 54.5% to S3 and 18.1% to S3+. Regarding motor recovery, 72.7% presented grade 4 and 27.2% grade 3. There was no motor deficit in the donor area. A sensitive deficit in the lateral dorsal region of the ankle and the dorsal region of the foot was observed. None of the patients presented complaints in relation to walking. CONCLUSIONS: Use of the superficial peroneal nerve as a graft source for treating peripheral nerve injuries is safe and provides good clinical results similar to those from other nerve graft sources.

  9. Extracapsular Dissection vs Superficial Parotidectomy of Benign Parotid Lesions: Surgical Outcomes and Cost-effectiveness Analysis. (United States)

    Kato, Masanari G; Erkul, Evren; Nguyen, Shaun A; Day, Terry A; Hornig, Joshua D; Lentsch, Eric J; Gillespie, M Boyd


    The clinical implications of extracapsular dissection over superficial parotidectomy are controversial and limited in data on cost-effectiveness. To compare extracapsular dissection with superficial parotidectomy for benign parotid tumors with respect to surgical outcomes and cost-effectiveness. This was a retrospective medical record review and cost-effectiveness analysis performed from August 2012 to November 2015 at a tertiary care institution. Adult patients (age ≥18 years) who underwent parotidectomy for benign parotid lesions were included. Treatment by extracapsular dissection or superficial parotidectomy. Differences in postoperative complication rates and health services outcomes, including procedure time, anesthesia time, length of stay, and charges for surgeon, anesthesia, operating room, and hospital. A total of 46 parotidectomies consisting of 26 extracapsular dissections and 20 superficial parotidectomies met criteria. Of the 46 patients, 33 were women. Patient ages ranged from 18 to 83 years. Lesion features were similar between groups with most being pleomorphic adenoma. Procedure time (effect size, -1.31; 95% CI, -1.93 to -0.65), anesthesia time (effect size, -1.37; 95% CI, -1.99 to -0.70), and length of stay (effect size, -0.66; 95% CI, -1.25 to -0.05) were significantly shorter for extracapsular dissection compared with superficial parotidectomy. Moreover, anesthesia (effect size, -1.55; 95% CI, -2.19 to -0.86), operating room (effect size, -1.09; 95% CI, -1.69 to -0.45), and total hospital charges (effect size, -1.13; 95% CI, -1.74 to -0.49) were significantly less for extracapsular dissection while remaining charges, including surgeon, showed no difference. Finally, facial nerve weakness, great auricular nerve dysesthesia, and other relevant postoperative complications were comparable between groups. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, extracapsular dissection is a shorter, less costly, and equally safe alternative to traditional

  10. Vulnerability of the Superficial Zone of Immature Articular Cartilage to Compressive Injury

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    Rolauffs, R.; Muehleman, C; Li, J; Kurz, B; Kuettner, K; Frank, E; Grodzinsky, A


    The zonal composition and functioning of adult articular cartilage causes depth-dependent responses to compressive injury. In immature cartilage, shear and compressive moduli as well as collagen and sulfated glycosaminoglycan (sGAG) content also vary with depth. However, there is little understanding of the depth-dependent damage caused by injury. Since injury to immature knee joints most often causes articular cartilage lesions, this study was undertaken to characterize the zonal dependence of biomechanical, biochemical, and matrix-associated changes caused by compressive injury. Disks from the superficial and deeper zones of bovine calves were biomechanically characterized. Injury to the disks was achieved by applying a final strain of 50% compression at 100%/second, followed by biomechanical recharacterization. Tissue compaction upon injury as well as sGAG density, sGAG loss, and biosynthesis were measured. Collagen fiber orientation and matrix damage were assessed using histology, diffraction-enhanced x-ray imaging, and texture analysis. Injured superficial zone disks showed surface disruption, tissue compaction by 20.3 {+-} 4.3% (mean {+-} SEM), and immediate biomechanical impairment that was revealed by a mean {+-} SEM decrease in dynamic stiffness to 7.1 {+-} 3.3% of the value before injury and equilibrium moduli that were below the level of detection. Tissue areas that appeared intact on histology showed clear textural alterations. Injured deeper zone disks showed collagen crimping but remained undamaged and biomechanically intact. Superficial zone disks did not lose sGAG immediately after injury, but lost 17.8 {+-} 1.4% of sGAG after 48 hours; deeper zone disks lost only 2.8 {+-} 0.3% of sGAG content. Biomechanical impairment was associated primarily with structural damage. The soft superficial zone of immature cartilage is vulnerable to compressive injury, causing superficial matrix disruption, extensive compaction, and textural alteration, which results

  11. Efficacy and safety of a 3-month loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel taper for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy compared to a 3-month prednisolone acetate 1% and fluorometholone 0.1% taper

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    Full Text Available Mark D Mifflin,1 Brent S Betts,1 P Adam Frederick,2 Jason M Feuerman,3 Carlton R Fenzl,4 Majid Moshirfar,1,5 Brian Zaugg1 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2The Eye Center, Huntsville, AL, 3Eye Institute of Austin, Austin, TX, 4Eye Surgeons Associates, Bettendorf, IA, 5Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, USA Purpose: To compare the outcome of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK and complications in patients treated with either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel or prednisolone acetate 1% suspension and fluorometholone (fml 0.1% suspension.Setting: John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.Design: Prospective, randomized, partially masked trial.Methods: PRK was performed on 261 eyes of 132 participants. Patients were randomized to a postoperative corticosteroid regimen of either loteprednol etabonate 0.5% gel (loteprednol or prednisolone 1% acetate suspension followed by fluorometholone 0.1% suspension (prednisolone/fml. Primary outcome measures included incidence and grade of postoperative corneal haze and incidence of increased intraocular pressure of 10 mmHg above baseline, or any intraocular pressure over 21 mmHg. Secondary outcome measures included uncorrected distance visual acuity, best corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent.Results: The incidence of haze in the first 3 months was 2.6% (3/114 eyes in the loteprednol group and 4.8% (7/147 eyes in the prednisolone/fml group and was not statistically significant between groups (P=0.37. The incidence of elevated intraocular pressure was 1.8% (2/114 eyes in the loteprednol group and 4.1% (6/147 eyes in the prednisolone/fml group, and was not statistically significant between the groups (P=0.12. The mean 3-month postoperative logMAR uncorrected visual acuity was −0.078±0.10 and −0.075±0.09 in the loteprednol and prednisolone/fml groups, respectively (P=0


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    Full Text Available Las superficies multitáctiles son tecnologías que empiezan a tener un elevado uso. Se toman como referentes aspectos utilizados para la evaluación de usabilidad de sistemas interactivos, así como las característicasque los investigadores y desarrolladores sugieren que deberían tener las superficies multitáctiles y las aplicaciones desarrolladas. Se presenta una propuesta inicial de criterios que deberían tenerse en cuenta para incluir  aspectos de ergonomía, usabilidad y colaboración en el momento de realizar evaluaciones para estas tecnologías. Se ilustra cómo se pueden aplicar los criterios propuestos a través de un caso de estudio que cuenta con resultados promisorios.

  13. Fissure sealants: in vitro evaluation of abrasion wear and superficial roughness

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    Vanessa Pardi


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro wear and superficial roughness of four materials (Delton Dyract Flow, Dentsply; Filtek Flow, Vitremer, 3M ESPE used as fissure sealant in 32 extracted human molars divided in four groups (n = 8 after abrasion with toothbrush/dentifrice. Impressions of each occlusal surface were made to analyze wear and circular specimens were prepared to analyze the roughness. Teeth and specimens were mounted in a toothbrushing machine. The replicas were observed using a SEM to determine the superficial wear. Wear: there were no statistically significant differences either between Delton and Filtek Flow or between Dyract Flow and Vitremer. Roughness: there were no statistical differences between Filtek Flow and Dyract Flow, Dyract Flow and Vitremer, Vitremer and Delton., Considering the clinical practice, if caries activity is present the use of Vitremer is suggested not only for its well known fluoride release, but it presented good roughness results.

  14. Kinesio tape management for superficial radial nerve entrapment: a case report. (United States)

    Anandkumar, Sudarshan


    This case report describes a 41-year-old female who presented with complaints of pain in the lower lateral one-third of the right radius extending into the first web space. Tinel's sign reproducing the patient's symptoms was elicited 8.2 cm above the radial styloid process. Physical diagnosis for superficial radial nerve entrapment was made based on a positive upper limb neural tension test 2a along with symptom reproduction during resisted isometrics to brachioradialis and wrist extensors. A potential first time successful conservative Kinesio tape (KT) management for entrapment of the superficial radial nerve is described in this report. An immediate improvement in grip strength and functional activities along with a reduction in pain and swelling was noted in this patient after the first treatment session, which was maintained at a 6 month follow-up. A model is proposed describing the mechanism by which KT application could be used to intervene for nerve entrapment interfaces.

  15. Color Doppler US of superficial adenopathies; Il color Doppler nelle adenopatie superficiali

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    Giovagnorio, F. [Rome Univ. (Italy). 1. Cattedra di Radiologia


    Superficial lymph node are frequently involved in different diseases. Their location makes them suitable for effective assessment with high-resolution US and color Doppler has been recently suggested as a tool for increasing sensitivity in lymph node studies. Thus the author investigated the main vascular patterns detectable in abnormal superficial lymph nodes. [Italian] Numerosa malattie con natura differente coinvolgono i linfonodi superficiali: la localizzazione ne consente l'esplorazione con ecografia con alta risoluzione e lo studio mediante eco color Doppler e' stato proposto negli ultimi anni incontrando notevole sviluppo in tempi recenti. Scopo del lavoro e' illustrare il contributo personale nella definizione dei principali quadri riscontrabili nelle diverse adenopatie superficiali.

  16. A study of the superficial palmar arteries using the Doppler Ultrasonic Flowmeter. (United States)

    Al-Turk, M; Metcalf, W K


    The pattern of the superficial arteries of the hand has been studied utilising the Doppler Flowmeter technique. The superficial arteries of the hand formed several diversified patterns that permitted classification into well defined categories. The arcus palmaris superficialis was complete in 84% of the hands and incomplete in 16%. The arteria digitalis palmaris communis primus took origin from the arch in 94% and from the arterial radialis indicis in 6% of the hands. The arteria princeps pollicis and radialis indicis were quite variable in their origin and frequently differed from the normal textbook description. In 52% of the subjects, the arterial patterns in the right and left hand were different with respect to one or more arteries, while they were identical in 48% of the subjects. It would be unwise to base anything more than tentative conclusions on the data so far accumulated, because of the small population used in this project and the absence of similar studies in the literature. PMID:6706837

  17. Do similar factors control the glomerular filtration rate of superficial and juxtamedullary nephrons

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    Rouffignac, C. de


    The SNGFR intrarenal distribution was studied under conditions where the whole kidney GFR remains unchanged and then where it is altered as compared to the normal non diuretic state. Only data obtained from experiments in which the SNGFR of both superficial and juxtamedullary nephrons were measured with the same techniques were reported. The superficial over juxtamedullary SNGFR ratio appears to be relatively stable and independent of physiological conditions. Nevertheless, in cases which indicate changes in the SNGFR intrarenal distribution, these changes remain always of limited magnitude. Thus it seems possible to conclude, that the SNGFR is controlled by factors that act, at least qualitatively, in the same manner in the whole nephron population [fr

  18. H3+: superficies de energía potencial, estados y transiciones rovibracionales (United States)

    Aguado, M. Paniagua Y. A.

    Hemos calculado varias superficies globales de energía potencial para el estado fundamental y excitados del sistema H3+ en más de ocho mil geometrías diferentes usando una base (9s 3p 1d)/[4s 3p 1d] en cada átomo de Hidrógeno y mediante un método de cálculo de interacción de configuraciones completa (FCI). Hemos ajustado las superficies a formas analíticas del tipo Aguado y Paniagua con un error promedio menor de 50 cm-1 y menor en el pozo de potencial del estado fundamental. Finalmente hemos calculado y analizado los niveles vibracionales para los dos estados electrónicos más bajos, siendo la desviación respecto de los mejores valores publicados, tanto experimentales como teóricos, de unos pocos números de onda.

  19. Superficial basal cell carcinoma on the face is a diagnostic challenge

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    Joydeep Singha


    Full Text Available Basal cell carcinoma (BCC is the most common non-melanoma skin cancer. The incidence of BCC is rising. The nodular, superficial spreading, and infiltrating variants are the three most commonly encountered types of BCC in descending order of prevalence. Superficial spreading basal cell carcinoma (SSBCC accounts for 15-26% of all cases of BCC. It usually occurs on the trunk and upper extremities, but may be seen on the face. Surgical excision is the most commonly used treatment for BCC. Topical chemotherapy agents such as imiquimod or 5-fluorouracil (5-FU may be various alternatives or adjuvants in the treatment of SSBCC. characteristically shows areas of uninvolved skin between tumor nests.[7

  20. Management of a patient with small-area burns, severe sepsis and superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Shao, H; Luo, R; Wang, X; Pan, X; Chen, G


    Sepsis is frequently seen in severely burned patients, however it is not common in those with small-area burns. We present a case of a 22-year-old man suffering from a hot crush injury to his left hand dorsum covering 1% of his total body surface area. The patient developed severe sepsis and superficial vein thrombosis, probably due to wound infection. Culture of the wound secretion indicated Corynebacterium striatum. Following intensive topical and systemic treatment the severe sepsis was controlled. The local wound was repaired by the abdominal skin pedicle flap which had taken well by day 27 post admission. A topical superficial vein thrombosis, unintentionally found 42 days after admission, was partially excised. This case demonstrates that when treating severe sepsis in patients with small-area burns, the timely recognition and diagnosis along with active systemic support, play a vital role in successful management. None of the authors have any financial interest to declare.

  1. Small-size betatron for electron therapy of superficial tumors and its clinical testing

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    Musabaeva, L.I.; Lisin, V.A.; Polishchuk, P.F.; Chakhlov, V.L.; Tomskij Politekhnicheskij Inst.


    The paper is concerned with the physicotechnical characteristics of a small-size betatron (with the energy of 7 MeV) designed in the Tomsk Polytechnical Institute for therapy of patients with superficial malignant tumors. An electron beam with the energy of 7 MeV was produced on the small-size betatron irradiation fields were formed, and absorbed dose distribution was studied. The efficacy of the use of the beam in 110 patients with superficial malignant tumors was analyzed. The use of electron beam radiation was found promising for therapy of patients with locally spread types of skin and lower lip cancers and breast cancer local recurrences. Complete tumor regression was noted in 75-90% of the patients. Intraoral cone electron therapy combined with 60 Co-therapy of surgery was employed for early cancer of the oral cavity

  2. Use of Superficial Temporal Fascia Flap for Treatment of Postradiation Trismus: An Innovation. (United States)

    Sharma, Rohit; Roy, Indranil Deb; Deshmukh, Tushar S; Bhandari, Amit


    Post radiation trismus severely reduces the quality of life. Radiation causes fibrosis of muscles of mastication resulting in severe restriction of mouth opening. Treatment options are limited as most of the local flaps are in the radiation zone. The present case is the first case in existing literature where, following the release of fibrosis secondary to radiation, superficial temporal fascia (STF) was used to cover the defect with excellent results and no recurrence after a year of follow up.

  3. An Improved Tumour Temperature Measurement and Control Method for Superficial Tumour Ultrasound Hyperthermia Therapeutic System

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    Shen, G F; Chen, Y Z; Ren, G X [Biomedical Instrument Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030 (China)


    In tumour hyperthermia therapy, the research on measurement and control of tumour temperature is very important. Based on the hardware platform of superficial tumour ultrasound hyperthermia therapeutic system, an improved tumour temperature measurement and control method is presented in this paper. The experiment process, data and results are discussed in detail. The improved method will greatly reduce the pain and dread of the patients during the therapy period on the tumour temperature measurement and control by using the pinhead sensor.

  4. Superficial Fungal Infections in Patients with Hematologic Malignancies: A Case-Control Study

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    Berna Ülgen Altay


    Full Text Available Background and Design: Dermatophytes, yeasts and some moulds settle on the skin and mucosal surfaces in immunocompetent individuals as commensals. Patients with diabetes mellitus, HIV-positive patients, organ transplant recipients and the patients with malignancies are predisposed to develop superficial fungal infections. We aimed to determine the prevalence, clinical and mycological features of superficial fungal infections in patients with hematologic malignancies in this case-control study.Material and Method: Eighty patients with hematologic malignancies (49 men, 31 women and 50 healthy individuals (22 men, 28 women randomly selected at our clinical department as controls were included to this study between 2003 and 2004. The mean age was 52±1.85 years in patients and 41.56±2.04 years in controls. All patients were inspected for superficial fungal infections. Skin scrapings and mucosal swabs were obtained from the toe web, inguinal region, any suspicious lesion and oral mucosa. Nail samples were also collected. All samples were examined by direct microscopy and cultured in Sabouraud dextrose agar (SDA. The yeasts were established in germ-tube production. Results: Fifty-six (70% of 80 patients with hematologic malignancies had fungal colonization, whereas 21 (42% of 50 controls had. For both groups, oral mucosa was the predominant area that fungus was mostly isolated from. A rising number of non-dermatophyte moulds (26% was observed. Candida albicans was the predominant agent isolated from the culture.Conclusion: The prevalence of superficial fungal infection was higher in patients with hematologic malignancies (being immunosuppressed than in the normal population. Candida albicans was the predominant isolated agent that was found in our study. We observed oral mucosa candidal infection mostly. The rising number of non-dermatophyte moulds is attributed to long-term use of antibiotics, cytotoxic chemotherapies and antifungals.

  5. Eradication of superficial fungal infections by conventional and novel approaches: a comprehensive review. (United States)

    Kumar, Lalit; Verma, Shivani; Bhardwaj, Ankur; Vaidya, Shubha; Vaidya, Bhuvaneshwar


    During the last two decades, the occurrence of fungal infections either superficial or systemic has been increasing. Moreover, fungal infections become more difficult to treat when they show coupling with immunogenic diseases like AIDS. Superficial fungal infections are associated with skin, nail and eye and are less prominent to systemic infection. However, it may be dangerous if not treated properly. It is usually observed that conventional formulations including cream, powder, gels etc. are used to treat skin fungal infections even for the deep seated fungal infections. However, these formulations show various side-effects on the application site like burning, redness and swelling. Further, due to the immediate release of drug from these formulations they can stimulate the immune system of body generating high impact allergic reactions. Deep seated fungal infections like invasive aspergillosis and invasive candidiasis may be more difficult to treat because the drug released from conventional topical formulation can not reach at the target site due to the low penetration capacity. Similarly, in case of fungal infection of nail and eye, conventional formulations show problem of less bioavailability. Thus, to overcome the drawbacks of conventional therapy a lot of research works have been carried out to develop novel formulations of antifungal drugs to deliver them superficially. Novel formulations explored for the skin delivery of antifungal drugs include liposomes, niosomes, ethosomes, microemulsions, nanoparticles, microspheres and micelles. These formulations show extended or sustained release of drug, minimizing the side effect on application site, enhancing bioavailability and reducing the dosing frequency. Further, these formulations also show penetration into the deep skin to treat invasive fungal infections. Novel formulations explored in treatment of fungal infections of eye are liposomes and nanoparticles and whether for nail fungal infections

  6. Brain Specificity of Diffuse Optical Imaging: Improvements from Superficial Signal Regression and Tomography


    Gregg, Nicholas M.; White, Brian R.; Zeff, Benjamin W.; Berger, Andrew J.; Culver, Joseph P.


    Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a portable monitor of cerebral hemodynamics with wide clinical potential. However, in fNIRS, the vascular signal from the brain is often obscured by vascular signals present in the scalp and skull. In this paper, we evaluate two methods for improving in vivo data from adult human subjects through the use of high-density diffuse optical tomography (DOT). First, we test whether we can extend superficial regression methods (which utilize the multi...

  7. Deep and superficial amygdala nuclei projections revealed in vivo by probabilistic tractography


    Bach, DR; Behrens, TE; Garrido, L; Weiskopf, N; Dolan, RJ


    Copyright © 2011 Society for Neuroscience and the authors. The The Journal of Neuroscience uses a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence: Despite a homogenous macroscopic appearance on magnetic resonance images, subregions of the amygdala express distinct functional profiles as well as corresponding differences in connectivity. In particular, histological analysis shows stronger connections for superficial (i.e., cen...

  8. Helicobacter Pylori Infection in Superficial Gastritis, Erosive Gastritis and Gastric Ulcer


    Albertus, Jacobus; Rani, Abdul Aziz; Simadibrata, Marcellus; Abdullah, Murdani; Syam, Ari Fahrial


    Background: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection leads to inflammation of the gastric mucosa. It damages the gastric epithelium and related to the risk of developing gastric cancer. Over time, it may develop into the development of glandular atrophy and intestinal metaplasia. This study was aimed to evaluate the histological features of gastric mucosa, including H. pylori infection in patients with endoscopically found superficial gastritis, erosive gastritis and gastric ulcer. Method: ...

  9. The Superficial Dermis May Initiate Keloid Formation: Histological Analysis of the Keloid Dermis at Different Depths

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    Hu Jiao


    Full Text Available Several studies have reported on certain aspects of the characteristics of different sites within a keloid lesion, but detailed studies on the keloid dermis at different depths within a keloid lesion are scarce. The aim of this study was to investigate the histology of the keloid dermis at different depths. This study included 19 keloid tissue samples that were collected from 19 patients and 19 normal skin samples, which were harvested from subjects without keloids or hypertrophic scar. Samples were studied by light microscopy using routine hematoxylin and eosin histochemical staining, and immunohistochemistry to detect CD20-positive B-lymphocytes and CD3-positive T-lymphocytes. Sirius Red histochemical staining was used to determine the type of collagen in keloid tissue and normal skin samples. The migratory properties of fibroblasts within the keloid dermis at different depths was compared, using an in vitro migration assay. The findings of this study showed that although the papillary and reticular dermis could be clearly distinguished in normal skin, three tissue layers were identified in the keloid dermis. The superficial dermis of keloid was characterized by active fibroblasts and lymphocytes; the middle dermis contained dense extracellular matrix (ECM with large numbers fibroblasts, and the deep dermis was poorly cellular and characterized by hyalinized collagen bundles. In the keloid samples, from the superficial to the deep dermis, type I collagen increased and type III collagen decreased, and fibroblasts from the superficial dermis of the keloid were found to migrate more rapidly. In conclusion, the findings of this study showed that different depths within the keloid dermis displayed different biological features. The superficial dermis may initiate keloid formation, in which layer intralesional injection of pharmaceuticals and other treatments should be performed for keloid.

  10. Superficial leiomyomas of the gastrointestinal tract with interstitial cells of Cajal


    Janevska, Vesna; Qerimi, Adelina; Basheska, Neli; Stojkova, Elena; Janevski, Vlado; Jovanovic, Rubens; Zhivadinovik, Julija; Spasevska, Liljana


    Objective: Some authors suggest common origin of gastrointestinal stromal tumors from stem cells, which may show diverse differentiation. There are reports in which cells morphologically identical to the interstitial cells of Cajal are found in deep leiomyomas. The aim of this study was to demonstrate CD117 positive cells in superficial gastrointestinal (GI) leiomyomas and to find other cells that would suggest diverse differentiation in histologically typical leiomyoma. Materials and methods...

  11. System for uranium superficial density measurement in U3Si2 MTR fuel plates using radiography

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    Hey, Martin A.; Gomez Marlasca, Fernando


    The paper describes a method for measuring uranium superficial density in high density uranium silicide (U 3 Si 2 ) MTR fuel plates, through the use of industrial radiography, a set of patterns built for this purpose, a transmission optical densitometer, and a quantitative model of analysis and measurement. Our choice for this particular method responds to its high accuracy, low cost and easy implementation according to the standing quality control systems. (author)

  12. Increase in sensitivity of sensor units of environment refraction index change based on superficial plasmon resonance

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    Ushenin Yu. V.


    Full Text Available Results of computer modeling of an angular spectrum superficial plasmon resonance in metal films measurements with device PLAZMON-5 with infra-red radiator are analysed. It is shown that use of an infra-red source of radiation allows to improve sensitivity of sensor device in comparison with source of visible light. On an example of dielectric refraction indexes measurement with PLAZMON-5 device experimental check of theoretical calculations has been carried out.

  13. Increase in sensitivity of sensor units of environment refraction index change based on superficial plasmon resonance


    Ushenin Yu. V.; Samoylov R. V.; Khristosenko R. V.


    Results of computer modeling of an angular spectrum superficial plasmon resonance in metal films measurements with device PLAZMON-5 with infra-red radiator are analysed. It is shown that use of an infra-red source of radiation allows to improve sensitivity of sensor device in comparison with source of visible light. On an example of dielectric refraction indexes measurement with PLAZMON-5 device experimental check of theoretical calculations has been carried out.

  14. CT-based needle marking of superficial intracranial lesions for minimal invasive neurosurgery

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    Marquardt, G.; Wolff, R.; Schick, U.; Lorenz, R.


    A CT-based method of marking superficial intracranial lesions with a needle is presented. This form of neuronavigation can be applied in every neurosurgical centre. Owing to its rapid application it is also suitable for cases of emergency. The neurosurgical approach can be centred precisely over this lesion providing for a minimally invasive operation. The method has proved its efficacy in numerous cases of haematomas and cystic lesions. (author)

  15. Recanalisation of Chronically Occluded Remote Superficial Femoral Artery Endarterectomy Through Angioplasty for Limb Salvage

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    Husainy, Mohammad Ali, E-mail: [King’s College Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Slim, Hani; Rashid, Hisham [King’s College Hospital, Department of Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom); Huang, Dean Y. [King’s College Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)


    We report a novel application of balloon angioplasty to recanalise a chronically occluded remote endarterectomy superficial femoral artery. This patient previously had two occluded surgical bypass grafts in an attempt to revascularise the limb and presented with critical limb ischaemia and necrotic foot ulcerations. Following the angioplasty, the patient showed significant improvement in rest pain and healing of the ulcerations. This technique may be useful for limb salvage in patients where surgical options have been exhausted.

  16. Superficial Dorsal Vein Injury/Thrombosis Presenting as False Penile Fracture Requiring Dorsal Venous Ligation

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    Arash Rafiei, MD


    Conclusion: Early exploration of patients with suspected penile fracture provides excellent results with maintenance of erectile function. Also, in the setting of dorsal vein thrombosis, ligation preserves the integrity of the penile tissues and avoids unnecessary complications from conservative management. Rafiei A, Hakky TS, Martinez D, Parker J, and Carrion R. Superficial dorsal vein injury/thrombosis presenting as false penile fracture requiring dorsal venous ligation. Sex Med 2014;2:182–185.

  17. Three-dimensional Superficial Liposculpture of the Hips, Flank, and Thighs

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    Yi Xin Zhang, MD


    Conclusions: If performed correctly, 3-dimensional superficial liposuction of the trunk, hips, and thighs can yield very satisfying outcomes because of the excellent contour and the enhanced skin retraction provided by the thin cutaneous adipose flap. Three-dimensional liposuction is a reliable method with proven results. A careful application of the technique combined with accurate surgical planning, a thorough preoperative explanation of real expectations, and postoperative care is crucial.

  18. Immediate Bilateral Breast Reconstruction with Unilateral Deep Superior Epigastric Artery and Superficial Circumflex Iliac Artery Flaps

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    Keith S. Hansen


    Full Text Available Autologous breast reconstruction utilizing a perforator flap is an increasingly popular method for reducing donor site morbidity and implant-related complications. However, aberrant anatomy not readily visible on computed tomography angiography is a rare albeit real risk when undergoing perforator flap reconstruction. We present an operative case of a patient who successfully underwent a bilateral breast reconstruction sourced from a unilateral abdominal flap divided into deep superior epigastric artery and superficial circumflex iliac artery flap segments.

  19. Lateral luxation of the superficial digital flexor tendon from the calcaneal tuber in two horses

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    Meagher, D.M.; Aldrete, A.V.


    Lateral luxation of the superficial digital flexor tendon from the calcaneal tuber occurs in horses as a result of tearing or rupture of the medial retinaculum of the tendon. This report describes the repair of this condition in 2 Thoroughbred race horses, using a surgical technique in which 2 cancellous bone screws were placed in the calcaneus lateral to the tendon, along with suturing the medial retinaculum

  20. Fusarium musae as cause of superficial and deep-seated human infections. (United States)

    Esposto, M C; Prigitano, A; Tortorano, A M


    BLAST analysis in GenBank of 60 Fusarium verticillioides clinical isolates using the sequence of translation elongation factor 1-alpha allowed the identification of four F. musae confirming that this species is not a rare etiology of superficial and deep infections and that its habitat is not restricted to banana fruits. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Sinergia entre alta rugosidad superficial y ambiente corrosivo en el comportamiento a la fatiga del acero sae 1045




    En este artículo se presenta el estudio del comportamiento a fatiga del acero SAE 1045 en cuatro condiciones diferentes: superficie pulida (acabado espejo), ambiente corrosivo (jugo de caña de azúcar), alta rugosidad superficial (superficie equivalente a la encontrada típicamente en los ejes de molino de caña) y una condición que involucra la combinación de las dos últimas. Las anteriores condiciones están presentes en los ejes de maza de molino de caña de azúcar durante el proceso de moliend...

  2. Reducing the negative vocal effects of superficial laryngeal dehydration with humidification. (United States)

    Levendoski, Elizabeth Erickson; Sundarrajan, Anusha; Sivasankar, M Preeti


    Environmental humidification is a simple, cost-effective method believed to reduce superficial laryngeal drying. This study sought to validate this belief by investigating whether humidification treatment would reduce the negative effects of superficial laryngeal dehydration on phonation threshold pressure (PTP). Phonation threshold pressure data analysis may be vulnerable to bias because of lack of investigator blinding. Consequently, this study investigated the extent of PTP analysis reliability between unblinded and blinded investigators. Healthy male and female adults were assigned to a vocal fatigue (n = 20) or control group (n = 20) based on their responses to a questionnaire. PTP was assessed after 2 hours of mouth breathing in low humidity (dehydration challenge), following a 5-minute break in ambient humidity, and after 2 hours of mouth breathing in high humidity (humidification). PTP significantly increased following the laryngeal dehydration challenge. After humidification, PTP returned toward baseline. These effects were observed in both subject groups. PTP measurements were highly correlated between the unblinded and blinded investigator. Humidification may be an effective approach to decrease the detrimental voice effects of superficial laryngeal dehydration. These data lay the foundation for future investigations aimed at preventing and treating the negative voice changes associated with chronic, surface laryngeal drying.

  3. Photoluminescence of a superficial Si nanolayer and an example of its use

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    Ley, M.; Svrcek, V.; Kuznicki, Z.T.


    A characteristic photoluminescence of a superficial Si nanolayer realized by ion implantation has been observed. This effect, being totally independent of those shown recently for a nanoscale Si-layered system, is similar to that produced by Si nanocrystals (Si nc). To visualize the nature and give evidence of this effect, we fabricated samples in two different ways: (i) by incorporation of Si nc into thin SiO 2 films deposited on Si wafer by the spin-on-glass method and (ii) by a nanoscale superficial crystalline-Si modification using medium-energy ion implantation and thermal treatment. In both cases the UV-to-red light conversion has been observed to be independent of wafer post-implantation damage. To show the UV-to-red conversion contribution, we use the ion modified superficial Si layer with its well-defined potential barrier, the so-called carrier collection limit. Such a modified Si structure gives us a method of deconvoluting several optoelectronic features observed experimentally on modified Si. The practical realization is compatible with well-established Si technology

  4. Caracterización superficial en fase gas y líquida de carbones activados

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    Liliana Giraldo Gutierréz


    Full Text Available Se determinó el área superficial de carbones activados obtenidos a partir de cascarilla de café y cáscara de coco, mediante isotermas de adsorción de N2 a 77K. Se compararon los resultados con aquellos obtenidos con un método comúnmente utilizado, el índice de azul de metileno, y se encontró una buena correlación entre las dos áreas determinadas por éste método. Se muestra que los dos métodos permiten realizar un análisis complementario de una superficie porosa./ The superficial area of an activated carbon obtained from coffee husk and coconut shell was determined, by means of isotherms of adsorption of N2 to 77K and the results they area compared with the method of index blue of methylene, finding an good correlation between the two areas determined by this method. This research shows that both methods allow making a complementary analysis of a porous surface.

  5. Superficial leiomyomas of the gastrointestinal tract with interstitial cells of Cajal. (United States)

    Janevska, Vesna; Qerimi, Adelina; Basheska, Neli; Stojkova, Elena; Janevski, Vlado; Jovanovic, Rubens; Zhivadinovik, Julija; Spasevska, Liljana


    Some authors suggest common origin of gastrointestinal stromal tumors from stem cells, which may show diverse differentiation. There are reports in which cells morphologically identical to the interstitial cells of Cajal are found in deep leiomyomas. The aim of this study was to demonstrate CD117 positive cells in superficial gastrointestinal (GI) leiomyomas and to find other cells that would suggest diverse differentiation in histologically typical leiomyoma. We analyzed 8 cases of superficial leiomyomas and one deep leiomyoma, received in our institutions as endoscopically or surgically obtained material. The tumor sections were immunohistochemicaly stained with CD117, CD34, NF, S100, αSMA, desmin, caldesmon and mast cell antigen. All leiomyomas showed diffuse positivity for αSMA, caldesmon and desmin. All of them had CD117 and CD34 positive cells morphologically identical to the interstitial cells of Cajal between smooth muscle fibers, 5 had S-100 and NF positive cells and 2 showed positivity for GFAP. The cells were found in different quantity; they were usually diffusely scattered through the tumors without predilection site, forming small groups in some areas. CD177, CD34, S-100 and NF positive cells are present in superficial leiomyomas and they may suggest common origin of GI stromal tumors.

  6. Interconnectivity between the Superficial Aquifer and the Deep Confined Aquifers of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia

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    Salama, Ramsis B.


    Perth groundwater resources are obtained from three major aquifers that occur beneath the Perth metropolitan area: the Superficial aquifer, Leederville aquifer and Yarragadee aquifer. Each aquifer has a unique seasonal water level pattern controlled by soils, geomorphology and geology. Land use is mainly responsible for variations in recharge; however, the hydraulic properties control aquifer response and water level pattern to a greater degree. Groundwater in the three aquifers is generally of very good quality except in localised areas. Salinity increases with depth and in direction of groundwater flow in the three aquifers. The best water quality is in the Superficial aquifer in the Wanneroo well field area. The geochemistry and stable isotope signatures from the three major aquifers revealed distinct water types that suggest very little hydraulic connection or mixing of waters between these aquifers at the present abstraction and recharge regimes. The results also show that the Leederville and Yarragadee aquifers were recharged during earlier cooler times while the Superficial aquifer is being recharged at present

  7. Thermographic Imaging of the Superficial Temperature in Racing Greyhounds before and after the Race

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    Mari Vainionpää


    Full Text Available A total of 47 racing greyhounds were enrolled in this study on two race days (in July and September, resp. at a racetrack. Twelve of the dogs participated in the study on both days. Thermographic images were taken before and after each race. From the images, superficial temperature points of selected sites (tendo calcaneus, musculus gastrocnemius, musculus gracilis, and musculus biceps femoris portio caudalis were taken and used to investigate the differences in superficial temperatures before and after the race. The thermographic images were compared between the right and left legs of a dog, between the raced distances, and between the two race days. The theoretical heat capacity of a racing greyhound was calculated. With regard to all distances raced, the superficial temperatures measured from the musculus gastrocnemius were significantly higher after the race than at baseline. No significant differences were found between the left and right legs of a dog after completing any of the distances. Significant difference was found between the two race days. The heat loss mechanisms of racing greyhounds during the race through forced conduction, radiation, evaporation, and panting can be considered adequate when observing the calculated heat capacity of the dogs.

  8. Decreased tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in nodular melanomas compared with matched superficial spreading melanomas. (United States)

    Lin, Richard L; Wang, Thomas J; Joyce, Cara J; Mihm, Martin C; Murphy, George F; Lian, Christine G; Lin, Jennifer Y


    Melanoma causes over 9000 deaths annually in the USA. Among its subtypes, nodular melanoma leads to a disproportionate number of fatalities compared with superficial spreading melanoma, the most common subtype. Recent breakthroughs in melanoma research have indicated a strong connection between melanoma virulence and the immune system. We hypothesize that the aggression of nodular melanoma may, in part, be because of decreased recognition by the immune system, as represented by a decreased presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), compared with its superficial spreading counterpart. Indeed, TILs on a primary melanoma have been used as a marker for immune response and have prognostic value for survival and sentinel lymph node status. After matching melanoma cases by age, sex, and Breslow thickness, we found significantly fewer TILs in nodular melanomas than in superficial spreading melanomas. This association was prominent in thin (≤2 mm) melanomas and was no longer significant in thick (>2 mm) melanomas. In addition, this difference in TILs was only present in men and not in women. Our finding suggests that nodular melanomas are more frequently associated with absent TILs, providing an avenue for further investigation into differences in immunogenicity of the primary melanoma and whether they underlie the unique virulence of nodular melanoma.

  9. [Superficial mycoses: comparative study between type 2 diabetic patients and a non-diabetic control group]. (United States)

    García-Humbría, Leila; Richard-Yegres, Nicole; Pérez-Blanco, Maigualida; Yegres, Francisco; Mendoza, Mireya; Acosta, Arnaldo; Hernández, Rosaura; Zárraga, Eluz


    Superficial mycoses are considered to affect more frequently patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM-2), specially onychomycosis and Tinea pedis. The purpose of this study was to compare the dermatophytoses, candidiasis and Pitiriasis versicolor frequency between 40 patients with DM-2 and 40 healthy persons of either sex, 40 years old or more. Clinical, metabolic, mycologic and inmunologic studies against Candida albicans, were carried out. Both diabetics 75% (30/40) and controls 65% (26/40) presented a high frequency of superficial mycoses (no significant difference p = 0.329). Pitiriasis versicolor was not detected in diabetic patients. They presented Tinea unguium, concomitant with Tinea pedis, with a higher frequency. The predominant dermatophyte was Trichophyton rubrum 18/23 (78%) in diabetics and 8/16 (50%) in non diabetics. Candida was isolated as commensal from oral mucous: 23/40 (58%) in diabetics and 21/40 (52%) in non diabetics (serotipo A was the more frequent), and from onychomycosis: 11/40 (28%) in diabetics and 12/40 (30%) in non diabetics. The immunological response was the same in both groups: celular 100%, humoral 20%. No statistical correlation among superficial mycoses, blood glucose level, glycosylated hemoglobin values or the time suffering the disease was observed. The high susceptibility to dermatophytes and Candida sp. infection showed to be associated with age and no with the diabetic type 2 condition in those patients.

  10. Superficial dorsal vein injury/thrombosis presenting as false penile fracture requiring dorsal venous ligation. (United States)

    Rafiei, Arash; Hakky, Tariq S; Martinez, Daniel; Parker, Justin; Carrion, Rafael


    Conditions mimicking penile fracture are extremely rare and have been seldom described. To describe a patient with false penile fracture who presented with superficial dorsal vein injury/thrombosis managed with ligation. A 33-year-old male presented with penile swelling and ecchymosis after intercourse. A penile ultrasound demonstrated a thrombosed superficial dorsal vein but also questionable fracture of the tunica albuginea. As the thrombus was expanding, he was emergently taken to the operating room for exploration and required only dorsal venous ligation. Postoperatively, patient's Sexual Health Inventory for Men score was 23, and he had no issues with erections or sexual intercourse. Early exploration of patients with suspected penile fracture provides excellent results with maintenance of erectile function. Also, in the setting of dorsal vein thrombosis, ligation preserves the integrity of the penile tissues and avoids unnecessary complications from conservative management. Rafiei A, Hakky TS, Martinez D, Parker J, and Carrion R. Superficial dorsal vein injury/thrombosis presenting as false penile fracture requiring dorsal venous ligation.

  11. Association between superficial vein thrombosis and deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremities. (United States)

    Binder, Barbara; Lackner, Helmut Karl; Salmhofer, Wolfgang; Kroemer, Susanne; Custovic, Jasmina; Hofmann-Wellenhof, Rainer


    To evaluate the occurrence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients with superficial vein thrombosis (SVT). A prospective study in patients with sonographically proven SVT. Outpatient department of the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz. Patients Forty-six consecutive patients with superficial vein thrombosis were enrolled. Intervention Every patient underwent color-coded duplex sonography of both lower extremities at the beginning of the study. Important risk factors (eg, history of thromboembolic events, recent immobilization, active malignant disease, and the use of oral contraceptives) were investigated. In 24% of our patients, a concomitant, mostly asymptomatic DVT was found. In 73% of these patients, the DVT occurred in the affected leg, in 9% in the contralateral leg, and in 18% in both legs. The calf muscle veins were most commonly involved. In all patients with DVT, the SVT was located on the lower leg and the D-dimer findings were positive. Superficial vein thrombosis is not a life-threatening disease, but the risk of concomitant DVT cannot be ignored. Color-coded duplex sonography should be performed in patients with SVT to rule out DVT.

  12. Recanalization of superficial femoral artery by retrograde approach via popliteal artery

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    Kim, Jae Kyu; Kim, Hyung Kil; Yun, Ung; Seo, Jeong Jin; Kang, Heoung Keun


    To recanalize the occlusive lesion of superficial femoral artery at origin site by retrograde approach via popliteal artery. 15 patients, who were poor surgical candidates due to coronary artery disease and who had severe occlusive lesion of superficial femoral artery close to its origin with good distal runoffs to popliteal artery, were selected. Patients were all men and range of age were from 53 years to 66 years (mean age: 63 years). Range of lesion length were from 15 cm to 30 cm (mean length: 22.4 cm). Localization of popliteal artery was done with Doppler stethoscope or 'road-map' DSA. The method of recanalization were transluminal endarterectomy catheter (TEC), TEC and angioplasty, thrombolysoangioplasty (TLA). Retrograde puncture of popliteal artery was done in 15 patients successfully. TEC and PTA was performed in 9 patients, TEC only in 2 patients, and TLA and PTA in 2 patients. During the follow-up period of 5 months to 2 years reocclusion did not occur in 10 patients except for 1 patient with poor cardiac output in whom it occurred 1 day later. Remained 4 patients were lost in follow up. Any neurologic or vascular complication did not occur. Retrograde approach of superficial femoral artery via popliteal artery in patients with difficult vascular intervention by common method provides a useful, alternative recanalization method

  13. Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system due to brachial plexus injury: a case report; Siderose superficial do sistema nervoso central por lesao do plexo braquial: relato de caso

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    Setogutti, Enio Tadashi; Cassuriaga, Jefferson; Valduga, Simone Gianella [Fundacao Universitaria de Cardiologia, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Instituto de Cardiologia. Setor de Ressonancia Magnetica]. E-mails:;; Lorenzzoni, Pablo Longhi; Severgnini, Giancarlo Muraro [Fundacao Universitaria de Cardiologia, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Instituto de Cardiologia; Feldman, Carlos Jader [Fundacao Universitaria de Cardiologia, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Instituto de Cardiologia. Setor de Radiologia


    Superficial siderosis can be caused by hemosiderin deposition o the leptomeninges and subpial layers of the neuro-axis due to recurrent subarachnoid haemorrhage. Probable intrathecal bleeding sites must be investigated. In ut t 50% of the patients the bleeding source may be identified and the progression of the disease can be interrupted. In this study, the authors present a case of superficial siderosis of the central nervous system developed two decades after a traumatic lesion of the brachial plexus.(author)

  14. Avaliação da rugosidade superficial de três resinas compostas submetidas a diferentes técnicas de polimento Evaluation of the superficial roughness of three composite resins submitted to different polishing techniques

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    Benícia Carolina Iaskieviscz RIBEIRO


    Full Text Available Neste estudo, avaliou-se a rugosidade superficial de resinas classificadas como compactáveis e uma híbrida tradicional comparando-se diferentes técnicas de polimento. Confeccionaram-se corpos-de-prova, que foram armazenados em água destilada por 24 horas e posteriormente submetidos a duas técnicas de tratamento superficial, em que foram empregados dois sistemas de discos de acabamento e polimento e pontas siliconizadas. Os resultados revelaram maior rugosidade superficial da resina AlertTM em relação a Solitaire® e Degufill Mineral®, não havendo diferenças estatisticamente significantes entre as últimas citadas. A rugosidade superficial das restaurações cujo polimento foi executado com as pontas Enhance® foi maior que o polimento obtido com os sistemas de discos, não havendo diferenças estatisticamente significante entre esses.In this study, the superficial roughness of two composite resins classified as condensable and of a traditional hybrid composite resin was analyzed after different polishing techniques. Test specimens were confected, immersed in distilled water for 24 hours and submitted to two different techniques of superficial treatment, in which disc systems (Sof-LexTM and Super Snap® and silicon tips (Enhance® were utilized. The results revealed the greater superficial roughness of AlertTM, when compared with Solitaire® and Degufill Mineral® - no statistically significant differences were observed between the last two materials. The superficial roughness of the specimens polished with Enhance® tips was greater than that of the specimens polished with discs and there were no statistically significant differences between both disc systems.

  15. Endurecimiento superficial de aceros y fundiciones mediante láser de Nd: YAG

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    Sagaró, R.


    Full Text Available This work relates with heat treatment by laser of metallic surfaces. The hardening of steels AISI 1045, W1, W112 and flake and nodular cast irons was carried out using a Nd: YAG laser. Operation parameters of laser like beam power (P and traverse speed of the laser Spot (V are closely related to the depth of hardening. The authors present some analyses on metallographic studies. In all cases Vickers microhardness valves of about 500-900 HV (three or four times higher than original substrates. Relations between microhardness and depth of hardening are presented for the processed materials. Experimental results showed that the scan speed increase produces a decrease on depth of hardening as reported by others researchers. On the other hand, the samples with higher carbon content show lower hardenining depth. In addition, tribological tests were carried out. These tests show wear resistance when compared with conventional heat treatment. The frictional coefficient decrease in the samples with laser surface treatment.

    En el trabajo se presentan los resultados del tratamiento térmico superficial, con técnica láser, de superficies metálicas. Con el empleo de un láser de Nd:YAG se procedió al endurecimiento superficial de los aceros AISI 1045, W1, W112 y fundiciones de tipo laminar y nodular. Se presentan los resultados del tratamiento térmico superficial atendiendo al parámetro velocidad de barrido del haz de láser (V. De igual forma se estudian las microestructuras metalográficas obtenidas. En todos los casos, se obtienen valores de microdureza Vickers que oscilan entre los 500-900 HV (incrementos de tres-cuatro veces respecto al material base. Los resultados obtenidos permiten afirmar que, en todos los casos estudiados, el incremento de la velocidad de barrido provocó una disminución de la profundidad de la capa endurecida, en correspondencia con otros resultados expuestos en la literatura especializada. Las experiencias del

  16. Case report: partial relapse of Bell's palsy following superficial radiotherapy to a basal cell carcinoma in the temple

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    Brincat, Stephen; Mantell, B.S.


    A patient who developed a partial relapse of Bell's palsy following superficial radiotherapy to a basal cell carcinoma in the temple is reported. Nerves injured by Bell's palsy may be more susceptible to radiation induced damage. (author)

  17. Superficial epigastric vein sparing in the saphenous-femoral crossectomy or in the closures of the saphena magna. (United States)

    Genovese, Giuseppe; Furino, Ermenegildo; Quarto, Gennaro


    Considerations based on years of experience, have led our school to spare the superior collateral vein: the superficial epigastric vein. 1536 selective epigastric-sparing crossectomies performed with the support of Duplex US to detect the normal functioning of terminal saphenous-fermoral junction and femoral valves. The selective-haemodynamic sapheno-femoral junction ligation" (although this is not strictly done), saves from ligation (but only in the presence of functioning femoral and saphenous terminal valves) and division the termination of the superficial epigastric vein into the common femoral vein. Superficial epigastric vein is a descending draining vessel, assisted by gravity (unlike the inferior collaterals). In case of obesity or portal hypertension, the spared superficial epigastric vein could drain into the common femoral vein keeping its anatomical and haemodynamic functions. The resulting anterograde flow will provide some flow through the residual saphenous stump, preventing its thrombosis. Duplex US, Ligation, Saphenous vein.

  18. Study of the mechanisms involved in the laser superficial hardening process of metallic alloys; Estudo dos mecanismos envolvidos no processo de endurecimento superficial a laser de ligas metalicas

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    Silva, Edmara Marques Rodrigues da


    The laser superficial hardening process of a ferrous alloy (gray cast iron) and of an aluminum-silicon alloy was investigated in this work. These metallic alloys are used in the automobile industry for manufacturing cylinders and pistons, respectively. By application of individual pulses and single tracks, the involved mechanisms during the processing were studied. Variables such as energy density, power density, temporal width, beam diameter on the sample surface, atmosphere of the processing region, overlapping and scanning velocity. The hardened surface was characterized by optical and scanning electronic microscopy, dispersive energy microanalysis, X-ray mapping, X-ray diffraction, and measurements of roughness and Vickers microhardness. Depending on the processing parameters, it is possible to obtain different microstructures. The affected area of gray cast iron, can be hardened by remelting or transformation hardening (total or partial) if the reached temperature is higher or not that of melting temperature. Laser treatment originated new structures such as retained austenite, martensite and, occasionally, eutectic of cellular dendritic structure. Aluminum-silicon alloy does not have phase transformation in solid state, it can be hardened only by remelting. The increase of hardness is a function of the precipitation hardening process, which makes the silicon particles smaller and more disperse in the matrix. Maximal values of microhardness (700-1000 HV) were reached with the laser treatment in gray cast iron samples. The initial microhardness is of 242 HV. For aluminum-silicon alloy, the laser remelting increases the initial microhardness of 128 HV to the range of 160-320 HV. The found results give a new perspective for using the CLA/IPEN's laser in the heat treatment area. Besides providing a higher absorptivity to the materials, compared with the CO{sub 2} laser, and optical fiber access, the superficial hardening with Nd:YAG laser, depending on the

  19. Risk factors for recurrent events in subjects with superficial vein thrombosis in the randomized clinical trial SteFlux (Superficial Thromboembolism Fluxum). (United States)

    Cosmi, Benilde; Filippini, Massimo; Campana, Fausto; Avruscio, Giampiero; Ghirarduzzi, Angelo; Bucherini, Eugenio; Camporese, Giuseppe; Imberti, Davide; Legnani, Cristina; Palareti, Gualtiero


    To evaluate risk factors for recurrent events in patients enrolled in the SteFlux (Superficial Thromboembolism Fluxum) clinical trial which compared different doses and duration of low molecular weight heparin (parnaparin) for superficial vein thrombosis (SVT). Outpatients with acute SVT of at least 4 cm in length of the internal or external saphenous veins or their collaterals were randomized in a double blind fashion to receive either parnaparin 8500 UI aXa od for ten days followed by placebo for 20 days or 8500 UI aXa od for ten days followed by 6400 UI aXa od for 20 days or 4250 UI aXa od for 30 days. Outcomes were the composite of symptomatic and asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and SVT recurrence or extension in the first 30+/-3 days with a 60+/-3 day follow-up. 98 outcomes (14.7%) were recorded during 93 days among 664 patients (M/F: 246/418, mean age 65). After correction for treatment, outcomes during 33 days were associated with previous venous thromboembolism (VTE) and/or SVT and/or family history of VTE (odds ratio-OR: 2.5; 95% confidence interval - CI: 1.4-4.8; p=0.003). After stopping LMWH treatment, only the absence of varicose veins (OR: 2.5; 95% CI 1.3-5.0; p=0.004) and previous VTE and/or SVT and/or family history of VTE (OR: 1.9; 95% CI:1.0-3.7; p=0.048) were significantly associated with outcomes. SVT patients with these factors may deserve a higher intensity and/or longer anticoagulant treatment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Cyclic testing of porcelain laminiate veneers on superficial enamel and dentin: Pressed vs. conventional layered porcelain (United States)

    Tawde, Shweta

    Statement of Problem: Clinicians are inclined towards more aggressive teeth preparations to accommodate the thickness of the veneering material. The principle of conservative tooth preparation is compromised. Purpose: By using a conservative approach to treatment with porcelain veneers, long-lasting, esthetic and functional results may be achieved. Sacrificing as little tooth structure as possible and conserving the supporting tissues will facilitate prospective patients. Materials and Methods: Forty extracted human maxillary and mandibular canines were selected. The teeth were divided into one of two groups (pressable and stackable) and further subdivided according to tooth substrate (all-enamel or mixed enamel-dentin exposure). Twenty canine teeth were allotted to the pressable veneer group and 20 were allotted to the stackable veneer group. Of the 20 teeth in the pressable group, all were pressed with a lithium disilicate ceramic system (IPS e.max Press), 10 with labial tooth reduction of 0.3-0.5 mm maintaining superficial enamel (PEN) and the remaining 10 teeth with labial veneer reduction of 0.8-1.0 mm exposing superficial dentin (PDN). Of the 20 teeth in the stackable group, all were stacked/ layered with conventional feldspathic porcelain (Fortune; Williams/ Ivoclar); with labial veneer reduction of 0.3-0.5 mm maintaining superficial enamel (SEN) and the remaining 10 teeth with labial veneer reduction of 0.8-1.0 mm exposing superficial dentin (SDN). Silicon putty matrix was fabricated prior to teeth preparation to estimate the teeth reduction. The prepared facial reduction was limited to the incisal edge. No incisal or palatal/lingual reduction was performed. Impressions of the prepared teeth were taken in medium/light-bodied PVS. Master casts were made in Resin Rock. The stackable group specimens were made with fabricating refractory dies and after following the recommended steps of laboratory procedure, stackable veneers were processed. The pressable group

  1. Telhado verde: desempenho do sistema construtivo na redução do escoamento superficial

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    Pedro Tyaquiçã da Silva Santos

    Full Text Available Na atualidade, metade da população mundial reside em centros urbanos, e os impactos negativos decorrentes de eventos hidrológicos têm sido recorrentes, visto que, com o aumento da impermeabilização, há redução nas taxas de infiltração, levando à diminuição da recarga dos aquíferos e à diminuição do escoamento de base. Consequentemente, o escoamento superficial é intensificado, aumentando a frequência e a magnitude dos picos de cheia, o que pode resultar na ocorrência de inundações, especialmente nos centros urbanos. Por outro lado, verifica-se já há algum tempo o emprego de telhados verdes em várias partes do mundo para contribuição arquitetônica estética e melhoria do conforto ambiental. Além desses enfoques, esta solução vem sendo tratada, também, como uma estrutura de controle do escoamento pluvial. Considerando características reais e os dados obtidos em campo, foi realizada a simulação da dinâmica da água em dois telhados verdes, com o emprego do código computacional Hydrus-1D, para diferentes intensidades de precipitação, visando verificar o desempenho desse sistema construtivo na redução do escoamento superficial. Os hidrogramas de saída mostraram-se qualitativamente adequados e quantitativamente coerentes e pode-se concluir que os telhados verdes constituem importantes dispositivos no amortecimento do escoamento superficial oriundo dos telhados, para as condições climáticas da área investigada.

  2. Efectos del entrenamiento en superficies inestables sobre el equilibrio y funcionalidad en adultos mayores

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    Juan C. López S


    Full Text Available Objetivo: determinar los efectos de un programa de ocho semanas de entrenamiento en superficies inestables con y sin trabajo de fuerza, sobre el equilibrio y la capacidad funcional en adultos mayores de 60 años, pertenecientes al programa “Escuelas populares del deporte” del inder Medellín. Metodología: se llevó a cabo un estudio experimental simple, ciego y enmascarado con asignación al azar de 34 sujetos a dos grupos de intervención con y sin trabajo de fuerza sobre superficies inestables; se midió el equilibrio unipodal, bipodal con ojos abiertos y cerrados, además de pruebas funcionales como Up and Go, arm curl y chair test. Resultados: las intervenciones con y sin trabajo de fuerza mejoraron el equilibrio total en 57,0 y 69,5 segundos respectivamente, sin diferencias estadísticamente significativas en la comparación entre los grupos (p = 0,13. Se mejoró la velocidad de la marcha con ambas intervenciones sin diferencias intragrupos estadísticamente significativas (p = 0,33 pero importantes para la práctica. Conclusión: ambas intervenciones mejoran el equilibrio, sin embargo existen diferencias importantes para la práctica a favor del programa sobre superficies inestables sin trabajo de fuerza, pues la intervención tiene un mejor efecto sobre el equilibrio unipodal y bipodal tanto con ojos abiertos como con cerrados.

  3. Nodular melanoma is less likely than superficial spreading melanoma to be histologically associated with a naevus. (United States)

    Pan, Yan; Adler, Nikki R; Wolfe, Rory; McLean, Catriona A; Kelly, John W


    To determine the frequency of naevus-associated melanoma among superficial spreading and nodular subtypes; and to investigate associations between naevus-associated melanoma and other clinico-pathological characteristics. Cross-sectional study of all patients with nodular and superficial spreading melanomas diagnosed between 1994 and 2015 at the Victorian Melanoma Service, Melbourne. Clinical and pathological characteristics of naevus-associated and de novo melanomas were assessed in univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses. Of 3678 primary melanomas, 1360 (37.0%) were histologically associated with a naevus and 2318 (63.0%) were de novo melanomas; 71 of 621 nodular (11.4%) and 1289 of 3057 superficial spreading melanomas (42.2%) were histologically associated with a naevus. In multivariable analyses, the odds of being associated with a naevus were higher for melanomas located on the trunk (v head and neck: adjusted odds ratio [OR], 2.27; 95% CI, 1.73-2.96; P melanomas (adjusted OR, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.48-0.97; P = 0.035), and older age (patients 70 years or older v patients under 30 at diagnosis: adjusted OR, 0.28; 95% CI, 0.20-0.40; P melanomas as for nodular melanomas (adjusted OR, 3.05; 95% CI, 2.24-4.17; P Melanomas are most likely to arise in the absence of a pre-existing naevus, particularly nodular melanomas. Public health campaigns should therefore emphasise the detection of suspicious de novo lesions, as well as of changing lesions.

  4. Reduced vaginal elasticity, reduced lubrication, and deep and superficial dyspareunia in irradiated gynecological cancer survivors. (United States)

    Stinesen Kollberg, Karin; Waldenström, Ann-Charlotte; Bergmark, Karin; Dunberger, Gail; Rossander, Anna; Wilderäng, Ulrica; Åvall-Lundqvist, Elisabeth; Steineck, Gunnar


    The purpose of this study was to examine whether or not vaginal elasticity or lack of lubrication is associated with deep or superficial dyspareunia. We investigated gynecological cancer survivors treated with radiation therapy. In a population-based study with 616 women answering a questionnaire (participation rate 78%) and who were treated with radiotherapy for gynecological cancer, we analyzed information from 243 women (39%) who reported that they had had intercourse during the previous six months. Analyses included log-binomial regression (relative risks) and multiple imputations by chained equations in combination with Bayesian Model Averaging, yielding a posterior probability value. Age range of this cancer recurrent-free group of women was 29-80. Dyspareunia affected 164 of 243 of the women (67%). One hundred thirty-four women (55%) reported superficial pain, 97 women (40%) reported deep pain, and 87 women (36%) reported both types of dyspareunia. The relative risk (RR) of deep dyspareunia was 1.87 (CI 1.41-2.49) with impaired vaginal elasticity compared to normal vaginal elasticity. Age and lower abdominal swelling were separate risk factors for deep dyspareunia. However, effects remain after adjusting for these factors. The relative risk of deep dyspareunia was almost twice as high with impaired vaginal elasticity compared to normal vaginal elasticity. If we wish to treat or even prevent deep dyspareunia in women with gynecological cancer, we may use our knowledge of the pathophysiology of deep dyspareunia and increasingly provide dilators together with instructions on how to use them for stretching exercises in order to retain vaginal elasticity. Results highlight the need for studies with more precise questions distinguishing superficial from deep dyspareunia so that in the future we may be able to primarily try to avoid reduced vaginal elasticity and secondarily reduce the symptoms.


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    Full Text Available Mediante a  aplicação da equação proposta por Kirby (1976,  aliada a levantamento das variáveis físicas  da bacia do Ivaí, este trabalho se propõe a analisar o comportamento do escoamento superficial nessa importante bacia hidrográfica do estado do Paraná. Para tanto, foram levantadas as variáveis precipitação média anual, precipitação média por evento, capacidade de campo dos solos e evapotranspiração. Essas variáveis foram  espacializadas e analisadas com o suporte das características geológicas, geomorfológicas, pedológicas e climáticas da bacia hidrográfica. O resultado da análise foi integrado, em ambiente digital, em um Sistema de informação Geográfica, fornecendo uma carta síntese das taxas de escoamento superficial da bacia. O resultado mostra que no curso inferior da bacia hidrográfica, região do Arenito Caiuá (Kr, ocorrem as maiores taxas de escoamento superficial da bacia. Tal fato é atestado pela agressiva erosão que sofrem os solos desenvolvidos sobre estas litologias na região Noroeste do estado do Paraná.

  6. Tendon vibration attenuates superficial venous vessel response of the resting limb during static arm exercise

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    Ooue Anna


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The superficial vein of the resting limb constricts sympathetically during exercise. Central command is the one of the neural mechanisms that controls the cardiovascular response to exercise. However, it is not clear whether central command contributes to venous vessel response during exercise. Tendon vibration during static elbow flexion causes primary muscle spindle afferents, such that a lower central command is required to achieve a given force without altering muscle force. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate whether a reduction in central command during static exercise with tendon vibration influences the superficial venous vessel response in the resting limb. Methods Eleven subjects performed static elbow flexion at 35% of maximal voluntary contraction with (EX + VIB and without (EX vibration of the biceps brachii tendon. The heart rate, mean arterial pressure, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE in overall and exercising muscle were measured. The cross-sectional area (CSAvein and blood velocity of the basilic vein in the resting upper arm were assessed by ultrasound, and blood flow (BFvein was calculated using both variables. Results Muscle tension during exercise was similar between EX and EX + VIB. However, RPEs at EX + VIB were lower than those at EX (P P vein in the resting limb at EX decreased during exercise from baseline (P vein at EX + VIB did not change during exercise. CSAvein during exercise at EX was smaller than that at EX + VIB (P vein did not change during the protocol under either condition. The decreases in circulatory response and RPEs during EX + VIB, despite identical muscle tension, showed that activation of central command was less during EX + VIB than during EX. Abolishment of the decrease in CSAvein during exercise at EX + VIB may thus have been caused by a lower level of central command at EX + VIB rather than EX. Conclusion Diminished central command induced by tendon

  7. Tendon vibration attenuates superficial venous vessel response of the resting limb during static arm exercise. (United States)

    Ooue, Anna; Sato, Kohei; Hirasawa, Ai; Sadamoto, Tomoko


    The superficial vein of the resting limb constricts sympathetically during exercise. Central command is the one of the neural mechanisms that controls the cardiovascular response to exercise. However, it is not clear whether central command contributes to venous vessel response during exercise. Tendon vibration during static elbow flexion causes primary muscle spindle afferents, such that a lower central command is required to achieve a given force without altering muscle force. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate whether a reduction in central command during static exercise with tendon vibration influences the superficial venous vessel response in the resting limb. Eleven subjects performed static elbow flexion at 35% of maximal voluntary contraction with (EX + VIB) and without (EX) vibration of the biceps brachii tendon. The heart rate, mean arterial pressure, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) in overall and exercising muscle were measured. The cross-sectional area (CSAvein) and blood velocity of the basilic vein in the resting upper arm were assessed by ultrasound, and blood flow (BFvein) was calculated using both variables. Muscle tension during exercise was similar between EX and EX + VIB. However, RPEs at EX + VIB were lower than those at EX (P tension, showed that activation of central command was less during EX + VIB than during EX. Abolishment of the decrease in CSAvein during exercise at EX + VIB may thus have been caused by a lower level of central command at EX + VIB rather than EX. Diminished central command induced by tendon vibration may attenuate the superficial venous vessel response of the resting limb during sustained static arm exercise.

  8. Fondaparinux for the treatment of superficial-vein thrombosis in the legs. (United States)

    Decousus, Hervé; Prandoni, Paolo; Mismetti, Patrick; Bauersachs, Rupert M; Boda, Zoltán; Brenner, Benjamin; Laporte, Silvy; Matyas, Lajos; Middeldorp, Saskia; Sokurenko, German; Leizorovicz, Alain


    The efficacy and safety of anticoagulant treatment for patients with acute, symptomatic superficial-vein thrombosis in the legs, but without concomitant deep-vein thrombosis or symptomatic pulmonary embolism at presentation, have not been established. In a randomized, double-blind trial, we assigned 3002 patients to receive either fondaparinux, administered subcutaneously at a dose of 2.5 mg once daily, or placebo for 45 days. The primary efficacy outcome was a composite of death from any cause or symptomatic pulmonary embolism, symptomatic deep-vein thrombosis, or symptomatic extension to the saphenofemoral junction or symptomatic recurrence of superficial-vein thrombosis at day 47. The main safety outcome was major bleeding. The patients were followed until day 77. The primary efficacy outcome occurred in 13 of 1502 patients (0.9%) in the fondaparinux group and 88 of 1500 patients (5.9%) in the placebo group (relative risk reduction with fondaparinux, 85%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 74 to 92; Pvein thrombosis was 85% lower in the fondaparinux group than in the placebo group (0.2% vs. 1.3%; 95% CI, 50 to 95; Pvein thrombosis. Major bleeding occurred in one patient in each group. The incidence of serious adverse events was 0.7% with fondaparinux and 1.1% with placebo. Fondaparinux at a dose of 2.5 mg once a day for 45 days was effective in the treatment of patients with acute, symptomatic superficial-vein thrombosis of the legs and did not have serious side effects. (Funded by GlaxoSmithKline; number, NCT00443053.)

  9. Extended-Duration Treatment of Superficial Vein Thrombosis of the Lower Limbs with Tinzaparin. (United States)

    Nikolakopoulos, Konstantinos M; Kakkos, Stavros K; Papageorgopoulou, Chrysanthi P; Tsolakis, Ioannis A


    To identify risk factors for recurrent thromboembolic events (RTEs) and define the optimum duration of treatment with tinzaparin in patients with superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the lower limbs. A total of 147 consecutive patients with significant SVT were treated with subcutaneously administered tinzaparin. The composite primary endpoint of the study was RTE, deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE) at 120 days. Patients were stratified into group A, where patients received a variable dose of tinzaparin for up to 60 days (n=98), and a subsequent group B-ext, where patients received a standardized intermediate dose of tinzaparin (n=49) for 90 days. RTEs occurred in 15/147 patients (10.2%), including recurrent SVT (n=10), DVT (n=4) and fatal PE (n=1). RTEs were less frequent in group B-ext (0% vs. 15.3% for group A, P=0.004), a difference that remained significant at the one-year follow-up. Clinically extensive SVT was an independent predictor for RTEs (hazard ratio, 5.94; 95% confidence interval, 2.05-17.23; P=0.001, Cox regression). Predictors or DVT or PE in group A included clinically extensive SVT (P=0.004), absence of local pain (P=0.023) and the ultrasound findings of superficial axial vein thrombosis (any, P=0.006 or isolated, P=0.036) and multiple thrombosed superficial venous sites (P<0.001). An extended three-month regimen of tinzaparin in patients with SVT of the lower limbs is more effective than a shorter course and may be desirable in patients with risk factors.

  10. Anatomical study of superficial fascia and localized fat deposits of abdomen (United States)

    Kumar, Pramod; Pandey, Arvind K.; Kumar, Brijesh; Aithal, Shrinivas K.


    Background: The development of liposuction and abdominoplasty has renewed interest in the anatomy of the localized fat deposits (LFD) areas of the abdomen. This study aims at ascertaining the gross anatomy of superficial fascia and the localized fat deposits of abdomen. Materials and Methods: Eight adult cadavers (four males and four females) were dissected. Attachments, number of layers of fascia and colour, shape and maximum size of the fat lobules in loin, and upper and lower abdomen were noted. Thickness of deep membranous layer of superficial fascia of upper abdomen and lower abdomen were measured by metal casing electronic digital calipers, with resolution being 10 μm. The independent sample t-test, ANOVA for comparison and Pearson coefficient for correlation were used. Results: Superficial fascia of the abdomen was multilayered in the midline and number of layers reduced laterally. The shape, size, color, and arrangement of fat lobules were different in different locations. The thickness of the fascia of the lower abdomen in males (mean 528.336 ± SE38.48) was significantly (P < 0.041) more than that in females. (Mean 390.822 ± SE36.24). Pearson correlation between thickness of the membranous layer of the upper and lower abdomen revealed moderately positive correlation (r=0.718; P<0.045). Conclusions: The LFD in the central region of the abdomen corresponds to the area of multilayered fascia with smaller fat lobules. The relatively thinner supporting fascia of the lower abdomen in females may be responsible for excessive bulges of the lower abdomen. The fat lobule anatomy at different sites under study was different. PMID:22279283

  11. Segurança da ceratectomia fotorrefrativa com mitomicina-C para o tratamento de hipermetropia após ceratotomia radial Safety of photorefractive keratectomy with mitomycin-C for the treatment of hyperopia after radial keratotomy

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    Ramon Coral Ghanem


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a segurança da ceratectomia fotorrefrativa (PRK com mitomicina-C (MMC em olhos com hipermetropia consecutiva à ceratotomia radial. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados prospectivamente 60 olhos de 36 pacientes consecutivos, submetidos à ceratectomia fotorrefrativa personalizada pela frente de onda corneana com o laser Esiris Schwind. Realizaram-se desepitelização mecânica, seguida da fotoabla ção, e utilização de MMC 0,02% por 20 ou 40 segundos. Em 16 olhos (26,7% a MMC foi aplicada por 40 segundos. Estes foram submetidos a ablações mais profundas do que 100 micra ou apresentavam córneas submetidas a suturas prévias. Os pacientes foram acompanhados por um ano. RESULTADOS: O equivalente esférico (EE médio antes do PRK era +4,27 D ± 2,18 e a acuidade visual corrigida (AVcc média era 0,174 ± 0,139 (logMAR. O EE médio programado no laser foi +4,74 D ± 2,11, resultando em uma profundidade de ablação de 78 ± 28 µm (de 33 a 148. Não foram observadas complicações intraoperatórias. Após um ano observaram-se: EE médio de + 0,04 D ± 1,03 (pPURPOSE: To evaluate the safety of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK with mitomycin-C (MMC in eyes with hyperopia after radial keratotomy. METHODS: Sixty eyes of 36 consecutive patients treated with corneal wavefront-guided PRK using an Esiris-Schwind excimer laser were prospectively evaluated. Corneal epithelium was mechanically removed, followed by photoablation and use of 0.02% MMC for 20 or 40 seconds. In 16 eyes (26.7%, MMC was applied for 40 seconds. These eyes underwent ablations deeper than 100 micron or had previous corneal sutures. Patients were followedup for 12 months. RESULTS: The mean spherical equivalent (SE before PRK was +4.27 D ± 2.18, and the mean bestcorrected visual acuity (BCVA was 0.174 ± 0.139 (logMAR. The planned laser SE correction was +4.74 D ± 2.11, resulting in an ablation depth of 78 ± 28 µm (from 33 to 148. No intraoperative complications were

  12. Tensión superficial: un modelo experimental con materiales sencillos


    Esteban Szigety; Javier Viau; María Alejandra Tintori Ferreira; Horacio Gibbs


    En este trabajo se presenta una propuesta didáctica basada en una actividad experimental utilizando materiales de muy bajo costo, orientada a lograr que los alumnos comprendan e interpreten el fenómeno de tensión superficial conjuntamente con la importancia de la modelización en ciencias. Tiene como objetivo principal de enseñanza acercar al alumno a la mecánica de los fluidos estáticos y las fuerzas intermoleculares, combinando contenidos científicos con cuestiones cercanas al estudiante lo ...

  13. Anesthetic management of a patient with Kimura′s disease for superficial parotidectomy

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    Dalim Kumar Baidya


    Full Text Available Kimura′s disease is a rare form of chronic eosinophilic inflammatory disease with vascular proliferation involving salivary gland, skin, lymph node, and kidney. Important anesthetic concerns include increased surgical bleeding due to its vascular nature, airway involvement by the mass leading to a possible difficult airway, allergic symptoms associated with high eosinophil count and elevated IgE level and nephrotic syndrome due to involvement of kidney by the inflammatory process. There is paucity of information in the literature on the anesthetic management of Kimura′s disease. We describe the anesthesia technique and review the literature of such a case posted for superficial parotidectomy.

  14. Epidemiology of superficial and cutaneous mycosis in 5500 suspected patients in Tehran

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    Ayatollah Nasrollahi Omran


    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Identification of the determatophytosis species and superficial mycosis agents may be useful in directing the survey for environmental and animal sources of infection to educate the danger of acquiring infections from infected persons and other animals. Based on this background the identification of cutaneous mycosis distribution was the main purpose."n"nMethods: From March 2005 to Feb 2009 we examined 5500 patients suspected to superficial and cutaneous mycosis referred to medical mycology labs in Tehran, Iran for Medical Mycology examination. Skin, hair and nail sampling were taken by scraping from patients and collected for diagnosis. Diagnosis was confirmed by direct microscopy and culture according to the mycology routine laboratory methods."n"nResults: A total of 2271 cases (41.3% suffered from superficial and cutaneous mycosis. The most common infections were dermatophytosis 1279 cases (56.31%, Tinea Versicolor 356 cases (15.47%, Erythersma 283 cases (12.46%, cutaneous candidiosis 243 cases (10.7% and sacrophytic cutaneous mycosis 110 cases (4.83%. Tichophyton mentagrophytes was the most common etiological agent with 198 cases (41.56%. The most common clinical type of cutaneous candidiasis was

  15. Superficial deposits in northeast flank of Sierras Australes (Provincia de Buenos Aires, Republica Argentina)

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    Gentile, R.; Fucks, E.; De Francesco, F.


    Pleistocene and Holocene superficial deposits, which have been recognized in an area of 1500 km2 in the northeast flank of Sierras Australes, are characterized. In divide they are underlain by silts and siltstone which are called Sediments Pampeanas. There, a lower sequence, consisting mainly of aeolian sediments (loess) with scarce fluvial deposits and diamictons, was recognized. In some places an upper sequence that is product of aeolian and anthropogenic activity, was also recognized. In the valley sequences, the loess deposits can not only be underlain by fluvial sediments but can also overlain them. The more recent fluvial deposits which have eroded loess sequences are of the post conquest age [es

  16. Analysis of superficial fluorescence patterns in nonmelanoma skin cancer during photodynamic therapy by a dosimetric model (United States)

    Salas-García, I.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Arce-Diego, J. L.


    In this work the superficial fluorescence patterns in different nonmelanoma skin cancers and their photodynamic treatment response are analysed by a fluorescence based dosimetric model. Results show differences of even more than 50% in the fluorescence patterns as photodynamic therapy progresses depending on the malignant tissue type. They demonstrate the great relevance of the biological media as an additional dosimetric factor and contribute to the development of a future customized therapy with the assistance of dosimetric tools to interpret the fluorescence images obtained during the treatment monitoring and the differential photodiagnosis.

  17. Superficial peroneal nerve paresis in a dancer caused by a midfoot ganglion: case report. (United States)

    Martin, Darrell; Dowling, Jamie; Rowan, Fiachra; Casey, Mary; O'Grady, Paul


    Ganglion cysts are common benign masses, usually occurring in the hands and feet. This report describes the case of a young female Irish dancer who presented with paresthesia of her foot due to a ganglion in near proximity to the superficial peroneal nerve. Midfoot ganglia in young girls engaged in Irish dance can limit their ability to participate. This pathology requires further epidemiological studies to investigate its prevalence. In the event of failed conservative management, surgical intervention to excise the cyst and decompress the nerve is an effective treatment to facilitate return to dancing.

  18. Diseño nanotecnológico de superficies con propiedades antibacterianas: el grafeno

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    P de la Peña Benítez

    Full Text Available La nanotecnología se está convirtiendo en los últimos años en una inmejorable herramienta en la elección de materiales para el diseño arquitectónico de espacios sensibles a las bacterias, como hospitales, clínicas, etc. El presente artículo hace un recorrido sobre las principales superficies antibacterianas. Siendo el grafeno un material que ofrece unas posibilidades inigualables gracias a sus propiedades, permitiéndonos mejorar los acabados superficiales por su alta actividad bactericida.

  19. Estudio in vitro de la microdureza superficial en resinas compuestas de metacrilato y silorano


    Salas Castro, Yeni; Lozano Castro, Felipe


    Objetivo. Evaluar la microdureza superficial in vitro de dos materiales restauradores; una resina de metacrilato Filtek® Z350 XT y una resina de silorano Filtek® P90. Materiales y métodos. Estudio prospectivo, transversal y experimental donde se elaboraron diez cilindros de 6 mm de diámetro por 6 mm de altura de cada uno de los materiales en estudio, siendo polimerizadas por una lámpara LED a 40 segundos, para luego ser almacenadas en agua destilada a 37 ºC durante 24 h. Se realizó l...

  20. Primary temporal region squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed by a superficial temporal artery biopsy

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    Andersen, S A W; Kiss, K


    artery biopsy was performed. The histopathology revealed perineural invasion of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). A thorough investigation revealed no other primary site for the SCC and the patient was treated with surgical excision. CONCLUSION: Malignancy is rarely found in superficial temporal artery...... biopsies and lymphoma is the most common malignancy reported. In this rare case, the patient had right temporal pain explained by perineural invasion of a primary SCC in the right temporal region, which was treated with surgical excision guided by perioperative fresh frozen histology....

  1. Congenital agenesis of the superficial posterior compartment calf muscles in a 13-month-old infant. (United States)

    Kang, Jin Young; Jang, Dae-Hyun


    Muscle agenesis may induce cosmetic and functional deficits, particularly if the muscle is an axial limb or a large muscle. Limb muscle agenesis is a rare condition. Here, the authors report the case of a 13-mo-old girl with unilateral atrophic calf and gait abnormality. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed agenesis of the posterior superficial compartment of the calf. The patient showed an out-toeing calcaneal gait and fibular length discrepancy secondarily during growth. Normal embryology and the differential diagnostic point of foot deformity as well as the clinical implications of calf agenesis are described.

  2. Percutaneous treatment of delayed post-atherectomy superficial femoral artery pseudoaneurysm. (United States)

    Akkus, Nuri Ilker; Fay, Matt; Varma, Jai


    SilverHawk atherectomy is commonly used in lower extremity percutaneous interventions. Minor perforations during SilverHawk atherectomy procedures are reported at a range of 0.8%. There are few reported cases in the literature about very late pseuodoaneursym formation after SilverHawk atherectomy. Herein we report a very unusual, late, concealed, acute rupture of superficial femoral artery with a large, painful pseuodoaneursym formation, 1 week after Silver- Hawk atherectomy and its treatment with Viabahn stent graft (W.L. Gore & Associates).

  3. El principio superficies solo cedit en el marco edificatorio y sus excepciones


    Morales Saura, Susana


    Nuestro objetivo es dar una visión global y actual de la accesión industrial inmobiliaria y del principio romano que la informa (superficies solo cedit) en nuestro Derecho vivo, comprobando como tras más de 2000 años este principio sigue siendo útil como mecanismo para la resolución de conflictos entre el dueño de un terreno y quién edifica en él sin derecho a hacerlo; tomando también en consideración la existencia de nuevas figuras o instituciones jurídicas que, aunque conducen a una disocia...

  4. The Effect of Superficial Damage on the Mechanical Properties of Flexible Composite Pipe for Transporting Hydrocarbons

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    Luz Amparo Quintero Ortiz


    Full Text Available This research examines the influence of outer sheath scratching on the mechanical properties of two systems of flexible composite pipe with nonmetal-reinforcement for transporting hydrocarbons. Tensile testing was carried out on notched rings, using Shore D hardness testing, and by physical characterization using cofocal microscopy on specimens with and without superficial damage. The tests were conducted following international technical standards and specifications. The results showed that variation in the depth and spacing of scratches affect the mechanical properties of the pipe, reducing ultimate tensile strength and leading to unit deformation. The effects are greater the deeper the scratches.

  5. Degeneración Basal versus Degeneración Superficial en la Condromalacia Rotuliana


    López Alonso, A.; Cuevas Castresana, Carlos de las; Díaz Flores, L.; Alvares Argüelles, H.; Aznar Aznar, A.


    Se hace un estudio en base a las muestras tisulares procedentes de pacientes afectos de condromalacia rotuliana, artrosis y dos casos considerados como testigos. Los hallazgos morfológicos son bastantes similares en los casos de condromalacia rotuliana y artrosis, lo que parece indicar que la condromalacia puede considerarse como un estado preartrósico patelar, si bien en esta son más acusados los fenómenos de rarefacción de la matriz del cartílago superficial y medio de la ...





    La proteína Sonic hedgehog (Shh) regula el destino celular y la morfogénesis de diversos órganos durante el desarrollo embrionario y también se ha involucrado en cáncer. Shh se expresa en diversos epitelios. Las células epiteliales tienen una superficie dividida en un polo apical y otro basolateral, separados por las uniones estrechas y destinan distintas proteínas a cada polo a través de las rutas exocíticas y endocíticas. Por ello, es importante resolver la(s) ruta(s) qu...

  7. Superficial femoral artery nitinol stent in a patient with nickel allergy. (United States)

    Jetty, Prasad; Jayaram, Srinidhi; Veinot, John; Pratt, Melanie


    We present a case of a patient who developed a systemic allergic reaction following placement of a nitnol stent in the superficial femoral artery for claudication symptoms. Shortly after, he was tested for contact dermatitis and found to have a severe reaction to nickel. His symptoms of severe itch and generalized rash resolved within days following stent explantation and reconstruction with a vein graft. The epidemiology and clinical significance of nickel allergy and the concomitant use of nickel-alloy stents are discussed. Copyright © 2013 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Colloidal silver-based nanogel as nonocclusive dressing for multiple superficial pellet wounds

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    Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu


    Full Text Available A good dressing is mandatory to an uncomplicated wound healing, especially when foreign particles contaminate the wound. Various forms of dressing preparations are available for use and differ in chemical composition and efficacy. Silver has been a known agent with good antimicrobial and healing properties and recent times has seen an upsurge in various silver-based dressing supplements. We describe our report of use and efficacy of a silver nanoparticle- based gel dressing in the healing of multiple superficial firearm pellet wounds.

  9. Pseudoaneurysm of the Superficial Femoral Artery in Behcet's Disease with Spontaneous Thrombosis Followed by CT Angiography

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    Yoshida, Satoru; Akiba, Hidenari; Tamakawa, Mituharu; Takeda, Miki; Yama, Naoya; Hareyama, Masato; Morita, Kazuo; Masuda, Atsushi; Shimamoto, Kazuaki


    A 25-year-old man developed sudden pain and a pulsating mass in the left thigh. A diagnosis of Behcet's disease was made because of four major symptoms. Laboratory data indicated active inflammation. Emergency spiral computed tomographic angiography (CTA) showed an aneurysm of the left superficial femoral artery (SFA). Under steroid therapy, follow-up spiral CTA showed spontaneous occlusion of the aneurysm. In the active phase of arteritis, spiral CTA is useful for the diagnosis of arterial lesions to avoid the arterial puncture of conventional arteriography

  10. A Technique of Superficial Medial Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Using an Adjustable-Loop Suspensory Fixation Device. (United States)

    Deo, Shaneel; Getgood, Alan


    This report describes superficial medial collateral ligament reconstruction of the knee using a novel method of graft fixation with the ACL Tightrope RT (Arthrex, Naples, FL). After tibial fixation with either a standard interference screw or staple, femoral fixation of the semitendinosus tendon is performed with the adjustable-loop suspensory fixation device, which allows for both initial graft tensioning and re-tensioning after cyclical knee range of motion. This provides the ability for the graft to accommodate for resultant soft-tissue creep and stress relaxation, thereby allowing for optimal soft-tissue tension and reduction in laxity at the end of the procedure.

  11. Tension neuropathy of the superficial peroneal nerve: associated conditions and results of release. (United States)

    Johnston, E C; Howell, S J


    We reviewed eight patients who sustained superficial peroneal nerve neuralgia after an inversion ankle sprain. Surgical exploration found anatomic abnormalities that tethered the nerve from movement during plantarflexion and inversion of the ankle. Most patients' pain improved dramatically after release and anterior transposition of the nerve. Seven joints also underwent arthroscopy, which showed intra-articular disease that was consistent with the original trauma. Five patients had reflex sympathetic dystrophy, three of which resolved after nerve release. Nerve conduction studies were not helpful. Careful physical examination and local nerve blocks were most important in making the diagnosis and prescribing treatment. All conservative measures should be exhausted before surgery is considered.

  12. Localized superficial femoral vein thrombosis coupled with iatrogenic arteriovenous fistulas presenting as pulmonary emboli. (United States)

    De Santis, F; Zywica, M; Mani, G; Martini, G


    'Localized' femoral vein thrombosis (FVT) is a relatively rare condition usually associated with traumas, external compression or iatrogenic etiologies and the consequence can be pulmonary embolism. This is the case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with pulmonary emboli secondary to 'localized' superficial FVT, coupled with post-puncture arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs), two days after trans-femoral vein radio-frequency cardiac ablation. After placing a temporary IVC-filter, the AVFs were sutured directly while the residual FVT was treated conservatively. Close local monitoring and adequate medical and surgical management are mandatory to avoid possible dangerous complications, also in apparently 'low-risk' iatrogenic AVFs.

  13. Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system due to bilateral jugular vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Yavagal, Dileep R; Geng, Deqing; Akar, Serra; Buonanno, Ferdinando; Kesari, Santosh


    To describe a novel cause of meningeal siderosis due to intermittent subarachnoid bleeding caused by chronic bilateral jugular vein thrombosis. Case report and review of literature. A 51-year-old man with a distant history of cervical injury who presented with transient aphasia in the setting of progressive cognitive decline. Neurological examination, magnetic resonance imaging, lumbar puncture, and angiogram. The patient had intermittent subarachnoid bleeding resulting from extensive venous collaterals in the neck and cervical spine due to chronic bilateral jugular vein thrombosis. Unexplained neurological deterioration and history of cervical trauma warrants diagnostic consideration of superficial siderosis and jugular vein thrombosis.

  14. Definición y visualización de superficies recortadas


    Molina-Carmona, Rafael; Puchol García, Juan Antonio; Salas Pérez, Faustino


    D.L.: BI 788-1997 Las superficies recortadas presentan algunas dificultades de diseño y visualización. El primer problema es consecuencia de realizar la definición de las curvas de recorte en un espacio (el paramétrico) diferente del de diseño (R3). Para solucionarlo, proponemos un método de obtención de la curva de recorte a partir de curvas tridimensionales, presentando el caso general y un caso particular más simple. Por último se trata la visualización realista de la superf...

  15. Determinantes socioeconómicos de la calidad del agua superficial en México


    María Eugenia Ibarrarán Viniegra; Alfonso Mendoza Velázquez; Cristina Pastrana López; Erika Jazmín Manzanilla Interian


    La calidad y la disponibilidad de agua de los ríos en México son cruciales para el desarrollo regional y nacional, pero tienen problemas graves; en 2006, 74 por ciento de las aguas superficiales tenía grados diferentes de contaminación. El objetivo de esta investigación es identificar la influencia de algunas variables socioeconómicas en la calidad del agua superficial en las regiones hidrológicas administrativas, y proponer acciones para mejorarla. Según el análisis econométrico, la activida...

  16. Rugosidade e pigmentação superficial de materiais ionoméricos Roughness and superficial staining of ionomeric materials

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    Solange Katia SAITO


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho, in vitro, foi comparar dois métodos de análise de superfície, a rugosimetria e a espectrofotometria, aplicados a três materiais ionoméricos quando submetidos a diferentes tratamentos superficiais de acabamento e polimento. Para a análise de superfície, 60 corpos-de-prova de cada material (Chelon Fil, Vitremer e Dyract foram confeccionados e divididos aleatoriamente em 3 grupos experimentais. A superfície dos corpos-de-prova foi avaliada por um rugosímetro, sendo obtida uma média de rugosidade. A análise espectrofotométrica consistiu na quantificação de corante impregnado na superfície do material de acordo com os grupos experimentais. Os corantes utilizados foram a fucsina básica 0,5% e a eritrosina 0,5%. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de variância e teste t de Student em nível de 5%. Os resultados mostraram não haver correlação linear confiável entre os dois métodos utilizados. Verificou-se que as brocas "carbide" produziram a maior rugosidade para o material Chelon Fil, seguido dos tratamentos com discos Sof-Lex e tira matriz. Para o Vitremer, não houve diferença entre o acabamento e polimento com discos Sof-Lex e o grupo controle (tira matriz. Os diferentes tratamentos superficiais produziram superfícies semelhantes para o material Dyract. As médias de deposição superficial de corante para Chelon Fil, Vitremer e Dyract foram: 1,7261, 1,4759, 1,3318, respectivamente, considerando p The aim of this study was to compare two methods of surface roughness analysis, perfilometry and spectrophotometry, applied to the surface of ionomeric materials (Chelon Fil, Vitremer and Dyract, submitted to different surface finishing treatments. For the perfilometric analysis, sixty specimens of each material were made and randomly separated into three experimental groups. The average surface roughness (Ra, mm was measured on each specimen by a surface perfilometer (Mitutoyo Surftest 211. The

  17. Water-pocket endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial gastric neoplasms (with video). (United States)

    Harada, Hideaki; Murakami, Daisuke; Suehiro, Satoshi; Nakahara, Ryotaro; Ujihara, Tetsuro; Sagami, Ryota; Katsuyama, Yasushi; Hayasaka, Kenji; Amano, Yuji


    During endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), a clear view is essential for precise dissection of the appropriate submucosal layer. Some advantages have been reported for underwater techniques of endoscopic resection in comparison with the gas insufflation method. We have developed a new ESD method with the creation of a local water-pocket that provides a clear view in the dissection field. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the feasibility and safety of water-pocket ESD (WP-ESD) for superficial gastric neoplasms. We prospectively recruited 50 patients with gastric neoplasms (early gastric cancer or gastric adenomas) between April 2017 and December 2017. Among them, 48 patients were treated with the WP-ESD technique. The patients undergoing WP-ESD were compared with 48 patients treated with standard ESD (S-ESD) who were selected by propensity score matching. The primary outcome was the ESD procedure time. Total procedure time was significantly shorter in the WP-ESD group than in the S-ESD group (median [IQR], 27.5 [19-45] min vs 41 [29.8-69] min; P 0.99). There were no perforations in either group. WP-ESD was associated with a shorter procedure time than S-ESD. WP-ESD may provide an alternative method for resection of superficial gastric neoplasms. Copyright © 2018 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. The effects of kinesio taping on the color intensity of superficial skin hematomas: A pilot study. (United States)

    Vercelli, Stefano; Colombo, Claudio; Tolosa, Francesca; Moriondo, Andrea; Bravini, Elisabetta; Ferriero, Giorgio; Francesco, Sartorio


    To analyze the effects of kinesio taping (KT) -applied with three different strains that induced or not the formation of skin creases (called convolutions)- on color intensity of post-surgical superficial hematomas. Single-blind paired study. Rehabilitation clinic. A convenience sample of 13 inpatients with post-surgical superficial hematomas. The tape was applied for 24 consecutive hours. Three tails of KT were randomly applied with different degrees of strain: none (SN); light (SL); and full longitudinal stretch (SF). We expected to obtain correct formation of convolutions with SL, some convolutions with SN, and no convolutions with SF. The change in color intensity of hematomas, measured by means of polar coordinates CIE L*a*b* using a validated and standardized digital images system. Applying KT to hematomas did not significantly change the color intensity in the central area under the tape (p > 0.05). There was a significant treatment effect (p tape, independently of the formation of convolutions (p > 0.05). The changes observed along the edges of the tape could be related to the formation of a pressure gradient between the KT and the adjacent area, but were not dependent on the formation of skin convolutions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Hydric properties of some iberian ornamental granites with different superficial finishes: a petrophysical interpretation

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    Rojo, A.


    Full Text Available Some physical properties of three ornamental granites with different superficial finishes (polished, sawn and flamed were quantified by standard tests. These granites are commercially known as Rosa Porrino, Rosavel and Blanco Alcazar. The determined properties were: density, open porosity, water absorption, capillarity, evaporation, vapour absorption and water vapour permeability. The values of the hydric properties in the studied granites fundamentally depended on their textural characteristics, mainly grain size, micro cracking network and open porosity, and, to a lesser extent, on their superficial finish.

    El estudio analiza las diferencias en el comportamiento hídrico de tres granitos con diferentes acabados superficiales: pulido, corte de sierra y chorro de fuego. Estos granitos se comercializan con los nombres de Rosa Porrino, Rosavel y Blanco Alcázar. Las propiedades determinadas han sido: densidad, porosidad abierta, absorción libre de agua, absorción de vapor de agua, absorción de agua por capilaridad, evaporación y permeabilidad al vapor de agua. Los valores de las propiedades hídricas determinadas dependen fundamentalmente de las características texturales: tamaño de grano, microfisuras y porosidad abierta y, en menor medida, de los acabados superficiales.

  20. Automated segmentation of visceral and subcutaneous (deep and superficial) adipose tissues in normal and overweight men. (United States)

    Sadananthan, Suresh Anand; Prakash, Bhanu; Leow, Melvin Khee-Shing; Khoo, Chin Meng; Chou, Hong; Venkataraman, Kavita; Khoo, Eric Y H; Lee, Yung Seng; Gluckman, Peter D; Tai, E Shyong; Velan, S Sendhil


    To develop an automatic segmentation algorithm to classify abdominal adipose tissues into visceral fat (VAT), deep (DSAT), and superficial (SSAT) subcutaneous fat compartments and evaluate its performance against manual segmentation. Data were acquired from 44 normal (BMI 18.0-22.9 kg/m(2) ) and 38 overweight (BMI 23.0-29.9 kg/m(2) ) subjects at 3T using a two-point Dixon sequence. A fully automatic segmentation algorithm was developed to segment the fat depots. The first part of the segmentation used graph cuts to separate the subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissues and the second step employed a modified level sets approach to classify deep and superficial subcutaneous tissues. The algorithmic results of segmentation were validated against the ground truth generated by manual segmentation. The proposed algorithm showed good performance with Dice similarity indices of VAT/DSAT/SSAT: 0.92/0.82/0.88 against the ground truth. The study of the fat distribution showed that there is a steady increase in the proportion of DSAT and a decrease in the proportion of SSAT with increasing obesity. The presented technique provides an accurate approach for the segmentation and quantification of abdominal fat depots. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Formulation, characterization and clinical evaluation of propranolol hydrochloride gel for transdermal treatment of superficial infantile hemangioma. (United States)

    Zhou, Wenhu; He, Shiying; Yang, Yijun; Jian, Dan; Chen, Xiang; Ding, Jinsong


    The objective of the present study is to formulate and characterize propranolol hydrochloride (PPL · HCl) gel, and to evaluate the efficacy of this formulation in transdermal treatment for superficial infantile hemangioma (IH). The transdermal PPL · HCl gel was prepared by a direct swelling method, which chose hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) as the matrix and used terpenes plus alcohols as permeation enhancer. Permeation studies of PPL · HCl were carried out with modified Franz diffusion cells through piglet skin. Our results pointed to that among all studied permeation enhancers, farnesol plus isopropanol was the most effective combination (Q24, 6027.4 ± 563.1 μg/cm(2), ER, 6.8), which was significantly higher than that of control gel (p homemade PPL · HCl oral solution as a control. Clinical studies also confirmed the excellent therapeutic response and few side effects of the PPL · HCl gel. These results suggest that transdermal application of the PPL · HCl gel is an effective and safe formulation in treating superficial IH.

  2. Generación de superficies curvas utilizando el programa CADET

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    Recuero, Alfonso


    Full Text Available In this paper an extension to the CADET program, for the perspective drawing of 3— dimensional objects, is described. By means of this extension playing contours can be defined in their plane, which can subsequently be used in the generation of complex primitives. This contours may define the meridian curve of surfaces of revolution, the directive curve of conical or cilindrical surfaces, the borders of complicate plane elements, etc. The listings of the subroutines, written in HP-BASIC, are included together with a comprehensive explanation of how to use it in generating a complet object.

    En el presente trabajo se muestra una extensión del programa CADET, para el dibujo de perspectivas de objetos tridimensionales, mediante la cual es posible generar contornos planos descritos en su propio plano y que posteriormente sirven de base en la definición de primitivas complejas. Estos contornos pueden representar las meridianas de superficies de revolución, la directriz de superficies cilíndricas o cónicas, los bordes de elementos planos complicados, etc. Se incluyen los listados en HP-BASIC de las subrutinas de generación y dibujo de estos contornos, así como una descripción detallada de su utilización con un objeto completo.

  3. Entre la historia y el patrimonio: la raza debajo de la superficie del paisaje urbano

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    John Finn


    Full Text Available En este artículo se intenta deconstruir la disyunción entre historia y patrimonio en un barrio brasileño que ha pasado de ser centro de la capital del Brasil colonial a barrio marginal, y finalmente a ser rebautizado como Patrimonio de la Humanidad al cierre del siglo XX. Con esta acción, las luchas de generaciones pasadas han sido redenominadas bajo el término de patrimonio cultural en el que el mito de la democracia racial se naturaliza en las superficies urbanas, y que sirve para ocultar las tensiones raciales justo debajo de la superficie del paisaje urbano. Así, en primer lugar, se problematizará la relación contradictoria entre la historia y el patrimonio, para luego analizar la denominación del Pelourinho (San Salvador de Bahia como Patrimonio Mundial. Se concluirá con una exploración de la forma en que la fusión de la historia y el patrimonio recrea el mito de la democracia racial en el paisaje urbano.

  4. Study of the superficial ozone concentrations in the atmosphere of Comunidad de Madrid using passive samplers

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    D. Galán Madruga


    Full Text Available The ozone is a secondary atmospheric pollutant which is generated for photochemical reactions of volatil organic compounds (VOC’s and nitrogen oxides (NOx. In Spain the ozone is a big problem as a consequence of the solar radiation to reach high levels. Exposure over a period of time to elevated ozone concentrations can cause damage in the public health and alterations in the vegetation.The aim of this study is to carry out the development and validation of a measurement method to let asses the superficial ozone levels in the Comunidad de Madrid, by identifing the zones more significants, where to measure with UV photometric monitors (automatics methods this pollutant and where the health and the vegetation can be affected. To such effect, passive samplers are used, which have glass fiber filters coated with a solution of sodium nitrite, potassium carbonate, glycerol and water. The nitrite ion in the presence of ozone is oxidized to nitrato ion, which it is extrated with ultrapure water and analyzed for ion chromatography, by seen proportional to the concentration existing in the sampling point.The results of validation from field tests indicate a excellent correlation between the passive and the automatic method.The higher superficial ozone concentrations are placed in rural zones, distanced of emission focus of primary pollutants (nitrogen oxides and volatil organic compounds... principally in direction soutwest and northwest of the Comunidad of Madrid.

  5. Assessment of superficial rugosity of cast titanium in fluoride solutions and artificial salive

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    Viviane Fernandes Barros


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the superficial rugosity of commercially pure titanium cast, under the action of different fluoride dental solutions and synthetic saliva. All specimens received the standard metallography procedure for titanium and were divided in groups: Group 1 synthetic saliva pH 7.0; Group 2 1.23% APF gel pH 3.5;, Group 3 2% NaF gel pH 6; Group 4 0.05% NaF solution pH 4.0; and Group 5 0.05% NaF solution pH 7.5. The specimens were exposed to these solutions for 16 minutes and immersed in synthetic saliva for 96 hours. The surfaces were analyzed in a roughness device and the results were statistically treated - Snededor 'F' and Bonferroni test. In addition, scanning electron microscopy was employed to observe the surface morphology after the test. The Group 2 was the only one which had a significant increase in the superficial roughness. Authors concluded that the fluoride solutions of dental use that have a high concentration of fluoride and low pH are harmful to the surface of cast titanium.

  6. Total superficial vein reflux eradication in the treatment of venous ulcer. (United States)

    Kanchanabat, Burapa; Stapanavatr, Waigoon; Kanchanasuttiruk, Pong


    Total superficial vein reflux eradication in the treatment of venous ulcer. Our initial experience with groin-knee vein stripping resulted in recurrent or unhealed venous ulcers prompting us to remove the entire reflux segment with emphasis on the calf superficial vein adjacent to, or underneath the ulcer. This study aims to assess the healing and recurrent rates after treatment with this technique combined with compression therapy. Pertinent data of the patients with healed or active venous ulcers (C5-6) between October 2006 and October 2013 was prospectively collected and retrospectively reviewed. Forty-three operations were performed on 39 C5-6 legs (four reoperations for recurrent ulcer of the same legs) among 35 patients who had completed follow-up. The median follow-up time was 22 months. Of the 39 operations for active venous ulcers (C6), wound healing was achieved in 35 instances (90 %) with a median healing time of 21 days. The 30-day healing rate was 64 % and the 14-day healing rate was 38 %. Only four legs had ulcers which healed beyond 60 days. The post-operative VCSS and VDS were significantly improved compared with the pre-operative value (11.6, 3.7, p ulceration was found in four legs. The 2- and 6-year recurrence rates were three percent and 22 percent, respectively. Venous ulcer could be satisfactory treated by the total removal of the peri-ulcer reflux.

  7. Superficial vein ablation for the treatment of primary chronic venous ulcers. (United States)

    Sufian, S; Lakhanpal, S; Marquez, J


    This retrospective study was undertaken to review our experience with ablation of superficial veins with significant reflux, using VNUS ClosureFAST RF (radiofrequency) or laser 980 nm, in patients with primary chronic venous ulcers, and also determine its effects in ulcer healing and ulcer recurrence. Included were 25 limbs (18 patients with chronic primary venous ulcers (clinical, aetiological, anatomical and pathological elements [CEAP] classification C6), who underwent endovenous ablation with RF for the axial veins or laser for the perforating veins during a two-year period. Of the 18 patients, there were eight men and 10 women. The median age of the group was 68 (range 37-89) years. The number of ablations done in each leg with an ulcer varied from one to eight, with a median of three. During a follow-up period of 6-12 months, one patient failed ulcer healing despite sequential ablations of refluxing veins. There was one case that developed recurrence of a small ulcer after six months and was successfully treated with a perforator ablation. Endovenous ablation of incompetent superficial veins improves the healing of chronic primary venous ulcers and decreases the recurrence rates.

  8. Radiation therapy for superficial esophageal cancer: a comparison of radiotherapy methods

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    Nemoto, Kenji; Yamada, Shogo; Hareyama, Masato; Nagakura, Hisayasu; Hirokawa, Yutaka


    Purpose: A comparison of treatment outcomes in response to various methods of radiotherapy for superficial esophageal cancer (SEC) was carried out for a large series of patients. Methods and Materials: During the period from March 1987 to November 1998, 147 patients with superficial esophageal cancer received definitive radiation therapy at nine radiotherapy institutions in Japan. Fifty-five patients were treated with external radiation therapy alone, 69 with high-dose-rate intracavitary radiation therapy with or without external radiation therapy, and 23 with low-dose-rate intracavitary radiation therapy and external radiation therapy. Results: The 5-year survival rates for mucosal and submucosal cancer patients were 62% and 42%, respectively. The 5-year cause-specific survival rates for mucosal and submucosal cancer patients were 81% and 64%, respectively (p=0.013). There was no statistically significant difference in the survival rates for either mucosal or submucosal cancer patients between treatment groups. Metastasis was observed only in submucosal cancer patients. Esophageal ulcers developed only in patients who received intracavitary radiation therapy, and were especially common in patients treated with a fraction size of 5 Gy or more. Conclusions: The use of intracavitary radiation therapy does not influence the survival or local control rate of SEC. Optimal radiotherapy methods for SEC should be determined by a randomized clinical trial

  9. Improved Efficacy of Liposomal Doxorubicin Treatment of Superficial Tumors by Thermotherapy. (United States)

    Ping, Xiong; Angang, Ding; Xia, Gong; Yinzhu, Zhao; Jia, Li; Guofeng, Shen; Yazhu, Chen


    Our study aimed to investigate the effect of ultrasonic thermotherapy on the targeted delivery of liposomal doxorubicin to superficial tumors, local drug concentrations in tumor tissue, and the curative effect of chemotherapy. Twenty rabbits with VX2 tumors transplanted into the superficial muscle of the hind limb were randomly assigned to the following 4 treatment groups: (1) free doxorubicin, (2) liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride, (3) liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride plus 41 °C thermotherapy, and (4) liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride plus 43 °C thermotherapy. Ultrasonic thermotherapy was delivered at 41 °C to 43 °C. Plasma, tumor, and organ/tissue homogenates were analyzed by high-pressure liquid chromatography to determine doxorubicin concentrations. The drug concentration in plasma and tumor tissue was significantly higher in the liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride plus thermotherapy group than in the liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride and free doxorubicin groups, but there were no significant differences among the 4 groups in the concentration in heart or kidney tissue. Combining thermotherapy with liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride chemotherapy significantly increased the concentration of the drug in tumor tissue. The doxorubicin concentration was significantly higher in the liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride plus 41 °C thermotherapy group. © The Author(s) 2015.

  10. Imaging Features of Superficial and Deep Fibromatoses in the Adult Population

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    Eric A. Walker


    Full Text Available The fibromatoses are a group of benign fibroblastic proliferations that vary from benign to intermediate in biological behavior. This article will discuss imaging characteristics and patient demographics of the adult type superficial (fascial and deep (musculoaponeurotic fibromatoses. The imaging appearance of these lesions can be characteristic (particularly when using magnetic resonance imaging. Palmar fibromatosis demonstrates multiple nodular or band-like soft tissue masses arising from the proximal palmar aponeurosis and extending along the subcutaneous tissues of the finger in parallel to the flexor tendons. T1 and T2-weighted signal intensity can vary from low (higher collagen to intermediate (higher cellularity, similar to the other fibromatoses. Plantar fibromatosis manifests as superficial lesions along the deep plantar aponeurosis, which typically blend with the adjacent plantar musculature. Linear tails of extension (“fascial tail sign” along the aponeurosis are frequent. Extraabdominal and abdominal wall fibromatosis often appear as a heterogeneous lesion with low signal intensity bands on all pulse sequences and linear fascial extensions (“fascial tail” sign with MR imaging. Mesenteric fibromatosis usually demonstrates a soft tissue density on CT with radiating strands projecting into the adjacent mesenteric fat. When imaging is combined with patient demographics, a diagnosis can frequently be obtained.

  11. TREATMENT OF SUPERFICIAL FUNGOUS INFECTIONS—Value and Limitations of Systemic Administration of Griseofulvin (United States)

    Ayres, Samuel; Ayres, Samuel


    Comprehensive studies and numerous clinical reports have shown that griseofulvin orally in a dose of 1 gm. daily is an effective treatment for superficial fungous infections of the skin, hair and nails. The drug is not effective against yeast infections (moniliasis), bacterial infections or most of the deep fungous infections. Duration of treatment varies with the site of infection, glabrous skin, crotch and scalp responding within four to five weeks. Infections of palms, soles and nails require a considerably longer time, palms healing more quickly than soles and fingernails more quickly than toenails, which may require up to a year of continuous treatment. Auxiliary measures such as clipping hair, removing infected nail tissue and topical fungicides shorten the duration of treatment. No serious side effects have been reported. Minor discomforts such as headaches and mild rashes occur in some cases. Observations of a series of 49 patients with superficial fungous infections, especially hand, foot and nail infections due to Trichophyton rubrum, confirmed these reports taken from the literature. Attempts to use a reduced dosage schedule did not prove satisfactory. PMID:13685389

  12. Evaluation of the litcit software for thermal simulation of superficial lasers such as hair removal lasers

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    Shirkavand A


    Full Text Available Background and Objectives : In this study, we evaluate LITCIT software for its application as a thermal simulation software for superficial hair removal laser systems. Materials and Methods: Two articles were used as our references. Complete information regarding the tissues, such as optical/thermal properties and geometrical modeling and also the laser systems such as wavelength, spot size, pulse duration and fluence were extracted from these texts. Then, this information regarding the tissues and systems was entered into the LITCIT simulation software. Further, we ran the program and saved the results. Finally, we compared our results with the results in references and evaluated the. Results : Output results of the LITCIT show that they are consistent with the results of references that were calculated with a different thermal modeling. Such a small average error shows the accuracy of the software for simulation and calculating the temperature. Conclusions : This simulating software has a good ability to be used as a treatment planning software for superficial lasers. Thus, it can be used for the optimization of treatment parameters and protocols.

  13. Surveillance using trimodal imaging endoscopy after endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial gastric neoplasia (United States)

    Imaeda, Hiroyuki; Hosoe, Naoki; Kashiwagi, Kazuhiro; Ida, Yosuke; Nakamura, Rieko; Suzuki, Hidekazu; Saito, Yoshimasa; Yahagi, Naohisa; Iwao, Yasushi; Kitagawa, Yuko; Hibi, Toshifumi; Ogata, Haruhiko; Kanai, Takanori


    AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of trimodal imaging endoscopy (TME) to detect another lesion after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for superficial gastric neoplasia (SGN). METHODS: Surveillance esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) using a TME was conducted in 182 patients that had undergone ESD for SGN. Autofluorescence imaging (AFI) was conducted after white-light imaging (WLI). When SGN was suspicious, magnifying endoscopy with narrow-band imaging (ME-NBI) was conducted. Final diagnoses were made by histopathologic findings of biopsy specimens. The detection rates of lesions in WLI, AFI, and NBI, and the characteristics of lesions detected by WLI and ones missed by WLI but detected by AFI were examined. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of endoscopic diagnosis using WLI, AFI and ME-NBI were evaluated. RESULTS: In 242 surveillance EGDs, 27 lesions were determined pathologically to be neoplasias. Sixteen early gastric cancers and 6 gastric adenomas could be detected by WLI. Sixteen lesions were reddish and 6 were whitish. Five gastric neoplasias were missed by WLI but were detected by AFI, and all were whitish and protruded gastric adenomas. There was a significant difference in color and pathology between the two groups (P = 0.006). Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy in ME-NBI were higher than those in both WLI and AFI. Specificity and accuracy in AFI were lower than those in WLI. CONCLUSION: Surveillance using trimodal imaging endoscopy might be useful for detecting another lesion after endoscopic submucosal dissection for superficial gastric neoplasia. PMID:25473189

  14. Influence of partial meniscectomy on attachment forces, superficial strain and contact mechanics in porcine knee joints. (United States)

    Freutel, Maren; Seitz, Andreas M; Ignatius, Anita; Dürselen, Lutz


    Numerous studies investigated the reasons for premature osteoarthritis due to partial meniscectomy (PM). However, the influence of meniscectomy on attachment forces and superficial strain of the tibial meniscus is unclear. It is hypothesised that these parameters depend on the degree of PM. Six porcine medial menisci were placed in a custom made apparatus, and each meniscal attachment was connected to a force sensor. After printing markers onto the tibial meniscal surfaces, the menisci were positioned on a glass plate enabling optical superficial strain measurement. Additionally, contact area and pressure were investigated. Each meniscus was axially loaded up to 650 N using its respective femoral condyle. Testing was conducted intact and after 50 and 75% PM of the posterior horn and extending 75% PM to the anterior horn. With increasing meniscectomy, the attachment forces decreased anteriorly by up to 17% (n.s.) and posteriorly by up to 55% (p = 0.003). The circumferential strain in the peripheral meniscal zones was not affected by the meniscectomy, while in some meniscal zones the radial strain changed from compression to tension. Contact area decreased by up to 23% (p = 0.01), resulting in an increase in 40% (p = 0.02) for the maximum contact pressure. Partial meniscectomy significantly alters the loading situation of the meniscus and its attachments. Specifically, the attachment forces decreased with increasing amount of meniscal tissue loss, which reflects the impaired ability of the meniscus to transform axial joint load into meniscal hoop stress.

  15. Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Changes between the Superficial and Deep Backfat Tissues of the Pig

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    Xuewei Li


    Full Text Available Adipose tissue is not only a storage organ involved in fuel metabolism, but also an endocrine organ involved in the regulation of insulin sensitivity, thermogenesis, immunity, and inflammation. There are anatomical, cellular, molecular and physiological differences among adipose tissues deposited in different body sites. However, current understanding of the intrinsic differences between the sub-compartments of the subcutaneous adipose tissue remains rudimentary. Here, we analyzed the genome-wide DNA methylation differences between the porcine superficial and deep backfat tissues using methylated DNA immunoprecipitation combined with high-throughput sequencing. We show that the genes with differentially methylated regions in their promoter are mainly involved in the processes of “lipid metabolism” and “regulation of immune-related cytokines”. Compared with the deep backfat tissue, the promoters of genes related to the ‘positive regulation of cytokine production’ were significantly hypermethylated in the superficial backfat tissue, which reflects the intrinsic functional and metabolic differences between the sub-compartments of the subcutaneous adipose tissue. This study provides epigenetic evidence for functionally relevant methylation differences between different layers of porcine backfat tissues.

  16. El tratamiento de las superficies pétreas en Venecia. Algunos casos de estudio

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    Alessandra Quendolo


    Full Text Available Este estudio comparado de las superficies pétreas de tres edificios venecianos, la Biblioteca de Sansovino, el Palacio Corner y el Arco Foscari, reúne interés y novedad ya que demuestra que las superficies ennegrecidas no sólo representan la presencia de fenómenos de degradación como costra negra y depósitos sino que, a menudo, corresponden a patinados intencionales aplicados para proteger la piedra o tratamientos de entonación del color realizados en posteriores intervenciones. El artículo supone una doble aportación a la cultura de la conservación: la existencia de una tradición de los tratamientos de protección y conservación de los paramentos de piedra y la necesidad actual de conservar la presencia de estos patinados intencionales.

  17. Detection of superficial esophageal squamous cell neoplasia by chromoendoscopy-guided confocal laser endomicroscopy. (United States)

    Huang, Jin; Yang, Yun-Sheng; Lu, Zhong-Sheng; Wang, Shuang-Fang; Yang, Jing; Yuan, Jing


    To evaluate the diagnostic potential of Lugol's chromoendoscopy-guided confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) in detecting superficial esophageal squamous cell neoplasia (ESCN). Between December 2008 and September 2010, a total of 52 patients were enrolled at the Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing, China. First, Lugol's chromoendoscopy-guided CLE was performed in these patients and the CLE in vivo histological diagnosis was recorded. Then, chromoendoscopy-guided biopsy was performed in the same patients by another endoscopist who was blinded to the CLE findings. Based on the biopsy and CLE diagnosis, en bloc endoscopic resection was performed. The CLE in vivo diagnosis and the histological diagnosis of biopsy of ESCN were compared, using a histological examination of the endoscopic resection specimens as the standard reference. A total of 152 chromoendoscopy-guided biopsies were obtained from 56 lesions. In the 56 lesions of 52 patients, a total of 679 CLE images were obtained vs 152 corresponding biopsies. The sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value and positive predictive value of chromoendoscopy-guided CLE compared with biopsy were 95.7% vs 82% (P 0.05), respectively. There was a significant improvement in sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value, and accuracy when comparing chromoendoscopy-guided CLE with biopsy. Lugol's chromoendoscopy-guided CLE is a real-time, non-invasive endoscopic diagnostic technology; the accuracy of the detection of superficial ESCN is equivalent to or may be superior to biopsy histology.

  18. Superficial dorsal horn neurons with double spike activity in the rat. (United States)

    Rojas-Piloni, Gerardo; Dickenson, Anthony H; Condés-Lara, Miguel


    Superficial dorsal horn neurons promote the transfer of nociceptive information from the periphery to supraspinal structures. The membrane and discharge properties of spinal cord neurons can alter the reliability of peripheral signals. In this paper, we analyze the location and response properties of a particular class of dorsal horn neurons that exhibits double spike discharge with a very short interspike interval (2.01+/-0.11 ms). These neurons receive nociceptive C-fiber input and are located in laminae I-II. Double spikes are generated spontaneously or by depolarizing current injection (interval of 2.37+/-0.22). Cells presenting double spike (interval 2.28+/-0.11) increased the firing rate by electrical noxious stimulation, as well as, in the first minutes after carrageenan injection into their receptive field. Carrageenan is a polysaccharide soluble in water and it is used for producing an experimental model of semi-chronic pain. In the present study carrageenan also produces an increase in the interval between double spikes and then, reduced their occurrence after 5-10 min. The results suggest that double spikes are due to intrinsic membrane properties and that their frequency is related to C-fiber nociceptive activity. The present work shows evidence that double spikes in superficial spinal cord neurones are related to the nociceptive stimulation, and they are possibly part of an acute pain-control mechanism.

  19. Blue Laser Imaging-Bright Improves Endoscopic Recognition of Superficial Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Akira Tomie


    Full Text Available Background/Aims. The aim of this study was to evaluate the endoscopic recognition of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC using four different methods (Olympus white light imaging (O-WLI, Fujifilm white light imaging (F-WLI, narrow band imaging (NBI, and blue laser imaging- (BLI- bright. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed 25 superficial ESCCs that had been examined using the four different methods. Subjective evaluation was provided by three endoscopists as a ranking score (RS of each image based on the ease of detection of the cancerous area. For the objective evaluation we calculated the color difference scores (CDS between the cancerous and noncancerous areas with each of the four methods. Results. There was no difference between the mean RS of O-WLI and F-WLI. The mean RS of NBI was significantly higher than that of O-WLI and that of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of F-WLI. Moreover, the mean RS of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of NBI. Furthermore, in the objective evaluation, the mean CDS of BLI-bright was significantly higher than that of O-WLI, F-WLI, and NBI. Conclusion. The recognition of superficial ESCC using BLI-bright was more efficacious than the other methods tested both subjectively and objectively.

  20. Distinct superficial and deep laminar domains of activity in thevisual cortex during rest and stimulation

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    Alexander Maier


    Full Text Available Spatial patterns of spontaneous neural activity at rest have previously been associated with specific networks in the brain, including those pertaining to the functional architecture of the primary visual cortex (V1. However, despite the prominent anatomical differences between cortical layers, little is known about the laminar pattern of spontaneous activity in V1. We address this topic by investigating the amplitude and coherence of ongoing local field potential (LFP signals measured from different layers in V1 of macaque monkeys during rest and upon presentation of a visual stimulus in the receptive field. We used a linear microelectrode array to measure LFP signals at multiple, evenly spaced positions throughout the cortical thickness. Analyzing both the mean LFP amplitudes and between-contact LFP coherences, we identified two distinct zones of activity, roughly corresponding to superficial and deep layers, divided by a sharp transition near the bottom of layer 4. The LFP signals within each laminar zone were highly coherent, whereas those between zones were not. This functional compartmentalization was found not only during rest, but also when the neuron’s receptive field was stimulated during a visual task. These results demonstrate the existence of distinct superficial and deep functional domains of coherent LFP activity in V1 that we suggest, based on the pattern of known anatomical connections, may reflect the intrinsic interplay of V1 microcircuitry with cortical and subcortical targets, respectively.

  1. Microstructural and superficial modification in a Cu-Al-Be shape memory alloy due to superficial severe plastic deformation under sliding wear conditions (United States)

    Figueroa, C. G.; Garcia-Castillo, F. N.; Jacobo, V. H.; Cortés-Pérez, J.; Schouwenaars, R.


    Stress induced martensitic transformation in copper-based shape memory alloys has been studied mainly in monocrystals. This limits the use of such results for practical applications as most engineering applications use polycristals. In the present work, a coaxial tribometer developed by the authors was used to characterise the tribological behaviour of polycrystalline Cu-11.5%Al-0.5%Be shape memory alloy in contact with AISI 9840 steel under sliding wear conditions. The surface and microstructure characterization of the worn material was conducted by conventional scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, while the mechanical properties along the transversal section were measured by means of micro-hardness testing. The tribological behaviour of Cu-Al-Be showed to be optimal under sliding wear conditions since the surface only presented a slight damage consisting in some elongated flakes produced by strong plastic deformation. The combination of the plastically modified surface and the effects of mechanically induced martensitic transformation is well-suited for sliding wear conditions since the modified surface provides the necessary strength to avoid superficial damage while superelasticity associated to martensitic transformation is an additional mechanism which allows absorbing mechanical energy associated to wear phenomena as opposed to conventional ductile alloys where severe plastic deformation affects several tens of micrometres below the surface.

  2. A randomized double-blind study of low-molecular-weight heparin (parnaparin) for superficial vein thrombosis: STEFLUX (Superficial ThromboEmbolism and Fluxum). (United States)

    Cosmi, B; Filippini, M; Tonti, D; Avruscio, G; Ghirarduzzi, A; Bucherini, E; Camporese, G; Imberti, D; Palareti, G


    Optimal doses and duration of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) for the treatment of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) are still uncertain. To compare the efficacy and safety of different doses and durations of LMWH parnaparin for symptomatic lower limb SVT. Outpatients with at least a 4-cm-long SVT of long or short saphenous veins or their collaterals were randomized to receive parnaparin either 8500 UI once daily ( o.d.) for 10 days followed by placebo for 20 days (group A) or 8500 UI o.d. for 10 days followed by 6400 UI once daily (o.d.) for 20 days (group B) or 4250 UI o.d. for 30 days (group C) in a double-blind fashion in 16 clinics. Primary outcome was the composite of symptomatic and asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT), symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) and relapse and/or symptomatic or asymptomatic SVT recurrence in the first 33 days with 60 days follow-up. Among 664 patients, primary outcome occurred in 33/212 (15.6%), 4/219 (1.8%) and 16/217 (7.3%) subjects in groups A, B and C, respectively (B vs. A: absolute risk reduction [ARR]: 13.7%, 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 8-18.9 PThrombosis and Haemostasis.

  3. Superficial Velocity Effects on HZ-PAN and AgZ-PAN for Kr/Xe Capture

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    Welty, Amy Keil [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Garn, Troy Gerry [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Greenhalgh, Mitchell Randy [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


    Nearly all previous testing of HZ-PAN and AgZ-PAN was conducted at the same flow rate in order to maintain consistency among tests. This testing was sufficient for sorbent capacity determinations, but did not ensure that sorbents were capable of functioning under a range of flow regimes. Tests were conducted on both HZ-PAN and AgZ-PAN at superficial velocities between 20 and 700 cm/min. For HZ-PAN, Kr capacity increased from 60 mmol/kg to 110 mmol/kg as superficial velocity increased from 21 to 679 cm/min. Results for AgZ-PAN were similar, with capacity ranging from 72 to 124 mmol/kg over the same range of superficial. These results are promising for scaling up to process flows, demonstrating flexibility to operate in a broad range of superficial velocities while maintaining sorbent capacity. While preparing for superficial velocity testing it was also discovered that AgZ-PAN Xe capacity, previously observed to diminish over time, could be recovered with increased desorption temperature. Further, a substantial Xe capacity increase was observed. Previous room temperature capacities in the range of 22-25 mmol Xe/kg AgZ-PAN were increased to over 60 mmol Xe/kg AgZ-PAN. While this finding has not yet been fully explored to optimize activation and desorption temperatures, it is encouraging.

  4. Limited significance of routine excretory urography in the follow-up of patients with superficial bladder cancer after transurethral resection. (United States)

    Miyake, Hideaki; Hara, Isao; Yamanaka, Kazuki; Inoue, Taka-Aki; Fujisawa, Masato


    To evaluate the utility of routine excretory intravenous urography (IVU) for detecting subsequent upper urinary tract cancer (UUTC) during the follow-up of patients with superficial bladder cancer. The study included 413 patients who had transurethral resection (TUR) of superficial bladder cancer between January 1986 and December 2003, and were followed for at least 1 year. After TUR, patients were followed by periodic cystoscopy, urinary cytology and IVU. The risk factors for UUT recurrence after TUR were analysed, and based on this outcome, we then determined whether routine IVU should be used for patients with superficial bladder cancer. During the observation period, UUTCs developed in 20 of the 413 patients (4.8%) within a median of 33 months from the initial TUR to the detection of UUTCs. Among several factors examined, only multiplicity was significantly associated with UUT recurrence after TUR. Of the 20 patients with secondary UUTCs, only two, who had multiple superficial bladder cancers at initial presentation, were diagnosed as having UUTCs by routine IVU, while the remaining 18 presented with symptoms suggesting possible UUT recurrence before IVU, including macrohaematuria (10 patients), intravesical recurrence (five), positive urinary cytology (five), abdominal pain (three) and high fever (two). Most patients with recurrent UUTCs presented with some subjective and/or objective symptoms, and routine IVU failed to detect recurrent diseases in such patients. Therefore, routine IVU may not be required for all patients who have TUR of superficial bladder cancer.

  5. Efficacy and safety of superficial cryotherapy for alopecia areata: A retrospective, comprehensive review of 353 cases over 22 years. (United States)

    Jun, Myungsoo; Lee, Noo Ri; Lee, Won-Soo


    Alopecia areata (AA) affects anagen hair follicles, resulting in non-scarring hair loss. Since introduced by Huang et al., superficial cryotherapy has been accepted as a considerable primary therapeutic modality for AA. The aim of this study was to objectively clarify the therapeutic efficacy and safety of superficial hypothermic cryotherapy for treatment of AA. Medical records of 353 patients from 1993 to 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. According to the response to the superficial cryotherapy, patients were categorized into four groups: "marked", "partial", "poor" and "no recovery". The marked and partial recovery groups were considered as responders. The proportions of the responders among patient subgroups which were defined by various patients, disease, and treatment factors were compared. Of the patients, 60.9% were classified as responders after 3 months of superficial hypothermic cryotherapy. The proportion of the responders were higher when the treatment interval was 2 weeks or less and in the incipient disease stage, with statistical significance. No severe side-effects other than mild pain and pruritus were reported. In conclusion, superficial cryotherapy is an effective and safe therapeutic modality for AA. Especially when the treatment interval is 2 weeks or less and in the first occurrence of the disease, the therapeutic outcome is superior. © 2016 Japanese Dermatological Association.

  6. Grading of subcutaneous soft tissue tumors by means of their relationship with the superficial fascia on MR imaging

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    Galant, J.; Gonzalez, I. [Department of Radiology, Clinico San Juan de Alicante Hospital (Spain); Marti-Bonmati, L. [Department of Radiology, Doctor Peset Hospital, Valencia (Spain); Soler, R. [Department of Radiology, Juan Canalejo Hospital, La Coruna (Spain); Saez, F. [Department of Radiology, Cruces Hospital, Baracaldo (Spain); Lafuente, J. [Department of Radiology, Gregorio Maranon Hospital, Madrid (Spain); Bonmati, C. [Department of Radiology, Spring Branch Medical Center, Houston, TX (United States)


    Objective. To assess the diagnostic value of the relationship between subcutaneous tumors and the superficial fascia in the characterization of soft-tissue masses. Design. MR studies of 64 soft tissue masses located in the subcutaneous space were reviewed. We established five grades of relationship between tumors and superficial fascia and analyzed the probability of the lesions in each group being malignant. Group 1 tumors did not contact the fascia; group 2 lesions contacted it slightly, with acute angles between the tumor and the fascia; group 3 lesions had wider contact with larger acute or right angles; group 4 tumors had even wider contact with obtuse angles with the fascia; and group 5 was composed of lesions that crossed the superficial fascia. Results. The probability of a subcutaneous lesion that crosses the superficial fascia being malignant was 6.88 times greater than for lesions that did not cross the fascia. For lesions forming obtuse angles with the fascia the probability of malignancy was 6.3 times greater than that of tumors that did not present this sign. All histologically verified fascial infiltrations occurred in malignant lesions of groups 4 and 5. Conclusions. Malignant tumors of the subcutaneous compartment have a higher tendency to develop a close relationship with the fascia than benign lesions. Obtuse angles between superficial fascia and a subcutaneous mass or a lesion crossing the fascia strongly suggest malignancy. (orig.) With 6 figs., 1 tab., 34 refs.

  7. Depth-selective fiber-optic probe for characterization of superficial tissue at a constant physical depth. (United States)

    Fang, Can; Brokl, David; Brand, Randall E; Liu, Yang


    The in vivo assessment of superficial tissue has shown great promise in many biomedical applications. Significant efforts have been expended in designing compact fiber-optic probes with short tissue penetration depth targeting the superficial epithelium. In this paper, we present a compact and simple two-channel fiber-optic probe with superior depth selectivity for the superficial tissue. This probe employs a high-index ball-lens with an optimized illumination area and the maximal overlap between light illumination and collection spots, while maintaining sufficient light collection efficiency with minimized specular reflection. Importantly, we show that this probe allows the selection of a constant and shallow physical penetration depth, insensitive to a wide range of tissue-relevant scattering coefficients and anisotropy factors. We demonstrate the capability of this depth-selective fiber-optic probe to accurately quantify the absorber concentration in superficial tissue without the distortion of tissue scattering properties; and characterize the optical properties of superficial skin tissue.

  8. Magnified endoscopy combined with narrow band imaging of minimal superficial esophageal neoplasia-indicators to differentiate intraepithelial neoplasias. (United States)

    Mochizuki, Yosuke; Saito, Yasuharu; Kobori, Ayako; Ban, Hiromitsu; Shioya, Makoto; Nishimura, Takashi; Inatomi, Osamu; Bamba, Shigeki; Tsujikawa, Tomoyuki; Ishida, Mitsuaki; Andoh, Akira; Fujiyama, Yoshihide


    Clinical application of narrow band imaging facilitates diagnosis of esophageal neoplasia. However, no previous investigation has been conducted on magnifying endoscopy combined with narrow band imaging in detection of minimal superficial esophageal neoplasia, which is defined as neoplasia neoplasia. Between January 2005 and November 2011, 53 minimal superficial esophageal neoplasias in 40 patients were diagnosed by screening upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with narrow band imaging at our hospital. We investigated findings including brownish dots, brownish epithelium, and demarcation line of minimal superficial esophageal neoplasia diagnosed histopathologically as low-grade intraepithelial neoplasia, high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia, and squamous cell carcinoma. Significantly more brownish dots (P neoplasia compared with low-grade neoplasia. When minimal superficial esophageal neoplasia was diagnosed as high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia or squamous cell carcinoma, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value were 88.9, 42.9, 44.4, and 88.2%, respectively, for brownish dots; 94.4, 51.4, 50.0, and 94.7%, respectively, for brownish epithelium; and 66.7, 62.9, 48.0, and 78.6%, respectively, for demarcation line. The combined technique was useful in the differential diagnosis of minimal superficial esophageal neoplasia.

  9. Superficial small round-cell tumors with special reference to the Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors and the spectrum of differential diagnosis. (United States)

    Machado, Isidro; Traves, Victor; Cruz, Julia; Llombart, Beatriz; Navarro, Samuel; Llombart-Bosch, Antonio


    Superficial/cutaneous small round-cell tumors comprise a heterogeneous group of neoplasms including sarcoma, carcinoma, melanoma, and lymphomas. Among superficial sarcomas, the Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors (ESFT) represents a poorly understood rare variant, having a behavioral difference characterized by a relative favorable prognosis. Several problems are still to be resolved in superficial ESFT, including the differential diagnosis between ESFT of bone (intraosseous or periosteal) with superficial infiltration and superficial ESFT with bone infiltration, especially in the fingers. Our aim is to review the most common types of small round-cell tumors included in the differential diagnosis of superficial ESFT, analyzing the histopathology, phenotype, and molecular alterations of each entity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Determinación experimental de tensión superficial del agua en cámara micro-reológica


    Jiménez de Pablo, Estela


    Existen numerosos estudios en los que aparece el concepto de tensión superficial. En este trabajo se pone en evidencia la relación existente entre la tensión superficial, temperatura y humedad relativa. Se comprueba el comportamiento de la tensión superficial estableciendo variaciones de la humedad relativa con relación al tiempo, para ambientes controlados. Ingeniería Técnica en Mecánica

  11. Efficacy and safety of a new superficial chemical peel using alpha-hydroxy acid, vitamin C and oxygen for melasma. (United States)

    Kim, Won-Serk


    Facial skin pigmentary disorders can be resistant to conventional treatment. Superficial chemical peel is an effective and safe treatment in pigmentary problems including melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and aging spots. To assess the efficacy and safety of new superficial chemical peel (Melasma peel, Theraderm®), this is composed of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs), vitamin C and oxygen for melasma. Twenty-five ethnic Korean patients (Fitzpatrick skin phototypes IV and V) with moderate to severe melasma were enrolled. The patients underwent four treatments at 1-2-week intervals for 8 weeks. Clinical improvement was evaluated on a 5-point scale by participants and by the same dermatologist, and adverse effects were checked during the study. Improvement in the degree of pigmentation, pores, and evenness were noted. Significant clinical improvement of hyperpigmentation was evident. No adverse effects were reported. New superficial chemical peel using AHAs, vitamin C and oxygen is an effective and very safe treatment for melasma.

  12. Tratamento do aneurisma aterosclerótico da artéria temporal superficial: relato de caso

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    Paula Dayana Matkovski


    Full Text Available ResumoAneurismas da artéria temporal superficial são incomuns segundo a literatura. A grande maioria é secundária a traumatismos ou cirurgia na região temporal, sendo que 95% dos casos evoluem para pseudoaneurismas. Entretanto, os aneurismas verdadeiros ou espontâneos são extremamente raros e representam 8% dos casos de aneurismas da artéria temporal superficial, sendo estes, geralmente, de origem aterosclerótica. Aneurismas temporais espontâneos podem coexistir com outras lesões vasculares, incluindo aneurismas intracranianos. Nosso relato trata de um paciente com aneurisma de artéria temporal superficial esquerda, de origem aterosclerótica, no qual foi realizada a excisão cirúrgica, sob anestesia geral.

  13. Under digital fluoroscopic guidance multiple-point injection with absolute alcohol and pinyangmycin for the treatment of superficial venous malformations

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    Yang Ming; Xiao Gang; Peng Youlin


    Objective: to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of multiple-point injection with absolute alcohol and pinyangmycin under digital fluoroscopic guidance for superficial venous malformations. Methods: By using a disposal venous transfusion needle the superficial venous malformation was punctured and then contrast media lohexol was injected in to visualize the tumor body, which was followed by the injection of ethanol and pinyangmycin when the needle was confirmed in the correct position. The procedure was successfully performed in 31 patients. The clinical results were observed and analyzed. Results: After one treatment complete cure was achieved in 21 cases and marked effect was obtained in 8 cases, with a total effectiveness of 93.5%. Conclusion: Multiple-point injection with ethanol and pinyangmycin under digital fluoroscopic guidance is an effective and safe technique for the treatment of superficial venous malformations, especially for the lesions that are deeply located and ill-defined. (authors)

  14. Branched oxytocinergic innervations from the paraventricular hypothalamic nuclei to superficial layers in the spinal cord. (United States)

    Condés-Lara, Miguel; Martínez-Lorenzana, Guadalupe; Rojas-Piloni, Gerardo; Rodríguez-Jiménez, Javier


    The paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus is an interesting structure with diverse functions due to its different neuronal populations, neurotransmitters, and projections to other central nervous system structures. The PVN is a primary source of oxytocin (OT) in the central nervous system. In fact, a direct PVN projection to the spinal cord has been demonstrated by retrograde and anterograde tracers, and more than the 50% of this projection is oxytocinergic. This OT descending projection is proposed to be an endogenous system that controls the nociceptive information arriving at the spinal cord. However, we have no information about the specific organization of the OT descending innervations to the different spinal cord segments. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the projecting PVN neurons arrive at cervical regions and then continue to lumbar regions. That is, we sought to establish if the OT projecting cells have a topic or a diffuse projection in order to obtain histological data to support the endogenous OT diffuse mechanism of analgesia described elsewhere. With this purpose in mind we combined the OT immunohistochemistry technique with retrograde neuronal tracers in the spinal cord. We applied Diamidino Yellow (DY) for the superficial dorsal horn cervical segments and True Blue (TB) for the lumbar segments. Data were collected from eight rats with well-placed injections. We only used the animals in which the tracer deposits were confined to superficial layers I and II of the dorsal horn. A mainly ipsilateral projection was observed, but stained neurons were also observed in the contralateral PVN. A large fraction of the stained PVN cells was doubled labeled but some were single labeled. Combining the retrograde tracer techniques and the OT detection procedure, we observed triple-labeled neurons. The present results demonstrate that PVN neurons send collaterals at least to the superficial cervical and lumbar segments of the

  15. [Treatment of superficial bacterial cutaneous infections: a survey among general practitioners in France]. (United States)

    Fourtillan, E; Tauveron, V; Binois, R; Lehr-Drylewicz, A-M; Machet, L


    Superficial bacterial skin infection and superinfection of skin diseases are usually treated by general practitioners using antiseptics or antibiotics. However, acquired resistance to biocidal agents, both systemic and topical, is growing. Our aim was to assess the skill of GPs in clinical situations involving common skin infections. On 16 June 2010, we sent a questionnaire to all GPs in a rural region of France (the Cher department) together with a stamped addressed envelope for the reply. The questionnaire contained seven pages of multiple-choice questions and five clinical cases, each one illustrated with a photograph (sty, furuncle, whitlow, colonized chronic wounds and impetigo). Anonymity of responses was guaranteed. Data was analysed using the Clinsight(®) software package. The response rate was 51% (102 responses). GPs reported little difficulty in treating these patients (median 3, range 1 to 8 on a scale of increasing difficulty from 0 to 10). The main results of the study are firstly the frequency of combination of at least one antiseptic with one antibiotic (46%); secondly, the frequency of combination of two antibiotics (20% of cases); thirdly, the frequent prescription of systemic antibiotics for chronic wounds colonized by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (61%). Our study shows the high frequency of prescriptions for combined therapy to treat superficial skin infections despite the fact that monotherapy with either an antiseptic or an antibiotic would probably suffice. It also shows the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics for colonization of a chronic wound. The study was limited in terms of size and design: it was a questionnaire rather than an analysis of prescriptions actually made in "real life", and the response rate was 51%. In addition, aside from impetigo, for which randomised studies and recommendations were given, the other surface infections (sty, folliculitis, whitlow) tend to be treated more empirically. Dissemination of recommendations

  16. Long-term risk of venous thromboembolism recurrence after isolated superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Galanaud, J-P; Sevestre, M-A; Pernod, G; Kahn, S R; Genty, C; Terrisse, H; Brisot, D; Gillet, J-L; Quéré, I; Bosson, J-L


    Essentials Long-term risk of recurrence of isolated superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is under-studied. We analyzed data from a cohort of first SVT and proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) without cancer. The risk of recurrence as DVT or pulmonary embolism is twice lower in SVT patients. However, overall risk of recurrence is similar between SVT and proximal DVT patients. Click to hear Dr Decousus' perspective on superficial vein thrombosis SUMMARY: Background Isolated superficial vein thrombosis (iSVT) (without concomitant deep vein thrombosis [DVT] or pulmonary embolism [PE]) is a frequent event, but available data on long-term outcomes are scarce and retrospective. Therefore, we aimed to determine prospectively the risk and type of venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence after iSVT and compare them with those of proximal DVT. Methods Using data from the prospective, multicenter, observational, OPTIMEV study, we assessed, at 3 years and after anticoagulants were stopped, the incidence and the type of VTE recurrence (iSVT/DVT/PE) of patients with a first objectively confirmed iSVT without cancer (n = 285), and compared these with those of patients with a first proximal DVT without cancer (n = 262). Results As compared with proximal DVT patients, iSVT patients had a similar overall incidence of VTE recurrence (5.4% per patient-year [PY] versus 6.5% per PY, adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] 0.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.5-1.6), but iSVT recurred six times more often as iSVT (2.7% versus 0.6%, aHR 5.9, 95% CI 1.3-27.1) and 2.5 times less often as deep-VTE events (2.5% versus 5.9%, aHR 0.4, 95% CI 0.2-0.9). Varicose vein status did not influence the risk or the type of VTE recurrence. Saphenian junction involvement by iSVT was not associated with a higher risk of recurrence (5.2% per PY versus 5.4% per PY), but was associated with recurrence exclusively as deep-VTE events. Conclusion In patients with a first iSVT without cancer, after stopping anticoagulants, the

  17. Mechanical properties and superficial characterization of a milled CAD-CAM glass fiber post. (United States)

    Ruschel, George Hebert; Gomes, Érica Alves; Silva-Sousa, Yara Terezinha; Pinelli, Rafaela Giedra Pirondi; Sousa-Neto, Manoel Damião; Pereira, Gabriel Kalil Rocha; Spazzin, Aloísio Oro


    Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology may be used to produce custom intraradicular posts, but studies are lacking. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the flexural properties (strength and modulus), failure mode, superficial morphology, and roughness of two CAD-CAM glass fiber posts (milled at different angulations) compared with a commercially available prefabricated glass fiber post. Three groups were tested (n = 10): PF (control group)- prefabricated glass fiber post; C-Cd-diagonally milled post; and C-Cv-vertically milled post. A 3-dimensional virtual image was obtained from a prefabricated post, which guided the posterior milling of posts from a glass fiber disk (Trilor Blanks; Bioloren). Surface roughness and morphology were evaluated using confocal laser microscopy. Flexural strength and modulus were evaluated with the 3-point bend test. Data were submitted to one-way analysis of variance followed by the Student-Newman-Keuls post hoc test (α = 0.05). The fractured surfaces were evaluated with scanning electron microscopy. The superficial roughness was highest for PF and similar for the experimental groups. Morphological analysis shows different sizes and directions of the glass fibers along the post. The flexural strength was highest for PF (900.1 ± 30.4 > C-Cd - 357.2 ± 30.7 > C-Cv 101.8 ± 4.3 MPa) as was the flexural modulus (PF 19.3 ± 2.0 GPa > C-Cv 10.1 ± 1.9 GPa > C-Cd 7.8 ± 1.3 GPa). A CAD-CAM milled post seems a promising development, but processing requires optimizing, as the prefabricated post still shows better mechanical properties and superficial characteristics. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Investigation of the Differential Contributions of Superficial and Deep Muscles on Cervical Spinal Loads with Changing Head Postures.

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    Chih-Hsiu Cheng

    Full Text Available Cervical spinal loads are predominately influenced by activities of cervical muscles. However, the coordination between deep and superficial muscles and their influence on the spinal loads is not well understood. This study aims to document the changes of cervical spinal loads and the differential contributions of superficial and deep muscles with varying head postures. Electromyography (EMG of cervical muscles from seventeen healthy adults were measured during maximal isometric exertions for lateral flexion (at 10°, 20° and terminal position as well as flexion/extension (at 10°, 20°, 30°, and terminal position neck postures. An EMG-assisted optimization approach was used to estimate the muscle forces and subsequent spinal loads. The results showed that compressive and anterior-posterior shear loads increased significantly with neck flexion. In particular, deep muscle forces increased significantly with increasing flexion. It was also determined that in all different static head postures, the deep muscle forces were greater than those of the superficial muscle forces, however, such pattern was reversed during peak efforts where greater superficial muscle forces were identified with increasing angle of inclination. In summary, the identification of significantly increased spinal loads associated with increased deep muscle activation during flexion postures, implies higher risks in predisposing the neck to occupationally related disorders. The results also explicitly supported that deep muscles play a greater role in maintaining stable head postures where superficial muscles are responsible for peak exertions and reinforcing the spinal stability at terminal head postures. This study provided quantitative data of normal cervical spinal loads and revealed motor control strategies in coordinating the superficial and deep muscles during physical tasks.

  19. Can sparing of the superficial contralateral parotid lobe reduce xerostomia following radiotherapy for head and neck cancer? (United States)

    Nevens, Daan; Nuyts, Sandra


    The purpose of this study is to see whether sparing the superficial contralateral parotid lobe can help limiting xerostomia following radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. 88 patients that were included in two prospective randomized studies were analysed in the current study. Using the dosimetry of both the parotid glands, we divided our patients in four groups. Group 1 includes patients where we were able to reduce the radiation dose below the threshold in order to spare both the ipsilateral and contralateral parotid glands, Group 2 consists of patients where only the contralateral parotid gland could be spared. Group 3 consists of patients where only the contralateral superficial parotid lobe could be spared, while in Group 4 not even the contralateral superficial lobe could be spared. When we compared Group 1 and Group 2, we did not observe a significant difference between both groups in terms of xerostomia scores at 6 or 12 months. When we compared these groups with Group 3, we observed significant differences with more xerostomia in Group 3 where only the contralateral superficial lobe was spared. A significant difference was also observed between Group 3 and Group 4 with more xerostomia in Group 4. Sparing of just one superficial parotid lobe results in less xerostomia when compared to not sparing any lobe of both parotid glands. Advances in knowledge: When sparing of the whole contralateral parotid gland is not possible, delineating both the superficial parotid glands and trying to spare at least one of them can mean a way forward in limiting xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients treated with radiotherapy.

  20. Desarrollo de una metodología para la medición de la rugosidad superficial del suelo


    García Moreno, Rosario


    El objetivo de la presente tesis doctoral ha sido el desarrollo de una metodología fiable, fácil de usar y de bajo coste par ala toma de datos e interpretación de la rugosidad superficial del suelo. Sobre la base de los resultados publicados en la bibliografía se desarrollaron tres prototipos para la toma de datos de la rugosidad superficial del suelo. El primero basado en la metodología de láser sin contacto, el segundo tipo perfilométro de varillas, y un tercero, basado en el análisis de so...

  1. Repair and Strengthening by Use of Superficial Fixed Laminates of Cracked Masonry Walls Sheared Horizontally-Laboratory Tests

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    Kubica, Jan; Kwiecien, Arkadiusz; Zajac, Boguslaw


    There are many methods of crack repairing in masonry structures. One of them is repair and strengthening by using of superficial fixed laminates, especially in case of masonry walls with plastering on their both sides. The initial laboratory tests of three different types of strengthening of diagonal cracked masonry wallettes are presented. Tests concerned three clay brick masonry walls subjected to horizontal shearing with two levels of precompression and strengthened by flexible polymer injection, superficial glass fixed by polymer fibre laminate plates and using of CRFP strips stiff fixed to the wall surface by polymer and stiff resin epoxy fixing are presented and discussed

  2. Aneurisma de artéria femoral superficial roto: relato de caso e revisão de literatura


    Oliveira,Alexandre Faraco de; Oliveira Filho,Horácio de


    O aneurisma de artéria femoral superficial é um evento raro que costuma manifestar-se em pacientes com idade avançada, frequentemente associado a outros aneurismas, periféricos ou de aorta abdominal. O caso relatado refere-se a um paciente cujo aneurisma de artéria femoral superficial se apresentou roto e associado a um aneurisma de aorta abdominal. Foi submetido à revascularização cirúrgica fêmoro-poplítea mediante prótese de politetrafluoretileno, com sucesso. A revisão da literatura demons...

  3. La carga precoz de los implantes GMI con conexión interna y superficie arenada y grabada


    E. Velasco Ortega; L. Monsalve Guil; N. Matos Garrido; A. Jiménez Guerra; A. García Méndez; R. Medel Soteras; I. Ortiz García; A. España López


    Introducción: La implantología oral representa en la actualidad, una modalidad terapéutica odontológica en los pacientes con pérdida dental total y parcial. El estudio muestra la evaluación de los pacientes tratados mediante carga precoz de implantes de titanio con conexión interna y superficie arenada y grabada. Métodos: 39 pacientes con pérdidas dentales fueron tratados con implantes con conexión interna y superficie arenada y grabada Frontier GMI®. Los implantes fueron cargados funcionalme...

  4. Papel de la osmolaridad en el desarrollo de patología inflamatoria de la superficie ocular


    Salgado Arrabal, Noemí


    Revisión sobre el papel que juega la osmolaridad en las patologías inflamatorias de la superficie ocular centrándonos principalmente en el ojo seco. Abarca desde el 1980 hasta la actualidad. Se describen las diferentes capas de la superficie ocular y los componentes de la unidad funcional lagrimal, así como el ojo seco y su clasificación actual. Se centra en los estudios que hay sobre el papel de la osmolaridad en la patología del ojo seco y en llegar a una conclusión sobre si juega un papel ...

  5. Tensión superficial: un modelo experimental con materiales sencillos

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    Esteban Szigety


    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presenta una propuesta didáctica basada en una actividad experimental utilizando materiales de muy bajo costo, orientada a lograr que los alumnos comprendan e interpreten el fenómeno de tensión superficial conjuntamente con la importancia de la modelización en ciencias. Tiene como objetivo principal de enseñanza acercar al alumno a la mecánica de los fluidos estáticos y las fuerzas intermoleculares, combinando contenidos científicos con cuestiones cercanas al estudiante lo que proporciona una motivación adicional a la reflexión de la investigación científica.

  6. Late Complication after Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA) Aneurysm: Stent-graft Expulsion Outside the Skin. (United States)

    Pecoraro, Felice; Sabatino, Ermanno R; Dinoto, Ettore; La Rosa, Giuliana; Corte, Giuseppe; Bajardi, Guido


    A 78-year-old man presented with a 7-cm aneurysm in the left superficial femoral artery, which was considered unfit and anatomically unsuitable for conventional open surgery for multiple comorbidities. The patient was treated with stent-graft [Viabhan stent-graft (WL Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, AZ)]. Two years from stent-graft implantation, the patient presented a purulent secretion and a spontaneous external expulsion through a fistulous channel. No claudication symptoms or hemorrhagic signs were present. The pus and device cultures were positive for Staphylococcus aureus sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. Patient management consisted of fistula drainage, systemic antibiotic therapy, and daily wound dressing. At 1-month follow-up, the wound was closed. To our knowledge, this is the first case of this type of stent-graft complication presenting with external expulsion.

  7. Photoluminescence of acupoint 'Waiqiu' in human superficial fascia

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    Zhang Yuan [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Yan Xiaohui [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Liu Chenglin [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Dang Ruishan [Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Zhang Xinyi [Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Department of Physics, Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) of Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China) and Shanghai Research Center of Acupuncture and Meridian, Pudong, Shanghai 201203 (China)]. E-mail:


    The spectral characters of an acupuncture point named 'Waiqiu' in superficial fascia tissue have been studied by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy under the excitation of 457.9 nm. The PL around 'Waiqiu' acupuncture point consists of two sub-bands resulting from the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and phospholipids, and the porphyrins (including purine, isoxanthopterin and tryptophan), respectively. More emission due to FAD and phospholipids is found inside the acupuncture effect area of 'Waiqiu' than its marginal or outside acupuncture regions. The ratio of emission intensity of FAD and phospholipids to one of porphyrins gradually decreases along the direction away from the center of the acupuncture point. It implies that the component proportion changes between FAD, phospholipids and porphyrins around the 'Waiqiu' acupuncture point. We suggest that there might be a certain relationship between redox function of FAD and 'Waiqiu' acupuncture effect.

  8. Use of cesium-137 methodology in the evaluation of superficial erosive processes

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    Andrello, Avacir Casanova; Appoloni, Carlos Roberto; Guimaraes, Maria de Fatima; Nascimento Filho, Virgilio Franco do


    Superficial erosion is one of the main soil degradation agents and erosion rates estimations for different edaphic climate conditions for the conventional models, as USLE and RUSLE, are expensive and time-consuming. The use of cesium- 137 anthropogenic radionuclide is a new methodology that has been much studied and its application in the erosion soil evaluation has grown in countries as USA, UK, Australia and others. A brief narration of this methodology is being presented, as the development of the equations utilized for the erosion rates quantification through the cesium- 137 measurements. Two watersheds studied in Brazil have shown that the cesium- 137 methodology was practicable and coherent with the survey in field for applications in erosion studies. (author)

  9. Late Complication after Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA) Aneurysm: Stent-graft Expulsion Outside the Skin

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    Pecoraro, Felice, E-mail:; Sabatino, Ermanno R.; Dinoto, Ettore; Rosa, Giuliana La; Corte, Giuseppe; Bajardi, Guido [University of Palermo, Vascular Surgery Unit (Italy)


    A 78-year-old man presented with a 7-cm aneurysm in the left superficial femoral artery, which was considered unfit and anatomically unsuitable for conventional open surgery for multiple comorbidities. The patient was treated with stent-graft [Viabhan stent-graft (WL Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, AZ)]. Two years from stent-graft implantation, the patient presented a purulent secretion and a spontaneous external expulsion through a fistulous channel. No claudication symptoms or hemorrhagic signs were present. The pus and device cultures were positive for Staphylococcus aureus sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. Patient management consisted of fistula drainage, systemic antibiotic therapy, and daily wound dressing. At 1-month follow-up, the wound was closed. To our knowledge, this is the first case of this type of stent-graft complication presenting with external expulsion.

  10. High resolution imaging of superficial mosaicity in single crystals using grazing incidence fast atom diffraction (United States)

    Lalmi, B.; Khemliche, H.; Momeni, A.; Soulisse, P.; Roncin, P.


    A new table top technique is used to simultaneously analyze the local morphology of crystalline surfaces as well as the misalignment of large scale domains at the topmost surface layer. The approach is based on fast atom diffraction at grazing incidence (GIFAD); the diffraction pattern yields the structural characteristics and the topology of the surface electronic density with atomic resolution. If superficial mosaicity is present, diffraction patterns arising from each mosaic domain can be distinguished, providing high sensitivity to the properties of each of the domains. Taking NaCl(001) as an example, we observe a discrete tilt angle distribution of the mosaic domains following an arithmetic progression with a 0.025° ± 0.005° difference; a twist mosaic angle of 0.09° ± 0.01° is also observed.

  11. Social network extraction based on Web: 3. the integrated superficial method (United States)

    Nasution, M. K. M.; Sitompul, O. S.; Noah, S. A.


    The Web as a source of information has become part of the social behavior information. Although, by involving only the limitation of information disclosed by search engines in the form of: hit counts, snippets, and URL addresses of web pages, the integrated extraction method produces a social network not only trusted but enriched. Unintegrated extraction methods may produce social networks without explanation, resulting in poor supplemental information, or resulting in a social network of durmise laden, consequently unrepresentative social structures. The integrated superficial method in addition to generating the core social network, also generates an expanded network so as to reach the scope of relation clues, or number of edges computationally almost similar to n(n - 1)/2 for n social actors.

  12. Superficial Type of Multiple Basal Cell Carcinomas: Detailed Comparative Study of Its Dermoscopic and Histopathological Findings

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    Akiko Hirofuji


    Full Text Available We investigated in detail the dermoscopic and histopathological findings in a case of a superficial type of multiple basal cell carcinomas (BCCs. These multiple lesions (occurring in the chest, neck, and back showed three different findings, respectively. Dermoscopy of the erythematous and brown-colored patch on the anterior chest showed spoke wheel areas, and the histopathological cross-section revealed vertical spoke wheel structures. In the black- and brown-colored patch at the neck, the dermatoscopy showed a maple leaf-like structure, which was in accordance with the strengthening of the histological lateral connection of the lesion. The brown-colored patch of the lateral back histologically showed irregularly enlarged spoke wheel-like areas with peripheral increased melanin pigments, which correlated with the dark black color of dermoscopic maple leaf-like areas. The vertical spoke wheel areas by dermatoscopy revealed a horizontal spoke wheel structure by histopathology.

  13. How do microclimate factors affect the risk for superficial pressure ulcers: a mathematical modeling study. (United States)

    Gefen, Amit


    In this study, a mathematical model is developed for analyzing the effects of the microclimate on skin tolerance to superficial pressure ulcers (SPUs). The modeling identified the following factors as such that decrease the tolerance of skin to SPUs: (i) increase in the skin temperature, (ii) increase in the ambient temperature, (iii) increase in the relative humidity, (iv) increase in the skin-support (or skin-clothing-support) contact pressures, and (v) decrease in permeabilities of the materials contacting the skin or being close to it, e.g. the covering sheet of the support and clothing. The modeling is consistent with relevant empirical findings and clinical observations documented in the literature, explains them from a basic science aspect, and can be further developed for design of interventions, safer patient clothing and supports that consider the optimization of microclimate factors. Copyright © 2010 Tissue Viability Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Repair of the pharyngocutaneous fistula with a fasciocutaneous island flap pedicled on the superficial temporalis artery. (United States)

    Fabrizio, T; Donati, V; Nava, M


    The case of an 84-year-old man with a pharyngocutaneous fistula after radiotherapeutic treatment and total laryngectomy for a squamous cell carcinoma was reported. Treatment with local flaps failed and normal flaps were not likely to succeed because of general and locally poor conditions considering that intensive radiotherapy had been administered. We therefore decided to use a fasciocutaneous island flap from the temporoparietal region pedicled on the parietal branch of the superficial temporalis artery. We obtained efficient and stable repair of the lesion both from a cosmetic and a functional point of view. We were forced to use this procedure for lack of another choice; however, we think that this could become a useful option in covering substance loss in this area when simpler solutions are not available.

  15. Cochlear implantation in patients affected by superficial hemosiderosis of the central nervous system. (United States)

    Berrettini, S; De Vito, A; Bruschini, L; Fortunato, S; Forli, F


    The objectives of the study were to: report three more cases of cochlear implantation (CI) in patients affected by superficial hemosiderosis of the central nervous system (SH-CNS); assess whether CI may be a viable option in this disease. The study was conducted in a tertiary referral center. Pre-operative and post-operative clinical notes of three patients with SH-CNS were reviewed. Two out of three cases showed very good results with CI in sentence perception in noise over 90%. For the other case, hearing performance was very low. He showed only disyllabic word identification abilities in a closed set (40%). Cochlear implantation may be a viable option for patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss due to SH-CNS. In these cases, an adequate pre-operative counseling, explaining the possibility of poor post-operative results and/or the worsening of the outcomes in the following years, is important.

  16. Delayed Superficial Migration of Retained Hyaluronic Acid Years Following Periocular Injection. (United States)

    Chang, Jessica R; Baharestani, Samuel; Salek, Sherveen S; Piluek, W Jordan; Eberhart, Charles G; McCulley, Timothy J

    Cosmetic injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) and other fillers is increasingly common, and the late complications of these relatively new procedures are now coming to medical attention. Three patients with delayed periocular swelling that began years after injection of HA are described, with CT, MRI, and histopathologic characterization. While HA fillers are marketed as having a temporary effect of several months, the authors demonstrate that they may persist in the body for up to 9 years. Unlike most previous reports, there was no inflammatory reaction or encapsulation, simply infiltration into more superficial subcutaneous layers. All cases improved after surgical biopsy and hyaluronidase injections. Delayed periocular swelling after filler injections from several years prior can mimic serious medical conditions. With a detailed history and high index of suspicion, one may avoid a costly and invasive workup.

  17. Amelanotic melanoma masquerading as a superficial small round cell tumor: A diagnostic challenge

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    Archana Shetty


    Full Text Available Malignant melanoma poses a remarkable capacity for morphological diversity and often presents as a diagnostic challenge due to its wide clinical presentation. We present a case of a 73-year-old lady, with a large superficial ulcerative nodular mass on the flexor aspect of the right upper arm. On fine needle aspiration poorly differentiated round cell tumor was suggested, with histopathology also supporting the same diagnosis. A final diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma was given following immunohistochemical work-up using a panel of relevant markers. We are presenting this case, not only for its rare clinical presentation, but also for the diagnostic difficulties encountered by us in cytology and histopathology to reach the final diagnosis.

  18. Controversies in venous thromboembolism: to treat or not to treat superficial vein thrombosis. (United States)

    Beyer-Westendorf, Jan


    The management of superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is poorly defined and remains controversial overall. SVT has long been considered a benign, self-limited disease, but recent studies show that SVT carries a nonnegligible risk for recurrence, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism. Current guidelines recommend the use of low-molecular-weight heparin or fondaparinux, but results of several surveys indicate that the majority of patients with SVT receive nonanticoagulant therapy only, which includes compression stockings or bandages, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, topical application of heparin gel, or surgical interventions. However, several recent observational and interventional studies provide better insight into the optimal treatment of patients with SVT who are at different risks for thromboembolic complications. This educational review summarizes the available evidence and aims to provide practical guidance based on a clinical decision pathway. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology. All rights reserved.

  19. Spontaneous acute superficial vein thrombosis of the legs: do we really need to treat? (United States)

    Décousus, H; Bertoletti, L; Frappé, P


    Spontaneous acute superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) of the leg is now generally recognized as an integral component of venous thromboembolic disease with potentially severe consequences. However, the relatively low grades of some current international recommendations and uncertainty regarding the cost-effectiveness of available therapies may prompt questioning of the real need to treat patients with SVT and explain the persisting heterogeneity of their management in practise. Yet several studies have consistently shown high rates of thromboembolic complications associated with SVT, whether at first presentation or during follow-up. The CALISTO trial established for the first time the clinical benefit of a well-defined anticoagulant regimen for the prevention of serious thromboembolic complications in SVT patients, and we believe that patients such as those included in this trial should receive this regimen as tested. However, several areas of uncertainty remain for categories of SVT patients not evaluated in CALISTO. © 2015 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  20. Profunda Anchor Technique for Ipsilateral Antegrade Approach in Endovascular Treatment of Superficial Femoral Artery Ostial Occlusion

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    Pua, Uei


    Endovascular treatment of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) is challenging in the presence of flush ostial occlusion. One of the main challenges is the availability of access sites for intervention. Contralateral retrograde femoral access followed by cross-over and antegrade intervention while commonly used, may not be feasible in cases of altered iliac anatomy (e.g. kissing iliac stents). Ipsilateral antegrade intervention using common femoral artery (CFA) access in these instances while possible is typically challenging due to inadequate working length of the CFA for interrogation of the SFA ostium, compounded by the lack of sheath stability. The “profunda anchor” technique uses a buddy wire in the profunda femoris artery (PFA) to stabilize the sheath and allow catheter manipulation for antegrade intervention at the level of the SFA ostium. The PFA is further used as a conduit for deployment of closure device to avoid interference with the treated SFA